Hedy Lamarr: Godmother of nowadays wireless communication

December 27, 2014 | Classic Hollywood Icons | 0 comments

Are you reading this while you’re using a wireless connection? What’s (technological) life without wireless communication these days, right? Whether you like it or not, you are literally linked to the 1930s and 1940s. Let me introduce an Old Hollywood star to you who played a significant part in the (co-)invention of that beloved Wi-Fi wireless connection of the present: Hedy Lamarr.

Let’s enter the time machine. Back in the Golden Hollywood era, it was rare to be a brunette in a (Hollywood) world since it was mostly dominated by blondes. On the other hand, it was easy to stand out when you were not blonde. Hedy Lamarr stood out alright. Hedy Lamarr was born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna in 1914. In her teenage years she was discovered by an Austian director, who led to Hedy’s appearance in the (for that time-period) very controversial Czech movie Ecstasy in 1933. She was ahead of her times and probably one of the first actresses to do “controversial” nude scenes in a movie. Even the pope interfered back then. You know you’re in trouble when the pope gets involved.

Early 1930s

Hedy Lamarr youngvia Kate Gabrielle – flickr.com

 

Hedy Lamarr young early 1930svia Retrogasm

In that same year, she got married to munition manufacturer Friedrich Mandl. This marriage would’t lead to the “lived happily ever after life” she imagined. On the contrary, Mandl wasn’t what you would call a person with a nice, sparkling personality. In Lamarr’s own words, Mandl was more of the “extreme controlling” kind. Besides that, she also didn’t like the fact that he sold munition to the Nazis. However, there was a positive outcome of this experience. During her marriage, Lamarr often had to accompany her husband to meetings and events where scientist and military technology experts came together. Those events introduced her to the scientific field where she would later develop skills and co-invent an early technique of wireless communication.


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An ode to opportunities and bumpy rides

December 13, 2014 | Inspirational column | 1 comment

Realitychecks. They occur every now and then and every now and then I feel the need to share my realitychecks with you. After my not-so-serious ode to the here and now, it’s time to get serious.

This ode has to do with a story that I’ve read in a Dutch newspaper. It’s about a woman who wrote a very open article about the past with a clear (tragic) link to the here and now. In a nutshell: the article is written by a woman whose mother unfortunately took her life in 1983. The most important question after such an event is always: Why? After years her daughter was ready to find an answer to this question. And it was answered alright. Her mother had kept a diary in the past. This diary was an important source which helped the daughter understand the thoughts and feelings of her mother and how that led to her radical decision.

Rewind to the 1970s and early 1980s.
You’re a woman. Just like the decades before, your career perspective after marriage is usually: becoming a housewife and in your career perspective horizon  staying a perfect housewife is priority number 1. Do you want more? The Housewife police (society and your environment) will try to bring you to the housewife pad. Are you ambitious and would you like to have your own career? What’s wrong with you? It is unthinkable.
This state of mind actually reminds me to some “vintage humor” pictures which are literally made to mock the vintage times a little bit, but… in every  joke there is a serious amount of truth.

Flashforward to the present.

What are we?
Woman, writer/doctor/whatever you want, daughter, girlfriend, mother, wife etcetera.
What can we become?
Anything we like.
What do we want after that?
More.
When do we want it?
As soon as possible.
When can we start?
Right now

 oriental-spice-bumpy-ride

 


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Songs of the week: Rock and Roll with a modern twist

November 29, 2014 | Music, Retro music | 0 comments

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Remember the 1950s? Even if you don’t, you will know that this decade, Rhythm & Blues and Rock and Roll have an unbreakable bond. While I was watching a dvd today, I was intrigued by its background music. I was wondering which band of the 1950s was playing. Of course my best friend Youtube helped me out here. I was pleasantly surprised that I had to fast forward to the present because this band is not from the 1950s, but has been alive and kicking since 2008.

Presenting to you a Rockabilly band of the present featuring lovely Blues and Rock and Roll of the past: The Rhythm Shakers. This band with a very high 1950s Rock and Roll vibe, has an unique sound which is almost similar to the old days. However, there is one big difference. Where in the 1950s the Blues and Rock and Roll world was dominated by men, the lead singer is in this case female. But no ordinary female. Lead singer Marlene Perez has an interesting, raw voice which totally fits the “wild” atmosphere. In 2008 the album “Flipsville” came out and in 2014 the album “Voodoo”. The Rhythm Shakers are continuously touring in Europe, but they also perform worldwide on Rockabilly festivals.

Well, time to turn up the volume and Rock and Roll te evening away. These are in my opinion a few of their best songs:


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Magazine brought to life: INCONCEPT Live Magazine

November 16, 2014 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

Reading a magazine. Been there done that. Still doing it when it’s an interesting magazine. But what about a magazine that you can experience live? Never been there and never done that. So it was time to try. Last Thursday was the grand opening of a new pop-up store in Rotterdam: INCONCEPT Live Magazine. As a blogger, I was invited to this event to experience this new pop-up store.

Let’s start with some background information. INCONCEPT Live Magazine is founded by Evana Kuik. Evana Kuik is a designer and has her own label: EVAN Menswear. Her idea was to create a live platform for upcoming creative designers and artists, where they can work on new concepts and designs and show their unique products to the public. INCONCEPT aims to be a platform for national and international talents. Just like a magazine has various categories, INCONCEPT offers various live categories: fashion, food, (interior) design, art, beauty, books, music and photography and more.

The opening event was an interesting experience. I didn’t really know what to expect so I went there with an open minded. The great thing about an open mind and no expectations? A pleasant surprise. It all started with a warm welcome. Next thing I immediately noticed when I walked into the store was the relaxed atmosphere. There is no “buy pressure” at all, even if you have made your fifth round in the store. There were live happenings like the fashion show of the EVAN Menswear collection and live demonstrations of laser engraving on your favorite objects. At the grand opening it was also possible to get a “live” tattoo!

In my opinion there are two main reasons why this pop-up store is really different than others. First of all, the store has something for everyone. You can go in the restaurant upstairs to get a coffee or a sandwich. When you’re done you can go downstairs and choose some nice reading material in the book section, walk around and try out some unique shoes, walk to the other side and shop some not-so-common baby clothes and go back for a nice laser engravement on your iPhone! Secondly, this store has a nice vintage meet present blend. Which I obviously really like. You will find real vintage items at INCONCEPT but also products with the technology of today.

Curious to this not-so-common pop-up store and its products? Ofcourse I made some smartphone snapshots so you can get a sneak peek yourself. I will definitely go back to this pop-up store for some books and heels (ladies please analyse picture number three). You may scroll down now…

You can find INCONCEPT Live Magazine at the Coolsingel 83 in Rotterdam.
http://www.inconcept.nl

 

Delicious and healthy juices | Sajoer

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I want to ride my bicycle… | Velo Vintage

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Ladies: we all have sit-shoes, party high heels and comfortable heels-for-work. Now you don’t have to carry three pairs of shoes anymore. Presenting: Pumps (and shoes) with changeable heels. | Tanya Heath

 


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Movember 19th century style

November 10, 2014 | Vintage lifestyle | 0 comments

Men Special Alert.

So, I don’t really like moustaches and beards and I can not lie. However since it’s Movember, I can make an exception. Ofcourse the exception will be in Oriental Spice and some Chocolate style. Presenting to you: the 19th century moustache (and beard) special. Men: it’s time to make a statement here. Take your pick for this Movember.

 

The classy styled moustache

38749-atlvia Encyclopedia of New Zealand

 

The fringe

19th century beardsvia Mattsko

 

Like a true gentleman

beards-19th-centuryvia Wikipedia

 


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