Friday, August 21, 2009

Today's Free Photos: In the Office

Today, almost everyone has a home office, whether it's used for business, or the running of day-to-day household accounts, or as an entertainment area, the home office has almost become a standard for most people. So, for those who blog about the business of business or the business of living, some free stock photos of stuff you use in the office.
free stock photo of the household budget, with a red circle around gasoline costs, and an ink pen, copyright J. Gracey StinsonThe household budget. This photo is a few years old now, so figures have changed quite a bit for most of us (on the upward side), as has the cost of gasoline. In Canada the cost of gasoline over the last few years has fluctuated wildly; not only over the course of time, but we also see this trend weekly. Gas prices during mid-week (Monday afternoons to early Thursday mornings) are considerably lower than gas prices from Thursday noon to Monday mornings. Why? Gas retailers raise prices towards to weekend to catch the travelers on their way to holidays or weekend homes.

These days, a family budget is a must if one is going to survive the economic crunch. Tracking your budget and spending within it, can save your bacon...or at least leave you enough money to buy some bacon.

free stock photo of a flip cell phone open, and showing charging in the lit up screen, copyright J. Gracey Stinson
Another cell phone...actually, it's the same cell phone as the previous picture, this time open and plugged-in to charge it's battery. The screen shows the charging battery and having photographed this photo on a piece of black opaque glass there is a reasonably well defined reflection. Cell phones aren't just for office or business use of course, but today it's definitely a part of many businesses. (*NB: This post was written back in 2009, and even then this phone was not the newest thing out there. Mobile devices in 2018 offer much more than just a way to phone someone, including the ability to surf the net, take pictures and videos, can handle video chat and most don't have the fold down screen any longer).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Focus on the Men - Free Stock Photos

stock photo of silver flip-open style cell phone on black background
Going for a little bit of a focus on things related to men, and things men like (usually, but this doesn't include women or significant others, which men also tend to like). Just a few today, probably more in future. Starting off the line-up today, the ever present cell phone.

In actual fact, women use them as often as men, but men (most) have a tendency to like gadgetry, and a cell phone is certainly that. This one is an older model - we still have it (my husband's old one), though it's no longer in use, it does still work. It seems that in today's world, most people can't get by without one.

I have one (at my husband's insistence) but almost never use it. I dunno - I'm not a big phone addict on the whole anyways, and just taking one when I'm going on a hike seems...well, sort of like an intrustion. Usually I have this sort of "object" photo on a white background. Today's is black for a little variety.

free photo of an old guitar - artistic representation from the bottom end
Just an old guitar - well, part of it anyways. For some reason even men who are not very musically inclined seem to like guitars - maybe it's the wood, or the shape, or maybe it's just the dreams people associate with guitars, like becoming a famous singer, or ... maybe it's just wanting to share your feelings through music.

This old baby has been around a while, and she's minus all of her strings except one. Easily repaired, she hasn't been. She sits in her case, all alone.This one belonged to my father-in-law who played it everywhere, and he was good at it. I'm sorry to say he's gone now, and the old girl has been sitting in her case waiting for someone else to love her.