INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

Instagram is currently one of the world’s most popular social networks by usage and membership. Owned by Facebook, and lovingly known by its fans as simply ‘Insta’, the site is a valuable treasure trove of pictures and memories and offers a glimpse into the lives of its 600 million or so active users. While Instagram has developed a reputation as a bit of a narcissist’s heaven with many users flooding it with selfies, posing like there is no tomorrow, it also has become a valuable resource for creatives such as photographers and graphic designers to showcase their work, and many celebrities use it to give their fanbase a way of keeping up to date with their daily goings-on. And of course, if you ever feel hungry or have no idea what’s for supper tonight, then Instagram’s impressive collection of food photos is the ideal place for culinary inspiration. Not to mention those awesome filters.

 

 

With the help of content, social media and online marketing blog The Social Ms, here are twenty facts and statistics about the photo-sharing network you probably had no idea about.

  1. By the end of 2016, Instagram reported it had 600 million active users, that is, people who use their accounts and upload photos or images. This is an additional 100 million shutterbugs joining the service since September 2015
  2. Instagram has a rapidly increasingly ‘growth base’ with rises of 15 per cent, and there is no sign of it slowing down. In the United States alone (its biggest market), the number of users is expected to hit 116.3 million (34.8 per cent of the then population) and become the second-most popular social network, overtaking Twitter, fellow photo social network Pinterest and micro-blog Tumblr, according to recent figures by eMarketer.
  3. Not surprisingly, just like all social networks, Insta is a hit with the young ‘uns. For all age groups of Internet users, 28 per cent use it, 55 per cent of people between the ages of 18-29 are Insta-fanatics, forming its largest demographic, according to the Pew Research Center in the US. The centre also reported that 52 per cent of teens aged between 13 and 17 were also fans of Instagram.
  4. Instagram has good product loyalty. Fifty-nine per cent of its users post daily, and another 17 per cent use it at least once weekly, according to the Pew Research Center.
  5. The site has enjoyed massive growth rates in some subjects, according to MediaPost. Beauty (74% growth rate), ‘big box’ (128%) and household goods (149%) have been some of the most popular topics, at least for businesses using their Instagram accounts to promote their goods to private users. For the rest of us, I assume selfies probably have a growth rate of 100,000 per cent (I kid).
  6. Instagram is big money for marketers. In 2015, it netted advertising revenue of USD $500 million (GBP £407 million). It is expected that this year, Insta will make more money from its advertising platform on American mobile handsets than Google and Twitter, claims eMarketer.
  7. Although Instagram is US-founded and run by a big American tech company, most of its success has been from outside. Eighty per cent of its users are non-American.
  8. Over 80 million photos are uploaded per day. There is believed to be more than 40 billion images crammed into Insta’s servers and users generate an astonishing 3.5 billion likes per day, says ClickZ.
  9. The most prestigious account, going by popularity and celebrity anyway, is the one owned by U.S. singer Selena Gomez. She has 99.5 million followers allegedly.
  10. The most liked photo over all of Insta was one by reality show star Kendall Jenner. The picture of her lying on her back, eyes closed with her hair spread out and arranged into hearts got 3.5 million likes.
  11. If you post a photo, fifty per cent of comments will appear within six hours, meaning a good post will stick around and not get lost in the noise.
  12. Instagram is quite secure, with only eight per cent of its accounts said to be fake, according to an unnamed Italian security firm.
  13. Like any social network, people sometimes do get bored of posting or other things happen in their life that pull them away. The same Italian firm discovered that nearly 30 per cent of account are rarely used or inactive, usually posting one post per month or less, according to Business Insider.
  14. For businesses, Insta is marketing gold. Forrester published stats that suggest people engage with brands ten times more on Insta than they do on Facebook. Facebook ads are annoying, I grant you that.
  15. One-third of Instagram users have used their mobile to purchase a product online.
  16. Fifty-three per cent of Instagrammers, as fans are sometimes called, are following brands.
  17. As humans love seeing faces, this fact is probably not surprising, but selfies and group photos on average are 38 per cent more likely to get liked, than other kinds of pictures, such as inanimate objects.
  18. The most Instagrammed food is… pizza.

 

SOURCES:
HEM Bloggers List, The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-bloggers-list
Susanna Gebauer‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/dreckbaerfrau
“20 Instagram Facts And Statistics You Should Know” – Susanna Gebauer, The Social Ms/Friendly Fellows UG (haftungsbeschränkt) (23 September 2016) https://blog.thesocialms.com/19-instagram-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know/
IMAGE CREDIT:
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GIF MOMENT: Easter 2015

The season of new beginnings, spring flowers and chocolate eggs returns upon us again. As the days get longer, the temperature picks up (sort of) and the Cadbury’s Creme Eggs come out of hibernation, Easter is now here.

OK, well the weather hasn’t been that great. Some sunshine yes, but also rain, combined with mad and roaring winds like you wouldn’t believe. In Northolt, north west London, wind speeds there on the last day of April reached 60 mph. It’s calmed down a lot though now. The streets around my neighbourhood have practically been blasted clean.

This Easter, the Half-Eaten Mind brings you (or should that be ‘springs at you’) our great gallery of Easter-themed GIFs for 2015. From me to all of you, I wish you a very Happy Easter!!!

What will you all be doing at Easter?

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Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”

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ADDITIONAL SOURCES:
“Quotations for Easter” – Welcome to The Quote Garden! http://www.quotegarden.com/easter.html
IMAGE CREDITS:
Anjali Shah & piZap.
“{*HOT*} Top & Best Easter Gifs 2015” – Easter-2015.ORG/Easter 2015 http://www.easter-2015.org/2015/03/hot-top-best-easter-gifs-2015.html
“Happy Easter” – LoveThisPic http://www.lovethispic.com/image/85351/happy-easter
“Easter Animated Wallpapers 2015, Easter GIF Images” – Amit & Manoj Kumar, Easter Wallpapers 2015 http://www.easterwallpapers2015.com/2015/03/easter-animated-wallpapers-2015.html
“Easter Animated Photos | Gif Pictures” – Valentine’s Day Wallpapers & Images (27 March 2015) http://valentinesdaywallpaperimages.com/easter-animated-photos-gif-pictures.html
“Easter Bunny in Eggmobile” – Rebekah Failla & Artie Romero, Easter Cartoons/ARG! Cartoon Animation LLC http://toons.artie.com/easter/
“EASTER IMAGES FREE DOWNLOAD { EASTER WALLPAPERS }” – HAPPY EASTER DAY 2015, EASTER EGGS IMAGES, EASTER SUNDAY 2015,HAPPY EASTER DAY QUOTES (17 February 2015) http://happyeastersunday2015.net/tag/easter-2015-wallpapers-download-in-4k/

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015: Vijay’s best new year images

2015….new year…new beginnings….new opportunities.

I just can’t believe it that within three days, we’ll be approaching the middle of the decade, and that it has been fifteen years since the dawn of the Millennium (Year 2000). Those of you reading who were alive then might remember how everyone was harping on about the Y2K Bug and how all our electronics and computers would fail and airplanes would plummet out of the sky. Well, we survived that. Let’s hope we don’t get slain by too much cola/champagne and giant New Year’s meals.

In 2015, I’ll be in my fourth decade of life, and so I want it to be the year for me. I’m hoping that I will get a comfy job with decent pay, a nice place to live (even if it is another houseshare for now) and hopefully I’ll find love too. Never say never. What are your ambitions and resolutions for the New Year 2015?.

Anyway let’s put away the personal musings for now, and let’s get down to business. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while will know that I have a tradition on the Half-Eaten Mind of offering my own hand-picked choice of the best images to celebrate the arrival of a brand new 365 and a quarter days. These images are a reminder that apart from of course celebrating New Years, we also take a clean new look at things, wipe our slates clean and start afresh.

As Wikipedia notes: “2015 (MMXV) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter D), the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

2015 has been designated the Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Among some of the expected events to happen in 2015 will be the commencement of the Eurasian Economic Union, a political and economic union of sorts between the countries of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus on New Year’s Day itself. Also on January 1, 2015, Lithuania will wave goodbye to the litas, its currency, and adopt the euro in line with many other European Union states (Latvia did the same in 2014; it’s old currency was the lat). In April, NASA‘s Dawn spacecraft is expected to arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres as we seek to build upon our rapidly increasingly knowledge of the smaller bodies in our solar system. The European Space Agency will also partner with NASA to launch other space probes in July. Finally, in May, the long-awaited trading fair  Expo 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy.

2015 is certainly shaping up to be a year of achievements. I’m hoping it will be like that for me too 🙂

Without further ado, here is my choice of the best 2015 NYD pictures. As always, original copyrights belong to the original designers and websites I have obtained my images from. Have a look, fill your heart with New Year’s revelry and wave goodbye to 2014. She’s had her fun.

Gregorian calendar 2015 MMXV
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Armenian calendar 1464 ԹՎ ՌՆԿԴ
Assyrian calendar 6765
Bahá’í calendar 171–172
Bengali calendar 1422
Berber calendar 2965
British Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 2559
Burmese calendar 1377
Byzantine calendar 7523–7524
Chinese calendar 甲午年 (Wood Horse) 4711 or 4651 — to — 乙未年 (Wood Goat) 4712 or 4652
Coptic calendar 1731–1732
Discordian calendar 3181
Ethiopian calendar 2007–2008
Hebrew calendar 5775–5776
Hindu calendars
– Vikram Samvat 2071–2072
– Shaka Samvat 1937–1938
– Kali Yuga 5116–5117
Holocene calendar 12015
Igbo calendar 1015–1016
Iranian calendar 1393–1394
Islamic calendar 1436–1437
Japanese calendar Heisei 27 (平成27年)
Juche calendar 104
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4348
Minguo calendar ROC 104 民國104年
Thai solar calendar 2558
Unix time 1420070400–1451606399

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The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all our followers, readers, visitors, supporters, family and friends in advance a very happy and successful 2015.

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“2015” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015
IMAGE CREDITS:
“Happy New Year Logo Creator” – Denis Bodor, FlamingText/FlamingText.com Pty Ltd http://www.flamingtext.co.uk/logo/Design-Happy-New-Year
“Free animations and blinkies generators” – Animated Gifs http://www.animated-gifs.eu/animations.htm
“New Year 2015 Wishes Quotes Sayings Messages” – Happy New Year 2015/Trends Inshorts http://www.trendsinshorts.net/2014/12/new-year-2015-wishes-quotes-sayings.html
“Happy New Year 2015 Timeline Covers For Facebook” – Happy New Year 2015/Trends Inshorts http://www.trendsinshorts.net/2014/12/happy-new-year-2015-timeline-covers-for-fb.html
“Happy New Year Images 2015-:” – Happy New Year 2015/happynewyearwishes.org http://www.happynewyearwishes.org/new-year-images.html
“Happy New Year 2015 Shayari and Sad Sms for Broken Heart” – Happy New Year 2015 (29 December 2014) http://www.happynewyear2015images.net/2014/12/happy-new-year-2015-Sad-Sms-for-Broken-Heart.html
“Tagged with happy new year 2015” – WeHeartIt, Tumblr http://weheartit.com/tag/happy%20new%20year%202015?page=2&before=154003700

GIF MOMENT: Easter 2014

In the United Kingdom, the days from the 18th to the 21st April are the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. I have booked a day off work so that means an impressive five-day long rest, which honestly I badly need. Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals celebrated here, and over much of the world. Children and parents look forward to munching their way through tonnes of chocolate Easter eggs and for many churchgoers it is a time to reflect on the lifetime of their religion’s founder Jesus Christ and his dying and resurrection for mankind’s sins. For the less religious or people of other faiths it is also a time to celebrate the arrival of spring and a chance to welcome longer, sunnier days.

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Some Easter facts…..

1. Although Easter is a well-known festival in Christianity, its origins predate the religion. In fact the word ‘Easter’ as used in Anglophone countries is said to come from the name of the Saxon/Germanic fertility goddess Eostre, whose spring festival was celebrated at about the same time as our current Easter.

2. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year.

3. Eggs are popular during Easter due to their significance among Christians as symbols of joy, celebration, new life and resurrection.

4. In Ukraine, people paint real eggs with different colours and patterns based on traditional art after hard-boiling them first. In many parts of the world, people even dye chicks with non-permanent colours.

5. The Easter bunny is an integral part of the festival’s celebrations, but the rabbit that brings tasty eggy delights to good little boys and girls did not make its first appearance until the 1500s. Its first story was not published until 1680.

6. Hot cross buns, which are another staple of Easter in the UK, were originally baked by monks who would distribute them to the poor. The cross on each bun has a religious significance and lends the food its name.

7. Every year before Easter, 90 million chocolate eggs are sold and bought in the U.K.

8. The U.K.’s first chocolate egg was made by Fry’s of Bristol in 1873. The company still exists as a subsidiary and brand-name of manufacturer Cadbury’s.

9.  The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.

10. On Easter Sunday in Scotland and north-east England, some people have great fun rolling painted eggs down steep hills. This is also popular in parts of America, but people there push the egg along with a spoon. The White House, the official residence of the US president, organises its own ‘Easter Egg Run’.

The Half-Eaten Mind brings a special GIF celebration of the Easter week with these cool animated images that can be used for greetings or family websites and blogs. Many of them revolve around the theme of eggs and bunny rabbits, which make them especially endearing to the little ones.

The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY EASTER in advance!!

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“11 Facts About Easter” – DoSomething.org LINK
“What Is The Meaning Of Easter? 8 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About Religious Holiday” – Susmita Baral, Latin Times/IBT Media (11 April 2014) LINK
“Pocket Money’s top 10 Easter egg facts!” – Pocket Money, NatWest LINK
IMAGE CREDITS:
“File:Vajicka1.jpg” – Karakal, Wikimedia Commons (16 April 2006) LINK
“Happy Easter” – Stacy, LoveThisPic LINK
“Happy Easter” – dreamer, LoveThisPic LINK
“Happy Easter” – dreamer, LoveThisPic (different picture) LINK
“2014 Easter Gifs” – 9TO5GIFS LINK
“Happy Easter Gifs” – RUGU (4 April 2014) LINK
“IM BUSY DOING CRAFTING” – PICS & PHOTOS LINK
“Happy Easter animation 2014” – Candy Shaffer, Super Funny Images LINK
“Un Paste Fericit!” (A happy Easter) – Theo, TOO LATE… (24 April 2011) LINK
“Easter Animations Free Gifs” – 9TO5GIFS LINK
“IL Divo – A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live , on Thursday Feb 27, 2014 – Tokyo, JP – Budokan” – Kinx (comment), IL DIVO – Forums (4 November 2013) LINK
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014: Vijay’s best new year images

We are only a few days shy of the New Year. It’s now time to chuck out your 2013 calendars into the recycling bin and shred your 2013 diaries because the fourteenth year of the 21st century is soon to make its presence felt. This past year has seen many big changes at the Half-Eaten Mind. We’ve adopted a new look, created a Twitter account, self-published a book, moved home and increased our turnover of articles. We’ve collaborated with contributors big and small, and been nominated for heaps of blogging awards. In 2013, we have really picked our brains to bring you the best in news, views, features and photos. It has certainly being a very good and productive year for us. 

Now to mark the transition into 2014, and as the old year draws to a close, I have created this special gallery of New Year 2014 images to celebrate not only the beginning of a new year, but new opportunities, new possibilities and the welcoming of friends/readers new and old. May 2014 be a year to remember.

All images are drawn from external sites, mainly those offering free wallpapers for desktop computers or to tag people in on Facebook. I have not created any of these images and all copyrights, thanks and credits rest with the original graphic artists and websites hosting them. This is simply a collection of images that I thought were particularly pleasing to the eye, had a good message or captured the party atmosphere of New Year’s Day.

2014 (MMXIV) will be a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, the 14th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade (from Wikipedia).

Gregorian calendar 2014 MMXIV
Ab urbe condita 2767
Armenian calendar 1463 ԹՎ ՌՆԿԳ
Assyrian calendar 6764
Bahá’í calendar 170–171
Bengali calendar 1421
Berber calendar 2964
British Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 2558
Burmese calendar 1376
Byzantine calendar 7522–7523
Chinese calendar 癸巳年 (Water Snake) 4710 or 4650 — to — 甲午年 (Wood Horse) 4711 or 4651
Coptic calendar 1730–1731
Ethiopian calendar 2006–2007
Hebrew calendar 5774–5775
Hindu calendars
– Vikram Samvat 2070–2071
– Shaka Samvat 1936–1937
– Kali Yuga 5115–5116
Holocene calendar 12014
Igbo calendar 1014–1015
Iranian calendar 1392–1393
Islamic calendar 1435–1436
Japanese calendar Heisei 26 (平成26年)
Juche calendar 103
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4347
Minguo calendar ROC 103 民國103年
Thai solar calendar 2557
Unix time 1388534400–1420070399

The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all our followers, readers, visitors, supporters, family and friends in advance a very happy and successful 2014.

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SOURCES:
“2014” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., LINK
IMAGE CREDITS:
“Happy New Year 2014 Wallpapers” – hd Wallpapers Arena (1 November 2013) LINK
“Happy New Year 2014 Pictures, New Year 2014 SMS, Greetings” – Happy New Year Greetings (28 December 2013) LINK
“Golden Sky Happy New Year 2014 HD Free Wallpapers” – hd Wallpapers Arena (26 November 2013) LINK
“New Year Card 2014”  – hd Wallpapers Arena (22 November 2013) LINK
“Funny New Year 2014” – hd Wallpapers Pictures  (23 November 2013) LINK
“Happy New Year 2014 images” – HDPAPERWALL LINK
“Wish You A Happy New Year 2014” – VPWallpapers.com/Top 3D Wallpapers LINK
“Happy New Year SMS – Happy New Year 2014 SMS” – Happy New Year 2014 (25 December 2013) LINK
“Happy New Year 2014, celebration design” – No. 1 HD Wallpapers/1HDWALLPAPERS.COM (23 December 2013) LINK

PHOTO MOMENT: Islamic New Year – Hijri 1435

Vijay Shah

After setting up yesterday’s Photo Moment for the Hindu New Year, it was brought to my attention that it was also the beginning of the Muslim New Year as well. Firstly, a member of the HEM blogging community, Kaligrafi Nusantara (Archipelago Calligraphy), who is from Indonesia and runs a Islamic calligraphy blog, wished me prosperity for the new Hijri year, then a good friend and work colleague named Dewan later pointed the closeness of our new years while commenting on my status on Facebook.

It is not a surprise that both the Hindu and Islamic new years are close together. Both festival dates are set using lunar calendars. So I decided to create this special moment in honour of both Kaligrafi Nusantara and Dewan, as well as the Muslim side of my family who have so kindly extended holiday greetings to me this past Diwali.

The Islamic calendar, known in Arabic as “Hijri” or “al-Hajira” – spellings may vary – starts from the Gregorian year 622 AD/CE when the Prophet Mohammed (the final prophet in Islam) left the holy city of Mecca (al-Makkah) to nearby Medina (al-Madinah). His departure is known as “Hijra”. Although it is lunar in origin, Hijri maintains its own specific conventions. As Wikipedia puts it:

Traditionally, the first day of each month is the day (beginning at sunset) of the first sighting of the hilal (crescent moon) shortly after sunset.

Nowadays the Islamic calendar is used mainly for religious purposes, but also is official for governmental and public affairs in many Muslim-majority countries. The new year for 2013 started either on Sunday or today depending on the sighting of the moon – which is also used to begin celebration of others like the Eids (feasts). In the Hijri calendar, the new year is 1435 AH. The new year always falls on the 1st of Muharram, the first month of the year – the equivalent of the Gregorian calendar’s January – and officially begins at sunset.

Among Sunnis, fasting usually occurs on this day. However some Sunni scholars argue that the early Muslims did not celebrate any Islamic New Year, so therefore this celebration is an innovation and should not be marked.However I do not wish to get involved in any theological arguments as such. Among Shias, this days begins with preparations for the feast of Ashura where the death of Imam Hussein is mourned.

The Half-Eaten Mind brings you a selection of wallpapers and images to celebrate the beginning of the New Year 1435 AH, and wishes everyone blessings and goodness for this special occasion.

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“Islamic calendar” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. LINK
“Islamic New Year” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. LINK
“Quick Facts : Muharram / Islamic New year” – calendarlabs.com/CalendarLabs LINK
“Muharram/Islamic New Year in United Kingdom” – timeanddate.com/Time and Date AS LINK
IMAGE CREDITS:
“Muharram/Islamic New Year 1435 November 04, 2013” – Samotalis (3 November 2013) LINK
“Happy Islamic New Year Hijri 1435 – SMS, Wishes, Quotes, Greetings and Messages” – All Proverbs (3 November 2013) LINK
“Happy Islamic New Year Quote Wishes With Images 2013 H 1435” – SMS Urdu Message LINK
“Happy Islamic New Year Wishes Cards and Wallpapers” – Poetry (31 October 2013) LINK
“Happy Islamic New Year 1435 Hijri Hd Wallpapers-pictures Images” – Don PK (3 November 2013) LINK
“Latest Collection of Happy New Islamic Year 1435 SMS” – Ahmed Raza, Pakglob (3 November 2013) LINK
“1st MUHARRAM 1435 ! Happy Islamic New Year people!” – Irfan Khan, Virtualians Social Network (4 November 2013) LINK
“Moon Minaret Islamic New Year” – mobavatar.com LINK
“Islamic New Year Cosmic Gate” – mobavatar.com LINK
“1st Muharram 1434 – Islamic New Year” – Savera, Towards Enlightment (14 November 2012) LINK
“Happy Islamic New Year 2” – mobavatar.com LINK

PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

Vijay Shah

Straight after Diwali in some parts of the Hindu world it is the beginning of the New Year at least in Gujarat and among some Mauritians. For those using the Vikram Samvat calendar, the New Year began in April this year (The current year is 2070 VS). Some ethnic groups in India, such as the Bengalis and Tamils have use of their own regional calendars.

Regardless of what calendar you prefer to use (and many Hindus also make use of the European Gregorian calendar in secular life), the New Year is a time of new beginnings and ventures, with an abundance of cheer and joy.

The Hindu new year is celebrated differently in different parts of the world. In northern India, people wear flowers to celebrate the New Year, commonly in pink, red, purple, or white hues. Hindus in central India display orange flags, flying them from the top of buildings. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers, and small gifts on a special tray. On New Year’s morning, children must keep their eyes shut until they have been led to the tray.

Just like as with Diwali yesterday, the Half-Eaten Mind cordially invites you to another Photo Moment medley of greetings images associated with the Hindu New Year. As before, I’ll try to involve as many traditions, graphical styles and interpretations of this festival as my poor fingers will allow. Thanks for taking a look and I wish you a wonderful New Year.

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ADDITIONAL SOURCE:

New Year Traditions – Hindu New Year” –  FatherTime’s.Net/Australian Media Pty Ltd. LINK

IMAGE CREDITS:
“Hindu New Year Scraps 1” – scraps123.com LINK
“Happy New Year” – meme4u LINK
“Hindu New Year” – TucMuc.org LINK
Untitled – 123 Greetings/123Greetings.com, Inc LINK
“Latest Eniya Puthandu Vazthukal Wallpapers and Greeting Cards” – Bharatmoms LINK
“Bengali New Year SMS” – Hairstyle For You (14 April 2010) LINK
“మీకు, మీ కుటుంబానికి విక్రుతి నామ సంవత్చర సుభాకాంక్షలు 🙂 (Wishing you and your family a happy new year)” – Kahaniyaa by me…(16 March 2010) LINK
“Happy sinhala n hindu new year to all” – Harendra, Blingee LINK
“Indian New Year Card” – Welcome To New India Greetings (3 February 2007) LINK
“Days of Diwali and it’s importance” – ramas, India-Forums (3 November 2010) LINK
“Nutan Varshabhinandan,Dipavali Patrika- Rajkot” – Shri Swaminarayan Gurukul Rajkot (14 October 2009) LINK

PHOTO MOMENT: Vijay’s pick of 2013’s best Diwali GIFs

Vijay Shah

Here is a selection of Diwali GIFs from various websites that I decided to include in this blogpost to get you in the festive mood.

I have especially selected these animated images, or GIFs, for their attractiveness, relevancy or uniqueness. I hope you like them!! 🙂

I have tried to include different styles of design and culture, as Diwali is a festival marked by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, as well as many people outside in other faiths and none. Many of the images shown here are e-cards and ‘scraps’ for social networks like Facebook and Orkut.

A common theme with most of these animated images is lights. Expect lots of fireworks, diyas, candles, sparkles and the like – all highly symbolic of the nature of Diwali as the festival of lights….and of merriment and mirth.

The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all of our readers, friends and subscribers a very happy Diwali and New Year.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
“Animated gifs celebrating Diwali and moving clip art images for Deepavali or Festival of Lights” – netanimations.net LINK
“Animated gifs celebrating Diwali and moving clip art images for Deepavali or Festival of Lights” – netanimations.net (different image) LINK
“Holiday comments :: Happy diwali” – Atchat LINK
“Diwali e-Greetings” – Subhamoy Das, About.com Hinduism LINK
“Diwali e-Greetings” – Subhamoy Das, About.com Hinduism (different image) LINK
“HAPPY DIWALI” – Abhay & Bhupendra, Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) (25 October 2011) LINK
Concunsmart LINK
“Safer Deepavali (Animated)” – Festival Ecards LINK
“Archive for the ‘Animated Diwali Graphics’ Category” – Orkut Glitters LINK
“Diwali or Dipawali Greetings, Animated Deepavali Flash Cards, Diwali Flash Scraps for orkut, Diwali Glitter Graphics” – Good Light Scraps LINK
“Diwali Scrap – Happy Diwali Orkut Scrap” – B4TEA LINK
“Unique Diwali Scraps, animated Diwali Glitter Graphics and happy deepavali pictures, images with wishes, quotes and sayings” –  – Good Light Scraps LINK

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: New blog header image

Vijay Shah

Makeovers can have unexpected consequences. A couple of years ago, the international clothing chain GAP decided to change its logo and adopt a streamlined sans-serif version as part of its branding revitalisation. The customer backlash against the company’s image change was so unexpectedly severe that Gap hurriedly switched back to its old emblem along with a profuse apology. Likewise when the company behind the cherished Yellow Pages business directories renamed itself “hibu”, people were left confused about what exactly the hell hibu actually meant, with the design team behind the name change recently admitting that they did not know what the word meant either. In the physical world, everyone knows what happens when celebrities with a bit too much money to burn decide to improve their looks with the help of plastic surgery. The “Bride of Wildenstein” is a perfect example of when the quest for bodily perfection spins out of control. In a world where appearances are everything and corporate image and branding are now positioned as one of the most important investments organisations make in themselves, mistakes cannot afford to be made.

Hopefully, the Half-Eaten Mind won’t be setting itself for such an image fail, as the blog now has a new header image, created using the image-editing software site piZap. The new header, which only took thirty minutes of production time early this morning – with a day of ‘planning’ before that, was officially installed within ten minutes of the final touches being added, and will serve as a more personalised and dynamic face for your favourite online news blog.

(c) V. Shah/HalfEatenMind/piZap
(c) V. Shah/HalfEatenMind/piZap

The new header retains the familiar imagery of the east London tower block at the break of dawn, but with some new additions. The blog’s name is rendered in bold Arial typeface as an attention-seeking device, along with the HEM slogan laid down in Times New Roman, a typeface popular among newspaper printers and publishers of academic literature, thus reflecting the aims of HEM to provide intelligent writing and news articles the mainstream media often overlook. For the first time, the blog’s unofficial mascot, Woodsy the forestry owl, moves on from representing the Half-Eaten Mind on Gravatar and the associated social networks to take pride of place in our revamped header, enabling a clear link between the site itself and our promotional social media accounts. In fact, some of our readers may remember the article we published a few months back on the header produced for my personal Twitter account (here!!) – this pic was also a piZap production and since the creation of a dedicated Twitter channel for the blog itself, is now a permanent fixture there (@halfeatenmind).

The old header worked due to its simplicity and clarity, but in all honesty resembled a “one-minute job”. The header title and subtitle had been retained after we moved from the WordPress branded Notepad to our current theme, Mystique, but the transition didn’t happen as smoothly, aesthetically speaking. I felt it looked gaudy and did not show the blog at its best. It looked like something your 10-year-old cousin spun out in his school’s ICT lesson. Using piZap’s proprietary software, I used hue, brightness and saturation settings to bring out the colour of the clouds and add more deeper resolution to the image as a whole.

The Autofix option on piZap helped accentuate the finer details of the building and the clouds, which were not so obvious in the previous incarnation. The colours are now brighter in this header, whereas the old one was muted and blurred. It was a tired format and needed an overhaul.

The new header has already been given the thumbs-up by Anjali, little sister, loyal supporter and frequent contributor to the Half-Eaten Mind.

Her verdict:

LOVE THE HEADER!! NICE WORK WITH PIZAP LOOL…..the effects of the writing made it look eye catching

As the Mystique theme which we use for the blog’s template allows options for adding a further supply of header images which can be used in rotation, there are plans in the pipelines for more designs which will reflect the aims and versatility in writing that the Half-Eaten Mind has come to offer. Watch this space.

V. Shah
Plaistow, London.
12th October 2013,
 
 

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WOOLWICH SOLDIER KILLING: BBC pictures

This past week saw the horrific murder of soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, south London by two men armed with knives and guns, who after the killing told shocked bystanders that they were avenging the deaths of people in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The British government sent troops to both countries to overthrow their governments and support pro-Western polities that infuriated religious extremists all over the world.

Lee Rigby, who was a serving soldier with the British armed forces and had completed a tour in Afghanistan, was returning to Woolwich Barracks when the two men rammed into him with a car. As the vehicle mounted the pavement, Rigby, father of a two-year-old boy, was knocked to the ground before the two men, identified as Michael Adebolajo & Michael Adebolawe, dragged him and began hacking at Rigby with the knives as well shooting him in the stomach – leaving him with massive blood loss and fatal injuries to his neck and head.

The Royal Artillery Barracks.
The Royal Artillery Barracks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Woolwich barracks where Flr. Rigby was stationed. He died only a short distance from here, when two men attacked him in the high street.

Horrified witnesses described how the two Michaels hacked at Rigby, a member of the Drummers regiment, like a ‘piece of meat’. Rigby was not in uniform at the time but had been wearing a t-shirt from the soldier’s charity Help For Heroes. The two men then dragged Rigby into the busy main road, only fifty yards from a school and 200 yards from Rigby’s place of work. As locals ran to help the fatally wounded Fusilier, the two killers began running up and down the street, inviting people to take pictures and even telling one observer that the killing was a justified response to the deaths of Muslim people abroad. Speaking in a strong London accent, Michael Adebolajo, a Nigerian-born man who also went by the name of Mujahid, stated how he had killed Lee Rigby to avenge the deaths of people at the hands of the British military, using the Biblical expression “an eye for an eye”. Adebolajo was still clutching the butcher’s knife that he used to mercilessly stab Lee Rigby, and delivered his rant with his hands completely soaked in the soldier’s blood.

Armed police arrived at the scene within 15 minutes, whereupon the two killers charged at the officers with their gun and knives drawn. Both were shot, but survived their injuries and were driven to local hospitals. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, called an emergency meeting with the Cobra Committee, a top-level government anti-terrorism response unit and soldiers were temporarily warned not to walk the streets in their characteristic camouflage uniforms, an order that was soon withdrawn.

English: Woolwich New Road, London SE18
English: Woolwich New Road, London SE18 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The whole country went into mourning after this brutal murder. Many people began calling for more respect to be shown to the armed forces, while Help For Heroes, the charity whom Rigby supported, received so many orders for their branded t-shirts and sweaters that their website crashed. Racists and Islamophobes have however used the tragedy to carry revenge attacks against Muslims in the United Kingdom, despite statements of condemnation being issued by senior Islamic bodies such as London mosques and the Muslim Council of Britain. Offensive graffiti was daubed on the walls of a mosque in Braintree, Essex, while another place of worship in Gillingham, Kent has its windows smashed by a man who was later arrested. A Pakistani-owned fast food shop in Upton Park, east London, was attacked by two men who broke the shop-front windows and assaulted staff on duty while shouting anti-Muslim epithets. Both of the Woolwich men claimed to be Muslims,despite murder being a grave sin according to Islamic teachings. Michael Adebolajo was once associated with banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun (The Emigrants in Arabic).

BBC News has released a collection of pictures relating to the Woolwich murder and responses. They include an official photograph of Lee Rigby in full regalia. This picture was professionally shot to celebrate Rigby’s service and was widely circulated in the British media when Flr. Rigby was formally identified a few days after his murder. There are also pictures taken from the murder scene, police securing the area and people visiting Woolwich to lay flowers at a memorial to the slain soldier.

The pictures can be seen at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22631274

Please note some of the pictures are graphic in nature and may be unsuitable for young viewers or viewers with a nervous disposition.

Article suggestion and link to BBC photos supplied by Anjali Shah.

The Half-Eaten Mind would like to extend its condolences to the family of Fusilier Lee Rigby, and wishes to remind readers that the two killers are not reflective of the wider UK Muslim community, the vast majority whom are peaceful and wish to live in co-existence with all other British communities – free from prejudice.
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SOURCES:
“Woolwich attack and response in pictures” – BBC News UK (27 May 2013) LINK
“Woolwich attack: Horrified witnesses tell how beheaded soldier was hacked at ‘like a piece of meat’ ” – Tom Pettifor & Andy Lines, Mirror News/Mirror Online (23 May 2013) LINK