Barbie’s friends are more famous than yours
Mattel, the doll’s creator, is known for its countless iterations of the doll — some stranger than others. One of the more popular versions of the doll is the celebrity doppelgänger. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe, to Elvis, to Beyoncé have been i-doll-ized, receiving a special 11.5-inch Barbie in their likeness, usually to commemorate a special event or achievement in pop culture
When blockbuster films like Twilight and The Hunger Games were released, Mattel celebrated by commissioning dolls of the movie’s stars. When Jennifer Lopez announced a world tour, Barbie rolled out a mini-me of the singer’s signature look. Read more…
It’s that time of the year again — Daylight Savings has arrived, and as we “spring forward,” we set our alarm clocks up one hour
It can be tough to give up those precious minutes, but Dr. Christopher Winter, a sleep expert and spokesperson for health tracker Basis, is here for you. He shared his top six healthy sleeping tips with Mashable to help maximize your bedtime and quickly adjust to DST
1. Sleep when you’re sleepy.
Even though you’re losing an hour in the day, it’s best to not try to go to sleep an hour early. Go to bed at the time you normally do, instead of trying to “catch up” on the hour DST took away Read more…
We deserve better. It’s a common refrain among video game developers who work with major publishers. Churning out the latest iteration of Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed takes its toll: inflated workweeks and 12-hour days, lists of notes and changes from the faceless entities of EA and Activision and the like, with simultaneous requests to pick up the pace — all the while making a tiny percentage of the game’s profits, not knowing if there will be another job when the project ends.
“The publishing people all watch [a game] and then make passive, aesthetic appraisals of active, functional aspects of a game,” wrote an anonymous developer, delivering a blistering attack of major game publishers. “This is because the bulk of execs can’t and don’t want to play or understand how games work.” Read more…
Admit it: You saw the headline and snickered. But this sh*t is real, man
Apps and handling your “business” go together like, well, nobody’s business. For proof, look no further than the study that once found 16% of cellphones have poop on them. And, like all universal human truths, this one’s even been immortalized in a song: Paul the Trombonist‘s catchy — and oh-so-aptly titled — “Playing With Your Phone While Sitting on the Toilet.”
But let’s be real: Not just any app will do when you doo-doo, and that even goes for some of our favorites. Take Twitter, for example. Great app. Full of information, links and longreads. But getting sucked down that rabbit hole can be problematic, and not just because you’ll be late to your next appointment — too much time on the pot can lead to hemorrhoids. And no one wants those Read more…
Malibu Barbie, Veterinarian Barbie … and Pregnant Barbie?
Over the years, the doll who can do it all has had quite a few interesting spinoffs. On March 9, she’s celebrating her 55th anniversary, which means five and a half decades of bizarre Barbie iterations
From controversial creations like Student Teacher Barbie and “Oreo” Barbie, to the ditzy Teen Talk Barbie, here are some of the doll’s quirkier moments.
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If you were in a corner of the West Hollywood Public Library parking garage one weekend in June 2013, you may have encountered artist Zach Blas. He wore a neon pink, amorphous mask, his face totally invisible save for two tiny eyeholes poked through the plastic
If you talked to him, Blas would speak to you about biometrics. He might tell you that those innocuous fingerprint and facial recognition technologies on your smartphone are actually rather insidious. He might say that these technologies, used by governments to police border security, are programmed with racial biases
He’d cite a study that determined humans can make fairly accurate snap judgments about individuals’ sexual orientation based on facial recognition alone, even when those faces were stripped of surrounding markers such as dress and hairstyle Read more…
Phil Nuytten’s newest diving suit may as well have been invented by Tony Stark. At six and a half feet long, and weighing 530 pounds, the aluminum contraption looks more like a Buzz Lightyear ripoff than anything
Even its name, the “Exosuit,” sounds like slang from a science fiction novel.
It’s a first-of-its-kind design that lets deep sea divers plunge more than 1,000 feet underwater, all the while maintaing surface level pressure. The state-of-the-art rotary joints throughout the arms and legs allow divers extreme flexibility and finesse, as well — apparently, enough to pick up a dime
This July, researchers are using the suit to study bioluminescent organisms deep within the Atlantic Ocean. Due to their extreme depths, the creatures were previously only attainable via remote instruments or trawl nets. Now, scientists will be able to use the Exosuit and observe them up close in their natural habitats Read more…
London is a big city with a rich history, containing a population of more than 13 million people. I fell in love with it when I worked there as a motorcycle dispatch rider for more than 15 years, and it’s a love affair that continues today.
Even though I haven’t lived in London since the late ’90s, I still know where to go on a big night out. But so do a lot of other people who don’t have the same understanding of the city — all it takes is a smartphone with the right apps.
See also: The 20 Best Apps for a Big Night Out
This seems a betrayal of the city it took me years to learn, but one has to move with the times. While these apps won’t necessarily find a word-of-mouth backstreet bar that is perfect to hit before a gig, they will give you a great experience when going out in London. Read more…
Buried for more than a century, 1,400 gold coins have, since their unveiling almost two weeks ago, captivated people around the globe. Even more mysterious, the middle-aged California couple who discovered the eight decaying tin cans full of gold remain anonymous. Are they hucksters, pulling a “Jimmy Kimmel” on the numismatic world, or regular people with astounding luck? The tale grew even more curious as we discovered that $30,000 worth of similar gold coins had been stolen from the U.S. Mint in San Francisco in 1901.
Soon we were all playing a game of whodunit.
There are still many questions about these coins, which will likely sell for millions of dollars later this year. Are they stolen goods, or simply the contents of frontiersman’s dirt? Are they connected to one of the most controversial robberies of the early 20th century? Can the U.S. government lay some claim to these gold eagle coins? Read more…
Working online means we often have files we want to share with teammates or clients. While emailing attachments is still a popular choice to send files, it has restrictions on file size. It’s also not conducive to collaboration, as it doesn’t allow for multiple people to work on the same file at once
Instead of overflowing email inboxes with attachments, we can make use of a variety of file-sharing tools, all cloud-based, with many including storage facilities to track your transfers. These tools also save you from the setup, cost and maintenance of running your own home server (VPN), and make it easy to upload files to share with friends or colleagues, access remotely (on any device), or store for later Read more…