New Merchandise for Ariel’s 30th

first_imgShare This!The 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid animated film is coming up this fall. Disney is celebrating with the release of lots of Ariel-focused merchandise for children and adults. Many items hit the stores already, and we’re expecting more in the coming months.$129 Collector’s Doll These displays are in the Animation Courtyard areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mouse Gear in Epcot, but you can expect to find these and similar items throughout the parks.Are you a fan of The Little Mermaid? Would you make any of this merchandise part of your world? Let us know in the comments.last_img

Three Major Changes for This Year’s Food and Wine Festival

first_img2. Chocolate Exhibit in the Land–with CutbacksThe Ghirardelli Chocolate exhibit still exists, and free samples are still being handed out, but it has a new location — it is now housed in The Land pavilion in the old Circle of Life theater (soon to be home to the movie Awesome Planet). Unfortunately, the amazing chocolate sculptures do not appear to have made the move with them — the exhibit this year is just a bare-bones story of how chocolate is made. It’s main purpose here is really just to be a store. Share This!With the expected construction coming to Epcot, quite. a few changes have been made this year at Food and Wine. Yes, there’s still an amazing assortment of foods and wines, but some expected features have changed. Here’s three changes to look for1. No Festival CenterWith the old Wonders of Life building under a transformation to become the Play Pavilion, the ability to use that as the Festival Center has gone. Unlike for other festivals where the Festival Center was moved to the Odyssey Pavilion, that also has been turned into a construction zone for an upcoming exhibit about the new transformation coming to Epcot. This means if you’re looking to buy merchandise or wine that you typically would get from the Festival Center, it has now moved to smaller locations throughout World Showcase, with the main festival merchandise area centered around Port of Entry. Exhibits and demonstrations during the festival have moved to World Showplace. 3.  New Indoor Cider BarOver at the Canada Pavilion, the currently under renovation Canada film has been replaced by an indoor “booth”. The Cider Bar offers a couple snacks, ciders, and wines, but most importantly, air conditioning. This is a great place to beat the heat or dodge some weather.What do you think of the changes for this year? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

August 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals Events

first_imgAn app demo night, content strategy happy hour, and hand-setting wood & lead type for letterpress and foil stamping workshop are a few of the events you’ll discover in the August 2015 events calendar.Each month, I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeastern Michigan. You’ll find meetups, learning opportunities, networking events, conferences—all kinds of events to learn from and meet colleagues and professionals. I’ll be adding a couple more events to this month’s calendar, as soon as their details are finalized. While I don’t attend all the events listed on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you! If you see me, stop by and say hi!App Demo EventDate: August 10, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: TechTown Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to TechTown Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredJoin the Mobile Monday Detroit group for an application demo night where local developers will showcase their app, discuss what it does, why it was developed, and how its working. Limited to six presentations, developers are encouraged to submit their application to showcase their application.Content Strategy Happy HourDate: August 13, 2015, 5:45pmLocation: The Emory in Ferndale, Michigan (map to The Emory)Cost: Free, pre-registration Get together with your fellow Content Strategy—Metro Detroit members to catch up, share news, network, and enjoy refreshments. Detroit Wood Type Co WorkshopDate: August 15, 2015, 10:00am to 3:00pmLocation: Detroit Woodtype Co in Detroit, Michigan (map to Detroit Woodtype Co)Cost: $105 (must be an AIGA Detroit member), pre-registration requiredDetroit’s AIGA chapter is hosting a half-day workshop where you can explore hand-setting wood & lead type for letterpress and foil stamping on notebooks, posters and postcards.Space is limited, register early!D​r. Startup: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BizDate: August 19, 2015, 6:30pmLocation: Student Center, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (map to the Student Center)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration required Our Refresh Detroit is proud to host the people behind LivWel, the grand prize winner of the 2014-15 Innovation in Action: Solutions to Public Health Challenges competition. Meet Maria Gosur, Ryan Gourley, and Ryan Sanii, who are building an accessible easy-to-use system to help you quickly find the health services you need. They’ll discuss their hard­-earned lessons in building their startup and navigating the entrepreneurial world.Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg’s Mythic T-Shirt And Fake Silicon Valley Do-Goodery

first_imghelen popkin 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Facebook#Mark Zuckerberg#Silicon Valley#Truth#Truthiness A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Mark Zuckerberg wears a version of the same gruel-toned T-shirt every day not because media handlers suggested he rock a signature look in the manner of visionary icons Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. Nor does the Zuck don apparel of a color that exists only in dystopian tales (sort of a 1984-gray) simply because he’s a really busy guy who can’t be bothered. According to Zuckerberg, in his first public Q&A conducted in English, the lack of diversity in his personal wardrobe is because he cares.  See also: Thanks Mark Zuckerberg! Now China Knows We’re Stupid“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community,” Zuckerberg told the audience during Thursday’s town hall on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park. “I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than 1 billion people, and I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things.” Things like the color spectrum, clearly.Is Zuckerberg ingesting nothing but soylent, too? Think of time saved! Does the Zuckerberg uniform include astronaut diapers, so he can “go” on the go? And by serving “the community” does Zuckerberg mean “capitalism”?The Truth Is Out ThereTruth in Silicon Valley, like Einstein’s Spacetime theory, is relative.Running a multi-billion dollar for-profit corporation with a dodgy history of hiring practices, privacy rights, and “customer service” is neither a priestly calling nor noble endeavor. Mother Theresa, Zuckerberg ain’t. Doctors Without Borders serves humanity. Teachers and firefighters serve humanity. Building shareholder value when you are yourself the biggest shareholder is a somewhat less selfless undertaking. Nonetheless, do-goodery—the marketing tool du-jour in Silicon Valley—saturates every aspect of Zuckerberg’s media-honed public persona. The reason is obvious. Public acts of charity are more than a sweet tax-write off if you’re a billionaire CEOs who can easily afford to flip a few couch cushions in the name of, say, eradicating Ebola.See also: Facebook Wants You To Help Eradicate EbolaIt shows your “community”—who may feel burned by your company more than a few times—that you care. It also plays great with shareholders, at least one of whom recently expressed concern that despite the social network’s public support of the gay and transgender community, its political action committee “has donated 41% of contributions since its inception to politicians voting against LGBT rights.”Trust No OneThat shareholder’s concern that Facebook’s fiduciary hypocrisy could cause it to fall from public favor is documented in Facebook’s April filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That same filing includes a note about how 30% of the PAC’s contributions have gone to “politicians voting to deregulate greenhouse gases,” the filing states, “despite Facebook’s public support for the environment.”Zuckerberg, one of the richest men on the planet trying to pass himself off as a do-gooder, is one of the most spectacular cases of personality overreach ever.  That doesn’t mean you should quit Facebook. But just because you use Zuckerberg’s product doesn’t mean you have to drink his Kool-Aid.Screengrab by Facebook Related Posts last_img read more

Mercedes to begin production of the new G500 4×4 Squared

first_imgOutstanding response to the ‘Extreme-G’ at the Geneva Motor Show has seen Mercedes go ahead and announce the production of the car which will be called the G500 4×4 Squared. The production model will be pretty close to the prototype model of the car.The G500 is based on its six-wheel sibling, the G63 AMG 6×6. Mercedes has  taken all the good things from the G63 like the all-wheel drive powertrain with portal axles and removed two tyres to make the G500. The variable chassis of the car has been newly developed by Mercedes which has been combined with the series-production G-Class body.Under its hood, the G500 sports a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine which has been compactly designed by placing the twin turbochargers inside the V configuration of the engine to increase its efficiency. Aside from this, the cross country vehicle gets specially optimised mud and terrain tyres for it available in 37 x 12.5 x 18 inches size to go over terrain where normal vehicles can’t. Mercedes has gone all out with exclusive interiors designed for the vehicle that provide the passengers of the car an ambient setting, whatever be the conditions outside.Designed specifically for off-road conditions, the car doesn’t lack in driving quality over normal roads and the Sports mode which has different damper settings for the car allows it to go over asphalt as smoothly as it goes over off-road terrain.last_img read more