Jemisin s Fifth Season, and fire-under-rusting-Earth there s so much to talk about it.Katie Palmer, Senior Associate Editor: Once I hit the interlude, everything started making more sense to me—and I started noticing the artful lack of knowledge in the world.Less willful ignorance, more the kind of narrow focus necessary in the face of disaster, of which there s no shortage in The Fifth Season.Rubin: I can t believe I m admitting this in print, Jay, but you pointing that out is the first time I d confronted what happened to Crack beyond oh hey exile too bad kid BACK TO THE STORY.Fallon: Which is interesting, because some themes, of course, Jemisin is grabbing you by the shirt collar and shaking you and saying, Here, this is a thing you really need to think about!Dayrit: Homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, transgenderism, all the issues that bog us down in our society are given little weight in The Fifth Season, perhaps because the moral code of the Stillness is rooted in actual hellfire and brimstone from the ground, not from some patriarchal god floating somewhere in the sky.
The Fast & Furious franchise has wasted no time in showing off its high-profile new star, Charlize Theron.The official Twitter account today shared the first photo of the Oscar-winning actress in character, less than two months her casting was announced.Although the image shows Theron with an assortment of firearms, the combination of her ponytail, Metallica T-shirt, and a motorcycle jacket doesn t quite scream lethal.Now, they meet Cipher, said the tweet that accompanied the photo.Jason Statham s rogue assassin Deckard Shaw definitely comes to mind.New additions over the years, such as Johnson and Statham, have kept things interesting, and Theron does the same.
An Arizona TV journalist on assignment covering the alleged sacrifice and smoking of a family poodle was arrested earlier this week for allegedly dropping his pants and dumping a load in public.According to the Phoenix New Times, CBS 5's Jonathan Lowe is alleged to have been caught short in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, whereupon he simply exited his news van and allegedly emptied his bowels in someone's garden.The report continues that when confronted by an officer, Lowe said: "I know what you want to talk to me about.Lowe has been charged under the Goodyear code violation of "public urination or defecation", punishable by "a fine of up to $2,500 or six months in jail".If Lowe has been flushed, then his last assignment concerned the bizarre case of the former Arizona State University football player who, according to court documents, "burned a shirt that belonged to his 17-year-old daughter in the industrial-size smoker in a trailer in his side yard, saying he didn't like the shirt because he believed it had to do with the devil", then declared "in front of his wife and four children that he had to make a sacrifice of a male, either himself, his 6-year-old son or the family dog".According to court documents, he told officers that he chose the dog, broke its neck, and police later discovered the poor poodle "dead in the smoker".
Blood for the blood godsWe re less than two weeks out from more Witcher 3, so here s a grand ol Blood and Wine trailer to sate your thirst.The CompendiumIt s time for another iteration of Raise money for The International, with Valve s special guest: The Compendium.Last year s prize pool topped $18 million.pic.twitter.com/lAMXaMJk4s— Damir Đurović @DamirDurovic May 20, 2016Skeleton SnakeSure, we probably won t see Kojima s new game for like, a decade.Over-watch thisWould I take an animated Overwatch film?$120 gets you an Official Assassin s Creed Hoodie.
When I heard the makers of the Ralph Lauren smart shirt created a smart bra, I was intrigued.Created by OMSignal, the bra measures health metrics like breathing and heart rate.I decided to give it a go.Here's what it was like: View As: One PageSlides
But 59 year-old Gary Fisher, a retired software engineer from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, has a mission: to convince lawmakers that going to Mars is both possible and affordable—if they d just give NASA a little more money.asked Mo Brooks, a Republican representative from Alabama whose congressional district includes NASA s Huntsville Space Flight Center but who, to be fair, also believes that the country could likely go bankrupt within a decade .He likened federal spending on a Mars mission—white boots on the ground by the mid-2030s—to the federal government s investment in the airline industry during the Recession of the 1930s.On Thursday, Weir donned a beige golf cap and wrinkled brown shirt to address congressional staffers in a Russell Office Building briefing room.We re in a tough budget environment, no secret there, the aide said.Last month, the House approved a $19.5 billion NASA budget, half a billion dollars more than NASA asked for overall.
Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment s first new IP in almost twenty years is launching this week.From what we ve played, the team-based multiplayer shooter is an absolute blast, combining fun, addictive gameplay with gorgeous visuals.The game is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, so TrustedReviews has rounded up the best prices from around the web.Check out our video impressions of the Overwatch beta below:Overwatch price round-up - PCCDKeys - £37.90SimplyGames - £39.95Amazon - £37.99Argos - £36.49GAME - £37.99ShopTo - £39.85Battlenet - £29.99Overwatch price round-up - PS4/Xbox OneSimplyGames - £38.85TheGameCollection - £38.85Amazon - £42.00ShopTo - £39.85Tesco Direct with free t-shirt - £42.00GAME - £44.99Argos - £43.99Overwatch price round-up - Collector s EditionAmazon - £99.99GAME - £99.99Zavvi - £94.99The Hut - £94.99ShopTo - £98.85Will you be picking up Overwatch this week?Let us know in the comments.
While attending Google's developer conference, I/O, programmer Dan Kim noticed a booth selling a T-shirt with a popular saying: "Eat, sleep, code, repeat.I literally let out an 'ugh' when I saw it."Because, the truth is, the underlying idea of that phrase isn't so cute.It must be all consuming and the focus of your life.... a truly balanced lifestyle  —  one that gives your brain and your soul some space to breathe non-programming air  —  actually makes you a better programmer.To understand just how pervasive this indoctrination is, a couple of months ago, Alex St. John, a famous video game developer and exec, someone who has hired a lot of programmers over the years, caused an uproar when he published a controversial article in VentureBeat.St.St. John even wrote a recruiting slideshow filled with controversial and sexist ideas on how to find programmers preferably young and cultivate this idea in them.The sad thing is that for those that buy into this message, the stress of working like that has been known to literally drive some of them beyond burnout, even affecting mental health.For instance, some time ago a programmer named Kenneth Parker wrote a blog post about the hardest working programmer he ever knew.
Online marketplace eBay has announced plans to acquire Ticketbis, a Spanish online ticketing platform that operates in 47 markets.Ticketbis has secured more than $25 million in funding since it was founded in 2009 and counts offices in Bilbao and Madrid, though it operates across Southern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.Founded out of San Francisco in 2000 by former Stanford Business School students and investment bankers, StubHub became a major force in the secondary ticketing market space, leading to its eventual acquisition by eBay in a $310 million deal in 2007.But earlier this year, StubHub revealed plans to take on the mighty Ticketmaster with an all-new platform for both primary and secondary tickets.And just last week, StubHub became the first official shirt sponsor in NBA history when it expanded its existing relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers.Ticketbis represents yet another notable exit by a European startup to a U.S. firm, and coincidentally comes in the same week that eBay completed the acquisition of ExpertMaker, an artificial intelligence startup from Sweden.In Ticketbis, eBay and StubHub have an easy passage into dozens of lucrative new markets and are saved from having to build the necessary local infrastructure to sell tickets.The acquisition of Ticketbis will enable us to significantly scale StubHub s international footprint, said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay, in a press release eBay s global presence will help StubHub acquire new customers as it expands into markets outside of the U.S. StubHub is perhaps better known in the U.S., though it has also operated in the U.K. since 2012, Germany since 2015, and Mexico as of this month.The acquisition is expected to close in the next couple of months, and although terms of the deal have not been officially disclosed, TechCrunch reports the figure to be $165 million.
For entrepreneurs, summer is the season of opportunity.Instead, consider smaller niche festivals, where you can offer a tailored experience at a fraction of the cost.August brings the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a three-day folk and dance festival in rural Hillsdale, New York.Related: Online Marketing Gets All the Buzz But Check Out the ROI for Live EventsThese and hundreds of other festivals offer the chance to bring your brand experience right to its target market.When we brought the t-shirt brand Life Is Good to Hangout Fest in 2015, for instance, it featured a simple concept: a sheltered phone-charging area, complete with hammocks and chairs.Candid shots and fun videos not only make attendees feel like VIPs but make for excellent marketing materials once it s over.
Pebble Core can sync with popular fitness apps Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Fit and Under Armour Record to help you keep on top of your activity, and can be used entirely independently of a smartphone.It has a headphone jack but is also Bluetooth-enabled for wireless headphones to listen to Spotify Premium accounts, and Pebble apps including Uber can be assigned to activate at the touch of the device's button.As the Pebble Core has no display, it contains a number of LED lights to indicate when a function has been activated.Pebble chief executive Eric Migicovsky said that besides its health applications, the device could also be used to find misplaced items much like how Tile locating device works, or to ensure children had arrived safely at school.The Pebble Core, Pebble 2 L and Pebble Time 2 R Pebble 2 contains a built-in microphone for voice replies to messages, is water resistant to 30 metres and will start shipping in September for $99.The Pebble Time 2's e-paper display is twice the size of its predecessor the Pebble Time, and will be available in November for $169.
The company also debuted a gadget outside the smartwatch category: a little $69 box named Core that clips on to your shirt or keys, has no display, plays Spotify playlists, and tracks runs with GPS.And speaking of running, fitness is Pebble s new focus across the board.More on that later.The Pebble 2 is expected to ship in September, the Time 2 in November, and the Core in January.Let s break down what s new.The Pebble 2 looks a lot like Pebble s original smartwatch, which debuted on Kickstarter in 2012, but it now packs a heart rate monitor and features a thinner design.In about four years, Pebble s namesake smartwatch has effectively transitioned from flagship product to budget option to full-fledged Fitbit competitor.The look of the watch is decidedly sporty, as Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky put it in an interview with VentureBeat.It s a cute little box that streams music like a modern-day iPod Shuffle that s Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky s comparison — and, I must admit, I still have a soft spot for the original Shuffle.The Core is for runners who don t like running with their phones, coming at a time when smartwatches aren t smart enough to replace our phones.It works on its own or in tandem with a Pebble smartwatch.
We may try on new roles, but it s usually something more mundane like manager or goofy uncle.Gone are the days of pretending to be a rock star or a queen or a dragon.So, I changed my shirt from yellow to blue and became Rick from Rick and Morty.If you ve never been to a geek convention, it can be a jarring experience the first time you see Iron Man hanging out with the World of Warcraft guy in a hotel lobby next to Jayne s giant hat.This was abundantly clear when I went to a Fallout-themed New Year s party dressed as Nick Valentine this past year.By becoming Nick and hanging out with like-minded people, though, I could do it in this bar.
We may try on new roles, but it s usually something more mundane like manager or goofy uncle.Gone are the days of pretending to be a rock star or a queen or a dragon.So, I changed my shirt from yellow to blue and became Rick from Rick and Morty.If you ve never been to a geek convention, it can be a jarring experience the first time you see Iron Man hanging out with the World of Warcraft guy in a hotel lobby next to Jayne s giant hat.This was abundantly clear when I went to a Fallout-themed New Year s party dressed as Nick Valentine this past year.By becoming Nick and hanging out with like-minded people, though, I could do it in this bar.
A few years ago, my husband bought a T-shirt that read, May your life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on Facebook!I use my voice to show others how each challenge has been an opportunity to learn more about myself, and a chance to find strengths I never realized I possessed.We spend so much time telling one another to soldier on that we start to forget that it s perfectly acceptable to break down.I dropped the façade of the superhero mother who is completely at peace with her child s autism, and realized I was human.I became angry and judgmental — the very things I have consciously tried to overcome.What I gained from this experience was simple insight.
What would you think if a coworker or employee showed up to work in loose ripped jeans, scuzzy sneakers, the same shirt she wore yesterday, frizzy hair, dirty unpolished nails, and a band-aid hanging off her arm from a recent tetanus shot?Friedman quotes Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute, who notes that as our work lives and lives-lives become increasingly intertwined, there s naturally far less interest in a wardrobe that arbitrarily separates the two: There s a strain of thought that says an employee represents a company, and thus dress is not about personal expression, but company expression, Professor Scafidi said.But there s a counter argument that believes because we identify so much with our careers, we should be able to be ourselves at work.Friedman also cites recent uproars over various sharply gendered dress codes—the heel requirement at British temp agency Portico, and, allegedly, at Cannes; the weather forecaster who was recently handed a sweater to cover her dress she later said it was a joke ; Kansas State Senator Mitch Holmes public apology for releasing guidelines that deemed low necklines and miniskirts inappropriate but had no equivalent restrictions for male dress—as well as new guidelines from the New York City Commission on Human Rights prohibiting enforcing dress codes based on sex or gender, to make the argument that as the lines of gender increasingly blur, the concept of what clothes are appropriate does as well.I started an editorial assistant job at Glamour Magazine in fussy outfits and statement necklaces and high heels that sprained my ankle twice; two years later, my Birkenstocks and jeans heavily signaled a swiftly loosening commitment to the world of women s magazines, and to the idea that a woman should stand on her tippy toes to be taken seriously.Has that idea shifted dramatically depending on your job, or even as you become more comfortable in or less serious about one particular job?
View photosMoreAn Adidas logo is pictured at a shirt before the company annual general meeting in the northern Bavarian town of Fuerth near Nuremberg, Germany, May 12, 2016.REUTERS/Michaela RehleANSBACH, Germany Reuters - Adidas will launch mass production of running shoes at a German factory operated largely by robots next year and plans to open a similar plant in the United States next year, the company said on Tuesday.Founded by German cobbler Adi Dassler in 1949, Adidas had closed all but one of its 10 shoe factories in Germany by 1993 as it shifted most production from Europe to lower-wage Asia, particularly China and Vietnam.The company gave journalists a first look at its new "Speedfactory" in the southern German town of Ansbach on Tuesday, saying large-scale production will start in 2017 after producing the first 500 prototypes for sale later this year."With the Adidas 'Speedfactory', we are revolutionizing the industry," said Chief Executive Herbert Hainer.Hainer said Adidas hoped to open a similar plant in the United States next year and expects the two factories to produce at least a million pairs of shoes a year combined within the next couple of years.
The operators of the Kraken alt-coin exchange will distribute $91m in Bitcoins to people left out of pocket by the 2014 MtGox collapse.Kraken, appointed to oversee what remains of the MtGox estate, says it has reviewed thousands of claims by MtGox's customers, who want their BTC back.Kraken will now hand out millions of dollars in the virtual currency to some of those who lost out at the alleged hands of MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles and company.The $91m represents the scraps of digital currency MtGox held before the bankrupt biz was frozen – and Kraken is now handing over those remaining Bitcoins to some of those stiffed during the financial crisis.Kraken said that to date, more than 24,000 claims have been filed, with claimants seeking exactly $2,411,412,137,427 in total losses.However, the exchange noted that many of those claims – including a single filing for more than 2 trillion Yen in lost Bitcoin – had been denied.
A woman wearing no makeup and dressed in a t-shirt and shorts saunters through her kitchen making hong shao rou, red-braised pork belly.In the new online world of video live streaming in China, it could be anyone.Instead, it s Chinese actress Yao Chen who agreed to live-stream from her home for local charity Free Lunch last Sunday, May 22.The fairly quotidian broadcast by Yao, who has more than 79 million followers on microblogging platform Weibo and starred in last year s mega-hit Monster Hunt China s No.Her haul of 920,000 diamonds puts her ahead of A-list celebrity and actress Zhou Xun, who lags behind in fifth place.Like many of their counterparts on Western social media platforms, a huge number of these Chinese Internet celebrities  use their platform to promote skincare and makeup products, a behavior they re likely to be getting paid for.The Internet celebrity economy has become so big that a report released this week by CBNData valued its current 2016 worth at more than the film industry s 2015 gross box office total.In the intense competition for eyeballs, content streamers have pushed the envelope, prompting media regulators to ban live-streamers from filming themselves eating bananas in a seductive fashion.In April, the Ministry of Culture announced it was investigating a number of popular live-streaming platforms for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that harms social morality.Up to 2.6 million viewers watched the stream, the app claims, which included the film s star Tong Dawei answering questions.And just days before streaming her cooking-at-home session, Yao Chen, voiced her support for 63-year-old film producer and screenwriter Fang Li who had taken to his knees pleading for more theaters to show the art house film Song of the Phoenix.Fang s emotional appeal, which went out to 45,000 viewers via Sina s own video live-streaming app at the time,  but subsequently went viral, helped rally support for the fledgling art house film and helped it reach third place at the box office earning $7 million.The technology is also enabling stars to give their fans a taste of the glamour behind international film events.At the Cannes Film Festival, A-list celebrity Li Bingbing live streamed herself in the makeup chair, applying makeup to a traveling reporter, eating, chatting in English to her European drivers as they take her to the next red carpet.French cosmetics company L Oreal used their own live-streaming accounts to broadcast questions they posed to their brand ambassadors at Cannes, including veteran actress Gong Li,  actress–singer Li Yuchun, and the star Jing Boran, best known for his role in Monster Hunt, in France to promote Time Raiders 盗墓笔记 .Competing for the attention of viewers was 24 year-old Huang Jingyu from the hit web series Addicted  that was banned by Chinese media regulators earlier this year.
To help your doctor better assess your overall health, measure your waist size too.A big waist size matters because, even if you re not overweight or have a low BMI, it could indicate you have more fat stored around your abdominals, so-called abdominal obesity .According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the guidelines that put you at higher risk of obesity-related conditions:A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inchesA non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inchesTo find out your waist circumference, use a measuring tape get it from a drug or fabric store and wrap it around your belly button.Consider taking these measurements first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, and without a shirt on to keep measurements as accurate as possible.Make sure that the tape is horizontal across your waist and that it s not pulling tightly on your skin.Some say measuring waist-to-hip ratio is better, but Harvard School of Public Health Obesity Prevention Source noted their research showed that waist size alone and waist-to-hip ratio measurements were both equally effective.
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