The city of Madison celebrate their community with a little help from some hometown heroes



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It felt like a pep rally before the big game inside the gymnasium of Madison’s Goodman Community Center around 10 AM. Everyone’s favorite pregame anthem, 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready For This,” blared from the speakers. Towering boxes of Cheerios, granola bars, mandarin oranges, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, pasta and cans of marinara sauce lined one wall of the gym. Meanwhile, about 250 volunteers, organized into 18 teams, stood at their respective team tables anxiously awaiting the cue to pack 3,000 boxes with food for the homeless within two hours. Read more…

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What if the next collusion investigation hinges on emoji?


The specificity of Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain is what makes it so damning. 

On Tuesday, the oldest son of the president published emails (obtained beforehand by The New York Times) in which he wrote to a friend who was serving as liaison between the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Russian government. The emails show Trump Jr. had reason to believe he was being offered Moscow’s help to get his father into the White House in 2016, and he responded to that information by writing, “if it’s what you say I love it…”

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Email is a medium that lends itself to this kind of specificity. As Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times recently wrote, “It preserves time, location and state of mind.” For all of email’s issues, this may prove to be a great thing for the future integrity of American democracy. But as messaging platforms such as Slack slowly eat away at email’s dominance in the field of professional correspondence, that specificity may not be something we enjoy for much longer. What happens when, perhaps sooner than we think, the next text-based scandal breaks and leaves Americans deciphering a slew of Slack messages full of emoji? What if, instead of writing, “I love it,” Trump Jr. Read more…

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Oh, boy! Disney’s bringing all the goodies from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar to D23


The last time Disney held its biennial D23 Expo two years ago, we got first looks at footage from Captain America: Civil War and Moana, Star Wars Land was announced to great fanfare and the wonderfully wild Marvel movie now known as Doctor Strange was just some slides of concept art.

Now we’re back, and it’s clear: If you want to look deep into the future of Disney movies, you gotta be down in Anaheim this weekend. 

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If you’re not here, never fear — there’s plenty coming for you, too: Once D23 and next weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con wrap up, there will be trailers and images galore for you to feast your geeky eyes upon. But D23 sees it all first. Buckle up, Mouseketeers. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ countdowns have taken over one London Rail station


It’s not easy willing yourself to get to work in the morning when you know Season 7 of Game of Thrones is so close.

King’s Cross station in London has been helping ease travelers’ pain by posting countdowns and quotes to this Sunday’s season premiere on information boards across the station.

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While some people might say that information about train delays or track changes might be a better use for the station’s information boards, others would argue that those people are wrong and bad and shut up already, let us have this.

Thank you, King’s Cross, for easing the pain of doing anything but staring at HBO Go, waiting for the new episode to drop. Read more…

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Could this fan favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ character hold the key to Jon Snow’s fate?


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Trump’s latest move to anger the tech community: eliminate the ‘startup visa’


On July 17, 2017, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists were planning to celebrate. 

While the Barack Obama administration was unable to get much immigration reform through Congress, the Department of Homeland Security had approved a program right before the 44th President left the office.  The International Entrepreneur Rule, referred to many in Silicon Valley as the “startup visa,” would have provided a way for foreign entrepreneurs to come to the United States and build their businesses. 

It seemed on some level like a no brainer. Offering visas to the best and brightest people with the drive to start businesses would mean jobs and continued innovation. And with growing competition from startups in other part of the world, the program would help the U.S. maintain its leadership role in the fields of technology and innovation. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ fans can have Arya Stark’s direwolf loaves made by the actual Hot Pie


Who remembers Hot Pie? He’s the sweet, soft-spoken Game of Thrones character who accompanied Arya on the road to the Wall in the first half of the series. 

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The friends parted ways after Hot Pie was taken on as a baker at the inn, but before parting ways, he gifted Arya with a direwolf-shaped loaf of bread.

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Thankfully, Hot Pie’s baking skills have improved since his first attempt at a direwolf loaf. 

Ben Hawkey is making Hot Pie's most iconic treat available to the public.

Ben Hawkey is making Hot Pie’s most iconic treat available to the public.

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Ben Hawkey — the actor who plays Hot Pie on the series — has teamed up with Deliveroo to open up a limited-time bakery called ‘You Know Nothing John Dough’ to celebrate the seventh season of the HBO show.  Read more…

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This tiny gadget can tell you how drunk you are


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We all do dumb things when we drink: call an ex, send a profanity-laced email to the boss, buy used jeans on eBay that aren’t returnable. We know we shouldn’t be doing these things, but there’s never a responsible person next to us to say “hey, I think you’ve had too much to drink.”

Fortunately, there’s now a smartphone accessory that takes care of this for us: the DrinkMate Breathalyzer. Drinkmate promises that you can plug this tiny, 1.9-inch breathalyzer into your phone, blow into it, and get an accurate reading of your BAC level within seconds. When was that last time one of your drinking buddies did that?  Read more…

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Get the tools to land a machine learning job that robots can’t steal


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Don’t let sci-fi cautionary tales spook you. Machine learning isn’t quite SkyNet just yet. It’s actually an incredibly innovative field that is making the everyday tools and apps that we rely on even better— from making smarter investment predictions to helping business owners make data-based decisions to recommending products or media that shoppers will like.

Machine learning has the potential to change the world, and the potential to teach robots to do human tasks (and jobs), so there are few smart career paths within the field that are likely to provide lucrative, long-term rewards.  Read more…

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Couple attempts the ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift, do not have the time of their lives


Listen, we’ve all thought about trying the iconic Dirty Dancing lift. But, most of us know that it’d probably end in tears. 

One British couple attempted a performance of the hard-to-achieve dance move and, well, they ended up bruised and in the emergency room. Not quite the romantic moment they had in mind.

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Sharon Price and her fiancé Andy Price tried to recreate the move in front of family members in a beer garden in Weston-Super-Mare, UK, but it turned out to be — quite literally — one enormous flop.  Read more…

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