Instead of hearing Guetta’s usual pop-house hits, fans were inadvertently treated to a personal self help CD that had been prescribed to Guetta for treatment of crippling chorophobia – the irrational fear of dancing.
Guetta took to Twitter to release the following statement: “To all my fans, I’m sorry that you had to find out that I have been pre-recording sets and not playing live.”
“Please understand that this is not due to lack of talent or laziness but because of this crippling phobia, for which I am seeking professional help, as was heard when I accidentally hit play on my coping CD.”
The EDM star claimed that the condition developed in childhood following a dancing accident at a school talent show which left the performer “acutely embarrassed” and a “confirmed bed wetter.”
The pop star went on to further say that ordinarily he doesn’t “even look at the crowd. I’ll just twiddle some knobs on the mixing desk thingy. When I do have to look up to the crowd I’ll close my eyes as if enjoying myself, or I’ll let my golden locks dangle in front of my eyes so I don’t see people dancing.”
“Ironically with no-one dancing it probably would have been one of my shows that I would have actually enjoyed.”
Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, has died in San Francisco.
A police spokesman said that he was found dead on Thursday evening by ”a loved one” at an apartment on Nob Hill and that foul play had been ruled out. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office said it was conducting an autopsy, though it could be a month before the cause of death was determined.
His sister Amberleigh Jack, who lives in New Zealand, told Reuters he was 35. She declined to comment further, saying she needed time to grieve.
Jack was due to appear at the Black Hat hacking convention in Las Vegas next week, demonstrating techniques for remotely attacking implanted heart devices. He said he could kill a man from 30 feet away.
His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in equipment such as medical devices and banking machines. He received standing ovations at hacking conventions for his creativity and showmanship.
He became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration of ”Jackpotting” – getting ATMs to spew out bills. (reut.rs/gIGXVq )
The hacking community expressed shock as the news of his death spread via Twitter early on Friday.
”Wow … Speechless,” Tweeted mobile phone hacker Tyler Shields.
Jack’s most recent employer, the cyber security consulting firm IOActive Inc, said in a Tweet: ”Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed.”
Jack had served as IOActive’s director of embedded device security.
”You grimy bastard. I was just talking up about your awesome work last night,” Tweeted Dino Dai Zovi, a hacker known for his skill at finding bugs in Apple products. ”You’ll be missed, bro.”
Friends and fans alike Tweeted memorials to Jack’s Twitter handle, @barnaby_jack, on Friday.
Dan Kaminsky, an expert in Internet security, Tweeted that he had hoped the news of Jack’s death was a prank: ”God, the stories. Nobody caused such hilarious trouble like @barnaby_jack.”
Jack’s attacks on ATMs brought him the most attention, but his work on medical devices may have a bigger impact.
Two years ago, while working at McAfee, he engineered methods for attacking insulin pumps that prompted medical device maker Medtronic Inc to bring in outside security firms and revamp the way it designs its products. (http://reut.rs/sM9mTE)
He followed that up with work on heart devices that he was to present at Black Hat next week in his first presentation at the annual convention since 2010.
Jack told Reuters in an interview last week that he had devised a way to attack heart patients by hacking into a wireless communications system that links implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors that gather information about their operations.
”I’m sure there could be lethal consequences,” he said.
He declined to name the manufacturer of the device, but said he was working with that company to figure out how to prevent malicious attacks on heart patients.
By Jim Finkle
Nick Cannon releases his brand new video for Me Sexy, the first single from his upcoming album White People Party Music, due out this fall.
Real men eat meat.
At least that’s the stereotype that has been passed down since our days as hunter-gatherers — when men (the hunters) would go off to kill wild animals, while women (the gatherers) would hang around collecting fruits, nuts, and berries.
“Meat seems associated with strength and power, two features generally attributed to males,” write the authors of a 2012 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research that examined why male consumers avoid vegetarian options.
In another study, published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, researchers linked eating meat with “manhood, power, and virility” and found that men were more likely than women to “endorse pro-meat attitudes” and believed it was “human destiny to eat meat.”
But times are changing.
A growing number of male business executives and political leaders, including former President Bill Clinton and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, are breaking gender expectations and embracing the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
It’s a trend — first pinpointed in a 2010 Businessweek article titled “The Rise of the Power Vegans” — that parallels mounting public awareness about the damaging effects of meat consumption on health and the environment. For some, the welfare of factory-farmed animals is also a concern. Conversely, “chick foods” like kale and soy products are growing in popularity.
In the United States, vegetarians are still rare: Only 5% of American adults say they are vegetarian, according to a 2012 Gallup study, and just 2% of people consider themselves vegan — people who don’t eat any ingredients that come from an animal, including eggs, milk, and honey.
While the percentage of vegetarians has remained the same over the last decade, this pattern may slowly change as tofu and salads became more fashionable among America’s male movers and shakers.
Former President Bill Clinton switched to a meat- and dairy-free diet after a health scare in 2004.
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton revamped his diet after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 to deal with artery blockages.
Known for his love of McDonald’s and dessert, Clinton quit his unhealthy eating habits and went vegan after leaving office. The low-fat, plant-based diet helped him shed 24 pounds for his daughter Chelsea’s 2010 wedding.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has been a vegan for 10 years.
With a net-worth of around $200 million, Biz Stone ranks in the 1% of richest Americans. And after more than 10 years as a vegan, the entrepreneur in the scant group of Americans who call themselves vegan.
The 38-year-old invested in a vegan meat company, Beyond Meat, last year with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. In an interview with Fast Company, Stone said the company’s meatless chicken strips imitated the flavor and feel of the real fleshy stuff so well that “it was a bit freaky.”
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons gave up meat for health and environmental reasons.
The founder of Def Jam Records was raised eating meat, but turned full-on vegan more than 10 years ago with a new-found awareness about the environmental impact of eating meat.
“Every day, more and more people are turning vegan, more children are looking at a rib and making the connection that it came from a suffering animal and more people are loving themselves and the Earth they live on just a little bit more by saying no to meat and dairy,” Simmons said told Ellen DeGeneres in 2010.
The entrepreneur, reportedly worth $340 million, is using his fame and fortune to protect animals. He recently launched a “cruelty-free” clothing line called Argyleculture that will not use any animal products — meaning no wool or leather apparel — in its collection.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been a vegetarian for two decades.
Booker has been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. The politician credits a meat-free lifestyle for boosting his athletic performance.
“In 1992, I decided to experiment, to try [being a vegetarian] for 3 to 6 months,” the politician explained in an “Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. ” And WOW! when I did my athletic performance took off, I felt so much better and it comported with other values and ideas I was exploring at the time, so I decided that this is what is best for me. It was a very personal decision.”
Booker also the tried to be a vegan, but gave it up because he couldn’t resist ice cream.
Former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner converted to veganism following quadruple bypass surgery.
Quadruple bypass surgery in 1994 forced Michael Eisner, then 52, to adopt a non-fat, vegetarian diet.
It wasn’t easy for the media mogul to give up his “regular American” eating habits. “I miss everything,” Eisner told the “San Francisco Chronicle” in a 1998 interview.
Eisener left Disney in 2005 after a 21-year career, but not before transforming the theme-park operator into the world’s largest entertainment company.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn was convinced to give up meat for health reasons.
The 71-year-old chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts became a vegan in 2010. The business magnate described his conversion at a vegan tasting hosted by Bon Appetit magazine in Las Vegas.
While on his boat in St. Tropez, Wynn was inspired by “a handsome Indian gentlemen” who after a year as a vegan “was 30 lbs lighter and 15 years younger,” Eater quoted the self-made billionaire as saying.
He added: “The American diet is unbearably suicidal… animal-based diets cause cancer and degenerative spinal disease… and animal-based diets are absolutely unhealthy.”
(Just a note: Wynn isn’t a doctor or nutritionist, and we aren’t sure where he got his facts from. Studies indicate that meat in moderation can be healthy for most people.)
In an effort to ease the stigma associated with plant-based diets, Wynn mandated in 2012 that restaurants in his hotels have vegan menu options.
Venture capitalist Joi Ito credits his health and happiness to a vegan diet.
Joi Ito, director of the MIT media lab, blogged about his decision to become a vegan in December 2006. Six months later, Ito was 40 pounds lighter and overflowing with praise for his new fruit- and vegetable- heavy eating plan.
“I’ve never been healthier or happier as long as I can remember and I intend to continue being a vegan,” Ito wrote.
Ito is the CEO of venture capital company Neoteny and chairman of the boards of Creative Commons and Six Apart Japan.
Former CEO of Viacom Tom Freston stopped eating meat after his wife became vegan.
Freston’s meat-free conversion was heavily influenced by his zealous vegan ex-wife, Kathy Freston, who is also the author of “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World.”
Before the power couple separated last summer, Kathy told Vanity Fair in 2011 that Tom “eats fish and occasionally meat, but never at home.”
Prior to that interview, Tom gushed in a Bloomberg article that the benefits of veganism are “undeniable and many.”
Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey has been a vegetarian (now vegan) for three decades.
John Mackey, the co-CEO of Whole Foods, has built a grocery empire that’s modeled after the executive’s own attitude toward food.
Mackey survives on an organic vegan diet that spurns vegetable oil, sugar, and processed food.
The health-conscious supermarket co-founder recently described a typical dinner to the The New York Times:
What did I cook for dinner last night? A salad, with my own walnut-cashew-based dressing, a stir-fry that I made without any oil, because you can do that with just water. It had kale and chard, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in it, and mashed potatoes without salt or dairy, but I added some almond milk.
Meanwhile, Whole Foods continues to grow as a result of its commitment to healthier, natural, and local food.
Shaheem Reid joins DJ Khaled for a spin in the Maybach on this episode of The Round Up. The Miami-based DJ producer executive explains how he came up from being the kid on the block with cassette tapes to living the life of a hip hop mogul, and what it means to be Suffering From Success.