It is a shining episode of television when the dullest spot is Lynda Carter. Because Lynda Carter is not a dull spot. She is the former yet eternal Wonder Woman, the former bearer of the bright and sunny optimism torch that Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist now carries with aplomb. But man, Lynda Carter’s Hillary Clinton act was more wooden than the acting career of any pro wrestler not formerly known as the Rock. (I’m looking at you, John Cena.) And that’s perfectly okay because Lynda Carter’s turn as the President of the United States was just one very small part of one very good episode of TV. Advertisement And it was gay as hell. A new channel, new creative freedoms, and a new, larger, cast of available characters has been a godsend for Supergirl. While the show went out in peak form last season, it’s only improved in its new home on the CW. Pacing has geared up to insane Vampire Diaries levels with each scene performing two or three functions, and … [Read more...] about President Wonder Woman Guest Starred on a Gloriously Gay
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You’d think that the first robot vacuum from a company like Dyson, who reinvented the vacuum, fan, and hair dryer, would rival R2-D2 when it came to functionality. But with the 360 Eye, Dyson instead focused on creating a robovac that did one thing very well: cleaning. It delivers as promised, but is that worth $1,000? The no-frills approach to its robot vacuum is surprising when you consider that Dyson has actually been developing its robovac for close to 18 years now. Before the Eye 360, Dyson created the DC06 which, until recently, has only existed in a handful of leaked photos outside the company. Advertisement It cleaned well, but the DC06's size, weight, less-than-amazing battery life, and price tag didn’t quite meet the company’s expectations. As a result, the DC06 was scrapped, the five working models the company created went into exile, and Dyson’s robotics division then spent the next 12 years developing the 360 Eye instead. As far as form factor … [Read more...] about Dyson’s First Robovac Sucks Up All Your Dirt and Cash
When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon’s Alexa is already out to a big lead. But with refreshed Home speakers coming from Google not to mention Apple, Sonos, and others soon to be joining the fray with their own sound systems featuring built-in digital assistants, Amazon has no time to rest on its laurels. To help bring the power of Alexa to places where a regular Echo might not be able to go, Amazon is reportedly getting ready to make an Alexa-powered pair of smart glasses. But don’t get any visions of these smart glasses looking like an updated take on the awkward Google Glass from back in 2013 . According to a new report from the Financial Times, Amazon’s upcoming smartglasses will instead rely on a tethered wireless connection to your phone and a bone-conducting audio systems to project sound into your noggin without the need for headphones. Advertisement While this might sound a bit ridiculous, it would be a relatively simple and unobtrusive way for people … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Next Alexa Device Is… a Pair of Smart Glasses?
Ed Vaughn, a civil rights activist in his 80s, laughs as he remembers the first time he ate at a newly desegregated five-and-dime in Dothan, Alabama. He had fought for years for the right to be served at the whites-only lunch counter, but it turned out the food there was slop—nowhere as good as home cooking, anyway. As he speaks, the documentarian Travis Wilkerson frames close-ups of the cluttered living room in a silent chronology: school pictures; election and reelection posters from Vaughn’s years in Michigan, where he was a state rep; paintings of black superheroes and cowboys; a large framed photo of Stokely Carmichael in cracked glass and a picture of Frederick Douglass. Vaughn is a talker, and his stories are wild—like the one about the white head surgeon at the local hospital who was usually too drunk to operate, leaving the job to a black orderly who’d never made it past the third grade. Advertisement It’s sequences of pure portraiture like … [Read more...] about The frustrating
Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Email Drew here . So with Breast Cancer Awareness out of the way, the NFL shifted feel-good themes last week to honor Veterans Day with a "Salute to Service." They rolled out commemorative footballs and a special camo-pattern ribbon, and the announcers thanked the troops, and @NFL tweeted out large-scale tributes to military personnel like this one: Advertisement The league gives $300 to military charities for every point scored during 32 designated "Salute to Service" games in November (for a total donation thus far of $228,900). The NFL says it donated $800,000 in all last year. And that's all very nice. Like everyone else, I love the troops, I am grateful for the insane sacrifices they have made on behalf of the country, and I feel eternally inadequate for not doing MORE to support them and for not pitching into wartime efforts that are conducted, in theory, to my direct … [Read more...] about The NFL’s Salute To Service Is Horseshit