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Trusting Your Gut Instincts

Ask anyone if they remember where they ate the juiciest burger, the sweetest cupcake or the smoothest bisque, and they probably can describe the location in great detail, down to the cross streets, the décor, and the table where they sat. A new USC study in Nature Communications gives a possible explanation for food’s prominence in memory.

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The Kroger Co. (KR) reported adjusted net earnings of $ 626 million, or $ 0.73 per share, in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $ 546 million, or $ 0.58 per share, previous year. On average, 24 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.63 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. The company reported net earnings of $ 2.0 billion, or $ 2.37 per share (including convenience store sale gain), in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $ 303 million, or $ 0.32 per share, prior year.
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Kim Kardashian West knows beauty, so when she shares some of her know-how, we make sure to take notes. The beauty icon has been using her app to give us an inside look on the products she uses to achieve her glowing skin and covetable makeup looks and one of her latest picks didn’t disappoint. The mogul opened up about the one product she uses to remove all traces of makeup before bed and the best part is that it’s available at your local drugstore. Better yet? It’s only $ 6.

To remove her makeup, Kim uses Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes.

“One of my secrets to getting it all off is to use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes,” she wrote on her app. “You can get them at any drugstore and they’re only $ 6! I love how soothing they are—plus, they wipe every last bit of your makeup off, so your skin feels SO clean.”

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A modern look with light flooring and dark frames.

Light and playful, this small powder room takes inspiration from nature for a well-balanced and harmonious design. The design is so versatile that this powder room could be part of a cottage OR a transitional/ semi-traditional home! The console sink with chrome legs is modern take on a traditional piece. Combining that with a clean-line and square profile fixture creates a fresh and timeless design. The modernized vintage-style wall lights and large mirror with shiny chrome trim add sparkle and understated elegance to the space. The Amelie tree trunk wallpaper ties in beautifully with a rustic handmade basket and wild flowers in the vase, adding an organic touch to the space.

For a more eclectic look, choose darker flooring with lighter frames.

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Cyber Saturday—China Hack Backs, Laptop Cam Spying, Elon Musk’s Saboteur

Good afternoon, Cyber Saturday readers.

David Sanger at the New York Times has out a new book on cyber espionage and digital intrigue, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. While I have not yet read it, I did catch an excerpt that has been making the rounds on Twitter. The passage reveals new details about how Mandiant, a computer forensics firm founded by Kevin Mandia, a U.S. Air Force veteran, clinched its landmark linking of a Chinese hacking group that had ravaged American corporates in years past and Unit 61398 of the Chinese military. (Hat tip to Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and author of another excellent book, Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History, who tweeted a screenshot of the text.)

Here’s the section in question: “As soon as they detected Chinese hackers breaking into the private networks of some of their clients–mostly Fortune 500 companies–Mandia’s investigators reached back through the network to activate the cameras on the hackers’ own laptops,” Sanger writes. “They could see their keystrokes while actually watching them at their desks.”

When Mandiant released its report on the hacking group, so-called Advanced Persistant Threat 1, or “APT1,” the paper was a bombshell. Now five years later, the firm’s methodology, as revealed by Sanger, has resulted in a second bombshell. If accurate–and it seems to be, given that Sanger describes personally watching over the shoulders of Mandiant’s crew while it spied on the spies–the anecdote suggests that Mandiant engaged, even if mildly, in a “hack back,” a highly controversial and legally dubious countermeasure. (The firm did not immediately respond to Fortune’s request for comment about the incident on Saturday afternoon.)

Critics of hack backs warn that such retaliation could escalate into all-out conflict. Imagine: a private company taking on an entire nation. Such recklessness could draw world powers onto a dangerous collision course. There’s no better review of this audacious activity than this recent story in the New Yorker, which describes its legal ambiguity in detail. And yet no U.S. company has ever been charged for a hack back. As the piece’s author, Nicholas Schmidle, explains, “A former Justice Department official told me recently that the optics would be ‘awfully poor’ if the department prosecuted a company that had retaliated against foreign hackers….’I can’t imagine a jury convicting anyone for that.’”

Neither can I. And speaking of optics, a piece of advice: Cover your webcam. No, it’s not weird or paranoid. It’s a common sense precautionary measure–as prudent as locking one’s door upon leaving home. I use a small, plastic shutter that conveniently slides open should I need to video-chat. Heck, even Mark Zuckerberg uses a piece of tape. Go get one!

Have a great weekend.

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THREATS

Listen, all y’all, this is sabotage. Tesla filed a federal lawsuit against a former technician, Martin Tripp, alleging that he had engaged in hacking and theft at the company. Tripp maintains that the allegations are “flat-out lies” and that he has been made a “scapegoat.” He says he is a whistleblower who leaked details about manufacturing safety issues to reporters. Lots to unpack in this juicy story.

The all-C-I-A-ing eye. Last year the FBI raided the New York apartment of Joshua Schulte, who the government suspects of having leaked CIA hacking documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Vice Motherboard reviewed Schulte’s online presence and found, troublingly, that the former intelligence officer had posted CIA code to a publicly accessible personal website. “Quite simply, Schulte has some of the worst opsec and messiest online presence of anyone I’ve ever reported on,” writes Motherboard’s Jason Koebler.

Location, location, location. All four major U.S. mobile carriers–Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint–said they would stop selling customers’ cellphone location data to third party data brokers. The decision came after a glitch was discovered on the website of a mobile data broker that allowed anyone to access just about any other person’s real-time location in the U.S., simply by knowing that person’s phone number. The companies took action after legislators, like Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), had begun censuring them.

Money, money, money, money. A number of cybersecurity firms raised significant rounds of venture capital funding this week. CrowdStrike raised $ 200 million at a private valuation exceeding $ 3 billion. Cylance raised $ 120 million in a round led by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. And Goldman Sachs led a round in Agari, an email security firm, for $ 40 million.

Tactical pants“–your tax dollars at work, folks.

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ACCESS GRANTED

What does the Firefox say? Most consumers have become inured to the privacy violations that attend web browsing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox web browsers, recently released new versions of its Internet surfing tools, redesigned from the ground up. Maybe, writes the New York Times‘ Brian X. Chen, it’s time for you to reconsider your use of Google Chrome.

The web has reached a new low. It has become an annoying, often toxic and occasionally unsafe place to hang out. More important, it has become an unfair trade: You give up your privacy online, and what you get in return are somewhat convenient services and hyper-targeted ads.

That’s why it may be time to try a different browser…. In the end, Firefox’s thoughtful privacy features persuaded me to make the switch and make it my primary browser.

ONE MORE THING

Quantum of solace. Since the early ’90s, we have known that quantum computers would be capable of solving all math problems that an ordinary, or classical, computer can solve–except much faster. Now a couple of computer scientists has identified a math problem that is solvable only by a quantum computer. The new paper, writes Quanta Magazine, “demonstrates that quantum and classical computers really are a category apart–that even in a world where classical computers succeed beyond all realistic dreams, quantum computers would still stand beyond them.”

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Michael Kay makes fun of fundamentals

The difference between dinosaurs and bunts is that dinosaurs leave bones, proof of their existence. You can’t find evidence of bunts — the buntasaurus — on archeological digs. Monday night, Yanks at the NL Nationals, thus pitchers batted. Yanks’ starter Sonny Gray, who appeared to have some hitting acumen — he’d lined out in the…
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This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air

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This week, we learned that certain World Cup results mean an increase in incidents of domestic violence in the UK, and now, a female journalist reporting from the World Cup in Russia has been assaulted by a fan during a live broadcast. Judith Gonzalez Theran, a Colombian correspondent, was delivering a piece to camera when a fan forcibly kissed and groped her.

The incident, which occurred last week, came to light when Gonzalez Theran’s employer, DW, drew attention to the attack by posting a clip on social media. The network emphasised, ‘Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.’

After the interruption, Gonzalez Theran continued her report, but has addressed the incident online since then, saying, ‘We do not deserve this treatment… we are equally valuable and professional.’

The incident somehow manages to take an even darker turn when Gonzalez Theran appeared to suggest that this assault was premeditated, as her and her crew had been setting up in the location for two hours previously. She revealed, ‘When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation… but afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.’ She added, ‘There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.’

Unfortunately, sexual harassment of female sports reporters is nothing new, and clearly not limited to just football.

Earlier this year, a group of 52 Brazilian sports correspondents banded together and launched a campaign with the slogan #DeixaElaTrabalhar (Let Her Work) to combat harassment from both fans and players when they are working.

On top of this, last year, 21-year-old tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned by the organisers of the French Open for ‘reprehensible behaviour’ after repeatedly trying to kiss a female reporter during an interview, in spite of her clear discomfort.

Time is up.

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President Trump slammed “obstructionist” Democrats Saturday for standing in the way of a legislative fix to illegal immigration. “They think this is a good issue,” he said in a speech to fire up delegates at Nevada’s state GOP convention. “I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border. “I like the…
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4 Essential Tips On How to Improve Credit Scores In 2018

If you have a credit score that you are not proud of then you are not alone. According to Experian, approximately 1/3 of Americans have a “not so good” credit score. In fact we take our credit and credit cards so seriously, one report says more than 7 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their spouse or partner. This breaks down to approximately 4.4 million men and 2.8 million women. And if you fall in that number of Americans with poor or fair credit, don’t be alarmed. Here are four tips that are not outdated, on how to improve your credit score.

1. Check your credit annually

First, it is important to see what is actually on your credit report. Keep in mind, you don’t have to pay for a copy of your credit report but you can obtain a free copy of all three reports at annualcreditreport.com. However, in order to receive your credit score, you may have to pay a nominal fee. Taking time to review your reports is essential. Determine if there are any inaccuracies and if so dispute! This way, negative reporting items could possibly be removed, thus maximizing your overall credit score.

2. Add the positives to your credit score

If you review your credit report and find that an account in good standing has not been reported, take action! In some cases, there may be instances where an account that can actually help boost your credit score was omitted from your report. Consider contacting the creditor and request the information is added. Doing so can also help improve your overall credit score.

3. Use a credit calculator

If you are thinking of making changes to your credit situation, consider using an online calculator first. Credit Karma has a cool calculator to answer “what if” scenarios, such as:

What if I pay off a credit card?
What happens if I increase my line of credit?
What changes will be made to my score if I charge on my credit card?
How many points will my score decrease if I miss a payment?

4. Pay down balances

It also essential to have an understanding of what comprises your credit score. Amounts owed and payment history comprise 65% of your credit score! So with that being said, it is not only important to make certain you make timely payments but it is also essential to be mindful of your credit utilization.

So what does that mean? If you have a credit line of $ 1,000 and used $ 600 of your available credit, your credit utilization is 60%! Not a good idea. Using 30% or less of your credit lines can help improve your credit score.

Lastly, remember, you can boost your credit score yourself. You don’t have to pay tons of money to get your credit together! Don’t be discouraged, keep pressing and keep pushing and one day you will have a score that works best for you!

 

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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) William Byron recently got instruction on the finer points of road racing from two coaches. He also used a simulator, did countless hours of study and drove Saturday in the K&N Pro Series race to prepare for his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

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Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up 0.7 percent on year in May, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday.
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Old Is Gold: What Game Developers Could Learn From Retro RPGs

With the crowdfunding-driven resurgence of retro-style computer RPGs (CRPGs) in recent years, it’s a fantastic time to be a classic CRPG buff. The legends of this medium have captivated players over the decades and shaped the history of an entire game genre.

But the old greats are not just there to be admired and emulated — they’re there to be surpassed. They, and their modern torchbearers, offer game developers much to chew on as we forge toward the next wave of gaming greatness.

Writing Can’t Be an Afterthought


The Myrkul encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.

Ever tried editing a document that’s gone through a few runs of Google Translate? No matter how skilled the editor might be, something’s already been lost in translation. That’s how it is with game writers. All too often they’re called in only after the rest of the game has already been nailed down and told to write sense into it all.

In the spring of 2006, something different went down at Obsidian Entertainment. Work on Neverwinter Nights 2’s first expansion had kicked off, and thanks to time and budget constraints, it was to be a simple hack-and-slash adventure. And that’s what fans would have gotten if writer George Ziets hadn’t pushed for bigger and better.

It took some trust and convincing, as Ziets tells it, but Obsidian approved his far grander vision of individuals challenging the gods and the very order of the universe, accented by deep-dives into faith, love, and mortality. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer far outgrew its original, humble concept to win runner-up on GameBanshee’s 2007 RPG of the Year feature. It remains one of the finest CRPG experiences of the 2000s.

Ziets’s story is a standout case for giving game writers a seat at the development table from the get-go and a free hand to shape a game’s journey. Even if the game isn’t a story-centric one, game developers still shouldn’t de-prioritize the writing. Just look at how titles that led with gameplay and visuals, like Destiny and Mass Effect: Andromeda. They sank into mediocrity on the weakness of their writing. Writers of old CRPGs didn’t just lay mortar between the bricks, they helped plan the wall.

Mind the Barrier to Entry


The final boss encounter from Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter.

CRPGs used to be hardcore, designed for savvy players who knew their spellbooks and bestiaries — and relished a challenge (like in the Icewind Dale games). With their hack-and-slash focus, esoteric Dungeons & Dragons-derived rulesets, and high difficulty curve, Icewind Dale and its sequels were prime examples of older CRPGs’ unforgiving nature. But while challenges can be fun, we can’t all afford the time and energy they demand.

Obsidian understood this when they added a minimal-difficulty option to Pillars of Eternity. According to game director Josh Sawyer, this “dad mode,” as it was nicknamed, was aimed at longtime fans who no longer had as much gaming time. But it’s not just dads — or mums — who benefit from such accommodation.

Gamers have wildly different skill levels and reasons for picking up a game. Some don’t mind, and even enjoy, studying arcane rulesets and retrying tough battles. Others just want — or need — a quicker, less stressful experience. Game devs shouldn’t exclude this chunk of every player base.

It’s about options. No one’s saying devs should “dumb down” a game to make it easy for all. But that sweet spot between substance and accessibility can be pretty elusive. As Pillars demonstrated, the best way to hit that bullseye is for devs to make a game’s barrier to entry more flexible.

Keep What Worked and Make it Better


The battle with the famous Scorpitron in Wasteland 2.

In the real world, nasty behavior has repercussions. Not so in CRPGs, where for a long time, you could sass everyone you met and carry on like a boss — until Pillars of Eternity came along. As the game kept track of your conduct and had characters react to it accordingly, suddenly watching your mouth was the smart thing to do.

Things like this do a lot to enhance CRPG worlds — and they’re not all modern inventions. 1988’s Wasteland went down in gaming history for its multiple-solution approach to obstacles and a story big on choice and consequence. As the director of its 2014 sequel tells it, preserving these elements was a top priority in Wasteland 2’s development. That, along with jazzing up of other elements such as combat, enabled inXile Entertainment to deliver a Game of the Year winner that is lauded as a leading success of the retro RPG renaissance.

This is how we make progress, by carrying forward what worked and building on it. Even retro-style games that sell on nostalgia need some innovation to make them relevant. And that doesn’t just mean innovating on the visual front — that’s a black hole where gamer appetites are concerned. Innovations must carry over to the things that shaped the old greats like gameplay, design, characterization, and more. Game devs need to study and surpass these elements to forge new greats.

It’s only practical to appreciate the great games of past generations. They were great for many reasons. Each title presents a learning opportunity for devs who know what to look for. After all, old may be gold, but even gold needs polishing every once in a while!

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OUTDOOR ORNAMENTS: Guests in the front row of Thom Browne’s men show had the best view of the garden gnomes scattered among the garden set with its flowers, pristine lawn and white picketed fence.
“They’re hilarious, first of all, but I think they’re cool. My mom has a bunch of them,” noted football player Victor Cruz. He looked a little closer — yes, hers were the same.

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“She loves those gnomes in front of the house, it’s so funny,” he said with a grin. The football player has a sneaker project in the works, but all he could say was that a French luxury shoe brand is also involved.
“I can’t talk about it just yet — expect it around the top of the year, early next year—sneakers, that’s what I do,” he teased.
Retired Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, meanwhile, is less involved in fashion these days and more concentrated on traditional Japanese crafts, including making sake.

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The gnomes prompted a chuckle from Pierre Hardy, too. Not so practical in Paris, noted the shoe designer, ruefully. “I am Parisian…I love gardens but am not so good at gardening,” he admitted.

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Android Vs iPhone

Since almost the dawn of on-device app stores, a theme has emerged: third-party app developers tend to focus more on iOS than on Android. The discrepancy began in the very early days of this mobile platform generation and has persisted even today. Despite the fact that Android has a much larger share of the global smartphone market, developers in general seem much more focused on Apple’s iOS platform than on Android. Maybe iPhone users spend money more freely, or perhaps Apple’s developer tools are more attractive. Whatever the case, we always seem to be talking about an iOS application when discussing a new app that’s only available on one platform.

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BUDAPEST—The Hungarian State Opera has cancelled 15 performances of Billy Elliot, after a pro-government newspaper claimed it could ‘turn’ kids gay.

For some Hungarians, it’s a sign of a renewed culture war after the far-right populist Fidesz party won an absolute parliamentary majority in April elections.

While anti-LGBT voices appear to be on top, it’s still not clear who’s winning.

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Dow Jones vs. S&P 500 vs. Nasdaq: A Guide for Future Warren Buffetts


If you’re the kind of person who likes to watch the news, you’re probably more interested in the happenings of the world than the jarbled letters and numbers that tick across your screen.

 

But you’re probably vaguely familiar with them: DJIA, S&P, Nasdaq: You’ve seen them your entire life, but maybe they’ve never served a purpose to you, so you ignore them and continue watching the nightly news.

Then, when the media reports on the stock market, good or bad, you freak out or rejoice accordingly.

The truth is, you can save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety by actually knowing what those terms mean.

You can stop wondering if your media outlet of choice is sensationalizing the story for click-throughs and ratings and know for yourself how the market is doing.

And you can start by knowing about the major stock indexes.

What Is a Stock Index?

A stock index measures a particular group of companies in the stock market. It’s the average price of the stocks for companies in the index. The media reports on the percentage the index’s stocks collectively rise or fall during the trading day.

An index can measure the biggest companies, smaller companies, most frequently traded, companies headquartered in the U.S., or even the whole dang market.

There are almost 100 indexes used to measure the health of the U.S. stock market, and even more to measure markets around the world.

But you don’t need to know them all; just start with these three.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)

The Dow is the price-weighted average of stocks of 30 of the largest companies in the U.S. These companies aren’t necessarily the 30 highest-priced stocks, but they are among the most well-established and influential companies in the market.

So when news anchors say “the market is up today,” they’re usually referring to the Dow Jones average.

The Dow is one of the oldest and best-known indexes in the world. You may have recently heard that General Electric got booted from the Dow after 111 years in the index. GE was an original member of the Dow in 1896 and remained in the index continuously since 1907.

But two names you won’t see in the Dow are Amazon and Google (or rather, Alphabet, Google’s parent company). The S&P Dow Jones Committee says adding stocks with four-digit share prices would distort the index.

And much like the honey badger, Amazon and Google don’t care. They love their high stock prices, and they’d have to create more shares of stock — called stock splitting, which companies often do to make their stock prices look more affordable — to enter the Dow.

Why is it important? The media may rely on the Dow to gauge the market but with tech companies like Amazon and Google refusing to conform to take a seat at the Dow table, many suggest finding a more diverse index to base your opinions on.

S&P 500

Standard & Poor’s 500 — aka the S&P 500 or just “the S&P” if you’re cool — is the index of the largest 500 companies traded in the market. Those companies are picked by the same people who decide what companies are in the Dow.

This is the index used by financial professionals to gauge the health of the market. It’s updated every 15 seconds during trading hours, so it gives clear, up-to-the-minute trends in the economy.

Like right now, over a quarter of the stock in the index are from technology companies.  

The financial sector and health care are second and third, respectively, which is a sobering thought when you think about how your credit card interest and health insurance premiums are helping them get there.

Why is it important? The S&P 500 and the Dow often move in the same direction but the S&P has a more inclusive gauge on the pulse of the market. Keep its six-decade history in mind to help you make personal spending, investing and voting decisions.

P.S. Super investor Warren Buffett bet that a simple S&P 500 index fund could beat the performance of a professionally managed hedge fund over 10 years. That bet won him — and Girls Inc. — $ 2.2 million.

Nasdaq Composite

The Nasdaq Composite includes all of the stocks traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, which is confusing because both the exchange and the index can be referred to as just “the Nasdaq.”

Fun fact: Nasdaq is actually an acronym for the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.

The more you know.

The Nasdaq is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world, second only to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The companies that make up the S&P 500 and Dow Jones are traded on both the NYSE and Nasdaq.

There are several differences between the Nasdaq and NYSE which make the composite an index to follow, with the primary one being that Nasdaq is the home of the technology market. Half of the exchange is made up of tech companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Why is it important? The NYSE is your grandmother’s stock market, less volatile and more reliable. The Nasdaq trades tech companies that are growing, innovative and slightly unpredictable. If you want more technology companies in your portfolio, now you know where to find them.

This article contains general information and explains options you may have, but it is not intended to be investment advice or a personal recommendation. We can’t personalize articles for our readers, so your situation may vary from the one discussed here. Please seek a licensed professional for tax advice, legal advice, financial planning advice or investment advice.

 

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

 

 

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How This Woman Landed Her Gourmet Food Brand at Bloomingdale’s Stores

Genelle Drayton left a 10-year career in sports marketing and entertainment to take the entrepreneurial leap into the culinary industry—a sector where many people of color, particularly women, are underrepresented and underestimated. Drayton’s desire for something more paid off. Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, her mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC. Now she’s also sharing her knowledge and talent to help other “foodpreneurs” by participating in events like the SheChef panel series focused on “The Art of Hustle: Branding, Marketing & Launching Your Product.”

“While I learned a lot within the organization there was no opportunity for growth, said Drayton. I was stagnant. I knew that there was more and I was willing to create a life for myself doing something that I loved, so it was time to go. One day while I was still employed and sitting at my desk, I decided I was going to bake for the holidays and gave away baked goods as gifts. People loved the products and began to place orders with me. Six months later, I took the risk and left corporate America to establish Sweet Dames Artisan Confections.”

Here’s the backstory on how she learned more about the food industry and landed in Bloomingdales, a New York-based high-end department store.

When you made the decision to take a leap of faith, what are the first three things you did to learn about the industry and perfect your craft?

Research, education, and networking. I sought the knowledge of professionals within the industry. I’ve worked with Chef Julian Plyter, who taught me all the necessary steps to establish a legal baking business in New York City, and was his intern. I learned the science of baking and various baking techniques at the Institute of Culinary Education. I’m still perfecting, still learning and discovering ways to improve my business every day.

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Why did you choose gourmet Coconut Macaroons and CocoMallow sandwiches as your niche? 

Initially, when I started my business I was all over the place, custom designed cakes, wedding cakes, custom cookies, you name it I baked it. That, of course, gets old very quickly. My coconut macaroons were always a part of my offerings, but I noticed clients were ordering them as gifts for the holiday season. They appreciated the uniqueness of the product, flavors, and packaging. My event planning experience and relationships in that space definitely helped me. We now offer custom packaging due to an increase in the corporate space.

The idea of the CocoMallow Sandwiches came to me at home, I love the idea of taking something old, traditional, and making it new again with Caribbean flavors and unique pairings. People get really excited about them.

Did you test the market before delving into your business full time? If so, how?

Yes. Pop-up markets were definitely my testing ground. It’s a great way to get your name and product out there, and see how customers respond, what works, what doesn’t.

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How did you land an opportunity to sell your macaroons at Bloomingdales? 

Thank God for relationships, I’ve learned over the years the importance of maintaining them. I know someone that works for them, she started her career a few years ago and was promoted to food buyer. She was aware of my brand, loved the product, and invited me in to pitch the company.

What would you say were the top two deciding factors for Bloomingdale’s buyers to accept your product into stores? How did you prove that there was a demand for your product?

The presentation is everything and that’s what definitely drew them in, but they really appreciated the uniqueness of the product and the packaging, I even converted some folks to coconut lovers. The real test was the trunk shows. I sold the product in their 59th street location and did very well, they were very impressed with my numbers. I’ve since sold at both SoHo and 59th Street Bloomingdale locations and will increase over the next few months.

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IN FASHION: Paris rarely gets to see so many designers in one place. Karl Lagerfeld, Virgil Abloh, Victoria Beckham, Giles Deacon, Haider Ackermann, Kenzo Takada and Chitose Abe were just some of the talents who attended Kim Jones’ debut show for Dior Homme on Saturday at the Garde Républicaine. Guests were greeted by a towering floral statue of KAWS’ BFF character reimagined as Christian Dior and his pooch, and covered in some 70,000 blooms.
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After upsetting reigning World Cup champion Germany in a thrilling 1-0 opening round victory, Mexico looks to continue its success in the 2018 World Cup today when it faces South Korea.

When is the South Korea vs. Mexico World Cup game? Mexico and South Korea are scheduled to play starting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 23. Here are all the other details you need to tune in.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 South Korea vs. Mexico Game On?

Mexico vs. South Korea is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. In fact, all three World Cup games today (including matches featuring Belgium and Germany) will be aired on Fox and Telemundo.

If you have a standard satellite or cable TV package, your bundle probably includes these channels. Simply find your local Fox station or Telemundo to watch the South Korea vs. Mexico game.

If you don’t have a pay TV package, you should still be able to watch Mexico and South Korea in the 2018 World Cup with a digital antenna. You can buy a basic digital antenna for around $ 30. When you hook up a digital antenna to a TV in most of the country, you can watch over-the-air broadcast networks like Fox, ABC, and, yes, Telemundo totally for free.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

What 2018 World Cup games today are being played? Here’s the TV schedule:

• Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• South Korea vs. Mexico, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Germany vs. Sweden, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

What’s the 2018 World Cup schedule for Sunday, June 24?

• England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

Even if you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch all 2018 World Cup games for free—either on TV (check out Telemundo) or by live streaming the game.

How to Live Stream the World Cup South Korea vs. Mexico Game for Free

In our previous how to watch the World Cup guide, we covered the basics for how to live stream World Cup 2018 games for free, including some strategies for how to watch Fox, FS1, and Telemundo online. Here are the details:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Telemundo says that anyone can watch the World Cup online for free without a pay TV subscription until June 25. After that, you may be prompted to log in online with a pay TV account.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Rose Leslie tie the knot in stunning wedding at actress’ Aberdeenshire castle

THIS is the moment Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie ran through the confetti after marrying in Scotland.

The couple, who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte in the epic TV drama, tied the knot today at Leslie’s 12th Century family castle in Scotland.

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Kit and Rose looked beyond happy as they left the church after getting married[/caption]

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The happy couple ran couldn’t keep the smiles off their faces after tying the knot[/caption]

Rose wowed in her stunning dress as an equally beautiful smile beamed across her face in excitement.

She waved along to the fans and said hello to everyone as she was greeted with huge cheers.

Kit also looked delighted as he waved to guests who cheered as he left the castle with his new wife.

The happy couple ran through the church yard as their friends and family showered them with confetti.

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Kit Harington looked dapper as he arrived at an Aberdeenshire castle today to marry Rose Leslie[/caption]

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Rose beamed from underneath her veil as she was led into the castle by her father[/caption]

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Rose couldn’t have been happier to share her special day with family and close friends[/caption]

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The actress held her dad’s hand as she walked[/caption]

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Bearded Kit looked equally as happy as he strode towards the historic building[/caption]

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Marcus Mumford and Nick Etwell were in town to see the couple’s big day[/caption]

We told you how fellow co-stars Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke also recently arrived in Aberdeen for their pals’ big day.

Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in the acclaimed HBO series, was spotted wearing headphones, a black beanie and a stylish leather jacket.

Rose waved to well wishers after climbing out of her car in the traditional bridal gown
Kit hopped out of a taxi beside a war monument
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Grateful Peter even blew a kiss[/caption]

He arrived from Belfast along with producer D.B Weiss shortly after 1pm.

Meanwhile stunning Emilia, who wowed fans as Qi’ra in the latest Star Wars blockbuster Solo, kept things chic wearing white jeans, shades and an elegant scarf.

She touched down shortly after Peter from Heathrow.

Emilia Clarke was all smiles as she arrived for the wedding

Sophie Turner also made her way to the venue and was snapped FaceTiming her fiance Joe Jonas at Aberdeen Airport ahead of the show’s real-life wedding of the year.

We also told you how the happy couple will wed in the castle that was Rose’s childhood home.

Set in the remote Aberdeenshire hills, Wardhill Castle has been in Rose’s family for 900 years.

It belongs to the Leslie Clan, whose Clan Chief is Leslie’s father, Honourable Alexander Leslie.

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Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie will be getting married at Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday
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The castle has been in the family for 900 years and they now make money by hiring it out as a wedding venue and retreat for the uber rich
The castle has been in the family for 900 years and they now make money by hiring it out as a wedding venue and retreat for the wealthy
The marquee will host the wedding reception, speeches and wedding breakfast
The marquee will host the wedding reception, speeches and wedding breakfast
Kit recently said he can't wait to marry his fiancee Rose Leslie
Kit recently said he can’t wait to marry his fiancee Rose Leslie
Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie met when they played Jon Snow and Ygritte in the hit fantasy series and will now marry in a fairy tale castle
Wardhill Castle has been in Rose’s family for 900 years

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Kit Harrington is set to marry Rose Leslie in the remote Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where a marquee has been set up
A large marquee has been erected in the grounds for the bash
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The actors met when they played Jon Snow and Ygritte in the hit fantasy series and will now marry in a fairy tale castle
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The family moved out and now wealthy couples can hire the stunning abode to hold their own weddings.

Over 80 members of the couple’s family and close friends will assemble to witness them marry.

Leslie’s dad Sebastian told of his delight at the nuptials, saying: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today.”


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MoviePass isn’t going down without a fight. The subscription-based movie ticket service is about to face major competition from AMC and will introduce several new measures in July to fight financial ruin

Among those changes are a bring-a-friend option, IMAX and 3D movies, and surge pricing – like Uber.

MoviePass C.E.O. Mitch Lowe told Business Insider that “high demand” movies will incur an additional $ 2 fee when purchased through MoviePass (depending on time as well). That’s $ 2 on top of the $ 9.95 most users are paying per month for unlimited movies in theaters, and less than a box of Sno-Caps.  Read more…

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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

Demi Lovato surprise-releases a heartbreaking ballad about addiction and mistakes, “Sober,” that tugs at heartstrings. Paul McCartney returns with a new single that will have old fans waxing nostalgic, and new fans eager to rediscover the Beatles discography. Boy band PRETTYMUCH get a bit of that Ed Sheeran magic on their breezy new song “Summer on You.” Singer-rapper Bryce Vine offers up some swagger in the form of song on “On the Ball.” And Cheat Codes teams up with Little Mix for an EDM bop.


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Men’s Rings & My Pinky Ring Collection

Have you ever thought about wearing rings as a decorative way for men to stand out from the crowd? 

While rings are normal for the ladies of the world, all the men don’t really think about rings unless it’s their wedding band. First of all, why should you wear a ring as a man, isn’t it too effeminate? Initially, I wouldn’t wear rings for a long time because I simply didn’t think about them, however, when going through my archive of menswear pictures and watching old movies, I always saw elegant gentlemen with pinky rings or rings in the ring finger that was either signet rings that sometimes had precious stones or semi-precious stones and I got much more interested in them. At the end of the day, as a man, apart from your cufflinks or your collar pin or your tie bar, there’s really not a whole lot of jewelry you can wear. Obviously, a ring serves no practical purpose other than the fact that it’s simply beautiful.

 

My Pinky Ring Collection

Sterling silver malachite ring

Sterling silver malachite ring

So the first ring, I actually bought at a flea market in Berlin. It was sterling silver malachite ring and it cost me around 15 euros which is around 20 bucks. It was very inexpensive but I liked it and it fit on my finger and that was my first purchase. I still have it in my collection because it is a little bolder, it goes well with the malachite and silver cufflinks that we have from Fort Belvedere, and overall, it’s a ring I enjoy wearing and I’m not afraid of losing it or scratching it because it didn’t cost much in the first place. Once I had that first ring, I was hooked and I looked at older photographs to find more about those rings.

Antique show in Brimfield

Antique show in Brimfield

I noticed that most modern rings and jewelers were something I really didn’t like and so I had to go to vintage stores, flea markets, look on eBay, and other vintage platforms to find a style that I liked. I bought the most rings when we went to an antique show in Brimfield which is huge and can be quite overwhelming and you really have to walk all day to go to different vendors but I found quite a few rings that I actually liked and it didn’t break the bank either.

Sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring

Sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring

For example, there’s this sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring that has kind of a long oval shape of a blue stone. I don’t quite know what stone it is but it was nice, I liked it, and it was different.

Yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone

Yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone

The other ring I found in Brimfield was this yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone with cut corners so it was octagonal and I really liked the ring, it’s different, it has a slight decoration, and I actually had it resized at the jeweler, and it cost about 50, 60, 70 bucks but it’s essential because chances that you find something in your ring finger or pinky finger size are rather slim.

Dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver ring

Dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver ring

At the same show, I bought this ring in a dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver. I like the lapis and it wasn’t something I already had in my collection so I bought it. Honestly, it’s not my favorite ring, it’s very simple and I think a different shape would be advantageous so I’m still looking for them but again, it’s really hard to find them. What I like about lapis is that it goes well again with all blue tones, it’s a deeper blue than the other ring I had and I like to wear it in combination with my lapis cufflinks from Fort Belvedere.

Carnelian stone ring

Carnelian stone ring

This next ring I bought in London, England. It is a typical signet ring shape and it has a carnelian stone, it could be engraved with either my initials, symbols, monograms, or even a family crest but frankly, I’m not really into that stuff and I just enjoy a plain stone and a silver look and I don’t need any degree of personalization. I bought I think for like 40 pounds.

14 karat rose gold ring with an oval Onyx

14 karat rose gold ring with an oval Onyx

This next ring is a 14 karat rose gold ring with an oval onyx. It’s a very typical men’s ring shape that could be again a signet ring or have my monogram on it. Onyx is just a very classic stone and I just wanted to have a black stone in my collection. Again, I bought it at a vintage store, I think at the current price at the time.

Bloodstone ring

Bloodstone ring

At the same store, I bought a very similar ring in terms of shape but again, it had a bloodstone and even though I already had the other bloodstone in my collection, I added it because I like to wear green and the dark green and red actually works with quite a few things such as business suits, as well as tweed jackets and sport coats.

Vintage carnelian ring

Vintage carnelian ring

Here is another carnelian ring. It has a much more vintage look, in my opinion. It’s kind of a cushion that’s almost rectangular or square with rounded corners. I don’t wear it very often but it’s a different shape than all my other rings and because of that, I like it. It’s probably not my favorite shape. The carnelian works well with a classic business suit in navy or in charcoal, but you can also wear it with brown tones and I just like having different shapes in my collections so if the mood strikes, I always have something handy. I found this one I think at a flea market in Hamburg for 20 or 30 bucks.

Gold tiger's eye ring

Gold tiger’s eye ring

This one is gold with a tiger’s eye and it has this nice effect in the light when you move, it changes the look of it which is why it got its name, tiger’s eye because it’s like the eye of a tiger. I like to pair this ring with our gold and tiger’s eye eagle claw cufflinks. They really work well together and it’s just beautiful.

Flat stone tiger's eye ring

Flat stone tiger’s eye ring

The next tiger’s eye ring is very different. It’s cut differently, it’s a flat top stone, it’s much larger, it comes in silver, and as you can see, if I move it, it really has a dramatic effect in the way it looks which is why I like it. Personally, for my taste, this stone is quite big but I simply like the look of the tiger’s eye and so I couldn’t leave it behind. I think I also got it in Brimfield and it was rather inexpensive. Obviously, some rings are much thinner and lighter in weight than others and that has a huge effect on the price especially if they’re made out of gold.

Citrine ring

Citrine ring

That being said, this next ring is quite heavy. It’s solid gold and so are the others but you can just tell it’s a much more massive and solid quality. It has a large citrine and it fits my ring finger perfectly. I really like the ring because it’s warm and it goes well with outfits where I have yellow tones and it just ties it all perfectly together. Again, I got this ring used but I think it cost me about $ 400. If I’d bought this ring new, it would probably cost me two to two and a half thousand dollars.

Silver malachite ring

Silver malachite ring

Next up is another silver malachite ring. It’s a very solid sterling silver quality and while most rings have the inside of the ring where the stone is exposed, this one is just solidly closed up and frankly, I really like this construction. It makes the ring a little heavier but it also prevents any dirt from getting in the area below the stone and if I had a choice, all of my rings would be finished like that. You may notice that this ring is a little looser than some other rings and once I started collecting and wearing rings, I realized that the size of my hand changes with the seasons. So during the summer, I actually have slightly thicker fingers than during the winter and the same ring sometimes will feel loose during the winter and tight during the summer. So it pays to have slightly different ring sizes in your collection, that way, you can always find a ring that works at any given point in time.

Dark star sapphire ring

Dark star sapphire ring

The next ring is quite unusual. It is a dark star sapphire ring. There’s a strong light source which means when you actually move around in the sunlight, for example, you can see a star on the ring that moves. Personally, I find it quite cool. It also has nice decorative elements on the side, they’re quite unique. If you like star sapphires new, they are very expensive and it can easily cost two to three thousand dollars as a ring. This was a vintage piece and I paid like five hundred dollars for it.

Dark green domed tourmaline

Dark green domed tourmaline

Next up is one of my favorite rings. It’s a dark green domed tourmaline. It’s solid gold and the surface was carefully treated by hand to give it a certain texture that almost makes it look like leather. It’s not hammered but it looks like there are slight scratches.

Ring with an unidentified orange stone

Ring with an unidentified orange stoneNext up is a ring with an orange stone. Honestly, I don’t quite know what it is. I suppose it’s agate because it comes in many different colors and I like it because it’s the only orange ring that I have in my collection right now and I value having different colors to match with different outfits. Whenever there’s orange in my pocket square, my tie, or my shirt, I like to wear this ring because it’s warm, it’s summery, and it’s different. It’s also set as a rectangle with rounded corners and has slight decorations. I think it’s sterling silver that is heavily gold plated.

Star sapphire ring with diamonds

Star sapphire ring with diamonds

Last but not least, here’s a ring that I just added to my collection but I really like it. It has a star sapphire and here, you can really see the effect of a light source so it’s really cool. It has two little diamonds on the right and on the left side of the ring and then it has a kind of scratched surface. It’s 14-karat white gold and it just makes it overall look matte and not as shiny which I think is quite sophisticated. I was really lucky, I think I just paid a hundred and fifty-five dollars for this ring. New, this would probably cost two to three thousand dollars.

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Now obviously, I built my collection of rings entirely based on used and vintage rings not necessarily because I wanted to but because I really couldn’t find new rings that were in line with my taste. I know chances for you to find rings like these are close to zero and because of that, we decided to start designing rings.

 

 

Do you wear pinky rings? What are your personal favorites?


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“These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression,” she said. “The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

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Ultimately, Janet has found peace and joy in her baby boy. “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…” she wrote.

Janet’s open letter comes at a time when the conversations around mental health are at a high. Her bravery will surely help someone who may be struggling on the inside and trying to keep a smile on their facade.

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“Once there, Scott, who resides in Humboldt County, socialized with people while leaving her child in the back seat of her car which was parked in front of the residence with the windows rolled up,” according to a statement by the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office.

“It is believed the child was left unattended in the back seat of the vehicle with the windows rolled up for about 10 hours,” it continued.

Scott allegedly discovered her son in the back seat at about 1 p.m. and took him to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, police stated. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

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Blacks on Blondes. Blacked. Black Bitches. Porn titles often leave little to the imagination catering, rather crassly, to stereotypes and market demand. The “interracial” genre in adult entertainment has been a consistent hit with consumers but there’s a line to be drawn between it and racism. One performer in particular has taken a stand against that most historically offensive of racial slurs.

Moe “The Monster” Johnson filed a lawsuit against director Jim Camp and Dogfart Productions for, he alleges, persuading his female white co-star, Ryan Conner, to call him the N-word on camera without his consent. Camp allegedly obtained consent from Conner before approaching Johnson with the request, which he says he shot down. As the scene came to a close, Conner allegedly addressed him with the racial slur during the “pop shot.” Johnson claims the production company offered to edit the hate speech out of the final product but according to filed court documents, the released scene still contained the offensive material.

Adult actress Layla Price says she was shocked to hear about the pending lawsuit. Price, who has worked with Moe “The Monster” Johnson and Dogfart Productions on previous occasions, recalls being in similar situations where a director has asked her to say the N-word during a scene. “I’ve worked for Dogfart about three times and each time the director’s asked me, ‘Hey, our fans really like it if you say the N-word but if you don’t want to say it that’s fine.’ And each time I’ve said ‘that’s not my thing’ and they didn’t argue with me,” says Price.

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With Season 2 of Luke Cage now streaming on Netflix, we’ve pulled together his best lines from the series. The funny stuff. The dramatic stuff. The sad stuff. And the shocking stuff, as Luke embarks on his darkest journey yet…

To camera, after being blown up and shot: “Yo, I’m Luke Cage. You can’t burn me, you can’t blast me, and you definitely can’t break me. You wanna test me? Step up. I’m right here. I ain’t going nowhere. You know where to find me. I am Harlem. And Harlem is me.”

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Why he doesn’t wear a costume: “I’m 6’3″, black, and bulletproof. You really think wearing a Lone Ranger mask is going to keep people from figuring out who I am?”

Referencing WWI: “You’re too valuable. You’re the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. You’re a living, breathing, one-man Christmas addict’s ghetto stash house. The best bargaining chip ever. So I guess we’re going to hunker down for the night, and tomorrow morning I’m going to get you to the cops.”

Putting down the villain: “I’ve fought gangsters with powers. Maniacs looking for cheap revenge and immortality. Is that you?”

Coming to terms with his super-powered life: “I ain’t been to church in a long time. I don’t pray much either. But today in that river I think God was trying to tell me something. The world may be my problem. But it’s not always my fault.”

Telling Mariah how it is: “You said you needed me. You still do. Whether either one of us likes it or not. I’m keeping you alive until Harlem is safe from Bushmaster. After that, you’re on your own.”

Threatening Mariah: “Why not? After all she’s done? All the pain she’s caused? The misery. The death. Why shouldn’t I throw her out that window and give Bushmaster exactly what he wants?”

Mocking Danny Rand: “You think I’m crazy? You’re the one seeing dragons, man.”

On love lost: “It’s all those fires you have to put out. Staying ready. Always on edge at every moment. It does something, living that way. It changes you. Claire saw it. She tried to warn me but I couldn’t hear it. So she bounced. I don’t blame her. I chose this life.”

Referencing his quote at the start of this piece, but in Trump-like fashion: “Look, I’m bulletproof. You can’t burn me. You can’t blast me. And you can’t break me, OK? And most importantly, you can’t buy me. I’m the only person that can make Harlem great again.”

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Joe Jackson Reportedly Hospitalized With Terminal Cancer

Joe Jackson is reportedly suffering from terminal cancer and is currently in the hospital being visited by family members “flocking to his bedside,” according to TMZ.

Citing family sources, the website reports that the 89-year-old Jackson family patriarch has been battling the illness for a while, but it is currently at the end stages.

His wife, Katherine, has been at his bedside recently, and some of their children and grandchildren have also made the trip to the hospital, notes TMZ.

No word on how much time he has left to live, but doctors have reportedly talked to the family about his terminal condition.

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Hobby Wednesday: How to Get Started with Digital Photo Books

how to get started with digital photo booksOn one of our older Hobby Wednesday posts, a reader noted that making digital photo albums were her jam — and I thought OH YES, me too. I made some great ones when I was younger with physical photos and mementos (my teenaged summer at Harvard Summer School is TOTALLY well documented, as is my first year at Northwestern — I guess that’s as close as I’ve gotten to real scrapbooking), but I really got into digital photo albums when I was preparing for my wedding. There’s just so many things you can do with digital photos these days! I thought I’d give some quick and dirty tips on how to get started with digital photo books, based on the the hours (and hours, and hours) I’ve spent making digital photo albums and other photo products…

How to Choose a Company for Your Digital Photo Book

I’ve tried a LOT of companies because for a while I kept buying Groupons. Don’t do that. Here’s why: a) they’re never THAT great of a deal, and they almost all expire at a certain point, which always feels like it’s just a bit too soon, and then your “hobby” is no fun because you’re rushing through things and feel obligated to get it done. (This is why we have a different photobook for months 0-3, then 3-6, then 6-9, then 9-12 from my first son’s first year.) A second reason for not doing it: there’s a learning curve, and every company has its pros and cons. The third reason: if you’re building a library of digital photo books it’s nice to have them all the same size.

I almost always go through Shutterfly now, but I’ve used Mixbook, MPix, Blurb, MyPublisher (now closed), Snapfish, and Vistaprint (though just for digital photo calendars). I always get a 12×12 book these days (and never flat lay, although they offer that option). For Shutterfly, the big con is that it’s expensive — but for the pros I find it easy and fun, and some of the things I want to do (like being able to customize layouts, having different elements “snap” into place or easily align, adding/editing lots of text, etc.). On the flipside, Snapfish and Vistaprint are very affordable — but the products I’ve bought from there don’t hold up super well (like some of the colors seem to fade over the years, and so forth). So I mostly use those for calendars and stick with Shutterfly instead for the digital photo books.

These days I mostly strive to make one “family yearbook” for our family for each year — I include photos, quotes, artwork, scanned docs like report cards, and sometimes even screencaps of text messages and things if there are funny exchanges. I’m a bit crazy in that I add a lot of text to the photobooks — stories about the kids, notes on things like who weaned when, etc — which makes it a bit difficult to edit at the very end — but I enjoy doing them. (To edit the text I end up copying and pasting all of the longer paragraphs into Microsoft Word or even just a simple text document, printing them out, and editing them all at once — it’s not publishing house quality, of course, but I catch a ton of annoying things like tenses, point of view, etc, so at least I don’t say “Mommy and J decided to go to the water park!” on one page and then “I love to watch J go to down the slides!” on the next page.)  I say I “strive” for one yearbook a year because we have up to 2014 done, we’re missing 2015 and 2016, and then at the beginning of this year I cranked out most of 2017 after I had reviewed all of our 2017 photos for calendar photo projects — I’m going to do that going forward. 2017 is about 90% done — I haven’t had it printed yet because I’m waiting for photos from family members (one family member has a fancy DSLR camera and always takes beautiful shots, but takes a while to “process” them and give them to me), but I figured I could add what I wanted/needed to throughout the book.

How to Get Started with Digital Photo Books

The first trick to getting started with digital photo books is, of course, to organize your photos. As I noted over on CorporetteMoms, I tend to do this kind of thing while watching television — I have a 2018 folder (with one folder for each month) and a folder called Favs (with one folder for each month). I used to try to organize photos with a folder for each outing (Trip to the Museum!) but having too many folders ends up being annoying. I also used to try to weed out all the horrible pictures I’ll never look at again (whether it’s an accidental shot of my foot or an unflattering picture of someone mid-bite) but it ends up being more work to delete them. So I have basically an “ALL” folder for, say, June 2018, and a “favorites” folder for June 2018 — if there’s a great picture of us it’s in both of those folders. When I start to make my digital photo book for the project I just upload the entire folder (June 2018 Fav) up to Shutterfly in a separate album and then start arranging them.

A note: if you’re really just getting started with digital photo books, Shutterfly has something called “Make My Book” where, for like $ 10 more, they’ll make a book for you with photos you provide. I tried this for one of the years that was in the backlog (2013 wasn’t done until 2017, ha) and found I preferred to slog through my own creation rather than edit someone else’s — but it’s a great option if you just want to get something to look through.

Choose the biggest photo book size you think you’ll want — I once made commemorated a trip to Paris in an 8×8 photo book and regretted it later. It’s also easiest to choose a theme you like at the beginning, although you can change it later. One big choice to make at the start is whether you want your book to lay flat or not because cropping for pages will be different if you want a regular spine than if you want one that will open and lay flat. I’ve personally never had a book lay flat.

If you’re just getting started with digital photo books but hope to do many in the future, make sure you put a title on the spine of the book. I didn’t (or put silly titles, like “Baby Jack!!!”) and it’s less helpful if you’re looking for one particular book or another.

Note that almost every company has sales of at least 50% off regularly — I tend to make projects and keep them in draft until I see a great sale to inspire me to buy.

Digital Photo Books You Can Make That Aren’t Kid-Related

The most obvious thing for digital photo books is to record your travels or your kids. BUT it’s also worth noting that there are some other ways to use digital photo books that aren’t just for kids. For example:

  • Guestbook for your wedding or gathering (pictured at top) – this is one of my most cherished items, honestly. I found a bunch of old pictures of my husband and myself, scanned them, color corrected them, and put them on opposite pages (his & hers) with a lot of white space. There weren’t too many pages, and they were all roughly grouped by years (baby pictures / cute little kid / dorky preteen / defiant teenager / graduate / adult). Our guests loved the book, and I love that there are so many beautiful words from our loved ones (some of whom have since departed, like my grandmother). I had that book made at MPix on a textured, crisp paper with the hope that it would hold the ink better… some of the pictures were less saturated or rich than they might have been on a photo paper, but considering I was working with old photos anyway I have no regrets.
  • Personal cookbook (pictured at top)- My husband and I experimented a lot with recipes when we were first married, and although it felt wildly indulgent at the time I decided to make a cookbook around Year 3 of our marriage; I gave copies to my mother and MIL as well. There were pictures of our regularly cooked recipes… a few choice pictures of some of our disastrous attempts… and a listing at the back of all the stuff we regularly ate (whether pictured/recipe’d or not) and a listing of all of our disastrous attempts. It’s so funny to look back on now because we’re solidly in less adventurous years mostly due to the kids being picky and us being exhausted (aka the “FINE, child, you can have French bread pizza for dinner… again…” years) but I really appreciate the book now. We flip through it if we need an idea of “hey we haven’t made this in a while!” and just to remember the good times from the honeymoon years. I made this one at MyPublisher, I think. This would also be a lovely way to remember a grandmother or other person in your life who had a ton of great recipes.
  • Wedding details – This isn’t that different an idea, but I’ll note it as well — I made a “details” album for my wedding in addition to the “official” photo album. We got the fancy photographer’s fancy photos and I have a large, thick, fancy, photographer-quality book with those photos in them — but we had so many great pictures that were taken by friends and family that I did a “wedding details” book. I put pictures from our dating life, our “how we met” story that we had written up for our wedding website, pictures from all of my adventures in trying on wedding gowns, as well as pictures from my showers, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding after-party, the day-after brunch… friends’ pictures from the wedding, pictures from the lousy disposable table cameras… I included the menu from the wedding and pictures of the food, the music playlist… for our honeymoon we just went to Aruba and decompressed on the beach so there weren’t a TON of photos, but I included those few in the album as well. I think I treasure that album more than I do the “official” wedding album and photos that we paid multiple thousands of dollars for.

Other Projects Using Digital Photos

These days there are lots and lots (and lots!) of other things you can do with digital photos other than make digital photo books…

  • Canvas prints. We got four pictures from our wedding printed on 16×16 canvases and have them hung above our bed. You can get a bit artistic with filters and textures and so forth if you have a great image from a trip, also.
  • Calendars. Every December I go bonkers trying to make a personalized calendar for the year. I end up using PicMonkey (which does have a free option, although I have a paid subscription for blog-related reasons) to make huge square collages for each month on the theory that if I see a great last minute deal somewhere I can just upload the square collages as a single picture for calendars — but I almost always just make them at Snapfish, where they regularly have a “3 for $ 19.99” sale that blows every other calendar deal out of the water. I give them to my parents, my in-laws, my brother… this is the first year my 6 year old is using his own calendar and it’s really cute to see him cross off the days.
  • Blankets/cards/ornaments/mugs/t-shirts/tote bags. You’d be amazed at what products you can turn photos into these days — Shutterfly’s “Gifts” and “Home Decor” section includes Ceramic coasters, pot holders, bottle openers, shot glasses, trivets, engraved jewelry, iPhone cases, pillows, mounted wall art, plates, glassware, candles, table runners, catch-all trays, and more.

Readers, have you gotten started making digital photo books and other projects? Do you count scrapbooking or digital photo book-making among your hobbies? Which are your favorite places to get digital photo books made — and why? If you travel often, do you do a travel-related photo album per trip or per year? If you’ve got pets you adore, how often do you do a photo album of them? 

Kat's been a huge fan of photo album services like Shutterfly since her wedding—so she shared her best tips on how to get started with digital photo books, how to choose a photo book company, and some fun ideas beyond family yearbooks or travelogues you can use digital photo albums for.

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