Amazon and other forms of online shopping have left communities with a lack of communication.
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Amazon and other forms of online shopping have left communities with a lack of communication.
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Spanish textile artist Judit Just Anteló moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 2013 to further develop her textile brand Jujujust. Although she studied fashion design, sculpture, and textile art in her hometown of Barcelona, she first learned the standards of weaving from her mother as a small child. Anteló applies these more traditional techniques to her current practice, updating the old methods with splashes of neon color and engaging combinations of vibrant threads.
“Most of my tapestries are just an involuntary result of an improvisation, a dance with colors and materials,” Anteló tells Colossal. “I like to let myself flow and see what it transforms into afterwards. Once I finish and approve one design, I keep the original in my studio to reproduce it in different color variations. Then I redo them and make them evolve and metamorphose into other creations.”
Anteló weaves her tapestries with rye knots created on a lap loom or eight-harness table loom, depending on which type of wall hanging she is attempting to make. You can find a variety of her works for sale on her Etsy shop, and take a peek into her studio on Instagram.
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Sears said in January it was in talks with lenders about transactions to address its $1 billion of debt.
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(Reuters) – Indian shares crept higher on Wednesday, set for a 10th consecutive session of wins, buoyed by hopes of strong quarterly results, with consumer staples stocks among top gainers as forecasts of normal monsoon brightened their outlook.
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In a saga that rivals an episode of Game of Thrones, a group of Game of Thrones: Conquest players claim they’ve found evidence of widespread botting and cheating in the popular mobile strategy game that’s cost users thousands of dollars.
Launched in October 2017, Game of Thrones: Conquest is a mobile strategy game that capitalizes on the worldwide popularity of the HBO series of the same name. It’s cultivated a strong community of players, with over 1 million downloads on Android and an untold number of downloads on iOS, all vying for the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones: Conquest is played similarly to other mobile strategy games. Players assume the role of a leader within Westeros, building up their forces, and ally with other players for increased strength (and eventual backstabbing). There are more than 120 locations to capture, which can later be doled out to allies as a kind gesture. It’s more than a little derivative of Game of War, but like many mobile games, it’s managed to carve out its own niche and earn its publisher, WB Games, an estimated $160,000 per day, according to Think Gaming, a mobile gaming data provider.
While Game of Thrones: Conquest is technically free, players make in-game purchases with real-world money for additional resources like wood to create buildings, wheat to feed your populace, and “peace shields” that allow players to walk away from the game for several hours without worrying about enemy attacks. Some players have spent thousands of dollars to maintain their hold on their kingdom.
Now some of those players claim malicious bots are exploiting the game’s mechanics and cheating players out of that money spent on in-game purchases.
In an exhaustive 28-page report, a group of about 150 players calling themselves the Cleopatra Collective has documented what it says is evidence of the use and sale of multiple bots through a public Discord server. The report includes numerous folders of screenshots further detailing their claims.
According to the Cleopatra Collective’s report, the primary bot, referred to as the “Three-Eyed Raven” (an obvious reference to the Game of Thrones character), has been available through an identically named Discord server and a website with an untraceable IP address since early December 2017.
The bot (and several others like it) essentially gathers and sells information on other players, information that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to find through fair gameplay. Users can pay to determine the coordinates and histories of specific players, find resources, and most recently, automate many of the game’s required actions, such as fortifying defenses and completing daily quests.
According to a representative from the Cleopatra Collective, one group of about 155 players ruling over one of the game’s kingdoms spent roughly $90,000 over the course of two months before realizing the alliance they were going up against had access to a bot, rendering their funds essentially useless.
On the Discord server, the Cleopatra Collective captured chat logs that detail the purchase and use of the Three-Eyed Raven bot. Judging from those screenshots, the bot appears to be owned and developed by the server’s owner, a user by the name of “Arch-Maester.”
In a screenshot acquired by the Cleopatra Collective, Arch-Maester also addresses bot user concerns about WB Games investigating their actions.
“WB knows about this and there is and will be no danger in using it,” Arch-Maester allegedly wrote.
The Daily Dot has been unable to verify some of the chat logs in Discord cited in the report, due to the sheer volume of the logs and the fact that the messages are several months old. However, the Daily Dot has been gained access to the Three-Eyed Raven Discord and confirmed that it is being promoted and sold to a community of about 15,000 Discord users.
The Three-Eyed Raven isn’t the only bot reportedly exploiting vulnerabilities. One bot, known as “Agent Q” (or “THEIA” in at least one other in-game kingdom) automatically detects enemy movement and attacks, allowing players to respond in record time.
The Cleopatra Collective claims to have identified the user who developed the Agent Q bot but is declining to release that information to anyone other than proper legal representatives.
Members of the Cleopatra Collective say they’ve attempted to bring the bots and rampant cheating to the attention of WB Games through the game’s official forums and support network, but they’ve been met with little success.
“We’ve tried to go through WB, Apple, and/or Google to force some kind of resolution, but WB seems more interested in taking our money than protecting its customers,” a Cleopatra Collective representative told the Daily Dot. “The bot problem was reported back in December 2017, and even though WB did post a statement acknowledging ‘botting,’ no solution has been provided.”
That statement, made in April by a representative of WB Games on a Game of Thrones: Conquest’s forum, read: “Turbine and WB are looking into methods of preventing all bots that have been reported to us. Any players admitting to using such bots will be dealt with appropriately.”
A recent update to the Cleopatra Collective’s report added a Google Drive dossier of support tickets calling out the bots activities that WB Games allegedly ignored.
The Cleopatra Collective believes that the WB Games lacks the financial incentive to adequately address the bots’ alleged exploits. That’s because new users who download the game are unlikely to have heard of the botting issues and may potentially spend money in a vain effort to maintain what territory they do acquire.
“We are thereby led to suspect that this financial aspect is the reason WB Games is in no rush to provide a solution and seems to systematically delete threads about cheating on their forums,” the Cleopatra Collective’s report states.
WB Games has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
A post from a WB Games forum admin stated that the company has no authority to moderate behavior on external platforms like Discord.
While WB Games’ terms of service effectively makes legal action by the player base difficult, the Cleopatra Collective claims the bots’ exploitation of user data amounts to a breach of contract. “As a group, we believe that our rights to a secure gaming platform [are] being ignored by the game developers,” the representative said.
Bots and cheating run rampant in the gaming community. Games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have repeatedly been on the receiving end of bots that give players scarily accurate aim or allow them to eliminate other players through normally impassable terrain. While efforts to combat cheaters have often fallen short, the gaming community has historically responded positively when developers have often been upfront and expedient about their work to ban cheaters. For example, earlier this year, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. hired a company called BattleEye to combat cheaters, which ultimately resulted in more than 2.5 million players being banned.
The Cleopatra Collective is urging WB Games to take similar action against fraudulent users. The collective wants WB Games to implement a new app interface to better protect private information and take legal action against the supposedly identified developer of the Agent Q bot. At the very least, the players would want to ensure their in-game purchases aren’t all for naught.
A Lannister might always pay their debt, but right now, Game of Thrones: Conquest players claim they’re unfairly getting stuck with the bill.
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Wawa is a beloved regional convenience store chain, which immediately won our love and appreciation after we visited the first time.
While we once believed Wawa to be the best road trip pit stop imaginable, Texans told us that there was one chain that could one-up Wawa: Buc-ee’s.
We visited Buc-ee’s and compared the two — and were forced to admit that the Texas chain beats out Wawa in every way.
In Pennsylvania, travelers worship at the altar of Wawa.
The chain of convenience stores has a near-mythical quality, with locals magnetically drawn to the promise of cheap gas, coffee, and an incredible array of delicious sandwiches.
We visited the chain in 2017, eager to see what all the fuss is about. We left as Wawa converts, spreading the good word on the chain’s superiority to its dreaded rival, Sheetz.
However, on a recent road trip, we heard murmurs that there may be another convenience-store chain that could measure up to the wonder of Wawa. Buc-ee’s, Texans said, was a highway pit stop unlike any other in the world — including Wawa.
“Better than Wawa?” we scoffed. “Impossible.”
Yet we couldn’t shake the vision of a Southern answer to Wawa’s glory. So, we stopped by the chain to see how Buc-ee’s measured up.
Here’s who comes out on top in a cutthroat battle of two of the most iconic regional pit stop chains in the US.
We visited a Wawa in south Phillipsburg, New Jersey, off Route 22 in early 2017. The gas pumps are plentiful and bustling with activity, but we were more interested in what was inside.
Wawa, with more than 720 locations in six states on the East Coast, is renowned for its high-quality yet inexpensive food. Walking inside, we found the vibe to be clean and professional, yet unassuming. Muted yellows and browns were the key colors, leading to a relaxed but often bland visual landscape.
It took us a few minutes to even comprehend the array of food options available at Wawa. The well-stocked prepackaged section was ambitious and diverse in scope. Even packaged food appeared to be fresh — not as though it has been abandoned on the shelf for untold lengths.
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Something being driven through the streets of DC Thursday evening caused some heads to turn:
— Ted Glasnow (@TedGlasnow) March 2, 2018
What happened? Did somebody purchase a “weapon of war” from a nearby Bass Pro Shop or something? Nah, reportedly a driver got a little lost:
Missile near WH tonight? Turns out it was military equipment being transported, driver accidentally ended up in DC per law enforcement https://t.co/xBsUM96Tjb
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) March 2, 2018
It’s not a missile, but before the weekend begins USA Today might report that there’s an available chainsaw bayonet attachment for it, and, if necessary, assign blame to the NRA.
WHAT THE HOLY HELL https://t.co/N3fRFf7Bme
— GayR-15 (@GayPatriot) March 2, 2018
A-10 drop tank: pic.twitter.com/mhCT8xvJn6
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) March 2, 2018
*Fully-Automatic A-10 drop tank
— Pflugerville Pfernando (@Crapplefratz) March 2, 2018
Do they have these at Kroger?
— Quotron (@Quotron_) March 2, 2018
That's a missile like an AR-15 is a "machine gun."Soooo…..just another day on CNN.
— Bryan Suits, Los Angeles' Anti Dude (@darksecretplace) March 2, 2018
Who among us hasn't accidentally brought a missile to DC https://t.co/qIA7HvT6k4
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) March 2, 2018
I mean, who among us hasn’t ended up in DC with our missile on accident? Oopsie! https://t.co/JzyRH7PxAT
— MLH ♥️ (@just_mindy) March 2, 2018
ANYTHING can happen!
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Maybe you’re finally ready. You’ve seen the below-the-belt male grooming trend explode and you’re going to jump in and start trimming your pubes and give your groin a new lease on life. Maybe you’ve already started and you’re just trying to up your game. Maybe you still have a few reservations about taking trimmer or razor to your ball sack. That’s understandable. Let’s sweep those away. Manscaping (below-the-belt male grooming) is essential to the modern man. Women and men have made it clear that they prefer a trimmed groin and a managed, fit body. If you want to get lucky, you have to put in the leg (and groin, haha) work. Beyond that, the research has shown that men who manscape are more confident and more successful in their personal and professional lives. So don’t you think it’s time to manage that ridiculous bush of yours? We do. Say good bye to the 1970s and welcome to the 21st century, where men are trimmed and confident.
It starts with a simple trim, and when you follow our advice, you can tackle it with little worry about cutting yourself or looking ridiculous.
Learn from the Ladies
Let’s be real for a moment, shall we, gentlemen? Women have been handling their land down under for a lot longer than men—thousands of years, to be somewhat exact. While there are obvious differences between the sexes, we can learn some important lessons from their time in the grooming trenches. The most important of these lessons is skin care. While the application of skin care differs between men and women, keeping things moisturized, pH balanced, and free of agitation goes a long way for managing pubic hair for both men and women.
In practice, this means you should wash your stuff just before and after a trim. Having clean, dry hair follicles makes them easier to manage and helps you get your trim the length you want. Smoother skin creates less irritation and helps you avoid snags and discomfort. Also, maintaining the right pH is more important than you think. This helps create a protective outer layer to the skin and fights bacteria that can cause skin problems such as inflammation, and more seriously, skin infections. Achieving all of this is simple. Wash with Crop Cleanser from Manscaped regularly. This hair and body wash is effective, yet not too harsh, on your skin down there. After trimming and shaving, apply a moisturizing ball deodorant like Crop Preserver, then a spritz of Crop Reviver whenever you maintain your man parts. The moisturizing deodorant will hydrate your skin and keep it from sweating and stinking all over the place. And Crop Reviver is like giving your balls a long, drink of water when they’re thirsty. Refreshing is the word. That should take care of it for most guys. But let’s talk about how to trim your groin hair safely in more detail.
While we did learn from the experience of our female counterparts, not all of their lessons apply, obviously. We have different parts, so these different parts necessitate different techniques. When they groom, ladies might prefer scissors or a lady razor; while we avoid them at all cost. Women also often use a comb to tease the pubes out and make them easier to cut. We need our spare hand to manage our junk and keep it clear. Women often sit to trim and shave. The existence of male reproductive parts forces us to stand, kneel or squat. Ok, you probably shouldn’t squat like you’re doing squats at the gym. You don’t want to get tired and start shaking mid task. Shaking doesn’t help when trying to trim your groin hair safely.
Instead, we can replace those tools and concepts with our own. Trade scissors for The Lawn Mower from Manscaped. This compact electric trimmer is not only cordless, but it’s designed specifically to shave male anatomy. You can tell just by holding it in your hand. It minimizes the risk of cuts or other accidents, and it has multiple length settings. Speaking of those settings, always start on the longest if it’s your first time. We often have to inform newbies of this: very short pubic hair is prickly, and it will irritate your balls (and anyone’s hands who are touching them). The only remedy is to let it grow, and that can take a while, so ease your way down to the ideal length. Luckily, The Lawn Mower gives you this option.
As for technique itself, there is no real mystery or hidden secret. Run the trimmer gently over your pubes while being careful of your man bits. Even though you want to have a clean groin when you start, it’s easier to trim dry hair than wet. Shaving might be easier in the shower, but until you have a good feel, trimming is best done elsewhere, which is why we recommend trimming and shaving on dedicated shaving mats before heading into the shower to wash those pesky pubes away.
That brings us to an important concept: cleanup. Pubes are wild little beasts. You learned that the two times you actually cleaned your bathroom. Trimming is going to be a huge hassle unless you have a plan from the start. The Magic Mat from Manscaped simplifies the plan. Trim your stuff while you’re situated above the mat. It’ll catch the pubes so you can roll it up and throw it out. Simple.
That’s really all there is to it. Not too difficult, is it? Your instincts will lead you to protect your junk, and you’ll be fine. We think most men instinctually know how to trim your groin hair safely, but this piece is for those who don’t and those who need a refresher. How to trim your groin hair safely is one of life’s must-have skills—one that should be taught by fathers, older brothers, and male grooming companies like Manscaped, dedicated to beautifying a man’s junk since its existence.
The Bigger Picture
The real tips and tricks you need aren’t just about trimming your balls. What you really need to learn is that trimming your groin hair safely only part of the story. Manicuring your junk and leaving the rest of your body unkempt sends a bad message. One that shows you have a blatant disconnect between your junk and the rest of your body. In fact, it is the rest of your body that truly sends the message you want. Trimmed pubes just deliver the final chapter, and most people you interact with will never read it. What matters is that you learn from the experience of trimming your balls and apply it to the rest of your body. Got it? Trimmed, deliberately managed body hair presents a clean look that people will notice. It also will make you feel cleaner and sharper than you ever have in your life. Not only that, it will invite others (potential significant others) to be curious about your below-the-belt trimmed goods. It’s time to experiment and be a better you, don’t you think?
Don’t Forget Your Nails
We aren’t going into full detail on the total package of manscaping. We have guides for that, and you can find them on our website. Instead, we’re going to take a quick moment to remind you about your nails. So many men put in a full effort only to forget the nails and ruin the whole thing. No one wants to see jagged, overgrown cuticles and badly-cut nails. The Shears is a kit with every tool you’ll need for your nails and more. Learn to use each, and get a round, smooth finish on your nails without stepping into a nail salon where they holler, “What color?!” at you as soon as you walk in the door. It will complete the look and feel you want. Better yet, it’ll make handling your junk a better experience. That’ll help when you trim your groin, as well as. . . other times. You get the picture, we’re sure.
In the end, manscaping is a means to an end (pun intended). This “end” ends up in your bedroom. Not just that: You want to look and feel more attractive in your day-to-day interactions with everyone. Manscaping will do that for you. We can guarantee it. With improved attractiveness will come an increase in general comfort and outward confidence. Manscaping isn’t just following a trend to keep up in the dating world. It is a transformative experience that will help you achieve your goals. If you still have any doubts or uncertainty, spend some time on Manscaped.com. Getting to know the precision tools available can give you comfort that you’ll be able to handle the unique challenges of your body. Get to know how to trim your groin hair safely. We also go to great lengths to make the fruits of our experience available to everyone. Follow some of our guides and tips and you’ll be a master manscaper.
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Think of the last time you bought furniture. Was it a Craigslist find, that required you to enlist a friend to help you move? An Ikea buy that cost you two more hours in assembly? Or a higher-end splurge that took weeks to arrive?
It’s these furniture horror stories that make Feather, the furniture version of Rent The Runway, so appealing. The startup has a selection of basic furniture like grey couches, wooden coffee tables, and black counter stools, plus an air conditioner to rent at a monthly price, starting at three months.
“We’re seeing a trend of people wanting to own less stuff,” founder Jay Reno tells Refinery29. “We’re seeing this with homes and with cars, and now we’re seeing it with furniture.”
Reno, who received a masters degree in climate and environmental science, wanted to solve the problem of disposable furniture. “People value convenience and flexibility above all else,” he says, but this oftentimes means that a furniture’s lifecycle is limited to two moves, or even less.
Feather is meant to solve that, moving people away from disposable furniture into a future of recyclable furniture. The selections are chosen with durability in mind, so each piece can be re-circulated multiple times, or incorporated into an upcycling program. This also means pieces are particularly uniform. “We were trying to do was come up with what people will need in a city setting [ Editor’s note: Feather is currently only available in San Francisco and New York City] so storage options, basic pieces they can make their own by adding a few rugs or a tapestry,” Kate McCormack, head of design, says. “We wanted to keep it as simple as possible.”
Couches are uniformly grey save for one velvet green option; accent items are primarily metallic. Most of the pieces have a West Elm, CB2 quality to them (in fact, many pieces are sourced from West Elm), and the prices are fairly comparable. If you thought this service could save you money, well, it doesn’t quite deliver there. Feather is a startup and does need to make money, after all. A bar cart, which reportedly retails at $319, costs $62 a month for a 3-month period. After those three months are up, you can buy it for $165 (bringing the total cost to $351 — $32 more than its retail price), return it for $25 (making total 3-month rental cost $211), or swap it for a different product for free.
You’re more likely to save on rentals on package deals or big ticket items, like a sleeper sofa. A $1,399 sofa goes for $266 a month on the site (for 3 months); afterwards, you can buy it for $741 (bringing up the cost to $1539), keep it and pay slightly less a month, or swap it. Flat-out returns cost $25, and monthly payments decrease as you rent for longer. “We have a fixed cost of delivery and assembly, which is free, but it’s built-in, so the longer you rent, the cheaper per month,” Reno says.
So while the furniture options might not be statement-making, and the prices not-so-cheap, there is something to be said for a future where you don’t trash your furniture on the street, or have to wait two months for a pick-up by the Salvation Army. The ideal clients of Feather might just be the type of people who have lifestyles that allow for, or demand the flexibility of, sublets or temporary housing situations, as well as the means to pay for convenience; the free drop-off, assembly, and $25 for pick-up is a pretty sweet deal. Or, if you’re feeling wishy-washy on a purchase, it could be a good way to “try out” a couch or a table for a few months, before fully committing, albeit at a slight cost. This writer in particular considered renting a bench and a bookshelf — only to realize that those items might be cheaper second-hand on Craigslist. If only I had a car.
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