TECH: The future of beer pong

Call it Beer Pong: The Next Generation.

A Saskatoon man has developed an interactive beer pong table, complete with LED lights, ball washer and a touch-sensitive tabletop that keeps score. Jeff Nybo has been envisioning a tricked-out beer pong table since 2011. However, things kicked into high gear in 2013, when he entered and won an online contest with his table design. He’s now taken his design, which he calls the BPT X5, to the online fundraising site Kickstarter to sell kits and fully-built tables. Nybo is focussing on selling do-it-yourself kits right now, which retail anywhere from $85-$400 US. A fully manufactured table is selling for $1,800. (CBC)

Men gamble more when attractive men are near


Do you enjoy gambling? If so, you’ll never guess the factor that could make you gamble bigger. New data shows that heterosexual men take greater risks with money after being shown photos of male models. A group of men and women were shown photos of male Abercrombie models, female Victoria’s Secret models, or photos of normal people. All participants were given the choices to take $100, or opt for a bet that would give them a 10 percent chance of winning a $1,000 prize. The men who were shown photos of the male Abercrombie models showed a higher likelihood of taking the risky option compared to men who saw the other photos. Study leader Eugene Chan explains, “Men want to appear more desirable to women, and having more money is one way to do so. Taking financial risk is one quick way to get more money, even if it might not be a sure thing.” Notably, none of the participants who were shown the photos of the female models showed the same behavior. (Newser)


FOOD: Average price for a burger may be higher than you think

516506599How much would you pay for an excellent burger? GrubHub has pulled together information from hundreds of restaurants across the country to analyze the average price for a burger in different cities. New York City is the most expensive place to buy a burger, with an average cost of $9.52. It’s not too surprising considering the NYC restaurant Serendipity charges $295 for it’s Le Burger Extravagant, the most expensive in the nation. Even without Serendipity’s influence, the city with the next highest average per burger is Los Angeles with $9.44. The place where you can expect to get the cheapest burger is Philadelphia, where the average cost is $6.24. See where your city falls in the chart below. Check out: The Most Expensive Burgers (Fox News)

MUSIC NEWS: Cobain/Love sex tape + Pulp Fiction


Courtney Love admitted at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday (April 19th) that she and her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, made a sex tape together. Love’s revelation came during a question-and-answer session following the festival premiere of Montage Of Heck, director Brett Morgen’s documentary about Cobain. Love, who gave Morgen unrestricted access to video and audio recordings from her and Cobain’s personal archives, said, “Somehow Brett found the sex tape. Everyone makes one sex tape once in their lives.”

Love also revealed during the talk that other intimate footage of her and Cobain was shot by Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, who was Love’s boyfriend before Cobain. She told the audience, “Eric would come over to our house and shoot really intimate stuff with me and Kurt.”

Morgen turned to Love at one point during the Q&A and said that it was “completely courageous of you” to give him so much access to their personal materials. Love, who has seen the film four times, told V magazine recently that watching the film with her and Cobain’s daughter Frances was a “very healing” experience.
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th. The film is constructed as a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music.
SIDE NOTES: Love also said in her interview with V magazine that Kurt Cobain was offered a role in Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 crime drama Pulp Fiction. She claimed, “The reason he thanks Tarantino on the back of (Nirvana’s 1993 album) In Utero is because Tarantino and his team approached us both about Pulp Fiction to play the Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz parts, and I felt like they were just asking me so they could get to Kurt. So I was like, “Just ask Kurt. I don’t want to do it.” So Kurt chickened out . . . But they did come knocking a little bit.”


MUSIC NEWS: U2 fans get Tool vinyl instead on Record Store Day

An undetermined number of U2 fans in the U.K. who picked up a vinyl copy of the band’s latest album, Songs Of Innocence, as a Record Store Day exclusive on Saturday (April 18th) got a surprise: instead of getting the Irish supergroup’s current effort, they instead found themselves in possession of a copy of Tool’s 1992 debut EP, Opiate — which wasn’t even part of the Record Store Day lineup of items.

The error was reported by several users on Twitter, which led to one person joking, “I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a Tool EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one.”
It’s not clear how many copies of the U2 album were affected, but one U.K. label manager said “a good chunk” were “sleeved at the wrong pressing plant,” according to Diffuser. There’s no word yet on how fans can exchange or return their copies of the Tool EP, although such pressings have been known to become collector’s items.


MUSIC NEWS: Stone Sour plans to release 2 more cover EPs

Corey Taylor

Stone Sour will release two more EPs of cover songs following the arrival of its first one, Meanwhile In Burbank . . . this past Saturday (April 18th) as a Record Store Day exclusive. Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor revealed that the next two will be titled Straight Out Of Burbank and No Sleep ‘Till Burbank and will feature five songs each, including new versions of tracks from Rage Against The Machine, Motley Crue, Bad Brains and the Violent Femmes.

Meanwhile In Burbank . . . contained songs originally done by Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica, Kiss and Alice In Chains.

Taylor said why he enjoys covering other artists’ songs:

“The thing I love about playing covers is that a) it’s a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes. It’s a chance to have fun. There’s a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don’t have to worry about your song. This is someone else’s song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you’re a music fan in the first place.”

Taylor said on the Jasta Show podcast, “We just wanna share some of these songs that we grew up loving, and we just kind of wanna pay homage to the bands that got us into music in the first place.”

The vocalist said that there are plans to release the first EP later for fans who did not pick up a copy on Record Store Day. Taylor replied, “I don’t know — we’re kind of letting it happen organically,” when asked if there were any plans to film videos for any of the tracks on the EP or release them to radio.


MOVIES: More Ghostbusters in the works


There may be many more Ghostbusters movies on the way. One of the film’s original stars and co-writers, Dan Aykroyd, recently told The Huffington Post that he sees the franchise being something similar to what Marvel does. He said, “We need as many as the artists want to produce with the concept. I mean, it’s kind of like the Marvel series. There’s opportunities here to do different types of stories.” There is currently a female version on the way as well as another being produced by Channing Tatum and Dan.


MUSIC NEWS: Slipknot pairing with Zippo for custom lighters

Slipknot is working with Zippo to design a collection of exclusive Zippo lighters that will be made available to fans during the band’s upcoming “Summer’s Last Stand” U.S. tour. Frontman Corey Taylor said, “I think Slipknot fans will be into this, as far as us working with Zippo, because they know that when we put our name behind something that it’s gonna mean quality and it’s gonna mean something very cool for them.” The “Summer’s Last Stand” tour kicks off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up on September 5th in Dallas. The lineup also features Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. (Blabbermouth)