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What YouTube Teaches Me

-Rache’ll Brown

I spend way too much of my time on YouTube when I should be studying, cleaning my apartment, or writing an essay. But what can I say? I’m a procrastinator, and YouTube is just so much more appealing than a five-page paper. However, I don’t see this obsession as time wasted—YouTube teaches me a lot, and I have had more than enough time to narrow down my favorite channels that I frequent instead of tending to my grown-up duties (who wants to do laundry anyway?). So here are the YouTube channels that teach me how to dress better, cook better, look better, and feel better.

Wendy’s Look Book

This channel features a small woman with a huge wardrobe and a ton of style. Her outfits are impeccable and her videos are prime quality, and most of her “pairings” and style advice is spot on. Fashion-lovers will be impressed with her words of wisdom.


From the sisters of Pixiwoo comes a British fashion and beauty channel featuring celebrity-inspired tutorials, makeovers, street style, and more, all featuring everyday viewers that are yearning for a new look.

You Deserve A Drink

Hosted by actress and comedian Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink (YDAD) is filled with cheesy one-liners (which are the basis of her built-in drinking game) and delicious drinks in honor of celebrities and current events.

Laura in the Kitchen

My dad is a chef, so the cooking channel is always on when I am home. And let me just say, Laura Vitale is better than everyone on there. Her Italian-style cooking, simple recipes, and sheer enthusiasm are inspiring. Plus she has some great close ups of delicious food.

Pop Pilates

Fitness instructor Cassey Ho shares her tips and tricks on efficient workouts, diets, and fitness apparel with this hands-on channel. Her workouts can be hard, but her optimistic attitude makes it a little easier to complete (although her enthusiasm can be slightly irritating—I mean, how is someone so happy while doing side plank extensions?). I feel great after completing one of her videos, and sometimes an at-home workout is much more appealing than heading to the Rec Center.

Flux Photo Essay: Our Favorite Websites

When us bloggers are procrastinating on our latest assignment, we enjoy Facebooking, emailing, and watching our shows on Netflix. But when we want to get out of the more well-known and populated parts of the internet, we head to these websites to get our fill of interesting things.



My go-to website outside the realm of social media is Refinery 29. It has the latest street style fashion trends and an amazing beauty section. A cool aspect of this site is that you can pick a major fashion industry city to follow specific trends in that area. I highly recommend this website for any and all fashion lovers.



I am obsessed with quotes, so I love being able to make them into little works of art! Recite This such a great way to procrastinate.


Whenever I’m bored, Grace “Daily Grace” Helbig never ceases to entertain me. With a new vlog every weekday ranging from Wednesday Reviews, Thursday How-Tos, and Sexy Fridays, her material is endless. There is something special about a female comedian, and Grace truly is a hilarious gal!


I don’t wander onto Tumblr often, but when I do, I always end up going to CelebInspire. I follow lots of professional fashion blogs, but this one is most favored in my eyes. Rather than focusing on a certain style, it is eclectic, and always fresh and able to accommodate to my ever-changing sense of style.


E!Online is my go-to website when I’ve spent too much time on Facebook or Pinterest and need a change of scenery. I’m a sucker for celebrity gossip so I go to Eonline.com at least twice a week to access weekly celeb drama.


Deadspin is a sports and pop-culture blog that is part of the Gawker family. A great deal of their content is reserved for making fun of ESPN and athletes.


Reddit is perfect for people who cannot stomach 4chan and who roll their eyes at 9Gag. It’s the perfect community of humor, badassery and intellect.

Strange Highs

-Sam Bouchat

An odd and disturbing story has been floating around the news and internet, prompting grimaces, PG-13 gossip, and zombie-outbreak fears.

It happened in Florida—a man later called the “Causeway Cannibal” was seen, naked, lying on a Miami causeway with another naked man. Police arrived to the scene to witness 31-year-old Rudy Eugene gnawing on the face of his companion. When told multiple times by police to stop, and refusing to do so while providing only a short growl in the officers’ direction, police were forced to fatally shoot Eugene to get him to cease his ministrations.

The victim, 65-year-old homeless man Ronald Poppo survived. According to Wink News, a Florida news network, he was hospitalized “with severe injuries, with his nose, mouth, and eyes torn off his face.”

Doctors later suggested that both men were under the influence of a new drug: bath salts. Bath salts, termed that way because they can actually be purchased in many gift shops as bathroom accessories, are designer street drugs, mainly methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). They can be picked up in small shops all around the U.S. as bath salts, labeled “not for human consumption.” For this reason, they are not outright illegal.

How was it discovered that they make you paranoid, hot, and prone to severe and violent hallucinations if consumed or snorted? No idea. But we’ve seen in the past that humans are nothing if not disturbingly creative when it comes to getting high.

Remember the hand sanitizer epidemic? Kids were supposedly ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels in an attempt to get buzzed. It gained media attention after six Southern California teenagers were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning last April. And that’s not even the weirdest of it.

It’s one thing to show stuff into your mouth to try to get high. Hell, people even crush stuff up and snort it into their noses. But I for one thought the eyeball was off-limits. How wrong I was.

Three words: Vodka Eyeball Shots. They exists, and they’re happening. Young people are taking shots of vodka and slamming them into their eyes in an attempt to absorb the alcohol faster, falsely believing that the membrane of the eye has the ability to absorb alcohol and get one drunk. According to USA Today, not only does doing this NOT get you drunk, it can also cause severe and permanent damage to the eye.

But all this is nothing new. Glue, aerosol cans, magic markers, toads—it seems nothing is off limits when it comes to the human attempt to get wasted, if the many, many videos of people trying these things out on Youtube is anything to go by. What I wonder is how these trends even start.

A Lamp that Requires a Sacrifice

-Laura Lundberg

There are some very interesting gadgets and gizmos out there that are meant to help keep the world sustainable and reduce the amount of energy humans consume. One of the most interesting new gadgets on the market is something that is 100% sustainable, emits cool colors, and requires just a bit of a sacrifice that really gets people thinking twice about how much energy they use. What’s this item? It’s called the Blood Lamp.

Invented by Mike Thomspon, an English designer based in the Netherlands, Thomspon wanted to make people stop and think  before simply wasting energy. He came up with the idea of this somewhat disturbing green gadget when he was studying for his masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He was researching chemical energy for a project when he discovered the Blood Lamp’s chemical component – luminol.

Luminol is a chemical that forensic scientists use to find traces of blood at crime scenes. Luminol works by reacting with red blood cells, turning the red blood cells a bright, neon blue that glows. While the chemical used to make the lamp work seem simple enough, it’ll be more work to actually get yourself to light it. The lamp works by someone mixing in an activating powder into the glass. Then, all you do is break the top of the glass, cut yourself and a few drops of blood into the glass. Sounds simple enough, but is also extremely daunting and will make you think twice before using this type of lamp.

Thinking twice is exactly what Thompson wanted too. He said in an article for LiveScience that, “It kind of triggered this thought in my mind, that if energy somehow came at a cost to us, then maybe it would make us think differently about the way we use it,” and that the lamp “forces the user to‘rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.” He explained. If you want to see a video of the Blood Lamp in action, you can check it out on YouTube, although we warn you, there is blood.

While the Blood Lamp is a cool idea, and a great way to get people to start really thinking about how much energy they use, one has to think that there is an easier and just as green way to get light – and light that isn’t a weird neon blue color either. Still, I guess if worst comes to worst (perhaps in a post-apocalyptic world) one might be all too willing to cut their fingers to get a little light.

Websites to Check out When You Should Be Studying: Live Animal Webcams

-Laura Lundberg

While every student has to study for finals, or work on final projects at some point, one of the most common things that everyone does (myself included) is procrastinate. And with a variety of TV shows, movies, video games, Facebook, and just hanging out with friends, the real question is: what should we be procrastinating with?

One of my most common answers is “my dose of daily cuteness,” and while most people think that means looking up adorable photos on Reddit Aww, or YouTubeing adorable kitten and puppy videos, I prefer a more adorable procrastination tool – live animal webcams.

Here are my five favorite webcams for you to enjoy and procrastinate with too, so that you too can get your daily dose of live action aww.


This webcam was brought to my attention very recently, and by the looks of the website, it hasn’t been streaming long. Sikucam is a live-stream of an adorable polar bear cub named Siku at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark. Siku was born on November 22, 2011, and his webcam is not only adorable, but it comes with a cause too. The Wildlife Park hopes to get people involved in stopping Polar Bears from becoming extinct, and Siku is their poster bear. While the webcam isn’t live 24/7, and is jerky at times, there is plenty of roly-poly white baby bear cub to brighten your day.


If you don’t have the money to go on an African safari, this is the next best thing. Africam is one of the best live animal webcams out there. The picture is almost in crystal clear quality, as is the sound. There are three different webcams on Africam: Elephant Plains, Nkorho Pan, and Tembe. Each offers a unique perspective of a watering hole where animals of all kinds come to drink. You can see elephants, giraffes, hyenas, ospreys, zebras and many other species, without any jumpy webcam motions, and all in real time!  Also, you can check out the “Multi-View” Africam’s, which show all three locations at once. Now that’s a lot of animals.

Penguin Cam at SeaWorld

If it’s three in the morning, and you just gotta see some penguins right now, then discovery.com’s newest webcam, Penguin Cam, is ready and waiting at the click of a button. While these birds are at SeaWorld in captivity, there are 300 penguins moving around, looking at the camera, and squawking loudly. Discovery.com set up the webcam in order to promote their newest Planet edition, Frozen Planet, which premiers March 18th on Discovery.

Owl Channel  

If you’re an owl person, then the Owl Channel is perfect for you! They currently have one live stream of a momma owl and her newborn chick. With perfect quality from the camera, this live owlcam is one of the best ways to see barn owls up close and to get your daily dose of aww. They have some other kinds of webcams that you can check out that feature different pairings of owls. Watching a newborn barn owl grow up surely can’t be the worst thing you could procrastinate with!

Robotic Cat Playroom at OHS (Oregon Humane Society)

Lastly, this webcam serves not only to watch adorable kitties playing in a playroom at the Oregon Humane Society, but you can actually play with them from the comfort of your own computer. This camera was set up to support the animals at the humane society, and  gives viewers the chance to observe the cats and get a feel for their personalities before going down to adopt them. What’s even more interesting is that when you hit “Let’s Play”, you wait in a queue (that normally has no wait time) and then for two minutes, YOU control the webcam. You can hit three different buttons, which control three different robotic toys that react when you hit the buttons – that way you too can play with the kitties!

The Pillow with a Heartbeat

-Laura Lundberg

College is a time where individuals begin to grow, find what they want to do in life, and become a different person than they were in high school. Sometimes high school sweethearts fade away, and sometimes they stay. However, one of the hardest things for high school couples entering college (or are still together while in college) is a long distance relationship.

Long distance relationships are difficult, and they require just as much maintenance as a non-long distance relationship requires. There have been many ways to help long distance couples feel closer together via technology, such as Facebook, Skype, and Google Hangouts.

However, there haven’t been very many inventions of late that have attempted to collapse the barrier that computers cannot overcome. One invention, however, has succeeded in making it easier for long distance couples to feel closer together. What is this grand invention, you ask?

It’s a pillow. But this pillow isn’t just any pillow; this pillow has a heartbeat. And not its own heartbeat, but the heartbeat of your loved one, playing in real time.

Scottish designer Joanna Montgomery created this device, known as the Pillow Talk. It works by using a ring that measures your heartbeat, and a flat panel inside the pillow that glows and beats in sync with your partner’s heartbeat.

While some see the Pillow Talk as somewhat of an oddity, this is one of the first inventions that is aimed at bringing long distance couples closer together and feeling like they’re truly together, even though they could be hundreds of miles apart.

According to Joanna’s website, she says that Pillow Talk “is an intimate interaction between two lovers, regardless of the distance between them.” She’s won several awards and funding for her innovative and disruptive design of this product.

Her product has also been featured o several TV shows as well as an article on Gizmodo. Also, her YouTube video went viral, gaining over 400,000+ views. Joanna says that she has already had an overwhelming amount of requests for her product and that she hopes to receive enough funding through donations to begin manufacturing the product, which is why it isn’t currently available on the market.

While Pillow Talk isn’t the perfect model of a product that will help make long distance couples feel closer together, it’s the first of its kind, and is a good first step in the direction of making long distance relationships easier. This can only lead to more odd, eccentric ideas of closing the miles for those couples.

Follow Laura at @LmLundberg

Flux Playlist: Procrastination

-Flux Blog Staff

Procrastination. We’re all guilty of it. We’ve all had those late nights when we spend hours on Youtube instead of studying for our midterms and finals. Those endless evenings when we camp out in the Knight Library only to put on our Sherlock Holmes hats to become Facebook detectives. We’ve all been there, and we all know how much it sucks. So we here at the Flux blog decided to give a shout out to the weekend warriors who were partying when they should’ve been hitting the books. We probably would have had this playlist up sooner, but we kind of put it together at the last minute.

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  • Time is Running Out -Muse
  • Who Cares? -Gnarls Barkley
  • White Blank Page -Mumford and Sons


  • Under Pressure -Queen ft. David Bowie
  • Trying to Find a Balance -Atmosphere
  • Sitting, Waiting, Wishing -Jack Johnson


  • Paradise -Coldplay
  • Lucky -Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat


  • I Hate College -Samuel Adams
  • Young, Wild and Free -Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg
  •  Billionaire -Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars


  • The Lazy Song -Bruno Mars
  • Handlebars -Flobots
  • Threw it on the Ground -The Lonely Island


  • Waste -Foster the People
  • Teenage Dirtbag -Wheatus
  • We’re Going to be Friends -The White Stripes

Internet Censorship and You

-Keegan Clements-Housser

If you’re any sort of professional that regularly uses the Internet for business, you’ve probably already heard something about the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the House of Representative’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

For those of you who just need a brief refresher, PIPA and SOPA are both bills aimed at combating Internet piracy in its myriad forms, from illegal file sharing to counterfeit product sales. If passed, they would place the impetus of preventing online piracy on service providers rather than individual users.

Failure to prevent illegal content from appearing on websites, including from unaffiliated users, would net extremely severe consequences, up to and including the removal of offending sites from search engine results, the seizure of offending domestic Domain names by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the blocking of domestic access to offending foreign sites.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The bills also tweak a variety of other elements of existing judicial process surrounding copyright infringement, most of which were introduced by the much more tame Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. Among these changes are increased levels of criminality for sharing copyrighted material of any sort without permission, up to and including felonies.

So what does that mean for the average person?

It means that uploading a video to YouTube could be a felony, even if you aren’t aware of the copyrighted nature of the content (the song “Happy Birthday to You” as an example).

It means that websites can summarily be taken down, without notice, if an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Comcast deems them “dedicated to the theft of U.S. property,” as the text of SOPA reads – which only requires the demonstration of “specific facts,” the nature and extent of which are never defined. ISPs would only have five days after fielding a complaint from a copyright holder to take down a website, so they’ll certainly be more interested in shutting the site down than asking questions.

It means, at its most extreme, that websites that are integral to freedom of expression (not just here, but globally) could be targeted. Sites like YouTube, or Facebook, or Twitter – all can be used by end users to broadcast copyrighted material. That alone makes them potential targets as sites “dedicated to the theft of U.S. property.”

Though large companies like these might not falter, their innovation would certainly be hampered by a potentially endless barrage of lawsuits and injunctions, and smaller start-up social media companies may not ever get off the ground at all for fear of being shut down due to the actions of their users.

Simply put, we’re looking at a set of bills that could be a devastating blow to both our freedom of speech and our economy. And those are only two of the main downsides.

SOPA is due for markup on December 15. For more information on these bills, check out this story on ars technica.

Photo taken from arstechnica.com

8-foot-tall Lego Man Beached in Florida

-Neethu Ramchandar

He’s an 8-foot-tall, 100- pound fiberglass “Lego Man” who was recently found washing up to the shores of the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fla.

And apparently, He’s the newest beach bum in town.

On October 25th, this Lego Man caught the attention of many when Jeff Hindman lugged it to shore during his morning stroll. Lego Man’s  unexpected arrival was documented and shared with the world through YouTube as spectators dropped by.

The Lego Man, standing nearly a head above his finder, had no note or explanation attached, but his shirt read “No Real Than You Are”.  Initially it was speculated that this was a PR stunt by Legoland, however those rumors were denied by Julie Estrada, a company spokesperson  speaking to the Los Angeles Times.

Rather the statue was created by a Dutch artist named Ego Leonard. The Sarasota Police report explains that the name was inscribed on the back of Lego Man’s shirt. Leonard’s website, although mostly in Dutch,  explains that he believes he lives in a virtual world.

“A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.”

The website shows pictures of the Lego Man around the world as Leonard has also dropped the statue onto the shores of Zandvoort, Holland and Brighton, England.

Online he also asks viewers to share with him what they think is beautiful in their worlds, and he displays pictures and stories of those who have responded. The website even has a link to purchase Lego Man’s “No Real Than You Are” shirt.

For now, the Lego Man remains in the custody of Sarasota police. He will remain there for 90 days under the protocol of lost goods. Only if his owner comes forward will he be released. The Sarasota Herald- Tribune reports that Ego Leonard sent them an email speaking as though he were Lego Man.

“I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swimm,” the email said. “Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while. A local sheriff escorted me to my new home… In case people want to take me on new adventures, just that you know, I have been invited to stay here for 90 days, everybody is welcome to show me all the beautiful surroundings while I am here.”

If Lego Man is not claimed by Leonard within the 90 day limit, he will be released to Hindman who claims that he plans to sell the art piece on Ebay.

Photo taken by Jeff Hindman