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Museum Opens MacMillan Painting Exhibit on Veteran’s Day...
Cape Fear Museum
4 weeks ago
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — Cape Fear Museum of History and Science announces the opening of MacMillan: Artist as Soldier, a new exhibition featuring over 50 paintings and illustrations. The ... Read More »......
The best board games to gift this holiday season...
1 month ago
Board games are a great gift for anyone who wants to spend time with friends and family without staring at the TV. They’re interactive, fun, and you get to tell everyone to put away their phones and tablets for a while. But instead of pulling out the same old classics like Monopoly and Scrabble, we recommend giving some new titles a try. Here, we’ve compiled a list of games that you might not have heard of, but will still make excellent gifts this holiday season. Some are perfect for fantasy and video game nerds, while others are likely to be a hit with the whole family.Trails: A Parks GameKeymaster GamesTrails is a great little board game for anyone who loves hiking or even just the idea of it. In Trails, players hike on picturesque nature paths while gathering resources, taking pictures and encountering wildlife, earning points along the way. Whoever gets the most points wins. The art in this game is beautiful, featuring 11 national park illustrations from the Fifty-Nine Park Print series. Trails makes an especially great game for nature lovers, as a portion of every game sale is donated to the National Park Service.Buy Trails at Target - $20Sleeping GodsWill Lipman Photography for Engadget / Red Raven GamesIf your loved one is a fan of open-world video games such as Skyrim or No Man’s Sky, Sleeping Gods could well be the perfect board game for them. In this cooperative game, you and up to three friends play the part of Captain Sofi Odessa and her crew, who find themselves lost in the Wandering Sea. With a game atlas of connecting maps and a thick choose-your-own-adventure style storybook, players will have to explore the land to uncover its secrets, fight beasts, complete quests and make game-changing decisions. It all adds up to an engrossing and immersive experience sure to please anyone who loves a good story.Buy Sleeping Gods at Amazon - $85Marvel UnitedWill Lipman Photography for Engadget / CMONMCU fans will definitely appreciate it if you give them Marvel United, a game where the player and their friends have to work together to defeat the forces of evil. They can take on the role of one of seven heroes such as Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow, each with their own unique powers and abilities. To win, players must choose their cards carefully and also collaborate with their partners to combine each other’s actions whenever possible. They’ll have to fight off henchmen, rescue civilians and, of course, take down one of three super villains: Red Skull, Ultron or Taskmaster. If X-Men is more their style, you could get them the Marvel United: X-Men version instead, where they get to play as characters like Professor X, Cyclops and Storm.Buy Marvel United at Amazon - $35CanvasWill Lipman Photography for Engadget / Road to InfamyCanvas is perhaps one of the prettiest board games we’ve ever seen — it’s so lovely that we almost want to hang the cover on a wall. It’s apropos because in Canvas, players are painters in an art competition. They collect art cards, layering them on top of one another to create their own unique “painting.” As they do so, certain icons will be revealed or hidden, which will determine the resulting score, depending on the objectives for that round. It might sound confusing, but Canvas is a beginner friendly game that should make a great gift for art lovers of all stripes.Buy Canvas at Amazon - $45Space InvadersBuffalo GamesSpace Invaders is an enjoyable dexterity game for the whole family, even for those who don’t remember playing the classic arcade title of the same name. In this game, players have to work together to defeat descending aliens plus the UFO mothership before their health runs out. But instead of smashing buttons, they’ll take turns launching battle tokens with a mini catapult, and each player has a special ability they can deploy as well. It all adds to a bunch of silly fun that anyone aged eight and up can partake in.Buy Space Invaders at Target - $20Summer CampBuffalo GamesAnother excellent family game is Summer Camp, which will have your loved ones recalling fond memories of canoeing, making friendship bracelets and roasting marshmallows. In this game, players are racing against each other to earn merit badges in different categories such as adventure, arts and crafts, cooking, friendship, outdoors, games and water sports. They’ll want to buy the right cards, build the best combos and beat their opponents across the finish line to get the most points possible. It might not be as fun as actually being at summer camp, but hey, at least they won’t get eaten by mosquitos while playing.Buy Summer Camp at Target - $25Summoner Wars 2nd EditionPlaid Hat GamesIf your loved one isn’t new to the world of tabletop gaming, then consider giving them Summoner Wars 2nd Edition, a tactical dueling card game that pits them against a rival to see which one will reign supreme. Players take on the role of powerful summoners that each control a large army of units in the form of cards, which are then placed in a head-to-head board. They also choose one of six different factions, each with unique attacks and moves. Some wield dark magic that can drain enemies, while others utilize brute strength to force their way through. If they’re really into combat games with a lot of tactics and strategy, Summoner Wars would make a thoughtful gift. The only downside is that you'll have to gift this a bit late as it comes out on January 12, 2022.Buy Summoner Wars at Amazon - $49Wrath of the Lich King: A Pandemic System Board GameZ-Man GamesFor those who are really into World of Warcraft but might not have a lot of board gaming experience, Wrath of the Lich King: A Pandemic System Board game is the perfect introduction to the pastime. Based on a WoW expansion of the same name, players will take on the roles of legendary characters such as Thrall, Varian Wrynn, Sylvanas Windrunner, Tirian Fordring and Jaina Proudmoore, all of which will be familiar to anyone who’s ever played WoW. They’ll travel around the frozen continent of Northrend, completing quests and setting up strongholds in order to defeat armies of the undead and, eventually, the Lich King himself.Why the long name? Well, the game utilizes similar mechanics found in Pandemic, a much beloved board game about eradicating the world of diseases. Those who are already familiar with Pandemic should be able to learn the game quite easily as a result, though Wrath of the Lich King has enough differences that it won’t feel like the same thing.Buy Wrath of the Lich King at Target - $60Cuphead: Fast Rolling Dice GameWill Lipman Photography for Engadget / CupheadOne of the most popular video games in 2017 was Cuphead, a run-and-gun style video game that features a hand-drawn 1930s art style. If you know someone who loved it when it came out, they might be interested in this card and dice version of the same game. Players play as Cuphead, Mugman, Elder Kettle or Ms. Chalice, and will attempt to defeat a gauntlet of bosses by rolling dice. Players can roll the dice as many times as they want per round, but there’s one problem: the time limit. It all adds up to a chaotic experience that really emulates the insane adrenaline rush of the original video game.Buy Cuphead at The Op - $50......
Partnership Tax Provisions of the TCJA as Illustrations of Planning Simplification Versus Compliance Simplification Trade-Offs...
Pepperdine Digital Commons
2 months ago
Oftentimes, efforts to simplify the process of reporting the tax consequences of events that have already occurred exacerbate complexity faced by taxpayers at the stage in time when they are deciding how to act. Efforts to simplify reporting include, for instance, provisions that obviate the need to value assets prior to their sale or methods for determining tax consequences that reduce the number of computational steps used when determining tax liability. While such efforts may, to a degree, simplify tax compliance, they can also set traps for unwary taxpayers at the planning stage. Avoiding asset valuation or taking short-cuts when determining tax liability can cause a transaction’s tax consequences to depart from its economic consequences or make it so that small non-tax changes to a transaction can drastically affect its tax outcome. When tax consequences diverge from economic consequences or when small non-tax changes produce radical differences in tax outcome, taxpayers who act without considering the resulting tax consequences are more likely to act in a way that differs from how an informed taxpayer would act. With respect to decisions that taxpayers would alter if they considered the resulting tax consequences, simplifying tax planning may be more important than simplifying tax reporting. Taxpayers who are most in need of simplification—unsophisticated taxpayers—may more acutely feel the pain of planning complexity than reporting complexity. At the planning stage, such taxpayers are likely left to their own devices while they may be more likely to seek expert assistance at the reporting stage. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tinkered with two partnership tax provisions that illustrate the trade-off between compliance simplification and planning simplification. These particular changes made by the Act were a small step in the right direction. However, the measures were modest and should have gone further.......
‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Film Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Lights Up Eccentric Biopic...
2 months ago
Benedict Cumberbatch will be operating on two different frequencies this fall festival season. On one level, we have his villainous turn in Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” The other will see Cumberbatch in a more familiar, if sillier, part as the namesake eccentric genius in Will Sharpe’s quirky biopic “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.” A childlike idealist and inventor by nature, Wain finds a modicum of success as an illustrator of adorably anthropomorphized cats in Victorian England. But because he’s never had a mind for business, a lack of copyrights enables other copycats and publishers to cash in on his ideas, draining the badly needed funds Wain could use for his ailing wife — and family governess — Emily (Claire Foy) and his estranged four sisters and mother, who separated themselves from Louis after his marriage. While his professional and personal lives were turned upside down many times over, Wain always found comfort in cats, their personalities and behaviors and, according to his eccentric theories, their ability to one day use electricity to evolve. He drew cats with wide expressive eyes and playful human-like expressions, a concept that quickly found an audience. However, Wain’s financial problems persisted, and when coupled with increasing bouts of mental illness, almost doomed the eccentric painter to a Dickensian end. Cumberbatch plays Wain as a bashfully sweet but strange eccentric. He’s a childlike figure who, once fascinated by something, is wholly transfixed by it, a part Cumberbatch plays very well. He stiffens and shortens his words when uncomfortable; when trying to fit in at a men’s club, he inevitably and hopelessly sticks out, using his long limbs to awkwardly swim in the pool alongside his embarrassed boss (Toby Jones). But when he’s in Emily’s presence, Cumberbatch loosens Wain’s posture and mannerisms. He feels safe with her and relates to her own eccentricities, opening up the possibility for a more relaxed version of himself. However, Louis is a confounding source of frustration for his eldest sister (Andrea Riseborough), who is forced to step up in his patriarchal absence. In Victorian England, there is only so much she can do –- she can manage the money, but only Louis can earn it –- which sets up a painfully antagonistic dynamic between them for the rest of their lives. A surprise appearance by the voice of Olivia Colman hangs over the events of the movie as she guides the audiences through the chapters, both bemusing and tragic, of Wain’s life. Director Sharpe makes some bold creative decisions that will either charm or repel viewers. His vision of Wain’s story is much more whimsical in nature than the traditional biopic, including colorful and artfully composed scenes filmed by cinematographer Erik Wilson (“Paddington 2”) that blur the line between fantasy and reality. Sharpe and co-writer Simon Stephenson’s screenplay pepper in jokes that happen once, only to never repeat themselves, like subtitled cat dialogue or fanciful cameos from Taika Waititi and Nick Cave, to keep the overall tone of the movie light even as Wain’s story grows darker. As Wain’s mental illness progresses, these out-of-the-ordinary visions become increasingly stranger, essentially like “Pink Elephants on Parade” from “Dumbo,” but with the anthropomorphized cat people –- Wain’s creations –- come to life. But as tragic biopics go, “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” isn’t interested in wallowing in misery. Instead, this amusing retelling of Wain’s life is a way to introduce his quirky illustrations to a new generation, putting them in a new light that’s more in line with the irreverent and animated creatures Wain once imagined years ago. “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” opens in US theaters Oct. 22 and on Prime Video Nov. 5. Related stories from TheWrap:Benedict Cumberbatch to Receive TIFF Tribute Actor AwardBenedict Cumberbatch to Star in WWII Film 'War Magician' From Colin TrevorrowBenedict Cumberbatch to Return as Doctor Strange in 'Spider-Man 3'Olivia Colman in Talks to Join Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion' at Disney+......
12 most enchanting Cinderella movies for when you need a little magic...
3 months ago
Once upon a time in a faraway land, there was a special fairytale we just couldn't stop telling. In 2021, the story of Cinderella — a kind maiden whisked away by her fairy godmother from a terrible life with an evil step-family to a picture-perfect romance with a charming prince — has been told more times than you can count. From Broadway to TV and film, good ol' Cinderelly has been played by icons of all ilks, including pop star Camila Cabello in Amazon's latest adaptation.But which of these tellings is the most magical of them all? We've scoured the many, many options available across streaming platforms and picked the 12 (yes, just like the strokes of midnight!) best for you to consider cuing up next time you need a little magic. Enjoy!Note: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957), featuring living legend Julie Andrews, is not available to stream. But if it was, you can bet it would be very high up on this list. 12. Cinderella (2021) Naturally, Billie Porter crushes it as Ella's fairy godperson. Credit: amazon studios Who plays Cinderella: Camila CabelloWhat this adaptation does best: Writer-director Kay Cannon, perhaps best known for her work on New Girl and the Pitch Perfect trilogy, delivers high production value and some solid comedy with Amazon’s 2021 adaptation, featuring Billie Porter, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, and more. You’ll find Cannon’s reimagining lacks the heart or elegance of titles higher up on this list, but it does have some great covers of contemporary songs and an ear-worm of a title track in Cabello’s pop ballad “Million to One.”How to watch: Cinderella (2021) is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.11. Another Cinderella Story (2008)Who plays Cinderella: Selena GomezWhat this adaptation does best: In the first of three sequels to A Cinderella Story (2004), Selena Gomez stars as an aspiring dancer plagued by a terrible home life and an equally bleak existence at school. But when fate lands her slick moves in front of a hunky pop star, played by Drew Seeley, a modern miracle begins to unfold. It’s a fun blend of DCOM vibes (though the movie was release by Warner Bros., Gomez is at peak Wizards of Waverly Place fame) and aughts dance films like Step Up that makes for a descent, if not particularly substantive throwback. How to watch: Another Cinderella Story is available for rent/purchase through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and the Microsoft Store. 10. Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Season 1, episode 10 (1995)Who plays Cinderella: Voiced by Daphne ZunigaWhat this adaptation does best: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is a multicultural anthology series reimagining classic stories for children of all backgrounds. Its take on Cinderella, released as part of Season 1 in 1995, offers vital onscreen Mexican representation for the genre as well as adorable illustrations you'll enjoy at any age. How to watch: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is streaming on HBO Max.9. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965)Who plays Cinderella: Lesley Ann WarrenWhat this adaptation does best: If you were a child of the ‘80s or ‘90s, then chances are you crossed paths with a VHS copy of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella circa 1965. While the movie hasn’t aged in all the ways one might like (the spotty camerawork and video quality make it feel a bit like community theater), the breakout performance of Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella stands the test of time. Not only does the actress deliver melodious vocals, her girl-next-door-charm makes this fairly straight-forward retelling feel special. Plus, she's wearing that iconic fur-trimmed gown. You know the one.How to watch: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965) is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.8. Cinderfella (1960) Jerry Lewis delivers a charming 1960s romp with amazing dancing. Credit: FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images Who plays Cinderella: Jerry LewisWhat this adaptation does best: Comedy legend Jerry Lewis leads as the titular Cinderfella in this 1960 gender-swapped telling, featuring Anna Maria Alberghetti as Princess Charming and jazz icon Count Basie as The Bandleader. With fantastic music and some seriously skillful dancing, this telling is very much of its time. It won’t be for all audiences but if “Fred Astaire-meets-fairytale” intrigues you at all, cue it up. How to watch: Cinderfella is available for rent/purchase through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and the Microsoft Store.7. Sesame Street: CinderElmo (1999)Who plays Cinderella: Voiced by Kevin ClashWhat this adaptation does best: Yes, CinderElmo is as adorable as you’re imagining, but there’s even more to be excited about with this magical children's special. Come for the promise of seeing the Muppets take on this classic fairytale with all their zany Muppet-ness. Stay because Keri Russell is Princess Charming, Oliver Platt is the Fairy Godperson, and Kathy Najimy is the Evil Stepmother. It’s a stacked and stuffed cast that will sell you on every second of this 65-minute delight.How to watch: Sesame Street: CinderElmo is available for rent/purchase through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store. 6. A Cinderella Story (2004) Who plays Cinderella: Hilary DuffWhat this adaptation does best: We have so much to thank A Cinderella Story for that it’s hard to even know where to begin. Is it the rain-soaked kiss between Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray? Is it Regina King’s speech about never letting the fear of striking out keep you from the game? Is it Jennifer Coolidge holding a cookie and saying, “so moist”? Regardless, this is an aughts film for the ages — one that takes the classic Cinderella story and adds so many great scenes you almost forget it’s based on anything.How to watch: A Cinderella Story is streaming on Netflix.5. Disney's Cinderella (2015)Who plays Cinderella: Lily JamesWhat this adaptation does best: It’s the #1 title on our ranking of Disney live-action remakes: Cinderella (2015). Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this film has the shot-by-shot visual loyalty of The Lion King (2019) but the updated narrative smarts of Mulan (2021) — a winning combo that helps its star-studded cast shine. Lily James is a magnificent Cinderella, opposite an especially dashing Prince Charming from Richard Madden. But it’s Cate Blanchett who steals the show as one truly wicked Stepmother. Going forward, hers will be the performance to beat.How to watch: Cinderella (2015) is streaming on STARZ.4. Ella Enchanted (2004) 'Ella Enchanted' is an all-time great fairytale with or without its Cinderella similarities. Credit: miramax films Who plays Cinderella: Anne HathawayWhat this adaptation does best: Based on Gail Carson Levine’s YA novel of the same name, Ella Enchanted expands on the original Cinderella story in myriad ways. There’s a curse akin to Sleeping Beauty but with obedience instead of narcolepsy; a band of mythical creatures who come together to rebel against the king; and even a jazzy cover of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” complete with show-stopping choreography. Anne Hathaway stars in one of her first and most iconic roles. How to watch: Ella Enchanted is streaming on HBO Max.3. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)Who plays Cinderella: Drew BarrymoreWhat this adaptation does best: Ever After is a ‘90s title so beloved and so particular to its time that it can be hard to remember it has anything to do with Cinderella — but it most certainly does. Directed by Andy Tennant, this historical romance stars Drew Barrymore as Danielle de Barbarac, an orphaned maiden of Renaissance-era France. Living with her cruel stepmother, the Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent played by the incomparable Anjelica Huston, Danielle faces an uncertain future until the promise of art and love sets her free. This telling may be a bit dark for children, though adults will appreciate its melancholy, yet hopeful tone and complex themes. How to watch: Ever After: A Cinderella Story is streaming on Disney+.2. Disney's Cinderella (1950) Who plays Cinderella: Voiced by Ilene WoodsWhat this adaptation does best: Only the eleventh movie made by Disney, Cinderella (1950) is without question the most universally recognized film adaptation of this fairytale — and with good reason. Beautiful songs, characteristic of Disney’s unique approach to musicals at the time, and artful animation make it stand out as a particularly exquisite approach to the story. From Ilene Woods’ enchanting vocals on “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” to that unforgettable fairy godmother transformation scene, it’s a fairytale, plain and simple.How to watch: Disney's Cinderella (1950) is streaming on Disney+.1. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) Of course, Brandy reigns supreme as the best Cinderella ever. Credit: disney+ Who plays Cinderella: BrandyWhat this adaptation does best: Although it was divisive among critics at the time of its release, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) reigns supreme as the best Cinderella story available in 2021. Spectacular performances from music icons Brandy and Whitney Houston as Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother are an obvious sell. More important, however, is the diverse representation director Robert L. Freedman's musical film provides with a cast that also includes Paolo Montalbán, Victor Garber, Whoopie Goldberg, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, and more.How to watch: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) is streaming on Disney+.......
Romare Bearden Steeped in the Harlem Renaissance...
3 months ago
LiveAuctionTalk.com: by Rosemary McKittrick Photo courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.Through his art Romare Bearden offered a penetrating view into the life of African-Americans in mid-20th century America. Living in Harlem and enmeshed in the Harlem Renaissance Bearden surrounded himself with intellectuals and musicians like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and writers like Langston Hughes, as well as other artists and activists such as Paul Robeson.They supported each other’s work. With curiosity and intelligence, Bearden wove into his artwork the energy and enthusiasm of these innovators and the times in which they lived.“The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs,” he said. Bearden’s goal was to paint the life of his people as he saw and understood it. The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs. — Romare Bearden Bearden migrated with his parents from Mecklenburg N.C., to New York City around 1914. The segregation of Jim Crow laws choked blacks living in the south and the family decided to make the move. Blacks were vacating the south in droves many moving to Harlem and the area had a southern feel to it.Growing up, Bearden spent time in Pittsburgh too where his grandmother operated a boardinghouse for steel workers. His southern roots combined with life in the steel city as well as in Harlem all figure in his work.He was light-skinned and could easily have passed for white but refused to do so. He turned down an offer to pitch for the major-league Philadelphia Athletics in 1930 because management insisted, he pretend to be white.To pay the bills Bearden worked for the New York City Department of Social Services for years as a social worker and drew and painted on nights and weekends.He produced more than 2,000 works of art during his career including watercolors, oils, cartoons, murals as well as costume designs and book illustrations. A major medium for him was collage and like patchwork quilts he combined painting and magazine clippings with paper and fabric each piece having its own history and meaning to him.Working with fragments from the past brought them into the present he said. His collages during the 1960s civil rights movement catapulted his work and fame.“Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself,” he said.Bearden was also a songwriter and co-wrote the jazz classic “Seabreeze” recorded by Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie.Later in life he spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and his work underwent a change. It became less about race and more about simply being human.“Painting is the act of discovery and you're constantly enlarging your horizon or finding yourself every time you paint,” he said.On April 21, 2021, Swann Auction Galleries offered a selection of Bearden’s work on the block.Here are some current values.Romare BeardenColor Lithograph; Before the First Whistle; 1973; signed and numbered; 22 inches by 18 inches; $6,500.Etching and Aquatint; Tropical Flowers; signed, titled and numbered; circa 1971-72; 15 ½ inches by 21 inches; $6,750.Oil Monotype on Wove Paper; Tenor Sermon; signed; 1979; 22 ½ inches by 30 inches; $9,375.Color screenprint; Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mountain Top; 1968; 29 7/8 inches by 19 1/2 inches; $16,250.Collage Mounted on Board; Girl in a Garden; signed in blue ink; 1972; 22 inches by14 inches; $185,000.......
11 best apps for hiking...
3 months ago
Whether gathering supplies for a day hike or setting up camp for a while, these days savvy hikers are sure to pack their digital backpacks with apps to bring out the best in their treks.Don't forget your gorp, and steer clear of fat bears. Happy trails!Pro tip: these apps are tailor-made for hiking and the outdoors, but even the tech you rely on every day can be useful out in nature. Google Maps often shows hiking trails, Instagram has some pretty inspiring accounts to follow like @wildernessculture, @theclymb, and @unlikelyhikers, and many smartwatches and fitness trackers measure elevation. Trails and Navigation AllTrailsWith 12 million downloads, AllTrails is one of the most popular apps out there for planning your next hike. It boasts over 200,000 trail maps that include photos and reviews. AllTrails' UI makes it easy to explore and search trails, and there's a multitude of filter options such as difficulty level and dog-friendliness. Plus, with your GPS on, you can record your route - including pace, distance, elevation and save it or share with friends. For backcountry hikers there's also a pro version that lets you use routes offline.Price: Free or $29.99/year for AllTrails ProAvailable for iOS and Android Explore AllTrails massive collection of crowdsourced trails. Credit: alltrails Hiking ProjectLike AllTrails, Hiking Project is a crowdsourced database of trails and hiking information. It too has trail reviews, photos and general info about the hikes like distance, difficulty, dog/family friendliness etc. Hiking Project doesn't have as many trails as AllTrails mapped out (76,000) but perhaps it makes up for that with its detailed descriptions of each trail that makes the app feel like a guidebook. Plus, unlike AllTrails, the Hiking Project's offline functionality is a free part of the appPrice: FreeAvailable for iOS and Android Hiking Project is like a digital guidebook. Credit: hiking project Gaia GPSFor all-around use, Gaia is a good map to have on hand. Use it to research trails, navigate with GPS, find a campsite, and even check the weather forecast. The app also features a variety of different map options including topographical, satellite, and NatGeo illustrations. With the premium membership you can download maps and trail info for offline use. Price: Free or $36/year for the premium planAvailable for iOS and Android Search, navigate, and camp all with the help of one app. Credit: gaia Gps National Park Service appCreated by the National Park Service, this is the quintessential app for visiting any of the 400+ national park sites. Features include interactive maps, self-guided park tours, and general info about amenities and accessibility. There is also a way to download maps and info for offline use. Price: FreeAvailable for iOS and Android A must-have for your National Park trips. Credit: national park service Guthook GuidesGuthook has all of the usual trappings of a navigation app: GPS tracking, detailed maps, offline capabilities, etc. But its features were designed specifically for thru-hikers, bringing long-distance hiking into the digital age. Hikers can send updates and share locations with family and friends, look up necessities like water sources and campsites, and access "town guides" which have info that all thru-hikers need to resupply and get back on the trail.Price: Free to download, but specific trail guides must be purchasedAvailable for iOS and Android A thru-hiker's new best friend. Credit: Guthook guides SpyglassWhat sets Spyglass apart from other navigation apps out there is its augmented reality technology. The app overlays a military grade compass that is fine-tuned by your phone's GPS, gyroscopic sensors and accelerometer. Spyglass also features a rangefinder to measure distance, a sextant, and an inclinometer for measuring steepness. And when you're done pretending to be Rambo, Spyglass can also store the location of where you parked your car.Price: $5.99Available for iOS and Android A sophisticated compass you won't want to leave at home. Credit: happy magenta Survival/SafetyCairnSharing your whereabouts in the wilderness can mean the difference between life and death. That's why Cairn is a hit for hikers. It shares realtime location and progress with your designated contacts and automatically messages them if you're overdue. Cairn also compiles crowdsourced information about cell phone coverage, so you can know where to check in or get help in an emergency. Price: Free or $4.99/month or $26.99/year for Cairn PremiumAvailable for iOS and Android For staying safe and giving your loved ones peace of mind. Credit: cairn OutSmart WildernessThis app is pretty new to the scene, but has received great reviews so far. As anyone who has been in the outdoors before knows, things can go wrong, and sometimes professional help is far away. This app helps you assess the emergency with a series of questions and then helps you treat and stabilize with wilderness first aid techniques. The app is also loaded with more general survival and first aid information, so you can be well-prepped for your next big adventure. Price: FreeAvailable for iOS and Android Be prepared for even the worst case scenario. Credit: Outsmart wilderness FunSeek by iNaturalistWhile hiking is all about enjoying nature, this app actually helps you identify it. Point your phone's camera at whatever plant, fungi, or animal you're curious about, and the app's image recognition technology will identify it. A joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, Seek is designed for kids and families. But really, it's for anyone who wants to learn more about flora and fauna. Price: FreeAvailable for iOS and Android A high-tech way to learn about your surroundings. Credit: seek by inaturalist PeakVisor So you've made it to the peak, and now you're being rewarded with breathtaking views. But what are you looking at exactly? That's where PeakVisor comes in. Hold your phone camera up to the peak you're looking at and PeakVisor's augmented reality feature will identify it for you, and provide details about elevation, distance, and also photos and relevant info from Wikipedia. PeakVisor also has a 3D mapping feature and offline capabilities. Price: Free or $29.99/year for PeakVisor PROAvailable for iOS and Android Identify the view while enjoying it. Credit: peakvisor Sky Guide There are lots of great stargazing apps out there, but this one wins out for its beautiful augmented reality design. Point your device at the sky, and the app identifies planets and superimposes beautiful constellations. Sky Guide will also send you notifications of satellite sightings, astronomy news, and alert you to upcoming astronomical events. And since the best backcountry stargazing often coincides with bad cell service, the app works offline too.Price: Free or $39.99/year for Sky Guide PROAvailable for iOS but look into SkyView Lite or Star Walk 2 for Android compatible apps Make the most out backcountry stargazing. Credit: fifth star labs llc......
Future MacBook Could Feature Removable Key That Works as a Mouse...
3 months ago
Apple is researching a MacBook keyboard that features a removable key to be used as a precision mouse, according to a newly published patent application. The patent application, first spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Deployable Key Mouse" and was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The filing envisages a standard-looking MacBook scissor-system keyboard that features a hidden removable key. This key would contain a position sensor to be used as a pointing device. Apple describes the system as providing a "comfortable, portable, and precise pointer input for a computer input system." The filing explains that some precise tasks, such as graphic design, computer-assisted design and modeling, and editing large and complex documents, are better suited to a handheld mouse than a trackpad. Apple acknowledged that carrying a separate mouse with the computer can be a burden and may be "redundant when the computer already has built-in pointing devices." The removable key is a viable solution to this issue, according to Apple. In some embodiments, the key would be able to work as normal on the keyboard when it is not deployed and feature a small battery. Apple outlined various mechanical systems to facilitate the removable key, including sliding a single or set of multiple keys out of the housing vertically, as well as sliding a key out from the side of the machine horizontally. The patent's illustrations showed the deployable key located toward the edge of the keyboard so that it would not be a key that sees frequent use. Patent filings cannot be taken as evidence of Apple's immediate plans, but they do indicate areas of interest for the company and what it is considering developing behind the scenes. While the prospect of a removable key may seem like an outlandish potential MacBook feature, it may be less obtrusive than other unusual features such as the Touch Bar and could appeal to certain pro-users who require maximum portability but could still benefit from occasional precise input.Tag: patentThis article, "Future MacBook Could Feature Removable Key That Works as a Mouse" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums......
Where to pre-order a special illustrated edition of 'The Lord of the Rings'...
3 months ago
SAVE 28%: Pre-order an illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings from Amazon before its release on Oct. 14.We don't need to tell you how awesome The Lord of the Rings series of books is, because at this point everyone knows it's absolutely epic. What you might not know is that the series is getting a serious boost later in the year.A new hardcover illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings is set for release on Oct. 14 in the UK. The original edition only features two illustrations from Tolkien, but this version will include 30 sketches, illustrations, and maps. There are two versions to consider before its release in October, and both are on sale on Amazon:The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition Hardcover — £43.29 (save 28%)The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition Hardcover (Special Edition) — £112.45 (save 25%)The standard illustrated edition features a stunning white cover and over 1,000 pages in a hardcover binding. The special edition is quarter-bound in cloth and red leather, with raised ribs on the spine and stamped in two foils. The pages are even edged in gold.Add these illustrated editions to your collection with the best pre-order deals on Amazon. Credit: Amazon Pre-order an illustrated edition of 'The Lord of the Rings' Buying Options See Details Explore related content:How to unblock and watch American Netflix in the UKThe best streaming sites for watching all your favourite showsThe best VPN deals in August 2021......