Welcome to Fashion Scavenger Hunt, a column to help you track down your favorite products — clothes, makeup, shoes, whatever — that have been discontinued or otherwise lost in the passage of time and quickie fashion trends. Email [email protected] to submit your own "wanted" ads. I swear I didn't pick this assignment because Sean gave me such an impressive compliment (okay, maybe it helped): Thank God for you. You are like the Allied Forces of Fashion. Rescuing people the world over. Yes, this is a man's item. Yes, I am a man writing you. But I'm gay - does that help? Tots obsessed with Brad Pitt in WWZ. Where did he get this scarf? Why does he insist on keeping it? Why can I not have it - unwashed? I guess the next best thing is to buy my own. But I can't find it anywhere! Will you help me? Help find this gender neutral rag-like thing. For Sean. Who thinks I'm special. … [Read more...] about Fashion Scavenger Hunt: Help Find Brad Pitt’s Dirty-Looking Scarf
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In the run-up to Ireland’s general election next spring, one of the biggest issues is quickly becoming whether the country will vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which places a near-total ban on abortion. Liam Neeson recently did a voiceover for an ad advocating that the law be repealed, leading to an epidemic of hurt feelings among anti-abortion activists. Abortion is illegal in Ireland unless the pregnant person’s life is threatened. The Eighth Amendment was specially passed in 1983 to make sure abortion remained illegal even if the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, which also banned the procedure, was somehow voided. The Eighth, also known as Article 40.3.3, reads: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. But Al Jazeera reports that legal abortion has become … [Read more...] about Liam Neeson Narrated a Pro-Choice Ad for Amnesty International and People Are Maaaaaad
Ten years ago, Jason DaSilva lived what many would consider a typical New York lifestyle. "You could find me on any given weekend catching brunch with a friend at a café, going to an East Village restaurant for dinner, and then hopping the subway, headed to a nightclub in Chelsea," he writes on his website. Then, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and, in his words, "My neighborhood and world as I knew it shrunk." As DaSilva came to rely upon a walker and later a motorized chair, he faced a different New York, one in which a step or a steep ramp served as a stop sign. In addition to creating When I Walk, a documentary about the transformative experience of becoming disabled, DaSilva has launched a digital initiative that crowdsources accessibility reviews. With tens of thousands of user-generated reviews, AXS Map is the largest project of its kind, and it's growing in some interesting ways. I met with DaSilva and his colleagues in their workspace at the … [Read more...] about This Mapping App Is Helping Disabled New Yorkers Get Around
Isn't fragmentation adorable? That seems to be the message of Google's latest commercial for its Android operating system, which features cuddly animals of different species frolicking about and being best friends fur-ever. Don't groan. That's actually what it's called. The "Friends Furever" spot, which aired during last night's Grammy Awards, is adorable enough to make even the most cynical among us crack a smile. There's an elephant and a lamb digging in the dirt, a cockatoo feeding pasta to a dog, a meerkat snuggling a lion cub, and other heart-warming moments, set to the tune of Roger Miller's "Oo-De-Lally" from Disney's Robin Hood. Google's "Be Together. Not the Same" campaign launched in October, alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as the Nexus 6 and 9 tablets. "Inviting the new kid to your lunch table… Opening yourself up to new ideas… Having the courage to add your thing to the world. It's 'moments of And' like these that move everything forward," Google said in … [Read more...] about Google’s Android Ad: Isn’t Fragmentation Adorable?
If you have a smartphone, you need a scanning app with optical character recognition (OCR). Scanning apps help you capture all kinds of information in a split second, from whiteboard notes to important documents. A scanning app saved my behind recently after I picked up a new passport. I scanned a copy of it on the spot, but then I had to immediately turn it over to someone else to apply for a visa. Before my passport was returned to me—more than two weeks later—I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork that required details from my passport. Good thing I had a legible copy! If you're still wondering why you would need a scanning app, and preferably one with OCR, here are a few scenarios that might convince you: Business cards. The next time someone hands you a business card, use a scanning app to save that person's contact information in less than 30 seconds. Then celebrate being paperless by returning the business card (or recycling it later). Some apps automatically create … [Read more...] about 5 Top Apps to Help You Go Paperless