Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice

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(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, AFP) –  President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Jan 31) announced conservative US appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch as his selection to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for almost a year, in a move that would reinstate the court’s conservative majority.

The 49-year-old, a respected appellate court judge from Colorado, will replace Judge Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the court who died last February.

The nomination still requires Senate confirmation. Democrats, still fuming over the Republican-led Senate’s refusal to act on former President Barack Obama’s nominee last year, are prepared to put up a fight. Some Democrats have vowed to do everything in their power to block confirmation.

A Supreme Court justice can have influence for decades after the president who made the appointment has left office. Mr Trump’s appointee could be instrumental in cases involving abortion, gun, religious and transgender…

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A 6-Move Circuit You Can Do Without Leaving Your Chair

For those stuck in a chair all day due to work…

Philly Hypnosis Performance 

http://www.health.com/fitness/a-6-move-circuit-you-can-do-without-leaving-your-chair

I found this interesting.

When life gets hectic, your sweat sesh may be the first thing to go. I get that escaping to the gym isn’t always feasible, no matter how good your intentions. That’s why I put together a quick six-move routine you can do literally without leaving your seat. All you need is a chair and 30 minutes, and you can fit in this workout that helps tone your body all over. Perform 10 reps of each exercise. Rest for 2 minutes. Then repeat the circuit two to three times.

RELATED: 5 Legit Reasons to Skip A Workout, According to a Fitness Expert

Push-ups

Get into a push-up position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width and place your toes on the seat of the chair. From here, bend your elbows and lower your body as close to the ground as you can before pressing back up.

Tricep dips

Place your hands behind…

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Website usability must haves

Usability is now key to all website designs. There’s no point in creating beautiful content when the sites functionality is not top quality. Usability is a commodity nowadays and well, if you don’t already hold this at the top of your web design podium then you’d better start now.

We’ve become used to an extremely high standard of design and aesthetic, and because we need our sites usable this doesn’t mean sacrificing one for the other, these two things should work hand in hand to ensure an excellent customer experience is met.

Focus on the audience and user when designing, think of their requirements and make sure their objectives are being fulfilled.

We have broken down our key aspects for creating an effective and engaging website whilst not forgetting usability.

Availability and Accessibility – Simple, basic and you’re probably well aware of this one but not one to be overlooked…

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Creative Engagement Assignment

Introduction to Professional Writing

This assignment has multiple objectives:

  • Think about and practice the design skills needed in professional writing
  • Consider the ways that writing is a visual and material practice
  • Create and reflect on the process of creating work
  • Develop a design vocabulary for talking about and evaluating writing and design practices by writing and speaking about your project.

Your Task: (100 points total)

  1. Choose a design challenge from Creative Workshop as a starting place.
  2. Make something.
  3. Do some research about design practices or tools the tools you used to make something.
  4. Reflect on your process, and write about it.
  5. Publish a blog post (At least 500 words) that explains what you did and what you learned
  6. Give a 10 minute in-class presentation about your project, and one of the design concepts you practiced or the tools you used. Create a material or digital take-away for your classmates. .

Please sign up…

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No, Apple Isn’t Working on a Vape

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(Source: www.macrumors.com)

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The patent instead relates to a process called

The patent’s assigned inventor Tetsuya Ishikawa, a senior manager at Apple in the nanotechnology field, lists photolithography as one of his skills on his

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a ” sublimator/vaporizer ” invention, leading to sensational headlines suggesting Apple might release a vape or enter the vaping industry. In actuality—and this could go without saying—the invention is completely unrelated.The patent instead relates to a process called semiconductor lithography —or photolithography—that Apple uses to create chips for its devices. The application describes a canister that can be used to vaporize or sublimate a substance, which in Apple’s case would be chemicals used to pattern the circuity on chips.The patent’s assigned inventor Tetsuya Ishikawa, a senior manager at Apple in the nanotechnology field, lists photolithography as one of his skills on…

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Inventing for the ‘Other Half’

Indeed…

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Inventors are creative people who naturally think ‘outside the box.’ Inventors look at things differently and, as a result, create unexpected solutions to problems others simply accept as normal. But, maybe we really aren’t so different and creative in our thinking. Read on.

Lives in the ‘Lap of Luxury’

All of us throughout the developed world, think and behave very predictably and alike when it comes our income and how we spend it.

We may buy a quick cup of coffee on our way to work each day, spending perhaps $3 to $5. We don’t give it much thought. We might have lunch with colleagues at a restaurant and spend $10 or more. We come home to our comfortable homes or apartments after work and entertain ourselves with dozens of program choices from cable or satellite TV.

We may complain we just can’t seem to ‘get ahead’ at work. Paying the bills every month…

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Inside the ‘Tunnel’ Elon Musk Is Already Digging Under Los Angeles

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January 31, 2017 at 01:40AM

Inside the ?Tunnel? Elon Musk Is Already Digging Under Los Angeles

“We have no idea what we’re doing,” Musk says. “I want to be clear about that.” The post Inside the ‘Tunnel’ Elon Musk Is Already Digging Under Los Angeles appeared first on WIRED.

Vía WIRED https://www.wired.com

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In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established the very cool-sounding “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” which does exactly what it says. It requires that 100 percent of all EVs and hybrids make some noise at low speeds by 2019. If a vehicle can move forward or in reverse without engaging…

via Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs — TechCrunch

THE CHANGES WITHOUT AND THE CHANGES WITHIN

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How Self-Publishing Has Changed Authors

As a literary agent, not a day goes by when I don’t encounter the changes in thinking from authors caused by the expansion and availability of self-publishing.

It’s understandable, because there are over twice as many books self-published every year in the United States than are published by traditional publishers.

Traditional and self-publishing generate over one million new books every year in the U.S. alone according to RR Bowker.  Two-thirds are self-published.

According to the United Nations cultural arm UNESCO, well over two million new books are published annually by traditional publishers worldwide.

The Federation of European Publishers reports on the status of book publishing across the continent. They show revenues and traditional publisher title output are generally flat over the last five years, but the number of titles available in print has grown from 8.5 million in…

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BLOGGING SUCCESS AND BLOGGING AND SUCCESS

How often SHOULD you blog? Really?

How often should you blog? Really? | BloggingBistro.com

It’s challenging to blog 16 times a month. I’ve done it, back in my early days of blogging (2003ish), when a company hired me to write two posts a day for their blog. I practically killed myself doing it.

I’ve experimented with blogging three times a week, twice a week, and once a week. Any less than once a week doesn’t work, as my readership tanks.

While it’s true that publishing more frequently does attract more visitors to your blog, I’d rather publish fresh, high-quality content at a pace that’s realistic and doable for me (currently, that’s once a week).

When life happens…

If I need to skip a week due to illness, travel, or a heavy work load, I give myself permission to do that, guilt-free. Okay. ALMOST guilt-free.

For example, during the next three weeks, I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling. I’m also fine-tuning workshops that I’ll be teaching at a conference, preparing to launch an online course, ghost writing and running Facebook ad campaigns for several clients, launching a client’s website, revamping my own website, and drafting several “mega” blog posts. And I’m recovering from a back injury that forces me to spend big chunks of time resting, stretching, and visiting the massage therapist.

I’m not telling you this to gain sympathy points. It’s just the way my life looks at the moment. I’m betting that your life includes a similar set of demands on your time.

Alternative: Group blogging

Unless you’re part of a blogging team in which you contribute one post a week, it’s really, really difficult to blog 3-5 times a week, every week of the year. Yeah, you can sustain that pace for a while. But after about six months, you’ll notice that the quality of your blog posts decreases and your desire to continue blogging flags.

And honestly, I’m not sure whether readers want to hear from you that often.

I’ve unsubscribed from several blogs that publish lengthy articles six days a week. While I’d love to soak in all their content, there aren’t enough hours in the day or brain cells left in my head to absorb that quantity of information.

Quality vs. quantity

I’ve never had a reader contact me and say, “I wish you would publish a new blog post every day.”

But plenty of readers have told me,

“Thank you so much for your excellent blog posts. I look forward to them, and I always learn something new!”

My goal is to publish fresh content at a pace that gives my readers time to digest my content, and keeps them coming back for more.

I’d love to hear from you on this.

  1. How many times per week do you publish new articles on your blog?
  2. Is that a comfortable amount for you and your readers?
  3. Are you thinking of cutting back or expanding the amount of weekly posts you publish?

Coming soon to a blog near you

Be sure to stop by BloggingBistro.com next week, when guest columnist, Lisa Michaels, will share five simple, yet effective tactics to promote your new content.

Plan to blog 16+ times per month?

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If you’re rarin’ to blog 16 or more times a month (or maybe 4 times a month), you’ll need a calendar to help keep your blog post ideas and promotional social updates organized.

Have you requested our free 2017 Content Calendar template yet? Just click this link or the button to get yours right now.

BRACE YOURSELVES, LABOR IS COMING

The Missal

BRACE YOURSELVES, LABOR IS COMING

Look, I am enjoying this day. A lot. I was well impressed by what Trump said. He earned his moment.

But don’t forget that this is ultimately your celebration. Or failure. Trump is but one man. There is no such thing as a political “Savior.” He can get government off our backs (hopefully), he can lead, and maybe he can even inspire.

But he cannot “save us.” Not from ourselves anyway.

And likely not from foreign powers or domestic saboteurs who wish us harm or to see us fail.

Much work needs to be done. Many things need to be repaired and restored. New things need to be built. Old things destroyed and replaced.

That will almost all fall to us.

We had 8 years of a supposed political savior and you see how that juvenile idea utterly failed (as it certainly had to

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AN END WILL COME ANON (I AM RESOLVED)

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AN END WILL COME ANON

Unresolved I nothing did
Resolved at once I swiftly bid, but
Finding other ends so hid
Within the beam, and bound amid
I resolutely, God forbid,
Discovered not what cause undid
What cunning tactic
Could not Cure, what resolution
Did procure, does thinking thus
Make sure allure, or do our thoughts
Our acts abjure when Time
Is counted Friend or Foe,
Does it matter, do you know?

Or is this best solved in the Heart
Some never do, some flaming start
Yet those who finish, finish true
Brook no excuse, all pleas eschew
When they start they set off hot
Then burn until most have forgot
But in their souls no fire dims
They seek a crown, and seek it grim
They go on, and on, up to the rim
To end what ere they first begin
While others speak, they act
And act, and…

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THE SEDENTARY MAN from HUMAN EFFORT

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I would venture to say that most of the diseases and disorders (especially the chronic ones) faced by modern man develop as a direct result of his mostly self-inflicted sedentary and passive nature. He is sedentary and passive in his work, he is sedentary and passive in his entertainments, he is sedentary and passive in his ambitions, he is sedentary and passive towards evil and injustice in the world, he is sedentary and passive in the amount of tyranny he will endure, he is sedentary and passive in his economic ventures, he is sedentary and passive in his relations with others, and he is sedentary and passive in his very nature.

Modern man is filled with the sitting and waiting diseases. He is mainly merely an observer of life, sitting upon his plump ass in his comfortable cafes, staring at his various diversionary devices and inventions, waiting for…

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EAA making ‘Shark Tank’-style competition an annual event — FOX6Now.com

The EAA is planning to host another “Shark Tank”-style competition at the 2017 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The organization will award $25,000 to the winning idea to improve safety in amateur-built aircraft. 48 more words

via EAA making ‘Shark Tank’-style competition an annual event — FOX6Now.com

Seven highly valued tech startups that could IPO in 2017 – MarketWatch — IPO EMPIRE

MarketWatch Seven highly valued tech startups that could IPO in 2017MarketWatchAnalysts believe 2017 has to be better than the previous year, which had the fewest number of IPOs since 2009 and the lowest proceeds since 2003. The question is whether the biggest names in the bursting ranks of billion-dollar startups will choose to …Year in […]

via Seven highly valued tech startups that could IPO in 2017 – MarketWatch — IPO EMPIRE

WikiLeaks Exposed Journalists Fired Demoted Now Covering Trump White House

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gettyimages-hillary-planePeter Hasson reports: WikiLeaks’ publication of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta revealed the close ties between prominent journalists and the Clinton campaign. Many of those same journalists will now be covering the Trump White House.

CNBC chief political correspondent and New York Times political writer John Harwood demonstrated clear partisanship in his many email exchanges with Podesta.

Harwood told Podesta to “watch out” for Dr. Ben Carson during the Republican primary. “Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general,” Harwood warned, including video clips of Carson’s political positions.

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In a December 2015 email to Podesta, Harwood claimed the Republican Party was “veering off the rails” and bragged about provoking Trump during a Republican presidential debate, where he asked Trump if he was running “a comic book version of a presidential campaign.”

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“I imagine…” Harwood titled the…

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5 Things That Can Make Your Product Go Viral (1 min read)

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1. Let sharing benefit everyone

What do your users and the people they know care about most when it comes to your product? Is pricing as big a concern as in the long-distance calling market or could, for example, access to premium features be more important? Figure this out and you will have a tool to drive viral growth.

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