The Best Tax Software

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One year, I thought to myself: “I can do my own taxes.”

After 5 minutes of looking at IRS forms, I had a second thought: “No, I can’t.”

And that’s when I looked up the best tax software. To me, they’re worth every penny.

Instead of chugging coffee all night before tax day, I simply fill out a few forms and everything’s done for me.

With so many options for tax software, which is the best? I reviewed some of the most common tax programs available, comparing features and price.

Here are my top picks.

The 3 Best Tax Software Solutions for Personal Use

Intuit TurboTax


Turbo Tax is my personal go-to each year because of its excellent reputation, broad support options, and ease of use.

The software allows you to upload your W-2 form directly to the site by snapping a pic with your smartphone or using their mobile app. Then it walks you through the rest of the tax prep process by asking a series of questions designed to ensure you receive every applicable deduction and credit. Based on your answers to the interview-style questions, the software fills out the appropriate forms.

If you get stuck or have questions while preparing your return, the TurboTax Live feature allows you to connect with a CPA or Enrolled Agent who can provide tax advice as you go along and even perform a final review of your return to ensure you get it right.

The only drawback to TurboTax is that those features come with a hefty price tag. While TurboTax likes to advertise its free tax filing option, the truth is, free filing is only available to taxpayers with very simple returns. If you itemize deductions, need to report capital gains and losses, own rental property, or are self-employed, you have to upgrade to a version with more supported forms.

In that case, filing your federal return will cost anywhere from $60 to $120, plus an additional $45 for each state return. Adding the TurboTax Live option will cost an additional $80 to $200, depending on which version of TurboTax you use. Check out all of the different Turbo Tax plans to find the right one for you.

H&R Block

H&R Block

If TurboTax costs too much, consider my runner up: H&R Block. While H&R Block is known for its retail tax offices, it also offers do-it-yourself tax software.

H&R Block also allows you to import your W-2 with a photo and its interface walks you through a series of interview-style questions to find the right deductions and tax credits. If you don’t understand something, you can click on a hyperlinked term to read a definition or get more information.

One of the advantages that H&R Block has over other DIY tax prep options is its network of tax professionals around the world. If you get stuck while preparing your return, you can take advantage of their Tax Pro Go service to get help without leaving home or make an appointment for an in-person meeting with a tax pro near you.

H&R Block is a part of the IRS Free File Alliance, meaning if you make less than $69,000 per year, you may qualify for free tax filing. But that fee-free option isn’t readily available on the H&R Block website. Currently, their Basic version starts at $29.95. If you itemize, have investment income, own rental property, or are self-employed, upgrading to a more advanced package will run anywhere from $54.95 to $89.95 to file federal and one state return. E-filing each additional state will run $19.95.

Of course, calling in an expert will also add to the cost. Tax Pro Go starts at $49 and an in-office appointment starts at $69. Visit H&R Block to learn more.



If price is more important than live support, TaxAct is a solid choice. Like its higher-priced competitors, TaxAct allows you to import your W-2 and walks you through a series of interview-style questions to identify all potential deductions. As you answer questions, the software performs calculations and enters information on the appropriate forms and schedules.

The key to using TaxAct is to work with the interview forms sequentially. It can get tedious going through screen after screen, some of which won’t apply to your return. But if you try to navigate to just the applicable sections using the toolbar on the left side of your screen, it’s easy to get lost and skip necessary steps.

TaxAct provides free support over the phone and via email. Users of the Premier+ and Self Employed+ versions get priority support status, including a dedicated phone line, screen sharing, and in-app chat support.

Like most online tax software providers, TaxAct offers a free version, but it’s only available to filers with simple returns. If you itemize, claim multiple tax credits, have an HSA, or pay student loan interest, you’ll need to upgrade to the Deluxe+ version, which costs $29.95 for electronically filing a federal return, plus $39.95 per state. If you have investment income, rental property, a foreign bank account, or are self-employed, more advanced versions run anywhere from $39.95 to $74.95, plus $39.95 or $49.95 per state. Visit TaxAct and find the best plan for you.

The 3 Best Tax Software Solutions for Business Use

Intuit TurboTax


TurboTax is a natural choice for many business owners because of the ease with which it integrates with Intuit’s QuickBooks, the most popular small business accounting solutions on the market. Users of QuickBooks can import their financials into the software with just a few clicks, and the TurboTax interface guides you through the rest of the filing process smoothly.

If you need help, you can get free software support over the phone, or tax advice and expert return review via the TurboTax Live add-on.

TurboTax offers two products to serve business owners.

  • TurboTax Home & Business is designed for sole proprietors and 1099 contractors, as it allows you to file your business and individual taxes at the same time. It costs $120 for electronically filing your federal return and each state runs an additional $45.
  •  TurboTax Business helps you prepare taxes for corporations, partnerships, and LLCs. It also includes preparation of W-2s, 1099s and K-1s. Pricing starts at $159.99 for electronic filing of your federal return and each state costs an additional $54.99.

Visit TurboTax to learn more.

H&R Block

H&R Block

H&R Block is another top option for business returns. The software provides quick and easy upload of your past tax return information, even if you used a competitor’s software last year. The software also integrates with Wave and Xero for small business accounting needs.

If you’re worried about making a mistake or missing out on available deductions, H&R Block offers Accuracy Review, where a tax pro double-checks your work and assesses your audit risk. The company also guarantees your return is 100% accurate and will reimburse you for any IRS penalties.

H&R Block offers two options for business owners:

  • H&R Block Premium is designed for sole proprietors and independent contractors.  Electronically filing your federal return costs $74.95. That fee includes paper filing of one state return, but e-filing state returns cost an additional $19.95 each.
  • H&R Block Premium & Business works for corporations, partnerships, and LLCs and offers the option to prepare W-2s, 1099s, and other necessary informational returns. This version starts at $89.95 and includes unlimited state returns, although e-filing state returns costs $19.95 each.

Visit H&R Block to learn more.

Liberty Tax

Liberty Tax

If you’re a sole proprietor or independent contractor who is fairly confident in your ability to prepare a return but would like the option of visiting a brick-and-mortar office if you get stuck, Liberty Tax is an inexpensive option.

Liberty Tax’s Deluxe version starts at $64.95 if you just need a Schedule C attached to your Form 1040. If you need to file Schedule E to report income from a rental or pass-through business, you’ll need to upgrade to their Premium version at $89.95. E-filing a state return will run an additional $39.95.

Currently, Liberty Tax doesn’t offer the option to file business returns for corporations, partnerships, or LLCs.

Visit Liberty Tax to learn more.

How to Choose the Best Tax Software for You

So how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some factors to consider when making your decision.

How much professional help will you need?

If your tax return is relatively easy or you feel comfortable navigating the tax rules on your own, DIY software can save you a lot of money over hiring a professional to prepare your return for you. But it’s always nice to know that help is available if you need it.

Tax forms, rules, and limitations change every year, and if you have a simple question or get stuck mid-return, you don’t want to throw away the time and effort you’ve put into your taxes thus far. That’s why all of our picks for best tax software have the option to get professional help, either online or in person. Software that just refers you to arcane and incomprehensible IRS forms doesn’t make the cut.

Do you use QuickBooks?

If you’re filling for your business and use QuickBooks, use TurboTax. Since both are operated by the same company (Intuit), they have a great integration that will save you countless hours. If you don’t have QuickBooks and have a simple tax filing, consider any of the tax software options.

What if the taxes for your business are too complicated for tax software? I recommend finding a local CPA to help you. A good one will help you find extra deductions and save you thousands of dollars in taxes each year. You’ll also want a good CPA on hand to consult whenever you have a major tax event coming up like an acquisition, ownership grants, investments, etc.

How much will filing REALLY cost?

Most tax software providers offer a free version of their product, but that free version is only available to people with the most basic returns. You might be drawn to their website with promises of a free tax return, but once you add certain forms, state returns, and electronic filing, you wind up paying a lot more than you bargained for.

Before you start entering your information on any website, look through your tax documents and determine the level of complexity you really need. Are you self-employed? Did you sell stock or other investments during the year? Do you own a rental property or have income from several states? If so, you’ll probably need a premium version of the tax software. If so, you’ll almost certainly pay more to file your return than someone with just a W-2.

When comparing prices between competitors, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples and considering the cost of the version of the software you’ll need, as well as the cost of filing state returns. Nobody wants to find out they’ll have to pay two or three times a much to file their return with one software provider AFTER spending hours entering information.

The Best Tax Software is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.


The Oscars will once again go without a host at the 2020 ceremony

The Oscars will once again go without a host at the 2020 ceremony

For the second year in a row, there won’t be a high-profile celeb presiding over the annual Academy Awards show.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed the decision to forgo a host yet again via tweet on Wednesday. That’s probably wise after a 2019 ceremony managed to avoid stepping into a proverbial pile of feces.

This year’s #Oscars at a glance:

✅ Stars
✅ Performances
✅ Surprises
? Host

See you Feb. 9th!

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 8, 2020

If vague emoji tweets aren’t enough to satisfy you, there’s also a statement from ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, who chatted about the news on Wednesday before an appearance at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour (h/t The Hollywood Reporter). Read more…

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[Из песочницы] 10 признаков того, что хороший программист из вас не получится

Привет, Хабр! Представляю вашему вниманию перевод статьи «10 Signs You Will Suck at Programming» автора Jonathan Bluks.

Очень часто на Reddit или Quora я вижу вопросы вида «Как понять, смогу ли я стать успешным программистом?» (На самом деле, эта статья является расширенным продолжением моего недавнего ответа на Quora.) Когда кто-то задумывается о смене карьеры или интересуется разработкой и хочет знать, что для этого требуется, неизбежно возникает этот самый вопрос.

Вообще, я думаю, что это главный барьер в умах людей, которые не получали фундаментального образования по программированию. Думать, программист из вас так себе, совершенно естественно, и это мешает вам взяться за новое дело. Это как мечтать стать актером, но сомневаться, что вы вообще умеете играть.

Будучи преподавателем на курсе «Full-stack Web-development», я работал со многими программистами-новичками. Хорошая новость в том, что мне редко встречались студенты, которые вообще не могли научиться программировать. Я считаю, что умение программировать — такой же базовый навык, как умение читать, писать и считать. Это под силу любому, так как это одна из способностей человека, но этому действительно надо учиться.

За два года преподавания, я наблюдал мучения студентов в процессе обучения и видел у них несколько схожих проблем. Если вы взглянете на их список и почувствуете, что это все про вас, можете быть уверены — хороший программист из вас точно не получится и, возможно, вам стоит заняться чем-то другим. Однако, если вы останетесь верны своей цели стать разработчиком, вы сможете преодолеть все препятствия.

Этот список поможет вам понять, сможете ли вы стать хорошим программистом, а также что делать, если вы решите это изменить.
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Glowing Facebook story pulled from Teen Vogue following serious WTFs

Glowing Facebook story pulled from Teen Vogue following serious WTFs

Have you ever wondered how «Facebook is Helping Ensure the Integrity of the 2020 Election?»

Well then, does Teen Vogue have a story for you! Or wait, at least it did, before a fawning article with that very headline was pulled by the award-winning publication — without explanation — shortly after it was published Wednesday morning. 

The article, which uncritically profiled five Facebook employees, presented itself as a «behind the scenes» look at how the social media giant is «taking measures to protect against foreign interference and stop the spread of misinformation.» In other words, it stunk of sponsored content and initially ran both with no byline and no disclaimer regarding its potential ad nature. Read more…

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Nick Jonas Rocks A Very Frustrated Colour With Ease

You may not know it, but there is a whole area of psychology devoted to colour. The colours we surround ourselves with can have hidden meanings, and we can often choose them based on unconscious thoughts. What we may simply think is our favourite colour can have a much deeper meaning.

Nick Jonas…

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Twitter will test reply limiting feature to beat back trolls

Twitter will test reply limiting feature to beat back trolls

Twitter is trying to make it a lot harder for trolls to hijack conversations.

The company will start testing a new feature that will allow users to set limits on who can reply to their tweets before they hit send. The feature, which the company plans to test in a limited rollout later this year, marks one of the company’s most aggressive efforts to fight trolls and targeted harassment on its platform. 

With this new feature, Twitter users will be able to choose who can reply to their tweets from a list of options that include: everyone, only followers, only people who are mentioned in the tweet, or nobody.  Read more…

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Harry and Meghan announce plan to ‘step back’ from senior Royal Family roles

Harry and Meghan announce plan to 'step back' from senior Royal Family roles

It appears the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to take a break from the brightest royal spotlight.

On Wednesday, the couple’s official Instagram account announced that «after many months of reflection and internal discussions,» Harry and Meghan «have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.»

«We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.»

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Low Stock Market Return Expectations For The Next Decade (2020-2030)

We’ve seen that stock market investors have been rewarded for investing regularly during the last decade. $10,000 invested in the Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 fund in January 2010 would have grown to $25,000 in January 2020. $10,000 invested in the Vanguard S&P 500 Index fund would have grown to $35,000 from 2010-2020!

However, the FactorResearch article Global Pension Funds: The Coming Storm summarizes why we should have more reasonable expectations for the next decade. First up, we have low interest rates. If you have low interest rates now, then your future bond returns are highly likely to be similarly low.

For stocks, we have a historically low earnings yield (or historically high P/E ratio). While the correlation is not as high, a low earnings yield usually leads to low future equity returns:

Based on this combination of low starting interest rates and low starting earnings yield, the author’s model predicts an annualized average return of 3.1% nominal for a traditional 60% stocks/40% bonds portfolio over the next 10 years.

(Time to set a reminder for 1/1/2030!)

These predictions can be dangerous in terms of market timing. Low interest rates and relatively high valuations were also true a year ago, but then the US stock market went up another 30%! If you avoided stocks, you would have missed a huge gain only to find yourself with even lower forward return expectations. Returns are lumpy – there might be only a few big positive years and many negative years to average out to a 5% return. What if you just missed one of the huge positive years?

My only takeaway is to maintain both stock market exposure and reasonable expectations. Various factors combined to make 2019 a big year for stocks (and most other major asset classes) and I’ll certainly take it, but also remember that it won’t be like that every year. There is a quote that happiness = reality minus expectations. For investing, maybe it changes to: likeliness of panic selling = reality minus expectations.

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Письмо: «Ему нужен экшен»

Про казанов два письма хотите?

У нас еще остались три задания из последнего теста, про Казанову.

И сегодня мы разбирали письмо, где совсем не казанова, а КСЖ с жаждой контроля и добуквенной реализации своего плана.

Казанов как раз отличает то, что они не хотят контролировать женщин и не выносят штурманства женского.

Совсем другая структура. Тоже очень шаткая и непригодная для нормальных семейных отношений, но принципиально другая.

Казановы практически никогда не проявляют агрессии (женщины по отношению к ним — часто) и не хотят, чтобы воплощались их сценарии, хотят, чтобы все развивалось спонтанно.

Это очень важное отличие между КСЖ и казановами, непонимание этого отличия стоит женщинам очень дорого.

Если вы жена КСЖ, никогда не соглашайтесь ни на какую свою полигамию, это опасно для вашей жизни.

Лучше пусть сам изменяет, чем вовлекает вас. Первое для вас не опасно, а второе — да. И им вы не можете рулить, а собой — да.

С казановой дело обстоит иначе, хотя в полигамии в принципе нет ничего хорошего. С казановой для вас опасней всего, если вы сами присвоите его и будете страдать, он вас присвоит вряд ли. А вот остыть и заскучать казанова с вами может быстро и если найдет девушку с ОЗ получше, без сожаления бросит вас. Разве что у вас дружба, совместная работа и есть общие дети. Тогда может быть и нет.


Добрый вечер, Эволюция!

Очень надеюсь на разбор.

Прочитала Ваш пост про мужчин с высокой ОЗ. Мой случай.

Мне 39. Была замужем 6 лет, детей нет. Я из провинции, в Москву переехала на повышение по работе. Карьеру строить получалось. Потом по своей собственной глупости окунулась в клубную жизнь со всеми вытекающими и все разрушила. Сейчас есть доход,но он несравнимо меньше того, что было. Но планирую переезд в другую страну,есть договорённости об открытии там небольшого бизнеса. В целом, финансово независима.

(Часики взорвались уже, а она вместо того, чтобы родить ребенка, окунулась в клубную жизнь. Эх, девушки. Все-то вам кажется, что вы можете идти против физических законов)

Познакомилась с И. Он чуть старше. Как он на меня внимание обратил я даже не знаю. Он очень известный,его все на улицах узнают,харизматичный,умный,очень талантливый, красивый.

Познакомились на свинг вечеринке. И он и я в этой теме давно. О таком мужчине я даже мечтать не могла.

(Как он внимание обратил? Не так много женщин, приходящих на свинг-вечеринки без мужчины)

Думала, просто раз отдохнём и он меня забудет. Но стали чаще видеться,сейчас я почти живу у него,знакома со всей семьей, подружилась очень с его ребёнком. Он в разводе давно. Как он мне сказал, я «незаметно вползла в его жизнь». Сняв корону, осознаю, что это означает, что я влезла, без спроса, практически навязалась.

Съездили отдыхать,почти все время проводим вместе. Он признался мне в любви. Скорее всего под моими щипцами.

Сейчас у него с работой не очень. Тех доходов финансовых уже нет. Он сильно переживает из-за этого. Но моя ОЗ несравнимо ниже.

(Вот все истории про большую разницу ОЗ такие. Он богач, но только давно разорился и пьет как черт. Или он богач, но когда познакомились был почти на мели или только начинал свой бизнес. Вот и вся большая разница ОЗ. Ну или истории про секс, а не про что-то серьезное)

Для меня самая большая сложность отрефлексировать свою значимость для него. Я Рапунцель,с полным набором багов, начиная от Штурмана, Училки, Сокровища, заканчивая доильным аппаратом.

(Сокровище — это не баг. Доильный аппарат тоже. Не надо гордо перечислять свой пыточный арсенал, просто закройте свой чемоданчик. Это легко)

У нас была крупная ссора с ним. После неё я попала с острой аллергией по скорой в больницу, вышла и уехала в командировку. Про больницу не сказала, просто пропала на 4 дня. Не отвечала на смс, трубку не брала. Не могу объяснить себе почему. Точнее могу. Хотела чтобы побегал, видимо. Вспомнились тупые пикаперские приемы с каких-то форумов. Он писал, звонил. Поняла всю глупость этого, потому что он устроил мне допрос потом, а я не смогла вразумительно ответить почему пропала.

У него в то время случился запой, был практически срыв нервный. Не из-за меня, конечно. Проблемы по работе.

Мы помирились и он мне по пьяне сделал предложение. Я не обратила внимания, потому что поняла, что это результат моих щипцов скорее всего. До этого мы обсуждали переезд в другую страну. Он предложил поехать с ним и я согласилась.

Потом уже, предложение выйти замуж повторялось несколько раз ещё. Без всяких церемоний и колец. То есть все просто слова. Может был порыв, но он явно пропал. Если бы реально хотел, мы бы заявление уже подали. Я осознаю, что улетела в глубокий минус. И несусь глубоко в яму.

(Как же любят рапаны описывать свои полеты. Им кажется, что повлиять на это нельзя. Хотя на самом деле, она понимает, что это у нее от жадности. Снизить жадность — и никакого полета не будет)

Сейчас все более-менее ровно казалось бы, но моя корона мне сильно мешает. Потому что качается туда-сюда и мне кажется, что он от меня устал, что уже нет тех взглядов на меня, как были, что все по инерции. А я со своей короной и кучей багов совершенно не умею быть спонтанной и повышать свою значимость для человека. Только тупым «пропасть» и дать поскучать. И понимаю, как это глупо. Поехали за город с его семьей, он мало общался, все время в телефоне. Мы почти не разговаривали. Грустный, даже раздражённый.

(Почему надо пропадать? Если можно просто заняться работой? Не поскучать здесь надо давать, а отдохнуть от себя. Нельзя пытаться заполнить собой весь эфир. А еще лучше не отдыхать давать, а просто заниматься делом, тогда и потребности в отдыхе от вас не будет)

Его женщины обожают, он всегда в центре внимания.

У меня есть другие мужчины -любовники, ему это нравится и он это поддерживает. Иногда немного ревнует, но игра ему нравится. Возможно так он даёт мне понять мою низкую значимость для себя. Меня игра с другими мужчинами привлекает. Я вижу его горящие глаза именно в таких ситуациях, связанных с сексом. Мы общаемся с такими же людьми, близкими по духу. Он тоже общается с другими женщинами,но без меня никуда не ездит. Ну или я об этом не знаю. После наших совместных таких тусовок он нежный, признаётся в любви, обнимает.

(Близкими по духу она называет людей, которые тоже любят свальный грех. Народ, ну при чем тут дух? Какой дух? Это ваши слабости и чревоугодие. Вместо работы, творчества, воспитания детей, вы занимаетесь тем, что чешете свой блуд разнообразными способами. И так, и сяк. Это все равно как если бы вы собирались и обжирались, растягивая свои желудки как можно больше, на совместных застольях. Иногда блевали бы и снова обжирались. Но считали друг друга близкими по духу из-за любви к жратве)

Все усугубляется тем, что с нами живет третьей постоянно призрак его бывшей жены. Она ушла от него и это было трагедией. Он много говорит о тех временах. Думаю, что любит ее до сих пор и скучает. Совместных детей у них нет.

Я совершенно запуталась. Я очень его люблю, поэтому под короной совершенно не могу адекватно оценить ситуацию. Присвоила, видимо. Мне очень хорошо с ним, но очень боюсь быть в тягость и навязчивой. И очень хочу избавиться от этого штурманского «бежать, роняя тапки», потому что все по кругу возвращается. Не понимаю, кто я. Вижу свой минус большой и справиться с этим не могу.

(Фокус рапанов всегда на своем минусе, не хотят поместить фокус на плюс другого. Думают про свой минус и хотят его снизить. Но не увидев чужой плюс, свой минус не снизишь)

Он эмоциональный, ему нужен экшен, видимо. Или просто сильно плюсует. Моя мина становится все кислее. Я стараюсь отслеживать свои шаги, не лезть, не доставать. Иногда рефлексирую и пресекаю штурманство. Но из-за этого в постоянном напряге, как будто все делаю не так.
Часто мне говорит, что в моем лексиконе отсутствует слово «мы», иногда говорит о том, что я его все равно брошу. Наверное, это от того, что он не сильно заинтересован и просто сейчас не готов взять ответственность за разрыв, но планы со мной не строит.

(Его слова про «мы» лежат в шкатулке на видном месте, рядом с пьяными признаниями в любви)

В общем, я прокручиваю все это в голове постоянно, сомневаюсь все время, в себе, в нем. Накручиваю себя, но это же ситуацию никак не меняет.

Мне бы очень хотелось сохранить эти отношения, я хочу измениться и научиться держать свой локус у себя, а фокус на нем, убрать эти свои хочу.

Мне кажется, я примерно на уровне удобной тумбочки для него. А как поднять свою значимость для него я не знаю.

(Автор, ресурсы надо качать. А не сексом с разными мужчинами заниматься. Неужели вы думаете, что можно поднять свою значимость пьянством и развратом?)

Недавно он сказал мне, что уверен, что я тайно встречаюсь с другими мужчинами за его спиной. Я сказала, что нет. Он попросил показать переписку. Я ответила, что я могу показать, но это унижает меня, что он мне не доверяет.

(Это у нее тоже в шкатулочке лежит, хотя он просто так спросил. А может ищет повод от нее отвязаться)

В голове каша и я чувствую, как качусь куда-то в яму, радость с лица пропадает. Что делать я не знаю.

Благодарю Вас заранее за Вашу помощь и за Ваш вклад в жизни людей.


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Provide 500 Unique Social Network backlinks from most popular websites for $5

500 Social Network Profile Back-links InstantHello,
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Adsense Safe UK Traffic, UK Keyword Targeted Traffic from Google for 30 Days for $4

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Provide 200,000 High quality GSA SER SEO Backlinks for $5

200,000 GSA SER SEO BacklinksThis is super cool offer. I am offering 200,000 GSA SER Verified Backlinks for your site ranking in Google. You can use this service to rank your Web2.0 Youtube Videos, yellow pages, ebay listings and amazon stores.

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I will do eye catching, professional infographic design and submissions for $5

For Infographics Creations      

Very colorful graphics of your research, process, facts, information, business data, statistics, etc.

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NOTE:  Please ask me before order if you’ve any question.

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rank website on google 1st page with my SEO service!!!!!!!! for $40

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Provide 3600 High PR Do follow Backlinks for $5

3600 HQ. Mix platforms PR10 to PR6 Backlinks:

If you want to dominate search engines and be on the top position for Google, then you have to get Mix platforms backlinks for your website. This step may seem insignificant for some but for SEOs, this is a massive step towards optimizing your site and increasing your site/product’s exposure.
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provide 15 forum posting with backlinks for $6

I will do 100% Niche Relevant Forum Posting for your business.

Niche Relevant Forum Post is the most essential path to promote your business or products rank.

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I will be your social media manager to grow your business for $30

We live in the «Golden Age» of the Internet, where you can find everything you want easily. Social Media Platforms have made things easier for businesses and customers who can purchase what they are looking for in just a click.
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Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn / Pinterest

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I will recover your hacked wordpress website for $10

Got Hacked? I will Recover WordPress hacked website, remove malware and Secure from future attacks could be:
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Note: Contact us before placing an order.

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Provide 3000 Wiki Backlinks best for your websites as well as seo for $5

Wiki Backlink is a link back to the page or one of the pages that currently link to the page you’re using. Backlinks are already supported to some extent in the present Web system, the links are embedded in articles related to your keywords, The higher a page is ranked, the better it will perform in organic search results, If your website’s pages have a high PageRank score, the Google spider is more likely to visit your site to indexyour articles or content.

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I will audit your wordpress site and send complete report for $10

WordPress audit is very important if you really want to know whether your site is working fine as compared with your competitors in terms of several things like SEO, performance, efficiency and user-friendliness.

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NOTE: This service is to do an audit of your site as it is. If you also need fixes for reported issues, check our other service.

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Provide 3000 Forum Posting Backlinks best for Your seo to rank keywords for $5

Forums are very helpful in getting the targeted traffic from search engines and also facilitates in getting theme based links. The above statement But this does not mean that one should go for irrelevant forum postings. A forum posting can guarantee benefits to your website only if the Forum on which you posted your website is directly or indirectly related to your website. A newcomer can also do forum posting himself but a research is needed in order to find quality as well as related forums. Therefore it is always advisable to use a professional’s service for forum posting. We offer you quality forum posting services and take care of marketing your website through this medium. We ensure not only high ranking in Google but also increased online presence.

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4. Do you accept all Niche Website?
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I’ll create 600 High-Quality Web 2.0 Backlinks- Get instant Rankings in Google for $30

I will manually build 600, DA 50 to DA 100 Web 2.0 High-Quality Backlinks for your Website.

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So what are you waiting for?. Place Your Order Now and Boost your Website Rankings.

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I will speed up wordpress site professionally for $10

I will PROFESSIONALLY speed up a WordPress site and SCORE it in GREEN on GTMetrix.
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NOTE: You will get Before & After GTMetrix reports for comparison.

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Provide 30 Do Follow PR9 Profile Backlinks from High DA Websites for $5

Provide 30 Do Follow PR9 Profile Backlinks from High DA Websites
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600 High DA, PA Social Bookmarking Backlinks from High Authority Websites for $30

Social bookmarking sites are one of these tools that can have an impact on digital marketing because it fuels one of SEO’s most important elements Backlinks

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100 Seo Friendly Directory Submission Backlinks on PR9-PR3 for $20

Updated Directory Submission for 2020

Hey Guys…
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High Quality 600 Dofollow Profile Backlinks High PA, DA- Boost your Website Rankings for $30

I will manually Create 100 to 300 and DA 50 TO DA 90 Profile Backlinks from Unique High Authority Domains.

Having Backlinks from High-Authority Trusted Domains provides Authority and Credibility to your website. High-Quality Backlinks are the most important part of the SEO Campaign. Backlinks from High Domain Authority and Page Rank websites are a Good Source to increase your website’s Authority and Rankings in Google and other Search Engines.

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What you will get?

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Give me a chance to work with you. I can ensure you that you will love my work.

So what are you waiting for?. Place Your Order Now and Boost your Website Rankings.

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Build High PA, DA 50 YouTube 50 Wikipedia 10 Quora Backlinks for $20

It’s 2020 and Backlinks still remain one of the most important Google ranking factors to focus on.

Getting more Authority Sites to link to your content tells Google that your page is worth Ranking. The more Quality Links you have, the better. The Search Engine giant puts Backlinks in the bracket of crucial Google Ranking factors because they are difficult to game.

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CreativePro Video: Sizing Outlined Text in Illustrator

In this week’s CreativePro video, Von Glitschka shares how to size outlined text to match existing type. Combining masks, common elements, smart guides, and the alignment function, he shows how to have consistent text sizes, even if that text is no longer actual text.

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[Из песочницы] Основные минусы работы из дома

Сегодня я расскажу тебе о своем опыте удаленной работы, а если быть точнее, о минусах удаленной работы. Эта публикация сделана не для демонизации удаленной работы, а для того, чтобы восстановить баланс в информационном пространстве, предостеречь тебя от возможных негативных последствий.

Сейчас слишком много видео, пабликов, рекламы создают мифы вокруг удаленной работы, все говорят о том, как это круто, модно, молодежно, говорят о том, что ты свободен (хотя зачастую наоборот, об этом я расскажу подробнее чуть позже), но очень часто умалчивается о минусах.

Основная часть

Сначала немного о себе. Я работаю программистом примерно полтора года и почти все это время работаю удаленно. Несмотря на мой небольшой опыт, я успел столкнулся с внушительным количеством минусов дистанционной работы, о них и пойдет дальше речь.

Никого не волнует, что ты работаешь

Будь уверен, если есть хоть один человек в доме помимо тебя, ты не сможешь нормально и комфортно поработать. Люди не понимают, что ты работаешь, это не может уложиться в их голове. Им всегда будет казаться, что тебя можно в любой момент спросить о чем-то, позвать куда-то. Для посторонних ты всегда будешь тем, кто просто сидит за компьютером и страдает бездельем. Даже если ты постараешься объяснять человеку, что он тебя отвлекает, это скорее всего не сработает.

Поэтому будь бдителен, если помимо тебя в доме есть жена, дети, родители, готовься к долгому привыканию окружающих к тому, что тебя нельзя кое о чем быстренько спросить. Лично мое мнение, нужно обязательно изолироваться от всех людей в доме. Читать дальше →


British Airways. Clever you

British Airways запустили новый рекламный ролик в дни рождественских праздников. На этот раз компания решила уйти от стандартного промоушена туристических услуг и прорекламировать себя через самих клиентов. В Британии путешествия уступают только погоде в качестве популярных тем для разговоров. Ролик с юмором рассказывает, как эти разговоры разыгрываются в реальной жизни. Иногда, планируя путешествия, в итоге мы не получаем того, что так ярко видели в мечтах, а с British Airways клиенты получают гибкость в создании собственного идеального отпуска, уверенности в бронировании пакета с защитой ATOL и многое другое. Название кампании «Clever you» (умный ты) говорит о том, что те, кто выбирают British Airways- не просто авиакомпанию, но и довольно «умного» провайдера поездок, делают правильный выбор.

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The most insightful vision of the future at CES came from HBO’s ‘Westworld’

The most insightful vision of the future at CES came from HBO's 'Westworld'

When media folks received a cryptic invite to an HBO Westworld experience at CES, we knew we were in for it. But no one could’ve predicted that the night would end in the fifty or so gathered dinner guests erupting in shocked gasps.

By the end of the 2.5-hour interactive performance experience at Las Vegas’ NoMad, the activation put together by creative agency Giant Spoon revealed itself to be much more than just a clue about Season 3 of HBO’s dystopian TV series. It was also one of the most incisive commentaries on our real-world future to emerge from the biggest conference in tech.

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Whether Layering Up or Revealing More, 8 Transparent Products to Shop Now

Now that we’ve shed 2019 — and a whole decade at that — the need to do the same with our fits is on its way. Right now, reducing your layers probably isn’t top of the agenda, but it helps to get ahead when it comes to seasonal prep. Over the past few years, men’s fashion has received a welcomed splash of transparency. Sheer shirts dressed some of pop culture’s biggest names. Organza blew up in 2019. And mesh is getting a widespread yes for SS20.

While we receive revealing fits with welcome arms, not all of us are comfortable showing skin. In that case, transparent garments are ingenious layering tools, useful for airing that neglected tee during colder months. There’s no need to limit transparency to the torso, though. From sneakers to accessories, all that’s see-through is likely to dominate 2020, and we’ve picked out some visible highlights to get started.

Oh BODE. If summer had a uniform, this would be it. That silky organza looks that good, even in images, that it had us stroking our laptop screen. The sheer shirt is finished off with some stunning embroidery depicting a Japanese pagoda.

Our Leg has been on the transparent train for a while now, shaking up menswear with its mesh-packing Spring/Summer collections. This semi-sheer nylon mesh top is a torso-hugging piece, featuring a hazy projection befitting a melt-inducing summer day.

Yep, Our Leg again. We told you. While the Swedish label has had the top half well covered when it comes to transparent goods, these organza pants are a new move. All here for pants over pants in 2020.

This is one for those who like to layer. The semi-sheer organza shirt by Raf comes with a detachable T-shirt underneath, providing plenty of opportunity for switching up your look.

Sweaters can do sheer too, and this piece by Ann Demeulemeester proves so. Hand knitted in Macedonia, this a delicate wool piece that again offers a range of nice layering opps.

As we mentioned, it’s not just the top department serving up some excuse to show off some flesh. The recently released and sought-after sneaker collab between adidas and British skateboarder/model Blondey McCoy features a clear PVC upper. If you’re not going barefoot, make sure your socks are clean.

Not exactly new, but with this currently being on sale and at a very attractive price for Margiela goods, we had to throw it into the glassy mix.

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CES 2020: The 9 Biggest EV Announcements You Need to Know About

Ever since the North American Auto Show moved its dates from January to June, CES has become the defacto event for imaging what the future of transportation looks like. This year’s show features entries from legendary car makers like Mercedes-Benz and Fiat, in addition to hopeful rookies such as Byton and Fisker.

The Tesla Cybertruck stole the show in 2019 and if CES 2020 is any indication, here are the cars and trucks that should be on your radar moving forward in 2020 and beyond.

Chrysler’s future-leaning Air Flow Vision takes its name from the aerodynamic Chrysler Airflow sedan of the 1930s which revolutionized the ride position for drivers and passengers who up until that point felt like they were riding “on top” of a chassis as opposed to being contained “inside” the vehicle.

Like so many other CES car debuts, the Air Flow Vision relies on the interaction between driver, car, and operating system. Built on the principles of depth, hierarchy, consistency, and legibility, the user will be able to see and experience the interface in a way that is safe, easy to use and understand using a menu-based format, and screens that can be personalized, simplified, and grouped to individual needs and interests.

The Air Flow Vision is built upon the drivetrain and platform from the Pacifica PHEV.

While Sony is primarily known for its PlayStation and television offerings, the Japanese company threw its hat into the automobile ring at CES 2020. On the surface, the Vision-S appears to be a mashup of the Porsche Taycan and a Lucid Air — boasting a glass roof and 33 external and internal sensors to improve the driving experience. The Vision-S’s specs include a pair of 268-horsepower electric motors enabling 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

The Mercedes Vision AVTR Concept draws from various plot points from James Cameron’s sci-fi hit Avatar by acting as a “living organism” that connects users with the car in the same way that the Na’vi people interacted with the flying Banshee.

The steering-wheelless cockpit has a center console which can detect a person’s pulse and subsequently manage all of the vehicle’s key functions. The seats are made from vegan materials, while the floor is made from a new wood type called Karuun, which grows as a natural, raw material, harvested by hand in Indonesia. Additionally, the power source for the Vision AVTR is a new compostable battery technology made up of graphene-based organic cell chemistry, which is totally free of rare earths and metals.

First unveiled in October at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Nissan Ariya Concept, a crossover with 300 miles of range, could go on sale in the US by late 2021. Designed around a single horizon line, with sleek wide front fenders, super-thin LED headlights, as well as a front “shield” (replacing a traditional grill) emblazoned with an illuminated Nissan emblem, it’s about the size of the Nissan Rogue and has a stance similar to the Jaguar I-Pace. Featuring a driver assistance system – ProPILOT 2.0 — the concept EV SUV combines navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities.

The Fisker Ocean, which the company describes as “the world’s most sustainable vehicle,” is presented as a direct competitor to Tesla’s Model Y. Boasting between 250 and 300 miles of range from a battery pack, the company claims it will have around 80 kWh when it hits roads in 2022 with a suggested retail price is $37,499 ($29,999 after current US tax credits for electric vehicles).

Additional amenities include a 100 percent vegan interior and “California mode,” which lowers every window at the touch of a button.

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel

Jeep will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade in the brand’s attempt to electrify all vehicles by 2022. When initially unveiled last year, Fiat Chrysler said the Compass and Renegade plug-in models would offer about 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) of range and a new 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine.

The BMW i3 Urban Suite is a hatchback with limousine-like accommodations which seems on the surface to be more fun to be driven in than to be behind the wheel. Co-pilots can recline on lounge-like chairs while watching screen that flips down from the headliner which gives it “the relaxed feel of a boutique hotel.” The concept is powered by 42.2-kwh battery pack and a 170-horsepower electric motor with power going to the rear wheels with a total of 153 miles of range per charge.

While this vehicle won’t be available for purchase anytime soon, attendees of CES 2020 will get the chance to ride in one as BMW has a handful of them cruising the streets of Las Vegas. Riders can hail the BMW i3 Urban Suite with a special app.

First seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the concept’s name means “120” in Italian, signifying Fiat’s 120 years in the car business. The vehicle is highly customizable as if it were a real-life LEGO. If — and when — the concept is produced, the vehicle will come in one color. Owners will then be able to change the color by swapping out the roof panel, bumpers, wheel covers, and choosing different exterior vinyl wrap. Even the battery pack is customizable. The Centoventi can be configured for between 60 miles and 300 miles of range.

China’s Byton describes its M-Byte vehicle as choosing “data power over horsepower” — based on the notion that 40% of users say that they would switch car brands for better connectivity services. What the M-Byte might lack in raw power is made up with amenities like a 48-inch interior screen, small tablet-like display in the steering wheel, super antennas, and cutting-edge cloud connectivity.

At 191 inches long with a 116-inch-long wheelbase, the M-Byte is similar in size to the BMW X5 and has two rows of seats. The $45,000 electric crossover is expected on sale in the US next year with 60,000 pre-orders worldwide already and a reported capacity to produce 300,000 cars annually.


Новости мира криптовалют 08.01.2020

Новости мира криптовалют 08.01.2020

Краткая подборка основных новостей из мира криптовалют на портале Towave.

  • Сегодня курс биткоина преодолел отметку в 8 тысяч долларов, на данный момент цена одной монеты составляет 8385 долларов США. По мнению трейдера CryptoWolf, биткоин пробил уровень сопротивления $8090 и теперь будет двигаться к 9,5 тысячам долларов. Множество других аналитиков тоже склоняются к варианту продолжения роста цены биткоина.
  • В 2020 году криптовалюты станут одним из приоритетных направлений контроля SEC.
  • Ходатайство SEC по предоставлению Telegram банковской документации по продаже токенов Gram отклонено судом Южного округа Нью-Йорка.
  • CEO Binance Чанпэн Чжао отказался танцевать на сцене вслед за Маском.
  • При помощи вируса-шифрователя Sodinokibi, хакеры заблокировали сайт компании Travelex и значительно затруднили ее работу: компания перестала принимать к оплате кредитные карты, а с клиентской базой проводится работа вручную. Хакеры вымогают за дешифровку базы данных и отказ от продажи информации о клиентах Travelex 6 миллионов долларов.
  • Криптобиржа COSS (Сингапур) без предупреждения заблокировала операции ввода-вывода средств на. Озвученная причина – будущий переход работы на новую платформу.
  • Теперь Binance поддерживает евро (EUR), британский фунт (GBP) и австралийский доллар (AUD).


The Telling Rooms of Sterling Ruby

Right before Thanksgiving break, I met with Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby. His relatively empty studio allowed me to enjoy his work in various states of completion. Ruby — born in Germany in 1972 to a Dutch mother and an American father — is one of the biggest artists of his generation. His creativity has no limits. His work spans across a large variety of media, including ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and collage, although he’s mostly famous for his spray paintings and bleached collages. It’s through these disciplines that he first collaborated with Raf Simons, designing his (now closed) Tokyo store in 2008 by transforming a generic layout into a giant 3D collage of his spray painted panels.

Ruby has also long experimented with textiles. Fashion — a natural next frontier — led him to design sturdy, paint-splattered, and bleached workwear inspired by his blue-collar roots, and brought in references from luxury menswear as well as punk and skateboarding culture (Ruby used to be a professional skateboarder). It led him to partner with Simons, once again, in 2009; this time on a capsule collection consisting of bleached denim jeans and jackets for Raf Simons’ namesake brand. A fully-fledged collaboration with Simons followed in January 2014, when the two joined forces for the designer’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The partnership continued episodically, with Ruby being enlisted by Simons during the designer’s tenure as creative director at Dior and later chief content officer at Calvin Klein, until Simons’ stormy departure from the brand in December 2018.

It led the contemporary artist to a rebranding of his own. This June, he added creative director to his title, when he debuted a ready-to-wear clothing line of his own (named S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA.) in Florence, Italy, during the city’s bi-annual trade show, Pitti Uomo.

When I get to Soto Street facility in Vernon — an industrial town 20 minutes outside Downtown Los Angeles that has no more than 120 inhabitants and approximately 55 thousand workers commuting there every day — I’m welcomed by Sterling Ruby’s staff members Tyler Britt and Reid Ulrich, both former students of artist Melanie Schiff (Ruby’s wife, with whom he shares the studio and who’s closely involved in the brand).

I’m expecting Britt and Ulrich to take me on a quick tour of the space, followed by a few minutes with Ruby — however, after Ruby takes over, time no longer seems a limitation.

Walking around the artist’s 4-acre studio is a surreal experience. Firstly, because of how nice and easy Ruby is, but also because of the scale of his gigantic warehouse. Next to his many artworks (he keeps half of everything he has produced over the years) it houses a burnt green Chevrolet “Astro” van that he found during his commute to the studio, as well as a rusted, dismantled submarine, found in a scrap yard and exhibited in Paris a few years ago.

“Being an artist is equal to being schizophrenic — you have to change constantly,” Ruby tells me. Seeing both the way and the environment in which he creates gives truth to these words. Each room in his studio is dedicated to one medium. This is also how he prefers to show his work, favoring the focus on one craft per room over cross-disciplinary exhibitions, like many of his peers. In his studio, he has a specific tiny room for the “works on paper,” some for ceramics and bleached collages. During my private studio visit, it quickly becomes clear to me how every single room explains a side of Ruby’s story. Together, they represent his personality.

The Textile Room is where Ruby works on each piece that involves textiles, like his large-scale soft sculpture candles, quilts, flags, and garment backdrops.

Ahead of meeting with Ruby, I read about the sewing machine his mother gave him when he was a teenager. It was the starting point for him to create custom clothes, soft sculptures, and eventually graduating to fashion. “I wanted to ask her if she knew what it meant to get me a sewing machine at the age of 13, in this environment,” Ruby explains. “The school that I went to was very rural and isolated from any type of culture. I couldn’t stand how strict it was, I despised it. I think she did it on purpose.”

Back then, gender roles were so determined in the Amish community he grew up in. Boys were taught to work on wood or construction, girls on textile. Giving him that sewing machine — traditionally reserved for girls — was a visionary act of liberation from his mother, since it stimulated his creativity. Ruby would customize his clothes. As a result, other teenagers within the community would pick on him, assuming he was gay. He was a rebellious teenager and oftentimes got into fights with his fellow classmates. He couldn’t stand how narrow their minds were.

Ruby always questioned the rules and he’s still trying to reset them. He never really cared about conventions or commonplaces. For him, the notion of “truth” should always be challenged. Some contemporary art curators and collectors remain profoundly against the idea of artists collaborating with fashion houses. So seeing an artist of Ruby’s caliber starting a fashion company can feel threatening at times. Especially for those who bought his work and don’t want to see the value decrease over the years, afraid the connection with fashion will dilute their possessions. The art world wasn’t ready to end what he calls the “segregation of practice,” but he has already convinced some of those who were once perplexed. To that extent, Sterling Ruby is a pioneer.

Continuing the tour, I’m stunned by the high ceilings of each room in this part of the studio. Ruby explains to me how this scale gives him freedom to envision an exhibition without thinking about any technical or physical constraints.

Freedom is a concept that resonates, and the idea of escaping is anchored in his work, in which he often addresses psychological experiences that he felt he dealt with in his life and potentially will have to deal with in his future. He also relates freedom to the feeling of being trapped growing up; within his paintings, for instance, you can identify windows or bars. It addresses time as a prison analogy. These paintings are a formal representation of opposites — inside vs. outside, before vs. after.

In February 2019, during the inaugural edition of Frieze LA, I visited Sprüth Magers, Ruby’s LA gallery. His video STATE was on display, in which he addressed freedom and, more specifically, mass incarceration in the State of California. STATE shows aerial views of the 35 adult state prisons (it oscillates now and then between California and Texas for most in the country) that he shot for almost five years. He was shocked by the amount and the scale of prisons you can find in California. The state is known for being the most liberal in the country, but at the same time has about 180,000 people who are incarcerated. I remember this art installation from another artist, who said, “Since 1980, California built 22 prisons and one university,” (a statement some claim is inaccurate).

Ruby gave the entire proceeds of the video to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-profit organization created to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in the US.

“I’m still very connected to Middle America,” he says. Indeed, Ruby is still a very political artist and his fights are interesting for two reasons. Amongst the living stars of contemporary art, he’s one of the few who is still heavily political. Secondly, within this group of star artists, he doesn’t only preach for his own community but also for others. You’ll see him addressing mass incarceration that mostly strikes the African-American community (statistics show that one-third of all male African-Americans born after 2001 will end up in jail during his life, against one-seventeenth for white male Americans). He also fights for gender equality with different types of sculptures he has developed because he felt the ones he used to create were “too phallic.”

We move on through the studio, into the huge outdoor areas where, periodically, Ruby works under the California sun. Outdoor spaces are used in a similar way as the inside galleries. There, you can find a few unusual figures such as enormous rusty, metallic structures that can be used as ready-mades. There’s also a truck in decay, covered with urethane that he might use in a future show.

I was also able to admire a huge sculpture similar to the one I saw in the Coachella Desert X 2019 Biennial. Some of his sculptures can be left outside for months until they’re ready. Their aim is never to be perfect, as with Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic.

Before meeting Ruby, I watched a video interview of him painting outdoors with an enormous paintbrush, and I was struck by the resemblance of his practice with that of Julian Schnabel as seen in the 2017 documentary Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait. Like Ruby, Schnabel crossed-over disciplines into cinema long before it became generally accepted. “Julian is unique. He’s historical and a lot of young painters should pay homage to him. The way he has been able to cross over into films, it’s amazing. I think a lot of times when artists try to do something else, it doesn’t necessarily translate. Julian has proven to be just as good as a filmmaker as he is as a painter.” Do I think Ruby will succeed his crossover into fashion? Most definitely.

/ Raphaël Chatelain

We continue to walk into Ruby’s showroom, where he shows me the collection on racks. On the side, there is a mix of aluminum accessories and objects — axes, baskets, and a shovel.

The clothes he made back in the mid-2000s were legendary before he even had S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA., largely due to his Raf Simons collaborations. He actually got copied by a few designers even before creating his own brand.

S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. is divided into four distinct fashion identities, which is also how it’s sold in stores. S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA, the main line; ED. 50, a rotating edition of limited pieces produced in quantities of 50; SOTO, garments constructed with fabric handworked by Sterling Ruby Studio; and UNIQUE, one-of-a-kind pieces designed and realized by Ruby himself.

Making editions and unique pieces is similar to what he does in art. Pricing for those pieces follow the same dynamic, UNIQUE being the most expensive — still dramatically less expensive than the artist’s actual art.

You can spend a few thousand dollars for a UNIQUE piece, and to me, it’s quite reasonable, if you think about the fact that each piece is handmade by Ruby and you’re walking with a real piece of Sterling Ruby art around your shoulders. Right now, most fashion houses are run by creative directors who create the overarching narrative of their seasonal collections, and then hire other designers to bring the actual clothes to life, whereafter the person in charge edits the collection and makes it cohesive with the other components in a show, like casting, hair and makeup, set design, and music.
Art and fashion collaborations as we know them today started more than 80 years ago, when couturier Elsa Schiaparelli partnered with Salvador Dali on a range of items, including the duo’s now iconic Lobster dress. At the time, the designer and the king of surrealism shared a singular relationship. Since then, art and fashion have always mingled, but over the last decades, at times, it seemed like their relationship has become twisted and its original meaning has been lost.

Fashion, oftentimes, has leveraged art to create a more intellectual sphere around itself, most of the time by creative directors who aren’t designers-first. Meanwhile, artists look to fashion to expand their reach and make use of the often unlimited financial means of luxury fashion houses. I don’t remember how many Andy Warhol or Alex Israel collaborations I’ve seen over the years, but for sure too many.

Ruby denies the traditional notion of a studio as it’s commonly known in the art world, where an artist’s apprentices create art in the name of the artist, much like a fashion house. Instead, Ruby is involved in the making of every single work that’s put out in his name. It was sets him apart, both in art and fashion.

As organic as Ruby’s transition to fashion has been, the dominant narrative in the media is that his art dealers weren’t as enthusiastic as many fashion editors. Ruby mentioned Gagosian gallery as “one of those who mostly accepts fashion.”

“Gagosian has always been one of the most encouraging dealers when it comes to pursuits
outside of the realm of fine art, at least in regard to what I’m doing. He’s incorporated exhibitions of fashion photography, design, and choreography into his programming, expanding on the parameters of crossover,” Ruby says. “I enjoy being, what I can only perceive, a creative director. Thinking about campaigns, about architecture, space, and design,” he adds. “To be honest, I don’t really see a hierarchy in what I do.” Pioneering a new trajectory, switching from a respected contemporary artist to creative director of a fashion company is unprecedented, and Ruby has always been uniquely positioned to pave the way.

We end our interview in a classic glass meeting room with a long table and a coffee machine. A diffused neon light, similar to what one finds in a gallery, is mounted to the ceiling, and the walls are covered with Ruby’s work on paper and posters. Deeper down in this part of the studio, there’s a massive library consisting hundreds of books.

Like the environment of the rooms, the studio, too, is run like a traditional company. Ruby has hired many people to work on the business side of his fashion brand. At the moment, the label remains 100 percent self-financed, which gives him a certain autonomy. Given the enthusiasm of fashion insiders after his first show, we wonder what his next step is? When and where will his next fashion show be? Are there any store opening in the pipeline? Any fashion collaborations?

After his fashion debut in Pitti in June, he told Highsnobiety: “If you would have asked me 15 minutes ago, I don’t think I would have been able to say yes or no [to a continuation of his fashion line]. But yes, I really enjoyed it and I like working with all of these people. [The line] might not be seasonal but it was good.”
It’s clear Ruby doesn’t like constraints and refuses to play by the rules, dictated by the fashion industry whose seasonal collections control the pace of designers.

“Collaborations have been suggested,” he says, adding he doesn’t want to rush anything and grow organically instead. “I think the next show should be in Paris. It would make a lot of sense.”

I ask the artist if he and Raf Simons will ever collaborate under Ruby’s label: “Raf is someone I admire so much and in many ways he could easily work with me as an artist. Maybe our next collaboration shouldn’t be in fashion. We’ll see!”

After a decade of making clothes for his own pleasure, Ruby has gotten a reality check, where fashion is now a business. “For better or worse!” he jokes, but as he does with everything else, he’ll do it on his own terms.


Трамп прокомментировал удар Ирана по военным базам США в Ираке

Президент США Дональд Трамп выступил с заявлением после удара Ирана по американским военным базам в Ираке, его обращение транслировалось на сайте Белого дома. Трамп сообщил, что при атаке на военные базы никто не пострадал, и предупредил, что США будет вводить санкции против Ирана.

Трамп заявил, что пока он занимает пост президента США, Ирану не будет позволено иметь ядерное оружие. Он снова обвинил убитого генерала Сулеймани в атаках на вооруженные силы США и посольство США в Багдаде. По словам Трампа, Сулеймани планировал новые атаки, но был остановлен.

Трамп также отметил, что Вашингтон готов к миру с Тегераном.

«По мере того, как мы продолжаем оценивать варианты ответа на иранскую агрессию, Соединенные Штаты немедленно введут дополнительные жесткие экономические санкции против иранского режима. Эти мощные санкции останутся в силе до тех пор, пока Иран не изменит свое поведение», — сказал американский лидер. <…>

Граждане Соединенные Штатов не пострадали в результате ракетного удара Ирана по военным базам в Ираке, а самим объектам был нанесен лишь минимальный ущерб, добавил Трамп.

«Ни один американец не пострадал в результате совершенного вчера вечером нападения со стороны иранского режима. Потерь среди личного состава нет, все наши военнослужащие в безопасности, и лишь минимальный ущерб нанесен нашим военным базам», — сказал он. «Убитых не было ни среди американцев, ни среди иракцев», — отметил американский лидер.

По его словам, это стало результатом хорошей работы системы раннего оповещения.


Помимо этого, американский президент заявил, что Иран оказывает поддержку террористам. <…>

Президент США призвал Великобританию, Китай, Германию, Францию и Россию работать над новой сделкой с Ираном

Трамп заявил, что обратится к НАТО с просьбой активнее участвовать в происходящих на Ближнем Востоке процессах. «Мы хотим, чтобы у вас было великое будущее, которое вы заслуживаете», — обратился Трамп к гражданам и руководству Ирана.

РИА «Новости»

В ночь на 8 января Корпус стражей исламской революции объявил о начале операции возмездия за убийство иранского генерала Касема Сулеймани. Иран нанес ракетные удары по американским военным базам в Ираке. В Центральном командовании США сообщили, что всего было выпущено 15 ракет. Источники иранского телеканала Press TV утверждали, что в результате атаки погибли 80 человек.

В ночь атаки в Иране разбился самолет Boeing-737 «Международных авиалиний Украины», жертвами катастрофы стали 176 человек из семи стран (167 пассажиров и девять членов экипажа), выживших нет. В Киеве создана комиссия по расследованию причин крушения, официальные версии не разглашают.

После крушения самолета «Международные авиалинии Украины» приостановили рейсы в Тегеран. Американские власти запретили местным авиакомпаниям пролет над территорией Ирана, Ирака и Персидского залива.

Генерал Касем Сулеймани погиб в результате ракетного удара по международному аэропорту Багдада, нанесенного американскими военными. Приказ об убийстве Сулеймани отдал президент США Дональд Трамп, который позже назвал генерала «террористом номер один в мире».

Тело Сулеймани провезли по городам Ирана и Ирака, перед его похоронами произошла давка, в которой погибли как минимум 56 человек.


LaunchCuts: A launcher for shortcuts ↦

On MacStories, Federico Viticci reviews LaunchCuts, an $8 Shortcuts utility:

LaunchCuts is the latest entry in a series of meta-utilities designed to extend Apple’s Shortcuts app with new functionalities… [it’s] is the most peculiar and niche I’ve tested….

If you have less than 20 shortcuts installed on your iPhone or iPad, you’re likely not going to get much benefit out of LaunchCuts’ advanced organizational tools; but if you’re like me and use hundreds of different shortcuts on a regular basis, and especially if your library has grown out of control over the past few years, you’re going to need the assistance of LaunchCuts to make sense of it all.

Federico has the right attitude about this app: It’s not for most people, or even most Shortcuts users. However, it does solve a fundamental problem that the Shortcuts app has had since it was called Workflow: A complete lack of ability to filter the shortcuts list, which can get out of control in a hurry.

I tend to run most of my Shortcuts from the Share sheet or via a widget, but whenever I am creating or editing Shortcuts, I have to drift slowly through the largely unordered Shortcuts interface to find what I want. It’s something that Apple should’ve addressed already, but at least LaunchCuts provides a clever hack to simplify things in the meantime for those who have more than a couple dozen shortcuts.

(LaunchCuts is available in the App Store.)

[Read on Six Colors.]


Потребность выговориться

В ленте прочитала обсуждение.

Это и правда проблема, вот эта массовая уверенность, что любую проблему можно и нужно «проговорить».

Нужно найти свободные уши, сесть на эти уши и как следует выговориться. Выплеснуть все из себя.

Даже полезный в таком случае совет — заняться физкультурой или уборкой, чаще всего основан на представлении, что нужно выплеснуть куда-то лишнюю энергию.

Пойти и заняться с кем-то сексом советуют. Выплеснуть сексуальное напряжение.

Бокс. Выплеснуть накопленную агрессию.

Ну и выговориться, конечно. Вербализовать. Или описать все в дневничке, в ЖЖ под замком для друзей, на страничке в фейсбуке. Иногда даже и публично, почему нет.

Бывшему письмо накатать и не отправить. Или даже отправить. Не важно.

Важно — все выплеснуть.

И станет легче.

Не стало? Значит что-то еще осталось. Надо выплеснуть остатки. Можно взболтать с алкоголем и выплеснуть.

И будет опустошение.

Вот это представление, что человек — это бутылка, которой надо выплеснуться, выговориться, не оставляет простые умы.

И происходит это вот по какой причине.

Когда у вас внутри разлад, раздрай, из-за обманутых ожиданий, нереализованных планов, внутренний конфликт из-за несоответствия желаемого действительному, проще говоря — стресс из-за открытой хлеборезки или раскатанной губы, вам кажется, что вас переполняет что-то плохое, мучительное. Какая-то досада или боль.

Это, так называемый, незавершенный гештальт. Вы уже представили нечто, вы уже получили энергию на то, чтобы это ухватить, но что-то пошло не так, желаемый объект оказался субъектом и послал вас, вы перепутали берега и оказалось, что вы присвоили то, что вашим не являлось, и теперь вас колбасит от нереализованной острой потребности. Вас словно подрезали налету, и вы по инерции продолжаете рваться туда.

Вот откуда ощущение, что вас сейчас разорвет от энергии, если вы куда-нибудь ее не направите.

И эту энергию действительно очень важно куда-то направить.

Поэтому все советы — начать срочно что-то делать, в работе, в быту, в спорте — 100% верные.

А вот это убогое «выговориться» имеет совершенно обратный эффект.

Это не перенаправление энергии, а слив в тот же самый гештальт, нормального доступа к которому уже нет, по сути слив в яму.

Вы говорите вместо того, чтобы делать, и говорите о том, куда вам путь уже закрыт.

Дверь заперта перед вами и вы сливаетесь под плинтус.

И самое плохое в этом то, что сливается в этом случае не только энергия, но и ваша фигура в поле. Ваше самоуважение (СЗ для себя), ваша ОЗ.

Из-за того, что люди думают, что в случае стресса в них бурлит и бродит нечто плохое, которое нужно куда-то слить, они сливают себя.

В вас клокочет ваша жизненная энергия, которая направлена мимо ваших границ. Вы должны взять свой фокус внимания рукой хозяина и направить на какое-то полезное дело внутри границ. И получите двойные бонусы. Не только сделанную работу, но и прирост самоуважения, поскольку поступили не по инерции, а проактивно, встав над полем. За один такой акт иногда можно вырастить свою фигуру вдвое.

А вот стараясь «выговориться», вы сливаете под плинтус не только свою энергию, но и свою фигуру.

Нагляднее всего сравнивать энергию с деньгами.

Денежные потоки в бизнесе — это нечто подобное жизненной энергии индивида.

Предположим, вы продали активы, заняли у родни, сняли деньги со всех счетов, поскребли по всем сусекам, и у вас в руках — крупная сумма, на которую вы решили купить небольшой заводик по выгодной цене, поторопившись его присвоить.

Если вдруг выяснится, что завод купить нельзя, он продан или арестован, что вы будете делать с деньгами?

Раздадите нищим?

Проиграете в казино?

Прогуляете и пропьете?

Раскидаете по ветру?

Скорее всего вы постараетесь вернуть деньги на счета, долг родне, приобрести какие-то новые полезные активы, не так ли?

Вы не будете думать, что неистраченный резерв — это какая дрянь, которую надо срочно куда-то выплеснуть.

Так почему по поводу накопленной энергии у вас возникают такие мысли? Ведь это тоже собранный по всем сусекам резерв, который рвется из вас по штурманскому плану.

Большинство людей не могут остановиться, продолжают бежать вслед уходящему составу, надеясь прыгнуть в последний вагон.

Они не могут остановиться, когда им отказали, и сливают энергию на то, чтобы унижаться и публично позориться.

Иногда они продолжают битвы и не прекращают дискуссии, пока против них не применят какие-то санкции.

Если они осознают унижение и публичный позор, их может настигнуть чувство опустошенности, выдоенности, истощенности.

Они истощили себя сами. Еще и опозорили. Опорочили репутацию, разрушили фигуру и восстановить ее будет сложно.

Если не осознавать унижение, унижаясь, а это возможно только в короне, может показаться, что никакого облома нет, есть новый поворот, но желаемое вот-вот реализуется, надо всего лишь вложить побольше.

Так корона запускает новый цикл.

При любом «выговаривании» тоже происходит нечто подобное. Вы точно так же сливаетесь вслед уходящему поезду.

Вот вы приходите к подружке, с глазами полными слез, она открывает бутылку вина и… Что?

Чем вы занимаетесь, выговариваясь?

Скорее всего вы с ее помощью кормите свою корону и если корона подрастет, вам покажется, что ничего не закончилось, все еще будет, у вас появится несколько планов по захвату того, кто пытался от вас ускользнуть.

И второй вариант — вы хотите выплеснуть любовь, избавиться от своей потребности, которую вам обломали, и занимаетесь тем, что описываете, как вас абьюзили и унижали, как вы нелепо себя вели, как все было жалко и мерзко. Вы фрустрируете себя.

В этом случае вы получите опустошенность. Вы действительно выплеснули энергию и вся она пошла на то, чтобы рисовать себе свой отвратительный образ, убеждать себя в своей никчемности.

Удивительно, но люди попеременно занимаются то тем, то этим, выговариваясь, хотя это два противоположных вектора. То самоуничижаются, пытаясь себя фрустрировать, то кормят корону, пытаясь себя ободрить и мотивировать, раскачивают себя изо всех сил, и вскоре вообще уже теряют связь с реальностью, не понимают, где право, а где лево, где пол, а где потолок, словно раскрутили себя в центрифуге.

Описывая в дневничке, даже в личном, человек занимается тем же самым, приукрашивает себя или уничижает, иногда то и другое, ищет надежду или убеждает себя в безнадеге. Он не может отлипнуть и слезть с мертвой лошади. Он сидит перед закрытой дверью и сливает себя под плинтус, вместо того, чтобы встать и пойти домой.

Пойти домой от закрытой двери — это значит заняться своими делами, делать то, что возможно и полезно. Делать что-то другое, нормальное.

Если вас послали в любви, вам отказали в работе или обломали любым способом, то есть вы видите закрытую дверь (или закрывающуся), вам надо пойти и заняться чем-то другим, направить свою энергию на что-то другое, и если вас сильно колбасит, значит вы успели сказать гоп, не перепрыгнув, значит вы присвоили то, что еще не стало вашим, просто учтите это на будущее, а пока переживите этот расколбас мужественно. Не идите на поводу у потребности выговориться и прожить в словах все то, что вам недоступно. Не идите на поводу своей инерции и своего безволия. Сделайте волевой поступок и примите отказ как отказ. Не вползайте в щели с помощью слов.

Как правило тряска очень быстро заканчивается, если вы начинаете заниматься каким-то делом.

Не надо выговариваться никому.

Ничего не надо выплескивать, никакой вредной энергии не бывает. Вся энергия полезна для вас.

Если вам отказали, не имеет никакого значения, что вы думаете об этом, вам нужно молча принять факт отказа и повернуть в другую сторону.

Не зависать там, где от вас ничего больше не зависит.

Уважать себя — это ценить свое внимание, свои силы, свое время и использовать это с пользой для себя и других, а не выплескивать.

Научившись принимать облом и направлять внимание в другую сторону, освоив этот непростой простой трюк, вы станете настоящими хозяевами своего поля.

Это самый ценный навык, который только можно приобрести — научиться возвращаться в границы, поймав себя за их пределами, научиться управлять своим вниманием.

А если вы бегаете и ищете, кому бы выговориться и верите в необходимость все проговорить или описать свою боль в дневничке, вы будете всегда сливаться, вы безвольны, вы совсем не владеете собой.

И если вы выплескиваете свою энергию как помои и не останавливаетесь даже, когда сливаете себя, значит у вас не будет ни энергии, ни себя.

Друзья, понятно в какой момент выплескивается уже не просто энергия, а начинает разрушаться собственная фигура?

Чувствуете потребность выговориться в случае облома в любви, дружбе, семье, на работе?

Можете отрефлексировать мотивы?

А если преодолели уже эту потребность, опишите, как.


5 Ways to Use Basic Compositing in Your Video Projects

5 Ways to Use Basic Compositing in Your Video Projects

Knowing and a few fundamental, yet essential, compositing tricks will go a long way — both on set and in post-production.

What Is a Composite?

A composite is a combination of multiple visual elements in a single image. Some can be incredibly complex, requiring motion tracking, chroma keying, and rotoscoping. Others can be as simple as adding a mask. For this tutorial, I’ll be focusing on the simple method. So if you’re a beginner, you’re in the right place. 

Creating these composites will require nothing more than a tripod and any editing application that allows you to stack layers and add masks. For these particular examples, I’ll be using Adobe After Effects. Now, let’s have a look at the five techniques.

1. Cloning

First up is cloning. This is a very specific, very fun little trick. You won’t necessarily use this on most productions, but I actually had to use this trick in some examples for this tutorial because I couldn’t get anyone else to be in the video. So for this reason, I feel like I had to throw it in. 

Cloned Men Standing in Front of a Building
Cloning a person in different positions in front of a building.
Trimming and Masking Cloned Men
After capturing each shot in different positions, trim and mask.

Here, I have my shot locked down on a tripod, and I’m standing in different locations for ten seconds at a time. Once I bring the clip into After Effects, I’ll simply duplicate it multiple times and stack them together. Next, I’ll trim each clip to the individual clone locations, lining them all up at the beginning of their ten-second increments. Now I can mask around each clone, feathering the mask out to cover up any light changes.

2. Transition with Foreground Objects

In a previous tutorial, I demonstrated how to perform a foreground transition. This is when you use an object moving through the foreground of your shot to reveal the next shot. This wipe transition is actually a basic composite. For the duration of the wipe, we have two images onscreen at the same time, creating a seamless transition. 

Transitioning the Foreground Object
Transitioning the foreground.
Transitioning the Foreground
Overlapping two clips.

To perform this, simply overlap two clips, with the top layer containing the foreground object where you’ll attach the wipe. In this example, the object is a person walking through the frame. To achieve the composite, I’ll simply add a mask on the back side of the person, animating the path as it moves through the frame, revealing the underlying clip.

3. Fake Depth

Let’s say you have two actors in a shot, and you want both of them to be in sharp focus, but the depth of field is too shallow. Getting a good shot will require a combination of manipulating the aperture, focal length, lighting, and blocking. If you still can’t get the depth of field you desire by adjusting these elements, you can always use a rack focus or even a split focus diopter. 

Fake Depth of Field
Using a rack focus or split focus diopter to attain depth of field.
Fake Depth of Field
Adding fake depth of field to a clone shot.

With basic compositing, you can easily fake depth in a shot. Simply shoot your actors separately with the exact same camera setup/shot composition, but with each subject in sharp focus. Once in post, composite the two shots with a simple mask. Feather the mask to help hide the edges or any changes in light. In the example above, I’m adding fake depth to a clone shot, because I have no friends to help me shoot videos . . .

4. Retime Dialogue Scenes

In addition to faking depth in a shot, you can also use basic compositing to creatively edit dialogue scenes. This is also known as the Fincher method, as filmmaker David Fincher uses this technique in production. 

Dialogue Scene
Using basic composition to edit a dialogue scene.
Dialogue Scene
Make sure the clips don’t overlap.

You execute this in much the same manner as faking depth — only you can place both actors in the scene at the same time while shooting. Just make sure that they’re not overlapping, otherwise you’ll have to get into some advanced compositing methods, instead of using a simple mask. With the actors split in post, you can retime reaction shots or even use shots from entirely different takes. 

5. Remove Objects

While you can use compositing to add elements to your scene, you can also use it to take things out. For example, in this shot I’m going to remove a small microphone and a backpack. This technique will allow me to keep the microphone close to me while recording, while still removing it from the frame. To accomplish this, I’ll need to capture a clean plate. 

Man on a Bench
Removing objects from a shot.
An Empty Bench
Start with a clean plate.
Man on a Bench
Masking out the microphone and backpack.

For the clean plate, I’ll simply grab footage of the same scene with an empty bench. This shot is “clean” because none of the subjects are in frame — it’s just the background of the scene. This is where the importance of the tripod comes into play. If I change the shot composition between scenes at all, I’ll lose the effect and have to reposition in post. Once in post, I’ll simply stack the two layers, and mask out the microphone and backpack.

Final Thoughts

To recap, remember to follow these best practices to get quick and easy composites:

  • Use a tripod.
  • Watch for changes in the lighting.
  • Pay attention to subjects moving through the background and foreground.
  • Feather the mask.
  • Bonus Tip: Add camera shake to really sell the realism of your composite shots.

Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?

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Working Remotely: 7 Essential Productivity Tools

It was only a few years ago that people would gather around a conference table with a device like this in the middle:

Old conference phone

That way an entire group of people could talk with others no matter where they were in the world.

The really fancy rooms even had monitors with video so everyone could see whoever they were calling.

The quality wasn’t always the best. Video feeds cut out. People inched closer to the phone in order to talk and they would still sound fuzzy.

Things have changed.

Now team members working remotely can effectively communicate with each other with just a laptop from a coffee shop. The sound and video quality are also top-notch.

And many other tools have come along so you don’t even need to dial in and use video to collaborate on things anymore.

Here are 7 key tools we use at IWT to run a multimillion-dollar business that works completely remotely with dozens of employees in 23 states and 6 countries.

NOTE: Here at IWT, we are big believers in working from home. In fact, our entire company works remotely.

That’s why I wrote an entire free Ultimate Guide to Working From Home to help anyone who wants to work remotely:

  • Convince their boss to let them telecommute
  • Find a new work from home job (and get hired for it)
  • Start freelancing online on the side (or go full-time doing it)
  • Or start an online business that allows them to work anywhere in the world

This blog post covers some of the essential tools, but I dive much deeper in my Ultimate Guide to Working From Home, so make sure you grab the free PDF.

7 essential productivity tools for working remotely

1. Zoom – Video Conferencing

Zoom is great way for everyone to have face-time together. We’ve run entire company meetings with dozens of employees, and there’s nothing better for effective communication than to see everyone, rather than just hearing voices and following along with presentation slides.

A basic account is free. If you have a bigger company, it’s worth investing in one of the paid plans.

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2. Slack – Team Communication

Slack reduces the amount of internal emails in a company. You can direct-message team members. You can also set up channels by subject matter like tech or sales.

Channels are an easy way to organize conversations by team and projects. They ensure that only the relevant people see the message. Anyone who doesn’t need to be involved 100% of the time can drop in the channel to see the status.

This is also free to get started. Paid plans depend on the number of active users in your company.

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3. Trello – Project Management

Trello is a great tool for effective project management.

Here’s what a simple board for a writing team might look like:

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Any projects in the pipeline can go in the “unassigned” column. Then a project manager could assign a team to it and move it under “assigned.”

Once the project team starts working, it’ll move to the “drafting” stage. After it’s completed, it’ll be shepherded through the remaining three steps.

Managers can view a Trello board and get status updates and due dates on things without having to hound people for them.

4. Basecamp – Project Management

Basecamp has studied highly productive groups for 16 years and bundled the 6 core things they all do into an amazing product.

They found that effective teams take a record of every meeting. So Basecamp created message boards to make it easy to follow communication history. This is super helpful if someone needs to step in and get up to speed on things quickly.

They also found that productive teams don’t let questions linger. Their chat feature makes it easy for anyone to ask questions and get instant feedback.

And the study revealed that every great team has a leader who makes sure things are moving along. Which is why they created an automatic check-in to keep project managers up to date. Team members don’t have to create progress reports or anything like that.

To-do lists make it clear who is responsible for what and all the deadlines.

File storage makes everything available in one place, and it can act as a backup disk.

Finally, the central schedule keeps everyone up to date on major milestones, vacation schedules, and any other upcoming events that are important to know about. All these soft skills are even more critical with remote teams. And Basecamp makes them effortless.

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5. Headset – Must-Have Hardware

A headset is must have when dialing into Zoom. It blocks out any background noise from pets, screaming kids, or the landscapers outside. Having one will help you get through your meetings in peace.

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6. Google Apps – Document Management

Just about everyone is familiar with Gmail, but we also use their Docs and Sheets apps. This eliminates the need for attachments. You just copy and paste a link and send it around on Slack or email, and everyone can view it without downloading anything.

The best part is that everything is backed up. If a team member’s computer crashes, everything will still be saved on Google Drive. This has been a real lifesaver at times.

7. Email Scripts

A final key productivity tool for effective communication when working remotely is to have a vault of email scripts that you can use and tweak for any situation.

I have scripts on everything from giving meeting agendas to finessing tricky situations to asking for time off.

Enter your name and email below for instant access so you never again have to waste time writing these.

Working Remotely: 7 Essential Productivity Tools is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.


The Beret Is Back (Again), and Better Than Ever Before

Best Berets 2020 Fashion Week

The humble beret has been around long enough to cement itself as an enduring stylistic presence. One could even go as far as to argue that it is as iconic as the white T-shirt or grey hoodie.

Fast forward to today, and the beret’s story continues to live on, albeit in a weird state of style limbo. It never really surmounted to the levels of hype key to contemporary “trends,” but nevertheless persevered as a defining staple. With all this being said, we at Highsnobiety feel this humble headwear savior might be on the brink of having a (i.e. another) real moment.

Clean, simple, and testament to the no-frills design cues of the earliest berets. Highlighted by a band of contrasting text, Opening Ceremony’s Logo Beret is a great entry-level purchase.

Making full use of the beret’s flat-top, the 99%IS Graphic Beret is above all “exuberant,” very much speaking to the punk-like undertones of the brand itself.

This is exactly the kind of take the beret needed. Promising to add a touch of texture to just about any outfit, UNDERCOVER proves there is much more to the design beyond its traditional fabric.

When it comes to timeless headwear, few hold a flame to Kangol. The brand’s Monty Wool Beret is an icon of the scene, expertly balancing shape, material, and branding.

A bit of an unusual departure from the beret’s stereotypical shape, this spiral-stitch version from Gucci moves the design into more rigid territories.

The embroidered tape extending down from the band’s edge is a nice touch by Charles Jeffrey Loverboy. The shape itself also demands a little more attention than its minimal counterparts.

Nothing about this piece is unnecessary. A fitting homage to the beret’s purist beginnings.

This one is for professional wearers only. The design’s animal print finish is bold and striking, playing well into NOAH’s more ostentatious outputs.

Burberry’s Merino Wool Logo Beret is a soft and luxurious take on the silhouette, flaunting a stripped-back construction and a medley of slogan patches.

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