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Mothra: celebrating Godzilla’s queen of the monsters

She’s been called the ‘Queen of the Monsters’, and she is perhaps the most beautiful and mystical of the classic Toho kaiju. See related Godzilla: King Of The Monsters review: fantastic beasts, ridiculous plot
While colleagues like Godzilla and Rodan have been ambivalent about their relationship with humanity over the years – if not outright hostile on a number of occasions – Mothra has almost always seen it as her duty to protect those little creatures running around on the surface of the Earth, even if they often did not accord her the proper respect and understanding. Her defence of the planet and its people continues in Godzilla: King of the Monsters , her first Hollywood movie.
Mothra made her debut in 1961, and alternated between appearing as either a giant larva/caterpillar or a massive moth. She is actually known as Mosura in Japan and the first movie was based on a serialized novel called The Luminous Fairies and Mothra . The book established the concept of the two tiny humanoid fairies who act as Mothra’s heralds, as well as Mothra’s origin as a divine larva hatching from an egg and later evolving into its winged form.
Mothra was the first of the kaiju to receive title billing alongside Godzilla, in 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla . She was the first of the major kaiju to share the screen with the king of the monsters, who had previously only fought the relatively lesser monster Anguirus in 1955’s Godzilla Raids Again and the American-created King Kong in 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla . She ultimately became second only to Godzilla in terms of total screen appearances, while also becoming the only kaiju of the Toho universe to get her own spin-off series.
Mothra was initially created for the screen through two different kinds of practical effects. The larval form was a large puppet operated by six stuntmen crawling in single file, while the adult version was a wire-operated mechanical puppet, with radio-controlled legs added in later films. Her origins have changed over the years, while her powers have included enormous blasts of air generated by her wings, a poisonous yellow powder (“scales”) that can suffocate her enemies, psychic abilities, and of course the silken web she can spray in her larval form to immobilize her opponents. The Showa Era (1961-1968)
The 1961 movie Mothra from Toho Studios was part of the company’s initiative to expand its universe of giant monsters, which had up to that point introduced Godzilla, Anguirus, Rodan and Varan. The director was Ishiro Honda, who made the original Gojira seven years earlier and directed many of Toho’s best-known kaiju films, while the screenplay was by first-timer Shinichi Sekizawa, who went on to write a number of Godzilla movies for Honda and Toho.
Mothra did not portray the giant insect goddess as a benign creature, however, but an enraged deity who hatches from her egg on Infant Island – where the inhabitants worship her – after her fairies, known as the Shobijin, are kidnapped by invaders from the nation of Rolisica who intend to exploit them. She tears through Japan in her search for the Shobijin before finally tracking them to Rolisica, where she destroys the capital city there until recovering the fairies and heading back to Infant Island.
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) was her next appearance, in which her egg washed up on the coast of Japan where it is made into a tourist attraction. The Shobijin head to Japan to ask for it back and are captured as well, although some sympathetic humans help them return to Infant Island. Godzilla soon attacks Japan, and the humans lobby the Shobijin to persuade a dying Mothra to return to Japan and fight him off (the impending death of the creature is usually accompanied by the arrival of offspring). Mothra agrees, sacrificing her life in a losing battle with the giant reptile, although her egg hatches and twin larvae emerge to wrap Godzilla in webbing and throw him into the ocean.
Mothra showed up again in 1964’s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster , still one of the most popular and beloved of Toho Studios’ first wave of kaiju movies. Only Mothra is initially determined to stop Ghidorah as he arrives from space and levels city after city, but when she bravely goes it alone against the beast, her courage convinces Godzilla and Rodan – previously foes – to join the battle with her. The film marks the first time that some of Earth’s most fearsome and gigantic monsters would team up to defend the planet against a common enemy, with Mothra acting as a sort of conscience for them.
Despite working together in the previous film, Godzilla and Mothra found themselves at odds again in 1966’s Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (a.k.a. Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster ). After Godzilla fights both the title monster, a sort of giant lobster, and a terrorist organisation known as the Red Bamboo, he is apparently so worked up that he picks a fight with an imago (adult) Mothra as she’s trying to rescue the human population from an island that’s about to be destroyed. Mothra turns the other cheek, however, simply knocking the big green guy aside so she can successfully proceed with her rescue.
Mothra was back in larval form for 1968’s Destroy All Monsters , living peacefully on the island sanctuary known as Monsterland with the other kaiju until their minds are hijacked by the alien Kilaaks. Mothra is dispatched to destroy first Beijing on her own and then Tokyo in conjunction with Godzilla, Rodan and Manda. Once the monsters are freed from the Kilaaks’ control, however, the gang team up to defeat both the alien invaders and their ultimate weapon, King Ghidorah. Mothra and the giant spider Kumonga do their part by tag-teaming the three-headed dragon with webbing. The Heisei Era (1992-1998)
Mothra took a breather for 14 years after the strenuous events of Destroy All Monsters , before surfacing twice in the second series (the Heisei period) of Godzilla films. The first was 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra , part of a deliberate attempt by Toho to revive some of the most popular monsters from the Showa era after the box office failure of 1989’s Godzilla vs. Biollante . With Mothra one of the most popular kaiju – especially among women – she was a clear candidate for a revival.
At first developed as a standalone Mothra film called Mothra vs. Bagan , the film ended up becoming the highest-grossing of all the Toho Godzilla movies. The plot brought back aspects of the Mothra mythology such as Infant Island, the monster emerging from an egg and the tiny fairies, called Cosmos this time out. Mothra fights both Godzilla and another ancient flying creature, called Battra, in the film, although by the end she has defeated them both and heads happily into space with the Cosmos.
Mothra makes only a brief appearance in 1994’s Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla , where she and the Cosmos encounter the title villain in space and send a warning about him back to Earth (it’s also possible that Mothra helped create SpaceGodzilla by inadvertently carrying some of Godzilla’s cells into space with her). By this point, plans were underway to give Mothra something that no other kaiju in the Godzilla universe had ever received – her own standalone series.
The Rebirth of Mothra trilogy was separate from the continuity of the Godzilla films and the first one, Rebirth of Mothra (1996), was the last film produced before his death by Tomoyuki Tanaka, creator of the Godzilla franchise. In the first entry, Mothra was portrayed as the last remaining member of a species of giant moths who guarded a civilisation of tiny humanoid beings called the Elias – the latest version of the original Shobijin fairies. This civilisation was destroyed millions of years ago by a monster called Desghidorah (a relative of Ghidorah), whom Mothra defeated.
When Desghidorah returns in the present, Mothra is too weakened to fight but lays an egg that produces a new male Mothra, named Mothra Leo. Sadly Mothra is killed by Desghidorah while Leo is still too young to get into the battle, but Leo eventually matures and defeats the creature. Mothra Leo returned in Rebirth of Mothra II (1997), where he evolved into new forms like Rainbow Mothra and Aqua Mothra in order to fight an underwater pollution-eating monster called Dagahra.
Rebirth of Mothra III (1998) was the conclusion of the trilogy and featured Ghidorah himself as its villain. Mothra Leo gets in the ring with Ghidorah and is defeated, but becomes Light Speed Mothra in order to time travel to the past and engage with Ghidorah there. Leo’s plan to eradicate the dragon from the timeline fails, however, and they must again do battle in the present, with Mothra Leo becoming an armor-plated version of himself to destroy the beast. By the end of the film and trilogy, Armor Mothra is transformed into the divine Eternal Mothra and flies away in peace, its mission fulfilled. The Millennium Era (2001-2004)
Mothra made three more live-action appearances in the third era of Godzilla movies, starting with 2001’s Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters’ All-Out Attack . As was the curious case with other films in the Millennium era, this acted as a direct sequel to the original 1954 Godzilla and ignored the events of previous entries in the series (so each Mothra in the Millennium films is a “different” one). The movie also repositioned Mothra as one of the ancient Guardian Monsters who, along with Baragon and Ghidorah, must defend the planet against the now-evil Godzilla.
As its mouthful of a title suggested, GMK delivered loads of heavy monster action while flipping the script and the loyalties of its two main antagonists. It also introduced a mystical element into the proceedings during a third act in which Mothra’s spirit is transferred into Ghidorah, turning him into something called the Thousand Year Dragon, with both their spirits flowing into Godzilla and sinking him into the ocean.
Mothra returned for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), warning humans (through the Shobijin) that their creation of an enormous cyborg called Kiryu (basically a souped-up Mechagodzilla) using genetic material from the original Godzilla is an affront to nature that she cannot tolerate. Mothra dies in battle against Godzilla in this one, but not before producing an egg that hatches two new Mothra larvae into the world who help Kiryu defeat Godzilla.
Mothra is given a slightly different backstory in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), with the movie postulating that millions of years ago, she fought an ancient creature called Gigan (who first appeared in Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972). When Gigan is revived by the sinister alien race the Xiliens, Mothra once again hears the call of duty and soars into battle, seemingly sacrificing herself to help Godzilla defeat both Gigan and a Ghidorah offshoot known as Monster X and/or Keizer Ghidorah. But at the end of the film, Mothra is seen to still be alive, flying off to Infant Island to reunite with her beloved Shobijin.
That was 15 years ago, and while Mothra – like the other kaiju – has also appeared in books, comics, video games and short-lived animated series, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will mark the big screen return of this popular, dedicated and godlike protector of both humanity and fairies. The new Mothra is ethereal, elegant and luminous, reminding us that nature can work in mysterious ways and that every monster is not automatically monstrous. Long live the Queen.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is out now.

WWDC 2019 Preview: Here’s everything we expect to see!

WWDC 2019 Preview: Here’s everything we expect to see! maj Posted by Michael Posted in Okategoriserade WWDC 2019, Apple’s 30th annual World Wide Developers Conference, is just a week away. Here’s all the iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and new Mac Pro goodness we expect to see!
The music fades. The lights go down. A video plays. Developers. Apps. Apple. The community. We’re all together again. And when the lights come back up, Tim Cook is walking onto the stage.
“Thank you. Thank you. Good morning. And welcome to Apple’s 30th annual WWDC!” Rather watch than read? Gui Rambo for Stack Trace and 9to5Mac joined me for a complete video preview, so hit pay and enjoy!
And then we’re going to get it — Festivus in June. When Apple unwraps all the software presents, from iOS 13 to macOS 10.15, tvOS 13 to watchOS 6. And maybe, just maybe, our first look at the all-new, all modular Mac Pro and 6K Pro Display. WWDC 2019: iOS 13
Tim Cook hands off the clicker to Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, and the iOS 13 logo fills the big screen above the stage.
Here’s what Gui Rambo from 9to5Mac says we’re getting now. iOS 13 Dark Mode
Back in 2013, Apple released iOS 7, their first major software redesign for iPhone and iPad. And it was bright. And white. So very bright and white that many of us hoped immediately for a dark mode. Something to make it the opposite of bright and white, especially at night.
And, in 2014, Apple gave us just that. But not for iPhone or iPad. For the then brand new Apple Watch. But that was ok. That was cool, because after inverse colors and smart inverse colors, which were kinda sorta but no not really, in 2017 Apple gave us dark mode… for Apple TV. Fine. Everything was fine. Because in 2018, we finally got dark mode… for the Mac.
Yeah. Ouch. I’ve already joked that this means, this year, we’ll absolutely, finally get dark mode… for HomePod.
But it sounds like the half a decade plus of trolling is, at last, behind us, and performance improvements done, the design evolution is continuing, and this year we’ll actually be getting dark mode for iPhone and iPad.
It probably won’t be the more ambitious ThemeKit I’ve had on my wishlist for a while, the frameworks that would make it easier for the system and apps to offer not just dark and bright modes but low and high contrast, cool and warm colors, neon or pastel, and much more customization than is currently possible.
But, dark mode beggars can’t be dark more choosers.
So, my question is: how easy will it be to switch back and forth? Because, as much as everybody always wants to dark mode all the things, dark modes can be as oppressive as they are impressive, and it’s important to be able to easily go from bright as day to black as night. iOS 13 Fonts
My other big visual wishlist item for iOS 13 was FontKit. One look at Adobe Photoshop for iOS and it was impossible to see, more than a decade later, the absence of anything even resembling font handling — from the company that made their Mac name on typography, no less — as a glaring, gaping omission.
Management is going to be implemented in a Settings panel. There’ll be a new Font Picker controller so you can get your styles on inside text fields, and an alert if you download a document but don’t have the fonts installed to go with it.
I’m not sure how much space fonts will take up given the size of modern iOS device storage, but for people who either have the smallest amount or have filled up even the largest already, some kind of on-demand resource management, where newer, more frequently used fonts are kept local and available and older, infrequently used fonts are kept online until needed, would be interesting to see. iOS 13 New Home screen
A new home screen design seems to get rumored every year, even though the iPhone’s springboard layout has been essentially unchanged since launch in 2007. It’s gotten multiple screens, the minus one screen, spotlight search, and other additions, but no major alterations.
There were yet more rumors of a redesign last year but it reportedly got pushed back to free up time for the performance updates. It was also unclear if it was an iPad-specific redesign or one that touches both iPhone and iPad.
Nerds want something that’ll take better advantage of the bigger screens or allow for almost complete customization. Mainstream want you to leave their icons alone and not confuse them or they’ll come for you. And cut you.
Widgets are better off remaining on the minus one screen, because the home screen, name aside, is a portal not a dwelling. But, there’s a lot Apple could do with allowing different content types, like contacts with 3D Touch contextual shortcuts, and having a space for Siri suggested apps, something that would allow for object permanence for the apps we always want to be able to launch like muscle memory and dynamism for the apps we only want when we want them. iOS 13 Multi-Window Apps
The Mac is all about multi-window workflows. Until a few years ago, though, you couldn’t even stack two iPad apps side-by-side. Hell, you still can’t even do that on even the biggest iPhones. Now, in addition to side-by-side, swipe over apps, and picture-in-picture, we have drag-and-drop.
What we don’t have is multi-window, side-by-side in Safari aside, within apps. Two Notes windows open at once, for example, or two conversations in Messages or Mail.
According to Gui, iOS 13 is going to fix a lot of that. At least for iPad. Apps will get multi-window support. Sounds like side-by-side, maybe even tabbed, because there’ll be lighter and darker options, so hopefully we’ll actually know which windows is, you know, active at any given time. Something that’s been inexplicably lacking from iPad multi-window so far.
Gui does add that something like PanelKit will also be in the offering. Windows will be able to contain sheets and those sheets will be able to be dragged free, into cards, and those cards will be able to be stacked.
That’s a lot of visual and spatial data to parse at a glance, depth effects or no, but I’m really interested to see how the human interface team envisions it all looking and working. iOS 13 Gestures
Back in iOS 4, at least in beta, we got the four finger gestures on iPad for closing and switching apps. iPhone X brought us an almost full on gesture-navigation system. iPad… has gone through a couple of different versions over the last couple of awkward teenage years.
The trouble with gestures is that there are only a few really basic ones you can do, like swipe up or swipe down, and overloading those with multiple options based on where exactly you started and stopped the swipe, or how many fingers you used, can lead to collision and confusion. Likewise, making complex gestures becomes like spell casting, where you have to remember which shape you draw leads to which fireball, sorry, which editing task, being invoked.
That said, gestures are the keyboard shortcuts of multitouch, and there’s room for just a few more, still simple, but specific ones to help speed up the interface.
Trackpad mode, where you currently touch and hold the virtual space bar for a long moment, is one example. A universal undo, one that doesn’t require you to just shake-shake-shake it off — the entire device off — is another.
Sounds like we’ll finally be getting it with iOS 13. Three finger tap and swipe left to undo. Three finger tap and swipe right to redo. It’s not quite the Procreate double finger tap, but it’s close and direction adding dimension sounds smart.
It also sounds like we’ll be getting multi-select support not just for icons and draggable items, the kind that currently exists in iOS, but for items in list and collection views as well. I’ve wanted lasso select for Apple Pencil for a while but getting it for fingers as well is even more ideal. Idealer?
I’ll have to see the mechanics in action, because multitouch multi-select can be a little tricky depending on digit dexterity and eye-hand coordination, but my hope level is high. iOS 13: Find my Stuff
According to Gui, in a separate article on 9to5Mac , Find my iPhone and Find my Friends are merging and, what’s more, adding the option to find other things connected to small, Tile-like beacons from Apple.
I don’t know how one UI will be able to handle so much… stuff but I’m eager to find out. iOS 13 Mail & Safari
It feels like Apple has been working on an improved Mail app for half a decade or more. Whether this is that remains to be seen but some of the ideas sound similar. Given the advances in machine learning, I’m all for all apps doing more of the drudge work and heavy lifting for me, all the time. Sorting is one of the main ones. Just build a model based on Merlin Mann, the entire team at Omni, and the other high-order organizers, and let the world reap the benefits.
Gui says our messages will be smart-sorted into marketing, purchases, travel, “not important” and more, with the categories being searchable. And that we can add them to a read-later queue.
I’m still wishing for that universal queue where anything I save in News and now News+, and anything I add to Safari Reading list, and sure, now in Mail, all ends up in the same place so I can just read through it at any time, for anywhere.
Also, automatic desktop mode for Safari, because sites like Reddit and YouTube giving you the tiny, iPhone optimized version on the giant iPad screen should be subject to summary de-resolution. And if their developers don’t care enough about the simple usability of their sites to code the detection better, at least the Safari team can help us impose our wills upon them. iOS 13 New Siri Intents
Siri Shortcuts let you assign voice triggers to any simple action surfaced by an app, or any workflow you create by linking those actions. They can add a lot of functionality but it’s also very limited functionality. Siri intents, on the other hand, well, those are the holy grail of voice control.
Intents are deep, robust ways for apps to surface functionality for Siri, ways that don’t require specific triggers but can respond to a wide range of different sentence structures. For example, Skype Lory, make a Skype call to Lory, call Lory on Skype.
If Shortcuts are like a Siri day pass, Intents are much closer to first class Siri citizenship.
Apple announced the first, limited batch a few years ago, and a couple more have tricked out since, but nowhere nearly enough and nowhere nearly fast enough.
According to Gui Rambo of 9to5Mac , though, that’s about to change with new intents coming to iOS 13 for event ticketing, message attachment, trains, planes, and some big ones search and media playback.
I’m not sure how either will manifest yet, but if Apple does media playback right, it’ll be what pretty much all of us have been waiting years for: Full on Siri control for everything from Spotify to Netflix to Overcast and Audible. Basically, every third-party video and audio app would suddenly be as integrated with Siri as Apple’s own TV, Music, and Podcast apps.
Seriously, this alone just quadrupled, quintupled, dectupled? My WWDC excitement. iOS 13 Augmented Reality
Apple doesn’t really see augmented reality — AR — as an app or even a feature. If you listen to Tim Cook enough over the years, it’s clear Apple sees AR as a core technology key to Apple’s future. And that, one day, having an AR view will be like having a display. See my previous video, link in the description.
That’s why Apple’s been so aggressive with iterating ARKit, their framework for AR. They’ve gone from relatively simple surfaces and ephemeral models to full-on, multi-person, persistent environments and Memoji-style face and expression tracking in a couple of years flat. Even working with Pixar on a new, portable, standardized file format where directors can have different opinions on where virtual props go than the set designers who initially placed them. It’s all shades of goofy cool.
According to Gui, Apple won’t be slowing down with iOS 13 either, adding the ability to detect human poses — I’m guessing that means bipedal, sorry dog and cat friends… for now! Also, a new Swift-based framework and app that’ll let you create AR experiences visually, and support for controllers with touchpads and… wait for it… stereo AR headsets.
No, that doesn’t mean Apple has to announce its own AR glasses at WWDC. Just like with ARKit in general, Apple is using its existing devices, in the hands of hundreds of millions of people, and features and apps like Animoji and Measure to slowly get developers and customers alike familiar with AR, so they can understand and iterate as much as possible at the bit level before spitting out any atoms.
Clever Apple. But it does feel like we must be getting close, right? iOS 13 Taptics
Confession: I’m overly smitten with the idea of tactile interfaces. Graphical User Interfaces have been a thing since Xerox Park, the original Lisa and Mac, and Windows. Voice interfaces have grown with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. We’ve had things like the Taptic Engine in iPhones and Nintendo’s Joy-Cons for a while, and everything from the really abstract head shake feedback when you try to 3D Touch an icon without any options, to the feeling of ice shaking in your hand when playing a game is just… beyond cool. But, the technology also still feels like it’s in its infancy.
According to Gui, though, Apple is working on maturing them with a new iOS 13 frameworks that’ll give developers even more control over the Taptic Engine in modern iPhones.
I don’t know what we’ll see as a result of this. I don’t know what I even want to see — I mean feel. But developers, especially and including game developers, have been pretty savvy about incorporating force feedback so far, so at this point, I just want to see it — feel it — dammit. iOS 13 Direct Image Capture
Right now, if you want to get a photo off your camera or SD card and into an app, you have to go through Apple’s Photo-based import feature. Even if you want to use it in Lightroom or whatever. You have to go through Photos. Likewise, if you want to scan a document, you have to go through Notes or an app that has its own, built-in, capture system.
With iOS 13, though, Gui says Apple will be providing API — Application Programming Interfaces — so that any app that implements them will be able to pull photos and scan documents directly, no Apple app intermediation needed.
If it works well, that should seriously speed up a lot of workflows and remove a lot of duplicate content across libraries. Hurrah. iOS 13 Machine Learning
Apple is all-in on AI these days the way it was on silicon a decade ago, and we’ve all seen the results of that push. Now, with John Giannandrea as head of his own, ethically-focused org, the sky — instead of the Skynet — may be the limit.
How much of iOS 13 his team has had time to work on, I don’t know, but Gui does mention a few new machine learning features coming our way.
CoreML will be updatable on-device, so apps will be able to learn and improve in real time. That’ll help make sure the privacy benefits of not hoovering all our data to the cloud are matched by greater dynamism and, hopefully, even better results.
Vision is getting a built-in image classifier, and a new API will provide for a new sound analyzer. That’ll save developers having to roll — sorry, train — their own and maybe even more and better integration into a wider range of apps and features. iOS 13 Mouse support
This one comes from Federico Viticci of MacStories fame, from his Connected podcast, and was echoed by Steve Troughton Smith on Twitter.

If you missed last week’s @_connectedfm, @viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he’d been sitting on re mouse support coming to iPad as an accessibility feature. As far as I’m aware, that *is* indeed in the works. I feel like every pro user will turn that on, day one
Why as an accessibility feature and if that will impact anyone wanting to use it more generically, is impossible to say. But, you know, even Steve Jobs relented and let arrow keys and command lines onto the Mac, so letting people fall back onto the mouse, trackpads, and pointers almost a decade post-iPad doesn’t seem like a bad thing. Especially since the keyboard made its official comeback a few years ago already.
Basically, anything that lets us keep our eyes and hands in context is a huge win for productivity. WWDC 2019: tvOS 13
Tim Cook goes over the recent developers with the all-new TV app and TV+ then Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of services, or maybe someone on the Apple TV team hits the stage, to talk tvOS 13 and… what exactly?
tvOS never seems to get as much stage time or as many new features as Apple’s other operating systems. And, previously, a lot of what it has gotten was focused on the TV app. Since Apple already showed off and launched the new TV app back in March and May respectively, what could we see on stage in June?
Apple game controllers, or some licensed controllers and game bundles? Maybe keyboard gaming support? TV app for Android and other Smart TVs? Continuity for media?
We’ll have to wait and see. WWDC 2019: watchOS 6
Tim introduces Kevin Lynch, Vice President of watch software, but he doesn’t walk out. Tim looks confused but, then, Kevin transporters right onto center stage with that special app he showed off last fall. Well, no, probably not that. Instead, Kevin hits the stage and watchOS 6 hits with him. watchOS 6: On-device App Store
Mark Gurman writing for Bloomberg :
Apple is adding the App Store directly onto the Apple Watch so users can download apps on the go, making the device more independent. Users currently install new apps via the Watch companion application on their iPhone.
There are still fundamental questions about the nature of Watch apps that need to be sussed out, but plenty of them are great already and having them on-demand, especially if you’re out and about without your iPhone is even greater.
It took until iOS 5 and iCloud for the iPhone to begin to break its tether to iTunes on Mac and PC. It’s taking longer for Apple Watch, but given the technical and usability constraints of a device that small, it’s hardly surprising. Still, steady, step by step progress like this is terrific to see. watchOS 6: New and belated apps
Apple is bringing the Voice Memos app from the iPhone, iPad, and Mac so users can record voice memos from their wrist. Apple is also planning to add Animoji and Memojis stickers to the device that synchronize from an iPhone.
The Watch will also get an Apple Books app for listening to audio books from the wrist and a Calculator app. There will be two new health-related apps for the Watch: one dubbed “Dose” inside Apple for pill reminders and another called “Cycles” to track menstrual cycles.
About damn time on Voice Memos and Calculator. The later because it’s just what every geek with a calculator watch expected to see on Apple Watch day one. The former because for a device where voice is often the primary input system, not having Voice Memos was just a glaring omission.
Pcalc, Just Press Record, and Drafts all filled the gap, and can still offer functionality well above and beyond the base, but covering the basics was Apple’s job to begin with. Same with a Notes app, which is still MIA. watchOS 6: Health & Fitness
As for the health features, yes please, and the more the better.
Apple is adding more watch face “Complications,” which show additional snippets of information beyond just the time. There will be one that shows the status of audio books, another showing the battery life of hearing aids, and others that measure external noise and rain data.
The more complications also the better. I’m still hoping we see some form of dynamic, context-aware complications as well. There’s a lot to be said for spatial permanence, where we always know exactly where to look to get exactly what we want. Weather, for example, always being top left on the display means we never have to waste time or stress over finding it exactly there when we need it.
But other complications you may just want or need in specific situations, like the workout app every morning or whenever you arrive at the gym. Maybe the outer ring of infographic could be static and the inner complications dynamic? I don’t know, but I’d love for Apple to figure it out.
The company is also planning several new watch faces: a “Gradient” face that makes a gradient look out of a color the user chooses, at least two new “X-Large” faces that show jumbo numbers in different fonts and colors, a “California” dial that looks like a classic watch face and mixes Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, a redesigned “Solar Analog” watch face that looks like a sundial, and a new “Infograph Subdial” one that includes larger complication views like a stock market chart or the weather.
The gradient Hermes face that came out earlier this spring is cool, so a general gradient face should be cool as well. So should the other ones.
I know some people still want custom, third-party watch faces for the App Store, but that still seems as likely as custom, third-party launches for the iPhone. Never say never, don’t build up any large scale expectational debt either.
What would work for me, though, is simply the photo face with a ton more complication options. Like Infographic level complication options. Let me turn off any I don’t want obscuring my photo and turn all the others into anything I want. That way, I could have a picture of someone I love, a Superman Watch, heck, pretty much any background I want, and not have to sacrifice all the useful, glanceable data I need just to get it.
As with complications, I’d also love to see some smarts with watch faces. Day and night faces that switch when I get to or leave work, or on a schedule. Workout faces that take over when I arrive at the gym or a travel face when I hit the airport. It could be brilliant or it could all go horribly wrong, but it feels like there’s a lot of room for Apple to play around with intelligence beyond just the Siri face. WWDC 2019: macOS 10.15
Craig Federighi comes back on stage but this time, it’s for the Mac. Rather, it’s for the next-generation of Mac software, macOS 10.15 and whatever name Apple’s crack marketing team has come up with to represent it. macOS 10.15: Marzipan Phase 2
A lot of what’s coming to the Mac this year is building on what was introduced, let’s charitably call it in alpha form, last year: UIKit apps for the Mac. We got News, Home, Voice Recorder, and Stocks, and they’re all a bit of a inconsistently hot to lukewarm mess. So much so, it’s hard to believe Apple of all companies was willing to release them, even as proofs of concept. But they were and they did, along with the promise that UIKit apps on the Mac would be coming to developers this year.
My understanding is that this version of Marzipan will be much better. So much better it’ll help flashy thing last year’s version out of our brain boxes. Not finished. Not fully polished. Not until it comes out of beta and developers can start shipping off of it. But much closer to Marzipan as it was originally and always intended to be.
I know it scares a lot of Mac traditionalists, probably as much as Cocoa scared the classists, but it also feels very much like the near-future, at least until the real next NeXT comes along, and that means it really has to be insanely great.
In a separate story on 9to5 , Gui said there’ll be Mac-specific API – application programming interfaces — to support the Mac menubar and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, among other things.
Support will be there for multiple Marzipan windows, which has always been a key part of the Mac user experience. So, hurrah.
Split View Marzipan apps will be able to be resized or reset through the divider, like on iOS, which already be an improvement to the announced-and-promptly-abandoned split view mechanic currently on macOS. And if they include a way to swap out split view apps without having to destroy and re-create the entire split view, after hunting down that one app that always, perplexingly, goes full screen off screen, I will personally send a proper Montreal poutine recipe to Caffe Macs. You’re welcome. macOS 10.15: iMessage effects
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Does that mean the several years old AppKit app will get updated to support them, or a new Marzipan app will just bring the UIKit functionality on over?
Marzipan everything, I say. Get us to the future faster and dog food everything as much as possible so Apple hits all the pain points before, or at least alongside, developers. macOS 10.15: Siri & Shortcuts
Last year, Apple rebooted Workflow as Siri Shortcuts and brought not only automation to iOS, but suggested actions and even voice triggers. I hopped the suggested part would serve as an easy entry point for casual users even as the workflow part seriously amped up the power for power users. A year later, and I still haven’t seen many suggestions, which means I don’t think Shortcuts have seen a lot of on boarding. But, the workflows, they’re everywhere among the nerdy.
And, according to Gui, this year we’re getting Shortcuts for the Mac. That could… should… would include a Marzipan Shortcuts app for the Mac to match the one on iPad, and improved Siri support, so the Mac’s assistant capabilities better match those of iPad, and Shortcuts can provide a non-crippled experience.
Siri, and hopefully this mean both iOS and macOS, should also, finally, be getting increased intents support, including for media playback, which will be huge for anyone using services and apps outside of Apple’s own.
Now, shortcuts are great and are probably going to end up being an important step towards the future of easy-to-assemble voice apps. I’d have loved to have seen Shortcuts support on the Mac last year when the feature was first introduced for basically everything else.
But, Workflow was an iOS app when Apple bought it and it took everything the team had just to turn it into shortcuts and ship it, version 1 feature complete, for all the iOS-based operating systems and devices last year. Now, Marzipan has had time to mature and they’ve had time to spin up the Mac version, and provided they stay in lockstep from this point on, a lot of nerds are going to be a lot of happy come beta in June and release in the fall. macOS 10.15: Screen Time
The overall digital wellbeing movement and the way some companies and activists talk about it has always been a little pandery and sensational for me. I just like data. And that’s just exactly what Screen Time gives me — how much of what am I doing for how long.
Based on that data, I can be more honest with myself about what I’m doing, and if I had kids, what they’re doing, and make better informed decisions and changes when and as needed.
And this year, according to Gui, that’s also coming to the Mac.
The feature set sounds identical to what we currently have on iOS, and if there are any improvements there, hopefully we’ll get them here as well. It’s hard to balance simplicity with robustness, security with usability, but that’s Apple’s job here, even and especially in a more open computing system like the Mac. macOS 10.15: Family Sharing
A lot of the new services Apple pre-announced in March, like Apple Arcade, are going to work not only on the Mac but with Family Sharing. And that means Family Sharing needs to be as easy and accessible to manage on the Mac as it has been on iOS.
Gui says Apple will be implementing a new Apple ID management panel in System Preferences to help with that, similar to how Settings works on iOS.
That way, you can sign up for services new and old, and assign them, on the Mac just like you would from your iPhone or iPad. macOS 10.15: File Providing Extensions
Gui also mentions that the Mac will be getting file provider extensions, which should help services like Dropbox better integrate with the Finder system. Bonus points if they never harass me about enabling special accessibility powers ever again. No means no.
Also, an API devs can use to write device drivers. And wow but would I love to see that for iPad Pro as well. macOS 10.15: Authentication
Currently, if you have a modern Apple Watch you can use it to unlock your Mac and approve Apple Pay transactions if your Mac doesn’t have Touch ID. If your Mac does have Touch ID, you can race it with your Apple Watch, which is kinda but not really super fun.
But, Touch ID on Mac can also do things Apple Watch can’t, like enable autofill for passwords and authorize privilege escalation in some cases as well.
According to Gui, Apple Watch could be gaining the ability to do everything Touch ID can do now as well. Which would be really cool because as much as Touch ID is far more convenient than typing a long, strong, unique password, Apple Watch auth is damn near invisible at best, and at worst bring Touch ID-like functionality to Macs that still don’t have Touch ID. Which is, confoundingly, still many.
And, with the fancy time of flight and other precautions Apple takes, it’s likely secure enough for most people as well, which is a huge win for convenience. macOS 10.15: External Displays
Macs have worked with external displays for a long time but, new, Gui says there’ll be a simple menu, accessible by hovering right over the green traffic light button on any window, that’ll provide options not only for full screen and tiling, and hopefully other, long overdue window management options, but for moving that window to any external display… including full-screen on an iPad.
Better still, if the iPad supports Apple Pencil, which all of the most recent iPads do, you’ll be able to draw on it with the Pencil and have the results input into the Mac app, which should make Wacom cry. Again. WWDC 2019: New Mac Pro
WWDC is often but not always a software-only show. Bback in 2013 we got a preview of the trash can MacBook Pro. In 2017 we got a preview of the iMac Pro. Apple’s already said they’re working on a new, modular Mac Pro with Pro Display. So, does that mean we’ll see Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing, or John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering hit the stage with and a preview of the next-generation, all-new, all-modular Mac Pro?
Part of me just wants that updated cheese grater already. Keep it super damn simple stupid, and just give me the big CPU box with all the slots, get out of my way, and let me Mac Pro me.
The other part of me recognizes the past as the past and is really curious what the future of workstation computing looks like… in the future.
Most people will take modular to mean… whatever they want it to me. From slots to stacks, a single tower to one built from many blocks.
What Apple has in mind, we’ll just have to wait and see. WWDC 2019: To be continued
WWDC 2019 kicks of on June 3 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern in San Jose California. But that’s just the beginning. Right after the main keynote is the developer keynote, State of the Union. Then, traditionally, the Apple Design Awards. And that’s still only Monday. Developer sessions and special events run from Tuesday through Friday, and you can track them all in the just updated WWDC app, which is outstanding work by the evangelist team, each year, every year, and certainly this year.
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More Than 250 Authors Signed For 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival | Decatur, GA Patch

community corner More Than 250 Authors Signed For 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival Justice Sonia Sotomayor is among those appearing at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend. By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff Jun 17, 2019 8:42 Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be at the Decatur Book Festival. (Leigh Vogel/Getty Image) DECATUR, GA — More than 205 authors, poets, historians, scientists and chefs have been signed to appear at the 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 – Sep. 1, in Decatur. This year’s festival presented by Emory University will host authors from across the U.S. whose books represent a broad range of topics and genres. The 2019 festival schedule will be announced in July.
In partnership with PEN America, the festival has dedicated its Friday night Keynote and an entire track of author programs to the topic of immigration. Richard Blanco , the fifth person in U.S. history selected to write and deliver an inaugural poem, will be joined by Rigoberto González , author of 17 books of poetry and prose, and Gabriela Ventura Baeza , executive editor of Arte Publico Press. The panel will discuss Latino writing and immigration, the power of literature to effect change, who gets to call a country home, and the value of providing opportunities for uncensored expression.
The DBF-PEN America Keynote panel discussion will take place on Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
On Friday, Aug. 30, the Decatur Recreation Center will host its own version of a graphic novel convention. This special DBF Kidnote program will feature activity stations where kids can draw and storyboard their own graphic novels. In a recent analysis of 2018 book sales data, Publishers Weekly determined that graphic novels and comics aimed at kids and teenagers are dominating the graphic novel market—a market that continues to grow in overall popularity. Featured author-presenters for the Kidnote GraphicCon are Kristen Gudsnuk , Matt Holm , Tui Sutherland , and Ru Xu . Details on free Kidnote tickets will be available at a later date.
Children’s programming will culminate in a special event on Sunday, Sep. 1, with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Agnes Scott College’s Gaines Chapel at Presser Hall. Sotomayor, who in 2009 became the first Latina to hold the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, will share her new children’s picture book, “Just Ask,” a collaboration with award-winning illustrator and artist Rafael López. In “Just Ask,” Justice Sotomayor shares her experience as a child who, after being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, felt different from other kids. She encourages readers to “Just Ask” when they encounter someone who seems different from themselves.
There is no cost to attend the book event. Tickets are required and will be available at a later date.
Here’s a look at some of the other authors arrending:
Stacey Abrams , 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and former Georgia House Democratic Leader, will discuss her New York Times bestselling book, “Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change” (previously published in hardcover as “Minority Leader”). Princeton University professors Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer co-wrote the book “Fault Lines” based on their research and a hugely popular course they taught entitled, “The United States Since 1974.” The book takes a wide-angle view of history as it attempts to answer the questions, “How and when did the United States become so divided?” Harper Lee, the reclusive author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” devoted many years to a nonfiction book that was never published. She wanted to expose a rural preacher acquitted of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. Author Casey Cep unravels the mystery and Lee’s obsession with the case in the true crime book “Furious Hours.” In another instance of the truth often being stranger than fiction, “The Ghosts of Eden Park” introduces readers to George Remus. During Prohibition, Remus was one of America’s biggest bootleggers and served as real-life inspiration for the character of Jay Gatsby. He may have continued giving away Buicks as party favors if his wife hadn’t fallen in love with one of the federal agents working to put Remus away. Sizzle historian and bestselling author Karen Abbott returns to her former home of Atlanta for this festival appearance. New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl will discuss her first collection of essays, “Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.” Renkl explores the natural world, suburbia, and family in these brief essays illustrated by her brother. Serbian-American novelist Téa Obreht celebrates the release of her new book “Inland.” This book is the highly anticipated follow-up to Obreht’s 2011 National Book Award finalist, “The Tiger’s Wife.” The New York Times called “Disappearing Earth” a “superb debut,” and Entertainment Weekly named it one of the best books of 2019 so far. Author and Fulbright fellow Julia Phillips will talk about her literary thriller, set on the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, at this year’s festival. Appearing as part of the festival’s PEN America immigration track, Nigerian-American writer and Morehouse alum Tope Folarin debuts his first novel. “A Particular Kind of Black Man,” which tells the story of a Nigerian family trying to adapt to American life in Utah, is one of Time magazine’s “32 Books You Need to Read This Summer.” For the sixth year, MailChimp has designated a well-read writer and tastemaker to curate a DBF track. This year’s curator is Jenna Wortham , an award-winning staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and co-host of the “Still Processing” podcast. Better known as “Jenny Deluxe” to her online followers, Wortham co-edited the forthcoming visual anthology “Black Futures,” with Kimberly Drew , which will be published by One World in 2020. In addition to Wortham and Drew, featured author-presenters on the MailChimp track include Jacob Tobia (“Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story”), Fariha Roisin (“How to Cure a Ghost”), Marlee Grace (“How to Not Always Be Working”), Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (“Blue Talk & Love”), Meredith Talusan (“Fairest”), Mira Jacob (“Good Talk”), Ocean Vuong (“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”), Ross Gay (“The Book of Delights: Essays”), Safiya Nobel (“Algorithms of Oppression”), and Tommy Pico (“Feed”). Scott Westerfeld , the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “Uglies” and “Leviathan” series, presents “Shatter City.” “Shatter City” is a sequel to Westerfeld’s bestselling book, “Impostors.” Ibi Zoboi , a Haitian-American author whose YA novel “American Street” was a National Book Award finalist, will lead a panel with Lamar Giles , Atlanta’s Nic Stone , and Tracey Baptiste . All the authors on the panel contributed to a new story compilation entitled, “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America.” Kimberly Jones , former manager of the Decatur bookstore Little Shop of Stories, and Gilly Segal , an Atlanta advertising lawyer, will celebrate the release of their first YA novel, “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight.” Saturday’s children’s parade will be “beary” special! Parade-goers are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears to join Ryan T. Higgins , New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the “Mother Bruce” series, in the march to the Children’s Stage. Higgins will present his newest book, “Bruce’s Big Storm.” Beloved children’s book character Pete the Cat and his creator James Dean will lead the Sunday children’s parade. In the thirteenth “Pete the Cat” picture book, “Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party,” the famous blue feline learns a thing or two about compromise when he plans a pizza party for his friends. From the creators of the New York Times bestseller “Dragons Love Tacos” comes “High Five.” Author Adam Rubin talks about this rollicking and rhyme-tastic new picture book about a high five competition. Who wouldn’t want to start school by rocking a crown? Derrick Barnes , the Newbery Honor-winning author of “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” introduces us to a confident little boy who takes pride in his first day of school in “The King of Kindergarten.” A mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog star in “Hi, Jack.” New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli present the first in their new “Jack” series, designed to bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books for kids. Author, teacher, and mom Kelly Barnhill brings her Newbery Medal-winning book “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” to this year’s festival. Voted one of the best middle grade books in recent years, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” tells the story of a young girl on a magical quest of self-discovery who seeks to break a horrible curse with the help of a kind and loving witch and other fantastical creatures. Laurel Snyder , author of picture books and novels for children, including the National Book Award nominee “Orphan Island,” debuts a new middle grade book set in Atlanta. “My Jasper June” details a summer friendship between Leah and the mysterious and magical Jasper. Katherine Arden , author of the New York Times bestselling adult novel “The Bear and the Nightingale,” debuts her creepy, spine-tingling follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Small Spaces.” In the middle grade novel “Dead Voices,” characters Ollie, Coco, and Brian try to make the most of being snowed in with ghosts at the Mount Hemlock Resort. Inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” middle grade book “More to the Story” features four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia. Author Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim, born and raised in Maryland, who enjoys writing about her culture and religion. Chelsea Rathburn , Georgia’s newly appointed Poet Laureate, will read from her most recent poetry collection, “Still Life with Mother and Knife.” Rathburn begins a new job as assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University in August. The director of Emory University’s creative writing program, Jericho Brown , will share his astonishing new poetry collection at the festival. “The Tradition” details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s first book, “Please” (2008), won the American Book Award. Internationally renowned poet Ilya Kaminsky will read from his 2019 poetry collection “Deaf Republic,” which opens in an occupied country where soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy. Kaminsky was appointed poetry chair at Georgia Tech last year. Jim Auchmutey , a Decatur native and former writer and editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, argues that barbecue—not apple pie—is our true national food. His new book “Smokelore” explores the “delicious and contentious history of barbecue in America.” Auchmutey, a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and food writer whose work has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, was a guest curator for the Atlanta History Center’s “Barbecue Nation” exhibition, which inspired “Smokelore.” Speaking of BBQ, what goes better with steak than cake? North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel , aka “Grill Girl,” is an authority on grilling, barbecue, and Southern food. Her new book “Steak and Cake” offers more than a hundred recipes for choosing and cooking steaks and baking cakes. Readers and foodies will be in good spirits with “The Cocktail Codex” session. Alex Day and David Kaplan , co-owners of the Death & Company speakeasies in NYC and Denver and the Los Angeles-based hospitality company Proprietors, reveal surprisingly simple ways to master classic cocktails in this James Beard Award-winning book. 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Animal house: Is your home ready for a dog?

At Home with Marni Jameson Animal house: Is your home ready for a dog? by MARNI JAMESON | Today at 2:30 a.m. Courtesy of Laurentiu Nica/ A dog’s life: Daily dog walks are a necessary part of a healthy routine for pets and their humans.
As soon as I sized up the situation, I knew, despite my selfish reservations, what to do. Someone had once done the same for me.
I got a confirming nod from my husband, DC, then said to the kids, “We’ll take the dog.”
DC’s son and his wife were in a tough spot. One year ago, they had their second child. About that time they also rescued an 8-week-old puppy, one of a litter of 10 born in a foster home to a midsize mamma mix, who’d also been adopted. A puppy, a baby and a toddler seemed like a Made-for-Hallmark Movie — at first.
Fast forward one year. The baby is starting to walk. The oldest child is 3, and the dog, Luke, whose dad no one knew, but who we now surmise was the LeBron James of dogs, weighs more than the two tots put together and can leap a picnic table in a single bound. His warm-hearted exuberance and his 50 (and gaining) pounds of pure canine muscle were knocking the little ones — among other things — over like bowling pins.
Attached as the parents were to this lovable galoot, he was too much for this young, two-working-parent household to manage. DC and I sensed the stress. We felt for the family and the dog.
Although Luke is not a dog I would have picked — I’m partial to small, nonshedding breeds — a gate in me opened, and I stepped through. True, DC and I already have two dogs, a good dog routine (four walks a day and lots of attention), and no small children, so are set up to help. But that was only part of it. This was also my chance to pay a debt of kindness forward.
I flashed back 25 years. I was a new mother and had a beloved Sheltie named Bonnie, who was not a fan of the baby. She raised her lip when the baby got close, occasionally snarled and once or twice nipped. I kept hoping she would adjust, but one day in the kitchen, I handed my daughter, who was starting to walk, a peanut-butter cracker, and as I did, Bonnie bit her arm. Though she didn’t break the skin, she left a ring of red teeth marks and no doubt where this was heading.
Sobbing, I called my parents, who both picked up on the house landline: “Bonnie bit the baby,” I cried.
In classic fashion, my practical Army nurse mother said, “Wash it with soap and water,” while my father magnanimously said, “We’ll take the dog.”
Years later, I thanked them again for stepping in. Dad brushed it off, like it was all part of the job, and said, “That’s what families are for.”
Two weeks ago, DC and I took Luke to boot camp to see if this 13-month-old, motorized pogo stick could turn into a nice family member. At dog boarding school, Luke is learning basic manners, like not to put his paws on your chest when he greets you. He’s learning how to get along with dogs from all walks, and that when a girl says grrr, she means grrr. He’s going on guided field trips, and has so far been to The Home Depot and Wawa’s. He attends cotillion class, where he learns to sit like a gentleman and stay, sort of, and he’s getting his yayas out through lots of yard exercise.
We’ve taken Peapod and Pippin out to meet their new brother, and start welcoming him to the pack. And I’ve explained to them what I’ve said to you: Homes are elastic. They flex in unexpected ways, expanding and contracting as kids, parents, siblings, grandchildren, and, yes, pets come and go.
Because, well, that’s what families — and homes — are for.
Now, not every home can or should take in a dog. Before you open your door or heart to one, ask these 10 questions: How stable are you? Though you don’t always know what’s coming, if you’re planning to get married, move, have a baby, or downsize into an apartment, you may want to hold off getting a dog until you get through your transition. Is the breed a good fit? Certain breeds (Bichon Frise) are couch potatoes while other breeds (border collies) need lots of room to run. Know what you’re getting. Will your house and routine let the dog get out enough? Dogs need to get out several times a day. Can you take the dog on frequent walks? Will he have a play area or yard? Does your landlord or homeowner’s association allow dogs? Some communities don’t allow any dogs, others restrict by weight and breed. Who will care for the pet when you travel? Do you have a pet sitter or a boarding facility you trust? Can you afford it? Food, pet supplies, shots, neutering, routine care, heartworm medication, regular grooming, it all adds up. Are you home enough? Don’t get a dog if you work all day and often go out at night. Dogs were bred to be companions. If they don’t get enough daily interaction, they will develop behavior problems. Will you get training? Dogs aren’t born with manners, and, to be welcome members of the household, they need to learn “petiquette.” Owners need training, too. Are the other household members on board? Every household member, human and nonhuman, needs to buy in and get along with the new pet. How’s the dog’s temperament? Are you looking for a guard dog or a welcome committee?
Join me next week as Luke graduates from boot camp and comes home to the Happier Yellow House.
Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of five home and lifestyle books, including Downsizing the Family Home — What to Save, What to Let Go
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Alien is 40, and still terrifying. Shame about the sequels – CNET

I would happily argue that Alien is a perfect movie. On paper, it sounds kinda schlocky: a creature feature in which a guy in a monster suit gorily dismembers a crew of thinly written characters.
And yet this peerless blend of sci-fi and horror still grips the emotions and imagination to this day.
Released 40 years ago, on May 25, 1979 , Alien began life as a script by Dan O’Bannon with help from Ron Shusett. It was called Star Beast. Inspired by decades of science fiction set on strange planets among predatory aliens, the story followed a crew of working stiffs trucking across the galaxy until they were interrupted by a mysterious signal. Traveling down to a forbidding planet, they discover a chamber full of what appear to eggs. One of the crew makes the mistake of looking inside…
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The ill-fated crew, in a clean, well-lighted place.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Alien is a great example of the collaborative nature of filmmaking, of how a team of people bringing their best make a film more than the sum of its parts. O’Bannon and Shusett laid the groundwork with their script, including the horrifying details of how the alien reproduced. Walter Hill and David Giler added a subplot about an android. Designer HR Giger conceived one of the most distinctive and horrifying alien creatures committed to film before or since.
The art and effects teams made space more real than it had ever been. The cast of veteran actors — John Hurt , Yaphet Kotto , Harry Dean Stanton , Ian Holm , Veronica Cartwright and Tom Skerritt gave the film life and texture, while the young Sigourney Weaver combined strength and vulnerability to embody a heroine for the ages.
With Alien and 1982’s Blade Runner , director Ridley Scott shaped a vision of the future that influenced science fiction and moviemaking to this day. Robert Aldrich and Walter Hill were among those considered to direct, and it’s strange to think the film could have been very different if helmed by someone other than Scott. What could have been a creature feature B-movie was elevated by Scott’s serious treatment of the subject. The industrial look and feel of Alien, which Scott would perfect in Blade Runner, laid the foundations for cyberpunk’s corporate dystopia.
Now playing: Watch this: How ‘Alien: Covenant’ was inspired by Ridley Scott’s… 1:38 And can we just take a moment to remember the tagline? “In space, no one can hear you scream.” That’s got to be one of the best adverts for a film ever.
OK, maybe the fake android head doesn’t look great. But the rest of the Oscar-winning effects are still terrifyingly real. We might look down on movies featuring a monster played by a man in a suit, but compare how real Alien looks to the glossy, weightless computer-generated monsters in supposedly more high-tech modern films.
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Sigourney Weaver and director Ridley Scott.
Sunset Boulevard Let’s not forget, this movie is scary as shit . I first saw it when I was far too young, and even now when I look up the clip of the chestburster scene on YouTube I feel the same revulsion as the cast when the deadly xenomorph makes its first appearance. But the real fear of the film is in the fact you mostly don’t see the alien until it’s too late. It melds into the shadows. The most awful thing you can imagine, lurking in the darkness.
I was obsessed with Alien and the more military-themed sequel Aliens as a teenager, reading the comics and books and drawing the alien on my schoolbooks. It followed me through my young life, because I was studying for a media degree, and let me tell you, media studies academics bloody love Alien. When we weren’t talking about The Matrix we were talking about Alien.
A lot has been written about the subtextual horror of Alien, the phallic creature, the oral violation, the combination of reproduction and death, culminating in Barbara Creed’s analysis of the “monstrous-feminine as archaic mother.” Sex and death and penetration and fangs and something awful in the night. The horror of Alien is primal, both repulsive and fascinating.
HR Giger’s horrifying design for the alien sinks its fangs into our primal fears.
Sunset Boulevard In sequels, no one can hear you scream There are two ways to look at Alien: as a movie and as part of a multimedia franchise. The original 1979 Alien is the creation myth of a meta-mythology that spans films, books, comics , video games and more. And that’s where things get tricky.
Jaws invented the modern blockbuster. Star Wars invented the multimedia merchandising juggernaut. But it was the Alien series that pioneered the modern “cinematic universe.” Until very recently, Star Wars, Star Trek and other franchises ran in pretty linear fashion, each sequel featuring the same characters and the same setup and continuing the same story. The Marvel Cinematic Universe , by contrast, contains different subseries featuring different characters, with each outing even feeling like a different genre.
More Alien Alien at 40: How the space horror classic looks from 2019 Sigourney Weaver surprises high school cast of Alien: The Play The Alien movies and books and comics, by contrast, have less of a through line with every subsequent story. With Aliens, the series switched gear to a completely different genre, going from the first film’s horror to a more action or war style. With Alien vs Predator , the series launched a new offshoot crossing over with a different film series, the sort of meta gambit you were more likely to see in old-timey pulp B-movies rather than mainstream cinema.
In other media, the alien is the only constant as new characters and settings are invented for each story. And the xenomorph’s acid blood has burned a hole into whole other fictional universes as the creature becomes the go-to crossover antagonist, drooling over everyone from Superman and Batman to Judge Dredd.
Comics and other spin-off media always have more freedom and flexibility than films, which tend to be more fixed and definitive, not to mention risk-averse. But with Scott’s 2012 prequel Prometheus the series even dropped the alien itself, both in the title and the story. I know Prometheus has its fans, but I’m no fan of prequels . If you look back at the original movie, a big part of the horror was in how incomprehensible and unknowable the creature was — how alien it was.
Now playing: Watch this: Just how scary is ‘Alien: Covenant’? 1:26 The point is, by going off in so many different directions, the Alien franchise joined the dots between the traditional model of sequel after sequel and the modern idea of a shared setting.
But the Alien series, like its monstrous contemporaries Terminator and Predator, has a serious problem. People still love the concepts, and there are still stories to be told in those worlds. But each time they limp back to the screen, it’s with a crushing sense of diminishing returns. Alien: Covenant was awful. Terminator: Genisys was awful. The Predator was awful.
And yet more of them are on the way. The first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate suggests the upcoming movie doesn’t have a single original bone in its cybernetic skeleton, while the behind-the-scenes wrangling over a possible new Alien movie doesn’t inspire confidence.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to find people doing interesting things with these much-loved concepts. You can look to the more experimental or expansive stories told in the comics, books and spin-off media.
And you can always just get a takeout and watch Alien again. Forty years on, whether you hear it or not, it’s still a scream.
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Key questions for Week 2 of the French Open men’s draw

Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” print
For most players, making it into the second week of a Grand Slam is a goal worthy of props and a virtual trophy. For the elite players, it’s a springboard to potential glory. Either way, making the second week has become an important milestone.
As top seed Novak Djokovic said after his third-round win Saturday at the 2019 French Open : “Reaching a second week of a Slam is a success … [but] it’s going to get only tougher from here. But I look forward to it.”
Draw analysis at the start of the tournament is a murky enterprise, but by the second week, many of the caveats have melted away. Let’s look at some of the key questions looming in the coming days at Roland Garros: Most difficult path forward
Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘ two-day, four-set win over ATP No. 60 Filip Krajinovic on Saturday vaulted him to a live ranking of No. 4 — leapfrogging over Next Gen star Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem . But the “Greek Freak,” seeded No. 6, has his work cut out.
Next up: furiously resurgent Stan Wawrinka , a former champion at Roland Garros. If the seedings hold up, Tsitsipas would then clash with Parisian idol and No. 3 seed Roger Federer , then No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal — all for the privilege of dueling in the final with the winner of the past three majors, No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas’ electric game fits no niche: He is as quick as any gifted counterpuncher, explosive as any exponent of the big power game. But it’s difficult to imagine the 20-year-old having enough gas in the tank to make it all the way. Least likely to survive
They could just as well call the French Open the Big Dog tournament, given how well the top seeds traditionally perform. All eight of them are in the fourth round for a sixth straight year. The other three majors haven’t even had the top eight seeds survive to Round 3 since Roland Garros in 2015. That’s bad news for Juan Ignacio Londero , the unseeded 25-year-old from Argentina.
Sure, Grand Slam events often turn up a “surprise quarterfinalist.” That might happen again, what with unseeded, mercurial Benoit Paire , Leonardo Mayer and Jan-Lennard Struff still in the draw.
Londero, ranked No. 78, had a terrific draw following his upset of No. 15 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili . He beat French wild card Corentin Moutet in his most recent match, but his luck has run out: He plays Nadal next. Novak Djokovic faces a kind draw at the French Open. Christophe Ena / AP Photo Easiest path forward
The stars are nicely aligned for Djokovic to win his fourth successive major, thereby completing a second “Djoker Slam.” Djokovic places in the top 5 in just two categories in the tournament’s “Infosys Slam Leaderboard” stat tracker. But they are two key areas: receiving points won and break points converted. That’s why Djokovic hasn’t lost a set — and has yielded as many as four games just twice.
On top of that, Djokovic’s draw is kind.
He next meets No. 45-ranked Struff, who was roughed up by No. 13 seed Borna Coric before winning 11-9 in the fifth.
Then it’s probably on to No. 5 Zverev. The 22-year-old German is riding a seven-match winning streak after his triumph at Geneva ATP 250 the week before Roland Garros. But he has played an awful lot of tennis to get over his recent rough patch, including two five-set wins in Paris over noncontenders. His stamina will be questionable. Most surprising contender
It’s a close contest among the unseeded, but we’ll go with Paire because of the X factor — make that two X factors. Paire is French, and the native players always feel intense pressure as well as enthusiastic support. Paire also has a reputation as a hothead who hasn’t lived up to his potential. This is his first foray into the second week in Paris.
Paire’s draw has been friendly. He has shown impressive self-control, and his mercurial game has been sharp. He has belted more winners than anyone thus far, and he ranks fourth in first-serve points won. Kei Nishikori , Paire’s next opponent, is physically fragile at the best of times. Seeded No. 7, the Japanese star had a knock-down, drag-out five-setter in his prior match. If Paire gets by Nishikori and into the quarterfinals, he could trouble Nadal with his drop shots, pace changes and booming serve. Elite player with the most to gain
Sure, Djokovic is on the cusp of a huge achievement. And a 12th French Open title for the oft-injured No. 2 seed would be an epic accomplishment. A win by Federer would add another chapter to his legend. Editor’s Picks

New ‘Harry Potter’ e-books are coming this summer

New ‘Harry Potter’ eBooks are coming this summer Thursday May 30, 2019 at 1:21 PM
For everyone aching for another adventure at Hogwarts with Harry Potter, get excited. It’s time to return to the Wizarding World.
Pottermore Publishing announced that a series of non-fiction eBook shorts called “Harry Potter: A Journey Through…” are launching next month.
I, a Harry Potter-loving backstory-obsessing nerd, can hardly contain myself. It doesn’t seem like we’ll be revisiting any of our favorite characters, but I can definitely get behind a deep dive into the Wizarding World itself. Ever wondered where magic really came from? Introducing the Harry Potter: A Journey Through… non-fiction eBook shorts, adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic and inspired by [email protected] exhibition of the same name. — Pottermore (@pottermore)May 24, 2019
The series features four short books based on Hogwarts classes. The first book, “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts” publishes June 27 with “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology,” “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy,” and “Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures” following soon after.
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Crowning glory

Princess Yachts celebrates record financial results, topped off by healthy recruitment and retention. Photography by Princess Yachts
Financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018 show record turnover of £340.3m (up £65.9m / 24 percent on 2017) and record operating profit before exceptionals of £29.8m (up £10.9m / 173 percent). EBITDA for 2018 was £32.8m up from £14.9m in 2017.
In 2018 Princess hit a record high for employment of 3,200. Recruitment has taken place across the business from engineering to exterior design, manufacturing to management, making Princess one of the UK’s largest specialist manufacturers.
Princess also increased investment in its successful apprenticeship program with 40 new apprentices brought into the business; apprentices now make up 4 percent of the workforce with a 100 percent retention rate following qualification.
Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman Princess Yachts said “I am really proud of what the Princess team has achieved in 2018. Their focus and dedication enabled Princess to build on the previous two years of solid financial figures and beat 2017’s record results.
“The team launched six stunning new luxury yachts while growing revenues to over one third of a billion pounds. These strong financial figures will enable us to build upon our unique, highly integrated infrastructure in Plymouth and invest even more in advanced technologies, new yachts and quality levels across design and production.
“We continue to forge ahead in our vision to be not just the highest quality, most innovative and successful luxury yacht manufacturer in the world, but also a great British employer.”
Underpinning the strong sales, production and recruitment numbers are orders worth in excess of £700m that stretch through 2020 on classic Princess yachts such as the S78, innovative yachts targeting new segments such as the R35, and the game-changing X95 ‘Superfly’ due to be officially launched at Düsseldorf in January 2020.
As sales, commercial results and recruitment hit new heights, so does investment. Supporting its longer-term plan, Princess continued to invest in a sustainable strategy to ensure that the business continues to drive forward product innovation and its manufacturing capabilities.
As a result, £14.7m (2017: £8.9m) was invested back into product development in 2018. With over 75 percent of each yacht manufactured in Plymouth, Princess continues to invest in its UK sites, adding capital expenditure of £9.0m to the additions in 2017 of £3.7m.
To help drive this plan HSBC UK Bank plc and National Westminster Bank plc are pleased to announce their support for the refinance of Princess Yachts, backed by L Catterton (a partnership between LVMH and Groupe Arnault), as part of the growth of the business, having constructed a multi-year funding facility as of 16 May 2019.
Princess Yachts’ exceptional figures were based on a combination of strong sales at the industry’s three biggest global boat shows – Cannes, Fort Lauderdale and Düsseldorf – and new levels of interest in the brand driven by increased investment in design and technology, progressive new global retail partners, and innovative marketing activity.
2019 began in equally buoyant form with strong orders secured at the 2019 Düsseldorf Boat Show in January, which saw 21 yachts ordered, worth in excess of £60m.
Princess is now into the fourth year of a five-year £100m turnaround plan which saw Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff take the helm in 2016, introducing new processes, technologies and business strategies that combine the best of Princess’s traditional yacht-making skills with best practice honed during 20 years of leadership at international automotive brands.
With customer demand at an all-time high, Princess Yachts’ five boatyards in and around Plymouth are working at maximum capacity and the order books are full throughout 2019 and for much of 2020.