10 Things you should never do when starting a new Job

Congratulations! You’ve finally secured a new job, and now you want to start off on the right foot, making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. So, what should you NEVER do when starting a new job? Here are 10 things to avoid:

1. Don’t show up late.

You learned this in first grade, when the teacher began keeping track of tardies: Being on time matters. Especially in a new job. In fact, showing up late on the first day (or even in the first few weeks) is guaranteed to make a negative impression. To ensure you’ll be on time, test drive the route to your new job before you start so you’ll know how long it takes to get there. Factor in extra time if there’s traffic, construction, or other reasons to expect a delay.

2. Don’t dress unprofessionally.

Before starting your job, talk with the hiring manager or human resources professional to make sure you understand what constitutes acceptable attire for your new workplace. Even if you are starting a fast food job ask questions about what earrings you are allowed to wear. There’s nothing more embarrassing than showing up in a getup that doesn’t fly with your supervisors.

3. Don’t blow off orientation.

Many companies require new employees to go through an orientation or training process before starting a new position. While it may be tempting to skip these sessions or treat them lightly, don’t do it. Even if your training managers won’t be your direct supervisors, they are watching you. Avoid any behavior that could prompt a training manager to report your behavior back to your boss and team members.

4. Don’t expect hand-holding.

No matter where you’re working, there are certain processes, tools, and forms that make up the standard operating procedures of your company.  You may have been introduced to these through a very organized, systematic orientation, or you may feel like you’re expected to absorb them by osmosis. If you were formally informed consider yourself fortunate. If not, don’t feel shortchanged or frustrated. Instead, take initiative and master the basics on your own.”

5. Don’t ask co-workers to do your work.

It’s understandable that you may need help or guidance during your first few weeks at a new job, and asking co-workers for assistance or just to answer questions can be perfectly acceptable. But there’s no quicker way to make enemies than to ask or expect your new co-workers to do your job for you. Remember, you were hired because managers believed in your ability to get the job done. Ask for help if you need it, but believe in yourself and prove that you can do the work yourself.

6. Don’t take too many personal calls.

The time you spend at work is for, well, work. Your employer isn’t paying you to chat with your girlfriend or even your kids’ babysitter. If friends or family members are prone to call you during working hours, remind them before you start your new job that you will now be working during certain hours and request that they avoid calling you during those hours. Make a personal policy of limiting personal phone calls and texts to your lunch break, except for during emergencies.

7. Don’t ask for more money.

Most likely, you and your employer agreed to a certain salary during the hiring process. So don’t change your mind before you even show up at work. If you agreed to the salary offered, be satisfied with that. Don’t expect more money (and don’t ask for more) until you’ve worked long enough to prove your value to the employer.

8. Don’t try to change things.

Of course you want to make a good impression as soon as you arrive at a new job, and show your new employer they made the right choice in hiring you. However, be cautious of suggesting new policies or strategies during your first few weeks, as it may not be the best way to demonstrate you are a team player. Plus, it could prompt some of your new co-workers to think twice about you as the right person for the job. At first, take time to really understand and learn your job, then over time, you can make suggestions and changes as situations arise, and as your input and expertise is called upon.

9. Don’t be dishonest.

In a new job, there will always be a learning curve, and effective supervisors understand that. Inevitably, you’ll be asked to do something or expected to know something that you don’t yet know or know how to do. Rather than saying you can complete the task on your own, be honest. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know. Honesty is a huge differentiator. Simply look people in the eye and say unabashedly and with confidence, “I don’t know. Let me find out and get back to you. Then do it.”

10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

You may be so eager to start your new job that you don’t want to stop and ask questions. But by skipping even the most basic questions, you are setting yourself up for failure. Rather than making a mistake that could cost the company time and money, ask questions about everything you need to know, from what your job responsibilities are to who can help you with Internet or phone problems, to how you get paid and much more.

blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

7 Reasons Why Crocs Are so Expensive

Shoes from crocs are well known among the shoe lovers. Some like it for its comfortability while some like them for their flexibility. Crocs has a distinctive design and shape. Many people like this kind of unique design. There is a common inquiry among the people that why crocs are so pricey? Answer to that question is that it is worth the price.

Crocs produces shoes that are really different from other brands. Both design and composition of material are unique. Apart from that, Crocs shoes are really durable. It is almost impossible for other shoes to last that long. It not only lasts long but also remains functional for a long time. Thus it offers longevity and functionality. So the question every on asks is that why crocs are so expensive. Although it is costly, the service that it provides is worth the money. 

The main reason why crocs are so expensive

Crocs has some distinct structure. It is inspired by Italian design. It is a unisex shoe that means, women and man both can wear these shoes. People of all ages use crocs. These shoes are also durable. They are famous for their utility.

Comfortability

The first thing that comes to the mind of any crocs user is that Crocs shoes are comfortable and easy going. Some footwear has a bunch of hole on the upper side of the shoe, which allow air to pass through the feet and gives comfort to the feet. Although it is an easy going shoe, unlike flip flops it is very durable and pliable. One can wear them at any time in almost all situation. Especially during the rainy season, these shoes are really reliable.

Reliability

These shoe doesn’t sleep easily. They also don’t get torn apart easily. They are useful in water, dirt, mud, etc. They are easy to wash. You don’t need a special spray or other cleaners to clean these shoe. Comparing with other shoes, it requires less caring. The material of the show is pliable and robust.

Stylish

People who have unique fashion taste will like the design of these. They provide shoe for men, women, children, and older people. They have this unique Italian design which involves pore on the front and upper part of the shoe.

Durability

This shoe lasts for a very long time. The materials of the shoe don’t erode quickly. People can use it for walking, running. It can also be used for occasional heavy work. It does get affected by very few substances in our surrounding. Their soles are really good. They can stay in good condition for four or five years. 

Cost-effective

You might be wondering how can an expensive shoe like this will save me money. Although they are costly, shoes from other brands with the almost same amount of money might last only six months or eight months. In the other hand, crocs shoe last for three or four years. That will save you a lot of money for buying shoes after ever four or five months.

Easy maintenance

Generally, shoes from famous brands require a high maintenance cost. Along with that, they are costly. Crocs shoes are easy to take care of. You don’t have to do a lot of things to keep them in good condition. You will just need to wash them with water. You can use soap or other household cleansers for that. Then rub them with some unused towel. You also don’t need to worry about the color of the shoe. They will not discolor easily. 

Ergonomically designed

These shoes are ergonomically designed so that it gives it user’s maximum comfort. It also makes sure that users don’t experience any kind of muscular pain or discomfort while wearing these shoes. They are suggested to peoples as diabetic footwear by many doctors. They are regarded as one of the best ergonomically designed shoe.

Conclusion

Apart from this factor, there many other reasons which justify its high price. They put a lot of effort to ensure the safety and comfort of their consumers. This crocs shoe make sure that customers get a satisfying experience. The utility of this shoe is excellent. You can use them in your house as a form of a casual shoe, and you can also use them to go out and visits someplace. Overall these shoes are efficient, Fashionable, durable, and reliable.

Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

How Netflix Uses Analytics To Select Movies, Create Content, And Know What You Want To Watch Next.

In 2006 Netflix announced the Netflix Prize, a competition for creating an algorithm that would “substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone is going to enjoy a movie based on their movie preferences.” There was a winner, which improved the algorithm by 10%. However, Netflix never did implement the algorithm, saying:

“We evaluated some of the new methods offline but the additional accuracy gains that we measured did not seem to justify the engineering effort needed to bring them into a production environment.”

But Netflix didn’t shun all algorithm and data efforts.

To the uninitiated, it may seem that Netflix’s analytics go only as far as views. They may also think that the show House of Cards was chosen because Netflix “thought subscribers might like it.” But the truth is much, much deeper. The $100 million show wasn’t green-lighted solely because it seemed like a good plot. The decision was based on a number of factors and seemingly almost entirely on data.

The reality is that Netflix is a data-driven company. Saying that Netflix chooses new content based on “whoever they can get a license with” is a very thin and vague statement. Netflix does need licenses from studios, but they don’t just pick movies and television shows at random.

Read on to learn more about the future of television programming and how analytics is helping Netflix become a better business and service.

Analytics at Netflix

The core job of analytics is to help companies gain insight into their customers. Then, the companies can optimize their marketing and deliver a better product. (Without analytics, companies are in the dark about their customers.) Analytics gives businesses the quantitative data they need to make better, more informed decisions and improve their services.

So how does Netflix use analytics?

“There are 33 million different versions of Netflix.”

– Joris Evers, Director of Global Communications

As of July 2018, Netflix has 130 million worldwide streaming subscribers. Having this large user base allows Netflix to gather a tremendous amount of data. With this data, Netflix can make better decisions and ultimately make users happier with their service.

Traditional television networks don’t have these kinds of privileges in their broadcasting. Ratings are just approximations, green-lighting a pilot is based on tradition and intuition. Netflix has the advantage, because being an internet company allows Netflix to know their customers well, not just have a “persona” or “idea” of what their average customer is like. Let’s look at an example.

If you’re watching a series like Arrested Development, Netflix is able to see (on a large scale) the “completion rate” (for lack of a better term) of users. For example, the people at Netflix could ask themselves “How many users who started Arrested Development (from season 1) finished it to the end of season 3?” Then they get an answer. Let’s say it’s 70%.

Then they ask “Where was the common cut off point for users? What did the other 30% of users do? How big of a ‘time gap’ was there between when consumers watched one episode and when they watched the next? We need to get a good idea of the overall engagement of this show.”

They then gather this data and see user trends to understand engagement at a deep level. If Netflix saw that 70% of users watched all seasons available of a cancelled show, that may provoke some interest in restarting Arrested Development. They know there’s a good chance users will watch the new season.

But the data gets deeper than that. Here’s a look at some of the “events” Netflix tracks:

  • When you pause, rewind, or fast forward
  • What day you watch content (Netflix has found people watch TV shows during the week and movies during the weekend.)
  • The date you watch
  • What time you watch content
  • Where you watch (zip code)
  • What device you use to watch (Do you like to use your tablet for TV shows and your Roku for movies? Do people access the Just for Kids feature more on their iPads, etc.?)
  • When you pause and leave content (and if you ever come back)
  • The ratings given (about 4 million per day)
  • Searches (about 3 million per day)
  • Browsing and scrolling behavior
  • Netflix also looks at data within movies. They take various “screen shots” to look at “in the moment” characteristics. Netflix has confirmed they know when the credits start rolling; but there’s far more to it than just that. Some have figured these characteristics may be the volume, colors, and scenery that help Netflix find out what users like.

Why does Netflix want to know when the credits roll? They probably want to see what users do afterward. Do they leave the app or go back to browsing? Notice how Netflix now offers movie recommendations (they have personalization algorithms that aim to accurately predict what users will watch next) soon after credits start (or, for television shows, they automatically play the next episode).

Because if users leave the app after watching a show, that may mean they are more likely to cancel. Allow me to explain:

Through their analytics, Netflix may know how much content users need to watch in order to be less likely to cancel. For instance, maybe they know “If we can get each user to watch at least 15 hours of content each month, they are 75% less likely to cancel. If they drop below 5 hours, there is a 95% chance they will cancel.”

So now that they have this data, they can ask themselves “How do we help users watch at least 15 hours of content per month?” One idea: enable post-play, which automatically plays the next episode of a TV show unless the user opts out. For movies, show movie suggestions (based on the rating of the movie just watched) right after the credits start rolling and allow users to press play right from that screen. Netflix can add this feature to their web and mobile apps and, again, through analytics, see the results.

This is only a theory of how Netflix came to the decision to implement post-play and an example of how analytics can help Netflix make decisions. I don’t have any inside information.

So all of this data and the large user base allow Netflix to quickly see trends and formulate opinions. Later, we’ll get into the factors that made them green-light House of Cards.

The Recommendation Algorithm

As part of the on-boarding process, Netflix asks new users to rate their interest in movie genres and rate any movies they’ve already seen. Why do they do this right up front? Because helping users discover new movies and TV shows they’ll enjoy is integral to Netflix’s success.

If people run out of movies they want to watch and have no way to find new movies, they’ll cancel. It’s important that Netflix puts a lot of focus on making sure they have an accurate algorithm for this rather than having users rely on outside sources to find new movies.

Is the recommendation algorithm accurate and successful?

Since 75% of viewer activity is based on these suggestions, I’d say it works pretty well for them.

But now that more users are moving to streaming, what they actually watch is more important than ratings. When it was DVD-by-mail, Netflix users had to wait, and the rating was a “thought process.” Netflix engineers Xavier Amatriain and Carlos Gomez-Uribe explain:

Amatriain:

“When we were a DVD-by-mail company and people gave us a rating, they were expressing a thought process. You added something to your queue because you wanted to watch it a few days later; there was a cost in your decision and a delayed reward. With instant streaming, you start playing something, you don’t like it, you just switch. Users don’t really perceive the benefit of giving explicit feedback, so they invest less effort.”

Gomez-Uribe:

“Testing has shown that the predicted ratings aren’t actually super-useful, while what you’re actually playing is. We’re going from focusing exclusively on ratings and rating predictions to depending on a more complex ecosystem of algorithms.”

As we can see, the algorithm is evolving. There are entire teams (Netflix has over 800 developers in total) working on it. It’s not static because user behavior and the Netflix product are changing.

The New Thumbs Up/Down Rating System

In April 2017, Netflix debuted a new rating system. Previously, users would rate movies and TV shows on 1-5 stars. But after their product teams ran some tests, they found a new, simpler “thumbs up-thumbs down” test beat the original star-based rating system. In their Q1 2017 Letter to Shareholders, Netflix wrote:

As always, our product team has dozens of tests running in the endless quest for even higher member satisfaction. One test that won conclusively last year and has now been rolled out to all members is our new “thumbs-up thumbs-down” feedback model, replacing the 5-star model we have had from our DVD days. The amount of usage we get with this new approach is over twice as many ratings. With this additional personal input, we’ll be able to improve personalization, making your front screen on Netflix even more relevant.

How Big Data Factored into House of Cards

In 2011 Netflix made one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever make. It wasn’t anything material, but rather it was about content. They outbid top television channels like HBO and AMC to earn the rights for a U.S. version of House of Cards, giving them 2 seasons with 13 episodes in each season.

At a cost of $4 million to $6 million an episode, this 2-season price tag is over $100 million. Netflix has undoubtedly made other big money investments before (shipping centers, postage costs, etc.), but nothing like this on the content side. So why did they make such a big bet, and how did analytics factor into the decision? Let’s get into it.

Pre-Green-light

Before green-lighting House of Cards, Netflix knew:

  • A lot of users watched the David Fincher directed movie The Social Network from beginning to end.
  • The British version of “House of Cards” has been well watched.
  • Those who watched the British version “House of Cards” also watched Kevin Spacey films and/or films directed by David Fincher.

Each of these 3 synergistic factors had to contain a certain volume of users. Otherwise, House of Cards might belong to a different network right now. Netflix had a lot of users in all 3 factors.

This combination of factors had a lot of weight in Netflix’s decision to make the $100 million investment in creating a U.S. version of House of Cards. Jonathan Friedland, Chief Communications Officer, says “Because we have a direct relationship with consumers, we know what people like to watch and that helps us understand how big the interest is going to be for a given show. It gave us some confidence that we could find an audience for a show like House of Cards.”

In an interview with Gigaom, Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, expands:

“We have a high degree of confidence in [House of Cards] based on the director, the producer and the stars…. We don’t have to spend millions to get people to tune into this. Through our algorithms, we can determine who might be interested in Kevin Spacey or political drama and say to them ‘You might want to watch this.’”

Swasey says it’s not just the cast and director that predict whether the show will be a success. “We can look at consumer data and see what the appeal is for the director, for the stars, and for similar dramas,” he says. Add this to the fact that the British version of House of Cards has been a popular DVD pick for subscribers. Combining these factors (and the popularity of political thrillers) makes it seem like an easy decision for Netflix to make. The only question was how much they were willing to invest. We’ll get into the early ROI numbers a little later.

After the Green Light

Now that Netflix has made the $100 million investment, they are in part responsible for promoting it. And with the data they have, they can make a “personalized trailer” for each type of Netflix member, not a “one size fits all” trailer. Let me explain…

Before a movie is released or TV show premiers, there’s typically one or a few trailers made and a few previews selected. Netflix made 10 different cuts of the trailer for House of Cards, each geared toward different audiences. The trailer you saw was based on your previous viewing behavior. If you watched a lot of Kevin Spacey films, you saw a trailer featuring him. Those who watched a lot of movies starring females saw a trailer featuring the women in the show. And David Fincher fans saw a trailer featuring his touch.

So now that the first season has run, let’s look at some of the early metrics. These won’t determine immediately whether the House of Cards investment can be considered successful, but rather the trajectory that it’s on.

What do you think the average success rate is for new TV shows? In other words, if a television network green lights a new TV show, what are the chances it will be profitable or won’t be cancelled after a couple of seasons?

Your guess?

The answer is 35%, on average.

When a network green lights a show, there’s a 35% chance it succeeds and a 65% chance it gets cancelled. At the time of this writing, Netflix has 7 TV shows, of which 5 have been renewed for another season. If this rate can continue for years, the Netflix success rate will be about 70%.

So why does Netflix renew shows at a higher rate than conventional television networks? Does the data make the difference? Is the success rate legitimate or can you not compare an Internet television network to conventional TV networks?

Has House of Cards been a success? It has brought in 2 million new U.S. subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, which was a 7% increase over the previous quarter. It also brought in 1 million new subscribers from elsewhere in the world. According to The Atlantic Wire, these 3 million subscribers almost paid Netflix back for the cost of House of Cards.

And what about current subscribers? Does having House of Cards make them less likely to cancel their subscription?

Yes, for 86% of them.

A survey showed that 86% of subscribers are less likely to cancel because of House of Cards but only if Netflix stays at the $7.99 price point. While this may seem impressive, you should take this survey with a grain of salt. As the author points out:

“The sample size is small. Only 346 of the 1,229 U.S. consumers surveyed on February 12-13, 2013 are Netflix customers, although another 223 are classified as non-subscribers who have access to a Netflix subscription. About 10% of subscribers and those with access to Netflix viewed at least one episode of House Of Cards in the first 12 days after it became available. The average person who tuned in watched six episodes over that period, but 19.4% watched all 13.”

What can be safe to say is that House of Cards gives all Netflix subscribers one less reason to cancel. How big or how small the reason is arbitrary.

Orange is the New Black

Weeds was a pretty popular show on Showtime. It also has been streaming on Netflix for quite some time and has been one of their most viewed shows, according to their “Popular on Netflix” section. So when creator Jenji Kohan had the idea for a new TV show, Netflix knew they had to jump in. To be able to get a series with the popularity and quality of Weeds would be a big hit, especially in a lineup next to House of Cards. Early metrics show that Orange is the New Black is getting off to a more successful start than Arrested Development and even House of Cards.

Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

10 Most Expensive Plants

The most intricate gifts that nature have given to us are plants. These lovely plants can even give us rare flowers which we can use in various ways such as using it to give a lovely present for our loved ones or keep them as decorative plants.

We have prepared a list of 10 most expensive plants for you.

1. Kadapul Flower (priceless)

Most Expensive Plants - Kadapul Flower

This is the dearest flower one can ever find with its priceless value. This flower is so rare and exceptional and only blooms for few hours during night time. It is a specie of cactus and cannot be sold or even harvested.

2. Juliet Rose ($15.8 million)

Most Expensive Plants - Juliet Rose

Juliet Rose is the most valuable flower that could be sold, which is showcased in 2006 and made by David Austin. It took him a lot of hardwork and patience for about 15 years before his efforts finally paid off, thus making this flower so dear and exceptional.

3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid ($200,000)

It took 8 years for researchers to nurture this plant and another 5 years for it to bloom, making it so costly because of the hardship and long wait to have it. This precious flower has light scent and is also edible. It is also very hard to find a good picture of.

4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid ($6,000 per piece)

Most Expensive Plants - Gold Kinabalu

This exceptional flower is so hard to find and can only be found in the National Kinabalu Park, Malaysia. With the rare green petals that contain red dot, this flower is truly worth of its price.

5. Saffron Crocus ($1,200 to $1,500 per pound)

Most Expensive Plants - Saffron Crocus

From 80,000 flowers can only make 500gm of this saffron which makes it so rare. Saffron Crocus is the most highly-priced spice in our world and is known for its alluring purple petals. This flower can be cultivated easily in tropical countries.

6. Tulip bulb (sold for $5,700 in 17th century)

Most Expensive Plants - Tulip Bulb

This plant from Holland was sold for around $5,700 in the 17th century. This exquisite flower’s petals have a wide selection of colors from vibrant pink, red and yellow and is more colorful than any types of tulips.

7. Lily of the valley ($15 to $50 per bundle)

Most Expensive Plants - Lily of the valley

If you are fond of white flowers, then Lily of the valley is the one for you, which is the most beautiful white flower you will ever see. It has a rare shape and is poisonous. However, it requires being harvested immediately for it to have a longer lifespan.

8. Gloriosa ($6-$10 per flower)

Most Expensive Plants - Gloriosa

With the combination of orange, yellow and red on its petals and striking shape, no one can resist the elegant flower of Gloriosa.

9. Hydrangea ($6.5 per stem)

Most Expensive Plants - Hydrangea

Aside from being too beautiful, Hydrangea also has a wide range of colors you can choose from, such as white, sky blue and even violet. Because of its exquisite beauty, this flower is even used as a decoration in weddings globally.

10. Lisianthus ($10 – $35 per bundle)

Most Expensive Plants - Lisianthus

Lisianthus is an exquisite collection of blue to violet, white to blue or even purple flowers, which can last for a few weeks, thus making it perfect to use as an ornament in your home. It has a wide range from Lisianthus flower to Lisianthus lavender, which allows you to have a lot of kinds to choose from.

As Always,

Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

The Top 10 Netflix Shows of ALL TIME

I went through the deep web and found the top 5 shows on netflix from every year since it became an official streaming site in 2007 and put together a list of the 10 that show up the most in the top 5’s so here it goes.

Number 10: Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer is taking last place on this all time list because it had only appeared in the list of top 5’s twice, once in 2012 where it was placed at number 5 and again in 2015 where it had been placed in the number 5 slot yet again… 5 plus 5 equals 10 sorry Lilyhammer.

Number 9: Marvel’s Daredevil

Daredevil has a very special place in my heart but just not on my list, when the show came out in 2015 it started off mid top 5 at number 3 but slowly died out by showing up in the number 5 slot the next year and was never to be seen again in the top 5’s after that.

Number 8: Supernatural

Supernatural is very well known TV show for it’s dreamy cast and it’s storyline that will just hook you, the show first showed up in the top 5’s in 2007 at number 5 when netflix had just begun streaming but it grew in fame taking the number 3 slot the next year. 10/10 would recommend.

Number 7: 13 Reasons why

Don’t get me wrong 13 reasons why is an amazing show and has an amazing message not to mention super popular with the teenage crowd it made the top 5’s in 2017 at number 2 and for it being the first season coming out that year the number 2 spot is a win but in 2019 when the third season had dropped so had it’s spot on the top 5’s coming in at number 4.

Number 6: The Umbrella Academy

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The Umbrella academy is one of my personal favorites having watched both seasons I can say it really should have been higher in the top 5’s coming in at number 2 in 2018 and then number 4 in 2020 this action packed show has so many twists and turns it will keep your attention until you realize you’ve watched the whole season in 1 whole day.

Number 5: Lucifer

Lucifer has a very big fan base mainly teenage girls but still there are so many of them in 2019 Lucifer hit the top 5’s at number 2 then only dropped to number 3 the following year not a bad run but you know someone probably sold their soul to get that high up on the list.

Number 4: Heart Land

Some may be mad that this is higher on the list than others but let me just explain two years in a row (2007, 2008) this show was number 1 in the top 5’s crazy to think about how hard it has to be to get number 1 and stay number 1 for two years, I don’t personally know much about this show but it was good in 07 and 08.

Number 3: Arrested Development

Arrested development showed up on the top 5’s three times 2007 and 2008 at in the number 2 slot then again in 2015 at number 4 when the show was brought back with an all new cast.

Number 2: Orange is the new Black

This show was crazy popular showing up on the top 5’s 4 times in 2015 and 2016 at number 1 then 2017 at number 4 then finally in 2019 at number 3 the effort people have to put in to watch a show so much that it is in the top 5 for almost 4 years in a row and also number 1 twice, crazy.

Number 1: Stranger Things

Stranger Things takes number 1 on the all time list because it showed up in the top 5’s four years in a row taking the number 2 spot in 2016, number 3 in 2017, and number 1 in the year 2018 and 2019. It takes a really good show to never drop below 3 four years in a row.

Well there you have it the top 10 netflix shows of all time here is the top 5’s chart if you were curious what didn’t make the cut.

As Always,

Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

9 ways to tell if your cow has mad cow disease!



1 Your cow insists that all Hindus are sacred.


2 Your cow thought Frank Bruno would beat Mike Tyson.


3 Your cow takes up painting and cuts off one of its ears.


4 She refuses to let you milk her, saying: “Not on a first date.”


5 You catch your cow hiding secret plans to burn down half of Chicago.


6 Your cow demands to be branded with the ‘Golden Archs Logo’.


7 Your cow appears on Oprah and Jerry Springer, claiming to be a horse trapped in a cow’s body.


8 Your cow is wearing a little A-1 sauce behind each ear as cologne.


9 Your cow quits the family dairy and applies for a job at Burger King.

Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

7 Monopoly hacks to help your chances of winning!

  • Monopoly can be a frustrating game, but we spoke with two gaming experts about how to ensure a win.
  • Develop as much as you can, as quickly as you can.
  • Snatch up red and orange properties, but don’t bother with utilities.

If you’re going to tackle the iconic but lengthy and often frustrating game of Monopoly, you might as well ensure a win every time.

1. Develop property as aggressively as you can

Early on in the game, players tend to be choosy with which properties they buy, but Monopoly and honestly that’s the worst strategy.

Always develop as aggressively as you can. Once in a while you go bankrupt and you’re out, but more likely you end the game quickly by bankrupting other players.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is turning their noses up at smaller properties. Buying everything in sight will help you have leverage options later on.

2. Buy orange and red properties, as they are the most landed-on

Statistically speaking, the orange and red properties are the most landed-on colors during the game. Focus on buying those to rack up the rents fees.

More specifically, the most landed-on red and orange properties in Monopoly are Illinois Avenue (red), Tennessee Avenue (orange), and New York Avenue (orange).These are also valuable Monopolies for you to bankrupt your competitors with.

Whoever owns the most red and orange properties in the game may give you a good idea of who will win in the long run.

3. Don’t save your money

While money in the bank sounds great, unlike real life you should aim to have minimal amounts of money in the bank at all times. Money in the bank isn’t being invested, and isn’t earning you anything. Your Monopoly banker isn’t going to pay interest! It’s almost always better to be purchasing items with your hard-earned cash, for the chance to deliver return on those investments.

4. Don’t bother with utilities

This may come as a surprise, but many professional Monopoly competitors don’t even bother with buying utilities. 

You only have a 3% chance of making money from either the railroads or the utilities throughout the game. Plus, unlike other color properties, utilities can’t be upgraded. 

5. Develop three houses or hotels as quickly as possible

Remember the rule of threes: Always develop three houses on your monopolies as quickly as possible, and then aim to build three hotels on your properties. This will allow you to squeeze as much rent out of your properties as possible. It is a smart to only start developing more than three houses (by moving on to hotels) when all of his streets have three houses each.

Once you move on to building hotels, the same rule applies.

Once you have your houses developed, aim to build up to three hotels as quickly as possible, as that’s when the rent really jumps up to a significant amount. 

6. Later in the game, don’t try to get out of jail right away

Jail is not necessarily a terrible option. 

It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you land in jail later in the game, when hotels fill the board, you can save money by staying there for your entire three turns (unless you roll a double), until you get out of jail.

That way, if you’re running low on cash, you won’t have to dole out your remaining savings to your competitors by landing on their monopolies. 

7. Create a housing shortage by using up all the houses

A little-known classic rule of the original game is the housing shortage. Once 32 houses have been placed on the board, you are not allowed to buy more. So by simply buying all of the houses as quickly as possible, you can easily run your opponents into the ground.

If no one else has a monopoly, and you have one or two, a more long-term strategy is to try to shorten the housing market. If you have 32 houses on the board, that means there’ll be no more houses for anyone to build with, and you’ll be well on your path to outlasting the competition.

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What’s on your bucket list?

A bucket list is a checklist of items that people would like to complete before they die. It gets its name from the colloquial term “kick the bucket”, which is a euphemism for death. 

Some people stack their bucket lists with lofty goals and ambitions. You might want to publish a novel or cure cancer. But a bucket list shouldn’t be a tedious slog. A bucket list should be full of dumb ideas that you won’t care if people know you did because in theory by time you finish your list you’ll be dead. Your bucket list should be full of things like:

◦ Attend a nudist event

◦ Be a flashmobber

◦ Be interviewed by Jay Leno

◦ Be nude at a nude beach

◦ Belong to a secret society

◦ Box a kangaroo

◦ Complete the IMDB top 250 movies

◦ Drink a $200 bottle of wine

◦ Find Nemo

Nothing on your list should ever be something you have to work for your bucket list should just be stupid random shit you would have fun doing.

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Could Kool-Aid Man Really Break Through a Wall?

Bricks and mortar are pretty strong. It would take pressures 67 times that of our own atmosphere for a brick to start to crumble. Not only that but to break through a brick wall would require the kinetic energy equivalent of a bullet fired from an M16 rifle.

Now that we know this the obvious question arises…Could Kool-Aid Man Really Break Through a Wall? So let’s say we have a pitcher, but not just any pitcher, this is a sentient humanoid pitcher that comes in at 6ft tall. When scaled to that size the glass would be 3.6in. Kool-Aid man or K.A.M. for short would also be incredibly heavy. His dry weight would clock in at 5,800lbs, but we need to fill him with 607.6 gallons, that’d be 1150 cans of soda, which would increase his total weight to 11,000 lbs. He would weigh roughly the same as an elephant.

We tend to think of glass as fragile, pretty thin, and that’s because the kind we interact with, generally, is. However, glass is surprisingly strong. It can withstand pressures up to 469 times that of our own atmosphere – 7 times more than brick – and takes twice as much energy to break. Since KAM’s glass is 3.6in thick, that would be enough to not shatter when hitting a brick wall. In fact, his enormous mass means he’d only need to be going at an average running pace to have enough energy to bust through said wall. But let’s talk about his weight for a second – as we know from the square cube law, you just can’t scale something up and expect for it’s legs to be able to support the now incredibly large body. Lucky for us, since KAM’s legs are made of glass, which can withstand such immense pressure, his legs could be the diameter of a quarter and his feet the area of 3 postage stamps and he wouldn’t collapse under his own weight. So can KAM break through walls?…Oh Yeah!

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SEXTING

Sexting: Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. 

Sexting can be a wonderful way to get to know someone and learn about their turn ons at a safe distance and a slower pace.

Due to the advent of dating and hook-up apps, it’s also likely sexting can be one of the first ways you start flirting with a new person. Sexting can also be used to spice up an existing relationship, or keep the juices flowing between dates or during long-distance relationships. According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, sexting behavior is common among American adults, with 82.20% reporting sexting within the last year.

Should you start slow? Launch into the raunch? How do you determine what’s the best way to approach a new sexting buddy? And where can you find sexting examples to help inspire some of your own? You might be afraid that to be good at sexting you’ll need a rich imagination and huge sexual lexicon. Rest assured, it’s actually much easier than this.

The first thing to do when starting to sext with someone is making sure you’re both into it. The best way to find out is to ask. Here are some sexting examples to get the party started:

“I’ve been thinking about you a lot. Can I share one of the naughty fantasies I had?”

“I took a naked selfie and I think I look cute. Wanna see it?”

“I miss you. Can you send me something naughty?”

If your sexting partner is eager, go for it! Once you get the go-ahead, here are some sexting examples and frameworks to get you going.

Let’s break down sexting into a couple different styles:

• Flirtation

• Fantasy

• Memory

• Tasks/Requests

These four main categories of sexting are designed to help you come up with good sexting examples on your own.

Flirty Sexting Examples

Flirtation is perfect for getting to know someone new, though it can be a great way to introduce sexting into an existing relationship, too. The tone can be coy and playful. Rather than describing specific scenes or fantasies, it can be fun to play with innuendo. It’s also a good idea to start with complements and questions. Here are some Flirtation-style sexting examples:

“I like your profile pic. It makes you look like you have a secret.”

“I had a dream about you the other night. Would you like to hear about it?”

“Thinking about you makes me feel all warm and tingly. I would love to see you again soon.”

You may notice that this style isn’t necessarily about sex. Rather, it’s a way to dip your toes into sexting, and gauge where the other person is at. Here are some more flirtation-style sexting examples:

“I’m in bed. Want to give me something to think about as I fall asleep?”

“Thanks for the voicemail. My god, your voice just drives me wild.”

“I’m really excited for our date next week. I’m having fun deciding what kind of underwear to wear.”

“You really know how to talk to me. I can’t wait to see how you touch me, too. ;)”

Flirtation style sexting can certainly escalate to more explicit styles. It can also stay light and sweet, too. The key is for both of you to be on the same page about what feels comfortable and exciting.

Fantasy Sexting Examples

Fantasy-style sexting is all about telling a story or collaborating on a shared scene. Fantasies are a perfect way to assess someone’s tastes and desires, while also learning about what they don’t like. Here’s a great formula for sexting fantasies:

1. Gauge Interest

2. Share a sexy thought. It could be a setting, an action, or a scenario.

3. Ask them what that makes them think of.

4. Repeat 2 and 3

Mild Fantasy Sexting Example

Here are some sexting examples in the Fantasy style, using the above framework:

A: Can I tell you what I want to do with you next time we get together?

B: Sure.

A: I bought new massage oil. I want to lay you down in front of the fireplace and give you a full body massage. How does that sound to you?

B: Great.

A: What else would you like me to do to you?

Wild Fantasy Sexting Example

Or here’s another sexting example that’s more explicit:

A: “I can’t wait to taste you again.”

B: “Oh yeah?”

A: “I want to bend you over and eat you out from behind.”

B: “I want your sweetness to drip down my chest as you buck and moan. What about you? What do you want me to do to you?”

You can also play with creating complete scenarios. Here’s a sexting example that sets up a whole scene:

A: I’m imagining taking you to a glamorous sex party.

B: Tell me about it.

A: You’ll wear that outfit you wore on our first date. You look so sexy in that. We’ll arrive at the party in an opulent mansion in the hills. When we walk in, everyone will turn to admire how hot we look together. We’ll wander the rooms looking for a delicious third person to add to our scene. They’ll ask us what we want to do. What will you say?

And so on. Fantasy style can be the hardest for some people to master, because it can feel vulnerable to expose that much of one’s sexual psyche to another person. It can be a good idea to ask for positive reinforcement, by asking questions like, “Do you like this?” or “Is there something you’d like better?”

Memory Sexting Examples

Memory style sexting is great for established relationships where you already have a sexual history to pull inspiration from. It can be as simple as recounting a hot shared experience. Here are some sexting examples pulling from your shared sexual history.

A: Remember that trip to Maui?

B: I loved that trip.

A: You looked so hot as you held me on the balcony while the sun set. I wanted you so badly I felt like I could burst.

Or:

A: Thanks for the great sex last night.

B: What was your favorite part?

A: Probably when you pulled my hair just before you came.

Task/Request Sexting Examples

Finally, there’s Task/Request sexting. This is particularly good for people who enjoy playing with power-dynamics in their sex lives or are service-oriented in general. The tone you used is based on the way your partner likes hearing or sharing commands.

A: Do you want to do something right now to make me happy?

B: Yes.

A: I want you to jerk off right now and then I want you to tell me what you think of when you come.

Or:

A: Go to the office bathroom and send me a picture of your ass.

Or:

A: Did you get the package I sent you?

B: I did.

A: I want you to put them on and send me a selfie.

Sexting is an opportunity to be playful and flirtatious while communicating likes/dislikes, desires, and expectations. Have fun with it, play with your favorite sexting examples, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

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