Wandering Eye: Good news for local tennis fans, a 'marketplace for privilege,' and more

The French singer Siska's profile has been raised considerably by Guillaume Panariello's video of her song 'Unconditional Rebel.' The footage is indeed remarkable: Shot in 5 seconds from a passing car, it features a montage of people doing oddball stuff on a barren field in an industrial park in France. There's a flying cat, kids blowing bubbles, a confetti battle, a flaming barbeque grill, a crazed bride with a chainsaw, and the like, and the resulting footage is slowed down, with some digital elements added, to produce three and a half minutes of curious fascination. No wonder it's been viewed 2.2 million times since it was first uploaded last month. Thanks to Baltimore filmmaker Richard Chisholm for pointing it out. (Van Smith)

 

These brilliant disruptors (Kasima Tharnpipitchai, Larisa Berger, and Margaux Poupard) have created the ultimate app: "Well Deserved," a marketplace for privilege. Here's the video. Combining the best attributes of such favorites as Squatbot, Haystack, and Uber, "Well Deserved" carries today's mania for feckless shit-headery boldly into the end zone, and then does an outrageous, irritating, and probably illegal dance there, engendering a five-yard penalty, about which it gives exactly zero fucks. It could not be better or truer to the spirit of Silicon Valley today: Their business model is "Venture capitalists will give us money." (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Baltimore tennis fans rarely get a glimpse of world-class players. The closest we generally get is the Citi Open, which comes to Washington, D.C. every August. And in recent years, even the Citi Open has failed to draw big-time players—last year's top two seeds were the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych and Canada's Milos Raonic (Raonic beat his countryman Vasek Pospisil in the final). But today, Citi Open officials announced that this year's tournament will feature two of the top-5 players in the world, including two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray from the U.K. and Japanese U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori, who's rocketed to the top of the tennis world in the last year or so. As The Washington Post points out, no player ranked higher than fifth in the world has played the D.C. tournament, formerly called the Legg Mason Open, since Andre Agassi played it as world No. 1 in 2003. The Post, who talked to Murray for its story, also reported that the Scot will come to Baltimore during his trip to the area to visit Under Armour headquarters. Murray inked a four-year sponsorship deal with UA in December. (Evan Serpick)

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