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How to Take the Stress Out of Vacation Planning (Open Thread)

We haven’t talked about how to plan a vacation in years, so here’s a fun topic for today: how do you simplify travel planning — i.e., take the stress out of vacation planning? Do you repeat trips? Copy a friend’s (or blogger’s) itinerary? Use a travel agent? Do you have any “done and DONE” kind of things where, say, if you know there’s a Kimpton hotel in that town you’ll stay there, or if your friend or a magazine or book series says Y restaurant is amazing you make it a “must do”? Take a specialty vacation package like biking or a family vacation resort something? Do you use social media like Instagram or FB? What are your best tips to take the stress out of vacation planning?

The topic kind of comes up because I just stayed at a Cambria hotel a few months ago for an alumni trip — and I mentioned how nice the hotel was for an affordable, well-located hotel to an acquaintance and she said, “Oh yes, we LOVE Cambria and ALWAYS stay there if there’s one in the city.” Interesting technique, and I could see how that would reduce a lot of the stress of vacation planning if you didn’t have any boutique hotel you were dying to stay at or you were flexible on where in town you wanted to stay. For those among you who travel often for business there’s probably a whole subtopic here — what’s your favorite hotel chain? 

For my $ .02, though, in general I STINK at travel planning… so my husband and I usually share this responsibility. We usually start with travel arrangements — sometimes just getting the plane booked is the biggest hurdle! I’ve definitely grabbed a guidebook and said I would figure it out on the plane over, and I also tend to crowdsource things and ask friends on Facebook (and obviously, we get a lot of threadjacks here on Corporette with crowd-sourced vacation questions)!how to take the stress out of vacation planning I’ve tried working with travel agents twice in my life (once for my honeymoon and once more recently to try to get ideas for a nice family vacation with 6-8 people) and have yet to feel that “click” with any of the agents I’ve used. For those of you who are pros at this, though, share your secrets — how do you take the stress out of vacation planning? What are your favorite resources, tips, hacks, checklists, or more? 

(We’ve talked about how many people are using their vacation time, how to deal with pre-vacation stress at work, how to travel solo, and how to  early to start vacation planning (over at CorporetteMoms).

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19 Wrap Skirts to Take You From the Beach to the Streets

When it comes to swimsuit cover-ups, sarongs are near the top of the list. The wrappable pieces often give off tropical vibes thanks to floral or palm prints making them even more appropriate. But you don’t have to invest your summer cash in a bunch of sarongs you’ll never use inland.

Wrap skirts are sarongs’ more versatile cousins and they’ll see some heavy rotation in your wardrobe this season. That’s because the skirts can serve as cover-ups or just your daily bottoms teamed with a basic white tee, tank or frilly blouse. And they come in more varieties than those themed sarongs. Feeling sporty? Look for a wrap skirt that resembles a tennis skirt. Got a big date? Opt for a flamenco-inspired take complete with ruffles. Or take the trend with you to the office with semi-conservative versions HR won’t object to.

Whatever your summer plans, wrap skirts have got you covered. Shop 19 of our favorites above and spend that extra sarong money on a cute one-piece or oversized straw hat.

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Red-state governor sticks with Trump on China trade war but warns US farmers can’t take much more pain

GOP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson urges a quick resolution for the sake of the nearly 48,000 family owned farms in his state.
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Pucker up, baby! Lips take center stage in infants’ brains

Researchers used brain imaging to gauge how the hand, foot and lips are represented in the brains of 2-month-olds — a much younger age than has been studied previously. It is believed to be the first to reveal the greater neurological activity associated with the lips than with other body parts represented in the infant brain. It also indicates how soon infants’ brains begin to make sense of their bodies, a first step toward other developmental milestones.
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Some creatives spend years honing their artistic talents in order to avoid careers in business, finance, and other traditionally left-brained disciplines. But this avoidance of all things math can put them at a disadvantage.

The truth is, even artists need to have financial savvy, no matter if you’re a creative director or an entrepreneur, a painter, or a sculptor. If your eyes are already glazing over at the mention of a financial education, worry not. An online class called Finance For Non-Financial Professionals was designed for you. It’s an easy-to-follow, no-BS course that will give you the tools to make the most of your talents. And it’s only $ 9.99 for a limited time. Read more…

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Apple earbuds are sleek, Beats by Dre are sick, but if you wear either you’re going to blend into a sea of listeners making the same tired headphone style choices. For a retro flare that stands out in the crowd without sacrificing functionality, pick up the June and May Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones. Water-resistant so you can wear them in the rain, these headphones include an AUX cord so you  can keep using them even after the battery dies — though with their extra-long battery life, this will only be an occasional occurrence. The comfy fabric cushion earpads make these a lit easier to wear all day, too.  

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Beyonce And Jay Z Take Gorgeous Pics Alongside Blue Ivy, During Mini Break From Their Tour

Beyonce and Jay Z have been very busy while on their joint On the Run II world tour, but they found some free time during which they could just relax with the family. Beyonce took to her social media of choice, Instagram, to share a few fantastic photos featuring her at the seaside alongside her rapper hubby and six year old daughter Blue Ivy.

One snap was of the married power couple posing on some stone steps and even though the photos were supposed to be casual and personal ones from their mini vacation, they still looked like superstars.

Queen Bey stunned in a colorful dress while Jay Z wore a polo shirt and a pair of black pants.

As to create ambiance and to give a little but more personality to the photo, Beyonce took her white heels off and placed them near a Corona bottle.

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But that was not their only snap. In the slideshow, there was also one that featured the family on the dock of a boatyard.

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The infant twins, Rumi and Sir, were nowhere to be seen during the family photo shoot but Blue Ivy definitely was!

The photos were not accompanied by any captions but we have heard that Beyonce and Jay Z were invited to the wedding of Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, in Spain so that might be where they were when they took the pics.

The star studded ceremony was a way for the couple to distress as they are currently on their European leg of their tour and these sort of things can be really tiring and stressful.

Not to mention that their latest date did not even go smoothly. Beyonce remained stranded on a flying stage when it malfunctioned, and staff had to bring a ladder just to get her down.

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Google’s next big thing might be a gaming service to take on PS4, Xbox, and Switch

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Google provides a lot of useful services, including the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. But what the company doesn’t have is gaming-friendly products, including hardware and software. Google is looking to change all that with a daring new gaming project of its own. The company is supposedly working on various ways to take on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo with console-grade gaming.

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Feds take down dozens of ‘Dark Web’ weapons and drug vendors

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The ‘dark web’ — a series of websites accessible through the anonymous Tor browser, which lends a tends a thin veil of anonymity to users — shot to prominence as a place to buy almost anything thanks to a 2011 Gawker profile of The Silk Road, the internet’s first big marketplace for almost anything. Lawenforcement agencies were horrified of the idea that an Amazon for crime could operate semi-openly, making weapons, drugs, and hacking tools available to anyone with a fistful of cryptocurrency, so despite the fact that dark web sales make up a fraction of the global drug and weapons trade, police organizations worldwide have been cracking down with a vengance.

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had arrested 35 individuals charged with selling “illicit goods,” and seized a reported $ 23.6 million in weapons, drugs, and cryptocurrency. The arrests were the culmination of a “year-long, coordinated national operation that used the first nationwide undercover action to target vendors of illicit goods on the Darknet.”

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Small Political Actions to Take Each Week — No Matter What Party You’re In

small political actions to take each weekWhether or not the current issue of separating immigrant families at the border has contributed to your outrage fatigue or spurred you into taking action (and/or brought you to tears, as it did even for an on-the-air Rachel Maddow), you may be looking for small political actions to take each week to make your voice heard — no matter what party you’re in.

In the meantime, you might find it helpful to read our posts on the benefits of meditationhow to relax after a stressful day, how to take a partial social media break, how to focus on work (when other things are going on) … and, for very simple stress relief in general: coloring books for adults. If you want to get even more involved, check out our resources for women running for office.

Here are four websites that make it easy to learn about small political actions to take each week — plus one bonus site that helps you make a difference in other ways. If you know of any other groups with small political actions to take weekly or daily, we’d love to hear about them!

Daily Action

This site, which was created by the Creative Majority PAC (which is run by artists, musicians, and writers and assisted by MoveOn.org) sends daily action alerts by text to its subscribers — and they aren’t solely requests to call your representative. To start receiving them, text the word DAILY to 228466 (or just sign up on the site). One recent example: Call a company that’s in the position to profit from the separation of immigrant children from their families and tell them you won’t support them until they stop contributing to ICE’s actions.

Americans of Conscience Checklist

Writer Jennifer Hofmann puts together a non-partisan weekly email with actions to take on issues such as voting access, equality for all Americans, respectful treatment of immigrants, and so on — with the philosophy that “We’re Americans first and party second.” This week’s email suggests actions like asking your elected officials to hold town halls in July, or thanking the five Democratic and Republican senators who “mov[ed] to curb executive branch overreach by limiting President Trump’s authority on tariffs ” — along with many other things to do.

5 Calls

This site is an open-source project made by volunteers that encourages people to go beyond easy online efforts (retweeting, etc.) and call their representatives. You can sign up to get weekly email alerts that give you a phone number and short script regarding key issues such as “Demand Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen’s Resignation” and “Protect the Affordable Care Act and Its Protections for Preexisting Conditions.” You don’t have to sign up to get information on actions like these, though — just check the site and click on a particular issue that’s important to you.

My Civic Workout

I really like the mission of this site (which is run by a small team): “to help those feeling overwhelmed, daunted, and disheartened to engage in meaningful civic activism.” (Really, how many of us does that apply to?) You can sign up to receive a few emails a week that offer 5-minute, 10-minute, and 30-minute activism “workouts,” meaning you may be encouraged to educate yourself on a key issue, call your representative, attend a political rally, etc. Here’s a recent example.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator’s tagline is “Your Guide to Intelligent Giving,” and we linked to it in our post on how to help charities by donating money, time, or something else. If you want to take action but your time and/or mental energy is significantly limited, you can use this site to help you decide where to donate (according to an organization’s financial health, accountability, and transparency). Find a particular charity’s score or use the site’s Giving Basket tool, which allows you to donate to multiple charities at once, give anonymously (if you prefer), and get a single tax receipt. This is a good option if you want to make a donation without ending up with piles of unsolicited mail (really, who needs more return address labels?), because you can choose how much personal information, if any, to share with each charity. (Here’s a general donation tip: Money given to a 501(c)(3) is tax-deductible on your federal return, while money given to a 501(c)(4) is not.) By the way, you can also try GuideStar, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and CharityWatch

Have you found a good way to learn about small political actions to take each week? Have you signed up for email or text alerts that share them? Have you limited your consumption of news or stopped using social media because of outrage fatigue or other reasons? What are your favorite non-partisan organizations that are taking political and community action in ways you admire? 

If 2018 / Trump is getting to you, the urge to disengage is high (outrage fatigue is real!) -- so we rounded up groups and resources that encourage small political actions each week to save you from being overwhelmed and still get your voice heard.

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The zipline that will take you an hour back in time

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Traveling between countries has become so predictable. You can catch a cruise or flight to almost anywhere these days, but where’s the excitement? We humans have a habit of getting bored of things so quickly that we never stop thinking about how to make things better. It’s that endless drive for improvement that spurred Englishman David Jarman to create the Limite Zero zip line that takes you from Spain to Portugal. The unique selling point? It takes you back in time!

How does it work?

Okay, so this zip line might not be a time machine, but it still technically does what it advertises. Due to the one hour time difference between the two countries, every time you travel along the zip line, you’re technically going back an hour in time. How’s that for déjà vu? It’s not often that you can cross through time zones as easily as this.

Making the trip

The zip line starts in Sanlucar de Guadiana, a localidad in Andalucia, Spain and ends in the Portuguese town of Alcoutim. Set more than 2300 feet in the air, the trip only lasts about 60 seconds, but passengers can reach speeds of around 50mph when flying high over the Spanish countryside. The zip line covers a distance of 720 meters, 150 of which is made up the Guadiana River which separates the two nations.

Once people land in Alcoutim, you’re free to explore the local area. There’s no time limit on your trip, so they can stick around for several hours if you want to experience what the town has to offer. When you’re ready to return, the service provides a ferry that’s just a five-minute walk from the landing zone. These ferries run regularly and are free to use, because the cost of them is included as part of the zip line payment. How much do you have to pay? Only 18 euros (which is around $ 22).

First of its kind

The Andalucia to Alcoutim zip line is the first of its kind ever to be created. The proximity of the two countries meant that setting up a structure like this was possible, although not necessarily an easy feat. However, Jarman admits that “I love a challenge” and that a zip line was the best way to “unite both places.” There had been a lot of discussions before his intervention about building a bridge over the river. However, no plans for this ever came to fruition, so Jarman took it upon himself to bring the two countries together in a much more exhilarating way.

Terms and conditions

People wishing to use this zip line have to abide by certain conditions. For instance, no-one under the age of 14 is legally allowed to use it. Those between the age of 14 and 16 must have parental guidance, and need to be collected by their represented adult once landing in Alcoutim. The zip line also has a weight restriction of 242lbs.

These limits are liable to change should the weather conditions force them to reconsider safety precautions for certain individuals.

We wish that traveling from one country to another could always be as exciting as this. There’s nothing like an adrenaline rush to make crossing over borders an experience you’ll never forget.

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‘Legally Blonde 3’: Why We Need Elle to Take Over the White House

The original feminist icon is back! MGM recently announced that, after 15 years, Elle Woods is finally returning to the big screen with the third installment of the amazing Legally Blonde saga. The film is set to open on Valentine’s Day, 2020.

After becoming the most fabulous lawyer at Harvard in the first movie and then finding her way into Washington politics in the sequel, what’s the next step for our pink heroine to take? Well, it’s pretty obvious that we are looking at the next President of the United States of America.

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The race to the white house won’t be easy for our heroine.
The race to the White House won’t be easy for our heroine.

Reese Witherspoon’s character has seen a lot of growth since the first Legally Blonde film. She evolved from a conceited rich white girl into an empowered woman who does everything her own way without compromising her ideals.

The last scene of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde clearly points us in the direction of the White House. But while it may seem like the next logical step in the franchise, the race to for the presidency won’t be an easy one for our heroine.

But, what exactly should we expect from this third installment?

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Elle will have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, the politicians and even to herself that she deserves to be the next POTUS.
Elle will have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, politicians, and even to herself that she deserves to be the next POTUS.

Even when the Legally Blonde franchise is seen as comedy, the writers behind it have always found a way to shed some light on social issues like female empowerment, unethical treatment of animals, and even the LGBTQ community.

But while the actual plot is still unknown, if the movie were to play it smart, the best thing to do would be to show Elle as a mature and smart congresswoman who decides to become the next President of the United States to fight social injustice.

Our heroine will likely discover that women are not easily accepted in positions of power. She’ll have to work twice as hard as her opponent(s) to prove to the masses, other politicians, and even to herself that she deserves to be the next president. And Elle’s husband, Emmet, will need to be 200% more supportive to help tackle all the things Elle is going to face.

A stereotypical misogynistic male politician is probably going to be the villain of choice for Legally Blonde 3. As such, he will probably try to show that Elle, just by being a woman, is less capable than him of being president. He will probably oppose her with everything he has, including dirty, underhanded, and potentially unethical tactics.

The Social Relevance of a Modern Elle Woods


For Elle to be relevant she will need to be more mature and appealing to newer and more critical audiences.
For Elle to be relevant she will need to be more mature and appeal to newer and more critical audiences.

While strong female movie icons like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor have surfaced in the past, recent years have seen a refreshing lineup of kickass women like Wonder Woman, Okoye, Lara Croft, and Dr Elizabeth Shaw. However, these great role models and examples of empowered women, sci-fi heroines, and superheroes aren’t examples that everyone can follow because of their particular, and sometimes fictional, careers.

In an era where social campaigns like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter are a reality many decide to ignore, a real and approachable feminist icon who works hard to achieve her goals with sheer determination and will is as important as it could ever be.

Elle has never shied away from hard work, confronting powerful men and getting her point across. And that’s definitely the kind of president most of us would love to see gracing our screens.

Is Legally Blonde 3 Too Late?


Legally Blonde 3 has definitely a lot of potential, but it will have to go big or go home.
‘Legally Blonde 3’ definitely has a lot of potential, but it will have to go big or go home.

Even as this sequel comes more than 15 years late, many factors can instill new life into the iconic franchise. A good script and a more realistic and approachable characterization of Elle Woods are going to be the most important elements that will make or break the film.

First and foremost, the cast in this one is also going to be pivotal. Some of the old tropes that previous films relied on, like the dumb blonde or the flamboyantly gay guy, aren’t going to fly this time around. These stereotypes will look bad in the eyes of an audience with high hopes for the movie but who are also more aware and critical of these problematic elements in Hollywood. Likewise, if writers tackle social issues, fans will expect diverse representation of queer, black, and Latino social fighters too.

Not least important is that the movie is to be released in the year of the next US presidential elections. As if that wasn’t enough, the film will also compete against unnamed projects by DC and Disney as well as Nimoma.

Legally Blonde 3 clearly has a lot of potential. But the movie will have to go big and make the right decisions or go home without a chance.

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JUMPING IN: James Harden and P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets flew into Milan Friday night and turned up the next afternoon in the front row of Neil Barrett’s show at the designer’s headquarters — where they were quickly surrounded by top men’s editors starry-eyed at meeting the sports celebrities and taking selfies with them.

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Harden is a longtime fan of Barrett’s and wears his designs often — “I have more of his clothes in my closet than I realized,” Harden said, revealing he and Barrett are in talks about a potential collaboration, although he declined to reveal details. During the show he seemed particularly excited by Barrett’s sneaker designs, nudging Tucker several times to point at specific styles.
The basketball superstar said he hoped to spend the next day doing some sightseeing in Milan before he headed to Paris for the men’s shows there. He plans to attend Virgil Abloh’s Off-White show as well as Abloh’s debut as men’s artistic director at “Louis,” i.e., Louis Vuitton. “I’m excited to see that,” Harden said.
 
 

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Why Before and After Photos Are So Important and How to Take Yours

A common saying around the restaurant industry is “people eat with their eyes”—that is, people are drawn to meals that look as great as they taste. A similar motto holds true in home remodeling: people buy with their eyes. That means that in order to attract a larger customer base, you have to provide some visual proof of the quality of your jobs.

As a contractor, you’re actually lucky in this regard: your work naturally lends itself to visual interest. It will be easy for you to give potential customers a taste of your offerings simply by showing off before and after photos of a project. Your online portfolio provides a quick, easy-to-digest snapshot of your services and your craftsmanship. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Pictures can expand your online reach and improve your web presence. Here are some of the potential benefits of before and after photos—and how to take better pictures for your digital outreach.

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Before and After Photos Communicate What Words Can’t

Customers are typically hesitant to give a new contractor a shot—this is their home we’re talking about, after all. But residential contractors don’t exactly have the best reputation, either. Right or wrong, many new customers will be skeptical of your skills until you’ve proven yourself. An outstanding photo portfolio is a quick way to defend your quality of service without saying anything at all.

Similarly, photos offer a common vocabulary with which customers and contractors can communicate. Homeowners don’t always know the technical jargon associated with each job, but they can point out what they like in pictures. Providing snapshots of your past work helps clients in the idea phase as they try to envision what their space will look like once various features are remodeled.

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Photos Give Your Web Presence Digital Cache

Photos aren’t just helpful from a service perspective, though. They’re also a smart move for your digital marketing. Photos add professional polish to your website, particularly when they’re used smartly to illustrate the various services you offer.

Photos add punch to your web presence simply because they communicate information faster than words. The majority of your website visitors will spend less than 15 seconds on your site, so it’s important to make the most of that time. The brain processes images 600,000 times faster than text, allowing you to make the most of those few seconds you have.

Then there’s the issue of SEO and search engine ranking. Digital marketing experts argue back and forth about how photos impact your search engine score. Regardless, photos provide yet another avenue for customers to discover you: through Google image search. Additionally, all photos on your site can repurposed as posts on your social media accounts, with links back to your website. Adding those potential sources of traffic and linkbacks usually raises your site’s overall ranking and visibility in web searches.

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Tips for Successful Photos

Of course, you can’t do all that without great photos to begin with. Taking project photos can be tricky work, particularly if you’re not used to handling a camera. Luckily, these days, with high-quality smart phones and great free editing tools, you don’t really need any special equipment—just some photographer’s chops. Here are a couple of quick-and-dirty tips for snapping stunning before and after photos.

  • Choose Projects With Great Visuals. No matter how thrilled that customer was with the shag carpeting you installed, it’s probably not a great candidate for a before and after photoshoot. Choose jobs with visual impact—ones that feature stylish finishes, unique colors or unusual project specifications.
  • “Stage” the Shots. Let’s be honest here: not every contractor does the kind of work that would be featured on HGTV. But whether you’re shooting a new roof or hot water heater installation, the effect will be stronger if you take the time to clear debris and other eyesores away before taking after photos.
  • Before and After Photos Should Feature Similar Angles for Maximum Contrast. Think back to those before and after weightloss photos you see in commercials. The person in the photos is always wearing the same kind of clothes, with the same mugshot stance. Try to match the angle and perspective in both photos. Take note of where you were standing when you took the first photo so you can match that composition later on.
  • Take “Action” Photos of the Process. Homeowners like to see how the sausage gets made, and “action” shots provide a window into that process. It’s also a great chance to feature your crew and subcontractors on your website, too!
  • Use Natural Lighting Where Possible. True, a finished basement may not have a lot of natural light, but where possible try to include some ambient lighting to get you the best photos possible.
  • Use a Photo Editor to Place Before and After Photos Side-by-Side. Modern photo editing tools are wonderful. Use them to crop out distracting details, add attractive color filters and to arrange photos side-by-side for maximum impact.
  • Hire a Professional Photographer. Nobody knows better than you do about the importance of hiring a pro. If you just can’t seem to master before and after photos, a professional photographer may be a better alternative. Photographers can compose and edit photos so that they have the polish you’re looking for. And who knows, maybe they have a friend who needs some repair work done on their home!

It takes a little practice, but after a while, you’ll be snapping photos like a bonafide Instagram star. Hello, high-paying customers!

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STREET SMARTS: Traditional men’s wear retailers from Jermyn Street, St. James’s took to the sidewalks of London for their fourth open-air show in a see-now-buy-now format during London Fashion Week Men’s.
New to the fashion week fixture were brands Paul & Shark, Aspinal of London and Grenson. The three brands joined seasoned labels Harvie & Hudson, John Smedley, Lock & Co. and Aquascutum in flexing their sartorial muscles.
The Jermyn Street retailers favored mustard yellow and cornflower blue separates. Bright, colored socks added a pop to traditional looks.

A look from the St. James’s spring 2019 show. 
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There were also streetwear staples in the mix, in the form of a camouflage-print windbreaker, a fishnet vest top and laid-back pieces such as cable-knit jumpers, gray track pants and basic T-shirts.
The see-now-buy-now presentation also saw female models dressed in men’s wear. One model wore a dark green slim-fit suit while another showed off a more summer-y look: Navy blue tailored shorts and a relaxed red pullover.
Later in the week, Barbour International showed off streetwear looks, too, incorporating elements from the brand’s classic Bedale jacket and T-shirts with retro-style brand logos.

Barbour International Men’s spring 2019. 
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NABJ Aims to Take Control of Black Male Images in Media

“No one is coming to save you,” said Access correspondent Scott Evans. There was some real candor during the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Images of Black Men in Media” panel this past weekend.

“No one is coming to show you, you,” Evans continued. “It’s your responsibility to show us, you. If you have an Instagram page, if you have a YouTube Channel, you can craft stories with our perspective and reach people who need to hear it. You don’t have to wait until you’re on Netflix, on NBC, in an Oscar-winning film or on a trailblazing news magazine format show to do it.”

NABJ’s nationwide Black Male Media Project, which aims to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society, hosted a diverse panel of entertainment and media personalities including, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan. The panel was moderated by NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill.

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“Images of Black Men in Media” Panel, NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Scott Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan (Image: Instagram)

 

“The great thing now is we are putting ourselves in positions to executive produce, star in and write and tell our own stories,” said comedian Lil’ Rel. “Before I did my show on Fox, I was on The Carmichael Show and I was impressed by the way Jerrod [Carmichael] really worked every level of it. He wasn’t just taking the credits, he was actually doing the work, same thing with Issa [Rae], same thing with Donald [Glover]. They inspire me. From this point on, there is no reason why I shouldn’t run my show. I should be able to tell my story and be able to sit in the writer’s room with the other writers and create these stories.”

This event was a part of a bigger conversation that took place at various chapters nationwide. The organization hosted multiple NABJ affiliate chapter conversations in several cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, simultaneously. The initiative is designed to inspire, support, and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in or aspiring to work in journalism and media.

“It’s important that we have a part in the crafting of the images we see of ourselves in media because of the way they influence us, the way they impact what we believe about ourselves and what others believe about us,” said Hill.

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5 Cracking Crime Capers Where Women Take Charge

With Ocean’s 8 hitting U.S. screens this week, we’re celebrating the best crime movies that put women front and centre.

Thelma & Louise


Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise.

Thelma & Louise starts out a joyous celebration of friendship and womanhood. And while they remain central themes throughout, the film also journeys to some pretty dark places. Geena Davies is Thelma, a happy-go-lucky housewife married to a nasty piece of work. Susan Sarandon is Louise, a cynical waitress who won’t take crap from anyone. The pair drive to a fishing cabin for a weekend away, but never make it. As Thelma gets very nearly raped, Louise shoots the man dead, and the pair end up embarking on a cross-country adventure that turns into a crime spree. Culminating in one of the greatest endings in film history.

9 to 5


Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5.

Dabney Coleman’s “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” is no match for Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in this phenomenally successful 1980s office comedy. The terrific trio declare war on their boss by kidnapping and blackmailing him, introducing equal pay and daycare at their work in the process. It’s a fun revenge flick, but maybe the best thing about 9 to 5 is the fact that Dolly Parton wrote the title track on set, tapping out the beat — typewriter-style — using her giant acrylic nails.

Bad Girls


Drew Barrymore, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Madeleine Stowe in Bad Girls.

Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, Mary Stuart Masterson and Madeleine Stowe star in this tale of robbery and murder in the Old West. Which throaty trailer guy describes as follows: “All they wanted was a fresh start. They had no rights. They had no justice. And no one to stand up for them. They didn’t want this kind of life. They didn’t ask for this kind of trouble. But fate turned four women into friends. Four friends into fugitives. And four reluctant heroes into legends. Bad Girls.”

Heartbreakers


Jason Lee, Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ray Liotta in Hearbreakers.

Heartbreakers is asexed-upp Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in which Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver play a dynamic daughter-mother duo who con rich men out of money. Their latest mark being a rich and elderly tycoon — played by Gene Hackman — who plans to put more tobacco in cigarettes. The humour is cynical, tasteless and nasty, but never not funny. And in spite of the fact that the leading ladies are deplorable, you can’t help but root for them.

Spring Breakers


Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.

Written and directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as friends who rob a restaurant to pay their way to Spring Break in Florida. Where they hook up with James Franco’s Alien. A gangster and hustler who plays a mean Britney Spears on his piano, and nudges them into a life of crime. Not that they need much encouraging. What follows is a twisted tale of sex, drugs, violence, and iconic pink ski masks.

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OAKLAND (Reuters) – Golden State’s high-powered offense was too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Warriors claimed a 122-103 victory in Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.


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It’s time to take another look at Capri Sun

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Motherhood can be exasperating. And the decisions we make just to feed our children can be enough to scramble your brain. There are so few times a product is 1) easy 2) affordable and 3) not terrible for you.

Whitney Barthel kidsA completely typical moment at our house.

I’m a mother of five; all three of these things are important to me. So when I find something that hits the trifecta, it’s enough to make me jump for joy…or perhaps just watch my kids do it. And from then on, having said product on hand is a real no-brainer.

Here’s the thing: my boys insist on bringing their lunch to school, mainly because all their friends pack a lunch, and heaven forbid they have to wait in line for hot lunch while their friends are already hanging out at a table.

Anyway, this obviously complicates things when I’m scrambling to get three kids out the door and onto the bus by 7 a.m. To make my mornings a tiny bit more manageable, I keep a few key products around that are easy to throw in a lunchbox as part of a well-rounded meal — or at least one I know I won’t get a call about from the principal or PTA.

One of these key items is Capri Sun. The brand has evolved from the one you grew up with, and now offers a ton of different options for picky parents like me who want to give their kids a decent juice drink. Right now, the boys and I are really digging the 100% Juice, Organic, and Fruit Refreshers lines, both at school and at home. They’re made from all-natural ingredients, and contain no added sugar* (THANK YOU!), artificial color, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Oh yeah, and according to my boys, they are super yummy .

While all three of the Capri Sun lines are made with all-natural ingredients, there are a few differences between the products.

  1. The 100% Juice line is just what it says — 100% Juice. Every pouch contains 3/4 cup of real fruit juice**. Try the apple, berry, fruit punch, grape or watermelon flavors.
  2. The Organic line is made from USDA Certified organic fruit and is available in apple, fruit punch, grape, tropical punch, and strawberry lemonade. My boys love the strawberry lemonade. They tell me it tastes extra delicious after getting all hot and sweaty riding bikes or wrestling on the trampoline.
  3. The Fruit Refreshers are my personal favorite and contain 50 percent less sugar than other leading juice drinks***. Fruit Refreshers come in four flavors: Awesomely Apple, Very Berry, Aloha Mango and Orange Pineapple Tango.

Bonus for moms like me who sometimes need a little treat after a grueling session of 8-minute abs: all Fruit Refreshers flavors are between 45-50 calories. Score!

Honestly, Capri Sun has made it really easy for moms to give our kids (or ourselves) a guilt-free beverage…and one that won’t bust your grocery budget either. #MomWin

When was the last time you checked out Capri Sun?

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**As part of well-balance diet, eat a variety of fruit every day and be sure to make most of your fruits whole fruits. USDA MyPlate recommends a daily intake of 2 cups of fruit from a 2,000 calorie diet. See ChooseMyPlate.Gov for more information on healthy eating

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Apple should take a page from Netflix’s playbook if it wants to succeed in TV

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Over the last few years, Netflix has undergone a rather impressive transformation. In what seems like a blink of an eye, Netflix morphed from a company that mailed out DVDs into a bona-fide streaming juggernaut with a market cap that now exceeds Disney. At the core of Netflix’s streaming success has been its obsession with churning out an endless stream of original content. As Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained a few years ago, Netflix’s goal was to “become HBO faster than HBO can become us.”

While Netflix appreciated the importance of having a large catalog of original programming across a multitude of genres, the same can’t be said of Apple. At this point, it’s no secret that Apple has a genuine interest in the TV space. After the lackluster rollout of Planet of the Apps and the needless remake that was Carpool Karaoke, Apple has since taken its TV efforts far more seriously by inking a number of deals with high-profile individuals like Damien Chazelle, the mastermind behind hit films like La La Land and Whiplash. Still, Apple only has about 13 planned shows at this point, a fact which 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch categorized as nothing more than a “dabbling.”

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5 Anime Side Characters Who Deserve to Take the Lead

Viewers can usually spot the main character in an anime. Often, they visually stand out from the other characters or their backstory or introduction gives it away. Unsurprisingly, these characters’ stories take center stage. After all, they’re the stars.

But it’s the supporting cast members who help them achieve their goals by providing guidance, friendship, or comic relief. When done well, these characters’ personalities and backstories can actually steal the spotlight from the lead, leaving fans begging for more. So, here are a five anime side characters who deserve to take the lead.

Kakashi Hatake — Naruto


anime side characters who deserve to take the lead Kakashi Hatake from Naruto

Despite the series literally being named after the main character, Naruto Uzumaki, the show still has many secondary characters that could take the lead, such as Kakashi Hatake, a shinobi from the Konohagakure’s Hatake clan. Hatake has an interesting backstory full of pain, anguish, and growth that’s worth further exploration. He loses his mother as a child, and subsequently his father, Sakumo Hatake, a ninja renowned for saving the Hidden Leaf Village on more than one occasion.

His father’s death, in particular, adversely affects the young ninja, as he watched his father fall from grace within the village after choosing to save his comrades over completing a mission. The disgraced ninja fell into a depression, which led to his untimely death and Kakashi’s obsession with completing missions — even at the cost of his comrades. Yet, despite his troubled past, Kakashi doesn’t become evil like so many other Naruto characters. In time, he even comes to understand his father’s decision when faced with a similar choice.

Consequently, Hatake’s becomes more confident and self-reliant, which helps him to acquire the skills necessary to become a mentor to the village’s young ninjas. Despite his reputation and solid ninja skills, Hatake has shown no signs of arrogance. His modesty, tragic backstory, and ninja abilities make him the perfect choice to take the lead. It also doesn’t hurt that Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, agrees. Kishimoto said in an interview that if he were to create a Naruto series with a different lead, Hatake would be his first pick.

Levi Ackerman — Attack on Titan


anime side characters who deserve to take the lead Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan

Levi Ackerman (or Captain Levi to his comrades in arms) is the squad captain of the Special Operations Squad within the Scout Regiment. As such, many refer to him as humanity’s strongest soldier. But the decorated soldier’s past is filled with pain and loss. Not only did he lose his mother and friends, he also lost his entire squad. Despite this, he has never drifted away from his duties or lost his composure. His emotions stay hidden until he completes his mission. It’s a commendable quality that few characters in Attack on Titan possess, including the series’ main character, Eren Jaeger.

His skills on the battlefield, eccentric behavior (don’t stop by when he’s on a cleaning rampage), and cold charm draws viewers in. (Besides that, the squad captain has distinguishing features, such as the red cravat, that distinguishes him from the rest of the cast.) Despite his unapproachable and cold demeanor, Levi’s dexterity and suave personality make him more likable and deserving of the spotlight than Eren Jaeger, who spends most of his time on screen yelling and putting his comrades in unnecessary danger.

Roy Mustang — Fullmetal Alchemist


anime side characters who deserve to take the lead Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist

Roy Mustang, also known as the Flame Alchemist, is one of the leads of the Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA)series. Even so, he can carry the show all by himself. Earning many accolades during his time in the Ishval Civil War and as a state alchemist, Mustang is a remarkable and capable commander capable of becoming the next Führer of Amestris and the main protagonist.

Although on the surface Mustang seems selfish and narcissistic, his heart is in the right place. It’s thanks to his self-absorbed façade that he can push his subordinates further than they expected. But besides his power and intelligence, he has a sensitive side that comes to light when he learns of his dear friend’s, Maes Hughes, death. A loss that affects him greatly and speeds up his plans of becoming Führer.

Not to mention, Roy Mustang is an attractive, sophisticated, powerful man in the prime of his life. With his dark, piercing eyes and baby face, the Flame Alchemist deserves to take the lead of the FMA franchise. His time during the war as a “hero of a massacre” and idealistic plans for Amestris make for a compelling story.

Shoto Todoroki — My Hero Academia


anime side characters who deserve to take the lead Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia

Even with a cast full of bizarre superheroes, Shoto Todoroki is still one of the most unique characters on My Hero Academia. Despite not having many scenes in the first couple of episodes, his rivalry with Izuku Midoriya and unfriendly personality make him one of the most popular characters in the series, according to Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. He even beat out the main leads, Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo.

Todoroki is the son of the second strongest hero, Endeavor. His father’s obsession with All Might has led Endeavor to create offspring to surpass the world’s number one hero. His fixation with All Might took priority over his family, causing Todoroki to develop an aloof personality. Even so, Todoroki is still able to grow from it. He develops his own fighting style and ethics on heroism that put his father to shame.

Todoroki’s ability to overcome his issues makes him an incredibly sympathetic and likable character. Midoriya even mentions that Todoroki has all of the makings of a protagonist — unlike himself. Maybe there’s a spinoff series in the young hero’s future.

Kiyomasa Senji — Deadman Wonderland


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Also known as Crow, Kiyomasa Senji was a police officer before landing in Deadman Wonderland. It’s thanks to Senji that the main character Ganta Igarashi lasted as long as he did in the amusement park prison. With Senji’s training and support, Ganta was able to use his Branch of Sin, making it possible for him to win and survive until the end.

Besides that, the battle-hardened veteran’s thirst for violence and cool catchphrase, “Dead Center” make him a suitable candidate to take the series’ lead role. Back during his police officer days, Senji used his ability to catch criminals, often crossing the line to capture his target. This made him a target to gangs, and, in the end, Senji lost colleagues, friends, and even his mentor, Domon. But Senji grows from these horrible experiences, becoming stronger and more determined.

But Senji isn’t just a serious badass character. When faced with danger, he shows how charismatic he is by making jokes. He also takes the time to help those weaker than himself, which is commendable. These laudable qualities, which Ganta lacks, make him the ideal choice for a lead role. (Plus, his toned body, messy hair, and eye-patch just scream main character.) Making Senji the lead would likely bring the  Deadman Wonderland anime back to life.

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The NFL Says No Kneeling? Take a Stand [Opinion]

So, let me get this straight. We have now decided to be a country where the right to bear arms is protected and vigorously defended— even when our children and their teachers are being routinely mowed down by guns in our schools. But the right to kneel in silent, respectful protest at a sporting event is a punishable offense? This is who we are?

As NFL players whisper to sports reporters about new forms of protest being hatched in the wake of Wednesday’s league vote to fine teams whose players kneel during the national anthem, there has been no backstepping on the decision. Even though it’s been slammed by legions of fans, civil rights advocates, and much of the media, the new policy stands.

According to a broadly published statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the move was designed to “keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Really? How’s that working out?

Note to the NFL: The Battle for Civil Rights Trumps Your Game

NFL owners, who apparently have deep concerns about where we all place our focus, reportedly agreed to this policy unanimously—even though some owners subsequently admitted they would just pay the fines, if necessary. What does that say about the NFL? And what does it say if we who consume the game don’t find a way to show them just how focused we can be—and where our focus must be if we have any chance at healing this incredibly divided nation?

Note to Goodell, all 32 franchise owners, and the powers they are clearly bowing to in the White House: No game, sports league, or song is more important than the very real social, political, racial, and economic issues that plague this country. If you truly respected the “extraordinary athletes” who care deeply enough about these issues to kneel during the anthem, you would respect their choice to do so.

The no-kneeling policy is an act of cowardice. The owners—all extremely wealthy and all white men, except two—could seize this opportunity to lead. Instead, they have refused to embrace their players (70% of whom are black, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport) and help the broad community of NFL fans confront the issues that prompted athletes—led by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick—to kneel in the first place.

The players have been offered the option of staying in the locker room as opposed to taking the field (even though Donald Trump told Fox and Friends on Thursday that those who don’t want to stand for the anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.”).

This new policy does more than seek to shove their protest underground; it chooses to prioritize and protect the game at the cost of shining a light on larger concerns about where our culture is headed, about what is unfair, unequal, and unjust in our society, and what can be done about it.

There Are Cancers in Our Culture; We Are the Cure

In the midst of a critical period defined by movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #Enough, and #TimesUp, all aimed at driving hidden cancers in our culture into the light, how is #TakeaKnee any less deserving of our vigilant support? “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Martin Luther King Jr. These movements are not unrelated. Think about it: Is the NFL’s response so different from school administrators who threatened to expel students for participating in the post-Parkland, Florida, massacre walk-outs?

Kneeling can mean a lot of things, but it is part of a universal language that the whole world understands. We kneel to pray, to plead, and to pay homage. We kneel in gratitude and in servitude. We kneel in anguish, in humility, and in hope. Regardless of what drives us to our knees, never has doing so been condemned as an act of disrespect. Until now. And like so much about our country in recent years, this response—exemplified by this policy—seems unreasonable at best and, at worst, unconscionable.

Admittedly, I am not a football fan. I watch the Super Bowl mainly for the commercials and half-time show. I understand that for fans, there is much more at stake here. But I lead a brand that encourages women to own their power, and fans have power too.

Another great King quote says, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.” A few players have been brave enough to make like King and take a knee in the interest of justice. When will those who love the game do the same and take a stand?

 

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Are you confident you’re saving enough for retirement?

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It’s common knowledge that most people aren’t giddy about their retirement savings.

According to Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning and Progress Study, 1 in 5 Americans have no retirement savings at all!

Of the 2,003 adults surveyed, more than half said they expect to work past age 65. And 73% of those people said they will continue to work because they won’t have enough to live on otherwise.

Bummer, right?

But there’s no reason you need to become another statistic.

Today Is the Day to Start Investing for the Rest of Your Life

Listen, I know you have a lot of great excuses for why you’re not saving. And it’s scary, because charts like this one say you have to have your entire salary saved at 30. Meanwhile, you’re just trying to make your student loan payments.

But you have to save for retirement, because Plan B is working until you die. And you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

Talk to human resources and make sure you’re getting your 401(k) match at work. If you’ve done that, head online to an investment company like Vanguard, Schwab or Fidelity and open a Roth IRA.

Once you get your accounts set up, it’s much easier to figure out what you actually need to save.

How to Calculate What You Need in Retirement Savings

Basically, you need to make a budget for your future. Figure out what you want to spend annually in retirement. My goal is currently $ 40,000 per year for my husband and me. Consider that when you retire, you should have all the “stuff” you’ll ever need so you can live more frugally.

The key to saving the right amount for retirement is the Multiply by 25 rule.

You multiply your desired annual income by 25, and that’s how much you’ll need to retire. Why 25? It produces the number you need to generate a 4% return accounting for inflation.

You can safely withdraw 4% from your retirement savings if you want it to last well beyond 30 years.

If we want pull out $ 40,000 our first year of retirement, we’ll need to have $ 40,000 x 25, which is $ 1 million. This will allow us to withdraw 2% more every year to keep up with inflation.

That doesn’t mean we’re putting $ 1 million of our own dollars into retirement. This includes all the compound interest that will build over time.

That means the earlier you start saving for retirement, the less money you’ll have to put in, and the less work you’ll be doing in your golden years.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder who gives tips for saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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These 7 iPhone Apps Can Help You Take Control of Your Money


Sometimes we wonder how people managed their money way back when…

You had to put pen to paper to draw up a budget? You had to actually walk into a bank to get a loan? Or read a newspaper to keep tabs on your stocks?

And you couldn’t automatically save money; you had to intentionally deposit $ 50 into your savings each week?

Count us out.

OK, we’re being a bit flippant here, but in reality iPhones and their apps have made managing money incredibly simple.

“People are finding that the apps take away the pain and mystique of dealing with our finances and replace it with processes that are as easy as buying a shirt online or swiping right on Bumble,” Fast Future Publishing founder and CEO Rohit Talwar writes in an email.

The Best iPhone Apps for Money Management

If personal finances intimidate you, we get it. But financial apps can really help make managing money simple.

Talwar says these tools are breaking down the barriers of complicated financial jargon and are making it easier than ever for folks to make smart financial moves.

So, iPhone users, open the App Store and start downloading these recommended apps.

1. Credit Sesame: Keep an Eye on Your Credit Score

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It’s easy to push your credit score to the back of your mind.

After all, how do you even check it? What’s it really matter? But then you go to take out a mortgage, buy a car or apply for a rewards credit card… shoot.

Take care of your financial health by keeping tabs on your credit score. One of our favorite free credit-monitoring tools is Credit Sesame.

You can sign up online or through its app, and you’ll gain access to your credit score as well as your credit report card. It’ll also offer tips on how to increase your score for when it matters.

Take Jerry Morgan, for example. He and his family have had a difficult 10 years financially.

When Morgan signed up for Credit Sesame back in September 2017, his score was at about 500. In six months, he was able to increase his score 120 points — thanks, in part, to the platform’s recommendations.

Keep your credit score in your back pocket by downloading the Credit Sesame app.

2. WinWin: Save Money

Picture this: It’s payday, and you immediately head to the bank to cash your check and move $ 50 of it over to a separate savings account.

Yeah, right.

OK, if you have a lot of willpower, maybe this was the case, but saving money proves difficult. So why not turn it into a bit of a game? Try using an app called WinWin.

First, download the app, and WinWin will walk you through how it all works. Here’s the gist: You’ll automate your savings, plus play games for chances to win more money to boost your savings.

You can earn instant prizes by playing the daily games (think: classics like pinball and breakout). The more often you play, the more chances you have to win daily prizes — which include free plays (i.e. another chance to win) and cash prizes between 10 cents and $ 5 that go into your WinWin savings account.

So you’re saving money — and playing for a chance to win even more. Fun, right?

The app is free to download and costs $ 2 a month after that.

3. Acorns: Invest in Stocks

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Honestly, old-school investing just conjures images of Wall Street trading room chaos, so we’ll stop while we’re ahead.

Investing isn’t nearly as intimidating nowadays with microinvesting apps. Yes — these apps allow you to invest in smaller groupings of stocks, called exchange-traded funds.

Acorns is a stellar example. Download the app, and turn on the round-up mode. Each time you make a purchase with a connected debt or credit card, it’ll round your total up to the nearest dollar. Once your round-ups hit $ 5, Acorns will invest the spare change for you.

Jeremy Kolodziej, for example, uses the app as a way to help him save. In less than two years, he’s managed to save $ 2,087 — without thinking.

“So many people use plastic and debit cards,” he explains. “Not a lot of people carry cash, where you can have a coin jar at home. It’s a virtual coin jar. You don’t even think about it.”

The app is free to download, then you’ll pay $ 1 a month for balances under $ 1 million. If you sign up through The Penny Hoarder, you’ll bank a $ 5 bonus to give you a boost.

4. Varo Money: Put Your Savings to Work

Varo Money has combined traditional banking tools with modern technology to help its customers become financially healthy. Its big selling points include:

  • All-in-one: In addition to a  bank account, you can open a Varo Savings Account, earning 1.25% Annual Percentage Yield — nearly 20 times the average savings account.
  • No fees: With Varo, as long as you use one of its 55,000 ATMs across the world, you’ll never pay fees. Additionally, you’ll pay no monthly service fees, no minimum balance fees, no foreign transaction fees and no cash replacement fees. You’ll just pay out-of-network ATM fees and cash deposit fees if you deposit cash in-store through Green Dot.
  • Early access to your paycheck: Get paid up to two days before your check is typically posted when you set up direct deposit with Varo.
  • Varo Forecast: Varo keeps tabs on how much you spend across all your accounts so you can better analyze and project your cash flow. It also allows you to set spending caps.

To sign up for Varo, you’ll have to download its free iOS app.

5. Stash: Invest in Real Estate

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We’re familiar with the old-school way of investing in real estate — buy a house, apartment, duplex, warehouse, land, whatever it is. But that calls for a big chunk of change and commitment.

If you don’t have that kind of time or money, you may want to look into real estate investment trusts (REITs). These are funds pooled together from thousands of investors to invest in one property, like a mutual fund.

There are several ways you can invest in REITs, but perhaps the easiest is through an app called Stash. You might have heard of it. It helps folks invest and save small amounts of change. It also helps us invest small amounts into real estate.

If you don’t already use Stash, sign up here.

When you invest your first $ 5, you’ll get another $ 5 bonus to invest — on us. Now, you’ll have access to all of Stash’s tools, including its real estate investments. The app costs $ 1 a month.

If you already have Stash, great. Go ahead and explore the REIT feature through your existing account.

Just a friendly reminder: As with any investing, there’s risk, though investing in REITs is less risky than investing in an entire shopping mall on your own.

6. Chime: Bank From Anywhere

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We try to avoid using “literally” around here, but you can literally do anything through an app these days — including all of your banking. I mean, can you imagine having to set foot into a bank?!

Chime is a great example of an online-only bank. It offers some unique features that many traditional banks haven’t caught on to yet.

For example, you can do just about everything from its app, which boasts more than 2,000 five-star reviews in the iTunes store. You’ll be able to:

  • Open a checking account — which Chime calls a “spending” account. While you’re at it, set up direct deposit. Then, Chime will allow you to get paid up to two days early — as soon as your paycheck is posted. No delay.
  • Enroll in Chime’s automated Saving account, where you can automatically squirrel money into a separate, hands-off account.
  • Avoid bank fees. We’re talkin’ no overdraft fees, monthly maintenance fees, foreign transaction fees or minimum balance fees.

Last year, we chatted with Samuel Demeny, who opened a spending and savings account with Chime. He switched so he could avoid Well Fargo’s daily spending limits. He’s also been able to save about $ 800 in nine months with the automatic savings option.

Demeny also loves that he gets his paycheck two days early, which he says helps him budget before the weekend rolls around.

Start managing all your money from your phone by opening a free account with Chime.

7. Google Sheets: Create a Budget

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We’re going to be totally honest on this one. We haven’t quite found a budgeting app we’re in love with yet. (Seriously, email us any suggestions. We’re all ears!)

That’s why we’ve largely stuck with the old-school spreadsheet. Gasp. We know, but once you get it set up in Google Drive, download the Google Sheets app (or the less popular Numbers) to keep it mobile.

Start off easy by using it to simply track your income and expenses. Break down your expenses by categories that are most relevant to you: groceries, restaurants, utilities, rent, transportation… It’s all totally customizable. Sum up the categories for a total. Then, subtract your income from your expenses. Bam.

Set a personal goal for how much you want to see leftover each month. You’ll have to play with these a bit, but that’s the joy of the spreadsheet: You can adjust it whenever you want.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She wants to know: Which iPhone apps do you use to manager your money? Shoot her an email, and let her know!

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The developers of several popular erotic games on Steam have received warnings from Valve that they must censor the adult content in their games or they will be removed, according to tweets from those developers.

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Take a Deep Breath: Here’s How to Tame Your Financial Stress


I never thought much about how I reacted to money stress until recently, when I realized I had negative equity on my car.

I’d been living at home and hacking away at my debt, trying to position myself so that I could move out again.

I finally got to a financial place where, as long as I sold my car, I could live closer to work. But then something happened that threw me into panic mode.

My car was appraised at less than I owed on it. About $ 2,000 less. And then the meltdown began.

It wasn’t so much that I owed the money. It was the fact that the longer I drove the car, the bigger the financial grave I was digging.

I had less than the amount owed in my savings and had no idea how I was going to make up the difference. I started experiencing cold sweats, reduced appetite and racing thoughts for an entire week.

Financial Issues: A Stress for Many

For many, money is a common cause of stress, panic and worry. In 2015, a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed that 72 percent of survey respondents felt stressed about money at least some of the time, and 26 percent felt stressed about money all of the time.

And, let’s face it: Cash really is king. Money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness, but it brings stability –– like a roof over your head and food to eat.

When you’re stressed over financials, you might end up having knee-jerk reactions –– and could make decisions that are okay in the short term, but terrible in the long run.

Our reactions to financial stress are buried deep in our brains. And for those of us who experience the panic, it can be hard to realize it.

The so-called “great solution” my brain came up with after the car fiasco? Get rid of the car as soon as possible, move into a cheap apartment in a not-so-great area near work with zero belongings except for my clothes and dog, and “figure it out.” Whatever that means.

Thankfully, I avoided that disaster, thanks to my parents rationalizing the situation for me –– but they won’t always be around.

It was time to learn how to deal with these problems on my own.

Why We Start to Panic

Whether you’re just learning how to make it on your own or are feeling the burn of struggling financially for most of your life, panicking does no good.

I reached out to Dr. Audrey Ervin, PhD, a psychology faculty member at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania, for her thoughts on why we seem to make knee-jerk reactions when we’re faced with difficult financial situations.

Ervin broke it down:

Anxiety that involves leaning into the future and the past.

When it comes to financial stress, people often conflate future events with past ones. In my case, all I could think about was, “If I never bought this stupid car in the first place, I wouldn’t be dealing with this right now.” This isn’t necessarily true, though. Something else could have happened to keep me from moving.

We’re afraid of the unknown.

Thinking things like, “Will I have enough money to pay my student loans? Will I be able to pay the electric bill?” are all thoughts that help feed the panic within. When you have a tight budget or worry about job security, these thoughts add stress to your life. My biggest unknown was how much my car would be worth by the time I saved up a couple of grand to sell it: “Will I ever have enough to get rid of it?”

We think of the worst-case scenario.

Ervin explains that some people create fear-based narratives and negative self-talk with doom- and-gloom scenarios. Probably not the best thing to do when you’re stressed –– it only adds to the problem. Ervin recommends asking yourself, “How likely is this scenario to happen on a scale of 1 to 100?” My worst-case scenario was living at home for the rest of my life because of a car –– probably a minus-1,000 on a scale of 1 to 100, but it felt real in my overloaded brain.

Tips to Overcome Financial Stress or Panic

The good news is there’s a way to identify and manage stress and panic, regardless of whether they’re because of money or not.

Ervin shared five tips:

  1. Stop, take a breath and come into the moment. This will take your focus away from the panic and back to the present.
  2. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in the body. How are you feeling? Why do you feel that way? I thought I had a headache and wasn’t sleeping well because I was getting a cold, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was my financial situation affecting my health. Sometimes we experience emotions we aren’t fully aware of.
  3. Focus on the here and now and being in your body. Ervin says that mindfully coming into the moment can be a strong antidote to panic. It forces you to take a step back instead of just reacting.
  4. Engage in self-soothing thoughts. Ervin suggests changing your internal thoughts to focus on what you have control over right now, in the moment. In doing so, you’ll be able to detach from things you can’t control and will be able to focus your energy on the things you can actually change. She also recommends asking yourself, “What are some realistic short-term solutions?” And as always, remain positive. By reflecting on your successes and internal strengths, you can affirm that you can handle the current situation. Changing your narrative from “this is absolutely horrible” to “this is not preferable, but I can handle it,” can reduce panic.
  5. Develop a short-term and long-term financial goal list. Know the difference between a genuine immediate financial need and a long-term desire or goal. Allocate your emotional resources proportionally.

After using some of Ervin’s tips, I took a step back from my situation and was able to see it from a much clearer, objective perspective.

Instead of quickly making a poor financial decision to move while still having my car, I took a step back. I wrote down all of pros and cons of my situation and then formatted a plan based on it.

The end result? I was able to come up with a plan to borrow the money and sell my car. I even signed a lease on an apartment in a nicer neighborhood –– and I can still afford to keep hacking away at my debt while living there, even with the new loan payment.

Sometimes taking a breath is all it takes.

Kelly Anne Smith is an email content specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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adidas Skateboarding and BEYOND THE STREETS have teamed up once more, this time to create this installation curated by Roger Gastman. The space had a recreation of the iconic Venice Pavilion landmark, which was fully skate able. Elsewhere there was site-specific exhibits that were curated by local L.A. graffiti legend RISK and talks given by the likes of Shepard Fairey.

Last week the 2 companies announced their upcoming MARK MAKER / RULE BREAKER collection, which will be exclusive to the BTS gift shop. The range was inspired by the pillars of graffiti and skate and included custom tees, tote bags, pins and skateboard decks. Artists that took part in the range included STAY HIGH 149, Martha Cooper, KC Ortiz, Kristofferson San Pablo, and Jason Revok and all proceeds go directly to STOKED mentoring.

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Think about retailing in Honolulu and the first thing to come to mind is the Ala Moana shopping center, the seventh largest mall in the U.S. and home to Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and a long list of specialty stores.
But there’s another development making strides in the city — at least among the luxury community: Velocity Honolulu, a 235,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 888 Kapiolani Boulevard that sports an unusual offer.
The development, which is located less than a mile from downtown, features upscale boutiques and restaurants as well as a luxury car dealership and auto concierge program along with 388 high-end condominiums. It opened in 2016.
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Who needs water anyway? Take a look at these beautiful deserts

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There is something beautiful about the desert. It is almost completely silent, with only the whistling of the wind providing any sounds. These are the places of legends and dreamers, and where only the toughest are able to flourish.

With a serene beauty, these places are unique both as biodomes and in and of themselves.

The Namib

The Namib is a beautiful, expansive desert which goes up and down the coast of Africa’s southern Atlantic shore, stretching 1,200 miles from Angola all the way to South Africa.

Meaning “the vast place” in the local Nama language, the desert is primarily sand dunes and has almost no human habitation in it whatsoever. Yet many animals have adapted to the tough, dry conditions, thriving in the heat. These animals include sidewinder snakes and a whole lot of beetles.

The coast of this desert is called the “skeleton coast” due to the fact that there are thousands of ships beached on the shores. There are no ports in this vast desert, so when trouble struck out on the open ocean, the sailors of these ships sailed straight for – and into land. They then left their ships to be taken over by the elements.

The Negev

The Negev comprises the entire southern region of Israel, taking up over 50 percent of the country. The desert has been conquered and reconquered innumerable times throughout the millennia.

Along with beautiful rock formations and incredible hiking trails, one can find ruins from the ancient Hebrews, ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, the Romans, and many others here.

Coming from the Hebrew root word meaning “to dry out,” the Negev is actually full of natural springs and wildlife. There are also lots of people living in this desert, from Bedouin Arab nomads to people living in towns dotted all across the landscape.

The Thar

The Thar is a beautiful desert located on the border between India and Pakistan, and has some of the most magical scenery in the world. The desert is also densely populated for how dry the area is, and has a rich and storied history going back thousands of years.

In fact, this desert has played a huge role in human history, specifically in the history of people living in the desert. For instance, it turns out that camels are indigenous to the Thar desert. The people living in this area were the first in the world to domesticate the animal who then went on to sell them to various civilizations throughout the millennia.

Additionally, Roma are thought to have originated from this desert. Having split off from the Dom people during their migration out of the Thar desert approximately 1,000 years ago, the Roma now live all over the world.

The Danakil


This magnificent looking desert is located in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia and is situated on the border with Djibouti and Eritrea. This desert is actually a natural depression on the African continent which is caused by the African continental plate moving away from the Asian continental plate.

The beautiful colors seen here are the result of various hydrothermal vents depositing minerals into the soil.

One of these minerals is salt. For thousands of years salt has been worth more than its weight in gold, and the people who live in this desert – called the Afar people – have been mining salt for over 4,000 years, transporting the valuable mineral via camel to markets all over Ethiopia.

The Sonora

This desert is known for its huge saguaro cactuses as well as its rolling red hills and scrubland. Despite being a desert, snow routinely dusts this beautiful landscape which borders the Gulf of California and crosses between Arizona and Mexico.

Many people have lived and become captivated by this beautiful desert, including seventeen native American tribes, as well as being home to both Phoenix and Tucson Arizona.

Although people don’t typically use camels or see huge sand dunes in this desert, the red rock formations, as well as the greenery which arrives during the winter and spring, are definitely worth the trip!

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We live in a technological age — and there is no going back. For anyone looking to get ahead in their career, mastering certain skills is absolutely necessary.

You don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg for technical skills to be important in your career. No matter your industry, it’s vital that you stay on top of things or you’ll wind up as obsolete as the fax machine.

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Beyoncé and Solange had a tiny misstep on stage Saturday night during Bey’s second Coachella set.

While they were dancing to “Get Me Bodied” like they did during weekend one, Beyoncé tried to pick Solange up for a hug and it didn’t quite work out as planned.

In seconds, they both hit the ground and turned the moment into a rather cute recovery.

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Banksy, Janelle Monáe and A$ AP Rocky are among the talent who have had their videos beamed on the wall there. Users can tune in remotely to watch it via live webcams and listen to synched soundtracks on iPhones. But Walltime can also be used to share Vimeo or YouTube videos on walls anywhere in the world. Live since January, the Walltime app is a new way to bring virtual content into a public space. Cofounder and chief executive officer Alex S. Vandoros said, “It adds what we believe is a new dimension to social media and audio visual content. Anybody can see anything on their iPhone. But there’s not really a platform out there that puts together virtual cloud-based content and actual walls — or other outdoor assets.”
Monáe’s new music video, “Pynk,” was teased last week downtown with a “sort of hush-hush release.” The app’s dual function allows people to listen to high-quality audio in synch with the projection. Not long ago while having dinner nearby at Cherche Midi, Atlantic Records executives happened to see A$ AP Rocky screening a video

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Michael B. Jordan Stopped Dying On Camera After Mom Couldn’t Take It

 

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Michael B. Jordan has made a point to remove a major source of stress for his mother, Donna Jordan.

The actor, who most recently starred in “Black Panther,” has decided that he will never play a character whose death happens on screen – all to stop his “super emotional” mom from losing it, he revealed in an extensive interview.

“When I shot my death scene in ‘The Wire,’ she was on set. And the (production assistants) kept coming to me and saying: ‘You may want to check on your mom,’” the 31-year-old actor told The New York Times.

“I go see her, and she’s sitting there bawling. I’m just a kid. I’m going, ‘Come on, Ma. You’re embarrassing me.’ And after ‘Fruitvale Station,’ I was like, ‘Man, this is really affecting her.’”

So Jordan began taking on roles where he didn’t die: “Fantastic Four” and “Creed” and “That Awkward Moment.” In addition to the survival of his characters, he had an ulterior motive other than making his mom happy.

“I want people to see me win,” he told The Times. “I want audiences to see me ending up on top — not dying.”

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Should you, would you, take your baby to a brewery?

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I live in Colorado, where we take our craft beer seriously. I even get annoyed with memes about moms and wine in part because some of us prefer a nice, hoppy IPA or a tasty chocolate stout instead. Denver is constantly opening new craft breweries and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Most breweries we frequent are low-key establishments. They don’t serve food, so you’re allowed to bring in your own from home or from a nearby food truck or restaurant. People sit at long tables, picnic-style, and chat or play games or watch the Rockies. It’s a great, laid-back way to spend a weekend afternoon.

And yeah – many of us bring our kids.

We usually pack the kids a snack, and we’ll order them a soft drink or house-brewed root beer if it’s available. And they hang out and play board games or cards. My 4th grader brought his homework once. Last month, we discovered Girl Scouts selling cookies at our neighborhood brewery. We never got to the point of having our baby’s birthday party there, but I can see the argument for it. If your child has no idea they’re turning one, and their friends also have no idea what’s going on (because they’re babies), shouldn’t the adults at least enjoy themselves?

Parents are starting to get some pushback now. Some adults would like breweries to only be for those old enough to actually drink the beer. And some breweries are even cracking down, with special kid hours and rules for parents.

I view breweries like I view restaurants. You can generally tell which restaurants are family-friendly because they have highchairs and kid menus and other children milling around. They have non-breakable glasses and wipeable tablecloths. And you can always check Yelp reviews to help you out if you’re not sure.

Breweries are much the same – kid-friendly ones have plenty of space for families, and board games to play, and soda offerings as well as the beer. They just have a kid-welcome vibe about them that establishments for adults don’t…and if you’re uncertain, a little online research can usually tell you in less than 5 minutes. I also think there’s a big difference between neighborhood pubs or breweries and bars – I can see the arguments for no babies in bars (though I did that once or twice, too!). But breweries are much more relaxed.

As long as we’re all being considerate, babies and kids in breweries are no big deal…and are actually a lot of fun. And if anyone’s having a children’s party at one, add me to the guest list.

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Commentary: It’s Time for Washington to Take on the Tech Monopolies

The giant U.S. technology monopolies dangerously threaten new and small business creation–not just in Silicon Valley, but on every Main Street in America.

Antitrust has become a popular topic of conversation, especially now that Amazon


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seems to have driven Toys ‘R’ Us to close all of its 735 U.S. stores, booting 30,000 employees out of work. Amazon, Apple


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, Facebook


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, and Google


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have certainly turned into monopolies in their markets. Statistics vary depending on the source, but Google owns about 81% of online searches and 85% of search ad revenue. Facebook utterly dominates social networking, with more than 2 billion users worldwide and 77% of mobile social traffic. Apple rakes in 91% of global smartphone profits. Amazon handles at least half of the entire amount of money consumers spend online.

For comparison, when the U.S. government used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up Standard Oil in 1911, the company accounted for 87% of refined oil sales. When AT&T


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was forced to break up in 1982, it handled 93% of U.S. phone traffic.

Yet applying antitrust laws in the usual ways is already a bit confounding when dealing with tech companies. The Sherman Antitrust Act is supposed to protect consumers from monopolies that corner a market and raise prices, yet the tech giants give consumers outstanding products for free (Google Maps and Facebook Messenger, for instance), or force prices down, as Amazon has done by under-pricing traditional retailers. The Sherman Antitrust Act forgives “innocent monopolies” that win just be being great at what they do. Admirably, our tech giants seem to have won their monopolies by playing by existing rules better than anyone, and that’s not a crime. In fact, it’s what our capitalist rules say they’re supposed to do.

However, the arguments about innocent monopolies and consumer benefits ignore a mushrooming danger to small businesses–and U.S. job growth. Tech startups, corner shops, new restaurants–these are significant engines of the U.S. economy. Small firms accounted for 64% of all new jobs generated from 1993 to 2011, according to the Small Business Administration.

But by every measure, business creation is falling. The rate of Americans deciding to become entrepreneurs has been steadily decreasing, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Since 2008, The Brookings Institution found, firm creation rates have been below business death rates–the first time that’s happened since the data began being collected in the 1970s.

If business creation is falling, and small businesses drive job growth, the likely outcome is that jobs will dwindle away. If tech startups get suppressed, the U.S. economy sees less innovation come to market, which could leave us falling behind other nations in critical areas like artificial intelligence and health care technology.

The big problem is that these tech giants don’t just sell products–they are platforms that other businesses rely on. Amazon is an enormous retailer, but it’s also a retail platform for thousands of small sellers. So Amazon is competing against small sellers and has an unfair advantage: It can see all their partners’ online activity and learn how to beat them on price or product offerings. Amazon also owns Amazon Web Services (AWS), the dominant cloud-computing platform. Amazon can spot threats or opportunities early on AWS, giving it the power to either buy or crush a potentially successful newcomer before that startup gets much traction.

Google and Facebook have similar outsized advantages. The enormous amount of data that flows through their systems allow them to spot threats early and either buy or copy them. Their everyday use by billions of people means that anything they offer immediately reaches a huge audience, potentially swamping any similar product from smaller, independent companies. I watched Facebook go after Snap, a company I invested in. When Facebook couldn’t buy Snap






in 2013, it began to clone its most popular features for Facebook users.

The giants are only going to grow in power, especially in the age of artificial intelligence. They get more data than anyone, and more data makes their AI software smarter than any other AI, increasing the giants’ lead and dominance.

I believe policymakers and regulators must focus on protecting small business from unfair competition. That may mean changing antitrust laws so they take into account damage to small companies, and then forcing the giants to divest some of their businesses to reduce their overall power. Amazon the retailer, for instance, should probably separate from AWS, the cloud-hosting service.

During Senate hearings to confirm nominees for the Federal Trade Commission, most of the nominees (now confirmed) said the FTC should take a new look at whether the tech giants are engaging in anticompetitive behavior. This kind of scrutiny, long abhorred by the tech industry, should now be welcomed by our society.

A publishing group, the News Media Alliance, asked Congress in February to set aside antitrust rules and let news outlets collectively negotiate with the likes of Facebook and Google. Again, this would’ve been anathema to tech a year ago, but now, allowing industry groups to band together to deal with monopoly giants seems reasonable. Earlier this month, Rep. David Cicilline (R-R.I.) introduced a bill–the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act–that would do just that.

Finally, I’m a believer in algorithmic accountability. The algorithms that manage internal operations for the tech giants strongly favor doing whatever is the most expedient, efficient, and effective, even if that means harming competitors or amplifying societal biases. The giants should proactively build algorithmic accountability into their systems, creating a level of automated transparency that would let consumers, the press, the technology community, or public officials look in and see what’s going on inside their black boxes. If the companies can’t faithfully and transparently act as their own watchdogs, the government likely will, and that likely would be a worse outcome for the companies than regulating themselves.

As a technology investor, I want to avoid regulatory solutions as much as anyone. Over-reaching regulations in the early 20th century killed innovation in electricity and telecommunications by creating highly regulated monopoly utilities that left little room for competitors or newcomers in those sectors. Yet, clearly, if we don’t address the dangers of tech monopolies, we’re going to wind up with that same dynamic–squashing innovation and growth in critical new industries.

Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst, a VC firm and author of UNSCALED: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future.

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Apparently Meghan Markle’s style evolution will take cues from Princess Diana

And Kate’s been helping her out

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Ever since Meghan Markle stepped into the limelight, the actress and humanitarian has been racking up major style points for her simple yet effortlessly cool sense of fashion. It’s a refreshing change to see her around town rocking a messy bun and one of her famous Meghan Markle coats, a welcome departure from the stuffiness of the past. However, a source has revealed that her sense of style is going to gradually start changing – and more specifically, in Princess Diana’s direction.

The source told Entertainment Tonight, ‘Like Kate, expect Meghan to make the occasional nod to her husband’s fashion icon mother. Both Kate and Meghan will no doubt honour Princess Diana with designs that reflect her likes and style.’

It’s not out of the ordinary for Kate to take style pointers from Princess Diana’s iconic style, from her powder blue suit in a royal Christmas card to a Prada pussybow dress she wore to visit the royal’s memorial garden.

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Kate Middleton’s engagement ring was also a gorgeous sapphire hand-me-down from the fashionable royal herself and future sister-in-law’s followed suit, as Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was crafted by Prince Harry and included two diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection.

Meghan’s laidback style seems to be clearly influenced by Los Angeles’ easy casual chic vibe, however in recent weeks she’s stepped up her fashion game. She’s come a long way since the ripped jeans of her Invictus Games appearance and her looks are a little more polished now, which is apparently thanks in part to Kate.

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The source revealed Kate ‘has also been advising Meghan about royal fashion, what protocol is expected and how she may have to adapt in the future. She has provided Meghan with names of some of the favourite UK go-to-designers on everything from dresses, coats and the all-important British hat.’

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Given that Kate Middleton’s hats are a thing of beauty, Meghan’s definitely in good hands – especially if she’s getting the down low on Kate Middleton’s favourite fashion brands. Though, the source speculates that somebody else may also be helping Meghan step up her style game in accordance with royal protocol.

They said, ‘It looks very much to me as if there is someone behind the scenes helping her to dress more royally. She certainly seems to be opting for more conservative designers and really stepping up to the plate in terms of royal dressing and presenting herself as a future princess.’

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AeroMobil’s latest electric flying car concept hopes to take off in 10 years

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Slovakian engineering company AeroMobil saw its dreams of launching a flying car literally crash almost three years ago, but the company is back at it again. They’ve got a new electric four-seater vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept vehicle that also serves as a traditional road vehicle when not in the sky.

The flying car, the AeroMobil 5.0, was revealed this week with motors on the wing tips and an improved suspension system for a smooth landing. Unlike other VTOLs in development, this all-in-one vehicle becomes a car that can drive on regular roads before or after flying up to about 200 miles, no special landing pods necessary. Read more…

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Minorities, Women Take ‘Black Panther’ to 7th-Highest Grossing Film Record

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther continues to slay the box office, and it’s now set a record that has happened only twice before in the past 19 years, according to reports.

Sunday’s estimates indicate that it reached its fifth consecutive weekend leading at the box office, grossing $ 27 million and overtaking Tomb Raider (at $ 23 million). This puts the Wakanda-set, Afrofuturistic film ahead of 2009’s Avatar and 1999’s The Sixth Sense. In total, Black Panther has grossed $ 605 million domestically and $ 1.18 billion worldwide, etching the film’s success as the seventh-highest grossing film to date.

Forbes estimates that without consideration of inflation adjustment, overseas expansion, or exchange rates, Black Panther’s multibillion-dollar global total has it set to become the 14th highest-grossing movie ever. (Just to put that into perspective, film powerhouse Frozen earned $ 1.27 billion, and the legendary Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $ 1.3 billion). The publication also predicts Black Panther will beat out record-holding Iron Man 3 (at more than $ 1.21 billion) to become the biggest solo superhero flick of all time, and The Fate of the Furious (at more than $ 1.2 million) to become the most successful movie directed by an African American filmmaker.

Moviegoers of color have rallied strong behind Black Panther since its February debut, with many fans, celebrities, and youth advocates buying out theaters for viewing parties, creating social media campaigns encouraging their networks to see the movie multiple times, and adding cosplay mystique and cultural credence to the mix, dressing up in African garb and Black Panther-related costumes to view the film.

Reports offer evidence of black buying power in its contribution to boosting Black Panther‘s tremendous box-office success: Women and African Americans bolstered ticket sales, especially in the beginning, with 37% of the movie’s overall audience being African American. (The norm is 15% for black moviegoers. White moviegoers made up 35% of Black Panther’s audience during the opening weekend, Fortune reports.) Women made up 45% of the audience, surpassing the norm for a superhero film where the audience is, on average, only 38% female.

Comscore’s senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, told the publication that Black Panther was “a game changer in terms of its ability to erase outdated perceptions of what can constitute a blockbuster/superhero movie. The across the board appeal of the film reflects that there are no apparent cultural limitations on the interest and love that people have for Black Panther.”

Fans in Africa and the black diaspora also contributed to the global record: According to Buzzfeed, the film earned the third-biggest opening weekend in South Africa (at $ 1.4 million) and had the biggest opening for a film from Marvel Studios in the country ever. The film set new opening weekend records in West Africa and East Africa as well, bringing in about $ 400,000 and $ 300,000, respectively. (Though quite small numbers when compared with U.S. estimates as well as the success of Nigeria’s Nollywood and Ghana’s Ghallywood—where direct-to-DVD and digital streaming models rule the day—the film still held records for biggest debuts for actual theater ticket purchases in those regions.) Public and private screenings were arranged by some the stars of the movie, including one by Lupita Nyong’o and her father in Kenya, helping to further create buzz, build dialogue, promote theater distribution support, and encourage ticket purchases in African regions.

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K- Fed May Have to Take Britney to Court for Increased Child Support

Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is prepared to take his request for more child support money to court, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

A source close to the insider tells Us: “Kevin truly wanted to try and settle the child support payment increase without getting the courts involved out of respect for Britney, and of course, their two sons.” The insider adds this likely won’t be “resolved without a court intervention.”

K-Fed’s request comes after Spears’ Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, became extremely successful and grossed more than $ 137 million during the show’s four-year run, according to Billboard.

“Meeting with Jamie Spears, along with his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Kevin laid out the reasons why he was requesting the increase for child support payments,” the source says.

Meanwhile, a source close to the 36-year-old pop superstar tells Us: “This is causing Britney a tremendous amount of stress [because] Kevin does indeed have full physical and legal custody of the boys. She just wants this resolved as quickly as possible.” But she’s not ready to give in due to worry that this could be a revolving door situation. The insider added, “The cause for concern is that Kevin is given an increase this time, what is going to stop him from coming back the next time Britney signs another big deal, wanting a piece of that?”

As previously reported, the 39-year-old former backup dancer’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan sent a letter to his ex-wife’s team that outlined why Federline should receive more than the $ 20,000 monthly payment he gets now. The monetary compensation would be to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation,” a source told Us Weekly in February.

The couple — who wed in 2004 and divorced in 2007 — are parents of sons Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. The “Toxic” singer lost sole physical and legal custody the boys in 2008 after a much-publicized breakdown, which left her placed under the care of her father, Jamie, as conservator.

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At This D.C. Festival, Women’s Voices Take Center Stage

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival currently wrapping up in Washington, D.C., featured over 30 theatrical productions written by some of the country’s pre-eminent women playwrights. From world premieres to second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide festival-related activities and a variety of other events for theater artists and audiences, the festival seeks to ignite discussions around gender parity in theater.

In its first year, the festival showcased 52 world-premiere plays by female playwrights at over 50 theaters, demonstrating the breadth of local artists and companies and expanding conversations about gender parity in theater. The 2015 inaugural event was declared “inspired” by The Washington Post and “an energizing showcase” by The New York Times.

Coordinating Producer Nan Barnett set out to ensure that this year’s iteration would further build on that legacy. Executive Director of the National New Play Network, the United States’ alliance of 110 nonprofit professional theaters, Barnett is a new play developer and advocate for theater-makers. “I’m a huge proponent of just by making people stop and think about it, we’ll see a change, and that certainly happened the first time and we’re anticipating that it will with this one as well,” she told Ms. “I feel it is very important that people hear the stories of others and doing it in a room full of other people makes it seep into us. Theater artists have always been a part of that [activism] throughout history, whether it’s done subtly or whether it’s done in a very impactful way. It’s hard to leave a theater without being changed and those changes are what start movements and motion.”

Playwright Julia Cho’s Aubergine was performed through March 4th at the Olney Theatre Center; playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Jefferson’s Garden played through February 8th at Ford’s Theatre.

Both are well-respected and critically-acclaimed playwrights whose work has been produced on Broadway, in the West End and around the world. Both plays explore issues of personal, political and national identity. Aubergine revolves around Ray, a classically trained French chef, who leaves his job to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant. The play explores the tension between father and son and food’s ability to divide and connect Ray to his memory, identity and heritage. Jefferson’s Garden centers around Christian, a Quaker pacifist who fights in the American Revolution, and Susannah, an enslaved women who is tempted to fight for the British in exchange for freedom. All characters in the play are forced to confront the contradictions between the ideals and realities of freedom in America.

Ms. spoke with Cho and Wertenbaker about gender parity in theater and the kinds of stories that inspire them.

What aspects of having your play performed as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival are most rewarding to you?

JC: When I was writing Aubergine, I assumed it was impossible to produce. The casting is deceptively difficult. For various reasons–demographic, cultural, etc. — it is extremely hard to find an actor who speaks Korean fluently enough to play the Uncle. And so the fact it’s being produced at all feels like a major victory. It’s also very rewarding to know that the play, despite being very specific to my own culture and growing up, resonates with people who seem, at first glance, so different from me. That’s enormously reassuring and hopeful.

TW: The most rewarding aspect of being part of the Women’s Theatre Festival is being in the company of other women playwrights. I haven’t met them but I know they’re there. It’s an invisible companionship that brings great strength.

What elements of playwriting do you find especially rewarding and effective at exploring complicated issues?

JC: I think playwriting is a great way to pose questions because so much of drama is driven by people who are struggling, questioning or grappling with issues or situations. And it’s a very forgiving medium when it comes to structure and resolution. Plays can be messy and not provide any neat answers. And so when looking at a complicated issue or event, you can approach it through multiple voices with multiple perspectives and not worry so much (though of course you still do some) about providing a solution or an answer.

TW: A theatrical performance is a dialogue between the play and the audience.  We need complexity, not oversimplification and there’s no better place for complexity than in the theatre.

Which themes you explore in your play are most relevant today; and how do you hope your play will inspire your audience to gain new perspectives and reflections regarding contemporary American society?

JC: I don’t know if I’m the best person to answer that. I think readers, theater makers and audiences members could better tell say what themes are relevant to the world and themselves. I do believe that telling your story is maybe the work of our lives. And we all do it in whatever medium we work. So, I suppose if anything, I hope the play inspires those who see it to think of their own stories and their own lives — and to see the value and relevance in them no matter where they come from or who they are.

TW: It took me a long time to write this play. I couldn’t predict that it would come to Ford’s in Washington D.C. at such a time. What is happening now is a direct consequence of what happened when this country was founded. It seems to me that the consequences of historical decisions are more acute in America than in many other countries because it was founded with such deliberation.

How do you hope the Women’s Voices Theater Festival will contribute to expanding the kinds of narratives that we share?

JC: I think the more different narratives we see, the more open we become to even more different narratives. It doesn’t happen quickly, but over time you can see how the first story about a new subject can seem radical and unique, and then a dozen iterations later, it’s become almost the norm. It’s 2018 and yet there are a lot of stories women have yet to tell. There is still work to be done and I think a festival like this is part of that work.

TW: We haven’t heard enough of women’s voices in the theatre for the simple reason that there aren’t enough productions of plays by women. To this day, we don’t know all the possibilities of those narratives. Theatre is a living form and needs constant renewal.  What better way than with the perceptions and stories of women playwrights?

Micaela Brinsley is an Editorial Intern at Ms. and a rising sophomore at Smith College. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she is a feminist theatre artist, activist and writer with a background in labor and tenants’ rights. Passionate about social justice, she is an avid conversationalist committed to making the world a more just and inclusive place. You can contact her at mbrinsley [at] msmagazine.com.

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Are E-Cigarettes Leading Young People to Take Up Smoking? A New Study Says Yes

Electronic cigarettes have long been touted not only as a safer alternative to cigarettes but as a potential avenue by which existing smokers might quit. The industry, now worth $ 11.4 billion, hasn’t been hurt by this one-two pitch of safety and good public policy.

New research shows, however, that e-cigarettes are hurting a lot more than they help.

Researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center said vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes, according to a study published Wednesday.

Using 2014 census data, published literature and surveys on e-cigarette usage to build a model, the scientists were able to estimate that about 2,070 cigarette-smoking adults in America quit in 2015 with the help of the electronic devices. However — and perhaps more alarming — the model estimated that, at the same time, an additional 168,000 adolescents and young adults who had never smoked cigarettes began smoking and eventually became daily cigarette smokers after first using e-cigarettes.

The model estimates that e-cigarette use in 2014 would eventually lead to about 1,510,000 years of life lost — a figure based on an optimistic 95% relative harm reduction of using e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes.

Samir Soneji, an associate professor of health policy at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the paper’s lead author, said that advertising e-cigarettes as a means to quit or reduce smoking has done damage, mostly to young people. E-cigarettes use cartridges of chemicals, including nicotine, that are transformed into vapor. Despite a federal requirement that purchasers be at least 18 years of age, use of the product in popular culture, combined with its fruity flavors, have proved a strong draw to younger, would-be vapers. These characteristics have been at the core of keeping youths interested in the devices, Soneji said, and should be the focus of restriction efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“The harms of e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults are serious,” he said. “Kids who vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes — notably kids who were otherwise not at a high risk of starting to smoke.” Currently, Soneji said, the risk of initiating cigarette smoking is three times as high for adolescents who vape than for those who do not.

In 2015, 68 percent of Americans who smoked wanted to quit, with about 55.4 percent of them doing so successfully for at least one day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, 45.5 percent of high school-aged cigarette smokers said they had tried to stop smoking over the previous 12 months. After first regulating the devices in 2016, the FDA embraced vaping as a way for smokers to quit.

Last July, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that e-cigarette users were indeed more likely than non-users to attempt to quit smoking — and be more successful at doing so. However, at around the same time the survey was conducted, e-cigarette use among high school students was jumping from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015, making the products the most commonly used tobacco product by young people in the U.S.

“E-cigarettes could, indeed, provide more population benefit if they were more effective as a cessation tool.”

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Current research already points toward e-cigarettes being a public health risk because of the chemicals they use, making the new research even more problematic for the industry. However, the Dartmouth researchers point out that a future in which e-cigarettes do help people quit isn’t impossible — as long as they’re kept out of the hands of young people.

“E-cigarettes could indeed provide more population benefit if they were more effective as a cessation tool,” Soneji said. “For example, if smokers who used e-cigarettes to help quit were twice as likely to actually quit compared to smokers who used nicotine-replacement therapy, then the benefits of e-cigarette use would approximately balance the harms of e-cigarette use.”

 

Representatives from Reynolds American Inc., which owns market-leading e-cigarette Vuse, and competitor Altria Group Inc., maker of MarkTen and APEX, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Alex Clark, executive director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, an e-cigarette industry lobby group, called the study’s results “surprising,” given government studies showing an overall decline in smoking. (A recent CDC study shows that while smoking has declined, vaping has increased.) Clark said his organization prefers that e-cigarette makers be truthful in advertisements by marketing products as “less risky alternatives” to smoking that have the ability to help smokers quit.

The government has made some effort to dissuade young adopters, with a new requirement for product warnings set to take effect this summer. In October, the FDA addressed youth use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) through its “The Real Cost” campaign. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that vaping devices are by far the most common source of experimentation with tobacco products among children.

“While we continue to encourage innovation of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for currently addicted adult smokers, we can all agree no child should be using any nicotine-containing product,” he said.

Michael Bloomberg, the majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, provides philanthropic support to anti-smoking campaigns and other health initiatives.

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‘Free! -Take Your Marks-‘ Review: A Decent Love Letter to Fans

While Free! -Eternal Summer had a decent amount of closure to it, fans love these characters and want more. Four years later, director Eisaku Kawanami is here to give the people what they want.

Picking Up Where It Left Off


Free! Take Your Marks the Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! -Take Your Marks- picks up where the anime left off in 2014. Makoto helps Haruka search for an apartment in Tokyo. Rin prepares to leave for Australia, but not before Aiichiro and Momotaro can properly thank him and Sosuke for their help.

Meanwhile, the remaining members of Iwatobi’s swim club work on a plan to attract new members to the team. Despite having placed 6th at nationals, Rei, in particular, worries that their welcome video won’t attract enough members to keep the club going — thanks to a foreboding dream.

The Problem With Multiple Storylines


'Free! Take Your Marks' Samezuka team members

If it sounds like this is a lot for a single film to take on, that’s because it is. While ambitious, the multiple storylines in Free! -Take Your Marks- (which are closer to four separate episodes than a movie) often detract from the characters themselves.

The need to set up each storyline takes priority, which results in cardboard-cutout-like characters. Their actions don’t move the plot forward. Instead, the plot drags them along without stopping to ask if they were ready to go. As a result, we lose much of the emotional depth and heartwarming moments that we’ve come to expect in the anime.

Sure, interesting moments come up. But the payoff is often either unsatisfying or non-existent. For instance, we see that Sosuke’s shoulder injury still bothers him. (The injury that may prevent him from ever swimming again.) While the movie continues to point the injury out, we never learn Sosuke’s plans for the future.


Sosuke in Free!

Is he seeking special treatment? Will he go into sports medicine? We can only assume that he’s going to continue to pursue swimming, but the idea is never explored. Leaving that bit of info out is kind of strange when you consider the entire film focuses on these characters preparing for their futures.

Another missed opportunity occurs when Rin returns home. Although Rin appears happy to spend time with his family, he also makes it clear that he doesn’t spend much time with them. His sister and mother appear to have a bond that rivals the one he has with Haruka. In fact, for a second, it appears that he’s been left behind.

In a sense, this works. Rin will soon pursue his big dream in Australia, so this shows that he doesn’t quite fit at home anymore. But this scene goes by so quickly that the movie misses an opportunity to deepen his character even more.

When It Works, It Works


Free_Take_Your_Marks muscle poses

Despite these missed opportunities, Free! -Take Your Marks- still manages to weave in a few heartwarming moments. When Aiichiro and Momotaro thank Sosuke and Rin with a trip to a spa, we finally get to see Sosuke in a new light. His brooding nature melts away as he has fun with his teammates one last time.

Rin tickles him to get him to smile for a picture and that smile stays on his face for the rest of their trip. It’s a lovely moment for fans of the show who know that Sosuke’s swimming career is over. However, this moment leaves those unfamiliar with the show in the dark.


Haruka and Makoto hunting for an apartment in Free! Take Your Marks

Another slice-of-life moment that works happens during Haruka’s apartment search. Overall, the filmmakers underplay Haruka’s dry yet humorous line delivery. His ridiculously specific expectations and need to remain in his comfort zone are what made him a standout character in the series.

During his apartment search, Haruka turns down several apartments because they don’t meet his unique needs. While other students would be happy with a place that fits their bed, Haruka needs a large bathroom and a grill.

Fans in the know will chuckle at these strange requests. Haru spends much of the series soaking in a bathtub in his swim trunks and cooking and eating grilled mackerel. Moments like this, when their individual personalities come through, are where the movie truly shines.

Pacing and Repetition


Free! Take Your Marks Makoto and Haru

It’s too bad that the film’s slice-of-life moments between the characters fall flat here and drag down the movie. In the series, these scenes helped us to learn more about a member of the team. For instance, when Nagisa ran away and wouldn’t tell anyone why, or when Sosuke decided to coach Aiichiro to help him make the relay team.

These moments didn’t necessarily move the plot forward, but they did serve the plot. Learning that Nagisa’s parents were going to kick him off the swim team and that Sosuke watched over Aiichiro to prevent him from injuring himself as he did, helped us understand why these characters were so motivated to swim.


Haruka and Rei in Free! Take Your Marks

In Free! -Take Your Marks-, heart-to-heart scenes serve a different purpose. They are a gateway to nostalgia. We don’t discover anything new. Instead, these scenes simply reaffirm what has already happened.

We see this when Aiichiro tells Sosuke that he wouldn’t have made the relay team without his motivating words. Aiichiro has already thanked Sosuke in other ways. Telling him this doesn’t serve any purpose other than being a nice thing to say about the past. It won’t motivate Sosuke to solve his current problem, at least not by the time the film ends.

Swimming on Dry Land


Rei and Nigasa swimming on dry land in 'Free! Take Your Marks'

For an anime about swimming, there isn’t much in this movie. Of course, the focus of the anime wasn’t solely on swimming either, but it was always present. In fact, it was so important that it felt like it was its own character. This is why it’s so surprising for Free! – Take Your Marks- to basically eliminate swimming from the equation.

The series spent two seasons telling us how swimming relay brings people together, forging bonds that transcend time. However the characters, now forced to walk separate paths, don’t seem all that concerned with swimming together. It’s a bit of a letdown when you consider how central a focus this is to the show.


Rei in Free! Take Your Marks

Sadly, the lack of swimming led to a lack of drama and competition. As a result, the animation suffers. Not for lack of skill, but lack of opportunity to showcase what the animators could do.

Don’t misunderstand, the film looks great. The backgrounds are vibrant and the characters look like they could leap off the screen at any moment. But the shots of Haruka diving into the water, legs moving like a fish, are sorely missed. We get teased with it here and there in order to build up the big ending. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough to satisfy our need for dramatic, spirit-animal-led races and glorious muscles.

A Fitting Love Letter to Fans


The cast of 'Free! Take Your Marks'

Free! -Take Your Marks- may not be a perfect film, but it is a perfect love letter for fans of the anime. Throughout the movie, fans will find special moments that were included just for them.

We see the return of Hayato, Kisumi’s little brother who was afraid of swimming until Makoto became his coach. We get to see Haru desperately strip down to his swimming shorts to leap into the water. In addition, there are running jokes that carry over from the show, such as Gou‘s obsession with muscles and Momotaro’s obsession with Gou.

He even gifts her a value size bag of stag beetle food after meeting with Gou and the others to discuss a surprise party for Rin.  Their meeting leads to a hilarious misunderstanding that builds like a game of Telephone and ends with Rin and Haru competing against brothers Momotaro and Seijuro.

So, yes, we finally get to see a race.

Is ‘Free! -Take Your Marks-‘ Good?



Yes, and no. Fans of the anime will enjoy getting to spend more time with their favorite guys. However, they may miss the drama and competition that was present in the series and previous films.

In addition, where the second season tied up all of its loose ends, by revisiting the same timeframe the film introduces new plot elements and characters without any resolution. Season 3 will likely pick up where the film left off, but leaving so many questions unanswered is unsatisfying in an anime that claims to be a film.


Aiichiro coaching team Samezuka

However, we do finally get to see each character become comfortable with life apart from each other. They know they will meet again. It’s just a matter of when. Despite its shortcomings, Free! -Take Your Marks- captures the essence of the anime (although imperfectly): bonds formed through swimming last forever.

Unfortunately, this sentiment is lost on those who come into the film with little or no knowledge of the anime. If you’ve been following the series, then this movie is a must-see. Even with all of its flaws, it’s still a feel-good story about friendship that will tide you over until season three starts. For those unfamiliar with the anime, we recommend binge-watching the series first.

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Lil Wayne may or may not be the father of a 16-year-old boy. The New Orleans rapper has been ordered to take a paternity test to know for sure. 

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The rapper has been ordered to submit to DNA paternity testing to determine once and for all if he fathered a son with Keiotia Watson. We broke the story … Keiotia filed legal docs in 2015 to establish paternity and get child support.

Keiotia claims she had a sexual relationship with Wayne in 2001. The child, Dwayne Brown, is now 16. Wayne has denied he had a sexual relationship with her.

A Louisiana judge ruled in her favor and ordered Weezy to fork over $ 5k a month, but he never paid up … claiming he was never served with legal papers. The previous judgment was tossed and a new trial’s been ordered.

For those trying to keep track, Weezy already has four kids via four different baby mamas.

Will this make him have enough seeds for a proper basketball team? Continue to stay tuned!

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Eva Chen on Growing Your Instagram: “It’s Not Enough to Take Pretty Pictures”

It’s the age-old question: How do you get more followers on Instagram? Well, two of the platform’s most successful users, Eva Chen and Aimee Song, just chatted about that very topic, so you’d better believe we took notes. On her YouTube channel, Song interviewed Chen, the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, and we came away with the below tidbits from their chat.

1. Be original and be yourself. “There is room at the table for everyone. … Talent is not a finite thing,” Chen says in the video. “The most important thing for new bloggers, writers, or anyone in the creative class is to have an original point of view. It’s not enough to take pretty pictures anymore. Maybe you take pretty pictures, but it’s from a really unique point of view, like you only do backstage, or you’re a really amazing writer. … Everyone asks me, ‘What’s the secret, Eva? You work at Instagram.’ I say, ‘Just be yourself.’ It’s the most basic advice.”

2. Show behind-the-scenes glimpses. Chen suggests posting a photo and then showing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the image on your Instagram Stories.

3. Add a sense of humor. Chen explains that funny captions can be successful. Her example caption: “This might look like the perfect photo, but it took 4 hours and 23 minutes, and being a blogger is hard.”

4. Use hashtags. “Fashion people sometimes don’t like hashtags,” Chen says. “Hashtags are a great way to tap into a community. I have a friend who is a food blogger. She had 3000 followers and is now at 120,00 followers by using hashtags. Find your community and be part of it.”

5. Tap into the community. “Be part of the community on Instagram,” Chen says. “Mention people, tag people, like other people’s posts. It drives me crazy: People tell me it’s not cool to like other people’s posts. … Don’t be afraid to talk to other people, reach out to people, and collaborate. Gucci has raised the profile of so many illustrators and artists from Instagram.”

6. Avoid clichés. Chen talked about the prevalence of images like avocado toast and lattes. “What does that say? Everyone has seen that picture,” she says.

You can catch Song and Chen’s full conversation below.

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Why Call of Duty Should Take More Risks Like “Prop Hunt”

Keeping a franchise fresh is no cakewalk, even with a following and brand recognition as strong as Call of Duty (CoD). Since its move into the information age with 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the series has shambled from ‘best modern military FPS’ to something approaching a gun-toting version of EA’s yearly sports releases. But hope does remain. Alternative game modes like “Zombies” and the hide-and-seek-style “Prop Hunt” have gained considerable popularity in recent years, injecting new life into the old CoD formula — and there are at least a few reasons why innovations like these should be franchise staples going forward.

It’s Good for Growing the Playerbase


To be fair, you need people on the other side as well as brothers beside.

We all love a good spot of Hollywood-style ultraviolence and high-octane bullet-fests.

…not.

Gamers are, after all, a diverse bunch; you can’t swing a rolled-up copy of an extinct video game magazine without hitting at least a few who’d rather cook meals than grenades. Casual, wholesome party games, like Overcooked and the Mario Kart titles — designed for short spurts of enjoyment in social settings, preferably with snacks and booze — are an evergreen niche that CoD can, and should, tap into.

Never underestimate the power of fun with friends. A good time punking each other in “Prop Hunt” could very well tear down those barriers to entry for those hesitant to play the game and act as a first step towards exploring CoD’s core multiplayer. The franchise owes it to its future to help non-FPS gamers get their feet in CoD’s proverbial door, any way it can.

It Gives Fish a Shot at Climbing Trees


Player disguised as a barrel in CoD:WWII's Prop Hunt

Multiplayer FPS is competitive. It’s a sport. Sports require skill and, participation trophies notwithstanding, they have winners and losers.

Twitch (reflex, not the streaming platform) gameplay isn’t for everyone, and losing all the time isn’t much fun either. But no one expects a slam-dunk champion to own the hockey rink. Alternative game modes help to even the field between players of different skill levels and fortes, giving the less reflexively talented a chance to shine — or, you know, chuck a few “git guds” of their own.

This is hardly a new concept: Unreal Tournament, one of competitive FPS’s oldest and most influential titles, had mods or ‘mutators’ to make multiplayer matches more than just runnin’ n’ gunnin’. There was a permanent invisibility mutator that favored the patient and keen-eyed, a chainsaw-only mutator to remove the advantages of gunplay, and many more.

For CoD, this brand of delightful wackiness has benefits beyond being fun for players, as well.

It Helps the Franchise’s Image


Screenshot from CoD: Infinite Warfare's Zombies
Dev vs critics, circa 2018.

With microtransaction culture on the rise, and series entries like Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (a reissue of a decade-old game) jumping on the bandwagon, “tired and repetitive” is far from the worst criticism thrown at CoD in recent years.

Handle the truth: gating any sort of in-game advantage or progress behind real money is not popular with gamers. Though not yet at the dreaded level of Asian gacha games, CoD’s dalliance in this area has definitely put a dent in its reputation. Reinvesting some of that profit in small doses of fun for the playerbase can only foster goodwill and give future buyers more confidence in picking up a CoD title.

Of course, CoD isn’t an MMO — it doesn’t live or die by regular content updates. But all the same, everybody likes to feel game developers are delivering their money’s worth. And in the nickel-and-dime era of entertainment, that’s never been more worthy of attention.

It’s Just a Shame Not to, Really


A flamethrower at work in CoD:WWII
Fire up the innovation.

Similarly, in an age of reinvented gaming wheels, standing out from the competition isn’t exactly getting easier with each passing year. One solution? Take more risks. Run more experiments.

And what better test bed for these than a AAA-grade platform with a large audience?

Sure, CoD players want gorgeous visuals, even bigger and better toys, and the visceral exhilaration of hard-won matches. All the things that make AAA shooters great.

But why stop there?

The CoD engine and playerbase are a big, sprawling opportunity to tinker and go wild and to try out new multiplayer innovations on the side without affecting core gameplay. Gabe only knows what can come of this mad science — and, in all honesty, this is not just for CoD. Raising the bar for multiplayer FPS innovation can only be progressive for the genre at large.

War never changes, but war games should. The CoD franchise has languished too long in the comfortable old formula of players racking up kill-counts on each other; it’s time it tightened its grip on the attempts it’s made at innovation and cranked those up to 11. It has a lot to gain — and a spotty reputation with players to lose.

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What Is ‘Hidden City Ticketing’ and Should You Take Advantage of It?

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There are a lot of things to take into account when you are booking a flight, and it’s important to consider how you can save money. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting on a plane and jet-setting to some new locale. Unfortunately, the ticket buying process can be one of the more chaotic and stressful parts of the vacation process.

Luckily, there are loads of tips these days you can use to help you save money when booking your flights to go away. For instance, things like booking your flight on a Sunday, setting price alerts, and using frequent flier miles are just a few of the great ways of making savings. But there is another way you might not be familiar with – hidden city ticketing.

What is it?

Open your ears and your mind, because we’re about to drop some knowledge on you. Hidden city ticketing is one of the most effective ways of saving money that nobody knows about. It’s perfectly legal and very simple to do. It’s basically where you book a flight to a destination, but actually get off at the layover city (the place you really intend to visit). This is a sneaky, and frankly, awesome, way of getting to a city without having to pay as much.

Why you should do it

Now you know about hidden city ticketing why would you not do it?! You can save a lot of money by using this method, and there are so many excellent advantages. In fact, by using this approach, you will be shocked by how much money you’re going to save. There are even websites out there dedicated to hidden city ticketing so you can do this much more easily. But, before making a habit of it, you should know that there are drawbacks.

Drawbacks

Hidden city ticketing has a lot of positives, but there are also drawbacks as well, and you need to be aware of these. For one thing, regular hidden city ticketing can drive up airfares, not to mention inconveniencing other customers. Another of the major drawbacks is the fact that you won’t be able to check luggage when you use hidden city ticketing. And you will also have to be aware that there are potential re-routing issues as well.

Be discreet

While it’s not essentially illegal, hidden city ticketing is something that airlines are cracking down on. Many of them have regulations in their small print that make hidden city ticketing a violation, and if they catch you, the can punish you by making you pay the full fare, or barring you from the plane. So, if you are going to engage in hidden city ticketing, you need to make sure you do so discreetly.

As you can see, hidden city ticketing is one of the best ways of reducing your airfares, and saving stress in the process. However, there are a lot of drawbacks to taking this path, and there are negatives if you’re going to do this. Just make sure you are careful, and that you do as much as you can to be discreet about it.

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Reasons To Take A Cruise With Your Sister In Your 20s

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Taking trips and having new experiences are essential when you are younger. Your 20s are your formative years, and the right time to experiment and find out who we really are. When you are in your 20s, you need to get out and see the world, go traveling, and strengthen the bonds of friendship and family. One of the best vacation ideas would be to take a cruise with your sister.

Your sister is one of the most important people in your life, and, when you’re in your 20s, she is the perfect travel buddy. So, we think you could do a lot worse these days than taking a cruise with your sister. If you’ve ever been on vacay with your sister before, you’ll no doubt remember how great it was. If you never have, this is the perfect chance to build some memories. Here are some great reasons to take a cruise with your sister in your 20s.

Hit the buffet together

Let’s be honest, when you’re taking a cruise, one of the highlights of the trip is going to be the buffet. And your sister is the ideal person to hit the buffet cart with – you can stock up together and share your food with one another. You may well have similar tastes in terms of food, and you can stock up on things you both love. Trust us, the buffet is one of the best sisterly bonding activities you can indulge in.

You can share suitcases

One of the things to account for when you go away together is what you’re packing. Two suitcases can be cumbersome to carry around and might be taking up unnecessary space. But, the beauty of going on a cruise trip with your sister is that you can team up and share a suitcase together. That means extra space in the cabin for you both, and you will still have plenty of room in the case for your things. One case is definitely better than two, and you can both share the load – plus sharing clothes and accessories is also a bonus.

You’re with someone you trust

When you go on a cruise, there are a lot of new experiences to be had, and it’s vital that you have someone you trust with you when experiencing them. This is one of the best reasons to have your sister with you – she’s family, and you know you’ll be able to trust her implicitly. Perfect for when you’re sunbathing, or you need someone to watch your things for you.

You know each other inside out

Another major advantage of vacationing with sis as opposed to friends is that you and your sister know each other inside out. There are so many weird and wonderful quirks you will both have, and you will know each other’s schedules inside out. If you’re a morning person, but she’s not, you’ll already know to slip away quietly in the morning. If she likes to stay out late, but you don’t, she’ll read your body language and decide it’s time to leave earlier. It’s so key to making the cruise more fun and enjoyable.

These are just a few of the fantastic reasons why you should take a cruise with your sister. You need to experience all of the brilliant aspects of going on a cruise, and the way to do that is to make sure you take a cruise with your sister in your 20s.

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