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The bichon frise the plural is bichon frises is a cheerful, small dog breed with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. With his black eyes and fluffy white coat, the Bichon looks almost like a child’s toy. And it doesn’t take long to realize that the Bichon can be your happiest and most enthusiastic companion.

With compact bodies, baby-doll faces, and fluffy white hair, the bichon frise are a very appealing breed whose looks are enhanced by a perky, good-natured disposition. They are often mistaken for white Poodles.

The Bichon, as he’s affectionately called, is related to several small breeds: the Coton de Tulear, a dog who originated off the African coast on an island near Madagascar; the Bolognese, bred in northern Italy near the city of Bologna; the Havanese, from Cuba; and the Maltese, developed on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. Bichons also appear to have originated in the Mediterranean and to have been taken along on trade routes into other countries.

bichons frises may be small dogs ó large specimens reach barely a foot in height ó but they’re hardy. Despite their diminutive size, they’re not classified as a Toy breed by the American Kennel Club; instead, they’re members of the Non-Sporting Group.

Bichons are always white (although puppies may be cream or pale yellow), with black eyes and black noses. Their arched necks give them a proud, confident look, while their well-plumed tails curve gracefully over their backs.

If you’re looking for a wonderful family pet, consider the bichon frise. This dog loves to play. He’s always happy (except when left alone for long periods of time), and his demeanor is affectionate and gentle.

Because they don’t shed like other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies. This is something you should discuss with your allergist, since not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon. Before making a commitment to getting a Bichon ó or any type of dog ó be sure to spend some time in the presence of the breed if you have allergies.

Bichons have a reputation for suffering from separation anxiety. If you must leave your dog home alone for long periods of time, this may not be the dog for you. Bichons don’t just like to be with their families, they need to be with their families. They adjust well to a variety of lifestyles, as long as they don’t have to spend too much time alone.

Because of their small size, Bichons are good pets for people who live in apartments. But they do have a lot of energy, and they need daily exercise, including walks and games.

Bichons are intelligent and love to learn tricks, and they’re highly trainable. When training, you need to be firm but gentle. Harsh corrections and scolding will break a Bichon’s heart. Many Bichon owners train their dogs for obedience, agility, and rally competition. Both dogs and owners enjoy this activity, and it’s a good way to bond more closely with your Bichon. Another activity that brings out the best in the Bichon is therapy work. Because they’re gentle and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, they make perfect therapy dogs for visits in nursing homes and hospitals.

Bichons generally get along well with other animals and people, but they will alert you when strangers come to the door

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Kids these days have a pretty sweet setup: Almost any song imaginable is baked into Spotify, Rdio, Pandora or any of the other bazillion streaming services that essentially offer the same libraries. Listeners can pivot from Tyler, the Creator, to The Carpenters in two seconds.

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How Music Got Free, by Stephen Witt

But — putting aside physical media — a lot of us remember digging through Scour or Limewire or Kazaa or Napster to get the goods. The less fortunate among us might recall the slow drip of a song download on our parents’ 56k dial-up connections.

If the notion of painstakingly searching for music files sounds like ancient history, it’s because technology has exploded in the past decade, and companies have done a brilliant job capitalizing on it.

A new book, Stephen Witt’s How Music Got Free, explores the fascinating hidden history of music as a digital product. It tracks the odd-but-true battle between the .mp2 and .mp3, the rise of piracy and plenty more.

The Huffington Post spoke to Witt about the state of music today and why listeners might consider mourning the end of downloads.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

At the end of the book, you take your hard drives with thousands and thousands of MP3s on them to be destroyed, and I thought that was really sad. You talk throughout the book about how, even if you’re pirating music, you’re building a collection, something that you can claim some sense of ownership over.

 
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Streaming music services, like Spotify and Pandora, have garnered myriad criticism from artists who argue they take advantage of musicians by failing to properly compensate them. The most recent artist to blast such services is Linda Perry, who provided a telling example to HuffPost Live on Thursday about the lack of royalties she’s received for Christina Aguilera’s song “Beautiful,” which she wrote.

In a conversation with host Nancy Redd about her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Perry described how the music industry is changing because consumers are not seeking “deep” music, and they don’t buy what they’re listening to. In this vein, she vehemently criticized sites like Pandora for “ripping people off left and right.”

“Pandora played ‘Beautiful’ something like 30 million times. I got paid $300,” Perry said.

Assuming Perry’s numbers are right, this means she earned $0.00001 per play.

Watch the video above to hear more from Perry on how technology is changing the music industry, and click here to watch the full segment with Linda Perry here.

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Perhaps Kylie Jenner was inspired by her older sister Kourtney Kardashian when she shared a makeup-free selfie while on a plane to Miami on Friday.

Like many teens, Jenner loves to experiment with makeup, but it’s clear from this photo that her skin is already glowing without it.

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Jenner has said she’s an all or nothing kind of girl when it comes to getting glam, but she just may not need to get glam as often as she thinks.

“I never really wear makeup unless I need to, because when I do my makeup I like to really do my makeup,” she told Teen Vogue in April. “So I’m never going to spend just 20 minutes, you know? A good night out is, like, two and a half hours for full makeup, curling hair, whatever. I love false lashes — individuals, strips, extensions.”

Jenner is sure to be rocking a very different look tonight for her appearance at the opening of the Sugar Factory in Miami.

 
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Welcome to Jurassic Park … facts.


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With “Jurassic World” making box-office records go extinct, everyone has dinosaurs on their minds. But there’s one guy who never stopped thinking about them. He is renowned paleontologist Dr. John R. “Jack” Horner, the real-life inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant.

In addition to making hugely significant discoveries in his career, Horner has also served as a technical advisor on all of the “Jurassic Park” films. “My job was really just to sit next to Steven [Spielberg] and answer questions for him,” Horner explained to The Huffington Post. Recently, the real Dr. Grant chatted with us about the franchise and revealed some behind-the-scenes facts you probably didn’t know:

1. Scientists are using “Jurassic World”-like technology to create a dinosaur today.


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The source of all the conflict in “Jurassic World” comes from the Indominus rex, a genetic potpourri of various animals that resulted in a hybrid dinosaur. Horner explains, “We’ve got an actual project on the way to do this sort of thing.” Though he’s not talking about creating an ultimate killing machine like in the movie, Horner says he’s currently working on manipulating genes to turn a chicken into a dinosaur. He predicts this will happen within the next 10 years.

When asked what he’s going to call the new dinosaur, he laughed and said, “Everybody keeps asking. I’m gonna call it ‘Thank God It’s Done.'”

2. Even Steven Spielberg had doubts that “Jurassic Park” would be good.

 
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The 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come to an end after a flurry of exciting announcements and details about upcoming games and hardware from the world’s top video game companies. The myriad of games discussed include heavy hitters from established franchises such as Halo, Uncharted, Gears of War, Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect, Street Fighter V, Tomb Raider, and of course Bethesda’s jaw-dropping reveal that kicked off the show a little earlier than expected: Fallout 4. New IPs like Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, ReCore, No Man’s Sky, Dreams and many others proved that new and unique ideas are still a constant within the industry. What has turned into the most talked about aspect of the premier annual gaming convention was the announcement of the remake that has been asked for since almost the day it came out eighteen years ago, Square Enix’s Playstation One classic: Final Fantasy 7.

Read that last statement closely, yes, it is true that fans and game journalists alike have been begging the RPG juggernaut for a makeover to the most popular entry of the iconic franchise for many years. Try and visit a website that covers games without seeing a headline, probably multiple, about the game that is seemingly more mythical than a unicorn, the title that became the punchline to jokes surrounding remake possibilities of classic games. It’s official, Final Fantasy 7 is coming back to life on the Playstation 4 and likely the Xbox One and PC shortly after.

 
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A storm threatened. Not the one that opens Shakespeare’s late life play, The Tempest. On the evening I ventured into Central Park, to the Delacorte Theater for the always delightful experience of seeing Shakespeare under the night sky, rain was in the forecast. It would have been appropriate: not a downpour which would have cancelled the performance, but a melding of real nature with the teeming waters of the Public Theater’s ocean backdrop (Riccardo Hernandez’ design) for this season’s The Tempest, directed by Michael Greif, with Sam Waterston as Prospero.

As is most often true about Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest is in part about what makes for good leadership. Shipwrecked, Prospero and his daughter Miranda (Francesca Carpanini) find themselves on an island, a “strange, new world,” and Prospero, making the best of his exile, takes on the mantle of leadership. The play’s composition, roughly 1610, in the time of the great explorations of the Americas, is Shakespeare’s fantasy about what a civilized European might find and do under such circumstances, especially if equipped with a vast library, such as the one saved by Prospero. Two creatures owe loyalty to him, and they represent opposite poles of the “Great Chain of Being,” that is, one Ariel (Chris Perfetti) is pure spirit with angelic powers, the other Caliban (Louis Cancelmi), brutish and animal. Each wants his freedom, Prospero’s power to bestow. Prospero has the further duty to find a suitable husband for his daughter, who has in fact never seen a fully human man.

 
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As we mark the 36th anniversary of Black Music Month, I am grateful that there is a time dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the significance of black music. I have been in the music industry for over 40 years, and have had the privilege of witnessing the amazing evolution of black music. As a former senior executive at a major record label, I have helped oversee history-making records and cultivate superstar acts such as Destiny’s Child and Alicia Keys, to name a few.

Having experienced so much in this industry, I can honestly say that while Black Music Month is wonderful, we can’t ignore the fact that the state of traditional black music IS NOT. Today, there are hardly any black music divisions at major record labels. In the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s, there were divisions, departments and labels focusing primarily on the genre of black music — I know because I ran the black division at Sony for many years and I helped create So-So Def with my son, Jermaine Dupri, in 1993. Not having those divisions today and having only a handful of African-American music executives limits opportunities and support for black artists, particularly if they’re not hip-hop or hip-hop-leaning R&B artists.

Without these components at record labels, we are overlooking a wide array of talent for the next generation. The artists who do manage to make it big oftentimes have to have the hottest producers on their tracks. So many of the artists of today have a very similar sound and style.

 
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Are you a “grab drinks” person, or a “meet for drinks” person?

There is a veritable sea of dating apps out there now, and it’s tough to know which one will work the best for you. Do you want to have a casual cup of coffee, or meet someone who just passed you on the street, or perhaps someone who just got out of a relationship, or someone who has a snaggletooth and is currently walking within a one-mile radius? The list is endless for finding your, er, true love.

This video from web series “Charles, by the Way” will have you nodding your head in recognition.

 
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Tyler, The Creator, really admires Elon Musk.

In an appearance this week on WQHT Hot97, the rapper gushed fawningly over the Tesla Motors CEO’s decision last year to free up the electric automaker’s patents.

“Instead of holding that patent, he’s sharing it with everyone so car companies can get on that,” the rapper, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, said during a 30-minute interview on the New York radio station. “That is so cool because some people would be selfish and keep that to continue to make money.”

Skip ahead to 4:20 for the discussion of Elon Musk.

That isn’t to say Tesla’s move wasn’t a shrewd business decision. By releasing its patents — vowing not to sue anyone who copied them — Tesla encouraged other companies to use its platform. In time this could result in a whole segment of the car industry being compatible with Tesla’s chargers. Not to mention that, as electric vehicles are more widely adopted, Tesla’s customer base grows.

Moreover, other automakers could build battery-powered cars at a cheaper price than Tesla. Tesla’s Model S sedan starts at about $70,000. A release date for the planned Model 3 line of more affordable vehicles — Musk says the company is hoping for a $35,000 price tag — has yet to be announced.

“What about people who can’t afford the Tesla?” Tyler said during the radio interview. “They’ll get the Ford one that’s not f—–g up the earth.

 
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