Saturday, April 30, 2016

Receipt Holder into Idea Saver: How I Keep Track of Ideas

A few months ago...after looking in my archive, I should revise that statement to over a year ago (time flies apparently), I wrote a post talking about how I keep track of my ideas. You can read it here, if you so desire. Essentially, I got myself a receipt holder to keep tracks of the slips of paper where I write down my ideas. I was never good at keeping a notebook to jot ideas down, so instead I just use whatever paper's available and consolidate everything into my receipt holder folder. There's been way too many ideas that I've lost because I didn't write them down. This is a sentiment that I'm sure you can relate to.

Although I had high hopes for my idea saving method last year, it was a bit rough around the edges (literally), so I thought it was time to introduce my new idea saver.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Reviewing Books by YouTubers: Binge by Tyler Oakley

This summer I created a little reading challenge for myself. I'm going to read a bunch of books written by professional YouTubers. For the past few years, I've really really liked the YouTube platform. I like that the videos are shorter than T.V. episodes or movies, and I like the idea that anyone can do them. Obviously, I'm not the only one who feels this way because people have been able to make YouTube a career and have fanbases of millions of people. Cue the book deals.

Being the skeptic that I am, I was suspicious when all the big YouTubers started writing books. Clearly this is another way to make money, but I was curious if these books have any merit on their own. Since we'll never know if these books "would ever have existed without the lure of a huge cheque" (The Guardian), we are left to review them based only on what is published and not on how pure their original intentions were. So, I set out to see if books by YouTubers could stand up as books, without the huge internet backing.

The first book up for review is Binge by Tyler Oakley. 
My familiarity with the YouTuber: Not subscribed, but have seen a few of his videos. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunny Smith's Guide to Using Your Camera: ISO

It has been way too long since I wrote a post for the series that helps you understand how to use your camera. Bloggers often struggle to understand how to make the most of their camera, so this series is my attempt to promote some camera literacy by breaking the camera down. Previously we've talked about Shutter Speed, Aperture and today we're talking about ISO, next we'll be talking about white balance! If you haven't read my previous posts, I'd highly recommend it as the different sections build off of each other. Let's get to it!

The ISO (Internal Standards Organization) setting controls the how sensitive your camera is to light. The higher you set your ISO the more sensitive your camera will be resulting in a brighter image. The lower you set your ISO, the darker the picture.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

How Bookstores Can Reclaim the Online Shopper (AKA Me)

"Support your local bookstore!"

It's a phrase that we hear often. It's a phrase that we like to print on buttons. It's a phrase that bookworms like to pull out and agree upon. 

However, I must confess. I do not do a very good job of supporting my local bookstores. 

I don't buy everything I read, because I love borrowing books from the library (it's free). But when I want to a buy a book, I do one of two things: I buy it online or I look for a used copy. If I don't mind waiting around, then I settle in for the long haul of searching through the thrift stores and second hand bookstores. In most cases, the convenience of Amazon or Book Depository is just too alluring and cost effective for me to deny when I'm buying a book. I'm ashamed to admit that, but it's the truth.

Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who feels this way, and as a result independent bookstores are closing. Even though I admit that I don't support local bookstores as much as I should, it saddens me to think of them closing. So I asked myself what I value about a brick and mortar store that I don't have with my online shopping. Ultimately, I asked myself what it would take to make me a loyal independent bookstore customer. With the risk of sounding like a hopeless consumer, I wanted to share what I came up with:

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