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Notes on drawing Summer Cat

"Black and white illustration of a happy black cat laying on its back with one front paw stretched out as if it's waving surrounded by wild strawberry plants" The alt text is pretty uncomplicated, as is the illustration. It is a black and white drawing of a cat, with the most important features created in simple ink strokes. The cat looks happy and content. Maybe it has just been frolicking in this field of wild strawberries before throwing itself on the field tummy up, as cats sometimes do. While any artist wishes their art speaks for itself and one image tells worth 1000 words, sometimes...

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Moving from Drupal 7 to flat file CMS Grav

When I first set up this site in 2010, I built it with Drupal 6. Back then I decided it was time to get back into blogging, since my lengthy break from it. Before my Drupal site I had been using either some self developed blogging systems (first with flat files and php, then with PHP and database), or I had different simple static websites without a blog or other dynamic and structured content. I chose Drupal because it seemed flexible enough with loads of interesting features. It comes with custom content types, and can be extended with many modules (Drupal's version of extensions o...

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I have gained access

I have gained access to your devices My software enables me with access to all your private info I could easily download all your private info I can effortlessly gain access to all your private info How it could become possible I purchased, I installed You were opening the links It was rather straightforward Everything ingenious is quite simple I stayed undetected all this while I was gathering I couldn't help but notice You are also a true fan I could make a few dirty records with you in the main focus with joy (you make such funny faces) If you are still uncertain...

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Work less, accomplish more

The myth that hard work is always rewarded, and it eventually leads to success, is embedded into most people's minds. If you put in the work you will reap the benefits sooner or later. And if you didn't succeed, it was because you didn't work as hard as you thought. It's something that sounds true, since it has been repeated over the years, decades, centuries. There are plenty of sayings in different languages that repeat and emphasise this myth. Besides, it gives a feeling of personal control. You, and only you, are the creator of your own luck. In Finnish a person like that is known...

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What is slow business and how it can help you succeed

There's no business like slow business. More and more business owners are trying to find ways to make more by doing less. They have learned to value their time and effort, and understood why burning out is not desirable. They are choosing themselves, their families and other people over money and hustle. Usually the words slow and business together are a dreaded combination. If you make a quick search with the phrase slow business, you will find lots of articles about what to do when your business is slow. Business being slow tends to mean not making profit, and not making profit i...

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Clarify your brand in 5 simple steps

Everyone has a brand. Even if you don't actively brand yourself, others do it constantly. The ideas, values and labels others give to you, as well as the image they have of you and your business can have a great effect in your blog traffic, sales, getting clients or getting a job, and more. Branding, in its essence, is communication. Communicating your value and motivations helps you with succeeding in your own terms. Don't let other people to dictate your success, what feels meaningful for you and what you stand for. Take control of your brand, and clarify it with these simple steps...

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5 things you can do today to motivate your creativity

As the days grow darker and colder, my creativity and motivation just want to hibernate like a pair of grumpy bears. Even the most creative, motivated, enthusiastic people have those times when their creativity is not exactly fired up. It can be because of the weather, it can be due to depression and stress or other health issues, it can be because of failures or even successes you are facing, or for reasons you cannot quite explain. While I believe productivity is overrated and you don't have to be constantly creating stuff (I mean, that's not even sustainable), I know being creatively st...

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