Developing New Signs For Photobomb, Selfie, Duckface, & Others In American Sign Language

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The birth of internet slang is fascinating stuff, I’m sure most of you will recall the hoopla that flooded the web when the word “selfie” became official when it was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Soon after that, Merriam-Webster decided to induct it into it’s dictionaries, too. It had a lot of people wondering, “Who makes these words up?”

Though most of us wouldn’t give the thought too much of our time, the dedicated folks over at Hopes & Fears took that simple question and went one step further. They wanted to know how new words, such as the ever increasing dialect of internet slang, are incorporated into sign language. To find out how new slang words entered into American Sign Language (ASL), Hopes & Fears got in touch with Bill Vicars, a Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH) man who runs Lifeprint–an educational website devoted to helping people learn ASL. [Read more…]

Crime Scene Selfie Sent Over Snapchat Leads To Murder Charges

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Snapchat allows users to send messages that disappear within several seconds, but it is possible to take a screenshot of the message.

A 16-year-old teenager from Pennsylvania found this out the hard way after a photo he sent over Snapchat lead to him getting arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

It turns out that a recipient of the murderer’s selfie with the victim’s body took a screenshot of it, and his mother contacted the police with the damning evidence.

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300 Employees Take A Group Photo From Space

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Celebrating Israel Space Week, which started on Sunday, employees of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) had a group photo taken from space.

The photo, which depicted the company’s initials, was captured by the EROS-B (Earth Remote Observation System-B) satellite from a height of 520km (325 miles).

The 300 or so employees had to be at a specific location at a very precise time for the photo-op to work. Luckily, determining these factors was a piece of cake, as they are somewhat familiar with the satellite – they built it.

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Beautiful Selfie Proves Israel and Lebanon Can Get Along. And Why They Can’t.

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The Israeli and Lebanese contestants met at the Miss Universe contest. What happened next will (not) amaze you. They did what most people would do and took a selfie, together with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.

Following angry criticism from her homeland, Miss Lebanon claimed she was photobombed by the Israeli.

Is this true and how did Miss Egypt respond to the scandal?

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Italian Soccer Superstar, Francesco Totti, Celebrates Record Goal With A Selfie

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Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A scored two goals to make an impressive comeback in the country’s most passionate soccer derby. Their indisputable star scored both goals becoming the joint top-goalscorer in the history of the Rome derby, but none of that will be remembered.

One moment will be remembered from that match – the moment Francesco Totti celebrated with a selfie.

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The Belfie Stick Lets You Take Selfies… Of Your Bottom

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the selfie stick, and based on the huge quantities sold most of you probably own one, but you don’t have one of these.

Popularized in late 2013 by Kim Kardashian, the belfie (butt selfie) is regarded as an expert-level self-portrait, to be attempted only by those who posses copious amounts of experience and a keen eye for selfie composition.

If you’ve ever tried taking a belfie, and feel free not to try if you haven’t, you’ll know that a good one is not an easy feat to accomplish. That is about to change.

Enter (or leave us alone before you even arrive) the camera accessory every (or no) person should carry at all times (or never) – the Belfie Stick.

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Daredevil takes a selfie against The Blue Fire Of Kawah Ijen Volcano

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Malaysia based photographer and daredevil Keow Wee Loong is known for taking selfies in dangerous locations (just check his profile a few words back), but this one must have been the biggest adventure of them all.

Keow Wee Loong snuck his way into the pit of Kawah Gunung Ijen an active volcano in Indonesia to take a most daring selfie against a volcano shooting a blue flame.

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You Don’t Need A Selfie Stick To Take A Selfie In Space

Living on the ISS has it perks (like putting a Gopro in a Bubble, or capturing amazing timelapses), but one of the more underestimates benefits the lack of need for Selfie Sticks. You see, when the gravity is not pulling the camera down you can just place it in space, it has nowhere to fall to.

If you don’t believe me check this footage from ISS test pilot Oleg Artemyev.

The lesson of the day is that even Cosmonauts chimp.

P.S. Next step: hovering VALs

Camera51 App Claim They Crammed All Compositional Info Into An App That Tell You How To Shoot

I was wondering when something like this will pop up. An app that not only shares information about photography, but also tells you how to shoot. Camera51 is just that. An app that tells you how to shoot to get better photos.

I am really not sure what I think about this kind of technology, on one hand smartphone photographers do sometimes spray and pray, but on the other, I am not sure I am comfortable with the idea of letting an app telling me how to shoot.

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