18 June 2024

Smelling Great on a Budget: The Ultimate Guide to Inexpensive Men's Cologne

Ever gasped at the price of a designer cologne? You're not alone. The good news is, you don't need to break the bank to smell amazing. With the rise of quality inexpensive men's colognes, smelling your best is more accessible than ever. So, if you've been holding back on exploring fragrances due to budget constraints, it's time to rethink that!

Why You Need to Try Inexpensive Colognes

Let’s face it — we all want to smell good, but high-end fragrances can make our wallets weep. But here’s the truth: “cheap” doesn’t have to mean “low quality.” In fact, some of the best affordable colognes out there have rich, sophisticated scents and remarkable staying power.

Plus, the low price points give you the creative freedom to explore different scents and amass a versatile fragrance wardrobe. Why stop at one fancy bottle, when you can experience an entire olfactory world?

Tips for Selecting an Inexpensive Cologne

Ready to start the hunt for your signature scent? When you know how to do it, it’s not that difficult. Come, are you an expert in men’s fragrances or just starting out? With this guidance you will know how to find the best cheap men’s cologne.

  • Know Your Preferences

First, learn something about your senses before you start discovering the wide cosmos of fragrances. Would you prefer something citrus and fresh? Do you want a deeper scent with woodsy notes? This information will help you to exclude some colognes and detect the most suitable for you.

  • Tester Strips and Samples

Don’t consider this step useless. Always ask for testing strips and samples. You might do it in any store. Do you want to try a particular cologne? Find testing strips in the store and spray each cologne on a separate strip. Take those strips and wear them the whole day. You will notice how these colognes change on your skin from the very beginning.

  • Seasonal Scents

You might want to think about building a fragrance wardrobe to cater to different seasons. A light, aquatic scent might be the perfect finishing touch for a summer barbecue, whereas a warm, spicy fragrance might be more fitting for a romantic, winter night in. That way, you’ll always have a fragrance to suit the mood and the occasion.

Top Inexpensive Men's Cologne

Woody Sage

Similar to the popular Le Labo Santal 33, Woody Sage is a woody and earthy scent that is quite unisex. The beautiful and captivating scent is a solid everyday go-to that can be dressed up or down. It is highly recommended for just about anyone; a good affordable scent to add to the rotation.

Woody Chestnut 

Fall and Winter seasons call for an ultimate snug, warm scent. Woody chestnut will do the trick. Smoked woods and amber are the epitome of this snuggling smell. Inspired by Maison Margiela By the FirePlace, the fragrant backdrop completes time at the fire, all snuggled up.

Sunny Vetiver and Neroli

Transport yourself to a sun-drenched beach with Sunny Vetiver & Neroli, a refreshing and invigorating fragrance inspired by Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino. This zesty scent blends citrusy neroli with earthy vetiver for a captivating aroma that's perfect for summer days.

Smell Your Best, Always 

Don’t let money get in the way of making sure you smell your best. With a little searching for cheap men’s cologne and some advice from the pros you can build a selection of fragrances that work for your personality, style, and price.

There are cheap cologne options for every occasion from Dossier. Go ahead and explore your options, find your go-to, and enjoy smelling great with the boosting confidence that comes with it. 

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17 June 2024

Danger Planet


During a routine scan on a distant planet, a young space scout finds romance with a female pilot. But when peril strikes the two star-crossed explorers, he must face what lurks in the darkness of the planet to rescue the girl.

Perhaps something is in the air - this is the second love story that we have posted up on Kuriositas today - even though they could hardly be any different from each other!

Danger Planet is an animated short created by students at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. This 4 minute student animation was finished primarily in a summer after over a year of preproduction. You may (or may not) spot some possibly accidental references to a number of science fiction movies. See if you can spot them!

The Mystery of Resin

No one knows for absolute sure why some trees secrete resin. However, with the aid of some marvelous macrophotography, although the mystery surrounding this subject cannot be solved for certain, its beauty – at times deadly – becomes evident.

Resin is a chemical that oozes out of various trees. It is known as a secretion rather than an excretion. Excretions are purely waste products whereas, although the reasons behind resin are still a little obscure, most scientists believe that it has some sort of purpose or function. It is probably not simply to trap insects, although there is something almost morbidly satisfying about the sight of an insect being ‘consumed’ by resin. Perhaps it is the fact we have watched Jurassic Park too many times and take some satisfaction in imagining a scientist in the year ten thousand working out the DNA of an amber trapped insect. Most probably it is the wonder of seeing something trapped in time as perfectly preserved as it was on the day it died.

Naptime!


If you have children who are about to start their summer holiday then you might appreciate this – as long as you keep in mind that its creator, Chris Capel, has his tongue so firmly in his cheek it’s probably a surprise that he can talk.  If you are easily offended then, again, don’t press that play button.  If you dread what the summer will bring with your enfants terribles, get your credit card ready….

Einstein-Rosen


One reviewer has called this short an enjoyable blend of complex quantum physics and good old family banter.  That is so true. Let's set the scene. It is the summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Óscar does not believe him - at least not for now.  It may take a few decades, but...

This charming short film was written and directed by Olga Osorio.  It’s a delight to watch from start to finish, not only for the script and pace of the action but the excellent performances, particularly from the two youngsters.  My feeling is that they didn’t have much of a clue what they were saying, but they certainly give the impression that they do!

The Roof of Africa: The Spectacular Beauty of the Ethiopian Highlands

Do not be uncomfortable if the first words that come to mind when Ethiopia is mentioned have negative connotations. If you live in the developed world then you may easily connect the country to its well documented recent history of insurgency, civil war and famine. Yet although Ethiopia’s troubles are far from over there is much more to the country than this. Its Highlands contain the largest continuous area of high altitude land in the whole of the continent. Little wonder then that the Ethiopian Highlands are often called The Roof of Africa. They are also, without exaggeration, simply spectacular.

The Highlands are enormous and are divided by the Ethiopian Rift. All of the pictures you will see here are from the northwestern side of the highlands. Designated a National Park in 1969 (the first of ten in the country), this portion contains Simien Mountain and Ras Dashan which is the highest peak in Ethiopia.

24 May 2024

Explore the Thrilling World of Slot Games at Bitcoin Casino

As the digital revolution unfolds, the integration of cryptocurrency with online gaming is altering the casino landscape, introducing players to innovative forms of entertainment and investment. Tucked within this budding intersection of technology and leisure is the thrilling and diverse world of slot games showcased on platforms such as Bitcoin Casino. This exploration will not only provide a closer look into the intricacies of slot gaming mechanics but also their compatibility with digital currencies like Bitcoin, creating a dynamic playground for both novice and veteran gamblers.

The allure of slot games extends centuries back, evolving from simplistic mechanical devices known as one-armed bandits to sophisticated online platforms offering myriad themes, intricate gameplay, and immersive graphical interfaces. The enhancement of slot games through online casinos leverages cutting-edge technology to create interactive and engaging gaming experiences enhanced by the security and anonymity of using cryptocurrencies.

Central to understanding the magnetism of slot games in the realm of cryptographic wagering is recognizing how these platforms integrate Bitcoin for transactions. Digital currencies offer decentralized transactions, shielding users from the traditional constraints and scrutiny of conventional financial systems. This mode of transaction bolsters user privacy and expedites fund transfers, making it a preferred choice among tech-savvy casino enthusiasts.

Slot games on Bitcoin casino platforms like Bitcoin Casino Us are crafted to cater to diverse player preferences. These games range from classic reels reminiscent of the original slot machines to modern video slots equipped with advanced graphics and multitude of paylines. Notably, each game is designed from the ground up with Random Number Generation (RNG) algorithms. These algorithms ensure fairness and randomness in the game outcomes, essential for maintaining the integrity of games and trust of the participants.

It is pivotal to delve into the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding online casinos and cryptocurrency usage, which can vary widely by jurisdiction. In some countries, cryptocurrencies and online gambling are fully embraced, whereas others have stricter regulations or outright bans. The blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin logs every transaction on a publicly accessible ledger, thereby providing transparency and a traceable history that helps in complying with regulatory requirements where they apply.

However, the intersection of cryptocurrencies with casino gaming is not without challenges. Security concerns, though alleviated by blockchain's inherent nature, can escalate in the presence of malicious attacks or when platforms are poorly secured. Players are advised to verify the credibility of the casino, ensuring it has robust security measures and credible licenses. Additionally, since cryptocurrency prices can be extremely volatile, players should be conscious of market conditions when wagering with Bitcoin.

Advocates argue that cryptocurrency and blockchain technology contribute a layer of security, transparency, and convenience to online gaming far beyond traditional currencies. These features coupled with the inherent anonymity of blockchain transactions, place Bitcoin casinos in a favorable position within the online gambling market, appealing especially to a younger, technologically adept demographic.

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Progressive jackpots in slot games are another draw. These jackpots accumulate over time and can pay out life-changing sums, adding an element of excitement and competitive spirit among players. The anticipation built around progressive jackpots keeps the community active and engaged, continually drawing in new players eager for a chance at instant wealth.

Slot games are also celebrated for their bonuses and rewards structure. Many bitcoin casino slot games feature free spins, multipliers, or bonus games that offer additional ways to win, thereby enhancing the player's gaming experience and providing more value for each spin. Something as simple as a free spin can alter the trajectory of a game, significantly increasing potential payouts.

Community and social interaction are not typically the hallmarks of online gambling, yet in the Bitcoin casino space, there's a moving shift towards incorporating social features. Live casino games, forums, and interactive support features ensure that players are part of a community, enhancing user experience and retaining players through social engagement.

Education is also a cornerstone in responsible gambling. Reputable online casino platforms provide resources about game rules, the mathematics of gambling, risk management, and responsible gaming practices. By informing players, casinos foster a safer gambling environment and promote longevity of player engagement by equipping them with the tools needed to gamble responsibly.

With the integration of slot games in bitcoin casinos, the gaming experience has been redefined. Players are drawn not only to the aesthetic pleasures and potential financial gains but also the unique conveniences offered by blockchain technology. As platforms continue to evolve, the fusion of technology, entertainment, and strategic finance heralds a new dawn for the casino industry, making it an exciting time for both players and investors alike.

In conclusion, the realm of slot games in casinos like Bitcoin Casino Us represents more than just a digital frontier for gambling. It epitomizes the confluence of technological innovation, financial trading, and entertainment. As such, these platforms are not merely places to gamble but a spectacle of innovation displaying the vast potentials of combined human ingenuity.

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6 May 2024

J’attends – I’m Waiting


Can spring be in the air finally?  Perhaps – but certainly one young woman’s thoughts turn to romance. 

J’attends is a delightful study in that part of the relationship when a couple start to get to learn about each other, enjoy each other’s company and wait for it to happen.  Just wait.  

The couple are played here with a certain Gallic panache by by Mariah Bonner (who also provides the voice over) and Mathieu Forget and this delicious little slice of joy is directed by Stewart Maclennan.

Secretive Supersize Squirrel on Steroids

The Indian Giant Squirrel is something else - it is far larger than the European and North American squirrels for a start - it makes them look like Oompa-Loompas for a start! However, if you are averse to squirrels you need not worry too much - they live in India and so they are unlikely to spring at you from the trees any time soon (plus they are vegetarians anyway!).

Nevertheless, their size is quite remarkable - one can only wonder how the trees take their weight as they leap up to twenty meters between the branches. You can get the low down on these amazing beasts over at our sibling site, The Ark In Space.

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Ormie


This is dedicated to any of you out there who have had a similar experience to our porcine friend featured here – Ormie. Sometimes something takes your fancy but try as you might you just can’t get to the object of your desire!

Here, Ormie the pig spots a wonderful jar of cookies on top of the refrigerator and sets his heart on devouring those gorgeous biscuity treats!  However, the path to satisfaction is not always an easy one… as this hilarious animated short follows Ormie's increasingly frustrating and frustrated attempts to get hold of the cookies of his heart's desire!

This animated short film had festival audiences laughing and cheering since its introduction on the circuit. Ormie garnered itself 8 Festival Awards including Best Short Film (Savannah FF 2010, Palm Springs International Shorts Fest 2010, Sprockets 2010, Seattle International Film Festival 2010) and the Audience Award (New York International Children's Film Festival 2011). Ormie is created and directed by Rob Silvestri and produced by Graham Moloy of Arc Productions.

Hope


Hope springs eternal – or so it is said.  Yet sometimes it seems lost.  In this animated short film, a small boy is separated from his mother and put to work in an internment camp.  There is one thing which he still has in his possession to remind himself of the mother he has lost – yet this one thing that is keeping him alive is, by its discovery, threatened. Hope is a film by Michael Sherrer for Pixcube Animation Studio.

The Forgotten Battle: The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

In the early morning of 6 June 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on Kiska, one of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

They took the only inhabitants of the island, a ten man (and six dog) US Navy Weather Detachment by complete surprise and quickly took control of American soil.

Today, the island is one of the USA’s National Historic Landmarks: the aftermath of the Japanese invasion can still be seen on the rolling hillsides of Kiska.

It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused widespread outrage in 1942.  Pearl Harbor was still a fresh memory, having been attacked on December 7 of the previous year.

Yet a Japanese military force had stepped foot on American soil – and the 500 had grown to over 5,000 men.  Although Kiska and neighboring Attu (which had been overrun two days previously) were part of the distant Aleutian Islands they were, nevertheless, American. Plans were immediately drawn up to retake the island, known as the Aleutian Campaign. The campaign would not succeed for over a year and would claim many American lives.

4 May 2024

May the Forced Perspective Be With You

Forced perspective photography can be great fun.  The technique uses optical illusion to make something appear larger, smaller, further away or closer than it really is.  If you have seen only one example then it will probably have been someone making it appear as it they are pushing or holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa (or perhaps the Eiffel Tower, which always comes a close second). So here are twenty examples of forced perspective to give you some amusement before you go back to what you should really be doing (studying, working or shopping but perhaps you could just grab your camera and try a few of these out).

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There are numerous naughty examples of forced perspective, but this is the cheekiest you'll get here today.

PomPom Mirror: Seeing is Believing


PomPom Mirror by Daniel Rozin is very clever art but despite that it does exactly what it says on the metaphorical tin. It features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs. Organized into a three-dimensional grid of beige and black, the sculpture is controlled by hundreds of motors that build silhouettes of viewers using computer-vision.   Just watch it – huge fun to experience in a gallery I would imagine.  I would venture to guess that it was a massive pain to construct – I wonder how many times Rozin thought why did I think of this? to himself.

Welcome to Flamingo City

Over at The Ark in Space they have been somewhat overrun by millions of lesser flamingos! These graceful birds flock to a number of Kenyan lakes each year to feast on nature’s provisions. In the mean time they give us one of the most spectacular visions the natural world has to offer. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Flamingo City!

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Servo


A bored young businessman acquires the latest technological advancement – Servo.  The robot servant, however, isn’t quite up to the job but nevertheless an unlikely friendship is struck up.  Yet the company plans to rectify the fault and it looks as if the fun might be over… This sweet and funny short was created by students at the Kaywon School of Art and Design in Korea for their moving image graduation project. And altogether, it all adds up to a rather fine bromance.

Pom Pom Pom


You may know the expression which starts “if at first you don’t succeed…” Well, one can only hope that the apple tree featured in this very short but sweet animation by Chloe Astier knew it too.  Astier created Pom pom pom as a solo project for her fourth year at Supinfocom Rubika.  Of course there is another old expression – “when the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers” so perhaps we could have a sequel where the tree wearies of the company it has created?!

Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with You

It may be a phrase so full of cheesy humor that it elicits an inevitable groan. Yet since the London Evening News published an advert which used the phrase “May the fourth Be with you” – ironically to congratulate Margaret Thatcher’s ascension to Prime Minister in 1979, the phrase took hold. It has stayed with us ever since and is used by countless people on the day after 3 May.

However, it wasn’t until 2011 that the first organized Star Wars Day celebration took place in Toronto, Canada. More of a convention than anything else, the event featured a showing of episodes V to VI, game shows, parodies and of course the inescapable costume competition.

3 May 2024

Nature Scavenger Hunt: Exploring the Great Outdoors for Family Fun Time

Let's face it, screen time can easily creep up on us all. Between work emails, social media scrolling, and the endless allure of slot games, it's easy for families to get stuck indoors. But what if there was a way to combine a little healthy competition with the wonders of the natural world? Enter the nature scavenger hunt: a fantastic activity that's guaranteed to get everyone off the couch and explore the great outdoors.

Why a Nature Scavenger Hunt?

Nature scavenger hunts are a brilliant way to reconnect with your family and the natural environment. They're perfect for all ages, require minimal planning, and can be tailored to any location, from your backyard to a local park or hiking trail. Here are just a few reasons to give it a try:

  • Engages Everyone: Nature scavenger hunts are a fantastic activity for families with kids of all ages. Younger children can focus on finding basic items like leaves or pinecones, while older kids can tackle more challenging tasks like identifying different types of plants or spotting specific birds.
  • Learning Through Play: Scavenger hunts can be a fun way to sneak in some learning. As you search for different items, you can discuss the properties of leaves, the role of insects in the ecosystem, or the different types of clouds.
  • Boosts Creativity and Problem-Solving: Finding the items on your list encourages kids (and adults!) to think outside the box and use their problem-solving skills.
  • Promotes Exercise and Fresh Air: Nature scavenger hunts get everyone moving and breathing in the fresh air. This is a win-win for physical and mental health.
  • Creates Lasting Memories: A successful scavenger hunt can be a source of happy memories for years to come.

Planning Your Nature Scavenger Hunt Adventure

So, you're ready to embark on a nature scavenger hunt adventure? Here's what you need to do:

  1. Choose Your Location: This can be anywhere from your backyard to a local park or nature preserve. Consider the age and interests of your family when choosing a location. A short, paved path might be ideal for younger children, while older kids might enjoy the challenge of a more rugged hike.
  2. Create Your Scavenger Hunt List: Here's where the fun part begins! There are no hard and fast rules for what to include on your list. Tailor it to the location and the age range of your participants.

Easy Items:

       A red leaf

       A round rock

       A feather

       A squirrel (spotting, not catching!)

       A flower with five petals

Medium Items:

       A spider web

       A piece of bark with an interesting texture

       A hole in a tree

       A type of wildflower (identify by name if possible)

       A bird building a nest

Challenging Items:

       A footprint (identify the animal if possible)

       A type of mushroom (observe only, do not touch!)

       A cluster of different colored leaves

       Signs of animal activity (chewed nuts, animal droppings)

       A specific type of tree (identify by name)

Pro Tip: For younger children, consider using pictures instead of words on the scavenger hunt list.

  1. Gather Your Supplies: You won't need much. A basket or backpack to collect treasures, a clipboard or notebook for your list, pencils, and a camera are all you need. For added fun, pack a magnifying glass for closer observation and a small sketchbook for kids to draw what they find.
  2. Set the Rules (Optional): Nature scavenger hunts can be done competitively or collaboratively. If you decide to make it a competition, set a time limit and a prize for the winner. Collaboration encourages teamwork and allows everyone to contribute.

Hitting the Trails!

With your list and supplies in hand, it's time to head outdoors! Here are some tips to make the most of your nature scavenger hunt:

  • Embrace the Journey: The focus shouldn't solely be on completing the list. Encourage exploration, curiosity, and asking questions about the natural world around you.
  • Leave No Trace: Respect the environment by taking only pictures and leaving everything as you found it.
  • Safety First: Be aware of your surroundings, watch out for potential hazards, and stay on designated trails.
  • Have Fun! The most important thing is to enjoy yourselves and create lasting memories as a family.

Keep the Adventure Going

Nature scavenger hunts are just one of many ways to get outside and explore. Once you've completed your hunt, consider other outdoor activities like geocaching, nature walks, camping trips, or even starting a family garden. The possibilities are endless when it comes to connecting with nature and having fun as a family.

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21 April 2024

The Sugar Bugs


Do you have children who do not brush their teeth properly before they go to bed – or, indeed, are you one of those objectionable and obnoxious offspring who refuse to take dental care seriously?  If so, then you might want to spend a few minutes in the company of The Sugar Bugs – the millions of little creatures which live inside your mouth – watch and weep!

Joking aside, this animated short by John Kim is very funny – it tells a fairly straightforward tale which young kids will understand but is done with great panache and a few not so hidden movie references that adults will enjoy too.  Created for his BFA2 film at Cal Arts, Kim has created a monster here…!

The voices are created by his peers in the animation department at CalArts and I feel they should quite rightly now consider drama as a secondary subject.  If Kim's style seems familiar perhaps it is because you remember his previous animated outing, You've Been Mimed, which we featured on Kuriositas last year.

Leaving Home


This is dedicated to all of you reading this who may have grown up children still at home and so haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience the joys of empty nest syndrome.  It’s a beautifully paced piece by Joost Lieuwma which really does capture the frustration felt by many parents when their offspring are reluctant to make their own way in the world.

It must be said as an addendum, however – sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for…

The Sublime Swallowtail Butterfly

A tiger swallowtail butterfly springs from a buddleia (often known as the butterfly bush).  Its beauty is simply breath-taking and it doesn’t end with the tiger.  The swallowtail is a family that includes over 500 species. Our sibling site, the Ark in Space has a feature on ten of the most spectacular.  If you are feeling a little jaded today then why not take a look – it may even restore your sense of wonder!

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The Depression Era Photography of Dorothea Lange

A look at the work of Dorothea Lange who captured the Great Depression through her lens and created some of the iconographic images of that era.

At a time when women had had the vote for less than twenty years, Dorothea Lange was a pioneer. A professional woman who took photographs for a living. The Great Depression of the 1930s is best remembered, photographically, by the work of the FSA, for which she worked. She travelled the USA recording the deprivations caused by the failure of the economy as well as taking many uplifting images that showed that, despite the hard times, life and love went on.

It is probably best to start with an image of the photographer herself. Unlike some, Lange did not interpolate herself actively in her photographs – those that we have of her show her usually on her own in very much a framed composition. This shot from 1937 shows her in the field with one of her cameras, rather coquettishly positioned atop of her car. Short dark hair and a feminine yet somehow boyish dress sense, the beauty of this shot lies in the baseball boots she is wearing. Her job was not, after all, one that required heels on any sort so why bow to the fashion dictates of the time?