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6 basic essentials for turning a side project into a legit business

So many of us have a side project running at any given point - or at least wish we had one. Maybe it’s writing a children’s book, selling screen printed tees on Etsy, photography, or designing a mobile game. Rather than being a big time suck that impacts your day job, research has shown that side projects actually improve one’s work performance and productivity. When we have time to explore what we’re passionate about, we’re more driven, creative, and happy with everything we do.  That’s the ethos behind Google’s 20% rule: employees spend 20% of their time on interesting projects and end up being more effective on the 80%. Read more... More about Business, Careers, and Jobs

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Young woman steals limelight from reporter, says 'hi' to her parents

We've all thought about doing something weird for our 15 minutes of fame. On that note, Australian Georgia Knoll just entered the annals of the "most endearing impromptu news appearance of all time." Journalist Scott Linden was wrapping up his segment "Street Talk" for 7 Local News Mackay when his camera person started giggling. As Linden asks, "Is someone there?" with the nervousness of a man who has been ghosted on live television before, Knoll stands behind him in the frame, adjusting her hair and eyebrows for the big moment. Knoll, invited to share the screen with the journalist, seizes her moment to deviate from the usual acts of peculiarity that go with dropping in on interviews, to just say hello to her mum and dad. Read more... More about Surprise, Journalism, Australia, and Watercooler

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TV is still the top place where (old) people get their news

Digital schmigital — TV still rules the news.  As long as you're among the olds. Almost 60% of Americans say they get their news from the idiot box, far more than any other medium, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.  Online comes second at 38%, followed by radio with 25% and something called "print newspapers" at 20%. TV's sizable lead is due almost entirely to its popularity among older demographics.  Americans aged 50 and above still heavily favor TV, with those older than 65 also still really into newspapers.  The picture gets murkier with young Americans. TV and digital news are in a close competition for people aged 30-49, with online outlets narrowly edging out the boob tube.  Read more... More about Journalism, Business, Digital Media, and Media

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Spending a day on 'Pokémon Go' is not good for your phone's battery life

It's fair to say Pokémon Go has sent people wild again for the 20-year-old gaming franchise. The augmented reality mobile game became available for Australians and New Zealanders on Wednesday morning, as well as Americans later that evening, with grown adults back trying to "catch 'em all" like they once did as children. SEE ALSO: Pokémon Go gamers are having a blast catching Pokémon in crappy places It shouldn't be a surprise that the game's heavy use of the phone's camera and GPS makes it a serious battery killer. Users have been chronicling how the game chews up their phone's batteries on Twitter, and it ain't pretty. Read more... More about Australia, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, Gaming, and Tech

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Firefighter shows off pancake-flipping skills to a stirring bagpipe soundtrack

We're not afraid to admit it: We would like to attend the Nipomo Firefighters Association's annual community pancake breakfast. Why? To observe IRL the pancake-flipping prowess of "Mike D," the most stoic precision pancake flipper we have ever seen. And also to eat pancakes. And listen to bagpipes. Please send us an invitation for next year. Please. Dude's whitewater rafting proposal nearly ends in catastrophe This clip of a man trying to close an online pop-up ad will make you seethe Totally real playground ghost freaks out father and kids Hero dog saves store owner and chases off armed robber Read more... More about Viral Videos and Watercooler

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Small child learns new bad word, gleefully repeats it over and over

When it comes to swearwords, small children seem to have something of a sixth sense. If they overhear a rude word, they'll instantly pick up on it and joyfully repeat the thing over and over again. Just take Cooper, the kid in the video above, as an example: he's obviously heard someone say "bollocks", and he's immediately cottoned to the power it holds. SEE ALSO: 16 times Britain was the best country in the world at swearing Cooper's family may be laughing now, but just wait until the next time an old lady says hello to him in the supermarket. Firefighter shows off pancake-flipping skills to a stirring bagpipe soundtrack Dude's whitewater rafting proposal nearly ends in catastrophe This clip of a man trying to close an online pop-up ad will make you seethe Totally real playground ghost freaks out father and kids Read more... More about Swearing, Uk, Videos, Funny, and Kid

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History professor takes a shoot at becoming a comedian at night

In the most recent episode of Side Hustle, we take a look into the life of Justin Williams. During the day, Williams teaches modern African history at Columbia, but at night he's a comedian. Williams says there is definitely a crossover between his two jobs: "The basic element is the same. You want to keep people off their cell phones for an hour."  Read more... More about Side Hustle, Comedian, Columbia, Lifestyle, and Small Business

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2 weeks after launch, live.ly live streaming platform hits 2 million downloads

New live streaming app live.ly has been downloaded 2 million times in about two weeks, app creators said Thursday. The app  — which was created by the founders of musical.ly — allows users to broadcast their actions in real time on their phones. Just days after launching, live.ly rose to the No.1 slot in the App Store, surpassing Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Google Maps and Instagram. Image: app store/screenshotApp creators also said Thursday they will roll out a handful of new features for broadcasters, including real-time reward mechanisms and a follower count. SEE ALSO: 8 biggest digital entertainment trends in 2016 (so far) Read more... More about Vidcon, Live.Ly, Musical.Ly, Livestreaming, and Apps

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'TL;DR,' 'budgie smugglers' among the most glorious words added to Oxford Dictionary

LONDON — Next time you wriggle into your budgie smugglers, you can do so safe in the knowledge that the phrase "budgie smugglers" has now been immortalised in the Oxford English Dictionary.  As part of a recent update, the OED has added hundreds of new words and sub-entries to its ever-growing online list — and there are some gloriously random ones in the mix. SEE ALSO: These 13 annoying words are banned from 2016 Here are some of the more eye-catching entries: budgie smugglers, n. (Australian/NZ informal): Men's brief, tight-fitting swimming trunks. deffo, adv. (British informal): Definitely; certainly. Read more... More about Uk, Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford English Dictionary, Dictionary, and Watercooler

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Dude's whitewater rafting proposal nearly ends in catastrophe

Jesse Puryear's weekend was even more emotional than he expected. He proposed to his girlfriend, Alexandra, during a fun-filled white water rafting trip down Tennessee's Ocoee River, and she said yes. Super great, right? Until a big rapid hit — and the engagement ring, which was attached to Puryear's life jacket, became loose and slipped off. Luckily, the two spotted the ring on the outer edges of the raft before it slid into the water. All's well that ends well, right? A recommendation, though: maybe have the wedding inside a dry building or something. This clip of a man trying to close an online pop-up ad will make you seethe Totally real playground ghost freaks out father and kids Hero dog saves store owner and chases off armed robber Man eats 153-year-old cracker from the Civil War Read more... More about Proposal, Viral Videos, and Watercooler

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