photocredit | Ruby RoseThought I'd start sharing things I come across online, maybe on a weekly basis? Not sure yet, but here's what caught my attention this week! #1 KISSmetrics | How & Why you should promote yourself on YouTube
Great article from KISSmetrics that talks about why YouTube is such a great platform, and how to really make an impact with your profile. My favorite was the suggestion to include a direct subscription link in your "about" section, duh! I took it a step further and shortened my link with Bit.ly - I get a customized short URL (mine is http://bit.ly/LaurenMechelle) AND metrics! Hint: use this format: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=yourusernamehere#2 iQuantNY | How Memorizing “$19.05” Can Help You Outsmart the MTA
Ever used a giftcard to make a number of small purchases rather than applying the entire balance to a single large purchase? What inevitably happens is that you're left with some small amount left on the card that's not worth making a purchase to wipe out - $0.22, $0.78, $0.34, you get the idea. Pennies to us, but adds up to a TON of money for the retailer when you combine allll those little amounts! It's basically money you (or someone else) paid for and never claimed, and the retailer benefits. Same deal with the MTA in NY!
iQuantNY is a (deliciously nerdy) blog that pulls open source NY data and interprets it into some really interesting information. Check out the article - they walk you through how much money to put on your Metro card to get the max amount of rides while leaving the minimum balance possible! Genius - I love when math is done for me =)#3 ViralBrothers | Organ Theft Prank
I admit that my humor is kinda twisted sometimes, but I think anyone would find this hilariously funny... Although maybe not if it happened to you! Check out this sick, SICK prank this guy played on his friend, then subscribe to their channel for more!
[media url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ7CSrcjo_4" width="600" height="400"] #4 Ryohei Hase | Portfolio
I came across Japanese digital artist Ryohei Hase on tumblr - his haunting works are disturbingly beautiful, an aesthetic he sums up perfectly on his "About" page: "My theme of paintings is to express the darkness of mind which is sad and gloomy but at the same time, it's beautiful and strong".Intertwining war-era locations with modern day photographs
Last dark-themed point, I promise! Sergey Larenkov, a Russian photographer uses a mixture of photography, research, & computer editing skills to create fascinatingly eerie photos. Starting with an old photo, he re-visits and re-photographs the exact location, then seamlessly stitches them together to show past & present in a single image. Check out his LiveJournal page for all of his work, but run it through a web translator first - it's completely in Russian!Ruby Rose | Break Free (short film)
I'd never heard of Ruby Rose until I came across this short film she created. An Australian native, she started as a model but faced rejection for her short hair & androgynous look. Growing up, she never felt at home in her body, going through masculine and feminine periods. Feeling like she'd never reach her goals unless she looked more mainstream, she grew out her hair & got a hosting job on MTV Australia. Several months later, she decided that fitting in wasn't equalling happiness & cut all her hair off again. Her struggle with gender identity is perfectly illustrated in this short autobiographical film, and I'm obsessed. She's gorgeous either way, but I absolutely love her more at the end of the video. Get regular doses of her rocker vibe by following her on instagram!
[media url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFjsSSDLl8w" width="600" height="400"] #7 TUAW | How to save money when purchasing an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus
This whole week has been about Apple for me... I'm sure you can tell! Here's how to save money when getting the new iPhone! I'm going the Verizon route, but there are a bunch of other options - both retailers (Apple, Target, etc) and carriers (Sprint, T-mobile, etc)#8 Songs I had on repeat
What links did you love this week? Share them in the comments below =)