Hasan Minhaj at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner
The week started off with a bang at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the United States, where journalists of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), especially in charge of news coverage straight from the President and the White House, get together for a night of camaraderie with the US President in attendee.
This year, President Donald Trump made the aghast move (which of his moves isn’t though?) that he would not attend the dinner. Since he was absent that night, the spotlight fell on Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show, who took to the stage as featured speaker. As tradition and all round good humour, he roasted the US President and his administration, as did his many comedian comrades before him since 1983 – and he roasted the President good.
The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s x Star Wars parody mashup
We have seen many Star Wars parodies in all forms of medium throughout the Internet and in real life, but nothing beats this music album we stumbled upon amongst the flurry of May the 4th posts yesterday. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope, and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the parody music duo Palette-Swap Ninja has put together a music album The Beatles, George Lucas and their fans would enjoy.
Titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, the album features songs from the Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” album, dubbed with lyrics that basically narrate the entire Star Wars film. So, if you can’t be bothered to re-watch the film (although we don’t know why you wouldn’t), and you would prefer some humorous music for a change, the album is free for download here.
Radiohead’s OK Computer “OKNOTOK” 20th Anniversary Reissue
Also celebrating an anniversary this year is Radiohead’s multi-platinum studio album, OK Computer. OKNOTOK will be available in a boxed edition comprising of three heavyweight 180 grams black 12” vinyl records, a hardcover book with more than 30 never-before-seen artworks, a notebook full of Thom Yorke’s scrawled notes, a sketchbook filled with Donwood and Tchock’s works, and a cassette mix tape the band put together during the making of the original album in 1997.
Besides that, the 20th anniversary reissue will also be available on vinyl with a triple-sleeve gatefold, in CD and digital formats, packed with the remastered versions of the twelve tracks, including ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Karma Police’ and ‘No Surprises’, as well as eight B-sides, and three unreleased tracks: ‘I Promise’, ‘Lift’ and ‘Man of War.’
Digital formats will be available from 23 June onwards, and vinyls and CDs will hit stores on said date. The boxed edition is only available exclusively online, and will begin shipping from July. Pre-order yours here.
Humans of New York: MET Gala 2017 Edition
Amidst the flurry of show stopping gowns and well-pressed tuxedoes at the MET Museum in New York earlier this week, was Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton doing his rounds. Renowned for his personal take of street photography paired with intimate interviews on anything that comes to mind with the subjects, ranging from everyday people going about their business around the city, to the star-studded celebrities like those at the MET Gala. This year, Stanton caught up with satire comedian and The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn, Hollywood power couple Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively, and husband and wife actors Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, to talk about marriage, relationships and family.
More of his pictorial interviews here.
Microsoft Surface Laptop
After Surface Pro and Surface Book, the Redmond giant unveiled Surface Laptop earlier this week to much fanfare. Available in four tone-on-tone colour combinations, the machine is well crafted and aimed at grabbing a share in the lucrative education market. Armed with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor, powered by Windows 10, equipped with a 13.5-inch touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and it weighs in at just 2.7lb. It also boasts a less-than-15mm thickness and Microsoft claims a full charge can last up to 14.5 hours.