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mi_nion posted to projectrunway July 25 2014, 01:03

Discussion Post: Season 13, Episode 1


The Judges Decide: The designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show. The remaining designers must create a look that would give the judges a glimpse of what their spring collection would like if they present at New York Fashion Week. Emmy-nominated and award winning actress, Julie Bowen serves as a guest judge.
darkoshi July 14 2014, 00:54


I noticed a blurb on a Tom's of Maine toothpaste tube: "Recycle this and other packaging through the TerraCycle collection program ..."

The Tom's of Maine page says:
Together, we'll transform packaging waste, regardless of brand, into useful, new products and lighten the load on landfills.
- Toothpaste tubes, deodorant containers, plastic soap wrappers, mouthwash bottles and dental floss containers
- All brands accepted, not just Tom's

This sounds like a good thing. Besides toothpaste tubes, most deodorant containers (of the brands I've used) don't have a recycling number on them, so I can't put them with the regular recyclables that are collected by the county.

The corresponding TerraCycle page indicates that they also take toothbrushes, another thing I've never been able to turn in for recycling before.

You don't even have to pay for shipping the items; they'll provide you with shipping labels.

TerraCycle has additional similar programs for recycling other products that usually aren't recyclable, including writing instruments (pens, pencils, markers), drink pouches, and snack bags.

Something about it all raises my suspicions though. Watching a few of their videos indicates that they do either of 2 things with the items sent in. It's the "upcycling" part which bothers me, whereby the packaging is flattened (and laminated?) and sewn together to create bags, pouches, etc. with the various brand names prominently displayed (for example, this CapriSun backpack). How many people would really want to buy bags and such with brand-names prominently displayed like that? This seems corny and marketed to people who would see something like that and think "cool, it's obviously recycled, so I should therefore buy it". Now, I'm all for buying items made out of recycled materials, but I wouldn't buy a bag like that... unless I was feeling very very fond of the company whose brand was being displayed.

The other part, where they flatten and shred the items in order to make plastic pellets and other such materials makes much more sense to me. But I wonder what kind of materials they really can make from some of these items, like plastic/aluminum composite drink pouches and snack bags, and how much of a market is there for those materials. Is this really a profitable business model? Or is it mainly intended to allow the various companies whose items are recycled to market themselves as "green"?

Many of the listed recycling programs ie. "brigades" include a brand-name, eg. "Snack Bag brigade sponsored by Frito-Lay", where apparently that company sponsors the program. But most of the FAQs indicate that they take any brand of item to recycle, not only items from the listed company.

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darkoshi July 12 2014, 17:45

dry shampoo

I bought some dry shampoo powder to help deal with my hair being extra greasy lately. The ingredients include cocoa powder to make it less visible when used on dark hair. That sounded like a good idea at the time. I suppose it is, if you don't mind smelling cocoa all day long. But in retrospect, I'd prefer having my hair look a tad grayer (from using a light colored powder), to the constant smell of cocoa. Another drawback is the possibility of cocoa stains on my shirt collar or pillowcase.

One reason I bought the dry shampoo is that I thought a scented product would be more pleasant than plain cornstarch. The shampoo is scented nicely with essential oils. But now I'm not sure if that nice scent would distract/bother me too, even without the cocoa.

So now I'm trying plain cornstarch. I didn't have an empty spice bottle to put it in (to make application easier), so I'm instead using one of those small plastic bottles that toothpicks sometimes come in. It too has a perforated lid so that I can shake/sprinkle the powder out.

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darkoshi July 12 2014, 15:31

"Dor" movie (2006)

This is a very good movie. It's about an unlikely friendship between two women.

A movie review.

This review gets to the heart of the movie, but has more spoilers.

Early in the movie, the term "mehr" is used. In Islam, it is a payment by the groom to the bride, and is a mandatory part of a marriage contract. That Wikipedia page has more interesting info on the subject. I only mention that as I was unfamiliar with the term; religion is a very minor aspect of the movie.

The 2 Indian states shown in the movie are Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Another perhaps interesting tidbit is that in this movie, it is the non-Muslim woman who wears the headscarf/veil (see: ghoonghat), rather than the Muslim one. And that based on the above Wiki page, only 1.63% of the population in Himachal Pradesh is actually Muslim.

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