Land Rover has officially unveiled its first long wheelbase Range Rover in over 20 years, which is set to debut at the Dubai Motor Show next month. Unlike the preceding Range Rover models, this luxury sport utility vehicle offers an additional six inches of legroom and significantly more recline angle for passengers in the rear seats. A host of luxurious add-on features such as automatic window blinds, a panoramic sunroof, and an option to slide the front passenger seat forward for increased legroom will be included. Customers can choose between an Autobiography and Autobiography Black trim levels, the latter of which will be made exclusive to the long wheelbase line. A bevy of exclusive color options such as Ebony/Lunar, Espresso/Tan and Dark Cherry/Ivory will be offered to those willing to indulge in the premium package. Undoubtedly, the added level of customization and luxury will cement the long wheelbase’s position as the most luxurious sport utility vehicle on the market. With the anticipated announcement of a hybrid version on the horizon, be sure to stay tuned in for more from Land Rover and its upcoming motor shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China. (SOURCE)
So here’s a scenario I’m sure you’re familiar with: Someone in accounting – let’s call her ‘Marci – comes to work on casual Friday sporting a Metallica T-shirt. When that loser Brad snickers about it behind her back, she tells him, loud enough for the whole office to hear, “Suck it, Brad!” And just like that, you’re in love, but you have no idea how to win Marci’s affections.
Well, never fear. I’m a sucker for a few things, including good coffee, fine scotch, sandwiches, and, of course, love, so I’m here to help. Because there are few ways to an officemate’s heart more direct than… wait for it… winning an office pool. And I know you’re thinking, “But the Oscars and the Super Bowl are months away!” Well, someone hasn’t been paying attention, because on Sunday, the good folks at YouTube will throw an awards show together, and now that they’ve announced the nominees, I’m here to help you crush. That. Office pool.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Let’s start with the category for nominees that have experienced “the biggest growth in views and subscribers”:
While Passenger’s brand of catchy acoustic folk-rock is, I’m sure, a big hit at the Starbucks, I’m not sure all the moms that fell in love with them will be voting here. Rudimental and Naughty Boy have creative videos, but they don’t have much name recognition – and considering that the voting for the awards ensures that this is an even bigger popularity contest than the VMAs, that’s going to hurt them both. That leaves Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, both very successful hip hop artists. While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ songs about shopping at a thrift store are quite catchy, Kendrick Lamar is (in my humble opinion) the best rapper out there now. There’s no one else close. So it’ll be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! The best guy never wins.
This next category is for the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists on YouTube:
That’s a lot of big names, but it doesn’t matter in the least since Taylor Swift will win this one hands down. First, all the Swifties (not to be confused with Swiffers) will use the fact that her ex-boyfriend is in the same category as a rallying cry to vote their girl Taylor to victory. Second, Taylor Swift is part of a five person council – including Oprah, Andy Cohen, Brett Favre, and Papa John – that controls every aspect of our world. The sooner you recognize this fact and accept it, the more likely you’ll be safe in our dystopian near future.
The first category that’s unique to YouTube’s platform highlights the top “unofficial” fan videos based on views, shares and other activity:
It’s kind of lame that many of these videos are well-produced, sleek, and professional-looking – shouldn’t this category be dominated by enthusiastic amateurs? The two exceptions are Walk Off the Earth and Jayesslee; both have great voices, but only one has an instrument (Jayesslee). Attention all a cappella groups: Just because Glee was popular doesn’t mean you don’t need a backing band. I’m going with Jayesslee.
While “Thrift Shop” and “Diamonds” were certainly popular, I’m not sure I’d call them a phenomenon like “Gangnam Style,” which for some unexplained reason is still included in the nominees for the past 12 months despite being published in July of 2012. Maybe they count like dog years. Or maybe they count it because the video is still technically on YouTube. If that’s the case can I put my vote in for “Thriller” for “Video of the Year” for this year and next? The one true phenomenon this year was “Harlem Shake” and if there is true justice in the world and a God in heaven, it will win this category. Well, there is! But unfortunately for the Norwegian Army, that God’s name is Taylor Swift and she’s in this category, too. Congratulations Taylor! I believe in you! I do! Don’t hurt me please.
This is the category I was personally most excited to see; it celebrates the most unique and creative videos on YouTube:
When MTV stopped playing music videos 73 years ago, it didn’t just mean reality shows like “16 and Pregnant” would pollute the airways and be a sign of apocalypse; it meant that creative, experimental filmmaking lost its biggest platform. Before Spike Jonze made this, he made this and this. All of these nominees are amazing, and if I could be sincere for a minute I’d like to point out how inspiring it is that artistry of this level is still being created around music and we should all take a few moments to celebrate this.
Having said that, I’m picking Toro Y Moi, because this video looks like someone ran Tiger Woods through a Williamsburg hipster filter and filmed him singing in the woods, which is sort of hilarious.
That leaves us with just the final award, the crème de la crème, the big Kahuna. Video of the Year nominees are “the most loved, watched, and shared videos on YouTube over the last 12 months”:
This one’s tough to break down. The nomination includes half of the past election year, so do I pick “Obama vs. Romney”? Demi Lovato is a person, right? Maybe she could win. PSY? Wait, he had another song? Just go away. Maybe it’s One Direction? You know, call me crazy, but I don’t think “Best Song Ever” is the best song ever. This is tough…
Okay, I think I got it. After some careful consideration, there’s only one video in this bunch that became a cultural phenomenon; only one video that was parodied on Saturday Night Live. Yes, I’m speaking of the artist that everyone loves to hate, and also pretends to be offended by. This was Miley Cyrus’ year, good or bad, tongue or … well, more tongue and the YouTube Music Awards is going to be her party, so she can do what she wants.
Look, I’m not happy about it either, but it’s obvious from the nomination list that YouTube is less interested in innovating the concept of a music awards show and making it native to a non-linear platform than it is in creating some sort of popularity-driven traffic success. And we all know that Miley Cyrus isn’t just traffic gold, she’s traffic platinum.
Besides, this isn’t about who should win or lose, this is about Marci in accounting. Now go set up your office YouTube Music Awards pool so you can crush it this weekend and win Marci’s heart.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo (“Community” and “Arrested Development“) with a script from Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World). Chris Evans reprises his role as Captain America, still struggling to adjust to present day life, when a powerful new enemy emerges. Scarlett Johansson also returns in the film as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff along with Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo and Sebastian Stan. Disney will release the Marvel sequel in theaters next spring starting April 4th.
Michael Jordan goes back to school on the Air Jordan 5 “Laney”. MJ’s high school hues highlight this re-retro release, placing varsity royal and varsity maize highlights on a tumbled white leather base. Number tagging sees embroidery on the ankle, while icy bottoms, mesh inlays and translucent lace locks keep it classic. Look for the Air Jordan 5 “Laney” to launch on November 2nd at select Jordan Brand accounts. (SOURCE)
AIR JORDAN 5 “LANEY”
White/Varsity Maize-Varsity Royal-Black
November 2, 2013
Italian-based, Swiss-made watchmaker Panerai takes to the web today to premiere two new timepieces inspired by its earlier work for the Royal Italian Navy and the use of its specially designed Radiomir material that provided luminous markings for clear underwater visibility. Each watch will feature a modest 47mm casing in platinum or red gold with wire loop strap attachments, Plexiglas crystal and a hand-wound mechanical exclusive Panerai OP XXVII caliber with a power reserve of 55 hours. As an added bonus, the overall vintage appeal is enhanced through the addition of its original spherical winding crown. The PAM 521 Radiomir Platino as well as the PAM 522 Radiomir Oro Rosso are both limited to 100 pieces each and are retailing for $76,000 USD and $53,000 USD respectively. (SOURCE)
Following its initial unveiling earlier this summer, Apple took the opportunity today to further detail its forthcoming Mac Pro with a bevy of more concrete details. Designed as a professional top-of-the-line desktop, the Mac Pro uses a cylindrical design to organize some of the most advanced technologies available around a unified thermal core – effectively making the computer the most powerful and expandable Mac ever. Equipped with the latest Intel Xeon E5 processor with up to 12-core processing power and a four-channel memory controller providing up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, the Mac Pro is insanely fast with 40 lanes of the latest PCIe throughput, up to 30MB of L3 cache and over 500 gigaflops at peak performance. Coming standard are dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs with up to 6GB each of dedicated VRAM and 2048 stream processors – meaning it’s powerful enough to edit full resolution 4K video while also rendering effects and connecting as many as three 4K displays. Additional details include the likes of 256GB of configurable PCIe-based on-board flash storage, a combined optical/digital audio output/analog line out minijack, HDMI 1.4 UltraHD, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, six Thunderbolt 2 connections, four USB 3.0 connections and a built-in speaker. The Mac Pro is due to be available this December starting at $2,999 USD while full details can be perused via Apple’s dedicated Mac Pro web page. (CLICK HERE FOR LINK)
Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (of Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast to go along, featuring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. Fox Searchlight has the film set for limited release starting October 18th coming up soon.
Returning from a two-year hiatus, the Jordan 6 Rings is the next model to be inspired by the Fresh Prince. Although it didn’t directly release with the rest of the Jordan “Bel-Air” Collection, this Jordan 6 Rings “Court Purple” features the same design and ’90s colors as its predecessors. The 6 Rings are a hybrid of the seven Air Jordan models that Michael Jordan wore to win his six championships, and now the multiple model mashup is dressed in an equally complex color scheme. Sporting a purple and black upper, neon green, blue, purple, and pink are all integrated into the vibrant SKU. Do you like this return of the mash? Drop a comment in the feedback box with your thoughts, and freshen up with these Jordan 6 Rings “Court Purple” on October 19th for $160.