Planks Still Work Even If You Don’t Hold Them Forever

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We’ve told you how to do planks, and why to do planks, and what to do instead of planks when you get bored of planks. But there’s a critical thing about planks we forgot to tell you: you don’t have to hold the position until you collapse.

Holding planks forever is the subtext when people brag about how they can hold a plank for 30 seconds, or a full minute, or two minutes, or whatever time they are proud of. That’s great! Go you! But then the rest of us think “Ugh, I start shaking and feeling like I want to die after about 20 seconds. This sucks. I won’t do planks.”

What if I told you…you could quit after 20 seconds? Or even ten?

Holding a plank until you’re gritting your teeth and can’t hold it any more is the equivalent of lifting “to failure.” As we’ve discussed before, lifting to failure has a few benefits, but definitely isn’t necessary for every exercise every time. You can build strength and muscular endurance by lifting (or holding a plank) for a challenging amount of time, then stopping to rest, and doing it all over again.

One way to accomplish that is with this program from Women’s Running, where you start with 20-second planks, then work up to one-minute planks, and from there proceed to the ambitious goal of two full minutes. If 20 seconds still sounds like a lot, that’s okay! Do less! You’re still building strength. And if you hate planks, watch out—when you don’t do them to failure, you might even end up liking them.

Photo by Amy.

Mastering the Plank in Three Steps | Women’s Running

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Planks Still Work Even If You Don’t Hold Them Forever

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We’ve told you how to do planks, and why to do planks, and what to do instead of planks when you get bored of planks. But there’s a critical thing about planks we forgot to tell you: you don’t have to hold the position until you collapse.

Holding planks forever is the subtext when people brag about how they can hold a plank for 30 seconds, or a full minute, or two minutes, or whatever time they are proud of. That’s great! Go you! But then the rest of us think “Ugh, I start shaking and feeling like I want to die after about 20 seconds. This sucks. I won’t do planks.”

What if I told you…you could quit after 20 seconds? Or even ten?

Holding a plank until you’re gritting your teeth and can’t hold it any more is the equivalent of lifting “to failure.” As we’ve discussed before, lifting to failure has a few benefits, but definitely isn’t necessary for every exercise every time. You can build strength and muscular endurance by lifting (or holding a plank) for a challenging amount of time, then stopping to rest, and doing it all over again.

One way to accomplish that is with this program from Women’s Running, where you start with 20-second planks, then work up to one-minute planks, and from there proceed to the ambitious goal of two full minutes. If 20 seconds still sounds like a lot, that’s okay! Do less! You’re still building strength. And if you hate planks, watch out—when you don’t do them to failure, you might even end up liking them.

Photo by Amy.

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‘Microdosing’ is the future of marijuana

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These cookies contain
marijuana.

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Insider


Edible weed makers want to take a bite out of the
$5.4 billion
legal marijuana industry in what seems like the
most counterintuitive way possible: give people less pot.

Small-dose, or “microdosed,” edibles make up one of the fastest
rising sectors of the industry, according to a group of panelists
at the recent New West
Summit
in San Francisco, California.

These products, which range from marijuana-infused chocolates and
sweets to barbecue sauce and bottled water, often contain between
five to 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC), the psychoactive ingredient in weed. It’s a
conservative dose for adults who don’t know their tolerance or
are consuming for recreational, rather than medical,
purposes.


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Small-dose,
pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing
Kitchen, in Boulder, Colorado.

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Photo/Brennan Linsley


While these lower dose products often cost more per milligram of
THC in the dispensary, they aim to make users’ lives less
complicated. If you’ve ever purchased a pot brownie from a legal
shop or in a back alley, you might be familiar with the ritual of
cutting the treat into 16 pieces — less you want a Grade A
night-in to turn into a paranoia-wracked nightmare of an evening.

While there are
no recorded cases
of people fatally overdosing on
marijuana, it can make you incredibly uncomfortable. Your
heart starts to race and, sometimes, anxiety
strikes.

This has led to a bit of an image problem for the edibles
industry.

Patients are a little bit scared of edibles,” Kristi
Knoblich, chief operating officer and cofounder of pot-infused
chocolates company Kiva
Confections
, said on stage during a panel on innovations in
edibles.


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Kiva
Confections’s packaging encourages users to start with just five
milligrams of THC.


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Kiva Confections, which sells products in California, where
medicinal marijuana is legal, has pioneered a path to
user-friendly edibles. Its chocolate bars range from 15- to
45-milligram servings of THC, and feature impressions on the bars
that make it easy to divide for smaller doses. The Kiva Terra
Bites, which come in a sealable container, contain chocolate
covered espresso beans and dried blueberries that provide just
five milligrams of THC each.

Knoblich describes the company’s target customer as the
“more casual edible consumer.”

“It’s that person looking for a glass of wine or beer in
the evening [type] experience,” Knoblich says.
“We’re looking for that person who isn’t looking to get
blasted.”


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Défoncé Chocolatier was founded by an ex-Apple
employee.

Défoncé
Chocolatier


Défoncé
Chocolatier
, a new marijuana-infused chocolate company based
in Oakland, California, is also on board with the small-dose
trend. After spending over six years as a production
manager at Apple, founder Eric Eslao
wanted to make a “user-friendly” edible
. His flagship
chocolate bar contains 180 milligrams of THC, which can be
divided into 18 pyramids, or 10-milligram doses, the rough
equivalent to a couple hits off a
pipe.

Knoblich says the trend borrows from the pharmaceutical
industry, which has heralded the “minimum effective dose”
principle in recent years. It’s the idea that patients should
consume the smallest dose possible that produces a desired
outcome without negative side effects.

The good news with small dose marijuana edibles:
if you wait a few hours and find you’re still sober, you can
always eat more, Knoblich says.

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100 movies on Netflix that everyone needs to watch in their lifetime

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Netflix has no shortage of titles to choose from. Actually, combining its original content, movies, and TV shows, you could go on an endless binge and never crack the surface.

But narrowing it down to just movies, you can put a good dent in some classics, if you have the right guide.

Well, that’s why we’re here.

We have searched through all of the titles on the streaming giant so you don’t have to, and we put together the 100 movies streaming on Netflix you have to watch in your lifetime. 

Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.

1. “13 Going on 30” (2004)

Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old who dreams of being 30. Yeah, we don’t get it either, but it’s one heck of a romantic comedy.

2. “13th” (2016)

This Netflix original documentary from director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) explores the history of racial inequality in the US, particularly the key moments that have led to a disproportionate prison population in the country (one out of four people in prison around the world, and many of them African-American).

3. “Adventures in Babysitting” (1987)

Elizabeth Shue plays a babysitter who must pack up the kids in the station wagon when she picks up her friend stranded in the big city. What transpires is a fun journey that includes Vincent D’Onofrio as a wanna-be Thor.

4. “Almost Famous” (2000)

Loosely based on writer-director Cameron Crowe’s adventures as a teenager writing for Rolling Stone, “Almost Famous” follows a young man’s journey into 1970s rock and falling in love along the way.

5. “Amadeus” (1984)

The incredible talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is showcased in this stunning, Oscar-winning film.

6. “Amelie” (2001)

With an incredible imagination and an interest in helping those around her, Amélie sets off on a unique journey of self-discovery and, perhaps, love.

7. “American Beauty” (1999)

Suburban life is highlighted at its most dysfunctional in this best picture Oscar winner that looks at a father (Kevin Spacey) in a midlife crisis and the drama surrounding the rest of his family.

8. “Armageddon” (1998)

Sure it’s a corny Michael Bay movie, but it’s one of the better corny Michael Bay movies. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a whole bunch of oil drillers head out to space to save the world from an oncoming asteroid. 

9. “The Babadook” (2014)

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One of the best horror movies in the last five years. A mother and son’s realization that a spirit is among them leads to much deeper meaning.

10. “Barbarella” (1968)

Jane Fonda plays a woman assigned to stop a villain and ends up becoming the epitome of sex for the free-love 1960s.

11. “Barton Fink” (1991)

In the classic from the Coen brothers (“The Big Lebowski,” “No Country for Old Men”), John Turturro plays a New York playwright who travels to Hollywood to write screenplays and quickly realizes he’s in a hellish environment.

12. “Basic Instinct” (1992)

Responsible for the most famous leg-crossing of all time, Sharon Stone plays a seductive temptress who makes Michael Douglas (and the audience) go mad.

13. “Battle Royale” (2000)

Before “The Hunger Games” novels became a YA phenomenon, there was this Japanese movie that looks at a future where young school kids are ordered to take part in a killing tournament that ends when one person is left alive.

14. “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)

Director Cary Fukunaga gives a harsh look at survival by spotlighting a young boy who becomes a child soldier during a civil war in Africa.

15. “Beyond the Lights” (2014)

One of the most underrated movies of 2014. Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are explosive as a couple who try to escape the materialistic world of pop celebrity.

16. “Big Daddy” (1999)

Though Netflix and Adam Sandler are in bed together on his latest films, let’s celebrate this classic that is still available to stream on the service.

17. “The Big Short” (2015)

Director Adam McKay is best known for his outrageous comedy work with Will Ferrell, but here he takes a sobering look at when the housing bubble burst.

18. “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986)

Though not fully appreciated until years later, John Carpenter’s magical comedy thriller starring Kurt Russell is a highlight in the pair’s collaborations. 

19. “Blackfish” (2013)

This powerful documentary cannot be missed. It looks into the abusive captivity of killer whales at SeaWorld.

20. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

Audrey Hepburn plays a New York socialite in this classic love story.

21. “Bring It On” (2000)

If you need a night with something that’s just fun to watch, you can’t get better than this one. Kirsten Dunst plays the leader of a champion high school cheer squad who learns that all their routines were stolen from an inner-city school.

22. “The Burbs” (1989)

Before Tom Hanks became an Oscar-winning actor, he was stuck in the comedy bubble and this is one of the few that is memorable. With an incredible cast that includes Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, and Corey Feldman, this gem is as strange as living in the suburbs really is.

23. “Bulworth” (1998)

Warren Beatty plays a politician who has given up on the system and starts to talk real with the public. Remind you of a real-life election?

24. “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)

Patrick Dempsey plays a nerdy high schooler who pays his way into becoming the most popular guy in school.

25. “Carlos” (2010)

Edgar Ramírez gives a tour-de-force performance as revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization in the 1970s. 

26. “Cleopatra” (1963)

At one time one of the most expensive movie ever made, in which the biggest star of the era, Elizabeth Taylor, plays the Egyptian queen.

27. “Clerks” (1994)

The Kevin Smith era (like it or not) started with this different kind of independent film that had countless pop-culture references and adolescent humor.

28. “Clueless” (1995)

Alicia Silverstone plays a privileged high schooler to the max in this silly comedy with smart satirical writing.

29. “Coming to America” (1988)

This classic comedy stars Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels to Queens, New York, to find the woman of his dreams. What ensues is some of the most memorable comedy in movie history.

30. “Dazed and Confused” (1993)

Richard Linklater takes us back to the late 1970s with great classic rock songs and soon-to-be stars like Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey playing Texas high schoolers looking for a good time.

31. “Deliverance” (1972)

Nominated for three Oscars, it’s about a river trip in the South that leads to a story of survival. It’s caused people to be scared whenever they hear a particular banjo riff since its release in 1972.

32. “Django Unchained” (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s first Western follows a freed former slave as he rescues his wife from a Mississippi landowner. And in typical Tarantino fashion there’s a lot of blood and colorful chatter. 

33. “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” (1996)

The Wayans family has always had a talent for spoofs, and in the mid-1990s Shawn and Marlon wrote and starred in this hilarious sendup of the recent African-American movies of that time.

34. “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” (1983) & “Raw” (1987)

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Two of the greatest standup movies of all time. You really can’t name one without the other. Eddie Murphy delivers material (and a fashion sense) that few have been able to pull off in standup. Honestly, spend a night and binge these two movies together.

35. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

Steven Spielberg’s classic is one of his most flawless movies. Capturing a friendship between a boy and an alien, it has a timeless quality and is something that you should watch every few years. 

36. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)

Perhaps the greatest collaboration from the minds of director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (so far), this unique love story is powerfully told through amazing performances and incredible sleight-of-hand visuals.

37. “Fantasia” (1940)

Walt Disney’s most ambitious animated movie at the time, it consists of eight segments set to pieces of classical music.

38. “The Fast and the Furious” (2001)

Before they parachuted their cars out of airplanes and did jobs for the military across the globe, the characters of the “Fast and Furious” franchise were just street racers looking for a rush. The movie that started it all is fun to look back at now since it’s shocking to see how far a movie about street racing has expanded.

39. “Fatal Attraction” (1987)

If you’re looking for a good thriller, you can’t do better than this classic. There’s really never been a better movie on the repercussions that come with cheating on your spouse.

40. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)

John Hughes locks his place as the teen-movie king with this classic comedy about a sly high schooler (Matthew Broderick) who pulls off the ultimate day off from school.

41. “The Fly” (1958)

This classic horror has to be seen at least once in your life. A scientist’s accident leads to a gruesome discovery that leads to a chilling ending.

43. “Force Majeure” (2014)

One of the most uncomfortably funny movies you’ll ever see, it follows a family whose ski trip is interrupted by an avalanche. The actions by the father in the moment of the event lead to an awkward rest of the vacation for everyone.

44. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Tom Hanks solidifies himself as one of the greatest actors of his generation with this look at a man whose life intersects with some of the greatest moments in history while trying to connect with his true love, Jenny.

45. “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996)

Robert Rodriguez’s vampire tale is some grindhouse fun. George Clooney may have to carry Quentin Tarantino in a few scenes, but the fun of the movie is watching Clooney up against vampires. Yes, kids, at one point in his career he was in movies like this.

46. “Frances Ha” (2012)

Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach combine forces to create one of the best movies from the “mumblecore” genre. Gerwig plays a New York nomad who bounces around hoping one of her life aspirations will bear fruit.

47. “Galaxy Quest” (1999)

This comedy that has grown to have a following as large as the fake sci-fi movie it highlights is fun to watch when you need someone to spoof the bizarre themes of all science fiction. 

48. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)

In this Howard Hawks classic, Marilyn Monroe is the object of affection for numerous suitors. The musical made her an icon.

49. “Gladiator” (2000)

Ridley Scott’s Oscar winner is one of the last epic swords-and-sandals movies Hollywood has made that have been successful.    

50. “Good Will Hunting” (1997)

The movie that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stars (and Oscar winners). The story of a genius in the rough section of Boston is a solid film by all and Robin Williams shines.

51. “Grease” (1978)

Spend an evening watching this classic musical and don’t be shy about singing out loud all the songs. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

52. “Grizzly Man” (2005)

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog recounts the footage taken by grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell who lived among grizzlies in Alaska until he was killed by them in 2003.

53. “Gomorrah” (2008)

If you like mafia movies you should check out this exceptional story that gives us a peek inside organized crime in Italy.

54. “Heathers” (1988)

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One of the best looks at high school life ever put on screen. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are everyone’s spirit animals in this great dark comedy.

55. “The Hustler” (1961)

This Paul Newman essential stars the legend as a pool shark who ruins everything he touches. Things get even worse when he challenges the great Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).

56. “The Interview” (2014)

It’s the movie that sparked an international incident. Though there is no definitive proof that this comedy by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about the attempted assassination of Kim Jong-un sparked the Sony hack, it certainly got a lot of attention.

57. “In the Loop” (2009)

Before there was “Veep” the show’s creator Armando Iannucci made this foul-mouthed political comedy about not-too-bright politicians from Britain and the US who try to stop a war. 

58. “Jaws” (1975)

Steven Spielberg kept us out of the water in the summer of 1975 in this thriller which gave birth to the blockbuster. Hollywood hasn’t looked back since.

59. “Kingpin” (1996)

The most underrated movie by the Farrelly brothers. Woody Harrelson plays a disgraced pro bowler who thinks he’s found a meal ticket in a very talented amateur bowler who is Amish (Randy Quaid). Not to mention that you get some incredible Bill Murray comedy.

60. “Major League” (1989)

Writer/director David S. Ward captures all the great aspects of baseball and adds some outlandish characters to create one of the best movies ever made about the sport.

61. “Mean Girls” (2004)

Think of this as a modern-day “Heathers.” Lindsay Lohan plays the new girl who completely loses her identity to become a part of the cool kids in school and then attempts to tear down the leader (played by Rachel McAdams). 

62. “Melancholia” (2011)

Lars von Trier’s heartbreakingly beautiful look at the end of the world hangs over this dramatic story of the troubled relationship between two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

63. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)

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Wes Anderson’s unique brand of storytelling is perfectly captured in this look at a pair of youngsters in love and how the adults on the small island they live on become frantic trying to find them when they run off together.

64. “Nightcrawler” (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a haunting performance as a man driven to rule the world of crime journalism. And as an added treat, there’s also the great performance by Riz Ahmed in the movie (who has blown up since with his performance in the HBO hit “The Night Of”).

65. “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson”

Director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) directs this powerful ESPN “30 for 30” documentary that recounts the incident in former NBA star Allen Iverson’s youth that almost kept him from continuing his basketball career. What we find in the aftermath is a town that is racially divided.  

66. “Once Upon a Time in The West” (1968)

Legendary director Sergio Leone creates one of the greatest Westerns ever made that features Charles Bronson as a harmonica-playing loner and Henry Fonda in the rare villain role.

67. “Patton” (1970)

This epic biopic about General George S. Patton went on to win seven Oscars, including one for George C. Scott in his portrayal as the driven general. Scott actually did not accept the award (or the nomination) stating that he wasn’t in competition with other actors.

68. “The Princess Bride” (1987)

This fairy tale told through the comedic skill of director Rob Reiner has become a classic love story. And it’s got Andre the Giant in it!

69. “Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Quentin Tarantino’s career-defining movie changed the way we looked at independent film forever and launched a slew of copycats. 

70. “Pumping Iron” (1977)

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest action star in the world he was a Mr. Olympia champion starving to gain fame. This documentary shows an Arnold on the cusp of stardom.

71. “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

Before “Pulp Fiction” Tarantino got the attention of the movie industry with this gritty caper. Instead of the crime being the focus it’s the men behind it.

72. “Rounders” (1998)

Matt Damon and Edward Norton play an incredible duo on-screen as two card hustlers. Norton the lovable loser, Damon the guy who has to get him out of trouble.

73. “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

The movie that defined the disco era. Look back on when John Travolta was a sex symbol and the Bee Gees were the biggest band in the world.

74. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

One of the most authentic war movies ever made, Steven Spielberg’s classic is as chilling and emotional as it was when it was released. Tom Hanks is superb as a captain who is in charge of a unique mission behind enemy lines.

75. “Scrooged” (1988)

Bill Murray is nonstop funny in this spoof of “A Christmas Carol.”

76. “Short Term 12” (2013)

Before Brie Larson became an Oscar-winning actress, she starred in this critically acclaimed, little-seen indie that looks at a twentysomething supervisor at a treatment facility as she tries to get through to troubled youth and deal with her own problems.

77. “Sixteen Candles” (1984)

This John Hughes classic highlights almost every embarrassing moment that can happen in high school, but matched with incredible comedy, it’s a must-watch.

78. “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” (1999)

The kids from South Park got the big-screen treatment in 1999 and made the most of it with their quasi-musical in which the US wages war on Canada. It’s still a fun watch.

79. “Spotlight” (2015)

The best picture Oscar winner of 2016, this look inside the investigative newspaper team that uncovered the child sex abuse going on among Boston priests is a powerhouse of great acting and storytelling.

80. “The Sting” (1973)

Four years after Paul Newman and Robert Redford became one of the most memorable screen duos in history with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” the two do it again with this “perfect con” movie. Winner of seven Oscars, including best picture, it also will forever be known for its use of the Scott Joplin piano ragtime piece “The Entertainer.” 

81. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

One of the greatest movies ever to look at the movie industry, Billy Wilder’s 1950s-era pop culture noir is timeless for its story of the struggle in the business and the effects of fame when everyone forgets you. 

82. “Swingers” (1996)

You can thank Jon Favreau for the “you’re so money” and “baby” slang that was thrown around for a while after the release of this comedy. But seriously, the movie is an entertaining look at heartbreak and friendship.

83. “Tangerine” (2015)

Shot with an iPhone, this low-budget comedy that focuses on a transgender sex worker out for answers when she learns that her pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her is incredibly executed and the performances are top-notch.  

84. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)

Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of his most diabolical performances as an oil man who will stop at nothing to thrive in his business. Director Paul Thomas Anderson creates arguably his masterpiece. 

85. “The Thin Blue Line” (1988)

A gem of the documentary genre, Errol Morris’ movie looks at the wrongful conviction of a Texas man. It’s not just visually groundbreaking but got its subject released from prison.

86. “Three Kings” (1999)

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube play soldiers in search of gold stolen from Kuwait, but who instead find people in desperate need of their help. It’s an early gem from director David O. Russell (“American Hustle”).

87. “Titanic” (1997)

Director James Cameron combines groundbreaking computer graphics of the time with a love story aboard the doomed RMS Titanic to create one of the most successful movies of all time (and the one that would make Leonardo DiCaprio an international superstar).

88. “To Catch a Thief” (1955)

This Alfred Hitchcock classic includes two of his favorites, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, in a thriller involving jewel thieves and the French Riviera. 

89. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

Regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, in which Gregory Peck plays the iconic role of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge, while also teaching his family to treat every person equally.

90. “Top Gun” (1986)

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Tom Cruise became a huge star thanks to this action-packed look at a hotshot student at a Navy fighter jet school who is reckless both in the air and on the ground. It’ll take you right back to the glossy ’80s.

91. “Trainspotting” (1996)

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Danny Boyle’s incredible look at the Edinburgh drug scene launched the career of Ewan McGregor and includes one of the best soundtracks ever put to a movie.

92. “The Truman Show” (1998)

Jim Carrey plays a man who realizes his whole existence has been a television show.

93. “Upstream Color” (2013)

This indie darling delves into deep questions like who we are and why are we here. It’s basically the best movie you’ve never seen.

94. “Urban Cowboy” (1980)

John Travolta and Debra Winger are two single people who love the cowboy lifestyle in Houston. At a local bar they learn about life and love.

95. “Unforgiven” (1992)

Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Western follows an aging gunslinger who takes on one last job.

96. “The Usual Suspects” (1995)

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It’s the movie with the ending you can’t speak about. It’s also an extremely clever crime movie filled with colorful characters and some great one-liners. What else do you need?

97. “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)

Starring numerous actors who have gone on to become huge stars, this wacky 1980s-set comedy that looks at the last day of camp has become a cult classic.

98. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001)

Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal play a pair of teens who head on a road trip with an older woman, but come to learn that there’s more in store than getting lucky as they learn about themselves and the realities of life.

99. “Zero Motivation” (2014)

This must-see comedy looks at the extremely boring lives of a group of female Israeli soldiers as they do their required time serving in the military on a remote desert base.

100. “Zootopia” (2016)

Disney’s hit animated movie follows a bunny as she travels to the big city of Zoopotia to be a cop. She ends up investigating a major crime and in the process learns that the fox she’s working with is more than what stereotypes may indicate.

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Grab a free secret sauce channel strip for Ableton DJ and live sets

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The beautiful thing about software is that it’s flexible. You can reconfigure an entire live rig on the fly. But it’s still necessary to channel that flexibility into consistency, especially playing live. Reuse the stuff you need most so it’s always there. And train your hands and muscle memory so you can play fluidly.

Savages – the Chicago/Dallas duo of Ted “TJ” Pallas and Alexandra Hartman – have shared their go-to channel strip full of all their favorite tools. And while they were at it, they recreated a unique EQ.

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EQ differently

PLAYdifferently’s Model 1 mixer takes a different approach to EQ. The best way to describe it is as an “isolator” – designed for dialing in specific frequencies. Created by Richie Hawtin and Xone mastermind Andy Rigby-Jones, you can see the marriage of Rich’s fine-tuned approach to sound sculpting with Rigby-Jones electronics and design chops.

Here, it’s delivered as a set of macros, using the built-in Auto Filter so it’ll work with any flavor of Ableton Live. Now, this is hardly a replacement for the actual mixer. Those filters don’t sound the same as Rigby-Jones’ creations, for one. And the conveniences of the mixer are a separate thing.

But this is all a reminder of how useful it is to encapsulate sonic tools in channel strips for live and DJ use. In fact, I’m thinking about running with this idea but substituting some custom Reaktor filters. And it’s still enough to play with. (In fact, what I noticed was that I needed to practice with this just to get some technique together.)

TJ and Alexandra aren’t the first to recreate this. You can read a detailed tutorial from May by DJ Soo for DJ Tech Tools:

Recreating The EQ Section Of Richie Hawtin’s Model 1 Mixer In Ableton Live [DJ Tech Tools]

That’s a good guide, too, if you don’t know how to create the sort of rack TJ and Alexandra have here.

And a nice channel strip

Speaking of encapsulation, I found the channel strip just as useful. It’s all about reuse: having a spectrum to check on what’s happening on a channel, useful effects, and an EQ.

So, use as-is, free. See what you like and don’t like. Then set about making your own dream channel strip.

MODEL 1 EQ Ableton Rack

Hungry for more freebies? Why — here’s a Lemur template from Savages for controlling that swanky new step sequencer in Traktor 2.11, in case you’ve got an iPad but no controller:

Traktor v2.11 Sequencer Lemur Control Interface

And for a very select audience, a Lemur template for the wonderful Axoloti hardware:

Axoloti DJ MultiFX And Lemur Controller

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This is how to DJ with a 7″ tablet and an NES controller

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Learn the tools of the trade! Learn the industry standard. No laptops! Remember when a certain nightclub banned laptops from the DJ booth? Well, technically, this isn’t a laptop. And “industry standard” – hey, you didn’t say which industry. (Nintendo’s definitely an industry standard.)

This video just crossed my desk, and it’s a clever hack that shows the combination of Virtual DJ and a 7″ Windows tablet, for an ultra-portable DJ rig.

No one likes big, hunky controllers. So the NES30 controller stands in – small, tactile, classic.

Okay, I’ll admit – this is totally ridiculous. (That’s the point.)

Seriously, though, there is something to be learned here. One of the big problems with the state of laptop DJing today is that it’s unnecessarily unstable (hello, El Capitan bugs) and irrationally large. The whole advantage of digital DJing, after all, is opening up new ways of playing and providing a mobility advantage over vinyl. You won’t beat the CDJs once you’re in the club – two Rekordbox-formatted USB sticks literally fit in a pocket. But then that’s meaningless when you’re on the go.

And even if this is a silly proof of concept, I actually think there’s no reason mobile platforms couldn’t find their way into a DJ booth. At the very least, it makes a heck of a lot more sense to carry a tablet around and use that as the storage and computing device with other tactile media.

Yeah, you’re making a ridiculous argument, Peter, this is a video of an NES controller plugged into a tablet.

Yeah, it is. But… really, is it any more ridiculous than lugging a business machine into club that’s basically a typewriter attached to a TV by a hinge? No, not especially. And don’t get me wrong – I love laptops. That’s why I think they need to start evolving and stop devolving.

But no need to worry about that now. In the meanwhile, why not show off ridiculous DJ rigs? After all, a gimmicky abuse of hardware in flagrant violation of how equipment was meant to be used — that’s where DJing came from in the first place.

Previously, same person. (Trial version – this is some serious ghetto fabulous professional DJ rig action. Someone send this DJ a license, yeah?)

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Arturia’s DrumBrute is a $499 hands-on analog drum machine

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Boom! No, that’s not the sound of a kick drum – it’s the sound of the analog drum machine getting friendlier and cheaper the same way analog monosynths have. Arturia’s DrumBrute is US$499 (449€), and it’s loaded with hands-on sound controls and extra features. At that price and with all this stuff to play with on the front panel, this is guaranteed big news.

The sound DNA come from Arturia’s other Brute instruments – so expect edgy sounds and, naturally, another Steiner-Parker filter. (That particular filter design has shown up on the whole family.)

Here’s a demo video sent to us by Source Distribution:

Now, the fact that it’s “analog” I’m sure will mean fodder on forums for people to bash certain recent digital offerings. But that’s of course not the point. It’s a matter of whether an instrument sounds good, and whether you get the kind of control over the sound that makes it fun to play. And on a drum machine, it’s also increasingly whether sequencing and other production features make a satisfying package.

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Love them or not, the Brute has always had loads of personality, so I’m already intrigued by the availability of a drum machine in the line. Still more promising, it seems the folks at Arturia have given us lots of goodies in the box.

  • 17 instruments: two kicks, snare, clap, open & closed
    hats, high & low toms and conga, maracas, rimshot, clave, tambourine,
    zap, cymbal, and (interesting) a dedicated reverse cymbal. And each of those has loads of parameters onboard, as well.
  • Two-mode Steiner-Parker filter on the main out.
  • 64 steps per sequence, up to 64 sequences, live programming.
  • Swing, Randomness, Step Repeat, Roller, Looper.
  • Lots of connectivity/sync: MIDI, Clock, 1PPS, 2PPQ, DIN24, and DIN48, for connecting to anything, basically analog or digital, vintage or new, modular or desktop.

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I’d like to bite my tongue, but of course I have to compare to the TR-09 from Roland. Again, those forum kids are likely to complain that the TR-09 is digital – but that’s not really the issue, as the thing sounds terrific (and it sounds like a 909, which this won’t).

But what’s blatantly obvious looking at the DrumBrute is that it’s made in 2016. It’s got pads and performance features we’ve come to expect (since even looking back to the 1980s, we’ve all seen MPCs). It has more hands-on controls of the sounds – and presumably a greater sonic range, for anyone bored with the 909.

Here’s the thing. I don’t think the TR-09 is competition for the DrumBrute, and I don’t think the DrumBrute is competition for the TR-09. People who want 909 sounds will still turn to the TR-09. And even though the TR-09 does far less, to some, that’s going to be a selling point – it’s a simpler instrument dedicated to doing one thing that a lot of people want. On the other hand, for people looking to get as much bang for the buck as they can, the DrumBrute is going to be naturally appealing, because it does so much.

The real competition for the DrumBrute to me is stuff like the MFB instruments – and devices costing a lot more. And I think it’s incredible what Arturia have done for this market, not only making analog instruments affordable, but connected ones – with onboard CV and with lots of controls.

And most importantly, the DrumBrute isn’t a reissue of anything, or a clone of anything. It’s at last a serious new entry for entry-level drum machines. And that means it’s worth forming an opinion about.

Hmm, now … let’s see, DrumBrute + TB-03 + MeeBlip and I can really leave my laptop at home. Stay tuned.

Shipping soon, with dealers due to have stock in November. Stay tuned for a review.

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Obligatory launch video:

Perhaps more interesting tutorial video:

Bonus video. Here with … a lot of distortion. Excellent.

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The 10 most innovative electric bikes in the world

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From the Tesla Model 3 to a possible Apple car, electric cars are all the rage these days.

But cars aren’t the only electric vehicle people around the world are embracing: Increased fuel prices and growing urbanization have spurred the demand for electric bikes, or e-bikes.

Global e-bike sales are expected to grow from 32 million in 2014 to at least 40 million in 2023, according to Navigant Research.

To meet the growing demand, startups — as well as traditional automakers — are rolling out electric bikes as an alternative form of transport.

And many of these new e-bikes also include new innovative features, like the ability to connect to your smartphone via an app.

Here’s a look at ten of the most impressive e-bikes that have been revealed recently.

The Gi FlyBike has its own app, automatic locking, can charge your phone, and can instantly fold in half.

The Gi FlyBike features smartphone integration and can fold in one second so that it can easily be taken anywhere and stored without a fuss.

While it can be ridden like a normal bike, it also has an “electric flight assistance” feature, which enables the rider to tap the bike’s electric motor to travel 15 miles per hour with a range of 40 miles with a single charge.

It even has a USB port where users can charge their smartphone with the power the generate by pedaling. 

Pre-orders are available on the company’s website. The bike costs around $2,300 and is expected to be delivered in March 2017. 

The OKO electric bike can travel 25 miles on a single charge.

The OKO is one of the most stylish e-bikes to launch this year. 

The bike, which was designed by the Dutch company Biomega, is about 40 pounds, has an aluminum handlebar, and is made of the same material as Formula 1 race cars. 

While the most e-bikes have their motor located in the back of the bike, the OKO’s motor is in the center of the frame, allowing for more the weight to be distributed more evenly. 

The bike is currently available for pre-order and will set you back about $2,300. The witer version of the bike is expected to be delivered in November 2016 and the silver version is expected to ship in January 2017.

The Otocycle RacerR features a five level LCD to help monitor battery power and bike performance.

The Barcelona-based bike company Otocycle launched its RaceR e-bike, which is partly made of recycled material.

The bike has a larger front light than normal, allowing for improved visibility (and motorbike-like appeal), as well as an LCD screen to show the rider the bikes battery level as well as performance. 

RaceR can travel at 15 miles per hour and travel a little more than 40 miles on a single charge with pedal assistance. 

The Genze e-bike has a removeable battery that enables you to charge on the go.

The Genze electric bike operates in three modes: pedal assist mode, throttle, and analog. 

If the bike is in peddle assist mode, the motor will kick in once you start pedaling, allowing you to glide forward more quickly. 

The lightweight battery pack, which plugs into any outlet and can charge in just four hours, is located in the center of the bike and and can easily be removed for charging. The e-bike can travel up to 20 miles per hour while in throttle mode. 

The bike also features an LCD display that shows speed, pedal assist levels, as well as e-bike mode, and controls. 

There are currently two models of the bike: the e101 Sport e-bike and the e102 Recreational Riser e-Bike, both of which cost about $1,500

Ford’s MoDe:Flex e-bike vibrates to warn you of a pothole.

In June 2015, Ford showed off its latest smartbike concept called the MoDe:Flex.

The vehicle connects to the users smartphone to plan routes, check forecasts, access fitness information, and warn you about traffic. The bike can also easily fold in half for easy storage. 

Ford claims it can also vibrate a rider’s Apple Watch to alert them about potholes, but has yet to explain how this works.

No price or release dates have been announced either. 

The Leaos Solar will charge itself with built-in solar panels.

Leaos created an electric bike that integrates solar technology into the bike’s body so that its battery is almost always getting a charge.

The solar panels are on both sides of the bike, so that it can capture solar energy even in motion. But to get the most charge, a user must position the bike at a 90 degree angle towards the sun.

Leaos CEO Armin Oberhollenzer told Business Insider that the objective is not to charge an empty battery from the sun, but to use solar energy so that the battery never gets completely empty.

When plugged in, the bike can fully charge in two hours. This gives it a range of about 62 miles in pedal assist mode.

The Leaos Solar prices at about $8,700.

You can read more about the Leaos here.

The Wi-Bike will text you if it is being taken for a joy ride.

The Italian scooter maker Piaggio has an e-bike called the Wi-Bike that is equipped with a GPS monitoring system that can be used to monitor the location of the bike. 

There’s also an anti-theft feature that, when activated, will send the owner a text if the bike is ever 16-feet away from the owner. 

A four-inch display is also positioned in the center and is equipped with USB ports so that the rider can plug in his or her phone to charge. 

Pricing begins at about $3,200. 

The Sondors THIN is incredibly lightweight.

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The frame of the Sondors Thin weighs less than five pounds. 

The bike has a top speed of 20 miles per hour and has a range of 30 to 50 miles (depending on the rider’s weight) with pedal assist. 

But perhaps the most impressive feature of the bike is its low price. The bike costs only $500. 

Read more about the Sondors Thin here

 

Vanmoof’s new electric bike connects to the internet and can be unlocked with your fingerprint.

Vanmoof’s Electric S is just about as high-tech as they come. 

The bike has its own app that pairs with the bike to do all kinds of things.

For one, the bike’s location can be tracked via the app, so you will always know if someone has taken it. Owners also use the smartphone app to lock and unlock the bike by simply using their finger to tap on the lock symbol.

You can even control of the speed of the bike via the app. 

The Electric S has can go up to 20 miles per hour and can last for as much as 70 miles on a single charge. 

The bike is available on Vanmoof’s website for about $2,500.

Greyp’s G12H has an incredible range of 150 miles on a single charge.

Greyp recently unveiled its new electric bike, called the G12H.

The bike boasts an impressive range of 150 miles per charge. That means you can ride the e-bike for 150 miles without having to pedal!

To help put that into perspective, the company’s last electric bike, the Greyp G12s, had a range of 75 miles with a full charge. Most electric bikes have a range of only about 20 miles. 

The new bike can also reach a top speed of 27 mph.

Like other electric bikes Greyp makes, the G12H will also boast some high-tech features. For example, a biometric sensor is built into the bike so that a rider can simply touch the sensor to activate the ignition. 

The company hasn’t shared a price for the vehicle, yet, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The G12S prices at about $9,500, so the G12H will likely fly in the same ballpark.

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Science and technology will make mental and emotional wellbeing scalable, accessible, and cheap

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Ask yourself a simple question.  If it were an issue for you, what would you pay to get rid of stress, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, physical and mental pain, or depression?  Or conversely, what would you pay to be happy, feel connected, feel understood, change bad habits into better ones, have a healthy brain as you age, or to fulfill your full potential and really thrive?

Posing that question is the key to decoding one of the biggest new tech markets.  We call this sector Transformative Technology, or TransTech.  Transformative Technology is science-based technology that has a significant impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.  

The consumer demand for TransTech is huge, but few are tracking it because it is hidden within other markets.

The market for mental and emotional support is large and proven.  Some of the relevant market sizes as of 2015 are as follows: Meditation ($1BN US), Yoga ($27BN US), Fitness & Mind Body ($446BN WW), Preventative Health ($432BN WW), Workplace Wellness ($40BN US),  Complementary & Alternative Health ($186BN WW), Depression, Stress and Anxiety drugs ($22BN WW), Weight Loss ($150BN WW), Addiction Treatment ($35BN US), and Self Help ($10BN US).  

When I look at these markets, I see people trying to find alternative solutions to the emotional problems that still bedevil modern society.  

The annual cost of stress in the US alone is estimated to be $300BN in healthcare and lost productivity.  Stress is accelerating — across countries, cultures, socio-economic levels, and ages.  No one is exempt.  Given the high impact of stress on health care costs, individuals and corporations are aggressively seeking solutions that are affordable, scalable, and accessible — something technology does best.

TransTech leverages mobile, IOT, cheap sensor and wearable proliferation, massive data sets, cheap networks and computing power, machine learning and AI alongside advances in digital medicine and neuroscience, biology and bioinformatics, and AR/VR to support our mental and emotional wellbeing.  

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For example, your phone probably knows more about you than your mom right now.  It knows when you wake up and when you go to sleep, who you call and how often, what you read online and what catches your eye by measuring scroll speed.  By combining emotion recognition software with data from your wearables, it’s going to be able to know how you feel, when you are calm, and when your heart (or mind) is racing.  

The ability to micro-monitor our behaviors and biosignals and the accumulation of massive amounts of data will allow for the development of predictive models around psychological health, and programs supporting greater wellbeing.

So why is this happening now?  The rise of TransTech is the result of 1) need and desire for positive mental and emotional outcomes fueling demand for new, cheap, solutions, 2) the confluence of exponential technology and advances in medicine and biology driving down sensor and platform prices and raising utility, and 3) social trends such as US millennials prioritizing well-being so much that they spend ¼ of their disposable income on wellbeing or baby boomers being willing to pay anything to maintain cognitive levels.  

Even the growth of meditation as a “cool” trend is a factor.  As early adopter tech entrepreneurs and investors begin practicing meditation, many have become interested in turning their talents towards delivering wellbeing digitally.  Given this, TransTech activity is erupting in startup ecosystems worldwide from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, and from Northern Europe to Shenzhen.

There’s precedent here.  Just as tech and investor interest in the Quantified Self movement helped fuel the development of the wearable market (80MN units/2015 and estimated to be 245MN units/2019), their interest in TransTech will result in the launch of many companies.  

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The rise of TransTech will mean that both thriving outcomes and solving basic problems that once were considered an inner journey often dependent on willpower, luck, birth, wealth or some other special, non-measurable element, will become more objectively approached, measured, and supported.   Whether we are seeking to feel happy, connected, understood, change bad habits into better ones, have a healthy brain as we age, and fulfill our full potential or if we are solving problems like stress, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, or depression, we will have a technology to support us.

Today, TransTech companies, projects, and researchers are not visible as a single sector yet.   To see the venture-backed companies you’d have to look at several market maps and piece them together.  

Early well-known examples include Lumosity, Fitbit, Happify, Thalmic Labs, Thync, Headspace, Alkili, Ginger.io, Interaxon/Muse, or Beyond Verbal. To see the applicable research you’d have to search for scientists working on Affective Computing, Positive Computing, Behavior Change, Addiction, Neurosignaling, Neuroplasticity, Neurosensing, Attention Network Training, Cognitive Training, Epigenetics, HRV, GSR, Artificial Intelligence and more.  

To see the up and coming entrepreneurs, you’d have to cover a lot of ground including meet-ups and online lists.  You’d have to sift through accelerators and Kickstarters worldwide and search through an extensive network.   It’s a lot of work, so we will do it for you.  Stay tuned.

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