What Does the Popcorn of Pandora Taste Like?

first_imgShare This!Earth popcorn is so terrestrial! With Kat Saka’s Kettle coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to serve the popcorn of Batuu, it’s no surprise that Pandora has also decided to get in on the popcorn action. At Windtraders, the retail establishment in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find Pandora-themed prepackaged popcorn. And yes, it’s Na’vi Blue.As alien as the popcorn looks, the flavors sound pretty tasty if you’re a fan of sweet, flavored popcorn: blueberry-almond. Although I personally prefer the blending of cherry-almond, this flavor combination also makes for a great blend, and the popcorn includes dried blueberries and almonds. Each bag is $7.Is this a flavor of popcorn you’d want to try, or would you want to stick with the other flavors of prepackaged popcorn found at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

What is a Search Engine – Now and Future

first_imgPersonalization (but without storing personal info )Social Input / Wisdom-of-Crowds (which has its pitfalls )Semantic Processing: of both, the query AND the content(will this let the Search Engine find Answers that we never knew we had?)Parametric Input: including freshness, source and domain-specificRich content types: audio, video, images, news, blogs, ‚ĶUI enhancements: better visualization of resultsFindability support: notifications of interest, a database of intentionsFollow-up: results clustering and drill-downRepeat queries (as Greg Linden points out )Trusted sources: e.g. a slider to select the level of trust, from high to lowCheck out the full article and leave a comment on AltSearchEngines about what you think a search engine is – and what it’ll be in the future. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#search#web Read/WriteWeb network blog AltSearchEngines has launched a fascinating series today. It’s a 3-part series attempting to define what is a search engine. While it’s focused on 2007, the series will also address what a search engine might look like in the future. The first part, entitled What is a Search Engine?, is written by Nitin Karandikar. Part II is entitled What is Not a Search Engine? by Kaila Colbin and will be published tomorrow on ASE. The trilogy will be complete with Charles Knight’s Part III: What is an Alternative Search Engine? on Wednesday.Any of you who have followed closely Charles Knight’s Top 100 Alternative Search Engines List will enjoy this series. Here is Nitin’s list of essential search engine features for the future: Related Posts richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Motrin Bows to Social Media Pressure From Moms – Removes Controversial Ad

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… One would think that few ads could be less controversial than ads for painkillers, but over the weekend, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Motrin, found itself in the middle of a major controversy on Twitter, FriendFeed, and other social networks. Motrin’s latest ad discusses the advantages of using the painkiller for mothers who ‘wear’ their babies close to their body with a sling or other baby carriers and who might suffer from back pain because of it. A lot of mothers (and fathers) were clearly not amused by these ads and Motrin has now decided to remove them and has issued an apology.The ad, like a lot of ads, is offensive because it is boring and talks down to its target audience (and also because it stole its use of typography from a popular YouTube video (note: language in the video might be offensive to some)). Motrin clearly didn’t understand its market, but it is hard not to consider the ‘outrage’ over this video to be a bit of an overreaction as well.This affair is also a good example of how much power a vocal minority can have thanks to social media. The controversy has already gone beyond Twitter, and mainstream news outlets will surely pick this story up within the next day or two. frederic lardinois Related Posts We Feel Your PainMotrin, as Seth Godin points out, had a chance here to reconnect with its customers by using social media to reach out to them with its apology, but the company issued a standard press release-style apology on its site instead. That might seem old-fashioned, but for most companies, that’s the only way they know how to operate.Learning from ComcastMore and more users expect companies to reach out to them directly through social media, so just having a social media presence is not enough anymore. When controversies like this one happen (whether deserved or not), smart companies will reach out to consumers directly to stop these fires right where they started. A pioneer of this is obviously Comcast, whose ‘Director of Digital Care’ Frank Eliason reaches out to any and all Twitter users who tweet about issues with the company’s service. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Lands Third OL Commit in Hunter Woodard

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. Woodard hails from Tuscola, Illinois where the 6-foot-5, 296-pound tackle has earned all-conference honors. The three-star prospect spoke with Rivals.com about his pledge.“I just feel that Oklahoma State is simply the best place for me,” Woodard told Rivals. “They have great tradition, they are always a highly ranked program and are always playing in bowl games. Oklahoma State is just big time football. I really get along great with all of the coaches at Oklahoma State and between the relationships, the facilities and the entire program everything is just top notch. I just felt like I couldn’t do any better than Oklahoma State.”According to Woodard, he was sold not only by OSU’s facilities but by his connection with Henson.“The visit I made to Oklahoma State really blew me away,” Woodard said. “The offensive line coach Josh Henson and I have a similar background and personality and it’s just a great fit for me. It’s hard to describe just how amazing everything was at Oklahoma State.“It’s truly the best of everything you could ask for. I’m just extremely happy.”Woodard also holds offers from Illinois, Syracuse, Wyoming and Minnesota. Josh Henson is showing why he was a slam dunk hire as OSU’s next offensive line coach. It appears that the former ace recruiter at Missouri still knows how to close a deal and he is already close to filling out his 2018 recruiting class.A couple of months after a National Signing Day in which the Cowboys came up empty — signing zero high school OL prospects — Henson has landed three offensive linemen commitments for the 2018 class — Hunter Anthony, Bryce Bray and now Hunter Woodard.I’m extremely excited to announce my commitment to Oklahoma State!?⚪️? @CoachGundy @Coach_Henson pic.twitter.com/dZYOwSgggK— Hunter Woodard (@HunterWoodard18) April 18, 2017last_img read more

Offensive Lineman Darrell Simpson Commits to OU over OSU, Ohio State

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. Offensive line target Darrell Simpson announced Saturday he has committed to the University of Oklahoma over OSU, TCU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU.Simpson is a four-star, top-200 talent from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, widely viewed as a top-10 prospect at his position in the region. He recently included OSU in his group of final 8 schools but ultimately picked the Sooners in favor of OSU.AdChoices广告“First and foremost I want to thank God, my parents, my sister and family for you have been my support system through it all and I love you,” he said on Twitter. “This decision was not an easy one, but I will continue my academics and athletic endeavors at the University of Oklahoma.”OSU was in the mix with Simpson for several years, extending a scholarship offer two years ago, but with multiple coaching changes at the offensive line position it made it difficult to maintain a steady relationship with the blue-chip prospect from Texas.Fortunately for Oklahoma State, it has commitments at offensive line from Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Tyrese Williams and Jacob Farrell, so the offensive line position is more than loaded already. But adding a player of Simpson’s size and talents would have been the perfect polish to finish off the class in style. Now, it seems, OSU will be competing against Simpson in Bedlam for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Chelsea settle ‘right to light’ stadium dispute

first_imgPremier League Chelsea settle ‘right to light’ dispute over Stamford Bridge redevelopment Peter Hanson 20:23 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) stamfordbridge - Cropped Getty Images Premier League Chelsea The planned expansion of the stadium moved a step closer after the Blues reached an agreement with a neighbour Chelsea have settled a “right to light” dispute with a neighbour that was threatening to delay the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.The Crosthwaites family took out a court injunction last May arguing that the planned expansion to 60,000 seats would block light to their home.However, the Blues have now reached a compromise, with a spokesperson saying: “Chelsea FC have reached an agreement to settle the ongoing legal proceedings in relation to rights to light.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “The details of the agreement are confidential.”The cost of the redevelopment is reported to be £1billion, and could lead to Chelsea playing away from their home stadium for up to four years.Chelsea expect to remain at Stamford Bridge until at least the end of the 2019-2020 season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Videos: Gundy, Players Meet with Media 10 Days Out from 2019 Season Opener

first_imgSTILLWATER — Mike Gundy and select Oklahoma State football players met with the media Tuesday after the Cowboys’ practice in the Oklahoma heat. Sorry for getting only two player interviews recorded. I was spending time getting stuff for a long form story I hope to get out sometime next week. While 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.last_img read more

Three Things Mike Gundy has to Evaluate in the QB Decision (After Oregon State)

first_imgAfter months of evaluating Spencer Sanders’ high school tape, Hawai’i football games, and every drop of hearsay that leaks out of Stillwater, there will finally be a new data point to evaluate this week: game performance.The depth chart and Mike Gundy’s weekly presser tell us somehow, reps will be split and both quarterbacks will see live-action, snaps, and tangible outcomes for all to see and form opinions from.As of Friday’s press conference:“Nothing changed,” Gundy said. “Both of them are getting better every day. We have a really good plan in place — it’s not something that I’m going to discuss publicly at this time.” [ESPN]What qualities, what eye-test factors, what numbers do we need to see to proclaim a favorite (or starter?) at this point?1. Dru Brown Has to be Two-Wins BetterCall it a handicap, call it overvaluing recruiting stars, call it overweighting future seasons, but a rational decision can’t just look at here and now and say that’s all that matters. Let me say that again, right now isn’t all that matters. How different is our current situation if Spencer Sanders got the TCU game and Dru Brown got the bowl game? How much more do we understand the physical giftings (Sanders eats safeties for breakfast) and the intangibles (is Dru the second coming of George Patton?) The different evaluations and conversations, the reps that wouldn’t be split could be material.All of that to say those decisions are a sunk cost but it’s ignorant to ignore the lesson. If Dru Brown is nearly dead even with Spencer Sanders, you’re telling every senior next year that you could care less about their team, their chances of winning. It goes without saying but a snap, a series, a quarter invested in Sanders, is highly likely to pay dividends next season.If pulling a name from a hat to play quarterback is likely to result in the same win total this year, why wouldn’t you play the player that results in compounding returns?Therefore, my number is two games. If Dru Brown is the difference between eight wins and six, nine wins and seven, and by all means, 10 and eight wins, play him. I’ll get behind whatever it is that makes him two wins better and understand. I won’t love it but I’ll ride the train and “Go Pokes”.2. What Do the Numbers Say?We can look at points per drive, touchdowns, incompletions, and interceptions. We can’t Clint Chelf-against-Mississippi State-in-2013 this.Now that we’ve all enjoyed the fact that OSU beat Dak Prescott, but the numbers caveat is that let’s give each guy a chance to prove himself.Now, who has better numbers at the end of the day? Give me two more touchdowns (a combination of rushing and passing) than turnovers. I want to see read options with both quarterbacks and Chuba Hubbard and see how those plays turn out yardage.Bonus stats to observe: how many receivers does each QB connect with?3. Who Uses All Parts of the Field?A good offense can do multiple things well, forcing a defense to account for multiple threats and exposing vulnerabilities. If Marcus Keyes and Johnny Wilson can blow open four yards of turf consistently for Chuba Hubbard, theoretically, Jelani Woods and Dillon Stoner could set up tents in the linebackers spots and gash the defense.Now, given the offensive constraints, the talent on the field with him, who utilizes playmakers best? Who produces more yards with Tylan Wallace? Does Wallace have better chemistry with one than the other?Probably the best way to communicate this is who can “Mason Rudolph” (verb) the offense and who Daxx Garman’s (another verb) it. Rudolph had a way of breathing life into the unit — being able to hit guys all over the field with intermediate and long throws.  It felt like Rudolph rarely met a third-down he couldn’t convert by hitting a receiver just past the sticks regardless of the distance. Garman was an admirable player but a one-trick pony — chunk it deep or turnover on downs.One of my favorites. This is NFL throw. Anticipation, Ball thrown before MA clears LB. Big 4th down conversion. pic.twitter.com/lVxyuQKDVi— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) May 7, 2017Can one of these guys hit guys outside the numbers, down the field, make a guy miss in space, and hit the timing routes? What about three of the four? That’s the guy who needs to take the reins. Or maybe, the guy who will be able to do that by November needs to take them. While 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.last_img read more