Ze Frank's daily video blog looks simple enough. In each installment of "The Show" ( zefrank.com/theshow ), one of the most popular "vlogs" on the Internet as ranked by technorati.com , the 34-year-old New Yorker riffs on airport delays, politicians' names and other topics.
It's hard to know--or even notice--how much you're eating at a holiday party. TIP SHEET asked American Dietetic Association spokesperson Katherine Tallmadge to calculate fat and calorie counts for some of the most popular seasonal foods and explain how much gym work each one requires the next day.
If you've been craving a good crafts project, two new books will help put your hands to work: "Ready-Made" ($16.50; amazon.com ), by ReadyMade magazine founders Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne, and "D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself," by Ellen Lupton, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her students ($19.95; in stores next month). "Ready-Made" tackles everything from stationery to home decor (including a cool doormat made from wooden clothespins).
Your trip to the office takes a serious toll on your nerves. But it doesn't have to take a toll on the environment. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation release their annual list of Best Workplaces for Commuters (see bwc.gov starting Wednesday morning), a ranking of companies that provide good incentives for workers to leave their cars at home.
Along with everything Victorian, lockets are back in style. Stores like Target and Tiffany's are selling bracelets and necklaces with charms that open to reveal secret photos. "They're in keeping with the romantic mood in jewelry: small, sentimental pieces that are personal," says Brooke Magnaghi, jewelry-fashion editor at W Jewelry.
Long used by Soviet athletes, kettlebells are catching on in gyms across the United States. They look like cannonballs with handles, and trainers say they melt fat and build muscle definition faster than traditional free weights. "More and more people are looking at this as really good functional training," says Terry Malone, director of physical therapy at the University of Kentucky.
You can count on mosquitoes to drain the fun from just about any summer activity. Fortunately, travelers have some new weapons this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) have issued new recommendations that tout Picaridin, popular in Europe and Asia, as an odorless alternative to DEET.
Until last month, Lindsay Christiansen, 26, hadn't worn a bathing suit in three years. The San Diego-based flight attendant gained weight after college and felt self-conscious about her increasingly dimpled thighs. "It got to the point where I didn't even want to wear shorts," she says.
If not managed rigorously, e-mail can ruin your life," says Marilyn Paul, a management consultant and author of "It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys." That may sound dire, but having a messy inbox can lead to missed appointments and hours of wasted time.
Last week's Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago revealed a new lineup of functional foods. A guide to the latest ingredients:Plant sterols. "Evidence is very strong that they can help reduce total and LDL cholesterol," says the American Dietetic Association's Jeannie Moloo.
Just as men were getting used to shirts with bright stripes, along comes a new fashion challenge: flowers. Taking a cue from their bolder counterparts in Europe, American shirt-makers are rolling out duds your lawn might envy. "It's a way for men to be a bit more expressive in what they wear," says Sid Mashburn, vice president of design at normally staid Lands' End, which has upped its floral-shirt count from one a few years ago to five this season.Designers admit the shirts may not suit...