We have a special double feature for our Adoptable Dog of the Day! Both are provided to us thanks to the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments Animal Services, and both are just so sweet! Brownie is a super-cuddly bully-baby that just NEEDS to love you, and Starr is just the biggest baby ever! We can’t wait for you to meet them.
Brownie- Chocolate Labrador/Pit Bull Mix, female, approximately 3 years old, approximately 70 pounds
Brownie is such a love bug! She is incredibly sweet and loving and bonds very quickly to whomever gives her attention. She needs an owner that will spend lots of time with and give her positive reinforcement as she is a bit timid of new things.
She is always trying to seek comfort by laying down right on top of you and burying her head in your lap. We do not know all of her history but we can tell she has had a difficult life. She LOVES to go for walks and hikes (as we think she was never taken for walks) and loves to run and play.
She does well with most other dogs however a meet and greet is a must with any dogs currently in the family. No small children please as we think this would startle her. She also does well with cats.
Brownie has been with us since September 10, 2016.
Starr- Rhodesian Ridgeback/ Pit Bull/ Labrador Mix, female, approximately 3 years old, approximately 50 pounds
Starr is truly a Star!!! Her personality is something special. She came to NECCOG in rough shape-covered in fleas and lots of missing hair, now her beautiful dark brindle coat has come all in and she is shining from the inside out!
She loves to run and play especially chasing tennis balls, and she will even bring them right back to you. She had a rough start to her life but we will make sure she has a wonderful life from this point forward.
She does great with everyone she meets and does well with children. She enjoys falling asleep on car rides and cuddling. Could you open up your heart and home to this sweet girl?!
This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. ET on Sept. 9.
The remains of a massive stone monument, 15 times the size of Stonehenge and located just 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away from the famous site, were recently discovered by British archaeologists.
The stone monoliths were found buried beneath the bank of the Durrington Walls "super-henge," one of the largest-known henges in the United Kingdom, and could have been part of a huge Neolithic monument, the researchers said.
The finding, announced on Saturday (Sept. 7) at the British Science Festival in Yorkshire, could mean that everything researchers think they know about Stonehenge may need to be "rewritten," according to Paul Garwood, a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, and the principal pre-historian for the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project — the group that discovered the stones using noninvasive, remote-sensing technologies. [Gallery: Stunning Photos of Stonehenge]
It is not yet clear whether the stones were put in place at the same time as those of Stonehenge, nor do the researchers know how the stones were used. However, those who study the mysterious rock monuments of the U.K. previously thought that only Stonehenge and one smaller henge located near the famous monument featured significant stone monuments. Now they know that isn't the case.
The 90 or so huge stones discovered at Durrington Walls may have originally stood nearly 15 feet (4.5 meters) high before they were pushed over some 4,500 years ago, according to the researchers. The stones were then buried under a bank of earth that measures about 130 feet (40 m) across and nearly 10 feet (3 m) high in some places. This massive bank forms the outer perimeter of the Durrington Walls "super-henge."
Durrington Walls is also surrounded by a 58-foot-long (17.6 m) ditch that forms an enclosure around an area that is approximately equivalent to 1 mile (1.5 km) of land. Inside the bank of the henge are a few smaller enclosures and timber-ringed circles. The massive landscape monument is associated with a settlement dating back about 4,500 years, to the Late Neolithic period, the researchers said.
The super-henge was constructed at the site of a natural depression in the landscape near the river Avon that was surrounded by a chalk scarp, or sharply edged hill. The newfound stones may have formed an artificial wall to the south of the hill, creating a C-shaped "arena" that once could have been the location of springs and a valley leading into the Avon, according to the researchers.
While none of the stones have been excavated yet, the researchers think they could be related to the only large stone within the Durrington Walls henge. Known as the "Cuckoo Stone," the presence of the 7-foot by 5-foot (2 m by 1.5 m) block of sarsen stone suggests that the buried stones may also be sarsen stones — the same, locally sourced stones that were used to build Stonehenge.
"This discovery of a major new stone monument, which has been preserved to a remarkable extent, has significant implications for our understanding of Stonehenge and its landscape setting," Vincent Gaffney, professor in the School of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford in the U.K., said in a statement. While researchers have yet to excavate any of the stones, it's possible that they were brought to the site of Durrington Walls at the same time that similar stones were brought to Stonehenge.
Last year, Gaffney and other researchers with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project announced the results of a four-year survey of the landscape around Stonehedge. The survey was performed using the same noninvasive technologies, such as ground-penetrating radar, that led to the discovery of the huge stones under Durrington Walls.
In their survey, the researchers found that Stonehenge is far from a lonely pile of massive rocks standing in a field. It's actually part of a complex network of so-called "ritual monuments" that includes other areas encircled by wooden posts, timber, stones or earthen banks. The researchers also found that the Cursus, an enclosed, rectangular area to the north of Stonehenge, features two ditches at either end that line up with the Stonehenge's "avenues," or processional paths leading in and out of Stonehenge, which align with the sun's movement during the midsummer solstice.
Editor's Note: This story was updated to correct a spelling error.
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Looking for a flirty, modern, elegant look for your prom? Check out this list of 5 of the best prom hairstyles 2015 has to offer, ideas and how to’s!
For most girls, prom is a big deal; it’s almost the equivalent of getting married! Everything must be perfect as well as beautiful for this big day! First, of course, you need to find your dream dress, have a fitting, get it altered, have nightmares of it not fitting, and then have another fitting to see that it’s, of course, perfect.
Also, there’s finding a date, the right shoes, jewelry, makeup and then the greatest stressor of them all! What hairstyle will go best with this dress that also suits me? For years, girls have been re-creating the same classic prom-styles, I being one of them. Well I’m here to help and show you the top 5 prom hairstyles 2015 has to offer.
1. A half-up bow with crimped curls
This exotic, modern day twist on ‘Cinderella meets the twenty-first century,’ is absolutely classic, elegant, with a little bit of flair to it. With these sensational curls as well as adorable hair pieced bow, what’s not to love about this look? Recently there have been many videos explaining how to create this timeless piece, and I’m here to break it down for you.
How to copy this look:
You will need a curling iron/curling wand, or aluminum foil and a straightening iron, 6 bobby pins, elastic band, hair spray.
First step; curling your hair!
Now, curling your hair is easy. If you have a regular sized curling iron, just section off your hair into small sections, curl it and hold it for twenty-thirty seconds depending on how hot your iron heats up. If you have a wand, be sure to section off your hair into larger sections, and hold the iron in place for fifteen to twenty seconds.
If you do not have access to a curling iron, a newly found trick has been spreading around lately! All you need is aluminum foil (tin foil) and a straightening iron. Section your hair again, this time into medium sized sections. Wrap the hair around your fingers, hold it, and place into tin foil. Do this step around your whole head.
Then take the straightening iron, make sure it’s hot, and squeeze the tin foil in between the straightening iron for fifteen to twenty seconds. Be sure to do this to every single section! Wait around five to ten minutes, and once it’s finished, begin pulling the tin foil off your hair. You should have beautiful loose curls by the end of this!
Second step; creating the bow
First, take a section of your hair from the left and right side, combine them together, and then begin to tie them together with an elastic band. Make sure that the sections you pulled are not too thick; you don’t want to make it harder to recreate.
Second, tie your hair with the holder once, and the second time, only tie your hair half way, almost like a small bun or a loop. Third, take the middle section of that mini bun and begin to pull a little bit.
Once you begin to separate this section, take two thumbs, place them now between the left and right section and begin to spread out the sides with your middle or index finger. Then take a bobby pin and pin the now spread out right side of you hair from the bottom up, then take another bobby and do it from the top down.
Repeat these steps for the left side. Next, take a little more than half of the remaining hair and lift it over the bow. Once you bring the hair to the top of the bow begin to open up a little section in the elastic band and push it through, then, you want to slowly and carefully pull it through the other side of the holder.
Finally, once you pull the hair through the mini-bun, you want to insert a bobby pin through the top half of the mini bun then again through the bottom half, and spray hairspray all around your hair to help keep the curls intact…
How to video:
2. Elsa’s hair:
Although Elsa is popular among children, she has also touched the hearts of the children inside many teens as well as adults. What is it that is so captivating about Elsa? Is it her wit? Her self-awareness? Her beautiful voice? Her taste in fashion? Or is it her to die for locks that we just can’t stop looking at? Either way, her re-created hair will be a shoe in to go with any dress!
How to recreate the look (This is the easiest way possible!):
All that you will need is some elastic bands.
First, you are going to want to curl your hair because this hairstyle is meant for those with curly/wavy hair. Now, what you want to do is take a section from the left and the right side from the top of your head, and tie them together with a small elastic hair band. Then, you want to bring the hair that’s in the elastic band over the band itself twice.
Be sure to tug on the sides of the twist you have now created. Next, take two thicker strands of hair from the two sides again and create another tiny ponytail right under the first section we created. Repeat previous steps.
You want to be sure to have as many sections as possible, one under the other, up until there is only a little bit of remaining hair. You will then have the recreation of Elsa’s fun braided hair.
Youtube tutorial video:
3. A timeless classic
This beautiful, modern day look is great for any prom or occasion! What makes this piece so timeless is its simplicity and elegance upon looking at it. It’s easy to re-create, and leaves you looking classy every time.
How to recreate this look:
You will need a broach, curling iron/wand/tin foil and straightening iron.
To start off this look, what you need to do is part your hair; it’s your decision whether you want it parted to the left or to the right. Now remember, you don’t need to part it all through, only the front half of your head, and you can leave the rest down the middle.
What you want to do is begin to curl your hair, starting with the side that has less hair and won’t be over your face, but pinned back with the broche. Make thick curls, and once you have done this, repeat the steps on the other side of your hair, except this time, curl your hair in thick curls, but all the way up to the top of your head near your part.
Finally, pick out any hair broach you want and clip into the side where the hair is only curled at the bottom. You will have this timeless classic!
4. Waterfall braid with a twist
This teenage favorite has become very popular over the past two years and it continues to be a prom fad! With its detail in the braiding and hair beautifully dropping through this braid, creating the illusion of a waterfall, it leaves us with only one thought; show me how!
How to recreate this look:
You will need bobby pins or elastic bands.
First, part your hair; it’s your pick on which side. You will take the front section (normally where your bangs would be) of your hair, and begin to separate it into three sections. Start with taking the left section, place it over the middle section, then the right section over the middle section.
Then take another strand of hair from the top of the head and combine it with the left section, almost beginning a French braid, and place it over the middle. Then you are going to drop the right section and just let it fall. Once you have dropped that section, replace it with another section next to it with the same amount of hair. Repeat the steps.
You can either go half way around the head or do the entire head. When you decide to stop, however, either pin or use the elastic band to keep it in place. Finally, curl the hair at the bottom.
5. The messy-curly bun
Over the years, many teens have recreated the beauty of the bun. However, what has really been trending lately is the messy bun! With its fun, flirty curls and elegance when tied back, it’s a sight to be remembered at your prom!
How to recreate this look:
You will need a curling iron/wand/tin foil and straightening iron, hair tie, bobby pins.
Start off by curling your hair. Then, put your hair into a tight ponytail on the back of your head, while leaving out two strands at the front of your face. Now, split your ponytail into two sections. Take one section and hold it back, while wrapping the other section around it. Once you wrap that section all the way around the other, take a few bobby pins and pin it down.
Then take the remaining section and split that into another two sections. Wrap one of those sections behind the bun you already created. Repeat the steps. Finally, for the remaining hair that you have, what I would suggest is splitting it into another two sections and wrapping them both around the bun. Pin it. And then you have your messy bun!
These top five looks are excellent for making you look absolutely gorgeous in time for your prom! With the short explanations as well as how to videos to look through, recreating these looks should be fairly easy. Now you should have all of your basic elements covered in time for your special day!
All that’s left for you to do now is get a limo, drive your parents crazy, take pictures, dance all night, and above all, don’t drink the punch.
Friday's numerical date is written out as 11/11/11. And for some people, that number sequence is more than a coincidence or inevitability — it's a spiritual signal linked to 2012 Mayan prophecies of both doom and spiritual renewal.
Nov. 11, 2011 mythologies are pervasive on New Age corners of the Internet, with believers suggesting that 11/11 numerical sequences are signals from angels or numbers with hidden meanings. Even people who think little of numerology are finding meaning in the day: The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World will host 11 weddings on 11/11/11.
But perhaps the most intriguing 11/11/11 mythology to pop up is the number's link with the supposed 2012 Mayan Apocalypse. The ancient Mayan long-count calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, and some people believe that this date will usher in a new spiritual era, or even doomsday. Nov. 11, 2011 most likely became linked with Dec. 21, 2012 when believers noticed that the U.S. Naval Observatory had set the exact time of the 2012 winter solstice for 11:11 Universal Time on Dec. 21, according to John Hoopes, a scholar of Maya history at the University of Kansas.
"It's essentially based on the notion of synchronicities," Hoopes told LiveScience. Synchronicities are meaningful coincidences, he said. And while everyone has a psychological tendency to find minding in random patterns the subcultures that believe in 2012 mythology tend to be those that dabble in psychedelics and cannabis, drugs that increase feelings of synchronicity.
Indeed, the U.S. Naval Observatory now lists the official time of the 2012 winter solstice, when Earth's tilt is angled as far away as possible from the sun, at 11:12 Universal Time on Dec. 21. This has not stopped 2012 believers from focusing on the 11:11 time.
In part, this is because 11:11 mythology has been floating around online for some time. The website 1111spiritguardians.com holds that noticing a clock when the time is 11:11 is a signal from "1,111 fun-loving Spirit Guardians, or Angels." Other times, such as 12:12, 10:10 or 12:34 are messages, too, according to the site.
These numbers may seem special to people because they stick in our minds, Hoopes said. No one remembers looking at the clock when the numbers don't make a pattern.
"People are more likely to remember 11:11 than they are, say, 4:29 or 6:53 or 3:17 or something like that," Hoopes said.
Psychologists call the temptation to find patterns in random data pareidolia. This phenomenon is also responsible for visions of the Virgin Mary in toast or other objects.
Once you accept 11 as a meaningful number — whether because it looks so symmetrical or because you keep seeing it on your digital watch — it's easy to find the number everywhere. One article on the website 2012rising.com ties together the Mayan calendar, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the average length of polarity reversals of the sun's magnetic field, and the author making post number 1111 on a 2012 message board.
"The sun having an 11.11 year cycle, the winter solstice of 2012 falling at 11:11 and people all over the world finding themselves bombarded with 11's [sic] just as science is predicting some kind of majestic solar event at the peak of this current cycle seems more than coincidence," the author writes.
(Solar activity does indeed peak about every 11 years, potentially disrupting satellite communications, but according to NASA, there is no special risk associated with 2012 and the peaks are not expected to be different than previous historical peaks.)
With all these 11s to pluck from, 11/11/11 predictions are flowing fast. New Age adherents have predicted everything from end-of-world scenarios to the ushering in of a new spiritual era.
"The buzz on the net and on Twitter and elsewhere is that 11/11/11 is the unofficial start of the 2012 metaphysical year," Hoopes said.
Even moviemakers are cashing in on the action, with a horror/thriller movie titled "11-11-11" set for release on the date. The plot of the movie centers on a scary, mysterious force that will enter the Earthly realm at 11:11 on 11/11/11.
Non-commercial predictions tend to be more positive than doom-centered, however. The number 11 is seen as a signal that all people are one, for example, and the date is more likely to be seen as an end to greed and disconnection than as an end to humanity. That puts 11/11/11 prophets in a different class than those such as Harold Camping, who predicted a Biblical doomsday in late October.
What the Mayas would say
Whatever modern people may think of the Mayan calendar, it's not clear what, if any, significance the Maya would have placed on the end of their long count of days, Hoopes said.
"The reality is that the Mayas did keep track of large cycles of time, and there is a large cycle of time that began in 3013 B.C. on our calendar, and there are reasons to think that the cycle reaches a significant number on Dec. 21, 2012," Hoopes said.
But what that might have meant to the Mayas is an open question, Hoopes said. The Mayan people tended to see time as cyclical, he said, with important events echoing themselves on corresponding dates in a cycle. In that case, he said, the end of the calendar might have been seen as a new beginning.
"But it's fair to say there's disagreement about that, and some of the leading Maya scholars are skeptical," Hoopes said.
Notably, Hoopes said, Mayan end-of-the-world prophecies don't appear in the historical record until after the group made contact with Christian missionaries — a bunch of people with their own strong beliefs about the end of days.
In fact, astrological end-time predictions were popular in the 1500s, when Franciscan missionaries began voyaging to the New World. In 1524, Hoopes said, an astrological conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter spurred fears of a second Great Flood, touching off panic.
"They were actually preparing for this catastrophe by buying real estate on high places and by stocking up on whatever the 16th-century equivalent of duct tape and bottled water was," Hoopes said.
Biblical doomsday predictions would have certainly made it to Mayan ears, Hoopes said. In other words, Mayan prophecies simply appropriated Christian theology.
"The world for the Mayas really did end in the Spanish conquest," Hoopes said. "So they incorporated that into their explanation of what was happening to them."
The Maya and modern times
The Mayan calendar may resonate today simply because the ancient Maya are seen as an exotic culture with an advanced spirituality, Hoopes said. A century ago, he added, people believed the same thing about Indian and Chinese culture. [Why People Look Forward to the End]
What keeps the mythology alive, today, however, is the Internet and social networking, Hoopes said. In that way, he added, believers in a 2012 transformation of consciousness might be right.
"The world is changing because of this transformation of consciousness through the digital network," he said. "I would not be surprised if in the future people looked back and said, 'Oh yes, it was 2012 when all that happened.'"
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to correct the date of the beginning of the Mayan calendar. The date is 3013 BC, not 3012.
If we needed to hand-sign every agreement we made online and offline, we’d have a bureaucratic nightmare.
We’d have to put pen to paper for every online service we signed up for, and any subscription we subscribed to. We’d waste forests of paper in signing contract after contract, agreement after agreement.
Fortunately, we have electronic signatures that can rescue us from this nightmare. But what exactly is their legal status?
What are Electronic Signatures?
Electronic signatures allow you to give permission quickly and easily, without needing to sign agreements by hand.
This type of signature isn’t just typing your name on the signature line of a PDF, or scrawling your initials with a stylus. It also includes clicking an Accept button on a website. An electronic signature is a marker, or a process, that indicates your intent to abide by the contract.
[An electronic signature is an] electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to, or associated with, a contract or other record and adopted by a person with the intent to sign a record. (U.S Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act)
Electronic signatures of this kind are generally seen to be legally binding (more on this later), but they are not to be confused with digital signatures.
Electronic Signatures Are NOT Digital Signatures
Despite most people assuming electronic signatures and digital signatures are synonymous, they are not.
Digital signatures are sometimes called advanced electronic signatures. These are usually signatures generated by a computer. Using strong encryption methods (such as asymmetric cryptography), they can be used to secure documents.
Where electronic signatures can easily be forged, digital signatures cannot. A digital signature is embedded in that document and linked to the identity of the person who signed it. This makes them especially useful for verifying exactly who signed a document, and for ensuring a document has not been changed since it was signed.
On its own, a digital signature is not a sign of intent, and is therefore not always legally binding. But a digital signature can be used to verify, secure, and authorize a legally binding electronic signature.
For the average user, electronic signatures are easier to implement as we will see below. But the signature may not be secure. Digital signatures ensure the integrity of the data, and thus are combined with electronic signatures for ironclad documents.
The e-signature solution company Esignlive.com, uses a simple infographic to explain these crucial differences.
What’s Their Legal Status?
Let’s take a look at the legal status of electronic signatures in a few different countries. If your country isn’t in the list below, Adobe has a comprehensive list of the legal status of electronic signatures in a range of countries here.
Please Note: MakeUseOf is not a legal service provider, and cannot be held responsible if any of the below information is incorrect. Consult the documents listed, or a qualified lawyer if you need further information.
47 states have based their laws on UETA meaning that electronic signatures are legally binding for almost all forms of agreements (provided all parties agree to accept electronic signatures). Exclusions include property transactions, some notices to consumers, and wills, which will still require a hand-written signature.
Almost all electronic signatures are legally enforceable, apart from those relating to citizenship and migration. Different regions of Australia also have varying views on the legality of electronic signatures in relation to real estate, wills, and power of attorney agreements.
Are They Legal in India?
In India, electronic signatures are indeed legally binding (unless there is proof that the signature was used unlawfully). And so are digital signatures. The Indian government allows companies to choose which type of signature is best for them.
That being said, digital signatures have to adhere to strict standards to be seen as enforceable. More details on these standards can be found in The Information Technology Act 2000.
Exceptions to this include any documents that must be written on stamped paper, wills, and property transactions, among a few others.
Using Your Electronic Signature
Most times you provide an electronic signature, you’ll barely notice. When you click I accept while signing up to an online service, or when you agree to Facebook’s new terms, you’re electronically signing a legal contract.
For those times where you actually need to sign a document (such as a downloaded PDF), you can still do this electronically. Speaking with PCWorld, Dallas copyright attorney Bhaveeni Parmar, explains all the options in the article.
The “least bulletproof” option is to add an image of your signature to the document. If you’re signing a DOCX document, you can insert an image of your signature into the document within Microsoft word, or Google Drive. If you’re signing a PDF document, there are plenty of applications that allow you to edit these PDFs (i.e. inserting your signature). If you have a stylus, you could even sign a PDF “by hand” on your iPad.
The next class of signatures is typing your name within a form. In US states that have adopted UETA or ESIGN, this is a legal electronic signature. For “lower-priority” documents, typing your name in one of the following formats is:
Considered to be [a] legitimate signature under the Federal E-Sign act, and acceptable enough for the legal industry
For submissions to the Federal court system: /s/Angela West
For submissions to the Patent & Trademark Office: /Angela West/
Finally, the most secure option is to use a dedicated service such as Adobe Sign or DocuSign (among many others). These options allow you to sign important documents securely using high-end encryption technology. They also take into account the laws of the country for which the contract is meant.
If you’re happy just inserting an image of your signature onto agreements, Signature Maker allows you to scrawl your signature within your browser, then download the signature file as an image.
For something more secure, SignEasy (iOS, Android) is one of the most popular mobile apps for completing and signing a wide array of file types including PDF, Word, and Excel (see the image above). Once signed, you can share documents through a range of cloud services. If you only need to sign a couple of documents, the free version of the app will be fine. But if you need to regularly sign documents, you’ll have to upgrade to the premium version.
CudaSign(iOS, Android) is a similar but slightly more advanced option than SignEasy. It costs from $1 per month, but there is a free trial available. Whoever uploads the document can specify the signatory. An email link is sent, and signers can then “sign from their computer, tablet or cell phone”.
The service you choose to use depends on your situation, how secure you need your signatures to be, and your budget. All of the above services have great reviews and, apart from Signature Maker (which simply creates an image), are known to be reliable and secure.
These will offer you an easy way to legally sign most agreements that come your way.
Yes, E-Signatures Are Legal
Next time you click an I accept, or I agree button, bear in mind that you are signing a legal contract. And whenever you come to sign any other form of document electronically, know that your sign of intent is just as legally valid as a hand-written signature.
Over to you: Do you think all these “signs of intent” should be considered as legally valid as a handwritten signature?
Like any popular game, Angry Birds has spawned clones. These games are often flash-based, and though most aren’t up to par with Angry Birds, they’re a nice diversion for someone who has slaughtered their fill of hogs.
Just one problem – most of these games require an Internet connection. So what are you supposed to do when you’re offline? Let’s have a look at a few indie titles that provide physics-based gameplay but don’t require a constant connection to the mothership.
Did you forget about this game? It was an indie darling a few years back, but has fallen off the face of the earth recently. That’s a shame, because although this game pre-dates Angry Birds, the gameplay and graphical style is similar. Indeed, this is arguably the game that inspired the current breed of physics-based indie titles.
As the title suggests, you’ll spend much of your time playing with Goo. Not just any old goo, however, but rather goo that can be used to construct building and bridges. If you ever tried to make things out of Play-Doh when you were a kid, you’ll know what to expect.
The game starts out easy, but becomes increasingly difficult as the levels challenge you to build more complex structures. Eventually you’ll need to learn to exploit physics to create elaborate solutions, and when things go wrong, it all comes tumbling down in a gooey mess.
World of Goo is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and even the Wii. It is $20 on the developer’s website, but less than $10 on Amazon.
Available on Armor Games, the flash game site that posts a new game every nano-second, Crush the Castle 2 is almost identical to Angry Birds. Your goal here is to kill pigs – er, nobles – in a castle. You do this by flinging a variety of rocks and bombs at them.
Level design in this game is frankly not as solid as Angry Birds, but it’s better than most clones, and it is supported by a wide variety of ammo types that add spice to the game. Although the goal is to complete your task in as less shots as possible, it’s sometimes more fun to just plow through a castle’s walls with a barrage of bombs.
Now, you might be thinking “wait, isn’t this game web-based?” That’s true, but you can download it and play the flash file on your PC without an Internet connection, although you will need to connect if you want to use any of the game’s online features.
The original Crazy Machines was a lot of fun, but it was a bit before its time. Launched in 2005, it received some praise but generally flew under the radar. If it had arrived in 2008, it likely would have been given as much attention as World of Goo.
Now the sequel has launched, but both Crazy Machines titles have similar gameplay. You’re given a series of challenges and some tools to solve them. Usually the tools must be used to knock something over or move an object. Beating the levels requires creative thought and familiarity with the concept of a Rube Goldberg machine.
Both games are available on Amazon’s game site. The original is only $6.51, while the second is $10.99. Do be warned, however, that Crazy Machines 2 is known for its demanding system requirements. If you don’t have a beefy PC, it is unlikely to play smoothly.
There are plenty of games like Angry Birds available, but once you exclude those that can’t be played offline, many of the choices evaporate. If you know of a solid physics-based game can be played without a connection to the web, let us know in the comments!
“Game of Thrones’” actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is known around the world for his role as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (and for taking Iceland’s Strongest Man title five years running, Europe’s strongest two years running) but he’s got a far gooier heart than his brutal Westerosian alter-ego.
And one of the things that melts it is Asterix, Björnsson’s tiny pomeranian pup.
So beloved is the itty fluffball, Asterix has his own Instagram account, where the actor regularly posts photos of his dog wearing adorable outfits and looking freakishly small next to his ginormous sneakers.
The Mountain character is known for his adversarial relationship with his equally imposing brother, known as “The Hound,” but clearly the venom doesn’t translate to real life.
Björnsson stands a towering 6’9″ and weighs in at 400 pounds, which makes videos of Asterix tagging along on his cardio workouts exceptionally freakin’ cute. Take a peek at this Nerdist video for a one-two punch of athletic inspiration and near-fatal levels of heartwarming puppy love you’ll undoubtedly relate to.
Working with multiple open windows can be very distracting, leading to a loss of productivity. Sometimes, all you need to do is focus on one window to get that one task done.. We have previously reviewed Hazeover. Now we have Jedi Concentrate, an equivalent Windows app that can help you focus on a window without having to minimize all of the other windows. This app will darken the area outside of the current active window with just a press of a hotkey.
To use Jedi Concentrate, run the app and simply press any of the following hotkeys: WIN J, F12, or CTRL+ to dim inactive windows. The app resides in the system tray and if you want to activate it automatically when you turn on the computer, you can always put it in the startup folder.
Jedi Concentrate is a zipped download and you do not need to install it to use it. If you are easily distracted, this is a tool that you should play with.
Dims the area beyond the current active window so that you can focus on it.
Finding your most flattering hair shade is not an easy thing, but don’t worry – we have found the best ways to find a perfect hair color for your skin tone.
Fall is the perfect time for a style refresh, and this includes your hair too! After a long summer, your color might be looking a bit tired and grown out from the summer months.
With the deeper color schemes coming back in season from a deep berry lipstick to gorgeous jewel-toned sweaters, you want to make sure that your hair doesn’t have you looking washed out.
But the most important question you may ask yourself is – How to find the best hair color for my skin tone?
The first step to understanding your most suitable shades is looking at your skin in its natural state. Before ever trying to determine your undertones or complication level, it’s time to take your makeup off.
This will prevent mismatches because sometimes we get undertones wrong with makeup too. In addition to makeup avoid any self-tanner as well. Think of this as a fresh start!
Find your undertone
Look at your bare face and notice what colors are coming through. What color do you see in the under eye area? Do you have redness?
Normally we hate the pigmentation found in the under eye area but today it will be very helpful in seeing undertones. These are key things to look at when understanding your undertone.
Cool – Blueish Under Eyes & Some Redness
If you have Blueish Under eyes and some redness on your cheeks, you are most likely cool toned. The veins on the underside of your wrist will also appear blue which is another way to tell.
The redness will occur most in a fair skin (think Zooey Deschanel) but cool toned skin comes in all shades. In very dark skin, the blue undertone may appear more grayish, but it will be striking against bright colors much like Lupita Nyong’o.
If you are more medium to deep toned you may notice more of a blue-purple under eye area and slightly more blue-purple veins.
Warm – Greenish yellow under eyes and undertones
If you’re warm, you’ll notice a more yellow under eye area with some greenish undertones. Warm skin tones typically don’t have any redness and will have a more green appearance to the veins on the underside of the wrist.
Warm undertones are most common in light, medium to dark complexions and are rarer in very fair skin. A celebrity who is a gorgeous example of medium warm skin is the one and only Jennifer Lopez.
Neutral – A mix of tones without distinction
If you’re having trouble matching your skin to blue or yellow undertones, you may be one of the lucky few with a neutral complexion. Neutral skin tones can often pull off all sorts of hair colors, which allows a big variety of choices.
Using highlights and lowlights is a great wait to achieve a mix of tones but you will also be able to pull off both with the neutral undertone. Cara Delevingne has a very neutral undertone and can pull off just about anything. Her skin does not have a big distinction in undertones which prevents any color clashing.
Look at your favorite celebrities
Now that you know your undertone, it’s time to get some ideas! Looking to your favorite celebrities is a great way to start because most starlets will have expert stylists at their disposal.
Celebrities and models will often change their hair color for a role or special campaign, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find a celebrity who hasn’t had two or more hair colors.
Using your new knowledge of undertones, find a celebrity with a similar undertone and skin tone as yourself and see if you can find a good history of their hair colors.
For example, Blake Lively is an actress that has light skin and warm undertones. Blake typically keeps her hair a warmer blonde shade but she has been a redhead, strawberry blonde, and a brunette in the past.
In all over her hair colors, she has always maintained a level of warmth in her hair which has made every color quite flattering. When she started adding reddish tones, instead of going for true blue-red she went for something more coppery and light that would keep a brightness to her complexion.
If you have lighter skin with warm undertones you could use Blake Lively as inspiration for your next shade.
Customize your color
When you pick a shade that you want to try out, don’t be afraid to add a little more variation to make it a custom flattering shade. If you want to go deeper but are afraid of going too cool, thus giving your skin dull appearance, a great option is to add some warmer caramel highlights.
These highlights would add the right amount of warmth while still maintaining the deep shade level. Opting for multi-tonal styles will allow you to find something both flattering and unique to you.
If you are craving a lighter shade but want to take it slow, Bayalage-style or ombre highlights and lowlights are a great way to ease into lighter tones with less maintenance because you would be keeping the root deeper and fading into a lighter color.
For neutral undertones, highlights and lowlights can help give a more balanced look by using both warm and cooler shades to create a custom fit.
When looking for your perfect shade it’s not always as easy as sticking to something close to your natural color. Finding the best hair color for your skin tone can be transforming to your complexion and your overall look.
Your most striking shade will bring out your features and will make your skin look bright and vibrant.
What tips do you usually follow when searching for a new hair color? Who do you get your inspiration from? We would love to know!