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Now if this isn't total paradise with KaShara, we don't know what is!! #DCCSwim

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#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)

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Engineering vs Willpower

With greater technological education, people are less susceptible to distraction, and feel less guilty for having procrastinated.

"Tech companies have the smartest statisticians and computer scientists, whose job it is to break your willpower."


So should individuals be blamed for having poor self-control? To a point, yes. Personal responsibility matters. But it’s important to realise that many websites and other digital tools have been engineered specifically to elicit compulsive behaviour. In short, it’s not exactly a fair fight.


[ B F Skinner's World ]

When I go online, I feel like one of B F Skinner’s white Carneaux pigeons. Those pigeons spent the pivotal hours of their lives in boxes, obsessively pecking small pieces of Plexiglas. In doing so, they helped Skinner, a psychology researcher at Harvard, map certain behavioural principles that apply, with eerie precision, to the design of 21st‑century digital experiences.

[ Training Animals ]

Skinner trained his birds to earn food by tapping the Plexiglas. In some scenarios, the pigeons got food every time they pecked. In other arrangements, Skinner set timed intervals between each reward. After the pigeon got food, the system stopped dispensing treats for, say, 60 seconds. Once that period had elapsed, if the bird pecked, it got another payday.

[ Variable Rewards ]

The pigeons never quite mastered the timing, but they got close. Skinner would randomly vary the intervals between food availability. One time there’d be food available again in 60 seconds. The next, it might be after five seconds, or 50 seconds, or 200 seconds. Under these unstable conditions, the pigeons went nuts. They’d peck and peck. One pigeon hit the Plexiglas 2.5 times per second for 16 hours. Another tapped 87,000 times over the course of 14 hours, getting a reward less than 1 per cent of the time.


[ Variable Digital Rewards ]

So? Well, here’s a simple illustration of how Skinner’s pigeon research applies to contemporary digital life. I’ve picked a hypothetical example: let’s call him Michael S, a journalist.

Sending and receiving emails are important parts of his job. On average, he gets an email every 45 minutes. Sometimes, the interval between emails is only two minutes. Other times, it’s three hours. Although many of these emails are unimportant or stress-inducing, some of them are fun. Before long, whenever Michael S has an internet connection, he starts refreshing his email inbox every 30 minutes, and then every five minutes and then, occasionally, every two minutes. Before long, it’s a compulsive tic – the pecking pigeon of web usage.

[ Control vs Context ]

Should we blame Michael S for wasting hours of his life hitting a small button? We could. He does have poor self-control, and he chose a profession in which email is an important form of communication.

Then again, would we blame Skinner’s pigeons, stuck in a box, pecking away until they get their grains and hemp seeds, while a pioneering researcher plumbs the glitches in their brains? Who’s in charge, really, of this whole scenario? The pigeons? Or Skinner, who designed the box in the first place?


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Note 8 vs iPhone X download speeds test shows how Gigabit LTE matters

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The problem is not the Russians, it’s us. We’re getting played because too many Americans are ill equipped to perform the basic functions of citizenship. A huge percentage of the population can’t tell fact from fiction. A huge percentage is also clueless about the basic laws of the land. Trump is a symptom; the breakdown in this democracy goes beyond the liar in chief.

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Taylor Swift Makes SURPRISE appearance at 2017 AMA
#celebs #celebrity #taylorswift

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Black Friday Sale text Poster with Shiny snowflakes, price tag, confetti on White Background with Square Black Frame. Holiday Sale gift card, shopping card banner discount. Vector leaflet design.

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"JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer — a role that gave him a reputation for being astute, ruthless and effective at manipulating the levers of power. Among the population, he is more feared than popular, but he has strategically fostered a loyal support base within the military and security forces.

A leading government figure since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, he became vice president in 2014 and is so widely known as the “Crocodile” that his supporters are called Team Lacoste for the brand’s crocodile logo.

The 75-year-old “is smart and skillful, but will he be a panacea for Zimbabwe’s problems? Will he bring good governance and economic management? We’ll have to watch this space,” said Piers Pigou, southern Africa expert for the International Crisis Group."

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How to build a massively valuable community, without Facebook or any other network!

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Lonzo Ball Silences Haters With His 2nd Career Triple- Double In A 127-109 Win Over The Nuggets

Lonzo Ball tonight finished with 11 Points, 11 Assists and 16 Rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 127-109 victory over the Nuggets. Making this his 2nd triple- double of the season and his 2nd in just 8 games, Julius Randle was also fantastic posting up 24 Points, 7 Rebounds and 5 Assists. "This one was a lot better," Ball said. "I actually like this one. Just keep building on it."Brook Lopez scored 21 Points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 as the Lakers blew out the Nuggets by 18 points. Gary Harris lead the Nuggets with 20 point tonight while Wilson Chandler added 17.


Lonzo Ball: 11 Pts, 11 Asts, 16 Rebs
Brook Lopez: 21 Pts
Julius Randle: 24 Pts, 7 Rebs, 5 Asts
Kyle Kuzma: 17 Pts


Garry Harris: 20 Pts
Wilson Chandler: 17 Pts

#NBA #Nuggets #Lakers #Denver #LosAngeles

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So, a sugar daddy is next to a fondant father, right?

"He is the closest thing to a Founding Father that we have seen in our lifetimes," Jennifer Case said at a “Women for Roy Moore” rally outside the Alabama state Capitol.

There's video.

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NFL Week 11 Blitz Read: Competitive games at a premium with multiple blowouts: The NFL boasts parity, but there wasn't much of it in Week 11.

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Electrical Control Panel Wiring

Electrical Wiring in Control Panels : Control panels are a part of industrial automation. It contains many DIN standard instruments both in the front panel and inside back rails along with the wiring.

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The Google Assistant on phones, now in Spanish and Italian

Google Assistant is already available on phones in a number of languages around the world and now we’re adding a few new ones to the roster—Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain as well as Italian in Italy. So now you can say “Ok Google” and ask the Assistant to play your favorite song, tell you about the weather, navigate home and more. Or try something fun and say “¿Ok Google, sabes nadar?”

Our goal is for the Assistant to be available to help you get things done, no matter what language you speak, what device you’re using or what question you’re asking. Today’s update is another step in that direction, as these new languages join English in Australia, Canada, U.S. and U.K.; Portuguese in Brazil; French in Canada and France; German in Germany; Japanese in Japan; and Korean in Korea. These new languages will soon automatically be available on eligible Android phones running Android 6.0 or higher with Google Play Services, and later in the year, they’ll also be available on iPhones.
Ci sentiamo presto.

#googleassistant #spanish #digitalassistant #italian #android #okgoogle #virtualassistant

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Like any other guys of their generation, this is probably a dream.

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Moon festival poster design with full moon and stars, lantern, flowers, traditional decoration. Chinese translate: Mid Autumn Festival. Abstract Vector illustration

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World News
Wafijaya Enterprise Collaboration With RTB News Website
Copyright © 2017 RTB News Website & Wafijaya Ent. All Rights Reserved.

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#SpaceScience image of the week celebrates #Integral.

ESA’s Integral space #observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in #gamma rays, #X-rays and visible light. Studying stars exploding as supernovas, monster black holes and, more recently, even gamma-rays that were associated with gravitational waves, Integral continues to broaden our understanding of the high-energy Universe. This image visualises the orbits of the spacecraft since its launch on 17 October 2002, until October of this year. #SpaceScience

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Credit: ESA/, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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The timeline for internal polls to announce #RahulGandhi's elevation shows how the #Congress has become vulnerable to charges of extending dynastic hegemony

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Please singing this petition for Trump,EPA! Stop! Calling Climate Change! Badman Nishioka
If we can't act temperature rise up at least 3.4-3.6C, can't make Paris Accord! The first is Trump and this administration!

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Fewest career games needed for 2nd triple-double in NBA history:
Oscar Robertson 3
Ben Simmons 9
Hambone Williams 10
Magic Johnson 12
Connie Hawkins 14
Lonzo Ball 17

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Point Imperial Sunrise

Dawn from the highest point in the Grand Canyon- Point Imperial. With a view east and south this is my favorite place for sunrise on the North Rim. Even in September and May it is around 29F (-2C) at sunrise.

I used the amazing Loxia 21mm lens for its sun stars here.

Sony A7R with Zeiss Loxia 21mm lens

#wildernessphotographer #arizona #grandcanyon #northrim #pointimperial #sonya7r #loxia21 #landscape #landscapephotography

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A Dog's Tale - Central Park NYC
© teresa pilcher

#NYC #street #travel #photography #explore #candid #sony
#breakfastartclub #hqspmonochrome
#BTPStreetPro #BTPMonochromePro #weeklyphoto

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Three of a kind

Golden langur (Trachypithecus geei)


Three young siblings chilling in the early morning sun in the canopy of a huge tree!

They were part of a sizable group busy with their morning activities and what fun it was watching them! Several newcomers were clinging on to their mums that were grouped in another part of the treetop. A very healthy group indeed and a joy to see that the forest is able to support so many generations and thus a large group of the endangered species.

The adult seemed to be in no hurry to begin foraging, so the young langurs eventually seemed rather impatient. I too was able to observe them in this tree for such a long time that I decided to move on.

#wildlife #mammals #monkey #bhutan

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 11 April 2017 07:02
Altitude: 219 meters

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Dried rose buds

My approach to urban photography

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict
#hqspmacro #ilovephotography #roses  

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Women on the bench
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion

#pakistan #punjab #street #streetphotography
+Promote Photography #promotephotography +Edith Kukla
+Street Photography Saturday curated by +Sunny Wu
#hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary

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Inside the poppy

My howto about macros

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict
#hqspmacro #ilovephotography #poppy  

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Big Falls of the West Fork

I went to chase fall color along the West Fork this weekend and caught this scene at the Big Falls.

Fall colors are happening across north Texas. Our first round has passed and round two is taking off. The next two weeks should be good for the red oaks and Japanese maples.

Sony A7R with Loxia 21mm lens

#wildernessphotographer #texas #trinityriver #westfork #landscape #landscapephotography #sonya7r #loxia21

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Jovian Tempest

This color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.

The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. PDT (1:32 p.m. EDT). At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 6,281 miles (10,108 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of Jupiter at a latitude of 41.84 degrees. The spatial scale in this image is 4.2 miles/pixel (6.7 kilometers/pixel).

The storm is rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes. The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds. Within some of the bright “arms” of this storm, smaller clouds and banks of clouds can be seen, some of which are casting shadows to the right side of this picture (sunlight is coming from the left). The bright clouds and their shadows range from approximately 4 to 8 miles (7 to 12 kilometers) in both widths and lengths. These appear similar to the small clouds in other bright regions Juno has detected and are expected to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice.

Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.

JunoCam's raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products at:

More information about Juno is at: and

Image Credits:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections and claimed the Congress had done so too in the past

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The Golden hours...........!!!

Shot taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 mobile phone....
hope you like it and enjoy it.

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Dak vs Wentz through 25.

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Microsoft is the exclusive “in-store partner” in the United States and Canada. With this, Microsoft is offering a number of the limited edition models of the Razer Phone, where the Razer logo is green on the back.

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Cleanse The Blood Vessels With Just One Glass Of This Drink

Plaque buildup in the blood vessels is a serious condition in which the arteries get blocked by deposits of fatty plaque, which restrict the blood flow and lead to heart and brain problems.

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In today's 'battle' of flagship devices, Pixel 2 is far better than iPhone X. Yeah , we have five obvious reason to say. Don't you think so???

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Black Friday Sale text Poster with Shiny snowflakes, price tag, confetti on White Background with Square Black Frame. Holiday Sale gift card, shopping card banner discount. Vector leaflet design.

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Trekstor: WinPhone 5.0 is a replacement device for existing Windows Phone users

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Republicans Are Throwing Away Their Shot at Tax Reform

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How Technology Is Leading Us Into the Imagination Age

"In many ways, the future is unpredictable. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. Combined with technological automation and the disappearance of traditional jobs, this leaves us with a critical question: how can we survive such a world?

The answer may be imagination.

Initially coined by Rita J. King, the imagination age is a theoretical period beyond the information age where creativity and imagination will become the primary creators of economic value. This is driven by technological trends like virtual reality and the rise of digital platforms like YouTube, all of which increase demand for user-generated content and creativity. It is also driven by automation, which will take away a lot of monotonous and routine jobs, leaving more higher-ordered and creative jobs..."

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #design #sustainability #science #engineering #singularity #progress #art #creativity #imagination

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Make Obamacare better with Medicare-X

_ Many Americans struggle to manage the demands of work, family, and wellbeing in their busy lives. They expect us, as US senators, to carry their voices to Washington and craft legislation that is responsive to their concerns._

—Shared VIA +cnn
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