Influences of Technology on Modern Art

Influences of Technology on Modern ArtArt has been around for as long as humanity has been making tools. The two skills grew together out of the same exceedingly creative human mind. In this way, art and technology are inextricably linked together, evolving together even if they are not evolving on exactly the same path.

As technology evolves, our lives and the world around us changes. As our lives and world change, so to do our expressions (both what we express and how we express it). In modern art, we can see this link more powerfully than ever as new technologies offer an even wider range of mediums which artists can use.

The turn of the 20th century, for example, saw major shifts in artistic mediums. It was at this time that photography was invented and with that came a whole new way of representing the world around us. Around that same time, film also emerged providing artists for the first time in history the ability to create moving pictures. This changed the scope of what could be expressed. No longer was the artist limited to expressing a single emotion or a single moment in time. With film, the artist can tell a story or show a more complex and detailed perspective of a single moment and emotion. The possibilities were endless.

Later on, the computer came into being and brought a slew of new technologies and abilities including digital media and the ability to digitally manipulate photographs and other images. This meant that there was no longer a clear distinction between representing the real through creative production (painting, drawing, etc) and depicting the real through objective mediums (photography, film, etc). Now, one could take a photograph of a real scene and manipulate to look however he or she chose. Continue reading “Influences of Technology on Modern Art” »

Differences between Art and Craft

Differences between Art and CraftAll too often, art and craft are seen as the same thing. Today, you will even find the phrases combined into the generalized hobby of “arts & crafts.” Despite this common perception, however, art and craft are two very distinct forms of human creativity. Each have their own, unique strengths and specialties.

In a nutshell, one could describe the differences between art and craft as follows:

  • Art is the use of various tools and materials in order to express an idea, emotion, or set of ideas and emotions.
  • Craft is the use of various tools and materials with the sole purpose of creating a real, tangible product.

However, this distinction is too brief and nonspecific so let’s dive deeper into the unique characteristics of each one.


Artists, art historians, and art critics will all give you different answers to the troublesome question of “what is art?” These widely different definitions are part of what makes art so wonderful. It is a boundless medium of expression that can take on many different forms and meanings the imagination and conjure up. It is precisely this boundlessness which makes it so difficult to define. Continue reading “Differences between Art and Craft” »

New Seven Wonders of the World

The world today is filled with many wonderful from natural formations that leave you speechless to magnificent feats of human ingenuity. People have been exploring and wondering over the many awe-inspiring sites in the world for centuries. In fact, it was the ancient Greeks who began the tradition of identifying the Seven Wonders of the World. That is, those sites which are so wondrous and inspiring that one should visit them if he or she wants to have a truly profound experience. Of course, for the ancient Greeks the “world” consisted entirely of the Mediterranean region. For that reason, the list has been modified over time to include wonders from all over the world.

The Original Seven Wonders of the World

The list created by the ancient Greeks included many ancient wonders that are no longer here today. There were many amazing architectural constructions and artistic creations whose splendor we can only imagine today. The list included:

  1. The Colossus of Rhodes: a 100 foot tall statue of Helios (a Greek Titan).
  2. The Lighthouse of Alexandria: a 400 foot tall lighthouse that once guided the ships coming into the largest port in Egypt.
  3. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: a magnificent and magical botanical garden
  4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  5. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  6. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  7. The Great Pyramids of Giza

Of those original seven, only one (the Great Pyramids of Giza) still exists today. Therefore, it became necessary to create an updated list of wonders, reflecting the monuments and sites that still remain. The lists have changed frequently over the years and even become more specific. Today, we have lists spanning the wonders to be found in all of existence—from the seven wonders of the natural world to the seven wonders of the industrial world. There is even a list of the seven wonders of the solar system! Continue reading “New Seven Wonders of the World” »

The Art of the Motorcycle

harley davidson motorcycle closeup photoAs you know, I love all things related to art. A few days ago, I was researching the Guggenheim when I came across an interesting review for the exhibition “The Art of the Motorcycle” that ran there in 1988.

I was intrigued so I did some research, and here is what I found out.

The Art of the Motorcycle was an exhibition which featured more than 100 exceptionally interesting motorcycles. The motorcycles were chosen for their exceptional design and features, and their historical importance in the development of design.

An interesting detail is how the exhibition ended up in such an esteemed place as the Guggenheim. The director of the Guggenheim at the time was Thomas Krens, who was a real motorcycle lover. He chose some of the bikes himself, and was helped by other experts such as Manon Slone and Charles Falco.

Another interesting fact is that this exhibition came at a time when motorcycles had a stigma attached to them, and riders were seen as low-lives. This exhibition marked the transition from that – an end of the period of demonization and social rejection of riders.

It helped along the cause of accepting and reintegrating motorcyclists, and moved along the representation of motorcycles as something desirable and fashionable. It also celebrated the sport of riding motorcycles.

The end result is what we can see today – countless people riding motorcycles, numerous sites, shops, gatherings and expositions dedicated solely to motorcycles. Today the market for motorcycles is so big, there are even whole websites dedicated to motorcycle helmets such as this one.

When researching the exhibition, I also came across the catalogue for it which showed amazing motorcycles all the way from steam powered velocipedes to iconic Harley-Davidsons like the ones we can see cruising down streets today.

As far as the rating of the exhibition, it was deemed a complete success. Enormous numbers of people came to see the exhibition, and the Guggenheim recorded highest ticket sales ever with more than 4 thousand people coming to see the exhibition every day, and over 5 thousand attendees on the weekends.

The total number of people went just over 300 thousand, which was a record attendance when it comes to exhibitions at the Guggenheim. Seeing how popular it was, many other venues started basically copying the exhibition, for example the Orlando Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Bilbao.

The exhibition also travelled, so when the total number of people who visited it is added up, it comes to well over a million, making this exhibition one of the best viewed in history. It was so popular that, for many people, this was their first and only visit to a museum.

The catalogue which I mentioned was also sold, and in remarkable numbers – until 2005, over a quarter of a million copied were printed which is the most of any museum catalogue ever. That’s additionally impressive since the catalogue is pretty large. It has over 400 pages of quality color print. It would definitely be interesting to get a chance to see something like that now!

The Importance Of Societal Preservation

The Importance Of Societal PreservationAs the world has continued to develop over the years, there are a number of changes that have been made in different sectors and industries as various concepts and the introduction of technology has molded the original ideas that had emerged from the initial societies that had set up shop in God’s green earth. There are many areas that an individual is able to look at when identifying the progress that has been made by the human race as a whole and one cannot help but be impressed by the significant differences that can be found in such observations.

Some ideas have come to life only to go into extinction and be replaced by another while others have maintained their grip on the global community and as a result have only developed and progressed in design as people find new ways of doing things. It should be noted that the aforementioned extinct ideas are only non-existent in practice but have maintained a place in the memories of the world. This knack for preservation can be seen as one of the more impressive traits of the world.

The ability to pass on information from one generation to the next has allowed for the conservation of past practices and traditions in the process giving the human race an idea of where they have come from and how far they have reached. Items such as guns for instance have not been around for a long time but the designs have drastically changed with the old models hardly applicable in today’s world where almost everything that is mechanically run has an automatic element.

Whereas in the past such relics (as they are referred to now) were stored in armories) the size of rooms, the introduction of the gun safe has ensured that every individual with the appropriate permits and other documentation is able to have a mini armory so to speak in the corner of their house somewhere (read more about gun safes here). Such changes would not be considered significant had the current generation had no idea of how things were done in the past.

The artwork that is stored in galleries today vary from different time periods with some paintings clocking almost a century in existence as others are being introduced to the world at this very moment. Artistes such as Michelangelo are celebrated to this day despite the fact that they lived in a time when not a single person who exists now was alive and yet he is still revered by the world of art as one of the greatest in his profession as a result of his works which are still put on display in various locations.

The importance of this habit for preservation that has been developed cannot be underestimated with regard to the role it has played with connecting the past with the present, nor for the role it will play with connecting our present with the future.

It is essential for the human race to hold on to this sense of preservation for the sake of the future generations that will come into existence. Such knowledge creates a bond that would have otherwise been impossible to come to fruition and expands the vision of the human race allowing for the appreciation of past, present and future efforts.

The Most Innovative Home Appliances

The Most Innovative Home AppliancesWith the advent of technology, our lives are becoming more and more comfortable! There are machines all round. From the time we wake up each day to the time we go to bed, we are being surrounded by machines. Innovative technological ideas rule the world at the moment!

In this article, we are going to go through some of the best home appliances that can change the whole concept of household activities!

  • Portable washers: This is one of the most useful innovations in the world now. A portable washer has a lot of utility. The best part about these portable devices is that these consume 90 % less water and energy. This forms a great alternative to laundry services, in the comfort of your home. Also, the spin dryers reduce the dry time to about 3 minutes. This, being a great space saver, is a great option for managing light laundry.
  • Portable air conditioner: For small homes with private housing rules, a portable air conditioner comes in handy. This saves space and energy, giving you the perfect home appliance! There are no specific window settings for these air conditioning units. These have wheels and can be carried with you wherever you go. All you need to do is place it in the room that needs to be cooled and your work gets done right there! However, you would need to install an exhaust vent in the window.
  • Vacuum sealer: A vacuum sealer will be your food’s best companion! How often has it happened that you had a lot of leftover food from the previous night and it had to go to waste? Well, the solution to this is right here! The vacuum sealer will effectively work out an airtight packing of your food items and keep them safe for a long long time, without hassles. All you have to do is pack the food in a bag or pouch and get it sealed. Sometimes, the pouch is placed entirely in the machine and sometimes only the mouth is sealed. These vacuum sealers will go a long way in making an airtight packaging of the food and some top ones can be viewed at Vacuum Sealer Hub.
  • Smart dishwasher: A smart dishwasher is of the essence here! This is a brainchild of superior technology. It is 35 % more efficient that the usual dishwashers. These give shorter clean cycles that allow you to work quickly. Some of the machines can even connect to the Wi-Fi and that is quite the innovation!
  • Smart fridge: After smart phones, come these smart refrigerators! Each of these comes with a number of apps on the screen. Some of these apps include temperature display, calendar, twitter, news and the likes. How many of us could have thought of having an internet-connected fridge in the kitchen? This eco-friendly machine is great for your home and the LED lights further help to make it energy efficient!

Each of these 5 machines is definitely going to make your work and life a lot easier at home!

The Beauty Of Wooden Art

The Beauty Of Wooden ArtWooden art has been one of the most famous forms of art and sculpting. This is not a recent practice; this has been going on since the Stone Age days. Wood is the most readily available material and is thus in huge demand. Wood became a rather popular material for man even before anything else could be invented. The plasticity of wood is what works to the interest of this art form. You can shape it any shape you want to and you are eventually going to get some amazing art.

Wooden art is being practiced in different parts of the world. Let us look into some of these.

African sculptures: West Africa has been a centre of artistic brilliance. This region is rich in arts and crafts. There are many tribes here that practice different forms of art. Needless to say, wood is a very good option here. Wooden art is mainly manifested in the forms of headrests and animal figurines. There are also masks and some other sculptures that have made African wooden work famous around the world.

Greek sculptures: If Africa is famous for its wooden sculptures, Greece is not far behind. However, Greek art is a mixture of Egyptian and Persian cultures. Painting and sculpting in this part of the world have been popular since the times of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Starting off with mainly religious art, Greek art then manifested itself in different forms. Sculptures and statues form the majority of the art work here.

American Indian art: America has been a fan of artistic forms right from the time the continent was discovered in the 15th century. The tribal art in this part of the world based on wooden work is hugely reliant and depicts the cultures of the people here, the religious beliefs and rituals. Head masks, sculptures, pots and the likes are most popular here. Most of the art work now is done with the use of different machines that make wood carving a lot easier. You can learn more about them at WoodLathePro.

Oceanic art: Another art form that makes use of wood is the oceanic art. This is mainly the art form practiced in the settlements of the Pacific Ocean region. Because of the mixed origin of people here, the art forms also vary. Wood carving and sculptures are common in this part of the world. Add to that, shield, paddles, pottery and shields; this region emerges to be a great artistically advanced area.

These are only some of the various wooden art forms prevalent around the globe. Wooden carving is not exactly a very easy job to do. It includes different steps that need to be followed very carefully. The first step is choosing the appropriate wood, cutting the wood to reduce it to various shapes. This is then followed by smoothening the surface with sand papers. Lastly, to preserve the sculpture, wax, resin, or walnut oil is used.  In this way, we are able to obtain beautifully carved wooden art forms.

My First Sculpting Workshop

My First Sculpting WorkshopRecently I had the opportunity to attend a stone sculpting workshop. The workshop was held by Elizabeth, a friend of mine. She specializes in stone sculpting. I learnt quite a great deal from her on sculpting. Stone sculpture is the art of creating three dimensional and visually interesting objects out of stone.

The sculpting is a process where natural stone in rough form is shaped by controlled removal of stone. Due to the stonework being permanent, its presence can be dated back to some of the earliest civilizations. You can see stone sculptures in Egypt, India, and Greece and in Europe too. Rock engravings or Petroglyphs were the earliest types of stone works created by humans.  The engravings were done by pecking, incising, abrading, and carving the stone.

Stone sculpture includes monumental sculpture, which consists of larger works and the architectural sculpture, which is related to buildings. Carving done on semi-precious stones including agate, jade, rock crystal and carnelian, and onyx is another form of stonework. Sometimes mineral gypsum or alabaster, which is of softer consistency, is also carved to produce smaller art works.

While sculpting stone, you need to use proper safety equipment such as respirator or dust masks. Elizabeth recommended using a respirator for working indoors and while using rotary tools. She mentioned that sometimes she has to work for long periods continuously to get a particular work done. She doesn’t get tired however because she uses proper protein supplements purchased at, which improves her stamina a great deal.

A face shield or good safety glasses are must too. Other protective tools to have include, steel toe boots and work gloves. You also require hearing protection, when you use power tools. Since the workshop I attended was for beginners, we did not use much of the power tools, but rather learnt the basic sculpting methods. If you intend to buy the tools, ensure that they are of industrial grade. Some basic tools to have include, masonry rod saw, rasps of straight type, and rifler rasps. Diamond and carbide rasps are better than steel rasps, while working on harder stones.

Other tools include files of straight type and some rifler files too. Chisels, which everyone associates with stone sculpting is used for working with granite or marble only. For the softer stones, they are however not needed. Elizabeth advised me to carve first on soapstone, before using the chisel. And sanding paper is another necessary thing to have. You need to buy both wet and dry. All the above tools are readily available in hardware stores.

I was however interested in the power tools. The power tools are for working fast and needed when you scale up your work and when you work on harder stone types. The rotary tools with foot pedal for controlling speed and flexible shaft last for longer periods, if they are of good quality. And there are the air tools, which are durable and versatile. You can use different sizes of angle grinders, polishers, sanders, engravers etc. But to operate the air tools, you need a powerful compressor.

Enhancing Art with Decor

Enhancing Art with DecorInterior design is something that has tremendous potential. The ideas for decorating are as vast as the world itself. I have collected some exquisite pieces of art during my travels, which, now grace my home, and are envied by my friends, family, and neighbors. While I’m not much experienced in interior décor, my artistic talents have helped me choose some really valuable pieces over the years.

While art is what people save for the last, while decorating, I’d recommend buying the art first and then plan the decoration around it. While not many would agree with this and some who contend that art is something that stands on its own and not dependent on décor, I maintain that art will take on a greater impact, when the décor supports your art. Here are some tips on making your art blend with the décor to give a stunning impact.

Line and color repetition

Adding artistic graphic images that are similar to the upholstery makes a space look more appealing. When you add brighter colored accents, this will not distract attention from the graphic art piece. When you repeat the color in the art, in the décor, the overall impact is multiplied. In fact, when you choose cushions or upholstery that are similar in color to the art piece you have in the room, it will add beauty to the art.

I have an abstract painting hung in my living room wall behind the sofa. In addition to having the sofa cushions matching the colors in the painting, I also have an aquarium with fish that match the colors. This makes the room quite colorful and bright, just what I’d aimed at. Although I had some trouble maintaining the aquarium, after I purchased the nice canister filters, my job was certainly less taxing. This repetition of lines and colors can also be done in other rooms, for instance, you can choose a dining table that has similar curves as the painting in the wall or add a floral painting to give a brighter touch.

Color balance

The color in the art piece should be balanced with the furniture. For instance, if you have a painting that has more of black and some yellow hues, a sofa in full black with yellow pillows will balance the art adequately.  When you add this color balance all over the furnishings, it will spread the effect of the painting in a more exuberant fashion.

Multiple art works

Several art pieces created by one artist or having similar style create a better impact. For instance, you can have the similar pieces at different walls of the room, so they balance each other and create a powerful look combined together than the individual art pieces could have created.


While where you place your pieces of art is important, so is placement of furniture in your home. The furniture adds elegance to the artwork and emphasizes the art more.

Another idea that I have found very appealing is placing mirrors in the ceiling or on the walls opposite, where you have the paintings, so they are reflected. These create a dramatic effect, with the painting seen in upside down and reverse positions.

Is Beauty Really Skin Deep?

Is Beauty Really Skin DeepIf you were to ask William Shakespeare what he thought about this question, he’d tell you that, “Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye.” That is to say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Two individual people can look at the same thing or the same person in this case, and come up with differing opinions about what they see. This is a demonstrable quality of beauty and one of the things which make it difficult to nail down exactly what is beautiful. To be brief about it, no, beauty isn’t really skin deep. There’s actually much more to it.

If we’re looking at beauty in people or animals, a lot of that comes down to genetics. There are some facial structures, some body types, some other aspects of appearance which are generally better received than others – qualities people tend to generally agree are attractive. You cannot purchase these in a store or paint them onto your face with any makeup. In this sense beauty certainly runs well below the skin, beyond a microscopic level and down to the very genetic code which makes up a person. But this doesn’t account for everything. The personal tastes of the viewer are just as important.

If someone doesn’t find a sight, smell or sound appealing, there’s little to be done to convince them of its beauty. Personal taste has much to do with what we value as beautiful and consider to be unattractive. Just look at the way men and women have been portrayed throughout history. There was a time back in Ancient Greece and Rome where larger, fuller bodied women were considered gorgeous, though that is not the popular opinion today. Our ideas of beauty change right along with our perceptions.

That doesn’t mean the skin has nothing to do with beauty, however. In fact, taking good care of your skin can help keep it looking fresher and feeling firmer for years longer than it normally would. Things like regular moisturizing, microdermabrasion machines and exfoliating, and even regular washing can help to remove dirt and germs along with preventing skin from drying out and becoming a more hospitable place for those germs to live. Proper skin care is important for maintaining a beautiful appearance, so there is some truth to that old adage about beauty only being skin deep. It’s still losing credibility fast.

Some people find ways to purchase beauty for a price. Plastic surgery isn’t exactly rare in some parts of the world, especially the United States of America, which is home to a great percentage of all the operations performed per year. The side effects of such procedures vary. Some people take to the surgery very well and end up looking significantly more beautiful or handsome because of it. As for others, a quick online search for “bad plastic surgery” will show you what things look like on the other end of the spectrum. Beauty doesn’t seem to be something which can be purchased or surgically added.

Different Types Of Art In The World

Different Types Of Art In The WorldArt is a concept that has continued to grow and expand with the times as society has continued to progress in terms of civilization. Different cultures around the world have been the creators of different types of art and its significance cannot be ignored due to the fact that art is an element that has been discovered throughout the different periods of time going back all the way to the pictures that were found in the residences of the first cavemen to be discovered.

Art can be said to have initially had a more stable definition as the term was mostly regard with visual depictions created by the artiste on various subjects. A painting was the most common article that was most often related to art but this has changed over the years as new forms of art have been discovered by various groups of people around the globe. The popularity of artwork has grown so much so that some pieces have been sold for millions of dollars in various auctions attended by art enthusiasts with financial stability.

Some of the different types of art that can be found around the world today can include:


From the time when cavemen first discovered cooking and their club was the only machine for grinding meat available(unlike today when we have these at MeatGrinderAdviser), art has been one of the most commonplace findings in old archeological sites. These can be considered to be the first forms of visual art to be discovered and over the years, these pictures have developed as individuals have bettered their skills through practice and the discovery of new methods of application. Paintings have steadily gained in popularity and a number of artistes such as Michelangelo have gained worldwide fame and recognition for the pieces they have created.

These paintings do not necessarily have to be done on a canvas as depicted by the beautiful work done on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or more recently the artwork that has been found around the cities in the United States by the artiste known as Banksy.


Music can also be considered to be a form of art and this can be classified in the audio category of artwork. If an individual is not quite sure on the correctness of this statement, one simply has to listen to a bad composition to fully appreciate the aesthetic value of beautifully crafted music. When can be compared to the experience of an individual’s ears been thrown into a meat grinder (like this one –, a good song is able to emotionally connect with a listener on levels that cannot be explained to a person who has ever had the pleasure of undergoing such an experience.

Modern Art

Modern art is a term that can be used to describe the new types of artwork that have risen up in recent times. These types of art do not necessarily have a basis on which to build their foundation and can combine a number of different art forms to complete the final production. Modern art can be found in many art galleries and exhibits in suburban regions and is slowly gaining popularity amongst the art lovers of the world.

Safety for Vehicles

Safety for VehiclesSometimes people are left to wonder if technology does more harm than good. Whatever be the majority vote on this matter, I still feel that technology is for our good. In fact, take the car we drive in daily. There have been so many improvements made to increase our safety on road that technology cannot be doubted.

Motor vehicles have undergone significant changes all through history. For instance, the initial vehicles didn’t even come with windshield wipers or seatbelts.  The vehicles on road today have undergone a sea change, since the time of Henry Ford. Now you see so many new features that are designed with ultimate safety for you and your family. Here are some top safety devices you see in cars today.

Air bags

While the airbags are frowned upon and thought as dangerous, they have actually saved many people’s lives. You have side and dual stage types of airbags. Dual stage goes off at varying times. If the accident is a minor one, one airbag goes off, while in accidents that are more serious both airbags are used. Side airbags are for preventing head injuries. Airbags however are harmful to small kids and they should always be in the back seat, where you don’t have any airbags.

Auto dimming or electro chromatic mirrors

The reflection of light from oncoming vehicles on your mirrors is an annoying thing. The auto-dimming feature reduces glare and prevents accidents. Using a nice led light bar also gives better lighting, while driving at night.

Impact absorbing steering

Steering systems are designed to compress on impact reducing rib injuries to drivers. According to studies, the driver fatalities have been reduced by 12% and risks that are more serious have come down by 38%. In a crash, drivers are pushed forward and the steering wheel is the main cause of injuries to them. This feature helps in preventing such risks.

Sensing system for backup

This is of immense help when you are backing up. The sensor warns when you near any object or vehicle while reversing. Many vehicles have this option now and it has certainly reduced the collisions in vehicles.

Head restraints

Whiplash and head injuries are the commonest injuries to occur in automobile accidents. The top portion of front seats has head restraints to reduce such injuries. In the latest models, the system is more advanced where the seat moves downward and back on collision, so you will not be pushed forward and risk such injuries.

Safe display

While it is necessary to keep your eyes on road always, it is natural to check for the speed, fuel other things, which can at times, lead to accidents. A heads up display helps to display information across the windshield, so you can watch whatever information you require easily and quickly.

Seat belts

While these are a part of all vehicles, there have been many new improvements to seat belts done over the years. The seat belts of today have belts that wrap your shoulders and lap, and some seatbelts keep the wearer from being thrown forward in case of an accident.

Monuments and Nails

Monuments and NailsWhile famous monuments of mankind like the Library at Alexandria or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon may have been destroyed by time and wear, people all over the world are still keen on constructing massive buildings. We love our monuments, but construction methods are a bit different now than they were ages ago, when the previously mentioned world wonders were created. Regardless of where the monument is or what it’s supposed to depict, it’s pretty much a given that it will be held together with nails today. This is a little interesting when you think about it – how common nails are now.

Nails are the little, inexpensive pieces of iron or other metal which hold much of our world together. They bring together different pieces of wood when making scaffolding surrounding a building, and they actually fuse elements of the building together as well, like when drywall is nailed to walls before plaster and paint go on top of it. Even if we’re not talking about monuments but rather office buildings, homes and fire stations, nails play a big part in keeping the building together. The odds are good that you’ve used nails as well if you ever built anything with wood.

Nails work wonderfully, but they do not do their work alone. There is a lot of force necessary to pound a nail into a solid block of wood, or through other building materials. Often this force is applied by using a hammer to pound the nail, hence the flat head at the opposite end of the pointed spike bit. If you’ve done any carpentry or construction before though, you know this hammering can tire a person out quickly. That’s why devices like the nail gun or framing nailer are so popular among those who build. They allow the user to apply the right amount of force, but require only a squeeze of a trigger.

Nails come in a wide variety of sizes, lengths and materials, and some are better for certain tasks than others. Roofing and shingle nails are short with fat heads which help to secure shingles and other roof aspects; concrete nails are also short but much thicker, so they can push through concrete without breaking themselves; finishing nails are very narrow and long, being designed for use in fastening exposed elements or in environments where the fat heads of larger nails would look bad. They don’t really have much of a head, so care must be taken when pounding them into an object.

I feel like I’m getting away from the main point I wanted to make here. That is, even the greatest and most amazing structures in the world rely on some of the smallest, least significant items of all to be held together and maintain. Nails may be simple and small, but they are absolutely vital to many projects, some of which can be quite complicated. There’s a lesson to learn here, something about the importance of small details and how even little things can make a huge difference. I just don’t know how to articulate it at the moment.