The History of Anime – Where Did Anime Start?

Are you interested in Japanese filmmaking, have you ever wondered, while watching their anime, drama or manga, where it all started? Anime first started off in Japan in the 20th century briefly after the boarders were opened in the late 19th. This made the animation techniques that developed in the West easy to transport to Japan by 1914. “The very first three animated films created in Japan fit on one reel and were between one to five minutes long.”(Patten) The content of these works were primarily of old folk tales and samurai legends. Japanese animators were greatly influenced by American animators so the black and white style was a must but the rounded heads and animal adaptations of people was Japan’s first signature to making a style all to their own.

Many animators were urged to produce animations which enforced the Japanese spirit and national affiliation as a result of cultural nationalism, that japanese government began to enforce. Anime started to gain more appeal. The one to five minute shorts about common folk tales gave way to a more Western like style. The change in style meant that Anime was now going in a comedic fashion used to lighten people’s moods on intense topics like war.

In 1970 Anime introduced its most popular style of work yet: Mecha. Mecha, which is short for mechanical, involved large robots that were used in times of war. Also a theme variation started to show itself through Anime. Writers began to twist the good guy/bad guy roles and relationships. The idea of a troubled hero presented itself in shows like Lupin Sansei where a human infected with a demon had to use the evil inside him to defeat other demons.

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Sell Beats For Money

Did you know that you can actually sell beats for money? If you are a producer and you love to create your own beats, then I have good news for you. You can actually make some money in the music industry by just creating your own beats.

Everyday a lot of new and upcoming artists which includes singers and rappers need instrumentals so they can start writing their music. Instrumentals actually help by inspiring them and help them in creating their song. This is the reason why they usually go online searching for some beats to purchase. This is where you come in.

Fortunately, it is easy to sell beats for money. Here is a short but effective way on how to do it.

1) Check the Requirements

Before you can start making your own beats, you need to have certain requirements. First, you will need to have a laptop and Internet connection. Your laptop will be where the beat software will be installed. This is where your beat creation process will take place. Meanwhile, the Internet connection is for selling your beats. You need to be able to visit beat websites so you can start posting and making money off your instrumentals.

2) Start Creating

Once you have the requirements ready, it is time to start creating your own beats. You can do this by carefully selecting and studying a beat making software. If you are going to browse the Internet, you will find that there are a lot of beat making software available. Choose one that appeals to you and spend your time learning it. It may take days but it will be worth it. After learning, you will now be able to create your own beats.

3) How to Sell Your Instrumentals

When you have your beats ready, you can now log online and sell your beats for money. There are many ways to sell your beats. You can either have your own website or you can simply post your beats in beat databases. Having your own website helps in attracting professional artists. It gives them a place to listen to your beats while getting to know you as a producer. Meanwhile, posting your beats on databases will give you more exposure. And you can expect that people who visit these websites are really there to purchase some beats.

While you can do both so you can sell your beats for money, you can start with posting your beats on databases if you do not have the initial money to create a website. It will get you started in the beat making industry without initial funds.

So as you can see, selling beats for money is actually easy. You just need to carefully choose your beat making software and you need to have some listening skills. Also, remember that it is better to spend more time in crafting your instrumentals. High quality will always be better than high quantity. Only expect to make lots of money when you have high quality instrumentals for sale.

Gardening – A Little Bit of TLC Goes a Long Way

Thinking of growing your own vegetable garden? Get ready because, like a pet, or even like a child (though it won’t cry at you when it’s hungry) a vegetable garden needs much care and devotion in order to grow healthily. Attempting to grow your own personal Garden of Eden is quite the task to undertake but, when done right, it can hold breathtaking results. As you’re getting started, there are a few essentials to live by:

Space

If you are like most people, your basic essentials are vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and the like. If you are attempting to grow a multitude of plants like these all at once, the key is space. Like many humans, vegetables need space to be comfortable, spreading their roots in the soil and getting an ample amount of sunlight; two essentials for any plant. When configuring your garden plot it is better to overestimate then to underestimate, so be generous with the amount of space you use. This is especially important in planting vegetables that grow in rows such as carrots, radishes and beets. Plant the seeds and/or bulbs of an underground vegetable at a bare minimum of eight inches apart so that your vegetables are not competing for their vital resources and nutrients. This is especially important for underground vegetables as they rely heavily on the ability of their roots to drink in as many nutrients as the can get. Also this will give you better results for your vegetables in the end where they will be more nutritious and more substantial in size. Tomato, cucumber and squash plants all grow in significant size above ground whether it be tall or wide, so they need much space to spread out and attain the maximum amount of sunlight. Each of these plants should initially be given a minimum of 1 ½ feet between each plant as, like with underground plants, this will help to provide bigger and better vegetables in the end.

Soil.

Probably the most crucial element to the health of your so-called vegetative soul is the physical and chemical composition of your soil. Choose the location of your garden carefully as having good soil to work with right from the beginning will make your life so much easier. I would recommend starting by testing the pH of your soil. If a specific plot of soil is too base or too acidic your plants will simply not survive. A good pH for almost all vegetable plants is 6.0; not too base and not too acidic. Adjusting the pH balance of your soil is quite easy and there are many different methods through which you can do this. Ideally your location will have a consistent type of soil considerably deep into the ground. With this the roots will be able to grow deeper and reach an even amount of nutrients. Avoid areas that are either too sandy or ridden with a lot of clay. Soil that is extremely sandy cannot hold moisture for very long and clay soil, although somewhat rich in nutrients, is very compact and holds too much water, which can be just as detrimental to your plants as very dry soil. Find a happy medium where there is enough space between the particles of the soil so that water can filter easily throughout the soil, but at the same time is not so loose that the moisture will quickly evaporate.

When tending to the soil get rid of all rocks in the plot and weed your garden (I kid you not) daily. Weeds are a gigantic deterrent for the healthy growth of those succulent vegetables, which you are presumably striving for. If you plan on adding fertilizer (highly recommended) never, never, neverover fertilize. This is a common mistake that first-time gardeners can easily make so when applying your fertilizer be extremely conscious of the amount that you are using. Also, when applying said fertilizer of your choice, whether it be manure, composted organic material or any other form, you must know that all fertilizers are different and therefore must be applied to your garden in a specific manner. For instance, some must be applied before planting anything and some can be applied after you have planted everything. Make sure you read the package in which your fertilizer came, or ask the provider of the fertilizer about the fertilization process, as the wrong method of application can completely jeopardize your entire garden.

Maintenance

I cannot place enough emphasis on giving a lot of attention to your plants once they have grown. The more you tend to them the more they will show you some love back. Regularly prune off dead/dying leaves as taking those leaves off acts as haircut would for a human; it promotes faster leaf growth and that will eventually result in better reception of sunlight for the plant. Also, regularly take any vegetables that seem rotted or abnormal off of your above ground plants as this will help the health of up-and-coming vegetables. For underground vegetables such as carrots or beets check the leaves of the plant that are seen above ground. Chances are that if the leaves are abnormally colored or that the actual vegetable will be abnormal as well. This applies to lettuce as well where if the leaves are yellowed or brown then the head is not good. Uproot any abnormal vegetables, as this will allow for more space and nutrients for the others. Do not be discouraged by the duds that you find in your garden; vegetable gardening is one big process of trial and error. When your vegetables are ready to be pulled off of the vine or out of the ground you will most definitely know.

When harvesting tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc. the first sign to look for is color. If the color of the vegetable is starting to look vibrant, gently pull on the vegetable itself and slightly twist. If it does not easily pop off then it is not ready. Give it a day or so and then try it again. If you are pulling up vegetables from the ground, first dig down a few inches to reach the head of the vegetable and check for size and color. Once again, if it holds the standard vibrancy of color and is of regular size feel free to pull it up.

The roots of each vegetable will be firmly grown into the soil, so slowly pull the vegetable up by the base of the leaves as this will assure that you do not detach the leaves from the actual vegetable itself. If this happens it will be more difficult to unearth the vegetables and in doing so you could potentially endanger other vegetables that are still growing. If any of your vegetables are misshapen they are not necessarily bad. It is fairly common for a brand new garden to have numerous funny looking vegetables, so once again do not be discouraged if your vegetables look like big blobs or just straight aliens.

One of the most important things that any beginner garden can learn is to not be a hero. That is, do not try and take on an enormous garden with 20 tomato plants, 20 cucumber plants, 100 carrots and beets and 30 heads of lettuce. Do not underestimate these plants as like I continuously say, each individual plant requires a large amount of care. A large garden can become overwhelming quickly, especially when there is a diverse configuration of vegetables in the garden, and especially when an inexperienced grower is tending to all of them. It is a much better experience to start small and have fun with it then to be stressed out by your garden. It is not meant to be a grueling process, but rather should be enjoyable. Once you get into the rhythm of growing and become intimately acquainted with each individual plant then it is a good idea to expand. This way you will get the results you are looking for and you may even have a little fun along the way. Spending time on/in a vegetable garden can be rewarding and surprisingly therapeutic, if you start off the right way.

Employment Discrimination – Too Old to Work

Employment discrimination in any form is a problem, true it exists but we need to rise above it in any way we can. Another type of discrimination is Age Discrimination, it crosses all economic and social boundaries, it is equally cruel to all races and both genders.

Big business uses our age against us when we apply for employment, they make us hide the years of experience we have, they make us ashamed for having the years we have, they are using tactics that can not be defined as employment discrimination, but it is employment discrimination none the less. This wave of Age Discrimination is sly and corporate HR uses veiled tactics to exclude older unemployed workers.

How can American businesses think that older workers are less valuable than the students right out of college. True they have a nice new degree. I have twenty five years doing the job you will probably hire the new graduate to do. The only reason to come to mind is MONEY, the new graduates will start for less money then I made before becoming unemployed. Les experience equals less salary, that is corporate america in a nutshell.

The sneaky thing is that they use veiled advertisements and coded questions to weed out the experienced worker in a way that will not appear to be employment discrimination, but we know it is at any rate.

Even if you somehow get an interview HR can dismiss you with the line “We will be in touch” as if we had a chance to get a job that we are ultimately qualified to do.

Even the blind men on capitol hill have had someone point out to them that older workers are facing employment discrimination and remaining on unemployment in higher numbers and for extended lengths of time, losing both their income and their health benefits.

Because corporate America wants to save a few bucks. This is criminal. Bailout, corporate America knows that word very well, government bailed out business, from the auto makers to the banks and who knows how many more individuals with charitable foundations and the like.

I think at fifty two I am a better worker then I was in my twenties, my focus has changed from girls night out and drinking to home and quality of life although the current state of the economy I may revisit the drinking. I enjoy doing a great job. I put energy into everything I do. I excel at work, I like working and have a great deal of experience in varying types of work.

I can do much more than be a bagger at the store or a greeter. Don’t tell me I would be bored working in a lesser job then I had a few years ago, I’m bored now I’m unemployed. Besides even if I was bored you wouldn’t need to worry about me leaving for a better opportunity because employment discrimination and the economy have made certain there are no jobs for me to go and get.