Taylor Swift is hilariously shocked when two fans get engaged at her meet-and-greet

Taylor Swift is hilariously shocked when two fans get engaged at her meet-and-greet

Taylor Swift really may have been shocked this time.
The pop icon, who is famous for seeming genuinely stunned every time she wins an award, was left open-mouthed when two fans got engaged right in front of her at a meet-and-greet during her Reputation tour.
The proposal went down Friday night at Swift’s Philadephia show.
The couple, Anthony Yannuzzi and Stephanie Pysher, say they met five years ago when Swift’s Red tour stopped in Philadelphia.
Naturally, Swift Instagrammed the happy occasion, with the hashtag #thirdwheel.
They walk into the meet and greet and he says “We met 5 years ago at the Red Tour” and then….. 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 #thirdwheel A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 13, 2018 at 10:55pm PDT Anthony had been tweeting about his plans on the sly since June 6 from @TSphilaPROPOSAL, where he urged other Swifties to help him get Taylor’s attention.
“I want to give my girlfriend the proposal of her dreams!” he wrote.
“Help me spread the word so Taylor can see this.
I know Taylor can make this night unforgettable.” It worked, though not quite in the way they expected: The couple was picked at random to participate in the meet-and-greet, meaning Swift was as surprised as Stephanie.
Now, they’re wearing matching T-shirts of the moment on Instagram: “We are back as an engaged couple!” Swift may have started something here: Mariah Carey helped one of her backup dancers get engaged onstage during her Butterfly Returns show Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor Watches World Cup Final as Vladimir Putin’s Guest

Conor McGregor Watches World Cup Final as Vladimir Putin’s Guest

Conor McGregor got to sit in on the World Cup final in person this weekend, showing up as a guest of none other than Vladimir Putin.
The UFC star posted a photo of himself Sunday alongside Russia’s president, posing like a tough guy with someone he calls “one of the greatest leaders of our time.”
Conor’s caption read … “Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.
Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin.
Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.”
Hopefully they’re both aware Russia got knocked out in the quarter finals, but that’s beside the point.
What’s important (and weird) is that Conor is super chummy with Putin … who’s known as kind of a bad dude, depending on who you talk to.
All we can say … it’s an interesting way to ring in the big baby news from this weekend.
Word to your Mother, Russia …we guess.

Bogus Production Problems Might Stop Bill & Ted 3 From Happening

Bogus Production Problems Might Stop Bill & Ted 3 From Happening

The adventures of Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan might not be continuing after all, in some of the least radical news we’ve gotten in a while.
Just a couple months ago, word was that a third Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, was a sure thing, with the main cast ready to reprise their roles as older-but-not-wiser heroes.
Now, star Keanu Reeves isn’t so sure.
Talking to Yahoo!
Entertainment, he said that, “I don’t know if [Bill & Ted 3] is a reality,” adding, “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges.” Those challenges, apparently, are the normal logistical concerns that can torpedo so many movies.
“Part of it is business stuff—financing, rights, deals.
Nothing creatively.” Friends, this is not triumphant news.
I am officially bummed.
Please, someone, let Keanu make his movie.
He deserves it.

How to Read pH Strips

How to Read pH Strips

Edit Article If you’re interested in testing the alkalinity or acidity of a liquid, you can use pH strips to help you determine the pH level.
Compare it to the colors on the pH chart that came with the strips to determine the pH level of your substance.
Some test strips only need to be left in the test liquid for about a second, while others need about 20 seconds to produce a reading.
Be sure to read the instructions to ensure that your reading will be accurate.
[2] 3 Dip one end of the test strip in the substance you want to test.
Hold the strip at one end and dip the other end in the liquid, then remove it after the appropriate length of time.
[3] You can use pH strips to test the pH level of any liquid.
Your pH strips should come with a pH color chart.
When your test strip has finished reacting, hold it up to the chart and compare the color of the strip to the color chart.
When you find the number associated with the color on the strip, you’ll have your pH reading.

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above

We are used to satellite imagery, drone photography, and of course pictures taken from airplanes.
That was all pie-in-the-sky, so to speak, in 1909.
Sure, people had used kites to take photographs from high above ground, but kites had their limitations.
The pictures the public saw at at the 1909 Dresden International Exhibition of Photography were something else.
They came about because a pigeon owner wanted to see where his birds went.
His name was Julius Neubronner, and he had a family history of using pigeons in unconventional ways.
His father, also an apothecary, received prescriptions and sent out urgent medications by pigeon.
Neubronner also relied on pigeons to replenish his stocks of medications.
But when a bird went missing for a month, Neubronner was curious to know where it had been.
While other bird-owners might consider this thought a mere flight of fancy, an unanswerable question, Neubronner took a different view: He designed a camera, one that shot automatically, for his pigeons to wear.

Girl’s Postcard to a Veteran Boasts the Simple Wisdom of Children

Girl’s Postcard to a Veteran Boasts the Simple Wisdom of Children

When a certain work assignment brought me to Nebraska for two weeks, this Canadian was given a wonderful opportunity to become immersed not only in the passion and pride of American culture, but in the generous nature of the Heartland.
I was celebrating my first ever Memorial Day when one of my local friends invited me to join her, along with many other community members, to place 900 American flags in the small town’s park before the holiday ceremony to commemorate veterans lost in war.
I enthusiastically accept her thoughtful invitation.
Following the emotional service, we wandered over to see a display of military memorabilia from the little American town.
Scattered among these reminders of the past were hundreds of postcards written to veterans by local school children.
It was quickly obvious that the teachers must have coached the children with examples of what to write, because table after table was filled with postcards that contained the same three messages – except for one that was written by a child named Emily, saying: “THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING THE GOOD.” LOOK: 15-Year-old Melts the Hearts of Airline Passengers When She Befriends Blind and Deaf Passenger I stood and stared at the postcard for a long time, contemplating this big message from such a little girl.
For me, its meaning went far beyond the original intention of the postcard.
As I absorbed Emily’s words, Mike McCardell suddenly jumped into my mind.
Mike is a reporter for a local news program in my home province of British Columbia.
For more than thirty years, Mike wrapped up the last five minutes of the six o’clock news with a feel good story, celebrating the people and places of Vancouver.

The Best Indoor HDTV Antennas

The Best Indoor HDTV Antennas

Even though cable companies offer local channels as part of their packages, they typically compress the video for those channels.
Best Overall Indoor Antenna: Channel Master FLATenna 35 ($19) Anyone looking to cut the cord probably doesn’t want to spend that much on any extra hardware.
The standard model FLATenna is good for 35 miles of range, meeting or beating other well-reviewed antennas at twice the price.
Best Amplified Indoor Antenna: ClearStream Eclipse Amplified ($56) If you’re at the outskirts of your metro area, your antenna might need a little extra oomph to pull in strong station signals.
The ClearStream Eclipse is a solid pick in the first place, but pulls ahead of the pack in this bundle that adds a 20db in-line electrical amplifier.
If you need anything longer, you’ll have to go for an exterior model.
The circular antenna looks appealing on its own, but if you’d like something a little more subtle, it’s reversible with white or black faces that can also take standard indoor wall paint.
This variant on ClearStream’s indoor design is for you.
Best Budget Indoor Antenna: 1byone Digital Indoor ($10) This basic antenna isn’t as flexible or as powerful as the other models on this list, but at just ten bucks, it’s a cord-cutting TV option that anyone can afford.
If you need a little more range without stretching your budget much further, an amplified upgrade costs just six bucks more, which should be good for up to fifty miles without any major obstructions to the signal tower.

Thai Boys Cry As They Pay Respects To Navy Seal Who Died Trying To Save Them

Thai Boys Cry As They Pay Respects To Navy Seal Who Died Trying To Save Them

The 12 boys evacuated from the flooded cave in Thailand have paid their respects to the brave Navy Seal who lost his life trying to save them.
The boys and their soccer coach were not told that Petty Officer Saman Kunan had drowned ahead of their dramatic three-week rescue.
But now doctors have decided the boys are healthy enough to know of the 37-year-old’s personal sacrifice for them. “All of the boys cried and were in tears when they found out,” said Dr. Jesada Chockbamrungsuk, who is in charge of their treatment. “The survivors expressed their thanks to the Thai Navy Seal by bowing to his picture.
The boys all promised to be a good person and lead a good life to honor him.
We told them about the death of Navy Seal Kunan as part of the process of preparing the boys to go back home and to lead normal lives.”
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to Kunan at a special ceremony attended by high ranking military officials and a representative of the king at the Wat Ban Nong Khu temple in his home town of Chatuphak Piman yesterday.
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How an Army of Suffragettes Helped Save America From Starvation

How an Army of Suffragettes Helped Save America From Starvation

During World War I, the US struggled with getting food to soldiers fighting overseas.
Meanwhile, there was a shortage of men to work the farms because they were busy fighting.
That’s when activist women stepped in.
Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the Woman’s Land Army of America to pick up the slack in working the farms of America.
In Great Britain, the government-organized Women’s Land Army had already proved women were capable at taking over farm work during the war.
All three of those efforts served as models for the Women’s Land Army of America (W.L.A.A.
At first, the plan was just to increase home farming and gardens, but soon they realized farms across the country didn’t have the laborers they needed.
Women responded, many even leaving high school to join the Woman’s Land Army.
About 15,000 women worked farms in 21 states in 1918.
-via The Week

Switching to a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Know

Switching to a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Know

First Things First: Is a Chromebook Right for You?
Before You Switch: Move All of Your Important Files to Google Drive The first thing you’ll want to do when making the jump over to a Chromebook is make all your files available across both platforms.
The app tray is the first icon in the shelf (sort if like the Windows Start Menu), where you’ll find everything that’s installed on the system.
For example, you can have most Chrome apps run in separate windows by using the “Open as window”option—this can give Chrome OS a very Windows-like feel instead of just running everything inside of a single Chrome window.
It has Google Drive baked into its core so you can access all your Drive files and folders as if they were natively stored on the Chromebook, but there is also local storage should you need something out of the cloud on onto the ‘Book’s physical drive.
The great thing about Chrome OS is how familiar it should feel, both to existing Chrome users and those who are coming from a different operating system.
There are four channels: Stable, Beta, Developer, and Canary, which each one getting progressively less and less stable.
In fact, you can run in the Stable channel, but still enable Developer Mode.
But if you’re okay with sacrificing some security, Developer Mode can unlock a lot of potential on your Chrome OS device—like the ability to sideload Android apps, use ADB and Fastboot in the Chrome Shell (crosh), or even set up Crouton—a Linux installation directly on your Chromebook you can use alongside Chrome OS.
Fortunately, Chrome OS is growing rapidly, and Google is doing a lot to make it more powerful without sacrificing a lot of the simplicity that makes it so great in the first place.

The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep

The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep

The markers included some related to A-beta plaques, as well as inflammation and the protein tau, which appears in higher levels in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
That said, most studies have a chicken-and-egg problem.
Compared with well-rested mice, sleep-deprived animals developed more than two times as many amyloid plaques over about a month, Holtzman says.
Alzheimer’s disease disrupts sleep.
A-beta levels were highest when the animals were awake but fell when the mice were sleeping (SN: 10/24/09, p. 11).
Other scientists have used brain scans to measure what happens to A-beta in people’s brains after a sleepless night.
“Five percent from one night of sleep deprivation is far from trivial.” And while the brain can likely recover with a good night’s sleep, the question is: What happens when sleep deprivation is a pattern night after night, year after year?
They set out to measure levels of A-beta in cerebrospinal fluid and markers of neuron injury in 13 volunteers, sleep deprived and not.
Maybe, she thought, the brain has “a hidden lymphatic system.” Nedergaard and colleagues decided to measure cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain.
Using data from almost 2,500 people in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine found that people with sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea showed signs of mild cognitive problems and Alzheimer’s disease at younger ages than those who did not.

Utah Gun Rights Activist Becomes Newest Member of ‘I Was Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen’ Club

Utah Gun Rights Activist Becomes Newest Member of ‘I Was Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen’ Club

Janalee Tobias, a gun rights activist from Utah, has admitted in an interview with Deseret News that she fell victim to filming a segment with Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series Who Is America?
Per Tobias’s account, she was contacted over email by a “First Freedom Television” crew, who wanted to film her and an “Israeli security expert” highlighting shared security interests between America and Israel.
Almost immediately, she says she became suspicious of the segment’s intended topic: creating a gun safety program for toddlers.
“I knew something went weird when they were putting guns inside of stuffed animals,” she told the newspaper.
“Yanalee, will you teach the boys and girls how you safely handle puppy pistol?” he told her.
“No Yanalee, I want you take the bullets and show them.
Yanalee tell them to look at the pretty colors.” “What you do is you are just feeding the puppy the puppy food and (then) show them how you are tickling the tummy and the puppy spits it out and the bad guys go away,” she said he told her.
“He’s funny OK. He’s good.
But this is not funny with guns.” … “I think the bunny gun (song) was, ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes,’” she said.
“But it was ‘Head, shoulders, not the toes, not the toes.’ … I objected the entire time, but I am sure he will not show (that).” It got progressively worse, she said.

John Mayer Roasts Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin for Steamy Hot Tub Moment on Instagram

John Mayer Roasts Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin for Steamy Hot Tub Moment on Instagram

John Mayer pointed out one kind of awkward detail about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s steamy makeout photo: the photographer was likely sitting beside them in the hot tub at the time.
“Interesting dynamic with the photographer in the hot tub,” Mayer, 40, wrote underneath the PDA-filled photo Bieber posted of himself and his fiancée on Friday.
Imagine being in a hot tub on business,” the “New Light” singer added in the comment, which was first spotted by Instagram account Comments by Celebs.
During their travel time, the “Sorry” singer and the Drop the Mic host showed off matching his and hers diamond-encrusted watches.
RELATED: Young and In Love!
Every Photo of Justin Bieber & Fiancée Hailey Baldwin Since Rekindling Their Romance Bieber confirmed their engagement on Monday in a heartfelt Instagram post, writing: “Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!
So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY.” Shortly after, Baldwin tweeted: “Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with!
No words could ever express my gratitude.” Although they’ve only been engaged for a week, the young lovers are already working on planning their nuptials.
“As of now, they want a small ceremony with their families,” a source close to Bieber previously told PEOPLE.
They are getting married for love and don’t want a flashy wedding.”

#PlaneBae: A cautionary tale about privacy when a story goes viral

#PlaneBae: A cautionary tale about privacy when a story goes viral

A woman secretly photographed on a flight to Dallas has released a statement about how she has been shamed and harassed since a fictional romance about her went viral on social media.
Parts of a conversation she had with a fellow passenger on 3 July was overheard by actress and comedian Rosey Blair and her boyfriend, who documented their interpretation of it as an unfolding romance which became known online as #PlaneBae.
But the woman says she has been hounded and doxxed – internet terminology for revealing someone’s personal information without their consent.
Report The faces of the two passengers who had unwittingly become the subject of Rosey’s story had been blurred out, but an online hunt was under way to try to identify them. “My personal information has been widely distributed online,” she said in the statement.
Embracing the media attention he was receiving, he accepted invitations to appear on US television including Good Morning America, and documented his new found fame on his own Instagram stories, even changing his social media biography to describe himself as “Plane Bae”.
However, criticism of the Plane Bae saga was getting louder, as social media users discussed its privacy and consent implications.
On Tuesday Rosey posted an apology to the woman on Twitter. “They posted images and recordings to social media, and speculated unfairly about my private conduct. “Since then, my personal information has been widely distributed online.

How to Improve Punching Speed

How to Improve Punching Speed

Edit Article Boxing takes a lot of physical and mental stamina, and in the ring, every second matters.
To improve your punching speed, work on strengthening your muscles with squats and underwater punches.
1 Strengthen your lower body by jumping, cycling, or squatting.
[1] 2 Punch through water or sandbags to increase your strength.
While in a pool, make the water your target and punch straight ahead.
The water adds resistance against your punch, similar to the way a resistance band works.
This technique will help build “muscle memory” for the punching motion while strengthening your muscles.
3 Enhance your rotational movements by doing core exercises like sit ups and push ups.
Strengthen your upper body with core exercises in order to better deliver your punch and improve speed.
Also try moving your muscles in this rotational movement by swinging a baseball bat or a golf club like you would a punch.

Drake Spits Flames During BBC Radio’s “Fire In The Booth” Freestyle Segment

Drake Spits Flames During BBC Radio’s “Fire In The Booth” Freestyle Segment

London, England – Roughly one week after dropping the “Behind Barz” freestyle, Drake has returned for another round.
On Saturday (July 14), BBC Radio 1xtra host/DJ Charlie Sloth shared a YouTube video of the Toronto superstar spitting a new freestyle for Sloth’s “Fire in the Booth” segment.
“Goldman Sachs, they wanna hold my racks/Hedge fund investors talk to Adele like he the expert/I hear it in they tone when they address him,” he raps in the first verse.
“We way too connected.
Tom Ford assistant texted asking if I want classic or double breasted, I flex with/Broad shoulders/When I walk through the halls they move over/Stories about how we handle ours start to travel like a lone soldier/I told you.” The rap powerhouse continues in verse two with, “Y’all keepin’ the score while watchin’ me score/Y’all keep the awards, I’ll take the rewards/If y’all goin’ for fun, I’ll stay and record/But if y’all goin’ to war I’m there for sure/Wouldn’t miss it … Key West retirement plan/Grippin’ the Callaway club in my hand/Hittin’ balls off of the balcony into the sand.” Drake was in London after taking DJ Khaled’s headlining spot at the Wireless Festival on Sunday (July 8).
While in town, he was spotted shooting a video on a double-decker bus, however it’s unclear for what song.
Considering he just released the 25-track Scorpion, it’s safe to assume it will be for one of those cuts.
Check out the “Fire In The Booth” freestyle above and footage of his video shoot below.
It’s just @drake filming on a bus in London.
#drake #music #video #london #doubledecker #bus #fans pic.twitter.com/MXZVG7d3IP — thelondonwhisperer (@londonwhisperer) July 12, 2018

Unidentified Plane-Bae Woman’s Statement Confirms the Worst

Unidentified Plane-Bae Woman’s Statement Confirms the Worst

Last week, an unsuspecting woman boarded a plane from New York to Dallas and switched seats with a woman named Rosey Blair, who had asked to sit next to her boyfriend.
What she didn’t know was that Blair, seated behind her, was surreptitiously photographing her and Holden’s every interaction, recording it all in a Twitter thread that went viral and garnered the hashtag #PlaneBae.
Now the woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has spoken out about her experience and the consequences she has suffered as a result.
In a statement issued through her lawyer to Business Insider she wrote: I am a young professional woman.
Since then, my personal information has been widely distributed online.
Please continue to respect my privacy, and my desire to remain anonymous.
The woman in the thread reached out to Blair directly and gave a statement to the Today show making it clear that the tweets were misleading and that she wanted to be left alone, yet Blair posted a video encouraging her followers to seek out the woman’s personal information.
Despite the fact that she did everything in her power to remain anonymous from the moment she became aware of the thread, she still had her personal information and address revealed and received so much harassment that she quit social media.
Whether she receives compensation for the damage inflicted, her saga offers a lesson about viral fame and consent.
Perhaps users will think twice about sharing a viral-romance Twitter thread again.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show offers a pointed critique of America. His targets say he’s a dishonest liberal.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show offers a pointed critique of America. His targets say he’s a dishonest liberal.

Could he come in and have an on-camera conversation with Cones?
The man was actually the British-born, Los Angeles-based comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a.k.a.
“Borat,” on a new quest to engage, expose and at times embarrass subjects around the country for a series called “Who Is America.” When the first of seven episodes debut on Showtime Sunday, viewers will get to see a fresh round of cringeworthy conversations, often with top political, media and tastemaking figures (in addition to Cones it includes Bernie Sanders, Richard B. Cheney, Ted Koppel, Trent Lott and current Republican Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and Joe Wilson).
He faked his tears?” Cones said when told by a reporter what had happened.
The first intimation of its existence came just two weeks ago when Showtime announced a mysterious series but wouldn’t say who its star was — a rarity in a time when the details of TV series are announced and followed by trade websites years in advance.
These things always come around.” Cones said a crew of about five had showed up that day in the spring of 2017.
Other bits early in the season include the gun-rights advocate Philip Van Cleave and his surrogates, such as Walsh, Wilson and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
Though liberal figures like Sanders are also duped, the butt of the joke in those instances is usually the character who interrogates them, a conspiracy-minded right-wing blogger named Billy Wayne Ruddick (also the Palin interviewer).
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Sanders says to Ruddick as he pushes an absurd scheme to raise up the disadvantaged.
Cohen appears to be opting out of all media.

13 Surprising Facts About Die Hard – On the 30th Anniversary of the Iconic Film

13 Surprising Facts About Die Hard – On the 30th Anniversary of the Iconic Film

30 years ago today, a cobbled-together action film called Die Hard was released into select US theaters.
Its success sparked a franchise of four sequels, video games, and a comic book—it also spawned a string of movies that involve a random citizen turns into a hero against overwhelming odds.
The lead villain, Hans Gruber, was played by Alan Rickman in his very first film role ever.
You might know all this already, but chances are you don’t know these interesting trivia tidbits… SPOILER Alert: Some of these facts will give away certain details of the film.
1) The script is based on Roderick Thorp’s 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, the sequel to The Detective, which was adapted for a film starring Frank Sinatra.
The studio, 20th Century Fox, was contractually obligated to offer Sinatra the lead role in Die Hard, but he turned it down.
Plus, they paid him $5 million, a figure virtually unheard of at the time for an actor who had starred in only one moderately successful film.
8) During Alan Rickman’s death scene, he was dropped on a green screen set, with cityscape to be added later.
11) The film’s final four minutes were tracked with music from two other Fox features and meant to be temporary—but they made the final cut: in the reunion scene with McClane and wife, from the film Man on Fire, and the rifle scene from the score of Aliens.
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Good News in History, July 15

Good News in History, July 15

30 years ago today, a cobbled-together action film called Die Hard was released in US theaters.
Costing $28 million, it grossed over $140 million that summer, and turned Bruce Willis—a comedic TV actor—into a blockbuster superstar.
Its success sparked a franchise of four sequels, video games, and a comic book—it also spawned a string of movies that involve a random citizen turns into a hero against overwhelming odds.
Considered a Christmas picture, Die Hard portrays off-duty NYC cop John McClane (Willis) trying to rescue his wife in a skyscraper where her office holiday party is being terrorized by gunmen.
The lead villain, Hans Gruber, was played by Alan Rickman in his first film role ever.
CHECK OUT: 13 Surprising Facts About Die Hard or WATCH the trailer below, featuring all the iconic lines… (1988) MORE Good News on this Day: The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta and it later became the key to deciphering hieroglyphics due to its inclusion of a Greek translation (1799) The Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) was first formed by William Boeing in Seattle Washington, 36 years before they would test and manufacture the first commercial jet transport airliner built in US, the 156-passenger Boeing 707 (1916) The pilot Wiley Post began the first solo flight around world (1933) 18 Nobel laureate scientists signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons and within one year 34 more –mostly chemists and physicists– joined the German nuclear scientists Otto Hahn and Max Born in calling for an end to such radioactive and perilous bombs (1955) President Richard Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China to seek a ”normalization of relations” (1971) The Mozilla (non-profit) Foundation was established to support and provide leadership for open source software, like its browser, Firefox (2003) And on this day in 1606, Rembrandt, the Dutch Master portrait painter who wanted to be the best in the world and painted not with emotion but with intellect, was born.
Signed only with his first name, his canvases were revered while he was still in his early 20’s.
Notable Birthdays: Actor Forest Whitaker (57); Guitarist Joe Satriani (62)

How to Watch France vs Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Finals Online

How to Watch France vs Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Finals Online

On Sunday, France is playing Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals, and if you want to watch the games without cable, we are here to help.
If You Have a Cable TV Login: Use the Fox Sports Go App on Almost Any Device If you have a cable subscription (or access to your parent’s cable password) you’re all set: you can watch every game of the World Cup, including the Finals, on Fox Sports Go.
Sling has apps for nearly every platform, so you can watch the games anywhere you want.
You can technically use a VPN to bypass the restrictions and access Sling from any country, but then you run into the issue of paying for Sling, which requires a valid US credit card.
If you’re outside of the UK, you’re not going to be able to access the streams, because they are geographically restricted.
You can use ExpressVPN or StrongVPN to bypass the restrictions and watch anyway by selecting a UK-based server, but it’s worth noting that at least the BBC makes efforts to block VPNs, so you’ll often need to switch servers, and it’s not a sure thing.
There’s not really a Canadian equivalent to Sling TV and services like it, so your only real option for watching every game is to pay for cable.
How to Watch the World Cup Final via Australian TV If you’re in Australia, you can watch the World Cup using SBS for free, and they not only have mobile apps, but they even have a VR app.
Note: while you can probably use a VPN to bypass restrictions and watch World Cup this way for free, if you live somewhere outside of Australia chances are good that the streaming bandwidth just won’t be fast enough.
This will let you know which TV channel has the rights to air the games, and you can check out their websites for potential streaming options.

Ex-GOP lawmaker: ‘I got duped’ by Sacha Baron Cohen

Ex-GOP lawmaker: ‘I got duped’ by Sacha Baron Cohen

series.
Walsh said this week that he was invited to receive an award for his pro-Israel views in Washington, D.C., and accepted, traveling to the nation’s capital, where he sat down with a documentary crew who asked him to endorse various Israeli innovations on camera for a segment airing this year.
Among those proposals, Walsh says, was a fake Israeli defense program that supposedly trained children as young as preschoolers to wield handguns and disarm terrorists.
“And that was an example of how Israel trains and arms preschool kids on how to use firearms, and boy shouldn’t we do that in America?” Walsh added.
“Well, this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defense,” Walsh recalled thinking at the time, he told Smerconish.
Walsh said he was put up in a hotel in D.C. and driven by limo to a studio in Virginia “all under the lie that I was getting an award from some Israeli TV station because I’m a great supporter of Israel.”
On Twitter, Walsh added that the interview brought up children defending themselves “out of the blue,” and that he was quickly rushed off set after questioning the production. “And just like that producers rushed me out of the studio as an apparent fight broke out.
But he added that Cohen’s decision to disguise himself as a disabled veteran to trick former Alaska Gov.
He did cross a line.” Palin slammed Cohen’s use of the disguise after admitting to participating in the interview.

Kate Upton announces she is expecting first child with husband Justin Verlander

Kate Upton announces she is expecting first child with husband Justin Verlander

The Sport Illustrated stunner announced that she and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, are expecting their first child.
Upton revealed the news Saturday morning on Instagram, posting a snap of herself in a red blazer and matching high-waisted slacks that highlight her growing baby bump.
A post shared by Kate Upton (@kateupton) on Jul 14, 2018 at 6:19am PDT The 26-year-old model is currently in the Sunshine State working as a mentor to younger models participating in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s #SISwimSearch event.
She’s joined by fellow models Christie Brinkley, Kate Bock and Hailey Clauson, who will meet with and guide SI Swimsuit hopefuls.
“Now more than ever, we need to celebrate smart, powerful women who are breaking boundaries, shattering glass ceilings and showing us what is possible — none more so than our incredibly talented cover star, Kate Upton,” Maxim Chief Operating Officer Robert Price said in a statement.
Upton married Verlander, 35, in Italy last November, just days after his team won the World Series.

Pete Davidson Claps Back at Troll Criticizing Ariana Grande’s Tribute to His Late Father

Pete Davidson Claps Back at Troll Criticizing Ariana Grande’s Tribute to His Late Father

The sentimental piece of jewelry — which features “8418,” the badge number worn by Scott when he died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City — wasn’t the first time the couple has honored Davidson’s father.
“So disrespectful.” Davidson quickly jumped to Grande’s defense.
“For ur information that’s not just some girl, that’s my fiancé,” Davidson wrote back in a comment screengrabbed by fans and shared on social media.
“She’s the greatest person I know.
I gave it to her because she has my heart and that is the most precious thing I own.
My dad would be so happy and love her so much.” Grande left a comment too, telling Davidson, “I love u more than anything.” RELATED VIDEO: Ariana Grande’s Tattoo Pays Tribute to Fiancé Pete Davidson’s Father, Who Died on 9/11 PEOPLE confirmed Davidson and Grande’s whirlwind engagement on June 11, just weeks after they began dating in May.
Since then, the two have been spending time in the Big Apple, where they recently moved into a new apartment together in a luxury Manhattan building.
Of course, photographers have been following their every move — catching the couple in the midst of multiple PDAs.
“I feel like I won a contest, so sick,” Davidson told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in June, gushing about Grande.
“I have everything I ever wanted.

6 Real Ways To Help An Addicted Love One

6 Real Ways To Help An Addicted Love One

Understanding Drug Addiction Before you can help your addicted loved one, you have to understand the addiction itself.
Educate Yourself About Drug Addiction The first thing you want to do is to educate yourself about drug addiction, the signs, symptoms, and the addiction process.
Offer Your Support A lot of the time, someone who has a drug addiction doesn’t understand how much they mean to their families and how much their families love them.
Let them know that you know there is a problem and that you’re going to be there to support them.
You want to have a two-way conversation where you can discuss your concerns and understand what your loved one is thinking and feeling.
You’re all there to help your loved one.
The best drug rehab treatment centers can be wonderful places for an addict to start the healing process.
Stand By Your Loved One as an Ongoing Recovery Process Rehab isn’t an instant fix.
Your family can attend a support group for families of addicts and go through a recovery process.
Additionally, these six steps can help you understand what your loved one is going through and how to help them on their recovery journey.

Taylor Swift Looks Shocked as Fans Get Engaged in Front of Her

Taylor Swift Looks Shocked as Fans Get Engaged in Front of Her

Taylor Swift showcased her signature shocked face once again and played the “third wheel” as two fans got engaged in front of her at a recent meet and greet.
A man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend at the event, which took place backstage at one of the singer’s Reputation tour concerts, and she said yes. “They walk into the meet and greet and he says, ‘We met 5 years ago at the Red Tour’ and then….. #thirdwheel,” Swift wrote on Instagram on Friday, alongside a slideshow of photos of her witnessing the proposal.
In 2017, Kelly Clarkson had witnessed a fan’s proposal to his boyfriend at her own meet and greet, which she helped arrange.
Swift had performed on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and visited her childhood home in Reading during her recent trip to the state.
The singer is set to perform a second concert in Philadelphia on Saturday before heading to Cleveland next week.

How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google’s phone app

How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google’s phone app

Image: Getty Images.justin sullivan Google just gave us another good reason to use its phone app: better protection from spam callers.
The company’s phone app for Android has a new setting that can automatically detect spam calls and send them straight to voicemail so your phone never even rings.
The app now has a “filter suspected spam call” option in its settings.
When enabled, suspected spam calls will be routed straight to your phone’s voicemail.
Your phone won’t ring, and you won’t get a missed call notification.
If the caller does leave a voicemail, you also won’t get a notification, though you’ll have the ability to view missed calls and voicemails that have been “filtered.”
To enable the setting, you first need to make sure you have Google’s phone app installed (it comes standard on some phones, like the Pixel, but for some phones you’ll need to download it separately and set it as your default phone app).
Then, simply go to Settings -> Caller ID & spam -> Filter suspected spam calls.
Of course, robocallers are only getting more and more sophisticated, so even Google may not be able to catch all the offenders.
But the app also provides a way to report phone numbers that may have made it through its systems, so future calls may be easier to block.

3 ways regulations need to change for the drone industry to take off

3 ways regulations need to change for the drone industry to take off

The industry is forecast to reach $100 billion market opportunity by 2020 (Goldman Sachs).
The drone industry could impact our day to day lives through applications in search and rescue, healthcare, humanitarian aid, package delivery, and security.
In order for the industry to thrive and advance to the next stage of invention and adoption, the following three conditions need to change.
The FAA needs to enforce safety guidelines for consumer and commercial drone operators One of the first changes that must occur before the drone economy can scale is the implementation and enforcement of safety guidelines across consumer and commercial drone operators.
Manned aircraft pose a greater risk and resources are actively focused on this in place of drone regulation enforcement.
To that end, the FAA uses a compliance method that favors issuing “compliance actions” which offer education along with corrections.
“Administrative actions” and “enforcement actions” are the more severe options which involve a letter of correction or warning and civil penalties or revoked license respectively.
Beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations need to be tested and approved Secondly, it is critical for commercial operators and businesses to be able to engage in beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations, which are currently banned with the need for a waiver to authorize such flight.
The ability to fly drones BVLOS represents the next big opportunity for commercial drone operators.
The UAS IPP allows select state, local and tribal governments to partner with commercial drone operators and businesses to accelerate the safe UAS integration through BVLOS, low altitude flight and night-flying.

Amazon ‘Prime Day’ 2018: The Best Weekend Deals So Far

Amazon ‘Prime Day’ 2018: The Best Weekend Deals So Far

Amazon Prime Day 2018 officially begins on Monday, July 16th but as my Early Live Deals Guide showed many of the best are already available.
And now Amazon has added more for the weekend… This post was created by the Contributor in partnership with BestBlackFriday, which specializes in holiday season sales.
The deals highlighted within this post were independently selected by the Contributor and do not contain affiliate links.
Live Prime Exclusive Deals These deals are not specifically tied to Prime Day, but they are all live now and only available to Prime members: Live Prime Day-Like Deals Amazon has also unveiled solid deals which are available to non-Prime members: Certified Refurbished Kindle E-reader for $59.99 (save $15), Warning: the non-refurbished version will likely be cheaper on Prime Day – product link Amazon Prime Day 2018 – Confirmed Upcoming Deals While Amazon announced it will have over a million deals globally on Prime Day, many of them remain a mystery.
Note: These deals are not live yet but have been provided by Amazon in its Back-To-School and Off-To-College Deals for Prime Day press release.
The product links are provided for your convenience and I expect these deals to go live on or before Prime Day officially starts at 3pm ET Monday.
Black Friday data is provided by BestBlackFriday.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet for $89.99 (save $40) – same price as Black Friday last year – product link Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet for $69.99 (save $30) – same price as Black Friday last year – product link Echo Dot Kids Edition for $59.99 (save $20) – lowest price to date – product link 32-inch Smart TV for $129.99 – no confirmed model, but this is comparable to the best Black Friday deal from last year 40-inch Smart TV for $194.99 – no confirmed model, but this is $15 more than a comparable Black Friday deal from last year Select SanDisk memory products for up to 40% off – this is 5% better than what Amazon offered on Black Friday last year for SanDisk memory products – product link Select monitors, laptops and routers for up to 35% off – similar deal to what Amazon offered on Black Friday last year And remember, this is just the start.
I am tracking the best Amazon’s best deals throughout Prime Day 2018, so hit the ’Follow’ button on my page to stay in the loop with my daily updates.
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Google Chrome Has A Nasty Surprise

Google Chrome Has A Nasty Surprise

’s commitment to keeping it seamlessly updated with essential fixes and optimisations, but now the company has admitted Chrome’s latest upgrade comes with an unavoidable nasty surprise… ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.
For a browser whose biggest failing has long been its excessive memory consumption (1,2,3,4,5), this is the last thing users will want.
Especially those with older systems and less RAM.
The last of these could be particularly impacted as Chrome OS systems often ship with only 4-8GB of RAM.
So why has Google done this?
It’s all in the name of security.
The new, more bloated Chrome contains a feature called ‘Site Isolation’ which combats the serious Spectre vulnerability which exposes computers at a chip level.
“It simply offers more protection between websites behind the scenes.
Reis says Site Isolation will be enabled for 99% of users across all platforms with just 1% held back as a test group.
In a tweet, Google Chrome security specialist Justin Schuh says a version is being made for Android but has yet to be shipped due to “resource consumption issues.” Ultimately, Google is right to do everything in its power to mitigate Spectre.

Explore Low-Energy Bluetooth by Gaming

Explore Low-Energy Bluetooth by Gaming

For several years now, a more energy-efficient version of Bluetooth has been available for use in certain wireless applications, although it hasn’t always been straightforward to use.
Luckily now there’s a development platform for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) from Texas Instruments that makes using this protocol much easier, as [Markel] demonstrates with a homebrew video game controller.
The core of the project is of course the TI Launchpad with the BLE package, which uses a 32-bit ARM microcontroller running at 48 MHz.
For this project, [Markel] also uses an Educational BoosterPack MKII, another TI device which resembles an NES controller.
To get everything set up, though, he does have to do some hardware modifications to get everything to work properly but in the end he has a functioning wireless video game controller that can run for an incredibly long time on just four AA batteries.
If you’re building a retro gaming console, this isn’t too bad a product to get your system off the ground using modern technology disguised as an 8-bit-era controller.
If you need some inspiration beyond the design of the controller, though, we have lots of examples to explore.

Implementing AI In Customer Service? Try Consulting A Triangular Model Of Agent-Bot-Customer Harmony

Implementing AI In Customer Service? Try Consulting A Triangular Model Of Agent-Bot-Customer Harmony

I find myself make these points over and over because, as a customer service and customer experience consultant, I hate to see my clients chase promising new technology and channels of engagement without the nuanced implementation and integration necessary.
At the second point of the triangle is the chatbot.
At the third point of the triangle is the agent.
That’s where the agent comes in—not with the bot “handing it over” to the agent, but with the bot continuing to assist the agent, in one of two ways, says Lester: “The AI-powered bot can then continue to support the customer conversation and if the customer asks a question the bot knows the answer to–the trackable status of a shipment, for example–the bot can automatically insert those tracking results into the conversation and free the agent to focus on more important things or work with more customers simultaneously.
Similarly, the bot, interacting behind the scenes with the agent, can be making recommendations such as, ‘Based on what they’re talking about, I think the best approach for them is X.’ Then, the agent can either insert that recommendation verbatim or reword it in a more empathic manner.” Consider this hypothetical conversation between the customer of a financial institution and an AI-powered bot and a human agent.
Customer.
Bot: Let me get you to an agent who can help you with this.
Let’s see what we have as far as addresses for your institution.
Agent: We have found an address in Orlando that may work for you.
We would always recommend checking with your institution, but the address we have found is an official on-record address for the external institution so it should work.

At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior

At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior

While Mr. Khosrowshahi has made many adjustments to the company in recent months and employees have said Uber has stabilized, internal issues — particularly around diversity — persist.
Mr. Harford, 46, who has been meeting more frequently with Uber’s chief diversity officer, has committed to Mr. Khosrowshahi that he will improve his “blind spots” and undergo coaching, Uber executives said.
We’ll make mistakes along the way, but one thing is certain: We will improve, substantially.” Changing a company’s workplace culture is difficult, and other recent incidents at Uber underscore that it is a work in progress.
On Tuesday, Liane Hornsey, chief people officer and one of Uber’s top female executives, resigned after allegations that she disparaged other executives, mistreated subordinates and ignored complaints about workplace discrimination.
Other female executives have also left Uber in recent months.
They remained in touch after Mr. Harford left Expedia to run Orbitz in 2009, and again after Expedia acquired Orbitz in 2015.
Mr. Harford became a sponsor of an internal group of female employees called Women of Uber, and he was essentially designated to advocate for the group.
But at one meeting this year with the group, he made a series of comments that some felt were insensitive toward women, two employees said.
Several Uber employees said they had grown concerned that a second in command who was habitually insensitive to issues of gender and race might damage Uber’s ability to promote, hire and retain women and minorities.
Among the top questions — which included concerns about Ms. Hornsey’s departure — one stood out, according to two people who reviewed the list: With not any more women on Uber’s executive leadership team than there were a year ago, how can employees expect diversity and inclusion to change?

The fact that we want blockchain to solve every problem is a problem

The fact that we want blockchain to solve every problem is a problem

Lorien Gamaroff, CEO of BankyMoon, thinks that cryptocurrencies are the only viable application of blockchain currently, and this is where the work at polishing blockchain potential should all be put.
“First, there will be no “killer app” for blockchain technology.
The cryptocurrency revolution, or at least the Bitcoin one, has picked up some of the hype and attention from ‘modern society’.
“One can quite reasonably argue that the closest things that we will ever have to “killer apps” are precisely those apps that have already been done and recited and sensationalized ad nauseam: censorship resistance for Wikileaks and Silk Road,” Buterin adds.
There have been other examples where Blockchain and their associated cryptocurrencies have started laying a path in the financial sectors, such as speeding up cross-border payments, even helping with inter-bank payments with regards to the Ripple Cryptocurrency.
However, as the ecosystem has expanded, smaller companies and startups have built up the popularity of ICOs.
Gamaroff believes that cryptocurrencies got Blockchain technology this far, and now, instead of diversifying its use – spreading it too thin – there needs to be a concerted effort to ‘take the next step.’ “Cryptocurrency is the killer app for blockchain,” Gamaroff went on.
The mass market has started entering the cryptocurrency space, but many do not know what they are doing, or even what it is.
Many of those who were very much part of the development of the popular blockchains today are still of the opinion that development is hurtling along.
“That’s where we are seeing real applications making that final leap to deployable products and services”, Todd said.

Bandpass Filters from the CNC Mill

Bandpass Filters from the CNC Mill

A bandpass allows a certain electrical signal to pass while filtering out undesirable frequencies.
In a speaker bandpass, the mid-range speaker doesn’t receive tones meant for the tweeter or woofer.
Most of the time, this filtering is done with capacitors to remove low frequencies and inductors to remove high frequencies.
In radio, the same concept applies except the frequencies are usually much higher.
[The Thought Emporium] is concerned with signals above 300MHz and in this range, a unique type of filter becomes an option.
The microstrip filter ignores the typical installation of passive components and uses the copper planes of an unetched circuit board as the elements.
A nice analogy is drawn in the video, which can also be seen after the break, where the copper shapes are compared to the music tuning forks they resemble.
The elegance of these filters is their simplicity, repeatability, and reproducability.
In the video, they are formed on a CNC mill but any reliable PCB manufacturing process should yield beautiful results.
At the size these are made, it would be possible to fit these filters on a business card or a conference badge.

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