Facebook Will Promote News Stories Over Viral Content

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Facebook announced plans to increase the amount of news content shared on their site on Monday, given reports that news sites gained a lot of traffic by posting their stories on the social media platform.  The site says it will begin posting  “high quality content”  more prominently on users’ News Feeds and lessening the prominence of memes and viral photos.

“Our surveys show that on average people prefer links to high quality articles about current events, their favorite sports team or shared interests, to the latest meme,” the news release reads. “Starting soon, we’ll be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile.” The site will also begin posting links to relevant articles shared and clicked on from the site and reposting stories when new comments…

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Volvo’s Self-Driving Cars Will Max Out at 43 MPH

Really? Taxi potential comes to mind…

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Volvo is aiming to be the first car maker to bring self-driving vehicles to the public. To do so, it has partnered with Sweden to bring 100 self-driving Volvos to the streets of its second-largest city, Gothenburg.

“We aren’t the world’s biggest country, we aren’t the world’s largest car maker, but we make up for that by being smarter and working together in a simpler way,” Volvo Cars chief executive Haakan Samuelsson said at a news conference in Stockholm on Monday announcing its “Drive Me” program.

The project has a budget of $76.2 million and will begin in 2014. The cars — which use a set of cameras, GPS data and motion sensors to avoid collisions — are set to have a maximum speed of 43.5 miles per hour. By comparison, Nissan plans to have its self-driving models completed by 2020.

[France 24]

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Host & Hostess Gift Ideas

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YAYOI KUSAMA – PRINCESS OF POLKA DOTS

I came across this article from Fashionatclick Blogger and wanted to share it. It’s a short article, but a good one.

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If Polka Dots is Religion, This is God 

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer.
Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern.

Hailed by the media as the princess of polka dots, she started to paint using polka dots as motifs at the age of ten ,and created fantastic paintings using the mediums watercolors, pastels and oils.
Polka dots soon became a trademark of her work. The vast fields of polka dots, or “infinity nets,” as she called them, were taken directly from her hallucinations.

Kusama was a fixture of the New York Avant-garde scene, having her works exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal during the early 1960s, where she became associated with the pop…

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Cocktails With Tiffany & Co.

It was a frozen November 20th as I rushed across 10th Ave. SW to the Christine Klassen Gallery where I had the honour of mingling with Tiffany’s staff and fellow media industry colleagues at the media appreciation even for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres by Nicole Gourmet.  I wasn’t there for long as I was at a previous engagement prior to the event and arrived late to the event, but I had a great time conversing with old friends and new.

The Atlas Collection at Tiffany’s is their newest collection.  Available in four precious metal: gold, silver, white gold and rose gold, the collection is simple and beautiful.  The images above are a few of the pieces that I fell in love with.

At the end of the night, we were given a gift bag in appreciation of our media partnership with the store. Inside the bag was of course, a little blue box.  One my seven year old daughter was smitten to open for me.  Inside the little blue box was the Atlas Bar Bracelet.

There is absolutely nothing like receiving a little blue box from Tiffany’s.

Tiffany & Co. gift | Atlas Bar Bracelet in Silver SM
Tiffany & Co. gift | Atlas Bar Bracelet in Silver SM

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Vote For Me to WIN The Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards 2013! 

To enter the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry awards you have to fall under a category of Working Professional Make-up Artist, Make-up Student or a Non-Professional (self-taught artist!) You enter in two make-up looks which I did then you get picked by the judges to make it to the live finals. Much to my relief I got told three weeks ago I made it to the finals competing against three other professional make-up artists in my category having the chance to win a day assisting Illamasqua Creative Director Alex Box and a £2,000 cash prize & £250 (RRP) worth of Illamasqua make-up!

We had 1 hour to create the make-up transformation in the Princess Ann Theatre –BAFTA LONDON in front of a live audience where my amazing friends and loved ones supported me as well as some of my amazing fans, which was scored by the Floor Judges (David and Spob). Followed by a 5 min presentation to the Curtain Judges! Yes the main people such as Alex Box, Julian Kynaston before moving onto the photography set to take an un touched image of my work for LIVE Facebook votes.

We then had 5 minutes to present my model Sara Grabek and make-up transformation to the Curtain Judges. The contestants are allowed a mood board to help answer any questions the judges may have.

All judges will have 30 minutes after each category has presented to deliberate. As a group the judges will need to agree the amount of points given to each contestant using the marking criteria so this made up 90% of my votes!  This has now turned into a percentage to go along with the public vote on Illamasqua’s Facebook page and that’s where I need your 10% vote if you love my look I have created. The closing date being the 14th October 2013.

Finally one thing you have all been asking me. What was the theme? Here is what I was given to help me create my make-up transformation….

‘Show Us the Future’

What’s your view of make-up in the future? What will change and what will remain?

What I see in the future…

The name of my make-up and hair look was ‘Back to Roots’. In the future I believe woman will appreciate natural beauty and stop elaborating themselves with cosmetic surgery and go back to roots where nature and pure beauty begun and be inspired by nature around them. Today I believe we take care of ourselves so much more, such as eating well and wanting to know what is in our products, food etc and finally Organic products in the industry are blooming.

We will have pale skin as we continue to protect our skin more from UV Rays. Our eyes will adapt to protect us from stronger harmful UV rays as the O-zone layer gets stronger and we will start to use the most purest organic products in our make-up, hair and skin care. Origins being my main inspiration for this look demonstrate already going back to roots using Anogeissus – a sacred tree that is deeply integrated into African culture as an extract in their skin care for a natural wound healer and antimicrobial. Their range of Plantiscription contains potent plants and bark extracts to wash away dirt, makeup and impurities.

Woman will be more daring with hair and nails too being inspired by natural around them such as birds, trees, leaves and the colours of nature.

What will remain?

Red Lips! Red lips have fascinated men and women alike since 3,000 BCE. A bold look that demands attention, red lipstick has been advocated by the world’s most powerful women! And in the beginning, the ingredients used to create this were red dye taken from seaweed, crushed precious jewels and even Cleopatra, desiring a deeper red used crushed carmine beetles and ants. Queen Elizabeth used a simpler recipe of beeswax and plant derived red dye and my Nan from the 1940s being her only luxury rationed beauty item could only wear red lipstick! So to me in the future red lips will continue to be a timeless beauty look even in 1000s of years to come.

Finally to bring this whole make-up and hair design together in my crazy mind I took inspiration from David McKean. An English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawings, paintings, photography and digital art and sculpture. His work from his Persistence of Vision illustrations helped me achieve this look at the Illamasqua competition! It brought my whole concept together and helped me tell my story to the judges.

“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

I am overwhelmingly grateful to have the chance to show my skills to the judges at Illamasqua Saturday & to have amazing support from my followers hit me how far I have come by believing in myself & my dreams

And, for me, this weekend means this year was a success. And for that, I am thankful. Everyone is a winner in my eyes from my category & I wish them all the luck in the world. I am just happy to have had that opportunity. Thank you everyone.

Click this >link< to like and share my Make-up Creation f you love my look. Every vote counts 🙂 

Karla

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This is pretty darn neat!! Good luck!!

English Translation: {Glorife with ice cream}