AMEX Shares First-date Spending Behavior

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With what it seems like a new dating site a day, it’s no surprise that first-date spending comes up as a hot topic. How much do you pay? Who pays?

  • Money at the Meet-and-Greet: Americans reporting $43 as the average amount spent on a first date.
  • But Who Pays?: 49% of people say the man should pay for the date (vs. 51% in 2014), followed by whoever asked for the date (31% vs. 30% in 2014). 14% believe the bill should be split (vs. 12% in 2014), and 1% say a woman should foot the bill (vs. 2% in 2014).
  • Date Deal Breakers: The top financial deal breakers on a first date (i.e. top reasons for not going on a second date) include:
    • Date’s card gets declined (54%)
    • Date contests bill (49%)
    • Date does not offer to pay for tab check (48%)
    • Date asks to split bill (40%)
    • Date tips under 15% (40%)

Why Short Videos Are Becoming Part Of Everyday Life

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Cameras are everywhere right now. New York has never had more eyes on you, me and everyone else! There are so many ways to be captured these days that you have to wonder if you ever have a moment off screen. Not many of us are that bothered about privacy anymore because we are all busy videoing everything we see and everything we do anyway. We love to see the world on a screen, and it doesn’t matter how tiny that screen is either.

New York just had its first Drone Film Festival. Drones are the latest must-have gadget for shooting video from a bird’s eye view. These guys can fly! The trouble is, some drone owners are being a tad irresponsible and flying them places that aren’t too sensible. That aside, there are some incredible vids to see from this unique angle that our selfie sticks just cannot reach. So what can we do with the footage?

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Lots of people are familiar with YouTube for watching and uploading videos. The vids may come from your smartphone, your laptop, your iPad, or anywhere. The six seconds that you get on Vine just aren’t long enough for a lot of us to get what we have to say across. Some of the vids you see on there just lose their context altogether, and the uploader just looks ridiculous. For a quick message that takes almost no time to upload from anywhere and any device, you can see the appeal of it.

If you want longer than six seconds, which the vast majority of us do, you can always upload your short videos on Keek. That way, you can get your point across without having to rush out a message. Short videos are a great way to let the world know what you are up to. They are like a quick diary entry just to pop your thoughts down, or show what you have just seen. They’re quick to upload and easy to view from almost any device because the file size is so small. Link to them from Twitter, and you can easily keep in touch with the whole world.

The importance of a short video site is that it helps you think about your message. It’s not long enough for waffle, so you have to be concise and focused on your message. It is also not so short that you have to rush. You have time for structure. You can just about fit in a beginning, middle and end of your story. A thirty-something second video could be just what you need to start mastering the art of video making, storytelling and presenting.

We will all continue to video events in our lives for the foreseeable future. And we will all feel perfectly comfortable with selfies and videoing ourselves as part of our daily routine. They are a great way to catch up with friends, demonstrate ideas, and voice your feelings on any topic you like. Short videos also offer a great way to make art. Whether you have a drone or not, your short video is the perfect springboard for you.

Walk With Me @Lishinu Leash

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Most retractable leashes are hard to use, have inconvenient buttons, and are uncomfortable for dogs because they can pull on the line until they choke themselves. The Lishinu is Compact and Cute!

Enter the Lishinu Dog Leash: you wear it on your wrist, freeing up your hands, while its button-less design lets you use natural motion to automatically lock the leash. Available in a range of colors, it’s also compact and durable. With a handle-like extension on the collar, you can get a handle on your dog in crowded spaces.

At first, I was really curious but skeptical if this can work for Jacob. Since they recommend you to use this on dogs 30 kg or less (66 lbs). Jacob is right at the max…Dog owners know a dog his size can pull a person if they really tried.

So on our regular Sunday night walk, I decided to try Lishinu: we LOVE IT!  It is easy to wear, light weight and cool to use.

See the 3M on the end of the leash and his Ruffwear jacket for safety!

I wore it over my sweater sleeve on my left wrist so I could text and call with my right hand. When we stopped at the intersection to cross the street, I instinctively use the handle-like extension part.

Once we are out of the traffic, Jacob was able to roam ‘free’ himself and smell the things he really wanted to and pee on random things too.

Overall we really like the Lishinu and was surprise by how easy it is to use it! It can be a great training tool as well for dogs and puppies. We had a lot of fun on our walk using it and highly recommend this pet innovation!

Check out the LISHINU on www.lishinu.com in all the colors!

 

The Houdini by @BlaqZinq Launches Monday

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The Houdini

Harry Houdini regarded as the greatest illusionist and Magician, noted for his sensational escape acts. His repertoire included escaping out of chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and being buried alive. We dedicate and say thank you for bringing Magic to the world.

A beautiful black cotton drill outer shell with delicately embroidered BLAQ ZINQ logo across the front exterior panels. The design details don’t stop there, moving to the under peak you find a single beautiful embroidered star, giving the wearer a 360 design experience.

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All BLAQ ZINQ snapback hats have been lined with the BLAQ ZINQ black and gold satin.

“ Your imagination is your only Limitation” is stitched in gold across the extra thick sweatband. Giving you inspiration and comfort in one.

Also included with this style is a finely cut, matt black metal badge meticulously placed on the right side of the hat representing the creative “right side” of the brain.

The golden triangle sticker placed on every style inspired by the star points in our logo shows the world you are wearing an original BLAQ ZINQ design.

One size fits all.

Every hat also includes an incredible black dust bag and decorative box.

www.blaqzinq.com

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