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Listen to Chance the Rapper’s Gorgeous Cover of the Arthur Theme Song

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With additional vocals from Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware and more

Chance the Rapper has been treating fans to live covers of the Arthur theme song for a few months now. But to celebrate this weekend’s Lollapalooza festival (held, of course, in his hometown of Chicago), the 21-year-old rapper shared a more polished cover of the popular tune, which was originally written by Ziggy Marley.

Chance recruited several other artists — including Wyclef Jean and Jessie Ware — for this studio version, which he titled “Wonderful Everday: Arthur.” The track features plenty of brass (soulful!) along with some trippy synth (dreamy!). The result is, overall, upbeat and lovely and totally worth a listen. By the end, you’ll probably forget that this is a track based on the theme song to a PBS kids’ show.


TIME NextDraft

Having Too Many Choices Can Stress You Out and Other Fascinating News on the Web

August 1, 2014


1. It’s Your Choice

With all the recent news about violence, viruses, and victimization, it’s sometimes hard to believe that people can be unhappy in places where there is relative calm and plenty. Psychiatrist Zbigniew Lipowski once wrote: “I maintain that it is specifically the overabundance of attractive alternatives, aided and abetted by an affluent and increasingly complex society, that leads to conflict, frustration, unrelieved appetitive tension, more approach tendencies and more conflict — a veritable vicious cycle.” In other words, if you have too many choices, it can stress you out. And that can be true whether those choices are heart-wrenching or trivial. From Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker: When it’s bad to have too many choices. (At least you have someone to help you choose the news to read.)

+ We’re often reminded that positive experiences make us happier than material goods. But what if those material goods are experiential in nature? (Yup, more choices.)

2. Cease Desisted

Within a few hours, a planned three-day ceasefire broke down in the Middle East as rockets flew, battles raged, and an Israeli soldier was captured.

+ The situation is already bad. Did we just reach the tipping point where it completely comes off the rails?

+ “In 15 years of covering conflict around the world, I can’t recall another seven-day period when there were as many acts of war and terrorism, in as many places, as we’ve seen this week.” In Quartz, Bobby Ghosh provides an overview of the horrors that haven’t topped the news.

3. Weekend Reads

“I am not afraid of clowns. But there’s something that happens when you walk into the forgettable bathroom of a hotel lobby and meet a fully made-up clown standing by the sink, reflection staring back at you with the Kubrickian blankness of a greasepaint grimace. I almost wet my pants.” Buzzfeed’s Leigh Cowart heads to a clown convention where the participants know you think they’re creepy.

+ “Singapore has become a laboratory not only for testing how mass surveillance and big-data analysis might prevent terrorism, but for determining whether technology can be used to engineer a more harmonious society.” FP’s Shane Harris: The Social Laboratory.

+ “The air still smelled of lunch, warmed-up cans of Progresso soup and hot dogs from 7-Eleven. Scattered about were household objects with gruesome tales.” D Magazine’s Jamie Thompson spends time with Sergeant Brenda Nichols to see what it’s like to be a detective who works child abuse cases. “Nichols steeled herself for the work that lay ahead, reminding herself, as she had so many times before, You wanted this job.”

4. Coming to America

Two Americans infected with the Ebola virus will be coming to Atlanta’s Emory University for treatment. The first challenge: Finding a plane that’s equipped to transport them.

+ World Health Organization: The disease is moving faster than the control efforts.

+ The New Yorker’s Michael Specter: “‘The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on this planet is the virus’ the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Joshua Lederberg once wrote. Few epidemiologists would disagree. There is no bomb, no poison, no plan of attack with the potential to do as much damage.”

5. We Gotta Get Out of This Place

“What if taking vacation not only made you healthier and happier, as a number of studies have shown, but everyone around you?”

+ Between work, connectivity, and picking up the slack for those who are out of town, is summer the busiest time of the year?

+ According to science, and Charles Dickens, you should leave work at 2pm and go for a long walk. (That doesn’t leave much time for binge-watching Netflix.)

6. Follow the Money

“Driving through the Mission together around midnight, Buzi noticed a man who seemed down on his luck on the side of the road. He tried to hand some money to him, but scared him off. ‘There’s probably a better way to do this,’ Budman said. ‘Like what? We’ll just hide money around?’ Buzi replied. It turned out to be that simple.” Meet the folks behind the Hidden Cash Twitter account. They managed to make generosity go viral.

7. The Bottom Line

Patagonia figured out a way to make wetsuits out of a natural rubber derived from a desert shrub. Needless to say, they were stoked. Then they shared the idea with their competitors. “Instead of holding the manufacturer of the rubber, Yulex, to a yearslong exclusive contract, Patagonia is encouraging its competitors to use the product, hoping to see its use grow and drive down the price.” The NYT’s Diane Cardwell: When the bottom line includes Earth. (I should note that NextDraft is printed on recycled internet.)

+ James Surowiecki on the rise of the B-Corp, for-profit companies that pledge to achieve social goals as well as business ones.

8. Ice Ice Barista

“Right away, I sensed it was going to be huge. Blue Bottle was already making 10,000 cartons a week, even though they’d only rolled out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Somehow, Freeman had scaled perfection. On behalf of all craftspeople, including writers, I had to know how.” The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal on Blue Bottle and the future of iced coffee.

9. Downward Dogma

“What is being sold or promoted is hopelessly entangled with what is supposed to be the message, as if saying: ‘Breathe free, pose well, and buy enlightenment, sexiness, joy, and peace!'” The Baffler’s Jorian Polis Schutz on Yoga in America: The State of Stretching.

10. The Bottom of the News

Facebook went down for a few minutes. So obviously, people called the Sheriff. (In fairness, it’s a lot less stressful than calling Comcast…)

+ This is how you umpire a little league game. (Do they check these guys for ‘roids?)

+ The real estate Rorschach test: Neverland is for sale.

+ Why won’t anyone give Tom Brady a high-five?


TIME technology

This Alarm Clock Wakes You Up by Brewing a Fresh Cup of Coffee

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Um, yes please

Wouldn’t you hate your alarm clock so much less if it woke you up with a steaming hot cup of joe? Like, you’d still hate it a little, because waking up is the worst, but you’d have fresh-brewed coffee waiting for you inches from your face!

That’s the idea behind Barisieur, an alarm clock/coffee brewer hybrid engineered by London-based industrial designer Josh Renouf. The base is just an average digital alarm clock — but the important part is what’s resting on top. It looks like a mini version of those chemistry sets nerds play with in movies — you know, when they’re doing “experiments” in their bedrooms instead of developing social skills or whatever. Anyway, here’s how it works, according to PSFK:

The sleek device has stainless steel ball bearings inside a bespoke hand blown glass beaker that boils water through induction heating. The boiling water is pushed out of the beaker through a slim glass tube and is poured over the ground coffee which is placed in a sustainable stainless steel coffee filter. The coffee then drips through the filter and into a glass cup. In the middle of the tray is a small glass container that holds the milk or cream.

Renouf is now in the process of developing the Barisieur for commercial use. The estimated retail price is between £150 and £250 (or around $250 to $420).

So basically, this thing wakes you up with the gentle sounds of metal clinking against glass paired with the aroma of coffee. It’s trying to ease you into a state of awakeness rather than aggressively force you into it like most alarms. Plus, it’s a very safe way to wake up to a nice smell. Remember that time on The Office when Michael burned his food trying to wake up to the smell of crackling bacon?

TIME technology

People Apparently Called the Police Because Facebook Went Down

According to amusing tweets from a sergeant with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

If you freaked out about Facebook going down earlier today, we hope your next call wasn’t 911. Sounds obvious, right? Apparently not to everyone, according to these tweets from Sergeant Burton Brink of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

Add this incident to the list of inappropriate times to call the police – from the British woman who called 999 because the ice cream man didn’t put enough sprinkles on her ice cream to the Florida woman who called 911 because she claimed a restaurant served her undercooked waffles.

LIST: Top 10 Non-Emergency 911 Calls

MORE: Woman Calls Police Because There Aren’t Enough Sprinkles on Her Ice Cream


Old People Swooning Over Elvis Footage Is as Adorable as it Sounds

"Oh, oh, oh, I love you Elvis"

The Fine Brothers have gained Internet fame for creating YouTubes of children, teens, and elders reacting to a variety of things. Thursday’s new installment tackled adorable nostalgia. This is how elders react when they see footage of Elvis.

TIME viral

Stuntman’s GoPro Video Shows What It’s Like to Jump Off The Roof of a Building

This video is not for the vertiginous

GoPro has posted a terrifying video of professional stuntman Ethan Swanson jumping off a roof in Chicago, Illinois. The build-up is suspenseful, but fast forward to the 1:10 mark if you want to cut to the chase. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

After this horrifying footage, Swanson’s second most viral stunt is his leap from one rooftop to the rooftop of a building across the street.

LIST: The Most Mind-Blowing GoPro Videos in 1 Minute

WATCH: Attaching a GoPro Camera to a Car Wheel Creates a Weird, Futuristic Kaleidoscope

TIME technology

Dad Builds NASA Spaceship Simulator in His Son’s Bedroom

Complete with interactive switches, LED lights and sound effects

Some kids have Star Wars posters in their bedrooms — but this kid has an actual SPACE SHIP.

Father of two and general hero Jeff Highsmith decided to craft an interactive space shuttle for his 4-year-old kid, he explains on MAKE. It’s got controls, switches, glowing lights and a bunch of other realistic-looking spaceship stuff. Oh, it’s even got a bass shaker to simulate the feeling of the shuttle taking off.

He decided to build the spaceship after creating a mission control desk a few months back. Clearly, he thought, his kids would need a spaceship to go with it. The mission control center is in one room and the spaceship is in another — but his sons can collaborate on space mission using headsets. Coolest. Dad. Ever.

(h/t Laughing Squid)


TIME viral

WATCH: Oxford A Cappella Group Covers Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie”

The pop star has endorsed it on Twitter

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, has produced a cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” for charity. Proceeds from purchases of the single will be donated to the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults.

Shakira recently tweeted her endorsement of the students’ rendition, which now boasts more than 2.7 million views on YouTube

This medley is not the first Oxford-Shakira crossover. The Colombian pop star gave a speech about “universal access to education” at the university in December 2009.

WATCH: Shakira Plays ‘Truth or Dare’ on the Dance Floor

WATCH: Shakira and Rihanna Flip Their Hair a Lot in “Can’t Remember to Forget You” Video

LISTEN: Shakira’s New Single “Grandeur”

TIME Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week: Jul. 25 – Aug. 1

From an Ebola outbreak in Africa and Eid al-Fitr celebrations around the world, to the destruction of underground tunnels in Gaza and people dancing in the streets of North Korea, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

TIME Television

Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts Peg Each Other With Balls

Roberts was there to promote HBO's The Normal Heart

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon came up with a new game called “Face Balls” while Julia Roberts was on-set Thursday.

The premise is simple: you throw balls at a person’s face and then watch their reactions in slow motion. The results were hilarious.

“This is like the comedy version of Fifty Shades of Grey,” Roberts said to Fallon.


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