Out and About Photos

Now that summer is approaching, our travel and leisure time away from all the hustle and activities of school, and sports are upon us. This time of year, before the dog days of summer and heat, are the best time in Austin to explore your city.

If you haven’t checked out the National Park IMax movie at the Bob Bullock Museum you need to put it on your list. The Bullock also has a nice photographic exhibit on Big Bend. It is always interesting to see what other travelers and hikers see that you missed.

In  Austin, there are many new street art murals popping up. We have some very talented artists in our city and they need to be documented before they are defaced. austin-street-art-guide.jpg

Here is a quick guide to some of the more famous sites. Infographic courtesy of the freepeople blog. 20160425_151323 - Copy.jpg

I found this one  on Comal and 4th.

Take you phone, lock the focus, and expose for the wall not the light behind it.

Stayed tuned for more tips on taking street art in the next blog. Join us in June for photo editors and photo storage classes.

June 2016

Free Photo Editors
Online Photo Storage
Travel and Technology
Microsoft Outlook: Ask the Expert
Google Office – A Free Alternative
All About Gmail
Microsoft Word: Ask the Expert
Coloring Workshop with Grandkids
Microsoft Windows 10 Introduction
Book Making – Special Effects
Coptic Christians, Who?
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Travel and Technology

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL “HACK?”
Travel Hacks Image“Hack” is shorthand for a shortcut or a trick that can make your life easier. They can apply to any area of life, from cooking to cleaning to dining out. And, they are not only innovative approaches to tackling life’s challenges, but entertaining as well. We’ve taken a look around and come up with a list of hacks you can use when planning your next trip.

TECH TIPS

  • In a rental car, look at the little icon for the gas pump. The direction the gas handle is pointing is the side of the car where you put your gas in.
  • Put your smartphone on “airplane mode” to make it charge faster.
  • Forgot your phone charger attachment or have the wrong voltage? Power up by plugging your cord into the USB port found on the back of most hotel TVs.
  • Take a photo with your phone of where you park your car at the airport. That way, you can remember where your car is.
  • Take a photo of your rental car for scratches and dings BEFORE you leave the lot.
  • If on a road trip, take a photo of your car’s license so you have it when you register at your hotel.
  • Can’t hear the alarm clock? Set the alarm on your smartphone and put it in an empty glass near your bed. The sound will be amplified.
  • Take photos with your smartphone as you pack so you have a visual inventory of what you’ve packed, just in case your bags get lost.
  • Take an HDMI cord to connect your laptop, phone, or tablet to the hotel TV. You can then stream your favorite NETFLIX movie, Amazon Prime or other services you might have. We are addicted to MhZ Choice for International Mysteries.

MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

  • Use Google Maps even when you don’t have phone service. When you are online, find the point of interest (like your hotel) and load its profile. Tap the three dots in the top right corner, then click “Save offline map.” When offline, locate the place in the Google Maps app under “Your Places.”
  • Did you know you can use a shoe to open a wine bottle? Here’s how: Remove foil. Place bottom of bottle inside the shoe (works best with a brogue or something similar). Find a sturdy wall (brick or concrete) and repeatedly bang the shoe sole (containing the wine bottle) against it. Use force and expect to repeat banging motion about 20 times. The cork will eventually emerge.
  • Smartphone + empty toilet roll = instant boom box.

If you cannot do any of the above tips, please come to the lab. You can schedule either a one on one with your phone or take one of our classes.

See you soon.

 

How Does Music Affect Us

musicEmotionally, socially, mentally, are a few of the adverbs that best describe how we feel about music. It can affect our body as well as our brain and along with that,our productivity. It is a BIG part of our lives without us realizing it.

Because we all spend way more time than we should on our devices, iPads, tablets, phones, our sources for music have changed as well and our devices are our CD players. The options are many for good quality music of our choosing.

The following blog said it best , Belle Beth Cooper and here is her link. It is an excellent read.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain

Music is one determinant of our personality and learning a new musical instrument is an excellent method for brain stimulation. Now that we know we NEED music, come to the class that tells you where to find it, how to play it and save it.
This seminar is about listening and streaming music from the internet. There are several very popular apps and programs for your PC and your smartphones for streaming music. Live 365, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio. All of these sites stream all genres of music. You can save it, use it on your TV, plug it into a speaker, or listen to it in the house from your smartphone.
Also we will pair our device with blue tooth speakers in both the car and externally.

More info on class and to register…

There are more websites than ever that offer free music online and it can be a little daunting when you’re looking for some free online music that you can play right now.

These free online music sources all work a little bit differently and all have many different features. You’ll basically find music databases where you can search for an artist or song and listen to it on-demand or online radio stations which work more fluidly. They all have their bells and whistles giving you just what you want.

Tip: Although these websites are all great places to listen to free music online, many are advertised based so you’ll need to listen to ads every once in awhile. There are also sometimes rules on how often you can skip songs within a playlist or radio station. Be sure to read each website’s FAQs to find out all the details.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist? Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s don’t count. I like Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryant, John Legend, Adele, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Armik, and guitar music that I can find.

Come to class on July 15th at 10 and listen to our portable BOSE speakers