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Dabbing for beginners: Confessions of a cautious concentrate newbie

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:00

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.

It's 2018, and marijuana vape pens are so common in California they may as well be on the state flag. (They're certainly more widespread than bears. Sorry, bears.) 

Pens are not the preserve of stoner stereotypes, either: Walk through the Financial District of San Francisco on a sunny day after work, and at the outdoor tables of wine bars and pubs alike, you'll easily spot dozens of those slim, telltale cartridges being casually withdrawn from suit jackets and purses for a politely discreet two-second sip.  Read more...

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Twitter's Jack Dorsey gets roasted for his ignorant tweets about Myanmar

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 19:16

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared with the world what he did on his most recent birthday: travel to Myanmar and do a 10-day silent meditation.

Dorsey made a thread on Twitter explaining the experience, and hundreds of people chimed in to remind Jack of the genocide happening in Myanmar that's been perpetuated by social media, how funny it is that he paid money to get bit by mosquitos, and his general rich white guy privilege.

SEE ALSO: Laura Loomer's IRL Twitter protest has become ... a Twitter meme

For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 🇲🇲. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know 👇🏼

— jack (@jack) December 9, 2018

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Camp Fire survivor elated to find dog waiting at their burned down house

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 18:18

When Andrea Gaylord was forced to evacuate the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California in November, she couldn't get back home to take her dog Madison with her to safety as the fires spread.

The evacuation order was lifted nearly a month after it was instated in Paradise, California, and Gaylord was beside herself to see Madison waiting for her as she pulled up to her burned down property, Gaylord told the ABC 10 news.

SEE ALSO: A firefighter rescued a cat from the Paradise fire and she won't leave him alone

Madison miraculously survived the Camp Fire that tore through Northern California throughout November, killing 85 people, displacing thousands, and leaving many, including Gaylord, homeless. Read more...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came up with GrinchCon, a perfect SantaCon alternative

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 16:58

When someone asked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday if she would "pass a law stopping SantaCon," she hatched a brilliant idea: GrinchCon.

If you're a city-dweller, you probably know all about SantaCon. Santa-dressed revelers spend an entire day running amok through the streets, drunk and unconcerned about what the real Santa Claus would think of their naughty behavior.

SEE ALSO: SantaCon is back to make you regret moving to the city

GrinchCon, then, is the chill alternative. It's quiet time. Skip the bar crawl, do the tea and/or coffee crawl instead. Escape the roaring din when an army of Santas takes to the streets. Read more...

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Elf on the Shelf witnesses puberty firsthand in hilarious 'SNL' sketch

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:39

Elf on the Shelf is always keeping its eyes on kids to see if they're being naughty or nice around Christmas, and unfortunately that doesn't stop when kids hit puberty.

Scrabby the elf, played by host Jason Momoa, has been watching Marshall for 13 years, and now he wants a new kid to watch over because Marshall has learned something new he can do with his body, a "solo activity," according to Scrabby. It's not exactly a naughty or nice activity.

The worst part is, Scrabby can't physically look away — Elves on Shelves don't even blink — and Marshall sometimes looks at Scrabby during the act. Read more...

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'Saturday Night Live' created Big Boy appliances for stay-at-home husbands

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:11

For some stay-at-home husbands, regular old dishwashers, laundry machines, and vacuums just aren't manly enough. So Saturday Night Light came up with a new line of products from GE called Big Boy Appliances.

There's a long history of dumb, overly "masculine" products designed for men, like Dr. Pepper Ten, and SNL applied that logic to standard home appliances, making them bigger, heavier, and gas-powered. Just what we're told men love. Read more...

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Fake 'SNL' TV show from the 'Empire' team asks: What if Donald Trump was black?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:08

Them Trumps is a Saturday Night Live-conceived TV series from the producers of Empire. (No, it's not real, it's just a fake ad that aired during the latest SNL episode.)

This alternate universe take on the 45th U.S. president imagines a different Trump presidency, one in which the entire First Family is black. Same crimes being committed, but a different standard in the way they're policedThem Trumps is going to be a short-lived show.

It's longtime SNL cast member Kenan Thompson who makes the whole schtick work. Maybe this is a wake-up call for the show to finally ditch Alec Baldwin and hand the Trump impressions over to Thompson. Read more...

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'SNL' revives your favorite dead 'Game of Thrones' characters in Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:41

Welcome to Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo, where all your favorite Game of Thrones characters who have been killed have a chance to get in a final word.

This Saturday Night Live sketch is certainly a weird one, starring host Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo and Kenan Thompson as one of his bloodriders. The two interview such characters as Hodor (who turns out to not be a great conversationalist) and brings out Joffrey Baratheon and Olenna Tyrell who start slapping each other Jerry Springer Show-style. Read more...

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'Saturday Night Live' cold open checks in on the Trump kids and Robert Mueller

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:14

Saturday Night Live's latest cold open took yet another trip to Trumpworld, focusing on the president's adult man-children, Eric and Donald Jr. 

The Christmas-adjacent sketch sees Eric fearful of the bogeyman in his closet. Don Jr. insists there's nothing to be scared of, but when he leaves the room to get some (more) bad news from his lawyer, Eric finds himself face-to-face with the scariest demon of all if you're a Trump: Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro).

Happy holidays! Here's hoping the annual gift-giving season brings the best present of all: an ignominious end for the worst and most incapable leader in U.S. history. Read more...

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3 tools for learning a new language, on sale for an extra 15% off with code

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:00

Wish you could give someone the world this holiday season? Well, now you can — (somewhat) literally — with the gift of language lessons. Whether your Secret Santa aspires to be a polyglot or just wants to brush up on their vocabulary so they don't sound like an idiot the next time they dine at their local Mexican place, they'll find it easier to navigate the world around them with a subscription to any of these three online language courses and apps.

SEE ALSO: Learn Python for cheap: Shop online classes on sale

Oh, and speaking of presents — we have a gift for you, dear reader: You can take an additional 15% off your purchase of any of these already-discounted programs by entering the coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. Read more...

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10 gift ideas under $50 for the person who has everything

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:00

The holidays are generally a stressful time, thanks in no small part to the mind-numbing task of having to think of (and not to mention, afford) the perfect presents for our friends and family. If you're out of ideas, allow us to direct you to this roundup of products that are all under $50 and would make for fantastic gifts. You can even save an extra 15% off just by entering the coupon MERRY15 at checkout because we're feeling that spirited.

1. Level Alkaline Bottle

For Victoria's Secret angels like Miranda Kerr, A-listers like Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, and even Queen Beyoncé herself, alkaline water is heaven-sent. It's essentially ionized H20 that is said to yield a ton of benefits, including making you more hydrated, boosting your immunity, and neutralizing your body's acidity. If you want to guzzle water like a star, the Level Alkaline Bottle has a built-in replaceable alkaline ionizer that infuses regular water with essential minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium and boosts its pH to up to 9.5. On top of that, the bottle's premium matte exterior maintains the water's temperature for up to 30 hours. Read more...

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SantaCon is back to make you regret moving to the city

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 23:14

It's the most wonderful time of the year. 

That's right, cities around the globe are celebrating that most modern of holidays on Saturday: SantaCon. The annual gathering of revelers dressed as Santa Claus may have originated in San Francisco as a radical act of anti-consumerist mischief, but it has since morphed into a worldwide day of debauchery and excess that feels just about right for our sinking-ship hellscape of a reality. 

Thankfully for us, it's a well-documented hellscape. So let's take a peek, shall we? 

SEE ALSO: Thousands of Santas take over New York City to spread rowdy holiday cheer Read more...

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'Avengers: Endgame' trailer clocked 289 million views in 24 hours, says Disney

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 23:09

It's official: the Avengers: Endgame trailer is a hit. So says Marvel.

The trailer picked up 289 million views in the first 24 hours after surfacing on Friday morning, the company said in a Saturday tweet. The follow-up to Marvel's 2018 ensemble superhero hit, Avengers: Infinity War, is set to hit theaters in April 2019, and Friday's trailer was everyone's first-ever look.

SEE ALSO: Everything you missed from the 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer

"To the greatest fans in the world, thank you for being there from the beginning until the endgame and making this the most viewed trailer in history with 289M views in 24 hours!" Marvel's tweet read. Read more...

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Critics call NYPD's drone deployment 'a serious threat to privacy'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 21:49

Drones are coming to New York City, and that should worry you. 

So argues the New York Civil Liberties Union, which in a Dec. 7 statement blasts the forthcoming NYPD deployment of the flying surveillance bots as "a serious threat to privacy." The 14 police drones, which the New York Times reports had been acquired by city police in June, are ostensibly to be used for tasks like keeping an eye on large crowds or hostage situations. However, critics see the deployment as the start of a very slippery, privacy-eroding slope. 

After all, large crowds of people often gather together to lawfully protest something like, say, police brutality. Or, as the NYPD specifically notes as a drone-appropriate example (according to the NYCLU), the Women's MarchRead more...

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James Gunn's post-'Guardians of the Galaxy' mystery movie is finally revealed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 20:49

Before James Gunn brought into the world his entertaining vision of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy — and was unceremoniously dumped by Disney following a bad faith character assassination — he made horror movies. Good, messed up horror movies like Slither.

In the time since his Disney separation, noisy speculation has been building around Brightburn, a Sony Pictures release that reunites Gunn with Slither star Elizabeth Banks. But what is it? Many have guessed that Brightburn is just a codename, and Gunn has been working on a video game adaptation.

Those people were wrong. The first trailer for Brightburn is here, and it looks like Starman meets Species: creepy outer space kid found and raised by baby-obsessed husband-and-wife but he turns out to be some kind of death-dealing monster. Sign us the hell up. Read more...

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Patreon bans alt-right content creators from earning money on its platform

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 20:27

Patreon, the subscription content service that allows people to receive donations directly from their audience, has taken a major stance against alt-right and far right content creators.

After banning Milo Yiannopoulos from using its platform to fund a "magnificent 2019 comeback," Patreon also banned British conspiracy theorist Carl Benjamin for... well, you probably know: being a scumbag human. James Allsup, a far right political commentator, was hit with a ban as well.

SEE ALSO: Facebook bans far-right group Proud Boys and founder Gavin McInnes

That makes three bans in a week.

Benjamin, who goes by Sargon of Akkad on YouTube, is the latest alt-right content creator to get banned from an online platform for spreading his lies and racist commentary, according to Vice News. Read more...

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'Telltale's The Walking Dead' will finish its final season, and here's a trailer to prove it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 20:00

Telltale Games the studio might be finished, but Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season is getting its final chapters.

Even after The Walking Dead comic publisher and former Telltale partner Skybound confirmed plans to finish out the series' final season (and then confirmed them again), there was reason to be skeptical. Just because so many forces had already aligned to put a period on the Telltale Games story.

But it's real. It's happening. An appearance at the tail end of Saturday's Kinda Funny Games Showcase confirmed that a team of around 40 former Telltale members — the Still Not Bitten team, as they're appropriately called — is working to finish the game's final two episodes now in their former Telltale offices. Read more...

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Beloved freeway-crossing mountain lion found dead following California fire

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:57

It's hard out there for a smart cat in a dumb world. 

The National Park Service confirmed on Dec. 7 that a mountain lion, widely known for his ability to safely navigate the treacherous freeways of Southern California, was found dead following the Woolsey Fire. The "Culvert Cat," as he was affectionately referred to, was discovered by a National Park Service biologist on Dec. 3 — after the fire had been contained — with burnt paws. 

SEE ALSO: California's Woolsey Fire has left a burn scar so big you can see it from space

While the exact cause of death remains unknown, the possible effects of it are not. P-64, as the four-year old cat was officially designated, had previously given researchers hope that his travels might help end a human environment-abetted problem of inbreeding among mountain lions in the region. As it stands, reports KPCC, researchers fear that the mountain lions could go extinct in the area within 50 years.  Read more...

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Leaked images show what Samsung Galaxy S10 might look like

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:52

Samsung's Galaxy 10 is coming and while we already know it's going to be feature-packed like no other Samsung phone before, we didn't have any idea what it looks like... until now.

Two of most-respected phone leakers Evan Blass (@evleaks) and Ice Universe (@Universeice) have had a busy past few days posting images of what they claim are the Galaxy S10. 

The Galaxy S10 won't be a foldable phone, but if the leaks are genuine, Samsung's new phones will definitely turn heads.

SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy S10 sounds like it's gonna be more of everything. That could be a problem.

A Wall Street Journal report in late November claimed Samsung was preparing three Galaxy S10 phones with varying display sizes between 5.8 to 6.4 inches. Read more...

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John Kelly out as Trump Chief of Staff

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:50

The post-election bloodbath within the Trump administration continues as embattled chief-of-staff John Kelly is out, and is expected to be replaced by Vice President Mike Pence's chief-of-staff Nick Ayers, who is now Trump's third chief in less than two years, an unprecedented revolving door for a key position.

SEE ALSO: Why the Trump administration is terrified of these children

Trump confirmed the news himself on Saturday while speaking with reporters on the White House lawn, per the New York Times. "John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,'" Trump said. "But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year." Read more...

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