Let's relax! This weeks recommended music: Hungry Lucy - Pulse of the Earth The group labels this album under the "pop triphop darkwave" genre's, but whatever you call it her crystal clear voice is captivating. The beats are soothing and a wonderful way to come down from a stressful day. Favorite tracks from this album: Hill, Pulse of the Earth
Atlantis' last launch: I don't know about the news in your area, but when I listened to NPR (National Public Radio) on the drive home today I was deeply saddened to hear what a footnote they made about the space shuttle Atlantis's last launch. Yes, in case your local news has kept you from knowing, this is the LAST of three launches for the US space program.
Discovery isn't due to fly until September, which will then be followed by Endeavour in November...at the earliest. Payload issues may bump the last mission into 2011.
As things stand now, under the Obama plan, NASA astronauts assigned to long station missions will keep hitching rides aboard Russian Soyuz rockets until U.S. private enterprise can develop spacecraft to safely get humans into orbit.
NASA expects to keep the space station running through 2020.
Skin Care Thoughts: Yesterday I was reading an article about how the cosmetic company Shu Uemura is leaving the US market and it had some interesting points. Here's an excerpt:
"Also, American and Japanese women still take sharply different approaches to skin care. Though skin-care awareness has increased in the U.S., the amount of money and time the U.S. consumer spends on her regimen is still far lower than that of her Japanese counterpart. The average Japanese woman spends 60% of her cosmetics budget on skin care, compared with 30% for American women.
A Shiseido survey found nearly 69% of Japanese women used cleanser, toner and moisturizer religiously at night, compared with only 17% of American women.
Indeed, Shiseido has documented that the average Japanese woman employs a much larger array of products each evening—as many as six products. First, she removes her make-up with an oil-based product. Then comes cleansing the face. This is followed by a lotion—a toner-like skin softener—and then possibly an "essence," or serum. Finally, she pats on an emulsion, which is less viscous than a cream, and then a traditional cream. All of this is achieved while performing an elaborate facial massage meant to help prevent sagging and wrinkling.
"The psyche of the American consumer is about a quick fix, and not about prevention," says Ms. Yamagishi-Dressler of Shiseido. "It's all about, 'What can this product do for me now?' We have to adapt to that."
Doll Chat: I made the mistake of inquiring deeper into my investigation of Volks brand Dollfie dolls. I have been seeing gorgeous pictures of them for quiet some time now and they remind me of porcelain with the delicate facial shading and brightly colored eyes. Soooo lovely! *wistful sigh* But then reality had to rear it's ugly head and bash me with...HELLO PRICE! OMGWTHBBQ!!! ;_; Definitely a doll for dedicated BJD collectors. Maybe one of these days I will get one but for right now I am quiet content with my Pullip girls. Speaking of the girls, I have gotten them some Re-ment home goods, so I will definitely be having a new photo shoot soon. ^_^ I am also working on trying to sew them a little felt friend, so we'll see how that goes. So far I'm not sure how it's going to turn out, may have to prototype this first one and make a second one to actually share.
Warning Geekish Content: Speaking of Dollfies, I came across these amazing video's! These first two are by a Dollfie fan who is also into robots, I'm amazed at how smooth it's movements are! When I found the second clip I was like, if the designer didn't use this size doll, exactly where would you put the circuitry and battery? I'm STILL wondering where it's hiding, although I know the technology has shrunk considerably in the last few years.
This next one is an awesome shadow video to the same song.
Crafting: My crafting/studio space is in dire need of another culling overhaul. I've been giving my supplies good hard thought for a while now and I think it's time to part with a few things. The last culling resulted in some fantastic results of discovering lost space and reorganizing for better efficiency. Fellow crafters know what I'm talking about, you end up accumulating 1001 odd sized supplies and arranging them in some semblance of order is an ongoing chore of nightmare proportions. It doesn't help that I tend to save partial items after projects because "I might need it" for something else down the road. One corner of the room is not recommended to fall into as you might get lost in a pile of beads, ceramic slip, assorted tools, partially painted horse models and ceramic greenware. There's some greenware destined to be jewelry pendants one of these days if I will just sit down and finish them and then there's the tea set and serving platter I need to pin down a design for. The shop that was ordering me an extra cup closed without warning, so I only have three cup/saucer sets. *sigh* When that happened I completely lost my motivation for it, though really it will still be lovely if I make it into a 'tea for two' set. I had thought I would work on it over the Winter but...well...that obviously didn't happen. Sometimes I really wish I was less of a multi-media artist and more someone who focused on just one medium. That would certainly make my studio organizing life MUCH easier.
Cheer's to another week! MacaronTea