Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80208 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-08-11 09:26:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-11 13:26:18 [post_content] => Founder of Quest Nutrition Tom Bilyeu knows a lot about what it means to optimize your mind and body for maximum creativity. After overcoming obesity, he started his mission-based food company to help people be healthier, which grew by 57,000 percent in its three years, landing the number spot on the 2014 Inc. 500 list. Today, he’s recently launched a new venture, Impact Theory, an online talk show of sorts that ignites human potential through original interviews with some of the world’s greatest, most inspiring content creators, creatives and entrepreneurs. We asked Bilyeu to let us in on some of the tools and techniques he uses to achieve a healthy, fulfilling career as a creative. Here's what he had to say.Strengthen your body I hate working out, but I’m absolutely obsessed with optimizing my brain. Several studies have come out showing the reciprocal link between the body and the brain. If you truly want to supercharge your mind, you’re going to have to supercharge your body first. Also, the gym helps you earn credibility with yourself by being disciplined and pushing through pain to reach a goal you’ve set. Additionally, it’s the easiest way to prove to yourself that the body will develop and grow in response to hard work and a powerful reminder that we all have latent potential within us. https://youtu.be/-lITalyctN4Amplify your mind Ideas In = Ideas Out. Fitness is as much about the mind as it is the body. They say that genius is a young person’s game, but I think the truth is anyone can have a brilliant idea, but you have to work to keep your perspective fresh. Reading is the best way to do that, and when it comes to money, Audible is the best way to read. Reinvent your identity Identity and values drive behavior. As such, your success at implementing new habits and routines in your life will be entirely dependent on your ability to change your identity. If you’re really going to follow through with your goals, you’re going to have to make changes to you who you are. [caption id="attachment_80210" align="aligncenter" width="934"] via Tom Bilyeu[/caption]Don’t be alarmed With only the rarest of exceptions, I haven’t woken up to an alarm in roughly 14 years. The name of the game is cognitive optimization, and that requires sleep. Get it. Go to bed as early as you have to. Drop things from your schedule, but try never to cut sleep. Maintain healthy eating habits I’m a big believer in cycling your eating habits. I switch between a high protein diet and a high fat diet every week, spending four days on high protein and three days on a full-blown ketogenic diet (high fat, moderate protein, virtually no carbs). On top of that I routinely do 16 hour fasts, and roughly once a year I do a full three day fast. The benefit of intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet in general is that it profoundly changes your relationship to hunger. The most impactful benefit for me has been that when in a ketogenic state, I don’t experience fatigue after lunch time nor any cognitive decline between meals—even when I’m really busy and starving. https://youtu.be/Kd06uvinqLIConsume more whole foods Thought I was going to say eat more Quest products? Truth is, you should eat whole food whenever possible. Only eat Quest Bars, Chips and Powders when you need something that tastes like dessert, but is super clean and healthy. I say that partly because I’m one of the co-founders, but also because I believe in the products and eat them daily, truly seven days a week. It’s how I avoid cheating on my diet. Live by “Bright lines” Bright lines are my secret weapon for discipline. The concept is simple: implement very strict rules in your life. The easiest ones for me are around diet and exercise. My first meal of the day is never before 7 a.m. My second is never before 11:30, so on and so forth. Also, my meals for the day are predetermined. No matter how hungry I get I never eat before the allotted time or eat more than I’ve planned. Those hard and fast rules are my bright lines. I do that because it’s easy to live in a yes or no world. It’s hard to deal in maybes, especially when you’re hungry and tired. [caption id="attachment_80211" align="aligncenter" width="933"] via Tom Bilyeu[/caption]I hope these tools serve you as well as they have me. If you want to ask me any questions about the above, hit me up on any social platform at @TomBilyeu. Until then, be legendary, my friends.
__________ This story was originally published in "The Fitness Issue" of Resource Magazine. Visit the Resource Shop to pick up a copy. [post_title] => Quest Nutrition Founder Tom Bilyeu's Tips For a Healthy Creative Lifestyle [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => quest-nutrition-founder-tom-bilyeus-tips-for-a-healthy-creative-lifestyle [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-10 10:26:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-10 14:26:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80208 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80180 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-08-10 08:45:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-10 12:45:48 [post_content] => For those who make fitness their lives, there’s never been a better or more lucrative time to be alive. Over the past decade, social media has significantly boosted the business of getting in shape. Not only has this innovation aided fitness experts in making a profitable living, but it’s given fitness enthusiasts unprecedented access to workout options, routines and lifestyles in just a few simple taps or swipes.The all-encompassing explosion of social media has in one way or another affected every area of our lives. But specifically for fitness experts, platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and even LinkedIn allow these mavens to create content in a way that increasingly blurs the lines between follower and client. Now they’re able to monetize their personal brands, and so it seems, may not even need to teach in-person classes to sustain a business.Let’s be honest—many of us are turned away by the idea of following a strict workout regimen that requires more than an hour a day of our time. In our fast-paced society, people are more receptive to brief, concise information that’s broken down in a few easy steps. For some, the thought of implementing a fitness plan into their lives is inconceivable, but the burgeoning relationship between fitness and social media is making it more sustainable than ever.
"I just want people to feel good in their own bodies, to feel strong, and to move better.” Idalis Velazquez (@ivfitness), 33, who from a young age has been an athlete and fitness enthusiast, launched her fitness business, I.V. Fitness, in 2008. Before this venture, she never considered a career in fitness, which changed when her business exploded.“Honestly, I never thought I’d be working in this field,” Velazquez said. “It wasn’t something I considered a job. Then, after my second pregnancy, I went through some really serious medical complications and started offering my community free bootcamp classes. I don’t just do these classes for competition or being an athlete; I just like doing it for wellness, to stay active and energized, and to help other moms and women.”Velazquez specializes in resistance training, strength training, and metabolic workouts. The reason she leans more toward encouraging these workouts is due to their effectiveness in showing quick results. When done correctly, they’re also a safer option for getting in shape, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or just feel stronger, unlike crash-course workouts or diets, which can be harmful to one’s health. [caption id="attachment_80183" align="alignnone" width="726"] Photo provided by Idalis Velazquez[/caption]Most of her in-person training sessions are one-on-one, but now platforms like Instagram have taken her ability to advertise her fitness programs to a whole new level. For her, social media is a huge part of what contributes to her success as a fitness entrepreneur. Instagram is by far her favorite form of social networking because of its accessibility to a very large, diverse audience. Currently, her feed reaches 56.5K followers and is growing every day.“Instagram kind of opened that door for posting more about fitness, especially they started allowing video clips,” Velazquez said. “It was a great opportunity to reach more people around the world.”Velazquez says most of her followers and clients are looking for 30 to 40 minute workouts, so she tries to adhere to those requests. She knows how busy and stressed people can be, especially the modern-day woman, which is why her goal is to create simple and effective workouts for them. “I feel like years ago we used to settle for less and now we want it all,” Velazquez said. “You want the career, you want to be a mom—you have all these things.”Being able to access a fitness workout on a social media network, such as Instagram, has not only made the lifetyle more accessible, but acts as a form of motivation and inspiration for those looking to get toned up. When her clients post their “before” and “after” photos, for example, the results create an incentive for others to try the workout. Velazquez says she hopes to inspire others to live quality lives, which is why she posts about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in addition to workouts.
“I do love connecting with people, but for some reason it really affects me. It’s one of my biggest stressors. I’m trying to have more control. I have two girls and a family." “I hope they get really strong and create a lot of muscle, especially moms after having kids. A lot of people today have become less mobile, like, they’re staying home or a lot of the time they’re seated because of a desk job. We’ve become—I’m not going to say lazy—but we’re always driving or sitting, and I feel like everyone is suffering from back pains. I just want people to feel good in their own bodies, to feel strong, and to move better.”Velazquez, who is based in the Fort Lauderdale area with her family, realizes how crucial keeping up with social media is for her career in fitness, but also knows when to disconnect to maintain her own sanity, in order to practice what she preaches. About two years ago, when she first started using social media, it consumed too much of her time and she started to feel it negatively impact her life. It’s all about finding the right balance, she says.“I do love connecting with people, but for some reason it really affects me. It’s one of my biggest stressors. I’m trying to have more control. I have two girls and a family. I remember two years ago I was always on the phone, and I remember my husband saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re consumed with social media.’ Now I just have hours that I set so I can post and check whatever I need to in that time. It works for me.”Velazquez’s advice for those just starting out in the competitive entrepreneurial fitness world is to stay true to your personal brand and create consistent content for your audience. Clients can tell when a fitness instructor is genuine about the workouts they offer, and when a variety of workouts is posted regularly, this keeps them engaged and keeps them coming back.[caption id="attachment_80186" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo provided by Michael Morelli[/caption]Fitness trainer Michael Morelli (@morellifit), who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, started promoting his fitness brand, MorelliFit, on the platform in 2012. He specializes in TUT (Time Under Tension) methods and carb-cycling. Aside from physical training and nutrition, Morelli also enjoys teaching his clients about awareness and mindset.“Whether it be a fitness or nutrition program, we teach a lifestyle,” Morelli said. “We don't have schemes, or gimmicks, we sell real results. I wake up with one intention, and that's to get as many people as possible to the next level. It doesn't have to be nutrition or training, it could be any number of things.”In the beginning, when Morelli started his social media venture, there were times he’d wake up in the middle of the night to post so his followers in other time zones had consistent content to consume. Fortunately, he now has a team that helps him operate his social media accounts so he’s not constantly plugged in. Still, he uses social media for business about four to six hours a day, mostly to interact with his followers.Morelli says he prefers advertising with social media compared to any other form of promotion because it’s more intimate and his fans can reach him directly, giving him immediate feedback by posting comments. The photos and videos he says receive the most “likes” are generally unique exercises he shares or content containing shocking or controversial captions.“Be real, transparent, honest, and different,” Morelli said. “Value is a must. Get really clear on your niche/target market and stay in your lane. Too many people want to watch and imitate what others are doing. Stand out, don't be afraid to be controversial, and stand for something.”[caption id="attachment_80184" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo provided by Agyei Foster[/caption]Agyei Foster (@doviesworkout), also known as Dovies, runs his fitness business called Dovies Workout from Accra, the capital of Ghana in West Africa. He initially got the idea to get serious about teaching fitness and sharing it on social media in 2012. While he’s always been passionate about staying fit, he eventually believed enough in himself to pursue it as a career.A typical workday for the 30-year-old fitness coach consists of training individuals on a one-on-one basis with the occasional couple. After his morning sessions, he goes to the gym for an hour. Once he’s done training, he heads home and posts two to three online fitness videos to social media. The rest of his day is filled with answering messages from his fans online, and giving them helpful tips for their workouts.“I like teaching people how to get the best body possible,” Foster said. “I do help with weight loss and weight gains as well, and how to keep the right form for a workout. I always hope they get the results they’re looking for and that all my programs work for them the way they imagine.”Foster’s favorite social media platforms to post content are Instagram and Facebook. Currently, he has over 800K followers on Instagram and is gaining new followers every day. Since most of his fitness clients are online, being able to deliver instant workout programs and advice benefits him in reaching more people from various parts of the world. In total, Foster says he spends an excessive amount of time online between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.“Reaching people can be hard, but you have to know what your followers are interested in, especially when it comes to workout videos,” he said. “I post videos and pictures that people show more interest in, and also post stuff they are not used to like workout videos or posts from my country.”Foster’s best piece of advice for up-and-coming fitness influencers is to “stay original.” He says if you try to copy other successful fitness hosts on social media, users will see through it and write you off. Instead, he says to be true to yourself and share what you’re most interested in when it comes to fitness and staying healthy.What these three fitness influencers have in common is their drive and passion for what they do. They don’t let anyone influence them; they influence others with their genuine love for fitness and making the world a healthier and happier place.
_______ This story was originally published in "The Fitness Issue" of Resource Magazine. Visit the Resource Shop to pick up a copy. [post_title] => How Fitness Entrepreneurs Empower Their Brands Through Social Media [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-fitness-entrepreneurs-empower-their-brands-through-social-media [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-10 12:01:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-10 16:01:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80180 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80126 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-08-08 10:00:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-08 14:00:16 [post_content] => Work. Sweat. Hustle. Did a fitness trainer or creative professional speak these words? OK, it’s a bit of a trick question, because the answer is both—and never has the underlying connection between fitness and creativity been more relevant to the creative frontier.Today, there is an unparalleled level of ambition, motivation and discipline necessary to conceive a creative career and transform a passion into a lifestyle. No longer can success rely solely on raw talent—to “make it,” creatives must live by their craft, overcome their weaknesses, and reach their goals through hard work, dedication and consistency. But this is far from a new development. For decades, this goal-driven mentality has shaped the fitness world, revolutionizing wellness and transforming it into one of the most influential cultural movements of today’s generation.To further explore the relationship between fitness and creativity, we brought together 16 fitness innovators across a variety of categories to discuss mindset, personal growth, and how their wellness journeys apply to your creative endeavors. Sometimes it’s not so much about the art but the practices you employ to create it. After all, it’s 2017, people, and the time to do what you love is now. So are you ready to get in shape? Let's hit the gym, yo.Here are 16 fitness innovators who will transform you creatively, in no particular order. (For the full story, pick up a copy of the "Fitness Issue" of Resource Magazine in Barnes & Noble, on newsstands across the U.S. and Canada, in photo studios, or our online shop.) [caption id="attachment_80111" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Bethany C. Meyers has been teaching a variety of fitness methods for 10 years with a primary focus on the Megaformer workout. Her new company, be.come, will officially launch later this year. The workout is also being taught once a week at Studio B in NYC and will be brought to a new fitness space opening in Union Square in September, in addition to teaching private be.come exercises via the company’s app. [caption id="attachment_80091" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Kira Stokes is a New York City-based celebrity trainer and group fitness coach. Her signature program, The Stoked Method focuses on functional movement flow combining strength, cardiovascular conditioning, sports specific drills, barre, yoga and pilates. She is currently the celebrity brand partner for NYSC Lab in New York City and her workouts are featured at Bandier's Studio B and streamed via Booya Fitness. [caption id="attachment_80103" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Julian Devine grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, eventually moving to Chicago where he studied dance at Columbia College Chicago before accepting a scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Today, he lives in NYC where he took his career to the next level, signing exclusively with Wilhelmina Models, teaching as a Schwinn Certified Spinning Instructor, and training and teaching boxing. [caption id="attachment_80098" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Christine “Tine” has always aspired to inspire. She displayed her athletic prowess as a collegiate lacrosse player and competitive runner, which translates into her fitness style. Upon graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she continued to crave the desire to lead, motivate and inspire and is currently a cycologist at Cyc Fitness, chief marketing officer at Stationhead, and women’s brand director at Wolaco. [caption id="attachment_80114" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Charlie Himmelstein is a former model and actor turned photographer who first gained notoriety as fighter in an underground boxing club called "Friday Night Throwdown." Since then, he founded The9 Studios, a membership based photo studio business with seven locations throughout New York and Brooklyn. [caption id="attachment_80107" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Holly Rilinger is the author of LIFTED, a Nike Master Trainer, Flywheel Sports Master Trainer, Former Creative Director at CYC Fitness, Certified Personal Trainer, Group X Instructor, and co-star on Bravo’s Work Out New York, a fitness reality show that follows the lives of seven top New York City fitness instructors. [caption id="attachment_80115" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Rachel Kent is a New York-based, NYU Tisch grad who’s obsessed with comedy and powered by feminism. She’s excessively trained for everything on-stage and on-camera, with experience ranging from Amazon Prime series to Off-Broadway shows. Kent has also worked commercially as a fitness and fashion model, from New York Fashion Week to acting in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines web commercials. [caption id="attachment_80116" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Ashley Guarrasi is a coach at Rumble Boxing gym, celebrity trainer and fitness model. She’s collaborated with active apparel brands such as Nike, Koral Activewear, Kali Active, and Michi New York, as well as worked with sports brands including Cleto Reyes, Throwdown MMA, and Torque Sports. [caption id="attachment_80100" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Robin Arzon is the New York Times best-selling author of Shut Up And Run and vice president of fitness programming and head Instructor at Peloton Cycle. When she’s not training for ultramarathons, she serves as a brand ambassador for some of the world’s top fitness brands, such as Adidas and formerly Nike. She also co-founded the print publication Undo Magazine, which combines sweat and fashion. [caption id="attachment_80118" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Sarah Ballan, 24, graduated from LeHigh University in 2014 with a BA in english/psych and a creative writing double minor. She loves to write in her spare time and hopes to do something with it one day. After college she went into media buying at an agency, but quickly left to pursue a career in fitness. So far she’s successfully taught at two studios and has recently accepted an instructor position at Flywheel. [caption id="attachment_80109" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Brooklyn born and bred, Jesse Alexander has a wealth of experience instructing at several well-known boutique fitness studios. With a previous career in massage therapy, Jesse’s enthusiasm and unique teaching style has made him a favorite within the indoor cycling industry. When he’s not teaching, you can find Jesse hanging out with his three roommates (AKA his wife and two kids) on the Upper East Side. [caption id="attachment_80096" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Chinae Alexander is an entrepreneur, lifestyle personality, writer, speaker, and wellness expert. Her message is to empower people to be better through positive thinking, active change, and self-love. When she’s not trying to change the world, you'll find Chinae pondering if a runner’s high is actually a “thing” while enjoying a glass of Malbec and a nice salad. [caption id="attachment_80119" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Rebecca Kennedy is a fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and former NFL cheerleader, USA gymnast, and professional dancer. She’s also a Wilhelmina fitness model and has worked with brands including Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, and has been featured in Runner’s World, Fitness Magazine, SELF Magazine, and more. [caption id="attachment_80089" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Patrick Frost, Master Instructor for both Barry’s Bootcamp and Nike Training Club, has flourished in the NYC fitness market for the past six years. He has personal-trained moms, athletes, celebrities, top models, as well as group-instructed hundreds of people at a time. This fall, the Georgia-native be moving to the Miami Beach to continue his work with Barry’s Bootcamp Miami and NTC. [caption id="attachment_80121" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Originally from Southampton, New York, Emma Belluomo ditched her desk job and soon began teaching at Cyc Fitness. She was later scouted by IMAXShift to become a founding trainer for their first indoor cycling studio experience, in addition to working for the iconic barre brand Pop Physique. Most recently, she started at CycleBar and is currently based at their Fort Lee and Closter, NJ studios. [caption id="attachment_80122" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Natalie Brasington[/caption]Alex Gomez, 26, is a personal trainer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s performed as a dancer in various roles, such as live action/computer animated family comedy film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, French Empire commercials, and more. Gomez is also an experienced fighter trained in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and MMA.Visit the Resource Shop to pick up a copy of the "Fitness Issue" of Resource Magazine. This cover and feature was photographed by Natalie Brasington. [post_title] => 16 Fitness Innovators Who Will Transform You Creatively [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-fitness-innovators-who-will-transform-you-creatively [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-08 11:44:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-08 15:44:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80126 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79979 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-07-24 13:40:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-24 17:40:25 [post_content] => Social media is our vice, and our phones are the medium in which we take it. We all know social media can be detrimental to self-esteem, authenticity and even our valuable time. For years now, we've been seeing those monstrous ads that scold us and read, "Don't text and drive." But what happens when we're so glued to our phones and broadcasting every moment of our lives that we endanger the lives of others?Newsweek reports that on Friday, July 21, Obdulia Sanchez, an 18-year-old from California, was arrested on suspicion for crashing a vehicle while her 14-year-old sister and her friend, both minors, were in the backseat. At first, the drive was going smoothly with the two younger girls in the back as Sanchez sang to her Instagram Live audience. Suddenly, the car began to veer off the road onto the shoulder. Sanchez was still broadcasting every moment on Instagram Live.Authorities say Sanchez was under the influence of alcohol. When the car drifted to the side of the road, Sanchez tried to correct the turn, but ended up crashing through a wire fence and flipping into a field.[caption id="attachment_79986" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Obdulia Sanchez via Merced County Sheriff[/caption]The driver's younger sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, was ejected from the car and killed in the crash. The sister's friend suffered some "major injuries."After the crash, Sanchez filmed her sister's body lying on the field while talking to the camera."I fucking love my sister to death. I don’t give a fuck. We about to die. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us but it just did,” Sanchez exclaimed on the live-stream.Sanchez continued to shake her sister, asking her to wake up and repeating that she did not mean to kill her.Mary Hernandez, a viewer of the live-stream, recorded Sanchez's stream and uploaded it to Facebook to show people the dangers of using their phones while driving. As of now, the video has been taken off Facebook out of respect for Jacqueline Sanchez, who was expected to celebrate her Quinceanera on Sunday.
"We don't think about the repercussions if our Insta-worthy scenes go awry..." Earlier this week, Washington enforced stricter laws on using technology while driving, naming them "E-DUI's." A study posted by the Cambridge Mobile Telematics shows that half of today's car crashes involve distraction by technology. Back in April, WIRED did a piece exposing the horrifying number of people who continue phone use while out on the road. They found over 88 percent of drivers use their phones during one trip for approximately 3.5 minutes per hour. It sounds like nothing, but even two seconds on the phone increases your chances of crashing by 20 percent.Aside from being under the influence, Sanchez fell victim to being glued to her phone just to share a simple play-by-play of her performing car karaoke. Many of us, like Sanchez, pull out our phones to broadcast to friends, family or anyone whoever is willing to watch what we're currently doing because sharing it two hours later doesn't have the same "effect."We whip out our phones to capture that fleeting sunset rather than pulling over to not hold up traffic. In the moment, we don't think about the repercussions if our Insta-worthy scenes go awry—we focus on getting the perfect shot, the best angle, the ultimate story. Sanchez's story warns all of us social media users to be weary when being quick to share or a carefree story could turn into a deadly one instead.[featured image via Flickr] [post_title] => What Happens When a Tragedy is Live-Streamed on Social Media? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => what-happens-when-a-tragedy-is-live-streamed-on-social-media [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-24 13:40:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-24 17:40:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79979 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79886 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-07-24 11:37:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-24 15:37:05 [post_content] => Keeping your gear charged can be torture. Different devices require different cables, and at the heart of it all is usually a device that requires wall charging, such as a laptop. But what if there is was an all-in-one solution that covers everything—and with style to boot (that was a battery pun)?The Crank Juice Box, recently launched on Kickstarter, has set to to be just that. Essentially a sleek, compact power box for all devices and equipment that require charging, it's capable of charging anything from camera batteries and laptops to even jumpstarting a car.[caption id="attachment_79888" align="aligncenter" width="680"] via Kickstarter[/caption]In the Kickstarter video, Director of Design Nicholas Akerberg said their goal is to create an incredibly lightweight unit, incredibly durable case, the greatest number of applications they could fit into one unit, and provide a game-changing amount of power. This includes support for the likes of Apple MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Android Phones, Google Phones, PC Laptops, camera support, professional cameras and even new generation computers with USB C.[caption id="attachment_79973" align="aligncenter" width="680"] via Kickstarter[/caption]Crank has also taken other steps to accommodate professional photographers. According to the Kickstarter page, the company has partnered with the production studio at RGG EDU "to build a battery suitable for creatives and professionals...to improve the build quality that allows the battery to charge devices like Sony FS5's and Canon C100's." To do this, they're working on what they call the Crank Cage, which allows creatives to attach the battery to a wide-range of cameras via 1/4 20 screws, providing up to 14 hours of continuous battery time, depending on the device.[caption id="attachment_79890" align="aligncenter" width="680"] via Kickstarter[/caption]The Crank Juice Box Kit includes:
Additional Tech Specs:
- Your Choice Of Black or Orange Crank Juice Box
- Jumper Cables For Your Car
- USB Wall Charger
- USB Cigarette Lighter Charger
- 3 Generations Of Apple Chargers For Apple Laptops
- Charger Cable For The Crank
- 8 Adapters For Various PC and Electronic Inputs
- The 4 Cables Squid. Thunderbolt, Micro USB, Mini USB, & Apple iPhone & iPad 30 Pin
- Connector (Old School)
- Hard Travel Case For Crank & Accessories (see Below)
- Crank Battery Size is 18000 mAh
- Flashlight Built Into Crank
The Crank Juice Box has currently raised $18,069 of its $50,000 goal and funding will run through Sept. 2. Visit the Kickstarter page to learn more about the project and click here to see behind-the-scenes imagery from the product development phase! [post_title] => Meet the Powerful, All-In-One Charging Solution for Your Creative Workflow [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => meet-the-powerful-all-in-one-charging-solution-for-your-creative-workflow [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-24 11:37:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-24 15:37:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79886 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79859 [post_author] => 47256 [post_date] => 2017-07-19 15:12:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-19 19:12:11 [post_content] => For some, snapping a photo of a photogenic meal can be challenging, even "agonizing." But fear no more, foodies. If you happen to be traveling in the London-area, and if you're looking to get a gorgeous snapshot of a meal for your followers, London restaurant, Dirty Bones will hook you up.Dirty Bones has added "Instagram Kits" to its NYC-comfort-food-and-cocktail-style menu, taking #FOODPORN to an entirely new, shameless level. Upon request, customers at the Dirty Bones Soho location can use free kits including an LED camera light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide angle camera lens and a tripod selfie stick for overhead table shots upon request, Today.com reported.https://www.instagram.com/p/BWaqtr8gIfP/?taken-at=116518122230366"We're all about helping people capture that perfect shot," Founder and Director of Operations at Dirty Bones, Cokey Sulkin, told Mic. Even more, this will certainly help Dirty Bones get the "perfect shot" at free marketing, as customers share and tag their aesthetically pleasing photos on their social media accounts.https://www.instagram.com/p/BWLWAvEAwMB/?taken-at=116518122230366While some would define Dirty Bones tactic as being fun and creative, others might view the restaurant's efforts to draw in customers as tacky. Despite how customers feel, the restaurant's marketing plan is undeniably smart, innovative and fun.See more Instagram shots from Dirty Bones below. https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIysc3gBA_/?taken-at=116518122230366https://www.instagram.com/p/BUkAf5bDJLD/?taken-at=116518122230366https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXFn4MDvls/?taken-at=116518122230366https://www.instagram.com/p/BV2gCFWD70k/ [post_title] => This Restaurant Gives Customers an "Instagram Kit" For Better Food Photos [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => this-restaurant-gives-customers-an-instagram-kit-for-better-food-photos [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-19 15:12:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-19 19:12:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79859 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79756 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-07-17 14:23:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-17 18:23:07 [post_content] => Scoping through arteries and lungs, you're navigated through the human body as if you had your own pair of forceps. All the organs are living, breathing and slightly grotesque, but emulate a sense of reality. You're finally brought out to a bird's eye view to see the body that you just had an invasive tour of—you've just experienced the future of medical training through a VR headset.This obtrusive journey can be taken through a reality stimulation video designed by the doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in conjunction with Oculus's VR for Good program, and the companies AiSolve and Bioflight.[caption id="attachment_79775" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via BioflightVR[/caption]The project premiered in early 2016 with two prototypes the same year. The full-functioning model was finalized in early 2017 to be used by the medical industry. Before, students had to use mannequins, which often broke and had to be repeatedly replaced, but now students can put on a headsets and experience virtually simulated emergency room situations. The setup includes an Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers, which are used to help simulate medical tools in the situations.[caption id="attachment_79768" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via BioflightVR[/caption]Bioflight's goal is to make medical training more accessible to doctors, medical students and residents. The stimulations they offer include low frequency, high risk childcare ER visits that are often too expensive to teach in person. Some videos catapult you straight into the emergency room where you're faced with the patient, their family and several other doctors.[caption id="attachment_79773" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via BioflightVR[/caption]The program was originally created for the world of pediatric surgery since pediatric care has a shorter time frame than adults in the emergency room. Now, students can use the program to even learn more about the human body with simulations that bring students up close and personal with a virtual patient's organs.As of now, only the "doctor," or the person holding the controllers, can respond with the hand controllers. The company hopes to integrate voice control and the ability to have an entire medical team working together.Although this program doesn't have the same pressure as the real thing, it's pretty close and makes for a more cost effective way of medical training.[via BuzzFeed] [post_title] => Virtual Reality is Transforming the Future of Medical Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virtual-reality-is-transforming-the-future-of-medical-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-17 14:23:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-17 18:23:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79756 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79754 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-07-17 12:24:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-17 16:24:13 [post_content] => The relationship between artificial intelligence and photography just got real—Google's latest AI experiment is taking Street View imagery from Google Maps and using post-processing techniques, operated by machine learning software, to create professional-grade landscape photography.Completely devoid of a human touch, the software works by utilizing machine learning to train a deep neural network to scan thousands of Street View images. Then, after identifying which shots have notable landscape potential, the software "mimics the workflow of a professional photographer," according to The Verge, and transforms that imagery into high-quality panoramas.[caption id="attachment_79762" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Google[/caption]The project, led by Hui Fang, a software engineer on Google’s Machine Perception team, works by using one AI "photo editor" that identifies photographic elements, then tampers with them by cropping the photo, applying changes to lighting and color, and chooses a filter to apply. Next, another AI model compares the original shot to the edited image, resulting in software that understands the generalized "good" and "bad" qualities of a photograph. This process is called a "generative adversarial network," a new AI technique that matches to AI networks against each other and uses the results to improve the system.Finally, to test whether the AI software is actually producing professional-grade images, Fang and his team asked professional photographers to grade each image on a quality scale alongside side shots taken by humans. The Verge reports that "two out of every five photos received a score on par with that of a semi-pro or pro."[caption id="attachment_79763" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Google[/caption]This project will surely make some noise in the photography world, and really, it's easy to see why: taking the human touch out of image-making is a concept that's been confronted for some time now. As cameras and technology become increasingly highly-quality and user-friendly, the commoditization of the industry is a pervasive threat that's growing each day. Photography is bigger now than ever and the tech industry wants to capitalize on the business.However, it's important to consider how AI software such as this could operate alongside your workflow. Imagine the time you would save if your software could scan large image sets to help make the best selects before beginning your post-work. Or even the ability to compare your edits to your raw images and have software shoot back some suggestions that may or may not create a more aesthetically pleasing final shot.[caption id="attachment_79764" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Google[/caption]These days, being open to change is somewhat of a defining factor within the photography community, and projects like these are most definitely stirring the conversation.[via The Verge] [post_title] => New Google Software "Mimics The Workflow of a Professional Photographer" [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => new-google-software-mimics-the-workflow-of-a-professional-photographer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-17 12:24:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-17 16:24:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79754 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79684 [post_author] => 47258 [post_date] => 2017-07-14 15:53:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-14 19:53:12 [post_content] => A few years ago, NASA Langley Research Center developed a new technology called Safeguard. This software system monitors and lowers the risk of any remote-controlled drones flying into no-fly zones, including airports and military zones. The agency recently determined that it is safe to use in tests and demonstrations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljHfuC-GiEsSafeguard offers a virtual safety net program that allows drone users to set the flying perimeters. If the drone goes beyond the authorized perimeters and does not turn back, the safety net will send the drone crashing to the ground.Generally, it is a more accurate system to track drone's movements, compared to geofencing which uses GPS signals attached to autopilot. If the GPS loses its signal, geofencing will lose its effectiveness to keep the drone from going beyond no-fly zones. However, Safeguard uses algorithms and does not rely on the external data stream.NASA is planning to bring Safeguard to the market. It is a more reliable system for drone users to prevent their drones from getting killed.[via WIRED, featured image via Leigh Miller] [post_title] => This NASA Technology Can Remotely Crash Your Drone [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => this-nasa-technology-can-remotely-crash-your-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-14 14:53:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-14 18:53:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79684 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79716 [post_author] => 47256 [post_date] => 2017-07-12 16:17:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-12 20:17:44 [post_content] => "Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online," as stated by Free Press.In other words, Net Neutrality rules keep the internet free and open, allowing users to publish and access the content of their choice—that means you, photographers. In 2015, millions of activists rallied for the FCC's Net Neutrality rules, which increased larger network companies', such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, control over internet content. However, newly appointed FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, threatens the existence of Net Neutrality, the principle that free internet content should be treated equally. If a repeal proposal is approved, the FCC will allow such larger companies to block websites and subject matter they do not approve of, including applications that compete with their own offerings.An open and free internet has paved the way for innovative, and successful companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. and has largely given a platform to those with voices previously unheard. Net neutrality rules prohibit such top companies from expanding business models to adapt to the market. Just as importantly, an internet without Net Neutrality would allow larger government control of content at the cost of larger network companies having the ability to decide who and who does not succeed.
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July 12th, A Day of Action To challenge the FCC's roll back on net neutrality rules, today, activists throughout the country will be heading to their representatives offices to protest. In addition, the movement urges “websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality," on July 12th, Net Neutrality Day of Action. Notable websites, companies, and organization have pledged their allegiance to the protest, including Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Facebook Reddit, and 80,000 others.As you roam the internet today, you will notice that participating websites, companies, and organizations have placed banners, pop-ups, and videos across their content, urging users to join their efforts.Currently, if you visit Netflix, you will find a banner on the top of the website with a link labelled "Take Action," to the Internet Association, an industry trade group. Twitter's pinned, top trending hashtag is current #NetNeutrality, also to support the protest. As according to NBC news, Google has not provided details about their specific involvement, but they do confirm their support to the FCC's proposal of opposition.
What can you do to help? Here, you can publicly send your thoughts and comments to the FCC on its net neutrality repeal proposal until mid-August. Expectedly later this year, the FCC's commissioners will develop a final draft on net neutrality rules and vote on it. If you do not support the FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality, let your voice be heard now online or at the doorsteps of your representatives office tonight.[Featured image via Flickr] [post_title] => Is the Internet Fucked? Let's Talk About Net Neutrality, People [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => is-the-internet-fucked-lets-talk-about-net-neutrality-people [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-12 16:17:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-12 20:17:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79716 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79635 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-07-11 11:17:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-11 15:17:17 [post_content] => With a wider wingspan than a Boeing 737, Facebook's Aquila—a remote-controlled, solar-powered drone intended to bring internet to remote parts of the world—has successfully landed since its first test run this time last year.Aquila, which is Latin for eagle, has a slim design with a wingspan over 130 feet wide. Facebook's aim was for Aquila to "break the record for the longest unmanned aircraft flight." To maximize Aquila's time in the sky, Aquila's body is mainly composed of carbon fiber, making it weigh less than 1,000 pounds. For the most part, Aquila is self-sufficient but it relies on a ground crew, consisting of engineers, pilots and technicians who direct, maintain and monitor the aircraft. The crew also has the ability to directly track Aquila or send it on a GPS-based route.https://youtu.be/gbkTh_s-AL0In the first run, Facebook only planned to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but after it performed incredibly well, they left Aquila up in the air for 96 minutes until the plane was scheduled to land. When Aquila landed, it ended in failure on a structural basis, causing Facebook to have to backtrack on Aquila's design.For Aquila's second flight, Facebook took notes from Aquila's first to make proper modifications, such as adding "spoilers" to the wings to increase drag and lessen lift during the landing process. Aquila engineers added new sensors to the body, put in new radios, upgraded the autopilot software, smoothed out the exterior, and included a horizontal propeller stopping mechanism to ease the landing process even more.Martin Luiz Gomez, Facebook‘s director of aeronautical platforms, says Aquila has "no landing gear in the traditional sense. Aquila lands solely on Kevlar pads bonded to the bottom of the motor pods."For its second test flight, Aquila lasted in the air for 46 minutes before Aquila "landed perfectly" according to Gomez. Facebook seeks to break the record of the longest flight of an unmanned aircraft, but for now, has plans on improving Aquila to break said record. Zuckerburg says he dreams one day Facebook will have a fleet of Aquilas flying over 60,000 feet in the air, communicating with one another using lasers and staying up for months at a time—a flight that has never been done before.Facebook added a post to their engineering page about the second flight here.[via Composites Manufacturing] [post_title] => Watch Facebook's Giant, Solar-Powered Drone Fly and Land Perfectly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => watch-facebooks-giant-solar-powered-drone-fly-and-land-perfectly [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-11 11:19:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-11 15:19:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79635 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79582 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-07-06 16:30:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-06 20:30:18 [post_content] => Developing as a photographer includes (but, of course, is not limited to) learning what specific camera settings create the kind of image you're aiming for, and learning how to take that image to the next level in programs like Lightroom. But when just starting out, figuring out all of these separate variables and how they work together can be extremely overwhelming. Pixel Peeper, however, could potentially change that.Freelance web developer Piotr Chmolowski created Pixel Peeper in order to offer photographers, or anyone interested, really, a way to upload a JPG image and learn the camera settings used to capture the image, as well as the Lightroom tools used to edit the photo. The website can be used for sincere curiosity and learning, or for the personal satisfaction of knowing the person claiming to have not used presets, actually has every VSCO preset back available.[embed]https://twitter.com/p_ch/status/876726485880639488[/embed]The software works by reading EXIF and XMP files to obtain the camera settings and Lightroom alterations. Therefore, the metadata must be present or it won't work. If a photographer doesn't want this information to be known they can choose to remove the metadata. Social media websites, Instagram and Facebook specifically, also remove all metadata from pictures once they're uploaded, so pulling an image from these platforms won't work either.More recently, Chmolowski has added features such as a Preset Finder. If the JPG uploaded has any preset Lightroom settings this software will identify it if the user has purchased the preset package. In simplest terms, if the user does not own any presets packs, then they cannot use the Preset Finder.Chmolowski says on the website, "It's implemented like this, because I don't want to discourage people from buying certain presets, simply because they can copy the settings from this site."Another smaller feature that has been added is the ability to check pictures via URL. This one, however, is a paid feature. Users that wish to use this feature will have to pay for a premium account.[caption id="attachment_79583" align="alignnone" width="1427"] via Pixel Peeper[/caption]Pixel Peeper is still a work in progress. While Chmolowski has already worked out a lot of the bugs, it still only works for photos exported with Lightroom. Overall, though, as long as the EXIF data is present users can access camera settings, and as long as XMP data is present users can access Lightroom edits.So far, the website has been met with happy users and good reviews. These two Reddit threads, the first and the second, have gotten a lot of up votes and interaction from both photographers and curious observers.[Featured image via Wikimedia] [post_title] => Uncover Lightroom Edits and Presets in Photos With This Clever Web Tool [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => uncover-lightroom-edits-and-presets-in-photos-with-this-clever-web-tool [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-06 16:30:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-06 20:30:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79582 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79546 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-07-06 15:12:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-06 19:12:51 [post_content] => Brit and AJ Anderson, the couple in charge of the Anderson family's online presence, have recently announced Brit's third pregnancy, and they couldn't be more excited for the social media engagement it's already getting them. The couple announced the prospect of a new baby in a segment CBC posted on YouTube that showcases the family's brilliance behind the screen.CBC Comedy's video satirizes family vloggers and online personalities by displaying the fictitious Anderson family. The family operates with one goal in mind: a large social media following that paves the way for brand deals and sponsorships. Being a professional internet family has grown dramatically the past couple of years, and this CBC parody hits right on the realistic but strange, somewhat exploitative side of the industry.[caption id="attachment_79549" align="alignnone" width="1402"] via YouTube[/caption]The mock couple already has two children. Their oldest is Jade, who's best known for her singing makeup tutorials. Rider, the second child, is beginning to dabble in social media with some Snapchat water bottle flips and some dabs. Rider has goals like the rest of the family, and as long as he has a sizable following by "18 or so," his parents will be happy, he said.The short video hilariously displays the bizarre priorities of the made-up family and potentially offers insight into the dynamic of vlogger families. Sunday nights are game nights, for example, when the family members all put away their phones and spend time together, AJ said.[caption id="attachment_79552" align="alignnone" width="1363"] via YouTube[/caption]Lifestyle blogger and social media mommy, Brit, actually celebrated hitting 500,000 followers on her blog, A Cup of Brit, recently. AJ is an astonishing "man of three accounts" as well as a pioneer of his personal brand, "Try." "Try" is a noble cause because, as AJ said himself, "Unless you try, you never know." AJ has approached Starbucks about potentially partnering with the Try brand, but according to AJ, the "Try" brand could work with anything.Partnerships and brand deals are a constant focus of any professional social media personality, and the idea of a "personal brand" has grown exponentially because of this. The extremely broad "brand" AJ has cultivated sheds some light on how real influencers try hard to broaden their marketability to maximize companies willing to sponsor them.[caption id="attachment_79550" align="alignnone" width="959"] via YouTube[/caption]The social media family niche is competitive, but this parody family is killing it with an impressive 7 million followers collectively. After all, the $1.3 million they made from sponsored content last year doesn't lie. Just don't forget to "smash that like button." [post_title] => This Hilarious 'Social Media Family' Satire Video Is Way Too Real [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => this-hilarious-social-media-family-satire-video-is-way-too-real [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-06 15:12:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-06 19:12:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79546 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79433 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-06-28 14:08:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-28 18:08:46 [post_content] => For the sake of convenience, technology has crept its way into pretty much every aspect of our daily lives. This includes directions, communication and, of course, sex. Porn is, in no way, a dying business, and if I had to guess, it never will be. People will always have a sex drive and as long as they do, porn is profitable and advancements are necessary.PornHub has now launched an interactive tab on its website. In PornHub's words, the feature is "optimized to provide the most interactive, immersive porn experience." As of right now, the interactive videos can only connect to the Fleshlight Launch and the Kiiroo Onyx, and the devices must be linked to videos through an app called "Feel Connect."[caption id="attachment_79436" align="alignnone" width="980"] via PornHub[/caption][caption id="attachment_79437" align="alignnone" width="980"] via PornHub[/caption]The hole in the plan right now, however, is that both of these devices pretty much only cater to men. PornHub has replied to this criticism by promising they are working toward both a wider range of toys that women can benefit from and even VR videos. The devices aimed toward women that could potentially be linked to interactive porn include the OhMiBod, WeVibe, Lovense and Kiiroo.PornHub has partnered with Ufeel.tv, company that already provides similar services, to produce the videos and to learn Ufeel's techniques on how to sync the videos to the sex toys. According to Engadget, the companies have assured customers that the interactive tab will launch with hundreds of clips and at least five new videos every single day.Ultimately, the success of this feature relies on how wide of a demographic PornHub can reach, as well as the variety of video types and range of sex toys compatible with this technology.[via Engadget] [post_title] => Interactive PornHub Feature Syncs Videos to Sex Toys [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => interactive-pornhub-feature-syncs-videos-to-sex-toys [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-28 12:09:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-28 16:09:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79433 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79294 [post_author] => 47256 [post_date] => 2017-06-27 09:14:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-27 13:14:54 [post_content] => When my editor asked our staff if anyone would take on an assignment that involved abiding from the internet for a few days, the office went silent. After a few minutes of deep thought, I decided to volunteer. I like to think of myself as dependent without my phone, so as with any other challenge, I was ready to surmount.Looking back, I may have spoken too soon. Abstaining from the internet meant much more than just a lack of web browsing. For the assignment, I was for forbidden from social media, as well as apps including Spotify, Netflix, GPS, e-mail, news apps, and worst of all, texting. Basically, I could only use my phone for taking pictures and phone calls. In short, I was virtually cutting myself off from the rest of the world.While the overall experience was refreshing, there were definitely moments when I thought I was going to snap. No, I don't mean Snapchat. I mean mentally snap.On day one, a Friday, I was spending my last day in D.C. after a recent trip. Avoiding my phone was relatively easy considering that I was surrounded by beautiful and historic sites, along with museums to occupy my time. Nonetheless, the ride home was a little shaky.
We found our way back to the parkway when I ditched the print directions and used traffic signs to find our way home. As I started the car, I went to plug in my phone to connect my music as I always do. Then I remembered that Spotify uses the internet. While I could have cheated and plugged in my friend’s phone, I was not about to swivel my way into any grey areas on my first day. So despite my friend’s large protest, I opted for the radio.Using the radio was actually uplifting. Instead of streaming current music, by the will of the radio, we managed to come across a few older songs from our childhood and high school years. Memories of the two of us screeching out the lyrics to songs by TLC and Bruno Mars will forever be stamped into my brain.[caption id="attachment_79347" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Daily vitamins.[/caption]To ensure that I could find my way home from D.C. without using my GPS, I thought it would be a great idea to print out directions prior to the trip. For the most part, my directions were on point. However, there was a moment in our trip back home when we realized we had been circling around Staten Island for a good half hour, clearly going to wrong way back to Manhattan. Interestingly, that was both my friend and I’s first time on Staten Island—and hopefully our last.We found our way back to the parkway when I ditched the print directions and used traffic signs to find our way home. Besides our little detour to Staten Island, we actually made it back in one piece after driving 6.5 hours without using a GPS.
"Getting through the evening without late night texting courage was embarrassingly difficult. I’ll leave it at that." Saturday was also fairly easy to get by without using the internet. I bought The New York Times to catch up on the world, then read a new book I had recently purchased, Russia’s Putin, to pass the time and supplement the news.That night, I went dancing with my roommates. Going out without the pressure of taking pictures for Snapchat or Instagram was honestly amazing. There were moments throughout the night when I was tempted to whip out my phone and add pictures of the large crowd to my story, but my restriction made me realize how lame that really is, as I watched so many others Snapping the night away. It felt good to be above all of that for a change. I spent my night focusing on having a good time rather than portraying that I was having a good time. In the end, I actually had the most fun I've had on a night out without the distraction of using my phone.While I was equipped to stay away from social media, I will say that getting through the evening without late night texting courage was embarrassingly difficult. I’ll leave it at that.[caption id="attachment_79349" align="aligncenter" width="683"] via Flickr[/caption]Sunday was Father’s Day. I spent the majority of the day with my family, which sadly was at times challenging without the internet. As a bonus, considering my head and stomach hurt from the night before, I was in no condition for any more alcohol. At moments when I wanted to cool down from the collection of loud and conflicting personalities, I had no choice but to partake in sometimes heated conversation. I love my family to death, but just take a few seconds to think about surviving an entire day with your family and not having alcohol or the basic outlets on your cell phone to pass some of the time. By the end of the day I was at wits end. All I wanted to do was go home, relax, and watch Netflix or YouTube to destress, but I couldn’t. I sat in my bed, whined out loud, and actually shut my lights off around 8 p.m. to get me through the rest of the night.
"I'm weaker without the internet than I thought." Subsequently, I woke up the next morning at 6 a.m. I was frustrated that my body would sabotage me like that, but after an hour of trying to fall back asleep, there was no point in resisting to face my last day of purgatory. To pass a few hours, I decided to take out my old rollerblades and head over to East River Park. What a mistake.As I was riding over, I managed to fall, smashing my hand into a metal railing. I’m pretty sure that I snapped one of my finger nails in half, but I wasn’t about to give up. I needed those next few hours to supplement my time in other ways than reading or working out. After blading for maybe an hour, I decided to sit along the river and read more of my new book. I got maybe 10 pages in before I felt a rain drop.At first, I was in denial. As the rain started to get worse, I decided to head home in shear disappointment. I made it halfway before it started to torrential downpour. I arrived back at my apartment soaking wet from the rain and largely from tears. At that point, I had enough. I showered, snuggled into bed, and gave into my cause. Watched YouTube videos of Wendy Williams spewing shade at celebrities never felt so beautiful. I binged on Netflix and broadcasted news so happily, yet so ashamed.Here's what I learned from this experience:I'm weaker without the internet than I thought. Despite my quarrels, I realize that taking a break from the internet was actually a large positive. In the three-and-a-half days of my withdrawal, I was more active, focused, and present. Without technology I was able to enjoy myself, which is something I will keep in mind for the future. However, I do not plan on repeating this assignment anytime soon. Everything is good in moderation, especially the internet.[Featured image: Photo by Jason Leiva / Resource Magazine / Model: James Campbell] [post_title] => I Quit the Internet for Four Days and (Almost) Survived [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => i-quit-the-internet-for-four-days-and-almost-survived [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-27 10:24:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-27 14:24:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79294 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))