Author: Jones

To BEGIN YOUR EXPLORATION of drawing, you nee d a drawing book. There are dozens to choose from. Gleaming store purchases vary greatly in format, binding, color, texture, thickness, quality, and cost. Homemade books can be assembled easily from found materials or selections of loose sheet papers, which are also sold in an enormous range. Art students often make use of printed books picked up from secondhand stores into which they draw, cut, and collage their ideas. It is also useful to own a portfolio. A high-quality one will last a lifetime; cheap corrugated plastic ones fall apart in days.…

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WITH A HANDFUL OF FEATHERS, sticks, and Meta l points, you can have great fun drawing the world around you. Intricate or dramatic lines, spots, and spatters can be made with an exotic choice of inks. The Egyptians and Chinese are credited with the invention of carbon ink, simultaneously 4,500 years ago, and it is still in use today. A German recipe of 1531 gives a simple description: “Take a wax candle, light it, and hold it under a clean basin until the soot hangs to it; then pour a little warm gum water into it and temper the two…

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THESE ARE THE ARTICULATED BONES of a kiwi and a house – martin drawn in a museum using a steel pen, India ink, and water. Beginning with very pale tones, I darkened lines as each drawing progressed. With speed, I sought to capture the form, balance, and sharp, dry, weightlessness of the kiwi. I made repeated studies of the house martin to discover its mechanism of flight. W E SHARE THIS PLANET with the more ancient, robust, infinitely vivid, and diverse kingdom of plants, on which our lives depend. We collect, nurture, and hybridize them for our sustenance and pleasure.…

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Around this time, Google emerged as perhaps the world’s greatest and most accurate search engine. In just a few years’ time, it launched a search engine that was superior to rivals such as Hotfoot, AltaVista, Lycos, and others. It quickly gained market share but ironically launched an impression-based advertising business in 2000. Advertisers were tired of spending a lot of money on ineffective banner ads, and consumers were ignoring them. Realizing this, Google abandoned its impression-based advertising program in favor of experiments with click-through advertising, text-based ads for which the advertiser would only pay if a user clicked the ad…

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Once you come to know and understand your vision, try to visualize your objectives in detail. Become aware of what your life will look like after you have reached your main goal. Try to visualize what you have to do to bring your goal into reality. The better you are able to visualize your goal. Extraordinary goals require courage. You must be prepared to and new ways of doing things and to change your habits. You can’t rely on others or hope that they will be on the same path. Only when you pursue your own path can you attain…

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The effects that low incubation temperatures have on the growth and activity of foodborne microorganisms, five have received the most attention and are outlined below. Psychrotrophs have a slower metabolic rate. The precise reasons as to why metabolic rates are slowed at low temperatures are not fully understood. Psychrotrophic growth decreases more slowly than that of mesophilic with decreasing temperatures. The temperature coefficients (Q10) for various substrates such as acetate and glucose have been shown by several investigators to be lower for growing psychrotrophs than for mesophiles. The end products of mesophiles and psychrotrophic metabolism of glucose were shown to…

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The link between depression and poor diet is well established, and being depressed can certainly lead us to unhealthy eating. But do poor diets make us depressed, and if we improve our diets, will our mental health improve? We now have an answer, thanks to the SMILES trial, published in 2017 and led by Dr. Felice Jacka, the director of Deakin University’s Food and Mood Centre in Australia. Using a modified Mediterranean diet focusing on fresh vegetables, fruits, raw unsalted nuts, eggs, olive oil, fish, and grass-fed beef, Jacka and team saw patients with major depression improve their scores by…

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Contrary to popular belief, ketogenic diets are not meant to be high in protein. This is because excess protein (beyond what is required to maintain your muscle) can be transformed into glucose in the body, a process called gluconeogenesis. Dietary protein is also insulin-stimulating, albeit to a much smaller degree than carbohydrates—insulin helps to shuttle amino acids from the protein into skeletal muscle tissue to aid in repair (this is helpful in the context of resistance training, for example, where it promotes muscleprotein synthesis). The ketogenic diet has been in clinical use for over eighty years as a powerful treatment…

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Just as jocks like to stick together and nerds travel in packs, obsessives bordering on the psychotic (like me) seek out the acquaintance of others like themselves, in a manner that some say borders on the, well, the obsessive. The first time I heard that the mineral content of water might have an effect on the properties of bread dough was about ten years ago, when I read Jeffrey Steingarten’s gloriously obsessive piece about Roman breads in the chapter titled “Flat Out” in his book It Must Have Been Something I Ate: In the shower, the shampoo refuses to lather.…

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There’s a lot of nonsense to wade through out there when trying to stock your kitchen. Do you really need that $300 knife? How often are you gonna pull out that salad spinner? And exactly which one of those things they sell on TV is really going to take the place of every other piece of equipment in my kitchen? (Hint: none of them.) The problem with most of the people telling you to buy things is that they’re usually the ones selling it. Who can you trust? Well, this chapter is a no-nonsense, no bullshit guide to point you…

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