Great First Date Activities to Consider

First date is the opportunity to know each other thus it is important to come up with great first date activities. Learning additional information about your date will help you decide whether you want to get know her more or not. But sometimes it can be quite difficult to decide on how your first date should be. Sometimes it only takes a little creativity to make the first date memorable and you do not need to spend much too. Stay away from the usual dinner-and-movie type of first date, be creative and unique.

Parks have always been considered as the perfect setting for a romantic firs date. There are so many things you can do in the park like have a picnic, sit under the nice tree and walk through the park too. You do not have to spend so much money just to have fun and enjoy quality time too. Definitely not an expensive first date idea but you won’t appear like a cheapskate.

Great first date activities include riding on trains and buses. The concept of this date is to become comfortable talking to each other and you end up travelling the entire city over and over again. In case you see something interesting or you feel like you want to eat; you can just make a stop anytime you want. While having fun on the train or bus ride, you can find something unique that will make your date memorable.

Have your first date at the outdoor markets, this could be her first time to go to an outdoor market. There are just so many things that you will discover,hence you will not run out of things to talk and laugh about. Since your first date would entail a lot of walking, you may get your chance to hold her hands while walking. Observe whether your date is too tired or the heat is no longer tolerable because you might blow off your chance for second date. You can take a break in one of those restaurants or cafe to grab a bite and still continue to talk about so many things.

Going to beaches, lakes, water parks and rivers are some of the places that you can visit during your first date outings. You can swim together or simply sit close together as you enjoy the refreshing waters. Do not forget to bring your sunscreen if you have your daytime date or your mosquito spray if you opt for an evening date in these venues. Being prepared will definitely impress your date and it would give impression that you have planned everything. It is also best to bring some refreshments, a picnic blanket and some towels too.

The time and setting of your first date is not quite important as long as you know how to transform a simple dating idea into a memorable one. In fact your date would feel very important if she learns that you are actually sharing the things that you truly enjoy with her. You also must be very attentive to her needs and take time to listen to what she shares with you. If lady luck is on your side, you might have the chance to have a second date most especially if you followed any of the great first date activities.

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2015 – Vancouver – Chinatown Under Siege – 2 of 2
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This lot on Gore Avenue at Pender Street will be the next condo to go up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It is on the east edge of the community.

The vultures are circling. To date most of the new development is around the perimeter but already 3 developments are eating at the heart of the community.


Historic Vancouver neighbourhood is being redeveloped, raising fears it will lose its character.


The marketing line for the Keefer Block condo development in Chinatown is “Heritage Meets Modern.”

But just how much heritage will be left after a wave of modern developments washes over the historic district is a matter of debate.

A new proposal for the 700-block of Main Street would demolish the last three buildings from Hogan’s Alley, a once-notorious back lane that was the longtime home of Vancouver’s black community.

Another condo development at 231 Pender would replace a funky, Chinese-themed garage that is listed on Canada’s Register of Historic Places. Angelo Tosi’s family has owned their building at 624 Main since 1930. It may date back to 1895, and looks it — the fixtures and shelving are as old as the hills.

But Tosi is 82, and will probably sell when the price is right. He doesn’t expect his store to survive.

“It’ll be gobbled up by the monstrous buildings,” said Tosi. “And then they’ll take it all, and it’s finished. They won’t keep the heritage on the bottom, they’ll put down whatever they want.”

His fatalistic attitude reflects the changes in Chinatown, which is undergoing a development boom after zoning changes by the City of Vancouver.

The protected “historic” area of Chinatown is now Pender Street, while much of Main, Georgia and Keefer can now be redeveloped, with heights of up to 90 feet (nine storeys). A few sites can go even higher.

Two towers are going up at Keefer and Main — the nine-storey, 81-unit Keefer Block, and the 17-storey, 156-unit 188 Keefer. Up the street at 137 Keefer, a development permit application has just gone in for a new nine-storey “multi-family building.”

None of them has stirred up much controversy. But a recent public meeting about a 12-storey, 137-unit condo to be built on an empty lot at Keefer and Columbia got people riled up.

“There was a lot of angry people that night,” said Henry Yu, a UBC history professor who feels a “vision plan” the Chinatown community worked on with the city for several years is being ignored.

“The vision plan gets passed, (but it has) no teeth,” said Yu. “Actually (there is) no policy, it’s a wish list of ‘Oh, we’d like seniors housing, we’d like to do this, we’d like to do that.’

“Almost immediately, the two (highrise) buildings in the 600-, 700-block Main go up, and they’re just basically Yaletown condos. Not even Yaletown — Yaletown has more character.

“These are straight out of the glass tower (model), no (historic) character, obliterating everything in terms of tying it to the kind of streetscape of Chinatown. You’re going to split the historic two or three blocks of Chinatown with a Main Street corridor of these glass towers.”

Yu says Chinatown has historically been small buildings on 25-foot lots, which makes for a jumble of small stores that gives it a unique look and character. But the new developments are much wider, and just don’t look like Chinatown.

“The two 600-, 700-block buildings have a rain shield that’s an awning, a glass awning that runs the whole block,” said Yu. “That’s the design guideline for the city as a whole, but it was nothing to do with Chinatown, (which is) narrow frontages, changing awnings.

“We said that (to the city planners), we raised it and raised it, but the planners just shoved it down our throat.”

Kevin McNaney is Vancouver’s assistant director of planning. He said the city changed the zoning in parts of Chinatown to help revitalize the neighbourhood, which has been struggling.

“We have been taking a look across Chinatown,” said McNaney. “What we’re finding is that rents are dropping, and vacancies are rising. And that’s a big part of the strategy of adding more people to revitalize Chinatown.

“There are only 900 people currently living in Chinatown, many of them seniors. It’s just not the population base needed to support businesses, so a lot of the businesses are going under. Along Pender Street you see a lot of vacancies right now.

“So at the heart of this plan is to bring more people to revitalize Chinatown, and also use that development to support heritage projects, affordable housing projects and cultural projects.”

Henry Yu disagrees. “The idea that you need density in Chinatown itself, that you need your own captive customer base, is moronic,” he said.

“Where else in the city would you make that argument, that nobody can walk more than two blocks, that no one is going to come in here from somewhere else?

“They will. People go to the International Summer Market in Richmond in an empty gravel field. Ten thousand people at night come from everywhere in the Lower Mainland, because there’s something worth going to.

“The problem isn’t that you need a captive audience that has no other choice but to shop in Chinatown — that’s just stupid, there’s plenty of people in Strathcona. The problem is, is there something worth coming to (in Chinatown)? And that has to do with the character, what the mix is, what kind of commercial.”

Ironically, all the new construction comes just as Chinatown seems to be undergoing a bit of a renaissance. Several new businesses have popped up in old buildings, attracted by the area’s character and cheap rents.

The très-hip El Kartel fashion boutique recently moved into a 6,000 sq. ft space at 104 East Pender that used to house Cathay Importers. It’s on the main floor of the four-storey Chinese Benevolent Association Building, which was built in 1909.

Across the street at 147 East Pender is Livestock, a runner and apparel store that is so cool it doesn’t even have a sign. “We were in Gastown at the corner of Cordova and Abbott, (and) just felt a change was needed,” said store manager Chadley Abalos.

“We found the opportunity in Chinatown, so we decided to move here. We feel it’s one of the new spots that are booming. You see a lot of new businesses — restaurants, clothing stores, furniture. We see the potential in it growing.”

Russell Baker owns Bombast, a chic furniture store at 27 East Pender. But he is not new to the neighbourhood — Bombast has been there for 10 years.

“I think (Chinatown is) one of the most interesting parts of the city,” he said.

“It’s still got some variety, some texture, architecturally, socially, economically. A lot of what’s happened to the downtown peninsula (in recent years) constitutes erasure. This is one of the places that still sort of feels like … it feels more urban than some parts of downtown. I would say downtown is a vertical suburb.

“If you like cities, Chinatown feels like one. That’s why we’re here.”

Baker said he expected Chinatown to happen a lot sooner than it did. Retailers that do well there still tend to be destinations, rather than stores that rely on heavy street traffic. “The buzz is that Chinatown is happening, but it’s really strategic, what’s happening,” he said. “Fortune Sound Club, that’s a niche market that’s destination. That’s the kind of thing that works down here. We’re destination, Bao Bei (restaurant) is destination.”

The new businesses make for an interesting mix with the old ones. The 200 block East Georgia Street is hopping with hipster bars (the Pacific Hotel, Mamie Taylor’s) and art galleries (Access Gallery, 221A, Centre A). But it also retains classic Chinatown shops like the Fresh Egg Mart and Hang Loong Herbal Products.

The question is whether the small businesses will be displaced as the area gentrifies. Real estate values have soared — Soltera paid .5 million for the northwest corner of Keefer and Main in 2011, Beedie Holdings paid .2 million for two parcels of land at Columbia and Keefer in 2013.

That seems like a lot for a site that’s two blocks from the troubled Downtown Eastside, but Houtan Rafii of the Beedie Group said that’s what land costs in Vancouver.

“It is a significant, substantial amount of money, but compared to most every area in Vancouver, it’s not dissimilar, whether you’re in Gastown, downtown, Concord-Pacific, even on the boundaries of Strathcona or on Hastings close to Clark or Commercial,” said Rafii. “It’s not an obscene amount of money, it’s market.”

Rafii said the Beedie Group met with local groups for a year about its development, and was surprised at the reaction it got at the public meeting, which was held because Beedie is looking to rezone the site to add an additional three storeys.

Yu doesn’t have a problem with the Beedie proposal per se, but feels it’s on a key site in Chinatown, and should be developed accordingly.

“It’s not the building’s fault,” said Yu.

“People are going ‘What’s wrong with this glass tower, it’s working everywhere else, and Chinese people love buying this stuff if it’s UBC.’

“That’s not the point. There’s plenty of room around the city to build glass towers (that are) 40 storeys, 50 storeys, whatever. Why do they need to be in this spot?

“This one is right in the heart (of Chinatown). Across the street is the Sun Yat-sen (garden), the Chinese Cultural Centre. On the same street is the (Chinese workers) monument. Next door is the back alley of Pender.”

Yu said a recent study found there will be a need for 3,300 income-assisted senior housing beds in the Lower Mainland over the next 15 years. He said the Columbia and Keefer site would be perfect for a seniors project.

“There’s a particular kind of resonance to the idea this is a traditional place where a lot of Chinese seniors can retire to,” he said.

“There is a five-year waiting list for the Simon K.Y. Lee Success long-term care home, so there’s huge demand, huge need, this is a place where they want to go. (Building a seniors home) would actually would help revitalize (Chinatown), because seniors bring sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters into a community.

“That’s the Chinatown vision plan, that’s what’s in there, that’s what those discussions were about. And yet what we’ve got is 137 luxury condo units for hip youngsters. That’s the Beedie proposal, and that’s what the last two towers (on Main) were. It’s not just insulting, it’s the thwarting of the very promise (of the vision plan).”

Wu would like to see a moratorium on new developments in Chinatown “until design guidelines are actually built to create a zone that respects the (area’s special) character.”

Retired city planner Nathan Edelson agrees. Which is significant, because he worked on the Chinatown vision plan for over a decade.

“My suggestion is that there should be a moratorium on the rezonings, for sure, until they can get an assessment of what the current new development is,” said Edelson. “To what degree are they contributing to, or harming Chinatown, the historic character of Chinatown? And it’s not an obvious answer.”

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Romantic Date Ideas Any Guy Can Do

There are men who fall short of romantic date ideas thus they find it hard to plan a special date. Somehow these men lack the inspiration to come up with a successful romantic date. If you are faced in this kind of dilemma, then you may find this article very useful. We have provided in here some ideas which will surely make you a lady’s man. The good thing about this, you can prepare and plan the date all by yourself. You do not need the assistance of a first date planner to get things done for you.

Your girl will find it very romantic if you prepare a candle-lit dinner in your place. Girls love men who can cook for them. A quiet and romantic dinner date is on top of the list of every girl’s romantic date ideas. Make sure that you find out your date’s favourite dish and prepare it for her. You can combine it with her favourite bottle of wine and her favourite music too.

Now if you are not skilled with cooking, then you may want to have a dinner at her favourite fancy restaurant. The quiet ambiance in the restaurant will give you the opportunity to get to know each other better because you can talk to one another. Aside from that, you have given her the impression that you are willing to spend time, effort and even money just to make her happy. Since you were the one who planned everything, then you should pay for the bill too. When you see your date having a great time, then it will be all worth the effort.

If you are located in a country or place where the weather is warm, another romantic date would be a dinner at the beach. Prepare a picnic-type dinner complete with blanket and the picnic basket. While enjoying the food that you have prepared, you can also do stargazing. This seems to be a very simple kind of dinner date but you and your girl would enjoy talking under the moonlight.

Normally, a dinner and movie date is not at all romantic. However, if it will be in your place then you can get cozy on the couch as you enjoy watching a romantic movie together. You have more privacy and there will be fewer interruptions too. Aside from that, you can also play back the movie scene that you have missed when you stole a kiss from her.

Make her feel like she is a princess by riding a horse-drawn carriage through the park. You will both enjoy the scenic view as you ride around the park. This may seem too old fashioned, but girls love it this way! Beautiful princesses rode a horse-drawn carriage in all the children’s storybook. This kind of romantic date will make her feel like she just stepped out of her favourite fairy tale.

Every macho guy has his own romantic side that he might not be aware of until he is able to plan a special date. Some guys may lack the romantic flair but given the right motivation, he can be a romantic dude too. Giving flowers would definitely melt her heart. A little sweet gesture may spark into something big that would indicate that these romantic date ideas are indeed successful.

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Day 225: Mystery
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January 7, 2010
I’m not exactly sure how I managed to get to this point but I did. I started off with one idea but it didn’t really work out. I wasn’t liking how I looked (since I had, again, just rolled out of bed) and the sheet was all crinkly. I need to iron it today…

So I decided to give this a go. I remember seeing it done at least once while surfing flickr, I’m sure it’s been done tons of times. It’s not very original or creative but it’ll do. I’m just in a meh mood today. It’s cold and I feel icky and tired. I have to pack everything up tonight as mom and I are hitting the road tomorrow for Illinois. Not sure if I’m excited about it or dreading it. Hopefully I can still get a decent picture tomorrow…I doubt it but I’ll try.

I’m off to take a shower and get packing. Hope everyone is doing well!

View on BLACK it looks pretty sweet 😀
View on WHITE it makes it look more sifi!

EDIT: OMG…I just learned that my bear picture made it to explore but was dropped. The date it gives me is July 8, 2009 and was #492. I don’t know what dropped means, must have just been old or something? But it’s strange to know I made explore without knowing it until now……

TRF: Only 9 days until Garry’s 22nd birthday and 19 until my 19th!

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Romantic Date Ideas that Get You a Kiss and More

Everyone needs a good list of romantic date ideas every once in a while. Well, today is your lucky day because I’m dishing out a plethora of some of the most romantic date ideas I have ever encountered. If you have you ever tried to impress someone with a spectacular date, but failed to get a kiss or another date out of it, there must have been something you missed. A lot of dates are easily forgotten, but the really memorable ones are kept forever. Yes, you may stumble on a few romantic date ideas during your lifetime, but those romantic date ideas that really count will have to be the ones that lead to relationships, or at least a kiss.

Here’s a secret that you need to know before you start dating: the most romantic date ideas are the ones that inflame the senses and the imagination. When you manage to excite your date and make him or her feel something for you during your date, you’re one step closer to becoming the guy or the girl for the person. Your objective is to heighten his or her senses during the different aspects of the date. And, here are some tips.

1. Dine out

Choose a comfortable sit-down dinner place where the food is outstandingly great and the wine is awesome. If you’re driving and don’t want to drink, have the “great wine” option available in case your date wants to enjoy a great glass of wine. Perhaps you want to order a few house specialties and sample these together. Many people talk about their great experiences at various restaurants. Taking your date to such a great place will give you something to talk about later in your relationship. It builds memories.

2. Awesome entertainment

Among the best romantic date ideas that you will find over the net and in books are those that teach what to do to make the date fun. Music and dancing spruce up your date and increase the chances that you will have a second one. Go to a jazz club or a music lounge and sing along. You can also go dancing with your date in a place where most couples go to slow dance. A club is not a good idea if you’re looking for privacy and an environment to talk to each other heart-to-heart.

3. Romantic Location

Setting up a romantic environment for your date certainly invites her emotional senses and is so key to most women. Remember that they are used to romantic movies or romance novels and they associate sunsets, a remote beach and a kiss under the stars with the ultimate romantic experience. You may not be able to provide her with the full romantic fairytale date you are certainly able to implement one aspect of such a romantic date each time. Over time and as you get to know her you’ll be able to easily create dates that rock her world and set you apart from everyone else.

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N49: Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Description: In Chandra’s X-ray data, N49 shows million-degree gas in its center (blue), while Spitzer reveals much cooler, infrared-emitting gas at the remnant’s outer regions (red). Unique filamentary structure observed in optical light by Hubble (white & yellow) sets N49 apart from most other supernova remnants that appear roughly circular in visible light. When the multiwavelength data is combined, it appears to confirm the idea that this supernova remnant is expanding into a denser region to the southeast, which would cause its asymmetrical shape.

Creator/Photographer: Chandra X-ray Observatory

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. The mirrors on Chandra are the largest, most precisely shaped and aligned, and smoothest mirrors ever constructed. Chandra is helping scientists better understand the hot, turbulent regions of space and answer fundamental questions about origin, evolution, and destiny of the Universe. The images Chandra makes are twenty-five times sharper than the best previous X-ray telescope. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls Chandra science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Medium: Chandra telescope x-ray

Date: 2001

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Repository: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Collection: Supernovas and Supernova Remnants Collection

Gift line: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/S.Kulkarni et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/UIUC/Y.H.Chu & R.Williams et al.; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Gehrz et al.

Accession number: n49

Valentines Day Date Ideas For Women – Your Fun Valentine

A few great Valentines Day date ideas for single women will be easier to find if you think about what you enjoy to do and plan this day around those activities. If you are newly single, there are a couple of good ideas for a Valentine’s date that will not make you feel uncomfortable, but may end with a great relationship with a man.

This is a day that can be very depressing for divorced women, especially if it is your first Valentines day alone. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of dating or meeting new people on your own, there are ways to develop new friendships in a way that will not make you feel awkward.

Planning activities with a group of friends is one of the good ideas for a Valentine’s date that will be fun and give you an opportunity to meet new people. There are a lot of people who will be alone on this special day and you can bring together your friends, and their friends, to enjoy a party or mixer that will create a comfortable and easy way to meet new people and gain confidence in your ability to create a fun environment for people to meet each other.

A Valentine themed party gives you the opportunity to be creative, make foods that reflect the day and decorate your home. If you are going to prepare all of the food, focus on easy dishes such as finger foods. Many people have mixers that invite guests to bring their favorite dessert and have great dessert parties with music, dancing and chatting with new and old friends.

A wonderful way to add a romantic Valentine’s Day gift that will be enjoyed by all is to include desserts that include triple-chocolate cake with a rum based filling, chocolate covered strawberries, or heart shaped cakes and candies.

More great Valentines Day date ideas for single women are found in attending events with a few friends on this day. The opera, theatre, or dance clubs is a wonderful way to get to know people who share your interests. When you attend these events with a few friends, you are not required to be the center of conversations and can participate when you feel confident and comfortable with meeting and talking to men.

A night out with friends is a great way to meet people and gives you the opportunity to learn how to communicate in an environment that is not stressful or awkward. When you connect with someone, it is very easy to make arrangements to meet again at a later date.

When you are looking for Valentines Day date ideas for single women, discussing what your single friends do on this day will often be helpful. People who have been single for a long time normally have a favorite event or party that they attend. Or, they have ideas for a great party or activity. It is important to spend time involved in an activity that will keep you busy and occupied on the day will help you to become more empowered and gain confidence when meeting new people.

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Jerash – XXIX: Artemis’ Temple
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Although the small dimensions of the temple, the Corinthian columns soar impressively from the hilltop site. The building had a hexastyle portico with twelve columns, of which eleven are still standing. Corinthian capitals decorating the columns are very well preserved. The temple walls had three entrances decorated with three Corinthian pilasters. The building, in its present form, dates back to 150 AD.
The temple occupies a key position in the city rebuilding undergone under Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.
The well-preserved archaeological state of the ancient Jerash permits reasonable speculation about the importance of high philosophical ideas for its urban forms.
The overall planning of the city, especially the new extension begun after Hadrian’s visit in the winter of 128/9, reveals a precise geometrical and astronomical conception. Moreover, some of the buildings erected in the Antonine period, such as the temples of Artemis and Zeus and the South Theatre, show signs of a sophisticated geometrical design.
The point where the arch of Hadrian was built fixes the starting point of the line which, running parallel to the stadium walls, crossed the Temple of Artemis in the direction of the pole star.
Thus the relative position of three of the most important buildings of the city was directly related to the constellations of the universe.

Source: E. Thomas, Monumentality and the Roman Empire – Architecture in the Antonine Age

Artemis Temple
150 AD
Gerasa, Jordan

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Cute Date Ideas

Are you sick and tired of the same old boring dates? Here are some dating ideas you can use to spice up your dating life instead of keeping it mundane and lifeless. Now you can finally look forward to having a fun-filled date with the person you always loved.

1) Take a romantic flight into the night, armed with a bottle of champagne, some roses and chocolate fondue and voila, you are on your way to impress that special someone.

2) If you are the ever so traditional guy who only knows how to splurge on overrated flowers like roses, learn to do new surprises to keep your date excited about what is coming next. Being mysterious is not the way to go, but rather have a backup of different ideas during a date to continually surprise your date. Write notes, poems or even little cards which girls love. Coupled with a box of chocolates and a song dedicated to her, you may well be on your way to spending the rest of your life with her.

3) Is your loved one passionate about love songs? How about compiling some of the favourite love songs of your loved one into a CD and passing it to her during your date? Now the next time she listens to that CD, she would be thinking of you and remembering the good times during your dates.

4) Cook up a storm and invite your date over for a candle light dinner. Prepare some great dishes and make it as if she was at a five-star restaurant. Make that dinner as memorable as possible, with good food, good music, and good ambience. Also with such a romantic setting, why not ask her for a dance as well? You may not be Elvis Presley in real life, but you can certainly be one to her.

5) Another alternative if you are able to spend big bucks is to book a hotel with a breathtaking view and fill the entire room with balloons and crank up the music while calling for room service.

6) However, if you are someone with holes in your pockets, fret not. Just as comparable to fine dining in a 5 star restaurant, you can prepare sandwiches for a picnic in the park. Yes, the setting may be very different, but there are plenty of activities you can do in a park-date. You can fly a kite, roller-skate together, or you can simple sit down to have a chat while enjoying the breeze.

To have a fun-filled date is not just about having money but rather, it is about having creativity. Surprise your partner and have good ideas for dates to perk her up. The trick to having a successful date is to be as cheesy as possible but it does not mean that no planning is needed. An unplanned date would most probably end up in the dumps and cause an argument instead of allowing both of you to enjoy yourselves. So get working and start planning for your next date.

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What i tried to do was place the colourful body of the toy with the
white background, and his witesh head with the blurred colourful
background. Sunlight was coming in from the right so i would
getting nice shading on the face and i thought that would give
nice depth to it. It was hard to get it sharp and took me 3-4
goes before i got the sharpness in the tip of the nose
at an acceptable level.

I still used low saturation because with high saturation, the colours were
coming out quite bright, but looking a bit unnatural… using low saturation
gave it a nice soft feel…

I liked the multicoloured toy … had a nice blend of colours…don’t know
about the green hat though… not quite bright enough… would have liked to have
brought out the green a bit more…

I know the deal is "only one photo" … but i have included my preferred
cropped version… i like the cropped one better as the background is really just
a hazy blue, yellow and red… 🙂 so i am actually putting my cropped one as
my "one image" forward… the whole picture is to give you an idea of the surroundings…


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Where You Shouldn’t Go On Your First Date

First impressions are everything, so it’s important to make a good one on your first date. Conversation and chemistry will definitely help you charm a open heart but if you’re in a loud place, that charm counts for nothing. If you don’t hit it off on the first date, the chances of having a second are slim to none. Your first date is a chance to get to know the person you’d like a relationship with, so choosing a a good location is key. The following places to avoid are survey results from a popular online dating service. The list is ordered from places to avoid to places that would make a good date.

The first place you should absolutely avoid taking a first date, is a family function of any kind. I’m not even sure why you would want to bring a date to a family function in the first place. Your date is going to be nervous enough trying to impress you, so just imagine how trying to impress you and your family is going to feel. Not to mention that when families get together, there is always some type of shenanigans going on and that could get embarrassing.

The second place you should avoid are dance clubs. They’re noisy, crowded and full of guys looking to pick up women. The objective of a first date isn’t to see if your dates’ hips don’t lie but to see if they have relationship potential and if you have chemistry together. It’s not wrong to dance but for a first date, there are much better places to take your date. In addition to clubs, you should also avoid taking your date to a bar.

Our next place to stay away from is the movie theatre. If you really think you’ll make a connection through an accidental hand-touch when reaching for some popcorn, think again. Spending two hours sitting awkwardly in silence isn’t a great first date. It’s maybe a great third date.

Sporting events are also a place to avoid. Sports definitely doesn’t bring the best out of men, so seeing them in their aggressive alpha-male side isn’t a turn on for many women. Add the fact you’ll be in an environment of drunk fans with loud mouths and you get a date that is less than romantic.

These places are definite no-nos to take your date for the first time. The environment is the most important aspect of a first date. You could be the smartest, most romantic person in the world but if you take your date to a club all they’re going to see is you shaking your bon-bon. When you’re trying to figure out where to take your date, be original and surprising. Instead of taking your date to that awesome ninja-themed restaurant, try an evening stroll with street food and performers. Cheap food and a show. If you met the person on an online dating site, check out their profile to see what they like and try to fit that into the date.

Now that you’ve learned where not to take your date, let’s find you one! Try joining a free online dating site to find someone to take out tonight! Online dating has become one of the easiest ways to find singles and studies show that 1 in 5 marriages stem from Internet dating. Sign up for online dating now!

Moroccan Fountain
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Image by Brett Kiger
This is such a beautiful centerpiece for arguably one of the most authentic and transportive pavilions within World Showcase. I’ve tried several different compositions of this fountain, but this is my favorite to date.

The idea for shallow depth of field came from Jeff Krause who has been experimenting with the Brenzier Method recently. This method allows for a wide view with an extremely shallow depth of field by stitching together images taken with a long, fast lens. While I love the results, I didn’t have the patience for the image capture or processing, so I did this one the old fashion way — a wide, fast lens!

Maybe I’ll try this one again someday actually using the Brenzier Method for even more subject isolation and background blur…

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What Should You Do On The First Date?

Maybe you’ve just met your ideal girl and preparing to take her on a date this weekend? Maybe you’ve planned to get a nice dinner and also a great movie on your date? Well, alas but I guess this won’t allow you to her special one. Dinner and movie are now consider as old and cheap tips on how to entertain your date. So, so if you might be scratching your head while considering some date suggestions for woo your girlfriend, we can surely support that. Before planning your date, it is best to really comprehend the preferences of the girlfriend.

First dates are boring since people are afraid to carry out things they really enjoy. As couples, young and old, prepare for this day they earnestly wish never to mess up.

The vast majority of couples always complain of losing the special moment of affection within their marriage life. We lead a lively schedule, plus the midst of all problems, we forget to cherish the instant of being amongst each other. Though we live together, the space between two souls carries on increasing day by day. So, in case you are fed up with leading a monotonous marriage, surprise your significant other by doing something on your anniversary date. Remember, you are never too old to fall in love again with the exact same person.

Arranging a pricey date is not always entirely possible that those that count every cent before they spend. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t make your girlfriend happy unless you are dating a high maintenance girl. You will discover cheap date ideas and then there are free ones too. Now, once we say free, this would mean that the activities really are absolutely free. These ideas are specially for those who are not able to have a great time using their partner as the money is low or their brain has stopped going for guidelines.

A small amount of romance is quite necessary within a relationship. Often, once we start dating, we try to do all the romantic stuff for the partner, but as the relationship grows old, we tend to forget to do simple stuff which can make someone feel special. But, the question is how to keep the romance alive in your relations, especially when you spend whole week dealing with numerous problems of your life.

Most of the couples avoid going on a double date, but actually it’s not that bad as it seems. For those who are actually very much self-conscious should opt on going on a double date. It’s easy way to open up to your date and as your friend is always with you, the feeling makes you more relaxed. Double dating are now popular among youngsters who have finance problems but want to go out on a date. You can divided all the expenses equally while going on a double and enjoy some good time with your date too.

Are you recently experiencing feeling of love but have no clue how to express it? Love is all about being happy and carefree with a person. It’s about doing simple things and spending fun time with each other. So, to all those guys and girls who just got stuck by the bow of love, here are some easy tips to have cute date ideas with your partner.

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Marion and Ray – Long Beach(?), September 1946
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: I should have placed this photo — and all of the other ones that I’ll be uploading on April 18-19, 2015 — at the end of this album of Washington, DC photos (i.e., the ones that got uploaded first), because they were taken in 1946, long after my mother had gotten divorced, and moved (with me) from Florida back to her mother’s house in Washington, DC.

In a few of the photos, you’ll note that my mother has now met, and presumably begun dating, my stepfather Ray Yourdon. He was based in Washington at the end of his Navy enlistment; and when it was all over, they got married and the family moved to Denver in 1947 (which you’ll find in a separate Flickr album covering the period of 1947-50).


Mom’s typewritten note on this snapshot says, "On The Pike at Long Beach, September, 1946."

And on the back of the print, someone has handwritten, "9/22/46".

I have no idea where Long Beach is/was, or whether this was a real horse, though I doubt it; seems like it might have been an amusement park.


All of the photos in this album are “originals” from the period when I was an infant in the mid-1940s — i.e., the period before I lived in Omaha, Riverside, Roswell, New York, Ft. Worth, and Denver (photos of which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives).

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 70+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

My own story changes dramatically at this point: the man I’ve presented as my Dad in previous Flickr albums, Ray Yourdon, was actually my stepfather. My birth parents grew up in Washington DC, married, and moved to Florida in the early days of World War II. My birth father worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force, and I was born on an Air Force base near Ft. Walton Beach, in the panhandle section of Florida (which you can read about here, if you’re interested: )

Some time after that, my parents divorced and my mother moved back to Washington with me, to live with her mother. After a bitter custody battle over me (so I’ve been told), I didn’t see my birth-father again until I was 30—at which point I was surprised to learn that I had three more half-sisters, in addition to the two I had grown up with (i.e., both my mother and my birth-father had remarried after they got divorced from each other). But that’s another story, with another set of photos …

Meanwhile, my mother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon as the war wound down, and when my stepfather ended up in Washington toward the end of his tour of duty in the Navy, they met, and married, and moved to Denver to begin a new life … chapters of which you’ve been seeing in these Flickr albums during the last several weeks.

So the photos in this album are from my birth in Florida through the first year or so of my childhood in Washington — uploaded in reverse chronological order, starting in 1945. I haven’t written any details, because I have no conscious memory of what was happening at the time; and at this point, all of my parents, step-parents, and grandparents are gone. Yes, I do have five wonderful sisters, all of whom share various memories with me; but I’m the oldest of the brood, so I have no siblings with first-hand information about what I was doing for the first year or two of my life.

All I have are the photos that you see here. But they do tell a story, and that’s why I think it’s so important that you track down all of your own photos and preserve them somewhere for the generations who will follow after you.

10 Awesome First Date Ideas For Every Kind Of Person | Top 10

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As a dude who has been on over 200 double dates, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about the art of the first encounter. A first date should be casual, but not so spontaneous that it seems carelessly unplanned. And a first date should allow partners to chat and get to know one another (so unless you’re a mind reader, save movies and live performances for date number three or four).

Most importantly, with greater risk comes greater reward: the more you’re able to wow a woman on a first date, the stronger your bond with her will be. Of course, work too far outside of your comfort zone, or overshoot your own abilities with a date too complex for you to handle, and you’ll be spending all subsequent evenings with your forearm of preference.

Behold, the best first date ideas from easiest to most difficult.

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Ideas for a Great Date

Dating can be a lot of fun but it can also be quite boring if you just do the same thing over and over again. Perhaps you have hit a dating rut and you just need some ideas that will liven up your dates and make you look forward to them again. It’s normal to get stuck in these ruts and just do what is comfortable, but it can also be a lot of fun to change things up a bit from time to time.

Of course, when you are thinking about where to go on a date you may need to think about the person that you will be going with. Some people are more refined and conservative while others are up for adventure. Just be sure that you know the kind of person that you are dating and what they would enjoy before making any extreme dating plans.

Fun Date Ideas

A class date, but one that many forget about, is miniature golf. Miniature golf is a lot of fun because it can help to break the ice on a first date. Everyone looks silly when they play miniature golf and most of us aren’t that great. This will get both of you laughing and you’ll find that this can easily segue into a great date including dinner and a movie. Miniature golf is always a lot of fun, so why not make it a part of your date?

Another great idea if you are going on a date with someone who is adventurous is a ROPES course. This is sort of like an obstacle course for adults that is challenging but also a lot of fun. You can compete against one another or you can do it together. This is a great date option when you know that both of you are into physical challenges. If you aren’t sure about the physicality of your date, this may be something that you want to pass on.

There are a lot of arcade type places that are meant just for adults. These venues often serve food and drinks and offer up all of the fun games that you could want. Think Chuck E. Cheese for adults! This can be a really fun way to spend your time and money on a date, and being in such a place will return you to your childhood, doing away with those awkward date moments!

Why not go bowling for a first date? Even if both of you are terrible this can be fun, in fact you may have more fun if you are both awful bowlers because you’ll get laughing and you won’t be able to stop. Many great dates have started at a bowling alley, so don’t be afraid to take your date out, but on some funny looking shoes, and toss a few bowling balls!

Rodrigo Rehn is a Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating services.

Robert Goddard with his Double Acting Engine Rocket in 1925
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Image by NASA on The Commons
Full Description: Dr. Robert H. Goddard with his complete rocket with the double- acting engine in November 1925, following more than two years of pump development based on the idea of a separate pump for each propellant. Dr. Goddard made an important change in his pump technique by combining both pumps into a single double acting unit. Though gas pressure, rather than pumps, was used on his first successful liquid-propellant rocket shot of March 16, 1926, the idea of combining both pumps into a single unit led to a successful solution of the pump problem and hence marked a significant advance.

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Date: Circa 1925

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Finding Good First Date Gift Ideas for Her

First dates are usually full of excitement and thrills. Excitement of finally having the time to know the person you think would be someone interesting, and thrill of what the date would turn out. It may turn out successful, which means you will both end up interested to meet again for another date, or it may be just something for the first date only.

Men might think about bringing her a gift because he wants to impress her, or he wants to show her his appreciation of going out with him. However, be careful on any first date gift ideas you have in mind. Do not go overboard to please the person on the first date. I for one, find some gifts may be too much for a first date and it can become a major turnoff. Imagine a guy giving you jewelry on the first date – nah, it might give a wrong signal to the woman.

So if you are looking for some first date gift ideas, you can settle with the simplest. Here are some tips that might help.

1. Flowers. Flowers are the safest and most appreciated gift you can ever bring to a woman on the first date. It could mean a ‘thank you’ for accepting the invitation, or an appreciation of being able to spend the time with the person. Flowers are indeed well appreciated.

2. Something to Munch. Whether you are spending the first date on some adventurous activities outdoors or a dinner date, you can bring her a box of cookies or chocolates. It could also be a great rescue when conversations run dry and even a great conversation starter if you want to know each other’s likes.

3. Tickets for an Event. This applies if you already have an idea of the woman you want to date with. If you have known her for some time but never had the chance to date her and you strongly feel that you want to date her again, you can bring along tickets to a concert or a show or a sporting event, whatever you think that she would love watching with you. This is also best given at the end of the date, after you have determined that you really want to spend another time with her.

4. Avoid expensive and personal gifts. If you are indeed looking for first date gift ideas, forget about the expensive and personal gifts. This may be common sense but you have to remember that extravagant gifts and personal things are a no-no for a woman on the first date. Save that jewelry for the engagement party, and save those lingerie for your honeymoon. First dates should be getting-to-know stage and giving her something expensive or something too personal may not be a good start to know a woman.

5. The best gift a woman would want to receive on the first date is knowing you. Of course, she went out with you because she wants to know more about you. She wants to know your thoughts and beliefs in life, what you are as a person, and like you, she is also trying to find out if you are a perfect match for her, so if you really want to impress her, forget about the first date gift ideas you have in mind. Present yourself nicely, make sure you are a gentleman, and most importantly, be a good listener.

Carolyn Anderson has made several book reviews of love and romance books. To learn more about making creative dates, check out 300 Creative Dates. Also check out How To Be A Lady Killer, where you can find seduction techniques for your woman.

“Limited Edition Prints by Damien Hirst: Thr-ser, 2012 (1-inch woodcut spot)” / Paragon Press / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.EOSM.04002.SQ
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Image by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
Woodcut spots from Damien Hirst. This series need no introduction. Each print is an abstract representation of a biochemical compound, expressed as a spot color from circular wood cuts.

It is hard for me to talk about Damien Hirst. On the one hand, I see a gifted and very talented artist who produces brilliant works. On the other, an artist-turned-factory who has become so commercialized that he would need to come up with all kinds of methods to pump up works to please the high demands for his work.

Andy Warhol likes to say that “making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art.” But I tend to have a problem with art created purely to make money. Mondrian’s early works are brilliant and full of ideas, but the Mondrian after he has becoming the darling of his times left little to be desired.

These “limited edition prints” is probably the worse of this trend—making quick bucks in the art market, each asking approximately four-thousand pounds on today’s market. I have no doubt that these works are key to supporting the artist’s livelihood and thus allows him to be the richest living artist in Britain.

Art to me is pure magic, but in these works I see nothing but a money-making machine disguised as something fine but has no soul except the greed within.

Damien Hirst
Thr-ser (1-inch woodcut spot)
55 editions
Hand signed and numbered

A series of woodcut printed on 410 gsm Somerset White textured paper. Signed by the artist on the front and numbered on the reverse in an edition of 55.

# Damien Hirst

Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and is reportedly Britain’s richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.

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3 Little Known First Date Ideas

Trying to figure out where to go on a first date with a woman can be a nerve wracking experience.

While you want to impress a girl, you also have to make sure you’re not appearing to be too overeager.

The one mistake guys make is to bring a woman to a fancy restaurant and buy expensive gifts. Unfortunately this does nothing to build attraction. Instead it creates too much pressure and makes her feel uncomfortable.

So instead of blowing tons of money on your first date, you should focus on trying to think of first date ideas which are both memorable and fun. What you want to is to think of activities that’ll allow you to establish an emotional and physical connection. If you both have a good time, then you can go on a second date that is more *standard*- like going to a restaurant.

In the next few paragraphs, I’ll cover three little known first date ideas you can use which are both fun and exciting.

First date idea #1- Meet for drinks or coffee

While meeting for drinks or coffee is another *standard* date that many people use, it’s still pretty effective. When you do this, you’re able to meet a woman in a casual manner, without the pressure of facing each other from across a table.

What I like about meeting for drinks or coffee is you’re within a distance to establish contact. This means you’re able to flirt and emphasize different things during your conversation, which helps to build attraction.

First date idea #2- Play games

Another great place to bring a woman on a date is to a place where you can play games like a pool hall, miniature golf, the boardwalk or a video arcade.

What I love about playing games on a first date is you’re able to avoid the pressures that often come with meeting up for the first time. You can have fun while being competitive and behaving in a playful manner.

First date idea #3- Get physical

Okay when I say *get physical*, I’m not talking about sex (yet). Instead I think a great first date idea is to bring her someplace where you’re able to engage in an exercise activity.

Whether you’re going for a hike, rollerblading or ice skating, engaging in a physical activity can be fun. It’s also a good first date idea because taking her to these venues is a great way to gauge if your woman has an adventurous spirit.

All three of these first date ideas are a great way stand out from other guys. They can be fun without feeling the pressures of the *job interview* type dates.

Just remember to work on building attraction and work towards securing future dates. If you do your job right, you can easily set up another date and start working towards building intimacy.

Do you know how to build attraction on the first date? If not, take a look at Scott Patterson’s free ebook: Seduction Secrets…Revealed!, and learn a step-by-step system that will help you approach and attract beautiful women to date. Click now to grab your free copy

Basket vendor, Lysekil, Sweden
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Image by Swedish National Heritage Board
Itinerant basket vendor playing the recorder.

Kringvandrande korgförsäljare som spelar blockflöjt.

Parish (socken): Lysekil
Province (landskap): Bohuslän
Municipality (kommun): Lysekil
County (län): Västra Götaland

Photograph by: Carl Curman
Date: 1880s
Format: Albumen print

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