27.6.2015, Politics

Greece against the world

It seems that Greece is to blame for all bad things happening in the world. As many economists say, it represents a very small percentage of the world economy.

Yet for many months now all the newspapers write about the way we do or don't do things. Are we so clever that we manage to exploit all the world and still avoid punishment ? I do not think so.

What I do know is that 'it takes two to tango.'

For many years that Greece worked as a customer everything was OK. But now that the party of growth has come to a downturn everyone is trying to find the one to blame. Greece is the one to blame and should be punished severely so that no one in the future will ever question the power of the ones that set the rules in the first place.

But how about our partners to the dance floor; You can find hardly people to talk to about that.

To conclude, according to statistics there is always an analogy between size and blame. And according to size, the biggest blame is on the other side. But the other side has more means than Greece to hide its fault.

22.4.2015, World - Κόσμος

A song you may have heard gives a look at why our planet is worth protecting

Curator: , Upworthy

You've probably heard this song 1,000 times. However, when it's mixed with these images, it adds a layer of context you may not have thought about.

"I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And think to myself, 'What a wonderful world.'"

This is the beginning of one of the most recognizable songs in American history. Originally sung by Louis Armstrong, it was written to offer a positive and hopeful look into the future. It talks about babies being born into our world and all the world has to offer them. It offers simple, relatable images of the human experience and the world we live in.

This version is performed by the great David Attenborough, and the absolutely gorgeous shots of nature it features really brings out the theme of this classic song.

Click [ video ] to watch . . .

29.3.2015, World

Most Spoken Native Language in the World Written

published by Tryfonas Papadopoulos

written by


Read from rank 20 to 1 (descending) :

20. Tamil (தமிழ்)

74 Million

1.06% of World Population

India (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry), Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius

To say “hello” in Tamil, say “Vanakam” (Vana-ik-kam)vvs-iyer

15. Telugu (తెలుగు)

76 Million

1.15% of World Population

India (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andaman And Nicobar Islands)

To say “hello” in Telugu, say “Namaskārām” (Namas-ka-ram)telugu-vijayam-fonts

HELLO in eight different languages
10. Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ,پنجابى)

102 Million

1.44% of World Population

Pakistan, India (Punjab region), United Kingdom, Canada, United States

To say “hello” in Punjabi, say “Satsriakal” (Sat-sri-akal)poeminstone

9. Japanese (日本語)

125 Million

1.90% of World Population


To say “hello” in Japanese, say “Konnichiwa” (kon-nee-chee-wah)Nihonshoki_tanaka_version

8. Russain (Русский)

155 Million

2.33% of World Population

Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Commonwealth of Independent States

To say “hello” in Russian, say “Zdravstvuite” (ZDRAST-vet-yah)url

7. Bengali (বাংলা)

205 Million

3.11% of World Population

Bangladesh, India (West Bengal, Tripura, Assam)

To say “hello” in Bengali, say “Ei Je” (EYE-jay)Rajanikanta_Letter_To_Sharat_Kumar_Ray

6.Portuguese (Português)

215 Million

3.27% of World Population

Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, Macao

To say “hello” in Portuguese, say “Bom dia” (bohn DEE-ah)hdtj

5. Arabic (العربية)

295 Million

4.43% of World Population

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Western Sahara, Somaliland, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

To say “hello” in Arabic, say “Al salaam a’alaykum” (Ahl sah-LAHM ah ah-LAY-koom)Codex_Arabicus

4. Hindi (हिन्दी)

310 Million

4.70% of World Population

India, Nepal

To say “hello” in Hindustani, say “Namaste” (Nah-MAH-stay)url


3. English

360 Million

5.43% of World Population

United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Commonwealth of Nations

To say “hello” in English, say “What’s up” (watz-UP)writingIdeas

2. Spanish (Español/Castellano)

470 Million

6.15% of World Population

Spain, Mexico, Parts of the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara

To say “hello” in Spanish, say “Hola” (OH-la)sbfn

1. Mandarin (官話/官话)

955 Million

14.4% of World Population

China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia

To say “hello” in Mandarin, say “Ni hao” (Nee HaOW). (“Hao” is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)watchtower_pinyin


24.3.2015, Art - Τέχνη

A Panorama of Sunsets by Painter Aaron Kinnane

published in: Art By Kiri Spirou, March 2015

It’s always exciting to witness an artist’s shift in style and technique, like the one seen in the latest body of work by Australian painter Aaron Kinnane. Titled Sunset Studies, this series of oil paintings from 2014 is radically different from the vivid technicolour equestrian works Kinnane was known for until recently. Apart from the more subdued palette and abstract subject matter, the artist has also switched from brushes to just a palette knife to smear, splash and spread his oils on the canvas; the result is a panorama of blurry yet visceral landscapes that evoke misty fields or tumultuous seas, all the while capturing the particular hues of a day’s last light. For Kinnane, the process of creating these paintings layer after layer was like traversing his own emotional landscape, since according to him ‘‘every emotional nuance felt during that time is now on each canvas.’’ The works achieve depth and movement through their simplicity, a quality that they owe perhaps to the artist’s musical influences — particularly Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies which the artist would often listen to in his studio whilst creating this body of work.

Read the article on . . .

12.11.2014, Technology

What Visual is Viral: 10 Facts You Need to Know

By Scott Schwertly

Newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane was quoted in 1911 for using the famous adage:

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.”

Why? Because visuals can easily make the complex look simple.

Skeptical? I provide some evidence below. All of these facts come from Ekaterina Walter’s book, The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand. And, in the spirit of showing rather than telling, I’m going to present this information visually.



Fact #1: Visuals get 94% more views than text-based information

Presentation Tip: Replace your reliance on bullets with a reliance on photos.



Fact #2: Infographics increase web traffic by an average of 12%

Presentation Tip: Deconstruct your deck into an infographic and make it part of your content marketing strategy.



Fact #3: Viewers spend 100% more time on pages with visual content

Presentation Tip:Embed a SlideShare deck when blogging.



Fact #4: The human brains processes visual information 60,000x faster than text

Presentation Tip:Minimize your use of text heavytemplates.



Fact #5: Photos, pictures, and videos get over 100% more engagement

Presentation Tip: Utilize any or all of the above throughout your entire deck.



Fact #6: The most popular presentations have an average of 37 or more images

Presentation Tip: Use big visuals and less text  when creating a presentation.



Fact #7: Visuals increase retention by 42%

Presentation Tip:If you want your message to be remembered, make sure it is supported by an image.



Fact #8: 50% of posts on Tumblr are photos

Presentation Tip:In order for presentation content to spread virally, it needs to be visual.



Fact #9: The average attention span is 2.8-8 seconds

Presentation Tip:Your audiencehas a limited attention span so don’t make them read your slides.



Fact #10: Content with visuals/videos attracts 3x more inbound links

Presentation Tip:If you aren’t sharing your decks on the web, you are missing out on an amazing opportunity.

If you want to see this entire post as a visual SlideShare deck, you can view it below.


Visuals are obviously very powerful because they work. Start adding the power of imagery to your next presentation.

Create a beautiful, visual presentation in 3 steps using Haiku Deck on SlideShare.



Author Bio



Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of  Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training  for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. If Scott is not working with his team building presentations, you will find him in the pool, on the bike, or on a long run. Scott lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and three dogs. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harding University.

Follow the conversation and connect with Scott on LinkedIn  or  Twitter.




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12.11.2014, Technology

What Presenters Can Learn From Steve Jobs


We all know Steve Jobs was known for his stage presence as much as his products. He was a captivating, compelling speaker, able to touch everyone in an audience. How did he do it? Here are a few observations:

Personal Connection and Individual Involvement

One of the primary ways Jobs was effective in reaching audiences was his remarkable ability to establish a personal connection between himself and each audience member. Instead of speaking to a group as a whole, he seemed to speak to each individual as if he were having a familiar, one-on-one conversation. Quite a trick, but largely a matter of one’s attitude and intentions as a speaker. Jobs seems to have been so comfortably adept at it that many people who heard him speak have talked about coming away with a feeling of personal connection.

The Art of Suspense

Jobs was also a master of suspense. He had such a knack for suggesting there was something more (and better) to come, that his listeners were in constant danger of slipping off the edges of their chairs. This skill was even reflected in the way Apple’s products were marketed and released. Apple fans know all about launch delays, limited availability and other suspenseful circumstances, but they don’t seem to have damaged the popularity of the company or its products, much less its legendary customer loyalty.

Power of Passion

Finally, Jobs’ presentations consistently benefited from his passion for his subject. His pride and passion shone through in his talks, and audiences responded – favorably.

To summarize these points in terms of actions you can take as a presenter:

-Focus on the Individual: Develop the skill of speaking not to “an audience” but to its individual members. This can be done by direct questions to individuals such as, “How many of you have heard about…?”

-Build Suspense: While not every topic is going to lend itself to this technique, you should try to keep the audience anticipating what’s next, and save the best for last, when appropriate. This is a matter of planning and sequencing your presentation well, and practicing its delivery.

-Be Bold: Care about your subject, and how important it is for each listener to “get it.” Where possible, find something in your talk you can be passionate about, and let that passion show. Give the listeners reasons to listen. E.g. say “What I’m going to tell you now changed my life…”

A presentation without you leads nowhere

As you can see, terrific design, great images, skillful use of media and a strong script aren’t everything, when it comes to an effective presentation. No, the most important element is you.

READ MORE: Slide Makeovers: How We Amplified a Bestselling Author’s Advice

About the Author

Toke Kruse is a serial entrepreneur with more than 10 startups to his credit. He is the owner of, a major provider of PowerPoint presentation templates. He’s also founder of Billy’s Billing, creators of small business accounting software in plain English. Connect on Twitter here and here.


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