An anonymous artist in Doncaster, Melbourne, has been decorating fixed-position speed cameras to make them resemble Wall-E, and adding the caption S-CAM. The rejigged cameras operate in a legal grey area, but are already getting a cult following.
This is the brainchild of German designer Thomas Schnur (who is, incidentally, a bit of a babe). But it would be pretty easy to make using el-cheapo drain plungers.
Think of the plain wooden handles that cheap plungers have. Get your local hardware store to cut you a piece of untreated wood for the tabletop (it needs to be quite thick or it’ll warp), and use wood stain to colour your tabletop and your plunger handles the same shade (or spray paint them any colour you like). Insert screws in the ends of the plungers and screw into matching holes in the underside of the table. Finish with a coat of sealant on the tabletop.
Admit it! If you, like us, slouched through your high school and university years wearing flannies and Blunnies, Chucks and Docs, T-shirts under dresses and skirts over pants, dyeing your hair bright colours and buying your jewellery from hardware and pet supply stores, you will find this blog post fierce and true.
If you’re in your early twenties and are toying with our generation’s aesthetics and pop culture as you learn to identify your own, this is a very practical how-to guide.
Would you believe this tip comes courtesy of Wikipedia? Apparently, a bobby pin makes a convenient roach clip. If you can get a couple of extra drags from a jazz cigarette while partygoers around you fear singeing their fingers, then that is a good reason to keep a bobby pin in your pocket… or in your hair.
Why should your ears have all the fun? Glam up your fridge by turning old clip-on earrings into magnets. Buy the earrings cheaply from op-shops, use wire cutters to snip off the clips (or simply pry them off), then superglue magnets to them.
These would also make a cool – and cheap – housewarming gift for a fancy lady who likes vintage stuff.
A friend of ours is growing her hair out. She tweets: “I’ve taken to putting a bit of coconut oil on my ends every day + a weekly all over soaking, and I swear I’m getting far, far fewer split ends, breaks and fraying than I’m used to. Hair growing like the clappers. Get into it.”
You can buy coconut oil at health food shops and Indian/Sri Lankan grocery stores (where it’s sometimes sold in a solidified form).
It’s also available at bourgie wholefoods organic places, where they claim it possesses all sorts of miraculous properties, from speeding up sluggish thyroid glands to treating thrush and being used as toothpaste and deodorant. We are skeptical. Also, they tend to sell it in giant tubs and it’s hella expensive. Still, if you want to support fair trade organic growers, that’s where you should probably buy your coc…onut oil.
Do you have long hair with a fringe (bangs, for those playing in the States)? Do you despair in hot, humid weather when your fringe starts to look all stringy and greasy, but it’s too time-consuming to wash, dry and style your hair?
If you have pale hair and are super lazy or pressed for time, revive your fringe by sprinkling it with talcum powder and brushing through. It won’t look shiny, but at least it won’t look stringy. (This only works for blondes, we’re afraid – otherwise, use a dry shampoo designed for dark hair.)
Better yet, shower with most of your hair tucked into a shower cap, but your fringe sticking out. You can shampoo and blow-dry it quickly and easily to give the impression of fresh, clean hair. If you’re worried about the rest of your hair looking dirty, just put it up in a ponytail or chignon.
If you’re into ‘atomic’ design – that Sputnik-inspired midcentury look that eBay sellers insist on calling “Eames era” – this is a really cute idea from Old Brand New. Just get your hands on this hanging photo holder. Instead of attaching photos (which is pretty ugly and dreadful, to be honest), attach Christmas baubles. They’ll be dirt cheap at this time of year, since all the shops are trying to get rid of them. Then hang the mobile from your ceiling. It’s an atomic explosion!
Mini and maxi skirts and dresses have got so popular it’s tough to find a knee-length skirt in the shops. But it’s a shame so many maxi skirts are cheap, tizzy numbers spoilt with busy prints, crochet panels, frills and such.
By contrast, aren’t these great? Bold. Simple. Almost sculptural. Keep your eyes peeled for skirts like these in op-shops, and for once in your vintage life, don’t chop them to mid-thigh using kitchen scissors. Keep ‘em long. Wear them with a plain top and say no to froufrou.
Do you have the kind of landlord or real estate agent who takes frickin’ forevah to fulfil the most basic maintenance requests? One of our friends’ agents took days to fix a broken tap that was gushing water.
A merely dripping tap is not nearly as bad, but it can drive you mental. While you wait for your landlord to okay a new washer, and for the real estate-approved plumber to find space in his busy schedule, tie some dental floss to the end of the tap. The water will now run quietly down the string and into the drain, rather than annoying you every second.
So as Brisbane turns into Brisvenice, and Queensland into Queenslantis, you might as well make your crisis beans into a gourmet meal. Here are some tasty suggestions. However, we can’t believe they left out cheesy tomato or bacon – always two of our favourite flavours of canned baked beans!
Magazines tell us you should only put bright colour on either your lips or your eyes. Trouble is, you look pretty frickin’ awesome when you do both. We went to an ’80s theme party and got all sorts of compliments on our lurid makeup – “you should wear that more often,” etc.
In the late ’60s, Larry Luckham worked at Bell Labs as a data centre manager. One day he took a camera to work and took pics of his co-workers. It’s the perfect storm of Mad Men-style ’60s working gals and cool old-school mainframe computers.
If you live in Melbourne and you ride a bike, beware! As part of the dorkily named Operation Spoke, Victoria Police are targeting cyclists on popular inner-urban routes for the next 12 days, starting today!
The popo will be heavily patrolling major bicycle routes including Brunswick Street, Smith Street, Swan Street and Bridge Road. No word on whether they’ll target the ‘bike highway’ down Canning Street, Carlton, or intercept you as you puff pitifully up Ruckers Hill, Northcote.
They’ll be giving out fines for:
failing to obey traffic lights and signs (a $299 on-the-spot fine)
not wearing a helmet (a $149 fine)
riding on the footpath
not possessing lights at night
holding onto a moving vehicle
They’ll also be penalising motorists who open their car doors onto approaching cyclists.
There were 95 bike collisions in the City of Yarra in the second half of 2010, and eight Victorian cyclists died in 2010.
At the last Meredith Music Festival we saw someone had lashed their drinks cooler to one of those kids’ scooters using gaffer tape, and was wheeling it along. This struck us as a much easier way to carry drinks than for two people to lug the esky between them, or even to drag it along using its own carry handle.
If you’ve got a scooter lying around, you could use gaffer, or even octopus straps, to attach it to your esky for picnics, festivals and other cool-drink-transporting occasions.
This would also be a good way to walk your cat to the vet if you don’t have a car. Just replace the esky with the pet carrier.
Bless you Walter Hunt (1796-1859), whose patent for the safety pin was granted on 10 April 1849. Where would punk have been without this invention?
Or hipsterism, for that matter? Have you ever walked down the street and wondered how some people keep their clothes sitting just so, while you’re always having to tug and readjust yours, and your damn scarf keeps twisting around the wrong way or blowing into your face?
Maybe they are just more elegant. But it might be safety pins. We carry them wherever we go.
Keep your bra straps from showing: hook the safety pin along the inside shoulder seam just near the neck (not the visible part of your top), slip your bra strap over the pin, and fasten. Don’t actually pierce the bra strap with the pin.
Keep your scarf in place: pin it from underneath your shirt or jacket. Put the pin in a fold of the scarf, so it can’t be seen.
Stop a sash from riding up or falling down: pin from inside your top or dress. Put the pin through the knot so it’s not visible from the outside.
Keep your shirt from gaping between buttons: pin it, making sure you use a similarly coloured pin to your shirt colour. Hook only a small amount of pin through, and align the visible bit of pin with the seam of your shirt, to minimise its visibility.
Stop your pants falling down: If your pants are too big, pinch them to the right tightness on each side, fold the extra fabric inwards, and pin it flat against the waistband.
Prevent your wrap dress from flapping open: pin the underlapping side from the inside. That way the overlapping side still moves freely, but it won’t expose more flesh than you’re happy to.
Over the last couple of months we’ve been noticing chicks at parties and music festivals wearing brightly coloured, Mexican-inspired flower headpieces, as if they’re dressed up for Dia de los Muertos.
We think it’s a great time to break out some joyous, Frida Kahlo-esque colour combinations in clothes and makeup: pink, orange and aqua blue, or pink, yellow and apple-green. We’ve also noticed chicks wearing bright lipstick with doll-like circles of pink rouge.
To make your own Mexican headpiece, follow these instructions (it’s basically hot-gluing fake flowers to a headband). If you want to be extra-DIY about it, you can make your own flowers from paper or fabric. Just use the accordion pom-pom method, with a narrow strip of contrasting coloured paper or fabric wrapped around the centre before you fluff the petals out.
Playbutton is a wearable 4.5cm button badge that plays music. It’s powered by a rechargable battery and the tracks are pre-recorded and non-downloadable. If you’re in a band, presumably you can jump on board this cute idea and get your music on a badge.