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As I got off the video call, I couldn't believe what was happening to me. After less than an hour of talking about project deliverables like moodboards, user personas, and a responsive WordPress theme, my very first web design client had agreed to sign a contract.
Forget that I was covered in anxiety-induced hives — I was about to get paid to build a website, and I hadn't even started calling myself a web designer!
But when I say "my very first client," I actually mean "my very first PAYING client."
If you're anything like me, your first project put the "free" in "freelance." It was (or will be!) gratis, pro bono, free of charge, unpaid. In other words, there was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Read more...More about Free, Portfolio, Freelance Work, Work Tips, and Business
An hour before our flight from Miami to Raleigh-Durham was scheduled to depart on Thursday, my coworker — a fairly new flight attendant — yelled “Mom!” into her phone as she stood in the airport. She looked upset as I passed by with my rolling bag and continued on to the gate where an agent checked my crew ID, and then let me down the jet bridge and on to the plane.
We were setting up the galley in first class when she told me her mother had asked if our pilots were sane.
And so it begins.
The questions about sanity. Long discussions centered around psychological testing ... mental disorders ... "crazy" pilots Read more...More about Travel, Air Travel, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, and Flight Attendants
Image: Records of the Trademark and Patent OfficeA system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface.Abstract, US patent US5255452 A
For the video of his 1987 single "Smooth Criminal," pop sensation Michael Jackson devised a dance routine. He leaned forward 45 degrees, apparently defying gravity, and completely blew our minds.
(In reality, the effect was achieved by wires.)
But Jackson wanted to recreate the same dance move in live performances on tour. So, along with two co-inventors, Jackson developed a special shoe. A slot in the heel engaged with a peg, which could be raised and protruded through the stage floor when activated. With the heel fixed, the performer could lean forward into the attached ankle straps. (However, the move would have required some strength in the legs and upper body to achieve and maintain this position.) Read more...More about Fashion, Music, Entertainment, Gadgets, and Celebrity
LONDON — Brown Moses and Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins has revealed what it takes to become a citizen journalist.
Speaking to Mashable's Executive Editor Jim Roberts at the +SocialGood UK conference in London, Higgins said he looks for people who think in "obsessive detail but also aren't crazy."
Higgins' investigative reporting, which is rooted in analysing online content including photos, videos and social media accounts alongside likeminded people, has helped him break new angles on several stories over the last few years. Read more...More about Uk, Citizen Journalism, Social Good, Media, and Us World
SAN FRANCISCO — Audible gasps could be heard in a San Francisco court room Friday afternoon as a jury's verdict shot down one claim after another in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
And while that initial verdict turned out to be a misfire, the final one handed down Friday evening didn't change the conclusion: gender was not the reason that Pao was passed over for promotions and ultimately fired from the firm, the jury decided after two and a half days of deliberation. Kleiner Perkins was cleared of any wrongdoing. Read more...More about Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Business, and Ellen Pao
Sriracha junkies, let your taste buds rejoice.
Huy Fong is upping the ways you can consume their signature hot sauce. The California-based sriracha manufacturer announced a partnership with Pop! Gourmet Foods that would give life to the chili and garlic paste outside of the hot sauce bottle.
Sriracha Mayo, Hummus and Croutons
Image: Pop! Gourmet Foods
The Seattle gourmet popcorn company plans to bring Huy Fong's signature sriracha flavors to potato chips, ketchup, mayonnaise, hummus, croutons, tortilla chips and even a dehydrated powderThat's right, sriracha sprinkle. The general concept of food just got a whole lot better. Read more...More about Watercooler, Food, and Sriracha
Nothing heals all studio wounds like a global megablockbuster, and Sony (with partner studio MGM) is ready for one of those after a bruising 2014Spectre, or James Bond 24 if you prefer, doesn't come out until November, but the time to start the campaign is now, ahead of the onslaught of summer movie marketing.
And here is the first teaser trailer for Spectre, a peek into 007's past, a course that puts him on the trail of a sinister organization, a sort of ..syndicate if you will. Daniel Craig slips on the tux for a fourth time, while Sam Mendes, who took over with 2012's Skyfall (Bond 25) returns to direct. Read more...More about Movies, Sony, Trailers, James Bond, and Entertainment
It's scientifically impossible to not smile while looking at these dogs taking pictures in a photo booth.
The Humane Society of Utah found an adorable way to show off some of their prized pooches. The photo series shows dogs wagging, grinning and smiling for photo booth-style shots. The pictures were taken by Guinnevere Shuster and have been gaining social media traction on the Humane Society of Utah's Facebook page.
Image: Guinnevere Shuster
The negative stereotype of viewing shelter dogs as "broken" or "damaged goods" leads to overcrowding in shelters and prevents certain dogs from finding a good home. The photo series was taken to help show that the rescue dogs' personalities were far more playful than damaged Read more...More about Animals, Dog, Cute Animals, Watercooler, and Pics
It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since the debut of Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again."
It seems like just yesterday she danced right from the surface of Mars and into our hearts wearing that red pleather jumpsuit
She's made a few mistakes since then (notably Kevin Federline), but the sweetheart of '90s pop seems to have her life on track right now with her lucrative Vegas show, Piece of Me
She still doesn't get everything right, though — none of us do. We're all destined to make the same mistakes over and over again. Here are 15 missteps Britney couldn't help but repeat Read more...More about Lists, Britney Spears, Music Video, Music, and Gifs
Antarctica, Earth's coldest, most barren continent, may have just set a remarkably unusual weather record. An Argentinian research station on the rapidly warming Antarctic Peninsula recorded a high temperature of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) on March 24, according to reports from Weather Underground
If this is investigated and verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it could become the highest temperature on record for the entire continent of Antarctica.
The warmth at the Esperanza research station came one day after a nearly identical high temperature was logged at another Argentinean base, known as Base Marambio, also located along the Antarctic Peninsula. Interestingly, the mild conditions occurred during the Antarctic fall, not the height of summer. Read more...More about Antarctica, Us World, Climate, Ice Sheet, and Record Warm
Put your paws up and hand over the treats.
Pepper the dog finally finds her opportunity to sneak a treat off the kitchen counter in an action movie-style short from YouTube filmmaker Jason Merrin. Despite all her best moves, poor Pepper is constantly being thwarted by her mortal enemy.
You win this round, cat.Viral Videos, Videos, Dogs, Cats, and Cute Animals
Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.
The decision by Italy's Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the years-long legal battle waged by Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Both Knox, who was awaiting the verdict in her hometown of Seattle, and Sollecito have long maintained their innocence.
The Court of Cassation overturned last year's convictions by a Florence appeals court and declined to order another trial. The decision means the judges, after thoroughly examining the case, concluded that a conviction could not be supported by the evidence. Their reasoning will be released within 90 days. Read more...More about Seattle, Italy, Us World, Us, and Amanda Knox
Google wants in on the operating room, at least so it can help robot surgeons to a better job.
The search giant and inveterate experimenter has partnered with Ethicon, one of the U.S.’s biggest operating room tools and equipment suppliers, to develop new vision systems that could improve results when using robotic surgery tools.
A division of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon "makes a host of surgical products and is in the overwhelming majority of hospitals around the country," said Johnson & Johnson VP of Media Relations Ernie Knewitz.
See also: 9 jobs robots could replace in 2015
While the financial terms of the deal, which was announced on Friday, were not disclosed, it will let Ethicon and Google's Life Sciences group collaborate on a robot-assisted surgical platform. A Google spokesperson told Mashable in an email that the deal doesn’t actually involve Google's burgeoning robotics group (the company has bought up more than half-a-dozen robotics firms in recent years). Instead, Ethicon will use Google's machine vision and image analysis software to help surgeons see more clearly as they operate (to, for instance, better highlight blood vessels) Read more...More about Google, Tech, Gadgets, Google X, and Google Life Sciences
Mazda has made itself a fixture in the gaming community by licensing its most popular models to widely played driving games. But the carmaker has also won the hearts of gamers by hosting several social activations, like the recent MX-5 Livery Design contest.
Built on a partnership with Microsoft and the makers of Forza Horizon 2, the contest called racing fans to create the best custom design for the 1994 Mazda MX-5 using Forza's in-game design tools.
Last week, Mazda announced its next Forza challenge and the next chapter of its partnership with Microsoft.
To celebrate the release of the 2016 MX-5, Mazda is putting the car in the hands of gamers before anyone will get to drive the real-life version. With the release of the free Mazda MX-5 Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2, the 2016 MX-5 has roared to life on Xbox One consoles across the world. Read more...More about Brandspeak
Let's all stop pretending brunch is classy.
Dragging yourself out of bed at noon to cure your hangover with booze and eggs cooked by other people is a beautiful, necessary indulgence, but hardly as impressive as all those Instagrams suggest.
See also: Charts Explain Why Brunch Is the Worst
Fortunately, former Minnesota Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek is keeping it real with a new, low-brow concoction: a Bloody Mary garnished with a slice of cold pizza.
If you're in Minnesota, you can stop by the Hbrek Pub, a restaurant named after the retired baseball player, to purchase the cocktail for $19. According to the restaurant, the drink/meal comes with a beef stick, pepper jack and cheddar cheese cubes, pepperoncini, olive, celery, pickle spear and a Bud Light to chase it with, in addition to the slice of pepperoni pizza. Read more...More about Cocktails, Pizza, Watercooler, Conversations, and Food
The day after a suspected gas explosion rocked a restaurant and residential building in New York's East Village on Thursday, triggering a seven-alarm fire, a pile of rubble stood where three buildings once were. The explosion and subsequent fire left residents of the buildings on Second Avenue displaced. An investigation is still underway into the cause of the blast.
Twenty-two people were injured, four of whom have critical injuries, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press briefing on Friday. Two men are still unaccounted for, according to reports. Read more...More about New York, Explosion, Fire, Nypd, and Us World
Slack, the popular work communications app, reported on Friday that it had been hacked.
According to an internal investigation, the security breach occurred in February and lasted up to four days, affecting Slack's central user database containing usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords and other sensitive information.
Although Slack said users' passwords were unreadable to the hackers, the startup admitted it found “suspicious activity” from a small, unspecified group of Slack user accounts, suggesting at least some data had been compromised. Read more...More about Security, Startups, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev Design
The investigation into the deadly Germanwings crash revealed Friday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid a psychiatric condition from his employer
While prosecutors have yet to specify the exact nature of that illness, there is speculation that mental illness may have affected his performance and perhaps the final decisions he made in the plane's cockpit
Lubitz is accused of purposefully crashing Flight 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.
Dr. David Ballard, director of the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, tells Mashable that it would be misguided to draw any conclusions about why Lubitz steered the plane onto a fatal course Read more...More about Health, Analysis, Features, Mental Health, and Us World
SAN FRANCISCO — In a decision that sent shockwaves through Silicon Valley, a jury found that Kleiner Perkins did not engage in gender discrimination or retaliation against its former employee Ellen Pao, though a judge initially rejected the jury's decision due to a miscount.
Pao, a former partner at premiere venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers, sued her ex-employer for $16 million in lost wages, as well as punitive damages which could have added tens of millions more. After a month of testimony and two days of deliberations, the 12 men and women of the jury gathered in San Francisco Superior Court to render their verdict in the four claims at hand Read more...More about Silicon Valley, Business, and Gender Equality
President Barack Obama got the opportunity of a lifetime on Thursday when he sat down for a chat with David Simon, creator of The Wire, at the White House
America's geek-in-chief says the Baltimore crime saga is "one of the greatest not just television shows, but pieces of art, in the last couple of decades." His wide-ranging chat with Simon covered the drug trade, reforming our criminal justice system, unemployment and why Omar is his favorite character.
Read the full transcript on Salon.Obama, White House, Tv, Us World, and Politics