El Rich's Blog
I'm pretty sure you have seen some of my handy werq that I have been doing with my trusty little OlloClip. If you haven't, you probably hate me and don't pay attention to my blogs and that makes me sad.
^ me being sad :(
Anyway, this is the OlloClip:
So here is my idea for this weird little photo project. I want to send my OlloClip across the country and potentially the world. I also need your help. I haven't really worked out the logistics, I just had the idea. I'M AN IDEA MAN. What I need are a few volunteers to send this little clip to. The sad thing is is that only iPhones can play and I am sorry :( It's not that I don't love everyone else or anything, it's just that's the phone I have and the clip that I purchased. So, if you have an iphone 5 or 5s, you can play.
What I need to know is if you are interested in volunteering for this project. Maybe a friend will let you borrow their phone for a hot minute to take some pics. IDK. I just need volunteers. What I would "like" to do is send this clip to someone and have that person send it to the next, so on and so forth. That would mean that you need to have a few bucks to send the clip to it's next destination. I can help with this shipping cost as well but I am not made of all the dollars and it makes it easier if you would be able to help out too. Does this make sense?
Right now, this is a call for volunteers and I want to keep it on the DL for just us photo peeps. Let me know in the comments if this is a bad idea or awesome and if you would like to play.
Well, not rly. As much as I would love to go into space, I am poor and I will probably never. I did, however, get to go and see the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Caturday because it was Free Museum Day In Los Angeles. It is probably the closest I will ever be to breaking the surly bonds of earth.
To Infinity & Beyond!
Every now and then, a bunch of the museums in L.A have a day where admission is free. This usually means there are THRONGS of people out and it's really cool to see the multitudes excited about things. My mates and I had a whole day of museum hopping planned but we only made it to the California Science Center because everywhere else was insanely packed and we're all socially anxious.
The Science Center is located right next to USC and it's kind of big. It's also mostly for children so my friends and I felt weird being around a bunch of babies. We were all really excited to see the Endeavour because we like space junk. We were also excited about free museums and doing new things in 2014.
Anyway, here is the space shuttle being all awesome:
The Endeavour just hangs out in this hanger annex thing to the side of the Science Center. It's also not rly that big.
And here's the butt of the Endeavour:
And here is the cone thing:
Oh and here is the Kelp Forest display:
And then these little fish were being weirdos and turning in a circle and I thought it was kewt:
This was outside in the front of the museum:
After we went to the museum, we went to go and eat some burritos because we are from California and that's just what we eat here. We then walked a bit in DTLA and tried to go to the MOCA but the line for that thing was way long and were all "YEAH NO LET'S GO DRINK BEERS!" And then here I am having thoughts about beers:
And that's the end. I hope you have enjoyed your Endeavour space trip. Oh it was also the first time I saw that ship so there. TTYL!
January is all about new beginnings and a new you. Many people use the beginning of a new year as a catalyst for self improvement and that's awesome. Hopefully you are still going strong with all of your resolutions and feeling better about yourself. I'd hate for you to not feel awesome only a few weeks into the new year!
Self-improvement gets a high five! Yay!
A few people that I know have decided to give veganism a try this year. That's right, vegan. They aren't going vegetarian, they're going vegan. That means no animal bi-products at all. No cheese, no eggs, no meat, no fish, no dairy - If it had a mother, it shouldn't be on your plate, in your tummy, or being used as a fashion accessory.
~ mmm hot dogs ~
Going vegan is kind of tricky but it's a lot easier now than when I first started in ye olde 2007. Also, I live in a major metropolitan city (Los Angeles), which makes it even easier. Here are a few tips from me to you should going vegan be on your list for improving yourself in 2014:
1. Ease Into It
~ sometimes, leaping in isn't the best thing ~
I'm going to just say that going vegan isn't for everyone. No judgements. Your body, your choices. It's also kind of a shock to your body if you give up eating all of the things you're used to nom-ing JUST LIKE THAT.
Have you ever heard of Meatless Mondays? It's a thing. Give one day of eating no meats a try. Ween yourself off of the things that you have been eating forever and see how you feel.
2. Pay Attention To Your Body
When you're trying any new diet, pay attention to how your body feels. Hopefully you are trying to plan out the things that you eat so that you are eating correctly and getting enough fuel for the day. I don't want you passing out after you've only eaten a bunch of mixed nuts and an apple.
3. Plan Your Meals
Like any food eating, you should probably plan out your meals. You want to make sure that what you're eating actually has a purpose for going into your mouth. Need some meal planning tips? Try this 30 Day Vegan Challenge.
4. Read Labels
Reading labels is fun. If you aren't careful, you could be eating bugs, weird milk things, and other kinds of gross that you normally wouldn't eat. There are lots of lists out there on the internet, so do your research before you buy things. Here is a handy list of things to be on the look out for.
5. Love the Internet/Ask For Help
The internet is your friend. Countless vegans before you have blogged their little hearts out on what has worked for them. They've also blogged about their fave foods, products, cruelty-free fashions, and so on. A quick search on ye olde Google should send you down a rabbit hole of vegan information, should you need it.
Also, if you know any vegans, ask them what works for them. Keep in mind that going vegan means a totally different thing for you and this is just one way of finding out what you're into. Hopefully you're able to make well informed choices and one day you can be that helpful person helping out a vegan newbie.
If you have any questions about vegan stuff, let me know in the comments. Feel free to share any thoughts you have as well. TTFN!
Would you ever go vegan?
Here in Buzzland, we are always looking for new music. We like to listen to everything that we can jam into our ears as we block out the world with our earbuds. Mind you, I am totally writing this as I play some Tchaikovsky but whatever, I still like to listen to new stuff too.
~ You girls keep me young ~
I haven't really seen anything too bananas out there that I am waiting to see released. I mean Robyn is putting something out and so is Against Me! but I'm not exactly DYING to get my hands on any of that. I'm just buy-curious about those releases.
And so now, I turn to you, dear reader. Mayhaps you have found something a little more awesome than I have during my 2 minute Google search for 2014 releases. Feel free to shout out things that you think I should be hearing during 2014 in the comments below.
I have faith in your musical taste. You are all magical. I believe in you. I am going to go back and listen to more Berliner Philharmonker and eat finger sandwiches on this, my day off.
What new music are you excited for in 2014?
Earlier today, I met a friend at a restaurant for lunch. Naturally, all the TVs were set to football stuff and everyone around us was talking about NFC this, AFC that. My friend and I were trying to figure out what it was they were talking about but we mostly just commented on how hot the players were.
Na wut I mean?
As I went back to shoving fries in my mouth, I suddenly felt a sharp grip on my arm that was accompanied by a very high and excited command that told me to look at the TV. As soon as I peered my head up, I too screamed with excitement at what shone before me in this place of bro-y darkness: Puppy Bowl X!
Literally me watching the Puppy Bowl X commercial at a sports bar
We've talked about Puppy Bowl before but it's a new year and that means there are more pups and cats and cute things to look at this year. Let us do so and praise whatever it is we praise because we all love cute animals.
I mean, look at these QTs right here:
This is Abdiel. He's a 13 week old Lab/Terrier mix. You know you want to cuddle him. There are many more pups for you to gush over at Puppy Bowl HQ - Go check em out here!
And what would the Puppy Bowl be if it were not for the Kitten Half Time Show?
This is Killian. This mew is 2.5 months old and gives a mean high five. Go and check out the rest of the cats that will be jazzing up the Kitten Half Time Show here.
Here are some gems from the Half Time Shows of yore:
It's Meeps! The bird that tweets!
The pups in action from Puppy Bowl VIII
And the Cat Time Show:
I can't handle all this kewt!
Will you be watching Puppy Bowl X? Let me know in the comments below!
Guess who's the guest blogger for this 40th Buzznet Storyteller Assignment? Me! Queen of the Storytellers, Lory, asked me if I would man the helm this time around and I was rather excited that she did. Granted, this was before I found out how hard it was to come up with a topic for this but still, I am honoured none the less. Let's get on with the show!
Onward, my friends!
IDK why "40" seems like a big deal. Maybe it's because I am almost 40 years old and I feel a kindred connection with this number. Or maybe it's because I finally get to do one of these assignments and that makes me happy.
My happy face
I do hope you will come and join us for this round that is all about "Firsts." For this assignment, should you choose to accept it, tell me about the first time you did something. It can be anything. I want to hear about that experience.
Your experience that you share can be bad, good, lukewarm, or whatever. It just has to be about the first time that you did a particular thing. Does that make sense?
Maybe you can blog about your first feast:
Maybe you can blog about your first crush:
Maybe you can blog about your first time doing a thing:
Hopefully you get the idea. If you don't, ask me and I will explain with more gifs.
This assignment is due on the 27th of January. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Yes you can!
Make sure you join the Buzznet Storytellers Group if you haven't already and add your stories there. You can always drop me a note as well. I can't wait to see what you come up with! TTFN!
Welcome to Januarty 2014, Buzznet! How's the year treating you thus far? Hopefully everything is awesome and the polar vortex isn't ruining your life like it is in the gif below:
Since we didn't announce our theme for this month in advance or when it was actually the first (sry I was busy partying), we are announcing it right meow. If you haven't noticed, Buzznet is all a flurry with blogs about New Year's Resolutions, New Trends, New Beauty Products, and basically new everything. Check out these beauties if you haven't already:
You get the idea. If you haven't started your 2014 blogs yet, get on it! We want to feature your stories! Maybe you don't want to tell us about the new you. Maybe you don't want to change right now. Feel free to tell us about The Truth of New Year's Resolutions. We want to hear all sides of the story.
Do your favorite band have a new record coming out? Write a review! Here are some bands we're stoked on that are releasing music this month:
- You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth
- Switchfoot - Fading West
- Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
- Mogwai - Rave Tapes
- Warpaint - Warpaint
- Of Mice & Men - Restoring Force
If you have any other releases that your keen on or new music you've discovered in 2014, let us know so we can feature your write ups!
Show us your favorite new music videos or blog about the movie you just watched.
Photograph your new toys you got over Christmas or any new places. Vlog about all the new clothes your getting this month. Whatever it is that's new to you, we want to know about it. Feel free to drop me a note so I can take a look at your stories.
Remember, this is the time to reflect on how you want to change and we want to hear about how you're doing that (or if you're grumpy like me, you're refusing to change). Let's see what you got, Buzznet!
Here's to everything new in 2014!
Howdy Buzznet! I hope the new year is finding you well! Not much is going on with over here and that's kind of the way I like it. I've been home a lot with Moo and doing much wandering when I am not napping. I feel like 2014 is going to be the year of many naps and wanderings. It's going to be awesome.
When I do my wandering, hopefully I will remember my new toy, the OlloClip. Don't worry buddies, this is not a paid post. It's just me brandishing my new 4-in-1 Lens that I ordered off the internets with a gift card that I got from my Secret Santa. It's dope!
The lens has two macro lenses (10x & 15x), a wide angle lens and a fisheye lens. Let's take a peep at what these all do!
Here's Moo Dog having a gander at the Fisheye when it first got to my apartment:
Here's the Fisheye making Downtown L.A. look awesome:
That's the Library Tower/U.S Bank Building (right) - The tallest building on the west coast.
Here's the Wide Angle lens in action:
You can see the Library Tower in the center looking all big.
Here's the 10x Macro Lens. I don't have any of the 15 because I had a lot of coffee today and you have to hold your iPhone very still to take photos with the macro lenses. I failed :(
When a fire starts to burn:
And here's an Oreo because I'm fat:
And one last shot for ya:
The OlloClip is lots of fun. I like it because I get to do new things with my iPhone photos. I also edit my photos with VSCO Cam. It's really easy to edit with that app and they have a lot of fun filters. Another editor that I use is PhotoForge2, which isn't in the App Store anymore but it's my go to edit app on my iPhone.
I know there are a few of you out there that are on Instagram. If you don't follow me, feel free to so we can laugh and kiki and love each other's photos (I'm GhastlyRich on IG). Is the OlloClip something you would use? Which apps do you use to edit your photos?
Let me know in the comments! TTYL!
Holy crap you guys, it's already going to be a brand spankin' new year. 2013 flew by SO FAST. It's kind of insane looking back on it all but it happened and it was awesome.
As we stand here on the cusp of a new year, let us gaggle about the resolutions that we want to make in an effort to maximize the potential of 2014. We shant let 2014 just be "another year," amirite? I really want to say this:
But I am not going to ask nicely for 2014 to be awesome, I am going to make it so:
And so it shall be.
I guess I am kind of tired of sitting around. I have taken many naps this year but I feel like that was okay for 2013. Next year, I plan on doing more things to stay awesome. What those things are, I just haven't figured out yet but I will and that's okay. That's part of life - figuring out things. Just keep growing and doing what you need to so that you grow. At least it is to me.
I'm not going to make any weird resolutions to like, be fit or have a dude or whatever because I don't really want those kinds of things. I just want to be happy and do things that make me feel rad about myself and I resolve to be nice to people. I am kind of a terd IRL so maybe I should not be.
I'm going to be honest about stuff and live and go places and do things that I normally don't. It's time for new adventures and a new mindset in 2014. Yay!
What about you? How will you make 2014 count? Do you have any big plans? Feel free to share them with me and I will hug you on the internet.
What are YOUR New Year's Resolutions?
I hope you all are having a most wonderful time of the year. Since Christmas is now over and we are all sad, we can now focus on picking pine needles out of the carpet and keeping tinsel out of our dog's mouths. Maybe that last one is just me.
As we toss out all the gift wrap and boxes that our presents came in, there is another thing which I am sure a lot of us will have left over: Gift Cards.
Once we're done with these last minute gifts that people get you when they don't really know you as a person, we're going to have a lot of tiny plasitc squares left over. Whatever shall we do with those? Hopefully there are places that recycle these. I hate for these all to end up in the Pacific Ocean.
Maybe we can all give our used gift cards to Etsy artist Jupita. Look at these awesome mosiacs and art pieces that Jupita has made out of gift cards:
Gift Card Mosiac Art Piece
These next two are coffee themed art made out of Starbucks Gift Cards:
Coffee Table Art
Pretty cool art, right? I like that Jupita is using gift cards as a medium instead of letting them go into the trash. What do you all think about these? Let me know in the comments. TTYL!