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    A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world. Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow. Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is co-writing with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” The three previous films, created with Lilly Wachowski writing and directing—The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all Top 10 domestic hits in their year of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world. The Matrix also spawned a successful video game in 2003 timed to Matrix Reloaded, Atari’s Enter the Matrix which sold over 5M copies worldwide, with close to $60M in the U.S. Special 20th Anniversary screenings of “The Matrix” are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S. starting Aug. 30. Earlier this summer, Reeves took Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise to a new height at the B.O. with John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum earning $321.3M worldwide, $170.7M domestic.
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    Fact of the Day - ORIGAMI Did you know... that Yoshizawa Akira is regarded as the grandmaster of origami? Origami, as probably everyone knows, is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The name origami is derived from the Japanese words 'oru '(to fold) and 'kami '(paper). The name 'origami' was coined in 1880. Before that, the art was called 'orikata' (folded shapes). Origami is equally popular in China and other parts of Asia. Initially, the art of paper folding was restricted only to ceremonial occasions, because paper was scarce and expensive. In ancient times, the designs were transmitted via oral communication. Traditionally, the recreational designs were passed from mother to daughter. As no written material was available, only the simplest designs were popular. The old origami figures mainly included animals, costumed people, and typical ceremonial designs. When paper and origami were first introduced into Japanese culture, certain origami models were incorporated into religious (Shinto) ceremonies. There are hundreds of such interesting origami facts that have left enthusiasts stunned. In Japan, people usually acquire origami skills quite early during childhood. As origami requires 'following precise directions', it has gained a widespread following as a hobby among adults too. The folding process often involves a number of concepts that are relevant to the study of mathematics. It is not only a craft designed for children's amusement, but it is also intended for adults. Many of the origami forms involve complicated steps, and are difficult to make.
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    You may vote for one and only one series that aired this last Spring season and is included in this poll that you think deserves to be Anime of Spring 2019. You only get to vote once. *Anime series are alphabetically ordered for this poll. Voting ends September 11th. If your favorite isn't listed then it's your own fault. There was a nominations thread up for a while for everyone to nominate their favorite for this poll. The options here are what was nominated by everyone. We'll run a similar nomination and poll at the end of the Summer 2019 season so be sure to look for it.
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    People are stating battles are still locked at 15fps... and with the no voice overs (as expected), and backgrounds untouched... this quickly looks like nothing more than a quick cash grab. Only difference between the regular edition and this is the new character models. They're treating it as a separate entry on Steam, so no discount for owners of the original. Release date is September 3rd, priced at a very steep $19.99. I'll just wait for a fan mod to be applied to to either add the new character models to the original version or to add the fan mod that vastly improved backgrounds to the "remaster" once it hits a good sale at about 50% off or so.
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    Fact of the Day - SAKURA TREES Did you know... that sakura bloom and die fast? The flower petals fall down constantly, making the ground of the sakura tree area filled with white or pale pink petals. This feature is often admired and said to be the appeal of sakura. There is a name for the state when the sakura petals have all fallen down and the leaves are budding. This state is called hazakura (葉桜). This seems strange at first, because there are no sakura flowers, yet 'sakura' is in the name. This may reflect the fact how much the Japanese people love every state of sakura. There are more than 600 species of sakura in Japan. This number includes endemic and hybrid species in Japan. Sakura is known for a plant frequent mutation, which shows in the change of petals, the size of the flower, change in color, the decrease or increase in fruit, and so on. From this reason, many hybrid species were made. Sakura can easily rot. Sakura rots from cuts in their bark or roots. Once it starts rotting, it could easily spread to the whole tree, and die. This is why you need to pay attention where you put your sheets or blankets during hanami. You may easily be shortening the tree's life. Image above is the treatment made to the Sakura in order to prevent rotting.
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    Fact of the Day - SPACE WASTE Did you know... that on October 4th, 1957, the world — and the space around it — changed forever? With the successful launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union, the space age began. But this triumphant feat of engineering also launched a different type of problem – space waste. What is space waste? According to NASA, it is defined as space debris that encompasses both natural particles (think meteoroids) and artificial particles (like the things those of us on Earth make). The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee further narrows this definition as any man-made object in orbit around the Earth that doesn’t serve a useful function. In our decades of space exploration, we’ve launched more than 8,593 spacecraft around the world. From rocket ships to satellites and even cars, each launch leaves behind a piece of debris in orbit. That comes out to more than 170 million pieces of debris orbiting our planet, thousands of those pieces are slightly bigger than a softball. The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with NASA, currently monitors about 50,000 of these objects, both small and large. Space waste can stay in orbit for centuries so long as it’s above the Earth’s atmosphere. So far, the biggest and oldest surviving man-made debris is a piece of the American Vanguard 1 launched in 1958. And if we’re not careful, it’s theorized that the ever-colliding debris will cause disaster collisions.
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    My Hero Academia S3 ended on Toonami. This series just keeps getting more and more AMAZING. I swear it does. Looking forward to S4.
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    Fact of the Day - OSTRICHES Did you know... that ostriches are large, flightless birds that have long legs and a long neck that protrudes from a round body? Males have bold black-and-white coloring that they use to attract females. Females, on the other hand, are light brown. Ostriches are bigger than any other bird in the world. They can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall and can weigh up to 320 lbs. (145 kilograms), according to the African Wildlife Foundation, and an ostrich's eyes are 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter — the largest of any land animal. The ostrich is the only bird that has two toes on each foot. All other birds have three or four toes, according to the American Ostrich Association. It may seem amazing that an ostrich's thin legs can keep their large bodies upright. Their legs are perfectly placed so that the body's center of gravity balances on top of its legs. Their thin legs give them great speed and maneuverability, too. They can run up to 40 mph (64.3 km/h) for sustained periods of time, according to the American Ostrich Association. Contrary to popular belief, ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand, but they do lie down with their heads against the ground when they feel threatened. It only looks like the ostrich has buried its head because its head and neck blend in with the color of the sand. Ostriches fight with their feet. They kick forward because that's the direction in which their legs bend, according to the American Ostrich Association. A solid kick can kill a lion. Ostrich feathers look shaggy because they hang loosely and don't hook together like feathers on other types of birds.
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    Fact of the Day - INDEPENDENCE DAY Did you know... that Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870? In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33. he only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
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    Fact of the Day - CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Did you know... that in China, a construction company has claimed to be the fastest builders within the construction industry after building a 57-Storey skyscraper in just 19 days? The companies engineer stated, “With the traditional method they have to build a skyscraper brick by brick, but with our method, we just need to assemble the blocks”. They even created a time-lapse video whilst building this mini-city sky-scraper which has become incredibly popular on Chinese video sharing sites ever since it was first uploaded. [Check it our here] This company is now trying to build the world’s tallest skyscraper – building around 220-stories within 3 months. Sounds impossible, right? Apparently not. The smallest skyscraper? The Newby-McMahon is the smallest skyscraper to this day, measuring to about 40 feet tall. In 1919, a man called J.D. McMahon was able to raise about £200,000 so he would be able to build a 40ft tall building in a small town called Wichita Falls in Texas. J.D was able to do this because he never stated how tall the building was going to be. On the blueprints, he wrote 480” – meaning 480 inches, not feet. Sneaky, right? The investors never noticed it or questioned J.D. – they just assumed that they were going to get a beautiful 480ft skyscraper.
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    Fact of the Day - MARIE CURIE Did you know.... that Marie Curie, best known for the development of the theory of radioactivity, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist? In 1903, Marie Curie made history when she won the Nobel Prize in physics with her husband, Pierre, and with physicist Henri Becquerel for their work on radioactivity, making her the first woman to receive the honor. The second Nobel Prize she took home in 1911 was even more historic. The second Nobel Prize she received recognized her discovery and research of two elements: radium and polonium. The former element was named for the Latin word for "ray" and the latter was a nod to her home country, Poland. With that win in the chemistry category, she became the first person of any gender to win the award twice. She remains the only person to ever receive Nobel Prizes for two different sciences. The research that won Marie Curie her first Nobel Prize required hours of physical labor. In order to prove they had discovered new elements, she and her husband had to produce numerous examples of them by breaking down ore into its chemical components. Their regular labs weren't big enough to accommodate the process, so they moved their work into an old shed behind the school where Pierre worked. According to Curie, the space was a hothouse in the summer and drafty in the winter, with a glass roof that didn't fully protect them from the rain. After the famed German chemist Wilhelm Ostwald visited the Curies' shed to see the place where radium was discovered, he described it as being "a cross between a stable and a potato shed, and if I had not seen the worktable and items of chemical apparatus, I would have thought that I was been played a practical joke." When Marie was performing her most important research on radiation in the early 20th century, she had no idea the effects it would have on her health. It wasn't unusual for her to walk around her lab with bottles of polonium and radium in her pockets. She even described storing the radioactive material out in the open in her autobiography. "One of our joys was to go into our workroom at night; we then perceived on all sides the feebly luminous silhouettes of the bottles of capsules containing our products[…] The glowing tubes looked like faint, fairy lights." It's no surprise then that Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia, likely caused by prolonged exposure to radiation, in 1934. Even her notebooks are still radioactive a century later. Today they're stored in lead-lined boxes, and will likely remain radioactive for another 1500 years. Her desire to help her adopted country fight the new war didn't end there. After making the donation, she developed an interest in x-rays—not a far jump from her previous work with radium—and it didn't take her long to realize that the emerging technology could be used to aid soldiers on the battlefield. Curie convinced the French government to name her Director of the Red Cross Radiology Service and persuaded her wealthy friends to fund her idea for a mobile x-ray machine. She learned to drive and operate the vehicle herself and treated wounded soldiers at the Battle of the Marne, ignoring protests from skeptical military doctors. Her invention was proven effective at saving lives, and ultimately 20 "petite Curies," as the x-ray machines were called, were built for the war. Following World War I, Marie Curie embarked on a different fundraising mission, this time with the goal of supporting her research centers in Paris and Warsaw. Curie's radium institutes were the site of important work, like the discovery of a new element, francium, by Marguerite Perey, and the development of artificial radioactivity by Irène and Frederic Joliot-Curie. The centers, now known as Institut Curie, are still used as spaces for vital cancer treatment research today.
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    Fact of the Day - SLEEP PARALYSIS Did you know... that recurrent isolated sleep paralysis is a parasomnia? A parasomnia involves undesired events that come along with sleep. Sleep paralysis causes you to be unable to move your body at either of the two following times: When falling asleep (hypnagogic or predormital form) When waking up from sleep (hypnopompic or postdormital form) Normally your brain causes your muscles to relax and be still as you sleep. This is called “atonia.” Sleep paralysis seems to be when this atonia occurs while you are awake. Sleep paralysis is “isolated” when it appears without any other signs of narcolepsy. An episode of paralysis may cause you to be unable to speak. It can also make you unable to move your arms and legs, body, and head. You are still able to breathe normally. You are also fully aware of what is happening. An episode can last for seconds or minutes. The episode usually ends on its own. It may also end when someone touches you or speaks to you. Making an intense effort to move can also end an episode. Sleep paralysis may occur only once in your life. It may also happen many times in a year. It can be very scary when you are unable to move. You may feel anxious and afraid. Some people also hallucinate during an episode. They may see, hear or feel things that are not there. They may even think that another person is in the room with them. These hallucinations may also appear without the sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis tends to first appear in the teen years. It then occurs most often when you are in your 20s and 30s. It may continue into your later years. It is not a serious medical risk. Sleep paralysis can be one sign of narcolepsy. Other signs include disturbed sleep at night and falling asleep suddenly during the day. Recurrent isolated sleep paralysis does not disturb your sleep.
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    Epic Games has responded to multiple accusations saying that their Epic Games Launcher is scanning for and collecting users' Steam information without first requesting permission. As detailed by Daniel Vogel, VP of Engineering at Epic Games, in the Reddit thread where the gamers' concerns were first expressed, the Epic Games Store client "makes an encrypted local copy of your localconfig.vdf Steam file." Upon startup the Epic Games Launcher clearly searches for a Steam install and proceeds to get list of files in your Steam Cloud, including your friends list, a list of your game saves, last play time, and copies your localconfig.vdf Steam file which contains all sorts of information up to and including login tokens (akin to information stored in your browsers cookies) which is strictly private data Steam goes on record saying shouldn't be access by 3rd parties period. This behavior is what you'd expect of spyware. Vogel also stated that the Epic Games Launcher is also designed to track user behavior, as well as to send information to the company's servers. We use a tracking pixel (tracking.js) for our Support-A-Creator program so we can pay creators. We also track page statistics. The launcher sends a hardware survey (CPU, GPU, and the like) at a regular interval as outlined in our privacy policy (see the “Information We Collect or Receive” section). The UDP traffic highlighted in this post is a launcher feature for communication with the Unreal Editor. Additionally, in response to user concerns that the company's launcher also gathers info on "how long someone played a steam game and last time played along with Steam friends IDs." Epic Games Launcher reading the localconfig.vdf Steam file Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney also chimed in to answer some of the gamers' questions on Reddit, stating that "Since this issue came to the forefront we're going to fix it.", which only seems to make matters worse to be honest as it points out he knew exactly what was happening and why and thought it was a good idea and now is only fixing it because it became public knowledge that their client was behaving essentially as spyware. Sweeney said that the current way of collecting client Steam info from users' computers is actually his fault: You guys are right that we ought to only access the localconfig.vdf file after the user chooses to import Steam friends. It's actually my fault for pushing the launcher team to support it super quickly and then identifying that we had to change it. Since this issue came to the forefront we're going to fix it. EpicGames Launcher enumerating running processes "We're working to update the implementation so that the Epic Games launcher only touches the Steam file at all if you choose to import friends" stated Sweeney in reply to concerns that the program is tracking Steam play time for various games. A Valve spokesperson responded stating that the information stored within the localconfig.vdf Steam file is not intended to be used by other software: We are looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam. The Steam Client locally saves data such as the list of games you own, your friends list and saved login tokens (similar to information stored in web browser cookies). This is private user data, stored on the user's home machine and is not intended to be used by other programs or uploaded to any 3rd party service. Interested users can find localconfig.vdf and other Steam configuration files in their Steam Client’s installation directory and open them in a text editor to see what data is contained in these files. They can also view all data related to their Steam account at: https://help.steampowered.com/en/accountdata. All in all, it's a pretty bad ordeal that Epic's Client was "secretly" making a copy of a file that contains numerous Steam related things, including your saved login tokens.
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