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Le 22 novembre 2017, 05:32 dans Humeurs 0

Tried and tested: the best hair putties for men

My hair is always a mess.  few months and rely on hair products to tame the mess between cuts, so it passes as some kind of style. It’s not particularly short, so I need something with a decent hold.

My first impression of the Superdrug Styling Putty (£1.99, 75ml) was that it was quite oily and had a strong but not unpleasant smell. After being applied to wet hair it seemed to mould easily but gave little actual hold. It dried quite quickly and gave a separated kind of texture, which isn’t really what I’m after.

The Murdock Matt Putty (£14, 100ml) had a grainy texture that was preferable to Superdrug’s offering, and a nicer smell. It gave a firm hold, but it wasn’t firm enough for me. The texture was good and it was easy to reshape throughout the day, but this is probably better for people with hair that’s shorter than mine.

Although the smell and texture of the Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Lab Elastic Shaping Paste (£17.25, 50ml) reminded me of PVA glue from school, I liked everything else about it. It gave a strong hold that could be reworked if needed, the texture was nice and it had a bit of shine.

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Bumble and bumble’s SumoTech (£23, 50ml) was my favourite. It gave a great hold and the texture was similar to using a wax together with a paste, which is my usual routine. It had a subtle, natural smell. This will be my new go-to, but I’d use it with the Paul Mitchell if I needed extra hold or shine.

Bytedance itself

Le 22 novembre 2017, 05:27 dans Humeurs 0

China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B

The deal is undisclosed by sources tell TechCrunch that Bytedance, the company behind China’s top news aggregator service Toutiao, will pay between $800 million and $1 billion to buy Musical.ly, which claims 60 million users most of whom are based in the U.S..

Three-year-old Musical.ly was previously valued at $500 million when it raised its most recent round of funding in 2016. The startup said it will continue to run as an independent business within Bytedance, taking advantage of the distribution and tech that its new parent offers.

   has been on a tear over the past two years thanks primarily to Toutiao, which claims 120 million monthly users. The firm is reported to be raising as much as $2 billion in new funding at a valuation of $20 billion, and it has expanded into other types of mobile content through acquisitions such as video app Flipagram.

Toutiao has become well known for its extensive use of artificial intelligence to help build a tailored newsfeed for its userbase, and in an announcement today the companies said that this tech will be used to develop Musical.ly’s reach in terms of users and creators in China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. These are regions where the company hasn’t really made a mark to date, despite the fact that its founders are Chinese and its head office is in Shanghai, but Bytedance has a growing presence in them.

In that sense, there’s plenty of synergy to the deal — which gives insight into how keen Bytedance is to expand overseas having already found huge success in the Chinese market.

At a time when investors have cooled on social media, Musical.ly stands out as a success story. There’s a commonly held view that it’s almost impossible to stand out amongst a crowded market which includes Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. In that way, Bytedance is similar since it has emerged to become a super company in China, where Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent have traditionally dominated as the big three.

In Musical.ly’s case, it latched onto the tween demographic and quickly developed cult fanfare. From music videos to live streaming, the platform developed a full-fledged social network, with some users becoming stars.

In the business community, Musical.ly’s success was initially under the radar. When we broke the story of its funding round 18 months ago, the startup name hardly rang a bell for most adults in Silicon Valley. The Shanghai-based company had both local and Silicon Valley investors. Greylock Partners, GGV Capital, DCM and Qiming all saw Musical.ly’s promise.

Despite that promise, there is controversy. Musical.ly has defended the way that it works with its young userbase — with many not even in their teens — after concerns about how it handles data and permissions.

Always Changing

Le 30 août 2016, 09:16 dans Humeurs 0

You probably don’t know Mark, but you might be luckyenough to know someone just like him. He’s been the heart andsoul of the office for a couple of years, combining exemplaryprofessional skills with a sweet nature and gentle disposition. He’s never been all that interested in4)getting credit for the terrific work he does. He just wants to do his job, and to do it superbly well.

And now he’s moving on to an exciting new professional opportunity. It sounds like it could be the chance of a lifetime, and we’re genuinely, sincerely pleased for him. But that doesn’t make itany easier to say goodbye to a dear friend and trusted colleague.

Life has a way of throwing these curve balls at us. Just when we start to get comfortable witha person, a place or a situation, something comes along to alter the recipe. A terrific neighbor moves away. Someone in the family graduates. A child finds new love and loyal ties through marriage. The family’s principle bread-winner is laid off.
 
Our ability to cope with change and disruption determines, to a great degree, our peace,happiness and contentment in life.

But how do we do that? Philosophers have considered the question for centuries, and theirresponses have been varied. According to the author of the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes,comfort can be found in remembering that “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”Kahlil Gibran urged his listeners to “let today embrace the past with remembrance, and the future with longing.”

A friend of mine who works for the government is fond of reminding his fellow bureaucrats that “survivability depends upon adaptability.” And then there’s Chris, the California surf-rat, whoonce told me that the answer to life’s problems can be summed up in four words: “Go with theflow.”

“It’s like surfing,” Chris explained. “You can’t organize the ocean. Waves just happen. You ride’em where they take you, then you paddle back out there and catch the next one. Sure, you’realways hoping for the perfect wave where you can get, like, you know, totally tubular. Butmostly you just take ’em the way they come. It’s not like you’re trying to 10)nail Jell-O to a tree,you know?

I’m not exactly sure, but I think Chris was saying that life is a series of events—both good andbad. No matter how deft your organizational skills, there will always be life-influencing factors  over which you have no control. The truly successful person expects the unexpected, and isprepared to make adjustments should the need arise—as it almost always does.

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