Daily Crunch: Fiverr goes public

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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Fiverr shares climb 90% in first day of trading Freelance marketplace Fiverr had a good first day on the New York […]

How to make remote work work

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Every time I see a “the future of work is remote” article, I think to myself: “How backwards! How retro! How quaint!” That future is now, for many of us. I’ve been a fully remote developer-turned-CTO for a full decade. So I’m always baffled by people still wrestling with whether remote work is viable for […]

Fodor’s picks the worst airport in the world: LAX

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According to Fodor’s Travel the best US airport is Burbank (BUR). I couldn’t agree more. It’s 7  miles from my house and takes 2o minutes to get there. “Burbank is an airport free of most of the hassles that take the fun out of travel plans,” writes Fodor’s. “It’s an agreeable airport in a perfect location, which is why it’s at the top of our list of airports to love.”

I’ll pay a premium to fly from and to BUR, because my alternative is LAX, which Fodor’s rates as the worst airport in the entire world. It’s 26 miles from my house and it often takes 2 hours to get there in heavy 405 traffic. And once you get there, you’ll get stuck in the “horseshoe.” for another 30 minutes. From Fodor’s: “Thanks to the improbably stupid design of its catastrophic horseshoe motor-loop, it regularly requires 30 minutes to travel the short mile from the outskirts of the airport to most of its terminals. And because Los Angeles was built as a city beholden to the automobile, there is no other way to arrive or depart from this maddening complex of suffering but through the interminable traffic.”

Image: Photo of LAX by Mark Frauenfelder


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Final Fantasy VII Remake is only part of the game, but it’s a massive world

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Despite its title, Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t actually be a straight retelling of the original game, but instead a deeper exploration of its world and characters. During a closed-door presentation at E3, producer Yoshinori Kitase said that simply recreating the game with new graphics wouldn’t have been enough to get the team — which includes many of the developers from the original Final Fantasy VII — excited enough to come onboard. “Our goal here is to remake this genre-defining RPG for a new audience, for a new era, and not just to make a straight one-to-one copy or a remaster,” he said.

The first game is set in Midgar, a dark, steampunk-inspired city dominated by the evil corporation known as Shinra. As in the original, players…

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This cast iron griddle is cheap and fantastic

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I’ve been using this 10.5″ cast iron griddle at my brother’s place, and it is just great.

I keep a #9 cast iron skillet on my stove at almost all times. My brother prefers a cast iron griddle. I can see the attraction.

The griddle is great all the things I do with a skillet, and also serves as a pizza stone. The lack of sidewalls can make grease management a bit more of a chore, however when making pancakes or otherwise looking to get under and flip frying items things become a lot easier. I didn’t notice how much angling around and dickery goes into using my skillet.

Eggs over easy are a lot easier to wrangle.

I have a #8 ‘Chicken Pan’ that is essentially a very deep walled skillet (with a self-basting lid) that I use for fried chicken. I could use that for deep frying, and a griddle for everything else… however I’m awfully fond of my skillet.

I have a griddle I picked up at a cast iron flea market ages ago, and never bothered to refinish. My brother has this Lodge item and it is wonderful. It will serve for generations.

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The Dead Don’t Die is a perfect excuse to return to Zombieland

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

Zombieland, a 2009 horror-comedy directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Deadpool and Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Jesse Eisenberg stars as “Columbus,” one of the few survivors of a worldwide zombie apocalypse sparked by a virulent strain of mad cow disease. (In this world, the humans call themselves by the…

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The making of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” plus new videos for the album’s tracks

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Joy Division’s post-punk masterpiece “Unknown Pleasures” turns 40 this year. NME just republished an interview with two of the three surviving members of Joy Division — bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris — about creating what is arguably one of the most influential albums of all time. Meanwhile, the surviving band members have invited ten video directors to create new music videos for each song on the album. Below is the first video for “I Remember Nothing,” directed by Helgi & Hörður. From the NME:

Was there anything that (producer) Martin Hannett did or asked you to do that was a bit too much?

Morris: “I was alright with what he was asking us to do mostly, although he did make me use the aerosol can on the 12-inch version of ‘She’s Lost Control’ like you see in Control. He shut me in a room with a can of tape-cleaning fluid and made me press it in time with the song. By the end, the booth was just filled with noxious fumes. I think he was just trying to kill me. If I’d have lit up a fag, the whole of Strawberry Studios would have gone up in smoke.”

Is it strange seeing that (album cover) design getting reproduced on just about anything and everything?

Hook: “We never actually did an official ‘Unknown Pleasures’ T-shirt until 1994 but they got bootlegged all over the world. When we got investigated by the taxman because of the Haçienda being all fucked up, he said that he couldn’t find any receipts for ‘Unknown Pleasures’ T-shirts.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses mixes classic strategy with Persona-style relationships

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In most Fire Emblem games, your biggest decisions are about tactical strategy. But in the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the Nintendo Switch, you’ll have much more pressing dilemmas: like what you should do on the weekend.

The new game features the core experience fans have come to love for nearly three decades. That means huge turn-based battles, and units you can customize with a dizzying array of skills, special abilities, and class types. And, as per usual, those units are more than just generic soldiers; they’re characters that you’ll grow to care about over the course of a lengthy campaign, and they can build relationships with each other over time. In the standard mode the game still features permadeath, so you have to be…

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Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look weird enough to be edgy

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At E3 2019, there are two versions of Cyberpunk 2077. First, there’s the version that developer CD Projekt Red — best known for the Witcher series — is teasing in interviews, presentations, swag, and posters lining the walls of its promotional booth. It’s a narratively deep role-playing game set in a cutthroat world where people change their bodies radically according to the whims of employers and cultural fads, trying to survive in an economic system that objectifies and exploits them in surreal ways.

Then, there’s the thing that CD Projekt Red is showing behind closed doors: a good-looking but generic shooter-RPG hybrid with an ‘80s retro-futuristic sensibility and a grab bag of William Gibson references. The closer Cyberpunk gets to…

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Trailer for Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining

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“Come and play with us, Danny… for ever, and ever, and ever.” The bigscreen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s 2013 novel sequel to The Shining, is out November 8. From the film description:

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

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Spring Boot and React: Happily Ever After

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So you have mastered Spring Boot and started toying around with React. Now you want React to talk to your Boot app as your backend API. That’s fabulous. You probably already know how to do this, but there is a kicker. You want to package them and start both of them as just one project.

Well, you’re in luck! This post is going to take a couple of simple projects and combine them into one. Lace up your boots and get ready to React!

Tuca & Bertie’s art director on the show’s indie comic influences

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Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie comes from the creative team behind BoJack Horseman, but the show takes place in a much zanier, more surreal world where a boob or two can be seen flopping around jovially at every turn. It’s also way easier to root for its endearing protagonists: two 30-year-old best friends Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong) who live in Bird Town, which is inhabited by animal-people, plant-people, and regular people.

The show gets into real issues, like asking for a raise at work (appropriately named Condé Nest), dealing with sexual harassment, and messy female friendships, but it balances out heavier topics with gorgeous visual imagery. A flashback to Tuca’s childhood is recreated in heartfelt stop-motion and scenes…

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