Sep 04 2012

TobyMac #1 on iTunes and Getting Attention

Who is TobyMac and how is he at the top of iTunes? Chicago Now 

 

I was slightly perplexed this week to see TobyMac in the #1 spot on iTunes.  Why?  Because I have never heard of him, and that’s reason enough to tick me off.  It irks me that apparently hoards of people knew this person or group or whatever and I did not.  I thought TobyMac might be a country singer, but then I realized I was getting him mixed up with Toby Keith, one of hundreds of indistinguishable (to me) country singers.  I quickly consulted Wikipedia, my trustiest fact source, and got my answer.

Who is TobyMac?

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Sep 03 2012

Ramen Reinvented

Ramen Reinvented: Yummy new uses for humble noodles. TODAY

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Ramen noodles aren't just for penny-pinching college students, you know. They can be prepared in ways that are downright satisfying and even quite healthful. Here, Sarah Carey, a longtime food editor at Martha Stewart Living and editor-in-chief of Everyday Food, shares new uses for ramen noodles. (Recipes)

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Sep 03 2012

Disney icons go on a diet

Is Minnie too skinny? Disney icons go on a diet -- for fashion. TODAY

 

Minnie, Goofy, Daisy – timeless, complete characters who don’t need to change a thing, right? Unless you talk to the fashion industry.

The trusty cartoon gang landed a sweet gig fronting the new Barney’s 2012 holiday campaign “Electric Holiday” (release date: Nov. 14, in collaboration with the Walt Disney Co.), which pays homage to the beloved characters – along with Disneyland’s famous Electrical Parade – with light installations at the New York flagship store and a short film portraying the characters as models. But the creative forces had a few issues with … the size of the fictional characters. Barney’s creative director Dennis Freedman explained to WWD that although he had intended to portray them as accurately as he “possibly could,” he just couldn’t envision their round, toon-ish physiques doing right by couture brands:

"When we got to the moment when all Disney characters walk on the runway, there was a discussion. The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don’t change. I said, ‘If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,’ and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.”

Behold, the fashion makeovers! (Please, shield your children's eyes!)

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