Friday, December 23, 2011

The Mustache Movement

What I would like to know is why mustaches are so darn popular. The picture below that I took with my 'umble Canon Powershot A560 is my most popular piece in my Deviantart with 66 favorites and over 300 views. And on Weheartit (where one of my fellow Deviants shared it), it has 193 hearts. Wuuuuuut?

I mean, I'm GLAD mustaches are popular. Obviously I like them too, because I wanted a necklace of one (I had seen them all over the internet and I just HAD TO HAVE ONE). They're a hipster staple. They're very trendy.

^^ Even Christofer Drew Ingle of Nevershoutnever likes them.

But WHY ARE THEY POPULAR?! I guess we'll never know.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photography: 3 Favorite Holga Pictures

I took these photographs with my Holga 120 N on Kodak Ultramax 120 ISO 400 35mm film. I took these way back in October, before Halloween even. I love taking pictures with my Holga. Knowing that I'll have know idea what the pictures will look like until they come back from the lab is very exciting to me. All these photos, btw, are featured in my Deviantart, and many are in my Flickr and Tumblr, too. So if you like what you see here, go follow those sites, too! :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Timeline - Facebook's Newest Tactic

Photo: Facebook's stock photo of the new Timeline feature.

Yesterday Facebook launched it's new "Timeline" feature to the public. Users can either get the feature now, or wait until there is an advertisement on his or her page for the new service. The Facebook user has 7 days to get used to Timeline, and to hide anything that was posted in their past years that they don't want friends to see - a smart move for those of us who have had a shady or embarrassing story or two. This new update from Mark Zuckerberg and crew shows the Facebook profile in a tabular format - one where a person's favorite highlights from earlier years are just a click away, the template is more customizable by the use of covers, and the whole idea is (intelligently) an appeal to nostalgia.

At first, I was a little hesitant about this update. To me, it seemed a little self centered. Who really cared what happened two or more years ago on Facebook? Is it that important for us to tell our life stories to the people in our friends? I know it's going to be a field day for those trying to leave behind their legacy in this technology era. Yet after more research into the Timeline feature, I found both pros and cons.

First I'll start with the good news. The layout of this new feature is excellent. I love how everything seems more organized, and almost more of a blog-like setting. You can easily go back and find stories that you want to read again on your own page or someone else's (which is good for the businesses checking out a new employee's page), and more posts are shared on your main page. I also love the cover picture, which gives each page a different feel.

Now for the negatives. I think Timeline gives user a perfect format for creeping (which is to go back on your friends' pages and click around until you find something interesting). Used to with Facebook's older formats, this was a lot more difficult as you had to continually click the "Older Posts" tab until you got back to the month or year you wanted. Now, all you have to do is go to the right hand timeline and click the year and the month that you want. Although this is great for finding out quick information on a ne'er do well boyfriend or employee, it is also a way to find out old information that is in the past. Information that some users will use to cause more Facebook arguments among their friends. It also, like I mentioned earlier, seems like an another tool in making everyone more self-centered. First your profile picture, your school information, your hometown, your map of places you been, and your timeline are all the first thing you see. This is going to make some people even more obsessed with themselves (a personality flaw that Facebook has catered to for years) and keeping their information up to date. It is just going to be another key to breaking down the "let's put others first" attitude that I'd like to see more of in human nature.

With promising replacements like Google+ on the horizon, I believe Timeline is a strong move by the Facebook developers in making sure Facebook stays the strongest social networking site. Despite my list of pros and cons, there is no doubt that Timeline will be a huge favorite among users, and I can see it lasting and growing many years into the future - hopefully without too many arguments or too much selfishness among its users.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nail Art

Nail art has been a trend for some years. I remember when I was probably 5 years old my sister had the Klutz nail art book, and she would do designs on her friends' nails as well as her own. They were simple designs of fishes or flowers or Christmas trees for the holidays. But since the 1990's, nail art has become a worldwide phenomenon and shows extreme artistic prowess in the fashion community.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

First post!

Hi everybody! I'm terrible at first posts.... ;_________;
Anyway, this is my new blog (obviously). It's called Eternal Simplicity (also obviously). I created this blog for a few reasons.

1. I wanted to be able to write, and improve my writing.
2. I have been inspired my many other photography blogs so much that I wanted to try my hand at posting my best pictures here.
3. I look at it as a kind of hobby, and something I want to stay dedicated to.

The blog's name came rather suddenly into my mind, but I wanted to represent what I am all about. Because I believe in the one and only God, I've been taught and believe that he wants us to live simply. And since I believe there is a second life, I think he would like it also to live simply; a heavenly, eternal simplicity.

So, this blog is going to be about nice, simple things - things that make you feel happy, inspired, optimistic, grateful. It will give you good music to listen, interesting ideas to think about, and fashion tips that you'll find extremely useful. In short, it will be an expression of everything in my head - which could get scary, but will always be fun.

I welcome advice, suggestions, and of course followers! I hope this blog continues to grow more than I can even imagine.