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Digital Cameras vs Smartphones

Do you ever see someone sporting around a huge, fancy camera and think to yourself “yeah cool, but can you send text messages from it?”

Remember when cellphones made phone calls and cameras took pictures? When people brought the good ol’ point-and-shoot cameras to parties, weddings, BBQs, etc and Ashton Kutcher was advertising Nikon commercials.

Speaking from personal experience, I’d say the official cell phone/digital camera merger happened in 2008, or at least that’s when I migrated to a fully functional smartphone and the last time I touched my digital camera. But as much as I rely on my smartphone to do, well, everything, I can’t help but wish it was less convenient.

Growing up, I was always the one taking pictures on my digital camera. Every holiday, you would find me snapping shots of my family, the food, trying to capture the atmosphere. Now during the holidays, everyone is hovering their phones over their meals and sticking them in people’s faces so they can quickly upload and share how #blessed they are.

The age of digital camera was a good one. Photos were raw, more candid, with no filters to scroll through, no clever caption to think up, and no pressure to even share the photo on social media at that very second. Selfies didn’t have such a negative stigma to them either, despite some front-facing cameras popping up.

One of the things I loved the most about digital cameras was that I always printed the pictures I took. I’d take a trip to the CVS, plug my camera’s chip into the printing machine and a few minutes later, I’d have glossy prints of my memories that I could hang up on my wall, put in a frame, or in a photo album.

At events, I’m still the one who takes pictures of everything, but it’s always on my phone and I hardly print anymore. I’m changing that, though!

I’m going to start printing photos again. I’ve always loved being surrounded by pictures of people. Every photo has a story.

 

9 Reasons Why Phoebe was the best ‘Friend’

Joey, Chandler, Monica, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe– everyone has a favorite friend from the always-awesome ’90s TV show “Friends.”

While each character is hilarious and unique in his or her own way, Phoebe is the weird, quirky, and just a bit ditsy (which we love).

Whether you love Ross for his sulky “hi”, Monica for her OCD, for Joey for his passion for sandwiches, you have to give it to Phoebe for always being the best friend.

She’s a good mediator

Phoebe is very drama-free, but is always willing to step in as mediator from a neutral when her friends have disagreements. She is not afraid to tell it like it is for the sake of being honest and true to her friends.

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She’s selfless

I mean, come on. She carried her brother’s babies! Anyone who does that for her brother who is in love with a woman too old to conceive is odd, but pretty sweet.

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She tells the truth

Whether it was with her friends, family, or random kids, Phoebe never held back from telling the truth, and everyone appreciated that about her. Especially the random kids who learned a little lesson in food preparation from Phoebe.

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She expresses herself through music

Using her handy guitar, Phoebe wrotes songs about every day things that inspire her. Whether it’s about the colors in her bedroom, sticky shoes, or a smelly cat, you better believe Phoebe was going to create a catchy tune about it.

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She knows how to be one of the guys

Never being the girly girl on the TV show, Phoebe fits in super well with the girls and the guys. She knew how to dress up when the occasion called for it, but most importantly, she knew how to bro out.

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She’s tough

Teenage Phoebe was homeless so she had to learn how to defend herself. There are many episodes in which Phoebe drops a hint toward a crazy story that took place when she was living on the streets. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, and she keeps things interesting, to say the least.

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She’s spiritual

Phoebe is very supersticious and believes in spirits. Remember when she finds a lost cat on the street and thinks it’s her mom? Or old lady dies on her massage table and Phoebe thinks the woman’s spirit is inside of her? Crazy or not, Phoebe’s keen sense in pretty valuable to the friend group. Plus, you need someone to cleanse your ora every once and a while.

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She’s a teacher

Phoebe was never too busy for her friends. She always had time to teach them things, even when they want to play guitar and don’t follow Phoebe’s instructions…

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She always put her friends first

Phoebe was a big supporter of “bros before hoes.” She hardly ever put a love interest or valuables before her friends. She lived the further out of all of the friends, but she was always there at the apartment, smile on her face, guitar in hand, saying something weird and funny. She knows what’s important in life: friends. And that’s why Phoebe is the best friend.

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2014: Year of the Butt

Two Earth-shattering things happened today.

We landed a spacecraft on a comet, and Kim Kardashian’s Uranus broke the Internet.

Now, I don’t want to belittle the great mission that was accomplished by landing Philae on Comet 67 P, buttt Kim Kardashian’s bare exposure in Paper Magazine just confirmed for me that 2014 is the Year of the Butt.

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5 ways to stay positive on a Monday

I’ve returned from my month-long hiatus, fully employed and partially hating the “real world.” My previous blog posts spoke of fear and anxiety about graduating and getting a “real job” in the “real world.” Well, a few weeks after graduating, I landed myself a job with a publishing company, throwing myself into the reality that is Life. I now deal with the struggles of a morning commute, rush hour, conference calls, and, worst of all, Mondays.

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No, no it does not.

Mondays are the reason you can’t have nice things.

However, Mondays do have a silver lining, even if you have to squint really hard to see it.

1. Brand, Spankin’-New Week

Mondays are like the tippy tip of a rollercoaster where you look down and see what is about to happen. The point right before you are released downhill through loops and around curves. Mondays set the tone for the rest of the ride, or the week. You can either keep your eyes pinched shut and scream, or throw your hands up and embrace it. Make your week a good one!

2. The Common Monday

The dark circles under the eyes, the loud yawn-grunts, the shameless slurps of coffee. Yep, the whole office has a case of the Mondays. You are dreading being in front of that computer screen as much as the guy in the next cubicle. That shared common hate works as an understanding, a mutual ground, a lethargic wave between coworkers. So don’t see Monday as an excuse to hate everybody. See it as a free membership to a We Hate Monday club.

 

3. Be a Hero

One of the things that makes Mondays so dreadful is the monotony of the day. Be the talk of the water cooler and everyone’s week-long hero by bringing in a sweet treat to mollify the Monday Blues.

4. Five-Minute Spotlight

Everyone likes talking about themselves, and Monday is really the only time people will listen to your story about the weekend. Savor the moment!

 

5. Eyes on the Prize

While Mondays may be the most hated day of the week, they make the weekend the greatest days of the week, by giving us something to look forward to. Work may suck, but that just makes you long for the weekend even more!