May 11, 2013 |
Take scented dryer sheets in plastic bags. In a lot of countries, people still smoke. You can wipe down your clothes and hair and remove some of the smell. They can freshen a musty hotel room. If you are seated on a plane with someone who doesn't use deodorant and thinks showering is optional, it can distract you from the body odor. After you are out of sheets, you can put your dirty laundry in the bag. Deirdre Sexton West Hollywood Keep a couple of American dollar bills handy so you will have what you need to feed into the luggage cart system.
May 4, 2013 |
Always pack a flat rubber water-stopper for leaky bathtub and sink drains. I've needed it even in highly rated hotels. Bob Myers Lake Arrowhead When traveling with a child in diapers, prepare a grab-and-go package of diapers and wipes. Put three or four wipes in a snack-size plastic bag, then put that and one diaper in a quart-size bag. Place these single packages in a carry-on or diaper bag. For a diaper change, grab one pack and go. Save the leftover wipes in their bags for the return trip.
May 2, 2013 |
Harvard scientists have introduced what may be the cutest flying robots ever: a bio-inspired insect-sized aircraft dubbed RoboBee that pushes flight-worthy craft into their smallest wings yet. “To our knowledge this is the smallest flying robot so far,” said Pakpong Chirarattananon, co-lead of the paper in Science describing the 80-milligram robot with a 3-centimeter wingspan that's hardly bigger than a penny. Building such a tiny flying robot required marshaling an enormous amount of ingenuity -- and several engineering breakthroughs -- to overcome the challenges of working on the sub-millimeter level.
March 19, 2013 |
After nine seasons -- that's a lifetime in network TV terms -- "The Office" has finally filmed its final episode. Several members of the cast, including Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski took to Twitter to commemorate the wrap Saturday. Ed Helms wrote , "Last day of shooting on The Office. Oof. Kind of hard to act and blubber at the same time. " While Krasinski couldn't help but echo the sentiments of his old boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell), with a classic Michael-ism, writing , "It was the greatest honor to be a part of this show!
HOME & GARDEN
March 9, 2013 |
I've never been hung up on dating rich men. Sugar daddies don't cross my path too frequently. Sure, we all want to date gainfully employed men, but the size of a man's bank account (or lack thereof) doesn't automatically disqualify him. I also pride myself on reciprocating. If a man takes me out a few times, I feel it's appropriate to return the favor, financially speaking. I truly thought I had figured out the commerce of dating until a recent romance went awry. Earlier this year, I began dating Frank, a wealthy, age-appropriate, Ivy League-educated, amicably divorced law firm partner whom I met through Match.com.
March 8, 2013 |
Look at the new home decor collections rolling out for spring, and one theme that grows ever stronger is a hint of the handcrafted -- emphasis on "hint. " Take Coyuchi, the California-based luxury bedding and linen company. Its latest designs include crochet-trimmed sheets, 100% organic cotton finished with a machine-made edging that reads like a restrained, modern take on Grandma's hand-stitching. The delicate edging requires no special care, a spokeswoman said, and is available on sheets in minimalist white or gray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 |
An influential union representing City Hall workers failed to reach a consensus Tuesday evening on whether and whom to endorse in Los Angeles' mayoral campaign, labor officials said. Members of six locals of the Service Employees International Union questioned City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, two top contenders in the race, for at least half an hour. Neither was recommended for an endorsement, even though Greuel was ranked higher on a scoring sheet prepared by union officials.
January 6, 2013 |
A stat sheet was left on Eric Bledsoe's chair after the Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors on Saturday as a reminder of how well the backup point guard played. Bledsoe had a season-high 17 points on eight-for-13 shooting. He also ran down Jarrett Jack and blocked his shot attempt just before the first half ended, showing his defensive abilities. Told he had played a good game, Bledsoe responded: "It's about time. " Bledsoe had not been playing his best basketball for almost three weeks.
January 1, 2013 |
Some ideas that seem so simple unleash waves of creativity that expand in exquisitely complex ways. One such musical brainstorm is to offer a new body of work as notated sheet music, as Los Angeles songwriter Beck Hansen has done. His new work, "Song Reader," consists of 20 new pieces that the artist hasn't recorded. Rather, he teamed with the book publisher McSweeney's to unveil the songs in notated form. It is designed as a folio, and the hope is that the individually illustrated songbooks included within will inspire other musicians to interpret the written music and then share it. It was, describes writer Jody Rosen in the liner notes, "an experiment in ventriloquism": Provide the melodic and lyrical dialogue, but leave the aesthetic voice to strangers, who would head to parlors both real and virtual to perform the results.
December 23, 2012 |
"Not so long ago," writes Beck Hansen in the introduction to his new collection of tunes, "Song Reader," "a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. " Indeed, as far back as "Pride and Prejudice," all card-carrying members of the middle class had a piano in the parlor and a daughter or five with skills to play it. (Poor Mary. She did try.) It's been generations since gathering around the piano to sing the latest hits was a popular way to pass an evening, so why then are Beck's latest available only as sheet music?