The iPod turned 15-years-old on Sunday and to celebrate we asked readers to share their memories. Heres what some of them said
I wanted a MiniDisc player but dad insisted the iPod was the future
I was at university and I wanted a MiniDisc player but my dad insisted that the iPod was the future. So I queued up by the Apple Store on Tottenham Court Road to get one of the first generation models.
Ironically, I was underwhelmed, I only owned about 12 CDs. Also, it turned out I needed to use a friends computer just to load it as the interface wasnt compatible with my old Mac. I remember for the next few months getting on the tube and giving other people with the iconic white headphones an (admittedly smug) conspiratorial smile. Sadly it died a few years ago.
I wouldnt be without my iPhone now!
Heather, 35-year-old technology marketer, Bristol
Now that the stifling heat of the summer is nothing but a memory, but it still isn’t so cold that you can’t leave your home, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the colors and flavors that accompany fall (unless you’re one of the few who isn’t a fan of pumpkin-spice).
And, one of the best ways to take advantage of all of the best of fall is by decorating (and no, it doesn’t have to be all about Halloween and you don’t need to be an outdoorsy person to appreciate the season, either). Whether you live on a large, sprawling ranch or in tiny studio apartment, everyone can cultivate that sense of warmth and comfort thatcomes with arriving home during the fall season.
The easiest way to adopt the natural beauty that comes with the colors of fall begins with your very own front door. Sure, you could go with a time-tested staple and hang a wreath of pine needles or place a pumpkin next to the door, all excellent options, or you could get really creative and think outside the box a little.
Here, some of our favorite ideas for decorating your front door to make sure you home stands out in the neighborhood!
1. Rake Head Arrangement
2. Hanging Letters
3. Hanging Pinecones
4. Can Of Flowers
5. Leaf Initial
6. Straw Hat Scarecrow
7. Hanging Wheat Arrangement
8. Corn And Flower Arrangement
9. Welcome Basket
10. Custom Wood Tags
Zayn is coming out with a book because print is truly dead.
In one of the weirder career moves you will ever read about, a few months after his exit from One Direction, the PILLOWTALK singer announced he is officiallyreleasing a book for some reason.
WAIT WAIT WAIT, it gets better.
Here is the longline for the 288-page book (once again, 288 PAGES OF BOOK) being published and released by Penguin on November 1:
The first and only official book from ZAYN. Global superstar ZAYN shares a photographic journey of his life since leaving One Direction.
HOLY LOUIS TOMLINSONS FAKE BABY! ZAYN MALIK IS RELEASING A PHOTO BOOK ABOUT HIS JOURNEY AFTER LEAVING ONE DIRECTION A LITTLE UNDER A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.
This futurePulitzer Prize winning book could very well go down as a bigger waste of trees than confetti owned by any non-basketball Cleveland sports team.
THERES MORE THOUGH!
Apparently, Zayn will release a book with a ‘photographic journey of his life’ since leaving 1D on November 1st. pic.twitter.com/snQYWqKrbQ
Zayn Music Facts (@shadyzaynfact) September 13, 2016
Here is a longer excerpt of what we can expect from ZAYN:
ZAYN opens up with this collection of thoughts, inspiration, and never-before-seen personal photographs. After five years of massive success with One Direction, ZAYN launched his career as a solo artist with Mind of Mine, becoming one of the most successful artists in the world. Now, for the first time ever, ZAYN is going to tell and show all in this intimate and raw scrapbook of his life. Never-before-released photos give readers insight to ZAYN, no-holds-barred.
Gorgeously designed with hundreds of full-color photographs and Zayns notes, drawings, song lyrics, and personal stories, the book captures Zayns most private moments and his candid feelings on fame, success, music, and life. The next chapter of ZAYNS evolution into global superstar, told by the artist who is living it.
BRING. THIS. EFFING. BOOK. ON.
The internet is rightfully confused as hell over thisliterary career move.
i love zayn but he has only been outta 1d for a year and half what kind of journey needed a book https://t.co/pJq8RVooUq
skye (@sweetbunyoon) September 13, 2016
ZAYN REALLY IS RELEASING A BOOK IN TWO MONTHS LMAO WHAT THE HELL
ana (@zaynsbluedream) September 13, 2016
Zayn is writing a book I’m confused
Taylor Wicks (@whatcani_tay) September 13, 2016
This is the only potentially good thing to come out of this book:
me about zayn book pic.twitter.com/s29VLJnLCp
r (@lumosclique) September 13, 2016
IM SO READY FOR ZAYN’s BOOK pic.twitter.com/4aFBqoX3rY
Anoud (@larry_woah) September 13, 2016
Wait!!! What the fuck Zayn made a book??????? Someone better answer me
Laya (@LarryLM1997) September 13, 2016
This one lady seems pretty excited, though:
I wanna buy zayn’s book and shove it up my pussy
N (@BrooksHookah) September 13, 2016
Is it too early to start lining up outside of Barnes & Noble?
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Its true. Kim Kardashian is the unrivaled queen of selfies.
No matter how you feel about the 35-year-old star, you have to admit her selfie game is UNTOUCHABLE.
Kim proved just that in a recent post titled Kim-Digits: The Breakdown of My Mexico Vacationfor Kendall Jenners official app.
Now, lets not forget that Kim Kardashian published her own book full of NOTHING but selfies (nude ones, too) titled Selfish in 2015.
Thats why its no surprise that she snapped over 6,000 selfies while vacationing in Mexico last month when she wasnt playing dress-up with North West.
The mother of two was out frolicking under the overcast skies as she relaxed for four days during her stay at Punta Mitas Casa Aramara.
In addition to her smartphone camera, others in attendance included a group of friends as well as North and Saint West.
How she managed to find time to do anything else other than snap 6,000 selfies is beyond me. I mean, this means she snapped about 1,500 selfies each day that she was in Mexico.
Thats more than enough #TBT posts on Instagram to last her two or three separate lifetimes.
So, whats Kims deal with selfies?
In a past interview with AdWeek, Kim Kardashian explained,
So many people think that taking selfies is just ridiculous. For me, whats so funny is I love taking pictures and posting them on social media just for memories. Im kind of letting them know, yes, it is ridiculous, but its all fun.
You hear that, people?! Sure, taking selfies all day long can be overkill and narcissism overload, but its not that big of a deal.
I take it more as a fun, emotional scrapbook that I love to look back on.
This makes perfect sense, Kimmy.
After all, recent studies conducted by researchers at prestigious universities around the country have proved that sharing special moments on social media, such as selfies and other things, can be extremely beneficial to our memory.
Now, excuse me while I review Kendall Jennersfavorite go-to songs.
But first, let me take a selfie
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Love can drive you absolutely crazy. I mean off-the-wall, acting-like-a-nutso kind of crazy. But its one of the best parts about being alive. And when you love someone, truly love someone, you want to keep your memories forever. Not just in a traditional scrapbook or a boring photo albumbut forever, forever. So here are 10 awesome ways to commemorate your favorite lovey-dovey moments in a way that will truly last. Finally, a perfect way to show how photogenic you are, while totally adulting. Lets be honest, you look you have your life together when theres art on the walls. Why not have that art be a beautiful painting of you and your boo? Now you can make your place look and feel like home, while simultaneously showing off your good looks. Whether you get a favorite saying, a quote in your lovers handwriting, or just monogrammed cases, these pillows will be a continual reminder of your love, no matter if youre watching Netflix, having a lazy Sunday, or cuddling. Plus, these pillows look cute when you make your bed. You know, if you ever get around to doing that. Rings are the symbol of love. But even if youre not ready for that forever, OMG MARRIAGE kind of commitment, getting a promise ring or a couples ring is just a beautiful reminder that your love is timeless and always there. (Like literally thereon your finger.)
Love can drive you absolutely crazy. I mean off-the-wall, acting-like-a-nutso kind of crazy. But its one of the best parts about being alive. And when you love someone, truly love someone, you want to keep your memories forever. Not just in a traditional scrapbook or a boring photo albumbut forever, forever. So here are 10 awesome ways to commemorate your favorite lovey-dovey moments in a way that will truly last.
Finally, a perfect way to show how photogenic you are, while totally adulting. Lets be honest, you look you have your life together when theres art on the walls. Why not have that art be a beautiful painting of you and your boo? Now you can make your place look and feel like home, while simultaneously showing off your good looks.
Whether you get a favorite saying, a quote in your lovers handwriting, or just monogrammed cases, these pillows will be a continual reminder of your love, no matter if youre watching Netflix, having a lazy Sunday, or cuddling. Plus, these pillows look cute when you make your bed. You know, if you ever get around to doing that.
Rings are the symbol of love. But even if youre not ready for that forever, OMG MARRIAGE kind of commitment, getting a promise ring or a couples ring is just a beautiful reminder that your love is timeless and always there. (Like literally thereon your finger.)
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of logging into Facebook and getting a virtual punch to the gut when your ex’s face adorns Facebook’s On This Day window.
On This Day posts are nostalgia-inducing walks down your social media memory lane, and when they’re happy memories, scrolling through them can be a nice reminder of how great life was a year or two or three ago. But when they bring up a memory like losing a job, the death of a loved one, or self-harm, it can trigger negative emotions or behavior.
The On This Day feature is similar to TimeHop, the standalone app that shows you a daily post history from all your different social media accounts, which rose to popularity in 2012. Facebook only shows you posts from its own social archivesstatus updates, photos, and posts friends made on your timeline since the beginning of your account.
Facebook’s memories are different from TimeHop in that the company algorithmically decides what post to show you in your News Feed, and often those memories sit right at the top of your home feed without you deciding to click on the feature.
Facebook is a virtual scrapbook, albeit one overflowing with both trivial and important memories. Unlike a scrapbook that you pick up yourself when you want to reminisce, however, Facebook’s software is making the decisions on what it thinks you should see.
According to Dr. Julia Shaw, associate professor and researcher in the department of law and social sciences at London South Bank University and author of the upcoming book The Memory Illusion: Why you may not be who you think you are, the intricacies and emotions in our real lives cannot be understood by a computer program making decisions based on Likes or comments. Including whether or not we want to relive memories stored on Facebook.
“An algorithm doesn’t know which memories you actually find important. It knows how often you shared something or how many Likes it received, but it doesn’t know what the complexity of your real-world life looks like,” Dr. Shaw said in an email to the Daily Dot. “This means that Facebook memory prompts are far more likely than scrapbooks to have negative effects, making us rehash unwanted memories at bad times.”
“Triggering” memories are ones that cause a negative emotional response. These can include memories we shared to Facebook that were, at one point, very positive experiences, such as a vacation with a person who is now your ex-partner.
The algorithm can’t understand that just because something is still on Facebook, it means we want to view it again. Value changes with time, and what Facebook’s technology interprets as meaningful could become an inappropriate reminder of past experiences that remain in our virtual history for any number of reasons.
Facebook knows its feature isnt always perfectthe company has a team working on improving the algorithms and figuring out what kinds of content people care most about. Currently, the understanding of memories is based on engagement; Facebook correlates a post with a lot of Likes or comments with a positive memory.
“If the person being presented with these unwanted memory prompts is currently in a bad state, these may even have the potential to push someone over the edge into more severe problems like depression or anxiety, or can lead to negative behaviors such as fights and excessive drinking,” Dr. Shaw said.
Considering most of the content we share on social media is highly-edited positive snapshots of our lives, it makes sense that Facebook would want to encourage you to relive it. Studies show that good news spreads faster and gets more engagement than bad news on Facebook, and editing yourself on Facebook can sometimes improve self-esteem. (Though the positive pruning also might come with a caveatthe pressure to live up to the perfect self-construction people present on social media can cause anxiety or stress in life offline.)
Jeff Hancock, professor in the department of communications at Stanford University, researches psychological processes in social media, and said we’re still in the very early stages of understanding how social media impacts our psyche.
“Were not very self-aware creatures yet about sharing. It goes back to our evolutionwe evolved to talk face-to-face and all of our words disappearing. Our memory is designed to live in that communication environment,” Hancock said in an interview with the Daily Dot. “Thats why I think people arent very conscious about sharing. But heres what I think ends up happening and why I think these reminders on the whole will be positive, though they will do some negative triggering … when people post on social media, they tend to, by the vast majority, post positive things.”
Facebook provides ways of tailoring On This Day reminders so you don’t relive negative posts. You can select certain people or dates in On This Day preferences, and the algorithm won’t include them in your daily roundups. And by clicking on the settings of an On This Day post, you can tell Facebook to show you less of this type of content.
Additionally, Facebook doesnt show On This Day posts from memorialized accounts (people who have passed away); people you once were in a relationship with on Facebook, but are no longer; and people you have blocked. A Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Dot there are no plans to implement an off-switch of sorts to avoid On This Day posts entirely.
Frequently though, we forget exact dates, and sometimes people we don’t want to be reminded of aren’t on Facebook; their memories just live in our own old photos. In my case, telling Facebook to show me fewer reminders didn’t entirely workthey still frequently pop up at the top of my News Feed.
By only sharing snippets of my life to Facebook and then telling Facebook who and what I don’t want to remember, I’m actively engineering my memory. Facebook’s algorithmically-selected memories are further manipulating my forgetfulness. Dr. Shaw calls this “memory double-distortion,” and said that when we use Facebook, we have the potential to engage in this behavior, which could impact our brain’s recall of life events.
“The first distortion happens when we upload and filter content, socially engineering our profiles in a way that often only records the kinds of memories we think are worthy of sharing, and make our lives look great,” she said. “When we then go through this engineered life and reminisce about these events, we are only reinforcing these kinds of memories. Our brains thus become better at remembering the details of things we put on Facebook, and worse for details that were originally not deemed ‘share-able’ enough. The memories in our brains are likely to mould with the memories on Facebook.
“We become who we pretend to be,” she said.
The potential for new technologies to threaten our memories is a concern that extends all the way back to 370 BC. Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, worried that the written word, a new way of documenting human life, could destroy and distort memory. Socrates’ argument against the alphabet was captured, in text, by Plato.
For this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.
Social media is in its infancy as a communication tool. Developers are still trying to create algorithms smart enough to provide positive experiences and omit terrible reminders without humans having to tailor their own memories.
Face-detection algorithms in developmentcan discern emotions in videos and photographs and are being used by advertisers for market research. Imagine if a Facebook algorithm was smart enough to recognize the microexpressions in a photo you shared of your grandmother’s funeralit would keep it out of the self-made scrapbook, a memory quietly shoved aside in favor of a smiling selfie two years earlier.
Technologists must strike a balance between reducing harm and providing thoughtful context around historical events. At one point, the information or photo posted to social media was deemed worthy of sharingbut has time altered its significance?
Hancock said that more research needs to be done in order to better understand how and why people share one thing, but don’t want to relive it.
“In this case, we have a new way of affecting our memory, and thats probably about a core of human thing as possible, and were at the very beginning of how these things can change us,” he said. “I think we should be doing lots of research on this to understand what kind of photos lead to positive memories. Are there indicators? Is there some set of features of a post or the context around the post that suggest that its something that shouldnt be brought up again?”
Communication has evolved since the popularization of social mediathings like emoji, FOMO, and Likes creeping into our daily routinesbut the perception of social media has also changed. The fact that memory modification or triggering reminders is a point of contention at all shows that the lines between social media and our “real lives,” have blurred.
If our posts consisted only of what we ate for breakfast, or the book we finished reading recently, the potential for harm would not be a concern.
“This is a really wonderful example of the transformative nature and the potential it has to affect people in a real way,” Hancock said. “Its no longer real life and social media is some narcissistic and trivial thing. It matters to people.”
Illustration via Max Fleishman
Stranger Things is pretty much our favourite TV programme at the moment, so we were thrilled to see that the cast have shared a whole lot of behind-the-scenes photos, commemorating the time they spent filming the show.
Here’s what we found out:
In real life, Eleven and her nefarious Papa are best mates..
A photo posted by Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebobby_brown) on
As are Jonathan and Steve…
A photo posted by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton) on
Of course all the younger actors get on like a house on fire:
A photo posted by Gaten Matarazzo (@gatenm123) on
A photo posted by Caleb McLaughlin (@therealcalebmclaughlin) on
A photo posted by Gaten Matarazzo (@gatenm123) on
A photo posted by Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebobby_brown) on
They even have a Stranger Things scrapbook…
A photo posted by Gaten Matarazzo (@gatenm123) on
The adult cast get on equally as well:
A photo posted by David Harbour (@dkharbour) on
(We think this one of Hopper and Steve is particularly special):
A photo posted by David Harbour (@dkharbour) on
It’s just a pity that we can’t find a behind-the-scenes photo of Barb…
Has Colonel Sanders’ nephew inadvertently revealed to the world the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind KFC’s fried chicken empire?
The company says the recipe published in the Chicago Tribune is not authentic. But that hasn’t stopped rampant online speculation that one of the most legendary and closely guarded secrets in the history of fast food has been exposed.
It all started when a reporter visited with Joe Ledington, a nephew of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland David Sanders.
The reporter was working on a story for the Tribune’s travel section about Corbin, Kentucky, where the colonel served his first fried chicken. At one point, Ledington pulled out a family scrapbook containing the last will and testament of Sanders’ second wife, Claudia Ledington.
On the back of the document is a handwritten list for a blend of 11 herbs and spices to be mixed with two cups of white flour. While Joe Ledington initially told the reporter that it was the original recipe, he later said that he didn’t know for sure.
KFC which is a subsidiary of Yum Brands Inc. calls its recipe “one of the biggest trade secrets in the world.” It says that the recipe the reporter saw is not the real thing.
“Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate this one isn’t either,” KFC said in a statement.
The Louisville, Kentucky-based company says that the original recipe from 1940 handwritten by Sanders is locked up in a digital safe that’s encased in two feet of concrete and monitored 24 hours a day by a video and motion detection surveillance system.
Joe Ledington could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
Call it ChikiLeaks.
One of the most famous “secret recipes” in the world may have just been revealed online.
A relative of Col. Harland Sanders, the late founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, appears to have shown off a copy of his blend of 11 herbs and spices to the Chicago Tribune.
Joe Ledington, a nephew of the poultry pioneer, shared the recipe from a scrapbook he says belonged to his father’s sister, Claudia Ledington, who married Sanders in 1949.
You can see the full recipe in the clip above and image below, but the blend is largely made of ingredients found on nearly any home spice rack with one possible exception, especially at the time the recipe was first written.
“The main ingredient is white pepper,” Ledington told the Tribune. “I call that the secret ingredient. Nobody (in the 1950s) knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it.”
The company insists this isn’t the recipe.
“Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate — this one isn’t either,” a spokesperson emailed the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Though, we imagine that might make some tasty fried chicken, too.”
“I don’t want to get in an argument with Yum! Brands about it but … I’m pretty sure that it’s pretty close to the original,” he told the Courier-Journal.
KFC says on its website that the secret recipe is locked inside a 770-pound digital safe protected by two feet of concrete and motion sensors.
The company says:
And the secret blend of KFC’s 11 herbs and spices is so secret that not even the company that produces the blend knows the exact formulation. The spice blend is shipped from different locations in the United States before the final blending. We’ve got to keep it a secret from those imitators creating KFC copycat recipes that just don’t come close to the real deal.
News organizations around the world quickly put the recipe to the test.
The Daily Mail gave it a positive review, but found chicken bought at the chain was “slightly sweeter and saltier.”
“Comparing my fried chook to some KFC from down the road, there’s an astounding difference,” declared Stuff.co.nz. “I think the Colonel may be sad about his legacy’s state of affairs.”
“It was delicious,” declared News.com.au. “But not yet something I could pass off as KFC.”
It seems there may be one missing ingredient something Col. Sanders didn’t use. When the Tribune did its own taste test, they also found it wasn’t quite like KFC… until someone added MSG.
“That did the trick,” wrote the paper’s food and dining editor, Joe Gray. “Our chicken was virtually indistinguishable from the batch bought at KFC.”
The company confirmed to the newspaper that they do indeed add MSG to its Original Recipe chicken perhaps making it not quite the original recipe after all.
KFCs signature fried chicken has kept millions of diners clucking for more for over 80 years.
But would you want to smell like youve been cooking with the Colonel all day?
The fried chicken chain just released a limited edition sunscreen to keep you from getting extra crispyand its supposed to smell just like those world famous 11 herbs and spicesand chicken and oil.