To top

Author: Gracie Ryan

10 Jun

Design oriented devices for the stylish techie: FINE Gadgets

Fine-Collection-Pauline-Deltour-Lexon-1
French designer Pauline Deltour dropped a new line of modern, minimalist mobile devices for Lexon this month. The collection, Fine, includes a portable, rechargeable Bluetooth speaker, a credit card holder/mirror duo, mini USB and key rings and compact power banks. The sleek design of the gadgets strikes a balance between fashionable and professional. All of the devices come in gunmetal silver, burgundy, gold and navy. The power bank slides open and shut, and features an elastic band that holds a phone charger cable. At less than 3.5” long, it’s more compact than the iPhone 6, and is small enough to slip into a pocket or purse. The mini, portable Bluetooth speakers look like boom boxes of the future. The glossy sheen, ribbed...
Continue reading
8 Jun

Space Photography is About to Reach a Whole New Level

Wired
Space photography will soon reach a whole new level thanks to Michael Najjar -- the man determined to become the first civilian artist in space. The photographer has had his mind set on a space voyage since he summited Mount Aconcagua -- the world’s second largest peak -- and a plane flew right overhead. Because 22,841 feet wasn’t high enough -- Najjar wanted to go higher. “It was completely surreal,” Najjar wrote in his photo book. “And at this moment I thought, you’ve gotta go one step further; you’ve gotta go into space.” Najjar hopes to leave Earth on Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage later this year or next. He’s been training for the excursion since 2012, and has been documenting his experience through...
Continue reading
8 Jun

Sense8 Fails to Live up to Other Netflix Original Series

 Netflix just launched its new original series, Sense8, but a third of the way into the season, I’m far from impressed. The show follows the stories of eight different characters in eight different cities around the world, all of whom are connected to each other through mysterious hallucinations and random space and time travel. An Icelandic girl finds herself transported from a friend’s apartment in London to an abandoned church in Chicago. A girl in India swears she can hear the clap of thunder on a clear, sunny day, while thousands of miles away, a storm rages at a funeral in Berlin. A Chicago cop is startled by a desperate cry for help on an otherwise peaceful afternoon, while a...
Continue reading
8 Jun

2,000 People Escaped from Alcatraz This Weekend for Scenic Triathlon

Roughly 2,000 athletes escaped from Alcatraz this weekend for one of the most popular triathlons in the country. The “Escape from Alcatraz” race started with a mile and a half swim off Alcatraz Island, followed by an 18-mile bike ride and a 7.5-mile run. The route hit some of San Francisco’s most popular destinations including the Presidio and a 400-step sand ladder on Baker Beach. After just two hours and two minutes, Eric Lagerstrom sprinted to the finish, followed closely by reigning champ Andy Potts. Ashleigh Gentle led the women’s race, finishing less than 15 minutes behind the men. The racers represented 40 different countries and ranged in age from 16 to 76. As they crossed the finish line, they were met with cheers...
Continue reading
7 Jun

What to Expect from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

The 2015 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicks off today, but those hoping to get the lowdown on the release of new gadgets will be met with disappointment. This year’s WWDC will focus mostly on iOS and OS X software updates, but that’s not to say there won’t be exciting news for Apple users. iOS 9, which will likely be an enhanced version of OS X Snow Leopard, may also include a new and improved lifestyle management feature to replace the existing Spotlight Search. “Proactive” will combine the powers of Siri and Spotlight to allow users to search for whatever they need as well as provide easy access to their favorite apps, contacts, maps and more. Commuters can rejoice over the new Transit...
Continue reading
4 Jun

Psychedelic Road Art Takes Over Parisian Highway

o-PAI-900
A busy stretch of Parisian highway just got a whole lot trippier with the addition of a 400 by 100 foot psychedelic road mural. German street artist, who goes by 1010, created the optical illusion with the help of two assistants and 400 liters --  over 100 gallons -- of paint. The piece was completed in only a week. 1010 found inspiration for the mural in his love of playing with people’s perceptions. “Sometimes we think something is static, but it’s not,” 1010 told the Wall Street Journal. “If you change the perspective, you see it in a different way.” This particular optical illusions is spread across a stretch of Boulevard Peripherique, and leaves viewers feeling like they’re falling into a deep,...
Continue reading
1 Jun

Surviving Without a Smartphone in 2015

Smartphone2
Smartphones have become a staple in the lives of two thirds of Americans. They have a myriad of uses -- from finding directions to online banking to checking email to stalking exes. For many, smartphones are a crucial tool for staying connected. But the beauty of a smartphone-free life can outweigh the convenience of being constantly plugged in. I’ve worked in photojournalism for the past three years and have traveled internationally by myself -- all without the help of a smartphone. I don’t send Snapchats or post Instagrams or use Google Maps for directions. I’ve gotten lost countless times and have gone days without checking email or Facebook. But despite the occasional inconvenience of navigating through the world without the help of...
Continue reading
1 Jun

Tackling a Year-Long Self Portrait Project

LongExposure1
81 down. 284 to go. I’m halfway through my year-long self portrait project, and I’ve completed a quarter of my goal of 365 self portraits in 365 days. A year of self portraits is a challenge every photographer should undertake. It forces a camera in your hands everyday and requires you to think about how to shoot the same subject in hundreds of different ways. Plus, who else would let you photograph them anytime, day or night, for an entire year? Other than your dog, probably no one. Self portraiture allows for practice with composition, focus and metering. It brings you to new places and forces you to think differently about what can be considered a ‘portrait.’ And over the past six months, I’ve...
Continue reading
We are on Instagram