Ken Francis

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Capture Stunning Photos using Selective Focus

For many, spring is finally beginning to emerge and the earth is coming back to life. The flowers and plant life of spring are perfect for practicing …

Mr. T would like to remind you about the 2018 Winter Paralympics

Action icon and curling aficionado Mr. T was one of Team USA’s most vocal fans during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang – but the competition isn’t over.<p>The 2018 Winter Paralympics will begin with the Opening Ceremony on March 8th, and athletes will compete in 80 medal events in alpine …

Paralympics

NASA is going to send a submarine to Saturn’s sea-covered Titan

The majority of Earth is covered in an ocean of liquid water, but the other worlds in our Solar System are a whole lot different. Most don’t have any …

Portrait Tips: How to Use Color as a Seamless Background in Your Outdoor Photos

Most of us are familiar with the use of out-of-focus, seamless backgrounds by studio photographers, especially those who shoot portraits. Often, …

Penguin Random House

Improve your landscape photography with Kai’s top ten tips

When you want to shoot landscapes, sometimes you’ll go to a gorgeous location, have high expectations, but the photos just won’t turn out as you …

Landscape Photography

Camouflage knitting – in pictures

Joseph Ford is a 39-year-old photographer from Brighton. He creates images seamlessly camouflaging people into backgrounds using knitwear made by Nina Dodd. It can take Dodd, 51, up to 40 hours to knit one item of clothing

Photography

Photo Basics: Watch This Crash Course on Using Your Camera’s Manual Mode for Better Photos (VIDEO)

You’ve probably heard someone boast that, “You’re not a real photographer until you switch your camera’s mode dial from Auto to Manual.” While we …

Shutter Speed

Here’s How to Get Perfect In-Camera White Balance: No Editing Required! (VIDEO)

Whether your passion is nature photography, portraiture, macro, or shooting sports, it’s likely you’ve devoted considerable processing time to color …

Photography

Hot Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip Recipe

"This creamy, decadent dip is best served with slices of Italian bread as an appetizer, but is very filling and could be served as part of a main …

Want to Pamper Your Holiday Guests? Make Gougères

Caviar and truffles are all well and good, but nothing says “I’m pampering my guests” quite like a tray of hot, crisp gougères straight from the oven.<p>It isn’t because these French cheese puffs are expensive to make. They’re not. A humble mix of grated cheese, butter and flour, they’re among the …

Baking

5 amazing books I read this year

Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity. Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating …

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ISS crew’s 360-degree video is the closest you’ll get to space

You can always count on the crew of the International Space Station to harness technology to bring us up to the heavens with them. Back in July, they uploaded enough footage to map the entire station out on Google Streetview. Today, the crew uploaded the first spacewalk recorded in 360-degree …

Samsung’s huge 49-inch gaming monitor is an ultrawide dream

What's better than dual monitors? An "ultrawide" display that makes games more immersive and multitasking easier than a standard widescreen monitor. But Samsung wasn't satisfied with that. Its massive 49-inch QLED gaming monitor heralds an entirely new style -- let's call it "super ultrawide" -- …

Colorado State’s new ‘State Pride’ uniforms are dope

The Rams will wear them on Nov. 11 against Boise State.<p>On Nov. 11, the Colorado State Rams will take on the Boise State Broncos from their home field in Fort Collins, Colo. On Thursday afternoon, the Rams unveiled the new uniforms that they will be wearing against the Broncos, which are all-white …

Colorado State Rams

I Tried the Pioneer Woman's Best Tomato Soup Ever Recipe and I'll Never Do Store-Bought Again

One of my ultimate cozy dinner indulgences is definitely a bowl of piping-hot tomato soup accompanied by a grilled cheese. Depending on how ambitious I felt, I used to satisfy my cravings by whipping up a delicious but slightly labor-intensive Ina Garten recipe (which requires chopping four pounds …

Cooking

Welcome to the longest golf hole ever played - 2,000km, par 14,000

At exactly 10am on Saturday, Adam Rolston nervelessly rolled in a slippery seven-foot putt on the 18th green of the Mt Bogd Golf Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to bring to an end the strangest hole in golfing history.<p>It had taken Rolston 80 days and 20,093 shots - just the 6,093 over par - to …

Golf

Shape Shots By Rehearsing Your Finish

Make a better swing by training from end to beginning<p>There's a well-established principle in learning called reverse chaining that can be applied to improving your golf swing—especially if your goal is to curve the ball or alter its trajectory. The concept is that if you know the type of finish …

Golf

Setup Continuos Integration/Delivery system in just 4 steps with Jenkins Pipelines and Blue Ocean

Part of a series<p>Now that the first stable version of Blue Ocean Plugin was released, it is easier and cooler than ever to setup your Continuous …

Git branching done right with Gitflow & improving code quality with code reviews

<i>Originally published on my blog</i><p>Last Thursday (06.04.2017) we had our 8th MeCoDe meetup, and this time it was all about Git branching with Gitflow and …

SQL Server Code Review Checklist for Developers

In a software development life cycle, Code Review plays an integral role in improving the product quality. Having a Code Review Checklist is …

Databases

NASA Is Developing 3D-Printed Chain Mail to Protect Ships and Astronauts

Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar …

Why do programmers wear headphones? For the same reason that you can’t juggle.

Some call it eliminating distractions. Some call it <i>flow</i>. Tuning out of your immediate surroundings has been shown to increase focus on internal …

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

One Year Using Go

Our ventures into Go all started as an internal experiment at Mobile Jazz. As the company name hints, we develop mobile apps.<p>After releasing an app …

The Complete Learn to Code Bundle | Popular Mechanics Shop

<b>Python Tutorial: Learn by Coding</b><p>Go From Beginner to Master of Python with 7.5 Hours of Hands-On Training<p>Cement your coding skills by learning Python: server-side interpreted, open-source, non-compiled scripting language commonly used in web and video game development. Begin with the basics of …

New net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltec generates all its own energy

In these uncertain times of erratic weather and changing climate patterns, net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green …

Living Rooms