'Girls Around Me' App: Be Careful Where You Check In On Facebook, It Could Haunt You
The app, Girls Around Me, is a very scary app that you should be aware of.
I see many of my friends check in constantly where they go. Innocently, it appears nothing can happen by doing so. Well guess again.
Take a look at this app. You can pretty much guess what happens when you look at the image. Does it worry you yet?
Basically, let’s pretend I’m a woman who has just checked in to Starbucks On Facebook in your local neighborhood. With this app open, it gathers this ‘check in’ via your facebook information and showcases it for the world to see on a map.
What’s worse, is it has your name and facebook profile attached to it.
With most people’s privacy settings a little too open, people can then go click on it, see your pictures, your information, your family, where you work, went to school, and so forth.
“So now I know everything to know about Zoe. I know where she is. I know what she looks like, both clothed and mostly disrobed. I know her full name, her parents’ full names, her brother’s full name. I know what she likes to drink. I know where she went to school. I know what she likes and dislikes. All I need to do now is go down to the Independent, ask her if she remembers me from Stoneham High, ask her how her brother Mike is doing, buy her a frosty margarita, and start waxing eloquently about that beautiful summer I spent in Roma.”
This situation is really the tip of the iceberg, you can imagine that it could probably get worse.
So the next time someone comes up to you with a, “Hey, ____ long time no see!” and you have no idea who they are, it may be someone you really don’t know.
Furthermore, the other danger of checking in is that it tells people that you’re not home. Don’t think for a second robbers are also not spying on people with information that is easy to obtain. Especially now where people are friending each other without a second thought, do you really know who is behind your new friend? Faux accounts are pretty common.
So on both accounts, it’s a very scary threat.
Keep your facebook private. The next time you want to check in somewhere, remember that it’s not as innocent as it seems.
Even if your account is well managed, this should be a tremendous wake up call about the privacy holes in Facebook.
I suggest you spread the word about this app. Even if this gets taken down, there will be many others that pop up with the amount of stalkers and creeps roaming around. Either way, it serves as a good message to take more responsibility over what you post.
This image (gif) is what a Tornado looks like on the sun. This is the first time a solar tornado has been filmed. What’s amazing is the WIDTH of this tornado is several times wider than Earth. So if we saw this on our horizon, it would tower much higher than we could see. It’s truly a monster.
The tornadoes often occur at the root of huge coronal mass ejections. When heading toward the Earth, these coronal mass ejections can cause significant damage to the earth’s space environment, satellites, even knock out the electricity grid.
The solar tornadoes drag winding magnetic field and electric currents into the high atmosphere. It is possible that the magnetic field and currents play a key role in driving the coronal mass ejections.
'I Know That Feel, Bro' - Chris Gerringer Pairs Up Fictional Characters From Similar Circumstances
Grammar Nazis will hate this, but aside from that, everyone will love this series. 'I Know That Feel, Bro' is a series by Chris Gerringer where two fictional characters come together in similar unfortunate circumstances. They are illustrated similarly with a common theme. These are both well made, simple, cute, and hard to resist looking at. You almost feel sorry for them! What’s not to love.
Layered World Landmarks - "The Collective Snapshot" By Pep Ventosa
These are not drawings, but composite pieces created by photographer Pep Ventosa. He essentially took many shots of the same location and layered them to create these fantastic composites. A beautiful twist to ordinary photography, blending the line between art and photography.
What’s amazing is that this was all taken in one single shot. The technique is brilliant!
Silent World is a project by Paris-based artists Lucie & Simon that shows post-apocalyptic views of famous locations around the world. All but one or two of the people in each location are removed from the scene. Rather than use multiple exposures and compositing the images to remove moving objects (e.g. people and cars), they chose to use a neutral density filter — one that’s normally used by NASA for analyzing stars — in order to achieve extremely long exposure times during the day.
Photographer Arrested For Filming Police Wins $170,000
It looks like you have no fear of sticking to your first amendment rights.
After being arrested on October 1, 2007 for using his cell phone to film officers making an arrest, Boston lawyer Simon Glik sued the city for violating his civil rights. Late last year the court denied a motion to have the case dismissed, and just yesterday it was announcedthat the City of Boston had come to a settlement with Glik, agreeing to pay him $170,000 for damages and legal fees. The decision last year and the settlement yesterday both reaffirm that the First Amendment protects the right to photograph and film police officers carrying out their duties in a public place.
To get to where you want to be, you have to do things no one else has done before you.
His favorite technique is that he would put a tin plate on the floor and then sit by a chair beside it, holding a spoon over the plate. He would then totally relax his body; sometimes he would begin to fall asleep. The moment that he began to doze the spoon would slip from his fingers and clang on the plate, immediately waking him to capture the surreal images.
Olympus recently rebooted its OM line of film SLRs with the OM-D mirrorless camera, and many photographers are hoping that Canon will follow suit with one of its film bodies. Industrial designer and photographer David Riesenberg is among them, and recently decided turn what he wants to see into a concept drawing. After spending months “learning, debating, modeling, and rendering,” the Canon AE-D was born. Inspired by the AE and AE-P cameras, Riesenberg’s camera features the same 18.1MP full frame sensor found in the 1D X, a new CM-D lens mount that supports EF lenses with an adapter, a 50mm f/1.0L kit lens, and a pentaprism electronic viewfinder that attaches via the hot shoe.
For his project titled “Horror Vacui” (latin for “fear of empty space“), photographer Federico Chiesa imagines what the villains and creepy characters of ’80s films would be like if they were “still alive” today.
The thing is, it’s in Beta at the moment. But you know what? It doesn’t matter! It’s free to play with, go nuts. Be sure to comment and let us know how you like it.
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Josh Adamski has captured stunning images and turned them into works of fine art with his keen eye. He was born and raised in the UK and is now based in Israel. Much of Adamski’s work is focused around water as he lives near the beach and draws inspiration from the sea. After a photograph is taken, editing takes place to make the image more abstract and turn it into something even more powerful.
The colors that Adamski brings out in his photos work well together and really turn the photograph in a specific direction. His use of silhouettes for most of the people in his photographs add an element of intrigue to the already mysterious works. All of the smooth lines and blurring certain parts of the image give a calm feel to the photographs. Adamski’s work transports us to a peaceful yet powerful land that simply takes our breath away.
It’s difficult to believe that a photographer is capable of successfully creating a three-year long exposure on just one single frame, however, German photographer Michael Wesely shows that it’s possible in his series entitled Open Shutter. Wesely has spent much of his career working on camera techniques that allow this process to be done. In the mid-1990’s, he started capturing building projects and architectural development with long exposures over the course of years.
The final result is a photograph consisting of ghosts of building construction, sun streaks, and trails, along with remnants of people and things passing through the scene over the course of time. Each photograph is a living memory of the time, place, and the people who passed through the space, while the surrounding buildings stand crisp and clear, never changing across the years.
What could be better than curling up with a book and a hot cup of tea? After looking through photographer Joel Robinson’s portfolio, it seems like nothing could compare. The Canada-based photographer, aka boywonder, appears to have a love affair with literature that reads (a little pun intended) through his work. There are a bevy of books that are at the forefront of his shots, working as props, scenery, architecture, and subjects.
In addition to books, Robinson utilizes coffee mugs and teacups brilliantly. Whether indoors or outdoors, there is a homey presence that is associated with books and hot beverages. In a most impressive way, Robinson manages to translate that cozy appeal with surreal imagery. The photographer’s vivid imagination shines through his images that seem to be heavily influenced by fictional tales. (If you look through the entirety of his portfolio, there are a number of visuals that are clearly inspired byHarry Potter.) Robinson plays with size ratio and brings fantasy to life. Even in his series of works that don’t feature books or cups, there is a welcoming amalgamation of dreams and magic.