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The iPhone 12’s 0.5 selfie trend is a nostalgic protest against Instagram perfection

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An arm that looks strangely long. Buggy eyes looking at the camera. Legs for days. tiny bodies.

This is a new kind of selfie, the 0.5 selfie that doesn’t takes itself too seriously. If the 0.5 selfie were a human, it would be the friend who’s always there to lighten the mood with a joke, but also knows when to get serious. It’s pronounced “point five” by the way.

24-year-old Aba is a London-based designer and creative who loves taking 0.5 selfies, the ultra-wide camera setting that was first available on the Samsung Galaxy S10 2019 and so on Apple’s iPhone 12. “I saw someone tick tock post one,” she tells me. “I was like damn that looks so good.” Aba is 5’10” but likes the fact that 0.5 selfies make her look even “longer”.

While the 0.5 selfie aesthetic may be new, portrait photographer Drew Forsyth explains that “wide-angle lenses have been around almost as long as photography itself.” “The first successful wide-angle lens was developed in 1862,” he explains. “It was called the Harrison & Schnitzer Globe and had a maximum field of view of 92° – if you think of the latest developments The wide angle of the iPhone has a field of view of 120°.” Cameras have come a long way in development since the 19th century, [thanks to smartphones that offer more sophisticated features] and Drew thinks that’s a great thing for creativity.

Smartphones are now so much more available, accessible and affordable, and that means an increase in self-portraits. “The democratization of photography over the past 20 years has been incredible to watch, and putting a camera in the hands of billions of people around the world via smartphones has completely transformed our culture and lived experiences,” he says. “A 0.5 lens lets you see the world in a different way, and I think a lot of people are curious and exploring the ‘new’ technology.”

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But how does a wide-angle camera lens actually work and why does it look weird? “The reason why different body parts look bigger and smaller is because of something called ‘barrel distortion,'” says Drew. “It makes things look bigger in the middle of the photo and things on the edges look smaller or farther away. That’s because if what the lens sees is wider than the sensor on a digital camera or phone, the image looks like it’s been distorted to fit the edges of the frame. It can look weird and weird.” That’s why people’s foreheads, for example, can appear slightly larger than they actually are in real life.

It reminds me of a polaroid or film camera where you have to wait 24 hours for it to develop.

The frank and casual 0.5 lens is built into the phone’s rear camera, meaning you can’t see the image until you’ve taken it, resulting in a less polished result. “That’s the beauty of it,” Aba agrees. “It reminds me of a Polaroid or film camera where you have to wait 24 hours for it to develop.” Luckily, the year 2022 means the time it takes you to flip your iPhone over and snap the picture up is just a few seconds.

It goes back to that too 2000s and early 2010s, a nod to those oddly angled selfies we used to take in the days of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) — BlackBerry’s IM service, post-MSN and before WhatsApp. You took it with a digital camera and you didn’t care that your arm was visible. The image would appear slightly blurry, but it wouldn’t matter, and you wouldn’t bother retaking them. Ah, nostalgia.

The 0.5 selfie is the opposite of what we are inundated with on Instagram: FaceTuned Selfies and perfectly curated feeds. And the democratization of beauty means people are rebelling against what is considered conventionally attractive.

A change in the way we use Instagram was long overdue. How many times have you opened the app only to find soulless, perfectly timed movies by influencers you don’t even follow while on vacation in the Bahamas? To The latest update from InstagramPhotographer Tati Brüning vented her frustration Post an infographic in the app, which read: “Make Instagram Instagram again. Stop being Tiktok I just want to see cute photos of my friends.” The post captioned “Best regards everyone.” And it seemed like the whole world was behind her, as it garnered 2.2 million likes, and Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen reposted the pic approvingly.

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When I open mine Instagram Now all I have to do is scroll for a minute or so and I’ve already seen way more suggested posts than my eyes want to see and way too many sponsored posts promoting products I definitely won’t buy (one was a post telling me persuaded to travel first class by train, in a Cost of Living Crisis?).

But social media users are now rebelling against what is seen as the new normal and longing for times when we used social media more easily. Mark Bage is creative director at creative agency Not Studio. He thinks people just have had enough. “We’ve seen various iterations of this anti-aesthetic over the past 18 months, and one of the ways this has manifested is in the 0.5 selfie,” he says. “Given the nature of the social media landscape, this is an understandable shift; on the one hand, users are moving away from homogeneous, overly curated content towards something rawer, and on the other hand, visibility is lower, making content unavailable.”

2022, GenZ go their own way, a reimagined version of social media, free from millenary influences. Alice Ophelia, one of the authors of Gen Z and the culture newsletter Afternoon tea, points to the rise of the 0.5 selfie, coinciding with a gradual shift in aesthetics that Gen Z has embraced. “IRL style curation has come back in this post-pandemic era — well, almost post-pandemic,” she tells me.

“This shift in presentation comes within the broader context of Gen Z creators and consumers creating their own space within legacy platforms like Instagram, and how they continue to reject the heavily curated and manufactured ‘millennial aesthetic’ of the 2010s. Think: flatlays, filters, and boomerangs.”

Zoe, a 20-year-old actress from LA, California, says she 0.5 selfie obsession started when she and her friends started sending them to each other. “I started sending these selfies to let my friends know where I was and what I was doing!”

“I love that you can see most of the environment where the picture is taken,” she adds. “My favorite photo I took was in a grocery store. It’s so random, love that I documented such a casual moment in my day. I think 0.5 selfies allow for a more casual side of social media than the constant filters and poses.” She also likes the “weird” effect and how “silly” they look, as well as the way her arms show through it look “super long”.

“Intentionally messy, ugly, and often distorted” is the brand that Alice’s 0.5 selfie lends itself to. “It’s about being subversive with self-expression. We see this appetite for subversion being expressed in the popularity of 2000s fashion, the nostalgia for early internet aesthetics, and the resurgence of interest in platforms like Tumblr and the indie sleaze trend. “

While 0.5 selfies are a refreshing change from what we’re used to, there’s still a certain level of sophistication that goes into capturing a selfie. Will we ever experience Instagram with the same innocence and curiosity that we had when the app was first created in 2010?

It was a very different time. You would scroll through your Instagram and see everyday snaps posted by your friends, of a half-eaten burger with the sepia filter used on Max, or a cover of your school notebook. It would get 9 likes, maybe 10 if you’re lucky.

I personally don’t think we ever will.“While the 0.5 selfie might at first seem to dismiss the convulsive aesthetic of effort and sincerity, it nonetheless plays absolutely into a level of performative curation – albeit one of self-deprecation,” Alice believes. “We see that in people like Charlie D’Amelio wearing graphic t-shirts that say “ironically hot” and “I ” — as well as Julia Fox’s quirky red carpet makeup looks and DIY suits.”

The 0.5 selfie is a refreshing trend that’s fun and makes people happy, something we should appreciate for what it is. However, we’ve somehow gotten into a culture where we try to curate openness, and into a false “don’t care” attitude, as Alice points out. 0.5 selfies are probably less organic than we might think.



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The Lululemon Belt Bag Was the Perfect Accessory for My Two-Week Hawaiian Honeymoon

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I used to think perfect duffel bag didn’t exist — until I stumbled across the now-viral Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag in May. Back then my long awaited Hawaiian honeymoon was about three weeks away, and I had spent months tracking down a compact speakerphone shoulder bag Pocket. I needed something that could get me hiking and snorkeling in the mornings, followed by leisurely afternoons of sunbathing, shopping, and sipping mai tais.

Back then, the Lululemon belt bag came in two sizes: Standard and Extended. I originally wanted the extended length in black; However, due to availability I ordered the purple extended bag and the more versatile regular length black bag. The strap lengths only varied by a few inches and I figured I could always return the regular version if it was too short.

I wasn’t ready to love her as much as I did — in fact, I ended up putting both options in my suitcase. As I slung one of the two bags over my chest, I was immediately struck by how light it felt. (So ​​much so, in Maui, for a moment I thought it had been lost.) Plus, despite its compact size, each contained a full day’s essentials: an SPF stick, a bottle suncream, AirPods, my iPhone, credit cards, cash, my ID, a lip balm, and to top it off, a disposable camera. Even after putting all of these things in the fanny pack, I didn’t feel the strain (read: no shoulder pain!) like I used to. While I mostly mean as handbag, shoulder bagYou can also wear it around the waist, fanny pack style.

Lululemon Everywhere bum bag

The clever design is another great benefit: instead of one main compartment, the Everywhere bag contains multiple zipped and mesh pockets, which helped me stay organized on the go. The secure front pocket provides easy access to my most packed items, like my driver’s license and AirPods.

As someone who tends to spill and soil my clothes, I also appreciate the Everywhere bag’s water-resistant polyester fabric, which is incredibly easy to clean. A wet napkin is really all you need to clean up ketchup stains, spilled coffee, sunscreen residue and the good old dirt and debris that can accumulate after a long hike.

Lululemon has since phased out the original bag in favor of the longer strap design, now referred to simply as the Everywhere Belt Bag. And although the bag’s popularity means it’s been sold in and out lately –check here to see if it’s back online – it was previously sold in a range of shades including a pretty pastel pink, simple black, bright light purple and more. If you see one you like, be quick – it may not be around for long and if you do get your hands on one I’m confident it will become your new favorite bag.

[Editor’s note: As of publishing, the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag was in stock on Amazon and eBay. You can also check your local Lululemon store for inventory.]

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Complicating the Plot – Surfline

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[All photos and vid by Ryan Valasek]

Not all Strike missions are home runs or even base hits. Some are deletions. No thugs. During a recent surfing trip to Nicaragua, longtime California travel buddies and Xcel team members Christian “Cram” Ramirez and Ryan “Snacks” Valasek didn’t exactly hit thousands right from the start. But they were determined to at least stay in the game.

What was supposed to be a carefree, easy-peasy surf surfer ended up being spoiled by a crazy emergency going to Texas to expedite a passport renewal, all the usual and a few unusual diverted flights, and, oh yeah, an overzealous drug dog. “There were so many setbacks when I actually got to Nicaragua, I feel like it took years of my life,” Cram said. “It almost got to the point where I expected something to go wrong.”

Despite all the difficulties, the duo made it. And what they found was worth all the hoops they had to jump through along the way.

Snacks: “This trip was a huge stepping stone for Cram and me. We had been planning trips for a while but everything was put on hold with COVID so we just surfed locally while waiting for some travel restrictions to be lifted. I was camping up in Bend, Oregon with bumpy service when I happened to receive this text message from Christian: “We’re going to Nicaragua next week. I just bought a plane ticket.” I had had all these other plans but just canceled them, bought my ticket to Nica and flew home to California to pack. We left three days later.”

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Plug: “I knew I had to renew my passport to travel, but the only available slot across the country was in El Paso, Texas. I learned this 48 hours before I left for Nicaragua. After packing my gear with all the gear I needed for the trip, I drove from SLO (San Luis Obispo) to Santa Ana and then went on a 36 hour passport mission to El Paso. Finally, two days after leaving my home in SLO, I met up in Rancho for snacks.”

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Plug: “Six hours before our flight, I received an email from the Nicaraguan government saying we were denied entry into the country. Without hesitation we booked new flights to Costa Rica that were an hour later than our original flights to Nica. We landed in Costa Rica, got through customs, and then this drug dog started going crazy on my bag. After two hours of interrogation, while my pockets were being torn apart – and I had resisted several offers of bribes because I knew I wasn’t carrying anything illegal – I was finally able to leave.”

Snacks: “For this trip I brought the camera case I’ve had for a number of years: a Sony A7riii, a couple of prime lenses, a surf lens and a water case with a small lens mount. I’ve paired them with some of my favorite film cameras – a Yashica-D medium format camera and a Contax T2 point-and-shoot.”

Plug: “I really only have one window on the outer reef, but it shot. I had it all to myself, which was a little scary to find out on my own. The wave had an insane spin from a boil at launch. When I found out, the game was on. I had surfed for two hours, caught six waves and was ready for a marathon session when a storm hit. It started raining sideways so hard I could barely see land. It was just pouring rain. That was the end of my dream session, but I’m eyeing this wave for future strikes. There is still work to be done!”

CONTINUE READING: Nicaragua Travel and Surfing Guide

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What is a blockchain oracle, and how does it work?

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Oracles provide a means for the Web3.0 ecosystem to link to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced calculations.


Blockchain oracles connect blockchains to external systems, enabling the execution of smart contracts based on real-world inputs and outputs, Cointelegraph reports.

Oracles provide the Web3.0 ecosystem with the ability to connect to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced computations.

Decentralized oracle networks (DONs) enable the creation of hybrid smart contracts that combine off-chain infrastructure and on-chain code to create complex decentralized apps (DApps) that respond to real-world events and interact with traditional systems.

Because the blockchain is a distributed ledger, each node in the network must produce the same output given the same input. For example, if one node tries to validate another node’s transaction, the result will be different. This architecture was designed with determinism in mind.

In blockchain, consensus is the technique to agree on a data value, and determinism is essential for nodes to reach consensus. Some of them, such as B. Proof-of-Work (PoW) with Nakamoto consensus and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) with Byzantine consensus may be recognizable to you. Consensus is one of the main reasons blockchain works in the first place.

The blockchain oracle riddle reveals a fundamental limitation of smart contracts: they cannot be linked in any way to data or systems outside of their native blockchain context. External resources are referred to as “off-chain,” while data currently being recorded on the blockchain is referred to as “on-chain.”

Software oracles deliver data from digital sources such as websites, servers or databases, while hardware oracles deliver data from the physical world. In addition, hardware oracles can deliver and forward data from camera motion sensors and RFID (radio frequency identification) sensors. Oracle software can provide real-time data such as exchange rates, price fluctuations, and travel information.

Oracles create a two-way communication channel with blockchains by sending and receiving data. Incoming oracles are more likely to deliver off-chain or real-world data to the blockchain than outgoing oracles. Additionally, the imported data can represent almost anything from asset price movements to weather conditions to payment verification.

A common scenario that can be programmed for incoming oracles is: when an asset reaches a certain price, you place a buy order. Outgoing oracles, on the other hand, notify the outside world of an event that has occurred in the chain.

(With insights from Cointelegraph)

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