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‘I was on Married At First Sight and this is what it’s ACTUALLY like’

Married At First Sight, the Channel 4 show which aims to match people on their scientific compatibility, is the nation’s current obsession.Clark met – and married – Melissa for the first time, surrounded by family and friends (and a camera crew!) in June 2016, when taking part in series two.

Although the general public were rooting for their relationship, Clarissa didn’t quite get their happily ever after. In fact, following their honeymoon in Ibiza, a six-week stint in an Airbnb in East Finchley (paid for by Channel 4), and a month move to Milton Keynes, Clark asked for a divorce at the end of September 2016.

18-months on, he looks back on the experience, and reveals what it’s ACTUALLY like to be on Married At First Sight

‘The advert for a social experiment came up on Tinder’ “I was hungover and flicking through Tinder, and something popped up that said, ‘Do you want to be part of a social experiment with Channel 4?’ On a whim I emailed across a photo, my age, all those standard formalities, and thought nothing of it when I received a response that said, ‘Due to high volumes of applications you probably won’t hear anything, but thank you for responding’. “9am the following Monday, I got a phone call saying ‘Clark, we’re really interested in your profile.

Can you talk us through your story, who you are, all that kind of stuff’.” ‘I didn’t know it was Married At First Sight until I was deep in the process’ “When they asked me the questions, they said, ‘We’re a production company.

We’re doing a screening for a Channel 4 programme. We want to talk to you about you, your dating history, that’s what it’s going to revolve around’. I didn’t know what it was for until after they had tested me for video screening.

You’re far enough into the process not to turn back when they tell you it’s Married At First Sight. “Nobody’s forcing you to go through with the process, but there are definitely pressures. You feel like you’re too far in to back out.

I would talk to people about it and nine times out of 10 they thought it was a terrible idea.” MORE: HOW COUPLES GETTING MARRIED ON THE SAME DAY AS THE ROYAL WEDDING REALLY FEEL ABOUT IT

‘Producers never really explain what the scientific tests are for’ “The science day was, if I’m honest, pretty pointless. I understand it probably all makes sense, but it was never explained to us how it makes sense and how we were matched on the scientific perspective.

They measure your height, your shoulder to waist ratio, the size of your index fingers, all of that, but I kind of felt like, ‘OK, how does this actually have any impact on a future relationship in this day and age?'” ‘The questionnaire that you’re matched on is incredibly detailed’ “It was a 500 question questionnaire that goes through your likes, your don’t likes, all the intricate pieces of information about you.

Your religious views, your political views, what you find attractive, your sexual history, are you sexually active. If you want to match with someone of the same ilk as you, you’d like to think they match you on the same morals and what you’ve said when you’re doing it.” ‘Your social media is hidden during the build up to the show’

“I had no interest in getting to know the other couples. You never meet anyone else in the process – during the science day you meet a couple of other people, but you never meet any of the other couples throughout the whole programme. There’s no crossover.

All your social media is hidden, there’s no way you can find anyone. I had no interest in it, though, because once I watched the programme I knew for a fact I wouldn’t get on with these people and they wouldn’t be my friends – that’s not horrible to them, we’re just very different people.” ‘There’s a small budget for the wedding dress, and stag-dos’

“But there’s no financial gain from going on the show. There’s budget for things – her wedding dress, a small budget for the suits. There’s some money for hen-do and stag-dos, but it was mainly out of my pocket.

I think they put money towards travel or something. But there was genuinely no monetary gain. Lots of people think, ‘No one would do that for free’, but actually I spent quite a lot of money on the process.”

‘You choose the wedding you want from a powerpoint presentation of options’ “There are six options of lots of different things – type of food, music, style and theme of wedding.

Everything that I chose didn’t get picked! Everything was chosen by her. None of my decisions were considered.

From what I understand, Melissa got what she wanted for the wedding – but I believe the wedding day is about the woman anyway, so it was fine.” ‘You can only invite a limited number of people’ “You also have a guest limit – I was only allowed to invite 20 people.

It definitely caused some friction with some of the family members! The whole day for me was a bit of a blur, it happened quickly but not memorably. It’s really hard to explain.

The day started at 9am with my groomsmen getting ready, it didn’t sink in until the taxi on the way there. I was nervous standing in the room waiting to meet her family; my side was packed out with friends and family as much as possible.”

MORE: THIS IS THE NEW FAVOURITE NAME FOR THE DUKE AND DUCHESS’S THIRD CHILD, ACCORDING TO BOOKMAKERS ‘We had to say ‘I Do’ twice for different camera angles’ “Obviously there were production people giving you directions of where to sit, where to stand, where to go on the wedding day.

We had to repeat our lines – our vows to each other – a couple of times, and say ‘I Do’ for different camera angles. “It didn’t ever feel forced, though. I had a great team and camera crew from Channel 4.

They were fantastic. There were times when we got frustrated with each other when they were getting heavily involved when I was trying to chill out for the afternoon, but actually I struck up a friendship with them. After the show, I realised that they were doing it for the show.

They were just doing their jobs.” ‘We both think we were matched with other people before each other’ “They asked me in the questionnaire to define ‘my type’, and you have to detail the height you like, body type, tattoos, all these sorts of things.

I put high on my criteria that they had to be at least 5ft 5″ to 6ft, and Melissa is 5ft. I’m 6ft3″. So I did feel like they hadn’t really matched us on my criteria.

“We both think we were matched with other people before and they pulled out half way through the process. We spoke about it, I genuinely believe that’s the case. When I decided I didn’t want to be with her anymore, it became quite apparent that we weren’t meant to be a match.”

‘You were meant to live in London to apply for the process’ “I think you were meant to live in London to be part of the process, but Melissa didn’t say she was moving back to Milton Keynes in her application. One of the guys was from Bournemouth, one of the guys was from Bromley.

There was no real thought behind where we were living. I think Channel 4 massively messed up because our lives were never going to work together.” ‘We had Skype counselling with the relationship advisor from the show, but it wasn’t very good’

“When we had our first big issue, we did a Skype counselling session with Channel 4’s relationship advisor, Jo. And we talked through and explained the situation to her, and I just didn’t feel supported. I didn’t feel like it was worthwhile, it was rubbish.

It didn’t have any positive impact on the marriage – if anything it made me resent the situation more.” ‘I hadn’t seen her for a year when we got a divorce’

“The divorce was an easy process. I went in to sign a couple of papers in June 2017, and then I had to sign some more in September, and then the divorce went through on November 13th 2017. I didn’t see her in that time at all – the last time I saw her was in October 2016, when she left me in the flat in Milton Keynes.”

‘Channel 4 set budget aside for the divorce’ “You have to let producers know when you want a divorce – budget was already set aside for it. The money was already in place when they put the bid in for the programme.

“You have to legally be married for a year before you can apply for a divorce, so I had to wait until June 19 2017 before I could apply for a divorce. When I sat down with the production crew and explained to them why I was making my decision, they understood, they apologised, they said they were sorry they didn’t support me. There was some support from the relationship counsellor Jo in the beginning, and that was it.”

‘They asked me to go through the ins and outs of the break up on camera’ “During the series, there’s an episode where I was in a pub with my best friend, and before filming started I just lost it and reeled through everything [that had gone wrong in the relationship], and the camera man was like, ‘You need to say this on camera’, and I was like, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m saying all of this on camera.

One, it’ll make me look like an arsehole, and two, I would never want to put Melissa in a situation where it has an impact on her’.” ‘The process never felt fake, but it was very full on for six months up until the wedding, and then no support afterwards’ “It was 100 per cent real.

It was very straight lace. Everything had a process, everything was being done, but as soon as you were married, you were left to your own devices as a married couple for a few weeks. You go on honeymoon, you move back to the apartment they rent for you.

You’re now living with a complete and utter stranger, which is fine, and the camera crew pop in once, twice, three times a week to talk to you to see how everything’s going, but that’s it. “I felt like there should be more to it. I felt like there should be more actions around helping develop the relationship – there was no support [from production] in helping to develop the relationship.”

Married At First Sight Series 3 continues every Thursday at 9pm. MORE: CORONATION STREET STAR ALAN HALSALL SHARES HIS AMAZING HAIR TRANSFORMATION (Via Cosmopolitan UK)

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Here is everything we know so far about ‘Westworld’ season 2

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With Westworld heading into season 2, HBO is building hype for the show’s already much-anticipated return. We’re stuck in a waiting period until April, but in the meantime, the network is making it possible for a number of lucky fans to hunt for clues during an immersive experience, as discussed below. The second season will continue the often-twisted, always-intriguing story inspired by novelist Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name.

Season 2 will return viewers to the complex fantasy sci-fi world that features artificially intelligent robots who, as it turns out, don’t always do their job of letting the human guests fulfill their fantasies. Read on for everything we know so far about Westworld season 2, and be prepared: Spoilers lie ahead.

A Westworld experience

HBO has quite the plan to celebrate Westworld at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, in March. The network announced February 21 that it is building an actual park based on the show that will be open to visitors from March 9 to March 11.

The park is more than two acres in size, and it will feature locations like the Coronado hotel and the Mariposa Saloon. There will even be actors playing “hosts” that visitors can interact with throughout their visit.

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Perhaps the most exciting part of the entire experience is the fact that it offers season 2 clues. Visitors will be able to look for them as they go through the different parts of the park, and they will be able to try to uncover others in their conversations with hosts.

Let’s hope they share whatever they discover. The experience lasts about two hours, and keeping with the theme, visitors will be taken to and from the site in a Delos shuttle. There is, unfortunately, a limited number of slots available.

HBO made half of them available online at the website DiscoverWestworld.com, and they filled up quickly. However, more will open up during SXSW.

A secret website and new parks

The Westworld Super Bowl trailer was more than just a good ad; it contained at least one huge clue for the truly observant and clever. At the 33-second-mark, there are white bars above one of the android bulls, and as Redditor Askin1 discovered, you can read it in binary code and translate it to 52.89.126.34.

When you enter that in a browser bar, you’ll find yourself at the website DelosDestinations.com. The secret website is for the fictional company that owns Westworld — and five other parks.

A total of six parks is more than we expected, but we did know there would be more. The existence of at least one other park, Samurai World, came up in Season 1, and in the movie Westworld, there were two others, Roman World and Medieval World.

In fact, when asked about them, the series’ creators hinted that we could see them in Season 2 (we discuss that further below). With the website revealing six parks, it looks like the scale of the series could be even bigger than we imagined, which is exciting. New worlds would open up all kinds of possibilities, giving the show room to grow, not to mention run for numerous seasons.

So far, information about these other parks is sparse. The Delos Destinations website has plenty of information about Westworld, but Park 2 (presumably Samurai World) features a blurry image and Parks 3-6 say that reservations are “closed to the public.” Still, its worth poking around the site. Who knows what other clues are hiding?

A super trailer and premiere date

HBO made a big event even bigger when it debuted a new trailer for season 2 of Westworld during Super Bowl 2018.

It also revealed the premiere date for the much-anticipated season. Fans of the series will want to mark their calendars: The dark sci-fi series returns to HBO with a new season at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, April 22.

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The Super Bowl trailer for Westworld was directed by series co-creator Jonathan Nolan and is set to a cover of Kanye West’s Runaway performed by series composer Ramin Djawadi.

A blast from the past

Although Westworld star Jimmi Simpson previously confirmed that he will be in season 2, reprising his role as William, the young Man in Black, not everyone was in the know.

During the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, January 9, a reporter asked him if he would return, and he was surprised to hear the question. The confusion made him tight-lipped.

Jimmi Simpson as William “I thought it was already a thing,” he said, according to The Wrap. “But now that you’re asking me, I’m gonna shut up.”

He didn’t exactly shut up, though. Instead, he confirmed that yes, he will “pop in” to show us more of the Man in Black’s past. He then delved into areas of the character that he wishes Westworld would show.

“I wish there was exploration between the time when William’s heart is broken and we see the result. I’ll say that,” he said. “I want to know how much it takes and how hard he tried not to go there.” Ahem, Westworld writers, please take note, because that does sound interesting.

Production halted due to wildfires

Wildfires in Southern California have resulted in production of the latest season being halted, according to a statement from HBO. “Due to nearby wildfires,” notes the network, “Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.” Filming for the series’ second season takes place near Santa Clarita, where the Rye fire is currently situated.

Several other fires are ongoing in the state as well, including the Thomas fire in Ventura County and Creek fire in nearby Sylmar. Production should resume once the fires have been put out, though the Santa Ana winds are making that difficult.

New season, new parks

The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) If you thought the wild west park was Westworld’s only fantasy-fueled funhouse, think again.

In season 2, we expect to be introduced to three new worlds — but maybe more. In addition to Samurai World, hints of which were teased in the season 1 finale, the series’ showrunners, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, made comments in October teasing additional worlds. When asked specifically about why Roman World and Medieval World weren’t a part of season 1 at a panel, Nolan responded, “We had to save something for season 2.”

In the film, these parks are also owned by Westworld creator Delos and also enable people to live out their fantasies. They should make for interesting new backdrops for the story as it continues to unfold.

The (young) Man in Black is back

We didn’t get confirmation that William (Simpson), the young version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris), would be back when he appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, but the actor finally made the news official on July 30. Responding to a fan on Twitter, he wrote, “Yessir, William will be black.

I mean back.”

Yessir, William will be black. I mean back. — Jimmi Simpson (@jimmisimpson) July 30, 2017

While internet forums had long speculated, it took until the season 1 finale for Westworld to reveal that William was indeed the park visitor who became the Man in Black.

However, fans were left with plenty of unanswered questions regarding his character’s evolution. With Simpson returning, it looks like we’ll start to get additional pieces of the puzzle. In fact, Simpson dropped hints along those lines during Comic-Con, indicating that Nolan and Joy plan to delve further into the intriguing character’s backstory, as reported by Westworld Watchers.

The bloodshed has already begun

HBO gave us a first look at Westworld season 2 during San Diego Comic-Con in July, teasing — yes, you guessed it — a lot of gore.

There is plenty of blood in the preview, from Maeve (Thandi Newton) and Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) finding corpses inside Delos to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) gunning down guests on the open plains.

#ICYMI: Watch the first #Westworld Season 2 trailer returning in 2018. pic.twitter.com/KzOVeFB5zu — Westworld (@WestworldHBO) July 24, 2017

We all-but knew season 2 was going to usher in further brutality, but the preview confirmed the direction we are headed.

A host gets a bigger (and deadlier) role

It’s no surprise the death toll at Westworld is poised to grow, and after the bloody events of the season 1 finale, it sounds like we’ll see at least one lesser-known host get involved in the upcoming violence. That character is Angela, the host who has long greeted the park’s visitors.

The actress who portrays her, Talulah Riley, has been promoted to series regular for season 2, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Angela (Talulah Riley) As a source indicated, the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” will get a darker role in season 2: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see.” That sounds appropriately ominous.

An unsurprising renewal

The official confirmation for Westworld season 2 came in November after just seven episodes had aired, but the news was hardly surprising.

Not only had the show been drawing positive reviews from critics, viewership was extremely strong, ultimately topping even the debut season of HBO’s current ratings behemoth, Game of Thrones. The renewal did come with somewhat bad news, though, namely that Westworld fans would have to wait till 2018 for season 2. Although we’re still in for several months of waiting, it’ll all be worth it if the show’s second season can live up to its debut.

Updated February 22: We added information about the Westworld experience for SXSW.

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Watch this inflatable robot slither around Harvard using artificial snakeskin

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We’ve covered some cool crawling snake robots before here at Digital Trends, but most of these differ from real-life serpents in one crucial way: They don’t have scaly skin. While that might sound like a matter of aesthetics more than practicality, in fact, a snake’s skin plays a crucial role in helping them crawl about; enabling them to grip onto surfaces to gain the necessary friction to move forward. That is something that researchers at Harvard University are aiming to set straight and they are turning to the ancient Japanese paper cutting art of kirigami to help them.

The resulting laser-cut material is a low-cost textured skin, designed to help robots better maneuver on rough surfaces. “Although bio-inspired soft machines made of highly deformable materials are enabling a variety of innovative applications, their locomotion typically requires several actuators that are independently activated,” Katia Bertoldi, professor of Applied Mechanics at Harvard, told Digital Trends. “In this work, we harness kirigami principles to significantly enhance their ability to crawl. We [designed] highly stretchable kirigami surfaces comprising periodic arrays of cuts and exploit mechanical instabilities to induce a transformation from flat sheets to 3D-textured surfaces akin to the scaled snakeskin.”

By wrapping their artificial scaly skin around simple tube-like robots containing air-powered actuators, the researchers found that there was a dramatic change in their frictional properties, giving the robot-enhanced crawling capabilities. Inflating the actuator caused the snake robot to move forward by popping up the scales so that they gripped the ground. Deflating the actuator flattened the scales, which anchored the robot so that it didn’t slide backward.

By carrying out a continuous inflation and deflation, the snake robot was able to slither forward like … well, a snake. Interestingly, the team discovered that switching between different shapes of the scales — such as triangular, circular, trapezoidal or linear — changed the speed and the efficiency of the crawling action. “We believe that our kirigami-based strategy opens avenues for the design of a new class of soft crawlers that can travel across complex environments for search and rescue, exploration and inspection operations, environmental monitoring and medical procedures,” Bertoldi continued.

She said that there are no current plans for commercialization of the technology, although the team does plan to continue developing it.

Future steps will involve applying the principles to different types of soft actuators, such as those based on dielectric elastomers and shape memory alloys, as well as using kirigami skins to explore and enhance other types of motions.

A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Science Robotics.

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AirPods 2: five ways to make Apple's wireless buds better

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A Bloomberg report suggests a new version of Apple’s wireless AirPods could be released this year, incorporating better wireless tech, improved water resistance, and improved Siri access. I’ve worn AirPods almost nonstop since they’ve been released, and they’ve become my instant, go-to earbuds for everyday use. But they could still use improvement.

Here’s what’s at the top of my list. More remote controls: I don’t know if I need to be instantly accessing Siri more often, unless it’s easy and not annoying to do. But I definitely want more remote features.

AirPods can be double-tapped to play, pause, skip tracks or summon Siri, but you can only assign one function to each AirPod for a maximum of two functions at a time. I want expanded controls, and also a way to adjust volume. Physical buttons would be nice for Bluetooth use with non-Apple products, but odds of that are slim.

I’d settle for the basic controls that HomePod has.

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Wireless charging: Apple has already confirmed that its proprietary wireless charging tech coming in 2018, AirPower, will work with AirPods via a new charge case. Charging AirPods via Lightning is easy enough, but it would be great to drop the case down and top it off on a charge mat, too. Will next-gen AirPods be the first to debut wireless charging, or will a case be sold separately for first-gen users, too?

The charge case for AirPods is already one of its best features: wireless charging would push it over the top.

Better device-swapping and wireless reliability: Apple’s second-gen W2 wireless chip could help AirPods gain longer range and maybe higher fidelity, but it’s also the little things that bug me on a daily basis. Sometimes AirPods don’t connect to my Apple Watch. Sometimes the swap between watch and iPhone doesn’t happen.

Sometimes I’ll get music drop-outs and stuttering while walking through NYC’s electromagnetic jungle. Generally, they’re great: in certain moments they’re not.

More fit options, improved design: AirPods fit me really well. For others, they don’t.

There should be a fit kit of different earpieces, or better in-ear options for all use cases so they don’t fall out. I’ve never had AirPods fall out randomly, but maybe a new design could allow for extra add-on tips. Third-party options exist but don’t always work well with the charge case. Also: AirPods jut out of my ears.

I’ve never looked great in them. Could those long handles be reduced a bit? I mean, I’ve gotten used to how I look in them a year and a half later, but a little bit of redesign couldn’t hurt.

New colors. This is easy: make more color options than white. Black. Green.

Blue. Pink. Go crazy.

Maybe let people have one color in each ear.

Have a bin full of color shades, and you could pick two to make your own?

But seriously: while there are ways to third-party customize beyond plain white, a few more official shades would be great.

Hammerhead challenges Garmin with lightning-fast Karoo cycling computer

Every seasoned cyclist knows the value of a good cycling computer. The ability to navigate different routes, track your speed, evaluate your training, and create training plans is essential to fitness development. While Garmin and Wahoo have traditionally dominated these ranks, Hammerhead’s introduction of Karoo adds a new layer of functionality to cycling computers.

The Karoo is a new generation of cycling computer — integrating characteristics of both cell phones and traditional computers. The operating system was built on Android and loaded with world-class applications. The designers are constantly updating the database and adding new features — ensuring you will never lack for functionality.

The device allows you to connect to multiple Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors simultaneously. Its standout feature? No phone is required — Karoo includes onboard 3G cellular and Wi-Fi capability, allowing for streaming, sharing with friends, and other real-time tools.

Karoo’s offers a plethora of fully comprehensive maps, including multiple layers and filters for dirt, road, gradient, and more. You can create new routes directly on the computer and utilize turn-by-turn navigation even on mountain biking trails. Build routes or make changes while you’re offline, on the road, or on the trail.

Unmapped routes can be followed by GPX files or while in Compass Mode. The operating system provides for a high level of performance and training, equipped with tools that allow you to analyze metrics, understand your training efforts, and even utilize training insights. Karoo is capable of syncing up to power, heart rate, speed, and cadence sensors — and this is just the beginning.

Its seamless integration with Strava and other apps allows for you to share your rides with friends, post your efforts, and find friends located nearby. The computer features an easy-to-read transflective display, a light sensor that helps reduce battery consumption, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 — so that you don’t need to worry about bumps in the road or obstacles in your way. The battery provides for 10-15 hours of run time depending on your settings and the device is rated to IP67 weatherproofing standards, ensuring that rain or snow won’t slow you down.

In addition, the buttons are designed for wet weather, allowing for complete control in any conditions.

The standard quarter-turn interface works with any Garmin-type mount and ships with a BarFly 4 Max.

Sign up on Hammerhead’s website to get access to Karoo at a special discounted price.

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