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Ben Baller Made John Mayer This Incredible Chain for His 40th Birthday

If you scroll through John Mayer's Twitter account, it quickly becomes readily apparent that he's a hell of a dude. And a dude of all dudes: a witty dude, a smart dude, an introspective dude. With his 40th birthday on the horizon (Oct. 16), Mayer has decided to add “balling ass chain owner dude” to that list.

To honor his 40th rotation around the sun, as a real player should, Mayer reached out to your favorite rapper's favorite jewelry maker, Ben Baller. Baller, who provided Complex with exclusive photos, said he couldn't be more proud of how the final creation came out. “This is my top three best piece of work of my career,” Baller said via email.

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Image via Ben Baller

The piece Baller is so proud of is a glorious, diamond-encrusted rendering of The Dude himself, The Big Lebowski, portrayed by Jeff Bridges in 1998. On the back of the piece is The Dude's legendary quote, “Yah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man.” In other words, this chain could not be more perfect for a cool ass, chill ass dude like John Mayer.

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Image via Ben Baller
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Image via Ben Baller

Baller also dropped off some details about the piece. “Everything was made in 18K white gold,” Baller said. “So, over 1/2 a kilo of 18K gold total.” Additionally, the chain features 41 diamond carats, which all have VVS clarity—a description you may have heard in a rap song or two. Overall, there are almost 4,000 diamonds total in the piece and chain.

Do you feel broke AF now, or is it just me?

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Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Explode Sooner Than Expected (Which Still Isn’t That Soon)

If you're somebody who enjoys living, you may have been disappointed by some news making the rounds on Thursday that seemed to imply a supervolcano sitting beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt sometime soon, taking out all life on Earth when it does.

This slightly concerning news came about after researchers from Arizona State analyzed some materials they found in fossilized ash from the volcano's previous eruption, and saw changes in composition and temperature that built up in just a few decades. As the New York Times put it:

The early evidence, presented at a recent volcanology conference, shows that Yellowstone’s most recent supereruption was sparked when new magma moved into the system only decades before the eruption. Previous estimates assumed that the geological process that led to the event took millenniums to occur.

Furthermore, as National Geographic points out, the last of three major eruptions over the course of 2 million years occurred roughly 630,000 years ago and, when it did, it created a 40 mile wide crater (the Yellowstone caldera) that makes up most of the park. The supervolcano at Yellowstone is capable of unleashing an eruption about 2,500 times as powerful as Mt. St. Helens' 1980 eruption, which killed 57 people. That would mean a burst that could cover most of the U.S. in ash and potentially plunge the planet into volcanic winter. Additionally, the previous eruption (meaning before the one that happened 630,000 years ago) happened in a similar timeframe, as it shot its wad about 1.3 million years ago.

So give or take 40,000 years.

This got people buzzing that an extinction level event could be impending because science is frequently boring since it's not sensationalistic (that NYT article, which was very informative and well written, put my ass to sleep). However, as noted by Esquire, a massive volcanic discharge is not impending. In fact, the story is relevant because scientists are now realizing how quickly factors for a supereruption can come together.

“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” said Hannah Shamloo, an ASU grad student who spent weeks at the Yellowstone site. Previously, as the excerpt above mentions, scientists thought supereruptions would exhibit signs over the course of thousands of years. Now they believe it could happen in a human lifetime. The next eruption is probably coming soon relative to the pace that Earth's geology works at, but that is slow AF in terms of human lifespan. Don't panic over hyperbole.

Additionally, Michael Poland, the scientist who runs Yellowstone's Volcano Observatory said “We haven't seen anything that would lead us to believe that the sort of magmatic event described by the researchers is happening.” Sounds like your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandkids' problem.

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EDM Album Releases To Look Forward To in 2014

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As EDM’s popularity continues to grow in 2014, many artists and record labels have started preparing for their upcoming album releases. Here are some of our most highly anticipated album releases to look forward to in the 2014 year including The Crystal Method, Max Graham, Circus 2.5, Gareth Emery and many more.
 

January 2014 Album Releases

Release: Circus 2.5
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Record Label: Circus Records

 
Release: The Crystal Method
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Record Label: Tiny e

 
Release: Max Graham Cycles 5
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Record Label: Armada Music

 
Release: Fabriclive 73: Pangaea
Release Date: January 20, 2014
Record Label: Fabric

 
Release: Savoy – Self Predator
Release Date: January TBA

 

February 2014 Album Releases

Release: Boys Noize – Out Of The Black Remixes
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Record Label: BoysNoize

 
Release: Archie Pelago – Lakeside Obelisk
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Record Label: Archie Pelago Music
 
Release: Garnier – AF 0490 EP
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Record Label: Still Music
 
Release: The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Record Label: Glass Air

 
Release: 10 Years of Phonica
Release Date: February 17, 2014
Record Label: Phonica
 
Release: Big Gigantic – The Night Is Young
Release Date: February TBA

 

March 2014 Album Releases

Release: Tensnake – Glow
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Record Label: EMI

 
Release: Jack Beats Fabriclive
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Record Label: Fabric
 
Release: Tycho – Awake
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Record Label: Ghostly International
 
Release: Duck Sauce – Quack
Release Date: March TBA
Record Label: Casablanca

 
Release: Thomas Azier – Hylas
Release Date: March TBA
Record Label: Casablanca
 

April 2014 Album Releases

Release: Chromeo – White Women
Release Date: April 22
Record Label: Atlantic


 

Other Notable Album Releases in 2014:

Above & Beyond Acoustic Album

Nero

Bondax’s Debut Album

Paul van Dyk’s Politics of Dancing 3

Deadmau5′s upcoming Album

Adventure Club

AraabMuzik

PRYDA 10 Years

Andy Caldwell

Porter Robinson Debut Album on Astralwerks

Adrian Lux’s Album this Spring

Carli XSX’s Album this Spring

Cash Cash’s Debut Album this Spring

David Guetta’s Album this Summer

Gramatik’s The Age of Reason this Winter

Gareth Emery

 

[Source: Big Shot Mag]