May 19, 2010

Clay Aiken talks about new CD “Tried and True” (Decca promo vid)

Posted in Music, Tried-and-Liked tagged , , at 6:55 am by myrlinn

It’s a good morning when you wake up to another promo vid for Clay Aiken’s forthcoming CD, “Tried and True”, and a good one too!

We get video of the photo shoot for the album and more snippets from Clay’s PBS special.  Clay talks about the CD (musically, artistically, a “home” for him) and the taping of the PBS special.

Click below to watch:

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December 12, 2008

inSingapore: At Alexandra Hospital with mum

Posted in Tried-and-Liked tagged , , , , at 8:17 pm by myrlinn

I see I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. I’ve a good excuse, mind you. My mum suffered really bad abdominal/chest pains and ended up in Alexandra Hospital here in Singapore.

The stay really brought home to me how important intangibles are in helping you through a stressful hospital stay. You may be really ill, but things like professionals who talk to you with respect and knowledge, and even decor details which brings touches of beauty into the patient’s sphere, can help to make the experience less frightening and confusing.

I’ve been to Alexandra Hospital, and have always liked its overall ambience, but with my mother warded for quite a few days this time around, I was able to take a look round the hospital, and came away more impressed than ever with the hospital’s attention to decor  elements and their gardens, which I talk a bit more about here:  The “boutique” charm of Alexandra Hospital, Singapore.

But apart from that, I think we were fortunate to be under the care of a specialist with extra high EQ, Mr Tan T-J. Particularly with a patient like my mum, who’s filled with so much fear at the thought of operations and other medical procedures. He inspired a lot of confidence with his well-formulated explanations, and ability to communicate caring.  Now, I don’t know if he’s actually the most competent surgeon at the hospital, but I would bet anything he gets the best results simply because he makes patient and family feel more reassured. Hmmm… I wonder if they teach communication skills at medical school? They should.  Surely, we know enough now to understand that healing involves paying attention to the emotional as well as the physical.

June 24, 2008

Free stock photos on the net

Posted in Tried-and-Liked tagged , , , , at 8:34 pm by myrlinn

FREE STOCK PHOTOS. I recently found out that you can get free stock photos on the net. I was really surprised to find out that you can get photos absolutely FREE, with few or no strings to it.  And these are images of the level of quality that, when I worked in advertising, we had to pay lots to Stock Photo Agencies for.

The internet really has opened up the market for photography. Not such good news for professional photographers, of course. I can see why the sites would host the photos — they can earn from advertising.

But do you, like me, wonder why photographers would put their work up for free? From what I gather from some sites, some do it just for the love of sharing.  And it’s a wonderful way for photography enthusiasts to get their work seen and appreciated. And, I gather some pros  find it a useful marketing tool — people get to know their work, and are encouraged to buy their other work (which they charge for).

These articles provide some useful info on sites with free photos :

Free Stock Photography Sites And Reviews

Free Stock Photography for your Websites

MICRO-STOCK AGENCIES. I also learnt that if you want even better-quality pix, with resolution suitable for design work, there are online micro-stock agencies which sell stock photos, at prices as low as US$1 per picture ( the name micro-stock comes from the fact that photographers make very little per sale, but rely on being able to sell in high quantities).  Some of the more well-known of these agencies are:

fotolia

ShutterStock

iStockPhoto

dreamstime

June 14, 2008

Discovered Google Trends yet?

Posted in Tried-and-Liked tagged , , , , , , , at 11:51 am by myrlinn

Google Trends just introduced enhancements this week, providing numbers for comparisons of various search terms across different regions and time periods. And I’ve been having fun with it.

I found the search trend for David Cook and David Archuleta over the last 12 months particularly interesting; because it confirmed my own observations (hehe! it’s always nice to be right), and decided to write a page (hub) about it:

Interesting Google Trends for American Idol’s Davids (Links to FAQ and article on Google Trends also on the page)

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