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A popular paid camera is Camera ZOOM FX. While we normally do not talk about paid applications here, this is one worth the money. Camera ZOOM FX has features Instagram doesn’t have like access to the front facing camera and multiple shooting modes.
A feature of Camera ZOOM FX not offered directly by Instagram is adding more effects. This is where your pictures will really be a step apart from the crowd. Here are some of the cool effects for Camera ZOOM FX:
A really popular effect for pictures is adding a retro look. Retro Camera gives you nothing but retro looking pictures. Choosing between the 5 different camera options gives you a different look and feel to the instantly vintage picture. Effects like film scratching are part of the nuance of certain cameras. You can see which cameras add which effects by tapping on the About this camera tab below each camera on the selection screen.
Pudding Camera adds effects others on the list do not come close to. Like Retro Camera, you have your choice of cameras. The difference is there are 9+ cameras and 9 different film settings for each camera.
Pudding Camera can be used with your front facing camera if your Android device is equipped with one. Real cameras have knobs and buttons so Pudding Camera gives you an classic lighting adjustment knob too for that real camera feel.
I added Camera360 to the list because of 1 effect that caught my eye. Have you ever seen one of those commercials with everything black and white except one thing like a red rose or a blue pair of jeans? You can add that effect using Camera360; it’s called Magic Colors.
A professional looking effect called Tilt Shift is included in Camera360. This is the look where the picture is focused on one thing in the foreground and everything else is kind of blurry. For Android phones with a 5MP or 8mp cameras, this could take some really artistic photos.Conclusion
About the only thing you are missing out on when you use Android camera apps that aren’t Instagram is the community wall. If you are just starting out with adding cool effects to pictures taken on Android devices, that’s not a big deal. You are more than likely going to share them on Facebook or Google+ anyway.
What is the most important feature you look for in an Android camera app?
Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world’s greatest game… Soccer.
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Before I showcase seven brands that will inspire you to create more awesome content, let me explain why you should be creating more awesome content that will inspire your target audience.
There is a lot of research that shows an emotional response is important in driving further cognitive or behavioral responses.
If you want to read some original research on this topic from more than two years of work, five different data sets, around 1,000 videos, and nine individual studies by a large team of researchers from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, then I recommend reading Viral Marketing: The Science of Sharing by Dr. Karen Nelson-Field, which is published by Oxford University Press.
You need to create exceptionally awesome content these days to generate an intense emotional response.
Even above average content just won’t do.
According to Tubular Labs data, 24.9 million videos were published by 3.6 million accounts over the last 30 days on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
But, only 547,000 of these 24.9 million videos (2.2%) were uploaded by brands.
That means that brands not only have to compete with their competitors’ videos, they also need to compete with about 45 times more content created by influencers and media and entertainment companies in their industry, who are generally much better at generating an intense emotional response from the same target audience.
So, what do most brands do?
They try to be funny – because they believe that “hilarity” is a “sure-fire” creative device. Well, they’re partly right.
Hilarity is one of the ways to generate an emotional response – if you are laughing-out-loud funny.
But, it’s really hard to create branded content or a video ad that is laughing-out-loud funny, especially if it needs to be approved by a committee of risk-averse humans ahead of time.
Ironically, there is an alternative way to generate an intense emotional response: Inspiration.
Dr. Nelson-Field says in her book:
“The most successful creative approach appears to be to feature personal triumph. When a video included a creative story of personal triumph, it was shared more than other creative devices.”
However, despite the research that shows “inspiration” represents the best way to ensure that a video goes viral, Dr. Fields observes:
“Content creators rarely use personal triumph as a creative device.”
But, when brands do use personal triumph, their inspiring stories of courage and bravery change hearts, minds, and actions.
This why I want to highlight seven brands that can inspire you to create more of this type of awesome content.1. Google Search
Google Search: Reunion was published on November 13, 2013, and is 3:33 long. It currently has 15.1 million views and 117,000 engagements. Its description says:
“The India-Pakistan partition in 1947 separated many friends and families overnight. A granddaughter in India decides to surprise her grandfather on his birthday by reuniting him with his childhood friend (who is now in Pakistan) after over 6 decades of separation, with a little help from Google Search.”2. Thai Life Insurance
“Unsung Hero” [ภาพยนตร์โฆษณา ปี พ.ศ.2557 ] [Official TVC 2014: Thai Life Insurance] was published on April 23, 2014, and is 3:06 long. It currently has 52.8 million views and 408,000 engagements.
Translated into English, its description says:
“Ever wondered? What do we need? Why do some people have so much money … Still not happy? This clip is not the answer, but it may be the beginning.”3. Sainsbury’s
Its description says:
“Inspired by real events from 100 years ago, this year’s Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s – Christmas is for sharing – was made in partnership with The Royal British Legion. It commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together. The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit our armed forces and their families, past and present.”4. Samsung India
Samsung India Service (SVC) – We’ll take care of you, wherever you are was published December 30, 2024, and is 4:01 long. It currently has 211 million views and 197,000 engagements.
Its description says:
“This video shows a story of how a young Samsung Engineer undaunted by rough terrain, attends to a customer complaint in a remote hilly area. His efforts help bring up smiles on the faces of a group of children, for whom their Samsung Television is the medium to celebrate their special moment.”5. LG
LG Innovation Story – Brand Film 21 Years Celebrations was published on May 16, 2023, and is 4:40 long. It currently has 195 million views and 106,000 engagements.
Its description says:
“LG celebrates 21 years in India with a special treat for its customers with its latest brand TVC – LG Innovation Story, a delightful message that touches the heart of billions.”6. Hyundai
Its description says:7. Southeastern Guide Dogs
Its description says:
“‘Pip’ animated short film presented by Southeastern Guide Dogs. A heartwarming tale for underdogs everywhere, Pip is the story of a small dog with a big dream—to become a Southeastern Guide Dog. Does she have what it takes?”Takeaway
The fact that so many different brands have been successful using personal triumph indicates that inspiring your target audience isn’t as hard as getting them to laugh out loud.
And getting a committee of risk-averse humans to approve an inspiring story has got to be infinitely easier than getting them to okay a funny video that might offend some segment of your target audience.
So, why aren’t there more inspiring stories of personal triumph being created – especially in the United States, where the “rags to riches” stories that Horatio Alger Jr. wrote in the late 19th century helped the population believe the myth that anyone could work hard and become rich?
Well, maybe that myth has gone out of fashion in the early 21st century. But, I have another theory.
Note that the videos showcased above range in length from 3:06 to 4:46. Maybe too many of the best storytellers in the United States – especially ones who work at big ad agencies – focused their talents on making 15- great 30-second television commercials.
This gives you enough time to tell a funny story, but not enough time to tell an inspiring story that:
Includes subtle branding clues.
Has unexpected shifts.
Features multiple peaks.
Tells viewers there’s more to the story for those that want it.
This emerging story arc maintains and builds interest over several minutes, which lends itself to social video, where you aren’t charged extra for longer-form content.
I hope the seven brands that I’ve just showcased will inspire you to create more awesome branded content that will inspire your target audience.
The alternative is to keep making videos that look like repurposed TV commercials. Hopefully, they are as funny as the content being created by late-night comedians.
I’m not saying this is impossible to do. I’m just saying that it’s harder to do well.
What is Electrolysis?
The process in which ionic substances are decomposed into simple substances by passing an electric current through them is known as electrolysis.
In other words, the process based on the fact that electrical energy can produce chemical changes is known as electrolysis.Applications of Electrolysis
Nowadays the electrolytic process is widely used in various industrial applications. The major applications of the electrolysis are given below.
Extraction of Metal from their Ores
The electrolytic process is used for extracting out the pure metal from their ores, this process is known as electro-extraction. In the electro-extraction, the metal ore is treated with strong acid or is melted and then a DC current is passed through the resulting solution, the solution is decomposed and pure metal is deposited on the cathode.
Refining of Metals
Electrolysis is also used for refining of metals and the process is termed as electro-refining. In electro-refining, the anode of impure metal is placed in a suitable electrolytic solution. When DC current is passed through the solution, pure metal is deposited on the cathode.
Manufacturing of Chemicals
The electrolytic process is also used for manufacturing of various chemicals. When an electric current is passed through the solution of some compound, the compound gets breakdown into its constituent components which are liberated at the anode and cathode, which in turn can be collected.
The electro-deposition is an electrolytic process, in which one metal is deposited over the other metal or non-metal. The electro-deposition is usually used for the decorative, protective and functional purposes.
An electrolytic process in which a metal is deposited over any metallic or non-metallic surface is called the electroplating. Electroplating is usually used to protect the metals from corrosion by atmospheric air and moisture.
Electro-deposition of Rubber
Electrolysis is also employed for electro-deposition of rubber. The rubber latex obtained from the tree consists of very fine colloidal particles of rubber suspended in water. These particles of rubber are negatively charged. On electrolysis of the solution, these rubber particles move towards the anode and deposit on it.
The electrolytic process in which the metal is deposited on a conducting base for decorative and for protective purposes is termed as electro-metallization. Also, by using the electro-metallization process, any non-conductive base is made conductive by depositing a layer of graphite over it.
An electrolytic process in which a metallic surface is coated with a harder metal by electro-deposition in order to increase its durability is known as electro-facing.
Electrolysis is also used for electro-forming, it is the reproduction of an object by electro-deposition in order to increase its durability.
In the electro-forming, i.e. reproduction of medals, coins, etc., a mould is made by impressing the object in wax. The wax surface having exact impression of the object is coated by powdered graphite to make it conducting. This mould is then dipped in an electro-forming cell as cathode. After obtaining a coating of desired thickness, the article is removed and the wax core is melted out of the metal shell.
The electrotyping is an electrolytic process for forming metal parts that exactly reproduce a model. It is a special application of electro-forming and is mainly used to reproduce printing, set up tying, medals, etc.
The electrolysis process of deposition of an oxide film on a metal surface is known as anodizing. It is mainly used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of the metal parts.
The electro-polishing is an electrolytic process that removes materials from a metallic workpiece. It is also known as electrochemical polishing or electrolytic polishing.
Electro-polishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.
Electro-refining is a method for purifying a metal using electrolysis. In the electro-refining process, the anode is made of impure metal and the impurities must be lost during the passage of metal from the anode to cathode during electrolysis.
An electrolytic process of separation of two or more metals is known as electro-parting or electro-stripping.
Electro-cleaning is the process of removing soil, scale or corrosion from a metallic surface. It is also known as electro-pickling. It is a form of electroplating which can be applied to all electrically conductive materials.
Tattoos: More Than Skin Deep The stories behind the ink
More Than Skin DeepThe stories behind the ink
Tattooing dates back to the Neolithic Age. Tattooed mummies have been found at dozens of archaeological sites from Egypt and the Sudan to Greenland, China, and the Andes. In the intervening millennia, tattoos have been both revered and maligned, often carrying a stigma.
But a Harris Poll released in February offers proof that our perceptions and acceptance of tattoos is changing. Today, nearly half of all millennials (47 percent) report having at least one, followed by Gen Xers (36 percent). Nearly 3 in 10 Americans (29 percent) sport a tattoo (up from 21 percent in 2012), and of them, 7 in 10 have 2 or more. According to the survey, 32 percent of adults would be OK with a presidential candidate with a visible tattoo. And the number reporting that tattoos make them feel attractive was up noticeably from 2012 (32 percent vs 21 percent).
With so many people getting tattoos, we reached out to the BU community, asking students, faculty, and staff to show off some of their tattoos and talk about the stories behind them.
Name: Danielle Enserro (SPH’17)
Number of tattoos: 4
All of my tattoos were created by an amazing artist, Eva Jean. I usually give her a word or two of inspiration and let her run with it. For example, the gypsy on my arm was created simply by asking her to incorporate a peacock feather into the artwork. The gypsy holds a bright red heart lock—my clever way of “wearing my heart on my sleeve.” However, my favorite is the “breathe” tattoo on my left forearm, which I had done in 2008. I am a survivor of an eating disorder and some other very dark personal events and I got that tattoo as a reminder that no matter what disasters happen in life, as long as I remember to breathe, everything will be okay.
Sometimes I’m asked what I do for work—when I explain I’m working on my PhD in a math-related field, there is usually a look of shock.
Name: Josh Ames (MET’13,’16)
Position: Environmental health and safety program manager, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories
Number of tattoos: 4
People are very interested in my arm tattoo. On several occasions I have had people come right up to me and grab my arm to look at it. It’s funny—although the tattoos are so public, it feels very intrusive when someone asks about them. They are all so personal, and it’s like sharing my life story with a complete stranger.
Name: Melissa Lund (CFA’12)
Position: Financial aid officer, College of Fine Arts
Number of tattoos: 4
I lived in Hawaii for a couple of years before moving to Boston, and I wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate that time. I wanted to avoid traditional designs so I wouldn’t be appropriating a culture I wasn’t raised in. An artist ended up designing my sleeve to include the state bird of Hawaii, the nēnē, which is a relative of Canada geese, which arrived on the islands thousands of years ago and decided never to leave—can’t blame them.
I also have a memorial tattoo for my dad, who passed away from melanoma in the fall. My sister and I took a sample of his handwriting to a tattoo artist in Phoenix, where he lived, and got tattoos in his handwriting that say, “Hang in there.” That was what he’d always say instead of “Good-bye.”
Someone asked me what I think that’ll look like on my arm when I’m 80. I replied that my arm isn’t going to look great when I’m 80 anyway, so what difference does a tattoo make?
Name: Aristotelis Ambatzidis (CFA’16)
Number of tattoos: 1
I got my tattoo the summer of my sophomore year. I had sketched the concept for the tattoo for quite some time, and finally I decided to pull the trigger and get it.
My father ran a restaurant in Greece called Xenomania, which translates in English to an obsession for foreign things. Being a citizen of two different worlds for so long, I decided to get the first part of the word, Xenos (foreigner), tattooed on my wrist. It represents a simpler time, but it also expresses how I connect with my heritage and how I have felt like a foreigner my whole life.
Name: Pamela Lightsey
Position: Clinical assistant professor and associate dean, community life and lifelong learning, School of Theology
Number of tattoos: 1
I got my one and only tattoo in 2004 at the urging of my daughter and goddaughter. They wanted to get tattoos and thought it would be cool if “we girls” just did something risqué. They have this way of enlisting me when they want to do bucket list–type things, but don’t have the nerve to follow through.
Usually people ask me if my tattoo stands for anything, as though I would have never gotten a tattoo that didn’t have some deeper mystical meaning. They’re surprised when I tell them, “Naw, it’s just a strawberry dipped in chocolate.”
The pain was just too much. But ask me about my piercings.
Name: Brendan Cobb (CFA’16)
Number of tattoos: 5
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 to symbolize some of the struggles I’ve been through, but I don’t always feel that tattoos need to have meaning. They are an art form in themselves and can stand alone as a piece.
I wanted to collect different works of art from different tattoo artists. Amanda Abbott from Brilliance Tattoo in Allston, Mass., did the large piece on my leg; I loved her work and wanted to collaborate with her.
I love having the ability to have a piece of art on my body forever.
Name: Christina Sanchez (CAS’17)
Number of tattoos: 1
I got my first and only tattoo when I was 19 years old to commemorate my brother’s life. When I was a second semester freshman, I got the dreaded news that my brother had passed away. He committed suicide.
The main things my brother and I bonded over were movies, music, and quotes from TV shows, so I immediately knew I wanted a tattoo that would relate to our relationship in that sense. When I re-stumbled upon the well known quote “I have been, and always shall be, your friend,” I felt like it said exactly what I had wanted to tell my brother after his first suicide attempt, but at the time, I didn’t know how to say it. With this tattoo, I feel like it tells him that I have always been there for him and loved him, even though he may not have felt it or seen it.
Name: Isabel Schnall (CFA’16)
Number of tattoos: 2
My first tattoo, on my wrist, is a design I created to represent my family. When I was growing up, my parents wore silver Hopi rings they had given each other before I was born. My mother’s had small waves on it, and my father’s had spirals. These symbols, though small, were so representative of my childhood to me because I saw them every day on my parents’ fingers. At first I was only creating designs that had waves and spirals in them, but then I thought it would be nice to represent my entire family. My tattoo has an “I” for my name, the wave and spiral design, and an “L” for my little sister, Lena. It represents the whole of my family, and the bond between us.
People often think it’s a tattoo of my own name, which is hilarious. In case I lost myself? But when I explain it to them, they find it unique and sweet.
Name: Arthur Martins
Position: Learning and event technology specialist, School of Law
Number of tattoos: 13
I got my first tattoo when I was 19. My daughter was just born and I wanted something that reminded me of her and kept her with me. My left arm is a Stephen King sleeve work-in-progress. King helped me find the world of books when I was a teenager. I fell in love with his multiverse and how the Dark Tower lives in the center of all existence. Artist Jason MacKenzie spent a lot of time on the detail. Also, I have a red Rebel Alliance symbol (I fell in love with Star Wars as a kid) on my right arm. Next sleeve? Star Wars.
Name: Renee Piper (CFA’18)
Number of tattoos: 1
All my life, I’ve really liked Harry Potter and reading in general. Harry Potter was special though, because it was the series I started reading in kindergarten all the way through “those magic changes.” Despite everything that was happening socially, scholastically, familially, Harry Potter was a constant. It taught me much more than schooling probably ever could: it’s quality over quantity when it comes to friends, political nuance, patience, what bravery can look like, how there isn’t one way to be a female, and all of the great lessons that school really can’t teach.
Name: Chimel Idiokitas
Position: Outreach and program director, School of Medicine
Number of tattoos: 8
I got my first tattoo 10 years ago. It is from the Bible, Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” I got it in remembrance of my grandmother, who had passed away a few months prior.
My favorite set of tattoos is probably on my upper left arm. “Believe” is my favorite word, because it reminds us to invest in ourselves no matter what. The chain link fence breaking into birds surrounding the word represents breaking away from the norm, not following the stagnant, but instead rising up and not only believing, but achieving, your dreams.
Name: Dalila Bennett (CFA’17)
Number of Tattoos: 7
The circle on my arm is a simplified moon. My sister and I both got this tattoo spontaneously in Denver, Colo., on a road trip across the country. The black half represents my sister being born during a full moon and the empty part represents me being born during a new moon.
The armband is my most recent tattoo. I got it about two months ago. There are three bands for my favorite number, and each line is half an inch apart so that I can measure anything, anytime. The top line is curved to be the outline of the top of Martha’s Vineyard because I grew up there and will always consider it my true home, regardless of where I end up.
Name: Jim Petosa
Position: Professor and director, CFA School of Theatre
Number of tattoos: 1
I got my tattoo in 2002, soon after 9/11. I was visiting a playwright friend in Brooklyn when we both thought of getting one. I went ahead, he chickened out. I knew I wanted a tattoo that would represent a symbol of idealism and optimism to me. Having gone through some difficult times, I’d learned to value the power of resilience. The woman who designed mine was terrific; we came up with the design (based on a number of existing ones) and once we worked through the drawing of it, we went for it.
After I got this one, I was eager to get a second. Apparently, that is not uncommon. But I decided to wait until I had a strong idea for what another one would mean to me. Apparently, I haven’t come up with that. In some ways, the meaning of the one I have has only deepened, so it’s probable I’ll just stick with it.
Name: Brenda Hernandez
Position: Associate director for academic and multicultural affairs, LAW
Number of tattoos: 9
The Roman numeral XVII (17) is my lucky number. I was born on July 17, my father on June 17, and one of my brothers on April 17. On my forearm is a version of the feminist symbol, but instead of the traditional woman sign, I incorporated the tree to symbolize the intersection between my feminism and my environmentalism. From people who recognize the symbol, I have gotten a lot of positive feedback. On each shoulder I have a tattoo of a cherry tree, which symbolizes the fragility of life since the tree’s existence is short-lived. I got one in full bloom, to represent my mother, and one that’s bare, to represent my father, who passed away.
Name: Ella Pestine (SAR’16, SPH’17)
Number of tattoos: 1
I got my first and only tattoo in August 2012, just before I came to BU. I had been planning to get it for a few years, but I wanted to make sure it was actually what I wanted.
My mom passed away when I was 15, just as I was starting high school. When I graduated and was packing to go to college, I was extremely nervous to be starting such a new chapter of my life without my mom. So, a few weeks before my flight to Boston, my sister took me to get my tattoo—my mom’s initials, JP. She had taught us how to sign her initials so she wouldn’t have to sign permission slips or homework for us; we would just do it ourselves. Her initials make a butterfly shape and are on my right shoulder forever, so I remember that my mom always has my back.
Name: Taylor Lawson (ENG’20)
Number of tattoos: 9
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 and home on Christmas break freshman year. I’d always abided by every rule possible and never done anything crazy. I needed some excitement in my life and had always wanted a tattoo.
Each tattoo I have has as specific meaning, whether it commemorates something I’ve overcome or something that was monumental in my life. My tattoos have been, and continue to be, a way for me to represent myself and the things I’ve been through.
Name: Brittany Costa (MET’14)
Position: Senior staff assistant, CFA School of Music
Number of tattoos: 12
My arm piece is my most recent tattoo (and my favorite). It is an original work by the wonderful Dia Moeller from Boston Tattoo Company. I didn’t really know what I wanted when I first met with Dia; I just knew that I wanted a woman’s face and vintage flowers, I wanted it on my arm, and I wanted it to be done by her. For me, this piece represents my feminist beliefs. I strongly believe in equality, especially the empowerment of women, so having this piece sketched and tattooed by a strong woman like Dia was important to me.
My back piece is probably the strangest tattoo I have, but it has the most meaning. It’s for my grandmother, Vavo Lourdes, who passed away about nine years ago. She helped raise me and was my best friend growing up. She was one of the strongest and most stubborn women I have ever known, and I have always looked up to her. This piece is an original sketch by Bryan Mullen at Art Freek Tattoo, and it represents a really old, beat-up stereo my grandmother owned when I was younger. She had to listen to her Portuguese talk radio show every day on 1400 AM and I had to help her get a good signal. Sometimes helping meant attaching forks, wire coat hangers, and aluminum foil to the antennas to get the station to come through. Now, her broken stereo—stuck on 1400 AM—will be with me everywhere I go.
Name: Bryan Stone
Position: E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism and associate dean, STH
Number of tattoos: 1
I had just gotten my niece and nephew tattoos 10 years ago, and I wanted to join them in that experience. They would come spend summers and holidays with my wife and me, and we grew very close. Getting a tattoo together was a way of marking that close relationship.
People rarely see it, but the responses are about equal between those who are surprised because I’m a faculty member and an associate dean, and those who don’t really think it’s that out of the ordinary at all.
I often think that what I’d really like to do is add some color—maybe some flames.
Name: Jennifer Beard (SPH’06)
Position: Assistant professor of global health, School of Public Health
Number of tattoos: 7
All of my tattoos are in places where I can see them, which was always an important consideration. I’ve never understood getting them on your back if you only have a few. All have some connection to British literature, which is what I did my PhD in. My armband and the woman on my leg are drawings by the poet Stevie Smith, who wrote funny, dark rhyming poems that have simple accompanying drawings that sit on the edge between sketch and doodle. The woman accompanies Smith’s famous poem “Not Waving but Drowning.” I got it the night before I defended my dissertation because I wanted to feel tough and resolute while defending and also because I wanted something to show for the pain of the dissertation process. It’s a pretty bleak poem. The speaker is basically saying: you thought I was happy all this time and waving at you cheerfully, but I was actually drowning. I’m usually a positive and happy person, but I really found the dissertation process to be painful, so the poem captured my angst. What I like about the drawing is that she is either coming out of the water or going down under. To me she is emerging.
Name: Katy Lazar (CFA’16)
Number of tattoos: 7
My side piece represents two things: my favorite holiday, Halloween, and my love for the fall. I like the symbolism of leaves falling off the trees. While spring is about renewal and birth, I think fall is about shedding negativity. You can’t renew yourself if you haven’t rid yourself of the things just adding weight to your life.
Beethoven’s signature is tattooed on my right arm. He’s my favorite composer, and I think his biography is extremely inspiring: he was losing his hearing as a composer of music and even at his darkest moments, when he contemplated suicide, art and music saved him. He had more music to share with the world and that wasn’t worth giving up, even though he was miserable. I think that’s incredible.
Name: Mike Flynn
Position: Staff electrician, Facilities Management & Planning
Number of tattoos: Probably around 35
Celtic symbolism is 90 percent of the work—mythical animals that symbolize protection and strength, the number 3, which symbolizes luck, the Holy Trinity, and Celtic knots, which most believe have an infinity connotation.
The remaining tattoos are Roman Catholic references—for example under my left upper arm, there’s St. Michael the Archangel with his foot on the head of Lucifer at the Gates of Heaven, a portrait of Jesus, a portrait of Mary holding baby Jesus. I have three angel cherubs that symbolize my three daughters, along with their names written in script.
I’m very proud of my tattoos. I’ve spent a great amount of time thinking and planning for each and every one.
Name: Amanda Gallinat (GRS’17)
Number of tattoos: 2
My first tattoo was a hyperparasitoid wasp, in the family Trigonalidae. I got it after spending several years identifying insects under a microscope, both for my personal insect collection and for my job. I thought bees, ants, and wasps in particular were really beautiful, so I started looking for an image that was both accurate and attractive for a tattoo. It took me three years to find this image; it comes from a book titled Wasps, Bees & Ants of Costa Rica (illustrated by Alejandro Herrera).
My second tattoo was about five years in the making. It’s a selection of my favorite flowering prairie plants: the purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), prairie clover (Dalea purpurea), and prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya), designed and tattooed by a California artist named Brücius in 2024. Both of my tattoos are more about aesthetics than any particular experience, but I do really love the Minnesota prairie—that’s where I first learned to love ecology and where I met my partner and many of my closest friends. I’m not originally from the Midwest, but I put down roots there, and it’s nice to have a reminder of that.
Occasionally someone will try to guess the species, and that can be fun if they’re either very good at guessing or very bad at guessing.
Name: Daniela Hernandez Sarinana (GRS’19)
Number of tattoos: 5
I got my first tattoo when I was in high school, because I was very curious about the experience. I did not have a design in mind. I just went to the parlor, chose one from the book, and did it. Years went by after my first tattoo—maybe 12 years or so—before I had the idea of getting a new one. After that I was pretty much hooked.
My fourth tattoo is related to Mexican culture; it is a set of symbols found in traditional textile garments made by the Amuzgo, an ethnic group found along the southwest Pacific coast of Mexico. Their traditional textile culture is very rich, colorful, and full of meaning. I am very proud of being Mexican, and I am always awed and impressed by so much color and story united in one country. This is my way to celebrate it and to always have it in my mind.
People are more open about tattoos now, but you can still hear expressions like: “You’re not getting a job with that; at least wear long sleeves to cover it” or “Remember, it’s something permanent and it can get boring” or the typical “How is it going to look when you are old?” My answer is: I am doing a PhD, so hopefully I will get a job; thank God it’s permanent; and it is going to look awesome in the years to come. Since I know that the story behind my tattoos is amazing, at least for me, they will never get boring. Every time I look in the mirror, I just like them more and more.
Name: Amy Fox (CAS’14)
Position: Administrative coordinator, College of General Studies
Number of tattoos: 2
My second tattoo is a dreamcatcher that starts behind my left ear, with feathers that run down my neck. I got it done when I was 20 years old, on my mother’s 50th birthday. She has a matching tattoo on her forearm. To her, the tattoo is a symbol of her connection with her family’s Native American history: her great-grandmother on her father’s side was a full-blood Native American. Growing up, that was always really important to her and resonated with her.
While my mother’s tattoo—a near carbon copy of my own—represents her connection with her heritage, mine represents everything my mother is that I hope to be. She’s the kind of person who would talk to a wall if it would listen, and so she’s always making conversation with people wherever she goes: receptionists, cashiers, you name it. She has always put others before herself, even to a fault. She has the patience of a saint. And when life throws a challenge at her, she smiles through the hardship. She is a wonderful role model of genuine kindness, stunning humanity, and incredible patience. My tattoo is a physical representation of all of the values my mom embodies, and a reminder to try to uphold them even half as well as she does.
Janice Checchio can be reached at [email protected].
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I am an avid user of Instant Messaging (IM), using it to keep in touch
with business colleagues, friends, and family around the world.
Because I have friends scattered among the three major services — AOL
Instant Messenger (AIM), MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger — I have
accounts on all three. But AOL’s history of intrusive and annoying
My grudge against the AIM software began a few years ago while I was in
the middle of several months of radio interviews promoting one of my
books, Fighting Spam for Dummies. (Speaking of intrusive
One particular morning, I had arisen around 3 a.m. PST to do a morning
drive-time interview on a major East Coast market radio station.
Shuffling to my desk in my bunny slippers and bathrobe, I fired up my
computer so I would have my notes handy during the interview, and then I
made the call into the radio station.
The interview started well, but just a few moments into it, my computer
began to loudly play what sounded like a commercial for an action movie.
The sounds of martial arts music and exploding bad guys were being blared
over my phone to thousands of the radio station’s listeners, drowning out
my own voice.
Panicking, I quickly tried to stop whatever was playing on my computer,
but I couldn’t find it! In my haste to make the noise stop, I wound up
unplugging my computer. That stopped the racket, but the damage was
already done: The radio host thought I was nuts, I was flustered and
struggling to pick up where I’d left off, and the 90-second segment was
In the aftermath, it took me quite a while but I managed to track down
the source of the disaster: AIM.
Unbeknownst to me, when I logged onto my computer that morning, AIM
downloaded a small video of a movie commercial. For no apparent reason,
moments into my radio interview, AIM decided it was time for me to see
Within minutes, I had banished AIM from my system and to this day
continue to use a third-party program, called Trillian, to access my AIM
I’m happy with Trillian, but as a privacy person, every once in a while
curiosity gets the better of me, and I decide to give the AIM software a
try just to see if anything has improved. These periodic experiments are
often as amusing as they are informative, because they give real insight
In my most recent AIM installation experiment, I was not let down.
The latest version of AIM is virtually unchanged from its overall
appearance during the last half-decade. While it no longer installs the
Weatherbug adware — which I’ll talk more about shortly — it helpfully
offers to install its own Web browser and yet another pop-up blocking
toolbar for Internet Explorer.
The pop-up blocker seems to work pretty well when you’re browsing pages
in Internet Explorer. But the real fun comes when you realize that you
will still get pop-ups… courtesy of AIM! Yes, just when you thought AOL
was looking out for your interests, you are reminded that their reasons
for protecting you are to ensure that they get the first crack at you!
AIM is, by most accounts, AOL’s most popular feature. Although
tight-lipped about how many actual users it has, most analysts suggest
that AIM remains far and away the most popular IM service in the United
States, with MSN and Yahoo! coming in second and third, respectively.
Unfortunately for consumers, AOL’s dominance in the online chat market
has very little to do with innovation or new features. As best I can
tell, neither AOL’s monolithic software application nor its smaller IM
client have seen much in the way of substantive feature improvement over
the past several years.
But when it comes to seizing control of your computer and shoving
experiments with their products suggest that what AOL lacks in innovative
features for users, they make up for in trying out the latest and
Another Install? No Thanks
I began doing consulting work for AOL back in 1994, and have been using
the AOL software since about a year before that. Over the last decade,
I’ve watched AOL’s main software application become a bloated monstrosity
that installs all manner of memory hogging add-ons.
programs called ”AOLServiceHost”, ”AOLHostManager”, ”AOLDialer”,
”AOLSPScheduler”, and literally a half-dozen more programs consuming
dozens of megabytes of RAM. It also installs unwanted support programs,
including something called ”PortMagic” that purports to make your
router work better. It also scatters a handful of unwanted icons on your
My favorite mysterious AOL installation is something called ”AOL
Coach”. I have no idea what Coach is, but from the exorbitant amount I
pay AOL each month, I’m pretty sure that I deserve a seat in First Class!
The purpose for these continuously running applications is beyond my
understanding, but I’m told they are part of how AOL manages to hijack my
computer’s IP address every time I start up its software. This IP address
switch causes most other IP-address-based applications to disconnect,
reset, or, in some cases, to simply crash.
It has been explained to me over the years that AOL’s intent behind the
proprietary application is that it integrates with their proprietary
service to make a seamless and smooth experience for users. In this
respect, AOL is among the first of the ”walled garden” ISPs, in which
users are protected from the wilds of the Internet by IP tunnels,
proxies, and even a stripped-down and re-skinned Web browser.
Among the features imbedded in AOL’s latest Security Edition of its
software is a built-in anti-spyware and anti-adware scanning tool. While
normally a fan of anti-malware utilities, I found this to be a
particularly cynical move by whoever decides these things at AOL because,
until very recently, installations of AOL and AIM were bundled with a
piece of adware called Weatherbug. Apparently, the irony of installing
adware as part of something called the Security Edition was too subtle
for the honchos at AOL HQ.
The Weatherbug may be squashed for the time being, but regardless of
which AOL software applications you choose to install, you can always
count on getting more than you bargained for.
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