DONEGAL WOMAN CHRISTENS TWINS AND THEN SAYS ‘I DO’!

first_imgKaren with new husband Geroid after their whirlwind day!It wasn’t quite ‘Four weddings and a funeral’ but Donegal woman Karen Simmons and new husband Geroid Dunne certainly know how to pack a lot into one day.With three children under the age of two years, the devoted young couple didn’t know when they would find the time to walk down the aisle.So when they were having their two month old twins Leah and Conor christened, they decided now was as good a time as any. But even more surprising was the fact that none of their family or friends knew about their big announcement.Karen, an office administrator from Listillion outside Letterkenny, said the only other person in on their secret was the priest Fr Martin Jennings.“We decided that the vast majority of people we would want at our wedding including our families and close friends were there anyway.“We didn’t want to put them to any additional expense or fuss so we decided we would have our wedding ceremony after the christening,” revealed Karen. The mum of three, who now lives in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo with Geroid, two year old daughter Grace and new twins, said the reaction of the 50 or so friends and family was priceless.“Fr Jennings was in on the secret and he knew we were getting married for the right reasons.“When he announced after the christenings that there was another small ceremony – our wedding – people went very quiet. I think they were in shock. But then everyone cheered and it was just perfect,” said Karen, 34.The couple had booked a photographer for the christening and so were able to get some wedding photos also.The christening and wedding guests then had a meal to round off what was a wonderful if not somewhat surprising day. The couple first met four years ago in Calgary, Canada where both were working and playing for the Calgary Chieftains GAA Club.They moved back to Ireland but never found the time to tie the knot.“We were both lucky in that we found work and although we had travelled a lot, we are delighted to have moved back to Ireland,” said Karen.She said the only disappointment was that some family members could not make their wedding ceremony but the couple plan to have a big party and make sure everyone is invited. “My brother was one person who couldn’t make the christening because he was sick but we couldn’t stop the wedding ceremony.“We’re going to have a big party and everyone will be invited,” added Karen.Karen is the daughter of Joe and Anne Simmons from Stranorlar.DONEGAL WOMAN CHRISTENS TWINS AND THEN SAYS ‘I DO’! was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:christeningdonegalGeroid DunneKaren Simmonssligotwinslast_img read more

3 rules on how to use VR data analytics for your product

first_imgYou’ve heard about it in the office, read about it in the New York Times, and maybe even demoed it in the NYC Samsung store — virtual reality is here and is capturing the curiosity of consumers and transforming the way businesses operate.Marketers, gamers, teachers, entrepreneurs, producers, you name it — everyone wants a piece of the shiny new industry. Why now?See also: What brands need to know about AR and VRVR has been around for decades and yet, according to Google, search volume about the topic has increased by 400 percent in the past year alone. Vast technological improvements have recently equipped the industry with the proper tools to show consumers the power of immersive media to transform our world.While the concept of virtual reality has been around since the ’60s, the actual benefits of extracting and analyzing data from VR experiences have just been gifted to the world in a big red bow. Let’s unwrap it and see if it fits.#1: There is no industry without analyticsEconomic standards do not exist until industries create them; this is not accomplished until data is used for what it does best — provide answers. Whether it’s Google Analytics data for the web or Nielsen statistics for television, every company must be able to draw accurate analyses from their data.Play counts don’t cut it in 2017. What knowledge do you gain from page views and click counts? Does a click prove actual viewability? And does a view prove engagement? Of course not. View, share, and click metrics don’t incorporate human visual perception. Thus, by not taking actual consumer actions into account, there’s no real value stemming from the data.In contrast, effective virtual reality analytics provide you with statistics of the trends and outliers that you weren’t aware of but should be; when creating and revising your content. VR analytics provide real value in understanding your audience’s preferences and behavior. Once a deep understanding is achieved, the opportunities are endless. Refine your target market, strategy, reach or whatever it may be, because knowing your audience’s varying tastes provides answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had.#2: Attention is the currency of the 21st centuryData is the new gold standard. The New York Times stated in 2007 that people saw an average of 5,000 ads per day; imagine how many ads we see as media evolves. We live in a world full of distractions, so it’s increasingly rare to have someone’s complete attention.Virtual reality provides the opportunity for an experience totally void of distraction, letting the user naturally engage with the experience. Use the world’s newfound enthusiasm and curiosity for VR to your advantage. Make use of the time consumers spend in this intimate world wisely by logging what users are looking at as actionable business intelligence.Virtual reality users generate data regardless of whether or not you take action — it’s a matter of collecting and sorting the data. For the first time, the combination of the user’s physical behavior and their physical interaction from the VR headset actively tells you what people are engaging with — you just have to listen.#3: Make sure there’s a “what” behind the “wow”We’ve all seen it — the smiles, the laughs, the screams, the squelches — but not all VR experiences are the same. Let’s put it this way: if we go see a comedy, we aren’t laughing at the same jokes or even if we are, we aren’t necessarily laughing for the same reasons. So why does VR elicit the reactions that it does?Understanding the semantics helps us solve the equation — it’s simple algebra. We have the solution, now let’s solve for the variable — what gets users to that “wow” moment. The “wow” is the optimal outcome of the VR experience, while the “what” is the user’s participation or contemplation.When Kevin Durant was considering leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, wanted Durant to feel what it was like to be a Warrior. Since Durant was still playing for the Thunder and couldn’t publicly announce his possible move to the Warriors, he couldn’t go to Oakland to see the locker room or have a feel for the court and the team.Or could he? An enthusiast of both basketball and virtual reality, Guber made a custom VR experience to show KD what it would really be like to be a Golden State Warrior. While actually sitting on a couch in the Hamptons, Durant was virtually walking around the Oracle Arena with fellow Warriors Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and other future teammates. He felt the team’s camaraderie inside the Warrior’s huddle, he saw the spirit of the players as they ran out to court on game night, he heard the crowd go wild at tip off; he got a true taste of what it would be like to be a Golden State Warrior.But which of those feelings overwhelmed him to the point of wanting to be a part of their team? Wouldn’t it be valuable for the Warriors to know exactly what Durant was watching when he agreed to sign with them? On a macro level, imagine if we could have this information for even a quarter of the players in the NBA. We’d know what these players care most about and what truly drives them to be a dedicated athlete — is it the team’s culture, the fame, the love of the game, or the victories that keep the players on the court? For Durant, we can only speculate.As we all now know, the user experience is key. Understanding the sensory value of a user’s experience is essential in order to replicate it. What is making your user smile or say, “wow, this is so cool” when they’re locked in your story in virtual reality? Knowing what led to the smile, or any emotion, is essential in optimizing the way users get to the “wow!” moment.So let’s recap. It’s important to remember that:There is no industry without analytics: for VR to become a viable industry, we need data and we need to make data-driven decisions.Attention is currency: with our ever multi-tasking society, learning how and on what users spend their time tells us what is most important to them.There is a “what” behind the “wow:” knowing what specifically is driving the reactions of people experiencing VR will drive the industry to new heights and ultimately monetize a guideless industry.Look out for part two as we dive deeper into the world of virtual reality analytics and most importantly how this industry will be monetized.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Samsung#top#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Clara Moskowitzlast_img read more

BENS BLOG I think Ladbrokes might be backing the onedog here Blog

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Star box at RA was heaving today, and the punters were really getting stuck in. Some new faces joined us, but one of our old and loyal clients was in attendance too. Trevor Connett, 70 years young, was with us for the day, accompanied by his wife, Shirley. They enjoyed their first date at Clapton Dogs, and it was a certainly a start they meant to continue. Owning dogs at all of the London tracks over the years, doing plenty of punting in the betting-ring too, and meeting Star at Sittingbourne and then Walthamstow. I sat with Trevor for an hour and he told me some great stories.I then asked him who is favourite, ever, Greyhound-bookmaker was. Trevor looked across with a grin on his face, and I knew immediately who he was going to say…John Power. The Power Twins, charismatic and legendary bookmakers of the 70’s and 80’s, set the way, lighting dog-track betting rings up, all over London, before going on to be the first bookmakers in countries such as Kenya, Northern Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Hong Kong.So I thought I’d tell Trevor a story in return…Tom Power, one of the brothers, used to make a book for the firm, at Hackney Wick. ‘The Wick’s’ morning BAGS meetings had a strong following, and thus Ladbrokes had a presence in the ring. These were the days before mobile phones, and they had their own line that went into the corner of the betting-ring, where their rep would sit, reciting the prices to head-office, waiting for instructions on when to play.Tom started attending meetings with an ear-piece. Occasionally, to back this up, he would call out to the punters, the latest cricket or football scores.But there was a change…Everytime Ladbrokes played in the ring, Tom seemed to be bottom price and able to lay them at a preferential rate. Sometimes too, just before they played, he would jump off his stool, and take say, the 3’s, and then be able to lay Laddies more at 5/2 – good business, you will obviously understand, Blog.His staff used to wonder what was going on. After a while, they came to a conclusion, and confronted him, giggling that he must have learnt to lip-read and thus see what the ‘Ladbrokes man’ was coming to back.Wrong.He’d tapped the phone-line and was listening to the calls in his ear-piece.NOW, Blog…that’s what I call a CLASS ACT!In other news:Carnage today. The two ‘short-ones’ going in, and also a winning bet of £4k each-way at 12/1. Star will come again though…be assured of that, Blog!Over and out, B xlast_img read more