Good News in History, July 22

Good News in History, July 22

Happy 70th Birthday to the author who birthed the genre known as Young Adult Fiction, S.E.
She wrote her pivotal novel “The Outsiders” — about a gang of ‘greasers‘ in an Oklahoma high school — when she was sixteen years old.
Since 1967, the book has sold 15 million copies, and still sells 500,000 annually as the book is required reading for teens in schools today.
As a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, where her experience of widespread disdain toward greaser culture inspired the book, she was given a D by her creative writing teacher.
WATCH a 2017 interview with Suzie (who was advised to use her initials so critics would take her seriously) recorded for the book’s 50th anniversary… (1948) Francis Ford Coppola directed two films based on her books, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, and co-wrote the screenplay with Hinton, who also performed in cameo appearances and worked as a location scout in Oklahoma, where all her novels were set.
Coppola chose an amazing lineup of young actors, including Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, and Emilio Estevez.
(Watch a video with scenes from the casting call) She has also written two children’s books (in the 90s), and since 2004 has penned two adult fiction novels, including Some of Tim’s Stories and Taming the Star Runner.
– Photo from the video by Good Day Chicago on Fox 32 MORE Good News on this Day: Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first person on record to cross North America over the Great Divide, traveling through Canada, much of the way on foot (1793) Wiley Post, from Oklahoma, became the first person to fly solo around the world, a 15,596 mile flight in the Winnie Mae in less than 8 days (1933) Martial law in Poland was officially revoked (1983) The Citizen’s Charter, launched by British Prime Minister John Major, promised to improve public services (1991) And, on this day in 1796, the city of Cleveland was founded by General Moses Cleveland on the southern shore of the Great Lake Erie near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.
Its proximity to water helped make it a manufacturing powerhouse in the twentieth century.
The Ohio city is home to a world class symphony orchestra, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Best Powerline Network Adapters

The Best Powerline Network Adapters

If you want high-speed network access throughout your home and Wi-Fi isn’t cutting it, you’ve probably considered running Ethernet cables.
But the consumer standard known as HomePlug AV has been refining the technology significantly as of late, and today’s best adapters can give you speeds and latency good enough for 4K video streaming and low-latency games.
We’ve selected the best overall powerline network adapter, the best solution for those on a budget, and the best for people who want to expand both their hardline network and Wi-Fi at the same time.
Note that the adapters below can’t replace the connection directly to your internet service provider: you’ll still need to plug at least one adapter into your home’s primary modem or a router.
And at $100 for two adapters (one to connect directly to your router or modem, one to extend the network), it’s not much more expensive than competing models offering considerably lower speeds.
The Best Budget Extension: TRENDnet Power Line 1200 AV2 Adapter Starter Kit TPL-420E2K ($55) If all you need is a single connection to that one room that’s out of Wi-Fi or Ethernet range, this TRENDnet kit will do the trick.
With a single Ethernet port and no power outlet pass-through it’s a little short on creature comforts, but it will get the job done if running a long Ethernet cable isn’t an option.
The Best Multi-Device Extension: TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender AV1200 Powerline Edition ($119) Even if you want a hardline connection to specific devices, you probably already have a Wi-Fi network in your home.
The primary connector takes Ethernet from your ISP-installed modem or router, but the paired device rebroadcasts the connection over Wi-Fi in addition to outputting it to three gigabit Ethernet ports.
The extra Wi-Fi hardware means there’s no pass-through outlet on the expansion device, but it’s an acceptable trade-off for users in this very particular niche.

The Smarthome Industry Has Reached a Plateau. Here’s What’s Holding It Back

The Smarthome Industry Has Reached a Plateau. Here’s What’s Holding It Back

Don’t get us wrong; smarthome technology is a really exciting market, and it’s become so popular that big players like Amazon and Google have dived head first into offering comprehensive smarthome product lines.
And not being able to control everything from one place takes away a lot of the convenience.
The two big ones are Z-Wave and Zigbee.
They’re known as the “open” protocols that any smarthome brand can use in their devices.
You’ll frequently come across smarthome hubs or other devices that use Z-Wave or Zigbee, but they won’t connect to each other.
Instead, when you go shopping for Z-Wave sensors or Zigbee smart bulbs, you have to double check to make sure they work with your particular smarthome hub, which can be a real pain because it usually won’t just say it right there on the packaging.
It’s certainly a lot better than controlling things from your smartphone, where you have to open up the app and navigate buttons to find what you’re looking for, but voice control has its own set of problems that doesn’t yet quite make it the de facto method for controlling smarthome devices.
Even as a die-hard smarthome user myself, I’m still learning that.
With that said, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of problems with the smarthome industry right now.
Some of those problems will get fixed eventually, but others probably won’t—the market will continue to be fragmented, unfortunately, as companies want to try and get you to buy only their products.

Sweden’s Legendary Lake Monster

Sweden’s Legendary Lake Monster

Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, Lake Champlain in New York/Vermont/Quebec has Champ, and Sweden has it’s own monster called Storsjöodjuret, which supposedly lives in Lake Storsjön.
Accounts of sightings go back over 300 years, of a creature that’s estimated to be anywhere from 10 to 42 feet long.
Of the creature in question, the late Mark Chorvinksy said the following: “Fisheries officer Ragnar Björks, 73, was out checking fishing permits on Sweden’s Lake Storsjön when he had the fright of his life.
From the placid waters a huge tail suddenly broke the surface near Björk’s 12 foot row boat.
The colossal creature attached to the tail appeared to be 18 feet long, grey-brown on top with a yellow underbelly.
When Björks was alongside the monster, he struck at it with his oar, hitting it on the back.
Angered, the creature slapped the water with its tail and the rowboat was thrown nine to twelve feet into the air.
‘At first I didn’t believe that there was any monster in the Storsjön…but now I am convinced.
Read some other tales of Storsjöodjuret encounters at Mysterious Universe.
-via Strange Company (Image credit: Andreas Eriksson)

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Trailer Contains a Major Easter Egg

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Trailer Contains a Major Easter Egg

The Walking Dead’s season 9 San Diego Comic-Con trailer teases the arrival of a major player recently introduced to Robert Kirkman’s comic books: the Commonwealth.
A sign attached to a spinning windmill reads: “COMMONWEALTH Windmill & Pump Service.
Saltville, VA.” Saltville is located in the real-life Commonwealth of Virginia.
The easter egg pays homage to the Commonwealth of the comics, a network located in Ohio of nearly 50,000 survivors interspersed throughout different settlements.
Several survivors belonging to Rick Grimes’ Alexandria Safe-Zone — Michonne, Eugene, Siddiq, Magna and Yumiko, and newcomer Juanita — first encounter the organization in The Walking Dead #173 at the end of the communities’ strife against new enemy group the Whisperers.
The group are drawn to Ohio through Stephanie, a contact big-brained inventor Eugene establishes over the radio.
In the ‘New World Order’ arc, launched in issue #175, the Ohio travelers are brought into the Commonwealth by armored soldiers clad in Stormtrooper-like suits.
The survivors learn the Commonwealth operates on a class system, and Michonne is shocked when the Commonwealth reunites her with a significant figure from her past previously believed to be dead.
The arrival of Georgie to The Walking Dead — newly-created for the show in season 8 — birthed speculation the Hilltop’s new put-together benefactor is the TV version of Pamela Milton because of actress Jayne Atkinson’s resemblance to the comic book character.
And the two flanking guards could be [Georgie’s twin bodyguards] Hilda and Midge.

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Trailer Finally Confirms The Whisperers

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Trailer Finally Confirms The Whisperers

After a long period of “will-they-or-won’t-they” adapt comic book bad guys The Whisperers for the TV show, the season 9 San Diego Comic-Con trailer confirms Alpha and her pack of nomadic barbarians are shambling towards The Walking Dead.
Greg Nicotero, a longtime producer, director, and special effects makeup artist on the series, teased Beta — Alpha’s overly-tall brute bodyguard and second in command — won’t be far behind.
The Whisperers are glimpsed at the end of the trailer as Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) narrowly flee an approaching flood of walkers.
Rosita and Eugene lather themselves in mud, lying deathly still in a ravine.
Listen closely and you’ll hear the parade of walkers hiss, “Where are they?” The Whisperers were similarly first encountered in the comics, trailing series newcomers Marco and Ken, who are initially unaware the searching “walkers” are actually a disguised human threat.
The villains served as the primary human threat for more than 40 issues after their introduction in The Walking Dead #130, claiming the lives of multiple main characters and driving the plot until the ongoing comic book series moved on into the Commonwealth era in issue #175.
In the comics, Alpha is mother to Lydia, a teen girl who enters into a romantic relationship with Alexandrian leader Rick Grimes’ same-aged son Carl.
“We do plan on telling those comic stories,” executive producer and Walking Dead CCO Scott Gimple told EW in December.
“It just will have to be with different people and it’s a different way to tell those same stories.
But we hope to still fulfill what those stories do.” The Walking Dead season 9 debuts Sunday, October 7 on AMC.

Prince George celebrates his 5th birthday: Look back at his most adorable moments

Prince George celebrates his 5th birthday: Look back at his most adorable moments

Prince George, the heir to the British throne and the oldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate, is celebrating his fifth birthday Sunday.
George is spending his birthday week in Mustique on a family vacation that includes not only his parents and siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, but also his aunt and uncle, James and Pippa Matthews, and his maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton.
On Saturday, Kensington Palace shared a picture on Twitter of a beaming Prince George to mark his birthday and thanked “everyone for your lovely messages.”
The photograph was taken in the garden at Clarence House by Matt Porteous, following the christening of Prince Louis on July 9.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s fifth birthday tomorrow.” Kensington Palace said in a statement When George was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in 2013, his birth caused a media frenzy around the world and in the U.K., where Brits celebrated the birth of their new heir.
To mark George’s birthday, the Royal Mint has issued a £5 (around $6.50) commemorative coin, which is available to the public for purchase, features an image of St. George, the patron saint of England, and a dragon.
Now a student at St. Thomas’s Battersea School in London, George has had a busy few months with the royal family.
He was a page boy at the May 19 wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, to Meghan Markle, attended Louis’ christening, and made an appearance with the royal family at Trooping the Colour.
Take a look back at some of George’s most adorable moments through the years.

New photo of Prince George released to mark his 5th birthday

New photo of Prince George released to mark his 5th birthday

(CNN)An official photo of Prince George was released Saturday to mark his fifth birthday, which falls on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said the photograph, which shows the smiling prince in front of a brick wall, was taken in the garden of Clarence House by Matt Porteous following the christening of Prince Louis on July 9.
Prince George Alexander Louis, the oldest child of Britain’s Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, was born July 22, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces.
He will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror if, as expected, he follows the reigns of his grandfather and father.
according to the UK’s Press Association.
George was last seen at the christening of Louis at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace on July 9, and in official photos marking the royal baptism, the Press Association reported.

How to Improve Golf Swing Tempo

How to Improve Golf Swing Tempo

As you perform your backswing, maintain a slow, constant speed until you reach the peak of your movement.
For tips on practicing and altering your golf swing tempo, read on!
If you’re nervous before hitting the ball, or if you don’t think you can make the shot, there’s a good chance your tempo will be thrown off.
When performing your backswing, it’s important to pull your club as far away from the ball as possible, otherwise you may not gain the strength necessary to hit it properly.
5 Start your downswing at the same pace as your backswing.
However, once you’re ready to begin the downswing, start it at the same speed as your backswing.
[5] 1 Aim for a downswing that is 3 times faster than your backswing.
[6] If your downswing is too fast, try slowing down your takeaway to change the pace of the shot.
Instead, try to slow down or speed up your swing by about 25% at a time.
Practice at your new pace until you get used to it, then change it by another 25%.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Avoid Crossing Paths at Comic-Con

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Avoid Crossing Paths at Comic-Con

There wasn’t much time between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard‘s appearances at Comic-Con on Saturday.
The 55-year-old actor was a surprise guest at Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Hall H panel, where he promoted his new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, by dressing up as the titular villain to deliver an in-character speech.
Afterwards, the 32-year-old actress appeared at a Warner Bros. panel to support the upcoming Aquaman film, though the two were not seen crossing paths at the event.
While both of their panels occurred in the same room, there was at least an hour separating their appearances.
RELATED: Johnny Depp Surprises Comic-Con as His Dark Fantastic Beasts Character: ‘The Moment Has Come’ Depp’s casting in the Fantastic Beasts sequel caused some controversy when it was first announced, as fans questioned why domestic violence allegations made against Depp by Heard didn’t preclude him from being involved with the project.
Heard had asked for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp just a week after she filed to end their 15-month marriage in May 2016, claiming the actor had been abusive on several occasions, including one incident that she claimed left her in fear for her life.
Through his lawyers, Depp vehemently denied the abuse allegations throughout the contentious divorce, calling the claims “salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation, and lies.” His lawyers also accused the actress of making the allegations up in an attempt to “extend her fifteen minutes of fame.” In June, Depp filed a defamation suit against British tabloid The Sun, disputing claims that he abused Heard.
Depp and Heard settled their nasty divorce in January 2017 — with Depp paying Heard a $7 million settlement (all of which she vowed to donate to charity).
Author J.K. Rowling came out in defense of Depp’s casting last December, writing in part on her website, “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.” Distributor Warner Bros. also stood by the decision to have Depp in the film.
“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.’ Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films.”

Johnny Depp and Ex Amber Heard Almost Ran into Each Other at Comic-Con

Johnny Depp and Ex Amber Heard Almost Ran into Each Other at Comic-Con

Johnny Depp drew both cheers and boos at Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2018 Comic-Con presentation of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on Saturday, an hour and a half before his ex-wife Amber Heard joined her Aquaman co-stars on the same stage.
It is unclear if the two, who divorced in 2017 after a turbulent marriage and breakup, interacted at the convention. “Didn’t see her and Johnny in the same place but Johnny did come out to the dock to smoke a cigarette before his panel.
He was there about 20 to 30 minutes before I saw Amber.”
Both eyewitnesses said that Heard hung out in a room backstage before the Aquaman event and that Depp was not with her.
Amid her initial divorce filing, Heard had obtained a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Depp, claiming that throughout their entire relationship, she “endured excessive emotional verbal and physical abuse” from the actor.
While Depp denied any wrongdoing, news reports about the case spurred many Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fans to condemn and question Warner Bros.’ casting of him.
A new trailer for the movie was screened and some audience members booed as his character was shown onscreen.
Most of the crowd then cheered at the actor himself as he stood onstage. “The great gift of your applause is not for me, but for yourselves,” Depp said in Grindelwald’s British accent, waving a wand over the audience.

‘Glass’ Looks Like M. Night Shyamalan’s Most Complex Film Yet

‘Glass’ Looks Like M. Night Shyamalan’s Most Complex Film Yet

Shyamalan, a filmmaker known for his clever twists, delivered his greatest one yet at the end of 2016’s Split.
Uniting the casts of Unbreakable and Split, Glass sees Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy team up for what may be Shyamalan’s most complex film yet.
She says that it’s a growing field, and we learn that her patients are none other than Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis).
How they end up in the care of Dr. Staple remains to be seen.
Still, given his role as “protector,” and the emergence of others with abilities, it will be fascinating to see how Dunn evolves over the course of the film and whether the world can embrace him out of the shadows, and provide him with a moniker that lives up to his heroic efforts.
Dunn’s nemesis, Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, reveals that he’s been waiting for the world to see that they exist.
While comic books and superhero sequels usually have us expecting an outcome where the hero wins, the fact that this is titled Glass gives us reason to pause.
If superheroes and villains existed in the real world, who would come out the victor?
We get glimpses of several action sequences in which Crumb battles Dunn, but we also witness what may perhaps lead to a more interesting revelation as his former victim Casey Cooke meets with him, seemingly pleading with him.
While the film’s marketing may naturally focus on Dunn, Price and Crumb, the film’s other trio — Casey Cooke, Dunn’s son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) and Price’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) — may ultimately play the most important role in establishing the future of this world.

‘Aquaman’ Trailer: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman & Cast Swim Into Action In DC Pic – Comic-Con

‘Aquaman’ Trailer: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman & Cast Swim Into Action In DC Pic – Comic-Con

In the final presentation of Warner Bros’ Hall H Saturday extravaganza, Jason Momoa took the stage along with Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and director James Wan.
Wan started it off.
“One of the biggest things I wanted to do was create a superhero film we haven’t seen before,” he said.
“Ours a little different and unique my movie more like sci-fi film than a traditional superhero movie.” They showed a trailer (check it out above) and then some teaser footage that depicted an intriguing underwater world, and a clash between Aquaman and his sibling (Patrick Wilson) to rule the kingdom.
What we saw was VFX-heavy, a departure for Wan.
The cast told amusing stories about being chafed in harnesses, and preparing to deal with the inevitable wetness guaranteed when you sign on for such a film For Abdul-Mateen II, more important than learning his lines, he thought, would be learning to swim, which he didn’t know how to do despite previously appearing in Baywatch.
“I actually secretly taught myself how to swim, buying goggles and a kickboard and doing it every morning in the hotel pool,” he said.
“And I didn’t ever have to swim.” Kidman, who plays the undersea queen and Aquaman’s mother, had a different experience.
“My opening scene, I had to lie on a rock, with massive waves crashing over me,” said the Oscar winner in her first Hall H appearance.
“I told James, the bigger the better, give it to me, that’s why I’m doing this movie.” Wan said the water came at her so hard it was “like being pelted with rocks.” Wilson reprises with Wan after their genre experience in Insidious, and wasn’t surprised he took to VFX like a fish to water.

‘Wonder Woman’ Easter Egg Spotted In ‘Shazam!’ Trailer

‘Wonder Woman’ Easter Egg Spotted In ‘Shazam!’ Trailer

The trailer for Shazam!
Freddy’s room is filled with other references to the DC Universe.
He has a Superman figure above his computer desk and a batarang on a shelf.
He also collects Gotham City Press and Daily Planet newspapers references and has a bullet that bounced off Superman, alongside a certificate of authenticity to prove it.
does take place within the established DC movie universe started by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Star Zachary Levi said he would love to appear in the other DC movies, alongside some better-known superheroes.
Shazam!
He is really Billy Batson, an orphan who meets Shazam The Wizard.
Djimon Hounsou is playing The Wizard.
Shazam!

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Lays Waste to Comic-Con

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Lays Waste to Comic-Con

The rampage of Legendary’s MonsterVerse continued in Hall H on Saturday morning with the release of a new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
King, which features Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown, is the follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla, and follows last year’s Kong: Skull Island in the shared universe filled with gigantic threats to humanity.
Brown, Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch and O’Shea Jackson Jr. appeared onstage with writer-director Michael Dougherty to tease the new movie.
Brown admitted that she had never seen a Godzilla movie before getting the role — King is the 35th movie about the character to be made — but made a point to binge-watch the series before filming.
Farmiga plays a scientist from Monarch Sciences — the organization that had tracked monster activity in King Kong — in the new movie, but it’s not the same group that audiences might be expecting.
“Monarch is not so secretive anymore,” she said.
“Their job is to preserve these creatures, and I play a scientist who’s passionate about doing so.” See the new #GodzillaMovie trailer now.
In theaters May 31. pic.twitter.com/qsOEsMe4Rx — Godzilla: King of the Monsters (@GodzillaMovie) July 21, 2018 As previously teased, the movie will feature more monsters alongside Godzilla, with Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah confirmed, but director Dougherty teased the crowd by promising, “there might be a few more surprises” in terms of just who will appear onscreen.
(It’s worth remembering, Legendary has already announced a King Kong/Godzilla movie for 2020).
Legendary had teased the trailer earlier this week with an update to the MonsterVerse in-universe Monarch Sciences website, which not only teased that the giant monster was on its way to San Diego, but also revealed new information about Rodan, Mother and King Ghidorah.

‘The Flash’ Season 5 Trailer Released at SDCC

‘The Flash’ Season 5 Trailer Released at SDCC

Barry Allen got the surprise of his life in The Flash’s season four finale and now we’re getting our first look at how that big reveal changes things for Team Flash.
Not lucky enough to be there?
You can check it out above!
As fans will recall, after defeating Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), Barry (Grant Gustin) celebrated not just saving the world but the birth of the newest member of the West family — Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Cecile’s (Danielle Nicolet) newborn daughter, Jenna.
And if a surprise child from the future wasn’t enough, Nora revealed that she’s made some sort of huge mistake the implication being that she needs her parents’ help.
What that help is exactly — as well as the ramifications of Nora’s presence — will play out over the course of Season 5, Gustin has teased that Nora may very well be trapped in time, a situation that could lead to Barry trying to get her home to the future.
What I could presume is that we’re going to see…
Helbing told ComicBook.com after the Season 4 finale. “With [Nora], it’s the time that she comes from and what she did.
What do you think about this first look at The Flash’s fifth season?

Congressman: ‘Prohibit US Persons From Buying Or Mining Cryptocurrencies’; Crypto World Erupts

Congressman: ‘Prohibit US Persons From Buying Or Mining Cryptocurrencies’; Crypto World Erupts

Sherman’s argument calling for the ban of crypto in the US contrasted crypto and the US dollar.
“There is seigniorage, the money that we make as a country because we’re the reserve currency, because we can issue a greenback that does not yield interest,” Sherman explained.
Perhaps because of the time limit for his remarks, Sherman didn’t mention other, equally insidious criminal roles for cryptocurrency – cryptojacking, electricity theft, and mining by organized crime syndicates.
“Some of its supporters delight in that [facilitation of criminal enterprise] – that if you can disempower the US government from being able to prevent terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and tax evasion, you have somehow struck a blow for liberty,” he said.
“That is reason enough to ban it.” The Predictable Reaction Within minutes of Sherman’s remarks, the crypto community erupted in consternation, trotting out the tired, fallacious arguments I’ve pointed out before.
Many such ‘arguments’ were simply ad hominem attacks against Sherman himself – the weakest possible attempt at counterargument available to someone with no valid argument to present.
The Best Counterargument: A Smear Campaign?
This statement is true, according to OpenSecrets.org, which reports that Allied Wallet donated $12,500 to Brad Sherman’s 2018 campaign, one of 14 campaign donations Allied Wallet has made to various members of Congress so far this year.
Second, because Allied Wallet handles fiat currency transactions, it is opposed to crypto.
Smearing Sherman’s good name, however, is the best argument the community has for why crypto should remain legal, while Sherman’s arguments for prohibition are clear and well-reasoned.

New 2018 MacBook Pro: The Intel Processors Driving Performance And Benchmarks

New 2018 MacBook Pro: The Intel Processors Driving Performance And Benchmarks

2018 MacBook Pro 13: $1,799 MacBook Pro 13 (Touch Bar) with Core i5-8259U (quad-core): This Coffee Lake processor has a base frequency of 2.3GHz but Turbo Boosts up to 3.8GHz and is rated up to 28 watts.
The upshot from Primate Labs: the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 pretty much matches the performance of the 2017 MacBook Pro 15: For the 13-inch models, single-core performance is up 3%-11%, and multi-core performance is up 81%-86%.
Again, higher Turbo Boost frequencies and more cores are responsible for the increases (the 2018 13-inch models still use DDR3 memory).
See more MBP 13 benchmarks and discussion at Notebook Check.
2018 MacBook Pro 15: $2,399 MacBook Pro 15 with Intel Core i7-8750H (six-core): This has a base frequency of only 2.2 GHz but Turbo Boosts to a decent 4.1 GHz.
Like all the Coffee Lake six-core processors, it is rated up to 45W.
$3,099 MacBook Pro 15with Intel Core i9 8950HK processor (six-core): This has a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and Turbo Boosts to a whopping 4.8 GHz.
Here’s what Primate Labs says: For the 15-inch models, single-core performance is up 12-15%, and multi-core performance is up 39-46%.
Since the underlying processor architecture hasn’t significantly changed between the 2017 and 2018 models, the increases in performance are due to higher Turbo Boost frequencies, more cores, and DDR4 memory. “The old MacBook Pro 2017 with the Core i7-7700HQ is beaten by almost 30%, but many rivals are faster,” Notebook Check said.

Marvel’s Reckoning Just Happened—at the Worst Time Possible

Marvel’s Reckoning Just Happened—at the Worst Time Possible

Just a few years ago, James Gunn was a champion of the Comic-Con cosmos, having arrived at the convention in 2013 to show off early footage from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel adaptation that would become the director’s breakthrough hit.
But on Friday, the 51-year-old filmmaker pulled out of a convention appearance, where he was to make a surprise announcement at a Sony Pictures panel.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values,” noted Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement.
“And we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn’s tweets, some nearly a decade old, included multiple missives about rape and pedophilia.
“When I started,” he wrote on Thursday, “I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo…I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.” (He released a longer statement today.)
It wasn’t the first time the director aimed to distance himself from his past: In 2012, he apologized after writing a blog post that was criticized for being homophobic.
But that was when Gunn was still best known as an indie genre-nerd—not the writer-director responsible a billion-dollar franchise owned by an ostensibly family-friendly media conglomerate.
The company has long been averse to any sort of controversy: In the ‘90s, its then-subsidiary Miramax had to release its NC-17 teen-drama Kids independently in order to avoid embarrassing its parent company.
A few years later, ABC placed parental-advisory warnings on episodes of Ellen after the show’s lead character came out.
(Hardwick denied the allegations.)

RHA MA650 Review: Scottish Audio Company’s Affordable Wireless Earbuds

RHA MA650 Review: Scottish Audio Company’s Affordable Wireless Earbuds

I have to admit that prior to being sent a set of RHA MA650 wireless earbuds for a review, I hadn’t heard of the Scottish audio company.
It’s a shame, because as I soon discovered, RHA makes some very good headphones.
Fit and Battery Life As always, getting a good seal is key to audio performance with earbuds.
The earbuds themselves are made of brushed aluminum.
RHA says the MA650s are good for up to 12 hours on a charge, which is pretty good for wireless earbuds (and blows away the single digit numbers you’ll get with true wireless buds).
Audio Performance The RHA MA650 earbuds look good, but I wasn’t expecting a whole lot in terms of audio performance from sub $100, single-driver wireless buds.
There is plenty of volume on tap, but when really cranked up I found that high end could transform from bright to harsh.
If you’re really serious about your music and want something with better audio performance, RHA’s MA750 wireless earbuds have a similar form factor, but step up to the company’s 560.1 driver and stainless steel housings for an additional $70.
Recommendation Over the years I’ve made no secret of the fact that I personally prefer the neckband form factor to true wireless earbuds (longer battery life, no worries of dropping or losing a bud, smaller buds and no wireless sync issues).
The RHA MA650 wireless earbuds take full advantage of this design to offer impressive battery life.

The Case For The Chevy Bolt EV Over The Tesla Model 3

The Case For The Chevy Bolt EV Over The Tesla Model 3

Not everyone looking for an EV needs the Model 3.
I drive a 2018 Bolt (leased).
The Bolt EV has better rated range than the base-model Model 3: a rated range of 238 for the Bolt vs. 220 for the Model 3.
So, I can fully charge once (at home or a local EVgo charging station) and then not worry about charging for a few days.
For instance, last week, I didn’t charge it for five days despite driving all over northwest Los Angeles on three of those days.
Charging: slow home or fast DC charge on the road.
If I get home in the early evening with 160-170 miles left (typical) I can get close to full charge by the next morning.
It means I can drive 40 or 50 miles in Los Angeles and return home with a net loss of only 30 miles in some cases.
An inch or even a half-inch can make a difference in Los Angeles where steep curbs and stormwater drainage can wreak havoc if you’re driving a tad too fast.
Now, I use another EVgo charging location that’s less convenient (about 6 miles away) but usually a pleasure to use.

Designers, don’t be afraid to let robots design

Designers, don’t be afraid to let robots design

Computational design — which uses technology to design multiple experiences across multiple channels for multiple audiences — is now necessary to deliver products and services in a digital era.
And, its value isn’t just in making design faster, it’s also in creating better, more human-centric designs.
The question for design-led organizations then, isn’t if computational design principles should be embraced, but how.
Computational design erases the boundaries of what is possible and opens up greater creative opportunities by enhancing the efficiency of the design process.
With the right technologies in place that allow designers to build flexible templates, easily find and access creative assets for reuse, and apply machine learning to automate the process, even a small creative team can generate a variety of designs for every channel — social, web, advertising, and others — quickly.
Computational design seeds innovation The Creativity in Business survey also found that 60 percent of creatives said they are spending more time today creating content.
By taking tasks off of designers’ plates that are more iterative than creative, computational design actually opens the door to greater creativity.
Because computers can sift through large quantities of information to find all possible design solutions — something humans simply aren’t capable of (at least not quickly) — it enhances the ideation and experimentation process of design thinking.
Computational design creates great designers Ultimately, computational design isn’t about making designers into computer science geeks.
That’s where the future of design is headed, and that’s where your organization needs to be.

One year after massive takedowns, dark web marketplaces are thriving

One year after massive takedowns, dark web marketplaces are thriving

The past year has been one of the most tumultuous for the dark web, as massive law enforcement efforts have untangled and disbanded several large criminal operations — but did these operations actually make a difference?
of the dark web went dark.
All this took place while users restlessly traded conspiracy theories and questioned whether any additional markets had been compromised by law enforcement.
No market has yet taken Alphabay’s or Hansa’s places.
The takedowns were incredibly disruptive for certain dark web communities.
They prompted an unparalleled scramble among vendors, buyers, and site operators — more opportunities for mistakes and slip-ups under law enforcement’s watchful eye.
They sent a clear message to the dark web criminal community: we’re here, we’re on to you.
Why, then, are the markets still up and running?
The dark web criminal community is not a single entity.
Cyber crime provides an effective, scalable extension of existing criminal business models.

Space Photos of the Week: Sweeping the Clouds Away on Titan

Space Photos of the Week: Sweeping the Clouds Away on Titan

Front and center for this week’s jaunt into space is one of the most interesting—and possibly habitable—moons of our solar system.
As the largest moon of Saturn, Titan measures about 3,200 miles in diameter, bigger than our own moon (which is a little over 2,000 miles wide).
It’s covered in a thick atmosphere of clouds and haze that likely condenses onto the surface—and there might be organic compounds within.
So let us have a look at Titan like we’ve never seen before, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer.
Earlier views were hampered by variations in resolution and lighting that reduced the surface clarity.
(Blame tiny particles in the moon’s atmosphere called aerosols for scattering visible light.)
Titan has lakes and rivers, but unlike the lakes and rivers on Earth that are filled with actual water, Titan’s are made up of liquid methane and ethane.
Scientists are still studying the provenance of these liquids and how they remain stable.
Here’s a hint: Titan’s surface is a stone-cold -290 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Beware Of Crypto Risks – 10 Risks To Watch

Beware Of Crypto Risks – 10 Risks To Watch

What follows are 10 examples of key risks that imperil cryptocurrencies and stand in the way of market progress.
Wide Entrance, Narrow Exit – It is true that the advent of bitcoin and its ilk of cryptocurrencies, of which there are more than 1,600 and counting that have been digitally minted, has democratized many aspects of finance.
The exit can be barred due to technological constraints, currency inconvertibility and few counterparties with whom to trade.
There is no deposit insurance “floor” for this asset class, which can help broaden appeal and investor security.
On the way out, however, this mark to market feature sees many investors subjected to downward price pressure, which highlights the adverse effects of illiquidity, narrow exits and narrow participation in the asset class.
The naïve, as with the analog economy, can become easy prey to cyber extortion, market manipulation, fraud and other investor risks.
Not unlike the perennial challenges of cyber and physical security of the traditional banking sector, there is a veritable standards war taking place among crypto custodians on who is providing the highest standards of investor protection and asset security.
Not every crypto investor can afford this level of security no more than every crypto investor is a target, but all are subject to the emerging nature of care, custody and control standards.
(Un)Safe Havens – Another key risk with cryptocurrencies and this asset class more generally is the lack of coordination and clarity on regulatory, financial, tax and legal treatment.
For this, investors should beware of the technological risks and false promises of decentralization that are being made in many projects, for not all blockchains are created equal.

Open Source Laboratory Rocker is Super Smooth

Open Source Laboratory Rocker is Super Smooth

Lab equipment is often expensive, but budgets can be tight and not always up to getting small labs or researchers what they need.
That’s why [akshay_d21] designed an Open Source Lab Rocker with a modular tray that uses commonly available hardware and 3D printed parts.
The device generates precisely controlled, smooth motion to perform automated mild to moderately aggressive mixing of samples by tilting the attached tray in a see-saw motion.
It can accommodate either a beaker or test tubes, but since the tray is modular, different trays can be designed to fit specific needs.
Source code and schematics are available from [akshay_d21]’s Google Drive and the 3D models are also available from the National Institute of Health’s 3D Print Exchange.
A demonstration video is embedded below, in which you can see how smooth and controlled the motions are.
DIY lab equipment really benefits from the recent growth in desktop manufacturing and part availability; this one is in good company along with the DIY Laboratory Dry Bath and this DIY Syringe Pump.

Jenelle Evans’ Husband David Eason Calls MTV Out for Casting Bristol Palin on ‘Teen Mom OG’

Jenelle Evans’ Husband David Eason Calls MTV Out for Casting Bristol Palin on ‘Teen Mom OG’

Ryan Edwards isn’t the only one slamming MTV!
Former Teen Mom 2 cast member David Eason, who is married to star Jenelle Evans, called out the network on Friday, July 20, for casting Bristol Palin on Teen Mom OG.
“I know MTV is comprised of hypocrites but how do you fire me and hire Bristol Palin after all of her homophobic and racist remarks?” he wrote.
Liberals at their best trying to confuse, persuade and penalize MTV released a statement to Us Weekly in February after cutting ties with Eason.
“David Eason’s personal comments do not reflect the views of MTV,” a network spokesperson said.
A source revealed exclusively to Us Weekly that the 27-year-old would be raking in $250,000 for the show, with options to extend her contract for a second and third year an additional $50,000 for each option exercised.
Sadly, he used a different ‘f word.’” Meanwhile, Edwards, 30, also had some choice words for MTV after announcing on Friday that he and his pregnant wife, Mackenzie Standifer, would be leaving the show.
News that MTV did not “want to show Ryan as a recovering addict.” The 21-year-old also alleged that the network wanted to sign a contract with the couple’s child.
“Don’t take everything you see on MTV as factual truth,” Edwards, who is Maci Bookout‘s ex, later wrote on Instagram.
And soon … very very soon, you WILL see the TRUTH behind the LIAR.” MTV has yet to respond to Eason or Edwards’ statements.

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB’s Comic-Con Panel

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB’s Comic-Con Panel

During Warner Bros.’ Hall H presentation, made an appearance as his titular “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” character, helping to debut the latest trailer for the upcoming fantasy film.
They settled their divorce in 2016, when she dismissed the claims.
Depp’s appearance was something of a surprise to the audience.
Depp’s casting in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel is controversial, in large part because of Heard’s allegations.
When Heard took the stage with “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa, director James Wan, and other cast members, she only fielded a few questions, noting that she wasn’t a beach person so filming a movie set largely underwater was a challenge.
Powell denies the claims.
“That makes me nauseous,” Entertainment Weekly correspondent Dana Schwartz tweeted.
WB brought Johnny Depp out for the Fantastic Beasts panel (as a surprise!!!)
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 21, 2018 just realized amber heard and johnny depp are both in the same building promoting their WB blockbusters 👀👀👀 — lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) July 21, 2018 Awkward moment when you realize Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will be on the same stage minutes apart — Caleb Williams (@KnightGambit) July 21, 2018 Wait.
This Warner Bros panel is going to have both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at it isn’t it?

Celebrities Speak Out Against James Gunn Firing From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Celebrities Speak Out Against James Gunn Firing From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

After James Gunn’s stunning firing on Friday afternoon, celebrities who worked with the Guardians of the Galaxy director and others who know him defended him on social media.
Disney fired Gunn after offensive tweets from 2009 to 2011 resurfaced on Twitter.
He also apologized on Friday, before he was fired and issued another statement afterwards, supporting Disney’s decision to cut ties with him. “Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then,” Gunn wrote. “All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.
Love to all.” Gunn was expected to direct a third Guardians movie and was going to make a project at Sony.
Amid the controversy, celebrities took to Twitter and other social networks to defend Gunn, including Guardians star Dave Bautista, who issued a strong statement supporting his friend.
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met.
Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him — Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018 “I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met.
@jamesgunn is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known – both professionally & personally,” he wrote.

‘Aquaman’ blows Hall H out of the water with Comic-Con trailer reveal

‘Aquaman’ blows Hall H out of the water with Comic-Con trailer reveal

Warner Bros. and DC’s “Aquaman” made a splashy debut on the biggest stage in pop culture Saturday at Comic-Con, where the first glimpse of star Jason Momoa shirtless in a newly premiered trailer drew screams so loud that they drowned out the superhero’s dialogue.
Director James Wan, joined by stars Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Patrick Wilson, debuted an action-packed first trailer to a huge audience response.
Fans cheered at expansive underwater battle scenes, at glimpses of nemesis Black Manta in his high-tech suit with glowing red eyes, and at Momoa’s tattooed — and shirtless — rock star charisma.
“I secretly learned and taught myself how to swim during the mornings and the evenings,” he laughed of his covert sessions spent in the hotel pool.
“I also don’t really like to swim,” added Heard, who as fearless Atlantean warrioress Mera spent a lot of time in stunt harnesses, but frequently had to be wetted-down by costumers for her scenes.
“Beach is fine.
The ocean?
No interest.
Grown […] woman, here at work, getting hosed down.” For all his cool, long-tressed onscreen swagger, Momoa revealed that his costumes didn’t quite wear well when his character had to appear wet — which, in an “Aquaman” movie, was often.
“You guys are going to be so thrilled with us pushing the envelope.” Wan surprised fans with a second extended reel, exclusively for those in Hall H. The footage for Comic-Con eyes only was filled with even more underwater and desert-set action, banter between Momoa’s Aquaman and Heard’s flame-haired Mera, an above-ground rooftop chase in which the two heroes are hunted by Black Manta and a glimpse of a trident-wielding Kidman fighting in action hero mode.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

(YouTube link) During Comic Con weekend, movies studio trot out thrilling trailers for movies that may be just around the corner, or may not be out for another year.
Such is the case for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third Hollywood-made Godzilla film, and a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla.
It will be the 35th overall Godzilla film.
And like the Japanese film series, this one expands to include other giant monsters.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be in theaters in May of 2019.
-via Tastefully Offensive

Couple Takes It Upon Themselves to Turn Ocean Trash into Prosthetic Limbs for Kids That Cost Only $45

Couple Takes It Upon Themselves to Turn Ocean Trash into Prosthetic Limbs for Kids That Cost Only $45

Laura and Chris Moriarity have had no expertise in ocean pollution or making prosthetic limbs—but they passionately believed they could tackle both issues with one solution.
Chris and Laura are the founders of the Million Waves Project, a charity that recycles ocean plastic into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for needy people around the world.
38-year-old Chris was struck with inspiration for the project one night back in April.
Two weeks later, he and his wife had the project up and running.
RELATED: People Have Passively Planted Over 30 Million Trees Simply by Surfing the Web Currently, the couple prepares the plastic by cutting it up by hand and feeding it into a paper shredder, and then a 3D-printer.
After that, they use an app to connect with people who need prosthetics so they can design the gadget specifically to their measurements.
The cheap materials means that each prosthetic costs roughly $45, which the Moriaritys fund through donations, sponsorships, and selling keychains on the charity’s website.
Since launching the initiative, they have donated 18 limbs to disabled individuals.
Chris and Laura are now working on obtaining a commercial-sized shredder so they can multiply their production ten-fold.
(WATCH the video below) Recycle The Good News By Sharing It With Your Friends – Photo via Q13 Fox video

City Responds To Complaint About Boy’s Hot Dog Stand By Helping Him Get Permit

City Responds To Complaint About Boy’s Hot Dog Stand By Helping Him Get Permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 13-year-old entrepreneur who was reported for operating a hot dog stand without a license is still in business thanks to city officials who could’ve shut him down.
The Minneapolis Department of Health received a complaint this summer about the hot dog stand that Jaequan Faulkner had set up outside his home.
He called the operation Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs.
Jaequan Faulkner set up a hot dog stand outside his Minnesota home, but someone reported the 13-year-old boy for operating without a license.
That’s when the state stepped in.
Huff also contacted the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, which gave Jaequan some pointers on running a business and keeping his stand clean.
Jaequan said he’s overwhelmed by the support.
I realized how much people enjoy it,” he said.
He started the hot dog stand with help from his uncle, who said Jaequan handles about 90 percent of the business.
The teen now works four-hour days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and spends his free time “thinking about what’s next.” Maybe a food card, so he can take his operation on the road.

Cyclist Carries Injured Stray Dog to Safety On His Back, Then Bumps into a Stranger Who Instantly Adopts it

Cyclist Carries Injured Stray Dog to Safety On His Back, Then Bumps into a Stranger Who Instantly Adopts it

A puppy that suffered an unfortunate injury has been given a lucky break, thank to some guys on their mountain bikes who happened to find it in the woods.
Jarrett Little and a few other cyclists were riding through a forested area in Columbus, Georgia when they stopped to take a break.
As they recuperated, a dog limped out of the woods.
Jarrett suspects that the dog had been hit by a car because it was malnourished, and it was sporting road rash and a broken leg.
After he and his friends gave the dog some food and water, they puzzled over how to help the dog.
Since they were in the woods, they couldn’t get a car in to escort the canine to safety, yet they didn’t want to leave it alone in the forest either.
Jarrett then took it upon himself to hoist the dog onto his back and ride the 7 miles back to town.
Andrea, who was in Georgia for work purposes, and experienced an instant connection with the dog.
The woman was so taken with him, she immediately adopted him, paid for his medical bills, and even found a local organization that could comfortably transport the pup to her horse farm in Maine.
In light of his astounding story, she decided to name him “Columbo” after the town where Jarrett found him.

Man Runs Backwards Through Ultra Marathons So He Can Help the Future of Honeybees

Man Runs Backwards Through Ultra Marathons So He Can Help the Future of Honeybees

Running ultra marathons is impressive enough; but running backwards through one is astounding – and that’s exactly what Farai Chinomwe did for the sake of honeybees.
The South African beekeeper first discovered his knack for running backwards while returning home from a bee removal and his car broke down—with a crateful of anxious pollinators in the back seat.
As Chinomwe pushed his car, he found that he had more strength when he turned around and pushed the vehicle backwards.
From that point forward, he realized that his unique penchant for running backwards might be a way to coax people into think about honeybees.
RELATED: State is Boosting Bee Populations By Giving Free Hives and Equipment to Beekeepers Chinomwe has since run dozens of ultra marathons all while facing the wrong way – and for the record, an ultra marathon is any marathon that is longer than the typical 26-mile distance (42 kilometers).
His peculiar habit has proved surprisingly effective in drawing awareness to the plight of honeybees and how people can help.
Chinomwe, who runs a bee removal service called Blessed Bee Africa, uses the attention to educate youngsters on beekeeping and how they can nourish local pollinator populations.
(WATCH the video below) Be Sure And Share The Buzz With Your Friends – Photo by Beautiful News South Africa

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