Stephanie Buck

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Barbie is a smart woman. We know this because Mattel has repeatedly reminded us of her accomplishments (see: all of Barbie’s careers, which span from sign language instructor to world peace ambassador).

Why, then, does she suddenly require the help of two men before she can become a computer engineer?

So says the 2013 children’s book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer, published by Random House. Reviewed by novelist Pamela Ribbon on Monday, the book follows a flustered Barbie who requires “Steven and Brian” to create a video game (after all, she’s “only the designer,” so they have to finish it up for her) Read more…

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What we wore to Woodstock

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From Aug. 15-18, 1969, Woodstock — or more formally, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair — took place on a dairy farm in the Catskills region of New York. Promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” the organizers expected around 200,000 to attend. All told, the audience numbered somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000

That crowd battled rain, mud, lack of food and inadequate lavatories, but it did not lose its sense of style. Here are some of the fashions you would have seen on — and off — the backs of the festival-goers. Read more…

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What we wore to Woodstock

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From Aug. 15-18, 1969, Woodstock — or more formally, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair — took place on a dairy farm in the Catskills region of New York. Promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” the organizers expected around 200,000 to attend. All told, the audience numbered somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000

That crowd battled rain, mud, lack of food and inadequate lavatories, but it did not lose its sense of style. Here are some of the fashions you would have seen on — and off — the backs of the festival-goers. Read more…

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What we wore to Woodstock

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From Aug. 15 to 18, 1969, Woodstock — or more formally, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair — took place on a dairy farm in the Catskills region of New York. Promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the organizers expected around 200,000 people to attend. All told, the audience numbered somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000

That crowd battled rain, mud, lack of food and inadequate lavatories, but it did not lose its sense of style. Here are some of the fashions you would have seen on — and off — the backs of festival-goers. Read more…

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What do men think of catcalling? A men’s rights activist and a feminist debate

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By now, you’re aware of the Hollaback video that went viral in late October: A hidden camera followed a woman as she experienced more than 100 catcalls, within 10 hours of walking in New York City

What you may not have noticed were the comment sections of this video and the social forums where it was being shared. Some of the most frequent commenters were men who decried this treatment on the one hand, and defended it on the other

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If one of the goals of the video was to get men talking, well, it worked

In an effort to synthesize the major pillars of the discussion, we asked two men to tackle some of the video’s biggest strengths and flaws, as well as the definition of “harassment” in general. Introducing Paul Elam, founder of A Voice for Men, a men’s rights news site, and Amani Herron, founder of the Truth From The Basement blog and an advocate against domestic violence. Read more…

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It’s National Adoption Month: 20 surreal photos of foster kids at play

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November is National Adoption Month in the U.S., and photographer Rob Woodcox is helping foster kids act out their dreams in real life. A former foster kid himself, Woodcox volunteers at the Royal Family Kids Camp for children of similar backgrounds. Through his photography, he celebrates their imaginations and facilitates wonder so they can build greater confidence.

“I felt [it] would help them imagine other dreams, rather than forcing them relive their fears, and would be more powerful in helping them overcome their situations,” he tells Mashable.

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Inside the first augmented reality-powered beauty book

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It’s like a coffee table book-slash-video experience

Fashion and beauty photographer Kenneth Willardt compiled some of his most celebrated photographs of celebrities and models into a thick tome called The Beauty Book. Released Nov. 7, the book comes with an AR app of the same name. Point your phone at specially labeled pages in the book, and the photographs animate with sound and video

Willardt’s vivid, suggestive and sometimes haunting photos have moved fans for years, but this is the first time he’s incorporated consumer technology

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How 12 people organize their desks for a 30-day writing marathon

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November is National Novel Writing Month, and people are buckling down to bust out some serious wordage. But like anything difficult, conditions have to be pretty ideal to get the job done.

Do you have two different colors of sticky notes at hand? A cold Coke at 4 p.m.? A trio of cats to cuddle between chapters?

If not, burn the manuscript. We’re done.

Here’s how 12 #NaNoWriMo writers are situating their sanctuaries for ideal focus.

1. Ducks and digital kitties

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12 tips to dominate National Novel Writing Month

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November is for writers

No, that’s not another lame T-shirt slogan (though, maybe it should be). November is National Novel Writing Month, wherein eager writers aim to author 50,000-word novels between Nov. 1 and midnight on Nov. 30

Using the NaNoWriMo site, participants can track their daily writing goals, earn badges when they meet word counts and broadcast progress. But the social movement has expanded beyond the nonprofit’s online community. Thousands of people contribute to the #NaNoWriMo hashtag every day, charting their progress and looking for tips from other writers — though we see a lot of procrastinating, too. (You know who you are.) Read more…

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I Attended a Halloween Rave for 6-Year-Olds

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“Everything glows in the dark!” shouts Katourna. She asks me to reattach her glow stick bracelet. I can barely hear her over the thumping electronic music in the club. People are wearing blinking green sunglasses. Some girls are dancing on tables

Before today, Katourna didn’t know what a black light was, and she certainly didn’t expect it would make her Ariel costume glow green. Katourna is six years old, as are many of the children at this nightclub. Instead of cocktails, they’re balancing cupcakes. Rather than bottle service, it’s literal bottles of milk

Halloween Extravaganza is a “cool kid’s dance party” for six- to 12-year-olds, presented by CirKiz. We’re at a nightclub called VIP Room, in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Only it’s a Sunday afternoon, and enough time has passed that the fumes and pheromones of last night’s 21+ crowd have dissipated Read more…

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