When you discover new things…

…You get excited.

But when I find things, I’ll obsess over them for a week or two, and sometimes they’ll stick with me – like photography or guitar. And in the past week, I found a few new cool things I thought I should share.

a3491562666_16First one – Panthurr. Panthurr is a music artist. He makes chill beats with old 50’s voice samples. His music is crazy simple while at the same time being super catchy. My favorite song of his is called “woof.” which features a sample from Charlie Brown. The thing I find disappointing is how short the songs are. But I think they’re more focused towards YouTubers, because the songs are easily looped and go great as background music. It’s still great listening when you’re coloring or cleaning your room. 10/10, Panthurr.

48@2x (1)Secondly – VSCO. This is a photography app. With VSCO, you can take pictures, edit them, publish them so that anyone can see them, make albums and browse photos. My 2012 iPod 5th gen runs the app beautifully after the newest app update – before the update, it crashed persistently. It runs smoothly and sans-hiccups. I recently started publishing my photos on VSCO, so go ahead and take a look! I really like how they’re turning out.

IMG_5346And lastly – Vintage things. At first I didn’t know why they were so popular, but the more I collected them, the more I found that they were such interesting little time capsules that I wanted to find more of them. I have a Polaroid Swinger Model 20 Land Camera from the late 1960’s, and I’m hoping to acquire a record player soon. I took some pictures of the Polaroid on VSCO, and you can check it out here.

I’ll probably write more posts like this in the future, when I inevitably find more interesting things for you to learn about. Thanks for reading!


I entered a contest

I am really into photography. I like to enter as many contests as I can. The thing is, I haven’t won any contests yet. I found a local one called the Splendor of Spring annual contest, and I’m hoping to win this one because I have a good chance. The first prize is a $500 Amazon gift card, second prize is $250, third is $100. The audience favorite prize is also $250. To win the audience favorite prize, I need to get votes. In the past three weeks, I’ve gotten 26 votes on one of my photos. In about two days, some other (might-as-well-be-cheating) person got 51 votes on a mediocre picture. Honestly, it looks a bit garish and was probably taken with a smartphone. In all modesty, my photos are better. I even took a special trip out there with my camera just to get pictures, only to get passed up by a smartphone picture?

Dang it.

Which is why I’m asking you to help me win by voting. If you want to help, follow the steps below.

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First step: Type in www.contest.photonomics.com/ajgs/ into the address bar of your browser.

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Second step: Scroll down until you come across this little menu titled “Sort order.” Click on “Most votes” and scroll down until you see mine, under the username mrbird1179.

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Third and last step: Enter your email address under one of my pictures and click vote. Then click “Send Confirmation Email” in the green box. Open your email, and there should be one from Anderson Gardens. Go ahead and click the link inside and congrats, you’ve voted for me!

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If you’ve voted, then thank you so much! I need the money for my photography equipment, and if you vote, you’re doing me a huge favor.