Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For All Your Ride-Or-Dies
Feb14

Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For All Your Ride-Or-Dies

February 14 is coming up fast, so there’s not much time to waste. If you’ve been procrastinating on finding gifts for your loved ones (don’t act like you don’t relate), we’ve got you covered. Don’t expect to see anything hackneyed and over-hyped here. While 99% of people say that a person who gives flowers is thoughtful, you definitely don’t have to get them red roses, a box of chocolates, or expensive jewelry. This handy gift guide will give you a great place to start if you’re totally stuck on what to get your S.O., your best gal pal, your mom, or even your pup. Gifts that’ll show bae how much you care Finding the right gift for your boo can be tough, even when you’ve been together for a while. If you want to avoid cliches at all costs, you’ll have to get a little creative. Luckily, Etsy is a great resource for unique, thoughtful gifts that are often handmade. In an Etsy survey, data found that 97% of Etsy sellers work from home and 74% considered their shops to be businesses rather than merely hobbies. If you want to shop small and find something one-of-a-kind, there are great gifts to discover here. You can even filter by location to ensure you won’t deal with delayed, overseas shipping — just make sure to check a shop’s specific shipping times and message an owner if you need an item by a certain deadline. If you don’t want to risk ordering online, consider going the DIY route. You don’t have to spend a lot to show your significant other you care. Cook them their favorite dinner, create an at-home spa experience, or try out one of these fun do-it-yourself Valentine’s crafts. (Bonus: those crafts are great for kids, too!) If there’s an amazing experience your loved one has always wanted to try but wouldn’t buy for themselves, you can’t go wrong by giving it to them with love. Galentine’s gifts to delight your BFF Galentine’s Day is on February 13, thanks to Leslie Knope. There’s no better way to celebrate female friendship than by putting together something special for your best gal pal(s). If your bestie is a glamour girl, splurge on a pricy makeup palette (or DIY your own makeup together!) or shower her with her favorite bubbly and sweet treats. You can also put together a self-care box to encourage herself to do some pampering. Or give her a funny and thoughtful knick-knack that lets her know she’s a beautiful land mermaid with a heart of gold. If she’s a caffeine fiend, you can’t go wrong with something java-themed. Statistics show that Americans drink approximately 1.64 cups of coffee per day, and Starbucks...

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Male Stars And Botox: Beckham Denies It, Sanders Tears Down Stereotypes
Oct09

Male Stars And Botox: Beckham Denies It, Sanders Tears Down Stereotypes

David Beckham is known for his skills on the soccer field, his marriage with Posh Spice herself, and, most of all, his classic good looks. So, when a fan accused him of getting Botox, he reaffirmed that his youthful glow was au naturel. Refinery29 reports that the former footballer was attending wife Victoria Beckham’s fashion show during New York City Fashion week when he was photographed in his usual dapper form. British Vogue shared the photo on Instagram, and one fan decided to comment on his skin: “Botox looks good on David!” Instagram user @stasdoeshair wrote in the comment section. And Beckham wasted no time posting a response: “I don’t agree with Botox miss @stasdoeshair but I’ll take it as a compliment.” Having been voted “Sexiest Man Alive” by People in 2015, the 42-year-old star is apparently committed to avoiding cosmetic surgery. Not that there is anything wrong with Botox. In fact, another retired sports star is endorsing the product, which remains the most popular procedure for women over 35. BET reports that ex-NFL player Deion Sanders is tearing down any negative connotations and masculine stereotypes by speaking out about his experience with Botox. “Fifty is the new 21,” Deion said in a statement, according to BET. “I feel young, I feel very energetic, I feel like taking on the world. I feel like challenging people to work out, to live right, to eat healthy, to make the proper decisions in life. I really feel good. I am in a really good place in life.” He also told BET that he is proud to pioneer the end of the Botox stigma and will even be serving as a Botox Cosmetic “There are a lot of things that I have been the forerunner of,” he said. “So, I had never played football and baseball in the same day, so I did that. So, I don’t mind being a leader when it comes to this because it really helps. I feel like I look good, and I feel...

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Is Apple About to Start Making Original TV Shows and Movies?
Sep04

Is Apple About to Start Making Original TV Shows and Movies?

Nowadays, companies’ digital presences need to have great content. Why else would 69% of marketers say that dynamic and unique content was an important part of a website? Now, Variety reports that Apple has heard the call of the content, and may start producing its own TV and movies. These rumors are not new, but there’s a chance they may actually pan out this time. Apple is rolling in cash, and it’s eventually going to have to either use it, or pay dividends to share holders. Plus, Apple is already familiar with the media world thanks to iTunes. However, it seems that Apple may produce original content, because it’s the thing to do now. Both Netflix and Amazon each have award-winning shows already, after all. Anonymous sources told Variety that Apple is making the move next year in order to compete with existing streaming services, but an Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the rumor. “The reason they’re doing it is the reason everybody else is doing it: So much viewing is shifting to digital platforms,” eMarketer senior analyst Paul Verna told CNBC. “Particularly for subscription-based companies, there’s a direct link between the subscription audience and the quality of content you offer.” The fact of the matter is that having original content is smart business move. Once a service has a show that’s generated some buzz, its subscription rates naturally surge, drawing in copious amounts of money. According to Verna, exclusive content is clearly one of the main reasons Netflix has grown to a staggering 62.3 million subscribers. “As you progress on the growth curve, [relying on licensed materials] is a limiting factor because your audience is set,” said Strategy Analytics Director of Digital Strategy Mike Goodman. “If you really want to be a breakout and you really want to grow, you need original...

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Water Slide Video Game Coming To Great Wolf Lodge
Sep01

Water Slide Video Game Coming To Great Wolf Lodge

While there are over 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the U.S., Americans still love a good water park, and the New York Times recently reported that a few of their favorite water parks would be getting some pretty high-tech upgrades. Described by its inventors as “Guitar Hero inside a water slide,” Slideboarding is the newest way to ride, and will be coming to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos, as well as the Wet ‘n Wild park in Las Vegas. Slideboarding, one of the world’s first water park video games, puts controls for the game in a water slide board, allowing riders to press buttons on the board while they ride to match with flashing lights. Designed to be an intelligent, interactive experience, riders will be able to check their scores when they emerge from the slide’s exit tubes, allowing them to compete with family, friends, or other guests. Park guests can expect the game to be included in their usual stay packages, which typically range from a one day pass to an entire week. The new activity is an attempt to pack in a lot of fun in not a lot of time, according to Rick Root, president of the World Waterpark Association. “Families are pressed for time — that’s their scarcest resource,” he said. “Water parks today are about how to get a lot of play value in the shortest period of time.” Riders can anticipate trying out the new attraction by 2017, according to a manufacturer’s estimate. Other water park upgrades include an attraction called “SurfLoch,” designed by Wave Loch to use compressed air to make waves for controlled surfing. The process can make any kind of wave, with some reaching as high as 10 feet tall. Company founder Tom Lochtefield calls it “the technological future of the natural...

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How Chemical-Free Pools Are Closer to Becoming a Reality Than You Thought
Jul20

How Chemical-Free Pools Are Closer to Becoming a Reality Than You Thought

Anyone who owns a pool is well-accustomed to the sheer amount of chemicals that must be poured into its water each year: chlorine, algaecides, oxidizers, clarifiers and water balancers are just a few of the many products required to keep a pool’s delicate chemistry stable. But in Minneapolis, the unexpected has become a reality: the first chemical-free public pool in North America. According to a July 10 Finance and Commerce article, the $6 million pool, which relies on a living ecosystem to keep its water clean, is set to open at Webber Park in North Minneapolis on July 24, pending a final water quality inspection. For the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the pool’s construction has been a challenge since breaking ground in 2013 — but officials say the 21,000-square-foot pool will be worth the wait. “Any time you’re doing something new, there are hurdles you can’t even anticipate,” Park Board Supt. Jayne Miller said. “We’re figuring it out as we go along.” Miller explained that the natural pool carries benefits for both the environment and the humans who use it. Adjacent to the pool is a 16,250-square-foot pond, called a “regeneration basin,” where more than 7,000 aquatic plants and bacteria maintain the pool’s pH levels, eat bad bacteria and clean the water. All the plants are native to Minnesota. In addition to the many chemicals they pour into their swimming pools each year, pool owners must also keep their water filtered. It’s recommended for the average residential pool’s water to be turned over once every 24 hours — which, over the course of a summer, can consume a huge amount of energy. In the new natural pool, water will be turned over every 12 hours through more energy-efficient processes. Best of all? In the winter, officials plan to turn the pool into a skating pond, complete with a pool house with a fireplace and heated bathrooms. Minneapolis residents will truly be able to use this pool all year...

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Doctor Who Fans Can Soon Watch The 12th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver
Jul16

Doctor Who Fans Can Soon Watch The 12th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

Each summer, San Diego Comic-Con brings together the biggest names in comics, film and television — along with thousands of their fans — in celebration of the most beloved parts of pop culture and geekdom. Few shows are as universally adored among Comic-Con guests as Doctor Who, that long-running British program that chronicles the Doctor’s adventures through time and space. To give Doctor Who die-hards a special treat, The Wand Company has announced it would unveil its new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote exclusively at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. According to DoctorWhoWatch.com, the sonic screwdriver remotes went on sale in limited-edition quantities at Comic-Con’s BBC America booth from July 8 through 12. For the rest of the world, these remotes will go on sale to the general public in September. While The Wand Company has previously made remotes that resembled the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors’ sonic screwdrivers, the company decided to make a version based off the Twelfth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver in response to requests from fans. While Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor technically still uses the exact same Sonic as his predecessor, the Twelfth Doctor remote is able to extend like the on-screen model does. The Twelfth Doctor’s remote comes with a vertical stand and is programmed with 12 Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases and 12 sound effects. And, of course, it’s a fully-functioning television remote that actually works; the remote can store up to 39 programmed commands, Digital Spy reported. Even if it weren’t a remote, reports are saying it’s so well-crafted that it would make a great piece of show memorabilia for Doctor Who fans to have. Television viewers across the country use an incredible 335 million remotes to access their favorite shows — but why settle for an ordinary remote when you could control your television with your very own sonic screwdriver? It might not be able to open locked doors, track alien life or destroy a Weeping Angel, but it’s still pretty...

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