Thursday, April 24, 2014

You Will Never Know Joy Like This Adorable Little Kid at a Hockey Game

You Will Never Know Joy Like This Adorable Little Kid at a Hockey Game

You Will Never Know Joy Like This Adorable Little Kid at a Hockey Game

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Hockey player Jordin Tootoo failed to make the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff roster and was recently sent to the team’s AHL affiliate, but he seems to be maintaining a pretty good attitude nonetheless.

While walking to the locker room during a recent game, Tootoo spotted a young fan and completely made the kid’s night (or week, or probably his entire life) by letting him keep his hockey stick. Seriously, has anyone else ever known euphoria like this?

Meanwhile, though, another young fan (who you’ll notice in the top right corner of the video) is just looking for a high-five, and Tootoo totally leaves him hanging. That boy’s complete and utter despair kind of cancels out this other kid’s unadulterated joy, reminding us once again that the world is a dark place and life is ultimately pointless and nothing really matters. Bye.

Katy Perry Is Dressin’ Up for “Birthday” Video, For Better or For Worse

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:09 AM PDT

It’s hard out there for pop stars making videos this week. On Tuesday, a sneak peek of a Katy Perry’s “Birthday” video drew criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of a bar mitzvah DJ, and today Avril Lavigne is fighting off accusations that her wacky “Hello Kitty” video was totally racist.

On the Perry front: the full video for “Birthday” premiered today, and it does little to quell concerns. As expected, it features a supposedly incognito Perry crashing birthday parties as five different costumed characters (Halloween pro tip: Jewish people aren’t costumes), and together they leave behind a trail of chaos, crying children, car accidents and… animal poop. As with any Perry video, there’s a lot going on, but the faux-hidden camera hijinks here distract from the fact that “Birthday” is actually one of the better tracks on Prism, her disappointing follow-up to the confectionary perfection of 2010′s Teenage Dream.

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 More MERS Deaths

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 11:06 AM PDT

Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths and 36 more infections within the last day from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Associated Press reports.

Among the newly infected is a 65-year-old Turkish pilgrim in Mecca, one of two cities where millions of Muslims from across the world will gather later this year for the Hajj, an annual Islamic ritual. Some health experts are concerned the gatherings will exacerbate MERS’ rapid spread to other countries.

Saudi Arabia has seen a spike in MERS infections in recent weeks, with many health workers among the sick and the dead. The Saudi Health Ministry says there have now been 297 cases and 85 deaths related to the virus since it first appeared in the country two years ago.

MERS is in the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and the common cold. MERS has no vaccine or treatment. It’s unclear how the virus is being transmitted, though some scientists theorize that the virus may have spread from camels. The virus does not spread as quickly as SARS. It’s possible MERS will die out on its own, though some are worried it could mutate into a more easily-spreadable disease.


VICE Journalist Released by Separatist Captors in Ukraine

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:30 AM PDT

An American journalist for VICE News detained by separatists in eastern Ukraine has been released and is in good health, the outlet confirmed on its website Thursday.

Simon Ostrovsky and four other journalists, including TIME’s Berlin Correspondent Simon Shuster, were detained Monday evening by Pro-Russia separatist militia, in an incident that highlighted the increasing threat to journalists working in the region. The other four were released after about an hour, but New York-based Ostrovsky was held because he was "suspected of bad activities," said Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the militia in the separatist-held town of Slavyansk.

The journalists—including Ostrovsky, Shuster, a Ukrainian photographer, a British photojournalist, and a Russian photographer—were traveling in a car in Slavyansk when they were stopped at a separatist checkpoint.

The full statement from VICE News:

VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.

Facebook Rolls Out a New Plan To Crush Twitter

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:27 AM PDT

Facebook announced a new service Thursday designed to make it the primary social media resource for journalists covering breaking news, a direct shot across the bow at Twitter.

FB Newswire is a tool accessible via Facebook that features an updated stream of newsworthy and embeddable public content. This includes photos, videos, and status updates about categories ranging from hard news to lifestyle to celebrity to sports. Journalists can grab that content to use it in their own stories across the web.

Newswire is powered by Storyful, bought by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp for $25 million in 2013, which promised users that it will be vetting all of the content it is providing.

Thus far, FB Newswire has provided content on stories ranging from Kim Kardashian’s views on the Armenian massacre:

To Obama taking pictures with a robot:

Twitter, one of Facebook’s primary competitors, has come to be known as a major breaking news resource for the media. It has built that news-friendly model with strategic hires and tool integration.

This Is the World’s Most Accurate Depiction of IKEA

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:25 AM PDT

If you’ve ever set foot inside an IKEA, then you know that this is a spot-on representation of the store’s layout:

Blueprint of Ikea


Youth Vote Key In India’s Marathon Elections

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:22 AM PDT

Photographs by Sumit Dayal for TIME

U.N. Security Council Expresses ‘Horror’ at South Sudan Massacre

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:19 AM PDT

(NAIROBI, Kenya) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe.

The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the killings last week in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state, as well as the use of radio broadcasts to “foment hate and sexual violence.” It said council members may be willing to impose sanctions if attacks on civilians continue.

“The world’s newest state is clearly on a precipice,” said U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, who demanded that the nation’s leaders end the violence. “Failure to take bold action now very well could push South Sudan into a cycle of retaliatory ethnic killing, a deepening civil war, and an even more devastating humanitarian catastrophe.”

The condemnations come about 10 days after rebel fighters from the Nuer ethnic group took control of Bentiu and slaughtered non-Nuer civilians in the town mosque, the hospital and on streets, leaving “piles and piles” of bodies, according to the U.N.’s top aid official in the country.

Melker Mabeck, the outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in South Sudan, called the conflict’s ethnic component worrying.

“Because it can reach a point where the political efforts that we hope make progress might be overrun by these kinds of dynamics, so that even if a political solution is found the rifts between the different ethnic groups is too wide to bridge,” he said.

President Salva Kiir fired the country’s top military officer, Chief of Staff Gen. James Hoth Mai, further isolating the Nuer group politically. Mai is Nuer and his command position, which he held since 2009, was frequently cited as an example of the ethnic diversity of the government led by Kiir, an ethnic Dinka.

Mai’s removal further freezes a powerful minority out of top government positions, said Casie Copeland, a South Sudan analyst for the International Crisis Group.

“The move will make many Nuer who remain with the government nervous,” she said.

Kiir also relieved his director of military intelligence, a Nuer, following his testimony at a recent treason trial that appeared to politicize the army, said Copeland. The newly named replacements are Dinka, like the president, she said.

Col. Philip Aguer, South Sudan’s military spokesman, noted that chiefs of staff are posts not for life, and that the military implements the president’s decisions. It is only the second change in the top military position since 2005, Aguer said.

A spokesman for the rebels, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, said the firing of Mai and the director of military intelligence “marks the beginning of an imminent bloodbath, escalation and regionalization of the conflict.”

“Kiir has finally unplugged the last safety valve and glue that had partially kept together his faltering regime in the last four months,” Koang said.

Aguer reported battles in Jonglei state on Wednesday around the town of Renk, which he said is in the military’s control. The rebels say they now control Renk. It was impossible to immediately reconcile the accounts.

The situation in Bentiu remains calm but the city is in rebel control, he said.

Violence has been raging in South Sudan since mid-December, when Kiir accused Machar of leading a coup. About 1 million people have fled their homes and an unknown number have been killed. Most estimates are in the thousands.

“Who knows how many are killed? Nobody knows,” Mabeck said in an Associated Press interview Thursday in Geneva, where he was briefing Red Cross officials. “I think it’s likely to get worse before it gets any better,” he said.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 when it cleaved off from larger Sudan after a referendum. Enmities between ethnic groups have been longstanding.


Associated Press reporter John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.

Joan Rivers Won’t Apologize For Joke About Ariel Castro Victims

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:18 AM PDT

Joan Rivers, the queen of offensive comedy, may have finally gone too far.

Rivers was promoting her new reality television show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, when she compared living in her daughter’s guest room to being held hostage in the house of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro.

“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space, I mean it’s just the worst,” Rivers said, to gasps of shock from The Today Show’s hosts.

After the comment, social media lit up with backlash and outrage. But the 80-year-old comedian has refused to apologize for her remarks.

“There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke, what’s what I do, ” she said. “They’re free, so let’s move on.”

Andy Warhol’s Lost Amiga Computer Art Recovered After 30 Years

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 10:18 AM PDT

Cory Arcangel's curiosity was piqued: he had just seen a YouTube clip of revered pop art icon Andy Warhol painting a digital portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry as part of a 1985 advertisement for the Commodore Amiga 1000. What had happened to the image, which was ostensibly Warhol's first digital portrait? When Arcangel (also an artist) was in Pittsburgh — home of the Andy Warhol Museum — for his own show, he asked the museum's curator Tina Kukielski if anything had ever come of the unlikely partnership.

As it turns out, something had.

Today, the Andy Warhol Museum announced that it has recovered a set of images that the pop artist created on the Commodore Amiga home computer that he was promoting in the ad campaign. The doodles and photos were the result of a commission by Commodore International hoping to demonstrate the computer's graphic arts capabilities. The images that Warhol created — including revisiting his iconic Campbell's soup cans, bananas and Marilyn Monroe — were then stranded on Amiga floppy disks for almost twenty years after technology progressed past the point of being able to easily retrieve them.

Together Arcangel and Kukielski approached the Warhol Museum's chief archivist Matt Wrbican to ask for permission to search for the lost files on the floppy disks held in the archives. Wribcan joined the hunt, which soon grew to include other staff from the museum and Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Club — a group, as the Warhol Museum notes in a press release, that is known for its collection of “obsolete computer hardware” and its “prize-winning retro-computing software development.”

The club's technical expertise paired with the museum's collection allowed the hunt for the lost images to continue. Eventually, the team was able to safely extract the images from the disks resulting in new images for Warhol fans and art historians to appreciate while also making it possible to preserve the images for posterity. (It's unlikely that Warhol backed up his work.)

The images that the team discovered are familiar territory for Warhol fans: There's a colorful recreation of his world-famous Campbell’s soup can; a three-eyed adaptation of a pre-rendered version of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and a scratchy self-portrait. But he new images — as well as the YouTube advertisement that started the treasure hunt — show an established artist in a state of evolution, attempting to adapt his usual mode of creation to working with a mouse in his hand. Warhol didn’t shy away from the new technology, but instead seemed determined to master it.

As director of the Warhol Museum Eric Shiner explains, Warhol remained interested in new technology throughout his life. “Warhol saw no limits to his art practice. These computer generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media.” One can only imagine what Warhol's Instagram would have looked like.


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