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Animated map of what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

Many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.

As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world's major cities.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-earth-would-look-like-if-ice-melted-world-map-animation-2017-4

 

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Daily Bread: A Rock Solid Foundation Do you have unhealthy relationships influencing you?

Prepare
Do you ever wonder what it takes to please God? It couldn’t be clearer than in Proverbs. Ask God to give you a willing heart as you prepare to be counseled by Him.

Read
Proverbs 1:1-19

Explore
There is a well-known saying in Spanish – “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.”

Who you associate with tells a lot about a person. And in Proverbs, the Lord wastes no time warning against such basic mistakes.

It is interesting that the fear of the Lord (vs 1-7) and choosing friends (vs 10-19) are the first two subjects in the book of Proverbs. We should not take lightly this first passage – one of the longest in the whole book. As Solomon, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, lays the foundation on how to live a successful life, he gives us two clear points of emphasis – wisdom through the fear of the Lord and foolishness through poor relationships (v 7).

Take time to check out Psalm 128:1, Psalm 112:1, Proverbs 8:3, Job 1:1, and 2 Corinthians 5:11a. In each passage, the fear of the Lord has a direct correlation to walking in His ways, finding delight in His commands, and hating evil. It is a direct rebuke of foolish, undisciplined living.

Do you desire to be filled with wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to honor God with your life and fear Him with a holy fear? Then start by looking at your influences. Who do you spend time with? Who influences you? Is it God, or is it unhealthy friendships?

Respond
Heavenly Father, I look to you from the depths of my heart to give me daily direction for every aspect of my life. Thank you for your personal counsel.

Is Jesus the rock in your foundation? Do you believe He can truly calm the storms in your life? Talk to one of our volunteers about the storms going on in your life and ask for prayer.

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Total Compensation in Silicon Valley: It’s More Than Just a Paycheck

MYTH: Silicon Valley is where 22-year-old nerds in Gap hoodies make major bank overnight, then go out and buy yachts and posh mansions in Palo Alto.

REALITY: Uhhhh, not so much.

If you believe everything you read in the news or see on TV, you might think that working at a hot startup in Silicon Valley is your instant ticket to riches. Regardless of what Hollywood has managed to cook up in movies like The Social Network and TV shows like Silicon Valley (natch), however, the real world of startup employment is quite a bit different. As in: Long hours for sometimes (nay, often) crummy short-term pay (or even no pay at all!) as a trade-off for the chance to make big bucks down the line in the form of company equity if your startup employer turns out to be the next Facebook or Google.

But while the chance for startup riches definitely exists, the hard reality is that most startups don't become the next Facebook. Many startups don't even get acquired in an modest equity-cashout deals. In fact, a lot of startups outright fail, leaving talented people with little to show for their long hours and lost sleep besides a worthless equity agreement. Bottom line, if you're not independently wealthy, it's usually not a good idea to work under an equity-only pay agreement—unless you are willing to live in your parents' basement while eating government cheese. Sure, it might have worked out for the Woz, but much like winning the lottery, an Apple-style founders' payoff is a mega-long shot for most people.

Sounds depressing, huh? Don't fret, because there's a silver lining for talented tech workers. If you're smart enough to work in Silicon Valley—or any tech company, for that matter—then you're smart enough to be strategic about your compensation. If you're better informed about what top talent should be demanding from companies when negotiating your total compensation package, you're also more likely to pick a startup outfit that has the staying power to keep you working (and paid) well over the long term, especially in terms of potential equity cashout. And if by chance your employer crashes and burns, negotiating a solid base pay package upfront can offer you some short-term stability while you look for your next opportunity.

In other words, it's time to get smart about Silicon Valley compensation. Base salary is only one part of the equation. Equity is another, potentially lucrative part of your total pay package, and some tech workers choose a lower base salary in exchange for more equity (or vice versa). Bonus pay can be icing on the cake—or nonexistent if the company doesn't hit growth targets, or (worse) if your bonuses are tied to things you have no direct control over (like slacker employees that you don't supervise, or a second round of investor financing falling through). Meanwhile, often-overlooked benefits like health insurance, vacation pay, or even perks like onsite meals or a free gym membership have their own intrinsic value that can make up for lower base-pay packages. A combination of all of these compensation options—not just base salary—are equally important parts to consider when evaluating any potential job offer, whether you're working in the heart of Silicon Valley, at a Fortune 500 company, or at a mom-and-pop shop in the rural Midwest.

Know Your Local Market

Compensation standards vary widely by industry, region, and even neighborhoods within the same urban area. Local costs of living also vary widely, and what might be a great salary in Indianapolis is barely a subsistence wage in San Francisco. For example, an entry-level computer engineer in San Francisco often earns $125,000 plus bonuses and benefits. While that might sound like a lot of money, it doesn't go very far in the super-expensive Bay Area, where it might not even be enough to cover the rent on a basic two-bedroom apartment, let alone any special luxuries. Meanwhile, that same salary and benefits package in Indianapolis would be sky-high pay for an entry-level engineer, where the typical entry-level salary of $60,000 would still buy a very comfortable lifestyle. Compensation for some jobs sometimes doesn't even differ by region—-meaning that the same salary that would have you living in a crummy shipping container in the Bay Area could buy you a four-bedroom house and a brand-new car in Cleveland. Sites like Salary.com, Glassdoor, and Indeed offer salary data by position type, experience level, and region. Talking to colleagues who work in a given market or location about what to expect in terms of total compensation is also helpful.

Also, you'll need to ask yourself whether a startup/equity compensation package is really worth the extra risk. Startups often pay less than established companies (and may not always meet payroll at all!), but offer company equity, huge bonus potential, or special perks to make up for it. That equity/bonus potential could be worth millions—-or nothing. The potential for riches from equity and big bonuses therefore is supposed to outweigh the lower upfront pay, but remember, the keyword here is potential.

Meanwhile, established companies typically offer long-term stability and steady paychecks, but aren't giving away half the stock in the company to a single employee (i.e., you).

The question to ask when evaluating any job offer is, What's more important to you? And what are you willing to risk? If you're young, hungry, and don't have a spouse or kids to worry about, the startup/equity deal could be well worth the risk. ("There's gold in them-thar hills, Go West Young Man," et cetera.) But if you're married with two kids and a mortgage, you're probably better off with a conservative, steady gig at a stable company.

What if a medium-sized startup or more established company is offering you a modest equity/bonus package, but is still lowballing you on salary? Negotiate. When a company is on solid enough footing to recruit talent without big equity giveaways, that's a signal they should be paying closer to market rates from the get-go. Also, pay close attention to any proposed bonus structures, and make sure bonuses are tied to factors you have direct control over. Companies often give you pie-in-the-sky promises during the interview process to get you on board, but reality often doesn't match up further on down the line. If you can, ask the hiring manager to give you some hard numbers on what past bonuses have been for people working similar positions, and get everything in writing. Otherwise, you might end up with far lower total compensation than you expected if bonuses don't pan out

Other often-overlooked components of total compensation include benefits like health insurance (including how much you'll pay out-of-pocket for premiums and deductibles), as well as 401(k) company match and profit-sharing plans. For example, the company might say they offer health insurance, but if you're expected to pay 100% of the monthly premium plus a high annual deductible, that's thousands (or even tens of thousands) of dollars off the top of your salary. Meanwhile, a company that has lower base pay while offering free healthcare and a generous 401(k) match or a traditional pension may actually be a better deal in the long run.

When it comes to negotiating your next salary and benefits package, knowledge is power. Remember, in a tight labor market for top tech talent, everything is negotiable. There's no reason to accept a bad job offer when you can often get a better deal by communicating your expectations—or looking elsewhere.

 Leandro Margulis Leandro Margulis
Advisor | Investor • Pick-Eat

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THE TOILET ALWAYS SMELLS FRESH AND STAYS CLEAN. ALL YOU NEED IS…

Cleaning the toilet is one of the most unpleasant chores that we have to do in order to protect our health en keep our toilet fresh. But who said that you can’t make this chore easier?

You really should try the following cheap cleaning agent, instead of investing in expensive cleaning agents full of harsh chemicals. It doesn’t require much and the benefits of a clean, sanitary, and fresh scented bowl far outweigh the minimal effort this takes. This homemade toilet cleaner will make odors and grime a thing of the past!

THE TOILET ALWAYS SMELLS FRESH AND STAYS CLEAN. ALL YOU NEED IS…
Cleaning the toilet is one of the most unpleasant chores that we have to do in order to protect our health en keep our toilet fresh. But who said that you can’t make this chore easier?

 
You really should try the following cheap cleaning agent, instead of investing in expensive cleaning agents full of harsh chemicals. It doesn’t require much and the benefits of a clean, sanitary, and fresh scented bowl far outweigh the minimal effort this takes. This homemade toilet cleaner will make odors and grime a thing of the past!

toilet schoonmaken

 
WHAT YOU NEED:

160 g Baking soda
60 ml Lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Hydrogen peroxide (3 %, from the pharmacy)
15-20 drops of fragrant oil
Make a mixture between the lemon juice and baking soda in a small bowl. Mix the vinegar and hydrogen in separate bowl. Combine the both bowls together and then add the fragrant oil. Then you can mix the two together and add the essential oils in the end.

Use:

Make half-ball shapes from the mixture and leave them to dry on baking paper, 3- 4 hours will be enough, but if you like you can leave them overnight.

In the morning they’ll be completely dry so you can store them in a glass jar and place them near the toilet bowl. When you feel that the toilet needs some freshening up just throw one in the toilet bowl and flush. It couldn’t be easier. It may take some time to prepare it but you’ll see how effective it is once you try it. It sure is much better than the toxic alternative and it will make your toilet smell fresh and clean for days in a row.

Enjoy in the freshness and cleanness of your toilet!

 

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NASA astronauts may soon be able to 3D-print pizzas in space

NASA astronauts may soon be able to 3D-print pizzas in space, thanks to technology built by Columbus and Silicon Valley-based startup BeeHex. American startup BeeHex, born from a NASA project, is set to soft launch its flagship 3D Chef robot, which can print pizzas in less than five minutes.
 Tas Bindi
By Tas Bindi | March 9, 2017 — 01:08 GMT (01:08 GMT) | Topic: Innovation

 

BeeHex's flagship Chef 3D robot — which can print 12-inch pizzas in less than five minutes — could mean that space travellers will have a more terrestrial alternative to freeze-dried, prepackaged meals that are designed for nutrition and ease of consumption in microgravity.

In addition to producing a range of toppings from fresh ingredients, Chef 3D can fabricate gluten-free and custom-shaped pizzas, according to BeeHex. Like other 3D printers, Chef 3D connects to a computer that tells it which dough, sauce, and cheese to use.

The cartridges are filled with all the necessary ingredients, and the robot's nozzle starts layering liquefied dough, followed by sauce, toppings, and melted cheese.

The reason pizza was chosen as one of the first foods to be 3D-printed is because it involves layering ingredients, which suits the capabilities of the technology, BeeHex said. Unlike traditional additive manufacturing technologies, Chef 3D relies on pneumatic systems to move ingredients around.

While BeeHex was born out of a NASA project — NASA provided a $125,000 grant to Systems and Materials Research Consultancy to research how 3D printing could be used to make food — the startup is focusing on broader commercial applications in places like theme parks, festivals, shopping malls, and sports arenas.

It recently closed a $1 million seed funding round led by food automation specialist and Donatos Pizza founder Jim Grote to support commercial development and deployment.

BeeHex's pre-production prototypes have been exhibited at various conferences, with a soft launch slated for later in the year. The startup will be working with pilot customers in the food business to test the efficacy of the technology.

The startup's co-founders, Anjan Contractor, Chintan Kanuga, Jordan French, and Ben Feltner, as well as investors, are looking to provide printing solutions to high-volume pizza restaurants like Domino's and Pizza Hut.

BeeHex hopes that in the near future, 3D-printed meals will be ordered via an app, with customers also having the ability to customise meals according to their preferences.

While consumers are yet to fully digest the idea of 3D-printed food, there is interest among food companies to adopt the technology. In July last year, for example, London saw the arrival of a restaurant celebrating 3D printed food, furniture, and cutlery.

For three days and three special meals, pop-up restaurant Food Ink took up temporary residence in a Shoreditch side street to showcase the versatility of 3D printing.

The global market for 3D printed food is anticipated to be driven by a need for mass customisation, as 3D printing saves time, labour, and waste.

http://www.zdnet.com/video/beehex-develops-delivery-app-for-3d-printed-pizza/

 

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How to Listen for God’s Guidance

What are some ways God guides us in His will?

Written by Hope on 02/05/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Prayer, Wisdom
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

All people long for direction and purpose in life. As Christians, we can ask the Lord to guide us; we do not have to live without purpose. What are some ways God guides us in His will? How should we be listening for His leading?

Get Quiet with God and Examine Your Desires
Hearing God’s guidance begins with our minds and hearts. The Bible reminds us to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) as we listen for His leading, and to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The Scriptures are full of prayers you can use to ask God to focus on Him, such as: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” (Psalm 139:23). Genuinely seek the Lord and “ask our generous God” (James 1:5) to put your thoughts in line with His desires for you.

Ask Yourself: Would Jesus Think This Way?
It’s easier to hear God when your thoughts are in line with His. Choosing God as the ruler of your thoughts is important. Jesus said, “whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Matthew 12:34). We must also put God as the ruler of what we say, because “The tongue can speak words that bring life or death” (Proverbs 18:21). Again, we can look to Scripture for prayers that God will guide our words: “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord” (Psalm 19:14). Seek God’s guidance for what you say; think carefully before you speak, making sure each idea is in line with God’s teaching.

Let God’s Word Guide You
Thinking and speaking God’s word helps us live it out! The Bible promises that you can “seek His will in all you do” (Proverbs 3:6) and depend on Him to guide your paths. As you seek God’s guidance for your actions, pray back to God the requests found in the Psalms: “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness”; “Teach me Your way, O Lord”; “Teach me to do Your will, my God!” (Psalms 5:8, 86:11, 143:10). God can build up your life so that depending on His leading is second nature!

Pray this week:

…that God will help you obey His guidance.

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No Lack Or Want

But my God shall supply all your need according to
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). 
Paul understood the message of the new
creation; notice that he didn’t say, “My
God shall supply all our need….” He knew that the
new creation isn’t in lack or want; the new creation
doesn’t need to be “supplied”; he’s the supplier!
Romans 8:17 says we’re heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ. Paul, with this understanding, said to the
spiritually immature, “But my God shall supply all
your need….”
When you’ve come of age, you’ll realize that
in Christ, we don’t have any unmet needs. Matthew
6:33 says, “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you.” When you seek the Kingdom of God first,
every good thing you could ever wish for would be
added to your life, without you having to ask. You
won’t need to try to be happy, fulfilled or triumphant
in life; you won’t need to pursue the things that the
Gentiles seek: fame, money, recognition, acceptance,
etc.; they shall be added unto you.
This doesn’t mean that after you’ve first sought
and got the Kingdom of God, then you can go and
seek other things; no. Seek the Kingdom, and you’ll get
the rest of them combined. You may say, “Yeah, that’s  why I’m seeking the Kingdom of God.” No, don’t seek anymore; you already found it, if you’re born again; you’re already in the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is i you (Luke 17:21). To have the Kingdom is to have all things. Glory to God!
Don’t look at what you may consider a need; look at what He’s lavishly made available to you in Christ. You were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ; that means you’ve been brought into oneness, partnership or family-union with Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9). If this is true (and it is true), what in the world could you ever be in need of? Affirm God’s Word
on your life; He has said all things are yours; declare the same, because truly, there’s nothing you require that hasn’t been provided in Christ. Hallelujah!
Confession
I testify that all things are mine!
I lack nothing, because the Lord
is my sufficiency; He makes me
lie down in green pasture; He
leads me beside the still waters!
His divine power has given me
all things that pertain to life and
godliness. Glory to His Name
forever!

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As You Look You’re Changed

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith…(Hebrews 12:2).
Everything the Father is and has is in Jesus.
Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him dwelleth
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” He’s the
expression of the totality of divinity. Now you can
understand why He said, “…he that hath seen me hath
seen the Father…” (John 14:9). In the eleventh verse
of the same chapter, He said, “Believe me that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me…” (John 14:11).
Therefore, to behold Jesus is to behold the Father.
Today, we see Him in the Word, for He’s the living
Word. He’s the beauty of God. Another beautiful thing
is that the more you know Jesus, the more you see Him
in, and through the Word, the more you know and see
yourself, because you’re in Him. You can’t know Jesus
without discovering yourself. The Bible says as He is,
so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). So, to know Him
is to know yourself.
No wonder the Bible says, “But we all, with open
face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The glory of God is Jesus Christ; He’s the effulgence
or brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, as you behold the glory of God in the mirror of God (His Word), you’re transfigured from glory to glory. The more you behold Him in the Word, the more you see that you’re exactly like Him: the perfect reflection and reflector of God’sglory. Keep your eyes on Him and be continually metamorphosed from glory to glory. James 1:25 says anyone who continues to look is blessed. In other words, he’s like a tree planted by the rivers of water, forever fruitful, productive, and prosperous in all things. 
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
your Word that transforms me
from glory to glory. As I study
and meditate on your Word, I’m
metamorphosed, and positioned
for the higher life of glory and
triumphs, filled with strength,
courage, faith and wisdom to do
your will, and fulfil my destiny in
you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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Incredible AI app can ‘repaint‘ photos to look like it was composed by famous artists

An iOS app has gone viral in post-Soviet states this past week, racking up more than 7.5 million downloads and the top spot in app stores around the region. Russian internet giant Mail.Ru even announced an investment in the app, called Prisma, on Monday – a 10 percent stake that reportedly amounts to $2 million.

The Russian-made photo app allows users to customize their images by feeding photos through an artificial intelligence that “repaints” them in the style of great artists like Van Gogh, Munch, and Picasso. Unlike many other photo apps, Prisma doesn’t simply slap a filter on top. Instead, the AI completely reinterprets the images using a deep learning method known as convolutional neural networks. The AI only refers to the original photo for guidance, reports Bloomberg.

Prisma has launched in beta on Android — gaining access requires requesting an invitation.

Though unaffiliated with the Prisma project, researchers Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker, and Matthias Bethge of Bethge Lab laid out the method to the app’s madness last August in a paper titled, A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style. The trio was interested in how our brains process images and how they might be able to generate new images to predict these processes.

“From that idea, we first [began] using deep networks to synthesize textures and then from there we found out that, when using the network to perform texture transfer, one can [make] beautiful artworks which might also tell us a lot about how humans perceive and process visual art,” Gatys told Digital Trends.

Related: Google’s newly launched Magenta Project aims to create art with artificial intelligence

The team’s modeled it’s AI off of deep neural networks (which are themselves modeled off of biological neural networks) to separate content and style, and recombine them into works that seem to depict the very brushstrokes of recognizable artists. “Thus our ability to abstract content from style and therefore our ability to create and enjoy art might be primarily a preeminent signature of the powerful inference capabilities of our visual system,” they concluded in the paper.

“I think [this technology] will be a major tool for image processing and fundamentally change the way we manipulate images,” Gatys said.

Meanwhile, Prisma has been lauded for its entertainment value and near-immediate feedback, but Gatys is skeptical about its actual artistic value and seizes the chance to plug his own project. “I think it looks very cool and its main selling point is the speed with which images are generated,” he said. “In terms of quality, however, I think it is not quite there compared to what we are able to do on www.deepart.io.”

As for future iterations of the tech, Gatys is bursting with ideas. In the near term, the development team plans to implement support for video, new predefined art filters, and 360-degree image capture.

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Originally published on 07-19-2016. 

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