SIXTY-SECONDS BLOG: ... which is actually 60-Second Windows, or 60-Seconds.com ... Fred Showker blogs about the realms of publishing, graphics, computing, social networking, marketing, promotions, and media-- with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think! Published since 1988 as syndicated articles for user group newsletters, these are vital tidbits for busy computer users that you can read in 60-seconds! Join me on DTG FACEBOOK FaceBook and follow along on DTG TWITTER Twitter. Or, you can meet up with Fred +FredShowker, @FredShowker RSS

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time ... inspiration for artists and visionaries

When James Gurney's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time first appeared in 1992, it was immediately hailed as a fully imagined world of the caliber of J. R. R. Tolkien's! Gurney's premise — of an undiscovered island where a race of mystical humans co-exists in harmony with intelligent dinosaurs — has been since reiterated over and over in numerous films and by scores of other writers. December 18, 2015

Advertising : Ad Blockers, Yahoo block, rebound, Advertising Needs An Overhaul

NO ADS | NO TRACKERS | NO MALWARESeems ad blockers are a good thing, and it also seems ad blockers are a bad thing. The problem arises when the advertising broker is sleezy and greedy, and the publishers don't have time to pay attention to how they're getting screwed. And there ain't nobody getting rich (to coin an old phrase) except the advertising hoars. We wish them well, and only hope that they're not making your web page suck. December 18, 2015

Online Resource of Historic Newspapers Posts 10 Millionth Page ; Chronicling America Facts

Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page -- more than 10 million pages - 74 terabytes of total data - from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories and the District of Columbia. December 16, 2015

64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy

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Did you read my article about visiting Drepung Loseling Monks to watch as they created mandalas from colored sand! Now that "adult coloring" has become in vogue, our collection of samples from Mandala coloring books becomes right in style! Here are 64 free sheets you can try, and then buy the coloring book that offers more of your favorites! December 7, 2015

Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society

monk-the-sand

ONCE UPON A TIME, I had the pleasant occasion to view a sand mandala being painted by the monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Tibet, India. I was wrapped in awe as I stood watching the painting unfold -- receiving a real-world lesson that art isn't just for the eye of the beholder -- but for body and soul as well. December 7, 2015

Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes

climate change drone photos

The Climate Change Summit (COP21) has opened in Paris. In this race against the clock, Photographers and Dronists have a role to play, highlighting the effects of pollution on planet earth as well as opportunities to tackle the ever-increasing and concerning problem. Dronestagram, the first social network of photos and videos taken by drone hobbyists has launched a very important contest: "Small drones, big changes". December 2, 2015

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for December 2015

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #12 ~ December
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to the holiday seasons, and the start of a brand new 2016!

  1. Welcome to the 25th Holiday Season in the Design & Publishing Center!
  2. DT&G is an AD-FREE web site!
  3. 'tis the Season for Fresh, Alive, Elegant Typography
  4. 'tis the season for joyous, inviting, festive, and expressive fonts
  5. Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors,
  6. Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages
  7. Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society
  8. 64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy
  9. The Eric Gill Series comes to the Design & Publishing Center's & Type department
  10. Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes
  11. Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!
  12. Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist
  13. DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers
  14. Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDonald's
  15. &Else : news, views, tidbits from around the world
  16. Out with 2015, in with 2016 and year 26
December 1, 2015

Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

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LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 2015

Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

Adult coloring is a recent fad, and they're even saying it's good therapy! Well, there's nothing new about that. We've known about the value of creative activities for decades. But it's not just about coloring. This can be a unique and fruitful source of creative massage. Take a look. November 25, 2015

Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages

There's nothing like cutting, coloring, pasting, folding and creating fun projects! Turn off your iPhone, shut down your computer, get out the crayons, glue, scissors and colored pencils and have some real-world, real-time fun! There's really nothing like it. Here are just a few suggestions ...

  • My Christmas Tree: An Easy-to-Make Tabletop Model
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards Paperback
  • Christmas Color by Number
  • A Christmas Treasury

Then you can enjoy the free, downloadable samples, and a gift from Fred! November 25, 2015