12 Years a Slave Director Makes His Dazed and Confused

Lovers Rock may be the Dazed and Confused of early-’80s Afro-Caribbean British subculture, but I wouldn’t really know. To an outsider, the film doesn’t have much impact.

The one-hour film is part of a BBC-developed five-part series on the lives of West Indians in Britain directed by the London-born filmmaker Steve McQueen, whose parents are Caribbean immigrants to Britain. McQueen has made four previous films about extreme experience, ranging from the heist thriller Widows (2018) to his Oscar-winning historical journey 12 Years a Slave (2013), from the harrowing story of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands Hunger (2008) to the almost equally grueling inquiry into sex addiction, Shame (2011). He has now achieved sufficient stature that he can turn away from obviously dramatic or even melodramatic story structures and instead reach back into memory and make the cinematic equivalent of an autobiographically tinged first novel.

Lovers Rock is the opening-night

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How To Use Your Human Design Inner Authority To Make the Best Decisions

If you’re an astrology nerd or a Myers-Briggs devotee, there’s a good chance you’ll be into the world of Human Design. As Well+Good previously reported, Human Design is a blend of the I Ching, Kabbalah, the chakra system, and astrology. Using your Human Design profile—which you can get by entering your birth time, date, and place into an online generator like Jovian Archive or My Body Graph—you can peek into your unique energetic makeup. One insight is your Human Design inner authority, which can shed light on how you best make decisions.

“The intention is not to change who you are, but to give you permission to be who you’ve always been and offer insight into what’s possible as you step into the fullest expression of yourself,” says Human Design guide and leadership coach Erin Claire Jones. Knowing which of the six inner authorities (including “none”) applies to you can

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Post online misstates Sturgis Rally’s coronavirus cases

The claim: A post online attributes 88 positive tests to Sturgis Rally, 0.02% infection rate of attendees

Motorcyclists from around the country converged on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the town’s annual motorcycle rally in August — most unmasked and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Some on social media are claiming the event had little effect on the spread of COVID-19.

“Mass testing of Sturgis workers, residents result in no more positive results % than the rest of the state average,” a screenshot of a post reads. “Actually on the low end of the scale. All positive cases were asymptomatic.”

The post goes on to say the South Dakota Department of Health is allegedly attributing 88 positive tests to the rally, and that with 450,000 rally attendees, that’s a 0.02% infection rate.

The screenshot has been shared by Facebook group Bikers for Trump and multiple individuals. That group did not respond to

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Wi-Fi Game Weak? 10 Top-Rated Extenders That Can Give You A Boost

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors

If you and your quarantine crew have to huddle around your router just to catch a wisp of Wi-Fi, then you probably need an extender. According to tech-support blog HelloTech, the most common culprit for a shoddy signal is actually the walls inside your living space — which can weaken or block connectivity depending on where your router is placed (and how far away from it you’re setting up WFH-shop). Extenders don’t create a new connection but instead are built to give your existing signal the extra boost it usually needs to spread the Wi-Fi love throughout your house.

But, which one should you buy? The perfect match mostly depends on the

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The Ferrari Portofino M Lifts the Lid on Top-Down Performance

Ferrari’s original Portofino, introduced in 2017 as the successor to the California T, quickly established itself as one of the world’s best GT convertibles. Not just a revamped Cali T, the Portofino broke new ground with its performance and looks. Notably, its retractable hard top offered coupe-like styling when raised, plus convertible pleasures—amplified by the sound of Maranello’s snarling twin-turbocharged V-8 engine—when lowered. And for the first time in automotive history, a folding hard top—which opens and closes in 15 seconds—had a flowing fastback profile as beautiful as the spider’s sleek drop-top design.

In Ferrari fashion, however, it was time to make a great car better. The Portofino M is the latest version of the marque’s 2+ GT spider, and it was unveiled yesterday in Ferrari’s first-ever live online reveal for a car. Named after the seaside village on the Italian Riviera, the new Portofino appends an M, which means

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Staff working from home ‘miss out on camaraderie’

Staff working from home for fashion retailer Next have been “stultified” by boring online presentations and missed out on office camaraderie, the company said.

Next said that overall, the impact of the pandemic on business had been “expensive and miserable”.

But it had also seen some advantages from the upheaval, it added.

Next said it expected some home working to continue and that the balance would “evolve over time”.

Along with all “non-essential” retailers, Next was forced to close its doors when the pandemic struck. But it continued to meet online orders after overhauling work practices at its warehouses to allow for social distancing.

Announcing its financial results for the first six months of the year, including a 34% drop in sales over the worst of the lockdown, the fashion chain said some good had come from the experience.

“It is remarkable what can be learnt from shutting down your

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6 best ergonomic office chairs that make working from home more comfortable

Say goodbye to back pains without compromising on style (The Independent/iStock)
Say goodbye to back pains without compromising on style (The Independent/iStock)

If you’re an average Brit, your desk chair could well be one of the most important objects in your life. Eighty-one per cent of us spend between four and nine hours a day seated at our desks. Our choice of chair will affect our comfort, concentration and wellbeing during every minute of that time, whether we’re consciously aware of that or not.

Harvey Kempton, head of key accounts at Flokk, a desk chair specialist, says in order to choose the right chair, you should consider these factors: “Start with how you work. What is your working day like? Do you use computers regularly? Are you a writer, for instance? Do you copy type? It’s not just about the chair; it’s about where your keyboard is, your mouse is, where your paperwork is being supported. The chair needs to make

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How to re-vamp your set-up, according to an interior designer

Whether you're looking to buy a brand new desk or update your workspace with soft furnishings alone, these are products you need (Topology Interiors)
Whether you’re looking to buy a brand new desk or update your workspace with soft furnishings alone, these are products you need (Topology Interiors)

If, like us, you’re bored of looking at the same four walls after four months of working from home during lockdown, then it’s time for an interiors update.

Whether you’re working from a corner of your bedroom or in a separate study, no matter how big or small a change you make, adjusting your workspace can do wonders for your productivity and motivation.

Focusing on your home set-up may feel redundant as lockdown starts to lift, but some of us could still be working from home for many more months, and sprucing up your space may get you out of that WFH funk.

As the pandemic has forced us to merge our office and personal spaces, keeping them as separate as possible is also important, so

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Wednesday Night Lets ‘The Mandalorian’ Do All the Work

Hmm… I wonder if that “Succession” win means something.

About midway through the third consecutive night of Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the HBO drama won for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series — the first category to crown a winner with all three of the top dramas in competition. It’s also the only category we’ve seen so far where “Succession” (18 total nominations), “Ozark” (also 18 nominations), and “The Mandalorian” (15 nominations) have competed together, so a win from the win-happy “Mandalorian” (it took home five trophies Wednesday) or even the victory-starved “Ozark” (its best bets are yet to come) could have spelled trouble for the presumptive favorite, HBO’s “Succession.”

Instead, the Emmy went to Bill Henry and Venya Bruk, which kept momentum in “Succession’s” favor… for now. Now, the category isn’t exactly a bellwether for Best Drama Series. In the last 10 years, the winners have only … Read More

Make a Splash With Container Pools

Shipping containers are kind of like LEGO bricks. Sturdy and stackable, they can be crafted into all sorts of creative things, from fold-out coffee shops to surprisingly stylish modern homes. They also happen to be the perfect starting point for your very own DIY portable swimming pool.

A sleek modern shipping container pool designed by Modpools.
A sleek modern shipping container pool designed by Modpools.

These 40-by-8 foot, 96-square-foot steel boxes can be found virtually anywhere in the world, bought for $5,000 USD or less and easily moved to the location of your choice. While the installation of an in-ground swimming pool can run you between $35,000 and $60,000, a finished DIY shipping container pool will be just a fraction of that cost, not including any decks you might want to add on.

Since they’re rectangular, they’re perfect for lap swimmers or just soaking on a hot day. And best of all, you can take them with you when

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