Monday, August 31, 2015

Haunting Photo Series Shows What We Look Like Without Our Cell Phones

Haunting Photo Series Shows What We Look Like Without Our Cell Phones

There's no denying that cell phones affect just about every aspect of our lives these days. It's not that they necessarily have to either. People have turned to phones for a continuous flow of cheap thrills and easy browsing. Some would say that we are addicted to our phones to the point where the personal interactions and family have fallen by the wayside. 

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has attempted to demonstrate our newfound obsession with mobile devices in a powerful photo series called Removed. Merely by removing the phone or tablet from a scene, you can see how odd life really appears from the outside. If someone were to travel from even 30 years in the past to current day, it would appear as if expressionless zombies have taken over our world.

Here is a brief look at Removed.

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In the project statement from Eric's website, he says, "Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves."

Perhaps the most noticeable way that cell phones have affected our lives is with our children. 

Not too long ago, these young boys would crave to be as physical as possible outside. 

When we are out in public. everyone is still just looking at the screen.

How is it that life seems more interesting when viewing it through a tiny piece of glass?

Eric argues that these devices have become an extension of the body, much like a phantom limb. 

"Personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body," he said. 

The time after the kids go to bed used to be a time for parents to connect. Now, they just sit in bed attached to a device. 

A simple gathering of friends isn't what it used to be.

A conversation between strangers that may have happened will probably never happen with mobile devices in our clutch. 

Eric explains, "This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not."

Not only has the way that we interact with people changed, the world is more dangerous as a result of our connection with phones. 

Some people think it's just our youth that have been so affected by phones...

But this isn't necessarily the case. 

Everyone has been affected.

It seems that the day you've been waiting for your entire life is just another day on your phone. 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

40 Low-Key Geniuses From Everyday Life

40 Low-Key Geniuses From Everyday Life

Life's full of inconveniences, both major and minor, so it helps to think outside the box! Today we're looking at some people who've found solutions that walk the line between genius and ridiculous. However their projects turned out, at least they made us laugh!

1. Dude's gotta eat!

2. He's used to lockin' 'em up!

3. Score one for the good guys!

4. Or, for the more artistically inclined...

5. Looks like they're bringing back Nintendogs!

6. Make no mistakes! 

7. Office shortage. 

8. For the lazy cook...

Some may argue that watching your bread through FaceTime would be a drag or a waste of time. Those people probably don't understand the true love you have for garlic bread.

9. Fight fire with fire!

10. Gotta love it when he can fetch...

11. His beard was unruly, until he found his shaving grace...

12. No more Sunday socks!

13. Weatherit looks good or not, it works!

14. This kid's going places...

15. Say cheese!

16. And here I am with popcorn in a bowl like a sucker...

17. Not even a problem!

18. Master of avoiding the awkward 

19. "A" for effort!

20. Now each player can look like James Bond

21. Copy that!

22. Do the math!

23. Here's something I bet a lot of us would like to hand out from time to time.

Just make sure you're not seen doing it! Passive-aggression only works if you're stealthy.

24. This sounds like it should work — I'm a little reluctant to try.

For me, they'd probably just turn into wafer mush by the time I get them in the bag.

25. Who needs a playpen?! 

26. Here's a great idea for if you love candy and hate your teeth!

Nothing says "sucker" like someone who has one rotating in their mouth at 10 mph. That's gotta be uncomfortable. 

27. The only "5 minute abs" routine that actually shows results!

Whether or not you want to flaunt those results is your own problem. I mean, it seems to work for him!

28. Necessity is the mother of invention. It's also the mother of saving money when you need it most!

It's not a terrible idea. I just really hope they're both for the kitchen, not the bathroom.

29. Laziness is just another word for efficiency!

Always remember, the time you don't spend doing dishes can be used for so many other things. 

30. You call them old underwear, but this person calls them summer wear. 

To be honest, I probably wouldn't even notice something was wrong with this if I walked by. Thanks for the idea!

31. Always good to reflect with your family

32. Gotta protect those peepers at all costs. 

In this case, it's at very little cost. If I'm not mistaken, this is a legitimate form of recycling as well. She better go get this patented ASAP. 

33. Don't own a smoker? 

Why not use an old cabinet from the abandoned school down the road? Everyone knows that a good smoker goes for hundreds of dollars... Restaurant-quality right there! I would eat this without hesitation.

34. Weird, or brilliant? I'd say brilliant.

If you want something done right, sometimes you've got to do it yourself! It's almost like an Ikea meets Chipotle situation here, but definitely less frustrating and more chill. 

35. Definitely deserves an A for effort

OK, the rest of these have had some element of genius, but there's no way that coffee cup isn't spilling when we hit even a tiny bump...

36. No pet should be lonely...

37. This seems like a great idea until you try to hit the snooze button and dip your hand in scalding hot coffee.

Heaven forbid it stains your stock photo bed sheets!

38. So apparently, people reinvent snow plows all the time

I can't imagine this worked. If it did, I should recreate it and make some extra money this winter. 

39. This guy took it a step further... 

He managed to create a machine that accommodates clearing snow and every other morning routine he has. He could just set his alarm to an earlier time...

40. Ya know, I could also go for a hotburger right now.

I guess, in the future, a lot of our foods will just be combined into one. That seems efficient.