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Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

We are a visually oriented species as a whole. We follow the shiny and we like  pictures  — the good ones speak a thousand words, after all. Couple that with the internet, and you’ll know that images are an important visual support and design element on websites. They can be the focus of an article. As accompaniment, they can help tell a story– and of course, pictures of products are an excellent way to showcase the goods.

The internet is basically a very fast way to communicate, and the better we get at telling our stories and sharing what we aim to be valuable content, the more we build value in our products and offerings.

Photographs are easy to come by for anyone with a smartphone and some free image editing software. But when you’re running your own business, how much time to you have to take photos, pick out okay ones, and pump them up a little before posting them within your article? Try: Not that much.

If you’re the kind to need different kinds  of pictures for your blog, website, e-books, brochures, or even your mind-mapping board, here are seven free stock photo resources for you.

Pexels

  • 50 new high-quality photos are made available daily, and each month adds  some 1,500 hi-res photos from trusted photographers and other sources like Gratisography and Unsplash.
  • Has over  10,000 searchable photos already available online.
  • All photos licensed under  the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose, for personal or commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos, with no need  for attribution or to  link to the source. Each photo provides source links.

Pexels helps designers, bloggers and everyone looking for an image to find great photos that you can use anywhere for free. If you aspire to take and share your own pictures, you can upload them as well. Continue reading Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

A Little Toolbox To Combat Stress

Even with all the new advances in technology we see each year, it’s not likely we’ll ever  reach the point where businesses are fully run by AI’s and robots.  People will always be at the heart of any enterprise, and as such, stress will an inevitable and unchanging part of the human condition.

With the constant stress we are bombarded with daily,  what makes it feel worse is that it can look all but impossible to halt the assault.

  • Work environment: People are pressured more to produce more in less time, and are driven to unhealthy and unsustainable levels of performance. Without downtime to rest and detach from work-pressure, the mind and body cannot take needful rest in peace.
  • Technology tethers: We are exposed to constant, unrelenting stimulation via technology and work culture.  We deal with alerts, pings, and messages that can interrupt our focus and break our concentration.

We are overwhelmed with choices, and yet can be made to feel we have no choice.

Hey,  welcome back to Jrox Resources. Today’s article is targeted towards managing stress by using techniques to help you keep calm, or help you calm down, either by  practice, soothing sounds, or by  simple creative activities. Continue reading A Little Toolbox To Combat Stress

Naptime for the Stressed

Power-napping is not just for cats (as those people lucky enough to support a cat can attest to). Da Vinci did it. Edison did it. Churchill did it. Millions of less-stressed-than-you people do it and managed to keep their lives running smoothly, you can too.

See, it’s not really the difficulty of taking a nap in the middle of your work day as it is getting over the intense urge to Do Something More Productive, and the guilt that comes with laying this urge aside.

Circadian rhythms govern our resting and active periods. Modern life lets us control this (somewhat) with various drugs of choice, the most common of which is caffeine. Napping can bring you back to the rhythms of your body, leading to better performance.

Remember nap-time when you were very young?

Children needed time-outs from the frenetic activity their enormous energy levels could give them, so, boom, nap-time. Adults usually get to control their energy slumps with quick-fixes like coffee, but why not try implementing a small nap in your daily cycle to re-charge yourself?

Some of the following sites were recommended by a JROX resource, MakeUseOf.com. I visited the sites and here’s my take:
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Planning For 2010 – Make Your Own Calendars and Planners

It’s December! Blink, it’ll be Christmas. Blink again, it’ll be New Year’s day –snap!–just like that. Take this moment before the unavoidable seasonal rush to get a head start on planning your 2010.

For the master planners and list-lovers out there, Compact Calendar Creator helps you print-out an entire year on one page. It’s a very simple (and free) online app that lets you pick between a Sunday-Saturday version (where the 5 workdays are sandwiched in between the 2 weekdays) or a Monday-Sunday version (with Sat-Sun ending the week).

PDF Calendar also lets you print out your choice of calendar –again, for free– from the usual month-at-a-glance to 12 weeks per page, an option which you can format to fit your preferences with shading, borders, margins and even page-orientation. Continue reading Planning For 2010 – Make Your Own Calendars and Planners

Nettuts+ and Psdtuts+ – For Your Design and Development Needs

Part of the massive Tuts+ tutorial network, Nettuts+ is a content and video-driven website for web developers and designers. Aside from loads of freebies, it offers tons of informative articles and tutorials on HTML, CSS, Javascript, CMS’s, PHP and Ruby on Rails (Ruby is a programing language).

What else does Nettuts+ offer?

Video tutorials on various topics range from quick lessons on CodeIgniter (used in building dynamic websites with PHP), quick tips on web development, and making special effects.

Freebies abound. For example, you can download preview ebooks on topics like “The Art & Science of JavaScript” , “Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache” and “The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, 2nd Edition”. You can also get icons in free packages, in their posts, “Free eCommerce Icons” and ” 2500+ Free Icons”. Continue reading Nettuts+ and Psdtuts+ – For Your Design and Development Needs

ChangeThis.com

ChangeThis was started in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to make a difference via “thoughtful, rational, constructive arguments about important issues.” Their goal was, and still is,”to change minds and spread important ideas.”

ChangeThis stores and shares PDF’s of these arguments, called manifestos* on their site, and all of them are available at no charge.

You can subscribe to get a simple update every 2 weeks on the new manifestos that come in. If you have a burning idea you want to share with other people and think that ChangeThis can help you, you can also submit a 300 word proposal explaining why your manifesto is important. They’ll put it to a vote, wait for 30 days, and afterward, the authors of the most popular proposals will be contacted to write their manifestos.

There are hundreds of manifestos on the site, full of ideas and advice from business titans like Tom Peters, best-selling authors Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and many more, some of who may not be as well-known, but whose manifestos are just as compelling.
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