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  2. 14:55 30th Jul 2011

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    Cutting Edge Fashion for the Creative Costcutter

    Aluminum is the new black.

    As we all know, keeping up with the latest fashion can be a costly endeavor. We all want that 5th Avenue look, but not all of us have a 5th Avenue budget. With a little creative effort though, common household items can be utilized to create a look that will be the envy of your friends and guaranteed to turn heads. How much did it cost? That’s for you to to know. In this week’s handy fashion guide, we show how aluminum foil can be used to create a striking effect.

    Creating a simple yet sophisticated bracelet

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    Step 1: Cut a rectangle from a sheet of aluminuim foil, making sure the width is sufficient to fit around wrist. The shiny side should be used for best effect.

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    Step 2
    Squeeze the foil into a worm shape and curve until the ends meet and tape together.

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    Step 3
    Voila! Bracelet can be worn on either left or right wrist.

    Creating a stunning seagull brooch for work or that special occasion


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    Step 1

    Cut two pieces of foil, one slightly smaller than the other.

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    Step 2
    Scrunch large piece of foil into a snake shape, bend in middle and curve the ends outwards. Squeeze tips to form a point. Repeat procedure for smaller piece.

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    Step 3: Glue a safety pin to the back of each seagull. It may be handy to mark which is the back with a Sharpie to avoid confusion.

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    Step 4: Pin to blouse. In this example, due to the difference in seagull size, it looks like one is closer than the other. This is called 3-D.

    Accessorize
    Now that you have the skills you need, why not try creating your own designs? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Here are few examples to get you started.

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    Earring

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    Belt


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    Charm necklace



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    Strange hobby #12

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  5. James Franco and the Museum of Non-Visible Art

    Say what you will about James Franco’s acting but the man is a marketing genius. In collaboration with a conceptual art duo called Praxis, Franco announced his involvement with a new large-scale conceptual art project that sells invisible art.

    The Project’s acronym is MONA, not to be confused with the Museum of Neon Art or the Museum of Nebraska Art, but rather the Museum of Non-Visible Art. The MONA Kickstarter website (which does exist outside of the conceptual realm) describes the project as the following:

    Composed entirely of ideas, the Non-Visible Museum redefines the concept of what is real. Although the artworks themselves are not visible, the descriptions open our eyes to a parallel world built of images and words. This world is not visible, but it is real, perhaps more real than the world of matter, and it is also for sale.

    I thought this could be a large-scale prank but judging from James Franco’s bad jokes and appearing utterly bored co-hosting this year’s Oscars, it is obvious he has no sense of humor. Franco endorses the project fully and even contributes his own imaginary art, costumes, sculptures, and films. Franco’s “Red Leaves,” an imagined short film based on William Faulkner’s short story “Red Leaves,” shown below, can be purchased from the website for a $25 pledge:

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    Despite the website’s disclaimer, “After contributing real money, buyers will not receive any tangible piece of art and will instead be presented with a written description of their purchase,” someone still bought something.

    New media producer Aimee Davidson liked MONA’s idea, “We exchange ideas and dreams as currency in the New Economy” so much that she dropped $10,000 to purchase a card describing the idea of “Fresh Air.”

    The invisible piece is described as:

    A unique piece, only this one is for sale. The air you are purchasing is like buying an endless tank of oxygen. No matter where you are, you always have the ability to take a breath of the most delicious, clean-smelling air that the earth can produce. Every breath you take gives you endless peace and health. This artwork is something to carry with you if you own it. Because wherever you are, you can imagine yourself getting the most beautiful taste of air that is from the mountaintops or fields or from the ocean side; it is an endless supply.

    Sufferers of emphysema and anyone about to drown, please start queuing up.

    Michelangelo once said, “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands,” so maybe Praxis and Franco are on to something and I shouldn’t talk of the movement like it is a complete scam. Perhaps I will even give it a try. If anyone is interested in my art for creative people below, I charge $40,000 (OBO) and only accept unmarked 50-dollar bills.

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  6. 10:05 18th Jul 2011

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    Money, Sex, Work, Children and Housework can all be fixed with “discussion.”

    The top five topics couples argue about are money, sex, work, children and housework. A study, commissioned by Smart Money and Redbook states, “All couples argue from time to time, and, in a general sense, it turns out we’re all arguing about the same things.” These “same things” aren’t actually about things at all, but rather about seeking love, respect or attention within any relationship despite gender, age or culture. We probably didn’t need a study to tell us that we present what is truly bothering us through superficial outlets such as being outraged at finding teaspoons in the tablespoon tray.

    In fact, research from the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver found that couples who argue are more likely to be satisfied with their marriages than couples who withdraw from conflict. A common factor in many conflicts is when one partner is a spender and the other is a saver. Another is sex. Relationship psychotherapist Paula Hall says “Arguing about sex is nearly always about feeling loved and cared for and deeper needs for connection and affection.” Balancing work, housework and family also create rifts in relationships and the biggest area of disagreement for couples who have children is balancing time for each other with other responsibilities. In all cases, discussion is the major key to any conflict. Hall believes the key to relationship preservation is “Talk, talk, talk and more talk.” Males worldwide are rejoicing at this news.

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    Having “discussed” all five of the subjects within the last five days, which I assume is the standard apportion, my husband and I will be happily married until one of us dies a natural death or from a gunshot wound in his sleep:

    Him: What are you doing?

    Me: I’m writing a list of all the “discussions” we have had this week broken down into the five most common subjects “discussed” by couples.

    Him: What? What for?

    Me: For an article.

    Him: Bullshit you are. If I am in it you had better call me Bob or Jack so nobody knows it is me.

    Me: I’m calling you “him.”

    Him: What about Tom? Tom is a good name. You like Tom Hanks in that movie where he sooked about a lost volleyball.

    Me: Fine, I will refer to you as Tom.

    Housework

    Him: The dog food bag fell off the shelf and went everywhere when I was looking for the flashlight.

    Me: Did you clean it up?

    Him: No, you put the dog food on the shelf.

    Me: What’s that got to do with anything?

    Him: It was like a trap. If I set up a bucket of water over the doorway for you walk under, you would expect me to clean up after we had a good laugh about you being wet.

    Me: Just f*cking pick it up.


    Money

    Me: Did you use my expensive foundation for something

    Him: No, why?

    Me: The bottle is empty and I found a washcloth hidden in the cupboard covered in foundation.

    Him: Oh yeah, I did use that to fix my jacket…

    Me: To fix your jacket how?

    Him: Just to fix it, okay? Stop looking at me.

    Sex

    Him: Don’t throw that out, I was going to have a look.

    Me: Oh really? What do you need to look through the Victoria’s Secret catalog for?

    Him: To pick out something I think would look nice on you.

    Me: Hmmm…

    Him: … and then buy it for you. As a present. Because everything in there would look better on you than on the models.

    Me: I’ll accept that answer.

    Work

    Him: Would you be able to FedEx a parcel for me tomorrow?

    Me: I have to be at work at 7am and have two meetings before lunch which I will have to eat at my desk because I have a brochure and changes to the website to complete before 5.

    Him: Couldn’t you just drop it off on your way to the bank?

    Me: I didn’t say I had to go to the bank.

    Him: Can you go the bank?

    Children

    Him: If we had a big enough house, I’d like to have ten children.

    Me: And it would be me who had to change all the diapers.

    Him: Yes, but I’d do everything else.

    Me: What’s everything else?

    Him: Everything. You could just relax until a diaper needs changing. You like reading so it’s a pretty good deal for you.

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  7. Hermaphrodite Butterfly Hatches in London Museum, Plans To Take Up Acting

    A small hermaphroditic miracle has occurred at the Natural History Museum in London. In mid-June, a large mixed-sex butterfly hatched at the museum’s annual Sensational Butterflies exhibition and is receiving a great deal of media attention due to its androgynous attributes.

    A member of the Great Mormon (Papilio Memnon) species common to South Asia, the gynandromorphy butterfly - “gyn” meaning female and “andro” meaning male - has 50/50 split markings with pale flecks of blue, red, and tortoiseshell on the female side and darker colorings on the male side. Its sexual organs are also half and half, with one antenna being longer than the other with messier tendencies.

    The museum houses 4.5 million butterfly specimens, only 200 of which are mixed-sex. Gynandromorphism occurs if the sex chromosomes do not properly separate during initial division of a fertilized egg, or when two sperm fertilize an egg with two sex chromosomes, instead of a single one. Gynandromorphism in lobsters, spiders, and crabs has also been observed, and while it also occurs in the natural world, species with similar markings between males and females are more difficult to spot.

    TMR gained access for a brief interview with the butterfly, which likes to be called “Gynny.” When asked how Gynny felt about gaining fame for being mixed-sex, it said, “Baby, I was born this way.” Gynny also spoke of feeling completely at puparium in the limelight and plans to take up acting.

    The butterfly fluttered at being called the Jamie Lee Curtis of the Lepidopteran world, believing if that were the case then the Sensational Butterflies exhibition should be charging more than £3.50 per adult ticket and £12 for families.

    Now middle-aged at three and a half weeks old, Gynny intends to spend the rest of its days mostly playing with itself while still carving out a bit of time to amuse visitors until the exhibition closes September 11.

    Butterflies typically have only about a one-month life span, but being the rarity it is, Gynny will remain on display as part of the Museum’s Lepidoptera collection. While lying lifeless in a glass case might seem dull, Gynny believes that in showcasing its ability to entertain without movement, it will be quickly compared to its acting idol Keanu Reeves, and hopes to be cast in the lead role for Matrix 4

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  8. Zombie Warnings Infecting American Highways

    Zombie warnings have been reported across America from California to Northeastern Canada this summer. In typical fashion of government owned news agencies (all of them), these stories are being covered up or passed off as pranks by hackers, which coincidentally are also a government invention. Luckily a few years ago, Jalopnik released a report on how to hack electronic signs. So-called Internet conspiracy theorists, or as I refer to them, truth activists, have been putting this knowledge to good use ever since.

    The government has never been fully capable of squelching all zombie reports, dating back to the 1949 zombie outbreak in the Midwestern United States. A leaked zombie capture in July 2010  brought the impending pandemic into light when a car full of “people dressed as zombies,” later confirmed to be actual zombies, crashed near downtown Portland. The detained undead were taken to the hospital for head removal, but a few escaped on foot and are now quickly making their way across our highways and byways.

    On July 12 in Danville, Vermont, commuters were warned of “Raging zombies 1 mile.” On July 10, a road sign on Highway 1 in San Francisco read, “Zombies Plundering SF.” In late June, near St. John’s Bay in Newfoundland, signs declared, “Zombie Invasion! Run!” and “Save Yourselves! Flee!!!” And, a road sign along a northern Kentucky interstate warned motorists of “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.”

    Sightings of the quickly multiplying brain eaters have been also reported in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and probably in many other states.

    These reports all have one thing in common: Government-controlled news agencies are blaming hackers for spreading the method for manipulating road sign control boxes. However, we informed citizens know the truth and can refer to the world’s #1 reliable news source closing its doors after 168-years of conspiracy involvement as a prime example.

    The Center for Disease Control released a Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse report in May, played off as an attention-grabbing approach to flood or earthquake emergencies, but it is mostly useless when it comes to warding off zombies. To best prepare we must familiarize ourselves with zombie behavior. I recommend consulting the “rules” in Zombieland, a 2009 documentary that follows the creator of Facebook on a road trip after a zombie apocalypse. Also remember that zombies have evolved from the slow-moving creatures George Romero tried to warn us about in Night of the Living Dead. They are now faster and smarter as portrayed in so-called “fictional” films like the 28 Days series and Dawn of the Dead.

    If you are preparing to pack a years’ worth of quality time into one week of travel with those you are obligated to spend time with, don’t let zombie threats deter you from having fun. Just remember to be prepared, travel light, check the backseat, and always double-tap.

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  9. 16:20 1st Jun 2011

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  10. 15:31 26th May 2011

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