Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fresh Flower Napkin Ring // Dinner Party DIY

How to make fresh floral napkin rings.
If you found a larger metal ring to use, this would totally work as a bangle bracelet too – as an alternative to a corsage at a wedding or a fun jewelry piece for a party, etc.
And of course, you can customize it with whatever colors you want (based on the season) by choosing different flowers. The only recommendation is to stick to small blooms for this one, otherwise it starts to look weird. And nobody wants that.

napkin ring diy with fresh flowers

wedding DIY // fresh flower napkin ring

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Baselworld: Swiss elite shrug off Apple smart watch challenge

Geneva, Switzerland (CNN)Browsing the 141,000 square meters of stalls in Baselworld this year it’s hard to make out whether the industry is one step ahead or behind.

Barely a week before the event kicked off, Apple captured world attention by unveiling its eagerly anticipated timepiece, stealing the 90-year old fair’s thunder somewhat.

Ask the chief executives present what they make of the challenge and some shrug apathetically while others become animated about the “opportunities” it creates. Everyone’s strategy seems to be different.

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Baselworld: Swiss elite shrug off Apple smart watch challenge

We have been  waiting for Apple Watch for a long time. There is a good news, we can buy it soon. Here, I bring another good news. We have another smart watch with many functions. It is not better than Apple watch, but much cheaper. Come and have one. Surprisings waiting for you!

 

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Facebook to test 747-sized drones that will beam broadband to the entire world

Facebook has announced plans to test its ambitious Aquila drone program this summer.

The solar-powered unmanned aircraft will have the wingspan of a commercial passenger jet, a length equivalent to “six or seven Toyota Priuses” but only weigh about the same as four car tyres.

They will be capable of beaming broadband around the world, helping Facebook towards its dream of providing internet access to the two-thirds of the planet still without it.

“We are working towards a real test flight this summer sometime,” vice president of engineering Jay Parikh told The Wall Street Journal.

A one tenth-size version was tested earlier in the month, but this will be a much bigger undertaking.

“Depending on how this test flight goes, we’ll see what happens,” Parikh added. “This is a big plane, this is a big project and it’s never been done before.”

The project makes use of solar and battery technology that has only just been developed, so it is still very much in the experimental phase and the drones are unlikely to be launched commercially anytime soon.

There is also the matter of securing deals with internet carriers, as Facebook has denied it will start its own ISP, saying it would go against the company’s core goals.

Google is also working on a mass-internet plan, Project Loon, but using a less sexy method involving swarms of balloons.

Facebook to test 747-sized drones that will beam broadband to the entire world – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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History of April Fool’s Day

It has different names in other parts of the world, but the idea of April Fool’s Day (also called All Fool’s Day) is essentially the same wherever you go, which is to try to trick someone with a good-natured prank before labeling them as a fool. You have to be careful, though, as in many parts of the world it is you who will become the fool if you don’t deliver that prank before noon.

Given that the day is celebrated in so many different parts of the world, it’s tough to say where the origins of April Fool’s Day truly began. The thinking is that it has much to do with the arrival of spring and the festivities that took place during the vernal equinox.

There are also those that believe this celebration has a lot to do with the fact that April 1 was very much a day of fun and festivity in pagan Britain. Others trace the origins back to the Roman festival of Hilaria which celebrates the vernal (spring) equinox and the goddess Cybele.

The Medieval Feast of Fools could also be a precursor to All Fool’s Day since this celebration featured young people in France, England, Germany, Poland and Spain mocking those in authoritarian power. The Feast of Fools was similar to the Feast of the Ass (I kid you not) which was celebrated in France as commemoration to biblical donkey stories.

And, still others trace it back to Iran as far as 536 BC as this day of pranks is still alive and well today. This Persian day of jokes and joyfulness was known as Sizdah Berdar and started centuries before Iran became a Muslim nation in the 7th century AD.

For most scholars, though, in the 1500’s, in France, the switch to the Gregorian calendar is believed to have a lot to do with acceptance of the celebration. April 1st as a day of fools can be traced back to the change when the New Year was observed.

In many parts of the world, such as in Rome, the first day of April was accepted as the start of the New Year because of the arrival of spring. But that way of thinking eventually died out with the new Gregorian calendar as January 1st became the day that most of the world adopted as New Year.

Anyone who still viewed April 1 as the start of the year from that point forward was viewed as a fool. Many farmers and townspeople who lived in isolated villages where communications traveled slowly, became the butt of jokes for not knowing that the calendar changed. They were invited to non-existent parties or sent on fool’s errands.

Later in history, the English folk would kick fool’s day up a notch. In 1698, in Great Britain, several people were given finely printed free tickets to the Tower of London to witness “Washing the Lions”.

The celebration of April Fool’s Day was something that started to spread across the world, but there are some variations as to how it is observed in each different place. In places like France and Scotland, sticking signs on unsuspecting folks is considered to be the trick.

While the Scot’s go with a “Kick Me” sign that results in the recipient receiving several well placed boots to the butt, the French go with a paper fish, which is in keeping with the name of the day being known as poisson d’avril (April Fish).

In recent times, it is not just individuals that love to get in on the act on April 1st, with well-respect

ed news outlets frequently mixing in stories that are obviously made up, but which always manage to catch a large number of people by surprise.

In 1997, several dozen famous cartoonists and artists participated in the Great April Fools’ Day Comics Switcheroonie. This comical comedic conspiracy coalesced 46 different syndicated cartoonists who swapped comic strips or in some way tricked their syndications, the newspapers and the readers.

In general, part of the fun of April Fool’s Day is that it has become a good-natured way to blow off steam and poke a little harmless fun at friends, family members, and co-workers. If you want to avoid becoming an April Fool’s victim, make sure to circle that day on the calendar as a reminder. And put a happy face inside.

History of April Fool’s Day | Holistory.

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Galaxy S6 Edge review: the high-end Samsung revolution

Samsung promised us that its next Galaxy device would be something pretty special. The Korean tech-giant has been suffering from a sales slump following the poor reception of its Galaxy S5 which, despite solid specs, failed to capture the hearts of the masses. Samsung has now brought two Galaxy S series flagships to the table, the Galaxy S6 – a new but familiar approach to the Galaxy series, and the Galaxy S6 Edge – with an all-new curved display.

In the short time I have been using the Galaxy S6 Edge, I have been in awe. Its design is far more convincing than anything Samsung has done on Android to date. The company has gone from plastic, to glass and metal. A flat screen, to a curved screen. And believe me when I say – it’s all good. Here is our Galaxy S6 Edge review.

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Rating

Good

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Grant Hackett to attempt swimming comeback seven years after retirement

Triple Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett will attempt to qualify for the national team almost seven years after walking away from the sport.

The 34-year-old will line up on the blocks against swimmers almost half his age when he competes at the Australian Swimming Championships which begin in Sydney on Friday.

Hackett said upheaval in his personal life led him back to the pool, but the distance champion said he is a different swimmer the second time around.

“I don’t have expectations like I did before and I sort of reserve the right to pull out at anytime,” he said

A lot of people are wondering why Hackett decided to return to competitive swimming almost seven years into his retirement.

“I sort of ask myself that same question when I’m training every morning and night,” he said.

The distance champion has rejoined the Miami Swimming Club on the Gold Coast.

He is being coached by Denis Cotterell, who guided Hackett to gold medals in the 1500 metres freestyle at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and again in Athens in 2004.

Cotterell said retirement had not diminished Hackett’s work ethic.

“He trains like he used to and that’s as hard as anyone can possibly go,” Cotterell said.

The 34-year-old competed in two lead-up meets and clocked respectable times in the 200 metres and 400 metres freestyle events.

His coach says the former distance king is not contemplating a return to the 1500 metres, a race he dominated internationally for more than decade.

“It’s a little too short a time frame,” Cotterell said.

Hackett agreed that the 1,500 metres was out of his reach.

“If I really want to continue with this and if I look to going all the way to the Olympic trials next year .. it’s just really too short a time frame,” he said.

“For the time that I’ve actually had out of the sport and the fitness and the base work that actually needs to be done for a race like that, it would just be too difficult.”

The sport has changed since Hackett retired in 2008 with athletes now doing more specific training and an increased focus on nutrition.

The 34-year-old is now learning from younger athletes including the world-number-one 200m freestyle swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes, as well as rising 1500m swimmer Jordan Harrison.

“Overall it’s actually the best squad that I have ever trained in so to just be alongside those guys and trying to be competitive every day is a real challenge for me,” Hackett said.

Hackett said his comeback is different from former team mate and friend, Ian Thorpe, who returned to the sport after four year hiatus and failed to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.

“I think for me I have come from a totally different avenue as opposed to what Ian did,” he said.

“Ian was making a comeback really focused on the Olympics and it was probably a bit more grand than anything I was intending on doing.”

Hackett said he is excited to be competing at the Australian Championships and it will allow him to gauge his place among the country’s elite swimmers.

“Whilst I am enjoying it I will continue to do it but if I don’t enjoy it, I can pull out at any time because it’s not like I have set up any grand vision of this big comeback.

“I want to just enjoy swimming and hopefully swim fast.”

Hackett said he will not entertain the prospect of competing at next year’s Olympics in Rio.

“People talk about the Olympic Games but that is something I am not even thinking about,” he said.

Grant Hackett to attempt swimming comeback seven years after retirement – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Singaporean teenager Amos Yee faces charges over anti-Lee Kuan Yew YouTube video

A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking Christianity and the country’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be charged in court with “wounding” religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content, police say.

Police said they had “received more than 20 reports regarding an online video that contained, in part, insensitive and disparaging remarks against Christians”.

“Police arrested a 16-year-old male Singaporean in relation to the said video” on Sunday, the police statement said.

It said the young man — unnamed but identified by local media as Amos Yee — would be charged in court later Tuesday.

Police said the suspect was facing three separate charges, including for actions that have “deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person”.

‘Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person’

Yee will also be charged for “putting into circulation” an obscene object as well as for “threatening, abusive or insulting communication” under the city-state’s newly enacted Protection from Harassment Act.

In an eight-minute video titled “Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead”, Yee launched a scathing attack on the 91-year-old political patriarch who was cremated after a state funeral on Sunday.

In the video, Yee also likened the city-state’s first prime minister to Jesus Christ as he launched a tirade against Christianity.

“Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person … everyone is scared, everyone is afraid that if they say something like that they might get into trouble,” Yee said in the video.

He challenged the former leader’s son, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, to sue him.

The video been taken down from his YouTube page but others have reproduced it in part or in full.

Deputy police commissioner Tan Chye Hee said police took a stern view of acts that could “threaten religious harmony” in Singapore.

“Any person who uploads offensive content online with deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said in a statement.

Teenager faces three months in jail

Lee, credited with laying the foundations for Singapore’s prosperity as prime minister from 1959 to 1990, was given a hero’s send-off on Sunday, with more than 100,000 people lining the streets for his casket’s final procession despite torrential rain.

He was revered by citizens for Singapore’s prosperity and social stability but also criticised by rights groups for entrenching a system that called for one dominant political party, the muzzling of the press and curbing political liberties including free speech.

Some Singaporeans who openly questioned Lee’s record and scoffed at the emotional reaction of many to his death have been attacked in social media by his supporters.

The government says 454,687 people — in a nation with just 3.34 million citizens — had paid their last respects to Lee before his public wake ended in parliament on Saturday.

If convicted, Yee faces up to three years in jail, a fine, or both for the first charge of deliberately wounding religious or racial feelings.

For circulating obscene content, he faces up to three months in jail, a fine or both, and a fine of up to $SG5,000 ($4,750) under the harassment law enacted last year.

Yee will be charged in a district court. Singapore’s Juvenile Court only deals with cases involving suspects below the age of 16.

Singaporean teenager Amos Yee faces charges over anti-Lee Kuan Yew YouTube video – World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Omelet, Funny Face Recipe: Breakfast Food Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, or 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 cup reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • canola cooking spray
  • reduced-fat pepperoni slices
  • lean ham slices
  • zucchini slices
  • tomato slices
  • green pepper slices
  • sliced olives
  • avocado slices
Step 1
Cut your toppings into different shapes using a plastic knife, and put them in a shallow bowl or plate. The cut shapes will be used later to make eyes, eyebrows, a nose, and a mouth.
Step 2
Crack the egg into a medium bowl. Add 1/2 tablespoon water and blend well with a whisk or fork.
Step 3
 An adult can begin heating a small, 8-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat. After 2 minutes of warming, coat the bottom of the pan with canola cooking spray.
Step 4
 Pour the beaten egg into the frying pan, set the timer to 1 minute and 30 seconds, and cover the pan. After the timer goes off, remove the lid. If the top looks cooked, an adult can slide the omelet.
Step 5
 Use the different-shaped toppings to make eyes, eyebrows, a nose, and a mouth on the top side of the omelet. Use grated cheese to add hair around the edge of the face. Microwave on HIGH for 30-60 seconds to heat the meat and vegetables and melt the cheese (if desired).

Omelet, Funny Face Recipe: Breakfast Food Recipes on WebMD.

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Pebble Time Kickstarter project raised $20.3 million

During its month-long crowdfunding campaign, which ended 10 p.m. ET Friday, Pebble Time shattered two Kickstarter records.

It broke its first record on its first day, when it became the fastest project to raise $1 million — in 49 minutes. A week later, it became the most-funded campaign in Kickstarter’s history after receiving more than $13.3 million in pledges, besting Coolest Cooler, the previous record holder.

 

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Some food are thought to have positive effects on mood

A recent study found that people who consume a lot of olive oil are less likely to be depressed. Salmon and walnuts are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and some studies have suggested that these essential fatty acids could have mood-boosting properties. Some research also indicates that eating high-calorie comfort foods, which we typically reach for during times of stress or anxiety, may be a type of “natural reward” that reduces stress responses.

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