Category Archives: People & Interests

Womens’ self defense gets some style

There’s a growing trend in the firearms and self-defense industries of marketing exclusively to women. From the pink-colored Beretta Nano 9mm to surprisingly stylish conceal-carry purses, manufacturers are increasingly zeroing in on this once-overlooked demographic.

One such company, Damsel in Defense, a direct sales company, takes that emphasis to the next level with a laser-like focus. According to regional representative Jamie DeJesus, Damsel in Defense provides products that instill “confidence to know that [women] are protected if a situation arises.” Founded in 2011, the company donates a portion of all proceeds to charities, such as RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network),, and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS).

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Filming fireworks from the inside

Youtube user Jos Stiglingh has posted an absolutely beautiful video of fireworks filmed from within the the display itself. He used a DJI Phantom 2 drone with an attached GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera. The video is accompanied by equally beautiful music by Italian tenor and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli singing “Con Te Partirò”. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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How to protect your digital privacy from NSA intrusion

On June 5, 2013, Edward Snowden released classified NSA documents, causing ripples of distrust and anger to not only boil up within America, but throughout the world. Since the news broke, many have wondered what it means for the average individual. Should you be worried? Or does it even really matter, because you have nothing to hide . . . right? Those debates will sift through the public discourse in one form or another. But while those arguments rage on, let’s take a look at how using a few simple tools can help protect your right to privacy in the digital age.

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A reflection on loneliness

How many times in my own experience has this chilling killing feeling of loneliness come to strangle me as well? I can’t get away from it no matter what I do. Sundays, or long evenings, can be the loneliest times, since everyone is busy with something else.

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