This semester I have been taking a jewelry making/metalworking art class at the Herberger Institute. Before the class I never really made jewelry other than friendship bracelets. The class has showed me how easy it to create simple pieces of jewelry from scratch; all you need are the right tools, a designer’s mind and time.
I have been super obsessed with dainty ring, rings that are tiny enough to fit above your knuckle. They are super easy to make, so if you have some spare time this DIY project is for you!
Steps to making your DIY dainty ring. Photos and collage by Gabi Nelson
April 3, 2013 at 12:00 am
At first glance, tall classic columns stand out against the uniform yellowed brick. The stairs lead up to an entryway that is set back, allowing for a U-shape building layout. The green of palms and shrubs are a nice contrast to the yellow earth-colored structure. The classic architecture and sandy tones fit well into the Arizona desert that they call home. This building is referred to as the School of Human Evolution and Social Change or SHESC for short and is located along the intersection of Tyler and Cady Malls in the Northwestern corner of ASU Tempe Campus.
Upon entry, the ASU Museum of Anthropology is the first room noticed. Glass doors are the entryway to new knowledge and thought-provoking ideas. The museum opened over 50 years ago in 1961 in the Social Science Building. SHESC started to house the museum in 1972.
What you find inside the museum changes a few times a year. Currently until May 10, the museum is showing an exhibit called “Looking for the Future in the Past: Archaeology’s Long-Term View.” The exhibit discusses the significance of archaeology and a sustainable future. In the back there is a layout of what a basic archaeological site looks like. There are lots of hands-on activities like sorting pottery shards and drinking coffee. That’s right college students, free coffee! A whole section is dedicated to interesting information about the wonders and importance of coffee. I highly recommend stopping by and opening up your brain to some fascinating new approaches to the world. It is open Monday through Friday 11-3 and is completely free.
April 3, 2013 at 12:00 am
No, I am not reviewing the Smart Car. I am, however, discussing a way to make your car smarter.
The Automatic app and Link unify you with your engine, giving you all of the information to take better care of it, and save you money. Photo courtesy Automatic
Nowadays, you can find technological improvements implemented in just about everything. Society has improved the television (by adding functionalities like Internet connectivity and apps), kitchen appliances (digital cookbooks, new heat–transfer methods and more), and even the home thermostat (the Nest). Almost everywhere you turn, new advances in technology have come out to improve the overall efficiency of everyday life. Of these improvements, one of the biggest changes can be seen with the car. Car companies have released cars with better gas mileage, higher acceleration rates and impressive entertainment systems; but when has anyone improved the partnership between car and driver? No one, that is, until now.
Automatic is a “smart driving assistant” that greatly strengthens the relationship between you and your car; think of it as marriage counseling, refining the already existing bonds between driver and vehicle. What Automatic does is it collects your driving information and habits (like slamming on the brakes or gassing it at green lights) and GPS location to inform you on ways to save gas, save money and maybe help save your life. You can now be easily informed of what the issue is when the dreaded “check engine” light comes on, find out what improvements you can make on your driving to save gas, and remind you of where you parked all from your smartphone.
April 2, 2013 at 8:48 am
Staying fit has always been an important part of life at college and soon it will become much easier thanks to nicer facilities for students at ASU’s downtown campus.
A rendering of what the new downtown campus SRC will look like when finished. Photo courtesy ASU
Beginning in the fall of the 2013-2014 school year students will have access to a brand new student recreation complex at 350 1st Ave between Fillmore and Van Buren streets. Construction began last fall and hopes are that the complex will be completed in time for the new school year.
The idea of a new student recreation center began in the Fall of 2011. Disney, the designers of the now-scrapped new Sparky design, apparently did not take note of architecture firms SASAKI and Gabor Lorant, who got student input on the design of the building and what they wanted to see in the facility. SASAKI also designed the Olympic green for the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
April 1, 2013 at 10:58 am
Video games are primarily played for fun. But even with all the fun and whimsical titles that are released, there comes along the occasional title that manages to weave in mature themes and characters along with the fun. “Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch” is a great recent example of a game doing this, mixing in a look at a young boy dealing with the grief and depression of losing a loved one with helping others in a magical world of escapism. But despite the game’s well-done emotional depth and story, it still remained a light-hearted JRPG romp that everyone could enjoy. There are games that mix in deeper and darker tones into their story, characters and theme. The end result is a game like the recently released indie adventure horror PC game, “The Cat Lady.”
Developed by indie developer Harvester Games, “The Cat Lady,” is the story of Susan Ashworth, a middle-aged woman with no friends, no family and no enthusiasm for life other than spending time with her cats. Finally, she makes the ultimate choice to take her own life. But this is just the beginning of Susan’s journey through a macabre world with dark, twisted nightmares. Without spoiling too much, her attempt is more or less thwarted and she is unwillingly returned to the world with a mission to destroy five killers labeled as “parasites” and the chance to rediscover a purpose for herself in life.
This is a different kind of horror game — it’s a point-and-click adventure that is less focused on trying to make you jump out of your seat with jump scares and is more concerned with immersing you into the depressing atmosphere of its world and its characters. “The Cat Lady” is a game that is driven by its characters, from the deranged “parasites” that Susan is sent back to fight, to the young woman named Mitzi who becomes the friend that Susan never had. It is through these characters that “The Cat Lady” explores mature topics, such as suicide, depression, mental illness and more. But it does so without sounding preachy, pandering or patronizing. It treats its subjects with a level of care, respect and insight that one would expect from a well-written novel. From beginning to end, “The Cat Lady” is an adventure that any lover of horror can come to appreciate.
March 31, 2013 at 11:48 am
Right now, popular media is in a love affair with historical bio-pics and that’s great! “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Stephen Spielberg, made great box-office numbers and walked away from this year’s Academy Awards with two Oscars. Another movie in this vein recently released was “Hyde Park on Hudson” starring Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This one was a flop, going in and out of movie theaters with few people even acknowledging its existence. However, the biggest issue with both of these movies was the controversy over their historical inaccuracy, which was rampant among academic communities. Historians say the films are entirely misconceptions about the past, embellished for entertainment. However, I don’t see films as a detriment to historical academia, but a way for those who aren’t the biggest history buffs to explore historical themes.
Yes, films will embellish facts to make a story more exciting or relatable to the audience they’re marketing to, but what if that movie becomes a stepping stone to a love affair with history? Kids and teenagers were dragged (kicking and screaming) to screenings of “Lincoln” all over the United States. They sat through the 150 minutes of speech after speech. But what if that child or teenager didn’t know that Lincoln had actually stretched the powers of the presidency to fit into his plan to end the Civil War? What if they did not know Lincoln actually bribed congressman, as he did in the film? Maybe this film will peak these kids’ interests enough to at least Wikipedia the beloved president. Maybe they’d like what they read and research the presidents’ exploits even more and grow up to become the next great Civil War historian, writing books about the man who is still so mysterious to us.
Daniel Day-Lewis as the war-weathered 16th President in Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Photo courtesy Dreamworks
These films aren’t meant to be historically accurate. They’re meant to be entertaining gateways into the field of history. Historians need to stop looking down their noses at these big budget flicks and enjoy them. As soon as it’s over, they can flock to their laptops and rant about how this was wrong and this was wrong and Lincoln would never wear that color coat. This is a new way of teaching, and sometimes people learn a lot from others telling them what is wrong. These films should open a historical discourse, not a snobby 1-star rating from an author who refuses to see the film at all.
March 31, 2013 at 11:48 am
Yesterday I took a mini road trip down to Tucson to see Jeff Mangum from Neutral Milk Hotel play a show at the Rialto Theatre. I never really go down to Tucson so I decided to spend the day there wandering around the countless number of vintage shops to treasure hunt.
As I was strolling I stumbled upon one of my personal favorite shops, Buffalo Exchange, to find out it was the first one ever created. I talked to a few of the workers to find out the story behind it.
Buy, sell and trade clothing at Buffalo Exchange. Photo by Gabi Nelson
I learned that Buffalo Exchange was the first store that bought, sold and traded clothing items on consignment, which is now a concept in many stores all around the country. The shop opened in 1974 in Tucson and now has 45 stores across the country. My Arizona pride was proud to hear this.
March 30, 2013 at 9:47 am
I am a huge fan of getting someone a unique gift. It has to be something that shows the relationship between that person and me. But as everyone knows, it can be quite difficult to find that perfect item for a holiday or birthday. Luckily with the Internet, gift options are nearly endless. While I have a couple sites that I rely on for most of my digital spending, there have been a couple that have caught my eye.
For the videogame guru, you should check out Gamer Print. Gamer Print is a site based in the United Kingdom that offers products like T–shirts, phone cases and posters. All of their products have unique designs of gaming hits from Pokémon to Portal to Zelda. The pricing is pretty average across the board; every item comes at a reasonable price (once you convert it from euros). This site is perfect for that friend who owns every game known to man but still wants something more.
Another site that offers a plethora of unique goods, which has gained popularity from Pinterest recently, is Etsy. This site is a sort-of marketplace that allows for users to both buy and sell arts, crafts and other goods. Before you write off this site because it sounds like some sort of place for your grandmas to swap sweaters, check it out! Since it has a large following, you can find that one–of–a–kind gift for anyone. If you know someone who has a liking to a sports team or maybe the recipient is requeseting a specific item, just run a search and you are likely to find something that fits your requirements. I have had my eye on these Super Mario Bros. 3 themed coasters for a while now (it may soon be time to purchase them).
March 29, 2013 at 11:33 am
What’s not to like about college sporting events? The fans, the atmosphere, every athlete working hard just for the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back is a formula that can’t help but make you feel good. However college sports has always had its flaws. Boosters paying players under the table and the Jerry Sandusky case are just a few examples of the underbelly. There are a few ways to help college sports move forward. Most just have to do with pace of play and a few involve recruiting. Here are my five rule changes to improve college sports.
1. Shorten the shot clock
College sports take too long. College football games are now known to stretch three, even four hours. Basketball games, on the other hand, tend to be lower and lower scoring. It hasn’t erased fanhood but it certainly makes it tougher not to change the channel every once in a while at home. Basketball would benefit from a 24-second shot clock. More plays, higher scoring, more shots for this new breed of one-and-done players to show off their skill. Holding the basketball is not playing basketball. Doing this will make sure the better team wins more often and make the upsets that much sweeter
March 29, 2013 at 11:32 am