Activist Suu Kyi Under House Arrest For Another 18 Months

Nobel Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Myanmar for 14 years, and her sentence has been extended by a year and a half after a military court convicted her of violating the terms of her detention. The “violation” occurred when an uninvited American, John Yettaw, swam across the lake to Suu Kyi’s house for a visit. He got three years in prison and another three of hard labor. Keep reading »

Go Green While You Get Clean

For those of you who worry about wasting water while taking a shower, designer Jun Yasumoto has a solution for you. The Phyto-Purification bathroom is more like an ecosystem than a place to wash up. It’s super earth-friendly. The water from the shower and sink flows into a base, where it’s filtered, and then reused. In other words, this green bathroom recycles your water. The plants get H2O, and you get to live out your fantasy of showering outdoors. [Jun Yasumoto] Keep reading »

The Virgin Mary Makes A Guest Appearance … In A Condom

If you read our Condom Commandments, you know why you should use condoms. But let’s not discount the miraculous reasons to use rubbers. You may receive a religious message! One unsuspecting dude pulled off his jimmy to discover the Virgin Mary’s likeness crafted from the fruit of his loins. Check it out here. I wonder if this will encourage the Catholic Church to change their stance on birth control? More importantly, I wonder what he did with the condom? If he saved it, that’s gross. But if he threw it away, that’s blasphemous. Keep reading »

“NYC Prep”: Don’t Go Changin’

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Or is it? Last night, we said goodbye to the Manhattan prepsters in the season finale of “NYC Prep.”

What have learned over the past few months from watching New York’s real “elite” private school kids? They dress really well, their lives aren’t as interesting as “Gossip Girl” (but they want them to be), and they like to air kiss a lot. While the show did make a mockery of the prep-school scene at first (and, boy, were school administrators unhappy), it managed to reveal some redeeming qualities. At times, these teenager portraits rang true, especially when it came to awkward, trying-to-be-cool conversation (Taylor), sky-high goals (Camille, Jessie), and the ups and downs of friendship (PC). Keep reading »

Open Casting Calls: Keepin’ It Too Real?

A few weeks ago, “Mad Men” held an open casting call. Anyone could submit a photo of themselves dressed ’60s-style for a chance to appear on the show. Last week, New Yorkers were invited to try out for a role in “Sex and the City 2.” The roles that needed filling were for “fashion models, celebrity types, upscale socialites, urban club goers, gays and lesbians.” Today, we heard about an open casting call in Holland for “What’s Wrong with Virginia,” a movie starring Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. The studio says they’re looking for “real looking people of all shapes and sizes.” [MLive] Keep reading »

Holla! Another New Moon Teaser Trailer


It doesn’t take much to get “Twilight” fans in a tizzy. This new 14-second teaser trailer for “New Moon” is certainly doing the trick. What does the trailer show us? To, uh, not have high expectations for the acting and dialogue in this flick. OK, fine. We won’t judge it on this tiny snippet. But I think we can all agree that the highlight here is Taylor Lautner‘s bod. He’s over 18, right? Keep reading »

Is It Becoming More Acceptable to Talk About Drug Abuse?

For as long as I can remember, drugs have mystified me. It started with the movie “Mask” starring Eric Stoltz as a 16-year old boy with a major facial deformity and Cher as his cokehead, biker chic mother. In my 7-year-old mind I attributed Eric Stoltz’s facial deformity to Cher’s use of cocaine during her pregnancy. Don’t ask how I arrived at this conclusion. Well, I was after all a child of the D.A.R.E. generation after all. I would lay awake at night scared about all of the people out there using cocaine. Worrying that they would have a generation of babies with deformed faces. By the time I reached high school (I knew that cocaine didn’t cause facial deformities anymore), I was soo spun out on the anti-drug message that I had no interest in thinking about let alone trying drugs save the occasional marijuana cigarette. Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Cobra Starship To Imelda May

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week’s got glitz, global appeal, and rock ‘n’ roll. Retro Reigning Sound, rockabilly Imelda May, emo Cavo, neon-tastic Cobra Starship, Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim, and glam god Patrick Wolf are our all-stars. Get into their groove, after the jump. Keep reading »

Second-Hand Plates By Karen Ryan Really Dish It Out

When Karen Ryan says she’s got a lot on her plate, she means it. The U.K.-based artist illustrates the phrase literally with charming second-hand plates emblazoned with “anger,” “fear,” “guilt,” and “hate.” Meant to expose the domestic conscience, the removal of whatever decorative pattern the dishes come with symbolically reveals harsher truths. Can you imagine the sweet revenge of handing a plate full of food to a frenemy who finds the message on the bottom? Of course, there are some positive slogans, like “beauty” and “beloved,” which may be more fitting for those relationships you handle with care. [NOTCOT.org] Keep reading »

Bib Necklaces Aren’t For Babies

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We’ve been smitten with bib necklaces since February, when a few stylish actresses wore them to the Academy Awards. So, we’re especially excited to take the trend into fall. We’ll keep our outfits simple, so our bib necklaces will be the focal point. Oscar-worthy gowns are out, and jeans, a tank, and a blazer are in. Click through to decide whether to go big, little, or in-between.
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