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Aug. 29 2015 7:17 AM

How Do You Get People to Trust You?

Answer by Evan Asano, founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company:

I sell for a living. A better way to describe that is to say: I get people to trust me for a living.

Regardless of industry, sales is about approaching complete strangers and, shortly after meeting them, asking them for money. There may be not better test of whether people trust you. Sales skills are people skills. After more than 10 years of sales, I had an experience that I never dreamed of could happen when I started working in sales.

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Aug. 28 2015 7:10 AM

What’s the Best Way to Pet Someone Else’s Dog?

Answer by John Buginas, SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, instructor, 2006-2009, CTC 2005:

All dogs are different. Like people, most dogs will “tell you” if they don't like what you are doing. They can't talk, so they will tell you by flinching or moving away, punching you with their noses, or growling. As with people, your relationship will go best if you respect their boundaries and respect their personal space. And, as with people, once a dog is familiar with you, the two of you will learn how you can interact and have fun together.

Aug. 27 2015 7:46 AM

How Did Early Explorers Find Small Islands?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:

Many islands went undiscovered until relatively modern times. In some cases, a mariner might report the presence of an island in a particular region, but subsequent voyages to the same part of the ocean might fail to find it again, and it might be several centuries until the island was rediscovered.

Aug. 26 2015 7:09 AM

Do Parrots Make Good Pets?

Answer by John Buginas:

This applies to macaws and other large parrot-like birds.

My wife has a macaw she got about 30 years ago as a baby bird. The bird adores her. The bird is pretty and has some charm. It is very cute, especially when she and my wife interact. I met my wife six years ago. I've tried for about six years to win her bird over. It's not working.

Aug. 25 2015 7:25 AM

Why Do Public Schools Have a Teacher Shortage?

 

Answer by Judy Levy Pordes, retired teacher, school leader for 40 years:

 

Teaching is not a particularly well-respected position. Many people do not want to be a part of a profession that is often looked down upon. Too many of today's politicians and corporate leaders talk about the poor quality of teachers without having any idea of what they are talking about. They've never been in a classroom.

Aug. 22 2015 7:02 AM

What’s It Like to Get a Ph.D. in Science?

Answer by Tom McNeill, Ph.D., director of scientific computing, Virtual-Rx, Inc.:

It will be lonely, and you are on your own without a net.
Unlike business, medical, or legal education, a Ph.D. in a hard science is an individualized apprenticeship. No two Ph.D. experiences are identical; your program is unique to you. You and your fellow students will share similar ups and downs in your development, but the content and context will be different for each of you. You will be diving into areas of study that few people will understand. In truth, the number of people who will be able to discuss your work as peers world wide will probably be able to fit in your office. This means you need to have the skills to assimilate what you know and apply them to expanding your chosen field. The best bit of advice I can give you is to look to other fields for answers to your questions. For example, systems biologists need to look to electrical engineering and certain branches of math for solutions to problems. Learn to think by analogy. But, most importantly, understand this, your successes will be shared with your larger group, your failures are only yours.

Aug. 19 2015 2:03 PM

How Do You Access the Deep Web?

Answer by Kat Lightman, student of biology:

Exploring the deep web is something you should not do without careful planning and consideration. First of all, anything you see you will never be able to un-see. That's just a brief psychological warning. 

Aug. 17 2015 7:03 AM

Why Is Suicide a Recurring Theme in Japanese Culture?

Answer by Jill Uchiyama:

First, let's establish this point: Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. It is the leading cause of death for men between 20 and 44. On average, 70 suicides happen every day in Japan; most of them are men. Suicide is definitely a prominent theme in Japan; it is a go-to solution when all else seems to fail. It includes the value of self-sacrifice, which is a highly Japanese value in a society that emphasizes group harmony and cooperation over individuality.

Aug. 16 2015 7:15 AM

What’s the Best Way to Photograph Food in a Restaurant?

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Answer by Elynn Lee:

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I take all of my food pictures (even the ones that show up on my Instagram account) using the camera on my smartphone or, if I'm at home, the camera on my tablet. Even for the pictures on Instagram, I try to do as little editing as possible. So, while I don't have recommendations for a camera, I think that you can still take wonderful food pictures without using an expensive or high-end camera.

Here are some tips specifically for taking pretty and mouthwatering pictures in restaurants (especially those that are more formal than, say, a casual cafe).

Don't use flash. It'll wash out your pictures and can be distracting to others sitting around you. Instead, try to get better lighting by adjusting your or the food's position in relation to existing lighting. If there's not a lot of light, you can combat this either with photo editing tools like Instagram or VSCO cam or find a nice friend who will use a flashlight from his or her phone to provide some (adjustable) lighting.

Lighting is important. In most cases, light should be going in to the camera, not coming from behind it. You might experiment with this, but a lot of my best results have come from when I don't put myself (and my shadow) between my camera and the food. When I'm at a restaurant or cafe, I try to get a seat near a window or where there's natural lighting, which tends to be less harsh than lamps or bright, artificial lights. You also might have to turn your plate or try different angles to get optimal lighting. This gets easier with more practice and pictures.

Playing around with different angles will give variety to your food pictures. Angles are your friends! If the dish is served in a bowl, I might try taking the picture directly above the bowl (depends a lot on the lighting) or even at a 3/4 view. Depending on what you're eating and what's in the bowl, you'll get different results. If I'm photographing a sushi roll, usually I position the roll at an angle and take the picture from the table so that you can see into the roll. With practice, you'll get better at spotting great angles for different kinds of food.

With regards to the food, make sure the plate is clean and that the background is clear. Before I take a picture, I usually check to make sure there's nothing in the background of my picture (such as a napkin, glass, or a dirty utensil) and that the dish looks neat. If there's sauce on the plate, I'll wipe it before a picture. If there's a leaf out of place, I might tweak the plating a bit. This helps give a polished look to the dish before the picture.

These section is less about tips for improving your food photos and more about how to go about taking the picture. One of my favorite Wong Fu Productions sketches highlights how crazy food photography can get. So, here are some of things that I think about when I take pictures of food when I'm out and about.

In terms of equipment, cellphone cameras work just fine. I don't own a DSLR or a fancy camera, and I find that my food pictures still come out pretty good. This goes along with the tip about being mindful of the people around you. While there are definitely pros to getting a DSLR or really cool camera, they aren't an absolute necessity for taking pretty food pictures.

Be mindful of the people eating with you and around you. I try not to make my friends or eating companions wait too long when I take pictures. Either I take a bunch of pictures really quickly and crop/edit later, or I make sure that they have something to eat while I take pictures of another dish. Additionally, when I eat with people, I'm there to eat with them, not take just take pictures of the food. So, don't spend too much time taking pictures of your food! Enjoying your food is just as beautiful and awesome as taking a picture of it. And, spending too long taking pictures means waiting longer to enjoy the wonderful food in front of you.

Also, remember that there are other patrons trying to enjoy a meal, too. When I take pictures of my food, I try to do it quickly as to not make a scene and disturb the people around me. After all, all of us are there to eat and enjoy our food.

Don't make a scene. Personally, I try to be as inconspicuous as possible when taking pictures of my food. Be mindful of the restaurant and the people around you who are also trying to enjoy their meals. This is another reason I don't use flash on my pictures; it attracts a lot of attention to what I'm doing.

These are some simple things I keep in mind and are relatively easy to follow, even for people who are just starting out. Not every picture turns out great, and sometimes the lighting and environment gets in the way, but for the most part, I've been really happy with the results. Of course, don't forget to enjoy eating the food, too. Happy food photo taking!

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Aug. 15 2015 7:41 AM

When Is the Best Time to Get a Tattoo?

Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, 50 hours under the needle and counting:

Fall or winter, assuming the tattoo is going to be involved enough to take more than one session.

When you have fresh ink, one of the things you want to avoid is a lot of direct sun—not because it will damage the tattoo, but because it's really uncomfortable.

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