What’s with all the wimpy, disappointing men on TV right now?

From Fleabag to Always Be My Maybe, the new wave of great female characters are getting such terrible love interests. Why? Theres a scene in the Netflix romcom Always Be My Maybe in which Sasha, Ali Wongs straight-talking, successful celebrity chef, watches her high school crush Marcus (Randall Park), a dope-smoking slacker who still lives with his dad in his mid-30s and plays in the same band he always did, bang out a song about tennis balls. Shes cheering wildly. A decade ago, this type of romantic setup would have contained all the chemistry of a bloated ShamWow. But this is 2019, and here the disappointing, underachieving male is not simply in a supporting role on TV, hes a proper …

Boots rolls out paper bags after plastics row

The bags will cost 5p, 7p and 10p – the current plastic ones come in two 5p and 10p sizes – and, as is the case now, profits from the bags will go to BBC Children in Need. The paper bags in England are not subject to the carrier bag levy, but they will be in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Plastic or paper: Which bag is greener? Boots warns of possible store closures Boots UK signed up to the UK Plastics Pact last year and said at the time it was “committed to reducing single-use plastic”. It said it had been looking for ways to change its use of plastic before last month’s stories about the use of plastic …

Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old-Timey YouTube

Early humans probably didn't survive by starting fires the cartoon way, scrubbing a stick between their palms until snap, crackle, poof! It's not that the technique doesn't work; it's just really slow and can leave you with enormous, puffy blisters across your palms. To demonstrate, John Plant, the YouTuber behind the channel Primitive Technologies, flashes his torn-up mitts for the camera, scratching at the yellow sores on his already dirty and calloused hands. Then he sits on the ground, shoeless and shirtless, and hits a rock with another rock until he bores a hole through the middle. He puts a straight stick snapped from a nearby tree through the hole and twists tree bark into twine, which he wraps around …

Who Owns Song Lyrics on the Internet? It’s Complicated

If you felt that an internet giant stole your hard work and claimed it as its own, how would you ever prove that? Well, what if you could booby-trap the information first? On this spine-tingling episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, Mike, Arielle, and Lauren talk with WIRED’s Emily Dreyfuss about how the tension between Google and song lyric service Genius could become much more than just a copyright dispute. Also in the news, Apple takes a hit with a recall of the MacBook Pro, and GE catches some delayed online ridicule over a video about light bulbs. Finally, the gang considers switching formats to become an ASMR podcast. Michael Calore can be found at @snackfight. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. …

This 89-year-old man is stunned by all the technology around himin 1930

While YouTube is a haven for and , , and , there are plenty of smaller channels putting out niche content that give us a window into the way the world used to be. Before smartphones and the internet and electricity. Take for example this video from the Guy Jones YouTube channel that was uploaded on Sunday. An 89-year-old man named John Emory Andrus was interviewed in 1930 about the state of culture and about how much life had changed since he was born, circa 1841. Some enterprising soul thought to set up a camera to record himaccording to the YouTuber, it was shot with an early Movietone sound cameraand now Jones has uploaded a nearly six-minute video of the …

Kim’s New Shapewear Looks AMAZING! The Name Is… Problematic – Perez Hilton

Kim Kardashian West has done it again! But is the *it* in question fashion innovation? Or cultural appropriation?? The beauty mogul shared her latest line on Tuesday, her own version of shapewear! Only Kim says hers “actually work.” Ooh, the Spanx shade! (But don’t worry about them, they always snap back! Ha!) Kim even goes so far as to call it “solutionwear” because each change was an effort to fix problems with all the existing shapewear on the market. Great idea, really! But, uh, what does Kim call her shapewear solutions? Kimono! Oh. Huh. That is wrong on multiple levels. But we will get back to that. First, Here’s the announcement post: (c) Kim Kardashian West/Twitter And here’s what Kim …

Republican congressman wants to defund PBS over the gay rat wedding

You may have thought conservatives were done crying about Mr. Ratburn marrying a man on the long-running childrens cartoon , but Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) is shouldering that tear-stained mantle with a bill to defund PBS. the Daily SignalThe episode of that Lamborn thinks proved this pernicious agenda showed Arthurs teacher, Mr. Ratburn, to his husband. Parents and churches should be the ones discussing marriage and family with their childrennot PBS, Lamborn wrote. To target children in this way is a complete affront to religious Americans. The episode was also beloved online for the memes bourne out of homophobes responses to it. After a news story said the entire state of Alabama would not broadcast the the phrase became a …

Inside the pornographic video game that took Kickstarter by storm

Adult content in video games is nothing new. Big budget franchises like Mass Effect and the Witcher series are noted for their character romances and sexy scenes. But in those games, sex is not the main attraction. It’s about gameplay and story. On the other side of the coin, Steam is awash in adult games featuring anime-inspired characters in various sexual situations. The gameplay is presumably nothing to write home about, but merely a vehicle for porn. Enter: Subverse. This sci-fi/RPG/porn ’em up has raised more than $2 million on Kickstarter, ranking it among the 20 most funded video games ever on the platform. Subverse is a rare breed that its developers tout as a true gameplay experience with very …

We Asked People To Share The Ugliest Photos Of Their Pets And Its Hilarious (30 Pics)

Unlike us though, they don’t care, and they won’t be asking you to untag them on Facebook. So we asked our readers to show us their silliest pet pics; the ones when they looked at their most awkward, goofy or just flat out fugly. Boy, did they deliver! From derpy dogs to clumsy cats and hideous horses, this list compiled by Bored Panda has them all. #2 She Looks Like She Is About To Transform Into A Werewolf But She’s Actually Just Yawning! #3 Regrets, So Many Regrets #4 Odin – Always Such A Handsome Boy! 13 reply James Serpell, professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, believes that there are evolutionary benefits today to keeping pets. “Because …

This Death Row Lawyer Says Americans Wont Be Free Until We Face Racist History

Civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson wants Americans to look hard at the nation’s long, ongoing history of “,” a new HBO documentary coming out June 26, digs into Stevenson’s work with the Montgomery, Alabama-based , fighting racism in the Just Mercyracismcriminal justice systemThe film argues that unless Americans look at these issues square in the eye ― and unless people in power, including law enforcement and politicians, acknowledge them publicly ― the  will endure. “I get frustrated when I hear people talk about ‘If I had been living during the time of slavery, of course, I would have been an abolitionist.’ … Everybody imagines that if they were in Alabama in the 1960s, they would have been marching with Dr. …

The private Polaroids of a celebrated cinematographer

Robby Mller, who shot for Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and more, was never without a camera The Polaroids were taken during rare moments of respite from work. On weekends, when he wasnt completely immersed in his day job, Robby Mller would pull out a SX-70, a 600, a Spectra, or whatever model of The day job, for Mller, was as director of photography on some of the most strikingly composed films of the late 20th century. His closest working relationship was with Wim Wenders; he shot 12 of the German directors features including Alice in the Cities, The American Friend and Paris, Texas. He also worked with Jim Jarmusch on Down By Law, Mystery Train and Dead Man, and Lars …

Johnson and Hunt make pitch to be PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt: “We are democrats who want to deliver Brexit”. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have made their pitch to be the next prime minister at the first of 16 Conservative Party hustings. The two contenders for Number 10 laid out their vision for the country at a conference in Birmingham. Mr Johnson said these were “dark days” for his party, but insisted he could turn things around. But his rival warned members not to elect the “wrong person” and risk “catastrophe”. Mr Johnson said the most important thing was to “get Brexit done”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Hunt insisted he would leave the EU with no deal if …

Giant Squid Caught On Video In Gulf Of Mexico For First Time Ever

But unlike the horror fantasies imagined time and again in pop culture, this giant A team of researchers on an expedition funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research captured the video earlier this week at a depth of 759 meters (2,490 feet), 100 miles southeast of New Orleans: In For perspective, the “The old maps often showed serpents at the edge, with the warning ‘here be monsters,’” Johnsen and Widder wrote. “However, the ‘monsters’ are here, in our own backyard.” A team of Japanese researchers recorded the Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Toy Story 4 review a franchise still very much alive

After a hesitant start, the gang gets into top gear Last year, I wrote about my (unfounded) fears that Toy Story 3, with its echoes of the last chapter of The House at Pooh Corner, just seemed so final; a sublime evocation of the bittersweet sorrow of growing up that probably meant more to adults than children. What could another instalment possibly add? Did we really need to know what happened next? For the first movement of Toy Story 4, I found myself concluding that the disheartening answer was probably not. Woody and Buzz et al are still wonderful creations, and time spent in their company is rarely wasted. But riffs about new owner Bonnie starting kindergarten and once-favoured toys …

Manchester Uniteds culture is overrated. Busby and Ferguson swam against the tide | Barney Ronay

Another summer of rebuilding appears under way at Old Trafford but attempts to recreate the philosophies and glories of previous eras look doomed to fail There was an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 this week drop-kicked Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons? Meanwhile Solskjr has stuck to the same narrow cultural view that got him the job in the first place, to the extent that he already looks like a kind of novelty appointment, a Britpop version of the real thing, sat in the back of his black cab, Paul Scholes up front tipping his bowler hat, talking with grating certainty about doing things The Manchester United Way, about Manchester United being different, playing up the echoes of Fergie time, …

Japanese Artists Reimagine Countries And Their Flags As Anime Characters For 2020 Tokyo Olympics (30 Pics)

#2 Mexico “We feel so much respect for all of the countries around the world. They and their symbols (flags) are very important to us,” the artists said. “We know we can’t treat any of them in a way that would disrespect them and that’s what we’re constantly trying to do.” #4 Vietnam “Japan and Tokyo have already started promoting the Olympics and they’re doing a good job. We want to remind that World Flags is not a part of the Olympics. We just wanted to contribute. We believe that art — and anime in particular — can truly do wonders when it comes to both celebrating the bond between the Japanese culture and the rest of the world and …