Justin Bieber: I Want to Be Someone My Siblings Can Look Up To

Justin Bieber is one of the most famous people on the planet, and he knows it. But he also has a firm plan on how to stay grounded.

“There have been times where it has been difficult,” the 21-year-old told PEOPLE. “But as long as I put God and family first, I can find my way through most things. I also find it important to surround myself with people who are honest and hold me accountable for my actions – that helps a lot, too.”

Over the past several months, Bieber has been on a sort of “please forgive me tour,” where he’s owned up to his past mistakes and bad decisions.

He’s still entitled to have a little fun, though, and he did just that in Las Vegas on Saturday. Prior to watching his buddy Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao in the so-called “fight of the century” in Las Vegas, the “Boyfriend” singer partied poolside at Hard Rock Hotel’s Rehab pool party.

Even there, the former bad boy was on his best behavior (by Vegas pool party standards) and he has a reason for that: his little brother and sister. He said he wants to be a role model to them.

“I love my brother and sister so much,” he said. “I want to help them be the best they can be and being someone they can look up to is definitely an important part of that.”

Source: PEOPLE

5 Tips For Shooting With Expired Film

{Shot on Polaroid Time Zero film, expired 2004 by Andy Jenkins}

Expired film was once bad. After all “expired” means it’s no longer good, right? Except at some point photographer’s figured out that expired film can give some amazingly dreamy and surreal results – making something undesirable into something people want A LOT. Crazy colors, vintage atmospheres, hazy streaks and unique textures are just some of the interesting results you can get from shooting film that’s past its date.

However expired film has some drawbacks - with the biggest one being you have absolutely no idea what will happen until you shoot it. It could be gorgeous, it could be hideous, you really won’t know until you put in your camera.


1. Get to get as many rolls as you can

Once you find a type of expired film you like, it totally sucks to have only one roll! To be able to fully take advantage of the effects once you know what they are, it’s important to snag as many rolls of the same expired film as you can at the same time. The same lot of film will offer some consistency even when it’s past its prime. Photographer Neil Krug stocked up on mass quantities of expired Polaroid film for his hugely successful “Pulp” series and book, allowing him to develop a unique style that is all his own - and which many other photographers try to imitate.


2. Avoid Portraits for the first roll

One frequent result of film being past it’s expiration date is that the grain appears enlarged. Not always, but frequently enough. Also there are the previously aforementioned color shifts, which can leave people looking ill or unrecognizable when applied to skin tones. When trying out a new roll of expired film, stick to landscapes and still life since there’s a good chance your portraits won’t turn out the way you want them.

*An exception to this rule is for those who are shooting expired instant film, which generally speaking turns out quite lovely for portraits.

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Justin Bieber: I Want to Be Someone My Siblings Can Look Up To

Justin Bieber is one of the most famous people on the planet, and he knows it. But he also has a firm plan on how to stay grounded.

“There have been times where it has been difficult,” the 21-year-old told PEOPLE. “But as long as I put God and family first, I can find my way through most things. I also find it important to surround myself with people who are honest and hold me accountable for my actions – that helps a lot, too.”

Over the past several months, Bieber has been on a sort of “please forgive me tour,” where he’s owned up to his past mistakes and bad decisions.

He’s still entitled to have a little fun, though, and he did just that in Las Vegas on Saturday. Prior to watching his buddy Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao in the so-called “fight of the century” in Las Vegas, the “Boyfriend” singer partied poolside at Hard Rock Hotel’s Rehab pool party.

Even there, the former bad boy was on his best behavior (by Vegas pool party standards) and he has a reason for that: his little brother and sister. He said he wants to be a role model to them.

“I love my brother and sister so much,” he said. “I want to help them be the best they can be and being someone they can look up to is definitely an important part of that.”

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Committed to his crusade to adapt every novel ever written for the screen – all right, just the ones that peak his interest – James Franco is setting up yet another film. He’s planning to star in and direct The Long Home and has Josh Hutcherson lined up to co-star. 


Adapted from William Gay’s book, the story is set in rural 1940s Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) scores a job building a honky tonk bar for a charismatic, scheming bootlegger. But trouble finds him when he falls for a young woman that the criminal is grooming to become a prostitute, and that’s before he discovers that the man murdered his father 10 years previously. 


This isn’t the first time Hutcherson and Franco will have worked together – Franco also cast the Hunger Games actor in another of his projects, the John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which has yet to set a release date. 


As for Hutcherson’s big franchise duty, he’ll next be seen in the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 2, which is out here on November 20.

‘Show Me The Money 4′ Idols?... Jooheon·Buffy·Minho 'Confirmed’

There is an increase in the number of idol rappers participating in Mnet’s ‘Show Me The Money’ Season 4. This season, it is expected to be a battleground of skilled idols vs. top underground rappers.

Hip-hop group 몬스타엑스 (MONSTA X)’s member Jooheon’s appearance has already been confirmed.

Jooheon is a rapper who was selected through the survival program ‘NO.MERCY’, a collaboration between Mnet and Starship Entertainment. As MONSTA X’s core member, his professional rap has already been approved of in the program. Now, his debut is ahead of him and he is participating in ‘Show Me The Money’ as he tries to match up his skills to rappers who are popular in Korea.

Jooheon has featured in Mad Clown’s '깽값’, Hyorin X San E’s ‘Coach Me’, ‘0’ along with Giriboy, Mad Clown and Jooyoung and despite having not debuted yet, he is building up a strong discography.

Also, in the the first debut mission of '노머시 (NO.MERCY)’, the video, 'Yessir’, has become a huge topic on Facebook with his solid rapping and powerful charisma.

The group MADTOWN’s rapper, Buffy, has also decided on participating. Buffy has periodically revealed mixtapes and is aso in charge of producing, a rapper who firstly appeals through his skills. Although he is an idol rapper, his skills have already ben approved of. It is a determination that has the confidence of not being pushed away by his seniors.  

Aside from this, Winner’s Minho’s participation has been confirmed and Khan from the idol group ZPZG too has thoughts of competing his skills. It has become known that the participation of the representative rappers of the groups Topp Dogg and History are being sounded out.

A total of 4 teams will be going as judges, Jinusean’s and Tablo’s YG team, Verbal Jint’s and San E’s Brand New Music Team, Park Jaebum’s AOMG tam and Block B’s Zico’s team. 

(T/N: I’ve only translated content related to the contestants.)
Source: Naver

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Here is a very basic diagram to explain the aquarium cycle! Wanted something easy to understand for beginners.

So, fish wastes, decaying plants, and excess food all become ammonia. 

The ammonia is then eaten by good bacteria usually found in your filter and on your tank, which excrete nitrite as a waste.

The nitrite is then eaten by another form of bacteria found also in your filter and on your aquarium surfaces (tank walls, ornaments, plants, etc.) which then excrete nitrate.

The nitrate is then used as fertilizer for live plants or is removed by water changes. This is why they say live plants help with the health of your tank!

Establishing a cycle can take a few weeks to a month in an aquarium.

No. 11 – Bruno Mars was the top-selling U.S. artist in track sales in 2014 with 12 million downloads, which helped boost his music sales royalties to $3.6 million.

  1. One Direction - $46m
  2. Katy Perry - $30.1m
  3. Justin Timberlak - $27.9m
  4. Billy Joel - $27.2m
  5. The Eagles - $26.2m
  6. Luke Bryan - $25m
  7. Paul McCartney - $23.5m
  8. George Strait - $22.5m
  9. Jay-Z - $22m
  10. Jason Aldean - $20.2m
  11. Bruno Mars - $19.9m
  12. Beyonce - $19.6m
  13. Cher - $16m
  14. Miley Cyrus - $16m
  15. Taylor Swift - $13.6m
  16. Dave Matthews Band - $13.3m
  17. Lady Gaga - $13.3m
  18. Britney Spears - $13.1m
  19. Zac Brown Band - $12.6m
  20. Eminem - $11.9m
[PHOTO] Big Bang's T.O.P Is Effortlessly Charismatic In Esquire

Big Bang’s T.O.P looked effortlessly charismatic in the May issue of Esquire. The handsome rapper’s dapper wardrobe included a button studded jacket, pink sweater, geometric dress shirt, and even casual sneakers. Meanwhile, his hair went from a side-swept wave to moody, droopy bangs.

During the accompanying interview, T.O.P discussed his introverted personality. He explained, “I’m sensitive. That’s why I don’t leave the house and meet a lot of people. It’s not that I’m intentionally trying to look mysterious, I’m very careful and sensitive to small things, that’s why I don’t leave the house unless I have to attend a formal affair. I only meet people that are close to me.”

The star also revealed why he prefers to keep a low profile when not promoting a project. He stated, “…The depression that comes when you’re exposed is much bigger and anxious than the depression that comes when you’re locked in your own time. Of course, our generation tells us that it’s good to communicate as much as you can and get close with the public. But I think it’s necessary to keep a sense of distance…So I don’t like being the star of the gossip. I don’t use SNS either.”

The other Big Bang members, especially G-Dragon, are known for actively sharing information and pictures with fans through their Twitter and Instagram accounts. According to T.O.P, his band mates have advised him to interact more with his fans. He added, “They said, ‘You have much more to gain than to lose by using SNS.’ I also feel sorry that I lack communication with the fans. Maybe I should start using it for the promotion of the new album.”

It appears T.O.P indeed decided to jump onto the social media bandwagon. The idol recently opened an Instagram account! You can follow him here @choi_seung_hyun_tttop!


SOURCE: KPOPSTARZ

My last small project for illustration this year; an opinion editorial illustration addressing the issue of deforestation and flooding it causes in the Himalayas. As trees are cut down, the ground is less able to absorb excess rain and dams have begun to burst and wash away surrounding villages. So this assignment was an experiment with creating effective and simple imagery. #editorial #illustration #imagery #synergy #treering #deforestation #oped #article #ink #digitalillustration #blackandwhite #linework #lineart

Materialism in Modern Society

According to the ideology of materialism, reality is what we perceive or observe in the material objects surrounding society; Materialism suggests that us individuals in society need to openly evaluate physical, economical, and historical factors. According to materialists, human consciousness does not exist. Our brain is just that of flesh and continuous electrical impulses, and it is these electrical impulses that allow us humans to perceive ourselves and our reality.

Materialism strongly enforces and emphasizes the importance of physical beauties, false idols, and worldly possessions. Materialism insists these ideals to be the most important of issues in life. A materialistic individual is one who: seeks wealth, is superficial, selfish, and status conscious. They want to look good as much as possible, will manipulate you as much as possible, and overall will put themselves before everyone else as much as possible. Living in a community where individuals exemplify and praise this ideology through symbolisms is disgusting and atrocious because it blinds the people to the larger issues happening simultaneously around the country/world that significantly matter more. Perhaps ‘ignorance is bliss’ resides as the best phrase to define this ideology.

Materialism openly poisons the minds of modern society every day and the saddest part is it’s right in your face coming though every outlet you can imagine. One thing is very much clear, materialism is a behemoth of an ideology to live life. Life shouldn’t be based upon superficial facts, your persona status, and possessions that will be tossed eventually. Living your life this way will decay your moral consciousness and slowly morph your life into a blinding and ignorant perception.

11 Things That Change Forever When You Live Abroad

1. Adrenaline becomes part of your life.
From the moment you decide to move abroad, your life turns into a powerful mix of emotions – learning, improvising, dealing with the unexpected. All your senses sharpen up, and for a while the word “routine” is dismissed from your vocabulary to make space for an ever rising adrenaline thrill ride. New places, new habits, new challenges, new people. Starting a new life should terrify you, but it’s unusually addictive.

2. But when you go back, everything looks the same.
That’s why, when you get a few days off and fly back home, it strikes you how little everything has changed. Your life’s been changing at a non-stop pace, and you’re on holidays and ready to share all those anecdotes you’ve been piling up. But, at home, life is the same as ever. Everyone keeps struggling with their daily chores, and it suddenly strikes you: life won’t stop for you.
3. You lack the (and yet you have too many) words.
When someone asks you about your new life, you lack the right words to convey all you’re experiencing. Yet later, in the middle of a random conversation, something reminds you of ‘that time when’…, and you have to hold your tongue because you don’t want to overwhelm everyone with stories from your ‘other country’ and come across as pretentious.

4. You come to understand that courage is overrated.
Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart. Do you want to do it, do you really feel like doing it? Then do it. From the moment we decide to jump, we’re no longer cowards nor courageous – whatever comes our way, we deal with it.
5. And, suddenly, you’re free.
You’ve always been free, but freedom feels different now. Now that you’ve given up every comfort and made it work thousands of miles away from home, you feel like you’re capable of anything!

6. You learn to say goodbye and to enjoy yourself.
You soon realize that now, most things and people in your life are just passing through, and you instinctively play down the importance of most situations. You perfect the right balance between bonding and letting go – a perpetual battle between nostalgia and pragmatism.
7. Normal? What’s normal?
Living abroad, like traveling, makes you realize that ‘normal’ only means socially or culturally accepted. When you plunge into a different culture and a different society, your notion of normality soon falls apart. You learn there are other ways of doing things, and after a while, you too adopt that habit you never thought you’d embrace. You also get to know yourself a little better, because you discover some things you really believe in while others are just a cultural heritage of the society you grew up in.

8. Nostalgia strikes when you least expect it.
A food, a song, a smell. The smallest trifle can overwhelm you with homesickness. You miss those little things you never thought you’d miss, and you’d give anything to go back to that place, even if it were just for an instant. Or to share that feeling with someone who would understand your same feelings.
9. You know it’s not where, but when and how.
Although deep down, you know you don’t miss a place, but a strange and magical conjunction of the right place, the right moment, and the right people. That year when you traveled, when you shared your life with special ones, when you were so happy. There’s a tiny bit of who you were scattered among all the places you’ve lived in, but sometimes going back to that place is not enough to stop missing it.

10. You change.
I’m sure you’ve heard about life-changing trips. Well, they’re not a commonplace – living abroad is a trip that will profoundly change your life and who you are. It will shake up your roots, your certainties, and your fears. Maybe you won’t realize it, or even believe it before you do it. But after some time, one day you’ll see it crystal clear. You have evolved, you’ve got scars, you have lived. You have changed.
11. And… there’s no turning back.
Now you know what it means to give up comfort, what starting from scratch and marveling at the world every day feels like. And it being such a huge, endless world… How could you choose not to keep traveling and discovering it?

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i had to share this with you guys :) it’s a lovely article that sums up the life of a traveller 

Here’s who’s performing:

Friday June 5th line-up

Go West, Doctor & The Medics, Brother Beyond & Jive Bunny & The Master Mixers

Saturday June 6th line-up

Thompson Twins, Rick Astley, Sister Sledge, Jimmy Somerville, ABC, Big Country, Five Star, The Beat, Betty Boo, Chas and Dave, Odyssey, Sam Fox, Owen Paul

Sunday June 7th line-up

Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats, Howard Jones, Roland Gift, Nick Heyward, The Real Thing, Hot Chocolate, From the Jam, The South, China Crisis, Aswad, Modern Romance, Black Box

It will be hosted by Pat Sharp with support from Dave Benson Phillips.

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Her mother, who worked until her husband’s success brought social pressure to stay home, encouraged independence: “You will go to school,” Nicks recalls being told, “and you will be independent, and you will never be dependent on a man. And you will have a really good education, and you will be able to stand in a room with a bunch of very smart men and keep up with them and never feel like a second-class citizen.” – Rolling Stone, 2015

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Breaking Bad graffiti artist brings more of his portraits to the streets of Manchester: “Akse appropriately has a PhD in chemistry and combines his street art with a full time job in the science industry.” (Manchester Evening News)

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“That final look between the pair - teacher and student, abuser and victim, father and son - spoke so many volumes and felt steeped in so much history and emotion that it would take days to unpack, but it felt more than anything like acceptance. With all their secrets out in the open, they acknowledge that they have shared something powerful, and terrible, and now it is over.  And Walt dies protecting the one person he’s wronged the most.” –  Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy

How Can You Tell if You’re Being Sexually Empowered or Objectified? Ask Yourself This Simple Question

An article/comic explaining the very relevant issue of how power dynamics and consent make the difference between sexual empowerment and objectification.

The bit above is particularly relevant to our blog, seeing how the question of female character’s agency is brought up every so often to justify her choice of attire.

As we said a few times before:

  1. Fictional people’s choices are entirely up to their creators.
  2. While it’s valid to create some characters as “sexy” because of their personality, it stops working when everyone (particularly every woman) is somehow “sexy”.
  3. Dressing skimpily during your crime-fighting/adventutring makes no sense, no matter how sexually liberated you are off-duty.

~Ozzie

more about fictional character’s agency on BABD

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Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a natural formation distinguished by its layered bands of red rock and its vast scale, averaging 10 miles across and a mile deep along its 277-mile length. Much of the area is a national park. With sweeping vistas, it’s a destination for hiking, mule rides, camping and aerial tours, plus white-water rafting on the Colorado River.