Ivania Del Cid, an interior design major in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, studied in Italy for a month this summer, visiting culturally significant art sites and taking a new look at her artistic process.
She is one of three VCU students who were awarded a 2022 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which was established to help American students study abroad. VCU’s Global Education Office facilitated the study abroad program and serves as campus advisors for Gilman Scholarship applicants.
Del Cid said she’s always had a desire to travel and experience other cultures, and decided to apply for a Gilman scholarship when one of her professors mentioned they were leading a study abroad trip.
While that trip ended up being canceled, Del Cid was able to join the graphic design department on a faculty-led program.
“I feel like [a graphic design-focused trip] would still be helpful with my degree and then I could still take the opportunity of the scholarship that I had been given,” Del Cid said.
She participated in the month-long program “A Practice of Looking and Slowing Down in Design” in Florence. Del Cid said the Santa Reparata International School of Art provided the group with class space. Rather than structured classes in the classroom, group gatherings amounted to “a collaborative slowing down,” she said.
On the group’s regular excursions, students had the freedom to take their time observing the spaces they were visiting.
“So anytime we went on a trip, it would be for as long as we wanted. We could stay at the place for as long as we wanted and just take it all in,” Del Cid said.
After the day trip, students would draw, sketch, or just jot down their thoughts from the day. The group of 20 students used this material to create a newspaper, with each person making a spread based on something they found compelling on the trip.
Since it was a graphic design course, students chose the text and created the layout for their individual newspaper spreads using InDesign and Photoshop. At the end of the program, the class presented its newspaper at the Santa Reparata International School of Art’s student showcase.
The overall experience gave Del Cid a chance to learn while experiencing a new culture and country.
“Just being in a new place and seeing how people, how their lives are different from ours, and meeting new people, that was just my favorite part because it felt like something exciting and new,” she said.
Seeing the art she had learned about in class in person was mind-blowing for her as an artist. As an example, she pointed to Brunelleschi’s Dome, the iconic architectural feature of the Florence Cathedral.
“To see it in person, it made me realize these things that I’m learning, it’s not just through a screen, it’s actually a real thing,” Del Cid said.
The experience made Del Cid step out of her comfort zone and
ACC Network announces fall programming plans, including ACC PM, Clemson doc, NC State all-access series
On Wednesday, ACC Network announced programming highlights for their fall schedule, which includes a new show, a new doc, and a new documenteries.
The new show is called ACC PM, and will be hosted by Mark Packer (of Packer & Durham fame). The three hour weekday studio show premieres on Monday, August 22nd. Here’s a blurb.
ACCN’s newest studio program – ACC PM hosted by Mark Packer will have a football focus while also delivering news and commentary from around the ACC’s 15 institutions. The new afternoon show airing weekdays from 4-7 pm ET on ACCN will debut on Monday, Aug. 22 and will originate from Packer’s basement in Charlotte, NC Packer’s co-host will be named at a later date.
The ACC HuddleACC Network’s version of the morning pregame show, will also go on the road six times this season, including in Week 0 (Chapel Hill) and Week 2 (Blacksburg).
The new doc focuses on Clemson, but not the recent teams coached by Dabo Swinney. Entitled We’re #1! The Story of 1981 Clemson Football (not to be confused with a doc that premiered last summer entitled We’re #1! – The Story of 1990 ACC Football)the feature dives into the Tigers’ unbeaten season and their run from unranked to national champions.
Here’s a blurb.
We’re #1! The Story of 1981 Clemson Football, a documentary chronicling Clemson’s remarkable 1981 football season will debut Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ET. Produced in partnership with Raycom Sports, the one-hour film highlights when a 33-year-old coach from Alabama named Danny Ford turned Clemson into a national football powerhouse. After starting the year unranked, Ford and his Tigers were the kings of college football, beating three top-10 ranked teams including defending national champion Georgia and fourth-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Clemson finished the season 12-0 and won the program’s first football National Championship. The film includes a roundtable discussion with Danny Ford, Homer Jordan, Perry Tuttle, and Jeff Davis at Coach Ford’s farm to reminisce about the team, and the season they will never forget.
And here’s a trailer.
I like the idea of doing these features on championship (or close to championship) teams from the not so distant past. Conference networks should be flooded with this kind of content!
Another edition of ACC Network’s All Access series is also coming. The three-part series focuses on NC State, and premieres on August 14th at 8 PM.
Here’s a blurb.
ACCN will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the NC State University football program leading into the 2022 college football season with All Access with NC State Football. The first episode of the three-part program will premiere exclusively on ACC Network on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. ET. Episode two will air at 8 pm on Sunday, Aug. 21 and episode three at 7 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
And here’s a trailer.
ACC Network has done several of these All Access shows before, including one last year on
Summer is great, but there’s something tiny that can be a big nuisance this time of year: Mosquitos. Lathering on the bug spray is not your only defense against these bloodsuckers. A clever gadget is all you need.
The market for mosquito repellants and killers is vast. Not only are they extremely annoying—both with the buzzing sound and itchy welts–but they can also carry disease. It’s in your best interest to have some sort of line of defense.
A lot of people are only familiar with the classics—bug sprays with DEET, citronella candles, and Tiki torches. However, we can do better than that thanks to a nifty line of mosquito repellant devices from Thermacell.
Notes: This is not a sponsored article. We have been using Thermacell products for several years and just like them a lot. At the time of writing in June 2022, Thermacell is the only company that sells mosquito repellant devices like this.
What Is a Thermacell?
Thermacell is the name of a company that produces mosquito-repellant devices. The company offers a range of devices that all essentially serve the same purpose. The idea is you turn on the device and it creates an invisible zone of protection around you.
There are a number of different devices from Thermacell for different use-cases. The company offers rechargeable battery-powered models, fuel-powered models, and a wired-in whole backyard system. All of these different models work essentially the same way.
How Does It Work?
You might be thinking that sounds too good to be true, so let’s talk about how it works. Thermacells use either a saturated mat or liquid-filled cartridge that contains allethrin, a component found in plants that are toxic to mosquitoes and other insects.
Whether powered by fuel or a battery, the liquid is heated up and dispersed into the air. It’s colorless, odorless, and otherwise undetectable by humans. The zone of protection depends on the Thermacell model, but it’s usually around 15 to 20 feet.
It’s worth noting that it takes some time for the heating element to get going. You should expect to wait around 15 minutes before the full zone of protection is established.
Is Thermacell Safe to Use?
Many bug repellants—including the notorious DEET—come with safety concerns for humans and other animals. If used correctly, they’re fine, but what about Thermacell devices?
Thermacell says its repellant has been “independently tested” and it has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, there are still some things to keep in mind. The liquid in the mats and cartridges should not be consumed by humans or animals. You should also avoid breathing in the vapors directly from the devices.
The most important thing to understand is the ingredients in Thermacell devices are not technically “repellants,” despite the marketing and packaging using the term repeatedly. Allethrin works by scrambling nerve signals in insects, causing them to fall and eventually die.
Warnings: Yes, the allethrin kills all kinds of insects in the “zone of
There’s an archetype depiction of chefs in TV or movies that’s more idealist than realistic. They’re often slightly disheveled, and like to show up unannounced to a tense dinner table to serve their what seems like spontaneously made, yet amazingly tasty stir-fry. Then, the table quarrel stops, and the topic instantly changes to “How did you manage to make this so crunchy?” or “What did you use to cook this?” The chef smiles, and happily answers with a list of kitchen gadgets that made it all easier.
This type of chef knows exactly what they’re doing. They know they can make everyone happy with their craft, but they can’t do it without the help of the best kitchen gadgets. That’s why they stock up on smart must haves—air fryer, sous vide, cast iron skillet, or just a seriously good Japanese knife—to give their meals substance, make them a better cook, and oh, to always have the perfect conversation starter .
As for who the chef is, they could be a wise abuela, a white-haired Michelin star holder, a young social media personality, or even you in real life. And if you’re the chef of your home who can’t live without constant cooking access, then you’ll also be needing the best kitchen gadgets and tools just like the chef you see on screen. Ahead, we’ve got 22 of the coolest kitchen gadgets below—from splurge-worthy appliances to easy accessories—that’ll make every meal you cook worthy of a “how did you do it?” conversations.
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Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Here’s how a sous vide (“sue-veed”) works: you vacuum-seal your food—poultry, fish, vegetables, red meat, anything—then put it in a pot of water along with the device, select your desired temperature, then walk away to, IDK, cure cancer, solve the The Chicago Tylenol, or run for presidency, then walk back to perfectly—yes, perfectly—done and dusted food.
This oil dispenser set went viral for a reason: It’s too good. The oil pump mister or sprayer helps even out the coverage and prevents you from over-pouring. Next, the dispenser bottle comes in clutch during those “one tsp of oil” or “two tbsp of oil” recipe moments. And both have a measuring reservoir at the top. Portion control, people.
Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
For the grill master, this smart accessory sticks into your rotisserie chicken or lamp chop and probes the internal temperature, ensuring your every bite thereafter is utterly satisfying and Salmonella-free. And it’s completely wireless—the first of its kind.
Beast Blender + Hydration System
For those who like blending up fresh produce for creamy smoothies or healthy juices in the morning, or blending up margaritas once returning home from work, this Esquire Gadget Awards winning blender will really, really blends. A smart speed instinct aside, it’s also got an ice-crushing force for your forgotten-to-defrost ingredients.
$730 at Food52
If there’s ever a 12-in-one pressure cooker born into old money, it’s Vermicular’s Musui-Kamado. It combines a cast iron craft in
From pocket-sized drones to stylish smart glasses, here are some of the coolest gadgets to release so far in 2022
With the threat of the pandemic apparently slowing down and restrictions easing up, a lot of the major tech conferences and trade shows like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC) managed to stage returns this year. Of course, with it comes the multitude of new gadget announcements. And there’s already been a lot of cool new hardware that has been released even with half a year left until 2023.
So we’re rounding up some of the ones we’re dying to have below:
Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K projector
TVs aren’t always ideal for replicating the cinema experience. For that, you might need a projector. And one of the literal and figurative heavyweights in this space is the Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K portable projector. This bulky piece of hardware lets you enjoy a crystal clear picture at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and a brightness of up to 2,400 ISO lumens. It also includes auto-focus, auto-keystone, and auto-screen-fit features if you don’t want to bother with too much setup. What’s more, it has a pair of 10W speakers for low-to-mid frequencies and a pair of 5W tweeters for high frequencies. All you’ll need now is some popcorn to enjoy your movie with.
While the Switch remains as popular as ever, even the most die-hard Nintendo fans will probably admit that it’s starting to feel a little dated in terms of its capabilities. This is apparently where the Steam Deck comes in, a handheld gaming system developed by Valve that plays your Steam library. It essentially combines the portability of the Switch with the flexibility and power of a mid-range PC. Sure, it’s not a replacement for your gaming laptop or desktop, but if you’ve ever wanted to play modern AAA releases on-the-go, this will let you do that, albeit at lower graphical settings.
Ray-Ban glasses have long been a staple for many fashion-forward folks. Meta probably knew that when it decided to partner with the brand to design the Ray-Ban Stories, a stylish pair of smart glasses with some neat functionalities. The device features a camera on each lens, allowing you to snap photos or record video without having to pull up your phone. It also has built-in audio drivers to play music close to your ears.
The idea of putting Meta-developed cameras on your face might be disconcerting for some, given the tech giant’s track record when it comes to data privacy. Still, this is a cool device that sort of hints at what the future might hold for smart wearables.
Sony’s WH-1000XM series of high-end, noise-canceling headphones have been consistently great, and the latest iteration, the XM5, is even better than its predecessors in every aspect. Almost every part of the cans have been overhauled for the better. It features a sleeker design, improved active noise-cancelling capabilities, and some