What Are Honor Killings and Why You Should Attend This Director’s Talk

When I first heard about how the late Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was killed via “honor killing,” it didn’t seem real at first. Why would people do such a thing, especially since she was strangled by her own brother? But in reality, these are common in Pakistan and around 1,100 women and girls […]

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Someone on Twitter made a Lena Dunham apology bot


Lena Dunham just issued a somewhat hollow apology for defending a Girls writer accused of rape.

It’s not the first time Dunham has apologised for a controversial statement after backlash, as many on Twitter have pointed out.

So, recognising a theme, two Australians have made a Twitter bot that can generate satiristic Dunham apologies.

Hailing from Melbourne, Jess Wheeler (creator of popular bot “Aus Gov Just Googled”) and Liv Croagh, have created a Twitter bot called “Lena Dunham Apologizes,” which generates fabricated apologies from the Girls creator. Read more…

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Nintendo’s next mobile game, ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ is out this week


We knew it was coming in late November, and now we have a date: 11/22.

Nintendo’s next mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be out on Wednesday. The tweet announcing the news pegs it for release on unspecified “mobile devices,” which probably means a simultaneous Android and iOS launch.

Have you heard the news? Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be coming to mobile devices worldwide on 11/22! #PocketCamp pic.twitter.com/jShJwDgnls

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 20, 2017

Pocket Camp rethinks Nintendo’s enduring series about building a quiet, rural life in a small village filled with adorable talking animals. While the core ideas remain the same — you customize your living space, travel to other living and social spaces, and gather resources — your home base is a campsite rather than a town. Read more…

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Authorities just served Apple a warrant for the Texas church shooter’s iPhone


Authorities are continuing to investigate the mass shooting that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, two weeks ago.

Now, the San Antonio Express-News reports that Texas rangers have served Apple warrants for files stored on the shooter’s iPhone and his iCloud account. They’ve also obtained a warrant for files stored on a second mobile phone (made by LG) that was found at the scene of the shooting. 

Apple’s own legal process guidelines for iCloud state that the company will provide material to law enforcement agencies when it’s requested using a search warrant. But the company notably has a much different set of policies concerning files on a person’s encrypted iPhone. Read more…

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Amazon’s Philip K. Dick anthology series will go live on January 12

 Amazon continues to churn out original series, with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams premiering on Friday, January 12. The anthology series will be a Prime Video exclusive, with each of the ten episodes set in their own unique worlds based on the literature from author Philip K. Dick. Dick is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sci-fi authors of all time. Dick… Read More


How Long Does It Take to Make a Stop Motion Film Like ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and ‘Coraline’?

Stop motion films have come a long way since its inception in the late 1800s. Initially used to show a magical element, stop motion animation is now used to produce entire movies. The first ever documented stop motion animated film is The Humpty Dumpty Circus released in 1898, which is credited to J. Stuart Blackton […]

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Notorious killer and cult leader Charles Manson has died aged 83


Charles Manson, a cult leader and convicted killer, has died. He was 83.

The leader of a murderous cult which led to the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969 died of natural causes at a hospital in Bakersville, California on Sunday evening, as confirmed in a statement by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Manson had been housed in the Protective Housing Unit at California State Prison in Corcoran since 1989, where he spent the rest of his life. He had been imprisoned in various jails since 1971, convicted for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Read more…

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5 Tips on How to Go On A Cheap But Luxurious Vacation Every Year

I just came back from an amazing vacation in Cancun. A vacation that was long-overdue after a year of working hard to launch ValuePenguin’s Singapore site, and I came back as rejuvenated as I could ever have been staying at one of the most luxurious resorts in Cancun called Le Blanc for 3 nights. And how much money […]

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Sexual Misconduct Is Never a Laughing Matter, But Why Is it Always a Joke?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. No, not you, Al Franken! And not you too, George Takei! Our reactions to men, whether gay or straight, outed as sexual predators or harassers or molesters, as in the […]

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Chance the Rapper performs hilarious song on ‘SNL’ begging President Obama to return


“This time of year I get thankful baby, thankful for you. But now you’re gone and I don’t know what to do.”

What an emotional love song. A tribute to a great relationship after a bad breakup. Some girl somewhere is going to be really sorry she ended things with De-Von-Tré, the hot new combo comprised of SNL’s Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, and guest host Chance the Rapper.

“So come back, Barack.”

Or, what? Yeah. 

The world is on the verge of nuclear war, and former president Barack Obama is out here living his Best Life. We’re here crying ourselves to sleep, and he’s water skiing and showing us how in love with Michelle he is, and everything sucks. Read more…

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Kate McKinnon debuts pitch perfect Julian Assange impression on ‘Saturday Night Live’


Saturday Night Live took us behind the scenes in its cold open tonight of a totally plausible meeting between Julian Assange and the Brothers Trump in the first installment of what we can only hope will be many, many more episodes of “The Mueller Files.”

Kate McKinnon debuted her expert Assange impression – reason enough to hope for more – replete with a suspicion-inducing pleather jacket and weird white-blonde haircut.

“It’s not white, it’s a platinum bob with a man’s front wisp.” Sorry, Julian.

Anyway, the meeting, which ostensibly took place between Assange and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy in London – where the real Assange has been holed up since 2012 avoiding extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges – was crashed by a delightfully inept Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), who did just about everything he could to blow the clandestine convention. Read more…

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