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Posts tagged riff track
When News Corporation completes the separation of its news and entertainment divisions in a few months time, the latter will be known as 21st Century Fox. That much we knew back in April, but now we’re getting a look at the soon-to-be-independent company’s logo.
‘Ili: Logo is fine, but lmao @ at the audio
‘Ili: 21ST CENTURY
‘Ili: ::1960s computer bleeps::
Colin: The logo is quite nice actualy.
Colin: I like the type. Reserved but unique.
Colin: God yeah the audio is GARBAGE
Colin: Rest of it is great though.
Colin: Love the spotlight sweeps.
Colin: I am so tempted to replace this with modem dialing sounds.
Colin: SO TEMPTED
And some bonus commentary from Colin on a comment left on the logo’s Vimeo page:
NO. This is NO WAY of honoring a great movie studio’s legacy. This is an upraised middle finger in the face of almost 100 years of history.
Colin: Let’s break this down
Colin: “Honoring a movie studio’s legacy” specifically
Colin: Reminder that a movie studio is essentially a bank.
Colin: So the appropriate way to “honor” its “legacy” would be either with the text of a movie contract scrolling by very quickly or just dollar bills blowing every which way, money booth style.
It’s been ten months since the last time one of us posted a Kickstarter campaign. How the time flies!
Today’s money pit is a new joint by Paul Vo, the man who developed the Moog Guitar. He’s working on the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, a box you stick in your guitar that uses signal processors and magnetism to change the harmonics of the strings. This results in the unbelievable sounds you hear in the above video, all of which are coming directly from the guitar without an amp/speaker.
Colin plays the guitar, so I’ll let him have the last word on this one.
Colin: Anyway I watched that vid. WAT
Colin: That was dope.
Colin: I want one. Kind of.
The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, wrote a book that was just released on Monday. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is about the disproportionately low number of women in leadership roles in companies and advice to overcome the inequality. The title of the book comes from her belief that societal expectations and conditioning are a big factor, as she explained on 60 Minutes:
JUDY WOODRUFF (PBS NewsHour anchor): One of the biggest names in the Silicon Valley tech world, Sandberg addresses issues on pay, gender stereotypes, and the work-family juggle that working mothers and fathers face. She argues women are too often prone to undercutting their own career potential.
SHERYL SANDBERG (60 Minutes excerpt): They start leaning back. They say, oh, I’m busy. I want to have a child one day. I couldn’t possibly, you know, take on any more, or I’m still learning on my current job. I have never had a man say that stuff to me.
So the idea is that, instead of leaning back, women should do the opposite: lean in.
Yesterday’s episode of PBS NewsHour had one of the best segments I’ve ever seen from them, a discussion with three women on their thoughts, good and bad, about Sandberg’s advice. After getting their brief reviews out of the way first, the women then begin to engage in almost a crash course on feminism with regards to the workplace: covert sexism in hiring, social conditioning, gender expectations, and more. Writer Katha Pollitt even sneaks in a bit about how gender expectations harm men as well:
I mean, don’t fathers want to spend more time with their children? I think they do. Aren’t fathers very important parts of their children’s development and upbringing? Yes, they are.
So let’s have a world where men can do that. I mean, it should be as normal for a man to stay home with children as a woman to stay home with children.
But my absolute favorite part came from Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO of a consulting firm, at the beginning:
I think if we listen to [Sandberg], however, we will not solve the problem that she herself so eloquently states, which is how do we get to a world where half of our leaders are women? And I believe if that’s our goal, which I think it should be, the problem is women aren’t leaning in not because they don’t know how to, but because they don’t like the world they’re being asked to lean into.
I’m part of an industry that has recently been publicly examining how it treats women; blogs like PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS catalog horribly sexist (and other -ist) events involving techies and tech companies. Miller, in an eloquent way herself, captured the problem and effect of hostile workplaces in just one sentence.
If we had a Nullary Sources badge for must-reads, this would get three.
Colin: This is CRAZY good
Colin: I’m blown away
Colin: If I had been watching this on TV I would have been cheering
Short news story by Gregory Blachier for Reuters (couldn’t really find anything more substantial to link):
Female riders will earn as much as their male counterparts at cycling World Championships from next year, the governing body of the sport said on Friday.
Apparently this didn’t happen before, so hooray for progress!
I also enjoyed the final sentence:
Money has been an issue in some sports including tennis, with some men complaining about women having equal prize money at grand slam events despite playing shorter matches.
‘Ili: OH YOU THINK A PAY DISCREPANCY IS UNFAIR HUH
‘Ili: PLEASE TELL ME MORE
Anna Edgerton for The Miami Herald:
Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out. He swallowed the three-inch insects faster than he could chew, trying to down as many as possible in four minutes to win a pet python in a most unusual eating contest.
Over the course of the night, Archbold ate more than 60 grams of meal worms, 35 three-inch-long “super worms” and part of a bucket full of discoid roaches. He started vomiting after the last contest and collapsed outside the store.
Dr. Bill Kern, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida, said it could have been an allergic reaction to so much foreign protein that killed Archbold.
Colin: I KNOW WHY HE DIED HE ATE A BUNCH OF GODDAMN BUGS
You’re going to keep track of the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars as it happens tonight, right? OF COURSE YOU ARE, THIS WAS THE RHETORICALEST OF RHETORICAL QUESTIONS
If for some silly reason you want to pretend you weren’t, though, you should probably watch this video of how the landing is planned to go.
‘Ili: You seen this?
‘Ili: I thought the video was a little overproduced, but then it gets into what’s actually going to happen and “WHAT THE FUCK”
‘Ili: Check dat shit because this landing is going to be fucking extreme
‘Ili: ::screaming guitars and mountain dew::
Colin: That was crazy.
‘Ili: LOWERS THE ROVER ON WIRES
‘Ili: THEN THE HARNESS FLIES THE FUCK AWAY
Colin: Yeah I knew about that bit
Colin: SO COOL
‘Ili: How is this really happening.
‘Ili: Also why are we not getting video of this.
‘Ili: Can we just drop like 200 cameras on Mars beforehand.
‘Ili: ONE WILL GET IT FOR SURE
Colin: three extra descent vehicles that exist only to capture video
Colin: ::director robot with a big cone and beret::
‘Ili: ::clapboard on a parachute::
A group of Japanese soul musicians perform “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells. All did not go well for your hosts when we watched it, however.
Colin: His accent is SO BAD ahahahah
Colin: MAKE IT MARRO
‘Ili: DYNAMITE SOUL SHOW
Colin: That trumpeter is really having a bad lip night, yikes.
Colin: (he’s soloing at around 4 minutes in)
‘Ili: Just hit that.
‘Ili: suddenly blat
Colin: Keyboardist has a great solo, ends around 6 minutes in.
Colin: lmao what an ernest hemingway lookalike is on stage now and he’s dancing
Colin: Oh my god what at this dancing
Colin: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING
Colin: DO THE HOSE
Colin: why is this a wide shot now at 9:50 what
The premise of Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Trevorrow, comes from an internet meme: a wanted ad seeking a partner for time travel that found its way onto You’re the Man Now Dog. In the film, a group of magazine staffers try to track down the author of the classified ad, Kenneth (played by Mark Duplass). To get to him, they send their female colleague Darius ([Aubrey] Plaza), who ends up being charmed by Kenneth’s oddball ways.
‘Ili: WHY IS THIS REAL
Colin: Personally, I think this looks dope. Aubrey Plaza absolutely kills it on Parks & Recreation — I’ll go see anything with her in it.
‘Ili: THAT DOESN’T EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS REAL
Colin: I blame the Duplass Bros and mumblecore in general.
Anne M Stark for Phys.Org:
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) today officially approved new names for elements 114 and 116, the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table.
Scientists of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-Dubna collaboration proposed the names as Flerovium for element 114, with the symbol Fl, and Livermorium for element 116, with the symbol Lv, late last year.
Colin: So can we call them all Eastwoodium for the time being?
‘Ili: Could it possibly be because cars are fucking expensive?????
Colin: Nope, cars are free just like rent and McDonald’s.
‘Ili: “Super size me.” ::that’s how SUVs were invented::
Colin: “No no like literally. I want to be super sized. Huge.”
‘Ili: “The SUV comes filled with fries.”