Damian Jones to receive MRI on left shoulder injury

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookDETROIT — Following the Warriors’ 111-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, third-year center Damian Jones received an MRI on an injured left shoulder.It is not immediately clear when the results will available, or how serious the injury might be. But Jones missed the entire fourth quarter because of the injury. He finished with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting and …last_img

Despite the Rumors, RickRolling Isn’t Dead

first_imgDramatic headlines cried out overnight that RickRolling was dead. The original Rick Astley video with more than 30 million views has been pulled from YouTube due to copyright violation. In fact, however, YouTube appears to have simply moved the video to Vevo, its music video website in partnership with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI. “Never Going to Give You Up” is published under the RCA record label, which is a property of Sony. Originating on outlaw web forum 4chan and leading to a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance by Astley 20 years after the song was released, RickRolling isn’t dead – it’s just safe now, in the official copyright friendly section of YouTube. Update: A YouTube spokesperson has now said that pulling the video was done on mistake.RIckRolling, the phenomenon, only remained outside the official boundaries of copyright for less than 3 years. The user account that uploaded the video to YouTube where it saw 30 million + views though, named cotter548, has now been suspended. Hardly a warm thanks from the company for a user that facilitated one of the most-referenced reasons to visit the website – that’s just hitting below the belt.Meanwhile the official version on Vevo already has more than 22 million views as well. RickRolling may not be dead, but it’s probably over being cool. Here at ReadWriteWeb we’ve moved on to other things anyway. Like Pickle Surprise. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Tags:#news#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How An Engineering Toy For Girls Went From Kickstarter To Bestseller

first_imglauren orsini Less than a year ago, Debbie Sterling’s concept of a toy that would teach engineering skills to little girls was nothing more than a prototype on Kickstarter.Today, GoldieBlox holds the distinction as one of Amazon’s top 100 toys (top 20 as of this writing). The toy, which teaches engineering skills through the adventures of kid inventor Goldie, is available in 600 Toys “R” Us stores, and 400 other toy stores nationwide. But it’s not the sales that make Sterling proudest. Instead, it’s the messages from the parents that pour in every day. Stories about little girls that sing songs about building and engineering, or are inspired to build their own toys after playing with GoldieBlox.“My favorite story was when a mom wrote in about being in a public restroom with her daughter where the toilet paper dispenser was broken,” Sterling said. “The girl said, ‘Mommy, it’s missing its axle!’ She’d learned the vocabulary from GoldieBlox.” Disrupting The “Pink Aisle”Debbie Sterling, CEO of GoldieBloxAn engineer herself, Sterling was floored by the lack of options for little girls in what she calls the “pink aisle” of the toy store. There were “girl” versions of toys like Legos and Lincoln Logs, but they were little more than the same toys painted pink.After doing research herself, through everything from talking to little girls about their favorite toys to speaking with toy manufacturers, she settled on a prototype for GoldieBlox, a construction-and-book set for girls aged five to nine. “GoldieBlox is the best of both worlds: reading and building,” Sterling explained on Kickstarter. “It appeals to girls because they aren’t just interested in ‘what’ they’re building … they want to know ‘why.’ Goldie’s stories relate to girls’ lives. The machines Goldie builds solve problems and help her friends.”As shown in the video, kids follow along with a picture book to use the toy, wrapping ribbon around pegs in a pegboard to make a functioning machine. “In the first story, Goldie makes a belt drive,” she said. “But you can take that same toy and make a plane, a car, all kinds of things. We want to show people there are infinite ways to play with it.”Sterling loves to hear from parents about kids who take the skills they learned with GoldieBlox and apply them to all kinds of projects.“I was told about one little girl who was inspired to build a massive, multi-story dollhouse on her own out of materials around her room,” she said. “I actually designed the construction pieces to look like household objects. I was hoping to inspire a maker and tinkerer mindset.”Just The BeginningSterling designed the GoldieBlox kit in 2012, writing and illustrating the picture books herself while looking for a manufacturer to mass produce the toy. Before the Kickstarter, she invested her entire life savings into production. Luckily for her, the Kickstarter was funded in just four days. By October 2012, Sterling had over 5,000 backers and over $280,000 in funds.On the final day of the Kickstarter, Toys “R” Us contacted Sterling. This summer, GoldieBlox became available in the mega toy chain for the first time. It’s the final step in GoldieBlox’s transition from concept to commercial product. Now GoldieBlox has seven employees; Sterling serves as CEO. In advance of the holiday shopping season, Sterling’s company will launch an additional books as well as an expansion pack of parts to go with the original GoldieBlox toy. When not building her company, Sterling devotes her time and energy to conferences, talks, and lectures in schools as well as at the likes of Google, Twitter, and Microsoft. Most recently, she gave a keynote speech at Girls Who Code. “One of the best things about founding GoldieBlox is that I get to speak and go to events all the time on behalf of getting kids excited and interested in engineering,” she said. “Even though the toy targets nine-year-olds, I get to inspire people of all ages.”Photos courtesy of GoldieBlox 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#education#Engineering#women in technology center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

How To Know If You Are a Dependent

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now You weren’t hired so that someone could tell you what to do. If you were hired by someone who wants to tell you what to do and how to do it, then you have made an enormous mistake in your choice of employer. If this is what you want, your employer has made an enormous mistake by hiring you.You wait for assignments: If you wait for your manager, supervisor, or leader to tell you what you need to do, then you are a dependent. An independent person would proactively recognize what needs to be done and take action. An independent would get things done even if they went weeks or months without ever bumping into their leader. If you wait to be told what to do, you are a dependent.You wait for directions: If you are waiting for directions you are a dependent. You don’t need to know how to do everything your job entails. You are allowed to ask for directions. And that’s what’s important here, that you go and ask for directions. If you need an answer, go get the answer and then get busy. Waiting is what a dependent would do.You aren’t learning to do your job: Every company should spend more time, money, and energy training their people. But they don’t often have all of the resources they would like to have in order to train everyone on everything they need to know. A dependent waits for training, believing it is someone else’s job to insure their success. Independent people go straight to Google, and with a few keystrokes figure out what they need to do. If you ask for someone else to do something for you more than once, you are a dependent.You are not developing yourself for your next job: A dependent believes that time served is enough to deserve the job one level up from theirs, and there was a time when this might have been true. Someone who is independent asks for additional responsibility and notches themselves up to the next level, and the next level, and the one after that. If you aren’t growing into your next role, you are a dependent, waiting for someone else to tap you on the shoulder and gift you more money.You do only what is required: A dependent does only what is required. They don’t try to improve any project or assignment they work on. They do the bare minimum, hoping that they can skate by with mediocre outcomes, trying to stay off the radar. A person who is independent always finds a way to add value to whatever they are charged with doing. If you do as little as you can, you are a dependent.The person responsible for leading you shouldn’t feel that they should be allowed to claim you as a tax deduction. You weren’t hired to be someone’s dependent.last_img read more