Our editor-in-chief obviously hates me. That's the only conclusion I could reach after he asked me to watch an abysmal attack video targeting renewable energy—a video produced by a notorious source of right-wing misinformation. But despite its bizarre mishmash of irrelevancies and misdirection, the video has been widely shared on social media. Perhaps you've seen it, or maybe you just to want to be ready when a family member brings it up in an argument. What, if anything, is true in this farrago of bad faith? Yes, it’s awful The video is hosted by "Prager University." My only previous exposure to the organization's videos had been this excellent one on the Confederacy by Colonel Ty Seidule, a professor of History at West Point who has since been placed on the Pentagon commission that will examine bases named after Confederate generals. Seemed legit! Now that I've had to look more closely, however, it turns out that Prager U is not a university—it's run by a talk radio … [Read more...] about Pure nonsense: Debunking the latest attack on renewable energy
Recap: Fry’s first opened its doors in 1985 and most recently operated more than two dozen stores, many of which were located in California and Texas. Each location had a unique theme; for example, the store in Phoenix was modeled after an Aztec temple while the Austin store was built with live music in mind. Fry’s Electronics, once considered by many to be the holy grail of electronics stores, is calling it quits. A message posted on the company’s website notes that after nearly 36 years in business, they’ve made the difficult decision to shut down operations and close the business permanently due to changes in the retail industry and challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. Fry’s said it ceased regular operations and started an “orderly wind down process” on February 24, which it believes will be in the best interest of the company, creditors and other stakeholders. It’s been tough sledding for electronics retailers ever since the advent of online shopping. Chains … [Read more...] about Fry’s Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business
I'm going to start this with a disclosure so I can get the fanboys and fangirls off my case from the beginning. I have turned down somewhere between 15-20 invites to Clubhouse. But about two weeks ago, I joined. Why? I want to see what the platform provides realistically and wanted to dispel the hype. I've spent a fair number of hours in it but not enough to be calling my wife a Clubhouse widow, so I am starting to get a good feel for what the potential value of Clubhouse and other social audio apps are. And what is so unutterably (though I am uttering it) ridiculous about the hype around it. To be clear, I don't care whether or not you are in love with Clubhouse. I'm not looking for you to defend it or denigrate it. The same way I don't care what Apple fan children love about Macs. They can't see the forest for the trees. I use Apple devices like the iPad Pro and the iPhone and will buy a 14" MacBook Pro with the M1x chip when it comes out. You know why I will? Because they are … [Read more...] about Members should be heard and not seen. The rise of Clubhouse and social audio?
Crooner Bruno Mars will be sandwiched between two female power duos during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards , we learned Thursday when MTV and the Barclays Center — the venue for this year's VMAs — went online to tease the seating chart and celebrity gift bags. To Bruno's left will be Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, whom fans pitted against each other when their singles " Applause " and " Roar " arrived on the same day. To his right will be Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, who are known to dance along to performances at awards shows. See also: Taylor Swift Mocks Kanye West's 2009 VMAs Interruption Barclays Center on Twitter notes Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, artists who have two of the summer's most popular songs with " We Can't Stop " and " Blurred Lines ," will be rubbing shoulders in the audience. The pair are pitted against Gomez, One Direction, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris for the VMAs' social voting category, Best Song of the Summer . Robin Thicke will be … [Read more...] about MTV VMAs: Seating Chart and Celebrity Gift Bags Revealed
Before reality show darlings Fifth Harmony and Little Mix entered the music industry, the world had Danity Kane as one of its made-on-TV female groups. After forming on MTV's Making The Band in 2005, the quintet broke up in 2009. Now they're reportedly getting back together at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards . A countdown on DanityKane.com shows the group will make an announcement on Sunday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT — when the VMAs will air. Furthermore, Perez Hilton reports : "Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard, and Aundrea Fimbres will be reuniting" at the ceremony. MTV said "no comment" when Mashable asked to confirm the reunion. See also: MTV VMAs: Seating Chart and Celebrity Gift Bags Revealed If true, the reunion will go down without Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett. When Danity Kane split in 2009 after Woods and O'Day left the group, Woods said she was fired and not invited back for another season of Making The Band , which rapper P. Diddy … [Read more...] about All Signs Point to Danity Kane Reunion at VMAs