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I am obsessed with this sticky note experiment. Office hijinks and art! This'll bust up any Friday work blues.

So Amnesty International has this new interactive billboard . When you look right at it it shows a picture of a happy, smiling couple. As you look away the picture changes to one of domestic violence. The poster has an eye tracking camera in it to know when someone is looking directly at it. The point is to raise awareness of how domestic violence is often behind closed doors, when no one is looking. A couple could seem happy and perfect to the outside world but have a dark and violent problem when they are alone. This is obviously a very state of the art campaign.

I don't know about any of you peeps, but I love the Fleet Foxes. Their self-titled album and Sun Giant EP are both great, plus they are fantastic live. If you haven't had the chance to see them, you totally should. They're playing at All Points West in about a month (along with Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot and the Beastie Boys), plus a whole host of other tour dates including Chicago, Philly, DC and Toronto. If you get the chance you should definitely check them out in concert.

It's Take Your Dog to Work Day! This very important holiday started in 1999 to promote pet adoption and show off how awesome companion dogs are. It's true. People who have dogs see serious health benefits including lower blood pressure and stress levels. It's also been shown that elderly or ill people who have a pet to care for live longer because they have someone depending on them - a reason to get out of bed no matter what else. Pets can also ease mental illnesses like depression and PTSD. Not to mention the fact that dogs are the best listeners and snugglers around.

This ad is so mind-blowingly (heh) offensive and slack that I can feel myself getting dumber as I write this. It manages to desecrate both burgers and blow-jobs--and as an erstwhile fan of both, and a defender of the ladies, it leaves me triply outraged and left with the same greasy sense of empty calories and broken promises that fast food so often delivers.

Remember the heated discussion we were having about the Calvin Klein billboard in SoHo? Some felt that it was too racy to be up in public where kids could see it, others felt that it should be left alone as art. We're even divided on the issue here at BUST (so what I'm saying here is my opinion but not necessarily everyone's). Well, now CK has put up a different ad, replacing the steamy scene with a chick in a bikini. The question remains whether the company would have changed the ad anyway or if they were buckling to public pressure. That doesn't matter, really.

          The Busties have adopted a river otter from the National Wildlife Federation. Sadly, he will not be delivered to our offices to bathe in an inflatable pool but he will be chillin' in the wetlands of North America. His name is Buster (get it?) and the interns have agreed that he should be our new mascot. -Sylvie Partake in your own do-goodery at the National Wildlife Federation. Photo courtesy of Animal Courtesy.

Here's to the man in the mirror--the talented and troubled Mr. Michael Jackson. From adorable child singer to international icon--Jackson redefined pop music and stardom--breaking barriers and bringing people together even as he wrestled with the personal demons and tragedy that attend the stories of so many American music legends. Jackson in some ways feels like one of the last true celebrities--someone who was venerated, not for his wealth or consumption or reality tv inanity, but for his insane talent, innovation and being truly, magnetically, and sometimes terrifyingly interesting.

Infamous subversive artist, Banksy, is having an installation in Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery from now until August 31st. Admission is free, but lines are estimated to be an hour long to get inside.

The Congo has over 200 different ethnic groups, and while none of them are a majority, ethnic discrimination has been commonplace in the country forever. This was only heightened in 1996, when the conflicts of neighboring Rwanda spilled across the border and Tutsis invaded to eliminate the Hutu militias that were reportedly hiding in the forests of the Congo. The Tutsis claimed power and put one of their people in charge of the Congo's government. When he began to turn on them in 1998, the Rwandans invaded again, sparking the beginning of one of he most violent wars in history.
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