Daily Horoscope: November 27, 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 14:00

The moon in Capricorn connects with Neptune in Pisces at 5:06 AM, inspiring creative breakthroughs. The moon meets Pluto in Capricorn at 11:43 AM, which can find us sitting with intense emotions—but tremendous transformations could take place. The moon mingles with Jupiter in Pisces at 3:11 PM, inspiring a happy-go-lucky energy, and we’re especially eager to connect with friends and people who share our hobbies and interests as the moon enters Aquarius at 5:07 PM.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022

The moon and Pluto meet in Capricorn today, which can find you stepping into a new level of power or influence—but you may also be challenged to let go of old ways. The moon enters Aquarius later on, bringing your attention to your social life.

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces, which can find you connecting with inspiring people and exploring new social circles. The moon enters Aquarius later on, bringing your focus to your career.

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

You could be resolving a debt or radically releasing the past as the moon meets transformative Pluto in Capricorn. The moon enters fellow air sign Aquarius later on, which may find you planning your next trip!

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

The moon in your opposite sign Capricorn mingles with Neptune and Jupiter in fellow water sign Pisces, which can find you having meaningful conversations with partners. The moon enters Aquarius later on, and you and your partners explore even deeper levels of intimacy.

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022

The moon in Capricorn can find you busy at work. You could be dumping an old habit as the moon meets Pluto in Capricorn. Your focus turns to your relationships as the moon enters your opposite sign Aquarius.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022

The moon in fellow earth sign Capricorn inspires love and creativity, and a whimsical, emotionally-connected energy flows as the moon mingles with Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces. The moon enters Aquarius later on, helping you tackle your to-do list.

Libra glyph Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022

The moon in Capricorn can find you focused on your home and family life, and you could be making an important change at home or with your relationship to the past as the moon meets Pluto in Capricorn. The moon enters fellow air sign Aquarius later on, inspiring creativity and romance!

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022

The moon in Capricorn mingles with Neptune and Jupiter in fellow water sign Pisces, inspiring creativity and romance. An inspiring discussion can take place. The moon enters Aquarius later on, bringing your focus to your home and family life.

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022

The moon in Capricorn can find you focused on your finances today, and significant shifts in how you approach budgeting or building wealth takes place as the moon joins power planet Pluto in Capricorn. Communication gets a boost as the moon enters Aquarius later on.

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022

The moon and Pluto meet in your sign, Capricorn, which can find you feeling a surge of power, control, and influence—but you may also be challenged to let go of an old way of thinking or acting. Your focus turns to building or managing wealth as the moon enters Aquarius.

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022

The moon in Capricorn encourages you to make time to reflect on how you could be unintentionally getting in your own way. Creating more time for rest is a good place to start if you’re focusing on self care! The moon enters your sign, Aquarius, finding the world on your emotional wavelength.

Pisces glyph Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022

The moon in Capricorn can find you focused on your social life today, and you feel especially popular as the moon mingles with both of your ruling planets, Neptune and Jupiter, which are both currently in your zodiac sign! Inspiring social connections form. Catch up on rest as the moon enters Aquarius later on.

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Great Jones' Aesthetically Pleasing Cookware Is Up to 50% Off Right Now

Motherboard (Vice) - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 07:58

If there was a cookware line whose metaphorical high school yearbook superlative would be “most likely to appear in a Wes Anderson movie,” it would probably be Great Jones. Bright colors, sleek designs, economic use of space, and a bold stylistic flair sets Great Jones apart as one of the most fun brands in the game right now. It also helps that Great Jones’ high-quality, artisan workhorses make it one of the most dependable brands in the business. Its Black Friday sale, which runs through the end of Cyber Monday (November 28), sees pots, pans, skillets, and more up to 50% off, meaning that you can add some real *pizzazz* to your kitchen—or those of your homies—this holiday season. 

Trying to go Dutch this winter? The Dutch Baby 3.5-quart cast iron Dutch oven is nearly half off. Or if, like me, you’re planning to survive on humongous vats of chili and gumbo all winter, you might want the larger 6.75-quart version—The Dutchess—which is $50 off right now.

Great Jones’ totally gorgeous King Sear, a 12-inch cast iron skillet that looks like it should be in the kitchen portion of Steve Zissou’s boat, is nearly half off, coming in at a cool $65—a nice price for premium cast iron. But if a nonstick fry pan is more up your alley, the Large Fry is a similar $60.

For the baker in your life, the Little Hottie baking dish and the Holy Sheet Rainbow sheet pan set are everything they’ll need to finish the quest they (probably) started in 2020 to become a great baker. Honestly, getting these as gifts for someone is just an investment in your own future cinnamon roll and sheet-pan ‘za consumption, so spare no expense.

Want to give someone you know (likely a single dude, but it could be anybody) the gift of emancipation from mixing everything in boring, dull silver mixing bowls? The Stir Crazy set is the retro combo pack they need.

This year, maybe don’t only splurge on coffee subscriptions and air fryers; instead, bequeath your food-loving fam (and yourself) some kitchenware straight off The Darjeeling Limited (sorry, had to do one more for symmetry). It’s 2022, and we all deserve everything in our kitchens to be beautiful.

Head over to Great Jones to score up to 50% off the brand’s cookware.

Oh, and now that you’ve figured out how you’ll be cooking, baking, and basting this holiday season, scope out the rest of VICE’s picks for the best Black Friday sales this year.

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The Black Friday Sex Toy Deals to Blow Your... Paycheck On

Motherboard (Vice) - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 07:33

We’re all feeling titilated by the best Black Friday deals right now, from Theragun massager alternatives to mid-century modern furniture, but we’re horniest of all to blow our wad—and not our wallert—on the best Black Friday sex toy deals, which have been lubed, spanked, and prepped to slither on down this coconut-greased mail shoot, and right into your lap this holiday season.  

Sex toys are always on the high priority list for us when Black Friday deals roll around, because some—although not all, as evidenced by the power of a simple, classic cock ring—are going to be more expensive; such is the price we pay for quality design, materials, and environmentally conscious development (disposable batteries = no thanks)… but not on Black Friday, mon bébé. Today, we’re loading up on the best sex toy deals from brands such as Satisfyer, LELO, Dame, Unbound Babes, and Fleshlight; we’re uncorking the poppers for the best G-spot vibrators, butt plugs, and getting our bed ready for some class-A satin restraints

Let’s unfurl the shag carpet on these deals, shall we? 

Amazon

Sex toys on Amazon will often be marketed as vague body "massagers," or else given cryptic keyboard gumbo names like “clįt0ral vâginá hânglider.” That’s why we rolled up our sleeves for you, and wrote an entire guide to unearthing the best sex toys on Amazon.

This Black Friday, you can get everything from rotating sex swing hangers to the Womanizer clitoral vibrator for 43% off; the latter is one of the GOATs of clit-stimulating vibes with simultaneous, gentle sucking and massaging abilities. As one reviewer writes, “If you have patience, you can easily crank out 1-10 orgasms in a half hour, and they'll all be very different.” Hard smash.

There’s also a Sailor Moon-looking glass dildo on sale for the price of a fancy New York City deli sandwich.

Adam & Eve

Where it all began. We respect Adam & Eve because it still has a website that harkens back to wild, wild cyberwest years of the 90s and an equally eclectic assortment of sex toys for every Tom, Dick, Harry, Barbie, and Beelzebub out there. It’s offering 45% off one item with the code TAKE45 for Black Friday.

Babeland

Over at Babeland, you can get sitewide Black Friday savings of up to 20% off products with the code BFBABE. We’ll be scooping up the iconique Magic Wand vibrator, which is perfect for working out the kinks in your [redacted] (and your back).

Dame

My goddess, we love Dame. The sexual wellness company was founded by two women who decided that the bar for the engineering quality on toys needed to go way the hell up from the 9th level of inferno, and they’ve achieved it with innovative partner toys such as the Eva and game-changing, whisper-quiet clitoral vibes such as Aer. You can save 22% off sitewide from now until December 2, no code needed.

Fleshlight

Often imitated, never equalled. Fleshlight is the OG of male sex toy brands, and it’s offering loads upon hot, dripping loads of deals on everything from Fleshlight combo packs to sleeves, which are part of a special buy-two-get-one-free deal for Black Friday.

Foria

Have you ever tried masturbating with CBD lube? Foria’s lubricants are pure sex magic, and 30% off for Black Friday. Don’t miss the Awaken Arousal CBD lube, which can give you a little extra oomph in your engine on the way to O-Town.

Fun Factory

It’s true what they say about German engineering, mate. It rocks. Fun Factory’s vibrators, sex toys, and dildos are made in Deutschland with love and hella innovative designs (the buttons remind us of the iMac G3), silky silicone materials, and true multi-tasking chops (the Volta vibrator is great for penises and vaginas). You can get up to 60% off select items for Black Friday, including 10% off accessories with the purchase of a sex toy.

Godemiche

Godemiche means dildo in French, and YAY, CUM! in English. The sex toy retailer seriously has vibrators unlike any we’ve seen before, and it’s having a whopper Cyber Monday/Black Friday sale with major discounts on its pearlescent dildos for reverse unicorn horn LARP-ing/finally getting into pegging.

Hot Octopuss

Hot Octopuss is offering up to 50% off on select sex toys, from now until Novemeber 30 and and it has a great array of non-binary and transgender-designed toys on sale such as the Pulse Solo Lux, a hands-free penis stroker with top marks. Cop it while it’s about $60 off.

LELO

LELO is one of our favorite luxury sex toy slingers (there’s a reason its vibes were featured in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies), because it dreams up some of the most drop-dead gorgeous vibrators out there for all genders, and its Black Friday sale is a great opportunity to get in on its legendary vibes for up to 60% off the original price.

The Enigma suction and G-spot vibrator is 30% off, and a favorite amongst VICE editors such as Angel Kilmister, whose review of the toy explains how “the edging pattern is next-level; [and] can slingshot you to the Pleasure-sphere in literal seconds.”

If it’s direct clitoral contact that you seek, the Soraya G-spot rabbit vibrator is a hands-free, multi-tasking machine that is dripping in gold accents/should really be used as a scepter to knight your next Cum King. The wand portion of the vibrator has one of the best ranges of motion we’ve ever experienced from a rabbit vibe, and is capable of perfectly targeting your G-spot, hands-free, while the little vibrating nub attachment goes to town on your clit.

Lioness

Arguably the world’s most high-tech rabbit vibrator, this sex toy from Lioness is $30 off for Black Friday, and a VICE editor favorite, because it gives you biofeedback on your orgasms to help you better understand your spank sesh. (Plus, it’s just really cool to see your climaxes mapped-out on a chart.)

Lovehoney

Lovehoney has dropped a 60% off sale on hundreds of customer favorites, including sex toys, lingerie, and bondage staples such as these installation-free restraints—all you have to do to use ‘em is sling em underneath your mattress (clever) and a pair of purple reins that Prince would’ve loved.

Some of the best, easiest to clean male sex toys can also be found at Lovehoney’s Black Friday sale, including the highly-rated Blowmotion warming masturbator. Lovehoney reviewers praise the toy for its slick design and ability to edge ‘gasms. As one fan writes, “It certainly is discreet. Suspicious partners will believe the Blowmotion masturbator is a sort of coffee cup holder; [it’s] effective and gives a pleasantly languid treat to those who wait.” Grab it while it’s 40% off.

Big fans of cock rings over here. Not only are these trusty sex toys lightweight and easy to travel with, especially if you’re trying to have hot sex while you’re home for the holidays, but they come with all kinds of clit-pleasing textures and vibrational patterns these days. The flexible, vibrating Bed Ringer double cock ring is a whopping 60% off, and a Lovehoney staff (and customer) favorite.

Love Not War

You can get up to 40% off the sex toys at Love Not War for Black Friday, including pocket-sized bullet vibrators and G-spot wands.

Maude

Maude makes some of the most aesthetic, minimalist sex toys and bath goods we’ve ever seen. This weekend only, you can get 15% off its tub kit and burn candle trio, and finally dip your fingers into the world of sensual massages and wax play this winter.

PinkCherry

PinkCherry has sale items up to 80% off for Black Friday, and you can get an extra 30% off sitewide when you use the code BLACK on select items, including a smorgasbord of best-selling prostate massagers.

Plus, one of our fave toys of all time, the Satisfyer Pro 2, is at the lowest price that we’ve ever seen it. There’s a reason this clitoral vibe has over 58,200 reviews, with the majority being glowing, on Amazon; it’s quite simply one of the top toys that feels like you’re getting really good head. As one Amazon reviewer writes, “I've named [mine] Jason Momoa because it was like a scene from Aquaman.” Smash that order button while it’s $30 off.

Unbound Babes

Everything Unbound Babes concocts is just so damn rad, from its galactic-looking P-and-G-spot pleaser wand to the best-selling Puff clitoral suction toy. The brand’s Black Friday sale has kicked off with 30% off sitewide.

Now that’s what we call a happy ending. Don’t forget to peep the rest of the best Black Friday sales this weekend (you’re going to need some wipes for those new dildos).

We-Vibe

Remember when we are all horny but separated during lockdown? That’s when We-Vibe stepped up to the challenge of helping folks smash à la distance with its best-selling toys, which use an app to give you control over the vibrational level of your partner’s sex toy. This Black Friday, you can get up to 50% off and start the kinky edging fest.

The Date Night Set brings together two epic app-controlled toys from We-Vibe’s quarry, the Nova 2 rabbit vibe and vibrating Pivot penis ring, for a lip-smacking $40 off.

Zumio

Ever wondered what it’s like to get lovingly probed by an erotic alien? Beam yourself up to Zumio’s Black Friday sale to get 30% off of its otherworldy clitoral toys such as the X, and find out.

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These VICE Reader Favorite Couches Are on Sale for Black Friday

Motherboard (Vice) - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 06:53

The tastiest T-giving side this year? You, my little couch potato. Your comfort is everything to us at VICE shopping, which is why we spend our days building a shrine to your tuchus/finding you the best electric blankets and winter pajamas that make you feel rich and worldly (and that’s just the Monday checklist). Today, however, one Comfort Quest reigns supreme in our hearts: Finding you the best, most comfortable couches that are on sale for Black Friday.

Sofas are the barometer of good vibes in your home; they’re the standard for coziness, comfort, and set the tone for your living room aesthetic. We’ve covered everything from best scratch- and pet-proof couches to the best velvet sofas, and we’ve been keeping tabs on the ones that you, our cherished readers, have been smashing the order button on. Were we surprised that you wanted modular Kova Pits, or a Cloud sofa dupe from Castlery? Nope. We know you have good taste. But boy, were we chuffed, because all y’all’s favorite sofa slingers, from Albany Park to West Elm, are on sale right now for Black Friday.

Here are the best post-Turkey Day couches on sale that we—and you—love, and that love us back with durable construction, plush cushions, and a price tag that leaves you with enough fun money for all the Black Friday sales on fancy candles, crossbows, and The North Face’s puffer-like Thermoball slippers (which are like a Cloud sofa for your feet).

Let’s find you a new couch for holding court.

Albany Park’s Kova Pit

Once upon a time, we humans really built things, and the first time we saw the Kova Pit sofa, we thought we beheld a mirage of the grand, elder conversation pit sofas of the 1970s; here was a sofa that harkened back to the glory years of comfy couch creation with its modular construction, and the ability to host a baker’s dozen of cuddle puddle homies for movie night and… other activities. Y’all can’t get enough of it either. In the words of one Albany Park reviewer, “I love that I can rearrange it into different configurations.” Bring baby home while it’s $1,180 off.

Burrow’s Range sectional lounger

Whether you own pets or just got a fresh set, the aptly named furniture bastion Burrow is one of the best sofa brands out there for folks in search of scratch- and pet-proof sofas. VICE readers have been loving the three-piece sectional lounger for its small-space-friendly size, mid-century modern silhouette, and Fluffy-proof fabrics, and it’s $410 off for Black Friday.

Castlery’s Dawson sofa

It’s as if Castlery harnessed all the plushness of Marshmallow Fluff with a little piping bag, and used it to fill the linen cushions of the Dawson sofa’s hearty wood frame. It’s the work of true couch wizards, and it’s on sale for Black Friday for $179 off.

The Floyd Sectional

Nothing but love for our president, the Floyd Sectional sofa. This modular couch makes the coveted Cloud sofa shake in its little Restoration Hardware booties, because it’s insanely comfy and $636 off for Black Friday. Plus, it comes in a vast array of performance-fabric colorways and fabrics, from bouclé creamsicle to mint chocolate chip.

Wayfair’s Lourenco sofa

We’ve penned an entire VICE guide to shopping at Wayfair, but this sleeper couch deserves its own mid-Tiësto club mix shout-out. Not only does the Lourenco sleeper sofa come in a whopping 38 colorways, but it has a pullout bed to host all of your holiday sleepover guests. It’s on sale for 47% off and has earned an impressive 4.5-star average rating from over 1,200 Wayfair reviews.

West Elm’s Harmony sofa

West Elm did not come to play with its Black Friday sales this year; the GOAT of mid-century modern home decor is slinging up to 70% off sitewide everything from Herman Miller-worthy chairs to the VICE reader-loved Harmony sofa. The modular four-piece version of the sectional is nearly $830 off right now, and dying to elevate your winter Netflix binges.

May your post-Gobble Day naps be filled with all the plushness of cult-fave couch, friend. Once you wake-up, peep the rest of the best Black Friday deals this year.

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The evolution of whales from land to sea

ARS Technica - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 04:07
humpback whale's tail sticking out of water

Enlarge / Whales and their kin evolved from land-dwelling mammals, a transition that entailed major physiological and morphological changes—which geneticists have begun to parse. (credit: Hayes Baxley/National Geographic for Disney+)

Around 400 million years ago, the ancestor of all four-limbed creatures took its first steps onto dry land. Fast-forward about 350 million years, and a descendant of these early landlubbers did an about-face: It waded back into the water. With time, the back-to-the sea creatures would give rise to animals vastly different from their land-trotting kin: They became the magnificent whales, dolphins, and porpoises that glide through the oceans today.

Going back to being aquatic was a drastic move that would change the animals inside and out, in the space of about 10 million years—an eyeblink in evolutionary terms. Members of this group, now called cetaceans, dropped their hind limbs for powerful flukes and lost nearly all their hair. For decades, their bizarre body plans perplexed paleontologists, who speculated they might have arisen from creatures as varied as marine reptiles, seals, marsupials like kangaroos, and even a now-extinct group of wolf-like carnivores.

“The cetaceans are on the whole the most peculiar and aberrant of mammals,” one scientist wrote in 1945.

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Daily Horoscope: November 26, 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:00

The moon in Capricorn makes a harmonious connection with Uranus in Taurus at 6:35 PM, inspiring a hugely creative atmosphere. The moon in Capricorn is grounded and focused, and does things according to plan—but Uranus is the wildcard of the zodiac, urging experimentation. In Taurus, Uranus connects with the moon in Capricorn productively, encouraging us to take calculated risks and try something new, while still sticking to our responsibilities.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022

The moon in Capricorn can find you focused on your career or life in the public eye today, and as the moon connects with Uranus in Taurus, some expected gifts, rewards, or financial blessings may arrive! A novel approach to budgeting and growing your wealth can be explored.

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022

The moon in fellow earth sign Capricorn connects with Uranus in your sign, Taurus, which can find you embarking on an exciting, perhaps unexpected, adventure! Intriguing information may come your way…

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

Genius flashes of insight can take place as the moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus. An emotional breakthrough may occur. You could be liberated from the past or an emotional burden in some way.

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

The moon in your opposite sign Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus, which can find you making exciting, unexpected social connections. The intellectual spark in your relationships feels especially exciting at this time!

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus, which can inspire a dynamic, exciting atmosphere in your work and your daily routines. A creative solution to an everyday problem may be discovered. Your unique talent shines in some significant way today.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus, inspiring an atmosphere of adventure, possibility, and novelty! Capricorn and Taurus are earth signs like you, and having the moon and Uranus align with your sun sign can be especially exhilarating!

Libra glyph Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus, which can find you resolving a debt or handling another issue that made you feel tied to the past. You can suddenly feel ready to move on!

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in your opposite sign Taurus, which can find you having an exciting discussion. Unexpected meetings may take place! You and your partners could be experimenting with new ideas.

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022

The moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus, inspiring a burst of productivity. Unexpected help or resources may become available. A surprising gift could come your way.

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022

The moon is in your sign today, Capricorn, and it connects with Uranus in fellow earth sign Taurus, bringing a burst of creative inspiration or some thrills in your love life!

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022

You can find yourself letting go of emotional baggage as the moon in Capricorn mingles with your ruling planet Uranus, currently in Taurus! You could be ready to make a big change in your personal life.

Pisces glyph Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022

Surprising news and exciting social connections can arrive as the moon in Capricorn connects with Uranus in Taurus today. A new way of thinking about things may inspire you, and a creative breakthrough could take place!

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Our Editors' Picks for the Best Black Friday Deals

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 12:30

As the resident VICE lords of cyber deals deals deals, Black Friday is where our curatorial skills really excel. We use our combo of fuego taste and masterful sale-spelunking to point out the spiciest, tastiest, best Black Friday deals on our fave clothing brands, home goods, electronics, wellness products, cookware, and more—so that you can roast those turkey thighs and lace your discounted Carhartt boots in style for Black Friday and beyond. And we would be hella remiss if we said we weren’t also looking for ourselves; we can’t resist the temptation of Eames coat racks, Sonos speakers, and goblincore bags on such powerful promo. Could you, Mr. Frodo? In addition to the obvious stuff like Theragun muscle-blasters and “pistachio”-colored KitchenAid stand mixers, our hearts hath been set aflutter by some of those extra-crispy DEALS.

We’ve rounded up VICE reader bestsellers that are on sale this weekend, and now we’ve opened up our hearts and Black Friday shopping carts to you below with a short list of our editors’ favorite Black Friday deals this year, from countertop ice machines to fancy smartwatches; sexy electric mopeds to perfect puffer jackets. Crack open your carpet bag, and let’s do a little perusing of our editors’ favorite Black Friday deals.

Upgrade your home audio setup with a Sonos set

Honestly, you think listening to all your favorite tracks through a decidedly tinny, ultimately mid Bluetooth speaker is perfectly fine until you take the plunge and upgrade to Sonos speakers. I’m speaking from personal experience here—when I first got a One SL and then followed it soon after with another and linked the two, I was razzle-dazzled by how much better life could be (and how much more adult/entertaining-friendly your home can feel) when you have powerful, high-quality speakers that allow music to flow from room to room, following you as you head from the living room into the bedroom or office. I’m also one of those paranoid people who tapes over my laptop camera when not in use, so I don’t want any passive listening devices hanging around in my house (besides my cell, but at least that makes my Instagram targeted ads spot-on), so I appreciate that Sonos offers both the One (with voice command) and my preference the One SL, which does not have a built in microphone. It’s $40 off right now, but I truly recommend grabbing the set of two (currently $80 off for Black Friday) so you can enjoy any immersive experience throughout your house or apartment. —Hilary Pollack

A Stendig calendar

I buy one of these every year; the Stendig calendar is a giant-ass wall calendar with impeccable design that not only helps you stay organized on dates, but doubles as a piece of art. It’s hard to find deals on this cult-fave calendar (and it always sells out fast), but right now you can get one for 20% off over at Schoolhouse’s site-wide Black Friday sale. —Angel Kilmister

A live-in barista

This year my personal holiday gift theme is “fancy bitch.” The Nespresso Lattissima One Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi is basically the next best thing to having a live-in barista, and considering it’s currently 30% off, it’s also a hell of a lot cheaper than usual. With the press of a button you can have a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato spill forth from your luxurious little machine that doesn’t take up much counter space—ideally I would keep it next to my bed, so that I could literally wake up to a fresh cup of joe. —Becca Blasdel 

Saving big on Stone Island

My friends know that I am obsessed with Stone Island; the brand stands apart from the fashion fray (see: trend cycle) by producing gear that’s not just well-designed, but—in a way—technologically advanced. While Stone Island’s iconic left arm badge adorns everything from hoodies to cargo pants, the real pieces worth investing in are its outerwear. The problem is, those pieces often retail well above $800, $1,000, or even $1500. This Khaki Naslan Coat lies somewhere between the past and present, blending an Army/Navy surplus store vibe with Stone Island’s penchant for garment innovation (see: “polyurethane-coated nylon taffeta”). At over 50% off, it’s hard to find a better deal out there if you’re interested in an investment piece. —Gregory Babcock

Ice, ice, baby

Even when you’re not thinking about it, ice is an enormous part of your experience when you’re sippin’ on something cold. If you’re one of the enlightened who truly appreciates it when a restaurant or bar has great ice (and thus realizes that your ice at home probably sucks), live in ice despair no longer! Enact your duty to yourself (or your ice-woke loved one) and pick up the GE Profile Opal 2.0, which is legendary for its perfect ice pellets—it’s $120 off at Williams Sonoma right now. —Adam Rothbarth

A chic hoarder’s best friend

I recently moved to a teeny-tiny apartment and have been getting creative in terms of storage space. There are zero closets, so I need a solution that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing—enter the Eames Hang-It-All coat rack which has a ton of space for all your overflow, and looks downright sexy on the wall. I’m digging this dark blue and maple combo, which is currently 20% off at Herman Miller, and you can earn an extra 5% discount with promo code CYBER5.  —Becca Blasdel 

The perfect mossy balaclava 

I haven’t shut up about The Arrivals ever since I was bestowed a pair of its sleeping bag puffer pants, which weigh next to nothing and keep me toasty during those 31-degree treks home from the cyber cafe. The brand’s Black Friday sale is slinging up to 60% off select items, including this mossy “virgin wool” balaclava that was made by sheep who have never boned (I guess that’s why it’s so soft??). It comes in a bunch of colors, but the green is the most goblincore. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 

Ooni’s stupid-fun, super-good Karu 16 pizza oven

I’ve wanted one of Ooni’s pizza ovens for myself ever since we tried out the Karu 16 at the VICE office and made ridiculously delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas on our first go. While there are lots of dope models—all of which get top marks and stellar reviews—it’s truly the Karu 16 which won my heart, thanks to its idiot-proof included digital thermometer and versatile wood or gas fuel design. Ooni’s having a big sitewide sale for Black Friday, so now’s the time to become a home pizzaiolo. —Hilary Pollack

Super73’s droolworthy electric mopeds

Usually “e-bike” and “sexy” are two words you don’t hear in the same sentence, but Super73’s badass-looking bikes might be the one exception to that rule. Celebrities and motorcycle-influencer-type people love these things and it’s easy to understand why; you get to rip around town on them looking like early 90s Jason Priestley at a way lower price tag, financially or environmentally, than a Harley. Right now, you can get $150 off Super73’s most popular models, plus you’ll get a jacket worth up to $180 as a free gift for Black Friday. Vroom vroom. —Angel Kilmister

Run young, wild, and free

As I get more serious in my running journey, I need a more technical smartwatch. No, not an Apple watch (the wardrobe staple of every tech man), but the star of running watches: the Garmin Vivoactive 4. It’s currently 45% off for the bonanza of Black Friday deals, and features animated workouts you can watch right on the screen. Screw YouTube videos. —Nicolette Accardi 

A damn good Dyson alternative

Listen, we love our Dyson vacuums as much as the next person, but (outside of Black Friday weekend, of course) the brand’s beautifully designed tech is just as prone to sucking huge quantities of money out of our wallets as it is to cleaning our floors. This Black+Decker Powerseries cordless vacuum has all the appeal (and, more importantly, functionality) of a Dyson, without the hefty price tag. It’s designed with pet homes in mind; I’m consistently impressed by both its bright lighting at the vacuum’s head (who knew it’d actually be easier to vacuum in the dark?) and how many of my cat’s hairballs this machine can gobble up. While it is normally a pretty affordable option on its own, this Black Friday, it’s even cheaper and nearly 25% off. —Gregory Babcock

Cutest dog at the park 

Don’t forget about your best pal—my furry little dude saves me from multiple daily meltdowns, and therefore deserves to be fully kitted out in stylish gear this winter. We’re big fans of Little Beast, and this cloud-like onesie is going to make him look incredibly handsome and ridiculous, bounding through the snow. Win/win. —Becca Blasdel 

Old [your name here] had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Are you an herb fiend? Do you absolutely eclipse your food with handfuls of dill, cilantro, and basil? Then stop gambling with those commercial herbs and become your own supplier by acquiring a smart garden. Over at Click & Grow, a bundle containing the incredibly popular Smart Garden 9 and almost a dozen 3-packs of plant starters is $100 off. If you want something smaller, pick up the entry-level Smart Garden 3, which is 30% off. —Adam Rothbarth

The hot girl staple

Listen, if you’re a hot girl without a pair of Celine sunglasses, it’s basically the same as a cowboy with no horse. Throw on these shades, and you are the moment, and you can convince everyone else of that by peering down at them from behind your new armor. (No one will ever know that you got them for 60% off at Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale). —Becca Blasdel 

Never run out of N/A beer again 

I love a good ol’ high ABV beer. I also love Athletic Brewing Co.’s non-alcoholic beer. (We do exist.) I literally keep my fridge stocked with Athletic—usually the Free Wave Hazy IPA—at all times, just in case I feel like having a beer but don’t want the consequences (you’ll understand when you’re in your 30s). If you like N/A beer, have friends who don’t drink, are planning for a dry January, or just want to try something new, Athletic is doing 25% off $75 or more and 30% off $100 or more. That means if you stock up on eight 6-packs, about two of them will be free, which is pretty awesome. —Adam Rothbarth

Vegan meal delivery from Sakara for surviving January

Right now it’s all fun, negronis, and cured meats, but come January many of us are going to have that New Year existential hangover that necessitates reevaluating some holiday-season dietary choices and going on a “healthy journey.” I’m lazy, so I prefer that someone bring the seasoned kale and tofu bowls to me, and that’s how I became a fan of vegan meal delivery service Sakara (also a celebrity fave). Sakara’s meals are surprisingly, genuinely delicious (think lentil-based pasta Bolognese and cashew-cheese quesadillas) but can definitely be pricey, so I recommend taking advantage of Sakara’s only sale of the year, which means 25% off sitewide with the promo code BLACKFRIDAY2022. Set yourself up for a week of actually sticking with it, thanks to a box of tasty plant-based food right on your doorstep. Yes, it’s still expensive, but when I do a week of Sakara I immediately feel better and drop a few unwanted pounds.—Angel Kilmister

An angelic lewk

I’m part Italian slurps spaghetti noodles, so of course I want to shop Fiorucci’s Black Friday sale for some dope winter pieces. This baby blue mini bag has the brand name spelled out via chain for 40% off. And, of course I need the matching crewneck for 30% off. I have no self control. —Nicolette Accardi 

These cyberhacker sunglasses 

I mean, just look at these KNWLS shades—they’re straight out of my own personal Hackers/Matrix main character narrative that I’m hoping to manifest in 2023. They’re 35% off over at SSENSE’s huge sale, so they might need to be my holiday gift to myself. —Angel Kilmister

CUUP undies on big-time sale

When it comes to cool lingerie brands, CUUP gets very high marks in my underwear-obsessed book. Its bras and undies come in a wide size range, are colorful but not corny, and are always designed in cuts that are alluring without being frilly or cheesy. The brand is having a (rare) huge sale right now for Black Friday, with up to 60% off so you can score a matchy-matchy set for wayyy below what you’d usually pay, and the Balconette bra and modal Bikini underwear are both included (and are my faves) so I’ll be stocking up. —Hilary Pollack

It’s easy being green

Babes love Bodum, man. This green French press from the trusted maker of percolators and bean grinders comes in a shade of green I like to call, “Kermit goes to the rave,” and it will prep eight cups of coffee/tea/whatever you need. Cop it while it’s 55% off. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 

Thanks for reading—you’re always in our hearts and our carts.

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The Hoka Sneakers Runners Love Are Up to $55 Off for Black Friday

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 11:56

Ah, I’m dreaming of a runner’s holy grail shoe, with the perfect dose of chonk in the sole for impeccable support. Oh, who could it be? It’s nearly every Hoka shoe, mate. As a runner, I swear by ‘em for flying through finish lines, dominating mountains, and casual stumbling strolling through the day—and so do tons of other joggers, sprinters, and casual strollers who just enjoy a little extra bounce in their step.

Whether you’re a serious marathon runner, a Hot Girl Walk enthusiast, or a doctor that has to be on their feet all day, Hoka’s ultra-comfortable sneakers are the answer. You’ve probably already seen them on the streets—or on your TikTok algo—and we insist that it's not just hype that’s making the brand a modern mainstay. At VICE, we’ve reviewed the Anacapa Mid GTX Boot, Clifton 8 and Bondi 7, so we mean it when we say that Hokas can “save [your] feet.” While we may have spent a small fortune of time and money to make sure we know what we’re talking about, our efforts (and Hoka’s own blockbuster Black Friday sale) have made it so you, dear reader, don’t have to waste either one on your hunt for Hokas.

Right now, Hoka has literal buckets of deals on its top-tier kicks including the fan-favorite Bondi 7 for $32 off (which has just recently been restocked), Challenger 6 for $28 off, Speedgoat 4 GTX for $32 off, and Mafate Speed 3 for $36 off.

In addition to Hoka’s slappin’ shoe lineup, you can also find plenty of athletic wear and gear on sale to indulge in all the Black Friday shenanigans. The Kaha GTX boots will have you to reach mountain lord status for $55 off, while the Performance Shield Jacket is the perfect weather-proof shell for outdoor running for $38 off. Throw on a hat and gaiter for up to $10 off for added coverage, you trail-wandering forest king.

With deals up to $55 off, you have no excuse not to update your athletic and comfy essentials for the upcoming new year. They also make a mad-hot gift. You heard it here first.

Find all the other impressive deals over at Hoka’s website.

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Floyd’s Best-Selling Sectional Is 30% off for Black Friday

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 11:46

[Trumpet sounds] Huzzah! We have made it through the Big Feast Day™, and can now revel in our gluttony as we scour the interweb for the finest of deals on the most monumental day of sales; this is how we’ll survive the indigestion and secure that much-needed serotonin boost to carry us to the end of the year. Sure, our planet may be hurtling toward the impending Waterworld-ification (enough time spent with opinionated uncles at the Thanksgiving table is all we need to know that we might be doomed) but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of our dry planet by having a disgustingly beautiful living space that will leave all our design-obsessed friends' jaws on the floor. Step one: Get a sleek, comfortable sectional sofa to anchor the room. The best way to accomplish this?: hitting Floyd’s big Black Friday sale.

The Floyd Sectional, aka the sectional of our dreams, is finally 30% off, and you can custom-configure the pieces in hundreds of ways to fit your space perfectly—regardless of how much square footage you have to spare. Not only can you design your own two- to five-piece sectional, but Floyd’s designed its sectional so that you can start small but always add onto it—in case you move into a mansion or win the housing lottery or whatever.

What good is a couch if it's not primed for lounging? Thankfully, Floyd’s sectional made it on to our list of the most comfortable couches, so you can Netflix ‘n chill all cuffing season long without getting a stiff neck. The secret is that “[It’s] designed with a deep seat, with each unit comprising two densities of foam,” according to the folks at Floyd. This design “creates a soft landing without sacrificing support [while] a third density of foam in the backrest provides comfort no matter your lounging style.”

On top of scoring a sleek mid-century-inspired sofa for a few thousand dollars less than other retailers (ahem, Herman Miller, Design Within Reach), Floyd is also offering 20% off sitewide. This means you can snag deals on the modular table, which integrates into your new sectional seamlessly, or zhuzh up the whole room with a new rug woven with responsibly-sourced New Zealand wool and Indian cotton.

Last but certainly not least, chuck some high-contrast throw pillows to your cart to jazz up your living room’s new centerpiece with a pop of color. The two bouclé options are made from garment waste and treated with “Silver Ion Technology”, while the Tonus and Sisu fabrics were designed by Nina Koppel for Kvadrat and are GREENGUARD Gold-certified. Basically, this means that no matter which pillow you decide to adorn your new sofa with, it will be not only stunnin’, but super easy to clean (so you can spare yourself freakouts over spills or muddy paws; the holidays are hectic enough as it is).

New year, new grown-up adult apartment, you.

Head over to Floyds Black Friday Sale to get 20% off everything and 30% off the Floyd Sectional.

Now that you’ve nailed down your the sectional centerpiece of your dreams, check out the rest of VICE’s picks for the best Black Friday sales this year

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Dyson’s Coveted Cordless Vacuums Are Up to $150 Off for Black Friday

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 11:38

When form and function get together, it’s one helluva drug, and Dyson’s insanely-popular series of well-designed household gear sits high at the top when it comes to high-performance products that look the part. The items most synonymous with Dyson’s sleek design philosophy—its vacuums—are the epitome of Dyson’s je ne sais quoi (and something that’s quite literally worth launching an entire subreddit over).

Given that James Dyson’s eponymous brand has been making vacuums since John Major was the Prime Minister of the U.K. (shout out to families binge-watching The Crown together over the course of this holiday weekend), there’s a whole slew of different models and varieties of vacuums available to perfectly fit your lifestyle—including, yes, how much pet hair you need to suck up on a daily basis. However, while we love our Dyson vacuums, there’s no denying that their (typically high) price tags make us barely want to take them out of the box and use them to actually clean. That changes today—it’s Black Friday, after all.

Right now, like so many of our other favorite tech brands, Dyson’s marking down its vacuums across the board, making it the perfect time to get one of the most coveted cleaning products on the market (just don’t show it to your parents, they might get jealous). If price is the primary factor in your search for a Dyson vacuum, the Dyson V8 should serve as a solid option to get the ball rolling. The Dyson V8 is currently $100 off at Dyson, $150 off at Wayfair, and $20 off at Amazon.

If you’re someone who wants a Dyson stick vacuum with a few more bells and whistles though, we’d strongly recommend stepping up to the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. VICE’s Nicolette Accardi took the vacuum out for a spin earlier this year, and was wowed by the V12’s most unique feature: laser illumination technology. If you want to add a laser to your cleaning routine, you’ll find the V12 is currently $150 off at Dyson, $150 off at Wayfair, and $150 off at Amazon.

Now that you’ve sorted out how you’ll be sucking up dust bunnies and clumps of pet hair as you prep for guests this holiday season, check out the rest of VICE’s picks for the best Black Friday sales this year.

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Trump Had Dinner With Kanye and a White Nationalist. It Went Poorly.

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 11:19

Ye, the widely-condemned artist formerly known as Kanye West, had dinner recently with former President Donald Trump and a well-known white nationalist.

It apparently did not go well. 

In a bizarre video with infamous right-wing troll Milo Yiannopoulos posted Thursday night, Ye (who changed his name in 2021) discussed the dinner he had with Trump at the former president’s Mar-A-Lago stronghold. Also dining with them was Nicholas Fuentes, an influential far-right podcaster that the Department of Justice described as a white supremacist.  

Ye, who has been been on an antisemitic spiral in recent months, announced he is going to be running for president in 2024, and Yiannopoulos is his campaign manager. He claimed that he asked the former president to run with him as his vice-president. According to Ye, the dinner involving the billionaire, the rapper, and the white nationalist devolved into screaming and derogatory epithets.  

“Trump started basically screaming at me at the table, telling me I'm going to lose. Has that ever worked for anyone in history?” Ye claimed as Yiannopoulos, who has interned for far-right GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, agreed with him. “Hold up Trump, you’re talking to Ye.”

Trump, who has long denied the results of the 2020 election, recently announced his own bid for the presidency in 2024. On Truth Social, Trump’s Twitter competitor, the former president said that he was scheduled to have dinner with only Ye but the rapper “unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about.” He only said the dinner happened but was “quick and uneventful” and has yet to respond to Ye’s recent claims.  

“I think the thing Trump was most perturbed about was me asking him to be my vice-president,” Ye said, who claimed that he asked Trump why he “didn’t free the January 6ers.” He also claimed that Trump then told him a “mob-esque” story about how he pardoned Alice Johnson, a woman who Kim Kardashian (Ye’s ex-wife) had rallied to be released from prison, to try and impress the rapper and then called Kardashian a derogatory term. 

In a flurry of Thursday night posts, Ye revealed his logo for his campaign and several campaign videos (focused on companies cutting ties with him.) 

Continuing his habit of bringing far-right trolls into his orbit, he has also seemingly brought on board Fuentes and indicated the white nationalist is helping with the campaign. A right-wing blog friendly with those in Ye’s orbit reported Fuentes was in line to be the campaign's communication director. In the video, Ye said that Trump was “very impressed” with Fuentes.

Yiannopoulos took to Telegram (as he has been banned from pretty much every other social media platform) to write about how excited he was to be working with Ye. He wrote that both Fuentes was on board via a “fraternal and intellectual alliance” as well as former Trump 2016 strategist Karen Giorno. The far-right as a whole is celebrating Ye as both a savior and a tool for their cause.

The rapper is in the midst of a vicious downward spiral that includes antisemitic remarks including saying he was going to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” harassing his ex-wife and her partners, being kicked off (then reinstated) on Twitter, and a plethora of other dysfunctional activities. This spiral has seen him dropped by sponsors like Adidas and Gap. 

The embattled rapper has long hinted about a foray into politics but has never fully committed. In the 2020 election, he was on the ballot in twelve different states but only received a total of 60,000 votes. His highest vote percentage was in Idaho where he received 0.4 percent of the vote. 

Meanwhile, a recent investigation by Rolling Stone describes just how dysfunctional he can be as a boss. The outlet reported that he would show porn and his own sex tapes to his employees and bully them at Adidas. In an open letter, employees described the rapper as creating a "toxic and chaotic environment" who displayed a "sick pattern of predacious behavior toward women." 

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The Best Wayfair Black Friday Deals, From Noguchi Dupes to Vitamix Blenders

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 09:50

Greetings, traveler. It seems you’ve wandered into our Black Friday village to sip the sweet, reduced sauce of Stüssy jawnz, and load your mule with some discounted Dyson vacuums. We can’t blame you. In fact, we’re really just here to juice you up.

Earlier this week, tons of early Black Friday deals washed upon the shores of cyberspace with deals on tech, cookware, fashion, and even CBD gummies that your mom sure would love for a present (she told us so). Now, it’s time to loosen your belt for the best deals from the Wayfair Black Friday sale to transform your hovel into a cozy, Level 2  kingdom of KitchenAid mixers and mid-century modern couches.

Never heard of Wayfair? We envy you. We would give anything—even to Thonar Silver-Blood—for the chance to behold the home site’s mattress deals and gothic skull chairs for the very first time again. Not unlike Amazon, the emporium is filled with millions of affordable items (only, Wayfair feels less evil and offers free shipping sans subscription), and this year’s Wayfair Black Friday sale will be offering up to 80% off its goods, including up to 40% off bedroom furniture and decor, 65% off living room seating, 70% off mattresses, and up to 80% off kitchen goods and dining room furniture.

If all of this sounds tight but exhausting, stress not: Your VICE shopping vassals have found you the best deals on trusted brands such as Le Creuset, Breville, and Vitamix, on top of sniffing out the best dupes for legendary furniture designs from Isamu Noguchi and lookalikes for the coveted rugs from Cold Picnic.

Ready your Amex, and let’s geaux.

The best Wayfair Black Friday kitchen deals

Ah, the hot rods of kitchen appliances. There are many deals afoot on the web for KitchenAid standing mixers—we’ve even rounded them up for you here—but only Wayfair is the keeper of this onyx black beauty. It would be the perfect gift for your aging punk friend who loves to cook, and it’s about $70 off.

Don’t underestimate the power and versatility of lightweight, sturdy stainless steel nesting bowls. This set is 23% off, and comes with lids so that you can take your potato salad from the table to the fridge/marinate your meats and tofu in peace.

To paraphrase a wise man, Move over, fives. A ten is speaking. Le Creuset’s French cookware is the GOAT, and quite simply the swaggiest cookware flex thanks to its durable stoneware and cast iron materials (and gorgeous colorways; those burnt orange and robin’s egg blue shades walked so that  the Always Pan could run). Cop a cherry-colored stoneware casserole dish for your kugels at 12% off, and some ridiculously charming stoneware egg cups at 58% off.

The Holy Grail of blade dancers is $160 off, mate. This Vitamix has a 4.7-star average rating from over 3,400 Wayfair reviews, and, in the words of one fan, is simply an “Unbelievable blender! There's nothing it can't make into a smoothie!!” Our hero.

There are those who seek the Fountain of Youth, and those who seek the Fountain of Juice. Breville’s pulp-cranking machine is 50% off for Black Friday, and will show no mercy to your fruit and veg. As one reviewer writes, “I added whole celery, [a] green apple and ginger through the wide-mouth food chute (I didn’t have to chop any of it) [and] I had a glass of juice in a few seconds!”

The best Wayfair Black Friday home deals

The best couches and seating

Pssst. Don’t tell the West Elm overlords that there are near-identical dupes for their best-selling Auburn statement chair and Show Wood chair at Wayfair, and we won’t tell your Secret Santa giftee that you bought them the Cum Face Duel Pump Action Penis Game. Deal? Deal.

Here’s wassup: The Jones velvet armchair is  61% off and a dead-ringer for the Auburn, because it has the same slightly extended cushion for cradling your peach, while Wayfair’s Hofstetter statement chair has the same mid-century modern silhouette as its Show Wood West Elm cousin—only, at 39% off, it costs one-fifth of price and will leave your house guests none the wiser.

A sleeper sofa that comes in neutral, earthy shades named Dursky Twig and Shack Biscuit?? Say less. The Lourenco sofa is not only a VICE reader favorite for its affordable price and comfy cushions, but it probably speaks Italian. As one customer writes, “[I] LOVE THIS COUCH!!! Instantly comfortable and the colors [come] correct.” Scoop it while it’s 45% off.

The Geo sofa looks like it was crafted by the mid-century modern gods over at Article, but at 50% off, it’s way more affordable than its doppelgangers from more spensi designer sites. It has also earned a 4.7-star average rating from over 3,900 Wayfair reviews, and customers write that it ships quickly, assembles easily, and is the perfect blend of firm-yet-plush.

A seven-seater sectional for under $1,000? Sprint, don’t run. Steelside is one of Wayfair’s best in-house brands—it’s like if mid-century modern, industrial decor, and JB Blunk-minimalism had a threesome—and its chic, low-slung Easton sectional is about $120 off.

Michel Ducaroy’s iconic 1970s Togo sofa has been the *aesthetic* furniture piece of the year with over 17,000 posts under the #TogoSofa hashtag alone on Instagram. This Wayfair dupe is about $150 off for Black Friday, and we’re never not going to love the way in which it looks utterly unique and inviting with that curved, deep-cushioned silhouette.

The best storage

People keep mistaking these Wayfair floating shelves in my living room for those from the absurdly sexy and expensive shelving Scandinavian company, Vitsœ. The set is 17% off for Black Friday, and gives you the same look as the floating mid-century modern shelf units for thousands of dollars less. And if you’re not that handy with a drill, fret not: I assure you these are idiot-proof shelves, and we detailed their entire step-by-step installation process in this VICE article.

Papa needa credenza. This mid-century modern buffet table would be perfect in a foyer, or as a pedestal for your TV and record player. It’s 65% off for Black Friday, and has earned a 4.5-star average rating from over 300 Wayfair reviews, with many writing that the unit looks way more expensive than it actually is.

Have you ever experienced the raw power of a well-placed hutch? It will house your wine glasses, serve as a little coffee station, and conceal your cookie sheets like a pro. This is why it’s not uncommon for hutches to cost over $1,000—but craftsmen-esque hutch is 21% off for Black Friday and less than $500.

There have been entire design opuses written about the Noguchi table, which was first released by Herman Miller in 1948 and hasn’t stopped enchanting the world ever since with its amorphous shape and wooden base. You can cop this legit Noguch for 20% off at Design Within Reach for Black Friday, but this Wayfair doppelganger is even more affordable at 32% off for those with a budget of under $500.

This is the kind of clever side table/coffee table that we would have no problem buying—albeit for hundreds and hundreds of clams more—from sites such as Urban Outfitters or West Elm. It’s right on-trend with the Axel Vervoordt minimalism that’s sweeping The Culture lately, and it comes with hidden storage for your blankets/sins.

The best Wayfair electronics and appliances

If you’ve always wanted to be one of those well-adjusted people who owns a Dyson vacuum, congratulations: The Dyson V8 is 44% off for Black Friday. In the words of VICE editor Nicolette Acardi, “I have [a Dyson], and I swear to god I actually enjoy vacuuming now. It easily maneuvers around all my dusty nooks and crannies at just under six pounds, [and] inhales all of the mess [with ease].”

Too long have we suffered in silence as non-microwave folks, re-heating (and re-dirtying) our pans and grub like a measly serf. Stop wasting your time and adding more dishes to the pile, and cop this best-selling microwave for about $30 off. Your morning coffee will thank you.

The best Wayfair Black Friday lighting deals

Arched lamps rock. Not only do they cut a sexy silhouette and add some visual interest to your living room, but they’ll perfectly dangle over your couch/chair/lover with a tender spotlight. Wayfair’s 27% off chrome Perlis lamp is a slick take on the classic, and could def pass as set dressing for Mad Men.

Have you lived, if you’ve never experienced the pür and heartfelt serotonin drip that comes from owning an ambient mushroom lamp? They’re the best, whether they’re dotting your nightstand or chilling on that side table with the dish for your keys. This speckled mushroom lamp is 43% off at Wayfair, but looks like it came from the hands of Italian Murano glass artisans.

The best Wayfair Black Friday rug deals

We’ve all known (and had a crush on) the person who owns this rug; they smell faintly of sandalwood, wear a lot of linen tops, and have perfected a soothing 90s eco-beige aesthetic in their home. This checkered circular rug is soft enough in its design and color scheme to work in a bedroom or a living room, it’s 49% off for Black Friday.

Cold Picnic, is that you? You’d be hard-pressed to find a 14-foot wide area rug that doesn’t cost thousands upon thousands of clams, and this dupe of everyone’s favorite new graphic designer rug brand is $140 off. As one Wayfair reviewer writes, “[It’s] so cute and really good quality!!!!! I am so happy about it. Everyone [is] asking me where did I get it :).”

The best Wayfair Black Friday mattress and bedding deals

Seal the deal (sorry Mom; sorry God) with this Queen-sized Sealy mattress while it’s a whopping 53% off for Black Friday, saving you over $500 on one of Wayfair’s most highly-rated and popular mattresses for its firm-but-plush feel. As one fan writes, “Honestly, I would rate this experience MORE than 5 stars! Perfect in every way.”

It’s time to get a mattress protector, matey; just think back on all of the mysterious, wonderful liquids/scents/surprises your bed chamber has seen. Smash the order button on this 4.7-star average rated waterproof option while it’s 64% off.

Not ready to shell-out for a whole new mattress? Take home a plush mattress topper instead, such as this 34% off Tempur-Pedic memory foam topper. As one Wayfair fan writes, “[It’s the] best topper I have had this far. Not too soft but not too firm. Best sleep I have gotten since my little [one] was born!” We love to see it.

Bravo, my friend—the digs are looking impeccable. Now, it’s time to bump the Sade, claim the last slice of pumpkin pie, and peruse the rest of the best Black Friday sales this year. You deserve it.

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They Rented an RV to the QAnon Queen, Who Abandoned It and Left It Damaged and Full of Sardines

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 08:19

Vicki LeBlanc had no idea that when she and her husband decided to rent out her RV to a woman they met over Facebook they would be sucked into the vortex of a QAnon cult leader who would leave their vehicle trashed and broken.

LeBlanc and her husband Mike aren’t able to vacation together often, so they sometimes rent out the RV to supplement their income. They say they’ve never had a problem before, so when a woman named Mary reached out to them over Facebook in September they happily made an agreement. But it turned out “Mary” was a representative for Romana Didulo, the so-called QAnon Queen of Canada, who has been relentlessly touring Canada throughout 2022 with her closest followers in a collection of RVs.

“Honestly, if we knew who we were renting to,” Vicki LeBlanc told VICE News with a quiet laugh. “We never would have done it."

After clashing with the conspiracy figure, who posted their contact information for all her thousands of followers, the LeBlancs finally got their RV back, but it’s not in good shape and may cost the family thousands to fix.

Didulo, an unemployed B.C. woman believed to be in her 60s, is a bizarre figure even within the incredibly disturbing QAnon world. She stepped into the influencer power vacuum when Q—the titular and central figure of the conspiracy— disappeared in 2020 and convinced tons of people that she’s the true Queen of Canada. She espouses an uncanny and ever-changing mix of typical QAnon conspiracies (she’s fighting a secretive war on behalf of Canadians against a pedophilic cabal of elites, etc) new-age conspiracies about dimensions and energy healing, and alien conspiracies.

Didulo grew her significant following on Telegram but managed to take it offline in late January when she and a group of followers embarked on a cross-Canada road trip and, well, she never stopped. Even after many of her initial followers jumped ship and claimed she was abusive, Didulo carried on her never-ending road trip. To this day she, alongside a new group of followers, is continuously puttering down Canadian highways in a collection of RVs either purchased, donated, or rented.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 7.57.05 AM.pngDidulo and her followers stand outside their collection of RVs. Photo via Telegram

For several weeks, one of those RVs belonged to the Manitoba-based LeBlancs, who told VICE News they never knew who Didulo was until after the RV was rented. At first, everything seemed normal, until, as the renters were loading up the vehicle another RV pulled up, this one with a large photo of a woman on the side with the words “Romana Didulo, Queen of Canada.” Soon after they left, the couple found out that Didulo was a major figure in the conspiracy world.

After learning of her, they began to follow her journey online (Didulo’s community relentlessly posts on Telegram.) At first, while the LeBlancs were worried about their RV, the group remained in touch, but that changed when the vehicle’s tires had to be replaced and a payment dispute erupted in October. Didulo posted the family's phone numbers and contact information online to set her followers off on the family (something that fortunately didn’t occur for the LeBlancs) and her group cut off all communication. The LeBlancs responded by threatening to report the RV stolen if it wasn’t returned.

The couple says they weren’t able to get help from the RCMP and were forced to just wait. Then, suddenly, the LeBlancs got a text in early November informing them the RV had been dropped at a gas station some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from their Manitoba home. The couple drove out there, relieved that the dispute was over but worried about what was waiting for them. When they pulled up to the gas station, LeBlanc said she could tell instantly something was wrong with the vehicle.

“Truthfully, I couldn’t even drive behind it because it sat at such an unlevel angle on the road. It was just so frustrating I couldn't even watch it,” said LeBlanc. “I had to drive in front of (the RV) on the way home because I was like, I can't look at this for two hours.”

First of all, the RV wasn’t sitting square to the ground, meaning that something had likely gone wrong in the suspension. Then the couple realized in the sparse message they received from the Queen’s team, they were never told where the keys were left and looked forever to find them and had to use a spare set (they would find the keys later taped underneath the RV after they returned home.)

“They just left it in a mess. They didn't bother to clean out their food or the garbage or some of their supplies,” Leblanc said. “The slide is completely damaged. It can't be opened or closed. There are issues with suspension.”

“Inside there was like food everywhere. I think there was a sleeping bag they left behind. They left their sardines, naturally.”

For context, in one of the more outlandish incidents involving the cult leader—which saw her followers attempt to arrest all the officers at a police precinct in Peterborough, Ontario—Didulo handed out packets of sardines to her followers as they waited in the hot sun.

New Project (1).jpgA collection of photos showing the damage done to the RVs. Photo provided to VICE News.

Alongside the suspension, also broken was the slide, the portion of the RV that allows it to extend outwards. Smaller things had been busted or lost as well, one of the mirrors was hanging on by duct tape, and the stove knob was missing. Everything all included, the LeBlancs reckon to get the RV to the state it was before they rented won’t be cheap—likely well into the thousands. On top of all that the group had put on almost double the amount of kilometers they had agreed and paid for (like rental cars, the LeBlanc charge by the distance travelled) meaning the group still owes them money, but they aren’t holding their breath.

“I don't even know at the end of the day if it's worth pursuing. Like legal action through small claims court or if it's better just to cut our losses and stop wasting our time,“ said LeBlanc. “I see on the weekend, she raised thousands to pay for her RV that she is riding in. Maybe she could share the wealth and pay for some of the damages for everybody else's RV.”

At the very same time, her team was delivering the damaged RV back to its owner, Didulo has been raising money to pay for a $62,000 RV she’s already purchased. She has claimed her followers have donated $45,000 to her fund to buy the RV she has dubbed “QR1.”

Didulo, as she always has, is funneling these donations through one of her followers' bank accounts. Rather than use crowdfunding companies, which she was once banned from, she asks her followers to donate via electronic bank transfer. She even hosted live streams where they urged their followers to donate like some sort of Q-pilled telethon.

Followers of Didulo pushed each other to donate in the livestream, and one woman wrote that “If a 74-year-young senior on a fixed income can send in a donation, everyone can! Come on, let's get this RV paid off for our Queen.” Another instructed others to take the money they’re giving to charities and instead give it to Didulo.

“Your donations are better protected by email transfer to Queen Romana and her team of angels, then you know for SURE your money is going to its intended destination,” it read.

For some time now a group of former followers has been working away at eroding the QAnon Queen’s power. The group has put together a spreadsheet of all those who posted receipts for their donations to Didulo in the past week and found that over 130 people donated over $12,000 in total to her. They’ve vowed to contact these people and those who love them.

“These are the last of her supporters that keep on funding her grift,” wrote Corey, one of her former followers. “These people have a great heart I'm sure, but they are just being lied to and feeding Queen Romana's parasitic ways! I want everyone to try and reach out to one or two people.”

“This small amount of people are refusing to let her go and are hurting followers and the team members. They are destroying lives because they keep funding her.”

The nearly-year-long trip that Didulo is on is not cheap. Renting the RVs, paying for gas, and feeding the 10 or so people that travel with her as “staff” is an expensive endeavor. So threats to her fundraising are a threat to her movement. Didulo has told her followers to report these people to the RCMP as “these people are clearly jealous, envious, hateful, and exceptionally evil.”

She followed up in a separate post, asking her followers for money.

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Doctors call for greater scrutiny of bidders for platform that pools UK's health info

The Register - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 07:58
Supplier 'ethics' in the spotlight after Palantir makes multimillion competition a 'must-win'

A family doctors' conference has called on the UK's medics union to help scrutinize bidders for the NHS Federated Data Platform (FDP) contract to ensure they have a positive track record on security, privacy and ethics.…

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French cloud operator OVHcloud gets datacenter funds from EU lending arm

The Register - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 06:30
Using loan for expansion as political bloc pursues tech autonomy strategy

French cloud operator OVHcloud has been granted dedicated funding for its expansion by the European Investment Bank (EIB), comprising a €200 million ($208 million) credit facility to help it open new datacenters.…

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The best Black Friday deals for Apple devices

ARS Technica - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 06:04
Sixth-generation iPad mini directly in front of iPad Air 4, demonstrating the difference in size between the devices. This shot is from the front, with both screens turned on.

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Black Friday is in full swing, and that's great news if you've had your eyes on an Apple device but have been waiting for a solid discount to pull the trigger. Apple devices are notoriously expensive, and you typically don't see many discounts throughout the year. Fortunately, Black Friday brings notable Apple deals not only from retailers, but Apple itself. Just as we do every year, we're cutting through the noise to bring you the best Black Friday Apple deals we can find.

Below are a few of the most worthwhile Apple deals we're seeing as of this writing. As always, we're focusing on products we'd actually recommend based on our time reviewing them and excluding any we don't think are worth your money. Lastly: there haven't been any huge iPhone deals we think are worth your time, so the focus here is on other products.

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Quest VR glasses back on sale in Germany – but watchdog has eye on Meta

The Register - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 05:08
Goggles unhooked from Facebook login, but officials still watching for antitrust abuse

Germany's Federal Cartel Office is claiming a win after Meta unhooked the VR glasses formerly known as Oculus from a Facebook login.…

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Orion snaps 'selfie' with the Moon as it prepares for distant retrograde orbit

The Register - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 04:06
Insertion burn scheduled to take place today then engineers have six days to see how spacecraft fares in deep space

Nine days into its flight to the Moon and beyond, NASA's uncrewed Orion capsule is due to fire its engines for an insertion burn that will place the craft into a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) about 50,000km from the lunar surface.…

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Scientists debate the role of a virus in multiple sclerosis

ARS Technica - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 03:00
Scientists debate the role of a virus in multiple sclerosis

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Ryan Grant was in his 20s and serving in the military when he learned that the numbness and tingling in his hands and feet, as well as his unshakeable fatigue, were symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Like nearly a million other people with MS in the United States, Grant had been feeling his immune system attack his central nervous system. The insulation around his nerves was crumbling, weakening the signals between his brain and body.

The disease can have a wide range of symptoms and outcomes. Now 43, Grant has lost the ability to walk, and he has moved into a veterans’ home in Oregon, so that his wife and children don’t have to be his caretakers. He’s all too familiar with the course of the illness and can name risk factors he did and didn’t share with other MS patients, three-quarters of whom are female. But until recently, he hadn’t heard that many scientists now believe the most important factor behind MS is a virus.

For decades, researchers suspected that Epstein-Barr virus, a common childhood infection, is linked to multiple sclerosis. In January, the journal Science pushed that connection into headlines when it published the results of a two-decade study of people who, like Grant, have served in the military. The study’s researchers concluded that EBV infection is “the leading cause” of MS.

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Chinese-Canadian Pop Star Handed 13-Year Jail Sentence for Rape

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 01:55

A court in China has sentenced Chinese-born Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of rape and another sex crime.

Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, was found guilty of raping three women between November and December 2020, the court in Beijing’s Chaoyang District said in a social media post on Friday. For this the court sentenced him to 11-and-a-half years of imprisonment.

The 32-year-old was also found guilty of an offense known as “group licentiousness.” The court said Wu helped organize “lewd activities” at his home in 2018 involving two women and alcohol, for which he received another year and 10 months.

He will be deported after serving his sentence, the court said.

The hip-hop artist was one of China’s most popular singers, and the allegations against him represented one of the most prominent #MeToo cases in the country. With some 50 million followers on social media, he was an ambassador for luxury brands including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari.

But his entertainment career evaporated when police in the Chinese capital detained him in July last year, weeks after a 19-year-old college student accused him of raping her and several other women, including minors. 

Wu, a former member of K-pop group EXO, has previously denied the accusations. His arrest had been celebrated by feminists in China as a rare case of justice for victims of sexual violence.

Wu has since lost all his social media accounts and sponsorship deals. His entire music catalog has also been erased from streaming platforms in China.

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