Archive | November 2016

Seeing Furbies sliced in half is really disturbing, even if you hate them

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You might think yourself hardened from all the terrible things that you’ve seen on the internet, but you’re about to feel that ~empathy~ again.

The Furby, an animatronic toy that somehow became a popular plaything for children in the late ’90s and early ’00s, has admittedly been a bit creepy from the beginning. There was always that lingering fear that your Furby could turn evil at any moment.

Anyway, the cheery dad and son duo behind YouTube channel What’s Inside?

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2016, in Mashable.

Australian startups need more diversity to thrive, not closed borders

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Sixty-one percent of Australia’s top 50 startups were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants, according to the 2016 StartupAUS Crossroads report.

Despite this, the local tech industry is up against strong headwinds from the government when it comes to hiring skilled technology workers from overseas.

In recent weeks, both major political parties have proposed tougher restrictions on Australia’s 457 visa system, which allows businesses to sponsor skilled foreign workers for up to four years.

The timing, so soon after the election of the outspokenly anti-immigrant President-elect Donald Trump in the U.S., has shades of political opportunism. It also comes amid the increasing power of the right wing One Nation party locally, sending ministers stumbling to “put Australia first.” …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2016, in Mashable.

How it felt to not know Trump won the election for 2 whole weeks

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Joe Chandler’s “bubble of ignorance” popped last week and there’s no going back.

The 65-year-old calendar artist from coastal Georgia managed to stay in the dark about the election results for two full weeks. After a deluge of publicity about the “last man in America to know who won the election,” the country’s next president was revealed to him last week at a political take on a “gender reveal party” on an Atlanta radio show.

“I was crestfallen,” Chandler said to Mashable. “It was like stab in the heart with a knife when those red balloons came out of the box.” …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2016, in Mashable.

‘Bro is glistening’: Christmas carol gets Kiwi makeover in hilarious vid

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Star of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and all-around Kiwi legend, Julian Dennison, stars alongside British singer Ronan Keating for a Christmas carol with a difference this year.

Air New Zealand’s latest funny video sees Dennison play the role of music producer, ordering Keating to change the words to “Winter Wonderland” — making them more relevant Down Under.

Whether it’s your bro glistening (with sweat, because it’s hot), or avoiding prickles from your nan (if you know, you know), the Christmas carol’s lyrical redux is a vast improvement from the original TBH.

Turns out Dennison is …

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Fitbit is reportedly buying Pebble

Pebble might only live on in our memories and Fitbit’s devices in the future. According to The Information, Fitbit is buying smartwatch maker Pebble for an undisclosed amount. An anonymous source indicates to Engadget that Fitbit is buying the indie… …read more      

This mom created her own version of the Evil Kermit meme

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Mothers are more perceptive to trends than their kids give them credit for — especially this mom, who memed herself for her kid’s entertainment.

When Twitter user @Tayhannon went out for the night, her mom appropriately created her own version of the Evil Kermit meme after she had left.

I told my mom I went out and she deadass made a meme of herselfpic.twitter.com/5h4XPXxH3j

— tunechi tay 🕸 (@Tayhannon) November 29, 2016

Evil Kermit emerged as the meme to showcase one’s innermost terrible thoughts and quickly became a …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2016, in Mashable.

7 tech gifts for the filthy rich

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You shun Black Friday and Cyber Monday as discount feeding frenzies that you’d never partake of. And when limited-edition sneakers are immediately sold out just minutes after release, you don’t flinch at paying a $1,000 premium for impossible to get $150 shoes. If this describes you or a friend you plan on gifting, then you’ve arrived the right place.

The following are a few money-is-no-object options to impress your friends and family who are lucky enough to know someone flush with the sweetest holiday nog: disposable income.

Image: caviar …

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‘Vikings’ creator previews Ragnar’s journey of redemption in Season 4 return

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This recap and interview contains spoilers for the midseason premiere of Vikings — Season 4, episode 11, titled “The Outsider.”

When we last saw Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), he had just returned to his home in Kattegat after a six year absence. Much to the disapproval of his people, he had abandoned his responsibilities as king in the wake of the Vikings’ crushing defeat in Paris at the hands of the Frankish forces led by his brother, Rollo (Clive Standen), and hadn’t been heard from in years.

Much had apparently changed in Ragnar’s time away — his young sons, Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) and Sigurd (David Lindstron), had all grown into headstrong young men, disillusioned by their absent father, while his eldest son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), was preparing to sail to the Mediterranean, eager to forge his own legacy away from his father’s shadow. …

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Activist’s Twitter campaign prompts advertisers to flee Breitbart

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Several major brands are scrubbing their ads from far-right news outlet Breitbart following pressure from social media users.

A makeshift campaign at the center of the boycott effort called Sleeping Giants claims that more than 20 advertisers have either publicly or privately agreed to remove ads from the site, including Kellogg, U.S. Bank and Warby Parker.

Their decisions come amid renewed backlash against the site prompted by Donald Trump’s recent appointment of Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. Critics say the agitative outlet frequently traffics in racist, misogynist and homophobic content. …

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2016, in Mashable.