Minigame Mayhem in the Mario Party 10 Launch

The series continues with over 70 mini-games to play, new boards and bosses to tackle on Wii U. This time round, however, the mischievous Bowser wants a little slice of stardom and so leaps into action in a dedicated Bowser feature, with a fifth player wreaking havoc and upping the ante by using the Wii u GamePad.

…Have a gander at the eclectic launch trailer for Mario Party 10:

…Will you join Mario and pals in the latest chapter of Mario Party?

…Born and raised on the SEGA, he played Super Mario 64 and instantly fell in love with the world of Nintendo.

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Crazy founders. Bad hires. Nutso expectations. What’s been your startup kryptonite (and what did you learn from it)?

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…I’ve joined my fair share of early-stage startups and the one thing that I think has put most of those companies in the graveyard are their first-time founders. In one of my more recent projects, I’ve gotta believe I spent no less than 30% of my time managing up to founders that hadn’t been part of a product development and design process before and didn’t realize how they were killing the project.

I’ve been interviewing a lot and meeting a lot of companies and I have to explain what the challenges of my most recent role were, and it’s so hard to politely say, “Well… I had to try and build a project where my founders didn’t care about users and good software dev practices, but contracts and partnerships before we even had a product.”

…But, if you feel like there’s one thing putting projects you’ve been a part of in the graveyard, what do you got?

…If I’ve learned anything, it’s that before I join an early-stage great idea again, I interview the founders with MORE questions than they interview me with.

…I similarly like to ask while interviewing “Where did all of the work on your backlog come from” — or if the interview seems really open to it, “Can I see your backlog?”

If all the work comes from the CEO’s mouth, or it is all bugs — I know not necessarily to run away, but approach totally cautiously.

…I 100% guarantee you that if you email me 10 times a day for anything other than claiming my VIP pass to the free blow job buffet I’m going to tell you to fuck off.

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FAQ: What is new Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement

The IRS requires the Health Insurance Marketplace to report certain information about every individual who receives health insurance coverage through the Marketplace to the agency and also to the enrollee.

…IRS rules require the Marketplace to file Form 1095-A with the agency and provide a copy to individuals on or before January 31, 2015, for coverage in 2014. If an individual did not receive a Form 1095-A in February 2015, he or she should contact the Marketplace and not the IRS. The IRS has cautioned that it is unable to answer questions about the information on Form 1095-A or about missing or lost forms because these forms come from the Marketplace.

…Individual Income Tax Return, the IRS has added a new line on which individuals will report if they had minimum essential coverage for 2014 (and on Forms 1040-EZ and 1040A).

…According to the IRS, nearly nine out of 10 individuals who obtained health insurance coverage through the Marketplace in 2014 qualified for the Code Sec.

…In this case, these individuals must reconcile the amount of the advance payment with the amount of the actual credit when they file their 2014 returns.  Keep in mind that that changes in income, family size or other life events may result in the amount of the actual credit being different from the amount estimated by the Marketplace at the time coverage was obtained.  If an individual’s actual allowable credit is less than the amount of advance credit payments, the difference, subject to certain caps, will be subtracted from any refund or added to any balance due. If the actual allowable credit is more than the advance credit payments, the difference will be added to any refund or subtracted from any balance due.

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Easily Convert Video Formats

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…Anytime you transfer video from cameras or recorders to pc’s, or from pc’s to portable viewing devices such as ipod’s, portable dvd players, phones, etc., the need may arise to convert formats.

One new software program for Mac’s that handles the task quite well is ‘Total Video Converter’ by WaveSight.

Total Video Converter provides high speed, high quality video conversion for all popular video formats (AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, 3GP, RM, MOV, and more.) and portable devices such as iPod®, iPhone®, Microsoft® Zune®, PSP, MP4 players & smart-phones. 

…After a one-click download and quick install, the software starts you off with a device configuration screen, which lets you find your model device from a list of manufacturers.?

…Note: if Total Video Converter needs additional software, it will find and download it automatically from the internet.

And once you have converted your video file, you can plug in your device and click ‘transfer’ to move it over.

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Latin America Economic Outlook

Deloitte Global’s new quarterly Latin America Economic Outlook examines the outlook for the economies of major countries of Latin America.

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…Deloitte Global has released the 2015 Q1 Latin America Economic Outlook, the next report in its series.

…The latest iteration of Deloitte Global’s Latin American economic outlook series examines the opportunities and challenges for the economies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. While the abrupt fall in the international price of oil has had a positive, yet dramatic, impact on the global economy, the decline is particularly good news for Latin America’s domestic economic situation.

…The latest iteration of Deloitte Global’s Latin American economic outlook series, the Q3 report examines the opportunities and challenges for the economies of major countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. While current global economic conditions pose new challenges for Latin America, the region’s growth outlook still remains ahead of developed nations as well as the global economy overall. 

…The second in the series of Latin American economic outlooks notes that while the region overall appears to be experiencing a slowdown in growth, the outlook is positive for certain emerging economies. This second quarter report examines the opportunities and challenges for the economies of major countries of Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

…The inaugural  report examines the outlook for the economies of major countries of Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

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From Athlete to Entrepreneur: 7 Tips

The number of people we’ve seen turn from athlete to entrepreneur – from Michael Jordan to Magic Johnson to George Foreman to an amazing number of former college athletes such as Lewis Howes – shows that we are more than just our elite physical talents.

…My best friend, and former shortstop of our college baseball team, now lifts 2-3 hours per day and is an aspiring fitness competition competitor/body builder, he told me that there are days he could stay at the gym from open to close and just work out all day.

…This is not much different from when you are starting out on your own new venture (especially if you are going to be grinding it part time while keeping your job; something I HIGHLY recommend at the very beginning). You will be working for hours each day, sometimes late into the night because you will find yourself really in the zone and won’t want to lose the wave of momentum that you are riding.

…We know as athletes we all had to deal with some sort of failure, forget it and move on because there were more plays to be made.

…You can use that short memory to block out a pity party the average person would throw after a set back and treat it like you would any kind of step back in your sport.

…The most important thing about coaches is to take what you learn from them, apply it to get you to the next level in your business and do it over and over again.

…You can travel, spend time with the family, go to the Super Bowl, but most importantly fill that void that we all felt when we finally hung up our jersey for the last time.

…At his website you can get his free 5-day email course to get your first profitable idea and start earning money even if you do not have an idea yet.

…We’ve assembled an All-Star cast of sports pros working in business, marketing, media and other fields in the sports industry who have given their advice for landing that dream job in sports!

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What is the hardest challenge an amateur programmer faces in his beginning?

I’m currently reading “programming principles and practice using c++”, once I’m done I think I’ll need to read other books because I’m pretty sure that after those 2300 pages I’ve only learned the bare basics.

…Learning how to think through the problem, keep the codebase in your head and search for solutions is as much of the learning curve as anything a book could teach.

…Actually, the biggest showstopper has been getting the dependencies together so the app will actually compile and run from source (What’s Fresh, why does your program require a specific version of Ruby that hasn’t received even security updates in over a year?).

…At best a programming assignment can have a student using Swing or Qt or something, and get them comfortable looking up how the API works, but it’s not the same as here is a giant codebase with virtually no documentation, off you go.

…Edit: having read this comment below, I’m reminded that a deep understanding of C’s build model (and the slightly more complex one that C++ gives you with templates) is itself a non-trivial skill, never mind all the cleverness that build-systems and package-managers add on top.

…Now when I’m not completely amateur I can have a job where other people give me tasks, but when I was learning things by myself, inventing the tasks, which I would be motivated enough to work on, was the most painful and dreary process.

…But I would say that the hardest thing is learning how to take an intention (“I want to do Blah”), decompose it into sub-problems (“if I can Meow, Oink, and Quack, that will do Blah”), and then implement those pieces robustly. There are separate skills involved here – learning how to see chunks in a problem that can be disentangled, and then relying on things like invariants to ensure that each part is implemented correctly.

…I read and read and still feel like a complete beginner, even though I know much more than I knew months ago, but it’s still a bit frustrating at times.

…It’s a real challenge, since you don’t know in advance if the refactoring will be worth it, and the lack of novelty can be a real motivation-breaker.

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Click! That’s how modern chemistry bonds nanoparticles to a substrate

Nanoparticles of various types can be quickly and permanently bonded to a solid substrate, if one of the most effective methods of synthesis, click chemistry, is used for this purpose.

…This is a pictorial representation of the main idea of click chemistry used at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, to bond gold nanoparticles to a carbon substrate.

…Nanoparticles of various types can be quickly and permanently bonded to a solid substrate, if one of the most effective methods of synthesis, click chemistry, is used for this purpose. The novel method has been presented by a team of researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

…Now at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw, Poland, they have managed to show that click chemistry chemical snaps can quickly, effectively and permanently bond much larger structures: gold nanoparticles to a glassy carbon substrate.

…To form the bond, the researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the PAS used well-known chemical ‘snap fasteners’: groups of three nitrogen atoms (azides), which in the presence of a catalyst can combine with groups of carbon atoms (terminal alkynes) located at the end of other molecules.

…”We have been working with gold nanoparticles and carbon substrates, but our method is universal and in the future it can be used to produce substrates from other materials,” emphasises Dr.

…In the future, the type of click chemistry proposed by the IPC PAS researchers may find an application in the production of new, stable substrates for a variety of chemical sensors and electrodes employed in flow systems.

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Customer engagement and advocacy is undermined by a deficit of care

I was catching up with an old friend the other day and we were talking about the company he works for and the journey they are going through with regards to how they position and differentiate themselves in their market. … Like many other companies, they have found it difficult to differentiate themselves on product or price, given the dynamics of the market and how competitive it is.

…My friend’s organization knows this and they have realised that the best way for them to generate the trust and advocacy they want is through the amount of, and kind of, care that they show to the houses they build and the service that they deliver. An added benefit for the business is that how and what they do to care for their customers is something they can see, manage and measure.

…That is great news for them but, as the Edelman results show, too many firms are not doing enough to earn the trust of their customers.

I believe this might be due to a ‘deficit of care’, which is similar to the difference in perception that often exists between how a company thinks it is serving their customers and what it’s customers actually customers think.

I wonder what the difference would be if we asked how your organisation cared about your customers and what you were doing about it and then compared it to how much your customers think you cared about them?

…Thank you and I think you are spot on….predictability and doing what you say you are going to do when you said you were going to do it ….are key elements in building trust.?

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…I’m a huge fan of organisations that do great things for their customers and a right-hand-man to those that want to achieve their own level of greatness.

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Jonathan Burton’s Life Savings: Here’s one way Vanguard’s stock ETFs may surprise you

“It’s really in the interests of our shareholders,” says Doug Yones, head of Vanguard’s domestic equity indexing and ETF product management.

…Investors can see every stock an ETF held at the close of trading yesterday—with the exception of Vanguard’s offerings. Such openness in fact is a selling point for investors and financial advisers who don’t want any surprises after surviving the 2008 stock-market meltdown.

…“The sunshine of transparency means index-linked funds are less likely to stray from their mandates,” says Matt Hougan , president of researcher ETF.com.

…Its ETFs are competitive on both price and performance, and while their trading volume isn’t as great as offerings from leaders including BlackRock Inc. ’s iShares and State Street Corp. ’s SPDRs, for many investors the Vanguard name is a seal of approval.

ETFs from Vanguard competitors that post daily holdings, such as iShares and SPDRs, seem to be succeeding in closely mirroring their underlying indexes.

…And in fact, the indexes Vanguard ETFs track may be one reason why the firm opposes daily disclosure.

Most Vanguard U.S. stock ETFs mimic proprietary indexes from the University of Chicago’s Center for Research in Security Prices, or CRSP.

…Widely tracked indexes such as those from MSCI, S&P Dow Jones Indices and Russell Investments, by contrast, are tougher to front-run or free-ride.

…Accordingly, says Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual-fund research at analysts S&P Capital IQ, “what’s inside isn’t always as obvious.”

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