The 6 obvious reasons why the Golden State Warriors will be much better in 2023

As you all know the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA Championship. Even without Klay Thompson for the first half of the 2021-22 season, the Dubs started out really strong before Draymond Green got injured, Steph had an very un-Steph five week stretch where he wasn’t hitting the shots we came to expect, and the eventual return of Klay messed with the team’s chemistry.

With all those late-season struggles, there were a lot of open questions about Golden State going into the 2022 NBA playoffs. In many ways, the Warriors had favorable match-ups during the postseason and that allowed the team to get healthy, back into shape, build chemistry and for Steve Kerr to find the right combinations. 

Whatever excuses some may come up with, Golden State worked out the kinks a defeated the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics for their fourth NBA championship in the last eight seasons. 

The Warriors 2022 Weaknesses Will Be Their 2023 Strengths 

The scary thing is that with all the things that were working against the Warriors this season are strengths going into the 2023 season. Here’s five reasons why the Golden State Warriors will be better next season and are regarded as the favorites by the best basketball betting site to not only be one of the best teams next season, but win the 2023 NBA championship.

1. Improved Health: Due to two major injuries, Klay Thompson missed more than two full NBA season. Curry missed nearly a full season in 2019 after injuring his hand, and Draymond Green was in and out of the lineup this season. Barring any other injury going into the 2022-23 season, the Warriors big three will be healthy for the first time since mid-2019 and when those three are playing with one another, the Warriors are always formidable.

2. Together: Not only will they not be injured, they will be health together. Up until the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs, the trio of Curry, Thompson and Draymond had only played 11 minutes together in the last three seasons.

That won’t be the case for the upcoming season.

3. Locked Up: Continuity is important on any team and that’s looking like a hge plus for the Warriors next season. Save for Otto Porter Jr., the core of the Golden State team that played the most minutes in the playoff run will be back. Every indication is that the Warriors will do their best to bring back Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II. Those two along with the Klay, Steph and Draymond, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole, you have seven of their main rotation players returning. 

4. Greedy Just because you win a championship, doesn’t mean you’re satisfied. There’s an excitement that continues onto the next season after a successful title run. At least that’s what Steve Kerr’s experience has been:

“Yeah, my experience is when you win a championship you get better the next year,” Kerr said. “If you keep going after that, it starts to wear you out. That third year for us, trying to get a three-peat in ’19 was brutally difficult.

“But whether I was a player or now as a coach, you win that first one, there’s a freedom that comes with it. There’s an excitement, and that carries over into the second year.”

And Kerr should know, he’s experienced the ups-and-downs of having won nine NBA championships as a player (5) and coach (4).

5. Getting Younger: Yes Curry, Thompson and Green are all 32 years or older, but that doesn’t mean the rotation will be older overall. We will expect the 23-year old Jordan Poole, the 19-year old Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, we well as former #2 overall pick James Wiseman (21) to log significant minutes come 2023. And the Warriors will have a full season to integrate these younger, talented players into their system of ball movement.

The Warriors have the luxury to allow Wiseman, Kuminga and Poole to make mistakes while still winning games. 

5. More Experienced: At times, Warriors fans were frustrated with Andrew Wiggins, Looney 6nd Poole as they learned the Warriors system and figure when to do their thing. All that frustration with ill-timed shots (Poole), missed layups (Looney), and lack of aggressiveness (Wiggins) paid off as they, for the most part, finally solved how best to leverage their strengths within the Warriors system. 

Not everything will be full-on rosy for the Warriors. As we mentioned their trio are all on the older side and the younger guys are still very inexperienced.. However I don’t think anyone would argue — based off what the team went through the last couple seasons — there are certainly more positives for Golden State to look forward to.

 

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With Finnerty’s closed, Plug Uglies is now THE Golden State Warriors bar in New York City

Pre-pandemic, Finnerty’s was the unofficial Golden State Warriors Bar in New York City — at least in Manhattan. The bar definitely had a local vibe and would begin to fill up an hour or two before big games. It wasn’t just for the Warriors, but would bring Bay Area sports fans for 49ers and Giants games, too.

Unfortunately Finnerty’s bar has permanently closed, so where do Golden State Warriors fans that live in NYC go to watch Dubs games with other fans? That’s a question that’s been asked several times over on Reddit without many solid answers.

Plug Uglies is the GSW Bar in NYC?

One name that does pop up a couple times is Plug Uglies located in Gramercy. Owned by the same people that ran Finnerty’s, it seems like this bar is the way to go. The bar’s website is pretty bare bones and doesn’t give any hints that it’s a Warriors bar. They do link off to their social media and going by their Instagram and Twitter, there’s definitely a Golden State presence. Here’s their Instagram:

Looking good, but maybe the social media person favors the Warriors? I’d like some more proof that Plug Uglies is the GSW NYC bar of choice. So we went to their Twitter and their most recent tweet on Plug Uglies’ Twitter account shows a bunch of Golden State fans celebrating a Steph Curry three pointer during the 2022 NBA Finals:

That all but confirms that at least Plug Uglies’ social media person is a Golden State Warriors fan and that’s good enough for me. Though reviews say that Plug Uglies doesn’t have the same vibe – according to redditors at least — it looks like Plug Uglies brings in Golden State fans for the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals. We’ll see you there. Go DUBS!

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These 5 Easy Low-Cost Techniques Will Increase Your Home’s Value Fast

Every house might benefit from a little freshening up. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by a to-do list, this is your chance to take on a few simple DIY projects like a master.

These home renovations are achievable even if you think you’re the least handy person in the neighborhood. You can not only save money by undertaking home renovations on your own, but you can also learn valuable skills in the process. Building these abilities may improve your well-being, and you may discover new passions and gain confidence in the process.

DIY projects at home may also be a fun way to express yourself. Use these 5 tips to quickly increase the value of your home.

1. Fresh Paint

Painting is a long-term investment that, in the case of a sale, can raise interest in your property. Starting with a neutral hue for the exterior siding is a good idea. This is due to the fact that brighter paint colors make a home appear larger, whilst darker paint colors make a home appear smaller. As a result, many realtors believe that a light exterior paint might boost a home’s value. To get a sense on how much a fresh coat of paint may cost, use this checklist.

2. Clean and Declutter

Yes, when you declutter your home, the size of your home does not change objectively. However, as many real estate gurus will tell you, objectivity isn’t always the case. The property appears lived-in thanks to numerous furniture pieces and collectibles strewn about. They do, however, make it appear smaller.

Decluttering your property before selling it is an excellent technique to make it appear larger. You want to entice potential buyers into a clean home, since many people seem to forget or remember too late. When there are a lot of objects to move around, cleaning becomes considerably more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to furnishings. When you move a lot of furniture around, it can take a long time to clean something. 

3. Curb Appeal

Your front door should be repainted or replaced. Wash your siding using a high-pressure washer. Paint your siding, trim, and window shutters if necessary. Trim your bushes, mow your lawn, clean your gutters, and put flowers in your front yard. You don’t need to engage a landscaping professional to create a masterpiece in your front yard; all you need to do is keep it clean and neat.

4. Energy Efficient

Prospective home buyers are drawn to energy-efficient equipment because they mean decreased monthly energy expenses. Energy savings increase the value of your home by 20 times the annual savings. All light bulbs should be replaced with ones that have a consistent wattage level. Try compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs, which consume 75% less energy than standard lights.

5. Roof

This one may not be as affordable as the above tips. but taking care of this can really relieve potential buyers. The process of replacing a roof entails removing all of the old shingles, felt paper, and moisture barrier and replacing them with new materials. It may also entail repairing or replacing the deck, as well as any other damage discovered during the removal of the previous roof. When you don’t have the financial means to replace your roof, one option is to consider a grant for roof replacement. Several government initiatives aimed at low-income families may be able to assist financially.

 

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The Full List: Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Hip Hop Rap Albums of All-Time

Another day another Rolling Stone list. As much as we get triggered by these type of lists or do our best to disregard the validity of the opinions expressed in the numbered list, we can’t stop ourselves from clicking on them  This is confirmed by how popular this Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs of All-Time post has been since we first published it nine months ago.

If that one article where we posted the full list is so popular, we can only imagine how much traffic, eyeballs and clicks that Rolling Stone’s actual article has yielded. These lists most-definitely generates a lot of emotions and conversations. So Rolling Stone knew what they were doing and getting themselves into when they released The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time a few days ago.

We looked for the full list of all 200 albums in an easy readable table, but couldn’t find one (not even on Reddit), so we decided to do the work so you can see all the albums in one place. You can sort by any of the columns (album, artist, year) — it’s already sorted by descending rank.

List: Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time
Rank Album Artist Year
1 Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. 1994
2 Stankonia Outkast 2000
3 The Blueprint Jay-Z 2001
4 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy 1988
5 To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar 2015
6 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 2010
7 Miss E… So Addictive Missy Elliott 2001
8 Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan 1993
9 The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest 1991
10 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 1998
11 Take Care Drake 2011
12 Lord Willin Clipse 2002
13 2001 Dr. Dre 1999
14 Supreme Clientele Ghostface Killah 2000
15 Paid in Full Eric B. and Rakim 1987
16 Invasion of Privacy Cardi B 2018
17 Yeezus Kanye West 2013
18 Madvillainy Madvillain 2004
19 Hard Core Lil Kim 1996
20 DS2 Future 2015
21 Da Drought 3 Lil Wayne 2007
22 It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX 1998
23 Ridin Dirty UGK 1996
24 Illmatic Nas 1994
25 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 2000
26 Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z 1996
27 Aquemini Outkast 1998
28 The Infamous Mobb Deep 1995
29 All Eyez on Me 2Pac 1996
30 Paul’s Boutique Beastie Boys 1989
31 Pink Friday Nicki Minaj 2010
32 Finally Rich Chief Keef 2012
33 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul 1989
34 The Sugar Hill Records Story Various Artists 1997
35 Doggystyle Snoop Doggy Dogg 1993
36 Acid Rap Chance the Rapper 2013
37 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Raekwon 1995
38 good kid m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar 2012
39 The Carter III Lil Wayne 2008
40 The Chronic Dr. Dre 1992
41 Late Registration Kanye West 2005
42 Long Live the Kane Big Daddy Kane 1988
43 Run D.M.C. Run D.M.C. 1984
44 Liquid Swords Genius/GZA 1995
45 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J 1990
46 Call Me If You Get Lost Tyler the Creator 2021
47 Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott 1997
48 Donuts J Dilla 2006
49 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A 1988
50 Strictly Business EPMD 1988
51 Things Fall Apart The Roots 1999
52 The College Dropout Kanye West 2004
53 Hot Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa 1986
54 Culture Migos 2017
55 Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest 1993
56 Room 25 Noname 2018
57 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys 1986
58 AmeriKKKas Most Wanted Ice Cube 1990
59 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G. 1997
60 Damn. Kendrick Lamar 2017
61 The Diary Scarface 1994
62 Operation: Doomsday MF Doom 1999
63 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star 1998
64 Get Rich or Die Tryin 50 Cent 2003
65 Buhloone Mindstate De La Soul 1993
66 Mystic Stylez Three 6 Mafia 1995
67 'We Can't Be Stopped' Geto Boys 1991
68 400 Degreez Juvenile 1998
69 Ironman Ghostface Killah 1996
70 The Score The Fugees 1996
71 All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah 1989
72 Dr. Octagonecologyst Dr. Octagon 1996
73 Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde The Pharcyde 1992
74 Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
75 Fever Megan Thee Stallion 2019
76 Hard to Earn Gang Starr 1994
77 Watch the Throne Jay-Z and Kanye West 2011
78 Broke With Expensive Taste Azealia Banks 2014
79 Follow the Leader Eric B. & Rakim 1988
80 Some Rap Songs Earl Sweatshirt 2018
81 Blowout Comb Digable Planets 1994
82 The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Slick Rick 1988
83 Kala M.I.A. 2007
84 Summertime 06 Vince Staples 2015
85 The Slim Shady LP Eminem 1999
86 Like Water for Chocolate Common 2000
87 Critical Beatdown Ultramagnetic MCs 1988
88 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill 1991
89 One for All Brand Nubian 1990
90 Man on the Moon: The End of the Day Kid Cudi 2009
91 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions 1987
92 Endtroducing….. DJ Shadow 1996
93 Death Certificate Ice Cube 1991
94 De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul 1991
95 Trap Muzik T.I. 2003
96 Power Ice-T 1988
97 Hell Hath No Fury Clipse 2006
98 Funcrusher Plus Company Flow 1997
99 Tha Carter II Lil Wayne 2005
100 Raising Hell Run-D.M.C. 1986
101 Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 Young Jeezy 2005
102 Birdman Young Thug 2014
103 Black on Both Sides Mos Def 1999
104 Scorpion Eve 2001
105 Coloring Book Chance the Rapper 2016
106 Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Ol' Dirty Bastard 1995
107 Wanted: Dead or Alive Kool G Rap & DJ Polo 1990
108 Daytona Pusha T 2018
109 Breaking Atoms Main Source 1991
110 Goin Off Biz Markie 1988
111 By All Means Necessary Boogie Down Productions 1988
112 Laila’s Wisdom Rapsody 2017
113 The Black Album Jay-Z 2003
114 Sex Packets Digital Underground 1990
115 Looking for the Perfect Beat 1980-1985 Afrika Bambaataa 2001
116 Straight Out the Jungle Jungle Brothers 1988
117 Under Construction Missy Elliott 2002
118 Bastard Tyler The Creator 2009
119 Party Music The Coup 2001
120 Barter 6 Young Thug 2015
121 Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest 1990
122 In Search Of… N.E.R.D. 2002
123 93 til Infinity Souls of Mischief 1993
124 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Outkast 2003
125 If Youre Reading This Its Too Late Drake 2015
126 Savage Mode 21 Savage and Metro Boomin 2016
127 E. 1999 Eternal Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1995
128 Capital Punishment Big Pun 1998
129 Whole Lotta Red Playboi Carti 2020
130 Mecca and the Soul Brother Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth 1992
131 Fishscale Ghostface Killah 2006
132 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole 2014
133 R.A.P. Music Killer Mike 2012
134 Me Against the World 2Pac 1995
135 Teflon Don Rick Ross 2010
136 Planet Her Doja Cat 2021
137 Fantastic Vol. 2 Slum Village 2000
138 Period City Girls 2018
139 Original Pirate Material The Streets 2002
140 It Was Written Nas 1996
141 Enta da Stage Black Moon 1993
142 The Listening Little Brother 2003
143 Eternal Atake Lil Uzi Vert 2020
144 Reloaded Roc Marciano 2012
145 Be Common 2005
146 A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing Black Sheep 1991
147 Radio LL Cool J 1985
148 Run the Jewels 2 Run the Jewels 2014
149 3 ’N the Mornin' (Part Two) DJ Screw 1996
150 How I Got Over The Roots 2010
151 Montero Lil Nas X 2021
152 SremmLife Rae Sremmurd 2015
153 Eazy-Duz-It Eazy E 1988
154 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective Steinski 2008
155 The Sun Rises in the East Jeru the Damaja 1994
156 Quik Is the Name DJ Quik 1991
157 XXX Danny Brown 2011
158 Just Tryin ta Live Devin the Dude 2002
159 So…Hows Your Girl? Handsome Boy Modeling School 1999
160 Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous Big L 1995
161 Die a Legend Polo G 2019
162 Whack World Tierra Whack 2018
163 Super Tight… UGK 1994
164 Blank Face Schoolboy Q 2016
165 The Cold Vein Cannibal Ox 2001
166 Because the Internet Childish Gambino 2013
167 Black Mafia Life Above the Law 1993
168 Pray for Haiti Mach-Hommy 2021
169 Soul Food Goodie Mob 1995
170 Krit Wuz Here Big K.R.I.T. 2010
171 In Control Volume 1 Marley Marl 1988
172 Ho Why Is You Here? Flo Milli 2020
173 The Divine Feminine Mac Miller 2016
174 Purple Haze Cam'ron 2004
175 Bad Sister Roxanne Shanté 1989
176 Flygod Westside Gunn 2016
177 6 Feet Deep Gravediggaz 1994
178 In a Major Way E-40 1995
179 To Whom It May Concern… Freestyle Fellowship 1991
180 Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Little Simz 2021
181 Soundbombing II Various Artists 1999
182 Chicken Talk Gucci Mane 2006
183 Uptown Saturday Night Camp Lo 1997
184 Care for Me Saba 2018
185 Lyte as a Rock MC Lyte 1988
186 Life Is … Too $hort Too $hort 1988
187 The War Report Capone-N-Noreaga 1997
188 Wild Style: Original Soundtrack Various Artists 1983
189 Crenshaw Nipsey Hussle 2013
190 Cold Devil Drakeo the Ruler 2018
191 Later That Day Lyrics Born 2003
192 Meet the Woo Pop Smoke 2019
193 Live. Love. A$AP A$AP Rocky 2011
194 The Dusty Foot Philosopher K'Naan 2005
195 Ephorize Cupcakke 2018
196 Tear Gas The Jacka 2009
197 Bandana Freddie Gibbs & Madlib 2019
198 Mr. Hood KMD 1991
199 Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD 2018
200 Astroworld Travis Scott 2018

Of course when you make a list that is supposed to be comprehensive of every album in a specific genre, you’re going to have a lot of disagreements to put it lightly. Some of the snubbed artists have already spoken up — including The Game and Meek Mill. Not to mention that Nas’ Illmatic was ranked at a relatively low #24 and many took issue that the fact the list left ‘Illmatic’ out of the top ten shows the disconnect.

Well, at least Rolling Stone didn’t have Macklemore in the list. Shows they’re a little more connected to hop hop than the Grammys.

What Makes Some Movie Sequels Better Than the Original?

In the world of film, the sequel is often derided as a lazy attempt to generate new revenues from an existing piece of art. This is perhaps why there are endless think-pieces decrying the current state of Hollywood as oversaturated with sequels, remakes, and reboots. While a sequel can sometimes be a pale imitation of an original, this is not always the case.

Every once in a while, a sequel comes along that is so much better than its predecessor that it becomes the standout film that defines an entire franchise. Much like Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, the third and fourth installments are much better than the original. If you‘re wondering what the secret sauce is that makes a sequel outshine the original, let’s take a look at some of the best sequels ever made to see if we can uncover the answer.

The Dark Knight

The second installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise is still considered to be one of the best Batman films ever made, one that catapulted Health Ledger’s joker to the status of legend and set the bar for every subsequent film in the canon. Today, almost any cultural representation or reference to Batman will nod to this film, be it in subsequent franchises or through video games such as the Arkham series. While the ultra-gritty film offers stellar performances all around, this sequel tells us that, sometimes, all you need to keep the momentum going is one flawless, original performance from a true master of the craft.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

The Captain America films, starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers himself, all rank among the more critically acclaimed releases within the sprawling Marvel ecosystem. However, it is the second releaseWinter Soldierthat continues to stand head and shoulders above the rest. What directors Anthony and Joe Russo did here added a more serious, darker twist to the original happy-go-lucky story, without descending into overly gritty kitsch. The film’s inspired plot, which pits the Cap against a Cold War-style surveillance state, is a brave departure from the usual Marvel fare, one that shows how taking narrative risks in a sequel can really pay off.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Ask anyone to quote a line from the iconic Terminator films, and they are likely to give you a few words from Judgement Day. James Cameron’s second installment, which came a full seven years after the original, continues to be the enduring cultural touchstone for this now-massive franchise. The characters from T2, including Robert Patrick’s haunting T-1000, continue to be reproduced to this day. For example, fans of the film can now play an official branded Terminator 2 slot, in which the stellar cast all appear as icons on the reels, dispensing cash prizes to online players. Few other sequels have this kind of staying power.

Silence of the Lambs

Very few people are even aware of the fact that Silence of the Lambs is a sequel. However, it is a direct continuation of the 1986 film Manhunter, itself a critical darling (albeit one that fared poorly at the box office). In this sequel, Anthony Hopkins replaces Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter, an inspired decision that transformed a sinister villain into an unforgettable and terrifying character that continues to haunt audiences more than 30 years on. What makes this example so noteworthy is the fact that Silence of the Lambs feels like a completely different film to Manhunter in terms of style, content, and themes. Sometimes, the original film is little more than a launchpad for a truly great work of art.

Logan

The bloated X-Men franchise is littered with films we would rather forget, including the two Wolverine installments that came before 2017’s Logan, which sees Hugh Jackman return as the steel-clawed, sideburn-touting antihero. Again, this is a sequel that manages to feel like a completely different film from anything that came before it. Logan is arguably the first film in the entire franchise that takes some of the burning political themes of the day head-on, grappling with authoritarianism, refugees, and the military-industrial complex with a raw panache that none of the other films attempted. For us, the real winner from Logan is Hugh Jackman, who came to the table prepared to perform a completely different type of Wolverine, one that represents a stark departure from his previous turns.

Before Midnight

Sometimes, you don’t need to make a dramatic departure from previous installments. This is aptly demonstrated by the 2013 film Before Midnight, the final release in the Before Trilogy which masters the art of continuity. The dreamy travelogue film follows Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, our star-crossed lovers from the original films, as a married couple on a family vacation on the Greek islands. The film grapples intimately with the ideas and themes explored in the previous films, reflecting on youth, ambition, and the manner in which our fantasies crumble in the face of reality. Despite being filmed a decade after the previous film, Before Midnight feels like it picks up right where we left off.

These stellar sequels tell us a lot about the art of one-upping your previous work. With the right combination of bravery, boldness, respect for the source content, and, of course, the help of incredibly talented actors, a sequel can outshine even the best original film.

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When does Thor: Love and Thunder’s review embargo lift?

The new Thor movie Thor: Love and Thunder will be the 29th movie in the MCU and after the critically-acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok film from 2019, Marvel fans are excited for the follow up comedy adventure from Director Taika Waititi.

A couple trailers have been released, advanced tickets for Thor: Love and Thunder will become available on Monday June 13th, 2022 a few weeks before the official release date of Friday July 8th, 2022.

The highly-anticipated fourth installment of the Thor franchise reportedly got an early screening and the “internal” audience LOVED IT. With all this excitement, the only couple things left for the film is to know when the review embargos will be lifted so we can get some social media and critic reviews of the film.

When is the review embargo lift for Thor: Love and Thunder?

Unlike Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, we don’t have to wonder or estimate when the embargo for Thor: Love and Thunder will be lifted as it was recently confirmed in tweets from a couple industry experts in the know.

This embargo date was first leaked by Collider’s Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub on the morning of June 6th, and that information was followed and confirmed later that same day by Erik Davis who writes for both Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.

Okay so there’s a bit of a gap between when social media review embargo lifts and when full critical reviews can be published out. From June 23rd to July 5th, that’s 12 days between them. With Thor’s embargo date seemingly confirmed, let’s look at the embargo dates from the last few MCU movies

Marvel Movie Review Embargo Dates
Year Movie Social Media Review Release
2022 Thor: Love and Thunder Jun 23 Jul 05 Jul 08
2022 Doctor Strange 2 May 03 May 03 May 06
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Dec 13 Dec 13 Dec 17
2021 The Eternals Oct 19 Oct 24 Nov 5
2021 Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings Aug 17 Aug 23 Sept 3

Thor: Love and Thunder’s nearly two weeks is by far the longest wait for the last five Marvel movies. It seems like Marvel is testing out what works best in building excitement and momentum for a film. No doubt the short three days between the full review embargo and the actual wide release of the film is the studio’s continued attempts to avoid spoilers.

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Attachment: What Does Relationship Permanence Mean?

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

We all want to be in loving, secure, and committed relationships. But maintaining such a relationship can be elusive to many. So how do healthy, committed relationships stay that way? This question is at the forefront when discussing the topic of relationship permanence.

But, what is relationship permanence, and how can it be achieved? Read on to learn everything you need to know about the importance of committed relationships and how to succeed at creating them.

What Is Relationship Permanence?

Relationship permanence measures how much a couple is committed to each other. For example, if a couple has been together for years or decades, then there is strong relationship permanence. It means that the relationship is likely to last a lifetime as the commitment and bond between the couple are strong.

Relationship permanence is often the goal for many people looking for love. But why is it so important, and how can it be achieved? The next couple of sections will address these questions.

Why Is Relationship Permanence Important?

Relationship permanence is important because it affects so much more than the duration of a relationship. Strong, healthy, committed relationships are good for mental health and the well-being of everyone involved in the relationship (including children). Read on to learn why.

The Relationship Tends To Be More Satisfying

Good relationship permanence is often due to the relationship being healthy and both partners being committed to one another. To make this happen, the partners are not just lovers but also best friends. They enjoy being with each other and are not just together to avoid loneliness or because they are sexually attracted to each other. This means that the couple is more likely to experience satisfaction with their relationship.

However, it is important to note that relationship permanence does not just mean a relationship lasts a long time. It must be stable and healthy, with both partners but in effort into the commitment. Unfortunately, there are many relationships that stay together out of convenience and, therefore, do not experience great satisfaction.

Better Mental Health

Those who are satisfied with their relationship are more likely to experience good mental health. This is critical for their overall happiness and the satisfaction and stability of other areas of their life.

Also, relationship permanence is critical for the stability and good mental health of any children involved. Children are more likely to be mentally healthy and happy if they come from a happy home. Healthy marriages and relationships provide the stability that is so crucial for a child’s well-being. Conversely, children who grow up surrounded by unhealthy relationships may experience more mental health concerns and other problems down the line.

Affects Attachment Styles

Furthermore, good relationship permanence can help the development of secure attachment styles. Through commitment and lots of work, a couple can learn to be securely attached to one another, which is a huge factor for success in relationships. Even if one or both people in the relationship started with an insecure attachment, they might be able to heal or work through their insecurities or flaws and develop a healthier attachment and connection to their partner.

Furthermore, good relationship permanence also encourages secure attachments in children. Children who witness their parents having a healthy love and relationship with each other are more likely to mimic those healthy habits and behaviors in their relationships in adulthood.

To learn more about attachment styles and how they affect relationships, check out these resources provided by BetterHelp.

Tips For Good Relationship Permanence

Relationship permanence does not come by accident or fate. Though two people can feel like soulmates, they still need to put in the effort to solidify the commitment. But how do they do this? Here are a few tips that committed couples follow to achieve relationship permanence.

Open Communication

All good relationships include good communication. If either partner is holding secrets or deceiving their loved ones, the relationship is bound to be rocky and not last long. Open communication fosters trust and deeper bonding, which are essential for commitment.

Make Time For Each Other

As the years go on, partners get busy with kids, careers, and other responsibilities. This can all make it much more difficult to take time for each other as they did at the beginning of the relationship.

Therefore, as time goes on, you will need to put in effort to schedule activities together. Maybe you can go to the gym or run every morning together. Or perhaps, you can schedule weekly date nights. Find ways to spend time together, and your bond will deepen with time.

Be Best Friends With Each Other

When people envision the perfect relationship, they focus on the romance and physical attraction involved. However, lifelong commitments are not romantic 100% of the time. When the passion begins to fade, you will need other reasons to stick together.

That’s why it’s important to find a partner that you’re friends with in addition to being lovers. This is where a lot of the effort comes in. Take time to do activities together and talk often to learn about each other’s likes, wants, and dreams. Doing so will create a much deeper bond than sexual or physical attraction can achieve.

Don’t Force Yourself To Be With The Wrong Person

Though there are numerous benefits to being in a long-term relationship, that doesn’t mean you should force yourself to be with someone that isn’t a good fit. Many people have volatile or unhappy relationships because they feel that commitment is more important than happiness. Relationship permanence is about the well-being of the couple, not just the length of the relationship.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, relationship permanence is critical for the mental health and happiness of the couple and anyone else involved with the relationship (such as children). However, it takes hard work and effort to create such a commitment. Hopefully, this article helped you understand the importance of relationship permanence and what it takes to achieve it.

10 Borderline Personality Disorder Books We Recommend And Why

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a challenging and exhausting condition to live with. Those who are diagnosed, as well as their loved ones, could always use a bit more help and advice when navigating the treatment and coping journey. Though therapy and self-care are always important, books about BPD can provide added insight, compassion, and empathy that are necessary for healing.

So if you are looking for some great resources to help recover and maintain your mental health, then why not pick up some books about the condition? Below are some great books about borderline personality disorder that we highly recommend.

“I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me” by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus

This is one of the most popular books about BPD, and it’s not hard to see why. The book is full of great research and insights on the disorder that other books struggle to compete with. It also provides helpful tips for coping and a great discussion on treatment options. Anyone with BPD (or their loved ones) will gain insightful knowledge and advice when reading this book. You can get the book at Amazon.

“The Buddha and The Borderline” by Kiera Van Gelder

This book is an essential memoir to read if you are looking to get a window into the life of someone with BPD. The author notates her struggles throughout childhood and young adulthood that came before her diagnosis. Furthermore, she details her journey to recovery through Buddhism and therapy, leaving an inspirational story for all who have this diagnosis. The Buddha and The Borderline is available at Second Sale.

“The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures & Pieces” by Courtney Cook

This author not only tells the story of her ups and downs with her diagnosis, she wonderfully puts these stories all together into a graphic memoir. Her illustrations perfectly capture the volatility, rawness, and even the humor of having BPD. Though reading about the condition is interesting enough, the author’s illustrations bring out the emotions that are common throughout this journey. Get the book for cheap at bookoutlet.

“Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder” by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus

The authors that brought you “I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me” come back with another guide to help people cope with this condition. While their previous book focused more on the science and psychology of BPD, this book provides more advice, coping tips, and hope for people with this condition and their loved ones. Get Sometimes I Act Crazy at Abe Books online.

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy” by Blaise A. Aguirre

This is a great book for anyone looking to incorporate mindfulness into their coping or treatment strategy. The book centers around the practices of mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help people with BPD manage their symptoms. The book also serves as a good introduction to mindfulness and has plenty of exercises that perfectly incorporate mindfulness into the recovery journey. You can get this Mindfulness for BPD book for under $8 at Discover Books.

“Millie the Cat Has Borderline Personality Disorder” by Jessie Shepherd and Ty Shepherd

Though this is a picture book for children, it is still a great read about BPD. This book is essential for any children who have family members with BPD and are confused about their behavior. It displays BPD in a compassionate light and breaks down the condition so children can understand and sympathize. Buy Millie the Cat Has BPD at Better World Books.

“Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz

If you were recently diagnosed with BPD, then this is your ultimate guide. This book provides a great introduction to the disorder and the common challenges experienced by people diagnosed with it. It also discusses the most effective treatment options available and coping strategies.

“Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder” by Rachel Reiland

“Get Me Out Of Here” is another great memoir about living with BPD. This book details the author’s journey from diagnosis to healing and recovery. It’s a perfect read for those wanting to understand this condition more, as well as those who also live with it.

“Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen

This is by far the most popular book about BPD around. It not only serves as an important memoir and perspective on the issue but also gives a great glimpse into mental health stigmas and care of the 1960s. The stories and thoughts of this incredible author will have you question your own understanding and stereotypes of who should be considered “sane” or “insane.” Get the book version at Alibris.

“The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living With BPD” by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz

This is another great guide to BPD brought to you by the authors of “Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.” The authors have provided their readers with another great roadmap to treatment and recovery, toning down the technical jargon to help further your understanding. If you or someone you love is struggling with this disorder, then this book will be a great help for all of your challenges. Get this great book on BPD at Thrift Books.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, have known about your BPD diagnosis for a while, or are a loved one with BPD, you are sure to find a book on this list that can educate you further and help you on this journey. If you are interested in learning more about borderline personality disorder or similar conditions, you can find more information and resources over at BetterHelp.

Cyclothymia Vs. Dysthymia Symptoms: The Differences Between The Two Personality Disorders

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

When researching mental health symptoms online, you are bound to find that many conditions overlap. This is fairly common and the main factor that makes it so hard for someone to receive an accurate diagnosis. Even psychologists who work with their clients for a long time may have difficulty determining their exact condition.

This is the case with cyclothymia and dysthymia. Both have very similar symptoms despite being very different conditions. This article will give you a brief description of each disorder and highlight the differences for your understanding.

What Is Cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia is a rare and mild form of bipolar disorder. People with this condition live with frequent ups and downs in their mood, but not to the same extremes as other forms of bipolar disorder.

As with other types of bipolar disorder, the symptoms come in two categories: hypomania and depression. Therefore an accurate diagnosis comes from meeting the criteria in both categories.

Common symptoms of a hypomanic episode of cyclothymia include:

  • An exaggerated sense of happiness or euphoria
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Extreme optimism
  • Racing thoughts
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Increased physical activity
  • Talkativeness
  • More physically active than usual
  • Partaking in risky behavior
  • Significant increase in motivation and drive
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating

Common symptoms of a depressive episode of cyclothymia include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Apathy and boredom
  • Weight changes
  • Problems sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide**

**If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out for help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24/7.

What Is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is another term for persistent depressive disorder. It is a continuous and chronic form of depression that significantly interferes with one’s daily life for years. People with this condition often feel hopeless, have low self-esteem, and struggle to remain productive. They may also struggle to feel good or happy even on the best occasions and are described as having a gloomy personality.

The symptoms of dysthymia are very similar to those of other forms of depression. These symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Apathy
  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or excessive anger
  • Sleeping problems or disorders
  • Appetite changes
  • Social isolation

The Differences Between Dysthymia and Cyclothymia

The primary difference between the two conditions is that cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder and dysthymia is a form of depression. Though cyclothymia involves depressive episodes, this condition also involves hypomanic periods, which are absent in dysthymia.

However, because cyclothymia is far milder than other forms of bipolar disorder, it can be hard to discern when a hypomanic period occurs. Therefore, people with this condition often believe they have depression as they aren’t aware of their hypomanic states.

Furthermore, the depression experienced in dysthymia is often more chronic and severe than the depressive episodes of cyclothymia. Someone with the latter does experience depression, but these episodes are not chronic or continuous, such as with dysthymia.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, it is easy to confuse the two conditions. However, one disorder leads to a constant flux of emotions while the other results in persistent depression. Hopefully, this article cleared up any confusion you may have had about these disorders. If you think you may have one of these conditions, then please consider talking to a therapist about your symptoms and concerns. If you want to learn more about these disorders or similar conditions, you can find more information and resources over at BetterHelp.

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How To Send An Anonymous Love Letter (5 Things To Keep In Mind)

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Falling in and staying in love is an exciting feeling. But it’s not always easy to express your feelings to the one you care about. It puts you in a vulnerable position, and it is not always clear if your crush will reciprocate those feelings.

However, one way to start this conversation is by sending an anonymous love letter. Doing so will make your feelings and intentions known without the awkwardness of an in-person conversation. Furthermore, knowing how they react to an anonymous admirer will make it easier to determine if they are likely to reciprocate those feelings once they know you wrote the letter.

But if you are considering this option, there are a few tips and cautions to consider. Read on for some advice on sending your crush an anonymous love letter.

Be Discreet

Since you want to keep it anonymous, it’s essential to be discreet. This will avoid any public embarrassment or having an in-person conversation about your feelings before you’re ready. Make sure to place the note at a time when you won’t be spotted by your crush or a random passerby.

You also want to choose a location for the letter that will be discreet but not stalkerish. For example, sending a letter in the mail might seem creepy if your crush never told you their address. Instead, you may want to try sending an anonymous message through a social media platform (preferably one where they won’t know your identity right away). Or, you can try slipping the note into their locker or hire someone to deliver it for you.

Don’t Go Overboard

Though you may be eager to express your feelings and connect with your crush, make sure to take it slow. Just start with one letter and see how it is received. You don’t want to overwhelm them with too many letters or gifts as it can scare them away.

Don’t Use The “L” Word

Though you may have intense feelings for your beloved, it’s important to take things slow. Therefore, it is wise not to mention the word “love.” This could be a bit overwhelming for them, especially since they don’t know who you are.

So make sure to write about your feelings in a way that is not overwhelming. Tell them how you feel and what you like about them. But don’t pressure them to be in love with you or to make a commitment yet. Take it slow and give them time to find out who you are and reciprocate those feelings.

Avoid Creepy Behavior

You don’t want to come off as a creep or a stalker. Therefore, avoid following your beloved around or saying anything in your letter that can come off as creepy. Likewise, don’t follow them around or use shady tactics to find out more information about them.

Furthermore, though you are undoubtedly attracted to them, keep this information brief in your letter. After all, there is no easier way to freak someone out than discussing your physical attraction with too much detail. Instead, focus on the person’s qualities, hobbies, accomplishments, and anything else you admire about them.

Be Respectful Of The Outcome

Writing and sending an anonymous love letter is both romantic and vulnerable. However, that doesn’t mean that your love will be receptive to your words and advances. Perhaps they already have a partner, or they just aren’t interested in a relationship.

However they respond, it is important to respect their wishes. If they are interested in meeting you and talking further, then that’s wonderful. But if they aren’t interested, then don’t retaliate or do anything harmful to them. Don’t push them into anything. Just respect their feelings and move on.

For more love advice as well as information about other relationship and mental health topics, check out the resources provided by BetterHelp.

22 Inspirational Quotes About Living With Bipolar Disorder

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Let’s face it: living with bipolar disorder is difficult. The constant emotional fluxes can make life unpredictable, exhausting, and challenging. Even those who take medication and go to therapy may still struggle to cope at times.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for hope. With continuous effort, support, and self-care, you can have the satisfying and stable life you crave. But sometimes, we just need a bit of inspiration to keep going.

Inspiring Quotes About Living With Bipolar Disorder

Check out these inspiring quotes about bipolar disorder that will make your day a bit brighter. And if you’re interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, you can find more information and resources at BetterHelp.

“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital… I outlasted my problems. I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.” ― Carrie Fisher

 

“When under the strain of bipolar’s strongest symptoms, we certainly can make selfish decisions, but that doesn’t make us selfish people. In fact, because we have struggled and known such depths of darkness, our compassion runs deeper.”― Lyss Trayers

 

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”― Vincent van Gogh

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”― Vincent van Gogh

 

“See, you have a gift. People with bipolar disorder are very, very sensitive. Much more than ordinary people. They are able to experience emotions in a very deep and intense way. It gives them a very different perspective of the world. It is not that they lose touch with reality. But the feelings of extreme intensity are manifested in creative things. They pour their emotions into either writing or whatever field they have chosen” ― Preeti Shenoy

 

“The light you are searching for can be found in your reflection.”― Hannah Blum

 

“Before I die I’d love to see my name on the Famous Bipolar list. I’m not ashamed of my illness. I believe most of my talent comes from it.”― Stanley Victor Paskavich

 

“Some days I could fly and feel very happy. I record those days in my journal for I know that I will feel very sad again. And I need proof that I will be very happy again. Thankfully, I feel very happy tonight. Goodnight.”― Juansen Dizon

 

“I haven’t beat my mental illness. I’ve quit letting it beat me”― Stanley Victor Paskavich

 

“I’m bipolar, but I’m not crazy, and I never was. I’m stark raving sane.”― Emilie Autumn

“Bipolar Disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything in life” ― Carrie Fisher 

 

“Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken; it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day” ―HealthPlace.com

 

 

“Beautiful soul, do not give up. What we believe to be the end is usually just the beginning.”― Hannah Blum

 

“Time will pass; these moods will pass; and I will, eventually, be myself again.”— Kay Redfield Jamison

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”―Seneca

 

“I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn’t who I am.” —Demi Lovato

 

 

“When she was down, she was very, very down. But when she was high, she could fly.”—Unknown

 

“Please don’t confuse me with my illness. I am not bipolar; I have bipolar.” — G.E Laine

“Bipolar can make you unstable, but you are still able. Never give up, never give in, you will find your peace again.” — G.E Laine

 

“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” —Aristotle

 

“Compared to bipolar’s magic, reality seems a raw deal.”—David Lovelace

 

“If you want to see the stars, you must be willing to travel through the dark.”― Hannah Blum

 

 

Approximately 1% of the population develops bipolar disorder. Formerly known as manic depression due to the mood shifts that go from manic to depressive episodes – it is definitely a roller coaster of emotions for everyone involved so keeping grounded is one of the many important methods to keep things in perspective.

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Here’s 5 things we begrudgingly like about PayPal

We’re not a big fan of PayPal. The finance tech firm that provides a platform for processing payments online has often taken advantage of their early start in the online payment processing game.

Founded back in the late 1990s, when it was known as Confinity, but it has since become the biggest company of its type in the world.

It effectively acts as an intermediary service between the buyer and his or her bank, enabling them to withdraw or add money online when buying or selling. However, people can also keep money in their PayPal accounts to use for transactions, rather than their bank accounts.

Over the past 20 years, PayPal has become one of the top sites for financial transactions across much of the world. Here we will look at some of the fantastic things it can help you to do.

Buy and Bid on eBay

Conducting financial transactions on any site using PayPal is safe as it heavily encrypts all user data and employs multi-stage authentication. It is particularly secure to use eBay though, as this e-commerce giant owns PayPal.

That means that people using PayPal to bid for items listed on eBay, or just purchase them directly, can benefit from far greater buyer protection than the average user. Plus, in the unlikely event that there is a problem, they can access eBay’s clear complaint resolution procedures.

Anyone buying on eBay will come across the PayPal payment option along the way and it is not even necessary to have a PayPal account to exploit it.

Play at Online Casinos

Online casino is a very exciting form of gaming that lets you play fast spinning slots or tense, tactical games of poker for real money. However the fact that cash is part of the game means that you need to be able to deposit money in your casino account and be able to withdraw any you happen to win.

PayPal lets you do both of these things very easily and quickly. It is such a recognized name that almost all casinos have it as one of their deposit and withdrawal choices.

That ranges from new ones with enticing welcome bonuses to no deposit bonus ones and mobile casinos. The sheer number can make it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but a site like Time2play ranks the best PayPal online casinos to help you steer clear of the bad ones.

Carry Out Transactions Internationally

As the largest online payment processor in the world, PayPal is available in almost every country around the globe. The full directory of nations that accept it is too long to possibly list here, as it comes to over 200.

Those that do not tend to be located in heavily restricted places like the Middle East or North Korea. These are unlikely to be used for many online transactions, so PayPal lets you buy and sell internationally or send money to family or friends in other parts of the world.

Take Advantage of Discounts

Many major retail brands partner with PayPal to provide discounts for people who buy from them using it. They include Nike, Walmart and Barnes & Noble and the shopping.paypal.com page lists the current discounts that are available.

Being able to buy things you want for less money is definitely one of the top reasons for choosing PayPal.

Complete Transactions on the go

PayPal is available as a mobile phone app, via the iTunes Store. That means that it can be added to your mobile if you have an iPhone.

Therefore, if you are out of the house browsing online on your phone and you see something you want to buy, you can carry out the transaction right away. Equally, bills can be paid during breaks at work using the PayPal iPhone app.

The Benefits of Using PayPal

So there are lots of things that you can do using PayPal, but what are the specific benefits of this payment processor?

Security

We all know that putting our bank details online when buying can be a risky business; but PayPal eliminates most of that risk. It is heavily centralized and deploys cutting edge data encryption making it almost impossible for cyber criminals to get at your information.

Low cost

Paypal has been known to charge and raise their already ridiculous fees on international payments. but one argument that fans argue in favor of PayPal is that their fees for transactions can be lower than many rival payment processors. Account creation is entirely free and US customers pay very little in transaction costs. E-commerce business users pay 2.7% for each sale, which again is pretty reasonable.

Payment flexibility

If you are using a credit card to pay for something, there is always the chance that you will not have enough credit left and the card gets declined. PayPal will allow a customer to link more than one credit or debit card to their account, as well as multiple bank accounts.

That means you will have several payment options easy to hand when you need to complete a purchase out in the real world. This will potentially save you a whole lot of embarrassment and annoyance.

This combination of benefits is why PayPal has remained the top e-wallet payment processor for such a long time.

Setting up a PayPal account is simple and free, after which sending and receiving payments will be quick and easy. If you have several debit or credit cards, these can all be added to your account so you will never be caught without cash.

Did Trader Joe’s discontinue their Elote Corn Chip Dippers?

If there’s one item that we’ve consistently been addicted to / love from Trader Joe’s; it’s without a doubt their Elote Chips.

A couple weeks ago, we could no longer locate the in the aisle they are usually stocked. We were concerned but not overly concerned as we know sometimes certain items are out-of-stock at Trader Joe’s for a few days. Especially our location in New York City. It’s not uncommon to not be able to find your favorite snack, yogurt or ingredient that day.

Known by their full name Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers – I don’t think I’ve met anyone that dislikes these chips, so anecdotally, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be discontinued.

But Trader Joe’s doesn’t make business decisions based on whether a handful of my friends like their items. They got a business to run.

Did Trader Joe’s discontinue their Elote Corn Chip Dippers?

This happens a lot with Trader Joe’s items so when I don’t see the item for a couple weeks, depending on how much I love the item, I may try to confirm it with more official and unofficial channels.

First move is to check other nearby stores — which I didn’t do.

Instead I went to this Trader Joe’s reddit forum which is filled with comments soaked with tears at the loss of potential TJ favorites. If the Elote corn chips have been discontinued, we’ll definitely shed a tear for them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as the latest Reddit thread is from nearly 10 months ago in August of 2021.

We also like to cross reference this dedicated Instagram account to forever gone TJ’s items. Thankfully, nothing has been reported on the Elote Corn Chip front.

The good news is as of this post, the Elote Corn Chip Dippers are still alive and well and their disappearance is probably an inventory issue. If TJs is out of stock of them and you want to settle your craving by re-creating them. You can use the same Trader Joe’s corn chips (sans elote seasoning) and then shake in some (alot) of the Everything But The Elote seasoning.

The 10 best places to eat and drink when visiting Sydney in 2022

 

Are you planning to visit Sydney this 2022? If you are, you’re in for a real treat because the city has some of Australia’s best food and drink options. Sydney is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, cafes, and bars. Nicelocal.com can help you get some of the best places to eat and drink. Some of these places include:

1. Quay

According to nicelocal, Quay is one of Sydney’s best places to drink. The place has an extensive wine list and serves Australian and New Zealand wines. The bar also offers a wide range of cocktails, beer, and spirits. This means that you can find the perfect drink to suit your taste.

2. The Rocks

If you’re currently searching for a place to eat, you can’t go wrong with The Rocks. The area is home to some of the best restaurants in Sydney. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. If you’re interested in a place to eat, The Rocks is an excellent starting point.

3. Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney. The beach is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual eateries. Coogee Beach is the perfect place to start your search for those looking for restaurants near me.

4. Paddington

Paddington is another excellent place to eat and drink in Sydney. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Visitors searching for restaurants near me, Paddington is the perfect place to start your search.

5. Marlborough Hotel

The Marlborough Hotel is another great place to drink in Sydney. The hotel has a large selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. This facility also offers a range of spirits. You can also find a wide range of food options at the Marlborough Hotel.

6. The Opera House

The Opera House is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. The Opera building is home to a range of bars and restaurants. You’ll be able to find the perfect place to eat and drink while you’re visiting Sydney. As it stands, the Opera House is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney.

7. Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach stands out as one of the most popular beaches in Sydney, and it’s also home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Bondi Beach is an excellent place to start your search for restaurants near me.

8. Darling Harbour

This has always been one of the most popular places to eat and drink in Sydney. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Darling Harbour is an excellent place to start your search for restaurants in Sydney.

9. Surry Hills

For those looking for the best places to eat and drink in Sydney, you can’t go wrong with Surry Hills. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Surry Hills offers an excellent starting point for your search for restaurants in Sydney.

10. Loulou Bistro

Loulou Bistro is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney. The bistro has a large selection of French wines and serves Australian and New Zealand wines. You’ll be able to find the perfect drink to suit your taste. You won’t want to miss this when you’re visiting Sydney.

Visiting Sydney is a great way to experience the best that Australia has to offer. There are a range of things to do and see in the city. If you’re looking for the best places to eat and drink, you can’t go wrong with any of the places we’ve mentioned. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes.

 

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The way too early 2022-23 NBA MVP predictions – who’s in the running?

With Nikola Jokić having recently claimed the title for 2021-22’s NBA MVP, fans are already clamoring over who’s going to be next to claim the gong. The 2022-23 season is, of course, just around the corner but it doesn’t hurt to get into some healthy speculation to prepare for the court excitement to come.

Fervent fans of NBA stars up and down the league are already putting their opinions forward for who the next big superstar’s likely to be. If you’re a sportsbook fan, you may already be deep into NJ sports betting over at Resorts Casino where NBA markets are quickly lining up. But, before taking any kind of punt, who are some of the bigger names in contention for next season’s top prize?

Jayson Tatum

While Tatum may be a little overshadowed on the MVP wish list by the likes of Giannis and Luka Dončić, the Celts’ underrated superstar is certainly due some recognition. Especially the maturity and leadership he’s shown in the 202s season and playoffs. However, he’s still very much emerging in terms of being an asset on the court.

That said, oddsmakers are looking closely at Tatum thanks to his all-around talent. On the wing and in defense, he’s proven to be a boon for the Celts when it comes to regular assists. Tatum is quickly emerging as one of the must-watch players in the league, which puts him in prime position for the next MVP accolades.

Luka Dončić

Whatever happens to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, one thing is for sure — Luka Doncic will come out a much better, more well-rounded player. Going into the last two regular seasons as a favorite for MVP and having made a name for himself in the NBA playoffs the two last seasons, Luka has never moved past the first round. This season, Doncic and his Mavs advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals. At just 23 years old, Doncic’s understanding of the game, confidence and intelligence belies his age. With a new and improved diet, a taste of the Western Finals, look for Doncic to lead the league in scoring next season AND be a front runner for the MVP discussions.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Across the board, Giannis’ name is the one that keeps coming up for next season’s MVP. He’s got form after all, having claimed the prize twice (and having been beaten to the punch by Jokić this time around), he’s a name that many shrewd fans would put at the top of the must-pick list.

The Bucks have weathered a fairly rocky season thanks to injury time and it’s in large thanks to Giannis that they’ve continued to rack up the wins. Giannis is a household name all on his own will he be the next MVP?

Nikola Jokić

Yes, after a barnstorming 2021-22, it makes logical sense to have Jokić’s name firmly on the board for another year of MVP glory. However, if he claims a third MVP title in a row, Jokić stands to become only the fourth NBA player to do so. That puts him in league with legends such as Russell, Chamberlain, and Bird is he ready to join such a pantheon?

It’ll remain to be seen if voters feel this way. Jokić is certainly one of the most formidable of his craft right now (and the MVP award proves this). But will voters be looking to crown someone completely different by the end of the 2022-23 season?

It may seem a little too early to place any definites behind players yet to grasp the next MVP award. However, if you know your players and voting patterns you might just be able to pick out the next big name. Will it be a three-time for Jokić? Keep your eyes on the court.

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A step-by-step guide to buying a pre- or new construction home

When you decide to buy a home, you have a couple of key options that you have to decide on pretty early on. Namely, are you going to buy an existing home or a home that’s pre-construction or new construction?

There are a lot of things appealing to buyers about new and pre-construction. You can customize many of the details, and you can reduce the potential for a bidding war that can happen when you’re buying in the resale market.

You also won’t have to think about making big repairs or doing a lot of work potentially for years or even decades to come.

There are some things you have to know, though, and we detail these below.

Pre-Construction and New Builds

A new-build home is frequently called pre-construction. This is a situation when a builder will release lots or homes that can be purchased. Typically, a developer will have a master plan for the community, but in some cases, they might just have a few new properties for sale.

Builders who are creating entire developments will often set up a model home. The model home is where interested buyers can go to get a feel for what their home might look like.

There will be floorplans and renderings available to help you better visualize the space.

With a new build, you’ll often be able to choose items, like your countertops and cabinet color in your kitchen. Some builders will even let buyers make changes to the layout.

Customization options can be categorized in the following ways:

With a full custom home, you can decide on all the details in a home. You’ll be picking even the smallest of things.

Semi-custom homes usually let you customize the key features like floors, countertops, and lighting.

A spec home is built for you, and it’s sold as-is. If you want to make any changes, you usually have to pay for them. Spec homes usually are the result of a buyer building custom and then backing out, or it can be when the builder sells their model.

The Process

There are different rules and steps to buying a pre-construction home, depending on where you live.

You might need to pay a reservation agreement, which may be a deposit of anywhere from 3-10% of the purchase price. The builder usually has the right to change the price. That deposit goes into escrow, and you should be able to cancel at any time and get a full refund.

Once development is approved for construction, the developer submits documents for approval by the state, and then they’re sent to you so that you can review them.

If you don’t withdraw from the contract, you provide the balance of the down payment and then sign a binding contract where you agree to buy the property.

When construction is almost finished, the developer gets a Certificate of Occupancy on your behalf, and then there will be a closing date set when you give the developer the balance of the purchase price and then sign any documents.

Again, this is a very general overview, and different states and developers are going to have their own ways of doing things.

Financing

If you’re looking at new construction or pre-construction homes, you’ll need to figure out what you can afford, just as you do when buying any other type of home. A lender will consider your yearly income and your income stability, your monthly debt load, and your savings. Lenders and banks will also look at your credit score and savings.

You’ll need a good credit score to get a loan with favorable terms, and you’ll need sufficient savings to cover your down payment and closing costs.

You’ll need to get pre-approved for financing so that you don’t waste your time or anyone else’s looking at things you can’t afford.

In some situations, a construction loan might be appropriate.

A construction loan is short-term funding that helps you as you’re building your home. Usually, the terms are for 6-12 months. Once your construction is complete, the loan converts to a long-term loan with terms of either 15 or 30 years.

A construction loan is very specialized, and they are tougher to secure.

Once you have financing and home and the home is complete, you can request an inspection. If there are any issues and you’re working with a real estate agent, they can negotiate with the builder on your behalf.

Finally, your builder should provide you with a New Home Warranty. This outlines the things the builder will repair for you or compensate you for if they come up.

What can you do to prepare for the future? A comprehensive overview of STEM

In today’s industry that harmonizes physical, digital, and biological systems, the demand for highly-skilled workers with advanced technological skills seems to be on the rise. Although this generation is considered to be one of the most advanced in science and technology, when it comes to labor skills in this regard, there is a skill gap. 

This has left many positions vacant as several workers’ skills aren’t meeting the demands and expectations of employers. This is where STEM education comes in.

To bridge the skill gap between labor and employers, educational institutions need to be knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in addition to the various forms of linear equations, quadratic function equations, and radical problems and answers skills. An institution skilled in this field will no doubt produce graduates with better chances for future jobs. 

Unfortunately, educational institutions aren’t producing enough STEM graduates because students rarely choose this field, and the few that do, often switch majors. So, how do we prepare for future jobs, given that STEM appears to be an essential component of the employment industry’s present and future aspects?

This and much more will be discussed in this article. Let’s go.

STEM’s importance for future economic prosperity

In today’s world, there are just 10% of American STEM bachelor’s degree courses, China has 22%, and India 25%. This statistic is relatively low despite the high demand for STEM professionals

Experts have predicted that there will be an increase in the demand for such workers as computing, engineering, and advanced manufacturing jobs will be on the rise in the near future. However, does every student need STEM skills? Let’s take a look at that. Below are three important benefits of STEM education to future jobs.

Bridging the skill-gap for future jobs

STEM jobs are no doubt the future of the economy. Experts have projected employment growth of 8.8% in 2028 in just this field. This means that before qualifying for such job opportunities, a student must have a strong STEM background. Why are STEM careers important? For simple reasons,  they are high in demand and high in pay compared to regular careers.

Critical thinking and innovation skills

STEM education doesn’t only prepare students for a STEM career but also improves their problem-solving skills and logical thought processing. With these abilities, you can stand out and succeed in any field.

Project Management Skills

STEM courses are quite different from other courses, especially those related to technology and engineering. When implemented in a university, students get to handle hands-on projects preparing for the larger market. For example, building an engine, a computer program, or a simple robot is a skill that will no doubt be useful personally and in an organization.

What Can We Do To Prepare For Future Jobs?

There are numerous careers available in the world today that were unheard of several years ago. We cannot handpick the best STEM jobs for the future; however, we can equip ourselves with the necessary skills while preparing for them.

As old technologies fall away and new ones arise, STEM needs to be included in college as a course. This is the best way to prepare for the future of STEM. To prepare for future jobs, we must understand that the job outlook is shifting from the usual. 

We now have jobs such as mobile app developers, data analysts, and driverless car engineers, to name a few. These fields are all under STEM and didn’t exist several years ago. This means careers are evolving quite drastically, so you can only be prepared not to be left behind. 

So, how do we prepare for future jobs? Simple, by learning STEM as early as possible. Early STEM education must be developed appropriately. Preschoolers and elementary students should be provided with materials that can help them play and develop scientific thinking. STEM toys can be used in place of regular toys to encourage inquiry and experimentation, which is the basis for science.

As children mature, they should be taught to build problem-solving skills instead of memorizing textbook material. If exposed early, many students will enjoy STEM and be encouraged to explore careers in this field, even going as far as creating careers of their own.

Creativity, analytical thinking, innovation, originality, and initiative are skills sought in today’s world. Employers constantly search for these qualities, and traditional learning does not guarantee the development of such skills. The STEM curriculum, on the other hand, allows students to apply knowledge, which is no doubt a better student guide.

Conclusion

With the advancement of technology and the world going digital, you can never be too prepared. Participating in STEM workshops and summer programs is an excellent way to keep up with this new pace. 

The future of STEM definitely will be a huge phase in economic development, so a  STEM-based curriculum should be adopted in colleges and universities for students to study and have a head start. 

Like in every other sector, jobs are going digital too, which is why Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are becoming a vital part of future employment. Future jobs will likely involve a background knowledge of STEM, so this skill is best learned today.

 

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Four irrefutable reasons to bring the Seattle Supersonics back to the NBA

Since the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder, Seattle basketball fans have been waiting for an opportunity to welcome the Sonics back in their city. While the WNBA’s storm has given the city a basketball team to back since 2000, crossover fans haven’t forgotten their lost NBA squad.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned that future expansion teams aren’t on the league’s agenda. For now, the league has other pursuits to follow up on, from its Top Shot NFT business to its first attempts at VR content with its League Pass project. From a fan perspective, many basketball diehards are also too busy learning about NBA betting odds to focus on potential expansion teams.

Still, the current interest in moneylines and prop bets doesn’t mean locals have stopped pushing for Silver to take a second look at Seattle. At the time then-owner Howard Schultz sold the Sonics (and the Storm) to Clay Bennett of Oklahoma City, local fans clamored to find a funding solution to the team’s ongoing arena issue. 

In the end, Bennett settled with the City of Seattle on a $45 million payment that would cover the remaining payments on the KeyArena. The city lost one of its most-beloved franchises—but if business-centered reasons are enough to see a franchise move cross-country, then they should be enough to bring them back.

Here are four irrefutable reasons the Sonics should come back to Seattle.

Big Money

It’s not just fans who want the Sonics to return. In order for a city to welcome a franchise, or welcome one back, in Seattle’s case, they must first demonstrate financial solvency. A businessperson or group must show that they can partly fund a sustainable home arena, as well as peripheral costs from staffing to equipment.

Seattle is currently one of the largest media markets in the US according to News Generation, which translates to huge earnings for sports teams through broadcasting deals.

Bigger Interest

From a business perspective, it makes financial sense to tap into Seattle’s media market. However, the city’s media basis is based specifically on sports, which means there’s untapped interest from sports fans that an NBA team could leverage.

In addition to having one of the best and most popular WNBA teams, Seattle is home to the MLB’s Mariners, NFL’s Seahawks, the NHL’s new Kraken, the MLS’s Sounders, and the NWSL’s OL Reign. Three of these teams are still considered ‘fringe’ (WNBA, NWSL, MLS), but still draw record-breaking crowds.

The NBA-WNBA Double Punch

As mentioned above, the Seattle Storm has been the consolation for NBA fans who were crushed by the 2008 Sonics’ departure. In the meantime, local fans have become diehard supporters of the Storm. The team promotes an exciting environment, while also being one of the most talented squads in the league. 

It’s a winning formula that an NBA team would easily fit (back) into. In fact, Seattle could become one of the first cities that share a massive WNBA market with the NBA. For the most part, these markets are heavily tilted toward the men’s league… but that might not be the case in Seattle, where both teams benefit from cross-promotion in a way previously unseen.

The NBA Isn’t Musical Chairs

At the moment, the most likely scenario for a new Sonics team would be as an expansion. Though Silver has mentioned multiple times that the NBA isn’t looking to expand anytime soon, and some have speculated that the New Orleans Pelicans could move to Seattle, the NBA also faces challenges related to relocation.

Overwhelmingly, fans dislike franchise relocations. They’re viewed as business decisions, whereas sports are seen as a type of cultural battleground. Teams belong to cities, and vice versa. However unlikely the decision is, bringing the Sonics back would highlight the NBA’s dedication to revamping its current franchise model.

However, it seems that the league has its sites on greater watermarks of change. Back in 2018, a report dropped hints that the NBA is interested in opening a Mexico City franchise. For the time being, the best way Seattle can work to leverage the NBA would be to complete renovations to the Climate Pledge Arena, where a future NBA team would be housed with the Kraken, Storm, and other major teams.

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Distance Learning: How the learning process Has changed in 2022

Over the years, the concept of traditional education has been changing quickly. Today, you don’t have to attend classes physically to learn thanks to the rapid technological advancement. 

You can access high-quality education wherever you are and whenever you want as long as you have a technological gadget such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and a reliable internet connection. The education sector is being revolutionized. Soon, all we’ll have is online education. 

Some people don’t believe that it’s possible to study effectively online. This is because it’s difficult to understand the fact that people can study outside class, especially on the internet. However, you can achieve your academic goals through distance learning. From quantum physics to essay writing on samplius.com, there are a lot of options available for every college student. You can find inspirational essay examples and free education essay papers online. Millions of people across the world today are taking at least one course online. It’s a great way to develop new skills while saving a lot of time and energy. In this article, we are going to shed more light on education and distance learning.

The Learning Process Has Changed in 2022

Over the past two decades, the explosion of technology has revolutionized the education sector. The internet and technological gadgets have changed how learners can access accurate and relevant information. Today, you don’t need a tutor or lots of books to understand various concepts. All you need is a gadget and a reliable internet connection. 

The rise of technology means that there are a lot of tools that support learning and help students get high-quality education online. For tutors to have a competitive edge over their colleagues, they have to change their teaching methods. This might be a challenge because, unlike a physical class, it’s quite difficult for them to ensure that all students are engaged. Online courses are flexible. This means that tutors can adopt different teaching styles to help their students.

Benefits of distance learning

If you’ve been wondering whether distance learning is good for you, here are some of its advantages:

Flexibility

Remote learning allows the student and tutor to set their learning pace. The flexibility of having a schedule that fits your agenda is attractive. As a result, learning online enables you to balance your work, family, and studies effectively. You won’t have to give up anything to get good grades. When the student and campus teacher have common goals, they can easily accept new responsibilities and achieve their goals.

Availability of programs

Is online learning the future of education? The internet is vast. There are a lot of subjects and skills that you can access and learn today. Most learning institutions are offering online programs for different disciplines and levels. The future of education is bright thanks to technology. If you want a certificate, diploma, or degree, online programs are perfect for you. And they are the future of education.

Easy to access

Remote learning encourages students to learn wherever they are and at a time that suits them. You don’t have to spend a lot of time and energy commuting from home or work to school. Or follow a fixed schedule every day. You’ll also save money that can be used on other important activities. With an internet connection, you can access high-quality education while traveling, or working. You don’t have to quit your job to get good grades in school.

Amazing learning experience

As we said earlier, you’ll have the freedom to study whenever you want. Apart from that, online education is flexible for your specific requirements and abilities. Online classes are usually smaller than conventional classes. This means that the tutor will get ample time to interact with every student and help them understand various concepts. You can easily access photos, videos, and digital books to improve your productivity and performance. With easy access to content, you’ll have an amazing learning experience.

It’s affordable

Remote learning is more affordable compared to in-person learning. The payment options are also flexible. This means that you can pay either per class or in installments. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality education in the 21st century. If you are lucky enough to get a scholarship or discounts, you’ll never have problems managing your budget while studying. Apart from tuition fees, you’ll get to save thousands of dollars on student guide, library fees, homework, exam and commuting. In short, you’ll get better results without having to spend a lot of money.

Conclusion

As you have seen, there are a lot of reasons why you should choose online learning. Millions of students across the world are learning online because it’s better than university learning. You need to look at your current situation, and long-term goals and needs to decide whether online study is good for you. The world is advancing at a rapid rate. And the future of education is distance learning.

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Giannis, Embiid and Curry are raising their games for the 2022 NBA Playoffs

For basketball junkies, it’s now entering the greatest time of the season, which is when the NBA playoffs really start heating up. As we’re now firmly in the business end, as teams duke it out in the conference semi-finals, it’s becoming apparent which players are withstanding the immense pressure, and are even able to perform above and beyond their normal levels.

These players have all managed to put their teams on their backs when needed, and driven them on to grasp magnificent wins. With a place in the 2022 NBA Finals at stake, it’s clear that these talented stars are rising to the occasion, and it will be fantastic viewing to see who will go on to lead their team to the championship.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Endearingly referred to as the ‘Greek Freak’, the Athens born Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a real powerhouse of the NBA in the past few years. Standing at an intimidating 6ft 11in tall, the 27-year-old power-forward has already managed to rack up a seriously impressive amount of awards for himself, including winning back-to-back MVPs in 2019 and 2020.

The grandest moment of his career so far though, came last year, when he helped his team, the Milwaukee Bucks, to capture their first championship since 1971. This obviously cemented him as a legend at the Fiserv Forum, whose fans are renowned for being particularly raucous, as we wrote about previously here at https://stuarte.co/2021/deer-district-the-milwaukee-bucks-strong-fan-base/.

A year on, and Giannis is again doing everything he can to repeat that magnificent triumph. He’s managed to average 27.9 points, 7.1 assists, and 12.7 rebounds per game in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Whilst the 27-year-old has always put up big points and rebounds in post-season games, the fact he’s now stepping up his passing, and consistently dishing out dimes to his teammates, has elevated his game even higher.

Joel Embiid  Cameroonian centre Joel Embiid was the top scorer in the league during the regular season, putting up a staggering 30.6 points per game, as can be seen reported on over at https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2022_leaders.html. Whilst the 7ft maestro hasn’t always put up those kind of numbers in the playoffs so far, he’s still managed to be the difference for the Philadelphia 76ers on multiple occasions.

First off, he sunk the deciding basket against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the first round, to make sure his opponents didn’t get a foothold in the series. Now in the semi-finals, he unexpectedly returned from injury in Game 3 to save the day, by dropping a much-needed double-double against the Heat.

This win wrestled momentum back from Miami, who until then were looking like sweeping the series. No wonder, then, that the Philly fans feel that with him in the side, they’re a match for anyone.

Stephen Curry is certainly no stranger to the playoffs, with this being the eighth time the sharp-shooter has played in the post-season, and in that time he’s managed to go on and win three championship rings. Whilst he might now be firmly in the second-half of his career, with the Golden State Warriors point guard now hitting his mid-thirties, it’s clear that if his body lets him, his recent performances showcase he’s still got plenty more to gift the NBA.

Returning from a foot injury that derailed his end of the regular season, Curry has been mostly coming off the bench in the Warriors’ post-season so far, but what an impact he’s had even with his more limited minutes. Against the Denver Nuggets in the first round, he averaged 27.5 points, with just 28 minutes per game of playing time. As his foot has now seemingly fully healed, he’s become even more prominent in the semi-finals, raining down his trademark threes on the Memphis Grizzlies, propelling them to gain the strong upper hand in the series.

With Curry now finding his rhythm, it looks set to be another year that the Warriors make it all the way to the NBA Finals, which is why they’re now the favorites to win the Championship at the best bookmakers, all of which can be found over at https://www.sbo.net/. Their experts have cut through the noise of the internet to deliver visitors their top recommended bookmakers, with their website featuring 275+ independent and impartial bookmaker reviews. You’ll also get access to free bets, and enhanced odds, meaning that you’ll get the longest odds during the excitement of the NBA postseason.

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4 Factors Contributing to the Growth of the Online Gaming Industry

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There’s no question that the online gaming industry is on a winning streak right now, with impressive growth forecast for the foreseeable future and audiences expanding internationally.

So what are the reasons behind this meteoric rise, and will it really continue to enjoy such a compelling trajectory indefinitely?

New innovations breed player interest

The gaming industry is always evolving, and this helps to keep people engaged with whatever it has to offer, because people crave novelty and multiplayer titles deliver it in spades.

Whether you’re interested in competing in fast-paced action titles like Call of Duty and Fortnite, or you’re eager to learn how to play poker online for money, the amount of variety combined with innovative ways to play, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, means there’s never a dull moment as a gamer.

The cloud is changing up access for everyone

Perhaps the biggest shift that’s going on at the moment in online gaming is the move away from being reliant on end user hardware to determine the quality of the experience.

Instead, cloud computing is taking up the burden of crunching the numbers and storing the game files, while the results are streamed directly to players on any device they prefer. Services like Google Stadia have offered cloud-powered gaming for a while now, and while they are not perfect, the future does seem to be going in this direction.

Microsoft is arguably pushing for a cloud-based gaming future more than any other company, and its latest Xbox consoles look like a step towards eventually embracing games-as-a-service as the only future for the industry.

This is also turning games into a subscription rather than a one-off purchase. Renting access to a huge library of titles, as well as eliminating local hardware limitations from the equation, is ultimately making high end gaming more accessible and affordable for the average person. The one caveat is of course having fast internet access to minimize game streaming hiccups.

The social aspect is compelling

Another catalyst of online gaming’s success is the way in which it is innately social, and thus taps into the human need to communicate and engage with other people.

Multiplayer titles have built up huge communities around the globe for many years, and yet it is in the age of social media dominance that the true value of this connectedness can be seen.

From direct in-game voice chat to text-base conversations, to the simple act of working together with other players in teams, it’s easy to see why gamers get an endorphin hit from picking up a controller and logging on for some cooperative or combative entertainment.

In turn this is feeding into predictions about how the Metaverse will expand in the coming years. The idea of people living their lives in a fully virtual world, while still remote in the mainstream, is already becoming a reality through the use of VR, in combination with live services from various developers and platform providers.

Mobility still makes a difference

Mobile gaming is a major contributor to the market as a whole, and there’s plenty of proof that portability is a driving factor in the current era.

From cost-conscious consoles like the Nintendo Switch to hardcore-focused machines like Valve’s Steam Deck, there are dedicated hardware solutions for every niche. Then there are smartphone games, which again cater to the casual players as well as to the more serious acolytes of this pastime.

All of this means that even the most pessimistic outlook for the industry anticipates continued growth, particularly in developing markets.

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5 things you should consider to make your company successful

As a business owner, you want your company to grow and succeed. And there are numerous ways, tactics and strategies to get your company to the next level, but which ones you should you consider and is right for your business? We look at five things you should strongly consider to improve your business.

An Automated Product Return Feature

Any buyer will want an engaging and automated return experience if you have an eCommerce business model. eCommerce means you ship products to customers. You might also have brick-and-mortar store locations, but you make at least some of your sales through the mail.

If you set up automation for returns, that’s helpful because you can see any returns people make all in one place if they don’t like a product or it got to them in a broken condition. You can see when they put it back in the mail to you, so you will know when to expect it.

You can get notifications telling you when a returned item arrives. You can also let customers know through automatic notifications if you have any items with no-return policies.

You can even set up automated returns that come with analytic features to study. If you see patterns with customers returning particular items, you can revisit those items to see if you want to redesign or discontinue them.

A Skilled R and D Team

You will probably want to set up and fund a research and development team or department for your company. Maybe you’ll start with a few particular products or services. You’ll wait for those to catch on. Once they do, you’ll begin to generate some profit.

At that point, you can think about expanding your product lines. Very few companies want to stay with the same products or services year after year. That might bore your customers, and you want to keep them engaged.

Your R and D team should understand what products you’ll like and want to feature. If they don’t comprehend your company’s fundamental purpose, they won’t do you much good. That’s why you need creative minds in this area that know your vision.

A Reliable IT Department

You will also probably need a skilled IT department if you have at least a decent-sized company. IT stands for information technology. That’s a broad catchall term.

Your IT department members might handle all kinds of things. If you want to set up onsite servers, they can do that for you and maintain them. If you’re going to go to a cloud-based information model, you can talk to them about setting that up.

Your IT staff might set up security features for your computer network, such as password encryption, a firewall, antivirus software, or a VPN. If you don’t feel like you have enough money or IT work to justify an entire department, you can always go with an IT freelancer. That might be the more prudent move if you have a small company that doesn’t have a ton of regular IT requirements.

Smart Marketing Initiatives

You will want to focus on marketing as you attempt to get your business off the ground. Maybe you want to create TV commercials or radio spots talking about your company and what you offer. Perhaps you might focus on social media instead.

If you’re looking into social media marketing, you’ll need to do some market research to determine which platforms to use. If you know you have customers in a particular age group, you can use a social media platform that group prefers.

You might need to have some focus groups to figure out your ideal customer. Once you set up an ideal customer profile, you can market to them much more easily.

Funding

Every startup needs money, and you must figure out how to get that funding. Maybe you have enough in savings to fund the project yourself. If you feel strongly that you have a winning idea, you might sink all your savings into it accordingly.

If you don’t have any savings or not enough to start a company, you can look into getting a business loan. You can always approach a bank or a credit union and talk to them about your idea. If you can give them a business plan that convinces them you have a great idea, you can get your money that way.

If that does not work, you can look into a venture capital firm or an angel investor. However you get that money, you’ll need it to get the ball rolling on your startup.

  

  

New York new technologies and trends in 2022

Nowadays, technology advances rapidly, making it possible to make changes and progress more quickly in New York. Due to this, the rate at which change occurs has increased. The breakout of COVID-19 has altered a great deal this year, causing IT professionals to understand that their function will change significantly in the future contactless world. And in 2021-22, an IT professional will constantly be relearning, unlearning, and relearning new skills and concepts (out of necessity if not desire).

  • Hyper automation  

Hyper automation is the process of automating a function to its utmost potential through machine learning and artificial intelligence. You can use specific automation tools to assist you in creating an intelligent space for people. In a “smart place,” people and technology work together to enable systems to communicate, connect, and coordinate.

Hyper automation Tools

  • Discover 
  • Analyze 
  • Design 
  • Automate 
  • Measure 
  • Monitor 
  • Reassess 

With the assistance of these tools, businesses can better understand how various activities, processes, and performance indicators work together. Robotic process automation and AI-driven decision-making are only two examples of how hyper-automation has become an essential aspect of many enterprises.

  • Democratization

Technology has become more accessible and user-friendly as a result of democratization. It’s a way to provide individuals access to the expertise they need without spending a lot of money.

custom application development data and analytics democratization of design knowledge

Citizen access is another name for it. Data scientists need not be involved in the process of creating data models. Code and testing can be completed and automated using artificial intelligence-driven development. It’s a way to make technology more widely available to the general public while also allowing you to access previously unavailable levels of expertise.

  • Human Augmentation

AR, VR, and MR technology to enhance people’s cognitive and physical experiences is known as “human automation.” It is possible to deliver a multi-experience using augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, modifying people’s physical capacities by implanting technology elements on their bodies. The wearable device is an excellent illustration of human enhancement.

Physical automation can be broken down into four main categories:

  1. Enhancement of the Senses
  2. Biological function and appendage enhanced
  3. Brain Enhancement
  4. Genetic Enhancement

There is great potential in the wearable market. The number of connected wearable devices is predicted to rise from 526 million in 2016 to over 1.1 billion in 2022 as the telecommunications technology switches from 4G to 5G.

Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are just a few well-known companies dominating their respective markets. These wearable virtual reality technologies can boost productivity and efficiency if adequately utilized.

  • Practical Blockchain

When a transaction occurs, it is recorded in the blockchain’s distributed database. Several massive accounting ledgers are synchronized with identical transition information to generate this enormous data set. Because the entire database of the global financial system is protected by blockchain technology, it is impossible to attack the system. In total, there are five components to its model:

  1. The ledger is shared and distributed.
  2. A ledger that cannot be altered and can be tracked
  3. Encryption
  4. Tokenization

The mechanism for public consensus that is dispersed

As the number of central banks increases, so does the level of transparency in the financial sector. It’s been demonstrated to be the most profitable and valuable technology.

There will be a tremendous increase in blockchain technology revenues over the next several years, with the global market predicted to expand to over 23.3 billion U.S. dollars by 2023.

It boosts productivity and reduces the need for human intervention.

  • Multi – experience

The ever-evolving technology-driven market can now be experienced by users thanks to Multi experience. It progresses from a single interaction point to a multimodal interface. Multi-touchpoint interfaces like computer sensors have transformed the way people communicate with each other. Users will be impressed and more productive if these technologies are used together.

  • Sports Betting Apps

Computer science’s most recent innovations have become an essential part of the customer experience. Even if we talk about online sports betting, Immersive experiences employing augmented, virtual, and mixed reality are what Multi experience aims to achieve. Multichannel human-machine interfaces are becoming increasingly popular thanks to these new technologies. Shortly, New York could become the first state to legalize online casino gambling. Sen. Joseph Addabbo has recently presented Senate Bill 8412, a piece of legislation to make New York the first state to legalize and start online sports betting in 2022. Only land-based casino companies will get direct access to the New York market if Senate Bill 8412 is passed, as other states have done in the last few years. Betmgm New York excels in its quality and offers a huge exposure. 

  • The Edge of Empowerment

People can make an informed judgment in this era of computing technology. This is the next logical step forward in terms of network data processing.

Approximately 20 billion sensors and endpoints will be connected by 2020, paving the way for smart spaces.  Organizations are compelled to adapt to new technology breakthroughs and the advent of the Internet of Things to remain appropriate in a rapidly changing environment.

  • The Distributed Cloud 

Cloud computing is the next-era platform because of the rapid development in technical advancement and the rising demand for data storage. Computing power and data storage are made available on-demand, without the need for customers to assume responsibility for them.

Conclusion

While technology is constantly changing, these trends provide excellent career opportunities now and in the future. Most of these new technologies are open to qualified professionals, which means it’s a perfect opportunity to choose one and be trained so that you’ll be ready for success both now and in the future.

 

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When are the review embargo dates for ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’?

Now that advanced tickets for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness broke Fandango’s first day ticket sales records for any movie that has released in 2022, it seems that the second installment of Doctor Strange is going to be a success financially. How much money will the first MCU film of 2022 make after it officially releases on May 6th, 2022?

There’s no doubt that any MCU movie is going to do well at the box office, but how much it garners depends on several different factors. We know that fans are excited to see what happens after Endgame, we know that Strange played a huge role in 2021’s biggest box office film Spider-Man: No Way Home, we know that Wanda is going to appear in the film after the successful WandaVision Disney+ show, and we know that because it’s touching on the multiverse, there will be some surprising and unexpected cameos.

Another factor that shouldn’t be underestimated is how it’s received by critics and fans alike. How a film is reviewed determines how much legs it will have.

Reviews determine the long-term health of a movie

Critics get to screen films before they’re officially released in hopes of that their reviews will build momentum for a great opening weekend. Those reviews and the buzz they create will influence theatre-goers to see a film they might not be initially interested in. Just as when a movie wins the Academy Award for the best film, the ultimate review, drives demand shortly thereafter.

Nowadays it’s not just traditional critic reviews, but social media reviews (typically tweets) are allowed a few days before the more-detailed (and hopefully spoiler-free) reviews start coming out.

That all depends on when the studio decides to lift what they call an “embargo” on reviews of the movie.

When will the review embargos lift for Dr. Strange 2?

So when can we expect the reviews for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to come out? As mentioned, movie studios have what they call review embargos meaning that no reviews are allowed until the embargo is lifted. The timing of these differ, but based off how movie timelines typically work the last few Marvel movies, we can expect the social media embargo to lift up to a couple weeks AFTER its world premiere. Take a look at the embargos and when they were lifted for the last three Marvel films.

Marvel Movie Review Embargo Dates
Year Movie Social Media Review Release
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Dec 13 Dec 13 Dec 17
2021 The Eternals Oct 19 Oct 24 Nov 5
2021 Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings Aug 17 Aug 23 Sept 3

Generally it’s not difficult to estimate when embargos will be lifted, but the Doctor Strange sequel is different. If The Average Socialite is to be believed, the red carpet world premiere for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be May 2nd. That’s just four days before the it’s released to thousands of theatres.

Why is that important? Well because social media and full review embargos can’t be lifted until after critics have watched the film. Unless there are private screenings, that means it won’t be until after the world premiere.

Once the red carpet premiere is finished in Los Angeles (it’s set for 6:30-10:30 PM), we can expect the social media embargo to be lifted with immediate social media reactions on May 3rd in the early AM once the world premiere showing has completed. And we can expect full reviews shortly thereafter. On that shortened timeline, this is a very similar to the review embargo and social media embargo to that of Spider-Man 3.

Update: A couple tweets came out the last couple days confirms that the review embargo will be lifted Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00am PT.

Keep in mind that none of this is official; we’ve just connected disparate data points on the internet, but May 2nd/3rd as the date when the review embargo will lift makes sense. This all lines up considering all the information that is available.

The short turnaround follows the timing that Spider-Man: No Way Home had for review embargos in relation to the full release which is if true, is an intentional move from Disney and Marvel Studios to prevent any spoilers from leaking seeing that the sequel is very likely going to have some crazy cameo after crazy cameo.

We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

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