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Web Time Wasters - March 2013By Ryan Noik 4 March 2013 | Categories: web time wasters
If expanding your social horizons is up your alley, then Meetup.com is a must visit. The site enables you to meet new people who are nearby (from within three kilometres of your current location to any distance), as well as those who share a common interest.
For example, we found a variety of groups in Johannesburg, including the Joburg Book and Movie Club, Fun Seekers, Joburg Photowalkers, and the enticingly named Lean Startup Circle. You can also start your own meetup group though, on any activity or interest of your choice.
Art is said to be 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. If so, then daily inspiration certainly takes care of that 1/10th of the process, offering up a wealth of stunning images and portfolios across the spectrum of visual creativity.
Categories on offer include digital art, photography, photo manipulation, 3D, street art, character design and illustration, amongst others. Clicking on ‘Inspire Me!’ will deliver a random image for your perusal.
For aspiring novelists particularly, the newly launched Getyourbookpublished.co.za is aimed at being a solid resource for writers. The site, which is still in its early stages, was founded by two local publishing industry veterans, Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald.
As it grows though, it is expected to offer advice for local writers who are pondering the self-publishing as well as the commercial contractual route. Most notable is the advice on the four questions that every writer needs to ask themselves.
Irrespective of whether or not you are planning a trip to Disneyland, the New Fantasyland site tells an enchanting story that draws visitors into a quest to break an evil curse.
Visitors do so by exploring four symbols and the Disney stories they represent, such as Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. Beautifully presented (although you do require Flash and a decent broadband connection), the site has Disney’s magic stamped all over it.
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