Fyre Festival perfectly demonstrates the delicious schadenfreude of our modern world

April 30, 2017

… December. “And most importantly, will it be lit?” the subhead added. “Can a critical mass of Victoria’s Secret Models and a Hadid give Bahamas tourism an Insta-boost?” asked Vanity Fair. Hell, even Kendall Jenner was involved. If influencers have turned social media platforms into a gigantic version of high school (complete with the social stratifications), Fyre Festival seemed to represent a chance to hang with the cool kids and get a taste of their life for a …

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So, Fyre isn’t just a music festival. Meet Ja Rule’s company

April 29, 2017

… sister’s combined high school and college graduation. That was nearly 7 years ago, and it required me Googleing for the band’s contact information and then having a lot of back-and-forth negotiating. The Fyre website also integrates with Spotify so you can listen to the artist’s music on-demand, and Bandsintown so you can see when and where they’re already scheduled to play. So tech savvy! So fun! I can imagine it being even more useful for a venue operator, not just a …

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She wrote an adorable letter to Google’s CEO. Now she’s on the ‘board’ of a computer company.

April 29, 2017

… still overwhelmed by the attention stemming from Chloe’s letter. “We both have our moments when we say, ‘Crikey, this is really happening,’” Julie said. Back in class this week the girls haven’t missed any school during all this a teacher played Kano’s promo video of the girls playing and Andy talking about his daughters’ relationship to technology and computers. “The teachers are really proud of her,” Julie said about Chloe. And because of …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 28, 2017

… reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality projects. The Games for Change Festival is happening July 31 to Aug. 2 at the New school in New York City. Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change, said that while the organization has included some VR games in the past, the recent development of VR and its potential for positive social change led Games for Change to take a deeper look at VR this year. “We feel that Games for Change is very well-positioned to help develop this community …

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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen pledges $30 million to house Seattle’s homeless

April 28, 2017

… The exact location has not yet been determined. “Paul Allen understands the homelessness crisis requires everyone in our community, particularly our business leaders, to help.” According to government data, 1,694 families are currently waiting for housing in King County, which incorporates Seattle and surrounding areas. Nearly 3,500 students enrolled in Seattle public schools experienced homelessness at some point during last year’s school year. In 2015, Seattle declared a …

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Netflix has found a way into the world’s biggest streaming market

April 27, 2017

… star thinks show should be mandatory school viewing “China is an important market for obvious reasons; it’s also a challenging market for obvious reasons,” Roy was reported as saying by THR. “Right now what we will do is look to license content into China. We closed a deal with iQiyi, which is exciting.” The company declined to share details of the deal, but it is understood that original content by Netflix could be available on the same day it is released in other …

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Concerns raised over students’ unions’ anti-Israel stance – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… behind the BDS lens, it calls for these things that are not peaceful. They harm Jewish students and pro-Israel students and they don’t support a peaceful, atmosphere on campus.” Academic boycott Support for BDS has been growing rapidly on British campuses. London’s school of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) students’ union in London was one of the first to endorse the BDS, after students voted in favour in a referendum in 2015. The students’ union implemented an …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

… the biggest one every review of Option B has to face: Why should you take advice on life’s worst experiences from a billionaire tech executive? Sandberg has created the Option B community to help people find connections amidst loss and trauma. Image: optionb.org Sandberg doesn’t have the soulfulness of Oprah Winfrey, who uses her brand to nudge followers along the path of spiritual enlightenment. Nor is she from Momastery founder Glennon Doyle Melton’s school of being …

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Action urged on school holiday hunger – BBC News

April 25, 2017

One million growing up in poverty who receive free school meals during term time Two million whose parents are on low wages but do not qualify for free school meals For both groups, school holidays place extra burdens on family budgets in terms of food, fuel, activities and childcare. The report says this is sometimes “compounded” by a shortage of skills to cook and shop on a budget. It claims the loss of free school meals adds between 30 and 40 per week to parents’ …

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Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

April 23, 2017

… this month when the school installed the machine at a campus recreation center that’s open most of the day. That comes in handy when the student health center closes after business hours. Singh told the television station KCRA that he started pursuing the idea after a friend couldn’t get emergency contraception when she needed it. For $30, students can now buy it in the vending machine. He thinks that easy access will help students who might feel nervous about getting emergency …

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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’13 Reasons Why’ proves that we still don’t know how to portray suicide

April 20, 2017

Image: 13 reasons why / netflix If you listen to the actors, producers, and consultants involved in Netflix’s newest hit, the intense high school drama 13 Reasons Why, it’s clear none of them meant harm. In a behind-the-scenes episode that follows the series finale, they use words like “truth,” “honest,” and “tribute.” They talk about helping people, raising awareness, and taking seriously the responsibility of portraying sexual assault and …

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American Idol reject finds fame with faith film Because of Gracia

April 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES –  After Moriah Peters auditioned for American Idol during her senior year of high school, she walked away feeling discouraged. However today she looks back and realizes that that rejection has actually led to the best things in her life. The now 24-year-old has said that the Idol judges once mocked her religious lifestyle, but now she looks back on the experience as a lesson. Peters is now starring in her first movie, a faith-based film titled Because of Gracia. She …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… asked about how it affected pupil behaviour, most teachers agreed that it led to an inability to concentrate in class and led to a pupil being isolated from other students or have problems making friends. ‘Expert gap’ Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary warned there was concern among teachers about a gap in the availability of experts and counselling to help children with mental health needs. “It is clear that teachers and school leaders are seeing many more children and …

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Japanese octogenarian is spinning impressive beats at a Tokyo nightclub

April 13, 2017

… training in a local music school, The Times reports. Later, she was introduced to the club scene after meeting a French event producer. Iwamuro said she fell in love with music because of her father, who was a jazz drummer. During World War II, she would listen to jazz records, muffling the gramophone with a cushion so others didn’t know that she was listening to music from enemy Allied cultures. But she was pulled into helping out at the family’s gyoza restaurant since she was 19, …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… pretty harbor, great beaches and warmer water.) Sydney’s persistent inferiority complex is chalked up to a poisonous self-awareness that it’s a superficial tart, blessed with good looks, who dropped out of school early. Melbourne is the sophisticated, wealthier sister with a MA from Oxford and innately more interesting. Or so it claims. As for Sydneysiders, they just think Melbourne is a constant weather anomaly with an unsophisticated mob of latte-sipping sports heads, so caught …

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