These Ears Are Out to Socialize

first_imgShare This!A quintet of graveyard busts tops this incredibly detailed ear headband that pays homage to the Haunted Mansion. Priced at $29.99, we found ours at Memento Mori at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (next to the Haunted Mansion attraction, naturally), but they are also available at and at many other in-park locations.The ears themselves depict spooky creatures and favorite Haunted Mansion characters. Even the band is embellished with “Grim Grinning Ghosts” in the attraction typeface. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: The Realities of Using a Modern TA Platform

first_imgOn April 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with @TimSackett about The Realities of Using a Modern TA Platform.In case you missed this fun and informative chat, you can see all the tweets here:  [View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: The Realities of Using a Modern TA Platform” on Storify]last_img

blueorganizer: Interview with adaptiveblue founder and CTO Alex Iskold

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#conferences#DEMOfall 2006#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Richard: What are your major challenges?Alex: There are a couple major challenges. Number one is building the user base –standing out from the crowd. DEMOfall helped us address that in an excellent way. Anotherchallenge is expanding and growing in the right way. We are here to build products thatpeople use without expanding to be a 30 people company. Our challenge is to scale and weare going to address it by being smart about our software infrastructure andresources.Richard: What are you going to build in the next 12 months?Alex: We are going to add more collections like images, video and people. Expectsupport for microformats and more smart browsing stuff. We are also planning to startwork and roll out some backend personalization technologies. But we can’t talk about themyet 🙂Richard: What is the most important thing for a start up to besuccessful?Alex: Passion, closely followed by people, focus and agility.Richard: What web sites / blogs do you use / read often?Alex: Techcrunch, Read/Write Web, Peter Rip’s blog, Headrush. Use Basecamp from37signals a lot, and cvsdude to store our code.Richard: Which ‘web 2.0’ things are noise and which are signals?Alex: Signals are true innovations, noise are clones.Richard: How did you find DEMOFall?Alex: We found this show fantastic! The energy and the crowds were just amazing, We gotso much out of it and were very well received. We highly recommend the show to all companies that are launching new products.Disclaimer: not only is Alex a regular R/WW contributer, but blueorganizer is asponsor too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Alex Iskold was at DEMOfall lastweek, but not only to live-blog the eventand do interviews for Read/WriteWeb 🙂 He was also promoting his own product blueorganizer, so I thought it’s only fair toturn the tables and interview him about DEMO – particularly as blueorganizer wasregarded as one of DEMO’s highlights by both Techcrunch and ZDNet.Also adaptiveblue has just released a brand new version of theblueorganizer. New features include the “autobluemark” (which automatically collectsobjects from the sites that users visit often), blogs collection with popularity rankingbuilt in, smart filtering (which brings iTunes-like flexible selectors to theblueorganizer), a google desktop widget and much more.Richard: What is your company about?Alex: adaptiveblue was founded with the vision to build the next generation of smartbrowsing and personalization technologies. Our first product, the blueorganizerextension, is focused on bringing the semantics of everyday objects into the browser tomake users more productive.Richard: Why did you start this company?Alex: I have been thinking about personalization and semantics for quite sometime. Isaw that there was a gap between theoretical thinking about semantic web and practicalsteps to get to it and wanted to help bridge it. Ironically my previous startup,Information Laboratory (which was sold to IBM), was focused on the structure of complexsystems like software, power grids and society. So I think that understanding of thestructure can take you very far, but to build truly personalized online experiences youneed to understand the semantics of things.Richard: Tell us what adaptiveblue has achieved so far?Alex: We have developed and launched our product in record time – just short of 5months. We also created innovative and important pieces of infrastructure forblueorganizer. We leveraged XML and JavaScript to roll out new collections and actions ina very short time, without having to do JavaScript coding. Finally, we just had anamazing launch at DEMOfall. It has been a great success and we are very pleased.last_img read more

Setti: ‘We heard no racist chants’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Verona President Maurizio Setti claims he didn’t hear any racist chanting towards Brescia’s Mario Balotelli, even though there is video evidence. Balotelli picked up the ball in the 53rd minute and blasted it into the crowd after incessant chants from the home fans, and threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates. Unsurprisingly, Verona’s President took an all-too familiar approach to this issue, pleading ignorance. “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Verona eight years ago and immediately seen that the Verona fans are ironic, but absolutely not racist. When Balotelli made his debut here for Milan six years ago there were episodes of racism, and we condemned it. We have always done,” Setti told reporters in the mixed zone. “It is wrong to generalise, speaking for all 20,000 fans when, perhaps, a couple of people have said something. If there are two or three people who have said something, we are ready to take action against them because we condemn any episode of this type. “But to speak of Verona as we were 30 years ago is wrong. We are a club that only has sport in our real DNA. There are many players of colour who wear the Gialloblu from the youth team to the first. “Racism is a path for us that doesn’t exist and Verona is not a correct position for generalisations. In eight years of my presidency, you could confirm this. The attitude of our fans is absolutely correct.” Coach Ivan Juric also insisted it was “a lie” to say there was racist abuse from the Verona fans towards Balotelli during today’s game. However, one of the Verona fans themselves helpfully uploaded a video to social media highlighting the odious ‘monkey noises’ just before the precise moment he kicked the ball into the stands. The supporter presented the video with this caption: “Do you hear racist abuse? Or did the genius just want to get attention?” The answer is very clearly the former.last_img read more

Dil Dhadakne Do: Watch Anushka, Priyanka sing Girls Like To Swing

first_imgJazz seems to have become a favourite with Anushka Sharma. After Bombay Velvet, the actress is yet again seen sporting a similar look in the new song, Girls Like To Swing, from Zoya Akhtar’s upcoming film Dil Dhadakne Do.Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra in the new song Girls Like To Swing With dark lips, a shimmery dress and a 50s hairdo, Anushka Sharma gets the look from the golden era perfect. But this time, Anushka is not performing at a club (like she was seen doing in Bombay Velvet), but on a cruise.Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Girls Like To Swing is a peppy number and clearly one of the best in the entire soundtrack.And, to give Anushka company, is none other than Priyanka Chopra. The two shake a leg to this upbeat track.  Actor Ranveer Singh took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the song.Les fabuleux femmes!!! Love it !!! 🙂 @AnushkaSharma @priyankachopra #GirlsLikeToSwing Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 20, 2015The truth is..I wanted to Swing with the girls too..But Zoya wouldn’t let me! 😉 #GirlsLikeToSwing @AnushkaSharma Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 20, 2015 Dil Dhadakne Do is about a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip. It also stars Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah and Rahul Bose. The film is slated to release on June 5.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: We deserved three points

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We deserved three pointsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad earned their first victory at Real Madrid in La Liga for 15 years on Sunday.Willian Jose fired Sociedad in front from the penalty spot in the third minute after Mikel Merino was fouled by Real Madrid’s Casemiro.Things then got more difficult for Real Madrid when Lucas Vazquez was sent off with half an hour remaining.Sociedad made the extra man count when Ruben Pardo headed in a late second.Real coach Santiago Solari said, “The feeling is that we should have picked up three points and we didn’t. We have to put away the chances that we created. We’ll compete as we look to win the next game.”We don’t talk to the referees. There are incidents that look obvious live and we believe that VAR is there for that, to be able to consult it if there is no certainty. We believe that is the intention that exists with technology and VAR. “If not, there’s no reason for it to exist. We’re human and we make mistakes, but one thing is if we make a mistake, we can’t review the evidence, but if there’s the possibility to review the evidence and we don’t, it’s difficult to understand.” last_img read more

a month agoArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford draw

first_imgArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford drawby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has taken responsibility for Sunday’s draw with Watford. The Gunners blew a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road, with Tom Cleverley taking advantage of a comical error by Sokratis.”We have some young players and they need to have experiences like today,” he told a media conference. “Matteo [Guendouzi] is young and very emotional; sometimes he needs to make some mistakes to improve. In the first half he made a mistake and they didn’t score.”When we are analysing the mistakes, we prefer to speak about them collectively. I have responsibility.”I don’t want to say it’s the fault of one player or another. It’s my responsibility to give them the confidence to execute our game plan.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Bends NCAA Rules During High School Visit

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)High school juniors aren’t allowed to take photos with college football coaches, per NCAA rules. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh appears to have found a way around that.In the below photo, taken at Detroit Jesuit, four students (we’re not sure if any are even recruits) lined up in the background while Harbaugh stared in another direction. Technically, they aren’t posing with Harbaugh.NCAA rules states that juniors can’t take photos with college coaches. So we got in the back ground @CoachJim4UM— Nacho Libre (@jackrobruce) January 14, 2016Harbaugh appears to be hitting the recruiting trail hard. Look out, Big Ten.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Toronto author and filmmaker Peter Vronsky has written several books on serial killers, and in the introduction to his latest on the subject, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age To the Present, he explains how it all got started.In 1979 a 23-year-old Vronsky literally bumped into Richard Francis Cottingham, the “Times Square Torso Ripper,” in the lobby of a hotel in New York City where they were both staying. As The Ripper walked past him, a cloth bag he was carrying bonked into Vronsky, with what he thought might be bowling balls inside. In fact, they were the heads of two of his victims.It’s a wonderfully macabre anecdote and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. Sons of Cain covers a lot of ground in an informative, entertaining and at times idiosyncratic take on serial killers that expands on the coverage provided in Vronsky’s previous books Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Out with NAFTA in with USMCA Canada inks new trade deal with

first_imgWASHINGTON – A new era in North American free trade dawned in the dead of night Sunday as a 14-month NAFTA modernization effort between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally came to fruition with just hours to spare before an end-of-weekend deadline.What began as a marathon in the summer of 2017 ended in a flat-out sprint as negotiators in Ottawa and Washington worked around the clock to put the finishing touches on language adding Canada to the deal reached over the summer between the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s a good day for Canada,” was all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would say as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks that included Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton.Details remained sparse, but U.S. administration officials say the deal — newly christened the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA — provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers and limits the American impact of Canada’s controversial supply management system for dairy and poultry products, long a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump.It also appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth and nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Freeland and Lighthizer said in a joint statement.“It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Those rules require that a certain percentage of an imported vehicle’s components be manufactured in the United States.Some have characterized the side letter as effectively establishing a quota on the number of autos that can be exported to the U.S. — anathema to the very principles of free trade. But Dan Ujczo, an international trade lawyer with the U.S. firm Dickinson Wright, said it would only apply to a very small percentage of vehicles that don’t comply with the origin rules.“When people are saying there’s a cap on auto exports, it’s only in the limited situation where the goods are non-conforming with the rules of origin. So if you comply with the rules of origin, there’s no way you are subject to 232 tariffs,” Ujczo said.“This objection is largely more philosophical than practical — the idea of having quotas as a side letter to a free trade agreement. The practical consequences are limited, if any.”Despite the fact that Ottawa had long pushed back hard against allowing the deal to be periodically revisited, officials in the U.S. briefing said the new language includes a provision that will indeed see the deal reviewed every six years.“This is going to be one of the most enforceable trade agreements we’ve ever had,” one official said. “This gives us a significant new form of leverage in terms of encouraging people to come up to the mark and really fully comply with all of their obligations.“This administration is committed to strong and effective enforcement of this agreement, just like all of our other agreements. We will be watching very carefully to see and to make sure that all of the things that have been pledged and promised in the agreement do come about.”Insiders got wind of a breakthrough after 14 months of tumultuous talks and just hours before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada as a signatory.Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office near Parliament Hill, while the White House convened its own late-night trade briefing conference call just an hour before the midnight deadline.“In short, we think this is a fantastic agreement for the U.S., but also for Canada and Mexico,” said the American officials, who cheered the fact that U.S. dairy ranchers would soon have “substantial” expanded access to lucrative markets north of the border.They described the central elements of the deal as a “template” that would become the “playbook” for all of the Trump administration’s future trade deals, including new and stronger rules of origin on autos and mechanisms to ensure agreements don’t become “stale and outdated.”“It’s a great win for the president and a validation of his strategy in the area of international trade.”In Ottawa, PMO officials said there would be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.Meantime, congratulations were being offered among key stakeholders who have been on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Canada and the United States would find common ground.An agreement on how to treat the auto sector, reached this summer between the United States and Mexico, was central to a revamped NAFTA going ahead.But the U.S. and Canada had trouble dealing with other areas in the pact, including Canada’s dairy industry, its insistence on a strong dispute settlement mechanism and concerns about intellectual property and culture.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But President Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.“Specifically, we will seek clarity on how the agreement addresses the existing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium, as well as how it will ensure that tariffs and quotas upon Canada’s auto sector exports will be avoided,” Beatty said in a statement.Trudeau has promised repeatedly to keep the country’s supply management system intact, despite pressure from Trump. The issue has also figured prominently in Quebec, where voters go to the polls in a provincial election on Monday.— With files from Mike Blanchfield and Terry Pedwell in Ottawalast_img read more