There is no such thing is too many excellent covers of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” and this jazzy, acoustic cover proves it. Enjoy the instrumentals by David Wong, Clerida Eltime, Bryan Mulholland and Josh Kinzler! I dare you to listen without smiling. (And then listen — if you haven’t already — to this adorable children’s choir from Detroit cover “Happy” with vocals. I think we have 2014′s new “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used To Know”! [YouTube]
Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the series. Yes, 1,300 of them! Sabia says the goal was “to prove culture is not only everywhere, but that certain references to films, songs, and works of art are critical for our collective understanding of comedy and to the importance of relating to content.” So basically, it seems that the hope is that today’s creators can write references of previous art into their work without fear of massive legal action. Sabia certainly made that point with his site, which took a year and a half to complete. This video is the collection of all the cultural references just from the year 1997 in the series. I can’t imagine how much pop culture knowledge he must have had to even undertake the project or the amount of research it took on top of that. The site’s homepage even includes a video of some references he hasn’t placed yet, and invites site visitors to contribute. Sigh. Does this make you miss “The Office” as much as me? This series is just so many levels of awesome. [Wired]
Sometimes, a great manicure simply isn’t enough. Why settle for awesome nails when you can have that and stylish cuticles, right? I’m going to have to assume that was the line of thinking when cuticle tattoos were first created. They’re pretty much exactly what they sound like — little pieces of below-the-nail art that are reminiscent of those press-on tattoos you loved in your ’90s youth.
From what I can tell, Rad Nails was the first brand to bring cuticle tattoos to the party, and Ciaté came along shortly afterward with their own rendition. I have to admit, I like Ciaté’s twee style a bit better (I’m a sucker for bows), but I think Rad Nails’ designs would look less bizarre on an actual hand. Keep reading »
When Naomi Campbell was asked what she thought of Kim and Kanye’s Vogue cover, she kept it kinda classy — and managed to get her point across loud and clear without saying anything at all. Watch her appearance on Australia’s “The Morning Show” and take a cue next time you have a not-so-friendly opinion on someone. [Huffington Post]
American Eagle Outfitters has developed the “first-ever matching clothing line for dogs and their owners” and while we would normally roll our eyes at any attempts to dress like your dog, we are genuinely smitten. “American Beagle Outfitters” (HAHA) released a lookbook featuring pups of all breeds decked out in AEO gear and it is is beyond adorable. The line is set to hit stores later this spring — unless the whole thing is a big April Fools ploy, because, I mean, it’s almost too cute to be true. Either way, shoppers who sign up for the waiting list will receive a discount on purchases and a dollar from each order will be donated to the ASPCA.
Check out the lookbook’s canine models (and weigh in on which outfit Amelia should buy for Lucca)! [Duhhhhh, the puppy Baja hoodie worn by Ace (above) FTW! -- Amelia] [Fuck off, Mom. -- Lucca] [Fashionista]
Starbucks has managed to turn its brand into a grownup’s version of a toy store, selling everything the over-18 yuppie set loves best: caffeine, jazz-infused compilation CDs, an attitude of superiority, and now, as part of its valiant attempt to take over the world, alcohol. Keep reading »
Remember when Jennifer Lawrence manically cleans the house while singing “Live And Let Die” in “American Hustle”? Well, she also filmed a scene singing to “Evil Ways” by Santana. I think the director made the right call in choosing the first song (no song has more drama than “Live And Let Die”), but I’m all for extra footage of JLaw dancing it out, so let’s rejoice that this scene was released! [TIME]
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up today, check out this phenomenal cover of Avicii’s hit song “Wake Me Up.” There’s no shortage of brilliant YouTube covers of “Wake Me Up,” but this one is special. Not only is every instrument’s sound voiced by one person, but this guy’s energy is positively infectious. The singer, Mikey Bustos, is a DJ from the Philippines, and he looks like he’s genuinely having the time of his life in every frame. Note to self: bring that much glee to my daily Beyoncé mirror lip-syncs. [Hello Giggles]