Archive for March 11th, 2012
Along with the revival of Carrie, the musical based on the Stephen King novel, comes the amazement and curiosity that such a production exists at all. A story about a young girl who exacts revenge on her peers for years of torment and trauma does not exactly lend itself well to the stage, much less a musical. Moreover, there’s the fact that when the show originally ran it flopped so greatly it’s considered one of the biggest Broadway disappointments in history. It’s hard to see why producers decided to give it another shot decades later.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot in the revamped and updated production to get excited about (continue reading…)
It doesn’t matter if you work out every day, or if you are a weekend warrior: Odds are, at some point you have ended up with tight, sore muscles. So it is important to master the art of self-massage.
Sometimes it’s neither practical nor economical to get yourself to a spa and spend an hour and a chunk of change getting a massage. But by keeping a few simple tools around the house, you can give yourself some amount of relief and actually end up with a host of benefits: more energy, more restful sleep and better workouts with quicker recovery time.
We’ll skip over the portable massagers that you can purchase out of magazines and on late-night infomercials. Those are adequate but unlikely to delivery more than the most brief, superficial relief (continue reading…)
Last night’s Jonah Hill hosted “Saturday Night Live” was “off.” Not “Lindsay Lohan” off, but it was still “off.” Put it this way: Sketches get cut. Often, this happens before dress rehearsal and the live show. Because of time, it also can happen at the end of the show. Though, I’ve never seen a sketch teased mid-commercial, then be cut by the time the commercial break ends (continue reading…)
No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds.
This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature.
As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.
This week’s selections include pieces by Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta, Lilli Ann, Issey Miyake and Chester Weinberg. Be sure to check out the rare 1970s Nigel Lofthouse Limited Edition Clutch, the collectible Catalina swimsuit and the fab 1920s cloche perfect for a vintage bride.
Which item is your favorite? Leave me a comment below to let me know and please take a minute to rate your favorite slides.
Please note that Zuburbia does not endorse the use of fur, feathers, leather or animal skins in fashion. These selections are offered only as more thoughtful and eco-friendly alternatives for contemporary fashionistas who have not yet eliminated animal products from their wardrobes.
DISCLOSURE: Zuburbia is an affiliate member of the eBay Partner Network, however, editorial selections are made without direct promotional consideration from featured eBay sellers.
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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds
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This week in Journal of Glaciology, research suggests that the Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami combo in March 2011 coerced a piece of ice about twice the size of Manhattan to break free from its Antarctic home.
The ride from Tokyo is uneventful. We take the bullet train from Tokyo Station up the western corridor, running through Fukushima and up to Miyagi Prefecture. The countryside so far seems untouched by the earthquake — there are no buildings cracked in two, no fissures in the concrete. And the tsunami didn’t reach this far, so the summer landscape is verdant (continue reading…)
Last March, I boarded a plane to Japan the day the earthquake hit, unaware of the true extent of the destruction and loss of life. This is my account of my 28 hours spent on a plane and 38 hours spent in Tokyo.
On March 11, 2011, I was booked on a direct flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Narita International Airport halfway across the world in Japan. I was working as a Researcher on the CNN National Desk at the time, but had taken the week off to visit my now-fiance’s parents who were living in Tokyo. This was my first time out of the United States (besides a previous trip to Vancouver), and I was so excited for my first tip to Asia (continue reading…)
On March 11 of last year a megathrust earthquake 70 kilometers off the coast of Japan triggered a catastrophic tsunami that swept up to ten kilometers inland, devastating the northeast coast of Japan’s largest island, Honshu. One year later, nearly 16,000 deaths have been confirmed and over 3,000 people remain missing. The level 7 meltdowns, triggered by the tsunami, at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have created a no-man’s land between Tokyo and Sendai, the hardest hit major city. The past year saw the detection of radiation “hotspots” outside the evacuation zone and contaminated tap water, beef and other products including, a few months ago, trace amounts of radioactive cesium in infant formula (continue reading…)
My experiences traveling in Japan are unique to anywhere in the world I have ever been. It’s the reason I travel, to be surrounded by something unfamiliar. An avid traveller since I was young, I have never experienced a culture like Japan.
The first time I stepped foot there, nearly four years ago, was to live as an assistant English teacher in Rikuzentakata, on the northeastern coast of Japan. I applied and was accepted to the JET program a year out of college, after my love of travel had grown into a desire to live in a culture completely different from my own (continue reading…)
For me, Asia has always seemed the ultimate destination. I was raised all over Latin America and have since lived in Europe and the US and traveled to Africa. Asia remained elusive. Finally, last fall, I decided that I was going to go.
I also decided that I wanted to go by myself and this in and of itself determined which country I would go to (continue reading…)
God of light and matter,
Gazing into fierce dark energy,
here on earth, not that which makes up space,
Gazing into all that darkness, spongy and close,
Piecing out gravitational pulls on us, it’s time
to sort what makes and breaks us. Watching
for Doppler shift, in that vast vacuum, seeking
what brings light from so far away-why it comes
to us, here now, in the midst of our nighttime?
Seeking grace, and escape, like solar winds,
breaking loose to find that which is way out there,
while You? You reside within and among,
hard for us earthbound to grasp your incarnation,
Your presence housed in something akin to ours,
a body shared and broken in the midst of a vast vision
for humanity, while we seek comfort, and not the wide
expanse to which You call us, not the vastness to which
you whisper, “Come!”
As the earth circles the sun again this season,
as Lent sprawls out through this universe, hither
and yon, may it rest in me, may it remake me:
new energy, new matter, new purpose:
*To orbit Truth like a satellite, to remember
home, how far I’ve come, how far I have yet
*To remember the One whose voice
echoes through the light years, calling me,
*To recall what was noise to one, proved the origin
of the universe to another, in the story of static
and the cosmic microwave background.
*To sort sonance and sounds, to finally tune in to Your
(This prayer first appeared in the National Council of Churches Lenten “Expansive Language” Prayer Collection “Words Matter” on March 6, 2012.
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What does it look like when something catches fire? And what does it look like when it doesn’t? This week we had a stark example of both. There was the incredible virality of the Kony 2012 video, which has become the fastest growing social media campaign of all time, having garnered over 67 million YouTube views in less than a week. Clearly the film has struck a nerve. The same can’t be said of Mitt Romney’s campaign, which is still struggling to go viral with the GOP base (continue reading…)
The day after International Womens Day (and what a mess cleaning up after the parade), a fun run of words between friends.
Elayne Boosler: Well La-De-fund Da. Banned Parenthood.
Debbie Harris Donushi: Planned Parenthoodlums.
Mary Higgins Squires: It’s morning sickness again in America.
Debbie Harris Donushi: Ovuleight is enough.
Elayne Boosler: Condomnation.
Debbie Harris Donushi: Probe-ation Officer.
Asa Williams: Secret Cervix.
Boosler: Birth Control to Major Tom.
Debbie Harris Donushi: Embryoglio.
Boosler: The Boehner of our existence.
Keith England: You WANT me on that vaginal wall. You NEED me on that vaginal wall!!
Mary Higgins Squires: Mrs. Gorbachev, wallpaper this wall!
Boosler: Uterus against Them (continue reading…)
At around 10 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night on East 4th street you are likely to find a long line of people holding gold coins and small plastic astronauts or fireman. Though this happens every weekend, people are happy to come back again and again for that staple show: The New York Neo-Futurists’ Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
As some of you might remember, I saw The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill: Vol (continue reading…)
Something incredible is happening right now in Latin America.
After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government’s failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying “enough is enough.” They’re demanding that the range of policy options be expanded to include alternatives that help reduce the crime, violence and corruption in their own countries — and insisting that decriminalization and legal regulation of currently illicit drug markets be considered.
Guatemala’s new president, Otto Perez Molina, is providing important leadership. As a political conservative and former general, he has credibility that others lack. When he started speaking out publicly last month about the need to consider new drug policy options including legalization, many observers thought it was just a ploy to secure greater economic and military aid from the United States (continue reading…)
There’s a growing consensus among economists, investors, academics, and consumer advocates that more “principal reduction” — writing off a portion of a mortgage that exceeds a home’s value in exchange for a higher likelihood of repayment — can help avoid another wave of costly and economy-crushing foreclosures. That’s good for homeowners and lenders, and because millions of underwater mortgages are controlled by the government, it’s also good public policy.
But the country’s two biggest mortgage companies are not convinced, according to Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency — which oversees the government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“Both [Fannie and Freddie] have been reviewing principal forgiveness alternatives and both have advised me that they do not believe it is in the best interest of the companies to do so,” DeMarco told Congress last week. He added that principal reduction is inconsistent with his mandate to protect taxpayers, who have invested more than $150 billion in the companies since 2008.
This stance makes FHFA the “big boulder in the path to principal reduction,” according to former Obama economic advisor Jared Bernstein.
To be sure, FHFA’s position may make some sense if the only goal is to protect the short-term interests of Fannie and Freddie. Principal reductions require the lender to recognize a write-down on their books today in order to save more money tomorrow (continue reading…)
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After Davy Jones of The Monkees died of a massive heart attack at age 66 last week, the Twitter world was abuzz, offering a sort of democratic eulogy of the lifelong entertainer. Most surprising about the deluge of tweets: Most people said that Jones, at 66, had died too young. When Jones was born in 1945, life expectancy for males across the developed world was 66.
How vastly our ideas of aging have changed over the course of his lifetime. Now, death at age 66 is “tragic” because it’s too young (continue reading…)
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After months of promotion HBO’s film on Sarah Palin and the 2008 campaign, Game Change, will air (finally) tonight. Conservatives (including Palin, who has not seen the movie) claim that the film is completely unfair and mainly fiction, plus a valentine to Obama from Democratic Hollywood. But the filmmakers say it’s (sadly) all fact, except that Julianne Moore plays Palin even better than Palin played Palin.
The only thing surprising to me is that anyone at this late date would be surprised by any embarrassing facts about Palin. The truth has been known almost within hours of McCain lifting her out of obscurity back at the end of August 2008 (continue reading…)
Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Republican Congressional leaders like John Boehner have decided that high gas prices are the key to their defense against President Obama and the Democrats — and they have decided that building the Keystone XL Pipeline is the symbol of their commitment to bringing down gas prices through “drill, baby drill” strategies.
Gingrich, in particular, following in Michelle Bachmann’s earlier unsuccessful shoes, has pledged that if he is elected, gas prices will be reduced to $2 or $2.50 gallon. Were this to happen, however, no one would be more unhappy than TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone Pipeline. Because at $2 gallon, there is simply no market for its product — tar sands oil is only profitable when crude oil prices are above $70 barrel. To get gasoline down to $2, crude must fall below $50 — meaning an empty Keystone Pipeline.
Gingrich also ignores the fact that building the Keystone, by enabling tar sands crude to be exported from the U.S (continue reading…)
Every few months, my husband and I have the same argument: he likes a neat, clean, orderly house and children, I allow the girls unfettered access to a wide variety of art supplies. On any given day, my 4-year-old may arrive at preschool with her face covered in watercolor paints pronouncing that she is a butterfly. On other days, she will “tattoo” her arms with Crayola markers, claiming that she is now Kylie the Carnival Fairy. On a few occasions she has experimented with a permanent marker (which contrary to its claim, is not actually permanent) (continue reading…)
DSM 5 is pursuing an ambitious dream that could turn into a public health nightmare. The intention is admirable. Wouldn’t it be great if we could predict who will later become psychotic and intervene early enough to prevent this from happening altogether — or at least to reduce the severity, duration, and impact. The optimistic hope is to hit two home runs with one preventive swing — both to alleviate the individual’s suffering and simultaneously to save public money by avoiding the need later for expensive treatments (continue reading…)
On the heels of football disgrace in The Big Easy, the National Football League desperately needs a new hero. If at all possible, one who is an Eagle Scout, the varsity captain and a former altar boy. Or maybe the intelligent, well-spoken, athletically dazzling son of two U.S. Army sergeants.
When Commissioner Roger Goodell made his league-shaking “Bountygate” announcement on March 2, he emphasized that: “It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game and this type of conduct will not be tolerated.” Of course he did.
Bountygate was not born of young and hungry investigative journalism (continue reading…)
I recently criticized The Good Wife for its portrayal of judges as arrogant and pompous fools and idiots, so you might suspect that if fictitious judges upset me, a real federal judge sending a racist email against President Obama would put me over the top, and it did.
The content of the email was not even borderline racist; even the judge acknowledged it as being so. The New York Times describes the forwarded joke “as involving suggestions of bestiality and the president’s mother.” Although admitting and recognizing its nature, Judge Richard F. Cebull (Montana) suggests that his motives were political in nature rather than racist, and to his credit, apologized to the president and invited an investigation.
But what next? The facts are undisputed (continue reading…)