‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Angela Kang Talks Making Her Mark, ‘Fun Evolution’ in Season 9

“The Walking Dead’s” new showrunner, Angela Kang, is poised to give the AMC zombie apocalypse series its first major reset in years. Kang, who was officially awarded the show’s top spot in January, is now deep into work on Season 9. Speaking with Variety, Kang said that she has been toying with ways to make her […]

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Why does Trump keep making trade threats as Dow tumbles?

Is President Trump trying to intentionally cause a stock market crash? It might look that way as Trump continues to rile international trade tensions on almost a daily basis — and Wall Street nearly every day gives him a thumbs down. But let’s not jump to conclusions — at least not yet. The Dow Jones…
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Volvo is making a true ‘Autopilot’ that’ll let you eat, sleep, or watch movies – coming in 3 years

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Self-driving cars have gone from DARPA project to roaming our streets much faster than anyone predicted, but if you bring the topic up with a grouchy truck nuts-owning uncle, the response is probably going to be “Yeah, but when can I buy one?”

Volvo is making a more concrete (and realistic!) pledge than most of its competitors: to have a Level 4 autonomous car in showrooms, buyable and usable, by 2021. Level 4 doesn’t mean full autonomy, but what it does mean is that you can have the bulk of your commute completely automated.

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‘Roseanne’ spinoff making progress at ABC without Barr

What’s “Roseanne” without Roseanne Barr? ABC is about to find out.

The network is close to securing a spinoff of the recently rebooted, then canceled comedy without its controversial star, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Retail Jobs Are Making a Comeback — Just in Time for Summer


With the recent news about Sears closing more than 70 stores and the lingering fear of a so-called retail apocalypse, you’d think encouraging teenagers to “fall into the Gap” for a summer job would be pretty dumb.

But with five months of growth in retail jobs — May saw thousands of new jobs at traditional brick-and-mortar stores — folding jeans and stocking shelves might be a good option for summer work.

“It certainly does signal that the retail industry is hiring,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist for the National Retail Federation. “And, of course, we have a significant number of job openings like other industries.”

Seriously. Check out the numbers.

In May, department stores, clothing stores, sporting goods retailers and supercenters added a combined 34,700 jobs, according to a Penny Hoarder analysis of the latest employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than triple the 10,000-plus new jobs these stores recorded the previous month.

Here’s the kicker: Those traditional retailers actually helped buoy the retail industry as a whole last month.

Nonstore retailers, like, ahem, Amazon, saw the first month-to-month decrease in employment in four years. With 1,100 fewer jobs than the previous month, e-commerce sites recorded the first negative employment growth since May of 2012.

While Kleinhenz noted that the NRF “believes all retail jobs are equal — be it brick-and-mortar or online,” a strong economy is putting more money in consumers’ pockets. And their spending is boosting the entire retail industry.

Hit the Mall For Your Summer Job This Year

I worked at a pet store every summer during high school, and I can tell you that retail is the ultimate summer job for teens.

You learn soft skills you may not pick up in other industries — like how to deal with an irate mother after selling her son an extremely poisonous scorpion (sorry again, ma’am). Those customer service and social skills go a long way in any career you may end up choosing.

But, you also learn about how payroll works and how inventory functions (the flake fish food goes a lot faster than the pellets). Summer retail jobs give you a frontline look at what it takes to run a business.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to writing a resume you might want to peruse before heading to the mall. And while you’re at it, you might as well update your LinkedIn profile, too.

Still, if you’re looking for something outside of retail, The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook has tons of postings from a variety of industries.

Long-Term Trends Still Show Struggle for Traditional Retail Stores

All in all, May was a pretty good month for brick-and-mortar retail.

But if you look at the long-term trend, you can’t ignore the Amazon Effect.

Between May 2017 and last month, non-store retailers experienced 4.2% job growth, while clothing stores and sporting goods retailers saw a decline. Hiring at department stores has only grown 0.4% over the last year.

And one concern for the entire retail industry has flared up in just the last week: the much-discussed tariffs on foreign imports.

“Trade barriers ultimately impact the consumer,” Kleinhenz said.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He used to have to clean scorpion cages, so you probably shouldn’t mess with him.

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Japan Debates the Ethics of Making Films on the Cheap

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or in Cannes for “Shoplifters” seems far away for most Japanese film-makers. Instead, a rare public war of words has now raised the question of whether movies in Japan are being made too cheaply. And is that damaging the industry? In recent years, increasing numbers of filmmakers have redefined low budget to […]

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'Logan' Director James Mangold is Making a Boba Fett 'Star Wars Story'

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Making shapes: contemporary sculptures at artrepublic

Who said artrepublic only sells limited edition prints? If you like your art in three dimensions, we have some provocative sculptures on show, and we’re not referring to marble busts.

What is sculpture? Where did it start? Is it relevant to the contemporary art world or is 3D design just about history and public monuments? The short answer to that is: sculpture and sculpted forms have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and continue to be integral to art today. Anyone who watched even a snippet of the recent BBC series Civilisations will know that some of the earliest, most mind-bending art was carved from tiny pieces of mammoth ivory more than 25,000 years ago.

From there, sculpting just got bigger, evolving with the art movements and tastes of each society – from Greek and Roman allegories to Michaelangelo’s David and Rodin’s The Thinker, Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures to Barbara Hepworth’s organic carvings and Rachel Whiteread’s monumental casts. We don’t really need to point out that that incredibly reductive list barely makes a dent in the back catalogue of marble/ bronze/ stone/ papier-mache/ found-object forms, or the vast number of creatives who made this their chosen medium throughout history and across continents.

So much of the world around us is formed in three dimensions, but as an art form sculpture can be confusing – even when we’re taught about it (briefly) at school, we initially encounter sculpture in two-dimensional formats, such as books and photos. And while that’s fine, in order to understand sculpture these forms really needs to be experienced in person. How do you ‘get’ sculpture or understand how it is made? You walk around it, touch it (if it’s not rigged with alarms!), peer closely at the details or stand at a distance to take in the whole form.

For that reason, at artrepublic we like encourage you to check out our sculptural pieces in person in the gallery. They may not be the same scale as some of the most famous pieces of sculpture out there – whether cool marble figures, carefully chiselled reliefs or surrealist bicycles – but the same rules apply.

artrepublic revealed one of our most recent examples of sculptural art as we launched our new, bigger gallery space; Magnus Gjoen’s ‘There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living.’ This was a project that we worked on closely with Gjoen, who is known for his highly decorative art prints that juxtapose the deadly and the beautiful. These themes are present in his sculptural work too – a porcelain skull decorated with a blue delftware-style pattern, which weaves around the cranium, combining the everyday with the ‘some day’ and confronting us with death and beauty simultaneously. Each of the numbered edition of 50 comes in a wooden presentation box, reminiscent of an archive or archeological crate, which creates an additional sense of the past and present colliding. When viewing it you can hold it in your hands, but do try not to go all Hamlet on us!

Speaking of the tug of war between beauty and death in art, you might also want to take a look at the carved glass sculptures of Born To Kiln, aka Jimmy South. The glass artist uses his work to provoke conversations around contemporary global and political issues – in particular violence and war. His free-blown glass pieces, which are cut, ground, polished and sandblasted into ammunitions-shaped objects, personify the delicate balance between war and peace, beauty and horror.

Take a closer look at ‘The Spoils’a handmade glass grenade form that’s filled with 22ct gold flecks, floating in distilled water. From a limited edition of 12, this weighty piece fits in the palm of your hand, but its weapon-based form and the glow of the gold from within the cut glass makes you stop to think about the message Born To Kiln wants to share. That’s just a taste of the power of sculpture.

Sculpture isn’t all heavy materials though. Just ask the Surrealists, Dadaists and Pop Artists (if you can get hold of one) who were more playful in their approach to sculpted forms. Yes, there were still motives and messages behind the work, but just look at Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures and, well, any of Marcel Duchamp’s creations and you can see part of the reason why they attracted attention: they were a world away from the traditional sculpted forms that came before them.

Artist Lucy Sparrow nods to this heritage – as well as to the work of Damien Hirst – in her Pop-Art-like cabinets. Fully stocked with soft, felt replicas of real objects with a toy-like quality, these 3-D pieces are actually Sparrows way of exploring human needs and desires, from sex to consumerism. Not quite what you expect when you first see the colourful pieces from a distance.

We are also in the final stages of a project with Brighton-based street artist Eelus, who has designed a special limited edition sculptural piece that will be launched at artrepublic very soon. Keep an eye on our emails and social media for more details. We can’t share the details with you just yet, but we can tell you that this sculpture series is very special – you won’t want to miss it.

To see some of these sculptural and three-dimensional pieces for yourself, stop by the artrepublic gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street.

 

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Michael Avenatti Sounds Off on Giuliani and Trump: ‘These Guys Are Making This Up as They Go Along’

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“It’s just been crazy,” says Michael Avenatti.

Over the past week, Stormy Daniels’ sound bite-dropping lawyer has made dozens of appearances on cable news—and one on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—responding to the various developments in their case against President Donald Trump and his fixer Michael Cohen.

The media escalation began on Wednesday, when Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team for all of two weeks, made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. There Giuliani, appearing slightly manic, claimed that Cohen “funneled” the $ 130,000 hush payment to Stormy Daniels “through a law firm” and that “the president repaid it.” He further divulged that Cohen was reimbursed for the funds via a $ 35,000 monthly retainer. Giuliani’s assertions ran contrary to statements made by both Trump and Cohen alleging that the president was unaware of the payoff to Daniels in the final weeks of the election—one that some legal experts argue qualifies as an illegal campaign contribution.

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6 New Size-Inclusive Brands That Are Making Us Say “Yes”

Last month, when Reformation announced it would extend its sizing up to 22 as part of a collaboration with model Ali Tate Cutler, the brand explained, “sorry it took us so long.” That seems to be the common theme in fashion these days, with inclusivity at the top of everyone’s agenda. It’s not just on the brand side of things either. Customers everywhere are holding the sites they know and love accountableand rightly so. If you ask us, size inclusivity in the fashion space has been a long time coming. So when we hear about a wave of new brands designing clothing that’s stylish and cool for people of any size, we let out one satisfied exclamation: just “yes”.

Since we’re pretty sure you already know about the established plus-size clothing brands like Eloquii and Asos Curve, today we’re highlighting six of the coolest plus-size clothing websites that are newer on the scene. From the well-known designer labels listed on 11 Honoré to the new affordable denim brand that sells your next favorite jeans, there’s a brand that checks every clothing box there is. Ahead discover which brands we’ve been loving lately and be sure to bookmark them for the next time you’re in a shopping mood.

Carrying designers labels we all know and love, from Prabal Gurung to Baja East, 11 Honoré is like the Net-a-Porter of extended sizing. Whether you’re shopping for your next wedding invite or looking to invest in an elevated work wardrobe, make this luxury site your first stop.

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We’ll be over here celebrating these cool new size-inclusive brands, but fashion people still agree that the term “plus-size” is actually far from perfect.

While not necessarily a new brand, what’s great about Fame & Partners is that every one of its fun, colorful dresses are made to order, cutting down on so much waste and potentially damaging environmental effects. Shop its collection of dresses and jumpsuits for weddings, cocktail events, or nights out.

Warp + Weft’s founder, Sarah Ahmed, who’s also the creative director of DL1961, says she was tired of seeing too many brands offering sizing that didn’t represent the 67% of the women in this country who are size 14 and above. But what makes Warp + Weft so exciting is the way it caters to all sizes within its 0 to 24 spectrum equally. Meant to be an “ultra-approachable” denim brand, its on-trend jeans are all available at equally attractive price points.

When the line co-created by bloggers Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg launched, people were so excited about it that the site actually crashed. Premme is trend-driven, super affordable (everything is under $ 100), and is just what the plus-size clothing market needed. “Premme is about delivering the same fashion options offered to the straight-size set without settling for watered-down versions of what we really want,” says Mason.

Second Sight is the newly launched brand from Kaelen Haworth, the designer best known for her eponymous line Kaelen. With Second Sight, however, Haworth set out to design something without distractions. The first drop is a collection of elegant, flowing options in a neutral polka-dot pattern with the next launch set for the following month. Everything on the site is available in sizes 1 to 7, which translates to the equivalent of 0 to 24, or XXS to XXL). “I created the size range because we are doing something different, and I want women to think about sizing differently.”

The founders of Universal Standard firmly set out to create a line of effortless and elevated classics for women in double digits. The brand found so much success in offering classic, well-made plus-size pieces that it has since expanded as far down as size 6 and as far up as 32. Now that’s truly a brand that’s made for all.

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It looks like Prince Philip will be making the royal wedding post-surgery

‘His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received’

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital earlier this month, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

After over a week in King Edward VII’s hospital, Prince Philip was discharged today, waving to the crowds as he was driven away in a Land Rover.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week,’ announced Buckingham Palace in a statement. ‘The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor.’

The statement continued: ‘His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.’

This is good news for royal fans who were worried that the Duke would not be able to make it to his grandson Prince Harry‘s wedding next month.

Luckily, it looks like Prince Philip will be there in high spirits, recovering in the very wedding venue – Windsor Castle – and expected to use a walking stick or crutches for the royal wedding.

We hope he’s feeling better for the big day!

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We’re Calling It: This Shorts Trend Is Making a Comeback

Remember Bermuda shorts? Yeah, we do too. Just like culottes and other old-school trends, this one is huge for spring. And whether you were a fan of the look the first time around or not, it’s safe to say that knee-length shorts are back, and this is just the beginning.

Just in time for Coachella, these shorts will show just the right amount of leg if you want to swap out your regular cutoffs and are looking for a little more coverage. The fashion set has already taken claim to the trend, and it’s easy to see why: Edgy and comfortable, the longer shorts can juxtapose any outfit regardless of what you wear—you’ll be the coolest girl in the room.

Whether you prefer a loose and relaxed pair or want to tap into the cycling shorts trend that celebs like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner are wearing, we’ve rounded up our favorite knee-length shorts styles so you can shop them all for spring.

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With these shorts, you can nail your spring and summer look in no time at all, whether you’re headed to a music festival or brunch.

There’s something so edgy and cool about knee-length denim shorts that simply has us staring. Swap out your standard cutoffs for a longer version to have a new take on festival style.

Yes, a pair of relaxed, laid-back shorts can be chic. Wear them with a pair of loafers and a blouse to dress them up.

Channel Princess Diana with a pair of biker shorts for the ultimate athleisure look. These are so comfortable that you’ll never want to take them off.

During the times when all you want to do is wear shorts but you still need to look put-together, look to a pair of structured, tailored shorts for the warm-weather form of a suit piece.

Cargo shorts and pants are huge this spring, and we’re not upset about it. Just think of all the pockets to hold your everyday necessities.

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Jordan Peele Is Making a Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries From Her Perspective

In the wake of his success with Get Out, comedian-turned-Oscar-winning writer and director Jordan Peele has a new project to make people squirm in their seats. Peele is producing a four-part docuseries on the Lorena Bobbitt trial for Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar with the case, in 1993, Bobbitt cut off her abusive husband’s penis and threw it under a bush where it was later recovered and reattached. At her trial, Bobbitt’s team argued that she had suffered a psychotic break after yet another assault by her violent husband and should not be held responsible for the crime. The jury agreed and Bobbitt was freed, setting a precedent for how abused women are treated in court and for the way stories like this are covered by the media.

“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle,” Peele said in a statement, according to Variety. “With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it.”

The series, called Lorena, will reexamine the events from Bobbitt’s perspective and will look at the lasting impact of the gruesome case in the treatment of domestic abuse in courts and in media coverage of such cases.

It will be produced through Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions studio and directed by documentarian Joshua Rofé. The series does not yet have a release date.


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Wait, Is Kim Kardashian West Making Thong Heels Happen?

If you’re following the current fashion revival train, you’ll be well aware of the fact that ’90s trends are still reigning supreme in the celebrity street style game. The latest piece to make a comeback from the aforementioned decade? Thong heels—allow us to explain.

Recently spotted on Kim Kardashian West, thong heels are, as Vogue puts it best, quite possibly the “world’s sexiest sandals,” especially when you consider current footwear trends—e.g., Birkenstocks, dad sneakers, and Crocs. And as the name suggests, the sandals are part flip-flop, part heel, offering up (quite literally) a more elevated take on the classic, often-polarizing, beach shoes.

Not sure how to wear the unique sandals? Style them à la Kardashian West with cool, sporty pieces—bike shorts, sports bra, and an oversize sweatshirt. But to be honest, thong heels lend themselves well to any outfit. So whether you’re feeling a pair of jeans or a springtime dress, slip into throwback sandal with confidence (and freshly painted toes) for a statement-making look. Read on to see Kardashian West wearing the ’90s sandals, and then shop a few styles currently available. 

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‘Stormy Will Eat You Alive’: How a Porn Star is Making Trump World’s Lives Hell

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As the 2016 presidential campaign entered its homestretch, Donald Trump and his team were drowning in the fallout of the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape and the torrent of sexual assault and harassment allegations that were subsequently made against the future president.

“It was like walking through a minefield every day [in that last month],” a former Trump campaign adviser recalled to The Daily Beast.

But in that final month on the trail, there was something else weighing on Trump’s mind, even more than the assault allegations. According to three top campaign officials, speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, Trump began pressing senior staffers about the specific dates that the women were alleging that the assaults, affairs, or harassment took place.

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Despite concerns about fake news and extremist content, consumers feel closer than ever to YouTube. The Alphabet Inc.-owned video platform jumped to sixth place in branding agency MBLM’s latest survey of “brand intimacy,” which used survey data to gauge the bonds between people and brands. YouTube ranked 25th in the year-ago study. MBLM found that…
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‘Black Panther’ Crushes Box Office Records, Making Black History

Call it fate that Black Panther, a pro-black Marvel movie featuring a mostly dark-complexioned cast and directed by a 31-year-old black man, would make history in the month of February.

The sci-fi flick, based in the fictional African country of Wakanda, raked in more than $ 700 million globally in the last two weekends and $ 404 million domestically by Sunday, just 10 days after its release. The $ 200 million film has yet to open in Japan and China.

According to Forbes, Black Panther also broke records in the first seven days of its release, earning $ 292 million in North America, making it the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film in its first week. It stands in fourth place of top-earning movies in one week behind only The Force Awakens ($ 390.8m), The Last Jedi ($ 296.6m) and Jurassic World ($ 296.2m).

 

Redefining Diversity and Hollywood

Despite being an Africa-centric film, Black Panther has received support from a widely diverse audience. African Americans made up 37% of ticket buyers, followed by white Americans, who made up 35%, and Hispanics with 18%. Women, who normally make up 35% to 40% on a superhero movie’s opening weekend, made up 45% of ticket sales.

Overwhelmed by the record-breaking support, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an open letter thanking fans and the press.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears,” it reads.

Coogler launched his career in Hollywood five years ago with the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station, which is based on the real-life police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California. Now, Marvel Studios’ youngest filmmaker is being praised as the “new Steven Spielberg.” The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) alum was also recognized at the 2016 ABFF Honors with the Rising Star Award.

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HEY ALEXA! What’s so funny?

MOONAGE DAYDREAM: If you’ve seen all those cool moon lamps that are on the interwebs, Dappered reader Jim K. sent us this DIY project that looks pretty sweet.

DOSSIER UPDATE: As Ghostface Killah says, “Who’s washed up now?” Oh sweet, sweet schadenfreude.

GOALS: Viking crossfit.

ONCE UPON A TIME

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This is really something. Quoting the source: “This WWI era sterling silver Patria/Omega wristwatch with integrated shrapnel guard in what appears to be its original presentation box with price tag is, we believe, the finest example of its kind in the world. Circa 1918.” This is why I love timepieces.

YO BRO! You vape? Maybe you should check this out. Also, I understand from what I’ve seen online that there are some seriously strong emotions where this topic is concerned. I’m not trying to stir things up.

ADVENTURE TIME! Ah the great outdoors. The thrill of hiking America’s majestic peaks. SO. MUCH. POO.  Maybe we can get Jeff Bezos to create a drone army to help carry it off as it happens?

MUMMY! Tell me about your ink! 

UM…Pay no attention to this unnaturally enormous colony of tuxedo birdfish amassing in the arctic. I’m sure we have nothing to worry about.

WHO…IS…THIS?

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Dossier Chief Contributing Officer Eric H is badass. Congrats on another enduro race from your pals here at the Dossier. And thanks for the sweet linkety link links.

BRAND MANAGEMENT: How they do it in Japan. 

AURAL SATISFACTION: NPR’s annual SXSW 100.

THE DEAL WITH DENIM: Lasers and Levi’s. 

INSTANT KARMA: As deeply satisfying as this is, I should advise that the language is not remotely safe for work and doesn’t win any PC awards either. But, as I said. Deeply satisfying.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: Only, what happens when it’s hard to get one in the first place? As a confirmed misanthrope, I can’t relate. But you go ahead.

LIGHTNING ROUND: Lisa Simpson: an appreciation, with due credit to Yeardley Smith. | I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable I would be if I were part of this. | The times they are a changing. | So, uh, wanna date a cat?  (mandatory) | Before there was e-mail…

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SPEAKING OF EMBIGGEN: Word.

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! That one time all the stars turned on. | But wait. Keep looking up! | And finally, this.

OH THAT’S NASTY: STD’s in America. How does your state rate? This is what might be considered an eye-opener.

IN A PERFECT WORLD…people who engage in this kind of sport would find immediate karma for their actions.  Times change. Things change. This really does not have a place in this world anymore. Why yes, I don’t believe the argument regarding conservation. It’s bunk.

SOON.

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THE COLONEL IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE: KFC’s problems in the UK just won’t end. At this point, the story should really focus on DHL. What a colossal fail this has all been for them.

THERE’S A STORY HERE: The more we learn about this the more creepy it gets.

I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT: I have been a fan of this woman since I was a wee laddie. This is really something.

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? This guy, actually. I thank my editor for this one. Such joy in that take down. Tis a thing of beauty.

WARNING! There’s a good chance this will cheese some of you off. I know this because as an in-betweener, I don’t relate at all to the generation they claim I’m part of. At. All.

INCOMING! Once again Eric H and I focused on the same trailer.

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Is The New Moon And Solar Eclipse Making You Crazy?

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Have you been feeling off, on edge or hella moody since the new year began?  You’re not alone — and the Universe may be the problem and solution.

The Lunar Eclipse on January 31st shook things up and was proof that chaos definitely precedes order.

Oh, and don’t forget that while the Lunar Eclipse was forcing you to face things you’ve been avoiding, there was also a supercharged Full Blood Moon intensifying every ugly feeling you felt.

Although it felt like a time of great darkness, it all lead up to now — a time of great magic. February 15th welcomes a New Moon and Solar Eclipse to which will put an end to the two-week long emotional ride we’ve all been experiencing.

So instead of beating yourself up over what was or what may or may not be — take some time to work with today’s magic and create a life that you truly love. Happy Solar Eclipse.

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Sean John at 20: Sean Combs on Longevity and Making a Difference

While his name may have changed more times than some people change cars, there has been at least one constant for Sean Combs over the past 20 years: The Sean John brand.
The label’s founder, born Sean John Combs, has been known as Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and now, Love. But for the hip-hop entrepreneur, they’re all just names that reflect different periods in his life. Call him what you will — his success speaks for itself.
His earnings in 2017 alone, according to Forbes, were $ 130 million and his net worth is estimated at $ 820 million, edging out even Jay Z, who is worth a mere $ 810 million.
Not bad for someone who dropped out of business school in his sophomore year. Now, at 48, Combs has a multipronged career that covers not only fashion but music, TV production, athletes’ beverages and vodka. And, of course, he travels with his own entourage – at his WWD shoot, 17 people arrived well ahead of the star. Given all his activities, getting face time with Combs can be a challenge, hence the reason Sean John’s vice president of design arrived with storyboards and line sheets for the holiday 2018 collection, which he

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How to Pay a Crazy Expensive Vet Bill (Without Making Your Dog Get a Job)

The first time my dog, Wrigley, had to take a trip to the emergency veterinarian was after he vomited blood on the carpet in my bedroom. He ended up being OK after being hospitalized for 24 hours, but when I arrived to pick him up, I was panicking inside.

Emergency vet costs are notoriously expensive, and I didn’t have pet insurance to help pay the bill. I was a college student on an intern budget and had no idea how I was going to come up with enough cash to make a dent in the bill.

I had regular credit cards, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to pay off the balance within the next month –– meaning I would be stuck paying even more because of interest.

What was I going to do?

“Have you heard of CareCredit?” the receptionist asked me. “If you can’t afford this bill, you should give it a try. It’s interest-free.”

Flustered, I applied on the spot. I got approved and charged the entire bill, which was about $ 500, to the card. The receptionist told me I had 18 interest-free months to pay it back.

Interest-free financing sounded good, but was it my only — or best — option?

Should You Put Vet Bills on Your Credit Card?

Often, those “interest-free” periods on health care cards are actually deferred-interest periods. That was the case for my CareCredit card.

When a credit card comes with a truly interest-free period, you’ll accumulate interest charges only on the remaining balance when the promotional period ends. With deferred interest, if you don’t pay the balance in full during the promotional period, you’ll be charged all the interest you avoided during that period and whatever interest you incur afterward.

For example, say you charge $ 1,000 on a health credit card with a deferred-interest period of 12 months. Let’s say the card has a $ 26.99% interest rate, which is what CareCredit advertises for new accounts. After that period is up, if you haven’t paid the balance in full, you’d owe the remaining balance, plus interest on the full amount you financed. So if you hadn’t paid off the account in full, you’d pay $ 269.90 in interest (26.99% of the original $ 1,000) on top of the remaining balance.

If it’s an emergency, you have to choose the best option for you. Sometimes, that might mean opening a CareCredit account. Approval takes only a few minutes, and you’ll be able to charge to the account right when you open it. CareCredit now offers rewards benefits, too, meaning you can stretch your money further.

Going another route, like taking out a personal loan or applying for a regular credit card, could take much longer. You might get instant approval when you apply for a credit card, but you’ll have to wait for the card in the mail. If you have a credit line open already, you might want to compare its annual percentage rate (APR) to that of a health care credit card. Most regular credit cards have lower interest rates than health care credit cards.

Personal loans can give you money on the spot, too, but they might not offer an interest-free period.

Just remember: Always consider all potential repercussions before opening any line of credit.

To Avoid Vet Shock, It Pays to Be Proactive

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Ashley Skalko, a customer service manager at BluePearl Emergency Animal Hospital, often recommends CareCredit to pet owners who can’t pay a large bill upfront. However, she says there are a few other routes you can take before you reach for the plastic.

Many emergency vet hospitals are expensive because they are specialized, have wider access to resources and are typically open 24/7. These emergency hospitals typically don’t negotiate bills with pet parents, but Skalko says BluePearl does everything it can to address any financial concerns before treatment.

If an owner expresses cost concerns, we can tweak the initial treatment recommendation,” she said. “And if there are still concerns from there on, we would consider sending them to their primary veterinarian first.”

Primary care veterinarians are generally cheaper, and Skalko says this option can help offset costs. But it’s a difficult option to recommend in the middle of the night, when primary care offices are closed.

She does, however, offer a few free ways to avoid costly emergency vet bills in the first place.

“You can prevent big pet emergencies from happening by being proactive,” she said. “We try to teach pet owners to always use a leash to prevent animals from getting struck by cars, or we even recommend ‘baby-proofing’ their homes so cords are hidden, trash cans have lids on them, and toxic cleaning supplies are up high where animals can’t get to them.”

Skalko also stresses the importance of keeping up with routine care at a primary vet. Keeping your pet up to date with vaccinations can prevent illness, and it gives your vet the opportunity to catch chronic issues early on and work to maintain them before they develop into bigger issues.

Pet insurance can be an incredible way to offset costs. While most pet insurance companies don’t pay for bills upfront, Skalko has seen pet parents get as much as 90% of their total bills reimbursed.

How to Get Help With Vet Bills Without Using a Credit Card

If you were proactive and engaged in preventative care, yet Fido still manages to give you a scare, you could find yourself facing a huge vet bill. As a result, you may be overwhelmed with figuring out how to pay for it.

Not sure where to start? Consider these alternatives to putting the bill on your credit card:

Seek Help From Nonprofit Organizations

There are many organizations that are willing to lend a hand in covering vet bills. Often, these organizations run low on funds, so they may not be able to cover all of your costs. However, they may still be worth applying to.

It’s also important to keep in mind that some of these organizations pay the vet office directly and will not cover bills you have already paid. Be sure to think ahead!

A few nonprofit organizations you can reach out to for help include:

Paws 4 A Cure: This organization offers up to $ 500 in financial assistance to dog and cat owners who need help paying bills for illness or injury. The best part is it doesn’t discriminate based on breed, age, weight or diagnosis. To apply for help, visit its “Ask for Help” page. You should receive an answer in as little as 48 hours.

The Pet Fund: If your pet has a nonemergency chronic condition, keeping up with its maintenance and care costs can quickly add up. The Pet Fund helps pay for these types of treatments. If you struggle to pay for your pet’s cancer treatment, physical therapy, arthritis treatment and more, check out this list of qualifying conditions, then consider applying for assistance from the Pet Fund.

RedRover: This organization helps animals and owners who are survivors of domestic violence, along with animals rescued from disaster or neglect, or those that have a life-threatening illness. It also offers resources and support to low-income individuals by offering grants for urgent care, boarding for pets whose owners are escaping domestic violence and pet food. To apply for help through RedRover, visit its relief page.

Crowdfunding

If you’ve tried all avenues to get assistance with your pet’s vet bill and still need help, you can consider crowdsourcing to cover some, if not all, of the balance.

Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe have become increasingly popular ways to raise money in recent years. Keep in mind, though, that some charge service and processing fees, so you may not receive all the money you raised. Here’s how much of your crowdfunded money will make it to your bank account.

So, Did I Make the Right Decision?

For me, CareCredit was the best choice for paying Wrigley’s vet bill. The monthly payments fit into my budget, and I paid it off before the promotional deferred-interest period was over. As a result, I was able to pay a large bill in manageable chunks –– without having to pay extra for interest.

Here’s to many more years — hopefully debt-free years! — with Wrigley.

Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.  

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

A massive winter storm called a bomb cyclone has unleashed snow, wind, and ice throughout the East Coast, leaving most everyone hunkered down inside.

And bored too, right? Once food, water, and shelter have been secured, there’s really nothing left to do. You’ve already binge-watched Stranger Things, and there are only so many games on solitaire one can play.

That means it’s time to make the most of this doozy and grab it by the snowballs.

Yes, that is a euphemism.

A couple runs through a snowstorm

 

Twenty-five major snowstorms and superstorms have been predicted for the 2017-2018 winter season, which means birth rates could see a bump or two. Or 25.

The good folks at Treetopia.com have compiled a fun list of the top 10 steamiest snowstorms — that is, the winter storms in recent history that have resulted in a boom of snow babies.

 

Some things to note:

• According to their data, Superstorm Sandy is ranked the “sexiest storm.” Nine to 10 months after the storm, hospitals reported up to 30-percent increases in birth rates.

• In January 2010, the UK got in on this action with the third-most steamy storm, which resulted in the highest birth rate in 20 years.

• Some states in New England and the nearby region saw a year-over-year difference of as many as 1,000 new babies in January 1996, making this number five on Treetopia’s list.

Trees in snow with a little bit of sunlight dappling the branches

 

Experts are divided over whether blizzard baby booms are real, by the way. While anecdotal evidence might lean toward yes, researchers say correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation. The most definitive study yet on how catastrophic events affect birth rates shows low-level, low-severity storm advisories result in more babies. Meanwhile, birth rates actually decrease during severe weather events.

So stay warm and safe, everyone. And depending on how this bomb cyclone goes, in nine to 10 months, we just might see a spike in babies named Grayson.

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Tips for Making a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

Pledge to shed those same ten pounds every year? Promise that you’re going to quit smoking… or stop drinking? Vow to get out of debt and start saving money? Setting goals and resolutions for yourself for the new year is a healthy activity that encourages self awareness and transformation. But unfulfilled resolutions can lead to disappointment and negativity.

That’s why this year our resolution is to help you keep yours! And we’ve put together a list of manageable tips to help you do it.

First of all, you have to work toward something you actually want. A half-hearted commitment to a goal drastically reduces your likelihood of reaching it. This will take some personal reflection, maybe some soul-searching, and openness to change your point of view. Because it’s not about criticizing yourself, focusing on your shortcomings, or looking to be more like someone else around you. Instead, New Year’s Resolutions should be about embracing yourself and having gratitude for the chance to do something to make your life healthier and happier.

You may have heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Well, the methods used in S.M.A.R.T. can help you to keep those New Year’s resolutions, too!  S.M.A.R.T. teaches that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. (Though we have some additional suggestions for what those letters could mean!)

SMART Starts with Specific. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. You might say you want to “get in shape,” but it’s no surprise that a resolution like this one isn’t one you can stick with for the long haul. Instead, ask yourself the six W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why) and set a goal more like: I want to join a health club in my neighborhood and work out there 3 days a week.

S can also stand for Simple. Overly complicated plans and intentions don’t usually get too far off the ground, so choose something that’s straightforward and not confusing.

Make it Measurable. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the goal you set. When progress is measurable, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience a pride in your achievement that spurs you on to reach farther and do more. Additionally, you might want to set yourself up to have even your smaller successes be visible to others.  Positive reinforcement can be a great motivator.

Assure that it is Attainable. Everyone always encourages you to reach for the stars — and we love the thought — but reaching for something you actually can touch is something we love even more. This means that we encourage you to make resolutions that are realistically possible, because then you will be able to scrounge up the motivation to achieve them and genuinely want to achieve them. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you start figuring out ways to make them come true, whether it’s developing new attitudes, abilities, skills, or the financial capacity to reach them. So we’ll argue that you can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.

Be Realistic. Similar to attainability, resolutions must be realistic, meaning goals that represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Yes, a goal can be both high and realistic, and you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. We’ll suggest you start small. Set goals with the opportunity for short-term success, or success that builds upon itself. A cold-turkey smoking cessation can be daunting, so focus on having just one less cigarette each week  (or each day!) and celebrate each small success as you move forward to cross your next hurdle.

We also like R for Relevant.  Choosing a resolution arbitrarily because it sounds good (or easy!) doesn’t speak strongly to the soul-searching we mentioned above (remember that we’ve decided to strive for something that makes us happier and healthier, and we resolve to change or do something we actually want?!) Without passion and drive, your goals don’t go anywhere, and they can’t make you a better you. So choose something that’s relevant to get you from where you are to where you want to go.

Make Resolutions Timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. No time frame means no sense of urgency. So you want to save for your future, but without a schedule, your deadline stretches into “someday”… which may morph into “never.” Instead, anchor it with a target date or timeframe — which can easily be Dec. 31st, of course —but could also be set in smaller increments, or more manageable chunks.

T can also stand for Tangible.  A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. A tangible goal gives you a better chance of making it specific and measurable… and thus attainable.

In addition to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, some additional general tips that may help you make a New Year’s Resolution you’ll actually keep are to be flexible (allow your goals, and your methods to achieve them, a little breathing room as needed), focus on the positive (tell yourself that you’ll eat one green vegetable every day, not that you’ll cut out all sweets), and do it with a community (working toward a goal with others that have a like-minded attitude toward success not only boosts enthusiasm and commitment, but also creates accountability).

Yes, it’s that time.  Perhaps it’s the perception of starting out with a clean slate, or maybe it’s because you can usually get a better deal on membership programs (like at the gym). Whatever the reason, now is the most popular time for setting a goal, and we hope these tips will help you make a resolution you can keep!

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Let’s be real. We all know how to spend money on Amazon — and even how to save money while we spend.

But have you considered making money on Amazon?

After all, it’s one of the world’s largest retailers, according to the National Retail Federation. And we’re seeing it seep into nearly every aspect of our lives, including grocery shopping. The retail giant is even taking over old shopping malls for its fulfillment centers.

Sure, it might feel like one of those “robots are taking over,” “retail apocalypse” situations, but with Amazon’s massive strides of expansion come money-making opportunities — for you.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 ways you can make money through Amazon’s ever-expanding platform.

1. Sell Items on Amazon

Let’s get back to Amazon’s roots.

The internet retailer started as an online bookseller and expanded to host an “associates program,” which allowed other vendors to sell merchandise through the platform. In turn, Amazon would receive a commission. This model began back in 1996, according to Britannica.

Now, the program is huge, promising individuals and businesses the eyeballs of hundreds of millions of consumers.

If you want to sell items on Amazon, the retail mogul suggests you take these steps:

1. Figure Out What You Want to Sell

Does it fit into one of its 37-plus selling categories? You might need Amazon’s approval before getting started. There’s a huge chart that outlines that information here.

2. Select Your Selling Plan

You can opt in for a $ 39.99-per-month “professional” plan, which is geared toward those who plan to sell more than 40 items a month. If you want to start on a smaller scale, it recommends the individual plan, which has no monthly subscription fee but does require you to pay 99 cents per item sold. Explore the pricing options here.

3. Create a Sell Central Account

Then start listing your goods. When a customer places an order, you can let Fulfillment by Amazon (see more below) handle the shipping. Or you can do that yourself.

Amazon then directly deposits payments into your bank account.

The Penny Hoarder has a guide on how to make money by simply reselling items.

2. Work as a Fulfillment/Warehouse Associate

You can opt to sell items — or you can work behind the scenes in the fulfillment and operations sector.

It seems each day, a new Amazon fulfillment center pops up (Exhibit A), which means Amazon is consistently looking for fulfillment/warehouse associates — both part time and full time.

These jobs typically require hands-on work. Think: In a warehouse lifting boxes, operating dollies and/or retrieving boxes that might be on a high shelf.

According to a recent listing for a full-time seasonal warehouse associate in Kenosha, Wisconsin, pay is $ 12.25 to $ 15.25 an hour.

You’ll also get benefits, which include:

  • Health care benefits
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Holiday and overtime pay
  • Paid time off
  • Maternity and paternity leave benefits
  • Restricted Stock Units
  • Employee discounts
  • Flexible work schedules

You must be at least 18 years old to apply and need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Also note that pay and benefits will likely vary by location.

FInd a list of updated fulfillment/warehouse associate positions here.

3. Deliver for Amazon Flex

Next step: Let’s deliver those packages.

As an Amazon Flex “delivery partner,” you’ll deliver goods to consumers via Amazon.com, Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants.

Amazon’s Flex page says you can make $ 18 to $ 25 an hour as a Flex associate. Plus, you get to set your own schedule.

Here are a few important notes for the gig:

  • If you’re delivering Prime Now orders, you can use any car. If you’re delivering Amazon.com orders, you’ll need a four-door midsize sedan or larger. Some regions allow you to make deliveries via bicycle, though you’ll need a basket and a helmet. Motorcycles and scooters are not permitted.
  • You’ll need to download the Amazon Flex app, so there are some phone requirements. You must have an Android 6.0 or higher or have an iPhone 5 or newer. Find more tech specs here.
  • You’ll have to pass a background check, which takes about two to five days.
  • You won’t get reimbursed for mileage, parking or tolls.

Amazon Flex processes payments on Tuesday and Friday through direct deposit, so you should see your money the following day.

Right now, the program is recruiting only in the greater San Francisco Bay area and Richmond, California. However, this is subject to change (and might have already done so by time you’re reading this).

If you don’t find your city on the list when you go to sign up, you can always join the waitlist.

4. Work From Home for Amazon

Amazon is constantly recruiting new employees. (You can find job listings here.) However, time and time again, it’s the work-from-home customer service jobs that prove most popular amongst Penny Hoarders.

Amazon ramps up its work-from-home customer service jobs during the holidays, but we frequently spot new openings throughout the year.

According to previous listings, as a customer service associate, you’ll communicate with customers via phone and live chat to help answer their questions, solve their issues and ease their concerns. You’ve also got to prove patient in stressful circumstances and possess some empathy.

Typically, requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a year of customer service experience and proficiency in English.

You should have basic phone and computer skills as well as a fast and reliable wired internet connection. Otherwise, Amazon sends you the required technology, including a headset.

In the past, we’ve seen pay listed as $ 10 an hour plus bonus opportunities. Training is paid — and online.

You can keep an eye on these types of positions at Amazon’s virtual job listings page.

5. Use Amazon’s Affiliate Program

Tapping into Amazon’s Affiliate Program is a great way to monetize your website or blog. Basically, you add specific Amazon affiliate links to products you’ve written about, and when a reader clicks the link and makes a purchase, you’ll earn a commission.

Here’s an example: You read a book and want to write a review. Use an affiliate link to link the title back to the book’s Amazon page. When someone clicks and buys the book, you’ll earn up to 10% of the purchase price.

We’ve used this a few times over at The Penny Hoarder, including this post about the Instant Pot as well as this one highlighting our favorite adult lunch boxes.

You might not earn a ton of money doing this, but it’s free to join, so there’s no true loss.

Read up on how to best make money through your blog with this guide.

6. Self-Publish a Book

Self-publishing a book is a great way to establish passive income.

Amazon offers several options on this front, including publishing to Kindle, print or audio.

Publishing to Kindle is totally free. It also takes less than five minutes, and your book will be available to millions of readers within 24 to 48 hours. You’ll earn up to 70% royalty. (See more details here.) You’ll also keep rights to your book and will be able to set your own list prices, as well as make any changes within the book.

Publishing to print through Amazon’s CreateSpace is also free. Here, you’ll be able to create, publish and distribute your book within a few days. You’ll still own your copyright, and you get to set your list price. You can earn up to 80% in royalties.

Finally, through Amazon’s Audiobook Creation Exchange, you can publish audiobooks, which can be distributed through Audible, Amazon and iTunes. You’ve got several royalty rate options, so study up.

If you want an example of how someone’s made money through self-publishing, take notes from Steve Gillman.

You can find all your options for self-publishing on Amazon here.

7. Join Mechanical Turk

Yeah, it sounds like a foreign entity. But Mechanical Turk is an Amazon platform where people can post work requests for specific prices.

These individual tasks are called HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. You can complete these tasks from home and in your own time. Some tasks include opinion surveys, transcription and data entry.

How much you make will depend on which tasks you accept and how much time they take. (You’ll see an estimate before you begin.)

If you know what you’re doing and the best HITs to take, you can make some solid side cash — like this guy who’s averaged about $ 500 a month.

8. Apply to Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is the Etsy of Amazon. It’s for “invited artisans” to sell their handmade goods.

Unlike Etsy, though, you can’t just hop on and start selling. You have to apply so Amazon can confirm all your goods are, in fact, made by hand by you or one of your 20 or fewer employees. (Read more about the requirements here.)

We wrote about Amazon Handmade when it first popped up and noted some things to consider before hopping on:

  • Amazon charges 15% commission and a $ 1 minimum referral fee. (Compare that to Etsy, which charges a 20-cent item listing fee and 3.5% commission.)
  • Other artisans have noted that there are limited metrics and analytics available, making it difficult to see what people are even interested in.
  • Handmade products don’t show up in Amazon’s main search engine.

The big draw, however, is the huge reach.

See if Amazon Handmade is the right fit for you.

9. Sell Your Designs

If you’ve got an artistic streak, consider selling your designs on Merch by Amazon.

You’ll upload your artwork to Merch, choose a product type and color (e.g., a lavender T-shirt), set your price, then add a product description. Amazon then creates a product page. When customers buy, you don’t have to worry about production, shipping or customer service.

You’ll also be able to set your own prices, then determine royalty here.

Similar to Handmade, you’ll have to be considered as an applicant based on your background and experience.

Find the information you need on Amazon’s Merch page.

10. Go Camping

I was a little shocked when I happened upon this Amazon money-making opportunity. But why should I be? Amazon does everything — including camping.

Amazon’s CamperForce is a program that pays RVers’ fees and some utilities at certain campsites from early fall through Dec. 23 each year while they do seasonal work, including  “picking, packing, stowing and receiving.”

According to Amazon, the program offers “great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses and paid campsites… along with the chance to build lasting relationships with your coworkers.”

CamperForce has paired with campgrounds across the U.S. (though only a few were available for assignment at the time of writing this).

Do note, however, some reviews of this program are iffy. MarketWatch wrote a bit about it here.

11. Trade In Your Used Tech

Did you know Amazon has a trade-in program?

This program allows customers to trade in old items, including gaming consoles, Kindles, books, phones, tablets and smartwatches.

Depending on your location, it can take up to 10 days to get paid in an Amazon gift card.

Read more about your trade in options here.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s still on the wrong side of Amazon… as in she spends too much money on the platform.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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“It’s in some ways a mirror to what’s going on. The question I get sometimes is ‘How did you know?’ and the answer is …we had no idea.  I think the truth is that, you know, globally we have a lot of shared experiences.

 

We live through the same trials and we live through the same situations where we feel like the global village is kind of threatened by different things, and we don’t even realise, we don’t really understand what it is.”

 

“And so, as a result, you see that in entertainment, in the media and all these different things some of the same throughputs and the same themes and the same stories come up. Nostalgia and the want for times past, safety, family, purpose. The cult and a leader of a cult just sort of made sense.”

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When the subprime mortgage collapse happened in the United States, what was terrifying about that time .. was that it was the first time I can remember hearing people say ‘Where’s the government? Where is everybody? Where are the people at the helm? Who’s taking control of this, who’s running the show?’

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And it really reminded me of when I was a kid. I remember kind of looking up at the world and looking up at the fact that the Soviet Union and the US were locked in this titanic struggle, and there was this feeling like we were this close all the time for years.

And we were just thinking, people in the ‘80s were spending money like there was no tomorrow. I think the reason was some of them believed there wouldn’t be.”

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Over the last five, six, seven years I’ve been kind of having that feeling again. When it first happened, I didn’t recognise what it was, I didn’t understand what it was, but then I started to watch what was happening around the world and I started to get a sense that everything was not quite right, and it felt like we were kind of headed towards the edge.

And what worried me was that we may not know it when the time comes. Right?

 

One of the bad parts about always being at the edge is that you never know [it], you always assume you’re going to be able to pull back.”

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“I think when we built our game we really focused on making sure that people understand that it’s a form of entertainment, right?

 

We know that it’s entertainment, and what’s interesting about the time right now that we’re in is that games and film are for the first time really becoming into parity.

 

I think when we talked about exploring certain themes and the fact that films have been able to do this for a long time and that television has been able to this for a long time, we wanted to be able to make it to say ‘Look, let’s build our own world. Let’s make sure that Hope County is not a place you find on the map.

 

Let’s make sure Eden’s Gate is not a place that exists, it’s our own, and that the father and what he believes is our own’.

With the game’s development starting three years ago , its clear that the idea of a Christian cult and dissulliosined American State were being pursued by the team long before current events unfolded. Yet with the writing being on the wall even then and the game quickly becoming prophetic, it’s a shame to see Ubisoft Montreal not proudly standing behind its clear desire to tackle real world issues.


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Far Cry 5 sees Ubisoft attempting to tackle some difficult themes, yet reluctant to fully commit to their message.

As Hay says himself, movies, books and TV have long presented their audience with difficult topics, and dared to challenge the world its audience finds itself in. Yet, despite his willingness to acknowledge this, it seems as though he’s hesitant to fully commit to the game’s clear stab at social commentary.

“It’s absolutely born from some of the ideas in the real world and it feels real, because we want it to feel like a place that you could go and all of your reflections and all of your actions and all of your intuitions would still work, but it’s  still our [ficitional] place. “

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