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That’s One Beautiful Beard, Dude

Oh, my bad, ma’am. From a disorienting optical illusion ad campaign. Wild new print campaign for Garnier Fructis via Switzerland. Copy translation: “For any hair type.” This campaign will win a ton of awards this year, probable Gold Lion at Cannes in June. The photography is by Billy & Hells. …

Celeb birthdays for May 14, 2012

Singer-bassist Jack Bruce of Cream is 69. Movie producer George Lucas is 68. Director Robert Zemeckis is 61. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 60. Actor Tim Roth is 51. Guitarist C.C. DeVille of Poison is 50. Singer Ian Astbury of The Cult is 50. Musician Fabrice Morvan of Milli …

Weekly Standard: The Chinese Crackdown Continues : NPR

Communist China has earned praise in the past few years for a perceived thaw in its strict opposition to religious observance — particularly Christianity. A visitor to China will see Christian churches out in the open; a printing facility in Nanjing is the largest Bible publisher in the world. There …

Wendell Steavenson: Sham al-Naseem in Cairo : The New Yorker

It was a holiday weekend here in Egypt, too. The Copts celebrated Easter, with special evening services instead of midnight masses to avoid breaking the curfew, and on Monday everyone celebrated Sham al-Naseem—the literal translation is “sniffing the breeze”—a spring festival that dates back to Pharaonic times. The weather was …

Youth diabetes cost: $9K per year per case – UPI.com

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) — U.S. children and teens with diabetes have medical costs of $9,000 a year, while those without diabetes have medical costs of $1,468 a year, officials say. Ann Albright, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention division of diabetes translation, says much of the …

11 blogs and apps for learning Thai | CNNGo.com

For the novice and the advanced, these Thai language resources take the pain out of learning There are dozens of websites, blogs and apps out there devoted to helping people master the Thai language. Here is a selection of some of the best. Keep in mind this list is by …