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Rain, a ballgown, and the world's most heartbreaking Missed Connection from 1972.
Little girl is devastated to discover Adam Levine is married
A young girl is very upset to hear that Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is actually married.
Origami Wishing Stars (aka. Lucky Stars )
These little guys are so darn cute!Use them to fill a mason jar or an empty wine bottle for decoration, or string them on a string to make a garland, or to create a little mobile... options are infinite!
Newlyweds bill no-show wedding guests $75 for dinner
A bride and groom sent a bill for $75 to guests who didn't show up to their wedding, despite RSVPing ... which isn't too awkward, or anything.
Enthusiastic toddler has convincing debate with mom about naptime
This toddler will eventually nap, but he's not going down without a fight.
Listen to Will Smith's first new song in 10 years
Rap megastar and greatest actor of our generation* Will Smith has released his first song in 10 years. Only it's not technically Big Will's song. The track, "Fiesta," is actually the work of...
It's Peeple: The app where you review other humans — without their consent
Described by the founders as a "positivity app," Peeple allows users to rate and search humans.
A social media guru's daily, weekly and monthly checklist
Hmm, I feel like I’m forgetting something. OK, where to begin? These thoughts will sometimes race through my head when I’m sitting down to focus on social
Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone
N,o the iPhone 6S isn't completely waterproof. But it probably won't die if you drop it in the toilet.
Why Sonos thinks you're ready for a $500 speaker in your home
Sonos wants to fill your home with music, but can they get you to pay up?
Using a Raspberry Pi to give your car more features
[Andrei] is cruising in style thanks to his Raspi-powered CarPC project , which is a steal at $200 considering all the functionality it provides. This is an update to the work we saw from him back in March . Rather than completely replace his car’s head unit, [Andrei] simply relocated it to the trunk, permanently set it to the “aux input” source, and connected the Raspberry Pi’s audio output. The Pi runs a Raspbian Wheezy distro with XBMC and is mounted in the storage area beneath the middle armrest. [Andrei] filled the hole left by the old stereo with a 7-inch touchscreen display, which connects to the Pi through both HDMI and USB. If you throw the car into reverse, the Pi automatically selects the touchscreen’s AV input to display the car’s backup camera, then flips back when put in drive.
Wunderlist for Windows 10 lets you add to-dos with Cortana
The desktop app has got a nice visual refresh with flatter design elements. The sidebar and detail view that shows sub-tasks and due dates have been updated, and there’s a new title bar that lets you know which list you’re adding tasks to.
Here’s Doom running on Apple TV and Apple Watch
“So we had a 10-hour hackathon in our Facebook Tel-Aviv office, and the idea was to hack around iOS stuff,” Tubi wrote on the YouTube page. “Apple has released beta versions for watchOS 2 that lets you run native apps on the watch and we thought it could be fun to port Doom over to it!”
This guy bought Google.com for $12 - CNET
Google.com temporarily had a new owner on Tuesday. Former Googler Sanmay Ved says he successfully purchased the Internet's most visited website for as much as a fancy sandwich.
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
The price of shame
"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
Science Knowledge Quiz
Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
What the Dalai Lama can teach us about living well
He may seem a surprising source for such guidance. People around the world admire his wisdom and compassion and are drawn by his charisma. But few realize his value as a futurist who ponders our problems and their solutions globally and over centuries, a visionary who senses what we will need to meet the demands of our coming reality.
Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.
Portable Pizza Pouch necklace exemplifies the spirit of innovation
For $8.00, customers get a triangular plastic pouch with a zip-locked top. The pouch is fitted with detachable necklace for hands-free wearing, meaning pizza lovers can walk around all morning with lunch hanging around their necks.
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What’s Really Hot on Dating Sites? Proper Grammar
Ah the grammar nazis. Most people don't write well. Most dating site profiles are mind numbingly boring. Of course you will stand out if your write well. But picking at grammar is not the same thing as wanting something that is well written. Grammar is much more about the ability to follow rules, great writing is being able to clearly and forcefully express what someone feels and thinks. When you're in a rush, your autocorrect can hit the there's vs. theirs. Most people who are grammar nazis are just too uptight for me. When you read something, your brain fills in the meaning. What matters is does this person know how to write and express themselves, and most importantly have something interesting to express
Diabolical little girl held an owl and the Internet had a Photoshop field day
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18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once
"Tending to more books than anyone could read in a lifetime – from international bestsellers to a remarkable showing of local authors, BookKids to MysteryPeople—plus almost daily events and a quirky collection of toys, BookPeople’s wonderful staff are on their toes expanding horizons and making literary dreams come true," the Austin Chronicle raves .
How not to be ignorant about the world
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
Falling in love is the easy part
Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?
This Facebook 'privacy notice' is a hoax, and you shouldn't bother sharing it
As of September 28th 11:30 am Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste
Depression, the secret we share
"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
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Tesla's first Model X electric SUVs sell for $132k
If the giant view of the road ahead bores you, there's a 17-inch touchscreen that'll pull together media playing, navigation and cabin control. (We think the latter means HVAC). In other firsts, the Model X is the first EV to have a 5,000-pound tow capacity. It's a proper SUV, yet promises a rush of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The built-in 90 kWh battery on the signature model promises a run of 250 miles on a single charge. As long as you're not playing with the doors all day, presumably.
What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation
1. Are you willing?
I’ve worked with mediation services that help people in a dispute with their neighbor, partner or colleague. By analyzing hundreds of calls between mediators and their potential clients, it became clear that some callers don’t really want mediation; they want a lawyer, police officer or housing company to arrest, evict or otherwise constrain the other party’s behavior. They have been referred to mediation as a last resort, and many callers reject it on the basis that the other party is the “kind of person who won’t mediate.” Without knowing how to overcome that hurdle, the call is over and the client is lost. However, I found that when mediators asked people if they would be “willing” to mediate, even resistant callers agreed to try the service. “Willing” was significantly more effective than other phrasing such as “might you be interested in mediation?” — and it was the only word that achieved a total turnaround from “no” to “yes.” My theory: it works because if the other party is the kind of person who won’t mediate, then the caller must be the kind of
Forget blades, the Skarp razor wants you to shave with lasers - CNET
The Skarp Laser Razor is supposed to use a laser to give a close shave with less irritation. And, since its blade lasts a long time, fewer razors would end up in landfills.
12 Social Media Marketing Trends for Small Business
Facebook’s domination of social media marketing despite the fact that most marketers are uncertain of its impact should concern small businesses. Without the benefit of a marketing team creating a strategy complete with goals and measurement, small businesses have a harder time evaluating marketing efforts. They may have simply embraced the notion pushed by marketing agencies and media that Facebook is THE place to be, an inexpensive way to market to a targeted audience. As a relatively new marketing platform with plenty of buzz, Facebook’s hype could be clouding its true potential for small business.
Google and NASA are getting a new quantum computer
The famous Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is getting some powerful new hardware. A joint project between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association, the Quantum AI Lab today announced a multiyear agreement to install a D-Wave 2X, a state-of-the-art quantum processor released earlier this year . With over 1,000 qubits, the machine is the most powerful computer of its kind, and will be put to work tackling difficult optimization problems for both Google and NASA.
Teachers open up about the (mostly lousy) economics of their dream job
Much of the recent discussion about inequality has focused on the very rich (the 0.01%) or the very poor (the bottom billion or so). But what about those people who are somewhere in the middle? Through the TED-Ed network, we asked 17 public school teachers working in locations from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo, to tell us what they earned last month, and to give us a sense of how they spent their salaries. We chose to focus on public school teachers, because the way these educators are treated says something about national priorities, the economic climate, and a country’s vision for the future. The teachers’ responses show that it really doesn’t matter where you are — certain worries and goals are universal. Note, answers were lightly edited for space and meaning.
It's not Wi-Fi Assist using all your data, it's your settings
If you're going over your data limit, it's more likely because of bad settings — not WiFI-Assist. In the almost three months I've been using iOS 9, I have never seen it kick on — even when I was on an overloaded network and wished that it would. Unless you live or work somewhere that has a really poor Wi-Fi signal, then it's safe to leave it on. If you insist on turning it off, you can by heading to Settings —> Cellular and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
6 Surprising Insights Of Successful Employee Engagement
I'm hearing a lot lately about "employees needing to take responsibility for their own engagement & career development," & think companies would be wise to not put too much weight into it. While workers are indeed wise to self-develop (e.g. via classes, reading, new degrees & credentials) companies that intentionally develop their people & actively support them in their growth ambitions will be rewarded with far greater loyalty. People who independently advance their capabilities are far more likely to jump to a competitor than those who had encouragement to maximize their human potential along the way. We reap what we sow!
Why we laugh
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of cracking up.
The nine most important things from Google's Nexus event
There weren't many surprises in Google's event today — everything from detailed phone specs to news of a Spotify Chromecast deal leaked in the past few weeks. But the company announced a hard date for its Android Marshmallow release, and it offered some much-needed hardware refreshes, including two new Nexus phones, an updated Chromecast, and an all-new Chromecast for streaming music. There wasn't a lot of experimentation here — with a few exceptions, like a new fingerprint sensor for the Nexus line — but that also means we got a lot of welcome news about Google's more practical products.
A newly discovered router virus actually fights off malware
Routers are among the most hackable devices out there — rarely updated, easily compromised, and almost never scanned for viruses. But a new router virus might actually be making the devices safer, according to a report from the security firm Symantec . Dubbed Linux.Wifatch, the bug behaves like a regular virus from the outside: infecting the device, operating undetected, and coordinating actions through a peer-to-peer network. But instead of performing DDoS attacks or looking for sensitive data, Wifatch's main role seems to be keeping other viruses out. It stays up to date on virus definitions through its peer-to-peer network, deletes any malware discovered, and cuts off other channels malware would typically use to attack the router. In short, Wifatch is actually protecting its victims.
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Find the Right Expert for Any Problem
Once you’ve tried pyramiding, it becomes a whole new way of thinking about people and knowledge. It has become our go-to method of searching for expertise. In one case, when we needed an expert in the market-analysis method known as adaptive conjoint analysis, we launched a pyramid search that connected us with people around the globe. The funny thing is that it eventually led us to an expert whose office was two floors below ours in our own institution. Pyramids take strange shapes sometimes.
Larry Wilmore for president: Keeping it 100 on 2016
I'm very upset because, first of all, you're painting everybody into one category. Somebody asked him a question about the black vote. He's just assuming that black people just want some free shit, that they're not working, that the whole reason they're voting for the Democratic Party is to get a free ride. That's such bullshit. I was taught from a very early age that I had to work twice as hard to get half as much. That was the world I grew up in — a very strong work ethic. My family is from the Midwest; that's what blacks have always had to do. This notion that black people want a free ride or this other notion that women and gays want to coalesce ... to have some type of victimhood to kind of get a leg-up in the oppression race is ridiculous, too. I just found it so out of touch, so misguided. And really, a lot of that talk comes from talking points that [people] just believe and use as their starting point, which is bullshit in the first place. Any voting group has an interest that they want from politicians. That's why politicians have to talk to different people. But to reduce the black interest to free stuff is so insulting.
Tastemaker: How Spotify’s Discover Weekly cracked human curation at internet scale
It’s still humans who are doing the song selection and arranging, but instead of outside experts, it’s users like you and me. Generating a human-curated playlist for each of Spotify’s users would be a challenge of mammoth proportion. "We probably can’t hire enough editors to do that," says Ogle. So Spotify uses each of its users as one cog in a company-wide curatorial machine. "The answer was staring us in the face: playlists, since the beginning, have been more or less the basic currency of Spotify. Users have made more than 2 billion of them." In effect, Discover Weekly sidesteps the man versus machine debate and delivers the holy grail of music recommendation: human curation at scale.
Apple OS X El Capitan review: Useful new features, streamlined refinements
Click an app on the desktop in El Capitan and drag it up to the top of your screen, and you'll automatically enter Mission Control, where you can drop the app onto another desktop. That's a simple tweak, but one that saves you precious seconds, and then gets back out of your way. Mission Control has itself been streamlined: When you're just trying to get a bird's eye view of your desktop, the other spaces you're running in the background will be condensed to their titles. You won't get the full thumbnail until you actually mouse up to the bar -- the space you're saving won't mean much on an iMac or 15-inch MacBook Pro , but the change is well in line with El Capitan's focus on keeping things simple.
Google is on the brink of AI capable of natural conversation and even flirtation – scientist
The above is a linear analysis, and furthermore the decade estimate is way too conservative. Instead, expect to see dramatic progress as new ideas and tools (like the D-Wave quantum computer) cause the progress to explode exponentially. The Singularity is coming (faster than you and the experts think). Furthermore, even the top experts fail to realize the unique rewards that come from having the first ASI (artificial super intelligence). This is a race like none other, and the stake are unimaginably high. Too bad the whole system of thought is so ossified.
How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health
Yet despite all the benefits to mind, body, and society, plenty of people find it hard to sit down and start reading. It seems like we just don’t have the time to read more. We have work and family commitments; we have smartphone pings and social media mentions to respond to. But both Billington and Wilkinson say you can become a more committed reader—and reap the major benefits of reading—without putting your life on hold and locking yourself in a library. Here’s how:
The model minority is losing patience
MICHAEL WANG, a young Californian, came second in his class of 1,002 students; his ACT score was 36, the maximum possible; he sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration; he got third place in a national piano contest; he was in the top 150 of a national maths competition; he was in several national debating-competition finals. But when it came to his university application he faced a serious disappointment for the first time in his glittering career. He was rejected by six of the seven Ivy League colleges to which he applied.
Back to the Future is coming to Amazon Prime Video for the month of October
As any good fan of temporal displacement will tell you, October 21st is the 30th anniversary of the first successful manned time travel experiment — featuring a teenager named Martin McFly. To commemorate the event (and the 30th anniversary of the movie series in which it happened), the Back to the Future trilogy is coming to Amazon Prime Video for a limited run starting October 1st. That means fans of the series will be able to watch the original Back to the Future to see how goofy the '50s were, its sequel to see how disappointing modern takes on hoverboards truly are , and the third and final film — to learn, I suppose, that we just needed steam and a big train to jump through time in the first place.
Novel malware dupes victims with fake blue screen of death | ZDNet
The group uses BSOD to reel in potential victims as a social engineering technique. The security company found attackers bidding on popular phrases through Google's AdWords advertising space, including the YouTube keyword to display their adverts at the top of the search engine. This link is meant to go to the designated YouTube URL, but instead, clicking on this advert leads to a convincing web page complete with the BSOD image.
Libraries at the Crossroads
American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.
Scientists Use a Shadow Network That's 1000x Faster Than Your Internet
Of course, you need to be doing something more important than downloading all four seasons of Game of Thrones on this fast set of fiber optic cables. The Energy Sciences Network , or ESnet, is supervised by the Department of Energy for research use. Scientists handling huge datasets from, say, the Large Hadron Collider or the Human Genome Project, may have access to the network. In addition to being an operating network, writes Klint Finley in Wired , "ESnet is a test bed where scientists can explore new ideas before setting them loose on the commercial internet."
Winds Of Change At Dyson
A few hours after I meet with Dyson in his office, I stand with engineer Mike Aldred at the edge of a small model living room the company uses to show off new technology. He places Dyson’s latest product, an autonomous vacuum cleaner known as the 360 Eye—referred to around Malmesbury simply as "the Robot"—on the carpet. The vacuum, which has been in the works for more than 15 years and will go on sale in Japan in December, and in Europe and the U.S. early next year, is identifiably a Dyson creation, with a digital motor and familiar cyclone cones visible inside a see-through bin. At the same time, the device is clearly a major leap forward for Dyson into computer programming, software design, the Internet of Things. "It was a very, very steep learning curve," Aldred says. "When we first started out on the robot, we had great motor teams but not a lot of electronics expertise."
Hands-On With the World’s First Flexible Wearable
The devices will eventually run on an Android-based OS, but the ones we handled had been programmed to cycle through a series of non-actionable patterns and hypothetical screen layouts. One of them actually froze up while we were playing with it—a software issue Inagaki assured us, as he scooped up the device and ran it out of the room to be rebooted. And while we were encouraged to play with most aspects of the device—its endlessly entertaining flexibility, its clasping mechanism, the removable links of its metal wristband—Inagaki politely requested we stop short of fastening them around our wrists. “We’re going to release some official images soon that feature people wearing the device,” he said, referring to the importance of first impressions when unveiling a commercial product. (You’ll notice the Wove Band website features no images of anyone actually wearing the thing—the first images that feature the device as a worn object will surely be carefully vetted and painstakingly tailored for public consumption.)
The Portuguese Miracle: Young Entrepreneurs Lead Country Out of Crisis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Establishing the operation was no easy task, considering that, right at the time the Independente opened, the conservative government increased sales tax from 13 to 23 percent. The tax hike forced many family run-businesses to close, but the Independente not only persevered, it also managed to grow, with the brothers since purchasing a neighboring building and now employing a total of 120 workers. D'Eca Leal's success is the product of his own creative initiative. But he has also been helped along by a government program that funds internships for young unemployed people that pays for half of their costs for nine months. The only condition with the government program is that at least one out of three interns must be hired as a permanent employee at the end of the program. "We are able to train people for half the cost and then we can handpick the best ones," says D'Eca Leal.
British guy jokes about leaving girlfriend for 'Fifa 16,' gets told
#ByeBrad has spread all the way from the UK to India in recent days, after a couple from Essex had a four-word Twitter exchange that went viral in a big, big way.
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You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Army veteran Chris Mintz is the Oregon shooting hero we should be talking about
But details have emerged that Mintz risked his own life to stop the killer. Family members and witnesses say Mintz rushed to the front of his own classroom and blocked the door to keep the gunman from entering. He was shot several times and had to undergo emergency surgery .