Swedish non-profit, BRIS, recently released a new app that includes this set of emojis dispalyed above to shed more awareness on abuse and allow kids to express themselves to others using an emoji when they aren’t able to speak up.
“A lot of kids feel really awful for all kinds of different reasons, and [these emoji] are easily understood symbols for some of those different issues,” BRIS spokeswoman Silvia Ernhagen told The FADER. “Many children have difficulties in putting words to their problems, so this is a way to help them to express themselves as well as encouraging them to actually speak about their feelings and ask for help when necessary.”
When we think of how we use emojis we’re used to displaying really cute and funny images, but it’s so interesting to see these painted in another light. Seeing these cause us to look at some of the most common emojis we typically use in a worse way. I’m hoping that these emojis strike a more positive response and are of use to others in need through the non-profit’s work.
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– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]
– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]
– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]
– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]
When I drive up to San Francisco, I usually spend my entire day there. The upside to this is that I get to make plans and see everyone I want to see. The downside? When there are lulls between plans and I have nowhere to go during this time. Sure, I could linger at a park or a coffee shop during the downtime, but what I really wish I had is a comfortable space to unwind for a bit – kind of like a living space like my own home. I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t you just move to SF?! Yeah, I’ve thought about that too. I recently discovered this new thing in San Francisco though called “Breather.” It does exactly what I’m looking for! Basically, Breather hosts space all around the city that you can rent for any amount of time and you can use it to unwind (like I am!) or as a working space with other people. I also learned that a team that I work with has used Breather in the city before too and had nothing, but great things to say.
Have any of you ever tried it? Would you? If I do, I’ll let you all know!
– Because everyone here is obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee – here’s how you can prepare your own at home! [BlueBottle] – I pretty much do the short version of this every morning at work ;)
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– Seattle start-up Tune provides for women studing computer science at UW [Geekwire]
– Kanye changes the name of his new album to “Swish” [The Fader]
– How to execute on choreographing an unforgettable music video by the choreographer who did Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” [The Fader]
– An acoustic performance by Lauryn Hill of “Doo Wop (That Thing)” [Pitchfork]
– Throwback! Facebook is bringing back the “away message.” [Nylon]
– What Spotify users prefer to fall asleep to. Any guesses? [Billboard]
– Anthony Bourdain’s 3 best tips for eating out when traveling abroad [Entrepreneur]
– 20 mistakes inexperienced managers make from an Amazon exec via Quora [Business Insider]
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– Ellen Pao announces that Reddit will no long allow for negotiation in salaries during the hiring process. [Salon]
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If being in my mid-20’s has taught me anything, it’s that I procrastinate way more as an adult than I ever did in college. Jennie and I are headed to San Diego next month for our bff Ashley’s 2nd graduation (grad student y’all!) and for an all-around girls’ spring break trip and as of today we have finally solidified our plans. Since the graduation takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, hotels were snatched up almost immediately. Jennie and I are normally “hotel” girls, but I thought this might be a pretty good opportunity to try out AirBnB since I never have before.
Surprising, right? I actually dug back deep into the archives and noticed that I first wrote about AirBnB back in 2013 – so not like it took me two years or anything to try it out myself. As a first time user, I felt really self conscious. Was it supposed to take me THIS long to settle on a place to stay at? Are the photos an accurate representation of what the place actually looks like? I will also note that I nearly messed up three times on the booking because the dates had somehow gotten switched in the process. Close. Call. In the end, we settled on a nice studio for the two of us – really we’re only looking for a place to sleep because we’ll be out and about eating and beaching the entire time.
Nadia told me that for some bookings you have to request to book – as in the host approves YOU. Is there anything more nervewracking? I was anxious for a few hours after that just hoping that Jennie and I would be selected and eventually we were and I received a message from the host via AirBnB right after the approval which put all my worries at ease.
Spring Break is on y’all.
I can’t believe this is the first time I’m ever seeing these. When I was much younger, I felt like Facebook was so easy to navigate. These days, there are so many different functions and I always find myself second guessing before doing something drastic on the social networking site. I guess that’s somewhat of an overstatement though. I found these videos to be really quirky and cheeky. To view the rest, click here!
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– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?
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For the past few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit unhinged with my days and weekends being less and less structured. I’ve been enjoying it because it allows me to plan less – something that I have a hard time doing – and giving myself time when I need it for extra time hanging out with friends on the fly or taking a few extra hours to sleep in. After doing this for so long, I think I’m ready to have more of a balanced set schedule again or at least disciplining myself. This extra time has enabled me to spend more time on Yow Yow! but that means that I’m much more connected to my laptop than I need to be and I think more time offline would probably be good for me. I came across this 30 day minimalism challenge which seems perfect. It’s simple and not too demanding, but sticking to it for 30 days could really improve how I’m doing things in my life. I’m not at a point where I feel like I can accept doing it just yet especially since I run this blog and work in tech, but I thought I would share it in case anyone else wanted to test themselves. You have 10 days to decide if you want to jump on it or not! For full rules and details, click here.
Believe it or not, before I accepted my current job that I am in, I have always been a PC kind of girl. However, when it came time to choose my hardware, Kevin suggested that I try out using Macs just in case I might end up liking it better. Plus, if I didn’t, I could always revert back. While I do, indeed, love my MacBook Air, I haven’t quite adapted fully and still use a PC for my personal use. Actually, I might be one of the few employees at my job that prefers to use two laptops instead of combining both my work and personal. What can I say? It’s hard to let things go. I’m not that nerdy on the Mac though and have never really cared too much about Apple’s big announcements, but this new MacBook is sexy. Also, we hear you, Chet Faker and we’re convinced even more now than ever that we need to own this laptop. Nice song choice, Apple.
It’s official. Japan is totally winning on the generosity scale. Designed by a Japanese robotics company called RIKEN, the “Robear” was designed to assist the elderly in a number of ways by lifting them in and out of their beds and helping them into and out of their wheel chairs – a task that can sometimes be a burden for caretakers. Japan is expecting a much larger elderly population in the next coming years and sees the Robear as a huge benefit so that those who would like to take care of their elderly parents can instead tend to their jobs and have the Robear step in. Wow. Can I just have a Robear for assisting in my day to day life?
Oh my goodness, readers! I am so excited to share that emojis will be represented in more than one skin tone now. Beginning mid-March, a public beta program will be open to those using OS x 10.10.3. To change the skin color of the emoji, all you have to do is hold on any emoji. Yesssss.
Also… never forget…