sorry_if_i_looked_interested_im_not_tshirt-r5660ece3699048798f3d883329728c53_8nhmd_3241The chasm that has divided homo and hetero men seems to be closing fast. Straight dudes are opening up about the subject of anal play, and gay/straight bromances — not to mention cross-sexuality cuddling — are becoming increasingly popular. Still, there’s work to be done.

One can never have too many friends. We’re totally happy to open up our social circles and welcome males of the opposite sexuality into our folds, provided we’re all on the same page.

Here are eight things we’d like our straight brethren to know before we take our relationships to the next level

 

8. No, we don’t all want to sleep with you.

Do you want to bed every woman you lay eyes on? Probably not. The same goes for us. Just because you happen to have a penis doesn’t mean we’re the least bit interested in getting naked with you. While there are certainly some gay guys who see it as a challenge to seduce “straight” men, the vast majority of us prefer hooking up with our own kind, especially since straight men don’t always seem to understand the definition of hygiene. After all, why would we want to sleep with someone who doesn’t want to sleep with us

 

7. And, no, we’re not checking out your ass.

So stop acting all suspicious. Your insecurity is very unbecoming. Honestly, we were just trying to read the designer label on your jeans

 

6. OK, maybe we’re checking out your ass.

But, really, who cares? So long as it’s all look and no touch, what’s the big deal? You check out women’s asses all the time. Hell, you may have even checked out a few men’s asses in the past. (For comparison purposes only, of course!) The bottom line: We’re taking a brief moment to admire your donque. Be flattered. Then see #8 again

 

5. Please don’t call us “bro.”

You may call us “man.” You can even call us “dude.” But please, for the love of Jesus, refrain from saying “‘Sup, bro” then offering us a fist bump. It’s just awkward

 

4. Some of us enjoy watching sports.

As someone whose boyfriend is obsessed with football, I’m often dragged to sports bars whenever there’s a big game. Nine times out of 10, the moment we first step in through the door, we’re met with sideways glances from other bar patrons who seem confused as to what the hell a gay couple is doing there. We’re there for the same reason you are: To drink cheap beer and watch the game

 

3. It’s OK if you like “gay” things.

We see you tapping your foot under the table to that Madonna song we selected on the jukebox. It’s OK if you want to get up and groove to the music. We won’t judge you. We know Madonna’s tunes are totally infectious. We discovered her, after all. And we’re more than happy to share our queen with you

 

2. Nobody will think you’re gay if you talk to us.

And if they do, who cares

 

1. Sure! We’d love to grab a beer some time.

On a strictly platonic basis, of course.

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reneezellweger“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” she said.

The Oscar-winning actress, 45, continued, calling the rumors “silly” and adding that she finally feels “peaceful” and “healthy” due to her slower-paced lifestyle focused on family and her marriage.

For a long time, I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.

In case you didn’t get it the first 15 times, Zellweger would again like to remind us all that she is happy, healthy and, most of all, older.

“Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?” she added.

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iPad_Mini_3What can I say about the iPad mini 3 that hasn’t already been said? No, seriously, what can I say? Apple’s latest mini is essentially the same product as the first iPad Mini With Retina display with exactly four upgrades, only three of which are significant.

Apple’s iPad Mini 3 is exactly the same size and shape as the last model: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.29 inches. It still features a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina resolution screen, but did not get new screen technology so it’s not as thin as the iPad Air 2.

Its four new features are the Touch ID home button, secure element for Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 and a gold finish option.

The last one is only worth mentioning if you care about a gold finish — oh, wait, a lot of people do. Fine. Let’s get this over with. Even though it’s not real gold, the iPad Mini 3 in gold-covered aluminum looks sharp and expensive. You can also choose space gray or white.

Still so good

The reality is, the iPad Mini With Retina was already an excellent mid-size tablet, easily my favorite. So I’m not terribly disappointed to see that Apple did almost nothing to change it. Rather, I am surprised.

Consider the new iPad Air 2 — released concurrently with the iPad Mini 3. It’s noticeably thinner and lighter than the last iPad. It also has more powerful components, including that fully laminated, extra-slim, and incredibly good-looking screen. It seems that, at least for now, Apple is officially anointing the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 as its flagship tablet. I also suspect that Apple may be trying to push the concept of productivity a bit harder than before, and no Apple mobile device is better equipped to handle word processing or image and video editing than the iPad Air 2.

That said, you can get a heck of a lot done with the iPad Mini 3. It actually has the same resolution screen as the iPad Air 2, which makes everything look super sharp.

Under the hood you’ll still find the 64-bit A7 CPU and M7 motion coprocessor. They’re just as effective at a multitude of tasks as before. Due to its size, the Mini is especially good for book and magazine reading, but it handles videos and gaming equally well.

Also unchanged is the iSight camera. It’s still 5 megapixels, which now further pales in comparison to the iPad Air 2’s 8MP iSight camera and the iPhone 6’s more powerful (better image sensor and image processing) 8MP iSight camera. iOS 8 does add some cool camera features like timelapse, but unlike the iPad Air 2, there’s no slo-mo.

The front-facing FaceTime camera is still 1.2MP and capable of capturing 720p video, meaning it’s unchanged from the last iPad Mini and matches the iPad Air 2.

Touch ID

Aside from the gold skin, the iPad Mini 3’s only other visible difference is the Touch ID home button. I’ve loved this feature ever since Apple brought it to the iPhone 5S and am thrilled to find it here (and on the iPad Air 2). It’s a real pleasure to register fingers and then unlock the device with a press (to wake) and a touch to unlock and to use it to buy apps and make in-app purchases.

With iOS 8, Apple is extending the utility of Touch ID. Now third-party developers can access it, though few Touch ID-compatible apps were available for this review. Of course, there’s also Apple Pay.

Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3 supports Apple Pay for in-app purchases. In the app for hotel booking site Hotel Tonight, you can use Apple Pay and Touch ID to book a room.

Understand, though, that Apple Pay would not work on either the iPad Mini 3 or the iPad Air 2 if they did not also include another new piece of hardware: the aforementioned secure element. It holds device-specific credit-card information and cannot be read by you or anyone else. The merchant gets the device-specific card number and passes it on to the credit card issuer, who connects it to your real credit card number. Thus, a transaction is completed.

A changing tablet landscape

The iPad Mini 3 ranges in price from $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model up to $729 for the Wi-Fi + LTE 128GB model. The previous generation iPad Mini Retina starts at $299 at 16GB and maxes out at $479 for a 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE model.

Interestingly, there is no 32GB model for the iPad Mini 3. The question you have to ask yourself is: How much is Touch ID worth? It’s really the only significant new feature. You’ll get iOS 8.1 on last year’s model, the iPad Mini With Retina Display, which means you still get better email, messaging, photo management and Continuity with Yosemite Macs (start browsing a web page on the iPad, finish on the MacBook). You’ll also have the same performance and high-resolution Retina screen.

It is unfortunate that you can’t even get a 64GB iPad Mini Retina, but 32GB is just enough storage, and you do get some free iCloud space (5GB). And, no, Apple’s iPads do not offer upgradeable memory via microSD card like many Android tablets do.

Ultimately, the iPad Mini 3, like the iPad Mini before it, is an excellent mid-size tablet. I still prefer it for its design and mobile operating system over my second favorite mid-size product, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. But, there’s no getting around the increasing value disparity. The 7-inch HDX offers a quad-core Snapdragon processor and starts at $179 for a 16GB model. Obviously, it lacks a rear camera (it has a front-facing one) and a fingerprint reader, but adds other consumer-friendly features like X-Ray to dive into the details of your content and May Day 24/7 tech support.

I just wish Apple had acknowledged that its new iPad Mini 3 is really still last year’s model and lowered the base price of the entire Mini line. It would certainly help it compete more effectively with products such as the Kindle Fire HDX. At $499 for the Mini 3, you’re left wondering if you should just kick in another $100 and get the much more powerful and substantially larger iPad Air 2.

Apple has a great product here, but I don’t think it’s fair to charge a premium price for what clearly isn’t your premium tablet.

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