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Tanya Vlach’s ‘Grow A New Eye’ Camera On Kickstarter


When they rebuilt the Six Million Dollar Man, the doctors of the 1970s TV series made him “Better…stronger…faster.” Now, if San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach gets her way, she will be able to add “web-optimized” to that list.

Vlach, who lost an eye in a car accident, is now seeking funding for a tiny, wireless-enabled camera to be inserted into her prosthetic eye. Her implant will contribute to a number of artistic projects. She explains, “I’ve been plotting new strategies to tell my story, both my personal one and the one of my sci-fi alter ego, into a transmedia platform, which will include: a graphic novel, an experimental documentary, a web series, a game, and a live performance.” Read more… Keep reading »

8 Baby Gifts We’d Like To Get For Carla Bruni And Nicolas Sarkozy

From the department of things-you-knew-but-hadn’t-been-confirmed, Carla Bruni has made an official statement that she is pregnant. This is after her father implied it back in May, after she’s been spotted wearing maternity clothes, and after being photographed in a bikini that revealed a wee bit of a baby bump. But, hey, everyone needs to take their own time making these matters public knowledge. In her statements, Carla implied that the pregnancy wasn’t planned. “The coming happiness [was] unexpected and unhoped for,” she said. Guess that’s what happens when you keep the queen waiting while you get it on?

Carla isn’t talking when it comes to how far along she is, or the baby’s gender. “There are certain things which one should keep secret,” she said. Still, we are excited for her and her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy. After the jump, some baby gifts we’d like to get for them. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The Broadway Show “Hair” Will Marry Gay Couples Onstage

  • The Broadway show “Hair” will marry a bunch of gay couples live onstage in front of the audience after the July 25 show! New York State’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect the day before. Gay people getting married surrounded by naked hippies? Conservative heads = exploding. [Washington Post]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot wait to get off the “merry-go-round” and return to “private life” in the next 18 months. [NYmag.com Daily Intel]
  • Do the Emmy Awards only reward Latina stereotypes? [Latina]
  • Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel.com, on the late Betty Ford and the restrictions America puts on its First Ladies. [Washington Post]

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Kate Middleton Is “Thinspiration” On Pro-Anorexia Websites

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Palace PR disaster: Kate Middleton is the new “thinspiration” icon held up by pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia bloggers. Kate has always been slender and athletic, but she dropped a noticeable amount of weight before her wedding. That makes me sad, because I’ve been a royal watcher for years and I’ve always thought she looked pretty just the way she was. Whether Kate’s weight-loss was from exercise, or from nerves over being watched on TV by a billion people, or some combination of the two, we don’t know. But “The Today Show” has found that women suffering from eating disorders are fawning over the Duchess’s new figure. Keep reading »

New Documentary “The Lavender Scare” Remembers When Gays Were Purged From Government

We all know at least a little bit about our government’s hyper-overreaction to “the red menace” back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get rid of homosexuals. Lesbians and gay men were thought to be “sex perverts” and could lose their jobs serving the U.S. government if anyone found out. A new documentary called “The Lavender Menace,” which is currently in production, introduces us to the men and women who lost their jobs during this time and shows how a few of them, including an adorable old man named Frank Kameny, fought back. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Afghan Women Protest Street Harassment In High Heels & Head Scarves

  • Afghan women held a protest in high heels and head scarves in Kabul today to protest street harassment. “The idea behind street harassment is that women should not be out of their houses,” organizer Noor Jahan Akbar, 19, told Reuters. [Reuters]
  • The actress Geena Davis was in D.C. yesterday lobbying for the Healthy Media for Youth Act, which would encourage positive role models for both girls and boys in children’s media. [Politico]
  • Turns out Michelle Obama is really hard to smear with racist bunk. [Salon]

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