Life-Size Gold Kanye Jesus Sculpture Installed on Hollywood Boulevard

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On his sixth solo studio album Yeezus, Kanye West insisted, “I Am a God.” Now it looks as if ‘Ye is indeed being immortalized, courtesy of a life-size statue now on Hollywood Boulevard.

The work of art by L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus (Jesus, we see a running theme here) likens West to Jesus being crucified, albeit with no cross. Kanye’s arms are outstretched, with nails in his hands, a crown of thorns adorns his head, a Jesus piece is ironically placed around his neck, and on his feet are what else but YEEZY Boost 350 sneakers.

The statue is called “False Idol.” When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Plastic Jesus revealed, “[West is] a genius at writing and producing but he’s not a God, and that’s where we put him. Until there’s an issue in his life or a hiccup in his career, then we crucify him.”

He then went on to add: “By all means, treat and respect these people as artists, but don’t make them into gods—because we crucify our gods.”

The statue resides on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. It will also appear in Plastic Jesus’ exhibition with Billy Morrison, “Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion,” on February 24.

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Dear Millie: Month Three

Dear Millie,

Yesterday was your three month birthday. This past month, you changed in so many ways and I could really start to see your little personality start to shine through. Your dada and I are always learning, and you continue to be patient with us as we adjust to your likes and dislikes and try to be the best parents we can be.

This month I learned you really enjoy your independence. Sure, it’s weird to hear that a three month old loves independence, but you do. You are still a great sleeper, but we started to find you struggling to fall asleep, and you started to cry beforehand. We kept telling one another, “She’s just fighting it, she’s so tired!” Truth is, you were fighting us! The image you get of most babies being cradled and rocked to sleep…yeah, that’s not your thing. You’re ok with us settling you down a bit and making sure you’re calm, but you prefer us placing you in your crib and letting you soothe yourself. It’s cute, but sometimes it also makes me yearn for you to want to sleep on my chest like you did when you were first born. So now, instead of us placing you in the crook of our arms and holding you closely, we face you outward and give you space to settle down and then lay you into your crib. You move your head back and forth in your crib and sometimes “talk” until you fall asleep. You like to know that I’m in the room with you, I see your little eyes looking for me and once you find me, it makes you feel safe and ready to drift off into dream land.

You also discovered your hands, and you are fixated on them! You spend a lot of time crossing and intertwining each little finger and then sucking on your entire hand and fist. It’s baffling, because you actually don’t seem to like it–in fact, you often gag yourself doing it–but in your independent way, you continue. I have offered you multiple different types of pacifiers, and each time, you act like I’m offering you some sort of rancid milk. Instead, you place some or all of your hand in your mouth. In the past few days, you also started to realize that your hands can do cool things like touch objects and feel them, and you love it! If I place my hand in the hair by yours your little hand reaches out to touch mine and feel my hand and the look of concentration and determination on your face is priceless.

You love to smile and smirk, but you don’t freely give your smiles away. You like to study people before you’ll smile for them, but you sure love to give me your adorable smiles. Whenever you wake up from a nap and I go to get you, your face turns from super sleepy to super happy, and it’s moments like those that fill my heart with a love that is indescribable. We still spend so much time together since I don’t have a nanny or daycare set up for you yet (I know it would be helpful, but I keep putting this off), and we haven’t started bottle feeding, so there’s lots of mama and Millie time. Sometimes you look at me with such love in your eyes and I feel like I might explode, it’s truly magical. A lot of people have told me it only gets better as you keep developing your personality, and I can say that this third month was really rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, I loved you in month one and two, but there was a lot of take and very little true interaction. Every time I woke up to feed you, I loved those moments and knew I was taking the best care of you that I could, but when you look at me and smile or ‘talk’ to me, the bond is so much deeper.

This month you went through your three-month growth spurt starting about a week ago, and you wanted to eat non-stop and woke up more often in the night than your first week home from the hospital. Dada went to NYC for work during that same week, and while you and I did fine (with lots of help from grandma and grandpa), we both wound up pretty exhausted. You love when grandma plays the piano for you, and she and I think you might really be into music. I played multiple instruments growing up, but it was never my forte. You also love the cradle at grandma and grandpa’s house, which is a family heirloom brought over from Hungary from your great grandparents. It is really loud when we wind it up, and at first I thought it would jostle you about, but you seem to like it!

After you finished your first round of vaccines this past month, we started taking you out in public much more. You went to lunch with friends of ours in Miami, followed by shopping (funny story: we took you into Hermés and our usual sales associate wasn’t in. I asked if they had any Birkins or Kellys and was told a swift and stern no. Looks like you were welcomed early on to the game of shopping for luxury bags!). You still rarely cry, and when you’re tired, you have this really adorable whimper that is telling us that you’re tired or hungry but you rarely go into an all-out cry. You’ve sat through lunches and dinners barely making a peep so mama and dada can be out and about a bit more.

Oh, and everyone, I mean EVERYONE, tells me how much you look like your dada. The resemblance is major, and it’s not just in your looks–it’s faces you make like him and smiles that we call “Vladi smiles” that are 100% your dada. I love that you look like him, but I keep waiting for someone to tell me you look like me too. However, I’ve heard that a lot of babies start out looking very much like their dads and then their mom’s features show later, so I’m holding onto that! This past month has been the most fun yet, and while some days and moments are quite challenging, the reward far exceeds the hard moments. Mama and dada love you so much, and I’m looking forward to all the changes in store this next month!

Love,

Mama

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Nebraska WR Coach Keith Williams Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for 3rd DUI

Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams was sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday after pleading no contest to his third DUI offense.

According to an Associated Press report, Williams will serve three years’ probation and pay a $1,000 fine. He will also have his license suspended for five years but can apply for an interlock device after 45 days. Interlock devices ensure a driver has no alcohol in their system before starting a vehicle.

Williams was pulled over in August after rear-ending an Uber driver’s vehicle in Lincoln. His blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.15 percent, almost double Nebraska’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. While Nebraska law could have resulted in a felony charge, Williams was instead cited for misdemeanor DUI and careless driving.

Williams had been convicted of driving under the influence in California in 2004 and 2009. He did not serve jail time for either of those crimes. Nebraska was aware of Williams’ previous arrests when coach Mike Riley hired him in 2015.

“There are things about representing and there also is the bottom line: this is dangerous, dangerous stuff,” Riley said last August, per the AP. “People get killed, kill others, kill themselves. That’s all bad. We’ll have an assessment, evaluation of it, and then you talk about things like intervention, education, and then there’ll be consequences which I’m not ready to talk about right now.”

Williams was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. 

Brazen Staten Island Bike Riding Daredevils Caught In The Act

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several teenage bicycle riders who have gained notoriety for causing trouble for drivers in Staten Island were arrested Tuesday. Charges include reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, residents have been complaining about the riders endangering both themselves and others. The NYPD caught several of the riders in the act Tuesday night.

The skilled daredevils recorded their two-wheeled exploits and posted them on social media. Their freewheeling antics have drawn the ire of Staten Island drivers.

Many have marveled at the riders’ talent even as they question their judgement.

“I couldn’t do that when I was a kid,” exclaimed one driver.

Still, others are worried.

“I find it dangerous for the kids, and also for myself, because God forbid you hit one of them,” Staten Island resident Christina Nocerino said. “They don’t even look, they just come out and do purposely, they ride in groups and packs, pop wheelies in front of cars as cars are driving down the road.”

On a popular Staten Island Facebook page, hundreds of readers complained about the bike riders after someone posted pictures of a pack of bikers impeding traffic on busy Hylan Boulevard.

Mike Reilly moderates that Facebook page.

“We want them to ride bikes, but we want them to do it safely,” he says. “I’m all for pulling wheelies, having fun, but when you’re jeopardizing, playing chicken with a 4,000 pound car, right?”

The NYPD has been keeping an eye on the situation, and on Tuesday, patrol officers arrested at least four young riders for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Their bikes — which sell for around $1,000 — were confiscated.

“They’re letting them know how serious this is,” he said, “it’s a potentially deadly situation.”

CBS2 reported that police are also keeping their eye on a so-called “rideout” that some riders have planned for Thursday afternoon. They’re worried it could attract dozens of riders and create problems along the route from Great Kills to Tottenville.

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ColorWare is Now Selling Apple’s AirPods in 58 Colors if You’re Willing to Pay $289

ColorWare, a company that custom paints Apple products, today announced that it is now accepting orders for Apple’s AirPods, which can be purchased from the site in range of different colors.



For $289, a $130 premium over the $159 price of the AirPods, ColorWare will paint them in one of 58 different shades, from solids to metallics in every color of the rainbow. A deep glossy black is also an option, giving customers who have been wanting a “Jet Black” set of AirPods a way to get it.






Each AirPod can be painted in a different shade, and for an extra $30, ColorWare will also paint the AirPod Charging Case. Along with a custom color, users can also choose a matte or gloss finish, for a set of AirPods that are totally unique.






To paint various products, ColorWare fully disassembles them and carefully custom paints each individual component. On its Twitter account, ColorWare says developing a process for the AirPods was “FAR from easy.”







The total price for a fully customized set of AirPods plus case is $319, which is about double the price of a plain white set of AirPods purchased from Apple. In addition to shelling out quite a bit of money for a custom set, those who order AirPods from ColorWare will also need to wait for approximately six weeks for their order to arrive. ColorWare often lets customers send in their own devices to be painted, but this isn’t currently an option with the AirPods.






Because $319 is a lot of money to shell out for an accessory, ColorWare does offer paint samples so users can test colors out before placing an order. Each set of three paint samples costs $15.



All ColorWare work is guaranteed for 12 months, and 24 months with the purchase of an additional warranty. Returns are available for the first 30 days but are subject to a 25 percent restocking fee.



ColorWare paints a range of devices, from iMacs and MacBooks to Apple accessories like the Magic Keyboard and the Magic Mouse 2. The company also paints other accessories, like game consoles and headphones (including Beats), plus it offers a range of skins for products like the MacBook and iPhone.


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Transparent heating pad could have users seeing red

A diagram of the pad (top), along with a prototype of the real thing

Although you might not think that a plain old heating pad could be dangerous, the things do burn people on a regular basis. It can be particularly common with the elderly, whose compromised sensitivity doesn’t always let them know when there’s too much heat. Of course, they could always just look to see if their skin is getting red, although they’d have to remove the pad to do so. That’s why scientists have created a clear heating pad.

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Dr. Luke Responds To Kesha’s ‘Out Of Context’ Emails With Documents Of His Own — Where He Looks A Lot Less Villainous!

This isn’t even close to being over…

In the latest news from Kesha and Dr. Luke‘s FX miniseries-worthy legal battle, the music producer’s team filed documents in response to the emails released by Kesha’s team last week.

These documents include email chains between the producer (aka Lukasz Gottwald), Kesha’s managers, and her assistant.

And unlike the “out of context” emails the Tik Tok singer’s team leaked last week, the fuller picture doesn’t always paint the Kemosabe Records founder as the bad guy.

Related: Dr. Luke Says Kesha Still Owes Him $1.3 Million!

The emails, which range in date from 2010 to 2016, show discussions about Kesha’s diet and appearance between her manager Monica Cornia and her assistant Tessa Schonder — in which the two note they should keep “junk food” away from the singer.

This shifts some of the blame off Luke, who in last week’s documents was painted as the only one who spoke about her weight.

Kesha’s emails also hinted at a dispute over her song lyrics for Crazy Kids, in which her manager alleged that Luke told the performer:

“I don’t give a shit what you want. If you were smart you would go in and sing it.”

These new documents, however, seem to reveal that the producer was more than fine with changing the lyrics. According to HuffPo, he wrote:

“Kesha recorded most of ‘Crazy Kids’ and it sounds great… !!!!!!! We love the way it’s written but there are some lyrics she wasn’t comfortable saying in the verses … mostly the part about fighting girls.”

Luke even reportedly outlined the lyrics Kesha wanted to change.

As for his remarks on the singer’s appearance — he was accused of comparing Kesha to a “fucking refrigerator,” prompting her eating disorder — it appears there were also times Luke showed love and support for the singer.

Related: Lady GaGa Caught In The Middle Of Kesha & Dr. Luke’s Drama!

He wrote to the pop star in 2010:

“I know you said you looked like a lesbo but I disagree ― you looked radiant and beautiful. You’re doing exactly what you’re meant to be doing right now. You’re actualizing your dreams. I’m proud of you and love you very much. xo L”

Hmm. This doesn’t necessarily undo the negative comments though…

But the most damaging email chain comes from 2012, in which two of Kesha’s managers, Ken Levitan and Jack Rovner, suggest the singer should “blame” Luke after tweeting about how she was “forced” to sing certain lyrics in Die Young.

Levitan wrote:

“You really need to say something to rani…or tell her to blame it on luke.”

This. Is. Exhausting.

We’re coming on the third anniversary since this legal drama started. If we’ve learned one thing so far, it’s that we apparently can’t handle the truth.

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