Always an awesome adventure when I can slip into my Indiana Josh persona: poking my nose among crumbling walls and ancient statues, connecting the faded dots of history, contemplating the weird facsimile of time and our place in it..
On the western edge of Burma, forgotten by the world, lay the ruins of the Arakanese Kingdom…
Oh yeah, GPOY.
Social media is basically social comparison on steroids.” … It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap online. “What you don’t see are the same things you don’t post about yourself: fights with loved ones, family drama, insecurities, problems at work. —
Want To Be Happier? Stop Comparing Yourself To What You See On Social Media (via fastcompany)
I really have to write a longer blog post about how this relates to our work at SelfieIM.
When you look beyond the celebrity pics, Tumblr blogs and other media spotlights on the silliness of selfies, what we’ve found was that selfies in the modern age - let’s call them self-portraits - are incredibly empowering. The fact that we have a camera in our pockets, and more importantly, the fact that we control how we are perceived by others because we are the ones taking the photos — well, it’s huge.
So instead of broadcasting the best vacation shots or the most hyped up parties to justify some alternate versions of ourselves, we’re seeing these little gems of humanity throughout the course of the day - moments that aren’t documented anywhere else: getting haircuts, brushing teeth, running late, eating alone, drinking coffee, falling asleep.. but instead of being invasive, these moments are freely given by people who are ok with themselves, who are judging themselves way before any likes or retweets or reblogs judge them. Who needs those comparisons when we’ve already judged and found ourselves worthy?
Sick (via Deadspin).
Sightglass Coffee. Mission, San Francisco.
In Defense of Instagram Selfies from Crimea
The Daily Mail was positively apoplectic. “Shocking pictures show people in Crimea taking SELFIES with Russian masked gunmen as Ukraine teeters on the brink of war,” the British tabloid yelped over the weekend. Did you catch that? SELFIES!
Others were equally astonished. “Welcome to the 21st century, where you take Instagram selfies with the guys invading your country,” a Twitter user marveled.
Putting aside one of the explanations for this stream of selfies—a substantial pro-Moscow, ethnic Russian population on the peninsula—it’s actually quite fitting that amateur and professional photographers are experimenting with new technology this week to document Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula. A century and a half ago, Crimea served as the breeding ground for modern war photography.
Read more. [Image: Roger Fenton/anna_yurtaeva]
Popcorn clouds over the Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA | 2014
Tailors Row: Mrauk U, Burma.
Nice EXIF icons, Flickr.
Fermenting fish takes a lot of concentration.
Satoshi Nakamoto's Identity -
I feel very torn writing this blog post, and thought hard about deleting it a couple times. But, in the end, I’ll just put it out in the ether… because this blog is little more than me thinking out loud, and this is what I’m been thinking about for most of the day.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s (Creator of…
Living in the shadow of your ancestors’ accomplishments must give you a certain outlook on life…