All they wanna have is… celebrity bling
Starting in late 2008, a bunch of teenagers—four girls and a boy—went about stealing stuff worth more than 3 million dollars (approx Rs 1.75 crore) from the Hollywood homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Entry was often easy—for eg, they found Hilton’s key under the doormat.
Once inside, they would try on the celebrities’ perfume, footwear and clothes, and leave with however much they could carry. Having too much of the stuff, the celebs didn’t notice the loss, but after the gang posted photos of themselves wearing the loot, they eventually got the attention of the local police. Ultimately, it was not even about the thrill of theft, but all about possessing their favourite celebs’ stuff.
Sofia Coppola’s new film Bling Ring (in pic) is based on their story, and takes its title from the name given to them by the local press. As one reviewer put it, theirs is “a new kind of narcissism, where you only get to feel fully realised, successful and self-loving when you look at your reflection in the pool and see your idol.” Sounds right. Shrinks, please take note.
From the Annals of Pointless Research #12
Luddites that some of us are, science and scientists rarely catch our interest. Alcohol, on the other hand, has much to recommend it, though space constraints prevent us from listing it all here. Recently, we were told about a research project that boggled our minds by its sheer obviousness.
Two studies, conducted in the United States and United Kingdom, discovered that smarter people tend to drink “more frequently and in greater quantities” than their duller, drier peers. The studies measured and categorised kids’ intelligence in five groups ranging from “very dull” to “very bright.
” When the participants were assessed later in life, it was revealed that the “brighter” kids were the ones that liked a tipple far more than their counterparts. It has left the researchers thoroughly puzzled.We wonder why. On any list of fun/worthwhile things human beings can do, there would be very few things to beat a night out at the pub, and a PhD in Pointless Research is certainly not one of them. Someone ought to tell the poor sods.
The folks who brought you PRISM, now in Bangalore
The US National Security Agency, their massive PRISM project that snoops on phone and email conversations of ordinary Americans, and Edward Snowden (in pic), the whistleblower who opened the can of worms and splattered it all over the shiny face of ‘liberal’ Obama’s America; by now you’ve heard all about it.
What you didn’t know is that the same shady folks who ran PRISM are now in your neighbourhood, right here in Bangalore. A little birdie tells us that Carlyle Group, the global asset management firm which owns Booz Allen Hamilton, the company which ran PRISM and for whom Bowden worked, is scouting for offices in namma city.
Snooping capabilities on a planetary scale is not the only thing that makes Carlyle worthy of special attention; they also hold the unique distinction of having the extended families of both George W Bush and Osama bin Laden as stakeholders. Now, that’s what we call ‘unity in diversity.’ And it has worked wonders for them; the group now manages assets worth a staggering 170 billion dollars (approx Rs 9.5 lakh crores) worldwide. Move over, Aadhar Nilekani; the big boys are here.