When working from home is much more than emailing

Ere Santos remembers that he once had to animate a fight between his character, the sidekick, and the hero of the film.

The sidekick lands on the hero’s head, and the scene cuts. Luckily, the hero’s animator sat next to Mr Santos.

Much like their creations, the two colleagues went to battle on how the interaction should work.

Instead of drawing, these feature film animators create computer simulations based on physics.

Mr Santos likens it to making a puppet that the computer will bring to life.

Trouble ensues if the build is even fractionally inaccurate, because the puppets will slice through their world like a ghost, rather than a real being.

“You can have a hand going through a table, or through another hand if they are clapping,” says Mr Santos.

Eventually, he and his neighbour ironed out their characters’ skirmish.

Animators need to co-operate when their characters interact

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Supreme Court declines to lift Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order

Washington — The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to lift an executive order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that mandated the closure of all businesses in the state deemed nonessential as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

A group of businesses and other entities in the state asked the high court last week to block enforcement of Wolf’s executive order, which was issued March 19 in response to the coronavirus. There were no noted dissents. 

The Pennsylvania businesses argued Wolf’s lockdown order was unconstitutional and filed an emergency request with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguing it went beyond Wolf’s authority. The state court, however, sided with Wolf and rejected the challenge. The businesses then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision.

“The executive order and similar orders by governors across the country is doing substantial, unprecedented damage to the economy,” the

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Americans shifting travel and commuting budgets to home repairs during pandemic

There’s no place like home in 2020 – and Americans who are spending more time in the house continue to invest in their living spaces during the pandemic.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020, according to a new State of Home Spending: 2020 report by HomeAdvisor, a marketplace that lets people find and vet home service professionals.

Home improvement spending amounted to an average of $8,305, while home maintenance spending totaled $3,192 and spending on at-home emergency projects like leaking pipes or flooding came to $1,640, the survey suggests. The average homeowner also upped their home projects to 11 this year, up from 8.1 in 2019 — a 23% increase.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020. (iStock).

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average

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J.C. Penney’s financial debt holders prepare a final-moment rival bid for its real estate

J.C. Penney’s loan providers are battling in excess of the company’s real estate and their potential payback while the division retail store retailer needs an finish in sight to its bankruptcy as the holiday getaway buying period looms.



a sign above a store: The J.C. Penney store at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas.


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The J.C. Penney retailer at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas.

Penney is close to owning a option that keeps alive the 118-calendar year-outdated company and will save 70,000 jobs, but there is no firm strategy still filed with the court docket.

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Deadlines carry on to be skipped, casting doubt with the retailer’s distributors who in some instances are keeping back again shipments of merchandise that Penney would want if it is likely to have a successful holiday break period.

U.S. Personal bankruptcy Court Judge David Jones established some company dates at a listening to on Wednesday to drive everyone’s hand and serene suppliers that Penney

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We’re getting creative with our face masks! Who would have thought that these coverings would be the most sought-after accessory of 2020? Instead of purchasing masks that are intended for use by medical professionals and frontline workers, companies have created reusable options that the general public can wear and wash after returning home.

We started out by primarily sporting plain fabric masks. Simple cotton coverings were among the most common styles available online, and they certainly did the trick. But now, different brands have stepped in and made their own versions! There are graphic prints everywhere,

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