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From Educator to Engineer: How the I/Own It Scholarship Launched my Career in Tech

by koku_jin
Just over a year ago, I closed the door to my classroom for the last time as I wrapped up my sixth and final year as a teacher at an alternative high school in Philadelphia. I was about to take a leap from education to tech, from teacher to software engineer. It would be a big jump. It would be a lot of work. As I closed that door, I didn’t know that I’d be starting as a Software Engineer at Optimizely just one year later because I’d win a scholarship that would catapult me into the technology industry in […]

Look past ‘who got what’ in Budget: Modi

by koku_jin
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the private sector must continue to believe in the India story, assuring that he will do his best to make India a better place to do business. In his first interview after assuming office in the second term, the PM tells ET that he is working towards long-term growth, not the kind which happened between 2008 and 2014. What is your message to boost investor confidence?In today’s world, any discussion or debate across various forums on development, economic growth or political stability, attention of the world is automatically attracted towards India. Expectations from India are […]

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

by koku_jin
There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. But goals don’t simply achieve themselves — you need an action plan to help you reach your goals. With an action plan, you’ll have a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and how you’ll find the motivation to keep driving forward. Without a plan to stick to, it’s too easy to waver and get distracted. It’s why many people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions or launch a much-wanted side hustle. Without […]

How to Navigate the Secret World of Casual Encounters

by koku_jin
Arranging Casual Encounters Online XMatch Adult Friend Finder Passion FriendFinder-X Get It On iHookup Over the past 10 years, hookup culture has definitely shifted. Where once, sexual hookups were primarily for older singles, gay men and people on the margins of the dating world, digital options like the now-defunct Craigslist personals and apps like Tinder and Bumble have mainstreamed hookups for people of all ages, genders and sexualities.  But given that Craigslist's "Casual Encounters" section has been shuttered, and Tinder's popularity explosion means it's taken more seriously as a dating app than as a hookup app these days, you might be wondering […]

Christmas in July! Create Smarter Ecomm Landing Pages for the Holidays

by koku_jin
Don’t let our header image fool you.  Christmas is not right around the corner. The holiday shopping season is not upon us. You’ve got oodles of sunny summer days ahead before you need to start worrying about untangling the lights, trimming the turkey, or leaving presents under the tree. (Thank goodness!) But if you’re in ecommerce, that’s a different story. It turns out that right now is the best time to start planning your next holiday campaign. In fact, most experienced ecomm marketers start prepping long before Thanksgiving and Black Friday roll around. There’s just too much at stake not to. […]

Do fitness trackers have an impact on eating disorders?

by koku_jin
Content warning: There are details and personal anecdotes about eating disorders in this article.  Tracking workouts, steps and calories with wearable devices and apps has become the new normal. Take a look around next time you’re at the gym or go for a jog around the park – most people working out have a wearable strapped to their wrist or a phone strapped to their arm.  The number of connected wearable devices worldwide will push 74 million this year and is expected to rise to more than 1 billion by 2022 – health-focused wearables will make up a large part […]

Pro gamers in South Korea train for 15 hours a day – here’s what’s involved

by koku_jin
For many, the idea of earning a living as a professional gamer seems like a dream come true. Getting paid to play video games all day, with unlimited access to state-of-the-art gaming rigs and the latest peripherals, certainly sounds amazing on paper, as does the prospect of jet-setting around the globe to compete in international tournaments for big cash prizes. However, the reality is that very few players are cut out for the task, as it requires incredible dedication, determination and perseverance to keep up with the daily demands of a pro gamer's lifestyle.  We all have a favorite game […]

The Scheduling Woes of Adult Friendship

by koku_jin
Earlier this year, I set out to make scheduling time with my friends more seamless—or as I, perhaps grandiosely, termed it, “to revolutionize my friend group.” Ten of my friends and I already had a group-text-message thread, which we used as our main form of communication, but even though we talked all day every day, sending one another dumb, meta jokes we saw online about group chats and checking in about who’d be at trivia that night, we still often struggled to plan hangouts. With so many schedules to coordinate, we felt like any impromptu event was missing a handful […]

Your Child, Better Behaved in 3 days

by koku_jin
“Children equate being loved with the reality of when we are there for them – when we really show up. But traditional methods have us showing up so much more when there are problems. Conventional wisdom tells parents that the time to emit more energy – that is, more emotion, more facial expression, more volume, and more intense relationship – is when things are going wrong. That’s a mistake, and a big one, because it puts our powerful parental energy to work growing more of the behaviors we actually want to see less of. Why water weeds?” —  Howard Glasser […]

Reported Liverpool target could offer Klopp something Mane doesn’t from the left wing – opinion

by koku_jin
This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets… According to Spanish outlet Eldesmarque, Liverpool are prepared to ‘throw the house out the window’ in order to bring Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio to Anfield. The report states that Jurgen Klopp sees the Spain international as the ‘ideal complement’ to Liverpool’s current attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Incidentally, it is Mane who currently occupies the left-wing position where Asensio featured 15 times for Los Blancos last term – the left side […]