What does ‘wheedler’ mean? According to Dictionary.com, a wheedler is someone who ‘attempts to influence others by using smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or actions’. Well, you can rest assured that I am NOT going to wheedle any of the visitors to this blog, although, I must say you are all extremely good-looking and intelligent.
I started this site to highlight some of my favorite music, but I have extended it to include my thoughts on life, stupidity, football (the English type) and anything else of interest to educated, interesting people like your good selves. (See how I wheedled there?)
At the top of my site is a young Grace Slick, of Jefferson Airplane.
YouTube promised to deal with the copyright thugs, and it’s trying, god bless its heart. The company has announced that it will be providing an “Assisted Trim” tool for vloggers to remove the allegedly infringing content in their video with one click and automatically release a content ID claim. YouTube previously offered the option for creators to mute, trim, or swap contested audio with songs from YouTube’s library and to release the claim, but this just that tiny smidge bit better by automating the trim with one, rather than a few, clicks. Massive social platforms tend not to work proactively until there’s an uproar, so we’ll take it!
The timestamp/trim function helps YouTube drill down on copyright goons trying to make a quick buck on other people’s videos. “Select” copyright owners with an “advanced working knowledge of Content ID” are allowed to manually flag videos they declare to be rip-offs and then elect to monetize off those videos. This summer, YouTube made the timestamp flag mandatory for manual claims so that Tubers could trim the offending bits and avoid getting someone else’s ads slapped on their work.
This still doesn’t resolve the problem of trolls who’ve merrily gamed the content ID system by claiming ownership of generic sounds like white noise or bird song or even a human voice. Nor does it resolve the dreaded three-strike copyright system, which can result in a catastrophic ban and full deletion, even for bogus claims, which at least one extortionist has found quite lucrative. (And whom YouTube sued successfully.)
Historically, YouTube seems to have weighed the options and chosen to cover its ass legally by handing off the hammer to the claimants, and recently started retroactively making policies after much protest. In July, they announced that they’d be penalizing repeat copyright claimants who failed to submit accurate data; soon after, YouTube announced that it would “forbid copyright owners from using our Manual Claiming tool to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music.”
That wards off vultures looking for money, but it doesn’t deal with claimants like Universal Pictures, which has been known to aggressively target unflattering movie critics. As YouTube cautioned in August, “including someone else’s content without permission — regardless of how short the clip is — means your video can still be claimed and copyright owners will still be able to prevent monetization or block the video from being viewed.”
Nor does trimming solve the problem of fucking up creative work or the fact that YouTube’s trying to reckon with a behemoth that grows by 500 hours of content a min
Drake and The Weeknd XO it out. Da Baby feels targeted following his recent arrest. Plus – Did someone really confuse Erica Mena and Nicki Minaj? #Drake#TheWeeknd#DaBaby
Drake, 33, joined the likes of many men in the music industry on Dec. 20 when he got his ears pierced! The rapper was in a hotel in Atlanta, GA when Otniel Pichardo, who is the owner of Atlanta Ink, a tattoo and piercing business in the ATL, and his business partners showed up to get the job done after Drizzy’s team called them up and requested a personal session with him, according to TMZ. Piercer Christian Verrette shared some eye-catching pics with Drake and his newly pierced ears to his Instagram page shortly after the session was done along with a caption full of nice words. “@champagnepapi I’m a big fan, this was a real honor bro! You iced out like a pimp from Augusta now,” the caption read.
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After four long years, Selena Gomez has finally released her new album, Rare. Gomez has admitted that this record is her most personal and vulnerable album to date. She has also shared that she originally planned on releasing the album two years ago. However, huge life events kept occurring which took her in a completely different direction musically. But, as of January 10, 2020, Rare is out in the world. It was always going to be a great day for Selenators (Gomez’s loyal fans), but she had yet another surprise in store for them.
Minutes before Rare released on the east coast, Gomez took to her Instagram stories to share some personal moments with her millions of fans. The artist revealed that she was at her listening party celebrating the album’s release with friends. Though there was plenty of food involved, the 27-year-old confessed that nerves had prevented her from eating all day. She also shared that she would be answering questions about the album and that fans could watch along if they were interested.
Selena Gomez releases Rare to the world
Following the release, Gomez posted a picture of herself with a physical copy of her album. “HERE IT IS!!! My album is officially out in the universe.. thank you for the souls that worked on this with me. Now it’s yours. Hope you like it. 🌈🌸💐 #Rare,” she captioned the photograph. Gomez then went live on Instagram and gave fans a brief sample of the thirteen songs which serve as a diary for the last several years of her life.
Fans show support for the new album on Instagram
Of course, many of Gomez’s fans have already listened to Rare and couldn’t wait to tell the “Look At Her Now” singer how much they loved the new album. “Are u kidding me???? I just listened to it and omggggg there’s no bad song. Many emotions. I’ve waited for so long and it’s finally here. I’m so proud of you. I love u,” one person wrote to the actress on Instagram. “You are amazing and I am looking forward to witnessing your greatness this year my friend,” another person chimed in. “Feels so good to hear your voice again 😏💖 your album is so pure and rare. I truly love it,” one long-time fan gushed. “It’s spectacular, we love it so much, thank you Selena, love uuuu,” another Selenator shared.
Gomez surprises fans with the music video for her new song, Rare
But, the new album wasn’t all that Gomez had in store for her loyal fans. As an added surprise (and perhaps a thank you for their continued patience) Gomez also announced that she would be releasing the music video for her self-titled track, “Rare” only nine hours after her album released on the west coast.
“Surprise! The video for ‘Rare’ premieres tomorrow at 9 am PT,” the Wizards of Waverly Place alum tweeted out. Of course, fans were absolutely thrilled about the surprise music video, and were leaving comments hours before it even released. Gomez might have taken her time with her new album, but clearly, it was worth the wait. We’re sure Selenators can’t wait to see what else this new era brings for the singer.
The purpose of automated attendant/interactive voice response phone menu systems is to make you fuck off before you trouble a human being. But such systems have a moral spectrum of their own, in which you cannot be simply dispatched or hung up on. The decision to end the call must be yours.
Whoever realized the repellent brutality of Britney Spears’ Toxic played over a VoIP compression protocol deserves some kind of reward.
Experience it yourself: 858 924 0180
Tell me if it works, as I have no inclination to verify the claim myself.
Jambajim writes: In 1992, the El Paso police department fancied themselves rappers in this cautionary tale about gangbangers. The song’s called “Think Twice” (words & music by Greg Brickey) and it’s pretty awesome. I bet a lot of gang members saw this and were like “Woah, I should stop being a gang member!” Even now, […]
A doctor in Britain leveled a complaint against food company Müller over its latest product, yoghurt flavored to taste like gin cocktails and containing a small amount of alcohol. The yoghurts, which were launched last year, contain 0.5% gin. A spokesperson for the yoghurt maker said the product was fat-free, high in protein and contained […]
Few things in life are more universally dreaded than going to the gym, which is unfortunate since a new year usually means making new resolutions to get in shape. Thankfully, this BodyBoss 2.0: Portable Home Gym has everything you need to burn fat and build muscle in the comfort of your own home. With just […]
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, you owe it to yourself to learn the language of the place you’re visiting. If you’re not sure where to start, give these resources a look. From mobile apps to online courses, these products can get you conversant in a new language before you […]
Anyone who loves biking, skiing, or snowboarding in the great outdoors knows just how difficult it can be to safely transport your gear—especially during extended trips. These three accessories make it easier than ever to securely attach your gear to your car. So if you’re planning to embark on a outdoor adventure soon, you’d be […]
But TikTok videos can be a “great” way of providing health advice and medical information to teens and young adults, says Dr Rose Marie Leslie, a 29-year-old doctor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who has a background in health education.
She says the vast majority of TikTok videos made by doctors are accurate and professional, and that the viral videos this week do not represent the norm.
Her videos are inspired by her shifts at the hospital (she spoke to the BBC hours after delivering a baby) or give general advice on health trends she sees at work, like a spike in flu cases.
Another doctor, a gynaecologist who calls herself Mama Doctor Jones with nearly 160,000 followers, posts about topics like how to choose a contraceptive, staying healthy while using tampons, and exercise during pregnancy.
Judging by the millions of views of doctors and nurses’ videos, health is a popular topic on TikTok.
“I get hundreds of messages from teenagers asking for videos on specific topics, or with questions they are too worried to ask their doctor,” Dr Leslie explained.
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It finally makes sense
No matter which way you watch, each orientation provides a unique perspective.
What you need to know
Quibi is a new streaming service that’s designed to be viewed on your phone in small segments of time, often seven to ten minutes.
175 new shows are planned for the first year, and at least three hours of new content are scheduled for release every weekday of the year.
Subscription pricing starts at $4.99, and the service starts streaming on April 6th.
Are you like me and hate the concept of vertical video? While some platforms try to embrace the fact that many people are too lazy to turn their phones to watch a proper video, Quibi is banking on exactly the opposite scenario to unfold. Quibi will provide users with the ability to watch its shows in either landscape or portrait formats, each format offering a different perspective during the show.
Quibi is hoping this revolutionary new way of viewing videos helps please everyone, no matter what your viewing preferences are, and will even encourage viewers to take a more active role in viewing content by choosing what they see. Quibi’s minute-long teaser in the Tweet below paints an incredibly intriguing picture and what might ultimately get quite a few people to subscribe to the service.
One show. One screen. Two perspectives. Hold the phone horizontally = Cinematic perspective. Hold the phone vertically = The character’s phone takes over your phone. #QuibiCESpic.twitter.com/mANwJJKsGU
Quibi is headed by CEO Meg Whitman, a name you might recognize from her tenure as President and CEO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Seeing as how the streaming market has become a bit crowded as of late, Whitman and the founder of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg, had to come up with a unique way of presenting content that would entice folks out of an additional $5 per month. The result is a service that’s based entirely around the fact that people are using their phones to stream more video than ever and often watch lots of content on the go.
The biggest issue with on-the-go entertainment often revolves around the amount of time available to watch content, usually blocks of only a few minutes at a time. As a result, Quibi, which is an abbreviation of “quick bites”, has staked its entire purpose on delivering shows and movies in short seven to ten-minute segments. Quibi said that it’ll deliver 175 new shows in its first year, which begins on April 6th, and will cost $4.99 per month with ads or $7.99 per month for an ad-free subscription. Don’t worry about those ads too much though, as Quibi says ads will only be six-to-ten seconds long for most types of programming. T-Mobile subscribers will also get access to Quibi for free on many plans, adding to the company’s free Netflix policy.
Big names like Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen, Cara Delevingne, Zac Efron, and Bill Murray are all creating content just for Quibi, and you can even find big spots like 60 Minutes offering up daily news in bite-sized segments. Content will span three different categories: movies, shows, and daily essentials. The line between movies and shows is very likely to get blurred on the service, though, as both formats are sticking to the seven-to-ten minute timeframe and breaking things up into chapters. At least three hours of content are scheduled to arrive every single weekday to the service, meaning you should be able to find plenty to watch during your daily commute to work.
Quibi is utilizing a partnership with Google to develop the back end technology for the service, which is hosted on the Google Cloud and should provide some incredibly robust, high-quality streaming. Surprisingly, the Google Pixel team also has a hand in the pot and is working to optimize the mobile viewing experience. It’s certainly a big gamble given the successful launch of Disney Plus (Disney+) over the past few months, in addition to the plethora of other streaming video services that exist, free or paid.
I’ve started whittling spoons again and I recently discovered flexible sanding sheets made by 3M. I’ll never use sandpaper again. These sheets are made from some kind of semi-stretchy plastic that makes it very easy to get the grit into tight spots (like the hollow of a spoon). They last much longer than sandpaper, too.
Ever since I started using these nylon mesh zipper bags, my travel experience has improved. I have one bag for paper stuff and pens, one for medicine and first aid, one for tools and gear, one for cords and portable power, and one for snacks. When I get home I leave the bags in my […]
If you like to repair your own electronics, this set of screwdrivers probably has what you need. It comes with the following drivers: Phillips (PH000, PH00, PH0, PH1), Torx (T5, T6, T7), Torx Security (T8H, T9H, T10H), Pentalobe (P2, P5, P6), Triwing 3.0, and Slot 2.5. It also comes with a number of other useful […]
If you love wine — and we mean, really love wine — it’s a personal thing. You know what foods your favorite wine likes to mingle with and the ones they don’t. You have a favorite time to drink. You’ve read a thing or two about its history, maybe visited where it was made. It’s […]
If you’re working with databases, you’re working with SQL. Even in the changing world of the web, there are some classics that endure, and SQL (along with its database management system MySQL) is one of them. Millions of websites and databases have been built using SQL code as their foundation, and they’re still being built […]
Do you know Python? If you’re interested in any aspect of web development, data analytics or the Internet of Things, you should. Python is the computer language used to drive everything from that voice recognition software on your phone to the gaming apps you use to kill time. So yes, there’s a market for those […]
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Email newsletters keep blowing up, so we’re following up on Lifehacker’s 2017 staff recs with a new batch of our favorite newsletters. Here’s what kept us informed and entertained in 2019.
Micaela Heck, Podcast Producer
The Broadsheet is a newsletter from Fortune magazine that covers women in business and politics, and often highlights pieces that aren’t as highly covered in the mainstream.
What’s The Difference? is a fun weekly breakdown of something that people often get confused. From the difference between cornmeal. grits, and polenta, to a jungle vs. a rainforest. Light and fun.
Reply All’s newsletter is super fun. It’s just staff recommendations of movies, podcast, music, books, etc. but they’re always really good. (Scroll to the bottom of their homepage to subscribe.)
Josh Ocampo, Staff Writer
I don’t subscribe to a lot of newsletters, but I do make one exception. For readers who don’t know, I’m obsessed with ramen. A few months ago, some of the Lifehacker team visited Tokyo as part of our Hack the World series. There, I had the chance to go on an extensive tour of ramen shops with Frank of 5 AM Ramen.
On a monthly basis, and to many of his former guests, he sends out a newsletter with the latest ramen shops he’s visited in Japan. (He told me he’d had at least a few thousand bowls of ramen in his lifetime.) If you might be visiting Japan in the near future, sign up. If you want to find the best places to eat in Tokyo, sign up. Or if you just really like looking at photos of ramen (and maybe salivating in the process), well, it’s perfect for that.
Alice Bradley, Deputy Editor
I deeply enjoy the newsletter of Austin Kleon, a writer and artist whose books include Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going. Every Friday Austin shares his recommendations for stuff he’s reading, listening to, and thinking about. If you like sites like Kottke.org or Boing Boing, Austin’s going to be your cup of tea.
Lisa Rowan, Money Writer
NextDraft shows up sometime in the afternoon and contains 10 links personally selected by Dave Pell, self-described “curation savant.” The news items he summarizes include the must-reads to know what’s happening across the globe, but also include some quirkier or lighthearted picks so you don’t feel like you’re drowning in a news cycle of despair every day. Also, it’s obvious that along with news, Pell loves good writing. I don’t know this guy, but he’s rarely wrong when he says you have to read something. If you want to know what’s up but hate a heavy morning inbox, getting NextDraft in the afternoon is more your speed.
The only one I would subscribe to is WTF Just Happened Today, because it sounds interesting, but I still haven’t pulled the trigger yet.
Joel Kahn, Senior Video Producer
Are you a millennial who finds financial topics too dry and boring and written for people like your parents? Well luckily former Lifehacker writer, current CNBC writer, and young person Alicia Adamczyk offers Money Moves, a regular newsletter of recommended personal finance articles. She covers topics from privacy to savings to investing, and it’s all in her trademark friendly, warm and accessible tone.
Abu Zafar, Video Producer
If you have a podcast or work in the radio industry, subscribing to Hot Pod is basically a requirement. Nick Quah and Caroline Crampton cover the growing podcast industry and provide invaluable analysis and insight on everything from major acquisitions to business deal and show launches. If that sounds very dry and very insider-baseball, that’s because it is. But as a professional in the industry, it’s important to know how and why certain trends are shifting and what the successful players in the field are doing well. Hot Pod is a window inside the ever-changing landscape of an industry that’s quickly outgrowing independent creators in their garages, and it’s a must-read for anyone hoping to succeed in podcasting in the coming years.
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor
The one newsletter I consistently open every morning is Brass Ring Daily, by Kara Cutruzzula (full disclosure, a former colleague). She covers a pretty broad variety of things in the realm of productivity, creative work, interesting job listings, and what you might call “mind hacks.” It’s a positive, quick, non-news related read every morning, usually filled with good links, as well.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
Recomendo is a popular one at Lifehacker, and you’ll notice them pop up in our posts now and then. A group of old-school bloggers share tools, hacks, and reading recs in just one or two paragraphs per item.
Study Hall is a media industry newsletter and community, more accessible and practical than media newsletters like CJR. It’s $2/month.
Welcome to Hell World shows regularly that the world is garbage because the wrong people are in charge, in a way that’s still sweet and somehow hopeful. Luke O’Neil presumes that you the reader have empathy and want people to be happy. He is neither hectoring nor obnoxious, easy traps for someone covering injustice from a leftist perspective.
Melissa Kirsch, Editor-in-Chief
Ten Things, by Luke Leighfield. Weekly, ten things this interesting human found interesting. I like him! I like the things he chooses! A culture roundup of stuff you’ve heard about and stuff you