The O&O Lab is stoked to announce the launch of our latest creation, GIFSCAPADE! The keyboard that lets you search, copy, and paste animated GIFs directly into your conversations so you can express how you really feel.
I’ll admit I’m not really into politics, and that can be stereotypically said of the majority of my millennial peers. Kids these days, amirite? We get our dose of current events from trending topics on Facebook and Saturday Night Live sketches. I don’t necessarily think that’s a terrible thing, though it is something annoying about social media culture. What I mean is, we’re so used to top-lining news stories and digesting content as quickly as possible. I’m surprised they’re not shortening the max amount of characters in a Tweet, it’s ridiculous how much of a story you can tell in such a tiny space. And hashtags make filing and categorizing them easy, convenient, and accessible. Plus, you get to read everyone’s opinion on it at a glance, which can have some value. It’s like everyone has a voice all of a sudden, and the news belongs to everyone, not to just the anchors on TV and major print publications.
In a time where everything is within our grasp within seconds, information is now watered down, dim, and easily acquired. It has become boring and such a routine because everything is “Googled.” The best way to become inspired, in my personal experience, is to get away from the computer. Start reading, look at print, go outside, talk to strangers (as uncomfortable as it is), and start exploring.
California has the most pay phones in America: Twenty-seven thousand, enough for one pay phone for every six square miles in the state. In a metropolitan area like Los Angeles, pay phones seem to be everywhere, until you actually need one. But then again, when was the last time you needed one?
Mobile phones have rendered the payphone obsolete, and not without a price. We willingly surrender our personal information, private conversations, photos and content as currency for the sake of feeling connected.
No longer the “reassuring lighthouse” of yesteryear or the cultural symbol of service, protection, privacy and convenience, the pay phone’s hollowed shell litters the urban landscape as an abandoned relic of an era and culture that valued privacy over connectedness. The #RestInPrivacy installation pays tribute to such a time, and aims to illuminate our obsession with being connected and the lengths our culture will go to achieve that connection; even if it means forfeiting our privacy.
We’ve had our crafty mitts on 4th Gen Apple TV developer’s kit for almost two months, and we’re just about ready to participate in the #FutureOfTelevision when it comes to building stuff for it. The reviews are in, and we think it’s cool that Siri now lives on our flat screen and not just on in our pockets. It’s cool that we can use the remote control to play games. But, as the resident skeptic, I have to ask, “Future of TV? Really?”
If you’ve been doing some Googlin’ this morning you might have noticed today’s #GoogleDoodle is dedicated to Hedy Lamarr. You might recognize her as the Austrian MGM movie star who shared the silver screen with Hollywood’s biggest names during the 1930s to the 1950s. But because of her stunning exotic appearance, the consistent typecasting as the glamorous seductress in films began to bore her, and she turned to aiding in the war effort by selling war bonds. Of course she was wildly successful, but her interest in science was what fueled her passion for defeating the Nazi effort, and led to her role as an inventor.
Getting ready for Halloween is one of my cherished times of the year. I start hoarding skull travel cups from the drug stores, I blueprint what costumes I can make for my kitties, and finally, it’s considered “normal” to binge watch a lot of my favorite films. Instead of making a list of the best horror films to watch this season (I hope we all have seen the Shining, Halloween, and the Exorcist by now), I ruminated over a different kind of list… Most of these could be considered sci-fi or psychological thrillers, and even “tame” in the eyes of many horror cinephiles, but I prefer creepier— more imaginative— horror plots. Here are my own recommendations for everyone who’s in the mood for something spine-tingling, sinister, disturbing, shocking, but nonetheless— human (even when they are monsters).
8. Altered States (1980), directed by Ken Russell.
This one is for the sci-fi lovers out there— A doctor who experiments on himself with hallucinatory drugs and isolation chambers, this movie comments on creation and the power of the human ego. It’s packed with visceral visuals, accompanied by bits of pseudo-intellectual gab.
So you waited until the last minute (again) to throw together your Halloween costume, and all the aisles at Party City and Spencer’s are picked over, so you’re left to choose between purchasing a size XXL sexy referee costume or a stringy werwolf/witch wig that smells obviously used. Not to rub it in your face or anything, but you could have gone as a very well-dressed minimalist crew of Oz characters. Imagine skipping down a Yellow Brick Road wearing these spiffy shirts you can purchase at Society6. (Pro tip: Don’t be a tool. Plan ahead for next year, and call dibs as the Flying Monkey of your group.)