Hi-Fi Corner: U-Turn Audio’s Orbit turntable is the ultimate gateway drug to vinyl addiction

first_img How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Vinyl records are back in a big way. You can find them all over the place now, and not just at that little record shop across town — even stores like Walmart and Target have joined the likes of Urban Outfitters in offering brand new pressings for sale. And right next to the records in those stores you’ll find turntables conveniently available, too. But you shouldn’t buy one.Budget record players have their place, certainly — we know not everyone wants to spend big bucks to get into a new hobby. But there’s a problem with the turntables you’ll find at those mega-marts and hipster shops: they don’t sound very good. So if you want great vinyl sound in addition to the appealing tactile and aesthetic experience that comes with records, you’ll need to spend a little more. The good news? You don’t have to spend upwards of $300 to get one of those “highly recommended” turntables you see reviewed online. Look no further than the U-Turn Audio Orbit basic turntable.U-Turn audio is in the business of making audiophile-worthy turntables that don’t break the bank. The Orbit basic comes in five different colors, outfitted with a totally respectable Audio Technica AT91B cartridge and stylus (the same one you’ll find on many more expensive turntables), and ships to your doorstep for $179.Out of the box, the Orbit needs very little set-up because U-Turn has done all the tricky work ahead at their factory. All that’s needed to get the ‘table up and running is to place the included thick acrylic platter (which looks awesome, by the way) on the turntable’s spindle, wrap the included belt around the platter and motor (33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds supported) and remove the stylus guard from the cartridge. U-Turn balances the player’s tonearm, sets the tracking force, and aligns the cartridge at the factory, so there’s nothing else to do but plug the table in and start listening.Of course, you’ll need a stereo receiver with a phono input on it, or you’ll need to pick up a phono pre-amp if your receiver doesn’t have one — U-Turn offers its PLUTO phono pre for $90 (which also lets you use a pair of powered speakers if you want), but less expensive options are available online as well.After spinning the Orbit for a few hours, we’re confident all manner of new and returning vinyl enthusiasts will love it. The table isn’t super-fancy, and requires more manual operation (there’s no auto-return for the tonearm, no fine speed control, and no cue lever)  but it looks and sounds fantastic, and is easily the best bang for your buck we’ve seen in a turntable yet. Pick one up and you will absolutely not be disappointed.This article first appeared at The Manual’s brother site, DigitalTrends.com How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

5 Weekender Bags for Your Next Getaway

first_img $550 from Amazon Topo Designs x The National Classic DuffelThe propulsive, deeply meaningful indie rock of The National — complete with the band’s signature blue color scheme from the 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast — meets the functionality of Topo Designs’ adventure-ready gear with this tough Cordura fabric duffel bag. Perfect to load up with gear for your next trip to see The National play a powerful show, wouldn’t you agree? Packing for a trip — any trip, big or small, stressful or relaxing — is about to get a whole lot simpler. The weekender bag is perhaps the most underrated piece of luggage a man can own. It’s easier to haul around than wheeling a rolling suitcase, most of them fit with ease inside an overhead compartment, and, what’s more, the best weekender bags offer style that’s a bit more casual, rugged, and laid-back. In short, one of the bags described below could just be the most essential piece of luggage you own, particularly if you favor weekend jaunts versus business trips (and who doesn’t?). The next time you pack up, make sure you’re doing so with nothing but one of the best weekender bags on the market.Bradley Mountain Waxed Canvas Weekender BagThere’s perhaps no more fitting name for a weekender bag than the Rambler, right? The sort of name that captures the rugged spirit of adventure (and functionality) that you should seek to harness regardless of the season, correct? Yes, indeed. We love the handsome leather accents and tough charcoal water-resistant waxed canvas. Editors’ Recommendations $149 from Topo Designs $395 from Huckberry Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Boarding Pass NYC “Work Hard, Play Hard” Duffel BagYou can upgrade your weekend bag in a hurry with this compact (yet surprisingly effective) duffel from the jet-setting team at Boarding Pass NYC. We love the use of natural canvas and, for a bit of retro, sport-inspired style. Filson Large Rugged Twill Duffel BagFar and away the most investment-worthy bag on this list of the best weekend bags, the Filson Large Rugged Twill Duffel can stand up to absolutely anything you throw at it, particularly if you pack it to the gills for a camping trip or use it on a longer getaway. It’s one-of-a-kind, and uniquely heirloom-worthy, at that. The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men $425 from Filson Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Canvas Land WeekenderWhether you’re packing up for a weekend wedding or using this handsome Bexar Goods weekender bag for your daily carry, there’s no question it’s going to serve as a perfect casual complement to your favorite style staples (a la dark denim, a chambray shirt, and rich leather boots). $115 from J. Crew $285 from Huckberry The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

CANADAS CMPA UNVEILS INDIESCREEN AWARDS NOMINEES

first_img Twitter The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) on Tuesday (August 21) announced the nominees for the 2018 Indiescreen Awards, which will kick off the TIFF Industry Conference on September 6.The CMPA, which represents the country’s independent producers, also announced that its Emerging Producer Award will be renamed the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award in honour of the producer of Bon Cop Bad Cop and The Trotsky who died last spring.“This year’s Indiescreen Awards nominees have each made important contributions to the rich fabric of our national cinematic tapestry,” said CMPA president and CEO Reynolds Mastin. “Throughout his career Kevin Tierney believed that film could elevate Canadians’ understanding of one another; I believe he would be extremely proud of the achievement of this year’s nominees, especially those early in their film producing careers.” Facebook Tierney himself received a CMPA Indiescreen Award in 2009 and used his $10,000 CAD prize to establish the Pat and Bill Tierney Communication Studies Graduate Diploma Scholarship fund at his alma mater, Concordia University.“My father was a champion of untold stories and felt that this work, and the people doing it, mattered,” said Tierney’s daughter, Brigid Tierney. Added his son Jacob, “He has truly left a lasting legacy for this country, and we are honoured that the CMPA has dedicated this award in his name.” Both Brigid and Jacob work in the Canadian production sector.The 2018 Indiescreen Awards nominees:Established Producer AwardStacey Aglok-MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Damon D’Oliveira and Zanne Devine – Northwood Entertainment (The Grizzlies)Sylvain Corbeil – Metafilms (The Great Darkened Days)Pierre Even – Item 7 (The Hummingbird Project)Christina Piovesan – First Generation Films (Mouthpiece)Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss – The Film Farm (Falls Around Her).Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer AwardRenée Beaulieu – Les Productions du Moment (Les Salopes or The Naturally Wanton Pleasure Of Skin)Caitlin Grabham – Prowler Film (Firecrackers)Tina Keeper – Kistikan Pictures (Through Black Spruce)Zach Lipovsky – Amazing Incorporated (Freaks)Tracy Major – Carkner Films (Kingsway)Winners will be announced at the CMPA Indiescreen Awards Reception in Toronto on September 6.Established in 2005, the CMPA Indiescreen Awards recognise producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. To be eligible for nomination, producers must have a film selected for screening at TIFF that year.To be eligible for nomination, a producer or producer team must have had a film selected for screening at this year’s TIFF. Nominees in the Established Producer category are selected based upon their body of work developed over the course of their careers. Nominees for the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award are chosen for demonstrating impressive potential early in their feature film production careers.The winner of the Established Producer Award will receive $10,000 CAD and the winner of the newly dedicated Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award will receive $5,000 CAD.BY JEREMY KAY – SCREEN DAILY Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

DAVE BOOKIE BOOKMAN MAY 30 1960 – MAY 21 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment We’re devastated to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dave “Bookie” Bookman. He left us, peacefully, at 12:45 this morning.As we mourn, we invite you to join us as we tell stories, hear yours, and of course play Bookie’s favourite music.From his close friend, Josie Dye: Today our family at Indie 88 has lost Bookie, our colleague, a mentor, and to me, a best friend.Everyone knows Bookie as a crusader of the independent, winning the Unsung Hero award for his spirit and drive to make Indie happen. He has started careers for major bands such as Billy Talent, but he was also known as one of Canada’s top interviewers, forming relationships with artists such as Dave Grohl and Bono.Bookie was the last true personality on air. He wasn’t hired for his charm, his looks, or his voice. He didn’t work his brand, or promote himself. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: DAVE “BOOKIE” BOOKMAN Facebooklast_img read more

Ceuta Warns Moroccan Domestic Workers Again to Register

Rabat – Europa Press has reported that the Ceuta government is urging the regulation of the status of Moroccan domestic workers who cross the Spanish-Moroccan border daily to work.The Spanish news outlet noted that only 1,300 people are “registered as contributors, a third of their actual total.”The news site added that the Spanish government delegate in Ceuta, Salvadora Mateos, will meet with interior minister Fernando Grande Marlaska on Monday to discuss the situation of the Ceuta border as a “priority.” The border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta has been a concern for both the Moroccan and the Spanish government because many violent stampedes have killed Moroccans in recent years.Read Also: 19,000 Moroccan Seasonal Workers to Go to Spain in 2019In 2018, two Moroccan women known as “human mules” died while several others suffered injuries at a stampede at the Ceuta border.In 2017, several incidents were reported.Thousands of Moroccan women cross the border post every day to make a living selling Spanish goods in Morocco.According to Europa Press, the regional government said that about 8,500 Moroccans enter Ceuta daily to “carry out activities with impact on the local economy.”“Approximately half are women who work in Ceuta housing,” according to Europa press.The news outlet added that the government is demanding the regularization of their status.In December 2018, Materos asserted the need to regulate the situation of domestic workers.In a statement to the press, Mateos said that the new restriction requires locals to provide proof of work or residence and does not violate the Schengen visa agreement, which allows domestic workers and Moroccans who live less than 40 kilometers from Ceuta to enter the city without restriction.In 2017, 197 domestic workers regularized their status, and 286 did in the first 11 months of 2018. read more

UN emergency fund releases 7 million to strengthen protection for Somalis

Pictuted, internally displaced persons in Baidoa, Somalia. OCHA CERF released $7 million in July to improve the living conditions of people living in Baidoa and Kismayo. Photo: OCHA/ Cecilia Attefors “Humanitarian actors remain committed to alleviate the suffering of displaced people, support livelihoods and catalyse durable solutions linked to development efforts aimed at breaking the cycle of protracted displacement in Somalia.”The statement of the humanitarian coordinator points to clan conflicts, military operations in southern and central Somalia, natural disasters and forced evictions as main drivers causing displacements across Somalia. Currently the country’s capital hosts some 400,000 internally displaced Somalis in over 400 settlements; more than 36 per cent of the estimated 1.1 million people who remain in protracted displacement across the eastern African country. The emergency aid comes from the OCHA-managed Somalia Humanitarian Fund. Contributors to the Fund in 2016 have included Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. According to a statement released today the new funding will provide support for education, food security, health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water and sanitation activities in the Daynille and Kaxda districts near Mogadishu. These two settlements host the majority of the more than 120,000 displaced people. “The internally displaced in Somalia face enormous challenges, and timely and focused humanitarian support is essential to address their urgent needs. Many displaced people who will benefit from this allocation were evicted from settlements in the city centre, where they originally sought refuge,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq. The living conditions in these settlements have been described by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as deplorable; services are limited or non-existent and human rights violations are rife.This is the second allocation to assist internally displaced people in Somalia this year. The first allocation of $7 million was released earlier in July for internally displaced people in Baidoa and Kismayo. read more

Dangerous dahlias must be removed from roadside couple told by council

The verge garden was planted to encourage wildlife and bring colour to the quiet, rural lane Sally, who used to run a traditional country inn in the Peak District with Brian until they retired ten years ago, stressed that the only people who come up the lane are neighbours, the postman and the milk lady.Mrs Williams said: “They have been there a long time. We also replace the dahlias every year and maintain it all the time, as with the streets. It is deeper than a few flowers, in a time when things were bad we were leading wildlife and doing our bit for the environment. We increased butterflies, bees and birds in the area which was our primary aim.“The land the council is supposed to manage overgrows the white lines, there are fallen leaves that are wet and dangerous. Are we going to turn this verge into something that just looks like another unmanaged verge?” she added.Neighbours of the couple have already started a petition to keep ‘Britain in bloom’ and save the roadside garden. It has amassed over 3,000 signatures so far. The verge garden was planted to encourage wildlife and bring colour to the quiet, rural laneCredit:SWNS.com/Sheffield Star The stones were originally placed to prevent the erosion of the road, which had to be tarmacked over a few years ago after it fell into a state of disrepair.The dahlias and shrubs had helped Mr Williams when he was going through a period of ill health and the news has left the family “absolutely devastated”. 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  garden of  “dangerous” dahlias  must be removed from a village roadside because they are impeding drivers, an elderly couple has been told.Sally Williams, 69, and her husband Brian, 80, planted the dahlias on Hollin House Lane in Loxley, near Sheffield, over three decades ago to encourage wildlife and bring colour to the quiet, rural lane.However, following an anonymous complaint to Sheffield council, the couple were sent a letter saying that they had a week to complete the work or pay for it to be done by the authority.Sheffield Council said:  “We have sympathy with the nearby homeowner who has attempted to stop cars driving over the highway verge on what is a very narrow, single-track lane.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Unfortunately the placing of flower beds, as well as stones and water barrels, on the highway outside the property, could be a danger to other road users.” read more

Ongoing cases at SOCU might be affected says Head

SOCU’s head, Sydney JamesThe current cases being investigated by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) will be placed under the spotlight after recent incidents that saw the resignation and sacking of two senior officials.This is according to SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James, who in a brief interview with this media group noted that while the resignation of SOCU Deputy Head Sheronie James could affect some cases, legal advice on the way forward will be sought.“It might affect ongoing cases and I’ll have to get legal advice on that because as you know if she was giving evidence or had done an investigation and it is before the courts that might be a challenge. But I think the legal people will give us advice.”In the case of Sheronie James, reports had indicated that she resigned after a local magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications. The case in question is the contempt trial of officials from the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry. But she is not the only one.On Thursday, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn had revealed that SOCU Advisor Sam Sittlington was fired by the United Kingdom Government with immediate effect. It had been revealed that Sittlington, who was on British payroll, set up a private investigative company in Guyana, something the High Commissioner noted, was a potential conflict of interest. When asked, James noted that the revelations came as a surprise to him.Dr Sam Sittlington“Dr Sittlington, to the best of my recollection, was doing the work that he was doing. I was surprised that he had registered a company. But maybe only Dr Sittlington can answer why he did what he did,” James related.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that should the People’s Progressive Party win office, the unit will be restructured to focus its investigations on narcotics and money laundering.During a press conference on Friday, Jagdeo zeroed in on the unit and criticised its focus on former Government officials rather than its original mandate.“You have to recall who set up SOCU and why. It was the People’s Progressive Party who set up SOCU, under the authority of the Commissioner of Police. And SOCU was set up to support the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) to go after drug dealers and money launderers.”The parliamentary Opposition has long accused Government of using the unit to target PPP officials, a charge the Government has denied. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUK distances self from return of Sam SittlingtonMarch 17, 2019In “latest news”Gold Board probe: File to be sent to ‘DPP or Police legal advisor’- SOCU HeadSeptember 6, 2017In “Crime”Misuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still on the job – Top CopApril 9, 2019In “Crime” read more

Psychiatrie les patients pourront recevoir des soins sans consentement

first_imgPsychiatrie : les patients pourront recevoir des soins sans consentementFrance – Le projet de loi sur la psychiatrie, annoncé en 2008 par le président de la République, est passé en Conseil des ministres hier. Il prévoit des soins “sans consentement” pour les patients ne pouvant pas décider eux-mêmes de leur hospitalisation. Dorénavant, les psychiatres de ville pourront délivrer des soins sans consentement aux patients victimes de troubles qui les rendent incapables de décider s’ils nécessitent ou non une prise en charge. Selon les déclarations de Roselyne Bachelot : “Les psychiatres des villes pourront délivrer des soins sans consentement, sous la responsabilité du médecin de l’hôpital qui suit le patient”.70.000 personnes sont chaque année victimes de ce genre de trouble. Cette loi doit ainsi permettre “une meilleure prise en charge” et assurer une sécurité accrue, tant pour le patient que pour son entourage.En ce qui concerne les sorties d’essai, la ministre de la Santé et des Sports a déclaré qu’un “collège de soignants (constitué de deux psychiatres et d’un cadre infirmier) aura pour mission de fournir un avis écrit au préfet sur les sorties d’hôpital pour les patients en hospitalisation d’office ou hospitalisés en unité pour malades difficiles”. De plus, le patient sera gardé en observation 72 heures à l’hôpital avant que “le médecin ne décide s’il est soigné sans consentement à l’hôpital ou en ambulatoire”. Le 6 mai 2010 à 14:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Water Policy meeting poorly attended law closer to formulation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOnly six people turned out to the consultation on a soon to come national policy on water and sewerage, which was presented by University of Florida professor, Dr. Sanford Berg. Motivated by a World Bank report which points out that there is room for improvement in water management in the region, Berg highlight on Friday that the TCI lacks something important because it lacks an agency truly devoted to managing water and its distribution in the country. Utilities Commissioner, Malike Cummings was on hand and spoke to the water woes plaguing the Capital, Grand Turk. “This assignment will actually give cabinet certain, various options to consider, what might be the best solution to deal with infrastructure in Grand Turk. I think most of the problems are more or less economic because you do not have the cost recovery, and so it affects maintenance and so forth.” Dr. Berg was sent in to help the country draft a new policy which is evidence based; a legal consultant, Claudia Vargas was also at the session to support the development of law. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Commodity Classic Partners with Feeding America for Second Year

first_imgFor the second year, Commodity Classic has selected Feeding America as its charity partner, providing farmers with an opportunity to help “Set the Table” for a hunger-free America.  Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees as well as agricultural advocates across the nation are encouraged to donate to Feeding America during the event.Feeding America works with U.S. food banks to distribute food to more than 60,000 food pantries. Secure donations can be made by visiting the Commodity Classic website and clicking on the Feeding America logo on the home page. Donations can also be made through the free 2018 Commodity Classic mobile app, which can be downloaded using iTunes or GooglePlay app stores.Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Central/3 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, March 1.  You don’t have to attend Commodity Classic to contribute to the Feeding America initiative.“America’s family farmers produce grains and oilseeds that help provide an abundant and reliable food supply for our nation and the world,” said Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic.  “By partnering with Feeding America, we’re also showing that farmers are willing to go the extra mile to help end hunger here at home.”Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

DFG Hours Reduced For Kasilof Personal Use Gillnet Fishery

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced the reduction in the number of hours for personal use set gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River from 17 hours per day to 12 hours. The personal use set gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River is now open 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, from Saturday, June 15, through Monday, June 24. The Kasilof River personal use dip net fishery will open by regulation at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, and is open 24 hours per day. On February 14,  ADF&G issued sport fishing regulation restrictions prohibiting the retention of early-run, tributary spawning king salmon in the Kenai River.center_img Therefore, to reduce the harvest of Kasilof River king salmon in the personal use gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River, the number of hours this fishery is open each day is being reduced from 17 hours per day to 12 hours per day, or from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. These actions will likely result in an increase in the sport fishing effort and catch of king salmon in the Kasilof River. Consequently, restrictions in the harvest of king salmon were also enacted in the Kasilof River sport fishery.last_img read more

PVR stock gains 5 in 2 days Warburg Pincus picks up 14

first_imgShares of PVR, an Indian multiplex chain operator, have gained about 5 percent in the past two trading days even as Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity (PE) firm on Wednesday announced buying 14 percent equity stake for Rs 820 crore. The PVR stock was trading at Rs 1,296 on Thursday on the BSE at around 12.58 pm.The PE firm said that it will be acquiring the stake from affiliates of private equity firm Multiples who will be left with 14 percent equity stake. Read: PVR reports fall in Q2 net profitDangal drives PVR Q3 earnings; SRK’s Raees, Hrithik’s Kaabil to boost Q4 revenues”The Indian multiplex industry is at a cusp of rapid transformation and at the next level of growth driven by consumer demand and experience, convenience and technology. We are delighted to welcome Warburg Pincus as an investor as we continue to accelerate our long term development and expansion,” Ajay Bijli, chairman and managing director (MD), PVR, said in a statement issued by Warburg Pincus.The Bijli family will continue to be the biggest stakeholder.Ajay Bijli added that the current management of PVR will continue to run the company despite the stake acquisition by Warburg Pincus.”The Indian film and entertainment market is expanding rapidly and we look forward to supporting Ajay and the entire management team during the next phase of growth,” Vishal Mahadevia, Managing Director and Co-Head, Warburg Pincus India Private Ltd said in the statement. PVR is the largest retail entertainment company in India. It started operations from Delhi in 1997 and currently has 562 screens in 122 properties across 48 cities in India.last_img read more

Everyone is a game designer at Puzzle Clubhouse

first_imgIf you’re seriously considering game design as a career, you’ve probably heard of The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses by Carnegie Mellon professor Jesse Schell, which was well received by many professional game developers. But even if your interest in creating games is more casual, Schell’s latest project should be on your radar.Puzzle Clubhouse, which got off the ground by meeting it’s $10,000 Kickstarter goal, is an experiment in bringing crowdsourcing to game design, and it allows anyone to be a part of the creative process. When I spoke to Schell at PAX 2012, he described the PC as the improv comedy of game development; while he and a team of 12 professionals will actually make the games, they’ll get much of their material and creative direction from an audience of Puzzle Clubhouse users.Each month, the team will guide their community through the creation of a new Puzzle Clubhouse episode. Each episode consists of an animated story broken up by a short, quirky game, and users will have input on every element of the experience. In the first phase, members are asked to brainstorm ideas for the next episode in a thread. From those discussions, Puzzle Clubhouse members, those who pay a $20 yearly fee, come up with elements they’d like to submit, which can include gameplay ideas, art assets, text, audio, and eventually video.Once all the submissions are in, voting begins so that the Puzzle Clubhouse community can decide what should go into the next episode. Schell and his team developed a scalable bracket system for voting that was partially inspired by the Wii’s “Check Mii Out” channel. It shows the submissions a few at a time, so that voters don’t get overwhelmed by trying to parse through everything at once.Users vote using puzzle pieces, the digital currency of Puzzle Clubhouse. Paid members automatically get 25 pieces per day, but additional pieces are available for purchase starting at 20 pieces for $2. Once the winning ideas and content have been selected, Jesse and his team go to work creating a new episode for the community to play, which will release toward the beginning of each month. Members who get their submissions into the final game can earn badges that show up on their forum account.Puzzle Clubhouse is definitely an interesting approach to creative design, but it’s not just an experiment for its own sake. At PAX, Schell said his goal for the site is to produce both new game ideas and new game designers: “I’d love to one day have a professional game developer come up and tell me that Puzzle Clubhouse was what first got them into game design,” Schell said, “and I hope that 10 years from now there’s still an active community around it.”Puzzle Clubhouse Episode 0 is available to play right now, and the first community driven episode should be out soon.Read more at Puzzle Clubhouselast_img read more

The Sandlot Is Coming Back as a TV Series With Original Cast

first_imgStay on target More than 25 years after The Sandlot hit theaters, the baseball gang is coming back as grown-ups: A Sandlot reboot TV series, which will feature the movie’s original cast, is in the works.David Mickey Evans, the director of the iconic film, recently announced plans for a TV revival of The Sandlot, which originally premiered on the big screen in 1993, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The Sandlot TV series doesn’t have a set premiere date yet. pic.twitter.com/J3mBqgJs5k— Coop (@CooperstownKurt) March 4, 2019“I just sold a Sandlot television show. We’re about to get an order for the first two seasons,” Evans told host Cooperstown Kurt on The Rain Delay, a popular baseball podcast, on Thursday. Evans said he couldn’t disclose who was going to stream it, but, “I know who’s going to stream it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out right now.”According to Evans, The Sandlot TV reboot will be set in 1984, where the movie’s original actors are all in their ’30s and have kids of their own. Evans didn’t share which cast members will be coming back, but it’s supposed to be a follow-up to the original Sandlot flick, which was set in California in 1962. The movie follows a young boy who moves into town, joins a group of friends to play baseball, and together, they embark on hilarious adventures in their neighborhood.For more updates on The Sandlot TV reboot, follow Evans’ Twitter account.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Reportedly Collapsed While Filming Season 8 BattleNeflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From Oscars‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: A Brief Future of Time Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend last_img read more

In the wake of attack on Paris newspaper extremists take to Twitter

first_imgDewey writes The Post’s The Intersect web channel covering digital and Internet culture. © 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments In the aftermath of adeadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, many took to social media to rally and mourn — changing their profile pictures to “Je suis Charlie” after the name of the paper, and making the terms #CharlieHebdo, Bernard Maris, Cabu and Wolinski trend worldwide on Twitter.But in murkier, quieter corners of the Internet, other hashtags are also trending: While it’s not entirely clear, at this point, who is responsible for the attack, a number of self-proclaimed jihadis have been celebrating it on a hashtag that Al-Hayat’s Joyce Karam translates as #ParisInvasion.“Mock the Prophet of Islam and pay with your life,” reads a rough translation of one tweet. “This is a deterrent for every coward.”“God is great,” wrote another, next to a graphic picture from the attacks. Another tweeted a picture of a man on a stretcher with a reference to a Quranic passage about jihad.https://twitter.com/olasalah5569/status/552869352949960704The tweets are, if nothing else, a fairly predictable illustration of extremist vitriol. But they’re also examples of a relatively new danger for mainstream social platforms like Twitter: infiltration by extremists who use the sites to recruit and spread their views.One would think that kind of thing has been going on for a while — after all, sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were born at the height of the war on terror. But representatives for several major U.S. networks say it’s a problem that’s become particularly pressing since the rise of the Islamic State, with its sophisticated messaging and propaganda strategies.The group has, for instance, used the anonymous question-and-answer site Ask.fm to recruit a number of Westerners to its cause, including three American teenagers who tried to travel to a Syrian camp three months ago. They’re active on Twitter, Facebook, Kik and even Tumblr, where a number of fighters and their wives have started personal blogs. (Sample post from the blog Al-Khansaa: “Are there decent hair driers and straighteners in Syria?”)In September, an Islamic State-affiliated account even took to Twitter to threaten employees of the site, warning that “every Twitter employee in San Francisco … (should) watch over himself, because on his doorstep there might be a lone assassin waiting.” The account was quickly suspended, and Twitter promised a full investigation into the tweets.Unfortunately, weeding out extremists and their sympathizers is more difficult than it looks. For one thing, many extremists don’t use language that would catch the attention of keyword filters or other automated moderation tools; the jihadists who have recruited Westerners to join them in Syria, for instance, often speak more generally of religion or “travel.”“It’s a really tough issue,” Catherine Teitelbaum, chief of trust & safety at Ask.fm, told The Washington Post last month. “The language itself is benign — the tone of the conversations is actually very casual. There’s very little reference to violence. It’s not like other areas of abuse.”Even when social networks do find terrorists in their midst, they often leave the accounts up at the behest of law enforcement, who hope to glean some intelligence from them — or even tweet back.That’s an awkward, and complicated, position for networks: On one hand, they’re cooperating with law enforcement; on the other, they necessarily open themselves up to incidents like these — and accusations that they serve as some kind of mouthpiece through which extremists reach the moderate masses.Still, the opposite is true, too. On Wednesday morning, one of the more popular tweets on the #ParisInvasion hashtag was from the U.S.-based Arabic-language blogger Naseem Alomari.“No to terrorism, yes to dialogue,” it says, in part. French Internet users start using this image “I am charlie” as profiles. pic.twitter.com/dkUPqQRBCA— Julien Pain (@JulienPain) January 7, 2015center_img Related posts:Publication attacked in Paris has history of bold satire World leaders express outrage over attack on Paris publication Blood, bodies, bullets turn heart of France into war zone France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 deadlast_img read more

Judge extends delay of 911 case at Guantanamo

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories MIAMI (AP) – The latest delay in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo is getting longer.The military judge presiding over the case has postponed a pretrial hearing that was scheduled to start next week amid uncertainty over whether one defendant is mentally competent to stand trial.In December, Army Col. James Pohl adjourned the case so military doctors could determine if defendant Ramzi Binalshibh is competent following repeated outburst in court. But he refused to meet with the doctors in January and they could not make a finding. A ruling issued Thursday set a hearing on its mental status for April at the U.S. base in Cuba. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A trial date has not yet been set for the five men charged with orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

appointmentschairmanMatt DaviesTravel CounsellorsU

first_imgappointmentschairmanMatt DaviesTravel CounsellorsUK Matt Davies, the ex-UK chief of Tesco, has been named the non-executive chairman of Travel Counsellors. Speaking on his appointment, Mr Davies said: “I’m delighted to be joining Travel Counsellors as Chairman and I’m really looking forward to supporting Steve and the team in delivering world class travel experiences to customers across the globe. I have never met a team with such passion, energy and commitment to delivering for their customers and as obsessive about putting its people and customers at the epicentre of everything it does.”last_img read more

Work hard be true to yourself embrace diversity

first_img Work hard, be true to yourself, embrace diversity and seize the moment.It’s the same advice graduation speakers have offered for ages, yet every year some addresses stand out. Some are powerful. Some are poetic. Some are political.This year, colleges have invited speakers ranging from Hillary Clinton to Chance the Rapper, each bringing their own life lessons. As commencement ceremonies continue across the country this weekend, here are a few of the highlights so far:JUSTIN TRUDEAUPrime minister of Canada, speaking at New York University on May 16As you go forward from this place, I would like you to make a point of reaching out to people whose beliefs and values differ from your own. I would like you to listen to them — truly listen — and try to understand them and find that common ground.You have a world of opportunity at your fingertips, but as you go forward from here, understand that just around the corner a whole different order of learning awaits in which your teachers will come from every station in life, every education level, every belief system, every lifestyle. And I hope you will embrace that.OPRAH WINFREYAt the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on May 11Vote, vote, vote. Pay attention to what the people who claim to represent you are doing and saying in your name and on your behalf. They represent you, and if they have not done right by you, if their policies are at odds with your core beliefs, then you have a responsibility to send them packing.If they go low — thank you Michelle Obama — if they go low, we go to the polls. People died for that right. They died for that right. I think about it every time I cast a vote, so don’t let their sacrifice be in vain.TIM COOKCEO of Apple, speaking at Duke University in North Carolina on May 13Fearlessness means taking the first step even if you don’t know where it will take you. It means being driven by a higher purpose rather than by applause. It means knowing that you reveal your character when you stand apart more than when you stand with the crowd.If you step up without fear of failure, if you talk and listen to each other without fear of rejection, if you act with decency and kindness even when no one is looking — even if it seems small or inconsequential — trust me, the rest will fall into place.NIKKI HALEYU.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaking at Clemson University in South Carolina on May 10Beware of social media. It’s almost as if it was invented to destroy gratitude. Everyone presents their most carefully edited lives on Twitter or Instagram. We all do it, right? Posting the best pictures of the most exciting places we go and the most interesting things we see.But our social media lives aren’t the real world. Real life is usually messier. And whether we mean to do it or not, the fake lives we live on social media can evoke a kind of envy that is a lack of gratitude, that is very damaging.CHANCE THE RAPPERAt Dillard University in New Orleans on May 12To quote Bruce Lee, we must be like water: adapting to our container, always changing with the times. And that means being better than the people who came before us. Some people might find this kind of talk disrespectful but it’s exactly the opposite. The highest form of respect that we can pay to the people who came before us, the people who sacrificed for us and gave us everything, is to be better than them.Our parents, grandparents, ancestors sacrificed not so that we could keep doing the same thing that they were doing but so that we can be better. To simply copy them would be almost an insult to their sacrifice.HILLARY CLINTONAt Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 20I believe healing our country is going to take what I call radical empathy. As hard as it is, this is a moment to reach across divides of race, class and politics. To try to see the world through the eyes of people very different from ourselves, and to return to rational debate. To find a way to disagree without being disagreeable. To try to recapture a sense of community and common humanity.When we think about politics and judge our leaders, we can’t just ask, ‘Am I better off than I was two years or four years ago?’ We have to ask, ‘Are we all better off? Are we as a country better, stronger and fairer?’CHADWICK BOSEMANActor who recently starred in “Black Panther,” at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on May 12I don’t know what your future is. But if you are willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes — the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning, more victory, more glory — then you will not regret it. Now, this is your time. The light of new realization shines on you today. Howard’s legacy is not wrapped up in the money that you will make but the challenges that you choose to confront. As you commence to your paths, press on with pride, and press on with purpose.QUEEN LATIFAHMusician and actress, at Rutgers University’s campus in Newark, New Jersey, on May 14Teach, volunteer, show up at PTA meetings, show up at the Boys and Girls Club, vote, march, be a citizen. Because in a world of bullets and bots, divisions and distractions, we need more citizens pulling us together instead of trying to pull us apart. Give back to your home, as the kind of citizen who builds bridges, not walls. Graduates, home shapes you. You make sure you shape it back.MICHAEL KEATONActor, at Kent State University in Ohio on May 12You have to take risks. I’m going to ask you to take risks whenever you can. Put yourself on the line, don’t be afraid to look foolish, make mistakes — take chances. It’s one of the best things you can do. And what that will lead to is self-discovery, and it will lead you back to your natural, authentic self. And I really encourage you as you get older to go back to who you were when you were a kid, because that was the most authentic you that there has been. Vote, take risks, be fearless: Celebs offer advice to grads by Collin Binkley, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 9:30 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, left, gives the 2018 Commencement speech May 10, 2018, in Clemson, S.C., and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in the procession prior to delivering the commencement address to New York University graduates at Yankee Stadium in New York on May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press) last_img read more

Rep Cox joined by local resident for 2015 State of the State

first_img State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, today welcomed Cindi Quinn Ventura to the House floor for the annual State of the State address.Cox invited Ventura, DTE Legal Administration Manager, to Lansing for a special joint session of the House and Senate, during which Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his key goals for Michigan in his second term.Each lawmaker is allowed one floor guest during the annual speech. Categories: Cox News,Cox Photos 21Jan Rep. Cox joined by local resident for 2015 State of the State address in Lansinglast_img read more