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Friday, December 11, 2015

"Star Wars" at the FC CSKA game

"Star Wars" at the FC CSKA game
"Star Wars" at the FC CSKA game
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An 'Oh-Hell-Yeah-This-Gift-Is-Awesome!' Gift Guide



Finding the perfect holiday gift is hard. Checking out our holiday gift guide is not. And we’ve made things even easier by picking the coolest, smartest and techiest gifts for everyone on your list. (Even if that means just you — hey, no judgements here.)


The Tech Junkie

The earliest of early adopters, these folks know the coolest gear and, let's be honest, probably already own it. Which is why these under-the-radar finds are exactly the way to go when gifting for the gear-obsessed.


The Audiophile

We all know one: that person with exquisite music taste, who knows every deep cut ever and has more records that you have of, well, anything. Picking their gift can seem as scary as admitting that you’re still really into The Strokes. But, fear not, these gifts will get even the biggest music nerd's seal of approval.


The Sartorialist

These folks just ooze style. They know how to look sharp, always have the latest trend on lock and can even pull off a man bun without looking totally lame. How they manage that last one is a mystery, but picking their gift doesn’t have to be.


The Gamer

We all play games, sure. But for everyone out there who understands that gaming isn’t just a hobby or time-killer but a Way Of Life, these gifts are for you.


The Frequent Flyer

Always on the go, the one thing jet-setters want more than anything is any one thing that will make traveling suck less. No matter where they’re sitting on the plane, these gifts are first class. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

‘Dirty Grandpa’ Red Band Trailer: Zac Efron, Robert De Niro Get Down and Dirty In Daytona Beach

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An uptight lawyer who is about to get married takes his recently widower grandpa on what he thought would be an average day on a golf course. What could possibly go wrong? A lot when you discover that the man who you thought was a well-respected old fashioned person turns out to be a foul mouthed curmudgeon who hasn’t had sex in 15 years. Such is the basis for the film Dirty Grandpa starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro.
Lionsgate has just released the newest red band trailer for Dirty Grandpa which features all sorts of devious sex acts, troublemaking, drug use, and other explicit things that can be considered NSFW. So break out those headphones, and make sure no one is watching, because you can watch the latest red band trailer for the film below.

The trailer does have its moments, but for the most part, that is all it is, just moments that make you chuckle. As a whole it does nothing to get me interested in watching the film. Which is a bit sad considering the talent that is involved in the film. And De Niro doesn’t seem the least bit interested in having sex with Aubery Plaza’s character, no matter how hard she tries to seduce him.
Of course since the film debuts in the early parts of next year, it’s not completely surprising that it is being dumped in the time of the year where films like these are normally dumped.
Or maybe I am just not the right demographic for this film. Then again, I did find The Hangover films funny, so maybe the film is just not right for me. That being said, if you like what you see, then by all means go watch the film.
Also starring Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Adam Pally, and Dermot MulroneyDirty Grandpahits theaters on January 22nd, 2016.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Right before his wedding, an uptight guy named Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed, former Army general grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) to Florida for spring break, and his fiance (Julianne Hough) is a little concerned abot it.
Aubrey Plaza (The To-Do List), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy), Jason Mantzoukas (“The League”), Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”) and Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street) co-star in Dirty Grandpa, which is directed by Dan Mazer (I Give It a Year) from a script by John Phillips.

[Source: Lionsgate]

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

F*ck the Starbucks Cup & Let’s Get Real about the Bloomingdale’s Rape Ad.

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“Spike  your best friend’s eggnog when they are not looking,” reads the tag line of the Bloomingdale’s ad, in a recent holiday catalog.

A woman is looking away, laughing and smiling at someone, while a man is leering at her. The caption is between them.
Are you f*cking kidding me?
What exactly is being sold here or advertised? The clothes? The concept? The season?
Who at Bloomingdale’s thought this up, and what team, boss or authority reviewed it, approved it and sent it into to circulation?
I don’t get it, and the fact that it happened during the same week that people have lost their minds over the Starbucks Holiday cup is making my head spin.
Could someone explain to me why this doesn’t get the same level of outrage? I know I’m seeing red.
It’s not like an ad is an Instagram photo that gets shot and accidentally sent out in the world.
People modeled for the ad. Someone had to think up the tag line, commit it to type, choose a font and color and then share the whole thing. That doesn’t happen with one person, or even one department, in most places.
It usually requires levels of approval.
WTF Bloomingdales?
And if you think they feel all bad for this horrible mistake, please read the “apology” that came from Bloomingdale’s.
“In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.”
It’s “inappropriate and in bad taste” just in reflection of recent feedback? Just in reflection? Does that mean if feedback were different, it wouldn’t be inappropriate or in bad taste?
Then there’s the headlines about the story.
Fortune: “Bloomindale’s Apologizes for Ad Seen as Encouraging Date Rape”
NBC: “Bloomingdale’s Says Sorry for Holiday Ad That Seemingly Implies Date Rape”
Seen as? Seemingly?
I’m sorry, what else is one supposed to infer about secretly spiking your best friend’s eggnog, while out at a holiday party, while she’s not looking?
What’s the other less date-rapey implication, that I’m supposed to be taking away, that I’m missing?
You don’t have to be a feminist or an activist or a scholar to know what rape culture is in a time like this.
It’s simple—rape culture is the culture where this ad gets made.
Rape culture is where Bloomingdale’s gets away without a real apology and where those writing headlines don’t know how to be clear.
Rape culture is where Bill Cosby needs to have dozens of women say the same thing for years, before one of them is believed, and where he is seen as the victim of attacks.
This is rape culture—using spiking a drink, while the woman isn’t looking, as something that helps promote a business.
Rape culture is the culture I live in, and that’s terrifying, because I’m female and a sister, daughter, mother and aunt in world where 1 in 5 females will experience sexual assault, just while at college. It’s a world where 1 in 4 of us females will be sexually assaulted during our lives.
This world.
This culture.
That’s it—that’s how simple a concept rape culture is.
One in which an ad like this comes out—yet people lose their minds over a coffee cup.
And some of us have to remind others that rape isn’t funny, sexy or a good ad idea.
Rape is a crime.
Rape is a violent, real and serious—and we have to explain that isn’t funny.
That’s rape culture.
90% of the time, victims of sexual violence know the person who they are assaulted by.
This ad is an example of exactly what rape culture is.
90% of people assaulted know the perpetrator, who is often a friend, teacher, co-worker, boss, neighbor or relative. Which is why the entire conversation about consent is so important.
There are apparently people who don’t understand that rape isn’t funny, because we still live in a world wheresomeone thought suggesting “secret eggnog spiking,” as a kind of holiday-festive-druggy-sexy-flirt move, was agreat idea.
They though it could be a great way to help sell stuff during the holiday season—and it didn’t get shut down.
In 2015.
It’s astounding and there are a ton of us who don’t think it’s even a tiny bit funny, seductive, smart or charming—and who are royally pissed off.
We know the real picture behind that picture.
The one not used as an ad—the one that follows after the non-consent or the drugging or spiking. We’ve known or lived as the woman who is sobbing, heartbroken, shocked, shattered and limp—because she’s been violated by the “best friend” who turned out not to be the best.
Or she’s rendered completely silent, speechless and maybe semi lifeless, because she just doesn’t know how to go on with what happened.
Or he doesn’t know if or who to tell, because he doesn’t know if he’ll be believed or supported, or if it will turn into more of a nightmare.  
So maybe “no” to the ad, to the bullshit apology and to having to explain rape culture in the culture where an ad like this gets made.
No to having to make a case, again and again and again, saying rape is a crime and not a joke.
No to the eye rolling people, who just don’t want to think or hear about this.
The eye rollers made this ad.
The eye rollers approved this ad.
The eye rollers didn’t listen to anyone who might have said, “Not funny. Not happening. Not a good idea. Not okay.”
How the hell does this ad even get made? I can’t even imagine how an ad like this gets made? It seems unfathomable except that it happened.
My friend, Laura Parrott Perry , wrote on her Facebook page:
“So, there’s a marketing meeting at Bloomingdale’s. The ad agency guy, dressed like Don Draper, says, “You know what’s festive and fun? Date rape!” And all the men nod their heads. “That’s a great idea, Don! You sure do have your finger on the pulse of what ladies like! (I need to believe there was no woman in the room.)”
I hear that.
I need to believe one day an ad like this one won’t even be thought of as a good idea—by anyone. Not a single soul.
Unfortunately, it won’t be this week.



Everyone has their preferred method and maker for home-brewed coffee, but which way yields the best flavor is constantly up for debate. Sure, people assume Chemex coffee is mellower than French press, but is it true? To definitively find out the best way to make coffee at home, we blind tested seven different coffee making devices: a French press, AeroPress, Chemex, Kalita Wave, an auto drip brewer, Moka stovetop espresso, and a single-serving Keurig.
We enlisted Lorenzo Perkins -- a member of the Barista Guild Executive Council and owner of forthcoming Austin, TX cafe Fleet Coffee -- to ensure each coffee was brewed correctly, and we brewed two kinds of beans -- a bold Starbucks Breakfast Blend and more subtle Counter Culture La Voz -- since different coffees are sometimes better suited to different methods.
The participants: 
1. An espresso lover
2. An all-day-long drinker
3. An old-school cream and sugar type
4. A non-coffee drinker
5. A champion barista
6. A budding coffee nerd (yours truly)

The process: 
1. The tasters received seven cups of coffee, each brewed using a different method.
2. Each cup was then ranked from best to worst. Each ranking was assigned a point value (first place earned seven points, second place earned six, and so on).
3. The process was repeated with the second kind of bean.
4. Scores were tallied and ranked.

Here are the results.

7. Keurig K-Cup Coffee Maker, 24 points

We loaded up the K-Cup machine with a pod that allows you to use your own coffee and hoped for the best. Although our cream and sugar fan rated this well because the mildness would pair well with sweeteners, most others thought the brew was flat, flavorless, and watery. The most fitting description was "bank lobby coffee."

6. Moka stovetop espresso maker, 35 points

For our espresso drinker who liked to chew her coffee, this ranked highly. Others didn't enjoy the sediment that gathered at the bottom of the cups. The darker beans had a motor oil quality, while the lighter roast dialed up the fruitiness to mouth-puckering levels, so both ends of the spectrum suffered.

5. Auto drip coffee brewer, 44 points

Across the board our tasters found this to be stronger and more bitter than other brews, which worked with some palates, but offended others. Our coffee newbie thought this was more of an expert-level coffee due to the oiliness and sharpness, which was surprising because auto drip machines are the most commonly used of all these methods.


4. French press, 51 points

Generally considered a gateway method to manual pourovers, the French press resulted in a flavor profile that was much nuttier, but the acidity was toned way down. Despite the thicker body, most of the jury thought it was more neutral and less vibrant. Surprisingly, several tasters noted alkaline flavors and correctly guessed that this method didn't use a paper filter.

3. Kalita Wave, 55 points

Although it sounds like a super fancy method, the Kalita Wave is basically just the same type of hopper you'd see in a Mr. Coffee maker, except you place it directly over your cup and pour the water yourself. The consensus was that the coffee was well-balanced, but a little bland, which worked to tone down the darker coffee but didn't bring out enough flavor from the lighter one.

2. Chemex, 57 points

The only coffee maker with a permanent space in the Museum of Modern Art, the Chemex is an elegant vase-looking pourover method that's great for making large batches. The non-coffee drinker in the group ranked this last, equating it to a sour beer. Others agreed with the sour beer sentiment, but found that the coffee sweetened as it cooled and was still strong, but with a smoother texture and not as overly-aggressive as some of the other methods.

1. AeroPress, 70 points

Invented by the maker of the Aerobie Frisbee, the AeroPress has been a cult gadget among coffee nerds for some time, and, if our jury's tastes are any indication, should be a welcome addition to anyone's coffee-making arsenal. It won by a landslide because of its ability to help roasted characteristics shine through without the bitterness, while accentuating the oily, flavorful aspects of the darker beans. It also cooled better than the others, retaining bold notes at lukewarm temperatures, balanced by an underlying sweetness that endeared it to even our cream and sugar fan.


There will always be coffee-is-coffee skeptics out there, but our entire jury was surprised by just how diverse the same coffee could taste when prepared different ways. Although the AeroPress won this test by a mile, it's important to note that it didn't receive first place votes across the board, but it was hands-down the most consistently pleasing across a wide array of palates. It's worth paying attention to how you brew! And maybe consider kicking K-cups.

Dan Gentile is a staff writer at Thrillist. He'd like to apologize to all the sleep schedules of all of the taste testers. Follow him to cleaning up his kitchen at @Dannosphere.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Amazon announces its Black Friday deals, which go live this week

Amazon has already kicked off its Black Friday deals early this year and has just announced a selection of upcoming offers that will run from November 20th. Discounts can be found on everything from electronics and video games, to fashion and kitchen appliances.
New Black Friday deals will be arrive “as often as every five minutes” and there are a number of Gold Box Deals of the Day to keep an eye on as well. For example, today you can already grab a Fitbit One for $74.99. Amazon Prime members will be given a 30 minute head start on most of the limited Lightening deals. There will also be a number of other exclusive sales that are only available through the Amazon Mobile Shipping App. These will be released daily from 3 PM PT to 11 PM PT, starting Thanksgiving and running through to December 9th.
When it comes to electronics, our favourite Amazon category, there’s a big selection of deals to be had. Amazon is offering discounts on its selection of Kindle readers and tablets, its Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick. A number of Samsung Galaxy Tablets will also have a 20 percent saving applied in the week, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There also are discounts on a huge range of TV and speaker products. A 15” ASUS laptop can be bought for just $129, while there’s 50 percent to be saved on the Sennheiser HD 598 over-ear headphones. If you need more space in your smartphone or tablet, there’s up to 70 percent off select SanDisk memory cards and USB flash drives too.
That should be everything you need to keep an eye on the best Amazon deals later this week. To see the full range of discounts revealed so far, click the press release button below.
Show Press Release Announces Eight Days of Holiday Deals
Enjoy new deals every five minutes starting Friday, November 20 through Friday, November 27
Effortlessly keep tabs on top deals from anywhere with new “Watch A Deal” feature
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 18, 2015– (NASDAQ:AMZN)— today announced holiday deals start on Friday, November 20, with new deals added as often as every five minutes for eight straight days at Customers will have access to 10 coveted Deals of the Day starting at midnight on Thanksgiving, and up to 10 more on Black Friday. Customers can also shop limited-time Lightning Deals on thousands of sought-after products per day throughout the eight days of deals. Plus, Prime members will get 30-minutes early access to the majority of these Lightning Deals.
This year, Amazon will introduce more than 150 hand-picked Lightning Deals on everything from electronics to kitchen gadgets only through the Amazon Mobile Shopping App available on Android, iOS, and Fire OS. These deals can be found on the “App Only Deals” tab and will be released daily from 3 PM PT to 11 PM PT starting Thanksgiving through Wednesday, December 9. In addition, Prime members in 20 metro areas can use the dedicated Prime Now mobile app to enjoy free two-hour delivery on select Deals of the Day throughout the holiday season.
Last year, total holiday sales from the Amazon Mobile Shopping App doubled in the U.S. and Black Friday had the most rapid growth in mobile shopping. This year, it will be even easier to spend time with loved ones thanks to “Watch A Deal” which allows holiday shoppers to pick the deals they’re most excited about and receive a notification to their mobile device when the deal is live. With this new feature, Amazon customers can effortlessly take advantage of deals throughout the day and while on-the-go.
“Customers can truly sit back and relax with their family and friends this holiday season knowing that they will be notified as soon as the products they’ve had their eye on are about to go on sale,” said Steve Shure, Vice President, Amazon Consumer Marketing. “Year after year, more and more customers shop for deals on Amazon from the comfort of their own home, and we continue to make that process even more convenient for them. And with App Only Deals, customers will have plenty of options when it comes to scoring great deals from Amazon.”
Following are examples of some of the top deals that will be available at various times between November 20 and Black Friday at
  • Kindle Paperwhite, $99.99
  • $30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle
  • Fire, $34.99
  • Fire Kids Edition, $84.99
  • $25 off Amazon Fire TV
  • $15 off Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote
  • Up to 45% off select Samsung and LG TVs, including Samsung 32” 1080p LED TV for $177.99, LG 49” 1080p LED TV for less than $370, and Samsung 75” 1080p Smart LED TV for less than $2,000
  • Top-selling 60” 4K LED TV, $799.99
  • TCL 55” Roku Smart LED TV, $348
  • Hisense 55” 4K Smart LED TV, $448 (App Only Deal)
  • 50” 1080p LED TV, $149.99 (App Only Deal)
  • 40” 1080p LED TV, $145
  • TCL 32” Roku Smart LED TV, $125
  • 32” LED TV, $75
  • Acer Home Theater Projector, $299.99
  • VIZIO 38” 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar, $79.99
  • $49 off SONOS 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set
  • Save 40% on Polk Audio Omni S2 Wireless Speaker
  • Up to 25% off Denon HEOS 1 Wireless Speakers
  • 50% off Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones
  • Save more than 50% on Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones in Black (Amazon Exclusive)
  • More than 50% off top-selling point-and-shoot camera
  • Jawbone UP3, $99
  • Save $100 on an Intel-Powered Dell 2-in-1 Laptop
  • ASUS 15” laptop, $129
  • Up to 40% off select Acer desktops, monitors, chromebooks, and tablets
  • Save more than 20% on select Samsung Galaxy Tablets
  • Save up to 70% on select SanDisk memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Top-selling mobile printer for less than $100
Baby, Toys & Pets:
  • Save 30% or more on select Graco Car Seats and Strollers
  • Up to 60% off select Disney apparel, toys, and more
  • Save 50% on select best-selling wooden preschool toys
  • 40% off select Fisher-Price Musical Instruments
  • Up to 50% off select toys from favorite brands like Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and more
  • Save 50% on select construction toys from K’NEX, Lincoln Logs, and Tinkertoys
  • Up to 50% off select Lionel Train Sets, including Polar Express
  • 50% off select wearable technology products and robotic toys for kids
  • 45% off UDI R/C Falcon Drone with HD Camera
  • LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Figurine Alarm Clock, $15.99
  • Up to 60% off select Nylabone dog treats and chew toys
  • Save more than 50% on select Outward Hound dog toys
  • Up to 50% off select PetSafe pet products
Home & Kitchen:
  • Save $50 on Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
  • Save up to $200 on select Dyson vacuums
  • Save 40% on Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle
  • $25 off with select DEWALT purchases of $100 or more
  • $20 off select orders of $100 or more in Porter-Cable tools
  • DEWALT 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit with Two Batteries, $89
  • More than 45% off Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
  • Up to 60% off select products from FoodSaver, Oster, Krups, Nespresso, T-fal, Wilton, and more
  • More than 55% off select Imprint Cumulus Comfort Mats
  • More than 50% off select Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cookers
  • Save up to 40% on select cookware from Circulon and Rachael Ray
  • More than 40% off Rabbit 6-Piece Wine Tool Kit
  • Save 20% on Soma Sustainable Carafe and Plant-Based Water Filter, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups
Sports & Travel:
  • 34% off Skywalker 15-Feet Jump N’ Dunk Trampolines
  • Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump – Queen, $87.99
  • BARSKA Starwatcher 400x70mm Refractor Telescope, $49.50
  • 30% off Reebok Professional Deck Workout Bench
  • 25% off Nautilus T614 Treadmill
  • STIGA Triumph Table Tennis Table, $299.99
  • 25% off select Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bags
  • 25% off select Under Armour fleece
  • adidas Originals Men’s Sport Essentials Tee, $19.99
  • Save up to 50% on select adidas footwear for men, women, and kids
  • Save 70% or more on Samsonite Two-Piece Spinner Sets
  • Up to 45% off RV and camping supplies, including select products from Camco and Valterra
  • Up to 55% off select Automotive D-I-Y items
Fashion & Beauty:
  • Up to 70% off select clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches for men, women, and kids
  • 30% off select clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with promotional code 30BLACKFRI
  • Up to 70% off select diamond jewelry gifts
  • Up to 50% off select luxury watches for women
  • Select Levi’s Jeans for men, $39.99 or less
  • 45% off select New Balance shoes for men, women, and kids
  • 50% off select Steve Madden shoes for men
  • 50% off select Steve Madden and Madden Girl shoes for women and kids
  • 50% off select Stride Rite shoes and more for kids
  • Select baby and kids’ coats, fleece, hats, and more, $14.99 or less
  • Save up to $30 on Oral Care, including Oral-B electric toothbrushes
  • Up to 25% off select skin care products, including Dove, Olay, and more
Books, Music & Video Games:
  • 80% off Transformers: The Covenant of Primus
  • Save more than 50% on Deathstroke Volume 1 Book and Mask Set
  • Save on more than 10 autographed CDs, including Kenny Rogers, Megadeth, and more (Amazon Exclusive)
  • Save 15% or more on select vinyl records
  • Save $20 on Need for Speed
  • Save $30 on Rock Band 4 Wireless Guitar Bundle
  • $50 off Xbox One Consoles
  • $50 off PlayStation 4 Uncharted Bundle
  • $25 off Metal Gear Solid V
  • Hundreds of PC download deals up to 70% off
All prices available at select times and while supplies last.
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