My love of food as demonstrated by a GIF #poundcake #theimagemoves #gif #foodaddict #sweets

My love of food as demonstrated by a GIF #poundcake #toppings #itmoves #gif #foodaddict #sweets

What is it about food that invites us to photograph it with cool angles and lighting? Surveying Instagram and Pinterest demonstrates this rise of food photography by average people. Would baristas even create little foam hearts in your soy latte if there was no chance it would end up on the newsfeed of a social media site? I’m not sure if it’s for the better or worse that our society is becoming obsessed with ‘pretty hipster food’. All these pictures of delicious looking food (ex. chickpea avocado burger with blue cheese dressing) does not mean that I’m actually eating these cool foods. There might be a recipe attached, but let’s be honest? How many of those Pinterest pins turned into a Friday afternoon of cooking? My pinning of vegan food has not directly led to more vegan cupcakes in my apartment. Nevertheless, I feel more artsy and creative with my food habits …

Also, how cool are gifs? I’m a huge fan! (pst….. it’s like a little animated film of sequential images)

Pinterest – putting the PIN in social media and pretty pictures.

I recently started a Pinterest account:

http://www.pinterest.com/violetaitodorov/

It’s such a cool concept… almost like a more efficient version of StumbleUpon and Tumblr. I love the layout that lets you group “pins” into a different “boards”. There is so much vocabulary around social media, and here I am … a young 21 year old … learning a new language again. How many times can the Internet change formats and words?

With the rise of SnapChat, Instagram, and Pinterest… I think it’s clear that our society is becoming more and more focused on quick information relayed through pictures. The same goes for Tindr and Twitter (which limits your characters per tweet). It’s no longer about getting your message across, now it’s about being a pretty picture with short, punchy text. I still like reading long copy, and maybe someday that will come back; but for now, filtered pictures dominate our consumption of media.

What’s better than the original? Actually, a lot of things!

What's better than the original? Actually, a lot of things!

1. Seedless Watermelon is better than original watermelon.
2. Lychee Juice is better than Lychee Fruit on its own.
3. Frozen Grapes are better than room-temperature grapes.
4. Dried Mango Slices are better than Ripe Mango.
5. Strawberries sprinkled with a little bit of sugar to balance the acidity.

P.S. I’m a fruit lover… can you tell?

And full disclaimer, this is just my personal taste and preference. Feel free to tell me your eating habits and preferences! There’s no reason why you have to like the original more than variations of it… even if a crunchy red apple is the best taste in the world.

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

Search Engines. Happy Valentines Day.

“Hatred paralyses life; Love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; Love harmonises it.
Hatred darkens life; Love illuminates it.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred. Love them anyway.”
-Kent M. Keith

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
-David Byrne

CalArts and the Legendary Offsprings of room A113 are featured in Vanity Fair.

CalArts and the Legendary Offsprings of room A113 are featured in Vanity Fair.

Well, well, well… anyone who’s watched an animated film in the last 15 years has probably seen the result of this legendary class of Character Animation at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). Most of PIXAR’s founding members were students of the classic Disney artists in the 70s and 80s. This Vanity Fair article is such a good summary and insight into the cultural climate and history of animation at the time – the lead up to the animation revival of the 1990s/2000s. It is definitely worth a read. (Just click on the photo to go to the article!!)

I get so inspired by this story (and this group of youngsters). But I think the lesson to take away from this is that you must be determined, hard-working, but also courageous to take risks and new opportunities. Today, there is no guarantee that graduating from CalArts will automatically lead you to become an animation director. These directors graduated at a different time in history and I believe that there will be a new wave of animation in the future. The question is, who is willing to create a new path and lead this revolution?

BBC Olympic Coverage – Day One at Sochi 2014

Well, it’s the end of the first day of Olympic Coverage. If you’re in the US, you can watch it online through NBC. Or if you’re in England, through BBC sports. Unfortunately, the live online feed only works in their respective countries. So the distribution rights are exclusive to each country. It’s only day one of the Winter Olympics, there’s still plenty of time to figure out how to watch the Olympics online! Tonight my sister and I were real-time messaging while watching the couples figure skating freestyle event – her in America and me in London.

It’s amazing how well the athletes perform on the international stage. I cheer, cry, scream, and hope for Team Bulgaria and Team USA. But at the end of the day, I love the Olympics and all the nationalities. International events like the Olympics can bring together the population of the worlds – especially with the aid of social media. It allows people to connect by talking about the same thing at the same time, which believe it or not doesn’t happen a lot. It’s the same principle with the American Superbowl in the US; love it or hate it, the Superbowl connects people in live-time, an impressive feat on a national scale.

As this BBC advert points out, the Olympics raise the hopes and spirits of every nation through the display of perseverance of the human spirit and body. Also, can we please talk about the Snowboarding’s Slopestyle? Making its Olympic debut … these athletes appear to be having such a fun time.  I enjoyed watching Sage Kotsenburg casually win the first Olympic gold and then tweet about it!  And shout out to Norway, congratulations for getting the most metals after the first day!

Independent Coffee Shops – visualised by the London Tube Map

Independent Coffee Shops - visualised by the London Tube Map

Well, besides the fact that the TFL is having disruptions due to the London Tube Strike… this is a lovely graphic that showcases all the best independent coffee shops. For those that feel a little bit more spicy than a Costa, Nero, or Starbucks. There’s something about the independents that is fabulous. The inconsistent tables, the local waiters, and the foam hearts on your coffee. I’ve been to at least 10 of these coffee shops, but my all around favourite is The Oval Lounge… Why you might ask? Because I lived around the corner from the cafe on Palfrey Place. That independent coffee shop has sentimental value: I would pass it on my way to school, my flatmates and I would have sunday brunch, and they had Eggs Florentine for a Tuesday afternoon work session on one of their wooden tables.

It’s create to explore the city and look for coffee shops, but ultimately, it’s the ones nearest to you that make the biggest impact. They have convenience, consistency, sentimental value, and a “this is mine” feeling. Those small coffee shops that only fit the locals may not be a part of multi-national corporations that are changing the global business landscape, but the small ones change my Sundays and Tuesdays. Make no mistake, the local business make a BIG difference in people’s day to day life. And I for one, thank them… especially for the foam hearts.