Sony Lens a Hand to Mobile Photographers

Sony Lens
Great news for camera geeks (like me) around the world! Sony has descended from the celestial clouds of technology wonderland and bestowed upon the earth a lens fit for a smartphone!
This past Wednesday Apple Insider revealed Sony’s new Cyber-Shot QX10 and QX100 lenses with innovative WiFi and mounting features that will revolutionize the way people take pictures with their phones.
We nomads of the media industry value portability and convenience, and I sense that this lens will be the pebble that stirs the lake of traditional lugging-gear-around practices. Soon everyone will have a chance to get their hands on this cool little pod to aid in the pursuit of their art without the cost or clunkiness. That’s not to say that standard cameras will become obsolete, but everyday consumers now have a shot–literally–at sparring with the pros.
For a more in-depth review of the gadget with a charming British accent, check out CNET’s description here.

Freaky Friday

What is language anyway?? *insert Twilight Zone theme music here*

I thoroughly enjoyed how awesomely creepy and thought-provoking this was. Hopefully you will too.

Just remember- never kill a snake with your bare hands.

 

“The Scared is scared”

I came across this the other day and I couldn’t stop thinking about how remarkable a child’s imagination is.

Remember when the greatest worry you had was that it was going to rain and you couldn’t play outside? And even then a storm cloud meant ample mud to play in later. Those were the days…

We spend so much of our childhood wishing to be older, taller, stronger, richer, wiser, etc. We invented games like “House” and pretended to fit in our parent’s clothes. We hated nap time and believed in things like Santa and the Easter Bunny. We climbed trees and ate handfuls of candy as a part of a normal afternoon.

Of course, growing up is inevitable and society requires us to become self-sufficient, responsible individuals. But at what point do the bars on our imaginations close and our playful ambition becomes shackled to mundane work?

I’m simply suggesting that every now and then, look up. Look around you and let your mind run wild with the crazy ideas we once thought possible as children.

The end.

My Whirlwind November

For some, November means growing beards or spending hours preparing a grocery list for a Thanksgiving feast.

To me it meant a HUGE, CRAZY, AWESOME life change.

I realize how M.I.A. I’ve been, and I vow to start allotting more time to write. But please, allow me to explain:

At the beginning of November, after flying up for an interview in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, I was generously offered a job as an Assistant Editor at NBC in New York City. And I accepted!

Rockefeller Rink
The Rockefeller Rink! Image copyright Carla Ramirez

Then I went back home to Florida to gather my belongings and say my goodbyes to friends and family. Bittersweet indeed.

Hobe Sound, FL inlet. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Hobe Sound, FL inlet. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

On November 14th, 2012 I boarded a one-way flight back to The Big Apple, and immediately became enamored by all the holiday bling around the city.

Radio City Music Hall. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Radio City Music Hall. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Giant Ornaments off of 6th Ave, behind 30 Rock. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Giant Ornaments off of 6th Ave, behind 30 Rock. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

While adjusting to the bleak weather, balancing two jobs, and apartment hunting, I somehow managed to find time to explore. One of my absolute favorite sights in all of New York so far has been the autumn leaves in Central Park. I had spent so many years dreaming about being in the city for the holiday season, and the moment I saw those trees, a single, stubborn tear of joy escaped my eye and froze on the round of my cheek, forever imprinting the memory of that sight into my flesh. Tender, I know, but there are simply no words to describe how beautiful and peaceful it was to walk through.

Fall in Central Park. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Fall in Central Park. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Fall in Central Park 2
Fall in Central Park con’t. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

After a successful, turkey-filled Thanksgiving away from home with my friends, Christmastime took off. I experienced my first Black Friday working in retail (phew, what a frenzy!), and witnessed the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony in person. I had no idea just how serious tourists were about this tree.

Word of advice: if you wish to see the lighting, either get there EXTREMELY early or be prepared to lose a limb clambering through the crowd.

Holiday Tree Lighting Party at Anthropolgie! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Holiday Tree Lighting Party at Anthropolgie! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Image copyright Carla Ramirez

 

And with that, ladies and gentlemen, our tour of my landmark adventures throughout the month of November has come to an end.

To my readers- thank you for journeying with me, it’s truly a pleasure to be able to share my present-day bliss with you.

To Instagram- thank you for making my photos look mildly interesting.

To New York City- I love you.

Cheers, everyone!

Welcome to the Oscar family, Seth MacFarlane!

Image via igossip.com

As a huge fan of Family Guy, movies, and laughing in general, I am thrilled to hear that Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the 85th Academy Awards in February. He may be a collector of wacky voices, obscure references, and sometimes vulgar, self-deprecating humor, but MacFarlane is also a man of showbiz. This guy has all of the raw talent and presence to make the ceremony highly entertaining, as well as priceless to audience members who enjoy watching A-listers squirm uncomfortably in their velvet seats while forced to endure playful remarks aimed at their fame and profession.

You’ve been warned, Hollywood: no one is safe from the quick wit of this comedic genius.

For the official announcement by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences click HERE.