The Fearless Photographer Chases The Storm…An The End Result, Thrilling Photos

This Fearless Photographer Chases The Storm… And The End Result, Thrilling Photos. ( Part 1 of 5 )

Priyal Matreja   Storyteller

Born to a Native American father and an African American mother, Camille Seaman studied photography at the State University of New York. Famous photographers like Jan Groover were studying there along with her.

Camille Seaman’s pictures have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Outside, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, etc. She lives in Emeryville, California and travels the world to capture some of the greatest moments. She loves to work in a fine art tradition and has concentrated well on the environments of Polar regions for photography.

She loves chasing and capturing pictures of storms. Almost all of her clicks are exceptionally stunning. She has chased storms in US from Iowa to Wyoming and from Minnesota to Texas. The notorious hotspots for storms; Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota are her favorite places to chase them.

Trust me, you will instantly fall in love with her skills and talent!

Photography is a skill and it is always pleasing to have a look at great works. For more stories on photography, make sure you follow us on Twitter.

Source: Camille Seaman

15 Breath Taking Photos of Thunderstorms captured Awesomely!

15 Breath Taking Photos of Thunderstorms captured Awesomely! Nature is True Magician. ( Part 1 of 4 )

Raghav Gakhar   Storyteller

Thunder Storms always make up for breath taking pictures. Nature is Wonderful Magician. Nature is full of sensational and Amazing phenomenons. World has a lot to offer for those who love travelling, one life may be not enough to see all these places, but it’s always sooothing to view these places and add in our travel list. These Stunning pictures captured just at the right moment, enjoy”. Share these striking pictures with every one. You can follow us on twitter at@evrystory.

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I SAVED HER BUT SHE SAVED ME TOO

I Saved Her But She Saved Me Too

This post was created by a member of the Dodo Community, where anyone can post fascinating stories, photos, videos and more.

Hi all animal lovers, my name is Bonnie Gail Carter.

I thought I’d share the story about how I got my long haired Calico cat named Cali.

At the time I was living in Lafayette, Indiana but I now reside in Peru, Indiana.

About seven years ago I called Petsmart and asked the man who answered the phone

“Do you have any cats?” He said, “Well we have this one cat that keeps biting everybody

and she’s depressed and won’t eat.”

Most people would pass on a cat that was biting everybody but instead I said, “I’ll be right

over to get her.” I didn’t have a car so I took a metal cart on wheels with me on the bus

to go to get her. I bought her litter box, litter, and Purina real chicken with hairball control

for her to eat. They put her in a box with vent holes in it on the top of my cart.

On the bus ride home I kept talking to her telling her things like “everything is going to be

alright now that you have somebody who loves you.”

When I looked up I saw the people on the bus looking at me like I was crazy. I told them,

“I’m not talking to a box. My new cat is inside the box.” A couple of people asked me questions

about her like, “What kind of cat and what is her name?” I told them that they didn’t know her

name or how old she was either.

I named her Cali short for Calico. She never bit me and she loves her food. It’s the only food she

will eat. She won’t eat cat treats, canned cat food, people food, a can of tuna or anything else

to this day.

It took me about eight months of working with her to get her to look me in the eyes. She has been

a very loving cat and my best friend ever since. My ankles will swell up due to Cellulitis and Cali

will lay on top of my ankles when they are hurting me and it makes me feel better. She talks to me

a lot and I talk back to her. She knows what some words mean, especially food.

I don’t know why she didn’t bite me when I started petting her at the pet store but I think she chose

me just as I had chose to go and get her. I didn’t want them to put her to sleep for biting everybody.

I’m allergic to cats and dogs so I have to take an allergy pill every night. My Cali is worth everything

to me. She loves me and I love her. We were meant to be together.

Thank you to all animal lovers for being there for them. They need us but I think we need them

just as much as they need us. Thank you.

Bonnie Gail Carter

My Cat, Cali

My Cat, Cali

NO MORE: TOGETHER WE CAN END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

RESOURCES

To end domestic violence and sexual assault, we all need to be part of the solution. Educating yourself and others, helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up about abuse, and acting as an engaged bystander are all examples of things we can do to help.

KNOW THE FACTS

The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

Looking for the citations for these stats? Click here.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:

  • Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
  • Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
  • Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people.
  • Extreme jealousy.
  • Showing fear around a partner.
  • Isolation from family and friends.
  • Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
  • Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation
  • Oral sex
  • Harassment
  • Exposing/flashing
  • Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching above and under clothing
  • Force which may include but is not limited to:
    • Use or display of a weapon
    • Physical battering
    • Immobilization of the victim

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES

To learn how to help someone in an abusive relationship or to get help for yourself, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit domesticshelters.org, the largest searchable directory of domestic violence service providers in the United States. Visit the Safe Havens Mapping Project to find a shelter that allows you to bring pets. For teens and youth, call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 or live chat atwww.loveisrespect.org.

For more information on rape and sexual violence services, contact RAINN—the Rape Abuse Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) or by secure, online private chat HERE.  Men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood, family members, friends and partners of men who may have had those experiences can also use the 1in6 Online SupportLine – a free, confidential, and secure service – to get help.

Additional domestic violence resources to help you determine if your friend or family member is in danger and help you offer your support:


These are potentially very volatile situations, so you should always reach out to the experts for help and guidance.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

Click here for a list of campus specific resources.

WORKPLACE RESOURCES

The Avon Foundation for Women partnered with NO MORE to launch See the Signs, Speak Out, providing free online training programs for small and large businesses and organizations to educate employees about how to have conversations about domestic violence, dating abuse, and sexual assault and make a difference in the workplace, in their homes, and in their communities.

  • Recognize and Respond to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Learn how to start the conversations to help family, friends, or colleagues who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Click here
  • Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens. Teens need to talk. Learn how you can talk to the teens in your life about dating abuse.  Click here
  • Stand Up, Don’t Stand by, Protect Children from Domestic Violence. Get the tools to recognize danger for a child, decide you can do something, and intervene for change. Click here

These trainings can be taken individually online during a break or lunch or at a staff meeting. Training can also be facilitated by human resources professionals by downloading free training materials and hosting a course. Ideally, companies and organizations will reach out to their state coalition to secure a content expert from a local domestic violence program or rape crisis center to be on site to assist with the training and provide local resources.

Next: Being An Active Bystander

LIST OF FREE AND PAID TRAFFIC TIPS

List of Free and Paid Traffic Tips

This is one of the most asked questions when it comes to any type of Startup Company or newly founded website. Of course, the more money you spend the more traffic you’re going to get. However, that isn’t always the case when starting out. I’ve listed amazing traffic sources you can use for free along with paid. Don’t forget quality and not quantity. So make unique accounts and reach out to users instead of just spamming links in hope to generate traffic. Remember think long term instead of short term. Spamming will only hurt you in the long run.

Note: This is from experience with SaaS application type products and results may vary. My next post will be for iOS and Android type traffic tips.

Now let’s get started!

Focus on startup type networks first since you will generate early adopter quality leads instead of chasing after them on major sites. For example, Papaly you’re able to generate traffic from Google and relevant niche profiles. Another example, Ello you can reach out to users easier since everyone initially is an early adopter on the site. I’m only listing quality sites that will generate you traffic. Of course there are hundreds of social sites but these are the quality sites that give results long-term and short-term.

Social Bookmarking: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

Product Hunt | http://www.producthunt.com/

Hacker News | https://news.ycombinator.com/

Papaly | https://papaly.com/

Reddit Sub-Reddits | http://www.reddit.com/

Designer News | https://news.layervault.com/

Pinterest | http://www.pinterest.com/

Scoop it | http://www.scoop.it/  

Delicious | https://delicious.com/

Diigo | https://www.diigo.com/

Social Media: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

Ello | https://ello.co/

Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/

Google+ | https://plus.google.com/

Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/

Tsu | https://www.tsu.co/

Aboutme | http://about.me/

Video Websites: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

Youtube | https://www.youtube.com/

Twitch | http://twitch.tv/

Dailymotion | http://www.dailymotion.com/  

Question & Answer: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

Quora | http://quora.com/

Yahoo! | https://answers.yahoo.com/

Application & Site: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

AlternativeTo | http://alternativeto.net/

Freeware Genius | http://freewaregenius.com/

CNET | https://upload.cnet.com/

Browser Extensions: List is in order from Traffic:Conversion Ratio

Chrome | https://chrome.google.com/webstore

Firefox | https://addons.mozilla.org

Safari | https://extensions.apple.com/

Opera | https://addons.opera.com

Paid Advertisements

Pinterest Ads | https://ads.pinterest.com/

Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/advertising

Google Adwords | https://www.google.com/adwords/

Bing Ads | https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/

Solo Ads | http://soloadsx.com/

Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/ads/ 

Twitter | https://ads.twitter.com/

Overall, free traffic can bring you amazing traffic especially if your company goes viral. I would however stay away from Facebook likes and strictly promote post engagements. For those that are interested in why I brought up paid Facebook likes can view the video here. Also, jump onto Pinterest ads as soon as you can because it will become public and cost more per click. All the sites listed have been used from personal experience and pictures are results from it.

Enjoy your long and short-term traffic along with quality links aiming back to your site! You will see a major boost inside the search engines. First it will mainly be long tail keywords but as the months go on you will be ranking for high competition keywords. Good luck on your success!

300 Awesome Free Things

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Please let me know if I am missing any other useful resource.

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→ Business + Marketing ←

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B. FREE BUSINESS / PROJECT NAME GENERATORS

C. WRITING / BLOGGING

  • Hemingway: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
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  • Medium: Everyone’s stories and ideas.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
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  • Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.
  • Story Wars: Writing stories together.
  • Headline Analyzer: Emotional marketing value headline analyzer.
  • WP Hide Post: Control the visibility of items on your blog.
  • Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.
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D. FIND (TRENDING) CONTENT (IDEAS)

E. FREE SEO + WEBSITE ANALYZERS

F. FREE IMAGE OPTIMIZERS

G. FREE IMAGE EDITORS

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  • Placeit: Free product mockups & templates.
  • Recite: Turn a quote into a visual masterpiece.
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H. COLLECT & SEND EMAILS FOR FREE

I. FREE SOCIAL MEDIA + COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT + SURVEYS

J. A/B TESTS & GROWTH HACKING

  • Petit Hacks: Acquisition, retention, & revenue hacks used by companies.
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  • Hello Bar: Tool for A/B testing different CTAs & power words.
  • GrowthHackers: Unlocking growth. Together.

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→ Design + Code ←

A. FREE DESIGN RESOURCES

B. COLOR PICKERS

C. INSPIRATION

D. FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

E. FREE TYPOGRAPHY

F. FREE ICONS

G. FREE USEFUL STUFF


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→ Work & Productivity ←

A. BACKGROUND SOUND TO FOCUS

  • Noisli: Background noise & color generator.
  • Noizio: Ambient sound equalizer for relax or productivity.
  • Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
  • Designers.mx: Curated playlists by designers, for designers.
  • Coffitivity: Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work.

B. AVOID DISTRACTION

  • Self Control: Mac: free application to help you avoid distracting websites.
  • Cold Turkey: Windows: temporarily block yourself off of distracting websites.

C. ORGANIZE & COLLABORATE

  • Trello: Keeps track of everything.
  • Evernote: The workspace for your life’s work.
  • Dropbox: Free space up to 2GB.
  • Yanado: Tasks management inside Gmail.
  • Wetransfer: Free transfer up to 2GB.
  • Drp.io: Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  • Mailtoself: An iOS extension to mail notes to yourself from any app.
  • List.ly: Discover and create great lists.
  • Markticle: Mark your reading progress in articles for later.

D. DIGITAL NOMADS & REMOTE WORKING


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→ Discover & Learn ←

A. DISCOVER TOOLS & STARTUPS

B. BUILD TOGETHER

C. LEARN

D. NEWSLETTERS THAT DON’T SUCK

E. USEFUL

Lindbergs Books: Beyond Belief

YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LISTS
GARY | JANUARY 11, 2015 | 1 COMMENT

Do You Trust the New York TimesBestseller List?

The various NYT Bestseller lists appear almost everywhere. But just how trustworthy are they? And why should you rely on them for your book buying decisions?

These lists date back to 1931, and by 1950 the Times list had become the leading bestseller list for book professionals to monitor. In the 60s and 70s, mall-based chain bookstores like B. Dalton, Crown, and Waldenbooks emerged with an emphasis on selling books with mass-market appeal. This, of course, put even more emphasis on the NYT list, as it helped create demand.

The list is actually composed by the editors of the News Surveys department of theNew York Times, not the Book Review department as you might expect. It is a surprisingly narrow view of book sales, and not entirely objective or data-driven. The list depends heavily on sales figures voluntarily reported but not verified by book retailers AND book wholesalers. Until recently, the NYT did not have a list for Ebooks, or even trade paperbacks, and has been slow to embrace new technologies, formats and marketing channels.

Are the primary NYT fiction and non-fiction lists accurate? Well, no one really knows for sure, because the method for determining the placement of books on the list is considered a “trade secret”, thus is not verifiable by outside sources. A report in Book History found that numerous professionals in the industry “scoffed at the notion that the lists are accurate.” The author of The Exorcist, Peter Blatty, sued the NYT for not including his book Legion on the fiction bestseller list despite its high sales. The Times argued that the list was not mathematically objective, but rather editorial content protected as free speech (in other words, opinion) and thus .

The basic issues undermining credibility of the basic fiction and non-fiction lists are these:

      • EXCLUSION OF EBOOKS AND ONLINE SALES. The main lists only include booksellers but exclude Ebooks and online sales—hardly an accurate picture of which books are bestsellers in an age of declining store sales and escalating online purchases. My novel The Shekinah Legacy was the #1 bestselling thriller on Amazon in 2012—outselling ALL the NYT bestselling thrillers for a time—but the New York Times never heard of it.
      • DOUBLE COUNTING. Including data from both wholesalers and retailers probably leads to some double counting of sales.
      • RETURNS. Booksellers are allowed to return unsold books to the publishers for a refund. Unfortunately, “returns” can can account for 40% or more of sales, the term “bestseller” should probably be changed to something like “best-ordered”.
      • FAST-SELLERS. The lists focus on “fast sellers” — those that sell a lot of copies in a short time. There are many instances of books that have never made the NYT lists but have outsold books on the NYT Bestseller lists because they were steady sellers over longer periods of time.
      • RIGGING BY PUBLISHERS. It is relatively easy for authors and publishers to rig the rankings by buying large quantities of a book in stores that are tracked. The authors of the business book The Discipline of Market Leaders organized the purchase of 10,000 books and wound up on the NYT Bestseller non-fiction list for fifteen weeks. Even one of the suppliers of data to the NYT,ResultSource, has offered “bestseller campaigns” in which it coordinates bulk book purchases to drive bestseller status. The Los Angeles Times reported that Pastor Mark Driscoll paid ResultSource $200,000 for a “bestseller campaign” the week of January 2, 2012, for his book Real Marriage; he wound up #1 on the non-fiction list three weeks later.
      • MANUPULATION BY RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS. Because the data reported by retailers and wholesalers is voluntary and unverified, it can be distorted. In past cases, books have become bestsellers before they have been officially released to the public! Go figure.
      • SELF-FULFILLING RESULTS. Because the NYT lists are heavily relied upon for buying decisions, simply making it onto the list virtually guarantees a place on the list. This incentive can mean the cost of a “bestseller campaign” may be a good investment if you can afford it.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Close to 99% of the books published this year are not even eligible to make any of the New York Times bestseller lists no matter how many copies they sell because their sales data is unavailable to the NYT. And the relatively new Ebook bestseller lists, which rely on data from ResultSource(which offers “bestseller campaigns” to publishers) is based on data from less than 5% of Ebook sales and which is derived from only a handful of large publishers. Not exactly statistically significant or reliable.

Maybe this makes you want to explore some of the “other” books released each month, many of which are just as good as the NYT bestsellers, and some of which are selling even more copies!

I wish there was an app for that.

What is Modern Medicine?