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Bud Lite Platinum, the moonshine of beers, has named pop star Justin Timberlake as its new creative director. The new higher alcoholic-content, cobalt blue cousin of Bud Lite “brings a refined discerning aesthetic to beer that plays well with what I’m doing,” says the singer, who in 2013 has planned his own high-powered return (or so he says) with upcoming album “20/20 Experience.”
Timberlake is the latest star to join in the recent trend of pop singers gaining creative control of international brands. In 2011, Lady Gaga designed the Grey Label line for Polaroid; in 2012, rapper and space cowboy will.i.am gained control over the “compute continuum” at Intel; a few weeks ago Alicia Keys became the global creative director for BlackBerry.
Before you roll your eyes at celebs getting more power, though, The Guardian writes about how they could be a “win-win” situation for fans, consumers and corporations:
It’s obvious that this sort of arrangement has a mutual benefit – the companies know that kids will react more strongly to, say, Lady Gaga than a balding divisional conglomerate head, and the celebrities can flatter themselves to think that they’re anything other than a last-ditch attempt to save a firm from bankruptcy.
Okay, feel free to roll your eyes…now.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.