For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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New report says Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will have smaller battery than the S8+

June 25, 2017

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is easily the sexiest looking phone on the planet with its curved edge-to-edge screen, but the best has yet to come. The Galaxy Note 8, the successor to last year’s unfortunate explosion-prone Note 7, is expected to launch sometime in September just in time to rumble with Apple’s iPhone 8. And now, thanks to a new leak, we know just about everything there is to know about…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who…

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Here’s What We Know About The U.S. Open Airship Crash

June 16, 2017

The pilot, who was still inside the airship when it crashed, suffered serious burns. He was taken to a Milwaukee hospitalin serious condition, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. Heres what we know. The pilot had previously been involved in two forced landings. Thompson was trying to land because the winds were too strong. Patrick Walsh, president of AirSign, believes the crash was caused by a failure of the…

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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Blue plaques: Who did you nominate for an award? – BBC News

June 14, 2017

“I can’t believe that this is happening,” he told the BBC. “You walk past so many blue plaques on buildings and you never suspect you’re going to be one of them. I’m just blown away by it, I really am.” Billy Bragg will unveil a plaque for David Bowie at the site of the Trident Studios in Soho, where the star recorded his multi-million selling albums Hunky Dory and The…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Trump taunt over Comey tape draws disbelief

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Of all the piercing questions hanging over the West Wing, one of the most pressing is whether President Donald Trump has a taping system that captured his conversations with James Comey. Collins: Trump should give yes or no on tapes “It’s all hot air,” one person inside the White House said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal water-cooler conversations. “Unless he had a recorder in his pocket,…

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Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to win his first NBA championship. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history,avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago.

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was…

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We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 11, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo Games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad?…

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

Image: mashable composite; hbo/shutterstock These days, it seems like everybody has the same old theories about Game Of Thrones. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Daenerys is Azor Ahai Jon Snow is half Targaryan Jaime is going to kill Cersei. Can you say boring? How have fan theories about our favorite show become so dull when there are still so many avenues left unexplored? As a huge GoT geek, I really…

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

June 10, 2017

That first show attracted a big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those…

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Katy Perry talks about the Taylor Swift feud again oh my god why

June 10, 2017

Image: jo hale/Redferns/getty If Katy Perry would like to be excluded from the “Bad Blood” narrative, it’s far too late for that. In her new NME cover story, she explained why she chose to respond in the first place. I mean, Im not Buddha things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but Im also not a pushover, you know?” said Perry. “Especially…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

Now that filming has wrapped on the second season of Stranger Things, fans are already dying to know what comes next for the Netflix series. Given how secretive the production was, though, getting your hands on any solid information was a difficult thing to do until now. The cast of Stranger Things joined creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with director and executive producer Shawn Levy, on the red carpet…

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

Season 2 will start the healing process.Image: Beth Dubber/Netflix 13 Reasons Why isn’t stopping at just 13 reasons. Netflix’s hit drama based on Jay Asher’s bestselling book of the same name is already in production on its second season. Showrunner Brian Yorkey is venturing into completely new territory with the show’s sophomore outing, having no source material to follow, since the first season covered Asher’s book in its entirety. While…

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A startup of totally not vampires is selling teenagers’ blood to the rich so that they might live forever

June 2, 2017

"This is totally normal. Really. Now be still while I drain you."Image: Gravity Images Growing old: It’s for the poors. Feasting on the vitality of the young in a scientifically questionable effort to live forever? That, friends, is for the tech elite. And if that just so happens to mean draining teenagers of their blood for rich old people, so be it. This is a brave-new world, and (the definitely-not-run-by-vampires)…

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Damian Marley and others buy majority stake in High Times

June 2, 2017

Image: Favre/Epa/REX/Shutterstock A group of investors including Damian Marley has purchased a majority stake in High Times, the marijuana-focused magazine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The group, lead by private equity firm Oreva Capital, bought 60% of the company that owns and operates the magazine for $42 million. In addition to the magazine, the company runs the Cannabis Cup events series as well as the High Times website. Damian…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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