November 10, 2013 |
Are you tired of having airport security screeners toss away your bottles of water, shampoo or lotion? Change is on the way in some parts of the world. Ohio research and development company Battelle has built a screening device that London's Heathrow Airport began installing last week to test liquids carried by passengers onto planes. Heathrow Airport screeners are to use the device starting in January, when the European Union will begin to allow some liquids, aerosols and gels onto planes under a phased timetable.
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September 11, 2013 |
With one stroke, entrepreneur Robert R. Taylor made a fortune, changed the way America washed up and doomed the bathroom soap dish to virtual obsolescence. It was Taylor who turned hand soap from a slippery lump to a dab from a pump. Taylor, who created Softsoap, the first mass-marketed liquid soap pumped from a plastic bottle, died of cancer Aug. 29 in Newport Beach, family members said. He was 77. Softsoap was one of his many successful ventures, which included Obsession, a fragrance he developed with Calvin Klein and promoted in steamy ads that stimulated both sales and controversy.
August 23, 2013 |
This post has been updated. In the short, high-definition film “Liquid Assets” by Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht, a rippling gray blob of molten metal that looks rather like mercury rolls into close-up view against a mottled gray field. Slowly it takes the loose shape of a disk. An electronic soundtrack rumbles with foreboding as the disk's animated surface boils like a roiling, storm-tossed sea. Amid the shifting waves, the suggestion of a face in profile looking to the right flickers in and out of view.
May 24, 2013 |
A frosted door, etched "Est 1886," greets visitors who wind past a small, canopied patio behind Pasadena's Raymond restaurant. That door was not there 127 years ago. Nor was the patio. Nor the restaurant. Instead, the year refers to the first incarnation of the famed Raymond Hotel, straddling the hilltop border of Pasadena and South Pasadena and luring wealthy visitors with warm hospitality and warmer winters. Those carefree days of orange-scented glamour are gone, but a little of it remains at Bar 1886, where a small cocktail oasis offers labor-intensive libations and a crowd more resembling the low-lighted haunts of downtown than the sleepy, suburban sidewalks of Pasadena.
April 13, 2013 |
For anyone who loves a leaner, more elegant style of Chardonnay, this is the one. Liquid Farm proprietors Nikki and Jeff Nelson are going for Chardonnay with less oak influence and lower alcohol. Bingo. That's a recipe for a food-friendly wine, and with the help of winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars, they're making this terrific Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills grapes. I love its minerality, the sharp, fresh scent of citrus and, well, grape that comes through loud and clear.
February 25, 2013 |
While most Oscar attendees were judging Seth MacFarlane quips and Barbra Streisand's voice inside the Dolby Theatre, those in the know were up from their seats and doing what Hollywood does so well: having a drink. At two intimate bars just outside the theater doors, a parade of Oscar presenters, nominee hopefuls and despondent losers gathered to raise a glass to a good year or simply to drink away the pain. A few minutes after he lost the supporting actor Oscar to Christoph Waltz, Tommy Lee Jones could be seen at the bar, looking for all the world like he wanted a glass of wine.