Archive | July 2017

Kid draws a hilarious family portrait, featuring his mother on her period

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Periods are normal, but kids pointing them out in their sketches is something else.

Australian woman Penny Rohleder shared a photo of her son’s drawing on the Facebook page of blogger Constance Hall on Jul. 25, which well, says it all.

“I don’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed that my 5 year old son knows this,” Rohleder wrote.

“Julian drew a family portrait. I said ‘What’s that red bit on me?’ And he replied, real casual, ‘That’s your period.'”

Well, at least he knows.

To give further context, Rohleder revealed she had pulmonary embolism in October 2016, and was put on blood thinning treatment which makes her periods “very, very bad,” she explained to the …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Fearless coworker picks up snake hiding in office desk

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Sometimes at work, you might encounter a snake.

No, not a deceitful coworker. An actual reptile, like the one found in a cameraman’s edit suite at the offices of TV station 9 News Darwin in Australia.

A video of its removal was tweeted by the bureau’s news director Kate Limon on Monday. A woman attempts to take control of it, and place it in a shopping bag held by a man — although without much luck.

“Geez it’s not small,” someone can be heard saying off camera.

Limon told the …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Warring factions are splitting Bitcoin in 2. Here’s what you need to know.

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The wild world of Bitcoin is about to get a whole lot wilder.

On August 1, 2017, the preeminent cryptocurrency is set to break in two. Two warring factions, fundamentally divided on Bitcoin’s future, are coming to a head — and the impending split could either save Bitcoin or doom it.

The split, called a hard fork, will result in two separate and distinct cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Core. Oh, and it also has the potential to create billions of dollars worth of new cryptocurrency out of thin air.

But that’s not what this is really about. Bitcoin as it currently stands is in trouble, and with so much money on the line opposing parties have naturally come forward with plans to save it. And, surprise, they all don’t agree on the solution. …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.

The Mooch was fooled by a fake Reince Priebus, and boy these emails are embarrassing

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Sit down, folks. The Anthony Scaramucci drama just got even crazier — thanks to a self-proclaimed “email prankster.”

According to CNN, the prankster posed as former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus from a mail.com account, and reached out to Scaramucci, who resigned Monday from his job as White House communications director.

This exchange came the day after Priebus stepped down, according to emails shared with CNN by the prankster:

Not Reince Priebus: “I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; ‘soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn’t’, has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don’t expect a reply.” …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.

Let’s all take a deep breath and stop freaking out about Facebook’s bots ‘inventing’ a new language

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines last week when he tweeted about his frustrations that Mark Zuckerberg, ever the optimist, doesn’t fully understand the potential danger posed by artificial intelligence.

So when media outlets began breathlessly re-reporting a weeks-old story that Facebook’s AI-trained chatbots “invented” their own language, it’s not surprising the story caught more attention than it did the first time around.

Understandable, perhaps, but it’s exactly the wrong thing to be focusing on. The fact that Facebook’s bots “invented” a new way to communicate wasn’t even the most shocking part of the research to begin with. …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.

The Mooch ouster clinches it: Trump’s White House is more ‘Game of Thrones’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

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Over on Earth 2, that mythical place where Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory was enough to propel her to the White House, I like to think alternate universe me is having a fine old time watching and theorizing about season 7 of Game of Thrones.

After all, in that parallel reality, politics likely has nothing to offer save a GOP Congress at loggerheads with a President Clinton on every damn issue. I spent most of the 1990s watching that show and have no desire to see it again. Bring on the giant dragons!

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2017, in Mashable.