These cute planters are on sale at The Sill

These cute planters are on sale at The Sill

Have you used social distancing to start a small plant nursery in your apartment? Are you just antsy about the way your space looks and have the unstoppable urge to redecorate? 

Some nice planters should breathe new life into both your home and plant children, and The Sill has a few on sale that are hard to pass up.

Time to give your plants some new digs:

August Ceramic Pot

This small ceramic pot is perfect for the smaller plants or herbs that you normally keep by your window. It also has drainage holes at the bottom and a saucer dish for easy upkeep. You can get it right now at a slight discount, $3 off of the usual asking price.  Read more…

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Poco F2 Pro: Powerful Samsung Galaxy S20+ rival for less than half the price

Poco F2 Pro: Powerful Samsung Galaxy S20+ rival for less than half the price

In August 2018, Xiaomi’s spin-off company Poco surprisingly launched one of the best phones of the year: the Poco F1. It had the fastest Snapdragon processor at the time, a battery that lasted forever, and a price tag around $300.

Poco took a break in 2019, and returned with a far less exciting device this February, the Poco X2. But now, with the new F2 Pro, the company is launching another flagship killer. 

Announced via an online event on Tuesday, the Poco F2 Pro has a 6.67-inch, AMOLED display without a notch, made possible by a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera on top of the phone. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful processor right now, the Snapdragon 865, and comes with 6/8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage.  Read more…

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‘Hamilton’ is coming to Disney+ way, WAY ahead of schedule

'Hamilton' is coming to Disney+ way, WAY ahead of schedule

Disney is not throwing away its shot to make an Independence Day splash in the midst of a global pandemic.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney boss Robert Iger confirmed that Miranda’s beloved Broadway hit Hamilton will be coming to Disney+ on July 3. That’s this July 3, in the year 2020, a full year and a half before what had been planned as a fall 2021 release in theaters.

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” Miranda said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.” Read more…

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This unusual pot lets plants grow from the inside out, requiring nothing but water.

This unusual pot lets plants grow from the inside out, requiring nothing but water.

Terraplanter is a reusable planter made from 100% natural materials. It requires no soil, allowing the plants to grow from the inside out solely by being watered. 

Terraplanter is one of The Index Project’s 2021 nominees for innovative design solutions that address genuine needs and hold the potential to improve life. Read more…

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Tina Fey’s daughter interrupts her Seth Meyers interview with the slowest, sickest burn

Tina Fey's daughter interrupts her Seth Meyers interview with the slowest, sickest burn

The expertly mischievous children of celebrities have been bursting into late night show interviews for the vast majority of this strange time where we’re all staying home.

But while Jimmy Fallon’s kids heckling his monologue is one lightly devastating moment of parental pulverising, Tina Fey’s daughter took things to a truly admirable level.

During a chat with Seth Meyers for The Late Show, Fey was diving into the secrets of the just released Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive episode. Mid-interview, Fey’s daughter drops by to deliver a silent, brutal message — as Smash Mouth would describe, with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an “L” on her forehead.  Read more…

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How to Build a Brand People Love

How to Build a Brand People Love written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with Emily Heyward

Emily HeywardIn this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Emily Heyward, the Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Red Antler, the leading brand company for startups and new ventures.

Emily works closely with founders to develop purposeful, strategic visions for their startups and has led branding efforts for top companies such as Casper, Allbirds, Brandless, and Prose. After beginning her career in advertising, she started Red Antler along with her co-founders to directly apply consumer insights and brand positioning to launching and growing new and beloved businesses. In 2018, Red Antler made Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies in Marketing and Advertising and was dubbed the “cult brand whisperer”.

Emily was named among the Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Decade by Inc. Magazine and has also been recognized as a Top Female Founder by Inc. and one of Entrepreneur’s Most Powerful Women of 2019. As a brand strategy expert, Emily is frequently interviewed by the press, with commentary appearing in Forbes, Bloomberg, Inc., Fast Company, and Adweek. She’s also been a featured speaker at TechCrunch Disrupt, 99U, and the Fast Company Innovation Festival. Her first book, Obsessed, will be published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Randomhouse, on June 9, 2020.

Questions I ask Emily Heyward:

  • A brand that people love takes what?
  • How can you get somebody motivated to think about the return on investment of day one brand building?
  • What role does culture, or ultimately what role do people inside a brand play in the obsession game?

What you’ll learn if you give a listen:

  • How to define “brand”
  • How to evolve and respond to culture without rebranding every 18 months
  • The key principles to get customers to obsess over your brand

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Klaviyo helps you build meaningful relationships by listening and understanding cues from your customers, allowing you to easily turn that information into valuable marketing messages.

Want to learn more? Head to Klaviyo.com/ducttape to schedule a demo.

Computers can solve every problem thrown at them, right? This YouTuber dives into whether that’s true.

Computers can solve every problem thrown at them, right? This YouTuber dives into whether that's true.

We all know that computers are basically giant, whirring brains in small boxes — but are there any problems out there that they wouldn’t ever be able to solve?

As YouTuber Tom Scott explains in the video above, it’s a question that’s been on the minds of scientists and mathematicians for years now — ever since a man called David Hilbert posed something known as the “Decision Problem.”

“Which is, in short, can we determine if any given statement — meaning absolutely any logical statement or problem in the universe — is provable or non-provable?” explains Scott. “Given enough time, could we find an answer to everything?” Read more…

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Virtual dating FOMO is real. But don’t feel pressured if it’s not for you.

Virtual dating FOMO is real. But don't feel pressured if it's not for you.

There’s a specific blend of nervous excitement that accompanies the run-up to a first date. 

Back in the time before COVID-19, that nervousness happened in the rush of getting ready to go out. It might feel like a lifetime ago now, but I would always get a jolt of butterflies as I swept makeup brushes across my face, or surveyed which outfit to make my grand entrance in. 

Try as I might, I just can’t muster that same rush at the prospect of a virtual date — which is basically a date that happens over video call rather than in person. 

Like almost every aspect of our lives, dating has changed drastically in recent months. With this new version of dating, a whole host of unfamiliar emotions have arrived. Those feelings include intense panic, frustration, and sadness if major life plans like finding a partner and starting a family have been put on hold for the time being. You might be feeling a newfound yearning for human touch, or perhaps a longing to be hugged because of a neurological phenomenon called ‘skin hunger’ that’s been exacerbated by the pandemic. Loneliness and feelings of isolation have been heightened for people living alone. Read more…

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How to get all the endings in Netflix’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend’

How to get all the endings in Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend'

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend is alive, damn it! The interactive Netflix special that debuted Tuesday brings back the original cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a choose-your-own adventure episode with musical interludes, hijinks galore, and the fate of the story in the viewer’s hands — but how many ways can that fate play out? 

After extensive testing, these are all the possible endings for Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend, as well as the choices you have to make to get them. 

Main Endings

Isn't it nice when a story ends with a wedding? And not murder?

Isn’t it nice when a story ends with a wedding? And not murder?

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Why ‘murder hornet’ is a terrible name

Why 'murder hornet' is a terrible name

Just call them giant hornets.

The term “murder hornet” skyrocketed into popularity last week after the New York Times published a viral story about the arrival of an invasive insect species in Washington state (“murder hornet” is in the headline). Mashable, like many other outlets, used the term, too. But entomologists say that’s an irresponsible name for the species, Vespa mandarinia, even if it’s the largest hornet in the world at some two inches in length.

“It’s a ridiculous name,” said Akito Kawahara, an entomologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History who researches the evolution and diversity of insects. “I think it’s totally misleading.” Read more…

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