Artist Thomas Stevenson launched art project/pop-up campground Bivouac NY to allow city dwellers to spend the night in tents on secret New York City rooftops. The experience may not offer much in the way of forests or meadows, but there is a great big starry sky to gaze at when night falls and a pretty sweet view of city high-rises. No phones are allowed on the campsite and there are no showers or electricity, which creates more of a true “roughing it” experience. Stevenson, who serves as a camp counselor at the events, told Yahoo! Travelthat the two principles of the project for are “disconnecting from the world at large and people convening together” — basically, exactly what you’d gain from a weekend in the woods. “You have a camping experience and go back to work the next day. It’s very convenient and has a lot of depth to it.” Magical things happen when people share a space and simply spend time together, and that, at least to me, has always been the allure of camping that cancels out the many downsides of being in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception.
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There’s been all sorts of drama surrounding action figures at Toys ‘R’ Us lately: A Florida mom found out that the toy store was carrying “Breaking Bad” action figures and successfully petitioned the company to stop carrying them.
Before you say, “Wait, I could’ve gotten a ‘Breaking Bad’ figurine at Toys ‘R’ Us and no one told me?” — I KNOW. And apparently we aren’t the only people who feel that way, because there’s now a counter-petition to get them restocked, since Toys ‘R’ Us is filling in a market gap for toys for adults where KB, Suncoast, and Tower Records used to reside by carrying the figurines. Keep reading »
Oh, good, Benedict Cumberbatch feels exactly as porny about this video of Benedict Cumberbatch acting out the role of Smaug (in “The Hobbit”) as I do. I’m sorry, that’s a fuck-me voice. No one gets to deny it. To capture the performance, Peter Jackson’s WETA workshop put Cumberbatch in a motion-capture suit and built a platform covered in foam and sheepskin from which to act. He called it “dragon porn” and told the Los Angeles Timesregarding his accommodations: “I was like, ‘This is cool, I can slink around like a porn star dragon.’”
Again, cool, we’re on the same page. Watch the video for some behind-the-scenes footage of Cumberbatch filming the Smaug scenes while I go sexualize and objectify Porn Star Dragon Benedict Cumberbatch in my head. [LA Times]
I just did a massive closet purge in advance of my upcoming move and now I literally have an entire closet’s worth of clothes to either donate or sell. Flipping through the perfectly fine dresses, pants and tops I’ve bought over the years and never wear, I realized just how much I bought into trends that I didn’t actually love. But it was also clear from the clothes I’m keeping that I have found a signature style that I’m most comfortable and feel like myself in — chambray shirts, dark and skinny jeans, well-cut T-shirts, and dresses, lots of dresses. My vow going into this next phase of my life is to only buy things that truly make me feel that way, clothes that if I had my way and people wouldn’t think I was constantly doing the walk of shame, I would wear every day (even if that means buying them in every color). Like this outfit Reese Witherspoon is wearing. I would rock this look every single day if I had the patience to do laundry regularly. Get it for yourself — if it’s something you really like and feel comfortable in and think is awesome, of course — after the jump… Keep reading »