The Lighthouse Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Baros, Maldives
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Here are your daily recommended distractions:
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Talks Tequila
The actor and distillery owner pairs his tequila with cookies, reveals a secret from the bottom of the Teremana bottle, and shares a recipe for his go-to margarita.
In March 2020, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s tequila brand was supposed to launch with a full-scale marketing campaign. But when the pandemic hit, Johnson decided to take a different approach. He started hosting “Teremana Tuesdays” on Instagram Live, addressing the isolation that everyone was feeling in the early days of the pandemic. He’d make margaritas, answer questions, and talk about silver linings amid a confusing time. “I did that every week and developed a real connection with the consumers,” Johnson says. His unique style paid off: By the end of 2020, Teremana made record-breaking sales compared to any other spirit in its first year of business. While Teremana has been 10 years in the making, it wasn’t until five years ago that Johnson connected with a family-owned distillery in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Together, they built a new distillery exclusively for Teremana.
ABBA Returns — After Nearly 40 Years — With ‘Voyage,’ New Album and Concert
ABBA, one of the most successful music groups of all time, has announced its return nearly 40 years with a new studio album — hear two songs from it here — and a new concert that will see singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and instrumentalists/songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus performing digitally via avatars with a live 10-piece band in a purpose-built arena in London, beginning on May 27, 2022.
The “Voyage” album will be released worldwide on November 5 via Universal Music Group’s Capitol label. The two newly released songs, “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” were recorded by the group at Andersson’s Riksmixningsverket studio in Stockholm and will both feature in the concert. The songs are the first new material from ABBA since the release of the “Under Attack” single in December of 1982, although the members, now all in their 70s, have released several solo projects.
The Femcel Revolution
How an underground group of women is reclaiming involuntary celibacy.
Doreen found the “femcels,” a community of women online who describe themselves as unable to have sexual or romantic relationships as a result of a toxic blend of misogyny and impossible beauty standards. It’s a female take on male “incels,” so-called “involuntary celibates” who, in general, feel entitled to sex with women—and resentful if they don’t get it. The term made headlines in 2018 when Alek Minassian wrote “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” on Facebook, minutes before driving a van into a group of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 16.
Art and the Black Power Movement
An upcoming virtual event explores key writings about African American art and artists from the 1960s to the 1980s
In 1972, Betye Saar created the assemblage piece The Liberation of Aunt Jemima for a group exhibition at a community center in Oakland, CA, the birthplace of the Black Panthers. The work, in which Saar set out to turn racist imagery into an African American heroine, became an icon of the Black women’s movement and, nearly 50 years later, is still renowned for its radicality and inventiveness. Saar was part of a cohort of artists responding to and amplifying the ethos of the Black Power movement.
Abortion Doulas Are More Important Than Ever
Even before the new anti-abortion law in Texas, 2021 has already been the worst year in U.S. history for reproductive rights.
When a person ends a pregnancy, they are cared for in various official capacities by a range of medical professionals at each stage of the process: counselors, nurses, doctors, patient advocates. But there’s also an entire village of people in that person’s life, extending far beyond the walls of the clinic, who are ready to provide them with countless other forms of care. The reach of S.B. 8—which criminalizes anyone from the pastor or rabbi who offers spiritual guidance to someone considering an abortion, to the owner of the motel that shelters them, to the friend who drives them to their follow-up appointment—lays bare the sheer number of often loosely connected individuals and organizations required to make just one abortion happen.
That care can look like practical or emotional support: a neighbor who watches your kids, a colleague who covers for you at work so you can take a sick day, a local volunteer-run abortion fund that helps you pay for your procedure, someone who holds your hand and shares a magazine in the waiting room. Often, multiple support roles are performed by a single, crucial person: an abortion doula.
Never-Before-Seen Pictures of La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City Home
“Painted in blue, inside out, it seems to host a bit of sky,” modernist Mexican poet Carlos Pellicer once wrote of La Casa Azul, the longtime home of Frida Kahlo. It’s where the artist was born, where she grew up, and where she returned as her career as a world-famous artist flourished at the same time as her marriage with Diego Rivera fell apart. And it’s where, at the age of 47, she died from pulmonary embolism after a painful life plagued with health problems. La Casa Azul wasn’t just her residence, it was the “artistic and aesthetic universe that nurtured Kahlo’s work,” explains art history expert Luis-Martín Lozano.
I Never Thought Arthritis Would Derail My Career. Here’s What I Wish I Had Known.
Things don’t always work out the way you planned—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
About five years ago, I started experiencing extreme pain in my feet. I was a competitive ballroom-dance instructor and professional dancer at the time, and I just assumed the pain was because I was constantly on my feet at work. But this pain was tough to work around.
I had intense stiffness in my feet, and my toes could not flex—there was no range of motion at all. I couldn’t even get into a lunge position or kneel and put my toes on the ground because they just wouldn’t move that way. When I walked, it felt like my feet had bruises all over them, even though they looked fine from the outside.
McDonald’s Broken Ice Cream Machine Problem Is So Messy, Apparently the FTC Is Investigating
A Wall Street Journal report says the Federal Trade Commission has questions for franchise owners who’ve tried to correct problems with soft-serve machines themselves.
If you type the words “McDonald’s ice cream machine” into the Google search bar, it immediately recommends some related phrases like “McDonald’s ice cream machine broken,” “McDonald’s ice cream machine always broken,” and “McDonald’s ice cream machine broken memes.” That probably isn’t great if you’re a McDonald’s franchise owner, and it’s even less great if you’re craving a McFlurry like crazy right now.
Apparently, even the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has seen some of those “McBroken” memes; The Wall Street Journal reports that the agency has reached out to franchisees to try to gain some insight and information regarding those chronically out-of-service ice cream machines. The outlet reports that the letters the FTC sent are part of a larger “right to repair” inquiry into whether a number of manufacturers have hampered owners’ attempts to make repairs to certain products.
After buying a $100,000 building, a man found a secret attic full of antiques that could be worth double his property value
When David Whitcomb bought a property in Geneva, New York, he had no idea there were over 1,000 antique treasures — possibly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — hidden inside.
A few weeks after he bought the building for his law firm in late 2020, Whitcomb made the discovery when he noticed part of an old drop ceiling on the home’s third floor while giving a friend a tour, according to NPR. Underneath, where Whitcomb told Insider he expected to find rafters, he said he came across the bottom of another floor.
My Father Was Sick, But It’s My Home That’s Dying
The climate emergency is not the problem of future generations. It is here for us, for me, for you, right here and right now.
As a climate scientist, I try to walk the talk. I no longer eat meat. I don’t own a car (which is easier now that I live in Europe). Most significantly, I’ve cut my flying over 90 percent since I let my frequent flyer card expire in 2012.
But when my sister texted me last summer that my hospitalized father back home in California had tested positive for COVID-19, I wasn’t thinking about the sky-high carbon cost as I frantically booked my plane ticket home. Even if I couldn’t get closer than six feet to my mom, who was home alone while my dad lay isolated in the hospital, that distance would be better than the 6,000 miles separating us now.
Sorority Rush Never Ends
Women in elite spaces are constantly being judged over how well we check invisible boxes.
It’s true, even if we don’t say it out loud. Whether it’s at a school drop-off or a networking event, women are constantly judged on how well we check invisible boxes. In a world where class mobility is slowly morphing into a dystopian death battle, name-dropping the right brands/bars/doula collectives can mean the difference between, “You’re hired,” and, “We’re going in a different direction.” Which means that a few weeks ago, when videos of sorority aspirants began flooding TikTok, it may have been hilarious and voyeuristic for some adult women, but it was frankly triggering to others.
The Black and White Cookie Gets a Pretty Pink Makeover
They’re Paola’s version of New York City’s classic Black and White Cookie, topped with dark chocolate ganache on one side and ruby chocolate ganache (yes, ruby!) on the other. The lesser-known but lovely chocolate has a pink color and fruity taste that contrasts beautifully with the dark chocolate.
“Growing up in the Bronx, I couldn’t name a more iconic cookie than a Black and White Cookie,” she says. “The pillowy soft layers, that crunchy royal icing, the ganache. It was one of my most fondest memories. Growing up I only ate the chocolate part of that Black and White Cookie because I thought that chocolate taste was so good. So today we’re turning our Black and White Cookie into double chocolate, double the fun, and we’re gonna be using ruby chocolate and dark chocolate to kick things up a notch.”
The Big Business of Library E-books
Increasingly, books are something that libraries do not own but borrow.
The sudden shift to e-books had enormous practical and financial implications, not only for OverDrive but for public libraries across the country. Libraries can buy print books in bulk from any seller that they choose, and, thanks to a legal principle called the first-sale doctrine, they have the right to lend those books to any number of readers free of charge. But the first-sale doctrine does not apply to digital content. For the most part, publishers do not sell their e-books or audiobooks to libraries—they sell digital distribution rights to third-party venders, such as OverDrive, and people like Steve Potash sell lending rights to libraries. These rights often have an expiration date, and they make library e-books “a lot more expensive, in general, than print books,” Michelle Jeske, who oversees Denver’s public-library system, told me. Digital content gives publishers more power over prices, because it allows them to treat libraries differently than they treat other kinds of buyers. Last year, the Denver Public Library increased its digital checkouts by more than sixty per cent, to 2.3 million, and spent about a third of its collections budget on digital content, up from twenty per cent the year before.
Forgetting My First Language
When I speak Cantonese with my parents now, I rely on translation apps.
No one prepared me for the heartbreak of losing my first language. It doesn’t feel like the sudden, sharp pain of losing someone you love, but rather a dull ache that builds slowly until it becomes a part of you. My first language, Cantonese, is the only one I share with my parents, and, as it slips from my memory, I also lose my ability to communicate with them. When I tell people this, their eyes tend to grow wide with disbelief, as if it’s so absurd that I must be joking. “They can’t speak English?” they ask. “So how do you talk to your parents?” I never have a good answer. The truth is, I rely on translation apps and online dictionaries for most of our conversations.
Hawaiian style isn’t the only acceptable type of pineapple pizza — these other recipe ideas deliver a balance of flavor and texture
Remember office pizza parties? Maybe you think of them like they just happened yesterday.
Your company orders pizza for the entire office. You’re excited. You even start walking toward where the pies are stacked a little earlier than everyone else and start browsing. But wait. Is that a pizza with pineapple on it? You’re now faced with two options.
Do you A) steer clear or B) get excited that your company finally recognizes pineapple as a viable pizza topping and grab a slice immediately?
Service workers now have another thankless job: Checking vaccine statuses
Several US cities have instituted vaccine passport systems for indoor dining.
As the delta variant prolongs the Covid-19 pandemic, three major US cities — San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York City — have started rolling out vaccine requirements for anyone visiting indoor public spaces like restaurants, cinemas, and gyms. And other localities may soon follow suit: Honolulu will institute a vaccine passport system this month (patrons can also submit a recent negative Covid-19 test), while the Los Angeles City Council is considering a similar program. But these new proof of vaccination rules are already creating new problems for venues and workers, who have largely been left on their own to figure out how to enforce the requirements and how to respond when angry customers push back.
You can buy stuff online, but getting it is another story
Supply chain delays, shortages, and delivery issues are here to stay.
The global supply chain is in hot water. The pandemic has made it notoriously difficult for shoppers to buy certain consumer goods, from home appliances and furniture to laptops and bicycles. And things aren’t getting better anytime soon, at least not this year. Shipments have been delayed, raw materials are in short supply, and businesses have scrambled to dole out apologies and assurances to anxious customers.
With the holidays a few months away, experts are predicting that the year’s busiest shopping season will be “a perfect storm” of supply chain bottlenecks. Shoppers, as a result, will face higher prices, even as retailers remain uncertain as to whether they can keep up with demand.
“This year, Christmas will be very different,” said Steven Melnyk, a professor of supply chain and operations management at Michigan State University. “We won’t see as many blowout sales leading up to the holidays, and prices are going to go up.”
A literary hat-trick: Fans of Sally Rooney will be satisfied by her third outing, released next week
Beautiful World, Where Are You riffs on many of the themes that made Rooney’s Normal People and Conversations with Friends so wildly popular
For fans of Sally Rooney, the wait is over: her third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You is finally hitting bookshelves next week.
It’s been a longer wait than usual. Following her 2017 debut, Conversations with Friends, her sophomore attempt, Normal People was released the following year, but that was three years ago. Since then, Rooney has found even more fans, thanks to 2020’s BBC adaptation of Normal People. The 12-part series, starring Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal, was the platform’s most-streamed series of the year, and was binged by over 62 million viewers. But how to follow two critically acclaimed novels that were met with such media fanfare?
The answer is, head on. Beautiful World, Where Are You is an affectionate portrayal of love and friendship that sees Rooney dive deeper than ever before.
Finding a Globe’s Worth of Art Treasures Close to Home
It took a pandemic to get our critic to explore the exquisite art in his own backyard. Here’s what he discovered.
There are many flavors of obnoxious New Yorkers. My own: the well-traveled provincial. Before the pandemic I tallied up alarming carbon emissions in search of art, thought nothing of jetting to East Asia or South Africa for a single exhibition or performance — and then neglected institutions just a time zone or two away. When the lockdown came and my passport’s power shriveled, I made the embarrassing calculation that I’d been to four times as many foreign countries as I have U.S. states.
Go west, young Manhattanite! My post-pandemic resolution (“post”-pandemic: it was wishful thinking) has been to take in the extraordinary museums in the country of my birth — especially the grand institutions of the Midwest founded at the start of the last century, where all the world’s cultures converge.
A white supremacist who was found with bomb-making instructions in the UK was sentenced to read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to avoid going to prison
A white supremacist in the UK found with bomb-making instructions has been sentenced to read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and other classics to avoid going to prison, reported The Telegraph.
Ben John, 21, was sentenced to a two-year suspended jail sentence at the Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday. During the hearing, Judge Timothy Spencer told John he could stay out of prison as long as he reads classic books and plays by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Tom Hardy, the Telegraph reported.
It Turns Out, You Can Store Tomatoes in the Fridge
Well, sometimes, that is. Allow us to explain
There’s much debate about the best way to store tomatoes. Some maintain that storing them in the refrigerator turns them mealy and unpalatable; others say it doesn’t make any difference at all. But when you’ve gone through all the trouble of picking out the finest specimens at the farmers market, keeping them at their best is crucial. Turns out that there’s one guiding principle to follow: Where you should store your tomatoes depends on their state of ripeness. Below, we outline how to store tomatoes to ensure you enjoy them at their ripest and most flavorful.
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