Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail

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c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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How to post Google Photos’ awesome animations to Instagram

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If you use Google Photos, you know the service is so much more than just the best way to store and back up all your photos and videos into the cloud.

Using advanced machine learning, Google Photos can intelligently identify people, places, and things — and it’s all easily searchable. One of the cooler things in Google Photos is the Assistant (not to be confused with Google’s other Assistant on Android and Google Home).

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In the Google Photos app on iOS and Android, the Assistant is a card-based panel that does three things:

  1. Shows you the status of your backup.

  2. Automatically creates “movies” based on related video clips.

  3. Creates “animations” using batches of bursted photos. (You can also create your own animations by manually selecting between 2-50 photos, but the end result is the same — you still get a GIF file.) Read more…

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Nicki Minaj shares that she has been quietly helping to develop a village in India

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Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj treated her fans with a Twitter spree that paid off student loan debt and tuition costs of students who needed help—but it seems the generous move was just the tip of the iceberg.

On Saturday, the rapper shared that she has also been contributing to an unnamed hamlet in India, helping develop various aspects to improve day-to-day life in the village. 

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“This is the kind of thing that makes me feel the most proud,” Minaj wrote on Instagram. “The money I’ve sent to this village in India for the last couple years [via my Pastor Lydia Sloley], has gotten them a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS.” Read more…

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Presidential pets, ranked

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For far too long, White House pets have escaped public criticism, shielded by a facade of cuteness.

It’s time to break that precedent and admit the truth: not all White House pets are created equal. Some are fluffier than others, and some just have quirkier names.

In order to determine each and every pet’s worth in this world, we present the definitive ranking of every White House pet.

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Judge for yourself, and then modify your opinions to complement our judgements. Thanks.

25. Marlon Bundo, the rabbit

At the end of a long day spent making America great again, I love watching tv with my family. My new favorite show is #ThisIsUs – what’s yours?!

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Watch SNL’s Weekend Update break down Trump and James Comey

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As they have done all season long, Michael Che and Colin Jost took turns to explain the insane news week that had the world on the edge of their seats. 

Top of mind for “Weekend Update:” to hilariously break down the he-said-he-said between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey—all while comparing Trump to Fyre festival organizer Ja Rule. 

With this episode, the Saturday Night Live season is officially over but Che and Jost are far from done with their gig. NBC’s order of at least four full “Weekend Update” episodes this summer means we’ve got a lot more jokes about the White House coming our way.  Read more…

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Watch Katy Perry and Migos’ awkward dinner party performance on SNL

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It’s not quite the song of the summer, but Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit” made it’s way to the Saturday Night Live season finale with an interesting performance that’s hard to forget. 

Perry, who began the song “spread like a buffet,” danced on a table adorned with fruit like an uncomfortable aunt at a dinner party. Thankfully, all three members of Migos came through with their flashy rings and catchy hooks and joined the singer on the stage to perform the cannibalism anthem. 

Only Katy Perry could hand Offset a papaya on live television and get away with it, I guess.  Read more…

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Vanessa Bayer bids ‘SNL’ farewell in these final hilarious sketches

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Vanessa Bayer didn’t get a big send-off in her final Saturday Night Live episode. But she did star in nearly every sketch of the night.

In the sketch above, Bayer makes a splash (I’m not sorry) as a weary wife on a Jurassic Park water ride at Universal Studios. In other sketches, she played an ineloquent meteorologist and a hard-to-please woman who is finally satisfied with a diamond-encrusted Cartier fidget spinner.

Bayer joined the SNL cast in 2010 and, until last night, was the longest-serving current female cast member.

“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories. It has been a dream come true,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday.  Read more…

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is the best film Adam Sandler’s been in for a long, long time

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If there’s one thing people have been talking about a lot at Cannes this year, it’s Netflix.

The distributor’s inclusion in the festival’s main competition has kicked off a huge back-and-forth debate — stoked by comments from jury members Pedro Almodovar and Will Smith — that doesn’t look like it’ll be dying down anytime soon.

Now that their two films have been shown, one thing is clear: whether you agree or disagree with them being here, Netflix has certainly brought something special to the festival.

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The Meyerowitz Stories, which was shown on Sunday, is Netflix’s second film In Competition. It’s moving, it’s funny, it’s incredibly well written, and — perhaps most memorably — it’s a reminder of just how damn good Adam Sandler can be when he’s cast in the right role. Read more…

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