Icelandic Adventures

14 04 2015

Everyone (or mostly everyone) has a bucket list of landmarks they want to see, places they want to visit, or activities they want to do at some point in their life. These lists are usually filled with tropical destinations, well-known cities, skydiving, etc. After the winter we had in Boston, very few people would choose to visit a country with a colder climate, especially one with ICE in the name! Which explains the strange looks from family and friends when I expressed my excitement to be going on vacation in Reykjavik, Iceland. After spending an eventful 6 days roaming the city, as well as some popular tourist destinations not too far away, I was not ready to leave (even though the temperatures had been up in the 60’s back home). A week filled of roaming the city during the day, drinking with locals at night, trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and much more led me to realize just how gorgeous the country of Iceland really was. I highly recommend going and revising your bucket lists to add in Iceland as a future destination. Need reasoning as to why? Check out some of the pics I took (using my LG G3 phone and edited with VSCO cam). Time to get back On My Grind so I can start crossing more off my bucket list!

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Overlooking Reykjavik from atop Hallgrimskirkja Church

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Another shot from atop Hallgrimskirkja.

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And another.

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The Organ at Hallgrimskirkja Church.


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Reykjavik Waterfront.


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The Harpa Music Hall.

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Creative Steps

30 09 2014

We use them almost every day, yet it is rare to stop and think ‘Wow! that’s a cool set of stairs’. Seemingly boring, staircases can actually be quite remarkable, as we are about to see here. From ‘floating’ stairs, to old-school spirals, and even musical stairs, we pay homage to some of the more unique sets of steps from around the world. So next time you find yourself dragging your feet up 3 flights of stairs, take a look down and see if you can find something unique about the steps below you. Until then, Stay Up!

Book Stair

 

Quinnipiac
Pallate

Cool Stair

Cool (concept?)

Keep Readin’!

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A Personal Touch

29 09 2014

My goal in creating this blog was to share various types of art, photography, advertisement, and anything in between, with all of you. I had always wanted to post my own work, but found myself coming up short when it came to creating work worth sharing. Over the summer and early fall, I have taken up hiking; mainly around the White Mountains in NH, having bagged 5 peaks (4 of which are on the AMC’s 4000 footer list). These hikes not only presented me an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of New England, but to also capture a number of these scenes via my iPhone camera. By using VSCO Cam (available on both the Google Play Store and App Store), I was able to create a number of edits to these otherwise standard pictures. Over the next few days I will be creating a post for each of these hikes to (finally) display my own work, but first I will give you guys a small sample of what’s to come. Feel free to comment, scrutinize, or admire any of these as you see fit and be as always, Stay on the Grind.

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Mt Tecumseh, Grafton County, NH.

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Mt Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH.

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Mt Madison, Randolph, NH.

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Mt Washington (Ammonoosuc Trail), Coos County, NH.





Hyperrealism At Its Finest

16 04 2014

Dominican-born artist Ruddy Taveras began painting at age 12. He joined the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo in 2008 at the age of 19, devoting himself to create some of the most hyperrealist art we have seen to date. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, hyperrealism is defined as: realism in art characterized by depiction of real life in an unusual or striking manner (Merriam-Webster). I have featured artists who specialize in this style on here before, however, Taveras’ work truly caught my eye. His aim is to capture reality in the same detail as a high-resolution photograph, seems a bit crazy right? Maybe not.

Fish

 

Clock

Sugar

Ruddy Taveras may not have perfected the art of hyperrealism quite yet, but he sure is off to a strong start. I’m sure this is a small sample of things to come from this young Dominican artist. Keep reading to check out more of his work! Read the rest of this entry »





Top Shots x The Masters x 2014

14 04 2014

One of my favorite tournaments in all of sports has come to a conclusion, leaving me to wait another year for this spectacular event. Sorry, but I’m not talking about March Madness. I’m talking about The Masters. Decades of history uphold this event as one of the best in sports, one that can be won by a 21 year-old amateur or a 46 year-old veteran. While most people may not be big fans of actually watching golf, I know there are plenty who will enjoy the beauty and serenity of the 2014 Masters Tournament via pictures.

April 10, 2014: Round 1

Golf Legends and this year's honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus greet one another on the first tee before the start of Round 1 Thursday. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Golf legends and honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus greet one another on the first tee before the start of Round 1 Thursday.
Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson's struggles started early, as he is seen here hitting out of a 2nd-hole bunker during Round 1 on Thursday.  Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Phil Mickelson’s struggles started early, as he is seen here hitting out of a 2nd-hole bunker during Round 1 on Thursday.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Bill Hass cranks down on his 3rd-hole tee shot during Round 1. Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

Bill Hass cranks down on his 3rd-hole tee shot during Round 1.
Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

Bubba Watson and his caddie, Tom Scott, take a walk along the water on the 15th hole during Thursday's action. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Bubba Watson and his caddie, Tom Scott, take a walk along the water on the 15th hole during Thursday’s action.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Steven Hale, caddie for Keegan Bradley, takes a seemingly lonely stroll down the fairway on the 18th hole Thursday. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Steven Hale, caddie for Keegan Bradley, takes a seemingly lonely stroll down the fairway on the 18th hole Thursday.
Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Dustin Johnson is caught, in this amazing shot, walking on the 16th hole during Round 1.  Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Dustin Johnson is caught, in this amazing shot, walking on the 16th hole during Round 1.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Ernie Els, accompanied by both his and his partner's caddie, wait on the edge of the 17th green. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Ernie Els, accompanied by both his and his partner’s caddie, wait on the edge of the 17th green.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Jason Day is captured here taking a shot from the woods on the 14th hole Thursday.  Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Jason Day is captured here taking a shot from the woods on the 14th hole Thursday.
Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bubba Watson isn't too pleased with his bunker shot on the 2nd hole Thursday. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Bubba Watson isn’t too pleased with his bunker shot on the 2nd hole Thursday.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

John Senden, Boo Weekley, and David Lynn make their way up the 1st fairway during Round 1. Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

John Senden, Boo Weekley, and David Lynn make their way up the 1st fairway during Round 1.
Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

Lee Westwood makes his way through the rough to find his ball on the 13th during Round 1. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Lee Westwood makes his way through the rough to find his ball on the 13th during Round 1.
Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Matt Kuchar reacts to a putt on the 17th hole during Thursday's action. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images

Matt Kuchar reacts to a putt on the 17th hole during Thursday’s action.
Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images

 

April 11, 2014: Round 2

Adam Scott awaits his shot from the edge of the 16th green during 2nd round action Friday. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Adam Scott awaits his shot from the edge of the 16th green during 2nd round action Friday.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

A course worked adjusts the score board during the second round at Augusta. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

A course worked adjusts the score board during the second round at Augusta.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Fred Couples, 54, seems quite happy with this shot during Friday's action. Photo: Getty Images

Fred Couples, 54, seems quite happy with this shot during Friday’s action.
Photo: Getty Images

Graeme McDowell takes a peek in the bushes for his ball on the 10th hole Friday. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Graeme McDowell takes a peek in the bushes for his ball on the 10th hole Friday.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

I cant imagine Graham DeLaet was very happy after seeing how close this putt came to sinking on the 10th hole Friday.  Photo: CBS Sports

I can’t imagine Graham DeLaet was very happy after seeing how close this putt came to sinking on the 10th hole Friday.
Photo: CBS Sports

Jason Day is seen here taking a drop prior to his shot on the 2nd hole during round two.  Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

Jason Day is seen here taking a drop prior to his shot on the 2nd hole during round two.
Photo: Jack Gruber/USA Today Sports

Louis Oosthuizen attempts to find his now waterlogged ball along the edge of the 15th hole during Friday's second round. Photo: Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen attempts to find his now waterlogged ball along the edge of the 15th hole during Friday’s second round.
Photo: Getty Images

Luke Donald decides to try a different club after failing to hit out of this 7th hole bunker on Friday. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Luke Donald decides to try a different club after failing to hit out of this 7th hole bunker on Friday.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Matt Kuchar takes in the view while walking down the 2nd fairway on Friday. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Matt Kuchar takes in the view while walking down the 2nd fairway on Friday.
Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Michael McCoy gives his ball to a luck fan after making his putt on the 10th hole during round two action. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Michael McCoy gives his ball to a luck fan after making his putt on the 10th hole during round two action.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Rory McIlroy is seen digging up some flowers with this shot from being the 13th green on Friday. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy is seen digging up some flowers with this shot from being the 13th green on Friday.
Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Trevor Immelman (right) and Graham DeLaet both crouch down to read their putts on the 7th green during Friday's action. Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

Trevor Immelman (right) and Graham DeLaet both crouch down to read their putts on the 7th green during Friday’s action.
Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

 

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LG Smart Lamp

31 03 2014

Remember that time you were late for work, rushed out of the house, got to the office, then suddenly realized you left the bathroom AND kitchen lights on? The choices are limited: drive home and turn the lights off, have someone go over and turn them off for you, or wait it out until the end of the day when you get home. But what if you could open a single app and have control over your lights at home from anywhere?

LG recently rolled out a new ‘Smart Lamp’ that can be controlled completely from your smartphone. By opening a single app (available on certain Android & Iphone devices) you have access to turning lights on/off, dimming the lights and even programming the lights in a certain room to turn on/off at a specific time. While paired via bluetooth/wi-fi, the bulb will even blink when you receive a call!

Worried about your energy bill? The ‘Smart Lamp’ is not only up to 80% more efficient than a standard bulb, but according to LG, if the bulb is turned on five hours/day, it will last up to a decade! The new LG ‘Smart Lamp’ is currently prices at 35,000 won ($32).

Currently the ‘Smart Lamp’ is only available in Korea and there is no word on when it will arrive in the U.S. However, it’s only a matter of time before these lamps start appearing in our houses (and our smartphones)!

LG’s new OLED Smart Lamp

 

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Tree Art

3 06 2013

The Chinese district of Shijiazhuang is getting a splash of color thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yu. The Dalian Industry University senior turns otherwise dull tree trunks into beautiful works of art in a matter of only hours. Her motivation? to make Shijiazhuang more colorful. While I have seen many natural canvases, this one stuck out. After a quick search, I could not find Yu’s website nor artists such as Yu who seem to specialize in this type of stuff. However, if you have come across either please let me know. Til then, Stay Up.

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