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Speaking to Rolling Stone at the end of last year, 5 Seconds of Summer estimated that “75% of our lives is [spent] proving we’re a real band. We’re getting good at it now. We don’t want to just be, like, for girls.” In order to prove themselves as a “real band” (apparently for the time being, they’re merely a figment of teenage girls’ imagination) they must gain the approval of men. Already, they explained proudly, they’re “seeing a few male fans start to pop up”. What an incredible moment that must be for them – to glimpse a man among a sea of female frivolity, each Y chromosome taking them one step closer to credibility. Never mind that they wouldn’t have been doing this interview if it wasn’t, like, for the girls that bought their records.

Still, it’s not exactly 5 Seconds of Summer’s fault that they’ve got such a distorted view of things. After all, they’re operating in a culture in which teenage girls are seen as the lowest common denominator of music fan. A culture in which older men are the bastions of good taste, the brave protectors of real music – while young women’s enthusiasm is dismissed as a sort of mass hysteria, blocking their ability to discern good from bad.

—  The Guardian 
Emotional tears are composed of different chemicals than are tears from eye irritants. Emotional tears are more protein-based hormones, such as prolactin, adrenocorticotropic, and leucine enkephalin (a natural pain killer!), which is suggested to be the mechanism behind the experience of crying from emotion making an individual feel better. Study by Dr. William H. Frey, bio chemist at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center.
—  Lalah Delia
Using Names With Famous Connotations

When it comes to naming a child, a question parents often linger on is whether there are any connotations to their favourite names. Famous associations may be good or bad. In the case of baby Elizabeth, most people wouldn’t instantly think of the queen of England. However, if you have a little Beyonce on your hands, people will almost always recognise that your child shares their name with the famous singer. Then there’s names like Stalin, which is enough said! Whether the the name you have in mind may impact your child’s life (or your reputation) will depend on who the name is associated with.

Here is a chart to help parent’s who don’t want a famous connotation to their baby’s name, or don’t want it negatively impacting their child.

The Good
There are some name associations that are beautiful choices, influencing people to imagine inspirational and positive faces from the past. Humanitarians, scientists, artists and people that have inspired positive changes in the world are all a great source of inspiration for baby names. So if you’ve chosen a Teresa, Leonardo or Martin, you should be in the safe zone!

The Okay
Okay names are names that have famous connotations that people will pick up on, may make a comment about, but are not necessarily a bad thing to be associated with. In this day and age, we’re often influenced by celebrities. Naming a child Alanis or Channing may bring images, songs or movies by these celebrities to mind, and may result in a comment or a joke, but not something so serious that it’d impact your child’s life.

The Bad
Some names sit between the okay and the ugly - not quite terrible ideas, but may have more negatives than positives, depending on the environment the child will grow up in.. These may be names of prominent characters from movies, books, or figures in the media. These names don’t scream “bad name” upon hearing them, but can have negative associations (or connotations that lead to jokes). Before using these types of names, it’s best to consider what the child’s environment will be like. A baby Lilith may be an offensive choice in a Catholic family, but may be quite fine within an alternative family. A baby Drusilla may be the butt of a lot of ugly step-sister jokes, but may not hear any depending on the background of those around them. The bad names are not necessarily bad, but more ones to be cautious about using!

The Ugly
The ugly names are ones that people stay away from in most countries for obvious reasons. Most of these names are already banned, as they are considered to cause judgement on a child’s life. These names include things like Hitler or Satan. You should be in the clear here too though - most parents wouldn’t even consider calling their child by these names!

A Name Is For Life
Of course, this is your child. At the end of the day, the name should come down to what you love. Of course, all parents should keep in mind that they’re naming a human being, but most people don’t need to read an article to not name their child something that will be horribly unjust on them. So if this is a struggle for you, think about what you want in a child’s name, and what you’d wish to avoid, and work through the lists above. But most importantly, remember that they name you love is the best choice of all!

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Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech
By Alison Wagonfeld, Operating Partner, Emergence Capital
By Alison Wagonfeld

Lovely career advice. Here’s a summary:

1. Invest in relationships in all dimensions of your life

While there is often discussion about “work life balance,” in reality, I think “work life integration” might be a better term. Work is about relationships, but those relationships don’t need to start at work.

2. Seek out high visibility projects

I have found that raising your hand to engage in high visibility projects can help build your career, even if those particular projects don’t come to fruition.

3. Make time to help others

My most frequent feedback to women interviewees is that they need to highlight their successes during the first half of an interview. If they are too modest, it puts them at a disadvantage relative to people who are more comfortable pointing out their skills and experiences.

4. Feed your brain

Curiosity is one of the most important traits in business. While it is easy to get focused on the task at hand, it is crucial to keep picking your head up to investigate what else is going on. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, what is important is that you keep feeding your brain.

5. Practice makes progress

As Malcolm Gladwell writes, “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that makes you good.” 

Forget Wills and Kate - it's Harry who's found love (May 2007)

Gazing into the flames of a campfire on the banks of Botswana’s Okavango River, a scruffily dressed young man took a sip of his beer and let out a prolonged sigh.

Minutes later, he was pouring his heart out to the three strangers sitting beside him.

“Apparently, he had fallen in love with some girl in Cape Town who was the daughter of a rich businessman in Zimbabwe.

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"He seemed really serious about her, saying he couldn’t understand how he had fallen head-over-heels only four days after meeting her,” one of those fellow travellers later recalled.

The love-sick youth was, of course, Prince Harry, then on holiday in Africa during his gap year. And the girl who made such an impact was Chelsy Davy.

Three years on, almost to the day, Harry is preparing to wave goodbye to his girlfriend and march off to war.

Much has happened to the young prince in the intervening period: officer training at Sandhurst; periodic brawls with the paparazzi; and his father’s marriage to the woman Harry once blamed for causing his late mother so much anguish.

But, to the surprise of many observers, one of the few constants in Harry’s life has turned out to be the coltish, snub-nosed girl he met in Cape Town.

Indeed, some of his friends believe that an engagement is almost certainly on the cards, though probably not for a few years yet.

Of course, feelings can change. A tour of duty in Iraq, fighting for his country, may accelerate the progression from pampered prince to more mature man of the world: he may want to close the book on his youth, open a new chapter, find a different kind of soulmate.

But maybe not. Even 12 months ago, few could have predicted that Harry’s long- distance relationship with the coquettish daughter of a Zimbabwean wheeler-dealer and former Coca-Cola model would outlast William’s romance with the eminently proper Kate Middleton.

The truth of the matter, however, is that Harry has always seen himself and Chelsy as better suited and more capable of going the distance.

“And now,” said a well-placed source this week, “he’s been proved right.”

The 22-year- old prince has become increasingly irritated by what he saw as the “hype” surrounding William and Kate’s relationship.

A friend of Harry’s says: “Harry doesn’t want to be subjected to the level of interest people have been taking in William and Kate.

"It’s his idea of hell. But he also feels very frustrated at the way people are so dismissive of him and Chelsy.

"They are always portrayed as a pair of poor little rich kids who will burn themselves out sooner rather than later.

"In Harry’s mind, there is nothing ridiculous whatsoever in the idea that one day, in the not-too-distant future, Princess Chelsy could be standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace - even though she would probably be hiding a cigarette and a bottle of Malibu behind her back.”

Despite the stream of paparazzi photographs that reveal a fondness for partying and a distinctly beach-chick style, the 21-year-old Zimbabwean has been an “A” student at school and university.

Harry would not want to change anything about her.

While others - including his own father, according to Harry - find themselves transfixed by Chelsy’s more obvious charms - the prince has always believed that his girlfriend has some sterling qualities that Kate probably lacked.

“Harry has always been quietly very proud of the fact that Chelsy - or Chedda, as he affectionately calls her - loves him for who he is.

"In fact, she sees the fact that he’s royal as more of a hindrance than a help,” says a confidante.

“As the hugely popular daughter of a multi-millionaire businessman with homes in at least three different countries, she doesn’t really need to take advantage of Harry’s birthright.”

One source close to the prince suggests that he actually sided with members of William’s circle who felt that Kate Middleton had started to take advantage of the relationship.

“Harry had sympathy with those of William’s friends who felt Kate had begun to rather enjoy her fame by association a little too much - unlike his own girlfriend, who he thinks is a ‘real class act’,” the source explains.

'When she first met William, Kate had few friends of her own - but over the years, she carefully assimilated herself into his circle.

“There was a feeling among some of William’s friends that Kate had become a little too self-aware - she even had the cheek to bag herself a

cut-price Audi, thanks to her royal links - while publicly insisting that she wanted to be treated as an ordinary girl.”

Although Chelsy and Kate were photographed together on several occasions, most notably at the Beaufort Polo Club last summer, Harry’s girlfriend apparently didn’t particularly take to Kate.

“It wasn’t that she disliked her - it’s just that they had nothing in common. One only has to look at them to see it,” says the source.

“Chelsy is a lot sweeter than she looks, but she is still a very outgoing girl who likes a beer and a fag.

Thanks to her rather indulged upbringing, she is incredibly sociable and self-confident - qualities that don’t come naturally to Kate.”

Others more sympathetic to Miss Middleton’s cause, suggest the reality is that Chelsy has been just as keen to turn a royal relationship to her advantage.

She may protest about the attention, but she has not raised objections about her new status as international cover girl.

Last year, the society magazine, Tatler, even bracketed her with the Duchess of Cornwall as one of the most powerful blondes in Britain.

Her brother Shaun, meanwhile, has taken to styling himself as one of Harry’s official bodyguards, and has been known to chase after photographers when they try to take the prince’s picture.

Yet, in Harry’s besotted eyes, Chelsy and her family can do no wrong.

Courtiers who have expressed concern about the Davys’ controversial business links to Zimbabwean despot Robert Mugabe, have been told that she is a “non-negotiable” part of his life.

And he is undoubtedly entranced by the relative normality of his girlfriend’s close-knit family.

Which is perhaps hardly surprising. By the age of 13, Harry had weathered not only his parents’ separation but had also been forced to cope with the tragic - and endlessly raked-over -death of his mother.

Since then, his upbringing has been marked by a lack of parental discipline, thanks to his loving but laissez-faire father.

Even those with reservations about Chelsy concede that she has had a positive effect on the headstrong, devil-may-care young prince.

“It’s far from a coincidence that when Harry does slip up - the times when he falls out of nightclubs drunk and brawls with photographers in the streets - Chelsy isn’t around,” says one who knows them both well.

“Believe it or not, he has matured in recent years - in large part thanks to Chelsy, whom he is incredibly protective of - and really does try to keep his head down.

"They are so besotted with each other - like a couple of lovebirds, really - that when they are together, nothing else really matters.

"Their body language is so different from that of Kate and William, who always used to look more like brother and sister.

"The trouble is that when Chelsy isn’t around, Harry is easily led astray.”

On their recent jaunt to the Caribbean, the couple barely left their luxury condo in the exclusive Glitter Bay resort in Barbados, preferring to lie, holding hands, by the pool.

And at last Friday’s raucous Blues and Royals party to celebrate Harry’s deployment to Iraq, it was William who stayed out clubbing until 4am with a bevy of beautiful girls.

Harry and Chelsy quietly sipped cocktails in a private booth before slipping off discreetly at 1am.

Lately, friends have noticed that the relationship seems to be deepening - although that is not to say there haven’t been some pretty intense spats.

Unlike William, who was accused of leaving Kate to flounder under the weight of expectation while he forged on with his own life, Harry has been actively encouraging Chelsy to make solid plans for their future.

Bristol University has flatly denied rumours she plans to do a postgraduate degree there in the autumn, but friends say she is definitely planning to spend more time in England, where she has many friends from her days as a boarder at Stowe, a co-educational public school in Buckinghamshire.

She has even cancelled her plans to return to Africa over the summer and will instead wait for Harry to return from Iraq on leave.

“Chelsy hates the weather here, but is desperate to be nearer to her darling Haz. She is willing to make sacrifices if it takes their relationship a step forward,” says a friend.

And Harry has already asked Chelsy to attend the memorial concert in July that he and William are organising to mark the tenth anniversary of their mother’s death, though they are still discussing whether she should attend the formal church service later that month.

A Clarence House source says: “The problem is that every senior member of the Royal Family will be there, and Harry knows that taking her is tantamount to making a public statement on the future of their relationship.

"He doesn’t think that it’s fair on her to open the floodgates just yet.”

In the immediate future, he knows that he needs to concentrate on leading his men in Iraq.

The highly charged public debate over his deployment to the Gulf has radically increased the pressure on him to make a success of his career - and he wants to show that the Army’s confidence in him has not been misplaced.

“After what happened to my mother, I’m not afraid to die - but I am frightened for those around me,” he recently confided to one close friend.

Although he did once petulantly threaten to quit if he were not sent to Iraq with his troops, his attitude has changed in the last few months.

“He knows that the situation is bigger than him now, and he’ll take whatever he is told to do on the chin,” says a royal aide.

Indeed, those who know him well say he is haunted by the fear that one of his men could be captured or even killed because of him.

“That’s something he just couldn’t bear, and he knows he would be held to account for the rest of his life.

"The men in his troop have tried to reassure him - joking that they will all wear ginger wigs to confuse the enemy, which is typical of Army gallows humour - but he is wracked with guilt,” says another friend.

Iraq, however, is also Harry’s big opportunity to strike out from under his elder brother’s shadow.

For the first time in his life, the spare to William’s heir will be taking centre stage.

“Harry loves his brother very much, but he is acutely aware of the way in which he is overshadowed by William.

"He is determined to go to war and make his family proud,” says a friend.

But unlike William, he will have a long-term sweetheart to sweep into his arms when he returns.

TIME 100 ICONS: Leonardo DiCaprio: By John Kerry

Earth’s leading man

When I first read how Leonardo DiCaprio slept in an animal carcass and gnawed on raw bison to transform himself into Hugh Glass, I may have felt a little queasy—but I can’t say I was surprised.

Leo’s talent is limitless, but his secret has always been pretty simple: he’s real. He does his homework. He knows what he’s talking about. That’s how he takes himself back in time 200 years to create an Oscar-winning, bear-brawling, powerhouse performance in The Revenant.

Preparation, authenticity and smarts are at the core of who he is as an artist. But I admire him even more for putting those formidable tools toward becoming such a galvanizing force to protect our planet. Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided grants to conservation projects in more than 44 countries. He has employed his cinematic skills—in front of the lens and behind it—to make films that document our planet’s plight. He has discussed environmental threats directly with world leaders from Vladimir Putin to Pope Francis. And when I invited him to join the State Department’s first global Our Ocean conference, aimed at building collaboration to protect one of our most critical resources, Leo didn’t just show up—he put up millions of dollars for ocean protection as part of the effort.

Twenty years ago, Leo captured the hearts of millions of moviegoers by declaring, “I’m the king of the world!” Through his work and example, today he’s inspiring many millions more to help save it.

Kerry is the U.S. Secretary of State

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Tom Hiddleston on His High-Rise Nude Scene | InStyle.com

The screams of gathering paparazzi were muffled by overeager super fans who didn’t shy from yelling, “You’re so sexy!” the second 35-year-old English actor Tom Hiddleston arrived at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his much-talked-about film High-Rise Wednesday night inside Manhattan’s SVA Theater. And who could blame them? Hiddleston arrived looking as dapper as ever in an oxblood-toned Dolce & Gabbana suit that fit like a glove.

“I tried it on and it reminded me of the ‘70s, and High-Rise is set in the ‘70s,” he told InStyle of the inspiration behind his movie-going getup. Hiddleston always delivers a look worthy of a top spot on anyone’s best dressed list, but there’s one outfit he confidently sports in the new film that we’re ogling to get a glimpse of: his birthday suit. The brief, fully nude moment, which you can see in the trailer (below), offers a peak at his chiseled body, but the star says baring it all for the cameras is no big deal.

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Danny Jones to write songs for a female artist Niall is launching.

NIALL HORAN hasn’t just spent his break from ONE DIRECTION getting a tan on Bondi Beach — he’s now a music A&R.

The Irish star has asked Danny to write songs for a female artist he is launching.

Danny revealed: “Niall text me the other day actually, saying there was a girl he wants to help out and he wanted me to produce it.

“He just said, ‘Mate, I’ve got this girl I want to develop. Can you help?’”

Niall is the second member of 1D to get into the talent scouting business after LOUIS TOMLINSON set up his own record label and put together a new girlband.

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Prince Harry played a ventriloquist DUMMY at Queen's 90th birthday party
The 31-year-old played the dummy at his birthday party in 2014 and performed the same role for ventriloquist Nina Conti at the Windsor Castle bash
By Victoria Murphy

Prince Harry got up on stage and performed a ventriloquist act on the Queen ’s 90th birthday, it has been revealed.

The 31-year-old prince was the “dummy” for ventriloquist Nina Conti who provided after-dinner entertainment for guests at the Windsor Castle bash.

A black tie dinner for around 70 close family and friends was hosted by Prince Charles in the Waterloo Chamber of the castle - with Prince Harry as the surprise entertainment.

A source told Hello! magazine: “It was genuinely brilliant. He must have been practising it, because he had to do the actions in time with her speaking.

“It was intensely funny, because he was so good.”

The prince has performed with Nina in the same way once before on his 30th birthday dinner at Clarence House in September 2014.

And he clearly enjoyed it so much he came back for more.

The dinner held on The Queen’s 90th birthday last Thursday was organised by Michael Fawcett, Prince Charles’ former personal assistant who now runs Scottish mansion Dumfries House.

Decorations were provided by the prince’s personal florist Shane Connolly, with pre-dinner drinks in the Green Drawing Room and the Crimson Drawing Room.

On the menu was poached fillet of salmon trout, beef in port wine sauce and a passion fruit and mango gateau.

Other guests include European royals and close friends of the Queen including her long-standing ladies in waiting.

Other entertainment included singer Julian Ovenden.

Adele By Jennifer Lawrence

Adele and I met at the Oscars in 2013. I remember sneaking backstage while she performed “Skyfall,” trying to squeeze a ball gown past a pile of ropes and cables just to get a little closer. See her from another angle as if to peek behind the Great Oz’s curtain. I had been a fan of hers since “Chasing Pavements” (saying “fan” about Adele always sounds like an understatement, doesn’t it?). Then when 21 came out, mine and billions of other lives were—not to sound dramatic—changed. Suddenly there were words to that before-indescribable pain, frustration, sadness, then revolution that all comes from a breakup. I felt understood, I felt stronger, and above all, I hadn’t sung in front of a mirror with a hairbrush since Destiny’s Child.

Then she goes and does something like 25. Growing up. Changing in some ways and being stuck forever in others. Being so young with the most successful career in the world. She says, “I wish I could live a little more, look up to the sky, not just the floor.” The way she is able to capture herself, and then in turn us, has turned her into a star that’s not a star we look at, but a giant star with its own gravity that we are drawn to. All of this about her lyrics, and I haven’t even gotten started on the voice—how could I? It’s once-in-a-lifetime. All this about her voice and I won’t have time to talk about her intelligence. Her 500-year-old wisdom. Her patience and kindness all wrapped up in the tough skin of a damn gangster.

She’s an extremely private person, so I will do my best to honor her privacy. But we all see her success. Her undeniable talent and beauty. But what you don’t see is what a wonderful mother she is. What a wonderful partner and friend she is. That she makes her son’s Halloween costumes. Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she’s also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful. Bitch. 

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Marvel's Jessica Jones Wins Peabody Award
Marvel’s Jessica Jones has been honored as one of 11 works chosen to receive a Peabody Award for [...]

Here’s the official statement from the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors:

“This one part superhero saga, one part neo-noir program asks unpopular questions about power and consent, while constructing vivid and compelling characters. Krysten Ritter helps us to discover the strengths and vulnerability of Jessica, a hard-boiled private detective who has rejected the role of superhero but must still figure out how to overcome the evil that threatens her, her friends and her community.”