Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson call off their engagement: reports

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson call off their engagement: reports

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are engaged after just a couple weeks of dating.
Time The whirlwind romance of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson is over.
Multiple media outlets, including CNN and People, are reporting the split.
The news was first reported by TMZ.
USA TODAY has reached out to Davidson and Grande’s representatives for comment.
Love blossomed for the pop star and the “Saturday Night Live” cast member after they met on “SNL,” and they became engaged just weeks after making their relationship Instagram official in May.
The two have been inseparable ever since, attending Aretha Franklin’s funeral together and adopting a pet pig. ” USA TODAY has reached out to event representatives to confirm Grande was not in attendance.
The gala would have marked Grande’s first public appearance since Miller’s death on Sept. 7 from an apparent drug overdose.
The two took things to the next level and started a romantic relationship in 2016, with Grande appearing on Miller’s “The Divine Feminine” single “My Favorite Part” the same year.

Teresa Giudice Reacts to Joe’s Deportation with Crying Statue of Liberty

Teresa Giudice Reacts to Joe’s Deportation with Crying Statue of Liberty

With Lady Liberty Crying Teresa Giudice seems to have broken her silence in the wake of her husband being ordered to be deported after prison … and it looks like she (and Lady Liberty) are heartbroken.
The ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star shared a photo on Instagram Sunday depicting the Statue of Liberty holding its face and apparently crying.
She captioned the pic with a ton of praying hand emojis — so it’s pretty clear she’s referencing Joe.
This is the first post she’s added to her IG since a judge ordered that Joe be deported back to Italy once he’s finished with his stint behind bars.
He’s more than halfway done serving his 41-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud.
As we reported … Teresa has no plans as of now to relocate her family to Italy once Joe is deported, fearing the culture shock of an international move would do more harm than good to their 4 kids.
While some of Teresa’s ‘RHONJ’ costars feel like she might be shedding crocodile tears over Joe’s inevitable fate … her own words (or pictures, more like) speak for themselves here.

Chris Evans Reveals His Goodbye Marvel Post May Not Be What It Seemed

Chris Evans Reveals His Goodbye Marvel Post May Not Be What It Seemed

It’s long been assumed that Avengers 4 would be Chris Evans’ final appearance as Captain America.
Well, it turns out this tweet may not have been exactly what it seemed, as Evans has clarified that his final day on Avengers 4 is not necessarily his last day as Cap.
At Ace Comic Con he said: I should clarify that I know I did tweet something that made a lot of people think that it was in some way a spoiler.
Does that mean he’s still going to be Captain America in future movies?
Not necessarily, but it sounds like we shouldn’t base that on one tweet, no matter how well-received it was by fans and celebrities.
Personally, I would not have considered that tweet a spoiler as a lot of fans have expected that Chris Evans and several other actors will be retiring from the MCU after Avengers 4.
If Phase 4 is supposed to be entirely different from what’s come before and certain contracts are fulfilled, then it would be only natural that some people don’t stick around.
However, Evans isn’t confirming anything, as he later clarified, You feel a lot more emotions than I think even I thought I’d feel.
And I felt it was appropriate to share the gratitude.
If some characters do end up exiting, the real spoiler would be how those characters whose contracts are ending are eventually written off, like Captain America dying, for example.

107-Year-Old Is The World’s Oldest Barber And He’s Still Cutting Hair Full Time

107-Year-Old Is The World’s Oldest Barber And He’s Still Cutting Hair Full Time

Anthony Mancinelli is the world’s oldest barber and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
He has been working in barbershops for the past 97 years.
Because an aunt lived there, the Mancinellis settled in Newburgh, New York, just eight miles from New Windsor, where Anthony currently resides.
He started cutting hair in 1921, when haircuts cost a mere 25 cents.
He was just ten years old.
Today, he’s considered one of the most reliable employees at the salon. “He never calls in sick,” Fantastic Cuts owner Jane Dinezza said. “I have young people with knee and back problems, but he just keeps going.
When asked about retirement, he replied, “Why would I?”
Watch the video below.

A Gym Made Entirely Out of Melted-Down Knives Provides Powerful Alternative to Violence

A Gym Made Entirely Out of Melted-Down Knives Provides Powerful Alternative to Violence

This charity has utilized a powerful medium to dissuade youth from getting into trouble on the streets.
Steel Warriors created an outdoor fitness gym that is made entirely out of recycled knives and blades that were confiscated by the police.
The London gym was crafted using over 2.5 tons of steel from steel weapons that might have encouraged a life of crime.
According to the charity, they take “careful steps to avoid building with knives that have been used in conflict” and “all knives used have been discounted as evidence and are set for destruction.” “Knives are in the very DNA of the gym,” Steel Warriors co-founder Ben Wintour told Sky News.
“If it was just a normal gym people wouldn’t necessarily talk about the (knife crime) issue, but because it’s built into the gym itself, it gets people talking about it.” Since the gym was established on gang-neutral territory back in 2017, it has garnered praise for its ability to raise awareness about knife crime in London.
Wintour and fellow Steel Warrior co-founder Pia Fontes hope that the exercise space will provide a strong visual example for youngsters to choose wellness and self-care instead of engaging in violence.
(WATCH the video below) Be Sure And Share This Cutting-Edge Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Steel Warriors

The Order of the Dolphin and the Secret Origin of SETI

The Order of the Dolphin and the Secret Origin of SETI

In 1961, ten scientists – including Frank Drake, Melvin Calvin and Carl Sagan – met in a secret meeting at a rural observatory in West Virginia to discuss how they would find, and talk to, aliens.
But what most people don’t know is that during the meeting, a neuroscientists named John C. Lilly enthralled the scientists with his attempts to communicate with dolphins, and how that could help us communicate with aliens.
Some parts of the dolphin brain looked even more complex than their human counterparts, he averred.
Clearly, more than one intelligent species had evolved on Earth.” Lilly told the attendees he also heard signs of language, and empathy, in recordings of the dolphins.
“We were all totally enthralled by these reports.
We felt some of the excitement in store for us when we encounter nonhuman intelligence of extraterrestrial origin.” Lilly’s research generated so much excitement that, by the end of the conference, the attendees called themselves the Order of the Dolphin.
Calvin, in his post-Nobel joy, even went on to send commemorative pins to the attendees.
“He caused to be made these little pins which had silver dolphins on them, which he sent to all of us,” Morrison told David Swift, author of the book SETI Pioneers.
Read the rest of the story at The Crux.
Photo: SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array/SETI Institute

Submit Your Kindness Pictures to this World Photo Contest for the Chance to Win Some Cash

Submit Your Kindness Pictures to this World Photo Contest for the Chance to Win Some Cash

Have you ever taken a photo that perfectly depicted the meaning of kindness?
Well, now you have a chance to share those pictures.
Envision Kindness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading positivity through videos and photos – and this month, they are holding their second annual photography contest for images that embody kindness.
WATCH: Check Out This Amazing Drone Footage That Captures the Otherworldly Beauty of Iceland “There’s so much good out there, and we can all benefit from it,” Envision Kindness founder David Fryburg told Good News Network.
And if that isn’t enough, the contest is also awarding up to $500 in cash awards.
Last years contest received over 1,500 submissions from across 80 countries – and the winning photographs were breathtaking.
This year, participants have until November 13th to submit up to five photos in separate submissions.
The winners will be announced in December.
The contest has already garnered over 600 photos that will be judged by a panel of award-winning photographers, including a Senior Photo Editor from National Geographic.
“Research suggests that pictures of kindness and compassion have an exceptional power to inspire joy, love, gratitude, and optimism,” Fryburg told GNN.

Paul Simon Performs ‘Can’t Run But,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ for ‘SNL’ Send-Off

Paul Simon Performs ‘Can’t Run But,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ for ‘SNL’ Send-Off

Less than a month after Paul Simon concluded his farewell tour with a hometown Queens, New York show, the legendary singer-songwriter returned to the stage to serve as musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Simon, joined by yMusic, opened his performance with the strings-laden version of “Can’t Run But” that appears on the singer’s latest LP In the Blue Light, a collection of reinterpreted tracks from throughout Simon’s catalog.
The appearance marked another farewell of sorts for the just-turned 77-year-old singer, who has a long history with SNL: Simon hosted the second-ever SNL episode in 1975 and served as musical guest a record nine times over the series’ 44-year history, including the SNL 40 anniversary episode in 2015.
SNL viewers who watched the show live were also treated to an emotional rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” with the singer showing his appreciation to the rapturous SNL audience following the performance.
The SNL cast also gave Simon a birthday cake during the show’s end credits.
However, the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from SNL has not been shared online by NBC at press time; watch an unofficial upload of the performance below:

Kanye West Returns to Twitter With a Video About Mind Control Days After White House Visit

Kanye West Returns to Twitter With a Video About Mind Control Days After White House Visit

On Saturday, Kanye returned to social media after deleting his Instagram and Twitter accounts last week and posted a number of videos about mind control. “That’s, like, mind control…That’s the poison that’s happening with social media.”
The video was filled with tangential comments and non sequiturs, but ultimately, he kept returning to this greater idea of mind control and programming of the brain. “I feel like when people try to tell me what to do, they’re touching my brain,” he said.
He explained, “Imagine cutting your skull open and someone touched your brain. “Social media is a lie,” he told viewers.
Social media told you nobody likes me, but everybody loves me.
He said he was “the best living recording artist” thanks to the “spirits that flow through me.”
We work from our heart and our spirit.
Before his visit to the White House, Kim told E!

Neil Armstrong Cause of Death: How Did the Astronaut Die?

Neil Armstrong Cause of Death: How Did the Astronaut Die?

Learn about Neil Armstrong’s cause of death.
He didn’t give public appearances much.
“…Science is about what is, and engineering is about what can be.” Those wondering where Armstrong is today will be disappointed to learn that the astronaut died in 2012.
Here’s what you need to know: Neil Armstrong Died After Complications From Heart Surgery Neil Armstrong died after heart surgery, but he seemed to be recovering from it at first.
His death surprised those close to him, The Times reported, and it was not revealed where he had died.
In particular, the movie shows his relationship with his wife, Janet, and the couple’s two sons, Rick and Mark.
Janet Armstrong died in 2018.
Janet, called Jan, married Neil Armstrong in 1956.
Neil Armstrong’s second wife, Carol Armstrong (2nd-R), and son, Rick Armstrong, attend a memorial service for astronaut Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral September 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.
In real life, Janet and Neil Armstrong divorced after 38 years of marriage.

5-Tier Cake and Casamigos Galore: 6 Over-the-Top Facts About Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding

5-Tier Cake and Casamigos Galore: 6 Over-the-Top Facts About Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding on Oct. 12 was no exception.
Fellow royals Prince George and Princess Charlotte played big roles in the wedding, too.
The royal wedding was a day filled with royal protocol and lovely festivities.
Let them eat cake: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s gorgeous wedding cake consisted of five tiers with two different flavors.
The cake, after all, will feed 850 people.
It has been lovely working with Princess Eugenie and Jack and I really hope they enjoy the cake on the day.”
The reception was carnival-themed and reportedly even had a bumper car ride.
Compared to Meghan Markle’s and Kate Middleton’s respective weddings, Princess Eugenie’s nuptials included a heavy bill.
The cost of security for Friday’s wedding pales in comparison to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.
The royal family did pay for the gown, flowers and transportation.

We’re probably undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers

We’re probably undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers

Most U.S. government attempts to quantify the costs and benefits of protecting the country’s bodies of water are likely undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers, researchers argue in a new study.
As a result, the apparent value of many environmental regulations is probably discounted.
Only two studies out of 20 showed the economic benefits of these laws exceeding the costs.
Many analyses assume water will be filtered for drinking, Keiser says, so they don’t count the human health benefits of clean lakes and rivers (SN: 8/18/18, p. 14).
That could explain why Clean Air Act rules tend to get more favorable reviews, Keiser says — human health accounts for about 95 percent of the measured benefits of air quality regulations.
“If you walk outside and have very polluted air, it’s harder to avoid.” But even if people can avoid an algae-choked lake, they still pay a price for that pollution, says environmental scientist Thomas Bridgeman, director of the Lake Erie Center at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
A lack of data on water quality may also limit studies, Keiser’s team suggests.
An example: the wildly different assessments by the Obama and Trump administrations of the value gained from the 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule.
The Trump administration’s EPA, however, left wetlands out of the calculation entirely, says Kotchen, who analyzed the policy swing in Science in 2017.
It’s an example of how methodology — and what counts as a benefit — can have a huge impact on the apparent value of environmental policies and laws.

‘American Idol’ Alum Antonella Barba Arrested

‘American Idol’ Alum Antonella Barba Arrested

The American Idol alum was booked in Virginia on Friday for allegedly trying to distribute heroin, ET confirms.
Barba is facing a felony charge of heroin distribution of 100 grams or more.
She’s being held in jail without bond, and has a court date set for Monday.
Barba is best known for appearing on season six of American Idol in 2007.
She was eliminated just before the top 12 were chosen, around the time she made headlines for posing in a wet T-shirt at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.
She has acted in a number of short films since, had a small role in 2017’s All About the Money, starring Danny Trejo.
segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Fellow Idol alum Haley Reinhart, who also appeared in the Jimmy Kimmel Live!
segment, was arrested on one count of battery after getting into a bar fight in Chicago, Illinois, last year.
Reinhart was found guilty in February, however, the judge agreed to strike the conviction from her record if she has no run-ins with the law in the next two years.

‘S.N.L.’ Mocks President Trump and Kanye West

‘S.N.L.’ Mocks President Trump and Kanye West

In his first “S.N.L.” appearance of the season, Alec Baldwin returned to his recurring role as President Trump to help recreate the strange Oval Office meeting that transpired on Thursday between the president and the rapper Kanye West.
Last week, Pete Davidson appeared on “Weekend Update” to give a comic rebuttal of West, observing that “what Kanye said after we went off the air last week was one of the worst, most awkward things I’ve ever seen here — and I’ve seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern.” This week’s episode, hosted by Seth Meyers and featuring the musical guest Paul Simon, would go on to reference the Trump-West summit many more times.
“I did not.” Meyers also shared a story about a past episode on which Kanye West had been the musical guest.
And so we did the sketch and we had Kanye interrupt the Kids’ Choice awards.
That sketch was in 2007.
And he interrupted Taylor Swift in 2009.
That whole time I was telling you that story, you thought it was based on him interrupting Taylor Swift.
Meyers says, “Can I ask you something?
And this is going to come out way meaner than I intend, but have you considered just dying?” ‘Weekend Update’ Jokes of the Week The “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che started off as if they, too, were going to riff on President Trump’s sit-down with Kanye West, but instead they quickly pivoted to a new U.N. report on climate change that is predicting dire global consequences as soon as 2040.
While Trump prepared by clearing his desk of any valuables.” Meyers: “You know how crazy Thursday was at the White House?

‘Iron Fist’s Jessica Henwick Posts Goodbye Video

‘Iron Fist’s Jessica Henwick Posts Goodbye Video

Netflix and Marvel Television dropped a bombshell on fans when they announced the cancellation of Iron Fist, just one month after the premiere of the second season on the streaming platform.
It also ended on a surprising note, with Henwick’s character becoming the new Iron Fist while Danny Rand went on a quest to track down the other Immortal Weapons. “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” the statement said. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners … We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series.
While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
Danny Rand actor Finn Jones also issued a statement on social media, being thankful for his time on the Netflix series.
Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.” “Thank you to all the people who made S2 of Iron Fist possible,” he wrote. “From top to bottom one of the best creative experiences of my life.
It has been a great pleasure and honor to be a part of this chapter in their adventures.”

See Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding Portraits

See Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding Portraits

The Royal Wedding portraits are officially here!
Lots of photographers were on site when Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Friday, marking the second royal wedding at the venue this year.
The couple released four of his official portraits on Saturday.
He had previously photographed Eugenie for the U.S. edition of Harper’s Bazaar in 2016, and over the years, he’s shot many celebrities and models, including Gemma Arterton, James Bay, Alexa Chung, Jamie Dornan, Keira Knightley, Karolina Kurkova, Louis Tomlinson and Florence Welch.
After beginning his career in the art department at British Vogue, he started his own studio in 2014 and has since been published internationally in Porter Magazine and Vanity Fair.
Eugenie looked appropriately regal as a bride in a custom off-the-shoulder wedding dress by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
Rather than wear a veil, she made a bold statement with her loaned Grenville Emerald tiara and an open back that showed her scoliosis surgery scars.
In one photo, Eugenie and Jack are pictured in the White Drawing Room inside Windsor Castle with their families and bridal party; his parents, George Brooksbank and Nicola Brooksbank, his brother George Brooksbank, the bride’s sister and maid-of-honor Princess Beatrice, their mother Sarah, Duchess of York, her ex and the sisters’ father Prince Andrew, grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, plus Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest children Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who served as a bridesmaid and a page boy, fellow bridesmaids Maud Windsor—the bride’s goddaughter, Theodora “Teddy” Williams—singer Robbie Williams’ daughter, Mia Tindall, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips and fellow page boy Louis De Givenchy.
In the fourth portrait, Eugenie and Jack are pictured at Windsor Great Park’s Royal Lodge, the official royal residence of her father, hours after the wedding and just before the private reception/after party.
In the picture, she reveals her wedding evening attire for the first time; the princess is wearing a long sleeve, blush silk Zac Posen gown with a built-in cape.

HTG Explains: What is Port Scanning?

HTG Explains: What is Port Scanning?

The scanner learns which ports on a router or firewall are open, and can use this information to find a computer system’s potential weaknesses.
What’s a Port Scan?
For example, if a Secure Shell (SSH) server was detected as listening on port 22, the attacker could try to connect and check for weak passwords.
These types of scans can also help detect services running on non-default ports.
So, if you’re running an SSH server on port 65001 instead of port 22, the port scan would reveal this, and the attacker could try connecting to your SSH server on that port.
But, once you’ve found an open port running a listening service, you can scan it for vulnerabilities.
For computer servers and corporate networks, firewalls can be configured to detect port scans and block traffic from the address that’s scanning.
Types of Port Scans In a “TCP full connection” port scan, the scanner sends an SYN (connection request) message to a port.
If no packet is received, the scanner knows that the port must be open.
Port scans are a basic, bread-and-butter security tool when it comes to penetrating (and securing) computer systems.

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

Unless Saturday (Oct. 13) brings a course change, Universal’s critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man is headed for a muted domestic debut of $16.8 million after earning $5.9 million on Friday from 3,640 theaters.
The hope is that the adult-skewing film will be buoyed by a long run throughout awards season.
Conversely, Sony’s Venom and A Star Is Born continue to rock the October box office in their sophomore outings with projected weekend hauls of $32 million and $28 million-$30 million after grossing $9.8 million and $8.5 million on Friday, respectively.
Reuniting Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling, First Man is a visceral retelling of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon in 1969.
It’s not clear so far whether a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon is impacting the film, whose theater count includes Imax runs.
Comparisons to La La Land (2016) or Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014) are tough, since both of those films debuted first in select cinemas.
First Man looks to place No.
Goosebumps 2, earning an estimated $4.8 million Friday from 3,521 locations, is now projected to open to $16 million.
El Royale earned a B- CinemaScore and Goosebumps 2, a B.
Netflix doesn’t report grosses.

‘SNL’: Stefon didn’t make an appearance with Seth Meyers and Twitter wasn’t happy

‘SNL’: Stefon didn’t make an appearance with Seth Meyers and Twitter wasn’t happy

(Photo: Dana Edelson, NBC) There were a bunch of cameos we were hoping “Saturday Night Live” would include when Seth Meyer, a former head writer and “Weekend Update” host, returned for his homecoming episode: Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon and Fred Armisen all could have added a fun throwback element to the episode.
But none more than Bill Hader’s famous character “Stefon,” the Ed Hardy-wearing nightlife correspondent who married Seth on “Weekend Update” after years of flirtation at the desk.
Is a Stefon Jr. on the way?
More ‘SNL’: ‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin returns as Trump in Kanye West Oval Office meeting spoof And: ‘SNL’: Did Seth Meyers inspire Kanye West to interrupt Taylor Swift’s 2009 VMAs speech?
Also: ‘SNL’: 5 former cast members we hope to see when Seth Meyers hosts this weekend But Meyers’ “Weekend Update” appearance granted us only a new segment of “Really?!”
But we’ll settle for “Really?!
With Seth, Colin (Jost) and Michael (Che).”
Still, fans on Twitter were less than thrilled with the lack of a Hader cameo.
I am so so sad I didn’t even get ONE cameo from an old cast member on SNL with Seth Meyers tonight :’( I thought I could at least count on Stefon — margaret (@mischleich) October 14, 2018 “I’m never trusting anyone again,” another wrote, referencing the “SNL” promos that included old video and photos of Meyers and Stefon together.
Weekend Update with Seth but not Stefon??

Michael Che Drops N-Word On ‘Weekend Update’ With Seth Myers

Michael Che Drops N-Word On ‘Weekend Update’ With Seth Myers

It was just like old times when former “Saturday Night Live” head writer and “Weekend Update” co-host Seth Meyers was back at the desk, this time joining anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost for a special “SNL” edition of “Really!?
Commenting on a photo of Trump and West hugging, Meyers noted: “Man, it is so rare that you can see black people and white supremacists betrayed in the exact same moment.” Jost said West prepared for the meeting by “learning every fact in the world backwards, while Trump prepared by clearing his desk of any valuables.” The most startling moment came when Che used an unbleeped N-word as he wondered “how much money that n――- owes in taxes.” It wasn’t clear if he was referring to West, or Trump, who has not released his tax returns.
Che explained that his contract as a head writer allows him four uses of the word this season.
Meyers, also a head writer who used to do “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler, said he was never granted even a single use.
Earlier, in the opening monologue, Meyers came up with an interesting theory about why West interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech after receiving a Video Music Award in 2009.
Meyers said two years before that West appeared in a sketch on “SNL” — repeatedly interrupting people receiving awards.
“We pitched him a sketch wherein he would interrupt award show speeches saying they had made a mistake and he should have won,” Meyers said.
“And Kanye said, ’That’s hilarious, because I’d do that.
Which is good self-awareness.” Kanye “did a sketch about how crazy it was he interrupted speeches and then two years later, he was at an award show and thought, ‘I should do it again,’” said Meyers.
“So when people say, ‘Are you surprised Kanye supports Trump?’ I say, ‘No.’” Check out Che’s riff above, and Meyers’ theory on West in his monologue here:

How to Make a Mountain Bike Course

How to Make a Mountain Bike Course

The best area to build on is land that you personally own.
For a medium-length course, make sure you have at least 11–15 miles (18–24 km) of land.
2 Walk the general path where you want to make your mountain bike course.
The best mountain bike courses work with and blend into the natural features of the terrain.
3 Use pin flags to mark the beginning and end points.
Once you’ve determined that the terrain is acceptable and there are no large obstacles in the way, go back and place a pin flag at the starting point and the end point of the course.
Positive control points are places you want the course to go, such rock outcroppings, jumps, or other natural obstacles you want to include.
Include the spots where you marked the beginning and end of your course.
As you walk, use a pin flag to mark the route of the course.
The average width of single-use mountain bike path 36–48 inches (91–122 cm), while a multi-use course is 4–10 feet (1.2–3.0 m).

Good News in History, October 14

Good News in History, October 14

50 years ago today, American sprinter Jim Hines became the first human to run a 100-meter race in under 10 seconds (9.95).
What was once thought to be impossible suddenly became possible—and soon it became routine—because the psychological barrier of unattainability was dissolved.
He turned 72 years old in September.
More Good News from this day in History: The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.
A. Milne, was published (1926) 300 escaped Germany’s Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland during a revolt that killed eleven SS guards (1943) District of Columbia Bar Association voted to accept black members (1958) Martin Luther King, Jr. became youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1964) The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., drew 200,000 people (1979) Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize (1991) Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Israelis, Rabin and Peres (1994) And on this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th US President and Commander of the European Allied Forces in WWII, was born in Kansas.
Nicknamed “Ike”, he was voted Gallup’s most admired man twelve times, achieving widespread popular esteem both in and out of office as one of the greatest US presidents.
Here are some of the reasons… He was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security.
He launched the Interstate Highway System and sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce an order that allowed blacks to attend public schools.
He also signed voting rights legislation and desegregated the armed forces.
In his farewell address to the nation, Eisenhower expressed concern about the dangers of corporate control of Congress and massive military spending with government contracts to private military manufacturers, coining the term “Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex”.

‘SNL’: Did Seth Meyers inspire Kanye West to interrupt Taylor Swift’s 2009 VMAs speech?

‘SNL’: Did Seth Meyers inspire Kanye West to interrupt Taylor Swift’s 2009 VMAs speech?

(Photo: Will Heath/NBC) The “Saturday Night Live” cast still has a lot to say about Kanye West after his now-infamous Trump rant after the credits rolled on the season’s opening episode.
Seth Meyers, returning to the show to host for the first time after a 15 year stint as head writer and “Weekend Update” host, recalled a skit he worked on years ago when the rapper was a musical guest. “And Kanye said, ‘that’s hilarious, because I’d do that.’
Meyers outlined the sketch, which featured West interjecting at the Kids’ Choice Awards, the Nobel Prize and “a state fair, because he was upset his pumpkin didn’t win.”
The kicker?
West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s 2009 VMAs acceptance speech (“I’ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time”) happened two years after the sketch.
Yep, you read that right.
Kanye did a sketch about how crazy it was he interrupted speeches and then two years later, he was at an award show and thought, ‘I’m should do it again.’ ” “So when people say, ‘Are you surprised Kanye supports Trump,’ I say ‘no,’ ” he concluded.
More: ‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin returns as Trump in Kanye West Oval Office meeting spoof Also: ‘SNL’: Stefon didn’t make an appearance with Seth Meyers and Twitter wasn’t happy And: ‘SNL’: 5 former cast members we hope to see when Seth Meyers hosts this weekend

Smile! Your Garden Is On Camera

Smile! Your Garden Is On Camera

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), you know that some of the really interesting bits are the ones that show you how the cinematographers got their shots.
If those adventures made your pulse quicken, a new DIY project may help you take your first steps in wildlife photography.
Called Naturebytes, the project is a “digital maker” initiative that combines a wildlife camera, a computer, and a bird feeder to allow you to build a heat-sensitive camera trap.
The waterproofed camera will take pictures whenever a warm critter strays into its field of view.
These are the same sort of cameras used by professional research scientists on projects like Snapshot Serengeti.
Putting the kit together will combine learning in electronics, photography, and coding.
Moreover, it will demonstrate a practical use for the skills in the field.
The project is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign held earlier this year (you can see the original here).

Save The Manatee

Save The Manatee

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In the US, they can be spotted anywhere from Texas to Massachusetts, but they are mostly seen in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina in the summer, and Florida in the winter.
Elsewhere, they can be found in the shallow waterways of Central America and along the north coast of South America.
A significant number of the creatures die every year after being struck by watercraft.
Others are crushed or drowned in canal locks and flood control structures, or die because they’ve eaten fish hooks, fishing line, getting caught in crab traps, or because they are forced out of refuge areas in the winter.
Save the Manatee is a non-profit organization originally started by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former U.S.
Senator Bob Graham (when he was was governor of Florida), and it advocates in various ways to protect the animal at the local, state, and federal level, as well as by assisting international efforts.
There are several ways to help this initiative. “With increased awareness, education, regulations, and enforcement, manatee deaths caused by humans could be substantially reduced, and the eventual recovery of the species could be realized… Human activities are harming manatees, and only our compassion and action can protect them.”

Making Data Shareable

Making Data Shareable

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A special platform of tools seeks to extract as much value as possible from citizen science projects.
Called CitSci.org, the site hopes to standardize how data is collected, stored, and annotated. “Citizen science projects have the potential to advance science by increasing the volume and variety of data, as well as innovation,” said the site creators, Yiwei Wang, Nicole Kaplan, Greg Newman, and Russell Scarpino.
The site allows you to create projects, datasheets, set your own protocols, create plots, do data analysis, and build reports.
All of the tools and data storage are provided free.
The site has been growing in popularity, beginning with just a handful of projects added in 2006, to handling 200 new projects in 2015.
It is now also a site for citizen science researchers to learn more about citizen science.
Chandra Clarke is a Webby Honoree-winning blogger, a successful entrepreneur, and an author.

Security News This Week: Kanye’s Password Literally Couldn’t Be Worse

Security News This Week: Kanye’s Password Literally Couldn’t Be Worse

It has not been a good week for Google or Facebook.
The week started with Google announcing it was finally putting the sorry social media network Google + out of its misery—not because it had lost the social wars to Facebook, but because it had exposed the data of 500,000 of its users, and Google hadn’t disclosed it.
And the week ended with Facebook explaining how 30 million of its users got hacked.
Especially not when it comes to cybersecurity.
Rick Gates, who at the time was a top Trump campaign official, reportedly asked an Israeli company to draw up plans for fake online identities that the campaign could use in a manipulation plot to help clinch the Republican nomination for Trump and beat, Hillary Clinton, according to the New York Times.
Documents the Times saw indicate Gates believed disinformation campaigns could be helpful to Trump.
The company says it has since patched the vulnerability.
Some are regular old Russian server administrators going by the name Alexey, secretly breaking into your insecure MicroTik routers and patching security holes to save them from the Fancy Bear hacking group’s notorious VPNFilter malware.
The gray-hat hacker claimed he has fixed 100,000 routers, boasting about it on Russian blog.
After ZDNet broke the news, Facebook announced it had fixed the problem.

Candles with the Scents of Star Wars

Candles with the Scents of Star Wars

The smells mentioned in Star Wars are not exactly the things you’d want your home to smell like: the inside of a tauntaun, the garbage compactor, a walking carpet.
You can buy sets of five candles from each movie, or a set of all 15.
The limited edition version comes with an engraved plinth on which to display them.
The scents are: Wookie: Ever wondered what a walking carpet smells like?
Bantha Milk: Love the smell of bantha milk in the morning?
Trash Compactor: Find out what was very nearly the last smell Luke, Leia and Han ever experienced X-wing Cockpit: Perfect for playthroughs of Battlefront’s aerial combat Cantina: Eau de scum and villainy Lightsaber Duel: Do you prefer the smell of the dark side or the light side?
Yoda’s Cooking Pot: Yoda’s legendary Force powers are only eclipsed by his cooking skills.
Smell it for yourself!
Mind you, they are not cheap.
-via Geeks Are Sexy

What does ‘time well spent’ mean for games like ‘Candy Crush?’

What does ‘time well spent’ mean for games like ‘Candy Crush?’

In this episode of MashTalk, Zacconi talks about that journey, his thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg, and what the future holds for gaming now that people are starting to question all the time they’re spending on their devices playing games like, well, Candy Crush.
RZ: Yeah there’s a ritual with the ambassador who basically welcomes you and gives you a cross and a few other things How long ago did that happen?
We started the company back in 2003.
We launched King in 2003, and I started the company with my co-founders who I met back in 1999.
Oh we launched more than 200 games, and those games where basically one-level-only games.
And we launched games on the web with Facebook first, and then in a way where you can play cross-platform, also mobile.
Because you would play with your friends instead of basically playing by yourself.
We launched the new Candy Crush Friends, and it’s very much focused on characters.
I think, first of all Candy Crush is a great game; it’s a fun game.
So in the old days when we started, we developed a game, and once we developed a game, we launched the game, and then we would immediately focus on the next game.

Reid Hoffman and Joi Ito on Moving Fast But Not Breaking Things

Reid Hoffman and Joi Ito on Moving Fast But Not Breaking Things

It’s no longer enough to build lean companies quickly.
And if it takes years to grow from a small startup to a major player in Silicon Valley, well.
For those familiar with the backlash to Facebook’s former credo “Move fast and break things,” the idea of prioritizing speed when you build a new company may raise alarm bells.
But Hoffman explains that the philosophy is meant as an antidote to some traditional business advice that no longer necessarily applies.
Furthermore, it does not, actually, preclude the important work of thinking through good values before you start to grow or build your company.
But the rules of blitzscaling are certainly counterintuitive.
So we literally turned off the ringers of all the phones.” Rather than stop everything to make their small customer base happy, the company focused on growing to the point where everything would work well for everyone.
Another rule: “Tolerate bad Management.” Another: “Ignore Your Customers.” These fly in the face of business school advice, but have in common the idea that after a time, in the future, once the company has scaled, the management will be good, the customers matter, the fires will be put out.
Ito, who focuses on the ethics of technology and how to build value into the companies that shape the world, made clear that blitzscaling is not without its risks.
Hoffman and Ito hope that social movements can eventually adopt some of the blitzscaling philosophy that came so easily to Trump, in order to do good.

A Sneak Peek at Nike’s New Jordans

A Sneak Peek at Nike’s New Jordans

If you want to feel old, forget the fact that WIRED is 25, and realize that Nike designed the first Air Jordan in 1984, for NBA star Michael Jordan.
Thirty-four years later, the original red, black and white high tops have spawned their own sneaker subculture.
He lifted his feet to the packed crowd and give a sneak peek at a new generation of kicks—the latest Jordan running shoe.
“This is a running shoe for people who don’t like to run,” says Hatfield, explaining that he designed it for high-level athletes, like 240-pound football linebackers, who have to run as part of their training to stay aerobically fit, but who aren’t especially fast, or don’t have great form and technique.
These new running shoes have extra stabilizing structures built into a black nylon latticework frame around the heel.
The secret is a series of fins on the back: Slower runners typically land on their heel, explained Hatfield, whereas faster sprinters land on their forefoot.
This shoe compensates for the dawdlers, who may be slogging through their workout.
“It’s about ready to be commercialized, it’s been shown to the sales force, its been shown to the retailers,” says Hatfield.
But, as of yet, it doesn’t have an official name.
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How to filter marketing fluff from startups’ AI promises

How to filter marketing fluff from startups’ AI promises

The first is to make a company’s solution sound more capable than it is, while the second is to distract you from something the company would rather avoid talking about.
Lookout for bias AI algorithms are trained on a specific data set and can become quite efficient at detecting or identifying data in that domain.
If you’ve trained an algorithm to identify cats based on cat pictures, the algorithm will be biased towards cats.
This may seem like a stark example, but AI startups will often try to push their algorithms beyond their capabilities and don’t make an honest accounting of their built-in bias.
AI algorithms are not brains, they don’t work anything like a human brain.
Hype isn’t dog food One final warning, and this one is especially important for AI startups themselves.
Don’t buy into your own marketing claims, or even better, avoid them the first place!
I understand the temptation to make these claims about the capabilities of your AI solution, but don’t go too far.
However, like with any other disruptive technology, a lot of entrepreneurs are going to try and ride along with this wave.
So, if you have access to a data set with lots of hype, drop me a line.

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European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

Image: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images The GDPR is beginning to bare its teeth.
Irish authorities are investigating Twitter for not complying with a user request covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Fortune.
But the social media company is refusing — which has prompted investigative action from European privacy authorities.
According to Fortune, London privacy researcher Michael Veale sought to know whether Twitter tracks his web activity when he clicks on a shortened “t.co” link.
So he requested that Twitter give him all the data it has on him.
Veale said Twitter denied the request on the grounds of the “disproportionate effort” it would take to gather that info, which the GDPR allows for.
But he’s arguing that Twitter should not be able to obscure data transparency by hiding in the skirts of this provision; Fortune said that Veale considers this “misinterpreting the text of the law.”
Mashable reached out to Twitter for a comment, and we’ll update this story once we hear back.
Veale complained to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), which responded in a letter saying that it would investigate Twitter.
The European Data Protection Board will handle the investigation.

Robert Mueller Has Already Told You Everything You Need To Know

Robert Mueller Has Already Told You Everything You Need To Know

He sat down with WIRED features editor Mark Robinson at the four-day WIRED25 anniversary event in San Francisco to decode the Russia probe and answer the question: What happens next?
As even a casual follower of the Russia investigation knows, questions have swirled over whether Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election by hacking the DNC and launching a massive disinformation campaign.
As Trump’s legal teams prepare their defenses—arguing as recently as last week that it was perfectly legal for the campaign to use materials stolen by Russia to further Trump’s chances—the nation waits.
“Everyone is so focused on ‘When is Mueller going to release the Mueller Report?’, and I think that what people miss is that Robert Mueller has been writing the Mueller Report in public through all of these court filings,” Graff said.
In the short year and a half that Mueller has been investigating Russia’s attack on the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to it, he has indicted some of Trump’s most senior campaign officials.
For example, when Mueller indicted officers of Russia’s military intelligence GRU agency for hacking, he noted in the criminal filing that the night that Donald Trump went on live TV and invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and find her missing emails, the GRU “returned to the office and attacked Hillary Clinton’s personal email server for the first time,” Graff says, emphasizing that last phrase.
“Mueller is making claims that I think point to breadcrumbs he is leaving us for where this going to go.” Graff says that once you factor in the information hidden in plain sight in the indictments, as well as what is pointedly left out of them, you begin to see that Mueller is carving out the negative space where the heart of investigation lies.
Normally, he says, as a reporter you always expect a story to end up being less weird than you are originally told.
“You get these weird tips as a reporter, and it’s never that good.
A few weird things he thinks Mueller is particularly interested in, that linger in that negative space carved out by the public indictments so far: A Trump campaign meeting with Betsy Devos’ brother Erik Prince in the Seychelles in 2016, the role of the nation of Qatar in Russia’s disinformation campaign, the Trump tower meeting, the Trump money trail, and “weirder questions about money,” says Graff.

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