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                 When it comes to ingenuity in music, The Portland Cello Project is the picture of a forward-thinking group. The ensemble, which is made up of a remarkable 8-16 cellists at a time, has invested in the philosophy that 'collaboration is the ironic cornerstone of independent musicianship.' Talented team in tow, the group has dreamed up an impressive array of sounds.

Fleur Cowles, 101, died this Friday in Sussex, England. The author of a star-studded 1996 memoir, She Made Friends and Kept Them, she was perhaps most famous for her editorial role in Flair magazine of 1951, a ground-breaking if short-lived publication focusing on the art, fashion, travel, and literature that informed Ms. Cowles' passionate life.

Lene Lovitch, New Toy 1981. Love the giant scissors. Oversize objects seems to be one of those weird 80's fads, like giant pencils, telephones , etc. I even seem to remember a store in Soho that only sold jumbo items, but then again, my memory is terrible, maybe I hallucinated that? Anyway, enjoy this video from an often overlooked but much loved  icon from our past.

Don't forget, New York BUSTies, tonight at Re/Dress NYC there will be a book signing and event with Marianne Kirby and Kate Harding , authors of Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere. They will be accompanied by Fatshionista's Lesley Kinzel (who also contributed to the book) for an evening of shopping, dancing, reading and being fat/awesome. Directions: Re/Dress NYC 109 Boerum Place Brooklyn, NY between Pacific + Dean f/g train to Bergen Street stop Shopping at 6:30, reading begins at 8. See you there.

You know those sitcoms with the schlubby husband who always messes up while his wife just takes it with a long-labored sigh? People always wonder why the hot wife would stay with the lazy ass. Blogtacular theorizes what it would be like if the roles were reversed. (Basically the same but even less believable thanks to society!) -Sylvie  Video from theblogulator.

It's almost time for Worldwide Knit in Public Day! Events are next Saturday, June 13, all over the world. Pick up your sticks and join in the fun! You can check out the WWKIP website to find events in your area. The day was started four years ago by Danielle Landes so that knitters could get to know each other. As the WWKIP site says, ''Knitting is such a solitary act that it's easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits.

Every now and then you'll be deep in conversation about something like National Yo-Yo Day and that will veer off topic to something like POGs. And sometimes that means all you children of the 90s will stop short, unable to remember the name of the big plastic disc used to hit the little cardboard ones, mainly because none of you actually ever put your massive POG collection to use. When this inevitable situation occurs (and believe me, it will) you'll be forced to do a little Googling. That's exactly what happened here at the BUST office, and that is how I discovered the Bad Fad Museum .

Need a little reminder that maybe it isn't all so bad? Well, if you head over to Everything is Terrible, you may or may not find that. They post different videos of ridiculous things from the past - including a Y2K warning, a kid's song about donuts and Jesus, and an abstinence ad turned hair metal video. You'll either feel better about your own life or very, very sad that these things even exist. Either way, it's worth checking out.

If anything good can come out of Dr. Tiller's murder, it would be that it seems to have mobilized the pro-choice movement. New groups and websites have been popping up left and right over the past few days, dedicated to the cause in different ways. I found this one, I Am Dr. Tiller , to have the potential to be very compelling. It is basically a collection of stories from people around the country who have in some way worked in the abortion field. It's not just doctors, it includes volunteers, escorts and women who have had abortions.

Are you one part all-American girl next door and one part risque party chick? Then Vine and Venetia may be exactly what you're looking for. The line is based on the fictional story of two sisters: Vine, who is laid-back and prefers a quiet evening in with good friends and wine, and Venetia, a music-loving blogger who loves clubs and parties. Malik S. founder of Vine and Venetia, conceived the idea in 2004 as representations of his friends.
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