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After working for a couple blog-based companies, I got into the practice of blogging. I mainly wanted to see what it was like to be doing something consistently, how to find something to always be able to talk about, and what it would do for me.

After starting a couple different blogs and deleting them, I started Woo Blog (now WooBlog.com). I recently have also started a couple others: GuessWhosForDinner.com and TakeOneTwenty.com.

Guess Who’s For Dinner is a site that my friend and I just started. We talked about doing a photoblog, so with the wonderful help of WordPress, we started this site. It’s a site where we share photos of faces we made out of food (tagline: “We make a face and eat it”).

Earlier this year, I bought the domain, TakeOneTwenty.com, in hopes to start making random 2-minute videos, interviewing local individuals and businesses. I didn’t have much time for that ultimately, and still had the domain. So I forwarded it to a Lifeyo page, and have turned it into another sort of WooBlog/photoblog site, featuring photos of photographers and artists. It’s a site where people can take a couple minutes to check something out online when they are bored, things I at least find worthwhile.

So there they are: Guess Who’s For Dinner and Take One Twenty. Lifeyo.com will be launching soon, September 9, 2009. With Lifeyo, you can make your own entire website without any knowledge of coding or design, for free. You can also have a blog on the site, easily share photos and videos, and much more. Check it out in September!

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August 28, 2009 at 8:20 am

Lifeyo.com, Coming 09-09-09

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Lifeyo launching in September! Check out the sweet shades that came in the mail.

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August 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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Usain Bolt, World’s Fastest Runner

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Amazing, soon after Usain Bolt of Jamaica beat the world record just last Sunday for the 100m sprint in 9.58 seconds, he also beat the 200m race on Thursday

The 22-year-old ran the 200m in 19.19 seconds. Who had the last world record for the 200m? Usain, himself, which was last set in Beijing Olympics last year.

Read the full article about the 200m race here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/8213036.stm

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August 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

New Espresso Set

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Reasons why I love this new addition to MoMA’s retail store:

-anything coffee-related is my friend (okay, so that probably doesn’t matter to you)
-easy-and-quick-serving set for six
-bamboo tray
-unique personal coasters for each espresso cup
-six stainless steel spoons that rest across the cups

Designed by Fellina Sok-Cham, winner of a student design contest in 2008. See it here: MoMA store

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August 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Bradbury Building, Downtown LA

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So I have this random list of places to visit in my near future, or hopefully near. It’s just a Sticky Note on my computer, where I jot down names of places, buildings, anything that catches my eye while surfing the net (examples: Vitoria, Spain (Oficinas Caja Vital Kutxa); Tenerife (Spanish island); Hotel Distrito Capital, Mexico City,….). A local one on the list was the Bradbury Building, downtown LA.

I don’t remember where I first saw this, but I came across a website featuring beautiful photos of the Bradbury Building. I was surprised to see such a place existed in LA, something of that age, character, still existing and functioning today.

I was excited, I jotted it down. But the mental note went far back in my head and I had forgotten about it. I have lived in LA for over a year now!

But many thanks to the movie, 500 Days of Summer, the last scene pulled that mental note back out. I couldn’t place the name of the building immediately, but knew I had seen it before in photographs and that it was a place I wanted to go to for some time. I looked it up and thankfully found it easily.

The Bradbury Building has been used in many films, including Bladerunner (Harrison Ford film, starring Sean Young, who once sat in this very living room I am sitting in, but that is another story). The building, built in 1893 (just 34 years younger than this house) is at 3rd and Broadway, downtown. It’s still used today, with various retail tenants on the lobby floor and offices for LAPD’s internal affairs department. The Bradbury Building has become a historic landmark, so it’s also open to the public for tours or walking in to limited areas.

Anyways, the actual real reason why I am posting about this is because I was Googling for black-and-white photos of the place, and came across this:

And why this is attention-worthy is because of the story behind it, much reminding me of why I am doing what I do today.

A little excerpt: 

Pictured here is the guy that ignited the spark I have for photography and the arts.

 

Growing up, my father had a darkroom in a [bathroom] small room off the kitchen which contained, among other things, an enlarger, a huge deep sink my father built from scratch, and all the necessary chemicals….

Thanks to van Kampen photography for sharing the photo and story. Please click here to see the photographer’s Flickr photo and read the rest of his story behind it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewoodenshoes/3238124790/

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August 18, 2009 at 4:27 am

500 Days of Summer

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Just came home from the Sherman Oaks ArcLight, watching 500 Days of Summer. I was so looking forward to it, and it was still better than I expected.

Anyways, if you’ve seen the film and liked it, you’ll enjoy this:

 

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Just came across this site which explains the story behind the video in more detail!

http://www.hitrecord.org/danshowrec.php?rec=5741

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August 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

Cafe Du Monde mug

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I’ve posted about a place in New Orleans called Cafe Du Monde before, one of my favorite coffee places. Unfortunately during that trip, I failed at getting a Du Monde souvenir. 

Luckily, Adri’s parents went to New Orleans just recently, and were so kind enough to get a Cafe Du Monde mug for me!

Here it is, a photo of my new mug from Cafe Du Monde, drinking my first cup of coffee out of it:

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August 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm