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2023-03-19 01:24:02

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Spotify Wrapped is here to analyze your Listening Personality

It's here. The moment you've been waiting for. You've survived Icebergify and Intsafest, and now the real deal has finally arrived: your 2022 Spotify Wrapped

According to Spotify, 2022 has been a year of "emergence" where "everything is happening all at once," so this year's Wrapped looks inward, launching new features that analyze users' personalities and daily listening habits.

Starting today, Nov. 30, each Spotify user will get a personalized Wrapped experience on their mobile device, which tells them their top songs, artists of the year, and more — all instantly shareable to your social media feeds.

As always, Wrapped is about the user, but this year it's taking things a step further and assigning users Listening Personalities. "The way we listen to music says a lot about us and your listening personality not only tells you about the music you listen to, but what that says about your music taste," Babar Zafar, Spotify's vice president of product development, revealed during a press preview of this year's Wrapped on Nov. 29.

Much like last year's Audio Aura, which was inspired by the increasing popularity of aura readings and tarot, Listening Personality is seizing a trend. The 16 Listening Personality types take inspiration from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. Both are made up of four letters that represent different aspects of your personality. The Spotify Team created these personalities. The traits that combine to make up your listening personality are familiarity or exploration, timelessness or newness, loyalty or variety, and uniqueness or commonality.

Spotify Wrapped is rolling out to users today, Nov. 30, with new features like "Listening Personalities." Credit: Spotify

Some of the types include the ENVC, or the Early Adopter, a trendsetter who listens to music right when it comes out, and the FNVU, or the the Specialist who devotes themselves to a select few artists.

In a year defined by segmenting our lives into different eras, it feels fitting that Spotify assigned a personality to our yearly listening habits.

Wrapped is also unveiling your "Audio Day," which shows how users' music taste evolves over the course of the day. Your morning, afternoon, and evening vibes will be categorized into different moods and aesthetics. It's sure to have some questioning the music they wake up to.

How does time of day affect your listening? Credit: Spotify

Forget the metaverse, this year's Wrapped is all about the genre-verse. It imagines you as an astronaut exploring a solar system of music, revealing your top genres as different planets in your aural galaxy.

Ready for takeoff. Credit: Spotify

To access your Spotify Wrapped, just open Spotify on your mobile device.

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    "I know it's easy to watch a video on the internet, but to watch it in real time is on a whole other level."

    Daniel's viewers are also using the livestream to open up conversations about police brutality and privilege with their families. Claire-Louise, a 21-year-old customer service agent in Belfast, Ireland, can't attend protests in Ireland because there aren't any close enough to be accessible. She's been showing Daniel's livestreams, as well as other screen recorded livestreams, to her family members who she claims are "a bit backwards in their mindset."

    "I know it's easy to watch a video on the internet, but to watch it in real time is on a whole other level," Claire-Louise said in a Twitter DM. "I get happy when I see the peacefulness but I get angry and anxious when I see the brutality and just blatant racism."

    Influencers and celebrities continue to fall out of public favor through this period of civil unrest. From posting well intentioned but ill informed black squares to their Instagram accounts to getting arrested for looting(Opens in a new tab), as Jake Paul did, celebrity culture is cracking. But those who use their platforms for activism, as Elijah Daniel and Halsey have, are inspiring a generation of viewers to join the Black Lives Matter movement.

    "Even though I can't actually be there, it at least makes me feel like I am," Wallace said. "Seeing how many people are at the protests, plus thinking about how many people are watching livestreams, makes me think that in time something may actually happen."

  • OKCupid adds Black Lives Matter badge and profile questions about racial inequality

    OKCupid adds Black Lives Matter badge and profile questions about racial inequality

    On Thursday, OKCupid announced that it's rolling out a #BlackLivesMatter(Opens in a new tab) badge in a dozen countries. Users can obtain the badge by answering yes to the question, "Do you want to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement by adding a badge to your profile?"


    Since badges won't actually do anything to solve racism, OKCupid has also donated $50,000 to the ACLU, Black Girls Code, Fair Fight Action and the NAACP. The app will also donate a million dollars in advertising space to black civil rights organizations.

    SEE ALSO: How single people have been dealing with the 'sex ban' in England

    In addition to the badge, OKCupid has added matching questions related to racial injustice and inequality. Users can answer whether they protest; whether it's okay to silently support racial equality; how they plan on addressing racial inequality (say by donating or protesting); and whether they find it important that their date supports racial equality.

    OKCupid racial inequality question Credit: okcupid
    OKCupid how will you address racial inequality question Credit: okcupid

    In the past week, over 100,000 users have responded to the new questions. The majority said it's not okay to silently support equality, according to OKCupid's blog post. Seventy percent are protesting for racial equality.

    This isn't the first time OKCupid has created badges and questions around social justice. They did so with supporting Planned Parenthood(Opens in a new tab) and marriage equality as well(Opens in a new tab). While the badge could be seen by some as virtual signaling, the questions do allow users to dig deeper into a potential match's commitment to racial equality — which is a step in the right direction.

    Related Video: Want to donate to help the Black Lives Matter movement? Here's how.

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  • When We Were Young Festival canceled its Saturday performances last minute making crowds even more e

    When We Were Young Festival canceled its Saturday performances last minute making crowds even more emo

    When We Were Young music festival attendees are not okay (they promise).


    Yesterday (Oct. 23), the inaugural When We Were Young music festival that featured mid-2000s emo artists like My Chemical Romance and Paramore, canceled its Saturday performances last minute due to high winds. Variety(Opens in a new tab) reports that some attendees found out about the cancellation as late as 10:30 a.m. when doors were set to open only half an hour later.

    The remaining dates of the festival on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Oct. 29 "are moving forward accordingly." Ticket holders who purchased tickets through the festival's ticketing service will receive a refund within 30 days, but the festival did not offer attendees the option to transfer their ticket to one of the other two dates.

    SEE ALSO: This emo music festival is a personal attack on millennials

    "When We Were Young Festival organizers have spent the last several days proactively preparing the festival grounds for a windy Saturday. The National Weather Service has now upgraded their Saturday forecast to a High Wind Warning, including dangerous 30-40 mph sustained winds with potential 60 mph gusts," the festival’s statement reads. "Under advisement of the National Weather Service and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, we have no other choice than to cancel today’s When We Were Young Festival. The safety of our fans, artists and staff will always be our top priority."

    Many bands, like We The Kings(Opens in a new tab) and The All-American Rejects(Opens in a new tab) tried to make the best of the situation by hosting pop-up shows in Vegas, but these events didn't have the capacity to accommodate all the festival attendees.

    The festival's lineup sent social media users into a frenzy when it was announced thanks to its nostalgia-inducing acts and similarity to Warped Tour. The festival's Saturday cancelation had Twitter once again ablaze with attendees sharing their disappointment and airing their grievances.

    It wasn't just attendees who got in on the conversation. Curious onlookers enjoyed the spectacle of adults decked out in their finest emo attire wandering around Vegas with nowhere to go and others cashed in on the moment by making jokes and memes.

  • A pilot took an amazing selfie with the Chinese spy balloon

    A pilot took an amazing selfie with the Chinese spy balloon

    Every once in a while, you get the perfect photo. Maybe the lighting is just right in a certain bathroom mirror. Or maybe you caught the sunset just so. Or maybe, it's just a good pic — I, for instance, really like one(Opens in a new tab) from my wedding.

    Well, one pilot snapped a selfie that is going to be hard to top. It's a pretty perfect photo. They were able to get a selfie alongside the now-infamous Chinese spy balloon that dotted across the United States before being the first in a string of airborne objects shot down by the U.S. military.

    I mean, just look at this amazing photo. I might suspect it of being a social media hoax if it hadn't been released by the Department of Defense.


    What an angle on this shot. Credit: US Department of Defense / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    What an incredible selfie — the way you can see the pilot's helmet, the stunning, near-space horizon and the balloon floating on by.

    The Pentagon released the photo taken by the pilot of a U-2 spy plane, which is a glider-esque aircraft capable of operating at high altitudes. The Chinese spy balloon was apparently floating at about 60,000 feet when it was spotted. The photo was taken(Opens in a new tab) on Feb. 3 over the continental U.S., the Department of Defense said, just one day before it was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean.

    The high-profile sighting of the spy balloon, in part, helped spark a rapid, sudden increase in UFOs being shot down(Opens in a new tab) in the U.S. The country was apparently expanded its parameters in the aircraft it was searching for, which meant they ended up shooting down four UFOs in just one month.

    While we haven't gotten a good look at those other objects, we now have an incredible image of the balloon that started it all.

  • The virtual DNC missed out on reaching young voters

    The virtual DNC missed out on reaching young voters

    The virtual Democratic National Convention this week missed the mark on representing non-white voters.


    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addressed the lack of representation at the convention in an Instagram story on Friday night. In response to a question sticker asking about her thoughts on the convention, Ocasio-Cortez noted that as a young, progressive Latina, the DNC's virtual rally wasn't targeted to her.

    "The target audience for this convention was white moderates who aren't sure who they're voting for in November," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response after giving "major, major props" to the unprecedented virtual convention's organizers. "Do I agree on centering the programming around that audience? Not necessarily! I think we could have done more to rally turnout enthusiasm from our party's base."

    Ocasio-Cortez also expressed disappointment in the lack of representation for Latino and Muslim voters, who are crucial in swing states. She noted that Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who were elected into office with historic voter turnout(Opens in a new tab), showed how significant the Muslim vote is. The DNC also missed out on giving progressive Latinos like Julián Castro a platform to galvanize viewers into voting.

    While the DNC was underlined with an urgency to vote Trump out of office, it failed to prioritize younger voters, who are already less likely(Opens in a new tab) to turn up to the polls in November. The convention was a feat, considering it involved coordinating content recorded around the country, but it was also panned(Opens in a new tab) as a stilted, dry video conference. While putting together events that adhere to social distancing recommendations is difficult, the countless virtual festivals that have emerged since the pandemic shut down the country is proof that online events don't have to feel like dated telethons.

    The DNC was livestreamed on a variety of different platforms, including Twitch(Opens in a new tab), but missed out on using social media to its full advantage. In a culture dominated by content creation, why not use every tool possible? Centering the programming around older white moderates plays it safe, but fails to reach out to younger voters. And, like Ocasio-Cortez noted, BIPOC voters who reside in swing states.

    Politicians have successfully used social media in the past — when the pandemic began spreading in early March, both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceled their physical rallies in favor of virtual ones. Biden, who was formally nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate this week, held a rally marred by technical issues. Sanders, who had been guesting on podcasts, speaking on Facebook Live, and reposting supporter content on TikTok, held a rally that went more smoothly. As Makena Kelly wrote for The Verge(Opens in a new tab), "candidates across the country will need a new kind of online strategy to carry them to victory" as social distancing continues.

    That strategy extends beyond just queueing up pre-recorded musical performances to keep viewers engaged. The DNC barely promoted itself on social media, leaving possible voters out of the loop. Rather than using tools like Instagram Stories, Facebook Live, or even the Twitch chat to engage voters, the convention was much like watching broadcast television.

    As social interactions increasingly take place online amid the pandemic, politicians have a unique opportunity to engage with their voters and constituents on a more personal level than they had before. The week-long convention was brimming with chances to bring politics to social media, whether highlighting speakers on Instagram stories or posting short clips on TikTok.

    But like Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her Instagram story, "not every disagreement is a fight." The DNC was not designed for those who are already online and engaged with politics. But it also failed to reach those who are online and may have some distance from the presidential race. The 2020 DNC was a technical feat, but it also shows that there's room for political strategy to better adapt to our country's changing social culture.

  • Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for September 27

    Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for September 27

    Here's a little aphorism my grandmother taught me: If it's Tuesday and Quordle isn't getting easier, that means the whole week isn't getting easier. OK I actually made it up myself, but there's wisdom in it if you ask me.


    If it's a little too challenging, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need.

    What is Quordle?

    Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

    Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

    Yes, though not diabolically so.

    Where did Quordle come from?

    Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30(Opens in a new tab). Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian(Opens in a new tab) six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue(Opens in a new tab) from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

    How is Quordle pronounced?

    “Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.”

    Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

    Yes and no.

    Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

    After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

    What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

    Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

    Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset.

    Is there a way to get the answer faster?

    In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

    Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand(Opens in a new tab) suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

    Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

    If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints:

    A semi-useful hint about today’s puzzle

    Synonyms for all four words are in the following very strange sentence (in no particular order).

    Since I had decided to forego a window cleaning my view was unclear, but the man walking past my car looked like he had a bloodsucker right on his forehead, and it had gotten pretty big.

    Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

    Two words have letters that occur twice, and both times, they're the same letter twice in a row.

    Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?


    What do today’s Quordle words start with?

    L, L, M, and S.

    What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

    Are you sure you want to know?

    There’s still time to turn back.

    OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

    1. LARGE 

    2. LEECH

    3. MUDDY

    4. SHIRK

  • Viral TikTok air fryer recipe for smashed Brussels sprouts gives you the crispy veggies of your drea

    Viral TikTok air fryer recipe for smashed Brussels sprouts gives you the crispy veggies of your dreams


    There is no wrong way to eat a potato — it is a delicious food in most forms — but I think my favorite method for cooking them recently is to smash then roast them until they're nice and crispy. Basically, you boil tiny potatoes in salty water, smoosh it flat on a sheet tray, then douse in oil and salt and roast at high temps. The final product should be salty and crispy potato pucks that retain a fluffy interior. Perfection(Opens in a new tab).

    So when I saw there was a similar recipe for Brussels sprouts circulating on TikTok, I knew it had to try it for AirFryDay. I love Brussels sprouts and the idea of a green veggie version of the potato recipe seemed promising.

    SEE ALSO: The best air fryers for making crispy food faster than the oven

    The viral recipe came from Jackie Hartlaub on TikTok(Opens in a new tab), otherwise known as @LowCardStateofMind(Opens in a new tab). She's a popular creator who — you guessed it — often cooks low-carb dishes.

    Here's how @lowcarbstateofmind's process looked. Credit: TikTok / @lowcarbstateofmind

    Here are the basic steps and ingredients for the Brussels.


    • Brussels sprouts — as many as your heart desires or can fit in your air fryer

    • Spray oil or cooking spray

    • Garlic salt


    1. Cut the end of each Brussels sprout and remove the outer leaves that fall off easily.

    2. Place the trimmed sprouts in a microwave safe bowl.

    3. Pour a small amount of water — a few glugs, maybe three-quarters of a cup — into the bowl.

    4. Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate then cook for four minutes. This steams the sprouts and softens them for smashing.

    5. Remove the Brussels sprouts from the bowl. Using the bottom of the bowl, push down on each sprout, until it flattens into a disc. This should take minimal effort. Push too hard and you won't have a neat end product.

    6. Preheat your air fryer to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

    7. Load the sprout discs into the preheated air fryer. Spray heavily with oil and season well with garlic salt. Make sure both sides of each sprout are oiled and seasoned.

    8. Cook one on side for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for 10 minutes more at 275 degrees.

    9. Crank the heat up to 350 degrees — or even higher if you like — and air fry until the sprout discs are charred and crispy. Enjoy!

    The Details

    There are few things you should know before you take on this recipe. The first thing is this: You do not have to put in all this extra effort for delicious, crispy, Brussels sprouts. You can simply chop them in half, oil and salt the sprouts, then air fry at high temps. You will get nearly fool-proof, delicious results. But this recipe does add some novelty to air fried Brussels sprouts and it does create more surface area to the sprout that can get crispy. Here were my final results, for reference.

    Credit: Mashable

    There's also another small drawback to this recipe. Since the first step of the process is removing the outer leaves of the Brussels, you don't get charred, loose leaves that are basically like crunchy Brussels chips. I love those. Oh well.

    Otherwise, I've got to say, this is a viral TikTok that delivers on its promise. The steaming in the microwave and smashing could not have been easier. I thought I might need to really use some elbow grease to smoosh the sprout down but, surprisingly, I pressed on the bowl and bloop, I got a disc really easily. Here's the process in action.

    Credit: Mashable

    This process does mean, however you're Brussels have a slight boiled/steamed taste and texture on the interior. I would say that it tastes bad but my preference is for whole thing to be roasted. It's just a more pleasant taste, in my opinion, than the more funky, cabbage-forward taste of a half-boiled, half-steamed Brussels sprout you pre-cooked in the microwave.

    But again, this smashed Brussels are neat and cool and give you a crips little puck you can eat with your hands if you so desired. Hartlaub dipped her sprouts in an aioli and that looked good as hell. You could even make these as a party app or a snack for your kid. You can't really do that with a halved and roasted sprout.

    One you get past the smashing, the cooking process is relatively straightforward. I suspect you could make these sprout discs in less time — I am impatient and often say screw it, we're cooking with high heat — but using Hartlaub's method you need roughly 34 minutes of active cooking time. Keep that in mind. You're also going to need to do careful flipping after ten minutes, rather than your typical air fryer basket shake. Here's what they looked like about halfway through.

    Credit: Mashable

    I didn't really flip my sprouts for the final 10 minutes of high-heat cooking. I left the topside of the Brussels facing upward and it turned out just fine.

    All in the all, the verdict on this recipe is that it works, delivers on its promise, and gives you a tasty result. I think that's because the air fryer is a perfect tool for cooking vegetables. The circulating hot air gives you great results no matter what.

    I'll probably make these suckers again, mostly because they're pretty fun and don't take too much effort. Do I think I'll make it for a weeknight dinner when I have just 20 minutes to cook a side? Absolutely not. But say, maybe on a Friday night, you want a healthy, dip-able snack for happy hour — I think this recipe would be perfect.

  • Dad creates impressive drive-in movie costume for his daughter that actually works

    Dad creates impressive drive-in movie costume for his daughter that actually works

    'Tis the season of bigger and better Halloween decorations and costumes.


    Last year, one extremely creative dad made his daughter the most horrifying costume of all: a Zoom meeting. This year, Greg Dietzenbach outdid himself with two next-level Halloween costumes for his children.

    For his daughter he created a drive-in movie costume(Opens in a new tab) that projects clips from Dracula onto her face, genius! The drive-in movie set up is complete with miniature cars and a concession stand which covers up the projector.

    SEE ALSO: Best Dyson vacuums

    The concession stand is his 13-year-old daughter's favorite part of the costume.

    Dietzenbach couldn't resist including the dad joke, "Drive-in me batty."

    His son has an equally high-tech costume, a trap disguised as a doormat(Opens in a new tab). Yes, a functioning trap.

    The trap reads "place candy here" and his son can control opening and closing the claw.

    Dietzenbach wrote on his blog about his inspiration for the costume, "I thought 'What would be one thing that someone would be shocked to see when they open their door?' How about your doormat as a trap!"

    In the past Dietzenbach has made a transforming sock robot(Opens in a new tab) costume and a front door(Opens in a new tab) costume. You can check out all his greatest hits here(Opens in a new tab).

    We wonder what innovative costumes Dietzenbach will come up with next year.

  • Fat flightless parrot left out of New Zealands Bird of the Year vote because its too popular

    Fat flightless parrot left out of New Zealands Bird of the Year vote because its too popular

    Voting for New Zealand's Bird of the Year(Opens in a new tab) opened this week, as conservation organisation Forest & Bird(Opens in a new tab) kicked off its annual quest to find Aotearoa(Opens in a new tab)'s favourite avian. However, this year there is a notable absence on the ballot. The country's beloved kākāpō has been barred from this year's competition, allegedly due to concerns the two-time winner will once again dominate his opponents.


    "It’s a hiatus. It’s definitely not a lifetime ban," a Forest & Bird spokesperson Ellen Rykers said to The Guardian(Opens in a new tab) regarding the kākāpō's untimely exile. "You know, if the same bird keeps winning every year, that might make it not so interesting."

    Perhaps most popularly known as Slack's party parrot and for mating with a British zoologist's head(Opens in a new tab), the kākāpō is a chonky, flightless green parrot that deserves a better world than we've given it. Predators introduced to New Zealand during British colonisation have hunted these native birds almost to extinction, with only 252 left alive today(Opens in a new tab).

    Now even its candidacy for Bird of the Year has been taken from it. 

    Speaking to Mashable, Rykers said that Forest & Bird does still love the kākāpō, but wanted to give other birds their time to shine.

    "At its core, Bird of the Year(Opens in a new tab) is a competition about celebrating and raising awareness for all of New Zealand’s amazing native bird species," said Rykers. "We want to keep the contest fresh and interesting every year, and share some of that kākāpō-green limelight with other species that have equally cool back stories, fascinating lifestyles, and good looks. We’d love voters to discover some of our hidden gems!"

    "New Zealand is known as the land of birds – but sadly we’re also the land of endangered birds. More than 80% of New Zealand’s bird species are threatened with or at risk of extinction – and several are in just as much trouble as kākāpō."

    SEE ALSO: The only extensive voter fraud in 2020 was the New Zealand 'Bird of the Year' vote

    In a bid to distract Bird of the Year voters from the missing kākāpō, Forest & Bird are attempting to draw attention to a collection of eligible "underbirds" (the feathered equivalent of underdogs). Underbird status was determined by various criteria, including "popularity in previous Bird of the Year competitions, media mentions and conservation status." Birds afforded this designation include the pied shag, red knot, and New Zealand dabchick.

    "Aotearoa is home to so many fantastic birds, and we’d love for voters to check out the full suite of candidates — including the underbirds, who are often overlooked and underappreciated," said Forest & Bird chief executive Nicola Toki.

    Forest & Bird have run the Bird of the Year competition since 2005, with the esteemed kākāpō taking the title in both 2008 and 2020. However, the organisation has historically played rather fast and loose with the competition's rules. Last year's Bird of the Year contest was won by New Zealand's long-tailed bat(Opens in a new tab), which you may note is not a bird at all. That didn't seem to bother a significant chunk of voters though.

    I understand and sympathise with Forest & Bird's decision to temporarily bar the kākāpō from competition to some degree. It can feel unfair to see famous birds consistently showered with attention while less popular feathered hopefuls are relegated to the sidelines.

    Even so, a democracy that disqualifies a candidate purely because they previously received a high number of legitimate votes cannot be called a democracy at all. It is meant to allow the people to decide, and the people have already made their wishes clear.

    Reinstate the kākāpō as a nominee for Bird of the Year. Let the people have their fat parrot.

    UPDATE: Oct. 19, 2022, 12:16 p.m. AEDT This article has been updated with comment from Forest & Bird.

  • Peloton does the right thing and recalls both of its treadmills in the U.S.

    Peloton does the right thing and recalls both of its treadmills in the U.S.

    On Wednesday, Peloton announced a sweeping, voluntary recall for both of its treadmills — the Tread and Tread+ — due to safety hazards.


    The issue dates back to March, when Peloton CEO John Foley had issued a note to the company's support page after learning that a 6-year-old child(Opens in a new tab) died because of the Tread+. The following month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) followed up with a warning to consumers that it was "aware of 39 incidents including one death" and urged owners of the Tread+ to stop using the exercise machine.

    In its April statement, the CPSC said(Opens in a new tab) the Tread+ "poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death." The agency recommended consumers "stop using the product immediately" due to "multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product[.]"

    Foley initially refuted the CPSC's claims(Opens in a new tab), calling them a "misleading, inaccurate bulletin on Tread+ product safety." But the Peloton CEO has since apologized(Opens in a new tab) for his response:

    "The decision to recall both products was the right thing to do for Peloton’s Members and their families. I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+.  We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize."

    Those who own the Tread+ have until November 6, 2022 to contact Peloton for a full refund. If the treadmill is returned after that date, a partial refund will be offered.

    Owners who want to keep the Tread+ despite the safety warnings can take Peloton up on its offer to come in and move the treadmill to a room that can't be accessed by children or pets — free of charge.

    Peloton is also working on a safety-focused software update that would "automatically lock the Tread+ after each use and prevent unauthorized access by assigning a 4-digit passcode[.]"

    Meanwhile, the Peloton Tread — the company's smaller and more basic treadmill — is being recalled(Opens in a new tab) due to risk of injury related to its touchscreen. The CPSC says it's "aware of 18 reports of the touchscreen loosening and six reports of the touchscreen detaching and falling." No injuries have been reported in the U.S., but there have been reports of bruises, abrasions, and minor cuts in the United Kingdom and Canada.

    A repair plan for the Tread is currently in the works and Peloton says it should be available for owners "in the coming weeks." But you can also request a full refund via Peloton's site(Opens in a new tab).

    UPDATE: May 5, 2021, 6:02 p.m. EDT As per Peloton's support page, you can also request a full refund for the Peloton Tread.

  • The internet really wants Ted Cruz to go to Philadelphia

    The internet really wants Ted Cruz to go to Philadelphia

    The internet really, really wants Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to show up in Philadelphia for the upcoming World Series.


    See Cruz — ostensibly a Houston Astros fan in the way most politicians perform the role of "sports" "fan" — got heckled by New York fans at a Yankees game during the American League Championship Series. The Astros advanced past New York to play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. The internet, or at least the portion that doesn't like Cruz, which is...significant...wants a repeat performance of Cruz's embarrassment, but this time in Philly.

    See, Philly fans have a reputation for being surly and inhospitable to outsiders and, well, they almost certainly would not take things easier on Cruz. In New York, Cruz was greeted(Opens in a new tab) with F-bombs, booing, and middle finger after middle finger. He we also reminded(Opens in a new tab) of his escape to Mexico during a massive Texas emergency and former President Donald Trump insulting his wife. Cruz has, of course, sucked up to Trump nevertheless.

    A large segment of Twitter has long reveled in Cruz's humiliation and worked to prove his hypocrisies. Now it's just dying for him to go to Philly just to see what the hell happens.

    SEE ALSO: Twitter vs. Ted Cruz: How people are holding the Texas senator accountable online

    OK, so, truth be told, I am a Philly sports fan. As a fan from that part of the world, the lazy thing to do here is to bring up how Philly once threw snowballs at Santa — it was 1968,(Opens in a new tab) and it was just some guy literally plucked from the stands — but I'll just say the city is extremely passionate about sports. It has a very rugged, F-you, us-versus-the-world vibe and that's exactly why it's beautiful. The sports stadiums, especially during big games, are places that are not welcoming to outsiders. Meanwhile, the Phillies are in the World Series on a miracle run and the Eagles are undefeated — suffice it to say, the fans are primed to get rowdy.

    So it's no shock that the internet is hoping, praying, begging Cruz to walk into a ballpark filled with that energy. Hell, Philly fans are probably even more politically aware right now considering they're seeing countless ads(Opens in a new tab) for the high profile senatorial race between Dr. Oz and John Fetterman in Pennsylvania.

    Even someone as high profile as MSNBC host Chris Hayes brought up the idea of Cruz going to Philly.

    "If Ted Cruz really wants to be a man of the people, mix it up with the regular folk...I've got an idea," Hayes said on air(Opens in a new tab). "I suggest he buy a ticket for Game Three of the World Series in Philadelphia next Monday and sit up in the stands with the real fans."

    It would almost certainly be...quite the experience. The World Series begins on Friday, with the first game in Philadelphia being played on Monday. The internet waits eagerly to see if it happens.

  • Harnessing the power of social media to help young people quit vaping

    Harnessing the power of social media to help young people quit vaping

    It’s a new year, and 2020 is finally over. What do you want to leave behind for 2021? More than likely we all share the same answer: the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, according to a recent survey, it’s the #1 answer among young people when asked that very question. But what’s surprising is that young people also said they are eager to leave behind a cultural trend turned public health crisis and stop vaping in 2021.


    According to the same survey, nearly two-thirds of youth e-cigarette users want to quit vaping within the year, and almost half of vapers aged 15-24 say quitting is one of their New Year’s resolutions. Quitting vaping can seem like a titanic task, but it can be much easier when you’re not doing it alone, according to those surveyed. Over 40% of young e-cigarette users say a support system on social media and watching influencers on their own quitting journeys would help them ditch the vapes. Armed with these insights, truth(Opens in a new tab)®, the national youth smoking, vaping, and nicotine prevention campaign from Truth Initiative, launched a new campaign to meet young people where they are on social media platforms to help them achieve their quit goals.

    A first-of-its-kind quitting campaign

    truth(Opens in a new tab) is inviting young people to quit e-cigarettes as part of its new campaign: Quit Together(Opens in a new tab), the first-ever campaign where popular influencers are quitting live on social media and encouraging others to join them on their quitting journey.

    Quit Together's influencer team Credit: truth

    Quit Together taps TikTok influencers and current e-cigarette users Victoria Annunziato(Opens in a new tab) (aka King Victober), Tosha(Opens in a new tab), and Jerry Purpdrank(Opens in a new tab) to broadcast their own experiences as they quit vaping, in real-time, to their huge followings (a combined 11.3 million subscribers on TikTok alone) across social media platforms. In addition, influencer Christian DelGrosso(Opens in a new tab), a non-vaping friend of Jerry’s is lending his support as part of the campaign and had this to say: “Quitting nicotine is very hard and no one should have to do it alone. For anyone trying to quit, having their friends stand alongside them can be an important part of their success. By supporting Jerry on his journey, I’m also supporting any young person who is taking a step to quit.”

    Victoria, Tosha, and Jerry are asking their millions of followers to join them in using This is Quitting(Opens in a new tab), a first-of-its-kind, free, and anonymous text message quit vaping program from truth, created specifically for youth and young adults. Already being used by over 240,000 young people, the program offers a non-judgmental way for young e-cigarette users to hold themselves and each other accountable for quitting. This is Quitting is proven to work, with data(Opens in a new tab) showing that after just two weeks of utilizing the program, more than 60% of users reported they had reduced or stopped using e-cigarettes. By texting DITCHVAPE to 88709, young vapers can sign up for the program and start finding help in their quitting journey in the palm of their hands.

    Text for help in your quitting journey. Credit: TRUTH

    A year of resources to help quit vaping

    Quit Together’s influencers began posting their videos to TikTok on January 8th, announcing their intentions to quit vaping e-cigarettes. Over the course of six weeks, they’ll continue posting updates about their quitting experiences, sharing advice and support from This is Quitting, giving their followers encouragement to quit, and sharing in milestones together along the way. They’ll also speak directly to the health effects of e-cigarettes, including their impact on anxiety and lung health, and the importance of having support from friends and family while quitting.

    “Like many others, I started using e-cigarettes when I was young. I had no idea what nicotine was or how addictive it could be,” said Victoria Annunziato. “I want to use my platform and work with truth to start a conversation about my own experience using e-cigarettes and now quitting, so others can avoid the traps that got me hooked, or quit with me if they are already vaping. I’m hopeful that my journey will inspire others and spread awareness.”

    In addition to the robust social sharing from truth and Quit Together’s influencers, paid media will help extend the campaign’s reach with creative airing across online and television outlets. The entire campaign is searchable across social media platforms by using #QuitTogether and #ThisisQuitting.

    truth will also produce and share a limited YouTube series titled “Quitters” that highlights real This is Quitting users on their quit journey. Viewers will be able to follow along and join This is Quitting to help them make vaping a thing of the past in 2021.

    There’s never been a better — or more important — time to help young people stop vaping. CDC data shows(Opens in a new tab) one in five high school students (19.6%) vape, and over one-third of those students (38.9%) vape regularly. Combine this public health epidemic with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation grows even more dire. Evidence is growing that vaping harms lung health and can make young people more vulnerable to COVID-19, including research from Stanford University(Opens in a new tab) that shows teens and young adults who have vaped may be up to five times more likely to test positive for the virus than their non-vaping peers. The numbers are worse for those who smoke both regular and e-cigarettes. Dual users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes are nearly seven times more likely to test positive. Young people are recognizing the dangers and becoming more health conscious amid the pandemic. Truth Initiative survey data(Opens in a new tab) showed that more than half (52%) of 15- to 24-year-olds responded that the pandemic has prompted them to look for information or talk to someone about quitting.

    Fortunately, truth is here to help. Quit Together and This is Quitting provide crucial support — all while showing young people they’re never alone in their quitting journey. In addition, truth recently launched Vaping: Know the truth(Opens in a new tab), a free, comprehensive digital curriculum designed to empower students by giving them the facts about the health dangers of e-cigarettes, and provide resources for youth who vape to quit by directly linking to This is Quitting.

    Tosha, in discussing why he joined Quit Together, sums it up: “I’m ready to feel healthier and do other things. That’s why I’m joining truth and using This is Quitting to quit e-cigarettes. With the support of my friends, family and This is Quitting, I know I can leave vaping behind and hope others will join me.” Here’s to a healthier new year, one that’s nicotine-free.