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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood!

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Today, Clint Eastwood turns 81. We're celebrating with clips from some of his best work on the silver screen—from spaghetti westerns to dark dramas and everything in between. Eastwood has won four Academy Awards and one honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given at the yearly Oscar ceremony. In short: the guy's a living legend, so settle back with some popcorn and enjoy the look back at his career. And if we left off your favorite clip—and let's face it, Eastwood's had 66 acting roles on TV and in movies, so we've skipped a bunch—please leave a link in the comments.

Revenge of the Creature

Eastwood appeared in an uncredited role in this film in 1955. See it here, through the lens of Mystery Science Theatre 3000

A Fistful of Dollars

This 1964 spaghetti western was one of the first of the genre to be released in America. Eastwood was not the first person director Sergio Leone wanted for the role. Initially, he'd hoped Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson could pay "The Man With No Name."

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The third and final installment of "The Dollars Trilogy," this film began production shortly after Eastwood's TV series, Rawhide had ended.

Every Which Way But Loose

In one of his few comedic roles, Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe, a trucker roaming the American West in search of a lost love with his pal Orville and his pet orangutan, Clyde. Eastwood was reportedly advised against taking this role after years of working in spaghetti westerns. This film and its sequal, Any Which Way You Can wound up being two of the actor's highest-grossing movies.

Sudden Impact


The fourth film in Eastwood's well-known Dirty Harry series, Sudden Impact is the only Dirty Harry film to be directed by Eastwood himself. The film is probably best remembered for Harry's catch phrase, "Go ahead, make my day."

Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood produced, directed, and starred in this 1992 thriller. The film won four Academy Awards and in 2004, was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Million Dollar Baby

Despite being rejected by many studios, this film, which also starred Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, went on to win four Oscars as well as many other important film awards. In addition to producing, directing, and acting, Eastwood also composed the music for this movie.

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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]

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