If you've never heard of KnittaPlease, do yourself a favor and look them up...now! Trust me, any group that yarn-bombs is worth a Google-search. The Austin, TX group, founded by Magda Saveg in 2005, is all about adding warmth to cold, lifeless concrete and steel structures with their handmade yarn creations. Not only that, Saveg and her fellow knitters are trying to redefine this craft because it is often pushed aside or seen as 'that thing old women' do in ... Read More

You Go, Girl!

BY Web Intern in General

Now, I don't follow tennis at all, much less keep track of player standings, but when the 70th-ranked player beats the 13th-ranked one (Nadia Petrova), even I take notice and want to see what all the fuss is about. So who is this new star that's the talk of the US Open? Melanie Oudin, 17, of Marietta, Georgia! Not only has she beat Petrova, but Russian stars Elena Dementieva (ranked no. 4) and Maria Sharapova (ranked no. 29) as well. Oudin's win over Petrova ... Read More

Hubby Hubby!

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Oh Ben and Jerry's, I love you so. Do you know what I love most of all? Since you don't know my love of all things containing peanut butter, I'll help you out with this...your Chubby Hubby ice cream! Turns out you're giving my favorite pint a temporary name change in order to celebrate your home state's acceptance of same-sex marriage. I introduce to you Hubby Hubby! Not only do you support Vermont's decision to allow same-sex marriage, you're also trying to ... Read More
Last night I watched a few minutes of Real Chance at Love , the latest of the Vh1 surreality dating shows. I'd seen the string of similar shows (I Love New York, Flava of Love, Rock of Love, etc), all which draw upon Vh1's recipe for low-low-culture, sex-driven fauxmance, and never imagined such slimy stuff could last as long as it has. The premise for each of these shows is essentially the same--one, or, in Real Chance's case, two, semi-celebrities invite a ... Read More
Sally Potter's new film, Rage, will have quite the unique Sept. 21st premiere for it will be the first time a feature length film will premiere on mobile phones. Through Babelgum, the independent web and mobile content platform, viewers will be able to watch the film on their iPhone or iPod, which will be broken down into seven episodes. If you're unfamiliar with the film, Rage tells the behind-the-scenes story of a New York fashion show that goes hella-crazy ... Read More
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Austin (TX) area, if you haven't seen a screening of Handmade Nation, I urge you to do so when it rolls into town this Sunday the 6th. Not only will you be able to view the documentary about the rise of DIY around the US of A, but Faythe Levine will also be on hand for a book signing and party at Domy Books on the 5th. The Austin screening takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 1:30 and 4:10 pm, followed by a Q and A section. ... Read More

Get Writing!

BY Web Intern in General

You know what I wish people would do more (or frankly, start doing)? Letter writing. I don't know one single person who doesn't love going to their mailbox and discovering something besides bills, coupons and the occasional catalogue for Christmas decorations and the like. So when I moved out to the lovely New York City, I made a promise to myself to stay in touch with my pals back home through letter writing. I introduce to you Sarah Neuburger, the creative gal ... Read More

Mama Mia!

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Like puppets? How about the theater? See the two of them together in the 'La Mama Puppet Series 3' set to run from October 8 to November 29. The annual series, which is supported by the Jim Henson Foundation and others, will open with the newest work by Theodora Skipitares. 'The Traveling Players present The Women of Troy' is a piece based on the text of Euripides and the words of the women incarcerated at Riker's Island in New York. The second production, 'A ... Read More

Live free, no DIE!

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Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann asks fellow Republicans to go into full-on overdrive.  At a Denver conference she said, 'we should slit our wrists to join as blood brothers' against health care reform.'   Eh hem...WTF? Does Bachmann realize that one can become blood 'brothers' (or sisters, or friends) by just having a paper cut on one's finger?  or a scratch on the knee?  Why did she say Republicans should slit their wrists?  ... Read More
Zazzle , an online-custom t-shirt shop based in the United Kingdom, has a client starting a new trend in breast cancer awareness: t-shirts for babies and young girls that say: 'Find a cure before I grow boobs'.  I was taken aback when i first saw this, and after a few gasps I started to giggle. These t-shirts come from the Zazzle shop called Wine and Whimsy , and their shirts are not just for babies and little girls.  There are also shirts that say ... Read More