That social media and sex are intertwined is no surprise. What is surprising is how social media has become a weapon in sexual assaults of kids, tweens, and teens.
In Steubenville, Ohio, and in Torrington CT, and who knows how many other unreported places, social media is being used both during and after sexual assaults in shocking and disturbing ways.
In Stuebenville, the rapists (they’ve been convicted. I see no reason to mince words),not only committed the crime, but were so proud of it they shared it on their social media networks. The crime itself was horrific enough,but the fact that these rapists were so sure that what they were doing was perfectly acceptable behavior that posting it to Instagram seemed neither callous nor repugnant adds to that horror. How did we get to the point where 17 year old students are so morally bereft that sexually assaulting an unconscious girl seems appropriate fodder for sharing with friends? Continue Reading »
Sheryl Sandberg wants us to Lean In. Marissa Meyer wants us to come in (to the office, that is.). New York Magazine wants to reignite the Mommy Wars by re-branding them as being between those who lean out and those who lean in.
But the truth is, the distinction between leaning out or in, working in the home, from the home, at an office, virtually or not at all…it’s all moot. There is a whole new category of working woman: the digital housewife. Continue Reading »
True confession: Sbarro has always seemed to me to be kinda…well, kinda NOT the kind of place I’d like to eat. Here in NY, the Sbarros are mostly in super-high-traffic areas, like Times Square and Penn Station. Not places I hang out, and certainly not places I’d go to eat. Plus, this is NYC. If I want pizza, a chain store is not my first choice.
But that was before I went to Sbarros to make some pizza.
It’s been more than a month since I returned from Las Vegas and the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. And while many a techno geek is still probably fantasizing about the cool new super thin, super crisp TV’s (and the booth babes who displayed them), I can’t get my mind off something else. Though I am loathe to admit it, the (not even so) new crop of smart appliances are haunting my dreams.
Part of it is my own, sorry set of appliances, none of which are manufactured by companies that even exist anymore. My 15 year old refrigerator, by the so under the radar you’d think is was defunct Amana, is starting to go both physically (falling shelves), and functionally (everything in the fruit and veggie drawers freezes!). My Stove is by Magic Chef, a company that doesn’t even manufacture stoves anymore. It no longer heats up all that well – so many’s the time I’ve called everyone in for dinner only to find out the chicken was still a bright, bloody pink!
So imagine how I felt, looking at the beautiful new Whirlpool White Ice appliances. Sleek. Beautiful. Presumably NOT freezing everything and properly cooking everything. Just seeing them got me thinking that Stainless Appliance are just so…aughts. Plus, some Whirlpool® Appliances have 6th Sense Live™, which let you manage your refrigerator temperature, lock your dishwasher control console or know when your cycle is done. They can even help you save on energy costs, just by tracking usage.
The gas range in the collection offers super-fast pre-heating (mine takes forever), a big giant window to see what’s cooking without disturbing temperature (not that I need that option, since my current oven is never at the proper temperature anyway), and a built in convection option, for even faster cooking and better browning (I got nothing.).
I love an operating system. How weird and geeky and sad.
But geekdom has it’s benefits: HTC recently sent me its new Droid DNA to review, and while it doesn’t turn me away from my Windows Phone obsession, it does tempt me. And that’s saying a lot. Continue Reading »
These totally original, customized viewmasters were made by Image 3D. I can’t even take credit for the idea, Amy from Chandelier Events told me about it. It’s pretty simple, really: you go online, upload some photos, drag and drop them into place, add some text, and Presto Chango: less than two weeks later you get 100 boxes filled with 100 viewmasters for you to send to your family and friends.
I had a little text placement help from a designer friend at Big Sea Design.com, (plus she designed the center label) but it really is DIY — if you’re not, like me, fontically challenged. (what? it’s a word!)
And while it’s hard to really tell what they look like from this image, imagine this: the disks come packaged in a viewmaster, so your guests click through the images, with the text “floating” on top of them, while looking through the viewfinder.
Before choosing these, I went through much agonizing. Since our party is being held at The American Museum of the Moving Image, the viewmaster theme seemed particularly apropos. What they didn’t seemm, was low-key. Quite the opposite. For advice, I went to – where else – Facebook - and after weighing the advice and comments from about 30 something friends…. I decided to go for it.
The fact is, these super-cool, clever, and original (if I do say so myself) invitations ended up costing about half of what the paper invitations I had priced cost. Even so, the appearance of over-the-topness bothered me.
Still, in the end, I couldn’t resist. So these were the winners. And the response has been pretty phenomenal: from “best invitations evah!” to “These are the best invitations anyone in my family has ever gottten. Ever.” to the simple “This invitation just made my day,” the praise was pretty much universal. (of course, people who hate it and think it’s over the top don’t send you emails to tell you that. But I’ll go on believing nobody felt that way. I will.)
I’m starting to think that personalized Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts are the way to go, too. PersonalCreations.com personalizes everything from a baseball bat to a pen and pencil set, to a silver money clip to help keep all those $36 gifts organized. The only reason they didn’t make it onto my list of Best Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts is because I didn’t know about them. You can even use this coupon code to save on purchases, if you decide to take my advice and shop there.
But for now – I’m not worrying about anything. Not gifts, not the menu, not the fact that I still haven’t hired a florist, less than two months out. (Oy!)
The invites are out. Let the chasing of RSVPs begin!
Disclosure: I was compensated for my mention of Personal Creations.com. As usual, I was given no editorial direction whatsoever, and all opinions are my own.
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