Fashiondairy: Tree Hugger


Hello hello!

Before you ask, I should let you know that this project has nothing to do with trees. But since you’re here, why don’t you spend a few minutes talking with me? Recently I’ve been having trouble keeping my accessories organized and my chains untangled. Yes, it’s a problem plenty of us face—the jewelry problem—too many necklaces to handle, too little space to carry them all.

So here are some snapshots of what I did to solve this problem. My attempt to make a tree-inspired jewelry stand was definitely an interesting experience, but now I have a stronger idea of the do’s and don’t’s of working with wire. Continue reading

How Not To Make Music: Get Fresh With Some New Music

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I have been composing for a little while now, and I wanted to try composing in a new genre. I was inspired to make a Moombahton track after listening to artists like Diplo and Dillon Francis. Moombahton is essentially a hybrid of house and reggaeton at a tempo of 108-115 BPM, however my track was missing a little energy so I raised the tempo to 118 BPM. I was struggling a lot with the melody at first, it just wasn’t sounding right. At the time, I was using stringed instruments, but quickly switched to synths and got the sound I was looking for.

Below is the final product, “Get Fresh,” which I’ve posted under one of my artist names, APPALLO. Listening with high-quality headphones or speakers is recommended, and feel free to give me some feedback in the comments and share it with friends.

Music and words by Max Rico

Is This Loud Enough? : Good Things Come In Threes – Atlas Genius, Family of the Year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The first time I heard Family of the Year was in my friend Kavin’s car. He was like “DON’T THEY SOUND LIKE A MODERN QUEEN?” Well, not so much really, but they were pretty good! So as I was searching the interwebs and pretending to work on my college applications (Mom if you’re reading this, that last one was a joke), I saw on my calendar that Family of the Year was coming to San Francisco! Being a concert junkie, I just had to get myself a ticket—not to mention the fact that the ticket was only $25, so a good deal plus a cheap asian equals a fun time (YAS!).

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I don’t know what the heck happened with my camera here, but the photo turned out pretty cool, so here’s my hipster shot of Atlas Genius.

When I went to purchase my ticket, I found that Family of the Year was just one of three bands that would also be performing. Three bands in one night? A mini music festival with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Family of the Year, AND Atlas Genius? Perfection. Continue reading

Oracle Drive: You’re Getting Horoscopes for Christmas ♪


The celebrated author of The Temporal Analects and Post-Mortem Communication for Complete Idiots, Madame Teiresia Nostradame, Seer Ph. D launches her online debut! The Seer is in.

A Introduction of the Seer
Thank you for consulting Oracle Drive. I am Teiresia Nostradame, the latest in a long line of foreseers. I enjoy translating locked tomes of eldritch lore from Timeless Oldtongue to modern English, communing with the Astral Clergy of the Elder Gods residing in the Furthest Quasars, predicting the future so accurately it’s unreal, asking the Stars for the Fates of the world, not to mention, shopping in thrift stores. With the gift of the Oracle Implant I retain the memories of the visions my predecessors saw before me, and I gaze into the Creative Void for answers, yet to be revealed by the waves of Time.

My readings are guaranteed accurate. My truths, brief. I shall not be excessively verbose in imparting the wisdom of the Fortunes for fear of miscommunication. There shall be no hamfisted prose and there shall be no wheeling about the truth like a drunk bus driver about to kill sixty passengers by flipping over the side of a bridge railing.

These are the Transcendental Fates from the Esoteric Beyond. These are your Horoscopes. These are your futures. Continue reading

I Shutter When I See You: Asleep With Music


The smile on her face says it all

Inspired by an elderly man and his wise words.

I wanted to capture the moment when you put your head on the pillow and feel entirely content with all aspects of your day. The moment when the whisper of the rain outside makes you feel warmer instead of colder, when the music in your head is soft and sweet and blissful. The moment when all you could think about or feel for the people in your life is positive. The way you feel when you know you have brought something good into the world. When you have done unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Photograph and Words by Miranda Hollingswood