‘Broad City’ star Abbi Jacobson’s new podcast will make you feel less dumb about art

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Comedy writer and actor Abbi Jacobson doesn’t only play the art-obsessed Abbi Abrams on her Comedy Central TV show Broad City. In real life she studied art in college and is an illustrator, so it makes sense that she’s hosting a podcast about modern and contemporary art.

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A Piece of Work will try to help people understand the often bizarre art world, like the work of Marcel Duchamp (famous for his urinal), the splattered canvases of Jackson Pollock, the genius of Yoko Ono, and other artists and curators. 

It’s not just going to be Jacobson getting academic about abstraction and minimalism. She’s bringing on guests like comedian and Jacobson’s co-star Hannibal Buress, drag queen RuPaul, the DJ Questlove, and others, like her 3-year-old niece.  Read more…

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Earthling police officer pulls over an alien riding shotgun in a real WTF moment

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Sometimes, traffic stops can be out of this world.

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia stopped a car containing a rather otherworldly passenger on Sunday.

The confused officer was quick to document the sighting and put it on Facebook, in case it was beamed back up to its mothership

Apparently the driver of the vehicle was pulled over for speeding and just so happened to be giving this alien a ride.

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According to WSB-TV, the alien is a fake stuffed doll and police say the driver, who was issued a verbal warning, “did not mention as to why he had an out of this world passenger.”  Read more…

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Samsung Bixby is promising, but Siri has nothing to worry about (for now)

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Emilia Clarke just shared a big ‘Game of Thrones’ hint

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In some ways, Game of Thrones has just been six years of waiting to see if and when the other characters will meet Daenerys. In a departure from the books, she joined up with Tyrion Lannister in Season 5, and we may get an even bigger meeting in Season 7.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, actress Emilia Clarke revealed that she did some filming in Ireland this season, rather than Thrones‘ other, warmer European locations, which means she may join forces with Jon Snow.

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“Spoiler alert – I normally don’t spend very much time in Belfast, but this last season I spent a little more time there,” Clarke said. “It’s a really interesting season in terms of some loose ends that have been tied, some really satisfying plot points, some things where you’re like, ‘Oh, my God. I forgot about that!’ Rumors are going to be confirmed or denied.” Read more…

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YouTube debuts inspiring Pride Month video to highlight queer creators

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YouTube launched its fifth-annual Pride campaign this week with a new video highlighting queer creators. When users go to YouTube’s Spotlight page, they’ll see the featured video titled “#ProudToBe: Celebrate Brave Voices this Pride.”

The video celebrates people within the LGBTQ community striving to share their stories and be themselves in a world that still tries to silence them — an act of bravery, as the video’s description points out. It’s part of YouTube’s Creators for Change initiative, and has garnered more than 4 million views in just one day. 

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For about 10 minutes, people thought Amazon was going to buy FedEx

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When FedEx stopped trading its stock for a few minutes on Wednesday, eyebrows immediately raised.

Company stock and stop trading for a variety of reasons, but one big reason immediately came to mind—FedEx had been acquired.

And not just acquired by anyone. What if it was Amazon. adding another piece to its growing global reach?

Turns out, Amazon wasn’t buying FedEx. The delivery company instead was suffering from an information systems virus that affected its deliveries through TNT Express and its communication systems. 

But you can’t blame everyone for being on edge. After Amazon bought Whole Foods, an Amazon acquisition of an actual major shipping company seems totally believable.  Read more…

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We only have 3 years left to turn the corner on global warming

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The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet’s climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal Nature by several high-profile climate scientists and policy makers.

The paper provides detailed sector by sector goals for electric vehicles, power plants, transportation, and more, showing where each needs to be by 2020 in order to greatly lower emissions of greenhouse gases and adhere to the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

The milestones outlined in the commentary — written by some heavy hitters in the climate and energy world — are ambitious, in some cases extremely so, considering the pace of decarbonization at this point in time. Read more…

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Can changing jobs really make you happier?

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 There’s an element of risk tied to everything you do in life: walking your dog, driving, eating sushi — even stepping outside your front door carries some minuscule chance of danger.    

It’s with decisions made at work that the risk factor is harder to identify, keeping us from making big, and sometimes necessary, changes. Take your job, for instance — the reason you can even afford all that transportation and sushi. You want to ensure you’re living the dream and making the most money possible, but we all know that’s easier said than done.    

What happens when you aren’t happy at your job? Or, more confusingly, when you are happy at work but a better opportunity comes along? Is it worth leaving the comfort of your old office for something potentially new and exciting?  Read more…

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This app wants to help you speed through your reading list

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How’s that summer reading list coming along? 

Being well-read is a huge time commitment, and you’re not alone if the prospect of reading through a stack of books makes you want to give up and see what’s new on Netflix. A new app known as Instaread wants to help by delivering the major takeaways for hundreds of NYT bestsellers in 30-minute increments. Think CliffsNotes for adults (or wannabe adults).  

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The habit of accumulating books and never reading them is apparently so common that the Japanese have a dedicated word for it: Tsundoku. Instaread aims to be the digital remedy for this literary ailment by putting digestible summaries of popular titles on your smartphone.  Read more…

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Best albums of 2017 (so far)

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We’re at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of ’17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It’s our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Enjoy.

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1. Lorde Melodrama

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Expectations were high for pop’s reigning child prodigy’s long-anticipated followup, but rather than wallowing in a sophomore slump, crashing and and burning is just the pre-game in Melodrama‘s world. It’s the sound of an artist putting it all on the line truly finding her voice. Lorde’s looking for a spark, but dancing in the dark suits her, too.  Read more…

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