With the evolution of home printing over the last decade, printing has now become more easily accessible than ever before. All but gone are the days of paying a print shop to print a simple document. Printing at home can save you time and money. With that being said, ink is still a pricey liquid that can really cut into the college student, or coupon clippers, budget.
There are some smart ways to get the most bang for your buck when printing.
Is your font eating up your ink? If you regularly use Arial, you could potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri, Century Gothic or Times New Roman as your default font. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines, so go light instead of bold for your prints.
Now that you have looked at your font, you may want to look at your default printer preferences. Select economy or draft mode if you are printing a casual note, or restaurant coupon, that does not require top quality, and you can save yourself money on those color inks. If you have a commercial printer, you may also have the option to select duplex printing. Selecting this option allows you to easily print on the front and back of each page, cutting your paper cost in half. Once you have changed your printer preferences, then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.
Once you are using the least amount of ink and paper per print, you will want to find the lowest price on replacement ink cartridges. You don’t need to purchase name brand ink cartridges, there are many stores, like Clickinks.com, that sell reliable remanufactured ink cartridges, at half the price.
Most of us aren’t printing our own money, so apply these tips and you too can save more money when printing.
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The type of printer that is best for you depends greatly on how you plan to use it. Do you print documents in mass quantities? More than 3 pages a day, or more than 20 pages a week? If so, you it would be worth switching to a laser printer.
Laser printers also produce high quality text documents, although if you are printing primarily color photos you may want to stick with a good inkjet printer.
Laser printers have a higher cost initially, and use toner cartridges that are priced higher than most inkjet, however you will notice the toner cartridges have a much higher yield, which will save you time and money in the long run.
In the Recycler’s article Cost effectiveness of laser versus inkjet discussed David Connett had a good point about duplexing as well, “Some laser printers automatically print on both sides”, which is another time and money saver that you will find in laser printers over inkjet.
Laser toner cartridges can cost around $91, on average, however the laser toner cartridge is able to print 1,500 to 3,500 pages, whereas a standard inkjet cartridge may only costs $23, but only produces approximately 200 pages. Per print you are looking at a significant savings long term with a laser printer.
Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.
Calling all photographers! From seasoned pros to amateurs, Clickinks wants to hear from you! We are running a photography competition; the theme is “new beginnings”
We are giving away $100 and the chance for you to have your photograph professionally printed on a gallery wrapped 24” x 16” canvas!
Who can enter?
The competition is free to enter, and open to all living in USA or Europe.
How to enter
To enter, either email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or post the photo on Facebook and tag Clickinks via our Facebook page.
There are some rules:
Please only send us a photo that you've taken - you must own the rights to it.
If you're chosen as the winner, we'd like to publish the photo on our site in a blog post (but we won't publish it anywhere else).
The photo can be of any subject matter you like (but please, nothing rude!)
The deadline is May 24th 2013 at 9am and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
Only one entry per person - so choose only your favorite. Good luck!
Competition is open only to The United States of America and Europe.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) was established by the American Library Association in 1941 to promote and improve library services to children and teens. In its early years, it was restructured and renamed three times, becoming the modern ALSC in 1977. Since its inception, it has grown to include more than 4000 members including children’s librarians, literary experts, publishers, and education and library faculty.
One of the most high profile ways the ALSC encourages children to read is through its awards and medals. Every January, it praises authors, illustrators and their works with more than 15 accolades. These are all prestigious in their own right, selected as they are by the distinguished members of the ALSC, though some are more well known than others.
Among the most famous of these awards is the Newbery Award. Given to a work that has proved a significant contribution to children’s literature, the Newbery has been awarded to classics such as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Sarah Plain and Tall, and A Wrinkle in Time.
The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most outstanding children’s picture book. It has been given to Make Way for Ducklings, Where the Wild Things Are, and Jumanji.
The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award goes to a person who has contributed significantly to children’s literature, be they author, critic or teacher of children’s literature. Recipients are then invited to give a lecture on children’s literature. Honorees include Michael Morpurgo, Maurice Sendak and Philip Pullman.
The Batchelder Award selects a book originally written and published for children in a language other than English and in a country other than the United States. The American publisher that translates into English and publishes in America the outstanding book wins the prize. Winners have included Charles Scribner's Sons for Don’t Take Teddy by Babbis Friis-Baastad and Walker and Company for The Baboon King by Anton Quintana.
The Belpré Medal celebrates the work of Latino or Latina writers and illustrators who celebrate Latino culture and experience in children’s literature. Victor Martinez, author of Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida, and illustrator Yuyi Morales are among those who have won this.
The Carnegie Medal goes to the producer of the best children’s videos. This has included So You Want to be President? and Eric Carle: Picture Writer.
Established in 2006 and named after Dr. Seuss, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal is awarded to both the author and illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to beginning readers books. Winners have included Cynthia Rylant and Sucie Stevenson in 2006 and Mo Willems in 2008.
The Odyssey Award honors the best audiobooks for children and has been awarded to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Rotters.
The Sibert Medal is given to the best informational book for children. It has been awarded to Kakapo: Saving the World’s Strangest Bird and The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights.
The Wilder Medal, named after Laura Ingalls Wilder, honors people whose books or literary artwork have made a lasting impression on children’s literature over a period of years. It was initially given to Laura Ingalls Wilder herself and has since been awarded to Beverly Cleary, Maurice Sendak, Theodor S. Geisel and Eric Carle.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards highlight the outstanding books that demonstrate an appreciation for both African American cultural experience and universal values. It has been given to Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal and The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Schneider Family Book Award acknowledges books for children and young adults that have discussed the experiences of disabled people. Winners have included A Mango Shaped Space and The Deaf Musicians.
The Printz Award is given to the author of the best book written for teens. Among these is Kit’s Wilderness and American Born Chinese.
The Margaret A. Edwards Award is bestowed upon writers whose works have made a lasting impact on literature for young adults. Recipients include Judy Blume, Terry Pratchett and Madeleine L'Engle.
The Alex Award is given to 10 books annually that, although written for adults, appeal specifically to older children and teens. These include Water for Elephants, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Stardust.
The Best Books for Young Adults list is an annual compilation of the best books for young adults. From that list, 10 books are then highlighted as particularly noteworthy. Books such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Hunger Games have been included on these lists.
Of course, everyone agrees that encouraging children to read is a good thing, as it improves academic performance, communication skills and concentration. These awards help encourage the next generation to have as many readers as possible, ensuring these benefits and many others will continue to improve the lives of children throughout the United States.
Russian art in the 19th century went through three distinct phases. In the early part of the century, Russian artists followed the European techniques and styles, so they largely focused on the Romanticism aesthetic. Towards the middle of the century, artists shifted towards ideological realism, and the end of the century saw artists move towards the Russian or Slavic revival as the culture of Russia moved inwards.
Russian Romanticism was the result of Russian artists’ feeling that Europe was superior in the arts. This attitude saw Russian artists going to Western Europe to learn to emulate their styles and techniques. Like most of Europe at the time, Russian artists preferred the romantic aesthetic. Portraits, self portraits and depictions of historical events were the prevailing subjects.
Karl Bryullov came to prominence in this period. Born in Italy, Bryullov was raised and educated in Russia. Despite his classical training, he never really liked the classical style he was taught to use, and he introduced more nationalistic, less neoclassical elements into his work. This allowed more artists to look to Russia for inspiration, giving rise to the next phase in Russian art.
After the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, art began to be produced for the masses. Artists felt it was their role in society to create works that would speak to and instruct everyone, giving peasants a moral and social education and giving voice to social criticisms against the more well off. While subjects began to focus on Russian heritage, the techniques used were still largely influenced by Europe.
During this time, a group of artists left the Russian Academy of Arts, which at the time was the arbiter of style and taste in Russia. The artists who left formed Peredvizhniki (the Travelers or Itinerants), so named for their travelling exhibitions. They became disillusioned with the academy, feeling it didn’t understand what Russian artists wanted or needed to do. This break led artists to look back, calling up more historically Russian subjects.
Russian (Slavic) revival
The next logical step for Russian art was the Slavic revival. The late 19th century saw a conflict between those who wanted to align themselves more closely with Europe and those who wanted to find inspiration in Russia itself. The Slavic revival found inspiration in Russia’s medieval art and the culture and traditions of the Russian peasants. Folk tales, heroic epics and the iconography of the Orthodox church proved fertile grounds for artists.
The subject matter was immensely popular with the newly rich industrialists of Russia. They began financing the artists, who in turn founded art colonies throughout the country. This new collective spirit led to a new cultural movement, called Mir iskusstva (The World of Art). It included painters like Alexandre Benois, Konstantin Somov, and Léon Bakst, who began pushing art into new directions.
At the end of the century, the Russian avant-garde movement came to the forefront. The 20th century brought its own movements, not least because of the Russian Revolution, but the cultural shift away from Europe and towards Russia itself as a rich source of inspiration changed the art world in Russia irreversibly.
During the 18th century, many African Americans were slaves, ex-slaves or generally ignored by the public. There are therefore few African American writers from this time period, but the ones who were able to write are groundbreakers.
Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to publish a book and the first African American poet. In the 1760s, she was kidnapped in Western Africa and sold into slavery. She was taught to read and write, and in 1773 she wrote a collection of poems, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. It gained national attention, even coming to be praised by George Washington.
Lucy Terry wrote the oldest known work of fiction by an African American. She was kidnapped in Africa and sold into slavery as an infant. Her freedom was purchased by Abijah Prince, a freed African American man, whom she then married. Her work, “Bars Fight” is a ballad about an attack by Native Americans on two white families in an area known as The Bars.
Jupiter Hammon was the first African American to be published in the then newly independent United States of America (Wheatley’s collection of poems was first published in London before being published in the United States). A poet who was born into slavery, he never experienced emancipation, but in his famous Hammon address he said, "If we should ever get to Heaven, we shall find nobody to reproach us for being black, or for being slaves."
The 19th Century
The Civil War had been fought, and the slaves were freed. Many more African Americans had access to good quality education, and many authors wrote about the struggles of ex-slaves, both when they were enslaved and when they were freed.
W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington are perhaps the most famous African American authors at this time. Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate, graduating from Harvard, and he was a founder of the NAACP. He wrote prolifically about what he called the “Negro Problem”, how African Americans felt about being considered problematic in society.
Douglass became famous after publishing his autobiography about his life as a slave. White society was shocked to discover that slaves could be compelling and eloquent, and he took advantage of his new-found fame to promote equal rights for all people.
Washington, unlike Du Bois and Douglass, was born in the Deep South and was intimately acquainted with the feelings of southern white people to their newly freed slaves. His writings were collections of his speeches trying to advance the causes of African Americans across the country.
Other writers were working at this time as well. Octavia V. Rogers Albert interviewed former slaves in Louisiana to use as the basis for her book The House of Bondage. Like Washington, Charles Chesnutt wrote about the experience of ex-slaves in the post-Civil War south, but much of his work was fictionalized. Elizabeth Keckley was a freed slave who became the seamstress of Mary Todd Lincoln. Keckley wrote a book about her work with Mrs. Lincoln called Behind the Scenes. William Wells Brown wrote the first novel written by an African American, Clotel, which was published in London, where he lived at the time.
The early 20th Century
The 20th century saw many African American writers come to the forefront of the literary world. The Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights era created a fertile ground for writing.
Anne Spencer spanned the gap between the writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. She socialized with Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and W. E. B. Du Bois, among many others, and she was the first African American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry.
Langston Hughes wrote in just about every format, but he was particularly feted for his work in poetry. He brought musical sensibilities to poetry, giving rise to the jazz poetry that helped define the style of the Harlem Renaissance.
Zora Neal Hurston was famous during the Harlem Renaissance, but her work had fallen out of favor for several decades. She was reintroduced to the world in 1975 by Alice Walker, and she has stayed in the canon of American literature ever since.
James Baldwin wrote in the middle of the century, publishing his first book in 1955. His work explored the racial, sexual and class distinctions of his time, looking particularly at the unspoken rules that governed people’s behavior.
The late 20th and very early 21st Century
It is early into the century, so most writers today have also written in the 20th century. These days, African American authors are no longer restricted to issues relating to race, instead exploring genres like horror and sci-fi in fiction and contemporary issues in poetry.
Maya Angelou is the legendary poet, essayist and autobiographer well known for her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. That book was a crucial contribution to African American feminism literature.
Toni Morrison has written many novels, including Beloved. She has received many awards for her writings, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Alice Walker is most famous for writing The Color Purple, in which she uses the backdrop of 1930s Georgia to explore issues facing women and African Americans.
Rita Dove is the first African American to serve as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and the second African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her writings include On the Bus with Rosa Parks.
ZZ Packer was highly lauded as an up and coming writing talent in her youth, and her subsequent output has proved that early praise correct. She has written Drinking Coffee Elsewhere and is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University.
Samuel R. Delany is a renowned science fiction author. Winner of four Nebula and two Hugo awards, he has written titles including Babel-17, Nova, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series.
David Anthony Durham concentrates his talent on the historical fiction and fantasy genres. His notable titles include Gabriel’s Story, which follows African American settlers as they make their way out west, and the Acacia Trilogy, an epic fantasy trilogy that is praised for its fully developed alternate world and the way it turns many fantasy tropes on their heads.
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We are pleased to announce the winner of our poetry competition on New Beginnings is Forrest Brunet! Congratulations!
Thank you to everyone who took part. The standard of entries was extremely high and it was a pleasure to read them.
Here is Forrest's poem:
I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories are fading away
So here i am, begging for the right to listen. Will you just play me our song,
Then maybe i can move on with all our strings intact?
Standing in meadows, wind brushing away the past
Laughter poured down like rain, swept the scars down through the gates
Our hands no longer holding because now isn’t the time for foolery
Cracked lips make broken smiles, delicate curves no longer fitting perfectly
pictures burn in the open fire, we became ashes when letting go was our only option
did we not know that there was another way to forget the pain we caused?
I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories are fading away
So here i am, begging for the right to listen. will you just play me our song,
Then i might move on with all our separate strings intact
There’s a line from a song we used to sing, i don’t believe we can start over again
Tears were whipped away and cries were left behind, does that mean war is ended now?
Everything fell into place then out again, but there must be something beyond these walls
Now here i play, our remix, a story of life. with these cords and every note
A melody we used to share, these lyrics mean nothing without each other
But that doesn’t matter to you, so just pay attention, you can’t miss what i need to say…
I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories faded away
So here i am, begging for you to listen. i’ll play you our song,
Then finally move on with all my strings intact
The Victorian era, from 1837 to 1901, marks out the reign of Queen Victoria. The British Empire was at its height and the Industrial Revolution was underway, giving the British nation an unprecedented period of prosperity and national confidence. The Victorian era saw a move from the rationalism of the Georgian period towards romanticism and mysticism in broader society. This was, of course, then reflected in the art of the period.
The decorative and visual arts of the Victorian period incorporated the revival of historic romantic styles with the Asian aesthetics that were becoming more prevalent because of the reach of the British Empire. They used these styles to explore ideas of the self, nature, life events, tragedy and emotions and other romantic ideals, like the role of art in, and the responsibility of the artist to, society.
John Everett Millais and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
John Everett Millais was one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, one of the most influential British art groups of the Victorian era. The original group – Millais, D.G. Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, later joined by W.M. Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner – felt that art had become too stylized and untruthful since the early Renaissance, so they looked to a time before the emergence of Raphael to find inspiration for modern art. They started by painting the opposite of whatever the Royal Academy was teaching its students. If the academy taught students to paint with one major source of light, deep shadows and soft colors, the Pre-Raphaelites painted a brightly colored scene that was flooded with light.
Millais was arguably the best known of the group, though perhaps not the leader of the movement. He gained entry into the Royal Academy at the remarkable age of 11. It was there that he met Hunt and Rossetti and formed the Brotherhood. Initially his style was controversial. He painted Christ in the House of His Parents, which depicted Jesus and his family in their poorly furnished, untidy home. This caused a major outcry, as it was seen as vulgar in its depiction of the holy family as normal, poor people. After marrying his wife and starting a family, he began to paint in a less confrontational style. He was described as a sell-out by some, while others complimented his growth, citing an artistic connection to Whistler and other artists.
Joseph Paxton and Victorian architecture
Joseph Paxton is one of the best known Victorian architects, not least because he designed the famous Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition. Paxton fell into architecture: he started his career as a garden boy, and, after becoming the protégé of his employer, the Duke of Devonshire, moved into garden and eventually building designs. It was his experience designing greenhouses that inspired both the design of the Crystal Palace and his passion for incorporating steel into buildings.
It was the introduction of steel and other products resulting from the Industrial Revolution that allowed Victorian buildings to scale new heights and become more ornate than previous buildings. Victorians could create with metal and paint the ornamentations that previously could only be done by stonecutters and painters working meticulously. This led to a revival in elaborate styles, including Gothic Revival (typified by St Pancras station in London), Renaissance Revival (such as the Central Library in Edinburgh) and Romanesque Revival (seen in The Natural History Museum in London).
Julia Margaret Cameron and the rise of photography
Julia Margaret Cameron was born in Calcutta in 1815 and was likely introduced to the photographic process by her friend and renowned developer of photography Sir John Herschel. She immediately began working on the various aspects of creating photographs, from staging compositions to developing the film and assembling photo albums. It was not until she was 48, however, that she received her first camera. She quickly began experimenting with techniques, scratching negatives, printing from cracked or smudged negatives, and photographing things out of focus. These techniques were highly criticized by some, but she also was awarded with many prestigious honors, including a gold medal in 1866 in Berlin.
Although photography had been developed at the beginning of the 19th century, the processes of capturing and developing photographs were constantly being improved. Still, from the very beginning, photographers tried to advance photography as an art form, leading the first photographers to capture images that depicted religious icons, landscapes, contrasts in light and other typically artistic subjects.
The Great Exhibition
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations was an international exhibition held in 1851. The first in a series of World’s Fairs, it was organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert to showcase the advancements of the time, and especially those of Great Britain. The exhibition’s aim was to ultimately show that Britain was the undisputed leader in the industrial age. Among the more than 13,000 displays were Mathew Brady’s daguerreotypes, Samuel Colt’s newest revolver, a precursor to the fax machine and a reaping machine from the United States.
The Crystal Palace was built to house the exhibition. Taking only nine months from concept to finished building, the glass and cast iron building covered 990,000 square feet and saw six million people come through its doors during the exhibition. The invention of cast plate glass, which was cheaper and stronger than other glass, allowed the structure to be completely clear. It was the most glass many of the visitors had ever seen, creating a dazzling impression that led to its name. After the exhibition closed, the palace was moved to Sydenham Hill, but was reconstructed in such a different way that it was almost unrecognizable as the home of the Great Exhibition. It continued to be used after the Victorian era, notably being the site of the Festival of Empire in 1911 which marked the coronation of George V. Soon, the costs of maintenance became too high, leading the building to fall into disrepair. Eventually, the building was destroyed by a fire in 1936.
The end of the Victorian era saw the introduction of aesthetic movements like the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Anglo Japanese styles. All these artworks and new developments have had a lasting impact on British society, both in the art world and in the public world in general.