Devour these snacks to help enjoy your workday

first_imgTagsGift-guidesReal Deals Share via Shortlink If you’re looking for something to munch on while working from home, The Real Deal has compiled a list of the best snacks on Amazon (Product images via Amazon; iStock)Note: These items are independently selected by our team. However, TRD may receive a commission when you purchase products through affiliate links.How often have you had to hide your snacks at the office? Whether out of fear of messiness or judgement from your co-workers, we’ve all been there. Just ask yourself: How often are you opting for a salad over a burger for lunch?While there are no replacements for business dinners and shared snacks in the conference room, spending more time in your home office means more time with your favorite foods, alone. That’s right, folks, #WFH means anything and everything goes when it comes to what you can munch on. In case you want some snack inspiration, we asked TRD staffers for their favorite sources of sustenance during the virtual workday.All can be enjoyed without fear of mess or outside judgement. Champagne Gummy BearsYou won’t need to wait until 5 o’clock for these. This booze-themed treat comes minus the risk of a hangover — and with two flavor options: champagne or rosé. Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy NuggetsYour cubicle buddy might not appreciate the crunchy sound these make. But if you’re working from home, these mochi rice nuggets will not disappoint. Plus, you won’t be in a food coma after downing a whole bag. LavashakOne TRD staffer swears that sour foods help with concentration. This fruit leather delicacy is sour, fruity and slightly salty. It’s an unusual treat that may quickly become your snack drawer must-have. Tate’s Chocolate Chip CookiesCrispy, buttery cookies with origins in Southampton have always been a favorite. The cookies come in chic packaging, to bring that “out east” feel to your workday. Cafe Bustelo Ground CoffeeCuban coffee or “cafecito” is highly delicious and highly addictive. And we have some pointers on how to make it properly: Once you have coffee grounds, pack them into your cafetera and place over a burner. While the espresso is brewing, drop three tablespoons of sugar into a metal serving cup. Pour the very first drops of the brewed coffee into the cup to create a sugary paste — this is what creates the foamy consistency unique to Cuban coffee. Pour in the remaining coffee once the cafetera fills up and enjoy! Rainbow CookiesThere’s always room for a nostalgic snack. Eat these classics at home so you aren’t forced to share with co-workers. Spicy Masala Banana ChipsBanana chips are pretty common these days, but the spice in these adds a whole new dimension. The masala flavor gives the sweet banana taste a level of heat that brings the flavor profile to another level.Happy snacking!center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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“Some people want to see the slaughterhouse” – Gordon Walton

first_img“Some people want to see the slaughterhouse” – Gordon WaltonIndustry veteran discusses how to successfully build and manage a crowdfunding community James BrightmanMonday 14th March 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareGordon Walton, President and COO at ArtCraft Entertainment, took the stage at GDC 2016 this morning to share his wisdom on crowdfunding. While Walton, a former BioWare and Sony Online exec, has been in the industry for nearly 40 years, his learnings about Kickstarter have naturally come only in the last couple. ArtCraft’s campaign for Crowfall raised $1.8 million with 18,000 backers, making it the 15th largest game Kickstarter ever. The industry veteran acknowledged that he had the “unfair advantage” of being in the business a long time, but that fact alone is not enough to drive a successful crowdfunding campaign. Walton stressed that community above all else is paramount on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. “You’ve got to have a community, you just can’t do it without one,” he said. Some developers make the mistake of thinking that they can just use the community on Kickstarter itself, but those people are not your community, he said. The idea is to build a community around an idea that’s new, and then and only then can you try to use Kickstarter or indiegogo to magnify your crowd.You have to bang the drum early and often, he said. The biggest mistake that some people have made with their campaigns is that they believed it was acceptable to launch on Kickstarter and then build the community afterwards. Walton pointed to former Sony Online president John Smedley who launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new game, Hero’s Song, at Pixelmage Games. Smedley went on to cancel his Kickstarter a short time after taking it live.”Our very first hire on our project was a community manager because we knew without building a community we had no hope no matter how cool the game was” “John Smedley didn’t do any community building before he launched the Kickstarter… I’m not picking on John, but he’s just one example of people who tried to get crowdfunding without community. I heard people say ‘Yeah I looked at it’ but they said it didn’t look like it was going to take. People want to bet on winners,” Walton said.Without a community that’s passionate about your project, your campaign has no chance. “Our very first hire on our project was a community manager because we knew without building a community we had no hope no matter how cool the game was,” noted Walton.So how do you even build a community? You have to start with a highly differentiated product to begin with. “Why should I pay to support your product if I can get something very similar?” Walton said. You need to make a game not for yourself but to satisfy a certain audience. And knowing which audience to go after can make a huge difference. “You are really looking for people who have leverage with more people. You can’t make a crowd from nothing unless you have a crapload of advertising dollars,” Walton said.Walton pointed out that to start it can be as easy as asking friends and family to get involved. “Who owes me? Who can I guilt sufficiently?” he asked. The idea is to get people funding your project on day one, because as you’re looking to expand your crowd, they will want to see that your game is actually getting backers. Day one is crucial because the more people you can get to sign up and give a dollar initially, it increases your chances of getting Kickstarter’s support. If you can get featured within the platform, that’s huge because it’s free advertising – a little over a quarter of Crowfall’s audience was directly from Kickstarter, Walton said.Another way to amplify your crowd is to try to get the attention of the press. And even more than the traditional press, it’s a big win to get noticed by vocal members on YouTube or Twitch. “People are learning about games on YouTube or Twitch first, to the exclusion of other media,” Walton pointed out. As you begin your campaign, one of the most important details to pay attention to is your pitch video. Walton said that his was probably much too long (around seven minutes) and that the ideal length is three minutes or under. “If your video’s no good you’re screwed… What we think is cool about the game is not always what the audience will think is cool about the game. It may not be the selling point. You have to pick the points that will get them with you and pound those. Most people will only latch on to 3-5 things that are cool about your game but you might have 20,” he said.”If your video’s no good you’re screwed… What we think is cool about the game is not always what the audience will think is cool about the game” Walton said that under 27 percent of people who started watching his pitch video actually finished it, but of those who did watch the whole thing, 36 percent went on to fund the campaign.When communicating the crowdfunding goals and rewards, it’s also critical to be completely upfront and honest about how the funds will be used, and people will want clear reasons for different reward levels. The spacing between the reward levels is important and you’ll need to offer something very cool to entice people to jump up to the next level.As the campaign continues, communication is paramount. People will want constant updates, it’s a full-time job and a lot of people will want to know every intricate detail of a game’s development. Many in the community will be very interested in how the sausage is made, so to speak. “Some people will want to see the slaughterhouse,” Walton noted. Having a complete communication plan is essential. How you communicate and how often are details that need to be ironed out right away, and the communication has to be done across all channels – comments, direct messages on Kickstarter, social media and more. Responsiveness is very, very important. A 24-hour window is too long to wait; 15 minutes is ideal, Walton said. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games As you observe your community’s dialogue, it’s also important to “find and support your mavens,” Walton said. You need to be watching for them, support them, and treat them a little differently. You’ll know who they are because they will post a lot, and if people follow them then that’s somebody you have to pay attention to, he said. Ultimately you want to give them support, materials, and tools, and you should publicly recognize their contribution to the community. “These guys are gold,” Walton said because they become your best evangelists. But you don’t just want cheerleaders, you also want people to hold your feet to the fire, Walton noted.As the community builds, communication may become so overwhelming that you could need to hire people assigned to handle communication on each channel (whether it’s on Kickstarter, social media or elsewhere). The key then is to make sure that your messaging stays consistent across all channels. Walton compared the community management to an MMO – it’s a 24/7 job, he said.Crowdfunding may feel like a daunting thing to undertake but you should be able to determine your likelihood of success in just the first few days. If you can’t reach 25 percent of your goal in the first three days, chances are you’re doomed, Walton said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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UK Members of Parliament call for ban on bulk buying consoles

first_imgUK Members of Parliament call for ban on bulk buying consolesA motion submitted on Monday asks to make the resale of products bought in large quantities using automated bots illegalMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterWednesday 16th December 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA group of Members of Parliament in the UK called for the establishment of strict rules around the reselling of consoles in the country. As reported by VGC, six MPs from the Scottish National Party proposed an Early Day Motion on Monday asking for legislation to prohibit the “resale of gaming consoles and computer components at prices greatly above Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price.”Early Day Motions are designed specifically to draw attention on an issue for legislation consideration. The launch of the PlayStation 5 recently was particularly impacted by scalper groups buying large quantities of consoles to resell at a higher price. A common practice is for these groups to use bots to avoid queue systems implemented by retailers.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Monday’s call for action is specifically asking to make the resale of products bought in bulk using automated bots illegal, saying that doing so would “[deny] unscrupulous vendors the chance to make themselves vast profits at the expense of genuine gamers and computer users, while also deterring fraudulent cybercriminal activity.”The motion was tabled by Douglas Chapman, the Scottish National Party MP for Dunfermline and West Fife and, at the time of writing, had been signed by 20 MPs. Similar guidelines already exist in the UK regarding the resale of concert or football match tickets. The latter is forbidden unless the football club explicitly allows it — doing so without the club agreeing to it could get you banned from the stadium. When it comes to gigs, it is not illegal to resale a ticket, but resellers are under the obligation to be transparent about the price of purchase, the potential terms of use, and so on.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSupercell ordered to pay Gree $92m in lawsuitJury found developer had infringed on six patents protecting Gree’s technologyBy Danielle Partis Yesterday”I felt that I had no choice,” says Wolfire CEO about Valve antitrust lawsuit”Most developers have little or no choice but to sell on Steam and do as they’re told by Valve,” David Rosen arguedBy Marie Dealessandri 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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JinkoSolar considers spinning off downstream business

first_imgJinkoSolar considers spinning off downstream businessThe Chinese solar giant is considering floating its burgeoning plant development business after the Communist Party’s restated commitment to solar. January 13, 2014 Max Hall Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Chinese solar giant JinkoSolar, fresh from its acquisition of the manufacturing assets of bankrupt rival Topoint last week, is considering spinning off its downstream business. A press release issued by the vertically integrated solar company today, which predicts its solar project development portfolio will exceed 500 MW of installed capacity by the end of the year, says its “board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives” for the solar palnt development business. The options to be considered include floating the downstream business or making it available as a potential merger or acquisition target to cash in on the Chinese government’s recently restated backing for solar energy – although, ironically, such a move would fly in the face of the Beijing government’s desire for solar industry consolidation. JinkoSolar’s agreement to lease the manufacturing operations of Topoint from today onwards – with a view to acquiring the assets permanently after the ongoing restructure of the bankrupt business by the Haining City Government and Haining City People’s Court – reportedly increased the company’s annual production capacity to 2 GW each for silicon ingots, wafers and cells and 2.1 GW for modules.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Canadian Eventing Team Wins Silver at WEG

first_imgThe Canadian Eventing Team won the team silver medal on October 3, 2010, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG)—Eventing Championships, held in Lexington, KY.The team, comprised of Hawley Bennett-Awad, Kyle Carter, Selena O’Hanlon and Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, entered the show jumping phase in third place on a combined score of 147.50. With the best three of the four scores to count, they added only one rail, for four faults, to a final total of 151.50 finishing in the silver medal position. This result was not only Canada’s first eventing team medal at a World Championships in 32 years, but also qualified the Canadian Eventing Team for the 2012 London Olympics.“This team was full of poise and grace all the way through this competition,” said International Technical Advisor, David O’Connor. “They have been real grown up, and I thought they were class yesterday and class today with only one rail down. It is a really exciting time for all of us—the program, the riders and for where we go in the future.”Great Britain won the team gold medal with a team total of 151.50, and New Zealand was less than one rail behind Canada with 154.80 for bronze.“We are thrilled and it was a great team effort. We finished four points off our dressage score, so it does not get any better than that,” said Graeme Thom, chef d’équipe of the Canadian Eventing Team. “David O’Conner did a fantastic job and everyone on the team was wonderful.”Rhodes-Bosch, 22, of Summerland, BC and Port Authority, a 12-year-old Canadian-bred Selle Français/Thoroughbred gelding that she co-owns with her mother, Patricia Bosch, was the top Canadian adding one rail at fence 11, the Liverpool, to finish with a three-day total of 48.20 for ninth place overall.“I, for my own individual result, would have loved to be clear, but with only one rail, I was able to contribute to a really great team result,” said Rhodes-Bosch. “I am super excited. This is a really great day for Canada.”With a clean show jumping round, O’Hanlon of Elgin, ON moved up six placings to finish 12th overall on her dressage score of 50.8 riding Elaine and Michael Davies’ 16-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, Colombo.“I did not want to let anyone down today. It is a lot more pressure when it is your teammates that are counting on you for a medal,” said O’Hanlon who also rode Colombo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Colombo is a fantastic horse. He always goes as well as I can ride him.”Also clear in show jumping was Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC riding Gin & Juice, the 10-year-old bay American Thoroughbred mare owned by Bennett-Awad and Linda Paine, who finished in 17th place on their dressage score of 52.50.“It was a great feeling knowing how fit my horse was today,” said Bennett-Awad. “She is a young horse, so the more miles she gets the better she is going to be. Gin & Juice is just amazing”Riding Caroline Bazley’s Canadian-bred nine-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, Riddle Master, Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, added one rail to her score to finish with 61.20, which was good for 23rd place individually.“He really came here and went to work this week,” said Howard of her young horse. “I noticed that he was a bit spookier in the ring today, but he was a really good boy.”Carter of Calgary, AB rounded out the Canadian team with two rails riding Madison Park, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Carter and Jennifer Carter. The pair finished in 35th with a score of 76.90.“The mistake that happened was mine. With Madison Park, you only have one option, and that is to ride him like he will never knock a fence down,” said Carter. “He jumps well, but I tried to protect him too much. I am thrilled with him.”Jessica Phoenix and Exponential, who were competing individually, withdrew before show jumping due to a minor injury incurred on Saturday.At the end of the competition Bennett-Awad added on a final thought from the Canadian Eventing Team. “In the next few years we are going to continue to develop and continue to be a team to look out for—just a heads-up.”Eventing is comprised of three phases of competition held consecutively — dressage, cross country and show jumping.  At the 2010 World Equestrian Games, 80 horses representing 18 nations competed in the eventing competition. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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Heavy hangover: Air rights purchased for massive cantilever

first_imgRendering of H Hotel, slated for 58 West 39th Street (Peter Poon Architects)An architectural oddity is set to rise above Bryant Park.H Hotel purchased air rights for $11 million to build a massive cantilever — a horizontal extension secured at just one end — at its development site at 58 West 39th Street.Wei Hong Wu acquired the 23,500 square feet of development rights for a forthcoming 29-story hotel from the adjacent 13-story Refinery Hotel at 63 West 38th Street.Read more“Inevitable”: Vornado will demolish Hotel Pennsylvania Manhattan hotel trades in biggest distressed lodging deal of pandemic NYC advances special-permits plan for hotels The agreement for air rights was signed in early March and recorded in April, according to property records.ADVERTISEMENTThe cantilever, which will be a third of the hotel’s width and a quarter of its overall area, will extend out from the H Hotel over the roof of the Refinery, developed and opened in 2012 by Charles Aini.Peter Poon is the architect of record for the project. The firm and Aini did not respond to requests for comment.H Hotel received a $13.5 million gap mortgage loan from Shanghai Commercial Bank at the same time it purchased air rights for its cantilever, according to property records.Previously, the project received a $9 million loan from Cathay Bank and a $12.5 million loan from Taiwan’s Chang Hwa Commercial Bank. Hu paid $25M for the building on the site in 2016.While the pandemic wiped out New York city’s tourism economy and business travel — wreaking havoc on hotel owners, operators and employees — new hotel construction is relatively robust.More than 21,000 hotel rooms are under construction in New York City, according to data firm STR. In Las Vegas, the next most active market, 8,500 rooms are being built.Overall, new hotel construction is below pre-pandemic levels, although more rooms reopened in the first quarter in the U.S. than in any other country.Lenders’ appetite for new capital expenditures has been dampened, according to Emanuel Grillo, a financial restructuring attorney at the law firm Baker Botts. There is plenty of inventory to absorb customers’ gradual return to travel, Grillo said.Contact Orion Jones Full Name* Message* Email Address*last_img read more

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NASCAR at Charlotte odds, picks: Two value bets for the Bank of America Roval 400

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.Today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Roval is the third of three Cup Series road-course events. Exactly one race at the Roval has ever taken place, giving us a small sample size to work with when looking at track history.So how do we gauge driver performance when track history is nearly nonexistent? The easiest thing we can do is look across a range of tracks, and across multiple road-course races.Four of the seven road-course winners during the era of stage racing in the Cup Series came from the front two rows. The other three winners all started inside the top 12.That means it’s probably going to be very hard to win if a driver doesn’t start toward the front. Last year’s winner — Ryan Blaney — benefited from plenty of randomness at the front of the field. There were two sets of crashes in which the front two cars took each other out, so it’s certainly possible for randomness to come into play. When it does, though, other top cars are likely to benefit.The recipe for success is to find drivers capable of winning by shopping around for value. Let’s apply that process to today’s race.Kevin Harvick +1350Harvick is a very good road racer, with multiple career wins at road-course races, including one in 2017 at Sonoma. Ten of his past 11 incident-free road-course races have resulted in top-10 finishes, including six of his last seven road-course races overall.Harvick was quick in final practice, posting the fifth-fastest five-lap average out of 18 drivers that made a run. He also claims the sixth starting position for today’s race. That combination of starting position and practice speed should keep him near the front for most of the race.With such limited data not only in track history, but also in practice, it behooves us to take a driver of Harvick’s overall record at a price that’s quite affordable, especially when he’s shown significant speed in the limited on-track data we do have.The +1200 number for Harvick MGM is offering is quite generous — he has odds of +900 or shorter across most other books, which is right on the cusp of value.Joey Logano +1400Knowing that more than 50% of road-course races in the stage era have been won by drivers starting inside the top three, this number being offered at PointsBet on Logano is quite generous.Logano starts third for today’s race, and with Alex Bowman moving to the rear, Joey will have to overcome only polesitter William Byron and possibly Byron’s teammate, Jimmie Johnson, who should move to the front row after Bowman heads to the rear.Logano’s road-course record in 2019 is certainly less than inspiring, but he does have some positives going for him. In the high-downforce era of the Gen-6 car, Logano has had three top-seven finishes at Watkins Glen, including one win. He also had a fifth-place finish at Sonoma.Logano is comfortably inside the playoff picture, so he’s all about the win while other contenders could be playing it safe. That increases his upside relative to other drivers, making the +1400 odds a fine price for a top-three starter with solid road-course history.If you’re in Vegas, you can get Logano at +1200 at MGM. I like betting him down to +1000.last_img read more

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Bob Ross’s Legacy is Helping Inmates Plant ‘Happy Little Trees’ Throughout State Parks

first_imgSince Bob Ross was renowned for his love of painting cheerful greenery, the DNR partnered with the artist’s estate to rename their program “Happy Little Trees”.WATCH: Art Teacher Cheers Up Stressed-Out Students By Hosting ‘Bob Ross Flash Mob’ With Wigs and Paints“We love anything that has to do with helping the environment and trees. Bob would’ve loved that,” DNR staffer Michelle Coss told Road Tripper.Every year, inmates from three of Michigan’s correctional facilities help to grow about 1,000 new trees from native seeds that have been collected by volunteers. The saplings are then used to replace any state park foliage that has been damaged.This year, Bob Ross Inc. joined in on the program by putting out a call for potential volunteers on their website, saying that all participants who helped to plant the inmates’ trees would be given a free “Happy Little Trees” tee-shirt.MORE: The Grateful Dead Helps to Save Bees and Butterflies Through Jerry Garcia’s LegacyCoss was delighted to report that more than 500 volunteers signed up for the program. Although if you’re disappointed about missing your opportunity to get the free tee-shirt, she says that the shirt is also on sale on their website—and all of its sales are invested right back into the program.The DNR says that they will be honoring the tree-planting initiative’s new name by installing “Happy Little Trees Ahead!” signs with Bob Ross’s smiling face at three of their parks: Orchard Beach, Port Crescent, and Yankee Springs.The Lovington, Sleeper, and Warren Dunes parks are all scheduled to receive signs as well.Photo by Michelle Coss / DNRPaint Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Michelle Coss / DNRBob Ross and his soothing televised painting classes have long been a source of comfort and zen for Americans of all ages—and now, his legacy is bringing even more beauty into the world by helping inmates plant “happy little trees” in Michigan parks.In celebration of their 100th birthday, the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reached out to Bob Ross Inc. and asked if they could collaborate for the centennial.More specifically, the state’s Department of Corrections manages a “prison grow” career and education program in which inmates get the opportunity to learn horticulture practices and help raise trees for reforestation efforts—particularly at state parks.last_img read more

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Pre-Packing an Exercise Bag (Particularly With These Essentials) Could Make You More Likely to Workout

first_imgConducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gatorade, the survey examined the successes (and failures) of working out and broke down what respondents had to have to make it all the way through a sweat-session.WORKOUT ESSENTIALS1. Sneakers 83%2. Workout bottoms 70%3. Socks 69%4. Hydration 67%5. Workout top 64%6. Deodorant 62%7. Weights 60%8. Headphones 56%9. Gym bag 42%10. Music device 38%11. Hair tie 36%12. Workout/yoga mat 32%13. Cleansing wipes 26%14. Lock for locker 25%15. Phone charger 23%16. Dry shampoo 13%Sneakers topped the list (83%), closely followed by workout bottoms (70%), socks (69%), hydration (67%) and a workout top (64%). Over half (56%) admitted their headphones qualified as required workout gear and just under a third couldn’t get their heart rate up without a snack.LOOK: How a Yoga Teacher is Saving First Responders Across America From Depression—With Downward DogFurthermore, 50% of participants say they wouldn’t make it through their entire exercise routine without their favorite tunes to keep their mind occupied.When asked which songs pump respondents up while exercising, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” were found to be some of the go-to tunes.TOP WORKOUT SONGS• “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen• “Back in Black” by ACDC• “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor• “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen• “Dancing Queen” by ABBA• “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi• “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin• “Roar” by Katy Perry• “Truth Hurts” by LizzoSixty-two percent of respondents admitted that little tweaks to their routine can have a major impact—over half (52%) saw a change in their workout performance if they ate or drank something different before or during exercise.However, 19% say they have lied about working out—and 37% admit doing so in order to convince someone else they were busy.That was followed by hoping to impress someone (35%) and respondents being embarrassed by what they were actually doing (31%).TOP WORKOUT EXCUSES1. Too tired 58%2. Other things to do 51%3. Didn’t want to go 30%4. Made up an excuse 21%5. Spent too much time at work 21%6. Wanted to go home 19%7. Forgot something 17%8. Ate too much before 12%9. Felt dehydrated 11%10. Didn’t eat enough 9%Respondents dug deep into the excuses they use on themselves when they’re itching to ditch a workout.The top justifications were being too tired (58%), having other things to do (51%), straight up not wanting to go (30%), and too much time spent at work (21%).In spite of the flimsy excuses people came up with to stay out of the gym, three in four (76%) said they feel “accomplished” when they finish a workout.WHAT MAKES WORKOUTS BETTER1. Right hydration 46%2. Great playlist 44%3. Workout with a friend 41%4. New workout routine 34%5. New sneakers 31%6. New workout clothes 29%7. Personal trainer 21%8. Workout class 20%9. Right pre-workout snack 20%10. Right post-workout snack 18%Be Sure And Share The Intriguing Survey Results With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHaving trouble getting yourself to the gym? If so, you’re not alone—one in five people have lied about working out.That being said, a new survey of 2,000 exercising Americans says that if you make sure to pack all of your essentials prior to going to the gym, you’re far more likely to finish your workout.The survey found more than a third (37%) admitted they’re more likely to wrap a workout early because they forgot something; 3 in 10 have skipped the entire workout because they didn’t have an “essential” item.last_img read more

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