Eminem wants to wish you a Merry Diss-Mas. The illustrious rapper gave the gift of dissing on Christmas when he named his 12 favorite diss tracks. Eminem also paid homage to all-time greats Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls as he revealed their impact on his music.
On Christmas morning, Eminem appeared on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 radio station to participate in the “12 Days of Diss-Mas” with long-time manager Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid. The Detroit rapper rattled off his favorite diss tracks that are from some legendary MCs such as Tupac, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, LL Cool J,
MC Lyte, KRS-One, and Roxanne Shanté.
- Tupac – “Hit ‘Em Up”
- YZ – “Diss Fe Liar”
- Eazy-E – “Real Muthaphuckkin Gs”
- Common – “The Bitch In Yoo”
- Tim Dog – “Fuck Compton”
- Dr. Dre – “Dre Day”
- Ice Cube – “No Vaseline”
- N.W.A. – “Fuck the Police”
- LL Cool J – “Jack the Ripper”
- MC Lyte – “10% Diss”
- Roxanne Shanté – “Roxanne’s Revenge”
- KRS-One – “The Bridge Is Over”
Pac’s diss track “Hit ‘Em Up” aimed at friend-turned-foe the Notorious B.I.G. was Em’s most beloved diss track in history and he said it was a game-changer. “That, I feel like, was the first time I ever heard anybody get that personal on a diss. Most of it was personal, below-the-belt jabs, but it was done so well and the record was just so crazy,” Eminem said.
Eminem also noted how the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry affected him, especially the rap war between Tupac and Biggie. “The 2pac-Biggie thing was tough because you liked them both,” Em said. “You were stuck in this weird thing where you were bumpin’ a 2Pac diss record, then you were bumpin’ something from Biggie that might be dissing [2Pac] in it.”
Tupac’s not only said that he slept with Biggie’s wife Faith Evans in the diss track, but threatened to take out anyone affiliated with Bad Boy Records and Junior M.A.F.I.A. including Sean “Puffy” Combs and Lil’ Kim. Mobb Deep was collateral damage from “Hit ‘Em Up” and lyrics “made fun” of Prodigy for having sickle cell anemia. Hip-hop ain’t what it used to be.
from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2SnTdA9
Across the globe, a clutch of companies from Oxford, England to Redwood City, Calif. are working to commercialize a new solar technology that could further boost the adoption of renewable energy generation.
Earlier this year, OxfordPV, a startup working in tandem with Oxford University received $3 million from the UK government to develop the technology which uses a new kind of material to make solar cells. Two days ago, in the US, a company called Swift Solar raised $7 million to bring the same technology to market, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Called a perovskite cell, the new photovoltaic tech uses hybrid organic-inorganic lead or tin halide-based material as the light-harvesting active layer. It’s the first new technology to offer the promise of better efficiency in the conversion of light to electric power at a lower cost than existing technologies to come along in years.
“Perovskite has let us truly rethink what we can do with the silicon-based solar panels we see on roofs today,” said Sam Stranks, the lead scientific advisor and one of the co-founders of Swift Solar, in a Ted Talk. “Another aspect that really excites me how cheaply these can be made. These thin crystalline films are made by mixing two inexpensive readily abundant salts to make an ink that can be deposited in many different ways… This means that perovskite solar panels could cost less than half of their silicon counterparts.”
First incorporated into solar cells by Japanese researchers in 2009, the perovskite solar cells suffered from low efficiencies and lacked stability to be broadly used in manufacturing. But over the past nine years researchers have steadily improved both the stability of the compounds used and the efficiency that these solar cells generate.
OxfordPV, in the UK, is now working on developing solar cells that could achieve conversion efficiencies of 37% — much higher than existing polycrystalline photovoltaic or thin-film solar cells.
New chemistries for solar cell manufacturing have been touted in the past, but cost has been an obstacle to commercial rollout, given how cheaply solar panels became thanks in part to a massive push to increase manufacturing capacity from the Chinese government.
Many of those manufacturers eventually folded, but the survivors managed to maintain their dominant position in the industry by reducing the need for buyers to look to newer technologies for cost or efficiency savings.
There’s a risk that this new technology also faces, but the promise of radical improvements in efficiencies at costs that are low enough to attract buyers have investors once again putting money behind alternative solar chemistries.
Oxford PV has already set a world-leading efficiency mark for perovskite-based cells at 27.3%. That’s already 4% higher than the leading monocrystalline silicon panels available today.
“Today, commercial-sized perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cells are in production at our pilot line and we are optimizing equipment and processes in preparation for commercial deployment,” said Oxford PV’s CTO Chris Case in a statement.
from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2ELqpxE
Priests do a little too much walking and not nearly enough hoverboarding nowadays. Thankfully, we have some priests who are willing to stand up for what’s hip and correct the trend.
Twitter user Vynnlo‘s local priest recently hoverboarded into his Christmas Eve service, bringing peace and joy to everyone who watched the subsequent viral video.
This isn’t the first time this priest has introduced cool teen technology to his service.
Vynnlo later clarified that the parish didn’t actually give the priest the hoverboard. The priest appears to have borrowed the hoverboard for a sermon about how Jesus adds balance to people’s lives.
Not to disrespect the priest, but anyone who’s ever ridden a hoverboard before (besides this very talented priest) will tell you that hoverboards give you anything but balance.
Balancing on a hoverboard for more than five seconds is, without a doubt, a Christmas miracle.
from Mashable! http://bit.ly/2PYVC2l
Christmastime is special because families are together, the spiked eggnog is flowing, and everyone is generally in a jolly and giving mood. This sets the stage for tremendous viral videos from hilarious to heartwarming to heartbreaking. We rounded up some of the best viral videos from Christmas 2018 for you to keep the festive feeling alive for a little longer.
One inquisitive young boy decided that he was going to catch Santa Claus in the act. So he stealthfully set up his iPad under the Christmas tree to catch the moment Santa came down the chimney with his bag of goodies. The kid got sh*t. Literally.
The video didn’t catch Santa delivering presents but it did solve the mystery of who took a dump under the tree. The iPad camera caught the exact moment that the family’s chihuahua took a liquidy, soft serve poo under the tree. The chihuahua’s owners may want to consider switching from wet to dry dog food.
so my brother left his ipad recording under the christmas tree so he could catch santa and….. this is what he actually caught pic.twitter.com/UxNnEXJFHG
— ً (@lntolisa) December 25, 2018
How bad was this kid this year that Santa skipped coal and gave him dog crap? Here was the kid’s reaction to getting a yule log for Xmas.
for everyone asking, this was his reaction to it LMAO pic.twitter.com/sEzpp2Rf4k
— ً (@lntolisa) December 25, 2018
Not all of the viral Christmas videos are sh*t. This heartwarming video of pitcher Brady Singer paying off his parents’ debt as a thank you for all of the times they sacrificed so he could play baseball is all of the feels. You can read more about the story HERE.
Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can’t thank them enough. Love you Mom and Dad pic.twitter.com/AFHi2Xma0c
— Brady Singer (@Bsinger51) December 25, 2018
A teenager named Alex posted this unforgettable video of him giving his stepdad the best Christmas gift ever. On Twitter, Alec posted a video of his stepdad opening the gift and wrote: “my stepfather has raised me as his own since I was 3, this Christmas I surprised my family and asked him to adopt me. Merry Christmas.”
my step father has raised me as his own since i was 3, this christmas i surprised my family and asked him to adopt me. merry christmas. pic.twitter.com/NdkIuPMlDd
— . (@alecyewest) December 25, 2018
Another incredible Christmas adoption happened when a family adopted a boy who never truly experienced Christmas. Here comes the waterworks.
Today we gave the best Christmas Present to our cousin who has never experienced a actual Christmas… worth a watch pic.twitter.com/F0WfkiLzBn
— Kirb (@KIRBSKEY) December 25, 2018
After his dog and wife within months of each other, this family did what they could to try to cheer up their grandpa — they bought him a beautiful puppy. They surprised granddad on Christmas with a brand new bundle of fur and grandpa was instantly in love.
Grandas dog died a few months back and he asked nanny to let him get another one. Nanny passed away a month ago and he has been so lost since, we surprised him with a pup for Christmas today and he is so in love already. He is so precious and deserves the world pic.twitter.com/x9RSzxTupN
— sophie roulston (@_sophieeer) December 24, 2018
This family celebrated Christmas with a white elephant gift exchange where everyone had to challenge each other to a mini-game to steal their gift. Maybe an idea for Christmas 2019?
So my family plays White Elephant with a twist: you have to challenge someone to a mini game if you want to steal their gift… With a huge family it gets out of hand pretty quick.
A thread of our games: pic.twitter.com/JEVFQiyThg
— Adrienne Young (@Adriyoung) December 25, 2018
A sister gives the gift of a new car to her sibling who had a rundown jalopy that was breaking down on the roads.
lol I saw my sister was having car problems… so I did this! Merry Christmas… cashed out.. something lite pic.twitter.com/kRm5YVsPro
— Cotton Boulevardez (@Shawn_Cotton) December 25, 2018
Kids surprise stepfather with Kiss tickets and an original tour T-shirt from his very first concert when he was younger.
“Fifteen years ago, my mom lost the diamond to her wedding ring. For most of her marriage, she didn’t wear a ring. Today my dad surprised her,” the post on Reddit says.
A Christmas card has the voicemail from four years ago of their mother and they are blown away.
Recordable greeting card: $20. A 4-year-old voicemail: $0. Seeing my mom, aunt, and uncle hear their late mom wish them a Merry Christmas: PRICELESS pic.twitter.com/elGqDck1Ae
— The Cute Plug (@TheCutePlug) December 25, 2018
A woman receives a bear dressed as a police officer and it has the voice of her son, who was a cop when he died, and she understandably gets very emotional.
A grandson pays back his grandpa for stepping up and becoming his father figure when his dad passed away.
My grandpa has been a HUGE part of my life and stepped up as my father figure when my dad passed away
He’s been struggling month to month with bills and I’m finally able to give back to him
Without your support, I couldn’t of done this
This is what Christmas is all about pic.twitter.com/iHT34zoth3
— JoshOG (@JoshOG) December 25, 2018
“So my cousin recently lost her dog, Kobe, of 11 years… so my cousin’s boyfriend decided to surprise her with a new puppy for Christmas, pls watch, this video will definitely warm your heart up,” the caption on the tremendous viral video.
So my cousin recently lost her dog, Kobe, of 11 years… so my cousin’s boyfriend decided to surprise her with a new puppy for Christmas, pls watch, this video will definitely warm your heart up pic.twitter.com/RpNLBodDsW
— alyssa (@alyssabernalll) December 25, 2018
I’m not crying, it’s all of the coquitos talking right now.
from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2ER8G8Y
A lot of people across the world have a daily routine that goes something like this: they wake up early for their job, consume enough coffee to enable them to be effective at completing their daily tasks, and then decompress from the stress by having a drink or three at the end of the day.
Studies have shown that coffee can be beneficial to your health when consumed in moderation, and while scientists continue to spar over the long-term effects of alcohol, some investigations have revealed it may possibly be more impactful than exercise.
While the reports are absolutely anecdotal, multiple people who’ve lived for far too many years on the planet credit a steady consumption of beer as part of their quest for immortality.
Now, there’s a new study that shows there might be something to their strategy.
According to The Detroit Free Press, a recent study conducted at the University of California said a consistently consuming a moderate amount of alcohol and coffee could have a notable impact on your lifespan:
The research found that subjects who drank two glasses of beer or wine every day decreased their chances at a premature death by 18%, and those who drank two cups of coffee a day decreased their chances by 10%.
Of course, the key here is moderation. Coffee can absolutely wreck your shit if you have too much of it and I probably don’t have to tell you about the potential consequences of getting too drunk assuming you’ve ever consumed two Four Lokos in quick succession.
I guess I’m going to become a big coffee beer guy now.
from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2EMucL3
There was no dearth of marketers pushing the envelope to create some brilliant ads in 2018. But not all brands — or rather ads — are created equal.
Several of the ads that stood out this year involved brands like Nike and McDonald’s taking a stand on a political or social issues. Beyond TV commercials, this year’s most memorable ads also took the form of outdoor and experiential stunts.
As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some of the most creative, thought-provoking, and amusing ads by marketers, ranked from good to best. Check out the year’s worst ads here.
Doritos Blaze vs. Mountain Dew Ice "Battle" (Grade: B)
Pepsi came back strong from its disastrous protest ads in 2017 with this ad for Mountain Dew and Doritos that made its debut in the Super Bowl. Peter Dinklage and Busta Rhymes teamed up against Morgan Freeman and Missy Elliot in this epic showdown between Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice.
OKCupid’s "DTF" (Grade: B)
OKCupid and Wieden+Kennedy New York reclaimed the term "DTF" — a derogatory shorthand used to slut-shame women — for this outdoor campaign, getting people across the country to unabashedly say that they were "DTF." Despite being rejected by Chicago Transit, the campaign won praise and helped grow the dating site’s user base by 25%.
McDonald’s "The Flip" (Grade: B)
McDonald’s flipped its Golden Arches from an M to a W at one of its locations to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. The fast-food chain and its agency We Are Unlimited also rolled out special "W" packaging at 100 women-owned McDonald’s locations that day across the country, and changed the logo on its social channels. Some praised the move while others charged that McDonald’s was co-opting feminism without making real change, like paying its workers a living wage.
from SAI https://read.bi/2PYd3QB
Are you ready to get inspired? New year, new you and all that? This clip will help you take those first steps in getting off the couch and shedding those pounds.
I’ve recently lost 20+ pounds in the past 2.5 months by making some diet changes and hitting cardio hard six days a week but that’s absolutely nothing compared to this dude from Colorado who lost an astounding 130-pounds in 6 months. It was all part of his attempt to hike Colorado’s Longs Peak, a 14,259-foot ‘fourteener’ in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Keith Holt uploaded this YouTube video that starts a little slow but picks up really quickly and shows him literally burning off the weight. He goes from 407 pounds to 277 pounds in six months during his journey to hike up Longs Peak. Buckle in and prepare to get motivated because his attitude at weight loss is straight-up infectious.
This video has me feeling all sorts of things. For starters, I’m annoyed that I’m in Florida right now and it’s flat as all hell here. I couldn’t climb a mountain today if I wanted to without getting on a plane first. It would take me at least 8 hours to drive to the nearest semblance of a mountain, maybe longer.
I stumbled onto this clip above via Reddit after watching a Joe Rogan clip that’s gone viral. In that clip, he talks about the Cosmopolitan magazine cover that features Tess Holiday, an overweight model. If you haven’t seen Joe Rogan’s response to that yet you can watch it here on YouTube. The comments about Joe Rogan’s response are definitely worth a read as well.
from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2VbX98P