Best At-Home Yoga Workouts

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Yoga is a mind and body practice that incorporates physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. There are many different styles of yoga and various online options that offer classes for all ages and skill levels. Online yoga workouts are growing in popularity as more people look for fitness classes they can do at home.

Many programs can be accessed online or through an app or smart TV and vary in length. Workouts are often set to music, can vary in length, and are led by experienced instructors who will demonstrate each movement and cue you on how to do them properly. Some apps have suggested programs to follow, while others have a library of workouts you can choose from. We compared yoga workouts based on cost, type of yoga offered, and accessibility. Here are our top picks.


Da 5 Bloods The Ten Best Films of 2020

In its soul, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” is about four Black American soldiers returning to Vietnam to reclaim the bones and wisdom of the man who guided them through war.

Stormin’ Norman, played with holy majesty in flashbacks by the late Chadwick Boseman, is the dominating voice of such wisdom in Lee’s gorgeously in-your-face history lesson about how America was never great. And it could never be great, if it treats people as it does and has. During his powerful monologues, Norman reminds his fellow Bloods about how America was built on the sacrifice of Black bodies, like that of Crispus Attucks, the first man killed in the American Revolutionary War. And when the five Bloods learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Norman is the one to steer them away from retaliation. “We control our rage,” he assures them. “They can’t use our rage against us.”

The past is present in the world of “Da 5 Bloods,” Lee’s Vietnam War movie that honors the PTSD the war has inflicted on the natives, and the soldiers who toured through. It’s a lively, multifaceted, and heavily emotional adventure, starting with four reunited veteran friends boogeying inside a club named “Apocalypse Now” (which even uses the logo from Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic). Our complicated heroes (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) experience the country through the pain of the Vietnamese people, and “Da 5 Bloods” distinctly removes jingoism from its dialogue on American history. Parallel to the movie’s compassion for how the American War never truly ended in Vietnam is also the context that America used Black lives for war while not supporting them at home; the Bloods were part of a generation sent to die for a country that then killed the leaders of their freedom. (The script was co-written by Lee and Kevin Wilmott, who rewrote a script by Paul DeMeo and Danny Bilson to focus on Black soldiers.)


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Although Cap’s name is on the front, Civil War feels more like an ensemble Avengers story, with a huge cast of characters split into rival factions by the Sokovia Accords – tighter controls on superheroes brought in after Tony Stark’s rogue-AI dropped an entire city in Age of Ultron. Stark, cowed by his role in creating Ultron, is on the side of the government with the help of Black Widow, Black Panther, Vision and Spider-Man), while Steve Rogers and his team (Ant-Man, Hawk-Eye, Wanda Maximoff – probably not the favourites on paper) go rogue to track down Hydra’s Helmut Zemo and bring in Bucky Barnes.


Going Green Gets Serious: The Zero Energy Home

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In 2020 and beyond, concern for a healthy living environment and a dedication to its care will be more the norm than a trend. With engineers and designers rethinking the way they build in the face of climate change, the attention will be on eco-friendly materials and designs, energy efficiency, using fewer resources and tighter, higher-insulated buildings.

We will see more buildings and homes in tune with nature and yet open to smart technology for greater energy efficiency. New advancements in technology are allowing more people to build and live in “zero energy” homes – which combines more thoughtful home design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and alternative energy sources, such as solar panels.

Leading the pack is California, which will start requiring all new builds – single-family homes and multi-family residences – to include solar panels. With this move California is expected to add 100,000 a year of zero net energy homes to the current U.S. total of about 5,000 zero net energy single-family homes.

There’s no looking back. Zero net energy homes are here to stay!


Tangled (2010)

Tangled (2010)  : It took Walt Disney Animation Studios 50 movies before it finally brought the Grimms’ fairy tale, Rapunzel, to life. While this 2010 version is also about a young girl with magnificently long golden hair held captive in a tower by an evil sorceress, there’s a lot of differences from the original 19th century story. For one, this spunkier Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is a princess who falls in love with the thief Flynn Rider, instead of a peasant girl who is rescued by a prince. And while Rapunzel’s hair has supernatural healing properties in this telling, the most magical part of this movie is the extraordinary animation in the lantern scene.

Designer’s Vibrant Rental Revamp

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Serhat created a chic galley kitchen by cleverly covering the old cabinetry with modern white handleless doors and adding a sleek black granite worktop and dark gray floor tiles. In response to the dated 1980s pastel-hued tiled ensuite in the main bedroom, he introduced cool tones of white Calacatta marble and installed a glass shower and vanity unit. A gold pineapple-shaped custom-made mirror he designed is a whimsical contrast to the minimalist accents.

His inventive flair for mixing and matching art, unique antiquities, and design classics spans eras, with a play on balance, form, and function. “I find things on my travels, and at flea markets and through vintage dealers,” Serhat explains. “I have a curiosity for design and I never buy pieces with a plan on where to put them in my apartment or to match them with the wall color. I don’t want it to look like a showroom, I just buy what I love, but I rearrange things constantly,” he says with a laugh.

Serhat’s loves include Jean-Michel Basquiat– and Edvard Munch–inspired paintings by Cuban artist CB Hoyo in the living area and office, and a trio of abstract drawings by French designer Ronan Bouroullec that brightly punctuate the wall of the monochromatic kitchen. Shape and surface are constant themes in his treasured furniture collection as well: the Art Deco–style curves of Autoban’s Union sofa in the living area, the flute-like base of Eero Saarinen’s Knoll Tulip chair, the splayed metal legs of Jean Prouvé’s Compass Desk in his office. Stealing the show are the much-coveted V-leg Pierre Jeanneret Chandigarh chair in his bedroom and a set of Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs flanking the dining table. In one corner a Roger Capron midcentury ceramic coffee table decorated with Fornasetti candles evokes the ’70s, while in another, the L-shaped seat of Jonathan Adler’s St. Germain Club chair pitched on two steel orbs gracefully fuses Japanese-meets-Scandi modernism.


Saludos Amigos (1942)

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The first in a series of more economically manageable “package films” that could be produced utilizing the diminished resources of the studio during World War II (when the Burbank studio was occupied by military personnel and produced a number of educational films) and the first film inspired by Walt’s government-sponsored goodwill tour of South America (more on that later), Saludos Amigos is more fascinating than lovable. The film is mostly notable for its colorful introduction of Jose Carioca (voiced by Jose Oliveira), the Brazilian, cigar-chomping, samba-loving parrot who served as Donald Duck’s confederate. Of the film’s segments, the most memorable is “Pedro,” about an anthropomorphic plane delivering mail in Chile (he follows a similar path to the one Walt took). This sequence was so good, in fact, that it was released as a stand-alone short by Disney’s then-distributor RKO.


Films To Make You Happy

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Films that make us happy. Tough question. It can depend entirely on the day of the week, a particular mood, a desire for a specific genre or type of story.

But I do know that films offer at least one of our outlets when we turn to entertainment as a means to lift our mood. But, choosing ten, twenty, or in this case twenty-five movies that make us happy is an almost impossible task given the very unique and personal reasons why we choose a film to make us happy in the first place. There’s a multitude of questions we might ask,

some of them we may answer to ourselves on a subconscious level. Do we need cheering up (a happy story), do we need to escape (fantasy or horror that pummel the senses), do we need to see tragedy that mimics our own lives (the feeling of not being alone), or outwardly unhappy stories that numb our own issues and make them feel less problematic. It’s a minefield and a conundrum that won’t be answered here.

What films make you happy?
The 25 Films To Make You Happy list presented below is a collection of movies that work that magic trick on me without fail. There’s a few controversial choices and some very obvious ones, but what these films do (in varying degrees) is lift the spirit through their idealistic characters, intricate and original interpretations of the world we live in, optimism that is often shrouded in sadness and tragedy, uplifting endings, comedy and romance and singing and dancing. This list, like any other, says more about the person making it than it does about the films themselves. But hopefully, there will be more than a few gems in the following twenty-five films, that have the same effect on you that they have on me.



Beyond the environmental consciousness that makes wood an excellent construction material

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The construction in timber of the supporting structure of a house, with poles and / or wooden beams, gives it great stability, and allows construction without intermediate joinery for the insertion of fixed openings such as bay windows. The type of structure, rather complex, enables the creation of large houses and facades.

Following the construction stule of Germanic countries, a house can also be built with wood panels that offer structural properties and allow for a great architectural freedom,allow to build with great heights and many floors. This structure also has properties against deformation, protecting from aging or moisture, with a very good insulation for excellent thermal and energy performance and the supporting structure


The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

There must be something ironic about a movie that is about time loops and the recurrence of certain events, essentially recreating similar emotional beats that have already been covered by this sci-fi genre. If everything is cyclical, then maybe it makes sense that these narratives would also be cyclical! But at least to the credit of “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” the film knows its pop-culture touchstones (“Groundhog Day” and “Time Bandits”) and acknowledges the influence those Harold Ramis and Terry Gilliam classics have on its YA story. That doesn’t make the film particularly unique, but at least it makes “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” honest.

Written by Lev Grossman of The Magicians fame and directed by Ian Samuels, who also helmed the YA film “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is set in one of those cutely small American towns where the main strip is full of quaint shops and everything is blandly satisfying. It’s so nice that high school senior Mark (Kyle Allen) hasn’t exactly minded reliving the same 24 hours for something like 1,000 days. He has every same day down to a routine: He wakes up and banters with his little sister, butts heads with his father (Josh Hamilton), skips and hops into school, stopping accidents and other little disasters along the way, and then he just wanders around. He plays video games with best friend Henry (Jermaine Harris), or goes to the neighborhood pool, or steals construction equipment to drive down the street. Eventually he’ll end up back at home, where he’ll have the same argument with his father about his dream to attend art school instead of traditional college. And then at midnight, his body automatically falls asleep, and the day resets—time rewinds, events move backward, colors leech out of Mark’s surroundings and swirl upward into the sky. When he wakes up the next day, it’s always the same.
All this repetition has Mark feeling a bit like he’s the only person awake, and he’s cockier as a result—he calls himself Sherlock Holmes, and he says he’s psychic. He might be the only person really still alive in this world. Until he crosses paths with Margaret (Kathryn Newton), who interrupts his day in her oversized sweatshirt, aviator sunglasses, and don’t-mess-with-me attitude. Their meet-cute occurs when she interrupts him as he flirts with another young woman, and from that moment, Mark is entranced. What has she been spending her days doing? What secrets has she found in the town that he hasn’t yet? And if they’re trapped in this eternal moment together, shouldn’t they be spending it together?
If you were expecting any surprises after that boy-meets-girl setup, “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” will disappoint. This is all fairly predictable in the way so many films aimed at teenage viewers can be, with tons of pop culture references, an emphasis on going out and experiencing the quirky peculiarities of the world, and an insistence that self-improvement is the only way to move past trauma. When Mark and Margaret decide to make a “map of tiny perfect things” that they spot around the town—moments like a child blowing a balloon, an older couple playing cards, or a janitor playing the piano—it’s an opportunity for them to each give a little and take a little. Maybe reality would reset itself if Mark paid more attention in algebra, or if he was more sympathetic to his father’s strictness. Maybe everything would get better if Margaret lived more in the moment, or if she went along with more of Mark’s goofy antics. None of this is particularly challenging, but Allen and Newton are pleasant enough and have easily believable chemistry, and Samuels keeps things moving at a brisk clip.