Summary of “The Great Moviegoing Fever of 2018”

Yet: Fallout is fantastic, one of the most thrilling and purely enjoyable movies of the year, imbued with wild set pieces, a chummy acting style, and the kind of Who cares if it makes sense? plotting that feels airlifted in from a time before we had expanded universes and preciously curated intellectual property.
If it isn’t the movie of the summer, it’s the movie that best represents this year, a stunning bounce back at the box office and also a revitalization of moviegoing culture spurred on by dozens of fascinating variables.
Saying MOVIES ARE BACK! is like saying GIRAFFES ARE BACK! Movies and moviegoing were never going anywhere, though their centrality to American culture has been in question for the better part of the past decade, undermined by insurgents-turned-power-brokers like Netflix and threatened by vanishing attention spans.
The movies are a triple-digit financial affair, the domain of the disposable income haver.
The reason for that is clear: they want to see movies.
Black Panther is not just the movie story of 2018 but the cultural phenomenon of the entire year, and the attention it drew is rare.
For many, seeing Black Panther was a badge of honor, an act that indicated a kind of social deed-supporting a movie with a diverse cast made by a black filmmaker on the grandest stage became, somewhat miraculously, a political act.
People just want to see more movies, as cheaply as possible.

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Summary of “10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips”

The route is well-signposted and uses a mix of dedicated cycle paths and minor roads.
Get the ferry to the Hook of Holland or Rotterdam and pick up the Eurovelo 2 cycle trail, also called the Capitals Route.
For €30 a day we rented excellent bikes from cyclingamalfi.com – they have a choice of trekkers or e-bikes including locks, helmets, kits and panniers and give advice on routes, too.
It may not be a long distance for some but the 127 miles from Dieppe to Paris provide a beautiful few days’ cycling.
The most famous route is the Avenue Verte, but the best route has been pioneered by Donald Hirsch.
Donald’s route takes you to the left, so you never see what’s at the end of the road. But it’s worth cycling on to investigate.
If you’re looking for an introduction to cycle touring the 100-mile Baie de Somme route is the perfect way to explore this underrated region.
The cycling is easy throughout and a self-guided route with Belle France is easy to follow with comprehensive maps and notes.

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Summary of “Exclusive: Inside Target’s top secret test store”

This is her domain: A 100,000-square-foot test store that takes up a full city block in downtown Minneapolis.
Before it created the test store, Target could never see how all of its products and promotions came together in one space.
Target has recently doubled down its efforts on store design, turning its big-box retail stores into more experiential spaces filled with high-impact displays.
Target can literally see every display before it goes live in a store, debate it until everything is perfect, then photograph it for each store manager to duplicate on their own.
This Target is a full-sized store, but because it’s squeezed into the geometric limitations of a city block, its sections have been Tetrised together, taking you from school supplies to menswear without the comforting mental layout burned into your brain by decades of visiting Target stores.
Most of the test store team is thinking much further out as I’m there, imagining lines for spring 2019.
As Target designers develop updated lines-let’s use athletic gear as an example-they’re developing items in rooms a few floors up from the test store.
Once all parties agree on the merchandise and layout, Target corporate shares the plan with Target stores.

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Summary of “Seahawks Rebuild on Pete Carroll’s Competition Mantra”

In the team meeting room, each player gets up from the seats they were in the year before and finds a new spot around different people.
Kam Chancellor is awaiting scans on his neck to see if he’ll be able to play.
Here’s the curveball: The roster turnover, the departure of all those core players, has actually made it easier for Carroll.
We’re going to share details on a visit Kobe Bryant took to Foxboro in May. The Kobe visit was an interesting one, because of Bryant’s experience as an athlete who played 20 professional seasons.
“We want to turn the page on that as fast as we can. Obviously we can’t get the taste out of our mouth until we start playing football games. We all know that and we respect that. But to talk about it, what does that do? It doesn’t do anything but bring up bad memories. We’ve pushed forward from that.”
“That’s the way John’s approached it. I know it’s the way our coaching staff has approached it. We want to get to winning as soon as we can, and the moves signal that. Tyrod Taylor’s our starting quarterback, we drafted a rookie quarterback, and I think it’s a great situation to be in-we don’t have to play a rookie quarterback right away, because we have a proven guy who’s played in the league, won games, played in playoff games. That’s exciting. I also think it sends a message, creates a narrative that this team is gearing up to win, that everything we’re doing is pointing towards winning.”
Among Bryant’s talking points was the importance of training, and of studying other players, to his ability to play two decades in the NBA. The Patriots who were listening have another pretty good example of longevity in their own locker room, and they made the connection quickly.
I’ll never blame a football player in that situation for trying to leverage a team.

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Summary of “How Instagram’s algorithm works – TechCrunch”

Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends’ posts before the app ditched the reverse chronological feed for an algorithm in July 2016.
Instagram has never explained exactly how the algorithm chooses what to show you until today.
The Facebook-owned company assembled a group of reporters at its under-construction new San Francisco office to take the lid off the Instagram feed ranking algorithm.
Interest: How much Instagram predicts you’ll care about a post, with higher ranking for what matters to you, determined by past behavior on similar content and potentially machine vision analyzing the actual content of the post.
Usage: How long you spend on Instagram determines if you’re just seeing the best posts during short sessions, or it’s digging deeper into its catalog if you spend more total time browsing.
Instagram is not at this time considering an option to see the old reverse chronological feed because it doesn’t want to add more complexity, but it is listening to users who dislike the algorithm.
Today’s Instagram whiteboard session with reporters, its first, should go a long way to clearing up misunderstandings about how it works.
The more Instagram can disarm that problem by pushing excess content creation to Stories and educating users about how the feed operates, the less they’ll complain.

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Summary of “The Famous Soccer Player Hiding in Plain Sight in a California Bakery”

“Like LeBron James – he speaks about the president, the government,” Sukur said.
Sukur said recently he had a conversation with a friend, a Turkish television personality, and they agreed on how bad things were in Turkey.
“There are thousands and thousands of people living in this situation,” Sukur said.
“Last Friday my father says to my son, ‘I miss you,'” Sukur said in English, before turning to Turkish to finish the story.
Sukur sees himself as an immigrant, trying to build his own American dream for his family.
“At the moment there are a couple of investors,” Sukur said.
Like most of Sukur’s customers, not all the neighbors know who he is – or was.
“One of my neighbors came here to my bakery, and people were taking pictures with me,” Sukur said.

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Summary of “Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?”

In my work as an astrophysicist, I’d begun researching global warming from an “Astrobiological perspective.” That meant asking whether any industrial civilization that rises on any planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift.
“How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?”.
Could researchers find clear evidence that an ancient species built a relatively short-lived industrial civilization long before our own? Perhaps, for example, some early mammal rose briefly to civilization building during the Paleocene epoch about 60 million years ago.
It would be easy to miss an industrial civilization that only lasted 100,000 years-which would be 500 times longer than our industrial civilization has made it so far.
So if these are traces our civilization is bound to leave to the future, might the same “Signals” exist right now in rocks just waiting to tell us of civilizations long gone?
Civilization building means harvesting energy from the planet to do work.
While some energy sources will have lower impact-say solar vs. fossil fuels-you can’t power a global civilization without some degree of impact on the planet.
So the more sustainable your civilization becomes, the smaller the signal you’ll leave for future generations.

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Summary of “All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray”

The release is jam-packed with goodies, many of which cover things we’ve covered on the site already, such as Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson’s different opinions on Luke Skywalker, the Captain Phasma deleted scene, and Johnson’s motivations behind some of the film’s bigger, more controversial moments.
Before he even wrote the movie, writer-director Rian Johnson had these very specific ideas in his head: The idea of a casino planet where the one percent of the Star Wars universe lives.
Seeing BB-8 doing repairs inside an X-Wing was another of Johnson’s first ideas, because we’d never seen exactly how R2-D2 fixed Luke’s X-Wing in the original trilogy.
The idea of Rose being a fan of Finn’s came late in the writing process and only after Kelly Marie Tran changed Johnson’s perception of the character from mopey to more positive.
The reveal shot behind Yoda was his idea and, later, he went into the editing room to give Johnson ideas on how to edit a puppet scene and make it more dramatic.
In the original version of the Crait Falcon chase, Johnson imagined a giant crystal monster that would attack the ship from underground, but it was cut well before filming.
While writing, Johnson considered having Luke use the Force for some massive attack at the end, but felt it went against his idea that the Force is not a superpower.
Johnson recorded his director’s commentary before the movie was released, so he never addresses some of the more “Controversial issues.” However, even then he already had an idea they would be polarizing.

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Summary of “How to Keep Your Devices’ Batteries Alive As Long As Possible”

Sure, all batteries degrade eventually, but you can take some preventative steps to keep them in good health for as long as possible.
To keep it operating nominally, you’ll need to occasionally participate in some time-consuming activities, or go against your habits and beliefs as to how you should charge a battery.
For the most part, batteries can take care of themselves and combat our bad habits as long as you monitor a few factors.
Here’s what you should look into when determining the health of your battery, and how to keep it full of electrons until it’s time for a replacement.
You should try to keep your battery’s temperature between 5 to 45 °C. Heat causes a battery to speed up its chemical reactions, which translates to a battery that drains faster than it should.
iPhone batteries are one of those things that no matter how long they last, it isn’t going to be.
Apple has a list of maximum cycle counts for each laptop so you can see how close you are to the limit, when battery life starts to degrade.
iOS: Apple, thanks to its unpopular decision to throttle iPhones with older batteries, is updating its battery management service in the upcoming iOS 11.3 software update.

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Summary of “‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler Cover Story”

Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt.
It’s not just the first superhero movie with a predominantly black cast – it’s the first with a black director, black writers, black costume and production designers, and a black executive producer.
“If you think about Barry [Jenkins], Ava [DuVernay], Ryan – it’s a renaissance of black film. But it’s still not enough. It’s a numbers thing. If you have 15 shots, I got three. If you have nine chances to mess up, I have one. Each one of us knows that if you mess up, your career is done. I see the intensity. I see how Ryan is. If you have a dud, you’ll never work in this town again.”
Chadwick Boseman shares the first time he tried on the ‘Black Panther’ suit, watch below.
Much has been made about Coogler being the first black director on a Marvel movie, but comparatively little has been made about his youth.
“The wunderkind’s previous two movies – 2013 Sundance darling Fruitvale Station, about the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man shot in the back by police while facedown on an Oakland subway platform; and 2015’s Rocky reboot, Creed, about a young boxer who grows up in juvenile detention and learns to channel his anger in the ring – were both critical and box-office hits, leaving little doubt Coogler was up to the challenge. But Jordan, who starred in both of those films, says it was still”surreal” being on the set of a $200 million movie with the same director who, five years ago, was shooting a $900,000 indie with, as Jordan puts it, “some duct tape and one camera.
Coogler has said Black Panther is the most personal film he’s ever made – which seems unlikely, until he explains.
Some of the issues Coogler started grappling with at YGC would become themes of his first two movies: broken families, over-policing and over-incarceration, the dearth of opportunities for young black men.

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