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The Key to Room Décor: Simplicity, Creativity

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-Rache’ll Brown

It was the fall of 2011 when I discovered the hobby—or more appropriately, the fetish—that is home décor. Color palettes, duvet covers, throw pillows, and more; I had never realized how meticulous interior design was until I left my family home. At my parents’ house, my room was just a chaotic collection of things: a pink comforter I had since the sixth grade, band posters I had collected at Warped Tour over the years pasted on the walls unevenly, and random knickknacks filled every surface. It was a mess. It was shameful. However, I looked at leaving my parents house as an opportunity to experiment with design.

This new-found hobby started in the dorms. My roommate and I immediately started coordinating when we got our dorm packet. The color palette was easy: black and white for a classic look with accents of purple (our favorite color). When we moved in and got everything settled, I was pleased. I thought I was the craftiest freshman in Walton complex. And then Pinterest came along, and my outlook on interior design and crafting completely changed.

When it came time for me to move into my first apartment, I had everything planned out. I’ve concluded that there is an easy formula to a cozy yet coordinated room, and I’ve decided to share my theory.

Pictures EVERYWHERE

Scour Facebook, Instagram, and your hard drive for pictures that have captured your favorite moments in life. There are so many things to do with photos, but my favorite ways to use them is to fill wall space. One of the easiest things I did was take clear fishing line and miniature clothes pins to create banners with my favorite pictures. I just hung a few points throughout the line with mini clear Command strips and everything was set.

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Simplicity is Key

Use simple a color palette, simple decorations, and a simple floor plan for a clean and put together look. Choose two (or three: two neutrals and a pop color) coordinating colors to purchase all comforters, pillows, rugs, etc. in. Ditch the cluttered look and keep only functional pieces around your room—overcrowding makes the room seem smaller and unorganized. If you find an ornate piece you think is a must, get it! But make sure you limit the over-the-top pieces to a minimum.

Get Crafty

Whether you rely on Pinterest or think of things on your own, put your creative hat on to figure out the most functional, thrifty, and aesthetically pleasing ways to utilize your space. For example, I have a lot of necklaces and a lot of wall space. I considered making my own jewelry board but had already spent my crafting budget elsewhere. So, I decided to take my extra mini Command strips and hang my necklaces on the wall (pictured at top). Voila! It’s thrifty, cute, and functional.

If you were lost on how to decorate your bedroom or apartment before—don’t fret now! There are simple ways to spice up your décor without too much effort, money, or time. So take some of my advice, get crafty, and your place will be the envy of all your friends in no time!

Visually Oriented: Photos of the Past Looking Toward the Future

-Emily Fraysse

It wasn’t until years after the development of the “fort” my cousins and I created in the basement of our beach house in Carmel-by-the-sea, California, that I found out the basement was where color photography was invented.  Now consumed by cobwebs, dust, and god-knows-what-else, the basement stands empty. The brown-shingled house with a looming oak tree in the front is now considered a historical landmark, thanks to Arnold Genthe, the past owner and mastermind behind the photographic advancement in the late 19th and early 20th century.

However, as advanced as this once was (and still kind of is today), it is slowly becoming a forgotten technique. Film photography is becoming a lost art. The uncomplicated process of digital photography, as well as the accessibility of cell phone cameras and apps have become more and more popular over the past decade.

Instagram, Camerabag, and other cell phone apps allow users to apply filters by the click of a button, making them instantly much cooler than the original, and then allows users to easily share them with friends. According to statistics, as of April 2012, there have been over one billion Instagram photo uploads, forty million Instagram users, and the app-usage has grown 1600 percent between April 2011 and April 2012. Keep in mind, Instagram and iPhones are still very, very new. IPhones first came out in 2007, less than six years ago!

With these advancements in technology, where does that leave the future of photography? Living in this digital age, which is redefining and sharpening the techniques of traditional photography practices, will the world eventually completely switch over, leaving film photography behind? At this rate, it definitely seems like it. Yet, many people are making strides to save these valuable and incomparable techniques. With the scare of losing the classic white frame of Polaroid photographs a few years ago, the Impossible Project was created. This small team of ten former Polaroid employees in October 2008 gathered together with the goal of saving the last production plant for integral instant film and started to produce new instant film materials for Polaroid cameras. This has been a success with the development of the plant in the Netherlands.

Now, the real question is, will people have to do this for film photography? Is this what photography has come to: hundreds of tiny colorful dots per square inch of a screen? It may be too early to tell. So, I guess for now, we’ll have to wait and see.

Terms of Abuse? A Look Into Social Media's Fine Print

-Marissa Tomko

I feel like my answer to everything these days is “I saw it on the internet.” From the catchy “Call Me Maybe” tune to Lance Armstrong’s confessions, I am constantly scrolling through notifications, Tweets, and articles about the world around me, and what is happening at that very moment. It takes mere minutes for news to go viral, and there is never a way to tell when it will happen.

The modern-day sensation of insta-news was especially appropriate last month, when the social media company Instagram changed its “Terms of Use.” Instagram’s new policy stated that it would be able to use the photos of any Instagrammer for advertisements, or sell them to services with no obligation to notify or compensate the user. This realization sparked internet pandemonium—people were outraged at the company. Account holders threatened to delete their photo streams for good, including celebrities with large followings and National Geographic. These threats did not go unnoticed. After all, what is social media without users?

Consequently, less than a week later on December 20, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blogpost that the language surrounding the public’s issues would be removed, and that the new new policy would go into effect on January 19, 2013. Last week, an email went out reminding users that the policy will take effect on Saturday. The email was sure to remind users that they will have control over the privacy of their photos.

After all of the controversy and change, there are some that believe that while the protests of users were commanding and influential, they weren’t completely aware of the situation. In an interview with The Washington Post, Susan Scafidi, a professor of law at Fordham University, says that these were probably Instagram’s policies all along.

“The issue was never that Instagram could sell your images. The issue was that, under the ‘Terms of Use,’ they could license them to anyone, anywhere, for virtually any purpose.” Users of social media such as Instagram are unaware of what companies can actually do with their content and user data, the knowledge of which might make one wary of what they choose to do online.

Like most people, I’m probably still not going to read all of the fine print every time I purchase a new app for my phone. But I do take comfort in knowing that if something is brought to the attention of my fellow online addicts, I’ll be able to find out at the refresh of a Twitter feed. Meanwhile, I’ll just be watching the newest cat video.

America Shows Its Thanks For Instagram

 

-Marissa Tomko

According to National Geographic the world’s first photograph was taken in 1826 by a French scientist named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The exposure time of the bitumen-coated plate took hours, and the photo had to be properly lit in order to be viewed. This process marked the beginning of the history of photography

Fast forward almost two hundred years, and you’ll find another milestone moment in the world of photography. Only this time, instead of one image per day, it’s 226 images per second. And instead of a bitumen-coated plate, it’s Instagram, an app that enables Apple and Android users to share their lives through photographs in retro-looking filters. It combines old looks with new technology—and it’s absolutely brilliant. This Thanksgiving, Instagramming Americans set a new record by posting ten million photos onto the app, doubling the amounts that are uploaded other days of the year.

I have found the general consensus among my peers to be that Instagram is the place to be. Some have gone so far as to say it has made sites such as Facebook irrelevant, which is ironic considering that the company purchased Instagram for one billion dollars earlier this year.

In any case, it is clear that Americans were thankful for the app this year, posting pictures of meals, family, and decor during the holiday. While people have been photographing these things for so many years, there’s something about Instagram that makes us care more about the turkey other people are eating. Maybe it’s the old time-y filters that make something ordinary extraordinary. Or maybe it’s the simplicity—you scroll through pictures and double tap them if you “like” them. No matter what its draw, it seems that Instagram will be documenting our holiday season at insane rates, and Thanksgiving was just the beginning. Happy holidays and happy gramming!

 

The Fashion String: Social Photography

-Tamara Feingold

You went to a party last night. No one posted pictures online. Did it count?

Gone are the days of enjoying your company in real life. Now, it’s all about online documentation. What’s a party without Foursquare check-ins, Twitter hashtags, vintage Instagram photos, and, most importantly, a new Facebook album?

This isn’t anything new; Tom Wolfe referenced the social network narcissist years ago in the film Bill Cunningham New York. He mentions an old magazine article titled “You went out last night. Nobody wrote about it. Do you exist?” In the interview, Wolfe talks about the importance of newspaper columns to New York socialites and mentions that a lot of people were caught up in this frame of mind.

It’s still true. We’re so worried about updating every online outlet possible to convince the world we’re having fun that we don’t actually let ourselves have fun.

Let’s talk about fashion and parties. At first you may think it’s okay to wear the same outfit to two different parties, two weekends in a row. None of your mutual friends will be there so no one will know, right? WRONG. Some aspiring photographer will use her new Canon EOS Rebel T3i to take pictures of you sitting on a couch at the first party. Your other friend will probably whip out his disposable camera at the second one. You’ve made a huge mistake: Facebook friends flipping through your tagged photos will assume you only own one outfit.

The people who know this make sure to wear their weekend best at each and every party. Girls layer dripping necklaces over their short dresses, while guys add a hat here, change a sweatshirt there. This creates some kind of Facebook image of each person, hundreds of tagged photos that weave together in a digital scrapbook.

Parties aren’t just parties anymore; they’re photo ops. Your outfits don’t just create your style; they create a character by which people judge you online.

This creates the question: are we dressing for some kind of social media paparazzi when we go out? You have two options here. You can either dress for Facebook in outfits your friends will think are stylish or you can wear what like, when you like.

Follow Tamara at @tamfeingold

Top 10 iPhone Apps

-Lizzy Ludwig

With the increasing popularity of smart phones, the creation of applications has also skyrocketed. There are thousands of programs available on your cell phone that help you live your life. Here are a few of the most popular iPhone apps on the market.

1. Games – Angry Birds

This fun mindless game’s goal is to launch a variety of birds from a slingshot into the evil, egg-stealing green pigs. Angry Birds is not only challenging, but it is almost impossible to put your phone down once you’ve started.

2. On the Go – Kayak

This app enables you to search for hotels, flights and car rentals from the comfort of your cell phone. Perks include airport information, price alerts and a fee table. And perhaps most importantly, it’s completely free. For people who like to travel first or business class, the pro version is only 1.99.

3. Lifestyle – Epicurious

Tired of trying to find a recipe using a cookbook or searching endlessly on a computer? Try Epicurious! This app enables you to enter in the ingredients you know you have at home and magically comes up with a delicious recipe. One of the best features is it lets you see what other people thought about each dishes.

4. Photography – Instagram

Forget ordinary pictures and install instagram so you can apply different filters to your photos. This app lets you follow your friends picture posts and other various media outlets. People can also comment on your pictures and uploading to Facebook is extremely easy.

5. Music – Bloom

This is not just your ordinary music app. Bloom is part instrument, part composition and part artwork. With this app, you can create elaborate patterns and unique melodies just by tapping on the screen. There are random mood settings and a sleep timer so you can fall asleep to a lullaby.

6. Entertainment – Netflix

First television, then your laptop and now your phone! You can stream        instant play straight from your phone anywhere. This allows you to be entertained and watch your favorite shows/movies anywhere you go.

7. Social – Foursquare

This app is similar to Facebook, but it takes checking in to a whole new level. Check in when you get somewhere and Foursquare will let you know what other visitors have thought and if other users are currently there.

8. Social – Bump

Who needs business cards when you have Bump? Tap your phone with somebody else’s phone with Bump and your information will become theirs (contacts, Facebook, email). No need to awkwardly exchange information. Just Bump it and the job is done!

9. Lifestyle – Mint

Managing your money can be hard, but with Mint, the job doesn’t have to be so hard anymore! This app tracks your income, spending and investments after you input the information. It will also alert you if you go over budget or if you need to pay closer attention to your credit.

10. Entertainment – Instapaper

This iPhone app let’s you save newspaper, magazine and blog articles to read later in the day. What’s really neat is that it lets you sync it with your web account. It downloads the text in an easy to read format that can be read even if you’re offline.

Photo taken from akascope.com

Top 10 iPhone Apps

 

With the increasing popularity of smart phones, the creation of applications has also skyrocketed. There are thousands of programs available on your cell phone that help you live your life. Here are a few of the most popular iPhone apps on the market.

 

iPhone Apps

 

1.) Games – Angry Birds

This fun mindless game’s goal is to launch a variety of birds from a slingshot into the evil, egg-stealing green pigs. Angry Birds is not only challenging, but it is almost impossible to put your phone down once you’ve started.

2.) On the Go – Kayak

This app enables you to search for hotels, flights and car rentals from the comfort of your cell phone. Perks include airport information, price alerts and a fee table. And perhaps most importantly, it’s completely free. For people who like to travel first or business class, the pro version is only 1.99.

3.) Lifestyle – Epicurious

Tired of trying to find a recipe using a cookbook or searching endlessly on a computer? Try Epicurious! This app enables you to enter in the ingredients you know you have at home and magically comes up with a delicious recipe. One of the best features is it lets you see what other people thought about each dishes.

4.) Photography – Instagram

Forget ordinary pictures and install instagram so you can apply different filters to your photos. This app lets you follow your friends picture posts and other various media outlets. People can also comment on your pictures and uploading to Facebook is extremely easy.

5.) Music – Bloom

This is not just your ordinary music app. Bloom is part instrument, part composition and part artwork. With this app, you can create elaborate patterns and unique melodies just by tapping on the screen. There are random mood settings and a sleep timer so you can fall asleep to a lullaby.

6.) Entertainment – Netflix
First television, then your laptop and now your phone! You can stream instant play straight from your phone anywhere. This allows you to be entertained and watch your favorite shows/movies anywhere you go.

7.) Social – Foursquare

This app is similar to Facebook, but it takes checking in to a whole new level. Check in when you get somewhere and Foursquare will let you know what other visitors have thought and if other users are currently there.

8.) Social – Bump

Who needs business cards when you have Bump? Tap your phone with somebody else’s phone with Bump and your information will become theirs (contacts, Facebook, email). No need to awkwardly exchange information. Just Bump it and the job is done!

9.) Lifestyle – Mint

Managing your money can be hard, but with Mint, the job doesn’t have to be so hard anymore! This app tracks your income, spending and investments after you input the information. It will also alert you if you go over budget or if you need to pay closer attention to your credit.

10.) Entertainment – Instapaper

This iPhone app let’s you save newspaper, magazine and blog articles to read later in the day. What’s really neat is that it lets you sync it with your web account. It downloads the text in an easy to read format that can be read even if you’re offline.