Preview: ‘Way of Kings’ jumps from pages straight to virtual reality

I almost broke a window while playing “The Way of Kings, Escape the Shattered Plains.” During the demo session for the virtual reality experience, I was punching enemies when I wandered a little too close to a window at the edges of the tracking zone for the HTC Vive and threw a jab. I struck the glass with controller in hand and cringed at the thud. I waited to hear a sharp crack or panicked screaming. No sound. I continued on with the demonstration. That situation sums up how everyone still has much to learn when dealing with VR despite the growing popularity of the technology. It takes some foresight… Read More

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A Week In Denver, CO, On A $50,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar. Today: a policy aide who makes $50,000 per year. This week, she spends some of her money on climbing shoes. Occupation: Policy AideIndustry: GovernmentAge: 23Location: Denver, COSalary: $50,000Paycheck (1x/month): $3,224 Monthly ExpensesRent: $693, which includes water, trash, and electricity. (I live with my boyfriend and another roommate who is a friend. We split the rent evenly three ways.)Student Loan Payments: ~$600 (I pay $587.03 toward a private student loan and $40-50$ of… Read More

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Why Did An Idaho Lawmaker Yell At Students Who Wanted To Discuss A Birth Control Bill?

While many were enjoying the President’s Day long weekend, 19-year-old Nicole Skinner and a group of students from the University of Idaho drove about seven hours in the snow to the state’s capitol in Boise. The students, who belong to the school’s Planned Parenthood-affiliated group Generation Action, were there to meet with several lawmakers to discuss comprehensive sex education and a bill allowing women to receive up to a year-supply of prescribed birth control. One of them was supposed to be state Sen. Dan Foreman, but he cancelled their 9 a.m. meeting because he refuses to meet with groups associated to Planned Parenthood, Skinner told Refinery29. A few hours later,… Read More

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This Instagram-Famous Brand Is Finally Coming To Ulta

Even if you think you haven’t heard of Storybook Cosmetics, you’ve probably drooled over the brand’s game-changing releases on Instagram. That’s because the one-year old indie darling has been kicking out palettes that channel Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Mean Girls Burn Books, along with Shakespearean and Potter-inspired wand brushes. Each release from the brand is packed with so much artistry and nostalgia that it’s hard not to share on social — and even harder not to want it all. The only hitch? Each release sells out like that, leaving us with little more than a folder of bookmarked posts and a yearning for those cool-ass makeup brushes. Thankfully,… Read More

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Obama portraits drawing huge crowds to gallery

By Peggy McGlone | Washington Post WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s presidential portraits are feeling the selfie love. The new paintings of former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, attracted big crowds to the National Portrait Gallery last week, where thousands of visitors lined up for hours to see the works and snap selfies in front of them. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The gallery commissioned contemporary powerhouse Kehinde Wiley and emerging star Amy Sherald to create the paintings of the former first couple. The portraits attracted international attention when they were… Read More

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Marchesa Co-Founder Claims Business Is Still Strong

Following the news of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults which dismantled Hollywood (resulting in the subsequent #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives), many wondered how the scandal would affect his estranged wife, Georgina Chapman and her fashion line Marchesa, a mainstay on the red carpet (until now). During New York Fashion Week, Chapman and her co-founder Keren Craig decided to forgo the traditional runway show and present their fall 2018 collection in “an updated format,” releasing it digitally. Despite not showing during Fashion Week, Craig insists it’s business as usual for the celebrity favorite brand. In an interview with Grazia, she says the company lost a jewelry deal, but “‘all… Read More

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