Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed. Supported by Tech Fix Becoming an influencer is hard, as our columnist found out when he tried creative photography, consultations and even bots to propel his food-obsessed corgi to fame. ByBrian X. Chen Dec. 5, 2018 Last spring, I started an Instagram account that featured my dog, Max, trying to eat my home-cooked meals. I was confident it would be an overnight sensation. Foodies and corgi lovers, after all, are two of the biggest audiences on the photo-sharing site. Combining the two, I jokingly told my colleagues, would be my ticket to early retirement (or, at the very least, some free kibble). I did all the homework. I heeded advice posted on the web from internet-famous dog owners and social media mavens: Find a shtick, publish … [Read more...] about I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.
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Under the “make my day” law, a Colorado Springs man has dodged a murder charge in the shooting of a homeless man who was sleeping in his apartment complex basement last year.The case against Patrick Rau, 29, was dismissed by 4th Judicial District Judge Jann DuBois, who ruled Friday that the basement is part of the dwelling, court records show.Colorado’s Homeowner Protection Act, known as the “make my day” law, allows a person to use deadly force if an intruder enters a home illegally and is reasonably believed to be intending to harm a person or property. The resident then is immune from criminal prosecution and civil liability.The court found reasonable belief that Donald Wayne Russell, 37, posed a threat to Rau when he entered the structure at 219 N. Wahsatch Ave. on Jan. 19, 2017, records say.The District Attorney’s Office “respectfully disagrees” with DuBois’ decision and will appeal, spokeswoman Lee Richards said, declining … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs man escapes murder charge under ‘Make My Day’ exception
Morning people have a reputation of being more productive, so I tried waking up hour earlier for two weeks. Though I like my sleep, the extra time helped me work toward a number of goals, such as exercising in the morning and increasing productivity. My experiment wasn’t life-changing, but it did teach me a thing or two – including that morning workouts aren’t so bad. I’m not a morning person. I love to sleep in and luckily, my lifestyle lets me indulge. I have to be at work at 9:30 a.m., which is later than most. My commute is also a 10-minute walk. In turn, I wake up at a comfortable 8 a.m., and that’s if I don’t snooze my phone alarm a couple of times. The ability to sleep in had always felt like a blessing. But my boyfriend – an early bird – found it outrageous. When I’d complain that I didn’t have time for something, he’d ask, “Why don’t you just wake up an hour earlier?” “If only it … [Read more...] about I got up an hour earlier for 2 weeks — and it completely changed the course of my days
NEW YORK — Alexa’s new missions: encourage kids to ask questions more politely, and get them to bed on time.The voice assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers will soon thank kids for shouting out questions “nicely” if they say “please.” The new response is part of a kid-friendly update that’s coming next month, giving parents more control over the voice assistant. Adults can set Alexa to go silent at bedtime, block music with explicit lyrics and even call kids down to dinner.“Gone are the days of shouting up the stairs,” Amazon said in a statement Wednesday.In addition, Amazon will sell an $80 Echo Dot aimed at kids that comes with colorful cases and a 2-year warranty, promising to replace the device if it breaks. Echo Dots typically sell for $50.Amazon’s hope is that the changes will get more parents to put Echo speakers in their children’s bedrooms. Amazon and others have targeted kids before to … [Read more...] about Alexa, make my kid polite: Echo to get child-friendly update
Here's what scheduling each five-minute chunk of my day and skipping breakfast taught me. Hayden Field Published 9:00 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Photo: Diego Donamaria | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Diego Donamaria | Getty Images I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His -- and This Is What Happened 1 / 1 Back to Gallery What happens when you try to run your day like Elon Musk, but you’re neither a CEO (sorry, Mom) or a billionaire? I decided to find out by breaking up my schedule on Tuesday, April 17, into five-minute time slots à la the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. I double-majored in theater in college, so I was planning to take on this challenge through some method acting -- but since Musk has been sleeping on the Tesla factory floor and skipping showers as of late, I … [Read more...] about I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What Happened