This Teen And Her Family Threw Her Dad A Surprise Party To Celebrate Every Holiday Before He Deployed

“We did it mainly because not only was he going to miss out on the holidays, we would also be missing him too.”

A family in Florida has shown they know how to make the best of any circumstance by throwing their military dad a surprise party to celebrate every holiday before he deployed.

A family in Florida has shown they know how to make the best of any circumstance by throwing their military dad a surprise party to celebrate every holiday before he deployed.

Olivia Clendennin

That time, he missed New Year’s and her brother’s birthday. This time around, he will be gone for 100 days.

“But with technology, it won’t feel like he’s that far away,” Olivia said.

So, the family decided to make the best of the situation and celebrate all the holidays at once, including his birthday. Olivia’s mom came up with the idea, she said.

“We did it mainly because not only was he going to miss out on the holidays, we would also be missing him too,” she said. “So, we decided to cram it all in before he left while we were all still together as a family.”

Olivia Clendennin


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If Aliens Call, We Might Not Want To Answer, Says Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, do not answer ― at least, not without careful consideration.

The renowned theoretical physicists hosts “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new short film available on the streaming service Curiosity Stream. The film follows Hawking around the universe as he “travels” in a computer-generated imagery spacecraft, giving the audience a peek into simulations of a black hole and Gliese 832c, an earth-like planet outside our solar system that scientists believe may be able to support life.

And Gliese 832c isn’t even the closet possible second-Earth. In August, scientists announced that Proxima b, a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri – the nearest known star to our sun – has a temperature that could allow liquid water and is possibly habitable.

But if we ever get a signal from any of these places, Hawking warns that we shouldn’t be too eager to say hello.

“We should be wary of answering back,” he says in the film, according to USAToday. “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus – that didn’t turn out so well.”

It’s an idea Hawking has expressed numerous times before – typically using human beings as an example of why we shouldn’t trust other intelligent life.

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” he told The Times of London in 2010. “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

Well, we’re convinced. NASA, we really hope you’re listening.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End new multiplayer DLC makes murder photogenic

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Sometimes, you need to take a break from all that shooting and killing to take a pretty picture.

Naughty Dog has released new downloadable content for its third-person shooter Uncharted 4: A Theif’s End’s multiplayer mode. The DLC pack, called Bounty Hunters, adds new weapons, cosmetics, and a new mode, also called Bounty Hunter. The new content also includes the addition of Cinema Mode to Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, which allows players to pause the action, move the camera, and take pictures.

Uncharted 4 came out earlier this year to critical acclaim. New content can keep players engaged with the titles multiplayer mode, which makes them more likely to spend money in on in-game purchases.

You can see the new content in action below.

Bounty Hunters is the second of three planned DLC packs for the multiplayer, which players can buy together (along with a future single-player add-on) in the Explorer’s Pack for $25.

Why Personal Branding is the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Yourself [SSM005]

Building a personal brand on social media is one of the best ways to become a thought leader in your industry. Whether you’re looking to change roles or simply advance your career, developing a personal brand is a great place to start.

And we’d love to share some tips on how.

Duke University professor Dorie Clark – a bestselling author and consultant for various Fortune 500 companies –  is an expert in the field of personal branding. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, her most recent book, Stand Outwas named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and was a Washington Post bestseller.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Dorie about her unique approach to personal branding on social media and why developing a brand of your own is becoming critical in today’s global environment.

A huge thank you to Dorie for packing this episode with incredible wisdom and takeaways for social media managers and marketers looking for great ways to develop their personal brand and become a thought leader in whatever passion they choose to pursue.

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In this episode, here’s what you’ll learn:

Dorie Clark takes us through her vast knowledge and expertise in the world of personal branding on social media.

  • What a personal brand is and why it’s your most important professional asset
  • How to define and align your personal brand with your professional career
  • The 3-step process to reinventing yourself on social media – “Big R” vs. “little r”
  • How social media truly fits into creating your personal brand
  • Tips on staying agile in your career while maintaining a personal brand

3 Personal Branding on Social Media Takeaways from Dorie

In Dorie’s words…

1. The importance of creating your own content

It’s useful and powerful to be a curator of other people’s good stuff. But, if you really want to establish an expert reputation, the fast ticket to do that is creating your own content.

2. Communicating frequently and regularly on a small number of channels

It is more important to go deep than it is to go wide. If you are Coca-Cola, yes you need to be on every social channel. But as an individual, you’re not a global brand in the same way, and people understand that you can’t be everywhere at the same time. So it’s more important to do a good job on two or three social media channels.

3. Understand the overlap of where your skills and target audience overlap

Take time to figure out what type of content that you are really good at creating. If you’re not good at creating a certain types of content, don’t make yourself do it. Don’t do things that make you miserable. Gary Vaynerchuk is a great example of someone who focused their skills in an area where they excel. Decide how to reach your audience, but in a way that is optimal for you so that your best traits can come forward.

Mentionable Quotes and Shareable Snippets

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“Your personal brand is what other people say about you when you leave the room. It’s essentially your professional reputation. I think sometimes people get thrown off because they hear the word ‘personal brand’ and they think that sounds so phony. Why do I have to be a brand the way that Tide is a brand? But if we re-frame and bring it back to first principles … This is your reputation and very few things in business matter more than your reputation.”

Show Notes and Other Memorable Moments

Thanks a million for checking out this episode! Below are the websites and other tidbits that were mentioned in today’s podcast about personal branding on social media. If you have any questions for us, feel free to drop us a line in the comments and we’ll respond right away!

Dorie’s Downloadable Resources

Great Quotes

  • “For the majority of people, the first thing that businesses will do when considering you for a job will be to look you up online. That could be something you leave to chance, or it is something you can control by creating your own content.”
  • “The best thing about being proactive about your personal brand is that you can be presenting a really coherent, cohesive picture of yourself as a knowledgeable professional.”
  • “Lower-case r (reinvention) allows you to make those moments when there’s a big shift more exciting and less painful … You’re priming yourself for future career reinventions.”
  • “If you are able to create a frame for how your interests fit together, I think that’s a very powerful way to think about branding.”
  • “The biggest mistake that people make with regard to personal branding is that they don’t spend enough time explaining their narrative. You need to set the terms of the discourse by communicating with people.”

How to Say Hello to Dorie (and us)

Dorie is quite active on Twitter at @dorieclark and also has a shining example of a personal branding website at www.dorieclark.com.

Thanks for listening! We’d love to connect with you at @buffer on Twitter or with the hashtag #bufferpodcast.

Enjoy the show? It’d mean the world to us if you’d be up for giving us a rating and review on iTunes!

About the Show

The Science of Social Media is a podcast for marketers and social media managers looking for inspiration, ideas, and results for their social media strategies. Each week, we interview one of the very best in social media marketing from brands in every industry. You will learn the latest tactics on social media, the best tools to use, the smartest workflows, and the best goal-setting advice. It is our hope that each episode you’ll find one or two gems to use with your social media marketing!

The Science of Social Media is proudly made by the Buffer team. Feel free to get in touch with us for any thoughts, ideas, or feedback.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End new multiplayer DLC makes murder photogenic

Uncharted 4 multiplayer.


Sometimes, you need to take a break from all that shooting and killing to take a pretty picture.

Naughty Dog has released new downloadable content for its third-person shooter Uncharted 4: A Theif’s End’s multiplayer mode. The DLC pack, called Bounty Hunters, adds new weapons, cosmetics, and a new mode, also called Bounty Hunter. The new content also includes the addition of Cinema Mode to Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, which allows players to pause the action, move the camera, and take pictures.

Uncharted 4 came out earlier this year to critical acclaim. New content can keep players engaged with the titles multiplayer mode, which makes them more likely to spend money in on in-game purchases.

You can see the new content in action below.

Bounty Hunters is the second of three planned DLC packs for the multiplayer, which players can buy together (along with a future single-player add-on) in the Explorer’s Pack for $25.

We Didn’t Know How to Promote a Podcast. So Here’s All We Learned

Before we launched our Buffer podcast, so much of our time and energy (99.9% of it, I’d wager!) was spent getting the sounds and feel just right. We did all the podcast things we were supposed to do in order to make a really great podcast – the interviews, the mixing, the uploading – and now that the time had come to press publish …

… we needed a plan to promote the podcast.

How do people promote podcasts? We didn’t know. We’d never promoted a podcast before!

So we went to work, researching all the best tips and strategies for getting a podcast seen by as many people as possible, downloaded as many times as possible, and maybe hopefully listed on iTunes’ New and Noteworthy list.

Here’s all we found and all that we’re excited to try. We’ll be sure to report back with what works!

The #1 Goal: Do Really Great on iTunes!

iTunes is responsible for as much as 70% of a podcast’s listens and downloads

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In the process of researching how to promote a podcast, much of the advice kept centering on iTunes as the key channel for growth and attention. I hadn’t realized just how key iTunes really was!

Nieman Lab claims “70 percent of podcast listening happens through iTunes or the native iOS Podcasts app.”

Scott Britton says, “Listens on SoundCloud and YouTube are pretty insignificant compared to iTunes.”

Erik Diehn says, “There’s basically Apple and then everybody else.”

I’ve heard similar rumblings from others, too. When we launched our culture-focused podcast, CultureLab, my teammate Courtney’s primary goal was getting to a good spot in the iTunes listings. She was our oracle: iTunes is really important.

We’ll report back with the specific numbers that we find for The Science of Social Media podcast. If you notice that a majority of the advice in this post is iTunes-related, now you know why. <img src="http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/1f642.png&quot; alt="