As the web evolves, more media companies pop up in the landscape, and more big blogs start reaching out for content, bloggers of all education levels are faced with the option of getting money for the hard work they do. This is an excellent way to supplement one’s income, but it is very important to cover your bases to ensure that you will be paid. Continue reading
Spam is a problem we all live with. But every once in a while, you run across spam that is so creative, you can’t help but enjoy it. Continue reading
I once ordered a limo to pick me up from the Narita airport in Tokyo. Or I thought I did. My agent messed it up when making my travel arrangements and I ended up with a seat on the Limousine Bus. I forgave and forgot, after all, it’s not like I had time to make all my arrangements. Then the web happened. Now, I am my own travel agent, mistress of my universe, arranger of flights, transport and hotels. It’s still a difficult process, what with all the windows open on searches for the best deals — especially for airfare. But it just got easier.
I’m obsessed with the mail. In a world where communication mostly happens over e-mail and mobile devices, I love breaking the monotony of bills in my friends mailboxes with notes, letters and packages. I go to the post office so often, I’ve befriended most of the staff — which isn’t a big feat for my friends back home or anyone who lives in a small town, but this is Los Angeles.
Naturally, I’m beside myself with grief over this business of the Postal Service facing default by this time next year unless Congress takes measures to help deal with its insolvency. Continue reading
Kris Cain at Little Tech Girl and Jessica Benton at That Tech Chick recently caught a crook who broke into Jessica’s home and made off with her laptop and new HP Touchpad. Jessica had installed TeamViewer, free software that enables you to remotely access your laptop, which conveniently launches as soon as you turn on your computer. She and Kris waited for the perp to turn on the computer, and once he did they used TeamViewer to grab his IP address. But the IP address can only get a girl so far, so they kept watching.
The perp looked at porn, he saved images onto a USB drive, and finally, he messed up and went to YouTube, enabling Kris to catch a glimpse of his e-mail address. She Googled. Nothing. She looked for a Google profile. Nothing. Finally, she tried Facebook. Bingo. One White Pages search later, they knew exactly where he was — not too far from Jessica’s neighborhood, in fact. Continue reading
At some point, photography became a danger to society. We don’t know when this happened or why, but more and more photography hobbyists are experiencing questioning, detention and the illegal seizure of their memory cards and equipment. As a photographer, I think it is crucial to educate the rest of the community about their legal rights. Please not that this post refers to the laws of the United States. Continue reading
Fashion week for the average insider means fashion, yes, but also an incredible amount of stress, rushing about, last-minute reorganizing, and a lot of bizdev discussions over cocktails. To get the most out of the season, the non-caffeinated, lightly carbonated supplement drink Mercy has launched a campaign to pit itself as the ultimate Fashion Week hangover cure so we can party like we need to and still make it to the shows in the morning. Fantastic! Or is it? Continue reading
Every parent believes their little spawn is better than the next parent’s. If these parents are you or friends of yours, this is probably a correct statement — so why are you still giving the kids the standard alphabet books where E is for Elephant and L is for lion? You need something better, something more thrilling for their little developing brains. I’ve got the solution, of course: introducing My little Geek an alphabet book from Android to Zombie, available for $19.95 at ThinkGeek. Continue reading
My friend Colleen Nika, fashion columnist for Rolling Stone magazine (formerly at Interview and Style.com), recently gave an interview during which she discussed a side of the fashion industry most insiders tend to avoid. Her answer to “When is fashion not sexy?” is worthy of note:
When it’s clear the person whose image we’re encountering isn’t comfortable or healthy, that’s not sexy, it’s exploitation. I’m not down with the idea that suffering for fashion is erotic or heroic. It’s fucked up and victimising and an indication you need to seriously think about your personal value. Continue reading
Some time ago, I wrote about how important it is for me to feel I own the space where I work. Since I work from home, it isn’t challenging to make it my own. Of course, with freedom comes choice and choice can stump even the most seasoned decorator. At some point, I decided that I needed to glam it up to remind myself that life was fabulous even when I was toiling in the word mines for hours on end, so I went online to search for old black and white photographs. Continue reading