T LOunge for October 28th, 2021

Posted on October 28, 2021

Nirvana Bar and Restaurant – Rotterdam, Netherlands

 

Today’s LOunge seems like the perfect place to flit from conversation to conversation, never lingering too long or making oneself feel unwelcome. The perfect venue for both social butterflies and introverts. Today is THURSDAY and we’re feeling a little frazzled and disorganized, hence the focus on flitting. Anyone feeling weird about the looming holidays? We somewhat unexpectedly found ourselves heading up a much more extensive Thanksgiving celebration than we assumed we were having this year and while we’re happy to have real in-person social events with families and friends again, we find we’re completely rusty on doing all the work. And there have to be brand-new considerations for the elderly, the kids, and the immunocompromised for any gathering, some of which hasn’t quite been hammered out. We’re pre-exhausted, darlings. Anyone else feeling this way about the next few months and a return to semi-normalcy?

 

Gwyneth Paltrow And Netflix Want To Goop-Ify Your Sex Life
The actress and wellness advocate talks her new series Sex, Love & goop, the downfalls of “Instagram marriage,” and the taboos of intimacy.

The fact that Gwyneth Paltrow’s next onscreen frontier is a TV show about sex shouldn’t come as a surprise. Her lifestyle, wellness, and self-care brand, goop, has famously sold “vagina-scented” candles and Jade eggs for Kegel-like exercises; a Netflix series on the taboos of intimacy and desire isn’t out of left field.
In fact, the idea sprang from Paltrow and goop’s last project with Netflix, 2020’s The goop lab, which highlights unconventional and boundary-pushing wellness practices, from psychedelics to “vampire facials.” The third episode, focusing on female pleasure, sparked such a conversation that the team thought the topic should be revisited in a deeper format. “I started to think about, wow, why is this one episode such a hot-button issue for people?”

 

Lady Gaga Calls For ‘New Blood’ In The House Of Gucci Trailer
Might this be…foreshadowing?

House of Gucci, out November 24, is based on Sara Gay Forden’s book of the same name, which chronicles how Reggiani became known as “the Black Widow,” arrested for assassinating Gucci on the steps to his office. Gucci’s death certainly isn’t the only high-profile murder in the world of high fashion, but it’s one of the most notorious, thus why a director like Ridley Scott would be lured into giving it the Hollywood razzle-dazzle. And by the looks of the trailer—especially that delicious line, “father, son, and house of Gucci”—he seems to have pulled it off.

 

Twitter Data Has Revealed A Coordinated Campaign Of Hate Against Meghan Markle
A concentrated set of users drive 70% of the hate content targeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a new analysis found.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have long cited social media toxicity as a factor in their decision to step back from royal life. And now, an analysis of more than 114,000 tweets about the couple has revealed a coordinated campaign of targeted harassment of Meghan on Twitter — and the 83 accounts responsible for approximately 70% of the negative and often hateful content.

 

50 Essential Horror Movies Every Scary Film Buff Must See
Brb, sleeping with the lights on forever.

If you’re looking for a movie to bring the chills in a serious way, you need to start with the classics. Yes, there are some amazing modern horror movies, but there’s something about the staying power of classic horror and its ability to scare generation after generation without fancy CGI monsters. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t also some modern movies that have become instant horror classics, too. Over the years, our collective definition of horror movies has changed and evolved, from the old-school creature features to modern social and psychological horror movies like Jordan Peele’s Get Out. If you consider yourself a true aficionado of all things horror, you’ll likely appreciate everything the genre has to offer.

 

Pineapple on Pizza Is Actually Great, if You Do It Right
The historically controversial topping is making a comeback.

Kurt Evans knows what you think about pineapple on pizza.
“When people put pineapple on pizza, it usually goes from the raw state with a lot of water,” he says. “So then it’s under high heat, it’s gonna extrude some water, and it’s going to dry up.” But you haven’t tried his pizza.

 

Kate Winslet Joined By Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Andrea Riseborough & Josh O’Connor For Film On Model-Turned-WWII Photographer Lee Miller
In a development that makes for as hot a package as you’ll find at the Virtual American Film Market, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Andrea Riseborough and Josh O’Connor will join Kate Winslet in LEE, the Ellen Kuras-directed film about the wartime experiences of Lee Miller. Miller traded a glamorous career as a Vogue cover model and muse to artists like Man Ray for a dangerous career as a WWII photographer who chronicled the fighting on the allied front lines and exposed the atrocities that Hitler’s Nazi Germany perpetrated on Jews in concentration camps.

 

Why you need a career coach
Olivia Bath, founder of The Women’s Vault, explains why a career coach may be the key to transforming your work and personal life

The concept of a career coach is not a new one. It first came to the fore in the Nineties, when various forms of coaching became a talking point, from Princess Diana rollerblading through Kensington Gardens alongside her fitness trainer to Tim Robbins emerging as one of the first celebrity self-help gurus.
The corporate world were early adopters – recognising how the guidance of a dedicated coach could lead to faster acceleration up the ladder, and the ability to reach personal and professional goals much sooner. Just as sports athletes, politicians and CEOs had been doing for years to enable them to reach their potential, professionals started to use coaches to help them improve their confidence, stay accountable to their goals and overcome mindset challenges.

 

Maine Senate Declines to Make Lobster Roll the Official State Sandwich
Despite the state’s association with lobster, the roll wasn’t even invented there.

Earlier this month, Maine Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli proposed a bill to make the lobster roll the state’s official sandwich. Although lobster rolls — along with lobster and at least two-dozen terrifying Stephen King books — might be among the first things that you think of when you hear the word “Maine,” the bill was slightly controversial even before it was pushed toward the state’s Legislative Council.

 

At 54, Julia Roberts Continues To Serve Excellent Beauty Looks
It feels like we have collectively fallen in love with Julia Roberts’s smile a thousand times. Whether as Anna Scott in Notting Hill or the feisty Erin Brockovich, her natural beauty has been lighting up the screen for decades. From those bushy, full brows to her tumble of characterful curls, she’s as fresh-faced now as she was in her Pretty Woman days – wide, bright smile as recognisable as ever. “Your face tells a story,” she has previously said about her approach to getting older. “And it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.” As the American actor turns 54, Vogue takes a look at some of her best beauty moments, below.

 

DNA testing of Sitting Bull’s hair confirms his great-grandson is a 73-year-old man in South Dakota
A DNA test carried out on hair from the head of the Native American leader Sitting Bull has confirmed that his great-grandson is a 73-year-old man in South Dakota.
Ernie LaPointe, the president of the Sitting Bull Family Foundation, has long maintained that he was descended from Sitting Bull, also known as Tatanka Iyotake, citing evidence from family archives.
Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have confirmed that link, thanks to groundbreaking new techniques in DNA research.

 

Shoots at 3 a.m., Drunken Merrymakers and Inspiration From Quentin Tarantino: How Edgar Wright Made ‘Last Night in Soho’ in London’s Busiest Neighborhood
The creative team behind Focus Features’ time-twisting psychological thriller — including stars Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith — reveal the complex and often chaotic process of shooting in the U.K. capital’s notoriously wild central hub: “We went into that movie knowing how difficult it was going to be.”

Traditionally, any period film with scenes from that era would shoot in East London or, more commonly, in the northern English cities of Liverpool and Manchester (which often stand in for period New York). Or, as Wright admits, “if you’re a really big movie, you just make your own stage set.”
But he was intent on shooting his film in the actual central London neighborhood of Soho — where the entirety of the film’s story is set (and where he’s spent much of his career) — and Tarantino’s efforts on Hollywood Boulevard gave him just the inspiration he needed.

 

Hugh Hayden Explores the Thorny Sides of the American Dream
In the studio with the artist whose sculptural pieces are as mesmerizing as they are unsettling.

The uncomfortable reality of interacting with a space that’s not quite what you had envisioned is a theme that runs through much of Hayden’s art. His sculptures include church pews upholstered with bristles, a carved wooden football helmet with internal spikes, and an Adirondack chair with protruding limbs. “All of my work is about the American dream, whether it’s a table that’s hard to sit at or a thorny school desk,” Hayden said. “It’s a dream that is seductive, but difficult to inhabit.”

 

Edith Wharton’s Bewitching, Long-Lost Ghost Stories
A reissued collection, long out of print, revives the author’s masterly stories of horror and unease.

When Edith Wharton was nine years old she contracted typhoid fever and fell gravely ill. Confined to her bed, week after week, she wished most fervently not for recovery but for books. “During my convalescence, my one prayer was to be allowed to read,” she wrote in “Life & I,” an autobiography that was published posthumously. Her mother was particular about reading material—Wharton had to ask for permission to read novels until her marriage, in 1885—but on this occasion she got the goods. The book she acquired was a “robber-story,” and it sent Wharton into an unexpected panic. “To an unimaginative child the tale would no doubt have been harmless,” she wrote. But “with my intense Celtic sense of the super-natural, tales of robbers & ghosts were perilous reading.” She relapsed, and when she woke, “it was to enter a world haunted by formless horrors.”

 

Playdates are ruining all the fun
It’s time to rethink how American children play.

The return of the playdate, though, may not be an unalloyed good. Some fear that parent-organized socializing deprives kids of the chance to explore and build self-sufficiency. “It’s a lost childhood,” Stacey Gill, a mom of two who has written about playdates, told Vox.
The rise of the scheduled, structured “date” for children in the decades preceding the pandemic also increased the burden on parents, especially moms, who were expected to spend their weekends curating social experiences for their kids.
Then there were the social implications. For middle- and upper-middle-class families, playdates could be exclusionary — a way for parents to shore up connections with others they saw as “like them” in terms of class, race, politics, and a host of other factors. “You’re basically selecting the friends of your children based on the networks you’re creating as adults,” Mose said.

 

How well can an AI mimic human ethics?
Meet Delphi, an AI that tries to predict how humans respond to ethical quandaries.

When experts first started raising the alarm a couple decades ago about AI misalignment — the risk of powerful, transformative artificial intelligence systems that might not behave as humans hope — a lot of their concerns sounded hypothetical. In the early 2000s, AI research had still produced quite limited returns, and even the best available AI systems failed at a variety of simple tasks.
But since then, AIs have gotten quite good and much cheaper to build. One area where the leaps and bounds have been especially pronounced has been in language and text-generation AIs, which can be trained on enormous collections of text content to produce more text in a similar style. Many startups and research teams are training these AIs for all kinds of tasks, from writing code to producing advertising copy.
Their rise doesn’t change the fundamental argument for AI alignment worries, but it does one incredibly useful thing: It makes what were once hypothetical concerns more concrete, which allows more people to experience them and more researchers to (hopefully) address them.

 

‘Buy a Caravaggio, with a house thrown in’ … for €471 million
Will this be the biggest property sale of all time? An art-filled Italian villa will go to auction in January with the only Caravaggio ceiling painting known to be in existence

Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, a notorious criminal who was known to associate with the riff raff of Rome, was also one of the greatest artists of the 15th century. His paintings are celebrated for their intense, wrinkled, uncensored realism – and, today, sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The only Caravaggio ceiling painting known to be in existence is located inside a 16th century Italian villa – that will be going to auction in January. Its presence has elevated the property’s asking price many times over. Villa Aurora is without swimming pools, rolling vistas or sprawling parkland, but when it goes to auction, the bidding will begin at €471 million.

 

United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker
The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation, marking a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday.
The department did not identify the passport recipient, but Dana Zzyym, an intersex activist from Fort Collins, Colorado, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that they received it. Since 2015, Zzyym, who prefers a gender-neutral pronoun, has been in a legal battle with the State Department to obtain a passport that did not require Zzyym to lie about gender by picking either male or female.

 

Russia Reopens the Last Czar’s Palace, a Century After His Execution
The last home of Nicholas II has been restored and opened to the public as a museum outside of St. Petersburg.

Maria Ryadova recalled being in a dusty room inside the Alexander Palace, hopping from one floor beam to another and peering into the dark chasm beneath, on the day she and her team of workers made a momentous discovery.
A pile of broken blue tiles had been hiding in the darkness. These shards, Ms. Ryadova knew from archival black-and-white photos, were the remains of tiles that had once adorned the walls of that room, which used to be czar Nicholas II’s private pool and bathroom in the early 1900s. But before they were uncovered, she had never known their color.
The discovery of these glossy pieces of cobalt and turquoise completed another piece of the puzzle that has been reconstructing this imperial mansion, which was once the home of the last czar of Russia and his family.

 

After 40 Years, Abba Takes a Chance With Its Legacy
How one of the biggest pop groups in the world secretly reunited to make a new album and a high-tech stage show featuring digital avatars of themselves — from 1979.

The group was known for taking risks with technology and the use of its songs. Starting in the mid-1970s, it was among the first acts to make elaborate promotional mini-films — we’d call them music videos now — most of them directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Its 1981 album “The Visitors” is generally acknowledged as the first commercial release on compact disc. The 1999 jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” paired the group’s hits with an unrelated plot, sparking a slew of imitators and two film adaptations that brought us the spectacle of Meryl Streep singing “Dancing Queen.”
Now Abba is risking perhaps its most valuable asset — its legacy — by not only releasing a fresh addition to its catalog, but creating a stage show that features none of its members in the flesh. Starting in a custom-built London venue next May, the group will perform as highly sophisticated avatars (or in this case, Abbatars) designed to replicate their 1979 look — the era of feathered hair and flamboyant stage wear.

 

 

 

 

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