IRIS by Mimi Zou
London based product designer Mimi Zou has completed “IRIS”, a biometrics enabled camera controlled by your eye. The camera works at the command of your blinks. It understands who you are by looking at your iris signature, and lets you capture exactly what you see by tracking your eye. This project brings about a refreshing new product experience, and challenge the existing interaction, typology and capabilities of cameras.
Year In Review. Part One.
Disclaimer: A couple of weeks ago I tweeted, “I’m going to hold myself to writing “A Year In Review” every May. I will celebrate my victories, learn from my defeats & plan what’s next.” So here’s part one.
Where has the time gone? I graduated from college one year and nearly two weeks ago. I am flipping out. Spending four years in a college town convinced me that once I was done everything was going to be perfect, despite the job crisis. I also thought I was the exception. I had four major internships over two years and I knew I had something the other applicants didn’t have. Experience? Kinda. Drive? Absolutely. After applying for 100 plus jobs between February and May, I started to realize that I was nothing close to the exception, but I was just like every other college student who had absolutely no idea what was coming next.
My dream was to move to New York City within a month. I’d snag an internship and live with my uncle until that internship became a job or I landed something else. At that point, even getting an internship was hard. Most summer internships had already started, and there I was emailing editors from my sofa, which I hadn’t left for days at a time.
The beginning of June was fun. It was still a celebratory period, but the celebration was coming to an end. I still didn’t have a plan and I still hadn’t made it to New York. Mid-June led me to my lowest of all lows. This was the moment I felt like my four years of undergraduate meant absolutely nothing and that everyone in my life lied to me. I hate to be that girl (not really) and quote Drake when I’m trying to be serious, but he said it perfectly: “You hate the fact that you bought the dream when they sold you one.” Oh Drake, but I do.
Up until mid June, I was convinced that I was invincible. Everyone in my corner told me I was a catch. They told me my luck would turn around because I deserved it. They told me no one had the experiences I had and that’s what made me a great candidate. I started to live in this dream world where I really believed that my favorite magazine was going to call offering me a position or that one of the jobs I applied for back in March finally stumbled upon my resume and couldn’t wait to talk to me. This was not the case. I became desperate. I applied at the Starbucks Coffee shops in my neighborhood. I had been slinging lattes for four years, so that couldn’t be too bad, right? Or what about the GAP? They were getting a chunk of my money anyway, so why not put in some work to earn income and a discount? I wasn’t sure if I wanted the money or I just wanted to be able to say, “I’m employed.”
Things turned around at the end of June. I discovered a company that I had never heard of and they were looking for a Marketing Assistant. I found the job on Twitter, which no one ever believes. (Combining words in the Twitter search bar is a hobby of mine.) After a few emails, phone interview and a second interview (which turned into my first day), I had a job. I couldn’t have been happier. I was starting to feel like everything was coming together. Two problems: I was part time and still not in New York. I couldn’t worry about that. I had to celebrate the victory of getting my first “real job” and enjoy the rest of my summer while I figured everything out.
It’s amazing to me how open many celebrities are with their lives. Fans have more access to their favorite artists now more than ever thanks to social media and other new outlets. I enjoy the intimate moments, but it makes me wonder if as fans we’ve grown to want too much. In this first segment of Rihanna’s “Road to Talk That Talk” documentary, we see Rih behind the scenes as she wraps up her LOUD tour and visits her family in Barbados.
I play it cool, and dig all jive, and that’s the reason I stay alive.
Rihanna for the May 2012 issue of ELLE. This seems so edgy for ELLE!
Vote for Dream Outside the Box, a program that exposes youth with lower resources to new career and extracurricular opportunities, to be recognized at the White House!
Dream Outside the Box is the brainchild of one of my friends, Kam Phillips. She’s set out to make a change in the Columbia community and she’s done just that. The kids of the Boys & Girls Club are exposed to everything from ballet to horseback riding. Her goal is to show them that there are other career paths outside of sports, music, etc. I support DOTB 110% and you should too. VOTE!
Enjoyed working on the Mardi Gras Decoded piece for Black Enterprise.
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