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Sat Feb 23 '19 Announcement from UNION: A short civil war film
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:54

Hi friends and supporters of Union,

It's been a while, but films have a long life, so I wanted to send out a quick update -- Union has been making through its festivals, and in addition to the last festival we mentioned (California Women's Film Festival), it was also accepted to the Action on Film festival in Las Vegas where it won Best First Time Filmmaker (First AOF Appearance)! Someone also saw Union at Action on Film and thought it would be a good fit for another festival in West Virginia  -- so we've submitted there and have our fingers crossed. We've also submitted to a festival in Quebec that focuses on historical fiction projects.

^We showed Union at a Women in Film and Video Director's Roundtable, where I chatted with fellow filmmakers about the process making the film.

Finally, we wanted to share, officially, the private link to Union! For those of you who were unable to make it to the private screening or festival screenings, now's finally your chance to watch the film -- from the comfort of your own home! :)





If you have any thoughts about the film, I would truly love to hear them. Please feel free to send me an email at with your reactions!




Chrissy Teigen & John Legend's Son Miles Trying To Say "Dada" Will Melt Your Heart — VIDEO
Publisher:  Bustle
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:53

Look who's (almost) talking! On Feb. 22, Chrissy Teigen posted a video of Miles trying to say, "dada" and it was too cute for words. YAAAAAS so close! Teigen captioned the clip of her bouncing 9-month-old son giving it his adorable best effort to pay homage to dad John Legend, while she gave her best motherly encouragement. And he really was so close, with the syllables sweetly rolling off of his tongue as he smiled from ear to ear.

It would be a fitting tribute for Legend to be the subject of Miles' first word, since the infant is the spitting image of his talented father. "It's funny because he looks more like me as an adult than he looks like me as a baby," Legend joked of his mini-me on a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Like, he's me."

The same day as the Legends' youngest came close to reaching a new milestone, Miles' big sis, 2-year-old Luna, was also getting a vocabulary lesson of her own which her proud mama also documented on Instagram, too, of course. In another video posted shortly before Miles' articulation exercise, Luna is reading a Little Feminists board book with Teigen, who's helping her sweet girl dressed in her signature princess gown, natch pronounce the monikers of some historical icons.

Whos that? Teigen asks an excited Luna in the video, as she adorably chatters away about the little book. Now, she's only 2, so Luna can't be faulted for not knowing who Maya Angelou was, but after Teigen filled her in, the toddler took her turn speaking the legendary poet's name. Next up was jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, and Luna did a stellar job learning that pronunciation, even astutely noting that the name reminds her of "Gerry." Great memorization technique, Luna.

By the end, she was left wanting an encore, though. Do you want to read again? she asked Teigen. Read it to me.

Luna also gave Mom an assist in the kitchen, taste-testing a coconut carrot soup recipe from Teigen's Cravings Hungry For More cookbook. The Lip Sync Battle host boasted that her little girl approved of her concoction, hilariously noting in an Instagram caption, "You would know if she hated it trust me."

When it comes to both siblings interacting, Legend noted on Ellen that Luna and Miles "get along pretty well." His daughter, however, isn't super thrilled about sharing her parents though. "When Luna gets jealous, she doesn't take it out on Miles, she just wants our attention more," he explained on the daytime talk show. "So she'll just, like, make more noise and when I'm holding Miles. She'll say, 'Daddy, hold me. Hold me too! Hold me too!' And then she laughs because she thinks it's so funny. She's like, 'You're holding two babies! Haha!'"

Teigen also has also joked that Luna doesn't even like to share Legend's attention with her , in an interview with Entertainment Tonight: "She's definitely jealous of John and I. She's so protective of John and when we kiss, she, like, looks [up] from no matter where she is. You see her little dark eyes somewhere. It's a little scary."

Luckily with this family, it seems there is plenty of love to go around.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Warren Buffett's annual letter (BRK.B)
Publisher:  business insider
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:53

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  • Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, released his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday.
  • Buffett discussed items like his plans to repurchase the company's stock and how a new accounting rule impacts Berkshire Hathaway's bottom line.
  • The 88-year old investor made no explicit statements about plans for succession at the company.

Each year, Berkshire Hathaway investors and the broader investment community look to chairman and CEO Warren Buffett's annual letter for company updates and his thoughts on the broader investment landscape. 

This year's letter was notable for what it did — and did not — include. 

In the 13-page letter, Buffett lamented the new Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) policy that slammed Berkshire's bottom line in 2018, particularly during the volatile fourth-quarter.

The policy, as he warned investors about in last year's letter, says the total change in unrealized investment gains and losses in stock investments must be included in all net income figures the company reports.

He also discussed share buybacks, something that's recently drawn political condemnation, at length.

However, the 88-year old Buffett, who leads the company alongside his 95-year old vice chairman, Charlie Munger, did not explicitly make any statements about plans for succession.

Here's a summary of the biggest themes from Buffett's letter:

Stock buybacks

Buffett said that, over time, Berkshire will become a "significant" repurchaser of its own shares.

The CEO's methodology for buying back stock is notable given his value-investing philosophy; he's known for making investments in companies which are considered inexpensive by various valuations measures.

Buffett said Berkshire would buy back stock "at prices above book value but below our estimate of intrinsic value."

The company said last year it would loosen its share repurchase policy when it came to the valuation at which it would consider buying back stock. 

"My expectation of more stock purchases is not a market call," Buffett wrote.

"Charlie and I have no idea as to how stocks will behave next week or next year. Predictions of that sort have never been a part of our activities. Our thinking, rather, is focused on calculating whether a portion of an attractive business is worth more than its market price."

Acquisition plans

For a second year, Buffett said he and Munger would like to make a large acquisition, but valuations are too high.

In the coming years, they'd like to move much of their excess cash into businesses to "permanently own," Buffett wrote. But that probably won't happen, at least not in the short-term. 

"Prices are sky-high for businesses possessing decent long-term prospects," he wrote. "That disappointing reality means that 2019 will likely see us again expanding our holdings of marketable equities. We continue, nevertheless, to hope for an elephant-sized acquisition." 

He added: "Even at our ages of 88 and 95 – I’m the young one – that prospect is what causes my heart and Charlie’s to beat faster. (Just writing about the possibility of a huge purchase has caused my pulse rate to soar.)"

Accounting rules

The impact the new accounting rules had on Berkshire's bottom line dominated the first page of Buffett's letter.

The company in the first- and fourth-quarters recorded losses of $1.1 billion and $25.4 billion, respectively. Its full-year profit took a hit that resulted from the new policy.

"As I emphasized in the 2017 annual report, neither Berkshire's Vice Chairman, Charlie Munger, nor I believe that rule to be sensible," Buffett wrote. "Rather, both of us have consistently thought that at Berkshire this mark-to-market change would produce what I described as 'wild and capricious swings in our bottom line.'" 

Buffett also wrote that these swings in the company's quarterly GAAP earnings would "inevitably continue" due to the large price fluctuations its $173 equity portfolio sees on a daily basis. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Warren Buffett warns of natural or human-made 'megacatastrophe,' and says our losses will be huge
Publisher:  business insider
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:52

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  • Warren Buffett released his annual letter on Saturday.
  • In it he warned about the prospect of 'The Big One' — a major hurricane, earthquake, or cyber attack that will 'dwarf hurricanes Katrina and Michael.'
  • Although he said such a disaster could occur tomorrow or in decades, he warned that it was inevitable and losses would be 'very big.'
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Record-breaking investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett released his yearly letter on Saturday, and in it he warned about the prospect of "The Big One" — a major hurricane, earthquake, or cyber attack that he said "will dwarf hurricanes Katrina and Michael."

"When such a megacatastrophe strikes, we will get our share of the losses and they will be big — very big," Buffett wrote.

Although such a disaster could happen tomorrow or decades from now, one thing is sure, he said: the catastrophe is inevitable. Yet Buffett said he had a plan for such an outcome.

"Unlike many other insurers," he wrote, "we will be looking to add business the next day." That funding, he said, will come from deferred income taxes, liabilities that Berkshire Hathaway will eventually pay but are currently interest-free.

'The Big One:' a matter of when, not if

Hurricane Katrina levee breachAlthough Buffett says the catastrophe may take the form of a natural disaster or could be something more surprising, like a cyber attack, experts have warned about the impending nature of the former for decades.

In recent years, concerns about 'The Big One" from geologists, seismologists, and other scientists have mounted as two things have: First, evidence of our role in a steady shift in climate has mushroomed as we observe more frequent and extreme fires, droughts, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Second, our ability to predict and model the risk of oncoming natural disasters is improving at a steady clip.

Science writer Kathryn Shultz galvanized public attention to the threat in 2015 with the New Yorker essay "The Really Big One," in which she describes how an earthquake could destroy a large chunk of North America's coastal Northwest.

"The hand of a geological clock is somewhere in its slow sweep," she wrote. "All across the region, seismologists are looking at their watches, wondering how long we have, and what we will do, before geological time catches up to our own."

While some natural disasters are no fault of our own, they are in general being actively exacerbated by issues like hasty building, poor planning, a failure to invest in healthcare infrastructure and environmental protection, and an over-reliance on dirty fossil fuels, according to experts. And the outcomes — which include roof-toppling hurricanes, ground-rumbling earthquakes, and flooding and sea-level rise — will eventually affect everyone.

"The bottom line is it's going to be bad everywhere," Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider two years ago.

"It's a matter of who gets organized around this," Riordan said.

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Piers Morgan Calls Victoria & David Beckham ‘Rank Hypocrites’
Publisher:  inquisitr
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:50

David and Victoria Beckham attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel,

Piers Morgan, the host of Good Morning Britain, weighed in on Victoria and David Beckham, and it’s safe to say he’s not a fan of the couple. In talking about the upcoming Oscars, Morgan shared his thoughts on celebrity couples, and thinks the Beckhams are phonies.

Express says that Morgan, who will host a live Oscar’s special, started talking about famous people he “hates,” and that includes the Beckhams.

“I’ve never bought into the Beckhams thing. I think it’s a total sham.”

Morgan thinks that they are hypocrites because he says that one minute they want to be left alone, and another they are seeking attention. He says that they ask that the press leave their kids alone, and then they promote their interests.

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Sat Feb 23 '19 Announcement from Xenxo S-Ring - The World's Smartest Smart Wearable
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:48

Hello Dear Backers, 

Hope you all had a great month so far. As mentioned in our last update, we were waiting for the samples from First Tooling arriving right before Chinese new year. We got quite a handful of updates on various aspects, let's go through them one by one,

Let's first start with Mobile UXUI:

Wireframe prototype has really come out very good and we will be sharing the link shortly, so you can register yourself and leave your feedback, thereafter, experience it. Our software team are preparing the first wireframe release. It will consist of tools and guidance. We are finalising the development, where only you(backers) can exchange ideas, knowledge and interact with our developers. 

Final touch-ups are going on, we will be sharing the link in near future as a small update. 

But the development of the mobile application for Android and iOS is parallel going on with the basic UXUI, once we finalise the new UXUI after getting your feedback and suggestions, we will integrate it with our mobile application by our developers. It is to reduce the overall development time for the mobile application. 

The inner Frame Sample: 

We did receive the first out of tool (still needs modifications) of Matt Black and Grey, it is not polished. All production was close down in China for 3 weeks (Chinese New Year), so with 3-4 weeks delay, we have received it by last Thursday. 

NFC Payment:

To ease the cross-border NFC payments, instead of using Prepaid Master card, we are excited to announce that, Xenxo S-Ring will be integrated with both Visa and MasterCard through tokenization process. So you can add your present Debit or Credit card details to the Xenxo Mobile Application, and then just start using it, capture the picture of your Credit/Debit card in Xenxo App through your smartphone, then Xenxo App sends the details to the card’s issuing bank or network, which replaces card details with a series of randomly generated numbers (the token). That random number is sent back to Xenxo App, which sends it to the S-Ring through Bluetooth. This means that the number stored on the phone can’t be extracted into anything.

Xenxo has partnered with a reputed company to provide the NFC payment feature, who have already provided such functionality to the top wearable companies. This tokenisation process will enable (our Backers & customers) to make highly secure NFC contactless payments at millions of Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Point Of Sale (POS) terminals worldwide. And every transaction will be fully encrypted with PCI Level 1 compliant infrastructure and bank-level tokenization, which means data stay even safer. Hence this is to make NFC payment safe, convenient and simple using your S-Ring.

This process has already been initiated, and it will be aligned along with the development of DFM. And it involves top payment gateway companies for certification and other regulatory processes, we have limited control over the timeline. Still, we make all efforts to get everything done at the earliest. 

Design for Manufacturing (DFM):

The delivery of the final optimised electronics in the final ring form has been slightly delayed due to Chinese New Year so we will be receiving the final optimised Hardware (electronics) in the final ring form by the first week of April and, then handful will be shipped back to our software team, so they will upload the test firmware to the device for functional testing and finally it will be demonstrated with the features, then we would proceed with wireless performance testing and final design verification of the electronics. Wireless performance testing is now the most critical element of the design of S-Ring since it has both NFC and Bluetooth antennas. As mentioned earlier, we may need to spin the design once more if we don’t reach the performance we wanted for the certification.

IOT World Cup Innovation Award - Munich, Germany

Xenxo S-Ring apexes to be the Winner of 10th IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® Public Vote among Top 28 Innovators of the year from almost 500 submissions all over the world. We really thank you all and everyone for all your great support and love. This all would never have been possible with your support. It all started with you and us, here. Thank you so much.

We just work hard every day hoping everything goes as planned and we will do everything to make it stays that way. Your support will be highly appreciated, we really are at a crucial time. 

Once again Thank you all for your support.

Have a great weekend. 

Xenxo Team!

Sat Feb 23 '19 Announcement from Pantheon
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:47

I have submitted a proposal for the show to the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg. 

SS Jose Iglesias signs minor league contract with Reds
Publisher:  FOX Sports
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:46

Cincinnati Reds sign shortstop Jose Iglesias to minor league contract with invitation to big league spring training.

Malik Yoba Will Reprise Role in ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot at ABC
Publisher:  The Root
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:46

While I’ve made it my mission in life to ignore the resurrections of Murphy Brown, Full House, and other televised ghosts from primetime past, we finally have a reboot I might actually watch.


Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Might Be More Common Than Previously Thought, A New Study Says
Publisher:  Bustle
Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:45

Its no secret that there are many reasons to avoid tick bites to protect your health. Tick bites can lead to a wide array of complex health problems, including Lyme disease, Heartland virus, and even food allergies. Recently, a spate of red meat allergies linked to bites from the Lone Star tick made headlines, and now new research suggest that these allergies might be more common than previously thought.

Tick bite-induced allergies to red meat are caused by a reaction to alpha-gal, which is a sugar found in mammal blood and carried by ticks, according to a press release about the study sent to Bustle. Previously, it was thought that an alpha-gal-induced allergy to red meat, known as alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), was triggered only by ticks whove recently fed. Now, however, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) school of medicine say that alpha-gal is actually found in tick saliva regardless of whether or not the tick has fed on an animal.

Our original hypothesis was that humans developed the allergy after being exposed to alpha-gal through a tick that had fed on a deer, dog, or other small mammal that has alpha-gal, said Dr. Scott Commins, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine, in the press release. This new data suggests that ticks can induce this immune response without requiring the mammal blood meal, which likely means the risk of each bite potentially leading to the allergy is higher than we anticipated.

Bustle writer Jessica Booth wrote in a previous report that red meat allergies from tick bites are on the rise. And while this might be a non-issue for vegetarians, the risks may be high for omnivorous diners.

For this study, which was presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) annual conference on Feb. 23, the researchers tested salivary gland extract from four different types of ticks in white blood cells from people with and without AGS. American Dog, Deer, Gulf Coast, and Lone Star ticks were studied. Some of the ticks from all species had recently fed on blood containing alpha-gal, while others hadnt. Bites from Lone Star and Deer ticks who had recently fed caused reactions during research. But saliva from Lone Star and Deer ticks who had not fed also caused immune reactions. Salivary gland extract from a Lone Star tick who hadnt fed caused a reaction that was 40 times higher than the control, researchers found. There were no reactions from the saliva of American Dog or Gulf Coast ticks, however whether they had fed or not.

Because both blood-fed and non-blood-fed tick saliva tested during research caused immune reactions, Commins said in the press release, These results suggest that more tick bites than we initially suspected could pose a risk for developing red meat allergy.

Since there is no cure for AGS apart from avoiding red meat forever, taking precautions to avoid tick bites is key, Commins said. Additionally, AGS symptoms can run on a spectrum of somewhat mild to potentially life-threatening, says the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms include headaches, hives, sneezing, swelling, runny nose, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis, which can be extremely dangerous. Symptoms can happen even several hours after eating red meat if you have AGS. If you break out in hives, have trouble breathing, feel dizzy, or have difficulty swallowing after a steak dinner, seek out emergency care right away.

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