Decorate like a Jedi with ‘Star Wars’ terrariums

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These are the terrariums you’re looking for.

While you’re thinking about bringing some green (or brown or white) into your home decor, it doesn’t hurt to bring some personality too.

A classic terrarium adds beauty to your office or living room — especially if you get a little inspiration from a few planets located in a galaxy far, far away.

Based on three planets from the Star Wars galaxy — Endor, Hoth and Jakku — you can easily make a quick and adorable bit of decoration for any room.

1. Planet Endor

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Raspberry Pi 3 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a faster processor

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Four years after launching the original Raspberry Pi, an ultra-cheap, barebones and tiny but surprisingly versatile PC, the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the third major iteration of the same product.

The Raspberry Pi 3 has a new, 1.2GHz, 64-bit, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, offering roughly ten times the performance of the Raspberry Pi 1, according to the foundation. It also comes with integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, and is fully compatible with both Raspberry Pi 1 and 2.

The rest of the specs are roughly the same as those of the Pi 2 — 1GB of RAM, a 400MHz VideoCore IV graphics chip, 4 USB ports, a full-sized HDMI port, an ethernet port, a combined 3.5mm audio and composite video jack, and a microSD card slot — and of all that fits into a very similar form factor.  Read more…

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The Oscars’ cutest moment happened when ‘Star Wars’ droids crashed the show

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The 2016 Academy Awards were so un-diverse, even the Star Wars droids weren’t invited. 

But C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 still managed to crash the ceremony Sunday night — luckily, C-3PO resembles the Oscar statuette. And while on stage they also gave a lovely shout out to Star Wars’ music composer John Williams. 

And, of course, the adorable Jacob Tremblay from Room had the best reaction, because he is the biggest fan in this galaxy and those far, far away. 

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The Real Difference Between Perfume, Cologne, Toilette, and Other Fragrances

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The Real Difference Between Perfume, Cologne, Toilette, and Other Fragrances

You might think that the difference between “perfume” and “cologne” is who the bottle is intended for, or which counter it’s sold at—the reality is a little more subtle than that. Simply, all fragrances are largely the same, but they’re given a name based on the concentration of oil in alcohol and water.

The graphic above, from Real Men Real Style, explains that “fragrance” is generally a unisex term for, well any smell that’s a certain amount of fragrance oil diluted in alcohol and water. Depending on the concentration, it gets a different name. Here’s the rundown:

  • Eau Fraiche – The most diluted version of fragrance, usually with 1% – 3% perfume oil in alcohol and water. Usually lasts for less than an hour.
  • Cologne (Eau de Cologne) – Oldest term for perfume, used in North America for masculine scents. Light, fresh and fruity, typically composed of 2% – 4% perfume oils in alcohol and water. Tend to be used in fragrances for younger people. Usually lasts for about 2 hours.
  • Toilette (Eau de Toilette) – A light spray composition with 5% – 15% pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol. Usually lasts for about 3 hours.
  • Perfume (Eau de Parfum) – Historically genderless, used to describe both men’s and women’s fragrances. The best term used to describe a fragrance. Contains 15% – 20% pure perfume essence and lasts for about 5 to 8 hours.
  • Perfume – A corruption of the Latin phrase per fumum (through smoke). The most concentrated and expensive of all fragrance options. Slightly oilier, perfume, or parfum, is composed of 20% – 30% pure perfume essence. A single application of perfume can last up to 24 hours.

That’s all useful to know, and can certainly help you make a better shopping decision if you’re looking for something to wear that’s a little lighter and won’t stick as long during those hot summer days, or something you want to linger just a touch longer while you’re out and socializing all night long.

The full introduction to fragrance (linked below) also makes a few suggestions, and explains some of the “notes” you’ll smell when you’re shopping for one, and how long those types of scents last on your skin. It also dives into how fragrances are priced, and why some of them are bargain basement while others seem insanely expensive. Hit the link below to learn more. Despite the URL, the guide is certainly targeted at men, but the information is useful to everyone.

Introduction to Fragrance | Real Men Real Style


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