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California Artist Weaves Incredible Human Sized Nests Out of Invasive Eucalyptus Trees

Great Big Story traveled to Big Sur, California to visit with Jayson Fann, the proprietor and craftsman behind Spirit Nest Creations, a line of amazing handwoven, human sized nests, comfortable personal spaces that are sustainably made from different species of invasive eucalyptus trees. Seeing his designs as educational tools, Fann also works with local kids to teach them about their environment and nature.

A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength. It’s like an earth temple or a nature temple. The wood is following a pattern, but not one branch is the same. …I’ve built around 50 nests all over the country, and now primarily, I build the nests with kids within an educational setting. As an educator, like, it’s really important to work with kids and help them realize that they have the ability to shape and create an environment.

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Cockatoo Riding in Car Barks Back at Dogs in a Yard

While riding in the car with his humans, a cautious umbrella cockatoo began growling when he “spotted some dogs in the neighborhood”. When the car stopped at a light, several dogs hanging out behind a backyard fence saw the bird and began barking. The cockatoo was more than ready for this response and immediately began barking back.

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Aaron Judge crushes solo home run

October 18, 2017 - Bronx, NY, USA - The New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits an RBI double in the third inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Savulich/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

After struggling to get much done against Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander in the first seven innings of Game 6 of the ALCS, the New York Yankees finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth thanks to Aaron Judge.

With one out in the inning, Judge got a hold of a Brad Peacock pitch, crushing a solo shot into left center field.

The home run was Judge’s third of the series, cutting the Yankee deficit to 3-1. Against Verlander the Yankees could only muster five hits in seven innings, with two runners being left on base in the seventh.

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Brandon Randolph seals dunk contest win in style

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 18: Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller gestures during the second half of the college basketball game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers at McKale Center on November 18, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona won 95-65. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire)

With college basketball practices in full swing, some programs have held special events to get their fans excited for the upcoming season. Arizona, considered by many to be an early favorite to contend for the national title, held its annual Red-Blue Game Friday night.

Before the intra-squad scrimmage there was a dunk contest, with freshman guard Brandon Randolph showing off his hops in winning the title. It goes without saying that jumping over someone and putting the ball through your legs before throwing down a one-handed dunk is a good way to seal the victory.

Randolph is one of five freshmen in one of the nation’s best recruiting classes, with power forward DeAndre Ayton being the most noteworthy addition. In addition to the national expectations, the combination of newcomers and returnees is also why the Wildcats are viewed as the clear favorites in the Pac-12.

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Heyman | Firing Baker diminishes Nationals and MLB

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Nationals manager Dusty Baker acknowledges the crowd during player introductions prior to game 3 of the NLDS between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 10, 2016, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

Dusty Baker’s hip, one-line response to my text about his firing shows why he has the right mature, measured persona to manage a 25-man roster of egos. “Life is a trip!” Dusty wrote back.

Which shows you again, Baker is as cool as Washington Nationals ownership is panicky.

Hard to believe, with Baker’s ouster, the Nats will be going on their fourth manager in six years. Going back further, they have had more managers since moving to Washington than everyone besides the Marlins and Mariners, two organizations not nearly as successful, nor worth emulating.

The Nats diminished themselves with their nonsensical call to fire Baker, and they diminished baseball, as well. Whether they believe it or not at the moment, this is a Hall of Famer personality and person who made baseball – and the Nats – better.

The Nats look nothing short of ridiculous with this decision. Baker, a three-time Manager of the Year, won 95 games his first year in Washington, 97 in his second. There are managers going on endlessly in baseball who haven’t been in the playoffs in years.

Managers don’t get fired for winning 97 games (99 counting the playoffs), not when they lost so many key players to injury and not when they managed without a bullpen (and without complaint) for half a year.

The Nats lost Adam Eaton for the year. They lost Jayson Werth most of the year. They lost Trea Turner for a long spell. Same for Bryce Harper. The pen was the worst in baseball before general manager Mike Rizzo fixed it with a couple of trades. Once he did, Baker picked the right closer, Sean Doolittle, and the Nats were off and running.

Baker’s crime was a final-game, one-run defeat to the Dodgers last year when Clayton Kershaw came out of the pen for L.A., and a five-game defeat to the Cubs this year, when Baker called Max Scherzer out of the pen and somehow five runs scored with him on the mound.

“How could they possibly fire Dusty?” one rival GM wondered the other day, after the decision seemed to start dragging on.

Well, of course they could. The Nats have panicked before, and they probably will panic again.

They’ve always struck me as one of the most uptight organizations. That’s why Baker was so refreshing as their main voice.

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches baseball batting practice at Nationals Park in Washington. Instead of revamping their roster after yet another early playoff exit, the Washington Nationals head to spring training next week counting on a bounce-back year from Bryce Harper and a full season from Stephen Strasburg. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Over the past couple of days, it started to become clear there was an internal debate going on. Baker, who looked spent right after the Nats were eliminated, made clear he wanted another crack it at it. But the ball was squarely in the Nats’ court.

He just waited. Then waited some more. Assuming the delay wasn’t just a ploy to make it look good (unlikely), there was real deliberation, and debate going on. Still, it’s hard to understand why they think they have a better answer.

Rizzo wouldn’t get into all that after the deed was done, saying only that they make their decisions as a group. But the belief is that it was ownership that had its doubts about Baker.

Rizzo was on the record many times saying he hoped and expected to get something done. Rizzo went to Baker with a month to go and let him know they wanted him back. They decided to talk after the season.

Obviously, the ending was painful for Nats people. But the moment after the Nats were eliminated, Rizzo said on TV that Baker was a “Hall of Famer,” which he had said all along.

There is wonder whether the press conference where Baker didn’t know what day Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen, and said he was “under the weather,” made a difference. The reality is 1) anyone can misspeak once, 2) someone probably gave him the wrong info on Stras, and 3) saying he was “under the weather” didn’t look great at the moment, but if it had any effect on coaxing the right call and result out of the quirky Strasburg, it should be regarded as a positive.

There is word that a player or two wondered if Baker might be too “old school,” and if so those players are reading too much Twitter. In any case, there’s no good reason to let the inmates run the asylum, or kids have influence over organizational calls.

This falls on ownership, however, as the history suggests they simply can’t help themselves. They’ve run through quite a variety of skippers in D.C., but Baker was the best one they ever had.

The names out there now are mostly first-year types, which is all well and good because it’s hard to see anyone established wanting that chair now.

A few names have come out as potential replacements for Baker, and if some of the ones heard or speculated so far have any validity, the Nats are even nuttier than I suspect.

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George Springer robs Todd Frazier of extra bases

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) makes the catch for the out in the eighth inning during an MLB game between the Houston Astros and the White Sox at Minute Maid Park, Thursday, September 21, 2017. Chicago White Sox defeated Houston Astros 3-1. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)

Houston Astros centerfielder George Springer soared through the autumn night to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases in Game 6 of the ALCS. Off the bat, it appeared Frazier may have knotted the game at 3 apiece, before Springer arrived on the scene with his glove, crashing into the wall with ball in hand.

That catch led to Verlander escaping the seventh inning without a scratch.

Springer’s bat hasn’t delivered it’s normal thunder in the ALCS, but this play is looking to at the very least force a Game 7 and give Houston a shot at a World Series berth.

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Redskins RB Rob Kelley expects to play Monday night

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (20) before an NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 29-20. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Trailing the Philadelphia Eagles by 1.5 games in the NFC East standings and having already lost the first meeting the season, Monday’s game is a big one for the Washington Redskins. And there’s a decent chance that Jay Gruden will have a key offensive option available, as running back Rob Kelley said following Friday’s practice that he expects to play Monday night.

Kelley, who got the starting nod in Washington’s first three games of the season, has missed the team’s last two games with rib and ankle injuries. According to the Washington Post, if Kelley is able to play he’ll likely return to the starting lineup. For his part, Kelley said that he’s felt good despite being a limited participant in the team’s first two practices of the week.

“I was expecting some rust,” Kelley said after Friday’s practice according to the Washington Post, “but I had a few good runs the past few days…We’ll figure out in the game if there’s rust or not.”

With Rob Kelley sidelined, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine handled the running back responsibilities for Washington. In addition to leading the team in rushing with 175 yards, Thompson has also proven himself to be a good option in the passing game as he leads Washington in receiving yards (340) and is tied for the team lead in receptions (18). As for Perine, he’s rushed for 166 yards on 55 carries.

Should Kelley be ready to go Monday night, Washington will have three capable options to look to as they try to close the gap in the NFC East race.

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Photo Of The Day By Chris Byrne

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Great Smoky Mountains Eclipse” by Chris Byrne. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
Photo By Chris Byrne

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Great Smoky Mountains Eclipse” by Chris Byrne. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

“The phases of the eclipse over the Smoky Mountains as seen from the Foothills Parkway,” describes Byrne.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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POP!_OS is a developer-focused minimalist Linux distro from System 76

There aren’t that many Linux hardware manufacturers around. Of the few that exist, System 76 is amongst the most well-known. It offers a slew of laptops and desktops, all shipping with the popular Ubuntu distro pre-installed, saving customers hours of wasted time dealing with driver hell. But it recently announced it’s changing gears and creating its own Linux distro, which will replace Ubuntu on its systems, called POP!_OS. Unlike other Linux distributions, which are increasingly geared towards mainstream users, POP!_OS unashamedly targets power users – like programmers, scientists, roboticists, and makers. System 76’s Sriram Ramkrishna explained that the goal of…

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Companies are collecting a mountain of data. What should they do with it?

It’s called the information age for a reason. From our tweets and status updates to our Yelp reviews and Amazon product ratings, the internet-connected portion of the human race generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of computer data every single day. That’s 2.5 million one-terabyte hard drives filled every 24 hours. The takeaway is clear: in 2017, there’s more data than there’s ever been, and there’s only more on the way. So what are savvy companies doing to harness the data that their human users shed on a daily basis? They’re finding meaningful ways to release it for public experimentation. By opening…

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