Humans of MAC—01.23.15

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Featuring Patricia C.

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“What do you struggle with the most?”
“I struggle the most when I’m being too hard on myself or if I don’t do as well on a test as I should’ve. It’s really hard for me to accept that even though I put in my best effort, it isn’t always enough for me to get the best marks.”
Hang in there, Marauders! Only one more week left of exams!

Humans of MAC—01.09.15

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Featuring Abby L.

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“I went hiking last summer at Waterton. It was a one or two hour hike, and it was my first time actually hiking that far. At first I wanted to give up because the trails never seemed to end, but when I got to the end, I saw the sun…and that gave me hope. It was pretty amazing standing at the top of the mountain because you had a really good view of everything.”

“Was there a time in your life when you felt the same way?”

“Yes, even in the simple things like finding a job. It is a struggle. You get rejected sometimes, but eventually you get accepted and it feels pretty rewarding.”

The Art of Levitation Photography

Haley Dang, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

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Ever heard of “levitation photography”? To put it simply, it’s when someone takes a photo that involves people or objects seemingly levitating in mid-air (it’s pretty self-explanatory). The photo above was taken by Ian Lott, a photographer on Flickr; it demonstrates the basis of what we’re going into today (check out his page to see more of his photography).

The photographer who really got me into this particular type of this photography is Natsumi Hayashi. I discovered her back in 2010, and to this day I check out her blog all the time to see Today’s Levitation. She lives in Japan with her cat, and her photos revolve around “levitating” self-portraits. While running around Japan and other various places, she takes photos of herself levitating in various public places. What really draws you to the photos is how otherworldly and seamless her photos are. The way she takes them make them appear completely effortless and helps to capture the moment in a way that’s almost nostalgic. If you take time to examine each photo carefully, you can see that there’s so much precision in the composition of each one. The way she takes her photographs brings out the colours of the landscape in order to compliment her levitation that much more.

If you’re interested, I definitely suggest checking out her work, which can be found here. It’s definitely worth your time to review her artistic vision of what levitation photography is all about. On her About page, she even includes some pointers on how you can do levitation photograph, too! If you have a camera, anything is possible.

While you’re at it, why not check out some of the other photographers who have done levitation photography? Here’s a link to a blog post of 50 different photos taken by people who have explored this form of photography. Unsurprisingly, you’ll see some of Natsumi Hayashi’s work included in the thread.

I hope you enjoy the art that is levitation photography—Natsumi Hayashi is worthy of being at the top of your list of notable contemporary photographers!

The Pomodoro Method: A Guide to Efficient Studying

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer

​The holiday break is behind us and the dreary reality of school has made its depressing long-awaited return. We all know what that means: studying for finals! For those who need a little more organization and structure to their studying, the Pomodoro Method is an awesome way to increase productivity and maximize the amount of tasks crossed off of your To-Do list. The key to this method is working in short bursts of focused work; that means no social media, no texting, no calls, and no distractions! Here’s how it works:

  1. Have a list of specific tasks that need to be done.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on your task until the 25 minute interval is up. Stay focused the entire time!
  4. Take 3-5 minute breaks in between study periods.
  5. After your fourth 25-minute interval, take a longer 15-30 minute break.

If you actually try to work intensively without having your mind wander for 25 minutes, you may find it extremely difficult at first. This is where discipline comes in. Eventually, you’ll get used to the pace of this study method and your mind and stamina will adapt accordingly. Sacrificing a few days of fun in favour of dedicated studying isn’t the end of your social life, and it’s only for your own benefit.

It’s best if you have a specific plan of tasks that need to be completed so you know exactly what you will be doing during your next 25-minute interval. Having goals that need to be completed will increase your focus because you’ll know exactly what needs to be done. If used correctly, you will see a significant increase in productivity and a definite decrease in stress.

​By the way: in case you were wondering why it’s called the Pomodoro Method, the man who devised this method used a timer in the shape of a tomato (a “pomodoro” in Italian) as he tested his method. Happy studying, Marauders! (Well, it won’t be happy…but you’ll survive).