December 24, 2013
‘Beyonce’ — Beyonce
Many Facebook users were surprised on Friday the 13th with a notification announcing the release of Beyoncé’s fifth studio album. Hailed by many as “the year’s most brilliant release,” the album contains 14 brand-new songs and includes collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean, and, of course, her husband Jay-Z. By not promoting her album at all — no pre-release singles or teaser videos on YouTube — Beyoncé made its release a true surprise for fans worldwide. The album quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes within a few hours. As always, this is Beyoncé’s world, and we are just living in it.
‘These Broken Stars,’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Think “outer space Titanic.” This science fiction novel deals with the timeless love story of Lilac LeRoux, daughter of the most powerful man in the entire galaxy, and Tarver Merendsen, an army-enlisted son of a teacher and a poet. One night, the massive luxury spaceliner called The Icarus crashes, leaving the two teens to fend for themselves. With few resources and little information about their whereabouts, the pair makes a desperate trek to find other survivors and send for rescue.
August 20, 2013
Since Mark Griffith posted the video for Andrew Dougherty’s “Beijing State of Mind” to his YouTube channel July 9, it has gotten more than 119,100 views. The video is the culmination of 14 months of work, beginning in the 18 months he was recently in Beijing, China.
Griffith, 45, is a senior software manager for Amazon. From February 2011 to August 2012, his job took him to Beijing, where he continued his affinity for photography in the foreign landscape.
“I take my camera with me everywhere,” Griffith said.
The avid hiker and traveler said he is always shooting video clips and taking pictures.