Posts in Category: Culture

What do want to be?

What to do with your life? The eternal question at least for high schoolers as the end of year comes closer. What’s it like for college students? Sam Bear shows us what it’s like for him at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco California. He is up by nine o’clock each day and lives in a former hotel turned dormitory owned by the university. Then he’s off to class where he studies in the School of Motion Pictures and Television. His student ID allows him access to the school shuttle service which takes him to one of his two classes. The first class of the day is Production Design which gives him background in behind the scenes action of film work. Then it’s Directing Actors Class where he gets to work with other students. After school activities for Sam Bear include time at one of the Campus Cafes where he can connect with friends, classmates or eat.

The Academy of Art University has been providing aspiring students with varying degrees of opportunity since 1929 when Richard S. Stephens founded the school which is still run by the same family with his granddaughter Dr. Elisa Stephens serving as current president. The school grants associate, bachelors and master’s degrees as well as teaching credential, certificate programs and continuing art education on campus or on line. The university keeps itself current by engaging staff who work in their field of teaching which gives students like Sam Bear real world experience.

With a student enrollment of some 14,000 the Academy of Art University is the largest of its kind in the country. The school practices an open enrollment policy and offers a variety of financing options. Students learn from established professionals in state-of-the-art facilities spread across the city.

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Engaging Your Employees and Growing Your Business with Betterworks


Engaged employees as every business owner knows grows businesses. You need motivated employees to engage with your customers and bring new clients in. Betterworks understands that business owners may not have the resources they need to motivate their employees. It isn’t a matter of how many accolades a person receives. It is a matter of continuing that performance in what is called continuous performance management or CPM. Performance is often connected with the culture of the organization. For example, a business can cater the younger generations by having all the “bells and whistles” of new technology.

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Businesses quite often lose ground and customers when they neglect their employees. The culture is changing. Business owners need to stay on top of societal changes in order to grow. This means that businesses need to be more open about their employees’ needs. An engaged employee is more likely to be productive and enthusiastic than one who isn’t engaged in the business.

Let’s face it. Your business needs employees that are as passionate as you are about your products and services. You need employees that are motivated to get the job done. Disengaged employees can drag your business under and create a toxic atmosphere. Betterworks can help.

Betterworks can help your organization with strategies that will improve your business communication. They provide proven strategies through their Continuous Performance Management® solution. This solution analyzes what incentives are currently working, what incentives aren’t working, and what needs to be changed. You can then implement those changes.

The Internet Moves towards IPv6 with Third Anniversary of World Launch Day

The internet is great. In fact, it’s so great that everyone wants everything imaginable connected to it. The only problem is that the original IPv4 technology that is currently being used to provide connectivity to billions of people has a limited number of IP addresses. There’s already a shortage that will continue to grow until IPv4 is phased out for good.

Thank goodness for IPv6. There are so many addresses available in IPv6 that it’s unlikely that we will run out any time soon. The world launch event for IPv6 brought together hardware manufacturers, internet service providers and more to show support for the next generation protocol. The world launch even just had its three year anniversary as IPv6 numbers on the internet continue to grow.

There are already five times more IPv6 internet users today than there were back in 2012 during the original IPv6 launch event. In just a few short years IPv6 will accommodate up to half of all internet traffic. A few more years and IPv6 will leave IPv4 in the dust to become the de facto standard online.

Keith Mann ( has learned that the world launch event is being used as a way to raise awareness for IPv6. The more people that know about it the faster it will be adopted among businesses and end users.

Transformation of Shopping Using Visual Search Technology for Consumers and Businesses

Visual search technology has introduced a new platform for shoppers and businesses to interact spontaneously in any location. It transforms most mobile devices into a visual product search engine by matching a particular image photographed by a consumer to retailers’ inventory. There are providers of visual search engines that offer free apps that quickly downloads to iPhones. Fortune 500 companies are using visual search technology to make shopping more accessible to customers worldwide.

No more waiting in long lines to shop for merchandise when consumers can simply photograph any item seen on the streets or other places on a smartphone. The image is then submitted into a product image recognition database and within a few minutes the query is matched with the retailer’s inventory. Companies, such as Neiman Marcus, Tilly’s, and Toys “R” Us are allowing visual search technology providers to take their businesses to the next level of sales and customer relations. Providers have a variety of apps available for free download for customers to retrieve information about merchandise, including fashion, purses, shoes, jewelry, toys, and furniture. The list of products are limitless for searches of inventory in photo search engines.

Slyce, Inc. is a competitive and innovative visual search provider which developed an advanced technology that recognizes images by streaming millions of photos. Recently, the company signed a contract with Photon’s, the leading provider of omni-channel and digital imaging. In May 2015, Slyce became the provider of digital phones visual product search technology for Photon. The provider has apps available online, including the Pounce, Crave, DriveTrain, and SnipSnap apps that are accessible to shoppers and retailers. Currently, there are over 8 million consumer and retailer users experiencing visual search expertise.

Consumers are able to employ visual search technology on iPhones by following easy steps. The first step is to download apps like Pounce, Crave, and SnipSnap to see merchandise, purchase, and save money with the use of coupons. The apps are free to download and can be obtained on Google Play and the App Store from any smartphone. Next, photograph images of products of interest and then submit to the visual search database system. Results of the searches are immediately returned to the shopper with the precise image or similar photos of the merchandise. Lastly, if image result is satisfactory, compare prices, redeem coupons, and purchase the product.

The transformation of shopping and branding products with the new technology of visual search engine is beneficial to consumers and retailers across the world. It has created a platform to engage people and businesses international in v-commerce. One of the best benefits to consumers is that from anywhere in the world, images can be streamed to locate any type of item. If there’s a smartphone, the customer can snap the picture of product, research it using visual search engine, and with one press of a button, buy it. An important benefit for retailers is a phenomenal visual technology platform that attracts visitors and potential customers online.

Paris Restricts Car Traffic In Order To Mitigate Air Pollution


Starting today, Paris will cut the number of cars on its roads in half. It will also make public transportation free in order to mitigate the sudden increase in air pollution that has obscured even the Eiffel Tower.

On Saturday, the mayor’s office announced that only cars with odd-numbered license plates will be allowed on the roads, along with any vehicles that have over three people and any hybrid and electric cars. The bike-sharing and electric-sharing programs will be free.

According t0 Ray Lane and,  air pollution in Paris had suddenly increased since Wednesday. According to Plume Labs, a monitoring company, Paris had the dirtiest air in the world on that day. Other cities in northern France that have had increased air pollution are also imposing different restrictions.

Paris has imposed this sort of restriction before, with the most recent imposition in March 2014. Back then, traffic decreased by around 18 percent and the measured pollution particles decreased by 6 percent.

The Legacy of Tron

Science-fiction fans should rejoice. Tron 3 is headed into production and all those who were recently introduced to “the grid” in Tron: Legacy are going to really look forward to the new film.

Lone-time fans who remember the great science-fiction movie boom of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s may have given up hope on seeing any new Tron films years ago. These fans really should hang their head in shame. If the science-fiction genre teaches nothing else, the future always reflects optimism and rays of hope.

The original Tron was not exactly a super box office hit when first released stated . The film was just a little too weird for the average movie goer back in 1982. A $33 million take on a (then massive) $17 million budget was considered a disappointment for Disney. A series of sequels were never made.

Or rather, they weren’t made right away. The science-fiction boon slowed a bit after the release of Return of the Jedi and Tron simply had to contend itself with being a cult film a small number of fans remembered. The arrival of a reboot changed all of that.

Tron was way ahead of its time because the average person was not very familiar with computers in the early 1980’s. Today, the concepts presented in Tron do not seem weird or off the wall. As a result, the franchise can finally reach the audiences it always sought to capture.

Companies That Will Lose out in a World of Self-Driving Cars

Driverless cars portend a wonderful future for so many people. Those who cannot drive due to some disability and are stuck having to pay for expensive cab rides or wait for a bus will finally have a more convenient option in the future. One big benefit of these cars is that they should be much safer than cars that we easily distracted human beings drive. This is an extremely good thing for everyone. Well, a good thing for almost everyone. If you are an insurance company, you depend on people buying your product in the event of an accident. However, if self-driving cars don’t get into accidents, the bottom lines of large insurance companies that depend on the auto insurance market for their financial viability will take a beating.

Self-driving cars becoming a commonplace fixture on our roads is still a long way off, but insurance companies already being worried at what they portend indicates they may arrive sooner than we expect. Zeca Oliveira knows that whenever new technology comes along that revolutionizes or ends a particular industry, it has the potential to negatively affect related industries. When cars came along, I have to think farmers who specialized in growing hay for horses had to expand their choice of crops really fast or face starvation. We can only hope that the advent of this automotive technology is not slowed by businesses that would lose out lobbying against their introduction and penetration into the market as self-driving cars would be a good thing for so many people.

The Standard of Excellence

Ernest Hemingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world…and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Fine wine, like art and literature, feeds the soul as much as it does the senses as it is an amalgamation of culture, history, and man’s attention to the beauty and pleasures of the natural world.
Drawn by the dream of selling something enjoyable to his customers, former life insurance salesman Stephen Williams founded The Antique Wine Company in 1982. Since then, AWC has risen to the pinnacle of fine and rare wine merchants in the world, trading strictly only in the highest quality wines. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Stephen Williams, now CEO, has led his company into a prestigious reputation of acquiring some of the best wines in the world while offering outstanding customer service.
In the last 33 years, AWC has collected over 10,000 luxury wine bottles in their cellars and boasts over 20,000 clients in 70 different countries from private collectors to hotels, restaurants and the network of worldwide wine trading. Operating centrally from London, England, they also have two offices in Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines. AWC is a record-breaking institution having sold the most valuable bottle of wine in history, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for $117,000, to a former sommelier who plans to enjoy his purchase as the winemakers had intended. This transaction was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. In 1995, AWC handled the transaction of an entire collection of Chateau d’Yquem was purchased by the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera for $1.5 million.
In addition to selling luxury wines, AWC is available to design private wine-storage cabinets and cellars for clients. The company offers advice and support to private collectors and collections in places such as chateaus, palaces, and grand hotels. Still more impressive is the AWC Wine Academy, launched in 2011, which holds wine master-classes, wine courses, and hosts private events for aspiring wine connoisseurs.
The Antique Wine Company’s attention to detail and its employees’ passionate exemplification of the wine trade has been polled and reported as “outstanding.”