It’s official: fedoras and puppy face are ruining your love life

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It’s official: fedoras and puppy face are ruining your love life

You may want to think twice before donning that fedora.You may want to think twice before donning that fedora.

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Looking for love? You might want to put away your Romphim and skip that Snapchat filter.

The dating app Hater, which pairs you with people based on the things you both hate, has figured out which fashion trends are the biggest turn off for their users — and this news may not be good for you.

The app, which asks you to swipe on various topics to indicate how you feel about them, compiled the looks that people found most objectionable and sorted them by age group. 

Women seem to be focused more on specific items of clothing. Teens rolled their eyes at New Balance shoes, while 20-somethings are taking a hard pass on fedoras. Ladies in their 30s are over the idea of “music festival fashion,” which fair enough. While the older set is against skinny ties and jogger pants. 

In a truly surprising development, the Snapchat dog filter is hated by 30-something men, which flies in the face of the assumption that it makes you look sexier. 

When it comes to the rest of men, their objections are a little more vague. Teens are, funnily enough, against the idea of turtlenecks. Henna tattoos are out for 20-somethings, while the older groups are turned off by leopard prints and too much makeup.

Of course this is only based on what their users have said, but it can still give you some solid guidance on what to skip when getting ready for your next date. 

And don’t worry: if you’re dead set on wearing that fedora or turning yourself into a puppy, there’s still every chance you could find love someplace else.

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The 21 most promising jobs of the future

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When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade?

Jobs in healthcare and tech tend to tick both boxes.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its biennial projections for job growth across hundreds of occupations between 2016 and 2026.

We took those projections and combined them with BLS estimates of the 2016 median annual earnings of those jobs — using the geometric mean of the two numbers — to come up with a ranking of the best jobs of the next decade.

To focus on good, high-paying jobs, we restricted our list to those with salaries higher than the 2016 median annual wage of $37,040.

Read on to learn about the best jobs of the future, including the typical level of education required and what people do on a daily basis, according to O*NET descriptions of the jobs.

SEE ALSO: 12 jobs robots are taking over the fastest

DON’T MISS: 15 jobs in the US that are chronically underpaid

21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Projected new positions by 2026: 68,700

Median annual earnings in 2016: $66,360

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

20. Computer systems analysts

They analyze data processing problems to develop and improve computer systems.

Projected new positions by 2026: 53,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $87,220

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

19. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, except technical and scientific products

They sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. 

Projected new positions by 2026: 81,100

Median annual earnings in 2016: $57,140

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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How To Find a Woman’s G-Spot

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Like so many other aspects of female sexuality, the G-spot is typically—and unfairly—thought of as mysterious, elusive, and complex. In reality, it’s not that complicated. It’s a part of a woman’s body that—for some women—can create a lot of pleasure. End of story. Here’s how to find her G-spot, and what to do with it once you do.

What It Is

The G-spot is named after the German gynecologist who discovered it – Ernst Gräfenberg. (Fun fact: he’s also the inventor of the IUD.) Gräfenberg was originally researching urethral stimulation, and classified the G-spot as an erogenous zone on the anterior (the side beneath the belly) wall of the vaginal canal.

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There’s actually still vigorous disagreement in the scientific community as to whether or not the G-spot truly exists. Some claim that the G-spot is its own unique structure, and describe it as a “spongey bean” that protrudes from the wall of the vagina. Other researchers claim that there isn’t anything unique about the area that warrants its own name. Here’s my take —whether or not it’s a specialized structure, the area still tends to be pretty sensitive for a lot of women. That’s because it’s in close proximity to the sensitive internal fibers of the clitoris.

Ask Her if She’s Interested

Ask your partner if she wants you to touch her G-spot. She may already know that she does or does not like stimulation there. Whatever you do, try not to hype up the G-spot too much. A lot of women feel pressure to have special G-spot orgasms or squirting orgasms, so specific G-spot exploration can bring up a feelings of anxiety or deficiency.

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Here’s the most important thing to know about the G-spot—as is the case with every other part of the body, the experience of pleasure is subjective. Some women love having their G-spots stimulated. Other women don’t. Having a G-spot that feels pleasurable isn’t a sign of being better than other women, just as having a kneecap that feels pleasurable isn’t a sign of superiority. Similarly, the G-spot not being particularly sensitive doesn’t say anything about the woman it belongs to. If she’s on board, it can be a fun area to explore, but don’t put any pressure or expectation on her.

Find It

As noted above, the G-spot is on the anterior wall of her vagina. This is the side directly below her pubic bone. Most people mistakenly think that the G-spot is at the end of the vaginal canal. It’s actually much closer to the entrance than you might think—typically one to three inches in

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It’s easiest to find with your fingers. Have her lay on her back. Insert one or two fingers into her, with your palm facing up. Make a “come here” motion, so your fingertips curl upwards to the wall of her vagina. You may feel a small protrusion about the diameter of a nickel or a quarter. It may feel a bit spongier than the tissues surrounding it. Or you may not feel anything different from the rest of her vaginal wall. If the latter is the case, try touching all around the anterior wall of the vagina, and ask her to let you know which area feels the most pleasurable for her.

Touch It

The G-spot typically responds best to very firm pressure. Try placing two fingers directly onto the G-spot. Press your fingers firmly into the skin, and move them around in slow circles, as if you were giving it a massage. You don’t want to move your fingers across the skin; you mostly want to keep them in contact with the same part of the her vaginal wall, but slowly pull the skin along with your fingers. Sort of like as if you were massaging your temples with your fingertips.

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If G-spot stimulation doesn’t feel particularly pleasurable for her on its own, you can try pairing it with other types of stimulation. Try using two fingers of one hand on her G-spot, and the thumb of the other hand on her clitoris. Or you can try one hand on the G-spot and the other in or around her anus.

Let Her Be the Boss

For some women, G-spot stimulation very quickly creates a sensation of needing to pee. The G-spot is located in pretty close proximity to the bladder, which may explain the connection. G-spot stimulation can also lead to squirting orgasms, so that’s another possible explanation for the sudden feelings of pressure and fullness.

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Because of this, a lot of women get nervous about G-spot stimulation, even to the point of asking their partners to stop. It’s important to listen to her requests if she asks you to stop. In the vast majority of cases, she won’t actually pee, but the fear of losing control can be distracting and even scary for some women. You can also set her at ease by putting down towels or a shower curtain liner, or assuring her that you wouldn’t mind if she relaxed and allowed her body to release fluid. You can also try messing around in the shower, for easier and quicker cleanup.

Get some Toys Involved

If she enjoys G-spot stimulation, you may want to invest in a toy to further your explorations. The G-spot typically requires a lot of stimulation, to the point where your hand might start getting a little tired or sore. If that’s the case, I highly recommend the Njoy Pure Wand. It’s curved just right to hit the G-spot with minimal effort from you. She can also use it on her own. I also really like the curved rose wand from Chakrubs, for the same reason. Both toys are made of very hard materials (medical grade stainless steel and rose quartz, respectively), which make it easy to create a lot of pressure.

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Things You Can Do on the Dark Web That Aren’t Illegal

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The dark web isn’t just for buying drugs and hiring assassins. It’s a massive network of websites and communities that exists outside of mainstream internet culture, and there’s plenty to do on the dark web without breaking any laws—from book clubs to crisis preparation.

Here’s a look at some of the weirdest and most subversive dark web sites that won’t lead a team of federal agents to bust down your door.

What’s the Dark Web and How Is it Different From the Deep Web?

Before we dive in, it’s worth clearing this up. The two terms “deep web” and “dark web” get mixed up a lot, but the difference between them is pretty simple.

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The deep web refers to anything you can’t access in a search engine, either because it’s protected behind a password or because it’s buried deep within a regular website. The dark web is a subsection of the deep web that you can only access with a special browser like Tor to mask your IP address. It includes illegal markets like the infamous Silk Road, along with plenty of other less-objectionable websites.

Below, a few of the dark web’s more wholesome offerings—though you’ll need to download Tor to actually access them.

Join a Book Club

Reading communities have been a fixture of the dark web for years. Even Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht (AKA the Dread Pirate Roberts) had a hidden webpage where people discussed literary classics like Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man alongside more controversial materials like Anarchist Cookbook.

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Ulbricht’s online book club is no longer operating, but there are plenty of other options on the dark web, including sites like Jotunbane’s Reading Club and the Imperial Library of Trantor. A big part of these sites is downloading illegal copies of popular books, but you can also find active discussions and some useful un-copyrighted reading material as well.

If you’re looking for something a little less intellectual, Motherboard also recommends “Blog about stories,” a dark web site where people share real and fictional stories about spanking.

Prepare for the End of the World

If you’re hitting the dark web in search of more concrete information, check out the Strategic Intelligence Network. It’s packed with information for how to deal with any sort of crisis anywhere on earth, from natural disasters to riots or all out war.

If you’re still not satisfied, head to Hidden Answers, basically the dark web’s version of Yahoo Answers with topics like government, law and financial services, along with drugs and erotica, according to MakeUseOf. The dark web even has its own news outlet, Flashlight, which focuses on bitcoin, online privacy and other similar subjects—you can actually check out Flashlight without a special browser right here.

Get Social

The dark web is a lot like the regular internet we know and love—just with a higher ratio of anarchists. It has its own email service, social networks and even online games.

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If you’re looking for a super secure email provider check out AnonInbox, which charges a fraction of a bitcoin per year and promises total privacy in return. There’s also Operation Genesis, a social network with hundreds of thousands of users, according to Dark Web News. Finally, head to TheChess to square off against players from around the world in the classic board game.

There’s plenty more to do on the dark web, but these sites should help you get a taste for what the lighter side of the darker side of the internet has to offer—without risking any jail time in the process.

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The RoboBee learns to launch itself out of the water

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The RoboBee, a millimeter-wide flying robot platform from Harvard’s Wyss Institute, has been gaining improvements for years. The latest trick of this diminutive robo-creature is to dive into the water, then emerge and blast itself upwards using a strange and clever mechanism for a safe landing nearby.

The issue was that, while a robot may be able to fly in the air and swim in the water (as the RoboBee can), transitioning between them is the tricky part. At that size, the resistance of water on its lower parts is considerable, and can hamper takeoff (the robot already has to be careful not to flap too fast under water because the wings might break off).

First, in order to get the robot past the surface tension of the water, another physical barrier we generally don’t need to worry about at our size, the team attached four little “buoyant outriggers” — floaties. These help bring it to the surface.

But there, with only so much power coming from its tiny wings, the RoboBee may very easily find itself stranded. How could they create a single powerful upward impulse that gets it free and clear, where it can resume effective flapping?

The solution arrived at by grad student Elizabeth Farrell Helbling, Yufeng Chen, and the rest of the team was to use gas. Of course, a robot that can fit in a thimble can’t carry much. So why not make it on the fly, so to speak?

In addition to its little water wings, the RoboBee has a little electrolytic plate that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, then mixes them together for an easily combustible mixture. Once there’s enough, a tiny spark plug fires off and the gas ignites, popping the robot up into the air!

Free of the water, its wings can take over, and it can make a safe, controlled landing near the teacup or whatever it was imprisoned in.

The whole thing, meanwhile, weighs a total of 175 milligrams – almost twice as heavy as previous designs (the floaties and so on add quite a bit of mass), but still incredibly small. Redesigns added to the platform’s potential payload, though, so the mass used by these water-specific items could also be used instead to deploy sensors or even a battery that would free it from its wired tether.

“We hope that our work investigating tradeoffs like weight and surface tension can inspire future multi-functional microrobots – ones that can move on complex terrains and perform a variety of tasks,” said Chen in a Harvard news release.

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Retro horror, Stranger Things visual effects, with VDMX

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If Halloween season is putting you in a retro horror mood, this tutorial from our friends at VDMX will liven up your next music video or live visuals.

This tutorial covers all the bases – effects, real-time video generators, and (because you wanna buy a LOT of Halloween candy so you better get paid) logo images. The inspiration is retro horror à la The Gate and Stranger Things.

Of course, what makes us feel strong emotions are really color and movement, so that’s what this is all about. In color, the effects are about LUT (Look Up Table)-based processing, so think grading things to achieve a particular tone.

The goal:

Full tutorial:

This is VDMX-centric, but there’s a lot to learn here either way — both in terms of how you handle layers and process on the design side (including with traditional graphics tools), and how you work in real-time with modulation, sequencing, and live effects. That includes heavy use of real-time shaders. Shaders, in turn, are moving toward more cross-platform compatibility – good news if you want to move between your real-time live VJ app and some motion graphics apps for rendering or, say, a game engine. Or good news if you and your friend can’t agree on which VJ software you like best. (Or, if you’re like me, and can’t decide with yourself.)

Some of the ingredients here:
Layers
Generators, using that cross-platform Interactive Shader Format (ISF)
Live effects (VHS glitch! Zoom! Shake, blur, mask!)
Modulation of parameters, using the LFO and step sequencer
LUT-based effects (adjusting color via Look Up Table)

More resources at the link:

How to create a retro Halloween visual style in VDMX

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