Reebok has just released pictures of new shoes designed by hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar, which go on sale in the U.S. on July 18. The shoes take inspiration from his upbringing in the gang-divided neighborhoods of Compton: Though the tongue of the each shoe has a tag that says “neutral,” as SneakerBaas explains, “Hints to the Westcoast Bloods and Cribs gangs are found on the heel with a bold BLUE on the left and RED on the right sneaker.” The design is featured on the classic Ventilators, which turn 25 this year. Discuss
What would you do if your phone was about to die right before you started watching a play? Well, here’s one thing you could do: Jump onstage and try to charge it using the outlet on the set. That’s exactly what one audience member did this weekend right before the play Hand to God started at the Booth Theatre. Unfortunately for him, the outlet wasn’t real, so rather than buying him a precious few more minutes of Candy Crush, his bright idea just got him jeers from others in the theater and an announcement from the stage crew about how audience members aren’t supposed to come onstage. Next time, just let the phone die. Discuss
Baylor University has made a major change to its student conduct policy, ending its longstanding ban on “homosexual acts.” As The Houston Chronicle notes, the school is the largest Baptist college in the country and previously classified homosexual acts—along with actions including incest, adultery and sexual abuse—as misuses of “God’s gift.” The revised policy takes a broad approach, saying the school adheres to "the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God" which "is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity." A spokeswoman told the Chronicle, “These changes were made because we didn't believe the language reflected Baylor's caring community." Discuss
Simpsons fans rejoice. Harry Shearer, the voice of Springfield residents including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Otto and others is returning for at least two more season of the show.
Back in May, Shearer announced that he was leaving the animated sitcom after nearly 25 years. Thanks to some recent negotiations, Shearer—and all of his beloved characters—will return after all. According to EW, the full cast is back on board after producers agreed to a deal worth at least $300,000 an episode. Discuss
Finally, a way to see which one of your so-called “friends” has disconnected with you on the only social realm that really seems to matter any more, Facebook. The new iOS and Android app (and Google Chrome extension) “Who Deleted Me” memorizes your Friend list every time you log onto Facebook, and can then tell you when former friends no longer show up on the list. Download at the risk of your self-esteem. Discuss
Buying a cup of coffee at Starbucks is about to get even more expensive. The company announced that starting this week, many drinks will experience a price hike of anywhere between 5 and 20 cents, bringing the cost of a large cup of coffee to $2.45. By comparison, a large Dunkin’ Donuts brew will set you back $2.09. But honestly, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind throwing down nearly $5 for an elaborate, sugar-fused blended Frappuccino, is another a few cents really going to make a difference? Discuss