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Michelle Baena

My name is Michelle Marie Baena. I was born December 24th, 1972 in a small town called Muncie, Indiana. When I was a child, my Dad moved around a lot for work. I lived in Edmond, Oklahoma during my early elementary school years. When I was in 5th grade, we moved out west to Folsom, CA where I lived for three years. In 8th grade, we moved back to the Midwest to Stanley, Kansas where I made it through High School. When I was 17, I moved out to California and I have been here ever since. California offers everything – mountains, the beach, redwoods, big cities, small towns, rivers, wine country…I just love it and I can’t see myself ever leaving California.

Cheryl Burke is Sorta Famous, on Vacation

Dancing with the Stars' . . . um . . . "dancer" . . . Cheryl Burke was in the Dominican Republic yesterday frolicking in the waves. And no one really cared. No one batted an eyelash. Business went on as usual. One guy did point at her -- which got Cheryl pretty excited that someone recognized her -- but that was only because he thought he saw a boat behind her.

Sophie Reade Bikini Car Wash Photos!

What’s better on a lazy Sunday afternoon than pictures of a sexy reality show star washing a car in a bikini top and teeny tiny short-shorts? Not much! Here’s 2009 Big Brother UK winner Sophie Reade erotically sponging a Fiat in knee-high pink and white-striped socks, a pair of purple plaid nightie shorts and a pink plaid bikini top. Are those silver high-heeled Chuck Taylors?!?

Kelly Bensimon in a Bikini

It's been getting way too heavy around here, so thank God someone finally put a bikini on. Unfortunately none of you know who Kelly Bensimon is because she's on The Real Housewives of New York which exactly five people watch yet somehow you're dating one of them. On that note, to extract any sexiness out of this post, you're going to want to focus on the just-barely exposed areola and not the over-tanned wildebeest it's attached to. Trust me on this one.


The Underwater Project

A haze of smashed blues and whites, the bright sting of sunlight and a briny hit. The wave rolls onwards, lurching forwards with a power that seems so benign from afar. It throws itself in a powerful lunge, crashes down and topples everything in its path – but for the ocean swimmers who know that to survive a wave is to dive deep. Grip the sand, they remind themselves. Go low, stay low. Their faces spontaneously contort, their muscles tightening in reaction to the saltwater and the struggle for power in the ocean. They surface when the surge has passed. Then breathe. They don’t know that a camera has captured it all; from straining arms clawing at sand to eyes squeezed tightly shut against the bite of salt. Mark Tipple, 29, holds the 11-pound camera as steady as possible in the melting foam and makes his way to the shore. “Surf photography’s been around forever, I wanted something different” Mark says.

From Dusk to Dawn – Sun Photography

Long before the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus with his revolutionary scientific idea of heliocentrism, people believed that the Sun was a supreme god (named Ra in ancient Egypt or Helios – in Roman Empire). According to ancient beliefs, this god wakes up every morning and starts moving across the sky in his golden chariot, bestowing all the people on Earth with the blessed light. Though these legends have nothing to do with the real state of affairs, they are, actually, much more valuable, interesting, and creative from the point of view of art. Indeed, we know today that sunsets and sunrises are caused by the cyclic movements of our planet around the Sun. However, there is still something mystique and enigmatic in those short moments on the very edge between day and night. When the first rays of sun light appear on the horizon, the whole world starts an amazing chain of metamorphoses with shadows dancing around and objects starting to gain their usual contours. Similar phenomena can be observed when the Sun sets down in the evening, letting the whole world to be embraced by the darkness of the night.

Breathtaking Bird Photos

Birds are social animals – they communicate using visual signals, calls and songs, participate in social behaviors including cooperative breeding and hunting, flocking, and mobbing of predators. Unfortunately, we rarely get to see these fascinating moments of their lives, but thanks to photographers we can finally get closer to them (especially with big, heavy 500mm lenses running for between $5,000 and $9,000). Meet Johh&Fish - one of the most popular ornithology photography teams around Flickr. They are brother and sister living and working together for over 20 years, however their photography career started only in 2006. Amazed by the beauty of birds in Taiwan John&Fish just fell in love with the nature. John having extensive training in music and the arts had the necessary discipline and focus to capture birds in the wild. Their each photograph looks like a painting, because from the very beginning John&Fish takes photographs from an artistic perspective.

Artist Creates Controversial Collages from Adult Magazine Clippings

British artist Jonathan Yeo creates collages and portraits of various celebrities from adult magazine clippings. He doesn’t call them insults, but “comments on people who trade off their morality and sexuality.” Yeo isn’t the first artist we’ve featured who uses the controversial medium as a means of expression. Brussels-based Tom Gallant creates intricate cutouts from hardcore adult magazines that make it hard for the viewer to identify the really NSFW parts, whereas Yeo’s art is more straightforward. All the viewer has to do is get closer to one of his original works of art and he’ll quickly be able to spot a series of reproductive organs from both sexes, lace panties, female breasts and other raunchy details. Jonathan Yeo rose to international fame in 2007, after creating a portrait of George W. Bush out of hardcore magazine clippings, and has since created a number of celebrity portraits out of the vulgar material. His “victims” include Sarah Palin, Sean Connery, Tiger Woods ans Sarah Palin.


Jeep JK-8 Kit Finally Turns Your Wrangler Into A Pickup Truck

We've seen Jeep Wrangler pickup trucks before that never had a chance at production. They're the kind of teasing that many die-hard Wrangler lovers just can't handle, so the folks at Mopar are giving owners of the four-door Unlimited a chance to make their own Jeep pickup. Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence pickup truck bedThe Wrangler JK-8 Independence is a new Mopar kit that provides a 50-inch pickup truck bed with 44 inches of width between the wheel wells. The folks at Mopar aren't ready to talk price just yet, but they promised two variants of the kit. One is a weld-free bolt-on setup that mechanically inclined Jeep owners can put together "over a weekend." The second is a show-ready kit that can be fitted at the dealership or a specialty body shop. The parts for both kits will reportedly cost about the same, but labor costs for the show truck version will cost extra. The kit will reportedly be available in every color that you can currently get the Wrangler Unlimited.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Dodge has dropped the Street and Racing Technology motherlode on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show and first out of the gate is the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 – what Eminem should've rolled in during the Super Bowl. As with anything birthed from Chrysler's in-house tuning division, the Charger SRT8 is all about the engine, so the transformation begins with the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 putting out 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque – a boost of some 80 lb-ft over the old 6.1-liter mill. That torquey wave comes on at 2,900 rpm and Dodge claims that with the fitment of its Fuel Saver tech, allowing the engine to run on four cylinders when its not under load, fuel economy will improve, although Dodge isn't saying how much. Chrysler's W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission backs up the HEMI, and you can select your own gears by either slapping the AutoStick or thumbing the steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.

Hennessey Builds Twin-turbo Camaro With 847 RWHP

How much horsepower is enough? Many would say that the 725 horsepower in the Hennessey HPE700 Camaro should have enough oomph to quell just about anyone's desires for straight line speed, especially for a street car. Then again, we're talking about a car built by John Hennessey, who surely spends every waking minute concocting ideas on how to get every last horsepower out of cars. His latest creation, the HPE800 Twin-Turbo Camaro, puts out an amazing 815 horsepower and 788 pound-feet of torque thanks to twin turbochargers strapped to a 415ci stroker motor and a host of other upgrades. Not enough for you? Hennessey will build you an HPE1000 version complete with a twin-turbo 427ci LSX block and just about their entire catalog of go-fast parts for Chevy's musclecar. They recently strapped one down to a dyno, and the resulting numbers are just plain ridiculous: 847 horsepower and 801 lb-ft torque at the rear wheels.

Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessy are a well known and respected tuning outfit who are probably best known for producing high-horsepower upgrade kits for large displacement US muscle cars - although they actually offer performance products for several European and Japanese manufacturers too. Previously the company, which has been around since 1991, have stuck to making other manufacturers cars go faster. But with the Venom GT Hennessey are venturing into more of a manufacturer-style role. The car's still a donor - as evidenced by the recognizable Lotus Elise profile. However its not just a simple engine swap, there's been a significant change in the car's overall setup and dimensions.


Teenager Scales Walls With A Home-made Gadget

Most little boys grow up wishing they had the superpowers of comic book heros such as Spider-Man or Superman. But schoolboy Hibiki Kono has turned that childhood fantasy into reality after using his design technology lessons to build a suction contraption that lets him scale walls like Spider-Man. The 13-year-old told today how he fulfilled his dream of climbing buildings like the fictional web-spinning super hero by designing a backpack-mounted gadget that harnesses the power of two cut-price Tesco vacuum cleaners to pin him to the walls using wooden suction pads attached to the vacuums' nozzles. Hibiki then dazzled classmates by demonstrating the device's power by climbing the school wall during morning assembly. Today the schoolboy told how he had grown up watching the Spider-Man movies and reading Marvel Comic strips about the superhero's feats which had left him in thrall of his special powers.

Limp Wrists and Tight Fists: What Your Handshake Says About You

There is a man—a very well-known man, a legend of sorts—whom I’ve been privileged enough to have seen on occasion through the years at various venues and events. Our exchanges have been pleasant enough, I should say—inconsequential, really, and empty of any real substance. Now, as an admiring subordinate, I have enormous respect for this person. I suspect I probably also have a mild envy given his vast and ever-lasting contributions to our shared discipline. But our first interaction, which lasted mere seconds, left me with a rather negative, viscerally based impression of him.

Helicam Combines Toy Helicopter and Camera for HD Videos

In a quest to get the perfect shot, Eric Austin, a Texas-based videographer, found a neat way to fuse a remote controlled helicopter and a Canon DSLR camera so he could shoot aerial videos easily and get the kind of footage that would otherwise be difficult to pull off. “I took a hobbyshop helicopter and modified it to hold a camera, so I can get low altitude, close and tight aerial shots,” Austin told Wired.com. An amateur videographer turned pro, Austin got interested in remote-controlled photography just four months ago. “As I did more photos and videos, I realized I could develop a niche where I could use the advancements in technology to provide the kind of photos most people can’t get easily,” he says. Austin is one of the many hobbyist photographers who are finding ways to use drones and remote-controlled helicopter toys to get a more attractive camera angle. Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson helms a site called DIY Drones where users have found a way to use unmanned aerial vehicles to do aerial photography. Last year, New York City photographer Anthony Jacobs showed a helicam built using a German helicopter rig called MikroKopter. Jacobs used his helicam rig to shoot videos of neighborhooods in the city.

Authorities in Awe of Drug Runners' Jungle-Built, Kevlar-Coated Supersubs

The clatter of helicopter blades echoed across the jungles of northwestern Ecuador. Antinarcotics commandos in three choppers peered at the mangroves below, scanning for any sign of activity. The police had received a tip that a gang of Colombian drug smugglers had set up a clandestine work site here, in a dense swamp 5 miles south of Colombia’s border. And whatever the traffickers were building, the tipster had warned, was truly enormous. For decades, Colombian drug runners have pursued their trade with diabolical ingenuity, staying a step ahead of authorities by coming up with one innovation after another. When false-paneled pickups and tractor-trailers began drawing suspicion at US checkpoints, the cartels and their Mexican partners built air-conditioned tunnels under the border. When border agents started rounding up too many human mules, one group of Colombian smugglers surgically implanted heroin into purebred puppies. But the drug runners’ most persistently effective method has also been one of the crudest—semisubmersible vessels that cruise or are towed just below the ocean’s surface and can hold a ton or more of cocaine.

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