Senin, 30 November 2009

SYDNEY - paddington, 11/30/09

All the photos of my stay in New Zealand are up on my visual diary.

Free Animated Screensavers

Animation is the technology of creating a stimulation of movement by displaying a series of pictures, or frames, one after the another, after a specified duration, so as to create a moving effect. Cartoons on the television are one such example of the animation. Animation on computers is one of the chief ingredients of the world of multimedia. And one of the main aspects of this ever-popular world of multimedia is animated screensavers. Animated screensavers create an illusion of the moving images and figures on your display screen.

These animated screensavers are created with the aid of digital computers and specialized animation software like flash, director, Microsoft GIF animator, and many others.

There are large numbers of free animated screensavers available on the Internet, offering different themes and categories. These screensavers can be downloaded onto your screen without any hassle, just by simply downloading it from the Internet, free of cost. You can always seek help of the different search engines to look for your favorite animated screensaver to enliven and decorate your screen. Some popular screensavers are cascading waterfalls, falling snow, moving cartoons, singing Santa, and many others. Some of the other screensavers reflecting the effect of the magical world of animation are free lake scenes—a beautiful and relaxing display of a photographic lake scenes that come to life with animation. The dancing baby screensaver brings on your screen a dancing doll that can modify its steps based on your mouse instructions.

Bring these animated screensavers on your display screen and be ready to express yourself and your mood with beauty and style.

Beautiful Blue Sky Images Hi Res

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

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Mario Botta designed the SFMOMA in San Francisco, completed in 1995.

With artworks by Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol, this is one of the world's leading modern art museums. It has five floors of galleries with 15,000 pieces of artwork. The $65-million project includes a back sculpture garden by Jensen Architects and landscaping by CMG Landscape.

The intricate brick work typical for Botta seems to reference the pre-earthquake San Fransisco. The strong symmetry, minimal vertical windows, and emerging linear comes straight out of early modernism (as post-modernism.) The white and black horizontal stripes at the entrance echo the brick pattern, and continue inside through the lobby, up the five floors, and finally emerge in a grand oculus. It is titled toward the sun, and floods the interior space with daylight, while providing some natural stack-heat venting. A walk bridge crosses the tall space near the top.

The San Francisco modern art museum acts as a historical museum of more recent history. But it also is a brilliant place to visit and truly uplifting.

Video: Inside , About the architecture
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Winter Landscape Hd wallpapers 1600 x 1200 px

Beautiful Images Flowers and Butterfly

Widescreen Paradise Beach

Minggu, 29 November 2009

The Best Hi Res Widescreen

Windescreen Sunset Black and White

SYDNEY - zanita, tamarama, 11/29/09

Pacific Sunset California

White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is a muslim activist extremist

Debbie Schlussel posts the story of Tareq Salahi's ties to radical Islam (through his board membership of American Task Force on Palestine)- a story that the New York Times first reported and then deleted.

If it was not already clear, this story reminds us that The New York Times and the rest of the MSM/DNC will not only fail to report Islamic terrorist connections (even when those connections place the President in potential danger) they will actively hide and delete all references and facts that might reveal the truth.

Of course, the President was in no real danger, as the Islamic extremists have no intention of harming their greatest ally.

Great Game Scenes Wallpapers

Beautiful wllpapers arctic Wolf, arab Horse ,baby Jaguar

Baby Jaguar

City at Night Hi Res Wallpapers

Jumat, 27 November 2009

2010 - Distress in real estate continues. Will it create an investment opportunity in stocks or REIT's?

Peter Lynch, possibly the greatest fund trader of all-time with his Fidelity Magellan fund, states early in his book "One Up on Wall Street" that one needs to pass a "mirror test" first before you start to study the financial section to look at stocks. Peter said "before you buy a share of anything there are three personal issues that ought to be addressed." Well it is issue number one that I want to discuss, 1. Do you own a house? Well in 1989, when Peter wrote his book, it was a great idea and over the long term it has been a great idea. However, recently with the bank credit crunch, foreclosures due to too much leveraging of financing, and some over supply conditions, the value of real estate has gone down in the short term. Add to that pressures in the Commercial real estate market continuing in 2010 and you get some very distressed property values for those that have to sell. At the same time an opportunity is created for some of the real estate investment trust, (REIT'S), with new infusions of cash from high net worth liquid investors to make some once in a lifetime buys.
I should note at this point that banks should exhaust every option to help a homeowner stay in their house and not foreclose on them. It is devastating and could happen to anyone given a bad turn of financial circumstances, such as loosing your employment.
Anyway , some REIT's that you may want to look at to make some money are: CGM Trust: Realty Fund, (Symbol CGMRX)$20.86 NAV,which gives you a blend of real estate investments. If you like the Washington DC play on real estate you can go First Potomac Realty Trust , (Symbol FPO) $11.85 NAV or Liberty Property Trust (Symbol LRY) $31.25. If you are looking for a value play here with a good dividend my broker Vince likes Duke Realty Corp.,(Symbol DRE)as a longer term pick. If you are looking for something to invest in on the mortgage side you may like Annaly Capital Management Inc. , (Symbol NLY) $18.38. I think as tempting as it looks, it is a little early in 2010 to buy the home builders, unless we have a dramatic drop in interest rates. I keep my eye on Lennar (Symbol LEN) and Beazer Homes, (symbol BZH).

Happy Holiday portfolio shopping,


Animated Backgrounds - Wow Your Viewers With Your Choice

Using animated backgrounds for the first time can be a little bit daunting. Thankfully, it is actually easier than ever and can lead to some excellent results if you are prepared beforehand.

The first thing you need to know is that you've made the right choice in exploring backgrounds with motion in them. There is nothing more boring than staring at a presentation that uses a dull, stationary background. The fact that yours will be animated means that you're on the right track already!

The next thing you need to do, however, is make sure you're choosing the background that is right for your project. While most animated backgrounds are interesting, you need to make sure it's neither too subtle nor too over-the-top for the feel you're going for in your video.

To get a feel for the kind of background you might include you should imagine your target audience as they watch your video. What do they like to do? What kinds of things interest them? Knowing this and getting a clear picture in your head can help you choose the animations that will fit in with their style. Another thing you need to do before you choose an animated background is decide what you want the person to feel as they watch. Do you want excitement, empathy, inspiration, happiness, or what? Knowing what kind of emotion you want to evoke is half the battle when it comes to choosing a great animation.

Do keep in mind that while these things are all important, you don't want to over-analyze things either. As long as your video is great to look at and has professional appeal you should have nothing to worry about.

It makes it even easier when you have access to animated backgrounds that you can really trust. It's a great thing that there are so many backgrounds that are available royalty free. That means you can use them where you'd like in your videos! You can also make them shorter, loop them, or splice them together for a unique feel.

If all this sounds foreign to you right now- don't worry! As you start the process of creating video with motion backgrounds you'll realize that It's a lot easier than you think. Part of the reason this is true is because a lot of the work is done for you when the background is all ready to go!

Whether you've yet to make your first video or are a seasoned veteran, you can create professional quality videos in less time that you think. Better yet, it will cost a lot less than you think as well! That is a great thing since the more video you're able to produce these days, the better. Choosing animated backgrounds is easy, but there are some things you need to consider along the way. Knowing your audience and choosing animations that get your point across is key.