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It’s almost time for the Great American Eclipse, which is happening Monday, August 21. Millions of Americans are eagerly anticipating this once-in-a-lifetime event, and no doubt many are wondering if they can sneak a selfie in during the experience. Most experts recommend putting your phone down and enjoying the brief celestial event, but plenty of people are still going to be snapping selfies.

So if you do plan to take a photo during the eclipse, here’s some advice from Nathan Yanasak and Jeri Ann Beckworth from the Department of Radiology and Imaging at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia.

  • Lower your expectations - The eclipse will look tiny in your photos, so focus on getting wide views with the sky and atmosphere included.
  • Keep your solar eclipse glasses on - Safety is crucial! Don’t look directly at the sun and don’t take off your safety glasses.
  • Be quick - The totality period is only about two minutes and 30 seconds or less, so snap your selfie fast so you still have time to take it all in.
  • Practice adjusting your camera’s control exposure settings - Get to know your phone camera’s settings and practice before the eclipse.
  • Consider downloading an advanced phone app, such as ProCamera - It’ll give you more exposure settings and features.

And when it’s time to actually take the eclipse selfie, here’s what to do:

  • Switch your flash from “Auto” to “On.”
  • Turn on your front-facing camera, so you see yourself on the screen.
  • Move around so that you see the moon over your shoulder.
  • Use your right hand to adjust the exposure to the moon and hold.
  • Use your left hand to take the photo.
  • Then put your phone away and enjoy the moment, even if you didn’t get the photo you wanted.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


You know that draggy feeling you get when you hit the afternoon slump? You’re tired, can’t focus, and that’s when many of us reach for our phone for a mindless distraction. But when we’re having trouble concentrating, social media won’t help. According to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less,” this is why.

"Humans have developed this idea we're like sharks and have to keep moving or we die," he explains. “Constant distractions, like scrolling through your Instagram feed, prevent your mind from naturally wandering, which scientists believe is linked to problem-solving, memory consolidation, and reflection.”

So when your brain doesn’t get a chance to pause, it can get clogged up “like a computer that has too many programs running. And you’re left feeling more tired and wired than before. But next time you’re feeling mentally exhausted, instead of scrolling through your phone, try one of these science-backed ways to boost your energy fast.

  • Take a break every 90 minutes - Our daily energy cycles in bursts of around 90 to 120 minutes. So use that as a guide to take a short break every hour and a half to let your mind rest, reset and refocus on what’s next.
  • Try "bookending" - Energy coach Sean Hall advises that in order to avoid feeling burned out, we “do a task that does energize you before and after one that doesn’t.”
  • Blink - According to a Japanese study, when we blink, it wakes up part of the brain called the “default mode network.” So when you’re staring at a screen for a long time, make sure you’re blinking to fight fatigue.

Source: My Domaine


Dating apps and online platforms are stepping up to protect users from hate speech.  OKCupid and Bumble are the latest dating apps to remove profiles of known white supremacists.  Chris Cantwell, a white supremacists who appeared in a Vice documentary, was banned for life from OKCupid.

Source: Mashable


Lots of families dream of spending a week at Disney World, but one lucky family is about to get a whole month there. The Gee family, known to their social media followers as theBucket List Family, has won a Disney-sponsored vacation called 30 Stays in 30 Days, where they get to spend 30 nights in different Disney hotels and explore all of the theme parks.

The Gees are famous for selling all their possessions so they could travel the world. The family of four has been to 45 countries and experienced adventures like diving with whales in Tonga and building a school in Nepal. But we think their two young kids are really going to be impressed with a month at Disney World.

During the 30 days, the Gee family will check out all four of the parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, as well as two water parks. And they’ll stay in a different hotel at the resort every night. You can follow their adventure in a video series on Disney30stays30days.com to see all the magic they experience at the happiest place on Earth.

Source: People

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