Tech Grant, Kanye, Featured User Interview & More

The Weekly Proper

Give ‘em a book, they’re not gonna look

Victory!

Last Thursday, Proper Channel competed in Leon County Research & Development Authority’s Elevator Pitch Night and took first place! Our CEO William McCluskey delivered a pitch to the judges and walked away with a $15,000 Tech Development grant. Proper Channel is excited to implement these funds and take the next steps in growing and spreading our tool.

Revolution by Evolution

Autonomous cars are expected to become completely mainstream by the year 2025. Google plans on rolling out its self-driving car prototype on public roads this summer, with other companies like Tesla and Mercedes developing autonomous vehicles as well. Google is taking a “revolution by evolution” approach, following the scientific method of testing, evaluating, improving, and testing again. In the past few years, Google’s self driving cars have logged nearly a million miles and gotten in 11 minor accidents- all caused by humans, not the robotic pilots. The “revolution” part comes with Google’s plan to roll out a completely autonomous car by 2020, as opposed to other auto companies that favor a hybrid approach that allows for human backup. If it works as Google intends, it will save millions of lives, help the environment, and reshape the economy.

The day when you can hop in your car, take a nap, and arrive at your destination is coming soon- in the meantime you can start saving for your self-driving machine by ditching your current car. It is now more economical to use a ride-sharing service if you live in a city or drive less than 10,000 miles per year. Cars are driven an average of 4% a year, but the average cost of car ownership is $9,000. Here’s a chart that’ll get you on your way to going carless.

Genius, Censored

Kanye West was censored for a full minute of his performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. A lot of what was censored was not profane, and that coupled with the glaring pyrotechnics made for a very disjointed performance. In Billboard’s defense, Kanye did not do a dress rehearsal before the show- “It’s Kanye. What are we supposed to do?” commented one Billboard source on the lack of preparation. West released a statement calling the censorship “unwarranted” and apologizing to television viewers for the misrepresentation of his performance.

If you’re interested in why this dynamic personality has censors so jumpy, we’ve put together a chart for delving into the experimental genius of Kanye West.

Featured User: Jamie Graves

Our featured user this week is the creator of the fashion blog Mirror, Mirror, Jamie Graves! Read our interview with her below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I’m studying to be a PR manager, so to me image is everything, which explains my love of makeup and fashion. My blog is really just a compilation of my own experiences with makeup; things that work, things that don’t, and my current obsessions with certain products or styles. You can see my own personal style when reading my blog.

What made you want to start a blog?

Since high school people have been asking me “how do you do this?” or “what do you use for that?” so I just thought it was time to share all my little tricks and tips with everyone. I also love expressing my personality through designing the site.

Why’d you decide to incorporate Proper Channel into your blog?

Flowcharts are so easy to understand and follow, and the fact that I can fit an entire post into one chart simplifies the tutorial and organizes all the information really nicely. Plus, it’s very cathartic to make flowcharts.
Jamie’s flowcharts can be found here and her blog can be found here.

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