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These solo L.A. activities can bring adventure to your life

These solo L.A. activities can bring adventure to your life

There’s a reason why people who are on a quest to romanticize their life keep going viral on TikTok. Tips to live our best life and heal deep-seated wounds are a mere click away, and a huge part of that wisdom cites the importance of enjoying your own company. Why? Because when we’re at peace with our solitude without the attachment of a title, person or external thing, we’re less likely to operate from a place of lack. Also, we’re less susceptible to desperately searching for or clinging to outside people and vices to fill a void. In practice, adding a romantic touch to the everyday can look like being mindful of what feels good to your senses and catering to that. It looks like this: going to that cool experience in L.A. even if you don’t have a friend or romantic partner to accompany you. Don’t put your joy on hold for so-called perfect circumstances. Think of these actions as tiny-but-impactful building blocks that ultimately help you craft a life that feels good to …

Algunos actores de videojuegos dejan que la IA clone sus voces. Sólo no quieren que los reemplace

Algunos actores de videojuegos dejan que la IA clone sus voces. Sólo no quieren que los reemplace

Si estás luchando contra un duende de un videojuego que habla con acento cockney de Londres, o pidiéndole a un hosco herrero escocés que forje una espada virtual, puede ser que estés oyendo la voz del actor Andy Magee. Pero no es exactamente la voz de Magee. Es un clon de voz sintética generado por inteligencia artificial. A medida que los mundos de los videojuegos se tornan más amplios, algunos estudios están experimentando con herramientas de inteligencia artificial para ponerle voz a un número potencialmente ilimitado de personajes y conversaciones. Ello también permite ahorrar tiempo y dinero en las grabaciones de “scratch vocal” que los desarrolladores utilizan como marcadores de posición para probar escenas y guiones. La respuesta de los actores profesionales ha sido variada. Algunos temen que, si los grandes estudios se salen con la suya, las voces creadas con IA pudiesen reemplazarlos a todos salvo a los actores humanos más famosos. Otros, como Magee, han estado dispuestos a intentarlo si reciben una compensación justa y no se hace un mal uso de sus …

Normani Reveals Her Parents Began Cancer Treatment as She Was Starting Her Solo Music Career

Normani Reveals Her Parents Began Cancer Treatment as She Was Starting Her Solo Music Career

After Normani announced her long-awaited debut album, Dopamine, on Wednesday, the singer is opening up about the tumultuous journey that led to this moment. In a new interview with Who What Wear, the 27-year-old songstress reflects on how a double cancer diagnosis led to her putting her career on the back burner. It’s been nearly six years since Normani and her Fifth Harmony group members — originally comprised of Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Ally Brooke — announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus to “purse solo endeavors” back in March 2018. Since then, the singer’s solo career has consisted of sporadically released singles over the last several years, although most drops have been met with much acclaim. Her 2019 breakout hit, “Motivation,” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and landed on various publications’ year-end lists. It was even named one of the songs that defined the 2010s by iHeartRadio and was ranked as the 79th greatest song of the 2010s by Crack Magazine.  She’s released a two-song EP with Calvin Harris in 2018, collaborated with 6lack, Sam Smith, …

Mark Ruffalo Doesn’t Think a Solo ‘Hulk’ Movie Will Ever Happen

Mark Ruffalo Doesn’t Think a Solo ‘Hulk’ Movie Will Ever Happen

Mark Ruffalo is opening up about his time as the Hulk and how he would love to do more with the character in the future. However, he told GQ in a recent interview that he acknowledges a solo Hulk movie is unlikely. “I’d love to do a standalone Hulk, I just don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” the actor told the magazine. “It’s very expensive if you did a whole movie, which is why they use the Hulk so sparingly. I priced myself out!” He noted that while the cost of CGI has likely decreased over the years, it’s still quite pricey. Now, it’s important to note that a solo Hulk movie would be a little more complicated than just the cost of making the film. While Ruffalo has starred as Hulk in Marvel movies, the rights to the character are actually owned by Universal Pictures, predating Disney‘s 2009 acquisition of Marvel Studios, which means Universal has the right of first refusal to distribute any standalone Hulk movies. However, the character is allowed to show up in …

The pet I’ll never forget: Simón the street dog was my loyal companion – and a daring solo explorer | Dogs

The pet I’ll never forget: Simón the street dog was my loyal companion – and a daring solo explorer | Dogs

It wasn’t love at first sight with me and Simón. In fact, I didn’t want him. I had been promised a labrador, but when we met in 2004 he turned out to be a street dog – one of the estimated 66,000 strays that prowl the streets of Bogotá, a deep-black furred creature with a white chest who may have been the grandson of a labrador. He was aggressive and I was scared of him, yet we took him home. After all, we had driven for eight hours from my home city, Bucaramanga, to collect him after my uncle, while looking for his missing cat, had found this “labrador” in an alley. Silvia and Simón in 2005. Photograph: Courtesy of Silvia Rothlisberger My uncle said the dog was about six months old, judging by how short he was. On the way back, he vomited in the car the whole way. To be fair, Bucaramanga is at the top of a plateau; to get there, you drive along Pescadero, a steep, winding road that snakes its …

Prince William Flies Solo in Velvet at the BAFTA Awards 2024

Prince William Flies Solo in Velvet at the BAFTA Awards 2024

Prince William may be first in line to the British throne, but on Sunday, he reminded the world that he’s also the president—of the British Film and Television Academy, that is. William stepped out on the red carpet London’s Royal Festival Hall for the BAFTA Awards 2024 for the annual honors. He flew solo for the event, as his wife, Kate Middleton, is in the midst of her lengthy recovery after a planned abdominal surgery in January. Middleton’s calendar has been cleared of official royal engagements until Easter. William, who has served as president of the organization since 2010, looked princely in a navy blue velvet blazer with black lapels, his crisp white shirt and pocket square set off by a simple black bowtie. JORDAN PETTITT/Getty Images Sequels are unavoidable in the film world, and in fashion too: The Prince of Wales’ ensemble at last year’s BAFTAs also featured a velvet blazer as its centerpiece. At the 2023 ceremony, William opted for a black double-breasted blazer instead of this year’s blue shade, and was accompanied …

How a five-week solo holiday changed my entire life

How a five-week solo holiday changed my entire life

Seven years ago, I was feeling disillusioned with life. Every day felt like Groundhog Day and I knew something had to change. I worked in corporate media and spent all day every day thinking about leaving my job. The thing that finally pushed me into taking the leap and quitting was the fact that decisions with unknown outcomes normally give me anxiety, but the thought of leaving my career wasn’t making me anxious. I knew I needed an adventure, so I took the plunge. Immediately it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Sure, I was quitting my job with nothing else lined up and that terrified me, but I was also looking forward to a bit of a time out. I had saved up enough money to go on a long holiday and travel solo, which was really exciting. Australian adventure I decided to visit Australia for five weeks and chose Melbourne because I had a friend who lived there. As a solo female traveller, it was important for me to …

Woman’s body found on Mt. Baldy week after she went hiking solo

Woman’s body found on Mt. Baldy week after she went hiking solo

The body of an El Monte woman who disappeared while hiking alone on Mt. Baldy was recovered Sunday morning, ending a treacherous, weeklong search, officials said. Lifei “Ada” Huang, 22, disappeared about two hours into a solo trek Feb. 4, just as the worst of last week’s historic storms hit Southern California, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. Huang was reported missing just before midnight; rescue crews went out to search for her around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 5. But “extreme” snowfall and avalanche risks stymied their efforts, officials said. Lifei “Ada” Huang, 22, disappeared about two hours into a solo trek Feb. 4 on Mt. Baldy. (Lifei Huang) Three other hikers were rescued Feb. 7 after getting pinned down by the storms the day before on the Bear Canyon Trail. “Resources are stretched to their limits, and hikers who get lost may have to wait long periods of time before help is available,” the Sheriff’s Department had warned. Mt. Baldy has become one of the country’s deadliest destinations for hikers, racking up …

20 Best Sex Toys (2024): Gender Inclusive, Couples, Solo

20 Best Sex Toys (2024): Gender Inclusive, Couples, Solo

Sex tech has come a long way in the past 10 years—not only in terms of cultural acceptance and awareness but also technology. Gone are the days of clunky, pink plastic rabbit vibrators and sex toys that feel like knockoff action figures. Today’s toys are designed by sex educators, medical professionals, and some of the world’s greatest sexperts. They feature ultra-premium, medical-grade silicone, robust Bluetooth connectivity, programmable vibration patterns, and multiple motors all designed to help you have a good time. There’s never a bad time to invest in a little extra self-care. These are the best sex toys, vibrators, smart vibrators, personal wand massagers, and accessories, all of which we’ve personally tested. There’s something here for everyone, every gender, and every body. The language on these products isn’t always gender-inclusive, but we approached testing with a gender-inclusive mindset, testing these with a variety of different genitals, bodies, and partners. Be sure to check out our other bedroom-related guides, including the Best Vibrators, Best Lubes, Best Mattresses, and Best Sound Machines. Updated February 2024: We’ve …

Halle Bailey on What She’s Learned Since Starting Solo Music Career

Halle Bailey on What She’s Learned Since Starting Solo Music Career

Halle Bailey is showing her appreciation for all she has learned in the industry, from starting out as a musical duo with her sister to leading one of the biggest movies last year and kicking off her solo music career. The singer-actress spoke about her unique path as an artist at the Grammy U Masterclass on Friday, moderated by Muni Long. Bailey and her older sister, Chloe Bailey, initially got noticed from the music covers they would post on YouTube as teenagers. But things changed once Beyoncé discovered them and signed the sister R&B duo Chloe x Halle to her label in 2015. “I don’t think I would be able to be in this industry or start this way without her, you know, because she was the one that was pulling us both forward to be like, ‘Come on, we can do this,’” she said of her sister, adding that she’s “so grateful” to have her as an “anchor.”  As a duo, they earned five Grammy nominations for their albums The Kids are Alright and Ungodly Hour, Fast-forward to …