On stage Friday night in London, the singer Amanda Palmer delivered an open – very open – letter to the Daily Mail after it gasped at her breast escaping its bra during a performance at Glastonbury. The Daily Mail reported nothing else about her performance, but made sure to include a high-resolution image of said errant nipple and many more of said malfunctioning bra. In the interests of an informed public, of course. And of a punny headline: “Making a boob of herself!” In response, Palmer wrote a letter in 3/4 time and performed it at London’s Roundhouse Friday night. The next morning, video ofRead More →

It would be hard to draw up a weirder Sunday than one in which the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals all won, while the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers lost. The surprising victories by the league’s lesser teams provided plenty of entertainment, but Week 13 was all about the potential Super Bowl preview between the Baltimore Ravens and the 49ers, a pair of heavyweight teams that fought their way to a 20-17 classic. Here’s what we learned: A 49ers-Ravens Super Bowl would be intense. Watching these teams feel each other out was fascinating. It was 17-14 in favorRead More →

It’s once again time for Comic-Con, that annual festival which draws geek-minded people by the thousands to the San Diego convention center, where their numbers are matched by an army of entertainment executives and creators peddling their latest wares. “Movies! Get your next hit movies here!,” you can hear them shout thunderously from Hall H, as droves of fans rush to get a glimpse of just that. “Two-for-one special on sci-fi TV series. Step right this way.” It’s like Barnum’s circus, a wild west boom town and that strange, splashy dystopia foreseen in Blade Runner, all under one roof. And so, out of the hundredsRead More →

But instead of tying those connotations to the person, Mr. Markman suggests looking at job titles a different way: as verbs, rather than nouns. “When you go to a party, one of the first things you ask someone is, ‘What do you do?’ because of that belief that it tells us something deep about who they are,” he said. “One of the things we have to do is to really try to treat our career more like a verb than a noun. There’s a lot of research on nouns that shows that as soon as you give a label to something, you come to believeRead More →

Good for Gawker. They started out trying to give crack dealers two hundred grand. They ended up helping addicts and contributing to the social cohesion of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. The website announced Thursday that it had selected charities to receive the proceeds from its Crackstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise money to buy a video purportedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. That campaign foundered when the would-be video-mongers stopped returning Gawker’s middleman’s calls, and the video has never appeared publicly. The Crackstarter was deemed controversial because it broke a rule of American journalism that you shouldn’t pay sources (it corrupts them and you)Read More →

Surfacing “Coming to Howard for the first time was seeing the beauty of blackness,” one alumnus said. Written by Bianca Ladipo Photographs by Andre Wagner “Have you ever seen anything like this?” Ashley Maltbia-Burgess, a 2010 graduate of Howard University, asked. She was standing with a group of fellow alums and her wife, Ashlee, looking out onto the crowded campus lawn. “I always told my wife, you have to come here to believe this, to feel this energy.” At Howard University in Washington, homecoming encompasses more than collegiate nostalgia; it’s a celebration of black culture, a music and arts festival, a history lesson, a communityRead More →

Nearly one-eighth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to increase to more than 9 billion, requiring at least a 60% increase in agricultural production. In order to meet these challenges efficiently and effectively, the US Agency for International Development — as part of the feed the future initiative — is expanding its engagement with the university community, tapping into scientific expertise and innovation that are crucial to advancing global food security. Through the feed the future innovation labs, which build on USAid’s long history of working with US universities through the collaborative research support programmes, weRead More →

An Egyptian flight school student who was arrested in Los Angles over a Facebook post in which he mused about killing Donald Trump agreed on Friday to leave the US of his own accord. Emadeldin El-Sayed, 23, who had been a student at the Universal Air Academy in LA, and was facing possible deportation, appeared in an immigration court in the city on Friday shackled and wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit. According to the Associated Press, immigration authorities agreed to let Sayed return to Egypt voluntarily instead of deporting him, as long as he departs the US by 5 July. Sayed has not been chargedRead More →

The rightwing writer and internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has apologised for mismanaging a “privilege grant” college scholarship fund for white men. Yiannopoulos admitted on Friday he had missed a deadline to turn donations into bursaries but denied speculation he had spent the cash. “This is very overdue, and I do apologise for this very sincerely. We did pass our deadline I’m sorry to say … as a result of over-eagerness and just being completely overwhelmed by the volume of interest in it and the various things on my plate,” he said in an audio show posted on YouTube. He blamed a busy schedule. “This isRead More →