Explore further The DataTraveler 310 is a standard flash drive but it can store data equivalent to up to 54 DVDs, 365 CDs or 51,000 pictures, according to Kingston’s USB business manager Andrew Ewing. He said feedback from customers and the company’s own research had found there was a need for an easy storage solution for large amounts of data, and the device would be useful for people such as engineers, architects, and designers, who need to transport and store huge data files.The DataTraveler 310 is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista and 7), Linux (v2.6 or later), and Mac (v10.3 or higher). Data transfer rates for the new flash drive are 25 MB per second (read), and 12 MB per second (write). Up to about 90% of the flash drive’s capacity can be password protected without the need for administrator rights. The dimensions of the device are only 73.7 x 22.2 x 16.1 millimeters. It comes with a protective cap that can be fitted to the back of the flash drive.The recommended retail price for the DataTraveler 310 is $1,108, and it is protected by a five-year warranty. It is the first USB flash drive of its capacity to be offered for sale in the US. Kingston DataTraveler 310 (PhysOrg.com) — Kingston has released a new 256 GB USB flash drive for sale in the US. The drive is called the DataTraveler 310 and is basically the same as the model DataTraveler 300, also with a massive 256 GB capacity, which went on sale in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region in mid 2009. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: 256 GB USB flash drive shipping in the US (2010, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-gb-usb-shipping.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Kingston Unveils the World’s First 256GB USB Flash Drive
What was troubling was that there were no popups or other user notifications informing him that the camera video had been activated and made accessible. In other words, eavesdropping could take place with neither the user’s permission nor knowledge.Adobe contacted him soon after Aboukhadijeh published his findings in his public disclosure to say that they were working on it. The discovery is an example of a ‘clickjacking’ hole–where people’s webcams or microphones can be turned on without their knowledge. The Adobe flaw discovery follows a clickjacking alarm raised in 2008 by security researchers Jeremiah Grossman and Robert Hansen.The technical term for clickjacking is user interface (UI) redressing. The trickster combines Web programming features with social engineering to entice users into initiating actions that they otherwise would not want to take.While the discovery and subsequent fix might be seen as All’s Well That Ends Well, one academic thinks this week’s incident is troubling based on what he reads between the lines.In announcing the fix, Adobe said it was aware of a report describing a clickjacking issue related to the Flash Player Settings Manager. “We have resolved the issue with a change to the Flash Player Settings Manager SWF file hosted on the Adobe website. No user action or Flash Player product update are required.” No user action or update required? That comforter is what rattles Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. “Code on a remote computer somewhere decides whether or not random web sites can spy on you,” he blogged in CircleID. “it’s simply wrong for a design to outsource a critical access control decision to a third party. My computer should decide what sites can turn on my camera and microphone, not one of Adobe’s servers.” (PhysOrg.com) — Adobe engineers on Thursday fixed a vulnerability in its Flash software that could enable attackers to use a person’s computer webcam or microphone feeds for spying on the person. Adobe made changes to an Adobe website page that controls Flash user’s security settings. The fix did not require users to do anything more than stop shaking. A few days before the Adobe fix, Feross Aboukhadijeh, a Stanford University computer science student, had gone public with his announcement of the Adobe flaw. Citation: Adobe plugs Flash webcam spy hole (2011, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-adobe-webcam-spy-hole.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. He had been able to confirm a bug in the Flash player allowing the potential for such eavesdropping. Users who clicked on certain links could possibly let attackers access their Mac webcams and mics. As far as his exploits could tell, the vulnerability showed up on Macs when using Firefox or Safari browsers. Aboukhadijeh went on to say he went public only after he had first reported the vulnerability to Adobe through the Stanford Security Lab but got no reply a few weeks earlier.“I think it’s worth sharing it with the world now, so that Adobe pays attention and fixes it more quickly.” Adobe to offer Flash to iPhone developers © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further
The researchers, Stefano Sacanna and David J. Pine of New York University and Laura Rossi of Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands, have published their study on the magnetic colloids in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“From the cover of your iPad, which clicks magnetically and snugly fits into place, to kids’ construction toys, magnetic forces precisely direct objects to bind or align with each other,” Sacanna told Phys.org. “We thought of using this ‘invisible’ glue to regulate the way microscopic objects assemble. In particular, because magnetic forces are permanent (do not degrade in time) and virtually unaffected by the local chemical environment, this new binding and recognition mechanism between colloidal building blocks offers a large design freedom to material scientists.”The spherical colloids start out as cubes, each of which contains a tiny piece of magnetic iron oxide. The researchers encapsulated the cubes inside silicon oil droplets so that the cubes are trapped at the interface by surface tension. In this arrangement, one face of the cube extends outside the droplet so that it’s exposed to the surrounding water, forming a surface inhomogeneity that the scientists call a “magnetic patch.” In the final step, the oil droplets are hardened into solid colloids. Fabrication of magnetic colloids, which start as magnetic cubes that are encapsulated into oil droplets. The face of the cube that extends outside the droplet is the magnetic patch. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Play Magnetic colloid particles self-assemble into clusters in the absence of an external magnetic field. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society In these cases, an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to surface of the water containing the particles can change the orientation of the particles’ magnetic dipoles. This change causes the particles to rotate and repel each other, and the clusters to unbind. When a homogenous magnetic field is applied, large clusters of particles with multiple magnetic patches reorganize themselves into linear chains. (Phys.org) — Geomag, the popular children’s toy, contains small metal spheres that can be magnetically connected with a click to build a variety of towers, bridges, and sculptures. In a new study, scientists have done something similar on the microscale: they’ve created a new class of spherical colloids that have tiny magnetic patches embedded beneath their surfaces. In the absence of a magnetic field, the colloidal particles can spontaneously form clusters of controlled size and shape. With the application of an external magnetic field, the clusters can unbind and change their geometry, allowing the structures to reconfigure themselves independent of the chemical conditions of the environment. Various structures made with magnetic colloids: (A) Large particles with a single magnetic patch form dimers, (B) smaller particles with a single magnetic patch form trimers, (C) two particles with a single magnetic patch join with one particle with two magnetic patches, and (D) under an external magnetic field, particles form long structures. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society More information: Stefano Sacanna, et al. “Magnetic Click Colloidal Assembly.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja301344n In their experiments, the researchers demonstrated that these new colloidal particles can interact with each other in various ways. Generally, the magnetic attraction between particles has a short range, which is offset by the long-range repulsion of the particles’ electric forces. As a result, the particles only connect when they are already close together. However, the researchers could decrease the particles’ electric repulsion by adding salt to the water, which effectively increases the particles’ magnetic binding energy. As the researchers demonstrated, in the absence of an applied magnetic field, two or three particles in close proximity self-assemble into dimers or trimers. By synthesizing particles with multiple magnetic patches, the researchers could enable larger, more complex structures to self-assemble due to the multiple binding points. The researchers also adapted the inter-particle binding mechanism to bind particles onto magnetically patterned surfaces. Play Magnetic colloid particles form a trimer. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society “Magnetic bonds can form, break and rearrange as many times as we want (again, think about Geomag toys and on how many complex structures you can build with only a few simple elementary units),” Sacanna said. “By applying this principle to colloidal particles, we can envision the creation of colloidal fluids that, upon an external stimulus (for example, the addition of salt), can self-organize into functional materials with microscopic architectures that are enforced by the formation of directional magnetic bonds. The use of external magnetic fields would add the possibility to easily break and reset such architectures. Other than smart reconfigurable materials, these magnetic colloids could find applications as a ‘transporting vehicle’ in drug delivery as the particles can ‘sense’ magnetic fields and autonomously bind on magnetic targets.”In the future, the researchers plan to improve the particles’ control as well as their “intelligence.”“We are currently working on fabricating particles with a higher number of magnetic patches and ultimately we would like to control the orientation of the magnetic dipole in the patch to realize colloids with a controllable ‘valence number,” Sacanna said. “This would allow us to assemble colloidal structures simply by mixing particles in a stoichiometric ratio. Finally, we would like to make our particles even ‘smarter’ by combining our magnetic patches with other classical surface modifications such as DNA coatings, chemical patches, electrostatic charges, etc.” Explore further Geomagnetic storm subsiding This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Particles magnetically ‘click’ to form superstructures (2012, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-particles-magnetically-click-superstructures.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen With the ability to control the size of the particles, the size and number of the magnetic patches, and the external magnetic field, this self-assembly method could have a variety of applications. One potential use is drug delivery, in which a particle and its cargo is delivered to a specific location. An advantage of the magnetic method compared to chemical methods of particle assembly is that magnetic particles are independent of most environmental changes such as temperature, pH, and solvent composition.
A group calling themselves biohackers, from the San Francisco Bay area has created an Indiegogo project called “Real Vegan Cheese!” Their goal is to create cheese that is every bit as good as that made from mammalian milk, without using the mammal. The team wants interested parties to note that the resultant cheese does not contain mammal DNA or genetically engineered material—all that stuff is in the yeast, which does not end up in the cheese. The goal is to create four proteins needed for cheese making, and then to make real vegan cheese. As part of their desire to promote veganism, the team will also be making the details of their research public so that others can make vegan cheese as well. Also, they note that everyone on their team is a volunteer. The goal is to create vegan cheese, not make money.Initially, any cheese produced by the team will be sold as “not fit for human consumption” because as a food product it cannot be legally sold without approval of the FDA. Team-members are confident that once the process is firmly established there won’t be any problems with approval, even with a type they are considering based on human milk-protein genetic sequences—it would be easier to digest and would reduce allergens. Those who adhere to veganism eschew anything made from animal parts, thus in addition to avoiding eating meat, they also stay away from dairy products such as cheese. Many people have tried to create a palatable substitute, but most would agree, the results have been less than satisfactory. In this new effort, the researchers are attempting to recreate the process from the beginning by mimicking Mother Nature, without involving cows. They have been engineering milk-protein genetic sequences and inserting them into baker’s yeast, which is then used to create cheese in the usual way, i.e. adding sugar, water, oil, etc. and then allowing fermenting to take place.The effort is still apparently in the beginning stages, and costs a lot of money, hence the Indiegogo campaign—they team is looking for $15,000 in backing (which they’ve already surpassed) to further develop the process which will involve learning about whether the cheeses that are made will taste good, feel good in the mouth and of course whether it might be possible to mass produce the result so that it can be sold alongside regular cheeses in grocery stores (pending FDA approval, of course.) Life on cheese: Scientists explore the cheese rind microbiome More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/real-vegan-cheese This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Biohackers reengineering baker’s yeast to make vegan cheese (2014, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-biohackers-reengineering-baker-yeast-vegan.html © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved.
PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Scanning electron microgram of a P. kofoidii cell. Credit: Greg Gavelis A close-up of Polykrilos kofoidii. Credit: Urban Tillmann. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has filmed for the first time a type of single-cell organism, a dinoflagellate, shooting its harpoon-like organelle at prey as a means of capture. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they managed to capture the tiny creatures in action and what they learned by watching them engage with prey. A close-up of Polykrilos kofoidii. Credit: Urban Tillmann. Citation: Researchers capture dinoflagellate on video shooting harpoons at prey (2017, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-capture-dinoflagellate-video-harpoons-prey.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Dinoflagellate—tiny, single-cell sea creatures that serve as food for larger organisms—are more complex than thought, the researchers have discovered. Prior research has shown that one type, called polykrikos kofoidii, has an organelle that functions as a dart with a tow line that it shoots at prey to capture and retrieve it. In this new effort, the researchers found a way to capture the tiny creature while using its weapon. They also took apart the tiny harpoon to get a close-up look at it under a microscope. They found a three-ring structure that appeared to serve as a nozzle for ejecting the harpoon; the researchers wanted to learn more about how it works and whether it suggests that such creatures might be distant relatives of cnidarians which include such creatures as jellyfish and corals.In looking at the organelle, the researchers found that it actually had three parts: a dart, which is the part fired at prey; a nematocyst, which is a larger dart and has a tube attached to it that functions like a hypodermic needle, injecting an unknown substance into the prey. The other part was a tow line that the polykrikos kofoidii used to retrieve prey once harpooned. Play P. kofoidii hunting L. polyedra. Credit: Gavelis et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602552 A Polykrikos cell after firing a nematocyst. Credit: Dr. Urban Tillmann Play Cells of the genus Polykrikos capture other dinoflagellates using harpoon-like nematocysts. Credit: Gavelis et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602552 The team also did DNA studies on the creatures to learn more about their relationship to other sea organisms. They found little relationship between them and cnidarians, which suggests the similarity in design between harpoons is purely coincidental.The researchers also found that another dinoflagellate, neatodinium, had a weapon the team described as rather like a Gatling gun—it shoots multiple rounds of nematocysts. Close-up of Polykrilos kofoidii. Credit: Urban Tillmann. Journal information: Science Advances A Polykrikos cell after firing a nematocyst. Credit: Dr. Urban Tillmann Play 3-D rendering of Polykrikos kofoidii nematocyst discharge. Credit: Gavelis et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602552 The team notes that despite different types of weaponry, the nozzle-like structures were similar between the two types of dinoflagellates, tying together such different systems in creatures that are supposed to be from the same lineage. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Microbial arms race: Ballistic “nematocysts” in dinoflagellates represent a new extreme in organelle complexity Science Advances 31 Mar 2017:Vol. 3, no. 3, e1602552, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602552 , http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/3/e1602552AbstractWe examine the origin of harpoon-like secretory organelles (nematocysts) in dinoflagellate protists. These ballistic organelles have been hypothesized to be homologous to similarly complex structures in animals (cnidarians); but we show, using structural, functional, and phylogenomic data, that nematocysts evolved independently in both lineages. We also recorded the first high-resolution videos of nematocyst discharge in dinoflagellates. Unexpectedly, our data suggest that different types of dinoflagellate nematocysts use two fundamentally different types of ballistic mechanisms: one type relies on a single pressurized capsule for propulsion, whereas the other type launches 11 to 15 projectiles from an arrangement similar to a Gatling gun. Despite their radical structural differences, these nematocysts share a single origin within dinoflagellates and both potentially use a contraction-based mechanism to generate ballistic force. The diversity of traits in dinoflagellate nematocysts demonstrates a stepwise route by which simple secretory structures diversified to yield elaborate subcellular weaponry. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Scanning electron microgram of a P. kofoidii cell. Credit: Greg Gavelis Cone of poison: The secret behind the cone snail’s venom pump Close-up of Polykrilos kofoidii. Credit: Urban Tillmann. Polykrikos cell with prey. Credit: Dr. Urban Tillmann Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A way to use underwater fiber-optic cables as seismic sensors (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-underwater-fiber-optic-cables-seismic-sensors.html As the researchers note, there are approximately 1 million kilometers of fiber-optic cable strewn across the bottom of the world’s oceans carrying internet and telecom traffic. In this new effort, the researchers have come up with a way to use them as seismic detectors. Doing so, they note, would offer a whole new perspective on the planet’s seismic activity—70 percent of Earth, they note, is covered with water, which means very little overall seismic activity is currently being recorded.The researchers report that one of their members, Giuseppe Marrawere, was testing an underground cable between two locations in the U.K. He noticed a small slowdown in signal delivery and traced it to tiny vibrations bending the light. The vibrations, he discovered, were caused by a remote earthquake. That inspired the idea of looking into using such cables as seismic detectors.The group reports that they found existing fiber-optic cables could be used as seismic detectors by testing the idea with some real underwater (and under land) cables. They also found that the cables could be used in this way without disruptions to service and without having to make any changes to the cables. All that would be needed would be to gain access to one of a group of channels on both ends of a cable. Each side would be fitted with a special laser-based detector to continually monitor the signal. And that, they further note, would amount simply to renting a channel, or better yet, convincing the owner of the cable to donate it to a research group.The researchers suggest that if enough of the cables under the oceans were used as seismic monitors they could offer access to unprecedented types of information—information that could be used to predict tsunamis, for example, or to better understand global seismic activity as it relates to plate shifting and volcanism. (A) Submarine telecommunication cable map. Illustration of the existing and planned submarine telecommunication infrastructure. Optical frequency metrology techniques enable these fiber links to be used for the detection of earthquakes at the bottom of seas and oceans. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors; Cable data: TeleGeography’s Telecom Resources licensed under Creative Commons Share alike. (B) Illustration of the optical setup used in our experiments for measuring the seismically-induced perturbation of the optical signal travelling in the fiber. The same principle was used for terrestrial and submarine fiber links (only the latter case is illustrated in the figure). ULE: ultra-low expansion glass used to stabilize the laser frequency. Credit: (c) 2018 Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat4458 A team of researchers from the U.K., Italy and Malta has found a way to use fiber-optic cables already on the ocean floor as seismic detectors. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they made their discovery and how it would work. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further Researchers successfully use distributed acoustic sensing for seismic monitoring Journal information: Science More information: Giuseppe Marra et al. Ultrastable laser interferometry for earthquake detection with terrestrial and submarine cables, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat4458AbstractDetecting ocean-floor seismic activity is crucial for our understanding of the interior structure and dynamic behavior of the Earth. However, 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water and seismometers coverage is limited to a handful of permanent ocean bottom stations. We show that existing telecommunication optical fiber cables can detect seismic events when combined with state-of-the-art frequency metrology techniques by using the fiber itself as the sensing element. We detected earthquakes over terrestrial and submarine links with length ranging from 75 to 535 km and a geographical distance from the earthquake’s epicenter ranging from 25 to 18,500 km. Implementing a global seismic network for real-time detection of underwater earthquakes requires applying the proposed technique to the existing extensive submarine optical fiber network.
It rarely gets bigger than this. Seventy five artists get together in the Capital for the eighth edition of the biannual exhibition Manifestations, which has been running for four consecutive years. Expect to see some rare collections of 20th century modern art.’Every art form here has some important reference of the artist or has some history behind the art. Each collection is unique, in the sense if one sees the context of the work in the artist’s own life,’ said curator Kishore Singh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The many forms of art — be it abstract, figurative, landscape, portraits or still life — the running theme that binds them together is they are all modern painters,’ added Singh.The works are on sale. Prices start at Rs 15 lakhs and go up to Rs 5 crores. A total of 75 modern artists collection has been displayed. This includes an untitled portrait of Kadambari Devi (his sister-in-law and the inspiration behind many of his works) by Rabindranath Tagore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso on display is Anjolie Ela Menon’s Madonna of Merriweather Road which was inspired by the blank eyes of a hippie woman tripping high on drugs. The sordid painting was a reminder of the drug mafia. Don’t miss out MF Husain’s works — the untitled Keehn family portrait done in 1959 is one rare family portrait. The Keehn family was known collectors of Indian modern art in the mid-20th century and were also friends of Husain’s. There is also Jamini Roy’s Flight to Egypt where one can see Roy’s signature compositional pattern.Other works include S. Dhanpat’s sculpture Mary and Christ and a sketchbook by Mahadev Visvanath Dhurandhar titled My wife in art. It is a series of 175 sketches in graphite, pen,ink, watercolour, oil and coloured photographs. The haunting landscapes of FN Souza, the still life works of KH Ara, Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar and figurative art works by Tyeb Mehta are also to watch out for. Manifestations also displays patachitra from Kalighat and early Bengal (Ravi Varma School) of paintings of Krishna and Gopi. Watch out!DETAILAt: Delhi Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village On Till: 29 December Timings:10.30 am to 7 pm Phone: 46005300
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday inaugurated the Howrah Municipal Corporation Archive that contains 500 years of the area’s history and belongings of some famous people of the district.Banerjee also inaugurated the book that was published on the completion of seven years of her government. It contains detailed description and success stories of the state government in implementing various projects. Both the inauguration events took place before the administrative review meeting began in Howrah. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Corporation is the first of its kind to have an archive. On the first floor of the two-storeyed archive in Sarat Sadan complex, there is stored Howrah’s 500 years of history. At the same time, there is also history of the Howrah Bridge, Howrah Station, trams and 18 ghats along the river Hooghly.Most importantly, the archive that is spread over an area of around 1,800 sq feet contains articles used by famous people from different fields in the district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere are articles which were used by doctors from Howrah including Dr R G Kar and Dr Bholanath Chakraborty. Articles used by footballers Sailen Manna and Samar Banerjee were also showcased in the archive.According to an official of the archive, the place will soon turn up to be a place of interest as one can get to watch the notebook used by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. More interestingly, there is a chair that was used by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he had visited Howrah.The officials of the archive had also collected the articles which were used by the doctor of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Dr Mohindralal Sarkar, who was a resident of Jagatballavpur, was Ramakrishna’s doctor. Articles including some of his writings and letters are some of the expensive ones present in the archive.Moreover, one can also get to watch an album containing paintings of Nandalal Basu.
Country’s largest power producer NTPC on Saturday said it has commissioned another 200 megawatt (MW) capacity at its Koldam Hydro Power Project in Himachal Pradesh. “Unit no. 4 of 200 MW of Koldam Hydro Power Project was commissioned on June 12, 2015, at 1950 hours,” NTPC said in a regulatory filing. The total installed capacity of the Koldam project now stands at 800 MW, with that of the Group rising to 44,798 MW, the filing said. The construction of the Koldam project, which started in 2003, was held up because of various environmental and geological issues, leading to a cost overrun of about 20 per cent against the approved investment of Rs 4,527 cr.
On the occasion of the city of Bihar turning 104 years old, the government of Bihar has organised ‘Bihar Utsav 2016’ showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Bihar. This exhibition cum sale of handicrafts and handloom products of Bihar is being held from March 16-30 in the national Capital. Bihar government has decided the theme of this year’s Bihar Utsav 2016 to be ‘Tourism, Tradition, Art and Culture and Ambience of Bihar’. 55 stalls have been set up while cultural programmes will be held from March 20-23. Multi-coloured stalls, featuring Madhubani paintings and sculptures and rows of elegant wooden art and stone art, Motihari Terracotta products and jute bags, handmade Bhagalpuri shawls, bed sheets and saris with applique work, are attracting the visitors at large. A visitor could purchase Madhubani painting printed ethinic laakh bangles and jute bags. There are Siki paintings with visual stories about Bihar’s colourful history. Main attractions on the different stalls are Bhagalpuri silk, Madubani paintings, Siki products, famous handloom bed sheets of BasBigha, wooden craft and leather products. Apart from this, several musicians have been specially flown down from Bihar to entertain Delhiites with regional music and folk songs.On the Foundation Day of Bihar, the event will focus on promoting the Tourism, art and culture of Bihar. The event which is being organised since 2010 by the government of Bihar in the national Capital focusses on emphasising on the overall development of Bihar.
KOLKATA: The 18th edition of Stylefile, Kolkata’s eagerly-awaited lifestyle exhibition, will be held on Saturday, November 17 at ‘The Old Bungalow,’ 7/6 Burdwan Road in Alipore. A galaxy of leading designers, sculptors and painters, jewellers and accessory-makers, will showcase their creations along with promising new names.Preeti Goenka, co-founder and organiser of the exhibition said: “This year’s Stylefile is essentially about celebrating fashion, art and design and instilling innovation and imagination to make our everyday lives inspiring. Each of the products on display at Stylefile is hand-picked and exclusive. The creations often transcend geographical boundaries and distinctions between fashions and art; rendering styles that are quintessentially unique and stunningly elegant.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSumedha Saraogi, the other co-founder and organiser, said: “We have put in a lot of effort to curate this year’s Stylefile with an unprecedented collection of fashion, accessories and art. We also have an interesting assortment in men’s fashion. Among the participants, there are stalwarts who are always there with us and at the same time we are having many new designers, as well as a few who are coming back after a long time.” There will be the Khanijo collection for men which is about relaxed silhouettes, functional handloom fabrics complemented with classic menswear tailoring. Keeping in sync with the festive spirit this collection includes marigold oranges, lush greens, rustic browns, classic ivories and sunrise yellows. Arjan Dugal’s designs will reflect a subtle sartorial sense, pioneering innovations in design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA central art installation by a very renowned artist will be unveiled on the day of the exhibition. There will also be many smaller art installations adorning the venue. The event will be on from 3 pm to 11 pm. In the art segment, David Gerstein, internationally-renowned painter and sculptor from Israel, will bring in paintings made out of handmade cut-out steel. Delhi-based Mousumi Biswas will display her realistic paintings and fibre-glass sculpting.
They say if it is Christmas, it has to be cakes and that too from Flury’s, the iconic tea room on Park Street. A favourite confectionery amongst Britishers and Indians alike, Christmas revelers in search of moist fruit cakes, plum puddings, rumballs, cookies and chocolates are making a beeline for these delicacies and more in the season of mists and endless partying. The vintage tea room has a distinct colonial hangover and its a wonder that it is now 90 years old. “Fruitcakes and plum cakes are the most popular buys. However, the plum pudding with a Also Read – Add new books to your shelfdash of alcohol is the richest in flavour. There is a rich cake full of candied fruits and almonds and figs, black currant and cranberry, it costs Rs 1000 for a 700 gms and is doing quite well”, says Vikas Kumar, Executive Chef of Flury’s. On any given day, 10,000 to 15000 customers are queuing up for their favourite cakes at Flury’s.In 1965, Flury’s was taken over by the Apeejay Surrendra Group. The organization’s patriarch Jit Paul, who is known to be a great fan of Flury’s, heard rumours that Mr Flury was going to sell his tea-room and leave the country. Paul immediately brought Flurys under the Apeejay Surrendra Group umbrella. Shirin Paul was given the charge of building the iconic brand. “Flurys is perhaps the only brand in Kolkata which evokes some kind of nostalgia among people, irrespective of age. Flurys is timeless and everyone has a Flurys memory or a favourite cake to share,” said Shirin Paul, Chairperson Emeritus, Apeejay Surrendra Group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Flurys has entered into a strategic expansion drive, with 22 outlets (including Airport, Howrah Station, South City Mall, Acropolis and Salt Lake) across Kolkata and one each in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.If its baklava cake you are longing for, try Nahoum’s, a heritage Jewish confectionery in New Market, that has a distinguished old world charm about it. Rumballs, honey light plum cake and rich fruit cakes are flying off the shelves this time of the year. Prices are reasonable, ingredients remain the same over the years and the current owner Isaac Nahoum takes pride that the quality has not been compromised on over the years. The popular rich fruit cake comes for Rs 300 (for 400 grams), the light plum cake comes for Rs 250 (for 400 grams) and a slice of the chocolate walnut brownie comes for Rs 40. Cakes, another popular city chain, has over 30 varieties of cakes to please your tastebuds in the season of holly. Dundee cakes, fruit cakes, Yule log cake, tree cake, Santa cake are popular numbers. The walnut cherry fruitcake is priced at Rs 1100 and the hampers are also similarly priced.The bakery at the Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata has introduced a rainbow cake this year for Christmas and New Year. A 500 gm cake is priced at Rs 1150. The standard fruit cake (350 gm at Rs 400) and plum cake (350 gm at Rs 450) is doing well. Dundee cakes, plum pudding, cinnamon star cookies, crackle top cookies, chocolate Brunsley cookie, vanilla cookies are popular items at this heritage bakery which reopened in 2013.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state was prepared to combat the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that is likely to affect six southern districts, while urging people to stay alert and not to panic. The cyclone made landfall on neighbouring Odisha’s eastern coast on Friday morning. Despite extensive damage caused by near 200 kmph winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall, no loss of life has been reported so far. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata It is now located 418 km southwest of Kolkata and 364 Km, southwest of the East Midnapore district sea resort Digha. Six districts in Gangetic West Bengal likely to be affected are East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Kolkata. “I am constantly monitoring the situation. Our party has cancelled all the political programmes and electoral campaigns for the next 48 hours. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to cancel all engagements and work in close coordination with the disaster management teams there. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “I urge people to stay alert and not panic,” said Banerjee, who was in West Midnapore district’s Kharagpur for a pre-scheduled party event. “Our administration is fully prepared to tackle the impending disaster. Relief materials were sent to the respective districts and NDRF personnel have been deployed. I would appeal to people to remain indoors and stay away from water-bodies or electric poles. “Those who are staying in houses identified as dangerous by the municipal bodies should take shelter somewhere else for the next two days till the disaster is over,” she said. The Bengal administration has issued a high alert in the coastal regions and asked people living in mud houses to move to various cyclone shelters and school buildings in the region. All precautionary measures like flight cancellation at airports, cancellation of trains and water transport services have been taken.
Kolkata: Without naming the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the party and urged people to put up a united resistance and foil the onslaught on Bengali language and Bengal’s rich heritage and tradition by those who are doing this in a very calculated manner.”Forget about me. Please get united and foil this monstrous attempt that is forcing us to forget our language and the attempt to malign and defame Bengal with an ulterior motive.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was addressing a gathering at the Hare School ground in connection with the re-installation of the statue of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College which was vandalised by a group of people who had attended the road show of BJP national president Amit Shah on May 14. Without naming the saffron party, Banerjee said: “By demolishing the statue of Vidyasagar they had actually tried to force us to forget our heritage and culture. Can you wipe out the name of Vidyasagar by pulling down his statue?” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee maintained: “What are they up to? Are they trying to convert Bengal into Gujarat. We have a lot of respect for Gujarat. We should love our own culture and language and respect the culture of others. There is no harm in loving our own language and culture.” The Chief Minister alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to malign Bengal. She said some days ago an actor had come to meet her and said during his recent visit to Delhi some people had asked him why every person in Bengal carry arms with them. “This is being done in a very calculated manner. They have purchased a section of the media. In the past few days, 25 Yadavs have been killed in Uttar Pradesh. But did you get a single line in any newspaper? They have spent crores of rupees to buy them.” She further said: “What do they expect from us. Few days ago, they criticised Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the first modern man. Should we sit quietly and digest what they have said or raise our voice against the canard. Bengal was the epicentre of India’s freedom movement. We had foiled the attempt to partition Bengal by Curzon. Gandhiji had spent August 15, 1947, in Kolkata. We should resist any attempt to defame our state.”
When Christopher Columbus set out to find a route to Asia, he consulted the works of the most knowledgeable cartographers and scientists in recorded history at that time to determine the best, safest and most efficient route from his point of departure in Palos, Spain to the Eastern shores of the same land mass he departed. Maps and Explorers’ Christine Sawyer traces his efforts to build a case for funding such a voyage; he had to obtain permission as well as the sponsorship for what would prove to be a very costly series of expeditions.Crucial to his case, Sawyer writes, was his estimation of what was then known as the oecumene – the combined landmass of Europe, Asia and Africa.Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) on engraving from 1851. Explorer, navigator and colonizer. Engraved by I.W. Baumann and published in The Book of the World, Germany,1851.Ptolemy, one of the earliest sources consulted, believed that this landmass stretched across 180 degrees of the planet’s surface.Later cartographers would estimate 225 degrees of longitude, and despite a history of debate on the matter, Columbus believed that 225 degrees was an understatement, thus shortening even further the distance he would have to travel to reach the east coast from the west.A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy’s description of the Ecumene, (1482, Johannes Schnitzer, engraver).In reality, the oecumene spans less than 180 degrees of longitude, and so when Columbus sailed west and reached land, he quickly correlated the places that he found with his maps of the east coast of Asia despite having found the east coast of North America.As the Encyclopaedia Britannica notes, Columbus would repeat this miscalculation on several successive voyages believing he was founding Spanish settlements throughout eastern Asia.“Columbus map,” drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon workshop of Bartolomew and Christopher Columbus.In recent years, researchers have begun to collect and study the maps that would have informed Columbus’ voyages in an effort to dig deeper into the explorer’s curious navigation. In particular, LiveScience’s Laura Geggel writes, researchers have returned to the oldest surviving maps from the period with new technology to extract more information from them than was previously available.Christopher Columbus at the gates of the monastery of Santa María de la Rábida with his son Diego, by Benet Mercadé.Using multispectral imaging, a team led by Chet Van Duzer of the University of Rochester’s Lazarus Project has scanned and analyzed a 1491 map of the world that Columbus would likely have consulted as he made his preparations.Though the map has faded over the centuries, Geggel writes, the team was able to recover a significant amount of text and graphical information from it by scanning it with a variety of different wavelengths of light which are reflected or absorbed differently by the different inks and materials employed by the original cartographer.Map of the world by Henricus Martellus Germanus, preserved in Yale University. Christopher Columbus used this map.The map, which was previously “an almost unstudiable object” according to Van Duzer, was created by the German cartographer Henricus Martellus very shortly before Columbus’ first expedition.Martellus’ map was itself the result of secondary research and consultation of a variety of scientific texts including a popular and contemporary treatise on biology and the testimony of Africans during the Council of Florence.Henricus Martellus, explanatory inscription on his world map of 1491.The map shows the oecumene as taking up well over 75 percent of the longitude that it shows.Columbus’ contention with smaller estimates of the oecumene’s size was his belief that earlier scientists were unaware of the size of its eastern reaches, but there is surprisingly little water between the edge of the continent and the edge of the map in Martellus’ depiction – it is missing the entirety of the American continents, as well as nearly everything in between these and the oecumene.The world map of Henricus Martellus Germanus (Heinrich Hammer the German), Florence 1489. The first map with the Dragon Tail. It is a mixture of Ptolemy, recent Portuguese discoveries and unknown sources. Displays the Cape of Good Hope, rounded by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488.Still, the recently-revealed map was a feat for its day and age; it showed the correct orientation of Japan, which other maps did not, and likely influenced the next generation of maps that began to appear following Columbus’ misguided discoveries.Read another story from us: The mystery of the Christopher Columbus letter stolen from VaticanVan Duzer speculates that if Columbus didn’t see Martellus’ map, he likely saw a version of it – it was an influential depiction and among the best of the age. Thanks to the work Van Duzer’s team, we are now able to view it as Columbus did.
Sporting a mohawk and a serious amount of gold chains, bracelets, and other accessories, Mr. T. has made an image for himself that makes him instantly recognizable. This former professional wrestler, celebrity bodyguard and actor has been present on both television and the silver screen since the 1980s. He has built a reputation of a tough guy with a kind heart.Tureaud (Mr. T) as a senior in high school, 1970.Earning recognition from his roles of B.A. Baracus in the popular TV show The A-Team and Clubber Lang in Rocky III, Mr. T. has become an iconic public figure and a household name. His one-liner (“I pity the fool”) has turned into one of the most used quotes in the history of television.Starting his career as a professional bodyguard, Mr. T. built up his reputation from the gutter to the stars. Among his first employees were 16 prostitutes, nine welfare recipients, five preachers, eight bankers, 10 school teachers, and four store owners.Mr. T. portrays Santa Claus at the White House with First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.During his time he developed credibility as a reliable and dedicated bodyguard, quickly rising through the ranks and gaining access to more VIP clients, like clothes designers, models, judges, politicians, athletes and millionaires.From that point on, he was recognized by other high-profile celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, Leon Spinks, Joe Frazier, and Diana Ross.He also had a shot in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1989, and has performed together with Hulk Hogan. Although he would change his line of work on several occasions, his trademark look persisted and changed very little since his most famous television appearance in The A-Team. While people usually think that his look is a product of stylists and costume designers, his fashion choices were all devised by Mr T., and hold a specific purpose.Hulk HoganFirst off, Laurence Tureaud — aka Mr. T. — adopted his stage name as a statement against racism. He addressed the issue by adding “Mr.” to the initial of his last name, in order to fight the patronizing slur word “boy”, often used when referring to African-Americans:“I think about my father being called ‘boy’, my uncle being called ‘boy’, my brother, coming back from Vietnam and being called ‘boy’. So I questioned myself: “What does a black man have to do before he’s given the respect as a man?” So when I was 18 years old… I said I was old enough to be called a man. I self-ordained myself Mr. T so the first word out of everybody’s mouth is ‘Mr.’ That’s a sign of respect that my father didn’t get, that my brother didn’t get, that my mother didn’t get.”Mr. T.This was only the beginning of his transformation. Inspired by the Mandinka warriors of West Africa, Mr. T. fashioned a Mohawk-style haircut, which furthermore identified him with his African roots. According to Tureaud, the idea came to him after reading a photo article in National Geographic, featuring the Mandinka tribe.Determined to make his entire appearance a tribute to his ancestry, Mr. T. started wearing a large number of gold chains in the 1980s ― a trait which also quickly blended with his original image.The gold, which had become an integral part of his public image, also had a role in promoting the struggles of African-Americans. First off, he explained the gold as a manifestation of his self-made success:“I bought the gold because I could afford it. I tell inner-city kids and their parents, ‘It’s stupid for you to go out and buy gold if your rent’s not paid when the kids need shoes.’ So the first reason is that I can afford it.”Although the empowering factor played a significant role in his appearance, it was the relationships between gold chains and slavery that were the prime reason behind this unusual fashion statement:“The second is symbolic of my African heritage. When my ancestors were brought from Africa, they were shackled by their neck, their wrists, and their ankles by steel chains. And they were sold on the slave block for chump change. So I turned the steel chains to gold to symbolize that I’m still a slave, only my price tag is higher.”Mr. T. Cosplay at Wizard World Chicago 2011. Photo by GabboT – 22 CC BY-SA 2.0And now for the numerical value of his earrings. He wore 7 earrings. Three in his right and four in his left. The number three has many symbolic meanings for Mr. T. First it is symbolic of the Christina Trinity, the three wise men, the three parts of the day, the three days Jesus was in the tomb, and the three graces (Faith, Hope, and Love). The 3 also stands for three Civil Rights workers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, who lost their lives in 1963, the situation that the film Mississippi Burning was based on.The four earrings in his left ear symbolize the four seasons, the four directions, and the four gospel writers.The 7 total earrings he has also has symbolic value. It was seven times that Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho, Samson had seven locks of hair, there’s seven notes in a musical bar, there’s seven colors in the rainbow, God made heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh. As Mr. T said: “I am the seventh son.”However, the actor/wrestler/bodyguard disowned all of his golden jewelry (but not the symbolism behind it), as a response to the Huricanne Katrina disaster which hit Florida and Louisiana in 2005. For the occasion he gave a statement for the USA Today:“Because, as a Christian, I felt it would be a sin against god to wear my gold when the people lost everything. I remember the bodies floating in the water, and I felt it would be disrespectful and insensitive to people who died, so I said I’d never wear my gold again. Only gold I have is the gold in my heart.”Read another story from us: How FDR Used a Hot Dog to Put the King of England at EaseIn addition to this, he is often heard promoting motivational ideas. Mr. T. tries hard to inspire people around him, using his celebrity status as a vehicle for spreading the good word. Although his celebrity high time was in the late 1980s and 1990s, he continues to be an irreplaceable part of American popular culture — and still pities a lot of fools who think otherwise.
Advertisement Bill Walton is a national treasure. He has an NCAA title, 2 NBA championships, and the biggest Grateful Dead bootleg collection this side of Shakedown Street.We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Big Bill, and he didn’t disappoint again today. During the live broadcast of the Kansas/Texas Big 12 game, he decided to take off an uncomfortable tie dye shirt in favor of his preferred “Keep Austin Weird” tie dye.Throw it DOWN big fella!!Walton was briefly shirtless on live TV, which has to be a first for a college basketball broadcaster. Let’s just hope Dickie V doesn’t get any ideas. Jerry Garcia summed up the Walton shirtless incident best in the Dead classic Scarlet Begonias:“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”Check out the Walton shedding his shirt, but more importantly, look at the reaction of the lady behind him who looks like she threw up in her mouth. Fantastic.Bill Walton is something else pic.twitter.com/jU1riOKWe4— FootBasket.com (@FootBasket) February 26, 2017
8 min read February 10, 2010 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. At first, it looks like any other middle-aged guy’s garage, only bigger. It takes a few minutes for the lights to come up, and the long buildup seems all the more appropriate as a museum of spectacles starts to reveal itself: old cars, vintage pinball machines, a collection of motorized bikes and go-carts juxtaposed against a single pink Dora the Explorer tricycle. The walls are like a timeline of a career that’s been quietly iconic. A life-sized high-school football picture gives way to TV and movie posters, all leading up to the piòce de résistance: the massive neon sign that once loomed over the set of The Man Show. This is Adam Carolla’s media empire–and it operates out of a warehouse in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.It’s the perfect setting for a utilitarian like Carolla–unassuming and efficient. In less than 20 years, he’s gone from carpenter to cult hero, with a following not unlike that of another famous former carpenter, at least in terms of its devotion. A staunch atheist, Carolla would surely scoff at the comparison, but it’s reflective of his formula for lasting success. For Carolla, comedy is an entrepreneurial pursuit, and while other comedians are essentially products to be bought and sold, Carolla is more like a CEO, lording over a brand that’s easily identifiable–and profitable–in any medium or market. Like any successful entrepreneur, he’s got a healthy contrarian streak, and the more widely accepted something is, the more likely he is to tear it down. He’s also admittedly hyper-vigilant, to the point where he might start a story by saying something like, “Here’s why I have trouble enjoying life,” and absolutely mean it. It’s all part of the product he’s selling–his own sensibility–but it’s also a useful tool for running a business.”You notice things,” Carolla says. “You become a little bit of a perfectionist. You become detail-oriented. For me, as far as the hyper-vigilance and the business goes, you become sort of a student of people and of psychology and how people work, and that’s all business is.Gauging that in advance–how are people going to react to New Coke before New Coke comes out?–that’s all it is. It’s knowing something about psychology. It’s knowing something about the human process and thinking, ‘Are you going to piss them off? Are you going to alienate them? Are you going to anger them?’ And it’s never going to be that everyone’s pissed off or everyone’s happy. The lion’s share of the people–how are they going to react when we start asking them for money? Because we have a business to run here.”His latest study in how people work–and what they want–is uniquely his own. Last February, just three days after his morning radio show was cancelled in favor of Top 40 music, he began hosting the Adam Carolla Podcast. Within two weeks, the show had been downloaded 4 million times, and Carolla forged ahead even though he was legally prohibited from monetizing the venture and was paying thousands a month in bandwidth fees. The investment paid off, and when his contract with CBS finally expired late last year, he found a few sponsors and was officially in business for himself.”There are all these little plateaus and phases you want to get to in terms of your professional career,” Carolla says. “And then at a certain point, you go, ‘I want to get paid for doing what I want to do. I want to work with the people I want to work with. I want to do things I believe in.’ I want to follow my muse and get paid, which is kind of the ultimate.”While podcasting certainly isn’t anything new, Carolla’s model for creating a business from it absolutely is. With help and feedback from both friends and fans, it’s become a full-blown enterprise that loosely resembles something out of the music industry, with the podcast used to create a following that can be enticed to see Carolla and his guests perform live at various comedy clubs. Each tour stop features two shows, and in addition to the money made from ticket sales, fans tuning in from afar are given one podcast for free with the option of paying about $3 for the other.”The next thing you know, it turned into a little cottage industry for us,” Carolla says. “I never thought about doing live podcasts, and I never thought about that end of it. The thing that’s interesting in this new frontier here is that there are all these interesting possibilities creatively, and there are also interesting possibilities as far as revenue streams. I would’ve thought that you do a podcast and you get some listeners and you do a few live commercials and you make a few dollars and that’s how you do it. But we sold out the first show, and we’re working on the second show, and who the hell knew that would be a way for us to get some money in our coffers?”The podcast-for-pay model has also helped Carolla do more than his share of good for others. When Brian Bishop, who worked for Carolla on his morning show and who is a frequent guest on the podcast, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Carolla held a benefit show that raised $130,000 in paid attendance and another $30,000 in downloads. He takes care of his friends, and he enjoys sharing in their successes as much as they’ve shared in his. He got his first break in radio through, in addition to his own tenacity, Jimmy Kimmel, who has become one of his closest friends and collaborators. He parlayed that into a long-running gig on KROQ’s nationally syndicated “Loveline” radio show–Dr. Drew Pinsky had heard Carolla’s earlier radio work and personally tapped him as his co-host. Even the original idea for Carolla’s current podcast came from lifelong friend Donny Misraje, who now works as the show’s executive producer, and who is just one of Carolla’s many friends on staff.”We’re doing it with a bunch of people who want to be here,” Carolla says. “We’re doing it with a bunch of people who believe in something. It’s a lot better than working with a bunch of strangers who are just here for the money, that’s for goddamn sure. And I guess it should be everyone’s dream to start a business and work with the people you want to work with.”For someone as successful as Carolla, such a dream might seem pedestrian. But in a landscape where the cart is all too often before the horse when it comes to fame and success, he’s chosen to stay above the fray–and it’s working. His old bosses at CBS are now backing K-ACE, an internet radio network that will air his flagship show alongside his automotive-themed Carcast and several new shows featuring friends and colleagues. The Parent Experiment, a mom-themed podcast starring Carolla’s wife, Lynette, and former morning show partner Teresa Strasser, recently debuted at No. 1 on iTunes. Two of Carolla’s closest friends have managed to navigate fame and stay grounded–Kimmel and Pinksy both have successful careers as on-air television personalities–but he’s opting for a mostly behind-the-scenes version of success.”It’s an interesting distinction because if you’re going to be successful, oftentimes you’re going to be famous,” he says. “And if you’re going to be famous, unless you’re a member of the Manson family, you’re usually going to be successful. It was always my plan to be successful, maybe fly under the radar a little bit, produce, do a late-night radio show, kind of do my own thing, do some writing, do some independent films, and not necessarily chase the buck. I wouldn’t really know how to chase the buck even if that was my plan. But I also know that if you do what you do and you do it well, there’s plenty of money to go around.”Regardless of whether Carolla chases the buck, at this point it seems bound to find him–just as it always has. Among the pursuits that can make you famous, comedy is the most entrepreneurial–true innovation is the goal, but gimmicks are often just as profitable, and while the competition is fierce, there’s also a certain degree of camaraderie. But above all, sometimes success means being satisfied with your place in the world and having faith in your own vision.”When you find out how much money Tim Allen has made, or Larry the Cable Guy or Jeff Foxworthy, you never stop throwing up,” he says. “Your innards would eventually come out of you [if] you [found] out how much money these guys make. On the other hand, I don’t have to swing a hammer anymore, I’m working with people I like, it’s easy money, and I’m getting paid to talk. How bad could it be?” How Success Happens Listen Now
Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now If your website doesn’t show up on the first page of search results on Google, Bing or Yahoo, your potential customers might not even know you exist. Better search engine visibility can be critical to boosting visits to your website, which can lead to increased brand awareness and higher sales and profits.But what if you lack the time and technical expertise to improve your site’s search engine ranking? It might make sense to hire an experienced, reliable search engine optimization (SEO) consultant.Here are 10 essential questions to ask when considering prospective SEO consultants:1. May I have a list of current and past clients? A reputable SEO consultant should be open to sharing a brief list of current and former clients and his or her contact information, says Vanessa Fox, author of Marketing in the Age of Google (Wiley, 2012) and founder of Nine By Blue, a Seattle-based SEO software provider.These references can help you gauge how effective the candidate is, as well as verify that the person did indeed work on specific SEO campaigns. Clients may not provide specific analytics, Fox says, but they should be able to at least tell you if they saw a positive impact on their search ranking, especially in conversions and in gaining an audience, as a direct result of the consultant’s efforts.2. How will you improve my search engine rankings? Steer clear of SEO consultants who won’t freely discuss their methods in detail, cautions Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, a Seattle-based internet marketing software company and co-author of The Art of SEO (O’Reilly, 2012). They should explain the strategies they would use to drive up your website’s search engine ranking, as well as estimate how long it could realistically take to achieve the SEO campaign goals you agree on.Make sure the candidate’s proposal includes an initial technical review of your website to weed out any problems that could lower your search engine ranking, including broken links and error pages. Consultants also should provide “on page” optimization, a process to make your website as search engine friendly as possible. It involves improving your website’s URL and internal linking structure, along with developing web page titles, headings and tags.Also, ask consultants if they provide “off page” SEO strategies to raise awareness of your content on other websites, often via blogs, social media platforms and press releases.3. Do you adhere to search engines’ webmaster guidelines? You want a consultant who strictly abides by Google’s publicly posted webmaster best practices, which specifically prohibit 12 common SEO tricks, including automatically generating spammy content and adding bogus hidden text and links. If a candidate doesn’t follow those guidelines, your website could be relegated to a dismally low search results ranking. Or, worse yet, Google could ban it from search results altogether.Bing and Yahoo also post webmaster best practices that consultants should confirm they follow.4. Can you guarantee my website will achieve a number-one ranking on Google, Bing and Yahoo? If the candidate answers yes, Fox warns, “Turn and run in the other direction as fast as you can.” Although it’s impossible to guarantee a number-one ranking on any search engine, she says, some unethical SEO consultants do make such bogus guarantees.Consider it a red flag if the candidate claims to have an insider relationship with Google or any other search engine that will get you priority search results rankings. Only Google, Bing and Yahoo can control how high or low websites appear in their search results.5. Are you experienced at improving local search results? Appearing in the top local search engine results is especially important to small brick-and-mortar businesses trying to attract nearby customers, Rand says. You’ll want a consultant who has expertise in local SEO techniques.If your website is optimized for what’s known as “local SEO,” it should appear when someone nearby is searching for keywords that are relevant to your business. To achieve that, a consultant should add your business’s city and state to your website’s title tags and meta descriptions, and get your site listed on Bing, Google and Yahoo’s local listings, which are online directories of businesses that cater to a specific geographical area.6. Will you share with me all changes you make to my site? Search engine optimization will most likely require a number of changes to your existing web page coding. It’s important to know exactly what adjustments the consultant plans to make and on how many web pages. If you would like the candidate to get your permission before accessing and altering your website code, be sure to say so.For example, will consultants add new title tags to your existing HTML code or modify the existing ones? Will they provide additional copywriting content highlighting your products and services to beef up the number of visible, on-page keywords relevant to your potential customers? And do they plan to redesign all or some of your website navigation or add new pages to your site?7. How do you measure the success of your SEO campaigns? To gauge the success of SEO efforts, you must track exactly how much traffic is being sent to your website and where it is coming from. Consultants should be experienced in using Google Analytics to track improvement in your site’s search engine rankings, the number of links from other websites driving traffic to yours, the kinds of keywords searchers use to find your site, and much more.Be sure to ask how often they plan to share these important analytics with you and how they would use the data to continually improve your search engine rankings and website traffic.8. How will we communicate and how often? SEO consultants’ communication styles and customer service standards vary. You need to find someone whose approach best fits your needs. Ask if the candidate prefers to talk in person or via phone, Skype, texting or email. And find out how often will he or she reach out to you with status updates.9. What are your fees and payment terms? You need to know how much you’ll be charged, of course, and also whether the consultant gets paid hourly, by retainer or by project. Project-based payments are the most common in the SEO consulting industry, and they can vary widely, depending on a project’s size and complexity. Most contract projects ranged between $1,000 and $7,500, according to Moz’s 2011 pricing survey of more than 600 SEO firms.The study also found that the most common retainers ranged between $251 to $500 a month on the lower end and $2,501 to $5,000 a month on the higher end, while the most common hourly rates ranged from $76 to $200. Fox said consultants who specifically serve small businesses often charge less per month and hour.Other important payment-related questions: How often are invoice payments due — every 30, 60 or 90 days? Is there an interest charge for late payments?10. What happens when we part ways? When your contract expires or if you terminate it early, you should still maintain ownership of all of the optimized web content you paid the consultant to provide, Fox says.Accordingly, you’ll want to make sure the contract states that when you part ways, consultants will not change or remove any of the content they added, modified or optimized on your behalf. You also should ask consultants whether they charge any fees for early contract termination, and if so, to specify them in the contract.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. From Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates, a number of big-name tech entrepreneurs were college dropouts. However, don’t be fooled by these successful leaders. Today, major companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple employ thousands of college graduates to fill the needs of their organizations. And graduates who land gigs at some of these high-paying companies make big bucks.Related: Bet You Can’t Guess the Number-One City for Recent College GradsOnline career website Paysa analyzed more than 286,000 resumes of people around the world who work at the top 100 companies in the tech sector. Paysa uncovered information about where most tech employees attended college, the educational diversity of employees at tech companies, the average salaries of graduates and more.If you want to land a job at a place like Facebook or Google, you may want to consider going to school out West. The University of Washington was the most common college found on tech employees’ resumes, with Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California also in the top five. For those who prefer the East Coast, coming in second to the University of Washington was Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.Proximity to companies gives students an edge in forging connections that lead to jobs. At Seattle-based Microsoft, 6.5 percent of employees are graduates of the University of Washington. Meanwhile, 5.4 percent of Googlites are Stanford grads.Stanford alumni also make up much of social media company Snap Inc.’s workforce — in fact, a whopping 16.1 percent of employees at Snap went to Stanford. And many employees at San Francisco-headquartered Yelp hail from another competitive California college: Eleven percent of Yelp employees graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.Out of all 100 companies surveyed, Google, Microsoft and Amazon had the highest proportions of graduates who came from the same schools and even the same graduating classes. At Google, an employee can expect an average of 9.2 fellow alumni from their class to join them in the workplace. It’s almost the same case for Microsoft and Amazon — there are typically around eight employees with the same alma mater at these companies.Related: Stop Chasing College Graduates Away: Instead, Employ These 4 TipsPaysa found that while these major companies employ graduates with similar educational backgrounds, employees at smaller companies such as Optiv, Prosper Marketplace and Zillow come from a diversity of educational backgrounds. On average, only one employee will have attended a given college at each of these organizations.So, which colleges’ grads reap the most money from their employers? Turns out the highest-paid grads working at tech companies aren’t from the most prevalent college backgrounds in the industry.Graduates from Seattle University and the Pacific Lutheran University who work in tech are raking in an average $265,000 a year. (They went to school near the headquarters of both Microsoft and Amazon.) Of course, high-paid workers live outside of the U.S., too — former students of the University of Cambridge in England and the University of Toronto are among the top 10 highest-paid groups of tech employees. A Cambridge alum working in tech makes an average salary of $252,645, and the average salary of a former Toronto student in the industry is $252,639.Related: How to Find the Right Tech Talent (for the Non-Tech Entrepreneur) 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 20, 2017 Register Now »