Venezuela's Maduro condemns 'coup' against Bolivian ally Morales

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday condemned a "coup" against his leftist ally Evo Morales after the Bolivian president announced his resignation following a political and military rebellion against his 14-year rule.
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The indie explosion that’s been going on for 30 years (give or take)
MIT Press The indie development scene is older, and weirder, than most people think Continue reading…
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How to turn off read receipts on your iPhone so that senders doesn't know when you've read their iMessage
Aleksey Khilko/Shutterstock In just three steps, you can turn off read receipts on your iPhone to hide when you've read an iMessage. iMessage is an instant messaging service for iOS devices that provides updates on when texts have been delivered and read. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In addition to AirDrop, iMessage is one of Apple's most useful tools.  The instant messaging feature allows you to conveniently send messages, photos, and files using data or Wi-Fi to other iOS devices. The feature also provides updates on when your texts have been successfully delivered and read by the receiver.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:How to reset the Safari browser on your iPhone in 2 different waysHow to subscribe to a calendar on your iPhone, to stay up-to-date on your favorite eventsHow to use the Compass app on your iPhone to stay on track and figure out your exact locationSEE ALSO: The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
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Lenovo plans sleek AR glasses that let PC users see multiple workspaces
The AR and VR headset maker plans to target business users with a new compact AR headset that can simulate multiple PC monitors, using a Windows laptop.
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Xbox One November Update now available with Google Assistant, new gamertags, and text filters
Microsoft is rolling out its November 2019 Update for the Xbox One today. The big new addition is Google Assistant support, allowing you to use a device with the assistant or app to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant won’t run on the Xbox One itself, but you’ll be able to use it to launch games, apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and more. Microsoft first started testing this feature back in September. Alongside the Google Assistant support, Microsoft is also implementing its new gamertag support in the November update. This means you can now pick any gamertag and use numbers at the end like Discord or use. While you could change your gamertag earlier this year, it’s now fully supported on console in friends,... Continue reading…
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher: Kids, marriage and their famous exes
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may have starred as teen lovebirds on “That ’70s Show,” but it wasn’t until a decade later that romantic sparks started to fly. Find out how both struggled through failed long-term relationships — with Demi Moore and Macaulay Culkin — before finally finding their way back to each other. Watch...
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Tariff anxiety is mounting across American households, threatening the backbone of the economy
Rick Wilking/Reuters Trade tensions with China have further raised alarm in American households, undermining one of the brightest spots in an economy otherwise expected to slow.  About two-thirds of US adults were concerned about how tariffs would impact their household spending in October, according to a new survey from the market-research group Civic Science. That was an eight-point rise from the start of the summer, before President Donald Trump significantly escalated tensions with China.  Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Trade tensions with China have further raised alarm in American households, undermining one of the brightest spots in an economy otherwise expected to slow.  About two-thirds of US adults were concerned about how tariffs would affect their household spending in October, according to a new survey from the market-research group Civic Science. That was an six-point rise from the start of the summer, before President Donald Trump significantly escalated tensions with China. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:From leech collectors to knocker-ups, here are 16 weird jobs that no longer existSmartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge changeHere's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceSEE ALSO: Trump says US could 'substantially' raise China tariffs if deal isn't reached
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7 things to do today if you want to be a stay-at-home parent
Hero Images/Getty It takes a lot of planning to switch from a two-income household to a one-income household, but there are several steps you can take today to get financially prepared.  In addition to talking to your partner about money, paying down debts, tracking expenses, and getting quotes for what childcare could cost are all good ideas to get started.  Read more personal finance coverage. Being a stay-at-home parent isn't easy. Even if you're great with money, you may still need to do some extra planning and work before your family is truly ready to live on one income.  There's a lot to consider financially in this situation, from the costs of losing one salary to the costs of childcare. You and your partner will need to have some frank money conversations before you get too far into the process, and decide on your goals and priorities. If being a stay-at-home parent is your future plans, start doing these seven things today to make sure your family is ready to go one-income when the time is right. 1. Start talking to your partner about money RichVintage/Getty Images If you're going to go from two incomes to one, you and your partner will have to be on the same page about all of your finances.  Even though you'll only have one income, it will take two people to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Start by having a conversation about your money, talking about how you'd like to live and the changes you'll have to make to support your new lifestyle.  It might be a good idea to sit down with your partner and make a spreadsheet, as one financial planner suggests. Take an evening to go through all of your income, savings, expenses, and debt to make sure that you'll be ready to make this jump, and to make sure that you're both feeling the same way about it.    2. Track your expenses Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters To know how much you'll need to earn, where you'll need to cut back, and how much you'll need to save in your emergency fund, figure out how much you spend in a month. This is one of the first things most financial planners recommend to people who want to take controle of their money —  you might be surprised by how much you're actually spending.  With a spreadsheet, app, or even a pen and paper if you prfeer, track every dollar you spend in a month. After a few months, you can start to get an idea of just how much you'll need in income to make stay-at-home parenthood work for your family, and you'll have to change to continue living within your means.    3. Start bulking up your emergency fund Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty Images An emergency fund is a non-negotiable for any family, but when you're relying on one income, it's even more essential.  Financial planner John Pak of Otium Advisory Group in Los Angeles explains that it's all about the "what-ifs," and being prepared to handle them without taking on debt. "What if you get sick? What if you get terminated? What if your company fires you because they're downsizing? I think that's a legitimate fear," says Pak. "To squash that fear, you need to have a good, hefty savings account that's just reserved for emergency situations." Business Insider's Tanza Loudenback reports that a single-earner household should generally have about six months of expenses saved, double the recommended amount for dual-income family. You want to keep that money somewhere safe, but liquid, like a high-yield savings account. A savings account at a traditional bank earns about .1% interest, while a high-yield savings account earns 15 to 20 times that much. It's not hard for six months of expenses to add to up to five figures, so every dollar counts.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Online banking isn't just for millennials anymore — it's quickly becoming the normA retiree who 'never made big money' says owning property made his retirement possible, and young people shouldn't overlook itA financial planner on the verge of regret after buying her first apartment remembered a key piece of money advice from her grandfather
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Dog to receive stem cells from mom in UK for cancer treatment
A 6-year-old cocker spaniel in California that was recently diagnosed with cancer is slated to receive stem cells from her mother living 4,000 miles away in the United Kingdom. Coco the cocker spaniel gave birth to a litter of puppies six years ago. One of those puppies, Millie, was adopted by Serena and Andrew Lodge,...
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Myles Powell is one of the greatest college basketball players Tom Izzo has ever seen
The Seton Hall star had his defining moment against Michigan State. Despite an ankle injury, the Seton Hall guard nearly willed the Pirates to victory NEWARK — Myles Powell wasn’t even supposed to play against Michigan State. Even as fans were filing into the Prudential Center, he didn’t know if he would be able to. After the Seton Hall guard suffered an ankle injury in the Pirates’ win over Stony Brook last weekend, his coach, Kevin Willard, told reporters that he would be out indefinitely and that it could be “a prolonged absence.” Willard told Powell to go out for warmups before the game, but to stand on the sideline and watch. When the Pirates went back into the locker room about a half hour before tip-off, he told his coach he was ready to go. “We looked at each other and I just said ‘coach I got you I’m ready,’ he said. “You dream about games like this. It’s not something you pass up on.” Not only did Powell play, he was the best player on the court and, considering the circumstances, gave the best individual performance of the college basketball season so far. His numbers: 34 minutes, 37 points, six rebounds, and six threes in a 76-73 loss to the third-ranked Spartans. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has coached four first-team All-Americans, coached against dozens more, won a national championship, and been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s seen his share of great players, but watching Powell’s clinic on a bad ankle made a lasting impression. “Myles is one of the great players I’ve ever seen in college basketball,” Izzo said after the game. Yes, it came in a loss, but unless you’re a Seton Hall fan, the result of the game was secondary to the show that Powell put on. Consider his game on Thursday to be the first line on his application for national player of the year. “He’s the best player in the country, it’s not even close, for what he does,” Willard said. “I don’t know if God could have stopped him on some of those shots,” Izzo said. This wasn’t exactly Powell’s coming out party. He was first-team all-Big East last year, averaging better than 23 points per game, and was named preseason AP All-American this season. But Powell had never done what he did against the Spartans on such a big stage — facing the No. 3 team in the country, in front of 14,000 fans, in the marquee game of the night, and on a bad ankle. Most of his production came in the second half, but he was confident throughout. His first field goal came off a defensive rebound where he ran the ball up the court himself, stopped and fired away from three before Michigan State had a chance to set up defensively. What Trenton Makes the World Takes Myles Powell goes crazy for 37 against sparty— Hoop Fiends (@hoopfiends) November 15, 2019 That set the tone for the rest of his night. Nine of Powell’s 12 field goals came off the dribble and every one of his threes came from well behind the three-point line. “I don’t know if God could have stopped him on some of those shots,” Izzo said. Myles Powell from downtown!— Bryan García (@esperandomarzo) November 15, 2019 The second half is when it started to get ridiculous. He opened the half by flexing in Thomas Kithier’s face after scoring on him in the lane and drawing a foul. He then pulled up for a pair of threes that hit only net and finished twice inside between multiple Michigan State jerseys. His greatest play came with 2:41 left. Coming off a pick, Powell had two Spartans on him. He had just enough space to let one fly, and knocked down a three with Gabe Brown’s hand in his face, again drawing the foul in the process. That shot put Seton Hall up five. Myles Powell. Absurd.— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) November 15, 2019 Thanks to what Willard called some poor clock management, the Pirates let that lead slip away. They did, however, have two chances to win the game in the final seconds. Both times, it appeared that a Seton Hall player drew contact, but no foul was called. Michigan State, whose own embattled player of the year candidate Cassius Winston gutted out a 21-point game, survived. Still, the story was the Seton Hall senior. It wasn’t just his point total, gaudy as it may have been. Powell — whose bad ankle was the topic of all that pregame hysteria — commanded the Seton Hall offense, taking over the game whenever the Pirates had possession, then toying with a Spartan defense powerless to stop him. It was that New York-area moxie from a Trenton product feeding off of his hometown fans. “They helped me get through the game,” he said. Powell says his ankle is still bothering him and admitted that adrenaline helped get him through the game. Just don’t expect him to use it as an excuse. Seton Hall heads out on the road next to face a Saint Louis team it lost to in Newark last year. Powell expects to play, just like he did Thursday. “I was just playing basketball,” he said. “I don’t want to keep talking about the ankle.” There’s no need to ask about it anymore.
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Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store
Instagram has helped blur the lines between personal branding and personal life—such as by encouraging people to turn their profiles into businesses.
Trump impeachment inquiry: Ukraine policy in 'disarray' - Yovanovitch
Former US ambassador to Ukraine tells the House Intelligence Committee how vital ambassadors are for conveying foreign policy interests.
Here’s how to claim Pikachu and Eevee in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Shieldintroduce Gigantamax forms, supersized versions of pokémon that can be activated during specific battles for more powerful attacks. While all pokémon are capable of turning into towering monsters, only a few have special forms. That includes Pikachu and Eevee, which players can snag for free with a save file from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! In addition to special moves only available in Gigantamax forms, certain pokémon also get a small makeover. (Pikachu, for example, fills out into his iconic fat Pikachu look of old.) Pikachu and Eevee are available at the game’s Wild Area Station via the game’s online functionality. Players will need to save from Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! to grab whichever pokémon corresponds to their save file. Once you reach the station, look for the pair of kids in the corner. Data from those games can be from any point in play, rather than being a completed file. It’s also worth noting that while the Wild Area is accessible fairly early in the game, it’s still likely to take a few hours to reach. Sword and Shield’s other Gigantamax forms include pokémon like Charizard, Meowth, and Butterfree. Meowth in its original form — not be confused with its extra furry Galarian form — is available as an early purchase bonus for players via the Mystery Gift options from November 15th, 2019, to January 15th, 2020.
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Mason Rudolph's agent reviewing brawl with Myles Garrett, laments potential 'catastrophic ending'
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked away unscathed from a brawl with Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett toward the end of their matchup Thursday.
Joachim Low Says Young Germany Aren't Among Euro 2020 Favourites
Germany manager Joachim Low has said his side aren't among the favourites to win UEFA Euro 2020, which will be his fourth European Championships since taking charge of the team...
Paypal turns off payments to Pornhub models
PayPal has turned off payments to Pornhub’s models — a move that’s left honchos at the adult video website hot and bothered. The money transfer giant took the step because Pornhub fired off payments through the platform without getting its consent, the company said in a statement Thursday. “We have taken action to stop these...
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Day 2, Part 2: Devin Nunes criticizes Democrats' handling of impeachment inquiry
During the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, California Congressman Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Democrats for weeks of closed-door depositions and called testimony in the public hearings "hearsay." Watch his opening statement.
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The new 'Star Wars' game is a must-buy for any fan — and it's one of the most fun and addicting adventures I've played in a long time (EA)
YouTube/MKIceAndFire Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment on Friday launched their newest game, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." It's a third-person action-adventure game that introduces you to new characters and a new adventure set in the "Star Wars" universe. The game captures the essence of "Star Wars": It rewards exploration, looks and sounds polished, and offers great thrills and story. You'll be playing this one late into the night. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I've played about five hours of the newest "Star Wars" game, and I can already tell you: This is the best "Star Wars" game ever made, and it's already one of my favorite games of the year. Thanks to Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, which provided me with an early review copy of the game, I've been able to dig into the first few chapters of "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" before its launch on Friday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:Google’s ambitious new video game service is starting to look like a giant mess — and it isn't even live yetYou can connect up to 4 controllers to your PS4 at once — here's how that stacks up to the competitionAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez just revealed her passion for 'League of Legends,' and she's not the only member of Congress playing the popular video game
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How to delete a profile on your Hulu account on desktop or mobile
Shutterstock It's easy to delete a profile on Hulu using the website or mobile app.  You can create up to six profiles within one Hulu account.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Having multiple profiles on your Hulu account ensures that each of your friends and family have a personalized account tailored to their interests.  Hulu allows you to create up to six profiles on one account. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:How to set a custom ringtone on your Samsung Galaxy S10, and choose your own music or assign it to a specific callerHow to turn off subtitles on Hulu on the desktop website or mobile appHow to verify your identity on Venmo, in order to send and receive money in the appSEE ALSO: The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
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Man proposes to girlfriend while surfing — and drops the ring
A surfer dude from Hawaii shocked his girlfriend in the most surf bum way — by accidentally dropping the engagement ring in the surf. Christopher Garth, 38, had gone out surfing with his sweetheart Lauren Oiye, 32, in their native Honolulu with the ring in his pocket, Hawaii News Now reported. While riding a wave,...
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IPL Player Retention 2020 Results: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli Earn Extensions
Excitement for the 2020 Indian Premier League season was ramped up on Friday after the eight teams confirmed their retained players for next year's event...
Who Is Marie Yovanovitch? Former Ambassador Testifies in Impeachment Hearing
The ousted ambassador to Ukraine recounted how she became the target of a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal lawyer and the right-wing media.
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Browns’ Myles Garrett could face record-long suspension
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett could face a record-long suspension after what some are calling one of the ugliest moments in the history of the NFL. During a wild brawl near the end of Thursday night's game, Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then slammed it into Rudolph's unprotected head.
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Bella Hadid rocked the no-shirt trend in a leather jacket held together with tiny strings
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Bella Hadid made an appearance at the French Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, France, on Friday. She arrived wearing a long leather jacket — designed by Supriya Lele — with no shirt underneath. It was tied together across her chest with two tiny strings. Hadid also wore a long pair of trousers with an uneven waistline, and pointed leather boots. The model has worn numerous bold outfits this month, including a black bodysuit embellished with strategically-placed pearls that resembled body piercings. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bella Hadid is keeping one of 2018's biggest fashion trends alive. On Friday, the model attended the French Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris wearing a long leather jacket with no shirt underneath. The long-sleeved coat reached her knees, and was held together by two thin strings tied across her chest.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Harry Styles made a statement in a sheep-print sweater, and people are comparing it to one Princess Diana woreJessica Alba channeled the 1920s in a couture gown that was hand-embellished with pearls and ostrich feathersEmilia Clarke paired a daring dress with more than $285,000 worth of jewelry
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HOBOT LEGEE Robotic Mop and Vacuum
There are so many robotic vacuums available now with a range of features and prices. However, there are only a few that can vacuum and mop. One of these is the HOBOT LEGEE-669 Vacuum-Mop Robot. Recently, I bought one (at a cost of $550) to see how it would do in my home. Here’s my review […] The post HOBOT LEGEE Robotic Mop and Vacuum appeared first on ReadWrite.
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Deputy tackles teen quadruple amputee in group home: video
An Arizona deputy wrestled a 15-year-old quadruple amputee to the ground at a group home in Tucson, disturbing footage of the incident shows. The unidentified Pima County Sheriff’s deputy encountered the teen, Immanuel, on Sept. 26 while responding to a report that he had kicked over a garbage can and verbally threatened an employee, KOLD...
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Podcast: The 16-inch MacBook Pro is here (and so is our gift guide)!
Get ready for the holidays with an in depth look at Engadget's holiday gift guide! This week, editor in chief Dana Wollman joins Devindra to chat about how we pick the best gadget gifts and some of the wildest choices we've made. And of course, we fi...
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How Joker’s gritty logo was created with wood type letterpress
The making of an iconic logo A movie’s logo is often one of the first things that fans see, whether it’s on posters or in a trailer, so it’s not uncommon for studios to spend large amounts of money creating them to build excitement. There’s a lot at stake, and there are entire agencies that specialize in logo creation, with logos passing through the hands of multiple stakeholders and going through several revisions before the public sees them. That’s why I was so surprised when I discovered that the logo for the DC film Joker was created by one designer, Chad Danieley, with wood type letterpress. In a Reddit post, Danieley explained how going analog captured the film’s tone and feel better than a digitally created logo would have. I reached out to Danieley to learn more about the logo creation process, his influences, and personal projects. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Chad Danieley in his garage. To kick things off, want to tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? I studied graphic design / motion graphics at ArtCenter [College of Design] in Pasadena. They had a great letterpress studio that was like my second home. In my final two terms at ArtCenter, I interned with [graphic designer] Pablo Ferro (The Thomas Crown Affair, Dr. Strangelove). I would scan his work into the computer for his archives, which would always include hours of stories about his process. For his signature style in Dr. Strangelove, he would draw over fonts for the main title, which is a unique approach. I would try the same sample sheets, and they would look nothing like his. Same with letterpress. If another person used the same wood type, it would have a different feeling for someone else. The personality comes through in the beat-up / dented faces of the type as well as the inking style and how much packing the artist adds or takes away that makes it interesting. Ferro had a strong impact on my career and my process early on. After graduation, I freelanced at a few motion studios for five years, then went to staff at NBC’s on-air department for eight years. For the last three years, I have returned to freelancing. How did you join this project? I was freelancing at Elastic on logos for the show See, and the Joker project came in, and they needed help with pitching logos for Joker. I spent two days on the computer making a bunch of logos in Illustrator, but in the end, it was the first one I did that is the “JOKER” logo as you see it today, “as is” with no changes asked, definitely a first for me. Can you talk us through the creative process for this logo and letterpress in general? Very little information was given for me to go off. All that was said is that it’s much darker and more visceral than the usual DC Jokers. “Think Taxi Driver.” I have an HD full of letterpress-printed sample sheets, and within each print run, I’ll print several states. For this project, I did aggressive / transparency / scraping / noise of that one typeface, then scanned and cataloged each of them. I am not a “purist,” but I have always needed to bring my work outside of the computer by printing it out and adding some of myself into it. Physical objects, like wood type or Letraset, rub down type and help me perceive space in a different way. I don’t always need to work this way, but it does help. It’s great to see that this was made using a letterpress. It might be all in my head, but something about it just feels textile and real as opposed to, say, a digitally created design. Was there any post-work done, or is this pretty accurate to the original? Yes, even after the logo was selected, we tried to make a version that was done in Illustrator, but it just didn’t feel right. The wood type is structurally warped, and I think that’s what makes it what it is. Regarding post-work, not much was done to the original presented logo. WB added slight color to the logo for each poster. The original scan of the print I used was a little transparent, so I just bumped up the levels in Photoshop. But other than that, it’s very accurate to the original print. What font did you use? I actually can’t make it out! It’s an unnamed Gothic. I tend to gravitate toward Gothic digital fonts as well as Gothic wood type as workhorses. They don’t have a lot of style baggage attached to them, which allows me to prod and scrape at them to really turn them into what I’m looking for. When I start adding a lot of texture, I need the typeface to not have a loud voice. Gothic gives me that. Are there any alts out there? Did it take some experimenting to land on one that felt right? No wood type alternates, just the one. I did submit 16 logos that were done in Illustrator, though. I really enjoy the collages you have on your Instagram. Are they primarily personal? Thank you! Yes, the collages and letterpress are both me needing to do something for my own creative output, not just for jobs. Of course, I always bring those explorations into my day work, though. What else are you working on right now? Anything coming up that you’re excited about? I’m starting to digitize some of my wood type to make some fonts. I’m also doing some Joker-themed letterpress prints, and at Elastic, I’m still working on Joker graphics for WB!
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Why it’s still hard to believe an NFL team will sign Colin Kaepernick
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports It’s hard to believe the NFL is holding Kaepernick’s Saturday workout in good faith. The NFL’s latest move in the Colin Kaepernick saga is a scheduled workout with all 32 teams invited, but that’s hardly the full story. There are also unrealistic demands from the league, widespread doubt about the NFL’s intentions, and the overwhelming public opinion that this is all a farcical PR move. Oh, and Hue Jackson. Yeesh. Nearly three years after his last NFL game, Kaepernick is suddenly in a bizarrely rushed situation that virtually nobody seemed to know about ahead of time. The possibility of Kaepernick signing with a new team, after so much time being blackballed by the league for protesting racial injustice in America, seems higher than it has since he was last employed. But there’s a big ol’ asterisk on the whole thing, for a number of reasons. The circumstances behind the workout came with some weird hangups Other than the contact stemming from Kaepernick and Eric Reid’s collusion grievance, there had been no real productive discussions between the league and Kaepernick. Then unexpectedly, the NFL contacted his representatives and invited him to a workout in Atlanta on Saturday, as reported by Tyler R. Tynes of The Ringer. The initial reports suggested that all 32 teams were invited to a workout, which would include on-field drills and interviews. So far so good. That’s when things got confusing. The league told Kaepernick it needed an answer “in two hours” from him on whether or not he would attend the workout. The workout was scheduled for only a few days later, on a Saturday. Kaepernick’s representatives asked if it could be done the following Tuesday, or even the following Saturday, despite that being the day of the week when NFL teams prepare for a game. No dice there, so Kaepernick’s representatives asked the NFL if the process was legitimate, and if key decision-makers from all teams would be in attendance. Included in these discussions was a request for a personnel list to be provided, and the NFL agreed it would do so on a rolling basis. On Wednesday, the NFL apparently changed its mind and told Kaepernick’s representatives that it wouldn’t be providing a list. Then, on Thursday, after more bad PR, the NFL went ahead and released a list of the first 11 teams to commit to attending. Why only 11 teams (a number that the NFL seemed impressed by in its own release)? Because as it turns out, a bunch of teams had no idea this was happening until it was sprung on everyone. Multiple teams reached out to Kaepernick’s reps as a courtesy, saying they couldn’t attend and were ambushed by the entire situation. Keep in mind the original report indicated that all 32 teams were already invited. Not only were teams confused, but members of the league office had no idea this workout was happening either, per USA Today. That report also detailed how this came together, including Jay-Z helping to convince Roger Goodell to hold the workout. And finally, the cherry on top of this suspicious sundae: the league got Jackson to run the workout, which was apparently not only news to all of us, but to Jackson as well, until Thursday morning. That’s a lot of information to digest for anybody. Now imagine you’re in Kaepernick’s shoes and trying to process all of that on a deadline. The NFL can’t lose here One of the more frustrating things about this is regardless of the outcome, the NFL can’t really lose. The league has already taken a massive amount of criticism for blackballing Kaepernick in the first place, and it’s proven adept at pretending the controversy doesn’t exist. Here’s why it can’t lose: If it’s a PR move and Kaepernick isn’t signed to a new team, the NFL can say no team was interested because he didn’t perform well. Had Kaepernick not agreed to the workout due to its unreasonable terms, the league could have painted him as not really wanting to play. If it’s a PR move and Kaepernick does get signed by a team, the NFL can pat itself on the back for throwing this whole thing together, conveniently ignoring the well-earned skepticism surrounding this move. If it’s not a PR move, the NFL will still do those two things above anyway. Even Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate and partner in the collusion case, isn’t buying it. Reid pointed out that the “interested teams” reached out to the league and not the player or his representatives, which isn’t generally how the NFL works. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Reid said Wednesday. “At this point, it feels like a PR stunt.” Reid, who is still close with Kaepernick, is just as stumped as the rest of us. “It’s disingenuous,” Reid said. “They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours’ notice and tell it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We’ll see.” We’ll see indeed, but no matter what happens, any criticism of the NFL will bounce off, as it has all along. I want to believe this ends with a Kaepernick signing, but it probably won’t While Kaepernick posted on Twitter that he was looking forward to the workout — and has been adamant that he’s been NFL-ready this entire time — there are too many question marks around this situation. Even if he’s not signed now, this could potentially help Kaepernick get a job in 2020, if one of the teams in attendance is impressed but doesn’t want to rush into making a decision. But even that outcome is hard to be optimistic about given the history here. I want to believe it’s true — that Kaepernick will actually throw footballs in front of NFL teams with a real shot at being signed. I want to believe that the NFL has stopped blackballing him, and that this workout will be conducted in good faith. It sure would be nice if a team like the Buccaneers or Broncos, both of whom are among the teams confirmed to be attending the workout on Saturday, liked what they saw and signed Kaepernick to a deal. There are many teams that could benefit from signing Kaepernick, in fact. Kaepernick shouldn’t be signed because he’ll instantly make a team a Super Bowl contender; he simply deserves a shot based on his play in the NFL. The man led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, and if you actually watch his film, it’s clear he had the talent of a starting quarterback last time he played. He threw 16 touchdowns against four interceptions in 2016, amid all the 49ers’ turmoil and dysfunction of that time. It would also be great to see such an important figure in today’s unbalanced world get another chance, even if that chance is mired in the stink of public relations and questionable motives from the league. Then again, he’s 32 years old, and has been deprived of that shot for the past three years. Would the NFL really change its mind now? If there’s any chance that this is a legitimate opportunity — and I sincerely hope it is — then I would love nothing more than to see him go out there and kill it on Saturday. But given the nature of this entire dispute and the NFL’s moves thus far, cynicism seems like the smart bet to avoid a letdown if, or when, he isn’t signed.
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The NFL should follow Ellie Goulding's lead in calling for the Salvation Army to take action on LGBTQ rights
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