May 20, 2012

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Editing vs. Proofreading: What's Most Important [Infographic]

Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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In the world of news and blogging, there are a few things that aren't always obvious until they have actually published, and some of those things include misspelled words and inaccurate facts or information. They can stare you dead in the eye, and trolls are usually very quick to point them out. Of course, when I say trolls, I don't mean that everyone who points out that a word is misspelled is a troll, but I'm referring to the ones who maliciously try to bring your self esteem down with their bad attitude. It's funny how that works though since every site from the NY Times to your friend's blog have had their share of mistakes, so why people keep flaming about them I have no idea.

Some people say it is because they just want to destroy something that is good, while others say it's constructive criticism. I would probably say it is something that is necessary in order for a website to evolve and get better. Mistakes will always occur, whether it is by human or bot hands. So it's not by accident that I stumbled over this piece of information and wanted to share it with you, and hopefully you will find it interesting and knowledgeable.

What it boils down to is two different aspects regarding publishing articles that people seem to overlook while they are in the midst of creating the next social media news service. On one side we have editing, which pretty much takes care of dud information, flow and wording to make something more interesting. It even sometimes involves adding the title to the article or blog that is being published, which leaves the writer with just researching and writing the article itself.

Then we have proofreading which is basically just checking and fixing misspelled words and grammar to the perfection of the language used. It's more of an insurance that the article makes sense from a language point of view. Many words can mean several things, and while you might choose a word that means what you intend to say, chances are that there is a word in the language that fits better into what you are trying to say, and therefore using that word would make your article easier to read and understand.

So which one of these two should you focus on? Well, according to Scribendi's research, it's kind of a split decision. Their infographic, Editing vs. Proofreading: Heavy Weight Fight, expresses that both have their own advantages that are definitely needed when trying to build a site where you want to express solid advice and guidance, whether it is in news or crafting. Your best choice would be to go with both really. We here at Bit Rebels have the honor of working with one of the very best proofreaders and editors that we know exists.

However, don't pressure yourself too hard since mistakes are always going to find their way into your text sooner or later. It's just how the game goes. It's virtually impossible to be 100% accurate in both the editing and the proofing of articles, unless you spend an obscene amount of time on your text to the point where they are no longer in the scope of interest for anyone to read. This becomes even more true when you start to look at how fast news travels from source to outlet in today's technologically advanced society.

I think my best advice to anyone who is writing and wants to share their thoughts on a global scale is to utilize both of these "tools" in order to make the very best experience for their readers. However, don't let the trolls get you down. They will take cheap shots at you no matter how much awesomeness you are able to share with the world. At some point, you get used to it, and it becomes a part of the work. It is kind of sad, yes, but look at it as a way to grow in your role as a writer and a researcher.

A lot of people think of a proofreader as someone who does both of these tasks, and that's why I wanted to share this infographic with you. Maybe it can clear up some misunderstandings and even make your own process a little bit more streamlined if you aspire to become a media mogul at some point in your career. At the very end though, it all comes down to what it is you share. If it is something that people need and like, it won't matter if there are a couple of words misspelled in your text. Those can always be corrected at a later point in time.

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Via: [Cool Daily Infographics]

Pop Culture Work Inspired By Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

Posted: 19 May 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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The Art Nouveau masterpiece titled "The Kiss" was painted by Austrian Symbolist artist, Gustav Klimt. The work was completed between 1907-1908, during the height of Klimt's "Golden Period," where he produced a number of works of a similar style.

The painting is on a square canvas. It's created with conventional oil paint mixed with layers of gold leaf. It is one of today's most recognizable works with plenty of reproductions available–many of them with the negative space to the right and left of the two central figures removed. What is left is a rectangular composition highlighting the embracing lovers.

The number of objects this image has been printed on is too numerous to list. You can find the kissing couple on mugs, necklaces, t-shirts, water bottles, and so much more. This list is composed of objects found with just a quick scan of one page on CafePress. Without a doubt, the most prolific item featuring "The Kiss" is the poster print, which is available in multiple sizes and dimensions, multiple crops and compositions, multiple surfaces (paper, canvas, wood, etc). Surely if there is something you want, and you're determined to have this work printed on it, you'll likely find it.

"The Kiss" was even commemorated on the back of a special collectors Austrian 100 euro, "Painting Gold Coin" issued on November 5, 2003 (only 30,000 of these were minted).


Below are pop culture derivative works inspired by Klimt's Art Nouveau masterpiece. Regardless of the liberties each artist took to reproduce this inspired work, the referenced masterpiece is unquestionable. It's evident that not all aspects that seem intrinsic to the very fame of the original piece are required for the homage to be successful either–sometimes only referencing the gold patterns are enough, sometimes the composition of the bodies will do, sometimes the emotions depicted in the hands and the faces bring it all home… and well then, of course, there's the kiss.

Elfen Lied The Kiss

The anime "Elfin Lied" actually began this particular homage post. I watched the first 3 episodes some time ago and was amazed to see how much the intro fully embraced Klimt's gold period in general. The 13-episode series is produced by ARMS and broadcast on Tokyo TV. Of course, the actual show had nothing to do with this artistic choice… at all…

If anything, the main female character of the series goes from being a gratuitously nude killing machine, delivering bloody violence to her captors as she seeks freedom, to fragile and sexually naive absurdity once she "switches off" the violent persona. This was for most of the first episode. The unfortunate nature of anime like this, to me, is that it degrades my willingness to give the series a chance by nearly 100%.

Short rant aside, the intro offers a beauty and romance that the series itself throws into a grinder between the intro and credit roll.

The wonderful music in the intro was created by series composer Takao Yoshioka.

Elektra The Hand 5 2004

Here's the cover to Elektra: The Hand #5, written by Akira Yoshida and released by Marvel Comics in February 2005. This art is done by Gossett Christian and features Elektra in an embrace with Kagenobu. The cool colours in this piece replace the warm colours of the original. The oriental motif still works to flatten the composition, but the lines and shapes are more dynamic. The figures are more refined as well, and carry with them just enough comic art aesthetic to make the whole piece work as a successful comic cover (which is offered as a print on and other similar sites).


Sticking with the comic book subject matter, here's a piece featuring the Man of Steel and his love, Lois Lane, while hovering over Metropolis. Titled "The Super Kiss," by Puerto Rican artist Daniel Irizarri Oquendo, it keeps the figures more defined and refrains from the pattern-heavy design of the original by only suggesting a transparent pattern texture showing through Superman's red areas.

Oquendo always wanted to create an homage to "The Kiss," and this was his entry for "The Line," a project that mixed superheroes with famous works of art. It was the excuse he was looking for "to rip off Klimt" as he puts it. The Superman/Lois kiss while in flight is a hard iconic subject to beat!

Skellington Meets Klimt by opheliact

Fourth up, here's a piece done by artist opheliact, based on Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. She wasn't timid about grabbing the patterns themselves right off the Klimt's original work. She, instead, turned her focus to replacing the original lovers with Jack Skellington and Sally, and morphing the bottom surface they stand on into the squiggly Tim Burton landscape aesthetic.

Han and Leia The Kiss

Finally, we have "The Kiss (Han & Leia)," by t-shirt graphic designer AJ Paglia. This can be found on TeeFury for purchase. It's remarkable that Paglia was able to retain the standard expressive hands component famous in the work of Gustav Klimt, even while depicting Leia's hand as being armed while in the arms of Han Solo (I think I cramped my mind on that sentence).

Paglia also gives insights regarding the production of this design: "In college, every girl I knew had the Gustav Klimt "Kiss" print either hanging up in her dorm room or plastered as her laptop's wallpaper. I'm sure some just liked the composition, but the majority was wooed by the romance of the scene. This is the romance print for the nerds."

Star Wars Kiss James Hance

This kiss is indeed on the geek-radar! This piece is by the prolific pop culture mashup artist James Hance. He crops the original layout significantly to really draw attention to the faces and hands–the only rendered forms. The surface of this composition is filled with colour and pattern, which only helps to define Han and Leia in the top half of the art.

Image Credits:
Austrian 100 Euro Coin: [Wikipedia]
Elfen Lied Image: []
Elektra: Hand Cover: [Marvel]
The Super Kiss by Daniel irizarri Oquendo: []
Skellington Meets Klimt by opheliact: []
The Kiss (Han & Leia) by AJ Paglia: []
The Star Wars Kiss by James Hans: []

Infect Your Home With Flesh Eating Monster Zombie Gnomes

Posted: 19 May 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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As a self-proclaimed geek, one of my favorite things to collect are gnomes. Gnomes have slowly started to take over my room and inch their way downstairs on every shelf of my bookcase. I have a gnome for each one of my favorite sports teams (New England Patriots, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers), gnomes that swing in hammocks, pirate gnomes, gnomes that play instruments, and even a pink Christmas tree filled with gnome ornaments.

I've always enjoyed collecting gnomes because I feel that they are a fun and creative way to liven up my home. They each seem to exhibit unique personalities, and they almost have a magical element to them. However, that was before I discovered that a category of gnomes was missing from my collection: zombie gnomes.

After searching gnomes on Etsy, I came across a shop owned by the user Chris and Jane's Place. Chris and Jane's Place specializes in making zombie gnomes. Some of their gnomes have come back from the dead to continue their love fest, while others prefer to munch on other garden ornaments, specifically pink flamingos. They may not exactly liven up a home, but they will certainly make the place more interesting, to say the least.

Want to take your zombie gnomes outside of your home or garden? ChrisandJanesPlace also offers car ornaments and keychains so you can bring your zombie gnomes with you everywhere you go. Are you feeling the artsy need to indulge your inner geek? Then you're in luck because you can also buy unpainted versions of these zombie gnomes. If you would like to add some zombie gnomes to your garden then act fast. Due to high demand, there is only an average of one gnome for each style available in stock. The prices range from $6 to $55 depending on the style.

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Via: [ChrisandJanesPlace]

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