This New Project Celebrates Student and Self-Taught Designers

Emilee Geist

It’s a challenging time to be a student right now as the important elements of in-person interactions are canceled or limited. Add in an art school element where openings and physical events are critical, and the struggle only increases. So late last month when Open Studio Volume 1 debuted, we felt some hope in the air.

Hosted by design curators Pink Essay and design incubator Lichen, the concept is an in-person and online exhibit of student and self-taught furniture and object designers. “We are at a milestone moment in the history of design,” say David Eardley and Anna Theroux Ling, the cocreators of Pink Essay, in the website mission statement. “While we look to the past for knowledge and understanding, we know that the most important work will happen in the upcoming years, as the design community grows beyond tradition and exclusivity to value accessibility, representation, and conversation. We’re excited

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The 12-foot-tall tall skeleton Home Depot is selling for Halloween, explained by its creator.

Emilee Geist

The giant skeleton towering over a house, with several clones and shrubbery on a front lawn, and standing in front of a different house.
Photos by Mac Cole, Diego Narvaez, and Alexander Johnson

There’s one guy out there who’s having a great 2020. Naturally, he is a giant skeleton. Home Depot’s 12-foot-tall giant skeleton, to be more specific, has become the most coveted Halloween decoration of the season as well as a metaphorically irresistible object of viral delight. To find out how a retailer best known for selling nails and lumber ended up hawking $300 sets of supersize bones, Slate spoke to Lance Allen, a merchant based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Our conversation has been condensed and edited.

Heather Schwedel: First of all, are there any giant skeletons left? Is there still time to get one?

Lance Allen: We are completely sold out for the year.

How many did you sell?

I can’t share that one with you, but I can tell you I wish I would have brought

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LGBTQ Lambda Car Club Brings a Little Pride to Auto Hobbyists

Emilee Geist

Sometimes it takes a person years to find their passion, but for Adam Bernard, he was only 3 years old when he first took a shine to toy cars, and that interest eventually developed into a career at General Motors. When he’s not working, cars make up a big portion of his free time, too, because Bernard acts as the president of the Detroit region of the Lambda Car Club International — an LGBTQ-specific car enthusiast group. He said that while he was working for GM Design in 2000, it was a “true coincidence” that brought him and his hobby together.

“One of our executives said, ‘We’re sending a concept car to this dinner this weekend and we’d like someone to go and accompany it in case there are any questions.’ I’m like, ‘Sure, I’ll do that,’” Bernard said. “Thursday rolled around and I saw this executive in the hall.

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Half-Pint Resale carries on with online children’s consignment sale | Local News

Emilee Geist

“We’re really looking at this as an opportunity for our consigners and for us to work together, to see if we can make this work, because gosh, we don’t know what’s going to come in the spring,” Carlson said. “And it feels like there’s a chance that an in-person opportunity won’t happen again then, either.”

Seidel said she and Carlson could never hold the in-person events without the support of about 350 volunteers, who work in exchange for shopping early. But with Half-Pint Online, consignors list and manage the items they’re selling, and there’s no need for that help.

“We definitely feel a void not having volunteers with us on this journey into the virtual world and look forward to a day in the future when it is safe to be together once again,” Seidel said.

Seidel said the disadvantage for shoppers online is not having the ability to see

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The Future of the Market is Up In the Air, Merxwire Enhances Online Ads for Retail Industry to Meet Challenges – Press Release

Emilee Geist

TAIPEI, TAIWAN / ACCESSWIRE / October 14, 2020 / From October to Christmas, the global retail industry will usher in the shopping season. Department stores and shopping malls have introduced discounts to promote business demand and the growth of advertising and marketing performance. Merxwire’s online advertising services have enhanced customers’ sales competitiveness.

The global retail industry is about to enter the peak shopping season in October, and many department stores have begun to implement annual sales, and shopping malls also provide discounts to consumers. Some stores have launched activities in September, and the entire shopping season is not expected to stop until December 31. Consumers will purchase from the annual sale, double 11 promotion, to Christmas and celebration New Year’s Eve. These festivals not only promote the booming development of the retail industry but also the advertising and marketing industry and the tourism industry.

With the rapid growth of online

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Adam Sandler Made Hubie Halloween To Punish Us For Uncut Gems

Emilee Geist

Did Adam Sandler make Netflix’s Hubie Halloween bad on purpose as punishment for missing out on an Oscar for Best Actor for previous film Uncut Gems?

Is Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix movie, Hubie Halloween, bad on purpose? The Halloween caper is exactly what you’d expect of a comedy whose primary joke is that “Hubie Dubois” sounds a little like Scooby-Doo and a huge departure from Adam Sandler’s last movie, the critically lauded Uncut Gems. That could actually be by design.

Hubie Halloween follows Sandler’s usual ne’er-do-well small town manchild as he investigates seemingly supernatural events in Salem. The Oscar-nominated actor once more surrounds himself with some of his usual favorites, including Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Shaquille O’Neal and Maya Rudolph, while Happy Gilmore‘s Ben Stiller and Julie Bowen both also return. So far, so typical of Sandler’s usual work, but on the back of Uncut Gems,

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How To Start An Online Store? Follow These 5 Simple Steps!

Emilee Geist

So you’re thinking of starting a small business from the comfort of your home. Maybe you’re into baking and want to sell small batches of your goodies. Maybe you’ve finally decluttered your home and want to send pre-loved items to good homes. Or maybe you’ve gotten into art and want to offer merchandise! 

If you’re looking to start an online store, there are some things you’ll need to consider. So while you’re doing the planning, here are a few steps to guide you through the process and get you all set up.

1. Choose your product

First things first — if you’re looking to start a store, you’ll need something to sell! The very foundation of your store and brand will be your products. Think about the resources you have on hand, or what your skills are. Got an artsy side? Try making art prints, charms for keychains or craft

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Can’t go to the pub? How to recreate your local at home

Emilee Geist


Is it tragic to play pub ambient noise on YouTube? It is certainly tragic to, as I have just done, search eBay for cut-price Wetherspoon’s carpets. Less egregiously, you should soften your lighting, find a Spotify playlist that matches the music played at your local, and consider what kind of decoration defines your favourite pubs.

In our case, unfortunately, our local’s main decorative feature is a large statue of a bear, which strikes me as the kind of thing that will be hard to reproduce at short notice. But for beer mats, a music quiz, and other crucial pub experience components, we could try the “Pub in a Box” kit offered by Signature Brew (£25).

Genial strangers, again, will be difficult to source in one’s own house, but you could consider patching in a friend via Zoom for some beers.


This is probably the quickest and easiest way

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Artist Garrett explores our relationships with stuff | Arts

Emilee Geist

Brice Garrett was living in a third-floor walk-up in New York City in March when the coronavirus sent people into their homes, quick shopping trips were replaced with online orders and boxes were left outside front doors for fear of contamination.

As he would make his way up to his apartment, Garrett would pass the shipping boxes and cartons sitting outside his neighbors’ doors, and they gave him an unexpected glimpse into their lives, showed how people were relating to material things at the time. That has inspired his latest body of work.

“I think about joy and its relationship to objects and the material things we interact with and pay attention to and bring with us every day,” he said. “I’m really interested in our relationships to objects and material things.”

Garrett is Teton Artlab’s October artist-in-residence. He’s a materials artist whose work ranges from jewelry to installations to

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What Happened When Nintendo Lawyers Came for a Sex Worker’s Name

Emilee Geist

Popular Twitch streamer and TikTok star Pokeprincxss was bullied in school for loving video games. Her obsession with Pokemon, in particular, formulated much of her childhood memories. When she grew up, she got tattoos of her favorite Pokémon and built a successful persona based on her love of the franchise, including merchandise featuring fan art. 

When she trademarked her username two months ago, Nintendo responded with a cease and desist, forcing her to pay back earning from the merch, shut down her online shop and refund thousands of dollars to fans who bought merch they hadn’t yet received, and most upsetting to her, change the name she’d been using online for eight years. 

But she also wonders if her presence online as a sex worker had an impact on Nintendo’s choice to target her. She’s had an OnlyFans for more than a year, where she posts adult content. Part of

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