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Yup, I'm gettting that tee...and wearing it in Texas and if I'm ever in North Carolina again.
Virginia tourism officials have started a new marketing push to bring more LGBT travelers to the Commonwealth.
Virginia Tourism Corp. yesterday announced it has a new LGBT travel website, which notes that “Virginia is for all Lovers.”
Visitors to the website can find LGBT-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, wineries, breweries and attractions. The site also has a “Virginia is for Lovers Pride Shop” with hats, pins and T-shirts for sale.
“Virginia is proud to be an open and welcoming destination for every visitor attracted by our scenic mountains and beaches, as well as our world-renowned restaurants, wineries and breweries,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. “I am pleased the Virginia Tourism Corporation has created this landing page to connect travelers with inclusive, LGBT-friendly establishments across the Commonwealth.”
The website came out of recommendations from the LGBT Tourism Task Force, which McAuliffe put together last year.
Members of the LGBT community make up about 5 percent of Virginia tourists, according to Virginia Tourism Corp. They also take longer trips to Virginia and spend more money in the Commonwealth than all other visitors there, the tourism authority noted.
“A vacation in Virginia is all about doing the things you love to do with the ones that you love, and we are thrilled to offer this new resource for the LGBT community, their friends, and their families, to help them plan the perfect vacation in Virginia,” Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corp., said in a statement.
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Where are the toddler banging on the metal? Cause it ain't true training without them.
I NASA. (also, now a Gemini.)
It's pretty safe to say this new addition is kind of a troll by NASA on believers in astrology. That doesn't mean this is a FAKE prank. NASA doesn't believe in astrology, they just pointed out a correction.
For some people, it's a very confusing development! (Although some are still very secure in knowing their star sign)
via @dsweintraub_, @camerawhitt, @DanielleMNorman, @alishasaith, @PetitePasserine
And here's a list of the new signs, if you want to have your world rocked.
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What gabe says...
The Intercept's Naomi LaChange presents the curious origins of Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet comparing Syrian refugees to poison Skittles. "The concept dates back at least to 1938 and a children’s book called Der Giftpilz, or The Toadstool, in which a mother explains to her son that it only takes one Jew to destroy an entire people."
And so it begins. Bound to happen really.
An 18-year-old from Carinthia, Austria, is suing her parents for non-consensually posting photos of her throughout the last seven years.
These photos include everything from diaper changes to potty training, and the anonymous woman's lawyer, Michael Rami, claims that he can prove the photos "violated her rights to a personal life". There's a high probability that the parents will lose this case.
Rami says that the girl's parents have shared over 500 images of her on social media since 2009 and refuse to delete them.
"They knew no shame and no limit - and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot - every stage was photographed and then made public... I'm tired of not being taken seriously by my parents,” the 18-year-old said.
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Most robocall blocking software and hardware has focused on stopping unwanted calls to landline phones, and especially landlines connected over the internet. That’s all well and good, but a growing number of Americans are now cellphone-only, meaning many millions of us still have to face these annoying calls. When Apple rolls out iOS 10 — the latest update to its mobile operating system — this week, it should open the door to a spate of new robo-blockers for your iPhone.
In an interview with InnovateLI, Nomorobo CEO Aaron Foss explains how the update to iOS will allow his service — winner of the Federal Trade Commission’s first robocall-blocking contest — and others to try to keep robocalls at bay.
When you receive a call, Nomorobo works by immediately checking the incoming number against a vast crowdsourced blacklist of known and suspected robocallers, and stops your phone from repeatedly ringing if it determines the call is likely spam.
Foss says Apple’s previous iOS settings restricted third-party apps’ access to contact lists and call records, but a new directory extension feature in iOS 10 will allow the Nomorobo app to upload incoming call info to compare with the service’s list of numbers.
“This basically allows developers like us to build real call-blocking apps,” he tells InnovateLI, acknowledging that the iOS change doesn’t just favor his service, but others built on similar ideas.
Unlike Nomorobo’s landline service, which has been free, the wireless version has a monthly fee. The iPhone version will be $2/month (after a 30-day free trial), billed through iTunes.
The company launched a beta test of its mobile app a few months ago for both iPhone and Android at $5/month.
Foss tells InnovateLI that he’s working on an updated Android version but hasn’t decided on what to charge or whether to release it through the Google Play store.
The internet — and its accompanying social media networks — can be a fickle beast. The same post could have friendly, supportive feedback right next to vitriolic, threatening rants from complete strangers. Last month, Instagram began testing a feature that let high-profile users filter out unwanted comments based on keywords, and now that new tool is becoming available to all Instagram users.
Instagram announced Monday that it had rolled out the new keyword moderation system that allows users to list words they consider offensive or inappropriate.
To access the feature, users tap the settings icon on their mobile profile, tap on “Comments,” and activate “Hide Inappropriate Comments.” Doing this will switch on Instagram’s default list of offensive words, which users can update. Comments with these words will then be hidden from posts.
“To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of the photo sharing service, wrote in a blog post. “We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together, we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression.”
Squee! This is so cute!
Well, at least Jay was prepared for a toddler ;)
My mom used to have overly done bathtub "curtains". I can relate.
I was thinking, okay, I get a choice of taco trucks and only have to go 150' for each? Totes on board with that.
Marco Gutierrez, founder of Latinos for Trump, found himself at the center of the hashtag #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner after comments he made in an MSNBC on Thursday.
The Trump surrogate warned of "taco trucks on every corner" as immigration remains unchecked and the internet (or anyone who can appreciate a good taco truck) can't find anything wrong with the idea.
And now, I bring you "If Trump becomes president"
Psychologist Lane Longfellow is the go-to expert on how people behave in elevators. After years of research, Longfellow came up with a simple guide to "How to Behave in an Elevator," including suggestions like "face forward," "watch the numbers," and "stop talking with anyone you do know when anyone enters the elevator." While learning about Longfellow, Alex at Weird Universe compiled a collection of fascinating nuggets from ongoing research in this area:
• Studies of elevator body placement show a standard pattern. Normally the first person on grabs the corner by the buttons or a corner in the rear. The next passenger takes a catercorner position. Then the remaining corners are seized, and next the mid-rear-wall and the center of the car. Then packing becomes indiscriminate.
• "When the sixth person gets on you can watch the shuffle start," says Longfellow. "People don't quite know what to do with the sixth person. Then another set of rules comes into play governing body contact."
• In an uncrowded elevator, men stand with hands folded in front or women will hold their purses in front. That's called the Fig Leaf Position. Longfellow says, "As it gets more crowded you can see hands unfold and come down to the sides, because if you have your hands folded in front of you in a really crowded elevator, there's no telling where your knuckles might end up. So out of respect for the privacy of other people you unfold them and put them at your side."
• High-status individuals are given more space. For instance, if the president of the company gets on, he gets more space.
• Men leave more space between themselves and other men than women do with other women.
"Elevator Proxemics" (Weird Universe)
Shkreli is basically pharmaTrump. I wonder if burn salve is affordable still?
It all started when The Late Show dropped a tweet in reference to one of Stephen Colbert's opening jokes on Friday.
If you haven't been following, pharma-bro Martin Shkreli is in the news again for endorsing the price spike of an EpiPen made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals that went from less than $100 to $608.61.
Martin Shkreli took notice to The Late Show tweet and responded to the joke. Soon after, Stephen Colbert (from his personal Twitter) responded to Shkreli in very Colbert-like fashion.
What the hell building code was used to make this? Notice how not one single car moves, but the Starbucks just goes right over.
When a tornado destroyed this Starbucks in Kokomo, Indiana on Wednesday, there were reportedly more than a dozen people inside. After store manager Kim McCartney called employee Angel Ramos to tell him about a texted tornado warning she'd received, he rushed everyone into the bathrooms. A few minutes later, a tornado destroyed the building leaving only the bathrooms intact. Amazingly, nobody was injured.
“I could see the sky from holes in the bathroom ceiling, so I figured there was some chunk of the store that would be missing,” Ramos said in a report posted on Starbucks.com. “I didn’t know it would be the whole thing.”
District Distilling Co. opens today
Four years in the making, the two-story District Distilling Co. finally debuts tonight on U Street. Its stunning design was unveiled earlier this week, and the menu is also extensive.
The plan is for the place to start selling its own booze created on the first level in the coming months. But for now, drinks will showcase American small batch distilling from other locations. Its classy 140-seat restaurant and bar upstairs boasts a lengthy cocktail menu that's split up into categories like starters (like the Vicinage made with D.C.'s Don Ciccio & Figli Cinque Aperitio), signature, and classic—and a unique "shift punch" draft cocktail comprised of a liquor, amaro or liqueur, and bitters that can be shot or shared out of a carafe (priced $40-$86). At a media preview event, general manager Said Haddad described it as an alternative to bottle service — without the whole clubbing part. The bar is big on Green Chartreuse, and it makes several appearances on the cocktail menu.
Manning the kitchen is executive chef Justin Bittner (of Bar Pilar and 8407 Kitchen Bar fame). Expect a wide lineup of upscale seasonal American fare, including sauteed rock shrimp to start ($14), grilled rockfish with summer corn ($25) for the main event, and a creme brulee donut ($6) for dessert. Dinner and a late night menu (perfect for post-partying patrons on U Street) runs seven days a week, with weekend brunch coming soon.
District Distilling Co., 1414 U St. NW, website
Food spread from District Distilling [Photo: Tierney Plumb]
I'd try to frame that.
Blam! JK is no jk.
Christian Voice, "a UK-based prayer and lobby group praying for national repentance and working for godly government" went after Olympic diver Tom Daley after he was knocked out of 10m platform dive in the semifinals and J.K. Rowling was there to have his back.
Along with J.K. Rowling, there were numerous other accounts who chimed in to give their two cents. This sparked an online argument on how to properly deal with a troll.
Here's what J.K. had to say:
Meghan Maza Oeser was ready to take her first vacation in years, but before that, she decided to leave a hilarious and very informative letter to her husband Kevin.
The survival letter included an incredibly detailed list of helpful tips and tricks for her husband Kevin to use while Mom was away. These ProTips did just about everything to prepare Pops.
If you thought babysitting one or two kids was tough, imagine SIX!
"I'm writing this to you out of love, not fear."
If fucking only.
I kinda wanna do this now
I'm sharing all this because it's way better than depressing ass Trump.