Truck-eating bridge cam records nearby explosion

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Named the Can Opener due to its ravenous appetite for tall trucks, the 11′ 8″ bridge in Durham, N.C. has cameras trained on to capture incidents. This week, however, it captured something else: the sound (and blast wave) of a nearby industrial explosion.

It is operated by Jürgen Henn who runs — a website that compiles videos of trucks getting stuck under the bridge. The website is called because the clearance of the bridge is 11 feet, 8 inches.

In Wednesday’s video, you can hear the sound of the explosion and see the camera shake.

The explosion killed 1 and injured several more.

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70s fonts back in fashion

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Chobani’s new custom typeface heralded a headlong return to swirly 1970s type.

It’s not just nostalgia. Blame high DPI displays, too!

Today’s movement toward fonts reminiscent of the ’70s is partly a matter of advancing technology, Jen says: As phone and TV screens have improved, designers don’t have to worry as much about pixelation when working with curves. But nostalgia is a powerful factor, too. Elizabeth Goodspeed, a graphic designer who works at the branding agency RoAndCo, believes that for many consumers, ’70s-esque fonts represent a safe retreat into the past — a safer retreat, importantly, than the one currently offered by midcentury Swiss Style, which inspired all of those minimalist startup logos with its grid layouts and sans serif fonts.

The recent use of 70s type in corporate branding is showy in a way that suggests a fad rather than a sustained trend, but such a trend does exist toward more utilitarian typefaces from the era. You might be seeing a lot of Windsor, Souvenir and chunky Caslons in the next few years. However ugly and cheesy you might consider all this, it’s a merciful antidote to 2010s tech culture anglegrinding every logo into the same sort of bland, soulless sans-serif font.

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A “Grease” prequel is in development

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A prequel to the iconic 1971 musical and 1978 movie Grease is in development at Paramount. Written by John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), the new film, titled Summer Loving, will tell the story of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance at the beach as famously recounted from two different perspectives in the original movie’s song “Summer Nights.”

I only wish Summer Loving would be an animated feature in the style of John D. Wilson’s incredible opening titles to the original Grease and star John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John:

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Get relief from pain and anxiety with these CBD chewables

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By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz on CBD, or cannabidiol. It’s a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants that’s rapidly gaining popularity not as a recreational drug, but for its therapeutic properties. Testimonials abound regarding its uses as a stress-reliever and sleep aid, not to mention its well-researched possibilities for pain management among cancer patients.

If you’ve never tried it, there’s a suitably painless way to jump in: CBD Gummies.

What you get is a jar of 50-55 gummies, infused with 99.99% hemp isolate powder, delivering 500 mg of CBD in each container. Like most gummy treats, they’re fat and gluten-free and are available as sour bears, apple rings or rainbow-colored strands. Take no more than 2 every 6 hours and see how they can combat your stress level or pain. The treats contain less than .3% THC, and purchasers must be 18 or older. It’s also a good idea – as with any medication – to consult with your doctor before consuming and check your state laws regarding CBD before you buy.

500 mg of CBD Gummies are now available for $29.99 – 25% off the original MSRP. Read the rest

Watch Madonna, at age 16, star in a high-schooler’s experimental film

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In 1974, Wyn Cooper, one of my Madonna’s fellow students at Adams High School near Detroit, invited the 16-year-old pre-material girl to star in his experimental film. The Super 8 short is titled “The Egg.”

“We developed a friendship and hung out,” Cooper, now a poet in Vermont, has said. “I had a Mercury Capri with an eight-track tape player. Madonna and I would hop in the car, drive around and listen to Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars while enjoying a little marijuana.”

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Good deal on the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3

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When my father upgraded to the latest Apple Watch, he gave me his old Series 3 model. I wasn’t sure if I’d use it, but after a few months, I’ve decided it is a net plus in my life.

The best thing about it is responding to text messages by simply holding the phone up to my mouth and talking. The natural language processing is excellent. This feature saves me a lot of time every day.

I also like getting alerts about upcoming appointments, turn-by-turn directions (with vibration) when I’m walking in an unfamiliar city, flight change alerts (via TripIt), paying for stuff with Apple Pay, buying Starbucks by pointing the watch at the counter scanner, pressing the “Find my iPhone” button (which makes my iPhone beep so I can find it), and checking time with the world clock.

Right now Amazon has the 42mm model at a really low price, much less than the smaller 38mm model. Read the rest

Akita puppy swimming through the air

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Whoosh whoosh whoosh go the tiny fuzzy paws.

Li’l guy is an Akita, I presume — a large dog breed dog that originates from Japan’s northern mountainous regions.

There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, commonly called “Akita Inu”, or “Japanese Akita”; and an American strain, known as the “Akita” or “American Akita”.

Kita puppy swimming in the air

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Just some really gorgeous psychedelic glass art

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Shut up and take my money, @sableglass.

Get a load of this gorgeousness.

This is an example of the “Reticello marble handmade glass art,” according to the maker.

It’s an Italian decorative glassblowing technique that involves merging two bubbles (one inside the other), in which the straight canes were twisted in opposite directions.

Once merged, those two opposingly twisted canes cross over one another and creates that pattern that looks like a net.

When done in the traditional fashion, small air bubbles become trapped in a grid pattern between the crossing molten glass canes.

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Learn a second language fast and fluently with this app

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Learning a new language was never meant to be about rote memorization. If you want to speak in a different tongue, first and foremost you need to speak – and when possible, interact with other native speakers. But if you can’t afford that trip abroad, the Mondly app offers plenty of interactivity on its own.

This language learning app was voted Editor’s Choice in the category by Google Play and Best of 2016 in the App Store, with good reason. It offers a curriculum in one of 33 different languages that focus on conversation, and it does this by exposing you to chats between native speakers. You’ll pick up phrases quickly through short, easily digestible lessons while Mondly fine-tunes your pronunciation through the latest speech recognition technology. You’ll also get essential tools like a verb conjugator, and those with an Android phone can even practice naming objects IRL with the MondlyAR functionality.

A lifetime subscription in a language of your choice to Mondly is $39.99, over 80% off the list price. Read the rest

Helvetica New: typeface redesigned after 35 years

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Helvetica New, redesigned by Max Miedinger, Charles Nix, Jan Hendrik Weber and others for Monotype, is the first revision of the tasteful typeface in 35 years and comes in 48 styles.

Creative Boom:

The Helvetica family has been used by countless brands and creative professionals, in millions of designs since its inception. The typeface embodies clean and versatile design, and the Helvetica Now typeface continues the tradition established by the Helvetica and Neue Helvetica families while introducing a number of improvements.

If you want anything from a Helvetica derivative except conspicuous mediocrity, what you really want is Univers. Read the rest

Man tries to board New York subway carrying large dog in tiny brown sack but it’s a no go

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Since it’s illegal to take your dog on a subway in New York if it’s not shoved into a “carrier,” this man shoved his large dog into a tiny burlap sack, if that’s what you can call it. But the conductor doesn’t buy it, and bans the creative dog owner from boarding the train.

So much for over-the-shoulder hammocks.

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Cartoonist Kayfabe Show and Tell: Yet Another Captain Marvel?

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Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg unpack the tale of Human Torch creator, Carl Burgos’s, bitter attempt to agitate the mainstream comics publishers of the 1960s with his very own Captain Marvel character (and Plastic man, Dr Doom, Dr. Fate, and The Bat).

For further reading:
Marvel, The Untold Story, By Sean Howe. 

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Baking with a small-batch, whole grain, locally sourced wheat

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I was sent some small-batch, whole grain, locally sourced flour. I baked some bread.

One of my oldest friends recently went BreadCore on me. He is baking beautiful loaves, paying attention to hydration and scoring some cool designs with a fancy schmancy lame. To thank me for being his on-call baking consultant, he sent me 7.5 lbs of two different small-batch flours that he loves.

I am a no-stress it’ll all work out in the bake, baker. I am over a decade into delicious bread, pizza, pretzels, waffles, and bagels and I don’t like to stress over baking. Baking is a relaxing fun thing food preparation method. I guess this is the opposite of everything a highly technical Breadcore baker wants to hear. I do not weigh my ingredients. So, my first thought about specialty flour was “Fuck, this’ll complicate things!”

I was wrong.

I opened the bag of Hard Red Spring Wheat. I baked my first loaf at 70% Trader Joes AP flour and 30% HRS. I did reserve some flour from the initial mix, as I was afraid the HRS would drink more water than market flour. I ended up adding it all in and developed a very sticky ball of dough that rose very well. It baked up beautifully.

On this bake, I lowered my oven temperature 5 degrees. In my mind, I was holding back one Kadam for the imaginary Hebrew god to whom my parents dedicated the 12th year of my life. In reality, I’d noticed that my friend who baked at the same temps I did got a much less explosively crumbastic crust on his loaves. Read the rest

No food on weekends and ice-cold baths: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s 11 “wellness” habits

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Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey (42) walks 5 miles to work every day, eats only one meal a day, fasts all weekend, and tries to meditate two hours a day. CNBC looked at 11 of his “wellness” habits, which he discussed on a recent episode of the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast.

From CNBC:

“Nothing has given me more mental confidence than being able to go straight from room temperature into the cold,” Dorsey says. ”[E]specially in the morning, going into an ice-cold tub from just being warm in bed is — it just unlocks this thing in my mind and I feel like if I can will myself to do that thing that seems so small but hurts so much, I can do nearly anything.”

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Oddly familiar video game tunes

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Did you know that Ken’s theme from Street Fighter II is a bit infringey-whingey when it comes to a Cheap Trick song from the Top Gun soundtrack? Somehow I went for decades without noticing this—or any of the other infringey-whingey examples offered in this set of “Video game themes that sound familiar.” Granted, not all of them are quite so cut and dry as the Capcom lift.

Many of the soundalikes emerge from a very specific period in the early 1990s. It might just be the stuff that the video’s creator grew up with, but the earlier examples tend to be straightforward covers (such as Spy Hunter’s 1983 rendition of Henry Mancini) while later ones are more lawyered (sticking the intrumentation and beat but changing melodies). There was a magic point where they were still making ephemeral kids’ entertainment, yet making it very well, but before they realized that it wasn’t so ephemeral.

Embedded below is one that’s not in the video: Friendship’s Let’s Not Talk About It (1979). I won’t name the culprit, but I guarantee you’ll know the lift when you hear it.

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‘Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances’ describes Disney’s Star Wars-land ‘Batuu’

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Learn all about Batuu, the Black Spire Outpost, and some of the things you should fear in the Unknown Regions in Star Wars Thrawn: Alliances.

Disneyland’s new theme land is set on the planet of Batuu. Timothy Zahn’s second update to the Grand Admiral Thrawn story COINCIDENTALLY spends a lot of time describing this planet and the Unknown Regions it acts as a gateway to.

The Thrawn story is fantastic on its own. Adding in that I get to learn a bit about the new Star Wars land’s backstory it a huge bonus. Knowing who is who in Batuu will help maintain my credibility when I take my daughter to see the new park.

Thrawn is a real badass. This novel covers both young Thrawn encountering and assisting the Jedi General Skywalker near the end of the Clone Wars, as well as a joint mission assigned Grand Admiral Thrawn and his battle group, as well as the Darth Vader and his elite commando unit. Both stories transpire along the Outer Rim, and introduce us to Disneyland’s new portion of Star Wars space.

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