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Facebook Helps Voters Get to the Polls On Election Day


Facebook is hoping their site can guide people in the United States to the polls this Election Day. The social network has built a polling place locator tool, so on Tuesday, users can easily figure out where to head to cast a ballot.

The map is already live at Facebook’s U.S. Politics page, but will be available at the top of news feeds on Election Day.

Like past elections, Facebook will feature a header at the top of the page reminding users it is Election Day, and allow them to click on an “I voted” button that will show photos of their friends who have also clicked on the button. When a Facebook user clicks on the “I voted” button, the locator map will become available for them to track down a polling station.

The locator was built in conjunction with the Voting Information Project and Microsoft.

And for the first time, the site will also feature a heat map showing where the aggregate Facebook population is voting around the country in realtime. Users won’t be able to see where specific members voted but can see which areas of the United States are hotspots for ballots cast.

The map will also become available when users click the “I voted” button or at

“We’re simply promoting civic engagement on election day,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes tells Mashable. “Studies have shown that a person is more likely to vote with social context, and there is no place more social than Facebook.”

Facebook had previously also launched a campaign insights tool with CNN allowing voters to learn what issues the Facebook population was buzzing about around the country during the election season.

The polling locator map is currently unavailable on mobile, but Noyes says Facebook is planning to have it accesible through apps tomorrow.

Will you use Facebook’s polling locator to get to vote tomorrow? Share in the comments below.

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25 Secrets From Cycle 20 Of “America’s Next Top Model”

1. Shoot days were long. Like, REALLY long.

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The photo shoots breeze by when you’re watching Top Model on TV, but for the models involved, they took even longer than you might think. “Oh my God, we were there for like 13 hours at least every day,” Don said. “We’d get up at five in the morning, get home at midnight.” Mike added, “They make it seem like it was so quick, but really it was just all of us hanging around all day.”

2. Don’s most painful challenge was walking the runway down a building, and not just because he’s afraid of heights.

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“The harness they had us wear was tearing my balls up, straight up,” he admitted. “Like when I got done, I could barely walk.”

3. Marvin hated the paint shoot, because he was fighting with just about everyone at that point.

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We saw some of that drama play out on the show, but it got pretty bad in the house. “At that time, I think I was only talking to Don,” Marvin revealed. “I wasn’t really clicking with anybody, because everybody had ganged up on me. Which I didn’t care about. But at that point, the tension was pretty intense. I know for Chris [H.], he felt it more.”

4. Chris S. getting kicked off might have something to do with the fact that he was paired with the two tallest guys for his final shoot.

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“In most photo shoots, you have an apple box or they cheat it in some way, but in the photo I got eliminated with, I had Mike and Jeremy, who are both like, 6’6, 6’7 dudes,” Chris said. “I look five feet tall. It’s kind of hard to bring your energy that big.”

5. But in the real world, there are advantages to being a more petite male model.

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“When you walk into the room and everyone’s Mike-sized,” Chris continued, “those are the auditions I end up booking. It’s really strange. For a petite male model, you can fit into higher fashion clothing. You can do more editorial. Obviously, you’re not gonna do a lot of runway.”

6. As far as fun shoots, Don loved the nails — even though they were tough to maintain.

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“They weren’t too heavy, but they broke easy,” he recalled. “I think they broke like three times. I had to get them put back together.” Don also believes he got some of the least feminine nails. That bit is up for debate.

7. Mike’s favorite shoot might surprise you, because it’s the one he got kicked off for.

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“The trailer park, even though I got sent home that day, was actually a lot of fun,” he said. “We were all kind of — that was a long day, but we were all just kind of kicking it. Everyone was in a good mood.” See, it’s not just about the competition. Well, for some models.

8. Panel was also an all-day event, and it was stressful on everyone.

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“We’re up there all day,” Don revealed. “It’s freezing in there. Your legs are shaking, because you’re like, Did I do good? Panel is very stressful.” Don suffered from anxiety before being cast on America’s Next Top Model, but he credits panel with at least a couple panic attacks.

9. Marvin isn’t always this emotional. Really!

He hasn’t even cried since the show’s been wrapped. You might assume it was the high stress that made Marvin one of the most tearful models, but his explanation is actually a lot sweeter than that. “That was the first time I was in a safe environment where it was OK to show emotion,” he explained. “You throw me in a house where it’s like, OK, you can express yourself. I had all these emotions that I’m not used to having, and I think it just came out. … It was like therapy almost.”

10. Having a girlfriend at home helped Don stay focused and avoid the drama, for the most part.

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Even with his anxiety issues, Don comes across as one of the chillest models in the house. That may be because we haven’t seen him throw himself at any of his female competitors. “You know, I had a girlfriend while I was on the show, so I wasn’t messing with any of the girls,” Don said. But he did throw some shade at another model: “Phil, him and Jiana were crazy the whole show. He had no remorse for his girlfriend.”

11. As for Marvin, he really is as flirty as he comes across. And it actually could have been worse.

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“Yeah, I’m flirty,” he admitted. “I showed myself how I am. I think they did a good job of editing. I mean, it could have been a lot worse. I know there were a lot of moments they didn’t show that I am so grateful for. The editing team, thank you so much.” When I asked him to divulge those moments, he naturally declined. Boo.

12. That intimate cuddling moment with Renee? They didn’t know anyone would see that footage.

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“There was just the cameras from the ceiling, which we didn’t know if it was going to be used,” Marvin said. “We had no idea that those cameras are night vision, which we should of course know. But it was just so awkward to watch it back.”

13. The slobbery commercial kiss was awkward, too — so much so that Marvin actually apologized to Renee’s mom.

“We practiced kissing and I told her I wasn’t going to do anything weird, and she was like, ‘Marvin, please don’t do anything weird,’” he recalled. “I just wanted to do something fun. Just licked her face all over.” That’s the part we saw. What we didn’t see was what happened after the episode aired. “It was embarrassing for her,” Marvin continued. “I talked to her mom about it. I was like, ‘I’m so sorry, Ms. Bhagwandeen. I apologize for that.’”

14. For Don, the hardest part of life in the house was being totally cut off from the world.

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“We had maybe five minute phone call time a week, so it was really hard to not be able to talk to nobody, to know what was going on in the regular world,” he explained. “There was no news.” No TV. No internet. No iPhones. Just the pleasure of each other’s company. No wonder these models fight so much. Even so, Don said, “We all kept each other pretty entertained.”

15. Can you guess the hardest part of co-ed living for Marvin? Yep, being so close to all the girls.

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“They’re walking around in booty shorts and tank tops!” he said. “They don’t show the girls flirting back, but they did! There were definitely moments where they flirted back.”

16. Confessionals were mandatory, which means there’s a lot of footage we haven’t seen.

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“I think we did 20 or 30 minutes a night, everybody,” Don revealed. So how much was left on the cutting room floor? Quite a bit, according to Mike. “They hardly used any of that footage,” he added. “I’m sure there’s some really good stuff on there.”

17. So yes, Mike may have done a confessional drunk, but relax, he doesn’t have a drinking problem.

“It was funny watching it, because I literally would get texts from friends of them taking pictures of the TV, or just like, ‘This is classic Mike,’” he said. “I get drunk and fall asleep. That’s what happens.”

18. The models had to cook for themselves, with varying degrees of success. The worst cook: Kanani.

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“She put frickin’ weird sauces on everything,” Don said. “She put salt and sugar on everything.” But Marvin pointed a finger at Renee. “Renee tried to cook lasagna and it looked undercooked,” he recalled. “I was gonna be nice and eat it, but I was like, nah. I didn’t want to eat it.”

19. Some models needed extra help: Chris S. had to make a grocery list for Jeremy.

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It’s kind of precious, but yes, mama’s boy Jeremy did not know how to make a grocery list. Chris retold the story: “Jeremy was like, ‘Hey man, would you help me make a grocery list? Because I’ve never brought groceries before.’ ‘Yep, I will, dude, I totally got your back.’” Adorable.

20. The house was mostly clean, but the girls were dirtier — especially Alex.

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At least, that’s the way Marvin tells it. “I know the girls were so dirty,” he said. “Alex, that’s the one reason I never flirted with her. I never talked to her that much. Because she was just so — I don’t want to say she didn’t practice good hygiene, but she would leave her hair extensions all over the place. Her smoothie, she would drink it and leave it on the floor, and it would attract rodents and stuff. I just couldn’t deal with it.” Ouch.

21. While the girls had some privacy in their bathrooms, the guys didn’t get any.

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Well, except for when they decided to bathe together. But seriously, the guys had it much worse. “No doors on the bathroom, so pretty much there was a curtain that went over the toilet area,” Don explained. “There was a shower and a toilet, so you’ll be going to the bathroom and somebody will just hop in the shower like it’s nothing. You’re taking a dump and somebody’s showering. There’s no door so people will be outside just having conversations while you’re going to the bathroom.” Ah, the glamorous life of a model.

22. Looking back, Chris S. is OK with being eliminated, because it actually allowed him to take a cool opportunity.

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“I am thankful,” he said. “I filmed a movie right after I got off America’s Next Top Model, and I was able to finish that feature while other people weren’t allowed to work. So it worked out well for me. I’m happy about it.” Because Chris and Bianca were the first eliminated, they did not participate in the season’s photo shoots like the contestants eliminated after them.

23. Mike has experienced a different life after filming. One thing he’s learning now is that people on the internet hate him.

“I’ve read some of the blogs and stuff like that, and they take the show very seriously,” he said. “So they hate me. Tyra found me. I kind of just was thrown into this thing, and to me, it was just a very unique experience. It was something I just kind of felt like I had to do. And they kind of looked at me like, who’s this old dude that came in off the street and doesn’t know what he’s doing?”

24. Nevertheless, Mike is fine with the way he comes across on camera and still thinks the show was a great experience.

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“Everything I did when I was there was what I would normally do,” he continued. “You could tell some people were being ‘extra,’ as we called it, for the camera. I kind of looked at it as, why not just go in it and just be yourself and have fun with it? It’s a cool experience.”

25. As for Marvin, he has the perfect excuse if anyone questions his onscreen behavior: It’s just for TV.

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“That’s my Get Out of Jail Free card: It’s just for TV,” he confided. “I tell a lot of people, ‘Oh, it’s TV, it’s TV.’ They don’t know, OK, that’s really him.” Well, now they might.

America’s Next Top Model airs Friday at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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Teacher sends inspiring letter home with test scores…saying test scores don’t matter very much

When Barrowford Primary School head teacher Rachel Tomlinson sent her students their key stage two test results last week, she included a letter with the test scores…

Test Results Letter

The UK teacher for the Nelson, Lanceshire, school found the letter on Minnesota teacher Kimberly Hurd Horst’s blog last year. Wanting to send a reminder that while test scores are important, they do not define each student, Tomlinson repurposed the letter and sent it to her pupils.

Here’s the full text of the letter…

Dear Charlie Owen,

Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you — the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages.

They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.

They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.

They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.

(via Reddit, BBC)

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Military Develops Xena-Inspired Armor for Women


In pop culture, women’s battle armor is half-naked and totally unsuited for combat, and in real life women’s armor doesn’t even fit. What’s a lady soldier to do? Take a cue from Xena: Warrior Princess, apparently.

In 2009, the U.S. military began to address complaints from women that their armor was uncomfortable and more of a hindrance than an asset. As a result, the Army is testing eight different armor sizes tailored to women using technology inspired by Xena: Warrior Princess. That technology? Bra-shaped darting.

Part of the problem with designing armor that accommodates different bodies is the difficulty of adding curves — the material that the Army uses actually gets heavier with added curving, so if they were to make curved armor using the same material, it would end up being twice as heavy. For now, women soldiers can choose between 11 different armor sizes designed with men in mind.

A U.S. Army study concluded that the current women’s armor not only made it difficult to enter and exit vehicles, but it also prevented them from aiming their weapons properly, an obvious detriment on the combat field.

“It rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort,” said Lt. Col. Frank Lozan, who is helping redesign women’s body armor.

The reviews from the women of 101st Airborne Division, who are test subjects for the early armor prototypes, are positive so far.

“They say, ‘I could wear this all day,’ ‘I could run a marathon in this,’ and ‘It feels much lighter,’ even though it really isn’t any lighter,” Lozano says.

We hope that women will soon be adequately armored and armed for combat and, with any luck, nerd culture will follow suit and stop putting us in bras and high-heeled boots. C’mon, character designers, think Xena and U.S. Military, not Maxim.

This article originally published at The Mary Sue

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Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Music Video Parodies ‘Welcome To Atlanta’ Rap Song

Twelve year old Daniel Blumen of Atlanta, Georgia has gone viralviral after his bar mitzvah music video hit the web.

Instead of dancing the Horah to celebrate becoming a Jewish man at the age of 13, Daniel decided to represent his home town with a bar mitzvah-themed spoof of Welcome To Atlanta by Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.

Now, his parody music video–which even includes a few local ATL celebs, like the mayor–currently stands with over 125,000 views, and has even been featured on the local NBC news 11 in Atlanta. 


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24 Times Leonardo DiCaprio Was A Total Badass

1. When he gave the middle finger and was totally chill with Tobey Maguire licking his ear.

2. When he posed like an extremely cool dude with Michael Jackson.

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3. When he wore plaid pants with Adidas shoes and jumped on his friends.

4. When he danced in the club with an e-cig.

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5. When he tore around town on a fuckin’ VESPAAAAA.

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6. When he threw up the WESTSIDEEEEEEE symbol with a bunch of his bros.

7. When he wore this BALLLERRRRR purple tracksuit.

8. When he killed it on the go-kart course.


9. When he went WILD on this rollercoaster.


11. When he wore a helmet AND a hat like a AN AWESOME DUDE.

12. When his teeth were ballin’ and held up this cup.

13. When he smoked a cigar and showed off his creature in liquid.

14. When he built his own personal fort.

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15. When he held a swan. A FUCKIN’ SWAN.

16. When he drove this sweet-ass car and was like, “I’m gonna talk on my cell phone!” like a true rebel.

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17. When he just let his head hang out the window cause that’s how he rolls.

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18. When he chilled with his arm up like it ain’t no thang.

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19. When he was was totally confident in a headband.

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20. When he sprawled across rocks ‘cause he’s Leo and he doesn’t care about rocks.

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21. When he wore this cool mask with sunglasses over it like a total badass.

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22. When he sported a tiny but manly ponytail.

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23. And when he ate a noodle like a noodle king.

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24. Yup total badass. NBD.

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Get The Most Out of Mobile App Analytics With These 8 Tips


When building a mobile app, well-thought-out strategy is critical, great design is paramount, and solid development is fundamental. But analytics is key to measuring the execution and value of all the hard work you put into the app. As smartphones continue to infiltrate every aspect of our lives, it’s understandable why marketers and developers alike are making a sustained effort to measure user behavior through app analytics. While the mobile application industry is relatively young, there is a variety of platforms and services vying for the privilege of providing you with good app data.

These tips will help you to get the most of of mobile app analytics, and hopefully help you to avoid some costly mistakes.

1. Start Using App Analytics Way Before Your App Is In The Store


If you start thinking about analytics the day your app gets accepted into the app store, you’re too late. There’s a wealth of data that can be analyzed during your app’s alpha and beta phases that will allow you to create a stronger, more user-friendly v1. One tool to manage a data-driven beta period is TestFlight which allows developers to distribute a beta and analyze usage to facilitate quick iterative cycles. A lot of developers get caught up with feature and design changes during beta, but a data-driven beta period will result in a better product. This brings us to the second tip…

2. Your Users Might Not Use Your App The Same Way You Do

This is particularly frustrating for developers, who meticulously plan users’ flow through their applications. Despite countless hours of planning, the unapologetic truth remains, users might not use an app the same way its creators thought they would. That’s why it’s so critical to get unbiased (i.e. not your friends and family) users using your app. Apple permits up to 100 users to be authorized per each standard developer account, and developers should really try to take advantage of each of these to collect feedback from a diverse sample of test users. One interesting tool you can use to get qualitative UI feedback is which is a supplemental analyics tool that allows developers to see which parts of your app users interact with using (you guessed it) heat maps. This can give you unbiased, behavioral feedback that goes beyond data, because “The best information always comes from real users.” as noted by CEO, Cyprian Ciećkiewicz.

3. Pick KPIs that Make Sense For Your Target Audience

If you somehow missed the message in Apple’s “There’s an App for That” campaign, let me note that there are a lot of apps for a lot of different things. Apps for content publishing, social networking, utilities, commerce and gaming all require attention paid to different KPIs. Before you dive into analytics, make sure you understand what you’re hoping to better understand. For instance, a content publishing app might be more concerned with user retention, while an ecommerce app is invariably primarily interested in purchase conversions. As Wayne Chang, founder of crash reporting provider Crashlytics notes, “A bunch of useless numbers on a screen are not helpful. But, the right information, at the right times, can provide incredible insights that are actionable for the developers.” Be sure to define an analytics strategy that aligns with your app’s core offering.

As Suhail Doshi of mixpanel notes, app analytics isn’t about pageviews. Instead, “focus on measuring things that matter like specific engagement related to [your] app.”

4. There Are Different Analytics Providers for Different Types of Apps

The variety of mobile apps is expansive, making the phrase “mobile apps” pretty undescriptive. Some analytics providers cater to different app verticals. For instance, Playtomic might be a good fit if you’re developing a mobile game, whereas Localytics might be a better choice if you’re building a content delivery app. Not all apps are created equal, and neither are all analytics platforms.

5. Analyze Market Data to Avoid Mistakes Competitors Have Already Made

There are a few analytics providers such as Distimo that offer market data. While you may find it a bit expensive to access, this type of data is useful to see what similar apps are doing in the marketplace relating to price and number of downloads. Armed with market data, developers can make well-informed decisions and potentially avoid mistakes that they see competitors making. For instance if a competing app is performing poorly at a $2 price point, you may be able to better determine the appropriate price for your app.

6. Make Sure You Install the Analytics Platform Correctly


User data can be really useful, pending the data is accurate. Chances are, your analytics provider of choice will offer an SDK to install its platform. Be careful to install this correctly, because an analytics platform that’s supplying faulty data is no good and counterproductive. Another important point when installing an SDK is to be mindful of how it might affect your app’s speed. Following proper installation protocol will ensure that the least amount of bloat is incurred. When in doubt, consult your analytics provider’s support team to make sure everything is as it’s supposed to be. They might also be able to offer some helpful pro tips to help you get the most out of their product.

7. Pick a Provider You Can Grow With

If you have an iOS app and are looking to create an Android version, or an iPhone app and are looking to build an iPad version, make sure you pick an analytics provider that you can cater your needs. If you’re considering monetizing your application through in-app advertising, you might want to use an analytics provider that also has partnerships with ad networks or strong ad delivery models. Pick a vendor that is going to be able to handle your needs as your product scales, whether that means covering different platforms, devices or geographies.

8. Mobile App Analytics Shouldn’t End With Your Mobile App

For “mobile only” products and brands that leverage mobile as one of multiple channels, there are valuable insights that can be drawn from data away from your mobile app, related to your app. Most notably, social media can offer hints about user sentiment pertaining to your application. Social media is also a good tool to detect flaws and connect with users, because users are usually the first to point out if something isn’t working as it’s supposed to or could improve. Don’t approach mobile app analytics as a siloed entity, but rather integrate all of the areas where your brand is collecting data to get a comprehensive understanding of your app’s position in the marketplace.


There are an estimated one billion smartphones in the world today, and it is expected that there will be two billion by 2015 with exponentially more mobile apps. With the market developing so rapidly, it’s to be expected that app analytics will continue to evolve at an equally quick pace. If you dig your heels into app analytics now, you could save yourself from making some easily preventable mistakes. Do you have other questions or tips for getting the most out of mobile app analytics? Let us know in the comments.

Additional reporting by Drew Howard.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, TimArbaev, Flickr, heartlover1717

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Hilary Duff has a baby boy!/Sophie_McKinnie/status/182949698552872962

This is something we never thought we’d hear, let alone write about, but here we are! The star of Lizzie McGuire has had a baby boy!!!

From Us Weekly:

It’s a boy for Hilary Duff!

The singer/actress and her husband of 18 months, NHL star Mike Comrie, welcomed their first child, a boy named Luca Cruz March 22.

Duff first shared the happy news via Twitter on Thursday. “Welcome to the world, Luca Cruz Comrie!” She shared. “Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound, 6 ounce beautiful boy.”

It's weird to think that Hilary Duff is a mom

— Brittnie (@brittnietran) March 22, 2012!/LinneaLiebe/status/182949697147768832

Congrats Hilary Duff on your new bundle of joy, your marriage to Mike, and everything you have accomplished in your career! #TeamDuff

— Hilary Duff News (@HilaryNews) March 22, 2012

Congrats Hilary Duff, seems like just yesterday you were on Lizzie McGuire and Material Girls had just came out <3

— B i e b e r♡ (@BiebsBagel) March 22, 2012!/samlovespixie/status/182946809965051906

it depresses me seeing all the 13/14 year olds on here talking about hilary duff and stuff. Makes me olddddd:L even though im not.

— hev (@hhheatherrrc) March 22, 2012

I literally had EVERY Hilary Duff CD and watched every episode of Lizzie McGuire. She was my Demi back in the day..when Demi has kids….

— ||| (@allstarlovato_) March 22, 2012!/NA0Ml_/status/182949681637232640

Lizzie McGuire has had a fricken baby! Yes, I know she's called Hilary Duff but she's will Lizzie McGuire in my eyes.

— • (@lauracolpitts) March 22, 2012

Congrats Hilary Duff she gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday. To think she was Lizzie McGuire & is now starting her own family bye childhood

— (@bieberdaze) March 22, 2012

Congrats Hilary Duff. Luca Cruz Comrie is a cute name

— Michael (@tupey69) March 22, 2012

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Jacob Collier Covers ‘Don’t You Worry About A Thing’ By Himself

Jacob Collier Covers ‘Don’t You Worry About A Thing’ By Himself

British musician and vocalist Jacob Collier has gone viral with his impressive cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, Don’t You Worry About A Thing

Using no auto-tuning whatsoever, Jacob impressively performed all parts of the song himself, from the vocals to the percussions. 

The clip has already garnered over 100,000 views, and has appeared on Yahoo, DailyDot, and UniqueDaily


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The "True Detective" Creator Debunks Your Craziest Theories

As Sunday’s finale looms, Nic Pizzolatto discusses the first season’s arc, crazy fan theories, misogyny, female nudity on the show, and Season 2.

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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. HBO/Lacey Terrell

HBO’s True Detective was always going to be a big deal because of the Matthew McConaughey/Woody Harrelson of it all — but it’s safe to say that viewers’ obsessive behavior around the show has come in at the high end of expectations. Each week, creator Nic Pizzolatto’s grim, literary time-jumping crime story — in which McConaughey plays the haunted, philosophizing Rust Cohle, and Harrelson plays the gone-to-seed good ol’ boy Marty Hart (who is smarter than he looks, to his chagrin) — is picked through and expanded upon by a vigilant audience of 11 million. And yes, it’s also possible to enjoy True Detective even if you have no idea who the Yellow King is, or whether time is indeed a flat circle. (Or not enjoy it: One gift True Detective has given us is vibrant, fun conversations around the show’s excellence; but its provocations have also birthed intelligent dissent.)

The eighth of Season 1’s eight episodes airs Sunday, and the story of Rust, Marty, and the serial murder case that has framed a 17-year period of their lives will conclude. And so will McConaughey’s and Harrelson’s tenures on the show; next season will reboot with another arc and another cast created by Pizzolatto. (Though True Detective hasn’t been officially renewed, as you will see below, it will be.)

This interview was conducted over email — Pizzolatto’s choice — and we discussed the season so far, as well as where Episode 7 left us (so stop reading now if you’re not caught up). We also talked about charges of misogyny against the show; pay-cable’s “clear mandate” (his words) to include nudity; satanic ritual abuse; whether the show will continue to have one director for all of the episodes, as it did this season with Cary Fukunaga; and where Season 2 might go.

Very might: Pizzolatto can get vague with the best of them. Except when he’s telling you that — for sure — neither Rust nor Marty will turn out to be the killer on Sunday night. So stop it with that.

Let’s begin with the ending of Episode 7, when we see Errol, who is, or had better be, the Spaghetti Monster. How did you build to that moment, and why did you decide to end the episode on that note? Nic Pizzolatto: Going into the final episode, I wanted to end any audience theorizing that Cohle or Hart was the killer, and also provide a concrete face to the abstract evil they’re chasing. So, wild speculations aside, we showed the killer’s face in Episode 1. Though we know that as this “third man,” whose face was scarred by his father, Errol is himself a revenant of great historical evil. There’s enough fragmentary history in Episode 7 that, like Hemingway’s iceberg, what is obscured can be discerned by what is visible. We have further context and dimension to explore with the killer, but the true questions now are whether Cohle and Hart succeed, what they will find, and whether they’ll make it out alive. Rust and Marty seem to have found focus in their messy lives by deciding that solving this case is the thing they need to do to find both professional and personal resolution. Did you always know that the show was going to come to that? NP: The story was entirely planned around them reuniting to try and resolve this serial murderer case. I don’t really think either man sees it as a personal resolution, because neither one believes in resolution. I believe they recognize it as their duty, and as perhaps the only thing they’re good for. In this I think they are commendable, as they each could’ve walked away from the whole thing several times in the course of the series. That said, I think it’s clear that neither man is living much of a life, and I find it touching when Cohle asks about Marty’s life — that’s something ‘95 Cohle would never do. ‘95 Cohle says, “It’s none of my business [your life].” But 2012 Cohle, there’s the sense that Marty’s his last buoy, the closest thing he has to someone who knows him. This is largely true for Hart as well. And Cohle makes clear to Marty that he wants to die and views this case as something he has to solve first, though it’s valid to interpret that perhaps a part of Cohle does not want to die, and latching onto this case again is a way for him to keep living. It’s relevant that “Angel of the Morning” is playing when they reunite.

Now I’m curious about “Angel of the Morning.” You chose it because of the song’s spirit of wistful resignation, or a particular lyric? NP: Well, it’s a love song about unrequited devotion with a female singer, as though vocalizing the anima they’ve mutually repressed.

Would it be correct in assuming that they’re willing to die? Marty in particular seemed to be saying goodbye to Maggie in Episode 7. NP: I think given the amorphous nature of the evil they’re pursuing, its historical roots in culture and government, they would have to be willing to die to fully pursue their absolute justice. And they each understand this.

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Did you imagine that there would be so much audience speculation that Rust or Marty was the murderer, or was that a frustrating surprise as the show has unfolded? NP: It was a little surprising, but not frustrating at all, just part of the experience of having people connect to the show. The possibility is built into the story, as it has to be credible that the 2012 PD suspect Cohle. I just thought that such a revelation would be terrible, obvious writing. For me, the worst writing generally just “flips” things: this person’s really a traitor; it was all a dream; etc. Nothing is so ruinous as a forced “twist,” I think. Let’s discuss satanic ritual abuse, which is the backdrop of the ‘95 sections (and is certainly mentioned a few times — the task force that looms over them, putting pressure on them to get the case solved). That was an intense, strange phenomenon of the ’80s and ’90s, and was largely debunked. But the show seems to be coming down on the side of satanic ritual abuse really existing! NP: The case of Hosanna Church in Tangipahoa Parish certainly seems real enough. I was there through the satanism panic that started in the mid-’80s and then resurged in the ’90s. So even as rural myth, it’s a part of the time and place. But this is a coastal Louisiana of-the-mind, as I knew it, a place which is no stranger to superstition and esoteric belief, where mysticism mingles with mainstream religion, where Voudon and Santeria are practiced along the bayous and a primitivism still maintains in many places. I grew up with adults who believed the Virgin Mary was appearing in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. They held prayer meetings where they closed their eyes and claimed to see visions, and we were prepped for the end of the world throughout grade school. So the wild extremes of belief were always visible, and then to me it’s a short jump to a horror story. The ritual abuse in our show is the darkest side of belief, in a show where belief has been a steady underlying topic. Did you grow up religious? NP: I was raised in a heavily Catholic family. Early and consistent encounters with mysticism. Have you read Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright — which explored a problematic case of “recovered memories” and satanic rituals — and did it inform anything in True Detective? NP: Never read it; the focus on mysticism and child abuse are both governing concerns of mine, and fit the place very well, based on my life experience. Twin Peaks strikes me as the other vivid popular expression of ritualistic child sexual abuse — but in Twin Peaks, there was a supernatural element that put a veil over plain-old child rape and incest. I’m curious both about whether you watched Twin Peaks and thought about it at all here. And also what you’ve thought about all the internet chatter wanting True Detective to turn out to be a supernatural story despite showing no evidence through seven of eight episodes that it’s that at all. NP: I watched and loved Twin Peaks when it was on, at least in that rich first arc, before Josie turned into a dresser drawer and everything went bonkers, though I wasn’t thinking about it at all. I don’t read internet chatter, but all I can offer is that to date there hasn’t been a single thing in our show that’s supernatural, so why would that suddenly manifest in the last episode? The show has a quality of mysticism, for sure, but nothing supernatural so far. I think there’s a lot of self-projection going on in certain cases; like the show has become a Rorschach test for a specific contingent of the audience in which they read their own obsessions into it. This is what it means to resonate with people, so I don’t mind it. The danger is that it’s myopic and unfairly reductive, like a literary theorist who only sees Marxism or Freudianism rather the totality of a work.

There are also those who will not be satisfied with any finale unless Rust Cohle steps out of their TVs, into their living room, and shoots them in the foot as some kind of meta-statement on magick and mass entertainment. And, you know, the technology just isn’t there. That said, I wouldn’t totally rule out the appearance of special effects…

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Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart. HBO/Michele K. Short

I saw you tweeted Willa Paskin’s Slate piece that praised the show and its portrayal of misogyny; Emily Nussbaum’s New Yorker review also looked at the show and its women, but was critical. You’ve said that True Detective’s view of women has been a result of focusing on two point-of-view characters who are men. Have you been listening to that thread of criticism? What do you think of it?

NP: Well, the show is plainly showing a vein of misogyny running through not just these men but their culture. To the idea that this is not on purpose, or that the females are one-dimensional, I’d say we’ll agree to disagree. If someone sees Maggie as merely some kind of fuming shrew, then that viewer is revealing their own prejudices, not the show’s. Given that neither of our leads has a healthy relationship with a woman, and given that we only see things in their POVs, that women are not given a full representation is correct for the story being told here.

This is a close, two-person point-of-view show, and the story is bound to those perspectives, with a few loose variations. In the structure of this telling, the other characters exist in relation to Cohle and Hart. However, if someone comes on screen for one exchange in the entire show, I believe they have dimensionality — the fact that their presence in the show exists only in relation to Cohle and Hart does not diminish their spark. Of the women Hart has affairs with, I wouldn’t expect them to be the most mature and stable of people, given his character and the difference in their ages. The gender criticism was expected, but it seems very knee-jerk in the total context of what we did here and what the show is supposed to be. It’s easy to use such a political concern as a blunt, reductive instrument to rob the material and performances of their nuances. But there was no way to tell this story, in this structure, without that being an easy mark for someone looking for something to criticize.

There’s also the issue of nudity, which has been very boob-y (and HBO-y). How did you decide what the sex scenes would look like?

NP: The staging was more or less there in the scripts, and then Cary and I worked together on the execution. But there is a clear mandate in pay-cable for a certain level of nudity. Now, you’re not going to get our two lead movie stars to go full-frontal, but we at least got Matthew’s butt in there. There’s not a great deal of nudity in the series at all, though, compared to other shows on pay-cable. I’d be happy with none. Seems to me if people want to see naked people doing it, there’s this thing called “the internet.” The show sets up a world in which evil men conspire to do terrible things to women and children, and that less bad men are in charge of trying to stop them. (Or, as Rust would put it, the “world needs bad men — we keep the other bad men from the door.”) Seems accurate to me. Is that your worldview, or is that just the show and the characters?

NP: Well, that’s certainly the view of Cohle, but nothing in him represents my views on anything. I think True Detective is portraying a world where the weak (physically or economically) are lost, ground under by perfidious wheels that lie somewhere behind the visible, wheels powered by greed, perversity, and irrational belief systems, and these lost souls dwell on an exhausted frontier, a fractured coastline beleaguered by industrial pollution and detritus, slowly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a sense here that the apocalypse already happened. And in places like this, where there’s little economy and inadequate education, women and children are the first to suffer, by and large. There’s a line in a Sherlock Holmes story where Holmes explains to Watson that the evils of the city pale in comparison to the horrors of the isolated countryside, where who knows what terrors exist in the lonely farmhouse, cut off from civilization and beholden to no oversight? I always sensed that.

Regarding bad men being necessary to stop the other bad men, that’s probably more true than I’d like it to be, but the point exists outside of gender: You need physically capable, courageous, and potentially violent people to deal with the violent, dangerous people.

You deleted a tweet in which you responded, obliquely, that Season 2 could be different in respect to women characters. What did you mean, why did you delete the tweet, and most of all, where do we stand on Season 2?

NP: I deleted the tweet because I didn’t want to be beholden to a promise and then change my mind. I’m writing Season 2 right now, but I don’t want to divulge any potentialities, because so much could change. I just never want to create from a place of critical placation — that’s a dead zone. So I don’t want, for instance, a gender-bias-critique to influence what I do.

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Nic Pizzolatto. HBO/Michele K. Short

Let’s assume there’s a second season. Since you’ve said you don’t like serial killer stories, I wonder what other sort of crimes there are that can sustain an eight- or ten-episode anthology?

NP: Oh, all kinds of conspiracies suggest themselves. Especially if, like me, you’ve been reading about the last 40 years of Southern California government.

Forget it, Nic, it’s Chinatown! I assume you won’t say more than that, but please do feel free to, of course. How long did it take for this show to come together, and given its scale and that you’re the sole writer and the bar for casting is high, does it seem like something that could happen once a year?

NP: Man… I’m tempted to utter just one word, but I can’t. I gotta stay mum on the next season till it’s more concrete.

With this season, once I started writing in earnest, it took about three and a half months to get the scripts. Episode 1 was written in mid-2010, and 2 was written in mid-2011, but I rewrote them and all eight were done by early August 2012; then we moved into pre-production from September through most of January. Then shot a full six months. Then did post from July 2013 to January 2014.

It’s very possible to do it once a year; the main thing that slowed us down was having to wait to do all of post-production until after we’d wrapped. I’d like to get two or three scripts exactly where I want them, then start getting the gears rolling in earnest. Casting is its own issue. Who we cast and what their schedule is will likely determine at least some part of scheduling, and scheduling will determine at least some part of casting.

Do you imagine working with one director again, and plot aside, can you give us any hints about a changed aesthetic?

NP: We don’t have any plans to work with one director again. It would be impossible to do this yearly as we need to be able to do post while we’re still filming, like any other show. There’s some great guys I’ve consulted, and we’re all confident we can achieve the same consistency. Going forward, I want the show’s aesthetic to remain determinedly naturalistic, with room for silences and vastness, and an emphasis on landscape and culture. And I hope a story that presents new characters in a new place with authenticity and resonance and an authorial voice consistent with this season. Dominant colors will change. South Louisiana was green and burnished gold.

And finally what should viewers be thinking about going into Sunday’s finale?

NP: Anything they want. Binary systems, maybe.

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