As with previous Animal Crossing: New Horizons updates, the 1.5.0 update has been released early on Nintendo Switch. The update was scheduled to release tomorrow, but Animal Crossing fans will now have the opportunity to partake in some of the game’s fun fall activities! As previously announced, the update will allow players to grow their own pumpkins, revisit dreams, and prepare a costume for Halloween. Halloween night will also allow players to hand out candy to their fellow villagers, and receive some fun limited time rewards. It should be the perfect addition for those looking to celebrate the Halloween season!
There’s a lot to be excited about in this update! Pumpkin growing is a brand-new addition to the series, and it will allow players to create some brand-new DIY recipes, specifically for the season. The Halloween event will kick-off on October 31st at 5 p.m., so players will have some time to get their decorations made and their costumes ready!
Today’s update will also give players the option to revisit Dream Islands. Dream Islands are a recent addition to the game, allowing players to visit the island creation of another player without having an actual impact on the island itself. For those that want to show off their islands without worrying about other players trampling the flowers or swiping all the fruit, it’s an appealing option. Now, players will have a list of Dream Islands that they’ve visited in the past, allowing them to easily go back and take another look.
Following this update, another major update will be released in November. Like update 1.5.0, the next one will be focused on the next major holidays: Christmas and Thanksgiving. As of this writing, Nintendo has not revealed much information about what fans can expect, but it seems that Franklin the turkey and Jingle the reindeer will both appear once again.
Are you excited for Animal Crossing’s latest update? Are you excited to revisit dream islands? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk all things gaming!
Aaron Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Shane Bieber’s fourth pitch, Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and the New York Yankees opened the AL playoffs with a resounding 12-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Just a few miles from where the Trump-Biden presidential debate took place, the Yankees made quite a statement in teeing off on Bieber, who was baseball’s best pitcher in the condensed regular season but looked average in his playoff debut.
Judge and the rest of New York’s hitters hadn’t faced Bieber in 2020, but they were well prepared and took some meaty cuts against the 25-year-old ace, who gave up season highs in runs (seven) and hits (nine) over 4 2/3 innings — his shortest stint since June 9 last season against the Yankees.
The best-of-three series continues Wednesday night with Carlos Carrasco trying to save Cleveland’s season against Masahiro Tanaka.
When Bieber’s final pitch clanged loudly off the empty left-field bleachers on a two-run homer by Gleyber Torres in the fifth, the Yankees were up 7-2 and had delivered a boisterous postseason message to the rest of baseball: Don’t forget us.
Bieber then handed the ball to acting Indians manager Sandy Alomar Jr. and walked slowly toward Cleveland’s dugout, seemingly carrying all of the city’s hopes for a long run with him. The Indians have lost seven straight playoff games.
Staked to an early lead on Judge’s homer, Cole showed why the Yanks shelled out $324 million for him in the offseason. The right-hander gave up two runs — including Josh Naylor’s homer in the fourth — and six hits in seven innings.
Naylor went 4 for 4 and became the first player with three extra-base hits in his postseason debut.
Cole’s strikeouts were the second-most by a New York pitcher in postseason history. Roger Clemens fanned 15 in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS.
Brett Gardner added a two-run homer in the seventh for the Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo shot in the ninth.
Judge’s first homer since coming off the injured list on Sept. 16 — and the first allowed by Bieber at home this season — gave the Yankees a stunning 2-0 lead.
DJ LeMahieu, the AL batting champion, led off with a single before Judge, who missed 29 games with a strained calf, blasted Bieber’s first pitch, a middle-of-the-plate fastball, beyond the wall in right-center.
It was just the shot in the arm the Yankees were looking for after going 11-18 on the road this season and dropping six of eight down the stretch.
Luke Voit’s RBI double in the third made it 3-0.
José Ramírez pulled the Indians to 3-1 with a two-out RBI double, his 12th straight hit for extra bases. However, Cole struck out Carlos Santana with runners at second and third to end Cleveland’s third-inning threat.
Unlike the previous four postseason matchups between the Indians and Yankees since 1997, this one, played amid a global pandemic that threatened to wipe out the entire season, was different in so many ways.
There was barely any buzz downtown, parts of which were cordoned off because of the debate taking place on Case Western Reserve’s nearby campus. Progressive Field was mostly empty and a cold front dropped the game-time temperature to 61 degrees so it felt like fall.
There were a few midges, those pesky flying insects that swarmed New York reliever Joba Chamberlain in the 2007 playoffs.
This time, though, the Yankees were the ones causing all the mayhem.
MLB eased its COVID-19 restrictions and allowed family members of players on both teams attend the game.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said nearly half of New York’s players had loved ones on the trip, and believes their presence can have a positive effect.
“Hopefully it is something that provides a little bit of an escape after the game and a little comfort,” he said.
The Indians are going through the postseason without their leader.
Manager Terry Francona, who missed 46 games in the regular season due to poor health, watched the game from a suite. Indians president Chris Antonetti said Francona continues to recover, but the 61-year-old is “still far short of 100%.”
This is Francona’s eighth season with Cleveland. His contract runs through 2022.
Carrasco’s inspirational comeback after being diagnosed with leukemia last year reaches the postseason. He’ll face Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS as the Yankees overcame a 2-0 deficit and eliminated the Indians.
SpaceX discovered unexpected damage to part of its Crew Dragon space capsule after the vessel carried its first astronauts this summer, officials said on Tuesday.
The Demo-2 mission flew NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 30. The two men stayed there for two months, then weathered a fiery fall through Earth’s atmosphere to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico on August 2.
But after the company recovered and studied the toasted space capsule up-close, examiners spotted something unusual: deep erosion on Crew Dragon’s heat shield.
That thermal protection system is a collection of heat-resistant tiles that line the spaceship’s vulnerable underbelly. It protects Crew Dragon by deflecting and absorbing heat that can reach 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit while the space capsule plummets through the atmosphere and creates superheated plasma on its return to Earth.
SpaceX expected to find some wear and tear, but not quite this much.
“We found, on a tile, a little bit more erosion than we wanted to see,” Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of build and flight reliability, told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday.
Koenigsmann said the affected part of the heat shield is close to “tensions ties” that connect the Crew Dragon to its large cylindrical trunk. (The trunk helps propel the spacecraft in orbit but is thrown away before the spaceship begins reentry.) One of four areas surrounding those tension ties got deeply worn away by searing-hot plasma as Behnken and Hurley returned to Earth.
Still, the spaceship and its crew safely returned home despite the unexpected problem.
“At all times the astronauts were safe and the vehicle was working perfectly,” Koenigsmann said.
NASA and SpaceX revamped the heat shield for the next astronaut mission
Before Behnken and Hurley returned to Earth, Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and chief designer, said reentry was the part of the mission that he worried most about.
NASA surveyed the heat shield for damage ahead of that return flight, while the Crew Dragon capsule was still docked to the space station. During its two months attached to the orbiting laboratory, small bits of space debris could have damaged the ship’s heat shield. The inspection relied on a robotic arm on the space station and some onboard cameras but did not turn up any problems.
It was only after Behnken and Hurley were safely back on Earth that SpaceX discovered the weak spot in its heat shield.
But these are the types of issues Behnken and Hurley’s flight was meant to find and iron out.
Whereas theirs was considered a demo mission, the Crew Dragon is next set to carry a crew on its first routine mission, called Crew-1. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are scheduled to launch aboard the Crew Dragon on October 31.
NASA and SpaceX have already reinforced the vulnerable part of the heat shield ahead of that flight, Koenigsmann said.
“We’ve gone in and changed out a lot of the materials to better materials,” Steve Stich, the program manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which oversees the SpaceX astronaut missions, told reporters on Tuesday. “We’ve made the area in between these tiles better.”
NASA tested five samples of the new tile in a simulated environment that mimics reentry — a wind tunnel at its Ames Research Center in California.
“I’m confident that we fixed this particular problem very well,” Koenigsmann said. “Everything has been tested and is ready to go for the next mission.”
It’s unclear why the excessive heat-shield erosion didn’t show up on the prior demo mission, an uncrewed test flight in which Crew Dragon launched, docked to the space station, and returned to Earth with no human passengers. Koenigsmann speculated that the capsule may not have experienced the problem because it was lighter and had a slightly different trajectory on that mission.
“At the end of the day, it’s great that we found it on this ride,” he said. “This was not an unsafe situation at all. This is something that we observed and and then, basically, changed to make sure that nothing nothing bad will ever happen.”
A new study on the topic was published in JAMA Internal Medicine – a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal overseen by the American Medical Association — and suggests that the time-restrictive diet isn’t necessarily the best strategy for losing weight.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center. After observing weight loss results from 116 adults who were considered “overweight” or “obese,” it was determined that intermittent fasting didn’t yield “significantly different” outcomes from people who ate their meals at typical intervals.
People who practice intermittent fasting refrain from eating for certain hours throughout the day. Some dieters do not not eat for a 24 hours while others prefer to opt for a large calorie deficit, according to Healthline.
“Loss of lean mass during weight loss typically accounts for 20% to 30% of total weight loss,” the study stated. “The proportion of lean mass loss in this study (approximately 65%) far exceeds the normal range of 20% to 30% … Finally, the extent of lean mass loss during weight loss has been positively correlated with weight regain.”
Intermittant fasting involves refraining from eating for a set number of hours throughout the day. (iStock)
Helen Reddy, the Australian singer behind feminist anthem I Am Woman, has died aged 78.
Reddy died on Tuesday in Los Angeles, her family said in a statement on Facebook.
Her children Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers described her as a “wonderful mother, grandmother, and a truly formidable woman”.
“Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”
Reddy had a string of pop and rock hits in the 1970s, but is best known for the 1972 anthem I Am Woman – a rousing tune which became prominent in the women’s liberation movement.
A sleeper hit, it went on to sell millions of copies worldwide, making Reddy the biggest-selling female artist globally for two years running.
In collecting her 1973 Grammy Award for best female vocalist, Reddy famously thanked “God because she makes everything possible”.
Born in Melbourne in 1941, Reddy grew up in a showbiz family with actor parents, and performed regularly as a child.
After winning a talent contest in Australia, her prize ticket took her to New York City in the 1960s, where she auditioned for a recording contract.
That opportunity fell through but Reddy decided to stay on in the US, later signing with Capitol Records.
Her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, was followed by a succession of others including Crazy Love, Delta Dawn, and Angie Baby.
But it was her second hit, I Am Woman, which catapulted her to international fame and became a defining song for a generation of women.
Reddy said she had penned the lyrics – with lines such as “I am woman, hear me roar” and “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” – after struggling to find other songs which reflected her pride in being a woman.
In between touring internationally, she also hosted a season of the Helen Reddy Show on NBC TV at a prime-time slot in 1973.
A year later she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diagnosed with dementia in 2015, she spent the last years of her life in a celebrity care home in Los Angeles.
A film biopic, titled I Am Woman, was released in Australia earlier this year.
At a time of year when television ratings tend to increase, the NBA went in the opposite direction during the conference finals.
The biggest loser was the Western Conference Finals on TNT, as the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets series was supposed to start an uptick, given that the series featured LA star LeBron James. But one game dropped a staggering 41 percent in viewership from a comparable matchup last season between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, as relayed by Carlos Garcia of Game7.
Meanwhile, an Eastern Conference Finals game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics on ESPN dropped 15 percent when compared to last season (Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks), and a whopping 44 percent from two years ago (Cleveland Cavaliers-Boston Celtics).
Overall, the six conference finals games broadcast by TNT and ESPN combined to average a meager rating of 2.4, per Show Buzz Daily.
When compared to every sport but the NFL this fall, that’s actually not horrible. The conference finals even occasionally outdrew college football. But when compared to NBA seasons past, it’s been quite a nosedive.
For instance, last year’s conference finals series averaged a rating of 3.9, with no West finals game falling below 4.2.
And unlike this season, neither 2019 series had LeBron.
Along with all that, the most-watched conference finals game last season (Warriors-Blazers, Game 2) averaged 7.8 million viewers. The most-watched this year (Lakers-Nuggets, Game 3) averaged 4.8 million — or three million less than 2019.
“Some believe this all boils down to consumption habits. People are streaming more –both legally and illegally — and watching TV less,” Garcia wrote. “Others think this is a political issue. Both the NBA and NFL have been very vocal as it pertains to social justice issues over the past few months. Critics suggest that this is a turn off to potential viewers.”
Granted, these are strange times, especially for the NBA, with playoff games often going head-to-head against the beast that is the NFL for the first time in league history.
Again, that was before the league was forced to suspend the season and everything was business as usual.
Things only got worse during the restart on the Disney campus, especially for the playoffs, with the first-round ratings plummeting 27 percent from 2019, and 40 percent from 2018.
This type of news may or may not impact the league in terms of sponsorships and when it’s time to renegotiate television contracts. But what it does show is that interest appears to be waning at a time when fans can’t even attend games.
Less interest results in less revenue, and no business can afford that, not even the big business of pro basketball.
ABC tips off its coverage of the Finals between the Lakers and Heat on Wednesday (9 p.m., EST). View the full schedule and how to watch here.