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The 90s nostalgia has been real for several years, and it makes perfect sense why Millennials are looking to the past for inspiration. With publications like Sassy and Jane, festivals like Woodstock and X-Fest, and designers like Betsy Johnson and Anna Sui, it was the coolest time to be alive. We've seen the revival of baby doll dresses, velvet chokers, grunge fashions, and even classic TV shows like Full House, The X-Files, and Gilmore Girls--but now it's much easier to binge watch. The 90s style revival isn't going away anytime soon, and when you look at the amazing group of women who defined the time era, its easy to understand why. Whether you were a riot grrl, a goth princess, a flower child, or an urban icon, the 90s had a pantheon of goddesses to inspire your style, many of whom are still total babes today. Keep your Instagram stars, and celebrity children turned model, and YouTube vloggers--they wouldn't be where they are without the flawless shoulders of the impossibly cool women of the 90s. So let's reflect on some of our favorite vintage heroines, and what they taught us about kicking ass. Drew Barrymore No matter if you were a good girl at heart or a bad girl in the making, Drew Barrymore paved the way. She dated the hottest guys, like Corey Feldman, Luke Wilson, David Arquette, and Edward Norton, and was rumored to have hooked up with a few of the most badass women, like Heather Graham and Jane Pratt. Her style has always been utterly unique, adorable, and aspirational, from her daisy-studded golden bob, to her wild crimped side part, to her Scream queen pageboy. In addition to being a style icon, Drew's career has taken so many different paths. From actor to producer to writer to beauty brand founder, she has always experimented with her personal brand, making her an inspirational figure even today. Naomi Campbell After taking the fashion world by storm at the age of 15, Naomi Campbell was declared one of the first supermodels of her time and paved the way for…
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The Craft One of the most classic witch movies of all time, this 1996 blockbuster featured the first film role of Neve Campbell, as well as launched the careers of Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney. The Craft had everything a 90s movie needed: Skeet Ulrich, baby doll t-shirts, and mayhem. The movie follows new girl Sarah, played by Tunney, as she starts a new school. Lonely and looking for friends, Sarah attempts to get to know Nancy, Rochelle and Bonnie, the three weirdest students at their Catholic high school. The girls have a bad reputation, and for a reason--they are a coven of witches in their making, just looking for their fourth member. A natural witch, Sarah is exactly what the girls needed to fully invoke their powers. But like all teenage girlfriends, the drama amplifies as their power increases, spiraling Nancy into madness and Sarah into a dark place from her past. With supremely influential style, a stellar soundtrack, and memorable lines, The Craft still holds up as not just one of the best horror movies of all time, but possibly the highlight of each actor's career. The Crow Hauntingly beautiful, tragically sad, and profoundly sexy, this 1994 gritty comic adaptation remains an intensely influential movie. The dark grittiness, the cyber-goth style, and the revival of trench coats can all be traced back to The Crow, which takes place over Devil's Night and Halloween in inner city Detroit. After poet and musician Eric Draven and his activist girlfriend Shelly Webster are murdered, an old legend takes flight to revive him for revenge--exactly one year later, Eric rises from the grave to avenge their murder, guided by a supernatural crow. As Eric ploughs through the criminals who raped and murdered his beloved fiance, we learn more about the romantic figure. Loving, creative, and passionate, Eric was a bright spot in a dark city. The film's mythology is beautiful and heart wrenching, watching the resurrected Eric flash between revenge killing and remembering his peaceful life. If you've never watched this movie, get on it immediately. Scream One of the first meta-horror…
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Nothing can make me swoon like a well-crafted mix tape. Some things come close (the boiler room make-out from My So-Called Life, guys playing guitar, properly spelled text messages) but nothing will ever have the impact of a Sharpie-labeled CD. Sadly, I've never received a really great one. In sixth grade, my crush gave me a mix tape that had Bon Jovi, Erasure, Kid N Play, Madonna and Rush on it. I fast forwarded to the Madonna songs and recorded over the rest with a They Might Be Giants album. I was fickle and he had bad taste. He also had a crush on my friend April and he gave her a Coke every day for a week at lunch time. She didn't like him either because she was saving herself for Bryan Abrams from Color Me Badd. The night that they did a guest appearance on the original 90210, April and I holed up in my bedroom and screamed at the television until my Mom threatened to put me on restriction. Anyway, if I was a guy and I knew me I would have a raging crush on me based on my music taste alone. I would spend an entire month crafting a CD so fine, so flawless that it would put Nick O'Leary to shame. I would spend hours obsessing over each song, each lyric of each song, just to make sure that it was telling me every insomnia-induced fantasy that I had ever had (about myself, of course). In reality, if a guy did this I might be just a tad creeped out and certainly confused at what I had done to inspire it. I might write a pondering blog post and send some texts to poll opinions about creepy CD guy. I might even dub him that. BUT...if he wasn't creepy and even just a little cute (awkward cute, preferably, not awkward hipster cute) this is the CD I would hope for.  "Clark Gable" by The Postal Service I don't care for most of the maudlin whining of the Daddy-group, Deathcab for Cutie, but something about…
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Even if the weather outside isn’t exactly frightful, the holidays are still a delightful time to cozy up indoors with a good movie. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, cable packages and Redbox there are hundreds of options to enhance the Christmas spirit, even if you’re feeling more bah humbug than joy to the world. So no matter if you’re bursting with glad tidings for mankind, or in the mood to chill, or would rather recoil into the darkness of winter, there is something on our list for you. Here are some of our favorite holiday movies, guaranteed to get you through the season in pure couch potato bliss. Gremlins If you like your holidays a little bit scary and a little bit gross, Gremlins is an ideal compromise. Packed with clever humor, this often-overlooked holiday classic follows young bank clerk Billy through a Christmas he’ll never forget. Billy’s father has searched for an unforgettable gift for his son, finally striking gold in Chinatown when a mysterious shopkeeper sells him a mogwai—an adorable fuzzy creature sensitive to bright light, water, and post-midnight feedings. Naturally, the care instructions are ignored and soon the town is overrun with nasty little gremlins who cause all sorts of havoc. This is the ultimate lesson in “let the buyer beware.” White Christmas Irving Berlin’s classic film beautifully showcases the romance, tentativeness, and talent of four entertainers ready to start the next chapters of their lives. If you’ve dismissed this movie because it’s too old or because it’s a musical, you are truly missing out on one of the best Christmas movies ever. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney positively crackle with chemistry, and Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen provide welcome pops of comedic relief. Get swept up in the glamour of old Hollywood and the whimsy of a simpler time. Batman Returns Did you forget that this is, in fact, a Christmas movie? Well, it absolutely is. Just as Oswald Cobblepot, better known as Penguin, who is attempting to put Gotham on ice. Michael Keaton reprises his role as the Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s creepy, festive flick…
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Each year, retailers roll out more competitive, innovative, and attention grabbing sales for Black Friday (even though most of them begin on Thursday.) Between big box megastores, department stores, online deals, shopping malls, and discount stores, it can be overwhelming to even determine where to start. While some retailers offer exclusive first-come-first-serve deals, others seem to have better overall prices. How do you know where to turn for guidance?    Don't let planning cut into your turkey time--take advantage of technology and come up with a game plan that will prevent you from freezing your wishbone off in a parking lot at midnight.Check out some of our favorite apps for comparison pricing, keeping track of ads, and managing alerts for awesome Black Friday deals.   ShopSavvy ShopSavvy collects all of the daily/weekly sales in to one convenient place. This is more of a personal shopping experience, as you will be able to see all of the most relevant, current deals for products you're interested in. The app has a social function, in case you're curious about what your friends are buying. ShopSavvy is available for Apple, Windows and Android.   BlackFriday BlackFriday has the most up-to-date information for retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy. Not only does it inform you of sales, but as soon as Black Friday promos are leaked, you're in the know. This app also keeps track of limited quantity door buster deals, so you can schedule your shopping trip without missing a beat. BlackFriday is available for Apple and Android.   SlickDeals SlickDeals isn't just a list of sales--it's user votes guarantee the best deals rise to the top of the pile. Each day, SlickDeals collects all of the most competitive pricing, coupons, and ads, as well as promos like rebates, free shipping, or bounce back rewards. There are three tiers on SlickDeals: the Hot Deals forum, where users review sales and upvote them, the Popular Deals, where SlickDeals editors review the quality/accuracy of the offers and hand select the best ones to move to the Frontpage, where the sweetest values can be found. So…
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When Saul Jaramillo moved from Colombia to Miami 15 years ago, he couldn’t communicate well in English and came off as arrogant. But he was just timid because he couldn’t speak English fluently.“I have an accent, and I was embarrassed by it, so I wouldn’t talk to people in school. By the end of the semester, classmates told me they thought I was acting like I was better than them,” said Jaramillo, 30. “People were misinterpreting me.”Jaramillo thought it would be nice to be able to permanently preserve the feedback from others and learn from it, so he created a platform to archive the information for people to see a glimpse of their character and personality.In 2013, Jaramillo launched a free app called DescribeMe for Android and Blackberry. It now has more than 23,000 users and was just released for the iPhone.The app is a social platform that allows users to rate each other anonymously on a scale of 1 to 10 in six different categories: personality, looks, career, lifestyle, relationships and skills.“The aim is to provide meaningful feedback by letting our imperfections inform us in what we can improve, personally and professionally,” said Jaramillo, adding that it serves as a medium to show people areas they can develop, making them aware of how they carry themselves, by raising their consciousness, and it keeps track of the changes. “As long as I know, DescribeMe is helping people, that is what gives me satisfaction.”Jaramillo, who is a development analyst officer at a private bank, makes sure to keep the app up to date with algorithms, or mathematical codes, that detect irregularities in the software patterns. “The algorithm I created allows me to detect defamation and bullying, so we can keep DescribeMe as accurate as possible at all times,” Jaramillo said. “If the system detects unusual patterns, it notifies me and blocks the behavior. It’s called a trust network, which basically means how trustworthy the system is.”With the help of his girlfriend, Sindy Arenas, 25, the company’s executive secretary, and his business partner, Juan Pablo Hernandez, 28, chief operating officer, who heads…
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When Manny Medina and Pitbull virtually rang the Nasdaq closing bell in the center of eMerge Americas with a crowd of people cheering them on, it seemed to symbolize that it is Miami’s time to shine. “It’s kind of ironic, as the CEO of a Nasdaq company (Terremark), I never got to ring the bell,” quipped Medina, the founder of the technology conference eMerge Americas, which opened Monday and continues Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.Tech pioneer Medina, who founded and sold Terremark in 2011, has a big mission for eMerge Americas: to help build South Florida into a tech hub of the Americas. But he said he never expected as much momentum toward the goal in Year 2. He credited much of that extra buzz to eMerge’s partnership with NBCUniversal and its 147-million viewer reach. Indeed, many of the network’s programs were filming from eMerge, including MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart and CNBC’s Fast Money.Medina said attendance will be well over the expected 10,000 people, and more people were streaming in Monday afternoon. More than 500 companies — from start-ups to giants — are participating this year, representing more than 50 countries. For Year 2, “we have been overwhelmed by the interest and excitement — I couldn’t be more proud of the progress,” Medina said.The expo area was far livelier this year, partly due to a different layout and traffic pattern. Noticeably more people checked out the booths and demoed the technology. This year’s Startup Showcase was located between the expo’s center stage and its program-rich summit halls — meaning that companies including Toronto-based bar-hopping app Eve and the mesmerizing advertising holograms from Miami-based Holography Box saw plenty of visitors. The path also led past the booth for Florida International University, where scientists are working on technologies for tracking Alzheimer’s disease, diminishing eyesight, breast cancer, and inexpensive home tests for molecules emitted by termites, mold and chemicals.Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and biotechnology company United Therapeutics, transported the audience to the future of healthcare with her keynote address, covering topics as obscure as pig organ…
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Nova High School students, Mohammed Islam and Rhyan Nesbeth, pitch their business plan which involves customizable LED fans, called "Light 'Em LEDs", during the 9th annual Youth Bizplan Challenge during eMerge Americas Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. | Emily Michot Miami Herald Staff...
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At eMerge Americas on Monday, The Institute for Commercialization of Public Research[1] announced the launch of the Florida Patent Pro Bono Program in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office[2].The program links qualified inventors and small businesses with volunteer patent agents and attorneys who provide pro bono legal assistance on specific aspects of the patent process, and with Florida’s launch it is now active in nearly all 50 states. In 2011, Congress passed the America Invents Act, which called for the USPTO to establish the regional patent programs.“We’re so happy to be launching in Florida,” said Jennifer McDowell, USPTO pro bono coordinator, adding that the Sunshine State has a large number of patent filings and under-resourced inventors.The Institute will match low-income inventors with patent lawyers, in order to level the playing field. “It’s an issue of fairness and economic development. When you unlock that innovation, that is how you make a difference,” McDowell said in an interview Friday. “And once these matches get made and the patent applications get filed, we want the inventions to turn into money making machines.”If accepted into the Florida Patent Pro Bono Program[3], applicants may expect exposure to intellectual property experts, support in certain aspects of the patent application process and partnership opportunities to enhance business development. The legal services would be free; the inventors would still need to pay the patent filing fees but could qualify for steep discounts.“The Institute is pleased to be administering this important program for Florida inventors, which promotes entrepreneurship, job growth and innovation-based economic development,” said Jamie Grooms, CEO of the Institute. “The Florida Patent Pro Bono Program will accelerate the commercialization of important new products and enable Florida companies to compete more effectively in the global economy.”More information on the program is available at www.florida-institute.com[4] and www uspto.gov. The Institute is also looking for more patent attorneys who want to volunteer. The Institute is a non-profit organization that works with technology licensing and commercialization offices of Florida’s state universities and private research institutions to leverage a $2 billion-plus research base and form investable companies that create jobs.…
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