giandujakiss: (gay batman)
Knitters With Hopelessly Knotted Yarn Call ‘Detanglers’ for Help
Many knitters find their craft a tranquil and even meditative pastime—until knots and tangles in their yarn send them into a fury. But for one group of fanatics, there is nothing more satisfying than a hopelessly tangled web.

Daphne Basnet of Melbourne, Australia, once paid about $50 on eBay for a 25-pound box of snarled yarn, simply for the pleasure of untangling it. “I was so happy, I can’t tell you,” recalls the 58-year-old of her purchase, a mess of about 120 knotted balls. ...

Finding such tangled treats got easier when Ms. Basnet joined Knot a Problem, a seven-year-old group of more than 2,100 “detanglers” on the online community for knitters and crocheters called Ravelry. Frustrated yarn-lovers from around the world post pleas for help undoing their knottiest knots, often created by children, pets or yarn-winding mishaps.
For what it's worth, this is not the first time the Wall Street Journal has provided in-depth knitting coverage: Sock It to Me: Competitive Knitters Get Deadly Serious

(If you need a subscription to read the articles, try Googling the titles and clicking the links).


Nov. 20th, 2015 12:32 pm
giandujakiss: (beer)
Realizing you haven’t eaten anything in the past 2 weeks that could remotely be considered nutritious, so this time you get spinach and chicken on the pizza.


Nov. 18th, 2015 05:31 am
giandujakiss: (gay batman)
With Boy In Barbie Ad, Mattel And Moschino Aim To Bust Gender Stereotypes
The ad for the limited-edition Moschino Barbie marks the first time a boy has starred in a campaign for the doll, appearing alongside an ethnically diverse line-up of little girls.

Fashions followers will notice the young boy in the video has been intentionally styled to resemble Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott, with a voluminous blond faux-hawk hairstyle matching the designer’s.

Scott has called Barbie a muse, telling “Like every girl and gay boy, I loved Barbie.”

giandujakiss: (Default)
Today I was chatting with a friend and I mentioned how I'd enjoyed my massage at Massage Envy, but the company makes it too difficult to schedule an appointment.

She responded that she'd never been, in part because she's so used to getting casual massages among friends at parties that she kind of resents paying for them now.

I understand the principle of resenting certain charges - I myself have gone far out of my way to avoid online fees for movie tickets - but I explained to her, there's no such thing as a free massage. Among friends, for example, there's always the expectation of a reciprocal massage. And if you want the full lie down/strip down massage, well, then you usually pay in sex.

Not that there's anything wrong with either of those things. It's just that when it comes to massages, I prefer to pay in cash.

Which is why I need to find a place where it's easier to make appointments than Massage Envy.
giandujakiss: (beer)
Because I am a klutz. But I'm thinking of telling people I have a second career in ultimate fighting.
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I created a fake business and bought it an amazing online reputation
If you live in the Bay Area and have looked for something special to spice up a birthday party, you might have discovered the Freakin’ Awesome Karaoke Express, a truck that promises to deliver an unbelievable selection of songs to your doorstep. You might have seen a review on Yelp that said it’s perfect for a girl’s night out or a Facebook review that mentioned it being a crowd-pleaser at a neighborhood block party. You may have been impressed by its 19,000 Twitter followers, and considered hiring this mobile song-slinging truck to drive up to your next outdoor shindig.

What you probably didn’t realize was that there is no such thing as the Freakin’ Awesome Karaoke Express (or F.A.K.E., for short). I made it up and paid strangers to pump up its online footprint to make it seem real. I didn’t do it to scam anyone or even for the LULZ. I wanted to see firsthand how the fake reputation economy operates. The investigation led me to an online marketplace where a good reputation comes cheap.

For $5, I could get 200 Facebook fans, or 6,000 Twitter followers, or I could get @SMExpertsBiz to tweet about the truck to the account’s 26,000 Twitter fans. A Lincoln could get me a Facebook review, a Google review, an Amazon review, or, less easily, a Yelp review.
Sigh. I mean, I always cast a gimlet eye on online reviews but I do depend on them for a lot of things.
giandujakiss: (gay batman)
[personal profile] libitina commented that the original Bubble Wrap is not going away - apparently, enough readers were upset that the company had to tweet a clarification.
giandujakiss: (brosnan booze)
Revamped Bubble Wrap Loses Its Pop
Sealed Air Corp. , the original seller of Bubble Wrap since 1960, is rolling out a revamped version of its signature product. Dubbed iBubble Wrap, the new packaging is sold in flat plastic sheets that the shipper fills with air using a custom-made pump. The inflated bubbles look much like traditional Bubble Wrap, with one key difference: They don’t burst when pressure is applied.
What the hell, Sealed Air? Why do you want to take joy from my life?
giandujakiss: (Default)
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Tiger Encounters

They let you cuddle the tiger kittens by appointment!! I have finally found a reason to set foot in Alabama!
giandujakiss: (Default)
when answering machines (not voicemail, but machines) first became a thing, and there was a safety tip to never say you "are not home right now" but instead to just say you "can't come to the phone" in case a burglar took your phone message as a license to rob the place?

Because that was an actual thing and when I look back on that I laugh.
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Bras this time. There's a reason I only make these attempts every decade or so.

Someday someone will make a line of bras that doesn't make me want to cry in frustration just from walking through the store. Today is not that day.

Oh my god,

Apr. 26th, 2015 08:08 am
giandujakiss: (Default)
that's what a dry bar is?

There's one I drive by all the time, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what they were selling.
giandujakiss: (Default)
They have a monopoly and they know it and they treat their customers horribly as a result, and dear God I hope DOJ rejects the fucking merger.
giandujakiss: (Default)
They now hurt a lot. I was hoping that with all the pain I'd at least have some visible bruising or torn skin, so that I could tell people I punched someone. But sadly no.
giandujakiss: (Default)
Some dude with the last name Burger is marrying some chick with the last name King, and the upshot of the whole thing is, Burger King has agreed to pay for the ceremony.

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