Insights from a Military Parent (Part 2): Understanding Parenting Decisions

first_imgToday we continue our series, “Insights from a Military Parent,” an ongoing discussion in which Rhonda, military spouse and mom of two young boys, responds to questions that arose from her telling of her family’s experience living through two deployments with two young children during our webinar presentation, “Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Parents.”In today’s post, Rhonda talks to child care professionals about a critical aspect of building and maintaining a positive relationship with parents: understanding the parenting choices that they make, especially in times of stress and disruption.Question: In talking about your family’s experiences, you’ve mentioned that at times you made parenting decisions during the stressful times that were more lenient, accommodating, etc., than usual. As a teacher, I might see that parenting choice and be critical of it, especially if I am unaware of all that you are dealing with. What message would you like to communicate to providers about the parenting choices they observe?Rhonda: During the various phases of deployment the stress levels fluctuate greatly from feeling like you have it under control to feeling wildly out of control and at your wit’s end. At times I have made choices to alleviate stress on myself or on my children. As a parent, there were times when I took personal leave from work to simply have a day to myself. Sometimes, I used personal leave and kept the boys at home for their emotional and mental health as well. This is a choice that might seem controversial if one of the goals is to provide children with a routine and stability. It might help to understand that sometimes I made that choice following a particularly bad night for the boys, when nightmares or insomnia kept them from feeling rested. Other times I made that choice following three or four days of increasing conflict between us. While it might appear that I am rewarding their bad behavior, in reality I recognized, after many months of banging my head against the wall, that they were experiencing separation anxiety and fear. Having a day, other than a weekend which was usually dedicated to household chores, to simply play or go to the park with me usually put us all in a better mood. Yes, it was a break in the routine, but afterwards they usually behaved better in school and at home.Working full time, raising two boys, and dealing with everything else in the household takes a toll after a while. Mornings can be especially rough trying to get everyone dressed and out the door to beat the traffic and get to work on time. Some mornings it just wasn’t worth battling over clothes, shoes, or how many toys could ride in the car on the way to school. This included breakfast options as well. There were mornings when the boys would enjoy left over pizza or bags of dry cereal because I forgot to get milk the day before. Thankfully, there was usually a good breakfast waiting for them at school. These aren’t parenting choices we would make if my husband were home. I made these choices to keep myself from losing patience and getting upset over small things that really don’t matter.Issues with homework may be the most upsetting for educators to hear about. I can almost hear the collective “hmmmm” as you prepare to read this next bit. When my husband first deployed at the start of the school year there were nights when my oldest and I went round and round on the homework. He would cry to the point of hysteria and I just didn’t have the heart to push him. You see, his dad usually did homework with him, while I worked with his younger brother. I wrote a note to his teacher to let her know what we were experiencing. Because he is in special ed and was at that tipping point of either loving or hating school we didn’t push it hard. She helped him catch up at school, gave him a list of homework to be accomplished and then put him in charge of telling me what needed to be done. Once he realized he had ownership of his homework, he allowed me to help him. The crying stopped within the first two weeks. Every now and then we don’t get the homework done in the evening and both boys understand they have to wake up early to finish it. If dad were home, there would be no option but to complete the homework before bedtime or playtime. As the sole peacemaker, disciplinary, comforter, task master, maid, cook, medic, etc. I don’t always feel like battling it out. Surprisingly, it only takes waking up at 5:00 AM to do homework to realize it is better to do it the night before and sleep-in.One other thing to note during the pre- and post-deployment phases is that sometimes we take three or four day weekends to do things as a family. During the second deployment I took the boys out of school for a week so I could travel to a job interview in another state to be closer to family. We always felt supported by the school in these matters because we communicated in advance and tried to make sure all class work and homework was completed – most of the time we were able to get it done, sometimes we didn’t. I am not advocating taking children out of school on a whim; I am simply sharing our specific circumstances that called for a more flexible way of life.Remember, all home front parents have unique circumstances. The age of the children, their emotional and academic needs, stress, family support, community support, access to resources, financial issues, etc. can all effect our parenting decisions. We are doing the best we can, and we want to do what is best for our children. Clear and supportive communication, knowledge of child development, and compassion are the characteristics and skills of child care providers and educators that make them ideal partners for home front parents during deployment.Next week’s question: Why do you think some military parents may be uncomfortable talking to child care professionals?Part 1: The Power of Hearing Their StoriesPart 3: Why I’m Reluctant to Talk to YouPart 4: Responding to Misbehavior with CompassionPart 5: Adjusting to Home Life after Deployment_______________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

Paris vs New York: Beautiful Motion Design

first_imgBeautifully executed motion design video!  Two of the world’s most cosmopolitian cities are put head-to-head using brilliant typography and a clean graphic style.In an Internet full of daily new motion design projects, here’s a real standout. Artfully conceived and designed, this motion design project excels in simplicity.  French designer Tony Miotto digs into the heart of each city, Paris and New York, and pulls out the people, places and things that typify them best.  He then pairs up these dichotomous items in a unique visual style (ex. baguette and bagel).An excellent use of sound design and fast pacing merits repeated viewings to ‘take it all in’.  It just goes to show some of the best motion design is simple…and well thought out.Visit Tony’s Vimeo page or personal website to see more work.Best viewed full screen:last_img read more

Essential Advice on Producing Your Own Short Film

first_imgThe producer plays an important role in the filmmaking process. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of a dedicated producer.So, you want to make a short film! Well, someone has to produce it. It takes more than just a director, cinematographer, cast, and crew to pull off a film — whether it’s a short or a feature. Now, a director, or even one of the lead actors, can also produce the film, but as you’ll see, it’s best to have a dedicated producer. So, what exactly does a producer do?A film producer is responsible for bringing together various filmmaking components. Those components include the initial story for the film and the cast and crew who will actually make it.Image via “The Unifying Power of Storyboards.”On a feature film, there are several kinds of producers. There’s the producer who has (or acquires) either a story they want to make or a script they’ve purchased; this producer then hires the crew to make it happen. There’s the executive producer, who either funds the film or helps secure funding for the film (the ones who actually write the checks are typically given a co-producer credit). And there’s the line producer, who makes the final budget, oversees the schedule, and helps make sure the overall production stays on track and doesn’t go over budget. (Associate producer seems to be a throwaway credit given to people who may have helped make connections or otherwise furthered the production).On a low-budget short film, most crew members wear multiple hats, so the producer is likely to be a mix of producer, line producer, and executive producer.The StoryImage via “Pre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a Script.”So, you’ve got an amazing idea for a short film. If you happen to be a writer, great! If not, you’ll need to at least write well enough to give the screenwriter a solid vision so they can craft a script. Who are the characters? What’s the plot? Are there any big moments or set pieces you really want to see happen? You’ll work with the writer, giving feedback and reviewing revisions until you have the script refined and ready to produce.Key CrewNow that you have a script, you’ll need to assemble your key crew. First, who’s going to direct the movie? It’s not wise to just pick any director. Remember, this is your story and your characters! You want a director who will do it justice. George Lucas didn’t just hand off Indiana Jones to any director! He knew Steven Spielberg had the right eye and creative genius to really bring Dr. Jones to life!Getting your director is the first big step. Often, directors will have certain cinematographers and gaffers they prefer to work with. Work with them to secure those people. You want to empower your director as much as you can so they bring this story to life.You don’t need every single crew position filled right now! But, it’d be beneficial to have at least your director and cinematographer locked down. Once you go into pre-production, you can work with them to start filling in the rest of the crew.Lead ActorsThe director realizes the story, but the lead actors bring the characters to life. Who will portray the heroes and villains of your movie? For a short film, you’re not likely to get an A-lister to play your hero, but you still need a good actor. Whether it’s your friend or some local talent, find the best person to fill the role.New and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part OneNew and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part TwoMoney, Money, Money!What’s a realistic budget for this film? It’s good to know both the bare minimum it will take to pull it off and the maximum you need to be truly faithful to the script. Remember, a maximum budget is not “all the money in the world.” It’s merely the full amount it’d take to produce the project.Think of a car dealership. The dealer wants to sell you a car for $30K, to cover the cost of the car and to make a fair profit. But, since he still wants to sell the car, he knows he could sell it for $24K. The lower price wouldn’t really give him much profit; instead, it would merely cover the cost of the car. The $30K price point allows him to sell the car and pay his employees.The same goes for a film. What’s the maximum budget you need to pay your cast and crew? And, even if you can get your cast and crew to work for free, you still need to pay for food and the props and equipment rentals necessary for the production.Where is the money coming from? In the feature film world, you would write up a business plan; attach your script, budget, letters of interest from key crew and lead actors; and go to studios, wealthy individuals, and so on to raise the money for the film. In the short film world, especially super low-budget short films, you’ll either have to pay it all yourself or crowdfund the money from friends and family.For my short film “The Accomplice,” I saved up my paychecks from my salaried job at the time, took out a loan, and crowdfunded the difference of $20,000. (I don’t recommend this approach. The bulk of the costs, which were much greater than anticipated, came from working with SAG stuntmen. SAG comes with a slew of extra expenses that are unreasonable for a low-budget short. If I were to remake the short, I’d definitely do it without SAG members, which would likely have cut the budget in half.)Making the MovieYou’ve got your script, you’ve got your key crew and lead actors, and you’ve got the money. Traditionally, this is where a line producer would take over and start hiring the rest of the crew, while the director and cinematographer plans out the visuals. For a short film, though, you will be doing this.From here, you need to work out a realistic schedule. Too short, and you risk not having enough time to get all the shots. Too long and — especially when they’re working for free — your crew won’t want to commit. Two or three weekends is usually doable — if you supply enough food and the project concept is interesting enough. If the cast and crew recognize your talent for coming up with great ideas and know the director’s work is excellent, they’re more likely to invest their time, trusting the final product to be amazing and reel-worthy.Image via “Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table.”Once production starts, you’ll be on set making sure everything is going according to schedule. You need to find a good managerial style for this part. You don’t want to micromanage your director, thus inhibiting their creativity. Remember, you hired them for a reason, so you have to put your trust in them. Make sure the cast and crew are all well cared for and that they know you appreciate and value their presence. A happy cast and crew make for a better work environment and a better end product. However, you need to make sure everyone is focused and working too. Make sure you have everyone’s phone number and email on set so that you can update the cast and crew, ensuring they all get to set on time.The same goes for post-production. Many short films can get lost at this stage, with editors trying to find time to work on the project for cheap — or for free. It’s important to make sure the film wraps in a reasonable timeframe.In essence, as producer, you gather the resources (script, cast, crew, financing) and oversee the creation of the short film from start to finish. It’s honestly a lot of work. When producing my own shorts, I definitely need at least one person as a line producer while shooting, so that I can focus on directing and acting. Either way, producing your own film is extremely rewarding.Cover image via smolaw.Looking for more articles about film and video production? Check these out.Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the TableWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentarySmall Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean Filmmakinglast_img read more

NRI Designers Ramp Up Presence in Fashion Industry

first_imgNext to the handicapping the likely winning TV shows, the buzz at the award functions every year is over the designer creations that the stars will flaunt on the red carpet. While iconic designers like Armani and Oscar de la Renta always loom large, in recent years Indian-origin designers are beginning to jostle for space too.Celebrity chef and Emmy-nominated host Padma Lakshmi, in a feature in Variety magazine, counted a Naeem Khan piece among the favorite outfits that she has donned over the years at the television awards. “I was proud to represent an Indian designer at the Emmys,” Lakshmi said.Her comment underlines the rarity of occasions that Indian-origin fashion designers get to showcase their creations at global platforms. Khan, of course, is the flag-bearer for them all, decking out such stars as Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton. “It meant so much to me [to move to America]. It changed my life,” he told Elle. “And it’s taken me 30 years of struggle to get where I am.”It’s a sentiment widely echoed by other designers of Indian descent who are settled abroad. “The journey is different for a fashion designer with Indian origins in the profession in the U.S.,” says Boston-based fashion designer Sandhya Garg, adding that she even faced racism because of her identity and continues to experience mild forms of it. “There are different problems as well as benefits because of my origin,” she says. “I have a unique fresh perspective about clothing, but I will always be an outsider.”The advantage that difference in perspective brings in a creative field is huge, and therein lies the strength that most Indian designers use to propel themselves. “Those who live in the diaspora may have more creative freedom,” says Sandeep Panesar, lifestyle editor at Brown Girl magazine, an online publication in Canada targeted at South Asian women, pointing out that cultural and traditional expectations may make it tough for some fashions trends to be accepted in India compared to the West.Sandeep Panesar.However, the usual refrain about immigrants having to exceed expectations to succeed is not restricted to technology professionals. “We most often have to work harder to prove ourselves and our talent,” Manjot Bains, the co-founder of Anara Design Company, a modern textiles brand based in Vancouver, Canada, said.Like other professionals in the field, designers from the Indian diaspora too have to make efforts to create their brand identity, line up the first customers and then get the word across to a broader audience. And the last step is perhaps where the acid test lies — to bag a big enough client who gives visibility to the brand in a foreign land.Increasingly, Indian-origin designers are breaking through, and not just by their international celebrity client lists.Bains says that brands like Bibhu Mohapatra, Naeem Khan, NorBlack NorWhite, and Injiri are available in international boutique and luxury department stores. “American celebrities wear Bibhu Mohapatra and Naeem Khan on the red carpet,” she says, adding that what really matters for exposing the brand to diverse audiences is finding a mentor, gaining experience with established designers, and working with a publicist to get the right media coverage and placement.The cultural entrapments can sometimes be a millstone around the neck.“Indian designers need to look past Bollywood,” says Panesar. “We were all gushing over Poo’s fashionable looks in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and so a lot of her looks were recreated for consumers to buy. However, even though Bollywood is a huge platform to market your designs, why do we have to wait to see Alia Bhatt or Kareena Kapoor-Khan wear something before it becomes ‘cool’?”A Sandhya Garg creation. Photo: Wendy TamThat’s a question that many fashion-lovers are left asking: Should Indian designers’ works be stereotyped to connote only shiny zardozi embroidery or bright colors in rich silks? Well, that’s not such a bad thing, argue some, since it’s a niche arena.And it’s not just Indians who go looking for Indian designers as traditional events approach. Many non-South Asians turn to South Asian designers to help dress them for Indian weddings and other events, says Panesar. “Imagine a bridal party of 20 non-South Asian people all dressed in saris for their best friend’s wedding — it’s a great sight and a proud Indian moment,” she adds.“You know that South Asians are making a mark in the industry when others are open to wearing your ethnic/traditional designs.” Related ItemscultureFashionlast_img read more

106-year-old torchbearer for Rio Olympics: 10 oldest athletes in the world

first_imgRio Olympics 2016 torchbearer Aida Gemanque broke the record of being the oldest person for the ceremony at the age of 106. She is also the oldest woman in the world to skydive. She said on the occasion, “I am overjoyed. I have to be grateful for this joy, which I never expected in my life. I am immensely proud.”Alexander Kaptarenko, 101, was the previous record holder at the 2014 Winter Olympics relay in Sochi.The torch will be passing through 325 cities in Brazil over 95 days with the help of 12,000 runners. On August 5, 2016 it will reach at the Rios Maracana Stadium for lighting of the big cauldron.Here is a list of some of the oldest athletes in the world:1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

I can attend BCCI SGM but won’t give a headline: N Srinivasan

first_imgEven as the Supreme Court rendered N Srinivasan ineligible to attend ICC meeting as BCCI representative, confusion remained over the Tamil Nadu strongman’s participation in today’s Special General Meeting to discuss a five-point agenda.The Supreme Court has named joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri as the two representatives at the ICC Annual General Meeting on April 27 and 28.”I don’t think there is anything that stops me from attending the SGM. But since you are asking me whether I am attending tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) SGM, it is because you want a headline. You won’t get it from me,” Srinivasan said.Meanwhile, the SGM will now have a five-point agenda after the Supreme Court clarified on BCCI’s representatives.”The primary discussion will be on ICC Governance and Revenue structure. The pending legal issues and appointment of ombudsman will also be discussed,” a BCCI official said.The Committee of Administrators had asked the Supreme Court to nominate a BCCI representative at the ICC. It had also asked to clarify whether office bearers disqualified by the Lodha Committee’s recommendations could return as representatives of state associations or the BCCI.COA filed the application after former BCCI president Srinivasan and secretary Niranjan Shah attended the meetings ahead of the special general body meeting of the BCCI.Earlier, the crucial BCCI SGM was adjourned on April 2 as the board awaited the Supreme Court’s verdict on the eligibility of the members who could be present in the meeting.The meeting will start at 5 pm in the evening.advertisement(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Shreya, Swaroop win medals in KSS Memorial Shooting

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) Shreya Agrawal and para-shooter Swaroop Unhalkar returned with individual medals in their respective category in the ongoing XVII Kumar Surendra Singh (KSS) Memorial Shooting Championship here today. Shreya, who is already a part of the Indian junior national squad proved her prowess and continued her ascent to the top. The MP shooter who is based out of Gun for Glorys Jabalpur campus shot a total of 247.7 to finish ahead of Mehuli Ghosh and run away with the top honours in the youth category in the 10m air rifle competition. She then continued her form into the junior category as well winning the silver medal by shooting a total of 249, finishing behind Mehuli Ghosh. “We would like to congratulate both the shooters for this wonderful feat and their achievements that goes on to underline the quality training that GFG puts them through. It also shows the progress that each of these shooters have made and I am extremely happy to witness the way their career is shaping,” ace Indian shooter and founder director of GFG Gagan Narang said. “And who knows, they are not far for becoming champion shooters, who could very well go on to win many more medals and make the country proud.” Swaroop who trains at the GFG centre in Pune shot a total of 609.1 to finish just a point adrift of Vhora Adambhai who shot 610.3 to end second on the podium in the 10m air rifle category (Para-Shooting Standing). The Kolhapur shooter is part of the GFGs ambitious Vission 2024 Project Leap and has already represented India in the World Shooting Para Sport, in Ail Ain earlier this year. A total of 32 GFG shooters are taking part in the KSS Championship in the air rifle and pistol category. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Google’s Biggest Social Search Update Yet Features Google+ Content

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Google+ is changing the web, even if you don’t want it to. That’s right. Now, more than ever, it’s critical for your business to create and build its presence on the new social network. But hey, if you don’t want to take it from us, another search update from Google today might help to convince you.Today, Google is launching three new features to its search update, dubbed “Search plus Your World.” The update brings personalization of Google search to a whole new level with the inclusion of results from an individual user’s connections on Google+, making it impossible for businesses to ignore the impact Google+ is having on search. Here is a quick overview of the three new features.Personal ResultsThese results enable you to find information only pertaining to you. They show photos and updates from Google+ that include your own and those that have been shared with you on Google+, and you’re the only one with access to these specific results.Profiles in Search These results, also shown in autocomplete and regular search results, will display Google+ profiles of people you know or others you may be interested in following when you search for people’s names.Once searched, you’ll also have the simple opportunity (if you’re signed in and you use Google+) to add Google+ users to your Circles from directly within the search results.People and PagesThese results show you profiles or Google+ business pages on the right-hand side of the results page when you search a specific topic or area of interest. And again, it enables you to follow profiles or pages in just a few clicks.What if I Don’t Want Personalized Results?If you prefer to exclude personalized results from your search results, Google has also created a toggle that allows you to see only ‘normal’ Google results. You can toggle this on and off via the results pages, or you can permanently turn it off in your Google settings. Originally published Jan 10, 2012 11:27:00 AM, updated October 20 2016center_img Google Updates How This Impacts MarketingTo give you a quick idea of how impactful these updates are for marketing, consider this hypothetical example. Say you’re an IT software company, and you have a Google+ business page. Now with Google’s new updates, if someone looking for IT software searched Google using the term ‘IT software,’ they might find your business’ Google+ page. And think about what would happen if you don’t have a Google+ page but your competitors do. Competitors: 1. You: 0.Furthermore, if your IT software company has built up a large following on Google+, content that you’ve shared with your followers will also show up in those followers’ relevant Google.com searches, keeping your business top of mind and increasing its visibility among existing followers.You may not want to create and maintain a presence on yet another social network, but in an online world where Google dominates, you can’t afford not to. You can bet that Google will continue to update its search algorithm to emphasize the importance of social media, and Google+ is where it’s going to source that social data. Stay ahead of your competition, create a Google+ business page, and regularly update it with keyword-optimized content so you can leverage another powerful opportunity to get found in search.Do you have a Google+ business page yet? last_img read more

Should I Gate This Content? [Flowchart]

first_imgWe marketers seem to like rules. (And when none exist, we’ll settle for guidelines.) Those of us who write about the marketing space appear to recognize this tendency, which is why you’ll find so many benchmarking reports, how-to articles, and definitive lists for marketers.Some challenges, however, are too nuanced for a binary best practice.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. Take the “Should I gate my content?” question, for example. Bloggers have looked at the topic through various lenses — from SEO to lead generation to channel-specific implications — yet nobody appears to have written a simple “gate this, don’t gate that” prescription. This is likely because the decision always comes down to a single question — Is the viewer’s identity a fair price to pay for this content? — and that’s difficult to answer universally. Yet considering elements like content quality, objectivity, utility, and format can help marketers make a more informed decision and avoid awkward choices like asking someone to fill out a form to see their own name on a list (true story!).I suppose this is a long way of saying that we’re here to help. HubSpot created a flowchart to help guide marketers’ gating decisions. While it might not be a hard rule — there are plenty of content types, objectives, and considerations that the chart doesn’t take into account — it’s hopefully a useful guideline. And at the very least, the next time your boss asks why you didn’t gate that blog post, you can blame your decision on us.193Save (Click to enlarge the flowchart.)193Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Dec 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 Content Types Topics:last_img read more

Running an Email A/B Test? How to Determine Your Sample Size & Testing Time Frame

first_img4) Click “Calculate.”5) Your sample size will spit out. Ta-da! The calculator will spit out your sample size. In our example, our sample size is: 274.This is the size one of your variations needs to be. So for your email send, if you have one control and one variation, you’ll need to double this number. If you had a control and two variations, you’d triple it. (And so on.)6) Depending on your email program, you may need to calculate the sample size’s percentage of the whole email.HubSpot customers, I’m looking at you for this section. When you’re running an email A/B test, you’ll need to select the percentage of contacts to send the list to — not just the raw sample size. To do that, you need to divide the number in your sample by the total number of contacts in your list. Here’s what that math looks like, using the example numbers above:274 / 1000 = 27.4%This means that each sample (both your control AND your variation) needs to be sent to 27-28% of your audience — in other words, roughly a total of 55% of your total list.And that’s it! You should be ready to select your sending time. How to Choose the Right Time Frame for Your A/B TestOkay, so this is where we get into the reality of email sending: You have to figure out how long to run your email A/B test before sending a (winning) version on to the rest of your list. Figuring out the timing aspect is a little less statistically driven, but you should definitely use past data to help you make better decisions. Here’s how you can do that.If you don’t have timing restrictions on when to send the winning email to the rest of the list, head over to your analytics. Figure out when your email opens/clicks (or whatever your success metrics are) starts to drop off. Look your past email sends to figure this out. For example, what percentage of total clicks did you get in your first day? If you found that you get 70% of your clicks in the first 24 hours, and then 5% each day after that, it’d make sense to cap your email A/B testing timing window for 24 hours because it wouldn’t be worth delaying your results just to gather a little bit of extra data. In this scenario, you would probably want to keep your timing window to 24 hours, and at the end of 24 hours, your email program should let you know if they can determine a statistically significant winner.Then, it’s up to you what to do next. If you have a large enough sample size and found a statistically significant winner at the end of the testing time frame, many email marketing programs will automatically and immediately send the winning variation. If you have a large enough sample size and there’s no statistically significant winner at the end of the testing time frame, email marketing tools might also allow you to automatically send a variation of your choice.If you have a smaller sample size or are running a 50/50 A/B test, when to send the next email based on the initial email’s results is entirely up to you. If you have time restrictions on when to send the winning email to the rest of the list, figure out how late you can send the winner without it being untimely or affecting other email sends. For example, if you’ve sent an email out at 6 p.m. EST for a flash sale that ends at midnight EST, you wouldn’t want to determine an A/B test winner at 11 p.m. Instead, you’d want to send the email closer to 8 or 9 p.m. — that’ll give the people not involved in the A/B test enough time to act on your email.And that’s pretty much it, folks. After doing these calculations and examining your data, you should be in a much better state to send email A/B tests — ones that are fairly statistically valid and help you actually move the needle in your email marketing. Topics: Originally published Dec 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM, updated October 29 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img A/B Testing Do you remember your first A/B test on email? I do. (Nerdy, I know.) I felt simultaneously thrilled and terrified because I knew I had to actually use some of what I learned in college stats for my job. I sat on the cusp of knowing just enough about statistics that it could be dangerous. For instance, I knew that you needed a big enough sample size to run the test on. I knew I needed to run the test long enough to get statistically significant results. I knew I could easily run one if I wanted, using HubSpot’s Email App…. But that’s pretty much it. I wasn’t sure how big was “big enough” for sample sizes and how long was “long enough” for test durations — and Googling it gave me a variety of answers my college stats courses definitely didn’t prepare me for.Turns out I wasn’t alone: Those are two of the most common A/B testing questions we get from customers. And the reason the typical answers from a Google search aren’t that helpful is because they’re talking about A/B testing in an ideal, theoretical, non-marketing world. So, I figured I’d do the research to help answer this question for you in a practical way. At the end of this post, you should be able to know how to determine the right sample size and time frame for your next email send.Download Now: Email Marketing Planning Template Theory vs. Reality of Sample Size and Timing in Email A/B TestsIn theory, to determine a winner between Variation A and Variation B, you need to wait until you have enough results to see if there is a statistically significant difference between the two. Depending on your company, sample size, and how you execute the A/B test, getting statistically significant results could happen in hours or days or weeks — and you’ve just got to stick it out until you get those results. In theory, you should not restrict the time in which you’re gathering results.For many A/B tests, waiting is no problem. Testing headline copy on a landing page? It’s cool to wait a month for results. Same goes with blog CTA creative — you’d be going for the long-term lead gen play, anyway. But on email, waiting can be a problem — for several practical reasons:1) Each email send has a finite audience.Unlike a landing page (where you can continue to gather new audience members over time), once you send an email A/B test off, that’s it — you can’t “add” more people to that A/B test. So you’ve got to figure out how squeeze the most juice out of your emails. This will usually require you to send an A/B test to the smallest portion of your list needed to get statistically significant results, pick a winner, and then send the winning variation on to the rest of the list. 2) Running an email marketing program means you’re juggling at least a few email sends per week. (In reality, probably way more than that.) If you spend too much time collecting results, you could miss out on sending your next email — which could have worse effects than if you sent a non-statistically-significant winner email on to one segment of your database. 3) Email sends are often designed to be timely.Your marketing emails are optimized to deliver at a certain time of day, whether your emails are supporting the timing of a new campaign launch and/or landing in your recipient’s inboxes at a time they’d love to receive it. So if you wait for your email to be fully statistically significant, you might miss out on being timely and relevant — which could defeat the purpose of your email send in the first place. That’s why email A/B testing programs have a “timing” setting built in: At the end of that time frame, if neither result is statistically significant, one variation (which you choose ahead of time) will be sent to the rest of your list. That way, you can still run A/B tests in email, but you can also work around your email marketing scheduling demands and ensure people are always getting timely content.So to run A/B tests in email while still optimizing your sends for the best results, you’ve got to take both sample size and timing into account. Next up: how to actually figure out your sample size and timing using data.How to Actually Determine Your Sample Size and Testing Time FrameAlrighty, now on to the part you’ve been waiting for: how to actually calculate the sample size and timing you need for your next email A/B test. How to Calculate Your Email A/B Test’s Sample SizeLike I mentioned above, each email A/B test you send can only be sent to a finite audience — so you need to figure out how to maximize the results from that A/B test. To do that, you need to figure out the smallest portion of your total list needed to get statistically significant results. Here’s how you calculate it.1) Assess whether you have enough contacts in your list to A/B a sample in the first place.To A/B test a sample of your list, you need to have a decently large list size — at least 1,000 contacts. If you have fewer than that in your list, the proportion of your list that you need to A/B test to get statistically significant results gets larger and larger. For example, to get statistically significant results from a small list, you might have to test 85% or 95% of your list. And the results of the people on your list who haven’t been tested yet will be so small that you might as well have just sent half of your list one email version, and the other half another, and then measured the difference. Your results might not be statistically significant at the end of it all, but at least you’re gathering learnings while you grow your lists to have more than 1,000 contacts. (If you want more tips on growing your email list so you can hit that 1,000 contact threshold, check out this blog post.) Note for HubSpot customers: 1,000 contacts is also our benchmark for running A/B tests on samples of email sends — if you have fewer than 1,000 contacts in your selected list, the A version of your test will automatically be sent to half of your list and the B will be sent to the other half.2) Click here to open up this calculator.Here’s what it looks like when you open it up:3) Put in your email’s Confidence Level, Confidence Interval, and Population into the tool.Yep, that’s a lot of stat jargon. Here’s what these terms translate to in your email:Population: Your sample represents a larger group of people. This larger group is called your population.In email, your population is the typical number of people in your list who get emails delivered to them — not the number of people you sent emails to. To calculate population, I’d look at the past three to five emails you’ve sent to this list, and average the total number of delivered emails. (Use the average when calculating sample size, as the total number of delivered emails will fluctuate.)Confidence Interval: You might have heard this called “margin of error.” Lots of surveys use this, including political polls. This is the range of results you can expect this A/B test to explain once it’s run with the full population. For example, in your emails, if you have an interval of 5, and 60% of your sample opens your Variation, you can be sure that between 55% (60 minus 5) and 65% (60 plus 5) would have also opened that email. The bigger the interval you choose, the more certain you can be that the populations true actions have been accounted for in that interval. At the same time, large intervals will give you less definitive results. It’s a tradeoff you’ll have to make in your emails. For our purposes, it’s not worth getting too caught up in confidence intervals. When you’re just getting started with A/B tests, I’d recommend choosing a smaller interval (ex: around 5).  Confidence Level: This tells you how sure you can be that your sample results lie within the above confidence interval. The lower the percentage, the less sure you can be about the results. The higher the percentage, the more people you’ll need in your sample, too. Note for HubSpot customers: The Email App automatically uses the 85% confidence level to determine a winner. Since that option isn’t available in this tool, I’d suggest choosing 95%. Example:Let’s pretend we’re sending our first A/B test. Our list has 1,000 people in it and has a 95% deliverability rate. We want to be 95% confident our winning email metrics fall within a 5-point interval of our population metrics. Here’s what we’d put in the tool:Population: 950Confidence Level: 95%Confidence Interval: 5last_img read more

World Cup 2019 semi-final: Well played Ravindra Jadeja, says Sanjay Manjrekar with a wink

first_imgIndia’s dream of lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s on July 14 got shattered on Wednesday as the Men in Blue suffered a 18-run defeat against New Zealand in a nail-biting semi-final at Old Trafford, ManchesterChasing 240, India suffered a top-order order collapse as they were three down in the first 4 overs of the second innings. However, it was Ravindra Jadeja, who came in to bat at No. 8, kept hopes alive for India.Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat when India had lost Hardik Pandya for 32 in the 31st over and joined MS Dhoni when India were reeling at 92 for 6.The bowling all-rounder played a valiant 59-ball 79 innings to garner respect from fans as well as crictics.Former India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who had called Ravindra Jadeja a ” bits and pieces cricketer’ also appreciated the left-hander for his brave knock.Sanjar Manjrekar wrote on Twitter, “Well played Jadeja” and added a wink at the end of his tweet.Well played Jadeja!Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2019Ravindra Jadeja had not played in the first 8 matches of India’s World Cup campaign barring some occasional appearances as substitute fielder.However, Jadeja was included for India’s final group-stage match against Sri Lanka.Jadeja was involved in controversy as he had strongly replied to Sanjay Manjrekar after the former India cricketer-turned commentator called him a “bits and pieces” cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.advertisementRavindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrhoea’.Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019In a post match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli also lauded Jadjea for his crucial innings.”Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performances that are a huge positive. New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure,” Kohli said.India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand stormed to their second successive title clash. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 4 years later, they will wait to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14.For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup campaign. After dominant performances in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years ago, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India finished on top of the group stage only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Sourav Ganguly furious with no sign of MS Dhoni as India totter at 24 for 4Also Read | Viral video: MS Dhoni advising Yuzvendra Chahal and fielders during World Cup semi-final is goldAlso Seelast_img read more

What Do Agency Employees Really Want? [Survey]

first_img Agency Talent How do agency employees view the importance of work, play, and balancing the two?What expectations do they have from their agency employers, and how do they view their own responsibilities?How do they compare the pros and cons of working in an agency versus in a client-side organization?How did they first choose to work in an agency, and how likely would they be to recommend an agency career to others?Which features and benefits of an agency career are most important to them?Do millennial employees actually feel differently about work than other age groups?How can agency owners better understand their employees and offer them features and benefits they will value? Employees are the lifeblood of the agency business, and maintaining a productive and engaged workforce is one of the most challenging aspects of running an agency. But it can be hard for owners to understand the attitudes and goals of an increasingly diverse workforce, and employees may find it difficult to give honest feedback anonymously.To find out how the attitudes of agency employees shape their goals and opinions about agency work, HubSpot is partnering in a new Agency Employee Attitudes Survey.The survey is anonymous, and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Respondents who participate by September 15th can enter to win a $250 Amazon.com gift card.TAKE THE AGENCY EMPLOYEE SURVEYThe results of this study will be presented at INBOUND 2016 in November.The Agency Employee Attitudes Survey explores topics such as: All participants can get free access to the results, which will be shared for the first time at HubSpot’s INBOUND Conference in November 2016. Topics: Originally published Aug 31, 2016 5:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Cloud Integration Explained, and 6 of the Best Cloud Integration Platforms

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! What’s cloud integration? Cloud integration is connecting disparate cloud-based systems into a single platform. By breaking down these software silos, cloud integration lets you access and manage applications and data from different software systems all in one place. Cloud Integration Platforms JitterBitPieSyncZapierMuleSoft Anypoint PlatformIBM App ConnectDell Boomi iPaascenter_img 1. JitterBitG2 Rating: 4.7/5.0 (150 Reviews)As one of the leaders in the iPaaS space, JitterBit lets you fuse thousands of SaaS, cloud, and on-premises applications into one interface. You can also leverage their pre-built templates and workflows to automate your business processes. Additionally, you can create new APIs from your existing enterprise applications or data on their API platform. You can even blend your newly created APIs with external APIs to roll out new business solutions.2. PieSyncG2 Rating: 4.6/5.0 (216 Reviews)PieSync leverages their Intelligent 2-Way Sync technology to update any customer’s information in one app after it changes in the other. The cloud integration platform also gives you complete control over the apps you choose to sync, consolidates customer information from multiple apps, and stores and updates all your data in one place so you can access it and make the most accurate data-driven decisions for your business.3. ZapierG2 Rating: 4.5/5.0 (371 Reviews)With the ability to connect to and share data with over 1,000 web apps, like Facebook, QuickBooks, and Google Drive, Zapier can automate almost any type of business process. All you have to do is build a workflow in their editor, pick the apps you want to include in your workflow, and design it.4. MuleSoft Anypoint PlatformG2 Rating: 4.4/5.0 (479 Reviews)Trusted by over 1,600 enterprise companies, MuleSoft Anypoint Platform lets you manage all your APIs and integrations on one platform. You can also build and integrate your APIs, integrate with any application, data, or device, deploy on-premises integrations to the cloud without rewriting any code, and protect your data and administer access to employees by leveraging edge gateways and encryption.5. IBM App ConnectG2 Rating: 4.3/5.0 (193 Reviews)With IBM App Connect, you can integrate your data between on-premises and cloud-based applications, build APIs on an intuitive, code-free interface, and build workflows that automate your business processes within different apps. You can also deploy IBM App Connect in any cloud or on-premises environment.6. Dell BoomiG2 Rating: 4.2/5.0 (170 Reviews)Trusted by over 8,000 brands, Dell Boomi lets you fuse all your digital platforms into one. By uniting all your data, applications and processes, Boomi essentially stores all of your technology systems and assets in one place. With Boomi, you can also manage your APIs, data quality, and B2B network, build workflows with minimal coding knowledge, and develop applications. Topics: As marketers, smashing our department’s silos is crucial for truly understanding our customers and catering to their needs. If we understand each team’s challenges and initiatives, we can align our entire department to send the most relevant content to our audience and achieve a common goal.In regards to your tech stack, the same principle applies. The average small to midsize business has 13 different applications in their stack and they usually don’t integrate with each other. This silos organizations’ data, making it difficult to track their customers’ touch points and understand their true buyer’s journey.Fortunately, there are cloud integration platforms that can connect your distinct cloud-based applications together, let you manage their data, and even automate your business processes all in one interface.Read on to learn what exactly cloud integration is and the best cloud integration platforms on the market, according to G2.Download Now: Free Marketing Reporting Templates Originally published May 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM, updated May 03 2019last_img read more

The 13 Best Smart Home Devices & Systems of 2019

first_imgLG was the company to offer Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity in its smart TVs. Best Smart Home Devices Originally published Jun 28, 2019 5:00:00 PM, updated October 02 2019 If you’re just starting to develop your smart home and only want a basic smart TV with integrations to major streaming services, you can purchase an LG TV with 4K, Google Assistant, and Alexa capabilities for between $499 and $900. Amazon EchoPhilips HueTP-Link HS200Ecobee4NetGear Arlo QChar-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with Smart Chef TechnologyPerfect Bake ProEcovacs Deebot N79SLG Smart TV Don’t forget to share this post!center_img 1. Best Speaker: Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)Price: $99.99If you’re looking for a relatively affordable device to cater to your everyday needs, you probably don’t need to look further than Amazon Echo. The speaker connects to Alexa to play your favorite music, make phone calls or send messages, answer questions, and set alarms for you, i.e. “It’s 6 p.m., time to head to your tennis lesson”. It also connects to other smart products in your home, so you can use it as your liaison between you and your sprinklers.The speaker fills your room with 360° audio, and uses noise cancellation technology to ensure you can be heard from any direction. With the Echo, you can turn the TV on, order a pizza, and create a shopping to-do list — without ever leaving your couch.Image courtesy of Amazon.2. Best Lights: Philips HuePrice: $49.99/one bulbThe Philips Hue bulbs enable you to control both intensity of light — dimming or brightening on-command — and the color of your lights. You can create special color-coordinated moods (i.e. choose the “energize” theme on your app for a specific room you’re in, or sync it with your music). You can also set color-coordinated alarms, ensuring you wake up every morning to a bright pink bedroom.These bulbs work with most smart home systems, making them arguably the most flexible option. If you don’t want color, you can also purchase Philips Hue White.Image courtesy of MeetHue.com.3. Best Light Switch: TP-Link HS200 Price: $37.88Philips Hue bulbs and similar smart lights are fantastic and effortless — until someone flips a light switch, in which case, your bulbs won’t work until you flip it back.For true ease-of-use, consider buying smart light switches, which you can control from your phone or smart home whether or not your physical light switch is up or down. Using the app Kasa, you can create scenes and smart actions — for instance, you might tell the app you’re “watching TV downstairs,” and the switches will automatically turn off all upstairs lights.TP-Link HS200 works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but you might need to consider other options if you primarily use Apple HomeKit, Wink, or another smart system.Image courtesy of Amazon.4. Best Thermostat: Ecobee4Price: $249The Ecobee4 allows you to control air temperature with voice commands, but unlike other smart thermostats, it also works as its own Amazon speaker (rather than simply working with an Amazon speaker), so it can do everything your Alexa or Assistant can do, including play music, shop, and control other devices. Of course, if you already own a smart speaker, you might want to consider a cheaper thermostat option.Ecobee4 integrates seamlessly with apps and other home ecosystems like Alexa or Apple HomeKit. Plus, it’s able to control the room you’re in, rather than the room it’s installed.Image courtesy of EcoBee.com.5. Best Security: NetGear Arlo QPrice: $119.94While some of these smart devices are more for convenience and entertainment, the NetGear Arlo Q is a truly useful tool for home security. The NetGear Arlo Q records high-quality video and audio, and even produces exceptional quality images of people in pitch-blackness.You can customize whether your camera automatically records when you’re not home, or set it to a time-based schedule for when you’re at work. While it’s on the pricier side, it offers seven days of video and audio backup for free, making it a worthwhile investment compared to some of the other smart security systems.Image courtesy of Amazon.6. Best Grill: Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef TechnologyPrice: $166.99Anyone who grills regularly knows the inconvenience of it — walking in and out of the house to check the meat, hoping the temperature is hot enough but won’t burn your steak, and adding coals or lighter fluid when necessary. This tool handles all that, alerting you on your smart device when your grill is preheated, what the internal meat temperature is, and when your meat or fish is fully cooked. The 725 square-inch cooking space and four internal chrome racks allow you to grill for both large and small occasions.Image courtesy of Amazon.7. Best Cooking Device: Perfect Bake ProPrice: $86.49If you struggle to figure out what you can make with the half a cup of flour, three eggs, and handful of blueberries you have in your fridge, you might be in luck — this smart device allows you to input what food you have, and then generates recipes you can use with those items.You can autoscale the recipe for the amount of people or even amount of ingredients you have (i.e. “only have ¼ cup of chocolate chips”), or generate a shopping list from recipes you want to make. Best of all, you can use the bowl to measure your ingredients as you pour them in — the smart bowl tells you when you can stop pouring.Image courtesy of Amazon.8. Best Vacuum: Ecovacs Deebot N79S Price: $229.98I’m personally willing to pay triple this price for any device that can vacuum my floor for me, but at $229, the Ecovacs Deebot N79S is a pretty impressive deal. It integrates with smart home systems and other apps, offers a manual steering option, and cleans surfaces surprisingly well. It also has a long battery life.Image courtesy of Amazon.9. Best Television: LG Smart TVPrice: Varies based on screen size and features. With a smart TV, you can connect your streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, your cable box, and other video devices all in one place. Many smart TVs, like LG’s products, also offer voice control capabilities that allow you to ask the TV to search for a movie or show.  In 2019, smart home systems and devices are more impressive and all-encompassing than ever.Using a smart system is no longer just about asking Alexa to tell you the weather or play that new Drake song — now, you can use smart devices to grill chicken at your next family barbecue, turn the lights off in the living room while you’re watching a movie, or vacuum your floors.Your home devices provide a sense of convenience, particularly when they’re ordering pizza or calling your sister, but in 2018, they can also tackle more serious tasks, like acting as your home security system when you’re out of town. In other words, they aren’t just for fun anymore — they also fulfill some substantial needs.Unlock tips, systems & recommended resources to stay ahead of the tech curve.Before we get into our list, let’s define what we mean by smart devices versus smart systems. A smart system is the overarching command center that controls your individual products — think, Alexa or Google Assistant. Essentially, a smart system is what you speak to when you want something to happen. A device, on the other hand, is an individual product that reports back to that system — think, Amazon Echo or Philips Hue lightbulbs.Now, let’s delve into our list of the 13 best smart home devices and systems of 2019, so you can decide for yourself which systems and products will best enhance your life.Best Smart Home SystemsWhen looking to purchase a smart-home system, you want to look into  reviews and its integrations.While the reviews will show you how good or bad the technology is, the integration information will show you how many products you can actually connect your system to. As you’re researching integrations, you should also consider any smart devices you already have that might be compatible or incompatible with the system. Today, most good smart home systems are powered by state-of-the art technology and offer a long list of third-party integration possibilities. For example, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant connect to smart thermostats like Nest of Ecobee4 — not just thermostats made by their own companies.If your devices all connect well together, work well, and are easy to use, your smart home experiences will run much more smoothly.Here are four major smart home systems that we recommend.1. Amazon AlexaWith more than 20,000 third-party integrations, Alexa is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive smart home ecosystems available today. While you have likely heard of using Alexa in Eco-speaker form (“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”), you might not know that Alexa is now built into plenty of other smart products, including thermostats (i.e. Ecobee4) and TVs (i.e. Fire TV).Alexa makes every aspect of your smart home easy to access and control. You can use Alexa to speak to apps like Spotify just as easily as you can ask her to turn off the lights. Since Amazon’s ecosystem is one of the most prevalent in the industry, most smart products integrate seamlessly with Alexa, including products made by Philips, Samsung, Nest, and Schlage — meaning, Alexa can now close your garage, lock your doors, and adjust your home’s temperature. To know if Alexa will work with a certain device, just look for the ‘Works with Amazon Alexa’ tag.Ultimately, Alexa’s ability to integrate and speak to most other smart devices and apps (Alexa has the most third-party integrations of any smart system) makes her one of the best choices for your smart home.2. Google AssistantIf there’s any true runner-up to Alexa, it’s Google Assistant. Even though Google Assistant has less third-party integrations, it can often answer questions and complete commands Alexa can’t, thanks to Google’s major ownership of the search engine space. Research from Dentsu digital agency 360i found Google Assistant was five times more likely to give a correct answer than Alexa. Ultimately, Assistant wins when it comes to understanding how people naturally speak.For instance, if you tell Assistance “I don’t like this song” on Spotify, it will skip to the next one, while Alexa will simply tell you, “Thumbs up and down are not supported on Spotify.” Small differences like this could sway you towards Assistance, since it’s often more helpful (and less literal) than Alexa.Assistant can also integrate with products from most major brands, including Philips, Belkin, August, Nest, and popular apps such as Spotify and Uber.3. Wink Hub 2Wink Hub 2 is touted as the “first smart home hub designed for the mainstream consumer.” Unlike Alexa or Assistant, Wink doesn’t have any brand loyalty, allowing you to pick and choose different smart product brands and merge them seamlessly with one another.Wink Hub 2 supports smart home protocols including Bluetooth LE, Kidde, Lutron ClearConnect, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and more. If you’re looking to create a fully integrated smart home with kitchen and wall appliances in-sync, this might be your best option. You can also download the Wink Hub app and control commands, like light switches or garage door, from your phone on-the-go.4. Samsung SmartThings HubThis Samsung system unites a wide variety of smart devices from different brands including smart thermostats, Wi-Fi router, lightbulbs, and security devices. Users with the smart system get a SmartThings Hub wall mount and can get full access to the smart devices connected to the hub through the SmartThings IOS or Android app.Samsung’s SmartThings Hub has been growing its own smart-device offerings for the past few years. In fact, the Hub’s product lineup recently grew with the addition of the SmartThing Wi-Fi plug, SmartThings Lightbulb, and a SmartThings Cam.Through the SmartThings Hub, you can also set compatible smart devices to do various actions like turning on or off when you walk in or out of a room. While you can give voice commands to the SmartThings wall hub or app, you can also integrate and Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to the system.  One of the most affordable models we found was the LG Class 4K Smart UHD TV with AI ThinQ®. This model runs between $499.99 and $699.99 depending on screen size. For those who don’t have Alexa or Google Assistant, the TV comes with LG’s voice control software called AI ThinQ.Image courtesy of LG.last_img read more

Sanjay Dutt in Panipat looks nothing like Ahmad Shah Abdali, fire the casting director, says Twitter

first_imgEver since the trailer of Arjun Kapoor’s Panipat was released, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film has been embroiled in controversy. After former Afghanistan Ambassador to India, Dr Shaida Abdali expressed concern over the depiction of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the film, now Dr Mohammed Taqi, a Pakistan-American columnist, has questioned the casting of Sanjay Dutt in the role of Ahmad Shah Abdali.Taqi said that Abdali was 25 when he first invaded India, and 39 when the Third Battle of Panipat was fought. He died at the age of 50, therefore, making the casting of Dutt in the role inaccurate. He tweeted, “Ahmad Shah #Abdali first invaded India when he was 25 and was 39 at the Battle of #Panipat. He was a handsome man by all accounts and died at age 50. Sanjay Dutt is 60 and looks 160. If nothing else the casting director of #panipatmovie should be fired posthaste.”Ahmad Shah #Abdali first invaded India when he was 25 and was 39 at the Battle of #Panipat. He was a handsome man by all accounts and died at age 50. Sanjay Dutt is 60 and looks 160. If nothing else the casting director of #panipatmovie should be fired posthaste https://t.co/cbRXrRLqF5Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) November 14, 2019His post came with a Twitter thread, that further detailed that even the costume Abdali is seen in in the trailer and poster of the film, especially the headgear he is sporting, is not authentic as per the period. The admin of the Facebook page, Tarikh-i-Pakhtunkhwa, and blogger Barmazid shared a still from Panipat, featuring Sanjay Dutt, and wrote, “Whats up with the weird headgear of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the upcoming movie? (sic)”Whats up with the weird headgear of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the upcoming movie?thread#panipatmovie#Panipat pic.twitter.com/XnCj3qyyAoBarmazid (@Pashz7) November 14, 2019It appears to me the costume designers of the movie did a simple google-image search and found the following image of Ahmad Shah Abdali and mistook the turban for some thing else. Note it is not a historical painting of Ahmad Shah Abdali, it is modern, and the artist was trying . pic.twitter.com/kEXMf3dKTJBarmazid (@Pashz7) November 14, 2019to draw a striped traditional turban of Pashtuns.Ahmad Shah Abdali usually wore a bejeweled crown like his predecessor Nadir Shah Afshar. https://t.co/x8nHxObHoTBarmazid (@Pashz7) November 14, 2019Barmazid further wrote, “It appears to me the costume designers of the movie did a simple google-image search and found the following image of Ahmad Shah Abdali and mistook the turban for some thing else. Note it is not a historical painting of Ahmad Shah Abdali, it is modern, and the artist was trying to draw a striped traditional turban of Pashtuns. Ahmad Shah Abdali usually wore a bejeweled crown like his predecessor Nadir Shah Afshar (sic),” along with an older tweet by celebrated author and historian, William Dalrymple, from March 2017.Ahmed Shah AbdaliFrom the Lahore Museum pic.twitter.com/0lFkCke2h8William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) March 8, 2017William Dalrymple had tweeted an old portrait of Ahmad Shah Abdali as displayed in Lahore Museum.Former Afghanistan Ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali, in a tweet dated November 4, had emphasised on the cordial ties between Afghanistan and India, and if Ahmad Shah Abdali’s portrayal in Panipat would strain them. Retweeting Sanjay Dutt’s post about his look in Panipat, Shaida Abdali wrote, “Dear @duttsanjay Ji: Historically, the Indian cinema has been extremely instrumental in strengthening the Indo-Afghan ties – I very much hope that the film Panipat has kept that fact in mind while dealing with this important episode of our shared history!”Dear @duttsanjay Ji: Historically, the Indian cinema has been extremely instrumental in strengthening the Indo-Afghan ties – I very much hope that the film Panipat has kept that fact in mind while dealing with this important episode of our shared history! https://t.co/8HKLei2ce1Dr Shaida Abdali (@ShaidaAbdali) November 4, 2019The Afghan officials’ concern is over the portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali. Afghanistan and India share cordial ties in the current day and the depiction of Abdali in an insensitive manner might have an effect on that, is what seems to have worried Shaida Abdali.Watch the trailer of Panipat here:Panipat, also starring Kriti Sanon, is set to release on December 6, 2019.ALSO READ | Ex-Afghan ambassador to India tells Sanjay Dutt: Hope Panipat kept Indo-Afghan ties in mindALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor introduces Kriti Sanon as Parvati Bai in Panipat: A true queen needs no crownALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor is warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau in Panipat new look posterALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor on his transformation for Panipat: I believe I look like a warriorALSO WATCH | Arjun Kapoor deconstructs the modern Indian hero at Conclave Mumbai 2019last_img read more

Ajax complete Tagliafico signing

first_imgTransfers Ajax complete signing of Argentina defender Tagliafico Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) NicolasTagliafico - cropped Twitter (@AFCAjax) Transfers Ajax Independiente Superliga Eredivisie The Dutch side added Independiente man on Friday, having earlier tied Donny van de Beek down to a new deal. Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico’s switch from Independiente to Ajax has been completed.Left-back Tagliafico signed a four-and-a-half-year contract in Amsterdam on Friday and joins for an undisclosed fee.The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut last June as Jorge Sampaoli guided the Albiceleste to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in his first match at the helm. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tagliafico, whose only previous spell in Europe was a season on loan at Real Murcia in the Spanish second tier, was a key member of the Independiente side that won the Copa Sudamericana in December.Ready to shine! #HolaNico pic.twitter.com/Bp1FtLxLvE — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 5, 2018 His arrival came on a busy day for Ajax, who also announced a two-year contract extension for Donny van de Beek, who is now tied to the club until June 2022.Furthermore, the Eredivisie side confirmed the impending arrival of Hoffenheim assistant Alfred Schreuder as part of new coach Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.last_img read more

Why Does Oklahoma State’s Defense Seem so Much Better than Its Offense?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “We’re fewer guys,” Gundy said. “We’re two offensive linemen less than what we were when Todd (Monken) and Dana (Holgorsen) were here (as offensive coordinators). So it’s affecting them some.“We’re going to rally and figure out a way to make it better, but it’s certainly affected the offense.”That’s really interesting, and it fits nicely with my theory about what Gundy’s philosophy is (run + defense). It’s also something to keep in mind when criticizing Yurcich. He’s not playing with a full deck (everyone: I KNOW!) but not in the way you’ve probably been thinking.[Tulsa World] Fire Yurcich and make Spencer governor of Oklahoma, right? Well, there’s a reason Oklahoma State’s defense has been so good this year, and part of it is Glenn Spencer, yes. But another part of it goes back several years to a switch in Mike Gundy’s recruiting philosophy.Here’s what Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World wrote recently.Gundy has said in the past that OSU used to distribute the 85 scholarships 41-41-3, with 41 on offense, 41 on defense and three specialists. That changed to 38 on offense and 44 on defense a few years ago. Gundy said Monday the defense now has 10 percent more, which would seem to indicate a 39-43 split.AdChoices广告You can tell. OSU has hit on a bunch of guys recently that maybe they wouldn’t have if they hadn’t added the extra 2-4 scholarships on defense.“We put a lot of importance in planning in our defense about four years ago,” said Gundy before this season started. “We felt like we needed to be more competitive on defense, and we built up our numbers. We allotted more scholarships on that side of the ball than we did on offense. I think it’s paying off for us now at this time.”It is. This is one of the better defenses OSU has ever had. Ever. But there’s always a cost.“That’s something that’s not brought up, but if you just look at the pluses and minuses of that, the group that’s getting the short end of that stick is the offensive coaches,” Gundy said.last_img read more