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Here’s a story I did for Phoenix14News about the new virtual bulletin board and social media website Pinterest (of which I happen to be obsessed with!). What do you think, will Pinterest overtake Facebook?

If you want to follow me on Pinterest, look me up: Addie Michelle.

**After my story aired, I came across a new website similar to Pinterest called Gentlemint. It’s basically the male equivalent to Pinterest and is full of mustaches, high-calorie food recipes and other manly things.

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I absolutely love Florence + the Machines.

It’s been a while now since I’ve discovered this amazing artist, but I was listening to her music in iTunes tonight and felt like I just had to share it with you.

I happened to hear her song “Cosmic Love” in an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” last season, and ever since then I’ve been a huge fan. The only problem is that not a whole lot of people know about her. (Which is CRAZY because she’s so talented!!) Everyone I ask always responds with a “Florence and the whats??”

You may be familiar with her song “The Dog Days are Over” (from the trailer for “Eat, Pray, Love”), but that’s not all that she has to offer! I encourage you to listen to more of her music. You will not be disappointed!

Here’s the video for “Cosmic Love.”

The reason I like it so much is because it’s shot so beautifully. It’s very stylized, but in a good way. Not only is the lighting and color stunning (or maybe I just like lots of shiny lights), but it’s got this overall whimsical and innocent feeling to it that I love. She also looks flawless!

Florence + the Machine has recently gained popularity in America. She performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, sang a tribute to Aretha Franklin with other famous female artists at the Grammy Awards and was also nominated for “Best New Artist.”

Obviously this talented Brit is on the rise and I can’t wait to hear more from her in the future!

If you liked “Cosmic Love” you should check out her album “Lungs.”

My personal favorites from it are “Drumming Song,” “Howl,” and “Rabbit Heart.

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I was scrolling trough Twitter just a few minutes ago, and happened to find this really cool time-lapse video of an 11-hour flight from San Francisco, California to Paris, France.

The reason I liked it so much is because not only does it offer inspiration for the time lapse video project that we are hurdling toward in DMC, but it is something that I’ve always wanted to do: take pictures while flying.

I hate it when the flight attendant has to tell passengers to power off their electronic equipment because I’ve always wanted to take pictures during take-off and landing – two of the coolest parts of flying.

But what’s even cooler to me is that he was able to capture the Northern Lights on film (well, memory card really), mid-air, sooooo close to them. Now, I don’t know if you know this, happen to be a nerd and I love astronomy. It has always been one of my goals to see the Northern Lights in person! How cool would that be?!!

But, I digress.

The photos for the time lapse were snapped every 2 miles, or 2-30 seconds (for 11 hours??!), with a Cannon 5D2 and 16mm-35mm lens. The take-off and landing photos were all computer models, since “the FAA prohibits use of approved electronic devices during take-off and landing.” (how many times have I heard that one?)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

I’m not sure who the photographer is, but when I find his name, I will give credit where credit is due. Journalist’s promise.

**UPDATE** I found out who the photographer is. His name is Nate Bolt and click here to visit his website and blog where you can see more of his work.

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While doing work this past weekend and pondering what  stop motion video I would blog about, fate (and iTunes shuffle) played the amazing video for “Her Morning Elegance” by  Oren Lavie. (Which I happened to snag FREE off iTunes!)

I love this video because it narrates the girl’s life and struggles from a mattress. With clever use of sheets, pillows, socks, and other household items, the viewer gets the feeling of being in her dreams (hence the mattress).

Actress walking down the “stairs”

Actress looking longingly out her window

Actress “swimming” in the ocean

Actress “dancing” with singer Oren Lavie

Stop motion is so cool to me because you can create “imaginary” motion – like riding a bike, dancing, and walking down the stairs – simply by taking thousands of pictures and “animating” them. (If your interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes stuff, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKptYcQuKxc)

The amount of time, dedication, and planning that it takes to create a stop motion video is astounding and really makes you smile knowing that all artists aren’t using the same formula for their videos, but really are thinking creatively. (As they should.)

Oren Lavie album cover

 

Here’s a link to an eerie yet cool stop motion video by the same co-directors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVAZh8UGbxo#t=3m

and another stop motion-time lapse mash-up by band Guster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-VAlIPzKg

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By Addie Haney

More than 100 million college students incorporate Facebook in their daily lives, but one Elon student made the decision to cut it out completely, despite its possible networking opportunities.

Freshman Andrea Schultz, an athlete for Elon University, gave Facebook up for Lent her junior year of high school. Her grades improved so much that she chose to give it up completely for senior year.

“I think it’s a complete waste of time,” Schultz said.

Schultz is a member of the cross-country and track and field as well as several on-campus clubs. Because she cut Facebook out of her routine, Schultz says her day never has any wasted time.

According to Facebook, its 500 million users spend more than 700 billion minutes on the site in a month. That is the equivalent to about 1.33 million years.

Ross Wade, assistant director of career services for the School of Communications, said he understands the benefits Facebook could provide, especially when searching for jobs.

According to Wade, Facebook can be a useful research tool to locate people and places for networking

“[Facebook] could be a good lead for you to connect with them and talk with them about how they got that job,” Wade said.

Wade also said Facebook is a good tool for establishing a credible and marketable online presence.

Even with the benefits in job searching, Schultz said she doesn’t see Facebook returning in her future.

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As per assigned, my next post is about my top five internet hits. And it shouldn’t surprise you that Facebook is a site that I frequent the most. After all, it is the biggest social networking website out there.

1. Facebook

The reason I use Facebook so much is simply because it is the fastest way for me to keep in touch with friends, especially those from high school, because I know that most everyone I know has a Facebook and checks it frequently. I also use it as a platform to show some of my work that I’ve done. I have linked packages I’ve done and shows I’ve anchored for Phoenix 14 News (the student-run news show on my campus) from my statuses in order to share it quickly with friends and family members that want to see. (I even use it to bring people here to read this awesome blog I’m writing. I bet YOU clicked the link from FB.)

2. Twitter

I was so opposed to using twitter for the longest time. I just didn’t get the obsession with constantly updating your statuses – “tweeting” – every few minutes. However, I find that it is growing on me. My first real “fun” experience with it was during this year’s Grammy’s when I went from 12 tweets to 46 in the span of a few hours. Not to mention how entertaining it was to see other’s tweets about the eccentric show that night.

Like Facebook, I use twitter to promote projects that I have completed or to help spread the word about breaking news on campus by re-tweeting. This past week, I used it to tweet about the SGA election speech event so students could keep track of what was going on. Basically, what it boils down to is that twitter is a great way for people to “follow” an event that’s going on without actually having to be at the event. (refer to the Grammy’s example.)

3. IMDb

I like movies. Who doesn’t? When I want to know the who’s and what’s and when’s of a movie, I always consult the Internet Movie Database, also known as IMDb. I love it so much, I even downloaded the iPhone mobile act so I will never again have to wonder the name of that hot actor in the newest movie I’m watching. However, IMDb is more than just a way to stalk your new celebrity crush, it also shares information regarding the release dates of upcoming movies, inside scoops about the cast, and mini-bios of actors and actress.

4. Intellicast

Ok. So I might be a big nerd for this, but I LOVE knowing what the weather’s doing. It’s a big factor when it comes to how you will plan your wardrobe for that day. You wouldn’t wear shorts in the middle of February without consulting the weather first. Then again, it might be a stupid idea in general to wear shorts in the middle of winter. But hey, who am I to judge?

I like this weather website because you can zoom in close enough to see the weather in a specific area and out far out enough to see the weather for the whole country. Plus, on Intellicast, you can get the current, hourly, 3-day, or 10-day extended forecast tailored to where you live. Its animated radar map also came in handy when I was keeping an eye out on those January snow systems (Which all turned out to be flubs. Oh well.)

5. Stumbleupon

This is a nifty little website that I recently started using as a result of DMC, and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite websites to waste time on. I was wary about this website too because I had no desire to tell a website what my interests were so it could “know” me and what my likes and dislikes are. But I think it’s a cool way to find neat things on the internet that you would normally not think to look at. (Hence the name “Stumbleupon”) Users create a profile and check boxes next to categories that they are interested in and the site pulls back tons of other relevant sites for the user to “like” or “dislike.” My prize find on Stumble was a link that brought me to a website that is full of craft ideas. Well, that is just perfect for me since I happen to LOVE crafts. I will be making a trip back to that website, and I must thank Stumble for that.

6. WordPress

Ok. So I know I’m only supposed to outline my top 5, but I do frequent my blog a bunch. Otherwise, how am I supposed to keep my readers (all 10 of you!) coming back for more random rants? Once you get the hang of WordPress’ features, it is actually fun letting your brain juices flow out into the screen.

 

 

Social media overload? Maybe. But I love it. And maybe after reading this, you will love some of my sites, too.

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