The rising trend of customized cakes by Maryam Waheed

Pictures of 3-D and customized cakes!

Maryam Waheed

Here are some pictures of cakes that i have taken that signify the emerging and rising of customized cakes specially 3-D and different flavored cakes:

1463486_10152091956006349_1700900382_n It is possible to get any sort of cakes made according to specifications.

558989_10151319751414532_399844910_n Many companies have started these cakes specially 3-D ones

252198_4643294957109_1502303796_n All sizes and flavors are available such as this strawberry one.

1621945_10152293353496349_1845237819_n This cake is for a bridal shower made according to customization

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Social Networking and the Individual of the 21st Century

asasalarageThis is the 21st century – the age of social media, an age where we collect friends like stamps. However, despite the fact that man is a social creature, it is not possible for him to be friends with a very large amount of people. Research reveals that most humans are incapable of closely knowing more than around 150 people. This causes one’s social life to get demanding, as soon as new connections are built around the workplace or elsewhere. Thus, enters technology into the scene.

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With the emergence of new social networking apps, people have found more opportunities to represent themselves on a public platform.

We belong to a generation addicted to technology, and hence, it has controlled our social circle interaction to a great extent. We engage in online conversations, exchange videos and photos with friends, check-in to places to make people aware of how we live. Even while sitting home, we can be aware of what is going on in other people’s lives, where they are hanging around and how is their lifestyle. As difficult as it may be for one to admit, we all use social networking to represent ourselves to the world the way WE want to.

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Daily sharing of pictures related to people’s lifestyles has become a common frenzy on social networking apps like Instagram.

With the emerging concept of individualism in people, they have diverted themselves to a sudden feeling of self-actualization in which they explicitly reveal themselves through their personal achievements which may include one’s professional career, the amount of wealth one owns, a self-image, and of course, consumerism. Taking Instagram for example, we can vividly observe how people daily upload pictures of what they eat, how they look, what they wear, what they buy and where they go. It gives an opportunity to showcase one’s own lifestyle. This makes us realize how badly we’re engaged in endless personal promotion either on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Snapchat. We build up profiles, upload the photos only in which we look good, and share about the mainstream trending topics and point of view for the general public to absorb from our image – the way we want them to perceive us as.

One would reach to the thought about why interacting in real time has become so difficult nowadays. To answer that, in real-time conversation, you cannot control what you say. However, in conversing through a technological medium, we get the time-frame to think about how we create a message, or respond to one, think about the consequences of speaking something before we actually say it, have the ability to modify what we have written and no one can read our corresponding facial expressions to what we say. This gives our personal image another edge; however, deep down in our inner-self we know what we are trying to show. We use technology to define ourselves and this may lead to the extent of faking experiences just to have something to share. This sharing of continuous information about ourselves is itself a way in which we feel active and alive to the world of social networking and hence embed into the mainstream culture.

Xbox 360 Vs PlayStation3 (PS3) By Sultan Shah

Xbox 360 Vs PlayStaion (Ps3)

The Playstation 3 has the decided advantage when it comes to hardware. The CPU, memory, and graphical prowess is roughly a wash on both consoles as they are capable of roughly the same computational and graphical rendering abilities. Still, its evident that there are some issues with the PS3 given the graphical slowdowns and frame rate issues present only in the PS3 versions of multiplatform games. All PS3 models offer a Bluray optical drive, HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, and USB 2.0. In most models it also includes built-in Wifi and Bluetooth capability as well. While the hard drives are roughly the same in size to many Xbox 360 models, the PS3 makes it much easier to expand as it doesn’t require proprietary hard drive preloaded with software as the Xbox 360 does. The Xbox 360, while offering HDMI in its current models, only has a standard dual layer DVD optical drive, 10/100 Ethernet

This is where the Xbox 360 really falls apart. The Xbox 360 had a hardware defect where a heat source within the case causes some internal connections to become disrupted. This would cause a famous red ring to appear on the console indicating a specific hardware failure, hence the “Red Ring of Death”. This hardware issue was so bad that Microsoft extended their warranty for just this issue for a full 3 years after purchase. Aside from the Red Ring of  Death issue, both consoles endured issues from drive failures to the console scratching game discs, however these issues were minor even for a typical console release.

Going in more detail

Versions

The PS3 has been released in several different versions, with varying amounts of hard disk space. Buyers can now choose between a 160 GB system and a 320 GB system. There are no differences except for the amount of hard disk available.

The Xbox is currently available in four different configurations: the Xbox 360 4GB console, the Xbox 360 4GB, the Xbox 360 250GB console, and the Xbox 360 250GB console , all with or without Kinect. There are no differences except for the amount of hard disk available and whether or not it includes the motion control system Kinect.

Update

The 8th generation consoles, Ps4 and Xbox One were released in 2013.

Hardware

Processing Power

The Playstation 3’s CPU is a Sony, Toshiba, IBM-designed Cell microprocessor, with one 3.2 GHz PowerPC-based Power Processing Element .

The Xbox 360 uses the triple-core IBM-designed Xenon as its CPU, and has three 3.2 GHz core processors.

Graphics

The PS3 uses an Nividia Rsx which outputs resolutions from 480i SD up to1080i HD.

The Xbox 360 uses ATI Xenos for its graphics processing, which has 10 MG of eDRAM.

Memory

The PS3 has 256 mb of XDR DRAM main memory and 256 mb of GDDR3 video memory.

The Xbox360 has 512 mb of memory.

Accessories

Accessories for the PS3 include wireless controllers, the Playstation Eye camera, headsets and a motion controller named Playstation Move.

Accessories for the Xbox 360 include a webcam, headsets for chatting, dance mats and Gamercize for exercise, and its motion-control system, Kinect.

Reliability

The PS3 has a two-year failure rate of 10%.

The Xbox 360 has a two-year failure rate of 23.7%.

Price

The price of the Ps3 in Pakistan is around Rs. 32000 but of course it         varies with model to model .

The price of Xbox 360 in Pakistan is around Rs .31000 nut of course it varies with model to model .

 

 Online

The PS3 connects to the Internet for free through the Playstation Network using the homeowner’s high speed Internet  account. You can play free using the PS3.

The Xbox 360 uses Xbox Live, an online gaming service that is available both free and for a subscription. It allows users to join message boards and access the Marketplace to download purchased or promotional content.

 

Thanks for reading please do like and share your thoughts

Sultan Shah

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Lahore School Of Economics .

 

Games vs Traditional Thinkers and Studying by Eazaz Ali

In the past gaming was just used a way to pass the time with consoles like the PS1 or handhelds like gameboy, and hence in the earlier times gaming was thought to be a waste of time. But now things have changed because not only has the maturity level of the game developers evolved but also the gamer’s maturity level has also evolved and with the new console in the market the industry as a whole has taken a huge leap towards improvement. But unfortunately people still think that gaming is a waste of time, and honesty it really irritates me because the people who say these things haven’t played any games and if they would have played any games then they would have thought differently. Gaming has now evolved so much that now it’s not just for fun or passing the time now it can enhance your reflexes increase creativity and is actually a very good factor in fighting depression. But sadly these traditional thinkers don’t want to change their perception about gaming, they see that gaming is actually good, now, but they will always choose not to believe it. Sure excess of everything is bad, but everything is included in it not just gaming but studying and other things. No one stops us when we are studying all night long but play two hours of games and everyone loses their minds, and why because it’s not productive. Who says gaming isn’t productive it’s a lot productive than studying something that is never going to help us in real life. Everyone says that  two hours of study won’t hurt anyone well to them I say this two or even three hours of gaming can kill three days of stress from studying.

Facing the Reality by Zunaira Naeem

I am going to talk about people who are becoming replicas of celebrities and who are getting in this absurd competition with people who they look up to. Might it be a friend or someone who inspires them but rather then accepting the fact that they look up to them, they start to say “she or he is copying me” how hard would it be for you lot to accept the fact that you actually are inspired by someone’s style, personality or might it be anything? Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab and all the rest of the designers get “inspired” by something in their life and that is how you see these fashion weeks and their collections because nobody is born with a mind of a genius, we all get inspirations.

The society we live in is becoming so competitive that at times I feel people will just walk over the person who actually made them what they are today. Everyone asks for fashion and life advice but do they actually imply it on themselves? No, because everyone today thinks they are a photographer because they took a few good pictures, a blogger because blogging is in trend, a make-up artist because they can put a liner straight? Gone are the days when people used to give credits or good remarks to those whom they have actually learned a lot from. My only question is why so hate and competition? People who never compete always get ahead, that’s because they focus on themselves not others, it’s because they’re that much contend that they’ll say it up straight who they got inspired from. So how long will it take for you all out there to give credits to those people who have made you who you are? Stop hating, stop criticizing because not only will it affect your mind which I am sure is capable to achieve a lot more then you can imagine. And stop this competition with each other .We all are average people, living a normal life get out of your fantasy world and appreciate if someone younger to you is doing something good, in simple words stop all this before your mind gets rotten by taking out flaws in every single person you know and focus on yourself, because you actually will be surprised to see how much flaws you have within yourself that you need to get rid of.

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