Archive: Feb 2015


  1. What colors are in this dress?

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    If you answered white and gold, you’re right.

    If you answered blue and black, you’re also right… we think.

    The Internet is buzzing over a very controversial image: A striped dress, in one of two sets of colors. And the way you see it may define who you are as a person.

    It seems to have all started on Tumblr, with a post earlier this month that read: “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f— out.”

    It caught fire on Thursday night after it was pointed out by BuzzFeed, with celebrities and thousands of Twitter users getting in on the game. Ellen DeGeneres, Mindy Kaling, Taylor Swift and more weighing in.

    But really, it all comes down to science. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College says it depends on a person’s eye’s white balance. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.”


  2. Two llamas on the loose in a West Valley retirement community became Internet royalty after escaping their owner on Thursday afternoon.

    In what is arguably the most famous llama-related journey since Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove,” the pair running through Sun City made national news and became social media darlings as they briefly avoided capture from a crowd of curious onlookers and several area residents on live television.

    The dynamic duo (one black and one white) dodged cars, avoided lassos, and managed to launch their own Twitter account as they ran amok in the town northwest of Phoenix just before noon.

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    The pair was separated briefly during the chase, but found each other again shortly before the black llama was lassoed in by two citizens.

    Alone, the ivory-hued llama fended for itself against its assailants for another 15 minutes before it was finally lassoed by an onlooker who was riding in the bed of a pick-up truck alongside the animal.

    “If it weren’t for (their help) we wouldn’t have been able to catch them,” said Lt. Brandon Jones, of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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    No animals, or humans, were harmed during the escapade and the animals were turned back to their owner and brought home.



  3. If you’re always checking your phone for texts, you could be depressed and trying to improve how you feel.

    That’s what scientists from Baylor University, Texas claim in a recent study. Their research, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, proves that a link exists between phone addiction and emotional instability. People who check their phones every other minute are more likely to be grouchy, depressed and emotionally unstable. These people also have trouble focusing and keeping their emotions in check.

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    Your excessive cell phone use might be an attempt to shield yourself from stressors that are being place on you. Negative mood, depression, and anxiety might be lightened by browsing social media sites or messaging friends. However, your phone can easily become addictive when it becomes your main emotional relief.

    Much like a variety of substance addictions, cell phone addiction may be an attempt at mood repair. Incessant checking of emails, sending texts, tweeting, and surfing the web may act as pacifiers for the unstable individual distracting him or herself from the worries of the day and providing solace, albeit temporarily, from such concerns.

    A separate study at Baylor found the average person spends 95 minutes a day texting, 49 minutes emailing, and 39 minutes checking Facebook. If you average more than that, fortunately, there’s help. An iOS app called “Moment” monitors phone usage to track how much you use your phone every day. You can set daily limits and be notified when you exceed the limit.


  4. Cool Baby

    Disturbing, but convenient way to enjoy a cold drink…e096568c04807157984503746c5ae953_original


  5. I had the astounding pleasure of seeing Murder Among Friends at The Station Dinner Theater.

    The show is a perfect blend of comedy, mystery and farce with some very memorable characters. The audience is invited into the lavish apartment of famous stage actor Palmer, and his rich wife Angela. We find that Angela is having an affair with Palmer’s agent, Ted and the two of them plan to murder Palmer. However, we also find that Palmer and Ted are also planning to do Angela in.

    A murder DOES occurs, but not one of the planned ones. The plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing who the REAL murderer is until the very end.

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    This show had me in stitches the entire time! Director Paul Urbanowicz’s casting is beyond perfect! Larry Lewis’ portrayal of Palmer, the egocentric actor, is right on the nose. His line delivery and facial expressions will make you feel like this role was written for him. Carrie Smith as Angela captures the nervous spirit of a well-to-do about to commit murder perfectly. Also keep an eye out for Zack Work as Ted, the double-back-stabbing agent, Adele Crotty Gross as Gert, the wise cracking New Yorker, Dale Vicos as Gerts husband, Marshal, and Tony Lewandowski as klepto-thug, Steven.

    The food was excellent and the interactions with the various characters as they served the food were hilarious! If you’re looking for a fun night out filled with laughter, murderous plots and delicious food, this is the show for you!

    For show and ticket info head to The Station Dinner Theater website.


  6. Emoji are now a legitimate form of human communication and Apple feels it’s about time they’re a little more culturally diverse.

    Right now, pretty much all emoji are white. So Apple just revealed a whole new slate of multicultural emoji. They are planned to be part of the iPhone operating system update next month. Basically, anytime there’s a human face or body part, it’ll come in sex different races:

    • White
    • Tan
    • Hispanic
    • Indian
    • African American
    • Asian

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  7. A new survey found the top five most common random acts of kindness. Sure, some of them might not be consider a “random act of kindness” but, HEY!… At least people are doing something nice, right?

     

    1. 51% of people will let someone go in front of you in line.

    2. 49% of people will randomly check in on a loved one.

    3. 43% of people will randomly ask how a neighbor is feeling.

    4. 26% of people will do a favor for someone while they’re out of town, like watching their pet or bringing in mail.

    5. 22% or people will give up their seat for an elderly or pregnant person.

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    The survey also found that 23% of people have NEVER performed a random act of kindness.


  8. Academy Award Winners

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    • Best Movie – “Birdman”
    • Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything”
    • Best Actress – Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”
    • Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
    • Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
    • Best Director – Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu – “Birdman”
    • Best Original Screenplay – “Birdman”
    • Best Adapted Screenplay – “The Imitation Game”
    • Best Original Song – “Glory” from “Selma”
    • Best Animated Feature – “Big Hero 6”
    • Best Documentary – “Citizen Four”



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