Quick Sprout
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Ask any North-American male aged 17-30 whether he's heard of Dollar Shave Club (DSC). He’ll probably say, “Yeah.” And it’s not just dudes who know about DSC. A lot of women know about it too because they’ve bought subscriptions for the men in their lives. Dollar Shave Club is a classic example of startup that blew upin a good way. What was one of the first signs of their success? A video. A viral video. If you havent seen it, you ought to check it out: The company's launch video, casually titled “Our Blades Are F**king Great,” quickly became a sensation on the web. With punchlines and gags to suit a variety of tastes, the video racked up nearly 5 million views within the first 90 days. The company’s founder, Michael Dubin, had a few aces up his sleeve to help create a professionally cut video. The CEO studied performing arts at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in New York, where he learned to use the power of comedy to capture the attention of an audience.
The Week
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Last year left everyone wanting brows to rival those of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, with many women wondering how to achieve that extra-natural fullness without sacrificing half an hour every morning. The answer may exist in "micro-blading", a technique that uses a super fine micro-blade to etch lines into the skin that flow in the same direction as your own hairs. The results can last for up to 18 months, which beats the duration of other semi-permanent hacks, such as the Wunderbrow gel . Permanent makeup artist extraordinaire, Tracie Giles, is an expert when it comes to brow grooming, with over 25 years of professional experience and a collection of premier spas all over London. Technicians are recruited globally to work in her Knightsbridge clinic, which offers the treatment for up to £595. Video of Angel Studio use mircoblading to create the perfect eyebrows Micro-blading consultation with Tracie Giles can be booked here Bolder make-up Make-up bags benefit from a complete shake-up every once in a while and there's no better time than the present.
Collective Evolution
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The Huffington Post
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They profess to want to help Haiti, Syria and the Sudan, while obsessing over their petty problems to a degree that makes them incapable of considering another person's plight. A few years ago, Narcissistic Personality Disorder was removed from the psychiatric disorder manual known as the DSM, one could argue largely because the traits were too prevalent. Unlike the DSM, it is my belief we need to diagnose the sickness of narcissism that ails society and work together to create a world that values and rewards hard work, accomplishment and selflessness. In a time when people gravitate towards protected bubbles, entitled Millennials desperately need to connect with a diversity of values and opinions. To gather the strength to tackle the challenges the Baby Boomer and early Gen X generation of parents caused the Millennials with overpraise and helicopter parenting, a young person with intentions of success needs to decide to want to care about others, (This may shock some snowflakes) including the people with different beliefs and values.
PCWorld
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Now that Samsung has finally come clean on the cause of the Galaxy Note7 fires that spawned a global recall and a months-long flight ban , the focus can finally turn from blame to prevention. To safeguard against future issues, Samsung has implemented an 8-point Battery Safety Check Test , which “involves putting our batteries through extreme testing, inside and out, followed by careful inspection by X-ray and the human eye.” The extensive tests will be performed before all new devices that ship in an effort to create a new standard for battery safety. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Event Chronicle
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For those who dont know here is a small excerpt from RT about what she blew the whistle on: “Manning faced up to 90 years in prison for passing on more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. She was later arrested in Iraq in May of that year. She also leakedCollateral Murdervideo, which shows a US helicopter attack in Baghdad in which at least nine non-combatants were killed, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver.” Then we had the CIA, due to publish pressure, create an online database titled CREST to access nearly 13 million documents they declassified a while back but were only accessible on 4 computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Many have gone through these files and found information pertaining to MK Ultra, UFO sightings, the STARGATE Program among other damaging information about the CIA’s operations.
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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That decade also saw the debut of AARON, a bot that could create original both abstract and representational artwork, which was exhibited -- among other venues -- at the Tate Gallery, Stedelijk Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Despite all of the very recent talk of self-driving cars, the technology behind them actually dates back to the 1980s, as well. In 1989, Carnegie Mellon professor Dean Pomerleau created ALVINN -- “Autonomous Land Vehicle In a Neural Network” -- a military-funded vehicle that was powered to limitedly self-operate with computer control. The 1990s - early 2000s Consumer-Facing Bots The following decade saw a major shift in bots in becoming increasingly consumer-facing. Some of the earliest computer games are often thought of as primitive consumer-facing bots, especially those in which players had to type in commands to progress -- though no one can really seem to remember what any of them were called .
BoingBoing
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PressTV News
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Hackaday
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At the least, it takes a very long time to get results with a slow centrifuge. [M. Saad Bhamla] and his colleagues at Stanford started brainstorming on this problem. They thought about toys that rotate, including a yo-yo. Turns out, those don't spin all that fast, either. Then they considered a whirligig. We had forgotten what those are, but it is the real name for a toy that has a spinning disk and (usually) a string. When you pull on the string, the disk spins and the more you pull, the faster the disk spins. These actually have an ancient origin appearing in medieval tapestries and almost 2,500 years ago in China. [Bhamla] found that how the toy worked was poorly understood (from a scientific standpoint) and took pictures of one in operation with a high-speed camera. The team was able to create the paperfuge, a human-powered centrifuge that would spin at 125,000 RPM, enough to separate plasma from blood in under two minutes and isolate malaria parasites in 15.
Collective Evolution
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( source ) This means that fasting kills off old and damaged immune cells, and when the body rebounds, it uses stem cells to create brand new, completely healthy cells. We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system. . . . When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged. What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. – Valter Longo, corresponding author ( source ) One well-known option is the 5:2 Diet. On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), along with plenty of water and tea.
Mondoweiss
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I understood, firsthand, what it means to hold the monopoly of violence. Later, policemen riding horses were brought in to compound the Tennysonian impression. The police’s leadership even built a tent on a nearby hill, from where they too, could admire the might of their men. Does adding the tent to the rendition produce an account more reminiscent of Roman Empire style furore? As the policemen charged past, the inevitable gunfire began. It was still dark and there was a lot of tear gas being dealt out. There was chaos and the incessant, single, mournful drone of a car horn that seemed to sound on for eternity. Rumors were that a dead man was slumped forward on his car horn. This only made the sound less bearable. Together with an equally bleary-eyed Bedouin family, I was quickly escorted to a perimeter the police had established to create a “sterile zone” for the demolition.
Hackaday
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We've seen a lot of retro builds around the Z80. Not many are as neatly done or as well-documented as [dekeNukem's] FAP80 project. Before you rush to the comments to make the obvious joke, we'll tell you that everyone has already made up their own variation of the same joke. We'll also tell you the name is a cross between an old design from [Steve Ciarcia] called the ZAP80 and a reference to the FPGA used in this device. [dekeNukem] says his goal was to create a Z80 computer without all the baggage of using period-correct support chips. You can argue about the relative merits of that approach versus a more purist build, but the FAP80 has a 5 slot backplane, VGA output, a PS/2 keyboard port and more. You can see one of many videos showing the machine below. The machine started out hand-wired but because of noise issues, it is now on a printed circuit board.
The Huffington Post
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Seminal works like Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us to My Gender Workbook to Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws largely led to Bornstein helping to create the foundation for gender theory today. In conjunction with this talk, Hammel recently released an EP called Very Great and is continuing to charm people around the world with her impressive monologue show HammCast on YouTube . The interview is available in full above. Bornsteain also had some advice for all young LGBTQ people the nation heads into the presidency of Donald Trump. Well, first its important that we eat well and get enough sleep, she said. Really. This is a time of high level anxiety and if we are hungry or tired, we will become the effect of bad news and be unable to rise above it.
BoingBoing
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Core77
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" I love how this is a more accessible version of those Tibetan Sand Mandalas, where they create an elaborate artwork and then destroy it. 2. "Common Sense." "Don't do to someone what you wouldn't want done to yourself." This, and Australian hardiness, is presumably how injuries are avoided. 3. Only Recycled Cardboard Allowed. It's fun…and eco-friendly! 4. Kids Get the Armor Afterwards While participants must be 18 or older, after a battle is concluded children from the audience swarm onto the battlefield to plunder. This fourth Boxwars rule states that "Warriors are requested to forfeit their armour (intact, damaged or destroyed) to any minor who desires it post battle. Kids are the next generation of warriors, and although they cannot participate until they are older, the flame is passed in this ritual of Boxwars." To that end, the group also regularly hosts workshops for kids, where they help them realize their own cardboard pieces.
The Huffington Post
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2. Use a fork to break down the mince and add the sugar and salt. Mix this through so it covers the mince and add the corn starch too. 3. Add 2 tblsp soy sauceand mix once again, then follow with the chicken powder for additional seasoning. 4. Finely chop 2 bunches of garlic cloves and add this to the pork too. Now it's time to really mix this through well as it will add a powerful flavour punch! 5. Prepare the sauce to add to your dumplings by mixing: 1 x teaspoon of flour, ½ cup water and 2 tblsp of white vinegar together. Leave to the side. 6. Get a Chinese dumpling wrapper and scoop up a tablespoon of pork mix and place it into the centre of your wrapper. 7. You can then close it in half by wetting the edges of the wrapper and folding it together. If you want to get the pleated detail to make it look a little more authentic, you need to carefully close in the edges and create the pleats until you reach the middle.
Adweek
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What were excited about is learning how to tell stories in a much more impactful way. He added: This project, Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees, is something weve been working on for the last eight years. ... The capacity to use virtual reality to shrink the viewer down to the size of the honey bee so they can fly around and see whats actually going on for bees and ultimately learn what they can do to make a difference in the plight of the honey bee is really exciting to us. To create the VR experience, which will ultimately be between three and five minutes, Häagen-Dazs tapped digital content strategy shop Reach Agency. Rollout plans for the effort are still in the works, but it will be released some time in the summer. Häagen-Dazs may look for media partners to help launch it. With Brand Storytelling here we thought this was a great platform to showcase the innovation that Nestlé is doing around this, said Gabe Gordon, managing partner of Reach Agency.
BoingBoing
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For the video, Kid Koala teamed up with "chemical puppeteer" Karina Blea whose work is described as "an ultraviolet study of chemical theatrics under a microscope." The slowly changing, minimalist liquid world of colored drips, languid swirls, and chemical reactions is a perfect compliment to the insistent rhythms of the music and Torrini's melancholy vocals sweetly swimming over the top. https://youtu.be/u8JLozxxGrg Kid Koala says that he was inspired to do this project by the go-to records he listens to whenever he's drawing and working on his art. He wanted to create such a piece himself. He and his record company, Arts & Crafts Records, have even gone so far as to release a deluxe version of the CD which comes in an 80-page sketchbook so that you too can draw along to the music.
Core77
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Universe Today
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org), select the ISS and create a simulated, detailed path. Created with Stellarium Even if you never go to the trouble of identifying a direct hit, you can still use the transit finder to compile a list of cool lunar close approaches that would make for great photos with just a camera and tripod. The Transit Finder isn't the only way to predict ISS flybys. Some observers also use the excellent satellite site, CalSky . Once you tell it your location, select the Lunar/Solar Disk Crossings and Occultations link for lots of information including times, diagrams of crossings, ground tracks and more. I use Stellarium (above) to make nifty simulated paths and show me where the Moon will be in the sky at the time of the transit. When you've downloaded the free program, get the latest satellite orbital elements this way: * Move you cursor to the lower left of the window and select the Configuration box * Click the Plugins tab and scroll down to Satellites and click Configure and then Update * Hover the cursor at the bottom of the screen for a visual menu.
Core77
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Digital Trends
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Most VR films use techniques that are more animated and interactive to create the most immersive experience possible. As the VR film Dear Angelica demonstrates, artists are nothing if not creative and illustration is also an effective VR medium. The post Dear Angelica' proves that illustrations can make for compelling VR cinema appeared first on Digital Trends .
The Huffington Post
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