Sony Slates Animated ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ for 2020

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

We can all stop speculating about Sony Pictures Animation’s “Untitled Phil Lord & Chris Miller Project.” The Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs studio has announced a new CG feature titled The Mitchells vs. The Machines, coming to theaters January 10, 2020 and produced by the creative duo.

Per the announcement:

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an original animated comedy from producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street). The Mitchells are a dysfunctional but loving family whose road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens mankind: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to self driving cars, to a sleek new line of personal robots – turn on humanity. With the help of two malfunctioning robots and the family’s delightfully overweight pug, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

The director is Mike Rianda, previously creative director/writer/voice actor on Gravity Falls; he also wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe, also Gravity Falls alum. Lord and Miller are producing with Kurt Albrecht (Surf’s Up 2, Open Season: Scared Silly).

If anyone’s gonna stop a robot uprising, it’ll be a pug. Many of us have lost perfectly good electronics to chew-happy dogs!

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

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French oysters go on sale in vending machines

ILE DE RE, France (Reuters) – In a change from chocolates and fizzy drinks, the French are starting to offer fresh oysters from vending machines in the hope of selling more of the delicacy outside business hours.

One pioneer is Tony Berthelot, an oyster farmer whose automatic dispenser of live oysters on the Ile de Re island off France’s western coast offers a range of quantities, types and sizes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

French oyster farmers are following in the footsteps of other producers of fresh food who once manned stalls along roadsides for long hours but now uses machines.

“We can come at midnight if we want, if we have a craving for oysters. It’s excellent; they’re really fresh,” Christel Petinon, a 45-year-old client holidaying on the island, told Reuters.

The Ile de Re’s refrigerated dispenser, one of the first and with glass panels so customers can see what they are buying, is broadly similar to those that offer snacks and drinks at railway stations and office buildings worldwide.

A worker prepares oysters for the automatic oyster vending machine at l’huitriere de Re in Ars en Re on the Re Island, Southwestern France, August 2, 2017. Picture taken August 2, 2017.Regis Duvignau

Customers use their bank card for access, opening the door of their choice from a range of carton sizes and oyster types.

Berthelot, thirty years an oyster breeder, sees it as an extra source of revenue rather than an alternative to normal points of sale like food markets, fishmongers and supermarkets.

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“We felt as though we were losing lots of sales when we are closed,” he said.

“There was a cost involved when buying this machine, of course, but we’re paying it back in installments … And today, in theory, we can say that the calculations are correct and it’s working.”

Selling oysters from a machine bets on more than just open-mindedness among consumers. Live molluscs not kept cool enough or stored too long out of seawater can cause food poisoning when opened.

The Berthelots say the machine has an appeal to a younger generation accustomed to buying on the internet and unperturbed by the absence of a shopkeeper.

Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Andrew Callus and Alister Doyle

Reuters: Oddly Enough

Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

(Reuters) – The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages.

Shoppers have struggled for more than a year to find basic goods including powdered milk and cooking oil, as well as certain medicines and diapers. Currency controls implemented over a decade ago under the late President Hugo Chavez mean importers do not have the U.S. dollars required for imports.

Long queues are a ubiquitous sight in shops, while Venezuelans often have to visit several stores to find what they are looking for or settle for substitutes, and friends share tips about where scarce products can be found.

Amid growing frustration, the government said last month it would install a biometric system to weed out smugglers and hoarders, whom President Nicolas Maduro blames for the shortages.

The plan designed to prevent shoppers from stocking up on cheap price-fixed goods has been gradually implemented in some state-run supermarkets which chiefly cater to the government’s supporters among poor voters.

“This guarantees price-fixed products will remain on shelves,” said Food Minister Yvan Bello during a visit to a huge Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas on Thursday afternoon to drum up support for the initiative.

Around 785,000 people have been registered in six state-run food store chains across the country, the Information Ministry said in a statement.

“The results are excellent,” Bello said as he inspected the fingerprinting machines set up in the Bicentenario store’s 62 cash registers.

Critics counter fingerprinting shoppers will not attack the root of the problem, while others are alarmed by what they deem an invasion of privacy.

The government said on Thursday that it had arrested 794 suspected smugglers since early August as part of a campaign to stop food and other subsidized products being sold across Venezuela’s borders, mainly in neighboring Colombia.

(Reporting by Carlos Garcia Rawlins; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)


Reuters: Oddly Enough

Baby ‘Sleep Machines’ Could Damage Hearing, Study Suggests


Baby ‘Sleep Machines’ Could Damage Hearing: Study

Keep volume low and place device well away from crib, expert says

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By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some of the “sleep machines” marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby’s hearing, a new study suggests.

The popular devices promise to help infants fall asleep and stay asleep by lulling them with constant sound — such as a babbling brook, a heartbeat or simply “white noise.”

But in tests of 14 sleep machines, researchers found some were capable of decibel levels that surpass the limit recommended for workplace noise. All were capable of breaking the noise limit recommended for hospital nurseries.

The findings, reported online March 3 and in the April print issue of Pediatrics, may not sound sweet to parents’ ears.

But hearing experts said there are simple ways to protect your baby.

Ideally, manufacturers should be required to meet a “safe sound limit,” said Dr. Ronald Hoffman, of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

Until then, parents should keep the volume low, and place the machines well away from their baby’s crib, said Hoffman, who was not involved in the study.

Patti Martin, director of audiology and speech pathology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, agreed.

“If you choose to use them, just be cautious,” said Martin, who did not work on the study. “Don’t place them right on the railing of the crib. Put them across the room.”

That’s simple advice, but it’s not actually on the product packaging, noted Dr. Blake Papsin, the senior researcher on the study and chief of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

What’s more, Papsin said, there are parenting websites that encourage parents to use sleep machines all night, at a volume loud enough to mask other sounds that could float into the baby’s room.

“So some parents are probably overexposing their babies to noise,” Papsin said.

For the study, his team tested 14 infant sleep machines widely available in Canada and the United States.

The investigators found that, at top volume, three would expose a baby to more than 85 decibels — the limit set for workplace noise — if the device were placed on the crib rails. All of the machines were capable of churning out more than 50 decibels, which is the noise limit recommended for hospital nurseries. Nearly all — 13 of 14 — could top 50 decibels even if placed across the room from the baby’s crib.

Parents may wonder, is there really something wrong with playing the sounds of a chirping bird for your baby? Papsin said that at a soft volume intended to soothe — and not to drown out your TV — there should be no risk to tiny ears.

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$1 million of marijuana found welded inside machines

From The Associated Press

COLUMBUS – Federal officials say marijuana worth more than $ 1 million has been found welded inside heavy machinery in a vacant Ohio warehouse.

WBNS-TV reports five people were arrested Thursday at the warehouse in Columbus.

DEA agents told the station they’d have to use a plasma torch to cut into eight machines called rakes, which are used to cut asphalt.

State Highway Patrol Lt. Ann Ralston says troopers had earlier pulled over a commercial tractor-trailer for following too closely on Interstate 70 near Madison County. Police dogs indicated they smelled drugs, and an ensuing investigation led authorities to the warehouse.

DEA officials say the suspects would be charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

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Ask the Expert: Do Nail-Drying Machines Emit UV Rays?

Our expert explains how nail-drying machines work, plus how you can protect yourself from their harmful UV rays.

In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers’ questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, Susan Evans, MD, WebMD’s skin and beauty expert, answered a question about the UV rays emitted by nail-drying machines in nail salons.

Q: A friend told me that nail-drying machines emit UV rays that can give you skin cancer. Do I need to be careful?

A: The nail-drying machines used in professional nail salons come in two varieties: air drying and UV drying. And yes, you do need to be careful about exposing your skin to the UV type. That’s because the rays emitted by these machines are UVA rays, the kind that penetrate the skin most deeply and have been associated with skin cancer.

The level of UVA rays is equivalent to that of a tanning bed. But in addition to exposing your skin to cancer-causing UVA rays, using these nail-drying machines increases your risk of getting the telltale signs of photoaging, including spots, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. These aren’t on your face, of course, but they can still be unsightly.

When you get to the salon, ask an employee which type of machine it uses, and make sure they know about the risks.

There are two things you can do to reduce your exposure. First, you can decide to forgo the nail-drying machine altogether and take a few minutes longer to let your nail polish air dry (although some gel manicures do need UV light to cure). Second, you can slather on sunscreen after the aesthetician washes your hands and feet but before she applies the nail polish.

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Coke Says It Won’t Put Machines In Dispensaries, Then Backtracks

?Altitude Wellness Center in Denver thought a Coke machine in the lobby would be a great idea. Give cotton-mouthed customers a chance to wet their whistles, and perhaps make a dollar or two in the process? Win-win.But when the center asked for a machine a few days ago, the Coca-Cola Company stiffly informed them it has a corporate policy against placing Coke machines in businesses that sell marijuana.When AWC decided to go public with the rejection, Coca-Cola backed down, with a representative pledging to apologize, reports Michael Roberts at Denver Westword.According to Melissa, daughter of AWC owner Roger (they asked that their last names not be used), an AWC rep called the local Coca-Cola distributor shortly after opening about a year and a half ago and requested a cooler to put in the business. Every month since then, the owners have bought between $ 200 and $ 300 worth of Cokes to give customers.

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