The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!
Who knew security could be so cute or that homes could be so scary? Find out this and more on this week’s Seen and Heard!
Tour Every Nook n’ Cranny of Ellis Island
I’m kind of obsessed with this new interactive photo tour of Ellis Island. I’ve always had a strong connection and love visiting because many of my ancestors came through Ellis Island from Europe. I definitely don’t get around to going as often as I would like, so this is the perfect virtual field trip for me! The National Park Services has released this visual tour with over 40 interactive photos that you can move around through. The most exciting part? A lot of photos are of the south side of Ellis Island, which is where you can find some never before areas of the abandoned hospitals (and they have vintage photos of the spaces back in the day!) Whether you’ve visited this iconic spot or not, you should definitely take a few minutes out of the day to get a history lesson! —Chrissy
A Real-Life Monster House
It takes a lot for me to be impressed by Halloween decorations, since it seems like you can only get so creative with the standard party store offerings. But when I saw LA-based artist Christine McConnell’s imaginative haunted house, everything changed! She designed and hand-painted this amazingly creepy “face” with foam core, which worked to transform her parent’s house into a must-see holiday destination. The best part? She illuminates it at night with a scary green glow and fog…basically if you’re in the area and don’t stop by on Halloween, you’re the monster! —Lauren
How To Beautify Your Instagram Account
Lifestyle bloggers tend to have the best Instagram accounts, and Grace Atwood of The Stripe is one of them. Cool and confident, she was nice enough to talk to Well + Good this week about how to take Instagram photos like A lifestyle blogger. Shh! Here are seven of her top secrets: (1) Coordinate the colors of your next post with the last, making the lineup aesthetically cohesive. (2) Hold the camera flat. (3) Avoid over-filtering. (4) Make your whites whiter. (5) Photograph food overhead. (6) Do a flat-lay or composition of accessories. (7) Keep the caption simple. Thanks, Grace! Maybe the ‘likes’ that my photos receive will go from names to numbers now. —Alexandra
The Cutest Surveillance Camera
Since their invention, security cameras have only been for one thing—surveillance. Ulo, created by Vivien Muller, is about to change that. Modeled after an awfully cute owl, Ulo is an interactive monitoring device that not only records video, images and audio, but communicates with you through the owl’s eye expressions. Ulo may be small, but it packs a punch with two screens, a battery that lasts a week and is WiFi compatible. The Ulo is customizable, adaptable and adorable.. what more could you want in home security?
The Journey: 70-Degree Weather Every Day
Living in New York City, I love being able to experience all four seasons. Of course, don’t hold me to that comes middle of January when I’m trudging around in snow boots ever day. City Lab recently reported on a year-long road trip that takes you around the United States, all the while in 70-degree weather. That sure makes packing easier! It’s not an easy map to create as daily temperatures tend to shift for various reasons but this route focuses on the average 70-degree highs from 1981-2010. The perfect vacation for fair weather wanderers. —Vee