Loop Returns picks up $10 million in Series A led by FirstMark Capital

Loop Returns, the startup that helps brands handle returns from online purchases, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Lerer Hippeau and Ridge Ventures also participated in the round. Loop started when Jonathan Poma, a co-founder and COO and president, was working at an agency and consulting with a big Shopify brand on how to improve their system for returns and exchanges. After partnering with longtime friend Corbett Morgan, Loop Returns was born. Loop sits on top of Shopify to handle all of a brand’s returns. It first asks the customer if they’d like a different size in the item they bought, quickly managing an exchange. It then asks if …

The New Lady and the Tramp Is as Weird as It Is Adorable

It is by now a well-established fact that the effect of rendering real-life animals with CGI to make them look like they can talk and express human emotions is inarguably creepy. At best, it just doesnt look believable, and at worst, it is the stuff of nightmares, as evidenced by the online backlash to the terrifyingly photorealistic Pumbaa in this summers writing, Why would anyone want the character, human touch, and charm of 2D animation when you could look into a visually accurate warthogs black, dead eyes as it sings you a song telling you not to be worried.) Luckily, Disneys new live action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp, premiering on the Avengers: Endgame, Creed) and Justin Theroux (original …

Glasgow named cultural and creative ‘centre’ of UK

“Cultural vibrancy”, “creative economy”, and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account. Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK. Capital of culture The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.” Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of the six internationally renowned national performing arts companies in Scotland. According to the council, Glasgow’s museums have more visitors than in any UK city except from London. The city also counts eight Turner Prize winners who have been born …

Lady Trieu’s mysterious role (and costume) in ‘Watchmen’ episode 4

This post includes spoilers for Watchmen episode 4. Click here for last weeks recap. There arent really any superheroes in HBOsWatchmen. Both in terms of a moral definition of heroism, and in the literal sense that no one has superpowers. Costumes and masks are the only things that separate people like Sister Night from the civilian population, so when a supervillain turns up, it makes sense that her fashion choices also stand out. And supervillain probably is the best way to describe Lady Trieu (Hong Chau), who made a dramatic entrance in the first scenes of episode 4, with an offer that two average Oklahomans cant possibly refuse. Lady Trieu and Trieu Industries have cropped up in the background a …

Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic street

(CNN)Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic boulevard that was renamed in January to honor the civil rights leader. “We don’t mind doing something to honor Dr. King, but we don’t want you to take Paseo away from us to do it,” said former City Councilwoman Alissia Canady, who represented much of the area until her term ended in August. She helped organize the Save The Paseo group, which collected almost 3,000 signatures to get the name change on Tuesday’s ballot. Canady voted against the MLK name change in January, but it passed by an 8-4 vote. “That really infuriated the neighborhood because they felt it was a backdoor approach that …

German novelists on the fall of the Berlin wall: It was a source of energy we lived off for years

Five German novelists recall the heady days of 30 years ago, and assess their legacy Heike Geissler: For the first few years, I fell into every single consumer trap put in my way Heike Geissler was born in 1977 in Riesa in the former German Democratic Republic. She is the author of four novels, most recently Red Love: The Story of an East German Family, won the European Book prize. Germans like anniversaries; they give such a clear shape to history. At these times you can simplify complicated things a bit, smooth out the contradictions. The GDR, which repeatedly comes back to life on these dates, long ago became a kind of museum country. These days hardly anybody wants to …

Moon lander concept unveiled by Boeing as NASA eyes return to lunar surface

Following exploration of the lunar surface by astronauts, the crew lifts off from the moon inside the Ascent Element in this artist concept. The Descent Element remains on the moon having already performed its role of flying the crew from lunar orbit to the surface. (Credit: Boeing) NASA REVEALS ITS VISION FOR THE ARTEMIS MOON LANDER THAT WILL RETURN US ASTRONAUTS TO THE LUNAR SURFACE In July, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. Separately that month, the space agency posted a notice to the Federal Business Opportunities website that it was seeking “proposals from industry for the development of integrated human lunar landers and execution of crewed flight demonstrations to the lunar …

The houses hiding a city’s water secrets

These strange-looking stone structures have stood in the Comiston area of Edinburgh for more than 300 years. Built long before houses, garages, driveways and gardens, they are now integrated into the established residential landscape. But what were they for? The buildings covered vital spring water that bubbled up from the ground. Before this supply was used, Edinburgh residents could go many weeks without fresh drinking water. What was available wasn’t safe – the Nor’ Loch, which had flowed in the valley now occupied by Princes Street Gardens and the Waverley Station, carried typhoid and cholera. Image copyright Scottish Water Image caption Each pipe inside Comiston Spring House, which was the main building, had a lead animal on top to mark …

From 250 Acres to 400 sq ft: Elderly Couple Downsizes to Amazing Little Condo in Sydney

For this significant downsize, designer Nick Gurney worked closely with his clients to design a unique 38m2 small apartment in Sydney that favours accessibility, functionality and storage. A lengthy side by side hallway storage unit and kitchen joinery that extends to a 7m long credenza, expand the utility and storage of the space, whilst demarcated zones that can easily be transformed, ensure that each occupant has the opportunity for privacy and solitude. via Never Too Small on YouTube Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Labour pledges ‘zero carbon’ homes by 2022

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on the campaign trail in Swindon on Saturday, said: “There is no greater issue facing this world than the environmental disaster waiting to happen and the climate change that is happening very obviously all around us.” Central heating boilers ‘threaten climate goals’ Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’ UK commits to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 During a speech to supporters at Commonweal Sixth Form College, Mr Corbyn also responded to US President Donald Trump’s recent remark that he would be “so bad” as prime minister. Related Topics Housing John Healey Labour Party Climate change Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Theres No Such Thing as Christian Music

ShareTweetPin It’s a staple of American culture. “Christian music” “Christian movies” “Christian rap” There is a strict dichotomy drawn between the art of most Christians in the public sphere and the art of non-believers. TobyMac makes Christian music, but Drake does not. Darren Wilson makes Christian movies, but Chad and Carey Hayes (screenwriters of The Conjuring) do not. Become A Contributor Ever since an interview I read with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, something has bugged me about this binary. Jon said, “I am a Christian and I make music. The music is not saved. It is not Christian.” In other words, Jesus did not come and die to save songs. He did not suffer in order to bring Oceans 11 out of the …

So alien! So other!: how western TV gets Japanese culture wrong

From travelogues to Banzai, theres a history of portraying the country as kooky and odd saying more about its makers than its subject It just feels so alien! So other! So extraordinarily strange! So said Sue Perkins as she walked across Tokyos most crowded zebra crossing in the opening sequence of her travelogue. But shouldnt this all be more familiar by now? After all, BBC Ones Japan With Sue Perkins, which aired last month, was only the latest in a long run of British TV programmes inviting us to boggle at the east Asian country. These shows always feature a shot of the aforementioned Shibuya Crossing, items on AI and sumo wrestling, and a concerned interview with an undersexed young …

A locals guide to Bologna, Italy: top 10 tips

Famous for its medieval buildings and culinary brilliance, this vibrant university city also has a radical edge, offbeat cafes and great countryside at hand Bologna stakes a claim to being the oldest university city in Europe, perhaps the world, and a roll call of the alumni of its 1088-founded institution throws up names such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Thomas Becket, several popes, Copernicus and, more recently, Guglielmo Marconi. But this is no fossilised museum town; Bolognas scholarly tradition attracts a constant influx of young people keeping this Emilia-Romagna city vibrant and challenging. Screen idol Photograph: Roberto Serra/Getty Images A 1920s abattoir has been converted into one of Italys most important independent cinemas. Two screens show the latest releases and arthouse …

Former Yugoslavia’s brutalist beauty a photo essay

Socialist Yugoslavia reconstructed a land destroyed by fighting with concrete to show the power of a state between eastern and western power Genex Tower is unmissable on the highway from Belgrade airport to the centre of the city. Its two soaring blocks, connected by an aerial bridge and topped with a long-closed rotating restaurant resembling a space capsule, are such an unusual sight, the 1977-build tower has become a magnet for tourists despite years of neglect. The tower is one of the most significant examples of brutalism an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete. Serbia. Brutalism was popular throughout the eastern bloc but the former Yugoslavia made it its own …

Mom Illustrates What Raising Kids Is Like In 30 Honest Comics

The Australian artist’s drawings demonstrate that what society sees in public is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, we might spot a mom scrolling her phone while pushing a pram and we’re quick to judge her. But we don’t see all the hundreds of small things she did for her children that day. Much like with professional athletes and skilled musicians, we see the end results, not the hundreds of hours of effort, pain, sweat, and tears that happened offstage. In an in-depth interview with Bored Panda, Paula revealed how she became an artist, what the challenges of motherhood are, and what her future plans are. Scroll down for the full interview. Especially if you’re artistically inclined because …

Inside L.A.s High-End Getty Fire Evacuation Center

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, a tech company recruiter named Peter Locke woke up to a phone call. Locke is an older man with bushy white eyebrows, bushier sideburns, and a warm, low voice. He lives in the upper reaches of Mandeville Canyon, a long, narrow strip north of Los Angeles, east of Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park, and right in the middle of a Theres an evacuation order. I just grabbed whatever I could: the backup for my computer, a cellphone, a few dollars, some papers, my wallet, thats it. I barely had time to put on clothes. It was early Monday morningthe middle of the night. Just hours before Lockes call, a strong wind had knocked a tree branch into …