Building Celebration House – Annette Drake

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Building Celebration House

Annette Drake

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: March 1, 2017

Publisher: Annette Drake

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.

Carrie Hansen delights in seeing others happy, the deep down kind of happy from falling in love or being with family. Well, okay, not her family. But she knows happiness exists, and she wants to surround herself with it before she runs out of time. With her recent heart transplant a failure, Carrie purchases an antebellum mansion, the perfect venue for weddings and parties, and the perfect place to spend the rest of her days, watching others enjoy life. She just never expected to find love. Why, oh why, now? Much less with a ghost. Maj. Thomas Gentry is a Civil War soldier who died in battle in 1861. While he’s not the only spirit Carrie encounters at the aging plantation, he’s certainly the most handsome. As restorations on the mansion progress, Carrie’s health declines, yet her relationship with Tom grows stronger. She discovers an inner strength and happiness she’s never known. When renovation problems arise, Carrie doubts she can finish Celebration House in time. Even if she does, how can she plan a future with this man from the past?

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Building Billions – Part 1 – Lexy Timms

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Building Billions – Part 1

Lexy Timms

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: April 1, 2018

Publisher: Dark Shadow Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC

By USA Today Bestselling Author, Lexy Timms. One night love affair It was only supposed to be one night. Ashley’s just a low step on the ladder of her company’s success. The company party was always a big to-do. Jimmy Sheldon, the CEO and found of Big Steps always made sure his employees had a good time. He should, he worked them hard, expected more than they thought they could give, but he always rewarded their efforts. It’s what made him a great boss and the owner of a million-dollar company. He knew how to make things work.  And boy, did he.  A few too many cosmo’s and Ashley hit the dance floor. She forgot how much fun it was to dance. After a few songs, her years of competitive dance routines came back to her and she had everyone trying to move like her. Even boss-man Jimmy. And he had some decent dance moves himself. From the dance floor to the hotel room, Ashley swore they’d both forget what happened in the morning and go back to their steps on the ladder. Except, no one ever forgets a hit song… Building Billions: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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Cameron Weiss, the founder of Weiss Watch Company, was only five years old when he first started taking apart watches. Of course, back then he didn’t have the ability to put them back together. Instead, they would be rendered into a pile of debris, so when family or friends had a piece that had run its course, they would hand it off to him with no expectation of getting it back.

“I would just sit there and dismantle any piece that I could get my hands on,” says Weiss from his workshop headquarters. Those pieces weren’t exactly of the highest caliber, but they helped ignite a fascination with the tiny mechanisms. “I didn’t know that there were people who actually got to put them together as a job.”

Since then Weiss has come a long way, all the way to Switzerland and back, where he honed his craft inside prestigious houses like Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. That experience, paired with an apprentice-style education under Swiss watchmakers, gave Weiss all the tools he needed to open his own watch company out of California.

Men’s Journal spoke with Weiss on becoming a watchmaker, being a tradesman in the digital age, his Crown & Caliber-backed podcast Watch and Listen, and building an American-made brand.

How did you first learn about watchmakers?
My parents asked me to help them buy a watch for my brother as a present. They didn’t know too much, and they knew how much I was crazy about them. I came across this collector while I was shopping around and ended up talking with him quite a bit. He was the one who first told me about the watchmakers in Switzerland, he had been there and visited some of the factories. I was amazed by the stories of people actually hand-making and polishing the parts.

How did you start training to become one?
I found out from a family friend that there were watchmaking schools, and a certain program called WOSTEP [Watchmakers Of Switzerland Training And Education Program]. They operate with a Swiss curriculum, and while most are in Europe, there are three very small ones in the United States. They cap it at eight students for two years full-time. There was almost no book reading. It was all hands on. Two Swiss watchmakers and the head of the program fly in to grade your final tests. Getting the call that I passed was one of the best phone calls I have ever gotten.

What came for you next?
One of our instructors worked for Audemars Piguet, and I got a job offer from them right after the test. They flew me out to Switzerland, to Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux, just north of Geneva. It is the watchmaking capitol of the world. I had never been to Switzerland at the time; I had only seen photos and read about it. They drove me through the mountains, through this little village where Audemars has taken over pretty much all of the buildings. Every one of these beautiful, farm-style buildings is working on some part of their watches or built around the workers. I got to walk through the factories and see all of the people assembling or doing complex repairs. There is one special restoration workshop where these very experienced hands are able to work on almost any piece that Audemars ever made. Plenty of antique tools that they don’t even make any more, some of the machines are still manual. It was a life-changing trip. I got the chance to go back when I started working for Vacheron Constantin, and stayed there for a couple of months. I got to train in complex watches with them, which meant I got to explore quite a bit more.

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Did you ever plan on living out there?
The idea of starting my own watch line was always in the back of my head, and I thought that I would have to live in Switzerland to do it. That was just the way it had always been done. I was waiting for my French to get good enough, and to get enough contacts, but while I was working at the Vacheron boutique on Rodeo doing repairs on old pieces, I realized that I could do it right here in California.

How did that realization come to you?
I had already started making watches for myself, and I would wear them whenever I wasn’t at the boutique. People stopped and complimented them or asked where I had gotten them. I would attend these pop-up events for American denim lines, which were full of people who cared about craftsmanship and aren’t an electronic watch crowd. But they weren’t going to spend thousands on a Swiss timepiece either, so what they needed was a product that had all the mechanics while keeping the cost reasonable.

How did you start building?
I bought a whole workshop from the widow of a watchmaker. It was an amazing collection and I was honored to get it. I still have his workbench and a lot of the tools I got from him. There are so many tiny hand tools that are tailor made for just one precise purpose. Pin vices, screw drivers, and just gripping parts while you work on it. The tools have to be in perfect condition, because you can damage the piece if it hasn’t been taken care of expertly.

What problems did you come across?
The biggest issue was finding local manufacturers and machine shops that would help make the raw parts. For my own watches, I had been doing everything on my own, with my own hands, but to make a run properly I needed to find people that could help with that part of the process. There were many months driving around meeting with shops in the Los Angeles area. There were a lot of companies that just wrote me off, but there were a few that were excited by the idea. Many of these companies hand never made watch parts before—they were making gear for cars and planes, and so it was a completely new business for them as well. Some of them we still work with to this day.

How did you go about designing the look of your watches?
I wanted to create a brand that was distinctly American. I was a diver growing up and have spent a lot of time in the ocean. I worked for a company that built underwater camera housings before I started making watches. That job not only gave me access to CNC machines but also this beautiful and complicated diving gear. During that experience I discovered this love for old dive equipment and antique gauges. That, along with a fascination with aviation instruments, influenced my design for my first Field Watch.

How has the watch industry changed since you have been in it?
I think the watch industry has become a lot more fun than it was say five years ago when we first started. Everything was done a certain way and there weren’t a lot of the younger brands that exist now, not just outside of Switzerland but also inside of the country. People are starting to understand that you can buy a watch that isn’t a Rolex and that can have its very own cool factor. They are much more open to having a diverse collection with new names in it, which can be discovered in new marketplaces like Crown & Caliber.

What are the benefits of sites like Crown & Caliber?
One of the really cool benefits is it is a great way to find old watches outside of the standards we usually see. There is a really unique selection on there from brands that had been sort of lost to history. They are the kind that could become your favorite new piece, one that turns heads, and before Crown & Caliber, you may have never known it existed. I remember while doing an episode of our Watch and Listen podcast they sent us a white gold Blancpain where the case back opened up to reveal a sapphire. Nobody produces anything like that anymore.

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Courtesy Crown & Caliber

Now you do a podcast with them as well. Why did you want to create Watch and Listen?
I enjoy getting to do the podcast because for so long I was only focused on what I was doing and the watches that I was making. The show gives me an opportunity to really look at what others are doing in the industry and that makes me an even better watchmaker. For most of the episodes, Crown & Caliber will send us a batch of pieces that I get to play around with, and because we also shoot on video, I can show people what is going on inside of them. Some of the pieces I have been really thrilled to get my hands on. They sent us the JLC Duometre Chronograph, which is just an unbelievable and gorgeous watch. One of the most beautiful things I have seen in person.

Have you found a lot of young people interested in becoming watchmakers?
I take apprentices in, which has been a great experience, to help me with the production. I don’t get as many as I would hope for. I think it’s tough in Los Angeles with the cost of living so high. People are interested in it, but they don’t have the time to really invest in building the skillset. There have been some successes still though, one of the guys I had working for me has gone on to start his own company. I can only hope that more and more makers will start up here in the United States. That is one of the main goals I have: to create an infrastructure to have more watches made here.

Now that you have your own workshop, outside of your apartment, what does a day look like for you?
I have a Sprinter van that we have set up for camping that I drive to the workshop. I love the walk through the back, roll up doors in the morning, seeing all the raw materials laid out ready for the machine shop. I have to be extremely diligent at not sitting down at the computer to look at emails or check my phone when it buzzes. So instead I will write a note to get organized and stay away from the laptop. I enjoy having that quiet time to myself in the workshop, getting time at the bench.
I always have a coffee to sip while building; there are so many great roasters around here. I have made a lot of friends in the coffee industry over the years. I will lay out all the parts of a piece in front of me, ready for assembly, and play some music while I work. Finishing one can take a few days, but I love it.

What is the best part of your job?
The most rewarding part is seeing a watch that you built out in the wild, whether it is at a car show or on the street. I will usually try to say hello, or ask them where they got it. One morning I drove up next to a guy at a traffic light and I saw one of my pieces on his wrist. I have to say that made me smile.

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Cloud Nothings

Genre: Alternative

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Release Date: October 19, 2018

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How to Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician (Unabridged) – Ari Herstand

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How to Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician (Unabridged)

Ari Herstand

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: December 6, 2016

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Isaia Opens San Francisco Store in Frank Lloyd Wright Building

Italian luxury men’s wear brand Isaia has opened a boutique in San Francisco, its third Stateside, located in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright building at 140 Maiden Lane that was one of the original blueprints for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Formerly home to the V.C. Morris Gift Shop, the store boasts 7,900 square feet of space, with 4,000 square feet dedicated to retail sales, incorporating a bevy of unique design elements.
“It is all about the space,” said Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the family-run company. “We kept the integrity of every design feature intact. As an update to the store’s existing beauty, we focused on adding a color-sensitive lighting schematic, sound system and the styling of our product to complete the experience. It was much like restoring a masterful piece of art to its glory and giving it a new personality.”
Taking over a landmarked building was no small task, because none of the original materials could be touched or modified, including the original wall plaster, millwork, trim, flooring railings, bubbled ceilings and, of course, the brick and stone façade. Planning required the interior of the space to be painted the exact color that Wright

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Building Your Minecraft Virtual Campus

Chris Haskell

Genre: Games

Publish Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Chris Haskell


Working with students in game-based spaces and virtual worlds is intensely rewarding. This is equally so for both face-to-face and online students, these spaces allow them to tap schema that they have developed over years of gameplay and bring it to bear in a real, educational setting. When we find a tool like Minecraft that offers so many of affordances, it is incumbent upon us, as educators, to open the doors, invite them in, and allow them to change it and make it their own. 

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Empire State Building Pays Tribute To Endangered Animals, Remembers Cecil The Lion

Cecil the lion, a majestic black-maned beast who once roamed the woodlands of Zimbabwe’s Hwange, was found dead last month on the outskirts of the national park. He had been killed by an American dentist for tens of thousands of dollars, then skinned and beheaded for a hunting trophy.

Cecil’s death has sparked outrage worldwide, as people everywhere lament the damage that humans continue to inflict on the populations of not just lions, but the planet’s many endangered creatures. On Saturday night, the Empire State Building served as a timely, sky-high reminder of this devastating impact, as images and video of threatened animals were projected onto the façade of the iconic New York City skyscraper.

Cecil was one of the animals featured.

For three hours, “insects, sea creatures, mammals, and birds crawled, swam, and flew over” the Empire State Building “as spectators ‘oohed’ and ‘awed,’” said The Verge. Snow leopards, tigers, lemurs, and manta rays were among the creatures on display.

The spectacle, achieved with the help of 40 projectors, was organized by the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of “Racing Extinction,” an upcoming documentary about humans’ impact on threatened species.

“I’m hoping with this film and this event, we can raise awareness and start a movement,” the film’s director Louie Psihoyos (of “The Cove” fame) told The Verge.

NBC New York says the projections were a first for the Empire State Building, which is typically lit up with colors or, on occasion, light shows.

In total, 160 species were featured on the skyscraper. The New York Times says the production cost $ 1 million.

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The Building Blocks of Erotic Intimacy

Sex addiction is a coping mechanism, much like compulsive eating, gambling or drinking, that works to either augment the addict’s pleasure or numb his or her pain. It’s a defense against overwhelming feelings that the addict cannot regulate, feelings that have their roots in childhood, when primary caregivers proved unreliable at best, and abusive at worst. Having failed to attach in a healthy way within these initial relationships, the addict now struggles to form bonds with others, either due to fear of abandonment, fear of enmeshment or fear of harm. The result of these fears, regardless of their particular flavor, is a phobia of intimacy that pervades the sex addict’s life. In response, he or she turns to relationship substitutes that also function as brain chemistry-altering drugs — porn, affairs, prostitutes, promiscuity. Thus sex addiction is a complex and highly sophisticated “solution” to the addict’s emotional problems. It is not dismantled easily.

What’s needed is an understanding of the building blocks of intimacy, which when worked on individually and as a whole, will gradually allow the addict to learn a new style of relating to others. The goal is for the addict is to learn to securely attach to healthy partners and experience the joy of intimacy, which once tasted, can be so powerful it incinerates all illusions that sexual acting out can ever fulfill the deep inner longing for connection that all humans have in common.

One of the most important building blocks is transparency. This means allowing ourselves to be seen and known authentically, no matter the consequences. To a sex addict, this can be horrifying. The shame involved in coming clean about the addiction is enough to send the addict right back to the sex club. But transparency is not just about disclosing secrets or divulging details to a partner. It’s about letting other people know when we’re hurting; lettings others in on our humor; sharing our talents; and even just being “boring” when we’re tired or need down time. Transparency is like the clean oxygen needed for relationships to breathe, and it begins in the safety of a therapeutic setting where addicts can risk being themselves, perhaps for the first time ever.

Another major building block of intimacy is vulnerability. Through years of acting out, the sex addict has built of a brick wall of “toughness,” an emotional invincibility that is evidenced in the callous objectifying of others and the ability to stay emotionally detached from partners. Learning to accept that we can be hurt, that we most likely will be hurt from time and time, and that we can be hurt and still be okay is the key to moving towards healthy bonds. To even acknowledge how deeply we can be wounded by a cold look, an unreturned email or a rejected invitation can be daunting, but once viewed in the context of our shared humanity, it becomes easier for the addict to understand how normal their responses are, and to cope with the disappointment in ways that are loving and respectful towards oneself, rather than destructive.

There are many more building blocks and cornerstones of intimacy, and each one is like a key that can open the door to freedom for the sex addict. Throughout the journey, it is essential to having a kind and supportive guide in the form of a therapist or counselor, for this work can unearth traumas too great to be handled on one’s own. Support groups are also invaluable during this stage of recovery, where addicts can share their progress and ultimately begin to grasp that they are not alone.

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My Husband And I Live In The Same Building As My Ex. Here’s What It’s Like

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we’ll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life!

Christine Amour-Levar is used to people giving her the side-eye when she tells them about her living arrangement. The mom of four is remarried but lives in the same apartment building as her ex-husband.

“Most people look at our setup and think, ‘How bizarre. Why would anyone want to live this way, in such close proximity to an ex-husband or ex-wife?'” Amour-Levar told The Huffington Post.

“The answer is simple: It takes a village to raise a child,” she said. “There is much wisdom in this old proverb and it’s something we as parents have taken to heart in these formative years of our children’s upbringing.”

Below, Amour-Levar tells us more about her unique blended family.

Hi Christine! Want to introduce us to your family?
We are a family of six living in Singapore: There’s my husband Steve, me and our four children: Yasmine (12) and Malcolm (10) from my first marriage and Louis (5) and Angeline (3) from my marriage to Steve.

All four children live in our home while my ex-husband, Mike, still lives a few floors above us. The older children consider their father’s flat almost an extension of our home and zoom up the elevator several times a day to see him when he’s in town. (He travels often for work.) When it’s his weekend, there aren’t many changes to our kids’ daily schedules. My two younger children often accompany the older two to visit their “uncle” upstairs. They feel equally at home there and occasionally they all have dinner together. In their eyes, he is an important member of our family.

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How does Steve feel about your ex-husband living so close?
It’s funny because when we met six years ago, Steve was 34, single, never married and just out on the town for a good time. On our first meeting, little did he know that I had a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son waiting for me at home– and an ex-husband living in a different flat in the same building! I just had to explain the situation to him: When we split up after 10 years of marriage, my ex and I consulted a child psychologist who suggested living in such close proximity to each other would be the least traumatic situation for the kids — so that’s what we did.

Luckily, both men have been able to put egos aside for the love, happiness and well-being of the children. That’s what’s at the heart of our family’s genuine partnership. It’s not uncommon to see my husband and ex-husband chatting by the pool while the children happily paddle and splash about. It’s a scene that a few of our neighbors had to adjust to at first!

How do you make such a unique living arrangement work? There must be challenges.
We live close but we are very conscious of maintaining each other’s privacy. Respect is a huge part of it. When my husband, ex-husband and I interact or speak about each other in front of anyone — especially the kids — we do so with the utmost respect and consideration. The children feel this and take their cues from it. One day my son Malcolm even said, “When I grow up and become a famous professional football player, I will buy a big house where all of us can live together!” And by “all of us,” he said he meant his father, his stepdad, his mother, brother, sisters and all the grandparents, including step-grandparents and nannies!

What would you say are some of the biggest challenges of stepfamily life in general?
In our case, I am the mother of all four children but there are two very involved fathers in the picture. Juggling the various relationships is sometimes a little challenging. My ex-husband and I parent our older children very closely and consult each other often on important decisions but my husband is also very committed to helping us raise them. Steve is keenly aware and respectful of my ex-husband’s opinions as it relates to the two older kids, but he also has a point of view regarding how they should grow up and behave. It can be challenging!

What advice do you have for parents who are struggling to keep the peace with their exes?
I know it’s not always easy. It requires a certain type of individual who can look beyond the petty differences of opinions, the bruised egos and the emotional uncertainty that comes with any divorce. Ultimately, it’s about putting the children first and your feelings a distant second. Just remember: It’s the children’s fragile feelings that need to be placed at the center of the situation, not what you’re feeling personally.

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Building a Better Blonde: 9 Breakout Products to Supercharge Any Shade

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The heat might be getting to us, but the sudden onset of summery weather has us dreaming of going blonde. Perhaps you’re yearning for the tawny, caramel street style shade known simply as “bronde”—darker than average, with a focus on depth rather than brightness—or the equally brilliant options of Nordic, beige, baby, dirty, golden, and platinum. No matter the shade, the only caveat for a sunnier color has been its required upkeep, which is a reality that Victoria Hunter, editorial colorist and co-owner of New York City’s Whittemore House Salon, attributes to strands made porous over time. Fortunately, a new generation of shampoos, conditioners, masks, and serums, is out to remove the high-maintenance connotation associated with a flaxen dye job—targeting specific tones to make maintaining your ideal tint easier to achieve.

To preserve a pitch-perfect tone even after a day at the beach, Redken’s Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Gold Conditioner allows medium blondes to maintain warmth by depositing bespoke color calibrations between salon services, while supplying hair with much-needed moisture. But, according to Hunter, those after icier shades should feel free to harness the power of the sun. “It really does help to brighten things, but we recommend a touch of Je Veux Argan Oil to maintain hydration,” she says. Christophe Robin’s Shade Variation Care mask for baby blondes uses temporary tone-cooling agents (and a bit of well-applied color theory) by way of violet pigments that eliminate brassiness, while conditioning with soothing almond butter and Buriti oil. Purple shampoos work similarly to “neutralize yellow,” but should be used sparingly, says the colorist.

Hunter’s universal tip for blondes of all breeds is to invest in a water filter for your shower, which better protects sponge-like hair from soaking up the dulling effects of metal and chlorine. As for the contents of your bathtub’s shelves, here’s a look at nine customized products tailored to every kind of blonde.

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Get Yourself That Girlfriend By First Building Confidence With Women

Are you single right now? For some guys this is by choice. For most guys however, it’s not. If you fall in the second category, I’m guessing you need to gain confidence with women. And don’t feel bad about this, you’re not alone. What’s bad is knowing this and NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Don’t know where to start? Well now see that’s where I come in…
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Building the Perfect Hair Arsenal: From the Best Blow-Dryer to the Ultimate Shampoo

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At the end of fashion month, we find ourselves reminiscing about the variety of  hairstyles used to bring our favorite runway looks to life. While we try to decide which waves, ponytails, or chignons to attempt—the futuristic updos from Balenciaga and Prada are at the top of our list—a hair arsenal overhaul seems like a good preparatory step. To aid us in this task, we enlisted editorial pro Teddi Cranford. As the owner of the White Rose Collective, which provides brides and partygoers with access to the best hairstylists and makeup artists in the industry, and the go-to red-carpet stylist for clients like Jemima Kirke and Pamela Love, Cranford has spent years wielding brushes, sprays, and blow-dryers, helping her shape the ultimate edit of tools and styling products to keep at the ready.

For starters, when washing her clients’ hair, Cranford prefers the “transformative effects” of Oribe Signature Shampoo and Conditioner—“they seriously make such a difference”—before erasing frizz (and providing an extra-soft finish) with the brand’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, a product that works both pre–blow dry and air dry. For those between-wash days, Cranford reaches for Sachajuan Volume Powder. “It has zero buildup but provides texture when hair is greasy, or if you want to pump up your look a bit.”

She’d also never leave the house for a job without her favorite two brushes, the first being a YS Park Round Brush. “Round brushing your own hair is tricky, even if you do it every day, and YS brushes are so easy to navigate,” she says, adding that they impart a silky texture and easy movement to the hair. For straight blowouts or basic knot maintenance, on the other hand, a Mason Pearson hairbrush is unmatched, because “the mixed bristles detangle without breaking or tearing the hair.”

As for the blow-dryer itself, BaByliss Nano Titanium Portofino does the trick, but Cranford notes that whatever the model, a concentrator nozzle is paramount for control of the overall style. She suggests a misting of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray pre–blow dry, “to give hold and amplify the look without leaving hair heavy.” Loose waves and textural curls can be manufactured with a one-inch ceramic iron from Hot Tools, and just about every style can be set with L’Oréal’s cult classic Elnett spray. Here, a look at the hair products every woman should have at home.

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Military Almost Done Building Flying Dragons

Did you hear that the U.S. military is developing flying dragons that shoot laser beams from their eyes? They don’t say that directly, but you can see the parts coming together.

A drone is about halfway to being a flying dragon already. And recently the military tested a laser weapon that destroyed a truck at a distance. It is only a matter of time before the military miniaturizes laser weapons and puts them on drones.

I think the first generation of laser drones will look boring, like today. But eventually someone will say, “Let’s make the drones look like flying dragons that shoot laser beams out of their eyes!” Someone else will point out that a flying dragon will not be as aerodynamic as a normal drone. But that is a small price to pay for the coolness of it all. Just think of the bragging rights.

North Korea: “We have developed long range missiles with nuclear warheads. Death to the Americans!”

U.S.: “We have ten-thousand flying dragons that feel no pain and shoot lasers from their eyes. They are permanently circling your country looking for anything that leaves the ground. On the plus side, just point to your hibachi and we’ll light it for you from the sky. Oh, and our satellites are seeing an irregular mole on your back. You should see someone about that.”

In the long run, I expect we will develop a robot army, including drones, to create a virtual fence around ISIS-held territory. The robots would kill anything with a heat signature that came within a mile of the border. And the drones might be able to jam all communications in the area too. I would be amazed if the military is not working toward that containment strategy. The dragon part is a bit less likely.

But as someone said in the comments, waiting for ISIS to self-destruct is a good option too. As the movement succeeds, it attracts people who have slightly different views until the whole thing becomes like the American Congress that can’t get anything done. Good luck with that, ISIS.


My post today was boring, but luckily my blogging partners did better.

Vivian Giang explains why men are better than women when it comes to the workplace. (Expect a twist.) I buy every part of her post, as it is based on studies and the obvious. But in an upcoming post I plan to have a link war to figure out how everything Vivian describes can be true at the same time other studies show no pay differential after you adjust for experience. I believe both assertions even though they are in direct conflict. What is up with that?

In other news, a company created a frickin’ car with 3D printers. What????

And a Berkeley-related start-up has an app that could alleviate a lot of poverty. How do you ignore that?

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Hugh Jackson lights up Empire State Building

Hugh Jackman celebrates Australia Day by flipping a ceremonial switch to light up the Empire State Building green and gold. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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‘Man of Steel’ Star Michael Shannon — The King Has Entered the Building

“Man of Steel” star Michael Shannon will soon strap on Elvis’ blue suede shoes for a feature film … and the actor chilled suspicious minds during a concert in Chicago with a pretty awesome live performance.Shannon is set to play Elvis in an upcoming…


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Dating For Introverted Men – Building Rapport With Your Date

One of the main obstacle facing introverted men when it comes to dating is developing rapport with their date when and if they managed to get one. Having a good first date is crucial if a man harbours any hope of continuing with a second date and developing the relationship further. This article will share some simple ways where you can build good rapport with anyone including your date.
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‘Walking Dead’ Brick Building Sets Help Bring The Zombie Apocalypse Home

Are you ready to build the dead? McFarlane Toys is launching a new line of construction sets (think: high end Legos) for “The Walking Dead,” and we’ve got all the details.