Best Albums of 2013

  1. James Blake, Overgrown “Life Around Here” (feat. Chance The Rapper)
  2. Toro Y Moi, Anything In Return “Anything In Return”
  3. Bibio, Silver Wilkinson “A Tout a L’heure”
  4. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels “Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi”
  5. Thundercat, Apocalypse “Heartbreaks + Setbacks”
  6. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of The City “Step”
  7. Phosphorescent, Muchado “Song For Zula”
  8. Jon Hopkins, Immunity “Open Eye Signal”
  9. Jonathan Wilson, Fanfare “Dear Friend”
  10. Kanye West, Yeezus “Black Skinhead”
  11. Iceage, You’re Nothing
  12. DJ Koze, Amygdala
  13. The National, Trouble Will Find Me
  14. Savages, Silence Yourself
  15. Volcano Choir, Repave
  16. Midlake, Antiphon
  17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away
  18. Dawn of Midi, Dynomia
  19. Queens of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
  20. Yo La Tengo, Fade
  21. Washed Out, Paracosm
  22. Kurt Vile, Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  23. Quasimoto, Yessir Whatever
  24. Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest
  25. White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade

Habits Of Supremely Happy People

seanbonner:

  1. Surround yourself with other happy people
  2. Smile when you mean it
  3. Cultivate resilience
  4. Try to be happy
  5. Be mindful of the good
  6. Appreciate simple pleasures
  7. Devote some time to giving
  8. Let yourself lose track of time
  9. Nix smalltalk for deeper conversations
  10. Spend money on other people
  11. Make it a point to listen
  12. Uphold in-person connections
  13. Look on the bright side
  14. Value a good mixtape
  15. Unplug
  16. Get spiritual
  17. Make exercise a priority
  18. Go outside
  19. Spend time on the pillow
  20. LOL
  21. Walk the walk

This is a solid list. I would add meditation.

My sister asked me to speak at her wedding over the weekend and I talked about the pursuit of happiness. Sometime in my late teens, I made the conscious decision to work at being happy for the rest of my life. Make no mistake. It takes work. Some of that work takes the form of adversity and a lot of it won’t yield results immediately, but eventually it does. I continue to work every day to be a better, happier person.

taylordavidson:


What I use for phone photography.

I’ve dug pretty deep into iPhone photography the last couple months after being an Android photographer for quite awhile (and featured in Gizmodo). Here’s what I’m using these days to create, edit, and share photos on the iPhone.


Taking Pictures

Camera. I use the native camera app and focus on composition first, editing second. I have started testing Top Camera and Average Camera Pro for long shutter speed and multiple exposure, but for the moment, still use the native camera app for the vast majority of the pictures I take.

Average Camera Pro. Testing. Takes multiple images over a period of time (both variable can be set manually) to be used for multiple exposures, noise reduction, slow shutter effect, and more. Ben Lowy takes some of the best photos with Average Camera Pro (see more on Instagram under #avgcampro). (download Average Camera Pro)

Camera+. I don’t use it too much, but it’s a great combination camera + editing app deservedly loved by tons of people. (web / download Camera+)


Editing

VSCO. Simple and beautiful. Works as a camera and an editing app, although I use it strictly for editing. The filters are modeled after classic film types (“digital film emulation”), fitting with VSCO’s popular filters for Lightroom, Adobe Capture RAW and Aperture. Find VSCO pictures on Instagram under #vsco. (web / download VSCO CAM)

Afterglow. New, launched in Nov 2012. Simple to use, has a wide range of editing and filter options (including many “guest” filters from photographers popular on Instagram). I find the horizon adjustment to particularly slick and powerful, as I often take pictures with the horizon slightly off. Find Afterglow images on Instagram at #afterglow. My current editing fave. (web / download Afterglow Photo Editor)

Filterstorm. Closest thing to Photoshop on the iPhone (and better than the Photoshop Express App). Great for multi-layer editing, dodging and burning, cloning, etc. Essentially, use it to cut out unwanted parts of an image: a bird in the sky, a spot, etc. Also available for the iPad. (web / download Filterstorm )

Tilt Shift Generator. Adds Tilt Shift effects. The free version is fully featured, but will only save low-res images. (download TiltShift Generator – Fake Miniature)

Over. Text over photos. Easy, powerful, beautiful. (web / download Over)


Publishing

Instagram. Obviously. Note that amidst the misplaced debate about Instagram, I think of it as a publishing platform first and foremost. (me / download Instagram)

Tumblr. My blogging engine of choice at the moment, it’s also an incredibly easy, beautiful, and clean way to share photos that taps into a great community. (me / download Tumblr)

Photoset. So easy to use. Made by Tumblr, although it doesn’t require you to use Tumblr. Allows you to easily create multi-photo photosets to share by web, email, or Tumblr. No account required, and a joy to use. (web / download Photoset)

Flickr. I could wax on for hours about how I wish Flickr had led the innovation in web and mobile photography. Alas, they haven’t. But I still use it to store high-res images, and it’s still powerful for me, even though the community has moved on. (me / download Flickr)

EyeEm. Testing. (me / download EyeEm – Photo Filter Camera)

Vimeo. Videos, of course. (me / download Vimeo)


Other

Instatags. Easy, powerful way to add hashtags to photos. Helps you figure out which tags are popular and trending in your area, at that moment. (web / download Instatag – Hashtags for Instagram)

Cinemagram. The best shot at “Instagram for Video”. I use it very lightly, but like the idea and it’s a fun toy. (download Cinemagram)


Not pictured

Photojojo Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide-Angle lenses. Great for adding a new perspective to the standard iPhone lens, they attach easily to most cell phone cameras (they worked for my HTC Android and my iPhone), and help you take great pictures. (buy at Photojojo)

Snapseed. Loved by many, I can’t get the handle on the editing workflow. The first update post-acquisition by Google that integrates Google+ into Snapseed is an interesting feature… if you use Google+. (download Snapseed)

Great list from Taylor. I know a few people that swear by Snapseed as well and I just can’t get a handle on it. Gonna have to try a few of these that I didn’t know about. Always love seeing how people use their iPhone. 

The Top 25 Albums of 2012

This was the first year that I felt out of touch with music. I feel like I spent a lot less time discovering music that in many years previous. This was the year that my monthly music mixes died, which is a real bummer. I miss spending the time on them. I am working on one to accompany this list, but I didn’t want to hold out on publishing. I seem to always do these things late. In any case, these are the best albums of the year. Hopefully you’ll discover something you didn’t know about previously. 

Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

Django Django – Django Django

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

Metz – Metz

Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill

Twin Shadow – Confess

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Death Grips – The Money Store

Jessie Ware – Devotion

Yeasayer – Fragrant World

The Walkmen – Heaven

Purity Ring – Shrines

School of Seven Bells – Ghostory

Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts

Torche – Harmonicraft

Beach House – Bloom

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber

Did I miss anything?