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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #438

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We’re set to record Autoblog Podcast #487 live tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern. Have a look at our rundown of topics, and sound off with your questions and comments via the Q&A module.

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‘The Simpsons’ Meets Japanese Manga in ‘Bartkira: The Animated Trailer’

Although very different in tone, The Simpsons and Akira are just about the world’s most influential works of animation. So when Bartkira started a couple of years ago by artist Ryan Humphrey, it sparked an ambitious group project where hundreds of artists collectively redrew Otomo’s Akira manga in their personal style while replacing the original characters with figures from The Simpsons.

Bartkira: The Animated Trailer takes it one step further, with over 30 animators collaborating on a crowdsourced shot-by-shot remake of Akira’s original Japanese theatrical trailer. Swapping motorcycles for skateboards and a Neo-Tokyo for a Neo-Springfield, Bartkira: The Animated Trailer is the latest incarnation of a meme that won’t go away.

For more from Springfield, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite quotes form the show’s most underrated characters.

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David West Agrees To Sign with San Antonio

David West leaves over $10 million in Indiana to play for Pop

The San Antonio Spurs aren’t waiting for Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli to hang it up to ensure that they’ll be able to continue to make title runs in the near future. After locking up the most high-profile free agent on the market, LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs went after David West, who just agreed to sign for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, leaving $12 million on the table in Indiana.

West will presumably back up Tim Duncan, who is believed to be in his final year as a pro, and LaMarcus Aldridge, who just agreed to join the Spurs on Saturday after a week-long internal debate. It’s clear why West chose to leave Indiana, his home of the last 4 years. He wants to win a ring, and he gave up more than $10 million to make sure he has a chance at one.

West won’t just be tagging along, however. The Xavier alum averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds last season, and is a career 15 & 7 guy shooting 80% from the free-throw line. Greg Popovich has another shiny new toy on his roster.

Germany, France demand ‘serious’ proposals from Greece after ‘No’ vote

A woman withdraws money from an ATM machine next to graffiti reading" No to fear" in Thessaloniki on July 6, 2015Germany and France on Monday called on Greece to make detailed proposals to revive bailout talks, a day after Greek voters defiantly rejected creditors' demands for further austerity, plunging Europe into crisis. With Greece's economy gasping for air, the authorities extended an eight-day bank closure amid fears cash machines in the country were running dry. The European Central Bank, which has been keeping Greek lenders afloat, meanwhile announced it would maintain its liquidity lifeline to Greek banks, but made it harder for them to access the funds by tightening collateral terms.


Renault’s new Talisman smacks of Maxima

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Renault has introduced its new flagship sedan, the Talisman. While it’s not coming to the US, its footprint is remarkably similar to America’s Nissan Maxima.

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Smart mouth guard tells users if they’re grinding their teeth

The prototype bruxism-detecting mouth guard, and its app

Bruxism – or “tooth-grinding” to most of us – is a very common problem. Often caused by stress, it can cause tooth damage, headaches, insomnia and jaw pain. Unfortunately, because it occurs when we’re sleeping, many people don’t even realize they’re doing it. Often, a night spent under observation at a sleep clinic is the only way of “catching it in action.” That could be about to change, however, thanks to the development of a bruxism-detecting mouth guard.

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Wimbledon 2015: Results, Scores, Winners and Monday Twitter Reaction

The sisterly battle between Serena and Venus Williams highlighted a jam-packed Manic Monday at Wimbledon, but that was far from the only match that impacted the complexion of the women’s and men’s draws at All England Club.

World No. 1 Serena made fairly quick work of her big sister in a showdown that wasn’t as competitive as many had hoped. She will be joined in the quarterfinals by former Grand Slam winners Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, as well as American upstarts Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys.

On the men’s side, No. 1 Novak Djokovic had his struggles with No. 14 Kevin Anderson, as he dropped the first two sets, but he stormed back to take the next two, which sets the stage for a decisive fifth set Tuesday, as darkness prevented them from finishing. Also, No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Andy Murray and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka all moved on to the quarters.

With the quarterfinal matchups now officially set, here is a look back at all the men’s and women’s singles results from Monday, as well as a recap and Twitter reaction from the round of 16.

 

Monday’s Men’s Singles Results

 

Monday’s Women’s Singles Results

 

Monday’s Wimbledon Recap

Serena entered the round of 16 looking less than invincible after nearly falling to Great Britain’s Heather Watson, but those struggles didn’t show up Monday against Venus, as the 20-time Grand Slam champion cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

The 2015 Australian Open and French Open winner improved her career record to 15-11 against Venus, and she continued her recent dominance over her 35-year-old sister as well, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

There is no question that it was a significant victory for Serena since Venus looked like she may have had a better chance than anyone to knock off the top seed, but there certainly wasn’t a feeling of jubilation afterward.

Per VH1 on Twitter, Serena found it difficult to be overly thrilled with her performance despite how strong it was:

Serena remains the overwhelming favorite to take the Wimbledon crown as a five-time winner at All England Club, but she has an extremely tough test ahead in the form of No. 23 Azarenka, who steamrolled past No. 30 Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-3.

While Serena is 16-3 all time against the Belarusian, four of their past five matches have gone three sets. According to Christopher Clarey of the New York Times, Vika isn’t satisfied with simply giving Serena trouble:

If Azarenka is unable to take down Serena, then that task could be left to No. 4 Sharapova, who enjoyed a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

Sharapova has struggled mightily at All England Club in recent years, but the 2004 champion has now made it further in 2015 than she has in quite some time, per ESPN Tennis:

Most probably figure the Russian is a virtual lock for a semifinal date with nemesis Serena, but Vandeweghe may have something to say about it.

Monday was a banner day for the United States, as three American women punched their respective tickets to the quarters. Vandeweghe was one of them, as the 23-year-old upstart shocked French Open finalist Lucie Safarova 7-6(1), 7-6(4).

Despite the pressure of playing for a spot in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Matt Cronin of USTA.com felt as though Vandeweghe handled the stage beautifully:

Vandeweghe and Serena will be joined in the quarters by No. 21 Keys, who overcame a first-set loss to Olga Govortsova to advance 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

As observed by Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times, Keys hasn’t exactly been convincing during her run to the quarterfinals:

She has twice been pushed to three sets, which is in stark contrast to Vandeweghe, who has registered four straight-set wins.

While Keys is only 20 years of age, she already has some experience going deep into majors, as she made it to the Aussie Open semis earlier this year. She also has an easier road to the final than Vandeweghe, as No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska and either No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky or No. 20 Garbine Muguruza stand in her way.

Whatever happens, the American women have enjoyed their most successful Wimbledon in more than a decade, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Although the women’s draw is a bit unsettled at this point, things continued to play out as expected on the men’s side, with the exception of Djokovic’s tight battle with Anderson.

They will have to finish their match Tuesday, but momentum is undoubtedly on Nole’s side, as he took the third and fourth sets in a 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4 stalemate.

While the big South African is a great grass-court player, his hot start was shocking considering the problems he has had against Djoker over the years, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Djokovic let the first two sets slip away in extremely close tiebreaks, but he refused to go away despite the frustration as he battled back to take the next two sets. That doesn’t bode well for Anderson considering Nole’s sterling record in fifth sets, per Carl Bialik of ESPN’s Five Thirty Eight:

Anderson will have a chance to regroup and come back with an opportunity to upset Djokovic on Tuesday, but one can only assume that he’ll be somewhat demoralized after letting such a big lead slip away.

Federer was the most impressive among the four top contenders, as he made quick work of No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Fed is a seven-time Wimbledon champion, and he appears to be in good enough form to vie for an eighth.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, he came one step closer to officially establishing himself as the most dominant player in the history of Wimbledon:

The Swiss superstar hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012, although he came close to ending that drought last year before falling to Djokovic in the final. Federer has been locked in to impressive levels thus far, and the odds seem to be in favor of him at least reaching the semifinals.

All bets are off at that point, though, since Murray could be his opponent with a trip to the final on the line. The 2013 Wimbledon champion had to overcome the monster serve of Ivo Karlovic, but he was ultimately able to prevail 7-6(7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in four sets.

Per Wimbledon’s official Twitter account, the Scottish star certainly didn’t have an easy time against the big Croatian:

The Wimbledon faithful fully understood how tough of an opponent Karlovic was, which is likely why there was elation after Murray managed to close it out, as seen in this video courtesy of BBC 5 Live Sport:

Murray moves on to face surprising Vasek Pospisil of Canada, who orchestrated a come-from-behind win over No. 22 Viktor Troicki. Getting past Pospisil won’t be easy, but if Murray is able to do it, then he and Federer could be on a collision course for the semis, provided Fed defeats No. 12 Gilles Simon in the quarters.

Things are a bit more uncertain in the other half of the bracket with Djokovic still hanging in the balance, but Wawrinka was excellent once again to the tune of a 7-6(3), 7-6(7), 6-4 win against No. 16 David Goffin.

Wawrinka first established himself as a top player by winning last year’s Australian Open, and he took another huge step toward elite status by beating Djoker in this year’s French Open final.

The Swiss stud has now advanced to the quarterfinals or better at five straight Grand Slam events, and he holds a fairly significant distinction over every other player left in the men’s draw, according to Josh Meiseles of ATPWorldTour.com:

Wawrinka doesn’t have much left to prove in terms of being in the same conversation with Djokovic, Federer and Murray, but nobody will be able to doubt him if he finds a way to win his first Wimbledon title.

He has a difficult road ahead, assuming Djokovic survives against Anderson and either Federer or Murray reach the final; however, his play over the past couple of years suggests he is capable of beating anyone on any given day.

 

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This Teen Mom Met Her Current BF At A Gas Station!

Such a classic love story!

A boy and a girl meet at a gas station. Fuel is pumped, eyelashes are batted, and the rest is history. Seriously, this could totally be the beginning of a sweet rom-com.

Or, at least, the beginning of Chelsea Houska‘s new relationship!

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The MTV star met her current beau, Cole DeBoer, last year at a local gas station, and the two have been going strong ever since!

The Teen Mom 2 cast member recalled their first encounter, saying:

“He was across at the other pump. And I looked, and he was staring at me. We didn’t even talk. We just kept looking at each other because we’re both shy. And then we were passing each other when we left because we lived out towards the same way.”

Most wordless moments like that just fade away, and the strangers never see each other again, and it’s just chalked up to a missed opportunity.

But Chelsea said that Cole took the time to make sure that didn’t happen to them:

“I went home to my friend and I was like, ‘I just saw the guy I’m going to marry at the gas station, but we didn’t talk.’ And a few days later, he contacted me on social media and was like, ‘Hi. I got gas next to you the other day.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you, Jesus.'”

And it looks like this fairy tale meet-up could have a happy ending! The two are gearing up to move in together, and the 23-year-old totally thinks he could be the one!

“Honestly, there’s just no one that I’ve met that’s so respectful and just nice and I trust him, which is a big deal, because it’s hard for me to trust people or guys, mostly. And he’s so sweet, kind of like old-fashioned gentleman type of guy.”

So sweet! We’re happy the couple is so close, especially after their first encounter could have so easily turned into a lost love connection!

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