Toyota explains what names like Camry and Yaris mean

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Ever wonder where automakers get the names for their cars? You’re not alone. The sitcom Seinfeld opened Episode 94 – the one where George Costanza buys a Chrysler LeBaron instead of a Volvo – with a bit about nameplates like Integra, Supra and Impreza. Toyota, clearly, is not exempt from choosing evocative but enigmatic names for its models, and now the Japanese automaker is taking us through the etymology of some of its nameplates.

Names like Supra may require no clarification, but what about Camry? That comes from the Japanese word kanmuri for Crown (which is, incidentally, the name of another Toyota sedan).

Yaris? According to the company, it’s “an amalgamation of words from Greek mythology and German. In Greek mythology, ‘Charis’ was a symbol of beauty and elegance. Toyota swapped the ‘Ch’ with ‘Ya’ – German for ‘yes’ – to symbolize the perceived reaction of European markets to the car’s styling.”

Uh-huh. By comparison, Corolla couldn’t be simpler – its name refers to the innermost ring of pedals around the center of a flower. Previa is derived from the Latin word for providence (as in foresight, not capital city in Rhode Island).

Some of these name meanings you may already be aware of, but others might still be a mystery, so head over to Toyota’s UK blog to delve deeper into ten of the company’s most ‘iconic’ names.

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Concepts Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook

Massachusetts sneaker boutique and creator of some of the finest sneaker collabs the world has to offer (see leopard camo Chucks, Versace-inspired Instapump Furys, cable-knit Converses, Gucci-inspired FILAs), Concepts, have followed through from their homeware collection with a set of in-house branded apparel. Heavy-duty shirting, color-blocked outerwear and graphic-printed staples are accompanied by a healthy dose of desert camo, and styled in a no-nonsense, chromatic manner that harks back to Supreme‘s heyday. No clichéd elongated tees, all-black outfits or superfluous leather detailing here – just a solid set of apparel rooted firmly in classic streetwear. The collection drops in-store and online October 22.

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Buffy Star Nicholas Brendon Admits He Was Mixing Meds & Booze Before Arrest, But Now He Plans To Do Something About It!

Well, here’s what led to his wild behavior.

Everyone was wondering why former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon was recently arrested, and now we have answers.

We told you he was arrested in Idaho for “malicious injury to a property,” and that seems to have stemmed from his mixing of prescription medication and alcohol.

[ Photos: Celebs Who've Been Arrested & You May Not Have Known! ]

Before the arrest while he was in town for Tree City Comic Con, he appeared intoxicated, got disorderly with officers, and broke some items at a hotel.

And now he has admitted to his problem:

“I apologize. Usually those words end a message like this but I am beginning with them to emphasize how much I regret disappointing my family, my fans, and myself. I can offer an explanation but I make no excuse for my unacceptable behavior. For the past 5 days, I have been taking prescription pain medication to help me manage a cyst behind my knee cap, which is scheduled for corrective surgery on Monday morning. I made the poor decision to mix this prescribed medication with alcohol. The result was embarrassing and unacceptable.”

But we’re happy to hear he’s planning to right these wrongs and seek help for this problem:

“I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demon. Again: I apologize. Those two small words don’t begin to express my regrets, but they do mark the beginning of my recovery. During this difficult time, I appreciate understanding as I pursue rehabilitation — and I value support as I earn redemption with my family, friends, and fans.”

We sure hope he is able to get all the help he needs.

Especially since he just got married weeks ago and has so much to look forward to!

[Image via Ada County Jail]

Citizen pulls over unmarked WA police car, education ensues

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Can I see some ID, sir?

Dog bites man, that’s not news. Man bites dog, now that’s news. Or so goes the old newspaper adage, and we see it manifested all the time. Take this latest video clip for example. While it wouldn’t usually be news to see a cop pulling over a motorist, seeing a motorist pulling over a cop and asking to see ID is another matter entirely.

The video comes courtesy of one Gavin Seim, a self-styled liberty activist and former congressional candidate from Washington State’s 4th district. In this instance, Seim is advocating (and civically enforcing) a law on the books in Washington that precludes law enforcement officers from patrolling in unmarked vehicles, a measure designed so that motorists know they’re being lawfully pulled over by police and not by an impersonator.

Seim sees a sheriff’s deputy patrolling in an unmarked, plain-white Dodge Charger, so he flags him down and – in as clear a reversal of roles as we’ve ever seen – proceeds to ask the deputy for ID while alerting him to the state law which he’s apparently violating. Fortunately, both parties act respectfully, as you can see from the video which Seim captured and posted online in both edited and full versions.

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Mark McGuire Takes a Six-String Plunge Into the Great Unknown

Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here.

WHO: Throughout his career, 28-year-old guitarist Mark McGuire has aspired to move his instrument beyond its six strings into uncharted zones – or, as he puts it, “take guitar out of the guitar world.” A native of Cleveland, Ohio, McGuire first gained notice in the mid-2000s as a member of post-rock quartet Emeralds, a group that took influence from minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, kraut-rock, New Age artists and synth gurus Tangerine Dream. “I wanted the guitar to mimic the sounds of the synthesizer,” he explains. After Emeralds split in 2013, McGuire’s playing grew even more ethereal, expansive and kaleidoscopic. “I wanted to make things that subtly shift and never overstay their welcome – playing but not playing,” says McGuire, who released his third solo album, Along the Way, earlier this year. “Just a couple notes can add so much. I wanted to paint these little sounds – the breeze coming through trees, fireflies, the light shifting – and not do just verse-chorus-verse-bridge type songs.”

INSTRUMENTAL BY DESIGN: Though some of his newer solo material features vocals, most of McGuire’s music to date has been instrumental – a conscious choice. He grew up listening to “chaotic” punk and hardcore like the Locust. “I tried to make music with a lot of dissonance and discord, and it never felt right, like the stuff I was hearing in my head,” McGuire says. However, when Emeralds began, he and his bandmates slowly began peeling away conventional markers of popular music – starting with vocals. “Making instrumentals was about going the opposite way from how we’d been programmed,” McGuire recalls. An obscure collection of spectral prepared-guitar pieces – 2003’s Land of Lurches by Kevin Drumm – paved the way. “That record blew our minds,” says McGuire. “It sounded like 2000s-style Metal Machine Music! We started going to the record store and saying, ‘Give us the weirdest shit you’ve got!'”

SOUND AFFECTS: A key to McGuire’s distinct style is that he almost never plays through an amp. “I started running my rig directly into the computer, tape deck or mixer,” McGuire explains. “I found the palette that I could paint with could be more delicate.” Another key to his sound is the effect boxes in his signal chain. “I found I could do things with pedals like make something sound like water,” McGuire says. “Live, I use two Boss DD-20 Giga Delays, which opened up so many doors — It has way longer delay options than any other, and you can set it to the millisecond.”

COSMIC BLUES: A crucial event in McGuire’s development as a player was when he was hired, at age 18, to play rhythm guitar in the band for the Cleveland theatrical production of Love, Janis – the stage musical based on the life and music of Janis Joplin. While he’d always been experimental, playing in an ensemble led by original Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist Sam Andrew sharpened his traditional chops. “I played eight shows a week, and learned so much from the process,” McGuire recalls. I didn’t even have an acoustic guitar until I got one for the show. And I also got a volume pedal: I remember sitting before the show in this great, giant empty theatre doing these little swells, experiencing the resonance and sustain. Immediately, I started playing like that when I got home.”

FAMILY AFFAIR: “Family is the cosmic model of the universe,” notes McGuire, who incorporates the emotions and dynamics engendered by his loved ones directly into his work. His album Living With Yourself, for example, features samples of conversations with his father and brother. “During the making of that record, I really began to understand my parents as human beings,” McGuire says. He also recently found out he will soon become a father – a development that’s already finding itself expressed in the new music he’s creating. “All those things go into what I’m writing about,” he says. “There’s a story beyond what the music is.”

5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and More

5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and More

Following the feedback and success of our 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we continue our latest series, 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, five movies are featured each week regardless of release date alongside their respective IMDB ratings. Check out our picks below and look for John Wick (starring Keanu Reeves), and Ouija to hit theaters this Friday, October 17.

5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and More13 Assassins (2010)

Directed by Takashi Miike, 13 Assassins is a samurai epic with a loose historical basis and is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film of the same name. In late Edo period of Japan, a vassal of the Akashi Domain named Tosho Mamiya commits suicide in front of the gate of Roju, the family of Lord Doi. By his suicide, he accuses the lord of Akashi Domain, Naritsugu Matsudaira, with committing atrocities like murder and rape. The Shogun clan becomes disturbed by the case and believes the country’s stability and peace is threatened by Naritsugu Matsudaira. Lord Doi then decides to assassinate Naritsugu Matsudaira and orders samurai Shinzaemon Shimada to carry out the deed. When the 13 assassins’ plan is set to begin, they encounter many surprises, none of which is bigger than facing an army of more than 200 samurais. Buy it here or stream it here.



5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and MoreFantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film directed by René Laloux. The story is based on the novel Oms en série, by the French writer Stefan Wul. The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as “Oms” (a homonym of the French-language word Hommes, meaning humans), are creatures on the Draags’ home planet. The Draags are an alien species which is humanoid in shape but a hundred times larger than humans and they live much longer than human beings. Although some Oms are domesticated as pets, they are seen as pests and are periodically exterminated. Buy it here.



5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and MoreLéon: The Professional (1994)

A 1994 English-language French thriller written and directed by Luc Besson, Léon: The Professional stars Jean Reno as the titular mob hitman; Gary Oldman as corrupt and unhinged DEA agent Norman Stansfield; a young Natalie Portman, in her feature film debut, as Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl who is reluctantly taken in by Léon after her family is murdered; and Danny Aiello as Tony, the mobster who gives the hitman his assignments. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the hitman’s trade. Buy it here or stream it here.



5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and MoreThe Man from Nowhere (2010)

The Man from Nowhere is a South Korean action-thriller starring Won Bin and written and directed by Lee Jeong-beom. Retired special agent Cha Tae-sik forges an unlikely bond with his neglected young neighbor, and vows to bring the girl back home safely after she’s kidnapped by violent criminals. After entering into a dubious agreement with the local mob, Tae-Shik becomes the target of an intense police manhunt. Buy it here or stream it here.



5 Movies to Watch This Week | 13 Assassins, Fantastic Planet and MoreUnleashed (2005)

Unleashed (also known as Danny the Dog) is a martial arts action thriller directed by Louis Leterrier, written by Luc Besson, and produced by Jet Li. Bart (Bob Hoskins) is a vicious loan shark whose method of persuading men to pay him back involves Danny the Dog (Jet Li), a man with the mentality of a child and a dog, only if a metal collar around his neck is removed by Bart will he become a violently skilled fighter. But once the collar is on, Danny is a harmless, withdrawn person, with very little knowledge of how to live as a socialized person. One day, Bart realizes he can end his loan shark career by regularly attending an underground fighting tournament and registering Danny to fight. After the first fight, however, Bart gets into a mishap with another criminal and is left for dead after a violent shooting. A critically injured Danny runs off to an antique warehouse for shelter, where he meets a kindly piano tuner, Sam (Morgan Freeman). Buy it here or stream it here.


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Hear Paul McCartney’s Long-Lost Duet With John Bonham

Paul McCartney has shared a different version of the urgent-sounding, piano-driven Wings at the Speed of Sound tune “Beware My Love” that features Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham behind the kit.

The previously unreleased take of the song, which clocks in at a minute less than the studio version, will appear on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe edition of the record and finds Bonzo battering out a propulsive rhythm with intricate filigrees when the song moves to the bridge (and the former Beatle shouts, “Intro!”). McCartney shared the tune via Twitter’s new audio card during a Q&A on Twitter in a reply to a fan.

.@raisingbiz Yes indeed! And here’s the world premiere of it featuring John Bonham on drums: #Wings #askPaul

— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 20, 2014

The former Beatle fielded a variety of wide-ranging questions during the Q&A. One fan asked whether or not McCartney ever twerked. “The last time I tweaked [sic] I was with @katyperry,” he wrote. “She was rather good at it!” Realizing that he had written the wrong word – which carries a different connotation with it – McCartney then revised his answer and wrote, “TWERKED! (Autocorrect – sorry!)”

When another fan asked what his favorite gig that he’s been to but did not play at was, McCartney said, “There are many but Jay Z and Kanye West comes to mind.” And in far more innocuous McCartney news, his favorite TV shows are Veep and Family Feud (“We asked a hundred people!” he wrote), his favorite cheeses are cheddar, goats, feta and de Boursin and his favorite color is blue.

McCartney will be reissuing 1975’s Venus and Mars and 1976’s Wings at the Speed of Sound on November 4th, each with bonus discs. The deluxe editions of these reissues contain a remastered version of the album, a full disc’s worth of outtakes and a DVD with bonus films. In advance of these reissues, McCartney has shared a hilarious TV advert from 1975, in which he played a loose game of snooker, and a whimsical video for the Venus and Mars song “Call Me Back Again.”

He’s also reissuing his latest record, New, as a collector’s edition with B-sides and a documentary on October 28th.

The Walking Dead continues to shock us!

The action continues on episode 2 of The Walking Dead! From priests to cannibals, Season 5 is off to a blazing start. Here’s’s top moments!

1. Tyreese informs Carol she should tell the group what she did to Karen and David, but leave out the part about Lizzie and Mika. Tyreese is beginning to become more of a babysitter than a fighter.

2. Rick has to bow down to Carol after kicking out of the group. He thanks her for saving them and asks if they can join her. Carol has a kind heart, most of us would have made Rick suffer!

3. The next day the group hear screams of help on the woods and find a priest getting attacked by walkers. Per Carl’s suggestion, the group saves the priest named Gabriel and Rick questions him about how many people he has killed. The priest exclaims that he has never killed a person or walker because its against God’s word. Hasn’t Rick learned his lesson? No one is innocent in the zombie apocalypse. Priests included!

4. The priest says he has been held up in his church for months and the church has a food bank full of food but over run by walkers. The group agrees to go and retrieve the food. Once they arrive they find a basement full of bloated walkers that they demolish much to the priests dismay. Bob has a close call with a walker and Sasha rescues him. Who knew Bob and Sasha had also become an item? I guess in these times you take what you can get!

5. Back with the group Michonne tells Rick she doesn’t miss her katana she misses Andrea and Herschel. Carl shows scratch marks on the priests door which indicate someone tried to get in. They also notice a note that says, “You’ll burn for this.” We need Michonne to get her katana back and we need Rick to listen to Carl for once!

6. Rick thanks for the priest for providing the group with shelter but warns he will kill him if he hurts anyone in the group. Bob goes outside and cries to himself and is knocked out by a stranger. Who goes outside by themselves during times like these?

7. Bob awakes to find himself captured by Gareth from Terminus. He reveals that he and his group have to eat and Bob’s leg is seen cooking on the grill while others feast on his meat. Bob learned his lesson too late and Gareth knows that dark meat is nice and succulent!

Tune in next week for episode 3 of The Walking Dead on AMCTV at 9pm!

- @CourtneyBrown

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