9 Tips For Dressing Sharp As A Young Man

 

Tip #1 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Dress Your Footwear Up

Starting from the ground up, appropriate-fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp.

A traditional school of thought that’s still alive and well claims you can judge a man by his shoes.

If you’ve never owned really good shoes before, brace yourself and get ready to pay a significant amount of money for well-made, classic footwear.

You may be shocked at the sticker price for well-crafted shoes, but the quality and comfort pay dividends down the road.

A good pair of dress shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine.

Quality leather footwear isn’t a luxury for the excessively rich — it’s a necessity for any man.

Tip #2 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Dress to Look Older

The way you dress is the way you are perceived.

If you’re still wearing clothes that scream “student days” you’re going to be treated like a boy with no experience in the real world.

Buck the trend, age your look a little, and get the respect you deserve from older men.

That means raiding your wardrobe and getting rid of the majority of your ultra-casual clothes: T-shirts, cargo pants, jean shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, baseball hats, and athletics.

Save a few for yardwork and exercise — but donate the rest of it to charity and start replacing it with dressier clothes that speak to your maturity.

Models get paid to make goofy clothes seem reasonable. Don’t fall for it.

Tip #3 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Ignore Fashion Trends.

Main-stream fashion trends change too fast to make useful wardrobe staples.

Most young men don’t have the budget to buy new pants every month or two — so stay away from pants that are only presentable during an “in” season.

Distressed or bleached jeans are a great example; several different designer labels briefly managed to sell the image on the public, and then the fad changed and left a lot of people with very expensive jeans too beat-up to wear in public.

Stick to classic clothing staples for the core of your wardobe and avoid anything that’s too far out on the cutting edge — even if you see something that makes it look good.

Tip #4 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Take Care of Your Clothing.

Generally speaking, being young means having less money to throw around.

If you’ve shelled out for a few pieces of good, quality clothing — a custom suit, a pair of expensive dress shoes, what have you — it’s worth a few bucks more to keep the clothes in good shape.

That means using good hangers for your suits, shoe trees for your shoes, and a little tender loving care with the washing machine.

Some of your clothes can come from thrift shops, if you’re lucky enough to have a reasonably common body type and some well-to-do neighborhoods nearby.

A few adjustments from a tailor can turn a five dollar thrift-store suit into your dress wardrobe staple. Just take care of it and protect your bigger investments with some proper maintenance.

Tip #5 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Have at Least One Good Suit in the Closet

No matter what your job is, you’re going to need a decent suit at some point.

If you’re in a field where you’re going to wear one regularly you should look for a variety of colors and styles; if you just need a single suit for infrequent dress occasions stick with a classic single-breasted, two-button suit in charcoal gray or navy blue.

If you’re buying off the rack take the time to have the suit adjusted.

A few department stores still offer the service, but you’ll more than likely need to find a tailor independently.

It’s worth the effort — sized suits are made to general measurements, and not all of them are going to be a perfect fit for you. A good tailor can make the small changes that take your suit from looking mediocre to perfect for you.

Tip #6 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Build from White and Blue Shirts

White and light blue cotton dress shirts are the backbone to a sharp wardrobe.

Much of this lies in the fact both of these colors make up approximately 90% of the dress shirts sold worldwide and that either color looks good on most complexions and body types.

Being so popular, these shirt fabrics are also available in a wide range of style and sizes anywhere int he world, making acquisition at a value price likely for the man on the lookout for sales and discounts.

Patterns can liven up the basic white and blue color palette, and there’s nothing wrong with branching out into some other colors as your personal style evolves. Just have a good core of white and blue dress shirts.

As long as you have one clean and hanging up in the closet, you’ll never be completely out of decent-looking things to wear.

Tip #7 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Own Dark Fitted Jeans & Know When to Wear Them

Jean styles are always changing: rips, tears, acid and bleach washing, distressed, stone washed, boot cut, wide leg, low rise, skinny; baggy.

Keep it simple with and stick to fittedjeans in a dark color, sans fading or rips.

You can wear them with a fitted T-shirt for a relaxed, casual look or dress them up with a buttoned shirt and a sport coat for a business-casual style.

 

Tip #8 for Sharp-Dressed Men: Look beyond Denim

Well cut and classically styled trousers will make you look a little sharper at social occasions than jeans.

They’re less common in a young crowd, so you’ll already be standing out, and agood pair of slacks has a drape and crease that looks much crisper than denim.

You can also get wool or cotton trousers much lighter than blue jeans, which is a blessing in any kind of warm weather.

Tip # 9 for Sharp-Dressed Young Men: Replace T-shirts with Polos and Sport Shirts

Wearing T-shirts to the gym or when you are performing house chores is fine.

But wearing T-shirts to social events or to work is a no-no, especially when the shirt is too big and made from a shoddy fabric advertising the company who gave it to you a decade ago.

A good polo in a simple, dark color is always presentable and always flattering if it’s fitted well.

You can also opt for buttoned short-sleeved shirts in the summer, ranging from Carhartt work shirts to seersuckerdress shirts. If you do wear a T-shirt, make sure it’s new, clean, close-fitted and in a solid, dark color.

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3 teenage girls fled to Syria

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LONDON — U.K. counterterror officials were urgently searching for three teenage schoolgirls they feared had run away from home to travel to Syria, police said Friday.

The girls, all good friends aged 15 to 16, boarded a Turkish Airlines flight at London’s Gatwick Airport at 12:40 p.m. (7:45 a.m. ET) Tuesday and arrived in Istanbul later that evening, police said in a statement. Thousands of wannabe ISIS rebels have crossed into Syria through Turkey since the civil war there started four years ago.

The girls were last seen at their homes at 8 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) that morning, where they made plausible excuses to their families as to why they would be out for the day, officials added.

Launching an appeal for information about the three, officials in London also said they were concerned about how many of young women traveling to the part of Syria controlled by the extremist group ISIS. “It is an extremely dangerous place,” Walton said.

“We are extremely concerned for the safety of these young girls and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to police,” said Richard Walton, counterterror commander of the Metropolitan Police. “Our priority is the safe return of these girls to their families.”

The girls were identified as 15-year-old Shamima Begum, 16-year-old Kadiza Sultana, and a 15-year-old who has not been named at the request of her family. Begum and the third girl were reported missing to police by their families later that evening when they did not return home. Sultana was reported missing by her family on Wednesday morning.

All three went to school in Bethnal Green, East London, according to police. Police said that Begum and Sultana had London accents and also spoke Bengali, the unnamed 15-year-old spoke English and Amharic, a language native to Ethiopia.

Police said they were attempting to reach out to the girls through social media and the Turkish press.

10 Skincare Mistakes That Are Making Your Acne Worse

 

We all want to have glow-y, clear, zit-free skin,but you may not realize that some seemingly harmless habits could actually be sabotaging your skin and making you break out. Here are the most common skincare mistakes when caring for acne-prone skin — and what to do instead.

1.The mistake: Roughly cleansing acne-prone skin.
Using harsh, abrasive products or tools (such as a loofah) can actually cause you to breakout more! According to Dr. Warren Shapiro, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Neutrogena, overscrubbing and using harsh scrubs can irritate your skin and make it harder for acne to clear and heal.

The solution: Stay away from abrasive cleansers and scrubbing tools. Use a gentle exfoliator a few times a week, and if you’re afraid of being too rough with your hands, try an exfoliating brush, which works to clean pores without irritating your skin.

2.The mistake: Dabbing acne medication only on pimples.
Acne medications not only speed the healing of existing pimples, explains Sergio Nacht, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Science and Technology for Advanced Polymer Systems, they also help prevent new pimples.

The solution: To keep skin in the clear, apply a thin layer of acne medication (one containing benzoyl peroxide will help kill the bacteria) over the entire area where pimples tend to occur.

3. The mistake: Squeezing pimples.
Picking at pimples can spread infection, making skin worse–not better. And, according to Dr. Nacht, the result can be scarring.

The solution: Use an acne medication, such as a spot treatment, and don’t touch!

4.The mistake: Not rinsing well enough when washing your face.
When you rinse, you take away suds along with dirt and oil. “If you don’t completely rinse the soap away,” says Shulman, “it can be a potential irritant.”

The solution: Be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly after sudsing. About 30 seconds should be enough.

5.The mistake: Skipping sunscreen.
“Even if the weather is cloudy, the UV rays get through, and every exposure adds up,” says Darrell Doughty, Head of Investigative Skin Care for the Oil of Olay Skin Care Center. This can result in changes in your skin color and texture, wrinkles and fine lines appearing earlier and an increased possibility of developing skin cancer. A sunburn can dry out pimples temporarily, but it can end up making you break out even more, because your skin reacts to the drying effect of the sun by producing even more oil.

The solution: For optimum protection apply a facial moisturizer that contains sunscreen of SPF 15 or more every day. Look for one that says non-comedogenic on the bottle to ensure it doesn’t have pimple-causing ingredients.

6. The mistake: Inconsistent use of acne medications.
Acne medication isn’t as effective if you only apply it two or three times a week, offers Dr. Nacht. Alternately, trying to compensate by over-applying acne medication can irritate and damage the skin, resulting in redness and overdrying. Plus, pimples won’t heal any faster: Skin can only absorb or utilize a certain amount of the product’s active ingredients, regardless of how many times you apply it.

The solution: Since acne medication works for six to 12 hours, it should be applied consistently two or three times a day. Remember, you can’t cure acne– just control it.

7.The mistake: Not using moisturizer if your skin is oily.
If your skin is shiny or has an oily feel, it doesn’t mean you should avoid moisturizing. After washing, your skin’s relatively dry as a result of the cleansing process, explains Doughty. All cleansers, even water, take out some level of moisture. Using a moisturizer will replace this, protect your skin and prep it for makeup.

The solution: Go with a moisturizer that won’t add oil or a greasy feel.

8. The mistake: Smoking.
You already know that smoking is bad for you, but here’s another reason never to light up. “Nicotine constricts blood vessels, including those which feed your skin,” states Dr. Nacht. The complexion consequence? Your skin becomes deprived because it doesn’t receive proper nourishment from your blood.

The solution: Don’t smoke…ever. For clear skin as well as a dizzying host of other reasons!

9. The mistake: Drying out the skin on your body.

Being in water that’s too hot or staying in the bath or shower for too long won’t hydrate your skin and can cause skin to lose vital ingredients that help to hold moisture in the skin, explains Dr. Shapiro.

The solution: “Your bath or shower water should be warm enough to be comfortable, but not overly hot,” says Dr. Shapiro. “All you need is a few minutes in the shower. In the bath, you don’t want to stay in the water long enough to get that ‘prune’ effect.” Set a time limit–around 15 minutes–max. Also, you should use a gentle cleanser, such as Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Body Gel.

10. The mistake: Drying out your skin in an attempt to control acne and oil.
Using harsh soap can actually strip sebum from your skin, explains Dr. Brett Shulman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Sebum helps give skin its flexibility and pliability. Without this the skin can ‘crack’ and you can lose the skin’s barrier function. This increases the risk of irritation and infection.”

The solution: Always use a mild cleanser or cleansing bar followed by a not-too-drying acne solution containing a low percentage of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Obama confirms death of US hostage held by ISIL

Barack Obama, the US president, has confirmed the death of a US hostage held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The White House issued a statement on Tuesday confirming the death of Kayla Mueller, who had been reported killed in an air strike against ISIL positions carried out by the Jordanian military on Friday.

“No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death,” Obama said in a statement on Tuesday.

Secretary Of Defense, Chuck Hagel, issued a statement saying world was “united in condemning ISIL’s continued murder and imprisonment of innocents.”

The family of Mueller also released a statement saying they were told she had died.

In a statement posted on websites sympathetic to the armed group, ISIL claimed that Mueller was buried beneath rubble after an air raid by a Jordanian fighter jet in Raqqa, northern Syria.

Speaking to reporters, the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, did not confirm whether Mueller was killed by the Jordanian bombing campaign, saying there was no evidence civilians were in the target area ahead of the strike.

The 26-year-old from Prescott, Arizona, was taken captive in August 2013 in the Syrian city of Aleppo, after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital, according to a family statement released by Arizona Senator John McCain.

Mueller’s parents said their daughter had devoted her career “to helping those in need in countries around the world” since graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2009.

Mueller lived and worked with humanitarian aid groups in northern India, Israel and the Palestinian territories, before returning home to Arizona in 2011 and working at an HIV/AIDS clinic and a women’s shelter.

Device Review : Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K

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Stunning: Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K reviewed

By Leigh D. Stark | 5:49 pm 14/01/2015

Apple may have kickstarted the whole “Retina” high-resolution screen thing in computers with its MacBook Pro, but its desktop computers have never really shared the love. Until now, that is, as Apple’s iMac gets a dose of a Retina reality, and we wish it never had to leave.

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A new iMac is here, but it’s not necessarily an iMac for everyone, as Apple finds a way to make its all-in-one even better by making the screen revolutionary.

The new machine starts at $2999 in Australia, and while that’s a far cry and nearly a grand off the base model 27 inch iMac, the machine is a little different, with faster innards, more graphical grunt, and a screen that will make other computer makers go scrambling to update their competitors.

First, though, let’s get to the insides, because in the iMac 27 inch Retina, you’ll find Intel’s fourth-generation processors, with two options available, the quad-core i5 clocked at 3.5GHz in the base model, though it can be upgraded to a 4GHz quad-core i7, as well.

System memory starts at 8GB, though like the processor, this can be upgraded too, with 16 and 32GB choices, with upgrades also available on the storage side of things, starting at 1TB Fusion Drive (Apple’s combined conventional hard disk drive and solid-state drive concept), but providing either a 3TB Fusion Drive, or several flash-based choices with either 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.

And there are even choices on the graphics side of things, as Apple moves to AMD for providing the graphics on this generation of iMac, starting with the Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB on the base model, but expanding it to a 4GB variant of the M295X graphics processor.

The display can’t be changed or upgraded, but if you head the way of the iMac with Retina, you’re getting a different screen than the convention iMac, regardless.

While a regular iMac 27 inch relies on an In-Plane Switching (IPS) display supporting a resolution of 2560×1440, the Retina version of the iMac takes the same sized screen and uses an IPS panel sporting the resolution of 5120×2880, a resolution which is technically classed as 5K, higher than that of the 4K displays we’re seeing coming out now both on various laptops, computer monitors, and even TVs.

Beyond this, though, and a few other chips inside the computer to keep that 5K screen from misbehaving, the iMac is mostly the same thing you’re used to seeing in the past, with stereo speakers, two microphones, and a FaceTime HD camera up front above the display.

Wireless technologies are still included, with 802.11ac support found on the iMac with Retina 5K, with backwards compatibility for 802.11a/b/g/n networks, while also including support for Bluetooth 4.0.

The iMac is still very thin, and still made with the same aluminium chassis Apple has been using for a few years now, with the back featuring ports for headphone, SDXC memory card, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt ports that are now rated for the faster version, Thunderbolt 2, making these a slight change on other iMac models.

Thunderbolt 2 is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt (1), and supports 20Gbps, which is twice the maximum speed of the first-generation, which only reached 10Gbps.

It also still supports Mini DisplayPort through this port, making it the port to use if you need to plug in a separate monitor.

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Is it really time for a new iMac?

Depending on how old the one you currently have sitting on your desk is, or if you’ve been thinking of buying one anyway, the answer might be yes, and that’s because Apple has something new for people who want something evolutionary.

The iMac has been through some changes over the years, from humble beginnings as a quirky little education-friendly machine to something far thinner and still great for the home, but while the design is generally the area Apple focuses on, for this release, it has its eyes on something else altogether.

In fact, Apple has its eyes on a component that will make your eyes jump for joy when you see it, when you take it in, because it’s the screen that Apple is looking at, and changing for the better.

In 2012, when Apple rethought the design for the iMac for its current incarnation, it also thought about laptop screens, and found a way to make them better, releasing the first generation of Retina screens for the MacBook Pro 15, a machine that featured a display with roughly double the pixels as many of the 15 inch screens out there.

At the time, many 15 inch laptops were relying on resolutions closer to to 1366×768 — just above high definition — and possibly a bit bigger, with 1440×900, 1680×1080, and the odd Full HD 1920×1080 panel making an appearance.

But most sat around the 1366×768 mark, and it was always a sore point with us, because that resolution on a screen on 13 or 15 inches would always look big and pixelated, and while it was often easy to read, it wasn’t particularly good looking, and for some people wasn’t thoroughly comfortable, either.

So Apple doubled the pixel amount, doing what it first did on the iPhone 4 with its phone-based “Retina” display that started the whole high-end screen revolution on portable devices, and eventually made a beautifully high resolution display for a laptop, a move that PC makers only started properly competing with last year.

For the iMac, Apple has long been rumoured to be doing something similar, with a higher quality screen hitting the rumour mill often.

Fortunately, it’s here, and it could just be the best desktop you’ll see all year, so let’s get stuck into it.

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IF You Love Gadget, Then You Gotta Check This out !

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Alienware lifts off for next-gen gaming power on laptops and desktops

By Leigh D. Stark | 4:54 pm 05/11/2014

Console gaming got you down? PCs are coming back in a big way, and if you’re having trouble justifying a next-gen console but love gaming, you may want to save your money for something else.

Next-generation consoles like the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One might be a big deal at the moment, but both products have been stung with a lack of backwards compatibility. Sure, there are some awesome titles on each, but older titles — familiar and friendly ones — require the subsequent version of the console, in this case, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

But not a PC, which will happily take older games and run them from the past few years, and even some of the upcoming ones. Many of the games made for next-gen consoles also come to PCs, and there are loads more games made for the PC which will never come to consoles, making them a prime choice for gaming.

Alienware has been making computers made for this sector for a while now, and with its latest release, is really focusing on that section of gamers that wants to go mobile and portable, while also giving an option for people who like big, meaty, and powerful gaming systems at home.

First is the portable option, and this comes in the form of the Alienware 13, a return to the 13 inch laptop space for Alienware, with a new chassis design with carbon fibre composites in its build, 13 inch screen running the resolution of 2560×1440, 2.8cm thickness and 2 kilogram weight, and a whole bunch of innards spec’d for today and a bit of tomorrow, too.

Those specs include Intel’s fourth-generation Core processor technology with either i5 or i7 processors, at least 8GB RAM, either 1TB storage or a 256GB solid-state drive, Windows 8.1, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics chipset with 2GB RAM.

You’ll find that 2560×1440 screen on the high-end model working with a touch panel, but the lower models support Full HD 1920×1080 and HD 1366×768 for lower and lowest (entry), both without touch.

Priced from $1599 ($2499 for the 2560×1440 QHD model), these computers will still come with the colourful keyboards and glowing Alienware logo via AlienFX, as well as USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, and more, but they will also be compatible with a new breed of desktop accessory aimed at delivering more grunt when you’re home.

Yes, portable gaming is great, but if you need some more firepower, Alienware will be boosting the gaming experience with a “graphics amplifier” which is a neat way of saying “graphics card in a box.”

Think of it as an upgrade for your laptop’s graphics chipset, a feature which is often impossible to update due to how built into the laptop hardware a graphics card is. With the graphics amplifier, a second graphics card can be provided off-side from the Alienware notebooks, providing more performance from a more powerful card.

“Until now, gamers have had to make some really hard decisions and compromises when they are looking for their next gaming system,” said Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware.

“Do you choose the raw power and performance of a desktop, or do you need the portability and battery life to game wherever they choose? The Alienware 13 combined with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier enables gamers to choose both, with an amazingly portable and powerful laptop for mobile gaming and then simply plugging into a desktop-class gaming experience when you get home. This is gaming without compromises.”

Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier will be available soon for $349, but if that doesn’t cut it for you, Alienware will have another system for you, and wow, is it a beast (in a good way).

It’s called the “Area 51” — because everything made by Alienware has an alien-centric name — and similar to how Apple’s Mac Pro redefined the evolution of the PC, Alienware’s Area 51 looks poised to the same thing, providing a massive desktop computer with a reimagined shape and installation method for some of its components.

Traditional Alienware desktops have never really been “traditional,” bringing with them rather unusual looks, but the Area 51 takes that to a new level, and couples a rather unusual triangular design with some heavy set hardware, pairing the system with high-end Intel Core i7 processors, as many as three graphic cards, as much as 32GB of RAM, 802.11c WiFi, Bluetooth, Windows 8.1, and big solid-state drives and massive 4TB hard drives.

There’s also a rather unusual cooling system with fans everywhere, drawing in air and throwing it out the back, keeping the entire system cool, while letting the performance fly.

We’re intrigued by this one, and for lots of reasons: this isn’t just an uber-impressive gaming machine loaded with grunt, but rather a reinvention on how big machines such as this should look, with CPU, RAM, and graphics on one side flanked heavily by big fans to keep things cool, while the hard drives and solid state components sit on the back, in a case that looks totally unique.

Totally unique and unusual designs come with a price tag, though, with a starting price of $2999 when this machine lands, which — as well as everything else we’ve mentioned in this article — should be around late November.

10 Cringe-Worthy Things Your BFFs Do When You Have A Crush

Your friends totally respect who you’re crushing on and will always be your wing woman no matter what, but sometimes they get way too invested. Even though you appreciate their support, here are some awkward, sometimes annoying things BFFs do when you have crush.

1. They create a ship name for you (and a code name for him) and say it every time he’s around. If he’s walking past your locker, they say the code name outloud, and you cringe because you feel like he has to know, right?

2. Anytime he walks by, they give you “the look.” Literally, it’s soooo obvious. Stop.

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3. They keep more tabs on him than you do. If they see him with another girl, or if he changes his profile pic, you’re the first to know thanks to the investigative work you didn’t ask your BFFs to do (but you secretly appreciate it anyway).

4. They screenshot photos from his Insta and text them to you. If he posts a shirtless pic, your friend sends it to you immediately.

5. They ask how your crush is doing, as if you talk to him every day. “Um, he’s ok. I guess?”

6. They always find a sneaky way to try to hook you up. If your friend is dating his friend or has a mutual friend, she’s always dropping hints that you should all hang out together, or makes her BF bring him along without you knowing. AWKWARD.

7. They insert your crush into every conversation as if you two are totally dating IRL. They talk about prom as if it’s set in stone that he will be your date even though you’ve never talked to him.

8. They insert your name into every conversation they have with your crush. “No way! Ariel loves that band, too!”

9. They find reasons to change the way you walk to class, so you can accidentally run into him. You have to admit though—you love “accidentally” running into him.

10. They try to find reasons to leave you alone together, even if it’s just for 2 minutes in the hallway. “Oops, I forgot something in my locker! Catch you guys later!”

But one thing’s for sure, when it comes to bae, your bestie always has your back, and you wouldn’t have it any other way!

What are some things your friends do that are a bit awkward when you have a crush? Tell us in the comments!