BxA3PcaIAAABxrL-360x270I think when our kids got to the age when they were having reasonable conversations where they’re asking lots of ‘why’ questions, then it seemed [important] to be able to have a real clear-cut [identity] of who their daddy is — that he’s my husband, it was easier than partner or boyfriend. It was nice, very small and intimate. Only about 45 people were there. We did it as a destination wedding, and it kept the numbers down. I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David to David in front of the people that mattered the most to us. It was less about a proclamation and more about a declaration that I was able to share in front of our kids.”


Neil Patrick Harris sharing the reason he married longtime partner David Burtka on September 8 with the ladies and audience on The View

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I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version of Apple’s mobile OS with the public. iOS 8 was the same.

On Wednesday, I stared at my iPhone screen with the rest of the huddled masses, waiting for the coveted new OS to finally arrive. I fell asleep with my phone plugged in, safely connected to Wi-Fi, and slowly updating.

The new Messages app in iOS 8 represents a big shift for Apple. Though the company’s own messaging platform has shifted closer and closer to platform-agnostic chat apps over time (with the introduction of iMessage itself, as well as conventions like Read Receipts), iOS signifies the biggest push towards current social apps and communications apps.

For instance, iMessage in iOS 8 now lets you send voice memos and videos that expire unless you choose to keep them. These features are built into the new keyboard, with an icon on the right that you can hold down to record audio, and a familiar camera button on the left that is slightly more tricky.

If you tap this camera button, you are given the same options that you’ve always been given: Choose from Camera Roll or Take Photo or Video. If you hold the button down, however, two second buttons emerge: the top button is a camera and the button to the right is a red, circular record button. As The Verge points out, this behavior of holding down your thumb to send a photo or video is highly reminiscent of Snapchat.

Once you hold the button, you can release and press the camera or record button or simply slide your finger over to those buttons to take a pic or video.

But here’s the rub.

With both videos and voice memos, iMessage lets you review the content before sending it. You can play it back and then choose to delete or send it off into the world for other peoples’ viewing and judging pleasure.

With still pictures, however, the photo is automatically sent the second your finger releases the camera button.

Cut to me, waking up for the first time to iOS 8, and excitedly toying around with the new iMessage. I open up a conversation and start fiddling with the voice memos, safely staying in strict “draft” territory and playing back silly little audio notes. I then venture to the left, where my camera shortcuts live.

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541ca6dbe5cb0Los Angeles city officials said today they denied an application to put a giant water slide in downtown Los Angeles due to concerns water would be wasted amid a drought.

The Slide the City event was set for Sept. 28. It would have allowed participants who purchased tickets to splash down a three-block slip-and-slide along Temple Street, between Los Angeles Street and Broadway.

The city denied the application after the Department of Water and Power expressed concerns that the event was “not consistent with the seriousness of the statewide drought,” Public Works spokesman Paul Gomez said.

The event organizers proposed reclaiming water from the event for irrigation use at Griffith Park, but Recreation and Parks officials were concerned there would be chlorine in the water, Gomez said.

Announcement of the event earlier this summer prompted petitions to be circulated telling the city not to approve the event because of the drought.

The organizers, Slide the City LLC, put out an email saying their event has been postponed.

“After tireless working with the city over the past two months, we received word that our permit is being denied,” it said. The statement goes on to apologize to those who bought tickets to the sold-out event. They offered a refund, but said ticket holders would have a “secure” place at a future event.

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44546_600Ariana Grande, plagued by rumors of a bad attitude, has become such a diva that even her life coach couldn’t handle it, says a source. We’re told that the 21-year-old rising pop star’s life coach, who was in charge of keeping her centered and healthy, walked off the job months ago because he just couldn’t handle her attitude.

“He just couldn’t take it anymore,” says the insider. “Everything people are saying about her is true.” Grande, the former Nickelodeon star whose breakout hits include the blockbuster “Bang Bang,” and “Problem,” has been battling rumors of bad behavior including allegedly stepping into an elevator after being swarmed by loving fans and exclaiming, “I hope they all [bleeping] die.”

She’s also been accused of being difficult to work with and making diva demands. The source confirms, “She’ll only be photographed from the left side, in a certain light. She’s rude to her fans. She was so obsessed with her hair that she had it dyed every three days, and the big pony tail is fake.” Continuing, “She acts like a child and constantly needs people to coddle her.”

Grande addressed reports of her diva behavior on Twitter this week. A source close to Grande’s camp tell us that her aide was actually a choreographer, not a life coach, and that he was fired unceremoniously. “It is nothing but a spiteful former employee that has been telling rumors around town for the last several months,” says the source.

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