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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony has just released its 2014 world photography awards winner’s shortlist and InFocus has them up on their site. Though the first one is a little creepy — cute, but creepy — they are all great photos taken by very talented photographers from around the world. My especial favorite is the one with the wildebeests. It looks almost more like a painting than a photo.

Photo contests like these and the societies that support them (this one is done by the World Photography Organization) are a great way to get to see the world off the beaten path. Most photojournalists stick close to the cities or urban areas where the action is happening. When something happens outside of those spheres, they’ll travel to the site but, by and large, most of our views of the rest of the world come either from advocacy photographers or travel or wildlife photographers. And, we rarely get to see the tiny creatures who share our planet with us as most scientific photographers stick to science journals.

If you were lucky enough to get a camera for the holidays or if you have one and have always been meaning to get a bit more serious about it, now is a great time. With an optical zoom camera, you can capture some of the spectacular small sights right in your backyard. If you have a DSLR, then consider purchasing a macro lens and giving it a try. Join an organization like the World Photography Organization and get out there and capture the moments, the sights, and the action that makes the world such an interesting place to be.

– da Bird


SodaStream’s Sizzling Superbowl Ad

SodaStream's Sizzling Superbowl Ad

Well, for the second year in a row, SodaStream has had their Superbowl Ad censored by the networks since they ripped on Coca-Cola and Pepsi who was one of the sponsors of the Big Game. However, clever marketing department that they have, they were able to get over 10 million views on YouTube by making strategic use of the words “uncensored” and “Scarlett Johansson.” This might be the only time you can put those two phrases into a search engine and not have to reformat your hard drive to get rid of the viruses.

If you’re one of the few people who are living under a rock and haven’t seen the ad, we’ll embed it for you below.

It’s a cute ad, definitely. And, it helps that SodaStream is one of those things that can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you’re a big time soda drinker or if you have a family who goes through a lot of soda, something like this little kitchen gadget can save you big time on the grocery bills. And, it’s pretty easy to use so any kid old enough to be trusted to use an ice cube tray can run one of these things without too much trouble. Also, to help SodaStream out, this year we’ve got a special two-week long savings offer. If you purchase any SodaStream Genesis or Jet using the code SODAHOLIDAY12PACK, you will be given a $10 gift card for use on a future purchase with us as well as a free variety pack and a free syrup to go along with your purchase. If you buy a SodaStream Source or Revolution, you will get a $20 gift card and the free variety pack and syrup. This offer will end on February 17th so don’t wait too long before placing your order!

So, what’s the first kind of soda you would make with this great soda maker? Let us know in the comments below!