1. "Former USC Star's Flag Football League Lied To Save Up To $110,000 In Rent"
2. "James Woods’ Lawsuit Is Kinda Scary, Kinda Awesome, And Really Important"
3. "J.J. Abrams Broke His Back on the Set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'"
4. "'Marvel: Contest of Champions' Has Grossed Over $100,000,000 So Far"
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Using rescue boats from Baywatch Santa Monica and Baywatch Del Rey, Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled 18 people from the waters at Venice Beach in one operation about 2:30 p.m. after a strong rip current dragged them away from the shore all at the same time.
Websites plausibly marketed these people as members of their audiences, rather than temporarily diverted members of a platform’s audience.
2013 was the year every major site with a social strategy broke traffic records by a mile; 2014 was the year they looked around at everyone else’s sudden success and became slightly less confident touting their numbers, because they all hit them by doing and talking about very similar things; 2015, when a single weird or clever native Facebook video can easily out-traffic a week of a site’s web content, is the year it’s becoming clear to everyone who these audiences really belong to, and what it means to borrow them.
both companies consistently advertised in promotional materials that the FuelBand “measures each step taken and each calorie burned,” “tracks steps, calories, and time of day,” and “tracks calories burned, steps taken and more.”
However, in reality, the suit contends that the FuelBand could not and does not track each calorie burned or each step taken, as users “experience wildly inaccurate” step, calorie burn and NikeFuel readings.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
All five San Bernardino County supervisors decided yesterday to spend $75,000 on rewards in order to help find the drone operators responsible for grounding firefighting aircraft during three major wildfires
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Philippines—Military commanders in Asia are putting surveillance planes at the top of their wish lists, ahead of warships and fighter jets, as they strive to protect their territorial waters from rival claimants.
Several countries are hoping better intelligence will keep a lid on the region’s worsening maritime disputes by deterring provocative actions in remote stretches of ocean that Asian countries claim but aren’t able to monitor effectively.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Imagine not knowing that the sun is a star, or that there’s a solar system. Imagine not knowing what a human cell is, or what menstruation is, or, until you’re 18 and three weeks away from your arranged marriage, what sex is and how it works. Imagine never asking for a puppy growing up, because dogs bark, and that means they are beasts and demons. Imagine you have been told for your entire life that in the secular world, people mainly rape, pillage and murder, that it’s all a lawless meaningless free-for-all, and you are safe only in your little enclave, where these things do not happen.
To most secular New Yorkers, it seems incomprehensible that even the most devout, observant ultra-Orthodox Jews would be so cut off from the modern world — after all, they walk the streets of New York, are exposed to advertising and storefronts, to the subways and roads, to the shared outside stimuli.
Yet the ultra-Orthodox do all they can to insulate themselves.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity
After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas. But, thanks to a combination of deforestation and remote sensing, what’s left of their civilisation is now re-emerging.
"Lululemon's Curiosity Lager is a 'crisp, bold session lager' with 4.6 percent alcohol by volume"
Evelyn Taft, the morning weathercaster, now announces on Twitter that she will be live on Periscope prepping to go on the air. The Evelyn Taft groupies who go over there get to watch up close via laptop camera as she brushes her hair, puts on eye makeup, and verbally replies to some of the fanboy praise that flows by on Periscope such as "You look like a model" and "Are you single?" (Her answers: Thanks for the compliment, and "I am not.") Some of the male comments that stream past are much cruder, of course. They get a show as carries the computer onto the set and lets the Periscope viewers watch from the side as she waits to go on the air. They see her do her weather segment, then she comes back to the computer and whispers more comments into the Periscope screen.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"the gap between the revenues of Gawker Media and the revenues of Vox Media, the gap is around $20 million a year"
"There’s a thing called the Gawker tax which represents the cost of selling these brands that any moment can blow up, they can blow up because of internal dissension, they can blow up because of a story that goes wrong, and they call it the Gawker tax.
"Now, I don’t want to close that gap and I don’t want to become Vox Media, but the fact of the matter is that it is really hard to sell Gawker, Gawker.com in particular, because Gawker.com likes to pick fights with pretty much everybody. That's just the reality,"
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The sophomore season of HBO's True Detective winds through and around a fictional version of Los Angeles's once-very-troubled neighbor, Vernon—the city serves as the inspiration for the corrupt, toxic little city of Vinci—but filming was spread around Los Angeles in casinos, old nightclubs, houses, and delis from Santa Paula to Rancho Palos Verdes popping up in the series' five episodes thus far. From the warehouses of Boyle Heights to the over-the-top mansion in Beverly Hills that plays the role of the Vinci mayor's house, we've collected and mapped all the seedy, strange, and eerie locations used in the season so far.Relatedly, I saved this from this week's updated credits:
Real estate mogul Jon Hammes, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates and causes, is a prominent member of the investor group that owns Milwaukee’s NBA team. Last week CNN reported that he also will serve as the Walker campaign’s national finance co-chairman.
Monday, July 20, 2015
"it was the first actor to play a live action Ant-Man: Garret Morris from Saturday Night Live."
Saturday, July 18, 2015
You can download the song, too.
From the same commercial block I just saw that also featured a toilet paper ad that encourages you to "find out if getting cleaner gets you confident enough to Go Commando":
Dare a friend to Go Commando and we’ll send you and your friend a personalized commando kit with a free sample.
Happened last month.
5% of people survive this injury. 16 staples, 4 screws and a rod later and luckily I survived to tell my story. pic.twitter.com/hXpXpA0aAF— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) July 7, 2015
What good is a recovery if I fumble it? -@Eminem Got my bandages off, long road to recovery begins pic.twitter.com/u7GqpgsJu5— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) June 30, 2015
Surgery was a success! This guy always reminds me what friendship means through and through Pro inside and OUT #BTE pic.twitter.com/bwW957CfxJ— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) June 25, 2015
A little pre-op today. Grateful to have my best friend by my side. In 36 hours I unleash my mutant healing powers... pic.twitter.com/O6ONMzU1on— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) June 23, 2015
"leaked footage, apparently shot in 1933 or 1934, showing [Queen Elizabeth II] perform[ing] a Nazi salute"
"Buckingham Palace said in a statement that it was disappointing the film...had been exploited"
Friday, July 17, 2015
Parties Involved: Motti, Conan (Admiral) ~ Darth Vader (Dark Lord of the Sith)
Describe the Incident: During a command briefing, routine bickering escalated to paraphysical violence. Motti issued a discriminatory insult to the Dark Lord of the Sith and the latter retaliated using some form of mental strangulation.
Further Actions Necessary: Recommend Religious Sensitivity Training for Motti. A bulletin regarding the etiquette of proper military bearing should be issued to all senior staff. Vader is to not receive punitive action of any kind.
"I spent some time thinking about stories I would happily, or at least guiltily-happily, read about David Geithner and this escort, if the stories happened to be true."
"This is in order of what I would be most comfortable reading to least comfortable:"
@CPThrio @icecoldpenguin Lucasfilm & Disney didn't approve, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner— Star Wars (@starwars) July 16, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
it operated until 2001 when a crash caused the death of one person and injured seven others.
Angel's Flight operators were "using a tree branch for months to bypass a safety feature when one of the cable cars derailed [in 2013]."
"Angel's Flight is one of the great historic attractions of our city, a palpable link between the lost Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill and the vibrant new Downtown below."
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
"[Noble families] disappeared all the time—so much that historians at one point estimated the half-life of nobility"
In both Europe and China, the average family would rise up and sink back down in four to six generations. The Roman Republic, between 500 BC and 27 BC, did better, as a little under one third of its top fifty families were still on top after five hundred years. But in Medieval Europe, out of any given group of noble families, fifty percent would be eliminated one way or another by the next century.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fans of the Divergent books, help us out: do toilets play a large role in the storyline of the sequel, Insurgent? Cause it’s not ringing a bell with us. Even if there is some kind of hidden association here, it’s never a good thing to have people associate your movie with using a toilet.
"In short, we don’t trust public [drinking] fountains anymore. And it’s making us poorer, less healthy and less green."
“Most people over the age of 40 have really positive stories of drinking fountains as kids,”
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
"specific combinations of remote-control children’s toys could be hacked by ambitious burglars to do everything from watching you leave on your next vacation to searching your home for hidden valuables"
to celebrate this week’s San Diego Comic-Con 2015, we’re announcing a limited-edition series of Rise of the Tomb Raider-inspired posters, designed and drawn by four famous artists: Geof Darrow, Frank Kozik, La Boca, and Tara McPherson
Heritage Auctions is offering the Olympic torch carried by Caitlyn (then Bruce) Jenner at the 1984 summer games in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The sale, titled Platinum Night Sports Auction, will be held on July 30 in Chicago.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
"Evelyn McDonnell, author of Runaways book, comments on [why] her book does not include the revelation that band member Jackie Fuchs was raped in front of numerous witnesses"
Statement on “The Lost Girls”:
I have issues with the story’s sometimes sensationalist tone, the reporter’s methods, and some of the response to it online – particularly the way other women tangential to this story (including Joan Jett and myself) are also being targeted and blamed, by men.
Although I did not know him at all, I attempted to help him as a colleague. In return, he exploited my research in his article and has repeatedly attacked me online. The irony of this male bullying in the context of this story has not been lost on me, or on many other journalists who have rallied to support me. Cherkis’s unprofessionalism in my brief encounter with him casts a shadow over “The Lost Girls.” I wonder who else he misled.
Friday, July 10, 2015
"They can bring along a gallon jug filled with warm tap water from home, for instance" he said. "A fine-bristled broom is also a terrific way to remove sand
"The former journalist says that she was so disturbed by his comments that she contacted the FBI shortly after, and that the agency had her wear a wire and record phone conversations with Fogle."
"...Wesley Snipes? Not only was he not prepared to help his fellow actors during their close-ups, but if the shot involved anything less than a front-on close-up, he called for a stand-in to do the acting for him," Parry wrote. "What does that mean? It means Wesley Snipes' stand-in was in more of Blade: Trinity than Snipes himself was."
According to Parry, much of what you see in the film is actually a double
"New promotional materials for the 'Omen' prequel 'Damien' were handed out alongside the real religious protestors known to frequent the convention."
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—which had over 30 texts evaluated, none of which fully met standards—said it was “fully committed to working with our customers” and would continue to work toward improving its products.
"Across the country nearly 48 million [chicken] have either died, or have become so sick that they had to be euthanized"
"As the egg shortage continues, more and more restaurants and bakeries are being affected"
after Spawn became a hot property, every indie comics publisher had to have its own toys. And that included a lot of “bad girl” comics, such as Warrior Nun Areala, Double Impact, Gwynne, Hellina, and others, says Kent. Comic book stores are jam-packed with unsold boxes of these toys, waiting for a resurgence in interest in bad girl comics that may never arrive.
"the single most successful Airbnb host in New York 'controlled two hundred and seventy-two unique units and received revenue of 6.8 million dollars'"
The true innovation of the sharing economy—or maybe it’s the startup economy, or entrepreneurship (or maybe just…capitalism)—is in the continued refinement of the perception of value, not necessarily in offering new services and developing new products, but in making them available for cheaper, because, as it turns out, when you don’t pay anyone a salary or give them benefits because they’re all subcontractors, and you don’t actually have to invest in any of the infrastructure upon which your business model depends, either directly or by paying taxes, your costs are a lot lower than everyone else.
"The number is far ahead of the pace of fundraising in prior years. For instance, Restore Our Future, the super-PAC for 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney, had raised $12 million over the same time period"
"For photographer Jack Fusco to get a clear shot of such a moment, it takes some luck and a lot of prep work. He checks tide charts and compares them to astronomy apps to see when would be the best nights to shoot. And then he just has to hope the weather will cooperate."
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Next week, baseball will hold its annual All-Star extravaganza, celebrating its superstars, its most valuable players, and the best performers from the first half of the 2015 campaign. But what about the other side of the fence, the game’s worst players who are clearly the weakest link on their team, don’t they deserve some recognition, too?
go to Settings, Privacy and Location Services. Then go to System Services and find the Frequent Locations menu. There, you will see your home address and basically anywhere you've been recently, from shopping malls to other people's homes. Not only that, if you click on a location, it will also show when you got there and when you left. Crazy, right?