The Recommender: Joel Arbaje, Online Photo Editor And King Of Selfies

The three best things Fast Company‘s online photo editor found on the Internet this week.

Joel, rat tamer and selfie aficionado.

Name: Joel Arbaje
Role at Fast Company: Online Photo Editor
Twitter: dissatk
Titillating fact: Joel originally wanted to be a veterinarian. For a while, he was a Rat Laboratory Technician at Queens College, where he tended to the needs of the tiny rodents. In high school, he was a pet groomer. These days, he’s a photographer, illustrator, and designer. For his latest project, Joel is taking a selfie every day for a year, and posting each photo to Instagram.


Things he’s loving:

1. Comedy Central’s new stand-up app
I’m a huge fan of stand-up comedy, so this is amazing to me. I usually go to the East Village Comedy Club whenever I can to see live bits. I’ve seen a lot of headliners come and surprise us there. Jim Gaffigan was my favorite surprise, and it was free.

2. NK’s new album; Hanni El Khatib’s new album
I love music. People come to me all the time for new music suggestions, including some people in the office. These two albums, I believe, are classic pieces that you can play straight through and never encounter a dull moment.


3. The “Final Fantasy XV” trailer
I am not a big gamer, but Final Fantasy is the one series I can always enjoy because of its strategy and story. The 15th installment of Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy” game franchise was unveiled this week at the E3 conference. Watching the trailer, I was transformed back into my younger self.

[Image: Flickr user Droid Gingerbread]


About the author

Jessica Hullinger is a London-based journalist who covers science, health, and innovation. She currently serves as a Senior Editor at


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