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Bodyvertising strangeness includes Beardvertising, Thighvertising and Mohawking

Posted by admin on Mar 7, 2014 in beauty, lists, news

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There is nothing today that we don’t commercialize in some way. We name children after cities and wine (seriously,  people use London and Champagne as names for girls), watch movies full of product placement and have our school classes sponsored by Sprint and Coca Cola. The body is the last bastion of all this consumerism overload, and for some time now advertisers have been coming up with creative ways to let us brand ourselves here. Forget the ordinariness of tattooing brand names on your forehead (creepy, but soo last year) and meet some of the strange but temporary ways to get messages out there.

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Beardvertising

What is it? Adverts placed in the beards of men, primarily hipsters that draw attention to the brand. These adverts can be clipped on.

Why? Well, when you have a beard everyone looks anyways, so why not commercialize on it? Now that’s “real Native Advertising.”

Who has bought into it? Brands like Dollar Shave Club.

How much can you make? They say they will pay $5 a day for you to wear a beard-board, but quite how they select you is unclear. It was popular last year, when the concept went viral, but though you can still submit an application online, it’s unclear if this is still running. The concept was created a by a marketing firm, but who says this couldn’t go bigger than that? Think Santa.. maybe.

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Thighvertising

What is it? Commercializing the fine art of the female thigh. Why wear tights when you waste space where you could place an advert? Everyone looks at ladies legs, so why not make money off all those street creepers? Thighvertising is the temporary placement of adverts on women’s upper thighs.

Why? Duh, thighs = money. This is offered by Japanese firm Absolute Territory/ Zetta IPR, and they take girls aged 18+ who can show they have more than 20 social media connections. The women who get approved need to wear the sticker on their thigh for around 8 hours. Read more…

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Smart T-Pai Dog Home looks like British bus (but cleaner)

Posted by admin on Feb 4, 2014 in Animal Oddities, news, random, technology

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People love their dogs a LOT . We know this to such an extent that we don’t even need to qualify the statement anymore. But when does dog love turn into needing to let your pet live in a replica of a British double decker Red Bus? Chinese company, Hong Kong Tesla Technology Limited (HKTTL) thinks this is just where your pooch wants to stay, and it’s not a simple red bus, it’s a smartbus codenamed the T-Pai that we’re talking about.

Not only does your BFF get to live a’la Queen Liz (on her day off when she’s slumming it) but every single need your dog might have is automated. An automatic feeder releases food and water at set times and can be controlled remotely via cellphone. The T-Pai has enough space for a weeks worth of food; so if you go walkies, they don’t go hungry.

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All their toilet needs are taken care of as well.  The T-Pai has an “Auto toilet” which emits a scent that makes dogs want to go, and when they poop, this is what happens: “When the system detects excrement, it will flush and sterilize automatically.” Hands/Paws free. Nice. Read more…

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The Real Life Little Mermaids

Posted by admin on Nov 22, 2013 in news, random, Strange events

I find mermaids really fascinating. It’s the combination of tail, secrecy and myth that draw me to stories around mermaids, and the history of sea sirens is long and varied. No matter what culture you look at, there will be a mention of some form of water nymph, whether it’s the 1001 Nights lass, or the Hindu Suvannamaccha.

Sure, the Little Mermaid played a big role in getting this focused in the minds of women today, but there’s more than that. The Little Mermaid may have been bold and bright and curios, but she was also willing to sacrifice her self for a man, and to forgo what she loved to achieve a fantasy. Half admirable, half horrifying.

The modern day mermaids of today are women and men who have chosen to dedicate their life to mermaid-dom. For a segment I co-produced with Ingrid Rojas for Fusion TV, I met with two mermaids – Barbra Wynss from Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, and mermaid for hire, Trina Mason (and also spoke to dozens more) to learn what being a mermaid really means. and how you go about your life.

They had fascinating stories (which you can watch above) and I completely connected to their fascination and obsession with the water world.

For more mermaid good times you can learn about the World Mermaid Awards here (yes, a real thing) and the mermaid mumpreneur who makes a living selling mermaid tails.

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Vine Violence Goes Viral with the social media #smackcam

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2013 in geekery, news

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In a world where privacy is becoming a rarity, some are striking back – literally. The U.S. is seeing surge in #SmackCam violent videos being uploaded to Vinewhere the perpetrator smacks a stranger or friend in the face. This is being accepted under the premise of “social trending” but what happens when it moves from smacking to crying?

21-year-old physical therapy student Max Jerry is loosely credited as being the first person to turn #Smackcam from a hashtag into a fully fledged trend. Jerry started the #SmackCam videos — which involve a filmed clip where he “smacked” someone unawares and then uploaded it to Vine — on June 27 from his home in Boston. “I didn’t like the idea at first,” he said. “I didn’t really think it would go this far.”

Accidentally or not, SmackCam has taken off. And these #SmackCam uploads are rising in popularity every day. A quick search on Topsy (the social search engine) shows that the #SmackCam tag has been used 17,000 times in the last week. Today it has been used 2,557 times and that number is rising.

“My friends didn’t really like getting smacked to begin with, “ Jerry confided. “They would shout at me, and I would go run behind my Mom (Jerry lives at home) while I would upload it to Vine. Since this has blown up and gotten them on TV they’ve changed their minds.”

A quick look at the latest #SmackCams show a wide variation in video types. They range from pies to the face comedy, more disturbing videos that show fisticuffs, fire-play and unhappy looking victims.

“The smacks I do don’t really hurt,” said Jerry. They sound like they do but it’s not painful and I don’t go red.” Read more…

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Singing Solar Panels, Fashionable Web Browsers and 3D Pet Nails: Links of Note Today

Posted by admin on Aug 26, 2013 in lists, news, random

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I know, I KNOW, I’ve been sadly neglectful of AlmostZara lately. I could blame it on my shiny new portfolio site, or my shiny new job as Modern Life Editor for Fusion (very excited,  more to come soon) but to be honest I’ve been lazy, and I’m sorry. I need to let this site grow and flourish and with no updates it’s just feeling sad and bereft. So, without further waffling, here’s some of the loveliest webby things I’ve seen around the internet today. Enjoy!

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Singing Solar Flowers in Seattle

These giant Jack and the beanstalk-esque flowers are eerily beautiful and amazingly functional as well. Artist Dan Corson built these in Seattle as part of the cities green program and they absorb energy during the day which allows them to glow and SING at night. Yes, SING. LED sensors in the flowers are triggered by movement and as people move by the stems, a haunting sound spills forth; a sonic soundscape that’s new everytime. Magical.

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Web browsers as Catwalk models

In today’s internet funtimes, I have been enjoying this piss take fashion model retrospective created by Viktorija Pashuta. Here web browsers get dressed up in designer-esque outfits.

Opera definitely has lucked out as the most space age of the crew, and there’s a big cosplay feel with the primary colors. Though I heart Chrome, she does look like she’d marry Ronald McDonald in that palette. Read more…

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Re-Mission 2: Fighting cancer, The Video Game

Posted by admin on May 21, 2013 in news, random, technology

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A video game to help kids beat cancer –  what’s not to like?

Re-Mission 2 is a video-game for cancer patients and their families. It’s an interactive way to kick cancer nasties, score some points and basically demonstrate that joysticks do have a therapeutic benefit. It consists of six games, all which let you tackle different types of cancer, using familiar gaming tools such as bombs, guns and um, healthy blood cells. Available for MAC, PC and iPad, they’re free to play online, download and share.

A lot of data backs up the theory behind the games, a key emphasis being  the idea that positive motivation helps kids stick to a treatment regimen, as positivity lights up different parts of their brain (hey, they did brain imaging to prove this). There is even an argument that game players had higher levels of chemotherapy in the blood stream, suggesting a physiological as well as mental improvement.

The sincerity behind the premise of the game can’t be questioned. Re-Mission 2 is unreservedly pro-recovery, pro information and pro-control. I like the idea for many reasons. It’s great to make cancer patients- especially children- deal with their disease in a light hearted way, and the overpowering message here is that it just takes perseverance, time and aiming practice to beat it.

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Problem is, not all cancers ARE curable and I’m a little concerned that this gives false hope to some who are living with a terminal cancer. It also – and I say this as a former cancer patient- feels slightly simplistic in some ways, as it’s cool to get to level 2 by killing the evil cells, but the reality was far more painful and needle heavy.  I totally get they want to encourage people, but it’s hard to play an animated game and feel it doesn’t trivialize the pain in some way. Yes, I realize it’s easy to say this without offering an alternative, but sometimes in the back slapping and ‘it’s so good they made this’ moment we forget that it’s not always the perfect fit. Read more…

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Selfless portraits lets you doodle strangers Facebook profile photos

Posted by admin on Apr 7, 2013 in geekery, news, technology

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Think DrawSomething meets Facebook meets weird blind date and you’ll have a vague idea of what Selfless Portratits are. I say vague, as it’s hard to define- the app is still in its infancy so what you see now might evolve into something completely different. The basic premise is that  you login via Facebook and agree to draw a picture of someone else.

They could be anywhere in the world, and you get a glimpse of their Facebook Profile photo and need to create an artistic replica within 48 hours. In return, someone, somewhere will do the same for you- but likely not the person you’re sketching. It’s a pass it forward system – if you fail to upload your Dali-esque stylings, then your subject gets assigned another artists and you lose out on seeing someone else interpret that cheesy selfie you’re currently so proud of.

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