‘In rehearsals it worked every time’: Banksy suggests self-destruct stunt didn’t go as planned

‘In rehearsals it worked every time’: Banksy suggests self-destruct stunt didn’t go as planned

But the anonymous artist has now suggested that things didn’t go quite to plan.
Mobile phone footage from the London sale shows the artwork sliding into a shredder hidden inside its frame, before coming to an abrupt stop just over halfway through and being carried away by auction officials.
The video also appears to poke fun at the art industry.
and “more Champagne?”
At one point, a man — who appears to be an auction house employee — is filmed standing beside the painting commenting on its now notorious frame. “You get that quite often with Banksy.
He quite likes the romanticism of having a very ornate, National Gallery-esque frame.”
It is unclear how — or by whom — the footage was obtained, and some sections appears to have been surreptitiously recorded.
Scenes from inside the auction room have been shot from a number of different angles, fueling speculation about whether Banksy or his associates were present at the sale.
Shortly after the auction, Sotheby’s announced that the painting had been renamed “Love is in the Bin.”

Robots That Challenge, Educate, Battle, and Play Soccer, All at Maker Faire Beijing

Robots That Challenge, Educate, Battle, and Play Soccer, All at Maker Faire Beijing

This week, for the fourth year in a row, it’s also home to Maker Faire Beijing, the largest and fastest-growing gathering of makers in the region.
This year’s Maker Faire Beijing, which spans from October 17–23 at the Beijing Olympic Park Central District, focuses on innovation and features about 300 maker exhibits, including individual maker of all stripes, robot competition teams, maker education exhibits, many different forms of art, and large-scale devices, to name just a few.
Promote the inheritance and development of the craftsman spirit.
Set up a maker display, communication, and learning platform to assist maker innovation and entrepreneurship.
Explore new models for the exchange of cultural and artistic creative talents.
Among the array of maker projects, there’s a healthy sampling of robots, big and small.
Here is just a small sampling.
VEX China Robot Championship The VEX China Robot Championship aims to promote robotics education to young students in China.
Every year, 120,000 children learn Roborobo robotics courses.
RFC Robot Fighting King of Bots (KOB) is the first large-scale robot competition television show in China, and they’re sure to have an exciting presence at Maker Faire Beijing.

How Projection Bias Could Be Destroying Your Finances

How Projection Bias Could Be Destroying Your Finances

This bias causes you to believe that however you are feeling in the moment is how you will still feel in the future.
Of course, the projection bias does more than just fill your grocery carts with food you’ll never eat.
(See also: 5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor) Irrational shopping Car dealerships have long found that they sell more convertibles in the spring and summer than in the winter.
In those cases, the irrational convertible owner is projecting that she will want to ride with the top down and the wind in her hair every day, just because that’s what she wants on the unseasonably warm and beautiful day when she buys her new car.
You want to exercise every day right now, so of course you’ll want to continue exercising in the future.
(See also: 4 Ways Pessimism Can Actually Improve Your Finances) Locking up money in illiquid investments Whether you’re investing in real estate or buying an annuity, the projection bias can potentially prompt you to make an expensive mistake.
When you consider making such investments, be sure you also have a Plan B for if life does not continue in the same way.
So they make absolutely sure you have a great time with whatever they are selling to help you project future good times if you buy their product.
(See also: Are Timeshares Ever Worth the Investment?)
So it pays to be flexible in your plans for the future, and a little pessimistic about what you can expect.

Good News in History, October 18

Good News in History, October 18

The romantic musical tragedy inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 10, including becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.
WATCH the energetic trailer… (1961) The music for the film contained new arrangements of original songs by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including the classic, Something’s Coming, America, I Feel Pretty, and Somewhere.
More Good News on this Day: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published, as The Whale (1851) Chuck Berry, the guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music pioneer who combined rhythm and blues with unique showmanship to make rock and roll distinctive with songs like “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music”, and “Johnny B. Goode” was born (1926–2017) The first transistor radio was created by Texas Instruments (1954) The Nobel Prize was awarded to American Dr. James Watson and Britons Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins for recognizing the double-helix molecular structure of DNA (1962) Azerbaijan declared independence from the Soviet Union (1991) And, on this day in 1977, Reggie Jackson, playing for the N.Y. Yankees, hit 3 consecutive home runs, each on the first pitch, off three different Dodgers pitchers in the deciding World Series game.
He was nicknamed “Mr.
In 27 World Series games, Jackson amassed 10 home runs – a record-breaking five during the 1977 Series (4 homers on 4 consecutive swings of the bat in 2 games, against four different Dodger pitchers) – and 24 RBI, with a .357 batting average.
In his career Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs and was an American League All-Star for 14 seasons, helping the Yankees win two World Series titles.
And, on this day in 1967, The Jungle Book animated movie was released to theaters.
Acclaimed for its soundtrack, the film grossed tens of millions.
WATCH the “Bare Necessities” number…

Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

Kobe Bryant has been removed from the Animation Is Film Festival jury following backlash stemming from a 2003 rape allegation.
Last week, a petition was created on Change.org for Bryant — who won an Oscar for his 2017 short Dear Basketball — to be removed from the roster of jurors due to an accusation of sexual assault made against him in the past. “This is an urgent time to say NO to toxic and violent behavior against women,” the petition — which only garnered 159 signatures — read. “Keeping Kobe Bryant on the jury sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve.” “I was honored to have been originally invited by Animation Is Film to serve on the 2018 Jury, and am disappointed to no longer serve in that capacity,” Bryant said. “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry.
I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”
Bryant, now 40, said he was under the impression that their interaction was consensual and publicly apologized in a statement at the time. “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did,” Bryant said in part.
Bryant — who retired from the NBA in 2016 — and the hotel employee eventually resolved the case to the “satisfaction of both parties” in March 2005.

Harvey Weinstein Lead Det. Told Victim to Delete Info from Her Phone

Harvey Weinstein Lead Det. Told Victim to Delete Info from Her Phone

The case against Harvey Weinstein suffered a massive blow when prosecutors had to admit the lead detective on the case advised one of the alleged victims to delete information from her phone.
Prosecutors sent a letter Wednesday to Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, informing him that NYPD Det.
According to the letter, the woman was concerned about prosecutors seeing things on her phone.
It’s unclear if that info was relevant to the case — but the problem for prosecutors is, according to the letter, Det.
It’s a huge setback for the prosecution, especially on the heels of the Lucia Evans bombshell.
As we reported, DiGaudio failed to disclose a witness statement to prosecutors — and, as a result, the sexual assault charge against Weinstein was dropped. ‘s Office says it’s still moving forward with the case against Weinstein.
Brafman tells TMZ, “Only those totally uninformed would suggest that these are ‘technical’ issues.
Nothing is further from the truth.
The fact is that these issues undermine the fundamental integrity of the judicial process.

‘Halloween’ Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!

‘Halloween’ Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!

It’s been four decades since Michael Myers and his fright mask first gave us the willies in John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” which makes him 61 — and, if David Gordon Green’s same-name sequel is to be believed, still in possession of a ramrod spine, pile-driver fists and non-arthritic knees.
The meals at Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, where he’s been cooling his heels all these years, must be unusually nutritious.
On the other hand, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the feisty Illinois babysitter who once eluded Michael’s stalk-and-slash spree, has aged more credibly than her nutjob nemesis.
Now a grandmother and self-described basket case, Laurie has weathered two failed marriages and estrangement from her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), who’s scarred by a childhood steeped in doomsday preparation.
Eyes burning beneath a fluff of gray hair, Laurie lives in a fortresslike home with a hidey hole in the kitchen and gun cases in place of art, convinced that Michael will one day return for her.
(She may be paranoid, but she’s no fool: When two true-crime-seeking English podcasters show up at her steel gates, she accepts their $3,000 and sends them packing.)
Image And return Michael does (played by James Jude Courtney, with a cameo by the originating actor, Nick Castle), escaping from a prison-transfer van on Halloween night and lumbering back to finish the job.
At this point, Green (who wrote the script with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride) makes a crucial decision.
Brushing aside the mostly wan intervening attempts to resurrect Carpenter’s minimalist masterpiece, he has made a straight-up sequel, a rematch between heroine and villain.
This isn’t a wisecracking, tongue-in-cheek picture: Green wants us to believe in his Bogeyman, and Curtis is his ace card.

Dallas at 40: The Inside Story of the Show that Changed Texas Forever

Dallas at 40: The Inside Story of the Show that Changed Texas Forever

From the perspective of 2018, the TV series Dallas is a relic of the 1980s.
The outrageous dealings of the obscenely wealthy Ewing family was termed a “primetime soap opera,” but it pioneered so many TV tropes we take for granted today: an unethical protagonist, a continuing story arc, and end-of-season cliffhangers.
As the show turns 40, we have a chance to learn how that all came about.
The show’s creators wanted an “epic saga,” but they didn’t know a thing about Dallas, the city.
Jim Schutze was a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald from 1978 to 1991: Of course, Dallas hated Dallas at first.
It was everything that Dallas felt that it was not.
That was all Houston.
He didn’t want to be the only person walking around in a hat.
The people of Dallas didn’t think much of the show at first, but at least it shifted the world’s view of the city as the place where Kennedy was shot.
As Dallas grew to be a global phenomena over 14 seasons, Dallas residents managed to embrace it.

LibSSH Vuln: You Don’t Need to See my Authentication

LibSSH Vuln: You Don’t Need to See my Authentication

CVE-2018-10933 is a worst case scenario for libssh.
Your Linux box almost certainly uses OpenSSH as the SSH daemon, and that daemon is not vulnerable to this particular problem.
There are different callbacks to handle packet types as a new connection completes the handshake process.
The SSH protocol defines several responses that are to be sent as an authentication request is handled.
You may already begin to guess the vulnerability here.
An attacker could start a connection, the server would send the authentication challenge, and the attacker could reply with the USERAUTH_SUCCESS response.
The problem is that this response is only meant to be sent by the server, not the client, and only after authentication is completed.
Because of the shared code, the server incorrectly jumps to the handler for this message type, and marks the authentication phase completed.
The vulnerability was discovered by Peter Winter-Smith from NCC Group, who privately disclosed the issue to libssh.
Updated releases of libssh were made available today, and the details of the problem were released at the same time.

Hacking When It Counts: Setting Sail in a Submarine

Hacking When It Counts: Setting Sail in a Submarine

They also spent comparatively little of their time submerged, mostly operating on the surface until it was time to attack.
To surface mariners, this looked like the swimming of porpoises, which they called “sea pigs”, so they dubbed submarines “pigboats.” Despite their image, the submarines of the US Navy were quite sophisticated by the time World War I came around.
Built in 1918 and based out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the boat was used to train crews in submarine warfare and to conduct search and rescue missions.
After days of fruitless searching, R-14 turned back to Pearl.
The call was received by sister boat R-12, also on the search and rescue mission, and relayed to Pearl Harbor.
They could rig masts and arms to the superstructure of the boat, and make sails out of the crews’ hammocks.
Some sewed hammocks together to make sails, other found whatever they could to rig them.
Six blankets were stitched together to make a mainsail that was rigged to the apparently useless radio antenna mast on the conning tower.
With a foresail, a mainsail, and now a mizzen, the R-14 was a three-masted square-rigged sailing vessel, the first and only submarine to be so rigged.
All for Naught The R-14 continued under sail for four days, making 2 knots (3.7 km/h) at best.

Balancing Robots From Off-The-Shelf Parts

Balancing Robots From Off-The-Shelf Parts

In this day and age, we are truly blessed as far as the electronics hobby is concerned.
Advanced modules such as gyros and motor controllers are readily available, not just as individual parts, but as pre-soldered modules that can be wired together with a minimum of fuss and at low cost.
This simple balancing robot is a great example of what can be done with such parts (Google Translate link).
The robot has an ESP32 running the show, which provides both the processing power required, as well as the WiFi interface used to control the ‘bot from a smartphone.
This is achieved using an app from JJRobots, an open-source robotics teaching resource.
Stepper motors are controlled by DRV8825 modules sourced from amazon, and an MPU6050 gyro rounds out the major components.
Naturally, source code is available on GitHub for your reading pleasure.
It’s remarkable that in this day and age, it’s possible to build such a project with little to no soldering required at all.
With a credit card and a healthy supply of patch leads, it’s possible to whip up complex digital projects quite quickly.
We’ve seen a similar approach before, too.

Stunning Photos of Ordinary Life in Ukraine’s Conflict Zone

Stunning Photos of Ordinary Life in Ukraine’s Conflict Zone

Stunning Photos of Ordinary Life in Ukraine’s Conflict Zone In The House of the Dead, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s lightly fictionalized account of his imprisonment in a Siberian labor camp, he observed that “man is a creature that can get used to anything, and I think that is the best definition of him.”
The residents of the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, which has been convulsed by civil war for the past four years, are a striking confirmation of Dostoevsky’s insight.
The conflict soon settled into a grim stalemate, with both sides digging trenches and launching sporadic raids across what became a World War I–style no man’s land.
In that space, ordinary life continues for Ukrainians who can’t or won’t evacuate, as Austrian photographer Florian Rainer discovered during two extended visits to the region in 2017.
They collaborated to produce Grauzone [Gray Zone], a German-language book of photographs and stories that was published earlier this year. “Some people said they can’t afford to move, because they have a house and a cow there, and they produce their own food,” Rainer says.
Rainer and Sommerbauer took their book title from the name locals give to this battle-scarred landscape, which is gray both visually and morally. “You have a lot of Russian soldiers fighting, obviously—we met a few.
Who are the government supporters?” The conflict in Donbass has displaced around 1.5 million Ukrainians.
So people ignore it.

The Temperature-Regulating Mug Learns a New Trick

The Temperature-Regulating Mug Learns a New Trick

The travel mug version also comes in white now, and you’ll be able to buy both in the Apple Store.
No, take several steps, however many it takes to get to October 2015, when the Ember Travel Mug first launched on Indiegogo.
When first Ember announced the Travel Mug, it gave itself a six-month window before it would make the product available.
The web is littered with projects that, however well-intentioned, never made it off the launchpad.
And yet, here’s Ember.
Not only did it deliver on its Travel Mug, it followed up with a Ceramic Mug.
It graduated from Indiegogo to its own web store.
And its products, it should be noted, worked exactly as advertised.
“Ember keeps my coffee exactly right, for hours on end.” In fairness, WIRED staffers who have used the mug since have not all come to as effusive a conclusion.
But in a Juicero world, the mere fact that Ember’s magic mugs not only exist, but work as advertised, and continue to improve?

Friday Hack Chat: Visual Synthesis

Friday Hack Chat: Visual Synthesis

For this week’s Hack Chat, we’re going to be discussing generating analog video for visual synthesis.
What’s on the front porch?
Jonas has also developed the CHA/V, the Cheap, Hacky, A/V, an open source, DIY, audiovisual video synthesizer.
This video synth has been built by people around the world, and has been the subject of international workshops in fancy art schools.
It’s a dirt-cheap video synth, quick and easy to make, expandable and customization as a part in a larger system, and requires no computer, Arduino, microcontroller, or programming.
Jonas will be discussing entry points into hardware-based real-time video synthesis such as their own tutorial for the CHA/V, and the LZX cadet/castle DIY series.
For this week’s Hack Chat, we’ll be talking about: Hardware-based video synthesis Real time video synthesis Common visual synthesis practices and variations You are, of course, encouraged to add your own questions to the discussion.
You can do that by leaving a comment on the Visual Synthesis Hack Chat and we’ll put that in the queue for the Hack Chat discussion.
Our Hack Chats are live community events on the Hackaday.io Hack Chat group messaging.
This week we’ll be sitting down on Friday, October 19th, at noon, Pacific time.

Netflix’s Cash-Fueled Road to Streaming Dominance

Netflix’s Cash-Fueled Road to Streaming Dominance

Here are some notable numbers from Netflix: 130 million paying customers as of September $14.9 billion in revenue in the last 12 months $1.3 billion in profit for the same period 7.6 million more paid subscribers expected to be added in the last three months of 2018 23 Emmy Awards this year, the same as HBO Here’s another: $18.6 billion.
Netflix had $14.9 billion in revenue and $1.3 billion in profit for the last 12 months.
For Disney, investors are paying about $17.
Netflix is also part of the reason AT&T spent $85.4 billion for Time Warner — renamed WarnerMedia — which will unveil a streaming service built around HBO by the end of next year.
Mr. Hastings called that “a great strategy,” since that type of content is “more resistant to the rise of the internet.” (Mr. Murdoch will also retain the Fox News cable network.)
Netflix’s appetite for content means it has to spend big, resulting in what’s known as “negative free cash flow.” More money is going out the door than coming in, a difference that Netflix covers by borrowing even more.
Multiply that by the hundreds of hours of original content that Netflix produces every year, and the cash starts to bleed out.
It expects that figure to rise to about $3 billion this year and about the same next year.
Disney, for example, plans to pull its Marvel films, like “Black Panther” and “The Avengers,” from Netflix once those licenses start expiring next year.
Viewers will likely have to go to Disney’s new streaming service or Hulu to watch those movies.

DIY Arc Light Makes An Unnecessarily Powerful Bicycle Headlight

DIY Arc Light Makes An Unnecessarily Powerful Bicycle Headlight

Remember when tricking out a bike with a headlight meant clamping a big, chrome, bullet-shaped light to your handlebar and bolting a small generator to your front fork?
This ridiculous arc-lamp bicycle headlight is not that.
Not by a long shot.
We’re used to seeing [Alex] doing all manner of improbable, and sometimes impossible, things on his popular KREOSAN YouTube channel.
And we’re also used to watching his videos in Russian, which detracts not a whit from the entertainment value for Andglophones; subtitles are provided for the unadventurous, however.
The electrodes for his arc light are graphite brushes from an electric streetcar, while the battery is an incredibly sketchy-looking collection of 98 18650 lithium-ion cells.
A scary rat’s nest of coiled cable acts as a ballast to mitigate the effects of shorting when the arc is struck.
The reflector is an old satellite TV dish covered in foil tape with the electrodes sitting in a makeshift holder where the feedhorn used to be.
It’s bright, it’s noisy, it’s dangerous, and it smokes like a fiend, but we love it.
The neighbors into whose apartments the light was projected could not be reached for comment, but we assume they were as amused as we were.

Sonic Robots Don’t Play Instruments, They Are The Instruments

Sonic Robots Don’t Play Instruments, They Are The Instruments

[Moritz Simon Geist]’s experiences as both a classically trained musician and a robotics engineer is clearly what makes his Techno Music Robots project so stunningly executed.
The robotic electronic music he has created involves no traditional instruments of any kind.
Instead, the robots themselves are the instruments, and every sound comes from some kind of physical element.
A motor might smack a bit of metal, a hard drive arm might tap out a rhythm, and odder sounds come from stranger devices.
If it’s technological and can make a sound, [Moritz Simon Geist] has probably carefully explored whether it can be turned into one of his Sonic Robots.
The video embedded below is an excellent example of his results, which is electronic music without a synthesizer in sight.
We’ve seen robot bands before, and they’re always the product of some amazing work.
The Toa Mata Lego Band are small Lego units and Compressorhead play full-sized instruments on stage, but robots that are the instruments is a different direction that still keeps the same physical element to the music.

Rockers React to All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert’s Death

Rockers React to All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert’s Death

Oli Herbert, a founding member and lead guitarist for heavy metal band All That Remains, was found dead in a pond near his house in Connecticut Tuesday.
Police say that his death does not appear to be suspicious, but are waiting on an autopsy for more information.
The band released a statement on Herbert’s death, stating: “We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.
His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.” We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.
pic.twitter.com/QPqlNGEvkq — All That Remains (@ATRhq) October 17, 2018 The band asked the public to respect the privacy of Herbert’s family at this time, and encouraged fans to remember him by “celebrating the great music he made.” His wife Beth wrote a heartfelt post through Herbert’s official Facebook page, asking fans for privacy and thanking fans for the outpouring of love and support the family had received since news of her husband’s death broke.
Thank you.” Herbert’s death was felt by musicians, bands and fans alike across the heavy metal and rock scene.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Johannes Eckerström of Avatar, and Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves were among the many musicians remembering Herbert on Twitter.
I am deeply saddened by hearing that Oli Herbert from All that Remains passed away.
I will always remember him as a very sweet, kind and calm human being.
My deepest condolences go to the whole band and Oli’s family.” Fans of Herbert’s shared heartfelt stories about how inspired they were by him that they continued to pursue music, while others spoke of how sweet, respectful and kind he was when fans got the chance to meet him.

Ariana Grande Could Be Experiencing ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ After Mac Miller’s OD & Concert Bombing — Expert Speaks

Ariana Grande Could Be Experiencing ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ After Mac Miller’s OD & Concert Bombing — Expert Speaks

Ariana Grande has had her share of ups and downs this past year and a half, so we totally understand why the pop star is taking some much needed time out of the spotlight!
It’s no wonder she has decided to back out of several public appearances to take a moment to heal her broken heart.
So we wanted to delve further and get some insight into what Ariana may be going through during this difficult period in her life.
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Dr. Danielle Forshee, a Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who told us the beauty is likely experiencing “survivor’s guilt.” The Grammy Award-nominated star has not only been grieving since the recent passing of her longtime ex, Mac Miller, on Sept. 7, but she was also surrounded by horror during the Manchester bombings last year.
“It is not surprising that Ariana has backed out a few public appearances considering she has been exposed to some traumas,” Dr. Forshee explained.
“Whenever someone close to us dies, particularly of a suicide (intentional or accidental) or a life-threatening event (such as a bombing), those close to the individual who passed, and those exposed to the physical threat of death (bombing) typically experience survivor’s guilt.” Even with time, it hasn’t gotten any easier for the “God Is a Woman” singer to process what she and her fans went through on May 22, 2017, when bombs were detonated outside her concert at the Manchester Arena.
Twenty-two innocent people died and 139 more were left injured in the horrific attack, which was carried out by suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi.
“Survivor’s guilt is experienced by someone who has survived an incident in which others died and can create persistent emotional stress over time,” Dr. Forshee described.
“Survivor’s guilt and symptoms of PTSD can create distress to the point where they have difficulty concentrating and focusing at work, in social situations, or other areas of their life that they never had a problem in previously.” Mac Miller’s death reportedly took a huge toll on Ariana’s emotional well-being and may have even been a factor in breaking off her engagement to Pete Davidson after just four months.
Calling off the engagement to Pete may be coming at a time after the dust has settled in her relationship with him where she is realizing that she needs to focus on healing herself,” Dr. Forshee explained.

Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

The former NBA star was set to be part of the jury at the Animation Is Film Festival this weekend in Hollywood.
Kobe Bryant has been removed from the Animation Is Film Festival jury following backlash stemming from a 2003 rape allegation.
Though the former L.A. Lakers star was set to serve as a juror at the annual event this weekend in Hollywood, organizers announced on Wednesday that he will no longer participate.
Last week, a petition was created on Change.org for Bryant — who won an Oscar for his 2017 short Dear Basketball — to be removed from the roster of jurors due to an accusation of sexual assault made against him in the past. “This is an urgent time to say NO to toxic and violent behavior against women,” the petition — which only garnered 159 signatures — read. “Keeping Kobe Bryant on the jury sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve.” “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry.
I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”
Bryant — who retired from the NBA in 2016 — and the hotel employee eventually resolved the case to the “satisfaction of both parties” in March 2005.
Updated with a statement from the Animation Is Film Festival.

How to Wear a Large Scarf

How to Wear a Large Scarf

1 Choose an oversized infinity scarf for a thick, layered look.
This way, you don’t have to worry about tucking or dealing with long, loose scarf ends.
2 Opt for a large blanket scarf for a variety of chic, wrapped styles.
For the perfect oversized look, choose a scarf that matches the length of your wingspan (or the length of both your arms, lifted straight out from your shoulders).
In the winter, choose oversized scarves made of thicker, heavier materials, such as cashmere or wool, to keep your neck and shoulders warm.
4 Go for a lightweight cotton scarf during the warmer months.
Since the oversized scarf will already mean an abundance of fabric, opt for a thin knit material when the weather starts to warm up.
5 Stick with neutral colors for more versatility.
6 Choose a scarf in a statement color to add a fun pop of color.
Scarves are also an easy way to incorporate patterns into your outfit.

Windows 10’s Next Release Will Let You Uninstall More Built-in Apps

Windows 10’s Next Release Will Let You Uninstall More Built-in Apps

Windows 10’s next update, codenamed 19H1 and due for release sometime around April 2019, will let you uninstall more of Windows 10’s built-in apps with a few clicks.
Don’t want 3D Viewer, Groove Music, or Paint 3D?
Uninstall them!
This feature was just added in build 18262 of the Windows Insider preview, available today for Windows Insiders in the fast ring.
To uninstall one of these apps, you can soon just right-click its shortcut in your Start menu and select “Uninstall.” Here’s the full list of apps you’ll be able to remove, courtesy of Microsoft: 3D Viewer (previously called Mixed Reality Viewer) Calculator Calendar Groove Music Mail Movies & TV Paint 3D Snip & Sketch Sticky Notes Voice Recorder You can already uninstall some apps in this way today.
Windows 10 has always let you uninstall the apps that Microsoft “automatically installs” on your PC.
You can uninstall apps like Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and FarmVille 2: Country Escape right now by right-clicking them and selecting “Uninstall.” With Windows 10’s next update, Microsoft is giving you more choice over which apps you want installed.
Some apps, such as Camera, Microsoft Edge, and the Store, are still essential parts of Windows 10 and can’t be removed.
If you don’t want to wait, you can uninstall almost all of Windows 10’s built-in apps today by running some hidden PowerShell commands.
RELATED: How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps (and How to Reinstall Them)

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Mystery Man Donates $131,000 So That Sick UK Boy Can Get the Rare Cancer Treatment He Needs in USA

Mystery Man Donates $131,000 So That Sick UK Boy Can Get the Rare Cancer Treatment He Needs in USA

People from around the world have been so moved to help a sick boy from the UK, an anonymous donor has just contributed thousands of dollars to get him the treatment that he needs in the United States.
Though he has been undergoing treatment in Telford, England, the chemotherapy sessions only guarantee him less than 25% chance of survival.
RELATED: ‘Kate Winslet Saved My Life’—Now Cancer-Free, Young Mom Can Raise Her Baby, Thanks to Kate and DiCaprio The cost of flying Zac and his family to the USA, as well as paying for the treatment and visas, came with a whopping price tag of $656,000 (£500,000).
CHECK OUT: Toddler Wakes Up Right When Parents Agree to Remove Life Support, Doctors Call it Easter Miracle The family finally reached their financial goal earlier this week when a mystery donor saw an article in the Daily Mail about Zac’s journey.
Though the man requested that his identity be kept anonymous, he contributed the final $131,000 necessary to fly the boy to America for his treatment.
“It was a big shock to find out somebody had come forward pledging that amount of money,” Garbett told The Daily Mail.
We have been working around the clock fundraising for the last month, but Zac’s story being reported nationally has proved crucial.” MORE: Lung Cancer Patient Given a Year to Live is in Remission Thanks to Cuban Vaccine “Some people are just born special with a desire to help others,” Zac’s mother said of the “amazing” benefactor.
“But so did everybody else who helped us – the children who emptied their moneyboxes or sold their flapjacks at school cake sales.” Once all of the donations are processed, Zac and his family will be flying to America in one month.
His parents have added that any money leftover from the trip will be donated to help other sick children in need.
(WATCH Simon Cowell’s call to action below) – Photo by Mark Garbett Be Sure And Share This Inspiring Piece Of News With Your Friends

12+ People Reveal the Weirdest Quirks Their Families Have

12+ People Reveal the Weirdest Quirks Their Families Have

I come from a big family so I get it: every family is weird and has their own particular quirks that don’t make much sense to anyone else.
Like my mom gave me a card for my 18th birthday that was all about how she was proud of the strong black man that I had become… I’m white.
A lot of people don’t get it.
All those balloons and confused doctors and nurses.” 2.
For quite a while, my large family found it highly entertaining to playfully slap each others’ butts.
We had to set what amounted to a statute of limitations on the time from first clap to slap.
Good dogs!
Edit: to clarify – the presents were made out to be given from dogs we knew.
Sounds kind of stressful “About 25 percent of my family has hearing loss, and can’t hear certain frequencies.
I never thought anything of this until I spent the night at my ex’s house and I wanted to say goodnight to his roommates.

Why Scientists Are Studying ‘Ricequakes’ in a Tube of Rice Krispies

Why Scientists Are Studying ‘Ricequakes’ in a Tube of Rice Krispies

Studying or simulating natural phenomena from within a laboratory can be difficult.
“That’s the scientific name,” says Dr. Einav, “but I call it crunchy material.” Puffed rice is a good stand-in, since, like snow and rock, cereal breaks under pressure and degrades in fluid.
Adding it to cereal, the researchers found, could simulate these collapses in a sped-up, scaled-down way.
To create the collapse, the researchers poured the cereal into a vertical tube perched atop a granular filter.
They applied a constant amount of pressure at the top of the tube, and added milk to the bottom.
Once it does, the liquid rises upward, weakening the next train car or cereal layer, eventually causing it to collapse under the pressure at the top (albeit more slowly than the first).
Eventually, Dr. Einav says, many trains sitting above the liquid base will crash—with each collapse taking progressively longer.
From this simulation, the scientists have been able to create a mathematical equation that can explain when, and why, the ricequakes happen.
“People have explained this in many other ways, many of them likely correct, but they look a lot like the ricequake phenomenon.” “The way I see it, we now understand the physics.
But the other people who can use this research, Dr. Einav points out, could be anyone.

Why Do so Many Movie Posters Use the Same Typeface?

Why Do so Many Movie Posters Use the Same Typeface?

If you happen to wander past your local movie theater, you’ll probably notice something that might look a little peculiar: why do a lot of movie posters use the same typeface to advertise films?
The familiar font is called Trajan, and it was designed by a woman named Carol Twombly in 1989.
Twombly worked for Adobe, and the font became extremely popular because many designers used Adobe software to create movie posters.
This signaled a change in the movie poster industry.
The first film to use the font in its advertisements was At Play In the Fields of the Lord.
Other designers caught on to Trajan and soon the font was seen everywhere in film advertising.
These days, Trajan is used more for direct-to-video and B and genre movies.
Designers use Trajan to give movies more of an “epic” feel, even if they are low-budget horror films.
We’re talking about advertising here, remember?

Cops Find Stolen Krispy Kreme Van And Give Away the Cargo’s Goodies to Hungry Homeless

Cops Find Stolen Krispy Kreme Van And Give Away the Cargo’s Goodies to Hungry Homeless

Most people are familiar with the stereotype about police officers having an affinity for donuts, and these cops are no exception.
They are, however, very careful to share their treats with the homeless as well.
A Krispy Kreme donut van was reported stolen from its location in Lake City, Florida on Tuesday morning.
Later in the day, police officers found the van 193 miles (310 kilometers) away in Clearwater.
RELATED: After Serving 3 Million Meals in Puerto Rico, Chef Travels Ahead of Hurricane Florence to Feed Even More The store manager of the van’s branch offered up the donuts to the police force as a thank you for recovering the stolen vehicle.
Though the cops kept a few of the pastries for a snack, they gave the rest of the van’s entire cargo to Clearwater’s homeless population.
“There were dozens of delicious donuts on board the stolen van that the store manager gave to the police officers,” said the Clearwater Police Department in a Facebook post.
“The officers saved a few donuts to enjoy later and donated the rest to the homeless feeding that takes place adjacent to the police station each night.” Be Sure And Share The Sweet Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photos by Clearwater Police Department

US Users Can Now Download All Their Apple Account Data, Here’s How to Do It

US Users Can Now Download All Their Apple Account Data, Here’s How to Do It

Starting today, Apple is allowing all US users to download a copy of every last bit of their data from the company.
The privacy push is part of Apple’s new data-retention policies, which are meant to keep users safer than before, pushing two-factor authentication as another layer of protection, as well as offering the ability to opt out of Apple’s target ads and notifications.
Grabbing a copy of your data is exceedingly useful as well, especially if you want to remain mindful of what you’re sharing with organizations such as this one.
Here’s how you can grab yours.
After you’ve logged in, you’ll be presented with a range of options.
Note the “Sign Out” option is at the top right of the screen if you need to change accounts at any time.
Next, you’ll see a screen that says “Get a copy of your data.” From here, you can select which data you’d like included in your “package” of info.
You can select from anything including your App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and Apple Music activity to your iCloud information by scrolling down the page and checking off individual tick boxes.
If you want everything, click the “Select all” option and scroll down the bottom to click “Continue.” Next, you’ll be asked to choose a maximum file size for your data package.
From there, all you need to do is wait.

Indian Region Just Won Top UN Prize for Being World’s First 100% Organic State With 66,000 Farmers

Indian Region Just Won Top UN Prize for Being World’s First 100% Organic State With 66,000 Farmers

The northeastern region of Sikkim achieved the groundbreaking milestone after it successfully managed to educate and convert all 66,000 of its farmers to sustainable agricultural practices.
In addition to educating their farmers on organic farming, the state’s policy implemented a phase-out of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and a total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides.
Though it reached its goal in 2015, it just received the 2018 Future Policy Award earlier this week.
In the past, the competition has focused on nuclear energy, pollution, and domestic violence.
This year’s prize, which was awarded for the best policies promoting acroecology, was orchestrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Future Council (WFC).
Sikkim’s astonishingly effective green policy managed to beat 51 other nominations from 21 different nations.
MORE: High School Student’s Ingenious Solution Could Save Bees From Drinking Poisonous Water In addition to proving that “100% organic is no longer a pipe dream,” Sikkim has displayed just how sustainable farming can provide a host of socioeconomic benefits in health, education, rural development, and even tourism.
Between 2014 and 2017 alone, the state benefited from a 50% increase in tourism.
“By scaling up agroecology, it is possible to tackle malnutrition, social injustice, climate change, and loss of biodiversity.
Through effective, holistic policymaking, we can transform our food systems so that they respect people and planet,” says Alexandra Wandel, director of the WFC.

Do You Know Why Childcare Costs So Much?

Do You Know Why Childcare Costs So Much?

Even though early childcare educators – the people who staff childcare and preschools across the country – barely make more than the national average minimum wage ($11-$15/hr), the cost of childcare for one child tops $10,000 a year nationwide.
It’s easy to get angry about how much it costs to leave your child with someone responsible while you go to work, but if we break down the income and expenses, the truth is that no one is really winning in the current system.
We’ve shared a video below that was put together by the national advocacy group Child Care Aware of America that reveals how the numbers may seem crazy, but really aren’t.
In their hypothetical child care center there are 40 full-time children enrolled for 10 hours a day, with each family paying $10k/year per child, meaning the center starts the year with a budget of $400,000…which seems like a lot more than it really is.
Church basements and people’s homes offer the lowest overhead, which leaves more cash for the other necessities on this list, but often parents prefer centers that are located centrally to high-traffic areas on their way to work.
Next up, classroom materials, food, and administrative costs – 23% of the budget, or $92,000.
Parents want to leave their child in a nice, clean classroom that provides age and developmentally-appropriate toys, snacks and/or lunches.
This category also includes insurance, licensing, and accreditation fees, plus staff training and continuing education, all of which are necessary evils.
You’ve got to pay your staff, and it eats up 65% of the budget, or around $260,000 a year.
So maybe cut them some slack, no matter how much your wallet is hurting at the end of the month.

The original ‘Big Bird’ puppeteer is leaving Sesame Street

The original ‘Big Bird’ puppeteer is leaving Sesame Street

His last performance will be this coming Thursday, Oct. 19 A feature movie about him was made in 2014 Other actors will take over.
Here’s an image of that time: (Photo by Children’s Television Workshop/Courtesy of Getty Images) Left to right: ‘Sesame Street’ hosts Matt Robinson (Gordon), Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) Loretta Long (Susan) and Bob McGrath (Bob) stand with Big Bird in a promotional still on the set of the educational public television series, circa 1969. “Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.”
King Blues Club and Grill on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
But he disagreed with that approach.
He can learn with the kids.”
That was a brilliant move.
Since, Spinney’s Big Bird character has been referred to as the “tender, nurturing soul of the show.”
in 2014, a feature movie about Spinney and the characters he played on Sesame Street was made.
Here’s the trailer for the full movie: I Am Big Bird Official Trailer (I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.)

What Is an AZW File (And How Do I Open One)?

What Is an AZW File (And How Do I Open One)?

A file with the .azw file extension is a popular file format for storing eBooks for Amazon’s Kindle line of eReaders and devices using the Kindle app.
What Is an AZW File?
AZW files first rolled out onto Kindle devices in 2007; it’s based on the MOBI file format that Amazon bought in 2005.
Since AZW files are designed for Kindle, the easiest way to open one is on a Kindle device or with the Kindle app on Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android.
Calibre can open AZW files, as well as many other formats.
How Do I Convert One?
Just like any other file format, you need specialized software to handle converting AZW into a different format.
Along with being an eReader, Calibre comes with a handy conversion tool that can convert any of your eBooks into 16 different formats.
Converting from AZW first requires your files to be DRM-free, so for this example, we will be assuming your files have no DRM associated with them.
RELATED: How to Strip the DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks for Cross-Device Enjoyment and Archiving Open up Calibre, select the book you want to convert, and then click “Convert Books.” In the conversion window that opens, select the output format you want and then click “OK” at the bottom of the window.

When Diets Don’t Work, Try Time-Restricted Eating – It’s Not About Counting Calories

When Diets Don’t Work, Try Time-Restricted Eating – It’s Not About Counting Calories

The Lesson: While there is no clear consensus on how effective diets can be at keeping off weight (some publications suggest it’s as bad as 95%), it’s not unusual to see people approach dieting with a degree of hopelessness.
But here, Dr. Satchin Panda outlines a strategy which could prove far more effective for everyone’s long-term health – and it’s not about counting calories, cutting out the cheesecake, or anything like that.
It’s about time-restricted eating: limiting the period of food consumption during the day to coincide with your circadian clocks, as well as giving your metabolism time to recover and your cells time to rebuild.
Notable Excerpt: “So what we see in our study, a small study that was published, and also some of the other studies that may be in the pipeline, is that when people adopt a time-restricted feeding in their regular life – in real life, not in the laboratory condition or in clinical trials – then they naturally reduce their caloric intake without even counting calories.
So, for example, when they stop, suppose their target to stop is around 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00 in the evening, then the late night snacks and then the late night glass of wine or beer that used to be their usual habit, they stop that.
So in that way, they’re doing two things: one is reducing calories and [the other is] improving nutrition quality because that extra energy-dense diet is not getting into their system.” The Host: Ronda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical studies from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
In addition to being the podcast host of Found My Fitness, she is also new mother and researcher who eagerly engages the public in regards to the long-term effects of clinical nutrition as it relates to health and aging, cold and hot exposure therapy, the gut microbiome, exercise physiology, and other topics concerning functional medicine.
He has published multiple peer-reviewed studies on many different topics related to our internal circadian clocks, which can be found on his profile at the Salk Institute’s website.
Additionally, Dr. Panda is the author of “The Circadian Code”, a guide to losing weight and “transforming your health from morning to midnight.” The Podcast: Found My Fitness is available on iTunes and YouTube.
(LISTEN to the inspiring talk below)

The water system that helped Angkor rise may have also brought its fall

The water system that helped Angkor rise may have also brought its fall

At the medieval city of Angkor, flooding after decades of scant rainfall triggered a devastating breakdown of the largest water system in the preindustrial world, new evidence suggests.
Intense monsoon rains bracketed by decades of drought in the 1400s set off a chain reaction of failures in Angkor’s interconnected water network, computer simulations indicate.
The climate-induced crumbling of the system — used for irrigation, drinking water and flood control — hastened Angkor’s demise, scientists conclude online October 17 in Science Advances.
“Angkor’s critical [water] infrastructure acted to accelerate the impact of climatic disruption,” says study coauthor and geoscientist Dan Penny of the University of Sydney.
Complex infrastructure systems, from Angkor’s water network to modern electrical grids, consist of many interacting parts.
Penny and colleagues devised a computer model of how a rapid shift to periods of intense rainfall affected Angkor’s water system at the peak of its complexity in the 1300s.
Meanwhile, accumulating sediment further decreased the volume of water that newly parched channels could carry, intensifying the uneven flow of water through the system.
A breakdown of the entire water network would soon have followed, the researchers say.
By the 1200s, Angkor, in what’s now Cambodia, was the world’s most extensive city, covering about 1,000 square kilometers (SN: 5/14/16, p. 22).
The city had spent the previous several hundred years building and expanding a network of canals, embankments, reservoirs, moats and other structures devoted to water management.

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