Friday, 28 February 2014
It’s just his head, but it still looks pretty cool!
Warner Brothers has released the first photo of the costume worn by Grant Gustin in the new Flash TV series. The show is a spin-off of the CW's Arrow and production starts on the pilot next week. The show centers on scientist Barry Allen, who is given the power of super speed after a freak accident. The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood, who designed costumes for Arrow, along with other shows like Sleepy Hollow.
Also, in case you were curious, here's Grant Gustin's head without the mask:
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Rap and religion (attempt to) join in holy matrimony.
Over the years, several rap stars have transitioned away from racy lyrics and into serious religious life, using their personal revelations to refresh both their souls and their careers. Here are some of the most talked-about cases of divine interventions in rap.
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“Players only. No wives, gfs, bfs, side pieces.”
The note, written by Rogers' teammate, Landon Donovan, reads: “Saturday after the game, mandatory night out… players only (no wives, girlfriends, boyfriends or side pieces).”
Seriously guys, no side pieces.
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I suggest you listen to this while you take the quiz..
The Oscar nominated actress spoke candidly in her Black Women in Hollywood acceptance speech about her struggle to understand that there is “no shame in Black beauty.”
Yesterday, Lupita Nyong'o won the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award.
And while she has fast become one of the most idolized women on the red carpet in years...
I wrote down this speech that I had no time to practice so this will be the practicing session. Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is ESSENCE that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that recognizes the beauty that we not just possess but also produce.
I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I'd like to share just a small part of it with you: "Dear Lupita," it reads, "I think you're really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia's Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me."
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.
I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother's every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.
And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she's my mother, of course she's supposed to think I am beautiful. And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn't. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn't help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can't eat beauty, it doesn't feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn't really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can't eat beauty was that you can't rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.
And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.
There is no shame in Black beauty.
Confirmed: Lupita could not be more beautiful.
Praise the TV gods! Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are together for real.
In case you were living under a rock, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been dating for a while now.
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According to multiple outlets, Mila is now wearing an engagement ring. So it was time to go back.
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Back in time to the days of Jackie and Kelso.
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As the latest Mercury Retrograde draws to a close, a look back at whether it was so atrocious after all. (It was.)
For the past three weeks of Mercury Retrograde, I kept a daily journal, assigning each day a "Retrograde Rating," with 0 as the least Retrograde-y (i.e. the least terrible) and 10 being the MOST Retrograde-y (i.e. so bad it is almost unbelievable). That journal, with added testimony from coworkers and friends, is below.
Thursday, February 6
All day I feel crazy (LITERALLY CRAZY) and am not sure why. I listen to Nicki Minaj's "Boss Ass Bitch" 5-7 times in a row. I'm really annoyed all day, but in a way that borders on hysteria, so I giggle a lot. In the afternoon, the discovery comes to me, via Twitter: Mercury Retrograde has begun. Everything makes sense now.
Retrograde Rating: 7
Friday, February 7
My notes say "sad feelings." Several of the emails I send on this day appear partly in green text. This is a mystery to me, and also a little embarrassing.
Retrograde Rating: 9
Saturday, February 8
Around 2:00, a friend of mine tweets that she is bored and wants to get a tattoo. I reply that I'll go with her sometime soon. Our mutual friend jumps in and says, "You guys should go TODAY." I don't have any other plans (ugh), so I decide to get something permanently drawn on my body that I had no intention of getting earlier the same day. This uncharacteristic bravado feels planetary. We make appointments for 8:00, and I go first, and get a four-inch lighthouse on my back. It doesn't hurt as much as I remember my first tattoo hurting. I text my parents to tell them and my dad suggests that I should have just gotten a t-shirt with a lighthouse on it if I like lighthouses so much.
Retrograde Rating: 3
Sunday, February 9
On Sunday mornings I talk to my best friend on the phone. Toward the end of our 90 minute conversation, after she has told me about this horrible guy she was briefly seeing, I tell her that Mercury is in retrograde. "I didn't know that," she says. "I have been feeling so horrible and I'm not even getting my period."
"It's because of Mercury," I say.
"I guess so," she says. "I am glad I now know who to blame."
Retrograde Rating: 5
Monday, February 10
My mom emails me to say that my tattoo, which she saw on Instagram, is a lot bigger than she thought by how I described it. "I guess you won't be able to cover it up all of the time," she writes, "but I guess you aren't worried about that."
My notes say "General shittiness." Sour Patch Kids consumed: upwards of 30.
I spend half an hour on the phone with Time Warner, who the week previous told me my internet problems weren't their fault, it was the router's fault. Over the weekend the router people said it wasn't their fault, it was Time Warner's fault. Tonight when I call Time Warner the woman I speak to says it's them. They can send someone out to fix our internet. In a week.
Retrograde Rating: 9
Tuesday, February 11
I order some books online, which is good because the stack of unread books I already have on my floor could be bigger. Both of my friends whom I asked to get lunch with me said no. One of them is leaving for vacation tomorrow and says she "has to go buy bug spray." Sure.
Representative Gchat Dialogue, 11:52 AM: "I need to leave the country I think"
Retrograde Rating: 7
Wednesday, February 12
The morning is good because I talk to a friend about nail art. After lunch I feel like falling asleep and also maybe crying. I spend a little bit reading the Wikipedia page for the Majestic 12, which normally cheers me up. Today it does not.
My notes say: "I CANNOT FOCUS WTF IS GOING ON I AM JUST LISTENING TO ANGRY GIRL ROCK FROM THE EARLY AUGHTS"
Retrograde Rating: 7
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who evaded authorities for 13 years, had a network of tunnels under his bath.
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman used a network of secret tunnels - including one hidden beneath his bathtub - to move between his houses and escape arrest.
A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel at one of Joaquin Guzman's houses in Culiacan.
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Beneath the bathtub was a ladder that led down into the tunnel network - which itself exited into the city's drainage system.
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Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, had been on the run from authorities since escaping from prison in a laundry truck in 2001.
This picture shows part of Culiacan's drainage system, which connected to a tunnel underneath one of the Guzman's houses.
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Guzman was captured on Saturday at a hotel in the beach resort of Mazatlan, in a joint operation between Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
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Girls rule, boys sit in the sidecar. Go on with your bad selves.
A group of women associated with the Hells Angels, 1973.
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A woman and a performing seal at a circus, 1935.
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The Motor Maids of America outside the shop they used as their headquarters, 1950.
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Children being pulled along by a woman on a motorbike in London, 1926.
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Maybe she forgot to pack a tank top? NSFW.
Guess we all knew one day somebody would take the fishnet too far.
And that person is Rihanna.
Jimmy Kimmel and the cast make the case. Except Fitz is replaced by Guillermo, obviously.
Kerry Washington took to Jimmy Kimmel Live to show that Scandal's drama and juicy twists have their origins in novelas, Spanish soap operas.
Well, this is un escándalo.
It’s time to put this “parsley or cilantro?” question to bed, once and for all.
Evaporated Milk vs. Sweetened Condensed Milk
Evaporated milk is a shelf-stable milk with 60% less water (thus, 60% less volume) than regular milk. Stabilizers and vitamins are added, but no sweeteners or flavorings. It's often used in savory baking recipes (like bread); if a dessert recipe calls for evaporated milk, it will call for some kind of sweetener as well.
Sweetened condensed milk, on the other hand, is evaporated milk plus sugar. After 60% of the water is removed from the milk, sugar is added to create a thick liquid that's super sweet and more like syrup than milk.
IN A NUTSHELL: Sweetened condensed milk is evaporated milk with sugar added.
Can I substitute one for the other? No. Evaporated milk is thin and savory, sweetened condensed milk is thick and syrupy sweet.
Radish vs. Beet
Radishes and beets look similar, with red bulbs roughly the size of golf balls (though sometimes much bigger), but have totally different tastes and culinary uses.
Radishes (pictured left) have bright red skin and white flesh. They have a spicy flavor and are usually sliced thin and served raw, with the skins still on.
Beets (pictured right) have dark, reddish-purple skin with flesh the same color. They have a sweet, earthy, and slightly metallic flavor. Some people think they taste like dirt. Usually they're served roasted, as that brings out their intense sweetness, but sometimes they're served raw (shaved super thin). Either way, beets are always eaten without the skin.
IN A NUTSHELL: Radishes are raw salad veggies, beets are something you cook.
Can I substitute one for the other? No. Radishes are spicy and usually eaten raw, beets are sweet and usually eaten cooked.
Don’t worry, he handled it appropriately.
Things got straight SASSY at Justin's Philadelphia concert.
One minute, things are fine – he's moonwalkin' up a storm.
The next minute, he's slapping away the hand of an incredibly ballsy fan.
Ukraine’s ousted president declared Friday, “Nobody overthrew me.” Ukrainian Instagram responded with the finger.
Ukraine’s ousted president Viktor Yanukovyc today gave a rambling and bizarre speech, declaring a week after he fled Kiev, "Nobody overthrew me." Some Ukrainians took to Instagram to express otherwise.
First there was the crown.
Then the wrath of the bat.
Weekends are those magical days that start out full of hope and end in naps.
Expectation: Reading that new book everyone's been talking about.
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Reality: Watching TV/Netflix instead.
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Expectation: Planning to meet up with people.
Reality: Canceling those plans.
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Hey there, boobs.
Heidi wore a plunging Julien Macdonald gold and silver gown to the 2013 Oscars. #Wowza
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Jennifer Lopez wore this Armani Privé gown to the 2013 Oscars. It's verrrrry sexy.
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Apple makes nearly half a million dollars for each of its 80,300 employees, by far the most of any company on the list.
A company's revenue is not unlike a movie's box office gross — it has nothing to do with profitability. While revenue is the figure that usually grabs the headlines, what a company actually earns is what remains after the costs of goods, expenses, and taxes are subtracted. Profitability is, in essence, a measure of how efficiently a company operates.
Using data culled from their most recent 10-K reports, we looked at how efficiently some of the biggest media, entertainment and technologies companies are run as a measure of profitability per employee. To get the figure, we simply divided the fiscal year 2013 net income a company reported in its 10-K (companies end their financial years at different times, some in June, some in September, some in December) by the number of employees it reported.
The results were surprising even to us. We already knew that Apple made a lot of money, but nearly half a million dollars for each of its 80,300 employees is still awe-inspiring. The fact that Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox collects more for each of its employees than Google, Facebook, and Microsoft is a testament to the money-making power of cable networks and the fact that Murdoch runs a very lean organization. Similarly, Comcast and Disney are two of the biggest revenue-generating companies in media, but because their workforces are so large (136,000 for Comcast; 175,000 for Disney) they rank at the bottom of the list.
Here's a breakdown of the results from most money made per employee to least money made per employee:
Apple: $460,772 per employee.
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Apple spent much of 2013 fending off an attack from activist investor Carl Icahn over stock buybacks and questions from investors about its new product pipeline. Still, the company reported net income of $37 billion on revenue of $171 billion at the end of its 2013 fiscal year in September. The company said that as of Sept. 28, 2013 it had 80,300 "full-time equivalent" employees.