Charlize Theron opens up about her own experiences with marijuana

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Charlize Theron is no stranger to marijuana. Her latest film Gringo is all about the stuff, after all.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, though, she also described her personal experiences with the drug.

"I mean I’m always willing to try anything," she says in the clip, after Kimmel asks her if she’s taken any.

"I had a good solid eight years on the marijuana. And then my chemistry just changed one day, like I found myself frozen in front of my fridge for like eight hours and I couldn’t speak, and it just wasn’t fun anymore." Read more…

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17 real women share what it takes to land the job, grow your paycheck, and get ahead in your career

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  • For International Women’s Day, Business Insider asked regular women for their best career advice.
  • Women across different industries and levels contributed.
  • Responses ranged from the practical (don’t work for free) to the psychological (you deserve your job).

Everyone wants advice from the most successful businesswomen out there: Sheryl Sandberg. Indra Nooyi. Meg Whitman.

But anyone would be smart to take advice from a little closer to home, too: your boss, your coworkers, your professional connections. No matter the level, industry, or location, we can all learn something from each other.

Business Insider surveyed women across various industries about their advice for others. Responses ranged from advice on knowing your worth to effectively communicating your vision to a team. For example:

  • Remember that getting your job wasn’t a fluke. You deserve to be there.
  • Keep a list of your accomplishments and skills so you can refer back.
  • If you’re dreading a job or project, you aren’t being paid enough.
  • Don’t give up your life for a job.

Below, read 17 different women’s best career advice, lightly edited for clarity:

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Find your advocates, and take a seat at the table

"Find your advocates.

"As women, we often have to work twice as hard for our performance to be recognized. Participating in teams, committees, even if it doesn’t pertain to your role, will help build a network of advocates of varying levels across the organization.

"Always expect your name will come up when you’re not in the room — the more advocates you have, the more people will root for you when opportunities arise.

"And always take a seat at the table. You deserve to be there."

— Jen, 30, New York City
Director of Sales working in Adtech/Media

Don’t work for free

"For new entrepreneurs, do not work for free or undervalue yourself! You are more than capable and qualified.

"Too many times starting out I said ‘yes’ to a low-ball offer or free work for the mere possibility of leads, only to end up spending far too much time on a project that yielded too little compensation.

"I heard a thought one time: ‘If you wake up in the morning dreading working on a project, you asked for too little money,’ and that couldn’t be more true. If you feel valued, the work never feels like a drag.

"As a new entrepreneur (or even more experienced!), lack of confidence is common after the initial excitement wears off. It’s easier to feel confident as an employee because you receive regular feedback on your quality of workmanship. Don’t let fear of failure drive you to accept less than you’re worth."

— Stacey, 28, Austin, Texas
Business Owner: Nutrition Communications & Media

 

Recognize who is on your team

"When someone is on your team, they are on your team for life.

"I am a big networker, and recently someone I really admire told me he was ‘on my team.’ I took this to mean I did not need to try as hard to impress him — he was already impressed!

"Inevitably in professional relationships and in networking you’ll transition from wanting to impress someone to being their friend, or at least someone they respect and like. Recognize when that transition happens and breathe a sigh of relief! I keep a list of people who are ‘on my team’ and look to them for support and advice, as well as professional advancement."

— Alex, 30, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Associate Attorney

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After over 10 years using Facebook and Twitter, I quit both — here’s why (FB, TWTR)

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  • After over a decade using Facebook and Twitter, I’m done. I’ve deactivated my accounts.
  • Forget about "curating a social media presence"; I’m just wasting time.
  • My sentiment is far from unique — there’s an ongoing backlash to social media that’s a product of modern internet culture.
  • It’s time to consider stopping.

There I am again, waking up 10 minutes later from a self-induced Twitter fugue. What was I even reading? Why am I so angry? What was the point?

Turns out there never was one. I’m done with social media. I’ve deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and I don’t intend to go back.

If you’ve spent any time using Twitter or Facebook in the last decade, you know exactly the experience I’m talking about.

You open Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Instagram/etc. on your device of choice, start idly scrolling through, and something strikes you. Maybe it’s a politically-charged conversation between friends, or maybe it’s an ongoing argument between people who are just famous enough to be highlighted on social media — but not famous enough to be doing something more important with their time. You dig in.

If it’s a particularly entertaining argument, maybe you pseudo-participate by adding in an animated GIF of Michael Jackson eating popcorn. Or perhaps you prefer the one of Stephen Colbert? I prefer Michael.

Either way, you’re "involved" — until you realize you’re not, of course. And that none of this is important, or even really entertaining. What was the argument even about? Who cares?

This is the reality of using social media in 2018. Congratulations! You played yourself. 

Rather, you’ve been played just like I have so many times by social media use — convinced by your emotions to react to something on social media that almost certainly has no real impact on your life. It’s intrinsic to how the whole system operates, from the foundational level of people wanting their social media posts to be seen. I better make this post interesting and engaging, lest no one likes it!

What you’re really saying, of course, is "Pay attention to me." (I should know — it’s what my whole career is based on.)

That you were taken in is not a coincidence: It’s by design.

If you were just passively scrolling, finding little of interest, then social media feeds would be of little value. You might bounce off them and move to something else (like reading Business Insider!).

Instead, they’re designed to draw you in and keep you interested.

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Twitter’s move to a non-chronological timeline is a perfect example — the service is less useful as a result.

Twitter’s chronological timeline was an excellent way of presenting the world as an ongoing stream of mass consciousness. Was it messy? Sure! Was it occasionally hard to navigate? Absolutely. 

But changing it to a non-chronological feed wasn’t intended to fix those things — it was intended to surface content that might keep you more interested, and less likely to bounce off and check a different app. Nevermind the fact that it undercuts the entire premise of Twitter — as long as you’re staying longer, that’s what matters.

That the experience is worse is besides the point.

Facebook also changed its algorithm recently, in an attempt to "encourage meaningful interactions between people." The change? "Less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote back in January. Instead, you’re more likely to see popular posts and photos from friends — statuses that they actually wrote.

Sounds pretty good! Fewer brands, more actual people!

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But the result is that posts from friends and family with the most comments seem to be the ones surfaced the most frequently by the Facebook algorithm.

And what gets a lot of comments on Facebook? Arguments! Posting a strong opinion is a great way to stay at the top of my news feed, as people issue their own strong responses to the original opinion. 

In other words, Facebook’s attempt to breed "meaningful interaction" between its users has actually resulted in a more argumentative platform. 

What about self control?

Have you ever opened a new tab in your favorite internet browser and, without thinking, started typing in a social media service website? Or pulled your phone out with a specific purpose, only to have that purpose overshadowed by your muscle memory as it guides you to Twitter once again? 

I find myself putting away my phone, having not done what I set out to do, only to realize that I’ve not completed my task. I pulled out the phone again and got distracted by a new Facebook notification (or whatever it may be).

And then I sigh, and re-focus, and consider for the hundredth time whether I should just delete my social media accounts. Did I even learn anything from that brief social media aside? The answer is never yes. It was always a distraction, and it likely made me feel something I didn’t want to feel: anger or sadness or frustration or, just as likely, disappointment in myself for being unable to simply focus on one task at a time.

Worse: The more I’m distracted by social media, the more likely I am to be distracted by it in the future. I’ve had to repeatedly fight the urge to open a new tab and check my Twitter replies while writing this. Seriously!

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That’s not just becuase I’m a flawed person, but because human beings repeat learned habits. It’s hard to not go check social media because I’ve done it thousands of times before

The good news is that there’s a simple solution to this problem: Stop using social media.

Not just putting your accounts on hiatus, but closing them. 

Facebook Deactivation

Solved.

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg just made a sweeping change to Facebook that will affect 2 billion people and tons of businesses

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A ‘planet parade’ is coming Thursday morning, when Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will line up — here’s how to see it

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  • Before dawn on Thursday, March 8, stargazers will be able to catch a "planet parade" in the early morning sky.
  • Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will all line up, with the moon between Jupiter and Mars.
  • Even if you miss that show, these planets will be visible throughout the month.

It’s a good month to be a stargazer or planet-watcher.

If you’re lucky enough to have clear skies tonight, peek outside before the sun comes up tomorrow. You may catch what many are calling a "planet parade."

Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto will all be lined up in the pre-dawn sky the morning of March 8, with the moon appearing between Jupiter and Mars in those early hours. You’ll need a telescope to see Pluto, but if you’ve got one, Accuweather says you should also be able to check out the four largest moons of Jupiter: Io, Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto. (You might even spot those moons with some nice binoculars.)

The view of the planet parade should be fairly clear for those in the southern US and in the Rocky Mountains, according to the Weather Channel. For those in the Northeast, unfortunately, thundersnow-bearing winter storm Quinn will almost certainly obscure the view.

However, you can catch plenty of celestial activity and excellent views of planets all month, according to Earthsky.

Mercury and Venus will both be visible throughout the month in the northern hemisphere, with each planet coming into view shortly after sunset. They’ve been fairly low in the sky so far, but will be rising higher during the middle of the month.

Jupiter should be visible and bright throughout March as well. It’s been rising in the early-morning hours but should start to become visible in the late evening by the end of the month.

Around the same time in late March, Mars and Saturn will also be visible and close together, rising about an hour after midnight for those in the northern hemisphere. Mars will continue to get brighter for the next several months as well, Earthsky reports, outshining Jupiter by July 2018.

You’ll have to get up early to catch the planet parade. But if you’d rather stay in bed, remember that there’s plenty up there in the sky to check out any time you find yourself outside on a dark night.

SEE ALSO: The best photos taken of planet Earth last year will transform the way you see the world

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These Surfers Are Living Off-The-Grid With A Van That’s Been Converted Into A Dope Camper

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In the modern era, we’re all guilty of being attached to our smartphones/computers/jobs 24 hours a day. At some point, we’re all guilty of woolgathering and daydreaming about living off the grid.

Few among us have the balls to actually shake modern society and go live off the grid but those that do are generally living the #VanLife these days. Van Life is one of the most fascinating cultures on Instagram. At its core, it involves taking a large van and converting it into a comfortable living shelter that’s also capable of traveling wherever you want to go.

The two surfers below have the YouTube channel ‘SurfTripping‘ which only has four videos on the channel, all of which are tours of their van. Clearly, they’re all sorts of stoked about this van and you will be too after seeing how they’ve converted it into a comfy home that they can take anywhere to follow the waves.

If I can make a quick suggestion: this entire video’s great but the opening sequence of them surfing is a little lengthy. You can jump ahead to around the 2:20 mark of the video which is where the tour of the van starts or you can just watch the clip on 2x speed to soak up all of the gorgeous surfing footage:

If you want more from Surf Tripping you can follow them on Instagram where they share photos from their Van Life on the road.

Shout out to The Inertia for finding/sharing this clip

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Meet the $11,000 toilet that’s extra AF

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Toto is hoping to release their new Neorest NX2 smart toilet: The lid opens when you approach it and closes when you walk away, it can clean itself, deodorize foul smell, and heats up your seat for you. 

The Neorest NX2 uses ionized eWater+ and ultraviolet light technology called Actilight to break down waste particles. 

You don’t even need to use toilet paper anymore! It features a spraying wand and air dryer to clean you once you’re done.

So if you’re fine with dropping $11,000 — this throne could be yours. Read more…

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An awesome-looking awesome-sounding bike bell

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The title pretty much says what I have to about Spurcycle’s bell. It’s refreshingly different, with its clean look, clean sound, and compact size. It is to bike bells what Ariana Grande is to vocalists… Tiny, beautiful, and an absolute pleasure to the ears.

Made in the USA out of precisely engineered stainless steel and brass components, the Spurcycle bell has a brilliant, resounding, long chime sound that sounds extremely pleasing rather than the annoying trill of most bike bells. The sound has a great pitch, and becomes loud for a bit before fading to silence over a span of 8-10 seconds. Available in brushed metal and coated black versions, the Spurcycle bell also comes with a lifetime warranty, because with a bell that’s so pleasing to look at and listen to, you’ll probably want it for life!

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Travis Kalanick’s new investment fund’s name is trucker code for taking a piss

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Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is roaring back into the spotlight with a big announcement, and it’s all about taking a piss at a truckers’ rest stop. 

Oh, wait, no it isn’t. It just that the new investment fund he unveiled Wednesday on Twitter just so happens to share its name with the CB code truckers use to describe taking a badly needed bathroom break. 

“Today I’m announcing the creation of a fund called 10100 (pronounced ‘ten-one-hundred’), home to my passions, investments, ideas and big bets,” he wrote in the statement

What he failed to mention was that 10-100 is already associated with a so-called big idea: the need to pee. 

A quick visit to The Truckers Place, “an information site for many of the Truckers needs,” shows that 10-100 stands for “bathroom break.” 

And that’s not a one-off. The website Truck Road Service says the same thing, noting that the code 10-100 represents the “need to go to bathroom.”

Yes, surely this was unintentional on Kalanick’s part — he very well could have intended 10100 as a reference to his childhood home address. However, it’s worth noting that he is notoriously fond of not-funny “jokes” (think “Boober“).

But maybe, just maybe, this is the perfect name for Kalanick’s new venture. After all, it would make sense for him to want to leave his shit behind him. 

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