21-year-old woman loses her eyesight after staring at her smartphone game for days

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A woman from China has gone partially blind, after spending an entire day playing a game on her smartphone.

The 21-year-old, who goes under the pseudonym Wu Xiaojing, was a hardcore fan of popular multiplayer smartphone game Honour of Kings.

Wu, who works in finance, was said to have been playing the game for several hours when she suddenly lost her sight in her right eye.

She was taken to several hospitals and was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) in her right eye.

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Here’s how to help Mexico after another deadly earthquake

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A devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people.

With power and phone lines down, people are having trouble getting in touch with loved ones. To make matters more stressful, the country was already recovering from an earthquake that hit less than two weeks ago.

Instead of feeling hopeless in the face of the destruction, here’s how you can help earthquake victims. 

Donate what you can

Organizations like UNICEF Mexico are looking for monetary donations. 

There’s a big need for clothes, water, and food. Giving to places like the Red Cross Mexico, Oxfam Mexico, and Save the Children Mexico is a way to get resources flowing. Smaller nonprofits like Project Paz are also collecting donations for earthquake relief. Read more…

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Free BlueFX After Effects Templates & $597 Bundle Giveaway

Learning After Effects is a daunting challenge – it’s not quite a Non-Linear Editor, but also not quite Photoshop. In trying to explain or teach After Effects I look back at my own history of learning the program. Once I learned the fundamentals by working through a book – my growth in After Effects came […]

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How to Create a Long Exposure Video Effect in After Effects

Pulling off long exposure photos is relatively easy, but doing so with video is another story.

One of the first still camera “tricks” you learn as a photographer is how to create light trails using long exposures. All you do is crank up your shutter speed to five or six seconds (or whatever works), adjust your aperture accordingly, and boom, you’ve got some nice light trails streaking all along some random freeway. But can you achieve the same effect with video? Totally, but you’ll need to head into post to do it.

Photographer/cinematographer Dan Marker-Moore, known for his iconic time-slices, created a video for Toyota that employs this interesting long exposure video effect, and in the tutorial below, he shows you how he did it using nothing more than standard Adobe After Effects tools—no plug-ins required.

And here is the completed ad for Toyota so you can see the effect in real-time:

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Beyond the Basics: Keyframing in Adobe After Effects

Up your After Effects game with these advanced keyframing tips and tricks.

Keyframing is one of the most important and powerful features of Adobe After Effects. Knowing how to apply and manipulate them will help you to become a more seasoned motion graphics artist. Let’s take a look at a few advanced tips and tricks when it comes to working with keyframes in After Effects. We’ll focus on five methods in particular, including precisely editing values, reversing time, changing interpolation, adding roving keyframes, and working with expressions. We’ll use these advanced methods to bring an airplane graphic to life.

Precisely Edit Values

In After Effects, you use keyframes when you want a value of a layer to change over time. Adding two keyframes to a layer at different times with differing values will bring that property to life.

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Tiger Woods tweets he’s getting ‘professional help’ for pain meds after DUI

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When Tiger Woods was arrested on DUI charges in late May, he blamed “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” 

Now he says via Twitter that he’s getting “professional help” managing those medications. 

Woods tweeted the short statement Monday night, three weeks after his arrest. 

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— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 19, 2017

The golf legend was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in the wee hours of May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, where he owns a home. 

Later that afternoon, he released a statement blaming the episode on an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” Woods said he “didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” Read more…

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Andie MacDowell on ‘Love After Love’s’ “Unusual” Opportunity “For a Mature Woman”


The actress, who stars as a widow and Chris O’Dowd’s mom in Russell Harbaugh’s family drama premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, talks about why the role was “different than any experience” she’d had and why she’s optimistic for the future of women in Hollywood, including her daughters.

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Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years

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Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis' adventure finally ends.

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis’ adventure finally ends.

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Watch: Walk of Shame Stirs Up Emotions in Short Film ‘Forever After’

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“I’m not doing too well, mum.” Another outstanding short film to watch. Sometimes it’s the moments you least expect when you are suddenly forced to reflect on your life choices. This short Forever After, made by writer/director Charlotte Scott-Wilson, follows a woman who wakes up after a drunken one-night stand and must take the dread “walk of shame” back home. Along the way she begins to feel the heavy emotions of reality, and has many moments of reflection that make her start questioning what she’s doing. I really like this short, it’s meaningful and makes you think about your own life, while keeping our attention throughout. ›››

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