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British companies, academics excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit

British companies and academics will be excluded from the future development of the European Union’s Galileo space project if the country leaves the bloc without a deal in March 2019, according to a series of technical notices published on Thursday.


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‘Space Hulk: Tactics’ Looks to Finally do the Iconic Board Game Justice

Considering how utterly iconic the Space Hulk board game is, it’s so rarely been given the treatment it deserves as a video game. In fact, you might have to look back to the ’90s before you find a gaming adaptation of this beloved classic that could actually be called good for its time. Thankfully, based on what we’ve seen so far, Space Hulk: Tactics might just make it so you don’t have to dust off that mouldy Amiga in your parents’ attic.

Classic Board Gaming

Space Hulk: Tactics aims to be faithful to the board game, so this is still the classic set up of throwing a handful of ludicrously well armoured Space Marine Terminators into a series of tight, cramped corridors where Genestealers can pop out from around the corner at almost any moment.



Though it’s a turn-based game, there’s a real mixture of tension and dread as you see the blips of alien motion getting closer and closer, before revealing themselves to be sprinting alien menaces covered in claws, teeth and freakishly long tongues. They’re the polar opposite of the slow, heavily armoured Terminators that have to inch their way across the map in order to reach safety.

It’s a gloriously lopsided set up, with just five Terminators trying to cover every corner, every doorway, while the Genestealers try to catch them off guard, making full use of their endless stream of bodies to try and overwhelm their prey. There’s always a chance that something will go wrong for the Terminators. In classic turn-based fashion, it’s a percentage game that you’re playing with every attack. Sometimes that means things can go terribly wrong with your weapon jamming or that Plasma Cannon exploding on its first use. It’s pretty brutal at times.

It’s built upon familiar foundations, but Tactics doesn’t stick rigidly to the board game’s rules and introduces just a handful of new ideas to spice up the action and add a little more tactical variation. The flashiest of these is an optional first-person view which is atmospheric and a great way to show off the detail in the game world, but definitely nowhere near as flexible as the fully controllable top-down camera. No, a much bigger deal is adding cards into the mix.

Play Your Cards Right

Every turn gives you a certain number of action points to spend to make your Terminators or Genestealers move, turn and attack, but cards are a separate layer on top of this. You can hold three cards at a time and choose to use them or burn them to create action points for your entire team, with each card having different values for these two options. Burn a card and it adds a few extra points to a pool that can be used to play other cards or let your characters do more in a given turn. You can keep your Terminator firing at a corridor of enemies, have them sprint away from danger, use the psyker abilities on the Librarian again.

Playing card can also be immensely powerful, depending on the situation you face. One card gives your Terminator another behind the scenes dice throw if they would have failed, another gives +1 to all melee rolls, or you can preventing weapon jams and failures for a turn. You build your deck through picking different characters classes for your squad and the Space Marine chapter you want to play as – there’s also a baffling array of visual customisations, if you want.

Of course, things can still go wrong, and in Space Hulk that means they go very wrong indeed. Having just boosted my stalwart Terminator’s melee with a card and backed up to perform a rearguard action, he was immediately clawed to pieces by the next Stealer to come round the corner… I may have ragequit at that point.

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For the first time in a Space Hulk video game, you actually get to play as the Genestealers in the campaign. You’ve got the randomised blips spawning and the fast-moving Genestealer to attack with, but there’s also the new card system as well. It’s through playing these cards that Cyanide are adding new types of Stealer into the game, letting you pick a blip you have on the board and boosting their toughness, have them move through vents, and even spawning a Broodlord, which can spawn more Genestealers nearby.

But how do you tell a story when one of the races communicates via psychic screeching? The story is split into two halves, one following the Blood Angels Terminators and the other the following brood of Genestealers that they’re trying to wipe out. The Genestealer story is actually set before the Blood Angels, told from the perspective of the various Terminator parties sent from other Space Marine chapters. So no, there’s no screeching with subtitles, I’m afraid.

The campaign map does look really interesting, as a kind of turn-based metagame in its own right. You move your party through the Space Hulk one section at a time, sometimes encountering events and decisions to make or taking on side battles to hunt for upgrades, all the while keeping an eye on the threat level as you head toward the next main story mission.

Build a Space Hulk

Speaking of missions, Tactics features a fully fledged level designer, stocked with all the same building blocks that you would find in the board game. There’s three different tile sets for Imperial, Ork and Eldar ships, each of which have their own particular quirks, like the Eldar ships having teleporters and Orks having never heard of health and safety. The trick for Cyanide will be in trying to help players make good levels and not just the most appalling meat grinders possible!

Like a Genestealer waiting to claw at your face, Space Hulk: Tactics is just around the corner, and it’s looking really promising. On the one hand, it’s a faithful recreation of the board game’s slow-paced tension, but the cards system adds something new and interesting on top of that, boosting your tactical possibilities and slightly improving your odds of survival.

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Russia weighs possibility of deliberate act in space station damage

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Designer Space: Light & Bright Home Renovation

A small, outdated home becomes a modern, open concept entertainer’s oasis.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SPACE’S DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

HUSSAIN KHATHEER This home was stuck in the 1970s and had a very restricting and closed off layout. The homeowners were forward thinking professionals who do a lot of entertaining and wanted an open concept plan with the kitchen as the focal point. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room and dining room, we were able to create a modern open concept plan and doubled the size of the kitchen. We also included a stunning island, nearly 10 feet in length, in a light shade of blue which complemented the classic look of the white cabinets. The goal was to make the space feel bigger and brighter so we used white tones throughout the home and added large windows to allow for a lot of natural light which complemented the light colors.

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HK A common mistake we find people make when they remodel a smaller space is that they select too many different types of materials which results in a busier and smaller feel. When you are selecting your finishes, look at all the materials as one cohesive color palette. Select individual pieces that look great on their own but when combined with the other materials, have an element of cohesiveness.

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HK One area where we were able to save was on the flooring. We chose an amazing white-washed oak engineered floor that complemented the overall design feel and it saved us thousands of dollars. We splurged on the kitchen’s tile backsplash, selecting something that really popped in the space and pulled everything together. – Vancouver General Contractors, www.vancouvergeneralcontractors.com

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Why You Should Support Indie Shows Like ‘Final Space’

On February 15th, the Netflix lineup changed forever with the release of Final Space. Created by Olan Rogers, this sci-fi animated series tells the story of Gary Goodspeed, a good-hearted troublemaker seeking adventure. Accompanied by a menagerie of aliens and robots, the wannabe-hero pursues heroism in hopes of winning the heart of his superior officer, Quinn.

Supported by a veteran cast of actors such as Tika Sumpter and David Tennant, Final Space is one of the first in a long list of indie creations to join the animated lineup. While Netflix has provided a platform for new and experimental content, shows like Final Space can use all the support possible and it’s very much deserved.

Helps Independent Creators Be Creative


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The world of animation is entering a new age with a broader spectrum. Shows such as Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, and BoJack Horseman have demonstrated how creative and interesting cartoons can be. A majority of animated shows come from a handful of networks like Adult Swim and Cartoon Network leaving little room for independent animations to thrive. Assuming that animators are able to get a job with one of them, they have limited creative freedom. The world of animation is competitive, which forces aspiring animators to showcase wherever they can.

There are only so many places that an animator can publish their work online and hope to get any attention. Websites like Newgrounds and YouTube are a few places where an animator can make their mark. Olan Rogers is a prime example: a YouTuber of 10 years, he has released live videos and animated shorts. After so long, he finally gained enough attention to warrant putting together a pitch for an original show and creating a trailer for YouTube.

Paves the Way for Original Content



The sad truth is that most western animation has fallen into monotony. With shows like The Simpsons still going after almost 30 years and creators like Seth MacFarlane producing the same show over and over again, most people have stopped taking an interest in animated shows. While many watch such shows to escape, it does not mean they shouldn’t hold creators to a certain standard. The bigger a show gets, the more likely it is to become formulaic and predictable. As big name creators become bored with their own shows, this gives a chance for new blood.

While Final Space is a sci-fi comedy, its fluid animation style, and dynamic dialogue make it stand out. Final Space is one of the indie shows to have come to life from audience support, and it doesn’t have to be the only one. In 2016, Aggretsuko joined the Netflix lineup as another one of its more original shows. Based on a character created by the artist Yeti, the show follows the adventures of Retsuko, an anthropomorphic red panda office worker who has a hidden passion for death metal music. Creative shows like these will spark interest in animated series again.

Creates Variety and Opportunity


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Think about how many shows — not only animated — revolve around a nuclear family with a gimmick. The most interesting shows to come out in recent years take the conventions established by years of cookie-cutter animation and flip them on their heads. An example would be Rick and Morty, which takes the concept of a dysfunctional family and combines it with sci-fi hi-jinks and emotional realism. As a result, animation interest is shifting from the mainstream to the independent as more and more people are seeking out creative content. Even BoJack Horseman came to life by webcomic artist Lisa Hanawalt and writer Raphael Bob-Waksberg giving way to a new and unique presentation.

With Netflix growing as a media hub, opportunities for fresh new ideas has never been higher. More and more people are forgoing network television for online entertainment which is where indie animators and writers thrive. The platforms and digital medium isn’t enough for every indie creator to succeed. They need viewer support, constructive feedback, and promotion. Often times they are unable to do everything themselves since they dedicate most of their free time to their content. It’s this kind of dedication that is much needed in the animated world with artists and writers of all shapes and sizes pouring all their care into their content. Final Space carries such heart and, by giving support to its aspiring peers, the animated world would become a place of true passion and endless variety.

With the release of Final Space, western animation received an adrenaline shot. Creators like Olan Rogers give hope to other animators trying to break into the industry. While their dedication will guarantee quality content, it’s the support from fans and fellow creators that will make bring these fresh ideas to life.

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Designer Space: In With The Old

When Principal Designer, Negar Reihani, was approached to redesign this Vancouver home, her eye immediately went to its good features. The 4,200 square foot property includes six beds and four and a half baths, and though it was built in the 1950s, it looks anything but dated. “My goal was to create a modern, rustic home; something that was cozy and comfy to suit a busy family lifestyle,” says Negar. “I wanted the house to look fresh, but not overly elegant and fussy so that it would still feel homey.”

With the preservation of energy and natural resources in mind, Negar was inspired to create a design that paid homage to the history of the house; a plan that would allow many of the home’s original features to remain intact. The designer joined forces with the builder and the architect, Kayvan Memary. They were unified in their plan to deliver functionality without overhauling the space completely.

“We managed to keep the layout pretty much the same, and just changed the functionality of the rooms,” says Negar. For example, the smaller family room was converted into a formal living room and the smaller dining area was transformed into a home office. “We also saved two full-height fireplaces in their exact shape, which helped to reduce a huge amount of waste and energy rebuilding them.”

One area the team did choose to modify, was the kitchen. “We wanted to create a kitchen that was practical, low maintenance, yet beautiful,” says Negar, citing the beachy oak flooring, glazed mosaic backsplash, and the light fixtures as rustically-inspired details that make the space look and feel unfussy and at ease. In an effort to better accommodate a contemporary lifestyle, the L-shaped kitchen was expanded and opened up to what is now the family and dining rooms. To foster natural light, large windows, leading to the patio, were added. Similar forethought was given to the clean lines of the ceiling. “We aimed for a ceiling-mounted hood instead of chimney hood. This adds a very nice twist to the kitchen as you don’t see the hood and its visual weight in the space.”

In the bathroom, Negar cites the patterned floor tiles, oak cabinetry, dark countertops, and brushed brass fixtures as being a modern take on what used to be there originally. “We literally took what used to be there and refitted it with today’s finishes,” says the designer.

When asked if she has any advice to share with homeowners anticipating a large or small scale home renovation, Negar imparts her wisdom, born from over twenty years of industry experience. “Every kitchen and bathroom design is unique due to its needs, shape, and size. No matter the budget, I always recommend investing in one interesting element in the space, be it the backsplash, light fixture, or natural stone countertop.”

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Movers and Shakers in the Men’s E-commerce Space

Don’t tell these companies that men don’t shop online.
There are now a slew of men’s wear-focused e-tailers offering everything from designer clothing to socks, underwear to streetwear. While some of these businesses have become household names and others are still flying under the radar, all of them have managed to make their mark. They’ve also attracted some big bucks from outside investors, a key indicator that they’re doing something right.
Here, a closer look at some of the major players and their businesses.
Black Tux
Primary business: Tuxedo and suit rentals
Backstory: The Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2013 by longtime friends Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne, who saw an opportunity to improve the traditional tuxedo and suit rental process. Often referred to as the Rent the Runway for guys, the Black Tux has raised $ 60 million in funding since it started, the most recent round coming in March when TZP Group — along with Stripes Group, Menlo Ventures and Raine Ventures — came through with $ 30 million the company said it would use to add more warehouse space. A facility opened in Pennsylvania earlier this year.
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Designer Space: Letting in the Light

Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey creates a home designed to maximize natural light.

After having built multiple homes in the past, the homeowners, a couple in their sixties, were looking for a home they could retire in.  They wanted a light and bright color scheme with plenty of room to entertain their large family. “The goal of the project was to bring in as much light as possible,” says Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey.

It was also important to have everything on the main floor for ease of access that would allow them to age in place. The home features three bedrooms on the main floor and a two bedroom suite in the basement for guests.

“The kitchen is my favorite room in the home,” says Sarah-Marie, “I love how clean and integrated everything is!” The homeowners entertain regularly and needed an open space with plenty of room for family and friends to gather. The kitchen features cabinetry in a mix of bluish gray tones and wood finishes for a very soothing color scheme. A side-by-side panel ready refrigerator and freezer blend seamlessly into the cabinetry and integrated wine storage keeps favorites on hand for easy access when entertaining.

The kitchen island offers additional seating for guests or a nice place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Above the island is a large skylight, one of many in this home. The homeowners value privacy but also wanted plenty of light. While windows are a great way to let in light, they would have needed to be covered for privacy so instead of adding additional windows, skylights were introduced throughout the home to bring in natural light.

A formal dining space with a large table sits next to the kitchen and continues the color scheme of soft neutrals and wood tones. Another skylight over the dining table adds natural light to the space. The dining room had a hallway off to one side that was open, leaving a view of the bedroom doors from the dining table. “The homeowners wanted to keep the hallway light and bright,” says Sarah-Marie, “but being open to the hallway took away from the formal feel of the dining room.” To solve this issue, full length screens were custom fitted to create separation between the dining space and hallway while still allowing light to flow between. The screens create the perfect solution and become a decorative feature in the space at the same time.

One of the focal points of this open concept space is a stunning three sided fireplace with a stone surround that can be seen from the entrance, kitchen, dining and living room. “It really helps to ground the space,” Sarah-Marie shares. The fireplace provides a visual connection from room to room and brings a welcoming warmth to all four spaces when in use.

Another place where the homeowners wanted an open concept feel was the master bedroom and ensuite. To create the right balance between open concept and privacy, the toilet is set into a small, separate room off to the side while the rest of the ensuite is open to the master bedroom. The spaces are defined by a partial wall that acts as the backdrop for a beautiful, freestanding tub. The ensuite features tile flooring, and the custom built-in vanity in the same wood tone as the bedroom flooring, carries the color through and creates a seamless feel.

The homeowners have a very close family and they love to have their children over for sleepovers so one of the bedrooms was specifically designed with their small granddaughters in mind. “This final detail was the perfect finishing touch in creating a home their whole family can enjoy,” says Sarah-Marie.

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Claiming Public Space for Girls on International Youth Day

Today marks International Youth Day; this year’s theme, “Safe Spaces for Youth,” emphasizes the necessity of places where youth can gather and engage in constructive and meaningful discussions where they are free to express themselves. Citing positive effects of the “availability and accessibility of public spaces to youth such as parks, sporting facilities, cafés and community gardens,” The United Nations (UN) Youth Day program identifies creating public safe spaces as one of their priorities.

In 2015, UN Women declared public space to be “a social good, which should be safe, accessible, inclusive and available for all,” though many youth do not enjoy such accessibility. This is especially true for young women.

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Public spaces are often male-dominated environments where violence against women—especially sexual harassment—is unfortunately far too common.

A global report by UN Women states that women face harassment in parks, markets, streets, buses and trains in both urban and rural areas,  and regardless of the country’s level of affluence,and the United Nations Population Fund reported that  “parents often keep their daughters inside the house, protected from any contact with males” by taking them out of school, increasing their domestic chores, or beginning to prepare them for marriage. According to a Population Council report, “for many girls in the developing world, the opportunity to move freely in the community becomes limited at the onset of puberty.” Such restriction on young women’s mobility results in isolation from friends and insufficient social contact, which has negative effects on girls’ health.

By working together to make safe public spaces for girls, communities, youth leaders and local governments can help combat gender-based violence in public. Creating public safe spaces uniquely for female youth is a crucial first step towards transforming all public spaces into areas where women feel safe and towards changing societal beliefs about who should occupy public space and how they should occupy it.

Communities can be extremely effective when they organize to help increase girls mobility in public spaces by creating support groups, establishing facilities, or reserving time solely for girls at an existing community center. The act of reclaiming public spaces in their community that are usually reserved for men and boys is incredibly empowering for young girls, as researchers observed in the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) Parivartan for Girls program.

ICRW, Parivartan for Girls

Parivartan for Girls engaged 12 to 16 year-old girls in a slum community in Mumbai through an 18-month program that combined training session in kabaddi, a traditionally male-only wrestling-like sport popular in South Asia, with empowerment workshops. The program culminated in a kabaddi tournament in front of an audience of over 500 members of the community.

Playing kabaddi publicly helped the girls claim agency over their own bodies and movement. Just as significant is that their parents, who had previously been reluctant to let their daughters out of the home, expressed pride while watching them play.

The United Nations Population Fund strongly recommends that safe spaces for girls are “women and girl-led.” In the Parivartan for Girls program, participants were coached by educated, unmarried 18- to 24-year-old female mentors; they acted as “positive deviants” because they countered cultural gender and marriage norms and set an empowering example for their young mentees. 

The positive impact of female youth leaders was also seen in ICRW’s recent ‘Tikambisane’ intervention, which engaged adolescent, HIV-positive girls in Zambia in six support group sessions that were all co-facilitated by two female peers living with HIV. Participants noted that having peers co-facilitating put them at ease and made them more comfortable discussing their experiences openly, and that their peer mentors “made them feel accepted and fostered a sense of unity.”

Safe spaces for girls are most effective when they are led by young female leaders—both of these programs remind us of the power of connecting girls with mentors from similar backgrounds with common experiences.

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On a larger scale, to make public areas safe for girls, urban planning needs to be sensitive to and informed by gender. City governments should consider gender in their policies on infrastructure and urban planning. A city that is safe for girls needs to include clean, well-lit public toilets that do not have broken doors. It has well-lit streets and efficient, secure public transportation.

To improve the security of the transit system for women, the cities of Montreal and Toronto in Canada began to allow women traveling at night to get off between stops so that they didn’t have to walk as far to their destination in the dark. In Vienna, Austria, upon observing that, as girls and boys turned ten, the number of girls in public parks “dropped off dramatically,” but the number of boys stayed the same, city planners added areas for sports other than football and footpaths to increase accessibility. City officials noticed an increase in the number of girls using the space “almost immediately.”

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As a teenage girl growing up in Washington, D.C., I’ve been fortunate to enjoy broad freedom in my mobility. I generally feel safe while walking to the bus stop, riding on the Metro and traveling around D.C. Thinking of the girls whose parents did not want them to participate in the Parivartan program and play kabaddi, I realized just how lucky I am just to be able to play soccer at the local public park with friends — without fear of harassment.

Everyone plays a role in creating safe spaces for girls. Communities can contribute to this goal by creating empowering, girl-centered programs, and city governments can contribute by factoring women’s needs into their urban planning—but youth voices need to be included in all of these efforts, from project planning and implementation to monitoring and evaluation.

Now is the time to create safe spaces for youth worldwide.

Emma Markus is currently serving as Communications Intern for ICRW and is a Senior in the Communication Arts Program at Montgomery Blair High School. Emma also founded her own charitable organization called Give + Grow (Maa tsi //hoa), which sponsors girl’s education in Tsintsabis, Namibia, and is a writer for Affinity. She serves as the President of her school’s Model United Nations Club and is also a leader in its Girl Up Club.

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Designer Space: Modern & Quirky

 Designer Becky Freeman transforms a home into a family-friendly space.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SPACE’S DESIGN?

BECKY FREEMAN This space was designed for a family with busy teenage kids. The layout is meant to accommodate activities like casual chill time with friends after school, as well as intimate settings for the family to enjoy together.

CHT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

BF Although the design was primarily inspired by the family’s love of modern design, the most important feature that they requested was a teenager-friendly interior. The feeling of familiarity needed to be preserved as much as possible and an element of fun was a must. To achieve this I looked to whimsical additions like 3D animal wall décor for the kids’ love of animals as well as introducing lighthearted artwork and patterns in fabrics.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

BF The Ropes & Wood painted paddles are my favorite design element in the space. They are a dynamic focal point, with a pop of color and understated modern elegance. Modern design is often saturated with monochromatic gray and white tones so the colorful geometric pattern on the paddles offer a fun, bright twist in a sophisticated format. It’s a perfect addition to the clean, Danish inspired design of the home.

CHT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE FAMILY?

BF They are recent city dwellers from the suburbs who are temporarily renting the space until they find their dream city home. They fell in love with the character of this semi-detached rental home with the amenities that the urban neighborhood provided. – Becky Freeman

Photography by Aristea Rizakos
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The Weekend Reset: Space Rock and homemade jerky with a side of Bond.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

APPRECIATE: The auto industry just got a little less interesting.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne was not your typical CEO. He didn’t do things the way everyone else did things. He certainly had no issues letting people know how he felt. And while he was schooled in tax law and accounting, he loved automobiles. He took a failing company and turned it around, and then took on an even bigger failing company, merged them and created a booming brand. His story is one of success, work, work, work and a little controversy. Thanks to Dappered reader Mark G for sending this our way.

 

EAT: Home made jerky is easier than you think. Do it!

The Fatted Calf's Guide to Preserving and Cooking Dried Meaty Goods

It is time to reclaim jerky from the realm of truck stops and convenience stores. Sorry Big Jim, the folks at Fatted Calf Charcuterie in San Francisco (James Beard nominees) have put together a terrific cookbook with 40 “easy-to-follow” recipes for home made jerky and other dried meat dishes from all sorts of proteins. Here is another way to expand what you know how to do in the kitchen AND serve up some conversation along with the goods at your next get together. Plus, when the Zombie Apocalypse happens, these skill sets will come in handy.

 

BUILD: LEGO + Bond = OMG OMG OMG!

James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5

The ten year old in you wants this yesterday. I’m not going to go on about how kids these days have no idea how good they have it. Because, nothing says old like making those comments. However. Come on. This is like the coolest Venn diagram ever. I would have traded my G.I. Joe Adventure RV for this any damn day. Thanks to Joe for sending this my way. Then there’s this!

 

DRINK: A blood orange update of a recent fave.

Blood Orange Moscow Mule from Just A Little Bit of Bacon

A Blood Orange Moscow Mule. I want one of these things right now. This sounds like a legit fantastic cool drink for these hot days. Where is my pitcher, anyway?

 

LISTEN: Space Rock from deep in the heart of Texas.

And just like Texas, the music of The Secret Machines was big, open and a little trippy. The band called what they made Space Rock. It was fitting. These songs are at times spacious and intricate. At others, they are propulsive and hit all the right buttons with harmonies, power chords and atmospheric. The influences come through clearly at times, as if they were tipping their hats to those who came before. Nowhere Again is an album that is always interesting, delivers more surprises with repeated listens and contains a few songs that have never left my gym playlist.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently undergoing a Tim Improvement Project™ (Version 4.0) and he understands that this is a life-long endeavor. 


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Designer Space: All in the Family

Design and function combine to create a dream basement for a young family that loves to entertain.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SPACE’S DESIGN AND THE LAYOUT?

STEPHEN MORGAN This design was based on the concept of creating the ultimate entertainment area for a very active and social family. The 2,200 square foot basement incorporates a theater room, custom wine cellar, complementary bar area, kids play section and additional lounging space with a fireplace. Both accountants by trade, they understand the value of spending money to create a difference rather than spending it where you would never notice.

As a result, the finished space features many gorgeous and thoughtful details like beautiful double barn doors that also allow the adults to keep track of their little ones playing within their own space. The wine cellar was also designed with both function and style in mind. Wall to wall glass with a key lock door keeps children out but allows full view of the stunning wine cellar.

CHT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

SM The Designer, Amy Bray, wanted to create a nature inspired space with a modern feel. The materials were selected from nature’s palette, including Silver Fox marble, walnut, pebble honed travertine, and Mother of Pearl polished slate.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

SM A favorite is the bar area which features 3D Mable and Quartz countertops, a mix of solid maple and painted cabinets and a Mother of Pearl Chevron backsplash. The bar is designed to utilize space under the staircase and creates multiple functioning areas including a cleaning space, mixed drink space and cooking area.

CHT WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN REMODELING?

SM People often focus more on what is beautiful than what is functional. As a designer or homeowner, you need to focus on practicality first, then add that designer touch. Without a functional space, your love for it can easily be tarnished. – Penguin Basements, www.basementscanada.com

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Designer Space: Drama Queen

Designer Gabriele Pizzale creates a master bedroom with dramatic color, luxurious accents and a closet fit for a queen.

When Gabriele Pizzale’s son left home for university,  she was tasked with a seemingly daunting endeavor: redesigning her home. Gabriele, a designer, and her husband, a corporate chef, faced a tale as old as time – they were empty nesters, with more space in their 2,000 square foot nest than they would reasonably utilize.

The forest-adjacent home was on the spacious side, even for the family of five, (including two cats), boasting four bedrooms and four bathrooms before the redesign. Says Gabriele, “We have lived here W for eighteen years, and we fell in love with the house because of the backyard. We knew the interior would need a complete renovation but were happy to do so, to get exactly what we wanted.”

Fortunately, the power couple came prepared with a distinctive design vision. “We both love to shop and enjoy an extensive wardrobe,” says Gabriele. “Since it is only my husband and I living here now, we did not need the extra bedroom, but really wanted to have more space for our wardrobe.”

The designer cites her reasons for transforming the bedroom into a dressing room as being both passionately and practically inclined: “We have always dreamed of a dressing room, one where we store and see all our clothes. It is so great to know what you have, so you don’t keep buying similar items.”

Gabriele proudly dubs their walk-in closet as one of her favorite elements of the redesign. “Having lots of space for our clothes is heavenly. I love to be organized, so having all our clothes sorted by color and type makes me happy!”

While the main floor of the home was kept original to its 1964 finishes, Gabriele referred to the bedroom on the upper floor as a “blank slate.” Here, she made a rather unconventional choice, when she chose to go dark. “We have always loved dark colors, and though the trend now is for lighter, fresher colors, I felt a dark purple almost black, wall would create a very cozy and restful space for a bedroom retreat.”

When asked where they saved and splurged during the redesign, Gabriele cites the millwork, construction, walnut flooring, and the light fixture in the bedroom. “These are long-term items that we don’t want to change again for many years,” she says. “Since we have waited so long to do this renovation we really did not look to save on much. We wanted it to be fabulous so we could enjoy the space for many years.”

For Gabriele and her husband, renovating their family home was a labor of love. “We had a plan and we were prepared for the inconvenience. Honestly, it is all a distant memory now. We love our home and it works so well for us. Short term pain for long-term gain!”

As for Gabriele’s two cats, the transformation was a welcomed one. “They love the new dressing room – it’s their cuddling room!”

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Gunman in parking space shooting not charged because of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

Surveillance video has captured the moment an argument over a parking space outside a store turned into a man being fatally shot while his son stood at the store’s door.
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Most in-home security cameras are painfully obvious, almost as if they’re announcing to the whole room that they’re watching your every move. If you want to discreetly protect confidential documents you keep in your home office or solve the mystery of which one of your kids is stealing cookies after bedtime, the USB Wall Charger With Hidden Camera is your best option.

While it may look like your run-of-the-mill phone charger, it actually houses a hidden camera complete with low light capabilities. Plug it into any outlet and the motion-activated camera will use your WiFi to stream HD footage to any of your computing devices, simultaneously recording audio and video to a Micro SD card. The fact that it is also capable of charging any gadget is just the cherry on top. Regularly $ 129.99, you can get one today for only $ 49.99.

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Exclusive: Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides – sources

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.


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NASA commercial crew program for space station faces delays, report says

Plans to launch the first NASA astronauts since 2011 to the International Space Station from the United States look set to be delayed due to incomplete safety measures and accountability holes in the agency’s commercial crew program, according to a federal report released on Wednesday.


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Photo Flash: Birdland Renovates New Performance Space: The Birdland Theater

For the past few years, Birdland has been excavating the space underneath the existing club to build a brand new performance space – it’s the first new performance space built in the theater district in years. Construction is now complete, get a first look at the new space below
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Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese space probe named after a falcon arrived at an asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth on Wednesday after a three-and-a half year journey on a mission to seek the origins of life.


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Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”

OHMYGOSSIP — Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”.
The 36-year-old singer has been performing vocals for the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ group on tour since 2012 and he took the decision to go out on the road with the British rockers because of the criticism he was receiving for his flamboyant persona.
He explained: “I needed an outlet for me that wasn’t judging. I needed to be in a safe space that didn’t say to me: ‘Don’t do that, people won’t like that.’
“Now there’s an audience for me being exactly who I am. There’s permission given.”
The former ‘American Idol’ contestant admitted his early shows with the band were “a mindf**k” and he never expected to still be touring with them now.
He told The Guardian newspaper: “I’ve figured out how to make those songs work for me. I’m not playing a part, I’m interpreting them from my viewpoint and a lot of what Freddie [Mercury] was exploring is stuff I’m exploring.”
Adam doesn’t think performing with Queen has sidelined his own solo career but he’s trying to figure out how his “different worlds” can exist alongside one another.
Asked if he thinks his solo career has been sidelined, he said: “No. No. I think I’ve managed to balance it. It’s two different worlds and two different ideas, but right now, I’m trying to get them to coexist.”
The ‘Ghost Town’ singer praised flamboyant late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 – for being “ahead of his time” and has discussed a lot with bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May how proud the ‘Under Pressure’ singer would have been of the way sexuality is much more open in the mainstream music industry now.
He said: “Roger was like, ‘I think he would be really open and upfront about it, because that’s what he was like to all of us.’
“[His sexuality] was just taboo in the media. But he was very matter of fact once he’d come to terms with it. And from what I have ascertained, he was fully bisexual. He was dabbling everywhere. I think he was ahead of his time.”
Adam is proud to be open about his own homosexuality and embraces the “responsibility” of being a role model.
He said: “I didn’t get into this to be a role model, but then slowly I realised it was a responsibility I wanted. There’s so much good that can come from being a leader and being open.”

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‘Space kingdom’ seeks citizens for life beyond Earth very soon

VIENNA (Reuters) – Feel like the world is going to the dogs? Want to get away from it all? Here’s a solution: become a citizen of the nation of Asgardia and hope it makes good on its promise to colonize the moon.


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Nick Hague dreamed of the stars as a boy, now he’s heading to space

HOUSTON (Reuters) – As a boy growing up in Kansas, Nick Hague looked up at the stars and wanted to explore the unknown. In October, his dream will come true when he blasts off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.


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Designer Space: Breezy Beach

A small front room gets a family-friendly, open concept makeover.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

LORI STEEVES This space is home to a family of four who wanted to transform a small front room into a living and dining space. The space offers a comfortable beach vibe with plenty of storage space and personalized details to really bring the room  to life.

CHT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN OF THE SPACE?

LS The starting point for the décor was the homeowners’ treasured antique chaise which we positioned under the large window. The rest of the décor scheme grew from there.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

LS It was important to the family to include personal details in the space. We designed a family gallery wall that combined family photos and shadow boxes for treasured keepsakes.

CHT HOW DID YOU MAXIMIZE THE STORAGE SPACE IN THIS SMALL ROOM?

LS We employed a few important space saving techniques in this room. We custom built a corner bench in the dining area. It was designed to double as storage space. The coffee table was also custom built and the footstool tucked underneath can double as an extra seat when needed.

CHT WHAT OTHER UNIQUE SOLUTIONS DID YOU UTILIZE IN THIS SPACE?

LS We chose to conceal the TV into the custom millwork above the fireplace. This allows the TV to be hidden out of sight when not in use. – Simply Home Decorating, www.simplyhomedecorating.com

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Stephen Hawking’s voice beamed into space at final send-off

LONDON (Reuters) – The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London’s Westminster Abbey.
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Designer Space: Living on the Sunshine Coast

This luxury, 4,000 square foot, post and beam vacation home offers amazing views and plenty of room for guests.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE HOME’S DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

ANDY KOBERWITZ This home was designed to take advantage of the amazing views of Agamemnon Channel. It carries the signature style that West Coast Log Homes are recognized for worldwide with unique craftsmanship and distinctive design. Using whole Western Red Cedar logs, the home was handcrafted using precision joinery for immense strength and natural beauty. Dakota Ridge Builders, our construction contracting company, completed the finishing of the home.

CHT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

AK The owners wanted the design to lend itself well to hosting indoor/outdoor summer parties. Tall kitchen windows open the full length of the kitchen to expose the area to the deck. This allows the hosts to prepare delightful meals while easily chatting with guests on the patio. Downstairs, the floor to ceiling doors open the entire length of the wall. This provides for an easy flow from the great room to the patio and infinity pool beyond.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

AK Every wing of the home takes in amazing views. One can admire the sunset, keep an eye on the kids in the pool or simply watch kayakers glide past from one of the many decks or windows.

CHT CAN YOU OFFER WORDS OF WISDOM TO READERS LOOKING TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME?

AK Every successful building project begins with a good design. Design with a goal and your lifestyle in mind. Know your spending limits, develop a realistic home building budget and select an experienced builder who will help plan, organize and coordinate your project. With proper planning and management, a builder can help you achieve your goals for scope, cost, time and quality.

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EU Commission shoots for stars with increased space budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase its budget for space programs to 16 billion euros ($ 18.85 billion) between 2021 and 2027, aiming to consolidate the bloc’s role as a “space power”.


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Jenny Packham Wants You to See Outer Space on the Red Carpet

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It’s always a bit of a guessing game, seeing a rack of Jenny Packham‘s beautiful red carpet gowns, because in front of you are a series of garments you will likely be seeing on your TV screen at an awards ceremony pretty soon.

Indeed, Packham told a reporter on Sunday that yes, there would be at least one celebrity wearing her at the British BAFTA awards in a week’s time. And yes, next stop Oscars. Discreet silence all around.

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Opening act: step into artrepublic’s brand-new gallery space

It’s our 25th anniversary, and we’re doing something big to celebrate. Join us as we host a double launch party with a very special artist…

artrepublic is celebrating 25 years on Brighton’s Bond Street and, to mark this anniversary, we’re expanding… next door!

We’d love you to join us for our opening party, 5-8pm on Friday 4th May, as we kick things off with a Magnus Gjoen exclusive – the launch of the artist’s brand-new sculpture. If you want a sneak peak of the former fashion designer’s latest thought-provoking artwork, and to meet the man himself, this event at the top end of the May bank holiday weekend is your chance.

If you can’t make it down to Brighton’s Bond Street on the night of the launch, you’re always welcome to drop by and check out our extended gallery area, which will be dedicated to showcasing original and limited edition artworks by leading and emerging artists.


This additional gallery area is especially exciting to the artrepublic team as it means we can continue to do what we love best – spotting young creative talent and building relationships with established artists – in order to bring you even more of the art that speaks to you.

After 25 years in our Bond Street location, we realise this is more than just an exhibition space though. Our aim has always been to open the door to art in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so we will be hosting a series of special events in the new gallery throughout the year – keep an eye out for information about these on the blog or in your email inbox.

If you’re not already getting our emails, why not sign up to our newsletter and join our republic of art? We share regular updates about the latest art in the gallery, as well as interviews with our artists and information about upcoming events and launches.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new space very soon. If you plan to come to the gallery opening, please RSVP to events@artrepublic.com.

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Scott Kelly spent a year in space – was he the same as his twin when he got back? FB

Scott Kelly is an American astronaut who worked for NASA from 1996 to 2016 and took part in a year-long experiment aboard the ISS (International Space Station). He undertook the experiment alongside his identical twin brother, Mark, who stayed firmly on the ground while he was sent up into space. The experiment was aiming to detail the differences between the identical twins during the time Scott spent up in space, and the immediate after effects of that time in zero gravity. As there was a genetic copy of Scott on Earth (his twin brother), this was the ideal experiment to show exactly what effects space travel has on the human body.

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Scott studied hard, earning two degrees, and joined the military, enrolling in the U.S. Navy. He succeeded greatly in both fields, rising to prominence and being chosen by NASA to join their team of pilots and astronauts. Not to be outdone, his brother followed a very similar path, and they both were able to get into space through their military training and engineering knowledge. There was a question that, up until now hadn’t been answered – how exactly does the body change when traveling through space? Are there any more differences that happen on a molecular level that the human eye wouldn’t be able to see? In a show of his support for science, Scott agreed to undertake the study despite the risks that were present. He agreed to stay up in space for 340 days. The goal of the experiment was to provide scientists with enough data to help analyze whether extended space exploration missions are viable in the future.


 

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Scott is now retired from the space program and can hold his head up high having done an awful lot for the future of humanity. Space exploration will allow the human race to develop new energy solutions as well as learn about the effects the solar system has had on our planet. If we can explore the other planets, we might be able to deduce exactly how and when the Earth was created and whether there was ever life on any neighboring planets. As many people have become aware, the planet is running low on raw materials, which is why renewable energy is becoming more and more necessary. Space exploration can both help us find new raw materials while trying to avoid damaging our own planet any further. NASA’s budget for 2017 was $ 19.65 billion, which was a substantial $ 600 million over what they had requested for the year.

This article will explore some of the amazing things Scott Kelly got up to when he was stationed on the ISS for almost a year. But what effects did space travel have on his body? And was he really still the same as his twin once he got back to Earth?

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Theranos employee created ‘Space Invaders’ game to shoot reporter who exposed startup

At least there’s no blood spilled in this geeky video game. An employee at Theranos — the disgraced blood-testing startup founded by Silicon Valley wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes — has exacted a nerdy revenge on the reporter whose hard-hitting exposés took down the company. It came in the form of a crude version of the classic…
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Kim, Fix My House: Stylish Small Space Hacks

Small Space Hacks

Downtown living where space is at a premium is the new norm for many of us. Rather than feeling trapped by these limitations, there are new stylish small space hacks for storage solutions which combine the freedom of clutter removal with the impact of great style.

Small Space Hacks

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OTTOMAN EMPIRE Ottomans provide a stylish way to hide a multitude of hoarding sins. They also tuck neatly under a floating shelf or in a corner to be brought out for additional seating when needed.

BENEATH THE BED Under-bed storage bins or boxes are an extremely useful tool given that they are usually not seen by anyone but the homeowner. Seasonal clothes, extra pillows or blankets, can all live comfortably under your bed or sofa until they are needed. Many bins have wheels making it easy to access items when needed.

FOLDING TIME Think practically and fill your small space with double duty pieces. There are many options for furniture that function in more than one way. A drop leaf table can become a console, desk or even dining room table depending on how and where you set it up. Changing accessories based on use is an easy tactic to instantly increase your space. Recognizing a serious demand, many furniture designers are now creating pieces with a fold-out option like desks that start off small and stylish but open to seat up to six guests comfortably.

HOOKED UP Time-tested, sturdy and stylish fold-down metal hooks are must have small space hacks for any homeowner with limited space and no garage. Whether hanging extra chairs until company arrives or affixing your bike to the wall during home hours, hooks are useful and also make your place look like a cool warehouse loft in Brooklyn.

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George R.R. Martin Says His New TV Series Is ‘Psycho in Space.’ Here’s Your First Look

Although George R.R. Martin fans may still have a while to wait until The Winds of Winter—the long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series—finally hits shelves, there’s now a new project from the Game of Thrones author to look forward to.

Based on Martin’s 1980 novella of the same name, Nightflyers is a 10-episode space horror series that is set to air on Syfy this fall and will chronicle a group of scientists’ harrowing encounter with an alien race 75 years in the future.

Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship,” Martin explains in a first-look video for the show that dropped on Tuesday. “It’s like Psycho in space.”

The series will star Gretchen Mol as Dr. Agatha Matheson, Eoin Macken as Karl D’Branin, Maya Eshet as Lommie, Sam Strike as Thale and Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha Jhirl with Jeff Buhler as showrunner.

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Small Space Design Tips

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Design expert Tina Marie Singh of Lionsgate Design shares her favorite small space design tips with Canadian Home Trends Magazine (As Seen In Condo/New Build 2018).

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USE COLOR WISELY – Keep it light, especially when using a dark flooring material. Dark colors make a space feel a lot smaller but a light wall color will make the space feel open and airy.

HANG TALL CURTAINS – Place a drapery rod really close to the ceiling to make the ceiling appear higher.

ADD A MIRROR – A full-body mirror adds dimension and makes any small space appear much larger.

PULL FURNITURE AWAY FROM WALLS – Leaving a few inches between the wall and the back of your sofa, will make your living room look more open.

BRING IN A PLANT – Greenery makes even the smallest spaces feel fresher and lighter. If you don’t have room on the floor, try a hanging plant.

THROW IN SOME METALLICS – A shimmery lamp, light fixture, or object will have a similar effect as a mirror.

INVEST IN DUAL PURPOSE FURNITURE – Look for multiple uses in everything you buy. An ottoman is cozy, but one with hidden storage is even better.

OPT FOR AIRY PIECES – Instead of a solid-wood coffee table, choose a see-through acrylic one or a table with an open base.

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Kaiser Permanente Creates New Engaging Library Space at Underserved School in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Kaiser Permanente is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new Upper Elementary Library at Barrett Elementary School in South Los Angeles.

With a team of community members and school volunteers, Kaiser Permanente staff transformed an unused classroom at the elementary school into an engaging space for third- through fifth-grade students. Barrett Elementary School Principal Jera Turner hopes the library will cultivate a love of reading and spark students’ curiosity about the world around them.

The unveiling event will take place at the school on Friday, March 9, featuring remarks by Wanda Austin, former chief executive officer of Aerospace Corp., a leading architect for the nation’s space program. Austin is one of the “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics” heroes honored on one of the walls of the library. The event will also include student presentations and a tour of the newly renovated space.

Murals grace the walls that were designed by Helene Cobb, artist and retired Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, whose work can be seen at several schools in the area. They represent California’s unique range of ecosystems, as well as outerspace, bringing nature indoors in a 360-degree experience. Teams turned desks into works of art, creating colorful energizing work surfaces. Additionally, drought-resistant native California plants were placed in the kindergarten play area to attract wildlife and nurture an appreciation of nature.

The Upper Elementary Library was made possible by a donation of more than 4,000 books by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. In collaboration with LAUSD, Jordan-Locke network of schools, Educational Theatre has committed to present all three of their elementary health education programs at each of the 16 Jordan-Locke schools over the next three years, with follow-up support provided by Watts Counseling and Learning Center.

“We are happy to have been invited to transform this space into a special place that encourages a love of reading and learning.” said Gerry Farrell, director, Southern California Educational Theatre for Kaiser Permanente. “We hope it will continue to inspire students at this school for many generations to come.”

For information about the event, contact Jennifer Lounibos, manager of booking and communications for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Program, at 213-841-6759.

Event Information:
Barrett Elementary School
419 W. 98th St., Los Angeles, CA 90003
Upper-Level Library Unveiling

Friday, March 9
10 a.m. to noon

*Please note this event is not open to the public. Media is welcome to attend.


About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Staging Tips for a Small Space


Small space staging is tricky, but not impossible! Keep reading for a few clever tips we recommend to help you stage your small space up. 

 

A Reverse Housewarming Party 

The first rule of thumb when staging your home: less it more. Clutter will ultimately dissuade prospective homebuyers, so you want to nip that in the bud. Consider hosting a party before your first open house, the aim being to sell or give away any space-hogging items, so you can stage with a blank slate. 

 

Store Galore 

Small spaces tend to jive well with minimalistic decor, so anything extraneous, such as figurines or picture frames which can’t be sold, should be stored out of sight. 

 

Free Up Corners 

To better enforce a sense of spaciousness, leave the corners of the room as empty as possible. You want to make prospective buyers can see every nook and cranny: the more open space that’s visible, the larger the space will feel. 

 

Be Wary of Barriers 

This idea is not for everyone, but if you’re working with a small space that’s constricted with lots of wall divisions, consider removing your interior doors all together, with the exception of rooms that lead to bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets. 

 

Play It Safe With Colors and Patterns 

If you’ve employed more than one paint color throughout your small space, you may want to consider repainting at least one of those colors. Painting every room the same color is a tactical move, and will lend your space a continuous feel. Beware of loud, contrasting prints, which will break up the continuity. 

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They did it: On Tuesday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy — and managed to land, in spectacular fashion, at least two of its three booster rockets. In so doing, it pushed the envelope for human space travel, paving the way for larger payloads and more distant journeys into the unknown….
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10 Sunroom Decorating Ideas That’ll Brighten Your Space

A solarium already benefits from natural lighting (score!), so focus your energies on finding the perfect furniture and accessories. Then re-envision the whole first floor with even more great design ideas for your living room and family room.

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22 DIY Home Decor Projects for a Prettier Space

Skip the professional decorator and whip up your own homemade decor instead. With only a few supplies, these easy craft projects will spruce up the place in no time.

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10 Genius Small Bathroom Ideas That’ll Totally Transform Your Space

For a space so tiny, a whole lot has to happen in the bathroom. And don’t get us started on fitting all our makeup, haircare tools, medicine and more in a cramped vanity. These organizing solutions create new storage in spots you’ve probably never thought about before. That way, you can have your nail polish and flat iron, too.

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Wisconsin has a massive, decade-old tornado scar that is still visible from space

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Tornados can be absolutely devastating forces of nature, especially when they materialize over a populated area with little warning, but the destruction they bring often fades with time. That doesn’t seem to be the case in northern Wisconsin, where a 40-mile-long scar still remains from a strong tornado which tore through thousands of acres of forest over a decade ago.

On June 7th, 2007, a large EF3 tornado sliced through thick woods in the north of the state, tearing down everything in its path for 40 miles before finally sputtering to a stop. An incredible 14,000 acres of forest was lost to the twister, and as The Weather Channel points out, the area still sports a nasty gash that can be seen from weather satellites.

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Black Mirror’s Fourth Season Struggles Until There’s an Episode in Space. Seriously

It’s easy to tell tales about the near future—until it catches up with you. That’s the problem Black Mirror faces in its fourth season, which hits Netflix on Dec. 29. The twisty sci-fi anthology series, which first aired in the U.K. in 2011, still shares stories about technology and how it affects relationships. But imaginative, prescient stories are harder now. Reality in the late 2010s has been more creative in devising narrative turns than fiction could. As for prescience, if many are convinced there’s no future, who cares what the future’s tech looks like?

Sci-fi can serve as an escape when the future feels dark, but it can also seem a bit frivolous when its aperture is narrow. Several of the six episodes in the new season of Black Mirror stick to the show’s blueprint, focusing on how a specific technology affects a specific person or few people. The implications are meant to be chilling. For example, a technology that allows a parent to censor what her child sees produces a blinkered and angry young adult. But in the end, these stories end up seeming both more scolding than ever and perversely assuaging. In the near future Black Mirror depicts, there will still be helicopter parents, but they’ll leave the rest of us basically alone. An episode in which humanity is on the run from a dangerous technology we seem to have created ourselves is sketchily-drawn enough to be a momentary sort of comfort, too. If Charlie Brooker, the show’s seemingly endlessly inventive creator, can’t come up with a compelling way we’d end ourselves, maybe things aren’t so bad.

Of course, Black Mirror is in our world, sort of: “This isn’t an episode. This isn’t marketing. This is reality,” the show’s official account tweeted on election night 2016. But Black Mirror, despite one previous episode positing a future in which a literal cartoon character rose to political prominence, was generally stronger as a Twilight Zone-esque series of parables than a comment on what is actually happening in our world. Its statements resonated more sharply in a duller era. If the show wants to position itself as entirely of the moment, it has more work to do in meeting its viewers where they are, at a place where concern over what we’re doing to each other extends beyond implanted brain-modification technologies—and beyond the individual.

The season has bright spots: An episode about a dating technology whose control over its users can’t seem to erase the possibility of a real connection, scans a bit like an attempt to repeat the success of the dating-in-virtual-reality opus “San Junipero.” That episode’s depiction of two women whose romance pushed past the boundaries of time, reality and life in the closet provided Black Mirror a breakthrough moment of sorts, as even the most casual of fans swooned to the uncharacteristic earnestness. This time, the twist was the miracle of love. It was an episode that simultaneously engaged issues of the heart and the way technology has reshaped possibilities of what life can look like for all of us. “Hang the DJ” is no “San Junipero,” but the show may as well copy from its own best work.

But one episode this season has the imaginative power of Black Mirror at its best: “U.S.S. Callister.” The 1960s space serial features a large cast in a Star Trek-like fictional universe, all bubblegum colors and bright responses to the all-knowing Captain, who end up facing down existential threats. This episode makes the universe of Black Mirror seem more ambitious, and not merely because its characters are hurtling through space. It works because the show’s verve and its anger are reserved for something that’s happening right now—something that viewers understand as a threat more potent than imagined mechanical predators or mind-controlling implants.

In depicting not just a male villain consumed by his misogyny (Jesse Plemons) but the women who face him down (among them Cristin Milioti and Michaela Coel), the episode of a pessimistic show gives us not just a catastrophic future but real heroes fighting back. It also includes what makes people good, not just what’s making them worse. “U.S.S. Callister” feels ambitious and boundless, a rarity for the series. On a season in which Black Mirror drifts yet further away from many viewers’ real sense of dystopia, this dispatch from deep space will remind you of science fiction’s power to cut to the very heart of modern concerns.


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Designer Space: All in the Details

Sara Augenblick of Model Space Designs shares some of her favorite tips and tricks for modern window coverings.

In the past, the trend towards minimalism brought forth a reduction in the use of draperies but a recent trend promoting comfortable, luxurious living has seen draperies returning to the forefront of design.

Draperies add a finishing touch that help pull together a room and soften the space and custom draperies can do so much more. Working with a window covering professional will ensure that your window coverings allow you to maximize the use of your space with special tricks and tips they have gathered over the years to deal with design issues like odd shaped windows, multi-functional rooms and small spaces. They can offer solutions that will complement your décor and maximize natural light and make the most of your budget.

With the many benefits of custom draperies, both for function and design, it is no surprise that custom draperies are poised to be a hot trend in décor in 2018.

SIMPLY STUNNING

Ceiling mounted rods with fan folded drapes create a clean look without distracting the eye from the statement made by the wallpaper. The color brings out the gray in the wallpaper for a sharp contrast.

FINISHING DETAILS

Decorative Roman shades give the kitchen windows a finished look. We mounted these six inches above the window frames, a great little trick that gives you a designer look without sacrificing the view or natural light.

ROOM TO GROW

Ivory panels with purple embellishments give them a childlike feel but can easily be updated to grow with the child. Both practical and pretty, the panels are paired with blackout shades so Mom can enjoy a few more hours of sleep.

A custom, functional Roman shade turns an odd window into a decorative feature and continues the ivory and purple theme.

Custom Drapery by Sara Augenblick of Model Space Designs, Photos by Larry Arnal, Arnal Photography

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Creates Co-Working Space for Beauty Industry Pros

Entrepreneur Wilson Nolley Jr. had a mission: To help beauty industry professionals prosper.

He set forth on his mission and founded Salontra Select Suites—a 35,000-square-foot space that houses 135 suites for salon professionals. The business is still thriving 10 years after launch.

Call it a “co-working space for stylists,” if you will; Salontra allows beauty professionals to lease their very own salon suite within a larger community of fellow professionals.

 

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Professionals using the space include cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, nail technicians, and more. As with other co-working spaces, Salontra Select Suites offers those using the space a number of amenities such as concierge service; café with complimentary Starbucks coffee bar; and more. This community has grown rapidly over the last 10 years and it all started with Nolley’s vision.

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Black Enterprise caught up with Nolley, the founder, CEO, and president of Salontra Select Suites and Salontra Property Management, to learn more about his entrepreneurial journey and his venture.

 

Who is Wilson “Mr. Will” Nolley Jr? 

I am a visionary with a strong emphasis on making life better for the members of my community through entrepreneurship.

Where were you born and raised? 

I was born and raised in Baltimore City: Projects of Mt. More Court (West Baltimore); Harford Road (East Baltimore); and Poplar Grove (West Baltimore).

How did you get started in entrepreneurship? 

I was inspired at an early age. At the age of seven, I began working with my dad who owned his own business. My father owned an ice cream truck, and at the age of 11, I was making $ 100 a day…that was 1975…a lot of money for a little boy…good money for any boy now.

How did you come up with the concept? 

The concept had been around about a decade before I came along. I wanted to make the suite concept work for my community. I took the concept and added amenities that were relevant to my community: drop-in center for children; catering services for the busy stylist and client; hospitality service for stylists and clients; and retail vendors. In short, we allowed smaller businesses within our community a place to expand their businesses without the high overhead of opening a brick and mortar.

How did you come up with the name “Salontra Select Suites?”

Early in my career, I learned that catchy names and phone numbers were really important to retail businesses. So, I had to come up with a name that would flow off of everyone’s tongue.

What preparation did you take prior to launching your business? 

Months of interviewing stylists and cosmetology professionals in my community to determine what they were missing, and what was going to help their business grow.

What was the biggest challenge you faced launching Salontra Select Suites? 

The biggest challenge was convincing national real estate companies that this was a viable business concept.

How many locations do you have to date? 

Three: Catonsville, Maryland; Laurel, Maryland; and Bowie, Maryland.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting their own business? 

Research. Research. Research.

What’s next? To open locations nationwide through partnerships and private equity.

You can take a virtual tour of Salontra Select Suites here.

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Space makes astronauts’ brains move, and scientists can’t tell if that’s bad or not

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If you were about to embark on a journey into outer space there’s probably plenty of things that would be running through your mind. Whether one of the most vital organs in your body would go on an adventure of its own is probably not one of those things, but new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that perhaps it should be.

The study, which focused on observations of astronauts brains before and after significant trips into zero gravity, revealed that the position of a person’s brain inside of their skull actually shifts over time thanks to the fact that gravity no longer pushes down on it. That’s a pretty significant finding, but the biggest question still remains unanswered: is that a bad thing, and if so, how bad?

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One year after the Nation’s first black president rang in the opening of the African American History Museum, visitors reflect on its impact
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Designer Space: City-Savvy Haven

This corner condo with a gleaming view is home to a busy media production executive who travels extensively. He chose the two-floor penthouse because it offered all the luxurious aspects of a well-appointed home.

“Our mandate was to help him customize from the base building materials to suit his lifestyle and design aesthetic.” Designer Lisa Stevens says of the pied-à-terre’s design raison d’être. “It was about classic, masculine pieces with a sense of theatricality and wit.”

Relying on neutral gray, Stevens created a custom-made space that is both open and intimate. He already owned the sofa so Stevens built choices from his existing furniture. Stevens’ advice for designing with gray is to always stay with grays that are true gray, or on the warmer end in their tones as the warmer grays tend to play better.

The living room’s nine foot ceilings receive a visual lift by the glass walls. The wraparound terrace also boosts the suite’s visual verve. By choosing a gray palette, attention is focused on the furniture’s shapes, such as in the upholstered chair’s wings and rounded hills of the Mies van der Rohe-esque sofa. A glass wall in the living room was grounded with a stone clad bench while the ambiance was enhanced with a biofuel fireplace.

“When adding color, choose what makes you happy and run with it! Make a commitment and be true to it,” Stevens advises. Jazzed colors, as in the accent pillows, coffee tables and rug, soften the living room and patio’s angles. These pops of color, found in geometric patterns, add a sophisticated tone to the vividness. “I might tire of a yellow sofa over time, but that enameled metal end table still makes me smile!” Stevens suggests using smaller scale pieces, like end tables, to add a real sense of style and wit without the huge commitment that larger furniture might require.

Scarce space requires ingenuity. On the second floor, the homeowner needed to maximize the dressing area storage. Lisa’s solution was to open up the entire space. This created an open concept space that included a highly customized dressing room, bedroom and ensuite.

Sly humor and comfort blend in the bath area. The tub is raised, like a curved sculpture, on a plinth. Its unabashed demeanor is a witty retort to conventional design. Its circle of admirers includes the soft spoken woods of the chairs, drawers, and flooring. The bed’s pillows, in mocha and rainy blues, echo those curves as do their geometrics.

The glass table lamp answers the room’s masculine pieces with feminine lightness. Angles and curves are cufflinked together by the metallics found in the tables, bed frame and drawer pulls. Open rectangles were a motif chosen for their strong form which gives structure to the whimsical elements.

“It’s classic haberdashery! A gray suit with a spot of color in the tie, pocket square or socks. I love hidden boisterous details in menswear,” says Lisa of the finished design. “The space, was a good reflection of the homeowner and his tastes.”

Text by J. Lynn Fraser, Photography by Brandon Barre

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