first_imgI was just pondering the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which will take place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center.Up until a few years ago, I used to bounce over Silicon Valley every couple of months or so. More recently, my trips to California have fallen off, while others have taken their place. In a couple of weeks’ time, for example, I’ll be traveling to Munich, Germany (to meet with some companies); then on to London, England (to meet with some more companies); then continuing to Herning, Denmark (to give the Keynote presentation at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference); after which I return to America just in time to attend ESC Minneapolis. Phew! I’m too young for all this excitement. The point is that, since I now visit Silicon Valley relatively infrequently, I’ll have a lot of catching up to do regarding seeing friends and visiting companies.But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about LOL.In addition to all the tempting sessions at ESC Silicon Valley (check out the full schedule), and in addition to the fact I’ll be giving two sessions of my own (see Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain ), one of the things we tend to do is a little “show and tell.”By “we” I mean some of the regular attendees and myself. And, by “show and tell” I mean that we bring interesting “things” (components, systems, bits of old technology, etc.) to pass around and discuss.One of the devices I’ll be bringing to this year’s show-and-tell is a smart lightbulb. I was introduced to these little beauties a couple of months ago by my chum, Rick Curl, who sent me a link to a website accompanied by a note saying, “Trust me, order a 4-pack of these right now.”Rick demonstrating one use for a smart lightbulb (Source: Rick Curl) I do trust Rick, so I bounced over to the website and ordered an 8-pack, just to make sure. I’ve been having fun showing these little scamps to people ever since.Another thing I’ll be bringing is a Lixie display. These have the “feel” of a Nixie tube, but they are illuminated by tri-state LEDs. The funny thing is that, even though these little scamps are state-of-the-art (laser-etched acrylic illuminated by semiconductor diodes), they are actually based on an early 1950s display technology.Lixie (Source: Connor Nishijima) I love these little rascals. In fact, I’m using 12 of the little beauties to create a Countdown Timer (see Awesome LED-Based Nixie Tubes and Building a Countdown Timer Using Lixies). Everyone who sees one “in the flesh” is really impressed, so I’m definitely going to be bringing an Arduino-driven Lixie to our show-and-tell.Last but certainly not least, I recently acquired a refurbished Western Electric #7 Dial for 500 series telephones from the 1950s.Lixie (Source: Max Maxfield) This really takes me back to when I was a kid and the only phones we knew boasted big, black, molded plastic housings covering a steel chassis with the rotary dialing mechanism in the center. These beasts were designed to handle the rigors of everyday use for a long, long time, which explains why so many of them continue to function to this day.There’s something strangely satisfying about using the rotary dial, which is why I’ve decided to employ it as one of the ways to enter a target date into my Countdown Timer (see Using Arduino and Rotary Telephone Dial to Control ‘Stuff’ and Lixies + Rotary Telephone Dial = ‘Ooh, Shiny!’).Yes, of course I’ll be bringing this little beauty to the show-and-tell. Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, and if you see me ambling around, stop me to say “Hi” and I’ll be delighted to regale you with my show-and-tell offerings. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous Brain-Stem-Storming at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Maybe we aren’t as ready for IoT as we thought Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a near perfect beginning, India would look to tighten the noose around a struggling New Zealand with a barrage of spin in the second ODI at the Bay Oval on January 26.New Zealand batsmen looked all at sea against India’s spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in their own backyard following a fiery spell from pacer Mohammad Shami in the opening ODI on January 23.India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScoreThe hosts seemed rusty against a team coming off a historic tour of Australia and know beating an in-form India will be a steep climb at the Bay Oval.Before the sun stopped play for more than 30 minutes in the series-opener, the Indian bowlers made merry with Kuldeep and Chahal sharing six wickets.Both the wrist-spinners hunt in a pack and would be itching to have another go at the Black Caps.India are yet to finalise their middle-order ahead of the World Cup but are unlikely to tinker much with the playing eleven after just one game.What time does the 2nd ODI between India vs New Zealand start?2nd ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 26, Saturday at the Bay Oval is a sports ground in Mount Maunganui.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.advertisementWhere will the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the Bay Oval, which is a cricket ground in Mount Maunganui, from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.last_img read more

first_imgThe St Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup final for the first time in decades. David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference final on Tuesday night.Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Tyler Bozak also scored for St Louis, who will face the Boston Bruins for the championship. “We always believed we could do this,” said Tarasenko, who had a point in every game of the series. “But it’s still an unbelievable feeling.” St Louis Blues Stanley Cup St Louis won three consecutive games to advance to the franchise’s first Cup final since 1970. That series also pitted the Blues against the Bruins. Game 1 is on Monday night in Boston.Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” blared over the speakers at the Blues’ home arena after the latest victory on an improbable run from last in the NHL on 3 January to one of the final two teams standing. The turnaround came after Craig Berube replaced Mike Yeo as coach in November and Binnington took over as the starting goaltender in January.“We always had the talent,” said Doug Armstrong, the general manager and president of hockey operations for the Blues. “But we were finding ways to lose games instead of winning them. They turned it around and just haven’t stopping going.”Berube gave his team credit for working its way through a coaching change and several months of disappointing play. “We were trying to get on the right track,” Berube said. “Once we got going in January and February, I knew we had a good hockey team. Once you get into the playoffs anything can happen and it did.”The Sharks took a 2-1 lead in the series, but were outscored 12-2 in losing the final three games. “I think the two hardest, heaviest teams are in the final,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “There wasn’t any room out there. And when there was Binnington made some saves.” Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Reuse this content How the Carolina Hurricanes hit back against the NHL’s war on fun US sportscenter_img NHL Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Boston Bruins Share on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A lawyer who represents a young Halifax man alleged to have breached a Nova Scotia government freedom-of-information website says he’s optimistic police and prosecutors will accept the case is too weak to continue.David Fraser, a privacy lawyer who is leading the 19-year-old’s defence, said Thursday that after meeting with the youth, he’s further convinced he was merely downloading information he believed to be in the public realm.Fraser said the youth unknowingly gathered some personal information last month that the province should have taken basic steps to protect.“I’m optimistic that based on all the publicly available information … there’s nothing to suggest a fraudulent or malevolent intent. That’s an essential element of the offence in the Criminal Code … and I don’t see that there,” he said.The lawyer said he’s hopeful that police will reach the same conclusion, as they attempt to determine from their investigation if there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a crime was committed.To date, police have said they briefly arrested the man and alleged “unauthorized use of a computer,” a rarely used provision of the Criminal Code.The young man was given a notice to appear in court on June 12, though no formal charges have been laid yet.The Criminal Code provision says the hacker’s actions would have to occur “fraudulently” and without the person having a legal right to access the site, in order for a conviction and a penalty of up to a decade in jail.Fraser said the youth and his family are in a state of anxiety as a criminal investigation continues into its third week.“I think quite naturally they want it to be over. It’s a significant shadow that’s looming. You have a young person at the beginning of his life. To have this happen is a significant shock,” he said.“And to put it behind him is I think a natural desire.”However, Fraser said the family has been heartened by an outpouring of public support that’s included an online fundraising campaign that’s swiftly raised over $10,000 towards a goal of $50,000 to cover legal costs.The campaign is titled “Nova Scotia freedom of information travesty legal defence.”Premier Stephen McNeil initially referred to the alleged breach as “stealing,” as his government faced opposition criticism for its alleged failure to ensure sensitive information on the site was properly protected with passwords and firewalls.He and his government have since backed away from similar strong language, saying only that the ministry of Internal Services took “appropriate measures” by handing the matter to police.Meanwhile, the province’s privacy commissioner is investigating whether the province broke its own privacy regulations with a lack of protection of the website. The auditor general has also been called in by the province to look at the breach.About 700 people were affected by the breach of the 7,000 documents accessed between March 3 and March 5, according to the province. Many of the documents are files they’ve applied for under freedom-of-information requests.In an interview with the CBC, the young man’s family members were critical of the April 11 police search of their home, saying 15 officers were involved and the house was left in disarray.Police have said the family can complain to the police and ultimately to the province’s police complaints commission if procedures weren’t followed.Details about the rationale for the search have been sealed by the courts.Meanwhile, Chris Hansen, a spokeswoman for the prosecution service, said in an interview that she can’t confirm if the Crown has been providing consultation to the police.In New Brunswick, Quebec and British Columbia, charges must be pre-approved by the Crown.However, in Nova Scotia police may choose to consult with the Crown and can decide to lay charges on their own.Hansen said it is only after charges are sworn by police that the Crown would review the police evidence.At that point, prosecutors have a much higher standard than police in order to proceed.They employ a two-step test, first assessing if there is a reasonable prospect of a conviction based on the evidence, and then whether it is in the “public interest” to pursue a prosecution.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “And it is never on screen and it is certainly never associated with Africa. If we see Africa at all, it is always used as a backdrop: a big blob of a continent rather than a specific street or a country or a place.”Nair premiered her upcoming Disney film Queen of Katwe, about a chess prodigy who rose from the slums of Uganda, at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend. But she was far from the only filmmaker at the festival focused on capturing lives and faces that have had to fight for their place on the big screen.A rich crop of racially diverse films is poised to disrupt two straight years of overwhelmingly white Academy Awards. But there’s a larger groundswell at work. A range of filmmakers ‘have taken it upon themselves to create these stories,’ says David Oyelowo.Living partly in the Ugandan capital of Kampala where she runs a film school, the Indian-born filmmaker Mira Nair is regularly surrounded by lives she rarely sees reflected back by the movies.“The dignity of everyday life — the beauty of it, the attitude of it — is what I live around,” says Nair. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

by News Staff Posted Nov 28, 2012 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s now six-million and counting at the Alliston Honda plant, with the landmark Canadian-built car rolling off the line this week. To mark the occasion, Honda Canada has donated a new Civic sedan to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, which will be auctioned off to raise money to renovate the operating room. Honda says almost 400,000 vehicles are built at the Alliston plant every year. In 1986, the company became the first Japanese automaker to manufacture its vehicles in Canada. Landmark six-millionth Honda rolls off Alliston line this week alliston|Canada|honda|plant|six-million|vehicles read more

first_imgWearing a polka dot dress, Kate arrives at Wimbledon on Monday morning Spectators gather in the grounds before the start of the opening day at the Wimbledon  Asked during her visit to SW19 if she played tennis, she laughed and said: “Yes, but not to any standard!”The Duchess’s visit to SW19 is also likely to see a rush by tennis fans to copy her hairstyle.At least one salon in Wimbledon is already offering to recreate the look. ‘The Duchess Dry’ is available at Lulu Blonde salon in Wimbledon village, a snip at £40. The Duchess of Cambridge has wasted no time in paying tribute to the people who really matter at Wimbledon – the ball boys and girls.During her first visit to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in her new capacity as patron, Kate told them that their work “makes the game happen”.The Duchess was introduced to players and club officials when she toured the club on the opening day of the Wimbledon championships. Kate arrived at Wimbledon for the first time as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Wearing a polka dot dress, Kate sits on Centre Court for day one of WimbledonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph Kate looks to be enjoying the tennis on Centre CourtCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph A worker adds the order of play to a board But she appeared to be particularly interested in the work of the ball boys and girls, who are recruited from local schools and spend weeks undergoing a strict training regime for the tournament.She told two ball girls and a ball boy she met: “Your work makes the game happen. It makes such a difference to the players, your professionalism,” adding: “You look so smart.”Kate, who was wearing a Dolce and Gabbana tennis-themed white dress with black polka dots, was shown around the complex where the ball boys and girls relax between matches. The local schoolboy, who has participated in three previous Wimbledons, gets picked up by a coach every morning and dropped off after a day’s work.He said: “Being a senior ball boy I try and look out for the younger ones.” He said taking part in Andy Murray’s matches last year was “definitely a highlight”, adding: “The first year doesn’t really matter what team you’re in, you’re just loving every moment.” Kate watches the action on Centre Court on Monday afternoonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraphcenter_img Kim Sears, Andy Murray’s wife, on Centre Court on MondayCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph Duchess of Cambridge During her visit, announcements over the intercom reminded the youngsters to wear suncream and they were encouraged to keep well hydrated.Among the ball boys preparing for their first match yesterday was Max Wood, 18, who said: “It’s a lot of fun to get away from school.” Kim Sears on Centre Court Spectators gather in the grounds before the start of the opening day at Wimbledon Credit:Tim Ireland/AP Duchess of Cambridge Wimbledon Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A worker adds the order of play to a board at WimbledonCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP The Duchess also met Agnieszka Radwanska, the women’s world number 10 player, and Dominic Thiem, the men’s number eight, before taking her place in the Royal Box for Andy Murray’s first match in defence of his single’s title.Joining her in the Royal Box were actor Dominic Cooper, the writer Bill Bryson and Andy Murray’s father, William. The Duchess of Cambridge watches the action on Centre Court on Monday afternoonlast_img read more

Personally, I never tend to plug in my headset when I’m playing a multiplayer game on my Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The sound’s lousy, they tend to be uncomfortable and bulky, and for what? Some 11 year old moistly shrieking racial obscenities into my ear? No thank you.Sony’s new official Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3 obviates all but my last complaint: this is a gorgeous ear piece. It’s not packing in as many new features as you might expect for a device following a two year old accessory, but the new PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset improves where it counts.Mostly, the new headset is roughly the same as the previous version, first released back in 2008: dual microphones, automatic pairing with the PlayStation 3, a charging cradle, an easy-to-access mute button and an in-game headset status indicator. What Sony mainly decided to change in the new version is the design: the new Bluetooth Headset is now 30% smaller than the previous iteration, and far sleaker. It also features a High Quality mode for crystal clear audio, as well as noise canceling when paired with a PS3 or mobile phone… and heck, pair it with the latter, and you gain three-way calling and call waiting.Keen. The new Sony PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset will be on sale in the next few weeks for $49.99, and will require PlayStation 3 software version 3.50.Read more at PlayStation Blog read more

first_imgLong gone are the days of gaming laptops being relegated to huge space heating blocks that were portable only in the loosest of terms. With advancements in mobile chips, manufacturers have been able to use higher performance chips that use less power and thus fit more ideally into smaller systems.Dell’s Alienware M14x starts with a 14-inch chassis that is a bit more substantial than your average thin & light at 1.49-inches thin and 6.45 lbs, but uses the extra size to stuff in some serious performance. Running the whole show is your choice of 3rd gen Intel Ivy Bridge processors, up to a quad-core Core i7.The heart of this laptop is gaming, so it wouldn’t be complete without some high graphics horsepower like the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, available with 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 vRAM. Being a modern NVIDIA GPU, it of course has their Optimus automatic graphics switching technology. While graphics switching was hit or miss in its early iterations, these latest technologies result in seamless changes between GPUs that maximize battery life when you don’t need GPU horsepower.The usual set of features you expect in a premium laptop are also found on the M14x, like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, backlit keyboard, available SSD, and the like. The rest of the laptop is pure Alienware with its angular menacing design. LED lighting is abundant and fully customizable, allowing you to choose the light color for individual sections of the laptop, including the keyboard backlight.Being recently refreshed with Intel’s 3rd gen CPUs, we haven’t seen many discounts on this popular performance machine. For a limited time, Dell is offering a $100 discount on all models. The base model with dual-core Core i5 starts at $999, but for a mere $100 you bump up to the quad-core Core i7 at $1,099.This model is fully customizable, so if you choose to add in some extra goodies you can use coupon code BHW1L0MX0D?MCX to get an extra $50 off models priced above $1,499.Click here to start at Dell.com. Customize the laptop as desired, and get a $100 instant savings applied automatically. This deal expires September 20 or sooner.last_img read more

first_imgDauphins sauvages : ils se transmettent culturellement certaines figures acrobatiquesAustralie – Des photos prises dimanche 10 octobre viennent documenter le constat d’un biologiste australien, selon lequel des dauphins sauvages apprendraient à “marcher sur l’eau” : un comportement ludique, transmis par un individu à d’autres.   Le Dr Mike Bossley, de la Société pour la conservation des dauphins et baleines (WDCS), étudie depuis 24 ans les dauphins sauvages de Port River, près d’Adelaide (Australie). Ayant observé, il y a quelques années, deux femelles nommées Billie et Wave se déplacer en maintenant leur corps verticalement hors de la surface de l’eau et en “pagayant” avec leur nageoire caudale, il a constaté récemment que ces individus transmettaient ce comportement à leurs congénères, qui cherchent plus ou moins adroitement à les imiter.À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortueUn genre d’acrobatie que Billie aurait vraisemblablement appris en captivité, puisqu’elle a brièvement vécu dans un delphinarium, avant d’être remise en liberté. Elle l’a enseigné à Wave, qui l’a à son tour transmis à son rejeton. Une autre femelle adulte ainsi que deux delphineaux se sont mis à pratiquer ce tour eux aussi, soit six dauphins “marcheurs” au total, photographiés récemment par des membres du WDCS.Si la transmission culturelle de comportements au sein d’une communauté animale était un phénomène déjà connu, on ne possédait que très peu d’exemples de transmission d’un comportement cent pour cent ludique, sans rapport avec la recherche de nourriture.       Le 30 octobre 2010 à 18:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLa dernière fabrique de machine à écrire arrête sa productionGodrej et Boyce, la dernière société dans le monde à fabriquer des machines à écrire a décidé de cesser son activité devant le peu de commandes qu’elle recevait. Basé à Bombay en Inde, le fabricant ne dispose plus que de quelques centaines de machines en stock.A l’ère des ordinateurs portables, tablettes tactiles et netbooks, c’est aujourd’hui une invention un peu oubliée qui disparait peu à peu : la machine à écrire. A Bombay en Inde, le dernier fabricant au monde a décidé de fermer ses portes avec à peine quelques centaines de machines en stock. Produite pour la première fois aux Etats-Unis en 1867, la machine à écrire a constitué une véritable révolution et a remporté très tôt un grand succès dans les bureaux et administrations. Depuis, elle s’est pourtant vu progressivement remplacer par les ordinateurs et logiciels modernes pour n’être aujourd’hui quasiment plus utilisée.À lire aussiDes canards d’élevage découvrent les plaisirs de l’eau après avoir été libérés en Inde”A partir du début des années 2000, les ordinateurs ont commencé à dominer. Tous les fabricants de machines à écrire ont arrêté leur production, sauf nous”, a expliqué au Business Standard, Milind Dukle, directeur général de Godrej et Boyce. Mais si les machines sont devenues obsolètes à l’Ouest, beaucoup d’Indiens continuaient à les utiliser. Du moins jusqu’ici. Ces dix dernières années, le nombre de commandes aurait en effet largement chuté, avec moins de 800 machines vendues en 2010. “Jusqu’à 2009, nous avions l’habitude de produire entre 10.000 et 12.000 machines par an. Mais c’était peut être la dernière chance des amoureux des machines à écrire. Maintenant, notre marché principal concerne les agences de défense, les tribunaux et les bureaux administratifs”, a indiqué au journal indien Milind Dukle. Ces dernières années, Godrej et Boyce ne fabriquait plus qu’un seul type de machines, la Prima dont il lui reste donc quelques exemplaires, la majorité en caractères arabes.Le 27 avril 2011 à 17:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Avengers: Infinity War good?Yes!Oh, thank goodness!Yeah, because there was a chance in hell anyone wasn’t going to go see this regardless of what any critic had to say on the matter.…shut up.Do you want the review or not?Yes please.Okay. Short version: Very good, better than the second, not as good as the first, not as good as Guardians 2 or Black Panther more recently. I’m not going to say if anyone lives or dies or give away big plot details, but some of this may or may not qualify as extremely mild plot spoilers so… keep that in mind.Got it. So what’s this one about?Thanos (Josh Brolin) is finally up out of his space-chair and it turns out he really is as dangerous as everyone kept saying: He wants to kill exactly half of the entire universe because… reasons. He needs to get a full set of The Infinity Stones (magic space rocks that have played minor-to-major roles in various prior Marvel movies) to do so in the quickest way possible. And the circumstances of his attempts to get them bring the scattered component members of the Avengers, Guardians of The Galaxy, Black Panther’s crew in Wakanda and otherwise-unaffiliated players like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange together in surprising variations across multiple countries, planets, and galaxies to slow and/or stop him. It opens strong, get’s a little shaggy in the middle and ends on an incredibly ballsy cliffhanger (because there’s at least one more of these before a bunch of the “big guns” contracts expire).Is this more of a funny Marvel movie or more serious?Probably more serious, though I’m given to say that’s kind of an unfairly binary distinction. It doesn’t have as rapid a rate of jokes as, say, Ant-Man or the Guardians movies do because not all of the characters joke around as their main form of expression. But I don’t know how you make movies about giant lumpy purple spacemen collecting magic rocks but being thwarted by teenagers in insect costumes, wizards, and talking raccoons. This all while other people with names like “Captain America” and “War Machine” have very, very serious conversations about how to protect invisible African future-cities from alien lizard-goblins. This is all very silly stuff, if you’re not having fun even during the “serious” life-or-death stuff I’m not sure what the point even is?But, yes, this is the “high stakes” one and the result is something very much like a “superhero It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World” (or Cannonball Run?) to the original Avengers’ “superhero Rat Pack caper.” In which the plot is at once labyrinthine and portentous yet also superfluous and utterly beside the point.In what sense?In the sense that this is what’s really been the secret to the good Marvel movies this whole time: All the “continuity” stuff only feels like it’s necessary, but it really it only matters as much as you want it to. So if you’re a sad dork who actually cares about dumb lore nonsense (like me) it’s there, it all lines up and you can have fun with it. But if you’re a psychologically healthy person with friends and a well-adjusted life, and you haven’t been wasting your life keeping track of where all the magic rocks are and all the other stupid nerd bullshit between movies… you can still just walk right in because it’s not really that important and what matters is the characters, personalities and the dramatic narrative.What were your favorite/least favorite parts?We’d be verging into spoiler territory for almost anything I could say, honestly. Though I think it’s safe to admit (carefully) that I was tempted to add another half-star to this review entirely because of a single character cameo that I never expected to see again that nearly made me jump out of my seat – even though it makes exactly ZERO sense for them to be there, have the information that they do or be serving this particular function. Don’t care. Still glad they’re back.Okay. Who makes the strongest impression?Shockingly… it’s actually Thanos. For once, the evergreen Marvel movie boast that “the villain could actually be the main character!” is not only correct but feels intentional and thematic appropriate: Thanos is very much the main character here. He’s driving the narrative; he has the goal to reach, the arc to follow, the origin to explore and (in part by virtue of being the “featured” player we know the least about beforehand) the most interesting characterization. It’s really something to see this big lumpy alien stomping around with his golden armor and silly magic glove full of universe-ending Lucky Charms pieces being “underplayed” as a soft-spoken, contemplative sociopath – really fascinating decision. It might actually be one of Josh Brolin’s most interesting performances ever, motion-capture or not.Are you being serious?I am. Without spoiling, he gets a new origin/motivation here that’s different from the one comics fans may have been expecting but serves to frame him as something like the most extreme version possible of the idea that the best bad guy is the one who’s sure he’s the good guy. He’s a madman, sure (and unlike Loki or Killmonger or whoever his goals aren’t really relatable or sympathetic in any way;) but there’s a clearly-defined “logic” behind the horrible thing he’s trying to accomplish that lets Brolin take his performance to some fascinating places. In some respects you could take him as an absurdist caricature of the whole archetype of somber, suffering, self-righteous hero our media has been drowning in of late; these stoic, gravely-seriously Daddy Figures so burdened by the psychic weight of what “must be done” and that only they can thanklessly bear on our behalf.What doesn’t work as well?Unfortunately, the repeated (correct!) decision to not stop the other films cold for dumb exposition about magic space rocks means that eventually parts of this one have to be stopped cold for dumb exposition about magic space rocks and there just doesn’t seem to be a way to make “The Infinity Stones” themselves as interesting as your one wrong friend who still thinks Thor: The Dark World is one of the good movies insists they are.It’s also “odd” that the narrative decided that “YOU HAVE TO DO THE THING TO STOP HIM FROM GETTING THE STONE!!!” “NO! DOING THAT SPECIFIC THING WILL CAUSE GREAT EMOTIONAL PAIN TO ME, PERSONALLY!!!” was such a strong beat that it could be repeated like 4 or 5 times… but I suspect the problem is less diminishing returns and more that those sorts of moral dilemmas are directly proportionate to how much we care about the characters they’re imposed upon; i.e. “Whoa! I can’t believe we’re doing this here instead of their own movie!” in some instances versus “I don’t know anyone who cares about what happens to [redacted] as much as the movie thinks someone out there must.”But you recommend it?Yes! It’s entirely possible that Infinity War is the ultimate example of a blockbuster so absurdly refined and well-polished that ANY reaction other than basic admiration for solid spectacle craftsmanship is going to be wholly contingent on which characters and “pieces” making up the whole are your favorites and whether you feel serviced or shortchanged. But yeah, they’ve still “got it” and (without spoiling) it feels like the stage is very much set for “it” to become something else entirely, so here’s to another ten years – maybe.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgHAVANA (WSVN) – Nasty weather hit Cuba, sending high tides and strong winds across the Havana coast.Massive waves crashed over sea walls along the city’s waterfront, Tuesday, sending water into the streets.Many people had to evacuate, while dozens more got caught in the storm and were in need of rescue.Forecasters said the flooding should let up a little by sometime later in the day, but the waves will remain strong.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgBroward CountyAll curfews lifted.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Due to Hurricane Irma’s strong winds and rainfall, the following curfews remain in effect across South Florida.Monroe CountyMonroe County is under a county-wide curfew from dusk to dawn until further notice.Miami-Dade CountyFlorida City has issued a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.Miami Beach has lifted its curfew.Miami Shores has lifted its curfew. last_img

first_imgAlaska Rep. Don Young. (File photo)Alaska Congressman Don Young and other Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee this morning attacked the idea that President Obama might create a marine national monument around the Aleutian Islands, with unknown effects on the fishing industry. But the administration has given no sign it’s considering the notion.Download AudioAt a subcommittee hearing, Congressman Young said a marine national monument around the Aleutians would be terrible for the fishing industry.“I’ve watched this over and over: The creeping cancer of the federal government overreaching,” Young said. “The worst managers of any resource is the federal government. They do not manage. They preclude.”The idea of protecting the waters of the Aleutian Chain came from environmentalist and retired UAA professor Rick Steiner. Last year, he proposed a massive marine sanctuary, covering all the federal waters of Bristol Bay and thousands of miles of the Bering Sea. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration killed the idea, saying it lacked local support. That seemed to be the end of it, except that Steiner launched an online petition telling President Obama he should create an Aleutian national monument instead. (Under the Antiquities Act, the president can just declare a monument on his own.) Steiner’s plea to Obama, on thepetitionsite.com, has attracted more than 100,000 supporters, many from foreign countries. Steiner was not invited to the hearing to defend his idea.Chris Oliver, director of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, was an invited witness. He says his council is doing a great job preserving Bering Sea resources, including fish habitat, in part by closing vast areas to fishing.“We have 1.3 million square nautical miles that we manage,” he told the panel, “and two-thirds of that area, about 665,000 square miles of it, is closed to all or most fishing activities.”The top Democrat on the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee, Jared Huffman of California, says the fist-shaking and the mobilized defense are unnecessary.“We do a lot of straw-man chasing here in the committee,” Huffman said. “We will hear rumors and sometimes even concoct threats towards industries and then have entire hearings that are about knocking down those straw men.”Huffman then turned to the only Administration witness, Holly Bamford, an acting assistant secretary at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Q:To your knowledge, is the Administration considering a national monument designation in the Aleutians?A: I have not been part of those discussions. To my knowledge, no.Q:And I’ve seen no evidence of it either, but it’s one of many (politically) usefull straw men that we see.It’s not clear that a marine monument would be closed to commercial fishing. Bamford says that would depend on the management plan.The president’s power to protect areas of land and water by declaring them National Monuments disturbs the Alaska delegation to Congress. All three lawmakers have proposed bills to curtail that authority. One by Young would ban any marine national monument off Alaska’s shores.At the hearing, Young denied the threat to the Aleutians is a political figment and predicted the administration will declare monument status for the area.“They say it’s a straw man. Baloney,” Young said. “I know when they propose something it’s going to be attempted by.”Asked about the president’s intentions for the Aleutians, a White House spokeswoman said she has no announcements to make at this time.As for Steiner, he still says Alaska’s federal waters deserve some form of permanent protection, but he got no response from the White House to his petition. He says he did meet with one Administration official this spring who advised him not to expect anything so bold.“But we remain hopeful they may reconsider,” Steiner said by email.last_img read more

first_img © 2013 Phys.org According to the ad, the Senior Director of Industrial Design will define and execute design strategies for wearable devices. The organization is asking for at least seven years or more in a senior position of industrial design and a show of fifteen years’ experience “in design of tech, consumer product and/or apparel.” A Bachelors in design is required, and the ad also lists “postgraduate in related field.” The company said its ambition is to make Motorola a recognized leader in the design of all things mobile. “We will do this by creating product experiences that are lead [sic] by consumer insight and intuition, keen design sensibility and cutting edge technologies. We want our products and brand to be experienced and loved by millions of people worldwide. We want to create the new Motorola.”The “new Motorola” was the mantra last month, too, at the startup conference Techweek. The Motorola Mobility tech lead, Rachid Alameh, talked about wearables at the center of innovation and Jim Wicks, senior vice president of consumer experience design, spoke about Motorola Mobility reshaping itself to make mobile products with a difference. Wicks predicted that users will no longer be “hunched” over mobile devices, a clear indication that they will explore products that users can wear. Whoever gets the job will no doubt be encouraged to go forth and champion innovation, encouragement not only by Wicks but by ex-DARPA director Regina Dugan, who is now Motorola Mobility head of the Advanced Technology and Research Group.Dugan spoke about wearables and bolder directions in wearables when she was on stage at the All Things Digital Conference in May. She revealed an electronic “tattoo” on her arm that she said was being explored as a patch which people could use as wearable body authentication. She said it was high time for a new path to authentication. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating basically the same way we did years ago.”She also displayed a concept of a daily vitamin pill used as wearable body authentication. In this instance, the person, she said, would ingest a pill with a small chip inside it with a switch. Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired in 2012 for $12.5 billion, is doing a serious talent search for a newly minted “Senior Director Industrial Design-Wearables,” according to a recent job posting that lists Chicago as the job locale. It is not only job news but tech news, as a sideshow peek at what Motorola Mobility has in mind as it faces its highly competitive future. In short, Motorola Mobility is attempting to beef up a we-are-number-one, world class design group for computer wearables. The job posting said Motorola Mobility is looking for the right candidate who can “provide strategic leadership, champion innovation and institute best practices to create a new world-class wearable’s design group within Motorola.” The new hire will have someone to watch over him or her, as the new hire will report to the Senior Vice President of CXD, which is Motorola lingo for Consumer Experience Design. Citation: Google-owned Motorola Mobility on job hunt for wearables director (2013, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-google-owned-motorola-mobility-job-wearables.html Explore further With new logo and focus, Motorola touts latest phone at Techweek This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgNotwithstanding a raging row over remarks crediting Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Monday remained unfazed saying he stood by what he had said yesterday.”What I said, I stand by it,” he said after assuming office today in civil Secretariat. However, he appeared to have tempered his yesterday’s remark when he said “this voter slip has been given to us by Constitution of India. The people of state have more faith in this (right).” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAs Sayeed’s daughter and PDP Chief, Mehbooba Mufti stood by her father’s statement, remarking he had not said anything wrong, a group of PDP MLAs came out with a signed statement demanding that the Centre hand over the mortal remains of Guru, who was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail in Delhi on February nine, 2013.She, however, admitted that there would be teething problems as both parties had diametrically opposite views on various issues. “We will have teething problems and everything can’t be hunky dory overnight”, she said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Government was on the backfoot in Parliament where the Opposition raked up the issue and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement on the floor of the House the Centre’s stand.Home Minister Rajnath Singh distanced the government from Sayeed’s claim and said the credit for peaceful elections in the state should go to the Election Commission, people of the state, Army and the security forces.Singh said he wanted to make it clear that “the government and my party (BJP) fully disassociate themselves” from the remarks made by Sayeed. Not satisfied with Singh’s reply, the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha saying only the Prime Minister’s clarification would matter.Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said since the Prime Minister was told by Sayeed that he feels that the credit should go to Hurriyat, militants and Pakistan for smooth conduct of J and K assembly polls, Modi should make a statement. “Only PM can explain,” he said.To add to PDP’s discomfort, party MP and senior leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig felt the coalition government has not made a promising beginning with controversy erupting due to statements on both sides.He said that he would have preferred a clear cut statement on part of the two parties in their Common Minimum Programme (CMP) about talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.””Let people decide whether the clauses in CMP on these issues are clear cut or whether they are capable of two different meanings, one that suits BJP and another that suits PDP. I would have preferred a clearcut statement and more clarity on these issues,” he told PTI here.Baig said that coalition government should be based on a “good faith agreement and not on compromise”.Ram Madhav, who was BJP’s key negotiator for the alliance with PDP, also disagreed with Sayeed’s comments “we attribute it (smooth polls) to three factors, the people of state, security agencies and the election commission.”Former Chief Minister and Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah wondered whether Sayeed and his daughter were trying to break the alliance with their remarks on credit to Pakistan.”Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the Father-Daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance? #wondering,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.last_img read more

first_img“I tried so hard..and got so far…but in the end…it doesn’t even matter…I had to fall…to lose it all…but in the end..it doesn’t even matter” – lyrics of the song ‘In the end’ by “Linkin Park” became the fate of the lead singer – Chester Bennington.Devastated on losing his best friend Chris Cornell a few months back, Chester himself committed suicide on July 20, 2017. The world witnessed how Chester, commented on his friend’s death in May (2 months before he hung himself), that he cannot imagine a world without Cornell. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe link of his death with Cornell’s death can be joined with the fact that the singer was very emotional when the band performed ‘One more light’ in his late friend’s honour on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Mike Shinoda once told, “He could not finish singing the song and started getting choked up during both the rehearsal and at the live performance setting.” Many hearts were broken and the music industry was shattered by this unexpected loss. But as it is said that “life goes on”, the band revived with ‘Looking for an answer’ after the lead singer’s death. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMusic has never known any boundaries. Art always finds its way to those who value it. On his death anniversary, we have some heart-touching thoughts by Indian fans of Linkin Park: Satyam Singhal, a software engineer and a disheartened fan of the band who grew up listening to the band, says, “It feels like a void in my life. A void which can never be filled. I mean, I’ve got the majority of Linkin Park’s music memorized but knowing that the voice, the mind behind it is no more. It’s painful.” On the other hand, talking about how the band and the lead singer helped in shaping an interest in English music, Manan Chopra, content writer tells, “I miss his mind. If you dive into their music, you’ll realize the lyrics Chester wrote have got such immense depth, be it crawling or breaking the habit or majority’s first English song ‘Numb’ … It is as pure as art should be.” Fans described their star who is shining in the sky from past one year as “a troubled soul”– they say that’s the perfect word for a person who had a family, friends in the form of bandmates and millions of fans – yet committed suicide on his best friend’s birthday. Revealing his favourite songs and how the band has changed since Chester’s death, a 21-year-old student, Kartik Arora says, “It is difficult to choose one song among so many which the band has offered us. I really like ‘Iridescent’, ‘Somewhere I Belong,’ ‘Shadow of the day’…to name a few. Chester was the first English music artist I ever listened to.. so, listening since 2009 makes me miss him..” Pallavi Sethi, coming from a corporate background was only familiar with Linkin Park among all the existing bands and she believes that after the singer’s death, music has changed quite a lot. Giving an example, she highlights how Mike Shinoda came up with his album ‘Post Traumatic’, that talks about how things like depression and losing people hurt and affect their close ones. Some fans are still in the trauma of losing Chester – an introduction to the world of ‘rock’. Sharing his childhood memories associated with the band and their songs, Anoop Kumar, Assistant manager-product operations, Shiksha, reveals that Chester/Linkin Park introduced him to the world of rock music. Till then, he didn’t really know how rock or metal can also be used to express the basic things in life and not just the rebellious parts. “Chester/LP actually gave words to most of the things that I or most of us go through at the advent of puberty. These lyrics gave words to our feelings. Chester’s sudden demise actually felt like a big loss from my childhood memories. Maybe like a huge chunk of memories being ripped off before I was even ready,” he adds.last_img read more

first_imgStep away from boring checks and stripes, and add a bit of funk to your wardrobe for office.Experts tell how: Start stacking your wardrobe with shirts in traditional colours varying from white and light blue to navy, black, and grey. But don’t forget the alternatives like light pink, mint green or lavender for a fresh look. Try some subtle patterns like gingham, checks or pinstripes but avoid shirts that are too bold in design. Don’t forget to tuck your shirt. And unless you are wearing a tie, leave your top button undone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMake sure your pants fit well and don’t crease too much around the ankles. Straight fit and slim fit are the top trending styles this season.The first impression of a gentleman is clean, smart and a suitable pair of shoes. The recent trends have added white to the list though it is a bit uncommon. Right from derbies to loafers and boat shoes, you can a variety to choose from still oxford rules the shoe world.Navy or grey blazers, tweed sports coats, and corduroy jackets are the basics to gear you up for office. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSweaters and cardigans also make fine layering pieces for a business-casual outfit. Keep your sweater or cardigan lightweight and solid. Leave the chunky knits and bold patterns for more casual occasions and make a statement with bold colours like yellow and red this season.To dress business casual, choose an outfit that is professional without seeming overly formal. Well tailored jackets with slight detailing. Too much detail (pockets, cuffs and seams) could make you look very casual.Complete your look with a casual blazer. Go for textures. Add a classic tweed jacket over a classic baby pink tailored shirt and chinos. Polos are trending in too with blazers.Lastly, when it comes to accessories, less is more. Try to accessorise the look with a scarf.last_img read more