Idris Elba’s DJ dreams

Idris Elba talks about his love for DJ-ing and how his new Netflix comedy, “Turn Up Charlie,” tackles modern parenting. (March 14)

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Waterbeds Used To Be A $2 Billion Industry — What Happened?

Charlie Hall invented the waterbed in the late 60s, at San Francisco State University. After their heyday, waterbeds developed a stigma and sales declined. Hall’s new company, Hall Flotation, aims to bring them back — and it puts an emphasis on comfort.

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Announcer: Wouldn’t you rather spend your evening in a waterbed? For a limited time, $189.99.

Girl: Daddy, can I have a waterbed? Please, Daddy, can I have a waterbed?

Narrator: Remember waterbeds? You might not, but they were all the rage in the ’70s and ’80s, and they kind of developed a reputation as a mattress that was good for, you know, stuff other than sleeping. But, believe it or not, waterbeds weren’t actually invented to make bedtime bouncier. They were intended to help people get better sleep.Waterbeds, as we know them, were invented in 1968, just after the “Summer of Love.”

Charlie Hall: A very open, experimental time in San Francisco.

Narrator: That’s Charlie Hall, the man who invented the waterbed. The waterbed was part of Charlie’s thesis project at San Francisco State University. His idea was to create furniture that could form to the contours of a person’s body without creating pressure points.

Hall: Famous furniture designers like Eames and Mies van der Rohe and people like that had signature chairs, but I think they were more a sculptural effort, often, than something that really analyzed comfort.

Narrator: The key concept of the waterbed is displacement. So as you move, water fills the gaps, and every curve of your body gets equal support. But research is non-conclusive as to whether or not waterbeds help alleviate aches and pains. In the same way that some people like firm mattresses and others like it soft, it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Now, before settling on water, Charlie tried to make a chair filled with Jell-O and another with liquid corn starch.

Hall: It was corn starch that was used to thicken cherry pies.

Narrator: Needless to say, neither one of those really worked out, but Charlie came up with another design that was a hit. It was a large mattress filled with water, and it could be used as either a bed or a kind of gathering space that you could have in your living room. He called it the “Pleasure Pit.” So, so much for avoiding those sexual implications. I mean, come on.

Next, the design was patented in 1971. It featured a coil for warming the bed so the water wouldn’t get cold, and it was lined to prevent leaks. It was also intended to go inside a hard-sided bed frame to keep the bed from expanding too much laterally.In the late ’60s and early ’70s, San Francisco was the heart of the counterculture movement. So a lot of people thought the undulating mattress was pretty groovy. Hugh Hefner had one, according to a 1971 article from Time magazine, king-size, covered with Tasmanian opossum. Charlie sold waterbeds to some other notable figures, like one of the Smothers Brothers and Jefferson Airplane. He even sold a few to a nudist colony.

By the late ’80s, the waterbed industry had reached around $2 billion and accounted for about 12% to 15% of the market in the US. But not everyone was on board. From a practical standpoint, people worried about leaks and weight. Waterbeds, once they’re filled with water, can weigh over 2,000 pounds, which makes them nearly impossible to move without draining them. There were also rumors of waterbeds falling straight through the floor because of how heavy they were, but Charlie says that concern was overblown.

Hall: Any normal construction can support a waterbed.

Narrator: Others didn’t like the waves generated by moving around in bed. Any time you roll over in a waterbed, it sends waves through the mattress to the other side, which could wake up your sleeping partner or you when the waves come back your way. And even though Charlie Hall had patented his design, this didn’t stop other producers from making knockoffs, which were often much less sophisticated.

Hall: $29 bags of vinyl were being sold out of pickup trucks on college campuses and called waterbeds. And you could lay on them, it was this giant blob, not particularly safe and not particularly comfortable. A lot of bad designs, I think, were kind of the demise of the big volume in waterbeds.

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ShowBiz Minute: Roseanne, Cardi B, Stewart

(27 Jul 2018) Roseanne Barr on racist tweet: “I wish I worded it better”; New mom Cardi B drops out of Bruno Mars tour; Kristen Stewart to lead Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels.” (July 27)

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Couple in “gay wedding cake” case say they felt “humiliated”

The United States Supreme Court will consider the case of a baker who refused to prepare a wedding cake for a same sex couple, which he felt was contrary to his religious beliefs. According to David and Charlie, the couple in question, “it is not about religious freedom or freedom of expression” but a case of discrimination where they were “publicly humiliated”.

Congo: Cycle of life. Cycling club gives youth hope amid poverty & violence (RT Documentary)

The residents of Goma live in the shadow of Mt. Nyiragongo, one of the most active volcanoes in Africa. In 2002, it erupted and destroyed much of the city, leaving 400,000 people homeless. Afterwards, militants from Rwanda and battles between the Congolese government and rebel forces continued the devastation. The majority of people here live without electricity, running water or basic sanitation, and there are no jobs to be had. Armed gangs hide in the nearby jungles, tempting young men with a life away from crippling poverty. The threat of violence is constantly present.

Despite the bleak conditions, one man is trying to make a difference in the lives of the city’s youth, who must usually work menial jobs to feed their families and often resort to theft. Charlie Makongo founded the Goma Cycling Club (GCC) to give its young members something positive to occupy them so that they won’t become involved in armed groups. When he isn’t working his day job as a human right’s lawyer, Charlie mentors and trains a small community of about 35 budding cyclists. He also takes responsibility for feeding them after their morning training, so that they will have at least one decent meal in the day, and sees they get proper medical attention if they fall ill or take a spill. For most of the boys, the GCC is a beacon of hope that distracts them from their harsh everyday lives.

The results are truly remarkable. As one of GCC’s young cyclists, Pomba, puts it, “Our father Charlie, gives us the strength to see the future. I know that one day my life with my bike will change, one day all my dreams will come true.”

Charlie has dreams of his own. He wants to expand his project and build a cycling centre with a school, a workshop, and a special training track away from Goma’s dangerous streets.

But a menacing cloud hangs over his plans. Nyiragono is due for another eruption. A new vent has recently formed in the northeast edge of the crater. It’s just a matter of time.

This prospect doesn’t seem to alarm Charlie unduly, however. When asked if this ominous threat could dash his hopes for the future, he answers:

“We can’t control the volcano, but we can control the boys…. We should be sure to bring hope through cycling. We control what we can control. If you have to run, you run!”

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Contra – Origins (Free Download)

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Skankandbass is dedicated towards the official promotion of record labels and artists in the world of drum & bass music. Since inception in 2010, Skankandbass has unearthed some of the freshest talents in the scene and has opened many doors for unsigned artists. Now, a few years in to the game, Skankandbass decides to take on the role of a record label to put together a series of free download singles which aims to further help spread the work of the best unsigned, newcomer artists who deserve more recognition.

Contra (aka Max, Bradley, Chris, and Charlie) are a London/Bristol based production outfit. They have several studios at play, which has helped to produce a dynamic sound, stretching across the drum & bass spectrum. Having combined their productions with a unique approach to DJing across 4 turntables, their sets are also not to be missed. These are among a number of forthcoming tracks, with support including DJ Hype, Ray Keith, Bladerunner, Joe Ford, Liondub and Intelligent Manners.

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Meet Charlie: Italian coastguards rescue drowning kitten using CPR

A drowning kitten was saved by members of the Italian coast guard in Sicily who gave the tiny feline mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Children on the portside in Marsala alerted a coast guard patrol boat to the kitten on Friday, as it floated apparently lifeless in the water. Immediately one of the sailors from the boat, which was on its way back from a patrol mission, jumped into the water to pull it to safety. Once on board, his colleagues began the life-saving manoeuvres they are trained to do, though usually on humans. After a few minutes the kitten, which was not more than a month old, began to give signs of life, coughing up water and emitting a few feeble miaows. The small creature was taken to the coast guard offices at the port and dried off. A vet was called, who said the kitten was in good health. He has been ‘adopted’ by the Marsala maritime district office and named Charlie.

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#JeSuisEpuise: People voice anger over frequency of mass killings

After an unprecedented wave of terrorism since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris last year, versions of the phrase “je suis Charlie” have been repeated, in solidarity with the victims. And since the Nice massacre, many people have been voicing their anger over the sheer frequency of mass killings.

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Need For Mirrors – Walk (Charlie’s Song)

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Celsius Recordings welcomes Need For Mirrors to the roster for a digital two tracker: Walk (Charlie’s Song) / Falling Water. Out through all digital retailers on March 14th. This is outstanding.

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This Week On The Line (Trailer): Charlie LeDuff Discusses Inequality in America

On Thursday at 12pm EDT VICE News contributor Charlie LeDuff (https://twitter.com/charlieleduff) will join On The Line to discuss wealth inequality in America.

It wasn’t too long ago that American power and the wealth of the nation was created by cities like Baltimore, Detroit, and Newark. Now, as wealth has been concentrated among the elite, these and many American cities are in decline. Infrastructure is crumbling, the middle class is struggling, and the effects of urban poverty are becoming harder to ignore.

Charlie LeDuff looks at these issues in his work for VICE News and will join On The Line to take your questions.

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