Social media’s effort of recovery during Hurricane Harvey

At the time of this writing, #HurricaneHarvey is an active tropical cyclone causing catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas.

So many calls came into 911 in the Houston area this past weekend, many began turning to social media for help. Facebook activated its Safety Check, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army accepted donations via text message, and a Reddit thread was kept up-to-date with news, requests and information to aid in the effort of recovery.

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Atlanta, Georgia

This past weekend I ventured to Atlanta, Georgia for a wonderful friend’s wedding weekend. As it was an Indian ceremony, there were pre- and post-wedding rituals and celebrations from Friday to Sunday, but I was still able to catch a glimpse of the city. This marked my third visit to Atlanta and it was just as peachy as I remembered, but perhaps a bit warmer—26°C (80°F) with direct sun—but it’s August, so it’s to be expected.

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France: 10 Facts

Today marks France’s independence and the 226th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. A country rich in history, famed places such as Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, The Eiffel Tower and the Musee du Louvre quickly come to mind, but this only skims the surface of what France has to offer. To honor this grand country, here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about France:

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Lake Ozark, Missouri

Hello,

It has taken me ages to get this photo diary together — don’t ask me why — but here it is! A friend of my parents randomly lent us their condo and so we took advantage and made a nice long weekend. Unfamiliar? I was. Lake Ozark is a city Missouri mostly known for the Lake of the Ozarks — a large reservoir.

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South Bay, Los Angeles

Some new photos of my trip to the South Bay, a beautiful region in the southwest peninsula of Los Angeles county. My time was spent throughout the Beach Cities—Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach—exploring by bike and drinking at pubs. Here are my impressions from a past weekend with friends. This is how to spend a good day.

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