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Google Photos Has Categorised An African-Americans Couple Picture As “Gorillas”

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The latest photo and video management service from Google has inappropriately labeled a picture of African-Americans couple as “gorillas”.

Google has became one of the most powerful companies on Earth. It has developed some of the best algorithms in the world for organising information. However, a recent incident shows the failure of technology when it doesn’t work as expected.

Jacky Alcine, a Web developer who is black, tweeted about Google Photos app that labeled a picture of him and a friend as “gorillas”. The label showed up in a feature that automatically categorizes photos, like cars or beaches, so they are more easily searchable.

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This incident points to the problem of tech companies face as computers get smarter and are expected to take on more more tasks a human normally would do. Those areas of computer science – such as artificial intelligence or machine learning – are some of the biggest engineering focuses in Silicon Valley. However, with that focus comes another task that computers have not traditionally tackled: emotional sensitivity.

After Google noticed the incident with Alcine’s photo, the company apologized with a promise to fix it immediately.

“Lots of work being done, and lots still to be done. We’re very much on it.” said Yonatan Zunger, chief architect of social at Google in one of his tweet.

Google also released an official apology. ”We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened,” said a Google spokeswoman. “There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.”

Five Inspiring Life Lessons From Steve Jobs For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Steve Jobs might never launched two of the most valuable companies (Apple and Pixar) if he follows the conventional rules all the time.

Jobs has struggled through many obstacles to get Apple and Pixar off the ground. However, Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his personal beliefs were actually facts, which is how he pushed his companies forward. He also utilised a mixture of manipulative tricks to ascertain his victories.

Many consider Jobs a genius, yet there’s no reason we could all learn a thing or two from his tactics.

In today’s post, we will explore five important points that Steve Jobs has done throughout his career. His life and working ethic is inspirational and every serious entrepreneurs should take note. Here is the first wisdom words from the man himself:

1. “Work hard, and others will respect you. Respect is a crucial first step to getting what you want.”

By 1996, Apple had a serious issue: it was pinning its hopes on a new operating system that wasn’t and wouldn’t even solve Apple’s needs. So it looked for a partner to build a more stable operating system: in the end, it came down to two companies: a company started by Jean-Louis Gassée called ‘Be,’ and NeXT, Jobs’ computer company that was struggling at the time.

When it came time for the two companies to pitch to Apple, Gassée acted too nonchalant, whereas Jobs didn’t hold back. Amelio described Steve’s sales pitch on the NeXT operating system as ‘dazzling. He praised the virtues and strengths as though he were describing a performance of Olivier as Macbeth.’

When Jobs eventually returned to Apple and he was still leading Pixar, he says he worked from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. He suffered from kidney stones. However, he insisted on motivating both companies by consistently showing up and pushing people to make the best products possible, and they respected him for it.

2. “Pitch with passion. People can be influenced by strong displays of emotion.”

Pitching was a key part of Jobs’ repertoire, and it should be part of yours, too. The process of selling — yourself, or a product — is the key to getting others to buy into your ideas.

In a pitch to the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Jobs wanted to show off everything iTunes could do — he was recruiting musicians at the time in hopes of corralling the record labels into going along with the iTunes plan. Marsalis said Jobs talked for two hours. ‘He was a man possessed,’ he said. ‘After a while, I started looking at him and not the computer, because I was so fascinated with his passion.’

He also pitched his marketing gurus with a similar passion, to ‘ensure that almost every ad they produced was infused with his emotion.’

3. “Disarm people with seduction and flattery.”

Whether they’re working for you, or you’re working for them, people continually seek approval for their actions so they respond very well to affection. And if you keep giving it to them, they will eventually crave it from you. From Isaacson’s biography:

‘Jobs could seduce and charm people at will, and he liked to do so. People such as (former Apple CEOs) Amelio and Sculley allowed themselves to believe that because Jobs was charming them, it meant that he liked and respected them. It was an impression that he sometimes fostered by dishing out insincere flattery to those hungry for it. But Jobs could be charming to people he hated just as easily as he could be insulting to people he liked.’

4. “Claim all the good ideas are yours — and if you’re reversing your position, get behind the new idea with full force. Memories of the past can be easily manipulated.”

Jobs wasn’t right all the time, but he was a master at convincing people he was. So how did he do it? He stood firmly in one position, and if your position was actually better than his, he wouldn’t just acknowledge it: He’d adopt your position as his own, which would throw you off balance since he wouldn’t let you know he ever thought differently.

Bud Tribble, a former Mac engineer, had this to say in Jobs’ biography:

‘Just because he tells you something that is awful or great, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll feel that way tomorrow. If you tell him a new idea, he’ll usually tell you that he thinks it’s stupid. But then, if he actually likes it, exactly one week later, he’ll come back to you and propose your idea to you, as if he thought of it.’

An example: When Apple decided to open retail stores for its products, Jobs’ retail SVP Ron Johnson came up with the idea of a ‘Genius Bar,’ which would be staffed ‘with the smartest Mac people.’ At first, Jobs called the idea crazy. ‘You can’t call them geniuses. They’re geeks,’ he said. ‘They don’t have the people skills to deliver on something called the genius bar.’ The next day, Apple’s general counsel was told to trademark the name ‘genius bar.’

5. “Make decisions quickly and definitively. You can change things later.”

Unlike other companies, Apple rarely considered studies, surveys and research when it came time to making new products. It was also rare for a major decision to take months worth of meetings; Jobs tended to get bored easily and was quick to go with his gut.

In the case of the first iMacs, Jobs immediately decided Apple would release the new computers in multiple colours. Jony Ive, Apple’s chief of design, said ‘in most places that decision would have taken months. Steve did it in a half hour.’

On the same computer, Jon Rubinstein tried to argue that the iMac should come with a CD tray; but Jobs detested CD trays and he really wanted a high-end slot drive. On that particular decision, Jobs was wrong — burning music could only be accomplished on CD trays, and as that trend took off, the first round of iMacs were left behind. But since Jobs was able to make quick decisions, the first iMacs shipped on time, and the second-generation desktops included the CD drive that could rip and burn music, which was the necessary peg Apple needed to launch iTunes and the iPod.

Six Positive Characteristics Of All Great Leaders (Infographic)

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Inspiring others is all about leading by doing. Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done.

However, that’s just one trait every good leader should have. In today’s post, we will share six unique characteristics all great leaders possess. The best leaders have all of these habits in common. Some would argue that at heart, everyone is a leader yet some people have more potential than the other. Do yourself a favour and check whether you have the following six merits. Do you have vision, humility, self-awareness, integrity, commitment and do you help others? If the answer is ‘yes’, you might just be a great leader.

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Infographic credit: Eliv8group

Australian Ad Market Will Be Worth $16.4 Billion In 2019

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With the fast growth of advertising in Australia, outdated advertising strategy and uncoordinated mobile banners need to be left behind. The total Australian advertising market is expected to grow to $16.4 billion by 2019, up from $12.9 billion in 2014, with the growth and challenges lie ahead for sectors in the media.

Australian advertising market has increased of 2.4% in 2014, compared to 6.4% in 2013. Many ad experts predict that the Australian advertising industry will see an average growth of 4.8% over the next five years, reaching (more or less) $16.4 billion.

The advertising growth rate for 2015 is predicted to rise by 3.2%, including consumer spending, entertainment and media industry which will be worth $43.4 billion in 2019 (with 4.2% growth a year). Internet advertising is expected to rise by 13%, to reach $8.2 billion by 2019. Free-to-air TV is expected to hit $3.8 billion, $1.5 billion for newspapers and $1.3 billion for radio.

The free-to-air television ad market is predicted to be stagnant over the next three years and as witnessed with the emergence of more SVOD (subscription video on demand) platforms, broadcasting companies are now looking for new revenue streams and ways to capture the increasingly fragmenting audiences.

Nowadays, marketers will need to expand their focus well beyond driving consideration and taking the right decision. Here are some key points they need to think about before making the next move:

  • Audience movement will be the new data point.
  • Sports rights will remain big business in free-to-air TV.
  • The launch of Apple’s Watch will open up the market “significantly”.
  • Search will continue to be the dominant internet advertising rising from $2.4 billion now, to $3.9 billion by 2019.
  • Display advertising is forecast to increase from $1.4 billion to $2.2 billion and that classifieds will grow from $929 million to $1.363 billion.

Australia has been challenged by two media suppliers that dominate the market and strict regulations, yet most marketers have honed their skills in content. It just a matter of time when those media companies will bite the bullet, start investing and being brave about various parts of their business, even make some interesting acquisitions.

On the agency side, the larger ones are all part of global holding companies, so they benefit from the tech investment there. Australia is a strong media space, but it has been challenged historically (as it’s been protected) with regulations and policies that many have complained about.

“Innovation that’s going to be really important for media companies is going to be service innovation and relationship innovation, business model innovation and distribution innovation. In service innovation – the classic example for media companies is really automation – because the idea of service innovation is to take the friction out of your relationships with your customer. So in the B2B media space, you take the friction out of your relationships with your media agency, but then other forms of service innovation that I’ve seen media companies around the world do is to create self-service platforms for small to medium size businesses and they allow them to book their ads and also create their ads. Radio networks are doing that. Innovation is about content and data and location, so that’s improving the relationship so you send the most targeted messages possible, so targeted that you come across as being helpful.”

In a nutshell, Australian advertising market has been broken down by media and features insight from investors and the “leaders of innovation”.

33 Most Heart Touching Photographs Ever Taken

A picture is worth a thousand words, yet some of them can touch deep into the soul. The following pictures are not only powerful, but also gripping and unforgettable. All of them speak about the human condition, about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

A little warning for readers: some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy, since these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. For the most part, they describe our present: our suffering and our triumphs, our perseverance and our failures, our compassion and our hatred, our intelligence and our stupidity.

1. Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music.

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2. Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

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3. Dr. Religa monitors his patient’s vitals after a 23 hour long heart transplant surgery. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. (1987)

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4. The patient not only survived the surgery, but outlived his doctor.

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5. Father and son. (1949 and 2009)

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6. Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp “death train” near the Elbe. (1945)

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7. A Buddhist monk shares his meal with a tiger at the Kanchanaburi ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand.

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8. Young man just found out his brother was killed.

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9. Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the uprisings in Cairo, Egypt. (2011)

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10. A soldier in Vietnam grasps what war really is.

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11. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia. (2009)

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12. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months.

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13. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff, October 1, 1940. The photo shows a line of soldiers march in British Columbia on their way to a waiting train as five-year-old Whitey Bernard tugs away from his mother’s hand to reach out for his father.

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14. Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.

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15. A man fell from the World Trade Center on 9/11, also known as “The Falling Man.”

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16. Alcoholic father with his son.

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17. Sunset on Mars.

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18. Sergeant Frank Praytor took care of a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

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19. Werfel, a 6 year old orphan from Austria after being given his first pair of new shoes by the American Red Cross. (1946)

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20. A boy carrying his dog through Filipino flood disaster.

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21. The first mother in space. Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine. (1985)

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22. A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps, following a luncheon meeting during inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950-53 war.

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23. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument.

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24. “La Jeune Fille a la Fleur,” a photograph by Marc Riboud, shows the young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967. The photograph would eventually become the symbol of the flower power movement.

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25. A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami.

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26. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband in Holland. (1888)

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27. A French civilian cries in despair as Nazis occupy Paris during World War II.

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28. PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.

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29. Protester plays piano over the sounds of chaos, with riot police in the backdrop.

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30. Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war.

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31. Agim Shala is passed through a barbed wire fence to his grandparents at a camp for refugees of the Kosovo War.

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32. The iconic photo of Tank Man, the unknown rebel who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks in an act of defiance following the Tiananmen Square protests. (1989)

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33. Earthrise: A photo taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. (1968)

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15 Most Inspiring Quotes From Steve Jobs

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February 24th would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. To commemorate, here are 15 most thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from Steve Jobs:

1. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

2. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

3. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

4. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

5. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

6. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”

7. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

8. “Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. It’s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.”

9. “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

10. “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

11. “I want to put a ding in the universe.”

12. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

13. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

14. “It’s better to be a pirate than join the Navy.”

15. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

1. This is the Earth. This is where you live.

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2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

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3. Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

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4. Think again. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

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5. But let’s talk about planets. That little green spot is North America on Jupiter.

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6. And here’s the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:

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7. And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around Earth:

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8. This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

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9. But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

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10. Here’s you from the moon:

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11. Here’s you from Mars:

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12. Here’s you from just behind Saturn’s rings:

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13. And here’s you from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.

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To paraphrase Carl Sagan: “Everyone and everything you have ever known exists on that little speck.”

14. Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

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The sun doesn’t even fit in the image.

15. And here’s that same sun from the surface of Mars:

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16. But that’s nothing. Again, as Carl Sagan once stated, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

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17. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

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18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

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19. But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrank the sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

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20. That’s because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

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21. But this is all you ever see:

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(That’s not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)

22. But even our galaxy is a little runt compared with some others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

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Think about all that could be inside there.

23. But let’s think bigger. In just this picture, taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

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24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 billion light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

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Some of the other galaxies are thought to have formed only a few hundred million years AFTER the Big Bang.

25. And just keep this in mind — that’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

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26. And, you know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

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So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember:

This is your home.

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This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

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And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

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And farther…

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Keep going…

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Just a little bit farther…

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Almost there…

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And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

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The 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

Here are some of favorite lines from literature that might inspire your Friday.

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2. “In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.”

—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

3. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”

—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

4. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”

—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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6. “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”

—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

7. “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

8. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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10. “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”

—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

11. “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

12. “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”

—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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14. “As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.”

—Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

15. “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”

—W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”

16. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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18. “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

—William Shakespeare, Hamlet

19. “America, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.”

—Allen Ginsburg, “America”

20. “It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.”

—W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

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22. “At the still point, there the dance is.”

—T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

23. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

24. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”

—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

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26. “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”

—Toni Morrison, Beloved

27. “How wild it was, to let it be.”

—Cheryl Strayed, Wild

28. “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”

—T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

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30. “She was lost in her longing to understand.”

—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

31. “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”

—Kate Chopin, “The Awakening”

32. “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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34. “The half life of love is forever.”

—Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

35. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

36. “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

—Bram Stroker, Dracula

37. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

38. “I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”

—Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

39. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

—Charlotte Brontë , Jane Eyre

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41. “I have spread my dreams under your feet; / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”

—W. B. Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”

42. “It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.”

—Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

43. “For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”

—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

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45. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

46. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

–F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

47. “Journeys end in lovers meeting.”

—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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49. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

50. “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”

—Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

51. “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

41 Blatantly Honest Logo Captions That Will Cherish Your Day

What happened if all of those famous logos tell the truth behind their brands? Hilarity ensues.

Nashville-based graphic designer Clif Dickens tweaks numerous logos and advertising slogans, adding funny captions and turning them to be “blatantly honest”. The funny thing is, most of the edited logos make more sense than the real ones. His work has been featured in leading publications such as Adweek, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and many more. Here is the list of 41 logos that you might find amusingly funny:

1. Louis Vuitton

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2. Kickstarter

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3. YouTube

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4. Maybelline

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5. Lays

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5 Reasons Why People Resist Change and How To Counter Them

changeChange is about improving things and doing away with strategies and beliefs that don’t work. Changes in our line of work can take us to or help us stay on top of our game. In this context—and in an ideal world—people should be excited about changes and welcome them with open arms.

But in the real world, people tend to shrink from it; most people fear it because they have been so used to doing the same thing. Some people resist change because the unfamiliarity scares them so much that they get stranded in the same phase — in life and in business. Or that taking on something new challenges their competence to its very core.

Below are top five reasons why people resist change and how you can counter them.

1. Too Much Work Involved

Change requires a lot of work. In an organisational change, people have to learn new systems, processes, and even new tools that are different from what they have been using.

To counter this, the leader or the decision maker must effectively communicate the need for change. A sufficient explanation to the employees is necessary, emphasising that old strategies or procedures no longer work and have even become counter-productive. Employees must understand that there is a need for a change in order to remain relevant in the business, and thus, succeed.

And success for the company means success for everyone.

2. Uncertainty

Employees see changes and they are uncertain of its results. Uncertainty is one scary monkey.

To counter this thought, employers must talk to the employees on where their anxieties and uncertainties are coming from. These anxieties must be resolved point by point.

3. What’s In It For Me?

Sometimes employees believe that changes are good for the organisation but not necessarily for the individual members. Teams usually don’t see the big picture and only think about their own concerns. An employee’s concern usually revolves around his own welfare. Let’s face it. Employees do not usually care about the status of the entire organisation, unless it directly affects them.

To counter this dilemma, employers must point out the benefits of the changes to the individual members.  A good leader must be able to paint the big picture, determine how the changes affect the whole organisation and the individual members that keep it going.

4. Bad Experiences

Sometimes people do understand the need for change but are reluctant to submit themselves because of past experiences that may not have had favourable results. If the proposed changes often fail, employees will be cynical about its necessity.

To counter this reluctance, employers must explain that although changes in the past were unsuccessful, they were no doubt tried and tested with the intention of improving the overall status of the entire organisation. There is simply no shortcut to success. Everything and everyone must do their best to try something new. And not getting everyone to participate could lead to more failure.

5. If It Ain’t Broke …

Sometimes employees simply don’t see the necessity for change. If the old system works, why change it?

The times are always changing. To think otherwise would be to give in to competition and become obsolete in an industry. A good leader must be able to make his team relate to changes. Employees must be made to see that the environment outside the organisation is changing and the organization must take heed. 

To ignore the changing times, whether it’s in technology or the market, is counter-productive. Employees must understand that no matter how difficult change might be, it simply has to be done.