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In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012. Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas as they are unveiled one-by-one, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres. Standby, the countdown is underway! When Pat Mitchell invited me to speak at TEDWomen, everyone assumed I would talk about social media.
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/200301085-0021.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="200301085-002" title="200301085-002"/> In America, getting married is not nearly as popular as it used to be. (In case you have missed our several bulletins heralding this, you can catch up here .)
As fond as your memories of VHS players and recently defunct Sony Walkmans might be, decorating your living room with them is best avoided. Yet, judging by a new collection of eye-catching nightlights, the same can’t be said of vintage cameras, repurposed to shed a little light in your abode. The designs are the handiwork of US-based part-time photographer and long-time Pixar employee Jason Hull, who harvested Fifties and Sixties film cameras from various flea markets before converting them into plug-in lights. Hull’s process involved plucking out the mechanical innards to act as a shell for inner-lighting, and he ensured some lightbulbs (such as the one in the Kodak Brownie Starflash, pictured) were oversized, giving the overstated panache of an early-day paparazzo’s bright flash bulb.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks Tuesday night, so grab your jacket, hat and scarf, and get ready to look up. Like the Perseid , Draconid and Leonid meteor showers earlier this year, the light of a nearly-full moon threatens to wash out some of the Geminids . But according to Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office , some lucky stargazers might still get a good view of the meteorites, what people sometimes call "shooting stars." "Observers with clear skies could see as many as 40 Geminids per hour," Cooke said in a statement from NASA .
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-40991" title="Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/autopia/2011/12/11-Camaro-ZL1CarbonCon88.jp_1-e1323696027302.jpg" alt="" width="670" height="446" /> Once reserved for the most exclusive vehicles and only occasionally found on the hoods of street racers, carbon fiber may be coming to a Malibu near you. GM has partnered with Teijin Limited, a Japanese carbon fiber manufacturer, to develop advanced composite materials for cars that mainstream buyers can afford. As car manufacturers look to shed weight and improve gas mileage, lightweight carbon fiber is becoming increasingly attractive — and not just for high end concept cars like the Camaro ZL1 Carbon shown above.
Stanley Kubrick was a visionary filmmaker, best known for his experimental and groundbreaking motion pictures like A Clockwork Orange , 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove , among many others. But the New York-born director was pretty handy with still images as well. A new series of photographs taken by Kubrick have been released by the Museum of the City of New York , which is working with VandM for a limited edition sale of 25 spectacular prints. MCNY assisted VandM in going through over 10,000 negatives to produce the set, which showcases New York City life throughout the 1940s and 50s.
photo: justin coit for thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event.
The cascade braid recently exploded as the new "trend braid" of the season.
Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning.
UPDATE: The Return of Bent Objects