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May 6, 2019


7 Reasons You Should Get Wood Floors And When To DIY

There are so many different options for flooring out there that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. You can install carpet, tilling, linoleum, and of course wood flooring – hardwood flooring to be exact. Hardwood flooring can be pricey, we won’t deny that, but it also comes with a lot of perks and is well worth what you’re paying for. On top of that, because we like you, we'll even throw in some advice for when you should consider letting a flooring company handle installation vs doing it yourself. So get ready because now, we’re going to outline the 7 reasons why getting hardwood floors is worth it and when you should consider a DIY installation.

1. Wood Flooring Doesn’t Take Much To Maintain

The first point that we will make in favor of hardwood floors is that they are low maintenance. The reason for that being, hardwood is usually sealed with a layer of protective finish that makes it much more difficult for them to stain or scuff.
Speaking of scuffing, hardwood floors can be repaired and refinished if they do scrape, scuffed, dented, or scratched. So even if you so have damage at a particular spot on your flooring (which high-traffic areas are especially prone to) it can always be fixed. Wood flooring has to suffer a lot of damage for them to need to be outright replaced.

2. Wood Floors Are Easy To Clean and Safe

Another reason why you’d want to consider getting wood flooring is that it is very easy to clean and to keep it that way. There’s nowhere for dirt to hide and the laminated surface makes it easy to wipe or clean away any messes that can occur. This means that they are easier to keep sanitized as well. All in all, hardwood is a good choice if you want to make your home safer and healthier.

3. Wood Floors are Durable and Strong

This is somewhat in keeping with the “low maintenance” point from earlier, but wood floors are really strong. Wood possesses natural strength and is dense enough that it can withstand scratches and dents; this toughness the why behind this kind of flooring is hard to damage. If you are in the market for a kind of flooring that can really take a beating, Ipe, hickory, and Brazilian teak, in particular, are good toughing out punishment.

4. Wood Floors Can Last For Ages

Any flooring company worth its salt could tell you this, but hardwood floors actually can last for ages, that is not hyperbole we're spouting in this segment title. Wood flooring is so strong that there isn't much damage that anyone could dish out that could change that fact. Granted, in order to make absolutely sure your hardwood floor can be practically eternal, you would have to redo it's maintenance coat every five years or so, but it's pretty light work to ensure you can have beautiful floors for many, many years.

5. Hardwood Offers Lots of Style and Versatility

Within the category of wood flooring itself, there is a staggering amount of styles to choose from. We're talking hundreds upon hundreds of textures, colors, and types. Even if you decided to get hardwood floors throughout your entire home, there's much more than enough options so that each room could be totally different.
Even if you've already got hardwood floors in your home, you or a flooring company could refinish and stain them in whatever color you want. If you're looking for a kind of flooring that gives you options you really don't have to look any further than wood.

6. Wood Flooring Can Give Your Home a Timeless Feel

Along with the versatility that they offer, wood floors can also be apart of pretty much any design scheme that you can think of, honestly. Hardwood stays lovely and inviting looking no matter how you've got your home decorated and although you probably think we're beating a dead horse here, it's not liable to wear out as badly as some other floor types. In actuality, some kinds of wood flooring look better with some wear. Regardless, of whether you prefer your hardwood pristine or a bit worn, wood floors themselves will never go out of fashion.

7. Hardwood is Eco-Friendly

Hardwood is an environmentally friendly choice due to it coming from a natural and sustainable resource. The longevity means that fewer materials end up being wasted from having to replace it. Adding to that, it helps to insulate your home and can be made of reclaimed or recycled wood. Altogether, It's a great choice if you want to do your part to look after the environment.

DIY vs Flooring Company: Which is the Better Choice?

One last thing we want to say is that depending on the kind of wood floors you want, they can either be pretty easy or quite difficult to install. Engineered wood is pretty easy to install in a weekend DIY job if you're feeling up to it. No need to call in a flooring company to assist with this as they come pre-finished and all you pretty much need to do is glue or nail them down.
Solid hardwood flooring, on the other hand, is much more difficult. This is one job that you may want to call in the flooring company on as it takes much more work and you need to either have very good instructions on hand to follow or really need to know what you're doing.
Typically, you would attach it with a special kind of flooring nailer and then sanded with a drum type floor sander. That latter step is what makes putting down solid hardwood so difficult. The smoothness of the sanding is crucial to the finished product so if you don't think you can handle it, there's no shame in calling your local flooring company to get it done. By no means does this make getting them not worth it, however, as once they are done being installed, you'll have a perfect floor that can last a lifetime.`
Brucke Flooring of Tulsa knows it’s not easy to trust your home to a group of strangers. We appreciate that trust and work hard to keep it intact. At Brucke Flooring and Refinishing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we give every wood flooring job the “White Glove Treatment".

November 30, 2018


Clutch Announces More Than 130 Creative and Design Agencies as Global Leaders for 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C, November 27, 2018 – B2B research, ratings, and reviews company Clutch announced the leading agencies from around the world that demonstrate excellence in design and creative. Clutch’s annual report recognizes 130+ top B2B service providers across multiple sub-categories, including web, digital, print, product, packaging, UX/UI, logo, and graphic design, as well as creative and video production.
Leaders are listed in alphabetical order below:
3rd EdgeAeolidia
ANDESIGNAppetite Creative Solutions
Bates CreativeBEXBRANDS
BeyondBlack Bear Design
Blue Fountain MediaBlue Label Labs
Blue WaterBLVR
BMG Media Co.Boldare
Bop DesignBrand+Aid
Brave UXBulldog Drummond
Camp CreativeCitizen Group
ClayClockwork Design Group, Inc
Commotion EngineConstructive
CraftoonCreative Navy
DDWDeal Design, Inc.
December LabsDemo Duck
DesparkDMI (Digital Management, Inc.)
ds+f / Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.Duncan Channon
Echo&Coefelle creative
ELEKSEmotive Brand
Experience DynamicsExplainify
FgfactoryFresh Tilled Soil
Fuzzy MathGloberDesign
GrappusGreyBox Creative
Gunderson DirectGuy Bauer
Havas CanadaHeartbeat Agency
HMG CreativeHub Strategy and Communication
Indigo ProductionsJacob Tyler
Jake GroupJordan Crown
Left Hand DesignLien Design
Lollypop Design StudioLooseKeys
MiresBallMomentum Design Lab
MubalooMultiVision Digital Productions
Mutual MobileNavitas Marketing
New HaircutNew Pace Productions
OranjeParachute Design Group Inc.
Paragraphs, LLCPat Animation Studio
Proof BrandingPUREi
QNY CreativeQubStudio
Radish LabRainCastle Communications, Inc.
RamotionRep Cap
Rip Media GroupRuckus
Rule29Sayenko Design
Slide UXSmashBrand
SparkhouseSPINX Digital
Spiracle MediaStarfish
Strano + Pettigrew Design AssociatesStudio Pigeon
Switch VideoThe DVI Group
The GradientThe Miller Group
The O GroupThink Company
ThreeSixtyEightTiny Frog Technologies
TractionTraina Design
VeracityColabVerstiuk Production
Verve LogicWow-How Studio
Yum Yum VideosZync

“Being a creative and design leader means having not only an arsenal of techniques but also an ability to think outside the box and understand the unique challenges companies face in markets,” Clutch Senior Business Analyst Ilse Heine said. “These agencies are unrivaled in their commitment to personalized and detail-oriented customer service.”

It’s free to get listed on Clutch, but only the most highly recommended companies in each industry are recognized as leaders. The 2018 list of Clutch Global Leaders names 1000+ companies across five research categories; all companies featured proved their industry expertise and ability to deliver.

Clutch’s research is ongoing. For a chance to be named to Clutch’s 2019 Global Leaders List, apply now. It’s a free, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes.

November 12, 2018


World's first AI presenter unveiled in China

World's first AI presenter unveiled in China

November 10, 2018


Selected Photos of Actress Camila Mendes

November 8, 2018


The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

Contest Name: The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Competition Prize: $2500

Genre: Short Story

Entry Fee: $17

Last Date for Submitting: Contest opens each year April 1 - May 15

Allowed Entries: No Limit

Subjects or Concept: Stories can be on any theme.

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Glimmer Train Contest 2018

Word count: 12,000 words, any shorter length stories are more than welcome. Open to all writers.

Contest Name: Glimmer Train Contest 2018

Competition Prize: $700, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of that issue.

Genre: Fiction, Short Story

Entry Fee: $2

Last Date for Submitting: April 30 or November 30

Allowed Entries: One

Subjects or Concept: Stories can be on any theme.

Results will be sent by email within 18 weeks of the submission deadline.

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2019 On Teaching Poem Prize

Contest Name: 2019 On Teaching Poem Prize

Competition Prize: $1000

Genre: Poem

Entry Fee: Free

Last Date for Submitting: January 01, 2019

Allowed Entries: One

Subjects or Concept:

This is simple contest for Poem writers. Prize money for this competition is $1,000, given to the best unpublished poem writen about K-12 teaching.

The winning poem will be published in Academy of American Poets popular Poem-a-Day series during May and published on Poets.org.

Selected Finalist will also receive $500.

Submission Period: October 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019.

Poem prize guidelines

Any poet who meets one of the below criteria on the date of the application deadline, in any given year, is eligible to apply:

U.S. Citizen

Resident of the United States for the ten-year period prior to the submission deadline, or

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.

The On Teaching Poem Prize is given to honor a previously unpublished poem written about K–12 teaching and/or teachers. Applicants must be living poets who are 18 years or older.

Previously published poem does not accept.

Entries must be original poetry, in English, by one poet. Translations are not eligible.

Entries must be no more than 40 lines, typed single-spaced (unless the poem is meant to be presented using nonstandard spacing).

Allowed only one poem per applicant.

The poem should include only the title; no information that reveals the identity of the author should be included.

Poets are not eligible to apply if they have studied with the judge in full-time accredited courses within the last three years.

Click here for Submission

November 5, 2018


Narrative Prize - Writing Competition

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Accept submissions only through electronic submission system.

Contest Name: Narrative Prize

Competition Prize: $4,000

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story

Last Date for Submitting: June 15

Entry Fee:  Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund our annual Narrative Prize. Our desire is to connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. If you enjoy reading it and wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is lower than most literary magazine subscription fees, is more than justified by the quality of the work the magazine offers. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

Allowed Entries: Accept multiple submissions

Subjects or Concept:Any theme


You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest.

Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

Word Count Guidelines: 

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.

NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)

SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization in Narrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)

POETRY submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

READERS’ NARRATIVES may run up to 1,500 words.



Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize—2019

The 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Kelly Link. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2019, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Contest Name: Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize—2019

Competition Prize: $1000

Last Date for Submitting: 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2019

Entry Fee: $25 to enter

Allowed Entries: You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.

Subjects or Concept:Any theme


  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • Do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • Do not accept works in translation.
  • Once entered, they do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.

Stories received in the mail will be returned unread with your uncashed check. If you have problems with the online form or are unable to submit online for some extenuating circumstance, please contact Selected Shorts directly at shorts@symphonyspace.org and will make sure your work reaches us.

The winner will be announced in May 2019.

Click here for Competition Website.

April 11, 2018


World Top Websites in 2018


1. Google

Domain: google.com

Alexa Rank: 1

Similer Web Rank : 1

Website Category : Internet services and products

Main Country : United States

World's number one search engine. You can search anything including webpages, images, and videos. providing unique features and advanced search technology.

2. YouTube

Domain: youtube.com

Alexa Rank: 2

Similer Web Rank : 3

Website Category : Video sharing

Main Country : United States

Users can upload and watch videos. Millionns of videos available and you can watch free of cost. Users can earn revenue through uploading videos.

3. Facebook

Domain: facebook.com

Alexa Rank: 3

Similer Web Rank : 2

Website Category : Social network

Main Country : United States

Worlds top social media website. Peoples can share images with friends and relatives, chat etc...

4. Baidu

Domain: baidu.com

Alexa Rank: 4

Similer Web Rank : 4

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : China

Top Chinese language search engine

5. Wikipedia

Domain: wikipedia.org

Alexa Rank: 5

Similer Web Rank : 5

Website Category : Encyclopedia

Main Country : United States

A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software.

6. Reddit

Domain: reddit.com

Alexa Rank: 6

Similer Web Rank : 37

Website Category : Social news and entertainment

Main Country : United States

User-generated news links. Votes promote stories to the front page.

7. Yahoo!

Domain: yahoo.com

Alexa Rank: 7

Similer Web Rank : 7

Website Category : Portal and media

Main Country : United States

A major internet portal and service provider offering search results

8. Google India

Domain: google.co.in

Alexa Rank: 8

Similer Web Rank : 6

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : India

Indian version of this popular search engine.

9. Tencent QQ

Domain: qq.com

Alexa Rank: 9

Similer Web Rank : 12

Website Category : Portal

Main Country : China

China's largest and most used Internet service portal owned by Tencent, Inc

10. Taobao

Domain: taobao.com

Alexa Rank: 10

Similer Web Rank : 35

Website Category : Online shopping

Main Country : China

Taobao Marketplace is the online shopping destination in China

11. Amazon

Domain: amazon.com

Alexa Rank: 11

Similer Web Rank : 23

Website Category : E-commerce and cloud computing

Main Country : United States

On of the Worlds top online shopping website.

12. Twitter

Domain: twitter.com

Alexa Rank: 12

Similer Web Rank : 10

Website Category : Social network

Main Country : United States

Social networking and micro blogging service utilizing instant messaging.

13. Tmall

Domain: tmall.com

Alexa Rank: 13

Similer Web Rank : 51

Website Category : Online shopping

Main Country : China

Tmall is dedicated to providing a premium shopping

14. Instagram

Domain: instagram.com

Alexa Rank: 14

Similer Web Rank : 20

Website Category : Photo sharing and social media

Main Country : United States

Top Photo sharing and social media website

15. Sohu

Domain: sohu.com

Alexa Rank: 15

Similer Web Rank : 84

Website Category : Portal

Main Country : China

16. VK

Domain: vk.com

Alexa Rank: 16

Similer Web Rank : 21

Website Category : Social network

Main Country : Russia

17. Windows Live

Domain: live.com

Alexa Rank: 17

Similer Web Rank : 19

Website Category : Software plus services

Main Country : United States

18. Google Japan

Domain: google.co.jp

Alexa Rank: 18

Similer Web Rank : 25

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : Japan

19. Sina Corp

Domain: sina.com.cn

Alexa Rank: 19

Similer Web Rank :  122

Website Category : Portal and instant messaging

Main Country : China

20. Jingdong Mall

Domain: jd.com

Alexa Rank: 20

Similer Web Rank : 69

Website Category : E-commerce

Main Country : China

21.Sina Weibo

Domain: weibo.com

Alexa Rank: 21

Similer Web Rank : 97

Website Category : Social network

Main Country : China

22. Haosou

Domain: 360.cn

Alexa Rank: 22

Similer Web Rank : 124

Website Category : Internet security and search engine

Main Country : China

23. Google Germany

Domain: google.de

Alexa Rank: 23

Similer Web Rank : 22

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : Germany

24. Google UK

Domain: google.co.uk

Alexa Rank: 24

Similer Web Rank :  15

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : UK

25. Google Brazil

Domain: google.com.br

Alexa Rank: 25

Similer Web Rank : 12

Website Category : Search engine

Main Country : Brazil