Cinematography – A Brief Historical Overview

Cinematography is one of the man’s efforts to portray to others, through the use of techniques that combine motion pictures and text, the world and the messages it transfers as these are understood by the artist. With the term cinematography, one today describes the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for cinema use. Based on two Greek words, cinematography etymologically means “writing in the movement” and was introduced as a new technique to record images of people and objects as they moved and project them on to a type of screen. Combined with sculpture, painting, dance, architecture, music, and literature, cinematography is today considered to be the seventh art. It is very difficult for a …

Cigar Basics

Long associated with the rich and powerful, cigars evoke images of relaxation and rich flavor. A culture around the art of smoking, created and debated by cigar aficionados, assembles various theories and accessories to facilitate or enhance smoking. Cigar smoking, much like wine tasting, has for many years been viewed as a diversion of the elite of society. The general consensus is that Spain is where cigars were first produced, catching on quickly in the other European countries. Although manufactured in many different countries, Cuban cigars have been considered one of the most flavorful and rich of all cigars for an appreciable period of time. This is due to the regional microclimates Cuba is blessed with, which are said to …

Christmas Trivia Questions – Who Are You Mr. Claus?

Just about everyone in the world knows that jolly toy-bearing Christmas figure from the North Pole, but how much do we really know about him? Here are a few quick trivia questions about our beloved Santa brought to you by www.247trivia.com. Q: Where does the name Santa Claus come from? A: The name Santa Claus was derived from Sinterklaas, the Dutch term for the ancient Christian figure of Saint Nicholas who was famous for his generosity to the poor (more about him later). The Dutch immigrants to America imported their gift-giving saint to New Amsterdam where he merged with his British counterpart, Father Christmas, to become America’s own Santa Claus. Q: everyone knows that Santa lives in the North Pole, …

Christmas Tree Ornaments – Creative Personal Gifts

Nearly everyone in the western world either owns an artificial Christmas tree or ventures out to purchase a real fir tree every Christmas period. Parents and children alike all love to decorate the tree with ornaments. Originally the traditional Christmas tree ornaments consisted of dried cranberries, popcorn, lollies and candles but today the typical Christmas tree has somewhat evolved and the ornaments that adorn our trees are somewhat different. These days it is possible to purchase an enormous variety of decorations, with the subject being anything from a favorite hobby, television show, cartoon character or other unique topic. Many people spend lots of money on their unique Christmas tree ornaments and often collect extra ornaments to give to their children …

Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas is without doubt the most delightful time of the year. The Christmas tree is a much appreciated symbolization straightaway calling up images of Christmas gifts and family jolliness. For kids, sitting below the Christmas tree with the lights blinking is a daily avocation during the holiday time of the year. Turning all lights in the room off and lighting the Christmas tree alone will create an attractive, wonderful glow for the whole space. With some soft Christmas music running in the background, it definitely would become a fantastic way to pass your day. The best component of Christmas is beautifying the Christmas tree. Most Christmas trees are raised on farms, just like grains and corn are. They are an …

Christmas Gift Ideas On A Budget

Teaching your children how to be thoughtful and caring when buying Christmas gifts should be an important part of Christmas. It is also important to teach them how to manage their own money during the holiday season. Be sure to let your kids get involved in Christmas by letting them make or purchase their own presents, even if they are small or low-cost. If the children are too young to handle money, encourage them to make gifts for those they would like to give presents to. Homemade gifts are more personal, and make for a fun and inexpensive Christmas for the kids. Creating an Inexpensive Gift Basket There are a number of things you can do to save money during …

Christmas Craft For Holiday Family Gathering

In many countries, it is a long-held tradition to gather with the family during the days leading to Christmas to make Christmas crafts. As early as the 18th century, society women gathered with their friends to make Christmas crafts. They made, among other things, such items as small Christmas stars and paper packages, which could contain sugar almonds and other delicacies. Family gatherings at the holidays are a combination of celebrating the new and remembering the old. The families share their different holiday greetings, memories and dreams for one another and themselves as they reflect and celebrate life. A delightful Christmas craft to make for your next holiday greeting are holiday photo coasters. These easy to make Christmas crafts are …

Christina Aguilera Tickets – The Teen Icon Comes Of Age

Christina Aguilera tickets no longer mean you’ll be sharing a venue with thousands of teenaged girls screaming and chanting for pop rock sounds. Aguilera has come a long way in a short time, and like several musical icons that came before her, Aguilera has managed to reinvent herself quite successfully. Gone are the days of pony tails and lyrics centering on study hall. Aguilera is a woman, and her journey through life is as interesting as it gets. Early Life Christina María Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. She spent the first few years of her life there, but moved with her mother to a suburb of Pittsburgh when her parents divorced. Aguilera later …

Channel Surfing Across The Internet

The advent of broadband, high speed Internet access in millions of homes has introduced the use of video over those networks as a mainstream digital reality and led to the creation of phenomena such as YouTube. It has also baffled the television and movie corporate powers, who can’t decide whether to sue online video sites or learn to use them as new channels for distribution of their products. In fact, some of each is occurring. The movie companies are much touchier about the Internet, as evidenced by the one billion dollar lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google – now the owner of YouTube. NBC TV on the other hand, has looked to use the Internet in creative and productive ways. …

Celtic Tattoos – Why Are They So Popular

Celtic tattos are still one of the most popular types of design despite their long history. These designs have existed for thousands of years, yet more than one thousand people search for information about celtic tattoo designs every day. So why are these designs still such a popular choice for tattoos? The Celtic people have a long and proud history. From ancient times their people have shown an artistic ability to create complex works of art. These elaborate patterns took pride of place on their stonework, metalwork, weapons and jewelry. In fact ancient celtic designs carved in stone can still be found in both Ireland and Scotland. Celtic tattoo designs usually consist of elaborate patterns of lines, loops and spirals …

Celebrity Tattoos – The Latest Fashion Accessory

Celebrity tattoos are becoming more and more popular with every year that passes. These days it’s common to see well known celebrities from the world of films, sport and music displaying their tattoos and body art on screen or in magazines. But there was a time when tattoos were looked upon with contempt especially among the leading celebrities of the moment. Anyone who had tattoos was generally regarded as being on the fringes of society. However, all that started to change in the 1960s when prominent stars such as Janis Joplin started the trend for celebrity tattoos. Over time they have become more socially acceptable. Today, celebrity tattoos have gone mainstream and the culture of celebrity tattoos covers acting, sport, …

Chinese Tattoos – Five Crucial Mistakes To Avoid

Chinese tattoos that include authentic characters and symbols can form the basis of beautiful designs which carry a deep and personal meaning. But due to the complex nature of Chinese writing it’s extremely easy to end up with a permanent embarrassment trapped under your skin unless you take a few basic precautions. So to help you avoid these Chinese tattoo disasters, here are the top five mistakes to look out for; 1) Mistranslation Chinese writing is very complex and carries many subtle meanings. It’s extremely easy to end up with something unexpected written all over your skin. Here are two classic example of these “misunderstandings” that I’ve heard about recently; a) A woman wanted a Chinese writing tattoo, but she …

Chinese Symbol Tattoos – A Beginners Guide

Chinese symbol tattoos are rapidly growing in popularity all round the world. In fact, more than six thousand people search for the phrase “Chinese Tattoos” on the internet every single day. But that’s not surprising as Chinese symbol tattoos are extremely beautiful and mysterious. Thanks to the movies and popular culture, most people in the west can recognise these Chinese symbols but can’t understand them. So that makes these tattoos a rather exotic form of self expression. But beyond that, there are other more gender specific reasons for the popularity of these tattoo designs. Women are attracted to the numerous subtle meanings and over-arching themes that the Chinese symbols can express, such as hope, freedom and love. Men, on the …

Chinese New Year Show Opens Window on Asian Subtlety

Asian-themed performances like NTDTV’s Chinese New Year Spectacular offer an entirely new experience for many Westerners, partly because they are so different from the more typical, narrative-driven, performing art forms. They ask something different from the audience – a slight shift in expectations, a shift in sensibility. The appreciation for what is implied rather than what is in plain sight sets Asian art apart from Western art. Traditional Chinese dance, for example, is less precise and strict in form than its Western counterpart, ballet. It is because it attempts to evoke a different sort of feeling. Like a glass of claret with its subtle undertones, this kind of dance leaves room for the imagination while leaving a lasting impression. The …

Chinese Hope To Make British Car That Works

Remember the MG? Worse yet, did you ever own one? Then cower in fear. The Chinese bought the MG brand name and are about to open a plant to build the malfunctioning suckers in Oklahoma. The Nanjing Automobile Group, which acquired bankrupt MG Rover Group last year, plans to be the first Chinese automaker to open a factory in the US. The product will be called the MG TF Coupe and will be out in 2008. Let’s hope they do a better job with the racy brand than the Brits did. I never did own an MG, but I owned another British car, a venerable Jaguar, that I had repaired at a place that specialized in servicing MGs. Here is …

Chinese Gambling Games: Casino Games with Chinese Origins

The Chinese culture has a significant influence on the American gambling industry. Many of todays popular casino games were introduced to American casinos by Chinese immigrants. In this review, you can read about some of the most popular Chinese gambling games that had a successful immigration to the West. Pai Gow Poker Pai Gow Poker is a hybrid of American poker and traditional Chinese tiles game called Pai Gow. The original tile game Pai Gow, which means Make 9, is one of the most ancient gambling games that are still available in cotemporary casinos. Pai Gow Poker is played with playing cards instead of tiles and it uses the traditional poker hand ranking. It is one of the most popular …