Because who is perfect?
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Busty Mannequins and an Inflated Sense of Beauty in Venezuela
In Venezuela, women are confronted with a culture of increasingly enhanced physiques fueled by beauty pageants and plastic surgery. - The New York Times [more inside]
"You might remember artist Nickolay Lamm for his work removing doll's makeup
to show that they looked just as lovely without that extra layer. Now, as promised, he's created a "normal"-sized Barbie, made to show us more realistic
proportions of American women." (also via)
is a crowdsourced "bra database" made to help women find the right bra (interview with the creator
). According to many studies, over 80% of women aren't wearing the correct bra size: "there's a lot of misinformation about bras out there"
. For instance, D cups just aren't that big
("Clearly there are a whole lot more D+ cups out there than people assume") and not all D cups are the same size
("from left to right 30D, 32D, 34D, 36D, 38D. Five different band lengths, five different cup volumes. All D Cups"). Most of these links contain photos and therefore may be NSFWish for some. [more inside]
V, Double dip (W) or L recession? Things look bad for the EURO is the skyscraper index is right. We have heard recently about problems in the Eurozone
Is the worst over or is the worst still to come? The skyscraper index
indicates: Trouble ahead. [more inside]
The :CueCat finally received its patent
this month, eight years after its abject failure in the marketplace. [more inside]
They claimed they would destroy all television with their business.
$100 million and one cast member of First Kid
later, all they had were massive amounts of failure, tremendous parties with Bryan Singer, and many, many, many allegations of sexual molestation. Now they hide in the Spanish Riviera and hire Chinese sweatshop workers to mine for World of Warcraft items. Check as well the original 2000 LA Times expose on the company
, to say nothing of the "gay pedophile version of Silver Spoons"
which remains their finest artistic achievement. via boingboing [more inside]
--one of the largest and most comprehensive sites written by and for cannabis growers about cannabis cultivation
, complete with user forums and immense photo galleries--along with Heaven's Stairway Seeds (hempqc.com), Cannabisworld.com, and Eurohemp.com have all been shut down
, their owners arrested in Canada,
and the servers seized. The story hasn't yet made the Canadian news, but it raises many questions about free speech online.
In the market for a George W. Bush bust? That's what I figured. Luckily, you have some choices
. And if you're little Bush head gets lonely, you could get Lincoln
(if you don't mind stealing), and the rest of the gang
to join him. Just make sure you have a couple thousand to spare.
This new trading card game
takes an ironic look a a bunch of "Bad Ideas" from the dot-com boom and bust. The object is to remain in business as long as possible by raising money from VC's and forcing your opponents to spend resources on developing bad ideas... You can't actually generate any revenue, of course :-)
Is Silicon Valley coming back?
Newsweek's cover story this week is the return of Silicon Valley after the Bust of 2000, start-ups and all. Does this new round of hype have any morsels of truth to it?
in the dot-com carnage.
Death rears its ugly head
on all those who try to carve a bust of Dan Quayle.
Was the bust really a Bust
(See below)? Douglas Rushkoff doesn't think so. But then, he's a pretty optimistic guy, if you ask me. (Warning, his article links to MetaFilter... Does that count as a self-link?)