Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This is not sponsored.

    /\ taken with Nikon D3100 in Monterey, CA. \/ taken with phone in my house. 

For a while, I've been seeing photos pop up on my Instagram newsfeed with the hashtag "vscocam". I soon realized that "vscocam" was an application you can download to pre-edit your photos for Instagram.

Today I downloaded the VSCO Cam app. And it's wonderful!

Since I first got my Instagram I've been really against the idea of editing photos with third-party editors. Also I disliked how people would post photos taken with a professional camera on a network meant for capturing quick moments with a cellphone. While I still stand by my later statement, I take back the former.

VSCO Cam allows you to put natural looking edits on photos, and then post them directly to any social network. I can't wait to take a nice picture soon, and then post it to Instagram...not before editing it on VSCO Cam before though.

PS: this post was written over a month ago, and I've actually had VSCO cam for quite a while now.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Documenting My Day

6 pm. Wednesday. 17 April 2013

5:30 am: Wake up, shower, eat cereal, get dressed.
6:43 am: Leave home, get on bus.
6:55 am: Arrive at school. Walk downstairs to location where I like to sit before school really starts. Talk to people n' stuff.
7:20 am: First bell rings. Walk to locker room because I have PE.
7:35 am: After using up as much time as possible to change into my gym clothes (even though I just got dressed an hour before, ughhh), go outside and do silly PE activities.
8:10 am: Leave locker room late after being let out from PE late.
8:15 am: History class. Easy but boring. Watch film on Cuban Missile Crisis. Eh. Eat half of my lunch during movie. Mmm.
9:05 am: Time for French. My teacher sucks. Of course she doesn't know any of the verbs. Why would she? Did I mention we don't actually start doing anything until 9:35? 30 minutes of teacher trying to get the slideshow up.
10:00 am: Walk to Tech room.  Nope, computer lab today. Walk to computer lab 250. Work on Chernobyl/Katrina project. Finish project.
10:50 am: Lunch time. Go to turf field and eat outside. Leave slightly before the bell rings so I don't risk being late to my next class.
11:40 am: Biology. This teacher scares me. This teacher confuses me. Lab on dichotomous keys. Easy breezy beautiful.
12:25 pm: Leave Bio room and go downstairs to English. Finish annotating Atticus' closing speech to the jury. Timed writing. Oh no.
1:20 pm: Exit English room after a stressful timed writing. Now onto math. Unit test tomorrow. Re-take on Friday. I hate Geometry.
2:10 pm: Leave school, get on bus.
2:30 pm: Arrive at house. Walk upstairs and get changed into pajamas. Eat yogurt.
3:00 pm: History homework. Finish Science lab. Frequent internet breaks.
4:00 pm: Treadmill.
4:30 pm: Shower.
5:00 pm: Read Hemingway book. Study for Geometry test.
6:00 pm: Currently.

PS: the times I give are approximate; they may not be 100% exact, but they're pretty close.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

through the clouds

This past summer, as you know from reading this blog, I took a trip to Northern California. In order to get a cheaper flight from the east to the west, I had a quick layover at LAX before flying to SFO.

When you're soaring miles above the ground, it's always sunny. Even if there's a rainstorm, the sky is blue and bright just meters above the clouds. So for most of the six hour flight to LAX, it was sunny.

As the plane started it's descent, a jumble of clouds appeared below. Soon the plane was cutting through a thick, never-ending selection of heavy clouds. I use the word 'cutting' since it wasn't at all smooth like I've experienced with past plane/cloud interaction. In the case of the arrival to LAX, the plane--and the passengers--felt as though it was trying to cut a piece of frozen cake with a plastic knife.

Two minutes went by, and land was finally visible. Except it wasn't the sunny city I was expecting from the view out my window just minutes before. I realized that the plane had just flown through what I'll call "overcast" clouds.

Landing in Los Angeles and seeing the overcast weather I couldn't help but become instantly fascinated with the thought that the sun was always out.

Next on my travel wish list: Outer Space.