Top Story: Bieb-Memes
We’ve all heard the news by now: Justin Bieber was arrested yesterday for allegedly driving drunk, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license.
Miami Beach police stopped the pop star in his yellow Lamborghini just after 4 a.m., with reports that Bieber had been drag racing at 55 to 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone. He was released from jail that afternoon on a $2,500 bail after appearing in court before a Miami judge.
The arrest comes on the heels of a turbulent year for the singer, who’s found himself under scrutiny — and in trouble with the law — for his questionable behavior. Just last week, Bieber was accused of egging a neighbor’s house, and police found drugs in his home during the investigation. Although yesterday’s arrest follows an array of incidents, this marks the first time he has been officially charged.
But the best thing to come out of Bieber’s arrest? His mugshot. The image of Bieber donning an orange jumpsuit went viral in a matter of hours, with the Internet jumping on the opportunity to meme-ify the mugshot in every way, shape, and form. From Miley Cyrus comparisons to police chase gags, the memes stop at nothing to poke fun at the pop star.
Do you have a favorite Bieber mugshot meme?
Under the Radar: GIFs Come to Pinterest
Until yesterday, Pinterest hosted only still images, but not anymore: GIFs, shorthand for Graphics Interchange Format, have officially been made available to all users.
Now when you come across pinned GIF, you will see a small “play” button in the lower left-hand corner which you can start and pause to your heart’s desire.
There have already been tens of millions of GIFs pinned, according to Pinterest:
The well-timed GIF may be the greatest thing to have happened to the internet since emoticons, and lots of people have said they’d love to see playable GIFs on Pinterest. Starting today, we support GIFs in all their animated glory!
Currently, GIFs can only be viewed on the web, but Pinterest promises that mobile is soon to follow.
Are you a fan of the GIF?
Tool of the Week: Omaze
A news story that went viral this week involved Arnold Schwarzenegger undercover as a Gold’s Gym employee named “Howard” in Venice, California to raise money for after-school programs. The ad spread awareness about his campaign on Omaze, an online platform offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences for a $10 donation to charity.
Omaze was started by best friends from college Matthew Pohlson and Ryan Cummins after attending a benefit hosted by Magic Johnson for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Both die hard Lakers fans and broke, they helplessly watched the bid for the chance to sit courtside at a Lakers game with Magic Johnson and have dinner with him afterwards clear for $15,000.
“Why should life’s most amazing experiences only be available to a select few?” they thought on the drive home. “And worse, how could a prize which, in our minds, was priceless only raise $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Club?”
Thus, Omaze was born to make once-in-a-lifetime experiences available online for anyone to win with a $10 donation. The Schwarzenegger experience benefits After-School All-Stars and includes riding in a tank, working out and smoking cigars with him in Los Angeles.
Other experiences include hitting the town with George Clooney for the Satellite Sentinel Project, spending a day with Downton Abbey for Be the Change and meeting Tigers player Justin Verlander for Give an Hour.
What is your dream experience?
Around the Hub: Mayor Walsh Hosted Twitter #AMA
Yesterday morning, Boston’s man-of-the-hour Mayor Marty Walsh faced his self-proclaimed tech illiteracy head-on with a half-hour long twitter #AMA, or Ask Me Anything. This Q&A session format was popularized on reddit before permeating into other social media platforms.
Using the hashtag #AskMJW, Twitter users could tweet their questions directly to Mayor Marty who tweeted back with his answers. He responded to 25 questions, ranging from light-hearted to hard-hitting.
Apart from revealing that his favorite cookie is the Double Stuf Oreo and his favorite McKenna’s breakfast menu item is sausage, egg, no cheese on bulkie, Boston’s new mayor also shared his thoughts on hot topics like housing, real-estate development, crime and the Boston Marathon.
The biggest issue facing the city in 2014?
Re-Designing City Hall
What would you #AskMJW?