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Visualize “The Jungle Book” (mainly because it opens in theatres today)

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Growing up with the animated versions of the Disney movies that are now being made into “live-action” incarnations, there is a twinge of skepticism that I feel whenever I see a trailer for one. But as I watch the trailer for “The Jungle Book,” it feels a bit different than the rambunctious cartoon I watched as a young child. I’m actually very curious how the story is told and how the animals are created digitally. I want to embark upon a dream-space in the jungle, where I can imagine myself as Mowgli, and reflect on the relationship between humanity and nature. Will it end up being just a glorified rehash of the 1967 animated version of the story? Or will my inner nostalgia buff be satisfied with enough nods to the former version, while still introducing new ideas and imagery? I will be seeing it tonight, and hoping for the latter… to rediscover an old text through director Jon Favreau’s eyes. Let the adventure begin.

View showtimes for the Jungle Book here!

 

Daily Inspiration: Photos of Shaolin Monks in Training

Sometimes in life we endure real pain. Emotional, mental, or physical… but how we react to that pain is the ultimate test of the mind. Buddhism teaches peace for all, through a journey to happiness and enlightenment. It teaches us that these virtues dwell inside all of us, and it is up to us to unlock our nirvana.

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BEST IN SHOW

Congratulations, CJ ! The winner of the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Today’s “GIF of the Day” was dedicated to you– who’s a good boy?!?

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so here’s a few GIFs from Cinema Paradiso to get you in the mood. (Try to watch this movie and NOT cry.)

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!!

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XOXOXO

Happy 2016! What are your resolutions this year?

 

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HAPPY SWEET 2016! With a bright shiny new year comes a clean canvas for all the things we want to resolve to do, quit, or begin. Need some ideas on resolutions? Keep reading!
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An Online Holiday Gift Guide For Gifts That Give Back

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Before you suit up for the chaos that is BLACK FRIDAY, CYBER MONDAY, or whatever, you need to pause and consider:

Every dollar you spend is a vote.

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#RestInPrivacy

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Rest In Privacy

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.

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Happy Birthday, Hedy Lamarr!

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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.

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The Unboxing Ritual and the god of Anticipation

‘Steve and I spend a lot of time on the packaging […] I love the process of unpacking something. You design a ritual of unpacking to make the product feel special. Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.’
– Jonathan Ives, Apple lead designer

 

We all know the fleeting satisfaction that comes with tearing a tag off a new garment, ripping the wrapper off a never-been-opened DVD case, or–wait for it—peeling off the clear plastic screen protector off a fresh iPhone.  It brings us inexplicable good feelings and joy. And apparently, watching other people “unbox” new toys brings us joy, too. I would go as far to say we return an almost childlike state of being when we unbox or watch and unboxing. Earlier this year, the story of the elusive and anonymous “DC Toy Collector” went viral as the highest-earning YouTube account. That’s $4.9 million just for unwrapping toys, and is currently in 3rd place for most views. And the weirdest part? I can’t stop watching her videos. Could it be the crispy sound of fresh plastic,  the texture of brand-new Play-Doh being molded for the first time between her brightly manicured fingers, or the soothing sound of her voice?  It’s probably a combination of all the above, and the only scientific explanation is this: autonomous sensory meridian response, better known as ASMR: the physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs. Like unboxing, there are bloggers who have established careers off of making ASMR videos on YouTube, but that’s a whole separate blog post for a separate (relaxing, euphoric) day. Surely it can’t be the entire psychology behind unboxing.

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OMG, It’s 2015 and iPosture is NOT CUTE.

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Before I was a copywriter, I worked as an office manager for a production company. When we would hire new people, I often got sucked into the role of “interviewer” because of how unassuming and/or intimidating I was or wasn’t. I really looked forward to it, not because it put me in a position of power, but because I could pretend to make notes on the applicant’s resume while really all I was doing was tally-marking every time they used the word, “like.” Do you realize how much more attractive, intelligent, and cool you would appear to be if you could eliminate this word from your vocabulary? Like, seriously. Now I’m going to talk about what you look like when you hold your iPhone.

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One Millennial’s Apology: “I’m Sorry We Suck”

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As of the last few years, the term “millennial” has been used a lot, and usually with a negative connotation. As a 23 year old millennial or Generation Y, I constantly hear complaints about my generation.

Though I am part of the Millennial age group, I feel a good amount of disconnect from majority of the stereotypes based off the “studies” being done. I find it strange that a fairly wide age and cultural demographic (18-34 year olds) is generalized into one category with a lot of stereotypes that don’t always ring true. People come from different cultural backgrounds, upbringings, wealth, and consist of varying ages, and one may not relate well with others. Nonetheless, I have heard many generalizations of how messed up we millennials are.

So, I decided to be narcissistic for a day and made a small list of my favorite millennial stereotypes below.

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Selfie Nation

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Over the centuries, the self-portrait has lived in the world as a clear portrayal of self-expression. From Frida Kahlo, who painted endless portraits of herself, to Chuck Close, who used photography of his visage, to now Kim Kardashian, who has published a rather large photo book of only Selfies— people have created their own narratives and sense-of-self through this form of visual representation. Even cave men drew pictures on their walls of themselves in action, expressing their daily life.

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