The Site Source 2.0

Time for a little spring, well, summer, cleaning, folks! The site source 2.0 is rolling out and I’ll try to be more frequent with my postings!

Quote of the week:

“It’s not the quest to achieve one perfect goal that makes you better, it’s the skills you develop from doing a volume of work.” – James Clear, Why Trying to Be Perfect Won’t Help You Achieve Your Goals (And What Will), http://jamesclear.com/repetitions

App of the week: Wedge

So think if Snapchat and your Group messaging and calendar had a threesome which resulted in a love-child, you’d get Wedge:

Why it’s worth downloading: Shopping with housemates, hosting pregames, and other youth-filled collaborative activities
http://www.getwedge.com

So, here’s 3 things to read for the week (and yes, its Tinder-themed):

Tinder for jobs, called Jobr, gets $$$$ funding: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/17/jobr-2m/

Tinder for places, called Yeti:
http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/24/yeti-is-like-tinder-for-places/

Tinder’s current lawsuit, Microsoft’s new direction, and Lyft’s obstacles to NYC entry:
http://techcrunch.com/video/tinder-drama-microsofts-new-direction-lyft-launching-in-nyc/518315799/

Here’s 3 blogs to check out:

Capital Markets Guru, Barry Ritholtz (where I get a few of my articles from):
http://www.ritholtz.com/

Building better habits with the behaviorist brainchild, James Clear:
http://jamesclear.com/

Entrepreneur with finance and business resources:
http://www.zsonnenblick.com/brain-pump.html

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Scouting Updates for 2014

So, long time no see readers! As my new years resolution (though a month late; better late than never?), I am going to try to blog more and more and more. Yay! And even better, I am going to start taking requests! If you post on my page that you need a good site for restaurant scouting, or event perusing, or apartment hunting, or whatever, I will search the sites for you, being your source for the site you are after( I would say keeping you plugged in, but I think I’ve made my point about the purpose of this blog)!

Apartments

Today, as I am perusing Springwise, I come across this article about Flat Club, an apartment sharing service that connects alumni all across the world. In need of a place to stay New Years Eve? Spring Break? Job Hunting? Why not network with Flat Club? You get the benefit of connecting through your alma mater for housing!

“It’s like staying at a friend’s home or renting to a trusted friend, when you need a place to stay for a few days, a couple weeks, or a few months” – Flat Club Review

Beauty

Camille Styles

If you havent heard about Camille Styles, you should! Think of this site as Instructables and Beauty Tutorials put together. For those visual learners out there, look no further for beauty tutorials from bangs, to cat eye, to smokey eyes, to blow outs, etc. Usually, I am a big fan of going on pinterest if I am looking for a beauty-how-to, but Camille Style has it all, even food and entertaining sections. Check out their tutorial on  the Cat Eye Look .

Cat Eye Tutorial by Martha Lynn Kale | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

Ride-Sharing Review

 Uber vs Lyft

 

 

 

 

Uber:

Pros

  • The “fancy” factor; Who doesn’t like the swag of a sleek, black car?
  • Punctuality and Presence; unlike lyft, uber is not a non profit and will be there when they come. Not to mention they are usually large in number across the city because they have been around a lot longer

   Cons

  • Costly rides; Again, not a non profit, so make with the dough or say uh oh
  • No social aspect, most of the uber drivers act like cab drivers, so, well, its a toss up as to whether you become best friends or remain strangers with your cabbie. Just got to hope for the best I guess?

Lyft

 Pros

  • (usually) cheaper: thanks to “suggested donations” (i.e., you dont have to pay when you use lyft, but if you dont pay on your rides, then the drivers can rank you low and reduce your chances of getting picked up the next time by another lyft driver- so be friendly and courteous to your driver!)
  • the social aspect; you can have a conversation with your driver, and they are usually very nice, and even might have entertainment or beverages to lure you with so you give your drivers a high rating as well! (I kid you not, one of my lyft drivers had a guitar and water bottles for all of his riders!

   Cons

  • Unpredictable pick up times; With lyft, your driver has to select your first to be picked up, so if nobody wants to pick you up because you are, say, 20 minutes away from the closest driver, then you’re a bit out of luck! Tip: if there are drivers less than ten minutes away, youre in the clear. Otherwise, I would opt for a cab or another app!
  • “Notice me!” Factor: Ok, so, if you cant see the pink mustache on someone’s car because they put it on the dashboard or don’t have one, then it can be hard to find your lyft driver and have to wave your arms around like a monkey and can tend to look like a crazy person trying to hail your driver.

 

Gadget of the Month

LG Bluetooth Headset

These earbuds are by far the most useful gadget I have come across (and yes, I have tried Google Glass). This headset allows you to talk on the phone while your phone is in another room and listen to music from your ipod. The key feature of this headset is the buttons: there are buttons on the headset for both music listening (play, pauses, volume) and phone answering (answer the call, callback last person, hangup the call). Click on the picture to check them out on Amazon!

Side note: Also, if you have long hair or can hide the headset under your collar, then your have your own incognito listening device to keep you entertained when that certain someone in your life wants to keep talking, and you want to stop listening. Yeah, keep calm and jam on. They wont even know youre not listening. Its awesome!

 

 

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Updates! 7 Sites to look out for!

So I know I’ve been pretty bad about not blogging the last few months, but I’m back! So what’s new in the website realm? Here’s some sites I’ve come across that are definitely worth sharing- from home design to group projects to inventions- hopefully one of these will strike your fancy

 

Inventions/Innovations: SpringWise

Group Collaboration/Management: Groopt

Company Info/Job Info/Interview Insight: Glassdoor

Online Shopping: Dynamite

Cute Swimsuits: South Beach Swimsuits

Apartment Design: Apartment Therapy

DIY Greek Crafts: DIY Greek 

 

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Cool facts about Israel

Cool Facts:
  • Tel Aviv is 7 Hours ahead of Eastern Time. So, it might be 8am Eastern time, but 3pm Tel Aviv time!
  • Coke and other soft drinks are much more expensive here!
  • Starbucks does not exist here (it was shut down a couple years ago); The substitute is Aroma Coffee
  • Taxis do not accept credit cards here (bring cash!)
  • Service Taxis are common in Israel; The Monit Sherut (service taxi) holds up to 10 people and goes along bus routes!
  • Tip is around 10-15% usually
  • Separate checks for meals are not common!
  • The malls are large and complicated with very odd layouts!
  • Cats are everywhere! but actually….and not the ones for petting usually
  • The currency in Israel is the NIS, new israeli shekel!
  • A game people play on the beach in israel is called Matkot- a game between two players, each with a ping pong paddle, hitting a small rubber ball back and forth (like tennis) along the beach
  • The produce in Israel is much better! Except you cannot find every type of produce like limes!
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Amsterdam last minute trip

So here I am, sitting and eating my starbucks muffin and latte while waiting to get in line for security at the Amsterdam airport on my way home. Minus the no starbucks-giftcard rule at starbucks  (please explain how a starbucks gift card is not accepted at Starbucks?) and my best friend not showing up to the I Amsterdam sign on time because he cant read a train schedule. Besides that, I have had an amazing time here in Amsterdam and met a lot of down to earth type of people. It was a radical change in environment from Tel Aviv to Amsterdam. The weather was in the mid 60s everyday- a great change from high 80s in Tel Aviv. My diet consisted of the basic staples of Amsterdam: waffles, nutella, kinder eggs (the surprise kind with the little toy inside), and cheese. The people were….well…not Israeli. The locals of Amsterdam were a bit more tame, less assertive, and in some cases more liberal-natured than Israelis (or maybe I was just fooled by the number of facial piercings I saw among the Dutch youth).

As for the main sites, I had the chance to explore the Van Gogh museum, Sex museum, medieval torture museum, hemp museum, I amsterdam sign, house of Anne Frank, Vondlepark, Tulip market,  Dam square, Leidsplein square, and Rembrandt square. I also visited some of the first coffee shops in Amsterdam, the Bulldog, which is also the world’s only five star hostel (according to them). On Sunday, Vondlepark is filled with bikes strewn along the tall grass hedges abandoned by their owners who gather for free jazz in the park every Sunday afternoon. Oh yeah, Amsterdam is a pretty flat city, so everyone cycles (and yes, you can get run over by a bike (or tram since they run on the streets) if you try stepping into the bike lane- almost happened to me). The cool thing is that all the bikes come in all shapes in sizes- from bikes with wheelbarrows in front to bikes that have a seat for babies in the front.

However, if you ever go to Amsterdam, buy a GPS or make sure you have a background in cartography. I only say this because I got lost one too many times on an exorbitant number of Dutch streets. If I could go again, I think I would go with someone who likes getting lost as much as I do- just so we could explore the city more and feel just as accomplished when we finally understand our way around Amsterdam- or, at least, enjoy the gorgeous view of the many canals adjacent to the cobblestone roads on a sunny day in Amsterdam.

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Israel Post 2

Well, here I am finally getting a chance to sit down and write all about my adventures in Israel. At the moment, I am in a coffee shop 30 feet below my apartment while waiting for my laundry t0 finish. Today I switched apartments from a seaside view of Tel Aviv to a insider look of the Tel Aviv city life in Dizengoff center. Because I moved today, I had been anticipating the 4th of July as move-out-in day rather than American independence day. Even at work I had not really received much notice of the day aside from the constant Facebook status reminders. I am glad to say that I have become pretty acclimated to my weekly routine at my internship. Because Shabbat is a religious holiday for the Jewish state (sunset Friday night to sunset Saturday night), it acts more like a Sunday would in America. Thus, a typical “Friday night out” happens on Thursdays in Israel. My week starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday, where I head to work from 9am to 3pm, then come back to the apartment and usually go for a run and do some muscle exercises in Independence Park (a small park in Israel that overlooks the beach), and cook myself dinner or go to an Oranim internship activity. Independence Park overlooks the Orthodox section of the beach, where men and women alternate on the days they can swim in the beach and the Tel Aviv Marina. I particularly enjoy the sea breeze rustling the leaves of the thick palm trees and the bright green grass  (the park is on a hill) as I am running through the park. Whenever I look out to the sea and get that first brush of wind, I am able to empower myself to refrain from shortening my work-out.

Yesterday after work, I stopped by a family friend’s extended family member’s bookstore in Israel (which I had been passing by on my way to work and had not even noticed!) and went to an Israeli Soldier Panel hosted by my internship Program. All of the soldiers were not required to go into the IDF (they were either immigrants, american citizens, or were born in Israel and had moved), but chose to go into the army anyways. For those of you who do not know about the Israeli army, a basic explanation is that the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) requires Israeli citizens at the age of 18 to join the army and stay for 2 years (if you are a girl) or 3 years (if you are a guy), then remain on reserves (you can get called to your base at any time, but usually you do not have that situation) until your first child is born or your mid 40s (not completely sure on that rule). From listening to the soldiers’ experiences yesterday, I learned that only 10% of the IDF is combat, and 90% is support (field intelligence, desk jobs, basically not on the battlefield). Also, the commanders are not allowed to speak to the soldiers in anything but Hebrew, even if you don’t understand! At the end of the panel, I asked the soldiers if any of them had challenges gaining family acceptance for joining the IDF. One of the girls said that her parents (who were completely against it) shunned her for 3-4 months. The panel yesterday made me feel a bit more comfortable in knowing that there are others out there everyday who want to serve (and who make it through) in the IDF. More reflections to come (when a dryer full of clothes is not calling my name).

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Israel Trip Highlights

As I get plugged back into the internet, I have been trying to recall EVERYTHING I have done in Israel thus far. If I did not write things down along the way with whatever writing instrument I could find, we would have a much shorter list. Of course, there will be more to come as I explore Israel.
Of course, no travel blog is complete without pictures! Enjoy the slideshow!

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  • I have been to an orthodox reform synagogue and feminist conservative services
  • I buy my food usually on Fridays from Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv’s best and most bustling open marketplace!
  • Rafting and ziplining down the Jordan River
  • Visited an ancient military outpost at the Golan Heights
  • Spent Shabbat at a kibbutz pool overlooking golan heights
  • Rode a camel in a sundress barefoot
  • Made Israeli soldier friends, and taught an Israeli some American slang
  • Tasted one of the best plates of hummus in Israel!
  • Gone to the dead sea twice more!
  • Ein Gedi nature reserve: has small waterfall right in the middle of the desert!
  • Received Bedouin-style Hospitality complete with family style dinner on carpets, tea and coffee tasting, drum circles, question and answer session with a Bedouin man, and sleeping in tents in the desert
  • Prayed at the Kotel
  • Saw an Orthodox-child Conga line!
  • Stayed at the Tel Aviv Beach until Sunset!
  • Met people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Germany, England, and Argentina in the Hostel
  • Soaked my feet in the clear blue rushing waters of Dan Gardens/Nature Reserve
  • Met the number one tour guide of all of Taglit!
  • Boat ride along the kinneret with a drum circle on-board!
  • Learned the craft of glass blowing
  • Spent time in Ma’aleh, Orthodox film school and saw two short israeli films
  • Archaelogical dig in the caves of the time of the maccabees
  • Visited mt herzl memorial
  • Got to hear the Director of Birthright give a talk to our group about being Jewish!
  • At my internship, I traveled with them to an Israeli advertising agency and got to sit in on a meeting with my company and theirs and listen in Hebrew!
  • Checked out Caesaria (again)
  • Walked along the shores of ashkelon
  • Explored the ancient city of Tsfat and a Sephardic Temple
  • Ran down Masada
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