If you haven’t heard of Twitch yet, now is the perfect time to get into the popular streaming site. Lately, the video game streaming portal has expanded its borders to offer non-gaming content. This month, Twitch might just become your haven if you’re a Koreanovela fan.
Since its inception in 2011, Twitch has focused heavily on video gaming. The platform allows streamers to broadcast themselves playing their favorite games, often for money. Throughout the years, Twitch began to allow non-gaming streams on the site like talk shows, art shows, and even people eating.
Currently, this non-gaming initiative included an entertainment-focused stream called TwitchPresents. Across its run, TwitchPresents has broadcasted live marathons of everyone’s favorite shows like Saturday Night Live, Power Rangers, and Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. Last month, the channel hosted the entirety of the classic Doctor Who seasons.
This month, the channel will represent a vastly new demographic — Korean drama fans. From now until August 25, TwitchPresents will broadcast favorites like My Sassy Girl, Boys Over Flowers, and Missing Nine. In total, it will show 254 episodes from 26 shows.
The schedule will start every Wednesday in August, 10pm Pacific Time. Currently, viewers can watch only from the US, Canada, and Latin America. For more details, you can check out schedules on TwitchPresents’ official channel.
Lumos Candle is a real candle that lights up with a press of a button
Because why not?
Technology these days have no doubt reached unimaginable heights. From talking refrigerators to robot dogs, we’ve seen a lot of weird but amazing things. But, nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing, but probably useful innovation one Korean company brings to the table. These are Lumos Candles.
They may look like your typical candles — and they are — except with one press of a button, they light up.
That’s right. No need for matches, or lighters. With one touch, actual flame ignites on the candle’s wick.
Lumos credits “the principle of electric discharge” for this tech, but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that this candle can actually light up with one quick press and I am losing my mind.
Since it’s a real candle, it does get spent. But, you can simply replace it with a refill candle and you are ready to get lit (pun intended)!
The pad, on the other hand, is charged via a micro-USB cable. One charge cycle is good for four months if you use it four times a day.
The handmade soy candles are made without paraffin and come in a variety of scents which include vanilla, lavender, and even fresh cotton.
The candles ship out November of 2018, and the basic starter pack with two candles and a pad is priced at US$ 58. Check out Lumos’ Indiegogo page here.
Humanizing the YouTube star: Reactions on Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul documentary
My eyes are burning but why am I still watching?
On a Friday afternoon, I paused my work as I watched the highly anticipated last installment of what you can probably call a YouTube documentary.
The cast of characters? OG YouTuber Shane Dawson who has a penchant for creating in-depth videos on the internet’s most hated and, well, one of internet’s most hated, Jake Paul (second only to none other than his older brother Logan who earlier this year posted a vlog shot in Japan’s suicide forest which showed a dead body).
What is going on here?
Now let me make it clear that I’ve never watched a Jake Paul video in my life (what any self-respecting adult would say), but I also had no idea who Shane Dawson was until the first Jake video dropped. And yet, I find myself glued to the screen excited for the one hour and 45-minute finale after having watched each minute of every preceding video Shane has churned out on the topic. And, I’m not the only one.
The very first video in this series posted three weeks ago now has 21 million views. And the last part which was posted 24 hours ago? 13 million and rising.
“Is Jake Paul a sociopath?” That is the question Shane sought to answer as he jumped into the rabbit hole of the YouTuber’s downward spiral from fame. Shane hypothesizes that it takes a special type of person to be a YouTuber. He goes on to research on the 21-year old’s YouTube history, family background, and even surrounding controversies.
It seems like an uncanny tandem: Shane, seemingly wiser in YouTube years, and Jake, young, reckless and crass. The question on everybody’s mind, will the young Paul redeem himself in this series?
YouTube killed the Vine star…
This whole thing plays out on YouTube which is fitting. It’s the next big controversy and it’s trending but there’s something peculiar about a seven-part-long series cut up into videos that run 40 minutes to almost two hours long each.
See, this is what YouTube has done. It’s created spectacles out of people and the next explosive thing to watch is what the audience jumps to. This is precisely how former Vine star Jake Paul has grown his YouTube empire. But, at a time when audience attention spans rival those of a goldfish and people have been trained to watch short, excitable, attention-grabbing bursts of nonsense in video form, this longer documentary format is refreshing. And surprisingly, it’s a success.
Those who hated Jake hated Shane for doing the series, knowing fully well that the series will humanize Jake no matter how shitty of a person he really is. Spoiler alert: We find midway through the series that Jake is unlikely to be a sociopath. Instead, at the end of the series, what we find is a confused kid who can’t process emotions or controversy.
Those who love Jake, well, I judge them — and that’s the thing. We want the bad guys to get called out. We don’t want redemption for them, for people like Jake who’s been accused of racism and abuse, recklessly burning down a pool, climbing atop a news van, and the list goes on.
More spoilers: Any villain will seem less evil when we get to know them. That is what has happened here. Shane Paul has effectively humanized the YouTube superstar. And, some will argue, he’s humanized the worst of them.
So is there redemption after all? If the view count is to be believed, probably. As to if that’s a good thing, I leave that to the audience to decide.
One thing’s for sure: YouTube is an ongoing show and this is just one of the chapters.
Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?
Why this music player is still relevant
Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?
Music and only music
This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.
The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.
Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.
There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.
Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.
Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.
Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.
In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!
Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?
Mighty says it’s the reality.
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