Linkdump for 21 June 2011

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  • Via @samspratt:

    JUNE Portrait Contest/Custom Portrait Giveaway!…

    Via @samspratt:

    JUNE Portrait Contest/Custom Portrait Giveaway! To show my appreciation for all of you following me on facebook and tumblr, I am giving one guy/man/dude AND one girl/woman/chick the chance to win a custom portrait from me. Free, no strings attached. All you need to do to enter is reblog this but here’s the breakdown:

    What You Get:

    A Web-resolution (1100 pixel) custom portrait, tailored to your most bizarre of requests. You can get a very traditional portrait done or as outlandish as you can dream—so long as it remains in the portrait format. Zombies, Hipsters, Pirates, Ninjas, Superheroes, Harry Potter, Robots, etc. are all fair-game themes in which you can have yourself transmogrified in painted form. I want to make something unique to you.

    How to Enter:

    Simply reblog this photo! If you “like” it, your entry counts once, reblogs count twice. 

    How to Increase Your Odds:

    The Contest is running in parallel over on my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SamSprattIllustration

    Simply enter there for a second chance and additional options.

    If you tweet this link by @mentioning my twitter handle @samspratt   http://twitter.com/#!/SamS pratt . Your entry now counts double.


    How long this will last:

    I will keep the contest open through June and have the winner’s portraits following very shortly after. I have done numerous contests like this both personally amongst my social media platforms and sponsored through Gizmodo.com.

    Good Luck and again thank you to everyone for the ongoing support. You guys and gals, “The Spratt Pack”, if you will, are THE BEST, THE ABSOLUTE BEST. ❤ Sam

  • 10 Myths about Introverts
    10 Myths about Introverts:

    This introvert agrees. Via youmightfindyourself:

    Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
    This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

    Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
    Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

    Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
    Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

    Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
    On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

    Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
    Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

    Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
    Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

    Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
    Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

    Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
    Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

    Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
    Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

    Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
    A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

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  • fromme-toyou:

    ****GIVEAWAY!****
    I’m obssed with this bag! Want…

    fromme-toyou:

    ****GIVEAWAY!****

    I’m obssed with this bag! Want to own it too? Get ready!

    ONA is giving away Camera Bag to one lucky person!

    How to enter: Check out ONA’s Brooklyn premium leather camera satchel then come back here leaving a comment on the blog (not a Tumblr reply) on which color you would want when you win! 

    Double your chances: Friend them on Facebook

    *a winner will be chosen at random on Friday! Good luck y’all! I LOVE mine. 

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