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Behold: The Best LinkedIn Profile Of All Time

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We would love to network with you sometime, Shaquille O'Neal

Plenty of people out there will try to give you advice on how to make a great LinkedIn profile, but you should just give up right now because your LinkedIn profile will never be as good as Shaquille O’Neal’s.

For some reason, the folks over at Slate found the NBA legend’s profile and confirmed that it’s really his and not a fake. And it’s just glorious. Where most people write their title and company (for example, “Reporter, TIME”) Shaq simply wrote the following:

Owner, A lot of companies

Can we all take a moment to appreciate how incredible that is? Farther down, in the “Experience” section, Shaq writes:

CEO, PRESIDENT

Alot of different companies. Inc

Below that, he elaborates:

I’m working on a lot of different ventures. My best asset is that I am proven to lead teams to championships. I mean multiple championships

So yeah, nobody else is ever going to top this.

Appreciation

Artist Turns Homophobic Tweets About Tom Daley Into a Portrait of the Olympic Diver

The latest effort to turn hate into something beautiful

Jezebel highlights via The Plymouth Herald a U.K. artist’s portrait of the English Olympic diver Tom Daley that is made from homophobic tweets directed at him after he revealed that he was in a relationship with a man in a video message uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 2, 2013. Daley retweeted the artist Conor Collins’s tweet of the portrait last week.

The project is reminiscent of the Honey Maid video in which negative comments about its “This Is Wholesome Campaign” — featuring mixed-race parents and same-sex parents — were rolled up and arranged on the floor to spell out the word “Love.”

technology

This Video Game Will Let You Be a Cat (Finally!)

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It's still in its early stages, so fingers (er, paws?) crossed that it gets the funding it requires

A few months ago, we reported that a video game that would let you pretend to be a cat is in the works. In that game, the player’s only objective is to knock things over. That’s it. You win by pretending to be a cat and then knocking a whole bunch of things over.

Now, don’t get me wrong, that game — which you can play in your browser — is a rollicking good time. It’s truly a delight. But now there’s a new game in the works that offers a much more comprehensive feline simulation experience. Because let’s face it: being a cat is about so much more than just knocking your humans’ stuff to the floor.

Simply titled Cat Simulator, this third-person game will allow the player to chase rats and mice, climb trees, eat, sleep, poop, and do all the other important things that cats do each and every day. It’s still in its early stages of development, and its creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds. They hope to create more realistic graphics and more cat customization options, along with other animal friends so the cats don’t get lonely.

Here’s a sneak peek. Right now it’s looking pretty low-budge, so here’s hoping that they raise more money.

(h/t Mashable)

Internet

Instagrammers Post 216,000 New Pics a Minute and Other Crazy Internet Data Facts

There are 26,380 Yelp reviews generated every minute. God help all of us.

Every minute, 2.4 billion people on the internet churn out a lot of data. While data generation might not seem like the most interesting of topics, business intelligence company Domo translated them into digestible tidbits of information.

For example: Instagram users post 216,000 new photos every minute, which dwarfs Pinterest users’ 3,472 pins a minute. Meanwhile, Whatsapp users share 347,222 pictures a minute.

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Internet

The First YouTube Video Was Uploaded 9 Years Ago Today

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Today in Internet history: YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video “Me at the zoo” to the website on April 23, 2005, at 8:27 p.m, according to the description of the video, which now boasts more than 14 million views.

The 19-second clip shows Karim standing in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo and saying that the “cool thing” about the animals is that “they have really, really, really long, um, trunks.” According to a 2010 editorial in The Toledo Blade, the clip was shot by a high school pal, Yakov Lapitsky, who is now a professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo.

MORE: A Brief History of YouTube

MORE: Why Amazon Video Ads Could Threaten YouTube

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Justin Bieber Apologizes for Visiting Shrine Honoring War Criminals in Tokyo

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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber apologized via Instagram after China fans were outraged he visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan's fallen during World War II, including some who committed mass atrocities

Updated: April 23, 2014, 8:06 a.m. E.T.

Did Justin Bieber honor the memory of some of Japan’s worst war criminals during his recent trip to Tokyo? You better belieb it!

According to the international pop sensation’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, Bieber dropped by the notorious Yasukuni Shrine this week, where he paid his respects to Japan’s war dead, including former military leaders from the country’s imperial army who committed mass atrocities across Asia and the Pacific during World War II.

“Thank you for your blessings,” tweeted Bieber, which garnered more than 666,000 likes on Instagram and tens of thousands of retweets before the singer suddenly removed the image from his account.

But Bieber’s China fans were less than impressed by the visit, urging him on social media to remove the picture out of respect for the dead. Bieber eventually responded to the controversy caused by the incident with an Instagram post on Wednesday of TIME’s story on the upset:

“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine,” wrote Bieber. “I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”

Bieber’s visit to Yasukuni comes almost a year to the day after he visited the Anne Frank House, a museum honoring the legacy of the Jewish teenager who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp in World War II. He scrawled in the guestbook that “hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”

Advertising

Surprise! The New Axe Body Spray Ad is Super Romantic

Does Nicholas Sparks write Axe ads now?

Axe is leaning away from their men-surrounded-by-ladies thing and getting a little sentimental in their new ad. Because sex sells, but love sells more. Even to guys.

Somehow they’ve gone from hundreds of women clawing at a single Axe-spraying bro to a hunky time-traveler chasing his true love through history. It’s sure to catch the attention of that 13-year-old who loves sword fighting and is just about ready to start wearing deodorant. Watch it here:

 

The company definitely recycled the costumes from Game of Thrones for that first part with the cavemen, but it’s still cute. And we’re pretty sure Jack Dawson from Titanic probably would have worn Axe.

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Why The U.S. Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest and Other Fascinating News on the Web

April 22, 2014

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1. Stuck in the Middle

America is still the world’s richest large country. But that’s only when you average out the earnings across all income levels. For the first time in decades, the American middle class is no longer the world’s richest (blame Canada). Here’s Harvards’s Lawrence Katz: “In 1960, we were massively richer than anyone else. In 1980, we were richer. In the 1990s, we were still richer. That is no longer the case.”

+ Your money or your life? It turns out the two are deeply connected. The richer you are, the older you’ll get.

+ MoJo: 10 poverty myths, busted.

+ If you want a good, longterm investment, then why are you buying a house? (Because it’s almost impossible to host a brunch in a mutual fund?)

animals

Heroic Corgi Defends Grass Against Menacing Goats

What she lacks in stature, she makes up in valor

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When a pair of goats clearly attempted to gang up on this poor innocent corgi, well, let’s just say she stood her ground and fought back.

Her name is Mini and she happens to be the same pooch who bravely took on a sour lemon candy a few months back. Look how far she’s come in such a short time! Then, she battled a tiny inanimate object, and now, she’s taking on two whole goats!

Be sure to watch 27 seconds in as the goats awkwardly maneuver their way out of an adirondack chair. Shortly afterwards, it becomes clear that this corgi is a formidable foe, stumpy legs and all.

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Inmates Train Dogs to Be Service Animals for Autistic Children

The program hopes to turn around the lives of both the people with special needs and the inmates themselves

This week, KABC profiled a two-year-old program called Pathways to Hope, in which inmates at the California Institute for Women in Chino, Calif., train dogs to be service animals for autistic children and people with special needs in general. The story below focuses on a 4-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome who is finding it easier to communicate with others since getting a black Labrador named Shasta that was trained by a woman serving a life sentence at the facility.

In another video about the program produced this month by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), inmates are given a wheelchair to teach a cockapoo mix named Dusty how to pick up trash and retrieve socks from drawers for the dog’s new wheelchair-bound owner. As one of the female inmates says in the CDCR video, training dogs has made her realize, “I am worthy of getting better.”

The Colorado Correctional Industries has been doing a similar program since 2002. In January, the Denver Post profiled it, leading with an anecdote about a mother, Susy Tucker, whose autistic fifth grader Zachary hugged her for the first time after receiving Clyde, a chocolate Labrador, trained by Christopher Vogt, a convicted murderer and inmate at Trinidad Correctional Facility. According to a follow-up story produced by ABC News last month, Zachary is less anxious and thus getting better grades, especially in math and science.

“Here’s a man that isn’t allowed any physical contact,” Tucker told ABC News. “And yet [Vogt has] given my son the ability to hug and to care about other people.”

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