Tag Archives: technology
When we hear the term “innovative fabrics,” we don’t exactly think high fashion. More like utilitarian ugliness. So it’s surprising to find out that this kind of cute dress is made from a new super-fabric. At New Zealand Fashion Week, a company called AgResearch debuted designs made of a “high performance” wool which has anti-odor and antibacterial properties. Meaning, you wouldn’t have to wash your clothes as often. From our own perspective, we think, “Great! Now I can be even lazier than I already am—er, I mean, I can be more eco-conscious.” From the other side of things, however: being around someone who hasn’t washed their top after wearing it four times in a row? Kind of nasty. What do you think? [New Zealand Herald] Keep reading »
This dress, made from old computer wires, is by designer Tina Sparkles for the Keep Austin Beautiful Recycled Fashion Show. The “Project Runway” enthusiast in me thinks it looks awesome. But the practical side of me thinks constructing clothing that’s unwearable in the real world from repurposed “e-waste” isn’t really that green, considering how you are using resources like electricity while you make it. Sparkles calls the dress an “art project” and says it took her all summer to build. But lucky for us, she also has a book called Little Green Dresses with 50 far more practical patterns for re-used/recycled apparel. And if you’re interested in cutting back on your own “e-waste,” Sparkles offers more info on her website.
For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal‘s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a senior editor at the technology blog TechCrunch, wrote a somewhat-snippy response called “Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men” that revealed both his frustration and defensiveness. Arrington’s position? If women aren’t becoming entreprenuers, it’s their own fault. In fact, women may have it easier launching startups, Arrington wrote, because everyone is so aware of the gender imbalance that the women may get preferential treatment. Keep reading »
A new study done by the online dating site OKCupid found that women who have iPhones are getting laid way more than Blackberry or Android users. Even male users. On average, of the almost 10,000 people surveyed, the iPhone-toting ladies have an average of 12.3 sexual partners by age 30 while ladies using Blackberries have about 8.1 and Android gals have about 6.1. The male sex partner stats are respectively 10, 8.1, and 6. Wait, how is it that the ladies are getting laid more than the dudes? And even more importantly, when is AT&T going to end the monopoly so that we people, ahem, with other wireless services can get an iPhone and start scoring? [Fast Company] Keep reading »
The past year has produced a grab bag of weird technology-driven garments. (See: The iPad dress, the weather reporting gown, and the L.E.D. everything.) Now, reports the BBC, a company called CuteCircuit has created a dress that also doubles as a mobile phone. Due out in 2011, the M-Dress has an antenna in the hem and a microphone in the sleeve (how very CIA).
As I’m sure you’ve noticed in my writing on The Frisky, I’m guilty of speaking in what I call “Gossip Girl”-ese. Example: It’s totes obvs that I like to shorten words for no real amazeballs reason. But whatevs. I have no doubt that this is seriously grating to some people, but on the blog — which I consider my online home — and amongst friends, this is the way I speak and how I write in emails and text messages sometimes. Amongst friends, I specified. When I’m getting to know someone new or conversing with someone professionally, I, of course, leave the “whatevs” and the “WTFs” and the “totes” out of it. I wish others would do the same, but unfortunately, I’ve started to notice modern web, text, and pop-culture lingo infiltrating the online dating process. Keep reading »
When it comes to my long-distance girlfriends, I know what it takes to keep those relationships tight despite the years and the miles apart: a willingness to pick up the phone. If we’re not having heart-to-hearts once in a while — say, every couple of months — then I’m not feeling like the connection is all that. A good, long chat between two girlfriends is like sex is to a couple, and if a relationship doesn’t get fed, it’s going to starve to death.
But the truth is, these days I feel like my closest ladies are starving me and I’m starving them. I’m not sure whether to blame our busy lives or the fact that technology has zapped all the intimacy out of communication and also keeps us too busy for the real thing. I’m talking to you, Facebook. Keep reading »