Tara Reid Removed From Plane Over Pre-Flight ”Disturbance”

Tara Reid Removed From Plane Over Pre-Flight ”Disturbance”

Tara Reid was removed from a flight to New York City after causing a “disturbance” prior to takeoff, E!
News can confirm.
According to TMZ, the actress boarded the plane and reportedly took her seat, only to realize it was not a window seat as she thought it would be.
She then complained about not having a pillow and feeling cramped since the person in the seat in front of her was reclined.
Flight attendants tried to resolve the issue, but to no avail.
A crew member eventually asked her and her dog to leave the plane once the pilot returned to the gate.
Once she deplaned, “The flight redeparted for New York following a short delay”, said a Delta spokesperson.
In August, the American Pie actress sparked some concern after appearing in a bizarre interview, where she appeared to be slurring her words.
In response to the controversy she released a statement, which read: “While it’s unfortunate to see some of the recent negative press following a successful week of promoting and supporting the film, I’m happy to know that my fans continue to stand by me — this is for them!”
In addition to thanking her fans, Reid added, “I am in great spirits and health and I look forward to my future projects and what’s in store for me next.”

In Case You Were Wondering, Here’s How Long It’s Been Since Harry and Meghan’s Big Day

In Case You Were Wondering, Here’s How Long It’s Been Since Harry and Meghan’s Big Day

With the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are going to welcome their first baby next year, we’re feeling nostalgic about Harry and Meghan’s bona fide fairy tale of a relationship.
If you’re trying to remember when exactly they tied the knot, we’ve got your answer — plus some other memorable milestones in their relationship!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel (the same venue where Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie just wed Jack Brooksbank).
Just prior to their wedding, the queen gave Prince Harry the title of Duke of Sussex, making his new wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
At the time of their wedding in May, Harry and Meghan had been dating for nearly two years.
The duo famously met on a blind date that was set up by a mutual friend in the Summer of 2016, and their relationship went public later that year when the royal family had to issue a statement about the harassment Meghan was facing.
They dated for over a year, and on Nov. 27, 2017, their engagement was announced.
In the six months between their engagement and the wedding, Meghan learned to assimilate into the royal family, learning protocol and even picking up a hint of a British accent, and all the while being ridiculously photogenic and adorable.
Here’s to many more years for these royals!
Image Source: Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty

‘The Voice’ Recap: Blind Auditions End, Battle Round Commences

‘The Voice’ Recap: Blind Auditions End, Battle Round Commences

The Blind Auditions concluded on The Voice season 15 tonight, with coaches Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton making their final turns of the season.
After the first hour, the Battle Round began, bringing on this season’s mentors: Keith Urban for Team Blake, Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly, Halsey from Team Jennifer, and Cee Lo Green for Team Adam.
She got turns from Shelton and Hudson, and Clarkson was especially bummed that her team was full.
Cain joined Team Blake, filling the team.
His voice was what Hudson was waiting for.
She turned and chose him as the last artist to fill her team.
Clarkson ended up choosing Raymond, leaving Redd on the chopping block.
Redd chose Team Jennifer and hopefully will have better luck on that team.
Team Blake and his mentor Urban were up next, pairing together Michael Lee and Joey Green for a performance of “A Thing Called Love” by Bonnie Raitt.
So in the end, only one artist was eliminated from the first round of Battles.

7 Fascinating Facts About Author Roald Dahl

7 Fascinating Facts About Author Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach.
The Witches.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
One man was responsible for those tales and many more that we devoured during our childhoods (and after): Roald Dahl.
Although he passed away nearly 30 years ago, Dahl remains a literary giant that kids and adult still read on a regular basis.
He crashed his plane in Libya during the war, and the experience inspired him to start writing.
Forester interviewed Dahl about his experiences in the war.
Dahl’s first children’s book was inspired by his time in the military Dahl’s book The Gremlins was published in 1942 and was about a bunch of mischievous creatures who mess with the Royal Air Force’s planes.
The rights for the story were purchased by Disney, but it was never made into a film.
He wrote a lot of stories for adults Dahl is best known for his children’s books, but he also wrote for Harper’s, The New Yorker, and even Playboy.

Doctors Reveal the Weirdest Things They’ve Ever Found in a Human Body

Doctors Reveal the Weirdest Things They’ve Ever Found in a Human Body

Doctors see a lot of odd things.
Apparently it’s not the most incredibly rare thing, but it is the weirdest anomaly I’ve seen thus far.
“Weirdest thing was in a woman’s intestine- a dead mouse.
A tough situation “She isn’t dead, but this week i saw a patient with endometriosis in her lungs.
Somehow, womb-lining cells had travelled to her thorax and colonised on the lung.
Patient was impaled by a spear gun.
He actually held this 6 ft long spear going through his body and walked into the emergency room by himself.
I also had to remove a nail from a guy’s head.
I kid you not, we have no idea how it got in him but it was definitely there.” 14.
Ask man about it, he says he has no idea.

DIY Wire Bender Gets Wires All Bent Into Shape

DIY Wire Bender Gets Wires All Bent Into Shape

And as with all wire bending machines, it’s fun to watch it in action, which you can do in the video below along with seeing the step-by-step construction.
It also uses a single 12 volt supply for all the motors, and the Arduino that acts as the brains.
The 5 volts for the one servo motor is converted from 12 using an LM7805 voltage regulator.
The bender isn’t without some issues though, such as that there’s no automatic method for giving it bending instructions.
In manual mode, you give it simple commands from a serial terminal.
However, it would be only one step more to get those same commands from a file, or perhaps even convert from G-code or some other format.
Another issue is that the wire straightener puts too much tension on the wire, preventing the feeder from being able to pull the wire along.
Sadly, the blog entries we linked to no longer work but a search shows that their instructable is still up if you want to check out their feeder parts.
As for the applications, we can think of sculpting, fractal antennas, tracks for marble machines, and really anything which could use a wireframe for its structure.
Ideas anyone?

Degaussing Coil To Restore Gameplay Like It’s 1985

Degaussing Coil To Restore Gameplay Like It’s 1985

You may think that cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs and monitors have gone the way of the dinosaur, but you’d be wrong.
Sadly, it stood out particularly well against the game’s blue background.
His solution was to make a degaussing coil.
We have an article explaining degaussing in detail but in brief, the red was caused by that area of the metal shadow mask at the front of the display becoming magnetized by the lightning strike.
One way to get rid of the red area is to bring a coil near it and gradually move the coil away.
It’s a little cartoonish but the details are all there, along with the necessary safety warnings.
His degaussing coil definitely qualifies as a hack.
The coil itself came from a 15″ CRT monitor and his on/off switch came from a jigsaw.
A 100 watt light bulb serves as a resistance to minimize current and if more or less current is needed then the bulb can be swapped for one with a different wattage.
To demonstrate it in action and give a few more construction details, we’ve included a second video below by [Arcade Jason] who made his for degaussing arcade game screens.

Salesforce certification guide: Your path to a lucrative career

Salesforce certification guide: Your path to a lucrative career

From software developers, to solutions architects, to project managers and marketing and sales professionals, Salesforce skills pay off for a wide array of roles.
Career benefits of Salesforce certification “Salesforce certifications offer three big value adds,” Humphrey says.
“The demand from the market is really high — demand for developers who can build on and around existing Salesforce platforms, Salesforce administrators, project managers with Salesforce experience, Salesforce training specialists, Salesforce solution architects,” Neuenfeldt says.
Salesforce Certified Administrator Candidates should have extensive knowledge of Salesforce customization and configuration and be skilled at managing users and getting the most out of the platform’s capabilities.
Salesforce Certified Platform Application Builder The Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder credential requires the ability to design, build and implement custom applications on the Force.com platform.
Price: $200; retake fee, $100 Prerequisites: None Salesforce developer certifications Salesforce developer credentials are for professionals with knowledge, skills and experience building custom declarative and programmatic applications on the Force.com platform.
Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I To pass this exam, candidates must know how to design the data model, user interface, business logic, and security for custom applications, and be able to develop custom applications using Apex and Visualforce.
Price: $200; retake fee, $100 Prerequisites: None Recommended courses: Programmatic Development Using Apex and Visualforce, Certification Preparation for Platform Develop I Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II Candidates must be experts in the advanced programmatic capabilities of the Force.com platform and data modeling so they can develop complex business logic and interfaces on the platform.
The essay exam consists of three questions related to the programming assignment solution that candidates must complete in 60 minutes in a proctored environment.
At the base level are several designer-related certifications: Certified Data Architecture and Management Designer Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer Certified Identity and Access Management Designer Certified Integration Architecture Designer Certified Mobile Solutions Architecture Designer Architects who have earned a specific set of certifications from the Designer, Developer and App Builder tracks can then pursue a Domain Architect certification as either Application Architects or System Architects.

Facebook Hack Included Search History and Location Data of Millions

Facebook Hack Included Search History and Location Data of Millions

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said Friday that an attack on its computer systems that was announced two weeks ago had affected 30 million users, about 20 million fewer than it estimated earlier.
Detailed information was stolen from the Facebook profiles of about 14 million of the 30 million users.
Users’ names and contact information like telephone numbers were stolen from an additional 15 million profiles, Facebook said.
The security tokens of about one million other people were stolen, but hackers did not get their profile information, the company said.
The hackers did not gain access to account passwords or credit card information, Facebook said.
“We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed,” Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post on Friday.
On Thursday, Facebook disclosed that it had removed hundreds of accounts and pages used to spread disinformation in the United States.
The breach could affect users’ willingness to use Facebook products.
Facebook fixed the bugs and alerted users on Sept. 28 that the accounts of about 50 million users had been compromised.
In the days since, Facebook has scrambled to figure out how things went wrong, who could be responsible for the attack and what the attackers planned to do with the information.

Shedding A Bit Of Light On Some Logic

Shedding A Bit Of Light On Some Logic

When it comes to logic technologies, we like to think we’ve seen them all here at Hackaday.
But our community never ceases to surprise us with its variety and ingenuity, so it should be a surprise that [Dr Cockroach] has delivered one we’ve not seen before.
Light logic doesn’t use the conventional active devices you’d expect such as transistors, tubes, or even relays.
Instead, it uses LEDs and CdS cells to make rudimentary switches.
So far there is a NAND, a NOR, and a set-reset latch that appears in the video below the break, and it is not inconceivable that much more complex devices could be crafted.
The CdS cell switch is not too far different in operation to a transistor, with the CdS cell forming half of a potential divider as a rough equivalent of a collector-emitter circuit, and the LED feeding its light to the cell and forming a rough equivalent of a base circuit.
It would probably not form a very good analog of a transistor and it seems likely that is will not be the fastest of devices, but we applaud the ingenuity in coming up with it.
CdS cells are a component that seems almost to come from another era, redolent of childhood electronic kits from days of yore.
It’s no surprise we don’t see them too often, though, they pop up in the occasional automatic sunglasses.

Adobe to finally bring the ‘real’ Photoshop to iPads

Adobe to finally bring the ‘real’ Photoshop to iPads

Adobe revealed at its MAX event that a new Photoshop would be coming for iPads — and not just any old defrocked mobile version.
No, the “real” Photoshop will be available for your iPad sometime next year.
We first heard rumors that Adobe was going to attempt to bring full-bore Photoshop to Apple’s tablet earlier this year.
Photoshop CC on iPad, though, is using the same code as the desktop version, and will save projects in the same .psd file format.
The app will be synced with the desktop, meaning you can resume work on projects began on one with the other.
According to Pam Clark, Adobe’s product manager for Photoshop, the process of using both is meant to be seamless: Anything you do on the iPad is seamlessly synced to the desktop, so you can now use the best device for the task you want to accomplish with no compromises.
No exporting, importing, converting to different formats, or fixing whatever didn’t properly convert.
It looks fairly similar to the core Photoshop layout, though there’s always a chance some tools will be lost in translation.
Adobe revealed its also working on a new drawing app called Project Gemini.
Since Adobe specified the app was coming “first to iPad,” there’s a chance it could be available for Android devices at some point in the future.

Trump-themed dating app leaks users’ personal data

Trump-themed dating app leaks users’ personal data

It turns out that Donald Daters, a dating app targeted at those whose attempts at love have been stymied by their support for Donald Trump, has been leaking all kinds of user data.
Security researcher Baptiste Robert discovered the vulnerability, tweeting his findings on Monday afternoon.
And they don’t look good.
Robert was able to find users’ names, photos, personal messages, and the tokens needed to “steal their session” — i.e. log in as them.
Robert shared his finding with Motherboard, which was able to independently verify most of his claims.
According to Motherboard, an “apparently misconfigured database” is likely at fault.
Donald Daters bills itself as a safe space free from the judgement of liberals. “Donald Daters is an American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike,” reads the app’s description.
SEE ALSO: Team Trump tried to diss Obama in its website code, but couldn’t even get that right The app’s privacy policy notes that by logging in with your Facebook account, you give Donald Daters “permission to gather information and photos of your Facebook friends who might be common Facebook friends with other Donald Daters users.”
So hey, all you upset Donald Daters out there, you can’t say they didn’t warn you.

Infosys Built Its Global Machine With Indian Workers. Can It Adjust to Trump’s ‘Hire American’?

Infosys Built Its Global Machine With Indian Workers. Can It Adjust to Trump’s ‘Hire American’?

When Infosys, a big Indian technology outsourcing company, opened a new office in Indianapolis this year, executives hailed it as a step along a new path.
But Infosys made the biggest, most public commitment to building up its work force in the United States, when the company declared last year that it would hire 10,000 workers in America by sometime in 2019.
Infosys says it has hired more than 5,800 American workers.
About two-thirds of the Infosys workers in America, they say, have been Indians with skilled-worker visas.
In 2013, Infosys paid $34 million in a civil settlement with the Justice Department and other federal agencies, which accused the company of systemic abuse of visa rules, including on B-1 visas meant for short trips for training or attending conferences.
One current and two former Infosys employees, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified, said federal investigators had questioned them in recent months about the company’s visa handling.
Programming work done in India, analysts estimate, is twice as profitable as writing code in America.
The Indian employees working at United States companies are often there mainly to understand customer needs and communicate with the large teams back in India.
“They’re hiring here,” he said.
Mr. Smith, the recent recruit who was hired last October, spent his first two months in an intensive training program, honing his skills in several programming languages and developer tools.

Uber And Lyft Plan To Offer Free And Discounted Rides On Election Day

Uber And Lyft Plan To Offer Free And Discounted Rides On Election Day

With less than a month until the 2018 midterms, ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have announced plans to offer free and discounted rides to the polls.
In partnership with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works, Uber will provide free rides to those who need transportation on Nov. 6.
Customers will also be able to use the ‘Get to the polls’ button in their app to find their closest polling location.
“Decisions get made by those who show up,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.
“On November 6, I hope everyone does one thing: vote!” As previously reported by HuffPost, Lyft will also offer free and discounted rides on Election Day.
Voters nationwide are eligible for a half-off coupon code through voter registration groups, including Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote and TurboVote.
Nonpartisan groups, such as Voto Latino, Urban League and the National Federation for the Blind, also intend to help voters catch free Lyft rides to the polls in communities where they provide services.
In separate media releases, both companies have clarified that their offers are “not intended to induce, nor it is conditioned on, the act of voting, refraining from voting or voting for or against any particular candidate, political party or measure.” We’re popping our bubble and dare you to do the same.
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Facebook will delete posts that spread voting misinformation this election

Facebook will delete posts that spread voting misinformation this election

Facebook today announced it’s tackling the most basic form of fake news to circulate around the time of an election: Voter misinformation and anything that might keep users away from the voting booths this fall.
Specifically, the company revealed it would be removing posts that encourage “voter suppression” — anything that might deter or prevent people from voting.
So posts that imply others shouldn’t vote, or attempting to feed them incorrect information on the voting process in their region, would fall into that category.
According to Jessica Leinwand, the company’s public policy manager, basic misinformation about voting booths, voting dates, and the like are already against the site’s rules.
Facebook has introduced a new reporting option so that users can get in on the cleanup as well.
Facebook is waging an ongoing war against political misinformation — perhaps in part as an act of penance for its role in the spreading of same in the 2016 election.
Mark Zuckerberg recently published a lengthy screed about the role Facebook played in the prevention — or lack thereof — of election interference and essentially asked for help managing this year.
This new reporting option is presumably part of that effort to get more help in deterring would-be election interference.
That said, Facebook seems to be doing at least a passable job by itself.
Recent data breach notwithstanding, the site’s anti-fake news minions recently removed hundreds of pages and accounts that were spreading misinformation.

WWE superstars reportedly uncomfortable about performing in Saudi Arabia

WWE superstars reportedly uncomfortable about performing in Saudi Arabia

WWE has come under fire for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, where it plans to hold a wrestling event next month — and now superstars are reportedly having second thoughts about performing there.
The country’s “poor record with human rights” was also cited as a reason for not wanting to step inside the squared circle.
Despite the unrest, WWE appears to be sticking to its guns.
“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers as we continue to monitor the situation,” the company said in a statement to The Post on Monday.
Some of the company’s biggest stars are slated to be there — including former UFC champion Brock Lesnar, current Universal champ Roman Reigns and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who is coming out of retirement.
The shows are part of a 10-year, multi-million dollar deal between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
They became the target of a blistering, 18-minute report on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” this past Sunday — which also covered the ongoing political tensions between the US and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Khashoggi situation.
Describing the “Greatest Royal Rumble” event, Oliver said: “Audiences around the world were treated to wall-to-wall propaganda about the new Saudi Arabia, including a video showing women happily driving, men dancing, and tourist-destination beauty shops, as well as constant excited compliments throughout the broadcast.” Oliver, specifically, called out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — also known as MBS — for attempting to paint a portrait of a more progressive nation.
“The truth is, MBS is far from the political reformer that he’s been presented as.
Several senators have come forward and urged WWE to scrap the Crown Jewel event — and its agreement with Saudi Arabia entirely — in the wake of Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged murder.

Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana’s Jewelry on First Royal Outing Since Pregnancy Announcement

Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana’s Jewelry on First Royal Outing Since Pregnancy Announcement

Meghan Markle paid tribute to Princess Diana on her first public appearance with Prince Harry since her pregnancy announcement on Monday.
Following the news that they’re expecting their first child this spring, Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were photographed out in Sydney, Australia after arriving Sunday as part of their first royal tour.
For the outing, Meghan opted for a fitted white sleeveless dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.
She paired the timeless look with a pair of butterfly earrings previously worn by Princess Diana, according to fan account Meghan’s Mirror, during a trip to Canada on May 3, 1986 — a year after she gave birth to Harry.
The fan account also pointed out that Meghan was spotted in Diana’s gold bracelet, which Diana wore while visiting the Lord Gage Centre for Old People, a Guinness Trust Home, in Newham, East London in 1990.
This wouldn’t be the first time the former Suits actress honored the late princess.
For Meghan and Prince Harry‘s wedding reception on May 19, Meghan wore Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring on her right hand as she stepped out in a custom silk Stella McCartney evening dress.
Diana famously wore the emerald cut Aquamarine stunner to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997.
The jewel is part of a set — the other piece is an aquamarine bracelet, where it’s connected by five strands of pearls.
She wore both to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle All Smiles On Heels of Pregnancy News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle All Smiles On Heels of Pregnancy News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are all smiles Down Under on the heels of their pregnancy announcement … but royal watchers might say something’s missing.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit up Australia Monday on the first day of their royal tour there … no doubt still sporting wide grins after Kensington Palace announced earlier in the day they’re expecting baby no.
1.
The former “Suits” star is due sometime next spring … around their one-year anniversary.
We know what everyone wants to see, but it just ain’t there yet — the royal baby bump.
Harry and Meghan — who will be Down Under for the next 16 days — started their tour at Admiralty House and a meeting with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.
He’s no fool, Cosgrove had some Aussie themed baby gifts … a pair of baby Ugg boots and a stuffed kangaroo.
As we reported … Victoria is the odds-on favorite name, at 8/1, if it’s a girl.
Leading boy names are Albert/Arthur/Philip … all at 10/1.
Remember to bet responsibly.

How to Keep in Touch with a Friend

How to Keep in Touch with a Friend

You and your friend will likely have busy schedules, but you can make plans to call each other regularly.
Work out a time that is best for both of you via text or email, first.
[2] Video chatting will let you feel like you’re in the same room with your friend.
Having an open text message chat with someone is a great way to keep in touch.
Writing an email is longer and contains more information than a text message, so you can update them on more of your life and ask them questions about how they’re doing.
You can write at any time of the day and mail your letter knowing that they will have plenty of time to respond without interrupting their busy life.
Facebook allows users to tag friends in pictures, videos, and posts that they come across.
If you think they might like something you’ve seen, tag them or share it with them!
You can also share personal photos and videos of your daily life.
Reach out when you have free time, but don’t feel obligated to devote a lot of time to texting, calling, or emailing with friends.

A diet guru explains why you should eat dinner at 2 pm

A diet guru explains why you should eat dinner at 2 pm

Another study shows that restricting meals to an eight-hour window had profound effects on weight loss.
While the science is up for debate on the efficacy of long-term usage of high-fat intake, limiting the duration of your grazing habits seems to have important benefits.
In fact, over half of the people in that study ate for over 15 hours every day, meaning if they their first meal (or snack) was consumed at 8 am, their last meal wouldn’t occur until after 11 pm.
Another follow-up study tracked participants for sixteen weeks.
That means 90 percent ate more than 3.3 times a day.
Two groups ate the exact same diet.
Insulin is a driver of obesity, so merely changing the meal timing and restricting the number of hours you ate, and also by moving to an earlier eating schedule, produced huge benefits even in the same person eating the same meals.
What Fung is really interested in is changing the narrative around diet.
Nuance is important.
Fung is advocating is for a broader discussion of when.

Paul Allen — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist — dead at 65

Paul Allen — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist — dead at 65

A major figure in Seattle, he revitalized the city landscape.
As of his death, he was the 46th richest person in the world.
Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft co-founder along with Bill Gates, has died at the age of 65 in Seattle, Washington.
He had announced earlier this month that he was going to go back into treatment for the disease, which he had overcome once before in 2009. c1.staticflickr.com Paul Allen with Bill Gates After starting Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, Allen went on to found the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the Institute for Cell Science.
He also was the sole founder of Stratolaunch Systems, an aerospace company, back in 2004.
upload.wikimedia.org His sister, Jody, released a statement to the media late Monday: “While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.
Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern.
For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends.
He was also co-owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers, and was one of only two NBA owners (Mark Cuban being the other) who voted against the Supersonic’s move to Oklahoma City.
He also founded Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, the Living Computer Museum, and created the Upstart music festival in 2016.

Easy, Effective Pumpkin Carving Tricks

Easy, Effective Pumpkin Carving Tricks

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – for us Halloween lovers, anyway.
We love Halloween here at Make: as it is the perfect excuse for getting people excited about making.
Even the most self-confessed non-maker is likely to at least do a project or two for Halloween, principal among these being pumpkin carving.
While many are content with the classic carve of two slanted eyes and a jagged mouth, there are lots of things you can do to up your pumpkin game and none of them are very far from the most basic carving methods.
In these three videos, two YouTube makers, DaveHax and Crafting with Ellen, share some of the carving tricks.
Things like carving off the skin but leaving the meat so that light can show through, using the stem as a nose, carving teeth separately and attaching with toothpicks, and making a true jack o’ lantern by drilling your pumpkin full of holes are just a few of things you can do.
Over the years, we have featured dozens and dozens of posts on pumpkin carving and other forms of Halloween makery.
You can access all of our pumpkin carving content here.

Play Your Favorite Old Web Games Now, Chrome 71 May Break Them

Play Your Favorite Old Web Games Now, Chrome 71 May Break Them

This meant that a variety of different media, from popular web games to some of Google’s own projects effectively had their audio broken beyond repair.
Users were understandably upset, and in response to an overwhelming amount of backlash, Google retained the browser alteration that blocked autoplaying video and audio, but decided to push back the feature’s application for games and web apps to Chrome 71, which is set to debut in December.
Chrome 70, is coming around the corner, and it will block basic autoplaying audio and video.
But the game and project-breaking blocking isn’t set to officially begin until Chrome 71, at which point developers will be scrambling to figure out a solution.
Google communications manager Ivy Choi spoke to The Verge, where she stated that Chrome will begin “learning” which sites are typically used for playing audio and as such will cater to users’ experiences, meaning you shouldn’t have to frantically search for the mute button on each tab or have your eardrums blasted unexpectedly by some annoying ad in the future.
You should see the effects of said learning with the debut of Chrome 70.
There’s a list of 1,000 sites Google rolled out that won’t be blocked by default, such as YouTube, which developers and content creators haven’t exactly been excited about—especially since the original change wasn’t touted as a major feature in the first place.
Instead, it was a meme-tastic, pithy announcement that didn’t seem to make that big of a deal of the change.
It’s been particularly frustrating for those who make their living through digital media like web games and media projects that all rely on sound.
Creators like QWOP’s Bennett Foddy, speaking to The Verge, was particularly frustrated by the way the team has seemed “determined” to take folks who use web audio “by surprise.” Others like Stephen Lavelle, creator of the puzzler Stephen’s Sausage Roll, have begun leaving audio out of the games he publishes online entirely in response to the changes.

10 More Spooky Ghost Stories from the United States

10 More Spooky Ghost Stories from the United States

Arkansas During the battle of Poison Spring in April 1864, Union General Frederick Steele took over the home of a mailman named John Chidester to use as his headquarters.
Some believe that Chidester’s ghost still haunts the home, telling unwanted visitors to “Get Out!” 3.
Another ghost known to roam the tunnel is Henry Dixon, a watchman who was murdered there in 1908.
Students claim to have seen a ghost while the clock was being installed, a ghost that pulls the covers off of their beds and even plays the piano in the lobby on occasion.
Others claim that the clock sometimes stops working at 2:53, the time when Roberts died.
Maine Of course the home state of Stephen King has a haunted lighthouse.
The legend says that a lighthouse keeper and his wife moved into the structure in the mid-1800s and that the man had a piano and sheet music delivered from the mainland so his wife could play.
The wife learned one song and played it over and over, eventually driving her husband insane.
Local folklore tells us that these creatures with small bodies and oversized heads haunt the woods around the town.
One rumor says that Blood was murdered by her husband.

External Mic Support is Coming to Google Pixel Cameras This Week, Here’s Why That’s Awesome

External Mic Support is Coming to Google Pixel Cameras This Week, Here’s Why That’s Awesome

As great as phones have gotten for taking photos and videos, there’s still a small hangup: audio.
Google’s Pixel phones are the best cameras out there, whether you’re taking still photos or filming a video.
The Pixel camera—for all Pixel phones, not just the newest ones—will support recording audio through any Android-compatible external microphone.
Other applications like Open Camera have allowed this for a while, but that doesn’t have the same access to the camera sensor and Pixel Visual Core that Google’s app has.
Plus, it’s just easier for users to only have to worry about one camera app.
So, Why is This a Big Deal?
I try to record every performance so I can show it to my parents and friends who don’t live close enough to come see me play.
Most of the time, the Pixel’s built-in microphones work well enough—but again, I play in bars.
Another great use case is vlogging, especially with the improved front-facing camera on the Pixel 3.
This feature should start rolling out to all Pixel phones on October 18th, so we’ll see in the next couple weeks how well the microphone support works.

How to Change Your Account Picture in Windows 10

How to Change Your Account Picture in Windows 10

Your account picture is what you see on the Windows sign-in screen and the Start menu.
Windows assigns new user accounts on Windows 10 a generic profile picture, but it’s easy to change that to any image you want.
Here’s how to add a little flair to your account.
Unless you’re using a Microsoft account that already has a picture associated with it, Microsoft set your profile picture to the default user picture for Windows—a generic silhouette of a person.
To change the picture, hit Start, click your account picture on the left side, and then click the “Change Account Settings” command.
However you get to the Accounts screen, you’ll see two options for changing your picture.
Click “Camera” to use a connected camera to take a picture or click “Browse For One” to locate a picture file on your PC.
Note that Windows will automatically resize and crop the image you select.
Windows uses an image that’s 448×448 pixels for the sign in screen.
However, this will only work for the last three images you’ve used.

The Best Electric Blankets and Heated Mattress Pads

The Best Electric Blankets and Heated Mattress Pads

Don’t want to sleep under a pile of blankets to stay warm?
These electric blankets and heated mattress pads will keep you toasty warm without the bulk.
Best Low-Voltage Electric Blanket: SoftHeat Low-Voltage Warming Blanket ($75) If safety is one of your biggest concerns in choosing electric bedding, then look no further.
Best Quilted Electric Blanket: Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket ($40) If your heated blanket shopping concern is that electric blankets often don’t look or feel like a normal blanket, then this Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket is a perfect fit!
And with 10 heat settings to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your perfect temperature.
Best Budget Electric Mattress Pad: Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad ($46) Our picks so far have been blankets that you would usually use to cover yourself, but what about something you can lie down on?
Just like a normal mattress pad, you can place this Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad over your mattress and then put your fitted sheet on top.
Best Overall Mattress Pad: Perfect Fit SoftHeat Smart Heated Electric Mattress Pad ($102) The perfect heated mattress pad should be consistent, comfortable, durable, safe, and have a few extra features to set it apart.
With the Perfect Fit SoftHeat Smart Heated Electric Mattress Pad, which has sizes in California king, king, queen, full, and twin, you can have consistent warmth and softness throughout the night.
Want to warm up your bed before you even get into it?

12 People Who Failed So Hard in the Kitchen They Should Be Banned for Life

12 People Who Failed So Hard in the Kitchen They Should Be Banned for Life

These 12 people went way beyond a screw up and into a massive fail worthy of internet shame.
Don’t believe me?
Chicken nuggets with a side of melted pan.
Really would’ve loved to have understood the plan here.
I honestly didn’t think it was possible to make pizza unappetizing.
A lesson in how cute can turn sad so quickly.
At least they were together when they perished.
Sometimes creativity can turn out a bit scarier than you intended.
I mean, they still sort of look like chicks?
Sort of?

To Build a Better Mosquito Trap, First Put a Cow in a Tent

To Build a Better Mosquito Trap, First Put a Cow in a Tent

At the moment, the favored way to catch mosquitoes is to use a human leg as bait.
This method, called “human landing catch,” has long been used by researchers to track outdoor mosquitos and the diseases they carry, including malaria.
The results can vary depending on how good someone is at catching them while resisting the urge to swat.
More importantly, it can expose people to the infectious diseases they’re out there to study.
One alternative is a light-based trap, but it doesn’t work quite as well as a tasty, exposed leg.
There are a lot of things that attract mosquitoes—the carbon dioxide animals exhale, body heat, smell, and even visual information, like the dark outline of a large animal.
Bernard Abong’o, a doctoral student at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, based out of the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi, might have built a better mosquito trap by putting a cow in a tent.
As described in a study recently published in the journal Parasites & Vectors, Abong’o and his colleagues developed a decoy trap that brings all of the mosquito magnets together.
Inside is heated water, to simulate body heat.
Nearly 2,000 mosquitos later, the research team found that the cow decoy was particularly successful, and captured up to 10 times more insects than human landing catch or the human decoy.

World Peace Flame Pathway

World Peace Flame Pathway

In 2004, a representative from every country recognized by the United Nations at the time donated a piece of their native geology with inherent cultural or symbolic importance to this tiny garden as part of a joint statement of world peace.
The Peace Flame has modestly burned inside a stone pillar beside The Hague’s Peace Palace and International Court of Justice since 2002.
The flame is a daughter flame of one lit in Wales by the World Peace Flame Foundation in 1999, itself formed by seven flames lit on five continents that were specially flown in for the event.
The discreet rock garden in which the monument stands was added in 2004 and contains 197 stones from 197 countries arranged around a short circular pathway enclosed by a simple shrubbery.
A key to the provenance of each of the stones stands beside the monument.
Some stones represent the typical or unique geology of the territory of the donor country.
Others have a deeper significance, serving as a reminder of the darker sides of national and international history, such as Germany’s donation; a piece of the Berlin Wall, and the fragment from Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island, donated by South Africa.

Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change

Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change

Beer lovers could be left with a sour taste, thanks to the latest in a series of studies mapping the effects of climate change on crops.
Malted barley — a key ingredient in beer including IPAs, stouts and pilsners — is particularly sensitive to warmer temperatures and drought, both of which are likely to increase due to climate change.
As a result, average global barley crop yields could drop as much as 17 percent by 2099, compared with the average yield from 1981 to 2010, under the more extreme climate change projections, researchers report October 15 in Nature Plants.
That decline “could lead to, on average, a doubling of price in some countries,” says coauthor Steven Davis, an Earth systems scientist at University of California, Irvine.
Consumption would also drop globally by an average of 16 percent, or roughly what people in the United States consumed in 2011.
The results are based on computer simulations projecting climate conditions, plant responses and global market reactions up to the year 2099.
Under the mildest climate change predictions, world average barley yields would still go down by at least 3 percent, and average prices would increase about 15 percent, the study says.
Other crops such as maize, wheat and soy and wine grapes are also threatened by the global rising of average atmospheric temperatures as well as by pests emboldened by erratic weather (SN: 2/8/14, p. 3).
But there’s still hope for ale aficionados.
The study did not account for technological innovations or genetic tweaks that could spare the crop, Davis says.

FDA Approves Once-Monthly Preventative Migraine Treatment With No Major Side Effects

FDA Approves Once-Monthly Preventative Migraine Treatment With No Major Side Effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new preventative treatment for migraines in adults.
The treatment, which is called Emgality, is a once-monthly, self-administered injection that was developed by global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company.
“Despite the devastating impact of migraine, only about 10 percent of people living with the disease are currently taking a preventive treatment,” said Christi Shaw, president of Lilly Bio-Medicines.
“With this approval, we are thrilled to offer a preventive treatment option to adults living with this disease.” Migraine is a disabling, neurologic disease that affects more than 30 million American adults.
According to the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, the total unadjusted cost associated with migraine in the U.S. is estimated to be as high as $56 billion annually, yet migraine remains “under-recognized and under-treated”.
WATCH: Boy Thought to Be Nonverbal Can Speak After Dentist Discovers He is Simply ‘Tongue-Tied’ But now, hope may be on the horizon for migraine sufferers.
According to several double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, the Emgality injections had no major side effects and they cut chronic and episodic migraines by as much as 50% – which is being hailed as “a huge deal” by physicians.
Emgality will be available to patients shortly after approval.
Patients with commercial insurance may also be able to receive up to 12 months of the treatment for free as part of Lilly’s patient support program.
(WATCH the emotional CBS coverage below) – Photo by Eli Lilly and Company Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Fellow Migraine Sufferers On Social Media

Retail apocalypse continues as Sears files for bankruptcy

Retail apocalypse continues as Sears files for bankruptcy

Will it affect a store near you?
Sears announced on Monday that it’s in bankruptcy proceedings, along with the immediate closure of 142 stores nation-wide.
With the news comes the stepping down of Sears CEO Edward Lampert, who had held the position since 2013.
Ancestry.com Those pants, tho … With the fresh closures of Sears and Kmart stores, it’s now down to less than 700 retail locations—1/3 of the stores it operated in 2013.
This also comes on the heels of Sears and Kmart ceasing its sales relationship with iconic brands Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Maytag, which it had maintained for 100 years.
Humble beginnings …
Image credit: Abe Books Sears, Roebuck, and Co. catalog, 1909 The company, started in 1886 by Richard W. Sears, a Minnesota railway agent who wanted to get into the watch business, was soon to be co-owned by business partner Alvah Roebuck.
By 1895, the company named was officially “Sears, Roebuck, and Co.” and the mail-order book, or catalog, had grown to 532 pages of much more than watches.
Interestingly, given the takeover of many thing that used to be retail by Amazon and online ordering, Sears identified a market early-on of farmers, who would soon buy their supplies and equipment from rural general stores, at a discount.
With the closures of Sears and Kmart stores, it’s now down to less than 700 —1/3 of the stores it operated in 2013 — less than 700.

Money worries: Why fear dominates your finances

Money worries: Why fear dominates your finances

Vicki Robin is a prolific social innovator, writer, and speaker.
She is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence (Viking Penguin, 1992, 1998, 2008, 2018).
It was an instant NY Times bestseller in 1992 and steadily appeared on the Business Week Best Seller list from 1992-1997.
It is available now in eleven languages.
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; Lessons from a 10-mile Diet (Viking/Penguin 2013) recounts her adventures in hyper-local eating and what she learned about food and farming as well as belonging and hope.
Called by the New York Times as the “prophet of consumption down-sizers,” Vicki has lectured widely and appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America” and National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” and “Morning Edition”; she has also been featured in hundreds of magazines including People Magazine, 15 October, 2018

Dell’s New QHD 49-Inch Monitor is Extra Wide, Regular Height

Dell’s New QHD 49-Inch Monitor is Extra Wide, Regular Height

The Dell U4919DW is packed with immersive specs and boasts the first QHD 49-inch ultra-wide display on the market.
It’s kind of a super-ultra-wide.
The U4919DW stands out from other 32:9 monitors (not that there are many) because it has a massive resolution to match the massive screen; the dual QHD monitor has a resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels.
Other 49-inch monitors, like the Samsung LC49HG90DMNXZA, only have a 1080p vertical resolution.
Still, this is monitor is ultra-wide and regular-tall.
Like most new monitors, the U4919DW has a curved screen.
This curved screen, paired with the U4919DW’s 1000:1 contrast ratio and 99% sRGB support, should offer a better sense of immersion than any other ultra-wide displays on the market.
Geared toward multi-taskers, the Dell U4919DW has a USB-C input, two HDMI inputs, and a DisplayPort input.
The monitor works with Dell’s Display Manager app and supports keyboard/video/mouse functionality, so users have the option to toggle between two machines on the same display.
It will be available in the US on October 26th.

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