Drake dropped his fourth and latest album “Views From the 6” on April 29. The cover art shows him perched on top of Toronto’s CN tower (and if you’re concerned about his safety, don’t worry: someone already analyzed and proved it was a Photoshop job).
But more importantly, now you can add a tiny sitting Drake to any photo you desire.
Interactive media production company the Young Astronauts built a site that allows you to upload a picture and drag-and-drop Drake wherever you wish.
Good news, redheads! Amidst all the hullabaloo of the ginger gene dying out or not dying out, and South Park spreading rumors about gingers and their lack of souls, there is a flicker of triumph in the recessive MC1R gene.
You look younger.
According to scientists in the Netherlands, redheads look about two years younger than their age, which in turn could mean they have better health and mortality.
Researchers in Rotterdam conducted a study looking at elderly Dutch Europeans and analyzed their faces using factors such as skin tone, wrinkles and face shape. They found that those who carried the MC1R gene look, on average, two years younger than they actually were.
Redheads carry the MC1R gene, which is the source for their fair skin and copper hair color. MC1R also has a role in DNA repair, which could be a reason why redheads look younger.
Perceived age has been shown to predict a person’s health and mortality, according to the Telegraph, which gives scientists a new lead for investigating the biological basis of aging.
“The desire is attributable to the belief that appearance reflects health and fecundity,” study co-writer Dr. Manfred Kayser told the Telegraph. “Indeed, perceived age predicts survival and associates with molecular markers of aging.”
Who needs a soul when you’re aging slower than the rest of the population? Not saying that gingers don’t.
The guys of comedy trio The Lonely Island made their way to Austin on Friday to promote “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” spending the day with radio station KLBJ, the guys over at Rooster Teeth and some lucky UT students.
“Popstar,” which will be released June 3, is a comedy written, produced by and starring Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. It follows the story of Connor, a rapper whose album bombs and is forced to re-form his old boy band. Tonight, the film will be screened at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to UT students only.
The group started off the day at radio station 93.7 KLBJ where they talked about the numerous cameos in “Popstar” and Samberg’s haters.
“We’re producers so we’d sit in the theater and people don’t know we’re in there,” he said. “And there’s always one dude that says ‘I’ve got to say, I just don’t like Andy Samberg.”
Sen. Ted Cruz probably should have purchased a few specific domain names before Wednesday night.
Ted Cruz announcedAustin-born and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate on April 27, nearly three months before the Republican party’s national convention.
A new website, carlyfiorinaforvicepresident.com popped up soon after. But clicking or typing that URL into your browser redirects you to a very non-Carly Fiorina website:
The Planned Parenthood donation page redirect most certainly is in jest, as Fiorina very early on showed herself as anti-abortion.
Fiorina defined herself as staunchly opposed to Planned Parenthood when she said the organization was involved in trafficking aborted fetuses’ body parts — an accusation based off of videos made by The Center for Medical Progress, which have since been declared a hoax. A grand jury in Houston cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing and ended up indicting two anti-abortion activists for tampering governmental record.
Women in journalism receive a lot of negative feedback. But, especially in the sports world, the feedback can get nasty, sports reporter Sarah Spain said.
Spain wrote a piece about a “mean tweets” video created by podcast Just Not Sports on on espnW, the publication she writes and makes podcasts for.
Just Not Sports self-describes as a medium where they talk around sports, but not about them. “Athlete interests interest us. So we talk to the sports world about anything and everything … just not sports.” They approached Spain and fellow Chicago sportswriter Julie Dicaro to produce a video where real men read real comments that Spain and Dicaro have received and read, Spain wrote.
In the video, the men start off by reading some soft, bantering criticisms.
“Julie Dicaro is a run-of-the-mill, mediocre beat writer,” one reads.
“Sarah Spain is just a scrub muffin,” another says. Spain chuckles. But then after that, the insults get more visceral. The men reading these comments have not seen them before, and hesitate before reading some of the more colorful words.
“There’s a lot of C-words,” one guy says. Spain nods.
“While I understand that it’s best not to give online harassers the attention they so desperately crave, it’s difficult to ask women being regularly harassed to internalize the hate and venom spewed at them,” Spain wrote in her espnW piece. “Instead of bemoaning a world in which it’s OK to tell someone to “get raped,” our culture demands that the victims of the abuse take it in, digest it, own it and say nothing.”
Spain said she understands that the culture cannot be changed overnight, as evidenced by many of the comments on the Youtube video. But it’s a necessary step.
“I know that a PSA isn’t going to stop all online harassment, but I do hope that continued conversation will persuade those on the margins, who might consider anger as their only tool, to consider real conversation and discussion when they disagree,” Spain wrote.
Looks like prequel “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” wasn’t enough to satisfy fans of cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer.” Netflix has announced plans to produce another reboot set 10 years in the future — or 1991. The reboot “Ten Years Later” is set for release in 2017.
Remember the days when it was just 99, Jay Z? Austin’s El Arroyo sign, which never misses an opportunity to offer a relevant quip, weighed in on the Jay Z controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s recent “Lemonade” release and helped the “99 Problems” rapper recount his problems.
Nine years strong Levitation, previously called Austin Psych Fest, will welcome a whole host of uplifting acts this weekend when performers like Animal Collective and Brian Wilson make their way out to Carson Creek Ranch, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Check out our festival guide here.
Looks like even Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t above making a little extra cash on the side by driving for Lyft. In the video, it’s clear fans who got picked up by the football star weren’t expecting much more than a free water bottle. According to the Bleacher Report Sherman is one of many professional athletes to team up with the ride-hailing program in offering surprise rides.
Maybe you read it when you were a kid, maybe you’ve never heard of it — either way the 1978 surrealist children’s novel “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” is a joyful, silly book for young and old readers alike. The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance tells of how the book shaped her to be a brave, exploratory reader.
Put the crayon down. Back away from the coloring book. Not everyone is so sure the whole adult coloring craze is as innocent as it seems. A piece by Quartz argues that the popularity of the mindless activity could point to unhealthy stress levels in those who pursue it as a calming pastime.
The legendary Paul Simon, a crucial half of also legendary Simon & Garfunkel, will record an “Austin City Limits” episode May 12 at ACL Live, the American-Statesman’s Peter Blackstock reports. As with all live tapings the tickets for the show are distributed through a lottery that opens up about a week before the performance.
Do you find the rumors surrounding Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” release about as confusing as the Prop. 1 ballot language? Get your Rachels straight, your “Becky with the good hair” rumors right and scroll through the nearly 15-year saga that is Beyoncé and Jay Z’s crazy-in-love love in this Jezebel piece.
Screenwriter Joss Whedon’s friendship with folksinger Shawnee Kilgore brought him to Austin for a traditional “I love you so much” mural pic and a few other stops around the city, including the one below at Radio Coffee & Beer. Whedon, who wrote and created shows like “Buff the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” met Kilgore when he backed her Kickstarter campaign for her debut album.
Prince’s sister confirmed Tuesday that the singer didn’t have a will prepared ahead of his death last week, the Associated Press reports. She also said she is currently working to appoint a special administrator who will divide the star’s estate.
Whedon is the man behind many movies and television shows, such as Avengers, Toy Story and the short-lived but beloved Firefly, while Kilgore has been making folk music for years. The two are friends after collaborating in the past. Kilgore explained the timeline of their relationship on her website:
This was definitely one of those trips I knew would swirl around in a hazy daze as soon as it was over. The highest highs are the hardest to come down from and I’ve done my best upon my return from LA to be gentle and simply let myself take it easy and be really, really proud of what I’ve done.
So here went the timeline:
March 2014 – Joss Whedon backed my Kickstarter campaign for A Long and Precious Road
April 2014 – Campaign ended and we began emailing about the personalized song I was to write for his reward
A week later – song was in progress but a whole different set of spin off lyrics were inspired and sent my way
A day later – Big Giant Me was born, and the decision to keep writing together was made
August 2014 – Big Giant Me was released as a single from the now upcoming 6-song EP we planned to make
Later that day – we had our first telephone conversation
February 2015 – We met for the first time
January 2016 – I flew to LA and we made a record
Kilgore told Buzzfeed in 2014 she knew Whedon’s name when he backed her Kickstarter campaign to record another studio album, but her boyfriend was the one who really freaked out.
While they initially only planned on creating one song together, after “Big Giant Me” the two decided to continue collaborating. Kilgore announced the release of their second single together, “Back to Eden,” on her website earlier this month.
Could this mean Whedon will make Austin one of his homes now?
Beyoncé’s newest album “Lemonade” started people discussing who “Becky with the good hair” could be, and Rachel Roy’s Instagram post convinced many that Jay-Z cheated with her (which also led to a mix-up of Rachels). But a new woman has been added to the speculation.
On Monday, Rita Ora was spotted wearing the same red-and-white Gucci dress that Beyoncé wears in the “Formation” music video.
While this could be (and probably is) simply a good sartorial choice on Ora’s part, her outfit appeared only one day after the release of “Lemonade” on HBO and Tidal.
Ora also posted a Snapchat of herself on Sunday wearing a lemon bra and a diamond pendant that looks like a “J” in the selfie-style shot:
But it’s her signature “r” initial necklace. The juxtaposition certainly didn’t appease Bey-defenders, though.
Rita’s latest Instagram post is a photo from the 1973 Elizabeth Taylor movie “Ash Wednesday,” which is about a middle-aged woman who submits herself to full-body plastic surgery in an attempt to woo her husband back as their marriage fails.
The comments in Beyoncé’s defense, as per usual, contain many bee and lemon emojis.
Ora sued Jay-Z label Roc Nation earlier this year, arguing she has been largely ignored since the label changed leadership. Keeping that in mind, she could be adding fuel to the social media witch hunt because of Jay, and not Beyoncé.