21 Dec

Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday will see Wholegreen on Church Lane in Letterkenny host an event with a difference called ‘Creative Meditation’.Letterkenny woman and psychotherapist Maeve Peoples will be hosting this unique day of alternative meditation through art. Using creative expression, participants are guided through a simple process that allows them to tap into their own creativity and find an inner stillness.The workshop at Wholegreen Wellness promises to be an uplifting experience for all. Here, facilitator Maeve Peoples shares a guide to how people will benefit from the Creative Meditation day:Meditation has many benefits. This is something that most of us know to be true. Sometimes, however, we can find it hard to start and maintain a meditation practice. Sitting in silence with closed eyes, or perhaps crossed legged on the floor, may not work for everyone.Over the years, people have tried different forms of meditation. So when someone tells us that they find it too difficult to sit in silence, that they become restless, this is something that we can easily identify with.There are, thankfully, other options, which allow us to embrace meditation in another formats. Creating in any way – be that painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, embroidery, dancing – can allow us another avenue to a meditative state.Creative MeditiationThese creative pursuits allow us to drop into what artists refer to as ‘a state of flow’. That’s the place when you start drawing and think only a few minutes has gone by. In reality you’ve actually skipped your entire lunch break. This state of flow gives us space to reconnect with ourselves and calm our ‘mind chatter’.Within each of us is the capacity to be creative. Despite what we may have been told in school or elsewhere, creativity resides in each of us. Often, fear prevents us for allowing ourselves to be creative. Taking time and space to draw or paint can be rewarding in so many ways.The emphasis here is not on the finished piece of art. Part of this experience is to allow us become aware of ourselves as we draw and create. Being fully engaged with the act of creating and gently allowing an awareness of ourselves as we work can allow us the freedom to create intuitively.This one day workshop lets us allow ourselves the time to reflect, be still and create. Would you like to take part?This Creative Meditation workshop takes place this Sunday, March 24th from 10am until 4pm at Wholegreen Wellness. The cost for the day is €45 and includes all materials as well as an excellent lunch. Contact Maeve directly on 0872166560 to book your place.Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

16 Dec

Forrester: Business Intelligence Careers Offer Hope for IT Workers

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley As we’ve said, time’s are still tough for IT workers despite the relatively large demand for employees with technical skills. At the core of the problem seems to be a mismatch between the skill that unemployed workers have and the skills companies desire. Earlier today we explored some ideas about how IT workers can re-invent the resume to stand-out from other applicants. But what jobs should they be applying for? Data center jobs are an option. But, as reported by Integration Developer News, Forrester believes some IT workers’ future may be in business intelligence.Forrester’s research indicates an explosion of interest in BI and an increasing rate of executive buy-in for BI projects.Forrester suggests that developers, integrations professionals and database administrators are particularly well suited for careers in business intelligence. However, those workers will need to learn additional skills that can only be picked up by participating in BI projects. “Even those IT professionals who’ve worked with dashboards and databases could use an extra dose of BI-specific training,” IDN quotes Forrester vice president and principal analyst Boris Evelson saying.Evelson gave IDN four reasons that IT professionals should learn more about BI and business analytics:Organizations are increasing investment in this area.BI is not easily outsourced and requires quite a bit of face-to-face collaboration with management.BI projects need to be iterated on a frequent and ongoing basis.BI hiring is already up dramatically.So what should you do if you’re interested in learning some BI skills? It’s not enough to just learn tools, Evelson says. Professionals will need to leverage their existing technical and analytics skills while also boning up on the latest database and BI technologies.That’s the rub. It’s not easy to learn these sorts of technologies without being a part of a project. And it’s hard to get involved with a project if you don’t already have the necessary experience.Are you a BI professional? How did you get started? What advice would you offer to either IT workers looking to make a change, or to younger workers just starting a career?Image by GrapeCity Related Posts last_img read more

15 Dec

A Visual History Of The Last 20 Years Of Open Source Code

first_imgdan rowinski 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts The rise in popularity of modern connected computing can be traced to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The personal computer and later the World Wide Web combined to create an unprecedented explosion in the availability of information and the ability to immediately connect to our fellow humans. To the layman, it may seem like magic. But to the people who actually built these systems, using programming languages to manipulate how computers, servers, the Web and other services function just as they were meant to.Most of these programming languages are open, meaning that anybody can use them and add to their functionality. But just as computing has significantly evolved in the last 20 years, so too have the programming languages that developers use to make those computers work. Nothing is static, everything is always evolving. For instance, did you know that one of the most popular open source programming languages in 1993 was Emacs Lisp? For those of you that have never heard of an Emacs, it is a text editor very popular created by free-software guru Richard Stallman that is used among the Linux developer crowd. Because of its extensibility, a lot of programmers use it to create code, because there aren’t a lot of full-fledged integrated developer environments (IDEs) for Linux and what few there are tend to be eschewed. Emacs Lisp is a derivative of the older Lisp programming language. The C programming language was the most popular open source code in 1993 with 51% of total commits in the first quarter that year. Make, a utility that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code for Unix developers, was used by 6% of developers in 1993.In the first quarter of 2013, Java was the most used open source code with 12%. C++ registered 11% while HTML had 10%.All of these open source programming languages would have influence on what was to come. C has influenced the evolution of languages like C++, Python, Javascript and Perl. Java helped form the foundations for C# while Python has influenced Ruby. The evolution will continue. In 1993 there were nearly 40 open source programming languages. In 2013 there are almost 100 and new ideas are being created every day. Check out the infographic from mobile cloud services company Kinvey charting the last 20 years of open source code. Data for the infographic was pooled from Ohloh.net and Black Duck Software. Kinvey notes:We were able to visualize the percentage of total commits in a given quarter for the top 16 programming languages from 1993 until today. We hope you’ll find this image—a provocative pattern of dips and spikes—to be as interesting as we do. It truly shows how dynamic the world of programming is. We’ve also included a few graphs on other interesting data points: total number of languages by year, average lines of code per commit, and tracking which languages influenced the development of others. Tags:#Open Source#programming language How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Top image of Open Cola, an open source soft drink, courtesy Wikipedia Commons Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

12 Dec

NAB 2015 Announcements: News You Might Have Missed

first_imgThere’s a ton of industry news coming out of Vegas this week. Here are a few noteworthy NAB 2015 announcements you might have missed.NAB 2015 is in full swing and filmmakers and video producers from all over the world have turned their eyes to Vegas. The industry’s heaviest hitters are taking advantage of the hype to announce new plans and products. Here are a few of the big NAB 2015 announcements that you might have missed so far.Blackmagic Video Assist and URSA ViewfinderBlackmagic Video Assist image from BlackmagicBlackmagic’s made about a million NAB 2015 announcements so far, and it’s only Tuesday! We’ve already covered a few of them on the PremiumBeat Blog – and, well, here’s another one.The Blackmagic Video Assist is a brand new video recorder/monitor unveiled at NAB 2015. The device has SDI and HDMI inputs. The recorder can record up to 1920x1080p in 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD. It doesn’t record 4K, so there’s no need to sell your Atomos Shogun just yet. However, at only $495, the Blackmagic Video Assist is one of the cheapest monitor/recorders on the market. The device is powered using two Canon LP-E6 batteries.Regarding the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder — When the Blackmagic URSA was announced only a short year ago, it was awesome in almost every way, but unfortunately the camera doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder. Blackmagic has seen this problem and created an optional EVF that can be attached to the URSA. The viewfinder can be adjusted to work with both the left and right eye. It connects to the camera via SDI and has a built-in recording light that will indicate when the camera is recording.Blackmagic Video AssistPrice: $495Availability: JulyBlackmagic URSA ViewfinderPrice: $1,495Availability: JulyGoPro HEROCastHEROcast image from GoProIn an effort to make their cameras more usable in a professional context, the action-cam masters at GoPro have unveiled their first live-broadcast transmitter. The device, called HEROCast, can transmit 1080p video at 60fps with very low latency.The camera was specifically designed with live sporting events in mind. However, with only a 40 minute battery life, we will be interested to see how usable this new device actually is. Currently the HEROCast only works with the HERO4 and HERO3+ cameras.HEROCast comes in two flavors, HEROCast and HEROCast BacPac. HEROCast is essentially a wireless transmitter that connects to the GoPro via HDMI cable and HEROCast BacPac is a built-in transmitter/waterproof cage that is all-in-one.Price: $7,500 Availability: UnknownApple Updates FCPX, Motion, & CompressorGreat news for Final Cut editors: Apple has just announced a few new updates to all of their video applications.In FCPX, users can now create 3D titles directly in FCPX 10.2, so there’s no need to use an external program. Users can adjust various parameters like materials, lighting, and edges. When editing, users can see up to 4 different video scopes to help with color grading and correction. The supported formats library has also been expanded with new support for Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. FCPX also features enhanced GPU for faster transcoding and playback.Motion 5.2 is getting more 3D capabilities, including multiple lights, cameras, and multilayered scenes. There will be 12 new generator effects with improved key framing and enhanced mask control.Compressor’s update focuses on delivering and packaging video content for the iTunes store. Users can simply select iTunes Store Package while in compressor to quickly send video to iTunes for review. Enhanced GPU rendering will also help to speed up the editing and encoding process.Pricing: $299.99 for FCPX, $49.99 for Motion, & $49.99 Compressor Availability: ImmediatelyWant even more NAB 2015 news? No problem. Just stay tuned to The Beat all week for the latest in breaking NAB 2015 announcements.What do you think about these NAB 2015 announcements? Are you going crazy with new gear lust? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more