Squeeze Out a Bag for Juicero, Which Is Dead Now

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Dozens of people will no longer be able to use an over-engineered machine to squeeze cold press juice from a bag in the near future. Juicero, the startup that became a symbol of the tech industry’s mission to solve problems no one has, is officially shutting down.

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In a public statement, the company explained that over the last month it’s been studying ways to bring the price of its overpriced $399 juicers down to a still-overpriced $200 range. Over time, the team began to realize that this goal just wasn’t possible. As professional product designer Ben Einstein demonstrated in a detail blog post back in April, the Juicero machine is a crazy piece of design. And as Bloomberg demonstrated in an article that certainly played a part in Juicero’s demise, this complex machine doesn’t squeeze out its pre-packaged bags of juice much better than a human can using their bare hands.

The statement explains:

We are confident that to truly have the long-term impact we want to make, we need to focus on finding an acquirer with an existing national fresh food supply chain who can carry forward the Juicero mission.

For the next 90 days, we are offering refunds for your purchase of the Juicero Press. Please contact help@juicero.com by December 1, 2017 to request a refund for your purchase. If you have an active Pack subscription, you will receive your final delivery next week (week of September 4th).

Today, a small number of people are figuring out what their future juice squeezing strategy will be (sorry Ivanka), and an even smaller number of people are likely regretting the $118.5 million they invested in this company. It’s hard to imagine a single person would consider buying its corpse.

[Fortune]

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New Russian music electronics you’ve never heard of, from Synthposium

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Moscow’s Synthposium was more than a runaway, hyper-nerdy festival. It also brought together Russia’s fledgling boutique music gear maker scene.

Avid modular enthusiasts will know some of these builders – or, in the case of Polivoks, the storied Soviet brand they resurrect. But some one-person electronics builders were in public for the very first time, in advance of even stock to sell. Tucked beneath the vaults of a former wine factory, the project had a show-and-tell feeling. Framed by conventional instruments (balalaikas, even) in one corner and big-name electronics along one wall, tables were bestrewn with crazy modulars.

Alongside the likes of Roland and Czech boutique Bastl, it was the Russian builders that will surely be of most interest to international audiences. A lot of these makers just couldn’t afford the trip even to Berlin’s SuperBooth, instead coming from round the corner in the Russian capital or perhaps by high-speed Sapsan train from St. Petersburg.

Here are some favorites.

Make: ПРИБОР [Russian-only VKontake page]
Home: St. Petersburg
Owner: Vladimir Kabanov

So my personal two favorites each come from St. Petersburg. The first is ПРИБОР (Pribor – translates basically as “device” or “appliance”).

Vlad’s little boxes add gnarly processing, drawn from a pile of post-Soviet chips, from filters to phasers. In fact, you could almost skip the Eurorack entirely and just make chains of these for your favorite guitar or synth. With our MeeBlip, this was pure gold. I’m literally planning a trip to St. Petersburg just to grab some of this.

There’s a video on YouTube:

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Vladimir told me he’s actually opposed to the idea of posting demos, preferring to give people a bespoke taste of what to hear, but you can catch some sounds on his site above… or wait until I sell enough MeeBlips to buy a few.

Make: Zvukofor Sound Labs
Home: St. Petersburg
Owner: Valentin “Zvukofor” Victorovich

Experienced engineer/musician/jack of all trades Valentin “Zvukofor” Victorovich is full of new engineering ideas.

The Color Amps are beautiful sounding DI box / amps for instruments and synths. They don’t just amplify: they add natural compression, warmth, character, dirt, and in a wonderfully particular way. It’s like having the ability to fatten up sounds with a precise dial that says “get dirtier this way” – particularly since there are several variants from which to choose. Again, we tried it with the MeeBlip (as referenced in his report below), and I must say, the results were so thick and lovely I was almost frightened.

Reaper seems to be the unofficial crown champion of the DAW scene here, so little wonder that one of his other creations is a clever OSC-powered template for Liine Lemur. (Sorry, translation: you get iPad control of Reaper that’s arguably better than even the combination of Apple’s own Logic with the iPad.) I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, as I’ve been using Reaper more lately.

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See his report:

Small report from Synthposium

Oh, also — a vintage typewriter and telephone as MIDI controllers. Nice.

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Make: Polivoks Pro
Home: Moscow
Owner: Alexey Taber, Alex Pleninger

Fans of Soviet era synths, this is one you’ve heard of. But it was great at Synthposium to see the Polivoks reissue as a cornerstone of a revitalized synth scene in the former USSR, centered in Moscow. The one and only Vladimir Kuzmin, creator of the original, worked on this spectacular recreation – which, now with more consistently reliable parts, finally really gives that original genius its due.

I hadn’t gotten much chance to talk in person at Superbooth, so it was really an honor to be in the presence of this team in their home city. I have gotten a chance to hear this instrument, and frankly, it’s one of the coolest synthesis machines I’ve ever gotten to use, packed with possibilities.

Make: Soma Synths
Home: Moscow
Owner: Vlad Kreimer

The LYRA-8 and LYRA-4 “organismic synthesizers” are spectacular, alien-sounding analog synths, 8-voice and 4-voice, respectively. These oscillators combine with FM modulation and synthesis algorithms for eerie, science fiction-y goodness. They’ve been available since last year, but it was wonderful getting into their soundscapes – and I think this goes nicely with the futuristic-but-dirty-but-futuristic sounds of this Russian synth landscape.

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Make: SSSR Labs
Home: Mytischi, Russia (near Moscow)
Owner: Dmitry Shtatnov

Shtatnov is a musician and engineer alike, and his SSSR Labs are a don’t-miss line of Eurorack and other goodies (even VSTi). The new Matrixarchate module won the show’s Eurorack competition for its magical routing powers.

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Make: Black Corporation [Deckard’s Dream], Sputnik Modular
Home: Tokyo
Owner: Roman Filippov

Roman is another of the geniuses of the synth world – once based in Moscow, now off in Tokyo. (That “Sputnik” name still keeps Brand Russia in the electronics.) And if he’s gone far to the east of Moscow, his creations for Sputnik Modular are more like what would happen if the West Coast modular scene kept going west – with a fresh take on Buchla’s creations.

But it wasn’t the Sputnik stuff that was the main feature of Synthposium, but his other dreamy creation, as the ominous Black Corporation.

Black has one main product here. Deckard’s Dream is an 8-voice analog polysynth capable of making, among other things, nice Blade Runner sounds for you. It’s loosely inspired by the Yamaha CS-80 but a nice enough invention of its own. At US$1,199.00 (US$349 kit), it’s a dazzling display of luscious sonic texture, and after a few minutes playing with it, I’m totally hooked.

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Make: VG-Line [find them via SSSR Labs or Facebook
Home: Moscow
Owner: Vyacheslav Grigoriev

VG-Line is a prolific one-handyman sonic electronics shop. When owner Vyacheslav Grigoriev isn’t repairing and modernizing gear, he’s making new stuff – including parts like his own MIDI equipment and DACs, or products like 909 and 303 clones (including a very nice variant on the x0xb0x 303 clone).

At Synthposium, the 12bitcrusher stole the show for sound processing, with some delightfully glitchy and grimy effects.

But I think for most of us, we’ll recall Vyacheslav’s answer to the question “what would an iMac full of synth modules be like?” See, pictured.

Some old videos of his work:

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And that crusher:

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Plus, have a look inside at the chip with that beautiful red “CCCP” chip:

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Make: Synthfox [site on VK, Russian only]
Home: Moscow
Owner: Nick [actually don’t know his last name!]

I want to describe the goodness of these modules, but I think this image does it best:

There’s loads of smart stuff here – including a vertical sequencer – in the works. And I love this DIY attitude.

Make: Playtronica
Home: Moscow
Owner: Various

Playtronica is Russia’s answer to DIY boards like Makey Makey – but with a much more musical bent. Their Playtron lets you add MIDI-friendly touch to anything, among other accessories – and they had a clever DIY relay board for lighting in prototype form, too. (Plus Jekka, one of the collective, had a fantastic performance at the start of their festival.)

Bonus round – Pribore

Talked to this crew, and I’m intrigued. Basically, it’s a not-yet-available Russian ultra-compact Bluetooth MIDI controller. Charge (or use) via micro USB, and then use it wirelessly if you choose. They showed it mapped to Reason. You get transport controls, plus assignable encoders and a couple of assignable triggers. It seems like the kind of thing I might keep in my laptop bag at all times.

Sorry, no other information – will get that when it’s ready. (Doesn’t quite fit with the other stuff here, but worth mentioning.)

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Banking on Bitcoin Available on Netflix: A Good Intro to Bitcoin in Need of a Sequel

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Banking on Bitcoin Available on Netflix: A Good Intro to Bitcoin in Need of a Sequel

The independent film Banking on Bitcoin, covering Bitcoin’s roots, its possible futures and its underlying technology, is now on Netflix. “Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism,” reads the Netflix news release. “The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.”

Banking on Bitcoin is a good film, professionally produced. On the hugely popular Netflix platform, the film will give many newcomers an understandable first introduction.

The overall impression is that this a good historic and ideological overview of Bitcoin’s first development phase but it’s in need of a sequel. From its cypherpunk roots and days of early adoption, the film focuses on the digital currency’s rocky relationship with the banks and regulatory bodies, setbacks like the fall of MtGox and the Silk Road, as well as some figures who were “first through the door,” like Charlie Shrem, Erik Voorhees and Gavin Andresen.

At the same time, Bitcoin and crypto enthusiasts are likely to find two shortcomings: First, the film dedicates too much time to stale old news like Silk Road and BitLicense, and not enough to new developments. Second, because it was first begun in late 2013 and wrapped up in the fall of 2016, the coverage of recent developments is very limited: The film essentially stops at the end of 2015.

Bitcoin Magazine reached out to the film’s director/writer/producer Christopher Cannucciari and associate producer Phillip Galinsky to find out more about the film’s background and their future plans.

What is your background, and what has been your role in the film?

Christopher Cannucciari: I had become interested in digital currency while I was producing a 2009 documentary in Kenya and some locals had introduced me to what would become mpesa. Kenya had just had a major crisis due to post-election violence of 2008. The banks had shut down and Kenyans came up with the novel idea of texting phone credits which could be used as money to pay for goods and services. Upon my return the thought of new ways to used technology as money stuck with me. Fast forward to 2013 and my interest in Bitcoin became so strong that I decided to bring my abilities as a filmmaker to it.

Phillip Galinsky: I’ve been involved in the film since the beginning when it was just Chris working in the role of Director and myself working in the role of Producer. Chris and I were working together on an unrelated project over a three-day shoot and I kept noticing (and occasionally mentioning to other members of the production team) that the price of bitcoin was skyrocketing. 

Others working on the project seemed skeptical at first, but as the weekend drew on and the price nearly doubled, people became more interested. Chris and a number of other team members asked me to explain what bitcoin was and how it worked. 

I was (and am) primarily interested in Bitcoin from a technological and moral consequentialist perspective, so I walked through the basic functions of blockchain technology, and attempted to explain how the capacity of blockchain technology to enable distributed, decentralized, censorship-resistant databases is a crucial enabling factor for development and implementation of the next generation of free and open global societies. My technical and somewhat arcane explanation turned out not to be the most effective way introduce the technology to the crew, and a number of people expressed interest in a gentler and easier to digest source of information about Bitcoin.

Chris in particular wanted to know more about Bitcoin due to previous experiences that showed him the power of technology as currency, and took note of the fact that, although Bitcoin had been around for about half a decade by then, most people still hadn’t heard of it and there were few high quality resources to be found that were targeted toward informing a general audience about the technology. 

I introduced Chris to the NYC bitcoin community and we worked together on the many components of documentary film production.

What is the main message that viewers should take away?

Christopher Cannucciari: Before the public passes judgement on Bitcoin, they deserve to know where it came from, how it works and how it fits into society.

Bitcoin didn’t come from nothing, it came [off] the shoulders of the Cypherpunks. Bitcoin is a technology, and technologies are neither good nor evil, but rather [they’re] accelerants. Society can use it as a tool however they see fit, and our hope is that those who wish to learn about Bitcoin will understand that it is there for them to participate as much as anyone.

The film doesn’t cover developments after the end of 2015 (price increases in 2017, investments, DAOs, spectacular ICOs, sidechains, Lightning Networks…). I guess you had to take a long time for post processing and marketing (probably for lack of funds) between the end of shooting and the first release?

The story of Bitcoin is just too big to fit in a single film. Banking on Bitcoin is a primer for what Bitcoin is, where it came from and how it survived its initial challenges. As a primer, the audience can then dig in deeper and discover the many more complex stories.

We certainly could have tried to fit in many more stories, subjects and details, but the film would have lost its focus rather quickly. It was essential for us to honor the initiated while holding the attention of those who wanted an entry point to this amazing subject.

Vitalik Buterin appears in a couple of scenes but is never mentioned, and Ethereum is never mentioned. Why?

Christopher Cannucciari: I held interviews with Vitalik in Toronto, Wences Casares in Silicon Valley and even traveled to the Bitcoin Bowl in Florida. As much as I wish I could have kept these stories in the film, we had to keep focus on what was unfolding before us in New York.

Ethereum deserves its own story and perhaps we can find a way to tell that story in the future.

You often mention the tension between the original libertarian, crypto-anarchist spirit of Bitcoin and its new "sanitized" mainstream aspects, Ben Lawsky’s regulations and Blythe Masters’ Wall Street blockchains. What’s your own take?

Christopher Cannucciari: The Crypto scene in New York was amazingly vibrant and the state had a golden opportunity to foster it and give New York the same innovative energy Silicon Valley had in the 1980s. What happened instead is Bitcoin was eyed with suspicion and the regulations around it made it difficult for “garage” entrepreneurs to participate. It is now left to those who can afford to work with the regulators.

Phillip Galinsky: There are both positive and negative consequences of the adoption of blockchain technology by “Wall Street.” All blockchain development, both open and closed source, has the positive consequence of informing developers about the limitations and capacities of the technology. Open source endeavors produce the most accessible and immediately useful technologies to facilitate further blockchain invention and innovation. However, even closed-source development produces valuable knowledge about the possible uses of blockchain technology; for example, this white paper released by Blythe Masters’ firm Digital Asset Holdings which goes into great depth about one of the many possible uses of blockchain technology.

This is not to say that all blockchain based systems will be positive or bear normative value from a moral consequentialist perspective. Blockchain technology is incredibly powerful and will shape the future of human interaction and societal system architectures, for better or worse, and it is largely on the shoulder of developers to ensure that the blockchain is used to increase well-being in the world. 

Is the end meant to suggest that Craig Wright is Satoshi? What is your own bet? Who is Satoshi?

Christopher Cannucciari: It’s very interesting how this is a sensitive issue. Craig Wright was presented in the same way as Dorian [Nakamoto] was. The carousel of Satoshi’s identity will continue; Wright will not be the last to come forward.

While Wright is most certainly not Satoshi, some have suggested that he was a drop for the real Satoshi. The timing was interesting, Wright was in need of capital to settle some big debts and all of a sudden he was in possession of some valuable, early Satoshi-era Bitcoins. For those who want to play the Satoshi game, I added this breadcrumb to keep the search on.

The Bitcoin/blockchain story is far from over. Are you working on a sequel to the film, and what role does blockchain technology play in your future work?

Phillip Galinsky: There will certainly be an ever-increasing wealth of material for filmmakers to cover in the blockchain space in coming years, as many of the most exciting developments in blockchain technology — self-executing contracts, oracles, distributed autonomous organizations, and most fascinating to me, blockchain-based societal control systems — are still in the nascent stages of development and implementation. Chris and I have discussed the possibility of making a sequel; however, we haven’t made any specific plans to do so at this point in time.

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How to do a burpee — the total-body exercise that will keep you fit for life

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Shawn Arent, the director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University and a fellow at the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrates the proper form for the burpee.

Special thanks to Michelle Adams-Arent. Following is a transcript of the video.

Now people either love or hate burpees, though most have a love-hate relationship with them.

An exercise that’s becoming more and more common to see people doing — that’s also easy to do when you’re traveling and you don’t need equipment for — is the burpee.

What we’re going to want to make sure she does is lower into a full pushup position when she does this correctly. And you want to make it fairly explosive in terms of doing this.

The other thing, too, is when you come back up towards your hands in a burpee, you want to land in a wider base position rather than trying to bring your feet up between your hands. So that you’re in a better landing position, so that you can keep your spine flat, and so that you can jump if you’re actually doing a full burpee from there.

There are a couple of things that she does very, very well in this. One, she keeps her back flat, and she keeps her hips from either rising or falling too much. But you’ll also notice that she kicks fully back in order to get full extension.

What a lot of people do is they’ll do half of that movement, and wind up with their feet somewhere in between, almost in a frog squat position. That’s not proper burpee form.

So she’s going to go down, kick back. She’s in the start of a pushup position here, does a full pushup, and as she comes back up, she’s going to launch herself back up with her feet moving outside of her hands.

What a lot of people will do that makes this incorrect or much harder to do, especially if you don’t have the hip mobility to do it, is they try to bring their feet between their hands, instead of outside of them, when they do the burpee. So she lands in this position, which causes her to have to squat and lean much farther forward, which puts her in an un-optimal position, in order to finish the burpee and jump back up.

Beginners should do three sets of five to 10 reps, working up to three to five sets of 10 to 20 reps.

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Why it’s nearly impossible to trade Currencies with success

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(Elite E Services) — 9/1/2017 — As we have explained in our book  Splitting Pennies – trading FX is nearly impossible; or at least, it may be possible for some time, but in the long run, it’s a near certainty that without the use of professional algorithmic trading systems you will blow up your account.  That’s because of the dynamics of how FX works vs. other markets.  In traditional markets, there is a bias towards positive movement; all CEOs of public companies want their stock to go higher.  Bull traders, 401k investors, pension funds – basically everyone wants the stock market to go up.  The short sellers aren’t ‘pessimists’ so much as ‘realists’ that over-inflated P/E ratios are a sign for a crash from unrealistic levels.  This is NOT the case in FX.  Currency markets have opposing forces like ‘gravity’ and ‘anti-gravity’ – every country wants both a strong currency and a weak currency.  This may seem illogical, welcome to the world of Currency!  The reason is simple – exporters want a cheap currency and importers want a strong currency.  Politicians usually favor a weak currency because it’s good domestically and big business favors a strong currency (at least in the USA) because USA is a net importer.  Let’s have a look at today’s USD action most noticed in EUR/USD:

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On the surface this looks like a great trading opportunity – but is it?  EUR went up on poor US Payroll data; and then fell on dovish jawboning from the ECB.  Planned conspiracy to manipulate FX or just random brownian movement?  Believe what fits into your mind that helps you sleep at night, either way – would you have been able to buy EUR at 1.1924, sell near the high at 1.1980 and then reverse, covering near 1.19 handle?  All within 10 minutes?  Maybe someone did it, even if by accident, but the point is that any trading plan or investment strategy shouldn’t rely on the ability of such skills because even if as a trader you were able to achieve this great feat – would it be able to repeat it, day in and day out – for years?  Probably not.

Enter more paradox such as “Triffin Dilemma”:

The Triffin dilemma or Triffin paradox is the conflict of economic interests that arises between short-term domestic and long-term international objectives for countries whose currencies serve as global reserve currencies. This dilemma was first identified in a 1929 book, Gold and Central Banks, by Polish economist Feliks M?ynarski,[1] who identified a fundamental instability in a gold-based international monetary system, that the reserve currency countries would tend to accumulate foreign reserves, but as the volume of these grew relative to the country’s gold reserves, international investors would begin to fear suspension of convertibility; later in the 1960s, it was rediscovered in the context of the Bretton Woods system by BelgianAmerican economist Robert Triffin, who pointed out that the country whose currency, being the global reserve currency, foreign nations wish to hold, must be willing to supply the world with an extra supply of its currency to fulfill world demand for these foreign exchange reserves, thus leading to a trade deficit. Due to M?ynarski’s precedence in articulating the problem, Barry Eichengreen has suggested renaming the problem to “the M?ynarski dilemma“.[1]

This is not only true for a reserve currency – any currency has a conflict between short term and long term interests.  For example, if a currency is weaker it can help exporters in the short term to boost sales, but hurt the same exporters in the medium term when they need to go out into the world and buy raw materials for higher prices.  This push and pull is what defines modern Forex on a systemic level.  While average investors certainly don’t need to know this unless you’re planning on getting a job with a central bank, it can help any investor understand how and why Currency markets fluctuate the way they do.  It should also be noted that these forces maintain ‘bounds’ naturally, establishing a sort of ‘high’ and ‘low’ limit for any FX pair.  For example the EUR/USD now trading around 1.19, it can go in next days to 1.20 or 1.21 but not 1.90, for example.  Even in rare cases such as the “Brexit” the GBP/USD went down by less than 10% – which is a lot, for a major Currency.  So let it be known to all that these risks in FX are investable (with the help of algorithms) and hedgeable.  Looking from a risk management perspective, it is a lot more manageable than securities, commodities, or bonds – which have the finality of the ‘ulimate’ risk (default) – as Currency is ‘money’ the Euro can’t ‘default’.

A final note to all you Bitcoiners – Bitcoin is a Currency it’s only a matter of time before it’s integrated into the Forex system, because BTC/USD is an FX pair.  Good time to brush up on your FX and understand the broader market (not just the microcosm of Cryptocurrencies).

So now for the good news, the Currency Market provide a number of opportunities for algorithmic trading systems that continually profit, making FX a new budding asset class.

Today’s move is a blip on the radar, a non-event for hedgers – and a potential huge trading opportunity for algos.  Game on!

For a pocket guide to make you a Currency Genius checkout Splitting Pennies.

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Epic Wedding: Ski Lift Slackline Hero Gets Married

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A pro slackliner who shimmied atop a ski-lift cable to rescue a hanging man in Arapaho Basin last winter got married in a similarly suspenseful, and spectacular, way.

Mickey Wilson slackline wedding
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A sacred moment took place hundreds of feet above a Utah canyon floor. Mickey Wilson and Purple McMullen-Laird were getting married, and could only reach each other by crossing a thin band of webbing.

Mickey and Purple constructed the slackline-net themselves, positioned in the Fruit Bowl, just outside of Canyonlands, Utah. The marriage officiant performed the ceremony with the couple in the suspended net.

Mickey Wilson slackline wedding
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Wilson came into the limelight last winter, because of a crazy rescue at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado. Wilson was on hand when a skier on the chair lift slipped off and dangled by his backpack. The skier lost consciousness as he hung about 10 feet off the ground.

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In a dazzling display of balance and courage, Wilson climbed on the lift cable. He shimmied to the skier in need and cut him free. The skier survived.

The adventurous couple’s wedding sought to flip marriage culture on its head. The concept resulted in a wedding fueled by their passions and not money.

Mickey Wilson slackline wedding
Nick Davis Photography

Slackline Wedding: Extreme Love

After the marriage-officiant, who also slacklined to the net, completed his task, the newly-weds jumped through a hole in the net while fixed to a giant, 200-foot rope swing.

The couple is now off to Hawaii, on an all-expenses paid honeymoon gifted by Ellen Degeneres. Wilson hopes their wedding inspires others to be creative and have fun with their weddings.

Mickey Wilson slackline wedding
Nick Davis Photography

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Rotten Tomatoes Put Together An Epic, Definitive List Of ‘200 Essential Movies To Watch Now’

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Rotten Tomatoes recently put together a truly epic list of films for FandangoNOW they’re calling ‘200 Essential Movies to Watch Now’ so get ready to get your binge on this weekend.

The 200 films, hand-picked by Rotten Tomatoes editors from their “Certified Fresh” titles (films which have scored at least 75% on the Tomatometer), range from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) to Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) to Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017).

“We are obsessed with movies so a lot of love went into creating this list,” said Rotten Tomatoes Editor Alex Vo. “It was important to us to find best-in-category films covering a wide range of genres, diversity in casts and subject matter, including coming of age stories. Above all, we wanted this list to present a fun challenge where people can share the Rotten Tomatoes ‘200 Essentials’ list with others, check off which classics they’ve seen, and discover great new movies with friends and family.”

Another really cool thing about this list is that they’ve all been gathered up into one collection over at FandangoNOW and right now you can get 20% off on any rental or purchase of each film on the list.

Here are the Top 100 on the list…

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
3. The Third Man (1949)
4. Get Out (2017)
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
6. All About Eve (1950)
7. Inside Out (2015)
8. The Godfather (1972)
9. Metropolis (1927)
10. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
11. It Happened One Night (1934)
12. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
13. Casablanca (1942)
14. Moonlight (2016)
15. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
16. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
17. North by Northwest (1959)
18. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
19. King Kong (1933)
20. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
21. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
22. Psycho (1960)
23. Selma (2014)
24. Rear Window (1954)
25. Taxi Driver (1976)
26. Alien (1979)
27. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)
28. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
29. Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (1949)
30. The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959)
31. 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)
32. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
33. Vertigo (1958)
34. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
35. The Dark Knight (2008)
36. Gone With the Wind (1939)
37. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
38. Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953)
39. High Noon (1952)
40. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
41. Roman Holiday (1953)
42. On the Waterfront (1954)
43. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
44. Toy Story (1995)
45. Jaws (1975)
46. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
47. Chinatown (1974)
48. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
49. La Dolce Vita (1960)
50. The Searchers (1956)
51. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
52. The Red Shoes (1948)
53. The Terminator (1984)
54. Apocalypse Now (1979)
55. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
56. Let the Right One In (2008)
57. Playtime (1973)
58. Annie Hall (1977)
59. The French Connection (1971)
60. City Lights (1931)
61. The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) (1939)
62. Iron Man (2008)
63. Double Indemnity (1944)
64. Aliens (1986)
65. Carol (2015)
66. Breathless (1961)
67. Badlands (1974)
68. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
69. GoodFellas (1990)
70. Tampopo (1985)
71. Casino Royale (2006)
72. Pather Panchali (1955)
73. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
74 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
75. Forbidden Planet (1956)
76. Ghostbusters (1984)
77. Airplane! (1980)
78. Duck Soup (1933)
79. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
80. Some Like It Hot (1959)
81. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
82. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
83. Back to the Future (1985)
84. The Princess Bride (1987)
85. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
86. Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
87. Schindler’s List (1993)
88. Amadeus (1984)
89. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
90. The Player (1992)
91. Gojira (1956)
92. Once (2007)
93. Solaris (1976)
94. Jurassic Park (1993)
95. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)
96. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
97. Goldfinger (1964)
98. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
99. Repo Man (1984)
100. Don’t Look Now (1973)

Check out the rest of the list here and watch a special video that mashes-up some of the greatest movies on the list below.

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Millennials Are Killing The Big Beer Industry Because Millennials Are Murdering Everything

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If the media is to be believed, millennials are on a mass killing spree with no end in sight. They’ve slaughtered Applebee’s and straight up murdered sex, and it seems like there’s a new story basically every day about yet another industry falling victim to the generation.

According to Business Insider, the most recent casualty of millennials’ war on big business would appear to be the beer industry. Last month, we noted that Big Beer was facing a bit of a crisis, and a new set of charts released by UBS illustrates the issues facing larger brewers.

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As the picture above illustrates, millennials are less likely to recommend bigger and more traditional brands to other people compared to older generations. Macro lagers seemed to take the biggest hit, with imports and beers masquerading as “craft” absorbing slightly less damage (with the notable exception of Sam Adams, a former leader of the craft beer movement who now finds itself in a weird limbo in an increasingly crowded marketplace).

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What’s the reason for this shift? Goldman Sachs claims millennials are gravitating toward wine and spirits, and while the generation might be shying away from bigger beer brands, they’re drinking plenty of craft beer. It appears brand loyalty isn’t what it once was, as millennials who drink craft beer try an average of 5.1 different brands per month (with 15 percent of those people trying more than 10 different brands of beer in the same amount of time). When there are more than 5,000 breweries to choose from in the United States alone (compared to less than 100 in the 1980s), it’s no wonder the generation is branching out.

Marco brewers are also undoubtedly impacted by millennials’ seeming indifference to traditional advertising. It’s no secret that larger companies have leaned on massive marketing budgets in order to generate sales, but it would appear those ads are falling on increasingly deaf ears.

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Travel photography 101 with #teampixel

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We’ve traveled far and wide with #teampixel this summer but not as far as Jeremy Foster, this week’s Pixel expert. He’s been globetrotting the world for the past seven years and offers some sage advice on taking photos with your Pixel. So whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned explorer, check out his tips for travel photography:

Tip #1: All about HDR

Use for: Those glorious sunsets you only seem to find when traveling.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is is best utilized when you have an uneven exposure in your photo—that is to say, when some of the photo is bright and some is dark (for example, a landscape shot with a bright sky and dark foreground). When you activate HDR, your Pixel will take three photos in burst mode, at different exposures, and blend them all together for a well-balanced photo.

Tip #2: Turn up the volume

Use for: Street photography in crowded places. 

Hardware buttons (like the volume button) are easier to access than software buttons (like in your camera app). For a more discreet shooting experience, skip the on-screen shutter button and opt to use the volume button instead. You’ll also have a sturdier grip on the phone, which means there’s less chance for motion blur in your photos. Pro tip: If the phone is in sleep mode, double-click the power button to open the camera and slide your finger over by an inch to the volume button to snap a photo! You don’t even need to look at the screen.

Tip #3: Let’s get down to details

Use when: Your photo of that gorgeous mountain range doesn’t look like the real thing.

A camera can only capture one-third the amount of detail as the human eye, but editing your photos can bring the other two-thirds of that stunning landscape into view. Tap the “Auto” filter for the Pixel’s best guess, or, for more fine-tuned control, and to create your desired effect, tap the slider icon to adjust Light, Color, and Pop. Want to get even more granular? Tap the down arrows next to Light and Color for full control over exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, saturation, skin tone, and more.

Tip #4: Anyone can be a videographer

Use when: pictures just won’t do.

The Google Pixel has the remarkable ability to capture 4K video—the sharpest video that exists. Go into your camera settings and make sure your back camera video resolution is set to “UHD 4K (30 fps)”—that stands for “Ultra High Definition 4K” (30 frames per second). Not bad for a piece of hardware that sits in your back pocket.

And here’s another weekly roundup of our favorite photos! Keep crushing it #teampixel ✌️

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Our very own Pixel expert Jeremy Foster (@travelfreak_) is about to get some air.
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Locals enjoying a game of volleyball by @earnestedison
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Turning a new leaf at the Royal Botanic Gardens with @mattscanna and "eye” spy flowers at Descanso Gardens by @patgraziosi
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Just hangin’ at the New York Public Library with @vrinda.b.mohan and a blood orange sky in Mumbai, India by @kumar_jishu
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Perfect symmetry at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele by @paulngui and a soft neon sky behind the Washington Monument by @aamirhatim
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Grand Teton National Park by @pvtejasvi and Catherine Street in Montreal, Quebec by @kendrick.umstattd

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This $199 ‘Star Wars’ toy is the best example yet of the technology that could one day replace the smartphone (DIS, AAPL, MSFT)

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If you ask Apple, the next big thing in computing is augmented reality, or AR — the technology for overlaying digital imagery on the real world. Indeed, when the iPhone 8 launches on September 12th, expect AR to be a big focus.

The eventual goal, as promised by Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and startups like Magic Leap, is a pair of smart glasses that combine the digital and physical world. From there, why would you need a smartphone? After all, your text messages, Instagram feed, and Netflix would just pop up in your field of vision.

Well, we’re not there yet. The first version of Google Glass was a famous fiasco; Microsoft’s HoloLens is on the market, but it costs a cool $1,500 and is clearly meant for businesses and the earliest of the early adopters.

But if you need a sign that this is where things are headed, look to a galaxy far, far away.

On Thursday, Disney and Lenovo unveiled "Star Wars: Jedi Challenges," a $199 augmented reality headset that lets you lightsaber battle with Darth Vader and lead Resistance troops into combat. And while it’s far from perfect, it’s a sure sign that the augmented reality revolution is way closer to reality than people might think. 

Here’s a trailer showing off what "Jedi Challenges" is all about:

I got some hands-on time with "Jedi Challenges" at a Disney event earlier in August. And to make a long story short, I think a lot of people are going to want this headset. Pre-orders for "Jedi Challenges" begin on Friday at Best Buy and Lenovo’s online store, for delivery some time later this year.

A more elegant weapon

First, and most importantly, "Jedi Challenges" is a lot of fun.

In my demo, I swung the lightsaber controller to fight off Kylo Ren, the villain of the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The headset does a pretty reasonable job of making you think he’s in the room with you, given the early stages of the technology. When you hold the lightsaber in your field of vision, it extends out a digital blade. The game is launching with 6 villains that you can fight, including Darth Maul.

Other modes include a strategy game where you act as the field general to the forces of the Resistance as they combat the villainous First Order. I didn’t get to try it, but the concept of literally ordering virtual X-Wing fighters around my living room to attack is irresistible.

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Finally, "Jedi Challenges" will feature "Holochess," the holographic chess game played by Chewbacca and C-3PO in 1977’s "Star Wars: A New Hope." That’s a pretty exciting inclusion for the discerning "Star Wars" fan.

There are some limitations: The motion-tracking for the lightsaber sometimes failed, even in my short demo, with that virtual blade jutting off at an awkward 90-degree angle. I was able to reset it, and it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment. More worryingly, there’s no multiplayer of any kind, at least in its current form. 

With that said, "Jedi Challenges" represents a notable technical achievement. 

Got it where it counts

Like Samsung’s Gear VR, or Google’s low-cost Cardboard virtual reality gear, the "Jedi Challenges" headset requires you to slot in your own smartphone to provide the computing muscle. And it comes with a bright purple "beacon" that you need to put on the floor in front of you, giving the system a point of reference for when it projects images.

Otherwise, it’s self-contained. You put on the headset, and pick up the (very hefty, very solid-feeling) lightsaber controller, and you are a Jedi, like your father before you. 

It should be noted, right off the bat, that "Jedi Challenges" pulls off some impressive technical feats. For example, the Microsoft HoloLens has a very limited field-of-view — meaning that the digital imagery is only visible in a small section of your vision.

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"Jedi Challenges," by contrast, has a much wider field-of-view, encompassing most of the area in front of you. And this headset uses what’s called "inside-out positional tracking," an inside-baseball term for a headset that doesn’t require an exterior camera to track the movements of your head. 

There are some trade-offs, however. To achieve that wider field-of-view using a smartphone’s limited processing power, the resolution is fairly low, meaning things get blurry if you stare too close. And if there are plans to add more content later, Disney and Lenovo are staying mum for now, meaning it’s pretty limited, all told.

And yet, the fact that there’s going to be a consumer AR headset, for $199, that works, and works pretty well, before the end of 2017, is kind of crazy. I would never have thought it would get this close, so soon. But I guess nobody told Disney and Lenovo the odds.

SEE ALSO: The hype around ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is kicking into high gear — here’s what Disney just announced

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