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ATA Show 2017: Shooting…The number of new products being introduced at the 2017 ATA
The number of new products being introduced at the 2017 ATA (Archery Trade Association) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, is staggering. And while taking it all in is a bit overwhelming, there was one product that stopped me in my tracks . . . and confession time . . . caused me to be 15 minutes late for a scheduled meeting.
Check this out: A new company called Ravin Crossbows out of Superior, Wisconsin, unveiled two new crossbows at this year’s ATA Show, the R9 and R15. Like many of today’s top-of-the-line crossbows, these models are packed with features, but I want to draw your attention to three in particular.
Some People are Boycotting…L.L.Bean is a family-owned business that began back in 1912.
L.L.Bean is a family-owned business that began back in 1912. The company has long been inspiring people to live life outdoors. For the last 105 years, L.L.Bean has been singularly focused on offering high-quality, satisfaction-guaranteed products and outstanding customer service.
So why are we talking about L.L.Bean?
The distinguished outdoor brand has found itself in the center of some scrutiny lately, since Linda Bean, one of 50-plus family members with ties to the business, donated a large sum of money ($60,000) to the Making America Great Again LLC, in support of President-elect Donald Trump.
After hearing about this, Grab Your Wallet, a group that bands people together to boycott companies that “do business with the Trump family,” added L.L.Bean to their “never again” list.
Now, L.L.Bean is left scrambling, calling the boycott against its company “misguided.”
L.L.Bean’s Executive Chairman, Shawn Gorman, penned a lengthy message, which was posted on the company’s Facebook, to try and clear things up. Gorman first wants everyone to realize that Linda Bean is “only one of 50-plus family members involved with the business.” They are adamant that the political views of one single member of the company don’t reflect on the company itself. “L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions,” Gorman wrote.
The post goes on to explain the company’s love and support... Read More
ATA 2017: Odor Control…As the title above states, a company is claiming to control
As the title above states, a company is claiming to control human odor and do so with a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand.
Is this possible? Well, if anyone can make it happen, that company is Scentlok . . . a brand with its roots firmly planted in odor control.
Here’s the scoop: Scentlok Enforcer is the smallest personal ozone generator on the market today. We spotted it earlier this week at the 2017 ATA (archery) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, and wanted to share its story.
Text on the website makes the following claim:
We have engineered the most versatile ozone generator and another innovative and effective solution to help assist you in managing unwanted odors! The ENFORCER’s quiet fan produces the correct amount of ozone, which seeks out and virtually destroys odor molecules and bacteria that gets in its path. Ideal for use in enclosed areas such as totes, hockey and athletic gear, tents, closets, bedrooms and much more. The SCENTLOK ENFORCER also helps to re-activate carbon alloy extending the field life of your SCENTLOK carbon clothing.
UNLEASH the SCENTLOK ENFORCER for all of your odor control needs. The personal ozone generator is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, is rechargeable with up to 8-hours of battery life, and can go anywhere you go. 1-hour and 3-hour operating mode allows you to apply the right amount of ozone depending on the... Read More
This Big Buck Costs…On Thanksgiving morning around 8:20 a.m., Clarence Robertson
On Thanksgiving morning around 8:20 a.m., Clarence Robertson, age 63, from New Market, Tennessee, shot an 11-point buck from his driveway and across Piedmont Rd. The buck was standing in a hayfield where Robertson didn’t have permission to hunt. He then drove his truck into the field to retrieve the deer.
According to a post on TWRA’s Facebook, Jefferson Co. Wildlife Officer Wayne Rich seized the buck, and TWRA Wildlife Biologist Sterling Daniels measured the antlers, giving it a gross score of 143 6/8 inches. Nice buck! Although, Robertson would soon be wishing the deer wasn’t such a large trophy.
You see, the total score of the antlers didn’t come in to play, however, the number of antler points did.
Recently amended legislation in TCA 70-4-116 allows for a judge to impose enhanced restitution fees for illegally killed or possessed trophy deer, and the more antler points on the rack, the higher the cost. That’s bad news for Robertson, seeing as he shot himself an 11-point buck, but there’s more.
New Bill Introduced in…Taking a stroll down the list of introduced legislation on c
Taking a stroll down the list of introduced legislation on congress.gov, we found something that piqued our interest, and we think it will do the same for you.
Introduced 1/12/2017, H.R. 509:
As of now, the bill has only just been introduced to the House. We will definitely be keeping a close eye on this though, as any shakeup of functions or duties of the ATF could potentially be very big news.
Decapitations And Dirty Politics…FOXThe potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ&nb
The potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ in the concentrated dose offered by theÂ openingÂ of the show’s second-season premiere. At a “Free Lucious” concert held by the Lyon family, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) descends from the heavens, lowered onto the stage in a cage while wearing a full-body gorilla costume as King Kong-like music blares over the crowd. (I’m not making this up.) She proceeds to rip off the mask toÂ launch intoÂ a tirade condemning the imprisonment of Lucious, as well as the imprisonment of other black males. It’s a madcap moment, but it’s indicative of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels’ ability to make the ridiculous rhythmic.
The season two opener takes place several months after the events of the season one finale, which sawÂ Lucious (Terrence Howard) apprehended for the murder of Bunkie (Antoine McKay). We learned then that the key witness in the case was Vernon (Malik Yoba), but with Vernon now dead, it’s only a matter of time before the head Lyon gets set free. In any case, Lucious is floundering in prison, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is dealing with the stress of running the Empire company, and Cookie, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), Anika (Grace Gealey), and Andre (Trai Byers) are placing their chess pieces into position for the hostile takeover they began plotting last season. The major piece in that game is Mimi Whiteman, played by new addition Marisa Tomei. Whiteman controls the purse strings on a... Read More
The ‘Black-ish’ Premiere Joined…ABCOn the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated blac
On the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated black-ish, which returned last night for a second season, the Johnson’s youngest son Jack (Miles Brown) is expelled from school for saying the n-word while innocently rapping Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” There’s a zero-tolerance policy, and even though Jack doesn’t say it in a hateful way, or even call someone else the n-word, he still gets in trouble.
His dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) asks his black co-workers why they say “THE word,” to quote the episode’s title. One responds it’s a “great rhyming word,” and the other only thinks it’s fine to use because he’s a spineless suck-up; if his boss Dre finds nothing wrong with a black person using it, then he doesn’t, either. And vice versa. Dre grows more and more confused, especially after talking to the school’s strict black principal. Can anyone say it?
IfÂ black-ishÂ doesn’t come to any clear answers, it’s hardly alone in grappling with the question.Â Let’s explore how eight other TV shows mined similar “THE word” territory.
Archie Bunker freely used the derogatory term “coons,” but he didn’t say the n-word until season eight’s “Two’s a Crowd,” a superb exploration of where racism comes from. For Archie, it was passed on from his abusive father, who freely called black people the n-word, so he does, too. At least until he gets beaten up by a black student at school. “Did you ever possibly stop to think that... Read More
Deep Netflix: ‘China Strike…Astoria FilmsThe 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, f
The 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, from Hong Kong director Stanley Tong (Super Cop,Â Rumble in the Bronx),Â won my heart forever before I even watched a frame. It was a two-step process.
Step one: While spelunking in the deep, deep Netflix action movies archive one night, I spotted its box cover, which features a) the title; b) a picture of Mark Dacascos, best known as one of the stars of the live-action Double Dragon movie and the host of Iron Chef America; and c) a picture of Coolio. Color me intrigued. Color me very intrigued.
Step two: I rushed to Google — like, immediately — to find out more about the movie, where I was greeted with this description (emphasis mine):
Shanghai police Detectives Alex Cheung (Lee-Hom Wang) and Darren Tong (Aaron Kwok) stumble onto the massive cocaine smuggling operation of crime boss Tony Lau (Mark Dacascos) and attempt to take down Coolio (Coolio), the American dealer in his employ who is responsible for bringing the drugs into China. In the midst of the criminal activity, Alex gets engaged to the daughter of his superior, Sheriff Lin (Paul Chun), which adds personal tensions to an already heated case.
Did you catch the little slice of magic in there? China Strike Force is a movie that stars Coolio as a drug smuggler named Coolio. I have been thinking about this basically non-stop since I read it, and I have come to the conclusion that the only way it could be better is if... Read More
Five Movies We Are…UniversalThis weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks
This weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks off with the premiere of The Walk, the Robert Zemeckis-directed story of Philippe Petitâs (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) famous 1974 high-wire walk between the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. The festival — which spans from September 25 through October 11 â will feature many premieres, as well as notable films that premiered at other festivals, that will all factor into this yearâs Oscar race. So, with that, here are five huge films weâre looking forward to at this yearâs New York Film Festival.
As previously mentioned, The Walk is the festivalâs opening night film, concluding with New York Film Festivalâs opening night party, which is always a tough ticket. The Walk is only Robert Zemeckisâ second live action film since way back to his 2000 hit, Cast Away. And once again, along with Flight, Zemeckis tries to scare the living piss out of anyone who has a fear of heights — this time by telling the story of Philippe Petitâs very illegal 1974 high-wire act between the two World Trade Center towers. As a fan of Man on Wire, it will be interesting to see how Zemeckis makes this remarkable event into a full-length narrative film.
Steven Spielbergâs first film since 2012âs Lincoln will make its debut at the New York Film Festival. What was forever known as Steven Spielbergâs Untitled Cold... Read More
There’s No Reason We…I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs
I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs. He’s got the piercing eyes, and the gravitas, and a talented director in Danny Boyle guiding the performance, and really everything else you could ever want to take on the role of the visionary, mercurial Apple founder. And he looks great in a black turtleneck and glasses. He’ll be fine. He’ll be fine.
But I wouldn’t be doing my job as a pop-culture critic if I didn’t bring something to your attention here. There’s really no reason we couldn’t have let Jason Statham play Steve Jobs.
Like, that was an option. Before any of the roles were cast, when the whole movie was nothing but words on the page, someone could have sent the script to Jason Statham and offered him the role. Everything else could have stayed exactly the same. Watch this trailer and imagine all of the Sorkin-scribed words being said by Jason Statham — in his regular voice, making no attempt to do an American accent — instead of Michael Fassbender, and then try to tell me you wouldn’t watch that movie.
“Oi sat in GAR-age an’ infented the future.” Oscars here we come.
But maybe you’re still skeptical. Maybe you’ve seen the trailers and now have your heart fully set on Fassbender in the Sorkin/Boyle version of the movie. Maybe you read my idea and said “Interesting, but I’ll pass.” That’s fine, too. You’re wrong, but it’s fine. It was just an exercise in hypotheticals anyway, as the movie’s been shot and... Read More
When I Stopped Being…We’ve all been there. Stuck at a crossroads, trying to
We’ve all been there. Stuck at a crossroads, trying to make a decision that will change the rest of our life.
Doubt creeps in, and you remember all the times you tried something out in the past and screwed it up. This time you might mess it up, too. You might make the wrong move. You might fail. And so, you punk out.
You don’t go up to that girl you’ve fancied for two years and ask her out. You don’t begin that new job search or look up apartments to rent in that exciting new city. You’re scared of making a mistake, and it can be debilitating.
Fortunately, I have a few nifty ideas that helped me to make a change whilst I was going through this very experience. Thankfully, I am now more free to do what I want without worrying so much about the “what ifs”. Here’s how:
It’s true. We all mess up sometimes, and we all worry that we might feel that same rush of shame or embarrassment we felt last time. Once you push past this worry, however, you’ll feel a rush of relief in knowing that it was the fear holding you back that was the real problem. The mental blocks are actually just as bad as the time when you first made the mistake.
Being held back by insecurity can make you feel like there is a stranglehold on your autonomy. So, don’t let it rule you – take that first step.
It’s Not How You…We all have those days when we just don’t feel attract
We all have those days when we just don’t feel attractive. And trying to meet society’s expectations of beauty can be even more frustrating – your clothes are from last season, your hair doesn’t look right, you gained 10 pounds over winter. You start thinking, “Is this why I’m still single?” Let me just stop you right there. Resist these overwhelming feelings. Don’t allow social demands to cause you to question your self-worth.
As it turns out, your physical appearance is not what makes you attractive to other people. What matters the most is who you are on the inside.
Your physical appearance is not likely to cause attraction between you and the person you’re dating. Contrary to what we are conditioned to believe, your emotional expressions are what other people find attractive. When we’re dating new people, we want to build a relationship with somebody who shares our thoughts and morals. We want to find somebody that we can understand…
A psychology study has backed this up. A professor of Social and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Lubeck in Germany, Silke Anders, conducted an experiment by having volunteers watch videos of women expressing either sadness or fear. The volunteers then rated the videos. The results indicated a positive correlation between how well the volunteers understood the woman’s feelings and how attractive they found... Read More
This Easy Breath Test…Living a healthy life has become an impossible thing in toda
Living a healthy life has become an impossible thing in today’s ecosystem. With the polluted environment, people’s eating habits and diet have also become worse, which is affecting the digestive tract and making them sick with several gastrointestinal disorders. Well, it happens sometimes even when you are taking a healthy diet, rich in vitamins, protein, and minerals. Despite all this, your gut starts reacting badly to some of the meals you have.
This type of condition is generally recognized as the food intolerance. For instance, when a human body is intolerant to a specific sugar, and when you eat a food containing that specific sugar, then your digestive tract doesn’t absorb the sugar and it then passes it to the stomach where it’s malabsorption causes flatulence, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and several other symptoms of gut function disorders.
Is it your gut flora behaving abnormal or is it a specific sugar causing the problem? All can be diagnosed by a hydrogen breath test. A healthy human body doesn’t produce hydrogen unless it is from the malabsorption of carbohydrate.
These are the bacteria in the colon, which produce hydrogen when comes into the contact with the unabsorbed carbohydrates. When the digestive tract finds difficulty in absorbing the sugar or carbohydrate in the small intestine, this unabsorbed sugar is passed into the large intestine where bacteria... Read More
8 Ideas for Your…Picking a Christmas gift for a teenager is a tricky task. Ju
Picking a Christmas gift for a teenager is a tricky task. Just a couple of years ago they would be smitten with a huge jar of candy drops and a new set of colored pencils. A surprise or a discovery were the main thrills of the present while they were kids.
Now your teen has a mile long wish list and it contains items they can brag about in Snapchat – like the newest gadget everyone talks about or a holiday tour in Europe. They surely know who brings them presents, but still, have only a vague concept of where the money comes from.
To bring back the magic you should really know what your child wants and dreams about deep down under the sheer desire to impress their friends. Look at what they are passionate about, and encourage this passion with your gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive to impress them, but it must be carefully chosen to show your support and recognition of their interests and appreciation of their individuality. This is the kind of present that creates warm memories!
Video games are a favorite pastime for the vast majority of teens. Fact!
However, some are more serious about it and might even have the ambition to become professional players in the future. Those having such aspirations will be excited about a new game console, a set of advanced controllers, or an accessory such as a mini rocking chair with a speaker for the immersive gaming experience.
They also might appreciate a themed... Read More
4 Tips to Successfully…Finding ways to leverage your knowledge into professional op
Finding ways to leverage your knowledge into professional opportunities is common. It is the basis for salary negotiations and is a fundamental part of working as an educator. However, you don’t have to hold a traditional job or work for an educational institution to share your knowledge for pay.
Many professionals find great success as public speakers. But, it isn’t the easiest profession to break into. If you are interested in turning your knowledge into an event that people are willing to pay for the privilege of attending, here are some tips to get you started.
Speaker fees include all of the revenue a speaker receives for a speaking engagement. This fee is negotiated before the event, often with the event’s sponsor, and can be based on per hour, per speech, per day, or per event fee structure. At times, additional items such as hotel stays and required flights are also included in the discussion.
The amount of money a speaker can command is often based on their level of expertise and how popular they are within the public speaking sector. Top-billed motivational speakers can often require fees at $5,000 per engagement or higher. Celebrities and former politicians have earned fees upwards of $200,000 for a single appearance.
A big part of a speaker’s success is based on their marketing techniques. Just as a resume helps you secure a job, your marketing material is what... Read More
The 36 Best Things to Eat in New…Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to…
Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to eat in new orleans.
What is it: Fried dough fritters, generously topped with white powdered sugar is an absolute must eat if you visit New Orleans. Accompany this with a steaming cup of cafÃ© au lait.
Where to eat: CafÃ© Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street.
What is it: Vegetarians love it, but there is no reason for you to not try this even if you are into meat more than veggies.
Where to eat: Domenica, 123 Baronne Street
What is it: Fluffy waffles, melted brie and tart blueberries create a near sinful combination which will revolutionize your idea of taste with every bite.
Where to eat: Biscuits and Buns on Banks, 4337 Banks Street.
What is it: This Mexican dish has a delicious topping of spicy butter, salsa Rosado and cotija cheese. This is your best answer to what to eat in New Orleans.
Where to eat: MaÃ¯s Arepas, 1200 Carondelet Street.
What is it: A century old recipe, the French Shrimp Po Boy is made of perfectly fluffy French bread brimming with lip-smacking shrimps.
Where to eat: Domileseâs Po Boys and Bar, 5240 Annunciation Street.
What is it: I had never... Read More
14 of the Best Bucket List Adventures from…Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots…
Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots of their most memorable trips and activities in 2015—tagged #OutsideBucketList—and we weren’t disappointed. From scuba diving between continental plates and river surfing in Germany to climbing one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, the outdoor community spent the year going on epic adventures and documenting the evidence. Here are 14 of our favorites, and we highly recommend adding them to your 2016 Bucket List.
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@lizzyvanpatten unwinds with some yoga during a climbing trip at Valle De Los Condores, an area in the mountains between Chile and Argentina that boasts around 200 climbing routes.
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Mushing through fresh powder offers sweeping views of the Northern Lights and close contact with sled dogs, an integral part of Alaska’s history.
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XFX Radeon R7 260X Video Card down to…We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all…
We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all for gaming – far from it – but it’s way better than an integrated GPU, and today’s dirt cheap. We found an XFX Radeon R7 260X card for $75 via Best Buy’s eBay storefront. You’d pay at least $40 more anywhere else.
For the price of a base model iPad Air 2 Retina, you can snag an iPad Air 2 Retina 64GB today from a reputable eBay seller. Open Box but effectively New condition – not a bad way to save.
And for Battlestar Galactica nerds, the complete Battlestar Galactica series on Blu-ray only sets you back $89 today only from Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Book: The MacBook Killer in WaitingEveryone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but…
Everyone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but few were expecting an entirely new machine as well. That, however, is what we got with the Surface Book laptop, a new model that Microsoft is aiming squarely at MacBooks and similar lightweight, often professional computers.
The Surface Book isn’t exactly a laptop – the top can be folded around and detached completely to work on its own as a tablet. But this hybrid functionality aside, when the keyboard and screen are together it really does look like a laptop.
The screen is a 135-inch display, RAM is provided up to 16GB GDDR5, and there’s a sixth-gen Intel processor inside too. Microsoft claimed that the Book could be about twice as fast as a MacBook at its conference.
In addition to the extra-flexible screen, the Book is also made to be used with the Surface Stylus, if the many press photos are any indication. Microsoft seems to be appealing to a wide range of users here, from business professionals to designers, artists,... Read More=>
Roku 4 Offers 4K, New Menus, Private Listening,…Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt,…
Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt, Fire TV, and the updated Chromecast, Roku has thrown its hat into the ring with the Roku 4. Like the other new entrants, the Roku 4 works hard to bring some new features to the table, but offers a very familiar core package.
Let’s talk about those new features. First off the bat, there’s a whole lot of support for 4K and 4K video content, including 4K labels so you can quickly tell what content is in ultra HD, and what Roku is claiming to be more 4K channels at launch than its competitors.
The interface, through which you can brows 300,000 movies and TV episodes on more than 3,000 channels, has also received an update. Controls for apps like Netflix and other types of browsing have been streamlined as well. There’s also an increased focus on voice search, so you don’t have to mess around with the remote to search for a particular show.
Speaking of that remote, it comes with a few unique features of its own. First, there’s a little headphone... Read More=>
Living Level-3: Iraq — Chapter 2The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic…
The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic novel highlighting the work of the organization's humanitarian aid workers and those they strive to help.
The comic, titled "Living Level 3," for the most severe classification of humanitarian crisis, tells the story of a fictional humanitarian aid worker, Leila, on an aid mission after the self-described Islamic State brutally seized territory there in 2014.
Read the second chapter of the novel below. We'll release another chapter in the story each day.
Neil Strauss on the Truth, Monogamy and RelationshipsIn The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one…
In The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?
The book details his journey away from his monogamous relationship, and into a world of cheating, orgies, and sex addiction clinics. Neil begins, "As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of -- and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."
What he discovers along the way is the agony, and the joyful freedom of living a life in which he is 100% truthful with everyone he meets: the girlfriends in his open relationship, his mother, and himself.
When you started writing The Truth, did you know it would be about marriage and monogamy?
Yeah, I don't write with an agenda or a place that I'm going to. I might have an idea, but I'm always willing to discard that idea. It was the same when I was doing journalism and interviews... Read More
Why Everyone Has Time To WriteMany of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough…
Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow. How in an already full life are they expected find one or two hours a day to write a book?
It's a good question, and the simple, honest, but ultimately unhelpful answer is this: every writer who has ever written a book has had a full life within which that book was written. If you need "more time," get up an hour earlier every day. That's what a lot of writers do. Or they go to bed an hour later. But usually they get up earlier. There. Problem solved.
Except this really solves nothing, just as telling a smoker to simply stop smoking solves nothing. The question most writers are really asking isn't, "How do I find time to write?" but, "Is writing a waste of time?" Going to college probably didn't feel like a waste of time because it would, in theory, lead to a career. And going to work probably doesn't feel like a waste of time because it provides an income and a social network and a bit of an identity. Even crashing in front of the TV... Read More