Happy Digital Characters Sell Products BetterEven in the digital world, people respond to the expression of a computerized face.
New Ohio State University research suggests that the simulated emotions of digital characters on web sites might have a real impact on the potential customers that view and interact with them.
The study, appearing in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, observed that digital characters might be better merchants if they act consistently........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 3/19/2007 10:07:49 PM)
Home Based Knitting BusinessThis is the second part of the Home Biz Idea of the Week featuring Working from Home as a Knitter. It's first part includes the tools and other requirements on starting a knitting home business
Always start with a business plan. A business plan is an outline of everything that has to do with your business and helps you take a methodical approach to operating your business. It will also ensure that your business is heading towards the........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 3/13/2007 9:10:08 PM)
Who is happy?Psychologists have been fond of stating in recent years that human happiness, or what psychologists call subjective well-being, is largely independent of our life circumstances. The wealthy arent much happier than the middle class, married people arent much happier than single people, healthy people arent much happier than sick people, and so on.
One might reasonably conclude, therefore, that changes in life circumstances would not have........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 3/6/2007 4:58:01 AM)
Digital bookmarks for old-fashioned books
I've never been a person who can finish an entire book in one sitting, even if it's the latest Harry Potter instalment or one of those un-put-downable Salman Rushdies I'm partial to. I usually stick an old receipt or Post-It note into my books to bookmark where I stopped reading, which works fine for its purposes, but the gadget-collecting side of me was really intrigued by the........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/26/2007 4:40:01 PM)
Green Resistor Triplets NecklaceI am commonly not a big fan of jewelry made out of used (or new) electronic parts; I find them generally too clunky for my taste and not especially wearable. The Green Resistor Triplets Necklace though is surprisingly nice and definitely something I could see myself wearing.
The little green resistors can be recognized as such only from a close distance and can be easily mistaken doe "precious" beads crafted together in a very elegant........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 2/22/2007 10:11:51 PM)
electromagnetic protective moisturizerDespite what your mother may have told you about the dangers of sitting too close to the television, there is really no conclusive evidence that the radiation from VDTs (video display terminals) causes our bodies any harm, particularly if you're using an LCD. Good, good, because I as I write, with my face less than two feet from my laptop screen, there's also a television a few feet away so I can pretend the voices coming from CNN are my........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/22/2007 10:04:57 PM)
The science behind a wrinkle-fillerThe current battle between the makers of anti-wrinkle products widely compared with the Coke and Pepsi struggle for superiority is receiving an injection of scientific understanding with the release of a new study from the University of Michigan Health System.
The study is the first to discover that one of the fillers known by the brand-name Restylane works by stretching fibroblasts, the cells in the skin that make collagen, in a way........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/19/2007 8:58:05 PM)
It's not easy being greenBeing a green consumer is hard work, as per new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The study highlights a need for more practical help and incentives for green consumers, if we are to achieve a more sustainable society.
The University of Leeds-led study observed that consumers who try to live a sustainable lifestyle have difficulty deciding which product to buy. "Consumers find that being green or ethical is........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 2/11/2007 9:37:30 PM)
Politics Of Medieval Wool ClothingTechnologies don't have to be complex to be effective. Nor do they need to be complex to be difficult to master. These were among the lessons made clear to students during the first-ever Independent Activities Period class in making clothes the very old-fashioned way.
"The Distaff Arts: Medieval Clothing Technology," taught jointly by Anne McCants, professor of history, history graduate Miranda Knutson and Margo Collett, administrative........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/5/2007 6:55:10 PM)
Hi-Tech 'Transformer' ClothesFamous fashion designer Hussein Chalayan has showed off his new designs.
The unbelievable feature of these dresses is that they can get transformed. The technology behind the clothes has been provided with an engineering firm called 2D3D.
The show hosted dresses that have a moving neckline, can become more revealing and dresses that can zip and unzip themselves in a variety of ways.
The director of 2D3D commented that:
Basically,........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/1/2007 8:44:09 PM)
Gummi LightsThere might be a baby heart lurking in you. Give a vent to your imagination with GummiLights from Jellio. Kevin Champeny of Champeny Creations designs these Candy-like showpieces.
GummiLights gives fun in daytime and high-watt illumination at the butts of the toy at night. The soft rubber lights in bear-shape are made from glossy polyurethane in classic candy colors shades a battery-powered LED light: lime-green, bright orange, metallic........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/1/2007 7:56:29 PM)
Retro Refrigerators from Big ChillI often marvel at how advancement in lifestyle seems to always lead us right back to something that we originally started off with. I can think of at least a dozen products belonging to my grandparents' era that are on the shelves of chic boutiques today and are being sold at abominably high prices too.
And while we are on the subject of product lines making a comeback, retro refrigerators from Big Chill are worth mentioning. In this case,........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 8:52:09 PM)
A nanotech solution to wrinkled skinThose of us unhappy with our ageing skin may find solace in nanotechnology. Scientists who have discovered that nanoparticles prevent thin polymer films from buckling say their concept could be applied to stop human skin wrinkling too.
Nanoparticles are already marketed in cosmetic skin products; commonly because they can penetrate much deeper into skin than conventional creams, delivering vitamins that are supposed to plump and soften the........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 1/11/2007 7:47:05 PM)
Are You a Stella Lover?Stella McCartney is a fashion designer who launched her own fashion house under her name in a joint venture with Gucci Group. As well as the women's ready-to-wear range, the label now includes accessories, eyewear and the 'Stella' fragrance.
If you're a Stella lover then you'll enjoy today's Handbag.com Christmas gift giveaway. Today you have the chance to win the Stella Fragrance gift set shown here and valued at pounds 44.........Go to the Fashion-news (Added on 12/13/2006 8:17:56 PM)
Denim Skirtall, $25.00 at OldNavy.comHey, Old Navy,.
I know that your parent company, Gap Inc., is struggling a bit financially, but that's NO excuse to let kindergarteners design pieces for your stores. Skirtalls? Come on now. The last time I wore one of these I was still writing letters to Santa.
Now, I'm not saying that all skirtalls are bad. The teen shop dELiA*s has a cord version that would look adorable on a 13 year old. I suppose even this version (available in........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 12/13/2006 8:14:16 PM)
Grow Your Own Furnituregrown furniture how why history home You can grow a stool or a table frame like these.
Fruit growers have been training trees to shape since we don't know when, and furniture has been made of wood for thousands of years, so why not train trees to make furniture? I've proved that it can be done. All you need are three saplings, a plywood jig, instructions and a little patience.
It takes about five years.........Go to the Fashion-news (Added on 12/6/2006 9:00:20 PM)
Why We Buy Bad Gifts For Loved Ones?This holiday season, another woman who loves the rock band No Doubt will.
receive a plaid skirt that only the band's singer, Gwen Stefani, could pull off. Another athletic guy will receive an oversize sports jersey even though off the field he prefers Brooks Brothers. Why are we so terrible at predicting the tastes of the ones we love? A new study from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research explains why familiarity with........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 12/5/2006 9:08:57 PM)
Brains Respond Better To Name BrandsYour brain may be determining what car you buy before youve even taken a test drive. A new study gauging the brains response to product branding has observed that strong brands elicit strong activity in our brains. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
This is the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test examining the power of brands, said Christine Born,........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 4:24:07 AM)
Shopping With Your HeartGoing with your "gut feeling" when making a major purchase isn't a bad thing after all, says Queen's University School of Business researcher Laurence Ashworth. In fact - contrary to popular belief - listening to your heart when shopping can make you happier in the long run.
And emotion can play just as big a part when purchasing a house or a car as when buying a bottle of shampoo.
The results of a series of studies, reported in the........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 4:59:49 AM)
Would you see James Bond 21?A fascinating new study from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research is the first to conceptualize sequels as the movie equivalent of brand extensions. As per traditional branding research, extension evaluations improve when the extension is perceived to be similar to the parent brand. However, Sanjay Sood (UCLA) and Xavier Drze (University of Pennsylvania) find that the effect of similarity reverses when it comes to movies. In........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 7:37:13 PM)
Animated Atari Pong T-ShirtThis is Animated Retro Table Tennis Shirt. It can be your choice if table tennis is your favorite sport. The t-shirt is half-sleeved as other t-shirts in your wardrobe with the exception of a panel where it appears animated a real Atari Pong game, with the bars moving and so the ball, appearing like tennis is being played non-stop on t-shirt
It works on 3AAA batteries and will cost you around $25. Only precaution to be taken while washing........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 3/13/2007 10:26:27 PM)
What causes attractiveness?Perceived attractiveness is the result of compatibility of biological sex and gendered cues--masculinity and femininity as specified within the societyas per a research studyby scientists at New York University and Texas A & M University. The findings are reported in the most recent issue of the journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, conducted by Kerri Johnson at NYUs Department of Psychology and Louis........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 3/12/2007 9:51:10 PM)
Driving Miss GucciI can remember when the sexiest part of any serious car owner's wardrobe consisted of a pair of driving gloves. Made of lightweight leather with bared knuckles and perforated backs, they gave a firm grip on the wheel yet were cool enough for hot weather use. Of course, you were not allowed to wear driving gloves unless you owned a sports car and lowered the top in all but the most abominable conditions. Rather like today, when you're........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 3/10/2007 8:32:54 AM)
Beatufiful, Creative, Strange Images
What can you do, with beautiful photos, lots of imagination, a ton of creativity and some good skills in PhotoShop?
A collection of amazing photos. I saw these on Digg a few days ago, but didn't got the time to publish it here. Well,........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 3/2/2007 7:25:48 PM)
Swarovski-monogrammed lip gloss
How many times have you wished that tube of lip gloss in your purse was monogrammed with Swarovski crystals and lit up when you twisted off the cap? Yeah, never for me, too. I mean, if there's not already a light where I am, my lips don't need a touch-up.
Then again, $38 for any letter of the alphabet made up of sparkling crystals and adorning a tube of Invisible, Chili Spice, Popping Pink, Red Carpet, or Brown Sugar Baby isn't too........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/26/2007 4:39:59 PM)
Marie Claire Uk Umbrella PromoCaught in the rain? Standing in front of a high-end bookstore? Go buy a copy of the March '07 UK Edition of Marie Claire. They've packaged an Ollie & Nic branded umbrella as a freebie with the newsstand copy of the magazine.
It's not a bad little free handbag umbrella, and Emma Sibbles's piece on the fashion industry's support staff (buyers, window decorators, photographers, etc) is well worth the $7.00 cover price.........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 2/22/2007 10:00:46 PM)
Lifetimer For Your Lifetime MemoriesHow much additional functionality can you include in a clock other than its most elementary features of time and alarm? Looks like quite a few other people have pondered over this question already. So we now have clocks which talk, scream and even counsel.
Along comes another one for those people obsessed with count-downs - the LifeTimer. 3 more months to your birthday, 5 since you last had a date, and probably a 100 more for you to........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 2/15/2007 6:13:51 AM)
Which products sell better?Does whitening toothpaste whiten teeth better than toothpaste that whitens and prevents cavities? Does a printer/fax/copy machine make lower-quality printouts than a standalone printer? In the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, a fascinating new study by Alexander Chernev (Northwestern University) reveals that people perceive products that emphasize a single feature to be more effective than products with multiple features.
........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 2/12/2007 9:36:24 PM)
Looking for love on all the right Web sites?If you're hoping for Cupid's online arrow, then watch out for tall stories and wide fabrications. Online daters, both men and women, commonly fib about either their height or weight, and sometimes their age, as per a Cornell University communication researcher.
This study will be published in an upcoming Proceedings of Computer/Human Interaction (April 2007), an annual peer-evaluated journal, to be released this spring during a........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 2/5/2007 6:18:19 PM)
Virtual MakeupThe video screen shown in the picture above surely can't answer the question, ". who's the fairest of them all?" However, if you need to know what kind of makeup you would require to give that title a shot, without actually applying any of it, the "Virtual Realtime Makeup System" is for you. All you need to do first is to stand in front of the screen that takes a snap of your face. Then just pick up the cosmetics that you think will work for........Go to the Fashion-news (Added on 2/1/2007 8:06:04 PM)
Mood-food ConnectionPeople feeling sad tend to eat more of less-healthy comfort foods than when they feel happy, finds a new study co-authored by a Cornell food marketing expert. However, when nutritional information is available, those same sad people curb their hedonistic consumption. But happier people don't.
In the recent issue of the Journal of Marketing, Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing, Applied Economics and Management at Cornell,........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 1/31/2007 9:00:10 PM)
Winter Skin Guidelines and TipsDr. Kaplan is THE dermatologist to the stars, who happens to have his own, pretty pricey, skincare line. While it might be a bit of a stretch to spend $50 on his eye cream, you can use his tips for getting rid of the ash and keeping skin glowing and gorgeous in winter months.
1. Use a humidifier. Air inside your home becomes very dry in winter, particularly if your windows are closed and the heat is on. A humidifier will replace moisture in........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 1/11/2007 8:04:03 PM)
Fastest Cookie Maker with 39-piecesWhat could be better news for you than an easy way to make cookies for this Christmas! BonJour Cookies factory is here to give a tasty delight to you and your family. With the pressing of a button, you can easily make your favorite cookies. The 39-piece set includes a jumbo cookie barrel, a traditional cookie barrel, 10 large cookie discs, 15 traditional cookie discs, 10 decorating and filling tips, and a recipe booklet.
The cookie maker........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 12/17/2006 7:56:27 PM)
America's Next Top ModelIt's not a big surprise that Caridee has won America's Next Top Model. But it was still a tight final.
The girls of ANTM were judged on how well they strutted on the runway, how well they wore makeup, and how well they composed themselves in various photo shoots.
Eugenia is gorgeous but she barely took a great photo. Bah-bye. That left Caridee & Melrose to hash it out. No one can stand Melrose, but she's obviously done her modeling 101........Go to the Fashion-news (Added on 12/13/2006 8:23:21 PM)
Daily Weighing and Quick Action Keeps Pounds OffStepping on the scale every day, then cutting calories and boosting exercise if the numbers run too high, can significantly help dieters maintain weight loss, according to results of the first program designed specifically for weight loss maintenance. Study results are published in the New England Journal (NEJM).
Unlike other obesity studies, which focus on how to lose weight, the "STOP Regain" trial tested a method that taught participants........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 12/12/2006 5:01:00 AM)
How about not-buying remorse?Imagine driving several hours to a destination retailer such as Ikea. You plan to buy a rug, but decide to browse lamps. Since you are unlikely to drive all the way back to return them, these items constitute a limited purchasing opportunity either you get it now, or you pass on it forever. A groundbreaking new study in the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research finds that these now-or-never situations create a notable exception to........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 9:19:56 PM)
Fashion And The MediaAn important part of fashion is fashion journalism. Editorial critique and commentary can be found in magazines, on television, fashion websites and in fashion blogs.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, fashion magazines began to include photographs and became even more influential than in the past. In cities throughout the world these magazines were greatly sought-after and had a profound effect on public taste. Talented illustrators........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 8:40:03 PM)
Dieting Or ExerciseThose in their 50s and 60s who want to lose weight might consider heading to the cardio workout room instead of counting calories, suggests new research out this month.
Both those who dieted and those who exercised lost a significant amount of weight, according to findings from an NIH-funded study on whether a calorie-restriction diet can extend lifespan. However, while exercisers maintained their strength and muscle mass and increased........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 7:12:01 PM)
Diskette Handbag from FractalspinThis whimsical little handbag, made by Zelle and available at Fractalspin, is a bit of a surprise. From a distance, what you see is a black bag with interesting metallic shapes forming an eye-catching pattern. Up close, you notice that it's made of recycled computer diskettes (12 genuine 1.44 MB diskettes, to be exact). A magnetic latch holds the two sides together at top (though it doesn't close the opening all the way). For a different look,........Go to the Fashion-blog (Added on 11/13/2006 8:45:21 AM)
Happy People Are HealthierHappiness and other positive emotions play an even more important role in health than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen. The paper will be available online at www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/.
This recent study confirms the results of a landmark 2004 paper in which Cohen and his colleagues found that people who are happy,........Go to the Fashion-talk (Added on 11/7/2006 10:13:10 PM)