“Her sister made a billion in makeup / I used to make her Frosted Flakes when she wake up,” the 39-year-old musician rapped in a video tweeted by DJ Akademiks on Saturday, January 26.
The Game got graphic in another snippet of an unreleased track, which was shared by The Shade Room on Friday, January 25. “I held Kim Kardashian by her throat, n—ga,” he claimed. “I made her swallow my kids until she choke, n—ga / I should apologize ‘cause ‘Ye is my folks, n—ga.”
The “How We Do” rapper alleged in his 2016 song “Sauce” that he “f—ked three Kardashians.” He addressed the relationships in September 2016. “You know what, this is what I’ll say. I’ll tell you this. Kanye [West] is a really good friend of mine,” he said during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show. “And they got really, really beautiful kids, and I don’t want to disrespect their family.”
Kardashian, 38, and West, 41, are parents of North, 5, Saint, 3, and Chicago, 1. Us Weekly exclusively reported earlier this month that the couple are expecting a baby boy via surrogate.
He then implied that the third “Kardashian” was Blac Chyna, who was engaged to Rob Kardashian at the time of the interview. “It gets a little tricky. Chyna ain’t married yet,” he teased. “It’s all good, you know what I’m saying? It’s facts.”
Over at Cool Tools, Kevin Kelly reviews over 40 YouTube video channels by makers, experimenters, and explainers. It’s a great list. I’m subscribing to all the ones I haven’t already subscribed to.
I have descending into the YouTube click hole. Forget TV, movies, Netflix; I spend most of my discretionary media time watching YouTube tutorials. I go to them whenever I need to learn anything, and in particular when I need to make or repair anything. Nothing appears missing in the YouTubeverse. The most obscure esoteric subject, item, skill, technique, problem will have five videos dedicated to it. At least one will be good. Against this very uneven quality of the average random YouTube episode, I have discover a good shelfful of dependable high-quality YouTube channels dispensing amazing information on a regular basis. Below are the YouTube channels I currently subscribe and return to often. They are informational, rather than entertaining, and they are biased to makers and do-ers. I have divided them into four groups: Experimenters, Makers, Explainers, and Nichers — esoteric interests that probably won’t appeal to many. Don’t take the categories too seriously; there is much overlap. I emphasize that these are the channels I personally subscribe to, and so reflect my interests, and do not include such obvious other maker-type channels like food, cooking, travel, makeup simply because those are not my interests. But I for sure have missed some great channels. So in the comments please tell me what channels you subscribe to. To be most useful, state what they are about, and why you think they should be included. I’ll check them out, and if they resonate with me, I’ll add them to the list.
This is my all around favorite at the moment. Cody specializes in chemistry. He’ll make frozen solid oxygen in his kitchen, or try to walk on a pool of mercury, or purify gold from jewelry he bought on ebay. He famously made gunpowder from a year’s worth of his own urine. Whenever he needs a chemical, he’ll just make it from other cheaper chemicals. He imitates the crude materials of the original alchemists who first made the compounds. It’s inspirational because his stuff is so jury rigged you realize you can do this too. He is a good explainer and is also seriously into other stuff like bees, astronomy,and unusual garden plants. He likes to recreate classic science discoveries.
Very cool site. This guy attempts to remake crucial materials like glass and iron from elemental materials, or less essential things like fireworks, candle wax or sunscreen. In a classic video he documents how he made a sandwich from scratch, growing his own wheat, and raising his own turkey meat. The sandwich only cost him $1,500.
Generative music is music that isn’t traditionally composed. It’s created by establishing patterns, randomness, and instructions to produce interesting sounds. Tero Parviainen’s website, “How Generative Music Works: A Perspective” is a fun way to learn about the history of generative music and try generating some for yourself. [via Metafilter]
This is neat: “A free, one-hour online class anyone can take to learn everything they need to know about the eclipse. It’s part of a real college course at University of Colorado, Boulder taught by Prof. Douglas Duncan, a professional astronomer and director of the Fiske Planetarium.” A total eclipse is one of the most […]
The wheel. The light bulb. Throughout history, the best technology has always been simple and elegant. That’s especially true for a good pair of earbuds, which should sound like they’re packing an orchestra and feel like they’re not even there. Hitting that sweet spot especially hard are the Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, which […]
The keyboard is one of the most universally loved instruments, and it’s relatively easy to learn. So why do so many kids hate their piano lessons? It’s likely they weren’t being taught Pianoforall, an innovative yet simple method that lets students discover what’s great about music right away. Taught by pianist and therapist Robin Hall, […]
In a competitive business landscape, employers need to know that their management hires are going to produce results. And if there’s one way to show that, it’s with a certification in Lean Six Sigma, the logic-driven methodology that gets project managers and their team from point A to point B quickly, cleanly and under budget. […]
Two years ago, I quit my real estate career, sold my house and got rid of 90 percent of my belongings so I could travel the world full time. I decided to sacrifice my comfort and knowledge of the familiar so I could become a travel writer and experience what I imagined would be a life of adventure and exploration. Since then, my husband and I have visited Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East, documenting every step of our journey.
Until I became obsessed with Instagram and it ruined my life.
My obsession with the photo-sharing platform altered the way I saw the world ― and not for the better. It changed the way I traveled and began to change my life in ways I didn’t want.
I originally started featuring my travels on Instagram as a way of documenting my journey. It was better than a travel journal because it was visual and because engagement with other people was built in. It made my adventures more interactive, and I got feedback and tips about the places I was visiting. Plus it was a great way to stay in contact with my friends and family at home. It was mostly fun and games for the first year, then the platform slowly but increasingly became a way for me to critique and judge myself.
The trouble began when I realized just how many travel “influencers” there were and that each was constantly posting incredible shots that racked up thousands of likes. When I compared their posts ― and the reactions they received ― to mine, my self-confidence plummeted. Why didn’t my feed look as fabulous as theirs? I worried.
Determined to up my game, I retooled everything from my travel schedules to my daily routines to my shot strategies in hopes of nabbing more likes and followers. I started to think about the destinations in terms of how Instagram-able they were, instead of how interested I was in visiting them. Once I was actually exploring a new place, I would spend more time filming Instagram Stories and taking shots for my feed than I would taking in the city or the moment.
Between planning my next shot, picking the outfit I’d wear, getting ready, doing my makeup, staging, taking and editing dozens and dozens of photos, writing the perfect caption, researching hashtags to use, planning the best time to post, and then responding to the comments I received, it literally took me hours to create a single Instagram post.
I first realized my obsession with Instagram had ventured into unhealthy territory when I was staging a shot of breakfast in bed at a hotel in Bali. Most people wake up and order room service with sleep still in their eyes, bed head and a makeup-free face. That is the whole point (and luxury) of getting breakfast in bed ― you don’t actually have to get out of bed or make yourself presentable to the world. Not for me. I had to shower, put on a full face of makeup, curl my hair and then mess it up a bit so it looked more “natural,” fluff the blankets and the pillows and set up my tripod. After ordering way more food than I could possibly eat, I painfully posed hundreds of different unnatural ways to achieve the ultimate “breakfast goals” shot. One hour and 400 photos later, the food was stale, the coffee was cold and I was feeling anything but relaxed.
Between planning shots and pointlessly scrolling the feed, I was spending approximately five hours a day on Instagram. That is 35 hours a week, 150 hours a month, 1,825 hours a year. Instagram quickly became my biggest commitment, yet provided me with the least rewards. My account hardly grew, even though I was putting a full-time job’s worth of effort into it.
Taking cool photos stopped being a hobby and something I genuinely enjoyed, and quickly became an obsessive, all-consuming chore.
I was sacrificing making my own memories to create content for a platform ― and, in many cases, followers ― that didn’t care about me.But I was petrified that if I didn’t play the Instagram game and I didn’t “up” my level of visual content, I would be left behind. I’d be a nobody.
Even worse, the more I studied what other influencers were doing, the more it stomped out my own creativity. I became envious and depressed when comparing my feed to others. I knew better, but I couldn’t help but be sucked into the comparison vortex. Why were they able to get that dream shot with no people in the background? I asked myself. How does she always look so flawless while traveling? Why don’t I have as many followers? As many likes? More brands that want to work with me?
Instead of venturing out to explore the new cities I was in, I would shut myself in a hotel room and do nothing. I’d sit on the bed for hours, convinced my pictures weren’t ― and never would be ― good enough, so why go out and even try?
I convinced myself I just needed a few more likes, a few more follows and a few more comments before I could be as successful as the other influencers I’d been inspired by.So, instead of backing away from Instagram, I vowed to work even harder.
I got my hair done and bought a new bathing suit. With a few props in tow, I traveled back to Bali to stay at a popular bucket-list hotel and attempt to get the ultimate tropical waterfall shot. Instead of enjoying the luxurious resort with its unreal infinity pool and world-class spa, I dedicated my entire day to getting a picture that would truly wow on Instagram. After reviewing photos and video taken over six hours, I felt completely disheartened. None of them were as good as those of other girls I had seen in my feed. I felt too fat, too blemished, too plain. I scrapped the entire project and retreated into a dark hole.
Soon, I not only started posting less but I became virtually paralyzed by my Instagram anxiety. Instead of venturing out to explore the new cities I was in, I would shut myself in a hotel room and do nothing. I’d sit on the bed for hours, convinced my pictures weren’t ― and never would be ― good enough, so why go out and even try? I even put off plans because I didn’t feel pretty enough, didn’t have the right outfit, or told myself I couldn’t get a worthy Instagram post out of the experience.
I was constantly battling myself and my obsession with “likes” ― and the validation from my peers they represented ― was making me sick.
I realized I had forgotten what I was doing all of this for. I sold my house and all of my things to travel. Period. I didn’t do it for attention, fame or fortune, and I definitely didn’t do it to kill myself trying to master or outsmart social media algorithms.
I put so much time and effort into my Instagramming. In return, it was robbing me of my time, my confidence and my joy.
I was addicted to Instagram and got a hit of dopamine when I received a new notification. After so many wasted months, I finally knew I had to do something. I was done putting my time and energy into ― and risking my mental health for ― something as trivial as a feed full of photos.
So, I asked myself, “How would you travel if Instagram didn’t exist?” I would actually learn, see and do so much more.
If Instagram suddenly disappeared and I wasn’t so caught up with getting the perfect shots, angles and video clips, I could live in the moment. To be honest, I haven’t felt what it’s like to do that in a very long time. Even when I think I am, I catch myself wondering how much time I have to grab my phone before whatever amazing thing I’m experiencing is over.
What’s more, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m nauseated by how fake everything I see on social media is. The very same people who claim they want to be “more authentic” are the same people who are posting (supposedly) candid photos that, in reality, feature shots that have been aggressively staged and took hours, if not days, to perfect. Some influencers have even gone so far as to book sessions at apartments designed specifically to serve as a stylish backdrop for their (absolutely not) carefree, nonchalant photos. Nothing about that is authentic.
Girls who are smiling beside platters of stale, uneaten breakfast items are not enjoying a meal. I should know. I was one of them.
Girls who are smiling beside platters of stale, uneaten breakfast items are not enjoying a meal. I should know. I was one of them.
Couples who pose for hours in crowded tourist locations to get a perfect Insta shot are not having the time of their lives. They are sweating, stressed, tired and completely blind to the very thing they are trying to get a picture of. I should know. I’ve been there.
These photos make us crave a life that simply doesn’t even exist. And then, when we can’t achieve it, we feel badly about ourselves. It’s sick, and it’s gone way too far.
So, going forward, I’m making a deal with myself when it comes to Instagram.
If I can grab a great shot during an activity I am already doing, in an outfit I am already wearing, in a location I am already going… awesome. I will snap a few photos and make a post. If the shot doesn’t work out, at least I have a memory and a blurry candid photo to document it. When I look back on my past adventures now, it’s the real, unstaged photos and seemingly pointless selfies that make my heart sing anyway ― not the curated, overedited, completely inauthentic shots.
I haven’t posted anything on Instagram in over a month but I think I’m ready to give it a go again ― while following my new plan. I just don’t care if my overhauled posting strategy gets me fewer likes and I can’t keep up with those other Instagrammers. I’ve finally realized what matters is where I am, who I’m with, and what I can see or learn while we’re there together. I don’t know what’s ahead of me ― where I’ll be six weeks or six months from now ― but I’m sure my soul will be happier spending more time on traveling and living than Instagramming.
Kashlee Kucheran sold her house and 90 percent of her belongings to live out of a suitcase and travel the world. She is the co-founder of the popular travel lifestyle blog TravelOffPath.com and the author of The High Maintenance Minimalist.
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BRASILIA, BRAZIL—Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America’s largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.
For the far-right former army captain, the New Year’s Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressman to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that routinely gives the nation the dubious distinction of being world leader in total homicides.
A fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, the 63-year-old longtime congressman rose to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda that has energized conservatives and hard-right supporters after four consecutive presidential election wins by the left-leaning Workers’ Party.
Bolsonaro was the latest of several far-right leaders around the globe who have come to power by riding waves of anger at the establishment and promising to ditch the status quo.
“Congratulations to President @jairbolsonaro who just made a great inauguration speech,” Trump tweeted. “The U.S.A. is with you!”
Tuesday’s festivities in the capital of Brasilia began with a motorcade procession along the main road leading to Congress and other government buildings. Bolsonaro and his wife, Michelle, stood up in an open-top Rolls-Royce and waved to thousands of onlookers.
They were surrounded by dozens of guards on horses and plain-clothes bodyguards who ran beside the car.
Once inside Congress, Bolsonaro and his vice-president, retired Gen. Hamilton Mourao, took the oath of office. Bolsonaro then read a short speech that included many of the far-right positions he staked out during the campaign.
He promised to combat the “ideology of gender” teaching in schools, “respect our Judeo-Christian tradition” and “prepare children for the job market, not political militancy.”
“I call on all congressmen to help me rescue Brazil from corruption, criminality and ideological submission,” he said.
A short time later, Bolsonaro spoke to thousands of supporters outside, promising to “free Brazil” from socialism and political correctness.
As he spoke, supporters began to chant “Myth! Myth! Myth!”— a nickname that began years ago with internet memes of Bolsonaro and became more common during last year’s campaign. Bolsonaro’s middle name is Messias, or Messiah in English, and many supporters believe he was chosen by God to lead Brazil, an assertion bolstered after Bolsonaro survived a stabbing during a campaign rally in September.
During Tuesday’s speech, Bolsonaro stopped at one point, pulled out a Brazilian flag and wildly waved it, prompting roars from the crowd.
“Our flag will never be red,” Bolsonaro said, a reference to communism. “Our flag will only be red if blood is needed to keep it green and yellow.”
Brasilia was under tight security, with 3,000 police patrolling the event. Military tanks, fighter jets and even anti-aircraft missiles also were deployed. Journalists were made to arrive at locations seven hours before festivities began, and many complained on Twitter of officials confiscating food they had brought for the wait.
The increased security came at Bolsonaro’s request. His intestine was pierced when a knife-wielding man stabbed and nearly killed him, and today Bolsonaro wears a colostomy bag. His sons, politicians themselves, had insisted their father could be targeted by radicals, but security officials have not spoken of threats.
Bolsonaro did little moderating since being elected in October, with progressives and liberals decrying stances that they say are homophobic, sexist and racist.
The new president, who spent nearly three decades in Congress, has also drawn international criticism for his plans to roll back regulations in the Amazon and his disinterest in social programs in a country that is one of the world’s most unequal in terms of income.
On the economic front, where Bolsonaro will ultimately lead Latin America’s largest economy is unknown, as during the campaign he reversed course from previous statist stances with pledges to lead market-friendly reforms. He also promised to overhaul Brazil’s pension system and privatize several state-owned companies, which gave him wide support among financial players.
On Tuesday, Bolsonaro reiterated his commitment to fighting crime in a nation that has long led the world in annual homicides. More than 63,000 people were killed last year.
He wants to tackle the problems in part by shielding police who kill during an operation from criminal prosecution.
“We are counting on Congress to provide the judicial support so police can do their jobs,” Bolsonaro said, signalling that he may soon submit legislation that would allow police to be tried outside the criminal system.
Human rights groups fear that defence of police violence could shield officers from investigations of misconduct and lead to more extrajudicial killings.
The most notable foreign leaders who attended were associated with far-right movements: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Leftist Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba, deemed dictators by Bolsonaro, were uninvited by Bolsonaro’s team after the foreign ministry sent them invitations. Leftist President Evo Morales of Bolivia, however, was invited and warmly embraced Bolsonaro after the ceremony. The United States was represented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Seven of Bolsonaro’s 22 Cabinet ministers are former military personnel, more than in any administration during Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. That has sparked fears among his adversaries of a return to autocratic rule, but Bolsonaro insists he will respect the country’s constitution.
Riordan Roett, a professor and director emeritus of Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University, noted that generals have administration skills that can be useful in government.
“The danger is that as a former low-ranking military officer, (Bolsonaro) will be swayed by some of the generals to come down hard on criminality, drug dealers, etc., and that may cause a backlash and many innocent people could be caught in the crossfire,” Roett said.
Bolsonaro’s Liberal and Social Party will have 52 seats in Brazil’s 513-member lower house, the second largest bloc behind the Workers’ Party.
Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think tank, said a central challenge for Bolsonaro will be curbing spending and entitlements, no easy task given the makeup of Congress and entrenched interests.
“Bolsonaro needs some quick successes to get off on the right foot with the public and the political elites,” said Hufbauer, adding that a failure to do that would likely reduce Bolsonaro’s honeymoon period to six months.
Associated Press video journalist Yesica Fisch reported this story in Brasilia, AP writer Mauricio Savarese reported from Sao Paulo and AP writer Peter Prengaman reported from Rio de Janeiro. AP writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.