Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Eat a banana! Get off Twitter! How to be more productive at work

Getting stuff done is hard. Getting stuff done while there is a pandemic rumbling on is almost impossible. Even for work-from-home lifers who haven’t had to make an adjustment to their professional environment, it can be a struggle to summon the energy to get through a list of tasks. But perhaps change is still within our grasp. If you struggle to get through your to-do list, here are some productivity tips from experts.Embrace the Eisenhower matrixThis is a piece of paper divided into a four-square grid, with squares marked “Urgent”, “Not urgent”, “Important” and “Not important”. Take every task you have to do each day and place it in one of the squares. As Barnaby Lashbrooke, a productivity expert and the founder of the virtual assistant service Time Etc, puts it: “Anything urgent and important should be done by you as soon as possible. Anything important but not urgent should be scheduled in your calendar for later. Anything urgent but not important should be delegated to someone else. Anything neither urgent nor important gets cut; it’s just not worth your time or effort.”Don’t be a prisoner to emailAllocate times to check for messages. Photograph: Prostock-Studio/Getty ImagesFaye Cox, a mindset and…

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Saints Twitter reactions to Julio Jones trade

When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Florida tight end Kyle Pitts in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, fans of the New Orleans Saints were rightfully concerned about their division rival’s offensive firepower. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, and now Kyle Pitts? Well have no fear, NFC South fans! The Atlanta Falcons then traded away one of the game’s best wide receivers in Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans of the AFC. With Falcons’ fans understandably upset (but with no reason for surprise after Julio Jones already announced he had requested a trade and was “out” of Atlanta), Saints Twitter was able to have a little fun at the expense of the Falcons. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the news: I have really enjoyed going back and reading old Tweets from Falcons fans who said Julio Jones would never be traded.Warms my heart down to the cockles. Don't know what cockles are, but they're warmed now.— Christopher Dunnells (@ChrisDunnells) June 9, 2021 Falcons are Tweeting Julio in the clouds like he died.Naw, fam. He just didn’t want to play for the Falcons anymore so you had to trade him. If anything, he’s…

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Leahy versus Sanders versus Welch: Who has the best Zoom backdrop?

Maleeha Syed, Burlington Free Press Published 9:58 a.m. ET June 14, 2021 CLOSEPeter Welch has a great room. The Democratic Vermont representative got a nod Sunday from Room Rater, a Twitter account that made a name for itself grading backgrounds visible on virtual calls. The account offers praise, critique and sometimes advice to those who make it onto Room Rater. Welch got an impressive 10 out of 10 Sunday. "Quickly becoming top congressional Room," the account said on Twitter. "Nailed the colors. Lamp. Art."Quickly becoming top congressional Room. Nailed the colors. Lamp. Art. 10/10 @PeterWelchhttps://t.co/JOX1iewOSGpic.twitter.com/j7KiixnPiG— Room Rater (@ratemyskyperoom) June 13, 2021The representative received a nine for the same backdrop Saturday, along with a recommendation to fix the glare. Other Vermont politicians have been subjected to the rating system. How did Bernie Sanders do on Room Rater?Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored a seven in May 2020 in a breaking update from the account, which noted the politician had a Red Hot Chili Peppers poster. The senator received a less-than-enthusiastic four from Room Rater in April. "Flags," the account said in the tweet. "Nice State of Vermont prints. Lighting fail. Is this a DMV?" The senator, like Welch, has seen a perfect score: Sanders got a 10 out of 10 last August. Room Rater gave special…

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Why Twitter altruism in Covid second wave gives us hope for social media

People have collated resources and connected patients to hospital beds, stepping in to fill the gaping hole left by the Indian state’s ineptitude. It has been a little bit of a miracle. Written by Atish Padhy The Covid-19 pandemic has given us several painful images in the last two years. During the first wave, the image that stayed with us was of migrant workers walking inhuman distances in the wake of an arbitrary national lockdown. During the second wave, the enduring image has been that of our social media feeds awash with desperate calls for help. Yet, amidst the shortage of critical medical equipment and the overflowing of cremation grounds, one cannot help but be struck by the great altruism and activism of thousands of regular social media users. People have collated resources and connected patients to hospital beds, stepping in to fill the gaping hole left by the Indian state’s ineptitude. It has been a little bit of a miracle. But how has Twitter (and the larger social media ecosystem), which at the best of times appears to bring out the worst in people, managed to incentivise strangers to go out of their way to help each other? How…

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Why is Sebastian Stan 'cancelled' on Twitter? Actor faces online backlash

American actor Sebastian Stan is currently trending on Twitter, as the internet tries to ‘cancel’ him this June 2021. The 38-year-old seems to have social media users divided. Let’s take a look at whether he is ‘cancelled’ and what caused the drama. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Roadside Attractions Who is Sebastian Stan? Sebastian Stan is a 38-year-old actor who was born in Romania. He has citizenship in both Romania and the USA. Sebastian graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 2005. His most notable film roles include playing Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier), Jeff Gillooly in I, Tonya, and Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl. More recently, Sebastian plays the role of Mickey in 2020 film Monday. This year will also see Sebastian star opposite Lily James in Hulu’s highly-anticipated series, Pam & Tommy. The show will be exploring the whirlwind romance between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, which resulted in their marriage after just 96 hours. Read More: G7 Eden Project Dinner menu explored! Why are people saying that Sebastian is cancelled? If you’ve logged on to Twitter and seen that the internet is trying to cancel Sebastian Stan, you might wonder what the actor did to…

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Twitter declined 'a number of orders' from Indian government, company says

Home >Companies >News >Twitter declined ‘a number of orders’ from Indian government, company says PremiumWhile Twitter has said it aims to comply with the IT rules, the deadline for it ended on 26 May. (File Photo: Reuters) 3 min read . Updated: 12 Jun 2021, 06:02 PM IST Prasid Banerjee The government has sent multiple notices to Twitter and threatened to revoke the intermediary protection offered by Section 79 of India’s IT Act, which protects platforms for being sued for acts by its users NEW DELHI: Micro-blogging giant Twitter said it has “declined a number of orders" from the Indian government, which the company didn’t agree with, and thought were in violation of Indian and international law, targeting very particular journalists or activists, etc. "Those accounts and tweets, in many instances have remained on the platform," said Vijaya Gadde, chief legal officer at Twitter, adding that it’s a “very delicate balance to draw". She was speaking at the RightCon 2021 conference on 10 June. "From a purely legal perspective, litigation is one tool and it’s not always the best tool, it’s a very blunt tool. If you don’t know the outcome, you can be taking some pretty big risks with…

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English cricket to launch social media review after Robinson Twitter storm

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to launch a "social media review" that could lead to widespread disciplinary action following the fall-out from Ollie Robinson's Twitter posts.The Sussex seamer was suspended from England duty pending an investigation after historic racist and sexist posts made in 2012 and 2013 re-emerged during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's last week.Since Robinson's posts re-emerged, the social media feeds of a number of internationals have been scrutinised, with an unnamed player found to have sent offensive tweets while under the age of 16.Meanwhile, the experienced England trio of James Anderson, Jos Buttler and limited overs captain Eoin Morgan have all faced accusations of publishing potentially offensive messages.The ECB board met Wednesday, when they decided to look into the issue in more detail, with a statement issued Saturday saying: "The board agreed to the executive's recommendation for a social media review to address any historical issues, remind individuals of their personal responsibilities going forward, and help them learn lessons along the way."The board was clear that this process would not prevent further disciplinary action in the future, should that be required, under the applicable processes, but it is hoped that the game…

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25 Kubernetes experts you should follow on Twitter

While running apps on bare metal is more traditional, deploying programs using containers provides loads of benefits. And for keeping track of all those containers, Kubernetes (known as K8s in shorthand) is an extremely popular open-source management platform. It's scalable, extensible, and portable.Because containerization allows for agile app deployment, continuous development, and continuous integration, as well as more efficient resource allocation, containers have seen wider adoption—even for app modernization projects. Accordingly, Kubernetes provides many benefits for container management, including load balancing, automated rollbacks, and storage orchestration.Whether you're just learning Kubernetes or are a seasoned container buff, you'll want to have the right resources available, such as tutorials and monitoring tools. This also includes following the right people on Twitter. Here are the top Kubernetes experts to follow for leveling up your container management knowledge.Saad AliSoftware engineer, Google@the_saad_aliAs a software engineer with Google, Ali works on Kubernetes. He serves as a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's technical oversight committee and is the co-creator of the Container Storage Interface (CSI). Ali is a seasoned conference speaker who delivers intriguing talks on topics such as Kubernetes design principles at conferences including KubeCon. Chris AniszczykCTO, Cloud Native Computing Foundation @craAs the CTO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the vice president of developer…

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Don't Let One Guy on Twitter Lie to You: Houston's in the South

We Are the South Social media was a buzz this week (when it is not?) because apparently, Liberty and Chambers counties are in the “South” but Harris County is decidedly not, at least according to one guy on Twitter. What. On Monday, R.J. Lehmann, who’s the editor-in-chief of the International Center for Law, per ABC 13, shared a questionable U.S. map on Twitter highlighting which states and counties he considered “The South” and which were “Not the South.”  I did this map a couple years ago and I stand behind it. pic.twitter.com/luVpPefElL — R.J. Lehmann (@raylehmann) June 7, 2021 According to the map, only eight states are 100 percent in the South, and Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Texas are all partially in the South, but not completely.  His scientific reasoning? “Different things in different areas, but mostly just my impression from visiting,” he wrote on Twitter. Okay, sir.  While we have a lot to say about this whole map, let’s focus in on where our true beef lies: Why is Houston not considered the South? Lehmann admitted he doesn’t have a good answer.  “I'll admit that I'm being totally inconsistent…

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