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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 8:23 pm

Hollywood isn't just dragging its feet when it comes to LGBTQ representation. In 2017, it actually took a step back. 

According to GLAAD's annual Studio Responsibility Index, the percentage of mainstream releases featuring queer characters actually dropped to 12.8% in 2017, down from 18.4% the year before. 

That's just 14 of the 109 films released by the seven major studios (Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Lionsgate, and Paramount). Indeed, the 2017 percentage is the lowest ever tallied by GLAAD since it started releasing these annual report cards in 2012.  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:46 pm

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are probably going to live happily ever after, it's about time for a Bad Lip Reading of their very serious royal wedding.

Even if you managed to watch hour upon hour of the event with great scrutiny, it might surprise you that the pair's favourite Harry Potter character is Hagrid, and that Prince Harry is hiding a golden unicycle somewhere.

Yes, it's pretty absurd. No more absurd than all that attention on two people marrying, though. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:52 pm

It's the moment Star Wars fans have been dreaming of ever since they caught their first glimpse of that galaxy far, far away: their opportunity to visit it in person.

Now Disney has revealed when that auspicious date will be — or at least, the season.

The company just announced that its new theme park Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. 

In other words, mark your calendars and start saving up those credits. Something tells us you're gonna burn through a lot of 'em on this trip. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:52 pm

Tesla owners must be blasting Visions through the streets of Palo Alto because Grimes streams are up ... way up. 

Spotify told Mashable that streams of Grimes songs increased 124 percent on May 8 compared to the same time the previous week. 

What happened? On May 7, the world found out that Grimes — whose real name is now, um, c is dating Tesla CEO and flamethrower salesman Elon Musk. 

Grimes had a ton of fans before, of course. Her 2012 indie pop album Visions was a critical success and she turned a song originally meant for Rihanna, "Go," into a hit in 2014. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:02 pm

Google Duplex isn't the only big dog in AI Town. 

The artificial intelligence-powered assistant that can, in certain circumstances, have a real back and forth conversation with a human, has found a bit of competition in Microsoft's XiaoIce (that's a capital I not a lowercase L, and it's pronounced shao-ice). 

Microsoft announced back in April that its chatbot — popular in China — could speak and listen simultaneously (known as full duplexing), but didn't provide a demo at the time. That has changed.  

The Verge's Tom Warren published a video to YouTube on Tuesday showing a demo of the AI in action at a London eventAccording to The Verge, the video shows XiaoIce talking with what is reportedly a real person over the phone.   Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:08 pm

For a while, people were really excited about the potential of self-driving cars, which promised to make our future commutes easier, more productive, and safer. Then came some high-profile autonomous vehicle accidents — including two fatal crashes — and let's just say the excitement has waned a bit.

A new survey released Tuesday by the American Automobile Association found that 73 percent of American drivers are scared to ride in an autonomous vehicle. That figure is up 10 percent from the end of last year. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:06 pm

Though Florida makes headlines for all sorts of fun and bizarre reasons, finding the Sunshine State at the genesis of the zombie apocalypse is a turn of events you might not expect. Or, okay, maybe you would expect that.

Thankfully, there are no real zombies lurking in Florida. Rather, it was a false alert sent during a power outage that alerted the citizens of Lake Worth to zombies in the area. 

BREAKING: Lake Worth falsely sends out ‘zombie’ alert during power outage

— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) May 21, 2018 Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:01 pm

Leave it to Lando Calrissian himself to set the record straight on his sexuality.

Donald Glover, the actor behind Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, was asked in an interview with Sirius XM Tuesday if he knew about Calrissian's pansexuality, a fact that was recently revealed by one of the Solo writers last week. 

Glover smartly replied: "How can you not be pansexual in space?"

The ever smooth and smart Glover brings up a good point. Space is full of all sorts of different species, each with their own societal norms. It's impossible to not be pansexual.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:58 pm

The following contains spoilers for 13 Reasons Why Season 2. 

Those who binged 13 Reasons Why have many reactions to the controversial show's second season, particularly to one scene in the finale. Series creator Brian Yorkey defends the scene where Tyler (Devin Druid) returns to school after a hiatus, only to be immediately singled out by his bullies and brutally raped in a bathroom stall.

"As intense as that scene is, and as strong as are [sic] or reactions to it may be, it doesn’t even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things," Yorkey told Vulture. "When we talk about something being 'disgusting' or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience."  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:45 pm

Remember Bubble Bass, the orange-clad grumpy bass fish from SpongeBob SquarePants? The legendary fry cook once tortured our beloved SpongeBob with his infamous burger order: the Double Triple Bossy Deluxe — and you can't forget the pickles. 

Here's what Bubble Bass orders, in the most extra culinary jargon possible: "on a raft, four by four, animal style, extra shingles with a shimmy and a squeeze, light axle grease, make it cry, burn it, and let it swim."

The culinary YouTuber Binging with Babish attempted a real-life version of Bubble Bass's menu order, creating a patty melt so intense, it needed a special tinfoil brace to keep it from intact.  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:34 pm

Information has been trickling out bit by bit for the RED Hydrogen One, the digital camera company's first smartphone. Besides the marquee "holographic" display that can show both 2D and 3D content with no special glasses, the Hydrogen One has a partially modular design, allowing it to connect with connect with other devices via proprietary connectors.

Now we know what the first of those devices will be: an 8K 3D camera from RED and Lucid, a 360 camera company best known for the VR180 LucidCam, a promising consumer 360 cam that can claim to be an Indiegogo campaign that delivered.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:16 pm

Greek Cypriot-American model Sophia Hadjipanteli doesn't care about what people think. She wears a unibrow proudly, as part of her heritage and style. 

We went thrift shopping with the fashionista to talk about her upbringing, her family, her haters, the fashion industry, and what it really means to create your own style. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:13 pm
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:55 pm

Donald Trump is president, and a sinkhole has formed on the White House lawn.

Listen, I'm not saying the two are related, but this is the second sinkhole to have formed in the vicinity of the Trump family in the last two years.

In fact, a sinkhole appeared outside Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

If that's not a direct sign from ... somewhere ... people, I don't know what is.

On Tuesday, reporters noticed a menacing-looking sinkhole on the White House’s North Lawn and decided to share some photos. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:37 pm

Allergies are more annoying than usual this year, right?

No really, it's not your imagination — pollen season is getting worse every year, and air purifiers are making their way to the must-have list of home appliances.

A recent segment on ABC News detailed that climate change is a huge factor that's contributing to the worsening pollen seasons. Among the culprits are high temperatures and raised levels of carbon dioxide, both of which can affect the proteins in the pollen grains that cause these allergies. 

In the story, Dr. Jeffrey Demain, a board-certified allergist and immunologist, is quoted saying, "It’s been shown that in rising carbon dioxide, the allergenic peptide of each pollen grain goes up." He also points out that carbon dioxide levels have been "shown to increase the amount of biomass and pollen production by a plant," as quoted in the article.  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:06 pm

Mark Zuckerberg is back on his bullshit. 

The Facebook CEO appeared before Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Tuesday to discuss data protection in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The questions of European lawmakers were, in terms of specificity and sophistication, lightyears ahead of most of their American counterparts. 

But because of an odd format — in which MEPs asked Zuckerberg all of the questions at the beginning, then let him answer everything at the end — Zuckerberg was able to speak mainly in what are now highly recognizable talking points. His answers often skirted specific details, and in some cases, there appeared to be topics Zuckerberg wanted to avoid answering questions about altogether.  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:37 pm

Bowls have a lot going for them — they're nice to look at, they rarely shatter, and they're uniquely adept at holding chocolate pudding. 

It is the nature of the foodie community, however, to destroy good things and replace them with something inferior. Take the latest food trend, "bowl food." What is bowl food? It is food thrown into a bowl, perhaps with the addition of some sauce to make it a meal. 

Despite the simplicity of that, the food elite — which includes the British royal family and 80% of my neighbors in Brooklyn — have now elevated bowl food into something it's most definitively not: good. Read more...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:14 pm
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:08 pm

When will sculptors learn how to sculpt? 

On Monday, soccer player Brandi Chastain was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. This is well deserved as Chastain is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time World Cup champion.

Unfortunately, though she is joining a group of notable and honored athletes, the plaque made in her honor is joining a league with a different sort of fame.

Brandi Chastain has won a World Cup and gold medals but her greatest achievement is smiling graciously next to this whackass plaque

— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) May 22, 2018

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:52 am

Could the Pixel 3 be the first edge-to-edge phone with no notch? The latest beta of Android P has us thinking this thanks to a phone rendering found in Settings first spotted by SlashLeaks.

Interestingly, the front of the phone depicted appears to be all screen with no bezels or notch — a design that manufacturers have so far not been able to achieve. The core reason for this is the placement of the sensors, earpiece, and front-facing camera, which are difficult if not impossible to put beneath a screen and still perform reliably.

On most devices, these live above the display in a wide bezel or a notchEssential has gotten close with a small circular notch, and the concept Vivo Apex has the camera pop up from the top. As of yet, no fully released smartphone has managed to be all screen without a notch. Read more...

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