On National Nude Day, it’s bare if you dare (from AZCentral.com)

By Ryan Van Velzer
The Republic | azcentral.com 10:14 p.m. MST July 13, 2014
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Donn Holmes (left), 63, and Ken Runo, 65, soak up some sun Friday at Shangri La Ranch, a
clothing-optional community in New River. Today is National Nude Day, a holiday celebrated
by nudists around the country.
(Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)

Ken Runo sat beside the pool in a deck chair, his skin tanned, his leg precariously crossed, concealing his more intimate parts.

“Every day is National Nudist Day to me,” he said.

Runo said he always knew he was a nudist. As a kid, he ran through the forests near his home in Cleveland naked as a jaybird. At 65, he still prefers the feel of the breeze on his skin to the constriction of clothes. On some days, he hikes through the dry washes surrounding the 50 acres of Shangri La Ranch, a “clothing optional” resort in New River. And, no, he’s not concerned about cactuses.

Monday is National Nude Day, a celebration of the birthday suit.

For most nudists, it’s just another day without clothes.

National Nude Day comes on the heels of Nude Recreation Week, a similar celebration that begins the week after the Fourth of July. Across the U.S., more than 32,000 members of the American Association for Nude Recreation, organized into more than 250 recreational clubs, are celebrating in pretty much the same way they always do. They don’t need to get dressed up for the event.

“This is something we take pride in,” said Ashley Beahan, public-relations manager for the association. “It brings awareness to nude recreation. This is a lifestyle; people grow and learn from this lifestyle.”

Friday afternoon at Shangri La Ranch was a relatively calm start to the weekend compared with the Fourth of July weekend, when all 160 of the available RVs and homes were full. Permanent residents mingled, played billiards in the recreation room and idly swam in the pool.

One visitor recalled the first time he visited a nude resort. It was Mira Vista, a “premier clothing-optional resort” outside of Tucson, according to its website.

He said he sat perched on the edge of his bed, nervously sipping beer with his wife. The couple peered out the windows until they had the courage to join the others. Eventually, liberated from their clothes, they joined, and within minutes, they forgot they were naked.

“Once the clothes are off, you’re just people,” he said.

Shangri La Ranch and Mira Vista are Arizona’s most popular nudist resorts, but daring nudists also visit the public “clothes optional” hot springs in Camp Verde and Tonopah.

According to Arizona law, a person commits indecent exposure if he or she recklessly exposes his or her genitals or nipples in the presence of another person who would be offended or alarmed (breastfeeding is exempt). Arizona “naturists” interpret the law to mean that it’s OK to be naked on public land if no one sees you and is offended.

Those interested in joining a nudist community or visiting a resort need only remember a few tips. It’s important to be respectful and not stare, said Shangri La Ranch manager Patty Faber. Use common courtesy, wear lots of sunscreen and, if you’re sitting down, always make sure there’s something between you and what you are sitting on, for hygiene purposes, she said.

Immigration Stories

By Matt Lewis

If you are a reader, viewer or listener of the news you’ve probably heard about the protesters near San Diego complaining of the immigrants being bussed there.

If you’re an Arizonan, you’re probably sick of the immigration debate.

One editor said he was tired of political e-mails that were spewing immigration rhetoric and misusing fewer vs. lesser.

Dylan Smith, editor of the Tucson Sentinel, said he will start disregarding those e-mails which mistakenly use fewer vs. lesser.

I personally applaud this decision.

He said on #Facebook that if they couldn’t have a proper command of the English language then he probably couldn’t provide intelligent discourse on the matter.

This version was updated Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.

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National Dance Day

By Matt Lewis

According to SpryLiving.com Saturday, July 26 is National Dance Day.

If you aren’t already fed up by the fact that just about everything has it’s own holiday now, you may want to celebrate this one.

The Spry Living article’s slug says: No rhythm? No excuse. Anyone can celebrate National Dance Day on July 26 with their expert tips.

Famed choreographer Debbie Allen certainly gained notoriety for her work in Fame. She now inspires “dancers through FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, no in its 11th season,” the article said.

She has also taken on a more personal project. Her father is battling diabetes so Allen “has partnered with Jansen Pharmaceuticals on The T2 Dance Crew (www.T2DanceCrew.com) to encourage Type 2 diabetics to try to dancing as a way to stay active and manage their condition,” the article said.

“I tried to get Daddy to exercise, but he was not having it,” she says. “When he died, we lost a great light in our lives, and it didn’t have to go that way,” she was quoted as saying in the article.

Allen says she believes anyone can dance and enjoy it. In honor of National Dance Day, Spry Living asked for her best beginner tips on how to “get grooving.”

Build confidence by yourself. If you’re nervous before venturing out to a class or club, call up some YouTube instructional videos and practice in your own space.

Choose an international or unusual style. Chances are, most of the students in your African dance class are new to the moves, too! You might feel less intimidated than at, say, a line-dancing class in the South.

Make an outing of it. Get a group of girlfriends (or guy friends) together for drinks and dancing at a salsa club. “Once you get started, you can dance salsa all night long!” Debbie says.”

The article in Spry Living was written by Katie Neal. 

Third Obit Not A Charm

By Matt Lewis

This will be the third obituary I will have to write in my life (okay well technically fourth, but one I don’t count). The first was for someone who wasn’t even going to die anytime soon. The second was a professor at the University of Arizona. The third was my mother’s (I was only 22). The fourth will be my paternal grandmother’s.

I don’t know why sadness must consume me when I’m writing these obituaries (even for the guy who wasn’t going to die anytime soon) but it does. I also find it very disconcerting writing a document that will be the final document honoring a person – it’s a lot of pressure.

I never know the right words for eulogies, but at least with obituaries they are straightforward.

Here’s the obituary I wrote for my mother:

Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 12.55.14 PM When things get tough, the tough get going as the saying goes, but for me it is not that simple. You have to have an extra thick skin to write obituaries – I believe – especially if that person is close to you.

There is also a lot of questions that have to be answered when writing an obituary and the more questions you have about a family member the less you feel like you knew about their life, which can make you even more sad.

One of my father’s friends told me it is an honor to be chosen to write the obituary. I told him it was only because I was the resident journalist in the family. He shrugged it off and said it was still an honor.

Facebook Hack

By Matt Lewis According to reports from a man who’s Facebook name is listed as Howard Moses, some of his Facebook friends’ accounts were hacked. Their accounts said that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was giving out a reward.

“Three (friends I’ve blocked so far). (The reason was a claim of) prize from a Facebook lottery,” Moses wrote on Facebook. “(I’ve gotten) messages from hacking scammers who can’t spell.”

This phishing scam asked users for their name and e-mail and told them they were among a group of 50 lucky winners who won $300,000. For more on this story read more at: http://bit.ly/1vK690c

You block whatever come. Contact later. This really sucks. — Howard Moses

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#HappyBirthday #Prescott, #Ariz. & #AZAthletics Final Event

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

CHANDLER, ARIZ. – After venturing through the city of Prescott, Ariz. my friend, Mark and I decided it was a great day to celebrate the birthday of Arizona’s Territorial Capitol. Prescott celebrated 150 years or a sesquicentennial this week.

From a video of the historical museum of the city I learned that the town was named after William Hickland Prescott. I also learned that at the infamous Whiskey Row cowboys and miners would have a drink at each bar along the row. I also learned that early on in the history of the city there were several fires due to oil lamps.

The University of Arizona Athletic Department wrapped up their four-stop tour of the state in Prescott as well. Mark and I – both alumni of the university – were going mostly to check out the event, but ended up enjoying our time in the city of Prescott as well.

The Mayor of Prescott decreed the city to be “Wildcat Country.” Then the coaches of the Men’s Basketball program (Sean Miller), the Football program (Rich Rodriguez) and the Women’s Basketball program (Niya Butts) – and Athletic Director Greg Byrne – spoke about the future of their respective athletic programs and answered questions from alumni, like Mark.

Coach Miller was particularly excited about one recruit  from California. He said he was an incoming freshman who won four consecutive years in high school at the highest division. He said that has maybe only ever been done once before. He also talked about the renovations to the basketball arena, McKale Center.

Coach Rodriguez talked about the new locker room facilities for players and mentioned how in the past the facilities used to be a bit of an embarrassment, but now they stand as some of the tops in the Pacific Coast 12 Conference.

Athletic Director Byrne answered questions about television packages, especially pertaining to the Prescott area.

All speakers/coaches drew applause and some laughs when they spoke to a packed conference room at the Hassayampa Inn near downtown.

We got there in the early afternoon and toured the historical museum and the Governor’s Mansion. The tour lent itself to a myriad of great photographs! The weather was also a nice escape from the heat of the Valley of the Sun.

 

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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The film Divergent took a look at what Shailene Woodley would be like as a chick who is tough as nails.

Divergent opens in a futuristic Chicago landscape, post what appears to be an epic war that took place. Many of Chicago’s landmark buildings are badly damaged from the war. There is an eerie sense of dystopia when we see this world. We fear it. We know it could be very real if World Leaders (or even a single radical) play fast and lose with the rules of human decency and let another war of Worldly proportions.

Ms. Woodley stars along side Theo James, Kate Winslet and others who make up a great cast in this film. The characters have irony and drama written all over their faces.

We find out early on the plot and eventual outcome of this movie, but that does not detract from the greatness of this movie.

There are different sectors that the community has divided itself into to live. There are the truth-tellers, the helpers of man, the army and police, the homeless and I may be forgetting one or two sectors.

What is divergent? Divergent is when someone who is young takes a test to determine their best sector and isn’t given a clear result.

Where does the drama in this movie come from? It comes from Ms.  Winslet’s character wanting to hunt and destroy all Divergent people.

We are rooting for Ms. Woodley when she goes to take her test to have a clear result, but alas she is given a Divergent path with multiple results. She then chooses to work and train with the army sector — convenient since she’ll need those skills later to thwart the plan to destroy her kind.

I personally really enjoyed this film and will once again let this movie speak for itself, so below is some information from the movie Website IMDb.

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Divergent (2014)

 139 min  – Genres: Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi  – 21 March 2014 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.5/10 from 54,324 users   Metascore: 48/100 
Reviews: 295 user | 258 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

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Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
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Theo James Theo James
Ashley Judd Ashley Judd
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Ray Stevenson Ray Stevenson
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Miles Teller Miles Teller
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Christian Madsen Christian Madsen
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Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

One choice can transform you See more »


Genres:

Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divergent See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,607,747 (USA) (21 March 2014)

Gross:

$143,008,971 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

139 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

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Theo James did all of his own fight stunts with no stunt double. See more »


Goofs

When Jeanine speaks to Tris in the Dauntless passage, Tris’ hair covers the cut on her ear. When the camera switches to the close-up, the wound is revealed and her hair is behind her ear. This switches throughout the scene. See more »


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Four: You alright?
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: You cut me.
Four: I meant to.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: You meant to?
Four: You think he’s going to let you off without a scratch? You’d still be standing there if I hadn’t hit you.
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Four: You’re supposed to be smart. If I wanted to hurt you, I would’ve.
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Connections

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I Won’t Let Your Go
Written by Gary Lightbody and Jacknife Lee
Performed by Snow Patrol
Produced by Jacknife Lee
Courtesy of Polydor Records

Movie Review: ‘Rio 2′

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

‘Rio 2′ is a great children’s cartoon! It has music, colors and a happy-ending story line (sorry, should have said spoiler alert). This film makes you happy from the opening credits until the conclusion.

There is the obvious rise and fall of the action to fit a standard children’s tale, but there are some adult themes to keep the grown-ups interested too.

From the beginning we are given big musical numbers and great visual effects to give our eyes a treat. The movie opens in Rio de Janeiro and takes the audience and the birds and a cast of other characters to the Amazon.

The movie stars the voices of Jesse EisenbergAnne HathawayJemaine Clement as well as George Lopez and Bruno Mars, among others.

What the movie didn’t lack was a sense of appeal for both parents and children. There were themes that could appeal to all.

Blu’s character, played by Eisenberg, was a loveable neat-freak who was overly concerned with all the dangers of the jungle. He took paranoia to a new extreme and it was funny.

Hathaway voiced Blu’s wife Jewel. Jewel, a wild bird, had no problem fitting in to the Amazon as it was her home.

We meet Jewel’s family and ex-macaw beau who poses a bit of a threat to Blu’s manliness — again funny.

The movie has sweet moments and fun moments for the kids too. There’s a soccer match that is sure to capture the hearts of young boys the world over.

There’s not enough good things to say about this film, but mostly I’ll let the film speak for itself like a parrot, so go see it.

Items from IMDb:

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The movie’s protagonist character Blu is a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota. He met the fiercely independent Jewel and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams in the first movie.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake T. Austin
Fernando (voice)
Carlinhos Brown
Audition Bird (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth
Gabi (voice)
Jemaine Clement
Nigel (voice)
Jim Conroy
Capoeira Turtle (voice)
Rachel Crow
Carla (voice)
Bernardo de Paula
Carnival Barker / Blue Sentry (voice)
Nola Donkin
Opera Bird (voice)
Jesse Eisenberg
Blu (voice)
Miguel Ferrer
Big Boss (voice)
Jamie Foxx
Nico (voice)
Pierce Gagnon
Tiago (voice)
Andy Garcia
Eduardo (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia
Spoonbill / Perl (voice)
Bebel Gilberto
Eva (voice)

Storyline

“It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blue tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful …”

Written by TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

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Genres:

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family


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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site [Brazil] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rio 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »


Box Office

Budget:

$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,327,869 (USA) (11 April 2014)

Gross:

$107,361,821 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Runtime:

101 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

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Jewel: We are not people, we’re birds. We have to get out into the wild and be birds, Blu.
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Look at Me Now
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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Delightfully quirky is the best way to describe this Wes Anderson picture. If a picture paints a thousand words and a thousand pictures are in this film then how many words does that mean this review has to be?

The plot thickens quickly in this strange comedy that takes place in a town that is – I believe – a metaphor for the Swiss Alps. Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu Amalric all play starring roles in this film – so not huge names, but do we ever expect the cast to overshadow the story with a movie from Mr. Anderson?! 

This film comes in at exactly 100 minutes and doesn’t let you miss a step. If you must go to the rest room go before or after the film otherwise you may be a bit confused. Every scene is drenched with ironic comedy and dark humor.

Here is the synopsis from IMDb: “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”

Here’s a more full description: “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.” Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

The picture is rated R for language, some sexual content and violence. | What makes this film interesting is it never lets us, the audience, miss a beat. It’s like if a friend was telling you a story that you were hooked in on and if you missed a single word you wouldn’t understand what was happening next.

So far, according to IMDb, during opening weekend the film made $811,166 (USA) (7 March 2014) and in gross cash the movie has made $51,909,825 (USA) (6 May 2014).

A bit of trivia from IMDb is that Jeff Goldblum plays Vilmos Kovacs, a tribute to cinematographers László Kovács andVilmos Zsigmond.

A goof from the film is when Serge X. is serving the guests at the reading of Madame D.’s will, he is standing still in one shot, serving ice in the next and then again standing still as he was prior to serving the ice, according to IMDb.

Here’s a memorable quote from the movie courtesy of IMDb: “Mr. Moustafa: To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!”

STAY FOR THE CREDITS: Near the end of the credits, an animated figure does a Russian dance, according to IMDb – I wouldn’t know because I left after the credits began rolling, so stay and check it out for yourself – I hope it is worth your while.

Movie Review: ‘Draft Day’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Draft Day‘ with Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman and Jennifer Garner was about football — in a word. The film was excellent in another word. It was fun and funny. It had a few heavy moments mixed in like a great bag of nuts.

The cast was spot on for their parts and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from Denis Leary, but his character wasn’t nearly as dead-pan funny as I would’ve hoped.

What brought this film together nicely was the sense of urgency, the drama. It was a guy sports movie, but it had a baby-element and a love interest for a date night movie too.

It was a good flick and I would highly recommend the film. What you couldn’t say about the movie though is that it was perfect. It fumbled a few times. It dragged on in parts where they could have shortened it a bit. We got that there was wheeling-and-dealing going on by Mr. Costner’s character.

Ms. Garner’s character brought a sense of reason and order to an otherwise chaotic football exec (Costner’s character). She was also with the Cleveland Brown’s franchise and wanted to help make his life and his job easier; but there were times where those two crazy kids didn’t seem like they’d make it.

The clock is a metaphor for the movie. As the time in the game clock to lock in their draft picks goes down so too does the clock on this short, 109 minute picture. The attention span of sports fans is short – I presume – so I also presume that’s why the length of the film is shorter.

Mr. Leary’s Head Coach character decides to break the mold and challenge Mr. Costner’s character at every turn. What you don’t know is that they really and metaphorically are on the same team.

SPOILER ALERT: This is a Disney-esq movie and everything works out happy in the end. No surprises here. Even from the beginning we are fully aware that this will be the outcome.

If there is anything else you want to know about this movie just email me @ gilbertgumption@gmail.com … thanks for reading.

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The movie ‘Transcendence’ takes the audience on a cerebral journey through the ethics and perils of artificial intelligence or A.I. The film runs about 120 minutes and has mixed reviews.

I personally am still making up my mind on whether or not I like the movie. It was a fascinating look at how everything would play out in a future scenario where technology ruled the world. I am not pro or con when it comes to A.I., but I am a fan of technology in moderation – not ruling the world.

What shall humans do if we ever lose control of our planet to the machine inside ourselves the movie posits. Johnny Depp explores this character very well as Dr. Will Caster.

The movie makes sense and is fairly linear in it’s plot line, but I’m not sure I like the ending — it leaves a little to be desired in the way of a conclusion, but hey maybe that was the director’s intent.

What doesn’t make sense in this movie is how they could have tailored this any more perfectly to me. It began in Berkley, Calif. one of my favorite places (even though I’ve never been) and had Sunflowers, one of my favorite flowers (because they remind me of my grandparents’ farm in Kansas).

‘Transcendence’ certainly takes the audience on a journey worth seeing, but I’m not sure you’ll leave the theatre fully satisfied.

I like movies that make you think as much as the next college graduate, but I am also not one for heavy dramas which this film was.

What can we do if technology comes for us, well the movie and I both agree — we fight back, no questions asked. This Earth was here for organic life first and should remain that way.

We can do a lot of amazing things with technology – take this blog for example, but we must heed the warning signs.

Movie Review: ‘The Other Woman’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

I saw ‘The Other Woman’ the other day and it was a fantastic rom-com. It had a great appeal for the masses. Kate Upton brought in the younger crowd, Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz brought in a slightly older crowd. And the attractive male lead and secondary were for the ladies viewing pleasure.

The guilty pleasure for men was the obvious slow-mo running scene of Ms. Upton. The lack of subtlety did not distract too much from the movie-going experience.

Everyone could enjoy this film because there were high and low-brow jokes. There was also a deep connection developed between audience and the characters – they were relatable in other words.

Ms. Mann played the same washed up, whinny role she played in ‘This is 40′ but hey who am I to say change a good thing once you’ve got it. As far as Ms. Diaz brought the heat. She was fierce with a capital ‘F’.

The movie was more than funny or one with great little nuggets of wisdom. It explored a wide array of human emotion and took a cerebral look in to the human mind and how it deals with infidelity.

I personally have considered going with friends to re-watch the movie; it was that good.

What makes this film endearing is Ms. Mann’s character, the wife of the slime-ball who cheats wherever he goes. The man in the movie is despicable, but he’s not a total villain, which is a great change of pace.

I won’t give away anything in the movie, but I will say it is worth checking out for yourself.

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David Ortiz parodied on “Saturday Night Live”

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was parodied by Kenan Thompson on the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.” It’s not the best impression and some are even calling it ethnic stereotyping. You decide …

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Welcome to the open source renaissance

Originally posted on Gigaom:

In the span of just a few years, open source has produced businesses that are incredibly attractive to the investment community. In 2012, open source venture investment jumped 80 percent over the prior year with $553 million invested, compared to $307 million in 2011. VCs have flocked to darlings like MongoDB, Open Stack, Cloudera, Puppet Labs and Hortonworks because these companies are solving incredibly difficult challenges in the cloud and big data arena faster than any proprietary software vendor could.

So why the big increase in interest now? Open source software has been around for years, in many cases implemented on the fringes by developers who prefer the freedom and flexibility of contributing to the evolution of the platforms with which they choose to work. There were even early glimmers of promise; for example, Linux proved to be a fast, effective server platform for many businesses before it grew…

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The Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla babies

Originally posted on ExploreDreamDiscover Talks:

Here are a few more shots of mountain gorillas from the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.  There are two youngsters in the troop of 14 that are under the age of 2.

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Javier Baez on AAA disabled list with ankle injury

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

From Cubs beat writer Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com …

It sounds like a sprain, which shouldn’t sideline Baez for more than a couple weeks. The top prospect was off to a sluggish start this year with the Iowa Cubs, batting just .154 with a .637 OPS and 10 strikeouts in eight games played. He hit .310 with five home runs in 42 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League.

Baseball Prospectus ranked Baez the No. 4 prospect in the game this winter.

The 21-year-old should be up in the majors by the end of the 2014 season.

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Serge Ibaka T’d up for getting in ref’s face after foul call against Pacers (VIDEO)

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

This probably should have been an ejection.

In the third quarter of Sunday’s contest between the Thunder and the Pacers, Serge Ibaka committed an obvious foul by shoving C.J. Watson out of bounds. The referee whistled him for it, and for some reason, Ibaka appeared to snap.

He walked quickly toward the official and yelled something right in his face, as Kevin Durant tried to hold him back before yanking him away.

The official did a nice job of keeping his composure while giving Ibaka just a single technical foul for his action, but it was a pretty aggressive display. If Ibaka should face a fine from the league office in the coming days, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise.

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Amazon A9’s VP of Search heads to Apple to fix up Maps search

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9’s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9’s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.

Amazon A9 is Amazon’s Palo Alto, California-based subsidiary that focuses on developing Amazon’s marquee search and advertising functionality. While Amazon has become popular in the tablet, eBook reader, and now set-top-box worlds, its core business has, of course, been Amazon.com, and Dupin’s work on search powers the heart of the online sales giant…

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Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, 60-54 Over Kentucky

Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all thoseKentuckyfreshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies’ 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun’s retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie’s second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Kentucky(29-11), with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game.

The Wildcats missed 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on 10 tries.

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Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:   Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management . He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

Interest in startup accelerators and incubators has exploded in the past several years, but how effective have they been? One thing that has become clear is that “incubator” and “accelerator” refer to two very different models for startup workspaces, and the distinctions may have significant effects on startup success.

The key distinctions between incubators and accelerators are time period and structure. An incubator gives startups workspace and community at an affordable rate for an indefinite time period. Accelerators generally have workspace and a cohort that forms a community. They are run over a fixed time period with some significant degree of structure with…

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Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

Originally posted on Gigaom:

After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later this month carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of precious cargo headed to the International Space Station, including the equipment for more than 150 experiments. Here’s a look at five of the more interesting projects that will be on board.

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OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA.

OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA.

The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will use a laser to communicate with a NASA station on Earth. Laser beams can send data at a much higher rate than traditional radio frequency transmissions. Sending more data at faster rates will be essential as our exploration of the universe moves farther and farther away from Earth.

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Missing jet: Not a hijacking but ‘deliberate’ action, PM says

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

(CNN) — The Malaysian Prime Minister stopped short of calling the disappearance of Flight 370 a hijacking, but he said Saturday that the jet veered off course, likely due to deliberate action taken by someone aboard.

With that revelation on Day 8, the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane refocused on the crew and passengers and widened to a larger swath of geography.

The passenger jetliner disappeared March 8, en route from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.

“Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane,” Prime Minister Najib Razak said, officially confirming the plane’s disappearance was not caused by an accident.

“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate,” he said.

Military radar showed the jetliner flew in a westerly direction back over the peninsula before turning northwest toward the Bay…

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Jason Motte faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Jason Motte isn’t expected to join the Cardinals bullpen until May, but he took an important step yesterday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchreports that the bearded reliever faced live hitters for the first time in a year.

Motte threw about 20 pitches to a group of Cardinals minor leaguers. While he wasn’t happy with his control, that’s not unexpected at this point of the rehab process. The most important thing is that he felt good.

“It was definitely more intense,” said Motte, who is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery. “It was more effort, more adrenaline than just throwing a bullpen (session). It felt good. It feels good now. It’s not like I walked off the mound and it was miserable.

“Each day we’re taking steps forward and today was a big step.”

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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $400 million

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million.

No one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing. The numbers were 7-20-40-54-69, with a Mega Ball of 12. Friday’s $353 million prize would have been the fifth-largest jackpot in the multistate lottery game’s history.

The next drawing is Tuesday.

The jackpot has been rolling since January 3. The biggest lottery prize in the U.S. was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million.

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Daily Prompt: Pour Some Sugar Over Me

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Originally posted on Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss:

What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

Waffles with apples and cream

I have lots of favourites but am a little choosy. I like to know what it contains and I like the ingredients to be the best, so my taste in sweet might be a little expensive. This wonderwork of desert in the photo was really made by me. My monthly cooking magazine had developed a new kind of mould for making waffles complete with book on “How to make”. They were manufactured from silicon, a sort of rubbery new development in backing forms, so I decided to try it out. With some stewed apples (from my tree of course) and whipped cream…

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Moff Is A Wearable Bluetooth Bangle For Kids That Adds Sound-Effects To Everyday Play

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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And the award for cutest wearable goes to… Moff! A smart bangle for kids that’s being developed by — you guessed it — a Japanese company (such kawaii) on a mission to transform boring everyday objects into toys with sound effects.

The Moff wearable is a slap band — i.e. no need to fiddle with fastenings; you just slap it against your wrist and it wraps around. The band then links up to an iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0 to allow for different sound effects to be chosen via the corresponding Moff app. (An Android app is apparently also in the works). 

The band contains accelerometers and gyros so it can sense a range of movements of the Moff wearer and translate them into sounds. Such as an air guitar strum, a magic wand twirl, a toy gun recoil, and so on.

The band contains an exchangeable coin battery that’s…

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FBI offers $20,000 for return of missing toddler Myra Lewis

Originally posted on FOX31 Denver:

MADISON COUNTY, Mississippi — More than a week ago, a 2-year-old girl with a wide grin and butterfly barrettes in her hair vanished in Mississippi.

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

“Since her disappearance was reported, multiple state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have participated in a massive, collaborative search effort,” the FBI Office in Jackson said.

“Significant resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including extensive ground and air searches, and utilization of specially trained search teams.”

Despite the effort, the toddler…

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True Lies 10: Reality Sucks

Originally posted on Write on the River:

Back in 2004 my wife and I owned a house on Hilton Head Island.  Real estate was booming and it seemed everyone was a mortgage broker offering great terms.  A guy who did some painting on our house also offered to broker a mortgage for us.  Back in those days, being self-employed, I could get a no-income-verified loan.  I know—shocking in the current environment, eh?  I had to sign over my liver and kidneys and heart to get my current mortgage.  And pay well above the going rate.

My wife reads the NY Times every day.  The paper version.  All of it.  I mean everything in it.  And she remembers what she reads.  I keep track of numbers.  And we both started to notice some disturbing things in 2003 into 2004:

  1. Mortgages were way too easy to get.
  2. The Fed was at 0%.  It couldn’t go lower.  It could only…

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Unclaimed money held by national treasurers may belong to you

Originally posted on FOX31 Denver:

It may sound too good to be true, but you could have some cash waiting for you, with no strings attached.

The latest numbers from the National Association of State Treasurers show states are holding billions of dollars of unclaimed cash.

The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits and un-redeemed money orders, among other things.

Click here to find out if any of that unclaimed money belongs to you.

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NYC Investor Metamorphic Raises $70 Million For Super Seed Fund

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Metamorphic Ventures , the New York-based seed fund behind startups like the crowdfunding hit Indiegogo , has raised $70 million for a new super-seed fund.

As follow-on rounds get larger and bigger investors begin dipping down to take stakes at earlier stages, the fund, which had previously raised $20 million, realized it needed to super-size to hold on to its stakes in winning companies, according to managing partner and co-founder David Hirsch.

“We didn’t want to lose the potential for farming it all away,” said Hirsch, previously Google’s number two employee in New York. “We want to be able to take advantage of the market between seed and Series A. [And] we wanted to have the ability to infuse more capital post seed and build better positions before people go out for the mega-rounds.”

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Angry outbursts can harm your heart

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

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(KTVI) – Do you get angry? Do you get angry often? Those outbursts may help you let off steam and perhaps make you feel better, but they may be doing more harm than good.

Dr. Michael Lim, a cardiologist with Saint Louis University Hospital, talked about how anger outbursts harm your heart.

For more information: www.heart.sluhospital.com

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March reading roundup #1

Originally posted on cakes, tea and dreams:

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey
A fascinating compendium of the daily routines of dozens of writers, artists, composers and other creatives. So many addictions and lots of creative torment, but a surprising number of these folks found that day jobs kept them sane (and enabled them to eat). As a writer with a day job, I get that. Recommended by Anne.

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
I’ve seen the movie many times but finally decided to read the book after seeing Saving Mr. Banks. The book contains some familiar incidents (Uncle Albert, the Bird Lady, etc.), but Mary Poppins herself is quite different from Julie Andrews’ character. Fun, but I honestly prefer the film version.

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I read Adichie’s debut, Purple Hibiscus, in college and found it moving and troubling. Americanah is more sweeping, more powerful, sometimes wryly funny. It…

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Canon City police investigating triple homicide

Originally posted on FOX31 Denver:

CANON CITY, Colo. — Police in Canon City are looking into a triple homicide after three bodies were found in a home Sunday night.

The Canon City Police Department said in a release it responded to a report of sexual assault by a teenage girl in the 1100 block of Phay Avenue.

The release adds “investigating officers found in the home the bodies of three persons.”

One person of interest was found at the home and was detained.

A news conference will be held later Monday morning.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Cedar Hill

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

imperial_00001 (KTVI) – Investigators are on the scene of what appears to be a fatal accident in Jefferson County.

The accident is on State Route B at Ridge Road just after 5 a.m.   Authorities believe a man riding a motorcyclist was hit.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the motorcyclist was hit by a dump truck that left the scene. We will bring you more details as they become available.

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Unwired Planet Files Mobile Patent Suits Against Google, Samsung, Huawei, HTC In The UK, Germany

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

While existing Android patent suits between the likes of Samsung and Apple continue to drag on in Europe, Unwired Planet, the patent enforcement entity that acquired 2,400 wireless patents from Ericsson last year, looks like it is putting that IP to work. Today it announced that it has filed parallel infringement actions in the Patents Court of the High Court of Justice, London, United Kingdom and in the Landgericht (District Court), Dusseldorf, Germany.

The UK lawsuit is against Samsung, Google and Huawei and covers six UK patents related to “2G/3G/4G telecommunication standards and push notification technology underpinning the Android ecosystem.”

The lawsuit in Germany extends also to HTC and involves the German equivalents of those same patents.

Unwired Planet says that the suits are being filed “expedite” ongoing discussions with the parties (in other words, sounds like things were dragging on in licensing negotiations, so now UP is getting heavy).

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Andrew Bynum says he could play for Pacers on Friday in Philly

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Andrew Bynum wants to get out on the court for the Pacers, who signed him as a free agent after Cleveland cut bait. Bynum has been clear about his desire to play. You can try to decipher his motivation for yourself (*cough* next year’s contract *cough*) but as a guy with size, skill and a couple rings he could be a help if focused. And with the Pacers on a four-game losing streak, they could use some help.

Bynum’s return could happen as soon as next Friday — in Philadelphia. The city where the fans were excited when he was traded there then turned on him as he never played (but did go bowling). Santa Claus got a warmer welcome in Philly than Bynum would.

Bynum has worked to strengthen his knee played 5-on-5 in practice… but he’s done that before and not suited up. Management is being a little…

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Most iPhone 6 concept videos are silly, this one could be fairly accurate [Poll]

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

There are a lot of very silly iPhone 6 concept images and videos around, from convex curves that maximize reflections and vulnerability to damage, to completely transparent phones (invisible batteries and circuit boards are the new black, apparently). This concept by Sam Beckett isn’t terribly exciting, but it is likely reasonably close to what we might expect Apple to do … 

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Illinois State Police to conduct night patrols in March

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

LITCHFIELD, IL. (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police is going to conduct night enforcement patrols  in March, looking for drivers operating cars unsafely, driving on  suspended or revoked licenses, driving with open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence and not wearing seat belts

Alcohol and drug use is suspected in nearly 40 percent of all fatal crashes in Illinois.

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Jamal Crawford says he returned too soon from injury, plans to sit Monday vs. Suns

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Jamal Crawford missed three straight games for the Clippers due to a calf injury, before trying to give it a go on Saturday against the Hawks.

But Crawford didn’t last long before realizing he wasn’t yet ready to return, and now believes he came back too soon.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who returned Saturday after a three-game absence, said he may have returned too soon and will miss at least Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns as he recovers from a strained left calf.

Crawford played only 10 minutes in the first half of Saturday’s 109-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks but sat on the bench the entire second half as his left calf was heavily taped. He missed both of his shot attempts and finished with three points and one assist.

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New leads explored in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the true identities of some of its passengers, are as deep as the southeast Asian waters where multinational search teams are searching for the jet.

Navies from two of Malaysia’s neighbors were pursuing new leads as Sunday turned into Monday in southeast Asia.

Vietnam’s navy has spotted a floating object about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, which is located off the country’s southwest coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam National Search and Rescue Committee Spokesman Hung Nguyen told CNN. The object was spotted by a Vietnamese navy rescue aircraft at about 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday (6:30 p.m. local time). Due to the dark, the navy aircraft could not get close enough to identify the floating object, and was recalled to base. Three search and rescue boats have since been…

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’12 Years a Slave’ screenwriter John Ridley talks supposed beef with Steve McQueen

Originally posted on Inside Movies:

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“I do regret it,” says Ridley of his omission. “But just 24 hours earlier at the Spirit Awards I sincerely went on and on about Steve and my work with him. You know, the guy changed my life. At the Oscars you have 30 seconds to talk and it’s like the oxygen…

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White House invites the crowd to fight patent trolls, but it won’t solve the problem

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Patent trolls are a gaping wound on the innovation economy. Despite growing evidence about the trolls’ economic damage, the U.S. government is still grasping for ways to stop them, and to fix the country’s dysfunctional patent system.

On Thursday, the White House plunged forward with a new series of measures intended to curtail the troll plague that is siphoning money from productive companies while producing nothing of value. The plan is clever, relying on crowdsourcing tactics to expose trolls and bad patents. Unfortunately, it won’t kill the trolls.

Here’s an overview of the new troll-fighting tactics and what they will — and won’t — do to fix the patent problem.

Trolls and transparency

The details, set out in a fact sheet, includes an “online toolkit aimed at empowering consumers .. [that] will include information and links to services and websites.”

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Top jobs of the week in tech: Zappos.com, Threadless and more

Originally posted on Gigaom:

While your next job probably won’t pay in Bitcoins, it just got one step closer to reality with the planned rollout of Bitcoin ATMs. In other news, the readers of Gigaom chose their favorite new startups for the Structure Data Awards. And until building cool things with Legos starts paying the bills, check out the weekly jobs review here:

We also have other listings from companies like Target, Microsoft, Shell Oil and more. Click here to see what else is on our job board.

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How a pomegranate inspired a new lithium ion battery design

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The lithium ion battery could get a boost from the humble pomegranate. According to researchers at Stanford, including Amprius founder Yi Cui, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, clustering tiny silicon particles in a hard carbon rind — like seeds in a pomegranate — could be a helpful design breakthrough for using silicon in the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

A lithium-ion battery — the standard being used in gadgets today — is made up of three pieces: an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte that shuttles lithium-ions between the cathode and anode. That shuttling process is what happens when you charge and discharge a battery.

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Scientists have long wanted to use silicon in the anode of a lithium ion battery because it can hold more energy per given volume than the traditional graphite that is commonly used — so a silicon anode battery could be smaller and…

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