In this recession, we’re all tight with our spending, but we don’t want to scrimp on sexy time! So, it’s not shocking adult toy sales are still strong (except in France), but why pay top dollar when the goods are free? Yes we can get creative in these hard (no pun intended) times! Here are our suggestions to put the pinch in penny pinching with sexy stuff under five bucks…
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Breaking up is never a pleasant experience. The relationship moves from “You are awesome, let’s spend oodles of time together,” to “Actually, I’m not very fond of you, let’s never see each other again.” Tears fall, fists fly, hurtful things are said—and that’s when a breakup goes well. One of the most important things to decide when breaking up is where it will happen. The right place can help a break up go smoothly. The wrong place and you can wind up crying alone on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Not that that’s ever happened to me. In general, you’re looking for neutral territory, a transient place that will not hold the memory of your breakup. Here are four places to avoid and four places to go to have the dreaded breakup conversation. Keep reading »
Tyra Banks may be trying to groom the next supermodel on “America’s Next Top Model,” but over in Tokyo, they’re building their catwalkers from motors, batteries, and software. On March 23, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will unveil HRP-4C, a sleek Cybernetic fashion model that is battery-powered and programmed to mimic the facial expressions, gait, and poses of real supermodels. This robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall — quite a bit shorter than the average runway model, but her 95-pound weight will have every starving supermodel jealous. Although her shape represents the average Japanese woman, her eyes, face, and hair are based on anime comics. Like most runway walkers, this robot is programmed only for entertainment, not housework. At a cost of $2 million, this model might never come to market, but experts expect a multi-billion dollar robot industry in the future. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama hasn’t even been First Lady for a full two months, and she’s already getting recognized for making an impact on American fashion. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced that Obama will be presented with the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute when the year’s fashion awards are given in June. Along with this acknowledgement, the nominees for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, given to an emerging American designer two Obama favorites: Thakoon Panichgul and Jason Wu. So, if a young designer wants commendation (and a sweet cash prize to help their business), clearly they should keep the First Lady in mind. And if Obama attends the CFDA gala, what will she wear — maybe a Thakoon-Wu mashup? Keep reading »
Hey. You. Yeah, you. The guy at the other end of the bar. The tall, dark, handsome fellow. Holding your sunglasses. Sporting that black jacket. The white shirt. The day-old stubble. AND THE LATEX STOCKINGS WITH MATCHING THONG AND GARTERS. I was trolling the internet when I encountered this fellow. He’s really … something, isn’t he? I don’t even know what to say about him. Or what I would say to him if I met him in a bar. “I like your … pumps?” As Tim Gunn would say: “That’s a lotta look.” And, indeed, it is. Between the meggings, the male polish, and the bros, I know I’m starting to feel a little confused about 21st century gender roles. Well, at least if my stilettos disappear, I’ll know who nicked them. [Simon O.] Keep reading »
March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
ELLEN OCHOA (1958- )
Born May 10, 1958, Ellen Ochoa is a student, researcher, inventor, electrical engineer and, of course, an astronaut. Her many talents and accomplishments make her an extraordinary woman and a positive role model to many. She’s best known for co-inventing an optical system for space exploration, as well as for her role as an astronaut. As an astronaut, Ochoa worked with computer hardware, robotics, flight software and more. She served many important roles at NASA, including being a member of the crew aboard the spacewalk mission that was the first to use the robotic arm, which she helped to control. Ochoa has received a great deal of awards and recognitions throughout her life, some of which include various NASA citations, the Harvard Foundation Science Award, the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award, among others.
The research conducted by Ellen Ochoa has contributed a great deal to aerospace science and technology. She is a role model not only to women young and old (like Punky Brewster!), but also to the Hispanic community. Two schools thought so highly of her that they have her been named in her honor: the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center (a pre-kindergarten school) and the Ellen Ochoa Middle School.
National Atomic Museum
Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut
Ellen Ochoa: Reach For The Stars!
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)