SGDQ: The Awesome Speedrunning Event Returns This Weekend

Games Done Quick is back for another of its summer charity events, and that means a week of speedrunning awesome games is on its way. Starting this Sunday, June 24, Summer Games Done Quick will take place in Bloomington, MN. From then until Saturday, June 30, more than 100 speedrunners will compete around the clock, playing their favorite games.

The whole event will be streaming live on Twitch. You can watch the full broadcast on Games Done Quick’s page. You can also get a full look at the schedule of events, which includes tons of speedrunning favorites from classic series like Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man to newer entries like Celeste and Cuphead.

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This year, the speedrunning event is raising money for Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, which provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. So far, Games Done Quick has raised more than $14 million for charities across the world. You can donate during the event directly on the viewing page of Games Done Quick website.

The event kicks off at 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT / 5:30 PM BST on Sunday. Summer Games Done Quick will then go non-stop until the following Saturday and into early Sunday morning.

This affordable swimsuit company fits their designs on their employees instead of fit models — 5 of us tried them and they fit each of us incredibly well

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  • Most swimwear companies use fit models to design and tailor their bathing suits, but Helen Jon fits all of its styles on their employees who provide feedback to get a supportive fit that works for more women.
  • Their suits aren’t particularly cheap, but they’re not outrageous, either — most one-pieces retail for around $140 to $165.
  • Five women from the Insider Picks team tried bathing suits from Helen Jon and found that they fit exceptionally well and offered great support and coverage (plus, they’re cute!). 

It’s happened to nearly all of us; we await with excitement the arrival of a newly ordered swimsuit, only to try it on and realize “this was definitely not designed with my body type in mind.” That’s because, in the most literal sense, it likely wasn’t. 

Most swimsuit companies use what are called “fit models” to measure and tailor the way their suits lay on the body. A fit model generally has the perfect proportions for a given size, is slightly taller than most women, has a cup size that errs on the smaller side, and doesn’t have any particular quirks about her shape like most of us do. She offers feedback to brands about what adjustments need to be made to the fit. Swimsuits are literally made to fit her body, but not so much ours. 

It’s a strange concept. Don’t brands want more women to feel comfortable in their clothes? Wouldn’t they seek out the opportunity to design swimwear that fit more people? Between fashion and undergarments, it seems that concept has just evaded most designers and manufacturers.  

Which is exactly why we need more brands like Helen Jon. 

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If you’ve never heard the name, you wouldn’t be alone. When I first received their pitch, I wasn’t familiar either. Sure, I’d probably seen the brand’s suits while scrolling through Nordstrom, but I never knew what made it special until they reached out to tell me.

It says a lot about the industry that I was honestly amazed to hear that Helen Jon actually measures the fit of its suits on the employees that work there. “We are fitting women’s swimwear on real figures, not models. If a suit is (or is not) sitting properly on our bodies, we know what to add, adjust, or revamp.” 

That’s not to say that fit models and the women who are proportioned similarly don’t have “real” figures — they are still human women, after all — but it is to say that the company clearly understands how using those bodies exclusively to fit their suits may not always be the best approach. So they came up with a different one, and one that seems to really work. 

I put the ladies of the Insider Picks team to work by asking them to each try on and go swimming in a different suit from Helen Jon (it’s a hard job, I know!). All five of us have different body shapes and very different considerations in terms of fit, but each of us has a high standard for what makes something truly great.

Spoiler alert: We loved them. All of us agreed that Helen Jon’s suits are stylish, relatively affordable, universally flattering, and exceptionally comfortable. You can read our personal reviews below, but if you’re ready to start shopping for a trusty suit that you can wear for everything from lounging around by the pool to snorkeling in the ocean, we recommend Helen Jon hands down.

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Read on to see what we each thought about our Helen Jon bathing suits:

Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor: High-Neck One-Piece

Helen Jon

High-Neck One-Piece, $112 [originally $160]

I generally have a really hard time with swimsuits. Aesthetically, I’m drawn to the one-piece styles that have very little support, like low scoop-backs or super low-cut fronts. Not great for someone with a DD chest, to be honest. I was attracted to this style because it was just sexy enough while still promising a good amount of support due to the seam under the bust.

I got the “fatigue” green color for something different since I usually opt for black. Wearing it on the beach, I felt covered and secure, but not at all suffocated or overly conservative. When I got home, I actually lounged around in it for a few more hours because it was just that comfortable! I would literally never do this with any other bathing suit I own.

The one thing I would have appreciated was the option to buy petite sizes because the torso was a tiny bit long for me (I’m just over five feet tall), but that definitely wasn’t a deal-breaker given how well everything else about the suit fit. 

Mara Leighton, Insider Picks editor: Lace-Back Bralette top, Reversible Tunnel Hipster bottom

Helen Jon

Lace-Back Bralette, $109
Reversible Tunnel Hipster, $64.40 [originally $92]

When I look for swimsuits, I look for support that doesn’t come in something that looks like a waterproof balconette bra; it helps maintain the illusion that swimwear is different from underwear, and — most importantly — it impedes my movements less.

I picked the Lace-Back Bralette in the “indochine” print and Reversible Tunnel Hipster with braids in the “fatigue” green color. While not all the prints fit my aesthetic, I did like the indochine a lot. The real standout for Helen Jon, though, is how well the suit ticked off my concerns. It managed to feel sporty (i.e. you can climb around in it at the cabin), and it was supportive without adding bulk or staying lodged in place (i.e. it moves with you).

All in all, I really liked Helen Jon. The style I tried was comfortable, cute, and supportive without being bulky or restrictive — something I actively search for and rarely find to my satisfaction. The “laced” detailing on the back added just enough personalization and support, and I like that the bottoms will see many uses thanks to being reversible, even if I do wish there were more color options.

Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks guides editor: D/DD Cup Twist Underwire top, Slimmer Hipster bottom

Helen Jon

D/DD Cup Twist Underwire top, $114
Slimmer Hipster bottom, $72

Buying swimsuits online is fraught with peril for any woman, but if you have a large cup size like I do, it’s even harder. Helen John’s swimwear collection made it super easy for me to choose a swimsuit that would fit because there are tops specifically designed for D/DD women like me.

The D/DD cup twist underwire bra bikini top fits me perfectly, offers excellent support, and looks exactly like a normal bra under clothing when you’re en route to the beach. The Slimmer hipster bottom I chose also fit perfectly and was comfortable. I swam in the Atlantic Ocean and ran around on the beach in this swimsuit without any problems. Plus, the suit dried fairly quickly afterward.


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Amazon Prime Day 2018 date leaked

Cast your minds back almost a year ago and you might remember the mania that accompanied Amazon Prime Day, an event that was originally a one-day-only batch of discounts and special offers Amazon offered up in order to celebrate its anniversary. Fast forward a few years, and here we are – Amazon Prime Day is now an annual thing and a bit of a mini-Black Friday in terms of bargains and rushes on stock. This year’s Prime Day is set to take place on 16th July, 2018.

While Amazon makes a habit of keeping the exact day of the event under wraps until shortly before launching, it seems as though a stray banner has given the game away for this year’s event, as PC Gamer reports that the aforementioned imagery went live sometime yesterday, proudly stating: “Starts at noon, 16 July. An epic day (and a half) of our best deals.”

The extra time allotted to what is still proudly called “Prime Day” is not unprecedented, as last year’s Prime Day festivities took place over a 30-hour period. The extra six hours brings the total event time up to the previously mentioned “day and a half” timeframe. The 16th itself is later than Prime Day is traditionally held (usually taking place around 12th July), though with the World Cup Final taking place on 15th July, it’s a safe bet Amazon has gone with a later date in order to keep the spotlight purely on Prime Day.

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LinkedIn is a hellhole and this Twitter account proves it


LinkedIn is a unique kind of toxic nightmare.  The type that, if it were a real city or town, would be the desolate setting of a video game where you blast its mutated inhabitants with railguns. Highlighting the weapons-grade twattery of the residents of LinkedIn-upon-Thames is my current favorite Twitter account, @craponlinkedin, which wades through the worst content on the world’s biggest professional networking site, and resurfaces it for our own personal amusement. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it, and believe me when I say it’s bad. If you thought broetry was as bad as it got,…

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Sushi Striker is a delightful game that launched at an awful time

The Nintendo Switch has a big six months ahead of it, and that period was kicked off by the release of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido earlier in the month. Co-developed by Nintendo EPD and indieszero, Sushi Striker definitely isn’t the first-party fare we’ve come to expect from Nintendo over the years, but that didn’t stop it from turning … Continue reading

PIA review: A fast and secure VPN, but Netflix users need not apply

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The Good

Good security features • Lightning-fast internet speeds • Easy to use • Great for torrenting

The Bad

No Netflix

The Bottom Line

If you want security while surfing the web and fast internet speeds for torrenting, PIA is a great choice for your VPN.

Mashable Score4.25
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck5.0

Now that we’re coming out of the other side of all the Facebook privacy scandals, odds are you’ve probably taken a deeper interest in your own online privacy. 

One way of securing your online privacy is by using a VPN to hide your online activity. But, you may find it hard to choose the “best” VPN with so many available.  Read more…

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