things from around the internet vol. 2

With all the research and group work going on in my last year, this round-up is distinctly presentation-centric. This might be a long overdue post considering I’m 3 weeks away from finishing my undergrad but I’m sure you will be able to make use of these tools at some point in your life!

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getting started on sustainability

Companies are doing it, governments are doing it, but you as a private consumer are the most important factor in creating a sustainable world! This is something that is brought up often in my seminars, especially in my recent ones on global environmental governance. As much as states and governments should be laying the groundwork for sustainable infrastructure and the large-scale changes needed at the global level, at the end of the day what truly needs to happen is people deciding that the future of our planet is important enough to change the way we act.

Obviously, a super easy task, let’s just all get started with that right away.

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best photo locations on campus – self-timer edition

So you’re on campus and you look cute but you have no friends willing to take your fit pic. If this is not a story you are familiar with, then you are very lucky. Or you don’t really care about taking outfit pictures so this post might not be for you.

If you do have pals on campus who love (tolerate) #OOTDs, you can obviously still partake in photography in these locations but you already have the benefit of another human who can hold the camera. The campus is your oyster in that case.

However, if you are like me and you either feel bad about making your friends take the outfit picture or they don’t happen to be around, here are some places you can go to!

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spotlight on: one king north

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Unlike most of my spotlight series on cafes and public spaces, One King North is actually a new coworking space in Uptown Waterloo at King/Erb. When they first opened they only had a takeaway coffee shop that was open to the public but they’re also experimenting with other combinations of their coworking space and the coffee space so you now have a chance to see what it’s like inside.

During the week (Monday to Friday) anyone is free to stop in an grab a coffee (They have Phil and Sebastian beans!) or baked snacks (Portuguese tarts!!!). They also have 4 small 2-top tables available in the cafe section of the building.

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On Saturdays the main floor becomes just a regular cafe so you can finally hunker down and do some work here! It’s a really lovely space and I enjoyed the atmosphere when I went this last weekend. One perk of the fact that it’s usually a coworking space means that there are outlets everywhere so you never have to worry about your laptop dying here.

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Additionally, if you or someone you know are actually looking for a coworking space I believe they still have some availability left – just take a look at their memberships page.

Their public hours on Saturdays are from 8-5 so you should pencil some study time/coffee dates into your calendar!

(PS – the wifi password is onekingnorth)

guide to thrifting in kitchener/waterloo

Cards on the table, I was definitely one of those people who started thrifting before Macklemore decided to make it a whole thing because secondhand is cheap and I loved the weird thrill that comes with finding something unique or something that’s actually way more expensive than the thrift store thinks it is. As a student, thrifting lets me shop within a limited budget and also lets me practice slightly more mindful consumerism. As accessible as fast fashion is, it’s hard to justify the price tag when you are (painfully!) aware that the company isn’t 100% ethical in their practices. Talk about problematic faves.

So if you’ve been wanting to get into thrifting I have some tips for you in this post as well as recommendations on where to go if you’re in Kitchener-Waterloo!

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budget buys – under $10

For when you want to be a consumer but also don’t want to feed too much into the capitalist agenda. Trick – all your consumerist tendencies feed into the capitalist agenda. But actually, these are just some of my favourite and most-used things that I think everyone could use that are also under $10 because my wallet still hurts after the holidays.

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apartment tour – v. 2(017)

Hi Waterloo, it’s us, we’re back! We moved all of a block down from our last place and added a new roommate – hi Hannah! The apartment hunting process itself was a headache and a half and it did not help that all three of us were working in Toronto during the spring term and couldn’t physically be around to do viewing and scope things out. There were envoys, countless photos and videos, a revival of the house hunt Trello board, and a truly bizarre leasing signing situation but ultimately we were not living in the SLC this year and for that, we are truly grateful.

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spotlight on: four all ice cream

Distinct and reliable signs of fall:

  • trees changing colours
  • people bringing out their long sleeves and sweaters
  • the insane lengths of the bookstore/Tims/Dollarama lines

After being gone from campus for yet another 8-month stint for my last two co-op terms, coming back to KW was a weird experience. Why is it so crowded on campus? Why is it impossible to find a cutlery tray? Why did I briefly think that I could survive 3 seminar courses? All excellent questions with no real answers.

In the two days it took me to finish writing and editing this post we have found a cutlery tray (a new unsullied Dollarama opened up on Erb) and I made the decision to save my sanity and switched out of one of the seminars.

What really helped me transition back to campus life was the fact that while I was gone, a new ice cream place opened up in Kitchener and I have been waiting months to try it out. Now I could go on and on about how “for someone who is lactose intolerant I shouldn’t love ice cream as much as I do” but that’s old and tired – unlike the products at Four All.

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what’s in my bag | june 7th 2017

This is the Millennial Working in the Big Cityâ„¢ edition of What’s in My Bag. (Here is the previous edition if you want to take a peek. I also did not realize until just now that it’s been 2 years since my first bag post.)

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3 instagram hacks that aren’t clickbait (probably)

Header credits: https://unsplash.com/search/phone?photo=YsJkVNMH_Q4

It’s pretty difficult not to sound like a clickbait article as soon as you bring numbers into the equation (ha!) so I decided to just steer into the skid. Also because my alternative title was going to be the 3 (Instagram) Hackmigos which feels like it would’ve been worse. You’re welcome.

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1 // POSTING FROM A COMPUTER

I’m just going to start with this one because it’s obviously the most exciting one. For too long Instagram users have been unable to post from anywhere other than a phone/tablet. This is obviously fine if you’re a casual user or if you don’t do extensive editing on your desktop but if you do fall into that category of users who have always had to hop their files between camera > desktop > phone for posting, you’re probably going to be super pumped.

Here’s how you do it on Chrome: open an incognito window > more tools > developer tools > click on the mobile/tablet icon in the right section to toggle the device > log into Instagram > rejoice

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The area where your device toggle button (read: salvation) lies.

Okay now that I’ve gotten you all excited, here are the drawbacks:

  • you can’t post multiple pictures/album yet
  • you can only seem to rotate your image
  • there is no editing function not even for resizing or repositioning which part of the picture you want, so you better be uploading the exact thing that you want to be posted
  • you can’t save as a draft

But still, rejoice if you are ready to post the picture as is when you upload it!

2 // USING THE COLLECTION VIEW FOR POSTING SNEAK PEEKS OF NEW POSTS

Ever since stories became a thing on Instagram it seemed like everyone has switched from telling users to turn on post notifications (which is sporadically accurate and irritating at best) to posting notices in their story that there’s a new post. It makes sense since the stories are right at the top of the main page and it’s easier to tell people news that way than waiting for them to scroll down to your post (if they ever do – thanks algorithm).

I’ve noticed that most people just post a screenshot of their feed with the new post blocked out. I found a much nicer method of presenting your newest post in your story, it’s much less cluttered.

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Just save your post and then go to your saved posts and screenshot while doing a long press on the picture. It’ll blur out the background and present you with a nicely framed picture.

3 // SWIPE AND HOLD (CONTINUOUS ALBUM)

Honestly the first time I saw anything like the continuous album picture it was one of the top posts on r/Tinder.

“I hear girls like it when you have more than one picture in your bio.”

But then Instagram rolled out the functionality of posting multiple pictures and some super creative people (not me) immediately picked up on how it could be used in a similar fashion. My favourite examples are this comic by @adamtots and all of @camtwo‘s posts. She’s really where I picked up on the term #SwipeAndHold. My awkward screen recording doesn’t really do it justice, you should go check it out for yourselves!

I did give this method a shot myself which yielded pretty cool results that don’t translate well when you’re on desktop. The trickiest part is cropping your picture to the x:1 ratio before then further splitting it for the multiple posts.

ImageSplitter is the best site that I’ve found so far for this task – you can easily crop it to the correct aspect ration first then download and split that file. It’s also super handy if you want to make a 3 in a row pictures on your feed or a 3×3 square.


And that’s the three cool Instagram hacks (tricks) that I’ve learned recently! I hope it helps you with your ‘gram game. If you know other cool things that I should check out let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Vick