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By Peter Diamandis

Twenty-six years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown climbed into their time-traveling flying DeLorean and set the controls to the distant future — October 21, 2015 — which happens to be today.

This is a fun blog about the predictions that Back to the Future got right, the predictions they got wrong, and the amazing technologies we have today that they just completely left out.

For a $ 40 million budget, it’s pretty amazing what they achieved. So as you read these correct predictions, think about how you might have profited from these areas if you took action on them 26 years ago.

PREDICTIONS THAT BACK TO THE FUTURE GOT RIGHT

Brain controlled / wireless video games

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“You have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!”

3D movies

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McFly being eaten by a holographic “Jaws.”

Handheld tablet computers

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McFly gets handed a tablet.

Videoconferencing

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McFly videoconferencing with a coworker.

Augmented & Virtual Reality wearable technology

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Marty Jr. viewing an incoming phone call in his glasses.

Wall mounted widescreen TVs with multiple TV channels

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Marty Jr. watching six TV channels simultaneously.

Hydroponics

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Marty Jr. reaching for fruit from the retractable garden in his kitchen.

Biometric Scanners (fingerprint scanners as locks)

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“Thumbing” to pay for the taxi fare.

PREDICTIONS THAT “BACK TO THE FUTURE” GOT WRONG

Here are the technologies that aren’t quite here (yet).

Flying cars: While there are a number of companies like Zee.aero, Terrafugia and AeroMobil hard at work, this still may need an XPRIZE to give us the flying car.

Power clothing (self-drying, self-tying shoelaces): While not released, Nike claims it will release a pair of self-tying laces this year (2015) in commemoration of the movie.

Ubiquitous fax machines: For whatever reason, fax machines were a big deal in Back to the Future. They are basically a relic of the past now.

Hoverboards: Though a few companies have rigged gigantic magnets to simulate real life hoverboards, we haven’t found a way to make a practical, scalable version yet…

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Mr. Fusion: While many teams are claiming to get close to net-positive energy fusion, no one has yet… and even when they do, it’s unlikely to fit in the back of my car.

Well… a time machine: Though I wish we could all drive DeLoreans rigged with time machines, unfortunately, the laws of physics still prevent us from jumping around the space-time continuum at will.

A FEW AMAZING THINGS WE HAVE TODAY THAT THEY MISSED

So what did Back to the Future (potentially) miss? At least, what amazing technology do we have today that they didn’t highlight?

Rapid, cheap whole genome sequencing and editing: We now have the ability to sequence a full human genome for under $ 1,000. The technology is developing at 3x the rate of Moore’s Law. We now have the ability to cheaply and precisely edit the genome with CRISPR/CAS 9. This will open up a new frontier of health and longevity that will have enormous implications on the future.

3D Printing: You can 3D print just about anything these days from 300 different materials (including plastics, metals, concrete, chocolate and human cells) Complexity is free and scalability is inherent.

Emergence of AI: We are in the early days of Artificial Intelligence. Tens of billions of capital are being poured into an AI “arms race” over the last decade. One fun recent example is Tesla’s “autopilot” software upgrade that just came out. It can drive you autonomously on the highway.

On-Demand Economy: Amazon is working on same-day delivery mechanisms (possibly using drones). Uber has become ubiquitous as the simplest, most reliable way to get around.

GPS: We really take for granted how good the GPS units in our phones really are. They receive up-to-the-second traffic data, route us to the shortest path, and even give us “street view” or satellite imagery to investigate what a place looks like before we get there.

Private Spaceflight and Hyperloop: While Back to the Future flaunted flying DeLoreans, I’m proud of where we are with private spaceflight and the start of Hyperloop.

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Work-Life Balance: Your Right to Love Your Life

“Excuse me” I said to the guard inside the courthouse behind the counter, are there any resting rooms inside this courthouse? I’m on jury duty and am feeling a bit tired, is there any place during lunch hour where I could lie down? He looked at me and said “restrooms, sure they are over there ” and pointed towards the stairs behind me. I said, oh no I don’t mean restrooms, I meant “resting rooms” as I put my hands under my cheek and leaned to the side, making my point of wanting to get a quick shut eye experience.

Now, realizing I probably sounded silly, I told him that where I am from in northern Europe there are, at universities and libraries for example, “resting rooms” for those needing to take a quick nap. He moved back, opened his eyes wider in surprise and laughed out his reply “well then, maybe I should move to Europe!”

We have all heard the term work-life balance, and I am sure we can all relate to feeling that we just don’t have enough time in a day to do the things we need to do. Sometimes this makes us very tired, as in the case when I wanted to take a nap at the courthouse.

Having read up on this topic for this post I mainly see the “balancing act” theme between life and work and the “who is responsible” theme (you or the company). All great, and I’d like to offer also, that you have the undeniable right to love your life. It is not just about having the right to a life (see the declaration of the Human Rights) but rather it is about thriving. There is a difference between doing something, going through the motions like a zombie and creating something, which drives and motivates us. If you don’t work – as in love your life, nothing works, including companies.

Thinking of having a right to love your life shifts the conversation a tad, adds another flavor more towards the idea of solidarity to make sure those rights happen for each other. A right lives in the realm of seriousness, ironically for this post many of concepts considered “rights” are protected in a court of law. A right is not up for negotiation, it is not a sometimes and someday kind of phenomenon and it is not solely up to the individual alone to “make it happen”. Dressing work-life balance in this way we push our aspirations up a level to think about what can be created to have people (and companies) thrive.

Being Swedish-American, having lived most of my life in Sweden and seven year working in LA and New York I have come to understand different shades of what makes life work from two different cultural ways of talking about things. It is the age-old conversation of be, do, have and how we balance these for a gratisfactory experience. In today’s world of business a creative mindset is the new “it” thing to possess, and cultures can assist in opening up to new ways of seeing something we look at every day. I understand culture can be a sensitive topic, but it is not the notion of cultures that create sensitivity in itself, it is our tendency to categorize and places one thing above the other. Perfectly fine when your shopping for a new sweater but not functional when understanding why people do what they do.

Cultures are in essence interpretations on much of the same set of universal values, distinguishable but always changing habits (Confucius). This becomes clear when some cultures have invented words for states, feelings and the world out there, whereas others have not. “Resting rooms” is apparently not a ubiquitous concept in the American English language and before I explained it the officer misheard me. He didn’t hear what he hadn’t heard before. Language matters, because language is the key with which we unlock how to understand our world and it affects processes, systems and how things work in a society. The fact that there was no resting room in the courthouse, doesn’t necessarily mean that the U.S. undervalues sleep, it just means sleep and napping didn’t belong in that specific context, or at least not in a designated area.

The conversation that people matter is not new, the school of Human Resources go back some time, but seeing what the world looks like (economic crashes, layoffs, income inequality) it is clearly not considered the most important thing. Profit is usually the most important thing. Boxall and Purcell (2011) in their book Strategy and Human Resource Management conclude that human capital can contain the most competitively valuable sources which sets a company apart, create creative companies and bring a vantage point in the market place. When access to resources alone cannot explain successes, something else is reasonably at play, could the x-factor be people? Yet, Piketty (2013) chooses to exclude human capital from the asset column in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, as an individual’s labor power, skills, training and abilities cannot be owned or traded on a market detached from the person they came from. Would you agree with that idea? There still is this uncertainty whether taking care of people matters in orders of magnitude, yet we all know in our hearts that if we put people first, before anything, all the time and always – everything else will follow. Of course at the heart of that conversation is that self care comes first, naps and all.

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Were the Beatles Right About Love?

Were the Beatles right? Is love really all you need for a good marriage? Actually that’s a terribly destructive myth.

Love at first sight is a popular notion. Some relationships begin this way and, as luck would have it, blossom into good marriages. But usually when people immediately think that they’ve found him (or her) at last, they’re in fantasy land. They are imagining a wonderful kind of life together with someone they barely know. If they marry impulsively, they may soon find that they have too little in common for a lifelong relationship. Consequently, the chemistry fades away and not much else if left to build on.

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What about sex?

Don’t feel bound to anyone’s time table for when the right time is to become sexually involved. You may have heard that men move on to look for someone else if “nothing happens” by the third date.

I think this may be true for men who feel entitled to sex, regardless of whether they want a noncommittal relationship or one that leads to marriage. If your goal is marriage, it makes sense to avoid getting sexually involved before you feel ready to do so both emotionally and mentally. You will want to have as much time as you need to test the relationship as objectively as possible and of course, and you may also be guided by your own value system based on what your religion’s teachings or those from another source.

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Are you able to distinguish between sex and love? Sex gets the hormones flowing, especially, in women, oxytocin, which has been called the “love hormone” — for good reason. It causes women to feel emotionally bonded and can blind them to the other person’s shortcomings that they would probably recognize if they hadn’t compromised their objectivity. By avoiding getting too physically involved too soon, you’ll give yourself time to see if a real friendship develops, and if the potential exists for spending a lifetime together.

It’s a mistake for a marriage minded woman to have sex because she feel pressured to in order to keep a man interested in her. That’s not love and it’s no basis for a friendship that might lead to marriage. A man who doesn’t respect your boundaries is not for you.

Keeping Love Flourishing in Your Marriage

If you are already married to someone who meets your basic requirements for a life partner, be grateful. But that is just the beginning. Love can grow or fade. If you want to keep love alive, it is up to you. You’ve taken the first step by choosing a partner with whom the chemistry is good and who shares enough of your interests, values and lifestyle preferences for the two of you to be compatible over time.

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A great way to keep your relationship on track is by holding a weekly marriage meeting, which is a short, gentle conversation that cover all the basics, as described step by step in my book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted. Marriage meetings foster romance, intimacy, teamwork, and smoother resolution of issues

By regularly investing a small amount of time and energy, you and your spouse can enjoy both love and a true friendship that lasts for a lifetime.

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Born at the Right Time

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It is rare in history for people to link their identity with their generation, and even rarer when children and adolescents actually shape society and influence politics. Both phenomena aptly describe the generation born in the decade following the Second World War. These were the baby boomers, viewed by some as the spoiled, selfish generation that had it all, and by others as a shock wave that made love and peace into tangible ideals. In this book, Doug Owram brings us the untold story of this famous generation as it played out its first twenty-five years in Canadian society. Beginning with Dr Spock’s dictate that this particular crop of babies must be treated gently, Owram explores the myth and history surrounding this group, from its beginning at war’s end to the close of the 1960s. The baby boomers wielded extraordinary power right from birth, Owram points out, and laid their claim on history while still in diapers. He sees the generation’s power and sense of self stemming from three factors: its size, its affluent circumstance, and its connection with the 1960s – the fabulous decade of free love, flower power, women’s liberation, drugs, protest marches, and rock ‘n’ roll. From Davy Crockett hats and Barbie dolls to the civil-rights movement and the sexual revolution, the concerns of this single generation became predominant themes for all of society. Thus, Owram’s history of the baby-boomers is in many ways a history of the era. Doug Owram has written extensively on cultural icons, Utopian hopes, and the gap between realities and images – all powerful themes in the story of this idealistic generation. A well-researched, lucid, and humorous book, Born at the Right Time is the first Canadian history of the baby-boomers and the society they helped to shape.

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A Dozen Reasons Art Lovers Should Be in Scandinavia Right Now

Gerhard Munthe, Suitors, 1892. Collection of the National Museum, Norway. Photo: Norjan kansallismuseo, Øystein Nerdrum.

The Magic North: Summer Biennials, Festivals and Exhibitions in Scandinavia 2015

With temperatures neither blistering nor blustery, summer in Scandinavia reveals the magic of the northern landscape, from the spectacular fjords of Norway, to the forests of Finland. This year in particular, there is quite a convergence of festivals, biennials and notable exhibitions occurring in late August in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. From the historical to the contemporary, from city centers to the far-flung reaches of the Arctic Circle, there is an abundance of events and exhibitions drawing art lovers to the northernmost reaches of Europe.

Theodor Kittelsen, The River Sprite, illustration for Troldskab, 1887. Collection of the National Museum, Norway. Photo: The National Museum, Norway, Jacques Lathio.

A mystical atmosphere suffuses many of the paintings in “The Magic North,” currently at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki (June 18 – September 27, in cooperation with the Norwegian National Museum, where it was shown earlier this year), an exhibition of Norwegian and Finnish fin-de-siècle and early 20th century works, from artists such as Edvard Munch, Gerhard Munthe, Hugo Simberg and Theodor Kittelsen. In these works, the artists mixed the heady influence of European symbolism with the folkloric traditions of their home countries, producing such unforgettable images as Kittelsen’s iconic wide-mouthed trolls and vacant eyed river sprites. In such company, even the more straightforward and naturalistic landscapes and portraits seem to evince a kind of strange, animistic energy.

Hannah Ryggen, Fear, 1936. Creative Commons License BY.

Under the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the turn of the century, artists of that time revived certain folk arts and traditional crafts, in search of a national style of expression. Norway’s rich history and tradition of tapestry weaving inspired artists of the period, such as Gerhard Munthe, who, to his chagrin, became quite famous for his achievements in this “minor art.” Yet Scandinavia’s most distinctive voice in tapestry weaving was yet to emerge: in the 1930s, Swedish-Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen became known for her idiosyncratic, expressive and wholly modern tapestries, weaving together political and personal themes. An exceptional collection of her works spanning three decades is currently on view in the exhibition “Hannah Ryggen: Weaving the World” at the National Gallery in Oslo (June 12 – October 4).

Artists like Ryggen, however, were working against the grain of the 20th century, as modernism and formalism took hold in Western art. Denmark’s Ordrupgaard Museum is taking a look at a hitherto overlooked aspect of a group of works made by one of modernism’s masters, produced in his later years. “Matisse and the Eskimos” (August 21 – November 29) presents works from Matisse’s paper cut outs, focusing on a group of works inspired by a collection of Inuit masks belonging to his son-in-law and the books of the Danish polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

Maria Friberg, From the Series “Still Lives” (4), 2005. Courtesy of the Gothenburg Art Museum.

At the Göteborg Museum of Art, in Sweden, “The Romantic Postmodernism” (May 30 – September 13) explores links to the art historical past in a selection of works of Nordic art from the 1980s to the present. These contemporary works evince connections — aesthetic or otherwise — to the Romantic landscape, including early photographs by Olafur Eliasson, abstract paintings by Rolf Hanson and photographs by Maria Friberg.

Installation view, After Babel / Poetry will be made by all! / 89plus, Moderna Museet, 2015. Photo: Åsa Lundén, Moderna Museet.

While “The Romantic Postmodernism” looks to contemporary art made in Scandinavia, an exhibition at the Moderne Museet Stockholm takes a more international outlook, exploring the pluralism of the present in an exhibition titled “After Babel” (June 13 – August 30), curated by Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring. As one would expect, language takes center stage in “After Babel,” with works by Yael Bartana, Etel Adnan, Haegue Yang, Rivane Neuenschwander and others. Also occupying center stage is an actual tower — a concept by Simon Denny in collaboration with architect Alessandro Bava — that gradually and evocatively winds its way through the history of the intermingling of art and industry. And while at the Moderne Museet, don’t miss Adrián Villar Rojas’s major solo exhibition, “Fantasma,” on until October 25.

Sophie Dupont, A Slow Walk, Body And Room Encountering in Mirrors, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Copenhagen Art Week. Photo: Hans H. Bærholm.

In Copenhagen, five contemporary art centers are joining together to present an exhibition entitled “TRUST” (August 29 – October 25), curated by Sonia Dermience, featuring more than forty artists, with parties, performances, films, an online radio station and more. This is just one of many eruptions of art going on in Copenhagen, timed to coincide with Copenhagen Art Week (August 21 – August 30), which kicked off with the international art fair CHART at Kunsthal Charlottenborg last weekend. Sixty galleries, museums, project spaces, fairs and art centers across the city are participating in this weeklong art bacchanal, and the art continues to spread throughout the city, beyond institutional walls and into the subways and the streets.

Martin Whatson, mural on the Scandic Stavanger City, 2014. Photo: Ian Cox, Nuart.

For fans of street art, next week the Nuart Festival (September 3 – October 11) will open for its 9th edition in Stavanger, Norway. Year by year, this picturesque Norwegian port town is adding to its collection of public murals painted by renowned international street artists. This year’s invited artists include Iranian duo Icy & Sot, Italian artist Pixelpancho and New York legend Futura, among others. Nuart Festival also features a discursive component in Nuart Plus, a symposium program exploring issues relevant to street art and its development. 

Erkka Nissinen, Video for the Turku Biennial, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and 7th Turku Biennial, 2015.

Lastly, the biennials: there are four biennial art exhibitions occurring right now in Scandinavia, each with its own distinct character and setting. And a fifth is set to open in the next week: the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (September 12 – November 22), curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, which features an exciting roster of artists, such as Kader Attia, Kerry James Marshall and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, under the theme “A Story Within A Story.”

The 7th Turku Biennial (June 10 – August 30) takes place at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Finland, with this year’s theme, “The Unexpected Guest,” driving the curatorial process. Half of the artists were chosen by the curators of the Turku Biennial, while the other half were invited by those artists. There are many surprising moments in the Turku Biennial, but highlights include the absurdist videos of Erkka Nissinen, the unsettling sculptures of the Finnish art collective Anna Breu and photographs by Aino Kannisto and Satu Haavisto.

Ai Weiwei, Think Different (How to Hang Workers’ Uniforms), 2015. Courtesy OpenART 2015. Photo: Sandra Subraian Ekholm.

The city of Örebro in Sweden is host to the largest public art biennial in Scandinavia, now in its fifth year. OpenART 2015 (June 14 – September 6) showcases 130 artworks by 72 artists from 19 countries within Örebro’s city center. This year features a special initiative, curated by Feng Boyi, to bring 13 contemporary Chinese artists to the Swedish biennial including artists Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing and Cheng Dapeng, and raising the biennial’s international profile. Works range from playful sculptures situated in the river Svartån, an oversized park bench and a model of the city entirely made of sweets and pastries.

Daniel Steegmann Mangranè, Phantom (kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name), 2013-2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Momentum 8 (June 13 – September 27), in Moss, Norway, inundates the viewer with various levels of sensory deprivation and sensorial enhancement, from a virtual reality environment enabled by an oculus rift device by Daniel Steegmann Mangranè, a participatory work involving both multi-sensory illusions and sensory deprivation by artist duo Lundahl & Seitl, to the colorful, immersive fur-filled installation by Hrafnhildur Arnardottir a.k.a Shoplifter. The theme here is “Tunnel Vision,” accompanied by a thought-provoking reader addressing the shifting social priorities between the Internet and the public sphere, as well as the concept of “Nordic seclusion.” It’s a fascinating show with far-reaching intellectual, theoretical, and curatorial ideas.

Landscape image from Lofoten. Courtesy of Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF). Photo: Kyell Ove Storvik.

For the ultimate experience of the remote northern lands, however, one should travel up to Norway’s Lofoten Islands — where the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF, August 28 – September 27) takes place. Located on the northwest coast, just above the Arctic Circle, the landscape is dramatic, rugged, and staggeringly beautiful. Lest the landscape upstage the art on display, LIAF 2015, entitled “Disappearing Acts,” relents to its environmental context by gathering a collection of ephemeral, performance-based works, sculptures submerged into the sea, and an exhibition of works staged in a soon-to-be-demolished building. It begs the question — would Scandinavia still be such an extraordinary and beautiful place, if we weren’t around to appreciate it?

Steinar Haga Kristensen, The Loneliness of the Index Finger (Part II): The Specialization of Sensibility in the Raw Conceptual State into Stabilized Theatrical Sensibility (Consensus Image), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF).

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24 Questions Black People Need White People To Answer, Like Right Now

“Do y’all really think Miley is the one who created twerking? Really?”

This is just one of “24 Questions Black People Have For White People,” according to a new video released by Buzzfeed.

Five black people pose questions that open dialogue around white privilege, appropriation and more. Some other necessary questions they ask are: “Why is it that white crime is seen as an isolated incident but black crime is a representation of my entire community,” or “Why do you want to say the N-word so badly” and ”Why is it that white people always act as though they’ve discovered a new trend when people of color have been doing it for virtually years?”

White people often appropriate black culture without giving us credit — from slang words we created to the hairstyles we rock – and we want to know why!

See the rest of the questions in the video above.

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What Mindfulness App Is Right for You?

How do you choose from the hundreds of mindfulness apps out there? There are over 500 mindfulness apps available, but some are better than others.

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research sorted through hundreds of mindfulness mobile apps and ranked 23 of them. Now it’ll be a little bit easier to find one that works for you.

Mindfulness based programs in person have been found to be effective for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the structured 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), defines mindfulness as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

However, it’s unclear if you can reap the same benefits of mindfulness programs with mobile apps. There is only one scientific study on the effectiveness of a mindfulness app (Headspace app). Users who tried the Headspace app for 10 days showed improvement in mood and fewer symptoms of depression.

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We rely on our smartphones more and more (25% of page views currently come from mobile devices), so it helps to figure out what apps are right for your needs. The new study ranks 23 mindfulness mobile apps using a standardized tool designed for mobile health apps called the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS), which rates aspects like ease of use, look, and overall satisfaction.

Here are the top 4 mindfulness apps based on the study (ratings are out of 5 = excellent):

  1. Headspace (Overall Rating 4.0)
  2. Smiling Mind (Overall Rating 3.7)
  3. iMindfulness (Overall Rating 3.5)
  4. Mindfulness Daily (Overall Rating 3.5)

The lowest rated app was Mindfulness Trainer (Overall Rating 2.6).

Check out the table below summarizing the rankings and app features to see what will work best for you.

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What did the apps include?

Most of the apps included breathing exercises and body scans. Here’s a sampling of the types of exercises in the apps:

  • Breath awareness: Bring attention to each breath
  • Body scan: Bring attention to body parts, from the toes and up towards the head
  • Sitting meditation: Meditate in a seated posture
  • Walking meditation: Walk with attention and careful pacing
  • Loving kindness (Metta) meditation: Send love and kindness to oneself and others
  • Passing thoughts and emotions: Notice and let go thoughts and feelings
  • Mountain meditation: Imagine yourself as a mountain
  • Lake meditation: Imagine yourself as a lake
  • Three-minute breathing: Be aware (1 minute), focus attention (one minute), and grow attention (one minute)

Most of the apps had two or more of these exercises.

What app features best fit your personality?

Likes to Level Up. If you’re someone who likes to complete levels and move on, then consider apps with step-by-step programs:

  • Headspace (Free 10 day program with 10 minute guided meditations)
  • Smiling Mind (10 weeks based on age group)
  • Mindfulness Daily (21 day mindfulness exercises)
  • Simply8 (3 weeks with 8 guided meditation based on themes)
  • Meditation without Borders (4 weeks with guided meditation 20 minutes daily)

Loves Social Media. If being connected to social media motivates you, try apps that allow you to share your experience on Facebook and Twitter like: Headspace, Meditacious, Meditation without Borders, Mindfully Me, Mindfulness Daily, Rhythm Free, Simply8, Smiling Mind, Stop, Breathe & Think, Take A Chill, The Meditation App with Michael Stone, and The Mindfulness App.

Reader. If you like to learn information by reading, try ACT Coach or Complete Mindfulness. Both contain detailed in-app texts on mindfulness.

Visual Learner. If you prefer not to read as much, try Headspace, which delivers information about mindfulness in the form of videos and infographics.

In Touch With Emotions. If you like to track how you’re feeling, these three mindfulness apps include ways to track your mood: Smiling Mind, Mindfulness Daily, and Stop, Breathe and Think.

Likes to change it up for the occasion. If you want different meditations for when you’re at the gym, sleeping, or on work breaks, try Buddhify 2 or Meditation Oasis (an app which was not reviewed in the study). They offer guided meditations and themed exercises based on your situation.

Designer with a good eye. If you’re sensitive to aesthetics, try Headspace or Smiling Mind. These two apps ranked highest in the aesthetics category.

Beginner. For those new to mindfulness, start with the top 4 apps from the recent study. And don’t give up if the first app you download doesn’t seem to work for you. You might need a different voice or interface.

Every app uses varying voices, work flow styles, and types of guided meditation, so try a variety of apps to see what sticks. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel drawn to practice everyday.

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Swiss Airlines’ New Cabin Design Needs To Happen Everywhere, Right Now

Why can’t all airplane cabins get the Swiss treatment?

After the Internet panicked over a design that makes passengers face each other in a sardines-like, shoulder-to-shoulder seating situation, this spacious new concept should elicit a collective sigh.

The breathtaking cabin below was created for Swiss International Airlines’s new fleet of 777-300ER planes by Priestmangoode, a British design and brand consultancy firm.

“We wanted to pick up the cultural significances” of Switzerland, said Nigel Goode, a director at Priestmangoode and a leader on the project.

European travelers want a more open cabin that also gives them some privacy, he said, so he and his team focused on elements that give the passenger flexibility in succinct, Swiss fashion.

Seats in the economy class are upholstered in cream-colored fabrics and wood paneling continues throughout; passengers are assisted by a self-service kiosk and mobile charging stations.

Business class seats are more like little cubicles, with headphone hangers and straps for storing books, magazines and beverages.

But the first class design is what we think of when we picture flying in style.

In addition to a 32-inch flat screen TV, seats here recline into a six-and-a-half-foot bed. A retractable partition gives passengers three privacy options, and a personal wardrobe with doors that can be pulled together fully encloses the passenger as if they were riding in a train car.

“One of the things I get a big kick out of when other people see the design is that they’ll say it looks so Swiss,” Goode told The Huffington Post. “You can sit in the seat and everything lines up and it’s quite precise.” 

Swiss ordered an update to six of its Boeing 777-300ERs, and Goode said they’ll be in use starting in January 2016.

Swiss says its Boeing 777s hold about 330 passengers, and will be used for “ultra long routes,” or connections including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Bangkok.

While this makes us want to book a trip to Switzerland immediately, Goode said there’s hope for passengers on U.S.-based airlines. Priestmangoode is working with United Airlines to improve their cabins, and Goode said he sees American companies starting to take notice of the finer details. 

In the U.S., Goode said, “There tends to be more interest in the business, premium and economy areas, rather than first [class] itself. We’re working on a project that looks at this level of detail throughout the cabin, [such as] quality of finishes and attention to detail.”

We can hardly wait.

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Bridgestone Mens J15 Fairways Strong #3 Fubuki Z Graphite Right

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Bridgestone Mens J15 Fairways Preferred For Professionals To High Handicap Amateurs The J15 Fairway from Bridgestone is their thinnest fairway wood ever. This design allows for increased velocity, launch angle and ball repulsion which all adds up to more distance from your fairway woods. Bridgestone Mens J15 Fairways feature: Lofts: 13.5 a 15.0 a 18.0 Flex Action Speed Technology crown design increases ball velocity and launch angle Bridgestone’s thinnest fairway wood to create maximum ball repulsion and increased distance Adjustable weight allows for custom designed trajectory and weight profile Shaft: Fubuki Z Graphite Shaft available in Regular a Stiff Available in left and right-hand Includes headcover Bridgestone Golf. Farther, Faster!

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The Right Chemistry: 108 Enlightening, Nutritious, Health-conscious And Occasionally Bizarre Inquiries Into The Science

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A big part of Dr. Joe''s job as director of McGill University''s Office of Science and Society is persuading people that the pursuit of science knowledge is a potential source of wonder, enlightenment and well-being for everyone. And as a chemist, he''s particularly keen to rescue chemistry from the bad rep it''s developed over recent decades. There is more to chemistry than toxins, pollution, and Don''t drink that soda–it''s full of chemicals. The evangelic zeal Dr. Joe brings to his day job is of course also the driving force behind his work as an author. Once again, here he is to tell that everything is full of chemicals, and that chemistry means health, nutrition, beauty products, cleaning products, DNA, and the means by which Lady Gaga''s meat dress was held together. In the style established with the bestselling Brain Fuel, each section here is themed and contains a mixture of short, pithy items and slightly longer mini-essays. And as before–but never with such energy and relish–Dr. Joe goes on the attack against charlatans in the alternative health trade, naming and shaming them in a particularly entertaining and edifying section of the book called Claptrap.You will learn whether to put broccoli on a pizza before or after baking, whether beauty pills are worth taking, and whether the baby shampoo you''re using is poisonous. You will discover but not use, please, the recipe for a Molotov cocktail. You will be enabled to enthrall fellow dinner guests with the derivation of the name Persil, and the definition of a kangarian (it''s someone who only eats kangaroo meat).As ever, this torrent of entertainment is delivered in Dr. Joe''s unmistakably warm, lively and authorative voice.
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What ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Gets Right About Depression

This post contains spoilers.

When I saw Brook Soso start to fall apart on Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I knew exactly what was happening to her. Her constant feelings of isolation and loneliness; the inescapable fear that no one likes her or cares about her; that desperate look in her eyes crying out for help and attention. I know, because I’ve suffered from depression on and off since I was a child. And I know because, like Soso’s character, I’ve also been locked in an institution and forced to deal with mental illness without the support that I needed.

Before this season, Soso wasn’t a major character on the show. She was portrayed as a fairly one-dimensional, loud-mouthed hippie who no one — including viewers — particularly liked. But Orange is the New Black loves to turn our first impressions on their heads and offer surprising depth to formerly irritating characters.

We soon see that Soso is having trouble fitting in because of her constant need to talk. She’s rejected by people she thought were her friends and gets ignored or teased by the others she reaches out to. Loneliness and depression often go hand-in-hand. For Soto, the unfulfilled need and desire for human connection became so great that it brought on a bout of clinical depression that engulfed everything. The hopelessness of being in prison certainly didn’t help, either.

Seeing Soso curled up in her bed, staring at the wall, reminded me of all the days and nights that I did the same thing. I tried so hard to make friends during the time I spent in a psychiatric hospital when I was 15. I was there because I was suffering from severe clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

But like Soso, I couldn’t quite connect with the people around me. I got teased constantly and was told by several patients that no one liked me. Even the nurses got tired of my constant crying and sadness. The more I was rejected, the worse I felt, and the less everyone liked and cared about me.

The pain of that kind of rejection, especially by the people you think will understand you, is overwhelming. Depression can take a hold of you, and without the right support, lead to thoughts of suicide. Being trapped in a locked ward, not knowing when you’ll have a life again and when you’ll have opportunities for connection beyond the people locked in there with you, can make it so much worse.

In response to Soso’s admission that she’s feeling depressed, Sam Healy, her prison counselor, tells her: “People aren’t gonna want to be friends with you if you’re moping around because sad people are depressing, right?”

Unfortunately, he does have a point, but that’s not exactly the most helpful thing to tell someone who’s struggling with clinical depression. He then says that the secret to depression is that it’s “all in your head” and sends her off to get a prescription for anti-depressants.

Although Healy seems to genuinely want to help her, his character also genuinely misunderstands how to communicate with someone suffering from depression. Plus, in real life, he’d mostly likely just be doing what he was taught to do. Institutions often don’t have the time or resources to spend on psychological issues that they mistakenly believe can be numbed out or glossed over with medication. And this isn’t a problem unique to prisons. My psychiatric ward psychiatrist treated me the same exact way.

When I was in the psych ward, I wish I’d had someone who understood me like Berdie Rogers, the new counselor in the prison. She advocates for Soso and tells Healy it’s not a good idea to jump right to medication without talking out the problem. When he defends his decision to tell Soso that depression is all in her head, Berdie says: “When someone’s feeling vulnerable, they need their pain acknowledged, not to be made to feel worse by having it.”

Berdie reminds me of the best therapists I’ve had, the ones who didn’t belittle me or my emotions, but made me feel seen and understood. Instead of being dismissive, she’s sympathetic. She gets what depression is and how it feels.

Unfortunately, Healy has it out for Berdie and gets her suspended later in the season. Soso has no one to help her when the depression takes a turn for the worse. She asks Healy for another anti-depressant referral, which in itself is not a bad or weak thing. Anti-depressants can help a lot of people who suffer from clinical depression. I myself took them during my hospital stay and for many years after. But they can’t solve underlying problems, which for Soso is her desperate need for friendship.

Luckily, Soso has someone else looking out for her. Fellow prisoner Poussey Washington is also lonely and unsure of where she belongs. She stands up for Soso after she’s bullied and helps her recover from her failed suicide attempt. In the last episode, Poussey welcomes Soso into her group, and they hold hands.

There’s a glimmer of hope for Soso that maybe she’s found a place to belong and someone who cares about her. I eventually made a couple of friends during my stay in the psych ward. They didn’t turn out to be deep or lasting relationships, but having any kind of social connection is so important, especially to someone with depression. Those moments of connection were what made my depression bearable. They still do.

Orange is the New Black is the first show I’ve ever seen handle depression in a comprehensive, realistic and eye-opening way. The plot slowly develops over the course of the season, allowing viewers to gain a better understanding of the issue instead of cramming it into one episode and reducing it to dramatic effect. It captured the experience of having depression in an institution so beautifully, and for that, I am personally grateful.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Kate Middleton & Prince George Remind Us That Navy & White Are Just Right For Summer Outings

One day after appearing at the Trooping of the Colour festivities June 13, the royal family stepped out to watch as William and Harry took part in a charity polo match at Tetbury in Gloucestershire, England. The Queen was in attendance, as was the Prince of Wales. But of course, all eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge and her son, Prince George.

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The mother-son duo wore matching navy and white outfits that were fitting for a summer outing. Duchess Kate chose a navy-and-white striped top and slim-fitting jeans, while her dapper 21-month-old boy wore a navy cardigan, shorts and — gasp! — Crocs. The rubber footwear, beloved by kids and Mario Batali, has made its way into the regal wardrobe. Every parent understands the necessity of Crocs: they’re easy to put on and take off, they can be hosed down and they’re inexpensive. That said, they’re not what we expected to see the heir to the British throne wearing. Ahh, the royals: they’re just like us!

Despite being the center of attention, the duchess looked like any other mom chasing after her tow-headed tot. Still no sign of Princess Charlotte, but we’ll keep hoping.

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Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Criticism: ‘I Didn’t Think I Was Right For The Part’

The topic of race and casting in Hollywood resurfaced in the weeks since Entertainment Weekly published an essay by actor Michael B. Jordan on May 22.

In the essay, Jordan wrote about breaking down barriers with his role as the Human Torch, a character originally written as white with blue eyes and blond hair, in the forthcoming “Fantastic Four” film.

Jordan’s commentary prompted a response from actress Zoe Saldana, who supported the star’s thoughts in a Facebook post. In the post, Saldana posed a question to critics who were against Jordan playing the role.

If we question why Michael has been cast to play the Human Torch in Fantastic Four then we must also question why Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, why Angelina Jolie played Mariane Pearl in a Mighty Heart, why Laurence Olivier played Othello, Burt Lancaster in Apache, and the list goes on….and on….

Saldana has faced similar criticism herself. In reaction to her casting as Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic “Nina,” some fans and critics suggested the actress was too light-skinned to portray the role.

The 36-year-old added to previous comments on the backlash this week in the July issue of InStyle magazine.

“I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree, but then again, I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either,” she said in the interview. “An artist is colorless, genderless… It’s more complex than just ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself. We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.”

For more of Zoe Saldana’s interview, check out the July 2015 issue of InStyle one it hits newsstands on June 15.

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Why Caitlyn Jenner Got It Right and What It Means for Us Spiritual Folks

Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair spread broke the internet! My initial reaction was wow, she’s beautiful! However, after seeing updates on my various social media newsfeeds, my reaction shifted from joy to that of frustration.

I’ve seen posts that compared Caitlyn’s bravery to others who were, “braver.” I’ve seen posts that compared Caitlyn to other celebrities who underwent other changes. I believe that a certain group of people are missing the point here.

Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlyn Jenner isn’t about some kind of point system of who’s braver than who, or why this act of transformation is accepted while others are not. This is about finally being able to live an authentic life and repair relationships.

I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.

–Caitlyn Jenner, Vanity Fair

The transformation was simply bravery at a different capacity.

Comparing is a major downfall in life that can hinder people from ever accomplishing their goals. I’ve seen this happen sometimes in the spiritual/holistic community, where people feel like they don’t deserve (i.e. a satisfying income, valuable clients) because their business isn’t a “real business.”

For example, when I started my spiritual business in 2010, I could have easily compared myself to other spiritual entrepreneurs who were famous and think, how can I possibly do what they have done or something better and be successful? Or, maybe think that my spiritual gifts aren’t as profound.

Then there’s the question of why now? Well, I have an answer for that too. I’m 100 percent sure that if Bruce Jenner decided to become Caitlyn in the ’80s or ’90s, she likely would not have been accepted, and we would probably have never heard of her again. At best, Caitlyn would only have been acknowledged by a few and her career would be all but over. After reading the interview, I believe that now was the right time for the transformation.

The last question I’ve heard is, “Why continue to get married and have children?” My response is the following:

– It really is none of our business to try to ascertain the mindset of Caitlyn and her actions. That’s a conversation reserved solely for her and her family alone.

– But, let’s think about the social climate at the time and what (formerly) Bruce represented. She was an Olympic hero. Were there any times when we decided to live up to people’s expectations and put our own thoughts and emotions to the side? The answer is most likely “yes.”

– Let’s take a look at ourselves and think about the things we do or don’t do — before we start to over-analyze or condemn a person for their decision.

Divine timing is important.

While it is people’s prerogative if they choose to agree or to not accept, or even acknowledge Caitlyn, what we can take away from this whole situation is that Caitlyn (like Laverne Cox) are symbols of courage and transformation. They are the symbols for the teenager who feels alone, for that adult who was living a lie to fit into society, and to that person who was once narrow-minded.

They represent courage. They are the visual aid that many people need to help them break personal barriers in their lives.

Spirituality speaking, this is a huge event because we are constantly changing as individuals. I can personally say that I am not the same person I was five years ago. We are constantly shedding our old selves to live authentically, and embrace the new us — whatever form it may be.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Become a Professional Wedding Planner

There’s a right way and a wrong way to gain experience in the wedding planning career field. The right way is to get involved in planning events (of any kind) and get an internship or a job that gives you the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of wedding planning so you actually have the experience you need to flawlessly execute the most important day of brides and grooms lives.

But let’s start out with the wrong way to learn how to plan a destination wedding – lying or faking it will destroy your reputation (before you even have one) and ruin the first most important day in a couple’s life.

It is not uncommon for wedding planners to refer clients to one another when a planner encounters a client who wants something she doesn’t know how to do. In most cases, this happens when an engaged couple goes to their hometown wedding planner or a trusted travel agent and asks for direction.

For a travel agent, the logical thing to do is direct the clients to a reputable wedding planner at their destination and stick to the travel logistics. Trying to use this as an opportunity to get your foot in the door as a wedding planner is a very bad idea. Experienced professional destination wedding planners are busy people. We have plenty of legitimate clients calling us to plan their weddings. I have less than zero desire to teach or mentor a travel agent who might, eventually, become a competitor. I spend plenty of time teaching my interns, thank you very much.

More disturbingly, I’ve received a number of what, at first, appeared to be legitimate referrals (yes, we get those) from hometown wedding planners with clients who wanted to get married someplace else. For that sort of referral, we play a flat “thank you” fee if the client hires us, and then our company takes it from there. Unfortunately, unethical wanna-be destination wedding planners with absolutely no experience use the same tactic to try to learn how to do their job through somebody else. That’s not ethical and I won’t work with them.

Let me explain more clearly for anybody who thinks this sounds mean or unfair. This doesn’t just happen to me, as other colleagues in the industry have complained about it as well.

Contacting a pro and saying you are a “wedding planner” with a destination client and you want to “work together” is fine if you are actually a wedding planner. But if I can’t find you online, you’re not on WeddingWire, and your Facebook page has eight likes (all from your family), you aren’t a wedding planner. Someday you might be, but right now, you’re not. And if you’re advertising your services as such, you are a big fat liar and a fraud. You might want to check out the truth-in-advertising laws too before one of your victims (aka clients) realizes they’ve been duped and sues you for everything you do not have.

I have spent almost eight years honing my skills as a destination wedding planner. I worked hard to learn how to do an excellent job with all sorts of clients in a variety of destinations in the Caribbean, and I do not plan to give any of my tips and tricks away to a competitor, no matter how she sugar-coats it as a request to “work together.” I mentor interns year-round and trust me, those girls leave my company with the tools to plan a wedding just about anywhere. In exchange, they work their butts off for me while they’re here. We give them housing near the beach and a stipend, but they give us their heart and soul as they struggle to make each client’s day as perfect as possible. They want to succeed and make my company look good in the process. It’s win-win for me and the interns.

There is literally zero upside to me helping another wedding planner impress her clients in my own neighborhood, so to speak. “Working together” to plan a wedding when one of us has a clue – and the other does not – means that I’ll have to do triple the number of conference calls (she’ll want to discuss everything before and after the client call) and get half the credit for the final result, if that. In fact, that planner may well call herself “experienced” after I plan that initial wedding and start advertising her services as a destination wedding planner. She is not. And I won’t be a part of her ruse. Planning one destination wedding while somebody else does all the heavy lifting, and flying in a few days beforehand to enjoy the events, doesn’t make you a wedding planner. It makes you an annoying guest who wants to have input once she’s arrived. We get enough of those already, thank you anyway.

When I first started getting these inquiries from other planners, I got excited, I thought it was going to open up a whole new marketing opportunity for me, working with wedding pros all over the United States. Instead, I found that most of the planners who were contacting me weren’t really wedding planners at all. Having a “wedding planning certification” (what is that anyway?) and claiming you’ve successfully executed lots of weddings (even if they were all family members or besties and not a one of them actually paid you), does not make you a “professional” or “experienced” wedding planner. Sure, it’s great for your resume and sounds good in interview when you’re telling them how much you do know, but it doesn’t qualify you to handle a wedding and tens of thousands of dollars of a bride and groom’s money.

I’ll just say it – pretending you’re a destination wedding planner to get the client, and then calling somebody who really is a wedding planner to try and split the fee so they can do all the work or teach you how to do it, is total and utter bullshit. And you will get busted. Oh, you might make it to the actual wedding. But when the shit hits the fan and you don’t have the right permits, can’t figure out the marriage license paperwork, or don’t know what to do in that destination when a guest has a medical emergency, you’ll be outed for the fraud you are and destroyed on social media by your clients and their guests. 2015-05-21-1432242793-5033039-110813_SandyMalonePortraits422640x427.jpg

A couple of years ago my staff and I dropped everything to fix a wedding in distress because of a wanna-be wedding planner from Louisiana that got herself in over her head. We were hired by a nearly hysterical Mother of the Bride less than two months before the big day, and we had to start from scratch.

The planner (who it turned out had a full-time day job in a totally different field because she wasn’t actually a wedding planner) had been hired to plan a wedding in Mexico, assuring the clients that passports weren’t necessary for U.S. residents. Wrong. That’s how the wedding ended up in Puerto Rico.

Because the planner knew even less about the Caribbean than Mexico (is that even possible?), she’d put the guests in a hotel more than an hour away from the wedding venue where the wedding party was staying, and they’d all have to travel by bus – and not via a scenic route – to and from all of the wedding events at a cost of literally thousands of dollars to the wedding couple. The first thing we did was move all of the guests to a hotel a few minutes from the wedding venue. And then we fixed everything else that was a mess. I’d name and shame that planner except she had a clause in her contract forbidding her clients to review here ANYWHERE – a huge red flag when you’re hiring somebody – and I don’t want to cause my happy clients any grief.

My point is that misleading clients about your level of wedding planning experience is a ridiculous thing to do. You’ll get busted fast. And trying to get an experienced professional to plan it for you so you can take the credit is shady, at best. Anybody with sense isn’t going to let you take advantage of them like that.

If you want to be a wedding planner – hometown or destination – you have to get experience before you advertise yourself as a “professional.” If you’re don’t qualify for an internship because of your age (lots of folks are doing middle-age career changes), that’s not a non-starter for your new career. Believe it or not, there are literally tons of opportunities in your own community to help you learn how to plan events – fundraisers, fun runs, food drives, carnivals – all of these sorts of activities have planning committees that do all the work to make them happen. While they’re not likely to hand over the reins to you the first time you volunteer, prove your value and the next time you’ll have more responsibility.

If you’re lucky enough to be young and still in school when you’re reading this, you are literally surrounded by event planning opportunities. From Student Government, to Greek organizations, to religious clubs, to athletic booster clubs, literally everywhere you look, there’s something going on. All you have to do is sign up and get involved. That way, when you apply for a wedding planning internship or job later on, you already have legitimate event planning experience on your resume.

Experience is what will teach you how to be a wedding planner, and it’s what is going to give you the confidence (and make your clients feel confident about your ability) to stand at the helm and steer the ship. Because to a large degree, that’s what you’re doing. Not only do you have to do all the pre-planning and vendor coordination ahead of a wedding, it’s your job to keep the trains running on time, do quality control, and supervise all the vendors and perfect the little details on the wedding weekend. If you don’t know how to trouble-shoot real problems at a wedding, you’re not ready to be in charge. Period. A university degree in hospitality or tourism will give you a lot more foundation for a future career running events than some useless, undefined “Wedding Planner Certification,” but even with a diploma, you have to have the practical experience (and legitimate references for it) on your resume or nobody is going to be interested.

The moral of the story here is that you cannot cheat to become a good wedding planner. You can’t steal somebody else’s work as your own, you can’t subcontract the work to another planner and tell your client you’re doing the work, and most importantly, you cannot fake your way through it. If you try, you might end up with a lot of unhappy folks stuck in Mexico without passports.

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events. And by the way, actual brides can hire us to consult for them on DIY weddings at home or away, but we won’t babysit somebody who claims to be a wedding planner.

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See Taylor Swift’s 1989 Super-Sexy Tour Costumes Right Here

Taylor Swift kicked off her 1989 tour in Tokyo yesterday, and from the get-go, it was obvious that her edgier, maybe-due-to-Calvin-Harris style wasn’t taking a backseat to the tailored shorts and flat sneaks she wore on the Red tour last year.

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To open things up, she picked a sparkly skater mini and a bra top with side cutouts (her glitter-covered boots are by Stuart Weitzman). This fan group counted eleven different outfit switches, and while there were some more classically demure Taylor, others had the bombshell level cranked way up.


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Her other sparkly pick was a short romper, worn with wings.


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Medical technology has helped mankind conquer tuberculosis, polio, and countless other once certain-death diseases. It has given us hope against cancer and AIDS, allowed heart and brain surgeries that have saved untold numbers of lives, and delivered us from the pain and crippling legacy of injury. Medical technology, it seems, is a never-ending string of miracles.

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Drew Carey Just Married The Entire ‘Price Is Right’ Audience In Massive Wedding

Forget the bidding. On Friday, “The Price Is Right” was all about holy matrimony.

In possibly one of the most epic mass weddings ever, host Drew Carey married the entire audience of “The Price Is Right” for a special episode that aired Friday. The event, which was filmed earlier this year, featured dozens of real-life longtime couples. Carey told People magazine that he’d gotten legally officiated in order to conduct the ceremony.

“In the big wheel of love, may you always spin a dollar,” Carey told the audience, before pronouncing the couples “all married.” What better place to tie the knot than on TV at the Bob Barker Studios (besides live at the Grammys, of course).

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Couple Married 81 Years: ‘You’re Damn Right’ We’re Still In Love

After 81 years of marriage, Dale and Alice Rockey still haven’t lost their spark.

“You don’t see them together without holding hands,” their son Tom Rockey told Kansas City’s FOX 4 News.

On Saturday, the Rockeys were honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian group based in San Bernardino, California, as part of the organization’s 2015 Longest Married Couple Project. The title is based on nominations, so this does not make the pair the indisputable longest-married couple in the country — just the longest-married among the 375 nominees.

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The Rockeys — who tied the knot on December 29, 1933 — grew up just a couple blocks from each other in Hemingford, Nebraska. According to the Kansas City Star, their romance began one afternoon before a double date they had planned — but Alice was supposed to be going with another guy and Dale with another girl.

When the other girl was still at work, Dale Rockey pulled up in front of Alice’s house. She was sitting on the front porch.

“He came by and says, ‘You want to go for a ride?’” recalled Alice Rockey. “So we went for a ride, and that was our first date.”

The pair went on to have five sons, 15 grandkids, 28 great-grandkids and six great-great grandchildren.

When asked on Saturday, “Do you still love each other after all this time?”, Dale replied with a laugh, “You’re damn right!”

For more on their love story, watch the video above or head over to the Kansas City Star.

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‘Agent Carter,’ Marvel’s Secret Agent Show, Starts 2015 Off Right

That sound you heard as 2015 arrived was a long exhale of relief.

It feels good to give the one of the first new shows of the year, “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” a positive review. Not only is it preferable to start the TV year on an optimistic note, there were plenty of reasons to be particularly worried about this property, thus I’m especially happy it didn’t go awry.

The rocky first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” provided a cautionary tale that lasted the better part of a season and made it clear that bringing Marvel universe characters to the small screen is no easy task. Though “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has gotten a lot better (huzzah!), many of those improvements came too late for a sizable chunk of the show’s viewers, who didn’t return for the stronger and more focused second season.

Despite that welcome uptick in quality, it wasn’t unreasonable to worry about whether Marvel TV shows were capable of coming out of the gate strong. DC TV properties like “Arrow” and “The Flash” felt far more assured than “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did in its early going; the two CW shows figured out what they wanted to accomplish very quickly, and that confidence has continued to help both ride out any week-to-week turbulence. That said, “Gotham” proves that DC shows (and superhero programs in general) can still have a lot of trouble with tone and execution. The Fox drama remains uncertain of what it wants to be and who it wants to be about, and right now, it doesn’t consistently do anything except serve as unexceptional “brand management,” as EW’s Jeff Jensen wrote.

She’s not exactly Batman, but these days, Peggy Carter’s pop-culture profile is at least comparable to that of the Green Arrow, James Gordon or The Flash. The espionage agent is obviously a longtime part of the Marvel comic-book universe, but her inclusion in both “Captain America” movies made her much more famous, and when “Agent Carter” was announced, I was torn: Sure, it might be a cool show, but what if it was a high-profile train wreck? Not Peggy!

My fondness for the character runs deep: I think “Captain America: The First Avenger” is the best movie to have emerged from the post-“Iron Man” Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Carter, who is so warmly and ably portrayed by Hayley Atwell, provides some of the reasons that rock-solid, emotionally sensitive and exciting origin story works so well. A failure to do right by Carter would have been a particularly painful. To stumble when inventing mostly new characters, as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did, is regrettable but understandable. To mess up a well-known character who is already beloved, who fits into a known universe and who possesses so much potential — well, a TV train wreck just didn’t bear contemplating, especially given that Carter is one of the few complex, compelling women in the overwhelmingly male MCU.

Happily, my apprehensions quickly faded away as I watched the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on New Year’s Day. The drama is every bit as brisk and engaging as its lead character, and I can only list one real objection to the show: its brevity. The first season of “Agent Carter” will consist of only eight episodes, so when Carter’s adventures end in a couple of months, I’m betting many of us will feel as though it ended too soon.

Even so, telling one story in a limited amount of time seems like a very Peggy Carter thing to do. Crisp, entertaining efficiency is kind of her thing.

The downside of the short run is that it might not allow “Agent Carter” to explore the show’s supporting characters in detail, which is a bit of a shame. The cast around Atwell is excellent, particularly Enver Gjokaj of “Dollhouse” as a fellow agent in the post-war Strategic Scientific Reserve (a cover for a covert spy agency). Dominic Cooper swoops in from the MCU to have fun playing the rakish Howard Stark again, but I found that James D’Arcy, who plays Stark’s butler, Jarvis, quietly stole the show out from under his flashy boss.

It’s nice to see the cast rounded out with solid players, but the soul of the show is Peggy Carter, and “Agent Carter” quickly and intelligently begins to add depth and texture to the character, who hides a well of sadness under her chipper British exterior. When the series begins, Carter is restless and frustrated within the confines of the sexist boys’ club that is the post-war SSR (a situation that was glimpsed in the Marvel One Shot also titled “Agent Carter”). Her boss and co-workers are often callous and condescending to her, yet “Agent Carter” is never dour or bitter. The show clearly wants to be an energetic slice of period escapism, and it supplies spy-game derring-do with energetic efficiency. Atwell carries the show with forthrightness and aplomb, and there are grace notes that quietly remind the audience that Peggy is still mourning Captain America (who, in this time frame, is a “Cap-sicle” at the bottom of the ocean).

The secret-agent tales in these episodes aren’t particularly new or original; the plots usually revolve around the usual MacGuffins and glowing orbs and chases and fights in warehouses. However executive producers and showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas do a good job of parceling out the show’s overall story into smaller, episodic servings, and “Agent Carter” barrels along confidently in its first couple of installments. The period details generally look swell, and the direction of the show is not only energetic but recalls the classic aesthetic of the first Cap film, as is only appropriate. (See the note below for more on that.)

“Agent Carter” doesn’t reinvent the spy game on TV, but it’s a crackling start to what I can only hope is a long-running, female-centered Marvel adventure tale. The comic-book company has several more TV series in the works (“Daredevil,” “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” among them), and so far, Peggy Carter’s adventures are making me feel optimistic about what’s coming next.

Note: Louis D’Esposito, who directed the Peggy Carter Marvel One Shot, directed the first episode of “Agent Carter” and Joe Russo, co-director of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” directed the second hour.” During the summer, I read news reports that Marvel was exploring the idea of having “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston direct an episode of “Agent Carter,” but a Marvel spokesperson confirmed that Johnston did not helm an episode this season.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” airs its first two episodes 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.

Ryan McGee and I discussed “Agent Carter,” “Downton Abbey,” “Galavant” and “Empire” on the first Talking TV podcast of 2015. The podcast here, on iTunes and below.


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This Could Be The Luckiest ‘Price Is Right’ Contestant Ever

And that’s how it’s done, people.

Monday’s “The Price Is Right” ended in stunning fashion as the last contestant of the day, Ma Ghina Lorca, amazingly swept all the games and “[cleaned] up out of nowhere,” as host Drew Carey put it.

After Lorca was called from the audience, she immediately got the closest bid on a new fireplace and went to the stage. There, she won an ATV and motorcycle in Squeeze Play. That’d probably be enough for some contestants, but Lorca was just getting warmed up. At the wheel, she landed on the dollar twice, winning $ 26,000. Her opponent in the Showcase Showdown didn’t even stand a chance. Lorca bid within $ 679 of the actual retail price on her showcase, taking home new bikes, a trip to Vienna and a brand new car.

In all, Lorca won more than $ 59,000 in cash and prizes after perhaps one of the most amazing rounds of “The Price Is Right” ever played.
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How Constraints Make You Better: Why the Right Limitations Can Boost Performance

In 1930, a 23-year-old teacher in Uruguay named Juan Carlos Ceriani created a new sport. Ceriani wanted to design a game that was similar to soccer, but that his students could play indoors throughout the year. His new game became known as futsal.

Futsal is very similar to soccer, but it has a few important differences. First, it is played in a much smaller area. (Ceriani designed the game so that it could be played on YMCA basketball courts.) Second, the ball is smaller and has less bounce than a regular soccer ball. Third, there are only five players per side rather than the typical 11 players per side in a soccer match.

This combination of factors — a tighter playing environment and a less-bouncy ball — requires futsal players to develop more creative ball skills because they are constantly playing in crowded spaces. Additionally, because there are fewer players, each person touches the ball much more than they would in a standard soccer match. In fact, according to research quoted by Daniel Coyle in his book The Talent Code, futsal players get 600 percent more touches during a typical game than soccer players do. [1]

Throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s,futsal migrated from Uruguay to Brazil, where the Brazilians fell in love with the new game. (Even today, over 75 years later, more people play futsal in Brazil than soccer.) It’s hard to say why futsal became so popular in Brazil, but one thing is for sure: The young Brazilians who grew up playing futsal throughout the 1940s and 1950s developed incredible ball handling and technical skills.

Eventually, these children grew into adults and made the transition from futsal to soccer. The athletic creativity they developed in those futsal games would help the Brazilians to shine on the world stage. During the 12-year span from 1958 to 1970, there were four World Cup championships. Brazil won three of them. [2]

Constraints Accelerate Skill Development

It is common to complain about the constraints in our lives: too little time, not enough money, too small of a network, barely enough resources. Certainly, some of these constraints do hold us back. However, there is also a positive side. The constraints in our lives often force us to make choices and cultivate talents that would otherwise go undeveloped. Constraints drive creativity and foster skill development.

Just as the constraints of futsal forced Brazilian children to develop creativity and better ball handling skills, constraints can also drive your own skill development. In many ways, reaching the next level of performance is simply a matter of choosing the right constraints.

How to Choose the Right Constraints

From what I can tell, there are three primary steps to follow when using constraints to improve your skills.

1. Decide what specific skill you want to develop. The more specific the skill, the easier it will be to design a good constraint. For example, futsal didn’t help players develop the skill of being good at soccer. That’s too general. It helped them develop creative ball handling skills, which turned out to be valuable in the game of soccer.

Similarly, you shouldn’t try to develop the skill of being “good at marketing,” for example. It’s too broad. Instead, focus on learning how to write compelling headlines or analyze website data — something specific and tangible.

2. Design a constraint that requires this specific skill to be used. There are three main options for designing a constraint: time, resources, and environment.

  1. Time: Give yourself less time to accomplish a task or set a schedule that forces you to work on a skill more consistently.
  2. Resources: Give yourself fewer resources (or different resources) to do a task.
  3. Environment: According to one study, if you eat on 10-inch plates rather than 12-inch plates, you’ll consume 22 percent fewer calories over the course of a year. (More on this idea and other nutrition improvements here.) One simple change in environment can lead to significant results. In my opinion, environmental constraints are best because they impact your behavior without you realizing it.

3. Play the game. Constraints can accelerate skill development, but they aren’t a magic pill. You still need to put in your time. The greatest Brazilian soccer players were still playing futsal all the time. The best plan is useless without repeated action. What matters most is getting your reps in.

The Idea in Practice

I am currently experimenting with different constraints to boost my skills in certain areas. Here are a few skills I have been working to develop and the constraints I am placing on myself to make them happen:

Writing skills. I want to be a better writer, so I set a schedule where I have to publish a new article every Monday and Thursday. The schedule is my constraint. It doesn’t matter how good or how bad the article is. It doesn’t matter how long or how short it is. I have to get something out every Monday and Thursday. This forces me to be creative and to do the one thing that good writers do: write. I don’t always hit the mark, but I have stuck with this schedule for two years and I’ve written over 200,000 words.

Storytelling skills. I have some friends who are amazing storytellers. I’ve never been great at it, but I’d like to get better. The constraint I’ve placed on myself is scheduling talks without the use of slides. My last five speaking engagements have used no slides or a few basic images. Without text to rely on, I have designed a constraint that forces me to tell better stories so that I don’t embarrass myself in front of the audience.

Strength skills. I only lift three days per week. To someone who doesn’t workout, this might sound like a lot. However, many strength athletes train four to six days per week, sometimes twice per day. With restricted training time, I have to be very deliberate with my workouts if I want to make progress. Right now, I’m prioritizing foundational strength over all else. I’ll move on to in-depth technique development once my strength levels are higher.

What do you want to become great at? What skills do you want to develop? Most important, what constraints can you place upon yourself to get there?

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. To get strategies for boosting your mental and physical performance by 10x, join his free newsletter.

This article was originally published on JamesClear.com.

Sources

  1. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.
  2. Wikipedia entry on Futsal.

Thanks to many readers for suggesting that I read The Talent Code. I love getting reading suggestions from you and, as always, I appreciate you holding me to a high standard in my work. Thanks for reading!
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This Graduate Stripped Down For All The Right Reasons (PHOTO)

While Kalā Kaawa sat with his fellow graduates at the University of Hawaii’s winter commencement ceremony earlier this month, he texted his mom in the audience to tell her that he wanted to take off his robe when he received his diploma. Not knowing what was — or wasn’t — under her son’s gown, she was a little apprehensive.

“I don’t know,” she texted him back, “think about it.”

Kaawa weighed the risks, but he finally replied: “Nope. I’m just gonna do it.”

When it was his turn to take the stage, Kaawa slipped out of his cap and gown. Looking out to the thousands of graduates and their families and raising his diploma proudly, he stepped forward in his malo, a traditional Hawaiian loincloth.

The entire auditorium erupted. The 23-year-old received a standing ovation, and the audience continued to cheer as he walked down the aisle and back to his seat.

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“I was so touched by the reaction of the crowd that I stood there in complete awe for a while … soaking in the feeling of accomplishment and pride for my culture,” he told The Huffington Post. “It felt really good to be received that way by such an enormous crowd.”

Kaawa — a Native Hawaiian who was receiving two bachelor’s degrees from the School of Hawaiian Studies — was wearing the malo as part of an oli (Hawaiian chant) that opened the graduation ceremony. But he was nervous that wearing it on stage would bar him from receiving his diploma or that he’d be mocked for the scant cloth.

In traditional Hawaiian culture, nudity isn’t necessarily sexual, and the malo was the basic garment for Hawaiian men — both royalty and commoners.

Kaawa said he wanted to use the garment to remind people “not to be ashamed of your culture, whether you are Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, etc.” and to “know your roots, represent and perpetuate! Not just for yourself, but for your family, your ancestors and the future generations of your culture.”

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Kalā Kaawa with the group that performed the oli before the ceremony.

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Festive Fashion Videos: What to Watch on YouTube Right Now

Whether you’re back at work or continuing to hang at home, I’m hoping you’ve been able to keep a bit of that holiday spirit around (I’m still allowing myself to count Christmas cookies as a breakfast food and can tell you, mid-bite, it’s great). To inject a little seasonal cheer into your day, I grabbed some of the latest cheeky YouTube videos that celebrate style.

LOFT worked with the funny-girl duo SRSLY to produce a slew of holiday content, including this dressing room convo where someone wants to land a dude and someone else just wants to get a too-small dress off her body without grave injury. If you’re tickled, you can watch the others they made here.
Hang with Gigi Hadid as she unpacks, examines, and ultimately explains why an all-in-one breakfast maker is the best gift for a musician boyfriend. It’s an adorable entry from Vogue‘s holiday series and there’s more where that came from (including Lena Dunham talking a box o’ lipsticks).
British YouTube sensation Zoella has always fascinated me, but I’ve never actually sat down to watch one of her videos until this morning. The latest shows her best pal opening the holiday gifts Z’s given her and it’s classic voyeuristic YouTube: it feels like you’ve known both of them forever, they give the same sort of gifts you’ve likely picked up for a BFF, and, bonus, you get to listen to singsong’y British accents.
If you’ve already started thinking about the perfect hair and makeup for New Year’s Eve, you’ve come to the right place. The latest in Glamour‘s Elevator Makeover series covers sparkly eyes and a messy braided topknot perfect for ladies with thick hair.

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You’re Engaged, Now What? Six Steps to Take Right After Becoming Engaged

Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time in your life and you don’t want to be stressed out BUT you probably are. You’ve been waiting for him to propose and now that he has, everything is coming at you at high-speed. Many of my clients say that they had an idea of what they wanted their wedding to look like but once they got engaged, all of that went out the window. The engagement period really should be a time to celebrate this next step in your relationship, not a time to be consumed with planning and stress. Here are six planning steps to take within the first month of your engagement that will help take away some of that stress.

1. Pick a date or two. Picking a date gives you direction in the beginning. You may have a venue in mind that you’ve always wanted to be married in but they may be booked on your date. If you’re flexible you may find more success in booking a venue.

2. Sit down with your fiancé and put together a budget. You won’t know exactly what things cost immediately but come up with a number that you are comfortable with spending. If the average cost of a wedding in your city is $ 55,000 but you can only spend $ 30,000, that’s your number. Now is not the time to try to keep up with the Joneses.

3. Hire a wedding planner. It kills me when I hear people say that a friend of a friend or their aunt who “does events” is going to handle their wedding. There is so much more to planning a wedding than fluffing your dress right before you walk down the aisle. We’re here to ensure that you make it TO the aisle! Figure out what the most important things are that you are looking for in a planner and while you’re interviewing, keep those them in mind. Don’t hire someone based solely on their Instagram account or their pricing alone. Ask for references and talk to their previous clients. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, try hiring an amateur. Trust me on this one.

4. Find a venue. Your venue will help you determine your guest list. If your dream venue can only hold 100 people but you have at least 200 that you want to invite, keep looking. This part takes a little bit of time because you have to make appointments to see each venue. Put together a list of 3 that you like and start there.

5. Make a guest list. I always tell my clients to make 3 lists. Your first consists of your family and friends who you would put into your lifeboat if you were on a sinking ship. You have limited space on this lifeboat so make those people count. Second, make a list of the people who you would add onto your boat if there were a few extra seats. These are cousins who you talk to at Christmas time and that’s it. You’d like to see them at your wedding but if they aren’t there, it won’t ruin your day. The final list consists of those coworkers who you see 40 hours a week and commiserate about work with but you wouldn’t pick up the phone to call them after 5:00pm. Remember that you have to feed each guest and that’s where a huge chunk of your budget will go. If you wouldn’t pay $ 100 for their meal, don’t invite them. Making a guest list should be taken that seriously.

6. Designate a wedding-free time-zone. As involved as your fiancé may be, he doesn’t want to talk about wedding details every day for the next year. No one wants to do that, not even you. There really isn’t a need to talk about your wedding every day during your engagement. That’s why you hire a planner to handle all of the little details so that your relationship doesn’t become all about your wedding. Remember that you still have to take care of your relationship.
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8 Times Your Mom Was Totally Right About Your Love Life

There was a time when anything your mother said to you resulted in an eye roll and a petulant “But Mom!” whine. But now that you’re a little older (and not living under her roof), you’ve suddenly realized she knew exactly what she was talking about all along. Here are eight things Mom told you about dating that she was totally right about.




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Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Find the Right Graduate School for Fine Arts?

“My friends and I are all beginning to look into graduate school and what our future may hold for us as fine artists. We range in age from our mid-20s to mid-30s and are at all at different stages of our adult life. We all dream the dream of being strictly a studio artist, and have considered the advantage of being professors one day. We all want to apply to the right graduate school to help set up our future, and don’t want to be in a school that doesn’t fit us. What advice do you have for students like us? How do we approach the hunt for graduate schools?”

Before you apply to graduate school for fine arts, you have to honestly ask yourself what your long-term goals are. Do you want to teach at the college level? Do you want to show in commercial art galleries? It may seem premature to think that far ahead, but it’s important to think through and answer these questions before you leap into applying to graduate schools. When I was getting ready to apply, I primarily thought about graduate school as a place where I could mature as an artist, and continue to push myself creatively. I wasn’t thinking ahead in terms of my future, and didn’t realize that one of the most critical goals of graduate school would be making professional connections. No artist can build a successful career on their own; they have to make key contacts that will launch their careers in the right direction.

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On top of that, I was not prepared for how obscenely competitive the process would be. Applications are continually growing at a rate that cannot match the scarce number of openings. When I applied, I assumed that I had done everything “right” up until that point: I had graduated with a high GPA from one of the top art schools in the nation; I had been consistently teaching and exhibiting my work professionally; my portfolio was mature and cohesive; and I had outstanding letters of recommendation. I was confident enough that I announced my departure at my teaching job before receiving the decision letters.

I received five rejections, was put on two waiting lists, and was offered admission only at my safety school. I was in complete shock. I was so ready to stop working and return to school. Having already quit my teaching job, it never even occurred to me to start over and re-apply the following year. I felt like I had no options, so I enrolled at my safety school with extreme reluctance. To this day, I regret that decision. Experience has shown me that there are doors that never opened for me because of that decision. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken off only one year (I took off four) after art school to clear my head, and then started the application process, knowing that it would likely take several years of applying before I was accepted to a program that I really wanted to be in.

In retrospect, I can see now that there are five main aspects to research when applying. There are other considerations like studio space which might seem important, but actually the five factors below carry far more weight.

1) The faculty.
Do extensive research on the faculty. What kind of artwork do they make? Does their work engage with a contemporary audience? What kind of venues do they show their work in? Have they had solo exhibitions at major galleries? Is their studio practice active? What is their online visibility? What is the turnover rate of the faculty and administration? (A high turnover rate is a red flag.)

2) Location.
Location matters in graduate school. For example, if your ultimate goal is to show in New York City art galleries, going to school in Kansas is not a good choice. The professional contacts you make will be based in the city the school is in, and these contacts can launch you right into that art community.

3) Teaching opportunities.
One of my colleagues told me that her biggest mistake was attending a graduate school that did not have teaching opportunities for their graduate students. The consequence was that when she started applying for college level teaching positions, she had no teaching experience and had difficulty getting hired. If teaching at the college level is a priority for you, make sure that the school you attend provides teaching opportunities for their graduate students.

4) Current student work.
Viewing the artwork being made by current students is one of the best ways to get a sense of the school. Can you envision yourself having a lively creative exchange with these students based on their artwork? Look for diversity in the student artwork; it’s not a good sign when all of the student artwork looks the same. If possible, take a tour of the school and talk to some current students in person.

5) Alumni.
What are recent alumni doing? Where are they showing their work? Peruse their resumes online and try to get a sense of what kind of careers they have. Do they teach at the college level and if so, at what kinds of colleges? Do they have full-time or part-time teaching positions?

Remember, choosing a graduate school program is all about finding the right fit for you. Every artist has different goals, and a program that is right for one person may not work for you. Figure out where you want your artistic career to be in 20 years, and then find the program that will help put you on track to get to there.

Ask the Art Professor is an advice column for visual artists. Submit your questions to clara(at)claralieu.com
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Getting it Right

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Giving birth is arguably the most difficult physical event of a woman’s life, yet most women – even those in great shape – enter the delivery room wholly unprepared for the rigours of labour and demands of early motherhood. But you can train for childbirth as you would for any other athletic event to minimise your discomfort, prevent injury, and ease your delivery. Bridson, an exercise coach and four-time marathoner, decided to prepare her body for the impending trials of childbirth and recovery by training her muscles, much as she had trained for her marathons. She bounced back so quickly from her pregnancy that she was able to complete her fourth marathon only seven months after giving birth. In Nine Months Strong, Bridson shares her groundbreaking plan for pregnancy fitness and training for delivery. With the added expertise of medical advisor Karin Blakemore, M.D, and numerous instructional illustrations, Bridson provides medically sound, easy-to-follow guidance on how to: Prevent backache during and after pregnancy Strengthen the abdominal and pelvic muscles necessary for labour Maintain healthy posture despite physical discomfort Bulk up arms for carrying baby Condition nipples for nursing Stretch vaginal muscles for less painful labour Choose the right positions during labour and delivery Minimize postpartum weight gain and recovery period Drawing from her experience as a coach, athlete, and mother, Bridson presents the most complete pregnancy fitness guide available. From marathoners to fitness novices, all women will benefit from Bridson’s honest advice and proven approach to materal fitness.

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Is Fashion a Woman’s Right?

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This book addresses the evidence for the widespread belief that enjoyment of fashion is necessarily inconsistent with feminist values, from a feminist (as opposed to a post-feminist) point of view. It begins by establishing that many feminists in fact hold this belief and argues that disagreeing does not mean claiming that feminism was unnecessary or that it is now rendered redundant by changing social mores. The author describes the historical background as applied to both mens and womens clothing in various cultures, including close reading of the function of clothes in the novels of the Bronte sisters, Thackeray and Dickens, through to the use of fashion as a call to arms for the early feminists, as well as later theorists like Susan Sontag and Naomi Wolf. Issues of personal freedom and political correctness, the claims that fashion makes women sex objects for men, and the charge that the subject is too trivial to merit serious discussion, are all challenged. Allegations of links between fashion and pornography are explored, and the disagreements between feminists on this topic set out. Finally, the issue of dressing for special occasions and whether this practice has a place in the modern world is addressed with candour. Is Fashion a Womans Right? re-establishes the relationship between fashion and feminist values.

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8 Things You Need To Know About ‘Inherent Vice’ Right Now

“Inherent Vice” made its debut at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, the culmination of a week that included an in-depth interview director Paul Thomas Anderson gave to the New York Times and the premiere of the film’s trailer. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, and marking the first-ever screen adaptation of the author’s work, Anderson’s latest is a shaggy dog detective story that pushes stoner cinema to its limit; the smoke budget on this one might have reached six figures.

Sure to draw comparisons to “The Big Lebowski” and “The Long Goodbye,” “Inherent Vice” still feels wholly of Anderson’s oeuvre: as with “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” before it, “Inherent Vice” is about a family of misfit toys trying to make sense of an increasingly nonsensical world. It’s a technical marvel, too: Jonny Greenwood’s score is impeccable (and greatly different from his heavier work in “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master”) and Robert Elswit’s lush, cloudy cinematography is some of the year’s best.

There’s a plot, but it’s as opaque as a brick wall. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a drug-addled private investigator searching for a missing real estate mogul (Eric Roberts) and his mistress, who also happens to be Doc’s former girlfriend (Katherine Waterston). Along the way, Doc interacts with, among others, a saxophone player who faked his death (Owen Wilson), a dentist hopped up on drugs (Martin Short) and a police detective named Bigfoot who moonlights as an extra on shows like “Adam-12” (Josh Brolin). “Inherent Vice” is so sprawling that Anderson even has room for Joel from “Parenthood,” Jonah from “Veep,” narration from Joanna Newsom and what amounts to an extended cameo from Reese Witherspoon. This is a movie, one that may divide audiences when it arrives in limited release on Dec. 12 because it’s so inscrutable. (A nationwide bow follows on Jan. 9, 2015.)

Following the film’s first press screening at the New York Film Festival, Anderson, Phoenix, Waterston, Short, Newsom, Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau, Sasha Pieterse and Jena Malone participated in a press conference about “Inherent Vice.” Highlights from the discussion and the film itself are below.

1. “Inherent Vice” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s first ensemble movie in 15 years

Anderson’s early films were notable because of strong ensembles, but in the years since 1999’s “Magnolia” the director has focused on movies with more singular points of view. Not so with “Inherent Vice,” which includes almost two dozen significant speaking parts.

“It felt great for the obvious reasons: getting to work with all these people,” Anderson said of doing an ensemble again after so many years away. “The only frustrating thing was that for most people it was only two or three days. Which was a drag, because just when you got started and excited, they’d leave.”

All except Phoenix, that is, who appears in nearly every scene of the 148-minute feature.

“I was stuck with him,” joked Anderson, pointing to the laconic actor.

2. Owen Wilson’s outfits were maybe inspired by The Muppets

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In his interview with the New York Times, Anderson cited “Airplane!” and “Top Secret” as influences for “Inherent Vice.” The Muppets maybe played a part too, at least when it came to Wilson’s wardrobe for his character, saxophonist Coy Harlingen.

“Zoot from the Muppets,” Anderson joked about Wilson’s look for the film. “The saxophone player from The Muppets has the hat and those glasses.” (For the record, Wilson also noted that Dennis Wilson from The Beach Boys was a sartorial inspiration for Coy.)

3. The plot owes as much to Howard Hawks as it does to Thomas Pynchon

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“I saw ‘The Big Sleep’ and it made me realize that I couldn’t follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I wanted to see what was going to happen next anyway,” Anderson said of Hawks’ 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s noir novel. “That was a good model to go on. Throw that stuff out.”

4. Martin Short might have the film’s best shot at an Oscar nomination

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Before the film’s premiere, some Oscar prognosticators had listed Josh Brolin as a possible Best Supporting Actor contender from “Inherent Vice.” But as it turns out, Martin Short might be the film’s best hope. The 64-year-old’s manic comedic performance is a jolt of energy to the proceedings, and it could win the hearts and minds of Oscar voters looking to honor Short’s lengthy career.

“I loved how many variations we could do,” Short said of his experience with Anderson. “It was trying to create as many elements, colors and hues that could help Paul later on when he was putting it together.”

It worked. Short hasn’t been this lively onscreen in quite some time.

5. Joanna Newsom is one of 2014’s best breakout stars

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Newsom, a harpist and songwriter by day, narrates “Inherent Vice” like a hazy, ethereal Greek chorus. It’s her first screen role, and she acquits herself like a true veteran.

“I had known Joanna a little bit. I loved the way she talked and looked. It was a supporting character in the book — Doc’s best gal pal, who always seemed to know more about things than he did and was right about things. Somewhere along the way, probably just looking to have a good female voice come in, I came up with the idea of trying to do it,” Anderson said of the narration.

For Newsom, her screen debut was rewarding and surprising. For instance, her first scene in the film — and one of the first shots in the movie — wasn’t even supposed to exist.

“I wasn’t told that was going to happen,” Newsom said about the shot, which finds her framed behind a setting sun. “I don’t know if it was an improvised decision Paul made, but it was at the end of a day. I was getting ready to go home, and there was a passage that was intended to be voice over. Paul was like, ‘Will you just sit on this picnic table?’ We tried it there, then tried it on a lawn. I didn’t have it memorized or anything. I messed up a couple of times, and then got it sort of right. I didn’t think anything else of it. I was 99 percent sure that would not be in the movie, and it was.”

6. Two adjectives that can be used to describe “Inherent Vice” are loose and chaotic

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“It was a very loose way of working,” Wilson said of making “Inherent Vice,” the first time he and Anderson have collaborated on a film together. “We were encouraged to do anything. It was loose and chaotic.”

“I thought it was me,” Michael K. Williams, who has one scene in “Inherent Vice,” said. “Most of my credits are on television where they crack the whip. It’s just time, time, time. In this situation, it was like, ‘Let’s talk about this.’ Joaquin was so generous. I came in very intimidated to be invited to this table, to play with such immense talent. I came with a nervous energy and to be put in a situation that was foreign to me.”

Williams then turned to Anderson: “I thought you didn’t like me,” he said to laughter from the crowd. “Although the process was new to me,” Williams continued, “I knew I was in good hands.”

“I didn’t like you!” Anderson joked before expressing dismay. “Aw, no, that makes me feel terrible.”

7. There’s a “new” Radiohead song in the film

It’s technically from 2006, but as Slate points out, the closing credits list “Spooks,” performed by Thom Yorke, composer Jonny Greenwood and the rest of Radiohead, as part of the “Inherent Vice” soundtrack. The anachronistic music cue slots in alongside period appropriate songs by Neil Young and Sam Cooke.

8. Joaquin Phoenix is all right

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Phoenix gives another layered, confounding and terrific performance in “Inherent Vice” but the notoriously press-shy actor remained all but mute during the press conference. The only words he spoke on Saturday: “No, I’m all right.” They were not even on mic.

“Inherent Vice” is out in limited release on Dec. 12.

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The following contains some spoilers about “Gone Girl.”

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the 52nd annual New York Film Festival on Friday night with a lot of fanfare and a surfeit of positive reactions on Twitter. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple hiding secrets and lies from each other and themselves, “Gone Girl” is a thrilling combination of pulpy noir tropes and wicked black comedy. Affleck and Pike are powerhouses onscreen, and the film’s supporting cast (especially Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens and Neil Patrick Harris) are exceptional as well. In short, this is one of the year’s truly great films, a conversation starter that doubles as perfect Friday night entertainment. Following the film’s premiere press screening, Fincher, Affleck, Pike, Perry, Harris and author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn participated in a press conference about their feature. Highlights from the 30-minute Q&A session are below.

1. Don’t Expect To See Everything You Loved In The Book Onscreen

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During the last nine months, much of the discussion around “Gone Girl” focused on its ending.

In January, Flynn (pictured above) told Entertainment Weekly that things were tweaked and Affleck was “shocked” by the screenplay. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act!'” Flynn recalled.

Flynn later walked back those comments, and early reviews confirmed that the book’s ending was retained for the feature film. Which isn’t to say the “Gone Girl” denouement matches the final pages of the novel beat for beat. Flynn lost some key plot turns in the transition to screen, leading to a more streamlined conclusion that still manages to retain the book’s true intentions.

“For me, I realized the important thing was to not be slavishly devoted to exactly every plot line, but to ultimately make sure it felt like the book,” Flynn said during the press conference. “I was very concerned with [keeping] the tone and the dark heart of it and to not turn it into a whodunit.”

Added Affleck: “What was very interesting was the book asked very hard questions about marriage and relationships. It didn’t want to gloss over what we don’t like to look at in others and ourselves. Sometimes you find out ugly things when you ask hard questions. That’s why they’re hard. […] We wanted to give truth to Gillian’s really dark look at marriage and David’s subversive take on the dark look at marriage.”

2. But Nick & Amy’s Cat Actually Has Some Important Significance

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Characters such as Nick’s parents are short-changed in the film version of “Gone Girl,” but not the Dunne’s cat. The house pet watches silently as the couple’s marriage collapses in on itself.

“There’s a screenplay book called ‘Save the Cat.’ It’s all about making your character likable,” Flynn said. “In the first 10 minutes he should do something that makes you like him. I enjoyed that in the first 10 minutes he literally saves the cat.”

“And yet you still don’t like him,” Affleck was quick to respond.

“I liked him,” Flynn said. “I love that he’s so devoted to his cat.”

Affleck noted that the cat was a tough customer during the five days it was on set (“half-dead” is how he described the animal). But Pike joked that she, or rather Amy, won the cat over by making crepes.

“Which I don’t actually like,” Flynn said about the food preparation scene. “I feel like Amy is playing Cool Girl again at that point by letting him up on the counter.”

3. David Fincher Is “Not Just A Demon”

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David Fincher has a reputation for being hard on actors — just ask Jake Gyllenhaal — but Affleck said it was a dream to work with the iconic filmmaker.

“I would have done the phone book with David, so you can imagine my relief when I read ‘Gone Girl’ and it wasn’t just an alphabetical list of names,” Affleck joked to some laughter from the crowd (there should have been more, it was funny). “It had a story and stuff.”

This is the first film Affleck has made with Fincher, but don’t expect it to be the last.

“I would do it again and again and again, a million times,” he said of working with Fincher. “It was a joy. David, despite his reputation, is a very funny and nice guy. Not just a demon. That’s the pull quote.”

4. And His Desire For Many Takes Sounds Really Reasonable

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As for Fincher’s notorious reputation for wanting multiple takes from his performers, the director had a perfectly good explanation for what it accomplishes:

I always feel it’s a silly thing to talk about: what you do to actors. I don’t think you ever enter into the shepherding of something that’s this expensive and complicated without letting them know upfront that we’re all doing this together. The pressure on the set is there before the actors show up, so everything is done. There’s no re-lighting within the take. It’s how many bites of apple we give the people who are perfect for the part. To make it more concise, more human, less presentational. I feel like this thing is … inflicted. But we’re doing this together. We have to work as a ballet company. Everyone has to make it sing, and then you can get a lot of data across to the audience in a short period of time.

5. Men & Women View Nick In Different Ways

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“Gone Girl” is the kind of divisive movie people will debate about long after it leaves theaters. (This might be the closest we get to “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2014, at least in terms of discussion and outrage.) According to Affleck, he’s already seen the discourse play out during his press obligations.

“Really what I found is that women and men have a very different reaction to this character,” he said. “Most of the women journalists go, ‘What was it like playing a dick?’ Most of the men just go, ‘… Yeah.'”

6. And Amy Is A Lot More Complicated Than You Might Think

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Amy, too, is quite divisive, which is exactly how Flynn hoped she would come across onscreen.

“I see Amy as someone who knows all the tropes. She’s seen the Lifetime movies. She’s not afraid to use that to her will,” Flynn said. “She’s someone who can play any role that she wants, from the Cool Girl who men want to hang around with, to the woman men are afraid of. She’s willing to kind of go there. That was what was at the center of Amy. It’s basically nothing. It’s someone who is made of a bundle of stories pulled together over the years.”

According to Pike, who is given one of the trickiest characters in recent memory and pulls it off with an effortless aplomb, playing Amy was a lot of fun because of her multitudes and femininity.

“She’s alluring, unpalatable, compelling, confounding. All those things. It goes beyond like or dislike. I understand her and like or dislike doesn’t come into it,” Pike said. “I’m really interested in the fact that I don’t think she could have been a man. The way her brain works is purely female.”

Allowing that her comments might be taken by some as negative, Pike added that most “strong female characters” in movies are either given the qualities of a man or are prone to using sex to get their way.

“Amy can do that, but it’s not her modus operandi to use sex,” Pike said. “It’s just one of the things she can try on.”

“Basically, she’s having it all,” Flynn added. “She’s a modern woman. Lean in.”

7. Rosamund Pike Doesn’t Want David Fincher To See Her New Movie

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“Gone Girl” isn’t the only movie Rosamund Pike has in theaters this fall. She also stars with David Tennant in “What We Did On Our Holiday.” Not that the actress wants Fincher to know.

“The other day I was in London seeing the premiere of a film I did right before this,” Pike said. (“What We Did On Our Holiday” had its U.K. premiere on Sept. 22.) “I watched it thinking, ‘Oh, God David would hate that. David would have absolutely whipped that out of me.’ I think you have pre- and post-Fincher in your work.”

8. And It’s A Good Thing She Doesn’t Have Any Siblings

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Amy Elliott is an only child in “Gone Girl,” and it’s a trait Fincher realized was key to his casting process. Fortunately, Pike fit the description.

“It’s this hermetically sealed socialization,” Fincher said about why it was so important for the actress and character to share the same familial structure. “It’s just a different thing.”

Added Pike: “Weird kid.”

Countered Fincher: “No. Just off.”

9. Finally, In An Alternate Universe, This Could Have Been Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl”

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When asked why he cast Ben Affleck to play Nick Dunne, Fincher joked it was because the actor “was available.” Except not really: As Fincher noted, Affleck had to “shut down his movie at Warner Bros. and send all the people he had hired home.” That film was “Live By Night,” and Affleck is set to direct it for Warner Bros. following his stint as Batman.

It turns out, however, that Affleck could have directed “Gone Girl” too. “He had already read the book because, I guess he didn’t want to tell me, but Fox maybe offered it to him,” Fincher revealed during the press conference.

In the end, neither that possible offer nor “Live By Night” made a difference when it come to hiring Affleck. Said Fincher: “Just because it’s perfect casting, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.”

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    Price: $ 1,299.00

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher’s Obamacare Lie Claim: ‘Let Me Knock That Down Right Away’

    Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) denounced the notion that President Barack Obama had lied about Americans’ ability to maintain their health insurance under Obamacare.

    In a Friday appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Wasserman Schultz batted down Maher’s suggestion that “the ship has sailed” on Obama’s “credibility.”

    “It was not a lie, let’s just be very clear,” Wasserman Schultz said. “So let me knock that down right away. When the president and myself and every other Democrat that talked about that if you like your health care, you can keep it, that was referring to the overwhelming majority of Americans who had health care.”

    During his Wednesday speech in Boston, Obama attempted to clarify the controversy surrounding a wave of cancellation notices received by employees of small businesses and individuals purchasing their own plans. The president argued that “you’re going to get a better deal.”

    “If you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new market place,” he said. “That’s what it’s for.”

    Maher worked off that point, questioning whether the issue for Americans was one of truth over quality of the plans. Wasserman Schultz responded that the lie debate was “arguing over minutiae” — a point that Maher fired back at in disagreement.

    “To a lot of Americans, it’s not minutiae and I think they’re insulted when you say that because they think it’s something important when the president doesn’t square up with them,” Maher said.
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