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August 28, 2012

Airline Dress Codes

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From the Associated Press: "Rules for how airplane passengers dress are often vague. Airline employees usually decide whether someone's clothing is offensive. If you need guidance before heading to the airport, Google the airline's 'contract of carriage' — the rules you agree to when buying a ticket — and look under 'Acceptance of Passengers' or a similar-sounding section."

Seems to me that if you're uncertain enough about whether you're going to have a problem with something you're wearing to actually look it up, you don't need to look it up — take it off.

Flying is already such a pain in the butt, why would you knowingly make your ordeal possibly even more unpleasant?

It's a variation of "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it."

Anyway.

Below are examples of clothing guidelines from the four largest U.S. airlines.

American: Bars passengers who "are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers."

Delta: Reserves the right to remove passengers "for the comfort or safety of other passengers or Delta employees" or to prevent property damage.

Southwest: Forbids passengers "whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive."

United: Bars anyone over age 5 who is barefoot "or otherwise inappropriately clothed, unless required for medical reasons."

Want more?

You came to the right place.

Below find excerpts from David Koenig's August 26 Boston.com story about the rise in clashes between passengers and airlines over what constitutes appropriate attire.

It's not always clear what's appropriate. Airlines don't publish dress codes. There are no rules that spell out the highest hemline or the lowest neckline allowed. That can leave passengers guessing how far to push fashion boundaries. Every once in a while the airline says: Not that far.

"It's like any service business. If you run a family restaurant and somebody is swearing, you kindly ask them to leave," says Kenneth Quinn, an aviation lawyer and former chief counsel at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Last year, a passenger was pulled off a US Airways jet and arrested at San Francisco International Airport after airline employees say he refused to pull up his low-hanging pants. The local prosecutor declined to file charges against Deshon Marman, a University of New Mexico football player.

Marman's lawyer complained that the same airline repeatedly allowed a middle-age man to travel wearing women's underwear and not much else.

[Up top is a picture of that man, known as Howard the Cross-Dresser, about to board a flight in his flying outfit: women's underwear, black thigh-high stockings, and high heels.]

"You can't let someone repugnant like that (the cross-dresser) on the plane and single out this kid because he's black, wearing dreadlocks, and had two or three inches of his underwear showing," says the lawyer, Joseph D. O'Sullivan. ‘"They can't arrest him for what someone perceives to be inappropriate attire."

US Airways spokesman John McDonald says no passengers complained about the cross-dresser until his photo in women's underwear circulated on the Internet after the Marman incident. He says the airline doesn't have a dress code but that employees may talk to a passenger if other people might be offended by the way he’s dressed.

"It's not an issue of a dress code, it's one of disruption," like watching pornography within sight of other passengers, McDonald says.

Last week, Arijit Guha, a graduate student at Arizona State University, was barred from a Delta flight in Buffalo, N.Y., because of a T-shirt [below]

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that mocked federal security agents and included the words, "Terrists gonna kill us all.’" He says the misspelled shirt was satirical and he wore it to protest what he considers racial profiling.

"I thought it was a very American idea to speak up and dissent when you think people's rights are being violated," Guha says. The pilot thought it scared other passengers.

Delta is within its rights to make the passengers change shirts even if messages are political, says Joe Larsen, a First Amendment lawyer from Houston who has defended many media companies.

The First Amendment prohibits government from limiting a person's free-speech rights, but it doesn't apply to rules set by private companies, Larsen says. He notes that government security screeners didn't challenge Guha; private Delta employees did.

In short, since airlines and their planes are private property and not a public space like the courthouse steps, crews can tell you what to wear.

Critics complain that airlines enforce clothing standards inconsistently. The lack of clear rules leaves decisions to the judgment of individual airline employees.

Airlines say they refund the passenger's fare if they deny boarding for inappropriate attire.

Clashes over clothing and other flash points seem to be increasing, says Alexander Anolik, a travel-law attorney in Tiburon, Calif. He blames an unhappy mix of airline employees who feel underpaid and unloved, and passengers who are stressed out and angry over extra fees on everything from checking a bag to scoring an aisle seat.

Anolik says that passengers should obey requests from airline employees. If passengers don't, they could be accused of interfering with a flight crew — a federal crime. He says passengers should wait until they're off the plane to file complaints with the airline, the U.S. Department of Transportation or in small-claims court.

"They have this omnipotent power," Anolik says of flight crews. "You shouldn't argue your case while you're on the airplane. You're in a no-win scenario — you will be arrested."

Fair warning.

August 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

World's largest jigsaw puzzle has 32,256 pieces

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From The Green Head:

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The Keith Haring: Double Retrospect by Ravensburger is a massive jigsaw puzzle that contains 32,256 precision-cut pieces and measures in at 17 feet long by 6 feet wide, making it the world's largest jigsaw puzzle according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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This puzzle is not only ridiculously huge, but it's also super difficult, since the pieces consist of only six colors plus black and white.

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Once completed (if ever), you'll have a retrospective of 32 individual brightly-colored images of American artist Keith Haring's artwork.

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The heavy box it all comes in also includes a convenient hand truck for carting it around.

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$204.16.

August 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Church of LEGO

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From Toxel:

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"This unique building in the Netherlands was constructed out of giant LEGO bricks."

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"Abondantus Gigantus church was designed by LOOS.FM for the Grenswerk festival in Enschede."

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"The temporary pavilion made out of hundreds of colored concrete blocks

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served as a place for meetings, performances, and exhibitions."

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"After the festival, LEGO church was disassembled and placed in storage."

August 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Potter's Gilding Wheel

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From the website:

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This steel gilding wheel was made in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

Potters set clay vases and containers on the wheel and held a paintbrush steady against the clay to glaze or gild the rims and band details on their pottery.

No two are exactly alike.

16"Ø x 26"H.

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$335.

August 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

IDump4U.com will make breakup phone calls for $10

Cheap at twice the price.

Wrote my new best friend at the Washington Post, Outlook assistant editor Lisa Bonos, in Sunday's Outlook section front page story titled "The art of the digital breakup," "... Bradley Laborman, founder of IDump4U.com, will make breakup phone calls on others' behalf for a $10 fee. He's made hundreds of calls in three years, he says, because he's tired of people dragging relationships out because they don't want to be the bad guy. [Full disclosure: I've done that more times than I can remember. But I digress.] He even posts the audio of selected breakup calls online."

Fair warning: There goes the day. 

Even more so if one of the calls features you on the receiving end.

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YouTube caption for the call up top:

A'ight, so Mason is representing in the hood, and he wants to keep it real for his fly gal Morgan. The problem is, Morgan is starting to get offended that her 'White as a Ghost' boyfriend is acting like a Menace to Society. So it's time for her to call on a little Dump from the Hood, so Bradley can tell this punk to pull his pants up and quit representin' what he ain't....

Word to yer mother...
We Outta Here....

August 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rogue FlashBender

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It's not what you think.

Wrote Roy Furchgott in Sunday's Washington Post, "A flash tends to spray harsh light somewhat indiscriminately, creating a flat image, especially if it's mounted atop a camera's hot shoe. Some pros bounce their flash off the ceiling or a cardboard reflector to reduce the harshness; the Flash Bender takes this concept a step further. The device is like a cardboard reflector, except that it has built-in bendable wire so that you can adjust it to focus the direction and shape of your light for each shot."

$29.95.

August 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Descent to Mars — Curiosity landing in real time

From PetaPixel: "NASA's Curiosity Rover snapped photographs at 5 frames per second as it descended onto the face of Mars a few weeks ago. The footage that results when the images are combined into a 15 frame per second HD video is pretty amazing, but apparently not amazing enough for a YouTube user named hahahaspasm. He spent four straight days taking the 5 fps footage and interpolating it to 25 frames per second. This means that instead of a video showing the choppy landing at 3 times the actual speed, his video shows the landing smoothly and in real time."

Below, a comparison between the original NASA video and the new interpolated version.

August 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

19-in-1 Keychain Multitool

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Nice

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everyday

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carry.

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$7.11.

August 28, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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