Frozen’s Caissie Levy Jordan Fisher SpongeBob SquarePants gents Gavin Lee, Ethan Slater and Wesley Taylor Waitress songwriter Sara Bareilles Jeremy Jordan MCC’s annual Miscast gala is always a blast! The brightest stars performing totally nailing songs from roles in which they would never be cast? Come on! We’re still watching Caissie Levy’s “Shiksa Goddess” on repeat. This year’s celebration honored Tony winner Laurie Metcalf. Lady Bird scribe and director Greta Gerwig attended the event to support the Oscar nominee who appeared in Gerwig’s acclaimed film. In addition, a slew of stars took the stage, including Jordan Fisher, Sara Bareilles, Jeremy Jordan and more! Broadway.com captured exclusive, gorgeous and sometime silly portraits of all the evening’s guests. View the entire gallery here! View the Gallery Here View Comments Star Files Hamilton’s James Monroe Iglehart and Javier Muñoz Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan Sara Bareilles
The Trump-Clinton Twitter war: Bludgeon vs. stiletto Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Author: AP SHARE NEW YORK (AP) – Back in June, when Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, the Democrat’s campaign was quick to tweet back a chilly three-word response: “Delete your account .”It was a telling exchange, and not just because it set the stage for what has become the country’s first nationwide Twitter election. It also highlighted the striking, and very different, ways both presidential hopefuls have used the service to hone their messages, hurl accusations at one another and speak directly to voters – in effect, bypassing traditional media while also relying on it to amplify their retorts.So entrenched has Twitter become in the 2016 election that it can be difficult to remember just how new it is in this context. Four years ago, candidates Obama and Mitt Romney were just testing the waters with social media. This year, it’s a major source of information – political and otherwise – for a huge number of Americans. In a Pew Research Center poll last January, 44 percent of adults said they had learned about the election in the previous week from social media, more than cited print newspapers.“People are using Twitter to connect more directly to the live events, moments and candidates of this campaign in a way that voters have never been able to do before,” says Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of news, government and elections.STILETTO VS. BLUDGEONThe candidates are certainly making the most of it. While Trump says he writes many of his tweets himself, especially at night, Clinton’s staff acknowledges producing the vast majority of hers. And Trump is definitely ahead by one crude measure: His followers outnumber Clinton’s, 12.7 million to 10 million.The former reality-TV star and GOP presidential nominee draws outsized attention for what he’s tweeting and retweeting on a near-daily basis, most recently for his attacks on fellow Republicans and unsupported claims that the Nov. 8 election will be “rigged.” During his primary campaign, Trump drew regular news coverage for Twitter assaults that bludgeoned opponents with insults and sometimes baseless charges.Trump’s approach hasn’t changed much in the general election, although his focus on his political opponent sometimes wavers. While he constantly refers to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” and has continued to criticize the media for reporting that he is falling behind in the polls, he’s also launched long, and sometimes late-night, Twitter broadsides on a beauty queen, the Muslim family of a slain U.S. soldier and a federal judge.The Trump campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment.When the Clinton camp goes on the attack, by contrast, it uses Twitter more as a stiletto than a club. “Delete your account” is a popular internet meme, an arch putdown that suggests someone just said something so embarrassingly stupid that they should just slink away and disappear. The response was an immediate hit that ricocheted around blogs and news sites for days; it’s been retweeted more than half a million times.Trump is “that rough individual who will say anything,” a stance that his supporters find “very refreshing,” says Ian Bogost, a communications professor at Georgia Tech. Clinton’s tweet, by contrast, “signals to her base that she’s with-it on the internet,” he noted in an earlier piece in the Atlantic.In his first debate with Clinton on Sept. 26, Trump denied saying that climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Clinton’s social media team immediately pounced, retweeting Trump’s own 2013 tweet in which he said just that.After Clinton referred to a large fraction of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables ” for their sexism and racism, Trump retweeted a 2012 Obama tweet that argued the country doesn’t need a president “who writes off nearly half the country.” But Trump has also drawn fire for repeatedly retweeting white nationalists and promulgating at least one image condemned as anti-Semitic , an association Trump denied.SEIZING THE WHEELUnsurprisingly, the two campaigns have very different social media goals. Trump, who joined Twitter in 2009, has long used the medium as a direct channel to the public for promoting himself and testing the political waters – for instance, by fueling the lie that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.Trump’s campaign staffers do sometimes seize the wheel, as when the account tweeted “thoughts and prayers ” for NBA star Dwayne Wade following the shooting death of his cousin in August. Trump’s first tweet on the subject 82 minutes earlier had noted the shooting and crowed, “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”Some analysts have noticed that most Trump-y tweets from Trump’s account originate from a different mobile device than ones that could have come from any traditional politician. That has spawned endless jokes – mainly on Twitter, naturally – along the lines of how his campaign staff fails to take away Trump’s phone during his tirades.The Clinton campaign takes a more traditional approach, operating as its own massive brand rather than as a singular, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants candidate. (Rare tweets directly from the candidate are signed “-H.”) Many of the campaign’s tweets are the typical boilerplate of politics – thanks to supporters, reiterations of the candidate’s positions, forwarding news of endorsements and other developments.Clinton’s approach hasn’t always fared well; an early tweet asking people to share how student debt makes them feel in “3 emojis or less ” quickly backfired. Responses on Twitter included, “This is like when your mom tries to be hip in front of your friends and totally fails at it.”THE DIGITAL 100Twitter is just part of a much larger Clinton digital presence run by a 100-person “digital team” that extends from Twitter to Snapchat to Quora to YouTube to Pinterest. It’s designed to draw in a broad range of voters, from young, social media savvy fans to Pinterest moms, while also working to undercut her rival on some of his favorite stomping grounds.Clinton’s digital team offered Snapchat filters during the GOP convention that let people paste old Trump quotes praising Clinton over pictures of the gathering. There’s the “Trump yourself” Facebook app, which lets users see how Trump would insult someone like them. “Fat pig” and “women are always ‘griping and bitching’” are just some of the options.Clinton even has a tool that invites people to “Troll Trump ” by signing up for automatic donations every time Trump tweets something offensive – which the campaign defines simply as every time Trump tweets.TWEETING FOR EFFECTThe Clinton campaign argues that social media is just a means to an end: winning the election.“Anyone who wants to say something unhinged, or (retweet) neo-Nazis” will likely get outsized attention, says Teddy Goff, chief digital strategist for the Clinton campaign. “Car wrecks get a lot of attention.”Trump, of course, has rarely suffered for lack of attention. But while his unfiltered tweets helped him lock up the GOP nomination, they’ve proven less effective in the general election. Falling poll numbers, however, haven’t cowed him. On Monday, he tweeted (without evidence) that Democrats are “making up phony polls” to suppress “the Trump.” He concluded: “We are going to WIN!” Published: October 26, 2016 4:41 AM EDT
While Farmington and Farmington Hills have 2020 U.S. Census response rates around 70 percent, some areas of the community have responded better than others.Farmington’s response rate is 68.7 percent; the Farmington Hills rate is 72.2 percent. Both are ahead of Michigan’s overall rate of 67.7 percent, although a Farmington census tract on the west side of the city has a 52 percent rate. One east-side Farmington Hills tract also has a rate below 60 percent.Other areas in both cities have seen a stronger response, with 85-88 percent of residents filling out the short form either online, by phone, or on paper. Census takers will visit homes if responses are not received by the October 31 deadline, extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (View response rates and find your neighborhood: 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.htmlCensus data determines how more than $675 billion of federal funds are spent, which goes to support vital community programs. In 2016, Michigan received $29 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census.For every resident not counted, Michigan stands to lose an estimated $3,000 per person per year in federal funds.For more information, visit 2020census.gov or call the Census 2020 hotline at 1-844-330-2020. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
*The NFL will bench Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith one year for his role in an Aug. 6 incident, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Smith, 25, pleaded not guilty in September to hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. He was arrested in August in Santa Clara on drunken … Continue reading NFL Suspends Linebacker Aldon Smith for One Year →
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Golden State Warriors’ superstar guard Steph Curry is getting dragged all over the Internet after Under Armour released an all new edition of Steph Curry’s signature shoe this week.The shoe was initially scheduled for a release this weekend, but it’s been made available on the Under Armour website. The shoe sells for $119.99 on UA’s site, but most fans believe you can get a duplicate pair at Walmart for twenty bucks.Curry has been getting seriously clowned for his subpar play in the NBA Finals 2016. But he absolutely got pummeled into the pavement for what they call lame and plain looking sneakers.Take a look at the most hilarious responses to Curry’s Under Armour tennis shoes.
Spain had already lost David Silva to an injury, with the Manchester City player forced off with an ankle injury inside the opening 10 minutes. 09/10/2015 As he was carried off on a stretcher, the former Real Madrid man used his hands to cover his face. CEST Morata was attempting to shoot when he clashed with a rival player, falling awkwardly on his knee, which appeared to twist. He lay on the ground — displaying obvious gestures of pain — before attempting to get up, only to collapse again. Upd. at 21:55 The Juventus striker was carried off on a stretcher just after the half hour mark, with Valencia’s Paco Alcacer replacing him. EFE, Sport EN Juve, who have recently lost Paul Pogba to injury, will have their fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. Alvaro Morata looked in some discomfort as he was taken off injured during Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Luxembourg in Logroño.
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Baggett, a native of Iota, Louisiana, was a second team all-Southland Conference selection last season. She led McNeese in scoring all season long and finished the season ranked third in the conference with 17.8 ppg. Baggett also led McNeese and ranked 12th in the SLC in three-point field goal percent (34.5). Baggett canned 69 treys last season, which ranked her 10th in the league. She scored in double figures in 29 games as a sophomore including 21 of the Cowgirls’ last 23 games. Verdin, a native of Houma, Louisiana is beginning her fifth season and is coming off a year where she missed seven games due to an injury. She played in 24 games and ended the season with 5.1 ppg. and scored a career high 19 points against New Orleans. McNeese has eight letter winners returning including Baggett and Johnson. Alaina Verdin and Talisa Boyd are the only seniors on the team but both have seen limited time in their stint as a Cowgirl. Verdin has been prone to injuries throughout her career and Boyd is a junior college transfer in her second season with the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls advanced to the WBI tournament last season for the second straight year and return starters Allison Baggett and Jayln Johnson along with players who saw significant minutes the past two years. LAKE CHARLES, La. – After playing in its fourth consecutive postseason tournament in 2014 and with two starters returning from that team, McNeese will be young but experienced for the 2014-15 season. Sophomores Haley Jenkins (Ben Wheeler, Texas), Amber Donnes (Hammond, La.), Victoria Rachal (Natchitoches, La.), and Hannah Cupit (Sulphur, La.) return after playing major minutes and made major contributions as freshmen. Redshirt freshman Mercedes Rogers (Crowley, La.) will be a new face on the court for the Cowgirls as will seven freshmen. Jenkins played in 15 games, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 2.1 rpg. before an injury sidelined her for the rest of the season. Donnes played in all 33 games and saw starting time in six. In her rookie season she led McNeese with an 85.2 free throw percent while averaging 3.4 ppg. and 2.4 rpg. Rachal also played in all 33 games and was third on the team with a 31.1 three-point field goal percent and fifth in scoring with 5.6 ppg. McNeese will conclude its pre-conference schedule with road games at Louisiana-Monroe (Dec. 13), Texas (Dec. 17), and Rice (Dec. 19) and a home game against Texas Southern on Dec. 29.The Cowgirls will be on the road most of January for SLC games at A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, UIW, Northwestern State and Southeastern La.McNeese will open its conference slate with consecutive home games against SFA (Jan. 3) and Houston Baptist (Jan. 5) . Boyd is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Boyd played in 26 games as a reserve her junior season and averaged 2.2 ppg., 2.8 rpg. and scored a career high 11 points against UIW. Making their collegiate debut along with Rogers will be Keara Hudnall (Pearland, Texas.), Dede Sheppard (Vivian, La.), Jasmyn Carswell (Bossier, La.), Jerica Bolin (Beaumont, Texas), Frederica Haywood (Mound Bayou, Miss.), Ann Nwosah (Houston, Texas) and Gabby Guidry (Lake Arthur, La.). Cupit played in 24 games and earned her first career start in the final game of the season during the WBI tournament against Northern Kentucky. Cupit ended the season with a 2.0 scoring average and 1.0 rebounds per contest. A competitive schedule awaits the Cowgirls and possibly one of the toughest pre-conference schedules in recent years. McNeese will play host to Tulane (Nov. 16), Southern Miss (Nov. 23), Texas Southern (Dec. 29) and will travel to Texas A&M on Nov. 26, all teams that took part in postseason play last year. Johnson, from Jennings, Louisiana, led the Cowgirls and ranked third in the Southland Conference with 4.3 assists per game and was the Cowgirls’ third leading scorer after averaging 10.2 ppg. Johnson was also second in the SLC in assists/turnover ratio. The Cowgirls open the season with six of their first seven games played at home including four consecutive to begin the season. The season opener is scheduled for Nov. 14 against Louisiana College followed by Tulane, LSU-A (Nov. 6), and Southern Miss. A game at Texas A&M will be the first road game of the season for the Cowgirls.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In 2006, this this video about BumpTop became a hit on YouTube. The video showed a physics driven 3D desktop environment with an innovative menu system. Today, a bit more than two and a half years later, after numerous closed alpha and beta versions, and after adding a number of cool features, BumpTop‘s developer Anand Agarawala and his team are finally ready to open up BumpTop to everybody (Windows only for now). BumpTop will come in two versions: a free, somewhat restricted version, and a fully-featured ‘pro’ version. BumpTop has given us 200 free pro versions to give away to our readers. You can find details about how to claim yours at the end of this post. FeaturesWe could describe BumpTop in every singly detail, but the best way to experience it is really to see it in action: Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Among some of BumpTop’s most interesting features are its innovative, free-form method of selecting items on the desktop, the ability to flip through piles of files (with your mouse-wheel, or through an actual flipping motion if you have a touch-screen), and its highly intuitive pie menu system, which you invoke to sort files on the desktop or to create new piles, for example. To search for a file on the desktop, by the way, you just have to start typing. Twitter and Facebook on Your Desktop Since its last couple of releases, BumpTop has added a number of new features, including drag and drop support for Twitter and Facebook. Now, you only need to drop a picture onto the big Twitter or Facebook icons on your desktop, and they will be uploaded to Twitpic and/or your Facebook photo account. You can also now subscribe to any Media RSS feed (from Flickr, for example), and the photos on your background will regularly update with new pictures from this feed. After you zoom in to a picture, you can use a simple swiping motion with your mouse or finger to move to the next picture.Reinventing the DesktopBumpTop, at its core, is trying to reinvent the desktop as we know it. While we have our choice of desktop environments today (Windows, OSX, KDE, GNOME, etc.), the core experience between them doesn’t really vary too much. The basic principles, like organizing files in folders, for example, might look different, but the basic functionality is always the same. With BumpTop, however, users can recreate their own physical desktops, which aren’t usually organized in neat folders. Indeed, most computer desktops, are also cluttered with random files that were just saved on the desktop without any regard for organization. That’s where the power of BumpTop comes in. While organizing files in folders might sounds good, http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=288392.288596″>studies from Microsoft going back as far as 1998 has shown that we are usually far better at recalling information from our spatial memory than at recalling information from texts. Agarawala acknowledged that BumpTop might not be for everyone. He did, however, also stress that BumpTop does not use any gratuitous 3D effects for the sake of it. And indeed, the 3D part of BumpTop is relatively subdued and only really comes into play when you zoom in to the pictures on the wall or when you create (and destroy) piles of files on your desktop. Coming Soon: APIs, Connected Desktops, and, at some point, a Mac Version Agarawala and his team also have big plans for BumpTop’s future. Not only are they planning to open up an API which will allow developers to create widgets on top of BumpTop, but BumpTop also plans to connect multiple desktops with each other over the Internet in the future, which would allow coworkers to easily move documents from one desktop to another. The BumpTop team also plans to release a Mac version in the future, but given the size of the team, the company is currently focusing on the Windows platform first. Verdict There can also be no doubt that there is some novelty factor to the application, though unlike many other similar projects, BumpTop doesn’t feel gimmicky and actually provides a number of very useful features. It is easy to get sidetracked by the cool visuals, but underneath all of this, BumpTop actually provides some very compelling functionality. In our interview last week, Agarawala freely acknowledged that BumpTop might not work for everyone. While it is easy to suspend your disbelief as you are working in the BumpTop environment, any application that you start outside of the app will quickly bring you back to reality (though the BumpTop team does have some ideas for how to solve this problem as well). If you are interested in trying out a new desktop, however, then BumpTop is definitely worth a try. Get Your Free Pro Version BumpTop comes in two versions: a free version, which only includes support for two post It notes, and which doesn’t feature pile flipping, multi-touch support, and another cool feature that automatically makes frequently used files. BumpTop Pro version, which will sell for $29, includes all of these features, as well as the ability to ‘toss’ files to USB keys and CDs. If you are one of the first 200 readers to follow this link and leave your email address, BumpTop will send you a license key for the Pro version.
Tags:#E-Learning#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week the OCW Consortium is holding its annual meeting, celebrating 10 years of opencourseware. The movement to make university-level content freely and openly available online began a decade ago, when the faculty at MIT agreed to put the course materials from all 2000 of the university’s courses on the Web. With that gesture, MIT OpenCourseWare helped launch an important educational movement, one that MIT President Susan Hockfield described today as both the child of technology and of a far more ancient academic tradition: “the traditional of the global intellectual commons.”The opening keynote at today’s OCW Consortium meeting was Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, who spoke on “Perspectives on Open” and on what opencourseware and open education can learn from the open source movement. The similarities between the two go beyond the shared adjective of “open.” Both opencourseware and open source value the independent learner, and as O’Reilly noted, a great many people who’ve built the world of technology around us are self-taught. There are often no courses for those technologies, but through its publishing, conferences, and investments, O’Reilly Media has supported people who are “innovating from the edge.”The focus, says O’Reilly is on changing the world by spreading the knowledge of these innovators, focusing on that mission itself rather than on how that is actually accomplished.And that is the advice he had for the OpenCourseWare Consortium members in the audience today, the representatives of the 250 universities who have published some 15,000 courses online – free and openly licensed: Focus on the mission. Think deeply about what it is that universities really do.Unbundling the University with OpenCourseWareAre universities about credentials or research? Are they a repository of knowledge? It’s important, O’Reilly argued, if you want to be innovative “to think about what job you do for your customers (for your students) and not just think about how you do that job today but why you do it.”But it isn’t simply a matter of thinking (or rethinking) your mission when it comes to making your university’s course content available online. O’Reilly emphasized the importance of smaller pieces and modular design – to disassemble or unbundle some of that lengthy university heritage and offer OCW students learning opportunities that work more like YouTube talks, perhaps – 5 minute increments rather than 90 minute lectures, or semester-long courses.Focus on the People, Not Just the ProjectOne of the most important lessons to be learned from open source may be to develop in public. O’Reilly pointed to the social coding site GitHub or the open source directory Ohloh as examples of how the development of ideas can and should be undertaken in public and with a community in mind.It’s important to make affordance for “the social,” and to add community participation even to the things that may not seem inherently participatory. Developing an “architecture of participation” doesn’t just mean measuring how many people download your courses or view your pages, but accounts for how many people actually contribute.There seem to be many forces at play right now that are forcing higher education to rethink itself – rising student loan debt, falling government and foundation funding. Some universities are weighing the decision to monetize their course content online via distance learning programs, as opposed to opening that content via OCW. Opencourseware, much as the open source movement did to software development, may be one of the key things that helps universities reconsider how they can build an open and interoperable learning environment and how they can actually create more value than they capture.The slides from O’Reilly’s talk are embedded below and available here.Perspectives on Open 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Related Posts