Here’s 4 Places To Consider When Visiting The United Kingdom

The four nations that make up the island country, the United Kingdom, make the region an amazing place to visit for a multitude of reasons. There are many restaurants, cafés, bars, and clubs throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, and the landscapes are beautiful.

When the natural beauty of the area is added to the mix, you have a top-tier tourist destination.

The United Kingdom is a small country, but its scenery is big and full of incredible variety: from lush green hills and old woods to towering mountain peaks, picturesque lakes, and rocky moors. Take a trip through one of the United Kingdom’s fifteen national parks to get a feel for the wide range of terrains that call the UK home, from the lowlands of the Norfolk Broads and the hinterlands of Exmoor to the dramatic landscapes of the Lake District and the world-renowned dark skies of Northumberland.

There is so much excitement that for every proposition in the UK, there will be a case for a better one. Nevertheless, here are the top 4 things, besides the pleasure of no deposit bonuses in the UK, which you simply cannot miss out on. With these bonuses, you get to enjoy your favorite games without spending anything from your pocket. A great way to enjoy your trip and win UK style. Just find the best sites and you are good to go. Any list of the top attractions in the United Kingdom is certain to spark a lively debate, and this one is no exception but here we are with top 4 recommendations.

Go for a stroll in a Welsh town that seems like it was lifted straight out of Italy. Rather than North Wales, you may be excused for believing you’ve landed in southern Europe if you find yourself in the heart of Portmeirion.

The brightly painted, Italian-style town seems like it belongs in another universe. Located on a tranquil peninsula that juts out into an estuary, Portmeirion Village is a kaleidoscope of buildings designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, a Welsh architect, and painted in all the colors of the rainbow. Beautiful homes, verdant gardens, and sandy beaches make up for the fact that it’s not the best picture of Welsh life.

Dine at a Balti restaurant in Birmingham’s historic Balti Triangle. There are pork pies available in Melton Mowbray. Cheese is available in Wensleydale. The balti is a specialty of Birmingham. It was created by the city’s Pakistani minority in the 1970s, and it now ranks with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, the Industrial Revolution, and Peaky Blinders as among Birmingham’s most famous exports.

Visitors from all over the world go to the curry capital of the United Kingdom for the chance to try the region’s famous baltis, dosas, and thalis. The famous “Balti Triangle” is close to Balsall Heath. It is a group of curry restaurants that serve delicious food from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Try your hand at mountain climbing at the highest point in the United Kingdom. Put on your hiking boots and go to the top of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak at 1,345 meters above sea level. The Mountain Track is the most popular route. However, climbing the Carn Mor Dearg Arête is a more arduous climb for expert jammers and hill hikers that may take more than 10 hours to finish. You can reach the top of Snowden, Ben Nevis, and Scafell Pike, the highest points in Wales, Scotland, and England, all in one day if you plan ahead or join a group trip.

Go to Madchester for some unrivaled raving. It’s true that both the Hacienda and Factory Records have likely closed down by now. True, you’re more likely to see a Happy Monday on daytime television than at a live performance. Still, this northern dynamo boasts a diverse and dynamic mainstream and underground nightclub culture that draws partygoers from around the world.

The Warehouse Project is a series of club nights held every fall and winter at the huge Mayfield Depot, which is near Piccadilly station. If you want to get the most out of it, you shouldn’t miss it.

Summing Up There is no shortage of magnificent scenery in the United Kingdom. Learning about the history, culture, companies, and commerce of the UK can be intriguing, and visiting the country for a long vacation is a great way to do so. For your convenience, we’ve listed the top things to do in the above list.

 

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Full List: Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” (2022 Ranking)

Rolling Stone is on a roll. Following the popularity of their recent ranking of the top 500 songs of all-time and their list of the 200 best hip hop albums in history, the music and culture magazine decided to try their hand at television shows.

Their The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list was compiled with feedback from a “panel of actors, showrunners, and critics” features all the modern classics including The Game of Thrones, Atlanta, Succession, and Veep to the older sitcoms that made their marks on televisions such as Seinfeld, I Love Lucy, and The Odd Couple all with Rolling Stone writer Allen Sepinwall providing commentary on every one of the shows that made the list.



The list covers the generations, multiple eras, a variety of genres including children’s shows, soap operas, family sitcoms, quirky comedies and dead-serious HBO dramas, from 1951 to the present. The magazine has attempted to capture the best television shows in a list several times. Prior to the current ranking, Rolling Stone last announced the top 100 TV shows of all-time back in 2016.

Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

With all the great possibilities available, which show hit #1? Was it M*A*S*H, The Office, Mad Men or maybe cult favorite Freaks and Geeks? Thinking about the amount of amazing shows that have hit the small screen, that show would have hit the perfect combination of high-quality, cultural impact, longevity, creativity, and more.

Scroll down to see the full list of the best TV shows in the history of the game according to Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
Rank Show Channel Years
1 ‘The Sopranos’ HBO 1999-2007
2 ‘The Simpsons’ FOX 1989-PRESENT
3 ‘Breaking Bad’ AMC 2008-13
4 ‘The Wire’ HBO 2002-08
5 ‘Fleabag’ BBC/AMAZON 2016-19
6 ‘Seinfeld’ NBC 1989-98
7 ‘Mad Men’ AMC 2007-15
8 ‘Cheers’ NBC 1982-93
9 ‘Atlanta’ FX 2016-PRESENT
10 ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ CBS 1970-77
11 ‘Succession’ HBO 2018-PRESENT
12 ‘The Twilight Zone’ CBS 1959-64
13 ‘Veep’ HBO 2012-19
14 ‘The Americans’ FX 2013-18
15 ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ HBO 1992-98
16 ‘Twin Peaks’ ABC 1990-91
17 ‘The Leftovers’ HBO 2014-17
18 ‘Saturday Night Live’ NBC 1975-PRESENT
19 ‘I May Destroy You’ BBC/HBO 2020
20 ’30 Rock’ NBC 2006-13
21 ‘All in the Family CBS 1971-79
22 ‘Star Trek’ NBC 1966-69
23 ‘Watchmen’ HBO 2019
24 ‘Freaks and Geeks’ NBC 1999-2000
25 ‘M*A*S*H’ CBS 1972-83
26 ‘Sesame Street’ PBS 1969-PRESENT
27 ‘Deadwood’ HBO 2004-06
28 ‘Friday Night Lights’ NBC 2006-08
29 ‘Roots’ ABC 1977
30 ‘Parks and Recreation’ NBC 2009-15
31 ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO 2011-19
32 ‘Better Call Saul’ AMC 2015-22
33 ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ BBC 1969-74
34 ‘The Office’ (U.S.) NBC 2005-13
35 ‘Lost’ ABC 2004-10
36 ‘I Love Lucy’ CBS 1951-57
37 ‘Arrested Development’ FOX 2003-06
38 ‘Hill Street Blues’ NBC 1981-87
39 ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ HBO 2000-PRESENT
40 ‘The Good Place’ NBC 2016-20
41 ‘BoJack Horseman’ NETFLIX 2014-20
42 ‘Battlestar Galactica’ SCI-FI 2003-09
43 ‘Insecure’ HBO 2016-21
44 ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ NBC 1982-93
45 ‘Columbo’ NBC 1971-78; ABC
46 ‘The West Wing’ NBC 1999-2006
47 ‘My So-Called Life’ ABC 1995-96
48 ‘The Shield’ FX 2002-08
49 ‘Friends’ NBC 1994-2004
50 ‘Jeopardy!’ SYNDICATION 1984-PRESENT
51 ‘The X-Files’ FOX 1993-2002
52 ‘Barry’ HBO 2018-PRESENT
53 ‘The Office’ (U.K.) BBC 2001-03
54 ‘ER’ NBC 1994-2009
55 ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ AMC 2014-17
56 ‘Community’ NBC 2009-14
57 ‘Russian Doll’ NETFLIX 2019-PRESENT
58 ‘Six Feet Under’ HBO 2001-05
59 ‘Key & Peele’ COMEDY CENTRAL 2012-15
60 ‘Taxi’ ABC 1978-82
61 ‘The Underground Railroad’  AMAZON PRIME 2021
62 ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ CBS 1961-66
63 ‘South Park’  COMEDY CENTRAL 1997-PRESENT
64 ‘The Golden Girls’ NBC 1985-92
65 ‘Girls’ HBO 2012-17
66 ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ COMEDY CENTRAL 1999-2015
67 ‘NYPD Blue’ ABC 1993-2005
68 ‘Fawlty Towers’ BBC 1975-79
69 ‘Chappelle’s Show’   COMEDY CENTRAL 2003-06
70 ‘SCTV’   GLOBAL 1976-79
71 ‘Better Things’  FX 2016-2022
72 ‘Good Times’   CBS 1974-79
73 ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’  WB/UPN 1997-2001/2001-03
74 ‘The Honeymooners’ CBS 1955-56
75 ‘Frasier’ NBC 1993-2004
76 ‘Justified’  FX 2010-15
77 ‘The Jeffersons’  CBS 1975-85
78 ‘Sex and the City’ HBO 1998-2004
79 ‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ HBO 1995-98
80 ‘Band of Brothers’  HBO 2001
81 ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’   FX 2005-PRESENT
82 ‘Party Down’  STARZ 2009-10
83 ‘I’m Alan Partridge’  BBC 1997-2002
84 ‘Fargo’   FX 2014-PRESENT
85 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ NETFLIX 2013-19
86 ‘The Bob Newhart Show’  CBS 1972-78
87 ‘The Kids in the Hall’   CBC 1988-95
88 ‘The Crown’  NETFLIX 2016-PRESENT
89 ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ CBS 1967-78
90 ‘The Wonder Years’  ABC 1988-93
91 ‘The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’   NBC 1962-92
92 ‘The Muppet Show’   SYNDICATED 1976-81
93 ‘The Rockford Files’  NBC 1974-80
94 ‘NewsRadio’  NBC 1995-99
95 ‘Squid Game’ NETFLIX 2021-PRESENT
96 ‘Rick and Morty’  ADULT SWIM 2013-PRESENT
97 ‘The Odd Couple’ ABC 1970-75
98 ‘The Good Fight’ CBS ALL ACCESS 2017-20
99 ‘Oz’ HBO 1997-2003
100 ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ FX 2019-PRESENT

You rarely get to see the full list when these companies decide to cover and rank the best whatever because they have to spend a couple paragraphs explaining the significance and why the whatever landed where it landed on their list. With our full list, you might not get all the context, but often time you don’t need it. Readers want to know how the hell NYPD Blue (#67) is below The Good Place (#40) even though they’ve only seen the first episode and “hated it”.


The 5 Best Blackjack Dealer Costumes in Time For Halloween (or Casino Theme Party)

You and your friends love getting together and heading to the local casino; spending hours on the reservation sitting down at the poker table, playing the slots, putting some cash down on roulette and getting free drinks. All that’s great fun, but what you all really enjoy is parking yourself down and getting comfortable at the Blackjack tables.

You can’t even count how many hours you’ve spent elbow-to-elbow with your buddies trying to get as close to 21 as possible. Now that September is coming to a close, it’s time to think about Halloween (or perhaps it’s a casino themed party) and you’re set on some form of casino theme costume.

Be a Real (Fake) Blackjack Dealer 

So what better, more-appropriate costume than dressing up as a blackjack dealer? You know all the nuances and motions and phrases that blackjack dealers do, so it shouldn’t be hard to get into character. Even if you’re not familiar with the twenty one card game, you can still be a Blackjack dealer, though you would definitely need to learn how to play blackjack online so you can be as convincing as possible.

Blackjack on the surface isn’t hard really: it’s adding up your cards in an attempt to get to 21 without going over (busting) and having your total be more than the dealer’s hand. Of course there’s nuances, but that, some basic blackjack vocabulary, and the right costume is all you need.

The Best Blackjack Dealer Costumes

Depending on how authentic you want to seem, you may have to get your education and vernacular elsewhere, but we got you on the blackjack dealer costume. We’ve scoured the net, Amazon, Party City, Etsy and Pinterest to find the best and most-convincing costumes for you to consider.

 

1. Blackjack Dealer Sequin Vest 

This leisure silk jacquard waistcoat may not actually be silk, but we love this one the best because for $30, you get 5 pieces including the vest (available in multiple colors), cufflinks, bow tie, neck tie, and cuffs. Just add shirt underneath (or not).

2. Blackjack Dealer Sequin Vest Costume 

The best costume is a combination of standing out and affordability. This shiny sequin vest will get you started. All you have to add is a white shirt underneath and standard bowtie. And it comes in multiple colors. All for approximately $30.

3. Playing Card Queen Women’s Halloween Costume

Who needs to be so straightforward? Let’s hit ’em over the head, get a little weird, and have a little fun. Be a playing card that’s also a dealer. Kind of like a cannibal dressed a human being or something like that. Pair this with a visor and ask them if they want to “hit” or “stay?”

4. Casino Dealer or Old School Gangster Costume 

What sucks about Halloween is that you spend all that time and money for what can be worn once. After that? It goes into a box somewhere maaaaaaaybee being resurrected four years later. Well this set allows you to use it a couple times – what’s the difference between a Blackjack dealer and a gangster from the 1920’s? A gun?

Not sure, but you get the point – there’s a lot of overlap going on. Check out this multipiece set that includes suspenders, a bow tie, pocket watch,  armband, garter, tie clip, cane and even a fake mustache.

5. Suspenders for Blackjack Dealer Costume (1PC)

Don’t want to invest in something too elaborate; you want to keep it simple and cheap? Here’s simple suspenders you can wear over a white or black shirt and most everyone will get the vibe you’re trying to give off.

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Wait a minute… who is “Headphones Dino Bones”? Where did the nickname originate?

(image from M3is3D Etsy)

From introducing new methods of communication to how much time we spend on our phones to virtual currency. The internet and social media has changed so much of our societal landscape. It’s certainly influenced how we communicate via emojis, hashtags, and even created amalgams of existing words such as telehealth, photobombs, Bitcoin Casino, Bluetooth, and the subject of this post: Headphones Dino Bones.

Where Did Headphones Dino Bones come from?

The phrase “Headphones Dino Bones” originated on Instagram in particular a user-generated, celebrity sighting and gossip account called DeuxMoi. The account became insanely popular in 2019 before catching fire during the pandemic. The account now has over 1.6 million followers and sells merchandise.

Headphones Dino Bones Defined

So if you follow the DeuxMoi, you know that the anonymous admin re-posts sightings of celebrities all over the United States and beyond. As part of the draw, DeuxMoi also post mostly-unchecked rumors and gossip about celebrities and that’s where Headphones Dino Bones came about.

So who is Headphones Dino Bones? It’s the site’s nickname for Leonardo DiCaprio as the former child star and current A-Lister has been rumored to have an affinity for wearing headphones when getting down to business as well as having a unique hobby that only the wealthy could afford. To be more clear, we’ll quote this 2020 DeuxMoi interview with Elle Magazine:

Some celebs have their own nicknames: “Headphone Dino Bones” is DiCaprio, because, well, in addition to the aforementioned sex headphones, he apparently also collects dinosaur bones. “Cries a Lot” is Anne Hathaway, who readers claim is often sobbing in the street.

Why do they call Leonardo DiCaprio by Headphones Dino Bones if actually calling him by his actual name take a lot less effort? It’s definitely not the efficiency. Best we can tell it’s equal parts insult and DeuxMoi inside joke. Consider yourself in the know now.

For more DeuxMoi inside jokes, you can check out this Reddit thread.

 

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Here’s 12 gambling-related tattoo ideas you can bet on

Gambling-themed tattoos are becoming more and more popular. Many players believe in the power of lucky tattoos. And while some play eye of horus slot in an online casino, others get this symbol tattooed on their shoulder. But before getting a lucky pattern on your skin, we suggest you read some info about it. Below we have compiled a dictionary of gambling tattoos, explaining the meanings of each of them.

Tattoos With Gambling Symbols

First, let’s take a look at tattoos that include some elements of gambling. They usually appear on the skin of those who are truly passionate about this type of activity and who honestly believe that a certain pattern on their arm or back can bring them more wins.

Cherries

In the original slot machines, three cherries in a row were a symbol of winning. Thus, cherries came to represent good luck in tattoo designs. There are lots of gamblers who have these berries painted on their shoulder or arm. But you don’t have to be a casino player to get cherries painted on your skin as they don’t only bring luck but also look quite nice.

Ace of Spades

The Ace of Spades tattoo design is a very controversial symbol. It is associated with both good luck and death. For instance, during the Vietnam War, the ace of spades was drawn on soldiers’ helmets to intimidate the enemy. However, while in Vietnam, the ace of spades means misfortune and death, Americans believe it is a symbol of good luck.

Eight Ball

The eighth ball is a symbol of good luck and bad luck. To put it short, the eight ball is a mixture of luck and bad luck. In billiards, if you throw the eighth ball, you win the game. There are many examples of eight ball tattoos that look pretty impressive. No wonder lots of casino players get this design on their skin.

Flaming Dice

This is another great idea for a tattoo. Even those who have nothing to do with gambling can get a flaming dice tattoo. But, of course, there is also a special meaning to such a pattern. Since ancient times, the rolling of dice has been associated with betting and gambling. As a rule, dice symbolize the unknown future.

Lady Luck

This is something for gentlemen. It is known: fortune is a woman. Some players want to be especially close to fortune or even to be linked to her forever. So they tattoo Lady Luck on their skin, often in the form of a beautiful woman with an eye patch. Like Justicia, Lady Luck distributes her favors without regard to personality or position. Often the goddess of fortune is also depicted with dice or a Full House card hand in poker.

Joker

Unwelcome in Gotham City because a psychopathic villain, the Joker is highly welcome in the card game. In the poker variant Texas Hold ’em, a pair of jacks is also called “jokers”. The Joker, often depicted with a jester’s cap, is considered a lucky charm and is therefore particularly popular as a motif for playing card tattoos.

Roulette

Roulette fascinates even those contemporaries who have never set foot in a casino, even an online casino. The roulette wheel and the gaming table are usually considered symbols of luck and risk and are therefore also a popular component of tattoos, which are not primarily intended for gambling tattoos. If convinced gamblers choose roulette as their motif, they like to combine it with the sign of the city of Las Vegas.

Dead Man’s Hand

In poker, the “Dead Man’s Hand” is a well-known myth. It goes back to the last round of cards of Wild Bill Hickok, a Wild West legend, who was fated to have a combination of two black aces and two eights. He died without being able to build on this hand of cards because a fellow player he ruined shot him in the back at the card table. The myth of the “Dead Man’s Hand” found its way into pop culture and thus into the motif stock of tattoo artists. The image can be interpreted as a reminder to be careful. Sometimes the values depicted do not match Wild Bill’s fateful combination because others there are different stories of deadly card combinations.

Lucky Tattoos for Gamblers

It’s worth noting that tattoos that players get on their skin are not necessarily symbols of gambling. There are many patterns that symbolize luck but have nothing to do with casinos.

Four-leaf clover

This is a famous ancient Irish symbol of luck that is extremely popular in Western cultures. Did you know that every leaf of the clover symbolizes something? They stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.

Crossed fingers

We bet you crossed your fingers at least once when wishing someone luck. Or at least, said the famous “fingers crossed.” No wonder this gesture has been turned into a tattoo pattern. Not many people know that crossed fingers have also been interpreted as a sign to implore God’s protection. But even regardless of its meaning, this gesture looks great as a tattoo.

Horseshoe

While some gamblers put a little horseshoe souvenir in their pocket when betting in a casino, others get this symbol under their skin. A tattoo with a horseshoe is meant to bring you good luck. Interestingly, there are two different opinions on the right way to get it tattooed. Some people say that it is better to get such a tattoo with the points upward because the “U” shape gathers all the luck and keeps it inside forever. Others are convinced that only a downward-pointing horseshoe will bring you luck.

Sports Team

Another common tattoo that is sometimes gambling-related is to get a tattoo (Or five) of your favorite sports team’s logo.

Whatever tattoo you want to get, think in advance. Make sure you will like the chosen pattern on your skin in 10, 20, or 40 years. We wish you to find a perfect tattoo and… good luck!

 

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A short history of clubbing: How nightclubbing has evolved through the decades

 

For many young people around the world, visiting a nightclub for the first time is a rite of passage and an initiation into adulthood. 

However, it isn’t just fun, dancing and merriment that has made nightclubs such important social and cultural institutions in the modern world. In reality, nightclubs have a complex history that is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Nowadays, we find ourselves in an era where nightclubs are ubiquitous and hyper-commercialised.

In fact, nightclubs have become such a common sight in the landscape of our nightlife that you see them cropping up in unexpected locations such as hotels and even casinos, where hourly jackpots and the whirring of a roulette wheel combine with the thumping bass of electronic music you would usually associate with nightclubs. Whilst casinos and nightclubs have not traditionally been paired together, combinations like this are increasingly common nowadays as nightclubs become ever prevalent and popular.as unique social spaces.

This was not always the case, however, and in previous decades nightclubs were very much an ‘underground’ affair.

History of nightclubs

The exact origins of nightclubs are somewhat difficult to pin down, however, and much of this difficulty is connected to how you define and characterize nightclubs to begin with.

If you define a nightclub simply as a night-time space you can visit that serves alcohol and provides you with a space to dance in, nightclubs have existed in some form for hundreds of years. On the other hand, if you define them more narrowly as spaces with dancing, alcohol, party drugs and DJs spinning electronic music, this history has much shallower roots.

Despite these difficulties, the origins of the modern nightclub are generally accepted to have roots in the ballrooms and dancehalls of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eventually, other music and dance venues emerged, such as jazz clubs, which gave these night-time spaces more of an underground edge. The next evolution of the night club came during the 1940s and 1950s as youth culture experienced a post-War explosion.

By the 1970s, discotheques — or discos as they are more popularly known — had spread across many parts of the world and increasingly replaced the more traditional dancehalls. Notably, this is also when the DJ started to become a more important figure in the nightclub world.

Technological innovations were also important in contributing to these developments, which allowed for the provision of music without the need to rely on a live band to provide the music. It also allowed nightclubs to become increasingly international spaces, with music from all over the world now possible to play without having to invite a live band.

Contemporary club culture as we know it today, however, began to emerge in earnest during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the nightclub became an important part of youth culture. This was also when nightclubs entered into the mainstream, which had both negative and positive aspects. On the one hand, the popularization of nightclubs helped to increase the number of these spaces. On the other hand, by becoming so popular, many nightclubs were stripped of their more radical or transgressive elements.

Perhaps most importantly, it was in and around the 1980s and 1990s that the classic ‘sound’ of the nightclub began to emerge. Inspired by the industrial sounds of the cities where nightclubs were often located, the music popularly played in nightclubs was uniquely reflective of the modern age.

Given the importance of the city itself in the development of nightclub culture, the sounds associated with particular nightclub ‘scenes’ were in many respects a reflection of the urban landscape they emerged from.

For example, hyper industrialized urban landscapes like Chicago and Detroit pioneered ‘House’ and ‘Techno’ music in the 1980s. With places like Berlin being an epicenter for electronic music in the decade before.

Eventually, these urban sounds made their way over to the European scene. In places like Berlin and London, the modern shape of the nightclub scene began to emerge. Berlin still maintains its status as a mecca for nightclubbing, with locations like Tresor and Berghain drawing in hundreds of thousands of music fans each year.

Other European locations also fostered their own nightclubbing scenes. Manchester in particular proved to be a hub for the aptly known ‘Club Cathedrals’ which produced some of the defining sounds of the mid-1990s, particularly from places like the Haçienda.

A confluence of political, social and cultural upheavals occurring towards the tail end of the 1980s gave rise to what has been described as the second ‘Summer of Love’ of 1988-1989. This was the peak of the countercultural side of nightclub culture, with raves taking the nightclub scene by storm. However, rave culture provoked a sharp response from authorities. Particularly because it often relied on taking over abandoned spaces and reimagining them as nightclubs.

Interestingly, this countercultural, highly politicized side to nightclub culture was eventually followed by hyper commercialization. From the late 1990s onwards, electronic music underwent a period of intense mainstream commercialization, particularly through the famous ‘Ministry of Sound’ nightclub and record label.

Commercialization led the nightclub scene to pivot from the industrialized environments of Berlin and Manchester towards Mediterranean landscapes like Ibiza. From then onwards, the nightclub scene underwent a period of slow decline to where it is today.

Between the early 2000s to today, the number of nightclub locations has fallen sharply, particularly in the UK. Despite this, a subversive side still lives on. The digital revolution brought about by the internet is reimagining the nightclub scene. What shape this will take remains to be seen, however, what is clear is that nightclubs will always move with the times.

For a more detailed history of night clubs, check out this awesome interactive feature An Incomplete History of Clubbing you can easily swipe through the evolution of the club.

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What makes for a fulfilling life? It’s different for everyone, but there are common themes

You’re not alone in thinking that whether you’re actually happy and living life to your fullest potential. At some point in our lives everyone evaluates whether we’re on the right path.

Recently I happened across a Quora thread that posed an interesting question that triggered this thought: “how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it?” I found it interesting because the vast majority of us are not fully-formed in our twenties and aren’t sure what we really, really want, and thus shouldn’t judging our past selves.

One popular answer was from user Chris Ebbert seemed way too-specific. Ebbert said that if he had this 20’s to live over again he would:

If I were to relive my 20s again, I would (have) drank less wine, committed to my studies properly, dated more girls, dressed better, and learned to cook. {Those things) would have improved my 20s by such a margin, I can’t even describe it. I spent those years in a wine fueled haze of negativity and cynicism, dressed like an idiot, and single, but eating at restaurants all the time because I didn’t even know how to make a pot of rice.

Not only does my 20’s not align with his 20’s, but my desires and what I value are different, so it makes sense that some of his examples doesn’t exactly resonate with me.

Individual desires vs. human themes

Though we may differ in the individual things we desire from life, there are larger categories that we can agree on. When people reflect on their lives there are general themes that fall into the bucket of taking more risks, being more productive, using their time more wisely, and not comparing themselves to others.

For me personally, a couple themes I would have taken more action on in my 20’s was to take more risks. That would have manifested itself as ask that person you were attracted to out on a date, playing the stock market more aggressively or betting on cricket with casumo, been more spontaneous with my time and taken a chance on a couple business ideas I had.

The second one was to not caring so much about what others thought, or what I think they potentially thought about my actions. I think having consideration for others and empathy for others is an awesome attribute to have, but I’ve learned you can’t let it paralyze you from doing what you want.

Life isn’t one decade, it’s the entire journey…

I don’t necessarily regret that I didn’t do these things as I am quite happy with who I am and where I am now. Not taking those risks and developing and fine-tuning my consideration of others has been a part of my life journey.

What I’ve found is that enjoying one’s life isn’t necessarily about accomplishing goals, being happy the entire time, or spending a decade of your life differently, but it’s the entirety of one’s life journey. The current life expectancy is nearly 79 years of age, so to place so much weight on just one decade is short-sighted and unnecessarily cutting yourself short. 

And answers to questions like how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it? are too broad to apply to everyone. What we should be considering are the thematic regrets that those that have lived a full life would advise you and ensure we don’t have those same regrets. 

In short, fulfillment is about living a deeply meaningful life, a life of purpose and satisfaction. Fulfillment is not necessarily about happiness. It is about meaning, deep meaning. It’s about one’s vision, their dreams, and living in full alignment and flow with their values.

The main point of the above definition is that living a fulfilling life isn’t necessarily becoming a CEO, making millions of dollars, having 2.5 children by this age, or driving a certain car, but it’s an intentional mindset of really dialing in on the things that fulfill you emotionally; things that give you genuine satisfaction.

And it’s never too late, always remember that life is a journey. It’s never too late to be who you are and happy.

 

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Woman sets two world records for collecting more than 4000 vintage games

My head is ablaze with excitement after learning that a Black woman has won not one, but two world records for possessing the greatest collection of LCD and playable gaming systems.

According to the numbers, Linda Guillory’s two world records are made up of 1,599 LCD gaming systems and 2,430 playable gaming systems, virtually a variety of games that can only be found in a top online casino. Guinness World Records reported today that Guillory of Richardson, Texas, has won both awards for her huge collection of thousands of portable, tabletop, and even watch-based gaming systems.

These aren’t gaming systems in the traditional sense of consoles and handhelds; instead, they’re more akin to the Tiger Electronic handhelds of the past. Traditional video games are also included in Guillory’s library. Guillory shows off a large cabinet of vintage video games in Guinness’ profile video, claiming to own every Nintendo game produced in North America.

Guillory began collecting games when she was eight years old, after discovering a damaged 1979 Red Conic basketball game, according to Guinness. She said in the video that she dismantled the handheld and repaired it herself so she could play again. She accumulated a little collection of games until some of them were destroyed in a home fire. She later decided to search up some of the old games she used to own to see if any were still available following a discussion with her brother over who was the better player. She found and acquired her favorite Pac-Man tabletop machine, and her collection grew from there.

“I wanted to see if I still could beat my high score. As I searched, I saw dozens of games I always wanted as a child but never had.” Guillory told Guinness.

Guillory told Guinness, “I wanted to test whether I could still top my high score.” “As I looked, I came across hundreds of games that I had always desired but never had as a kid.”

When I was invited over to a friend’s house on rare occasions, I would push my face against their Nintendo 64 consoles in amazement of something that was out of my grasp. I’d be envious of their game collections, knowing that I could only have one or two for the systems I was allowed to have. I lost out on a lot of the games that today’s gamers would consider “mandatory playing,” so when I read Guillory talking about the games she didn’t get to play but wished she had, my heart sank with sadness.

The fact that she is also a Black woman just adds to my admiration for her. Because of the relatively recent movement for increased diversity and inclusion, black women in gaming are frequently viewed as a novelty. We are ecstatic when “new” Black women join the space because we are so scarce, but we have little knowledge of those who came before us. The few video gaming “elders” I had were men, as is true for many Black female gamers (and female gamers of a particular age in general).

I am a 33-year-old woman. I only know one other Black woman my age who enjoys video gaming. I’m sure there are others. I just don’t know who they are. Finding Ms. Guillory is like finding a lost treasure, something that has been sought for a long time yet is rarely discovered. I’d like to learn more about her background.

Guillory, an electrical engineer, wants to share her love of gaming with kids and teach them how to build their own gaming systems. She also wishes to have her collection preserved in a museum.

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Unlimited PTO (Flexible Time-Off) is great for proactive, empowered workers, not so much for passive employees

The unlimited PTO policy — also referred to as Flexible Time Off — has gone from an edge perk that technology companies used to stay competitive when wooing talent to their organizations to being adopted outside of that industry.

On the surface, Unlimited PTO presents the company as progressive and at the least, the appearance that they care about work-life balance.

Maybe the company is progressive and genuinely care about their employees’ well-being, but being forward-thinking and truly caring about your workforce requires more than offering a perk to make it seem so.

The cons of an Unlimited PTO policy

Whether the consequences of unlimited time off are intended or not, we have to understand and respect that those problems can arise. And that is especially true if the company’s goal is employee happiness.

Some believe that an Unlimited PTO policy is actually chipping away at your hard-earned right to paid time off.

In other words, many workers feel less empowered to take PTO when they feel as if they haven’t “earned” those hours. No longer can they look into their PTO balance, see that they have 14 hours of PTO leftover that will expire at the end of the month. That triggers the decision to take a quick long weekend to Vegas to play free no download slots and enjoy some time off.

That feeling of needing to “earn” your paid time off is due to the built-in power structure that capitalism instills in us when we enter the workforce, but that’s a topic for another time.

On top of that feeling of losing power over your own “free time,” studies have shown that employees tend to take less vacation time under an Unlimited PTO policy.

A limitless PTO policy also means that Human Resources no longer has to track or police PTO hours and the company no longer has to pay out thousands of dollars from that accrued paid time off at the end of the year or when the employee decides to leave the company.

What do workers actually say about Unlimited PTO?

Also known as an Open Vacation policy, it all comes down to how the workers and employees adapt to the new program.

In order we cover all angles, we actually surveyed and interviewed workers and participated in forums on the topic. These workers all worked for companies that went from a traditional accrual system for time off to an Unlimited PTO policy and here’s how some of them responded.

Some weren’t sure how the new system would translate or didn’t really understand that “Unlimited” actually means “unlimited:”

So how will it work with those that have earned 5 weeks a year? Should we continue to take 5 weeks a year? What if our managers decline to let us take that amount?

So PTO is now NEED based, so if I need only 2 weeks I lost 3 weeks of my PTO benefits.

Others wanted a choice to pick between the new and old policy.

Can we opt out of the Flexible Time Off? I am not a fan. I have been here over 10 years and like my 5 week a year entitlement. With Flexable Vacation plans, it all up to the manager or the workload of the team and could not be applied equally.

While many were concerned how the policy would be applied company-wide, specific managers, workload, etc.

How are you going to ensure that PTO allowances are applied fairly? Will there be guidelines for managers to allow for min and max.? I have seen from other companies some people take 5-6 weeks and others due to workload can only take 2 weeks. Some managers are more liberal and others are not. Having worked at my company for over a decade, I like to know I have earned PTO.

And there are some edge cases that make Unlimited PTO a problem. Say for example, imagine that you planned out a vacation and then were laid off – zero payout for that planned vacation.

How it gets administered matters, my friend at another tech company had a manager that implemented and unspoken policy of two to three weeks of vacation max in one year.

Concerns of how the policy would be administered and potentially-abused (by managers) was a common concern that popped up in our conversations and interviews.

Yeah, this is going to get abused like crazy. I already know a few managers who aggressively discourage PTO even when they are required to let their people take it. Now that it’s optional I can only imagine the creative reasons they will come up with to deny it. Will be interesting to see what impacts this has on attrition long term.

The key is to change your mindset; own your time off

Personally, I’ve never had a problem with Unlimited PTO because I never had an issue taking vacation whenever I wanted to. I worked. The company profits off me. I deserved as much time off as I could get. If I wanted to take a three week trip to Thailand or spent my time off playing free casino machines like sun and moon slots, Candy Crush or binge 56 hours of Netflix, I never flinch to request that time off. Ever.

Nor should you. This is about flipping a small part of the power structure (that’s been developed in American workplaces) on it’s head. That said, I understand that not everyone is down to fight that battle nor want to rock the boat, so getting out of that old capitalist mindset is difficult.

While I appreciate the spirit and idea that goes into Unlimited PTO Policy, I understand that people don’t take to change and especially ones that force them to be more proactive than passive.

So unless the new FTO policy comes with a minimum amount of PTO, it seems subject to causing a reduction, not increase, in PTO taken. At least in the mid term as workers get used to how to manage that additional freedom.

We’ll leave you with one of respondent’s replies to a fellow workers complaints about the new unlimited system.

What I’m getting at is the main opposition to this model is based on the idea that the previous model somehow protected you. If you’re truly worried about being able to take your time off, challenge yourself to take a minimum amount of PTO. If your manager rejects your requests without good reason and/or doesn’t approve your PTO request multiple times, that’s a direct violation of our corporate culture guidelines and should be brought up with a higher authority.

 

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NASCAR bans Dixie flags; joins Mitt Romney, NFL on the right side of history

This year has been something else and we’re only six months in. Though many can’t wait for the year to be over with, there’s a contingent of people — myself included — that believes there’s a lot of great change coming with all the challenges.

Regarding the protests and calls for social and racial justice over the last few weeks, we’re already seeing movement on many of the demands.

Black Lives Matter Changing Pop Culture

Not only have the world witnessed stunning global protests, but we’ve seen public opinion skyrocket in support of Black Lives Matter. In the past week, we’ve seen hundreds of corporations donate hundred of millions of dollars to several causes, we’ve seen the NFL do an about face, Mitt Romney marching in a “Black Lives Matter” protest and now NASCAR has released a statement on removing the presence of the the Confederate Flag at their events:

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

Okay, that’s not exactly supporting Black Lives Matter and racial justice, but considering how conservative NASCAR is, this is a huge step in the right direction. That simple action is very much worth mentioning and We’re sure the move will improve the reputation of professional race car racing and NASCAR betting online will most certainly increase. Banning the “Dixie” flag might not be inclusion, but it’s a step to opening the sport to others that previously associated it with racism.

That’s even if driver after driver quits. Even if fans decide to never attend another event. It’s the right thing to do and a couple days in, most drivers are supporting the move

NASCAR drivers, properties come out in support

Even with a few drivers quitting and fans being turned off. The feeling is that NASCAR won’t be damaged by the move. That’s if we look at some of the sport’s biggest personalities and racetracks coming out in support of the ban.

Bubba Wallace — NASCAR’s only black full-time driver — applauded the decision, telling Good Morning America on Thursday morning that now is “the most crucial time” to “come together and really try to be more inclusive.”

Racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. supported the move, saying: “It does nothing for anybody to be there flying, so I don’t see any reason,” the star driver said at the time. “It belongs in the history books and that’s about it.”

The Nashville Superspeedway, the location of next year’s NASCAR Cup Series race, tweeted in support of the ban.

We’ll continue updating this post as more drivers or speedways come out with statements.

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Why taking a break from social media can improve your mental health

Social media is the epitome of a double-edged sword. It can keep you in the loop with current events, local events, or the funniest memes life has to offer. It is a way to network with new people and connect with them. Continue reading “Why taking a break from social media can improve your mental health”

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Here’s the best ways to lose weight on the ‘Bride Diet’

How to Lose Weight on the Bride Diet

Brides from all over the country certainly wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds or more before their big day. Some of you may be scrolling through page after page of wedding dresses on Azazie just knowing they aren’t going to fit to your satisfaction. Continue reading “Here’s the best ways to lose weight on the ‘Bride Diet’”

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Misconceptions on illegal immigration: How to become a permanent resident via the U.S. immigration system

The following was posted on Facebook by Eric Pavri back in February 2018. We’re reposting it because Pavri is an immigration lawyer describing the steps and difficulties of becoming a legal U.S. citizen, and well, because we think it’s a valuable read for all Americans to full understand. Especially in this day and age where immigration is divisive hot-button topic. Continue reading “Misconceptions on illegal immigration: How to become a permanent resident via the U.S. immigration system”

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Who is Alek Minassian – the suspect that drove a Ryder truck into pedestrians in Toronto?

Who is Alek Minassian, the alleged suspect of purposely driving a white Ryder van into pedestrians in downtown Toronto. The horrific attack happened today at approximately 1:30 PM at the cross streets of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East in-between the neighborhoods Newtonbrook and Willowdale in Toronto’s North York district. Continue reading “Who is Alek Minassian – the suspect that drove a Ryder truck into pedestrians in Toronto?”

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American Origins: 5 little known facts about the United States

The good ol’ US of A. One of the world’s youngest nations and certainly its youngest superpower, America has a rich and muddled history nonetheless. From turkey birds to Viking visitors, we’ve gathered up five of the weirdest facts around, all based on the nation’s humble origins. 

1. Land Ho! The First Tourists 

You know how it goes. Way back when in the late 15th Century an adventurous fellow by the name of Chris Columbus sailed out – out towards the west, towards danger, towards unknowing. He hoped to chart a new route to the Orient. Instead, after ten weeks at sea, he found himself land ho on the beaches of America. Commonly touted as the continent’s ‘discoverer,’ he was, in fact, quite late to the party. Native societies had been roaming the land for generations and, as new evidence now shows, they had already been partial to visitors.

From the Vikings, believe it not; Danes had been sailing back and forth across the Atlantic for centuries. Long before Christopher C. was even born, they braved the open ocean on their infamous longboats and stepped their stompy feet on land that would one day become part of the United States. 

2. Taxes? No Thanks

It was taxes that angered the colonies; it was taxes that lit the spark of revolution. Understandably, then, there was a certain hesitation when it came to placing heavy tolls on citizens by the time the founding fathers came to power. Still, there were bills to be paid and a fledgeling nation was in need of repairs. Cue lotteries. That’s right, lotteries. The head honchos themselves were in fact known to organise en-masse games of chance for purposes both personal and governmental. Modern gaming brand Lottoland notes that the game involved guessing the number of Bibles sold in New York. The history of organized lotteries is indeed wild and monumental, and it even has a place in the origins of America.   

3. Imports and Horses

Horses! European colonists and immigrants to the Americas introduced plenty of things during the settling of this newfound land, from crops and gunpowder to the written word – and that extensive list just so happens to include the thoroughbred horse. Given the Native American stereotype, you might think these mighty steeds had been local mounts since time gone by but they were in fact only introduced quite recently. The USA wouldn’t have been the same its without horses – to ride into battle, to pull cargo, to call upon friends.

4. The Turkey Bird

A bald eagle soars – America’s national bird appears in all its regal glory. It wasn’t always so, however. During the establishment of the nation, several creatures found themselves in contention for the top spot upon the flag, up to and including the lowly turkey. Believe it or not, Ben Franklin himself argued in support of this latter mascot, claiming the eagle was ‘a bird of bad moral character,’ on account of its scavenging habits. The turkey, on the other hand, was apparently ‘a bird of courage.’

5. Denture Donations 

Ever heard of George Washington’s wooden teeth? Well, turns out they weren’t so wooden, after all. Rather than carve up a pair of dentures, he purchased his canines and molars from the very slaves who served under him. Or rather, that he owned. History makes heroes look a whole lot less noble when placed under the microscope, huh?  

That’s it for this list, but there’s plenty more out there to discover. Whether it’s America’s history, the lotteries or the life and death cycle of a turkey bird, there’s always more to learn. 

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The Liu Sha Bao (流沙包), a.k.a. the molten lava egg custard bun, is your new favorite dim sum item

Today, we’re writing something we should have written months, if not years, ago; it’s a dedication to the heavenly dim sum item called Liu Sha Bao (流沙包) also known by one of its English names: the molten lava egg custard bun. Continue reading “The Liu Sha Bao (流沙包), a.k.a. the molten lava egg custard bun, is your new favorite dim sum item”

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Jeopardy! Records: Austin Rogers’ record run for Jeopardy wins and most money

The quirky, funky bartender from New York City was at it again last night, winning his eleventh consecutive game and primed to surpass the $400,000 total winnings milestone. Continue reading “Jeopardy! Records: Austin Rogers’ record run for Jeopardy wins and most money”

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Last night, Austin Rogers surpassed $300,000 on Jeopardy (and revealed whether he’s gay)

Austin Rogers, the internet darling of Jeopardy won his eighth straight game, surpassing $300,000 in total winnings, and clarifies who is partner was.  Continue reading “Last night, Austin Rogers surpassed $300,000 on Jeopardy (and revealed whether he’s gay)”

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The 34 times Jeopardy players have won the most money in one day

With players like James Holzhauer and Austin Rogers lighting up the Jeopardy! scoreboard with their gutty wages and record-setting single-day winnings, we were curious about the which contestants have took home the most money in one day of the popular trivia game show. Continue reading “The 34 times Jeopardy players have won the most money in one day”

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Austin Rogers, the bearded bartender from New York City, is Jeopardy’s next super champion

Austin Rogers isn’t just winning on Jeopardy!, he’s doing it in style; his own wacky, goofy style. And the people love it. And he’s one of the show’s all-time winners. Continue reading “Austin Rogers, the bearded bartender from New York City, is Jeopardy’s next super champion”

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Who is Anthony Pompliano? 10 fast facts about ‘disgruntled’ former Snapchat employee

Anthony Pompliano filed that Snap lawsuit you’ve been reading about, you know the one where it alleges that  CEO Evan Spigel said that Snapchat was for “rich people” and that it didn’t want to expand to “poor countries like India and Spain.” Continue reading “Who is Anthony Pompliano? 10 fast facts about ‘disgruntled’ former Snapchat employee”

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Here’s 75+ photos of Tom Holland shirtless and in his Spider Man costume

Tom Holland’s name has been around for some time now. As one of the handful of actors that played Billy Elliot in the Musical, he started out his acting career with a physical and challenging role. Continue reading “Here’s 75+ photos of Tom Holland shirtless and in his Spider Man costume”

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Here’s why a username is so important on dating site

Online dating has gained a strong foothold in our everyday life, and it’s really hard to imagine what it was like back then when no Internet and no single dating site existed.

Surely, our grandfathers and grandmothers would say that Continue reading “Here’s why a username is so important on dating site”

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