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California Nudists Refuse to Put Clothes On

By Libby Zay

November 18 2009

California beachgoers were officially stripped of their right to bathe nude this past October, but many naturalists are refusing to cover up.

Here's the skinny: For more than 30 years, the far south end of San Onofre State Beach has been a hot spot for those who prefer to spend a day at the coast and leave sans tan lines. The 1,000-foot stretch of shoreline—less than 3.5 per cent of the park—is not only secluded by 300-foot cliffs, but also has had a longstanding, unspoken toleration for nudity. Traditionally, naturists were left to sunbathe in peace unless another beachgoer complained, in which case an official would ask those in the buff to either cover up or leave for the day.

The bare-skinned bliss came to a halt in May 2008, when nudists became vulnerable to fines after California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman encouraged officers to ticket those who go au natural.

According to USA Today: "Park Superintendent Richard Haydon began efforts to halt the nudity after receiving reports of sexual activity and solicitation for sex."

With regard to Haydon's statement, USA Today reported that Allen Baylis—a lawyer who has sunbathed on the beach since the 1970s—said that nudists don’t want sexual activity on the beach either. Baylis pointed out that sex acts take place in other public areas regardless of whether or not there is nude sunbathing nearby.

Baylis, along with two groups of bare-skinned beachgoer advocates—the Naturist Action Committee and Friends of San Onofre Beach—fought back by suing the Department.

The naked beachgoers won their first round in court. However, they were left defenseless in October, when the California Supreme Court unanimously refused to review a lower-court ruling that allows officers to site nude sunbathers.

"Nudity prohibited" signs began popping up along a trail that leads from the parking lot to the beach, but beachgoers are refusing to cover up despite the ban.

According to USA Today, "half a dozen middle-aged men were sunning in the buff one recent November weekday when temperatures were in the 70s. On hot summer weekends, several hundred nude sunbathers may show up."

Baylis told USA Today that nudists are ready to be arrested. "If they really want to come down there and issue citations, we have people willing and able to be cited in order to take it up in the criminal courts as a matter of civil disobedience," he told the publication. "It's a very important issue for a lot of people."

On September 13, more than 100 nudists showed up at San Onofre Beach with signs reading "Nude is Not Lewd" and "Nude is Not a Crime." No citations were issued at the beach rally.

So far, park rangers have not issued any citations—but Haydon has warned park officials could begin slapping naked beachgoers with fines at any time. Tickets could carry a fine of up to $500, and would be considered misdemeanors.

A statement on the Naturist Action Committee Web site reminds nude beachgoers that "lewd activity is never appropriate" and requests that nude beachgoers "speak up for proper clothing-optional beach etiquette."

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: A First Look

PhotoBook by Kelly Stuart

Last Friday we took a sneak peek at some of the artfully constructed angel wings that will float down the runway in tomorrow's Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (airing Tuesday, December 1, on CBS), and captured exclusive images of beauties Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr trying them on for size. This year’s fantastical affair bears a “romantic travel” theme and features categories such as Enchanted Forest, All Aboard, and Star Trooper. —Erin Clements


“We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris,” explained show stylist Charlotte Stockdale. “She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks—there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.”


All photos: Kelly Stuart


“The wings are very more conceptually driven than in years past—and sublimely executed,” observed costume designer Todd Thomas. “Look closely at the details this year. They’re really remarkable.” Designer Marian “Killer” Hose crafted this piece (seen here on Doutzen Kroes), inspired by “travel, film, and glamour,” using leather, vinyl, organza ribbon, velvet, and rhinestones.

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“We found out, with the model search, just how many girls want to do this, and I feel so blessed,” said Kroes. To feel that energy and be in the center of all the attention is pretty amazing. It’s also very nerve-wracking.”


“Every year we come across new artists or jewelry makers or textile painters or artisans. It’s just such a luxurious job to be able to collaborate with so many people. And it’s exciting to be back in New York for the show this year,” said Thomas.



“It’s such a fun, theatrical show,” said Miranda Kerr. “It’s a great chance for us girls to get together. The energy is incredible, and the audience really gets involved.”



“We’ve reduced the number of sections,” said Stockdale. “It used to be six, sometimes seven, and this year we’ve done five. In doing that, we’ve made the sections much longer. They’re all 12 outfits now, which allows us to tell a greater story within the sections. They’ve become more powerful.

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“The biggest challenge is not being repetitive,” says Stockdale. “You’re telling a story in a sentence. And the other challenge is marrying what looks good in real life with what looks good on camera, since they are opposite sides of the spectrum. Bold works very well. Delicate can work too, but it has to be done in a certain way or it doesn’t work on television.”

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Photos: Kelly Stuart

12 Delicious Movie Theatre Munchies

POSTED BY Thomas Anderson

Sitting there in the dark of the movie theatre, you feel your stomach grumbling, your taste buds begin to salivate, as the blood and guts or sex and comedy on the screen let your psyche know that it is time, time for that age old tradition that has been part of the movie theatre experience for generations: over-priced concessions food. Forget popping a bag of popcorn at home to smuggle past the usher with the watchful eye when you can just buy a big ol’ tub of artificially flavored, slightly stale buttered popcorn from the same stand, and only for eight dollars!

We here at Screen Junkies know your predilection for high prices and fast living. That’s why we’ve assembled this extensive guide and rated the “food” you can get from most movie theatre concession counters so you won’t have to spend any more dreaded time “thinking” than absolutely necessary.

Food for Lack-of-Thought

6. Pizza

Pros: Very tasty; if overcooked can function well as a Frisbee to toss at an obnoxious movie watcher, hopefully slicing their head off.

Cons: Over priced; costs too much; not enough food; waaaay too much money; did I mention it’s over-priced?

It’s not delivery, or Digiorno, it’s a mini-pizza that theatres everywhere have managed to convince you is worth a good six or seven bucks (maybe more) and is absolutely necessary to munch on in that dark room, even though it’s less than half as small as any “Small” pizza from one of the major chains and the crust occupies more than half of the pizza. Even though the pizza generally tends to be pretty tasty, it’s over in a about three bites, assuring that you’ll wade back out to the stand to purchase some more.

5. Pretzel/Cinnabon Pretzel

Pros: A Cinnabon pretzel actually tastes like a Cinnabon; cardboard regular pretzel can be carried as a concealed weapon.

Cons: When you’re paying $4.50 for a pretzel you expect more care to go into it than clicking one button on a microwave.

What’s more tasty than one of those soft, doughy pretzels that you see rotating in that pretzel display, the ones that practically melt in your mouth with goodness? Why, a frozen pretzel microwaved about a minute and tossed into a tray where its carboardy goodness will fill your mouth with happy! The folks over at Cinnabon also decided that a pretzel by itself was way too healthy for the movies, so they added the Cinnabon pretzel a few years back to squeeze away all the potential health with cinnamon and fat-drenched icing. The price tends to range from moderately ridiculous to extremely ludicrous, so it’s up to you which you go with. (Hint: The Cinnabon pretzel, no question.)

4. Nachos

Pros: A lot of overly salted chips usually come with each order…

Cons: …unfortunately the amount of cheese they give you is usually only enough to suffice for about ten of the fifty chips.

The pretzel’s healthiness got you down? Not to worry, six or seven dollar nachos are right around the corner, delicious corn chips that have sat in the warmer all day and are who-knows-how-many-days old set for your pleasure, with a nice little cup of what looks like melted Velveeta (mmmm!), but which in actuality tastes purely synthetic. (Okay maybe there is no difference.) If you’re lucky the concessionist might even dribble the delicious goop all over your chips, which soften like they’ve been touched by yellow battery acid. Maybe I’m being too harsh here – the combination of the “cheese” and the chips actually cancels out the old artificial taste of both, so for a few seconds during each chip, you actually feel like you’re eating something substantial! Incredible!

3. Hot Dogs

Pros: One of the few items at the concession stand that essentially remains unchanged from its natural gross and delicious unhealthiness.

Cons: One of the few items at the concession stand that essentially remains unchanged from its natural gross and delicious unhealthiness.

Ah-ha! The classic American staple – ground up innards and all the leftover meat rolled into a delicious dong-shaped object that you can insert in your mouth and totally not feel gay about. Theatre hot dogs are probably some of the cheaper foods, and generally they’re pretty good, but it all depends on the theatre. Most theatres cook their hot dogs on these roller-warmers that give them a nice glossy grease-shine, just enough to compliment the healthy (eek!) bun. But there are some theatres that’ll just keep frozen hot dogs in the back and pop ‘em in the microwave for each order. So not only are you paying four or five bucks for a hot dog, you’re getting the added bonus of waiting in anticipation to see if it’ll explode in the microwave! Ah, the theater.

2. Soda/Pop

Pros: You could take a quick bath in your coke if you’re feeling dirty during the movie; if you spill it you’ll probably have enough time to snatch it back up as they take approximately ten minutes to empty.

Cons: If you actually drink the whole thing you’ll probably end up spending more time in the restroom than the actual movie theatre (and that’s not counting the free refills).

For the record, it is called pop, not soda, and I will bitch slap anyone who disagrees with me, but had to put soda in there for political correctness, you understand. When theatres first implemented soda (I mean pop), they took a look at 7-11’s model of creating cups you could do a cannonball in, and laughed heartily at the total lack of vision. Their small tends to be around 32 ounces. To give you an idea, that’s a Nalgene bottle size. Their large is enough to stick a small space station in. But on the plus side, you do get lot more for your money, and you’ll be set for the next month as far pop goes.

1. Popcorn

Pros: Bite sized so you feel like you're eating less; an empty bucket makes a great party hat. A full bucket makes a great place to hide your…hot dog.

Cons: You may have a heart attack on your way out of the theatre; you may have a heart attack on your way to the car; you may have a heart attack on the highway...

Is there really any other item that can stand up to popcorn's towering dominance over any other kind of movie food? Though movie popcorn is essentially styrofoam covered in thick layers of coronary-enhancing butter flavoring, it's the most food for the best price, and most movie joints nowadays give you free refills on some sizes. So you can leave your movie in the middle for more of this artery-clogging goodness. And to top if off, did you know that eating a lot of popcorn over a very long amount of time causes the tiny shells of the seed to rip up your intestines? Hell, get a second refill. You deserve it.

Fine and Dandy Candy

6. M&M’s

Pros: They melt in your mouth, not in the hand you’re trying to feel your girlfriend up with.

Cons: Overpriced for not very much food (like the entire theatre concessions industry).

M&M’s as movie theatre candy don’t entirely fit the bill, for one because a four dollar box of ‘em contains less than a 99 cent king size pouch you can pick up at any convenience store. It doesn’t stop them from being top sellers, as like most candies, they’re bite-size and easy to pop into your mouth without taking your eyes off the glorious display of depraved violence on the screen in front of you.

5. Raisinets

Pros: If you really really want to, I guess you could fool yourself into thinking you’re healthy while you’re eating CHOCOLATE-COVERED RAISINS

Cons: Their shape and texture make them look like mini owl turds; they may melt in your hand (hey, these ain’t M&M’s).

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Raisins have been a healthy little snack for ages, but this being America and the movies, health must be gut-checked at the door and dragged, kicking and screaming, far away where it can be dunked in chocolate and made much tastier and over-priced. And so we have….Raisinets. Little globules of health hidden away beneath a crunchy layer of milky chocolaty goodness that (thank GOD!) overwhelms whatever taste of the dreaded “fruit” there is left.

4. Cookie Dough Bites

Pros: Brings back memories; different shaped and sized pellets make for a surprise every time!

Cons: They only taste slightly like what they’re called; they also look like mini owl turds.

Couldn’t get enough of that raw egg salmonella-laced batter that you used to scarf down at home because it’s much tastier than the actual baked product? Well, concessions stands everywhere have heard your pleas and hence we have Cookie Dough Bites, little chocolate-covered pellets made to taste like that good old batter but which in actuality end up just tasting like little balls of grainy chocolate. Various incarnations of this stuff have been added over the years, like Dark Chocolate, Mint Chocolate (for that special minty fresh chocolate breath), and Peanut Butter Chocolate (hey Reeses did it why not us?). There’s even less food in these than there is in M&M’s, but that nostalgia just keeps winning us over, I guess, and so Cookie Dough Bites are here to stay.

3. Junior Mints

Pros: In the words of Cosmo Kramer, “Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint, it’s delicious. It’s very refreshing.”

Cons: You feel sick after eating a whole box.

Who knows why they call them Junior Mints. Maybe the seniors thought they were too cool for the name. (Rim shot!) These little mint balls covered in dark chocolate are some of the tastiest treats to be found at the concession stand, and unlike most of the rest of the candies there’s actually a decent amount of mints to be found in each box. Of course if you’re any kind of decent concessions eater they won’t last you past the previews, but that’s beside the point.

2. Milk Duds

Pros: Nice weight displacement so they’re convenient in case a movie food fight breaks out in the theater; chocolate and caramel, a match made in heaven

Cons: The caramel attaches itself to your teeth like dried cement.

Ah-ha, we come to the eons-old Milk Duds, the movie candy that seems specifically designed for causing cavities. It’s basically just a ball of caramel wrapped in chocolate. It’s not advised that you chew a Milk Dud, as its texture will cling to your teeth like the dickens and dentists have been known to use them to remove teeth without anesthesia. Lately it seems the boxes are smaller than they used to be, because clearly ushers were tired of cleaning up all the teeth littering the floor of the theatres, but there’s still a decent amount in each box, and they take longer to eat than other items on this list.

1. Sour Patch Kids/Watermelon/Connectors

Pros: Being chewy makes ‘em last longer; one of the few candies that have different flavors throughout the whole box

Cons: None of the flavors taste like what they actually are. If you have open sores in your mouth it stings though. Not saying I have open sores in my mouth…

It’s clear why the Sour Patch Kids have topped movie concessions sales for years. When you can’t go and strangle that little screaming baby that his idiotic mother brought to Saw VI (who knew little babies would find blood and guts literally flying everywhere traumatizing???), there’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a sour little gummy candy and picturing that you’re biting off the kid’s head. (HA! Let’s seem him scream WITHOUT a head!) They’ve added variations on the formula over the years, like the Watermelon candies, because there’s nothing consumers like more than candies that taste nothing like the food they’re named after, and eating an entire bag of them. Although, Sour Patch’s popularity may just have to do with the fact that they’re fruit-flavored, so you can pretend like you’re eating healthier. Ah, America. Land of the Fat, Home of the Self-Deluded. But self-delusion is what movies are for, though, right? God bless America.

N.J. restaurant offers customers 'pay what you can' option

By Karen Keller/The Star-Ledger

HIGHLAND PARK -- It’s not "all you can eat." It’s more like whatever you can pay.

A restaurant here is offering customers an innovative dining option — choose the size of your portion, then pay what you want.

Pay what you can at A Better World Cafe

People who can afford to pay extra help subsidize those less fortunate.

A Better World Cafe, housed in an historic brick church, is the fifth restaurant of its kind in the nation, which some are nicknaming "Robin Hood restaurants."

The original socially conscious eatery was opened in Salt Lake City in 2003 by a former acupuncturist and advocates of the concept hope it will revolutionize eating out.

"It’s about how we’re going to need to change our systems if we’re going to survive as a planet," said Tina Weishaus, a board member of Who is My Neighbor? The community group based in the Reformed Church of Highland Park co-owns the not-for-profit restaurant with Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick soup kitchen and culinary school.

Besides the lack of official prices — only suggested fares — the eatery uses mostly food from local farms and no plastic or Styrofoam. It also composts all food scraps and acts as a community forum by hosting talks and live performances by local artists.

The "Robin Hood" model aims to end hunger and waste and help bind local communities, said Denise Cerreta, 48, founder of One World Everybody Eats in downtown Salt Lake City. The entrepreneur has been living in Highland Park to launch the new restaurant and is in talks with "50 or 60" East Coast groups interested in copying the model. Among them is a Philadelphia foundation that wants to start a restaurant in Red Bank in Monmouth County, Cerreta said.

She said the idea has become a movement that’s gained so much steam that she moved out of her Utah home in August and is now on tour teaching people what she knows.

"I’m down to a suitcase and a cat," the Ohio native said.

volunteer-jacquelyn-juicic-cash-register-a-better-world-cafe.JPGVolunteer Jacquelyn Juricic works the cash register at A Better World Cafe and takes the suggested amount and extra donations from customers. The Highland Park restaurant opened its doors Oct. 21. The simple dining room, with communal tables and metal chairs, has attracted roughly 50 to 125 customers a day, head chef Rachel Weston said. Three paid staff and volunteers serve food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Advertising has been minimal: there’s no sign for the cafe in the front of the church.

Listed each day on a dry erase board is a menu of roughly a dozen items that change every week or so, with suggested prices. One item, the "complimentary community entree," is free to everyone. On Thursday the free dish was curried pumpkin chick peas over rice.

A person who can’t pay anything is allowed to eat only the "community entree," but can volunteer at the cafe for an hour to get a bigger meal with more choices. Weston said all patrons are encouraged to volunteer, to think, for example, "What if I came back and baked bread, or played the piano?"

Customer Kathleen Logue, 49, said she has been unemployed for two years. But she still paid $6, more than the suggested combined price of $1.50 for a cup of Moroccan tomato consomme and $3 for a medium slice of roasted tomato and Swiss cheese quiche.

"There are people worse off than me," she said.

Highland Park is an ideal town to host the novel restaurant, said Weishaus, with a mixed-income population that includes residents of housing projects as well as Rutgers University professors. The borough also boasts of progressive policies such as promoting fair-trade products at local stores.

The seed of the idea for A Better World Cafe was planted in January, said Lisanne Finston, executive director of Elijah’s Promise. She was giving a talk at the Highland Park church -- commenting that the richest nation in the world should not have to have soup kitchens -- when someone in the audience mentioned the new dining venture in Salt Lake City.

"It’s an idea whose time has come," Finston said.

Diners enjoy lunch at A Better World Cafe, which only suggests prices on food items. Customers pay what they want, or nothing at all. Chef Rachel Weston, center, serves soups, salads, sandwiches and other hot entrees, as volunteer Jacquelyn Juricic, right, works the cash register.

How to Build Your Own 3D Camera Rig for Under $20

See the original image at The 21st century has seen a resurgence in the popularity of stereography, or 3D imagery, and thanks to the availability of inexpensive digital cameras and photo-processing software, cheap do-it-yourself 3D imagery is now possible.

click here for the whole DIY article: How to Build Your Own 3D Camera Rig for Under $20

Application Makes Your iPhone Blow Air

At last, after being blowed a billion times, it's the iPhone's turn. Believe it or not, there's a new application for the iPhone that uses its speaker to blow air. No peripherals. No attachments. Check the video for yourself.

The developers say that you can use it to "blow out candles, herbs, and refresh your skin during hot summer nights." I wonder how many birthdays you can go through before your speaker breaks from all the vibration. [iTunes App Store via Krapps]

Send an email to Jesus Diaz, the author of this post, at


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Creating the Hottest Female Athlete Ever

Mike McD by Mike McD

ESPN Magazine recently came out with "The Body Issue," which was supposed to be their answer to Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. Aside from my biggest gripe (too many dudes), I thought it was great.

There are so many amazing bodies out in the sporting world that we should be saluting them. But I had a different idea.

What if we could create the perfect woman by using body parts of different athletes?

I'm not talking about the perfect athlete, because then we would just use most of Serena Williams and sprinkle in some dedication. I'm talking about the hottest athlete ever.

Let's see what we can come up with.

Smile: Ashley Force

Smile: Ashley Force

Her face is just beautiful. I don't know how Danica gets all of the attention and glory, because Ashley Force is (excuse my pun) a force to be reckoned with.

If she ever flashed that smile at me I would be absolute puddy.

Eyes: Amanda Beard

Eyes: Amanda Beard

There's something about the way that Amanda Beard looks at the camera that makes you feel like she is looking right at you. And not just looking at you, inviting you to her room later that night.

Her eyes are just so seductive and sexy.

Lips: Kristi Leskinen

Lips: Kristi Leskinen

Kristi Leskinen should just get her skiing career out of the way and go directly into modeling. She's gorgeous.

Not only is her body amazing, but she's got these full pouty lips that are just so damn inviting.

Hair: Ana Ivanovic

Hair: Ana Ivanovic

There's something about Ana Ivanovic's hair that gets me every time. It's either sexily messed up, or seductively draped over her face just enough to add some mystery.

Oh, and the rest of her ain't that bad either.

Shoulders: Natalie Gulbis

Shoulders: Natalie Gulbis

Sometimes female athletes can be a bit broad shouldered (see: most of the WNBA), which is a definite turn off.

Natalie Gulbis is just about where we'd like them to be.

She's not too skinny or frail, she's got some power up there, but she's not too broad. And I'm fully in favor of when she stretches those shoulders.

Arms: Jennie Finch

Arms: Jennie Finch

Arms are one of the hardest things to keep sexy for female athletes. Especially a pitcher like Finch.

But Jenny has pulled it off nicely with her long, toned, and not-too-muscular arms.

We like a woman to be strong, but not able to beat us in an arm wrestling competition.

Breasts: Simona Halep

Breasts: Simona Halep

I'm talking about pre-July 2009 Simona Heap, because sadly she got breast reduction surgery this summer.

She did it to improve her game, which I understand. But we can still mourn, because those things were magnificent.

Check out the video below (and Google image searches!) for more reasons why Halep snagged this coveted spot on the list.

Stomach: Allison Stokke

Stomach: Allison Stokke

This is what we're looking for in a woman's stomach. It's tight, sexy, and not full of abs that will make us jealous.

This is the picture that launched a million internet searches, and deservingly so. She's freaking hot!

Butt: Stacey Kiebler

Butt: Stacey Kiebler

Finally, some love for all of the wrestling fanatics out there. Ms. Kiebler is one of the finest women in the world and she is just as nice to look at from the back as from the front, which is saying something.

She's got some junk in the trunk, but that junk just happens to be solid gold.

Hips: Anna Kournikova

Hips: Anna Kournikova

You didn't think we could do something like this without Anna did you? Of course not.

Just like Shakira, her hips don't lie. Even if they did, when she cocks them like that, I'll believe them anyway.

Legs: Maria Sharapova

Legs: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova helped redefine the term "leggy" in sports. Those stems seemingly go on for miles at a time and have yet to stop.

Thankfully for us, Maria is content to keep wearing short skirts while she plays. When she hikes tennis balls up there, every man watching collectively holds his breath. It's magical.

Thighs: Jenny Adams

Thighs: Jenny Adams

You can't talk about legs without including a runner. They have the phrase "runner's legs" for a reason, pal.

Jenny Adams, who showed up in Maxim to show off those legs and other parts of her body, manages to keep them nice and strong without getting out of hand.

Calves: Anna Rawson

Calves: Anna Rawson

Calves always look better when in a pair of high heels, but I have the feeling that Anna Rawson's would look amazing even without.

Still, poses like this don't really hurt.

Height: Lauren Jackson

Height: Lauren Jackson

Maybe it's because I'm tall, but tall women are extremely sexy to me. So if I was designing the perfect woman, which I am, I would go with Lauren Jackson. She's 6'5" and quite a piece of eye candy herself.

That one piece basketball uniform complements her tall frame nicely I would say.

Genomes: Bia and Branca

Genomes: Bia and Branca

And of course, if you put all of those parts together to make the hottest female athlete of all time, what could be better than that?

Two of them. Just like these two synchronized swimming sisters. As good as one is, two is exponentially better!