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by Massimo Mancini

A website that you will love!

I believe we have a post regarding information on how to obtain free photos. But, I just can’t stop bragging about a particular online service that truly lets you download free pictures! I have shared this information with my friends and family since I first laid eyes on this site. The site is called Unsplash – “Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos” website. Many of the photos on this blog come from their website. This site has truly saved us time when searching for images to display for our online material.

This is a great resource for any online developer/marketer needing fresh photos to display on their site. If you are running an online e-commerce site and looking to make your homepage visually appealing, why not try a photo from Unsplash?

Why and how are they free?

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.” – https://unsplash.com/license

If you are someone that is constantly struggling to find eye-catching photos, check out the website. Make sure to give credit to the photographer if you ever intend in using their photos.

If you have experienced in using the site. Please share by leaving a comment below.

TED Talks For The Soul

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You probably heard of this website and watch few of them or none. They share an array of topics that can leave you informed and inspired. But, today’s post topic is looking at these 5 videos if you are someone who needs some enlightenment and inspiration.

Here are the 5 Talks you should look into:

  1. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

    “Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on before we run out of time.” – TED Talks

  2. Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future


    “When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.” – TED Talks

  3. What it takes to be a great leader


    “The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.” – TED Talks

  4. How to succeed? Get more sleep


    “In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.” – TED Talks

  5. What happened when I open-sourced my brain cancer

    “When artist Salvatore Iaconesi was diagnosed with brain cancer, he refused to be a passive patient — which, he points out, means “one who waits.” So he hacked his brain scans, posted them online, and invited a global community to pitch in on a “cure.” This sometimes meant medical advice, and it sometimes meant art, music, emotional support — from more than half a million people.” – TED Talks

Animated Video with Professional Voiceover Under a Hundred Bucks.

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Developing an animation video can at first sound like a daunting task. I remember when the team at Edifica wonder if we could create a 2-3 minute animation video that told a story about how construction subcontractors can benefit from using Edifica’s cloud-based payroll preparation system. The first thing that came in mind is that: I can’t draw animated characters, I would need to teach myself on how to generate animated content, and who would provide a voice-over to narrate the story. The process sounded pretty heavy to tackle, especially being the first animated video for Edifica. The other option was to look at pricing for an agency or someone who knew how to develop professional animated explainer video. After a few searches online, the average came to be around $1500 to $2000, or if you wanted something top notch it would cost at least above $5000. So the team decided to take on the animation project and found a few resource that helped create Edifica’s first animation video. Which I would like to share with you.

First step

First step we took in creating an animated video was to create a story that explained how our payroll services will help construction subcontractors solve their problem with having to drive from their job sites to the office in order to turn in employee time sheets.

Here is our brainstorm whiteboard that took place in our initial talks. As you can see we weren’t good at drawing. But we were successful in getting out what we wanted to present on the animation by just jotting our ideas.

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Second step

We started writing out a script that would provide a narration(voice-over). We used a free planned service from Celtx that helped us keep our script organized and was accessible online, which gave our team an environment to collaborate. Awesome tool!

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So far we are still at $0 dollars.

Third step

After looking at a few Do-It-Yourself videos we came across GoAnimate, an online tool that helps users create instant animation videos just by dragging and dropping animation content onto the timeline editor. Yes, there was a bit of a learning curve to get the handle of this tool, but after watching a few GoAnimate video tutorials I was able to put together a basic animation from what we wrote on our script.

The cost for GoAnimate $39 dollars a month.

The last and final step in putting together our animation was searching for someone who could provide professional voice over for our scripted narration. Luckily, we landed on a site called fiverr and it sure had an array of voice over professionals to select and hear samples of their work. We came across a service called Throttle Up Media who provided a voiceover with synchronization to our animated video. The whole voiceover process took about day and a half to be completed. But once we received our final animated video with a professional voiceover we were just impress on the overall result.

The cost for a professional voiceover was $57. Our total came out to be $97, just under a $100.

If you are looking into creating an animated video for your company and don’t know where to start, leave a comment and I’ll be more than happy to provide suggestions.

Fitness Tips for the Sitting Office Worker

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We can often get in the zone when working on a project and it can be tempting to stick to it for fear of breaking momentum. I myself as a web developer for Edifica run into these situations. If you find yourself in these conditions, it can be an uphill struggle to regain or keep your body in good health. Here are a few of my pointers that can assist you to sustain and gain a healthy work style.

 

  • Give yourself 15 minutes to stretch your body. I recommend this one as soon as you get out of bed.
  • Drink lots of water and limit sugary drinks. I carry a water bottle everywhere I go.
  • Walk as much as possible. If there is an opportunity to walk, do it!
  • Move while you are sitting to keep your back active.

Here are other useful online resource that can provide helpful health and fitness tips for the daily office worker.

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