Want To Make An Impact With Your Work? Try Some Advice From 80,000 Hours

job fair People in the tech world like to talk about doing great things — but what does that actually mean for your career? If you’re serious about making a positive impact on the world, should you go work for a startup? A nonprofit? Or none of the above? 80,000 Hours is an organization aiming to help with those decisions. It’s a nonprofit in the current class of startups incubated by… Read More

5 reasons why startups should still attend tech conferences

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Information is so easily accessible nowadays, we have an endless library at our fingertips via the internet. The digital realm has allowed us to quench our burning questions — all without stepping out of the front door — and it’s constantly evolving to help us collaborate and connect across countries and continents.

As access to information and individuals becomes easier, does it still make sense for a lean startup to shell out the cash and physically attend a technology conference?

Simply put, yes.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Inspiration for innovation

Technical skills may be much revered in the startup economy, but it remains an industry founded on innovation. A successful startup is, without a doubt, built on the back of hours toiling on market research, user testing, and being in the right place at the right time — but it all began with an idea for a great solution to a real problem. And this seed of inspiration is rarely found in the corner of your dark, cobwebbed office basked in the white light of your computer screen. Read more…

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Brave cop saves baby skunk trapped in a yogurt container

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Bravery comes in many forms.

Officer Taylor with the Rochester Police Department responded to a call on Sunday of a baby skunk in dire need of some assistance. Unfortunately, the little animal got its head stuck in a yogurt container and was unable to free itself. Fortunately, Officer Taylor came to the rescue

A police officer never knows what the day will bring. Officer Taylor was called to the 400 block of W. Third St. this morning for a baby skunk with its head stuck in an empty yogurt container. Luckily baby skunks can’t spray like adults! Well done Officer Taylor!

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Budweiser Clydesdales Make Camp at the Union Fairground

I spent the afternoon with the Budweiser Clydesdale team the day after they arrived in the Mid-Coast. They will take part in the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland this weekend. (Photo credit: AerianaBlue.com) This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Square’s Board Adds Former Brown University President Ruth Simmons

IMG_4907 Square announced a powerful addition to their board today, former Brown University President, Ruth Simmons. Before her 11-year post at Brown, she was the President of Smith College, establishing the first engineering program at an American women’s college. Jack Dorsey, Square’s CEO, had this to say about Simmons in a release: Ruth has inspired generations of young people to… Read More

Drone drops drugs in Ohio prison yard, spurring inmate fight

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said. The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland. It contained almos…

Facebook Allows Turkish Government To Set the Censorship Rules

New submitter feylikurds writes: Facebook has been blocking and banning users for posting Kurdish or anti-Turkish material. Many screenshots exists of Facebook notifying people for such. You can insult any single historical figure that you like on Facebook except one: Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal ‘Ataturk’. However, he should not receive special treatment and be protected from criticism, but rather should be treated and examined like everyone else. In order to be accessible within Turkey, Facebook has allowed the repressive Turkish government to set the censorship rules for billions of their users all around the globe. Facebook censors Kurds on behalf of Turkey. To show the world how unjust this policy is, this group discusses Facebook’s censorship policy as it relates to Kurds (Facebook account required) and how to get Facebook to change its unfair and discriminatory policy. Makes re-reading Hossein Derakhshan’s piece worth the time.

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Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Hunters Party

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Gardiner Sportsman Club, 154 Cobbossee Ave., Gardiner, Maine For more information: 207-737-4029 This free event is being held rain or shine, Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9am to 3pm at the Gardiner Sportsman Club, 154 Cobbossee Ave., Gardiner, Maine. Fun …

Maine’s top court rules national same-sex marriage foe must reveal donors

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that the National Organization for Marriage must disclose its donor list in connection with the group’s support of a people’s veto of Maine’s 2009 same-sex marriage law. The National Organization for Marriage has already paid a record-breaking fine of $50,250 …

1-minute hike: South Turner Mountain in Baxter State Park

Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. The hike up South Turner Mountain is 2 miles from the trailhead at Roaring Brook Campground to the summit, and the second mile is very steep. The total elevation gain is just over 1,600 feet, according to the Baxter State Park Authority. How to get there: Travel on …