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An Adobe CC training like this one could jumpstart your design career

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To master Adobe Creative Cloud is to check a monumental prerequisite off your design career list. But it’s easier said than done. This industry standard software suite is dense; some people spend years learning just one application. But with the Pay What You Want Adobe CC Lifetime A-Z Bundle, you can navigate the ins and outs of all the major Creative Cloud apps for whatever you can afford right now. 

Here’s what you can expect from each course:

The Complete Adobe After Effects Course

Add a higher level of professionalism and pizazz to your videos by implementing motion graphics and visual effects. You’ll discover how to use shape and text layers, lower thirds, bumpers, and other common visual elements. You’ll also get trained on impressive tactics like rotoscoping, motion tracking, stabilization, and more. Read more…

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The 5 most obvious Apple references in Pixar films

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You might already know that Pixar movies are Easter egg gold mines. The animation studio is famously self-referential — inspiring, for example, an elaborate fan theory suggesting that all of the films exist in the same universe.

But Pixar movies are also full of Apple references. Yes, the tech company.

‘Why Apple?’ you wonder. Well, Pixar’s massive success is often credited in part to Steve Jobs, Pixar’s former owner and CEO. 

Jobs purchased Pixar from Lucasfilm in 1985 after being pushed out of Apple and was the the studio’s largest shareholder until it was sold to Disney in 2006. Jobs eventually made his way back to Apple in 1997 as CEO, but maintained his position at Pixar until its sale. Pixar’s film references to Apple are presumably a nod to Jobs’ tech legacy and the success he brought the studio. Read more…

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Patrick Stewart is back as Picard in new Star Trek series

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is back. This afternoon in Las Vegas, Patrick Stewart announced he was returning to the iconic role in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access.

“I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,” said Stewart, who will also exec produce the new series. “It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him.

The yet untitled series will be a new entry into the Star Trek universe and is not an extension of The Next Generation. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is one of the writers and executive producers alongside Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, James Duff, Kirsten Beyer, and Rod Roddenberry.

Patrick Stewart to Reprise ‘Star Trek’ Role in New CBS All Access Series [Variety/Leslie Goldberg] [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

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Surveillance camera shows off-duty NYPD cop dropping a weapon by man he shot in the face

After NYPD Sgt. Richard Blake shot Thavone Santana in the face during a confrontation, we were told a terrifying story of being threatened and mugged early Thursday on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Unfortunately for Blake, a nearby video camera captured him drawing his gun, shooting someone who was trying to move away from him, then dropping a knife near his unconscious body.

Blake paces back and forth, then appears to pat down Santana’s pockets. He then appears to take a sheathed knife from his own back pocket, the New York Times reported, slides it from its sheath and drops it next to Santana’s crumpled body. He then pauses for a moment and retrieves the knife, the video shows.

The New York Police Department said Thursday that Santana was in stable condition.

“The video captures actions that raise serious questions and require further investigation,” Detective Sophia Mason, a department spokeswoman, told The Washington Post in a statement. Blake was placed on administrative duty, the department said. The Times reported that he was stripped of his badge and service weapon.

Santana is in intensive care. Locals say the men were in an ongoing dispute over a woman. Blake, the New York Daily News reports, was recently suspended from the force after “punching his girlfriend in the face.” What a charmer.

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Take your cooking completely off the grid with this portable, solar-electric oven on Kickstarter

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There’s a new prototype on the Kickstarter campaign trail that’s designed to fill your belly in a convenient, energy-efficient way — while going completely off the grid.

The GoSun Fusion is a portable hybrid solar and electric oven that can cook family-sized meals with the help of — you guess it — the sun. 

The GoSun Fusion comes from a line of GoSun products that are designed to cook in the cleanest possible way, with the kind of convenience you don’t find in a typical oven or grill. However, unlike other GoSun models that are strictly solar-powered, the Fusion can also be powered by regular electricity.  Read more…

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