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Review of Meetup, not the users ! Many of the bad reviews posted here relate to specific groups using meetup, not to the meetup software offering itself. Our group moved onto it 3 years ago and have found it great. Meetup corporate has changed their phone number and emails to their team are bouncing back unanswered. The few people who used to be there to help with web problems are gone. I'm still paying almost $200 a year for the ability to use Meetup with my group, but getting more frustrated each week as more problems arise. Use the Meetup app to find upcoming events and stay connected to your community. DISCOVER Find what inspires you Find groups in your area that are doing things that interest you. CONNECT Make real connections Meet people who love what you love, and stay in touch after the event. ... So if you are looking up to attend events, meet fun people or simply make friends, check out our detailed Meetup app review and unravel the untrodden tracks. About Meetup App. Meetup app is an equitable platform for finding and building local connections. You may use this meet up app to meet new people, find support, learn new things, pursue ... Now that you know what Meetup is, and how much it may cost you, you’re probably starting to wonder whether or not it will be a website that you want to use.In this article, we’ll break down the pros and cons of Meetup to help you decide if it’s right for you, and if you can feel safe while using it. To begin, let’s talk about Meetup safety. ... 1 review. Meetup.com make it very diificult to cancell subscription. ... After the update, especially with the app, it seems as if Meetup doesn't send notifications for event updates or discussion board posts? And this might be contributing to the low attendance. Meetup is basically an app it helps to connect you to public events that may fit in with your particular set of interests. It helps me find a board gaming group in my area that meets up once a month. Once every couple of weeks we have a community clean-up, this popped up on my feed once the trashtag challenge started to become a thing.
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2020.09.21 20:57 PathVizCreative Director / UX Designer at a Top 10 Consulting Firm (Denver, CO)
Total Compensation $200,000 Years of experience 13.0 Recommended Education Bachelor's Degree
What education would you recommend?
You don’t need a degree in the field, but an undergraduate degree is required.
What's a day in the life for a creative director?
The best part of being a Creative Director is there is no typical day in the life; I love the variety of work. Frequently, you have a short daily meeting to get on the same page with the whole team, including UX, UI, front-end devs, back-end devs, project managers, and sometimes the client. The process starts with research, reaching out to key stakeholders and users. We prepare a series of questions and test assumptions to improve our decision-making process. We build customer personas (a fictionalized version of a group of users) and user journeys (the path taking each persona to a successful outcome). These are useful to categorize different types of people who you use the website differently to allow multiple scenarios that create a positive result. We do information architecture, laying out the content/data on the various pages. We're then ready to build the wireframes, which go through multiple iterations, while staggering UI and visual design behind that. The final stage is user testing to get the product in a place that is ready for the development team. It's a very collaborative process, and as a Creative Director, you get to oversee everything.
What's the best part of being a creative director?
It's a fun industry to be in, and I genuinely look forward to my days (most of the time, haha). The role allows you to be creative, but you also get to explore an analytical side to things. It's interesting; you get to learn about many different industries, different people, and how they make decisions. I know more about a spectrum of industries than I would ever need to know, between dining, hotels, pharmaceuticals, automotive, HVAC, credit card companies, healthcare and many others. Every day is a new adventure; If you can handle uncertainty, my advice is to go for it!
What are some perks of your job?
Great PTO, Healthcare, Sabbatical option with 40% salary, maternity/paternity leave, free food/alcohol/coffee/etc. at the office
What's the downside of being a creative director? Words of caution?
UX design is more complicated than it seems. It looks like a lot of it could be common sense, but there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes. The ability to navigate between client needs and creative goals is key. You're not always going to get your way; you have to compromise and pick your battles. When I first joined the Salesforce team, we built custom front-end systems linked to the Salesforce back-end (because the out of the box UX/UI was not ideal). Before I did this, the team didn't prioritize how it looked or how the user experienced the product, so long as everything worked. There was pushback based on the norm, and I had to clarify if they were saying "no" this isn't possible, or saying "no" because it's complicated. This distinction was vital because it retrained the way people thought about problems. On the flip-side, you have to evaluate how long it will take to build something the ideal way. If it takes 23 hours to create what you want or 3 hours to make a slightly less-perfect solution, you must evaluate the trade-off for the project timeline. Ultimately, many projects have exceeded metric expectations. The educational component for clients is a key component to success not only for the product but for the client relationship.
What's the earning potential? Entry-level? Mid-level? Senior-level?
The potential is high
Describe the path you took to become a creative director
I studied creative writing and advertising. When I graduated, I was interested in digital strategy and copywriting and found a position doing both at an advertising agency. I then spent time shadowing the lead UX designer, but when she unexpectedly left, the company threw me into the lead role. I taught myself everything through online classes (lynda.com, udemy.com, etc.). Trial by fire. I moved to a different state so transitioned jobs, working as the lead UX designer for a lead TV provider’s app (as a contractor). I was then recruited by a large consulting agency where I became the national UX design lead for the Salesforce team. Afterward, I did a lot of platform-agnostic work and was promoted to Senior UX designer. I am now the youngest associate Creative Director and the only woman in this role. In total, I've been working at that company for a little over five years.
Advice on how to get started as a creative director
You don't need to have a formalized UX education to become a UX designer, but finding good mentorship is essential. With technology continuing to change and grow, there are many opportunities out there, and being self-taught is becoming less and less uncommon, even for more prominent roles. Having the self-discipline to put in the work is usually the most significant factor.
Advice on how to get promoted
Do good work. You also have to play the game - understand the promotion process, the politics of the agency, and make real connections with people.
What skills are needed to be a creative director?
Certifications aren't entirely necessary. When I hire someone, I look at their portfolio first and their resume second. Usually, I, and anyone else hiring, won’t look at a resume if the portfolio doesn't impress me. In terms of core skills, you need to be creative and analytical, which I call creative problem-solving. Meaning, you need to look at a problem, come up with several different solutions, and pick the best one while taking into account all of your user research. There is a sales component because you need to have the ability to express your ideas. Most clients aren’t entirely familiar with UX/UI design so you need to educate them and communicate in a way they will understand while showing them the value in your work.
What's work/industry culture like?
Amazing! Some of my closest friends are my coworkers.
What's important to understand for your specific region?
A bit harder in Colorado, although there are companies in the space, tons of people want to move here for the mountains, so there are a lot of out-of-state applicants.
What's the future outlook for a creative director?
The industry is continuing to hire, and our team is as busy as ever. The UX field is relatively new in our client’s eyes, being highly sought after and continually evolving. Most clients don't know what it is, but they know they need it.
Portfolio is key; it's the first thing everyone looks at. If you're hoping to be a UX designer and your portfolio doesn't create a great experience aside from sample work, you won't be getting a callback. If you send a google drive link or similar, it will only complicate things and is not recommended. If you're looking to get your foot in the door, create a compelling website for yourself. There are several UX meetups or Slack channels you can take advantage of, get advice from the people there. If you're hoping to advance, sales and strong client relations are important. You don't necessarily have to be schmoozer, but you need to be able to communicate the core issues effectively. Take over a room if you need to, but know your audience. Lastly, numbers speak louder than words; if you've helped the team grow by x amount and increased revenue by x, those contributions matter to the people making hiring decisions. Job/Career Demand 5.0 Positive Impact 3.5 Satisfaction 4.5 Advancement/Growth 5.0 Creativity 5.0 Work-Life Balance 3.0 Compensation & Benefits 5.0 Work Environment 5.0 -- If you'd like to read similar reviews, you can check them out on our website. I'm not the writer of this content, but messaging should be available (on our site) in the next 1-2 months :)
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TL;DR Strategies to avoid getting caught having an affair. I got out of my dead bedroom loveless marriage a long time ago. Doing fairly well in my current situation but thought I'd share some strategies I used to maintain several AP's in my previous marriage. Some of these have been shared in various posts before but I wanted to consolidate things here. Before I proceed, I encourage those considering getting an AP to think long and hard about it first. Have you tried to get your spouse to therapy? Have you clearly talked things out? Have you considered how you'd handle the repercussions of getting caught? The following tips will apply if you are searching to find a partner, as well as if you already have one.
Obviously set up a separate email account.
Use the "incogneto" mode of your browser when visiting dating sites, and clear your browser cache from time to time.
Do your searching, communicating on a different PC than the one you use at home if possible.
Use a messaging app like kik to communicate with others. Don't use texting on your phone. If you do, delete the texts.
Keep in mind that phone call logs can be generally be viewed on your cell phone account on your provider's website.
Keep in mind that text records can be obtained by subpoena for divorce proceedings. Again, use other apps to message partners.
Be extremely careful about allowing others to know that you see someone on the side. Just don't do it. You never know you they will react and how much of a blabber mouth they are when drunk.
Be very gradual in any changes you make in your physical appearance and personal habits (hair changes, loosing weight, new clothes, dental work, etc.)
When around your SO, be conscious of any changes in how much time you spend on your pc or your phone....changes can signal something is up.... have a game running so you can toggle to solidare or backgammon quickly if needed.
Set up a free google voice # to use for phone calls if necessary. Delete call and text history in case this phone # is discovered.
Pay cash when going through tolls. Don't let your auto-payment device pay because that will be tracked by date, time, and location.... could be subpoenaed in court.
Be super cautious about revealing your real name and clear photo to potential partners online. You don't have to lie.... just be honest that you need to maintain security for obvious reasons. Once a certain level of mutual trust is built after a few messages, then disclose more info.
Avoid single people. They don't have anything to loose if they are careless about security measures and your mate finds out about your relationship. Or, if the relationship ends, some can become vindictive. On the other hand, if you have reason to believe you can trust someone you find who is single, then it will save you a bunch of money in hotels if he/she can host your meetings.
Don't use your credit cards for affair related transactions...condom purchases, meals, hotels.... all can be discovered and questioned in reviewing your credit card statement and/or brought up in court.
Don't keep receipts. Trash them someplace other than the trash at your home.
Guard against stray hairs and/or fragrances that can be discovered in your car or on your clothes.
Have an explanation for any changes in your normal schedule. Why are you 2 hours late getting home every tuesday? Avoid a schedule pattern anyway.
Validate changes in your life.... exercising more.... after your annual physical report that your cholesterol is too high or weight, pre-diabetic, etc.... so you need to start going to the gym. Then make sure you do sometimes go to the gym. Are you clothes sweaty after a workout? Don't go home smelling like pussy or perfume/cologne when you said you were at the gym.
Was working late a cover for your date? Then go back to the office and call home to let hehim know you are on the way home from the office ( a true statement). Use the office phone for the call so it shows that in caller ID. 19) Do you always answer your cell or immediately reply to messages when your SO contacts you? Stop doing that. Train hehim to expect that sometimes you don't reply right away.... left your phone on your desk at work or in the car when you went into the mall... let your battery die. Turned your phone off during a meeting and forgot to turn it back on...... this should be a normal part of your lifestyle.... not a change that will be detected. 20) Join meetup.com and attend events with people that your SO doesn't know. Use these events for cover for time away. 21) Some affair related expenses require the use of credit cards. Buy visa gift cards and don't use your personal credit card. Note that some sites like Ashley Madison are based outside of the USA and most gift cards purchased in usa grocery stores are only good to be used within the borders of the usa. Don't ask me how I know. Read the fine print on how these sites can accept alternate forms of payment. 22) How do you buy these gift cards without it showing up on your statement? Buy a bunch of other stuff to add up to a large grocery bill and that card is buried among all of the other stuff. Destroy the receipt. Don't use your rewards ID either since that account will keep account of all of your purchases. Also, you could just say it is for a bday or holiday gift for a relative that you would normally send a gift to. 23) Use cash. How to you explain the cash withdrawal? Don't use your bank. In stead, buy stuff at CVS, or Walgreens, or anyplace that lets you make "debit" purchases. Then get cash back. Accumulate that cash over time to pay for what you need. Buy something at home depot or lowes. Make it a debit purchase. Wait a few days and return it. Instead of refunding to the card, just ask for cash. This won't work for a credit purchase. 24) Always have plausible explanation for things. The person your SO's cousin saw you with is a realtor and you had been talking about finding an investment property. 25) Don't explain too much. Overcompensating by having too much to say is a signal of deception. 26) Be ready to let your AP know that you have to take a break for a couple of weeks or more if your SO starts to get suspicious. Then keep doing the stuff you said you were doing....gym, working late, shopping, etc. 27) Don't get a traffic or parking ticket at a time or location outside of your normal patterns. 28) I don't recommend it but if you are going to your AP's home, then carry in a toolbox, or Avon bag or something that can be explained to a nosy neighbor. 29) Turn off the cell phone location tracker on your phone. If your spouse asks why, then share your conspiracy theory concerns about the government tracking everyone or some other bs. 30) You can consider getting a separate credit card for your extra curricular activities. Keep in mind that the statement must not be mailed to your home where the spouse can find it. Also note that if you ever have to pull your credit report then this card will be listed and your spouse may ask about it. Also, how would you make payments to this card without leaving a digital trail of that payment from an account your spouse monitors. 31) You can rent a hotel/motel room for just one night and pay cash. However they may put a hold on your credit card for 24-48 hours. It is risky to do this on your personal card. You can try using a visa gift card. Edit: 32) Have your dates away from your normal patterns of travel: next town or two away. This reduces the chance that someone you know will see you out with your AP. Better yet...don't go out in public with your AP or at least no PDA's. You don't want your car or your face recognized by anyone in the circle of your friends and family. If you make it this far, thanks for reading. This list is not comprehensive. Others will surely be able to add some additional info or add detail to things I failed to make clear.
2020.08.19 08:56 codeavail_expertHow to start learning to code when you don't know where to start
Why is it so hard to figure out where to start? It's no secret that software development has exploded in the past 20 years. New software startups pop up like dandelions in the spring. It then follows that a lot of people think software development is a good career choice and are afraid of missing out on a lot of great opportunities. Software developers are, in general, pretty opinionated. I doubt this is unique to developers, but it gets tiresome when you've dealt with it for years. If we're not fighting over what operating system is better, then it's what language is better. If it's not that, then it's code editors, or databases, or frameworks, or bug trackers, or development processes, or...or...or. It's like we enjoy fighting. In a time where more and more people are becoming developers, it's not enough to be just "a developer" anymore. No, to feel superior now, developers need to somehow differentiate themselves from both the non-developer “rabble” and their fellow developers. This mentality has lead to more coding languages being developed that purport to "fix" issues with other languages. New frameworks are built to "fix" issues with previous frameworks. And on and on. All this leads to a huge amount of choices, opinions, and resources. Naturally, that makes starting to learn, daunting. Since I'm a developer too, I'm susceptible to the same opinions and biases that I just railed against. The difference is, I'm right. I'm kidding, seriously, calm down everybody. Here are my suggestions. Choose yourweaponlanguage As someone once said: “the weapon doesn’t make the man.” It’s probably a quote from some B martial arts movie or Dragonball Z, but the philosophy holds true for programming languages. A good developer is a good developer regardless of language. Learning any language will help you understand the core concepts of programming. However, you need to start someplace, and if you pick your first language wisely, you’ll drastically shorten the time to hit your goal. Picking a language boils down to what you want to do. This is a quick list of general development goals and what language(s) are your best options to get there (NOTE: this is not meant to indicate that these are the only languages that you can use for a given domain, just my suggestion on what to start with):
Books are the traditional go-to resource. Search Amazon.com for your topic and read reviews. Make sure that any books you're considering are new. Languages change and older books could slow your progress. A lot of people have gravitated to videos to learn coding and other topics. YouTube is the first place most people look. Fair warning, this is going to turn up a bunch of crap. Look at how many subscribers a given instructor has, and watch some videos to see if their style and method works for you. Another possible issue is that because video is more difficult to update for new versions of a language (or corresponding tools), some videos might be outdated. For blogs and tutorials, a simple google search like "best python tutorial" or "best swift tutorial for beginners" is a great place to start. As with videos, you'll have to try a few to see how they work with your learning style. Online courses are the newest resource on the scene. Codecademy is one that a lot of people find immediately. However, after I talked to a lot of people who tried it, none really thought it did a good job. Free Code Camp or The Odin Project are both highly regarded for web development. Udacity, Coursera, Udemy all have courses in different genres. Each has reviews so you can compare and only look at ones that helped others. My specific examples follow in the next section. Where you should start, specifically Each development goal in the above list is different enough to require different starting points. I’ll list the place that I’d recommend you start for each one. I have not personally tried all of them, but have come across them when doing research. There also might be better ones, and so if you know of any, let me know and I’ll update this list.
Once you pick your language and starting point and you start learning, some things will be obvious, but others will be difficult to understand. You’re going to run into trouble and with concepts and code errors. That’s normal. We’ve all been there. Getting unstuck takes practice too. How to get unstuck once you’ve started Once you start learning to code, you're going to run into problems that you don't know how to solve. This is normal and part of the process. You don't really learn unless you struggle through it. That said, you won't always be able to move forward without some help. So how do you find that help? First off, forget books. They aren't a great place to start here, because the number and types of errors they can cover is so small. Online is the easiest place to find help. Most devs look for solutions on StackOverflow or just google the error message (if they have one). Other solutions are to find newsgroups or forums dedicated to the language you're using. How to use Google to get unstuck When you first try to google an answer to your problem, you're going to run into the issue of what to search for. Experienced developers are really good at this part, but unfortunately, it's hard for beginners, who need it the most. So here I'll give you some expert hints on how to improve your search results.
Always include the name of the language you're using. If you're using a specific tool, database, or framework, include that as well. Don't include all of them, just the ones that you believe are relevant. This will take practice.
If you're getting an error message, include that in quotes. Edit the message to contain only the core of the message so it doesn't reference any files, classes, path or filenames that are specific to your program or computer. The trick here is to make the error message as specific as possible while still being general enough to apply to others who are using the same language/tool/etc. but in a different context.
If you're working through a publicly-published problem from a book or course, add that information to the search.
Explain what you're trying to do, with the fewest words. This is tough for developers of all levels. For a beginner, you may have trouble coming up with the right terminology. This is where the books, tutorials, and course materials come in handy. They should use the right language if you're doing something similar to what's covered in them. If not, you're going to need to try some different wording. Remember, other beginners are going to be having problems too and might explain the problem the same way.
Here are a few examples I’ve used (minus the quotes):
'ruby rails form helper checkbox' - I included ‘rails’ because I knew the form_helpers were part of Rails. I could remove ‘ruby’ here since ‘rails’ is ruby-specific and should narrow the search fine. And yes, I know it’s “Ruby on Rails” but searching google for ‘on’ just doesn’t help.
'ruby devise invitable after invited path' - Here ‘devise_invitable’ is a gem, a Ruby code library (collection of reusable code) and I wanted to know more about its after_invited_path method. Google usually gives better results when you remove the underscores, ‘_’. If not, try adding them in and enclosing the underscored words in quotes: “devise_invitable”, “after_invited_path”.
'java "cannot refer to a non-final variable"' - The error I was getting included “cannot refer to a non-final variable” but referred to files specific to my project before that phrase, so I didn’t include those parts.
Once you find a solution, DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. This is a huge no-no. Copying code verbatim from the web is a good way to slow your progress and keep you from becoming a better developer. You need to understand the code, adapt it to your situation, try it and rinse and repeat. There's a risk of copying bad or wrong code, but you also may find yourself going deeper down the rabbit hole. If the code you copy or adapt doesn't fix the errors or creates new ones, you could be making your code more complicated and harder to understand all while trying to fix a problem. So go slow, understand the changes you're making and don't be afraid to back out and try a different solution. Sometimes the problem you're seeing is caused by multiple issues, but not usually. Getting help from a person Since googling for a solution is an art that takes practice, it's easier and quicker just to ask someone. That assumes you have access to someone of course. A couple of ways to find someone to ask are, starting with the best:
Friends or family, or friends of friends or family.
Local meet ups, a la meetup.com or user groups (google for 'ruby user groups near me' or similar). This is a great idea anyway, in order to build a network of peers, mentors, and possible employers.
campus groups if you're in or near a college campus.
Reddit.com (naturally) - learnprogramming is a good place to start (you're here!) or language-specific subreddits like learnjava.
Local, virtual groups on Slack. Google for something like 'tech slack ' or 'developer slack '
IRC, Internet Relay Chat. This is what slack has modernized and has been around for decades. A surprising number of tech companies have a presence on IRC. Google ' IRC channel' to find one.
Facebook groups (although I've found these to usually be lower-quality).
If you work better with more accountability and people, there are other options Self-teaching is great but it takes a lot of work. You have to figure out what to learn. You have to find where to learn it from. You need to understand how to get unstuck and what projects to do. You have to find people to meet to build relationships with. Furthermore, you’re not held to any commitments other than your own. For some people, that’s enough. Others, myself included, work better when held accountable to others. There are 2 main alternatives to self-teaching that address most of the difficulties, albeit for a price:
Degree programs at universities
Which is best for you is too big a topic for this post, but if you're interested you can DM me or add a comment and we can chat. I hope this is useful. If there are parts that are unclear, or you feel something is missing, let me know and I'll revise it. If you disagree with parts of this post, as I know some people will, let me know that too (I know you don't need an explicit invitation :) ) and if we agree, I'll update the post. EDIT: Adding PHP, game dev, data science and some clarifying remarks EDIT 2: Added notes for back-end development with C# and Java.
2020.08.19 00:19 ra-ra-rasputin1988They'll be out of the house for a few hours on Saturday, and I could quite easily just... go CW: SELF-ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE
Just to you all up to speed: I'm a 32-year old autistic (Asperger's) male living in England with my parents, because the economy. They'd always shown signs of narcissism, but I always told myself that I'd move out when I got a steady job and enough money... I kept telling myself that when I actually got a steady job four years ago, and I told myself that when the company I worked for went under. Truth be told, part of me had just given up hope of ever getting out of this house, especially when lockdown was announced. The three months came and went. My parents were concerned that I was spending time by myself, unaware that those times were the happiest I'd had throughout 2020 (I couldn't even go upstairs for 2 hours to watch a DVD boxset without some passive-aggressive remark). When lockdown was lifted, they decided they were going to visit my brothers and their families (my older brother has a wife and two kids, my younger brother has a fiancee who he was supposed to marry, but lockdown put the kibosh on that) for Father's Day. I suggested that wasn't a great idea, so soon after lockdown in a country that was the 5th worst for covid deaths, but a few days later they announced that they were going up anyway. I didn't even say anything. I just sighed, and that was enough for my mother to start screaming about how I looked down on them like they were something on the end of my shoe. I eventually left the "conversation", but came back to find her ugly crying about how she just wanted to be with the sons who actually talked to her. I relented, because of course I had to, and said that of course I'd come too. The visit happened, naturally, and about a month ago my brother's fiancee's family came round to our house one Saturday. This included her mother, her mother's new husband, her sister and her sister's boyfriend. Oh, and my older brother and his wife popped round. Oh, and my younger brother and his fiancee stayed the night, and my older brother and his wife popped round for brunch... and so did a couple that my parents have been friends with since my older brother was born. Now, I decided that the best way to deal with my family being prime candidates for CovIdiots was to socially distance myself as much as possible... which was pretty difficult when they insisted on having a tour of the whole house, and I had to show them round my bedroom (converted attic that has been a bedroom for various family members). My family noticed that I was a bit distant, so they decided the best way to deal with this was to hold Britain's cringiest intervention just for me. See, the first thing my brothers and their significant others did was send me a letter a fortnight ago that was sent "out of love". I know this, because they opened and closed said letter with that phrase. The letter itself was how concerned they were for my wellbeing, how the whole family wanted their uncle/brotheson back, and I was to think about what kind of role model I wanted to be. That letter was sent in preparation for all four of them (plus my nephew & niece) coming down that Friday (Brother #2 & Fiancee were only staying the weekend) and on Saturday, Sister-in-Law and Fiancee asked me if I'd read the letter while I was playing with my 3-year old nephew. I said yes, and they handed me question sheets. I was to answer them by tomorrow, for further discussion then. Said questions included such pearls of wisdom as "What makes you sad?" and "What kind of role model do you want to be to your niece & nephew?" My first reaction to this was to go up to my room and start self-harming. Now, this wasn't the first time: I'd self-harmed in front of my older brother when he showed a video of some asshole who'd cut a hole in a face mask to eat food (it was My older brother than came into my room and asked me what about the questions had upset me. I made it clear that I didn't want to discuss it, but he literally wouldn't leave until I'd given him a "proper" answer. I should mention that Brother #1 and his wife are Special Needs primary teachers; I was reminded of this when he told me that he'd dealt with my kind of attitude from his students, so he knew how to work around it. I was left to fill out the questions myself, so naturally I shared them with several social groups of mine via fb and discord - y'know, in a "can you believe this shit?" kinda way. They were all horrified, what with them not being narcissists, and all, and I decided that if I was going to answer these damn questions, I was going to have fun with them. You know what they say, "Ask a silly question"... Needless to say, when my brother, sister-in-law and brother's fiancee read my answers, they didn't see the funny side. I told them how humiliating and patronising it was to be given those kind of questions, and told them some of the various things my friends had said about those questions. I honestly believed that if I explained to them how their actions looked to people outside the family, then they might see how flawed their approach was. As you might have already guessed, this didn't happen. When the "intervention" happened in the back garden, my sister-in-law got very offended by one of my friends suggesting that if they were so concerned about my mental health, they could just pay for my therapy. Brother #2 was literally shaking with rage, holding back tears by the mere fact that I'd dared to tell my support network about all this. They were "lunatics", "disgusting", they'd drop me after "two minutes". He even went as far as to try and shame me into not telling my friends about any more of this. Brother #1 took control, wearing me down with leading/manipulative questions (e.g. "Mum & dad think you hate them... Do you?") until I was compliant. That's when they brought out the weekly planner! See, I'd been doing a weekly planner for a while now, but it had fallen by the wayside what with the global pandemic (speaking of which, Brother #2 I had to "just get over it", because caring about that stuff hurt my dad's feelings... or something) but now they'd got one for me, and by God they I was going to use it! I got through most of it okay, going along with whatever they needed to hear. It was when they were telling me I needed to include meal planning on the To Do list when I broke and muttered "This is humiliating..." which was not the correct response. I tried to get things back on track, but Brother #1 was having none of it. Either I was onboard, and we carried on... or I was happy to fester in my parent's attic, and clearly I didn't love anyone in my family, especially not my niece and nephew. At that point I was done, but Brother #1 had other ideas. He barred my exit, telling me that if I loved my niece and nephew, I would sit back down now. This led my mum to rush out the kitchen (she'd been making Sunday lunch) and guided me back to my seat, whispering in my ear that she knew it was hard, but I just needed to calm down. Brother #1 took this to mean that I did love his kids; I pointed out that he was emotionally blackmailing me, which got me some sarcastic air quotes in response. Then my nephew came along (did I forget to mention that my nephew was playing about five yards away in a paddling pool?) and wanted to know why his uncle was so sad (Brother #1 said I wasn't sad) and why his daddy got so grumpy (again, flat denial from Brother #1). As my nephew sat in his daddy's lap, Brother #1 asked him "Do you love your uncle?" - this earned some mild criticism from the rest of the "intervention", and everyone decided that we should break for lunch. Yeah, remember how my mum was making Sunday lunch? Well, Brother #2 had been looking forward to it! All the grown ups acted as if nothing had happened, which just made everything even more surreal to me. When I got up to get another drink, I noticed that the weekly planner had already been affixed to the fridge. I sent my facebook friends five words: "Send help. Not entirely joking." After lunch, the "intervention" continued on, this time dealing with the "Now Actions" i.e. stuff that was going to happen over the next week, under the watchful gaze of Brother #1 and Sister-in-Law (they were staying until Friday, as Brother #1 had a friend's birthday to attend). For example, I had to apply for benefits/services I knew I wasn't going to get (PIP, which is notorious for being denied to people for spurious reasons, and Healthy Minds, a local mental health service that has a reputation for being garbage) and I was going to move out of my room into the spare room, to stop me "festering". The week itself was pretty mediocre; on top of the Now Actions, I also had to do Joe Wicks' HIIT exercises three times a week. Never mind that I have mild bursitis in my right hip (did I mention Brother #2 and his fiancee were physiotherapists?) and mild dyspraxia, which means I can't do the exercises properly most of the time! My family does HIIT, so I have to do them too! I'll probably also get a Fitbit, because they've got them too! Add in the call to the doctor where I had to raise my antidepressant dosage (another Now Action) where my older brother just demanded I put speakerphone so he could take control of the conversation and get what was "agreed" upon by me, and how he'd come up into my room around 11:30pm to take my laptop off me... yeah, not a great week. Didn't help that whenever I did what I was told, Brother #1 would tell me how proud he was of me. Even when they'd left, I still had my parents to deal with. Fortunately, they were too lazy to come up into my room and take my laptop off me... unfortunately, that just meant I had to bring it down myself around half 11 every night. That quickly turned into me just not taking it up into my room at all, and leaving it downstairs sometime around 11. I tried to get round this by just taking my headphones up and using my phone or tablet to watch videos, but one morning my mum actually got up before me, noticed the headphones weren't downstairs and was "devastated". That finally led to me sleeping in the spare room. I'm still allowed to have online meetups with my friends via Google Meets/Skype/whatever, but every time I've done those my mum has come in unexpectedly to get some wool (she keeps the wool in the spare room) and it's been made very clear that I'm not to tell my friends anything about what I'm doing. So, the two groups of friends that I've told about all this bullshit are divided. My fb friends, who are mostly local, agree that I need to get out of "The Plague House" (their new nickname for my home) and the sooner, the better. They're more than happy to help me with forms for social housing and stuff like that, and a few have offered spare rooms/sofas for me to crash on for a while. Granted, some of them have admitted that they have severe disability/anxiety, so that has to be taken into account. My discord friends are a little more sober. They all agree that I need to get a job before I can move out, and that leaving my home should be regarded as the "nuclear option" because odds are my family will destroy anything of mine that I leave behind, and that I need to change the login details for my bank account in case my family closes it for me. My mum has put some money aside for me (20% of my benefits/paycheques over the years) as savings, but when I leave there's slim hope of getting any of that. As the title says, they'll be out on Saturday, visiting the same friends they invited round for Sunday brunch all those weeks ago. There'll be a handyman round to fix the kitchen tap, but I could easily just get everything I can put into the biggest suitcases in the house, maybe clean out a lot of the vegetarian stuff they have in the mini freezer (I'm veggie by choice) into a coolbag, and just call an Uber. Granted, it'll probably have to be an UberXL... But there's still a few things telling me to wait. There are my discord buddies, but also the fact that my nephew turns 4 in a few weeks, and my mum is about to have another hip operation around the same time (she's had hip trouble for years, and it does give her serious physical pain, but by the same token she waited far too long before actually doing anything about it) and there's a little voice telling me that she'll need a lot of help round the house after that... There's also the very real fear that my family could just download an app and track my phone down to whichever of my friends' places I'm crashing at (they've even suggested a rota, bless them). Also, do I leave my family one goodbye note, explaining that doing shitty things "out of love" doesn't make them any less shitty, or do I leave each family member a note each, being more specific about what a douchenozzle they've been as individuals? tl;dr, I wasn't just raised by narcissists, turns out I've got some more in my family tree, by blood and by marriage.
2020.08.10 00:23 abhijoysarkarWeekly Update: The Parachute culture, $COTI on Gate.io, Pynk crowdfunding campaign live, Voyager + Sterling Trading Tech…– 22 May - 28 May'20
Heyo! Continuing with our six-part catch up series to get up to date on the May and June news from Parachute and partners, here’s Part II of VI (22 May - 28 May'20): If you're in crypto, there's often the random pump/moon/wenBinance talk that props up from time to time in groups. Especially, when someone new joins a project and is unfamiliar with the community culture. At Parachute, we have always made it a point to have more meaningful discussions than price. Cap shared some of his thoughts on this as well. For the #culturalweekend prompt this week, Jason got Parachuters to share about “something weird your family does that is a tradition for them but not a traditional tradition”. Peace Love’s Big Trivia in TTR was quite fun as always. The beta testing group for ParJar swaps was set up this week. Also, Chris organised something amazing this week which will possibly remain a secret amongst Parachute admins (and Doc Vic 😊 ). But if word of it ever goes out, you’ll realise why Parachute is the most wholesome project in all of crypto. Chris also gave out some cool $PAR to folks in the Parachute channel to talk about "something that you didn't spend much money on that had a big impact on your quality of life". This week's Two-for-Tuesday featured music from "female artists, including bands with at least one female member". Click here for the playlist. Thanks Sebastian! Some good cheer from Alexis all the way from Germany aXpire’s May recap video covers product updates from Bilr, PayBX etc. To track this week’s 20k $AXPR burn, click here. The team also shared success strategies for law firms. 2gether co-founder Salvador Casquero wrote about best security practices in finance. A new update was pushed to Wednesday Coin’s dApp, WednesdayClub. In this week’s XIO discussions, Citizens talked about ideal time allocation strategies for research and execution. Top Citizens on the Leaderboard stand a chance to win some cool merch. Also, watch out for pesky scams. Voyager announced a partnership with Sterling Trading Tech to launch a crypto trading widget. Proactive Investors covered Voyager in its latest piece chronicling their growing user base. As mentioned in a previous update, CEO Stephen Ehrlich’s crypto investment webinar happened this week. Switch crew did a community AMA just before the $GHOST airdrop snapshot. The team expanded with new dev hires. In preparation for the $GHOST airdrop, ProBit completed its $VSF:$ESH swap and Stex announced support for $ESH/$GHOST airdrop. $ESH was listed on HitBTC and Changelly. Folks who guessed these exchanges correctly won some tokens as well. Founder Josh Case sat down with Mr. Backwards for an interview. Among several updates to the Ghost website, a staking calculator was added. Click here to read the latest technical update from Fantom. $FTM was in the running to be added as a collateral for DAI. Congratulations to Uptrennd for becoming the highest ranked blockchain-based social media platform as per Alexa. They started a SmartLink campaign with 2key Network. The first Uptrennd halvening went live this week. The team is reachable on Discord from now as well. District0x’s latest District Weekly and Dev Updates can be read here and here respectively. Hydro team shared their thoughts on how virtual cards for independent contractors (otherwise referred to as 1099 employees) could improve reimbursement practices. Entries for their Decentralization Ambassador program were opened this week. These look great, XIO team This is what is planned for the GHOST ecosystem currently SelfKey compiled a master list of crypto lending platforms. The Loans Marketplace will feature many of these. Full transcript of the May 12th AMA was released. SelfKey advisor Edmund Lowell spoke at the BlockConf DIGITAL conference this week. Mongolian exchange AIS-X joined the Exchange Marketplace. Pynk’s crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs went live this week. Check out their campaign video here. Amazing production! Plus, this cool feature in City A.M. was the perfect way to close off the week. Wibson hosted a meetup (online of course!) for its Spanish speaking community this week. The crew also introduced the app at an Ethereum event in Buenos Aires. Harmony burned all mainnet tokens mined before Open Staking going public. The latest staking stats and validator data can be seen here and here respectively. That’s right, 3B+ $ONE is already staked. Woohoo! With its latest CoinDCX listing, $ONE got its first INR trading pair. Saweet! The major improvement proposals that were discussed with the community this week were making Open Staking more decentralized and creating a more liquid staking market. This led to the first release after Open Staking. The winners of the effective-median-stake contest were announced. Hope you got a chance to take part in the Flash Quiz. Do you know about all the projects that have been built in the Harmony ecosystem? Here’s a rundown. The team hosted an AMA as well. BitMax changed some of its rules for $ONE staking. Check out COTI’s latest network growth stats here. And super congratulations on winning the Gate.io listing vote! $COTI was also added to Binance’s Locked Savings staking program. Broking platform Troy Trade partnered with COTI to improve its scalability. DoYourTip’s $DYT now has 2500+ HODLers. Neat! Mycro was invited to join BitForex’s app platform CAPP Town. GET Protocol’s GUTS Tickets was covered in Cryptogeeks’ latest blogpost on blockchain-based ticketing. And with that, it’s a wrap for this week in Parachute and partners! See you again with another update. Cheerio!
About Doctolib Founded in 2013, Doctolib is the fastest growing and one of the leading e-health services in Europe. For healthcare professionals We provide healthcare professionals with a software solution with a full range of services to help improve the efficiency of their operations, provide their patients with a more seamless experience, attract new patients, and collaborate with other practitioners. For patients We provide patients with a more transparent access to healthcare and a full suite of online services to manage their health: from finding nearby healthcare professionals, to booking/managing appointments 24/7 online, having remote medical consultations via video and receiving a digital prescription in their online account. Key figures
We partner with 125,000 healthcare professionals and 3,000 healthcare facilities including some of the largest hospitals in France and Germany;
We have 50+ million patient visits on our platform every month in France and Germany combined;
125,000 video consultations happen daily on the Doctolib app;
We plan to hire 2,000 Doctolibers in the coming years to transform the healthcare sector
Our 6 Doctolib Pillars "SCALES":
SERVE: Provide exceptional service to healthcare professionals & patients
CARE: Take care of our team
ACT: Be action-oriented and bold
LEARN: Be humble and learn 3 things every day
ENJOY : Enjoy and maintain a high level of energy
STRUCTURE: Work with methodology & efficiency to scale
What you can expect As Senior Fullstack Engineer (x/f/m) you will take technical decisions that help us build user focused and intensively tested products. We want them to be securely, reliably and pragmatically engineered. Our deployments occur up to 3 times a day and we are backed with 16K+ tests here. The technological environment of our product is relatively simple with React in front- and Ruby in back-end, hosted in a monolithic repository. However, in our ecosystem you will also be able to see TypeScript, NodeJS, PostgreSQL, Redis, ReactiveX and ElasticSearch. We have around 250 people across our technology centers in Berlin, Paris and Nantes. 120 of them are software engineers, organized in features teams (mini-startups) with 5 - 6 members. Pair programming and code reviews are a common practice. Each member has regular one on ones with their Engineering Manager to develop their career. Your profile To be successful in this role, it is important that you have fun in creating software in its most simple way. Therefore, it is important to bring the following skills:
Good handling of relational databases
Basic knowledge with Backend technologies
Previous experience in mentoring colleagues
Rigorous testing background
Optional: prior experience in NodeJS and TypeScript
In this senior role you will be a role model within the team and discuss potential solutions, being a team player and communicating constantly. Some things to enjoy
An extensive on-boarding program
MacBook or Linux-Laptop as requested by you
German or French classes
Time and budget for self-development (conferences, training material, etc.)
A super fun international team
A monthly team building budget
A management academy
An exchange program between Berlin and Paris
A great office in the heart of Berlin
A few DoctoParties, DoctoMonthly Meetings, DoctoBeers, DoctoWeek-ends, Hackathons, Meetups, etc.
Public transport support, professional iPhone, discount for Urban Sport Club, etc.
2020.07.21 02:47 LegoKnockingShopFolly Games! What are those board games you’ve dumped a whole lot of time, money and love into... but never actually played?
What are those games you deeply love, covet and adore, that cost you time, money, deep dedication to online forums all about them... but that you haven’t ever actually played? It might be that you haven’t got round to it yet, or you haven’t got the right group... or that you secretly worry it might be dreadfully disappointing if you finally get it on the table and it falls flat? I’ve got a few. A caveat - I’m a videogame designer by trade and I get to claim some of these are (a) research, and therefore (b) expensable. The boss has always been very reasonable about it and supports it 100%. Expansions and stuff are my own bad though. But combined, these were all in the name of science so it’s fine. 🥳 Descent 1 & 2 - Loved the idea of Descent 1, and wanted the minis so badly (they were pretty good quality for plastic at the time)! Bought it, never played it, got seduced by the smaller box of Descent 2 and the upgrade kit. Collected all the box expansions. Painted all of the core set, built a modular dungeon and then bought an enormous dwarven forge setup for £100 at a meetup. Finally played it at someone else’s house and... it wasn’t all that. 😐 I mean, I’d play it again but my kid’s only just starting to get into that sort of thing now and it’s not my wife’s bag at all. So maybe one day. But I’d probably rather play... Imperial Assault - As above, but it was Star Wars! All the expansions. All the blister pack minis except 2. Painted up 3 stormtroopers (I’d decided to finish up painting on Descent first!). Played it years later at a mates house. Actually liked it, 8/10 would play again. Yay. None of my group would go for it though, so on the shelf it sits. Boo. Come on kid, grow up already. Elder Sign - loved the app! Bought the game. Played the app more! Saw a bundle of all the expansions unopened for £50 complete. Ker-ching! I keep playing the App. Finally decided to try the actual boardgame solo...doh. What a hassle compared to the app, right? I should have seen that coming. Wife likes Yahtzee games so I’m hopeful. In the meantime I use the little tokens in Arkham Horror LCG so it’s not a total loss. Mansions of Madness 2 - After sitting on the ‘app needed to play’ fence for ages, I decided to give it a whirl after all the reviews for this one. I love me some Lovecraft, but Arkham Horror 2nd edition just took far too long so I’m still hopeful I’m going to enjoy this within 3 hours. All set up with Valkyrie for the custom scenarios. Good to go. No, I haven’t started painting the minis yet but I can’t wait, even though they are a bit shitty, so I can get them in Arkham LCG and replace those stupid little tokens from Elder Sign. I hope all the expansions I’ve been buying due to Corona tedium and vanishing stock turn out to be fun too. 😔 I know, it’s ridiculous to have all that, not play them, and yet I’m genuinely still all over these games with my affection and following the latest news about them. Any of you guys able to make me feel better about my collection of shame above by disclosing your secret folly games? As many as you can manage, now I’ve laid it bare like this I’m feeling pretty bad about it tbh...! I imagine there’s game-starved players out there who would get much more out of actually playing them... but still, I just love them to plastic and cardboard bits and wouldn’t want to let any of them go.
2020.07.19 17:54 humblecuriosity10 Tips for Language Learners
I love learning languages and I am currently on my 5th language, German. I speak English, French, Mandarin and Spanish and after German, I plan on learning Italian and Portuguese. Here are 10 tips I have for language learners that I have found helpful in my own language learning journey: Speaking Tip #1: Find native speakers to chat with through apps like HELLOTALK and TANDEM. I've made many friends all over the world through these language exchange apps and have had a chance to meet quite a few of them in real life. You may need to do some filtering on these apps though, because like with any social media apps, you're going to come across creeps who aren't there for the intended purpose of the app. But with some patience, you'll be able to make those quality connections to help your language learning as well as to build long-lasting friendships. If you are a shy person or don't like to talk to strangers online, just remember that you're completely anonymous and if you don't want to continue talking with someone, you have every right to leave the conversation. Tip #2: Look on MEETUP.com for language exchange groups in your area. Many cities have a MUNDOLINGO group where you just show up, tape some flag stickers on your shirt in descending order of your language proficiencies and walk around and converse with people who have flags of the languages you want to practice. It's a very friendly environment and especially if you're new to a city, it's a great way to meet new people. Listening Tip #3: I love the COFFEE BREAK LANGUAGE podcasts and I'm currently listening through the German series. They offer French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Italian, English and Swedish podcasts at the moment. It takes you from basic grammar to more intermediate level conversations and the lessons are fun and applicable. Other ways to improve your listening is simply to listen to podcasts in your target language. CASTBOX is a great app for free podcasts. Tip #4: If you have NETFLIX, you can turn your binge-watching into a language learning experience with two Google Chrome Extensions. NFLXMULTISUBS is an extension that allows you to turn on subtitles of two languages at the same time and LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH NETFLIX gives you a fully translated dialogue on the side of the screen as well as auto-pause after every sentence to give you time to learn some new vocabulary/phrases before moving on. If you want to access Netflix shows/movies from a different country, you can install a VPN (I would recommend ExpressVPN) and change your location to another country to watch its shows/movies. Reading Tip #5: If you are at an intermediate/advanced level, try reading the news or novels in the target language. I like to re-read novels I've already read in English because I already know the plot and it makes it a lot easier to understand in a different language. The Harry Potter series is a great series to do this exercise. Tip #6: If you are a beginner, you can try an app called BEELINGUA which has bilingual short stories. Your screen will be split into two, one language on top and another on the bottom, and when you don't understand a phrase, simply highlight it and it will highlight the same section in the other language. Reading children stories is generally a good idea to pick up new and commonly used vocabulary and phrases. Writing Tip #7: Write a daily journal in your target language (maybe 10 minutes a day) about what you did that day, what you learned and what's on your mind. I found this exercise very helpful because you are training your brain to think in the target language. You'll also find that there are many words you don't know or thoughts you can't express in the target language, so this gives you a chance to look up those words/phrases and learn them. When I was learning Spanish last year and traveling in Australia/New Zealand, I decided to write my travel journal in Spanish. Although it was extremely challenging, I learned a lot of new vocabulary and phrases just from translating words and sentences that I didn't know. Even though the grammar was nowhere near perfect, it at least gets you in the mindset of thinking in a different language and trying to express yourself through writing in that language. Vocabulary Tip #8: You may be asking, "so what do I do with all this new vocabulary and phrases that I've accumulated through the previous 7 tips?" I would recommend an app called ANKIDROID which allows you to create your own flashcards. It's very simple to use and you can put all your new vocabulary and phrases there and do some memory practices every day. Grammar Tip #9: There are many free grammar textbooks online that you can download and do exercises in. If you would like some grammar books in Spanish or German, feel free to send me a message and I can email them to you. Tip #10: Lastly, I recommend BABBEL for learning basic grammar of a language. It's an excellent and simple website that takes you through the beginner to intermediate levels of a language with practical exercises that put the grammar to use through conversations. BABBEL is the only recommendation in this post that is paid, but if you want to try a free month of BABBEL, send me a message and I can send you a referral :) Bonus tip for those who know multiple languages: As you learn a new language, learn it through the lens of another language you already know. For example, I'm currently learning German through French on Babbel, so as I'm learning German, I'm also reviewing my French at the same time. I hope you've found some of these tips helpful! Let me know which ones you've already tried and which ones you've liked or disliked. I would love to hear your tips for language learning as well! Edit: If you want to try Babbel for a month for free, you can use this link: https://www.talkable.com/x/djAyBX
2020.07.08 20:30 OWASP_DevSlopSecure-er Code Reviews with Seth & Ken
Finding vulnerabilities and exploits by reviewing source code prior has always been a critical part of the AppSec pipeline, but has lacked a formal, methodology. As such, these reviews and their results vary widely and so does the experience that they leave developers and security engineers, with. The Absolute AppSec Secure Code Review framework is an approach developed over the last 10 years by Seth & Ken for finding security issues in code as both industry consultants and code contributors. Ken Johnson (@cktricky) and Seth Law (@sethlaw) will perform a live code review on an open-source code base as a demonstration for implementing their secure code review framework. Covered during the review: * Prioritizing review checks. * Tracing authorization functions for further analysis. * Short-circuiting traces using code searches and automated tools. RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/OWASP-DevSlop-Project/events/271568975/ https://preview.redd.it/vuwrz5wrfo951.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2478c93866e7018b41bea89d783e303d76c4e887
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Perform accounting and administrative tasks, and enforce or manage legal claims.
2.2 Communicating With You
We may use information about you for various business purposes related to communicating with you, including to:
Respond to your comments, questions, and requests, and provide customer service;
Communicate with you, in accordance with your account settings, about products, services, and events offered by us and others, to provide news and information that we think will be of interest to you, to conduct online surveys, to contact you about events on our Platform that are being held near your location, and to otherwise communicate with you in accordance with Section 2.3;
Notify you about communications of other members, in accordance with the communication preferences that you indicate in your account; and
Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts and support, and administrative messages.
2.3 Advertising And Other Uses
We may use information about you for various other business purposes, including to:
Provide content, features, or sponsorships that match member profiles or interests;
Facilitate contests and other promotions;
Send you marketing communications, subject to applicable law;
Carry out any other purposes described to you at the time that we collected the information.
2.4 Legal Basis for Processing
If you are in a jurisdiction that requires a specific legal basis for processing personal data, our legal basis for collecting and using the information described above will depend on the type of information and the specific context in which we collect it.
We process information about you in order to provide our services in accordance with our Terms of Service, for example, to allow you to join groups or to display your profile to other members; to allow us to send you important service updates; and to perform a contract.
We also process information about you where it is in our legitimate interests to do so and not overridden by your rights (for example, in some cases for direct marketing, fraud prevention, network and information systems security, responding to your communications, the operation of networks of groups by the network administrators, and improving our Platform).
Sometimes you provide us with sensitive information about you; for instance, the mere fact of joining a certain group may indicate information about your health, religion, political views, or sexual identity. Joining such groups or posting information on the Platform about these topics is entirely voluntary and, depending on the settings of the group and your profile (e.g., public or private), our legal basis for processing any sensitive information is either that you manifestly make it public or your explicit consent.
In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to process information about you, or may otherwise need the information to protect your vital interests or those of another person. For example, we may process information, if we believe doing so is required by, or in accordance with, applicable law, regulation, legal process, or audits.
3. Sharing Of Information
Summary:We may disclose personal information about you, including:
to members or social media services, depending on how you engage with the Platform. Information that is public on our platform is accessible to others both on and off the Platform;
to our third-party service providers who help us to operate or improve our Platform;
to authorities to comply with legal obligations or requests and to protect and defend our rights and property;
to an affiliate or successor entity or otherwise as part of a corporate transaction;
among our businesses and affiliated companies; and
when you direct us to share your information.
3.1 Through Our Platform
We share some of the information that we collect by displaying it on our Platform according to your member profile and account settings. Some information, such as username, is always public. Some information, such as interests, is public by default, but can be hidden on our Platform. Some information, such as group memberships, will always be visible to other members of that Meetup group, and may be public, depending on the settings of that group. We recommend that you check the group settings and what information will be available before joining the group to ensure that you are happy with the information that is visible to others. For more information, see this article on Account Privacy and Visibility and this article on Group Content Visibility. Information that is public on our Platform is visible to others on and off the Platform.
3.2 Group Networks
If you are a member of a group, this group may now or in the future become part of a network of groups known as a “Meetup Pro” network. Members who administer a Meetup Pro network, known as “network administrators” have access to the content within their groups, including information about group participants. Network administrators find it helpful to have access to the email addresses of organizers and other members of groups within their networks, to easily communicate with and administer the groups. Therefore, we will provide ways for you to share your email address with your group’s network administrator. See this article for more information about Network Administrators, Organizers, and their Members.
3.3 With Our Service Providers
We may use service providers in connection with operating and improving the Platform to assist with certain business purposes, such as payment processing, email transmission, conducting surveys or contests, data hosting, managing our ads, and some aspects of our technical and customer support. These service providers, which include data analytics providers, may access, process, and store information about you on our behalf for the purposes we authorize, subject to confidentiality obligations.
3.4 Following The Law And Protecting Meetup
We may access, preserve, and disclose information about you to government entities and other third parties, including the content of messages, if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, applicable law, regulation, legal process, or audits. We may also disclose information about you if we believe that your actions are inconsistent with our Terms of Service or related guidelines and policies, or if necessary to protect the rights, property, or safety of, or prevent fraud or abuse of, Meetup or others.
3.5 Social Sharing And Other Tools
The Platform may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools which let you share actions that you take on our Platform with third-party services, and vice versa. Such features let you share information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you have chosen with the service. For more information, see this article on Sharing Meetup events on Social Media and this article on Connecting your Social Media Account. The third-party services' use of the information will be governed by the third parties’ privacy policies, and we do not control the third parties’ use of the shared data. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please review the privacy policies of the services that provide these features.
3.6 Affiliate Sharing And Merger, Sale, Or Other Asset Transfers
If Meetup is involved in a merger, acquisition, financing, reorganization, bankruptcy, or sale of our assets, information about you may be shared, sold, or transferred as part of that transaction. We may also share information about you with current or future corporate parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates.
3.7 Other Situations
4. Additional Details
We may allow others to use technologies that collect information about you to provide analytic services and to serve ads for Meetup. You may be able to disable the collection or use of this information.
Meetup is based in and governed by U.S. law and we will be processing, transferring, and storing information in and to the U.S. and other countries.
We have implemented technical and organizational measures to protect your personal information. We cannot guarantee these controls will provide absolute security.
4.1 Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others
4.2 Transfer Of Information To The U.S. And Other Countries
We employ technical and organizational measures designed to protect your information that is under our control and that we process on your behalf from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, or disposal, both during transmission and once we receive it. For example, we store all information that you provide to us on servers on which security controls are used. We train employees regarding our data privacy policies and procedures, and authorize employees to access personal information as required for their role. We use firewalls designed to protect against intruders and test for network vulnerabilities. However, no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure. Where you have a password, which enables you to use our services, you are responsible for keeping this password complex, secure, and confidential. If you would like to update or change your password, you may select the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page. You will be sent an email that allows you to reset your password.
4.4 Data Retention
We may temporarily de-activate your account if you have not logged in for six months or more. You may contact us if you wish to reactivate your account. We retain certain information that we collect from you while you visit or are a member of the Platform, and in certain cases where you have deleted your account, for the following business purposes:
So you can use our Platform;
To ensure that we do not communicate with you if you have asked us not to;
To provide you with a refund, if entitled;
To provide accurate accounting information to other members about the groups that they organize or administer, and associated memberships;
To better understand the traffic to our Platform so that we can provide all members with the best possible experience;
To detect and prevent abuse of our Platform, illegal activities and breaches of our Terms of Service; and
To comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements.
When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your information, we will either delete it or take steps to de-identify or anonymize it in accordance with applicable law.
4.5 Policy Scope
4.6 Revisions To This Policy
5. Your Choices
You can review and change information about you or deactivate your account in your account settings, butwe may retain certain information.
You can remove photo tags if you wish.
Consult your device settings for information about how to deactivate location-based features at any time.
You have the right to opt out of receiving Meetup’s promotional messages, but you may still receive other non-promotional communications.
5.1 Your Choices: Account Information
You may update or correct your account information by editing your account settings or by sending a request to [email protected] as described in Section 6. You may deactivate your account by editing your account settings or by sending an email to [email protected]. You will also be able to choose what information others see about you and who may contact you by using the Privacy Settings section in your Account.
5.2 Your Choices: Location Information
When you first access the Platform, depending on your device settings, we will collect information about your location, which we use to make better recommendations for groups and events in your area, and to improve our Platform. If you do not want us to collect information about your location, then you can prevent this by taking the following steps:
If using a mobile app, by changing the settings on your device.
Note that our Platform or its features may no longer function properly if you change your settings. Your mobile device settings may also give you the option to choose whether to allow us to view your geolocation on a continuous basis, only when using the app, or never. Allowing us to view your geolocation when you are not using the app allows us to provide you with recommendations on a regular basis. Please refer to your device’s guide for additional information on how to adjust location services.
5.3 Your Choices: Cookies
5.4 Your Choices: Promotional Communications
You can control some of the messages that you receive from Meetup and other members by selecting the unsubscribe link in the message that you receive, or by adjusting the communication preferences in your account settings. We will also send you a link to these settings when you first sign up and in subsequent messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional messages, such as those about your account or our ongoing business relations. In addition, please consult the privacy policies of other members for information about how to control or opt out of promotional messages from them off the Platform.
5.5 Your Choices: Photo Tagging
You can tag photos of yourself and others. When a photo has been tagged it means that the name of that person will appear alongside the photo, and the tagged photo will appear on the tagged member’s group profile. We will notify you when another member has tagged your account in a photo or when additional comments are added to such photos. You can remove tags by selecting the “untag” option next to your name. You can also report inappropriate content to Meetup. You are responsible for obtaining permission from non-members to post a photo of them on the Platform.
6. Data Rights
You may have the right to exercise data protection rights, including to request that Meetup deletes, amends, or provides you access to your information.
You have the right to opt out of receiving Meetup’s promotional messages, but you may still receive other communications.
You can complain to your local data protection authority about the use of your information.
We respond to all requests that we receive from individuals who wish to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws. You can contact us with your request by sending an email to [email protected]. Rights that you may have, depending on the jurisdiction in which you live, may include:
Accessing, correcting, updating, or requesting deletion of your information.
Objecting to processing of your information, asking us to restrict processing of your information, or requesting the portability of your information.
Opting out from receiving marketing communications that we send you at any time. You can exercise this right by selecting the “unsubscribe” or “opt-out” link in the marketing emails we send you. Additionally, you may update your email preferences by changing the settings in your account.
Withdrawing your consent at any time if we have collected and processed your information with your consent. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing that we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
Complaining to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority. Contact details for data protection authorities in the European Union are available here.
Note that Meetup is a controller of your information. Other members, such as group organizers and network administrators, may also act as controllers of your information. You should contact these members if you have any questions about how they use information that you have provided to them.
7. California Privacy Rights
Monolith is an Ethereum-powered solution allowing you to spend your tokens (ETH and ERC-20) in real-life, the way you're used to: with a debit card accepted anywhere. Your Monolith Account is secured by a with a non-custodial contract wallet only you control. Each new user deploys their own instance of the Monolith contract wallet. Get the Monolith App 💳 to store, receive, send, and exchange tokens straight from your phone and order so the card (KYC required).
None (Ethereum Network Fees)
Europe (EEA) 🇪🇺
1-2% for top-ups, none for card usage in local currency
💳 How do I get a card?
The Monolith Card is available for users of our wallet living in Europe: we currently ship card to all 30 countries of the EEA — which includes the whole European Union. The Monolith Card is entirely managed through the Monolith app. In the card tab you can:
Submit your application for your card & activate it once received.
Check your card status and its balance
Top-up the card (=selling your tokens for a fiat balance ready to be spent on the card)
Freeze the card or report it lost, as well as see your statements and limits.
Our app is available on iPhone 6 and up from running iOS >=12, and Android >=7.0 (Nougat) Curious? We wrote a step by step overview of the process, from the installation of the app to your first spend with a Monolith card here: 👉 7 steps to Living Bankless.
Which tokens are supported?
Our wallet supports all ERC-20 tokens that are fully compliant with the standard. Among these, you the following can be used to top-up Monolith cards:
Does the Monolith Visa Card support ...?
Monolith cards work with the following services:
VERIFIED BY VISA
WORKS WITH MONOLITH CARD
Verified by Visa is sometimes referred as 3D-SECURE.
Is it expensive? What are the fees?
The fees are kept to a minimum. There is no setup fee, no activation fee, nor domestic point of sale fees. To be explicit here: ordering your card is free and there is no ongoing fee if you don't use it. The only usage fee users have to cover is a 1% top-up fee and potentially another 1% licensing fee, depending on the token used. Here is an overview of our fee structure. ℹ Spending TKN & stablecoins (DAI, USDC, USDT, GUSD) in your local currency costs only 1%.
Card Activation & Shipping
Transaction Fee (incurred when topping up non-stable tokens)
Transaction Fee for stablecoins (DAI, USDC, USDT)
Community Contribution (-> Chest)
Payment at Merchant
Free up to 2/month, then £0.75 / €0.85 per withdrawal
£1.20 / €1.50 (e.g. if in a UK ATM with € card)
£1.75 / €2.00
The licensing fees collected populate the community chest, which is where it gets really exciting!
Where are my funds stored with Monolith?
Your Monolith Account is secured by a non-custodial Ethereum Contract Wallet. Don't panic; let's unpack this:
Your wallet is non-custodial: you and only you have access to the private key, required to sign off transactions. Yay! Freedom, autonomy and sovereignty. However, it also means that you have the responsibility of securing your private key.
It's a contract wallet - your funds are not stored in a "regular" (EOA) Ethereum account. Instead, you own the private key of an EAO that governs a smart contract, where your funds are stored. It allows for the implementation of another layer of security: a logic as to how your funds can move. Learn more
It's an Ethereum wallet - able to store ETH, ERC-20 tokens, and soon NFTs!
The source code of the wallet is not only open-source (GPL3); it's also thoroughly documented to make sure each of our users can understand the functions they interact with daily. Worried about smart contract failures? The code of our contract wallet has been audited several times by companies including Trail of Bits & New Alchemy) & has an ongoing bug bounty.
What is TKN and Community Chest?
The Community Chest is a smart contract that grows through the proliferation and usage of the card. Every time one of our users top-up his card with any token other than TKN, a 1% licensing fee is charged and sent to the community chest. TKN holders can claim their share of the community chest at any time using Cash & Burn. Since the TKN community chest is made of the different ERC-20s used in our service, ponderated by their usage, it will eventually become a kind of index backed by the most popular ERC-20 tokens. As a TKN holder, you are directly incentivised to use and recommend Monolith to your friends. In that sense, TKN is one of the few tokens directly linked to the success of its associated service. Learn more about TKN with our introduction article
How can I claim my share of the fees collected in the Community Chest?
TKN holders can redeem their fair share of the community chest through the Cash&Burn function. At any time, a TKN holder can use TKN's Cash & Burn function to collect a current pro-rata share of the licensing fees accumulated in the community chest. Their share corresponds to the percentage of TKN burned (relative to the total supply). Since burning your TKN reduces the total amount of TKN in circulation, it proportionally increases the stake of the community chest which can be claimed by further burning in the future.
Where can I learn more about Monolith?
You've come to the right place! You can follow Monolith through our Twitter, or join the discussion either on Discord or Telegram. If you're just discovering the project, here are some good reads to get started:
To the lone white guy in hill crest area on Kavanaugh holding BLM sign in the middle of afternoon.... (223 points, 26 comments)
I am seeing crazy traffic lines in evening exiting LR and waiting on Northbound 430 trying to turn 40 towards Conway with lines sometimes extending all the way back up till Cantrell. All of this due to the construction on I40. Any idea till when when they'll keep that turn single lane? (22 points, 6 comments)
Any recommendations regarding local places where I can get Dash Cam installed? (18 points, 21 comments)
45 points: ilolz2's comment in Any avian enthusiasts know what type of bird this is?
42 points: episodenick's comment in Over 500 New Covid Cases Today in Arkansas, Highest Single Day Number so Far
40 points: Ankeneering's comment in LRPD and Mayor both blame out of state actors and Antifa for violence and damage during protests, but none have been arrested and they failed to state any actual evidence of Antifa other than referring to US Attorney Cody Hiland. Reporters kept asking about Antifa with no real answers given.
38 points: NomenReddit's comment in Marched 9 miles yesterday. I’ll march a billion goddamn more if it finally means Justice
38 points: TheR3PTILE's comment in Post from Mayor Scott on reviewing police policies. Also reduction of state police presence and review of deaths.
To the lone white guy in hill crest area on Kavanaugh holding BLM sign in the middle of afternoon.... (224 points, 26 comments)
I am seeing crazy traffic lines in evening exiting LR and waiting on Northbound 430 trying to turn 40 towards Conway with lines sometimes extending all the way back up till Cantrell. All of this due to the construction on I40. Any idea till when when they'll keep that turn single lane? (21 points, 6 comments)
Any recommendations regarding local places where I can get Dash Cam installed? (18 points, 21 comments)
44 points: ilolz2's comment in Any avian enthusiasts know what type of bird this is?
41 points: Ankeneering's comment in LRPD and Mayor both blame out of state actors and Antifa for violence and damage during protests, but none have been arrested and they failed to state any actual evidence of Antifa other than referring to US Attorney Cody Hiland. Reporters kept asking about Antifa with no real answers given.
40 points: aramink's comment in North Little Rock police officer fired for striking homeless man for 'no apparent reason'
39 points: DancingLR's comment in What are the hidden gems of central Arkansas? We are looking for restaurants, shops, museums, etc.
2020.06.10 15:31 bloodbank5New friend-making app in Boston?
Somerville resident here! I've been working on a Boston-area meetup app for the past year or so to help people connect with strangers nearby who want to hang out as friends. Would anyone here be passionate about something like this? I'm curious as to your feedback / suggestions! Here are some high-level bullet points about the app:
Propose/join activities with strangers nearby (walk in Cambridge Common, run on the Esplanade, lunch at Life Alive, etc).
Activities can be open to anyone, or restricted by age/group size/relationship status/etc.
Map-based location tracking while hanging out. Automatically shuts off if you leave / go too far away (think: Lyft/Uber but for meeting new friends!).
Unlike Meetup.com, the app places heavy focus on COMMITMENT and RELIABILITY: once you RSVP and the host approves, you're essentially committed to showing up. This is enforced by a combination of GPS and peer reviews, which feeds into a reliability rating for each user. This is meant to incentivize attendance, establish accountability, etc. Exceptions are made for special circumstances (flagged as unsafe, host canceled without notice, cancelled far in advance, etc.).
Some background on me: I'm a 33M, Boston-area native. I started the project as a way for me to find new friends while travelling, but now that I'm stuck back home in Boston, I think it could be applicable to a much larger demographic - recently moved, recently single, friends all recently married..., etc. - at least my friends seem to think so. So what do y'all think? If any of this hits a nerve for you, holler something at me in the comments with either a suggestion, advice, critique, or affirmation for this idea. I'm open to whatever you have to say! edit: here's a link to the app in case you're interested in seeing some visuals, or want to be a part of the initial community when we launch later this month!
AVA Labs, a highly-scalable blockchain platform founded byEmin Gün Sier (Co-director IC3) —is natively integrating Chainlink price & data oracles to power the next generation of on-chain financial services like lending, options, derivatives & more.
Decentralized derivatives platform Opium Network is live on mainnet consuming Chainlink Price Reference Data. Opium's founder stated, "The integration was effortless and fast, and will significantly reduce the time required to list new derivatives contracts."
Texel Tulips, an NFT startup of artists & blockchain developers, is using Chainlink VRF to determine the DNA & characteristics of their digital tulip NFTs. In the future Chainlink will allow these tulips to respond to real-world events like the weather.
AVA Labs, a highly-scalable blockchain platform founded byEmin Gün Sier (Co-director IC3) —is natively integrating Chainlink price & data oracles to power the next generation of on-chain financial services like lending, options, derivatives & more.
Ethereum privacy solution Tornado Cash integrated Chainlink's Gas Price Oracle live on mainnet. Tornado Cash defaults to Chainlink's Gas Price Oracle as the reference data source for calculating recommended gas fees when the off-chain APIs cannot respond.
Along with NASDAQ, IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, Digital Asset, and many others, Chainlink has joined the InterWork Alliance, a platform-neutral, non-profit organization dedicated to creating the standards frameworks needed to increase innovation across token-enabled ecosystems.
Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's HackMoney Hackathon. It was extremely difficult to choose winners between such great projects. Below are a few noteworthy projects which integrated Chainlink! This is only a small snapshot of all the hacks. See everyone who integrated Chainlink here.
Genie: A platform for no-loss challenges for popular games and used Chainlink to get winner data through an external adaptor.
DeFi Dollar: An index of stable coins that uses Defi primitives to stay near the dollar mark and subsidize the collateralization ratio which uses Chainlink price reference contracts.
CandyShop: A DEX aggregator that optimizes for efficiency by arbitraging user swaps and splitting arbitrage profits with user and uses Chainlink VRF.
NYV: The NYV Exchange uses Chainlink’s Reference Data Feeds to guarantee that users get no worse than the traditional market rate.
OyaMarket: Oya is a decentralized ecommerce protocol owned by its users and run by smart contracts and uses Chainlink as a regular API oracle.
Learn and Earn: L&E helps students online anywhere in the world get new skills and make some money along the way too and uses Chainlink alarm clocks. Stani Kulechov, CEO of Aave tweeted, “To understand the power of Aave and Chainlink, you need to look into hack like this.”
2020.06.07 05:54 bloodbank5Seeking feedback on a friend-making app?
Somerville resident here! I've been working on a meetup app for the past year or so to help people in Boston have a RELIABLE way of connecting with strangers nearby who definitely want to hang out. Would anyone here be passionate about having something like this? I'm looking for your feedback! Here are some high-level bullet points about the app:
Propose/join activities with strangers nearby (walk in Cambridge Common, run on the Esplanade, lunch at Life Alive, etc).
Activities can be open to anyone, or restricted by age/group size/relationship status/etc.
You'll get a notification when your partnegroup is on their way, and even be able to see their location on a map WHILE hanging out (think: Lyft/Uber but for meeting new friends!).
The app places a heavy focus on COMMITMENT and RELIABILITY: once you RSVP and the host approves, you're essentially committed to showing up. Attendance is peer-reviewed, and an average reliability rating is calculated for each user, which is meant to incentivize attendance, establish accountability, etc. Exceptions are made for special circumstances (don't feel safe, host canceled without notice, etc.).
Some background on me: I'm a 33M, Boston-area native. I started the project as a way for me to find new friends while travelling, but now that I'm stuck back home in Boston, I think it could be applicable to a much larger demographic - recently moved, recently single, friends all recently married..., etc. - at least my friends seem to think so. So what do y'all think? If any of this hits a nerve for you, holler something at me in the comments with either a suggestion, advice, critique, or affirmation for this idea. I'm open to whatever you have to say! edit: Thank you! I'll do my best to respond to each person individually. In the meantime, here's a link to the app in case you're interested in seeing some visuals, or want to be a part of the initial users when I launch here in a few weeks!
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