Apple Camp: Where Fun & Learning are Free

Flex those creative muscles

Apple Camp: Where Fun & Learning are Free

Apple Camp: Where the Fun & Learning are Free

Hey parents, summer has officially landed! And if your kids are already at home wailing "I'm borrred!" and you're scrambling to find something to keep them amused, take them to the mall. 

No, seriously. Head to your nearest Apple store, where kids between 8-12 can take part in workshops for iMovie and iBooks apps. 

At Apple Camp, kids will learn to make movies with their own storyboards and original soundtracks. They can also make their own interactive books, full of their own illustrations and sound effects.   

This year, in the book sessions, campers will use Pencil by FiftyThree to complement the Paper by FiftyThree app from last year. 

Best of all, the camp is absolutely free and requires zero packing. And creative-minded parents get to hang around and pick up a few fun tricks of their own.  

For more information and to sign up your Apple campers, visit Apple's website. The fun - and learning - starts 20 July.

 Great Apps for Kids with Special Needs


LGBTQ-Friendly Photographer has Perfect Response to Haters

Refusing to Swallow His Pride for the sake of the Customer

LGBTQ-Friendly Photographer has Perfect Response to Haters

Photographer puts couples non-refundable deposit to good use.
The weekend was awash in pride for many, as the US Supreme Court finally granted marriage equality to same-sex couples. But not everyone was flying their rainbow flags at the landmark victory.
When photographer Clinton Brentwood Lee posted an image of a gay couple kissing under the heading "All we see is love" to show his support, clients whose wedding Brentwood Lee was due to shoot demanded their deposit back because they supported only "traditional marriage." 

In his predicament, other businesses may have offered pat apologies for causing "offence." Not Brentwood Lee:

Wow, I’m not really sure what to say here," he responded on his Facebook page. "I would say this disappoints me, but I actually find this to be a good thing because our company now would not like to work with you as well.

It’s not that because you have a different view from us, but it’s because since you don’t like an support gay marriage, no one else should be able to have it. That’s like me not liking broccoli, and demanding that everyone else in the world should not have broccoli either! If you’re not in favor of gay marriage that’s fine, don’t marry a woman. Personally, I was taught not to judge others and to love everyone else. So I will try not to judge you here and say anything more as to my opinion of you.

At Brentwood Photography we see love in all forms. Now as far as your retainer goes, I hope you’ll read the first article in the contract you signed stating that this retainer is nonrefundable. But don’t you worry, I’m not going to keep it! Because of this conversation, I have decided to donate your $1,500 to GLAD [sic] [the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], a group created to help and support gay rights.

So let me be the first to say [redacted], thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause! I couldn’t have done it without your money.

Sincerely and with Love,
Brentwood Photography


Business is increasingly a two-way street; it's not all about pleasing the client at any cost. It's about mutual respect. While mixing business and politics may seem ill advised, sometimes politics get in the way of said respect. Kudos to Brentwood for not refusing to swallow his pride for the sake of a business deal.

Why Women are Putting Makeup on HALF Their Faces

The shame about makeup

Why Women are Putting Makeup on HALF Their Faces

Why Women are Only Putting Makeup on HALF Their Faces

Trends come and trends go, but why in the world are women painting exactly half of their faces in makeup then posting selfies online?

It started with beauty vlogger Nikkie's viral video (below), in which she proudly denounces "makeup shaming." Her seven-minute clip was watched more than 17 MILLION times - and endlessly discussed via the  #thepowerofmakeup hashtag - proving that women are deeply attached to the fun of using make-up. 

And Nikkie's message is one that women have since taken to heart, driving many to put on their best - or half of their best, as it were - faces forward on social media. 

Wearing makeup isn't, in their words, misleading or false advertising. It isn't about wanting to hide or be something you are not.

Personally, I'm not a heavy makeup wearer, but that's primarily because a) I'm lazy and b) utterly clueless when it comes to achieving the kind of artistry these fine ladies have mastered. My split profile would look amateurish at best, clownish at worst.

Of course everyone has their comfort levels and personal taste when it comes to the quantity and the palette. 

While it may sound obvious, user afifa_'s comment is on point: "It's ok if you love wearing makeup. It's also ok if you don't like makeup. You do you. You don't have to force anyone to do or like something they don't want to."