Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of July   
Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.
In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks.
WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.




J P Morgan Chase & Co (JPM) 7/3/2017 0.5 2.22%
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) 7/5/2017 0.125 4.31%
American Express Company (AXP) 7/5/2017 0.32 1.51%
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS) 7/5/2017 0.15 8.00%
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) 7/5/2017 0.39 2.71%
Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) 7/5/2017 0.29 3.32%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.Dividend definitions:
Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.
Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.
Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.
Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.


          Christmas in July Sale Event on Etsy & Amazon!   
Dear friends, I am back to working on my Russian bead painting. Here is the latest progress – I have finished beading a large tree. The tree was created by first sewing together a felt foundation with several holes in it. I used a combination of bead embroidery and freeform peyote stitch to create a […]
          The Winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards   

We’ve all seen the “Shot on iPhone” ads splashed across billboards while we’re driving, in which incredible photographs captured with iPhones are shared. Each makes you question whether you’re actually using the same phone as the photographer. If you want to question your skills further, check these out. These are the winners of the 2017 […]
       

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          The 8 Best Titles Coming to Amazon This July   

The Amazon Prime Video catalog is growing by the month, and not only because a ton of old movies are jumping into the public domain. They’re getting their hands on Oscar and Emmy winners, along with an ever increasing selection of original programming. If you don’t have Amazon, now may be the time to consider […]
        

          TP-Links Neffos X1 für 140 Euro: Blitzangebot bei Amazon   
Irres Blitzangebot bei Amazon! Der Versandhändler bietet euch für kurze Zeit das Neffos X1 für knapp 140 Euro an. Das Android-Smartphone glänzt mit Metallgehäuse, Fingerabdruckscanner, Octa-Core-Prozessor und erhält bei Android 7.0. Üblicherweise müsst ihr für das Neffos X1 deutlich mehr bezahlen. Dieser Artikel wurde einsortiert unter Mobile, Smartphone, TP-Link, Amazon-Angebote, TP-Link Neffos X1.

          Amazon lädt zum Prime Day am 11. Juli: Bereits jetzt könnt ihr sparen   
Amazon lädt am 11. Juli zum Prime Day. Über 24 Stunden lang warten dann exklusive Angebote auf Prime-Abonnenten. Bereits jetzt können Prime-Nutzer kräftig sparen - etwa beim Streaming-Dienst Amazon Music Unlimited. Dieser Artikel wurde einsortiert unter Amazon, Amazon Prime, Amazon-Angebote.

          Galaxy S8 (Plus): Käufer erhalten Wireless Charger gratis   
Samsung-Fans aufgepasst. Der südkoreanische Hersteller schenkt Käufern des Galaxy S8 (Plus) noch bis zum 15. Juli ein Wireless Charging-Pad im Wert von 50 Euro. Dafür müsst ihr jedoch einige Teilnahmebedingungen beachten. Dieser Artikel wurde einsortiert unter Mobile, Samsung, Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy S8 (Plus), Amazon-Angebote.

          ■ 忍びの国 ■ 和田 竜   
★★★◎☆   忍びの国 <新潮文庫>

 主人公の無門を 嵐の大野くん 妻のお国を 石原さとみ 演ずる
 映画の宣伝を見て、本を読んでみた
  「のぼうの城」「村上海賊の娘」の著者、初読み

第一章、いきなり暗殺に向かう場面で、緊迫感ヒシヒシ
第二章、やっと伊賀に
構成がうまい!
ただ人の名前が頭に入ってこなくて
途中まで何度も前に戻り人物確認しながらで、時間がかかった

伊賀忍者の非情さに最初は戸惑ったけど
幼い時からその環境で育てばそれが常識、と納得

無門とお国のやり取りはラブコメ的で楽しい
お国は石原さとみ、イメージピッタリ!

人の心を操る策、戦闘シーン、忍者に芽生えた情など
後半はスピード感あふれ、読みごたえ十分
ただラストはまさかの泣き

荒唐無稽な物語でなく、史実に基づきそれを膨らませた
エンターテインメント
あえて言うなら、無門の心の動きをもう少し掘り下げて
書いても良かったかな

 大野くんが演じる無門、楽しみです!


          (Amazon Prime) 60 Teebeutel Lipton Amazingly (Earl) Grey | 2,97€/2,82€ inklusive Versand   
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@flipp: wo ist das Problem an Earl Grey?

          50 Rollen Haribo Roulette (1,25kg) bei Amazon Prime   
Autor:

Wo genau ist der Deal? Standardpreis für 7 Rollen liegt bei 95 Cent. Im Angebot kosten die meistens um die 65-69 Cent. Nächste Woche im KL nur 59 Cent. Ihr kauft hier teurer als in den meisten Läden und freut euch über den coolen Deal. Verstehe das wer will.

          (Amazon Prime) 60 Teebeutel Lipton Amazingly (Earl) Grey | 2,97€/2,82€ inklusive Versand   
Autor: flipp

schade das es earl grey tee ist

          (Amazon Prime) 60 Teebeutel Lipton Amazingly (Earl) Grey | 2,97€/2,82€ inklusive Versand   
Autor: flipp

Nics

          30€ Amazon.de Gutschein* geschenkt für 20€ Wetteinsatz bei mybet   
Autor: NMir

@Jason989:
Was für ein Scheiß

          Brandon Vogt with John Heubusch "The Shroud Conspiracy"   
Brandon Vogt with John Heubusch "The Shroud Conspiracy" https://www.amazon.com/Shroud-Conspiracy-Thriller/dp/1501155709/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498858365&sr=8-1&keywords=john+heubusch
          Brandon Vogt with Larry Schweikart "P.I. Guide to the American Revolution"   
Brandon Vogt with Larry Schweikart "P.I. Guide to the American Revolution" https://www.amazon.com/Politically-Incorrect-American-Revolution-Guides/dp/1621576256/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1498858155&sr=8-3&keywords=larry+schweikart
          Brandon Vogt with Jack Posobiec "Citizens for Trump"   
Brandon Vogt with Jack Posobiec "Citizens for Trump" https://www.amazon.com/Citizens-Trump-Peoples-Movement-America/dp/154693653X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498857754&sr=8-1&keywords=citizens+for+trump
          Brandon Vogt with Mark Bowden "Hue 1968"   
Brandon Vogt with Mark Bowden "Hue 1968" https://www.amazon.com/Hue-1968-Turning-American-Vietnam/dp/0802127002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498857835&sr=8-1&keywords=hue+1968
          New Zealand company takes full ownership of ArborGen   
Previously, Rubicon had approximately 33% ownership of ArborGen, with International Paper and WestRock owning the rest of the company; Rubicon bought out the other two partners for $29 million.

Previously, Rubicon had approximately 33% ownership of ArborGen, with International Paper and WestRock owning the rest of the company; Rubicon bought out the other two partners for $29 million.


          Faye Kusairi Syukur Dapat Beraya Bersama Azmi Hatta   
Pelakon Faye Kusairi akui bersyukur dan gembira dapat menyambut Syawal bersama suaminya, Azmi Hatta dan dua anak tirinya.

Faye Kusairi Syukur Dapat Beraya Bersama Azmi Hatta

Faye menerusi entri yang dimuat naik di laman Instagram(IG) memberitahu dia bersyukur kerana Allah kurniakannya keluarga dan rakan yang baik.

Pelakon itu turut memuat naik foto bersama Azmi dan dua anak tirinya di Hari Raya.

Pun begitu Faye memberitahu dia dan keluarga sepatutnya menyambut Syawal bersama seorang lagi ahli keluarga tetapi tidak dapat berbuat demikian.

Daripada kapsyen yang ditulis Faye maksudkan seorang ahli keluarga itu adalah anak perempuan Azmi iaitu hasil perkahwinan pengarah tersebut sebelum ini bersama penyanyi Elly Mazlein.

Difahamkan Azmi kecewa kerana tidak dapat beraya bersama anak perempuannya itu.

Berikut merupakan kasyen yang ditulis:

"One missing, supposed to have her for raya this year. Still, hubs put a smile on his face despite of his heartbreak. Alhamdulillah, I am much grateful to Allah SWT for giving me a blissful and blessed life filled with loving family and wonderful friends. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all, maaf zahir & batin"
          Saya Pernah Dihalau Balik Ketika Pergi Beraya - Syafie Naswip   
Pelakon Syafie Naswip mengakui pernah dihalau balik ketika berkunjung ke rumah teman-teman lamanya.

Saya Pernah Dihalau Balik Ketika Pergi Beraya - Syafie Naswip

Menurut Syafie, dia akan manfaatkan kesempatan di hari raya ini untuk menziarahi kawan-kawan lamanya sehingga terlupa untuk pulang ke rumah sendiri.

"Saya memang bukan jenis yang akan duduk rumah saja ketika hari raya. Saya akan berkunjung ke rumah sanak saudara dan rakan-rakan.

"Saya akan cari kawan-kawan lama saya untuk beraya bersama dan kalau duduk di satu-satu rumah tu memang lama, kadang-kadang sampai tuan rumah tertanya-tanya bila nak balik?

"Pernah juga satu masa dulu saya kena halau balik dengan tuan rumah kerana mereka ingin keluar beraya ke rumah saudara yang lain tetapi saya masih ada di situ.

"Mungkin kerana teruja dapat berjumpa dengan rakan-rakan lama, membuatkan saya leka bersembang dan terlupa untuk pulang," katanya kepada Astro Gempak.

Tambah Syafie, tahun ini dia tidak pulang beraya di kampung halamanya di Pulau Pinang dan hanya menyambut Aidilfitri bersama keluarga di Kuala Lumpur.

"Kali terakhir kami sekeluarga pulang raya di kampung tahun 2014 dan tahun ini sambutan hanya dilakukan di sini saja," ujarnya.
          Everything You Need to Know About Amazon's Prime Day   
It has become one of the most frenzied shopping days of the year, and this year's version may be even bigger.
          The Little Acre - Point and click adventure The Little Acre charms   

Pewter Games has brought their charming point and click adventure The Little Acre to iOS. It’s an amazingly beautiful animated adventure set in a sort of hybrid magical / alien world. A great all ages adventure and very fun.

Available For: iOS

YouTube Video Preview :: $2.99 iOS :: More about The Little Acre »

Find more games in: Adventure, Point and Click

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          Cassatt Quartet featured in 15th annual Seal Bay Festival, with world premiere of music by Elliott Schwartz, July 12-20   

Date: 

Jul 18 2017 - 7:00pm

The Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music returns to Maine from July 12th - 21st, 2017. This year, the Festival explores the theme “Seeing Sound” and in addition to the public concerts for which it is known, there will be master classes for composers and a visual arts component. The featured guest composers this year are Augusta Read Thomas, Victoria Bond, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Elliott Schwartz, Vineet Shende , Peter McLaughlin and Delvyn Case. Music by Elliott Schwartz in a concert on July 12 (see full program here) will feature photographs/powerpoint video of artwork by Maine artist Deedee Schwartz.

artwork by Deedee (Dorothy) Schwartz
 
The featured string quartets are Thomas: Helix Spiral, Bond: Dreams of Flying, and Godfrey: Intermedio, which are all receiving their Maine premieres, and the world/US premiere of String Quartet No. 3: "For Deedee" one of the last works composed by Elliott Schwartz, प्काश आिण सावली (prakash ani saoli) by Shende  and  Not Sad Songs by McLaughlin.

Cassatt String Quartet will be performing these glorious works at the New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven, Waterfall Arts in Belfast and Portland's Space Gallery. In addition, there are four composer fellows whose music will be featured in a concert at the Vinalhaven school. 


          CD Release - new works for trumpet including "Fall" by Robert Gibson - with soloist Chris Gekker, on Métier, July 21   

Date: 

Jul 21 2017 - 12:00pm

A new album from Métier presents a range of new works for trumpet by American composers, with the soloist Chris Gekker, acclaimed soloist who is also Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. These are all first recordings and include works by Robert Gibson, Carson Cooman, Lance Hulme, David Heinick and Kevin McKee. Performers alongside Gekker include Rita Sloan (piano), Chris Vadala (tenor sax), and Clara O’Brien (mezzo-soprano). To be released in July (Métier MSV 28572).

Full track list: ‘Ghost Dialogues’ – MSV 28572
Robert Gibson: Fall (trumpet/piano)
Lance Hulme: Ghost Dialogues (trumpet/tenor sax)
Carson Cooman: Equinox Sonata (trumpet/piano)
Lance Hulme: The Street has Changed (mezzo-soprano/trumpet) (setting of poems by Randell Jarrell)
David Heinick: Served Two Ways (trumpet/tenor sax)
Kevin McKee: Song for a Friend (trumpet/piano)

sneak preview of "Fall" for trumpet and piano:

gibsonrbt_fallfor_trumpet_and_piano_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Chris Gekker (trumpet) release date July 21, 2017 divineartrecords.com

 


          Roku TV devices still banned in Mexico   

Roku TV devices still banned in Mexico

A Mexican tribunal has upheld a ban on the import of Roku streaming devices in the country, citing piracy.

Cable TV provider, Cablevision, had successfully managed to have the import and sale of Roku streaming devices banned in the country on the grounds that some owners are using them for illegal television streaming. Roku did manage to have that order suspended for a few days, but has now suffered another setback.

This week, a Mexico City tribunal upheld the initial import ban, keeping it illegal to sell devices from California-based Roku in the country.

"Cablevision cannot allow the content that it licenses from domestic and foreign companies to be illegally used," Cablevision spokeswoman Maria Eugenia Zurita told Reuters.

"We would also like Roku Inc to better supervise the use of its software so that it's not used inappropriately."

Roku devices are set-top media boxes that are intended to be used with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Starz and plenty of other legal streaming services on the Internet. In recent years, such devices have fueled a growth in cord-cutting, the practice of dropping cable and satellite television services in favor of online streaming services.

Not all services are legal, of course, and devices can be modified and configured to access illegal streaming services. According to the Reuters report, Roku owners in Mexico are frequently contacted by providers of illegal television streaming services offering them cheap packages of hundreds of television channels, without appropriate permission and licensing.

Roku does not advertise its products for illegal use, and rulings that ban digital media products due to their misuse by some customers could have terrible consequences. Roku is keeping optimistic about the future of its products in Mexico, however.

"Today's decision is not the final word in this complex legal matter, and it is not expected to prevent consumers from purchasing Roku products in Mexico at this time," Roku General Counsel Steve Kay said.

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          MBLM Reveals Women Connect with Broad and More Mature Staple of Brands than Men   

Brand Intimacy Agency’s 2015 Report Finds Apple Tops Rankings for Women Followed by Disney and Amazon

(PRWeb March 08, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/03/prweb13252271.htm


          Top Ranked Intimate Brands Outperform All Major Financial Indices in Profit Growth and Revenue Growth over Past 10 Years   

MBLM Releases Brand Intimacy 2015 Report, Which Reveals Apple Takes First Place While Harley Davidson, Amazon and Whole Foods Rank Among the Top 10 Most Intimate Brands

(PRWeb October 07, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/10/prweb13006902.htm


          Amazon Ranked Most Intimate Brand Among Millennials, According to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2015 Report   

Apple and PlayStation Round Out the Top Three

(PRWeb September 28, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/09/prweb12981427.htm


          Comment on DRM Removal Tools for eBooks by Paul Durrant   
I'm glad you've got it working, but you did say "I downloaded the file from amazon on the “download and transfer via USB” option". To do that you have to select a Kindle before downloading, so it knows which device you're going to transfer it to (as Amazon DRM is device-specific). It's that device's serial number you'd need to enter if you wanted to go this route.
          Woman goes in swamp to retrieve club, hilarity ensues   

Look. We’re not going to even pretend that this video is anything other than a momentary diversion from the grind of your lives. Enjoy.

The scene: Le Golf National outside Paris, site of the HNA French Open. The problem: a putter is floating in the muck near one green. (How does a putter float? The grip … apparently.) The hero: a woman, apparently the mother of player Haotong Li. Our intrepid hero wades into the water — spoiler, a gator doesn’t get her, but we understand why you’d assume that might happen — and, well … let’s just say that not everything works out the way you’d expect.

The moral of the story? What’s in the water belongs in the water.

Not advisable. (Screenshot)
Not advisable. (Screenshot)

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.


          SellerActive Releases ASIN Creation Tool for Online Sellers   

New ASIN tool gives sellers fast ASIN creation for Amazon

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14473657.htm


          Anti-Trump mogul Jeff Bezos’ net worth languishes under Trump’s tyranny   
We hear a lot, especially from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, about how Donald Trump threatens democracy. Bezos’ plaything has recently chosen the melodramatic motto Democracy Dies in the Dark. So, clearly the stock market must be discounting Mr. Bezos’s future earnings under the lash of Trump, right? After […]
          2 Best in Class Brick-and-Mortar Retailers   
The brick and mortar retail world has been haunted by the shadow of Amazon 160 for nearly a decade but some companies are still managing to attract customers into their stores and keep shareholders happy In this episode of Industry Focus Consumer Goods Motley
           Блог: Письмо №161, из университета SOAS в Лондоне    

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Как сменить профиль с художественной критики на финансовое право.
           Курс: Мастер-класс Дмитрия Лукьянова    

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Мастер-класс Дмитрия Лукьянова посвящен работе со светом в документальных и арт-проектах:

"На занятиях мы не будем глубоко погружаться в теорию. Я постараюсь дать только самые необходимые знания и навыки, которые наверняка пригодятся любому практикующему фотографу. "


           Курс: Интенсив по кинорежиссуре ТЕХНОС    

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В Московская школа нового кино идёт набор на двухнедельный интенсив по кинорежиссуре для молодых людей от 15-ти лет.

Курс вводит в контекст современного киноязыка и режиссуры, подготавливает к тому, чтобы начать снимать кино, помогает обрести индивидуальное зрение, научиться понимать природу визуального, дает общее представление о том, как устроено кино. 

Даты проведения курса: 1-14 августа 2017 г. 

Заявки и творческие работы принимаются до 20-го июля. 

Преподаватели курса – выпускники режиссерского факультета МШНК.

Концепция

Режиссер — это взгляд, угол зрения, видение. Если художник использует для выражения своего видения такой инструмент, как краски, а писатель и поэт создают образы с помощью слов, то режиссер в качестве своего главного материала использует реальность. Но как выразить реальность? Мир повсюду. Чтобы рассказать историю, нужно сузить реальность, сфокусироваться. Это не обязательно пересказ событий, скорее, это попытка при помощи различных инструментов уловить и выразить состояние мира, образ, в котором заключена правда о человеческом опыте. Что это за инструменты? Какой опыт можно и нужно выразить кинематографически?

Режиссер — это «охотник за привидениями», потому что мир ускользает от прямого описания в кино. Образы — привередливые призраки. Чтобы их вызвать, существуют заклинания, то есть актуальный инструментарий киноязыка. Эти заклинания нужно поймать. Для этого существуют «ловушки» драматургии и формы фильма.

Каковы элементы заклинания?

  • Люди. Лица. Кастинг
  • Локации
  • Монтаж. Ритм
  • Звук
  • Камера как взгляд
  • События и конфликты
  • Что показать, а что скрыть?
  • Условность и документальность
  • Время фильма, внутреннее время

Все эти понятия многослойны и дают возможность обрести свой голос, если они верно применены.

Чтобы не спугнуть призрака, который дарит жизнь, вселяясь в мертвую куклу сюжета, нужно быть осторожным. Чем приманить призрака? Как его не спугнуть? Чем питаются призраки и духи кино? Во что их заставить вселиться, чтобы вовремя захлопнуть ловушку и получить фильм?


           Курс: Архитектура бровей    

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Интенсивный курс «Архитектура бровей BASIC» – курс-бестселлер Академии дизайна взгляда Lash&Brow by Irina Levchuk.

Двухдневная программа подходит для начинающих бровистов, а также косметологов и мастеров по ногтевому сервису, которые хотят расширить спектр своих услуг. На курсе вы научитесь уверенно подбирать форму и цвет бровей - индивидуально для каждого клиента. И сможете сразу после обучения создавать безупречные работы.

Методика обучения была разработана в 2008 году, с каждым годом она дополняется новыми тенденциями. И с тех пор по ней обучились более 5000 студентов по всему миру.

По окончании курса выдается сертификат международного образца.


           Курс: Архитектура бровей    

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Интенсивный курс «Архитектура бровей BASIC» – курс-бестселлер Академии дизайна взгляда Lash&Brow by Irina Levchuk.

Двухдневная программа подходит для начинающих бровистов, а также косметологов и мастеров по ногтевому сервису, которые хотят расширить спектр своих услуг. На курсе вы научитесь уверенно подбирать форму и цвет бровей - индивидуально для каждого клиента. И сможете сразу после обучения создавать безупречные работы.

Методика обучения была разработана в 2008 году, с каждым годом она дополняется новыми тенденциями. И с тех пор по ней обучились более 5000 студентов по всему миру.

По окончании курса выдается сертификат международного образца.


           Курс: Архитектура бровей    

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Интенсивный курс «Архитектура бровей BASIC» – курс-бестселлер Академии дизайна взгляда Lash&Brow by Irina Levchuk.

Двухдневная программа подходит для начинающих бровистов, а также косметологов и мастеров по ногтевому сервису, которые хотят расширить спектр своих услуг. На курсе вы научитесь уверенно подбирать форму и цвет бровей - индивидуально для каждого клиента. И сможете сразу после обучения создавать безупречные работы.

Методика обучения была разработана в 2008 году, с каждым годом она дополняется новыми тенденциями. И с тех пор по ней обучились более 5000 студентов по всему миру.

По окончании курса выдается сертификат международного образца.


           Курс: Архитектура бровей    

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Интенсивный курс «Архитектура бровей BASIC» – курс-бестселлер Академии дизайна взгляда Lash&Brow by Irina Levchuk.

Двухдневная программа подходит для начинающих бровистов, а также косметологов и мастеров по ногтевому сервису, которые хотят расширить спектр своих услуг. На курсе вы научитесь уверенно подбирать форму и цвет бровей - индивидуально для каждого клиента. И сможете сразу после обучения создавать безупречные работы.

Методика обучения была разработана в 2008 году, с каждым годом она дополняется новыми тенденциями. И с тех пор по ней обучились более 5000 студентов по всему миру.

По окончании курса выдается сертификат международного образца.


           Курс: Архитектура бровей    

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2 дня
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19 500

Интенсивный курс «Архитектура бровей BASIC» – курс-бестселлер Академии дизайна взгляда Lash&Brow by Irina Levchuk.

Двухдневная программа подходит для начинающих бровистов, а также косметологов и мастеров по ногтевому сервису, которые хотят расширить спектр своих услуг. На курсе вы научитесь уверенно подбирать форму и цвет бровей - индивидуально для каждого клиента. И сможете сразу после обучения создавать безупречные работы.

Методика обучения была разработана в 2008 году, с каждым годом она дополняется новыми тенденциями. И с тех пор по ней обучились более 5000 студентов по всему миру.

По окончании курса выдается сертификат международного образца.


           Курс: Курс обучения учителей йоги в Устке, Польша    

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29 дней
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100 000

Теория и практика всех аспектов йоги. Сертифицированный 4-х недельный интенсивный курс. Обучение на английском языке с переводом на русский, польский и литовский

5–24 СЕНТЯБРЯ Каникулы йоги. Для всех уровней подготовки. Свободный выбор дат.

Шивананда йога +7 495 505 04 21 +7 916 499 82 13   www.sivananda.eu/en russia@sivananda.net


           Лекция: Трикотажное платье на все случаи жизни    

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Когда: 19 апр 2030 в 15:47

Трикотажная одежда — это стиль и комфорт. Настоящим трендом в современном мире является трикотажное платье. Оно удобно и элегантно, может быть теплым в холодное время года и достаточно комфортным в летний период. Платье из трикотажной ткани подчеркивает женственность своей обладательницы, сейчас оно пополняет гардероб многих модниц....


           Курс: Психологическое консультирование родителей    

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9 800

Курс повышения квалификации будет интересен специалистам, которые работают с родителями. 

Что вы получите в результате прохождения курса?

  • Научитесь определять цели и задачи работы с конкретным родителем.
  • Выстраивать рабочие отношения с разными родителями в разных ситуациях.
  • Освоите навыки прояснения ситуации клиента.
  • Научитесь определять в каких ситуациях стоит активно поддерживать клиента
  • Научитесь практике конструктивного общения с родителями
  • Узнаете о различных стратегиях и тактиках в работе со сложными ситуациями.
  • Узнаете о важных родительских умениях и о том как психолог может помочь их развивать.
  • Узнаете об отличии психологического консультирования от психотерапии, о возможностях, целях и задачах психологического консультирования.

           Блог: Кино на T&P: Барт Лэйтон о природе лжи и самозванце, ворующем чужие личности    

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Загадочная история Фредерика Бурдена и семьи Баркли.
           Курс: Основы композиции    

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6 500

Одной из целей курса является передача импульса, который поможет внимательнее отнестись к визуальной составляющей снимка, а также позволит переосмыслить существующие стереотипы и штампы в фотографии. 


           Курс: Интенсив по персональному стилю    

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15 дней
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10 000

Интенсив по стилю подойдет тем, кто хочет найти свой стиль, научиться правильно сочетать цвета и принты, найти свою "фишку" в образе, подчеркнуть достоинства внешности и выглядеть современно. 

Цель курса — научить участниц самостоятельно выбирать и миксовать одежду, найти свой алгоритм сочетания вещей, не прибегая к услугам стилиста в будущем.


           Курс: Основы студийной съемки    

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16 дней
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15 500

Курс рассчитан на фотографов, которые хотят овладеть азами постановочной студийной съемки. Цель курса – на конкретных примерах научить работе со светом в студии. 

Курс включает в себя практические занятия, на которых подробно рассматриваются основные световые схемы, использующиеся при портретной съемке, съемке модельных тестов и стилизации.


           Курс: Как начать свое дело, которое станет масштабным бизнесом    

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10 дней
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92 000

 

Вы узнаете, как строится бизнес в реальном мире, а не в сухих учебниках. Никакой воды, только выжимка настоящего опыта мастеров своего дела. Будем разбирать, что такое бизнес, как оценивать идею и принимать решения; анализировать конкурентов, решать конкретные бизнес-задачи и искать выходы из разных ситуаций.

Что вы получите

  • Составленный бизнес-план и готовую первичную бухгалтерию;
  • Анализ конкурентов, ниши и спроса;
  • Умение выходить из кризисных ситуаций и принимать операционные решения;
  • Принципы построения команды и работы с подчинёнными;
  • Идеи, как выстраивать маркетинг и PR и многое другое.

Программа состоит из 10 занятий по 4 академических часа: 2–3 часа — теория, 1–2 часа — практика. Вы будете выполнять домашние задания: изучать конкуентов, общаться с людьми, работать с цифрами. Скучать не придется.

Преподаватели Мастерской

  • Сергей Абдульманов, директор по маркетингу Мосигры, совладелец PR-агентства. Консультирует ряд компаний из ТОП-20 российского рынка. Обладатель премии "Деловая книга года" за книгу "Бизнес как игра" (2016 год).
  • Дмитрий Кибкало, учредитель Мосигры и ещё десятка проектов. Знает, как строить стратегию, известен в узких кругах своим здравым смыслом и очень адекватным подходом к бизнесу. Построил с нуля Мосигру — бизнес с оборотом 700 млн рублей в год на свои.

           Курс: Art as Labour / Труд будущего — искусство

Летняя Школа Global Practice Unit в Никола-Ленивце    

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13 дней
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28 000

Мы приглашаем молодых архитекторов, художников и студентов принять участие в международной летней школе Global Practice Unit, которая впервые состоится в России этим летом в арт-парке «Никола-Ленивец».

Занятия в школе проведут всемирно известные художники и архитекторы – Николай Полисский, основатель парка «Никола-Ленивец», возродивший местную сельскую общину через искусство, и Александр Бродский, художник и архитектор. Задача летней школы – исследовать, как искусство меняет содержание понятия «труд», создает и поддерживает сообщества, и сообща создать архитектурный объект в ответ на этот вопрос.

Global Practice Unit – единственная в своем роде международная мультидисциплинарная архитектурная школа, которая дает студентам возможность выбирать образовательные модули в нескольких ведущих архитектурных школах мира одновременно, и участвовать в живых проектах в различных мастерских. Одной из них станет этим летом арт-парк «Никола-Ленивец». 

Куратор летней школы – профессор Роберт Малл (Rober Mull), основатель Global Practice Unit, глава архитектуры Брайтонского университета, в течение 10 лет возглавлявший школу The CASS, один из учредителей МАРШа. Преподаватели – Томас Ранделл-Пейдж, глава студии в университете Оксфорд Брукс, и Ксения Аджубей, архитектор, глава международных проектов МАРШа. К нам также присоединятся преподаватели Umea School of Architecture (Швеция), Limerick School of Architecture (Ирландия), Oxford Brooks University (Великобритания), и МАРШ (Россия).

Летняя школа Global Practice Unit организована совместно с арт-парком «Никола-Ленивец», крупнейшим в Европе. Арт-парк Никола-Ленивец предлагает участникам богатый материал для исследования, имея в своем распоряжении 28 произведения современного искусства на 650 гектарах территории. Мы рассмотрим связь между искусством и трудом в контексте современной роботизации и изменения понятия «труд», опираясь на опыт работы искусства и архитектуры в формировании и поддержании ценностной самобытности сельских сообществ. Работы Ильи и Эмилии Кабаковых, Николая Полисского и Александра Бродского – центральные темы наших исследований.

Летняя школа Art as Labour – не только уникальная возможность, но и вызов создать архитектурный объект собственными руками, развить навыки проектирования и строительства, вдохновляясь общением с зарубежными преподавателями и современного искусства и архитектуры.

Результатом школы станет архитектурный объект в парке, публикация исследований и презентация на симпозиуме идей в «Никола-Ленивце», а также в Москве. Подробности о симпозиуме следуют.

Участие:

Участие открыто для студентов архитектуры и искусств и молодых практиков в этих сферах. Рабочий язык – английский. Заполните форму по ссылке ниже и отправьте ее на адрес: adjoubei@march.ru

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxvn1Or1rnOYMzJDTE5lamFIRm9DR0drOUpFYW9VQndUYkJZ

В стоимость входит: мастер-классы, лекции, экскурсии; проживание в хостеле или палатке и трехразовое питание; материалы и инструменты, необходимые для создания объекта,  


           Грант: Москва. Гиды-волонтеры на выставку, Центр Современного искусства М'АРС    

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рекомендацииДо

МАРС продолжает набор волонтёров-проводников посетителей по сюрреалистичному миру одного из самых загадочных художников XX века – Сальвадора Дали.

4DALI – Четвертое измерение Сальвадора Дали» - арт-проект, где объединились живопись великого сюрреалиста и новейшие технологии виртуальной реальности. Виртуальная реальность погрузит посетителей в картины гения сюрреализма, эксцентричного художника XX века Сальвадора Дали. Погружение в мир Дали на выставке будет происходить с помощью собственной разработки центра MARS – специального 4D-костюма. Так что почувствовать картины Сальвадора Дали аудитория сможет буквально физически. При помощи очков и костюма виртуальной реальности гости выставки становятся не просто сторонними участниками картины, а полноправными героями ее сюжета, а также видят окружающих в роли сюрреалистических персонажей. Использование инсталляций, кино и видео, звукового сопровождения, связанных с творчеством художника, позволяет полностью перенестись в совершенно иное, четвертое, измерение Сальвадора Дали, увидеть не только его картины, но и весь мир #глазамиДали.

Экспозиция открыта с 5 мая 2017 по 17 августа 2017.

Необходимо:

1. Оказывать посетителям помощь с костюмами виртуальной реальности

2. Помощь в адаптации посетителей к виртуальной реальности

3. Запуск инсталляций

Условия:

1. Выставка работает ежедневно, за исключением понедельника,14.00-22.00 – по будням, 12.00-22.00 – выходные. Сменный график, первая смена по будням – с 14.00 по 18.00, вторая смена – с 18.00 до 22.00; в выходные дни первая смена – с 12.00 по 17.00, вечерняя – с 17.00 до 22.00.

2. Рекомендательные письма по итогам волонтёрства, возможность стать частью творческой команды центра МАРС

3. Прекрасная возможность начать свою карьеру в сфере культуры.

По всем вопросам писать на почту: namars@centermars.ru


           Грант: «В этом доме живет и работает»    

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Государственный центр современного искусства (ГЦСИ) в составе «РОСИЗО» объявляет набор рабочей группы в проект Романа Минаева «В этом доме живет и работает».

Ищем людей, желающих рассказать или узнать больше о творческой жизни Пресненского района, готовых помочь в поиске информации о местных художниках. Вы станете частью команды и будете участвовать в реализации проекта, попадете в мастерские художников, будете проводить интервью и искать артефакты. Цель проекта – рассказать о художниках, которые живут и работают рядом с ГЦСИ. Итогом проекта станет мультимедийная карта района с историями художников и презентация процесса их поиска.

В субботу, 8 июля в 17:00, состоится первая встреча рабочей группы по адресу ул. Зоологическая, 13 стр.2 (малый зал ГЦСИ, 3 этаж).

Заявки на участие в проекте присылайте на почту secretary@ncca.ru, в сообщения на facebook или звоните по телефону +7 499 254 06 74.

Проект Романа Минаева проходит в рамках просветительской программы ГЦСИ, которая направлена на исследование мифологии и топографии района, а также на формирование активного сообщества вокруг центра современного искусства.

Роман Минаев — художник, куратор. Преподаватель Московской школы фотографии и мультимедиа им. А. Родченко.

Изображение: Борис Матросов. Серия «Татуировки для художников».


           Грант: Cтажировка для студентов в Москомархитектуре на конкурсной основе    

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бесплатноВ течение всего года

Комитет по  градостроительству и архитектуре города Москвы объявляет конкурс среди студентов профильных вузов, самых одаренных и творческих личностей, на прохождение стажировки!

Во время практики в Москомархитектуре вы сможете приобщиться к широкому спектру задач - от разработки малого архитектурного объекта до концепции целого города! Срок стажировки - 30 рабочих дней, практика проводится на безвозмездной основе. 

Необходимые требования к участникам конкурса:

  1. умение творчески мыслить и принимать самостоятельные решения
  2. хорошее знание CAD-программ (ArchiCad, AutoCad, 3Dmax, Photoshop и пр.)
  3. опыт участия в ведении и разработке крупных проектов
  4. навыки рабочего проектирования

Свое резюме и портфолио просьба направлять по адресу: intern.mka@gmail.com


           Грант: Реновация жилых

кварталов Москвы    

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3 000 000До

25 апреля 2017 года стартовал Архитектурно-градостроительный конкурс на экспериментальные площадки реновации жилищного фонда в Москве. Конкурс проводится Комитетом по архитектуре и градостроительству г. Москвы по поручению мэра Сергея Собянина для выбора наилучших решений для 5 пилотных площадок в разных округах столицы.

К участию в конкурсе приглашаются компании, архитектурные и проектные бюро Москвы, а также региональные бюро и иностранные консорциумы.  Для участия команды должны предоставить портфолио, подтверждающее опыт разработки градостроительной документации на территории не меньше, чем квартал. Иностранным офисам необходимо иметь московского партнёра или проектный офис на территории Российской Федерации.

Прием заявок продлен до 10 июля 2017 года!

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          Jeff Bezos: Amazon's Whole Foods deal has 4 'dreamy' enticements   
How Whole Foods fits in with Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos' four-factor acquisition strategy.

          La Super Nintendo Mini disponible en précommande !   
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          gelesen: Bob, der Streuner: Die Katze, die mein Leben veränderte   

Bob, der Streuner: Die Katze, die mein Leben veränderte von James Bowen

Bob der Streuner: Die Katze, die mein Leben veränderte

Nach dem zweiten Buch habe ich nun auch das Erste gelesen:

Die komische und manchmal abenteuerliche Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Freundschaft
Millionenfach hat sich der Roman “Bob der Streuner” von James Bowen bereits verkauft. Ein modernes Märchen: Der Obdachlosigkeit entkommen, schlägt James sich als Straßenmusiker durch. Als er eines Abends einen abgemagerten, streunenden Kater vor seiner Tür findet, scheint er sein tierisches Ebenbild zu treffen. Und mehr noch: Während er den Streuner aufpäppelt, entwickelt sich eine besondere Freundschaft. Der Kater Bob will nämlich keineswegs zurück in die Freiheit. So, wie James dem Kater Bob seine Lebenskraft zurückgibt, so füllt das samtpfötige Wesen James´ Leben wieder mit Sinn – und jeder Menge witziger Anekdoten.

Erst das zweite Buch zu lesen war wie damals schon geschrieben kein Problem, sofern man die grundsätzliche Geschichte von Bob und James schon einmal irgendwo mitbekommen hat:
James hat als drogensüchtiger Straßenmusikant 2007 am Hauseingang zu seiner Sozialwohnung einen verletzten Kater gefunden. Er kümmert sich um den Kater, den er Bob nennt, und dieser dankt es ihm mit einer ungewöhnlichen Zuneigung. Bob folgt James zu seinen Auftritten als Straßenmusiker, er weicht ihm nicht mehr von der Seite. Die beiden werden unzertrennlich und zusammen mit Bob schafft James den kalten Entzug.

Die wahre Geschichte von James und Bob ist mittlerweile wohl Jedem in Grundzügen bekannt, er schildert sie hier noch einmal ausführlicher und mit vielen Anekdoten rund um Bob. Aber es ist nicht nur ein Buch zum schmunzeln, James schildert auch Dinge, die er in seinem Leben falsch gemacht hat. Es ist letztlich aber doch die Geschichte eines außergewöhnlichen Katers, der es mit seiner Treue und Sturheit schafft, einem Drogensüchtigen eine Aufgabe und damit eine Leitlinie zu geben. Genau die Art Therapie, die James offenbar gebraucht hat.

Ein wirklich tolles Buch, es schildert die Geschichte, die man in jeder Zeitung lesen konnte detailierter. Immer menschlich und Katzenliebhaber werden vieles von Bob in ihrem Tier wiederfinden. Wahrscheinlich aber nicht alles auf einmal, Bob ist ein Unikat.laugh


          Nike confirms it is opening an Amazon shop   
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          Am I A Hindu? Book Review   
I’ve seen the book Am I A Hindu? on Amazon before but I didn’t give it much attention. After all, I know the answer to that question for myself. I am most definitely a Hindu! But my mom found it in a sale recently and brought it to me. So now that I look at [Read More...]
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          PathSolutions Natural Language Troubleshooting | TWiT Bits   

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Brian Chee talks to Tim Titus from PathSolutions about the significant changes to TotalView regarding Natural Language Troubleshooting (NLT). TotalView v8 NLT will support communication with Amazon Echo.

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          Keeping an eye on Alibaba Cloud, Aliyun – Part 1   
Alibaba's Jack Ma made headlines across the world last week by laying out a plan for rapid global expansion of China's e-commerce behemoth. In an Investor Conference held at the company's Xixi headquarters in Hangzhou, China, Ma made the bold claim that Alibaba could reach $1 trillion in gross merchandise value by 2021 by becoming the primary online store for 2 billion people, as well as by expanding into new areas, one of which is the international public cloud services business. While Alibaba's investor event was overshadowed somewhat by the news that Amazon will spend $13.7 billion in cash to acquire Whole Foods, the premium U.S. grocery store chain, Jack Ma unveiled a strategy with clear potential to disrupt the cloud market.

Meanwhile, business at Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) is 'fantastic' and is only going to get better this year, according to the company CFO. For the most recent fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017, the company reported revenue of RMB 38,579 million ($5,605 million), an increase of 60% year-over-year, including:

•   Revenue from core commerce of RMB31,570 million ($4,587 million), up 47% year-over-year.

•   Revenue from cloud computing of RMB 2,163 million ($314 million), up 103% year-over-year.

•   Revenue from digital media and entertainment of RMB 3,927 million ($571 million), up 234% year-over-year.

Growth at the parent company is primarily being driven by the steady increase in active buyers on its ecommerce platforms, both in numbers and in the value of goods and services being transacted. Annual active buyers reached 454 million, an increase of 31 million from the 12-month period ended on March 31, 2016. Mobile monthly active users (MAUs) on Alibaba Group’s China retail marketplaces reached 507 million in March, up 97 million over March 2016. Gross merchandise volume (GMV) transacted on Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces in fiscal year 2017 was RMB 3,767 billion ($547 billion), up 22% compared to RMB 3,092 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Alibaba Cloud, or Aliyun as it is known in Chinese, is firmly established as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud in mainland China and is moving rapidly to become a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider and a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) retailer. Some important Aliyun metrics emerged from the Investor presentation, including (with additional commentary):

·         Public cloud is growing: based on Gartner's figures from March 2017, Aliyun estimates the global public cloud market will amount to $245 billion in 2017, growing to $436 billion in 2021, a 15.9% CAGR.

·         China’s public cloud market is growing even faster, with Gartner figures showing China’s public cloud market, valued at $14 billion this year, growing to $25 billion in 2021, a 17.2% CAGR; by 2021, China’s share of the global public cloud market would still be under 6%, which seems odd given the country's share of global GDP is much higher and that ecommerce, social media and mobile technologies are booming in China - why so low versus the U.S. market?

·         Aliyun cited figures from IDC Tracker 2016 H1/H2 Global Cloud Market (IaaS), indicating it currently is the No.4 player in public cloud services worldwide, but with only a 3.2% share; No.1 was AWS, $8.4 billion, 46.1% share; No. 2 Microsoft, $1.4 billion, 7.6% share; No.3 IBM, $1.0 billion, 5.8% share; No.4 Alibaba, $0.57 billion, 3.2% share; No.5 Google, $0.519 billion, 2.9% share.

Clearly, AWS is dominating the public cloud market, especially in the U.S. The other U.S. public cloud players are investing aggressively to catch up and they too seem to have ambitions that reach to the sky. Alibaba's Jack Ma has previously been quoted in the press as saying that Alibaba would catch and surpass Amazon. When it comes to cloud services at least, this will be extremely difficult given its current 3.2% share versus AWS’ 46.1% share, and a capex budget that appears decisively smaller.

In its home market of China, Aliyun's IaaS revenue is equivalent to the next seven players combined. The numbers cited in IDC Tracker 2016 H1/H2 Global Cloud Market are as follows:

·         No.1 – Alibaba Group, $587 million, 40.7% market share

·         No.2 - China Telecom, $123 million, 8.5%

·         No.3 – Tencent, $106 million, 7.3%

·         No.4 – Kingsoft, $87 million, 6.0%

·         No.5 – Ucloud, $79 million, 5.5%

·         No.6 – Microsoft, $72 million, 5.0%

·         No.7 – China Unicom, $67 million, 4.6%

·         No.8 – AWS, $55 million, 3.8%

In addition, as of March 31, 2017 Aliyun had 874,000 paying customers, had 15 data centres worldwide and had 186 cloud service offers. It also claims a 96.7% retention rate amongst its top paying customers in Q1 2017 compared to a year earlier.

Over one-third of China’s Top 500 companies are on Alibaba Cloud, including China's Public Safety Bureau (PSB), CCTV, Sinopec, Sina Weibo, Xinhua News Agency,Toutiao, Geely, Mango TV, CEA, Quanmin Live, Panda TV and DJI, while two-thirds of Chinese Unicorn companies are on Alibaba Cloud. Global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) now available on Aliyun include Accenture, SAP, Docker, here, SUSE, Haivision, Wowza, AppScale, AppEX, Hillstone, Checkpoint Software Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems and Red Hat.


Aliyun’s Computing Conference 2016 was attended by over 40,000 developers in person, with more than 7 million viewers online. At its investor conference, Aliyun also disclosed a number of major international brands that are now using its services, including Schneider Electric, Shisheido, Philips, Nestle and Vodafone, which is a good start. Nevertheless, attracting international companies will be harder, first, because Alibaba has only just recently begun building data centres outside of China, and two, they will be much less known and trusted than established brands such as IBM.


          Spectra7, providing chips for high-speed connectivity, raises $4.6m   
Spectra7 Microsystems of San Jose, California, a developer of high performance analogue semiconductors, announced that it has closed its previously announced bought deal offering of 11,500,000 units at a price of 40c per unit, including the full exercise of the over-allotment option, for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.6 million.

Spectra7 stated that the public offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuiy and including Eight Capital and Echelon Wealth Partners.

In addition to the public offering, the company announced that it has closed the first tranche of its private placement of units, as previously announced on June 7th, pursuant to which it issued 3,280,750 units for additional gross proceeds of $1.31 million, including subscriptions by its CEO and certain directors of the company.

Each unit issued through the offerings comprises one common share and one-half of a common share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to acquire one common share for 55c per share for a period of two years after closing of the offerings.

Spectra7 stated that the net proceeds from the offerings will be used to fund R&D and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Separately, the company announced amendments to its $6.50 million senior secured term loan facility with MidCap Financial. The amendments include extending the commencement date for principal payments under the loan facility by a year to June 1, 2018, and the option to extend the maturity date of the facility by a further year upon satisfaction of certain conditions.

In relation to the amendments, Spectra7 has issued warrants to purchase up to 750,000 common shares, with each warrant exercisable for a period of five years into one common share at a price of 39c.

For its most recent quarter ended March 31, 2017, Spectra7 reported revenue of $2.7 million, up 8% versus $2.5 million a year earlier, with gross margin as a percentage of revenue for the quarter at 60%, flat sequentially.


* In January, Spectra7 demonstrated what it claimed as the first QSFP28 Double Density (QSFP28-DD) active copper cable (ACC) integrating its new GaugeChanger Plus GC2502 silicon. It also stated it would begin sampling GaugeChanger Plus QSFP28-DD active copper modules to data centre cable assembly companies during the quarter.

Using the linear design of its GC2502, Spectra7 noted that the modules can support both NRZ and PAM4 signalling, enabling 200 or 400 Gigabit Ethernet transmissions over the same cable.

* Spectra7 also announced sampling of IEEE COM-compliant SFP28 and QSFP28 active copper modules to Tier 1 cable assembly and data centre customers in North America and Asia. It noted the modules were available for evaluation and qualification by customers such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu and Alibaba, as well as data centre equipment manufacturers such as Cisco, HP, Dell and Hauwei.


* Spectra7 is an analogue semiconductor company delivering solutions enabling high bandwidth, speed and resolution for electronics manufacturers addressing broadband connectivity markets. Based in San Jose, the company has design centres in Markham, Ontario, Cork, Ireland and Little Rock, Arkansas.


          Writing Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives Matter    
Crime writer Don Winslow says writing a novel about cops and cartels involves some pretty serious research. “In researching these books,” says Winslow, “I meet people. I’ve been to the funerals, talked to the cops. I’ve made the sympathy calls!” His newest book, about the NYPD, is The Force.

In the Spiel, Trump’s worst tweet yet! Oh boy.

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          Decent Launches Global Media Distribution Platform   
Decent Launch

Free and open communication has long been an essential component of a successful democracy. Unfortunately, money, power and influence over time have stifled today’s media environment adversely impacting both content producers and consumers alike.

In an effort to democratize creative content, DECENT has officially launched its blockchain-based, global media distribution platform. The name is an acronym for Decentralized Network; Encrypted & Secure; Content Distribution System; Elimination of 3rd Parties; New Way of Online Publishing; Timestamped Data Records.

Designed to bring more transparency and fairness to the media industry, DECENT allows artists to seamlessly distribute digital content for immediate payment and without hefty fees. Peer-to-peer in its orientation, consumers decide the merits of a certain piece of content posted through a Yelp-like community rating system. The content, however, cannot be censored or removed.

This blockchain initiative endeavors to disrupt the legacy world of media distribution by allowing artists more freedom and control over the ownership and distribution of their content, all without compromising on security. It represents a potential gamechanger for the massive global media and content distribution industry — one that’s estimated to grow from $1.7 trillion in 2016 to over $2 trillion in 2019.

DECENT was founded in 2016 by two friends, Matej Michalko and Matej Boda, from Slovakia. It sprouted from a shared vision that blockchain technology could fuel a coordinated system of digital content publishing and sharing throughout the world.

Funding for DECENT was fueled by an ICO campaign last summer, which raised more than 5,881 BTC, at that time valued at $4.2 million USD. There were 4,300 ICO participants in total and no other key funding partners.

Michalko recounted the journey leading up to his own personal discovery of blockchain technology and its potential uses for the content distribution space. “I’ve been extensively involved in Bitcoin since 2011, even mining it from my own laptop at the beginning. I quickly realized that the innovative technology behind Bitcoin had the potential to change the modern world.”

When Michalko started to delve further into blockchain technology, he found a seemingly endless list of use cases the new technology could support. “I became determined to use blockchain technology to create something revolutionary that would be beneficial for people on a global scale. A short time later ongoing discussions between myself and our future co-founder Matej Boda quickly led to DECENT being born.”

He says that DECENT Network is a reaction to the issues that the majority of content producers face nowadays in the entertainment and media industry. “There is too much artificial complexity and too many barriers in the industry affecting both the access to market and income of the content owners.”

DECENT’S digital model allows artists to distribute any form of content, including written, music, videos, ebooks and pictures. These distribution channels are free of third-party influence, meaning that artists can also manage their intellectual property rights and set their own pricing.

One of the innovative adaptations that distinguishes DECENT from other blockchain platforms is the network’s reputation management system. This allows content creators who share their digital work on the platform to build a lifetime reputation, based on ratings from those who purchase content on the platform. DECENT Network also allows content creators to instantly receive payment when someone downloads their content, without any middleman interference.

Michalko believes that DECENT can break the trajectory in which a majority of power is concentrated in the hands of a few players controlling the industry. “Artists, filmmakers and writers lose control over their work and depend on the mercy of the ‘big guys.’ We designed DECENT Network to do away with all that and bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry.”

DECENT estimates that writers, for example, lose a healthy 30–75 percent chunk of their earnings when publishing with Amazon. Similarly, musicians, through licensing agreements, lose around 30 percent when selling a track on iTunes. Blockchain technology therefore serves as a mechanism that helps writers and musicians keep more money, while connecting with their audiences directly.

Michalko says that artists will be paid for their downloaded content through DECENT’s own cryptocurrency called “DCT,” which will be launched together with DECENT Network. Other payment options, he says, will be available in the future. “Artists will no longer have to wait months before seeing a penny from their work. And at the time of launch, DECENT Network will be a completely free-of-charge service for artists.”

Michalko hopes that by  2020, DECENT Network will have become the number one worldwide media sharing platform. “We hope to bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry for both creators and consumers. I hope that with our launch people will realize the advantage of DECENT Network over other content distribution platforms.”

The post Decent Launches Global Media Distribution Platform appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.


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          Comment on Grand Canyon with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go by Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama   
I think preschoolers would love the Grand Canyon Railway ~ they offer a Polar Express experience at Christmastime where little ones can see Santa at the Grand Canyon. Little ones would also enjoy visiting Williams, especially if they're "Cars" movie fans since there's lots of neon and landscape similar to Radiator Springs. The traditional Native American dances near the Hopi House would also be a big hit with young kids. Of course, if you can include side trips, Bearizona is not to be missed! Best wishes with the book. Let me know when it's available so I can add it to the Travel Mamas Amazon store!
          Amazon Prime Day 2017 is July 11   
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In 2015, Amazon kicked off Prime Day, a whole day for Amazon Prime subscribers to get discounts on a variety of products. The event was even bigger in 2016, and now Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days, right in the middle of the year. This year probably won’t [...]

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Singing in Karuizawa Vol.8【7/1】 - 軽井沢大賀ホール
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          Big Tech's Effect on Blue Apron's IPO   
Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron had a disappointing IPO and the Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried says the lackluster investor demand may stem from the influence of Big Tech, particularly companies like Amazon.com.
          Amazon announces Prime Day 2017 deals and discounts are coming on July 11   
If you’re a fan of shopping on Amazon, you’re probably familiar with Prime Day. The event, which debuted back in 2015, was launched to treat customers to numerous deals and discounts. And this year it won’t be any different, as Amazon’s Prime Day will be making a comeback on July 11. The event is set […]
          TS21:Urban Outfitters, Rick Santorum Gay Kiss, Gender Based Pricing, Hunger Games   
Bryan and Erin take an hour of your life and fill it with banter about Urban Outfitters transexual greeting cards, gender based price gouging, the gay kiss that interrupted Rick Santorum, the gender issues in Hunger Games and a serious discussion about Amazon Prime. Too funky! 
          The Amazon's new danger: Brazil sets sights on palm oil   
Brazil’s ambition to become a palm oil giant could have devastating social and environmental impacts if the move is not carefully managed, say experts Tom Levitt in Brasília and Heriberto Araujo The Guardian 29 Jun 17; Jorge Antonini takes a palm kernel in his hands and slices it open. Squeezing it between his fingers, the kernel oozes the oily liquid found in hundreds of everyday products, from cakes to chocolate spread. The scientist is standing on a government-owned farm near the Brazilian capital of Brasília. Here, he and a small group of colleagues from Embrapa, the powerful...

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The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra is one of my favourite places in the city - and probably one of the places I've visited the most. These pictures are from two separate times and I went there yet again today and have even more photos I want to share now. It's been lovely seeing the progress of everything coming into bloom, seeing spring and summer arrive. Going at least once a month seems like a must just to see what's different every time. I just really love gardens. There's also been lots of plants I've either not seen before or don't know what they are, so my visits are clearly almost educational (if only I remembered all of the Latin names once I get back home).

A botanical garden seemed like the perfect place to take photos of this floral dress. I made it almost a year ago and never got around to either taking photos of or even wearing it that much. I used a 70s pattern (that I bought years ago in a charity shop!) and the fabric's from around the 70s as well. It's so comfortable, roomy, pretty and - most importantly - has pockets! I like wearing it without the belt too, but have been told it looks like a maternity dress when I do so (rude). As Portugal's gotten quite warm already, I feel too warm in this dress to wear it most days and am therefore kind of looking forward to the end of summer and cooler days. Only a little, though, and only because I want to wear this more often. Another new thing (relatively, since I bought these last summer and never featured them on the blog before) is the shoes. They're favourites too - I always love Vagabond shoes. I wish I had photos of them when they were brand new and without a scratch, but they do still look good. I feel like I don't wear any of my vintage or retro dresses as much as I used to these days, but I should definitely return to them!
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          Make Hand-Washing Dishes a Breeze with This Bamboo Dish Rack, on Sale Right Now — Amazon Deal of the Day   

Cooking a four-course meal from scratch is a labor of love, but after the plates are cleared, a sink full of dirty pots, pans, utensils, and dishes is enough to make even the most passionate cook want to order takeout next time.

Let's face it: Doing the dishes is an inevitable, thankless task, and nobody wants to do it. Think about how many fights you've had with assorted roommates and partners over dirty dishes, hanging out in the sink for days because nobody wants to take responsibility for them. And while having a dishwasher helps, you're not going to put pots, pans, and other oddly shaped cookware that needs to be scrubbed in there (and if you're putting your knives in the dishwasher, stop it right now!).

So, how do you make this dreaded task easier, if not more enjoyable? First load up on good-quality sponges and soaps, and then snatch up this two-tiered bamboo drying rack, on sale for just $13 on Amazon — for next few hours.

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          The 4 Easiest Things to Grow in Your Indoor Garden — Simple Gardens   

If you're intimidated by the idea of indoor gardening, don't be! We've been working with green-thumbed pro Amy Pennington, author of Apartment Gardening, to come up with a list of the four easiest things you could possibly grow in your kitchen. She's got all sorts of tips, tricks, and techniques — and she was willing to share them!

Keep reading to check out the four easiest things you can grow indoors.

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          Watch All the Food Scenes from Harry Potter in Just 3 Minutes — Pop Culture   

The Harry Potter franchise turned 20 on June 26, leaving fans nostalgic for when the first book in the series originally released. The 20th anniversary marked the U.K. release of the first novel in the cult-favorite J.K. Rowling series: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone. To commemorate the occasion, Digg made a video featuring all the delicious (and unappetizing) foods featured in the films, from mundane moments to unforgettable ones.

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          How Often Should You Wash Your Dish Towels? — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn   

I love a cute dish towel. I switch dish towels up seasonally, plus I have color-coordinating ones, which I like to pair up with each other as nice little pattern-mixing schemes for my kitchen.

Obviously, beyond being a decorative element, dish towels are workhorses in the kitchen. "Dish towels are multipurpose tools — people use them to do things like dry their hands, mop up spills, hold glassware as it air-dries, and dry veggies," says Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space. Given their crucial role in keeping your kitchen clean, it should come as no surprise that kitchen towels need to be washed pretty often.

But turns out, it's a lot more often than I realized.

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          Save 25% or more on Temptations Cat Treats   
Amazon’s Deal of the Day is 25% or more off Temptations Cat Treats! The deals start at less than $5! Pet parents know that when it comes to their cat’s treats, flavor and texture matter most. Th ... - Source: bargainbabe.com
          Big Savings on Twisted Root Hammocks & More   
Amazon’s Deal of the Day is big discounts on Twisted Root Designs Hammocks and accessories. Whether you are relaxing in the backyard or camping in the trees, a good hammock can be the best sleep ... - Source: bargainbabe.com
          Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella $35.99   
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          Save up to 30% on High Sierra Backpacks & Luggage   
Amazon’s Deal of the Day is up to 30% on High Sierra backpacks and luggage! Discount only applies to select items shipped and sold by Amazon.com which are eligible for Free Returns. It’s n ... - Source: bargainbabe.com
          Smart Color Art Dual Tip Brush Pens 48 piece set $26.65   
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          Ivation Portable Battery Powered Outdoor Shower $25.99   
Amazon’s Deal of the Day is this portable, battery operated outdoor shower by Ivation for only $25.99. Whether you are camping, rinsing the kids off at the beach, or giving the dog a backyard ba ... - Source: bargainbabe.com
          Werner Vogels (CTO, Amazon) : "Nous installerons au moins trois datacenters AWS en 2017 en France"   
Nouveaux projets et services, déploiement dans l'Hexagone… Le directeur technique d'Amazon décrypte sa stratégie en matière de cloud.
          See how the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500 did for the first half of Trump year-one   
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          What Amazon wants from Whole Foods: Data on shopping habits   
Amazon stands to gain insight into thousands of shoppers personal data from the proposed deal.
          For couponers, Amazon's Whole Foods takeover could be the end of an era   
After reaching fever pitch during the economic downturn, coupons could become history because of Amazon's Whole Foods deal.
          Straggling behind Wal-Mart and Amazon, Target needs to make a bold move   
'Target is a little lost right now, and that is worrying,' Colliers International's Anjee Solanki tells CNBC.
          A former Amazon employee has a warning for brands   
A former Amazon employee says the deal is a bad move on Nike's part, Racked reports.
          Nike tops Wall Street expectations; confirms deal with Amazon   
Nike reported its fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, also confirming a deal it's inked with Amazon.
          Alibaba is working on an Amazon Echo rival that speaks Chinese, report says   
The device could come as early as next week, people familiar with the matter told The Information.
          Walgreens CEO says he's not afraid of Amazon   
Walgreens CEO said the company is in a strong position to compete, even if entrants such as Amazon move into the market.
          The Amazon-Whole Foods deal boosts other food retailers' likelihood of default, report says   
An Amazon-Whole Foods deal has triggered a reaction in the market-perceived credit quality of many of Whole Foods' peers, S&P Global says.
          Deaths in the Amazon: Increase in Indigenous Killings as Brazil’s Political Crisis Deepens   
There has been a significant increase in the number of indigenous people and environmental activists killed over land disputes in Brazil, as human rights experts warn of a dangerous political mood in the nation. New research shared with Greenpeace’s Energydesk by Brazilian human rights NGO Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT), shows that 37 people have been killed in More
          #341: TC39, ECMAScript, and the Future of JavaScript   
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A well presented tutorial site complete with rich, live editable examples.
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Includes support for cynamic import() expressions, string enums, & improved checking.
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An Up to Date List of TC39 Proposals and their Status tools
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Decaffeinate: Convert Your CoffeeScript to Modern JavaScript tools
A well established project that continues to get frequent updates.
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Infinite Scroll v3: As Users Scroll, Automatically Load More tools
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          Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will "Star" In a Crazy-Sounding Comedy for Amazon   
Today Amazon Studios and top-notch indie production company A24 announced a new comedy series premiering August 4. It's called Comrade Detective, and at first glance maybe you'll be like "sounds like another Amazon show no one will care about." It's set in Romania in the 1980s, and Amazon describes it like this: "The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel (Florin Piersic [...]
          Slouch Boots for V4   
Slouch Boots for V4
Slouch Boots for V4 Tired of trying to find the perfect pair of boots to complete your outfit? Been looking for a pair of boots like the ones you or that friend of yours used to have? Your search is over because the Slouch Boots for V4 are here!! These boots were designed with an amazing attention to detail that will thrill and satisfy even the pickiest shoe aficionado! What’s Included and Features Features Poser and DS versions of each: Boot Belt L (.CR2 & .OBJ) Boot Belt R (.CR2 & .OBJ) Slouch Boot L (.CR2 & .OBJ) Slouch Boot R (.CR2 & .OBJ) Included morphs: Crinkly For CapriPants AikoBody A4Realistic TheGirlBODY UtopianBody FantasiaBody Amazon BodyBuilder Fitness Bulk Heavy PearFigure Voluptuous Slouch Boot Options: 01 V4 Feet Pose 10 Belt Colors Black & Silver Red & Gold Maroon & Gold Pink & Gold Dark Brown & Gold Dark Blue & Gold Tan & Gold Yellow & Gold Leopard Print & Gold Cheeta Print & Gold 20 Boot Colors Black – 2 Versions Red Maroon – 2 Versions Pink – 2 Versions Dark Brown – 2 Versions Dark Blue – 2 Versions Tan – 2 Versions Yellow Maroon & Black Red & Black Dark Brown & Black Leopard Print Cheeta Print Zebra Print 02 Boot Top Colors Leopard Print Cheetah Print Textures: 18 Boot Texture Maps (3500 x 3500) 02 Boot Bump Maps (3500 x 3500) 02 Reflection Maps (512 x 512) P6 Material Poses (.PZ2) Material Poses to Apply All […]
          Battle Maiden with Knights Templar outfit   
Battle Maiden with Knights Templar outfit
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          7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever   

You're reading 7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books - reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

  1. Invest BIG in Yourself

Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

  1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

  1. Save BIG Money Every Month

If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

  1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

  1. Exercise Regularly!

Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

  1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life...

With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

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          Debugging php in Amazon EC2   

by Pedro Remedios.  

I have PHP code that is not doing what I want it to do and I need to step through the code that is installed in an Amazon EC2 instance. What are the EXACT steps to setup php debugging remotely on Amazon EC2?



          Why market competition has not brought down health care costs   
It is easier than ever to buy stuff. You can purchase almost anything on Amazon with a click , and it is only slightly harder to find a place to stay in a foreign city on Airbnb. So why can’t we pay for health care the same way? My research into the economics of health care suggests we should be able to do just that, but only if we say goodbye to our current system of private insurance — and the heavy administrative burden that goes along with it. Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable…

          Links for 06/30/17   
Distinctly Catholic

Kudos to Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose, California, for clarifying that in his diocese, families that present themselves for a funeral in good faith are to be given a funeral. As a sign of how the Francis Revolution is taking hold, I will venture the prediction that we will see more bishops follow McGrath's example than Paprocki's. 


          XLY, EZJ: Big ETF Outflows   
Looking at units outstanding versus one week prior within the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, the biggest outflow was seen in the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY), where 4,050,000 units were destroyed, or a 2.9% decrease week over week. Among the largest underlying components of XLY, in morning trading today Amazon.
          Such a Grandma   
I'm watching CNN with my cat while eating Halloween candy ...so basically  I'm  80 and 5 at the same time. With that self revelation, I realize that I have no justification for the things that I'm into these days. 

What's on my radar this month:
The clerk at Sports Basement was ringing me up and sporting this super adorable Cupcake Beanie. I didn't know if it was crazy hat day at SB or maybe just getting in the mood for Halloween, but her awesome hat style made my day and I'm considering the small investment!

Ok, maybe it would look cuter on my niece.


Cutest cupcake beanie

Taylor Swift's new CD came out yesterday and is it weird that I was so excited?  She also has cute Keds at Nordies that would be perfect to sport the Nantucket Kennedy style that I'm always into.





Taylor Swift's Keds at Nordies


Lastly, I was super excited to find PJ Salvage's cupcake robe at Nordstrom Rack a few months ago. I was even more excited to see that Rachel was wearing it on Glee in the season premiere last month! Quite the cosmic connection if I do say so:)

PJ Salvage cozy cupcake robe


          Natural Woman   
I thought I would kick off March with a minimalist mentality. My hope is to rid my life of those nasty parabens that unfortunately are found in most of my favorite products and try an au naturale beauty regime instead. Let's see how long I can keep it up! First up, a new beauty line called Neuma that my hair salon is promoting. They gave me a bunch of samples to try out and so far so good. Neuma is a vegan hair line, made with plant nutrients and free of sulfates and parabens. Next, I'm trying out the Neutrogena Naturals skincare line and am sold on their facial cleanser!



http://www.neumabeauty.com/


http://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Naturals-Purifying-Facial-Cleanser/dp/B004D268RA




          Dry Shampoo Debate   

Apparently, overwashing your hair can dry it out and cause hair color to fade. To preserve your color and maintain moisturized, sleek hair, it is best to wash your hair only 2-3 times per week. Are you kidding me? I nearly wash my hair everyday and it is SO tedious to blow it dry when I'm in a hurry!!  

Cue dry shampoo! if you’re strapped for time and you need to freshen up your locks (after the gym, snoozing too many times), dry shampoo serves as a fantastic option. Modern, busy women swear by dry shampoos! I've been experimenting with dry shampoo for the last year and am still undecided. When I heard of dry shampoo, I decided to try it out immediately! I will try anything if it allows a few extra minutes of sleep time in the morning. Plus, when my hair appears greasy, it’s usually only the roots that need to be refreshed. Applying a dry shampoo effectively soaks up any oil and dirt, leaving your hair looking refreshed and clean.

There are basically two types of dry shampoos: ones that come in a loose powder form and ones that come in an aerosol can form. Powder dry shampoos can be applied directly on to the scalp from the bottle and either brushed through or massaged in using your fingers.  My preference is the aerosol dry shampoo that can be sprayed directly onto the scalp from a few inches away. Here are the ones I've tried:

My sister gave this to me to try out and I wasn't very impressed. It has a great lemon scent but goes on your hair like baby powder, so unless you're really blonde, I think it shows on your scalp.

Oscar Blandi read my mind because they came out with a spray for brunettes. I like this one although it's pretty expensive and I feel like you need to use a lot for it to be effective.

The perfect find! Suave came out with this dry shampoo during the summer and I bought it to try it out- only $3.49! I love it and for the price, I use it lavishly! 


The link for the Suave dry shampoo is below. Try it out and let's continue the debate!


http://www.amazon.com/Suave-Professionals-Shampoo-Beautiful-5-Ounce/dp/B004DBUAGQ
















           U.S. fund managers seek consumer stocks that Amazon can't conquer    
By David RandallNEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's game-changing move to upend the grocery business with a surprise deal to buy Whole Foods...
          Google Play Store 8.0 Update Rolls Out With Summer Sale Discounts On Movies, Apps And Games   
Google Play Store 8.0 Update Rolls Out With Summer Sale Discounts On Movies, Apps And Games Silly human, did you really think you would spend this summer lounging at the beach and frolicking at the park? Pshaw! Maybe that is what regular people do, but geeks like us, we take advantage of numerous sales and then bask in the warm glow of our PC monitors! It is not our fault—blame Steam for its Summer Sale, Amazon for its Prime Day
          Amazon’s Third Annual Prime Day Extravaganza Kicks Off July 11th   
Amazon’s Third Annual Prime Day Extravaganza Kicks Off July 11th Amazon is getting ready to host its third annual Prime Day, which will feature hundreds of thousands of deals for Prime members spread out over 30 hours. It is sort of like a Black Friday or Cyber Monday event, only it is exclusive to members of Amazon's Prime program with a barrage of deals being adding as often as every five minutes. And
          6月24日(土)のつぶやき   

やっと「ハンチョウ」手に入れました!
Amazonだと中古しかなかったので本屋さん回りました〜!
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ななかと!ワンマンライブです!!
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— 七歌@にゃにゃえ 宗政七枝 (@nanakaw) 2017年6月23日 - 23:37

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— 天使みゅ。7月29日大阪イベント (@miyu_ku) 2017年6月24日 - 00:09

天使梨桜さん( @amatsuka_rio )
全身。
綺麗すぎます

#portrait #ポートレート #写真好きな人と繋がりたい pic.twitter.com/9C3ziKlnub

— ゆう@7/18-23(+P写真展) (@yuuyuuandyuu) 2017年6月24日 - 00:41

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— 仔寅☀6/25ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月24日 - 14:22

懐かしきくましゃん!! pic.twitter.com/OlymW44y2X

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— ♡倉坂くるる♡1日目東あ23a (@Kururu_45) 2017年6月22日 - 00:46

6/24(土)キャラパナイト🐱💖
17:00〜23:00@大塚コッパー❣️
予約不要!食べて飲んで喋って💖
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— ♡倉坂くるる♡1日目東あ23a (@Kururu_45) 2017年6月21日 - 17:24

@Tonaichushin こちらこそ、ありがとうございました。おかげで楽しく撮影ができました。次回お会いしました時は、よろしくお願いいたします。

— 月風狼 (@tukikazerou) 2017年6月24日 - 18:03

おはよう!3000人フォロワーさん記念のアイコンです!1週間限定🙌
みんながおっぱい好きだっていうから、ぼく奮発したぞ😳😳
出会ってくれてありがとうございました!これからもよろしくお願いします( •̀ᴗ•́ )/☀… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 仔寅☀6/25ライブだよ! (@510ra_kmgr) 2017年6月24日 - 12:09

今日のCF撮影会お疲れ様でした☺️来てもらえて本当に嬉しかったです〜!
次回は7月29日になります!予定あけておいてくださいね〜💕よろしくお願いします✨ pic.twitter.com/qKISYzl0ws

— あやめ@6月24日CF撮影会 (@kokoiroayame) 2017年6月24日 - 19:57

C92で頒布する金魚擬人化コスROMの撮影でしたんたん!
パンダたそとファンテイルゴールドフィッシュたん! pic.twitter.com/1dnc7e9ME1

— 七歌@にゃにゃえ 宗政七枝 (@nanakaw) 2017年6月24日 - 18:51

夏コミに行けるか分かりませんが、夏までにマミゾウさんを作ろうと思います。

写真は数年前の冬コミ
p(@220photo ) pic.twitter.com/HtCs6h41jq

— ニルギリ (@nilgiriko) 2017年6月24日 - 20:22

今日最後のアップは
もえ@きゅん撮影会の続き
桜のぁちゃん(@1201sakura)と
のぞみちゃん(@usakinozopyon)
2部はマイミク号泣アニメ
『魔法少女まどかマギカ』より
のぁちゃんが暁美ほむら
のぞみちゃんが巴… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— mymiku (@mymiku05) 2017年6月20日 - 21:26

マミの次は暁美ほむら
ほむほむな桜のぁちゃん(@1201sakura)
もうめっちゃ撮りたかったんですよ
彼女のほむほむ
で、彼女もいつのまにか脱いでるし
(≧▽≦)
あの制服の下ってこんな衣装なんですね
独特のストッキング模様が… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— mymiku (@mymiku05) 2017年6月21日 - 22:34

のぞみちゃん(@usakinozopyon)の
まどかマギカの巴マミ
エレガントなキャラだと思ったら
単なる露出狂だった
(笑) pic.twitter.com/9Wil40Dbnp

— mymiku (@mymiku05) 2017年6月21日 - 22:22

もえ@きゅん撮影会より
のぞみちゃん
背が高いモデルさんです
のぞみちゃんもコミケとコスホリ当選して
ROM写真集販売するそうです
彼女ものぁちゃん同様人気出て来ました pic.twitter.com/jQQwpZIJF6

— mymiku (@mymiku05) 2017年6月20日 - 01:53

画像許可申請で掲載OKが出たので
昨日のもえ@きゅん撮影会より
桜のぁちゃん(@1201sakura)
見ての通りめっちゃ美人で
しかもめっちゃノリいいレイヤーさんです
脚細くて長くて惚れ惚れ(笑)
バニーガールもお似合いでした… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— mymiku (@mymiku05) 2017年6月19日 - 19:18

明日のレイヤーズカフェ楽しみ!私はお手伝いなんだけどすごく満喫するつもりでいるw だって一日中周りに美女美少女だらけだよ…( ´艸`)💕
緊張もあるけどお役に立てるようにがんばる!こんなカッコでお手伝いしてます〜 ‧⁺٩(ˊᗜˋ*… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— みゆき先生 (@wattaipi) 2017年6月24日 - 19:00

メジェド様いた〜〜❤️ pic.twitter.com/dz0e32mF4m

— こうだえま@金曜東え09b (@EMAKO_C_C) 2017年6月24日 - 19:25
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          Indie Author Spotlight: Robert Eggleton   


Hello lovelies welcome to a feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!


Today tenth installment and feature is Robert Eggleton author of Rarity from the Hollow



 Robert Eggleton




Author's Bio

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.



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Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton

Genre: Adult Literary Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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Author Interview


Q. Describe your book in ten words or less.

A. An unlikely savior of the universe -- tragedy, comedy, and satire.


Q. What draws you to this genre.

A. I enjoy reading and writing literary fiction and within most genres. I'm not a big fan of pure escapist novels. I tend to look for the author's hidden metaphors -- meaning behind the superficial and that seems to detract from my enjoyment. So, when I write, my goal is to produce something that will be reflected upon after the last paragraph has been read. I also enjoy reading speculative fiction -- the what if? There are several what ifs in Rarity from the Hollow, but the one that was most fun to write was its political parody. What if some compelling force united extreme capitalism and socialism by a common cause --- saving the universe? While much of the focus of my story was on the prevention of child maltreatment, there are other analogies -- i.e. global warming. Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power -- parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. Readers find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. The allegory was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few people worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. The political allegory in the novel is obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name. In summary, I am drawn to literary speculative fiction because it is so much fun to write.


Q. Where do you get information or ideas for your book?

A. Much of Rarity from the Hollow is more real than not, and based upon over forty years of my experiences working as a children's advocate. I use Google for research, for example, on updated research on prevalence rates or correlates of child abuse. One interesting element of the story pertains to the ET assistance that helped cure Lacy Dawn's parents -- she begins the story as an eleven year old protagonist, a victim of maltreatment. Her father is a war damaged Vet suffering from PTSD, night terrors, and anger outbursts. Several book reviewers have complimented by imagination when writing the medical intervention element of the story. In reality, humans are living in a very exciting time when computerized diagnosis and intervention of mental health concerns is an emerging science. The fantastical means employed by the alien in my story to treat the parents were based on today’s medical reality. I’ve already mentioned that in the beginning of Rarity from the Hollow, Dwayne, the abusive father was a war damaged Vet experiencing anger outbursts and night terrors. The mother was a downtrodden victim of domestic violence who had lost hope of ever getting her G.E.D. or driver's license, or of protecting her daughter. Diagnosis and treatment of these concerns affecting the parents, as representative of many similarly situated, was based on emerging technologies presented at the 2015 World Medical Innovation Forum: https://worldmedicalinnovation.org/ . Yes, in real life, like in my story, patients have been hooked up to computer technology for medial diagnosis and treatment. Additional exciting research was presented at that Forum and may one day may revolutionize psychiatric treatment. Most relevant to my story were: (1) smart brain prosthetics, wireless devises being tested for potential to relieve depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder…neural engineering to manipulate brain signals; (2) sophisticated imaging systems that are minimally invasive to brain circuitry for diagnosis (3) and, healing the brain with neuromodulation and electroceuticals to treat depression and schizophrenia. http://hitconsultant.net/2015/04/30/tech-revolutionize-neurological-psychiatric-care/


Q. How do you select the names of your characters?

A. Typically, I pick names that fit a culture for stories. While I love fantasy, I've found long and unusual first names for characters annoying, thereby sometimes leading to head hopping as I've read the stories. I try to avoid this practice. For example, I recently read a short story involving sisters with unusual but very similar first names. I kept getting the characters mixed up, complicated by their similar voices. The subculture for Rarity from the Hollow is Appalachian, a place where the use of first and middle names is common when addressing the individual, such as Billy Bob, or Robert Thomas. Lacy Dawn was addressed by her first and middle name in the story as a show of love and respect, while the other characters were addressed by their first names only as a sign that their parents did not hold their existences in high regard. As a back story, when pregnant, Lacy Dawn's mother realized that she would not be able to give her daughter beautiful things in life, so she decided to give her a very beautiful name at birth.  


Q. List your top 5 favorite authors or books.

A. Gosh, this is an impossible to answer question. I'm a mood reader, so my favorite books at one time may be entirely different than at another time. Right now: Vonnegut’s anger in Breakfast of Champions helped me stay strong as a children’s advocate and as a writer, and how to experiment with my writing style. Watership Down by R. Adams was such a sweet adventure that some of this element just is a necessary ingredient of even the scariest or saddest story. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is probably on a lot of lists of favorite books. If I feel nostalgic, like now, Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins pushed me into the wilder side of writing regardless of censorship with views on religion and other topics. Last, The Color Purple by Alice Walker remains a role model for using colloquialism to reach mainstream readers. 


Q. What book/s are you reading at present?

A. I'm going to have to pass on this question. I'm reading a second novel by an unknown author and am so disappointed that I don't want to name it. I respected her debut novel and expected this one to be even better. It isn't. When this one was posted on a blog for 99¢ I grabbed a Kindle version. Don't misunderstand. I don't subscribe to the Goodreads rating system based on whether I "liked" a novel or not. If I'm considering writing a review of a novel I would never let my personal taste control such an important task -- my likes are irrelevant to whether a book is great or awful -- so are my comfort zones -- irrelevant. So far, this book has holes in the plot, is so mainstream that it could have been written by a computer program, and was poorly edited. There seems to be no message, but I'm hopeful that the author some how pulls it all together in the last third of the novel. I don't need to like a novel to give it a good rating, but I do have to respect it. Did the story fulfill its mission? It this novel does improve you may see my review on Amazon or Goodreads and you will get my answer to your question if you notice. If the novel does not improve, I may just skip writing a review. The impact of reviews can be so powerful that I wouldn't want to influence the behavior of an author who, based on the debut, has potential but released on perhaps prematurely. If this author was well known, making lots of money, I would have no problem blasting this piece of crap that I'm reading.


Q. What's next for you? What are you working on now?

A. I've been stuck in self-promotion mode for so long that I've neglected the next Lacy Dawn Adventure -- Ivy. I've submitted a couple of short stories to magazines recently but no bites. It seems to me that many magazines either stick very close to the Young Adult genre or are so extreme that my writing seems to have a hard time fitting into content. I don't want to change what I write just to achieve publication, so I'm trying to explore other alternatives. I'm working on a satirical essay, and a couple of poems. One of my poems won first place in an international competition last year, so I have a little name recognition because of that. Ivy, full of metaphors and allegory, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth based in an almost forgotten town. I live in West Virginia, the U.S. state with the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the nation. My familiarity with what is happening to my neighbors because of addiction prompted me to ask: how far will a child go to save a parent from addiction? I hope to achieve a similar finding when answering this serious question as I did with Rarity from the Hollow: “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/ I'll let you know when it is released.


Q.  What advice do you have for writers?

A. I don’t feel competent to give advice to other writers, but I will share a little common sense based on my observations of this marketplace. Don’t expect to be discovered overnight like you were Elvis singing on the front stoop of an apartment located in a low-income neighborhood. Before you publish, make sure that your work as been professionally edited, or as close to it as your finances will allow – not by a friend or anybody with whom you have a personal relationship. If published, to the extent possible, prevent generic one line reviews from being posted on Amazon – they always look like they were written by your friends and detract from other reviews that appear more legitimate. Commit to the long haul by keeping in mind that the majority of those entering the world of books stay there briefly and then drop out never to be heard from again. And, last, never buy a book review and don’t invest more than you can afford in anything. I’ve heard of aspiring authors placing themselves and their families at financial risk by becoming over-committed to a book that they had written. Hard work pays off, but working smart has better outcomes.   


Thank You So Much Robert Eggleton For Your Time & Interview.



R. Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow.




          Release Day Blitz: Talking with the Dead by Shiloh Walker    

Title: Talking With The Dead
Author: Shiloh Walker
Re-Release Date: June 29th 2017
Genre:Contemporary Romance



 

Surrounded by death, a man with a terrible gift reaches for life.


A horrific tragedy blasted open a door in young Michael O’Rourke’s mind—cursing him with the ability to talk with the Dead. Nearly two decades later, Michael has moved from victim to survivor, using his abilities to seek out those who would go unjudged.



With his gift, he talks to those who’ve died violently and seeks out their killers. Only once he’s found the murderer, can the victims be at rest. After his last case, the only thing he wants is peace and he hopes to find it in the small town of Mitchell, Indiana.



But something is horribly wrong—the dead are waiting for him there, as well.



Small town sheriff Daisy Crandall is frustrated. The murder investigation she’s leading is going nowhere, the few leads she’s had haven’t panned out. She needs a break—this case is personal and when a stranger arrives, turning up where he shouldn’t be, she’s suspicious. Finding out that he is more than what he appears to be should shock her but doesn’t. The fact she’s highly attracted to him at the worst possible time is a hindrance.



Unfortunately, teaming up with Michael is the only way.



Now it’s a race against time before the killer destroys the life of his next victim…



This book has been previously published. A prequel to the FBI Psychics series.


**Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence **


  

Talking with the Dead

**Mnix ~ Amazon Review**

Talking with the Dead is an intriguing quick read with a touch of romance. The main focus of the book revolves around the mystery of the killer with the romance between Michael and Daisy running on the

sidelines. I agonized with Michael in parts of the story, his inner struggles are written flawlessly. Michael and Daisy both have personal struggles to overcome before they can admit to wanting to be with each other. It was refreshing to watch as Michael dealt with his ghosts and finally went after what he wanted, Daisy.


 Talking With The Dead
Text Copyright © 2017 Shiloh Walker
All Rights Reserved

Although Lucas never mentioned it, and neither did Mom, Michael O’Rourke was a disappointment and he knew it.

Lucas, now, Lucas was everything their charlatan mother could ever hope for. She’d taught him well, teaching him how to run scams, how to pick pockets and how to evade cops and social workers. Yeah, she’d taught him well, all right – maybe too well. Lucas was sixteen. Strong. Smart. He wasn’t going to hang around and keep helping his mother run her scams.

She called herself Lavonne, but her birth name was Rachel O’Rourke. Her great gift in life was in the grift. She could run a scam like nothing Michael had ever seen. Evan Lucas couldn’t sucker them in the way Mama could.

But Lucas had gifts, real gifts, the kind Mama liked to pretend she had. He saw things.

The “sight” Mama called it. Ran in her family, she liked to say, although Michael didn’t’ think she had ever seen anything that he couldn’t see with his own two eyes. Lucas once told Mike that their mama couldn’t see a spirit if it bit her on the ass. They’d laughed themselves sick, thinking about it.

Lucas could see, though. He knew things. He had known when it was time to leave New Orleans and he had known when it was time to leave Memphis and he had warned her about going to Nashville. She’d pissed people off there, but Lavonne was stupid. Plain and simple. She was going to do what she wanted to do.



Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J.C. Daniels.






          Release Day Blitz: Battle Scars (Love is Messy Duet #2) by Emily Goodwin    
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Series: Love is Messy Duet #2
Author: Emily Goodwin
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2017
They say time heals all wounds, but sometimes it does just the opposite. The pain festers, seeping deep inside and into your heart. By the time you’ve realized what happened, it’s too late and you’re left with a scar that will never go away. 
I’ve spent the last year hiding my scars, running from the man who gave them to me. What I thought was love turned out to be a nightmare that won’t end, even though I forced myself awake. Love isn’t real. Love only leads to heartache.
And then I met him, the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Throw in some sexy confidence and a panty-melting grin, and you have the recipe for a broken heart. Only, my heart is becoming full again, being put back together piece by piece the more time we spend together. 
I’ve been down this road before and know it’ll end in two ways: we’ll ride off in the sunset together and live happily ever after, or we’ll crash and burn so hard neither will survive the wreckage.
I want to be hopeful, but history is damned to repeat itself. And I have the scars to prove it.

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters. 
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends. 
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. 


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          Re-Release Blitz: Here's to Tomorrow (Here's To #1) by Teagan Hunter    
Title: Here's to Tomorrow
Series: Here's To #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Genre: NA Romance
Re-Release Date: June 29, 2017

HUDSON
When I became a single father at seventeen, I knew my path wasn’t going to be easy. Hell, sometimes it sucked. Year after year, I tirelessly busted my ass until my business was booming. Until my daughter was happy. Until life? It was good. Settled.
But sometimes being settled is overrated. Boring. Especially when a little excitement walks through my door in the shape of Rae Kamden. With her sarcastic mouth and smartass comebacks, she’s the type of girl still sowing her wild oats and not looking to settle. Not with a guy like me.
RAE
I’ve been stuck in this small town since I was a child and nothing is going to keep me here. Not anymore. Done being tied down, I’m out of here the first chance I get. This town can kiss my ass goodbye. 
I’m twenty-two. Single. Unwilling to settle. But if I did? It wouldn’t be with Hudson Tamell.
So explain to me why the moment he looks up from under the hood of my car, the sarcastic replies on my lips come out sounding sweeter. Why does he make me want to settle down, right here, with him? 
That’s not what I wanted. But maybe it’s what I need.



By day I’m a freelance cover designer. By every other free moment, a writer. I’m a Missouri raised gal, but I currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband where I spend my days begging him for a cat. I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
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           Pre-Order Blitz: Keeper Under Fire (Graveyard Guardians #3) by Jennifer Malone Wright    
Title: Keeper Under Fire
Author: Jennifer Malone Wright
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Expected Release Date: August 15th, 2017
Cover Designer: Molly at We Got You Covered
Blurb:
The Reapers are coming…
The Keepers are ready to fight … to defend their home and the souls, no matter what the cost.
Olivia Estmond is tired of waiting to be attacked. It is time for the Keepers to strike first against the Reaper Empress. Preparing to fight is not a new concept for Liv, but living with a target on your back is not something she has ever dealt with. The Reapers were ordered to take out the entire Estmond family, and unless the Keepers did something about it, they wouldn’t stop until their mission was complete.
Not long ago, Aiden was a high-ranking soldier in the Reaper Army, but now he has fallen from grace in the eyes of the Empress. More than that, he wants his best friend back. He grew up with Jack and the two were once like brothers. Now, more than ever, he needed his brother. However, what he didn’t expect from becoming a double agent, was the attraction to a sexy red headed Keeper that came with the job.
Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter's Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles, The Graveyard Guardians series, and her vampire novel called Savior. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse as well the Beary Tales series.
She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!
But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.
Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.
Author Links: Website: www.jenniferwrightauthor.com
Pre-Order Links:
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          Software Development Manager - AFT Entropy Management Tech - AMZN CAN Fulfillment Svcs, Inc - Toronto, ON   
We operate at a nexus of machine learning, computer vision, robotics, and healthy measure of hard-earned expertise in operations to build automated, algorithmic...
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          Announcing MCDU – The Media Center Decoder Utility (replaces VMCD)   

For Vista, TV Pack and Windows 7

Download  at http://www.whittakermoore.com/mcdu.exe

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A couple of big new features.

  1. Take Ownership: To work round the issues with codecs being secure in Windows 7 and in some versions of Vista with TV Pack installed this option will take ownership of the default codec files and rename them to a .mcdu.bak file if you choose a non-standard codec If you then choose to go back to the standard decoders the utility will rename them back..

WARNING CHANGING THE DEFAULT MICROSOFT CODEC FOR LIVE TV CAN BREAK OTHER APPLICATIONS. RECOMMENDED ONLY FOR A PURELYMEDIA CENTER SETUP

  1. Show decoders not named video or audio. By default MCDU will show all codecs that have Video Decoder or Audio Decoder in the title – even if they are not marked as Media Center decoders. By checking this option al other decoders will be included. Use at your own risk.

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If you are running Windows 7 Take Ownership will be checked at start up.

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IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENAMED THE DEFAULT MICROSOF CODEC FILES THEN THE AUTO RENAMING WILL NOT WORK. RENAME THEM BACK BEFORE USING THE UTILITY.

And finally the holy grail…. FFDSHOW being used for live tv in 7 Media Center. To get FFDShow to recognise Live TV you will need to enable the MPEG in AVI option.

 

Download  at http://www.whittakermoore.com/mcdu.exe

32 bit decoders have been tested. Its been coded to work with 64 bit but I’ve not been able to test it and I am not aware of any working 64 it decoders for TV other than the MS ones

Use at your own risk but I hope you find this useful

Garry.

p.s. almost forgot for TV Pack users you will now see tow decoders listed for both Video and Audio. This is because the TV Pack allows for a fallback decoder for formats the main decoder cannot work with.
          Изменивший жизнь людей. К юбилею iPhone    

СМИ обсуждают юбилей «Айфона», который впервые появился на рынке в 2007 г. Многие авторы, пользуясь случаем, вспоминают первый «Айфон» и говорят о том, как далеко с того момента шагнули технологии. Десять лет назад он казался технологическим чудом, а сейчас им почти невозможно пользоваться.

 
Очередь за "Айфоном" в Пало-Альто, Калифорния, 29 июня 2007

Wall Street Journal пишет, что Apple, у которого в последнее время снизились продажи, вынашивает большие планы по дальнейшим разработкам, чтобы впечатлить аудиторию. Но большие планы связаны и с большими рисками. В частности, большие планы подразумевают, по всей видимости, и более высокие цены, а это само по себе может не понравиться пользователям. Также большое количество нововведений может привести к задержкам в выпуске продуктов на рынок, и это, в свою очередь, может привести к маркетологическому ущербу.

The Economist пишет, что из недавно появившихся технологий «Айфон» больше всех изменил жизнь людей. Автор имеет в виду стремительный обмен данными (фотографиями, текстовыми сообщениями) между пользователями и, как следствие, стремительный рост бизнесов, разрабатывающих соответствующие мобильные приложения.

 
iPhone5

Есть и менее очевидная, но очень важная особенность. В отличие от прочих технологических гигантов с ориентированными на массовую аудиторию продуктами, бизнес-модель Apple не полагается на сбор и использование личных данных пользователей. Сейчас большое распространение получила схема, когда производитель получает доход от целевой рекламы, которая адресуется пользователям на основании их предпочтений, а предпочтения определяются на основе его личных данных.

Apple так не делает. Собственно, этот момент Apple представляет своей аудитории в качестве своего существенного достоинства. Они всё время подчеркивают, что уважают право человека на неприкосновенность частной жизни. Какой бы ни была риторика, подход к обращению с пользовательскими данными действительно имеет большое значение и, скорее всего, станет определяющим фактором в том, как сложится дальнейшая судьба Apple. А между тем, здесь могут возникнуть проблемы.

 
Магазин фирмы Apple

Дело в том, объясняет автор, что эпоха обособленных электронных устройств подходит к концу. Им на смену приходят технологии с использованием искусственного интеллекта и, следовательно, машинного обучения. Для машинного обучения требуются большие объемы пользовательских данных, чтобы продукт их учитывал и учился действовать правильно. Это значит, что личные данные уже нельзя будет законсервировать на пользовательском устройстве, потому что для создания качественного продукта разработчикам понадобится доступ к ним.

Один из ранних примеров использования искусственного интеллекта в мобильных устройствах Apple – это Siri. Из-за меньшего количества доступных данных Siri по своим возможностям уже сейчас начинает существенно уступать аналогичным продуктам, предлагаемым менее щепетильными компаниями Google и Amazon. Это значит, что использование личных пользовательских – вопрос конкурентоспособности.

 
Apple SIRI

 

Но и здесь могут быть варианты. Теоретически, считает автор, у Apple есть шанс оказаться одним из создателей этичного подхода к использованию пользовательских данных. Под этичностью понимается, прежде всего, прозрачность, когда пользователь сам принимает решение, какие данные он готов предоставить компании, а какие хочет сохранить при себе.


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          Kony 2012 Campaign Catches Eyes Of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga   

Campaign aims to bring African militia leader Joseph Kony to justice for war crimes and for enlisting children as soldiers.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>A campaign to stop the nearly 30-year, brutal rule of African militia leader Joseph Kony became a viral sensation this week. <a href="http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com" target="_blank">"Kony 2012,"</a> started by the group Invisible Children, aims to make Kony's face so famous that authorities will finally be able to arrest him and try him for his crimes. </P><P> </P><P>A 30-minute <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc" target="_blank">documentary</a> released on Monday is one of the keys to the campaign, and as of Thursday it had gotten more than 26 million views. The video details the atrocities carried out by Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. The campaign appears to be working, as at one point on Wednesday, Invisible Children and #stopkony were trending higher on Twitter than Peyton Manning or the new iPad. </P><P> </P><P>Since 1987, human rights officials say Kony has forcefully abducted more than 60,000 children to be soldiers in his army and reportedly raped, mutilated and killed civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and displaced more than 2 million people. The leader is wanted for committing atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted down by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African nations, according to the <a href="http://bit.ly/AyrDyz"><I>Associated Press.</I></a> </P><P> </P><P>Kony 2012 is an effort to capture Kony and disarm the LRA before a reported window of opportunity closes. One way it plans to do that is by encouraging users to directly message a variety of stars to make use of their Twitter ubiquity to get the word out. Among those listed on the site are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a number of major policymakers. </P><P> </P><P>When users click on the celebs' photos, a tweet pops up that reads: Help us end #LRA violence. Visit kony2012.com to find out why and how. @timtebow Join us for #KONY2012. </P><P> </P><P><a href="http://act.mtv.com/posts/invisible-children-video-joseph-kony/">Get More on Invisible Children at ACT.MTV.com.</a></p>

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Lieutenant Colonel Max Kruger stood at attention and saluted as General Markham, SUBCONCOM, debarked from the flyer with the ease of a man four decades younger and strode across the landing pad towards him.

“At ease, Colonel,” the general ordered. “Good to see you. Now, come with me, we’ve got a lot to discuss before the press conference.”

The general had four centims on him and was walking quickly, so Kruger had to lengthen his stride in order to keep up with the taller man.

“The Grkese signed the contract?”

“They did indeed,” the general confirmed. “And the Duke himself selected you as the contract CO, Max.”

“Honored,” Kruger murmured, as expected. And it was true, he did feel honored, although he wasn’t exactly surprised. Of the various officers in the Rhysalani Armed Forces qualified to command low-tech forces, he not only possessed the best record with regards to successfully completed contracts, but he had beaten Col. Thompson, his closest rival, rather soundly at the Duke’s Command Challenge last year. “I presume it will be 3rd Battalion?”

The 3rd Battalion of the Ducal Marines specialized in low-tech combat, particularly combat below TL10. Kruger had served with them on two previous deployments, both of which had taken place on Dom Sevru. The men of 3rd Battalion were trained to be able to fight with everything from swords and shields to plasma cannon and sub-atomic armor.

“No,” the general replied, to his surprise, as they entered the elevator that would bring them down to the heart of the airbase command center. “The Lord General suggested that this would be the ideal opportunity to show the subsector what the 11th Special Battalion can do. And the Duke concurred.”

Kruger couldn’t hide his astonishment. Or his dismay. He looked at his superior in disbelief, and while he saw everything from amusement to sympathy in the older man’s eyes, he detected no sign at all that his leg was being pulled.

“Dear God, you’re not joking!”

“Afraid not, Max. The Duke has spent a fortune training and equipping those women for the last five years, and he’s decided that it’s about time to see a return on that investment.”

Kruger didn’t trust himself to speak. The first five or six responses that sprang to mind would have earned him at least a reprimand, if not a court-martial. The next three, if uttered openly by an officer of the Armed Forces, technically amounted to lèse-nobilité and would theoretically merit a firing squad. So he said nothing.

The general grinned nonchalantly and raised an eyebrow. He knew damn well what Kruger was thinking. “He’s not wrong, Max. Their negotiators were so impressed that they paid triple our usual rate. Half up front.”

“They did? Why the hell would they do that?”

“Well, as I understand the sales pitch, our highly trained female soldiers have proven to be much better communicators than their male counterparts, and as a result they are considerably less inclined to needlessly break things and kill people. In this particular case, the estimated savings in infrastructure damage when taking and occupying the primary objective alone is expected to more than make up for the increased cost of the contract.”

“Assuming we can complete it. What’s the tech level again?”

“Seven.”

This time, Kruger couldn’t restrain an oath. The general raised an eyebrow, then slapped Kruger on his oak-leafed shoulders as they approached a door with a pair of Ducal Marines on either side.

“Try to keep it clean for the cameras, Max. If you don’t know what to say, just smile and declare that you’ve got every confidence in the troops. Do your best to sell it. God knows we’ve all had to tell a few humdingers in our day. Your record speaks for itself, so let it do the talking. Now, you’ve got an hour to review the contract and meet with the battalion’s officers before the press conference, so I suggest you hop to it.”

“Yessir,” Kruger said morosely. “Any chance I can get out of this, General?”

“None at all, Max. None at all.”
          EXCERPT: Hitler in Hell   
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Revolution and Collapse

Over the next few years, during which I began my political activity, I had plenty of opportunities to analyze the causes of the collapse. In fact, addressing them in numerous public meetings large and small, I did so until I was blue in the face. Some of my conclusions simply continued thoughts that had been with me during the war and even before it had started. The rest were directly related to our defeat.

The Second Reich, as it was widely known, had been born under an auspicious star amidst the thunder of victorious battle. For that we had Bismarck to thank and, coming right after him, Chief of Staff Helmut von Moltke and Minister of War Albrecht von Roon. Nothing symbolized it as well as the Siegessäule, or Victory Column, in Berlin. Originally sixty-seven meters tall, it was wrapped entirely by captured enemy cannons. In 1939, as part of my plan to renovate the city and to turn it into Europe’s capital, I had its height increased by another seven and a half meters. I also moved it from its original site at the Königsplatz (now misnamed the Platz der Republik) near the Reichstag to the Grosser Stern. But back to the Reich. Over the first forty-three years of its existence it enjoyed immense prosperity and economic growth. Simple people, who always and everywhere form the great majority, were impressed by that prosperity as well as the evident military strength of the Reich, which was put on display on appropriate occasions.

Having done so, they attributed the sudden collapse of the structure solely to the war, which had brought so much misery to them. But this is absurd. In fact, all the collapse did was to expose weaknesses that had long existed. Chief among them were general suffrage which Germany got before England, misleadingly known as the “mother of democracies,” did. On its heels came elections and democracy. All three were non-German elements of government. Initially, they were foisted on us by the professors of 1848, who wanted nothing better than to ape the “ideals” of the French Revolution. Once established, they quickly turned into a morass of useless chatter and corruption.

Next came the failure to properly deal with the liberated provinces, Alsace and Lorraine. As a result, they never truly became an integral part of the Reich. To repeat, Wilhelm II’s foreign policy was essentially misdirected. To add insult to injury it was often weak and vacillating as well.

Finally, there was the tolerance long shown for those vile Marxist traitors, the Social Democrats. Starting long before the war and redoubling their efforts while it lasted, they did whatever they could to foment discontent and to incite the people against the army and the government. Their ability to do so was due to the government’s inability or unwillingness to rein in the press. Not that the non-socialist press was necessarily better. Only parts of it supported the government in its conduct of the war, and much of it did what it could to undermine them.

Though the war was over, the British blockade still continued. Only in the middle of 1919 was it finally lifted, enabling us to resume our imports and exports. But this happened only to a very limited extent. Partly because of carelessness in August 1914, partly because of enemy action, and partly because no new merchantmen were built during the war, we had lost almost our entire merchant navy.
Much of what we still possessed had to be given away gratis as reparations. In any case the enemy had used the war to steal our overseas markets from us. This caused production to come to a halt and unemployment to soar. The demobilization of the armies, which at the end of the war still numbered several million men, added to the problem. That’s to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands maimed and crippled men who had to be taken care of in one way or another.

Determined to avenge themselves on us, our enemies took large parts of Prussia and Silesia, which had been German for centuries, if not longer, away from the Reich. This caused hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens, who understandably were unwilling to live under Polish (mis)rule, to leave their homes to migrate to the west, where nothing had been done to receive them. Nor did the process of drawing the borders unfold peacefully. Throughout 1919, in many places, volunteer units known variously as Freikorps, or the Black Reichswehr, fought heroically, if ultimately unsuccessfully, to retain the lands in question.

All over Germany, wherever one looked, people shivered and hungered. It goes without saying that I detest that self-appointed artist and filthy pornographer, Georg Grosz. Luckily for him, he left the country in a hurry in 1933, or else I would have had him thrown into a concentration camp! Still I must concede that many of his sketches, which show starving workers, fat, evil-looking capitalists with heaps of money, and made-up prostitutes presented a true, if one-sided and perverted, picture of reality at the time. Much later, I learned that the origins of this misery had been explored in depth by the English economist John Maynard Keynes in his booklet The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919). He could hardly have done a better job.

Political conditions naturally reflected the economic situation. The new Social-Democratic government was unable to resist the Allied demands. So weak were the “statesmen” whom the so-called “Revolution” had brought to power that they signed the famous Kriegsschuld, war-guilt, article under which Germany assumed responsibility for the war. To be sure, history bristles with occasions when the defeated were not only despoiled but humiliated. However, the Kriegsschuld business was something new and unprecedented. Besides preparing the “legal” basis for extracting reparations, it hit straight at the nation’s soul, which, of course, was just what it had been meant to do.

Internally, the political situation was even worse. The Social Democrats, having successfully undermined public order, were unable to reimpose it. Everywhere workers, incited by their often Jewish leaders, spat on officers, tore the epaulets from their shoulders, and beat them up. So bad were conditions that many places were reduced to anarchy. That specifically included Bavaria and Munich, where I was stationed at the time and where the Jews set up a “Soviet Republic.” The stupidity of these people was truly amazing. During the few days the “Republic” lasted its foreign affairs commissar, Franz Lipp, whose record included several stays in mental hospitals, actually declared war on Switzerland. That was done, he explained, because the Swiss had refused to lend him sixty locomotives! At one point I myself, rifle in hand, had to chase away three scoundrels who had come to arrest me in my quarters.

In the end the Reichswehr, assisted by Freikorps units, re-took Munich and exacted a well-deserved vengeance. Eugene Leviné, the Jewish Communist who had led the uprising, was killed. Not so his uncouth right-hand man and fellow Jew, Erich Mühsam. He was arrested, tried, and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. But he did not have to stay there for long; in 1924 an amnesty was granted, and he was released. After the Reichstagbrand on 28 February 1933, I had him arrested and sent to a concentration camp where the boys, seeking their revenge, saw to it that he would expire. Good! As these two gentlemen illustrate so nicely, behind each and every one of these problems stood the Jews.
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          WIN the Top 50 Must See Movies Before the Age of 11   

The guide to the 50 films every child should see before they grow up has been created by film education charity Into Film, in partnership with the UK video industry, which will see all 50 films distributed by retailers this summer! As a family that loves great movies this is certainly exciting for us and we intend to watch one a day over the school holiday... there are currently just 8 from the list we haven't seen before so we're doing well.





Each film was measured against a series of metrics, from the impact of the movie on a child’s intellectual, educational and emotional development, through to suitability for family viewing plus overall entertainment and nostalgia factor. The judging panel, led by Into Film’s education and programming teams who specialise in curating film content and developing teaching resources for schools across the UK, narrowed down the selection of films to a shortlist of 250 from a catalogue of over 3,000 family movies.

The shortlist then lead to the final 50 films in the selection, which feature a range of past and current films that have been deemed to benefit child development and creativity. Our favourites from the list include Jumanji, How To Train Your Dragon and Matilda.



The list of 50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up are revealed (in alphabetical order) is:

101 Dalmatians
Jumanji
The Gruffalo
A Little Princess
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Iron Giant
Annie
Mary Poppins
The Jungle Book
Babe: The Gallant Pig
Matilda
The LEGO Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Nanny McPhee
The Lion King
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Night at the Museum
The Lorax
Coraline
Oliver!
The Never-Ending Story
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Paddington
The Princess Bride
Dumbo
Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Garden
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Shaun The Sheep Movie
The Witches
Fantastic Mr Fox
Shrek
Toy Story
Free Willy
Space Jam
Trolls
Frozen
Spirited Away
Up!
Home
Star Wars: A New Hope
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Hook
Swallows and Amazons
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Hotel Transylvania
The Adventures of TinTin
Zootropolis
How To Train Your Dragon
The BFG


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          SING Family Movie Night   
*This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment*


It's always a good idea to have a few indoor options when it comes to keeping the kids entertained and there isn't much better than a new film and some delicious snacks to devour, well, certainly not for my sweet tooth and the movie buffs that are the Mini Mes. We were thrilled when SING popped through our letterbox and as it's now available on both DVD and Blu-ray you can grab your copy for lots of family fun throughout half term and beyond.




We love to be creative in the kitchen so we decided to make some movie themed bark as a tasty treat before we settled down for an afternoon in front of the TV. It's incredibly easy to do and you can personalise it for any occasion. You simply melt your chosen chocolate bain marie style, or several types for a swirled look or mixed flavours, pour it onto baking paper and pop on your toppings before placing in the fridge to chill until set.

We thought popcorn, marshmallows and pig sweets would be perfect!





The film itself was hilarious and was loved by us all whilst we sat on the corner suite under a blanket with only the giggles disturbing the silence. It's actually becoming a family favourite of the year, especially as we all enjoy watching Britain's Got Talent, The X-Factor etc and this is almost an animated version of the same. It also makes a nice alternative to Despicable Me which we all love so much and is on repeat (who doesn't adore a Minion and fluffy unicorn though?!).


You can enjoy SING live in your lounge whenever you wish!





In addition to the music filled comedy SING, there are over 60 minutes of bonus content that you wouldn't have seen at cinemas including three all-new mini movies to enjoy as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and much more! We were all up showing our best moves in time with the songs at various points - it brings everyone together, even grumpy tweens!






Take a peek at the trailer here:




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    If your little ones love Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets it's highly likely that they will become big fans of the latest release from Universal Pictures - SING.

    The Special Edition movie will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from 22nd May (next week) which is perfect timing for the half term holiday. After all, we all know how hard it can be to keep the kids entertained when they are off school but this Golden Globe Nominee, with plenty of fun characters like Gunter the pig, is bound to put smiles on faces.

     We didn't get the chance to see SING at the cinema but the trailer looks fantastic!
    Not seen it yet? Take a peek at this...




    This heart-warming family film with a wonderful soundtrack and all-star cast will be loved by all. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and loveable characters to see - the Mini Mes and I are so excited to grab the popcorn and snuggle up for a night in front of the TV in just a few days time. I'm certain some fizzy drinks and pick n mix sweets will fall into my basket too at the supermarket!


    Packed with lots of popular songs to get your toes tapping, there is 60 minutes of bonus content included along with three unseen mini movies featuring the SING cast plus an exclusive music video from Tori Kelly. There really is plenty to keep you all occupied.




    This amazing animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us features over 65 hits including 'Faith', a brand new collaboration from Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder. 

    SING features stars Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theatre; Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice; Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; as well as Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly. 




    SING is the musical comedy event of the year so pre-order your copy today!





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              Shaun the Sheep DVD Giveaway   
    To celebrate the DVD & EST release of SHAUN THE SHEEP: SPOILSPORT on Monday 10th April, we are offering 5 lucky followers a chance to win a copy!




    Shaun persuades Bitzer to take part in his game of cricket, but Bitzer is more worried about the condition of the pitch than the game. The resident moles, unhappy at the game taking place above their head, get involved in a tit-for-tat with Bitzer, which soon escalates to full-scale war.


    ‘Shaun the Sheep’ is a firm family favourite with audiences all over the world and these episodes offer even more outrageous inventiveness, sheepish shenanigans and panic in the pasture. Don’t miss your appointment for more fun on the farm with Shaun the Sheep.


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              Egg Curry - A Winter Warmer   
    With plenty of rain and snow expected over the upcoming weeks, you may be seeking some comforting family meal suggestions and this curry is ideal. Similarly to my other Eggcentric recipes it is quick and easy to make, it can be prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes, and it's a great source of protein provided by the British Lion eggs. It is incredibly aromatic and has a mild heat to it which is wonderful to enjoy on colder days in particular - like the weather we are expecting.

    Pop it on your meal planner for next week and see what your little ones think.




    Ingredients


    6 eggs
    Olive oil
    3 cardamom pods
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1 tsp garlic puree (you can use cloves as an alternative)
    600g chopped tomatoes
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp chilli powder
    1/2 tsp of Garam Masaala
    2 green chillies


    Method
    • Hard boil your eggs and set to one side to cool. Remove the shell and fork them a few times. This will help the flavours to soak into the egg later on.
    • Warm a pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Crush the cardamon and add them to the pan along with the cumin seeds. Stir for a few seconds and then add the tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder and chillies (chopped).
    • Reduce the temperature and let the ingredients simmer for around 15 minutes on a low heat.
    • Add the Garam Masaala and the eggs and stir through gently. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
    • Season and serve with boiled rice and a garnish of coriander.
    • Scoff!






    We have been EggCentric ambassadors for British Lion Eggs over the past few months and we have shared several egg based recipes on the blog, over on the Egg Recipes website and also on their Instagram page. You can see my Spicy Egg One Pot just here or take a peek at my Eggs with Chorizo and Asparagus recipe here.

    Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins as well as being a tasty alternative to the usual chicken or beef you may use in your cooking. Generally I make quite creamy and mild currys with a coconut base so this rich tomato version made a nice change. The Mini Mes certainly enjoyed it.


     Make this recipe:




    What food do you enjoy when the weather is cold?

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    If your little ones fancy taking up a new hobby to kick start the year, sewing is a great way to get their creative juices flowing. It's ideal for anyone that likes fashion or art in particular too, just like Minxy and I.

    We've been putting the Shimmer n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine to the test recently and we've had plenty of fun with fabric, making a variety of items.




    Aimed at children aged 8+ this is an ideal stater machine for tweens and teens that want to give sewing a go, without parents breaking the bank in the process on equipment, and before buying a costly professional/adult alternative. The set comes with 2 small pieces of material, patterns, thread, needles and a useful storage caddy to pop all of the bits and pieces in to. All of the essentials that you require although it would've been nice to have more or larger pieces of cloth for additional projects.

    The machine is also pre-threaded for convenience and has two speed settings which can be altered via the pedal or machine itself. It doesn't however come with the 4 AA batteries that are needed to operate it or an mains adapter (we would recommend getting one as it can be frustrating when turning the machine upside-down to remove batteries mid project). 





    You need to think safety first when needles and children are combined so the guard is a great feature to have, even if it makes it slightly more difficult to replace a needle or thread if they snap which we discovered does happen. It does protect little fingers however so it is probably worth the short delay when unscrewing it each time.




    Minxy found the machine relatively easy to use after a little practice and assistance to begin, and she was able to make a pocket for her mobile phone. She is looking forward to making gifts for her friends in the upcoming month as her confidence with Sew Crazy increases.


    You can watch the machine in action here:



    The Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine has a RRP of £29.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon.




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              Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Review   
    With Christmas fast approaching now is the ideal time to pop together those wish lists for Santa and discover what your little ones would love to receive this year. Character Options have always had a great variety of interactive products so I wouldn't be surprised if Snuggles My Dream Puppy takes the top spot!


    Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review


    The 'Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy' is aimed at children aged 4+, although I'm sure younger children would also appreciate and be able to use this toy with ease as there aren't any small pieces to worry about. Initially it is set to demo mode within the box, which nicely resembles a pet carrier, but you can set it to 'on' or 'off' with a click of a switch on the back right paw. 4 AAA batteries are required which were included so it was ready to go from the moment the packaging was removed.


    Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review



    As soon as this arrived Minxy was very keen to get it unboxed to play. With a love of animals and a dream of becoming a vet it's a great way for her, or any child, to learn about the importance of pets and how to care for them without the ongoing expense!

    Snuggles has 6 play modes and makes over 35 sounds when activated via the nose and mouth buttons or the petting sensors situated on both the head and tummy. It was quite fascinating to see its tummy move to simulate breathing when turned on its side or back, it's eyes open and close when patted and to hear the slurping and burping noises when fed via a bottle. 

    If you're not keen on getting a real animal, or don't have space for a proper dog, this is a lovely alternative. 


    Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

    Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review


    Snuggles certainly has the cute factor and it has been well looked after by both Minxy and Jamster over the past few weeks. They really like the fact that there is a space on the tag to write on a name and an adoption certificate to make it even more personal - they decided to call him Spartan after our own poochie!


    Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review


    You can watch Snuggles in action here:




    The instructions provided are very informative and describe the different modes, safety precautions and care details. Minxy particularly liked the attention mode where Snuggles will randomly cry out for something so she had to offer love and care to it before being rewarded by secret phrases!

    Snuggles has an RRP of £49.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon. It is a great size for younger children at 31cm x 16cm x 30cm and the mechanisms inside means it has some weight to it which aids sitting. If left unattended it will go into sleep mode which is great for saving power too.

    So far we haven't found anything negative to say about it! 





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    Don't really know what to make of this movie. It's an odd blend of drama, thriller and slasher elements, which all sounds original and fun, but in the long run mostly works out as confusing and messy for the movie.

    On the one hand I often admire and appreciate movies that are hard to categorize and really does its own thing, but once that 'thing' isn't anything all that interesting and effective it of course becomes hard to still like the movie.

    I just really don't know what to make this movie. The blend of voyeurism, thriller, slasher and more serious dramatic aspects don't go together very well. The one thing too often gets in the way of the other. The drama, tension and horror aspects therefore rarely work out as anything effective. Things don't really flow and progress naturally enough. This definitely goes at the expense of the realism and credibility of the movie, while it's obvious that the movie still was going for a somewhat grounded approach. I definitely can see what this movie was trying to do with its main-story and character, but it's trying to achieve it all in a far too ineffective way.

    The movie definitely makes some odd and very sudden choices with its story and main characters. It for instance really isn't all that credible, the way the main character develops and slowly descents into madness. It's not very subtle, despite the fact that it's really trying to be. This actually makes the movie worse to watch.

    It's not like everything is terrible about this movie. It's actually still pretty well made, in the sense that it's a good one to look at. The editing, the camera-work, the make-up. It's all pretty good looking and deserves plenty of credit. But really, there isn't much else to the movie.

    Too messy and ineffective as a movie to work out.

    4/10

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              Nike's stock jump gives Dow a big boost, paces S&P 500 gainers   

    Nike Inc.'s stock sprinted 8.5% higher Friday morning toward a 3 1/2-month high, pacing the S&P 500 gainers, as it was on track to post the biggest one-day gain since September 2015. The price gain of $4.50 was adding about 32 points to the price of the Dow Jones Industrial Average , which was up 77 points in morning trade. The rally comes after the athletic apparel and accessories maker reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter results, and confirmed a deal to sell its wares through Amazon.com Inc. . The magnitude of the rally was a surprise to options traders, which had priced in a one-day post-earnings move of about 5.1%. Nike's stock has climbed 13% year to date, while the Dow has gained 8.1%.

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              Nike's stock surge accounting for half of Dow's early gain   

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              6月29日(木)のつぶやき その1   

    @momipple あります。静かに時間に身を任せます。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 06:49

    居酒屋に広い駐車場がある。 #田舎という言葉を使わないで田舎を表現

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:20

    産直野菜とか、新鮮野菜という言葉にあまりときめかない(笑)。 #田舎という言葉を使わないで田舎を表現

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:22

    野菜を大量に持って出勤するスタッフがいる。勿論職員同士でおすそ分け〜。#田舎という言葉を使わないで田舎を表現

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:24

    まぁ、これからの季節…キュウリやらトマトやらが買い物袋いっぱいにやって来るわけですよ…。これが田舎の醍醐味ですかねぇ?(笑)。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:25

    他県に行って、産直ひろばみたいな所で買い物しても、「あれ?地元の方が美味いな?」ってなる。当たり前だ…(笑)。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:26

    あれですよ。一番大変なのは筍!!肥やし袋いっぱいに持ってこられても!!灰汁抜きやら、皮むきやら結構な作業量。えぇ、美味いんですけどね(笑)。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:28

    嬉しい悲鳴ってヤツです(笑)。確かに、仕事から帰って玄関に「デーン!!」とあると「めんどくせ」ってなる事もありますけどね(笑)。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 07:32

    【妻に先立たれてしまったら、もう生きる価値がないのでは?】と悩んだおじいさんへの答え。 yusb.net/man/1168.html pic.twitter.com/GOVkbPb1re

    — ゆうきゆう❤️マンガで分かる心療内科❤️ (@sinrinet) 2017年6月29日 - 08:09

    @Tomota_1988 普通に違反の自転車ですよね、夜間の無灯火。罰金ですよ!
    一覧貼っときますね!( っ・ω・)っ pic.twitter.com/Ftt1OeoyNn

    — 宮+ (@miya_tasu) 2017年6月28日 - 17:55

    柴犬を保護しました。飼い主を探しています。
    心当たりのある人は,注意事項を確認の上で,市保健所生活衛生課へ連絡ください。詳しくはこちら
    city.morioka.iwate.jp/kurashi/pet/pe… pic.twitter.com/BXuuEkWZ9o

    — 盛岡市 (@moriokashi) 2017年6月27日 - 10:51

    野菜ラーメンを全面に出してる幸楽苑と、普通の幸楽苑と何が違うんだろ?

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 11:37

    一歩間違えたら…
    ぞっとする

    よくありがちなケースだから気をつけましょう。
    くれぐれも無茶しないように…

    元動画

    youtube.com/watch?v=66qtB_… pic.twitter.com/o3Bz2M4paW

    — 雲助@…٩( 'ω' )و (@gsx1300r00busa) 2017年6月27日 - 10:59

    @sumomota7n これからの季節、素麺とかの麺つゆに入れてもイケると思いますよ〜!!あっ、いちいには間違いなくあります•̀.̫•́✧

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 12:57

    おめでとうございます!!こういうニュースは本当にあったかくなりますね💕 twitter.com/aifukuhara1101…

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 17:08

    若者の悩みの大半に対しては、50年前に手塚治虫先生が答えを出しておられる pic.twitter.com/xNqTQf7ARV

    — みやたか (@Lignum_vitae) 2017年6月27日 - 18:52

    これ、車も同じ事が言えますよね。トンネルや夕方等、ライトって自分だけじゃなくて周りに対する信号でもあるし、これだけで防げた事故って多いんじゃないかな? twitter.com/Tomota_1988/st…

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 17:13

    We could be anywhere 🎵
    🍀ライアン音楽制作/主演チェ・ゲバラミュージカル。東京ライヴより。
    ライアンのオリジナル曲メインのアルバムを聴いてみてネ‼️
    amazon.co.jp/Turn-The-Night… pic.twitter.com/cpRhD372Xf

    — ライアン・モロイライヴ大成功中の人🏖中 (@rmmusicjapan1) 2017年6月29日 - 17:48

    @Dancho001 つーか、お帰り!!

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 20:57

    5年前、まだ震災から1年半。暗かった福島を元気にしようと、全国ツアーの千秋楽に福島を選んで下さった、田原先輩。当時51歳。とにかく凄いパフォーマンスだった事を覚えてます。あれから5年。メジャー復帰して、田原先輩に、いい風が吹いて来… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 誠 (@729never812give) 2017年6月29日 - 19:17

    @Dancho001 まだかよっ!!(笑)。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 20:59

    もうしょうが無いから(笑)。食べて呑む!! pic.twitter.com/g0KTs2DOgQ

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:00

    @Dancho001 帰国してないの!?

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:16

    正直…あの歌詞に見合う女性…今時ほぼ居ないから!!

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:17

    男女平等とか言うなら、援交目的の女子もも平等に処罰するべきだと思うよ。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:19

    人は動物。動物の三大欲求「食」「眠」「性」は理性が効かないと思ってます。よって、人にはそれぞれ色んな性癖があって当然。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:21

    だから、自分を守るのは自分。そこを忘れるな。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:22

    性癖は全ての人間が色んな形で持ってると思うよ。

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:23

    @Dancho001 あぁ!!長州藩にやられたのね!!醤油があわないからっ!!

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:24

    @Dancho001 工エエェェ(´д`)ェェエエ工まじですかっ!!?

    — とどちゃん (@todo0113) 2017年6月29日 - 21:25
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              In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools | GOOD Education   
    In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools | GOOD Education:

    In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools
    Not one of Washington State’s 13 resident billionaires pays a dime in income tax.



    ZACHARY WARREN SPENDS A LOT OF HIS TIME THINKING ABOUT CHAIRS. Desk chairs, to be more specific. Though there’s a range of chair sizes in the classroom where he’s taught for years in the Seattle Public School system, he says, “They don’t fit the kids. The desks don’t fit the kids.”
    The problem, Warren believes, is that public education in his state isn’t fully-funded. Which means equipment doesn’t always work. Or adequate supplies simply aren’t available. So teachers like him — who already struggle to make it on salaries that are well below what it takes to live in the blazing Seattle housing market — must dig into their own pockets to pay for them. And when it comes to desk chairs, well, they aren’t exactly available for a couple bucks at the corner store.
    Teachers being asked to foot the bill isn’t a pattern that’s limited to Washington; it’s a nationwide problem, due in large part to the fact that teachers, who are evaluated on student success, can’t do their jobs without basic supplies. But it’s surprising that in a prosperous state with a booming economy — home to two of the world’s biggest corporations, Amazon and Microsoft — schools can’t seem to put the coins together to pay for pencils and paste.
    It’s a familiar conundrum for the Washington State legislature. Colloquially referred to as the WaLeg, the state government entered its second special session this month, an extension to the 2017 legislative period. Though the word “special” is right in the name, there’s nothing unique or surprising about the fact that lawmakers are staying in Olympia, the capitol, for an extra 30 days. It happens almost every year.
    Despite the state’s reputation as a liberal haven, the WaLeg is split nearly dead in half down the aisle (the Senate has 24 Democrats and 25 Republicans, while the House has 50 Democrats and 48 Republicans). It’s a division that has led to some unusual funding shortfalls in one of the nation’s wealthiest states: Not a single one In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools | GOOD Education:



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              Writing a Voice Activated SharePoint Todo List - IoT App on RPi   

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/hroggero/archive/2017/05/16/writing-a-voice-activated-sharepoint-todo-list---iot-app.aspx

    Ever wanted to write a voice activated system on an IoT device to keep track of your “todo list”, hear your commands being played back, and have the system send you a text message with your todo list when it’s time to walk out the door?  Well, I did. In this blog post, I will provide a high level overview of the technologies I used, why I used them, a few things I learned along the way, and partial code to assist with your learning curve if you decide to jump on this.  I also had the pleasure of demonstrating this prototype at Microsoft’s Community Connections in Atlanta in front of my colleagues.

    How It Works

    I wanted to build a system using 2 Raspberry Pis (one running Windows 10 IoT Core, and another running Raspbian) that achieved the following objectives:

    • * Have 2 RPis that communicate through the Azure Service Bus
      This was an objective of mine, not necessarily a requirement; the intent was to have two RPis running different Operating Systems communicate asynchronously without sharing the same network
    • * Learn about the Microsoft Speech Recognition SDK
      I didn’t want to send data to the cloud for speech recognition; so I needed an SDK on the RPi to perform this function; I chose the Microsoft Speech Recognition SDK for this purpose

      * Communicate to multiple cloud services without any SDK so that I could program the same way on Windows and Raspbian (Twilio, Azure Bus, Azure Table, SharePoint Online)
      I also wanted to minimize the learning curve of finding which SDK could run on a Windows 10 IoT Core, and Raspbian (Linux); so I used Enzo Unified to abstract the APIs and instead send simple HTTPS commands allowing me to have an SDK-less development environment (except for the Speech Recognition SDK). Seriously… go find an SDK for SharePoint Online for Raspbian and UWP (Windows 10 IoT Core).

    The overall solution looks like this:

    image

    Technologies

    In order to achieve the above objectives, I used the following bill of materials:

    Technology Comment Link
    2x Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Note that one RPi runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, and the other runs Raspbian http://amzn.to/2qnM6w7
    Microphone I tried a few, but the best one I found for this project was the Mini AKIRO USB Microphone http://amzn.to/2pGbBtP
    Speaker I also tried a few, and while there is a problem with this speaker on RPi and Windows, the Logitech Z50 was the better one http://amzn.to/2qrNkop
    USB Keyboard I needed a simple way to have keyboard and mouse during while traveling, so I picked up the iPazzPort Mini Keyboard; awesome… http://amzn.to/2rm0FOh
    Monitor You can use an existing monitor, but I also used the portable ATian 7 inch display. A bit small, but does the job. http://amzn.to/2pQ5She 
    IoT Dashboard Utility that allows you to manage your RPis running Windows; make absolutely sure you run the latest build; it should automatically upgrade, but mine didn’t. http://bit.ly/2rmCWOU
    Windows 10 IoT Core The Microsoft O/S used on one of the RPis; Use the latest build; mine was 15063; if you are looking for instructions on how to install Windows from a command prompt, the link provided proved useful  http://bit.ly/2pG9gik
    Raspbian Your RPi may be delivered with an SD card preloaded with the necessary utilities to install Raspbian; connecting to a wired network makes the installation a breeze. http://bit.ly/2rbnp7u
    Visual Studio 2015 I used VS2015, C#, to build the prototype for the Windows 10 IoT Core RPi http://bit.ly/2e6ZGj5
    Python 3 On the Raspbian RPi, I used Python 3 to code. http://bit.ly/1L2Ubdb
    Enzo Unified I installed and configured an Enzo Unified instance (version 1.7) in the Azure cloud; for Enzo to talk to SharePoint Online, Twilio, Azure Service Bus and Azure Storage, I also needed accounts with these providers. You can try Enzo Unified for free for 30 days. http://bit.ly/2rm4ymt

     

    Things to Know

    Creating a prototype involving the above technologies will inevitably lead you to collect a few nuggets along the way. Here are a few.

    Disable Windows 10 IoT Core Updates

    While disabling updates is generally speaking not recommended, IoT projects usually require a predictable environment that does not reboot in the middle of a presentation. In order to disable Windows Updates on this O/S I used information published Mike Branstein on his blog: http://bit.ly/2rcOXt9

    Try different hardware, and keep your receipts…

    I had to try a few different components to find the right ones; the normally recommended S-150 USB Logitech speakers did not work for me; I lost all my USB ports and network connectivity as soon as I plugged it in. Neither did the JLab USB Laptop speakers. I also tried the 7.1 Channel USB External Sound Card but was unable to make it work (others were successful). For audio input, I also tried the VAlinks Mini Flexible USB microphone; while it worked well, it picked up too much noise compared to the AKIRO, and became almost unusable in a room with 20 people where you have background noise.

    Hotel WiFi Connections

    This was one of the most frustrating part of this whole experience on Windows 10 IoT Core. You should know that this operating system does not currently come equipped with a browser. This means that you cannot easily connect to a hotel network since this usually requires starting a browser so that you can enter a user id and password provided by the hotel. Further more, since there is also no possible way to “forget” a previously registered network, you can find yourself in a serious bind… I first purchased the Skyroam Mobile Hotspot, hoping it would provide the answer. Unfortunately the only time I tried it, in Tampa Florida, the device could not obtain a connection. So I ended up adding a browser object into my UWP application and force it to refresh a specific image every time I start the app; this will force the hotel login page to show up when needed. I am still looking for a good solution to this problem.

    Speech Privacy Policy on Windows

    Because parts of the code I am running leverages the underlying APIs of Cortana, it seems that you must accept the Cortana privacy policy; this is required only the first time you run the application, but is obviously a major nightmare for applications you may want to ship. I am not aware of any programmatic workaround at this time. This stackoverflow post provides information about this policy and how to accept it.

    How It Looks Like

    A picture is worth a thousand words… so here is the complete setup:

    20170502_225941

    C# Code

    Since this is an ongoing prototype I will not share the complete code at this time; however I will share a few key components/techniques I used to make this work.

    Speech Recognition

    I used both continuous dictation speech recognition, and grammar-based recognition from the Microsoft Speech Recognition API. The difference is that the first one gives you the ability to listen to “anything” being said, and the other will only give you a set of results that match the expected grammar. Both methods give you a degree of confidence so you can decide if the command/text input was sufficiently clear. The following class provides a mechanism for detecting input either through continuous dictation or using a grammar file. The timeout ensures that you do not wait forever. This code also returns the confidence level of the capture.

     

    using Enzo.UWP;
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;

    using System.Diagnostics;
    using System.Net.Http;
    using System.Threading.Tasks;
    using Windows.ApplicationModel;
    using Windows.Devices.Gpio;
    using Windows.Media.SpeechRecognition;
    using Windows.Media.SpeechSynthesis;
    using Windows.Storage;

    namespace ClientIoT
    {

        public class VoiceResponse
        {
            public string Response = null;
            public double RawConfidence = 0;
        }

        public class VoiceInput
        {
            private const int SPEECH_TIMEOUT = 3;
            private System.Threading.Timer verifyStatus;
            private string lastInput = "";
            private double lastRawConfidence = 0;
            private bool completed = false;
            private bool success = false;

            public async Task<VoiceResponse> WaitForText(string grammarFile)
            {
                return await WaitForText(SPEECH_TIMEOUT, grammarFile);
            }

            public async Task<VoiceResponse> WaitForText(int timeout = SPEECH_TIMEOUT, string grammarFile = null)
            {
                var resp = new VoiceResponse();
                try
                {
                    success = false;
                    completed = false;
                    lastInput = "";
                    lastRawConfidence = 0;

                    SpeechRecognizer recognizerInput;
                    DateTime dateNow = DateTime.UtcNow;

                    recognizerInput = new SpeechRecognizer();
                    recognizerInput.ContinuousRecognitionSession.ResultGenerated += ContinuousRecognitionSession_InputResultGenerated;
                    recognizerInput.StateChanged += InputRecognizerStateChanged;
                    recognizerInput.Timeouts.BabbleTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(timeout);
                    recognizerInput.ContinuousRecognitionSession.Completed += ContinuousRecognitionSession_Completed;
                    recognizerInput.ContinuousRecognitionSession.AutoStopSilenceTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(SPEECH_TIMEOUT);
                    recognizerInput.Constraints.Clear();

                    if (grammarFile != null)
                    {
                        StorageFile grammarContentFile = await Package.Current.InstalledLocation.GetFileAsync(grammarFile);
                        SpeechRecognitionGrammarFileConstraint grammarConstraint = new SpeechRecognitionGrammarFileConstraint(grammarContentFile);
                        recognizerInput.Constraints.Add(grammarConstraint);
                    }

                    var compilationResult = await recognizerInput.CompileConstraintsAsync();

                    // If successful, display the recognition result.
                    if (compilationResult.Status != SpeechRecognitionResultStatus.Success)
                    {
                        Debug.WriteLine(" ** VOICEINPUT - VoiceCompilationError - Status: " + compilationResult.Status);
                    }

                    recognizerInput.ContinuousRecognitionSession.AutoStopSilenceTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(timeout);
                    recognizerInput.RecognitionQualityDegrading += RecognizerInput_RecognitionQualityDegrading;
                    await recognizerInput.ContinuousRecognitionSession.StartAsync();

                    System.Threading.SpinWait.SpinUntil(() =>
                        completed
                    );
                   
                    resp = new VoiceResponse() { Response = lastInput, RawConfidence = lastRawConfidence };
                   
                    try
                    {
                        recognizerInput.Dispose();
                        recognizerInput = null;
                    }
                    catch (Exception ex)
                    {
                        Debug.WriteLine("** WaitForText (1) - Dispose ** " + ex.Message);
                    }
                }
                catch (Exception ex2)
                {
                    Debug.WriteLine("** WaitForText ** " + ex2.Message);
                }
                return resp;
            }

            private void RecognizerInput_RecognitionQualityDegrading(SpeechRecognizer sender, SpeechRecognitionQualityDegradingEventArgs args)
            {
                try
                {
                    Debug.WriteLine("VOICE INPUT - QUALITY ISSUE: " + args.Problem.ToString());
                }
                catch (Exception ex)
                {
                    Debug.WriteLine("** VOICE INPUT - RecognizerInput_RecognitionQualityDegrading ** " + ex.Message);
                }
            }

            private void ContinuousRecognitionSession_Completed(SpeechContinuousRecognitionSession sender, SpeechContinuousRecognitionCompletedEventArgs args)
            {
                if (args.Status == SpeechRecognitionResultStatus.Success
                    || args.Status == SpeechRecognitionResultStatus.TimeoutExceeded)
                    success = true;
                completed = true;
               
            }

            private void ContinuousRecognitionSession_InputResultGenerated(SpeechContinuousRecognitionSession sender, SpeechContinuousRecognitionResultGeneratedEventArgs args)
            {
                try
                {
                    lastInput = "";
                    if ((args.Result.Text ?? "").Length > 0)
                    {
                        lastInput = args.Result.Text;
                        lastRawConfidence = args.Result.RawConfidence;
                        Debug.WriteLine(" " + lastInput);
                    }
                }
                catch (Exception ex)
                {
                    Debug.WriteLine("** ContinuousRecognitionSession_InputResultGenerated ** " + ex.Message);
                }
            }

            private void InputRecognizerStateChanged(SpeechRecognizer sender, SpeechRecognizerStateChangedEventArgs args)
            {
                Debug.WriteLine("  Input Speech recognizer state: " + args.State.ToString());
            }
        }
    }

    For example, if you want to wait for a “yes/no” confirmation, with a 3 second timeout, you would call the above code as such:

    var yesNoResponse = await (new VoiceInput()).WaitForText(3, YESNO_FILE);

    And the yes/no grammar file looks like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <grammar
      version="1.0"
      xml:lang="en-US"
      root="enzoCommands"
      xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/06/grammar"
      tag-format="semantics/1.0">

      <rule id="root">
        <item>
          <ruleref uri="#enzoCommands"/>
          <tag>out.command=rules.latest();</tag>
        </item>
      </rule>

      <rule id="enzoCommands">
        <one-of>
          <item> yes </item>
          <item> yep </item>
          <item> yeah </item>
          <item> no </item>
          <item> nope </item>
          <item> nah </item>
        </one-of>
      </rule>

    </grammar>

    Calling Enzo Unified using HTTPS to Add a SharePoint Item

    Another important part of the code is its ability to interact with other services through Enzo Unified, so that no SDK is needed on the UWP application. For an overview on how to access SharePoint Online through Enzo Unified, see this previous blog post.

    The following code shows how to easily add an item to a SharePoint list through Enzo Unified. Posting this request to Enzo requires two parameters (added as headers) called “name” and “data” (data is an XML string containing the column names and values to be added as a list item).

    public static async Task SharePointAddItem(string listName, string item)
    {
                string enzoCommand = "/bsc/sharepoint/addlistitemraw";
                List<KeyValuePair<string, string>> headers = new List<KeyValuePair<string, string>>();

                string data = string.Format("<root><Title>{0}</Title></root>", item);

                headers.Add(new KeyValuePair<string, string>("name", listName));
                headers.Add(new KeyValuePair<string, string>("data", data));

                await SendRequestAsync(HttpMethod.Post, enzoCommand, headers);
    }

    And the SendRequestAsync method below shows you how to call Enzo Unified. Note that I added two cache control filters to avoid HTTP caching, and additional flags for calling Enzo Unified on an HTTPS port where a self-signed certificate is installed.

    private static async Task<string> SendRequestAsync(HttpMethod method, string enzoCommand, List<KeyValuePair<string, string>> headers)
    {
                string output = "";
                var request = EnzoUnifiedRESTLogin.BuildHttpWebRequest(method, enzoCommand, headers);
               
                var filter = new Windows.Web.Http.Filters.HttpBaseProtocolFilter();
                if (IGNORE_UNTRUSTEDCERT_ERROR)
                {
                    filter.IgnorableServerCertificateErrors.Add(Windows.Security.Cryptography.Certificates.ChainValidationResult.Untrusted);
                    filter.IgnorableServerCertificateErrors.Add(Windows.Security.Cryptography.Certificates.ChainValidationResult.InvalidName);
                }
                filter.CacheControl.ReadBehavior = Windows.Web.Http.Filters.HttpCacheReadBehavior.MostRecent;
                filter.CacheControl.WriteBehavior = Windows.Web.Http.Filters.HttpCacheWriteBehavior.NoCache;

                Windows.Web.Http.HttpClient httpClient = new Windows.Web.Http.HttpClient(filter);

                try
                {
                    using (var response = await httpClient.SendRequestAsync(request))
                    {
                        output = await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();
                    }
                }
                catch (Exception ex)
                {
                    System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(" ** Send Http request error: " + ex.Message);
                }
                return output;
    }

    Last but not least, the BuildHttpWebRequest method looks like this; it ensures that the proper authentication headers are added, along with the authentication identifier for Enzo:

    public static Windows.Web.Http.HttpRequestMessage BuildHttpWebRequest(Windows.Web.Http.HttpMethod httpmethod, string uri, List<KeyValuePair<string,string>> headers)
    {
                bool hasClientAuth = false;

                Windows.Web.Http.HttpRequestMessage request = new Windows.Web.Http.HttpRequestMessage();

                request.Method = httpmethod;
                request.RequestUri = new Uri(ENZO_URI + uri);

                if (headers != null && headers.Count() > 0)
                {
                    foreach (KeyValuePair<string, string> hdr in headers)
                    {
                        request.Headers[hdr.Key] = hdr.Value;
                    }
                }

                if (!hasClientAuth)
                    request.Headers["authToken"] = ENZO_AUTH_GUID;

                return request;
    }

    Text to Speech

    There is also the Text to Speech aspect, where the system speaks back what it heard, before confirming and acting on the command. Playing back is actually a bit strange in the sense that it requires a UI thread. In addition, it seems that Windows 10 IoT Core and Raspberry Pi don’t play nice together; it seems that every time a playback occurs, a loud tick can be heard before and after. A solution appears to be using USB speakers, but none worked for me. The code below simply plays back a specific text and waits a little while in an attempt to give enough time for the playback to finish (the code is non-blocking, so the SpinWait attempts to block the code until completion of the playback).

    private async Task Say(string text)
    {
                SpeechSynthesisStream ssstream = null;

                try
                {
                    SpeechSynthesizer ss = new SpeechSynthesizer();
                    ssstream = await ss.SynthesizeTextToStreamAsync(text);
                }
                catch (Exception exSay)
                {
                    Debug.WriteLine(" ** SPEECH ERROR (1) ** - " + exSay.Message);
                }

                var task1 = this.Dispatcher.RunAsync(Windows.UI.Core.CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal, async () =>
                {
                    try
                    {
                        await media.PlayStreamAsync(ssstream);
                    }
                    catch (Exception exSay)
                    {
                        Debug.WriteLine(" ** SPEECH ERROR (2) ** - " + exSay.Message);
                    }
                });

                // Wait a little for the speech to complete
                System.Threading.SpinWait.SpinUntil(() => 1 == 0, lastInput.Length * 150);

    }

    Calling the above code is trivial:

    await Say("I am listening");

     

    Python

    The code in python was trivial to build; this RPi was responsible for monitoring events in the Azure Service Bus and turning on/off the LED attached to it. The following pseudo code shows how to call Enzo Unified from Python without using any SDK:

    import sys
    import urllib
    import urllib2
    import requests

    enzourl_receiveMsg=”http://…/bsc/azurebus/receivedeletefromsubscription”
    enzo_guid=”secretkeygoeshere”
    topicName=”enzoiotdemo-general”
    subName=”voicelight”

    while 1=1
       try:
          headers={‘topicname’:topicName,
             ‘authToken’:enzoguid,
             ‘subname’:subName,
             ‘count’:1,
             ‘timeoutSec’:1
          }
          response=requests.get(enzourl_receiveMsg,headers=headers)
          resp=response.json()
          if (len(resp[‘data’][‘Table1’]) > 0
             #extract response here…

     

    Conclusion

    This prototype demonstrated that while there were a few technical challenges along the way, it was relatively simple to build a speech recognition engine that can understand commands using Windows 10 IoT Core, .NET, and the Microsoft Speech Recognition SDK. 

    Further more, the intent of this project was also to demonstrate that Enzo Unified made it possible to code against multiple services without the need for an SDK on the client side regardless of the platform and the development language.  Abstracting SDKs through simple HTTP calls makes it possible to access Twilio, SharePoint Online, Azure services and much more without any additional libraries on the client system.

    About Herve Roggero

    Herve Roggero, Microsoft Azure MVP, @hroggero, is the founder of Enzo Unified (http://www.enzounified.com/). Herve's experience includes software development, architecture, database administration and senior management with both global corporations and startup companies. Herve holds multiple certifications, including an MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Herve is the co-author of "PRO SQL Azure" and “PRO SQL Server 2012 Practices” from Apress, a PluralSight author, and runs the Azure Florida Association.


              Video Editing PC Build - Ryzen 8-Core Processor   

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/MikeParks/archive/2017/05/05/244544.aspx

    Hello everyone! It's an exciting day. The first shipment of parts has arrived for the new AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor Video Editing PC Build! 

    This fresh new shiny piece of technology grabbed my attention as soon as it was originally released on 03/02/2017. It's worth checking out if you're considering upgrading. The 1700X clocks @ 3.4GHz with 8 Cores and currently delivers a 14717 benchmark score for $365.37! 

    If you're interested in seeing how this stacks up to the competitors, check out PassMark's New Desktop CPU benchmarks this month. I've always been a huge fan of Intel, but it makes my bank account sad planning an entire PC Build around the Intel Core i7-6950X or Intel Core i7-6900K. If you take a close look at the chart below, you can see me in the red. This is an accurate representation of my thought process when choosing between these Intel and AMD processors.


    Looks outstanding, right? I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of the parts which will arrive within the next couple days. I picked out each one of these for my needs and budget strictly for Video Editing and a little bit of Gaming. I'm currently operating on a Surface Pro 3 which is amazing for everything but those two hobbies! If you're thinking about doing a build similar to this but concerned about the price, trimming down the SSD and RAM could help with the finances. Be decisive. If you're not careful, you may end up spending a week researching a single component. In a world full of constant innovation, it's always a good time for an upgrade!

    I'm going to throw together a quick build guide with performance results soon for anyone interested. We'll see how well it functions! Hope this helps someone consider a Ryzen upgrade! Big shoutout to Amazon for mastering the logistics of fast shipping! Good luck!

    Here's the build:


    ComponentSelectionPrice
    CPU + MotherboardAMD YD170XBCAEWOF Ryzen 7 1700X Processor & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle$515.39
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 Premium-Grade 140mm Dual Tower CPU Cooler for AMD AM4$89.90
    MemoryG.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM 2133 (PC4 17000) Z170/X99 Desktop Memory F4-2133C15D-32GVR$237.00
    StorageSamsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0B/AM)$349.99
    Video CardMSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 GAMING X 8G$279.99
    CaseNZXT H440 Mid TowerComputer Case, Matt Black/Red /w Window (CA-H442W-M1)$114.99
    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR$99.99


    Total$1,687.25 



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              Books I Read   
    Below, you will find a list of all the books I read between the 2008-2011. I link to those I recommend.



    Adult Non-Fiction


    Adult Fiction


    Adult Religious


    Young Adult [Note: These titles vary greatly in recommended grade levels. Review carefully before assigning to students.]

              Recommended Reading   
    I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.

    Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.

    Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.


    Recommended Book Options


    Young Adult Science Fiction
    • Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson, Mary E.): Jenna Fox awakens after a coma having forgotten her life before her accident. She explores her past life through video, but is often met with reluctance to talk about her operation with others. This science fiction mystery explores issues related to bioethics. [LVCCLD CD]
    • Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle): Elsewhere is the story of a girl who died. Upon doing so, she arrived at a place called “Elsewhere” where all the people had lived lives on Earth and were now dead. Most of the people were a lot older than her (she died in her teens). A unique feature of Elsewhere is that you grow older instead of younger while there. [LVCCLD CD]
    • Hunger Games (Collins, Suzanne): The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The premise underlying the plot is that a corrupt “Capitol” controls 12 districts. To keep the districts under control, the Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games each year. Two children from each district are selected to participate, and only one participant from the 24 survives the Games. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • Little Brother (Doctorow, Cory): Cory Doctorow truly practices what he preaches! In a book about high-tech, high-action stunts in the midst of terrorist activity in the U.S., Doctorow discusses the importance of freedom of information. Likewise, he made his book available for free online using a Creative Commons license. [Warning: This book includes mature themes likely to be inappropriate for use in school environments.] [LVCCLD eAudio]
    • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Patterson, James): This is the first book of a series by the acclaimed James Patterson. The main character is Maximum Ride, a headstrong teenage girl who grew up in a science lab. She and her “flock of bird kids” were all genetically manipulated pre-birth, resulting in the presence of wings. As such, all the children are able to fly. The book follows Maximum Ride and her flock as they escape from the lab and learn to live on their own. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • Maze Runner (Dashner, James): This is an action-packed thriller! Every month for several years, one boy has been delivered into the “Glade.” All the boys remember their names, but none remember anything else about their past. In a strange turn of events, the day after Thomas (the main character) arrives, a girl arrives. Thomas tries to learn about the society the boys created before his arrival and learns of the maze, their possible escape route, that encompasses their community. [LVCCLD CD]
    • Neptune's Children (Dobkin, Bonnie): Dobkin’s book, Neptune’s Children, begins with a bioterrorist attack on all adults around the world. All individuals over age 13 die instantly, leaving all children behind to fend for themselves. Those children left behind in a theme park (similar to Disneyland), create a working society while facing potential and real threats. [LVCCLD CD]
    • Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie): This epic series takes place in Washington state. The main character, Bella, meets a young man, Edward, who intrigues her and ultimately becomes the object of her affection. Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and struggles with love and longevity. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • *Uglies (Westerfield, Scott): This series (including Pretties, Specials, and Extras) by Scott Westerfield begins with Uglies, a book about a utopian society that spawned from modern America. All children are called “uglies” until their 16th birthdays on which they receive an operation that makes them pretty. Once pretty, they move to a location where they can play and party all the time. Some uglies, though, question if being pretty is all there is to life. [Audible]
    • *Unwind (Shusterman, Neal): Imagine if parents could choose to have their teenagers “unwound,” have their body parts separated and given to save the lives of others. It’s the perfect solution for harvesting human organs… isn’t it? [Audible]
    Young Adult Fantasy
    • *The Candy Shop War (Mull, Brandon):Imagine a world where eating candy could give you special powers. Mull masterfully juxtaposes good and evil amidst a fantasy of vivid characters. The book may sound like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Harry Potter, but it truly is a story of its own.
    • Eragon (Paolini, Christopher):16-year-old Christopher Paolini wrote this epic tale (Eragon is the first book in a series) just after graduating from high school. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • Fablehaven (Mull, Brandon): When a boy and girl go to spend time with their grandfather, they learn there is more to his mysterious life than originally imagined. The area surrounding his home is a haven for fabulous creatures of all kinds—some good, and some bad. [LVCCLD CD]
    • Inkheart (Funke, Cornelia): In this three-book tale, Funke creates a world where books are reality become intertwined. Some of her characters have the unique ability to “read” characters and items “out” of books. In one unfortunate time, the father in the story accidentally read his wife into a book; he’s also read some antagonistic characters out of the book. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    Young Adult Non-Fiction
    • Fallen Angels (Meyers, Walter Dean): Fallen Angels is realistic historical fiction about serving in the Vietnam War. The main character is African-American, adding to the issues of race conflict occurring during the war. [Warning: Telling the story of men and women serving on the front lines, the book does not “candy-coat” the violence, language, and other everyday happenings of the U.S. soldiers.] [LVCCLD CD]
    • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah, Ishmael): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is the true autobiographical of Ishmael Beah, a boy who served as a soldier in Sierra Leone. After his hometown was attacked by rebels, he spent months searching for his family before being recruited into guerrilla warfare. He is later reformed when living in a UNICEF refugee camp. [Warning: This book contains graphic violence.] [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • *Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition (Mortensen, Greg): Mortensen is described as a man who is single-handedly creating peaceful relationships between those in the Middle East and in the United States. This book tells his story—from mountain climbing failure to sacrificial living. After returning from a failed attempt to ascend K2, he commits to build a school for the girls in one of Pakistan’s outermost regions. He kept his promise, and continues to change the world with his relentless efforts. [Audible]
    Young Adult Historical Fiction
    • Elijah of Buxton (Curtis, Christopher Paul): This book tells the story of a small town in Canada. Buxton is where escaped slaves from the United States find refuge. They welcome those former slaves who have made the long, painful journey from the South. The story takes a turn when Elijah, just a boy, heads back to the United States to complete a chore. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    Young Adult Realistic Fiction
    • Hatchet (Paulsen, Gary): This Newberry-award winner tells of a boy who becomes an inhabitant of the wilderness when the plane in which he is flying goes down and the pilot dies in the crash. The main character must learn to survive in the Canadian wild. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • *Leepike Ridge (Wilson, N.D.): This action-filled story of realistic fiction is a fun read. When the main character finds himself in a hidden cave under Leepike Ridge, he learns about life outside the mainstream.
    • Smiles to Go (Spinelli, Jerry): This is a coming-of-age story for boys who question who they are, where they fit in the universe, and their relationships with girls. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Grisham, John): This is John Grisham’s first children’s book. Theodore Boone lives with his parents, both of whom are lawyers. He loves the law and spends all his free time in the courthouse. As such, he is the resident expert on the law at his school, and he regularly advises his classmates on legal matters. He eve becomes entwined in a case of his own! This is a great book to learn about the U.S. legal system. [LVCCLD CD]
    Adult Historical Fiction
    • Sarah's Key (de Rosnay, Tatiana): de Rosnay juxtaposes the past and present when her protagonist, a journalist, accepts the opportunity to write a story about French involvement in the Nazi round-up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942. While the journalist’s story unfolds, Sarah’s story unfolds. Sarah’s story is about cruelty and loss at the hand of the French police as they did the bidding of the Nazi’s. It is also about human compassion and remembrance. [LVCCLD eAudio]
    Adult Realistic Fiction
    • The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann): Martel tells the tale of a boy from India. His family owns a zoo, but is selling their animals to a U.S. zoo due to financial hardships. During their sea voyage, there is an accident and the boy, Pi, ends up aboard a small rescue boat along with a tiger and several other animals. He tells of their mutual survival tactics and leaves the reader questioning reality. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    Adult Non-Fiction
    • *The Horse Boy (Isaacson, Rupert): Isaacson wrote this biography about his son, a boy afflicted with autism. In an attempt to help their son, Isaacson and his wife trekked through Mongolia with the intent to meet shamans who could assist their child. Their journey took them to the outer-most parts of Mongolia, even to the “Reindeer People.” This is a heartwarming tale the of the efforts parents will make to assist their children and ways that seeing the world differently can help us all see better. [Audible]
    • Strength in What Remains (Kidder, Tracy): A medical student in Africa finds himself constantly trying to escape war and war-torn environments as he traverses through his home country of Burundi and into and out of Rwanda. He eventually makes his way to the United States where he faces trials of a homeless immigrant in a foreign land. [LVCCLD eAudio]
    • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Krakauer, Jon): Pat Tillman, former NFL player, lost his life during the U.S. Gulf War. Krakauer describes the events leading to his NFL and military careers and the circumstances surrounding his death in combat. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
    • *The Last American Man (Gilbert, Elizabeth): Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes the biography of Eustice Conway, a true man of the American Wilderness. Born in the 1960s, Eustice took his homemade teepee and left home as a teenager to live off the land. Gilbert tells of his trek along the Appalachian Trail, his record-setting horse-journey across America, and his lifelong passion to bring Americans to a greater appreciation and respect of nature. [Audible]

              Elementary-Level PBL   
    There are incredible project-based learning examples online, but few are from elementary level and even fewer are from primary grades. To make a very small impact on this lack of examples, I am sharing a collection of projects my sons, Ryan and Spencer, have completed for their classes during their elementary years. For information on more PBL options appealing to elementary-level students, please visit Tech-Based PBL for the Young Learner? Yes!
    • Scorpion Movie: When in first grade, Spencer made this video by using iTunes to record his narration and iPhoto to make a slideshow with Internet-selected pictures. He combined the two within iPhoto.
    • Spencer Toy's Commercial: Spencer and his friend, Spencer, created this commercial for their fourth grade entrepreneurship project. They wrote the script, practiced, and were recorded using a camera with video capabilities.
    • Mixed-Up Book Report and Safety Notebook: Ryan created a book report on the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and a safety brochure for his Cub Scout project while in fourth grade. He used Microsoft Word tri-fold brochure templates for each.
    • Hatchet Report: Using ComicLife, Ryan prepared this fourth grade book report on the book Hatchet.
    • Caravel Mini-Book: In fifth grade, Ryan prepared a mini-book report on caravel ships (those used by Columbus). He used "Make a Booklet" software to enable proper folding, and he created a cover using tea-stained paper sent through a Laserjet printer.
    • Audio Interviews: When in fourth grade, Ryan had to do a book report for a fantasy/science fiction book. He chose The Riddle of the Gnome: A Further Tales Adventure by P.W. Catanese. For the project, he had to write and answer ten interview questions for the main character. Ryan chose to deliver his project in audio format (Listen here). He used Audacity and its voice modification feature to make it sound like there were two individuals in the interview room. Spencer had to replicate this activity when he was in fourth grade. He used the book Flyte by Angie Sage (Listen here).
    • Iroquois Virtual Museum: For his fifth grade project on Native Americans, Ryan chose to study the Iroquois by reading ...If You Lived With The Iroquois. He used PowerPoint templates and techniques from Educational Virtual Museums.
    • Spencers' Toys Marketing Display: Spencer Keeler and Spencer Coombs created this poster during an entrepreneur project in fourth grade. They manufactured and sold cars, trucks, and planes. The display board included a section where they projected a commercial they made using a digital camera.


              ISTE 2010: November, "Digital Learning Farm: Students as Contributors"   
    Digital Learning Farm: Students as Contributors
    Presented by Alan November

    We need to trust children to teach teachers.

    Tutorial Design Team:
    Mathtrain.tv: Includes videos of math concepts. Some teachers allow their students to either do homework, or they can create screenshot tutorials. An important element is to NOT give students grades for their creative works; otherwise, motivation will decrease over time.

    WolframAlpha: An online tool that will solve algebraic and other similar math problems. If you type "Solution" along with the problem, you can find the steps to the solution.

    Dan Pink, Drive: In Pink's book, he states that if you do not have purpose, your motivation will decline. November, then, states that we need to focus on giving children purpose. One such purpose is to have them create products that can benefit others.

    Screencasting is a critically important tool that teachers seldom use.

    Production Designer:
    A key to enhanced educational opportunities is to release control to the students. An example of this is Bob Sprankle's student vodcast. In his elementary-level classroom, they do a weekly podcast on what the class learned throughout the week. A student designs the production for the week. After creating these podcasts, students individually came to Mr. Sprankle and asked him if they could create their own shows. One student created a writing show and another created a math show.

    Scribe:
    Using Google Docs, have three different students keep notes during a single teaching period. Have each of the three students focus on a different aspect of the presentation. Also, inform each of these scribes that they should add additional information as they feel it would be helpful, and they can add information to their notes at any later time.

    Researcher:
    School culture has conditioned children to create a dependency on the teacher to answer their questions. They are not encouraged to explore on their own; they are rewarded when interacting with the teacher and asking questions of the teacher. A job students may have in the class is to to be the researcher. When a student asks a question, one student is required to find the answer online.

    Global Communicator:
    One student's job should be to find email addresses of people that could act as experts when the class has questions they are unable to answer.

    Kiva: A website designed to facilitate loans to small businesses around the world. For $25, students can choose a business to support and follow the success of the business. When the money is returned, you can re-invest it.

    "Don't forget the kids." In fact, perhaps we should spend more time empowering kids to improve learning and less time on professional development. Perhaps a school could put together a team of students who will identify a list of ways they can use cell phones for learning within the school environment.
              Surviving the Desert: A Lesson Plan   
    Surviving the Desert
    Developed Christy G. Keeler, Ph.D.
    Geographic Alliance in Nevada


    Grade Level: 7-12
    Time: 100 minutes separated into two days (plus homework reading requirements)
    Overview: Using Grand Canyon as a case study, this lesson introduces students to desert survival issues by having them read about desert survival, evaluate possible hiking routes given Grand Canyon maps and related data, and develop a safety pamphlet for use by those visiting and planning to hike in Grand Canyon region. The lesson concludes by having students compare their instructional pamphlets with actual safety and hiking pamphlets of Grand Canyon.

    Connection to National Geography Standards
    The World in Spatial Terms
    (1) How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.
    (3) How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.
    Places and Regions
    (4) The physical and human characteristics of places.
    (5) That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
    (6) How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.
    Physical Systems
    (7) The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.
    Human Systems
    (9) The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.
    (12) The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
    (14) How human actions modify the physical environment.
    Environment and Society
    (15) How physical systems affect human systems.
    The Uses of Geography
    (17) How to apply geography to interpret the past.
    (18) How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
    Materials
    • Computers for every six students (with printer access)
    • A classroom computer with a projector
    • Photocopied excerpts of the book chapters (See “Procedures”—“Before the Lesson)
    • Topographical maps of Grand Canyon
    --http://www.grand.canyon.national-park.com/brightmap.htm
    --http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/usgs/gc_gc_ed.htm
    • Hiking guides produced and distributed to all visitors by the National Park Service about Grand Canyon (i.e., the information provided at the entrance to the national park)—Enough for each group of six students to have a copy of each circular AND the below trail maps of Grand Canyon (one of each for each group of six)
    • Grand Canyon Trail Guide: Bright Angel (http://www.grandcanyonassociation.org/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=GCA&Product_Code=M10070&Category_Code=&Search=trail+bright+angel&Search_Type=OR&Offset=49)
    • Grand Canyon Trail Guide: Havasu (http://www.grandcanyonassociation.org/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=GCA&Product_Code=M10085&Category_Code=&Search=trail+bright+angel&Search_Type=OR&Offset=50)
    Objectives
    • Students will identify geographic structures of desert regions with specific attention to Grand Canyon.
    • Students will identify dangers associated with desert survival.
    • Students will prepare cohesive plans for surviving desert climates and physical geographical structures.
    Procedure

    Day One
    Opening
    Project a topographical map of Grand Canyon (http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler/escalante.gif) and, in their journals, have students propose routes for hiking from the rim to the river, justifying their choices, and stating issues they might face when making the trek.
    Development
    1. Discuss student responses during their review of the topographical map, focusing on the abrupt elevation changes common in Grand Canyon. Next, in lecture format, briefly explain the geography of the region by addressing the history, geology, flora, and fauna of the region while addressing the broader issue of deserts. The following resources may prove helpful:
    http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/arizona/images/s/grand-canyon-maps.jpg
    http://away.com/gifs/states/az/m_gcnpov.gif
    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/grand-canyon-history.html
    2. Ask students what issues they feel may be important when hiking in Grand Canyon, recording their answers on the board.
    3. Place students in groups of six and have each group begin to design a pamphlet that could be given to travelers to Grand Canyon who intend to hike in the park’s region. Specific attention should address dangers of the Canyon and safety recommendations. Groups should choose their design and begin input basic information before the end of class.
    **Have students use pre-made pamphlet templates (available in the Project Gallery of Microsoft Word) to save time on design, therefore allowing more time to focus on content.
    Closing
    Inform students that for homework they will read information about dangers affecting individuals either hiking in deserts or visiting Grand Canyon. They must come prepared with their homework for class tomorrow.
    Homework
    Distribute copies of the following chapters and book sections to students to read for homework. Provide each student with a different reading to ensure the class completes all readings. Every student in each group of six should have a different reading and both the Desert Survival and Death in Grand Canyon books should be represented in each group. Student must prepare a brief assignment including the following items:
    • The name of their reading
    • A brief description of what they read
    • Five tips for hiking in desert regions or Grand Canyon extrapolated from their reading

    The readings include:
    1. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey—“Water” and “The Heat of Noon: Rock and Tree and Cloud” [Note: The “Water” chapter includes some inappropriate language. Additionally, both chapters require high reading levels and may include adult content.]
    2. Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills by Tony Nester—Assign each of the following sections, one for each student:
    --“Physiology of Humans in the Desert”
    --“Desert Hazards”
    --“Anatomy of a Survival Situation”
    --“The Basic Skills of Survival”
    --“Outfitting Your Vehicle”
    --“Obtaining Water in Arid Regions”
    --“Desert Survival Shelters”
    --“Firemaking Skills”
    --“Knife Uses and Safety”
    --“Signaling for Rescue”
    3. Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers—Assign all chapters EXCEPT those on suicide and murder. Assign at least one student to each of the following book sections:
    --Chapter One (Falls): Chapter Introduction AND “Falls from the Rim,” “Falls within the Canyon”
    --Chapter Two (Environmental Deaths): Entire chapter
    --Chapter Three (Flash Floods): Entire chapter
    --Chapter Four (Killer Colorado): Chapter Introduction AND “Lethal Errors Made While Running the River,” “River Crossers Who Didn’t,” “Swimmers Who Drowned Elsewhere in the Colorado,” “Swimmers Who Drowned between Phantom and Pipe Creek” AND “Swimmers Who Drown Elsewhere in the Colorado,” “Accidental Swimmers Who Fell in from Shore” AND “Mysterious Disappearances Who Drowned from Camp,” “Lessons of Safety & Survival from the Grand Canyon Colorado”
    --Chapter Five (Air): Entire chapter
    --Chapter Six (Freak Errors and Accidents): “Rock Falls,” “Venomous Creatures,” “Freak Errors and Accidents”
    --Epilogue (Lessons): Entire section

    *In larger classes, have multiple students read the same passage, but limit the number of students per passage to ensure an even distribution of readings.
    * If there are not enough books for students to take home to complete the readings, copy chapters or chapter sections for each student. In some cases, it is possible to copy two pages on a single side of paper, for a total of four pages per piece of paper. Require students return their reading passages for use with future classes.
    Day Two
    Opening
    As students enter the classroom, have each student choose one tip for hiking in desert regions or Grand Canyon from their homework assignment and write it on the board. [For smaller classes, have each student write two tips on the board.]
    Development
    1. Have students continue on their pamphlets. Halfway through the class period, have students print out their pamphlets. (They will turn these in for grading after class.)
    2. Provide each group with hiking guides from Grand Canyon (see “Materials”) and have them review these to identify hiking and survival tips. Each group will create a T-chart titled “Pamphlet Comparisons.” On the left, they will write “Recommended Improvements for Our Pamphlet” and the right will write “Recommended Improvements to Their Pamphlets.” Student groups will complete the T-chart and turn it in along with their pamphlet.
    Closing
    Have a brief discussion about what students learned through this two-day unit.
    Assessment
    1. Provide credit based on student ability to actively collaborate with a group to complete the pamphlet and their ability to collaborate in the whole class group for the project analysis.
    2. Grade the quality of student responses on their homework assignment.
    3. Grade students on the quality of information included in the pamphlet and their T-charts, taking into account the collaborative nature of the assignments.
    Extending the Lesson
    • Have students replicate this lesson for a national park in another region and ecosystem of the United States.
    • Have students evaluate their group pamphlet and create a new pamphlet on their own. The pamphlet should combine content from the original group-generated pamphlet, class discussions and lecture, and official park documents.


    This lesson is available at http://keelerthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/07/surviving-desert-lesson-plan.html
    or in downloadable Microsoft Word format.
              NECC 2009: Session Notes   
    A Ripple Effect: 21st Century Innovations that Matter
    Cheryl Lemke

    Adolescent learning: peers, school, home, distributed resources, work, networked publics (a networked space where the public meets). —B. Barron, 2006

    We need to create environments where we can work and learn peer-to-peer with our students because that is where they go to learn what interests them. Students need to see the value-added that the teacher offers.

    94% of adolescents are involved in online gaming. —Pew

    Multi-tasking is a myth. Our brains have an executive function that allows us to only think about things serially. Students, though, are faster than adults because they are younger (our brain processing speed peaks at between 20 and 30. When you move from one task to another, there is a slight delay and loss of time. There is, however, background tasking (e.g., listening to music). When students are engaged in difficult to cognitively process content, we should decrease the need for background tasking and multi-tasking. Drill and practice builds automaticity that leads to a greater ability to do background tasking while engaged in processing new content. Our students are giving us their “continuous partial attention” (Linda Stark).

    http://www.positech.co.uk/democracy2/ : This is a game that allows users to try and keep a country alive. It considers elections, economics, etc.

    If you grant students choice, on average, their grades will increase by a full grade.

    On average there’s less than 10 seconds of sustained discussion in the average classroom. Instead, there is teach-talk followed by student-talk, followed by teacher-talk.

    http://voicethread.com: This is a nice tool for working with video, stills, audio, and text/drawings.

    http://flowingdata.com/: This is a tool that assists in visualizing data (e.g., Twitter posts about Obama during the Inaugeration, growth of Wal-Mart). http://gapminder.org is a similar program that allows you to track demographic features over time.

    http://scratch.mit.edu/: This tool is good for teaching students about gaming and gaming environments from a design perspective.


    Tammy Worcester
    Tammy’s Favorite Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools

    http://www.tammyworcester.com

    • http://vozme.com: Users type in text and the application reads it aloud.
    • http://vocaroo.com: Allows you to record your voice. It results in an embed code.
    • http://jamstudio.com: Allows users to very easily create music loops.
    • http://fur.ly: Allows you to shorten multiple URLs into one. This creates a website that would be great for creating webquests or smaller Delicious sites.
    • http://www.imaginationcubed.com: This is a free online basic version of KidPix. More than one individual can work on the whiteboard at a time and you can email the project to others. The email includes the real-time drawing, not just the finished product.
    • http://jing.com or http://skitch.com: Allows you to do screen captures and make edits (e.g., adding arrows and text). You can also record voice and screen changes (like with Snapz Pro X).
    • http://kickyoutube.com: Allows you to download YouTube videos for later use. Just add “kick” in the YouTube URL and choose (from the bar on the top) the format in which you want to download. Then, click the green “Download” button. Next, right-click over the “Down” button to download the video to your hard drive.
    • http://classtools.net (Random Name Picker): Picks a name from a list you provide. The application includes an embed code so you can have the program run whenever you wish to use it (e.g., from the class blog).
    • http://taggalaxy.com: Looks in Flickr to find any images relating to the tag you select. You could create your own tag and hen look at the image (a globe) with just your pictures.
    • Firefox Shortcuts: Use Apple-L to move to the URL bar. To create a shortcut, go to the search box for the website (e.g., Amazon) and right click and create a shortcut (e.g., type az twilight and it will look for
    • “Twlight” in Amazon).

    Dr. Christopher Moersch
    Teaching 2.0: Challenging the Interactive Generation
    http://lotiguyspeaks.blogspot.com

    • H-E-A-T (high-order thinking, engaged learning, authenticity, technology use
    • There are three parts to every learning activity: content, process, and product
    • http://www.lotilounge.com: Allows schools to take the LoTi digital-age survey
    • “What gets measured gets improved.”
    • http://wordle.net: Allows analysis of textual passages.

    Tom March
    WebQuests 2.0: A Richer Web Improves a Good Idea
    http://tommarch.com

    • http://clipmarks.com: Allows you to copy/paste from multiple webpages therefore creating a pool of resources related to a personally-selected topic.
    • http://diigo.com: Allows you to highlight, ask questions, and comment on individual websites.
    • http://pageflakes.com: This is an alternative to iGoogle. It provides you with an assigned web address instead of having it just be available after logging in. The site allows you to subscribe to multiple RSS feeds in the form of tabs at the top of the page. This would be good to allow students to take turns reviewing individual webquests.
    • http://vue.org: This is an online version of Inspiration.
    • CEQ•ALL ("Seek All")—Choice, Effort, Quality, Attitude, Labor of Love (A taxonomy for this century); Set-up educational opportunities that allow students to make choices, requires hard work/effort, the teacher makes him/herself available for ensuring quality of student work/learning, allows students to feel good about themselves by having a good attitude, and teachers and students must put a labor of love into their work.
    Vendor Notes

    Global Fever (a vendor that provides curriculum relating to the environment) created a collection of rich resources using ComicLife. Their sample pages all use ComicLife and can serve as excellent examples.

    Kids.gov: Like Thinkfinity, this is a central location for accessing several website. Its function is to bring together government sites intended for use by children.

    From Banned to Planned: Cell Phones in Schools
    Hall Davidson

    http://discoveryedspeakersbureau.com/node/119

    Poll Everywhere
    : Allows you to have students take a quick poll using their phones.

    Suggestions for ways teachers are using cell phones in the classroom are avilable at http://k12cellphoneprojects.wikispaces.com another resource is http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com.

    Voicethread
    : A tool for creating projects like HyperStudio, but it allows you to add audio recorded directly from your cell phone.

    Davidson suggests we rename "cell phones." In some countries they call it a hand phone and keitai ("a snug, intimate technosocial tethering"). Cell phones are different from other technologies because they are both input and output devices.

    "Classroom management is less of an issues when engaged learning is taking place."

    Qik: This site allows you to broadcast live from a cell phone. It will also allows you to embed code into blogs or Google Earth.

    Shazam
    : It allows you to hold-up your cell phone to a song and the phone can decode the name of the song.

    Cell phones can read bar codes (bar code readers are freely available online) and they can create bar codes from text/pictures (QR code generators).

    Amazon bought a company that does object recognition (e.g., you can take a picture of someone's shoes, send it to Amazon, and Amazon with offer it for purchase).

    Davidson has placed Fatherlee's paperwork for using cell phones in the classroom on his website (see above). It includes a letter home to parents, instructions for designing cell-phone educational activities, and a tech-survey for parents to ensure students aren't being charged for their in-class work.
              NECC 2008 Notes   
    ISTE’s NETS•T Refreshed Roll-Out

    We need real world, relevant assignments because we’ve already done well moving from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. At this point we need to re-inspire teachers.

    The new teacher standards include:
    Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
    Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments
    Model digital-age work and learning
    Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
    Engage in professional growth and leadership

    There is a new tool available through ISTE’s website that will assist administrators in determining the level of technology integration occurring with their teachers.

    Check out fact flippers: www.tammyworcester.com

    Dan Edelson, Getting out of the Classroom with Technology

    Volunteer Geography: A variant of citizen science. For example, students can make and share field observations and analyze and provide interpretations of that data. The concept is that students collect data by taking measurements, thy submit the data via a web form, they visualize it using interactive maps, they analyze patterns based on the data and visualization, and they may report back to others in their classes. One problem with this is that students will only be able to see small amounts of data if they are involved during the start if the project. An example of this was students testing soil samples following use of salt on icy roads. Students get to experience the full spectrum of the scientific process. In this case, students used probes and collected data in the classroom and submitted information via a website.

    NGS FieldScope allows students to collect real world data. NGS chooses a region to study and invites teachers and students to participate. The teachers must purchase the equipment which costs about $1,000.

    Chris Dede, Ubiquitous Computing

    Goal: Repurpose common items for educational purposes (e.g., using cell phones for augmented learning).

    Cheryl Lemke

    We need to recognize that adolescent learning includes the home, school, peers, work, distributed resources, and communities – not just school. Our goal at this point is scalability of using technology tools for 21st century teaching, not just focusing on use in our own classrooms.

    She suggests we use research-based methods to develop lessons and units that serve as “sheet music.” The teachers base their instruction on the sheet music, but also improvise.

    A good teacher blog including student podcasts is “Learning on the Go.” The teacher sets up her class as a fictional consulting agency and the students solve real world algebra problems. Another teacher uses authentic travel agent activities to teach about Greek history.

    SimCalc: http://www.simcalc.umassd.edu/software (teaches about perspective)

    Media multi-tasking: We can only do one thing at a time, but we can quickly move from one thing to another. Kids are better at multi-tasking than adults. When learning, students are distracted when multi-tasking (except for things like music without lyrics in the background).

    Universe: http://universe.daylife.com (identifies what is going on online in real time using a visual perspective)

    Venezuela started teaching critical thinking to their elementary and middle school students 10 years ago. Now, they are finding increased average adult IQs across the country.

    See http://www.flatworld.com

    Alan November, “Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments”

    This presentation is available from the “Archive of Articles” on NovemberLearning.com. This presentation is available at Digital Farm.

    Students are connected to everyone in their lives – except their teachers because schools block everything. “Schools are the learning police.” There is more freedom in Chinese schools in terms of the Internet than here. We are so worried about their safety that we block their learning.

    Vocabulary of the Web: Students need to learn information resources. This type of information is available on http://novemberlearning.com/blc

    By adding site:en to Google searches, you will only get sites with an English country code. To get Turkey-based sites, type site:tr.

    Adding view:timeline to a search, you can access the most recent information about a given search term.

    Type link:http://Wikipedia.com to find out how many links exist to that particular site.

    Hall Davidson, “It’s in Your Pocket: Teaching Spectacularly with Cell Phones”

    http://www.myspace.com/sidekicknation (How kids use video on a daily basis)


    Every classroom should have a student-designated web researcher. The teacher should never have to answer a factual question, they should only have to respond to higher-order thinking questions.

    There is a Google feature that allows you to create your own search engine. November believes teachers and students should jointly build search engines. This will give students less stimuli when they do searches.

    It would be nice if students could develop resources that teach content and then future students review these tutorials before class. Students, then, are responsible for learning their own content and class time is replaced with problem solving. When there’s not a lot of Internet access, students could have a DVD with all the information at home (because DVDs are more common in the home than Internet connections).

    The http://jingproject.com is a downloadable application that allows you to create screencasts.

    Instead of teaching teachers to use technology, November jokes that we should send two of our students to the training and one of the students should be the biggest trouble-maker in the class.

    Wikipedia isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a publishing house. Third grade students were told they would visit the Pitot House and write an article they would submit to the largest encyclopedia in the class. The students wrote and published their Wikipedia article and now they follow the RSS feed for the article and critique what other people write.

    http://kiva.com: Organizes donations to small business entrepreneurs. The donors get their money back and they get reports on their projects. You can also talk to the other people who have invested in the same entrepreneurial project.


    http://jott.com alters voice to text. You can call this service from your cell phone. Another option is fozme.com

    http://polleverywhere.com
    : Allows you to do automatic polls from cell phones (like the classroom response systems)

    Terry Cavanaugh, GIS, Google Maps, and More for Literacy Projects

    http://books.google.com

    There are interactive maps that show all he locations mentioned in a book (e.g., The Travels of Marco Polo). [Note to self – check out the Bible.]

    Gutenkarte (http://gutenkarte.org) also makes a map of a text, showing what places are most frequently mentioned. Amazon’s Concordance also does this by telling the 100 most used words in a given text.

    http://editgrid.com allows you to map a story using latitude and longitude in a spreadsheet.

    http://www.goglelittrips.com has 23 stories you can follow on Google Earth. You download the .kmz file and use it with Google Earth. An example is with Make Way for Ducklings. The entire story is mapped as sections are mentioned. Also, people have added pictures of items and informational text from specific locations in the book. Anyone can make a Google Lit Trip.

    http://wetellstories.co.uk/stories/week1/: Tells a story using a map – the text is embedded in the map.

    Teachers can get the Pro Version of Google Earth by writing to Google and requesting it. It is possible to make a map for each student so they can each map out a story.

    A dimensional mouse allows you to move in three dimensions. They are available through Amazon.

    Using virtual map pins, students can add quotes from book, write facts about the locations mentioned, and adding multimedia books. This is a means of having students have greater interactivity with books.

    In September, cameras will have cameras with embedded geo-tags. Some buildings are going to start putting in geo-tagging points in the buildings.

    Tony Vincent, Audio is Great! Video is Cool! IPods Can Do More!

    Learning in Hand iPods is his iPod podcast. See http://learninginhand.com/ipods

    http://spokentext.com
    will speak any text into audio.

    You can create cover art and lyrics (or primary source text) through going to Get Info for an individual song.

    See http://NotontheTest.org

    iPrep Press has comic books you can download to your iPod. BrainQuest also has quizzes for the iPod.

    Ipod-notes.com allows you to combine Notes files

    IPrepPress allows you to download a dictionary and many primary sources. Get 100 Words every high school students should know.

    ManyBooks.com allows you to download books in the public domain.

    iWriter allows you to link stories together as story

    iQuizMaker allows you to make quizzes for your iPod. You can also share iQuizzes by going to iQuizShare (http://iquizshare.com/)

    Use monitor mode to make your iSight camera not cause a mirroring effect.




    Check out doc imaging and doc scanning on the PC.

    Get book making ideas from web.mac.com/lindaoaks and check out her handouts on the NECC site

    Download handouts from NECC site for Sharon Hirschy about making class books using PPT
              Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it feel like it's getting worse?   

    Ransomware is not new. The malware, which encrypts data and demands payment in exchange for decryption keys, has been with us for almost 30 years.

    So why does it feel like it's getting worse? Well, that's because it is getting worse.

    In seemingly no time at all, ransomware has gone from an obscure threat faced by a select few to a plague crippling hospitals, banks, public transportation systems, and even video games. Frustratingly, the explosive growth of ransomware shows no signs of abating - leaving victims wondering why them, and why now?

    The answer to both of those questions involves cryptocurrency and the National Security Agency.

    But first, a little history

    The first known ransomware attack hit the healthcare industry way back in 1989. According to the cybersecurity blog Practically Unhackable, a biologist by the name of Joseph Popp sent close to 20,000 floppy disks to researchers claiming they contained a survey which would help scientists determine a patient's risk for contracting HIV.

    What was left unmentioned in the promotional material was that the disks also encrypted file names on infected computers - rendering them practically unusable. Instead of their typical boot screens, victims were shown a message demanding a $189 payment in order to unlock the system.

    The message displayed by PC Cyborg. PHOTO:  Palo Alto Networks

    Popp, who had a PhD from Harvard, was an evolutionary biologist and fell outside of what we think of today as a stereotypical hacker.

    According to The Atlantic, after he was arrested and charged with blackmail, Popp insisted that he intended to donate the proceeds from his scheme to HIV-related research.

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              This isn't the iPhone 8 - but it's probably really, really close   

    It's getting harder and harder to think of opening sentences for all these iPhone 8 rumours, so I'll just get on with it: There's a new iPhone 8 video, crystal clear, showing the device from all sides.

    There's one caveat: It's not really the iPhone 8. It's a device manufactured via CNC process, based on 3D CAD plans which allegedly come "directly from the factory in charge of building the new iPhone."

    The video, courtesy of @onleaks and Tigermobiles, gives us a detailed look of a device that matches all the latest iPhone 8 rumours.

    It has a vertically placed dual rear camera, no visible fingerprint sensor, a screen that covers the entire front side of the phone (save the dip on top to accommodate the sensors and the selfie camera), and a steel frame painted black to match the slightly curved black glass on both sides.

    Toward the end of the video, the device is precisely measured from all sides: It's 14.35mm long, 7.5mm thick and 71.03mm wide.

    One slightly worrying fact: That camera bump on the back is not small by any means; it adds 1.63mm to the phone's thickness for a total of 9.13mm.

    Youtube/ Tiger Mobiles and Twitter/ OnLeaks

    To see how all this would look in a case, check out the image below, courtesy of case manufacturer Nodus.

    The company claims it had also received CAD models of the new phone from the supply chain, and has already designed a leather/polycarbonate case to match it.

    There's nothing here that we haven't seen before, but it is by far the best view of the iPhone 8 we've gotten so far.

    Nodus

    However, keep in mind that even if those CAD designs are accurate, it's still possible that Apple will change some details before the phone goes into production.

    Read the full article here

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              Fred BREW WHALE Tea Infuser Only $4.38 On Amazon!   

    This is too cute of a gift to give to that person in your life that loves tea! This is an add on item so make sure you have a couple other items to buy to grab this great deal. Fred BREW WHALE Tea Infuser – ($14.00) $4.38 Fill Fred and friend’s legendary brew whale […]

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              AEE 219: How to Truly Be Free with Your English Goals and Your Life   

    Are you free to follow your goals in life?

    Or are you afraid?

    Today, learn how freedom comes with fearlessness!

    Come back to allearsenglish.com/219 for more!

     

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    There are so many things to be afraid of: loneliness, lack of money, professional failure or meaninglessness. Fears can overwhelm you.  But what if you have a vision that’s bigger than fear?

    To accomplish anything, you have to get out of your head and into your body. Action means letting go of your thoughts.  But to do that, you need the freedom to be fearless.

     

    Freedom to be fearless means:

    • Questioning everything
    • Avoiding “perfectionist paralysis”
    • Having goals, but knowing that goals are not always the most important thing
    • Being able to communicate effectively with others when the stakes are high

     

    Are you free and fearless?

    How does it come out in your life?

    Tell us your story in the comments section below!


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              What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?   
    First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon.  You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be […]

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              En busca del mejor smartphone fotográfico en la gama media: comparativa de seis teléfonos   

    Img 0023

    Cada día vemos cómo las marcas apuestan con más fuerza por nutrir su gama media y darle a los usuarios que quieren prescindir de los topes de gama, una experiencia mucho más completa. Uno de los elementos que ha sufrido mejoras considerables en esta gama durante los últimos años ha sido el equipo fotográfico.

    Por ello, hemos preparado una comparativa fotográfica entre las cámaras de algunos de los mejores gama media del momento, algo que ya hicimos en su día con los gama alta. Veamos cuáles han sido los resultados que nos han reportado y cuál de ellos puede presumir de contar con el equipo fotográfico más completo.

    La gama media y su apuesta por la fotografía

    Como decíamos, las compañías están poniendo toda la carne en el asador para dotar a sus gama media (y a todas las gamas en general) de mejores cámaras, pues admitámoslo, es uno de los elementos que más se tiene en cuenta a la hora de decantarnos por un teléfono u otro.

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    Los móviles que hemos elegido para poner a prueba en nuestra comparativa fotográfica tienen características similares, especialmente en cuanto a la resolución de sus sensores y el tamaño del mismo, pero obviamente, en fotografía (especialmente móvil) otros elementos como el software son determinantes a la hora de medir resultados.

    Todos estos teléfonos ya los hemos probado en múltiples aspectos de su naturaleza en nuestros análisis, pero ahora vamos a centrarnos solo en su cámara principal y a compararlos entre ellos. Los protagonistas de esta comparativa son el BQ Aquaris X, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) , Sony Xperia XA1 , Motorola Moto G5 Plus , Huawei Nova Plus y Nubia Z11 MiniS.

    BQ Aquaris X

    Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

    Sony Xperia XA1

    Motorola Moto G5 Plus

    Huawei Nova Plus

    Nubia Z11 MiniS

    RESOLUCIÓN SENSOR

    16 MPX

    16 MPX

    23 MPX

    12 MPX

    16 MPX

    23 MPX

    TAMAÑO SENSOR

    1.12"

    --

    1,23"

    1,4"

    1.12"

    1,26"

    DISTANCIA FOCAL

    24 mm

    27 mm

    24 mm

    26 mm

    27 mm

    25 mm

    APERTURA

    f/2.0

    f/1.9

    f/2.0

    f/1.7

    f/2.0

    f/2.0

    ESTABILIZACIÓN ÓPTICA

    En vídeo

    No

    En vídeo (estabilizador Steadyshot)

    No

    No

    No

    ENFOQUE

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    Autoenfoque PDAF

    PRECIO

    279 euros

    299 euros

    259 euros

    247 euros

    300 euros

    329 euros

    Lo que nos prometen

    Como vemos en la tabla de características, casi todos los dispositivos que vamos a someter a prueba se mueven en unos niveles de megapíxeles similares, salvo el Sony Xperia XA1 y el Nubia Z11 MiniS que llegan hasta los 23 MPX. En realidad este dato no es el más importante a la hora de obtener los resultados, ya que éstos dependerán del compendio formado por el tamaño del sensor (como regla general, cuanto más grande es el sensor mayor será la calidad final de la imagen), la apertura máxima de éste y si cuenta o no con estabilización.

    apertura Una apertura mayor, representada por un número f menor, deja pasar más luz que una apertura menor.

    En el caso de estos teléfonos ninguno cuenta con estabilizador (en foto) y el sensor de mayor tamaño se lo lleva el Nubia Z11 MiniS, aunque la apertura mayor la luce el Motorola Moto G5 Plus, que a su vez cuenta con un menor número de megapíxeles. Como vemos sobre el papel, al final todos los teléfonos cuentan puntos fuertes y otros menores, por lo que se compensarían en resultados, pero vamos a verlo in situ.

    La importancia del software

    Además de las especificaciones técnicas que podemos encontrar en la cámara de un teléfono (tamaño del señor, estabilización o tipo de enfoque), el software es un elemento clave que puede, no solo optimizar o echar a perder los resultados, sino también afectar a nuestra experiencia como usuarios.

    El software es un elemento clave del que no solo dependen los resultados, sino también nuestra experiencia con el teléfono

    Los fabricantes, conscientes de ello, ofrecen softwares fotográficos cada vez más completos, incluyendo modos manuales que nos permiten experimentar con la cámara como lo haríamos en fotografía tradicional, o gran cantidad de modos automáticos creativos (en ocasiones de dudosa utilidad). Vamos a ver qué es lo que nos han ofrecido en estos términos cada uno de los teléfonos de nuestra prueba.

    Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    En el caso de este teléfono franquicia de Samsung, nos hemos topado con un software muy competente, ya que encontramos en él lo que necesitamos, ni más ni menos. Modos automático, panorámico y HDR junto con el modo Pro que nos permite ajustar la exposición, la sensibilidad ISO y el balance de blancos. Un software escueto pero completo, fácil de usar y muy intuitivo.

    Nova Huawei Nova Plus

    Seguimos con el software del Huawei Nova Plus, del que si bien no tenemos críticas muy intensas, tenemos sentimientos encontrados. Por un lado el modo profesional es tremendamente completo (de los que más en esta gama), sin embargo, nos topamos con un menú muy poco intuitivo para acceder a los modos y con bastantes funciones automáticas que, como pasa en muchos móviles chinos, no son realmente útiles y al final acabamos por no utilizarlas nunca.

    Sony Sony Xperia XA1

    En el caso del Xperia XA1, nos damos de bruces con un software que hace desmerecer un sensor cuya calidad nos daba grandes esperanzas sobre el papel. Y es que Sony sigue apostando por su modo automático superior, que ajusta bastante bien en la mayoría de situaciones, pero sin embargo, deja bastante oculto el modo manual, por lo que encontrar los ajustes dentro de éste resulta bastante caótico, algo que al final, nos reconduce a utilizar el modo automático con tal de no estar navegando en un mar de ajustes ocultos.

    Moto Moto G5 Plus

    Motorola ha cuidado algo más la aplicación de su cámara en el Moto G5 Plus y su interfaz es bastante sencilla de usar, permitiéndonos realizar fácilmente ajustes desde la pantalla del visor y encontrar los modos sin tener que rebuscar demasiado. Al igual que en el Galaxy A5 (2017), encontramos pocos modos, pero útiles, y entre ellos el mejor es el modo profesional de disparo, que permite ajustar de manera manual el enfoque, el balance de blancos y la sensibilidad ISO.

    Minis Nubia Z11 MiniS

    Nubia también peca de este "horror vacui" de modos dentro de la aplicación de su cámara que sobrecarga la experiencia más que la favorece. Pese a ello, es bastante sencilla de utilizar, no tenemos que rebuscar entre ajustes ni modos para llegar hasta el que queremos y el modo manual es bastante completo.

    BQ BQ Aquaris X

    Por último vamos con el software del BQ Aquaris X que, sin sobrecargar (aunque cuenta con varios modos automáticos), da bastantes posibilidades de juego. BQ ha apostado en este teléfono y en su versión Pro por un modo HDR+ bastante procesado pero sin llegar a excederse que puede resultar atractivo, pero sin duda, lo que más se disfruta de su app es el modo modo profesional de disparo, que nos permite ajustar enfoque, el balance de blancos y la ISO.

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    A plena luz del día

    Tal y como hemos visto, todas las cámaras cuentan con un software bastante completo y con los modos manual y profesional como elemento común, pero ahora vamos a ver cuáles han sido los resultados que nos han reportado cada uno de estos equipos fotográficos en diferentes condiciones lumínicas.

    Lo primero que vamos a ver es el resultado en la mejor de las condiciones, en la que, a priori, cualquier teléfono con un sensor medianamente decente debería sacar pecho y lucir el mejor de sus resultados. Hablamos de un entorno exterior con luz natural en plena golden hour (justo cuando el sol está más bajo), el mejor momento para hacer uso de la luz del sol.

    Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 47 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 31 Huawei Nova Plus

    Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 55 Moto G5 Plus
    Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 50 3 Sony Xperia XA1
    Minis 2 Nubia Z11 MiniS
    BQ Aquaris X BQ Aquaris X

    Todos los disparos los realizamos en modo manual, por lo que los ajustes serán si no los mismos, muy similares. Podemos apreciar que los resultados, aunque no difieren demasiado entre sí, nos dejan un Galaxy A5 (2017) haciendo el mejor trabajo en cuanto a la representación del color pese a que nos encontramos con algunas zonas brillantes algo quemadas.

    En rasgos generales, el nivel de detalle de las seis cámaras es muy alto, aunque cuando ampliamos las fotos, la mayor pérdida de éste llega de mano del Moto G5 Plus, que es de todos los dispositivos probados el que cuenta con un sensor de menos megapíxeles de resolución con diferencia (12 MPX). Contradictoriamente, el Sony Xperia XA1, a pesar de contar con el sensor de mayor resolución (23 MPX) nos deja un resultado peor de los esperado, pudiendo deberse esto a que no ha elegido los ajustes correctos en el modo automático. Detalles 1 Detalles 2

    Primeros planos y tratamiento del color

    Aprovechando la luz natural, hemos realizado unas muestras para ver el nivel de detalle al acercarnos (sin utilizar el zoom) y también cuál es el tratamiento del color que obtenemos tras el procesado. Como podemos observar, el nivel de detalle en primer plano es bastante resuelto en todos los modelos y las diferencias en este sentido son muy pocas, pero se podríamos decir que el BQ Aquaris X es el que nos deja un mejor margen de detalle, pues si observamos con detenimiento las flores, se aprecian detalles como los pistilos e incluso el tacto de las hojas.

    No podemos decir lo mismo del tratamiento del color. En el caso del BQ Aquaris X, aunque nos da más detalle, el procesado redunda demasiado los colores, dando un resultado llamativo, pero bastante alejado de la realidad. En este sentido observamos que el Motorola G5 Plus satura bastante el color, y que el Nubia Z11 Mini abusa del contraste matando bastante la tonalidad natural. Viendo la escena en directo y conociendo la tonalidad real, me decanto por el Sony Xperia XA1, siendo el teléfono más fiel a la realidad y sus matices.

    Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 45 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 32 Huawei Nova Plus
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 56 Motorola G5 Plus
    Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 48 Sony Xperia XA1
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 29 BQ Aquaris X
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 29 Nubia Z11 Mini

    HDR, la deuda pendiente

    El modo HDR solía ser más un problema que una ventaja en la fotografía móvil, pues por norma general, nos encontrábamos con efectos muy agresivos y demasiado tratados que destrozaban por completo las fotos. De un tiempo a esta parte los fabricantes se han puesto las pilas en este tema, y como vamos a ver a continuación, los resultados que nos han dado nuestros teléfonos a prueba nos han dejado bastante satisfechos.

    Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 25 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 33 2 Huawei Nova Plus
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 56 4 Moto G5 Plus
    Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 51 Sony Xperia XA1
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 24 BQ Aquaris X
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 25 Nubia Z11 Mini

    Como podemos observar hay diferencias entre cómo procesan el HDR unos y otros, pero en rasgos generales todos nos han dado unos resultados que, sin salirse de la esencia de lo que es este modo en sí, no resultan nada cargados ni surrealistas. Si tenemos que elegir un ganador en este apartado para mí sería el Sony Xperia XA1, creo que el resultado es el más intenso y a la vez más natural de los seis.

    De noche todos los gatos son pardos

    Ya hemos visto lo bien que se portan nuestros móviles cuando la luz está de su parte, pero ha llegado el momento de hacerles sufrir un poco. Y es que cuando la luz pierde intensidad, bien porque es de noche o porque estamos en un interior con luz artificial, es cuando ponemos el sensor a prueba de verdad y podemos ver de lo que es capaz.Noche 1 Noche 2

    En las imágenes que podemos ver aquí, observamos que el nivel de detalle en el Galaxy A5 (2017) es bastante bueno, aunque tiende a dar calidez al color para contrarrestar la ausencia de luz. Algo similar hace el Moto G5 Plus, que también tira hacia la calidez a diferencia del Sony Xperia XA1 que contrarresta tintando hacia azules, algo que da menos naturalidad pero sí más nitidez.

    Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 47 2 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    Nova Noche Huawei Nova Plus
    Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 47 3 Sony Xperia XA1
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 28 3 BQ Aquaris X
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 55 2 Motorola G5 Plus
    Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 26 2 Nubia Z11 Mini

    En esta última escena, donde tenemos un interior con luz artificial, podemos observar que mientras que el Nova Plus y el Motorola G5 Plus (pese a tener un mayor tamaño de sensor) muestran lascas de ruido, el Xperia XA1 resuelve muchísimo mejor la escena dotándola de mayor nitidez (gracias a la resolución de su sensor).

    Haciendo zoom

    Por último vamos a ver otro de los puntos débiles de las cámaras en los móviles: el zoom. Y es que pese a que poco a poco nos vamos encontrando con tecnologías más avanzadas, hacer zoom en un móvil sigue siendo condenar la foto al abismo del ruido.

    Prueba Foto sin zoom

    Zoom Muestras de zoom

    Como vemos, este apartado tiene claramente un ganador, y éste es el Nubia Z11 MiniS, aunque le sigue muy de cerca el BQ Aquaris X. Ambos modelos han reportado resultado muy nítidos con el zoom al máximo, algo de lo que no puede presumir el Motorola G5 Plus que se ha llevado la peor parte en esta última prueba.

    Aún quedan mejoras pero vamos por el buen camino

    Img 0002 Recapitulando todo lo que hemos visto hasta ahora, las conclusiones nos llevan hacia un mismo pensamiento: que la fotografía móvil va por muy buen camino. Y es que no debemos olvidar que a pesar de los fallos que hemos encontrado y del margen de mejora que aún queda, esta tecnología crece a pasos agigantados.

    De los móviles que hemos probado, si tuviéramos que elegir un ganador según los resultados obtenidos, nos quedaríamos con el Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) y su sensor de 16 MP con apertura f/1.9 que ha resuelto bastante bien en todas las condiciones salvo en el zoom, aunque tampoco ha quedado de los últimos.

    Pese a todo, repetimos, en rasgos generales encontramos muchos avances en puntos que hasta hora eran críticos como el modo HDR o el tratamiento del color y además, sensores mucho más luminosos que se muestran como el preludio de todo lo bueno que aún nos queda por conocer en términos de fotografía móvil.

    En Xataka Móvil | Kodak Ektra, análisis: así es como Kodak quiere resucitar como fabricante de móviles


              【買物】 iPad pro 10.5インチ用のケースやら保護ガラスやら   


    iPad Pro 10.5インチを買って、iPad mini からデータの移行をしてのですが、iPad mini が64GBぎっちり使っていたので、復元に時間がかかりました。あせるあまり、移行の前にデータの整理とか、使わないアプリの削除を忘れていました。

     

    結局、昨日一晩データの移行をしていたので、まともに使えてません。とりあえず、届いていた保護ガラスを取り付けてみました。

    購入したのはこれです。

     

     

     

    f:id:gouju:20170628224816j:plain

     

    保護ガラスは、つけなくても大丈夫という人やApplePencilの感度が悪くなるという人もいたりして、つけるかどうか悩んだのですが、新品状態を保つためにつけることにしました。値段が余にも安いやつだと、銭失いになりそうだったので、ある程度の品質で一番薄いガラスを選びました。


    新しいスマホを買ったときもそうですが、液晶に保護ガラスや保護フィルムを張る時は、お風呂場で裸になります。しばらく湯気を出して空中に漂っているホコリを落ち着かせてから、張る儀式になります。


    まずまずです。気泡が2つ出来てしまったのですが、まぁいいでしょう。

     

    カバーは紺色です。iPad Pro 10.5用なのでカメラ穴とかぴったりです。

     

    f:id:gouju:20170628224844j:plain

    f:id:gouju:20170628224858j:plain

     

     

      

    ケースは付属品が入るようにポケットがたくさん付いているやつを選びました。ただ、iPad Proを裸で使うことを想定しているようで、ケース付だとキツキツです。使っているうちに伸びてくればいいのですが。

    f:id:gouju:20170628224912j:plain

     

    f:id:gouju:20170628224922j:plain

     

     

     

    使いづらかったら、合皮のパンチングレザーで作ろうっと。

     

    item.rakuten.co.jp

     

    アマゾンで買った雑誌を読んでみましたが、iPad mini と比べて、記事の小さい文字もちゃんと読むことが出来ます。老眼にやさしいです。大きくなったメリットは予想以上で、家の中で使うのには最高ですね。基本的に移動は車なので、ケースに入れた状態でも重さは気になりません。後は縦置きのスタンドがあれば、快適読書生活が出来そうです。

     

    これを機会に、キンドルの読み放題を契約してみようと思います。

     

     

     

    Kindle Paperwhite 32GB、マンガモデル、Wi-Fi 、ブラック

    Kindle Paperwhite 32GB、マンガモデル、Wi-Fi 、ブラック

     
    Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi、ブラック

    Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi、ブラック

     

     

     


              Comment on Laser Pointers by Jennifer Inman   
    Hi Dr. Greene, I am a physicist who works at NASA, where I serve as the Chair of our Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee (i.e. the laser safety committee). We had noticed that some laser pointers appeared brighter than others and decided to conduct an informal test. Our laser safety officer purchased more than a dozen laser pointers off Amazon and we measured their power output at different wavelengths. Even though most (but not all) of the laser pointers were labeled as being Class 3A/5mW or less, we found that only ONE of them was close, measuring at 6 mW. The rest all exceeded this limit. A few were even over 80 mW. We found that much of the "extra" energy was in the infrared. Green laser light (around 532 nm) is generally created by starting with infrared laser light (around 1064 nm) and doubling it inside a crystal that combines photons through constructive interference. Laser pointers are supposed to have a small filter which block this residual infrared light, but because it is cheaper to NOT include the filter, many manufacturers don't. And because the light is outside the visible spectrum, it won't appear any brighter to your eye. The FDA is the regulatory mechanism responsible for enforcing the 5mW limit, but since many of these laser pointers arrive in large shipping containers from overseas, enforcement is difficult. Since conducting our study, Amazon has instituted an additional layer of screening on merchants selling laser pointers. (see this article about the 2013 change in policy: http://www.laserpointersafety.com/news/news/other-news_files/430accd1095e3cfa5345450a590d78ff-338.php#on ) This seems to have helped a great deal in reducing the number of laser pointers producing in excess of 5mW. But it has not eliminated the problem. A similar, more formal study (Hadler J, Tobares E, Dowell M. Random testing reveals excessive power in commercial laser pointers. J Laser Appl. 2013;25:032007) found that 90% of green laser pointers labeled as Class 3A (3R in the revised classification system) had outputs of greater than 5mW. A nice summary article can be found here: http://retinatoday.com/2015/04/laser-pointer-retinal-injures/ There has also been a growing number of more powerful lasers available on the consumer market that sometimes look nearly indistinguishable from low-power laser pointers. Wicked Lasers is one company that sells such lasers. For an example of an injury to a 15-yr old resulting from one such laser, see for example this letter to the Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMc1005818 Anyway, thanks for your blog. Hope you find this information useful. Kind regards, Jennifer
              Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom   
    Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom
    Perhaps the most mystical, magical people ever known were the Druids. They were wizards, storytellers, teachers and spiritual leaders. They were attuned to the Earth and the Sun. And they were very powerful. Druid Magick presents everything you need to … Continue reading
              Berserker Manifesto: An Initiate’s Guide to Wearing the Bear-Skin   
    Berserker Manifesto: An Initiate’s Guide to Wearing the Bear-Skin
    The Berserker Manifesto is a guide to initiation into Asatru through the means understanding the Berserker Warrior Cults.The beginning explores the history of the northern tribes of Europe and the warrior cults it developed. It takes a special look at … Continue reading
              Nike-Amazon deal may hurt sporting goods retailers: analysts   
    (Reuters) - Nike's pilot program to sell certain products on Amazon and Instagram is a precursor to it forging a deeper relationship with online retailers, and could hit sales at sporting goods retailers such as Foot Locker Inc .

              Herding Hemingway’s Cats is coming soon!   
    After much blood, sweat, tears and wine, I’ve finally written a book. Coming out January 14th 2016 from Bloomsbury Sigma, it’s available to pre-order now from Amazon (affiliate link). WOOOO!!!!! The blurb: The language of genes has become common parlance. We … Continue reading
              Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Real Brewed Tea, 18.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) $13.68   

    Pure Leaf is Real, Leaf-Brewed iced tea, which means it's brewed from REAL tea leaves picked at their freshest, never from powder or concentrate (like some other teas)
    0 calories and no sugar
    Unsweetened Green Tea

              第1位:【ノーブランド 品】4本 1/12 ドールハウス ミニチュア 白い 丸皿 プレート 食器 装飾   

    【ノーブランド 品】4本 1/12 ドールハウス ミニチュア 白い 丸皿 プレート 食器 装飾

    ノーブランド品

    ¥190

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              第2位:1/8スケールフィギュア Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ ヘルツ! 「美遊・エーデルフェルト」 ザ・ビーストVer.   

    1/8スケールフィギュア Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ ヘルツ!  「美遊・エーデルフェルト」 ザ・ビーストVer.

    ブロッコリー

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              第3位:サンエックス すみっこぐらし フリクション3C PP26701   

    サンエックス すみっこぐらし フリクション3C PP26701

    サンエックス

    ¥972

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    コトブキヤ キューポッシュ フレームアームズ・ガール FAガール 轟雷 ノンスケール PVC製 塗装済み可動フィギュア

    壽屋

    ¥5,616 ¥5,260 6% off

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              第5位:ルミカライト 大閃光アーク 25本入り オレンジ   

    ルミカライト 大閃光アーク 25本入り オレンジ

    ルミカ(日本化学発光)

    ¥3,780 ¥2,372 37% off

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    コトブキヤ キューポッシュえくすとら ベルのきまぐれポニテせっと PVC製 フィギュアパーツ

    壽屋

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              第7位:艦隊これくしょん -艦これ- プレミアムフィギュア 夕立改二 約19cm   

    艦隊これくしょん -艦これ- プレミアムフィギュア 夕立改二 約19cm

    セガ

    ¥2,940

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              第8位:コトブキヤ キューポッシュえくすとら アンのきまぐれポニテせっと ノンスケール PVC製 フィギュアパーツ   

    コトブキヤ キューポッシュえくすとら アンのきまぐれポニテせっと ノンスケール PVC製 フィギュアパーツ

    壽屋

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    トミカ トイ・ストーリー 01 バズ・ライトイヤー&宇宙船

    タカラトミー

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    トミカ トイ・ストーリー 06 エイリアン&スペースクレーン

    タカラトミー

    ¥1,080 ¥739 32% off

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              第11位:タミヤ ホップアップオプションズ No.1643 OP.1643 MF-01X フルベアリングセット 54643   

    タミヤ ホップアップオプションズ No.1643 OP.1643 MF-01X フルベアリングセット 54643

    タミヤ

    ¥3,240 ¥2,808 13% off

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              第12位:ステッカー シール 300枚セット 防水仕様のポップアートステッカー ステッカー サイズ:5cm~12cm   

    ステッカー シール 300枚セット 防水仕様のポップアートステッカー ステッカー サイズ:5cm~12cm

    Blue Island

    ¥1,980

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              第13位:艦これアーケード/No.062b 鳥海改【中破】   

    艦これアーケード/No.062b 鳥海改【中破】

    艦これアーケード

    ¥4,280

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              第14位:藤岡弘、コーヒーカップ探検隊 フィギュア アニメ グッズ ガチャ バンダイ 全5種フルコンプセット   

    藤岡弘、コーヒーカップ探検隊 フィギュア アニメ グッズ ガチャ バンダイ 全5種フルコンプセット

    バンダイ

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              第15位:VOCALOID4 Library スターダスト   

    VOCALOID4 Library スターダスト

    Myethos

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              OnePlus 5: Highest revenue-generating smartphone on Amazon   

    The post OnePlus 5: Highest revenue-generating smartphone on Amazon appeared first on Online Telangana News|Latest Telangana News|Telangana Updated News.


              第16位:35メカトロウィーゴ メカトロウィーゴ&初音ミク 1/35スケール ABS&ダイキャスト製 塗装済み可動フィギュア   

    35メカトロウィーゴ メカトロウィーゴ&初音ミク 1/35スケール ABS&ダイキャスト製 塗装済み可動フィギュア

    千値練

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    Cuby

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    1/12 鹵獲転用体 1/12スケールPVC&ABS製塗装済み可動フィギュア

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    将棋駒 木製特製源平将棋駒 桐箱入り(裏赤)国産

    博英商会

    ¥2,180

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    バンダイ

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              第21位:コトブキヤ 劇場版トライガン Badlands Rumble ARTFX J ヴァッシュ・ザ・スタンピード 1/8スケール PVC塗装済み完成品   

    コトブキヤ 劇場版トライガン Badlands Rumble ARTFX J ヴァッシュ・ザ・スタンピード 1/8スケール PVC塗装済み完成品

    壽屋

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    ROBOT魂 [SIDE MASHIN] 龍王丸

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    HG 1/144 ファルシア (機動戦士ガンダムAGE)

    バンダイ

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    艦隊これくしょん -艦これ- 赤城入渠中ショルダートート ナチュラル

    コスパ

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    シルバニアファミリー 人形 シマネコのふたごちゃん ニ-51

    エポック社

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    コトブキヤ 劇場版トライガン Badlands Rumble ARTFX J ニコラス・D・ウルフウッド 1/8スケール PVC塗装済み完成品

    壽屋

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              第28位:ラバーシールベアリングセット (ワイルドウイリー2) 1150×16 RS-016   

    ラバーシールベアリングセット (ワイルドウイリー2) 1150×16 RS-016

    OPTION No.1

    ¥1,890

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              第29位:かるた屋さんの 無地かるた (フチあり )   

    かるた屋さんの 無地かるた (フチあり )

    奥野かるた店

    ¥1,080

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    HG 1/144 GNX-Y903VW ブレイヴ 指揮官用試験機 (機動戦士ガンダム00)

    バンダイ

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              第31位:ゼロの使い魔 三美姫の輪舞 ルイズ ゴスパンクVer.   

    ゼロの使い魔 三美姫の輪舞 ルイズ ゴスパンクVer.

    アルター

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              第32位:タミヤ エアーブラシシステム No.34 スプレーワーク ペインティングブースII ツインファン 74534   

    タミヤ エアーブラシシステム No.34 スプレーワーク ペインティングブースII ツインファン 74534

    タミヤ

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              Amazon anuncia el Prime Day 2017 con miles de ofertas y descuentos exclusivos   

    Por tercer año consecutivo, el gigante de las ventas por internet Amazon ha anunciado el Prime Day 2017, uno de...

    El artículo Amazon anuncia el Prime Day 2017 con miles de ofertas y descuentos exclusivos ha sido originalmente publicado en Actualidad Gadget.


              The Information: Alibaba выпустит домашнего голосового помощника — аналог Amazon Echo   
    Китайская Alibaba Group в ближайшее время представит домашнюю колонку со встроенным голосовым управлением. Об этом пишет The Information со ссылкой на источники, ...
              トキワ来たれり!!(11) (少年サンデーコミックス)   
    トキワ来たれり!!(11) (少年サンデーコミックス)
    トキワ来たれり!!(11) (少年サンデーコミックス)
    キンドル
    松江名俊
    小学館 (2017-06-16)

    satoshikakuyama satoshikakuyama
    話がデカくなってきたなあ。 可愛くない動物ネヌは今のところただのギャグ要員。 そして画伯のおっさんは強い。 画力がなくてホントよかった(笑) しかしトキワ君がサイボーグになってからちょっと初期と感じが変わったよなあこのマンガ。 なんの能力もないのに、むしろ弱いのにみんなの信頼を得てリーダーとして一流になっていくトキワ君のほうがよかったかもしれん。 とふと思うのであった。 それにしてもこのマンガはどういう結末に向かっていくのだろうか?

    アマゾンで探す
    Myバインダーへ追加する
    メディアマーカー詳細ページ

              BIRDMEN(10) (少年サンデーコミックス)   
    BIRDMEN(10) (少年サンデーコミックス)
    BIRDMEN(10) (少年サンデーコミックス)
    キンドル
    田辺イエロウ
    小学館 (2017-06-16)

    satoshikakuyama satoshikakuyama
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              Index Funds?   
    What are index funds and should you invest in them?

    A few years back, a reader wrote that I should look into index funds.  And I did and bought some shares in a couple of them.  What are index funds?  They are just mutual funds - that follow some stock index.   There are a plethora of mutual funds out there, investing in everything from stocks to bonds, to government bonds, to whatever.   And each fund usually has some sort of goal or strategy.  Small Cap, Large Cap, foreign bonds, US bonds, Municipal Bonds, tech stocks, energy stocks, income stocks, or whatever.

    And each fund has a fund manager or managers who manage the fund and decide what to invest in.  And for the most part, you have no idea on what they are investing in, on a day-to-day basis.   You can sort of get an idea from the prospectus and annual report, but you don't know what they are buying and selling in real-time.   You are leaving it to an expert to make sound decisions, and he generally gets paid more for making better decisions, so his interests are aligned with yours.

    Compare this to hedge funds, where the managers get paid a percentage of the fund balance regardless of whether they make money or not.   You can understand why people are fleeing hedge funds these days - the overhead is high and the returns in recent years are not as attractive.

    Mutual funds may have front-end loads or back-end loads or they may be no-load.   For a typical "load" fund may have to pay a fee upfront (deducted from your investment) when you invest, and often this fee goes in part to the salesman who sold you the fund.  Yes, that friendly "investment advisor" isn't working for oxygen, he needs food on his table.  And that is why, when you, as a young person, go to a "storefront" investment advisor (and you know exactly which one I am talking about - coming to a strip mall near you!) they really aren't interested in talking to you unless you have at least $10,000 to invest - so they can make $500 "advising" you which mutual funds to invest in.   If you are just starting out in investing, well, go fuck yourself.   Come back when you got some real money, kid!  (Or at least that was my experience when I was in my 20's).

    Some funds have fees (back end loads) you have to pay when you sell shares in the fund.  The idea here is to encourage you to invest for the long haul, rather than trade. So they penalize you when you decide to sell.   And some funds are "no load" which seems to defy gravity.  How does a mutual fund company make money if they are not charging a fee?  Volume?  No, they have something called an expense ratio that they charge to the fund every year.  You don't see this as a line-item on your statement, but it is buried in the annual report somewhere if you look for it.  And no, the friendly storefront investment advisor doesn't mention it unless you ask, and even then....

    And let me just say right here that I was invested in mutual funds for well over a decade before I understood any of this.   And yes, I had investment "advisors" tell me I was investing in a "no load" fund which turned out to have a 5% front-end load, of which the advisor got half.   When rolling over a 401(k) or IRA, be particularly aware of this.   You might, after a few years of hard work, accumulate $100,000 or more in your 401(k).   Your friendly "investment advisor" will suggest you roll this over when you leave the company.   And if you are not careful, he may skim 5% off the top when you move the funds to his company - as a State Farm rep once tried to do with me.

    It seems that no matter what investment house you use, the want you to "roll over" your investments to their little playpen, and usually there is a reason for this - a monetary reason.   Caveat Emptor.

    But there are "no load" funds out there, and these funds make their money for their managers through the expense ratio fees.  And some funds charge a lot, and some charge a little.  Vanguard has a lot of low expense ratio funds.  And of these, index funds usually have the lowest expense ratios.  Why?  Well an index fund, as the name implies, invests in a "market basket" of stocks that correspond to some market index, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the S&P 500, the NASDAQ Composite, or the like.

    What are these indexes?  Well, that is the funny thing.  When people say "the stock market went up" or "the stock market went down" they are not talking about the entire market but an index instead.  The DJIA, for example, tries to measure the health of the market using a collection ("market basket") of stocks, usually "blue chip" type stocks.  And who is on this list of stocks and who is not, changes over time.  So in essence, the Dow, Jones people are "managing" your fund by determining what stocks are in the DJIA.   Your management company merely buys these stocks, takes a small, small cut as the expense ratio (like 0.15%) and then pays you the rest.

    The advantages touted by such funds are many.   These indexes seem to go up over time far more than many "managed" investments.   People say if you just followed "The Dow" you'd make out better than most prognosticators, over time.   And since the expense ratios are tiny, you don't waste a lot of money on overhead costs.   For the mutual fund company, the costs are low, as a computer can basically trade the stocks automatically, as each person buys into the fund or sells out.

    For example, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, states its goals as follows:
    The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the overall stock market. The Fund employs a "passive management" approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index.
    So in this case, the "index" is the "US Total Market Index" as determined by the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP).   This is an index that actually tries to track the overall market.   How does the fund perform?  What are they invested in ?   Well our friends at Morningstar (who I thought made breakfast sausages, but I was mistaken) have some data on this:

    Performance  VTSMX More...


    YTD 1 Mo 1 Yr
    3 Yr  * 5 Yr  * 10 Yr  *

    Growth of 10,000 10,970 10,142 12,299
    13,026
    20,251
    20,256
    Fund 9.70 1.42 22.99
    9.21
    15.16
    7.31
    +/- S&P 500 TR USD -0.42 0.22 0.59
    -0.65
    -0.20
    0.07
    +/- Category 0.40 0.21 1.36
    1.41
    1.11
    1.05
    % Rank in Cat 44 32 35
    27
    26
    16
    # of Funds in Cat 1,431 1,495 1,358
    1,197
    1,056
    788
    * Annualized returns.
    Data as of 06/28/2017. Currency is displayed in USD.

    Top Holdings  VTSMX More...


     
    Weight % Last Price Day Chg % 52-Week Range


    Apple Inc 3.00 144.57 -0.88
    93.63 - 156.65

    Microsoft Corp 2.02 68.98 -1.15
    49.80 - 72.89

    Amazon.com Inc 1.59 981.77 -0.84
    710.10 - 1017.00

    Facebook Inc A 1.41 151.34 -1.23
    112.97 - 156.50

    Johnson & Johnson 1.38 133.13 -0.50
    109.32 - 137.00

    % Assets in Top 5 Holdings 9.40

    What is a little scary to me about index funds is that these indexes tend to include popular and trendy stocks.   I would not buy Facebook stock on a dare, but since I am invested in mutual funds, I end up owning some of it, although only 1.41% of the overall fund.

    Should you invest in an index fund?  Sure, why not.  But not as the only thing you invest in.  Odds are, at your place of work, if you have a 401(k), one of the choices of funds to invest in, is an index fund.   I would not put all my eggs into one fund basket, though, as indexes do go down over time.

    Which are the best funds?   Well, it depends on who you ask, and when.  "Investorplace" has a list of the 7 best funds, but they also have a list of 10.  Kiplinger has a list of "only five" funds you need to know about.   Even Motley Fool has a list.   Odds are, your investment house has some of their own funds.  Fidelity and Vanguard have them, I am sure Merrill does as well.  The real decision to make is which index to use and who has the lowest expense ratios.   It goes without saying that paying a "load" on an index fund is sort of pointless.   It is not like they are advising you or trading your shares.

    The advantages are many.  It sort of puts your investments on auto-pilot.   The market goes up, you make money.  It goes down, you lose with everyone else (unless your particular index outperforms the overall market).  You don't have to worry about traders churning your account down to zero by making crappy trades.  It is a pretty brainless form of investing.

    But for the most part, it is a risk-taking venture, and unless your index fund is indexed on a government bond index or something, you can lose money.   So putting all your eggs into the index-fund basket is, in my opinion, a bad idea.

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              [耀婕]:肉焖扁豆 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)   

    [耀婕]:肉焖扁豆 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)

    材料:扁豆200g,猪肉50g,大蒜5瓣,酱油10ml,淀粉,料酒

    200g扁豆是多少呢?拇指和中拇掐住的一小把,正好就是200g

    50g猪肉是多少呢?只有巴掌大的一块! 

    做法:

    1.猪肉切片,加入淀粉和料酒抓匀,腌制5分钟。

    2.扁豆洗净,去除老筋,用手掰成小段,蒜切末备用。

    3.锅中放少量油,下入腌好的肉片,炒至变色后盛出。

    4.锅中再次放油,放入1/2的蒜末爆香,加入扁豆翻炒。

    5.待扁豆变色变软后加入酱油炒匀,放入肉片,加入少量热水。

    6.盖上锅盖焖煮15分钟,放入剩下的蒜末,炒匀盛出。

    温馨提示:

    1.买扁豆时用手掰一下,能掰动说明扁豆比较嫩,掰不动或掰开老筋很多就不要买了。

    2.肉片加入淀粉和料酒腌制可以去腥使肉更嫩,如果时间来不及也可不腌,煸炒时加入料酒即可。

    3.扁豆如果炒不熟会有毒性,尽量多焖煮一会儿,使其变色变软再食用。

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              [耀婕]:鲜菇西兰花 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)   

    [耀婕]:鲜菇西兰花 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)

    材料:西兰花250g,蘑菇150g,蒜3瓣,葱5g,糖3g,白葡萄酒5ml

    做法:

    1.蘑菇洗净,西兰花掰成小朵,葱切末,蒜切片备用。

    2.锅中放少许油,放入葱末蒜片爆香,放入蘑菇煸炒。

    3.锅中倒入少许白葡萄酒提香,加入西兰花继续煸炒。

    4.将蘑菇和西兰花微微发软,加入适量盐调味即可盛出。

    温馨提示:

    1.炒菌类时,烹少许白葡萄酒会有很好的增香效果。

    2.炒制西兰花时也可以使用橄榄油,更加有益健康。

            更多精彩内容请关注耀婕的新书《这样吃,瘦得健康又漂亮--五分钟超省时美颜减脂餐》,点击链接直接购买哈,先感谢大家的支持啦!

    当当网购书链接         卓越网购书链接

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        耀婕的微博:@耀婕

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              [耀婕]:瘦身期的营养菜—蒜香焗口蘑 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)   

    [耀婕]:瘦身期的营养菜—蒜香焗口蘑 - POCO美食社区(http://food.poco.cn/)

        身处瘦身期的同学们,有没有把关注力还只停留在体重称上的数字的?那么,你可就OUT了!现在可是流行健康地去瘦,瘦的同时还要气色好、精神佳。

        其实,只要是用低热量、高营养的食材,选择用低温少油的烹饪方式,想办法做出可口的美味就可以了。

        像这道蒜香焗口蘑,口蘑的热量很低,各种营养素却很丰富,同时丰富的植物纤维可以促进排毒、防止便秘;同时,它肉肉的口感也足够挡口。大蒜的加入使得瘦身减脂餐不再是乏味无趣的清淡口感,浓浓的蒜香绝对可以让你的食欲振奋起来;而烤箱的使用则最大程度上保存了蘑菇的营养成份和鲜美的滋味,关键是用时还很短,总共不超过15分钟,期间烤制的时间完全还可以腾出手来干点别的神马的!

        要是作为早餐的话,在蘑菇烤好的前两分钟,扔进几块全麦面包,用烤过的面包沾着蘑菇汤吃—嗯嗯,美美地去享用吧!

    【蒜香焗口蘑】

    材料:口蘑300g,大蒜25g,黑胡椒少许,百里香少许,盐2g,全麦面包2片

    做法:

    1.口蘑洗净,大蒜压成蒜泥备用。

    2.平底锅不放油,将口蘑放入锅中,两面分别煎一下

    3.两面煎至稍稍变色后,加入口蘑高度3/4的清水,加盐、黑胡椒粉,煮沸。

    4.将口蘑和汤倒入烤盘中,每个口蘑上放蒜泥,撒适量百里香碎。

    5.烤箱预热200度,上下火烤制10分钟。

    6.全麦面包切条,在烤口蘑的最后2分钟放入烤箱一起烤。

    耀婕的贴心提示:

    1.如果家中没有百里香,可以换成欧芹碎。

    2.烤面包条沾着口蘑的汤食用味道更好。

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        上篇中提到这台格兰仕“百变金刚”烤箱的上下同烤的功能还没用过呢。其实,是这台烤箱的顶部设计成了一个烤盘,在箱体加热的时候,充分利用热能源,在顶部进行铁板烧等类似的操作。想了想,用过做早餐应该不错,箱体中加热主食,顶部用来煎蛋煎肠,同时进行,大大节省的制作早餐的时间。

        以前的文章中提到过,早餐中要包含7种食材,分别是谷类、蛋类、奶类、肉类、水果、蔬菜和坚果,有的同学说我做的早餐太复杂,早上的时间那么紧张来不及。我这次特意用这台烤箱试验了一下,完美10分钟!原来,科技改变生活,这句话在这里体现的那么到位!

    【10分钟烤箱营养早餐】

    材料:馒头片2片,红腐乳半块,鸡蛋1枚,香肠6-7片,葡萄1小串,樱桃番茄数个,松子1小把,酸奶1杯

    做法:

    1. 烤箱调到下管+异形管加热模式,预热230度,顶部放上烤盘,盖上盖子。

    2. 预热时,先将葡萄和樱桃番茄洗好,然后把馒头切片,把红腐乳涂在馒头片上,然后送中预热好的烤箱。

    3. 烤盘上倒入适量油,略等油温升到七成热时,将鸡蛋磕入烤盘中,同时铺上香肠片。

    4. 用筷子将鸡蛋打散,做成金银炒蛋,放入适量盐调味。

    5. 将鸡蛋、香肠和腐乳馒头片取出,再摆好葡萄和樱桃,从冰箱中取出酸奶,营养早餐完成。

    耀婕的贴心提示:

    1.腐乳含有较高盐分,应少涂一些,以免摄入盐分过高。

    2.营养早餐中的水果、坚果可以根据个人喜好选择,但不宜一次吃太多。

    3.坚果中含油量较高,正常人坚果量为8到10颗,瘦身期和血脂高的人应减半。

        更多精彩内容请关注耀婕的新书《这样吃,瘦得健康又漂亮--五分钟超省时美颜减脂餐》,点击链接直接购买哈,先感谢大家的支持啦!

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