Thinking of standing on a rooftop? watch this video taking you into St Paddy’s Day weekend

 

Whether you’re planning on heading to the streets of Southie, flying over to Dublin, or just drinking in the yards at your local university- everyone needs to be careful of two things: drunken leprechauns & rooftops. I’ll admit, I have climbed a house or two in my St Paddys Day career. Never has one of these roofs been occupied with 30+ drunkards, stomping around shouting all sorts of heinous shit. Crazy video re-posted by Barstool Sports, not really sure exactly where this is coming out of. Friendly PSA for those who plan on celebrating their Irish heritage of blacking out and mumbling, do so responsibly this Paddy’s Day. Also, for those who have not realized yet, it’s “Saint Paddy’s Day” not “Saint Patty’s Day”- dump the T’s for the boys.

To that second point- drunken leprechauns, stay away from them. These could be anything from plastered white girls crying about nothing, to those classic no-necked dudes with the tats & the white tee yelling at every inanimate object for a fight. Nobody likes these people. Don’t be these people. If on the off chance you run into an actual leprechaun, hopefully its the one from the Lucky Charms commercials, not the one Wayne imitates:

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Citizen Journalism at its Finest

Well, so far this election season has been a complete shit show (to say the least) in America. As a millennial, we have grown up with “two of the worst presidents ever”, Bush and Obama. Whoever your friend is, they will take a side on that stance, but finally, with 2016 approaching we have a chance to weigh the shit in comparison to what we have grown up with. At first it was looking like either a black republican, a latino republican, TRUMP, a woman, or a Jewish socialist as the president. As time and erroneous statements have passed, it is appearing to be that the election will come down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (but thats just my guess). Throughout the campaigns, there has been an increidible amount of citizen journalism relating to rallies, protests, what the candidates have said, and what the candidates have done. Donald Trump, the Republican front runner at the moment, has said plenty of things that have upset millions of Americans and foreigners across the globe; just like Hillary. Comparing statements made now to statements made in the past seem to be a trend amongst many political commentators including Steven Colbert, Jon Oliver, and Bill Maher. Most recently, Hillary Clinton has come under fire because of a statement made at her recent rally condemning Bernie for his non-stance in Health care years back. Funny thing is, Bernie stood right behind Hillary when she was promoting Universal Health Care and again and again she chooses to ignore the truth.

How stupid is this? How stupid are the candidates that are running to control our military and country. I am twenty one years old and I feel like I could run the country better than some of these people talking in front of millions. The foreign policy issues are a complete scam, and inside our boarders dont seem to be getting much better with anyone. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see who becomes the two nominees and vote against the lesser evil. Isnt that how it always turns out anyways? The most impressive thing about this whole political process is not what the candidates have been saying, but what the citizens have been saying in response. Citizen journalism is at an all time high thanks to the creative social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Constantly we are updated what is happening in local states, and the responses of the citizens in the crowd. Anywhere from protests to peaceful gatherings, you can see everything on social networking sites. When Barack Obama took over Facebook and won the election n 2008, Democrats have not stopped using the World Wide Web to their advantage in gathering votes- especially from millennials. Europe- please dont think we are racist, sexists, or bigoted because of our candidates, look at us as your brothers and sisters trying to make the world better.

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NCAA March Madness Bracket Released

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Its that time of year again; March Madness. I dont know everything about these college teams, how they’ve performed all year, or how far they should go- but thats not gonna stop me from pretending like I do. Seeing that the Monmouth Hawks didnt make the tournament this year, after pulling out great wins with an electric bench, is truly disappointing. It hurts, but I’ll move on. March Madness is seriously the best time for all of basketball. The games are intense, players emotions are completely invested in their play, and its not this celebrity bullshit that we see all the time in the NBA. These coming weeks are what makes everyone get back in the gym and shoot around. All in on Xavier.

Mess around with this interactive board to see how your picks will play out. After you can print it here and send it. Good luck, may the odds be in your favor, and if you get that perfect bracket and score big with Mr. Buffet- let me know…. that would be wicked cool.

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New Album & Summer Tour for Blink-182


AestheticMagazineToronto– 
In a pair of new interviews from the 2016 Musink Music Festival, drummer Travis Barker has confirmed that the new Blink-182 album is finished, and that fans could expect a new single within the next two months, along with a summer tour, which is set to be announced within the next six weeks.

On working with producer John Feldmann, Barker said that it felt similar to working with the band’s long-time producer Jerry Finn, who died in 2008.

“We never worked with a producer outside of Jerry Finn,” Barker said, “so when we got in to record this album, I somehow got back in touch with John and then he was like ‘man, we gotta catch up and have lunch or dinner’, and then we did, and then I was like ‘you should be working on the Blink album’, and literally the next day we were in the studio, and it has been a crazy three and a half or four weeks.”

In the studio, the band scrapped all of the 16 originally written songs and started fresh on a new batch that Barker described as “the best material we’ve written or put out in years”. Barker elaborated that the band worked 15-20 hour days during the recording process.

This is awesome. I understand its been like 20 years since the bands initial releases, but I doubt the flame is out in any of these guys. I’m not a diehard fan by any means so the album has me excited, but the summer tour sounds the most enticing. Yeah they’ll include a few of their new songs in their setlist to sell the album, but other than that the concert could be a top event this summer. Summer 09, freshmen year seeing Blink for their reunion tour at the Comcast Center– still to this day one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Sneaking in with crowds of people, absolutely pouring rain, people mud sliding down the lawn, making out, and listening to Blink just putting on an electric show. I remember everyone’s phones ended up soaked and their clothes ruined but no one cared- partly because iphones weren’t a thing and everyone’s EnV’s were shiting the bed anyways. Tour dates come out in a couple weeks and the album should drop in a couple months… stay posted!

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Fake it Until you Make it: The Valentí Sanjuan Story

This insane man is Valentí Sanjuan. An Ironman, actor, producer, and almost everything in between- Sanjuan is slowly building an impressive resume from scratch. What started out as a simple guest on a local Barcelona radio-show, Valentí decided to take his career into his own hands after his contract expired. Training for Ironman competitions while producing a small-time Youtube show, during the first years of his endeavor, Valentí learned a lot about character, motivation, and pride. The “fake it ’till you make it” attitude is exactly what Sanjuan embraced. In quite humorous fashion, he would convince old-time interviewees to come to his new “show” which was not exactly what he promised. Not a total lie, but a stretch of the truth if you will. After his first guest, he would tell his new guest of the latest on his show which would convince them to attend his new show and the channel began to roll.

As someone who has never ran over three miles in a lifetime, conquering a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike ride, and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run- I was immediately inspired by Valentí’s sense of internal willingness in physical form. After gathering recognition from sponsors, Valentí started gathering some gear and more importantly revenue to continue his efforts of becoming the next big late night star- but in his own envisioned sense.

Valentí soon began traveling to locations all across the globe, finding new challenges to conquer and feats to triumph over. This spun off a new brand in which he posted videos of his feats that has inspired hundreds of thousands of people. ValentiEstaLoco, as he has named his Youtube channel, features him in different locations across the globe; from Cuba to Morocco. With carefully located product placement, Valentí gathered even more revenue to bring back to Spain and launch his latest project VistoLoVistoTVthe closest thing to his original idea. A variety show featuring bands, comedy acts, and guests, Valentí started out with a small crowd in smaller venues. Building up the brand and getting more recognition from eventual sponsors like Damm, Sanjuan was able to turn the small variety show into one of the largest late-night shows that garnishes more views than the “Jimmy-Fallon of Spain”.

While it is true it took years and years of hard-work and perseverance to get to where Valentí is today, he would not have wanted it any other way. This is a common theme found not only in his videos and books, but in his soul. It is an inherit sense inside of him that has brought him to the heights he is at today. As someone who aspires to make a brand for myself, Valentí has taught me the most important aspect of doing that: be something new! Find out what makes you different in this world of 8 billion people and run with it. Stay true to who you are, keeping fighting until the finish line, and most importantly- fake it ’till you make it. This is the Valentí Sanjuan story.

 

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Kendrick Lamar drops new project “Untitled Unmastered”

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Complex-Earlier this week, TDE’s CEO Top Dawg announced that one of the label’s artists would be dropping an album sometime this week as a surprise. Many suspected it would be from SZA or Isaiah Rashad, as Top Dawg recently noted that their albums were nearing completion. Earlier tonight however, a project called “untitled. unmastered.” popped up on Spotify under Kendrick Lamar’s name. As it turned out, this was the surprise project that he was referring to, and Kendrick unleashed it.

 

Don’t like it; LOVE IT. Kendrick Lamar is easily one of greatest artists of our generation. No nod, no hype- just casually releasing 8 tracks (all of which have no names) for everyone to bounce too. What’s crazy is that apparently on “Untitled 07“,  Swizz Beatz’s son Egypt actually produced some of the track. Kid’s only 5 years old?  Haven’t listened to it all but from what I’ve hear so far, its gonna some serious shit to jive to. You can listen to it here on Spotify, or download it through iTunes here. Enjoy some new K-dot.

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Man legally changes name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger

FOXNEWS- A British man decided to legally change his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger as a show of his undying love of the sandwich. Sam Smith, 33, told a U.K. magazine that the, “Bacon Double Cheeseburger was pretty much the first thing that came up,” after a night of drinking with his buddies who convinced him to do go ahead with the stunt. “It was the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub where there was a conversation about names,” he said. After he sobered up, he still embraced his new identity.”I’ve got no regrets at all,” he said. So what do his parents think?”My mum was furious but my dad thinks it’s hilarious. He’s more than happy to use my new name.” Another person not too pleased with the name apparently is Smith’s fiancée.  “My fiancée is fairly reluctant about marrying a Cheeseburger. That’s something we’re discussing a lot. No girl ever dreams of spending her big day marrying a man called Bacon.” For now, Smith proudly signs off his work emails as “B D Cheeseburger.”

 

 

Two words:  No. Ragrets.

This Guy Who Legally Changed His Name to 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger' Is Kinda CuteThis is the face of a man who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. It runs in the family- just look at his dads reaction. And to his fiancée, if she cant handle the meat then maybe it wasn’t meant to be from the beginning. Cant really blame him either. With the same name as that fairy singer Sam Smith, how could you not get drunk with your buddies and come up with something else. Not to this extent, but I was ready to pull a move just like this. If Tom Brady went back to back this year I was ready to invent a middle name for myself because I actually dont have one. Without hesitation I was ready to make it TmBrady. It’s an old english country term for goat. Great name, great story.

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Selfies as Passwords for Credit Cards

NBCNEWS Soon MasterCard customers will be able to use fingerprints, wearable devices to detect things like heartbeats, and even selfies to confirm purchases online. This news is just the latest in gadgetry coming right out of Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference. Ann Cairns, the head of international markets for MasterCard has said, “biometric checks have been trialed in the US and now the company will begin launching these checks in the UK very soon”. According to a survey by MasterCard, 53 percent of shoppers forget passwords at least once a week, wasting more than 10 minutes to reset their accounts and leading to a third of shoppers abandoning their purchase.

No really, people now can take selfies for a legitimate reason. Does anyone see any issue with this? At first glance it seems like a great idea- especially with the crazy statistic that over fifty percent of people forget their passwords in a week; but I have a feeling like this could be abused. Fingerprint scanners seem legit, I use mine all the time to unlock my iPhone and get into my mobile banking; although it is kind of sketchy that companies now have your fingerprint in storage (not that mines not already with the 5-0 anyways. What about this facial recognition software? Facebook has already invested a ton into this new technology and it’s kind of freaky how much it works- ever notice how Facebook knows who to tag in your photos? What about if you had a photo of someone and you used it to confirm purchases? Still this idea of companies knowing your face, fingerprints, and overall life and selling this data to other companies to target you seems too much for me. It’s like Minority Report and I don’t know if I’m ready to deal with that.

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Everyone’s geekin-out over this photo of Mark Zuckerberg

What some are calling an allegory of our future, the photo taken above has the internet in a firenze. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is depicted walking past an oblivious audience who has just been shown Samsung’s new Gear VR. This is no random event; it is the Mobile World Conference. MWC is an exhibition that happens once a year right here in Barcelona, Spain. To summarize, its basically an event for the biggest tech/mobile companies in the world to showcase what products they have lined up. What is making the event more important each year is the growing population of people who have smartphones and their presence on social media-most notably Facebook who just hit over a billion users at the end of last year. It’s said that there are more people in the world that own a smart phone than a toothbrush… but you know how statistics go, 70% of the time they’re right all the time.

So here we see Zuckerberg, walking down the aisle with his shit-eating grin, seeming as if he is satisfied with the hundreds of people all wired in like they’re in the matrix. You can just picture him scheming, rubbing his hands together, laughing maniacally like he finally figured out a way to completely remove people from reality. As if Facebook wasn’t already enough of a distraction from realitythere’s finally a way to bring them even closer to the edge- virtual reality. Allegory of our future; a world where all the rich bastards can jog around the Sagrada Familia and the rest of us can sit in a room and imagine it… scary stuff, huh? Now don’t go grabbing your tin-foil helmets screaming that we’re gonna turn out like the mindless fat people in Wall-E just yet, I think we’ll be okay. Obviously any warning won’t stop the internet from over-reacting. Some reactions have been just as you’d expect- pessimistic; while others have turned to humor to recreate the scene in hilarious fashion (mine being the Travolta Pulp Fiction scene).

Honestly, with the changes Facebook has been making as of late (especially in the field of journalism) it’s interesting to think about just where we are going with Facebook and how much it connects us with one another. Adding in new features like Reactions to bring more realism to the like button, to its addition of Instant ArticlesFacebook is clearly trying to extend its reach into every aspect of our lives as it can. These additions now allow journalists to gage exactly how people are feeling based on a breaking story. In the past, users have complained that when a tragic story breaks, they do not want to ‘like’ it. With reactions, anyone can showcase how they are feeling while the post will continue to gain traffic. Instant articles is following in the likes of Snapchat’s Discovery page, creating an interactive, visual, and easy to use platform for people to read into the news. Facebook is now taking over where you connect with friends, share your experiences, and now read your news. As of today, our electronic footprint and personal data is larger than ever and Facebook knows how to get the most of it out of us. This has both users nervous, and advertising companies salivating.

 

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Upcoming Twitter Changes 

As many know by now, Twitter is struggling to stay afloat amongst the social media index; however, with upcoming changes to the platform- Twitter hopes to regain lost ground.

With CEOs coming and going as fast as active users on the site, Jack Dorsey, the original creator of Twitter, has decided to take back the reigns and attempt to stear the ship back to safe waters. With the recent release of Twitter’s Q4 earnings, many skeptics see this as a forewarning for a future fallout. Dorsey, or @Jack (what the creator goes by for a twitter-handle), has decided to make some changes that has few excited and many infuriated, leading to the hashtag #RIPTwitter. This prompted @Jack to release a series of tweets to slow the downwards roll of negativity:

So what are the actual changes coming?

 

1) Twitter has essentially redesigned it’s time feed. While it continues to be realtime, they have added a feature called Timeline Personalization. When this setting is turned on, “Tweets you are likely to care about most will show up first in your timeline. We choose them based on accounts you interact with most, Tweets you engage with, and much more. You can find instructions for how to turn off this behavior here.” This could mean great things for advertisers and company’s to really connect with their users; however, it can also take away from what users truly love about Twitter- real time tweets from any and everybody. Learn more about this feature here.

2) @replies will not contribute to 140 characters. Whenever you want to respond to a chain of tweets comprised by multiple users, tagging all of them sometimes leaves tweets with only tens of characters to spare. With these changes, @replies will not take up the strict character limit. Instead, any @users you reply to will be separate from your text and the user names may be crunched down to avoid the longevity.

3) .@user will be a thing of the past. Prior to these changes, if you replied to somebody only your followers that share this connection would be able to see the tweet in their timelines; this resulted with people using a character like a period before a reply so followers can see what they said. No longer will users need to do this for everyone to see their tweets.

 

While some users are excited about these few (of many) changes coming to the interface, many people are angry about this. I personally enjoy Twitter for its ‘real-time’ sense compared to other sites like Facebook. When news breaks, or tragedy strikes, one can be immediately alerted. Also for events such as the Superbowl, I can keep up with moments as they happen and everyone’s immediate reaction. While this new feature may keep out smaller accounts tweets in comparison to large networks like CNN, I believe this will make the platform better than worse. The already present ‘While you were away’ feature will essentially be replaced by this new concept. This feature, which encapsulated the most important tweets or at least the tweets that received the most traffic, were brought to the top of the feed, but that is only after 10 or so tweets and it was marked with the tittle ‘While you were away’. I personally enjoy this feature because when I am away from the app, I can come back and immediately be caught up on big news, or at least when my friends post a photo of someone else passed out I can laugh too. For the other updates, I see no harm in any of this. While sometimes I tweet specifically to a company and dont care for any one to see this, I can see why in other situations this will come in handy. Have no fear. Twitter will once again be great- Jack promises us. If not, Twitter will join the likes of Myspace lost to eternity in the internet underworld.

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