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Picking toysToys for the gift bagsNow that we know what they are, let’s talk about putting them together. The first step in coordinating the gifts is deciding on the actual present part. My personal favorites from that recent trip were goggles, sunglasses, pool toys, glow sticks, puzzles, coloring books, stickers, and games. Most kids I know aren’t too thrilled with new clothes as a gift, but sometimes Disney themed t-shirts or pajamas work wonders for getting children excited to dress for the parks or get ready for bed. You could even make or buy mouse ears that represent their favorite character. The key is to prepare useful items that will be fun during the trip and will pack away easily. This is not the time to buy that 3,000 piece Lego set and expect your child to keep it in the box the entire trip because you don’t want to lose any pieces in the hotel.Shopping for these souvenirs in advance presents a great opportunity to save some cash. Target, Walmart, dollar stores, party stores, Etsy, and even Amazon are just a few of the places you can find inexpensive Disney inspired gifts. For official Disney Parks merchandise, the Disney Store and Shop Disney Parks app offer discounts on occasion as well, making it easy to save money on things you might buy at the parks anyway. You can also save by including some snacks or candies with the gifts. Personally I like to throw Frozen or Star Wars themed fruit snacks into the bag. The kids can munch on that in the parks rather than splurging on an overpriced bag of Goofy’s Candy Co. character gummies. Disney packaged graham crackers, cookies, and other candies also found their way into the gifts at a much lower price than buying them at Walt Disney World.WrappingOnce you finish selecting the presents, your next consideration should be gift bags. Like the gifts, the wrapping must fit easily in a suitcase. Depending on the size of the gifts, small white paper lunch bags decorated with Disney characters and the child’s name work well and are relatively inexpensive. When I did this, I drew characters and wrote each child’s name on a bag for each day. You could just as easily purchase a Disney gift bag for each kid and re-use it each day. Another option is to make your bag out of the gift itself. For example, if part of the gift is a Disney beach towel, lay that down, pile the gifts for the day on top, then pull up the ends of the towel to make a bundle and wrap a ribbon around it. A princess purse or pirate pouch could be used in a similar manner to hold any smaller treats. For one last idea, letting the kids decorate their own bags can build anticipation for the trip and give them something to do during some downtime as well. Might as well score that quiet time when you can!Place t-shirt/towel down flatSet gifts on topPull edges in and tie with ribbonPutting it all together With the presents purchased and the bags prepared, the last thing to do is decide on an order for the gifts and write out the letters. Think about your own family and vacation style and plan accordingly. If swimming is an essential part of your vacation, items like googles or water toys should come early in the trip, so they can be used all week. Games or puzzles can be gifted on resort or relaxation days. Activity books work well for the last morning, so that kids have something to do on the flight or drive home. Once the order and itinerary are finalized, the letters can be created as described above.Note from Mickey on the last day of the tripFrom my recent experience visiting Walt Disney World with children, Tinker Bell gifts were a fun way to get them out of bed each day. While they had a blast at the parks, the immediate promise of something positive and amusing to them was more effective at waking them up than the thought of being at the parks in another hour or two. They made lots of friends at the pool with their toys, so I never once heard an “I’m bored”. And while it didn’t solve all the sibling squabbles, I think it was a great way to keep that reminder to be on their best behavior in the back of their mind. Plus, because they already had snacks and toys at the ready, they didn’t even really ask for much at the parks. We had a great time, and it was a low cost way to add some extra Disney magic to the trip. As much as I’d love to have a personalized gift from Disney Floral and Gifts delivered every day, it’s just not in the budget, and this was a perfect alternative.Have you tried this with any of the kids in your traveling party? Would you? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Share This!Tinker Bell GiftsImagine with me, if you will, a parent’s paradise in Walt Disney World. No, not that one where you ditch the kids and head over to the Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island (RIP). The other one. The one where the kids wake up bright and early, brimming with excitement to start their day. No whining about getting up early for rope drop, no nagging for that $16 autograph pen from the gift shop, and absolutely no fighting between siblings. Sound too good to be true? Maybe. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to aim high! So let’s talk about how Tinker Bell gifts can not only encourage good behavior but also add an extra touch of Disney magic while simultaneously helping you save money on souvenirs.Note from Tinker BellWhat are they?For those who haven’t heard of them, Tinker Bell gifts are small presents you leave in the room for the kids in your group. They can be left overnight for discovery in the morning (like a Disney version of Santa), or if you can find a way to sneak back into the room without the kids noticing, you can leave them as a surprise for when they return from the parks. Typically, the gifts are accompanied by a note explaining the gift and who gave it.Though they are called Tinker Bell gifts by most people, if you think the child(ren) in your party would be more excited about a letter from Rey (Star Wars) thanking them for their help with the Resistance than a note from Tinker Bell, then this is the time to get creative. Personally, I like to leave a note that includes four things: a quick mention of the fun from the prior day, an itinerary for the current day, an explanation of the gift, and a reminder to be well behaved. On a recent trip with younger relatives of mine, each note was written by a different character and tied into whatever the kids would be doing at the parks that day.
The African academic diaspora can contribute positively to the continent – by offering their skills and expertise, or training young academics – especially if they partner up with African universities, writes Osabuohien P. Amienyi. Africans studying abroad, or teaching in academic institutions can help improve Africa. (Image: Flickr)• Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions • Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland• Innovation research needs more investment • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • New technologies stand to benefit poorer countries Osabuohien P. Amienyi, Arkansas State UniversityI moved from Nigeria to the US in the 1970s during the “golden age” of immigration that followed the introduction of America’s Immigration Act in 1965.At this time, it was relatively easy for an ordinary Nigerian with a burning desire to travel abroad to obtain an international visa. I did not believe my prospects of going to university in Nigeria were good. Between 1962 and 1980, there were only 13 universities in Nigeria. Access to these was quite limited.One of the most attractive things about the diaspora was how media studies blended theory with practice. The style of teaching at Nigerian universities then was highly theoretical. I wanted both the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that could later be applied to my working life as a journalist.My field, communication, was not widely available at Nigerian universities. The US, on the other hand, had many reputable and attractive degree programmes in this field.There were other reasons for my move. In the 1970s, a person educated abroad enjoyed high status and prestige upon their return. They were likely to land a senior administrative position – and with this, perks like a nice house, car and stewards to wait on them. I came from a humble background and saw studying abroad as a ticket to success in life.I was also following a trend. Many of my friends and family had studied abroad. But like many before and after me, my aspiration was to come to the US, obtain my education and return to serve Nigeria.When I got back to Nigeria in the early 1980s, though, I experienced a profound culture shock. I had become a foreigner in my own country – so I returned to the US.Reaching out to diaspora talentThere are between 20,000 and 25,000 African-born academics working at America’s colleges and universities. Many of whom I have met and worked with – and I myself – want to contribute to our home continent. We have a great deal to offer in terms of skills and knowledge. We can train young academics. We can help to build our native countries. There are several ways that African universities can get us involved.For starters, each must take stock of its core strengths and weaknesses. This will reveal not only the administrative and instructional structures that need support, but also the nature of the support that’s needed.Next, they must consult available databases to identify universities and individuals in the diaspora that have the capacity to meet their needs. Then they can directly contact these people, departments or institutions. Some universities believe they are already doing this through existing global exchange programmes – but these don’t benefit all African institutions and aren’t available to all diaspora academics.Building more than just relationshipsThere is more to drawing diaspora academics back to their home countries than merely striking up individual relationships. Although the situation varies from country to country, it is fair to say that African universities, like the societies they occupy, generally have poor infrastructure.More often than not, buildings, classrooms, grounds, instructional technology, teaching resources like books, journals and laboratories are decades out of date. This makes it difficult for diaspora academics to collaborate with colleagues at African universities on research and teaching.I am reminded of the difficulties I had teaching a television production course to students at a sub-Saharan Africa university that had no cameras, nor a studio. In another instance, a colleague from an African university couldn’t send me data that he’d collected – because there weren’t enough computers on campus.For African diaspora academics who are accustomed to working in resource-rich environments, these types of difficulties can become a disincentive for exploring ties with African universities.Better institutional managementThe poor state of infrastructure at African universities is directly related to inadequate funding, as shown in a Nigerian study. Often, funds promised to African universities by governments never arrive, arrive late or arrive in much smaller amounts than expected. This makes it difficult for African universities to obtain the resources to operate effectively and efficiently.This is frequently compounded by internal administrative factors like internal politics, inadequate compensation and low morale, competing values and a lack of commitment by staff.African diaspora academics want to contribute their talents to benefit universities in Africa, and some are already doing so. The benefits of these interactions can be maximised if administrators of African universities take appropriate steps to enable an environment where the limitations of distance, space and time are easily transcended.Osabuohien P. Amienyi is Professor of Creative Media Production and Chair, Department of Media at Arkansas State University.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Yesterday’s Apple press event saw the unveiling of new iMacs and major updates to the company’s iLife and iWorks software suites. But it also provided further insight into the cosy relationship developing between Apple and Google, with greater integration between the two companies’ product lines.What’s new? iMovie 08 adds the ability to upload video direct to YouTube, and iWeb (Apple’s web page creation software) now integrates with Google Maps and YouTube, along with support for Adsense.Combine these efforts with the existing iPhone tie-ins — Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail — along with AppleTV’s recently added support for YouTube, and we can see how the Apple/Google alliance is strengthening.Read full story at last100… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market steve ohear last100 editor 1 Related Posts
A North Highlands, California, man involved in a brawl with three third-party loss prevention associates at a Carmichael grocery store Saturday evening died later that night, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Hampton said. The man, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Eric Eastland, 50, was suspected of shoplifting from the store before the altercation. Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bel Air supermarket, after several people called 911 to report the fight. Chelsea Minor, a Bel Air spokeswoman, said the altercation happened after Eastland filled a reusable bag with items without paying and headed toward the entrance. “He made physical contact with the loss prevention associate when he was approached leaving the store without payment,” Minor said. “It is not our policy to be forceful in any way. “Eastland was already detained by the time deputies got there, Hampton said. “He was looking as if he was not feeling well,” Hampton said. “He indicated that he had utilized some illegal drugs.”Eastland told deputies he had taken methamphetamine earlier that day but had not taken his heart medication. Deputies started CPR after Eastland lost consciousness, Hampton said. The Sheriff’s Department asked for Fire Department personnel to assist with the call, as they typically do when deputies respond to reports of an altercation, Hampton said. Eastland died at the hospital later that day, Hampton said. Minor said three loss prevention were involved in the incident. One was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. Loss prevention associates are required to follow their employer’s polices in instances of shoplifting, Hampton said. Minor said she believed the loss prevention personnel, who are contracted by Bel Air through the Roseville-based company Monument Security, did follow proper protocol. The Sacramento County district attorney will make the final determination as to whether the employees will face any charges in connection to Eastland’s death, Hampton said. [Source: The Sacramento Bee] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Most wearable devices are passive. They read data, then spit it back out at you with a buzz on your wrist, or—if they’re really good—via an app that can actually interpret what that data means. But aside from a few simple controls for music or answering a connected phone, wearables have yet to truly make the leap from absorbing data to providing meaningful ways for users to control the world around them.That problem is especially pronounced for wearables made of fabric rather than plastic, says Nick Langston, head of the Wearables Lab at TE Connectivity. “Today, what’s been going on in smart garments is sort of passive from the consumer’s perspective,” says Langston, whose company has partnered with Google on its Project Jacquard smart-textiles initiative, which was first unveiled at I/O in May. “That is, your garments are going to have intelligence that’s going to be reading information about you, whether it’s your motion or your heart rate or your breathing or your temperature, it’s just going to be taking information from you in a passive way, where you don’t really have to engage it.”Jacquard looks to change that paradigm, however. Langston says Ivan Poupyrev, the project’s technical program lead, has a unique vision for how smart textiles can not only catch up to the rest of the wearable world, but possibly even outpace it:What’s really fascinating about Project Jacquard, where Ivan really has vision, he’s the first guy to attack this and say the clothing itself ought to be an interactive thing. It ought to provide us an opportunity to interact with devices around us. That’s the breakthrough that Project Jacquard is really talking about—now, instead of just passive data collection, your clothing is an opportunity for you to interact with devices. And to a large extent, this approach is just brand new. Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years How TE Connectivity FitsAccording to Langston, Google approached TE in the summer of 2014 to help them “integrate the electronics into the fabric environment.”“We’re a company that makes connectors,” he says. While he can’t go into too much detail without violating nondisclosure agreements, Langston explains that “what we’ve delivered to Google is a process and tools that make it possible for a normal garment manufacturer to integrate the technology in Jacquard.“Garment factories are not at all like contract manufacturers,” he continues. “They’re not going to solder anything. They want to use heat presses, they want to use laser cutters, they want to use the traditional tools they have, not soldering irons or clean rooms.”The challenge for TE, he says, was in reinventing the connector itself.“One of the biggest barriers to adoption in this space is big clumsy connectors we have to use to get sensing from the garment to the electronics that are going to process this sense data,” says Langston. “Our mission is to figure out, okay, how do we make a thin, flexible, washable, and almost invisible connection point between these two things? For us, as a connector company that likes to try to innovate, that’s such a beautiful problem to have.”With the help of TE’s new connectors, Jacquard’s smart-textile platform has implications beyond simply having music player controls embedded in a jacket sleeve. “We’re really trying to solve the problem between going from a hard environment like electronics to a soft environment, and that soft environment here, we’re talking about clothing,” he says. “But it could be your sofa, it could be in your bedding, it could be in your curtains, it could be in your car seats. That hard to soft connection is really one of the fundamental problems that this market presents us with, and it’s an exciting one to try and solve.”Sewing Up The MarketIn addition to TE Connectivity, Google has also partnered with Levi’s for a line of smart-textile empowered products, the specifics of which are still under wraps. Langston couldn’t shed any more light on what kinds of super jeans we might get out of that deal, but it’s entirely possible that Levi’s is merely the first in a slew of new Google-powered pants products. “I can tell you we talked to almost all of the major apparel brands,” he said.While it’ll be interesting to see what Google and clothing manufacturers come up with through Jacquard, the real magic might happen when hackers and developers pick up a needle and thread to start figuring out their own smart-textile projects.The possibilities for makers to take advantage of all Jacquard seems to offer might truly be endless. While making a new device or gadget requires the use of relatively expensive materials and processes, creating a new piece of clothing or a product made of fabric is the kind of thing you can do at home. It may not be long before hackers start to join their grandmothers when they stay home to knit all day. “What is exciting to think about is what the developer community is going to come up with for this,” says Langston. “When you put it out to the entire community and you crowd-source new uses for this interface, that’s when it gets very exciting.Project Jacquard images courtesy of Google How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Related Posts Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… brian p rubin Tags:#ATAP#Google#Google ATAP#Google I/O 2015#Project Jacquard#Smart Textiles#TE Connectivity#wearables Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…
Dena LumbangIntel SCS Product Marketing Engineer PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 17 Years @ Intel Use Intel SCS to configure, tune, and discover Intel technologies, including Intel Active Management Technology and Intel SSD Pro SeriesAugment 3rd party manageability business processes (e.g. management consoles) with the Intel SCS framework and toolsMaintain interoperability with Intel SCS, making for a consistent customer experience with your solutionWhen not presenting, Den Lumbang can be found at the Intel booth software demo. She’ll also be mingling with some of our key software partners throughout the week.“Software developers can take advantage of this extensibility, and focus on the value added use cases ‘post-provisioning’,” Dena Lumbang.Access to Intel IT experts won’t be limited to technical sessions. IDF 2013 attendees can interact with other IT professionals and participate in product demos performed by Intel IT experts in the Business Client pavilion.“When I’m not presenting, I will be in the Business Client Pavilion to answer questions and provide demos of our many technologies,” says Dan Brunton. “Dena Lumbang and I will be giving a session on the Intel Setup and Configuration Software. We hope that the attendees who join us in our session will walk away with a clear understanding of the capabilities of the Intel SCS and how it can be easily integrated into both IT and third party ISV solutions.”Be sure to join Dan, Dena and other Intel IT experts in the Business Client Pavilion or the Advanced Technology Pavilion.IDF13 will take place September 10-12th in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Convention Center.To join the conversation, follow @IntelITS and @IntelvPro on Twitter. For more details, visit Intel® Setup and Configuration Software. For IDF13, we’ve renewed our commitment to go deep into our technology, and to share Intel’s roadmaps and plans. We look forward to seeing you there. You think you know IDF? Think again. All technical sessions will be presented by Intel and industry experts including, Dena Lumbang and Dan Brunton. Their session on Intel Setup and Configuration Software will explain the framework for discovering and enabling Intel architecture capabilities for the vPro platform. Topics will include: Dan BruntonSenior Implementation Architect PC Client Group / Business Client Platform Division 13 Years @Intel
Middlesex said on Friday that England pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones will miss the remainder of the domestic season with a stress facture.Roland-Jones was a strong contender to be named in the national side for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, having taken 17 wickets in his first four Tests for England.However, the stress fracture to his lower back will mean he will be out of action for the foreseeable future.England name their squad for the five-Test series next Wednesday at The Oval.A Middlesex statement revealed the results of Roland-Jones’s scan which took place on Thursday, with damage to his L5 vertebra (lower back) identified.BREAKING: Sad to announce that @tobyrj21 will miss the rest of domestic season with a lower back stress fracture… https://t.co/lmviSAoIX2 pic.twitter.com/bqsCBe3fLG- Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) September 22, 2017Roland-Jones did play for Middlesex in their county championship win over Lancashire this week, taking two wickets in the first innings before being withdrawn.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan GM Marotta: No problem with Icardi contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan GM Beppe Marotta insists there’s no concern over Mauro Icardi’s contract situation.There has been tension since Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who also acts as his agent, said they were “far away” from an agreement on a new deal.“The fans should not worry, there’s no need to talk about this as controversy,” Marotta told Rai Sport.“These are typical dynamics in a football club, especially when approaching deadlines. “There will be no problem, as both parties want to continue together and that is a common denominator that bodes well for the future.”
The “short or long but never midrange” theory of NBA shooting has been popular in analytics since at least the early 2000s. Statistically, 3-point shots have long been more efficient than long 2-point shots: The reward — an extra point — has outweighed a slightly lower completion percentage. So, the theory goes, teams should eschew midrange shots as much as possible and either take the ball to the basket or shoot from beyond the arc.Whether or not NBA players and coaches have had this theory in mind, 3-point attempts have steadily risen since their introduction in the 1979-80 season. In “Daryl Morey’s D-League Plan to Do Away With Midrange Shots,” Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry looked at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Houston Rockets D-League team that has taken the inside/outside strategy to the extreme — a staggering 47 percent of players’ shots come from the 3-point range. (If the NBA keeps increasing its long-distance shooting at the pace it has in the past 25 years, it should match the Vipers in approximately 2054.)Although the Vipers have had good results so far, Goldsberry warned against reading too much into the experiment and assuming the same strategy would work in the NBA:One troubling issue with the Vipers’ strategy is that they are significantly reducing the size of the scoring area. Let’s go back to the 1,300-square-foot apartment metaphor — the Vipers hang out only in the kitchen and bedroom. They never use the living room. By forgoing midrange shots altogether, they are telling opponents that they don’t plan on using a giant swath of tactical space relatively close to the basket. As NBA defenses evolve, the smartest ones are already finding ways to counter the smart-guy shot-selection strategy. The Pacers, who have the league’s best defense, have a reputation for vigorously defending the restricted area and the 3-point area, while being less protective of the midrange. They are the Vipers’ antivenom. And if defenses are able to take away those “efficient” areas, you better have alternative ways to generate offense.Goldsberry was describing an important limitation in the 3s-and-layups strategy: 3-point shots will only be more efficient than midrange shots so long as defenses fail to devote enough resources to defending them. Unless the best-defended 3-point shot is more efficient than a wide-open midrange shot (it’s not), saying 3-point shots are better than midrange shots is wrong. What we really mean is 3-pointers are suboptimally defended. As unwitting game-theory expert Stan Van Gundy would say, “Sometimes you’re going to get the shots the defense allows.”But there’s an even bigger issue with the back-of-the-envelope efficiency calculation at the heart of the pro-3 argument: The fact that 3-pointers are more efficient than midrange shots overall doesn’t mean the marginal 3-pointer is necessarily more valuable than the marginal 2-pointer.If you want to replace a midrange attempt with a 3-pointer, you will normally be replacing a bad 2-pointer with a bad 3-pointer. There’s no intrinsic reason those marginal shots should have the same relative efficiency as better shots of the same type. In fact, there are plausible reasons to think they wouldn’t. Average 3-point shot efficiency may be skewed by the extremely high efficiency of wide-open looks, which players probably weren’t passing up in the first place.This doesn’t mean that NBA teams shouldn’t be taking more 3s. I’d guess we probably haven’t reached that point yet.