OCTOBER 2013

Who Cares What Your IQ Is?

by: Steve Gillman (reading – 2.9. - 8.9.)

You Want Brain Power, Not Scores!

Would you like to know what your IQ is? Want to improve it? What is IQ anyhow? The American Heritage Dictionary defines Intelligence Quotient as "The ratio of tested mental age to chronological age, usually expressed as a quotient multiplied by 100." Basically, it's a test of intelligence, with 100 as the average score. There are some problems with IQ tests however.

A recent IQ test asked which of four fruits was different. It was the one with more than one seed; but what if you were not familiar with these fruits? Obviously this test is culturally biased. You are assumed to have certain knowledge, yet you are being tested for intelligence, not knowledge.

Now look at these letters: "ANLDEGN." Rearrange them and you'll have the name of a(n): Ocean, Country, State, City or Animal. This is from an IQ test I took. Hmm.. very few oceans, so I could eliminate those - but wait a second! That's a test taking technique. An intelligence test shouldn't be testing your test-taking ability. I'm bound to score higher than a person of equal intelligence who hasn't learned simple techniques for scoring higher on multiple-choice tests.

Real Life Results vs Scores

Maybe an imperfect test is better than no test at all, and it is entertaining. I just took an IQ test, and though I don't think my IQ is really the 138 it showed, it was fun. You can try a free IQ test on my website. Of course you know you'll score higher on a good day than a bad day. If you didn't know that, try these tips to make it a good IQ test day:
Breathe deeply.
Sit up straight.
Close your mouth.
Drink a cup of coffee.
Exercise a little (Enough to get the blood pumping faster).
Try Ginkgo Biloba (Proven to increase blood flow to the brain).
Now let me ask you a question. What was Henry Fords IQ? Who cares! The man was one of the most innovative people of the last century, and he did what he did by surrounding himself with intelligent people. That practice alone has to be worth more than 20 IQ points. Do you get the point?

Real life results are what you want, right? So if you want to be more creative, learn to use creative problem solving techniques. If you want to concentrate better, there are techniques for that. Learn to speed-read and you'll have double the knowledge in the same time. After you paint your first Mona Lisa, build your first skyscraper or make your first million, what will your IQ score be? Who cares!?

About The Author

Steve Gillman has been studying brain improvement, concentration, creative problem solving, and related topics for years. Some of what he has discovered can be found on his website: www.IncreaseBrainPower.com , as well as in his free Brain Power Newsletter : www.IncreaseBrainPower.com/newsletter.html .



Logo Design in Brand Identity

by: Claudia Winifred (reading – 9.9. - 15.9.)

Yes, it is entirely possible that your business can do without hiring someone to create a logo design for you or your company. However, what if someone promises that using a logo design would bring in more customers and you can expand your business to new horizons. If that sounds interesting to you then please read on.

Experts suggest that people tend to remember images more than the text. As an old and used up saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. When people see an image they not only remember it for a longer period they also keep it stored in their memory with much more details. And if you have studied how a human mind works you would know that they can trigger the memory with the slightest hint. What this slightest hint could be? Seeing the same logo again would do the trick.

Why it is important that people remember this picture. For that you need to understand what a logo design really is. A logo design represents not only an image showing your business title in fancy letters it actually represents your business as a whole. A good logo design strives to put as many visual messages in your logo as possible. Some logo designs are so historically famous that they actually represent not only just the message of the business they represent but also the history and popular culture of that time.

A better logo design uses colors that attract the attention of your targeted market. Then it uses images that represent your business, sometimes these images trigger emotions of strong association such as family values, romance, parenthood, patriotism, religious and social concerns and so on. Other times they might represent the ideals and values of your business in heroic and idealistic form.

From the selection of the font or typeface used to add title, or lines, colors and shapes, style elements and size; each and everything added into your logo design explains your business to the viewer. You might have seen logos of companies that are more than a century old. Sometimes they used historical iconography into their logo design to represent the history of their company and their contributions to the economy of the country.

These selections create an image that conveys messages in so much detail that it would be impossible for a marketer or advertiser to gain such powerful influence by using text or speech. With a perfectly wonderful logo design you can fit this message into the minds of the viewers. Which they can recall whenever they are thinking about the products or services that you offer. This image will trigger the entire message then and hence your advertisement is played into the minds of those viewers with much greater visual effects that no Hollywood studio could ever reproduce.

The importance of logo design reminds us that it is a very significant tool to be used in the brand identity and spreading the word out about any business. So neglecting is not a very wise decision.

About The Author

Claudia Winifred is a Brand Manager and also a content writer. She loves to write content for Logo Design & Web Design Companies.

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The Best Way to Draw Two-Point Perspective

by: R. Schmidt (reading – 16.9. - 22.9.)

Perspective drawing, a way to represent an image to appear real in a plane surface is divided into many categories. Each category refers to the number of vanishing points that happens to be involved. In my previous article, I revealed to you tips on how to draw one-point perspective. As a related topic we are going to tackle steps on how to draw two-point perspective.

The main distinction between the two is that two-point perspective projects two vanishing points while one-point perspective as indicated in their names, has only one. Two-point is an exact picture viewed from a corner of your image or a rotated view of your one-point perspective.

Draw a Horizon Line

Now, first step is to have our two-point perspective drawing we are to create first our horizon line. This line is a linear portion where the eye-sight of the viewer will be leveled. It is the division that indicates whether or what portion of an object should be visible, in which the sky along with the ground meets and vanish.

Choose Two Vanishing Points

And then, were going to proceed now to the next step. Your two vanishing points are where your image became invisible. These are generally points where your parallel lines meet on both sides. It is crucial to select the best position for the two of these points. The gap between the two will greatly affect the final appearance of your drawing. Probably the most excellent option for your vanishing points is on someplace where your image fits the middle spot of your paper.

Draw the Sets of Orthogonal Lines

Next, for the third step is that you have to now draw sets of orthogonal lines. These are generally sets of lines radiated from each vanishing point. Orthogonal lines are perpendicular to any vertical lines in the picture plane used to give shape or temporary sketch to your drawing.

Draw Transversal Lines and Curves

After you draw orthogonal lines, go on drawing transverse lines. Transverse lines are lines perpendicular on the orthogonal lines. Since parallel planes are seldom found in two-point perspective drawing only vertical lines are used for temporary sketching. So it will be best to draw curves and oblique lines in our piece. Curves and oblique lines are sometimes drawn to have the best replica of the model to be drawn.

After drawing the guidelines we are now ready for the final retouch. Significant lines must be redrawn to become broader and the guidelines must then be erased. Add details to your drawing and adjust its tone by shading some portions with the use of different pencils. Add shadows on your drawing by projecting a point as the source of light.

It is not hard for someone to be able to draw perspective pictures. Mastering these steps in application will surely help you much. Drawing is not a thing that takes a long time for you to learn. Instead of having hard times, why not enjoy it? Simply take your pencil and paper and begin to draw your first masterpiece.

About The Author

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The Real Australia

by: Cusion Delause (reading – 23.9. - 29.9.)

Australian vacations are great for extended holidays and summer fun particularly if you like the warmer weather. In fact, since Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere a hot summer in the United States will be a nice winter in the land down under. You might even think about taking an Australia cruise during this time of year. Take your swimsuit, your suncream and your spending money and you will be all set for the trip of a lifetime.

When you first decide on taking an Australian holiday you will probably run into a challenge trying to decide where to go because the options are simply endless. There are so many great places to visit such as Sydney - the home of the Harbour Bridge, Melbourne - the home of AFL, Adelaide - the City of Fine Wine and Alice Springs - the home of Ayers Rock. Don't get discouraged because you might be able to do more than you think since you will certainly be able to book cheap airline flights within Australia to get around the country while you are there.

Australian vacations offer something for everyone no matter where you end up traveling in the country. Sydney will enhance your sense of culture. Be sure and visit the Opera House. Melbourne is an extremely cosmopolitan city full of jumping clubs and great restaurants.

Other Australian vacations can take you into the outback where you can see the real Australia that you have only seen on television. The Aborigines live throughout the country too and have a culture well worth discovering. If you can take as much as a month in Australia then you will have the chance to really enjoy the experience. Nothing less than two weeks will do for your first trip to this diverse country.

About The Author

Cusion Delause is the owner of Australia DEX which is a premier resource for Australia information. For more information, go to www.australiadex.com



A Uniquely Fascinating Philippine Travel

by: Jose Maria Abada (reading – 30.9. - 6.10.)

Philippine travel is always wonderful. This country is full of exotic and amazing tourist destinations. This Southeast Asian country takes pride of its numerous tourist destinations that are fascinating and exhilarating enough to capture the heart of every person. Its archipelago is composed of 7,107 captivating islands with Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as its main group of islands. The country's wonderful islands, pristine beaches, amazing volcanoes, best diving spots, and its exotic wildlife bewilder the country's visiting tourists.

The country is also rich in breathtaking view as it takes pride of its major cultural and historical sites. The place is just the best for any honeymooners, nature persons, wildlife fanciers, and adventurous people enticed by these tourist spots found in the country.

Lasting Tourist Spots and Heritage

Some of the country's best tourist spots are scattered and found all throughout the island. To name a few, the country has the Baclayon Church, Bahay Tsinoy, Banaue Rice Terraces, Bat Caves, Chocolate Hills, Echo Valley, San Sebastian Church, Taal Volcano, The Hanging Coffins of Sagada, San Pedro Cathedral, University of Santo Tomas, Subterranean River National Park and Puerto Galera.

The Baclayon Church at the Baclayon Town in Tagbilaran City is one of the most ancient stone churches built by the Spanish Jesuit priests sometime in 1535. Bahay Tsinoy cherished keepsakes of a combination of lives of Chinese and Filipino Heritage. The Banaue Rice Terraces on the other hand is considered as one of the primary attractions in the country. This attraction is about 2000 years old and built by the Batad native ancestors into the mountains of Ifugao. This attraction that provides level steps for the natives is considered as the eighth wonder of the world.

For more than 2,000 years now, people of Sagada choose to bury the dead in cliffs than in grounds. After preparing a hollowed out wood, the people in the place arrange the remains of their relatives in the caves. About four or five caskets are posed in bundle on these drops-off.

The Chocolate Hills on the other hand, are just one of the lofty hills of the country. This is the only attraction in the world with the natural formation. There are about 1,268 to 1,776 individual hills in there and they are one of the major attractions commonly visited in the country.

Something Enticing About the Place

The Philippines is not known only for its cultural and historical heritage but also as a home to pristine beaches. A notable beach in the Philippines is Boracay and it becomes a famed tourist destination all over the world. Visit the place to experience a beach vacation filled with tranquility and opulence, something that would make your visit to this place worth it all for an unforgettable experience.

For very travel engagement, you always deal with the budget issue. A Boracay Island vacation package provides a convenient solution to make you enjoy a wonderful tropical island vacation that can make an unforgettable lifetime experience.

Boracay offers the best cheapest possible package ever. Common travel packages include a two-way transfer, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet and unlimited use of the hotel or resorts' facilities. It may take quite an extra effort to find the best Boracay package that best suit your needs and preferences. Finding one can surely make you enjoy a fascinating and unique Philippine travel experience.

About The Author

Jose Maria Abada writes travel articles for www.philippine-travel-guide.com Philippine Travel Guide. You can find helpful information about Boracay Resorts and wonderful Boracay packages on this website.

The author invites you to visit: www.philippine-travel-guide.com