Archive for March, 2017

Machines at the Temple of Heaven park scan visitors’ faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of toilet paper.

The reason for the machine  was humorous. Older local ladies stole the Temple of Heaven’s toilet paper.  

Anyway, people think something stinks about this

This device should wipe out toilet paper theft.

How much toilet paper does the facial recognition toilet paper dispenser give you?

The facial recognition toilet paper dispenser gives you (24 to 27.5 inches) then you must wait 9 minute for more. The toilet paper dispenser has your face map to prevent cheating.

Diarrhea At The Park

What about diarrhea?
BBC asked a reporter to flush out what happens.  They said that staff on the ground,”will directly provide the toilet paper.” That word, “directly” concerns me.  

The automatic paper dispensers are set up considering male and female height difference in every toilet within the Temple of Heaven park. [Photo: Beijing Evening News and The Beijing News]

Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispensers Will Boost Tourist Trade ‘The Paper Trail’

Toilet paper here is cheap, $0.05 – $0.06 per foot. So, you smuggle bring in an extra suitcase filled with toilet paper. You can then hang outside the bathroom and sell a little somethin somethin. You will clean up.
Done! You paid for part of your vacation. (If you make a profit you can charge the trip to your business and take it off of your taxes.)

Certain Chinese people who steal it.

 

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Custom dog figurine – based on your dog Have you ever imagined your dog as a cartoon character? I’ll create a custom figurine based on your dog’s markings!


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It’s safe to say Jordyn Hicks is having the time of her life being an elder sibling. Each morning, Jordyn records herself dropping her younger sister off at school in El Reno, OK, while she blasts songs from the early 2000s in her car. 

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“While it may seem too good to be true, Chaotic Moon has developed a solution to do all of that and so much more just by attaching a little tattoo to your arm.”

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Man arrested after attack on homeless person ‘decoy’ LAS VEGAS (AP) —

“A man accused of attacking a mannequin that Las Vegas police positioned to resemble a homeless person following two slayings remained jailed Friday. The report says Schindler, 30, approached the “decoy,” looked around for traffic and struck it with a 4-pound engineer’s hammer he had in a bag. Surveillance video captured the incident.”

Odd News Comments

My favorite comment:
I wouldn’t even treat my blow-up doll like that…
 
People can’t let it go. Some how, some way  Trump is brought into the comments. It doesn’t matter if it is sad, serious or funny, they make Trump related comment.
 See trump was right about Mexicans.
Best of the best:
Hitting people with a hammer ain’t funny, unless your Bugs Bunny then it’s funny.
Hope the D.A. can nail him in court.
Do you know what time it is ? It’s HAMMER time ! ; )
 

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After someone hacked Amazon’s Alexa to speak out of one of those Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish, we thought we had seen it all – that is, until now. In early March, YouTube user Mike McGurrin hacked his Alexa device to speak out of a prop skull leftover from Halloween. The result is truly terrifying as the skull maniacally jerks its head around while answering a mundane question about the weather. Watch the nightmare-inducing video in its entirety above. Are you amazed instead of freaked out? You can find out how to make your own with the tutorial from McGurrin.
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By the time the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince novel was released, the fourth movie (Goblet of Fire) was on the verge of coming out. This meant that Rupert Grint was already an established member of our favorite magical trio as Ron Weasley, loved perhaps most especially for his gratuitous usage of “bloody hell” to express his

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The next time you use a certain emoji, you might realize that it looks oddly familiar. Does it remind you of someone, perhaps? If you’re thinking Maisie Williams, you’re not wrong. The actress herself came to the realization and has fully embraced it.

Maisie tweeted on March 7 that she’s “come to terms” with her looking like an emoji. She even used the emoji she thinks she looks like.

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To trust your microwave or not? That’s the question the internet is asking themselves after Kellyanne Conway suggested former President Barack Obama spied on Donald Trump with “microwaves that turn into cameras.” Though Conway has clarified her comments and doesn’t actually believe the statement she did make, the internet is shook and has no idea how to feel about their microwaves anymore.

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J.K. Rowling always surprises us with the amount of detail she poured into Harry Potter, and it feels like every day we learn something new about the series. Reddit user SunshineallDay’s fan theory provides more evidence of how much Rowling hid in her books.

It might be hard to catch when you’re first reading, but look a little closer and you’ll see it. The fun Easter egg shows how Hermione’s character learned Wizard Baruffio wasn’t the most intelligent in The Sorcerer’s Stone from Professor Flitwick. Later in The Order of the Phoenix, Harry and Ron are tempted to drink Baruffio’s Brain Elixir before their O.W.L.s, but Hermione clearly recalls their lesson and pours the drink down the toilet. An image from the books highlighting these two passages is below.

It’s a good thing Hermione confiscated it before you could buy it, Harry from harrypotter

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As if we needed another reminder of how sharp Hermione is! Really, what impressed us most about this is Rowling’s memory — and that we can keep rereading the books and find more fun coincidences like this.

 

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The most stressful part of getting a new smartphone isn’t when it’ll ship or transferring all your data. It’s choosing which phone case will make the cut to tell the world you have a new phone and that you’re a new person because of it. When I bought my iPhone 6S, I went with a dark pink glitter case. To me, it says responsible but likes to have fun. To others, it hopefully sparkles on the bus and makes them think that I’m really cool (a girl can dream, all right?).

Gone are the days of being only able to choose a case that clips onto your belt (aka the case beloved by dads everywhere). Today, it’s all about cases with stickers, falling glitter and sparkles, and pretty much anything else you can dream of. They function as a literal personal extension of our style or just how we’re feeling that particular day. And like any of your other favorite accessories, there’s someone behind the scenes designing and creating that phone case you use every day.

A phone case line alone can require 20 presentations and 300 designs.

This is where Iris Yu comes in, a colors, materials, and finishes (CMF) designer at Speck. Her entire job revolves around pitching, creating, and styling phone cases that can withstand impact while matching your day-to-night look. It’s a career you might not have even thought about and one Yu executes similarly to an editor of a fashion magazine. In fact, a phone case line alone can require 20 presentations and 300 designs. The full process takes six months.

As a tech reporter who regularly rounds up phone cases for my job, I’ve encountered other tech reporters in the industry who snicker at the concept of how important these accessories are to people. Like many trends women love and obsess over, such as taking selfies or using Snapchat filters, it’s a product that some don’t think much about, even if the design is something they really love and enjoy. But with the release of the rose gold iPhone 6S or the S7 in Pink Gold, cases are no longer something industrial and without design. Instead, a market has popped up for clear cases that show off the color of the phone or use illustrations to make your phone another accessory. It’s an industry that requires the talents of someone like Yu, someone who takes a closer look at trends and chooses what will grab someone’s attention above all the other choices.

In order to perfect the final product, the attention to detail begins with trend searching and scouting. “We try not to look within our industry to look at what everyone else is doing,” said Yu. “We get inspiration from as many places as possible. Looking globally and looking in more sectors gives you more cohesive and in-depth insight into what is happening.” For Yu, this means looking at Ikea or Teen Vogue or traveling to China and visiting a fabric store to find the perfect look. “We weren’t just like, ‘OK, let’s just purchase this oriental pattern'” said Yu. “We got the actual material and transferred it into a pattern and a finished product.” Using the real material as inspiration is something Yu believes sets her apart.

For instance, the newest line of Speck phone cases, called Presidio, includes seven different types of cases, each one inspired by four larger themes and “stories.” There’s Deep Space that draws its inspiration from products such as the MAC Star Trek makeup line and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Another one, Big Sky, centers around Taylor Swift’s good-girl persona and Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s bohemian line at PacSun. When the project began in February 2016 to create the Presidio line, it included six stories. Whittled down to these four stories, Yu and the Speck CMF team were then able to figure which clear designs would work best, like Golden Blossoms, a design illustrated by Yu herself. (You can see Yu holding the case further below.)

The accomplishments and hard work of the CMF team is also raising eyebrows within Speck. People were so impressed with the vision boards the CMF team created for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), that the sales team used it in meetings. “It’s not just about making something look nice, but also being able to tell that visual story and show off our inspiration and what we’re influenced by,” said Yu. “And I think that’s what consumers want. They want authenticity. They want to see a nice cohesive story.” This thinking also builds up the credibility of the CMF team. “We’re not just picking things; we’re doing the research,” said Yu.

This type of validation is critical for Yu, a Chinese American born in the Bay Area. Her mother, an immigrant from China, doesn’t quite understand the value Yu has at Speck (yet), though she’s always supported her. Her mom still hopes she will use her premed knowledge to land a medical career. “Even to this day my mom’s like, ‘Hey I have a friend, she has an opening in a medical doctor field, do you want to try that out?'” said Yu. “And I was like, ‘Mom! I’m flying to New York next week to find new designs and new patterns. This isn’t just a lame office job; it’s an actual career. Like, c’mon!”

For Yu, it’s another step in the surreal journey she’s taken to become a CMF designer. With her combined knowledge of chemistry and studio art, her senior art professor made Yu think more about the organic nature of the materials she used to create art. This led to her to realizing “the beauty of textures and letting my materials speak for themselves.” After graduating in 2013, Yu teetered back and forth between art preservation and her actual art. By chance, she came across the CMF job posting and it led to where she is today. Yu credits her two vastly different interests that set her apart from the pack and made her uniquely qualified for the role.

As a female designer, Yu faces pushback for her fashion style at work and the phone cases she designs. In the same way that some look down on fashion as a career, Yu must defend case design as something to be taken seriously. “We’re doing a ton of research, and if you guys would just see all the influences we have, you would be able to see that.”

It’s not the first nor last time Yu might see this type of thinking going around. Phone cases, like fashion and beauty, are used as tools to express personality. But in doing so, it becomes tainted as appearing vain and frivolous. Yet, it’s how people actually want to use their phones. In a 2013 study, the NDP Group found that 75 percent of smartphone owners have a case. When it came to iPhone owners, 49 percent have used more than one case, and a quarter of those surveyed use it “as a way to change the look of their phone.” Despite this information, cases get set aside as something that only women want or think about. A trend piece on teenagers and tech in The New York Times only included a quote from a teen girl about phone cases, reaffirming this stereotype.

Before the rise of the iPhone, particularly the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which drove accessory sales to “record levels,” phone cases were considered plain-looking items that lasted just a few months. But as phone screens cracked and cases started to incorporate fun designs and bright colors, people started thinking of a phone case as an accessory. It was another item to pin and decide how a case could show off your personality.

So the next time you’re deciding on a phone case, spend five minutes or an hour picking one out. It’s another way to express yourself, make a statement about your beliefs, or show off what your favorite junk food is. Either way, it’s your style choice to make and no one should phone-case shame you for it.

 

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Remember the good ol’ days when former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden were in the White House? The internet loved the duo so much, they made a whole meme over their bromance. Well, turns out Joe Biden recently saw the memes and picked out his favorite one.
Ashley Biden, the daughter of Joe Biden, told Moneyish in an interview that she was the one who showed the memes to her dad. Biden’s response? “Sat there for an hour and laughed,” she said. Biden then picked his favorite one, which you can see below.

The original tweet, posted on Oct. 17, 2016, has more than 1,900 retweets and 2,700 “likes.” Now it’s your turn to tell us your favorite Obama-Biden bromance meme!

 

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Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

King Kong movie review.

Kong: Skull Island dialogue is clunky, the A-list actors are slumming and, yeah, you’ve seen it all before. But Kong: Skull Island is a creäture feature that’s damn near irresistible. Set in 1973, just when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, this loony epic boasts a killer soundtrack and a thing for the surreal kick of Apocalypse Now. This return of the King is the second entry in what

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: Return of the Great Ape Is a Rumble in the Jungle

Personal Shopper
Starring Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart might be the most adventurous young actress working today. Instead of playing variations on the Twilight role that made her a star, she keeps pushing ahead into new territory (Camp X-Ray, Still Alice, Certain Women), the riskier the better. Nothing scares her. She hit a recent career peak playing the personal assistant to a demanding Juliette

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A guest on a Carnival Magic cruise ship takes video of jet skiers being plucked out the water by a Brevard County sheriff’s rescue boat.

 The cruise ship out of Port Canaveral, FL almost ran over jet skiers that crashed in front of the boat.