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24 Aug 06:32

curiosityconfusion: How did people first figure out that it was cicadas that make this noise? I...


How did people first figure out that it was cicadas that make this noise? I could see that taking a long time.
Were there just like a thousand years where people were like “yeah, the trees are screaming. They do that in the summer.”

20 Aug 20:49

Wine and Design, Take Me Away

by Haley Fults

Sounds fun!

postal museum


Taking a step away from the dusty yet somehow still humid DC summer and into the cool and calm recesses of a museum is one of the pleasures of living in this city of ours.  Getting to spend time decompressing with a glass of wine and a project you don’t necessarily need to do perfectly is another.

At Wine and Design, the affordable monthly event sponsored by the Postal Museum, attendees can (for the price of a drink or two out at a crowded bar) help themselves to drinks and snacks while creating a featured craft with the guidance of the kind and generous staff on hand to give advice.  Instead of wrestling for space at a popular bar, sit yourself down with a glass of wine at a table covered in brown butcher paper…look around at the almost unlimited amount of craft supplies, and make friends with the people on either side of you, eager to take a break from their phones…listen to the sound of friends laughing about their inability to get paper beads to stick to each other.  The stress of your workday starts to fade away in the spirit of creativity found at these events!


Wine and Design takes a note from Handi Hour and other museum-sponsored events, which host live music by local bands as well as offering different crafts directed by various experts.  Previous crafts have been making paper beads with stamps at the Postal Museum and making collages with comic books provided by a local comics shop.  And if you’re afraid that you won’t be “good,” having a glass of wine or two on an empty stomach will remedy your worries.


The next Wine and Design from the Postal Museum on September 10th will focus on calligraphy.  Do yourself a favor, take a break, and go back to arts and crafts.
pic courtesy of Wine and Design at the Postal Museum

19 Aug 23:30

fakescience: These science fair projects show a lot of...


These science fair projects show a lot of potential!

14 Jul 15:35

Embroidered Animations

by swissmiss

Embroidered Zoetrope from Elliot Schultz on Vimeo.

Zoetropes is a pre-film animation technique that relies on a rotating sequence of images or objects that’s photographed or displayed with a strobe light to create the illusion of motion. For his degree project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, digital artist Elliot Schultz devised his own method: the Embroidered Zoetrope.

19 Aug 19:58

Baby Panda Alert!!! “They believe it is a developing giant panda fetus.”

by Prince Of Petworth

panda fetus
via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“For the first time at the National Zoo, veterinarians detected something new during an ultrasound procedure this morning on giant panda Mei Xiang. They believe it is a developing giant panda fetus. Based on the size of the fetus, which is about four centimeters, veterinarians estimate that Mei Xiang could give birth early next week, or possibly in early September. In past years, veterinarians have only detected changes to Mei Xiang’s uterus, which occurs for both a pregnancy and pseudopregnancy. Historically, and since Aug. 7 of this year, Mei Xiang declined participating in ultrasounds at this stage, so it was a surprise when she responded to the panda keepers’ calls this morning.

There is a substantial possibility that Mei Xiang could resorb or miscarry a fetus. Scientists do not fully understand why some mammals resorb fetuses.

The Zoo’s panda team is monitoring Mei Xiang through the Zoo’s panda cams. She is continuing to spend more time in her den, sleeping more, body licking and cradling objects – all behaviors consistent with a pregnancy or pseudopregnancy.

“Today, we are cautiously optimistic,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “We want a healthy cub for all the right conservation reasons. I am excited, but I have to say that we were prepared for a cub even before this morning’s ultrasound. Our expert team of keepers, scientists and veterinarians are going to do exactly what they are trained to do and I’ll just ask everyone to remain positive with us.”

18 Aug 02:22

Bardo Riverfront Moving Forward Near Nats Park

by Prince Of Petworth

25 Potomac Ave, SE plans from Bardo

A brief update on Bardo Riverfront – they’ve applied for a liquor license:

“New outdoor tavern with Summer Garden seating 750 patrons and brewpub. Total occupancy load of 750.”

For those not familiar with the plans:

“Initial plans call for riverfront seating, a sculpture garden, outdoor films over the water, DC’s largest dog park, an on site bicycle shop designed to interface with the location on the metropolitan branch trail, and a large outdoor space designated for activation by the local community in the form of farmers markets, swap meets and assorted community events.”

More info here.

Updates as milestones are reached.

21 Jun 15:25

lah-disputes: I decided to create a masterpost that would help...

by shepherdsnotsheep


I decided to create a masterpost that would help you with what you are struggling with. Hopefully any of the links below will help you!

Reminder; You’re going to be okay. What you are going through will pass, just remember to breathe. 



Here are some distractions to help keep your mind occupied so you aren’t too focused on your thoughts. 

Sleep issues; 


Uncomfortable with silence; 


Sad, angry and depressed/depression; 

Isolation and loneliness; 





Eating disorders; 


Dealing with self-hatred;  






Borderline personality disorder; 





Loss and grief; 

(Other loss and grief)


Getting help; 

Things you need to remember; 

  • - Don’t stress about being fixed because you’re not broken.
  • -Remember to remind yourself of your accomplishments. Tell yourself that you’re proud of yourself, even if you’re not. 
  • - This is temporary. You won’t always feel like this. 
  • -You are not alone. 
  • -You are enough. 
  • -You are important. 
  • -You are worth it. 
  • -You are strong. 
  • -You are not a failure, 
  • -Good people exist. 
  • -Reaching out shows strength. 
  • -Breathe. 
  • -Don’t listen to the thoughts that are not helping you. 
  • -Give yourself credit. 
  • -Don’t be ashamed of your emotions, for the good or bad ones. 
  • -Treat yourself the same way as you would treat a good friend. 
  • -Focus on the things you can change. 
  • -Let go of toxic people. 
  • -You don’t need to hide, you’re allowed to feel the way you do. 
  • -Try not to beat yourself up. 
  • -Something is always happening, you don’t want to miss out on what’s going to happen next. 
  • -You are not a bother.
  • -Your existence is more than your appearance. 
  • -You are smart. 
  • -You are loved. 
  • -You are wanted. 
  • -You are needed. 
  • -Better days are coming. 
  • -Just because your past is dark, doesn’t mean your future isn’t bright. 
  • -You have more potential than you think. 
  • - Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

Please remember to look after yourself and know that you are more than worth it and you deserve to be happy. Keep smiling butterflies x

25 Jul 21:48


by shepherdsnotsheep


neurodivergent = neurodevelopmentally disordered (autism, adhd, motor disorders, etc.)

neuroatypical = mentally ill (depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, etc.)

neurotypical = non-mentally ill and non-neurodevelopmentally disordered

15 Aug 02:35


by shepherdsnotsheep

04 Aug 15:43


13 Aug 02:17

fineasscurls: I don’t think you realize how important this...


I don’t think you realize how important this picture is.

13 Aug 11:45

Makeup basics from a makeup artist: The top 10 mascaras (both new and classic)

by Tania D. Russell

Also a hater of Great Lash. I end up with racoon eyes within an hour of application.

Non-pro, aspiring pro, makeup journeyman, makeup novice, etc.:
We are starting a new series of posts from Tania of Makeup To Go — a makeup artist for the entertainment industries, and friend of the Empire. These posts are all about makeup: the basics, advice, and products. I, for one, am super excited, because I know NOTHING about makeup. So think of these as "Megan simple makeup" posts for folks like, well, me.
-Megan, Offbeat Home editor

By: darwinbell – CC BY 2.0
By: darwinbellCC BY 2.0

Without. A. Doubt. the number one product I am asked about is mascara. All the folks who ask about it — laypeople and fellow makeup artists alike — seem to be on the eternal quest for the perfect mascara. It’s kind of a setup of a question, however, because I also find that mascara is an intensely personal choice. So what I might look for in a mascara someone else may hate, and my “Holy Grail” mascaras might end up in someone else’s trash bin.

All I can do is offer my advice as someone who — because of my work as a makeup artist — has tried a lot of different mascara on a lot of different eyes.

Actually I don’t personally wear mascara. However, having used a lot of different products on a lot of different faces, I have some pretty concrete ideas about what I’m looking for. My criteria for The Basic Mascara are:

  1. Volume: Length can be created with just about any modern mascara with the right technique, but what I really like to add to all lashes I work with is Volume. Therefore, I tend to like thicker mascara formulations.
  2. Definition: I like to pick up every single lash. This adds to the illusion of increased volume and gives lashes that “flirty” look I like.
  3. Non-clumpy: Spider eyes — off the runway — are unattractive. I do not want the lashes sticking to one another.
  4. Long-lasting: Needless to say, having to reapply is a non-starter. Adding more if you want more is one thing, but the initial application should be able to go the distance.
  5. Finish: Like any healthy hair, lashes have a natural sheen to them. I prefer mascaras that do not dry too matte and cake-y.

Criteria established, here are some of my top mascara picks, both new and classic. Oh, and another thing: I base my assessment on the formulation, not the brush.

In no particular order, here are my top 10 best mascaras:

RMS Beauty – Mascara


This naturally derived, eco-certified brand constantly delivers. If you’ve been disappointed by the performance of natural mascaras before, look no further than RMS. Rose Marie Swift is a makeup artist, and her line performs like a makeup artist's line. The mascara is available in either a Defining or a Volumizing formula. While I like both, I tend to gravitate to the Volumizing whenever it’s time for a restock.

2. Korres – B5 & Rice Bran Mascara


Korres used to be a fully naturally derived brand as well. Unfortunately because of corporate buy-outs, that’s no longer the case. In fact, I hear they may no longer be cruelty-free, which is unfortunate. Back when these things were not an issue, I used their B5 & Rice Bran Mascara regularly. They describe it as lengthening and defining, but I found it gave nice volume as well. I used to describe it as my “natural Great Lash.”

3. Dior – Diorshow

Diorshow Iconic Mascara

What can be said about Diorshow that hasn’t been said already? Thirty thousand “Loves” and counting on the Sephora website tells the tale. This mascara creates thick, juicy, velvety lashes even when you do not use their legendary wand (just use a fat disposable wand for similar effect).

4. Benefit – They’re Real Mascara


As the name implies, this mascara is supposed give the illusion that you’re wearing falsies. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing false eyelashes, but it does a very nice job of building up lashes, particularly those on the — shall we say — more puny side.

This formula is lengthening, volumizing, and curling all in one. I have heard, however, people say it caused their lashes to dry out and break off, so they must be using some powerful stuff in the formulation. I’d either save this one for special occasions or use a lash conditioner regularly (vitamin E or jojoba oil works wonders to condition the lash line).

5. Besame – 1932 Cake Mascara


Every now and then I encounter a client who says that any mascara they use just slips off almost immediately. For folks who find this to be the case, I recommend going to a cake mascara.

All mascaras used to come in cake form before mascara tubes. The formulation is drier by nature (to use, you just activate with water) and less prone to slippage. Besame Cosmetics is a relatively new brand with a vintage feel, and I’m digging their cake mascara. The colors (available in black and brown) are rich, the formulation is smooth, you can apply as many layers as you dare to get the depth and fullness you desire, and once applied, it lasted all day. I recently used it on a photo shoot, and it was fabtastic.

6. Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

lights camera lashes mascara

I love Tarte cosmetics, so let’s just get this out of the way: I’m totally biased. Over the years they’ve had a number of mascaras, and they’ve all been excellent in my opinion. What’s nice is Tarte has “greened” their line and become a largely naturally derived brand, yet the performance has remained the same. This 4-in-1 mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions for lush and dramatic lashes. I prefer this for private clients versus photographic use (I think the conditioning oils make this mascara break down a bit faster under lights). They also make an extra Volumizing formula and a waterproof formula.

7. Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara


Okay, remember when I said I was judging these mascaras based on the formula not the wand? Well, this one really IS about the wand. I know some folks who disdain the ball, but it is the secret to picking up every. single. lash. I mean EVERY lash, even those teeny tiny ones in the inner corner. If you prefer to use a traditional wand, you’ll still be happy with the result. The formula itself is creamy, smooth, and non-flaking and leaves you with well-defined, long, and lush lashes with a nice sheen.

8. Maybelline – Great Lash


The legend and with good reason. Thick, gloopy, and crazy pliable, with the change of a wand type, I can create any kind of lash I want. For me, Great Lash is the “winner and still champion” of all mascaras. And at $6-$8 a tube, it isn’t painful to throw it out and get a new one when three months are up.

Honorable mentions:

I have a couple of items I think are worth a mention, even though one I do not use often and one is new to me:

  • Buxom Custom Mascara Bar. I do not have any insight as to how well it works, but it’s a pretty cool idea. Basically you purchase Buxom’s Vanity Lash mascara and then based on the desired lash (volume, length, definition, etc.), you choose the perfect brush to accomplish the look. I used the Vanity Lash mascara on a private client this past weekend (it was her own mascara), and I did like the way it amplified her lashes which are rather short. So if you’re a fan of Buxom, or if you’re trying to find what brush works best for you, this is worth trying.

Alright, makeup-loving Homies, let's keep the great advice going. What are your favorite mascaras?

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11 Aug 13:21

Central Saint Martins graduate Anna Goswami repurposes plastic...

by murketing

Central Saint Martins graduate Anna Goswami repurposes plastic nails from kitsch to couture.

Fresh out of university, the young British designer Anna Goswami is already making a name for herself with her final undergraduate project – a collection of dresses made entirely out of false nails. The images posted on her Instagram account have gone viral as people continue to share the original fashion designs across social platforms.

(via Graphic dresses fashioned out of false fingernails | Design Indaba)

— d.n.

12 Aug 03:38

Garden witches, green witches, healers and anyone who uses herbs in their practice...


This is a really good, comprehensive list of edible flowers. It has a vivid description each plant’s taste and how to use and harvest as well as including which parts of the plant are inedible (x)

Here’s a great free ebook on cooking, brewing and blending herbs (x)

This website has fantastic gardening advice. Just search for a plant and it will tell you how to grow it, what grows indoors, pest, solutions, trivia and much, much more. (x) And it even has an edible gardening section (x) plus an indoor section if you don’t have a garden (x)

If you have any other resources, feel free to add them to this list.

10 Aug 17:04

crowcrow: Paid tribute to my fallen comrade by immortalizing...


So want to do this when mine dies.


Paid tribute to my fallen comrade by immortalizing them in an obscene amount of glitter. Rest in peace my friend.

22 Jul 23:05

anniesmovingcastle: listhacks: Anxiety Attack Hacks - If you...



Anxiety Attack Hacks - If you like this list follow ListHacks for more

23 Jul 18:11

tweetmytwatter: black–lamb: kieraplease: Anon: Stop putting...


This would make a fantastic halloween costume. I say that with the utmost respect of t-rex!




Anon: Stop putting flowers in your hair


03 Aug 14:55

amoeba-butter: made a quick comic about being nice to yourself


made a quick comic about being nice to yourself

27 Jul 21:49


04 Aug 21:54

"I’ve stopped being sorry for all my soft. I won’t apologize because I miss you, or because I said..."

“I’ve stopped being sorry for all my soft. I won’t apologize because I miss you, or because I said it, or because I text you first, or again. I think everyone spends too much time trying to close themselves off. I don’t want to be cool or indifferent, I want to be honest.”

- Azra.T “Don’t Wait Three Days to Text First.”  (via thatkindofwoman)
07 Aug 20:01

stevenunivers: I half-expected the tagline at the end of the Stonewall trailer to be “No Justice,...


I half-expected the tagline at the end of the Stonewall trailer to be “No Justice, No Peace, No Blacks, No Hispanics, No Fems (Just A Preference)”

08 Aug 23:31

beatlesliveonforever: radiant-humble: blackvulva: thentheysaidburnher: blackvulva: thentheysaidb...







Cellulite is a female secondary sex characteristic and should be celebrated as a rite of womanhood, not despised or eradicated.

it’s really a secondary sex characteristic?! 

It is. It has to do with the way our bodies network fat. Female bodies create sort of a mesh network to support fat (female bodies are MUCH more hardy in times of stress) and it can present as delightfully lumpy. More than 90% of women have visible cellulite, but all women store fat in this manner.

why did no one tell me this?!

You know why :/

Spread this. I only just started to see mine and I started to freak out a bit. More people should/need to know about this

09 Aug 05:12

fucknoanarcho-capitalism: “CIS white dude was actually...


“CIS white dude was actually everywhere”

07 Aug 02:13

commongayboy: Gay Twitter is going in on the new #Stonewall...


Gay Twitter is going in on the new #Stonewall movie and I’m loving it

08 Aug 02:21

mistressandprincess: 👑

28 Jul 19:18

Portrait of Pip the bunny with California poppies, lavender,...

Portrait of Pip the bunny with California poppies, lavender, dandelion, and clover. By Pony Reinhardt in Portland, OR.  For more, follow on IG: freeorgy

22 Jul 16:25

Brookland Hardware Closing at the End of the Month

by Prince Of Petworth

3501 12th Street, NE via Brookland True Value Hardware & Rental

From a press release:

“Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware, announces that Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware as a Senior Adviser to Annie’s newest retail location at 3405 8th Street NE in Brookland/Edgewood. After 40 years in the retail hardware business in Brookland, Howard will hold a retirement and liquidation sale starting Thursday, July 23 at Brookland Hardware, 3501 12th Street NE. All inventory will be sold at deep discounts. After the transition, Howard will join the Ace team, bringing generations of knowledge and trust with him.

Howard has served both the Capitol Hill and Brookland communities during his tenure, and he comes from a long line of hardware store operators that includes his father, uncle and grandfather. In 2007, Howard received the Legacy Award from the Washington, DC Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the city’s residents and for his contributions to the District’s growth and development. Additionally, Brookland Hardware has been hailed as the “Best Hardware Store” by Washington City Paper. “Howard is an institution. The neighbors genuinely trust him and his staff, and we are honored to be working side-by-side with him in this new chapter for both of our businesses,” lauds Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware. Annie’s Ace will also be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood.

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at Brookland True Value Hardware to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy. Brookland True Value is open from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and John Feeley, Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011, Arcadia Publishing).

The new Annie’s Ace Hardware anticipates a late fall opening in 2015. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. The first location opened in the Petworth neighborhood to rousing success in 2012. “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom, “which is something that both Howard and I are committed to continuing in Brookland.”

The new 7,400 square-foot Annie’s Hardware-Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer many of the same services neighbors expect from Brookland Hardware, such as key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will also include a 1,000 square-foot garden center, which will feature plants native to the region.

Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store. “I look forward to working with our new community to meet their needs, and I’m excited to continue our practice of hiring local residents from the neighborhood,” Vedrody explained.”

23 Jul 20:10

Brookland True Value Hardware will Stay Open until Everything is Gone

by Prince Of Petworth

3501 12th Street, NE via Brookland True Value Hardware & Rental

The owners Brookland True Value Hardware clarify the closing date (not the end of the month):

“The sale announced on the flyer sent out to the neighborhood actually says,
This is your invitation to come to our special Retirement Sale Thursday, July 23, through
Wednesday, July 29th, one week prior to our media advertising
. This gives the
neighbors surrounding the store the first opportunity to get the deals at the start of the sale.
THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING! This sale will go on “for the duration,” until everything is gone! Weeks! Our store is very, very full of everything! And, there will be big discounts! And, there will be prizes! The neighborhood flyer included a prize sign-up at the bottom to bring in to the store.

And, if someone lives outside that flyer distribution area, they can come in and sign up for the prize drawing anyway!”

25 Jun 15:00

Nido opens in Woodridge Tonight – Looks Amazing

by Prince Of Petworth

2214 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

Another eagerly anticipated opening – Nido – opens tonight!

“Our two-level, 80-seat restaurant serves eclectic Mediterranean cuisine.
The space and the menu are inspired by co-owner Erin Lingle’s time spent abroad, and aims to create ‘a place to sit down’ to snack and imbibe with family, friends, and neighbors.

Dinner 5:30-10:30pm Tuesday-Sunday
Bar open until 12am Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday, 1am Friday & Saturday Weekend brunch service coming soon”


Photos courtesy Nido and you can see their opening menu here:

Final Menu (PDF)

15 Jul 19:49