Bloglikes - Pics en-US Sun, 24 Oct 2021 05:06:08 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Melted Snowman Cookies Melted Snowman Cookies are an adorably sweet treat for the holiday season. Buttery sugar cookies are topped with a simple royal icing and decorated to look like darling little snowmen. These impressive treats are actually quite easy to make. Get ready for wide eyes and big smiles when these happy little Christmas Cookies are shared with friends and family.

Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

When it comes to cute cookies, these sweet little snowmen are hard to beat!

While they may look complicated, when you break the steps down they are actually quite easy to make.

They look absolutely adorable on holiday dessert trays.

If you are looking for something festive and fun for a cookie exchange, these melted snowman cookies.

Melted Snowman Cookies

When the weather outside is frightful, these cookies are absolutely delightful! These cute little melted snowman cookies showed up on the internet a few years ago, and I figured it was time I get around to making them to share with you. While they take a few steps to make, these little guys are actually simple to make when you break it down. Even if you don’t have any experience decorating cookies, you can successfully make a batch of these cookies to share with your friends and family.

How To Make Melted Snowman Cookies

Let’s discuss the ingredients you’ll need, and the steps you’ll take, to make these fun little melted snowman cookies. If you want to skip my discussion, tips and answers to frequently asked questions, just scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe.

  • Butter – While I personally prefer salted butter, unsalted will work fine.
  • Granulated sugar – Your day to day white sugar.
  • Egg – Make sure it’s a large egg and if you can have it at room temperature, that’s great.
  • Milk – Whatever milk you keep on hand will work in this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract – Pure vanilla extract is always the best option.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour works best. When measuring flour, make sure to give the flour a quick stir with a spoon to aerate. Measure by spooning flour into the measuring cup, then leveling. Do not measure by scooping the flour with the measuring cup. This will result in too much flour, which can lead to dry cookies.
  • Baking powder – Make sure your baking powder hasn’t expired.
  • Salt – Kosher or table salt.
  • Powdered sugar – Also called confectioners sugar.
  • Meringue powder – This is the one ingredient you might not have on hand. I usually find mine at Walmart or order it online. It’s used to help create the royal icing on these cookies, which dries firm to the touch. To learn almost everything you could want to know about it, check out this Meringue Powder article from Wilton.
  • Warm water
  • Marshmallows
  • Gel coloring – I highly recommend gel coloring versus liquid food coloring in this recipe.
  • Candy for decorating – M&Ms (full size or mini), licorice, sprinkles – whatever you like.

Chill Out… or not – Use my Cut Out Cookies recipe for the cookies instead.

Semi-Homemade Option – If you need a shortcut, you have a few options. You could use a pre-made sugar cookie dough or many grocery store bakeries sell undecorated sugar cookies, you just have to ask.

Meringue Powder – If you can’t find or order meringue powder, you can try my faux-royal icing recipe. You might need to make it a bit thicker than that recipe calls for.

Write On! – If desired you can skip making the orange and black royal icing, and use food safe markers to draw on the eyes, arms and nose. Just make sure you press gently and wait until the icing has fully set, approximately two hours, prior to drawing on the cookies.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Next, add 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well blended. If the dough is still really sticky you may add in another ¼ to ½ cup of flour. 
  3. Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal size portions. Wrap each in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until firm.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature or until soft enough to roll easily. 
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thick. 
  6. Using a 2 ½ inch, lightly floured cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Remaining dough pieces can be gathered together and rolled back out to cut additional cookies.
  7. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are just golden. These cookies can cook quickly, so start checking at the 5 minute mark.
  9. When the cookies are removed from the oven, place baking sheets on cooling racks to allow them to cool completely prior to decorating.


  1. In a large, clean and grease-free mixing bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and meringue powder. Add 5 tablespoons of the warm water. Using an electric mixer, beat on high power for 10 minutes.
  2. Check the consistency. You want the consistency of icing to be thick, but still has the ability to move and slide on the cookie just a little bit. If the icing is too thick and will barely move, add a few drops of water and mix well. If it is too thin beat longer, as it thickens the longer you beat it.


  1. Drop a dollop of icing onto the middle of a cookie and carefully spread out towards the edges. Some icing might slowly run off the side, that’s ok – they are melting snowmen! However if it quickly runs off, the icing may be too thin. If so go back to mixing a bit more.
  2. Immediately place one marshmallow on the cookie for the head of the snowman and very gently press into the icing. Carefully add M&M candies for buttons. Take care to not smudge the icing as is will be soft. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  3. When you are ready to add the eyes and buttons, scoop out some of the remaining icing and place in a small bowl. Add some black gel coloring to the icing, place into a piping bag and pipe on arms and eyes. Repeat the process with orange food coloring to create a carrot nose. Finally, add a piece of licorice for the scarf and/or some sprinkles for fun!
  4. Allow icing to fully dry, which takes approximately 2 hours. Placing them in the refrigerator can help speed this up if needed.
Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Storage: Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for five days. Cookies can be frozen for up to three months.

Icing not coming together? It is critical that the bowl, and all equipment that will touch the icing, is free from any oils or grease, for this icing to come together as intended.

Flavoring the icing: Royal icing isn’t the most flavorful icing out there, so feel free to add a few drops of extract to it, such as vanilla, peppermint, almond or lemon. Take note, this can impact the bright white color, so if you are using vanilla, I highly recommend using a clear vanilla.

Piping: For piping the eyes, arms and nose onto each snowman, I like to use a piping bag and a Wilton #2 Tip. If you do not have those available, you can use a plastic sandwich bag and just clip off the teeny tiniest bit of one of the bottom corners and pipe through it.

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A melted snowman cookie on a christmas stocking. Print Melted Snowman Cookies Melted Snowman Cookies are an adorably sweet treat for the holiday season. Sugar cookies are topped with icing and decorated to look like snowmen.  Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword cookie Prep Time 45 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Chill Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes Servings 30 cookies Calories 172 kcal Author Christi Johnstone Ingredients Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Royal Icing
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 7 tablespoons warm water
  • 30 marshmallows
  • gel food coloring in orange and black
  • assorted candies for decorating
  • In a medium bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Next, add 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well blended. If the dough is still really sticky you may add in another ¼ to ½ cup of flour. 
  • Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal size portions. Wrap each in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until firm.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature or until soft enough to roll easily. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thick. Using a 2 ½ inch, lightly floured cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Remaining dough pieces can be gathered together and rolled back out to cut additional cookies.Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are just golden. These cookies can cook quickly, so start checking at the 5 minute mark. When the cookies are removed from the oven, place baking sheets on cooling racks to allow them to cool completely prior to decorating.
  • In a large, clean and grease-free mixing bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and meringue powder. Add 5 tablespoons of the warm water. Using an electric mixer, beat on high power for 10 minutes.
  • Check the consistency. You want the consistency of icing to be thick, but still has the ability to move and slide on the cookie just a little bit. If the icing is too thick and will barely move, add a few drops of water and mix well. If it is too thin beat longer, as it thickens the longer you beat it.
  • Drop a dollop of icing onto the middle of a cookie and carefully spread out towards the edges. Some icing might slowly run off the side, that’s ok – they are melting snowmen! However if it quickly runs off, the icing may be too thin. If so go back to mixing a bit more.
  • Immediately place one marshmallow on the cookie for the head of the snowman and very gently press into the icing. Carefully add M&M candies for buttons. Take care to not smudge the icing as is will be soft. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  • When you are ready to add the eyes and buttons, scoop out some of the remaining icing and place in a small bowl. Add some black gel coloring to the icing, place into a piping bag and pipe on arms and eyes. Repeat the process with orange food coloring to create a carrot nose.
  • Finally, add a piece of licorice for the scarf and/or some sprinkles for fun!Allow icing to fully dry, which takes approximately 2 hours. Placing them in the refrigerator can help speed this up if needed.
Notes Storage: Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for five days. Cookies can be frozen for up to three months. Icing not coming together? It is critical that the bowl, and all equipment that will touch the icing, is free from any oils or grease, for this icing to come together as intended. Flavoring the icing: Royal icing isn’t the most flavorful icing out there, so feel free to add a few drops of extract to it, such as vanilla, peppermint, almond or lemon. Take note, this can impact the bright white color, so if you are using vanilla, I highly recommend using a clear vanilla. Nutrition Calories: 172 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 14 mg | Sodium: 56 mg | Potassium: 41 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 26 g | Vitamin A: 105 IU | Calcium: 16 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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    Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

    If you are looking for something a little more fun or festive than your standard Christmas Cookies, these brownie cups are the perfect choice.

    Your friends and family will be impressed with the adorable presentation of these brownie bites. They look like sweet little mugs of hot cocoa!

    They are quickly made using either a box brownie mix or your favorite brownie recipe.

    Perfect for holiday parties, it’s a great option when you want to make or bring something that’s easy, but a little different than the rest.

    Filled with Hershey’s Kisses, you can get creative with the holiday flavors Hershey’s puts out.

    Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups

    During the busy holiday season, I’m always looking for easy ways to make cute treats. Sure, I love a good chocolate chip cookie, but the holidays are the perfect time of year to dress up dessert a bit more. It doesn’t get much cuter than these Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups. They are downright adorable, but they are SUPER easy to make.

    Let’s discuss the ingredients you’ll need, and the steps you’ll take, to make these darling hot chocolate brownie cups. If you want to skip my discussion, tips and answers to frequently asked questions, just scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe.

    1. Brownie mix and ingredients required on box, or your favorite brownie recipe – This is my top choice for homemade brownies. If using a mix, look for one that makes a 9×9 inch size pan, not a 9×13 size. Take note that the size of packages can vary slightly, and you may end up with slightly more batter than your pan holds. You can always do another batch with this batter after the first one finishes. Tip: for the best box brownies, check out my Doctored Brownie Mix information.
    2. Chocolate kisses – Have fun with this one, with so many seasonal flavored Hershey’s Kisses, you can have fun with it. I love using the Special Dark Kisses or the will paired Hot Cocoa Kisses!
    3. Heavy cream – Since you’ll be making a homemade whipped cream, this isn’t one you can really substitute. Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is located near the half and half and milk in the grocer’s dairy section.
    4. Powdered sugar – Also called confectioners sugar. If yours seems to have a lot of lumps, give it a quick sifting.
    5. Instant white chocolate pudding mixThis pudding helps you stabilize the whipped cream so that it doesn’t melt so quickly and easily. If you can’t find white chocolate, you can use vanilla or cheesecake flavor, they just might give the whipped cream a bit more of a cream color.
    6. Mini Candy Canes – Miniature candy canes are much easier to break into pieces to use with this recipe.
    7. Optional Garnishes – You can garnish with sprinkles, mini marshmallows, chocolate sauce, whatever you like!
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit. 
    2. Prepare a 24 mini muffin pan by spraying with a baking spray that includes flour.
    3. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions, or follow recipe directions.
    4. Fill mini muffin cups ⅔ full. 
    5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft, not liquid.
    6. As soon as you remove them from the oven, press one kiss into each brownie cup with the pointed down, flat part on top. You can leave them as is or as soon as they begin to melt and soften you can use a thin spatula or a spoon to smooth out the chocolate and make it look more like cocoa!
    7. If you would like additional chocolate topping as shown, melt some extra Hershey Kisses and spoon the melted chocolate on to the top of the brownies.
    8. Allow the brownie cups to cool completely then transfer them to a cooling rack.
    9. While they are cooling, prepare the stabilized whipped cream.
    10. Whip the heavy cream at high speed in a very cold bowl until it starts to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks will form. Next, add the mix and beat until stiff peaks form. Watch it carefully, as this can happen quickly. Don’t want to overmix or it will curdle.
    11. When the brownies are fully cooled you may pipe on the stabilized whipped cream. Garnish with mini marshmallows, pieces of peppermint sticks, sprinkles and chocolate sauce if desired.

    Once topped with whipped cream, store covered in the fridge. If brownies have not been topped, they can be stored at room temperature for up to five days. If you will be serving them more than a day later, I prefer to wait and top them with whipped cream the day that I serve them.

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    A brownie made to look like a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane Print Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups are an adorably sweet treat that are perfect for the holiday season. You will be surprised how easy these cute brownie bites are to make. Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword brownies Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 24 mini brownies Calories 190 kcal Author Christi Johnstone Equipment
    • Mini Muffin Pan
    • 1 package brownie mix or your favorite brownie recipe
    • 24 Chocolate Kisses
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons instant white chocolate pudding mix use the dry mix, do not make the pudding
    • Optional Garnish: candy canes, mini marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate sauce
    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Prepare a 24 mini muffin pan by spraying with a baking spray that includes flour.
    • Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions, or follow recipe directions. Fill mini muffin cups ⅔ full. 
    • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft, but not liquid.
    • As soon as you remove them from the oven, press one kiss into each brownie cup with the pointed down, flat part on top. You can leave them as is or as soon as they begin to melt and soften you can use a thin spatula or a spoon to smooth out the chocolate and make it look more like cocoa!*
    • Allow the brownie cups to cool completely then transfer them to a cooling rack. While they are cooling, prepare the stabilized whipped cream.
    • Whip the heavy cream at high speed in a very cold bowl until it starts to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks will form. Next, add the mix and beat until stiff peaks form. Watch it carefully, as this can happen quickly. Don’t want to overmix or it will curdle.
    • When the brownies are fully cooled you may pipe on the stabilized whipped cream. Garnish with mini marshmallows, pieces of peppermint sticks, sprinkles and chocolate sauce if desired.
    Notes *If you would like additional chocolate topping as shown for presentation purposes, melt some extra Hershey Kisses and spoon the melted chocolate on to the top of the brownies. To microwave place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second bursts at 50% power, stirring well between each burst. As soon as the chocolate starts to melt, stir vigorously to melt remaining chocolate. Low and slow is best here to avoid overheating the chocolate.  Once topped with whipped cream, store covered in the fridge. If brownies have not been topped, they can be stored at room temperature for up to five days.  Nutrition Calories: 190 kcal | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 28 mg | Sodium: 106 mg | Potassium: 15 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 14 g | Vitamin A: 292 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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    During an interview with Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks was asked about the possibility of her reprising the role as Koska Reeves in "The Mandalorian" season 3, to which Banks replied:

    "First of all, thanks for trying to get that out, but I'm not on the next season. But it was incredible being on 'The Mandalorian.' On 'Star Wars.' To be on a franchise that is so huge and so loved, just look at the reception from fans outside of the WWE Universe. It was the best feeling of all time. The projection of that show was overwhelming. I legit felt like I was in a galaxy so far, far away. I felt like I was on a different planet. It was something I will always take with me and I took so much of what I learned from acting with them and being with so many great stars to WWE. It really helped my confidence as well when I came back from doing 'The Mandalorian' two years ago. It was such a learning curve and something I wasn't expecting, but now I'm in this whole new Hollywood world and it's going amazingly. I'm so excited for the fans, and I can't wait for my fans to see what's next."

    Of course, last year Banks said she would not be appearing in any other episodes besides "Chapter 11: The Heiress," but then Koska Reeves appeared in the season 2 finale, "Chapter 16: The Rescue." With NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) often prohibiting crew from talking about their involvement in "Star Wars" projects, we can't always take an actor's word for it, so we'll just have to wait and see how things shake out. Maybe she'll show up in "The Book of Boba Fett" instead, or appear in upcoming shows like "Ahsoka" or "Rangers of the New Republic." 

    As our friend Bespin Bulletin points out, however, there may be more to the character's absence from upcoming Lucasfilm projects:

    "Some fans have already started speculating that Banks may not have been asked back as she was previously seen liking tweets and Instagram posts supporting anti-masks and anti-vaccination, and perhaps Disney and Lucasfilm did not want a repeat of the Gina Carano debacle earlier this year."

    "The Mandalorian" season 3 has been filming primarily at Manhattan Beach Studios since late September and is expected to film until March.

    Under The Helmet: The Legacy Of Boba Fett Debuts November 12

    On Friday, November 12, The Walt Disney Company will host Disney+ Day, in which subscribers will be treated to new content releases across the streaming service's iconic brands — including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. 

    Disney recently revealed that a new documentary special, "Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett," will premiere as part of Disney+ Day that will celebrate "the origins and legacy" of the legendary bounty hunter. In a new promo for the event, we get a few glimpses of the special, which appears to be a retrospective to bring general audiences up to speed on the fan-favorite character before "The Book of Boba Fett" debuts on December 29. Check out the promo below:

    Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil Excerpt

    "Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil," the final installment in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn prequel trilogy, arrives November 16 and has an exclusive excerpt from the book, revealing a key moment in Thrawn's life. Here's a preview:

    MEMORY I:Of all the duties foisted on low-ranking family members, Aristocra Mitth'ras'safis had often heard, the task of wel­coming new merit adoptives to their formal rematching dinner was one of the worst. The newcomers were either highly skilled additions to the Mitth, in which case they tended to have an overblown opinion of themselves and their value; or they were freshly initiated into the Ascen­dancy military, in which case they were self-conscious and, well, extremely military. Nearly all of the blood, cousins, and ranking distants opted out of reception duty, leaving most of the burden to fall on Trial-borns and other merit adoptives, none of whom had enough pull to avoid it.Which made Thrass a definite anomaly... because un­like practically everyone else in his circle of friends, he genuinely enjoyed the service.Of course, he'd only been doing it for the past three years, and in that time he'd only welcomed eleven merit adoptives. Maybe after a couple more years the excite­ment of meeting and evaluating new people would fade and he would become as cynical and world-weary as ev­eryone else.But he doubted it. Every one of these people had been approved by the Patriarch's Office, a fair percentage of them by the Patriarch himself, and Thrass liked to see if he could figure out what made each of them special in the family's eyes.This one, for example. The young man freshly renamed Mitth'raw'nuru was standing inside the reception room, looking around the walls at the Avidich landscape paint­ings and the corner statuettes representing or created by some of the ancient Mitth Patriarchs. To Thrass's eye he looked just a bit lost, a fairly common reaction from some­one who'd been rematched from a nondescript family on a minor world into one of the greatest of the Ascendancy's Nine Ruling Families. Thrawn was wearing the uniform of a Taharim Academy cadet, which meant he'd been taken from his home directly to Naporar and then been brought here to Avidich for his welcome and orientation.Thrass frowned. For new warriors it usually went the other way around, first to Avidich and then to Naporor. Ap­parently, someone in the family had wanted him signed into the Expansionary Defense Fleet as quickly as possi­ble, before even his formal welcoming.Hopefully, he wouldn't look as intimidated in the heat of battle as he did in a grand Ruling Family reception room. The one common attribute of Ascendancy military types was their outward confidence.The younger man turned as Thrass walked in through the archway. "Cadet Mitth'raw'nuru?" Thrass asked for­mally."I am he," Thrawn said."Welcome to Avidich," Thrass said. "I'm Aristocra Mitth'ras'safis. I'll be guiding you through the various pro­tocols that will fully and officially rematch you to the Mitth family." He waved a hand to encompass the room. "And try not to be overwhelmed by all the fancy flourishes and curlicues. This reception room is also where dignitaries and emissaries from other families are brought in, and we like to make sure right from the start that they know who they're dealing with"I wasn't intimidated," Thrawn said mildly. "I was merely noting the unusual fact that the same artist who did three of the landscapes also created two of the statuettes. It's uncommon for a single artist to excel at both artistic forms."

    Visit to read more, as well as listen to the excerpt in audio form! "Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil" is available to pre-order here.

    LEGO Star Wars: Castaways Comes To Apple Arcade recently announced "LEGO Star Wars: Castaways," the first online social, action-adventure "LEGO Star Wars" game coming November 19 to Apple Arcade, in which players build and customize their own in-game LEGO minifigure character. Here's the synopsis:

    "The heroes of their own 'Star Wars' adventure, gamers will visit a mysterious new planet, meet and team up with friends (other "Castaways"), race Microfighters, and experience classic 'Star Wars' moments. They'll also unlock hundreds of collectible pieces to customize their minifigure and solve a mystery to save this community of Castaways on the ruins of an ancient civilization. Throughout, players can battle foes, solve puzzles, and hone skills in battle and flight simulations; those looking to share the fun can hang out with friends in the Social Hub and communicate through LEGO emotes, as well as challenge parents, siblings, and friends in the Hippodrome, or join forces to complete quests to earn rewards."

    Playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, "LEGO Star Wars: Castaways" will be available exclusively on Apple Arcade, Apple's game subscription service that offers unlimited access to a collection of over 200 games, for a monthly subscription of $4.99 with a one-month free trial. Be sure to visit for more images of the upcoming game!

    Marvel's War Of The Bounty Hunters Continues

    Marvel's "War of the Bounty Hunters" crossover event continues "Star Wars" #18 from writer Charles Soule and artist Ramon Rosanas, with a cover by Carlo Pagulayan. In's exclusive preview of the upcoming issue, Leia and Chewbacca take a moment to mourn after failing to save Han Solo. Meanwhile, in "Star Wars: Bounty Hunters" #17, Beilert Valance gets a helping hand from T'onga. Both comics will be available November 3.

    Check out for a look at all the Marvel "Star Wars" titles coming November, including "Star Wars: The High Republic: Trail of Shadows" #2, "Star Wars: The High Republic" #11, "Star Wars: Doctor Aphra" #16, "Star Wars: Bounty Hunters" #18, and "Star Wars: Darth Vader" #18. 

    ZM-B1, A Star Wars Fan Fiction Ghost Story

    Just in time for Halloween, check out "ZM-B1," a spooky "Star Wars" audio drama by Pete Fletzer of Around the Galaxy! Here's the synopsis:

    "Homesteaders don't like Jawas. And it's not because they smell bad or are really difficult to understand or because they're the lowest form of junk dealer in the galaxy. No. It's because ghosts follow them ... and sometimes they never leave."

    Speaking of fan fiction, Jordan Maison of Cinelinx has a great short story about everyone's favorite Besalisk cook in "Beating the Lunch Rush - A Tale From Dexter's Diner." Here's an excerpt:

    "Thanks," the voice came out soft, meek. The kid, covered in more grime than clothes at this point, barely looked up long enough to catch Dexter Jettster's eyes as they said it. They hustled out of sight as the next, similarly grungy, child stepped forward.Wasn't always this way , Dex thought. His lower set of arms handed over the pre-packaged sandwiches he'd made—with a sweet Jogan tart thrown in for good measure—to the little Ithorian girl, while one of his upper arms scratched at the stubble on his wattle. Shouldn't be this way , he amended his own thoughtsLong before the diner opened for Coruscant's industrial laborers to grab breakfast (or dinner depending on the shift), Dex was in the kitchen prepping meals for the kids. Some were the children of those same laborers, often left to fend for themselves while their parents worked double shifts, while others were orphans; forgotten collateral from the war.He'd been doing it for months now, after local sector leaders stopped giving his requests for help the dignity of a refusal. Every day there seemed to be more kids. Every day he feared running out of food and turning away a child who looked one meal away from collapse.Thankfully, today was not that day. The last child—older than the rest—was a Chadra-Fan whose fur was matted and tangled. With a quick "Thank you," she scurried off into the darker recesses of the alley behind the diner and Dex found himself with a handful of meals leftover. Perhaps today would be a good one.
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    Check out all the "Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures" animated shorts at the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel!

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    Learn about every version of stormtrooper that served in the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War era in this new video from Star Wars Explained!

    Mount Westmore's 'Big Subwoofer'

    Mount Westmore, a hip-hop supergroup composed of Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short, has a "Star Wars"-inspired music video for their new song "Big Subwoofer." Check it out! And in classic "Star Wars fashion, there's already a prequel!

    This Week! In Star Wars

    And finally, on "This Week! in Star Wars," host Kristin Baver gives us the lowdown on all the latest news from that galaxy far, far away!

    This week in 'Star Wars,' we check out brand new poster art that asks "Who will survive?" in 'Star Wars: The High Republic,' get ready to bake with IDW's 'Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures,' and crash land on a tropical island with 'LEGO Star Wars: Castaways.' Plus, Jordan Fisher stops by to chat about taking on the role of Dan from 'The Elder' in 'Star Wars: Visions' on Disney+.

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    • Buying an engagement ring online may seem tricky, but there are major benefits to shopping this way.
    • It's typically cheaper to buy your ring online, and at-home try-on kits make the process seamless.
    • Ahead, we round up the best engagement rings you can purchase online.
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    My engagement ring quest wrapped up just days before the pandemic locked everything down: in early March 2020, my now-fiancé picked up the ring that first began to take shape in October 2019. We were able to do the entire process in person pre-COVID. I also extensively researched online, but at-home trials were limited. Less than two years later, that's not the case: the engagement ring market and shopping experience is ever-evolving and more virtual than ever, and I was curious to learn more.

    It turns out that buying an engagement ring online is an amazing alternative to shopping in-store. You can save an average of 30-50% on rings from a direct-to-consumer site. And there are other benefits, too - I chat all about them in our FAQ section, below.

    With my own IRL-focused engagement ring process still fresh in my mind, I explored 15 jewelry brands and multi-brand retailers with extensive online shopping options, 10 of which I got on my hands (literally) for this guide.

    These are the best engagement rings online in 2021: Verlas Woman with hand in hair wearing Verlas engagement ring


    Verlas excels at variety, from design to sizing to pricing. The 15-day try-on program allows you to wear replicas of the brand's rings in your size for just a $99 refundable deposit.

    The keep-forever rings have only natural, earth-mined VS or SI clarity diamonds, set in 14k gold, 18k gold, or Platinum. Items can be returned within 30 days for a full refund or within 60 days — including engraved pieces — for store credit. The brand's five-year warranty program, Verlas Care, covers upgrades, buy-backs, and repairs including common wear like polishing and fixing metal scratches (but, annoyingly, shipping isn't covered). 

    What to buy:

    5-Stone Graduated Cherished Vows Ring (small) Ellipse Vows Ring (small) Blooming Round Ring (small) Ethereal Band (small) With Clarity Hands wearing With Clarity engagement rings on white background

    With Clarity

    With Clarity's Home Preview uniquely consists of replica rings made-to-order in 12 days or less, using simulated diamond stones between .75 and 2 carats. I didn't love that I could only test the rings in white gold, since the actual rings also come in yellow and white gold, too.  Most of With Clarity's replicas sport round stones. Options for more unique shapes are limited, though the range of modern east-west settings of elongated stone shapes impressed me. 

    That said, you can't choose your replica ring size, and the 3-day trial period is short, though you can contact customer service for a longer window, and three try-ons (two rings each trial) are allowed per customer for trying other styles. With Clarity rings include a lifetime warranty, 30-day return period, and free resizing. Stone selection is vast, with over 200,000 rocks available, and a topnotch search function with 30x to 50x zoom for inspecting each stone for inclusions easily.

    What to buy:

    Bezel Solitaire (Oval Shape) (small) Duet Pave Engagement Ring (Cushion Shape) (small) Lily Engagement Ring (small) Star Halo Engagement Ring (Round Shape) (small) Vow by RC Woman in polka dot dress holding hands together wearing Vow by RC engagement rings

    Vow by RC

    You might recognize Ring Concierge's neck stacks from Instagram, and its Vow by RC engagement rings share the brand's minimalist, contemporary look. This swanky home try-on kit is tightly edited and includes a nude Essie polish. (Yours to keep, whether you purchase a ring or not.) If you do buy a ring, the $100 home trial deposit goes towards your purchase. 

    The kit also packs useful intel and tools in, like tips for how and when to measure your ring size along with sturdier-than-most ring sizers, though those must be returned post-trial. Overall, it's a stylish and social media-minded experience. From the rings themselves to to the included DIY mani treat, it's all practically begging to be posted.

    What to buy:

    The Mercer Engagement Ring (Radiant Shape) (small) The Mercer Engagement Ring (Antique Round Shape) (small) Uptown Engagement Ring (Yellow Gold) (small) Tribeca Engagement Ring (Platinum) (small) Ceremony Two people holding hands with Ceremony engagement rings on


    The considerable heft and clean lines of Ceremony's pieces stand out among online jewelry brands. Designer and founder Jess Hannah (of Insta-famous jewelry brand J.Hannah) uses certified recycled 18K gold from repurposed jewelry or scrap metals and natural, recycled diamonds for each piece. Each ring is made to order in four to five weeks in downtown L.A. I adore chunky, flush- and bezel-set baubles so these replicas, (made of real 18K gold and CZ stones), were definitely my favorite to test. 

    Ceremony doesn't yet offer at-home trials, its Concierge service's virtual appointments show the rings on a hand, and allows customers to preview the exact stone in their preferred setting before it is produced.

    What to buy:

    Sienna Emerald Cut Engagement Ring (small) Anise Engagement Ring (small) Ren I Engagement Ring (small) Brier Engagement Ring (small) VRAI Person wearing VRAI engagement ring


    If you're looking for a more ethical ring, VRAI only offers The Diamond Foundry conflict-free lab-grown diamonds created using solar energy — and they look, feel, and shine the same as natural stones, and can be cheaper. The brand's cool, modern designs include classic solitaire and halo styles, bezeled options, and a "hover" style that looks like the stone is floating to one side. The brand's at-home try-on program has been discontinued, though you can do virtual appointments, with a $100 credit for subsequent purchases.

    Despite a 30-day return policy and a lifetime warranty on the stone itself, there's only a one-year guarantee against defects on the ring overall. Also, you can't buy the diamond and setting separately, only non-engraved rings can be returned, restocking fees are up to $200, and you can only return an engagement ring once — the second is final sale. 

    What to buy:

    The Hover Engagement Ring (small) Signature Bezel Engagement Ring (small) The Trio Engagement Ring (small) Signature V Engagement Ring (small) MiaDonna Hand wearing MiaDonna engagement ring


    MiaDonna has a pretty overwhelming range of styles so it took longer to choose my try-at-home samples, though the variety could be useful if you're completely unsure what you're looking for. At least you'll choose four rings, instead of just two or three, for a lengthy seven days. Replica rings are made of alloy metal with cubic zirconia stones, and designs are totally as-is. You can't choose the ring size, metal type, stone carat weight, or setting for at-home trials, but they may help solidify preferences about things like stone shape, weight, and settings. 

    Try-ons are free with a refundable $100 security fee, and are shipped in 1-3 business days. Only one try-on is allowed per customer or address, but you can order additional home try-on rounds for a non-refundable $50 fee if the first four you slip on don't wow you.

    What to buy:

    Bizet Solitaire Engagement Ring (small) Camilla Engagement Ring (small) Paris Stackable Engagement Ring (small) Marvel Engagement Ring (small) Gemist Hands holding box of colorful engagement rings from Gemist


    Gemist's rings are made-to-order in L.A. with ethically-sourced diamonds, emeralds, and four hues of sapphires. The sleek try-on set, kitted out with some useful reading material and plastic ring sizers, includes three gold-filled or sterling silver rings with replica stones for a $45 deposit. And while only available in a size 6, you have two whole weeks to try them on, and each kit comes with a 10% off coupon on a future purchase.

    Gemist's real-deal rings, are available in 14k rose, yellow, or white gold and two stone sizes per shape. They take 3 to 4 weeks to make, and the brand has a 30-day return policy. Diamonds are International Gemological Institute (IGI)-certified. Sizes are more limited than other brands I tested, ranging from 4 to 9.5, including half sizes. Resizing is $75 through Gemist, and if you resize elsewhere (like a local jeweler), the brand's warranty is voided. 

    What to buy:

    The Round Solitaire (small) Stay Magical Ring (small) Oval Halo Pave Ring (small) Crazy Beautiful Ring (small) Mejuri Woman wearing Mejuri rings


    For a modern, unique ring that doesn't look like an engagement ring at all yet still feels special, check out Mejuri. There are no traditional settings like solitaires or halos, nor are diamonds used as center stones. Instead, cluster settings feature a large center stone like a peach-colored morganite or blue sapphire encircled by smaller stones like diamonds or white sapphires, and the metals, either 14K yellow or white gold, are less expensive than platinum or 18K gold. 

    Shopping for an engagement ring at Mejuri feels more casual than other brands: There's no zoom feature, 360-degree viewing, or lifetime warranty. (Though there is a two-year warranty, which might not ruffle chill couples.) At-home trials are no longer available, but virtual appointments are, and in Toronto, NYC, or LA, you can try before you buy at Mejuri's physical boutiques. Plus, Mejuri offers a 60-day return and exchange policy if you don't wind up loving what you buy.

    What to buy:

    Italic Cluster Ring (small) Oval Cut Ring (small) Diamonds Cluter Ring (small) Toronto Dôme Ring (small) FAQ How do I determine the correct size for my engagement ring?

    Most online retailers will have a printable size chart, or will send you a free ring sizer on request. You can also measure the diameter of a ring you own that fits you well, but make sure you consider the width. The wider a ring, the more snug it will feel, so you may want to size up.

    Is it cheaper to buy engagement rings online?

    For the most part, yes — you can save between 30-50% on your engagement ring if you shop online. Most online retailers are direct-to-consumer, and they have less overhead than brick-and-mortar stores, so they can charge less for the same quality of diamond.

    Can I return an engagement ring I bought online? 

    Most online retailers will accept returns of engagement rings online, but there are some caveats. If you order a custom ring, you may not be able to return it. It's a good idea to check the retailer's return policy before purchasing.

    How far in advance should you purchase an engagement ring online?

    You definitely want to give yourself plenty of time to purchase your engagement ring online. Most brands recommend looking no later than two to three months before you plan to propose — potentially longer if you can. You're relying on shipping, sometimes from overseas, which can be tricky, so it's always best to give yourself a buffer. 

    What should I look for when shopping for an engagement ring online?

    There are a few key factors to closely consider when choosing stones, explains Debbie Azar, executive vice president of Gemological Science International. "Everyone has different preferences for shape, cutting style, and what they would like to prioritize in terms of the 4 Cs,  cut, color, clarity, and carat weight," which determine diamond pricing and value, Azar says. There's also what Azar calls 'the fifth 'C,'" — certification, via a grading report from a reputable gemological laboratory." 

    What's the difference between a real diamond and lab-grown diamond? 

    Truthfully, not much. Lab-grown diamonds are created using technology that mimics the natural growth process of a diamond, so there is no inherent difference in what they're made of. Some consider them more ethical. Most jewelry brands nowadays are committed to the Kimberly Process, which combats the sale of blood and conflict diamonds, but there still isn't enough transparency in how they are mined. Lab-grown diamonds are conflict-free.

    That said, one con of lab-grown diamonds is that there's no inherent value. Visually, natural and lab-grown stones with the same specs look the same, but natural stones have resell value due to limited resources. The upside is they also tend to cost less — you can save up to 50% by choosing a lab-grown diamond.

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    U.S.A. -( As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases of firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are reminding the greater Miami area public that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such unlawful purchases. The campaign is in its 21st year and is a cornerstone of the cooperative relationship of the firearm industry, law enforcement, and retailers.

    Billboard, radio, streaming audio and digital advertisements for the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program have been purchased by NSSF in key locations throughout the region with the message: “Buy a gun for someone who can’t and buy yourself 10 years in jail. Don’t Lie for the Other Guy.”

    The month-long public awareness campaign was officially launched today with a press conference program at Bass Pro Shops at Miami’s Dolphin Mall. Present at the event were representatives of the ATF Miami Field Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, and NSSF.

    The Miami area “Don’t Lie” includes more than 64 outdoor billboards, digital bulletin boards, and posters. There are also more than 152 radio spots playing and 750,000 digital streaming radio service impressions. On social media, “Don’t Lie” advertisements total nearly 2.4 million targeted geofenced online mobile advertisements and 1 million Facebook and Instagram impressions. Miami was chosen for this special campaign by ATF. No taxpayer dollars are used. The program is funded in full by the firearm industry.

    “The firearm industry has always been focused on keeping firearms out of the hands of those who should not possess them. We are proud of our more than two-decade cooperative relationship with the ATF, the DOJ, and the entire law enforcement community to assist them in their collective efforts to reduce criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO.

    “Don’t Lie” is a cooperative program between ATF, DOJ, and NSSF, the trade association for the firearm and ammunition industry. The effort was developed more than two decades ago to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the crime of purchasing a firearm for someone who cannot legally do so. The program also helps ATF educate firearm retailers to be better prepared to deter potential straw purchases. The public campaign drives home the message that anyone attempting an illegal firearm purchase faces a stiff federal felony penalty of up to 10 years in jail or up to $250,000 in fines.

    To legally purchase a firearm, a person must be able to pass an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System check or NICS check and fully comply with all state and local laws. When a criminal knows he or she cannot pass this check, they may try to induce a friend or other person to make the purchase on their behalf. This is known as a straw purchase and is a felony.

    This public awareness campaign constitutes only part of the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy outreach effort. The full Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program, which also involves educating firearm retailers to better detect and prevent straw purchases, has been rolled out in major cities throughout the country. In the retailer segment, federal firearms licensees are provided a Don’t Lie for the Other Guy retailer kit containing a training video and informational brochure for store owners and staff, as well as point-of-purchase displays aimed to deter illegal straw purchases.

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    Musk is seemingly still close with his brother Kimbal and sister Tosca. All of the Musk siblings seemingly share an entrepreneurial streak: Kimbal is seeking to make the food industry more sustainable and healthy, while Tosca launched the romance film network Passionflix. kimbal musk elon musk brother Kimbal Musk, Elon's brother.

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    Musk also seems to have a good relationship with his mother. Vanity Fair reported that he gifted Maye with a green Tesla, and she moved to California in 2013 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Maye Musk Maye Musk.

    Danny Moloshok/Reuters

    Source: Vanity Fair

    He met his first wife, Justine Wilson, at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Writing in Marie Claire, she recalled that Musk invited her out for ice cream. She decided to stay in to study, but he showed up with "two chocolate-chip ice cream cones dripping down his hands." justine musk Justine Musk.

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    Source: Marie Claire

    Musk transferred to Wharton, but kept sending Justine roses. They went their separate ways, but reconnected as Musk started working on his first startup and Justine started working on her first novel after graduation. Justine said Musk wooed her by giving her his credit card to buy as many books as she wanted. The pair tied the knot in 2000. Wharton University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Source: Marie Claire

    The couple moved to Los Angeles and had a son named Nevada, whom they lost to SIDS. They ultimately had twins and triplets - five sons in total. In 2010, Musk called his children "the love of my life." elon musk justine musk kids Elon Musk, Talulah Riley, and two of his sons.


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    The couple split in 2008. After his divorce, the tech mogul began dating actress Talulah Riley. Elon Musk Talulah Riley Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.

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    While Musk and his first wife became estranged, Justine wrote in Marie Claire that she and Riley ended up getting along very well. She even sent her ex-husband's girlfriend an email saying: "I would rather live out the French-movie version of things, in which the two women become friends and various philosophies are pondered." Talulah Riley Talulah Riley.

    Jordan Strauss/AP Images

    Source: Marie Claire

    Riley and Musk married in 2010. Two years later, news of their divorce became public when Musk tweeted at Riley: "It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day." Talulah Riley Elon Musk Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.

    Mike Blake/Reuters

    Source: Forbes

    The couple remarried in 2013. Musk filed for - then withdrew - a second divorce the following year. Elon Musk Talulah Riley Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.

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    In 2016, Riley filed for divorce from Musk, which was finalized in late 2016. The two are still on good terms, however - Riley even made an appearance during Strauss' Rolling Stone profile of Musk. "We still see each other all the time and take care of each other," she told People. Elon Musk Talulah Riley Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.

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    Source: Rolling Stone, People

    Musk began dating actress Amber Heard in 2016, but they broke up a year later due to their intense schedules. Amber Heard Amber Heard.

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    In a comment on one of Heard's Instagram posts, Musk said he and his ex were "still friends, remain close and love one another," and added, "who knows what the future holds." He later told Rolling Stone: "I was really in love, and it hurt bad." elon musk Elon Musk.

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    Source: Rolling StoneThe Cut

    In May 2018, Musk arrived at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside Grimes, a Canadian musician. At the time, Page Six reported that the pair had been "quietly dating" for a few weeks. Grimes Elon Musk Musk and Grimes in 2018.

    Evan Agostini/AP

    Source: Page Six

    Grimes and Musk met over Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence - specifically, about the Rococo Basilisk character in her "Flesh Without Blood" video - and discovered she had beaten him to the punch. elon musk Elon Musk.

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    Source: Twitter

    Musk later told The Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes for her "wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic." grimes singer Grimes.

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    Source: The Wall Street Journal

    In January 2020, Grimes posted a photo to her Instagram and Twitter accounts that appeared to show her pregnant. She later confirmed she was expecting a baby with Musk. Grimes

    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    Source: Instagram, Insider

    On May 4, 2020, Musk announced the birth of their son, who he and Grimes named "X Æ A-Xii Musk," seemingly pronounced "X Ash A-12." "Mom & baby all good," Musk wrote on Twitter. Elon Musk Grimes

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    Source: Insider, Insider

    That December, Musk said that he had moved to Texas following a months-long fight with the state of California over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It appears that Grimes and baby X have moved with him, and in March, he shared a family photo taken near SpaceX's facilities in South Texas.
    —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2021

    Source: Insider, Insider

    But in September 2021, Musk told Page Six that he and Grimes have broken up. "It's mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA," Musk said at the time. Elon Musk Grimes

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    A Harvard freshman made a social networking app called 'The FaceTag.' It's sparked a debate about the ethics of facial recognition. Harvard freshman Yuen Ler Chow on campus.

    Yuen Ler Chow

    • The FaceTag lets users sign up, scan the face of another user, and exchange contact information.
    • The app is only available to Harvard students, echoing Zuckerberg's initial creation, TheFacebook.
    • TikTok videos Chow made about The FaceTag collectively have almost a million views.

    Harvard freshman Yuen Ler Chow created an app in his dorm room that lets students sign up, scan the face of another user, and exchange contact information like phone numbers and Instagram handles. Right now, it's only available at Harvard. Chow calls it, "The FaceTag."

    In a comment under a TikTok video he made about the app, Chow said he only named it The FaceTag because was taken. But he told Insider over the phone that he knew what he was doing (by alluding to Harvard alumnus Mark Zuckerberg who initially called his creation TheFacebook).

    "Obviously this app isn't related to Facebook at all," he said. "But the fact that I am a Harvard undergrad and I'm making kinda like a social media app, having the name FaceTag was funny, and having it be The FaceTag was kinda funny as well."

    The FaceTag has just more than 100 sign ups, according to Chow, and it's only available via web browser at But a series of TikToks he made about it collectively has almost a million views. Most of the comments strike a similar tone: the app is unethical, and he shouldn't have made it.

    "What's up with Harvard kids and not understanding ethics?" one TikToker wrote.

    "What a wonderful idea from a young Harvard student, surely this won't be a threat to democracy within a decade," another said. ("Can't tell if you're joking," Chow responded.)

    "Dude don't you think if there was an ethical way to do this there would already be several iterations of it?" popular TikToker Serena Shahidi, also known as @glamdemon2004, commented.

    A screenshot of The FaceTag application homepage is shown on October 21, 2021. A screenshot of The FaceTag application homepage on October 21, 2021.

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    There are lots of apps for exchanging contact information, but they aren't super popular, and unlike The FaceTag, they don't use facial recognition. Chow said these commenters don't understand the app, which he made using an open source facial recognition API.

    When a person first makes a FaceTag profile, the app scans their face and extracts points and measurements. That information is saved, Chow said, but not the image itself. If you scan the face of someone who hasn't signed up for The FaceTag, it won't work. But if they are signed up, too, the app will make a match.

    People can enter their phone number, Instagram, and Snapchat account details into The FaceTag. And it's all or nothing: You can't decide to share different information with different people. If someone has a private profile, they have to hit "accept" before others can get their contact information. On a non-private profile, contact information is shared right after the app makes a face match.

    The debate about The FaceTag reflects growing concerns surrounding facial recognition. Many of the TikTok comments pose "what-ifs" that are common fears for women, especially. What if someone scans your face and gets your information without your consent? (This could be avoided by not signing up, or making your profile private.) What if you're coerced into sharing your information on The FaceTag? (Like real life, this can't be completely avoided, but you can remove someone as a FaceTag "friend" if you want to.)

    The biggest risk, arguably, is if someone hacked The FaceTag and harvested users' friends, contact information, and facial measurements.

    "A reason many people have so many misconceptions about the app is because I didn't really explain it in the video," Chow wrote in an email. "This was deliberate, because I knew that a shorter, more concise video would go viral rather than, say, a whole minute video explaining my app. It worked - I got like a million views total, but... now idk if the hate was worth it lol."

    The FaceTag may not have sparked controversy if it generated QR codes rather than using a face-scanner. But Chow told Insider he wanted to use facial recognition because it's "just so much more cool" than QR codes, and he wanted to play around with open source machine learning tools.

    The debate around The FaceTag is also happening on TikTok, one of the most intrusive apps out there. It uses phone activity trackers (cookies), buys data from third parties, and gathers an immense amount of behavioral information, including "keystroke patterns," and logs of any objects, scenery, and "face and body features" that appear in videos, according to its privacy policy.

    Chow is conscious of this irony. "It's kinda weird how I see so many people scared over the fact that I'm collecting this data, but almost all the other social media apps collect way, way more," he said. "It's just that I'm directly telling them that I'm collecting it and they get scared."

    Compared to Facebook, The FaceTag is small potatoes to say the least. But among TikTok commenters, there seems to be a sense that they're doing a public service by criticizing the next Mark Zuckerberg before he potentially ruins society.

    On the phone with Insider, Chow seemed exhausted by the intense feedback. But he still wants The FaceTag to grow. He said he wants to start "advertising more soon." In TikTok comments, he's also expressed interest in raising money ("How to invest?" someone said, "I'm working on it," Chow responded).

    And, of course, expanding it to non-Harvard users. "Turn it into an app outside Harvard then you will be a millionaire," someone said on TikTok. "That's the plan," he responded.

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    Winners of the East African photography awards 2021 – in pictures Covid in Ethiopia, fishermen reducing their carbon footprint in Kenya and domestic violence in LGBTQ+ relationships in Uganda were some of the winning projects by visual storytellers from across East Africa in the EAPA 2021

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    Podcast Ep. 240: Oh-Oh for Intensity and Fast Trust In this week’s episode of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions, I talk about why intensity in the early stages of dating makes us feel so trusting and knowledgeable. Why is it that we think we know someone so well or behave as if they’ve already earned our trust? I stumbled across the reason while listening to Oprah and Dr. Bruce Perry’s audiobook of What Happened to You?

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    5 key topics in this episode
    • I advise people who are in a painful or frustrating dating cycle or who keep waking up knee-deep in unavailable or shady relationship to slow it down, right down, in those early stages of the relationship. This is so they can make more mindful and grounded choices that gradually highlight and break down their patterns.
    • In olden times, so pre-internet, if someone called you eight times in one day after meeting them in a bar, it would flag. You’d probably think they were a stalker, or you’d certainly register that there was something quite intense about them that didn’t match the context.
    • Our brain tricks us into believing we know them better than we do because, well, it doesn’t tell time. If we interact with someone, for instance, eight times in one day, we’ll extend trust as if we’d met them on eight separate occasions over a longer period.
    • We mistake intensity for intimacy, emotional availability, compatibility, positive chemistry and a green light to go ahead. This sets the stage for disappointment, dating and then relationship anxiety, feeling hoodwinked, or chasing potential and the high from the beginning with an emotionally unavailable or shady person.
    • Our brain keeps taking shortcuts using unchecked biases. What we don’t acknowledge is that dating, especially when we keep coming up against the same pattern and problems or variations of it again and again, heavily relies on stereotypes, generalisations and guesswork. We’ve consciously and unconsciously stored information about who’s attractive and safe, and some of that stuff is not only inaccurate but harming us.
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    Across Kazakhstan by rail – a photo essay Photographer Mario Heller spent three weeks crossing the steppe by train. Here is his journey through the stories of the passengers, the history of the country and the romance of the railway

    The monotonous rattling of the train accompanies us through the steppe of Central Asia. The air that travels with us smells of cooked food and the exhalations of dozens of passengers. Sounds drift over to me from various corners of the wagon: a sawing snore, children’s cries, folk music and a hyperactive radio voice.

    Lying in my upper bunk, I seek body contact with the cooling plastic wall because of the summer heat. I am in a twilight state between shallow sleep and nervous glances at my mobile phone: still no reception. I am trapped in the here and now. It is shortly after 3am. It is the beginning of my almost three-week train journey across the endless expanses of Kazakhstan.

    Above, in the mornings, borrowed bedding is neatly folded and handed over to the train crew. Right, children play on board

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    50 Ideas para aumentar las ventas de tu negocio Todos tus trabajadores hacen parte clave de la imagen de tu negocio y juegan un rol fundamental en la experiencia del cliente, por esto es importante que estén preparados para dar lo mejor de sí en cualquier momento en que interactúen con un cliente potencial. Si una persona tiene una mala experiencia con un trabajador en tu negocio, sin importar cuál sea su área o cargo, se quejará afirmando que en tu negocio el servicio es malo.

    2. Mejora la experiencia en el punto de venta

    Procura que tus clientes se sientan cómodos en tu local. Un lugar limpio y agradable hará que los clientes pasen más tiempo dentro de tu negocio. Puedes también utilizar un olor característico en tus locales para generar recordación y poner música suave de fondo para crear un ambiente más placentero.

    3. Motiva a tus vendedores con un tablero de metas

    Instala en las oficinas de tus vendedores y asesores comerciales un "tablero de metas"para que se planteen metas de ventas que los motiven en su día a día. También, puedes incentivarlos creando un plan de recompensas en el que ellos obtengan beneficios cada vez que alcancen un logro significativo. Por ejemplo: cuando un vendedor logre sus primeras 10 ventas obtendrá un reconocimiento, al alcanzar las 100 ventas obtendrá un bono, al alcanzar las 1.000 ganará un viaje con todo pago, etc. Si tus vendedores están motivados, las ventas de tu negocio aumentarán.

    4. Ponte en los zapatos del cliente

    Ve a tu negocio como "Cliente Oculto" (o pídele el favor a alguien de confianza que lo haga) y evalúa tu experiencia desde el momento que ingresas hasta el momento que sales. Identifica aquellos momentos en que sentiste frustración y aquellos en los que te sentiste completamente fascinado con el servicio. La información obtenida con este ejercicio te permitirá mejorar el servicio en tu negocio y ofrecer experiencias más agradables a tus clientes.

    5. Construye una base de datos de clientes

    Preocúpate por saber quiénes son tus clientes: cuáles son sus características, necesidades, miedos y motivaciones. Consigue sus correos, teléfonos o cualquier dato de contacto para mantener la comunicación con ellos. Toda esta información es muy valiosa para optimizar tus estrategias de marketing. Puedes construir tu base de datos con un CRM, una plataforma de email marketingExcel o cualquier otra herramienta de gestión de clientes que te guste. Una base de datos bien organizada te permite crear poderosas estrategias de marketing personalizadas y automatizadas.

    6. Crea un blog

    Un blog es una excelente herramienta para construir comunidad en torno a tu marca y para posicionarte como un referente en tu industria. La idea es que publiques contenidos relevantes que estén relacionados con los intereses de tus clientes potenciales, así lograrás atraerlos a través de buscadores o redes sociales.

    En tu blog puedes publicar tips, novedades, tendencias, tutoriales, casos prácticos, entrevistas y cualquier otro tipo de contenido que aporte valor a tu mercado. Por ejemplo, si tienes un salón de belleza y en tu blog compartes tips útiles sobre el cuidado del cabello, la piel y las uñas, los clientes que te encuentren a través de esos contenidos van a darse cuenta de que realmente tienes experiencia en el tema y sentirán mayor confianza de ir a tu negocio.

    7. Cuenta historias (Storytelling)

    Los seres humanos amamos las historias, por eso no hay una herramienta más poderosa para cautivar y persuadir a los clientes que una buena historia. Puedes contar historias relacionadas con tu producto, tu marca o tus clientes. Por ejemplo, al momento de negociar funciona muy bien utilizar las historias y experiencias de otros clientes para explicar los beneficios que nuestros productos ofrecen. Cuanto más identificado se sienta el cliente con la historia, mayor será su efectividad. También, puedes contar la historia detrás de tu empresa o de cómo se fabrican tus productos, así lograrás que tus clientes desarrollen una conexión más fuerte con tu marca.

    8. Analiza y optimiza el proceso de compra

    Cuantos menos pasos deba realizar el cliente para tomar la decisión de compra y obtener su producto, más efectivas serán tus ventas. Cerciórate de que el proceso de compra es lo más simple y práctico posible. Revisa canales de comunicación, medios de pago, políticas comerciales, infraestructura, plataformas, logística, etc. Y garantiza que tu negocio realmente le facilite la vida al cliente a la hora de comprar. Los clientes ya tienen suficientes problemas como para que tú les compliques la vida durante sus compras.

    9. Capacita a tus vendedores

    Es importante que tu fuerza de ventas se mantenga a la vanguardia de las tendencias de consumo y que aprenda a dominar técnicas, herramientas y estrategias del marketing moderno. Los mercados actuales son extremadamente dinámicos y exigen profesionales que estén en constantemente crecimiento.

    10. Establece una política de calidad, garantía y satisfacción

    Con estas políticas brindarás mayor confianza a los clientes potenciales, especialmente si tu producto es más caro que el de la competencia. Por ejemplo, si el cliente está indeciso y le dices que si no está totalmente satisfecho con su compra tiene 15 días para devolver el producto y solicitar un reembolso, seguramente se anime a comprar. Cuanto menos riesgo sienta tu cliente a la hora de comprar, mayor será la posibilidad de concretar la venta.

    11. Ofrece servicios post-venta, beneficios adicionales o valores agregados al momento de cerrar la venta

    Por ejemplo: servicio técnico, asesoría y fletes gratis, son algunos elementos que ayudan a que el cliente tenga una mayor percepción de valor y sienta más confianza al momento de adquirir un producto.

    12. Aprovecha las temporadas y fechas especiales

    La temporada escolar, San Valentín, Día de las Madres, Día del Padre, Día de los Niños, Halloween, Navidad y muchas otras fechas se caracterizan por un gran movimiento comercial donde los consumidores suelen gastar más. El consejo es que planifiques muy bien tus estrategias para dichas épocas y no te limites solo a hacer promociones de las mismas que sacas todo el año.

    Algunas ideas que puedes probar son: lanzar ediciones especiales de productos, crear combos relacionados con la temporada, ofrecer empacar el producto como regalo y organizar eventos de temporada en tu negocio.

    13. Responde los mensajes, dudas, reclamos, quejas y solicitudes de tus clientes a tiempo

    No hay nada más frustrante para una persona que sentirse ignorada. Si decides ofrecer email, teléfono, web, WhatsApp y redes sociales como medio de contacto, asegúrate de que siempre esté alguien atento a responder a tiempo, de lo contrario perderás ventas valiosas y ganarás clientes frustrados e insatisfechos.

    14. Envía regalos promocionales a tus clientes más fieles

    Con memorias usb personalizadas, calendarios, bolígrafos, llaveros, relojes y otros detalles personalizados, lograrás que tus mejores clientes lleven siempre a tu empresa con ellos.

    15. Mide, analiza, aprende y optimiza

    Lo que no se mide, no se puede mejorar. Evaluar constantemente tus estrategias de marketing te permitirá comprobar qué funciona y qué no. Debes enfocar tus energías y recursos en las estrategias que te funcionen mejor y hacer a un lado aquellas que no tienen mayor impacto en tus objetivos.

    Para medir los resultados de tus estrategias puedes usar herramientas como Plataformas de CRMGoogle AnalyticsGoogle Data StudioYandex MetricaPlataformas de Gestión de Redes Sociales o hasta Excel.

    16. Crea combos de productos para facilitar el proceso de compra y maximizar el volumen de facturación por cliente

    Esta es una estrategia muy utilizada por negocios de comidas rápidas, que te ofrecen diferentes combos que incluyen un producto principal, acompañamiento y bebida, así consiguen que el cliente lleve varios productos en lugar de solo uno. La clave está en entender muy bien a los clientes y prediseñar los combos de tal forma que le resulten muy atractivos. Con base al combo que elija, puedes incluso ofrecerle agregar beneficios adicionales por un precio extra.

    17. Conoce a tu competencia

    ¿Sabes con quién estas compitiendo? Identifica y analiza la competencia. Descubre cuáles son sus puntos fuertes y sus puntos débiles. Pregúntate qué puedes ofrecer tú para destacar de los demás. Conocer a tu competencia te permitirá comprender mejor cuáles son tus diferenciales y cómo aprovecharlos en tus estrategias de marketing.

    18. Optimiza el diseño de los empaques de tus productos

    Si un producto no es visualmente atractivo, difícilmente el cliente va a tener interés en él. Según diversos estudios, el color y la forma de un empaque puede llegar a influir de un 60% a 80% en la decisión de compra de un producto en el punto de venta.

    Asegúrate de elegir colores que transmitan la esencia de tu propuesta de valor. Por ejemplo, si buscas transmitir frescura, colores como el azul, el verde y el blanco son ideales para hacerlo; pero, si lo que quieres es transmitir poder, estatus y elegancia, te convendrá usar colores como el negro, el dorado y el plateado.

    Con respecto a la forma, busca que el empaque sea práctico y potencie la propuesta de valor manteniendo la frescura y características óptimas del producto. Por ejemplo, en industrias como la de los perfumes y las joyas el empaque es un elemento extremadamente importante para maximizar la percepción de valor del producto.

    Aquí te dejamos una guía con 30 trucos psicológicos que puedes utilizar para persuadir de forma efectiva a tus clientes.

    19. Ofrece muestras gratis de tus productos o servicios

    No es algo que se pueda aplicar a todo tipo de negocios, pero siempre que sea posible es una muy buena estrategia permitirle al cliente testear el producto para reducir su miedo a comprar. Por ejemplo, las plataformas de contenidos suelen ofrecer un mes gratis para que los usuarios se animen a probar el servicio y ya luego decidan si quieren mantener la suscripción.

    20. Premia a tus clientes más fieles

    La mayoría de las empresas invierten todos sus recursos de marketing en atraer nuevos clientes, pero hacen muy poco para fidelizar a quienes ya les compraron. Paradójicamente, es mucho más fácil y rentable venderle a quienes ya nos conocen y han probado nuestros productos.

    Por ejemplo, supongamos que vendes llantas para autos y calculas que en promedio los clientes necesitan llantas nuevas cada 3 años, entonces, si tienes una buena base de datos, puedes llamar a tu cliente antes de cumplir esos 3 años y ofrecerle un descuento especial si decide comprar sus nuevas llantas contigo. Si tuvo una buena experiencia con tu producto y además le ofreces un precio especial para su nueva compra, seguramente seguirá siendo tu cliente.

    También, puedes crear estrategias de fidelización personalizadas según la fecha de cumpleaños del cliente o en momentos especiales. La clave está en sorprender al cliente y demostrarle que es realmente importante para nuestra empresa.

    21. Expande tu negocio

    Identifica nuevos mercados, nuevos canales de venta, considera llevar tus productos a mercados internacionales, agranda tus locales, abre nuevas sucursales, vende franquicias o busca cualquier otra estrategia que te permita ampliar los alcances del negocio. Es un reto enorme, pero justamente se trata de pensar en grande y estar constantemente en busca de nuevas oportunidades de crecimiento empresarial.

    22. Innova constantemente

    Demuestra que tu negocio quiere mejorar cada día. Lanza nuevos productos, cambia los diseños periódicamente, renueva tu local y adáptate a las tendencias para mostrarte ante el mercado como una marca fresca. Incluso empresas cuya propuesta de valor gira en torno al concepto de lo tradicional, han hecho un excelente trabajo innovando y rejuveneciendo la marca para mantenerse vigentes frente a los nuevos consumidores. Por ejemplo, Bimbo es una de las marcas que ha sabido reinventarse e innovar en un sector tradicional. Aunque uno de sus eslóganes más recordados es “Con el cariño de siempre”, que efectivamente busca apelar a ese concepto de tradición, la compañía nunca ha parado de desarrollar nuevos productos para mantenerse vigente.

    23. Implementa diversas formas de pago

    A muchas personas no les gusta usar el dinero en efectivo para sus compras. Si te es posible, recibe tarjetas, implementa medios de pago electrónico, acepta transferencias desde apps financieras y considera incluir cualquier otro método que te resulte conveniente.

    La idea es facilitarle la vida a las personas a la hora de pagar. Afortunadamente, hoy encontramos en el mercado múltiples opciones muy sencillas y económicas para recibir toda clase de medios de pago, especialmente las que han sido desarrolladas por las llamadas Fintech, que son empresas que se dedican justamente a innovar en el sector financiero.

    24. Crea catálogos en redes sociales

    Plataformas como InstagramFacebook y Whatsapp, entre muchas otras, han desarrollado interesantes herramientas para que los emprendedores puedan dar visibilidad a sus productos, lo cual es bastante útil si tenemos en cuenta que hoy en día la mayoría de planes móviles incluyen redes sociales gratis, o al menos solo Whatsapp, entonces así evitamos perder ventas cuando el cliente no cuenta con Internet para ver el catálogo desde nuestra web.

    Configurar estos catálogos en redes sociales es muy fácil, solo es cuestión de activar la opción y podremos cargar la información y fotografías de los productos que ofrecemos.

    25. Crea alianzas con otras empresas

    No importa que no pertenezcan a tu misma industria o que incluso sean competencia tuya, las alianzas estratégicas representan grandes oportunidades para las empresas.

    Por ejemplo, si tienes un restaurante, puedes crear alianzas con hoteles de la ciudad para que ellos te recomienden entre sus huéspedes y a cambio tú los recomiendas entre tus clientes. Puedes también diseñar un cupón especial o postre de bienvenida que sea exclusivo para aquellos clientes que lleguen referidos desde uno de tus aliados.

    26. Diseña un sistema de referidos para premiar a aquellos que recomienden tu negocio

    Esta es una estrategia con una efectividad prácticamente garantizada porque solo pagas si se concreta la venta. La idea es ofrecer recompensas a aquellos clientes que te traigan más clientes. La efectividad de esta estrategia radica en el hecho de que las personas suelen confiar más en las recomendaciones de sus amigos que en los anuncios publicitarios. Además, cuando tienes un buen sistema de referidos consigues que tus clientes hagan la labor de educar a nuevos clientes.

    Por ejemplo, una de las empresas que creció gracias a su sistema de referidos es Airbnb. La plataforma ofrecía a sus clientes una bonificación por cada nuevo usuario que refirieran, pero dicha bonificación solo se efectuaría luego de que el nuevo usuario utilizara por primera vez el servicio, entonces, los clientes hacían la labor de asesorar a sus referidos explicándoles de qué trata la plataforma y cómo usarla, porque solo así conseguirían la bonificación. Gracias a este sistema, Airbnb conseguía nuevos usuarios que llegaban educados en el uso de sus servicios.

    Si te animas a construir un sistema de referidos para tu negocio, te recomendamos hacerlo teniendo como base el Costo de Adquisición de Clientes (CAC) y el Valor del Tiempo de Vida del Cliente (LTV), porque de estos datos depende que tu sistema sea rentable.

    27. Ofrece experiencias personalizadas

    Cada cliente es único y quiere ser tratado como tal. Si bien no todos los procesos de un negocio se pueden personalizar, si puedes buscar estrategias para ofrecer productos, servicios y experiencias personalizadas que brinden mayor satisfacción al cliente. Por ejemplo, la empresa Dell tuvo su auge gracias a la estrategia de permitirle a los clientes personalizar la apariencia y características de la computadora que iban a adquirir.

    Si no puedes o no quieres ofrecer productos personalizados, también tienes la posibilidad de personalizar la comunicación. Por ejemplo, los emails personalizados con el nombre del cliente logran mayores tasas de apertura y conversión.

    28. Evalúa tu modelo de negocios

    Unas ventas bajas pueden ser consecuencia de un mal enfoque. Recuerda analizar y mejorar tu modelo de negocios de manera periódica, especialmente si estás en una industria muy dinámica.

    Evaluando tu modelo de negocios puedes también identificar nuevas oportunidades para tu empresa. Por ejemplo, a mediados de los 2.000 la compañía Nintendo analizó su modelo de negocios y encontró que sus clientes eran principalmente niños y jóvenes, entonces se planteó el reto de crear una consola de videojuegos para un nuevo mercado. Con base en esta premisa, comenzó a contactar abuelos y amas de casa para preguntarles por qué no jugaban videojuegos. El resultado de este proceso fue la creación del Nintento Wii, que desafió el status quo de la industria y se convirtió rápidamente en una de las consolas de videojuegos más populares y vendidas del mundo.

    Si quieres evaluar tu modelo de negocios, puedes hacerlo con la herramienta Business Model Generation Canvas de Alexander Osterwalder. Este lienzo te permite plasmar de forma estructurada y visual tu modelo de negocios para que luego analices qué elementos podrías variar para optimizar tus estrategias o encontrar nuevas oportunidades de negocio.

    29. Construye diferenciales atractivos

    Lo común es poco valorado y rápidamente olvidado. Si los clientes te perciben como "una empresa más del mercado", significa que estás siendo irrelevante y solo te buscarán por precio.

    Existen diferentes estrategias de diferenciación. Identifica cuál es la más adecuada para tu modelo de negocio y enfócate en ella. Por ejemplo, cuando el iPod salió al mercado no fue el primer ni el mejor reproductor de música, pero si se diferenció de todos los demás por su diseño.

    Además del diseño, también puedes diferenciarte a través de elementos como el nivel de servicio, cambiando las características del producto, especializándote en un nicho de mercado, explorando nuevos canales de distribución, desarrollando nuevas tecnologías o implementando nuevos procesos. La clave está en construir tus diferenciales a partir de las necesidades, problemas, deseos y expectativas del cliente.

    30. Optimiza tu comunicación

    Puede que tengas un muy buen producto, pero, si no lo comunicas de forma efectiva, los clientes no van a entender por qué deberían comparte a ti y no a la competencia.

    Un principio del marketing efectivo es:

    “Enviar el mensaje correcto, a la persona indicada, a través del medio adecuado y en el momento oportuno.”

    Este principio menciona 4 elementos que deben ser congruentes a la hora de hacer marketing: MensajeClienteCanal y Momento.

    Conoce a tus clientes, diseña el mensaje que transmita de manera efectiva tu propuesta de valor, elige los canales que potencien tu estrategia de comunicación y envía el mensaje en el momento en que pueda persuadir al cliente. Si alguno de los cuatro elementos falla, terminarás hablándole al cliente equivocado o tu inversión en marketing no será rentable.

    Asegúrate de que tu mensaje sea claro, contundente y persuasivo. Usa palabras simples y acordes con las características de tu segmento de clientes. Si el mercado no entiende tu propuesta de valor, terminará buscando una opción más barata.

    Aquí te dejamos una guía con 50 palabras poderosas que puedes usar en tus estrategias de marketing para comunicar de forma efectiva y persuasiva.

    31. Crea una versión premium de tu producto o servicio

    Siempre encontrarás clientes dispuestos a pagar más a cambio de obtener beneficios relacionados con exclusividad, poder, elegancia, estatus o comodidad. Por ejemplo, los parques de diversiones suelen ofrecer cantidades limitadas de un tipo de pasaporte VIP que permite a los clientes acceder a las atracciones sin tener que hacer fila.

    Piensa en qué beneficios premium puedes ofrecer a personas con alto poder adquisitivo y encontrarás una excelente forma de atraer nuevos clientes y aumentar la rentabilidad de tu negocio.

    32. Usa testimonios de clientes

    Las personas son más propensas a tomar una decisión si ven que otras personas con características similares a las suyas ya la han tomado.

    Muéstrale a tus clientes opiniones, testimonios y resultados que otros clientes han obtenido gracias a tus productos y servicios. Este es uno de los factores clave para ganar la confianza del cliente.

    Los testimonios puedes incluirlos en tu sitio web, en redes sociales o en cualquier otro canal que uses en tu negocio con objetivos de conversión.

    33. Crea tutoriales para educar a tu cliente

    A la gente le frustra no poder entender cómo funciona algo que han comprado, por esto es importante crear contenidos orientados a enseñarle al cliente las recomendaciones y trucos a tener en cuenta para sacar el máximo provecho a los productos y servicios que ofrecemos. Por ejemplo, si adquieres un software, generalmente recibes una serie de manuales y tutoriales en los que te explican paso a paso y con detalle todo lo que debes saber para usarlo.

    También, puedes crear contenidos tipo tutorial como parte de tus estrategias de atracción de clientes. Por ejemplo, la empresa Homecenter, perteneciente a la cadena Sodimac, creó una serie de contenidos llamados “Hágalo usted mismo”, en los que muestra a los clientes ideas prácticas para el hogar a partir de los productos que ofrecen en sus establecimientos. Dichos contenidos se han publicado en su sitio web, en su canal de YouTube y hasta en canales de televisión, logrando así cautivar a clientes actuales y potenciales.

    Otro ejemplo fascinante de la efectividad de educar al cliente, es el Dr. Muelitas, un personaje creado por Colgate para enseñar a los niños a cepillarse a través de pegajosas canciones y entretenidas historias que aún permanecen en la mente de varias generaciones de personas.

    34. Construye embudos de venta personalizados para cada propuesta de valor o segmento de clientes

    La gran mayoría de los emprendedores cometen el gran error de creer que, como su producto es muy bueno, se venderá por sí solo, pero esto no es así. Sin importar qué ofrezcas, tienes que construir procesos de ventas que te permitan atraer, persuadir, convertir y fidelizar a tus clientes. A dichos procesos se les conoce como Embudos de Venta.

    Embudo de ventas

    El objetivo de un embudo de ventas es acompañar al cliente en cada etapa de su proceso de compra para entregarle de forma oportuna la información y las herramientas que requiere para tomar la decisión de adquirir el producto de su interés. Dentro de tus embudos de venta debes incluir estrategias tanto para darte a conocer entre nuevos clientes potenciales, como para conseguir que, quienes ya te compran, te sigan comprando y, además, te recomienden entre sus amigos.

    Lo ideal, es que diseñes un embudo de ventas por cada producto que ofreces o por cada segmento de clientes al que te diriges. Por ejemplo, supongamos que tienes un negocio de muebles y te diriges a dos tipos de clientes: hogares y oficinas; en ese caso, debes construir un proceso de ventas concreto para cada uno de esos dos perfiles de clientes tomando como base sus necesidades, deseos y motivaciones, así lograrás que tus estrategias sean mucho más efectivas.

    35. Asiste a eventos relacionados con tu nicho

    A través de eventos como ferias, congresos y ruedas de negocios, puedes relacionarte con clientes potenciales para tu empresa. Esta es una idea especialmente efectiva para aquellos que se dirigen a clientes corporativos, pues en este tipo de eventos suelen asistir gerentes o representantes de compañías en busca de proveedores o aliados estratégicos.

    36. Crea un Lead Magnet atractivo

    Un lead magnet es un recurso que se utiliza para convertir visitantes en suscriptores, es decir, para lograr que aquellos que interactúen con los canales de tu negocio se animen a dejarte sus datos de contacto para iniciar un proceso de ventas con ellos. Por ejemplo, hoy es común encontrar en sitios web que te ofrecen un ebook gratis a cambio de que dejes tu nombre y tu email en un pequeño formulario. Una vez descargas el ebook, quedas agregado en una base de datos y comienzas a recibir mensajes que buscan persuadirte para que compres algo.

    La clave es ofrecer al visitante un lead magnet interesante y con contenido de valor que esté relacionado con la propuesta de valor de tu negocio.

    Los tipos de lead magnet más usados son: ebooks, plantillas, guías en pdf, bonos de descuento, acceso a webinars y mini cursos. Estos tipos de contenidos son muy efectivos para atraer clientes potenciales desde redes sociales o con publicidad en buscadores.

    Para promocionar tu Lead Magnet es ideal que construyas una landing page optimizada, así logras que el cliente se sienta en confianza al momento de compartir sus datos.

    37. Ofrece un cupón de descuento para la primera compra

    Cuando una persona llega por primera vez a nuestro negocio o a nuestro sitio web, es más difícil venderle porque aún no nos conoce ni ha probado nuestros productos, por ello funciona muy bien ofrecerle un cupón para que se motive a realizar su primera compra.

    Esta es una estrategia muy utilizada por sitios de comercio electrónico, que te reciben con un banner invitándote a registrarte para reclamar tu cupón de bienvenida.

    38. Haz que referentes de tu sector hablen de tus productos

    El Influencer Marketing es una excelente estrategia para ganar visibilidad y posicionamiento en el mercado. La clave está en encontrar influencers relevantes y darles total libertad al momento de construir el contenido patrocinado para que puedan hablar honestamente a sus seguidores y adaptar el mensaje a sus estilos.

    Por ejemplo, es común encontrar blogs y canales de vídeos sobre temas de tecnología que hacen reviews patrocinados de productos, como nuevos modelos celulares. En dichos reviews, el creador del contenido habla tanto de los aspectos positivos como negativos del producto. Cuando alguien está interesado en un celular especifico, este tipo de reviews son uno de los elementos clave que tiene en cuenta para decidir si es o no el dispositivo que le conviene. En conclusión, gana el influencer porque genera un ingreso creando un contenido relevante para su medio, gana el usuario porque accede a información que le interesa para tomar su decisión de compra y gana la marca porque consigue difusión en un canal especializado aprovechando la autoridad, audiencia y posicionamiento de una persona con influencia.

    39. Vende tarjetas de regalo para que tus clientes obsequien a sus amigos

    La idea es permitirle a los clientes adquirir bonos prepagados de tu negocio por un valor específico para que puedan entregarlos como regalo a otra persona. Esta estrategia es muy utilizada por almacenes de ropa y SPA’s, pero también puede implementarse en otros sectores como el hotelero y el restaurantero, entre otros.

    40. Crea una app o herramienta útil para tus clientes

    Con el auge de las aplicaciones móviles muchas empresas se han animado a crear su propia app, pero lastimosamente la gran mayoría de ellas no son más que una adaptación de su página web, por lo que el cliente no tiene ningún interés en instalarla. La clave está en crear una herramienta útil para que los clientes puedan sacarle provecho.

    Por ejemplo, supongamos que tienes un parque de diversiones. En ese caso, tu app puede incluir un mapa con retos y recompensas para que el cliente viva una experiencia más interactiva en el lugar. También, puede incluirse una herramienta de realidad aumentada para que los visitantes estén todo el tiempo profundizando en los detalles de los puntos de interés del parque.

    Piensa en qué funcionalidades o herramientas puedes ofrecer a tus clientes para que su experiencia en tu negocio sea más interesante y productiva. Una buena app es una excelente herramienta para interactuar con tus clientes, aportarles mayor valor y fidelizarlos.

    41. Pon un número de contacto en tu sitio web

    Por muchas herramientas automatizadas que existan, aún hay clientes que prefieren escuchar la calidez de una voz humana para sentir confianza al momento de comprar. Si te es posible, pon un número de contacto que te permita gestionar esos clientes.

    Como recomendación, es importante que en tus canales de ventas entregues toda la información que el cliente necesita, así evitas tener que estar atendiendo llamadas para responder preguntas predecibles, como el precio o características físicas del producto. La idea del número de contacto es poder asesorar al cliente con dudas específicas, como compras por volumen o cuestiones técnicas relevantes según el uso que desee darle al producto. Por ejemplo, si vendes video-beams y un rector de un colegio está interesado en comprarte, seguramente querrá negociar directamente para sentir mayor confianza, obtener un mejor precio y garantizar que el producto que ofreces es el ideal para su institución.

    42. Haz que los clientes sean parte de tu historia

    En los últimos años hemos visto crecer tendencias como la Co-Creación, el Crowdsourcing, el Crowdfunding y la Economía Colaborativa. Estas tendencias demuestran que los clientes no quieren ser solo consumidores, sino que quieren aportar a la construcción de los productos y servicios que compran. Cuando permites que tus clientes sean parte de tu historia, logras una mayor conexión con ellos.

    Por ejemplo, Starbucks creó una plataforma en la que sus clientes pueden enviar sugerencias sobre cómo mejorar sus productos, locales, decoración, experiencia del cliente o proponer nuevos conceptos. Estas sugerencias e ideas son usadas por la empresa como base para el desarrollo de estrategias e innovaciones.

    43. Aprovecha el “Momento Cero de la Verdad”

    En el año 2011, Google publicó un libro titulado “Ganando el Momento Cero de la Verdad”, en el que explica cómo los consumidores han adoptado el hábito de usar Internet y sus dispositivitos móviles para buscar información, comparar y solicitar opiniones acerca de los productos y servicios en los que están interesados; todo esto antes de ir al punto de venta.

    Momento cero de la verdad

    El Momento Cero de la Verdad se define como todo aquello que hace el consumidor a manera de investigación o consulta antes de tomar una decisión de compra, y se produce justo después de que el cliente recibe un estímulo que despierte su interés en algún producto, servicio o empresa.

    Ahora la pregunta es: ¿Estás ofreciendo a tus clientes la información que ellos quieren y necesitan para tomar la decisión de compra?

    Cuando un cliente potencial llega a tu negocio, seguramente ya ha pasado horas investigando acerca del producto de su interés y ya se ha dado a la tarea de estudiar a tu empresa y a tu competencia. Para ganar terreno en Internet, es importante ponerte en los zapatos del cliente e identificar todas esas dudas y temores que pueda tener antes de comprarte, para luego generar contenidos que se encarguen de informarlo, educarlo y persuadirlo. Por ejemplo, cuando Microsoft lanzó la Surface Book entendía que su principal competidora era la MacBook Pro de Apple, por eso incluyó en su carta de ventas un cuadro comparativo entre ambas computadoras. Microsoft sabía que sus clientes potenciales iban a buscar esa comparación, por eso se encargó de entregarles la información de una manera sencilla y organizada.

    Momento cero de la verdad 44. Ayuda a tus clientes a lograr resultados medibles

    Para un cliente es importante saber que su inversión está siendo rentable. Piensa en cómo puedes entregarle resultados medibles para que te siga comprando.

    Por ejemplo, en un gimnasio una persona mantendrá su suscripción si siente y ve que está progresando, entonces es responsabilidad del negocio hacerle el seguimiento respectivo y mostrarle los resultados que está logrando, así podrá fidelizarlo.

    45. Organiza eventos para tus clientes

    Puedes hacer webinars con invitados especiales, eventos de lanzamiento de productos, cenas de negocios y cualquier otro tipo de evento que te permita conseguir nuevos clientes o fidelizar a quienes ya te compran.

    Por ejemplo, los concesionarios de autos suelen organizar periódicamente ferias con descuentos especiales y premios, de esta manera logran atraer grandes cantidades de personas interesadas en sus productos.

    46. Conoce mejor a tus clientes

    Generalmente, hacemos marketing para que conozcan más nuestra empresa, pero, uno de los objetivos fundamentales del marketing es conocer y entender mejor al cliente. Piensa en qué información necesitas de tu cliente para poder ofrecerle una mejor experiencia y diseña una herramienta que te permita acceder a esa información.

    Por ejemplo, supongamos que tienes una empresa de consultoría. En ese caso, es una buena idea ofrecer a tus clientes un diagnóstico gratuito que pueden obtener a través de un test en tu sitio web. Luego de responder las preguntas, el cliente tendrá una noción más clara de cuáles son sus fallas y tú tendrás información relevante acerca de quién es tu cliente y cómo puedes ayudarlo.

    47. Acompaña al cliente durante su proceso

    Analiza el proceso de tu cliente antes, durante y después de la compra para identificar aquellos momentos en que pueda tener dudas e inconvenientes y ofrécele asesoría para ayudarlo, así evitas que una duda o frustración se traduzca en una venta pérdida o en un cliente frustrado.

    Por ejemplo, las empresas que venden electrodomésticos suelen ofrecer instalación gratuita porque saben que esa es una etapa del proceso que genera frustración en el cliente.

    48. Construye tu marca en torno a valores y principios

    Actualmente, los clientes están dispuestos a dejar de consumir productos y servicios que pongan en riesgo su entorno o que vayan en contra de los valores y principios con los que se sienten identificados. De la misma forma, están dispuestos a apoyar y recomendar aquellas marcas que sean socialmente responsables.

    Cuando una marca se construye en torno a un propósito significativo, logra que sus clientes se conecten más fuertemente y, al final, son sus mismos clientes quienes se encargan de promoverla. Por ejemplo, John Cronin es un joven empresario estadounidense que, ante la dificultad para conseguir trabajo por su discapacidad mental, decidió crear una empresa de calcetines llamada “John's Crazy Socks”. Una de sus políticas es donar el 5% de sus ventas para apoyar las Olimpiadas Especiales, en las cuales él mismo ha participado y ha obtenido diversas medallas por su desempeño. También, ha lanzado ediciones especiales de calcetines cuyas ventas se donan en un 100% a fundaciones que apoyan a personas con Síndrome de Down, Autismo y Cáncer. Si bien sus calcetines son muy llamativos y de alta calidad, el hecho de comprometerse con causas sociales hace que sus clientes tengan motivaciones adicionales para comprarle y recomendarlo.

    49. Automatiza

    Hoy en día, existen toda clase de herramientas que nos permiten automatizar diversas acciones para atraer, gestionar y fidelizar clientes, permitiéndonos lograr más y mejores resultados. Gracias a estas automatizaciones puedes conseguir clientes 24/7 para tu negocio y de una forma mucho más eficiente que si los gestionas manualmente.

    Entre las herramientas de automatización más utilizadas se encuentran: AutorespondersChatbotsPlataformas de Email Marketing y Plataformas de SMS Marketing.

    El objetivo de estas herramientas es lograr que los clientes tengan experiencias de compra efectivas y personalizadas sin importar el día o la hora en que entren en contacto con tu negocio. Por ejemplo, supongamos que tienes una pizzería y un cliente te escribe por WhatsApp solicitándote el menú. Esta es una sencilla acción que puede automatizarse para que el cliente no deba esperar a que uno de tus trabajadores tome el celular y le envíe manualmente el menú.

    Es importante que tus automatizaciones estén conectadas con tus embudos de venta, así podrás llevar a tus clientes a través de procesos de venta sistemáticos que has diseñado previamente.

    Aquí te dejamos una guía con 7 pasos para implementar automatizaciones en tu negocio.

    50. Despide a los clientes que te roban la energía

    Otro error común de los emprendedores es querer venderle a todo el mundo, por lo que terminan distorsionando el enfoque de su propuesta de valor a fin de asegurar a cualquier cliente. Como resultado, al final bajan su precio injustificadamente o aceptan condiciones poco razonables solo porque el cliente amenazó con irse a donde la competencia. El problema con esto es que esos clientes no aprecian realmente tu propuesta de valor, sino que terminaron comprándote por las razones equivocadas y se convertirán en un dolor de cabeza para tu negocio.

    El cliente equivocado jamás va a entender tu propuesta de valor y siempre va considerar que tu producto es caro. El cliente equivocado hace que te desgastes más y que ganes menos. El cliente equivocado te va a pedir que le cobres barato y luego se va a quejar de todo. El cliente equivocado llegará incluso a hablar mal de tu negocio y de tu servicio, haciéndote perder verdaderos clientes potenciales.

    No importa cuán bueno sea tu producto, si estás trabajando con el cliente equivocado, siempre vas a desgastarte el doble y sólo conseguirás restarle valor a tu negocio.

    Debes entender que tu propuesta de valor no es para todo el mundo. Define cuál es el perfil de tu cliente objetivo ideal y enfócate en crear valor para él. El cliente objetivo ideal aprecia tus valores agregados, está dispuesto a pagarte lo que vales, es rentable para tu negocio y además te recomienda con otros clientes potenciales.

    Cuando despides a un mal cliente, tu negocio gana tiempo, recursos y energía que puedes invertir en brindar una mejor experiencia a aquellos clientes que realmente te aprecian.

    Esperamos que estas ideas te hayan servido de inspiración y que te ayuden a aumentar tus ventas.

    Si quieres que hagamos una segunda parte con más ideas y estrategias, por favor comparte este artículo y déjanos un comentario aquí para ponernos a trabajar en ello.

    Aquí puedes descargar una versión en PDF del contenido de este articulo para que lo consultes siempre que lo desees.

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    [Author: Salinas de Guaranda]

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    At the Thursday Night Café... IMG_7764

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    10/21/21 CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet

  • Photos courtesy of 5K Sports Timing
  • 846 Rahel Delaney

  • Girls Results
  • Page 1
    CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet Girls

    Cumberland, Maine 10/21/21
    Timing and Finish Line Management by 5K Sports Race Management
    Place TmPl No. Name Yr School Time
    ===== ==== ==== ================== === ==================== =====
    1 1 846 Rahel Delaney Maine Coast 13:24
    2 2 757 perham natalie Brunswick 13:35
    3 3 520 Barry Rowan Greely 13:40
    4 4 561 Lucy Olson waynflete 13:53
    5 5 762 tefft molly Brunswick 14:03
    6 6 526 Weisz Sarah Greely 14:04
    7 827 Lilah Hall DCS 14:06
    8 7 575 Laurel Wight Freeport 14:10
    9 8 797 Laila Nelson Cape Elizabeth 14:13
    10 9 798 Avery Palmore Cape Elizabeth 14:14
    11 10 759 countway gillian Brunswick 14:20
    12 11 553 Grace Alexander waynflete 14:34
    13 12 682 Isabella Vasoler JSMS – Raymond 14:37
    14 828 Huggett Lucy DCS 14:40
    15 13 525 Waterhouse Tess Greely 14:44
    16 14 725 Ellie Douglas Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 14:50
    17 15 736 Charli Ware BMS 14:56
    18 16 713 Lila Mussomeli Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 15:03
    19 17 521 Cianchette Anna Greely 15:05
    20 18 557 Amelia Dedekian waynflete 15:07
    21 19 758 perham sydney Brunswick 15:16
    22 20 732 Frida Wright BMS 15:18
    23 21 737 Kobe Sherwood BMS 15:26
    24 22 766 langtry ellie Brunswick 15:29
    25 23 851 Murreal Wilmot Maine Coast 15:30
    26 24 849 Pepper Robillard Maine Coast 15:34
    27 25 588 Eleanor Weyenberg Yarmouth 15:37
    28 26 567 Alexis Turner waynflete 15:39
    29 27 765 peterson avery Brunswick 15:41
    30 28 768 weaver kendra Brunswick 15:44
    31 842 Strattard Aylana GNG 15:57
    32 29 523 LaCasse Evelyn Greely 16:03
    33 30 522 Deeves Clara Greely 16:04
    34 31 730 Ellie Young Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 16:09
    35 32 545 Mancini Elizabeth Greely 16:09
    36 666 Regan Wakem Whittier Middle Scho 16:10
    37 33 623 Cambrielle Poole Tripp 16:11
    38 672 Ava Dole Sacopee 16:22
    39 34 799 Kate Hetrick Cape Elizabeth 16:32
    40 35 735 Christiana Jarvis BMS 16:33
    41 36 577 Pilar Steverlynck- Freeport 16:33
    42 37 579 Maddie York Freeport 16:34
    43 38 733 Lily Forrester BMS 16:35
    44 39 731 Caroline Luchies BMS 16:37
    45 40 564 Emma Vickery waynflete 16:43
    46 41 848 Kayla McGuire Maine Coast 16:48
    47 42 844 Ellen Bloch Maine Coast 16:50
    48 43 589 Elise Garcia De Re Yarmouth 16:52
    49 44 804 Hailey Falon Cape Elizabeth 16:56
    50 45 845 Marielle Charrette Maine Coast 17:02

    Page 2
    CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet Girls

    Cumberland, Maine 10/21/21
    Timing and Finish Line Management by 5K Sports Race Management
    Place TmPl No. Name Yr School Time
    ===== ==== ==== ================== === ==================== =====
    51 46 591 Alivia Torick Yarmouth 17:06
    52 47 705 Jemma Holden Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 17:07
    53 879 Hannah Sherman Saint Dominic Academ 17:18
    54 48 590 Ingrid Bowman Yarmouth 17:21
    55 49 576 Bela Bukaty Freeport 17:24
    56 50 714 Izabelle O?Banyel Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 17:29
    57 51 719 Ava Thompson Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 17:31
    58 52 593 Gracie Olson Yarmouth 17:41
    59 53 594 Jillian Pires Yarmouth 17:43
    60 54 803 Jocelyn Nelson Cape Elizabeth 17:46
    61 55 802 Mia Briman Cape Elizabeth 17:50
    62 56 580 Isla Pattershall Freeport 17:55
    63 57 649 Addison Klimek Lake Region 18:00
    64 58 801 Audrey Higgins Cape Elizabeth 18:10
    65 670 Ophelia Klausmeyer Sacopee 18:11
    66 59 559 Eva Hankowski waynflete 18:12
    67 60 648 Riley Holden Lake Region 18:13
    68 61 592 Aubrey Favreau Yarmouth 18:16
    69 62 881 Tashi Durham Maine Coast 18:19
    70 63 734 Kaelyn Hickey BMS 18:26
    71 830 Aliza Pass DCS 18:36
    72 64 626 Addyson Turmel Tripp 18:49
    73 65 708 Elliot Larsen Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 19:08
    74 510 Katie Ann Clark Molly Ockett 19:18
    75 671 Tabitha Whittemore Sacopee 19:34
    76 669 Charlotte Cyr Sacopee 19:35
    77 66 618 Emily Kinchen Tripp 20:11
    78 67 680 Jeanette Bisnette JSMS – Raymond 20:17
    79 68 582 Ruby Smith Freeport 20:18
    80 831 Adelaide Whitegive DCS 20:18
    81 69 587 Vivian Fahlgren Freeport 20:24

    Page 1
    CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet Boys

    Cumberland, Maine 10/21/21

  • Boys Results
  • 530   Harvey Tait

    Timing and Finish Line Management by 5K Sports Race Management
    Place TmPl No. Name Yr School Time
    ===== ==== ==== ================== === ==================== =====
    1 1 530 Harvey Tait Greely 11:45
    2 2 533 Skillin Connor Greely 12:10
    3 3 769 Patterson Ethan Brunswick 12:26
    4 4 569 Alex Gilbert Freeport 12:28
    5 5 807 Liam Nudd Cape Elizabeth 12:32
    6 6 771 mcpherson ryan Brunswick 12:34
    7 7 596 Eli Chalmers Yarmouth 12:40
    8 8 811 Miles Vettese Cape Elizabeth 12:48
    9 875 Ben Dumais Saint Dominic Academ 12:52
    10 9 868 Soren Stark-Chessa Maine Coast 12:53
    11 10 860 Ian Guzman Maine Coast 12:58
    12 11 754 Levi Riggs BMS 13:00
    13 12 722 Ian Britt Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 13:03
    14 13 865 Charles Reynolds Maine Coast 13:10
    15 14 772 Rathbone Nat Brunswick 13:11
    16 15 815 Ben McCalmon Cape Elizabeth 13:12
    17 876 Rhys Levasseur Saint Dominic Academ 13:13
    18 16 840 Maschino Jason GNG 13:16
    19 17 795 Boron Brady Brunswick 13:22
    20 18 531 Potts Cade Greely 13:24
    21 19 867 Eli Sidhu Maine Coast 13:27
    22 20 861 Tadhg Lake Maine Coast 13:28
    23 21 806 Aiden Morris Cape Elizabeth 13:35
    24 22 792 Wilson Andrew Brunswick 13:35
    25 23 532 Reynolds George Greely 13:36
    26 24 571 Moon Tussing Freeport 13:37
    27 25 821 Leland O’Rielly Cape Elizabeth 13:38
    28 26 597 Conor Abeles Yarmouth 13:41
    29 27 833 Brann Taylor GNG 13:43
    30 874 Kellen Anthoine Saint Dominic Academ 13:57
    31 28 776 Morouse Nick Brunswick 13:58
    32 29 529 Cooper Owen Greely 14:00
    33 30 775 Vosmus Hunter Brunswick 14:03
    34 31 665 Ethan Castonguay Whittier Middle Scho 14:06
    35 32 753 Ren Kauffunger BMS 14:15
    36 33 704 Marshall Flynn Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 14:21
    37 506 Colby Pulk Loranger Middle 14:30
    38 34 661 Thomas Mannett Whittier Middle Scho 14:42
    39 35 862 Fionn Mattson Maine Coast 14:44
    40 36 869 Cameron Veitch Maine Coast 14:46
    41 37 528 Bernard Henry Greely 14:52
    42 38 574 Jacob Kaplan Freeport 14:57
    43 39 749 Bodhi Anderson BMS 15:02
    44 40 809 Elliot Northup Cape Elizabeth 15:05
    45 516 Devinn Coleman Molly Ockett 15:07
    46 41 832 Aubut Ian GNG 15:12
    47 42 709 Zander Leeman Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 15:18
    48 43 639 Wyatt Levesque Lake Region 15:25
    49 44 823 Cam Scott Cape Elizabeth 15:34
    50 45 568 Tyler Burns Freeport 15:35

    Page 2
    CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet Boys

    Cumberland, Maine 10/21/21
    Timing and Finish Line Management by 5K Sports Race Management
    Place TmPl No. Name Yr School Time
    ===== ==== ==== ================== === ==================== =====
    51 504 Ethan McWilliam Loranger Middle 15:36
    52 46 660 Zac Maffei Whittier Middle Scho 15:38
    53 47 687 Niko Powers JSMS – Raymond 15:39
    54 48 573 Finn Dornbach Freeport 15:40
    55 49 527 Barry Keenan Greely 15:42
    56 826 Teague Fallon DCS 15:54
    57 50 837 Lacadie Christian GNG 15:56
    58 51 658 George Dionne Whittier Middle Scho 15:58
    59 52 838 Langlois Carter GNG 16:10
    60 53 694 Dylon Handlon JSMS – Raymond 16:11
    61 54 720 Isaac Wright Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 16:12
    62 55 727 Jacob Morrell Mt. Ararat Middle Sc 16:13
    63 514 Kai Cannon-Steel Molly Ockett 16:19
    64 515 Colson Thurlow Molly Ockett 16:23
    65 56 570 Kai Fitz-Randolp Freeport 16:24
    66 551 Wake Lain waynflete 16:33
    67 57 599 Jonah Hecht Yarmouth 16:37
    68 674 Cash Adelman Sacopee 16:43
    69 58 638 Jacob Kuvaja Lake Region 16:54
    70 59 663 Hayden Russell Whittier Middle Scho 16:57
    71 824 Creamer Greyson DCS 17:15
    72 60 836 Handley Holden GNG 17:18
    73 677 Grayson Brown Sacopee 17:28
    74 628 Wilfred Whittemore Tripp 17:28
    75 61 600 Adam Maxwell Yarmouth 17:29
    76 62 659 Lucas Twigg Whittier Middle Scho 17:31
    77 63 602 Thomas Robinson Yarmouth 17:49
    78 64 685 Bryce Jarvais JSMS – Raymond 17:59
    79 65 691 Mahiro Hammond JSMS – Raymond 18:11
    80 676 Cody Taylor Sacopee 18:16
    81 877 Isaac Thorndike Saint Dominic Academ 18:22
    82 622 Reed Petrin Tripp 18:35
    83 66 835 Gilbert Cooper GNG 18:36
    84 67 601 Sam Thompson Yarmouth 18:41
    85 68 752 Charles McDonald BMS 19:07
    86 69 643 Braken Surma Lake Region 19:16
    87 518 Kellen Muse Molly Ockett 19:18
    88 70 755 Sam Coombs BMS 19:26
    89 71 630 Elijah Crawford Lake Region 19:30
    90 72 586 Ryder Elgaaen Freeport 19:35
    91 73 637 Averey Klein Lake Region 19:40
    92 74 640 Ryan McKenney Lake Region 19:45
    93 621 Elliot Moize Tripp 20:00
    94 75 750 William Quirion BMS 20:00
    95 76 629 Gabe Chanda Lake Region 20:02
    96 625 Isaiah Spighor Tripp 20:05
    97 77 751 Waylon Fuller BMS 20:56
    98 673 Jordan Muise Sacopee 20:57
    99 78 696 Layne Sawyer JSMS – Raymond 23:07
    100 79 662 Brayden D’auteil Whittier Middle Scho 24:05

    Page 3
    CCC Championship Middle School Cross Country Meet Boys

    Cumberland, Maine 10/21/21
    Timing and Finish Line Management by 5K Sports Race Management
    Place TmPl No. Name Yr School Time
    ===== ==== ==== ================== === ==================== =====
    101 80 695 Ethan Golebiewski JSMS – Raymond 25:57
    102 81 689 Jacob Lowberg JSMS – Raymond 26:01

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    A corrugated old Tokyo house and its colour coordinated owner Recently there’s been no shortage of photos on these pages documenting houses that have been demolished. There was a whole host of them in this series, and a single, very poignant loss in this post. Such scenes aren’t exaggerations either, as a lot of old Tokyo is very rapidly disappearing, but for now at least, there’s thankfully still a lot to see. Like the house below for example. The shape and corrugated exterior make it as wonderfully ordinary as so many others, and yet on this particular day, the light and the owner’s colour coordinated outfit made it that little bit more special.

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    Leading Thoughts for October 21, 2021

    IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with:


    The cellist, composer, and conductor, Pablo Casals, on being unique:

    “Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children.”

    Source: Joys and Sorrows: Reflections


    Frank Partnoy on the one word of wisdom in decision making – wait:

    “Life might be a race against time, but it is enriched when we rise above our instincts and stop the clock to process and understand what we are doing and why. A wise decision requires reflection, and reflection requires a pause.”

    Source: Wait: The Useful Art of Procrastination

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