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Taylor Swift doles out sage social media advice in essay for Elle

first_img Share your voice Music Online Comment Tags Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better Some days social media is a laugh-a-minute whirlwind punctuated by puppy gifs, travel inspo and meme exchanges with your best online friends. Some days it is hell.It’s something global superstar Taylor Swift knows all too well.In an essay on turning 30 for the latest edition of Elle magazine, Swift opens up about how she copes with the massive amount of noise directed at her through social media platforms, and specifically how she deals with negative comments and trolls. Taylor Swift 1 It’s unlikely that any regular human being gets anything like the influx of notifications or comments that celebrities deal with. But as Swift explains, minimizing this is more than just about keeping the constant pinging to a minimum.”Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment,” she said in the essay.”One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me I look.”The question of how much of our ego and self-worth is tied up in validation from social media is relatable no matter how many, or how few followers, you might have. Whether you turn off comments and notifications or delete apps altogether for a while, everyone has their own way of getting a handle on those negative feelings — Swift included. “I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once,” she said.For Swift, a successful woman, abuse and negativity are sad and still unavoidable side effects of putting herself out there. Keeping comments turned off is one way to block out “anyone who might feel the need to tell me to ‘go die in a hole ho’ while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning,” she said.Swift is in the top 10 most-followed people across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. But for the reasons she herself has stated, it’s rare to see her engage with people directly through any of these services. Instead she tends to hang out on Tumblr, where she follows many of her fans. She often likes and sometimes comments on or reblogs their posts.But there have been times when Swift has disappeared from the internet altogether. In her essay, she described what it feels like when it feels like the internet turns completely against you.”A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet,” she said. “The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”Unlike the other measures suggested by Swift, this might not be a practical solution for everyone dealing with internet bullying. But the point is to take a stand and make a statement in a way that allows you to laugh rather than feel bad about yourself.”It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,'” she said. Related storieslast_img read more

Breaking Lasith Malinga redeems himself after Rohit Sharmas brain explosion to give

first_imgMalinga’s last over won Mumbai the gameIANSWhen the two best teams in the IPL met for the title in the grand finale, it was bound to be a thriller and that’s what it turned out to be. In a match that tested the fortitude of the weak-hearted, the decision of Rohit Sharma to give the ball to Krunal Pandya against a well set Shane Watson seemed to be the decisive move.In what would be considered one of the biggest blunders in the history of the league, the Mumbai Indians captain ignored Hardik Pandya who had just bowled one over at that time and instead gave the ball to his spin-bowling brother for the crucial 18th over. The result was 20 runs, almost all hit by the retired Aussie.But it’s not just Rohit and Krunal are to blame. Watson offered three chances to the Mumbai team but they dropped all of them. If Watson had been removed earlier, things might have turned out in a completely different manner. Despite Bumrah conceding just 5 runs off the first five balls of the next over, four byes off the last ball brought the game within CSK’s reach.The last over went to Malinga, whose previous one had already been taken for plenty of runs. This meant that Hardik ended up bowling just one over in the entire match – conceding just  three in that. But Malinga, who seems to be well past his prime redeemed himself with a brilliant over that sealed the fourth title for the Rohit Sharma-led side. It was truly a final to remember.As expected Twitter exploded with reactions. Here is a snapshot.YESSSSSSsSSS !!!!! ?????????? I am literally Screaming like a monster… 4th Title.. BEST TEAM EVER. ! I LOVE YOU #MI ???? @mipaltan #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK #CSKvMI— Vivek Sharma (@IMViiku) May 12, 2019Mumbaaaiiiii!Hell yeahhh #IPL2019Final— Aryaman gupta (@aryaman04) May 12, 2019This game was the 2013 and 2017 final rolled into one #IPL #IPL2019 #IPL2019Final Mumbai win!— Dave (@Trader2734) May 12, 2019Cricket at its best! Mumbai! Wuhuuu! #IPL2019Final— Mohit Rauniyar (@mohitrauniyar) May 12, 2019To csk fans #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/JYBCAVjRZf— Mohan (@ismyname_1) May 12, 2019Finals ho toh aisa ho…what a fantastic thriller all the way. Hard luck #CSK & congratulations #MI for their 4th IPL trophy. #IPL2019Final #IPL2019— Sethumadhavan Napan (@Sethumadhavan) May 12, 2019Bloody hell, Lasith!And Chennai can’t even gamble on a review because of Raina’s egotistical review earlier. #IPL2019Final— Jambase (@NdinguJamby) May 12, 2019Malinga carried on Pollard’s shoulders. An Absolute great of the game. What a last over#IPL2019Final— MOHNISH (@monutweetstasty) May 12, 2019What a match!!! This is how a final should be!!! #MIvsCSK #IPL2019Final @ImRo45— Maddy (@maddyrjoshi) May 12, 2019The way Indians can be seen praying during #CSKvMI #IPL2019Final ….#cricket is religion for us.— Rahul Jain (@BeingHR) May 12, 2019Best #IPL2019Final ever!!!— Nagraj Returns (@CrookBond_D) May 12, 2019What a end to the Best league in the world, #IPL2019 has been the best league so far since 2008 #IPL2019Final#CSKvsMI— Sarkar Mehdi (@SMehdiDXB) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Small Business Legislation Highlighted at Prince Georges County Forum

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comMaryland State Sens. Mike Miller (D-District 27), James Rosapepe (D-District 21) and Douglas Peters (D-District 23) in addition to Maryland Del. Jay Walker (D-District 26) talked about the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly session April 25 at a forum sponsored by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.David Harrington is the president and CEO of the chamber of commerce and Jason DeLoach of the Alexander & Cleaver law firm is the chairman of the board.Del. Jay Walker, who represents District 26 in the Maryland General Assembly, recently talked about how small businesses fared in the recently concluded legislative session. (Courtesy Photo)“We as a chamber need to know what is going on in Annapolis,” DeLoach said. “Large businesses understand that what’s going on with the legislature but small businesses don’t.”Miller talked about some of the victories for the county that took place during the session. “We saved health care for Marylanders from Donald Trump,” he said, meaning that the assembly passed legislation that retained portions of Obamacare the president sought to gut. “We did that placing a tax on the insurance companies in our state for that.”“We also funded WMATA [the Washington, D.C. metro subway system], an incentive package worth billions for Amazon to come to Maryland, and a school safety bill that ensures a public safety officer at every public high school in Maryland.”Miller said he was especially proud that the assembly passed free community college for poor and working-class residents and extra money for historically Black colleges and universities.Walker is the outgoing leader of the Prince George’s delegation to the House of Delegates. Walker started his remarks by criticizing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) priority when it comes to jobs.“Gov. Hogan has worked to see that jobs that are coming to the state go to Western Maryland and the Eastern Maryland but we need to bring those jobs to the DMV [District, Maryland & Virginia],” Walker, first elected to the assembly in 2006, said.Walker said the county delegation worked to secure funding for the new public hospital to be located in Largo, Md., next to the Largo Town Center Metro Center. “The hospital was slated to have 200 beds but now it will have 300 because of the efforts of my colleagues and me,” he said.Rosapepe said his colleagues worked to put more money in school construction and to address overcrowding in schools, particularly in the northern section of the county. During his remarks, Peters gave the audience a quick tutorial on how the process works in Annapolis.“This session, we had 3,100 bills to consider,” he said. “Obviously, we couldn’t get to all of them. If you have a bill that has a fiscal note of $250,000, it’s not going to be considered because of the high cost.”There was a discussion about minority-owned businesses and getting their share of state contracting work. Walker noted a bill of Del. Jazz Lewis (D-District 24) that would streamline the state’s certification process with the federal governments’ so businesses in the state won’t have to go through duplicate processes.last_img read more

Authors explore security threat of covert acoustical mesh networks in air

first_img(Phys.org) —”If we want to exploit a rigorously hardened and tested type of computing system or networks of this type of computing system, we have to break new ground. Covert channels are communication channels utilizing means for communications that have not been designed for communication at all.” So begins a bracing paper published last month in the Journal of Communications. Titled “On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air,” the paper discusses devices that can support stealthy communication preventing immediate detection of the covert channels. The authors, Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz, are research associates at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomy (FKIE), in Wachtberg, Germany. Explore further More information: Research paper: On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air, www.jocm.us/index.php?a=show&catid=124&id=600 The authors warned that “Acoustical networking as a covert communication technology is a considerable threat to computer security and might even break the security goals of high assurance computing systems based on formally verified micro kernels that did not consider acoustical networking in their security concept.” Researchers in the past have described acoustic wave propagation used in underwater setups but the authors in their research did something different. “The underlying network stack is based on a communication system that was originally designed for robust underwater communication. We adapt the communication system to implement covert and stealthy communications by utilizing the near ultrasonic frequency range. We further demonstrate how the scenario of covert acoustical communication over the air medium can be extended to multi-hop communications and even to wireless mesh networks.”The authors showed that establishing covert acoustical mesh networks in air is feasible in setups with commonly available business laptops. (The authors noted that a covert acoustical mesh network can be conceived as a botnet or malnet that is accessible via nearfield audio communications.) For their experimental setup, they used five laptops as the mesh network participants. They installed Debian 7.1 on each laptop. Commenting on their work, Dan Goodin of Ars Technica said the new research shows that “high-frequency networking is easily within the grasp of today’s malware.” In an email, Hanspach said that commonly available laptops can communicate over their internal speakers and microphones, and form a covert acoustical mesh network. Over that network, “information can travel over multiple hops of infected nodes, connecting completely isolated computing systems and networks (e.g., the internet) to each other.”The authors, in their paper, also discussed countermeasures against covert acoustical mesh networks. These include the use of lowpass filtering in computing systems and a host-based intrusion detection system for analyzing audio input and output to detect irregularities. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scenario for a multi-hop acoustical keylogger. Credit: Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz Research finds new channels to trigger mobile malware Citation: Authors explore security threat of covert acoustical mesh networks in air (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-authors-explore-threat-covert-acoustical.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Delving into the world of Tigers

first_imgPaying a unique tribute to the tigers who have played the vital role of the ‘brand ambassadors’ of Indian wildlife, a book namely ‘A Decade with Tigers: Supremacy. Solitude. Stripes’, will be launched in the Capital on October 27.Tigers are symbols of the Indian wilderness and the mesmerizing stripes have long captured imagination of the people. ‘A Decade with Tigers’, written by Shivang Mehta, delves into the changing landscape of tiger photography in India, and contains expert opinions by leading nature photographers on the need for creativity and innovation in the photography. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book is a photographer’s take on the dramatic rise in the popularity of tigers in the past decade and portrays the national animal in the most magnificent way. Owing to the increasing number of photographers taking interest in documenting the various moods and behaviours of the animal in forests across the country, the tigers have been anthropomorphised, with some of them becoming the ‘tiger icons’ of India.The volume chronicles legendary tiger mothers and male tigers of the past decade, as well as their tales of survival. These tales are complemented by exquisite images by wildlife photographer Shivang Mehta, who has spent thousands of hours on the field. Also showcased is the singular diversity of Indian wildlife through spectacular images of the myriad species that share their home with tigers. The animal is photographed in terrains, ranging from montane forests to the plains of Central India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA journalist turned PR professional, with experience in corporate communications, Shivang Mehta’s love of nature eventually made him leave the cosy comforts of the corporate office for the field. He is now an avid traveller and nature photographer. It is his love for the forests of Kumaon, that impels him to choose Corbett as his main area of work. Over the years, Shivang has conducted more than 200 field wildlife photography workshops and is currently an official trainer for Canon India, conducting such workshops in association with Canon across India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Among the well known names, Valmik Thapar, Naturalist, Conservationist and Author, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO WWF India, Rajesh Bedi, Wildlife photographer and Conservationist, and Mike Pandey, award winning Wildlife Filmmaker and Environmentalist, will be marking their presence at the event.last_img read more

Add colours to boring white walls

first_imgIf you want to decorate a small house, your options get limited due to the lack of space. Still, you can make the interiors of your small house look perfectly placed. This is through the large open space you have – the walls. There are plenty of creative ideas you can apply to make your wall speak for you.Anjali Jain, an artist and founder of Kala Drishti (NGO) share some ideas to revamp our bland wall:Choose the right colour for your wallIt is a crucial decision and at the same time very difficult to choose the right colour for the walls. The colour should blend with the lighting and furniture in the room. To make any room look good without taking much risk, keep darker colours for floor, moderate colours for the walls and light colours for the ceiling. Also, we should keep in mind for whom the room is being decorated. For instance, if the room is for young kids, then they would prefer bright colours, whereas for aged people light colours are preferable. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCreate a collage on the wallThere is nothing that adds personality and colour to the room as a gallery wall does. Putting up a great piece of wall art in a space that instantly draws attention, gives a sense of satisfaction. You can display a collection of art, photographs, wall hangings to make a collage on the wall. It is advisable to opt for simple, cohesive framesIf in doubt use wallpapersWallpapers have come a long way since the days of our grandparents. If you cannot paint the walls, then opt for wallpapers. You can select the design or pattern of your choice and liven up your room(s). You can either cover all the four walls or just use a bold and coloured wallpaper on one wall. To create a subtle yet a striking feature, opt for simple designs instead of a hectic pattern.Fabric is the new trendInduce some originality to your living space using fabrics. This idea is simple and inexpensive at the same time. These are easy to put and even more easy to remove. You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. With this method, the wall will not get damaged and the fabric can be removed whenever required.last_img read more

Florida looks to jumpstart postIrma travel with new campaign

first_img Share Wednesday, September 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TALLAHASSEE — VISIT FLORIDA is launching a hurricane response marketing plan “to invite visitors back to the Sunshine State in a responsible way”, where the focus is on marketing on unaffected areas while providing real-time information and updates on locations that continue to strengthen every day, says VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO, Ken Lawson.While several communities sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma, many areas of Florida did not see significant impacts, he noted.VISIT FLORIDA has been in touch with the state’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) “to get a county-by-county damage assessment and to review plans to best promote our state to visitors”, says Lawson.“The vast majority of DMOs were happy to report that their destination is open for business. The areas of our state that were more impacted are rebuilding and planning to reopen as soon as possible.”Lawson says VISIT FLORIDA’s post-hurricane marketing plan will provide “an authentic view” of Florida to assist potential visitors as they make travel plans. Campaign tactics will be digitally focused with a series of true-view videos from destinations across the state – “an aggressive push to energize our Share a Little Sunshine advocates to share real-time images of the state with #LoveFL”, as well as customized plans to support the communities that were directly impacted by Hurricane Irma.VISIT FLORIDA continues to share real-time travel safety updates at its Florida Now page at its website, visitflorida.com. Local DMOs are also updating their websites to serve as a post-hurricane information resource.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“The Florida tourism industry has recovered from many storms over the years, and I have no doubt that our communities and our state will quickly rebound from Hurricane Irma as well,” said Lawson.In Miami, the Greater Miami CVB has kicked off its #MiamiNow campaign with discounts and deals for visitors. The new destination-wide promotion supports local businesses and jobs offering savings throughout Miami and the Beaches now until Oct. 31.Miami and the Beaches is open for business following minimal impact from Hurricane Irma this past week, says the CVB.#MiamiNow unites 6 of the 12 top GMCVB Temptations Programs: Miami Spice, Miami Spa, Miami Hotel, Miami Attractions, Miami Museums and Shop Miami Month.The program offers a variety of deals, providing tremendous value on hotels, restaurants, spas, museums, attractions and shopping. “There has never been a better time to visit, or better destination-wide savings,” says the CVB.#MiamiNow features include:DINE: The much-loved Miami Spice Restaurant Month has been extended through Oct. 31 with nearly 200 restaurants participating. Highlighting Greater Miami and The Beaches’ diverse culinary scene, Miami Spice restaurants will continue offering reduced prices (US$23 per person for lunch and brunch / $39 per person for dinner) in some of the hottest neighborhoods in town.STAY: Many hotels are extending special offers through Oct. 31 as part of the #MiamiNow promotion. Hotels throughout the destination from Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach and more are offering promotional rates and special amenity packages. A few of the hotel participants include: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour properties, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Marenas Beach Resort Sunny Isles Beach, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, EPIC Hotel, Four Season Hotel Miami and Mandarin Oriental Miami.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPAMPER: Miami Spa Month is back with more than 25 spas offering exclusive treatments at $109 and $139, with select spas offering treatments for $199.SHOP: Miami’s most popular malls, marketplaces, boutiques, restaurants and hotels will be offering incentives across different retailers.ARTS & ATTRACTIONS: Many Miami and the Beaches attractions and museum are rolling out special Miami Now offers and buy-one-get-one-free admissions.“We are proud of our local tourism industry for being among the first in the destination to raise their hand to keep the community moving forward,” says William D. Talbert, III, C.D.M.E. “Tourism is the number one industry in Miami-Dade County and the #MiamiNow promotion celebrates the best of Miami’s tourism industry across many sectors while welcoming visitors from near and far for some of the best value driven offers the destination has ever seen.”For a complete listing of all the #Miami Now special offers, visit MiamiandtheBeaches.com. For a live look at Greater Miami and the Beaches, see the webcams at SeeMiamiLive.com. Travelweek Group center_img Florida looks to jump-start post-Irma travel with new campaign Tags: Florida Posted bylast_img read more