Serial, Everyone's Favorite Podcast, is Back, Fall Upgrades, Facebook Launches 360° Video - and it's Incredible

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017

Serial, Everyone's Favorite Podcast, Is Back

Serial, Everyone's Favorite Podcast, is Back

Season 2 of ‘Serial’ to focus on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 

If you haven’t pretended to work while listening to season 1 of Serial and contemplating the innocence of Adnan Syed you’re seriously behind on life.

Serial, the podcast from the creators of This American Lifetook the nation by storm last October, and they’re coming back with a new case for us all to obsess about. This time Serial is reportedly taking notice of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case. Bergdahl was a U.S. soldier stationed in Afghanistan when he went missing from his post in 2009.

It was found out he was being held prisoner by the Taliban, and the entire ordeal was viewed as a sketchy situation from the start.

After the  capturing made headlines and the nightly news, it was very public information that President Obama traded five detainees for Bergdahl’s return.

Berghdal was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy when returning home, the second of these charges can carry a life sentence with it.

Not fully confirmed…

While Serial has refused to say for certain that they are honing in on the Bergdahl case, in a recent interview with Maxim, Matthew Farwell, a former soldier and someone who has written pieces on Bergdahl in the past confirmed he saw the Serial producers at the start of Bergdahl’s trial, and that multiple people had told him they had already been interviewed on Bergdahl by Serial.

While the Serial team refuses to give away any spoilers, they did release this statement to Maxim:

“We’d very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we’re actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder. Doesn’t feel very menschy. In any case, here’s what I can tell you: The Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. For now we’re not talking publicly about anything that we’re working on.”

Whatever it is they come up with, you know it’s going to be good.

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Fall Upgrades

Fall Upgrades

I enjoying sipping on Folgers®, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #FolgersFans

There are few things better than the cool breeze of a fall day. If you disagree, then we simply aren’t friends. I’m sorry.

Along with the changing leaves comes the option for jackets and sweaters, jeans, boots, hot coffee, and not sweating through your suit on your morning commute. We’re looking forward to many aspects of the season to come, but some definitely outweigh the others.

Here is our list of must haves to make your fall that much better.

A sweater worth wearing

You don’t have to be Mr. Rogers to rock a sweater in the fall, but you should take his cues and look towards the cardigan.

Reach for something with a shawl collar that fits just loosely enough. You can do sweaters preppy, or you can do them as a logical afterthought, looking like you just grabbed it on your way out the door. We prefer the ladder option.

Go for something like this from The Gap. It’s easy, ,minimal, and will go with damn near anything.

Sneakers that don’t suck

Fall is the perfect time for some fresh white sneakers. The snow hasn’t landed yet, there isn’t nearly as much rain as the spring, and it adds a little bit of bright, cleanliness to an overall toned down fall wardrobe.

Go for something minimal, sneakers are already pretty casual, no need to also make them only work with one outfit. The extra frills and designs just complicate things more often than not. We suggest something like this from Asics, available at Asos.com.

Coffee worth drinking

It’s hard enough to get out of bed just knowing you have to go to work, but when the temperature drops it’s that much more difficult. What gets us out of bed in the morning? Folgers® Gourmet Selections.

Folgers® Gourmet Selections comes in multiple ridiculously delicious flavors, including Caramel Drizzle®, and my personal favorite, Vanilla Biscotti. This is hands down the best flavored at home coffee we’ve ever tasted. And now we’re officially hooked.

Check out the entire line of Gourmet Selections here, and improve your autumn in just one sip.

Plus, if you’re drinking delicious coffee, you have an excuse to have a cool coffee mug, which immediately gives you a few style points. Up your hot beverage sipping game, and check out one of these to pour your Folgers® deliciousness in.

A versatile, light jacket

Fall is the perfect time to show off your jacket game, but odds are you already have a nice topcoat for work, and you (should) have a leather jacket for when you feel like showing off your inner badass. But you need something in between that can work for all occasions.

This windbreaker from Maison Kitsuné is that jacket. 

It’s super casual, allowing you to wear it out without looking like you tried too hard, but it’s also Maison Kitsuné, so no one can dare to call you a scrub. Jackets like this, while they seem simple, will get used more than anything else in your closet, and they’re definitely worth the investment.

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Facebook Launches 360° Video - And It's Incredible

Facebook Launches 360° Video - and it's Incredible

Move around, within the movie 

Facebook just launched their 360° video feature, and it is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in video in a long time.

The videos allow you to move your point of view giving you 360° access. So you can check out the entire set of SNL while watching Jimmy and Justin do their thing, explore all sides of you while racing in the Star Wars video, or experience the all-immersive feel of dirt biking through sand dunes with GoPro.

The new media is still a little shaky on smartphones, which are supposed to give you the 360° angle by tilting the phone, but if you’re reading this on your computer you definitely need to try the videos out.

This feature will be available to all to use, assuming you have a 360° camera, which you probably don’t. But this brings us one step closer to an all-immersive virtual reality, and that’s pretty sweet.

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