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It was a day like usual

Le 11 avril 2016, 10:19 dans Humeurs 0

My father was an intelligent master craftsman2. Though his gift didn't bring him any fame or fortune, his zest3 for the violin making had never been worn away. One day in an odorous, dirty sty he discovered a wedge of spruce, which is light and strong---perfect for the violin. Joyfully4, he trade a packed of food for it with the puzzled countryman. After three weeks' hard work, my sister and I were born into this world. My father couldn't afford the expensive varnish5 for us. But I can assure you, plain as we are, we are the first-class violins with the hypnotic sound you've never heard!
 
How long did I take in the shelf to wait for my master coming up? Two years, three years? Memory puzzles herself to reply this question. Besides, I always fell confused about the time in human's world. But it's definitely a long, long time. All I can recall about that is many, many people have passed by without even offering me a glance. How helpless unattractive I am! Finally I got a terrible feeling that my master perhaps would never show up, and my beautiful voice would be buried forever without even a chance to be heard.
 
colourless and gloomy. Like a dream a little girl, probably 6 years old, suddenly came up to me. For some reason, her beautiful eyes looked so empty and sad. But she was actually looking at me! Excited, my long lost hope rose up. I hold my breath, dreading6 to freight her away. Her mother came up and asked softly: Are you sure? The little girl cast her eyes down to the floor, she answered in an almost unread voice: Yeah. I cried for this single word. It sounded like a word from the heaven. At last, I found my master! Thousands words I tried to say, thousands questions I'd like to ask: Is she a good player? What kind of music is her favourite? She reached her hands for me. Her fingeres felt so cold! Oddly, she didn't give a try on me like most other masters would do. Lowering her head, she followed her mother out of store and down to the street. Few minutes later, with my excitement for the future calming down, I soon realized there was something wrong. My little master was obviously deeply troubled and upset. She grasped me tighter and tighter with her little fingers. She was fighting hardly a urge to cry but failed. Tears swelled7 up to her eyes.
 

What did you think of him

Le 7 mars 2016, 03:08 dans Humeurs 0

But I can’t ask Daddy because I can’t go through this in front of three other people who will look all hurt that I’m leaving, so I grab the old truck keys and say, “It doesn’t matter. I’m just going straight to Hilly’s,” and I huff outside only to find that not only does the old truck have a trailer hitched to it, but a half-ton tractor on top of that trailer HKUE amec.

So I drive into town for my first date in two years in a red 1941 Chevrolet four-on-the-floor with a John Deere motor grader hooked behind me. The engine sputters and churns and I wonder if the truck will make it. Chunks of mud spray behind me off the tires. The engine stalls on the main road, sending my dress and bag flying onto the dirty floor. I have to restart twice.

At five forty-five, a black thing streaks out in front of me and I feel a thunk. I try to stop but braking’s just not something you can do very quickly with a 10,000-pound piece of machinery behind you. I groan and pull over. I have to go check. Remarkably, the cat stands up, looks around stunned, and shoots back into the woods as quickly as it came.

At three minutes to six, after doing twenty in a fifty with horns honking and teenagers hollering at me, I park down the street from Hilly’s house since Hilly’s cul-de-sac doesn’t provide adequate parking for farm equipment. I grab my bag and run inside without even knocking, all out of breath and sweaty and windblown and there they are, the three of them, including my date. Having highballs in the front living room hong thai travel.

I freeze in the entrance hall with all of them looking at me. William and Stuart both stand up. God, he’s tall, has at least four inches over me. Hilly’s eyes are big when she grabs my arm. “Boys, we’ll be right back. Y’all just sit tight and talk about quarterbacks or something.”

Hilly whisks me off to her dressing room and we both start groaning. It’s just so goddamn awful.

“Skeeter, you don’t even have lipstick on! Your hair looks like a rat’s nest!”

“I know, look at me!” All traces of the Shinalator’s miracle are gone. “There’s no air-conditioning in the truck. I had to ride with the damn windows down.”

I scrub my face and Hilly sits me in her dressing room chair. She starts combing my hair out the way my mother used to do, twisting it into these giant rollers, spraying it with Final Net.

I sigh and close my unmascaraed eyes. “He looks handsome.”

I smear the makeup on, something I hardly even know how to do. Hilly looks at me and smudges it off with a tissue, reapplies it. I slip into the black dress with the deep V in the front, the black Delman flats. Hilly quickly brushes out my hair. I wash my armpits with a wet rag and she rolls her eyes at me hong thai travel.

The smart lock makes a lot of sense for those offerings

Le 4 mars 2016, 07:47 dans Humeurs 0

When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. That’s still part of the plan for the company’s new $25 million Series C, but the real story of this latest round is increasing focus on its partnership program, August Access. The service has already made some headway in the rental market, counting Airbnb and vacation rental site HomeAway among its major partners. The smart lock makes a lot of sense for those offerings, giving home owners and landlords the ability to generate temporary access codes remotely, for short stays joyetech cuboid 150w. The list of investors offers some insight into the kind of additional partnerships the company is focused on, moving forward. Along with familiar investment groups like Bessemer Venture and Liberty Mutual are Comcast Ventures and Australian utility company, AGL. The former has already begun offering August locks as part of Xfinity Home — the cable giant’s attempt to elbow in connected home offerings from the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google. August CEO Jason Johnson tells TechCrunch that Access is still a fairly small portion of the business, with most of the company’s sales still arriving through traditional retail channels. But while it remains top dog in the smart lock space, it’s smart to explore these partnerships early on. Smart locks are a long ways away from saturation point, but unlike devices like smartphones, they’re unlikely to follow a predictable two-year upgrade cycle. People replace their home fixtures much less frequently than they do their phone — that means that August can’t count on early adopters to continually upgrade. That’s especially true when the company makes it a point to continually upgrade the product’s firmware in an attempt to improve the experience long after the device has been purchased. Partnerships with utility and cable companies, on the other hand, offer an avenue into home that don’t aggressively seek out the latest and greatest tech products. Comcast could potentially offer up an August lock as part of an all-in smart home bundle that also includes, say, a Nest thermostat tourism website. Funds will also go toward developing new August products. “We have a pretty aggressive product roadmap,” says Johnson. “We’ll be introducing additional new products this year. There’s a significant amount of R&D required to produce new products.” The exec has promised more information on that front “in the weeks to come.”Online wealth management startup Betterment might have launched as a robo-advisor, but increasingly the company is turning to humans to answer its customers’ most pressing questions. On the heels of announcing a fresh $70 million in funding led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik AB, Betterment is launching a new messaging feature that will allow users to ask questions and get answers from its team of financial advisors. With its new messaging product, Betterment is offering up personalized financial advice to a larger portion of its user base — that is, anyone with an account. Customers can send secure messages through the Betterment app to ask for financial advice and get a response within one business day from one of the company’s experts. The company is pitching this as a way to help its more than 280,000 customers make better financial decisions, based on their individual goals or needs. Since the questions CFPs answer normally come about due to changes in a person’s life, whether it be a change in career, marriage, or the birth of a child, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to what they should be doing with their money Unified Threat Management. Betterment had already begun offering financial advice from humans, through a so-called hybrid model of wealth management for its most well-off clients. While its base digital offered automated portfolio management and tax-efficient investing for an annual fee of 0.25 percent, premium users could pay a little more (0.40 percent) to make unlimited calls to its licensed financial experts. At the same time, it’s facing increasing pressure from more traditional wealth management companies that are rolling out hybrid models of their own. Companies like Vanguard and Charles Schwab are introducing robo-advisor or hybrid tools for clients, mostly as a way to reach a greater number of customers. Online lender SoFi also recently entered the wealth management space with a hybrid product. By opening this messaging option up to all users, Betterment is hoping to provide a little bit more value than the competition as a way to lock in existing customers and entice new ones to sign up.

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