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Elon Musk names baby after plane made famous by Call of Duty killstreak

Published: 6/May/2020 21:57

by Theo Salaun


Elon Musk and girlfriend Claire “Grimes” Boucher have welcomed a new baby boy into the world and named him X Æ A-12, with the lattermost part referencing an aircraft that most gamers will remember from Call of Duty.

Many have wondered what the eclectic Musk and Grimes pairing would name their first child together. While this is Grimes’ first, Elon’s five other children have had relatively common names: Griffin, Xavier, Kai, Saxon and Damian.

But this baby is named X Æ A-12, which is…unique.


To explain her son’s name, Grimes Tweeted that X references the unknown variable, Æ: her “elven spelling of Ai,” A-12: a precursor to the couple’s favorite aircraft and A: her favorite song, Archangel (by Burial).

While the recovering mother mistakenly referenced the S-17 jet, Musk corrected that it was the S-71—a plane that many of today’s FPS players will recall from Call of Duty: Black Ops.

While the Lockheed A-12 was only used in flying missions from 1967 to 1968, it is considered a direct predecessor of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a reconnaissance jet used by both the United States Air Force and NASA from 1966 to 1999. 

The S-71 Blackbird killstreak, as seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops.


In Black Ops, the SR-71 was an eight-kill killstreak that performed much like the Advanced UAV in today’s Modern Warfare—enabling players to see their opponents’ positions, even those with Ghost equipped, and the directions in which they are facing.

Unlike the Advanced UAV, the SR-71 showed players in real time, instead of periodically, and could not be shot down.

In real life and in-game, the A-12 and subsequent SR-71 are perfect fits for what Musk and Grimes proffer to admire in aircraft: “No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent.” 

US Air Force
The original A-12 jet: fast, light and perfect for reconnaissance.


While the reconnaissance provided by said aircraft served principally violent ends, it is true that neither jet was ever modified for missile usage—despite different design iterations.

The A-12 was the 12th design for the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Archangel” project, and it was smaller, lighter and faster than the SR-71 (containing less fuel and just one seat).

Maybe Grimes and Musk will get even closer to Call of Duty and change X Æ A-12’s name to X Æ SR-71 Blackbird once their child hits their teenage years.


JakeNBake hit with DMCA strike for Kanye song in two-year-old Twitch clip

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 2:43

by Isaac McIntyre


Twitch star Jake “Jake’n’Bake” Abramson has revealed he could be “in danger of losing everything” he’s built on his channel after an old IRL clip from more than two years ago was hit with a DMCA copyright strike due to a Kanye West song.

The ongoing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) drama sweeping across Twitch has spared no one from its reach. The new Twitch crackdown, which sees streamers pinged for licensed music on broadcasts, is the hot topic in the community right now.

One by one, Twitch’s biggest stars have been sucked into the DMCA drama; Imane “Pokimane” Anys was forced to delete her streaming back-catalog last week, and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has called for stars to “unite” against the crackdown.

DragonForce’s Herman Li was also banned after DMCA flagged his own music.

JakeNBake is the latest Twitch streamer to be caught up in the DMCA drama.
Twitch: JakeNBake
Jake’n’Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.

Now, the latest star to find himself on the DMCA frontlines is Jake’n’Bake. The 30-year-old IRL star is one of the Amazon-owned platform’s biggest stars. He boasts nearly 500k followers, but that may now be in danger.

Jake’n’Bake revealed on Oct. 29 that he had been hit with a copyright infringement from Twitch. The kicker? The clip in question was from a May 9 stream all the way back in 2018, which contained just mere seconds of Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself.’

Jake’n’Bake gets DMCA strike for old Twitch clip

“Just to be clear… this is a 30-second clip from two and a half years ago,” Abramson wrote on Twitter soon after receiving the DMCA email.

The Twitch email detailed a “claimed infringement” on Jake’n’Bake’s old 2018 broadcast, where moments of the Kanye West song can be heard. The email warned JakeNBake could have his channel “terminated” if another offense is uncovered.

“It was from an outdoor IRL stream. I probably passed by a shop, or was in a place that was playing the song in the background… I’m now in danger of losing everything,” the Twitch star continued. “How is this even realistic?”

Jake’n’Bake, who admitted on-stream soon after that Twitch is “80% of his life,” is now rushing to clear his entire video back-catalog in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

He also plans to counter-claim, but admitted he was “scared.”

“My fear is if I counter-ping this, and it chimes like a little ‘tick’, and some computer just turns at me and goes through everything like ‘f*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you’… and starts pinging me for everything I’ve ever done! Maybe I should just delete everything so that can’t get me.”

He added later, “It’s kind of nuts how this is just controlling my life now. This was two and a half years ago! I don’t really know what to do except delete everything, which just sucks. There’s nothing else I can really do.”

The DMCA drama, unfortunately, looks set to continue into the foreseeable future on Twitch, with the platform sticking to their guns on the copyright stance.

We can layout the big names hit by the wave so far ⁠— Courage, BrookeAB, Scump, Ninja, Sonii, Mongraal, Lirik… the list goes on ⁠— and there’ll likely be more caught in the crackdown soon. Twitch has yet to comment on the most recent strikes.