Gmail just gave you the perfect Monday gift: a legitimate excuse to ignore all of your boss’s emails.
According to Google, some users of the company’s email service are unable to log into their accounts. The problems were first acknowledged by Google just before 12 p.m. PT today and while access for some people has since been restored, the issue is ongoing for others.
“The affected users are unable to access Gmail,” reads the latest status update (at the time of this writing) from Google. “Users may experience issues signing into all Google services via OAuth or Chrome devices.”
Looks like Google authentication has taken a dive. Chromebook users – you now have a doorstop for a computer if you weren’t logged in.
Issue: Chromebook Logins not functioning (#3834) We’ve confirmed Google logins are failing on Chromebooks. Other Google customers are reporting the similar issues. We’ll update when we learn more information. https://t.co/wlvvqQEgHr
Notably, Google says that if you were already signed in to your account at the time of the unspecified error you should not encounter any problems accessing your account.
But hey, your boss doesn’t need to know that.
UPDATE: Aug. 19, 2019, 1:11 p.m. PDT: According to Google, most people should have their Gmail access restored.
“The problem with Gmail should be resolved for the vast majority of affected users,” reads the latest status update. “We will continue to work towards restoring service for the remaining affected users, but no further updates will be provided on the G Suite Status Dashboard.”
In other words, if you still can’t access your Gmail account… maybe take a walk around the block and try again later? Either way, it seems Google is sick of talking about it.
The strange clouds, known as “lenticular clouds”, are often mistaken for alien spacecraft. The time-lapse video, shared by NASA, shows the clouds in a series of images, lit up by orange glow of the volcano’s lava. The unusually shaped clouds are formed when moist air is forced to flow upwards near a mountain or volcano.
The clouds are formed mostly in the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere.
The clouds have often been mistaken for UFOs throughout history, due to their smooth, round structure.
The images were shared by astrophotographer Dario Giannobile on Twitter, captioned “Earthshine Moon and Lenticular Cloud Over Mount Etna Eruption”.
NASA shared the picture on Monday as its astronomy picture of the day. NASA explained: “What’s happening above that volcano? Although Mount Etna is seen erupting, the clouds are not related to the eruption.
NASA news: lenticular clouds are often mistaken for UFOs due to their disc-like shape (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)
NASA news: NASA shared a timelapse video of the event (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)
“They are lenticular clouds formed when moist air is forced upwards near a mountain or volcano.
“The surreal scene was captured by chance late last month when the astrophotographer went to Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily, Italy, to photograph the conjunction between the Moon and the star Aldebaran.
“The Moon appears in a bright crescent phase, illuminating an edge of the lower lenticular cloud. Red hot lava flows on the right.
“Besides some breathtaking stills, a companion time-lapse video of the scene shows the lenticular clouds forming and wavering as stars trail far in the distance.”
NASA news: the images were captured by astrophotographer Dario Giannobile (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)
Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe, with explosive activity increasing at its New Southeast Crater (NSEC) in July.
The volcano last erupted in May, spewing lava in a number of substantial eruptions.
Two fractures opened at the base of the South-East crater and on the north-eastern flank of the New South-East crater at about 3am local time (2am BST).
NASA news: Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)
Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, has one of the world’s longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BCE.
The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said their surveillance cameras showed increased gas emissions from the base of the southern flank of NSEC, indicating that a new fissure has opened at the crater.
It created ash emissions, explosions and lava flows. The volcanic ash cloud reached 4.5 km (15 000 feet) above sea level.
Despite this, Mount Etna is considered as one of the safest volcanos in the world, with communities living around the site and a host of tourist spots present.
The eruptions are thought to have caused a total of 77 deaths in its history.
Its unpredictable behaviour sees it being one of the most guarded volcanos in the world.
Tourists are able to climb up Mount Etna, yet are urged to take extra and specific precautions and walk in groups.
A bear fell onto a police car, causing a crash and fire that destroyed the vehicle and half an acre of vegetation in Northern California.
The driver wasn’t injured and the bear fled the scene.
The Humboldt Country Sheriff’s Office car had its lights and sirens on at 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 while it responded to an overdose call. En route, a bear fell from an embankment and onto the hood, per KRCR, the ABC station in Redding.
Caltrans, the state highway department, said via Facebook that the patrol car struck an embankment, rolled over and caught fire. The flames then spread to nearby vegetation.
The outcome of the overdose which sparked the initial call wasn’t clear.
“Travelers are reminded to stay alert while exploring the beautiful highways and nature of District 1,” Caltrans said on Facebook. “Bears, elk and deer are just some of the critters sharing our coastal home.”
The agency shared images of the destruction on Facebook:
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Spence and Porter are set to tangle on September 28, but when we got Errol out in L.A. he said Shawn is just the appetizer, and he’s looking for a full Filipino meal.
“I’m looking for the Manny Pacquiao after this.”
It makes sense … after Manny punished Keith Thurman he automatically became the biggest money fight in the welterweight division, and a path to superstardom for up-and-coming fighters.
There has been some talk that Pac Man’s next fight will be a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, but Errol says he hates the idea of that fight, and he’s got a reason.
“I don’t wanna see it. Floyd made enough money, let the young guys make some money.”
BTW … Errol isn’t the only one fighting in September who wants a piece of Manny, we talked to Porter on the “TMZ Sports” TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) and he said he’ll be Pac Man’s huckleberry too.
Now that the HBO series is over, George R.R. Martin is feeling good about the future of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The books that provided the narrative foundation for HBO’s Game of Thrones is still an ongoing and not-yet-finished series. In a new interview with The Observer, Martin admitted that he had a hard time working on his own vision of Westeros while the HBO take played out.
There’s apparently a good reason he only published one book during the show’s eight season run, all the way back in 2011 (just a few months after HBO’s premiere): it wasn’t a great time for him.
“I don’t think [the TV series] was very good for me,” Martin said, in a frank admission. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every da]y I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'”
True to form for the author, he doesn’t put a date on when the next book, The Winds of Winter, will be coming. But he admits that it’s been “freeing” to get back to work without the show hanging over his head.
Martin has done a lot of press around the show over the years and he’s often come across as a bit of an unwilling participant. He consulted with the HBO production, but he was never the one steering that ship.
Even Martin’s farewell blog post shared after the show ended struck a bit of an ambivalent tone. It felt less like a celebratory “we did it!” and more like a rumination on success and what it’s led to. It also made a clear statement: I’m not finished yet, folks.
Now, here Martin is, months removed from the final season and it’s controversial ending. He’s come to see going to parties and engaging with fans as “work.” He’s also removed himself entirely from the online conversation around the Game of Thrones story and what it might say about what’s still to come in A Song of Ice and Fire — but he knows it’s all happening out there.
“Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong,” Martin said. “They’ll find out when I finish.”
Private moments of pain have always made for great pop music. In morgxn’s case, a startling brush with homophobia turned out to be an artistic catalyst.
The incident took place, the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter said, at the 2017 Women’s March in New York when he was accosted by a passerby, who hurled a vicious anti-LGBTQ slur in his direction.
Though understandably rattled, morgxn (pronounced “Morgan”) immediately decided to channel the experience of being deemed a “faggot” ― something he said had never happened before in front of his mother, who had also been attending the march ― into a song.
“She’d never witnessed somebody just throw hatred in my face like that,” he told HuffPost. “At first I didn’t even hear it, because I’m used to it. But it made me think, ‘Why, as a society, do we feel like experiencing hate is the norm?’ We currently have a sitting president whose example is throwing hate at somebody and having no repercussion. So, of course, there are people who are going to look at that.”
The result was “Carry the Weight,” an emotional cut on morgxn’s 2018 debut album, “Vital.” The song, he said, has become “the most videoed moment” in his live shows and “the most tattooed lyric” of his indie pop career.
“It’s created good conversation, so that’s really special,” he said.
Deeply personal lyrics, a distinctive falsetto and a sensual stage presence have helped make morgxn, whose real name is Morgan Karr, a rising star on the indie pop circuit. The mainstream music industry seems to have caught on, too, by slowly taking notice of the singer-songwriter’s talents. His chosen path, however, has been anything but linear.
In fact, he experienced his first burst of success via a different artistic medium: theater. He relocated from Nashville to New York in 2008 to join the ensemble of Broadway’s “Spring Awakening.” The hit musical helped launch the careers of Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele and other actors, but it turned out to be a much different type of turning point for morgxn.
“It was a really tough experience, because I remember standing onstage and feeling empty,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do with that. I just wanted to find my own voice and my own way of existing.”
In an effort to “shake the universe,” morgxn relocated from New York to Los Angeles in 2011 and began writing.
“I don’t think I trust people who haven’t, at some point in their life, sold everything they’ve owned and moved somewhere,” he said, “because I think sometimes you have to give the universe a big gesture that you’re ready for something new. For me, that was that.”
Within a few years, that “gesture” began to pay off. Following guest appearances on two songs by DJ Tiësto, morgxn released a debut single, “Love You With the Lights On,” in 2016. His full-length debut album, “Vital,” dropped in May 2018.
The anthemic choruses and handclap rhythms of “Vital” occasionally bring to mind Panic! at the Disco and The 1975. Although he cited Prince and David Bowie as musical influences, morgxn stressed that he would like his signature sound to be undefinable.
“I’m really not interested in labels,” he said.
When it comes to his private life, he takes a similar approach, identifying publicly as queer and using the pronouns he, him and his.
“I’m categorized as a human,” he said. “That’s as specific as I want to get, because for the first time in my life, I’m living my life authentically in a way that feels good to me, and not to society or anyone else.”
Though he has never shied away from expressing inclusive themes in his work, morgxn is hopeful he can help open doors so that music performed by openly LGBTQ artists will no longer be confined to queer spaces.
“If I saw someone like me in a rock venue ― not a traditionally queer space ― that would have been very impactful to me,” he said. “You need queer people in non-traditionally queer spaces, and it needs to be normal.”
Momentum for “Vital” has been building slowly but steadily since its release last year. In January, morgxn released “Vital: Blue,” a companion EP containing acoustic takes on five of his tracks, including “Carry the Weight.”
He followed up with two brand-new singles, “A New Way” and “OMM!,” the latter of which dropped earlier this month. Released in partnership with GLAAD, the video for “A New Way” has garnered more than 1 million views since June.
On the mainstream stage, morgxn’s profile is also on the rise. He teamed up with rockers Walk the Moon ― best known for the 2014 smash, “Shut Up And Dance” ― for a televised performance of his song, “Home,” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in January. And in July, he sang “A New Way” on “Good Morning America.”
If I saw someone like me in a rock venue ― not a traditionally queer space ― that would have been very impactful to me. You need queer people in non-traditionally queer spaces, and it needs to be normal. morgxn, singer-songwriter
Still, the rapidly shifting ways of consuming music can be tough on a young artist looking to find footing in a fickle industry. morgxn is conscious of this, but he said paying close attention to airplay and streams “undermines the journey of being an artist.”
“I can say confidently that I try to measure [success] by how I feel about the music I make,” he said. “I’ll receive a message from someone on Instagram or Twitter about how something I’ve written has helped them, and I’m like, ’Well, there’s proof that something is connecting.’ That’s real, and that’s success.”
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