It’s Lights Out for 75 Watt Light Bulbs [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jan11

It’s Lights Out for 75 Watt Light Bulbs [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Check your lamps and the supply closet. The government has pulled the plug on 75 watt light bulbs. The packs that are left on store shelves are it. While the 75 watt bulbs may now be gone – the feds aren’t stopping there! A quick trip to your local Home Depot or Target can overwhelm you with a giant selection of light bulbs. In fact, you may not even realize that the old school 75 watt incandescent bulbs are gone. But, if you have a lamp that calls for one – you soon realize, you will have to change. The incandescent light bulb can trace its start back to 1802, when British inventor Sir Humphry Davy passed a current through a thin strip of metal to light the first bulb. The light that was given off was very low and lasted only a few seconds. Over the next few decades, he and other inventors would try to refine the product. An incandescent bulb causes light by heating a filament wire to a high temperature by passing an electric current through it. The filament is protected by a glass dome. The bulb is screwed into a lamp or socket by lining up the metal grooves at the bottom. A total of at least 22 inventors have been listed as helping to perfect the modern incandescent bulb. In 1841, British inventor Frederick de Moleyns received the first official patent. In 1878, American inventor Thomas Edison would begin work on a more practical model that would be more affordable, brighter, and last longer. On October 22, 1879, he would create a bulb that would last for 13 ½ hours. He later discovered a bulb that could burn over 1200 hours by using a bamboo filament. It wasn’t until 1880, that another British inventor Joseph...

Fashion For the Home: Adding a little Steam to your Punk [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips]...

As defined by Urban Dictionary: Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes. Starting with niche cosplay and con-goer groups decked out in bustles, corsets, monocles, and top hats, the Steampunk lifestyle has been slowly filtering into our daily lives. Today, you can’t walk into a coffee shop or target without seeing a hipster with an overly ornate mustache. Anthropologie’s current clothing line is pretty much the perfect mixture of hipster, earth goddess, 50’s housewife and steampunk mistress. When it comes to fashions for the home, it’s in vogue to buy items that are carefully, and artistically hand crafted, worn in, and just a little bit funky. While many proclaimed Steampunkers are very into the DIY movement, I’ve found many a website to help you spend your hard earned cash on beautiful bespoke pieces…and in my next blog, you can see how I DIYed one of these projects step-by-step. Now, I’m not suggesting your turn your house into this place: But, adding a dash of Victorian sophistication can add a lot more interest to your lovely abode. William Morris, the father of the Art and Crafts Movement, quoted, ““If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” To start, here are some clever instances where people have made modern day pieces look so much more beautiful. I believe that with enough creativity and thought, one can turn the most ugly of objects into...

We are the 99%: Buying Lingerie when you aren’t a Victoria’s Secret Model [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at your Fingertips]...

If you haven’t noticed the catalogues, emails, store displays, and company Facebook pages: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This is the one day out of the year when we are expected to be at our sexiest. We are overloaded with advertisements of svelt bunny-like women looking extra perky and desirable in their unmentionables. We all begin to think, “How cute, so-and-so would love it if I wore that!” Then with lace and frills dancing through our heads we go to Victoria’s Secret and grab that hot little number we saw, go to the dressing room, try it on, and cry.  What you see in the mirror is nothing like what was in the catalogue…Did I grab the wrong thing?…Wait maybe it’s the wrong size…No…Perhaps the lighting? Oh wait, that’s right, I’m not a Victoria’s Secret model, and I haven’t starved myself for two weeks and taken 4 hours a day to workout. So what to do now? God didn’t make you a VS model, but He did make you beautiful, and I firmly believe that you should shake what your maker gave you- but in what makes you feel sexy, not what mass marketing tells you will feel great. So erase those preconceived notions from your head and dress for what makes you feel confident. Your partner will be turned on by your confidence more than your articles of clothing-of which will most likely be removed shortly after being put on anyway! So stop the shame spiral and embrace your confident, sexy you! Dress to flaunt your assets. Do you have amazing legs, make those the focal point by wearing something short or with a slit. Love your elegant shoulders and collar bone? Wear something strapless or with very thin spaghetti straps....