Month: August 2019

Check Out This Homemade RealLife Captain America Shield

first_img Sometimes even the most fanciful ideas from works of fiction can come to life in the real world. Well, sort of, anyway.YouTube tinkerer and craftsman the Hacksmith has created a real-life version of one of the most iconic items from the Marvel Comics universe: Captain America’s shield.Related: VR Startup Magic Leap Wants You to Save a Seat on the Couch for C-3POBeyond the classic patriotic appearance, what makes this shield so special — in the comics and movies, anyway — is Cap’s ability to magically call the shield back to him at will. If you’ve seen the movies (come on, who hasn’t?) you’ll recall the shield flying through the air, returning to its home on its owner’s arm.So how the heck did this guy turn this outrageous feat into reality? Using 12-volt industrial electromagnets that can lift more than 260 pounds under normal circumstances, that’s how. If you pump them up to 72 volts, for a short amount of time, the Hacksmith says they can pull close to 1,600 pounds.Apparently, the magnets — powered by three lithium polymer battery packs — are strong enough to pull this aluminum replica shield, at least from short distances.Check out the shield in action in the video above. For more details on its creation, watch the video here:Related: This Little Robot Wants to Be Your Personal Health BuddyNo doubt, this shield is pretty dope, though it falls short of being truly superheroic. Next, the Hacksmith says he wants to create a high-tech exoskeleton suit, a-la Marvel’s Iron Man.Watch out Elon Musk. You’ve got some competition. 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free July 26, 2016last_img read more

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Intel Buys SelfDriving Tech Firm MobilEye for 153 Billion

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Intel’s recent work with MobilEye on self-driving cars must have gone well, because the chip giant is buying its Jerusalem-based partner for $15.3 billion.The deal was first reported by Israeli business site The Marker but has now been confirmed by the two companies. MobilEye is one of the largest players in autonomous vehicle tech and was in the news recently over a spat with Tesla following a fatal Model S crash in Florida. However, it recently teamed with Intel on BMW’s iNext self-driving platform, which the automaker aims to put into service by 2021.The technology they’re working on isn’t just for BMW vehicles, though. The idea is to build a “scalable architecture” that can be used by any automaker, especially if they don’t want to build their own tech from scratch. As such, it could become a huge business for MobilEye, which may help explain the huge acquisition price. The deal is one of the largest acquisitions of an Israeli-based tech company ever.Despite a recent PC renaissance thanks to Microsoft’s Surface and other devices, desktops are still losing ground to mobile devices. That has affected Intel’s bottom line while benefiting companies like Qualcomm, which makes the chips used in many smartphones and tablets. The situation has forced Intel into other areas like wearables, connected homes and “internet of things” devices, none of which has exactly taken off yet.BREAKING: Intel to acquire Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash, or about $15.3 billion. $INTC $MBLY— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 13, 2017Autonomous cars, on the other hand, are one of the hottest things in tech, with virtually every automaker, tech company and even peripheral firms like Uber and Lyft working on (and fighting about) them. Even if fully autonomous cars don’t work out as planned (some critics think it’s a distant pipe dream), autopilot tech that aids drivers and prevents accidents is available now on Tesla EVs and other cars. Ironically, MobilEye’s early success was due in large part to Tesla, and that partnership dissolved in a not-very-friendly way. March 13, 2017 This story originally appeared on Engadget Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min readlast_img read more

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Become a Blockchain Expert for Less Than 20

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now » January 11, 2019 Once presumed to be the domain of ostentatious Wall Streeters and tech bros, the MIT Technology Review predicts 2019 will be the year the blockchain finally goes mainstream. The publication notes that the technology could soon revamp the realms of banking, healthcare, supply management, and even entertainment, making it “more useful” than ever before, and so popular that it becomes “boring.”Initially introduced some 11 years ago as a log for Bitcoin transactions, the blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger. It’s structured just like a literal chain of blocks with the “block” being digital assets and the “chain” being a public database. What makes this system so unique is a trio of signature features that are intrinsic to every blockchain ever made: They’re compiled and verified in real time, cannot be retrospectively edited, and don’t rely on a central, overseeing authority.It’s exciting to imagine this technology’s game-changing potential across various industries—and for a limited time, it’s affordable to learn how to use it. On sale in the Entrepreneur Store now, our readers can enroll in the 2019 Blockchain Developer Mastery Bundle to get a leg up in the enterprising world of blockchain before it becomes the norm. Included are the following eight courses:Starting with Blockchain Technology for Developers (a $99 value)This introduction to all things blockchain covers the technology’s core components and its various use cases, including cryptoeconomics, smart contracts, and merkle trees. By the time you complete all three hours of content, you’ll have a solid foundation on which to build your blockchain knowledge.Fundamentals of JavaScript (a $99 value)The programming language JavaScript can be used to build blockchain networks, making it a must-know tool for wannabe developers. This five-hour class contains a bunch of hands-on projects that’ll teach you JavaScript fundamentals; eventually, you’ll be able to use it to enable user interactions with app interfaces, send requests to servers, and more.Cryptocurrency Investing Master Class (a $149 value)The blockchain and cryptocurrencies go hand in hand. Through this course, you’ll discover how to buy, sell, and mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies across four and a half hours of content.Bitcoin Investing Fundamentals (a $49 value)Building on the lessons covered in its predecessor, this class will deepen your understanding of Bitcoin and show you how to use it to invest, make secure transactions, and more.Starting with the EOS Blockchain for Developers (a $149 value)The blockchain platform EOS is remarkably scalable, a quality that’s made it quite popular as of late. In this novice-friendly class, you’ll discover how it can be used to create cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and distributed applications on the blockchain.Building Cryptocurrencies & Smart Contracts (a $99 value)You’ll dive deeper into the framework of the blockchain throughout this four-hour class, which walks you through the process of creating a smart contract-ready cryptocurrency from scratch.Building Cryptocurrencies with JavaScript (a $99 value)Hone your JavaScript skills even further by enrolling in this course on cryptocurrency design. As you explore blockchain mining, wallets, and other concepts, you’ll gain a better understanding of how both cryptocurrencies and the blockchain function.Intro to the NEM Blockchain for Developers (a $99 value)Aside from EOS, NEM is the sole blockchain platform you need to master in order to be a successful developer. This three-hour class contains lessons on the platform’s various interactions and dependencies that can be applied to the creation of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts.For a limited time, the 2019 Blockchain Developer Mastery Bundle containing all eight of these courses is on sale for just $19—a savings of 97 percent. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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Help Me Laptop I Need a Cheap Laptop for Minecraft

first_img Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Rami Tabari, The holidays are upon us once again, and you have some last-minute shopping to do. What better present is there to offer your loved ones than the gift of Minecraft. Not outdated, unmoddable console-Minecraft, but glorious PC Minecraft. It just so happens that a Tom’s Guide forum user asked our help in finding the best cheap laptop for Mojang’s popular world-building game.christinahoward24 writes, “Any recommendations for a cheap laptop or tablet that will mainly be used for playing Minecraft, Roblox, and watching YouTube. It’s a Christmas gift for a kid. I was thinking about a Chromebook, but I read that you can’t play Minecraft on a Chromebook.”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-for-minecraft?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Don’t worry, Christina, we got you covered. While Minecraft isn’t graphically demanding, it devours RAM faster than Google Chrome does, so that’ll be one of the main factors when choosing the right laptop. Also, you’ll want to check out our top cheap gaming mice, since you can’t game on a touchpad alone.Minecraft System RequirementsMojang’s Minecraft: Java Edition system requirements are listed on its website as such:CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent.RAM: 2GB.GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.4.GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4.Storage: At least 1GB for game core, maps and other files.Windows 7 and up / macOS: Any 64-bit OS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer / Linux: Any modern 64-bit distributions from 2014 onward.Internet connectivity is required for downloading Minecraft files, afterward offline play is possible.You may want to take these requirements with a grain of salt, mostly because this covers basic Minecraft, and that’s about it. Popular mods, such as SkyFactory or All the Mods, are known to gobble up tons of RAM.Acer Aspire E 15: Best Value for PlayabilityIf you’re going for the bare minimum, then the Acer Aspire E 15 will be more than sufficient, as it comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-8130U processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB HDD and an Intel HD 620 GPU, all for $354.The Aspire E 15 scored 7,468 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test and 63,817 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, which means it can perform some decent multitasking as well as run basic Minecraft.Its 15.6-inch, 1080p display is rather dull, however, as it reproduced only 62.3 percent of the sRGB color gamut and reached a maximum brightness of 227 nits. However, when we put the Aspire E 15 up against the Laptop Mag Battery Test, it lasted a solid 8 hours and 48 minutes.The Aspire E 15’s keyboard is a bit shallow with only 1.1 millimeters in key travel, but they felt surprisingly springy in our testing. We typically recommend key travel in the 1.5 to 2.0 mm range.Acer Spin 3 (Core i5 – 2018): Best Battery LifeA step up from the Aspire E 15 is the Spin 3, which is armed with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel UHD 620 GPU, resulting in faster speeds all around for just $599.The Spin 3 nailed 12,172 on Geekbench 4 and 61,440 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which gives it more power than the Aspire E 15 to chug some of those heavier Minecraft mods.Its 14-inch, 1080p panel is smaller than the Aspire, but it’s also slightly nicer to look at, covering 68 percent of the sRGB color gamut and achieving 237 nits of brightness. On top of that, the Spin 3 held out for an impressive 9 hours and 12 minutes on our battery test.Unfortunately, the Spin 3’s keyboard is too shallow and not tactile enough to be comfortable, as its keys measured at only 1.2 millimeters.Lenovo Legion Y530: Best Keyboard and GraphicsThe Legion Y530 that we tested costs $899 and is outfitted with an Intel Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400-rpm HDD, a 128GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, which hit 13,866 on Geekbench 4 and 163,266 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. To meet your specific needs, we recommend getting the $849 configuration that comes with an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400-rpm HDD and a GTX 1050 GPU, making it more than capable of running a full-modded-out Minecraft (aka: the true way to play).Its 15.6-inch, 1080p display isn’t as colorful as we would have liked, reproducing only 80 percent of the sRGB color spectrum and averaging a decent 266 nits of brightness. Being a gaming laptop, the Legion Y530 lasted only 4 hours and 44 minutes on our battery test.The Legion Y530’s keyboard is incredibly comfortable to type on, with its solid 2.0 millimeters of key travel, but it still doesn’t have that tactile feedback you’d expect from a regular gaming keyboard.Bottom LineIf you’re on a tight budget, then the Acer Aspire E 15 ($354) will do fine in handling Minecraft’s basic game and a few choice mods, as well as everyday YouTube viewing.However, you may want to consider getting the Acer Spin 3 ($599) due to its increased RAM and performance, as the laptop will be able to handle even more mods in-game, which is how most people play nowadays. On top of that, you get 2-in-1 capabilities, so there are plenty of reasons for a growing artist to use this as well.If you suspect that the person you’re shopping for wants to get more into gaming beyond Minecraft, we recommend getting the Lenovo Legion Y530 ($849). It’s capable of juggling demanding games at lower settings, and due to its 16GB of RAM, it can play Minecraft with more mods than you can imagine (the right way).We hope that this helped narrow down your choices. Let us know which you decide to go with!Credit: Laptop Mag Best and Worst Laptop Gaming BrandsHere Are the Best PC Game ControllersOur Favorite Gaming Keyboardscenter_img As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. 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Firefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA caching

first_imgFirefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA caching by Martin Brinkmann on February 22, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: February 21, 2017 – 31 commentsNew browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies.Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking.One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching.To break it down into a single paragraph: Firefox caches intermediate CAs to speed up the loading of sites. These cache entries can be retrieved by sites, and it may also reveal information about the connecting user. Lastly, sites may use the caching to have Firefox users visit a unique set of intermediate CAs for tracking purposes.Firefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA cachingAlexander Klink, who notified Mozilla about the issue, created a proof of concept site that tests the browser’s intermediate CA cache against 326 different intermediate CAs.You can run the test by visiting this site. Basically, what it does is try to load images from servers that are misconfigured. If the image loads, Firefox cached the intermediate CA. If it does not load, no caching occurred.The technique lists the intermedia CAs the user visited in the past. While the information is not linked to a specific site all the time, there are situations where this is the case.Klink notes for instance that a cached Deutsche Bundestag CA (German Parliament CA) indicates strongly that the user is probably located in Germany, or at least in a German speaking country, and interested or involved in politics.While the information that an attacker may gather from checking intermediate CA caching is limited, it may be used in conjunction with other fingerprinting techniques.Also, as mentioned earlier, it may be possible to plant a set of cached intermediate CAs in the Firefox cache for identification purposes. Firefox uses the same cache for regular and private browsing sessions.Mozilla is aware of the issue but has not made a decision yet as to what to do about it. The organization plans to gather telemetry data on intermediate CA caching, especially how often it is useful to users.Our Firefox privacy and security preferences listing offers a way out, but it may impact your browsing experience. Check out entry 1220 on the page. Basically, what you need to do is create the Boolean preference security.nocertdb and set it to true.Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and hit the Enter-key.Confirm that you will be careful if a warning prompt appears.Right-click in the main area, and select New > Boolean.Name the Boolean security.nocertdb.Set it to true.Note that you need to restart the Firefox web browser after adding the preference. You will notice that the test will no longer identify the majority of intermediate CAs. The count dropped from more than 50 to 2 after I made the change on a test system.You can undo the change at any time by setting the preference to false (double-click it), or by right-clicking on the preference and selecting reset.Additional details are provided by Alexander Klink at the Shift or Die blog.SummaryArticle NameFirefox Fingerprinting using intermediate CA cachingDescriptionA new technique to fingerprint or track Firefox users using the web browser’s intermediate CA caching was revealed recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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A quick look at Vov Podcast Downloader for Windows

first_imgA quick look at Vov Podcast Downloader for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on June 14, 2019 in Software – No commentsVov Podcast Downloader is a program for Windows to download podcast episodes from RSS feeds that you add to the application.The application is a commercial program but the trial does not appear time or feature limited. You will have to endure a nag screen on start and cannot turn off update notifications, but that is all there is on the negative side of things.The program has a size of just 2 Megabytes and it comes with a clean installer. The developer lists all versions of Windows starting with Windows XP as compatible with the application.The interface is bare bones and minimalism certainly played a key role in the design; that’s not bad necessarily, but if you expect an fancy interface with state of the art color schemes and graphics, then you will be disappointed.Vov Podcast Downloader comes with a list of preset RSS feeds. While that is good in theory, it does not really help users much as it displays only the feed URL in its interface. In other words: it is rather difficult to determine what a linked podcast is all about.The developer should consider improving the listing by adding titles to the list and preferably other information such as last update date.You may add podcast feeds to the program with a click on the add button. The process works, provided that you know where to find these URLs.The podcast feed is listed to the interface. When you double-click on a listed podcast episodes are retrieved. The list is limited by the feed so that you may not get all episodes listed when you retrieve a feed.The application lists all available podcast episodes in the lower half of the interface. There you may select one or multiple podcasts, and hit the download button to download them to the local system.Downloads are saved to the Desktop by default, but you may change that in the interface directly. The list of episodes suffers from the same lack of information as the podcast feed list. You get direct links to media files but there is no title, size, or date information.The program checks for duplicates automatically so that you won’t run into duplicate file download issues when you use the application.How it comparesVov Podcast Downloader is a lightweight application and that has some appeal especially if you compare it to heavier programs such as iTunes or Miro.When you compare it to a program like Juice, however, you will notice that Juice offers just that tiny bit of additional information that I find Vov Podcast Downloader is lacking. Juice lists titles and the size of epiodes which is very helpful. It is also great that it comes with an included podcast directory for easier finding and adding of podcasts.Closing WordsVov Podcast Downloader is a well designed program that works just as advertised. It needs better subscription management in my opinion and to display more information for each podcast and episode.Now You: do you listen to podcasts?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name Vov Podcast DownloaderOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://vovsoft.com/software/vov-podcast-downloader/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Its Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever

first_imgIt’s been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don’t really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise?That’s what you can do with this Twitch stream, which has defrag.exe running 24/7 for your enjoyment.I didn’t realize how much I missed the sights and sounds of this particular process. I’ve always found ASCII visuals soothing, and there was something satisfying about watching all those little blocks get moved around to form a uniform whole. What were they doing down there on the lower right hand side of the hard drive anyway? That’s what I’d like to know.Afterwards I’d launch a state of the art game like Quake 2 just to convince myself it was loading faster.There’s also that nice purring noise that a hard drive would make (and which is recreated here). At least, I thought of it as purring. For the drive, it’s probably like being waterboarded. But I did always enjoy having the program running while keeping everything else quiet, perhaps as I was going to bed, so I could listen to its little clicks and whirrs. Sometimes it would hit a particularly snarled sector and really go to town, grinding like crazy. That’s how you knew it was working.The typo is, no doubt, deliberate.The whole thing is simulated, of course. There isn’t really just an endless pile of hard drives waiting to be defragged on decades-old hardware for our enjoyment (except in my box of old computer things). But the simulation is wonderfully complete, although if you think about it you probably never used DOS on a 16:9 monitor, and probably not at 1080p. It’s okay. We can sacrifice authenticity so we don’t have to windowbox it.The defragging will never stop at TwitchDefrags, and that’s comforting to me. It means I don’t have to build a 98SE rig and spend forever copying things around so I have a nicely fragmented volume. Honestly they should include this sound on those little white noise machines. For me this is definitely better than whale noises.last_img read more

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Pentagon temporarily allows trans troops to reenlist in Military

first_imgUS House Armed Services Committee to consider timeline for allowing trans troopsLeo Varadkar defends trans people serving in Ireland’s military45 senators urge block of Trump’s trans military banPINK NEWS- This means that current trans troops are permitted to continue their service with full access to healthcare.However, in the memo, which has not been released but summarised, Mattis said that the relax on the ban is only temporary until policies can be finalised.Related: How can Donald Trump’s transgender military ban be stopped?The temporary guidance will stretch until February 21, when a final policy on the trans troop ban is reached by the Pentagon.It comes as Trump directed the military to ban trans individuals from enlisting, but allowed Mattis to decide the fate of currently serving transgender personnel.National Press Secretary for The Human Rights Campaign, Sarah McBride, said that it was “clear” that “there is broad opposition within Congress and military leadership to Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s discriminatory attacks on transgender troops”. “Donald Trump’s erratic July tweets – and the subsequent half-baked orders – have left the lives and careers of thousands of transgender service members in question.“There is only one right answer here, and that is allowing any person willing and able to serve to do so. And we will not relent in our efforts to make that a reality,” McBride added.Related: No, Defense Secretary James Mattis is not trying to stop Donald Trump’s transgender troop banRepublican Senator John McCain along with other Members of Congress have sent a letter to President Trump asking him to retract the ban.Senator McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that any service member regardless of their gender identity should be permitted to serve.“When less than 1 percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country,” McCain said.McCain has backed legislation which would establish protections for trans troops and would prevent Trump’s ban which he announced in July on Twitter.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Pentagon has issued new guidance which temporarily allows trans troops to re-enlist in the military until it is determined how the controversial ban will be enforced.Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to top Pentagon officials that current policies on serving trans troops remain in fact.last_img read more

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This adorable dad asked Reddit how to connect with his dragloving son

first_imgThe single dad stumbled across the reality drag TV show on his son’s Netflix account. At first taken aback, the dad asked the internet about some of the language on the show.‘I was cleaning up his room while he was in the shower and I need this show (rupaul) was paused on Netflix,’ the dad wrote.‘He has been using different kind of phrases like “the shade” and “I’m gagging” (that one worried me at first). I googled the shade and found it was a drag term but I didn’t understand it.’The single dad of two boys aged four and 15, said the older boy was having some troubles at school, because of his shyness and stutter.He also believes his 15-year-old might be gay and wants advice in how to be the best father he can be.‘Is there any advice you can give me? I won’t embarrass him and start quoting the show but when he said he was “gagging” I had no idea how to react,’ he said.‘I would like to know how to react. I was hoping I could get a crash course on this sort of chat.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Any tips would be awesome and any stories or general advice would help.’A desperate dad asks for help with his Drag Race loving son. | Photo: RedditThere were thousands of repliesReddit users inundated the dad with ‘mostly positive’ replies giving all him all kinds of advice. Some suggested watching vogue documentary ‘Paris is Burning’, while others pointed him to YouTube videos of famous Drag Race sayings.Others said they wished they had parents as accepting as this man.‘LMAO BICTH I SCREAMED (sic). You’re an amazing parent for doing this (well, I don’t know you, but I can only assume so),’ wrote one Reddit user.‘I only wish I had a parent that was interested in learning and not shunning gay culture.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img A dad asked Reddit about how he could learn more about RuPaul’s Drag Race so he could better related to his son. | Photo: Pixabay A dad who thinks his son is gay has asked Reddit how he can support his son. Michelle Visage speaks out to gay teen who said she ‘saved my life’Gay dads separate from their wives, then merge their kids into one familyParents told gay son he’d go to hell but now they’re his biggest drag fansRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-adorable-dad-asked-reddit-how-to-connect-with-his-drag-loving-son/last_img read more

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Massachusetts fails to pass bill banning conversion therapy

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A carnival in Provincetown | Photo: Flickr/Ted Eytan Minutes before the state’s 2018 legislature session ended on 1 August, the Senate passed the bill. However, they were not able to agree upon technical changes making the bill consistent with the House version.The House passed the bill in June.As they could not agree on technicalities, the bill died before it could be sent to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.One of the disagreements came from an amendment to the bill. The House passed the amendment, which removed language from the bill referring to conversion therapy as child abuse.If the language remained, however, child protection services could remove minors from households where they were forced to undergo conversion therapy. Supporters in the Senate wanted the language to stay in tact.Deborah Shields, an attorney and executive director of Mass Equality, said there are already plans to reintroduce the bill as soon as the 2019 session begins.A gradual process in the worksMassachusetts’ bill was similar to numerous other states’ bills regarding this practice. It banned professionals from performing conversion therapy on underage patients.Most medical associations, including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and more, condemn the practice.Conversion therapy is the practice attempting to change a person’s sexuality via psychological or spiritual means. It has no basis in evidential science. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/massachusetts-fails-bill-banning-conversion-therapy/center_img More and more states across the US are beginning to ban the practice on minors, with Delaware as one of the most recent. Maine’s governor veoted a bill banning the practice in July, becoming the first governor to do so.California, meanwhile, is making a headway on a bill declaring conversion therapy a ‘fradulent practice’.H/t: Washington BladeMore from Gay Star NewsConversion therapy survivor forced to wear rock-filled backpack to feel the burden of being gayStarvation, drowning and cursed honey: Gay ‘cure’ therapy in the UK‘Gay cure’ conversion therapy still legal in most countriesGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Massachusetts this month failed to pass a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, even though both the Senate and House approved it.last_img read more

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PROUD Experiences returns to New York City

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This year’s event grew by 60% from its first edition in London in June 2018; and organisers predict this number is set to rise again for the third edition in 2020. Event Director Simon Mayle commented:“If the LGBTQ+ travel market was a country, it would be the fourth biggest economy in the world, and with an increase of people identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum – from 8% of Baby Boomers to 31% of Centennials – along with the coming of age of Millennials, this next decade is set for strong growth again. We are looking forward to returning to New York City from 22 to 24 June 2020 and are delighted to once again be working alongside NYC & Company and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to deliver another fantastic event next year.”“We have been honored to collaborate with Reed Travel Exhibitions to host PROUD Experiences 2019 in New York City during such a monumental year for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are honored to again be the Host City for PROUD Experiences in 2020, and look forward to cultivating this extraordinary partnership.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMalta Tourism Authority a sponsor of Proud Experiences ConferenceFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click here Over 90 international exhibiting companies and 90 buyers from 31 countries are currently attending PROUD Experiences 2019, celebrating an industry valued at US$218 billion in 2018 alone – according to consultancy firm Out Now. This year’s event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in NYC. PROUD Experiences will return to New York City for the second consecutive year in 2020. The announcement was made at today’s Opening Gathering of PROUD Experiences 2019 – taking place this week 18 – 20 June at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will again host next year’s edition.Reed Travel Exhibitions’ groundbreaking b2b travel and lifestyle event for premium and luxury travel suppliers and buyers – targeting the LGBTQ+ global community – sold out its exhibition space for this second edition more than 3 months ago.last_img read more

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A523 closed due to serious accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road between North Staffordshire and Cheshire is closed following a ‘serious accident’ this morning. The A523 is closed between the A54 Bosley Crossroads and Radcliffe Road/Woodhouse End Road in Cheshire, near Bosley. The route, which is currently shut in both directions, is the main route between Leek and Macclesfield – with many using it to get to Manchester and Manchester Airport. The road has been shut since around 4.45am today, according to traffic data company INRIX. It’s likely the road will be closed until this afternoon. Cheshire Police confirmed the road is still closed between Moss Lane, Macclesfield and Bosley due to a ‘police incident’. In a statement this morning a spokesman said: “The A523 London Road Macclesfield is closed from Moss Lane all the way to Bosley crossroads due to a police incident.” Read MoreSuspected drink-driver arrested – after driving wrong way down one-way street We will bring you an update as and when one becomes available.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, January 21. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:59Town centre road closed due to accident involving woman and carPolice and paramedics are at the scene. More here.17:07Accident on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane three (of three) is closed. 17:07Accident on A34 in TittensorA34 Stone Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 (Monkey Roundabout). 16:02’Dangerous sexual predator’ from Staffordshire set up secret cameras to film victims “You’re a dangerous sexual predator from whom the public needs protection.” More here.15:30Bus service used by schoolchildren diverted for 18 days due to roadworksThe bus is used by pupils from Cheddleton travelling to and from school in Leek. More here.15:30Numbers plates stolen from vehicles parked on drivewayIt is the second incident in the area in recent days. More here.15:29Debris on the road on the M6Reports of queueing traffic due to debris on road on M6 Southbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.There are reports of debris on the road. There are no reports of any lane restrictions in place. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 15:27Reports road has reopenedWe’re getting reports the A50 Newcastle Road has now reopened.15:16Road closed due to accidentNewcastle Road is closed in both directions just south of Arclid Green due to an accident. The collision is believed to have taken place shortly before 3pm. More here.13:22M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down van on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.13:05A500 northboundHeavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.12:47M6 StaffordshireM6 Northbound lane closed on exit slip road, slow traffic due to broken down vehicle at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of two) is closed on the exit slip road from the Northbound M6 onto the A500 above the motorway. 12:38Long delays on A500 after five vehicle collision (Image: Malcolm Hart)Motorists are experiencing delays after a five car collision on the A500 southbound earlier today.The emergency services were called to the D-Road, near the Wolstanton Retail Park, at around midday to reports of a collision involving at least three vans and two cars.One lane had to be closed and traffic towards Stoke is being affected.Read more.12:06A500 WolstantonReports of queueing traffic due to accident on A500 D Road Southbound near A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park).Reader reports an accident along this stretch, awaiting further details.12:06M6 Cheshire One lane closed due to broken down car on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:36M6 pothole repairAll traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and M6 (Stafford Services).At around 11:35 all traffic was held to assist with emergency pot hole repairs. 11:35M6 traffic updateTraffic easing, accident cleared on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). All traffic was held around 10:10 whilst the vehicles were moved into lane one (of three). All vehicles have been recovered and the road has re opened around 10:45.11:17Can you help find missing Stephen Hargreaves? (Image: Staffordshire Police)Detectives have issued an appeal help finding 43-year-old Stephen Hargreaves.Stephen, of Moss Lane in Hilderstone near Stone, was last seen leaving his home address at around 3.10pm, yesterday (January 24).Staffordshire Police believe he could have been travelling to Bristol.Read more.10:54M6 reopen10:51M6 traffic held Stationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Lane one (of four) was closed until around 10:45 when traffic was stopped. 09:44M6 Staffordshire One lane closed and queuing traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed. 09:32A34 Trent ValeTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:29A34 Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:28More than 1,000 homes in Staffordshire left without powerMore than 1,000 families in Staffordshire have been left without power as engineers resolve a ‘high voltage incident’Homeowners in the ST3 area, including Blythe Bridge and Meir Heath, first reported an outage to Western Power Distribution at around 7.30am this morning (January 25).The incident has been described as ‘high voltage’ by the power company meaning it effects a larger number of properties across a wider area.Read more.08:12Bucknall Road trafficHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. Travel time is four minutes. 07:59Chell Street busy A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:58Porthill RoadHeavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 07:42A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes.07:27A50 Westbound A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:17Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.last_img read more

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Road closed due to accident on StokeonTrent street

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services are dealing with an accident on a Stoke-on-Trent road this evening (Thursday April 18). The road is shut on Heathcote Street in Longton while debris is cleared near the Old Sal pub, according to eyewitnesses. Police and paramedics are currently at the scene. The collision is understood to have taken place shortly after 11pm and involves one vehicle. Photos from the scene show a front garden wall is also damaged. We have no further information at this stage. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

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7 weird ways Christmas is celebrated globally

first_imgWhat’s the weirdest way you’ve heard people celebrate Christmas?Different countries have their own customs and traditions, and people celebrate it differently.Here are a few ways people all over the world celebrate Christmas. Some of these facts may shock you.1. In Slovakia, people who don’t want to celebrate another Christmas being single try this: They stand with their back to the door and throw a shoe over their shoulder on Christmas Day. If the shoe lands with the toe pointing to the door, they believe they will get married soon.2. Just like eating tongue and roasted meat is a tradition in South Africa, in Japan their traditional meat to eat on this day is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). An online article states that more than 240,000 barrels of chicken is sold during Christmas.3. Families in Finland visit the graves of their ancestors and relatives on Christmas Eve to light candles in memory of the deceased.4. People in Hungary, Bavaria, Slovenia and Austria believe in Krampus Night, who is Santa’s evil twin. Krampus’ job is to beat and punish all the children who have misbehaved. On December 5, men dress up in scary devil-like costumes and run around towns hitting people with sticks and switches. 5. Instead of glittering ornaments, Ukrainian Christmas trees are covered with artificial spiders and cobwebs. People in the Ukraine believe that seeing a spider on a Christmas tree brings good luck.6. In Britain, traditional Christmas pudding is stirred clockwise while making a wish, which brings good luck. Earlier traditions include putting a coin in the mix, which brings wealth to whoever finds it in their serving.7. Most Finnish families have their own sauna because it’s believed that a sauna ‘elf’ lives in there to protect it and to make sure people behave themselves. After sunset, the sauna is for the spirits of dead ancestors.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Whats in store for you at the Ladysmith Show today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Today (May 6) is the last day of the Ladysmith Show. So if you haven’t been there as yet, then why are you even reading this story? Get on out to the show grounds for top-class entertainment!The show is at the Indoor Sports Complex in Dry Road and today there will be a variety of entertainment for the whole family, including great rides at the funfair.The gates will open at 10am and expect to be entertained till late at night.Jani Punjab, Afro Fusion, 111 Case and other artists will be performing.Don’t forget that the crowning of the Miss Show Queen contest will take place today. There will also be a demo from Sharaj Ambulance Services and a fire rescue display. Don’t miss out, guys, it’s all happening at the show grounds!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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A few things you need to know about the municipal elections

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Every five yearsMunicipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality for the next five years. Municipal councils are responsible for services that impact the daily lives of citizens in their areas, including water, electricity and sanitation.Local government in South AfricaLocal government in South Africa is made up of municipalities which are run by councils. There are three kinds of municipalities: metropolitan municipalities which are big cities; local municipalities which are towns and rural areas; and district municipalities which coordinate local municipalities in a region.South Africa’s local government is currently made up of eight metropolitan municipalities, 44 district municipalities, and 207 local municipalities.The eight metropolitan municipalities are:Buffalo City (East London): 392,021 registered voters*City of Cape Town: 1,883,592 registered voters*City of Johannesburg: 2,152,112 registered voters*City of Tshwane (Pretoria): 1,434,931 registered voters*Ekurhuleni (East Rand): 1,520,553 registered voters*Ethekwini (Durban): 1,800,492 registered voters*Mangaung (Bloemfontein): 393,629 registered voters*Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth): 580,254 registered voters*. * Registration figures as at September 2015What do observers do?An observer is a neutral outsider who is present and sees what happens during voting, counting and the determination and declaration of results. They can tell the world whether the process was transparent, free and fair.Frequently asked questionsDo you have questions about the upcoming elections and do not know where to find the answers? The Independent Electoral Commission or Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has a list of frequently asked questions where you may find the answer to your question.Contact the IEClast_img read more

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Get The Software Engineering Mastery Bundle And Become An Expert Within Days

first_img Share Tweet Submit Becoming a software engineer means you have to invest a lot of things. These things include time and a lot of money. What can we do if we don’t have enough of either of the two things? Well, we make smart informed decisions. Wccftech is offering an amazing discount on the Software Engineering Mastery Bundle that will allow you to create fully functional applications and software from scratch! And you can do all this by studying just 7 courses.Software Engineering Mastery Bundle featuresThe bundle has extremely comprehensive courses that include most of what you need to know. This will not only help you advance in your career but will set you apart from your peers. Here are highlights of what each course has to offer:Data Structures in JavaScript – Learn to Implement Popular Data Structures in JavaScriptC++ For Absolute Beginners: The Starter Guide – Get Started with One of the Most Important Development Languages You Can LearnReal World Ruby Programming: The Complete Guide – Boost Your Programming Career by Learning RubyBeginner’s Guide to Test Driven Development – Test Your Code in a Smarter, More Efficient Way & Save TimePHP CodeIgniter for Absolute Beginners – Design Light, Fast, Dynamic Websites in Record TimeSpring Web Framework – Master Core Concepts & Start Building Your Next Generation Spring AppAlgorithms and Software Engineering for Professionals – Nail Down the Theory Behind Software Engineering to Become the Best You Can BeThe bundle is brought to you by Eduonix. The company is known for the creation and distribution of high quality training material. The team that forms this company is extremely talented and has been training people for more than a decade now. Their aim is to teach in a manner that is similar to what actually happens in the real world.Original Price Software Engineering Mastery Bundle: $310Wccftech Discount Price Software Engineering Mastery Bundle: $35last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 08, 2008 MITA Praises Medicare’s Bill on Appropriateness Criteria for Imaging July 9, 2008 – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today applauded the U.S. Congress for passing Medicare legislation that preserves seniors access to life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic imaging technologies. MITA said the accreditation and appropriateness criteria provisions in the legislation are important steps toward ensuring proper utilization of medical imaging services.“We are pleased that Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have embraced appropriateness criteria and accreditation as the best approach to addressing utilization,” said Andrew Whitman, vice president, MITA. “MITA applauds the work the Congress has put forth to ensure that this final Medicare bill ensures American seniors will be able to continue accessing the medical imaging technology they need to detect and fight serious illnesses such as cancer, heart and vascular disease and orthopedic conditions.”For more information: www.medicalimaging.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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