Reuters – Paris launches its first car-sharing project next week with the aim of clearing its traffic-clogged boulevards and delivering what its backers hope will be a major boost for electric vehicles.
In a two-month pilot scheme starting October 2, a rounded, ultracompact Bluecar built by Bollore’s conglomerate BOLL.PA and powered by his alternative lithium-metal-polymer battery can be hired for 30 minutes for 4-8 euros by motorists who pay a 10-euro Autolib membership fee.
“We want to persuade people to shift from the concept of owning a car to that of using a car,” Autolib General Manager Morald Chibout told Reuters.
Strange Random Traffic Quote:
“If they’d lower the taxes and get rid of the smog and clean up the traffic mess, I really believe I’d settle here until the next earthquake” – Groucho Marx (American Comedian, Actor and Singer, 1890-1977)
- Caption competition 13 (economist.com)
- COST OF THINGS: Brazilian Bubble: Car Prices Comparison: Brazil x USA (expatbrazil.wordpress.com)
- Electric cars in grant scheme named (confused.com)
- EU encourages electric car pick up with new safety rules (money.marksandspencer.com)
- Wheelz: Car sharing for campuses (gigaom.com)
- Former GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz Joins Electric Car Company Via Motors (treehugger.com)
- Major slump in electric car sales (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Electric cars for rent in Quebec (cbc.ca)
Pizza from a machine? Well, it is coming from the Italians, specifically one Italian — Claudio Torghele.
Torghele took 10 years to develop his “Let’s Pizza” machine , which makes pies from scratch. He launched the prototype in his homeland in 2009.
The machine bakes pizza from fresh ingredients in under three minutes, Torghele said. You can actually watch the machine mix flour and water, knead the dough, spin the dough into a circle, spread the sauce and add toppings of your choice.
“We are also looking for a big partner in the United States, and we’re meeting with some people next week,” he said. If all goes well, he hopes to bring his pizza vending machines to America next year.
Strange Random Pizza Quote:
There’s a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. In the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air.” – Stephen Wright (American Actor and Writer, b.1955)
- VendScreen gives boring plain vending machines touchscreen coolness (slashgear.com)
- Vending Machines Become ‘Smarter,’ More Touchable (charlotte.news14.com)
- 10 Peculiar Vending Machines [VIDEOS] (mashable.com)
- Restaurant Equipment and Supplies Vending Machines for the Break Room (foodservicewarehouse.com)
- PHOTOS: Vintage Vending Machines (huffingtonpost.com)
- French baguette vending machine provides fresh bread on demand (gadling.com)
- Luxury Vending Machine Sells Diamond Bracelets (psfk.com)
- Get Married Through A Vending Machine! Huh? (since1910.com)
The actress Anita Ekberg will be 80 this week and has given an interview to the Italian paper Corriere Della Sera. In it, she claims that La Dolce Vita was not a great movie and that she was essentially the best thing in it, while Mastroianni was a nobody who smoked and drank too much.
In fact, this is not the first time she has made this kind of comments, as this interview from 2010 on Italian TV shows.
After all that bad blood, we thought it might be nice to go back and look at happier times between the two, and not so long ago, either, namely, the meeting in Fellini‘s L’Intervista from 1987. The subtitles are in French, which may or may not help you …
Strange Random La Dolce Vita Quote:
You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home. – Marcello Rubini
- 2 Bombshell Favourites On Picasa (retrorambling.wordpress.com)
- The Style List: The scene-stealing style of a Fellini femme fatale (thestar.com)
- Woody’s Roma (cinemadope.com)
- TT: La Dolce Vita (yvettesblogs.com)
- 10 of the best films set in Rome (guardian.co.uk)
- Killer Nun (1979) AKA Suor Omicidi (cinemaroll.com)
- Death and the Dolce Vita by Stephen Gundle (guardian.co.uk)
Reuters – The fashion industry has been dressing up more than just catwalk models in New York, London and Milan this month, as its flamboyant use of language is flummoxing ordinary British shoppers, a major British retailer said.
Even personal shoppers need fashion dictionaries to understand words such as “spants” (harem pants) and “swacket” (a sweater/jacket) — lexicon that is used on a regular basis by fashionistas, according to British department store Debenhams.
“It’s now easier to understand complex calculus than some of the words commonly used by commentators within the fashion industry to describe garments,” spokesman for Debenhams, Ed Watson, said in a statement.
“We believe that these words are only properly understood by approximately five per cent of the population – yet they are commonly used throughout the fashion industry,” he said.
Strange Random Fashion Quote:
- Lexicon of fashion terms – how to tell your Glittens from your Trougues (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- Fashion industry ‘bumping on bottom’ (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Fashionistas leave shoppers baffled with growing design dictionary (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- Do YOU make less effort as the week goes on? (graziadaily.co.uk)
- LFW: Most Outrageous Fashion (hills2city.wordpress.com)
- Debenhams First To Cast Disabled Model (graziadaily.co.uk)
- Beauty ed’s New York Fashion Week ESSENTIALS! (graziadaily.co.uk)
- Blog post by VIP Exclusive Fashion (fashionindustrynetwork.com)
- Special Report: Fashion: At Jil Sander, Raf Simons Plays With Modernism (nytimes.com)
- An Interview with new designer .. Rachel Cogley (trendfashionmag.wordpress.com)
Not necessarily in that order. Yes, Warroad, nicknamed “Hockeytown, U.S.A.,” has sent six of its sons to the N.H.L. And the walleye plucked from Lake of the Woods are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner down at the Lakeview Restaurant.
But Marvin — as in, Marvin Windows and Doors — is the commercial engine in these parts and has been since George G. Marvin arrived in 1904. So when times get tough at Marvin, as they are now, the 1,700 or so residents of Warroad hold their collective breath.
But in this season of economic unease, when neither Washington nor Wall Street seems to have the answers, the descendants of George Marvin are going against the grain. Unlike so many other companies, Marvin Windows has neither laid off workers nor reduced health insurance benefits. And, its executives vow, it won’t.
Marvin Windows might seem like a footnote in the nation’s economic ledger. It employs roughly 4,300 people, about 2,000 of them here, and has annual sales somewhere from $500 million to $1 billion. But what this company is doing — and, more to the point, what it is not doing — is worth knowing.
Strange Random Hockey Quote:
”Hockey’s the only place where a guy can go nowadays and watch two white guys fight.” – Frank Deford
- Forbes Magazine features story about Marvin Windows & Doors (heatherels.wordpress.com)
- Local Architect wins Marvin Windows & Doors annual Challenge (craigkamman.wordpress.com)
- Turn Your Home Remodel Dreams into Reality: Marvin Online Planner (design-milk.com)
- Stunning Architect’s Challenge Winners (design-milk.com)
Strange Random Mannequin Quote:
Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy. – Grace Jones
- “Protesting mannequin” (whitelawoutlaw.wordpress.com)
- Nice and New: PBteen Wooden Drawing Mannequins (casasugar.com)
- Creepy but Real! Life-Like Mannequins Inspire Real-Life Shoppers (redbeardedoctopus.wordpress.com)
- X-Men: First Class (2011) (screen150.wordpress.com)
- Mannequins persuade shoppers to buy (boingboing.net)
- No ordinary dummy (macleans.ca)
- Louis Vuitton’s Milan mannequins have Speedy bags on the brain – literally. (purseblog.com)
- The Gap Really Screwed Up With Their Sickly, Skeletal Mannequin (thegloss.com)