For our DazedDigital column we wrote an article about the aeshetics of e-cigs and their post-net vibes
Coffee, ice-coffee, Internet, honey and sambal are the first things which pop up in my mind when I’m asked about my addictions. I don’t consider myself as an addiction sensitive person. This is confirmed by the fact that I am an occasional smoker for over 10 years. A cigarette, with a drink in my hand, is my delightful sin, my casual revenge against “good sense”. It’s Saturday and tonight, I won’t smoke, I will vape.
While writing this article, I’m vaping an electronic cigarette. The ‘e’ in front of ‘cigarette’ is caused by the virtue of writing this article. Finally I bought one, it’s two years ago that e-cigarettes made it to our inspiration folder. As our eyes are focused to find paradoxical, twisted and ambiguous matters, it did not take much time for these battery powered healthy cigarettes to grab our attention. We noticed that e-cigs are being dissed as counterfeit ciggies but cancer sticks simply aren’t the future, in the twenty-first century we better serve our addictions in a healthy way.
As artists, we are obsessed with the future and genuinely attracted to visionary technology. We’re always looking for high-tech implications in all different places. What especially excites us is the technological liberation of the user, in this case the smoker.
We find expelling the (e-)cigarette too simplistic, smoking is part of humanity. Since ancient times, people do smoke in one form or the other. Also, state restrictions of personal habits have always freaked us out and prohibitions always made things only more fascinating. E-cigarettes allowed smokers to keep smoking their nicotine but this time without tar and 40 other evils. Currently, most medical professionals rate e-cigarettes as 99% harmless. So we can say that technology updated the old cigarette and made the damages smoking caused disappear.
Medically and morally, Smokers have longtime been demonized. In spite, or due to that, I frequently found smokers very sexy. It excites me to see an attractive smoker sensually inhaling his/her dangerous smoke while he/she knows that the cigarette is self-destructive. I find it exciting how smokers are taking risks for short lasting pleasures and satisfactions. Smokers provoke, break rules and they reveal an alluring human weakness. While smoking, they, at least the pretty ones, look naughty and decadent with a dreamy intellectual touch.
I don’t want to be nostalgic, thus I would like to go beyond the dark attraction of unhealthy smoking and move on to the safe plastic glow stick. E-cigarettes, their shiny steel tubes and LED lights, have their own cybernetic charisma. I also find it so powerful how an e-cigarette can transform a no into a yes: they don’t stink up your breath, brown your teeth, wrinkle your skin nor do they kill you. Their appeal is functional instead of romantic, perfectly in sync with our current obsessions with efficiency.
What about their artistic functions? Electronic cigs fit with cutting-edge dandies, post-internet aesthetics, tight and healthy bodies and other contemporary sensualities. They have a certain renewed sensation, a robotic one that combines the attraction of machinery with the notorious, inherently sexy, oral fixation. I like the sensation of the clean technological water-vapor around my face. It’s sexy and smart how the e-cigs separated the addictive part, the nicotine, and vanished the destructive parts like smoke and tar.
Some people consider an e-cigarette as the wimpy counterfeit of a cigarette but an e-cig has its own controversial and paradoxical badness. It’s ‘evil’ how the e-cig, disguised in a steal jacked of high tech luxury, continue the vaper’s nicotine addiction. But let’s be honest, bad habits are not only evil, they’re functional, they provide us with inspiration.
I would like vaping to become more innovative. Although I have sympathy for the artificial and mimical look of the current e-cig, I still find them too heavy and plastic. I want my personal vaporizer to be unique, light-weight and easy adjustable with my mood and style choices of the day.
Besides the possibility to choose between flavored e-juice like menthol, marlboro, organic piña colada or bubblegum, I would like to be able to optimize my nicotine hit with anti-wrinkle vitamins and teeth-bleaching breath refreshers. When I exhale, I would like the color of the vapor, aka my new hydrating face mist, to display my mood. This way the problem of anti-smoking fanatics with e-cigarettes “re-normalising smoking“, would also be solved. Meanwhile, I’ll stay an occasional smoker and an incidental vaper, waiting for the next big e-cig update.
For vapers with an indulgent lifestyleE-cigs design inpired by bullets
An iPhone inspired e-cig
My e-cig wardrobve
Stephen Dorff rose from the ashes
E-ciggy skin design
The jewelled ECM bling
From mojito to president e-juice flavour
Organic e-juice is the new nicotine
Outfit-matching glowing e-cigs
The Playboy Classic comes with a USB charger
Diamonds are a #VaperGirl’s best friend
LED enlightened nicotine fix
The ‘e’ from ego and electronic
A harmless throat hit
Fab starter’s kit
For vapers with an indulgent lifestyle
This entry was written by November 19, 2013 at 11:10 am, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Efficiency, Lifestyle, P&V for Dazed Digital, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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We’re now in Los Angeles to prepare our upcoming show at KesselsKramer.
The opening Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !
“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
European multi-media artists Pinar&Viola are having their debut show in the US and their coming out with a
bang. Their show “Blue Jeans On Thin Ice” is an interactive installation that shines a light on the handgun
violence issues we face in America. They will create a dome and shooting gallery entirely out of denim and
people will not buy the art, but shoot with a rifle to win it. The prize, or artwork in this case is a custom made
denim teddy bears. They’ll have a total of 62 teddy bears symbolizing the amount of mass gun shootings
that occurred in the US since the day Pinar&Viola were born.
“We find it such an imminent, important subject and we are surprised that due to the traditional narrowmindedness
of the country and the established gun companies that the country keeps on failing to take
The exhibition suggests a ground where people are free to satisfy their shooting needs, in a fantasy fun fair
format, while not harming anyone. They decided to take jeans as a metaphor and obsessively cover the
gallery because they find gun and jeans are both democratic. “One represents the American dream and the
other America’s nightmare.”
Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice !
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !
“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
ABOUT PINAR &VIOLA
As an eclectic young duo, coming from Istanbul and Amsterdam, currently living in Paris, they live, reflect
and initiate fast changing trends in their practice. This made them become today’s experts of avant-garde
image creation, working with galleries, publications and institutions who are the leaders in their line of
Photo credit: Isabella Rozendaal and Pinar&Viola
ABOUT KK GALLERY
KesselsKramer is an outlet for renowned artists to explore new stories, aesthetics or mediums they cannot
usually exhibit in a commercial gallery space. Work that is meaningful to the artist and to people who love art
and really good stories. KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton
Square in East London.
KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton Square
in East London.
Press materials + more info: email@example.com
963 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA, 90012
This entry was written by November 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm, filed under Art, Exhibition, Pinar&Viola, Various, Vernissage. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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We exhibited Scandal Aqua, our 2013 collection at the town hall of the 2nd arondissement of Paris, as part of Nuit Blanche. This collection is a visual scenario inspired by the latest political sex scandals, it expresses the mediatization and tabloidization of politics.
The town hall of Paris (la Mairie), with its political context and the church wall in its courtyard where the teenager girls were projected, was absolutely the best exhibition place for Scandal Aqua. You can find more information concerning the collection here.
This entry was written by October 17, 2013 at 11:09 am, filed under Ecstatic Surface Design, Exhibition, Graphic design, Paris, Pinar&Viola, Political glam, Published, Surface Collection, Vernissage. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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A reborn doll is a manufactured vinyl doll that has been transformed to resemble a human baby with as much realism as possible. Today there are a lot of understandable reasons why people choose not to have a (real) baby: poverty, crisis, unemployment, time etc. It is more efficient to have a baby-for-life whenever you want it. Even better, you can choose its exact looks, which makes the adoption of an ultra-realistic manufactured vinyl doll completely legit.
This entry was written by September 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Subculture, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Humor is the best excuse for men to travesty themselves without any taboo nor shame. This new trend shows how easy it can be to dress original. It only takes two steps to turn your sport clothes into a dress. This is some comical, gender-free, fashion inspiration for everyone:
This entry was written by September 20, 2013 at 10:12 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Fashion, Folk, Gender, Selfies, Styling, Trending, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Our 26 point guide to 21st century narcissism
We were asked by Dazed & Confused to made an in-depth study on the selfie and to create an A to Z guide. Initially spawned by the webcam, the selfie has become an on-the-go medium of self-celebration and envy, and a form of self-portrait accessible to everyman and everywoman – as long as he or she has a smartphone. No wonder selfies, the democratized casual cousin of the auto portrait, have became one of the most popular cultural elements of our generation.
Image courtesy of @nighcoregirl
A IS FOR ANIMAL BEARDING
Cats are like heroin to a junkie on the internet. They both need each other to exist. So a cat, the internet and you = pretty much the perfect storm – and what’s more fun than having your pet cover half of your face so its chin and neck looks like a massive beard? First known as cat bearding, the trend later on spread to dogs, and now even more animal crossovers are possible.
DIY bearding with pet cats and dogs
B IS FOR BENNY WINFIELD JR
MrPimpGoodGame is the Instagram handle of Benny Winfield Jr, a man who is happy to show his happiness wherever he goes. He gained the internet’s affection by being completely ignorant of the social principles of making a selfie. From the name he choose for his profile, MrPimpGoodGame, to his uncreative selfies with a remarkable heartwarming smile, he reminds us of the times when we didn’t spend 10 minutes before making a post. Benny Winfield Jr makes us all jealous by being himself.
MrPimpGoodGame, the Instagram alias of Benny Winfield Jr
C IS FOR COP SELFIES
Alongside with naked mom selfies, cop selfies are the selfie oxymoron. The authority of a policeman, combined with your average banal selfie pose, makes for perfect entertainment. We associate the picture-taking moment of a selfie with fun times, relaxation or some kind of punch-the-air, exceptional occasion. When that applies to a police officer, your mind can’t help but conjure up some pretty dark things.
A typical example of a cop selfie
D IS FOR DOLLAR
The exclusive presence of $$$ alone is a solid reason to make a selfie. Itslavishbitch is the Instagram account of Param Sharma, the heir of a wealthy Indian family, also known as Lavish. What would a bored-out-of-his-mind kid with access to Rolls Royces, Rolexes, an American Express card do? He’d make selfies! Here are a few comments highlighting his now-global douche status: “More money on my chest than in yo bank account”, “These peasants keep hating while my money keep calculating” and “You made your bed so sleep in it, peasant”.
Itslavishbitch, real name Param Sharma, is 17 years old
E IS FOR ELEVATOR SELFIES
You’re dressed to kill, fresh, waiting alone for 15 sec (such a long time for kids of the internet age), alone with a mirror – yes, it’s the supreme moment for a selfie! In the short minute before the elevator doors open onto the real world, you’re private in a public space and it’s not a toilet. The elevator selfie can be made in any elevator, but it’s extra fabulous when its architecture reveals its exclusivity or the people you’re sharing it with have more followers than you do.
Make full use of that mirrored elevator wall
F IS FOR FAIL SELFIES
Making a selfie has become something so banal and quick that we often do it as a reflective behavior. Mirror, front cam, I feel great, OK, let’s do it. Freezing that very moment, however, can be a fatal embarrassment for those who aren’t attentive enough or who haven’t yet mastered the art of selfie making. Trying too hard, overkill, being too sexy, overconfidence, a photo bomb, revealing something inappropriate in the background, and the annoying humblebrag… All violate the golden rules of the modern self-portrait and will land you on the selfie blacklist.
Always check the background of your selfie
G IS FOR GUYS WITH FRIES
Our favorite! Two years ago, we featured this Tumblr with skillfully made collages on the Pinar&Viola blog. Your abs, the best project that you’ve been working hard on, combined with french fries, the top of the #cheatfood, the king of the forbidden food. I’m lovin’ it!
French fries and abs – the perfect combination of excess and virtue
H IS FOR THE HILL SISTERS
Kayleigh, Emily and Torrie Hill are the sisters who known for sprinting onto the field to make a selfie during the College World Series baseball finals in June this year. Not only did they throw themselves into the game, got arrested and paid a fat fine, they also livetweeted their act under #freeteamhill and became a web-ternational troll. This proves that the internet will consider your selfie a fail if it’s too farfetched or braggadocious, but you’ll be hailed for your spirit and considered a hero if it involves a crime, TV and jail.
The Hill sisters invaded the College World Series baseball finals
I IS FOR IPAD SELFIE REFLECTIONS
The iPad selfie is an internet meme that began with people taking the ridiculous look of the iPad selfies one step further. It reflects in different creative manners, as mirror selfies while holding an iMac, TV, white board or even a Xerox machine.
iPad selfies: a variation on iPhone selfies
J IS FOR JUDGING
Clearly there’s a love affair between selfies, social media, and judging. The power of being judged for your selfie can be measured by that shivery kick when your screen gets filled with hearts, likes and comments on a picture of yourself. When you think about it, someone took the effort of pushing a button over something as unsurprising as your face, something they’ve probably seen a thousand times. Selfies help to empower our self-esteem while making us attention junkies. Definitely nothing wrong with that. Being judged on social media has made us become the channel, host and the only competitor of our own private X Factor.
K IS FOR KEVIN RUDD
The Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd made it to the internet mainstream with his selfies, varying from a shaving accident to a snap with a homeless person at the background. During a public appearance in August, his words “Just line up for your selfies” echoed over the speakers. As we have witnessed over the last few years, politicians with a fatal management of selfies and their public apology has become the sport en vogue. Thankfully in the case of Kevin Rudd, there is no weiner, nor vulgar nudity involved, but making the headlines for his selfie strategy and not his political ideology makes us think it’s time to fire his social media advisor.
Kevin Rudd taking a selfie with a constituent
L IS FOR LEAKED SNAPCHATS
2012’s sweetheart Snapchat made it to our daily consumption list of social media with its magic trick of making photos vanish in less than 10 seconds. Not only did that crucial tweak change our interaction with the image, it also shaped our understanding of intimacy and prompted us to introduce nudity to our selfies. At first, each attempt to make a screenshot would fail and be reported to the sender – but you could still screencap it. It’s rumored that you won’t even be notified of screenshots if you’re running ios7. Yet some still believe in the magic and continue sending images which aren’t originally made for public consumption, only to be found on snapchatleaked.com.
X-rated snapchats: not as private as you think
M IS FOR MONEY SELFIES
Believed to be deriven from sleeveface meme, money selfies are a creative way to spice up your auto portraits. With a small creative effort, you entertain your followers and be part of a royal currency context. Plus, it’s fun. Check out more examples on the Pinar&Viola blog.
Insert yourself onto currency with moneyface
N IS FOR NAKED MOM SELFIES
This collection of naked mothers making selfies with their kids accidentally captured in the background makes the number one of oxymoronic selfies. Why are they quite so awkward? The problem isn’t that the mother’s attention is somewhere else than her kid for a second, it’s more that while she’s pleasing an unknown beholder while her child’s busy knocking his head on a wall. If you want to flaunt yourself on the sexier corners of the internet, keep your kid out of the studio set. Or maybe read this guide for parents taking selfies.
Childcare sometimes comes second to selfies
O IS FOR ORIGINALITY
We’re all familiar with the few existing golden selfie rules, like no duck/cheese face, be natural, be nonchalant, look like you’re having a ball, find your best angle, etc. But on the path to making a great selfie, the hardest is composing yourself in the presence of a famous person. Pretending that it’s all cool is passé as our eyes are well trained for the humblebrag. Transparency is something rare and to be admired these days. Be original, be calculatedly sweet and express how nervous you are while holding back tears like a cute little child.
Taking a selfie with a celebrity requires some talent
P IS FOR YOUR PERFECT ANGLE
If you already don’t know your perfect angle, we don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Let’s give few tips before you start exercising in front of the mirror. The experts point out that the majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on. Also, a study shows that your left side is more photogenic. But limiting yourself to your face for the best angle is also quite conservative. Watch Kim Kardashian and learn. Look over the shoulder, have the pseudo-unconscious sexy gaze, puckered lips and for extra points, try to include your A-list booty.
Various examples of Kim Kardashian’s perfect angle
Q IS FOR THE QUIET SELFIE
Back in 2008, Rihanna got a ‘Shhh’ tattoo and flaunted her creative ink with multiple selfies. In 2009, Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen allegedly got the same ‘Shhh’ on their index finger. Since these three It girls, the quiet tattoo has made its way to the creative mainstream. It’s quite enigmatic how Rihanna didn’t make a scene out of these two copying her idea in the first place – the news channels reported it as copying but we see it as the sincerest form of flattery. But hey, let people mind their own business. Shhh!
Rihanna’s ‘shhh’ tattoo sparked a selfie trend
R IS FOR THE ROBBERY SELFIE
We’re all familiar with this bathroom selfie of the robbers’ home-made balaclava with the kitchen knife. These two teenage girls are two cousins from the south of Sweden who decided to get their kicks by stealing and robbing a burger place, and decided that there’s nothing wrong with making a picture of the moment thrill supreme. A pre-robbery selfie, where you look like a criminal, screams out for likes. But here’s what puzzles us: did they take the selfie to get likes, or did they rob the restaurant to make the perfect selfie?
If you a commit a robbery and don’t selfie it, it didn’t happen
S IS FOR SHERMAN, CINDY
In the history of art, several artists like Frida Khalo, Van Gogh and Freud used themselves as model. But it’s Cindy Sherman’s photography that is most relevant to the selfie. The introduction of photography, especially with a small apparat stuck in your hand, changed the dynamics of an artistic auto-portrait and blurred the line between art and vanity. While the artistic auto-portrait intends to reveal something darker that reflects an underlying insecurity, the selfie is all surface: coded as your own personal sales pitch, it screams what you see is what you get.
Cindy Sherman, the originator of the 21st century selfie
T IS FOR TEARS
Photographing yourself crying is the rarest of selfies, but it does exist. Why would you do it, though? Posting a picture of yourself crying can attract likes for multiple reasons: you get to have extra attention and affection, people write more comments, and you even get to make artistic pictures. You are the best art director of yourself. The only danger here is that one day you may become The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Crying selfies: a cry for help?
U IS FOR UGLIFY YOURSELF
It can be hard to be a pretty girl. Every time you make a selfie, you make your less-pretty friends jealous. But if you can uglify yourself, you prove that you have a decent level of self confidence while getting everyone to laugh with you. When you make an ugly selfie, you emancipate yourself from the how-to-look-good social codes, but within certain limits. These selfies of girls who uglify themselves are often combined with a pre-ugly cute expression on the left, just to make sure you know they really are beautiful and that it’s all part of the joke.
Cara Delevingne demonstrates the uglified selfie
V IS FOR THE VACATION SELFIE
If you don’t have a selfie from the holidays, it’s like you never went, right? Lying on the beach while facing the ocean, your legs are trim from your spring #10K records, sun burning up your tanned skin while the rest of your friends at the office hate you. Yes, you need to document this! On the other hand, you’re not the only one who came up with this artistic idea. Even though we laugh at it, every girl recognises something in the hot dog legs Tumblr.
Hot Dog Legs is a Tumblr devoted to the most common vacation shot
W IS FOR THE WEBCAM
The webcam is one of those doomed technologies close to their expiration date, like the floppy disc or CD. Webcam entered our lives before the smartphone front camera, enabling us to make a snap self-portrait in the digital realm and sharing it without going through a bunch of cables and uploads. What is very specific to the webcam selfies is that they’re often made privately, via a desktop computer located in your bedroom. They reveal a very webcam-typical angle of your face, complete with personal information in the background.
A typical webcam shot
X IS FOR XXX-RATED
The naked selfie has been critically interpreted as the rise of narcissism, self-objectification or the pornification of teenage youth. It may all be true, but objectified or not objectified, the XXX-rated selfie is a source of self-empowerment in the vain times we live in. Especially for certain people who’ve made exercise, sports and living a healthy lifestyle their full-time job and are looking for a certain type of attention. The self-confidence to try to make it to the top ten of #hotgirl is payback for all the time you spent improving your shape.
Y IS FOR THE YOGA SELFIE
Does checking your phone get in the way of your safety, like making a Vine while driving? If that’s a yes, in that case you can completely relate to the yoga selfie trend. Whether you’re running outside, in a hot bath, on Mount Everest, or in space, a moment for yourself means a moment for a selfie. Especially in these times, where the line between spirituality and distraction has never been so thin.
Two girls show off their yoga pose
Z IS FOR ZZZ SELFIES
Caught Me Sleeping, often intentionally misspelled as “Bae Caught Me Slippin”, is a global inside joke involving a sleeping selfie that deliberately shows the mirror in which you took your own photo. It is born as a reaction to leaked real-fake sleeping selfies, and it consitutes such a meta use of the selfie that the motivation and the humor behind it may not be understood by the ones who are not internet-flexible.
A prime example of ‘bae caught me slippin’
This entry was written by September 18, 2013 at 9:36 am, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Digitalization, Internet, P&V for Dazed Digital, Selfies. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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We have always been told that we cannot bring our earthly possessions to the afterworld. Not true! The most fabulous ancient skeletons are discovered. Encrusted with precious stones dating from the Roman Catacombs of the eighteenth century, these lavishly decorated skeletons makes us want to invest in precious jewels more than ever. Found and photographed by historian Paul Koudounaris, these images will be featured in his new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs.
All photos by Paul Koudounaris.
This blogpost is made possible thanks to Jodi Banfield
This entry was written by September 13, 2013 at 11:33 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Decadence, Lifestyle, Other ecstatics, Styling, Things 'n Flings, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Make-up artist and art school graduate Vladimir Sushkevich makes dolls 2011. These miniature women replica dolls are used as home decoration. Each one is hand-made and hand-painted, making each production unique. The artist works with pictures of real people to sculpt the figure’s shapes. Everyone can order there own custom-made doll from his website by sending a photo or choosing between different creations.
More information on artist’s website.
This entry was written by September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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My Secret Assistant is created during the Liquid Journalism think-tank organized by Mediafonds in 2013. We were teamed up with Geertjan Lassche, a Dutch reporter and documentary maker, to find contemporary solutions for journalism.
My Secret Assistant is a smartphone application which discretely keeps the connection between you and your network warm and alive. This project is a critical proposal for the future of journalism.
Why we need to have My Secret Assistant
We are the generation where the meaning of friendship and acquaintance is defined by social media. We flirt on our Facebook accounts, follow with Twitter, socialize and share pictures with Instagram and connect through LinkedIn. While this organic network grows bigger every day, it also gets more and more difficult and time consuming for us to keep all our personal contacts alive.
We’re simply too busy to feed our relations with information. The result: business contacts slowly fade away and we miss professional network opportunities for our future. What we need is an assistant!
This smart application, hidden in our phone, which time-to-time reminds you of your A-list business contacts, takes topics / actualities of the day and morphs them into personalized emails or messages for you to send to your most valuable business contacts.
How does it work
Through accurate inputs and filters, easy to use interface, the user can start a connection through news and media events that are custom prepared and adapted for each person. This service would never send a message without your consent, as we know how dear your network is for you. And the app bares a fantastic toll which prevents the receiver of your messages sees it as junk mail.
My Secret Assistant, it’s a secret between you and us.
This entry was written by September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Information Wars, Internet, Lifestyle, Pinar&Viola, Sustainability, Video. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Everyone knows about the contemporary bee drama. The media is speculating frenzy about collapsing bee colonies and their increasing extermination. Apparently it concerns all of us since bees are responsible for pollinating a third of our food.
Societal concerns about bees seem to lead to the rise of the bee as a cultural trend. The little buzzers is popping up everywhere from new beauty products, home decoration trends, aerodynamic beehive designs, fashion styles, hippie ice-cream flavors to the rage of hot urban beekeepers.
Our addition to the bee buzz is this tip to turn a Bee Beard in an exclusive, fashionable eccentric look. When bees are scarce, they can dethrone the most luxurious accessories. Scroll down to Get The Look. Stir up the flora in your town while looking stunning!
Step 1) Prepare the bees. We find a small, friendly colony and move it during a high flight time to a different apiary site. The foragers cannot find their way to the colony and the colony is left with primarily younger bees. After about 24 hours, we locate the queen and put her in a cage. Next, we shake about 3 lbs of bees from the colony into a package, focusing on the bees from combs with brood. Then we add the queen, feed the bees with a can of sugar syrup, and put them in a cool, dark location for at least 24 hours. We spray the bees periodically with sugar syrup. Well fed bees are less likely to sting, so we keep them fat and happy.
Step 2) Prepare the person. I put vaseline under my eyes and on lips to prevent the bees from crawling there too much. I put cotton in my ears and up my nose to prevent bees from crawling in. I sometimes tape down my collar and sleeves, and tuck my shirt into my pants and tuck my pants into my socks. It isn’t a good look, but it prevents the bees from getting into my clothing.
Step 3) Add bees. We spray the bees with sugar syrup one last time, then open the package and remove the queen and attach a string to her cage. I sit down in a chair, then an assistant ties the queen around my head, so the queen rests under my chin. I hold a lunch tray against my belly and my assistant dumps the bees onto the tray. The bees will smell the queen, crawl up to her and gather there. The bee feet feel strange and electric as they grip the skin on my face and neck. The cling to each other and hang down like a beard. The bees will “think” they are in a swarm, so they should not be defensive.
Step 4) Remove bees. When I am are ready to get them off, I first remove the queen and place her where I want her to be: either back in the package, or on the next person in line. To remove the majority of the bees, I stand over where I want to bees to go and jump down hard, jarring the bees off. The rest are removed with a soft brush. I let the package sit for a few hours, and after the bees have fully gathered I put the bees and queen back into their old colony.
The original tutorial is taken from beeinformed.org.
This entry was written by September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Creatures, Fashion, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Styling, Sustainability, Trending. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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These images are taken from the gothic_belly_dance instagram account.
This entry was written by September 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Fashion, Folk, Other ecstatics, Queer, Styling, Subculture, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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A struggling town bought itself new hope by painting fake scenes on its walls
A bakery, a bookmaker and a barber have recently appeared in a village in Northern Ireland. But you cannot enter any of them. In a bid to bring in tourists, the town of Bushmills, famous for the whiskey that was first distilled there 400 years ago, has painted over a dozen abandoned storefronts and houses.
There are windows and doors with people looking out, a bakery with an appetizing selection of bread and cakes, and a traditional cobbler, where a man in a flat cap can be seen mending shoes.
It’s not the first time Northern Ireland has tried this. A similar attempt to doll up villages in county Fermanagh so that visiting G8 leaders wouldn’t see how woeful the region looked drew anger and derision; “cosmetic surgery for serious wounds,” one local resident said. But in Bushmills, local residents raised their own funds to add to government money, and the project’s been a success, a local councillor told Reuters; two of the painted stores have already found new owners.
The original article is taken from qz.com. All photos by Cathal McNaught for Reuters.
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