Out: Let’s move. In: Let’s pin: Michelle Obama joins Pinterest

Twitter users react to the news.

This just got real RT @TPM: Michelle Obama joins @Pinterest: http://t.co/DfyBDaIO

— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) June 13, 2012

Months after Ann Romney. RT @ZekeJMiller: .@MichelleObama has joined Pinterest http://t.co/5iC096rC

— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) June 13, 2012

+1 RT @petersmeg: @ethanklapper Pinterest really needs a lists feature. I find all the best new Pinterest accounts from Twitter lately.

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 13, 2012

Adios, Productivity: Michelle Obama Just Joined Pinterest http://t.co/Y0HXsx5b

— Geek Babe (@Geek_Babe) June 13, 2012


The First Lady just joined Pinterest—check out her special Father's Day board: http://t.co/K3hTKlfO

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 13, 2012

Michelle Obama joins @Pinterest, emphasizes Father's Day – The Hill's Twitter Room http://t.co/wuiC9y2G via @aliciacohn #gov20

— GovSM (@govsm) June 13, 2012

Did they give up on the “hip” attempts? Now shooting for family man meme. Well, in between all the fundraisers and golfing.

FLOTUS: The veggies taste even better when you grow them yourself. –mo http://t.co/Co1jInKI

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 13, 2012

Will Mayor Bloomberg make an appearance extolling the virtues of her veggies and slamming our yummy sodas? Stay tuned!

We wonder if FLOTUS is aware that Pinterest is totally sexist and not feminist and stuff?

Pinterest is sexist….against women. Seriously, that’s the position of Victoria Pynchon who says:

Pinterest Frames Women’s Interests within Tight Gender Boundaries

Go on over to Pinterest and try to find a category for business, marketing, management, entrepreneurism, politics, activism, reproductive choices, negotiation, finance, investing, law, consulting, journalism, or pretty much anything having to do with women working for a living.

This is, in a word, ridiculous.

Whoops! Time to hand in your “feminist” card, Mrs. Obama!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/13/out-lets-move-in-lets-pin-michelle-obama-joins-pinterest/

How Fueled By Ramen Has Stayed Relevant For 20 Years

The label, started in a Florida dorm room in 1996, is still thriving. Here’s why.

Hayley Williams of Paramore. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Fueled by Ramen, like many record labels, started in a dorm room. Somewhere in Gainesville Rock City in 1996, a young John Janick shook hands with Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello, and the hottest property in north-central Florida pop-punk was born. Its first clients? Ska-punk dilettantes The Hippos and The Impossibles, bands you’d only know if you, like Janick and Fiorello, were in it for life.

“We were operating out of a 150 square foot room, maybe less, with bunk beds and CDs, just running everything from my desk,” said Janick over the phone from Los Angeles, where he now lives. “I’d go over to Vinnie’s apartment to do mail orders. It was an interesting time, and maybe a little bit naive.”

Fueled by Ramen had its first major success when it issued the 1998 self-titled EP from an upstart group of Arizona kids named Jimmy Eat World. It sold enough for the still-fresh-faced label to buy its first office space in Tampa, and served as a sign of things to come. Eventually this Florida-bred, rude-boy indie label became a tastemaking stalwart. It’s where Fall Out Boy got famous, selling 250,000 copies of Take This to Your Grave over the course of two years. Gym Class Heroes and Panic! At the Disco would soon follow, and they remain signed to this day.

But shouldn’t Fueled by Ramen be dead? We’ve seen this story before. An era-defining label goes rags to riches with some smart business partnerships and a savvy A&R — swallowing up every hot act in the scene until their brand becomes synonymous with the genre itself. Replace the guyliner with MDMA or a couple bodies hung over hotel balconies, and it’s the exact same legacy of powerhouses such as Factory or Death Row. If there’s one thing we learned about iconoclastic, hyper-specific record labels, it’s that the gravy train doesn’t run forever. Suge Knight is bankrupt and locked up; The Haçienda is an apartment complex. By any reasonable estimation, Fueled by Ramen should be floundering, or downsizing, or absorbed — that’s just how these stories are supposed to end.

But that hasn’t happened. Fueled by Ramen continues to thrive. The old mid-2000s guard of Fall Out Boy and The Academy Is… have been cycled out for a younger, hipper, more dynamic generation of acts such as Twenty One Pilots and fun. That’s right, fun. — the band who won a bunch of trophies for Some Nights are signed to Fueled by Ramen. Paramore, the long-standing Hot Topic icons, tasted true, transcendent crossover success with their 2013 self-titled record, propelling their name into nondenominational pop radio, and scoring singer Hayley Williams a guest spot on Zedd’s “Stay the Night.” Gym Class Heroes are still getting on TV, your mom listens to Young the Giant — Fueled by Ramen’s current roster remains an influential modern rock record label.

That’s no small feat in 2015. Fueled by Ramen might never be able to escape its emo-pop peak, but you’d be hard pressed to come up with any imprint that’s been able to stay so relevant for so long. It’s managed it, in part, by becoming a subsidiary of Warner Bros., which earned the until-then indie criticism from punk rock purists. But that, like everything else Janick has built, was a means to an end.

“We wanted to make sure there weren’t any ceilings for our artists, while also keeping our culture independent,” said Janick. “There were other major labels filling artists’ heads with stuff like, ‘Oh you’re being held back by Fueled by Ramen, they don’t have the resources.’ For me it was about being an indie label with major ties, where we can build the foundation with a big company there to take you all the way.”

That environment is what resonated with a 15-year-old girl from Meridian, Mississippi, who was screaming her lungs off in a band called Paramore.

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“I remember meeting with John at a Cheesecake Factory,” said Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams via email. “I was with our manager Mark, and doing some acoustic shows at Taste of Chaos 2005. We talked about the scene and where I saw Paramore fitting into it. I was so happy to be hanging with a label guy who got it. He didn’t see me as some answer to Avril Lavigne’s success. He just always understood what Paramore was. Who we were. That sort of thing means a lot to a 15- or 16-year-old kid.”

Paramore would carry Fueled by Ramen’s banner for years, through the bloody triptych of All We Know is Falling, Riot!, and Brand New Eyes, three of the best albums mid-decade emo-pop ever produced. But then, around 2010, the bubble burst. Two-thirds of Paramore quit and looked for greener pastures elsewhere; Fall Out Boy, who had left Fueled by Ramen for Island, called it a day; and Panic! At The Disco were well past their crossover, VMAs-headlining peak. As far as era-defining labels go, this was par for the course. Eventually pop-culture fixation moves on, and the sound you’re known for becomes a lot less hip. But Janick adapted. In perhaps the most important signing in Fueled by Ramen history, he inked fun.

“I tried to sign Nate (Reuss) when he was 18 years old and in The Format,” said Janick. “But he went to Elektra instead. That was back when we were in Florida and didn’t have much money. Five years later we had the partnership with Warner and Nate was still in the Warner system through Elektra — I tried to work with him but he went off to do his own thing. But the third time around he had started fun., and we finally managed to get a deal done. He’s one of my closest friends now. They spent a year and a half figuring out what Some Nights is going to be, and it was one of the biggest albums of that year.”

Fueled by Ramen has kept an iron grip on a very specific part of the industry — from Jimmy Eat World to Fall Out Boy to Paramore to fun. — for its entire 20-year run as a company. It has shifted with the generations, while never alienating its core audience. It’s hard to think of a label that’s been more tenacious.

Nate Reuss of fun. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

But then, at perhaps the height of its powers, in the moment where Fueled by Ramen proved it could keep up with everyone, Janick left. The primary entrepreneurial force of the company, the man who’d become an icon in the scene, who sat down at the Cheesecake Factory to sign Williams, was leaving his baby after perhaps its greatest crossover success yet.

Janick is now the CEO of Interscope, and working with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Lady Gaga. For the first time in its history, Fueled by Ramen was out of his hands.

“I’m trying to keep the label moving forward, I’m trying to grow the label, but at the same time I’m always thinking about how John has built this amazing brand and all I want to do is not screw it up,” said Mike Easterlin, the current head of Fueled by Ramen. “You try not to freeze up and overthink everything, but sometimes you can’t help yourself.”

Easterlin worked alongside Janick for years, and got the nod to take the reigns of Fueled by Ramen in 2012. He seems appropriately aware of how daunting it is to become the adoptive father of a label with such a distinct legacy, but he also understands the way forward. If fun. proved anything, it’s that Fueled by Ramen is perfectly capable of transcending its kiddy, Warped Tour reputation.

“There was still this perception that FBR was a ‘scene’ label instead of a modern pop brand that’s had dozens of major hits,” said Easterlin. “The first one I encountered was with Young the Giant, who were on Roadrunner, and The Devil Wears Prada, who were on Fueled by Ramen. I thought, ‘Wait a minute, you guys should be switching,’ but I’d be lying to you if I said that Young the Giant didn’t have concerns. They still saw it as a scene label, despite the huge success of Paramore and the huge success of fun. I had to convince them that at this point what I wanted to do was grow the label up.”

A few months later, Easterlin asked Janick what he thought of the label’s progress. His response? “I’d be doing exactly what you’re doing.”

It’s a philosophy that’s best exemplified in Paramore’s self-titled album, which was the first album Fueled by Ramen released under Easterlin’s authority. Poppy, cheerful, and energetic, it was all the things you loved about the band, but now getting play on Clear Channel. It won a Best Rock Song Grammy over Jack White and the Black Keys, the first of Paramore’s career. After a decade of incubation, Paramore emerged lockstep in Fueled by Ramen’s new, post-Some Nights era.

“I tried to position it that way,” said Janick, reflecting on his last couple years at Fueled by Ramen. “I watched labels that were in a specific scene, and I don’t want to say they died, but they weren’t as relevant anymore because the scene they were tied to wasn’t healthy. For me it wasn’t about being a part of the ska-punk scene or the emo scene or the pop-punk scene, it was about being culturally important and transitioning in a way that felt natural.”

Throughout all this, the shifts in leadership, mission statements, and scene associations, Fueled by Ramen has managed to keep its core group together. Paramore, Panic!, Gym Class Heroes, even never-beens like Cobra Starship. In an industry that relies on turnover, Fueled by Ramen looks out for its own.

“We have a core group of 9 or 10 people who work here, and at the end of this year our artist count will total, like, 14 or 16, and that’s it,” said Easterlin. “We want everyone to feel a part of the family. There’s a band that we’re signing that said, ‘You guys all seem to really like each other.’ We’re brothers and sisters, we want a personal relationship with our bands, and because we’re small, we get to really, really focus on each of them. I’d like to think we have a very unique situation here.”

“There have been plenty of changes, and I know that’s pretty normal in the industry, but we’ve never had a reason to want to leave FBR,” said Williams. “We like the history that’s there. They have always believed in our vision for the future and they also know our roots. It’s having so many people on the team who we grew up with. We like the reminder of where we came from. It’s nice to share stories and say ‘remember when?’ with some of those people. Not to mention FBR actually have put out so many cool punk rock records and they’ve been a part of so many kids’ experience with the scene. Whether it’s someone else’s idea of punk or not, to me, the fact that two punk fans built a label out of their college dorm means something, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukewinkie/fueled-by-ramen-feature

Limbaugh, Hannity might not renew with Cumulus; Eric Boehlert excited

That’s the insinuation that’s already being made due to Politico’s report that Cumulus Media might not be planning to renew contracts with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity at the end of the year:

News that Cumulus stations might not air Hannity and Limbaugh and might instead air liberal programming different conservative talkers has Media Matters fellow and one-man Obama administration spin machine Eric Boehlert turning cartwheels:

So, Media Matters folks automatically believe everything corporate CEOs say now, or just in this one instance? The next thing we know Boehlert will be quoting Roger Ailes as gospel, but only if it helps make a negative story about Bill O’Reilly click better.

Listening to the Left fantasize about the demise of conservative talk radio is like watching Al Gore wait for the oceans to evaporate, but year after year the predictions are made, and nothing happens:

As usual, the old saying “because you wish it so doesn’t make it true” applies.

Something else Boehlert probably won’t mention is that even if the Limbaugh and Hannity shows don’t air on Cumulus-owned outlets, they’ll almost certainly be airing on different stations in the same markets:

Premiere, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday night, is expected to carry Limbaugh and Hannity on stations in many of the markets where they are currently signed with Cumulus, should the negotiations not go through.

Wah waaah:

At this point, it’s all speculative, but these negotiations sound like natural attempts to cut costs on the part of Cumulus. Not every business has the luxury of being supported by tax dollars during these trying times in the Obama economy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/07/28/report-limbaugh-hannity-might-not-renew-with-cumulus-eric-boehlert-pretty-excited-about-it/

Variety Magazine is for sale

From The Seattle Times:

Variety, a trade magazine that has covered Hollywood for more than 100 years, is up for sale.

Its owner, Reed Business Information, announced the decision Friday in a story on Variety’s website.

Reed Chief Executive Mark Kelsey says it makes sense to sell the business just as Reed has sold its other U.S. print magazines. He said Reed is increasingly focused on data services.

Variety has encountered stiff competition in covering the business of Hollywood from websites such as Deadline and The Wrap, as well as Hollywood Reporter, its longtime rival that was revamped in 2010 under new ownership.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/23/variety-magazine-is-for-sale/

Obama too ‘exhausted’ by campaign to hold traditional post-election presser

President Obama appears to be skipping the traditional post-election press conference today.

Good morning from Washington. Is the smell of news conference in the air???Obama with nothing on his schedule, today, yet. Maybe tomorrow?

— Bob Costantini (@CostantiniNBC) November 8, 2012

What’s his excuse for avoiding the press this time? He’s totally exhausted, guys! Campaigning is hard!

Campaign adviser Robert Gibbs described Pres Obama as exhausted. After a 101 rallies & 5million handshakes, not hard to believe.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 8, 2012

That excuse was offered last night as well. Aww, call the waahm-bulance. President Obama needs a nap.

Campaign adviser Robert Gibbs says Pres Obama is exhausted from the campaign, as is everyone else. Glad it’s over, said Gibbs.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 8, 2012

Twitter users aren’t buying it.

Golf anyone? MT @markknoller Usually presidents hold a news conference on the Thurs after a nat’l election Obama has no public appearances.

— Waiting on Ragnar (@WaitingOnRagnar) November 8, 2012

@markknoller Obama has no real need for anybody not on the WH payroll anymore (except for Harry Reid, that is).

— Steve Eggleston (@steveegg) November 8, 2012

Most he’s done in 4 yrs MT @markknoller Gibbs described Pres Obama as exhausted. After 101 rallies & 5million handshakes, not hard 2believe

— Ramy Trawlets (@sceptress) November 8, 2012

@harrietbaldwin @markknoller Every other President elected has felt the same way and still held presser. Drink some coffee & meet the press.

— Karen Braun (@SpunkyBraun) November 8, 2012

Not to mention all the golf. Robert Gibbs described Pres Obama as exhausted. After a 101 rallies & 5million handshakes, not hard to believe.

— Mr. Man (@CaptYonah) November 8, 2012

@markknoller Traditional post-election news conference = pesky questions.Obama will be in media avoidance mode for the next four years.

— Pam(@technonovice) November 8, 2012

Bingo! We can’t have that, can we? He managed to avoid all of that so far, right?

So when will we have an Obama press conference over Boeing layoffs and Benghazi? @jaketapper @markknoller @twitchyteam @jimgeraghty

— Karen Braun (@SpunkyBraun) November 8, 2012

Yep. Will the press even ask him about the layoff bomb he’s caused?  Since we are givers, we’ll help them out. Start by talking to these small business owners on Twitter, who are now forced to lay off employees.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/08/priorities-obama-too-exhausted-by-campaign-to-hold-traditional-post-election-press-conference/

T. Becket Adams causes some gender confusion on Infowars.com

T. Becket Adams, business writer for The Blaze, caused some confusion among the Infowars.com staff Friday, as he was referred to as “she” in a post.


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/26/t-becket-adams-causes-some-gender-confusion-on-infowars-com/

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What This Man Is Caught Doing Looks Absolutely Horrifying At First. But Check This Out… Unreal.

For some people around the world, a flooded river is serious business. It’s not just what you talk about at the water cooler that day. Take the Sam Lang village in Vietnam, for example. When the local river was flooded, the nearby suspension bridge was rendered useless. Travel was impossible and the village’s children couldn’t get to school. But that’s when one heroic father stepped up and did the unthinkable: he put those kids in plastic bags.

As you can see here, this father is putting a child into a plastic bag…

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But it’s not a crime.

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In fact, he is trying to help.

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This caring citizen is attempting to help children at a Vietnamese primary school get to class during extreme flooding.

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A nearby suspension bridge was broken, so the dad put the kids in bags to keep them dry.

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Then, he crossed the river with them.

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His devotion to these kids was filmed by their teacher Tong Thi Minh.

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The teacher told the newspapers, “It’s normal. That’s the only way to cross the stream because no bridge can stand floodwater.”

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It’s incredible that THIS is how the children stayed safe!

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It seems unorthodox and unsafe, but swimming across was the only way to get to the school. The current was too strong to use the bridge. The caring father didn’t mind slogging across the swollen river. He just wanted these kids to get an education that day. Now that’s inspiring. Here’s the unbelievable act on video:

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Photo Series Asks: What Souvenir Did You Keep From Your Ex After The Breakup?

Photographer Sam Evans-Butler and Hello Mr. magazine wants you to share the t-shirts, lighters, and other mementos that you hold onto — even after you let that special someone go.

1. After the break-up, was there anything from your ex you just couldn’t let go of? Perhaps an object you kept as a souvenir of sorts?

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2. That is the exact question the Souvenir photo project, shot and conceived by photographer Sam Evans-Butler, is attempting to explore.


This project, archiving the stories of objects men still have from their ex-boyfriends, originally appeared in an issue of Hello Mr. magazine and is now being relaunched as a larger project for Valentine’s Day. “When Sam pitched the idea to editor Ryan Fitzgibbon, the story really spoke to him because he himself had a ‘souvenir’ from his ex and felt that this was a story that would speak to a lot of people,” Assistant Editor Francisco Tirado explained to BuzzFeed News. “In these simple stories, the series explores that peculiar fondness we feel for an object, despite the not-so-fond feelings we might not have for the person associated with it.”

4. The Hello Mr. team is encouraging people to share their own souvenir stories using #YourSouvenir. The best of the best will be shared on their Instagram account.


5. Here are a few of the souvenir stories they have collected:

6. “Will, an editor, kept a flask that his ex engraved his initials on.”

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7. “Sam, snuck into his ex’s apartment after the break up to drop off a box of stuff left behind, and left with his ex’s favorite lighter. ‘I don’t know why, but I felt like I deserved it.'”

8. “Dylan, set designer. The only item that he has ever kept from a relationship was this t-shirt. They are no longer together, but the business carries on.”

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9. “Erol, small business owner, opened Kahve coffee shop with the man he was dating.”

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10. “Mark, furniture designer/builder, and his cat Amiga, who was a gift from the first guy he ever dated.”

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11. “Matthew, DJ, got a tattoo that his boyfriend paid for to commemorate their favorite song, ‘I Found A Reason’ by Cat Power.”

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12. “Adrian, stylist, found this drawing after his partner moved out. He’s not really sure if it was intended to be mean spirited.”

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13. “Paul, painter, stole these sunglasses from his boyfriend during a messy break­up, despite the fact that he didn’t like them.”

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14. Drew, chief creative officer: “I hung on to my ex-­boyfriend’s cape. He bought it, and I stole it. Capes are my signature look now. Haha.”

15. “Jon Jon, DJ, kept this pop up card that was made for him as a gift.”

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16. “Dan, marketing, kept this framed DC Comics art even after he and his boyfriend broke up. Here, he bares it all.”

17. Post a picture of #YourSouvenir to your Instagram for a chance to be featured and win a prize from Need Supply. More info here.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/photo-series-asks-what-souvenir-did-you-keep-from-your-ex-af