A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don’t exercise enough.
As mentioned, simple activities, such as walking up the stairs (instead of taking the elevator), parking farther away from your destination, and gardening all contribute to a well-rounded movement diet.
They recommend breaking up every half-hour of sitting with two minutes of movement as a basic starter program, provided that shorter bouts are performed with the same intensity that would be required during longer sessions.
The 7-minute workout Think you need expensive equipment to stay in shape?
We spend enough time in posterior flexion as it is; you need to train your body better.
6 moves for a better butt Beyond the flashy title, this six-move workout, led by another colleague and friend, Kupah James, is a wonderful antidote to sitting all day.
Morning routine This five-minute flow above from my good friend, Tara Stiles, offers you an invigorating start to your day.
The video above teaches you the basics; for a more advanced routine, click here.
Yes, the most basic human activity is an important key in maintaining health.
Picking up trash around your streets, beaches, and hiking trails gives new meaning to the term “group fitness.”
On November 7, Pamela had sent out her first newsletter for “A Maker’s Space”, promoting it on Facebook.
Here is a similar photo of her space from Cal Fire: Those who commented on Facebook were heartbroken by the loss and what it meant to the community.
Starting A Maker’s Space Pamela Teeter saw herself as a creative person.
“I just wanted to make sure the kids here weren’t left out.” Pamela had moved to Paradise Ridge in 2007.
With her husband, she started looking for a place where kids could be creative.
That stranger happened to be Cal Fire worker in his personal truck trying to evacuate too.
Fire was everywhere and they knew that they couldn’t stay on the road where cars were catching on fire (later, they would find the remains of people who died in their cars trying to escape).
Pamela finally arrived at her girls’ school only to find it abandoned.
Our kids don’t have schools.
She also knew how much of herself she had put into “A Maker’s Space” and now it was gone.
How solid is your iPhone’s Internet connection?
This free iPhone and iPad app works the same way as ping, a classic command-line utility you might run on a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.
It sends short messages (“pings”) to a remote server over your Internet connection and shows you how fast those messages are received.
Any problems could either be a result of your Wi-Fi or cellular signal strength, or a result of the Internet connection itself.
You can also use Pingify to test your iPhone’s Wi-Fi or cellular signal strength, starting a ping and walking around an area.
Tap the “Start Test” button on the main Pingify tab.
Pingify normally sends pings to google.com, but you can change that server from the Settings tab.
If Google’s servers have a problem, that will impact your ping results—but Google normally has fast servers with solid connections.
This tool will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s ever run a ping command.
If a web page or app is ever loading slowly on your phone, run a test in Pingify.
Here is what is streaming on Netflix in December of 2018, including “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War,” “Bird Box” and the new comedy original “Ellen Degeneres: Relatable.”
For starters, there’s Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron’s drama “Roma,” Oscar winner Susanne Bier’s star-studded thriller “Bird Box” and “Dumplin’,” a musical comedy with Jennifer Aniston.
Also available in December: Andy Serkis’ live-action “Mowgli” movie, Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” an Ellen DeGeneres comedy special and “Springsteen on Broadway,” just after the smash ends its Broadway run.
Dec. 1 8 Mile Astro Boy Battle (Netflix Film) A Nordic dance flick for “Step Up” fans.
: Season 1 Dec. 7 5 Star Christmas (Netflix Film) An Italian comedy that mixes politics, scandal and the holidays.
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas (Netflix Original) A British kids’ show about about a holiday ball and a family secret.
(Netflix Original) A festive version of the cooking competition show.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5 (Netflix Original) The Japanese “Real World”-style reality series continues with a possible love triangle.
Back With the Ex (Netflix Original) A reality show that follows reuniting exes.
Tales by Light: Season 3 (Netflix Original) The series about photographers explores neighborhoods of India, the reefs of Indonesia, and the back country of Australia.
In what is being hailed as a “historic” gift for education, Michael Bloomberg is donating a whopping $1.8 billion to help low-income students attending John Hopkins University.
The money will be used to “to dramatically and permanently expand undergraduate financial aid,” which the school has previously struggled to do.
Bloomberg, who graduated from the Baltimore university in 1964 before going on to be mayor of New York City for three terms, has made dozens of donations to benefit underprivileged college students in the past – but with this most recent donation, his collective financial contributions to his alma mater exceed $3.35 billion.
“America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook,” Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed that was published in the New York Times.
RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the Planet “Denying students entry to a college based on their ability to pay undermines equal opportunity.
It perpetuates intergenerational poverty.
And it strikes at the heart of the American dream: the idea that every person, from every community, has the chance to rise based on merit,” he added.
Compared to similarly ranked American colleges, Johns Hopkins has maintained one of the lowest endowment funds for low-income students, and they have consistently struggled to accept applicants based on a “need-blind” basis, which accepts qualified students regardless of their ability to pay.
Starting in 2019, however, the school’s first actions as a loan-free institution will be replacing all undergraduate student loans with scholarships, reducing overall family contributions to financial aid, and offering immediate loan relief to every enrolled undergrad student whose financial aid package includes a federal need-based loan.
MORE: This Movie Star Lives Such a Simple and Happy Life, He’s Giving His $714 Million Net Worth to Charity The university hopes that – with the help of the unprecedented contribution – at least 20% of their student body will be eligible for federal Pell grants by 2023.
If WhatsApp opens to a chat conversation, first tap the “Back” button in the top-left corner of the screen.
If you have any contacts blocked, Add New… will appear below the bottom contact’s name.
Tap the name of the contact whom you want to block to add them to your block list.
If you ever want to unblock the contact, do the following: Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the “Blocked” page.
9 Block a contact from a chat.
2 Tap ⋮.
If WhatsApp loads to a conversation when you open it, first tap your Android’s “Back” button before tapping the ⋮ icon.
This person-shaped icon with a plus sign next to it is in the top-right corner of the screen.
Tap the contact whom you want to block.
If you ever want to unblock the contact, do the following: Long-press the contact’s name on the “Blocked contacts” page.
Microsoft Edge shows a stream of articles on your Start and New Tab pages.
These news articles include “sponsored” listings for dental implements and low APR credit card offers—in other words, paid advertisements.
If you’re a Microsoft Edge user, you can disable this pretty quickly.
Unfortunately, Microsoft may re-enable these news articles after Windows 10 installs a big update, so you may find yourself disabling them over and over.
To disable these articles on Edge’s Start page—that’s the page that appears when you open a new Edge browser window—click the “Hide Feed” or gear icon at the top right corner of the page.
Check the “Hide My News Feed” option and then click “Save.” The news feed will vanish from your Start page, and you’ll see only an empty page with a Bing search box.
Unfortunately, you’ll still see the news articles when you open a New Tab page.
To hide news articles from the New Tab page, click the “Hide Feed” or gear option at the top right corner of the New Tab page.
The news articles will vanish from both Edge’s Start page and New Tab page—at least until Edge re-enables them after a Windows Update.
These sponsored ads are just one of the many types of advertisements built into Windows 10.
Need stocking-stuffers this Christmas?
Check out this list of deals for 4K and Blu-ray movies, shows and box sets from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.
All of our picks are at least $10 less than the original price—and in most cases, a lot less!
Whether you have a Blu-ray player or a newer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, you’ll be sure to find the best picks from this roundup, new and old.
While many of our selections below are available both online and off, some of them are available in-store only (and are noted as such).
Note: Like all the Black Friday deals we’re posting over the week, some of these deals are live now and some of them are won’t be live until the day of Black Friday proper.
Blu-ray Shows: Band of Brothers | $29.99 $9.99 | Best Buy | In Stores Blue Planet II | $37.99 $9.99 | Best Buy | In Stores Rick & Morty (Seasons 1-3) | $25/season $10/season | Target | In Stores The Walking Dead (Seasons 1- 8 ) | $40/season $10/season | Target | In Stores Blu-ray Sets: Blu-ray Movies A Quiet Place | $24.96 $8.96 | Walmart | In Stores Despicable Me 3 | $15 $3.99 | Target | In Stores Home Alone | $9.96 $3.96 | Walmart | In Stores Justice League (2017) | $20.69 $5.96 | Walmart | In Stores Minions | $26.98 $3.99 | Target | In Stores Pitch Perfect 3 | $22.99 $9 | Target | In Stores Rampage | $24.99 $9 | Target | In Stores Ready Player One | $24.99 $9 | Target | In Stores Sing | $13 $5 | Target | In Stores Smurfs: The Lost Village | $19.99 $4 | Target | In Stores Super Troopers 2 | $15 $4 | Target | In Stores The Lego Batman Movie | $15 $4 | Target | In Stores The Peanuts Movie | $22.99 $4 | Target | In Stores Tomb Raider | $24.99 $9 | Target | Online Trolls | $15 $5 | Target | In Stores 4K Sets 4K Movies Deadpool | $44.99 $9 | Target | In Stores Deadpool 2 | $27.99 $8.96 | Walmart | In Stores The Greatest Showman | $14.96 $8.96 | Walmart | In Stores Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | $29.99 $9 | Target | In Stores Spider-Man: Homecoming | $27.99 $9 | Target | In Stores The Hitman’s Bodyguard | $24.99 $9 | Target | In Stores
To spread misinformation like wildfire, bots will strike a match on social media but then urge people to fan the flames.
Automated Twitter accounts, called bots, helped spread bogus articles during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election by making the content appear popular enough that human users would trust it and share it more widely, researchers report online November 20 in Nature Communications.
Although people have often suggested that bots help drive the spread of misinformation online, this study is one of the first to provide solid evidence for the role that bots play.
All of these messages linked to articles on sites known to regularly publish false or misleading information.
The researchers found that in the first few seconds after a viral story appeared on Twitter, at least half the accounts sharing that article were likely bots; once a story had been around for at least 10 seconds, most accounts spreading it were maintained by real people.
Subrahmanian, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College not involved in the work.
If a single popular account retweets a bot’s story, “it becomes kind of mainstream, and it can get a lot of visibility,” Menczer says.
These findings suggest that shutting down bot accounts could help curb the circulation of low-credibility content.
Indeed, in a simulated version of Twitter, Menczer’s team found that weeding out the 10,000 accounts judged most likely to be bots could cut the number of retweets linking to shoddy information by about 70 percent.
In that case, bots bombarded influential human users — both for and against independence — with inflammatory content meant to exacerbate the political divide, researchers report online November 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.
Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.
The Truth on Why You Keep Failing Saving money isn’t sexy.
If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things.
This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort.
Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income.
For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise.
This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right?
Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future.
Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month?
A Velocity of Being: Illustrated Letters to Children about Why We Read by 121 of the Most Inspiring Humans in Our World
And yet here it is, all these unfathomable years later, a reality — a collection of original letters to the children of today and tomorrow about why we read and what books do for the human spirit, composed by 121 of the most interesting and inspiring humans in our world: Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Jacqueline Woodson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Oliver, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Rebecca Solnit, Elizabeth Gilbert, Shonda Rhimes, Alain de Botton, James Gleick, Anne Lamott, Diane Ackerman, Judy Blume, Eve Ensler, David Byrne, Sylvia Earle, Richard Branson, Daniel Handler, Marina Abramović, Regina Spektor, Elizabeth Alexander, Adam Gopnik, Debbie Millman, Dani Shapiro, Tim Ferriss, Ann Patchett, a 98-year-old Holocaust survivor, Italy’s first woman in space, and many more immensely accomplished and largehearted artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and adventurers whose character has been shaped by a life of reading.
As far as I am aware, at the time of printing, her lovely poem-letter for this book is her last published work.)
I never met my great-grandfather — he died days before I was born — but I came to love him through my grandmother’s recollections.
And she began to seek out picture-books from local bookstores, perhaps even some that my grandmother was reading to me at that very time.
I reconciled them — a subjective, personal reconciliation, to be sure — by spending my days reading books, mostly tomes of timeless splendor written long ago by people dead and often forgotten, then writing about them on the Internet, which I came to use as one giant margin for annotating my readings, my thoughts, and my search for meaning.
After all, we read what we are as much as we are what we read.
So began an eight-year adventure of reaching out to some of the people we most admired, inviting each to write a short letter to the young readers of today and tomorrow about how reading sculpted their character and their destiny.
“I’m not sure that anybody thinks about endpaper except publishers, and probably not more than 1800 people in the United States have ever heard the word ‘endpaper,’” E.B.
The loveliest of books are touched by the author’s thoughtfulness and care in every detail.
As I marveled at this centuries-old marbled page, I knew instantly that it would make the perfect endpaper — aesthetically and symbolically, a “motley emblem” of the joy and ever-swirling meaning of literature itself.
Written by Claire Violette Herbaux / SWNS A woman lives with an injured squirrel she saved from the roadside – and he now hides nuts in her hair as he prepares for winter.
Mandy McKenna first rescued Horatio when she found him lying concussed on a verge.
Not knowing whether he had been struck by a car or not, she took him into her home to rest – but rather than staying at her house for a few days to recover, he got attached to his new human companion and is now living with her permanently.
He travels around with her in her handbag, watches TV with her on the sofa – and he hides nuts all over the house.
RELATED: Watch Good Samaritan Teenager Revive a Squirrel With CPR After it Ran Into His Car But she’s also now discovered that Horatio stores nuts in her hair as he naturally prepares for hibernation.
But he imprinted really quickly and would come back when I tried to release him.
“Now I take him to the shop where I work and when I go to friends’ houses.
“When I watch TV he sits on the back of the sofa and hides nuts in my hair.
“He eats mostly vegetables and nuts, he likes ham, broccoli and corn on the cob, and I make him squirrel flapjacks for extra calcium.” Horatio is not the first animal Mandy has rescued, but it is the first who has refused to leave.
He stayed with me for three days and then went back into the wild.
But today she was handing out masks for farm workers because the air quality is still considered hazardous from the Camp Fire. “I don’t have the emotional capacity to go into detail about this just yet because I just got home and feel really tired, but today I spent my day in Lodi just 1 1/2 hrs away from San Jose to hand out masks to farm workers in rural communities,” she wrote on Facebook.
Thank you to everyone who is supporting me through donations.
I drove through San Jose and all the way to Salinas to find the amount of masks I needed.
The story here isn’t that I handed out masks, it’s that there are hundreds of people who are working in HAZARDOUS environments with NO protection. “This means the absolute world to me as not a lot of folks are aware of what’s happening to farm workers.
I traveled through Lodi and Stockton not just to hand out masks, but to educate the farm workers about the severity of the pollution.
Not everyone has access to information that we have access to and what’s important is that we continue to build bridges to reach our communities.
Thank you, Paulina, for caring and trying to make a difference.
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However, the antics of Donald Trump have once again proved fertile ground for comedy.
His bizarre, off-the-cuff remarks about Finnish raking habits has given Finns a chance to showcase their quirky, sardonic humor to the world, and boy is it funny!
Trump’s comments were made in response to the tragic wildfires of California, where he has dug himself a hole of his own making by criticizing forest management instead of showing Presidential support and empathy for the victims.
“You gotta take care of the floors,” he said.
“You know the floors of the forest, very important…
And while he did mention the virtues of their forest management system, the Finnish President has claimed not to recall any such mention of raking.
Raking and cleaning forest floors is simply not a regular part of fire prevention in Finland!
The remark appears to be an attempt to justify Trump’s bizarre urge to point the finger of blame in the aftermath of a tragedy, similar to his distasteful comments following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
In response, Finns have been taking to Twitter, rakes in hand, to mock the President’s misguided remarks.
Scroll down below to check out their hilarious pics for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
However, don’t let that stop you from living your dream of traveling the world.
There are various ways through which you can make money while traveling.
Start a Travel Blog Share your travel experiences with the world and get paid for it.
But if you’re passionate about sharing the places you travel to, you can make a pretty decent income by starting a travel blog.
As a matter of fact, you can also use your talents to take up multiple freelance jobs.
There are tons of freelance jobs that you can take up while you are on the go.
You can use this digitalization to your benefit.
If you do not have the budget to create your own website, you can make use of platforms like Etsy, eBay and Amazon to sell various products online.
Rent Out Things You Own If you are going to be away on a vacation for a while, you can make money by renting out your house.
The world has a lot to offer everywhere you go.
Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” faced widespread criticism Saturday for a blog post in which he mocked those mourning Lee who “pretended” that comic books are “sophisticated literature.” Lee’s Nov. 12 death at age 95 inspired hundreds of heartfelt social media tributes, and caused a 1968 column he wrote denouncing racism to go viral again.
But Maher had a different take.
“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” he wrote.
hit back Monday with an open letter, in which it called Maher’s opinion “frankly disgusting.” Please click the below link to read an open letter to Bill Maher from Stan Lee’s POW!
Entertainment: https://t.co/nw9LiOBZi3 pic.twitter.com/N6W6OqxJ89 — stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 19, 2018 “Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the company’s letter added.
One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated.
Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.
But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting.
Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls.
Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “’Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come ― great responsibility!” – Team Stan
It’s generally a good idea to keep your apps updated, but there are situations where you might not want to.
You might be on a metered connection or have a data cap you’re trying not to exceed.
Or, you might not want a particular app updated to a new, buggy version.
Here’s how to prevent the Microsoft Store from automatically updating apps you’ve downloaded from it.
The first thing you’ll need to do is fire up the Microsoft Store.
Hit Start, type “store” into the search box, and then click “Microsoft Store.” In the Store app, at the top right, click on the See More button (the three dots) and then click “Settings.” From here, turn of the “Update Apps Automatically” toggle.
From now on if you want to update any applications associated with the Microsoft Store you will have to open the Store and manually update them through the “Downloads and Updates” settings.
To re-enable automatic updates, follow the steps above and turn the “Update Apps Automatically” toggle back on.
I Ordered 3 Outfits From An Online Store I Saw On FB, And I Couldn’t Believe The Result Could Be So Bad
Yes, it happened to me too.
Well, I must admit, extremely appealing and almost unimaginable prices should have made me suspicious.
First and foremost, the clothes I received didn’t match their description on the website.
Then I tried the clothes on.
No, I’m not the one to boast about my shape, nor am I the one whom all clothes fit like a glove, but I never thought I could look SO BAD.
1 after styling When I finally stopped laughing, it dawned on me that in rare cases only can you laugh in such situations.
I made a firm decision to transform these rags into wearable clothes in a couple of hours, using a couple of styling tricks.
2 – picture on the website Item no.
Carefully matched with clothing accessories make the look visually tidier.
3 – picture on the website Item no.
Monday morning, Warner Bros. released its final trailer for James Wan’s Aquaman, along with the announcement that tickets are on sale.
Surprisingly, we’ve managed to get three different trailers that show unique aspects of the film without creating a sense that we’ve seen the best parts of the movie.
Warner Bros. clearly has a lot riding on this film, not only in terms of its DC properties but also in order to stand out during what’s shaping up to be a more crowded holiday season than usual in the absence of a Star Wars film.
This latest trailer, which showcases the film’s visuals, along with more of star Jason Momoa’s undeniable swagger, is promising a film unlike any superhero movie we’ve seen before, not only because of its setting, but its large cast of supporting characters each with very specific motivations all working together to give Atlantis a true sense of space and history.
Of course this is not Dafoe’s first foray into comic book films as he famously played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002).
Recent comic appearances, specifically in Geoff Johns run, from which Wan’s film borrows heavily, find Vulko as an exile who offers his advice to Arthur Curry under the pretenses of getting the hero to accept his right to the throne and allow him back in Atlantis.
Vulko orchestrates a war between Atlantis and the surface world by pitting Orm and Arthur against each other, and hiring Black Manta, in a calculated chess game that ends with Aquaman being forced to accept the mantle of king within a divided kingdom.
Perhaps the biggest treat in the trailer for longtime Aquaman fans is a full look at Orm (Patrick Wilson) all suited-up as Ocean Master.
The film is setting Mera up to be Aquaman’s co-lead, just as she is in modern comics.
Aquaman looks to be set in a world just as interesting as anything we’ve seen in Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings, and if the film can create a big enough wave at the box office, this might only be the beginning of our trips beneath the waves.
Buy My App for $250k!!!
An application Rowling filled out in 1996 to teach in Scotland is currently for sale for $250,000.
We didn’t screw up the number of zeroes, you read correctly … $2-5-0-0-0-0.
The original app is being sold through Moments in Time.
The document — part of a 12-page bundle — is definitely a huge part of Rowling’s story of success.
She’d finished her first ‘Potter’ manuscript in 1995, but was still shopping it around to publishers before one of ’em finally bit in ’97 … and the rest, of course, is history.
Before that though, she had a brief stint teaching secondary languages to high schoolers at Leith Academy — a result of her filing this application.
It lists her employment and education history, as well as experience which she considered relevant.
Check it out yourself … she describes working with children who had special needs, and how that impacted her.
The wizard’s in the details for this one, we suppose.
An Atlanta woman is under fire after griping on Instagram that posts featuring her son didn’t get as many likes as those with the other members of her family.
Lifestyle blogger Katie Bower has since archived the post featuring her 6-year-old son, Weston, but it survives thanks to the magic of screenshots.
She begins the post like any loving parent would, praising her son’s “unique personality” and “sweet-hearted nature.” Then she gets blunt: Guys, I’m gonna be perfectly honest…Instagram never liked my munchkin and it killed me inside.
Never got comments.
From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there.
Bower speculates that his photos “just never hit the algorithm right” and that he was the “baby” for only a short time before other siblings came along.
Omg this Instagram mommy blogger is celebrating her sons bday by writing about how out of all her kids, he “statistically” performs the worse on her Instagram.
And she’s worried one day it will ruin his self esteem 👀💀 pic.twitter.com/QpFfJwDOab — Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) November 19, 2018 As you might expect, many Twitter users thought Bower’s priorities might be a bit misplaced.
— Moose Garrett (@tweetsforjackie) November 19, 2018 For the low low price of one like, you can support a child in need of Instagram engagement — Brittany Van Horne (@_brittanyv) November 19, 2018 Bower told HuffPost she only mentioned the numbers because she was saying what she was thankful for.
and at that time, it was my first real public social media platform,” she said in an email.
Echo Buttons are simple Bluetooth devices that connect to your Echo devices.
You can pair each Echo device in your home with up to four Echo Buttons, which is useful if you play any trivia-style games on the Echo.
But you can do a lot more with it than that.
Everything about the Buttons is simple, from using them (just press the button!)
to getting the devices paired to your Echo.
Insert batteries (which Amazon helpfully includes) into the Echo Buttons and ask any Echo to “set up my echo buttons.” Keep in mind that you will be connecting the button to that particular echo, so you’ll want to choose one that is in range of where you plan to use the button.
Just follow the prompts.
If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can place the Echo Button back into pairing mode.
Pairing a Button Manually If you want, you can use the Amazon App to pair the Echo Button instead of using your voice.
First, open the Alexa App and tap the hamburger button in the upper right corner.
Whether you’re looking to add to your existing smarthome repertoire, or are just starting from complete scratch, there are a ton of Black Friday deals for smart speakers and smart displays alike.
Having a smart speaker or a smart display in your smarthome setup gives you a more convenient way to interact with all of your devices.
You’ll be able to use voice commands and/or take advantage of the screen and have your own touch panel to control everything.
If you’re in the market for one of these, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of Black Friday deals to go around.
Let’s check them out.
Note: Like all the Black Friday deals we’re posting over the week, some of these deals are live now and some of them are won’t be live until the day of Black Friday proper.
Amazon Echo Smart Speakers Amazon Smart Plug | $5 with any purchase of an Echo | Amazon, Best Buy Amazon Echo Smart Displays Google Home Smart Speakers & Displays Other Smart Speaker/Display Deals
Every Thanksgiving Scott Macaulay cooks dinner for strangers in his hometown of Melrose, Massachusetts.
It began in 1985, when Macaulay was faced with his first Thanksgiving alone after his parents divorced.
He didn’t want to eat alone and he knew there had to be others in similar situations.
So, Macaulay took out an ad in the local paper, asking 12 strangers to join him for Thanksgiving dinner. “I bought all the stuff and made everything myself at my church,” he told People.
Since those 12 strangers gathered around the table for turkey 33 years ago, Macaulay has made his free Thanksgiving feast an annual event, inviting anyone to make a reservation by calling his office phone number that’s printed in the local paper.
Macaulay, now 57, says he feeds around 70 people every year.
It’s not about the food.
Nobody should have to eat Thanksgiving dinner alone.”
One of Macaulay’s favorite memories is of a woman who hadn’t been out of her nursing home in seven years, but decided to pay $200 for an ambulance to take her to his Thanksgiving feast after she saw his annual newspaper ad.
A DJ who has been broadcasting to his wife from the shed in his back garden since 1974 has finally been given his own show on a local radio station.
Deke Duncan / Credit: BBC 73-year-old Deke Duncan started playing records from his shed in Stevenage, England in 1974.
But with no licence, the station could only be sent to a speaker in his living room, where his wife Teresa listened.
#OnThisDay 1974: “The station’s entire audience has decided to go down the shops” Radio 77 held the dubious distinction of broadcasting to the smallest audience in the country.
pic.twitter.com/xkUZnfAPpR — BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) October 9, 2018 After the BBC Archive posted a video (above) on Deke’s Radio 77, BBC Three Counties radio decided to track him down.
They discovered that Deke still broadcasts Radio 77 to “the smallest audience in the country” – his wife.
BBC Three Counties radio offered Deke a one-hour special on Christmas, so he can finally realize his “ultimate ambition” to broadcast to the rest of Stevenage.
Back in 1974, Deke Duncan ran a radio studio in his garden shed which broadcast to just one person – his wife.
His lifelong ambition was to broadcast to the whole of Stevenage 📻 This morning he co-presented a show with @justindealey and there was a very special surprise… pic.twitter.com/PGVWLhuN2k — BBC Three Counties (@BBC3CR) November 18, 2018 Please consider making a donation to Sunny Skyz and help our mission to make the world a better place.
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, Max Einstein, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha.
Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book.
He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over forty million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers.
He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today.
He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long.
James’ latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now.
Aquaman arrives Dec. 21 and tickets just went on sale.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member there’s a chance you could see the film a whole week early.
So what’s the verdict?
Of course, there’s no way to tell until you go to the theater yourself–criticism of any of DC’s movies always seems to be biased, one way or another.
There have been early fan screenings, media screenings and couple previews overseas.
Here’s everything we could dig up: “Warner Bros. China showed 25 mins footage of Aquaman in Beijing premiere.
There’s tons of action but it’s a very emotional movie as well.” “So… about #Aquaman.
A reaction from final film: – It’s pretty good!
Not groundbreaking, but solid – Action is good, story is alright – CGI is decent – Score is meh – Mera/Arthur are hit and miss – Overall, a good film” “I cannot confirm or deny that I’ve seen this movie but if I had I would probably say that it’s certainly going to be their most well received movie yet.
It’s tone closely parallels Ant-Man & The Wasp and Thor: Ragnarok and this movie will be liked by the biggest audience, although it will probably suffer from some criticism that it deviates heavily from the original tone of the DCEU to more closely resemble The MCU.
The Stones’ website lists 13 stops, starting in Miami on April 20 and ending in Chicago on June 21.
New Orleans is not on the list.
HOWEVER, the band’s iconic frontman Mick Jagger himself posted a decidedly low-fidelity, 54-second video of a song about touring American in which he seems to inject a stop in New Orleans between the band’s April 28th show in Houston and its May 7 concert in Glendale Arizona.
It is a little tough to make out.
And there may be some wishful thinking on this end.
Listen carefully and tell me what you thing.
Did Jagger let the Crescent City cat out of the bag?
Sorry, your WWOZ Brass Pass at Jazz Fest won’t work May 2, as Rolling Stones rumors fly Doug MacCash has the best job in the world, covering art, music and culture in New Orleans.
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When we implant microchips into our pets, it’s to find them if they become lost, because dogs and cats are unable to tell someone their address.
Chipping humans, on the other hand, opens up an entirely different can of worms.
The chips can control door locks, time logs, and even vending machine purchases.
Yet the first US company to inject workers with tracking chips was a Cincinnati surveillance firm in 2006, which required all employees working in its secure data center to have RFIDs implanted in their triceps.
Coming from a spying company, it’s almost like asking if you’d like your Orwell with a little Orwell on top.
Don’t get me wrong: becoming a cyborg sounds pretty awesome.
It’s a fairly popular pastime for DEF CON attendees who like their hackery edge-play to get a souvenir implant while at the conference.
But those people are hackers, and they know what they’re getting into.
And I’m just that annoying person worried about normal people not knowing how they can get pwned, and who has a few irritating questions about personal security and privacy.
What could possibly go wrong?
If you take a shower 5 times per week, you spend about 35 hours a year in there.
That’s a lot of standing around naked under the water.
Recently, creative mastermind Chaz Hutton (previously here and here) decided to sum up his experiences in the shower in a comic, and it’s too real.
Appropriately titled “Life in the Shower,” the series takes a closer look at what’s happening and what we’re up to when cleansing ourselves.
“I lived in a place in the UK for a year that only had a bath, and so after a bath or two every day for a year I’m kinda done with baths,” Chaz told Bored Panda.
“Give me a shower any day.” “Ideally, [a good shower is] one that has an amazing view coupled with the risk that someone might accidentally look the other way through the same window.” Chaz admitted he has experienced all of the moments featured in the series.
“I came up with the idea for this comic while having a shower and thinking about how I had no ideas for any comics.” Scroll down to check out his stuff and let us know what happens in your shower.
If you’re brave enough, of course.
“Life in the Shower” is also now available as a poster over at Prinstachaaz!
Eight thousand light-years from Earth, two stars are engaged in a cosmic dance that is generating winds of 7.5 million miles per hour and sending dust swirling in brilliant, crimson trails.
The astronomers who discovered this star system have named it Apep, after the ancient Egyptian snake god and emissary of chaos.
Based on the image and the science, it’s a fitting name.
The researchers, who published their findings today in the journal Nature Astronomy, first started tracking this unidentified, very bright object in 2012, and spent years pursuing a better view in order to classify it.
After seeing it clearly for the first time using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, “I just gasped,” says Benjamin Pope, a NASA Sagan Fellow at New York University and one of the study’s authors.
It’s beautiful and, despite being incomprehensibly distant, could actually pose a remote threat to Earth.
The extremely hot, extremely massive, extremely bright stars—known as Wolf-Rayets—that compose the system are rotating far more rapidly than they’ve been known to do in our galaxy, where various conditions tend to slow them down.
Stranger still is that the dust, which is expanding outward at the relative snail’s pace of around a million miles per hour, seems to be immune to the solar wind being generated by the stars.
“It was like finding a feather caught in a hurricane just drifting along at a walking pace,” said coauthor Peter Tuthill, of the University of Sydney, in a release.
The likeliest explanation for this discrepancy, writes Pope in an email, is a countervailing slow wind from the star system’s equator.
Recent wildfires across the state of California have claimed 80 lives so far, making it the nation’s deadliest in at least a century.
There are still nearly 700 people who are unaccounted for.
The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California has also completely destroyed the town Paradise, turning it into a “toxic wasteland.” In it, however, Captain Ryan Coleman of the Fairview Valley Fire Department still managed to find a survivor.
“Kitty rescue,” he wrote on Facebook, posting its video.
“She just chilled on my neck and shoulders as I’d walk around.” Coleman posted about his first shift in the area on November 10th, sending his heart and prayers to the families that lost their homes and all the people that lost their loved ones.
“Hoping for the safety of my crew and fellow firefighters,” he added.
“I’m excited to be here helping out, and I’m ready to get started doing what we do!” As of this article, the clip of this purrfect relationship has already been viewed more than 1,7M times And people couldn’t get enough of them
Knotlike structures called skyrmions might help scientists untangle the inner workings of atomic nuclei, a new study suggests.
A skyrmion is a tiny disturbance in a substance, a swirling pattern that, like a knot, is difficult to undo.
In particular, skyrmion calculations produced misshapen nuclei.
Here’s how the idea works: Inside a nucleus, particles called pions are constantly zinging around, helping to hold the nucleus together.
In Skyrme’s original picture, protons and neutrons can be described as twists in the pion field — or skyrmions — akin to a knot tied in a piece of string.
Scientists predict that some atomic nuclei should be shaped into multiple clumps.
Including those particles in the calculations changes how the skyrmion “knot” in the field gets tied, and the shapes of the resulting nuclei, says mathematical physicist and study coauthor Paul Sutcliffe.
The idea of skyrmions caught on in other fields as well.
Researchers have long struggled to use skyrmions to study atomic nuclei, says theoretical physicist Nicholas Manton of the University of Cambridge who was not involved with the study.
But the new result “gets closer to being physically reasonable.” Eventually, such calculations might help scientists study surprising properties of certain nuclei.
This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops (also known as a batholiths) that make up Paarl Mountain, which is a granite mountain situated above the town of Paarl in the Western Cape, South Africa.
It is the second largest granite outcrop in the world, with Yosemite, USA being the largest.
Granite is an igneous rock, that is, it formed (and still forms) below the surface of the earth by crystallisation of a molten rock, known as magma.
The Paarl variety of granite belongs to a group classified as Cape Granite, known to have intruded into the crust of the earth between about 548 million years ago.
Several separate granites make up Paarl Mountain – of which five varieties have been recognised.
Laborie Granite, which is mined at the De Hoop granite quarry (located on the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain).
Bethel Dam Granite, that occurs only near the western shores of Bethel Dam.
Montvue Granite, occurs mostly along the northeastern and northern parts of Paarl Mountain.
The fifth granite type is simply known as “quartz porphyry”.
Since a VPN hides where you are, you simply get online, find a server in your home country, and connect to it to have instant access to your normal sites.
Not only will this route your connection through a private server, but it can also encrypt your data and protect you from potential data leaks or stolen information.
If you’re shopping in Germany and you have a VPN, you can switch your IP to make it seem like you’re local.
Unlock Geo-Restricted Content Did you know that Hulu and Netflix have different libraries for different countries, and what’s available in one country could be restricted in yours?
A VPN lets you switch your location from the United States to the United Kingdom or anywhere you want to stream free television shows.
You’ll be able to pick where you’d like your IP address to be located, and different VPN services offer up to 114 different countries.
This is because Google will log you as a random user with a random IP address that’s hard to trace back to you.
Avoid Getting Put on “The List” Did you download things like movies or share them through less than legal means?
By using your VPN and switching your calling country to the same country that you want to call, you can reduce your costs even further and save money each time you call.
A VPN hides your IP address and thwarts cookies, so you really will get the lowest prices available.
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