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Apply now to be a vendor at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at Maker Faire New York! The world's largest DIY festival takes place on September 29th and 30th at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, and over 40,000 attendees are expected over both days of this innovative outdoor event. Last year, BUST featured over 50 awesome indie artisans in the BUST Magazine Craftacular Pavilion at World Maker Faire, and this year's Craftacular will be bigger and even better, with: An expanded central location in a highly trafficked area within Maker Faire.

In the wake of the European Commission’s fail-tastic attempt to inspire girls to be interested in science comes a new toy with a similar goal in mind—minus the whole glorifying gender stereotypes in an obnoxiously superficial and degrading way kind of thing. Far outnumbered by men in their pursuit of engineering, math, and science degrees, the toy’s developers, Alice, Bettina, and Jennifer decided something’s gotta give. Thus, Roominate was born.

At times, I have a strong desire to occupy the brain of a conservative Republican just to understand what he's thinking. This urge passes rather quickly when I realize that the GOP party leans on the side of batshit crazy and it looks like there’s not much critical thinking going on anyway. Especially for Republicans in Texas.  For those of you who haven’t been following the Lone Star State’s public education system, things happen to look exceedingly dismal right about now.

If you are a human with access to the internet, you are probably aware that Magic Mike premiered this weekend. You are probably also aware that it involved mostly naked men, several of whom are very, very good-looking, and one of whom is a very excellent dancer. But here's the thing--did you also know that there's a thing called pornography? Because that exists, too, and if you're into naked dudes, you should probably just watch that instead.  Never in my life have I seen so many women lined up to see a movie--and this is coming from someone who has seen every Twilight film at midnight.

I’ve heard of learning from the masters--you know, studying the big names, imitating their works, and pulling inspiration from them. But artist Dorothee Golz is doing something quite different than all of that. Instead of being influenced by the work, she actually makes modern people become a part of it. In these fascinating (and mildly creepy) portraits, Golz transplants well-known, classic portrait heads onto the bodies of modern women. Not only does she create bodies for these famous-floating heads, but she also adds an entire environment around them.

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls has always been my guru. Her wit, intelligence, never-ending appetite, feminist outlook, and multi-dimensional plot lines are a rare combination of characteristics for female leads to possess within today’s pop culture. Likewise, there were few episodes of Gilmore Girls where Rory wasn’t reading a book, referencing a book, or standing with a stack of her prized books—her thirst for knowledge was a key part of who she was.

One of most unique aspects of living in the United States is the crazy amount of diversity between our day-to-day experiences–someone in California could be returning from her lunch break at the same time as an East Coaster is beginning the evening’s commute, and a couple in Phoenix can have an outdoor holiday dinner while a family in Ohio huddles by a fireplace, avoiding snow banks and sub-zero temperatures. But if there’s one time of year where we can all feel unified in collective frustration, it’s summer.

Last weekend, I swung by Generation Records and skimmed their heaping collection of band shirts. Although the majority of the shirts they carry are for hardcore and metal bands, I managed to find a Beach House shirt from within the racks. The only problem with it? It is (or should I say, was) a big baggy black t-shirt. Wearing a big baggy black t-shirt in boiling 100-degree New York City summer weather is a sure-fire way to reduce yourself to a puddle of sweat.

It’s a statistically unconfirmed fact that 96.27% of all women are Ryan Gosling fans, and while some you might like him for his acting chops or his wonderfully sculpted chin, I’m personally a huge fan of the Ryan Gosling who’s spawned dozens of hilarious memes on Tumblr. From the classic Feminist Ryan Gosling and Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling to the more obscure Hey Girl, I Heart NPR (me too, Ryan, me too!), one can nearly always be sure that seeing Ryan’s scruffy face pop on a Tumblr dashboard will result in a smile.

How fantastic would it be if you were given a dollar for every instance someone said to you “Wow, you've changed so much!”? I, for one, would probably be lounging by my gigantic pool and fanning myself with $100 bills in the Hamptons right now, if that were the case. It can be difficult to really see the changes you’ve undergone with age—which is what inspired the individuals posted on Young Me/Now Me to submit photos from their past, along with the recreated image of themselves, years later.
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