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What Happens When a Popular Instagram Account with 8 Million Followers Posts a Picture


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What Happens When a Popular Instagram Account with 8 Million Followers Posts a Picture

As if you needed more proof that celebrities live in a different world than us: here’s what happens when an Instagram account with 8 million followers (this particular one shows the 433 soccer account) posts a picture and then gets deluged with likes, comments, emojis, and whatever other notification. There’s no sad awkward moment before your first like from your Mom, no social anxiety about social media, instead the phone becomes essentially unusable as it gets bombarded because of its popularity, like its being forced to run some sort of hacker script but it’s really just hundreds and thousands and millions of people across the world looking at their phone and double tapping on a dumb picture about nothing.Of course, this is what it looks like with notifications on (which no sane person with a gazillion followers would have on, ye amateurs). The video comes from Dutch soccer player Demy de Zeeuw.SPLOID is delicious brain candy. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Use These Secret Codes to Unlock Netflix’s Hidden Categories


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Use These Secret Codes to Unlock Netflix’s Hidden Categories

Here’s a trick that’s been around for a while but may have passed you by: secret category codes added by Netflix engineers that can help you narrow down your on-demand video choices. From classic war movies to Brazilian dramas, here’s how to dig deeper into the Netflix library.Whenever you dive into a genre on the Netflix website you get a URL that looks something like www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6839—and if you play around with that end number you can discover some hidden gems. How about visually striking films for ages 5-7? Or period pieces? We’ve found two unofficial lists online, here and here.Not all of these codes work, which isn’t surprising given the hidden nature of the feature, the constantly shifting Netflix catalog, and the variations between countries, but a lot of them do. It’s fun turning up a few obscure films that you might not otherwise have discovered.If you’ve got time on your hands then it’s not difficult to build up your own list of sub-genres by changing the number at the end of the given URL. If you’re interested in how Netflix organizes its content and what these categories are for, read this Atlantic article where Alexis Madrigal first happened upon them.

Holy Crap, We Really Want to Play Some Quidditch Beer Pong


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Holy Crap, We Really Want to Play Some Quidditch Beer Pong

As fans who grew up with the Harry Potter books gets older, ways to enjoy their fandom get more adult. The latest example might be the best yet, a blending of Quidditch and beer pong.A site called unofficialquidditchpong.com has created the rules and also has the necessary materials for purchase. Unfortunately, as of press time, they were sold out. Fingers crossed for a restock.The game is essentially the beer pong you played in college, mixed with the rules of Quidditch. Obviously. Shots made without the rings are played as normal, but if someone makes a shot through a ring, the opposing team can defend it with a beater bat. If it goes in though, you get two cups instead of one. There’s also a snitch cup set off to the side that will end the game. That’s the basic gist. From there, the site offers lots of more in depth options such as multiple spells you can cast based on house distinction. If you choose to go that route.It sucks we discovered this after New Year’s Eve but maybe now you have an excuse to do another party as soon as possible.[Unofficial Quidditch Pong, H/T Entertainment Weekly]Contact the author at germain@io9.com.

The Books About Artificial Intelligence That You MUST Read, According to Ex Machina’s Alex Garland


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The Books About Artificial Intelligence That You MUST Read, According to Ex Machina’s Alex Garland

Ex Machina remains a strong contender for the best science fiction film of 2015. It’s jam-packed with ideas along with all that psychosexual weirdness. And now at last, writer-director Alex Garland has unpacked where some of those ideas come from.In case you missed it, Ex Machina is a film where Poe Dameron invites General Hux to his secluded bunker, to meet a lifelike android (who isn’t played by anyone from Star Wars, weirdly.) General Hux is supposed to be testing the android to see if she’s “alive,” but the situation turns out to be a lot more complicated. Basically, it’s a trap.In an interview with Esquire, Garland lists the books and films that influenced his acclaimed film. And there are some surprises on there. Like, not only two Ray Kurzweil books, but also Machine Language for Beginners by Richard Mansfield. And The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose. And Wittgenstein! Plus Steven Levy’s profile of Google’s Demis Hassabis. There are also two films on the list: 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Altered States.http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-N…Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All The Birds in the Sky, coming in January from Tor Books. Follow her on Twitter, and email her.

Spotify Now Has Professionally Mixed Playlists to Get Your Party Started


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Spotify Now Has Professionally Mixed Playlists to Get Your Party Started

Spotify certainly has enough music to keep you entertained, but its playlists can lurch from one track to the next with little finesse. Now, it’s launching a new Party feature that includes mixed, beat-matched songs so that things feel a little more professional.The new playlists, part of a feature that will be known as Spotify Party, will be put together by what Spotify refers to as ‘experts.’ They’ll feature original content, from the likes of producer Diplo, as well as better-known party bangers, nut unlike most of the playlists you’ve probably endured at Spotify-based parties, the tracks will be beat-matched and actually mixed together. So it should feel (a little) more like a club and less like someone’s apartment. One particularly neat feature is what Spotify’s calling a ‘mood slider.’ The idea is that you can change the atmosphere of the upcoming tracks—maybe to transition from dinner with friends to some outrageous sofa dancing.Party rolls out today on Android and iOS, with a total of 120 curated tracks available in the first instance. More content is set to be added in time.Image via Shutterstock

House of Cards Season 4 Gets a Release Date and a Fantastic Campaign Website


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House of Cards Season 4 Gets a Release Date and a Fantastic Campaign Website

Possibly the best thing to happen during tonight’s GOP debate was this ad for House of Cards’s next season. Netflix isn’t a giant tease, either—we’ve got a release date, and a campaign website to tide us over for the next few months.In a followup tweet, Netflix revealed the new season will land for our binge-watching pleasure March 4th.Until then, go look at Underwood’s campaign website, which is chock-full of Easter Eggs and House of Cards in-jokes.

Watch YouTube’s Most Popular Videos of 2015


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Watch YouTube’s Most Popular Videos of 2015

Have some time to kill? YouTube has just announced its most popular videos of 2015, which include everything from dance crazes to Justin Bieber doing karaoke in a car. You can watch them here.It’s worth noting that YouTube has chosen the most popular clips not just on the absolute number of views, but by taking into account shares, comments, likes and other indicators of popularity to identify what it calls the ‘top trending’ videos. Regardless, they still racked up a whole lot of views: YouTube claims that these ten videos alone accounted for 25 million hours of viewing this year. So watching them once more shouldn’t hurt.1. Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn2. Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial)3.Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!4. Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council5. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon6. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke7. 6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon – 4K – The Slow Mo Guys8. Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain’s Got Talent 20159. Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)10. Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition[YouTube]

Report: YouTube Red Might Become More Of a Netflix Competitor


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Report: YouTube Red Might Become More Of a Netflix Competitor

At the moment, YouTube Red is basically just regular YouTube, but with no ads and the option to save videos offline. But if a WSJ report is to be believed, YouTube is seeking streaming rights to TV series and movies, in the hopes of creating one video service to rule them all. The Journal’s sources have said that YouTube is in the process of meeting with Hollywood execs to “consider pitches and negotiate licenses for new content”. Presumably, that means current TV shoes and movies, the kind of stuff that’s under license, and therefore not available on YouTube for free. It’s worth noting, though, that YouTube has long had a smattering of pay-per-view movies available, so it’s not quite a stranger to licensing content. Netflix-style streaming of content would be a big change for YouTube. Since its founding, it has stuck fairly rigidly to the model of user-uploaded videos, paid for by ads. But YouTube’s already shaken that model up with Red, and with premium-only original content already on the way for next year, it’s no big leap to assume YouTube might want to integrate streaming as well. If it manages to secure streaming rights, Google might well have a killer media package on its hands: YouTube represents the very best of user-made content on the web, Google Play Music (included in the $10 a month charged for Red) is a very decent streaming service; chuck in binge-watching TV fodder, and you’d have a media full house. [Wall Street Journal]

Watch Alanis Morissette Sing An Updated “Ironic” for the Internet Age


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Watch Alanis Morissette Sing An Updated “Ironic” for the Internet Age

It’s a traffic jam, when you tried to use Waze. A no smoking sign, when you brought your vape. It’s like swiping left on your future soul mate. On the Late Late Show with James Corden, Alanis Morissette gamely gave the lyrics of her 1995 hit “Ironic” a 2015 spin. Appearing in a red ski hat and braids in a wink at the original music video, Morissette was joined by a similarly coiffured Corden to sing refrains like “An old friend sends you a Facebook request / and you only forget they’re racist after you accept.”“It’s free office cake on the first day of your diet / It’s like they announce a new iPhone the day after you buy it,” they sing. “It’s a Snapchat that you wish you had saved / A funny Tweet that nobody faves.” Delightfully, Morissette even makes fun of the fact that “Ironic” contains almost no ironies, as my frustrated 7th grade English teacher kept trying to teach us.[Vulture]