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Really happy!

Lots of people are excited about meeting and hearing from presidential candidates on both side of the political aisle. But none are as thrilled as this nine-year old who has just learned she’s going to meet Donald Trump.

Watch out, it’s addictive

While watching cable news last week, I saw former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld being interviewed. Among the topics discussed was a new card game he’s developed called Churchill Solitaire.

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The online game for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices uses two decks of cards and rules that reportedly will “vex even the most cunning of strategists.” Said to be addictive, Churchill Solitaire is a variation of the traditional card game Rumsfeld described as vastly more complex, requiring strategic thinking.

Rumsfeld learned the game in the 1970s from a friend who was taught by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The app hit the Apple Store last Friday. Players must liberate six cards, known as the “Devil’s Six.” Its makers describe the game as a difficult one in which one wrong move can spell the difference between victory and defeat. All profits from the app will go to military charities that aid servicemen and their families, Rumsfeld said.

Future career

This adorable three-year-old toddler decided she was going to cut her own hair, giving herself a “mullet” cut. Why did she do it? “Because … I want to know how to do it really too. I was just practicing today.”

If you’d like to see more of Ashleigh’s adorable foibles, click here.

No more ‘likes’

Soon to become obsolete, the “like” button is reported to be the engine of Facebook and its most recognized symbol. In fact, a giant version of it can be seen at the entrance to Facebook’s Menlo Park, California campus. But now it will be replaced by “reactions.”

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Quoting from a Bloomberg News article titled “Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button,” “Facebook’s 1.6 billion users click on it more than 6 billion times a day – more frequently than people conduct searches on Google – which affects billions of advertising dollars each quarter. Brands, publishers, and individuals constantly, and strategically, share the things they think will get the most likes. It’s the driver of social activity.”

The original idea behind the “like” button? “It was simply meant to make interactions easier – just click like on someone’s post about their new job, instead of being the 15th person to say congratulations.”

But the ubiquitous thumbs up “like” icon is awkward when the post is announcing a death, or something equally incompatible with “like.”

“… the button is also a blunt, clumsy tool. Someone announces her divorce on the site, and friends grit their teeth and ‘like’ it. There’s a devastating earthquake in Nepal, and invariably a few overeager clickers give it the ol’ thumbs-up.”

So after years of wrangling with the problem, the geniuses at Facebook have come up with an extensive, exhaustive, and thoroughly tested solution: icons called “reactions”. Coming soon to your Facebook page.

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The Verge reports, “On mobile, they’ll be hidden within the Like button: you’ll have to press and hold Like for a moment before the new options – which Facebook calls ‘reactions’ – pop up. From there, you can select one of the five new options, each of which is represented by a cute animated image. There was originally going to be a sixth option – ‘yay’ – but Bloomberg says that Facebook removed it at some point over the past few months after determining that it wasn’t ‘universally understood.'”

Experience Mount Everest in 3D

This is undoubtedly the closest any of us will ever get to the top of Mt. Everest, but this fascinating 3D panorama is almost like being there.

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By maneuvering your mouse or pointer, you’ll experience the trek to the summit. Along the way, you can click the menu on the right side of the screen and read personal accounts of the journey and tragedy in 2014 that claimed more than a dozen Sherpa climbers in a sudden ice avalanche. Find out what the makings of an avalanche are. Listen to the wind as you make the climb to the 30,000 foot summit. An altimeter on the left of your screen indicates your rate of climb. It is like having National Geographic at your fingertips.

Helpful hint: I found that viewing it worked best with a Safari browser if you’re using a Mac.

Ultimate wallflowers

Not standing out in a crowd? Feel like you’ve blended into the scenery? Melted into the background like a wallflower? Then check this out – these people really have disappeared.

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