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    Overwhelmed by the many options one has for headphones and speakers and streaming devices and laptops, we decided to drill people who work in technology about what they use in their own lives — their gadget diets, if you will. Today, we’re asking about the gizmos of Helen Hou-Sandí, the director of open source initiatives at 10up and lead developer for WordPress.

    Fitbit Charge 2

    Working from home full-time means it’s easy not to move around during the day, and the Fitbit continues to do what it does best — counting your steps. This is now my fourth style of Fitbit, after a brief foray into having an Apple Watch, and I’m very happy with it. The style works well for me and I appreciate only getting basic phone, text, and calendar notifications — the Apple Watch notifications were overwhelming for me, even after a lot of adjustment. I wish I could get reminder notifications, but it’s not like my phone is ever really that far away. The Fitbit’s activity and heart-rate recordings have actually been able to give me some really interesting data that I don’t think they’ve really considered — being able to see just how high my heart rate was during pregnancy (a full 20 BPM difference!) and how it starts to rise when I’m getting sick, and while I don’t live-and-die by the sleep tracking, it really helped in the early days of babies to see how much rest I was getting and how often they needed to be fed at night.

    AGPtek 110V-220V Input Portable Power Strip

    If you travel frequently (and sometimes even if you don’t), you know that outlets are often located in the most awkward spots and that you always forget to pack your expensive plug adapters/power transformers. What I love about this “power strip” is that it has a long lightweight cable (great for reaching faraway outlets), an ungrounded type-A plug (compatible with cheapo plug adapters), and decently fast USB charging when using two of the four ports. I’ve had this specific one for a few years and it’s still going strong.

    Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C

    An external battery pack is critical when you’re on the go with a bunch of devices and children, and this Anker one holds enough for about seven phone charges or one entire MacBook charge. The USB-C port isn’t very fast, but it’s enough to keep a MacBook running while you’re using it. It’s not light, so sometimes I still carry a smaller battery pack, but this one really gets used the most.

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    Echo Show

    Nest Learning Thermostat

    Ergotron WorkFit-T Desk Converter

    Nilserik Standing Support

    AirPods

    iPad Pro 10.5 Inch Display

    As portable as the MacBook is, when I’m at home I tend to just leave it plugged in at my desk so I really put my work away. That said, with two young kids and working remotely I frequently work in short spurts from wherever I am, and a lot of my tasks these days are more managerial in nature — chatting in Slack, writing up specs and docs, handling GitHub issues — so I don’t really need a whole computing environment. The iPad Pro is absolutely fantastic for this, and has really helped me get through my tasks as my schedule constantly changes.

    I like this keyboard because it also acts as a cover, and because it’s an Apple product, it’s super seamless. It only comes in dark grey, which kind of drives me crazy, but it’s nice because I use it as an on-the-go-slash-around-the-house device. Because it’s a seamless keyboard, it’s a completely covered surface with the keys underneath, so I don’t get crumbs inside the keyboard, or have to worry about something spilling on it or getting junk all over it.

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      If you’re in the process of cleaning out your closet and plan to head over to your local Salvation Army this weekend to donate everything, pause for a second and read this story. It’s admirable, but not always the best move. With the internet popping off and all, there are so many other ways to rid your apartment of unwanted items—and you might even earn a profit. Okay, yes, monetary gain isn’t better than giving away with charitable intentions, we know but, again, did you read this story?

      Now that we’re on the same level of understanding, ahead, we list some of the best websites and apps to sell your clothing and beauty products. Cosmetics are a bit finicky because most makeup has to be unused (because, ew) and many skin-care products have a short shelf life, but there are some options out there. And, it’s easy! Some companies will come to you, while others make the re-selling process really convenient. Since we’re taking a break from donating clothes (we are… right?), why not make a quick buck? If that doesn’t fly with you, setting up swap meets with friends is also an option. Marie Kondo your way into warmer weather whatever way you see fit!

      Fashion
      ThredUp
      Touted as the “largest online thrift store and consignment store,” ThredUp is the virtual version of bringing your clothes to your local Beacon’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange to sell—just with less judgment and attitude. They send you a Clean Out bag that you fill up with like-new quality clothing, accessories, or shoes. You’ll then receive an email noting how much you’ve earned after the items have been reviewed and processed.

      To save you some time, they have a calculator that guesstimates how much you might be getting back. They accept a good number of brands but, keep in mind, the more “luxe” the brand, the better the payout. For example, a pair of Zara shoes might only get you $5, but a pair of Michael Kors boots can leave you $200 richer. Items not accepted are sent to charitable partners or textile recycling companies.

      Tradesy
      Similar to eBay, Tradesy prompts sellers to take pictures of their clothes and post them on their website to be sold. Unlike eBay, the site walks you through everything from the photographing process to the listing. When your item is bought, they’ll send a pre-paid shipping kit for you to return. Like most companies, they take a chunk of your sale—though not as much as other resale sites. They deduct $7.50 for items less than $50 and 19.8 percent for everything $50 and more.

      Depop
      All of the selling for Depop happens on its app. You create a profile, that resembles the layout on Instagram, that displays the items you’re looking to get rid of. You can list pretty much anything, but vintage-y pieces seem to be the crowd favorite. Think: windbreakers, D.A.R.E. sweatshirts, denim skirts. Basically, all of those old clothes your mom probably still has hoarded away somewhere.

      Bear in mind, if you want things to sell, you usually have to promote it on your own social feeds. Once you get an interested buyer, they slide into your messages and you coordinate from there.

      The RealReal
      For the big spenders with buyer’s remorse (or just constantly changing interests), you’ll want to bookmark The RealReal. It’s a luxury resale site that takes high-end brands like Gucci and Chanel but also mid-level ones like Birkenstock and Loefller Randall (check out the full list here). They’ll even take jewelry and “fine art.” If you have 10 or more items and live in a qualifying city, you’ll be rewarded with convenience. The website will send someone to pick up your stuff and, after undergoing a rigid authentication process, they’ll be listed. Keep in mind the sale is commission-based, so they pocket 55 percent of sales that are $1,500 or less and 60 percent and above for anything more than that.

      BeautyGlambot
      No blurry pics are necessary to sell your beauty products on Glambot. The process is simple: request a label, send the products to them, and the company will Paypal you the money or give store credit for 30 percent more. A slew of brands are accepted—from GlamGlow to Urban Decay—and you can list things like lipstick and lightly used eyeshadow as well as new sets of makeup brushes. Keep in mind, the products can’t be expired, must have at least 50 percent of the original product remaining, and the packaging has to be in re-sellable condition. They don’t accept hair, body, or nail products, or fragrances of any kind. MUABSMUABS (Makeup Addict Blog Sales) started out as a community where bloggers and makeup lovers could sell products with more security than other sites. It’s still that, but now it’s open to the general public. They don’t appear to have a list of brands you can sell, but you are required to post pictures, handle the listing, coordinating, and shipping yourself. MUABS only collects a 10 percent fee, though, so you have a good amount of control over your earnings. Poshmark
      Get an eyeshadow palette recently you know you’re not going to use? Or, yet another red lipstick that looks just like the other five you already own? Post it on Poshmark. The site is usually the go-to for selling clothes, but you can put your (unused and unopened) makeup up for sale, too. Listing items is free and promoting your products is encouraged. Poshmark keeps 20 percent of sales and shipping is included in the final cost to the buyer.

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        Let’s cut to the chase: Kate Middleton’s sense of style is downright enviable. Between the vibrant peacoats and the tasteful dresses, she steps out wearing prim and proper looks on a daily basis, and royal fans can’t get enough of it. But sometimes, even Middleton needs to keep things casual, as she demonstrated clearly on Wednesday.

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        In an uncharacteristic move, Middleton wore athleisure while out on an official royal visit.

        She traded in a scarlet Boden peacoat she wore earlier in the day for a pair of black and white gym pants, a white zip-up jacket, and sneakers. In true Middleton fashion, her delicate teardrop earrings remained on despite the laid-back outfit. 

        While her look might raise eyebrows, it was totally appropriate for her day.

        The Duchess of Cambridge wore the sporty ensemble while visiting the Wimbledon Foundation’s Junior Tennis Initiative as a patron of Wimbledon. There, she met students who benefited from the foundation’s free tennis coaching. During her trip, she also showed a better glimpse at her growing baby bump.

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        RELATED: Kate Middleton Reworks a Bright Pink Coat from Her Pregnancy with Princess Charlotte

        While royals don’t often step out so casually, on rare occasions even they like to indulge in comfy athletic gear. Middleton has, in fact, worn gym wear as outerwear before, and just a few weeks ago, Meghan Markle wore your favorite go-to gym hairstyle during a royal occasion. 

        Since Middleton is dressed down for such a sport-specific event, it’s really no surprise that she played a bit of tennis herself while at the event. She even helped kids practice their drills by throwing balls to them. 

         

        Kensington Palace tweeted out a photo of Middleton in a huddle with kids while holding a neon blue and yellow racket of her own.

        Looks like dressing the part paid off. 

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          Le 24 et 25 mars prochain, la 6e édition d’Exclusive Drive accueillera pour la première fois le challenge automobile « Talon Pointe » organisée par Sandra Sisley. Un événement à but caritatif réservé à des personnalités féminines. Le but : se défier sur le mythique circuit du Mans afin de récolter des fonds pour des associations. Au volant de voitures Abarth, partenaire officiel de l’opération, les trois premières participantes recevront une dotation pour l’association qu’elles représentent. Au casting, la designer et décoratrice d’intérieur Sarah Lavoine. Rencontre.

          Paris Match. Qu’est ce qui vous a donné envie de participer à ce challenge ?
          Sarah Lavoine. Mon amie Sandra Sisley. Elle a une telle énergie et force de conviction !

          Quelle association représentez-vous ?
          Depuis de nombreuses années je soutiens “Paris Tout P’tits”. Cette association apporte une aide alimentaire et des soins aux bébés de 0 à 18 mois. Tout ce qui a trait à l’enfance me motive !

          Le milieu de l’automobile, les voitures, est-ce un hobby ?
          J’adore les bagnoles et la vitesse ! Lorsque l’occasion se présente, je fais du kart. Mes parents m’ont dit que j’ai été conçue dans une caravane sur le circuit des 24h du Mans. (Rires)

          Quelle voiture conduisez-vous au quotidien ?
          J’ai une Abarth 500, ce qui me donne un léger avantage sur les autres concurrentes puisque nous conduirons cette voiture, que je maitrise bien !

          Quand avez-vous eu le permis de conduire ?
          Je l’ai eu en poche à 18 ans et une semaine. Je n’attendais que cela depuis des années. J’avais envie de liberté, et à cette époque, il n’y avait pas encore de Uber. J’ai l’impression que les enfants d’aujourd’hui n’ont pas cette même obsession. J’ai dû forcer ma fille à passer son permis…

          Lire aussi.Laurie Cholewa, une course automobile pour la bonne cause

          La course automobile est un univers réputé très masculin… Récemment la décision a été prise de supprimer les “grid girl” (les filles sexy sur les grilles de départ des Grand Prix F1). Qu’en pensez-vous ?
          J’ai un côté très mec. Je ne suis pas du tout féministe même si bien évidemment je suis totalement pour l’égalité homme/femme. Si ces filles le font sans être forcées, je ne vois pas où est le mal. L’important c’est qu’elles gardent leur liberté. Quelle est la prochaine étape ? Supprimer les filles sur les rings de boxe ?

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            How Metal Gear Survive brought one of the greatest video game stories to a strange, cynical end.

            Metal Gear Survive is far and away one of the strangest games to be released in this or any year. It positions itself as a spin-off or side-story to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain—one of the best games ever made—and you likely wouldn’t believe its premise if I told you. Lucky for you, I’m gonna tell you anyway! Metal Gear Survive is what happens when the prologue of Metal Gear Solid V—an attack on a mercenary army’s offshore base of operations—is interrupted by a portal to hell opening up and sucking you and a bunch of other soldiers into it. This hell-dimension is called Dite, and the bulk of the game involves you, a nameless soldier, trying to survive in Dite—a barren wasteland crawling with zombies. That’s…pretty much it.

            Despite the absurdity of all this being delivered to you with a deathly straight face, the sheer effort with which Metal Gear Survive contorts itself to fit into the narrative of a much better game isn’t nearly the weirdest thing about it. That it exists at all is an even wilder. Metal Gear Solid V was, ostensibly, going to be the last game in the series. That was the presumption when the creator of Metal Gear, Hideo Kojima—one of a mere handful of game designers whose name is known by the people who play their games (partly because he puts it everywhere)—had a falling out with his publisher, Konami. Kojima was fired before the game was done, his name was scrubbed from the cover, and the Metal Gear series never really got a proper ending.

            With Kojima gone, it seemed like Metal Gear was, too. It’s dishonest to act like any one person is the sole creative force on a game—artist Yoji Shinkawa, designer Shuyo Murata, and countless others have helped make these games the landmark work they are today—but in the public consciousness, Kojima was Metal Gear. And there was nothing like Metal Gear.

            In a medium that, at times, can seem void of ideas, Metal Gear had more than it knew what to do with. It used the absurdity of video games—an absurdity it actively cultivated, with literal potty humor (characters shitting their pants was a recurring gag), jokes that broke the fourth wall to screw with the player, and a tendency to indulge in eye candy—as an excuse to indulge in philosophical diatribes about the nature of war and existence.

            Where the primary language of blockbuster video games is violence, Metal Gear labored to make it optional, while exploring the ways violence is inflicted on the masses that don’t involve the barrel of a gun. In 1998, it posited the danger of memes—viral ideology as a means of fomenting dissent. 2001′s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty explored information as violence, how its ebb and flow gives select few power and withholds it from others—the power of fake news. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was about patriotism, the ways it is warped and wielded to turn good people into instruments of cruelty. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ruminated on economics, how the profitability of war demands that we always be at war, funding armed conflict by proxy. And Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was explicitly about the culture war, how ethno-nationalist sentiment is, in some ways, a new, slower-moving nuclear bomb threatening to engulf us all.

            Depending on where you stand, this makes the existence of Metal Gear Survive, and its utter lack of ideas, either darkly funny or downright insulting. Maybe it’s a little of both. Most likely, it’s just pragmatism.

            As an industry, video games have had a strong self-conscious streak about whether or not they are “art.” It’s a weird debate to have; few creative endeavors are more nakedly commercial than video games and it shows: individual studios, let alone designers, are rarely afforded the opportunity to have their names associated with games, no matter how popular. You know how many studios worked on Star Wars Battlefront II? Three: one for every component of the game (multiplayer, single player, and all things regarding spaceships). You know how many studios make Call of Duty games? Also three—Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games have a three-year alternating schedule, so publisher Activision can have a Call of Duty game hitting stores every November. And if your studio becomes famous—like BioWare—odds are it’ll become a brand name attached to multiple shops by your publisher, leaving your reputation spread thin and close to meaningless. The games industry isn’t built to value idiosyncrasy and expression. It’s built to swap out parts and keep the engine running.

            It’s a miracle that Metal Gear lived as long as it did, and got to be all the things it was, and that the quiet man behind it achieved any level of fame at all. Hideo Kojima does not publicly speak in English often, nor does he really speak much at all outside of a select few well-known interests. They are, as his Twitter will attest to, mostly food and sometimes La La Land. He doesn’t really talk about games, or his personal life, or much of anything else outside of cryptic teases for his first big post-Metal Gear game, *Death Stranding*—which no one knows anything about other than the fact that it stars Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Guillermo del Toro and features a lot of imagery revolving around ecological disaster and male pregnancy. In other words, Hideo Kojima is doing fine.

            Metal Gear, however, has died—with a game ironically (or fittingly?) subtitled Survive, full of the shambling, reconstituted remains of what it once was. It is anti-art, a corporate salvage expedition, a game that trades trafficking in ideas for the busywork of maintenance. It’s hard to imagine a more cynical game arriving in all of 2018. Survive is literally the very thing it asks you to fight—a zombie made from the parts of Metal Gear Solid V. It holds you in its thrall by giving you countless meters to stress over: one for hunger, one for thirst, each of those affecting your health and stamina. If you eat raw food or drink dirty water, you risk illness—another meter that you’ll have to watch tick down. Survive is defined my scarcity: of resources, of ideas, of narrative.

            Honestly, I kind of like it. Metal Gear Survive is a pile of tangled systems, discrete goals strung together with concrete rewards. I can get good at Metal Gear Survive. I can learn it, and win. It’s a video game, one that works as video games are intended to. Of course this is how Metal Gear ends—as the video game it never was.

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            How America Can Stop Mass Shootings, From the Country that Already Did


            How America Can Stop Mass Shootings, From the Country that Already Did

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              After recent takes on its Mercurial football boots from Kim Jones and Virgil Abloh, Nike has celebrated the silhouette’s 20th anniversary with a new all-black version. The new release is the second “What the Mercurial?” drop from Nike, and takes a very different approach to 2016’s installment, which saw colors and patterns from previous boots mixed together.

              For this version, Nike has taken the Mercurial Superfly 360 silhouette, which is based around an advanced Flyknit construction. This material features subtle nods and references to the Mercurial’s history, which appear across the all-black upper. Take a look at the 20th anniversary “What the Mercurial” above. To celebrate the year of the Mercurial’s debut, only 1998 pairs of the boots will release, with 20 dropping at NikeLab Milan on March 8 before the rest make their way to the Nike web store and select retailers on March 12.

              In related news, read what PSG star Kylian Mbappé had to say on his sneaker obsession and love of football.

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                Aly Raisman has become an proud ally to victims of sexual assault after coming forward with her harrowing story of how former U.S. Olympic Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar abused her and other female athletes for decades. The whole time, Raisman has also blasted the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics for not doing enough to protect the women and girls who suffered at the hands of Nassar, and now she’s doubling down on her charges with a lawsuit against the organizations.

                Through court papers filed in California this week, Raisman maintains that the organizations knew—or should have known—about Nassar’s abuse, but still didn’t do enough to shield young athletes. ESPN reports that the filing claims negligence by the USOC and USA Gymnastics and alleges that the organizations failed to follow proper protocols to monitor Nassar’s behavior.

                Raisman has pointed these flaws out before. She called out USOC and USA Gymnastics in August for sweeping cases of sexual abuse under the rug, saying, “I just would like a little more accountability from USA Gymnastics and the USOC…. I feel like there’s a lot of articles about it, but nobody has said, ‘This is horrible. This is what we’re doing to to change.’” USA Gymnastics had said they wanted to work with Raisman to address issues of assault, but they had been criticized for working too slowly. Raisman’s lawsuit demands organizations to finally take full responsibility.

                “I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing. It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed,” she said in a statement.

                Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades. According to NBC, Raisman’s lawsuit details the way he was given access to female athletes as they trained. The suit also offers damning details, such as an allegation that that even with a USA gymnastics trainer present in the room, Nassar would penetrate girls with bare hands, saying it was for therapy purposes—and sometimes he had an erection. Still, no organization or official acted to stopped him from abusing his victims.

                Nassar, who is now serving multiple prison sentences, also worked as a doctor at Michigan State University until 2016. He is accused of sexually molesting multiple students and faces a hearing on related charges. The Department of Education recently announced a Title IX investigation into how MSU handled his behavior.

                Raisman, who won gold medals for the U.S. gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, detailed the abuse she faced in her 2017 autobiography, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, and made her voice heard with powerful testimony at Nassar’s court hearings in January. She’s continued empowering women on social media and participated in an intimate photo shoot for last month’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in which she posed with nothing but inspiring messages written on her nude body. Her lawsuit is in keeping with what we’ve learned is her way of doing things—grabbing the reins and taking matters into her own hands.

                “After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented,” she said in a statement.

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