Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Cardinal Rules of Social Media

As I approached a group of friends I catch the end of their conversation that went something like this "... And she likes her own photos. So weird!" Later I wondered if I have ever broke Facebook law and liked any of my photos and if liking photos I am tagged in count? After much reflection I am anxious over how many social media rules I have broken, why I wasn’t aware of these rules before signing up and should I just crawl under a rock and exile myself from the social media world.

I have since extensively researched the social media bible to see how many sins I have committed and what shame I have put upon my friends and family. Hopefully you can learn from my lessons…   

You are what you like... Retweet\share\follow
According to my last likes I’m fat, single and freaking awesome. #Winning

Tit for tat eg Like4Like Follow4Follow
So this is the equation for popularity, to pretty much spam people?
This is different from real life, in real life we hate spam. I’m so confused!!

Put your review options on to avoid ugly tagging
Ok what is this app and where can I get my hands on it. WTF!!! Had I known that my ugly photos would be social suicide I would have become a recluse and save me from the humiliation I have caused myself.

Don’t air your dirty laundry
I’m a sucker for a good social media war. All that indirect references and passive aggressive posts get my spidey senses tingling.  The stalker detective in me has me searching for clues. I’ve seen friendships end, divorces start and towns divided over a simple status. Ahh Facebook – creating and ruining relationships since 2004

Don't poke anyone. Ever. 
Ok I agree with this one. Don’t do it, it’s creepy.

You are allowed to keep any instagram photo with 11 or more likes
The 11th like on instagram is the golden moment when your likes turn from listing the likees’ names to numbering the amount of likes you receive. Basically, it justifies your existence in this world.

Avoid posting too many selfies in a row – it’s arrogant
Well some of us don’t have a personal photographer following them around. How else am I supposed to showcase my fabulous makeup, hair or outfit? No one will get to see my #ootd!

#Dont #over #hashtag
#F #M #L #!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dying of the mortification – K THX BYE


Ivy x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ticking boxes on the Bucket List

Okay so I have reached my mid twenties and there are still like a million things I want to do. Everyone has a bucket list of all the things they want to do before they die. I came across this Bucketlist,org website.

So you go on this website or download the app, and it helps you create and track your bucket list. This is for those who are serious about ticking off their bucket list.
Here are a few things on my bucket list.
  • Work for myself doing what I love –Its sad to think that when you have office job for eight hours a day, you spend more time with people at work than your actual love ones. Since starting Hunter-Rose  I get to do something I’m obsessed with, and have my best friend as a business partner. It has been hands down the best thing ever.

  • Ride an elephant – So I have been to Bali and Phuket, I have seen and feed elephants. The first time  I feed an elephant in Phuket that was the moment I fell in love with these beautiful creatures. I was on a tour and didn’t get enough time ride an elephant so definitely next time I will.

  • See snow – Although I hate the cold. The snow looks too pretty not to see. I always see snow in movies and wish I could build an awesome snowman and have a snow ball fight.

  •  Go on a safari – actually going to South Africa would be incredible. But you couldn’t go and not see Simba.

  • Greek Islands – I have never been to Europe, which is one of the saddest things ever. The Greek islands look to die for. So pretty and sunny, where I can just tan all day long.

  •  Visit an orphanage overseas- I always see people visit orphans in third world countries and the kids are so cute. These kids have so little but look like they have so much love to give. Its nice sometimes to give back and appreciate what you have.

  • Learn to sew and knit – Okay I don’t have time for this now but I would love to be able to sew nice clothes and knit scarfs. Maybe years from now when I have kids, I can make them little outfits.

  • Sky diving – If I’m brave and crazy I would have to do one of the obvious bucket list things and risk my life. Hopefully my friends would want to do this with me :)

  •  Drawing faces on eggs – So I found this on the bucket list org website and thought it was too funny not to share. I think this one is easy enough to do. 
What are some of things on your bucket list ? :)

Loan xxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Most Influential Photos of Modern History

We’ve seen the world change by universally recognised, historical photos, the ones that stopped wars and changed perceptions, that captured hearts and broke souls. The 1972 napalm attack during the Vietnam war, the last jew of Vinnitsa and the tank man in Tiananmen Square in 1989, are just a few examples of the devastating and beautiful history captured through a lens.

As much as time has evolved, have we? As I look through the iconic images of modern history I still see genocide and war and hate. See my list of the most influential photos of last few decades. These images will make you both hate the human race and restore your faith in humanity, they will make you question what this world has come to and expose how ignorant we've been, some will make you tear up for the good and others for the bad.

In 1993 photojournalist Kevin Carter took this horrifying photo of a Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture. Cater won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo, which exposed the reality of famine in Africa and the rest of the third world. Along with commendation came the criticism; the world questioned why Carter took the iconic shot instead of helping the Sudanese girl. Carter committed suicide in 1994.

The Falling Man is one of the most well known photos of the modern day. Richard Drew captured this image of a man falling from the World Trade Center in New York after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 image became a representation of the 200+ people who fell or jumped to their deaths after the planes hit the twin towers and a symbol of the terror attacks we are all too familiar with today.

Fast forward 10 years with this quintessential moment. President Barack Obama and members of his national security team monitor the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. It was a crucial moment in American history, and White House photographer Pete Souza captured the tension in the room.

A firefighter gives water to a koala during the destructive Black Saturday bush fire that burned across Victoria, Australia, in February 2009. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. The photo is both cruel and kind as we see such devastation juxtaposed with such compassion.

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months in 2007. Since 9/11, 3.16 million Americans have entered military service. This moment became an all too familiar scene of American (and allied countries) families along with post traumatic stress syndrome and other mental illnesses.

This baby boy was found abandoned in Fuyang, China and many other babies found dead on the same path. The People’s Republic of China enforced a One Child policy in 1979, but it wasn’t until the 2000’s that mainstream media and the general world population were exposed to the knowledge of how many Chinese babies were being left to die in order to avoid being fined. In December 2013 China eased it’s one child policy allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.

A show of what faith and religion is really about; the photo captures Christians protecting Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. This picture was taken 1 month after the Alexandria Bombing where many innocent Christians died and Muslim radicals were blamed. The people of Egypt show the world, during a period of religious misunderstanding, that terrorists and radicals are the ones declaring war and killing innocent lives, rather than one religion or race.

Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled Chinese athlete drink during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him for several miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10,000 prize.

From 2003 – 2010 the Sudanese government had carried out an ethnic cleansing against the non-arab minority in Darfur, resulting in almost 400,000 people killed. The methods ranged from air strikes, to burning villages and poisoning wells. Women were systematically raped and  innocents were killed and tortured. On March 4, 2009 the International Criminal Court (IIC) indicted Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir for genocide and crimes against humanity. The investigation is still pending, many African and Arabic countries support al-Bashir and refuse to cooperate with the IIC. 

In August 2014 a picture of an empty Malaysian Airlines flight went viral. The lack of passengers on the plane signified the mistrust of the airlines after 2 major incidents. On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared midflight with no real explanation as to how or why it happened. Then MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17, 2014 as it flew over a Russian/Ukraine war zone. These 2 incidents have sparked many conspiracy theories about Malaysia Airlines and generated distrust of the airlines capabilities of keeping its passengers safe.

Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, are finally able to get married in New York (2011). 16 countries alongside some US and Mexican states have legalised gay marriage. Phyllis and Connie symbolise the long wait and ongoing battle for equal rights in the modern world.  Same sex marriages are often debated amongst politicians and general populations, countries are slowly embracing the legalisation of marriage equality.

James Foley was the first of (seemingly) continuous innocents being beheaded in a series of propaganda videos from militants from Islamic State (ISIS). Each video shows a masked man and a captured innocent (from a country fighting against ISIS), after a direct demand to the country’s leader the innocent is beheaded. The videos end with another captive in the same orange gown a shaved head and a promise of beheading if demands are not met. Foley’s (US) video was released on 19 August, Steven Scottloff's (US) on 2 September and David Haines (UK) on 13 September 2014. UK British worker Alan Henning is identified as the next victim at the end of Haines’ video. The militant group is known to have sophisticated knowledge of social media and have often used the virtual world to gain mass attention and recruiting impressionable youths. ISIS is an unrecognised state and not a representative of Muslim people.

I've chosen not to use the more horrific and graphic photos of the events, I think we all understand the enormity of each moment without exposing innocents.


Ivy x