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Rainy Mood: background sounds of a stormy day

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By Lesya Westerman in Cool Websites on Friday 3 February 2012

If the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains, and you’re elsewhere, Rainy Mood can become the go-to tab to have open whilst browsing the Internet. With a simple purpose of providing the background sounds of a stormy day, Rainy Mood is perfect if you’re craving the pitter patter or just need soothing sounds of nature [listen below].

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Loved To Death: a whacky boutique in San Francisco

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By Lesya Westerman in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 January 2012

Not exactly synonymous of the ‘peace and love’ movement the Haight is famous for, but Loved To Death is my favorite shop on the street. Carrying everything from controversial historic items such as KKK robes to taxidermy animals and skulls, this boutique is perfect for anyone who appreciates oddities and slightly frightening items. Bonus: a […]

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Vintage cameras at the online Lomography store

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By Lesya Westerman in Cool Websites on Wednesday 11 January 2012

Despite Kodak’s recent bankruptcy, film is making a comeback in the form of toy and specialty-effects cameras. Suitable for nearly any age and varying levels of photographic skill, Lomography.com is highlighting the relevancy of 35mm and 120 films. They offer a selection of great starters— such as Holgas — and move up to more experimental […]

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Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival

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By Lesya Westerman in New Events on Wednesday 11 January 2012

Noir City is back for their tenth year at the historic Castro Theater in late January, dishing up the best of film noir classics. Double-features on a bargain with people who similarly appreciate this underestimated art form. Nothing better than that.

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Vietnamese cuisine at San Francisco’s Tu Lan

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By Lesya Westerman in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 January 2012

Situated in a bedroom-sized space on the edge of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, this Vietnamese cuisine haven is well worth any druggies or prostitutes you might encounter on the way there. Inexpensive and serving up large portions, there are dishes to satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Try my favorite, #74: Bean Cake, Mixed Veg and […]

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Phantasmagoria: photos by Lesya Westerman

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By Lesya Westerman in New Photography on Tuesday 10 January 2012

Phantasmagoria is my most recent series of photographs, focusing on creating images that hover between illusion and reality. Chock full of anonymity, motion, rich colors, and just enough drama to make you a tad uncomfortable. Still in the beginnings, I’ll be creating an image a week to add to this definitive portfolio.

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Psychedelic organ-driven garage rock from The Hypnotic Eye

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By Lesya Westerman in New Music on Tuesday 10 January 2012

Just when you thought organs were better left as church intimidation tactics, London-based band The Hypnotic Eye revitalizes them. Though they’re still in the process of recording their debut LP, the released tracks Fly On The Wall and Readin’ Your Will prove that psychedelic organ-driven garage is where it’s at.

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