Lessons from a Bad Golf Course

I'm sure you're wondering why I'd write about lessons learnt on the golf course. Many things remind me of my company (which is helping small businesses succeed via the web).

This week, I had a terrible encounter at a golf …

Microsoft Is Running Out Of Excuses To Say ‘Starfield' Is An Xbox Exclusive

We're back in this news cycle, when PlayStation fans attempt to read between the lines to see whether Bethesda titles are still coming to their platform of choice, despite Microsoft's $7 billion acquisition of the company and all of its …

Interview: Laavanya Hunt on Contemporary Television Production

Ahh, Hollywood. We know it so well for bringing us the biggest blockbusters of the last 100 years or so, but only on rare occasions do we associate it with television production. 

A great deal of the TV shows you

Visual Design Principles with Chiao Chen Lu

“Design” is a big word these days. And it can mean many different things, depending on the context. 

Even so, if you search around online for "design," you're likely to find a lot of high-res images of highly aesthetic products

Great Tips: How to Make Money as an Independent Filmmaker

If you tell your family and close friends that you're going to pursue a career as an independent filmmaker, you're probably going to encounter some cynical looks and maybe even hear some concerns about making a living in this particular

The Producer's Toolbox: Michelle Nguyen on Leading Production at Dakota Pictures

Today we're going to talk about producers, organization, and leadership. 

Even on the most laid-back of sets, without these three ingredients, the demands and deadlines of pro-level productions would never be met.

But don't worry, these topics aren't as bland

An Interview with Woonyea Han on Hollywood After COVID-19

The Idea Trader recently had the chance to speak with actor and filmmaker Woonyea Han, a consummate performer from South Korea who now lives and works in the United States.

Her list of accomplishments is too long to detail here,

Israeli Defense Force soldier Max Levin, receiver of an israeli Purple Heart, discusses new book “Under the Stretcher,” details Operation Protective Edge

Today we’re talking to Max Levin, former Israeli Defense Force soldier and author of the recently published Under The Stretcher (Red Penguin Books). Under The Stretcher tells Max’s story, from growing up in St. Louis to entering the battlefield in

Effects Of Not Spending Time With Family

Sometimes time spent together with family can be especially impactful.

The reality is that we all live lives that have a multitude of demands and obligations.

Some relationships demand our time and effort. Some examples are relationships with family and …

Tips For Improving Your Short Term Memory

Short Term Memory is a type of memory. You probably already know how to use short-term memory.

You can store things in your short-term memory, but only for a short period of time.

Short-term memory is often referred to as …

What Is Unproductive Behavior

Productivity is about building sustainable value with limited resources and building that value over time.

If you have a client who pays you at the end of the month then you need to show that your work, as well as …

Amazing Tap Dance Routines

Some routines include choreography, while others are improvised, with great facial expressions and various acrobatic movements.

Some of these routines have been rehearsed in front of a live audience, while others were seen during the 1930s.

How to become a

Best Job For Sociology Degree

If you have a degree in sociology, your experience and skills could translate to jobs in a wide range of settings.

So if you're thinking of switching careers, it may be a smart move to add a sociology degree to …

Friday Fun Day Ideas For Work

A fun day at work is a great way to keep everyone healthy and positive. This is a time for relaxation and to explore new concepts.

It is always good to have a Friday fun day at work and you …

What Is The Best Way To Improve Your Handwriting

It will introduce you to the use of simple penmanship techniques and written exercises that can help your handwriting become more legible.

There are many ways to improve your handwriting. Many people have a hard time using their hands well …

Tips For Improving Your Rap Voice

Your voice is the most important component of your musical repertoire. It’s what gets you invited to the party, what gets the crowd going, and what makes your song memorable to your fans.

It’s hard to know what you sound …

Tricks To Improve Your Singing Voice

See how some of your favorite singers and songwriters achieve the vocals on the radio. This information will assist you with giving your vocal talents a boost of great improvement.

You must have heard this said before but people will …

Tips For Improving Your Speaking Voice

A lot of people ask me about how to improve their speaking voice.

Sometimes people think that because I have a normal speaking voice that I have no advice to give about improving my speaking voice.

The reality is that …

How To Improve Singing Voice Quickly

If you were listening to the other voices, you would notice that everyone sounds the same when they are talking.

To help you become a master of the art of singing, you must learn the basics because there is no …

Tips For Improving Your Singing Voice

You may think it’s impossible to get a professional-quality voice by listening to the radio or singing along with your favorite song, but the truth is, it’s really not as hard as it seems.

You just need to know how …

How To Improve Low Emotional Intelligence

There are many reasons for someone lacking high emotional intelligence, and the primary reasons include low self-confidence, fear of failure, anxiety, and low levels of creativity.

This leads to people avoiding challenges, thus not learning from them.

Learning to deal …

Tips For Becoming A Productive Writer

Productivity has been a topic discussed in writers’ groups for decades, but it will remain relevant in the ever-changing publishing industry.

I would like to share some of my own perspectives on productivity. I have worked as a freelance writer …

Tips For Becoming More Positive And Happy

According to research by psychologists and their theory of applied positive psychology, it is possible to become happier and more positive.

Learning these techniques can lead to significant improvements in physical and psychological health.

One of the most effective psychological …

Books On Becoming Happy

They will be grouped into three different types: those that give specific methods and tools to help you be happy, those that give general principles and ideas about happiness, and those that focus on general principles and ideas of happiness.…

Tips For Making Yourself Happy

As a human being, the ultimate goal in life is to find and achieve happiness, which means having a high level of contentment in one's life.

If this is achieved, one will experience a much less stressful life, more personal …

Tips For A Productive Band Practice

Writing down the goals you want to accomplish and making a mental note of the thing you're going to work on makes it much easier to make progress.

By having this list of what you want to do, you can …

Reading Habits Of Great Writers

Every writer has their own habits to fall back on when a scene is stuck, or a character is acting out of character.

Often we rely on a ritual or behavior to help us remember what we're supposed to be …

Interview: Culinary Pros Talk Food, Work, and Passion

Introduction

Contrary to popular belief, familiarity with fine food and drink is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Rather, it often comes from education, study, and experience.

One does not simply inherit taste and refinement. Perhaps more importantly, taste …

What Equipment Do You Need to Start a Podcast? - A Guide

Introduction

Podcasting remains a popular medium among listeners of all ages. It essentially serves as a crowd-sourced version of talk radio, where anyone can say what they want and build an audience around their unique perspective.

So what equipment do

Interview: Denny Sila on Raising a Jazz Piano Prodigy

The Old Way

Let’s take a look back in time, to the 18th century, when Europe was going wild for classical music. Kings and emperors were hiring composers for their courts, to create music, especially for their enjoyment.

During this …

The Importance of Art and Culture in Our Life: A Guide

Introduction

The digital world has significantly decreased the importance of art and culture in people’s lives. However, despite all the tech trends, both culture and art still have a great impact on the country’s economy, education, and society overall.

Besides

List of Social Activities for Adults: Fun Ideas to Try Today

Introduction

Adult life can be incredibly busy at times. After all, many of us are required to dedicate large amounts of time to our careers. And on top of all that, we also make time for our friends and our …

Books for Guys Who Don’t Like to Read - The Idea Trader

Introduction

Let’s face the facts: it’s the 21st century and it can be difficult to set time aside to read a book, especially if you weren’t a big reader as a child.

Many classic memoirs and works of fiction were

Can I Become a Graphic Designer Without a Degree?

Can You?

Short answer: yes. You can definitely become a graphic designer without a degree, especially since many graphic designers are hired on a freelance basis on the strength of past work.

But it takes a lot of work and

Weekly Update, 9/30/18

New Paint Aims to Cool Buildings

A new polymer coating has been proven to reflect a majority of solar energy. The polymer uses a network of micro cavities to reflect light rather than trapping it.

The most immediate practical application

Weekly Update, 9/2/18

Nintendo Fans Await ‘Animal Crossing’ Switch Announcement

This past summer’s E3 was missing some major players. For one, there was no announcement from Nintendo of a new ‘Animal Crossing’ game for the Switch.

Then, just last week, Nintendo released a

The Plan Behind the Packaging: Leading Designers Moree Wu and Sijia Zhang Give a Pre-Holiday Crash Course on the Importance of Design

The holidays are a time of year when commercial design is prominent. From the boxes that hold our most coveted wishlist gifts to the timeless posters of classic Holiday movies, the holiday season seems like one big competition to gain

Bassist Ole Kirkeng on the Ins and Outs of Being a Musician in 2018

Ever since the days of Napster and the subsequent digitization of music, the entire industry has been undergoing all kinds of changes, suffering some inevitable growing pains along the way. And the rise of independent record labels and artists has

UN Report on US Poverty Puts the Blame on Politics

A United Nations report on poverty in the US released this week cited levels of inequality to be increasing under Trump’s presidency. Despite being considered the “land of opportunity,” the report states that the US has some of the highest

Anthony Bourdain: a Legacy of Food, Culture, and Travel

In the mid-aughts when his show No Reservations premiered, Anthony Bourdain was the punk rock writer/chef America didn’t know it needed. Growing up in suburban, middle class New Jersey in the ‘60s, Bourdain always had a thirst for just the

Spotlight in Screenwriting: an Interview with Karolyn Carnie

Humans inherently love great writing, and literary classics can come from any corner of recorded history. From Homer’s “The Odyssey” to George Orwell’s “1984,” stories told through written language have served as the foundation for countless films. According to a

'Ye' and the Conflict of Artistry

Kanye’s new album Ye dropped this week, transporting listeners into a cerebral, personal headspace that feels intimately like a step inside the inner-workings of Kanye’s mind. It comes at a time when West has seen a flurry of media attention,

Behind the Big Screen: an Interview with Gemma Karlsen

How do the most talented actors and actresses seemingly become entirely different people every few months, completely evolving to new roles and personalities? This is a tough question to answer, but luckily we have some valuable insight on the subject

World’s Largest Cruise Ship is a Floating Mega-Resort

The Royal Caribbean, an international cruise ship company, is turning heads with the release of the Symphony of Seas, the biggest cruise ship ever built. The incredible vessel weighs 228,081 tons and offers more activities and amenities than a standard

A Mexico Mystery: What Happened to the Sharps?

Mexico has been getting some bad press lately with its drug problem and corruption in the government.

The last thing it needs is a mysterious death at one of its tourist destinations.

Or four.

Authorities in Mexico are currently investigating

Did Sister Jean Not Believe in Divine Providence?

She is not a mascot, but a chaplain.

But you would have a hard time distinguishing between the two when it comes to the men’s basketball team at little Loyola University of Chicago, for it seems the team rallied around …

Will This Be The New World War or Cold War?

We all know this was coming at some point, right?

But while we thought this war would involve nuclear or atomic weapons, could it be possible that the weapon of choice this time around might actually be trade tariffs, and …

Iran Continues to Mount Tensions Against the U.S.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is well known as being accused by many in the West for sponsoring, financing and promoting of terror activities around the Middle East and in parts of the Western world.

Apparently, Iran is doing more …

He Was Born In A Small Town… And Performs There, Too

He is widely known for being born in a small town.

And Broadway can also be considered a small town within one of the grandest cities in the world. Broadway is a pretty small community, so it can only make …

This Singer Happens In Vegas, But Doesn’t Always Stay

Las Vegas has been a major tourism draw for 50 years both across the nation and globe. It has matured in its performance offerings, with some top-flight musical and entertainment celebrities putting down stakes in Las Vegas for long-term commitments …

Moving Through Jell-O Pudding: Cliff Huxtable’s Troubles

Cliff Huxtable has needed his television wife, Claire, who was an attorney.

He’s trying very hard to not have to eat Jell-O pudding for the rest of his natural life.

Bill Cosby has been a popular comedian and television star …

If Only #Monet Had A Hashtag …

It is said that many artists don’t make their money until after they are dead. There are many stories of some of the best musical composers and painters who died broke or completely destitute, and yet their works will auction …

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