As a certain musical once taught us, 525,600 minutes is but one of many ways to measure a year. Another is with newsworthy events, and according to one just-released massive illustration, 2015 was 143 happenings long. advertisement It’s the time of year for looking back, and the team at digital agency Beutler Ink have a specific way of doing so. Each year, they commission an illustration from a different artist that captures the most memorable things that occurred over the previous 12 months. It’s like a Where’s Waldo? poster except you’re trying to locate #TheDress and that a-hole dentist who shot Cecil The Lion. For this year’s rendition, artist Luke McGarry cartoonized 143 moments from of sobering news, frivolous pop culture, internet memes and everything in between. According to Beutler Ink’s blog post, the team began gathering ideas for this year’s poster in a shared Google Doc almost immediately after last year’s went up. (One … [Read more...] about How Many of the 143 Events From 2015 Captured In This Illustration Can You Spot?
Adele and james corden
I’ve been trying to avoid any more Takes on TNR, Chris Hughes‘ trap/neuter/release program for white men, but The New Yorker Dot Com (“The D.C.!™“) just published Ryan Lizza‘s TNR Take and it’s Friday so what the hell. Scroll down to “Hillary Frey told T.N.R. in late November…,” since everything before that is just a kind of laborious retelling of backstory. Choire accurately arranged 40 more TNR takes for you, but especially don’t miss his #2 pick, James Kirchick‘s deranged “The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple“, which should have been subtitled “When Gay Hitler Married Gay Satan.” advertisement advertisement Speaking of Takes, and thanks to Jessie doxxing the Tabs Take Tree yesterday, let’s check in and see what the Take Tree has for us today. “People who care about things are dumb,” said the tree.(art by … [Read more...] about Today in Tabs: The Take Tree
I’d been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day. advertisement advertisement I had a deadline and didn’t feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, I must have figured scrubbing grout would be a noble substitute. After all, I wasn’t mindlessly clicking around the Internet or watching cat videos. Surely cleaning was a productive use of my time. Right? That’s a way to rationalize it, but current research in psychology says we’re only fooling ourselves when we do. Avoiding the assignment you’re supposed to be doing by taking up a task that feels more responsible than puttering on social media is a complex way we trick ourselves into believing we’re not time wasters. Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, calls these behaviors “morally substitutable acts.” Pychyl, professor of psychology at Canada’s … [Read more...] about How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive
The X-Men franchise is heavy on the epics–previous installments have destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge, thwarted the Cuban Missile Crisis, and traveled through time to save all of humanity. But in the first trailer for next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the epic scale gets cranked to prehistoric levels–despite being set in the 1980s (which is the only time period fashion choices like Jubilee’s make sense). This time around, the stakes are bigger than ever, with a possible mutant dystopia facing our heroes from the hands of the film’s titular villain: Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. advertisement The trailer offers a few things–our first glimpse of Apocalypse, whom Isaac plays under so much makeup that you kind of have to pinch yourself to ensure isn’t CGI; our first look at Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (as well as young’ns Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp as Cyclops and Storm); and–in perhaps the funniest … [Read more...] about The Stakes Are Right In The Title: The “X-Men: Apocalypse” Trailer