Better Call Saul producer Peter Gould (who also happened to create the Saul Goodman character) has a great interview in Yahoo TV, where he talks about putting together after his work on Breaking Bad. According to Gould, the spinoff isn’t going to be as broadly comedic as once intended:
“Frankly, I’ve been hanging around in courtrooms lately, and it’s not as broad as I thought originally. He dresses in a ridiculous way, he’s got billboards, he’s got ridiculous ads, but he is a shrewd customer. If you listen, most of his advice to Walt over the years in the show was really good advice. If Walt had listened to Saul a little bit more, I think the show would have gone very differently and probably would not have been as exciting.” Read more...More about Amc, Entertainment, Tv, Video, and Breaking Bad
In Tumblr's year-in-review round up, the blogging platform collected some of the most popular posts on the site under several different categories. According to the review, Tumblr calculated popularity by factoring in "total volume of posts and tags (including reblogs) and total traffic." Tumblr users are passionate about a number of subjects, so it's no surprise the most popular tech posts highlighted some of the most innovative tech of 2013.
The social media site encourages various types of media, which means that posters don't need to rely on images alone to show off new and innovative tech that inspires them. Tumblr's design allows users to view GIFs as part of a whole post seamlessly, like a regular photo. This means users can view the technology in action right on their screens as opposed to loading a video or viewing still shots in succession. Read more...More about Mobile, Gadgets, Tumblr, Features, and Tech
Scientists have captured their best view yet of how extreme magnetic fields shape superfast jets from the most powerful explosions in the universe.
The new research tracked polarized light from cosmic explosions, known as gamma-ray bursts, and offered an unprecedented glimpse into how intense magnetic fields shape the evolution of the outbursts.
"Gamma-ray bursts are the most extreme particle accelerators in the universe," said Carole Mundell, a professor of extragalactic astronomy at Liverpool John Moores University, who led the new study. "They're objects of all kinds of extremes: extreme speeds, extreme gravity, extreme magnetic fields. So they're the ultimate laboratory for testing or laws of physics." Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Explosion, Science, and Universe
Google has filed a patent for a software bot that would control your social media presence
The software would first learn your voice by studying all of your social media accounts, then it would automatically suggest updates and replies it can make for future posts. The aim is for the bot to learn how you tweet and Facebook so it can gradually manage that for you — effectively outsourcing how you digitally socialize
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Of course, you would first have to give Google permission to access your entire online presence, from social to email and everything in between. This limitless access has some cyber privacy experts concerned. Nick Pickles, the director of Big Brother Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting privacy, warned against the possible dangers. Pickles told the Daily Mail: Read more...More about Google, Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media
The genetics testing company 23andMe announced Thursday night that it won't stop selling its popular "spit kits" — but that it will have to stop providing customers with any kind of analysis on what their genetic data means
The announcement is the latest twist in an ongoing feud between 23andMe and the Food and Drug Administration. On November 25, the FDA ordered the genetics company to "immediately discontinue marketing" of its $99 saliva collection kits, because the company hadn't addressed various legal and regulatory issues raised by the agency. It also slammed CEO Anne Wojcicki for not communicating with the agency for six months Read more...More about Genetics, Us World, Us, and 23andme
Despite Barbie's persistent presence in American culture, the shapely doll isn't exactly known for her realistic representation of a woman's body
Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright used the classic toy to emphasize the disconnect between commercialized beauty ideals and real women for her series, "Plastic Bodies."
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Bright digitally manipulated photographs to morph portraits of women of color with images of Barbie dolls. According to Bright's website, the series examines "the global assimilation of cultures, ethnicities and loss of personal identity many women of color experience as a result." Read more...More about Pics, Art, Photography, Barbie, and Watercooler
Slippery clay that looks like scaly black dragon skin is the crucial clue needed to explain the 2011 Japan earthquake's surprising impact, according to three studies published Thursday in the journal Science.
Scientists now have four lines of evidence (including a February 2013 study also published in Science) that help explain why Japan's earthquake-generating fault acted so weirdly during the 2011 temblor.
"It seems that frictional resistance at this location is getting close to zero, and we never really thought it could go so low," said Patrick Fulton, a geophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and lead author of one of the studies. "This is definitely providing new ideas and challenging our understanding of earthquakes and fault ruptures." Read more...More about Earthquake, Japan, Science, Japan Earthquake, and Natural Disaster
Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. He leaves behind a legacy of courageous leadership that will undoubtedly inspire generations to come
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," President Obama said in a statement shortly after Mandela's death. "Today he has gone home [...] He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages."
While world leaders address their nations on an international stage, how will teachers do the same with their students in the classroom this week? We asked a few how they'll share Mandela's story. Here's what they said. Read more...More about Teachers, Inspiration, Students, History, and South Africa
If you've ever let a warm dinner go cold while photographing it for Instagram, this song is for you.
YouTube entertainers Rhett and Link have a new music video to inspire you to drop the phone and get back out into the real world
Smartphone addiction isn't just for the kids anymore. Hardly anyone, from your dad to your mailman, can pry their eyes from those shiny retina screens. This funky song is a convincing reminder of the experiences we're missing while scrolling through social media
So get off your phone, and never miss mom's slick dance moves again. Read more...More about Youtube, Parody, Viral Video, Music Video, and Parodies
The city of the future might require you to pack your bags and head for the high seas, if a Florida company called Freedom Ship International gets its way.
The $10 billion Freedom Ship project would gives its passengers the experience of living completely at sea. The company hopes to build a 4,500 foot long, 750 foot wide ship that includes virtually everything its citizenry — up to 40,000 people — could need
The ship would offer education for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, along with healthcare for all ages. Passengers would also enjoy a casino, commercial district, art museums, aquariums and more. These would make up the 25 stories above the main deck of the ship. Read more...More about Design, Living, Us World, Freedom Ship, and First Floating City
Smartphone photo technology is decent enough now that the pros don’t have to be too embarrassed about taking pictures with their phones. Take, for example, the iSight camera on the iPhone 5S. The lens is good and the aperture is wider than ever, and Apple backed it all with a larger sensor. Yet it has its limits.
That’s where add-ons like Olloclip come in.
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Olloclip, which started as a Kickstarter project roughly a year and a half ago, is now an $11 million business, according to company execs, which sells change-pocket-sized 3-in-1 iPhone lenses that let you add fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses. I’ve been using one for over a year and love it. Its telephoto option is also pretty handy. Read more...More about Iphone, Camera, Lenses, Iphone Accessories, and Tech
Later this December, department officials plan to test a portable hydrolysis system that uses "heat, water and bleach-like chemicals" to transform the weapons into a lower grade of hazardous waste that is more manageable, according to a news release on the department's website. The tests will be conducted on Cape Ray, a U.S. Merchant Marine ship, marking the first time such a test would be performed at sea.United States, Department Of Defense, Syria, Gadgets, and Us World
Nothing says James Bond technology like the ability to take photographs in a completely dark room. Now there's a camera at MIT that can do just that.
The 'First-Photon Imager' camera developed by MIT researchers takes pictures in near total darkness by reconstructing 3D images from photons, or single particles of light that are reflected from an object.
Ordinarily, cameras shooting in low-light settings require tens or hundreds of photons per pixel to take a high resolution photo. Normal cameras taking photos in brighter settings need trillions of photons. Read more...More about Technology, Tech, Camera, Science, and Invention
They took off from the city of Goma on Tuesday, where they will help the UN better monitor rebel activity along the nation's borders with Uganda and Rwanda, according to The Guardian.
The peacekeeping organization was integral to recently defeating M23, a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo that took over Goma at one point last year. But for a nation that has been battered by violent groups for around 20 years, defeating one is not enough, and the 20,000 UN troops throughout the country have not been able to end the bloodshed. Other rebel factions lurk amidst dense forest in remote Congolese terrain, and the UN believes drones will help track their movement. Read more...More about United Nations, Congo, Gadgets, Us World, and World
For Chicago-based men's fashion startup Trunk Club, social media is more than just a channel for posting pictures of blazers and shoes that tout the brand's offerings. The company was created for men who want to dress better but hate shopping. After taking a personal style quiz (i.e. Where do you usually shop? What are you missing in your wardrobe?), men are paired with one of 125 stylists who curate a trunk of clothes that's sent to you for free. You can try on the clothes, keep what you want and sent the rest back. Getting a trunk and shipping is free, so you're only charged for the threads you keep. Read more...More about Fashion, Social Marketing, Mashable Videos, Supported, and Social Small Biz
The thieves who stole a truck transporting radioactive medical waste will likely die from the effects of radiation exposure, according to Mexican officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The truck, which was on its way to a waste disposal facility, was stolen on Dec. 2Mexican officials said they believe the criminals were unaware of the nuclear material when they took the truck.
The radioactive material, cobalt-60, was found removed from its casing in Hueypoxtla in Mexico State, not far from where the truck was stolen, according to a release from the Comisión Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), Mexico’s nuclear authority. Read more...More about Crime, Mexico, Nuclear, Us World, and World
NBC's three-hour televised musical The Sound of Music Live!, starring country music star Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp and True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, airs live tonight (Dec. 5) at 8 p.m. ET.
For the uninitiated, The Sound of Music tells the story of aspiring nun Maria's adventure to become governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven kids, but her romantic emotions for the Captain kick in and she begins to doubt her religious calling
But before you watch Underwood take on the iconic role national TV, here are six fun facts to digest and share with your friends family Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Tv, Nbc, and Musical
On news of former South African President Nelson Mandela's death, the world — from citizens to media outlets — shared their memorials. Here, we offer a sampling of some of the most inspiring and moving tributes
South Africans are shown, in the photo above, lighting candles outside Mandela's home in Johannesburg.A 10-Page Multimedia-Rich Obituary, From The New York Times
An excerpt from the obituary by Bill Keller:
When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate. Read more...More about Us World, World, and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the man who fought to end apartheid, died at the age of 95 on Thursday.
While tributes to his life almost immediately flooded Twitter, many of those came from world leaders, a selection of which are posted below:
Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.
— John Key (@johnkeypm) December 5, 2013
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013 Read more...More about Twitter, Obama, Tweets, David Cameron, and Us World
Nelson Mandela died today in Johannesburg at the age of 95. Earlier this year, during Mandela's illness, Eve Fairbanks prepared this assesment of his life and legacy.
Soon after I moved to South Africa in 2009, I rode through Soweto, the historic black township south of Johannesburg, with a young black journalist and public relations guru named Brian Mahlangu. The editor of a new design magazine, Mahlangu wanted to show me the township’s nascent sexy side. But the more we drove around, the more agitated he became. Soweto has some glorious houses, but where the lawns end and the sidewalks begin sit drifts of bleached-out Coke bottles, cheese-curl packets, empty KFC containers, chicken bones. South Africans litter profusely; Soweto’s parks are landscaped with garbage. Read more...More about South Africa, Africa, Us World, Us, and World