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Interview in 20 questions – Billboard

Talk about girl power! A year after young punk rockers The Linda Lindas went viral for their powerful rendition of their original track “Racist, Sexist Boy” at the Los Angeles Public Library, the band – which proudly touts “half Asian/half Asian” heritage latinx” from members on his social media accounts and website – has found success that even the wildest daydreams during class could not imagine happening so quickly.

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Drummer Mila de la Garza (11), guitarist Lucia de la Garza (14), bassist Eloise Wong (13) and guitarist Bela Salazar (17) have since signed a record deal with Epitaph, sold the legendary Los Angeles Troubadour, appeared on James Corden and Jimmy Fallon’s late-night shows, played NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and released their debut album To grow.

Oh, and rather than the usual family vacation or summer camp that most kids their age do during the break between school years, they hit the road on tour. The Linda Lindas are ready to open for Japanese breakfast and make a european mini tourand have booked gigs from festivals such as Primavera Sound and riot partyand more.

Before their loaded summer, Billboard caught up with the band to talk about their debut album and newfound success.

1. Where are you in the world right now, and what is the setting?

Lucy : I just finished dinner, so now I’m sitting on the living room couch with Mila.

Bela: I’m in my room, sitting at my desk. Procrastination on my homework.

Eloise: I also just finished my homework. Let’s get to the group stuff!

2. What was the first album or piece of music you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?

Bela: I bought myself the first Pretenders album on vinyl.

Eloise: I bought a 5-6-7-8’s 7″ single and a Shonen Knife 8″ single!

Mila: Lucia and I need to fix our record player!

3. What do your parents do for a living, and what do they think of you becoming a musician?

Lucy : For Mila and me, our father is a music producer [Grammy winner Carlos de la Garza], and he was in many bands when he was younger. He supported me a lot! My mom doesn’t play any instruments, but she’s just as supportive and helps out with a lot of band stuff now, and she used to work in fashion with Bela’s mom, that’s how we met!

Bela: My mother is a designer and my father does visual effects. They were honestly super cool with me playing music because they love art so much themselves!

Eloise: My mother is a graphic designer and my father is a writer. They’ve always been good at supporting me doing what I want and immersing me in the DIY culture, so they’ve taken my role as a musician right.

4. What was the first non-material thing you bought for yourself when you started making money as an artist?

Bela: I bought myself an old SLR film camera!

Lucy : I don’t think I’ve really bought anything, but we do a lot of vintage shopping!

Mila: Also get a lot of boba…

Eloise: I bought earrings for the band.

5. If you had to recommend an album to someone looking to get into punk music, what would you give them?

Bela: bad brains yellow tape.

Mila: The Muffs self-titled album.

Lucia: Comfort me by Amyl and the Sniffers.

Eloise: Ends of life by the neighborhood brats.

6. What’s the last song you listened to?

Bela: “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Lucy : “Let It All Go” by Francis of Delirium.

Eloise: “Swish and Spit” by Cher Strauberry.

Mila: Not sure, but probably something from Paramore or The Regrettes.

7. What are your musical influences?

Lucy : Right now I’m listening to a lot of Mannequin Pussy, The Breeders, St. Vincent and Orla Gartland.

Mila: Paramore and Les Regrettes.

Bela: Julieta Venegas, Rosalia and Biela.

Eloise: Redd Kross, Teenagers, The Go-Gos.

8. If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Bela: Lauren Hill.

Lucy : Sleater Kinney.

Mila: The Go-Gos.

Eloise: Yoshitomo Nara.


Linda Lindas’ album ‘Growing Up’

9. What are your career goals?

Bela: Travel in the world.

Lucy : Make more music, meet more people!

Eloise: Keep doing what matters to me and keep having fun.

Mila: Do a cartwheel every day.

10. “Racist, Sexist Boy” really blew up! Has the subject of your song ever heard it? If so, what was his reaction?

Mila: Eloise and I wrote the song together after my school experience. But we don’t know if he heard it! If he did, he probably doesn’t even know it’s him.

Eloise: And who cares! It’s not about him anymore.

11. How has school changed for you since “Racist, Sexist Boy”?

Lucy : It’s pretty much the same for me!

Eloise: Yeah same here.

Mila: Yeah.

Bela: I’m a senior, so whatever!

12. You recently performed at the Tiny Desk Concert. What dream event would you like to perform at?

Lucy : We all want to go around the world!

Eloise: And I wanna play Gilman Street [in Berkeley, CA].

13. What message would you like your fans to take away from your debut album?

Lucy : You never stop growing, but that’s not a bad thing.

Eloise: Cats are great.

Bela: I just hope you like it!

Mila: Me too!

14. What is your favorite song from To growand why?

Eloise: They’re all fun to play, so it’s hard to decide. I will say that I’m particularly proud of the bass lines of “Talking to Myself”, “Fine”, “Nino”, “Remember” and “Cuántas Veces”.

Lucy : “Oh!”, because we all wrote it together.

Bela: “Why”, because it’s so much fun to play live.

Mila: “Racist, Sexist Boy” is always fun too!

15. Aside from K-pop, there isn’t much Asian representation in music in the United States, especially in rock and punk rock. May being AAPI month, how do you hope The Linda Lindas can change that?

Mila: Maybe we’ll inspire more kids to try?

Eloise: Or get more parents to expose their kids to cool music?

Bela: What if more adults got into it?

Lucy : Yeah, why is it always on us kids?

16. Are there any causes or charities you are involved with that you would like people to know about?

Lucy : We’ve all worn shirts by Tees 4 Togo, which is an organization run by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, and the Peace Sisters organization. They raise money for girls in Togo to get health care and education. And all you have to do is buy a cool T-shirt!

Eloise: Linh Le from Bad Cop Bad Cop does these Bassists vs Racists tees as well, which helps raise funds for BLM and other anti-racism organizations around the world. there is one with me on it!

17. Where is your favorite place to listen to and experience music?

Bela: I use Spotify.

Lucy : Sometimes I use Apple Music and sometimes I use Spotify, depending on what I’m listening to or what I have in my queue.

Eloise: Go to shows or play records and make mixtapes.

Mila: Repetition.

18. What is the best business decision you have made so far?

Bela: I do not know!

Lucy : I don’t know either, but all of the label, management and booking people we’ve worked with so far are so amazing and supportive, so some decisions have to work!

Eloise: Get snacks. Also drink hot water. Hot water is good. Does this count as a business decision?

Mila: Go with the flow.

19. Who has been your greatest mentor and what was the best advice he gave you?

Lucy : We have so many amazing and supportive mentors. Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino is our group mom – or “momager” – and she always tells us how important it is to take care of our mental health. So sometimes we take breaks and go to Color Me Mine together!

Eloise: Jawbreaker’s Adam Pfahler told us not to obsess or stress about this moment ending, but to enjoy it while it’s happening. He also invited our band to play with them in New York and LA!

20. Any advice you would give to your (even) youngest?

Lucy : I told myself that everything changes, and to take everything one step at a time

Eloise: Write a journal because things go by so quickly. I haven’t gotten used to doing this yet, so I guess that’s advice for myself as well. I hope it will only be for me younger by the time this is released.

Bela: I mean, I’m still pretty young. Ask me in, like, five years.

Mila: And I’m only 11. Ask me in 10!

Michael Murdoch travels to Ghent to research visual adaptation in augmented and virtual reality

An associate professor from RIT’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory will spend this fall in Belgium developing new techniques to study visual adaptation in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). Michael Murdoch ’06 MS (Computer Science) received the prestigious Fulbright US Scholar Award for collaborating with a colleague at Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Ghent from August to November.

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While in Ghent, Murdoch hopes to improve techniques for measuring visual adaptation and develop computer graphics tools for AR/VR researchers to create visuals for future experiments. Murdoch, an expert in how the human visual system perceives augmented reality, said he was delighted to spend the three months abroad teaming up with KU Leuven’s Professor Kevin Smet, who is conducting related research. in virtual reality settings.

“Dr. Smet’s research and laboratory activities are a perfect match for mine – similar in scope but different in focus,” Murdoch said. “Dr. Smet and I have discussed our plans and are ready to collaborate on our mutual interests, as we each have federally funded research projects on related topics.

Although primarily based in Ghent, Murdoch said he looked forward to visiting and collaborating with other researchers in Europe. Murdoch still has many connections in the region after spending seven years in the Netherlands pursuing his doctorate. at Eindhoven University of Technology and worked at Philips Research before joining RIT as a professor.

Murdoch said that in addition to advancing his field area, he also hopes the trip will help lay the groundwork for future collaborations between RIT and related European programs and create networking bridges for recruiting future students. , postdoctoral researchers and professors.

Packers return fastest player Rico Gafford to defense


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rico Gafford has a new number but an old position.

The Green Bay Packers upgraded Gafford from receiver to cornerback and gave him the No. 37 jersey.

The new position is not new at all.

Gafford played his last two seasons of college football at Wyoming, where he intercepted two passes as a junior in 2016 and four passes as a senior in 2017 to earn All Mountain West Conference honors.

On Wyoming’s 2018 pro day — quarterback Josh Allen was the headliner — Gafford ran his 40-yard sprint in 4.22 seconds. It was a tenth of a second faster than any other cornerback at the Scouting Combine that year.

“I heard from a few scouts that they got me at 4.24, 4.25, 4.27, stuff like that,” Gafford said afterwards. “It made me feel good. I came in wanting scouts to have nothing less than a 4.35 so having them go the day with 4.2 on all their clocks and stuff like that is a game-changer for Me. So hopefully come draft time, my name is called.

It was not. Gafford was undrafted and spent his rookie training camp with the Tennessee Titans, where coach Matt LaFleur was the offensive coordinator. He failed to make the roster, signed with the Oakland Raiders and switched offenses. He made his first career reception at the end of the 2019 season, a 49-yard touchdown pass against the Titans.

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“The last two years I was in and out of roles, whether it was on offense or defense,” Gafford said while with the Raiders. “So going into this offseason, I knew that I was going to play 100% wide receiver, and that in order for me to become a guy who plays on Sundays, I would have to focus entirely on working on my craft and getting better. improve as a receiver.

In 2021, he spent training camp with the Cardinals and the Bills. He worked for the Packers after the season and signed a term contract.

For the Packers, the change in position makes sense from a roster perspective. Since signing Gafford in January, they’ve added veteran Sammy Watkins and drafted three more receivers. During that time, the Packers didn’t draft a cornerback and the only veteran they added was Keisean Nixon, who played in Snoop Dogg’s youth league.

While at Dowling Catholic Central High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, he set the Iowa State Meet record in the 100 meters. He spent his first two years after high school at Iowa Western College hoping to turn his high gear into a big opportunity in the NFL.

“That’s the main reason I’m doing this,” he told GoReivers.com in his senior year. “I’ve given my whole life to this, so it will hurt me not to make it, and I just work every day and pray and do whatever I can to make it happen.”

Along with his father and a business partner, Gafford opened a restaurant in his hometown of Des Moines called Rico’s. It’s not just his name but his heart and soul. He washed dishes and mixed drinks. His memories hang on the walls. The menu features some of his favorite dishes.

“My name is literally on the front door,” he told the Wyoming News. “I am a co-owner. It’s something that I took to heart. »

“I wanted it to be a place where people could come in and meet me personally.”

Meet the 18-year-old York student who started her own fashion label


As if A-levels weren’t hard enough – meet Aidan Carey, 18, from York, who launched his own fashion label while studying for his exams.

Like many people, Aidan suddenly had time off during the 2021 lockdown. He had ambitions to take a creative course in college, but knew he would need a strong portfolio alongside his application.

So he taught himself advanced skills in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and created a completely hypothetical – at first – clothing brand as a project for his portfolio.

“As soon as I found myself researching names to see if they were already real businesses, I realized that this might actually be something I wanted to try,” Aidan said.

And the rest was history.

Although Aidan has been in streetwear since he was 16 and has aspired to create products on par or more with brands like Of-White, Represent and Supreme, it wasn’t always his dream to create. her own clothing retailer.

“The comical thing about my story is that I absolutely despised fashion and textiles in secondary school before I could drop it at GCSE.”

Aidan now plans to go to Liverpool University to do fashion branding.

Accord Apparel releases limited-edition style unisex collections and does not use gender-based sizing. It generally targets people between the ages of 16 and 30, but “we’re happy to see all ages and genders wearing our clothes,” Aidan said.

Accord Apparel’s vision is “fashionable, high quality apparel at competitive prices that everyone can enjoy”.

So far, the brand has seen three “drops”, with a fourth coming soon.

YorkMix spoke with Aidan to learn more about Accord Apparel, the process behind the brand and what its goals are for the future.

Learn more and stay up to date with Accord Apparel via the website or Instagram.

Q&A with Aidan Carey

Why the name “Accord Apparel”?

I spent a lot of time thinking about a name, and I wanted a name that was completely unique and easy to remember.

After countless hours of brainstorming, I finally came up with the word Accord. It means to give or grant someone power, status or recognition. A big word, and clothing has just been added to it.

What is the goal behind Accord Apparel?

My current goal is to be able to go out in public and see people wearing the clothes. That alone is enough to make me happy.

Another fundamental goal is for Accord to be global, I would like to be able to go on vacation to a foreign country knowing that I have customers with my products there.

I have a lot of digital goals that I aspire to achieve and will achieve. But they are not so interesting. My main goal is for the brand to one day be noticed by one of my many inspirations – for example, George Heaton (founder of Represent Clothing).

What does the process look like from design to manufacturing to availability to purchase?

The design begins when I’m sitting at my desk sketching and playing with the colors and different variations of each artwork.

Then I use Instagram stories to host polls to see what people like and dislike. Once I have an idea of ​​what people want to be able to buy, I group them into a collection, decide on a brand aesthetic/color palette, and talk to my manufacturers in Spain and Latvia about how the products are made. .

I have a sample made, then once satisfied with the product, I market it by doing a photo shoot and posting it on social media. I pick a date to post it and put it on our website for consumers to buy.

In terms of timescale, it could take 1-3 months to produce a complete collection. Because even though the design of the products is great, I have to organize their production, design the branding and social media graphics and basically build an aesthetic for the release.

What was the reaction from customers?

Our customers love our clothes, our products emphasizing quality. Thus, almost all comments have been related to the comfort of our clothes and their fit.

Those who have already purchased our products come back because they know how good our products are.

How do you balance running your own clothing business with your A-level studies?

I set aside time in my week for college and time in my week for Accord. While this tends to fluctuate weekly. I’m still doing something for Accord, even though A-levels are the priority right now with exams coming up soon.

As I am a full-time student, I don’t have time to fulfill my orders or produce my products myself. So I have a more time efficient and environmentally friendly business model. I have an agreement with my manufacturer to produce our clothes to order. So when you place an order with us, your details are sent directly to them. They produce your clothes, pack them (to my specifications) and ship them to your doorstep just for you.

This means that there is no waste stock and the stock is only moved once. And while that means commands take longer to execute than I’d like, it did give me a lot more time.


And once your exams are over?

This will all change completely once my exams are over. I hope to have stocks stocked in the UK, faster delivery times and also better quality clothing in general, with a better customer experience overall.

But to wrap it up, I’ve done absolutely everything about the business except order fulfillment. From the incorporation of the company to the creation of the website, including the design of the products. I even direct the photoshoots, which my friends model for.

I’m incredibly proud to have gotten this brand off the ground and back on its feet. Now all I have to do is make it work.

What is your dream for Accord Apparel?

The dream is to see Accord worn by my idols and also to collaborate with brands that have inspired me.

But it’s a marathon not a sprint. These things will happen as long as I keep working hard. I would be delusional to think that this brand will be a success overnight. That’s not how it works.

‘I am outraged’: Voices of abortion rights protests across the United States | Top news

(Reuters) – Thousands of abortion-rights supporters demonstrate across the United States on Saturday, sparking what organizers called a “summer of rage” if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade case who legalized abortion nationwide.

Here are some voices from the rallies in New York, Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles:

Gabriela Fraga, 35, held a “pregnant by choice” sign at the New York rally. Fraga, who was born and raised in a Catholic family in Peru, is 32 weeks pregnant and said she has always been very pro-choice.

“I believe in the basic right of all people capable of bearing children to make decisions. This belief has only reinforced myself during my pregnancy,” she said.

“I only got pregnant when I got pregnant because I had the conditions – material, emotional, psychological – to allow a good life for this child that I can’t wait to have.”

Jillian Larussa, 27, said Roe v. Wade should be enacted “because it’s about health care.”

“It’s not the end,” she said as she crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. “It’s going to happen for gay marriage, it’s going to happen for contraceptives, so it’s important that we take to the streets and fight this before we lose our rights.”

Elizabeth Leek, a 75-year-old massage therapist, held a sign that read “Grandma Says Respect Women’s Choice” and wore a wreath at the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally in front of the Washington Monument.

Leek said she nearly died from an unsafe abortion when she was 18, before Roe v. Wade. Now she feels “outraged” and fears for her six grandchildren. She said she was fighting for them to have health care and bodily autonomy.

“It breaks my heart,” she said of the court’s draft opinion. But she still felt carried by the crowds of people, young and old, who had come out to demonstrate on Saturday.

“It’s the momentum,” she said.

Brita Van Rossum, a 62-year-old landscaper, had come to the Washington protest from her home in suburban Philadelphia.

She said it was the first time she had demonstrated specifically for abortion rights.

“I’m outraged,” she said. “If you can’t choose whether you want to have a baby, if that’s not a basic right, then I don’t know what is.”

Patricia Fulton, a 52-year-old graphic designer from the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, said, “I’m angry and I’m going to stay angry.”

Fulton, who was at the rally in front of the Georgia State House, said the US Democratic Party needed to be stronger if Roe V. Wade was to be defended.

“There is public outrage, but we need more leadership from those who can do something,” Fulton said.

Malcolm DeCesare, 34, a critical care nurse from New York who was at the rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall, said that as a medical professional, “I understand and believe very strongly that we can never ban safe abortions.

“By banning abortion, or even proposing to ban abortion, we are relegating an entire population of women to the dark ages,” DeCesare said. “We put them in great danger.”

Shannon Flaherty, a 52-year-old woman who was studying nursing after years as a homemaker, attended the Los Angeles protest with her 16-year-old daughter, Piper, and two of her daughter’s friends.

She said she and her own mother “lived with men who made decisions about our bodies and our lives for a long, long time and it had to end”.

Piper said the draft decision was a sign that history was going the other way.

“It really angers me that people want to control this, especially when there are so many other things people could do to save lives, like overturning the death penalty or providing free health care,” he said. she declared.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani in New York, Gabriella Borter in Washington, Rich McKay in Atlanta and Costas Pitas in Los Angeles; Writing by Raphael Satter; Editing by Richard Chang)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

The Library of Babel for PS5, PS4, Xbox, Switch, and PC, The Legend of Tianding Ports, and More Announced by Neon Doctrine


Today, Neon Doctrine held a livestream to celebrate its 8th anniversary, and had quite a few reveals to make.

Today, Neon Doctrine held a livestream to celebrate its 8th anniversary, and had quite a few reveals to make.

We start with the announcement of The Library of Babel, a “stealth platformer” game developed by Tanuki Game Studio, coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC through Steam and Epic Games Store in 2022.

Below you can enjoy a trailer and an official description.

“Inspired by the short story of the same name by Jorge Luis Borjes, The Library of Babel welcomes you to a world 20,000 years after the extinction of humanity. The world is now ruled by advanced robots, who know very little about their mythical creators. All is well and orderly in a robot-ruled society, until a library is discovered that contains everything that has, is, and will ever be written – the perfect harbinger of chaos.

You play as Ludovik, a Seeker, sent to investigate a murder case in Babylon. When a state of emergency is suddenly declared, Ludovik finds himself in increasingly dangerous territory as he follows the murderer’s trail and unravels the mystery behind the library’s sudden lockdown.

Presenting a world full of vast jungles, abandoned temples and many cybernetic inhabitants to interact with, The Library of Babel promises both an exciting adventure full of danger and intrigue, and an atmospheric and thoughtful tale of how we consider infinity.

  • An overgrown yet futuristic world with beautifully hand-drawn 2D environments
  • Deadly obstacles and even deadlier enemies to avoid, as Ludovik prefers agility and stealth to violence
  • Dialogue and inventory management systems reminiscent of 90s graphic adventure games
  • A grim, philosophical sci-fi story inspired by The Library of Babel and Apocalypse Now

We also get a reveal of the PlayStation and Xbox ports coming this summer to The Legend of Tianding from Taiwanese developer CGCG (Creative Games Computer Graphics). On top of that, we also get a free Boss Rush DLC including the existing versions on PC and Switch.

Next we get a release window for GameChanger Studio’s My Lovely Wife, which is coming in June to PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch. We also learn that the studio’s previous game My Lovely Daughter is linking to Playstation, Xbox, and iOS with new ports.

Hazel Sky from the beautifully named Coffee Addict Studio also got a release window for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It’s coming in June, and you can watch a new trailer below.

Finally, Baroque Decay’s Yuppie Psycho is getting a PlayStation and Xbox port this summer, including a physical edition.

Incidentally, Neon Doctrine hosts a big birthday sale on steam right now if you want to pick up some of their existing games.

Tony Khan listens to fans and uses animated graphics for AEW Double Or Nothing


The graphics, they move.

Hangman’s page and CM Punk is among the moving match graphics in a new promotional video released by AEW for Double or Nothing.

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WWE used animated graphics throughout the Attitude era and into the 2000s. WWE released the moving match graphics for special occasions, including WrestleMania.

The use of motion graphics for AEW came at a fan’s suggestion in April, which Tony Khan said was a good move.

Page will defend his AEW World Title against Punk at Double or Nothing on May 29.

Fans can follow the map update by clicking here.

Common Reasons Borrowers Depend On Payday Loans

Payday loans are a useful source of credit, but come with a negative media narrative. Fortunately, the purpose of the mayhem was the high interest rate, which was eliminated several years ago with the introduction of regulation. Payday loan borrowers enjoy legal protection and for this reason it has gained popularity over traditional short term bank loans.

LoanPig.co.uk offers good opportunities and short term loans for everyone to get a loan easily and quickly. The APR will be high, but you will pay it very soon. Even the amount of fees involved will be less than traditional bank loan processing. Moreover, if the repayment is made on time, it is an excellent option that gives you a space of 5 to 6 months to restructure your finances.

Common reasons why borrowers depend on the type of payday loan

There are several reasons why borrowers choose to choose payday loans. It’s a magic way to get cash flow to your bank account fast.

During unemployment

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Unemployment is a phase that hits a person emotionally and financially. This is a point that no one wants to experience, but which can suddenly put you in a financial situation where it becomes difficult to manage your basic needs. A personal loan is an attractive option because –

  • You have access to instant cash
  • You persist in your lifestyle before you find yourself unemployed
  • You think unemployment isn’t a big deal
  • You are breathing deeply and feeling motivated to look for another job opportunity

It is wise not to choose payday loans but to try other means. You can get jobseeker’s allowance. Also, reduce spending of your savings as much as possible. Accept any type of job until you land your dream job.

To merge other debts

Many borrowers apply for payday loans to pay off other debt. It could be credit card debt or a loan from another lender. It’s a wise move when the advertised interest on the loan is less than the debtor already owes.

Usually, the change can be bad because there are other bills, which can add up to a huge amount. Borrowers can choose the debt consolidation feature. It bundles all loans together making it easy to repay and less risky than using the payday option.

Avoid humiliation

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You can borrow small loans from friends and family, which is less risky than choosing a professional loan service. In addition, there are virtually no worries about interest payments.

Unfortunately, there are stories that borrowing from friends or family caused friction, which damaged their relationship. Therefore, many people prefer to go to a lender and pay interest. You can avoid the embarrassment and humiliation of taking out a loan from someone you know personally.

Holiday loans

At Christmas, parents look forward to giving their children objects or things they want. Payday loans seem to be the best answer. They receive the necessary funds for the holiday period, which are reimbursed with the New Year’s salary.

Parents may be tempted to borrow large sums to buy everything their children dream of, but overlook the cycle of debt. It is difficult for parents to explain to their children that the requested gifts are unaffordable, especially when Santa Claus is supposed to bring them. Be sure to consider your financial capacity before applying for a payday loan.

Support during bad credit ratings

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Payday loans have a bad reputation, so many people borrow from banks or other lending institutions. Here, if your credit score is not good, your loan applications are denied. Alternatively, payday loan services approve loans for bad credit. Approval is based on other criteria like affordability. However, rather than applying for a payday loan, it is better to work on improving your credit score by paying bills and debts on time consistently for more than 6 months. A high credit score will give you access to easy loans in the future.

Pay the bills

Payday loans are an attractive option to pay the high utility bill. Nevertheless, it is wise to look for ways to reduce your utility costs. Find ways to control energy use, such as better home insulation instead of wasting money on gas. Thick curtains can keep the heat inside and are not an expensive switch. Never leave the shower running for hours, have time limits to reduce hot water waste.

For urgent medical treatment

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Medical bills must be paid or they will accumulate like any other type of debt. Urgent medical treatment or surgery is one of the main reasons people depend on short term loans. However, to circumvent personal loans, it is best to have adequate health insurance coverage, as a medical crisis can be expensive.

To pay mortgage payments

People debate that missing a mortgage payment is worse than getting a payday loan. This is because the mortgage provider begins to assume that you cannot afford the house. If you persist on late payments, they take action against you. You should discuss an appropriate repayment plan with the mortgage lender or downsize your home instead of applying for a payday loan.

Pay an overdraft

The unregulated overdraft is scary. You get penalized, and with payday loans, people avoid that. Steps should also be taken to ensure that you are not overdrawn.

Pay an unexpected debt

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Everyone wants to stay miles away from debt, but it can happen unexpectedly. For example, your father died and you inherited his debt. You will need to erase it as soon as possible. You will use the payday loan to escape from this situation.

Things to know

As another type of loan is hard to come by, payday loans have become popular for raising capital quickly rather than waiting and missing opportunities or in times of emergency. People who are in desperate need of money and don’t have time to go through the traditional loan approval process, which takes time, gets rejected and repeats it with another lending institution, find an option fast payday loan to pursue.

Bank loans are open to investigation, while a direct payday lender does not prioritize where the borrower will use their money. Disclosure to the payday lender about your loan is for statistical purposes only. You can use the amount to treat yourself or take a ride or pay a deferred installment, the determining aspect of the approval will be your ability to repay the borrowed amount.

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani plays, pitches and pranks in MLB


Last week, as angels Assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti strolled through the weight room at Fenway Park, he noticed that the team’s two-way star and reigning American League MVP was doing one of the things he did. he often did: practice. Shohei Ohtani grimaced as he tried to lift a silver rubber ball about a foot in diameter and throw it against the wall. Suddenly he turned around. “Heads up!” Ohtani called, sending the ball to his coach.

The lob nearly knocked over Chiti, 63, who braced himself for what he expected to be a 20-pound projectile… only to realize the ball was filled with air. Ohtani, 27, burst out laughing.

“He hurt me,” says Chiti. There’s not much shame in that, though. Chiti was one of three victims that week of the prank, which Ohtani says is her favorite. Turns out Ohtani was doing another one of the things he often does: having fun.

“He’s always messing around,” says left-hander Patrick Sandoval. “Very innocent type stuff. It’s funny.”

Ohtani rarely speaks to the media – he declined through the team to be interviewed one-on-one for this story – so some elements of his personality have been slow to sink into the public consciousness. But in recent weeks the cameras have caught it in dramatic fashion collapse on the chest of first baseman Benji Gil; jokingly cooking a ball to a fence behind which a White socks fan looked at him; and, after going 3 for 24 to start the season, pretending to perform CPR on his bat in the dugout. Paying fans are beginning to learn what his teammates already know: Ohtani, who can throw the ball at 100 mph and hit it 400 feet, is perhaps the most talented player in the history of the sport. He’s also quite funny.

“He can come across as so focused because he’s as disciplined as anyone I’ve ever met,” said general manager Perry Minasian. “His work ethic and routine is crazy, [down to] the minute, but there are times when he can relax and joke around, and it’s quite entertaining to watch.

When Minasian took over ahead of the 2021 season, he made two significant changes to Ohtani’s routine. First, his usage: In Japan, where Ohtani was born and played until 2018, he pitched once a week and played outfield three or four times a week, never the day before or after a start. He never had more than 382 plate appearances or made more than 24 starts in a season. The Angels tried to reflect that, tracking everything from how much sleep he got to how often he returned to first base during takedown attempts in an attempt to protect him. After three good but not exceptional seasons, Ohtani has rebuilt his body. He adjusted his diet based on a series of blood tests. He went to Driveline, a private facility that has helped pitchers including Clayton Kershaw streamline their mechanics and increase their speed. Ohtani finally felt healthy, he said. So, last spring, Minasian and Maddon decided that Ohtani would dictate his own availability. In the end, that meant almost every day.

The other change was to Ohtani’s training schedule. Because he was both a pitcher and a batter, he never was either. In spring training, he skipped pitching field practice to get to batting practice in time. He would play wrestling with his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, rather than with the other pitchers. All of this caused discomfort and sometimes a hint of jealousy among his teammates. Los Angeles has therefore adjusted its schedule so that it can participate fully in both areas.

As his teammates got to know him better, they were surprised by what they learned.

“At first I was very [taken aback]says outfielder Brandon Marsh. “I was like, ‘Whoa, okay, Sho, you have a funny side.'”

“Whoa, okay Sho, you have a funny side,” Marsh said when he first met Ohtani the prankster.

A convincing poker face helps sell some of his pranks. It also hides his personality from strangers. “He’s a lot more outgoing than I thought he was,” said second baseman Tyler Wade, who joined the Angels on Yankees last November.

Although Ohtani’s English has improved over the past five years, he still relies on Mizuhara for nuance. But the language barrier is much less imposing than it seems, and besides, many gags do not require any interpretation: the farce of the ball in weightlessness, for example, or its exaggerated reactions. (His surprised, wide-eyed, open-mouthed face is a favorite.) He likes to sneak up behind his teammates in the dugout, pat them on their far shoulder, and act innocent when they turn around. He plays clash royale with his teammates and gloats outrageously when he wins. (“I am the king!” he would remind them for days.) And his laughter – often directed at himself – is childish and contagious.

“He laughs a lot,” Maddon says.

When Ohtani swears, he does so mostly in English, for the benefit of his teammates. He often appears with a well-timed expletive, although no one wants to be specific about which ones he uses. “Everyone learns swear words first, right?” said third baseman Anthony Rendon.

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Some of the jokes are only made funny by the joy Ohtani takes in them. After throwing a bullpen session, he waits until Sandoval isn’t careful, then returns the ball to him and laughs when he drops it. Ohtani also enjoys watching Sandoval until he notices him and then repeating everything he says. Before a game last week, Sandoval turned back to his locker to find Ohtani staring at him.

“Are you serious?” said Sandoval.

“Are you serious?” Ohtani mimicked.

“You are a tyrant! said Sandoval. They both chuckled.

When his teammates are discussing an opposing pitcher, Ohtani sometimes comes up with an incorrect scouting report. “Good two-seams,” he’ll say of a guy who only throws four-seams, leaving his teammates to stop and rack their brains before they realize he’s kidding.

“I think he just likes being one of the clubhouse boys,” Angels reliever Mike Mayers said of Ohtani.

All of Ohtani’s USA teammates have noticed how much of a spotlight he is. Some two dozen Japanese journalists cover him as their full-time beater, and since he only addresses the media after pitching, they often have to turn to his teammates for content. During this first spring training, they sometimes answered questions about what Ohtani ate for breakfast that day.

“He deserves all the recognition he gets, but it’s a lot of attention, and I think he just likes being one of the clubhouse boys,” reliever Mike Mayers said.

Many angels are famous in Japan because they keep appearing in Ohtani’s photos; he recently informed Wade that the second baseman has many admirers overseas and now only addresses him as “ikemen”, which means “sexy guy”. Ohtani distributes chocolate among the piles of fan mail he receives every day. “I like it a lot,” said reliever Archie Bradley, who set up next to him in Anaheim. “He gives me a lot of candy.”

Ohtani goes out of his way to be a good teammate, people around him say. Typically, veteran hitters, for example, pick a convenient time to use the batting cage, and rookies step aside. You might expect that to be doubly true for a veteran hitter who also needs to find the time to pitch a bullpen session.

“It’s Shohei Ohtani, but when people come into the cage, he’s very cordial; he lets them play first,” says assistant batting coach John Mallee. “He does a lot of things that I’ve seen veterans not really do – when it’s their time, it’s their time. He makes sure his teammates are taken care of before him, and that’s a really unique thing for a superstar.

Ohtani understands how good he is, and after four years of sharing the field with Mike Trout, possibly the best player who ever lived, and still doesn’t make the playoffs, he understands how badly he needs that his teammates are good too.

“I really like the team,” he said. told reporters in September to Mizuhara. “I love the fans. I love the team atmosphere. But more than that, I want to win. That’s the most important thing for me. So, I’ll leave it at that.

Ohtani gets so much chocolate with his fan mail that he gives a lot of it to Bradley, his locker neighbor.

Ohtani gets so much chocolate with his fan mail that he gives a lot of it to Bradley, his locker neighbor.

Minasian says he spoke to Ohtani afterwards and said he also wanted to win. And the Angels have made progress this year: At 21-12, they’re half a game behind the Astros in the AL West and lead the sport in runs scored, with 164.

Ohtani is doing his best to increase that number. A few weeks ago he hammered a line drive into the gap for a brace. He came to score and threw himself dramatically on the bench.

“Ugh!” he moaned.

“What?” asked his teammates, worried.

Ohtani sighed, waited for a beat, and said, with perfect comedic timing, “Homer pitch.”

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Gülsün Karamustafa: After the Cosmopolis – Announcements

Lunds Konsthall is proud and happy to present a retrospective exhibition of one of Turkey’s leading contemporary artists. Gulsun Karamustafa (born in Ankara in 1946, lives in Istanbul and Berlin) has been a central figure in the Turkish art scene since the early 1990s. His versatile and incisive practice has had a crucial influence on the younger generations of artists in his country, not least because of his professional ability – and moral determination – to articulate strong political and artistic convictions.

Since the early 1970s, Karamustafa has effectively harnessed politics, history, religion, and culture (notably popular culture) to construct substantial body of work spanning a variety of media, including painting, installation, movie and performance. All these subjects, genres and formats are represented in this exhibition.

Gülsün Karamustafa: After the Cosmopolis is curated by Charles Esche and is his first major solo exhibition in Sweden. It was recently premiered at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where Karamustafa’s practice was showcased alongside that of Argentinian artist León Ferrari. At Lunds Konsthall, his more recent pieces are accompanied by a more generous selection of earlier and more overtly political works, adding valuable contextual and aesthetic significance to the exhibition. Visitors will discover works on paper from the 1970s as well as many new installations created specifically for this exhibition.

Throughout her life and career, Karamustafa has dedicated herself to critical inquiries into feminism and gender, migration and inequality, tradition and cultural change, urban development and destruction. She engaged in left-wing politics and the struggle for democracy and free speech, often risking her own safety and convenience. After the 1971 military coup, she and her husband, graphic designer Sadık Karamustafa, were both imprisoned, and she was barred from traveling abroad until 1987.

The title of the exhibition at Lunds konsthall, “After the cosmopolis”, refers to Karamustafa’s constant, if not growing, concern for the changing daily realities and the “inner life” of his city, Istanbul, which in earlier periods was the very embodiment of cosmopolitanism. Many, if not most, of the works on display are directly related to this great city, paintings like Pera beer (1983) to movies like The City and the Secret Panther Fashion (2007) or the installation stoic city (2021).

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog for free distribution, in Swedish and English, with an essay by art historian Eve Kalyva and an interview with Karamustafa by curator Vasıf Kortun.

Gülsün Karamustafa’s work is present in major museum collections such as the Guggenheim in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the mumok in Vienna or the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Recently major exhibitions for his work have taken place at SALT Istanbul and Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. She received the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands in 2014 and the Roswitha Haftmann Award from Switzerland in 2021.

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How CBS’ FBI Used Photoshop To Subtly Perfect A Twist For OA

Spoilers ahead for episode 20 of FBI Season 4 on CBS, titled “Ghosts From The Past.”

Only a few episodes left before FBIThe fourth season of endsand “Ghosts From The Past” was another difficult one for O.A.. Shortly after his fear of sarin gas was triggered and his companion was hospitalized due to his exposure, he struggled to deal with the reappearance of an old enemy on the tenth anniversary of the death of an Army friend. Nina thought he was imagining relationships that did not exist when he was convinced that a man named Tamir whom he had hunted in Afghanistan was back, and she was not alone. OA turned out to be right, and thanks to some Photoshop work, FBI guaranteed that the reveal was a good twist.

Tamir Hazara was a target long pursued by OA and his unit in Afghanistan, and he was convinced he hadn’t died after seeing someone who looked a lot like him in a restaurant. He couldn’t get close enough to be absolutely sure, and it turns out the show’s graphic designer went the extra mile to ensure viewers couldn’t be absolutely sure at first either. The Wolf Entertainment Twitter account shared some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the story:

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Graphic designer Anastasia Vasilakis used Photoshop to modify the actor Fawad SiddiquiTamir’s appearance is just enough to cast doubt on Tamir’s identity for OA, who was already facing doubts from his co-workers. Kudos to OA for sticking to his guns even when no one else thought he was right, especially since it might have been different if Maggie was still on active duty as a partner. instead of recovering sarin gas. (You can rewatch this game-changing episode with a Paramount+ subscription.)

OA’s expertise and experience with Tamir proved to be the key to catching him and saving lives before he could literally disappear underground again. There was a pretty incredible sewer fight scene that could have been more than a little cathartic for OA, who probably needed a win at this point. He also received apologies from both Jubal and Nina for doubting him, and Nina’s talk about hiding stress for years before getting up to cause trouble resonated with his temporary partner, and he was ready to open up to a therapist about what he was up to. he crossed.

This difficult episode for OA comes after the actor Zeeko Zaki led the castings of the three FBI franchise shows celebrating some very good news. FBI, FBI: Most Wantedand FBI: international have been all renewed for two more seasonsbringing the FBI the season counts to six, the Most Wanted count to five, and International up to three. That was especially good news considering how quickly the Finals are on the way for the 2021-22 TV season. All three FBI the shows will air their finales on Tuesday, May 24 starting at 8 p.m. ET with FBI on CBS.

What these sci-fi villains look like in real life

Hans Rudolf Giger was one of the most influential artists in science fiction. A Swiss artist best known for his biomechanical style, Giger published a collection of his works in the 1977 book “Necronomicon”. Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon were fascinated by two paintingsin particular, “Necronom IV” and “V”, and used them to create the xenomorph in their seminal 1979 film, “Alien”.

Giger then designed the creature “to be a very beautiful thing, something aesthetic,” he once said. He brought a sense of majesty to his creation, merging it with a dark and unsettling craftsmanship. From the start, he assumed that a bodysuit would probably be the best option to build the creature and came up with a modeling clay cast of actor Bolaji Badejo, who first caught their eye while casting the Agent Peter Ardram. spotted him in a London pub.

Once the mold was complete, Giger attached instruments and random objects such as Rolls-Royce tubes, snake vertebrae, condoms, and a real human skull to flesh out the creature’s physical intricacies. It’s an unsettling mix of materials that fully respects Giger’s artistic style. A two-meter tail was then attached, requiring the construction of a special swing set on set for Badejo to rest on during filming.

NCAA approves NIL guidelines, threatens recall funding


The NCAA has taken another step in cracking down on booster-run collectives over Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) payments.

The Division I Board of Directors approved new NIL guidelines Monday, clarifying existing regulations that prohibit boosters from being involved in recruiting. The group of school presidents approved the guidelines that college leaders hope will prompt NCAA law enforcement personnel to investigate potential rule violations, past and future, as reported. by Sports Illustrated Last week.

Despite clarity coming 10 months into the NIL era, the guidelines are meant to be retroactive. Under the guidelines, NCAA law enforcement personnel have the freedom to investigate those who have flagrantly violated regulations in the past.

The main purpose of the guidelines is to eliminate the involvement of a recall in recruiting, members of an NCAA NIL task force said last week. Officials say boosters and booster-led collectives are using disguised NIL transactions to trick prospects into signing with their school or convincing current players to stay on their school’s roster, which SI detailed last Monday.

NIL and the booster funding made headlines in college football and basketball this spring.

Any booster or booster-led collective that is found to be associated with a recruiting prospect — on another varsity team or in high school — will be found guilty of violating NCAA rules, and the booster’s school risks penalties. penalties, Colorado Athletic director Rick George told SI last week. George sits on the NCAA NIL task force.

A recall, or recall collective, “may not communicate with a student-athlete or others affiliated with a student-athlete to encourage them to remain enrolled or to attend an institution,” George said, citing the guidelines. .

“What’s happening now – I just know what I’m hearing – is the inducements that break the rules,” Gene Smith, Ohio State AD, also a member of the task force, told SI last week at Big Ten meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona. Monday and will provide more clarity and guidelines. But then, [NCAA] execution must enforce. Schools must also impose themselves. It’s the other part. Ultimately, you have an institutional responsibility to enforce.

However, it’s unclear whether the NCAA will suddenly spring into action.

NCAA enforcement has been unwilling and perhaps even unable to enforce existing regulations, George and Smith say. For one thing, the organization fears that any app could trigger a slew of antitrust legal challenges. Second, NCAA law enforcement personnel are ill-equipped for a full-scale national investigation. It’s down 15-20 members due to pandemic-related layoffs. Smith says the association plans to replace people eventually.

The NCAA’s enforcement staffing situation “is the biggest issue” when it comes to why the organization hasn’t prosecuted violators deeply, George says. But industry experts say any application will invariably lead to lawsuits from wealthy donors.

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Hundreds of deals have been struck with recall collectives, which now number around 100, many of them having already pooled more than $5 million in some sort of tagged player salary pool. for “NIL”. Boosters say they are in compliance with their state’s laws governing the NIL and/or the NCAA’s Provisional Policy — and they have proof of it, say those who spoke to SI.

“We believe our rig is the only one in the country that would be truly resilient to any attack from the NCAA because we have a quid pro quo,” said John Ruiz, a prominent Miami thruster and billionaire who plans to spend cash. million for NO effort for Hurricanes athletics. “Payments are made to them electronically every two weeks. It’s a pretty well-oiled machine.

The NCAA Supreme Court’s defeat in the Alston case last summer, coupled with a host of state laws that protect the boosters themselves, makes it difficult for the governing body to enforce its own regulations.

“If they punish kids, they’ll have lawyers lining up,” says Arizona-based sports attorney Gregg Clifton. “There will be a class action lawsuit within 48 hours.”

NCAA sanctions should not target player eligibility, but rather sanction schools in other ways for not controlling their boosters, the task force members said.

Many boosters and collectives are managed by platforms such as Opendorse which ensure that they remain compliant by tracking all athlete offers. Many are handled by knowledgeable sports agents and attorneys who have kept documentation of their communication and counterparties necessary to comply with state law and NCAA Provisional Policy.

“I think if the NCAA is able to go after schools in some way based on what the collectives do as representatives of a school’s athletic interests, that could end that. some of the incitement going on right now,” says Mit Winter, a sports attorney who advises several collectives. “But if the NCAA declares an athlete ineligible, it is likely that a lawsuit will ensue. Same with boosters and collectives.

A scourge of the NCAA for years, potential litigation was the main reason the association abandoned plans last summer to implement a more permanent policy with guardrails governing the NIL, opening the door to wealthy donors to maneuver creatively around vague interim guidelines.

Now, 10 months into the NIL era of college sports, as elite Power 5 program boosters bankroll football teams in a high-priced bidding war, the organization shifts into attack mode. It raises more questions than answers.

“Whether it’s possible to ring the bell remains to be seen,” says Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, a task force member who spent two years on a permanent policy only to see it scrapped at the last minute in last June. “It seems to me that we would have been infinitely better off if we had gone ahead and put the railings in place.”

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Claim Online Payday Loans for Unemployed at Filld.com – CryptoMode

If you are unemployed, you will struggle to cover your expenses. At some point, you may decide to borrow money from a direct lender. Will it be easy to do? It depends on many factors.

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Businesses Celebrate Aurora’s Downtown Expansion – Chicago Tribune

When Julia Ziller was growing up in Aurora in the 1990s, she dreamed of being able to walk downtown on her own.

But his parents did not allow it.

She reflected on this recently as she toured the new Wyckwood House and Bar at 80 S. River St., enthusiastically saying that the after-work boutique and lounge was just one of many symbols of downtown’s comeback. Aurora town.

“It’s so nice to see my little baby dream come true,” she said. “I’ve waited for this all my adult life.”

Ziller is a friend and associate of Wyckwood founder and owner Shannon Gutierrez, and that’s how she ended up at the Wyckwood VIP event on Thursday. On Friday, the public got their first glimpse of the new Wyckwood at the town centre’s First Fridays event.

Overall, the reviews are positive.

“I’m grateful for what Shannon did,” Ziller said.

What Shannon Gutierrez did was find a business, and then expand it, in downtown Aurora. It illustrates both an optimism in the rebirth of downtown and what people hope will be the start of a post-pandemic world.

Gutierrez founded Wyckwood as an online business, occasionally hosting pop-up retail events. When she decided to make it a regular retail business in 2018, she chose a storefront on Downer Place, where the store transformed into a hip and thriving boutique specializing in small local specialty vendors.

In this way, Gutierrez not only trusted downtown Aurora as a place to start a business, but Wyckwood House became something of an incubator for small businesses to grow and make their mark.

“It was kind of, we can do it, you can do it,” Gutierrez said. “I think there’s a lot of power in the community, and I think the Aurora community is something special.

“It’s not just the people who live here, but also the business community.”

The opening of the shop has not failed to prove it, from the charcuterie offered by Chi-cuterie, a new business which is about to open in the former Moveable Feast building in downtown Geneva, to the balloons and in-store signs designed by Aurora- graphic designer based in Sarah Cervantes.

Wyckwood carries some of Cervantes’ artwork – the store has made its message coffee mugs popular – and Cervantes designed Wyckwood’s labels that adorn the store’s curated line of products, from clothing to candles.

After its success in Downer Place, Gutierrez opened a second store in downtown Wheaton in 2020, then decided to expand its flagship location in Aurora.

The new location, at 80 S. River St., is in the former West Aurora School District offices that have been converted into apartments, the home of Kluber Architects and now the home of the new Wyckwood.

The new Wyckwood House includes more than the signature boutique, but also a bar and lounge for after-work get-togethers and happy hour.

And Wyckwood is just one of many downtown businesses opening or expanding as the pandemic appears to be easing. The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange also held a grand reopening on First Fridays at 64 S. River St., just down the street from the new Wyckwood.

The urban outlet offers local artisans, vinyl records, gift items and more.

Owner Yvonne Toney-Thompson has moved from Broadway to a larger location – another business has started and is now expanding downtown.

As the Craft Urban restaurant nears opening, another restaurant, Stolp Island Social on Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard is also planning its reopening.

The restaurant closed during the pandemic in order to stay open eventually, once the nearby Paramount Theater restarted its shows.

The restaurant opened at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

It has now started opening at 10:30 a.m. for brunch and lunch on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Paramount offers matinees in the afternoon, as well as every Sunday.

Sunday brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., changing to Sunday dinner at 3 p.m.

It’s enough for someone like Ziller – who can come downtown anytime she wants now – to wave her hand in a forward motion.

“It’s like they say: Aurora ahead,” she said with a smile.

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Asus is about to enter the high-performance SSD market

Asus is set to release a high-performance SSD according to a teaser the company posted on its Taiwanese Facebook page. The disc hasn’t officially launched yet, but with Asus set to hold its ROG “Boundless” event on May 17, as well as a reduced Computex, we’ll surely have more details on this disc soon.

According to the photo alone, (via Tom’s gear) ROG Strix SQ7 is a standard form factor NVMe 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD. It comes with an aluminum or possibly graphene cooling strip. This would suit users who plan to use it under a motherboard heatsink. There’s no indication if there will be a heatsink-equipped version, though a PS5-compatible version is surely likely.

An Asus ROG branded player is not unexpected. These days, it’s relatively easy for a manufacturer to release a drive with ready-to-use components. Competitors including MSI and Gigabyte have their own Phison E18 drives that offer read and write speeds of 7GB/s or more. These compete very well with the entirely in-house designed drives from Samsung and Western Digital.

The market for high-performance SSDs is rather saturated. SSDs aren’t exactly commodities, but these days there’s not much to choose between them once you go beyond aesthetics and price. Asus will benefit from its well-known brand, but it won’t be able to charge much premium if it wants to compete with established storage manufacturers, including those mentioned above, but also companies like Kingston and Seagate.

The decision to produce SSDs means that Asus manufactures everything a gamer needs for a complete system except for processors and memory. Asus peripherals, monitors, enclosures and power supplies are all available, as well as more traditional Asus motherboards and graphics cards.

Asus has some memory experience, including helping G.Skill design its dual-DIMM modules in 2018. Is it only a matter of time before Asus develops its own RAM? I can imagine that its internal overclockers are having a lot of fun pushing DDR5 speeds over 10,000MHz.

The SQ7 SSD pictured has a capacity of 1TB. That means it won’t cost that much. There’s no word on availability, the release of other abilities, or exact pricing, but we can expect to hear more at the Boundless event next week.

If you don’t want to wait for SSDs from Asus, check out our guide to the best gaming SSDs. Faster storage with larger capacity is always welcome.

Chicago Bears guard keeps brother’s memory close to heart


NFL players draw inspiration and motivation from a variety of sources.

New Bears goaltender Ja’Tyre Carter draws some of his loved ones from his brother’s memory following a family tragedy. Five days before graduating from White Castle High School in Louisiana, Carter’s brother, Orthello, was in a car accident and died.

“He was dead when I was in high school and I take him everywhere I go and he keeps me going,” Carter said.

“He’s right in my heart everywhere I go. He’s right there. He has a special place.”

Ja’Tyre played tackle and defensive end for Orthello, so they chased each other daily at camp. His brother was a year older.

“He won,” Carter recalled of their battles.

It’s probably no surprise because Ja’Tyre didn’t even play football until his freshman year after a football assistant convinced him to come out.

“I played football, basketball and we did track and field together,” Carter said. “(Orthello) was a calm guy, man. He was cool with everyone. He stayed away. He never got in trouble. He was a good boy. It’s just a shame that it had to happen.”

Carter learned a lot from his brother besides football.

“Just being a great person, man, you can be good at football and be a bad person,” Carter said. “So just being a good person, respecting everyone and showing everyone love.”

Carter has two younger brothers and two younger sisters. He led the school basketball team to a minor school state title. It is a school with an enrollment of 325 students.

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“We only have one red light there and everyone’s house is probably across the street,” he said.

Playing at Southern University was a big step forward, even though the HBCU school wasn’t exactly a football factory. Carter is the first player drafted from there in 18 years.

So when he got to the Senior Bowl, he had to make a statement for the scouts. It was there that Bears under Breck Ackley saw Carter take on an Oklahoma player in one-on-one drills and it confirmed his belief that the top tier wouldn’t be too much for him.

“I would say as you know it was my first time facing high level competition so I kind of went there (like) I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Carter said. “So after that first rep, I was like, ‘I can play with these guys.

“So when I came back, because I’m very competitive, I like to win, I hate to lose more than I like to win. So after that first rep, I was like ‘man, I’m going in, I’m gonna win this representative, no matter what happens.”

The seventh-round pick went from tackle to guard with the Bears.

The move from small town Louisiana and HCBU school to one of the biggest cities in the country and at the NFL level definitely caught Carter’s eye.

Halas Hall itself was a huge step forward.

“It was just crazy, it was just a show, man, just coming from small schools through high school and college,” Carter said. “So that was just a lot to take in.”

It was a journey he embarked on with someone in his heart and still on his mind.

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Pittsburgh-Cincinnati races

Reds first. Tyler Naquin has called for strikes. Brandon Drury singles to the shallow infield, advances to 2nd. Throwing error by Ke’Bryan Hayes. Tommy Pham strikes while swinging. Mike Moustakas hit on the pitch. Tyler Stephenson doubles to deep left field. Mike Moustakas scores. Brandon Drury scores. Colin Moran goes to second base, Diego Castillo to Michael Chavis.

2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 left. Reds 2, Pirates 0.

Pirates third. Diego Castillo chooses in the middle of the field. Jake Marisnick stops at shortstop. Diego Castillo comes out second. Roberto Perez singles to center field. Ben Gamel doubles. Roberto Perez scores. Bryan Reynolds flies out to deep right center field to Albert Almora Jr..

1 run, 3 hits, 0 fouls, 1 remaining. Reds 2, Pirates 1.

Sixth Pirates. Ben Gamel singles to left center field. Bryan Reynolds heads to a shallow infield, Kyle Farmer to Colin Moran. Ben Gamel second. Ke’Bryan Hayes singles to center field. Ben Gamel scores. Daniel Vogelbach flies out to deep right field towards Tyler Naquin. Michael Chavis reaches the pick of a defensive shortstop. Ke’Bryan Hayes comes out second.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 fouls, 2 remaining. Pirates 2, Reds 2.

The red eighths. Brandon Drury hit by pitch. Tommy Pham walks. Mike Moustakas walks. Tommy Pham second. Brandon Drury third. Tyler Stephenson doubles to deep right field. Mike Moustakas third. Tommy Pham brand. Brandon Drury scores. Colin Moran walks. Kyle Farmer hits while swinging. TJ Friedl on a sacrificial fly to Bryan Reynolds’ deep center field. Matt Reynolds scores. Albert Almora Jr. reached by mistake. Colin Moran second. Tyler Stephenson in third place. Field Error by Beau Sulser. Tyler Naquin doubles to deep left center field. Albert Almora Jr scores. Colin Moran scores. Tyler Stephenson scores. Brandon Drury doubles to deep left field. Tyler Naquin scores. Tommy Pham runs aground in the shallow infield, Cole Tucker to Michael Chavis.

7 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 remaining. Reds 9, Pirates 2.

The group trains 100 women in web development, graphic design in Kwara


A non-profit organization, Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative, concluded a free three-month training for 100 female graduates in web development and graphic design.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the Ilorin trainees, the executive director of the organization, Mrs. Nafisat Bakare, said that the training titled “Keeping Women in Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM)” was part of the organization’s efforts to bridge the gender divide in the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and to empower women to be empowered and employable.

According to her, the free intensive training program which was supported by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund and the Ford Foundation, targeted unemployed women graduates based in Kwara State who want to learn digital skills that can make them financially independent. and solve problems in their communities.

“As many as 100 female graduates have participated in the free training program which is part of our efforts to bridge the gender gap in the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and to empower women to be empowered and employable. training, we want to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM).

“I am delighted to see that during the three months of training, the beneficiaries have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to start a career in the field of technology, which is the main objective of our project Keeping Female in STEM.. I’m glad the participants are prepared and excited to start this journey,” added Bakare.

One of the recipients of the training, Al-Sidiq Rufaidat, described her experience during the program as challenging and exciting, noting that she intends to deepen her knowledge of graphic design in order to be worthy of a competition in the technological space.

She appreciated the Webfala Digital Skills for all initiative for organizing the training and for always ensuring that the environment was conducive to their learning.

Another participant, Olayiwola Karimat, said: “I intend to commercialize the skills I learned during the training by creating designs for people and brands, and also to use them to improve my own personal affairs. I thank the organizers for this great opportunity”.

For her part, Dawodu Funmilayo described her experience during the program as memorable and fantastic, saying she got value she never thought she could get easily.

“Having learned the basics, I planned to maximize them effectively by gaining more knowledge, i.e. going full-time into tech and improving myself. So that I can get a well-paying job , network and be able to teach others in the form of giving back to the community,” she added.

Publicize free water programs

Local high school students help raise awareness of programs that offer free well testing and bottled water to those who have contaminated drinking water.

The Valley Water Collaborative reached out to local students asking them to create displays that advertise well testing, bottled water and filtration programs offered free of charge to eligible residents. The displays will be used at public events, such as the Turlock Farmers Market and the Stanislaus County Fair, to educate the public.

Turlock High freshman Abraham Wooley presented his team’s poster that features easy-to-read facts about water programs, winning third place and $500 (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

Teams from participating high schools presented their displays for judging Thursday at an event at the Ten Pin Fun Center in Turlock. The winning team from Central Valley High School in Ceres took home a $2,000 prize, followed by Johansen High in Modesto in second place with a $1,000 prize and Turlock High School in third place with a $1,000 prize. $500.

The Central Valley team heard about the contest through their computer graphics professor. When assembling their display, the students said they wanted to highlight the free water testing and the importance of having clean water to drink.

“We wanted the person looking at the screen to connect with it and really feel it rather than just being a flat board. We incorporated elements that you would use in real life, like the 5 gallon jugs, just to show that it’s also kind of personal,” CV student Ammar Salah said.

Thanks to the project, the students learned more about the water problems of the region.

“We’ve heard of droughts, but now that we’ve really looked into the business, we see that many people have contaminated the water. So knowing that really motivated us to pursue the project,” said CV student Gabriel Davila-Sanchez.

The entire Central Valley team consisted of teacher Kari Copley and students Alyssa Amador, Jesus Hernandez, Enrique Lepe, Allison Vang, Davila-Sanchez and Salah.

The Turlock High team consisted of brother and sister duo Aspen and Abraham Wooley, with support from teacher Shadi Safi.

“We wanted to keep it simple and not have too much information about it,” Abraham Wooley said of their display design. “But we also wanted to make it catchy and have enough information for them to understand what it was.”

Johansen High’s second-place team consisted of teacher Rhoda Taylor and students Aracely Martinez, Noemi Flores, Braulio Garcia, Veronica Maldonado, Adriana Villasenor, Briana Zamora and McKenna Taylor.

“The idea for this contest came from trying to find ways to bring more attention to our programs. And so, I think the idea worked because you all had great ideas and displays that we’re going to use. Next time you go to the farmers’ market, you’ll see it all crammed into our little space…I hope people stop asking about it,” said Parry Klassen, executive director of Valley Water Collaborative.

Khris Middleton’s status for next two Bucks-Celtics games decided


Khris Middleton wasn’t supposed to play in the deer conference semifinal series against the Celtics due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain he suffered in the first-round series against the Bulls.

On top of that, the Bucks forward could potentially miss the conference finals if Milwaukee advances that far.

But, on Thursday, the Bucks provided a more positive update on Middleton saying he is still progressing while in rehab. Could this lead to an earlier than expected return for the striker?

“Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton continues to make steady progress in rehabilitating his left knee injury and additional updates will be provided as appropriate,” the team’s press release reads.

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However, Mike Budenholzer didn’t really give an update on when fans should expect to see Middleton back on the pitch.

The coach clarified that the striker will be absent for games 3 and 4, which will take place on Saturday and Monday. Beyond that, Budenholzer said “we’ll see” when Middleton returns.

With the Bucks and Celtics currently tied at one game a play in the series, there will be Game 5. It remains unclear whether Middleton will be healthy enough to return for that game, which is scheduled for Wednesday the 11th. may. An uncertain answer is almost better than a definite “out” status for the Bucks at this point.

Middleton has only played two games this post-season due to his MCL sprain. During the regular season, he averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 66 games.

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Renowned flamenco artists win Spanish Arts Award

MADRID (AP) — Two renowned personalities from the world of flamenco, singer Carmen Linares and choreographer-dancer María Pagés, received one of Spain’s most prestigious fine arts awards on Thursday.

The jury for the annual Princess of Asturias Awards praised the two women, both from southern Spain, for their massive influence on the art form over the past decades.

“In Carmen Linares and María Pagés converge the spirit of several generations who, while respecting the tradition and deep roots of flamenco, have modernized and adapted its essence to the contemporary world,” the organizers said in a statement.

Carmen Linares is the stage name of Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez. Famous for her expressive voice, the 71-year-old singer was one of the first flamenco singers to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, organizers said.

María Pagés, 59, is said to have started dancing at the age of four. She founded her dance company in 1990, quickly carving out a unique space for herself at the forefront of flamenco.

The two artists will share the 50,000 euro ($52,700) prize, one of eight Asturias prizes awarded each year by a foundation named in honor of Spain’s Crown Princess Leonor. Other categories include social sciences, sports and scientific research.

How to watch – NBC 7 San Diego

San Diego will go full throttle on Wednesday when the long-awaited sequel to “Top Gun” premieres aboard the famed USS Midway Museum.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ debuts 36 years after the original film spotlighted San Diego Naval Aviators with a ‘need for speed’ competing to become the best in their class at the School of Arms in San Diego. elite fight from Miramar, San Diego.

A red carpet is rolled out on the naval museum transformed into a ship for what should be a star-studded premiere. Many actors – including Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, as well as director Joe Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – should be present, according to Paramount.

A group of lucky fans secured tickets to the event before they sold out in minutes, but if you weren’t one of them, never fear. Paramount has announced an exclusive partnership with YouTube to livestream the same to approximately 150 YouTube channels.

Stream the red carpet live below starting at 3:30 p.m. PST.

Nearly four years ago, NBC 7 cameras spotted the Top Gun crew filming parts of the movie outside Naval Air Station North Island and there are sure to be other recognizable locations in the film. San Diego, like the original, plays a starring role.

“Going back to where they shot the original – it’s iconic and that’s why we’re premiering here,” said Teller, who plays Rooster in the film. “Honestly, it really is. San Diego – Miramar – it’s like a character in the movie itself, so I couldn’t be happier to be here.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” cast members Miles Teller (Rooster), Monica Barbaro (Phoenix), Jay Ellis (Payback) and director Joe Kosinski were in San Diego ahead of the film’s premiere at the USS Midway Museum and sat down with Audra NBC 7’s Stafford to discuss the city and military community that inspired the film.

“Top Gun, you know, it’s San Diego,” said Kosinski, the film’s director. “The world of Top Gun is the beach and the sunsets and so it was important that, you know, just like Maverick returns to Top Gun in the movie, we wanted to bring the audience back into the world of Top Gun. So San Diego seemed like the perfect place.

San Diego’s military community not only makes appearances in the film, but helped train the actors to withstand the same G-forces as real fighter pilots, as many of the stunts were filmed live and without the use of cameras. ‘infographics.

The hit film was supposed to premiere in 2020, but has been repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. But fans of the original “Top Gun” will say it was worth the wait.

The film, of course, follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) as he trains a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission like no other: one that demands the ultimate sacrifice of those chosen to pilot it. During training, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend and radar intercept officer, Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.

Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters on May 27.

NBC 7 reporter Joe Little is looking for Tom Cruise who is rumored to be shooting the Top Gun sequel in Coronado on Monday.

Intel acquires graphics technology company Siru Innovations • The Register


Intel has acquired a graphics technology company founded by former Qualcomm mobile GPU engineers whose former company, Bitboys, was once considered a leader in desktop graphics.

Announced on Tuesday, Intel’s latest acquisition is Siru Innovations, a Finnish company specializing in the development of software and silicon building blocks, known as IP, for GPUs made by other companies. The Siru team will join the brand new Intel Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics group.

Balaji Kanigicherla, head of the Custom Compute group in Intel’s graphics business unit, said on LinkedIn that Siru’s expertise in hardware architecture, software, modeling and implementation will help efforts. Intel’s accelerated computing in various high-growth areas, including buzzwords like blockchain and metaverse. .

“Together, we will propel [the graphics business unit] and the Custom Compute Group’s focus on creating custom silicon/platform solutions and emerging accelerated compute solutions, in the areas of blockchain, metaverse, high-performance edge computing, and hyperscale – which represents a significant opportunity over the next few years,” he wrote.

the Twitter account because Intel’s graphics team had a slightly less fashionable description of where they expect help from Siru: mobility as a service, advanced driver assistance systems, games and hyperscale data centers, which are run by big companies like Meta and Amazon. .

The acquisition came as Intel seeks to challenge Nvidia and AMD by becoming a major player in discrete graphics and accelerated computing. These efforts include Intel’s new Arc GPUs for PC, its upcoming Ponte Vecchio GPU for high-performance computing, and its upcoming Blockscale ASIC for cryptocurrency mining.

On Siru’s website, the company says it has a “deep understanding of computer graphics,” from high-level APIs like DirectX and Microsoft’s OpenGL to the GPU architecture itself.

“We have designed, implemented, and verified major architectural innovations for our customers’ GPUs that are in shipping products,” the company’s website states.

Interestingly, Siru’s website said its team has a “low-power” mindset for developing graphics technologies, thanks to its past experience developing mobile GPUs at Qualcomm and AMD.

The Bitboys Journey

Siru himself isn’t a well-known name in the graphics field, but his team is led by respected veterans in the field who got their start as demoscenes creating software-generated art in the early 1900s. 1990 before creating their own graphics company and being acquired. twice.

One of Siru’s founders is Mika “Trug” Tuomi, who was a coder for a Finnish demo group called Future Crew, which is famous for various real-time demos, including Second Reality for PC in 1993, whose source code can now be found here.

You can watch the original demo here or a clip with remastered audio below.

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In 1991, Tuomi and her brother, Kaj, went on to help found Bitboys, which was once seen as a precursor to desktop GPU technology before it came to provide a much-hyped chip called Glaze3D.

Bitboys then moved into graphics chips for mobile phones in the early 2000s before being bought out in 2006 by GPU maker ATI for $44.5 million. ATI was acquired by AMD shortly thereafter. The Bitboys team, as a result, became known as AMD Finland.

Then in 2009, AMD sold its mobile division, including the Bitboys team, to Qualcomm for $65 million. This resulted in the creation of Qualcomm Finland, and the mobile chip designer used the team’s expertise to create its Adreno line of GPUs, the latest of which are now integrated into Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon system-on-chip for phones. and laptops.

Despite the Bitboys’ lasting legacy at Qualcomm, the founders and other team members didn’t stay with the company too long and left the mobile chip designer to start Siru in 2011.

With Siru now joining Intel, this will mark something of a reunion for the Bitboys team and Raja Koduri, the head of Intel’s graphics business unit who was previously AMD’s chief GPU architect. It also means the team will have another chance to compete with Nvidia and AMD after losing the desktop graphics race to them over two decades ago.

“Since our inception in 2011, we’ve built an incredible platform that develops proprietary technology and has become a trusted partner for the graphics industry,” said Mikko Alho, a Bitboys veteran who led and co-founded Siru, in a statement. article on LinkedIn. “Joining Intel is a testament to our team’s deep expertise in customizing GPU IP throughout the entire design lifecycle.” ®

10 decorative accessories that we always see in all graphic design agencies

It’s not just small design studios. We’re talking about some of the biggest creative agencies in the world, like Pentagram and UsTwo, where we see decorating must-haves. Of course, everyone’s space is different and has its own character. But it’s always the same objects that slip through.

Some of the items listed below will bring back fond memories for many of you, perhaps of visiting IKEA to outfit your first office – many of which have stayed with you through several moves as you have grown your business and your team. We’ve even shared some real studios from our creative community to inspire you further. Enjoy!

1. The IKEA Bookcase

No design studio is complete without IKEA’s beloved white shelving system. Now called KALLAX, it’s affordable, reliable and can do a lot of things. From room divider and sideboard to bookcase, vinyl storage, or D&AD pencil stand, it’s a hard-working piece of furniture that we take notice of time and time again. But don’t even think about buying anything other than white. White is the color of choice in this industry.

2. Motivational letterpress printing

Although some studios are moving away from classic design and opting for other typographic statements, Anthony BurrillWork Hard & Be Nice To People has become a studio staple for much of the industry over the past decade. The graphic designer is known for his punchy yet direct statements and his love of print. And it’s easy to see why the design community loves his work. Other options for your office walls include graphic designer ones Sarah Boris“type twister” and designer Dani Molyneux and Veronica Fuerte of Hey.

Office of Tim Easley. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of [Tim Easley](https://timeasley.com/).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Tim Easley. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

3. The classic Anglepoise desk lamp

Whether it’s a cozy corner or a well-lit office, a lamp is essential for the space of any discerning graphic designer. But if there’s one classic that creatives keep coming back to, it’s the Anglepoise desk lamp. Who can resist the charms of this timeless British product? Especially when there are so many irresistible options.

4. Playful design toys and ornaments

There is no doubt that we want to express ourselves creatively. We want our workspaces to say something about us and what we love. This is why vinyl toys are a massive feature of many studios. Even nostalgic ones like Transformers pop up often. We love this classic Smileys lamp that acts as a toy and a functional object – Hey, space is limited; we have to be practical about these things. Or you can opt for something a little more mature, like a typographic ornament. Who is guilty of having an ampersand exposed? Etsy has some really nice options if you haven’t added one to your desktop yet.

Office of [Chris Wilson](https://www.stckmn.com/).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Chris Wilson. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of [Chris Wilson](https://www.stckmn.com/).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Chris Wilson. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of [Chris Wilson](https://www.stckmn.com/).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Chris Wilson. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

5. A Swiss cheese factory

We’ve seen plenty of cacti and prayer lilies, peace lilies, and chains of hearts in design agencies around the world, but the one plant that stands out is still the Swiss Cheese variety. There’s just something about this humble plant that appeals to designers everywhere. Maybe it’s the interesting foliage. Maybe it’s the air-purifying abilities that these plants possess. Whatever the reason, it’s the most loved in the industry. Beard & Daisies offer a lovely option and in solidarity with Ukraine are donating £1 for every sale of their Swiss cheese factory to Choose Love, a charity that provides lifesaving assistance to people forced to flee their country.

6. Habitat Flip Clock

Sadly no longer available to buy on the Habitat website, this classic flip clock is loved by many design studios across the UK. For a decent alternative, we recommend heading to the industry favorite, Present and correct. We especially like his Flip clock/calendar on sale for £195. Made by a small company in Hong Kong since 1968, you can opt for one in yellow, black or grey. An absolute classic. (And we spotted some at Pentagram, you don’t know!)

Office of [Tom Muller](http://www.hellomuller.com).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Tom Muller. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of [Steve Cardwell](https://defaultica.com).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Steve Cardwell. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

A corner of [Ross Middleham](http://www.superdoodledesign.co.uk)'s office.  Image courtesy of the artist.

A corner of Ross Middlehamoffice. Image courtesy of the artist.

7. A miniature fridge

A small refrigerator is an essential addition to any design studio for beers, for milk in the office and for keeping chocolate cool in the summer. One particular classic that resurfaces over and over again is the ridiculously wonderful Marshall fridge. Reserved only for cool kids, it’s an icon of the creative industry.

8. G . F Smith

Yes, you have your important reference books like Swiss Graphic Design by Richard Hollis, Total Design 63-73 by Unit Edition and Twenty-Five Years at the Public by Paula Scher. But among these immense titles hides a libretto whose popularity is universal, and it is The collector’s book by G.F Smith. It houses all the papers, weights and embossings it offers in its four key collections, from Colorplan to Fine. Yes, it is convenient. But it confirms very well what you do for a living and is often more of an ornament than an essential guide.

Office of [Jamhot](https://www.thisisjamhot.com).  Image courtesy of the studio.

Office of Jamhot. Image courtesy of the studio.

Office of [Kate Moorhouse](https://solodesign.studio).  Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of Kate Moorhouse. Image reproduced by kind permission of the designer.

Office of [monopo](https://monopo.co.jp).  Image courtesy of the studio.

Office of monopoly. Image courtesy of the studio.

9. Corkboards, pegboards and panels

As creatives, we need inspiration. We need to be surrounded by art and design. IKEA SKADIS gives you everything you need. Available in white, you can opt for just one or add several to make a larger version. Then use various accessories like hooks and small shelves to store your things. The best thing about a painting on your wall? You can swap things whenever inspiration strikes.

10. Desk Storage for Pens and Pencils

With so many gadgets, tools, and stationery to keep us happy, we need proper storage to keep our desks neat and tidy. But we don’t want just any box, folder or basket. It must be stylish. Enter Hay, the highly respected Danish design company. We love her color boxesits versatility round storage containers, and just about everything it does. All of this can be seen in studios around the world. What if you still need more storage? the Boby Trolley That’s where it happens. Keep it under or next to your desk for convenience.

To conclude

So there you have it: the ten pieces of decor and furniture that you always see in design studios everywhere you go. We haven’t included other worthy contenders such as the honorary studio dog or the essential gumball machine. We also didn’t add a fixie bike hanging from a wall. However, in our research, we discovered a recent project by Ben The Illustrator where he asked creative friends on Twitter what their dream workspace would look like, and the results somewhat matched our breakdown of the essentials. We’ll just leave his resulting illustration here, providing further inspiration.

The dream creative workspace, illustrated by [Ben The Illustrator](https://bentheillustrator.com/)

The dream creative workspace, illustrated by Ben the illustrator

How Snapchat is getting a head start on an AR future

Snapchat has always been a leader in AR, and now it’s creating experiences for the future when technology advances enough to make AR glasses a reality.

Snapchat gets a head start on an augmented reality future by giving developers early access to its advanced AR glasses that the company simply calls “new” or “next-gen” glasses. Using the capabilities of this new AR platform, games and experiences are being created now for the future enjoyment of users when this technology becomes more widely available.

The social media giant has always led the way in personal variety AR, with Snapchat Lenses being among the first to bring advanced face-tracking technology to the masses. Being able to “wear” infographics decoratively like makeup, jewelry, and clothing would have been unheard of in the early days of the smartphone. It would have required the most powerful computers or analysis and rendering that would take days. Core AR functionality has advanced so rapidly that the next steps that bring it into daily life are slow by comparison.


Related: Snap could let you control the AR experience with your mind

A recent Snapchat demo video on YouTube highlights further advancements to come. Using VoiceML, the user can ask their AR glasses for things, and they will magically appear in their view. Since manual tracking is possible, interaction with these virtual constructs occurs as with real objects by holding them out and touching them. Unfortunately, users cannot feel them at this time. However, additional hardware can provide haptic feedback to simulate touch and improve realism. While most AR research by Meta, Google, and Apple currently takes place in the lab, Snap is involving more people by inviting creators to start developing with its next-gen glasses. That’s why Snap seems to be moving faster than other companies in creating AR experiences rather than waiting for hardware to be perfected.

Public launch of next-generation eyewear

Someone wearing the new 2021 Snapchat glasses

There have been enough teasers of Snap’s next-gen Spectacles to make some shoppers impatient. However, continued delays could lead to disappointment and doubt that they will ever arrive. After all, the first version of Spectacles was released in 2016, the second in 2018, and the third in 2019. Now three years have passed without any updates available to the public.

Indeed, the “new” glasses are only available to a few hundred developers and creators who have applied to be testers of this new technology which is not quite ready for everyday users. It’s Snap’s first sunglasses-like device with AR capabilities that currently require an iPhone or Android phone. Packing so much technology into a lightweight pair of AR glasses that lasts several hours and is rugged and reliable enough for the average user is still a few years away. Waiting, Snapchat actively working on AR content and experiences to be ready for the fun and exciting future that has yet to come.

Next: Ray-Ban Stories Vs. Spectacles 3: Are Facebook or Snapchat glasses the best?

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Creators of the Oregon Trail included UGA graduate R. Philip Bouchard


If you played games on your elementary school computer in the late 80s and early 90s, if you ever crossed a river in an ox-drawn cart, or if your avatar ever died of dysentery, then chances are you’ve come across the work of R. Philip Bouchard.

Bouchard, a 1976 graduate of the University of Georgia, is a lifelong science educator, nature photographer, writer and, you guessed it, creator of the classic 1980s version of The Oregon Trail.

To be clear, Bouchard didn’t invent the iconic game.

The first iteration of the computer game, called Oregon, was designed in the early 1970s by three student teachers who were hobbyist software designers. In this game, players bought supplies, hunted for food, and tried to survive the journey west. The entire game was text-only. The computer printed prompts and players typed in their answers. To shoot wild game for food, you had to quickly and perfectly type the word “bang” when you were there.

But odds are what you remember most about The Oregon Trail: controlling a third-person shooter to hunt bison, squirrels, and bears; stop at famous sites to buy supplies; and having family members sick with cholera, typhoid and, yes, dysentery – were all unique to the revamped 1985 game created by the Bouchard-led team at software company MECC.

Philip Bouchard as UGA students in the 1970s at Lipscomb Hall.

From science to software

From an early age, Bouchard was fascinated by learning about the world around him. He remembers wandering the woods near his Cobb County neighborhood as a kid with a tree identification book trying to tell one oak from another and which pine was which.

“I developed a strong interest in nature,” he says. “From then on, I would give nature tours to a younger brother and neighbors.”

As an honors student at the University of Georgia, Bouchard pursued all sorts of interests. He majored in botany and explored the concepts of ecology. But in his senior year, he enrolled in a computer programming course and learned how to write code; at that time, everything was done on punched cards. He was hooked.

Bouchard will earn his master’s degree from the University of Texas, where he will learn to program computer models to understand how different factors create ecological change. And thanks to this, he honed his skills in educational computer programming. This experience helped him land a job at MECC, a software company specializing in K-12 educational software. Oregon was one of his most popular programs.

Bouchard and his team built the 1980 version of Oregon Trail, creating a hugely popular game in its time.  Journeys on the Oregon Trail remain cherished memories for generations of gamers.

An opportunity arises

As computer games began to explode in the early 1980s, Bouchard urged his bosses to update MECC’s flagship game with better graphics and new features. In 1984, the company agreed and put Bouchard in charge of the five-person team tasked with reinventing The Oregon Trail.

In addition to the team and design lead Bouchard, the group consisted of lead programmer John Krenz, lead artist Charolyn Kapplinger, researcher Shirly Keran, and programmer Bob Granvin.

The team’s two directives were: 1) to capture the magic of the original game and 2) to create an exciting version that would succeed in the “home market”, just as personal computers were booming.

For inspiration, Bouchard turned to arcade games and what worked well on Commodore 64 and Atari home systems.

“I’ve invested a lot in analyzing the factors that contribute to popular games,” he says. “What makes you want to go back there again and again?”

With what he learned, the team aimed to create a game that was difficult enough that most players would fail on the first or even second attempt, but come away thinking they could do better.

They also enhanced the hunting feature with a terrific third-person shooter challenge and brought a historical world to life along the trail.

Lasting legacy

The Oregon Trail sold over 65 million copies over its decades of existence, and at one point accounted for a third of MECC’s annual revenue. Even today, he lives in T-shirts and Internet memes with “You died of dysentery” and other nostalgic references. You can always find newer versions, not to mention the classic version of the online game.

Bouchard says that educational games, at their best, install “little coat hooks in your mind that you can hang ideas on later.” And the popularity of The Oregon Trail taught a generation about American geography, not to mention how dangerous frontier life is.

Bouchard produced other games for the MECC, including Number Munchers (a Pac-Man-like math game). But none of them have surpassed The Oregon Trail in popularity. Later, Bouchard designed web applications for companies like FedEx and Morgan Stanley before retiring from software.

These days, Bouchard is still finding ways to educate the public about the world around us.

His new book, The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation, is the most recent effort. In it, Bouchard returns to his roots as a science student to explore the public’s subtle misperceptions of scientific topics – such as the idea that there is no gravity in space or that humans only have five senses – and delves into the real science behind them.

Obviously, R. Phillip Bouchard took good care of his oxen.  Bouchard, who majored in botany at UGA and dabbled in computer programming in his senior year, led the team that created the classic home computer game, Oregon Trail.

Florida basketball player Keyontae Johnson enters transfer portal: report


Editor’s note: This story contains accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a sexual assault survivor, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or https://www.rainn.org.

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson will pursue his college career elsewhere after entering the transfer portal, according to Matt Zenitz of On 3 Sports.

Johnson, the SEC Preseason Player of the Year entering the 2020-21 season, has not played since collapsing in a game against Florida State in December 2020. He has spent the past two seasons as a scout/assistant coach under former Gators coach Mike White, who left Florida for Georgia after last season.

Although he hasn’t been able to receive medical clearance since his collapse, Johnson made a ceremonial start in Florida’s season finale against Kentucky on March 5. For his career, the once vaunted prospect has averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds in 72 appearances.

In addition to question marks surrounding his health, it remains unclear when Johnson will return to action as he is currently under investigation after being formally charged with sexual assault in March.

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The investigation, as first reported by WUFT’s TJ Legacy-Cole, stems from an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 26 at a party at an apartment complex near the Florida campus. According to court documents, Johnson’s accuser had been drinking before the party and asked to use the bathroom in his apartment, but did not recall walking home. Two witnesses reportedly described Johnson’s accuser as “very drunk” and “having no sense” at the time of the incident.

The accuser told Gainesville police she remembered lying in Johnson’s apartment with him on top of her as Johnson asked her when she had recently been tested for STDs. About half an hour later, Johnson’s accuser reportedly fell ill after walking to the parking lot and was unable to stand. She woke up early the next morning feeling like she had had sex and contacted police on February 28 after being examined for sexual assault.

Gainesville police have been investigating Johnson for more than a month and allegedly listened in on a call between the 22-year-old and his accuser in which he admitted to having unprotected sex with her after she was intoxicated . Johnson also said he asked for her consent during the meeting, per WUFT.

The ongoing investigation into Johnson is currently in its early stages. He has not yet been formally charged, and a decision on whether or not he will be charged could take at least six months.

If convicted, Johnson could face up to 30 years in prison.

The BBC Three Final Drop: Meet the Leeds runner-up battling to impress Miguel with her GoGuy label

But the Leeds designer, founder of GoGuy clothing, has reached the final of the new BBC Three show, billed as the fashion version of The Apprentice.

The show searches for the next big streetwear brand, with nine young designers vying for the chance to take their brand globally with luxury retailer Flannels.

Competing against the other contestants in different challenges each week, Sophie experienced fierce competition and impressed the judges with her entrepreneurial spirit.

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Leeds designer Sophie Guy, 28, has reached the final of new BBC Three show The Drop (Picture: Simon Hulme)

The 28-year-old grew up in Brighouse and founded her label in 2016 while still studying at Leeds Beckett University.

Ahead of the premiere of the latest episode on Monday, Sophie spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about how the GoGuy journey started.

“I was super shy and quiet as a kid, but I expressed myself through fashion,” Sophie said.

“I was always dressing up, then in high school I went through all the trends – looking for what suited me best.

Sophie, front, pictured with Team GoGuy (left to right) Danielle Pinder, Molly Shepherd and Cathryn Swanborough (Picture: Simon Hulme)

“When I went to university, that’s where I developed my own style. Everyone said that I dressed differently and unique.

“I realized there were no clothes for me, so I started making my own clothes.”

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While in her final year of her event management degree, Sophie launched GoGuy from her bedroom after winning £500 and mentorship sessions as part of a business concept award.

Sophie’s bold designs merge streetwear with festival fashion and have been worn by some of the world’s biggest celebrities (Photo: Simon Hulme)

By 2017, the company had tripled its sales and a collection was purchased by TopShop.

“Luckily it paid off, but otherwise I think my guardians would have killed me,” laughed Sophie.

“I knew I didn’t want to get into event management, but I had gone too far to give up.

“I had a sewing machine in the conservatory, and then I’d be upstairs writing my thesis.”

GoGuy now has a three-storey head office on the outskirts of Leeds, is supplied by 11 retailers and has over 110,000 followers on Instagram.

Sophie’s bold designs merge streetwear with festival fashion and have been worn by some of the world’s biggest celebrities including Paris Hilton, Perrie Edwards and Mabel.

Sophie said: “Although it seems like a great brand and we have achieved a lot, there are only four girls running the business.

“Cathryn is our head seamstress, she makes all the clothes, the one-offs and liaises with the factory.

“Danielle, my partner, is responsible for events and manages social networks, in liaison with influencers.

“So Molly is our graphic designer – I’ll create a sketch of whatever I want, or a mood board, and she’ll bring it to life on the computer.”

Sophie and her team have capitalized on social media, posting eye-catching content and collaborating with influencers to help build the hype around the GoGuy label.

“GoGuy wouldn’t be here without Instagram,” Sophie added.

“It’s a free marketing platform – I’ve never paid for online marketing. The power of influencers and celebrities is insane. It’s so important for brands to use it.”

GoGuy was put through rigorous testing when Sophie filmed The Drop last year as she battled to impress streetwear fans and the judging panel led by R&B superstar and fashion icon Miguel.

While she struggled to create the clothes – she gave up the sewing machine during her first year at the helm of the company – her business acumen, marketing campaigns and bold designs helped her. carried through to the final.

Sophie said: “I loved testing myself every week with the different challenges and being under so much pressure.

“It took me through every stage of the business on a competitive level, figuring out what I was doing wrong.

” It was hard. Because we shot during the Covid, we had to live there and it was very isolated.

“And people who watch the show will know that I’m very business-oriented, but I’m not a seamstress, I’m a designer, so I really struggled to create the clothes.

“But I learned so much about myself and my brand from being on the show. And I can’t believe I made it to the final.

“Everyone was so talented, while I’ve never had any training – I’m self-taught through YouTube.”

Mentorship from other rising stars

Sophie now mentors other aspiring designers on Zoom, and the GoGuy team will launch comprehensive training packages this winter.

Attendees will learn everything they need to know about building a brand on a budget, from photoshoots and creating clothes to designing a logo.

“Hard work really pays off,” Sophie said.

“Times will get tough and not everything will work out. I’ve had so many failures with the business, but I’m continuing because I believe in it and I know I’ll make it in the end.

“I’ve learned so much over the years through trial and error.

“Some people think it takes a lot of money to do it, but it’s not. You can do it if you believe in the brand and put in the hours.”

While receiving feedback on the show, the judges expressed concern that Sophie was working too much and risking burnout.

But Sophie said she was stuck in all aspects of the business, including packing parcels, because growing her brand “didn’t seem to work”.

She said: “Everyone thinks I’m a workaholic, which I am – I start work at 4am. But we do it because we absolutely love building the business.

“There’s nothing more exciting than drawing clothes, concepts and mood boards on a sheet of paper, then seeing the orders come through on the computer.

“A lot of times I can’t sleep because I’m looking at Google to see how many people are on the website.

“Even wrapping parcels is something I really enjoy – knowing that customers have purchased my products and then seeing them style my designs.”

Since the release of the first episode, Sophie has already been inundated with offers from retailers and will be launching GoGuy’s sister brand Impact this winter, a fluid brand that comes at a higher price.

There are plans to incorporate more flowing pieces into the GoGuy range, which is especially important for Sophie and her partner.

“Being on the show has already opened so many doors,” Sophie added.

“The show isn’t even over and I’ve already been contacted by some really big brands. We have big collaborations with other brands going on, as well as a collaboration with another celebrity.

“Expect GoGuy to be everywhere.”

a miner explained how he escalated

  • Vic Laranja started crypto mining after being locked out for over a year.
  • He started out using his work computer and running it overnight when he wasn’t using it.
  • He eventually built a separate GPU mining rig that would mine Ethereum and reward it with BTC.

About a year after the lockdowns began, Vic Laranja found himself struggling with “Covid boredom”. He was working on social media content for marketing campaigns and wanted an extra hobby. So, in October 2021, he decided to try his luck with crypto mining from his home in Sarnia, a city in Ontario, Canada. Since he likes to build things, he thought this might be a fun project to pass the time.

Crypto was nothing new to him. He had consistently invested in bitcoin, ethereum, and XRP since April 2020. A year later, the 2021 crypto bull run occurred, prompting Laranja to sell all of his ether, XRP, and the majority of his bitcoin to record levels.

“I’ve only reinvested in it since because I had a pretty profitable move,” Laranja said. “I really wanted with my mining rig to create a mid-dollar cost machine where every day I could pay for my electricity and hardware and convert it to crypto. So it’s less for me as a source of income and it’s more of an investment automation vehicle.”

By mining cryptography, Laranja offered the power of their computers to help maintain a blockchain or protocol network. He and other miners do this to be rewarded in crypto, although it may take them a while to recoup equipment costs, and their electricity usage has been a source of controversy.

How it started

Laranja started with equipment he already had and a good base of technical knowledge. As the founder of a digital marketing agency called Social Gravity, one of his main tasks was editing videos. This meant he kept a very powerful gaming PC close at hand. Gaming PCs have higher quality graphics cards which can often be used to mine different types of crypto.

Additionally, Laranja said he took a computer hardware class in high school where his teacher took PCs apart so students could put them back together. Those who finished early were able to play a video game against each other. From this course, Laranja learned basic PC functions and how to create and diagnose problems in one semester.

These skills would eventually help him build his mining rig. However, his first approach was to test the waters by mining a crypto called ravencoin (RVN) as it only required a software download. This meant he could use his work computer and run the software overnight when he didn’t need his office computer.

Ravencoin is a peer-to-peer blockchain based on a fork of the bitcoin code. On Monday, RVN was trading at around $0.05.

Around the time it started, in October 2021, RVN was one of the most profitable coins to mine after Ethereum, based on its trading price. He felt his single

Graphic card

wouldn’t be able to handle ether mining. He told Insider that he followed an online tutorial and soon after was up and running.

He downloaded an open-source software called NB miner via Github, but recalled that the earnings were quite low, around $1 per day. The desktop he was using only had an AMD RX 570 8GB graphics card, so it only ran for a few weeks.

Scaling a mining rig

Laranja later learned that his friend had also mined RVN, but using three different mining rigs. So he decided he wanted to try to evolve. He started by using recycled parts from an old PC, taking the motherboard, RAM, and

Hard disk

. They would become the bare bones of his platform.

“It’s just a computer with a bunch of different graphics cards,” Laranja said.

Other parts he added included a power supply, as well as PCIe power extension cables to power graphics cards and PCIe splitters to connect more cards, both of which cost less than $25. He also bought risers for the GPUs which add more card space on the motherboard and can cost around $40.

“I knew I could probably spend a lot pretty easily, especially with the way the market is and the price of GPUs,” Laranja said. “So I wanted to get away with spending as little as possible while still having something profitable and good.”

The biggest challenge when building a GPU mining rig is the graphics cards themselves. As they are in high demand, they can be expensive and rare. Laranja’s friend advised him to try and get Nvidia’s RTX 3060s at near retail value. It was because they got what they paid for. They are less expensive than the newer 3090 models, but have good performance.

One thing Laranja noticed was that scalpers, middlemen who arbitrate graphics cards by buying them from the retailer and reselling them at steep margins, were flooding the market. To stay profitable, he needed to find cards that weren’t too expensive.

He spent two weeks messaging vendors online and recalled seeing about 10 new cards posted per day. But about 90% of the people he messaged wouldn’t respond because they would sell out quickly. The whole process, including research and building the platform, took him about a month.

“That’s why all my cards are different because back then it was so hard to get,” Laranja said.

Purchase price

Here are the prices he paid for his cards in Canadian dollars. He used the eBay and Facebook marketplaces for his purchases.

$360 for GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ($281 USD)

$350 for GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (US$273) used

$400 for a GeForce GTX 1660 6GB (US$312) used

$840 for GeForce RTX 3060 12GB ($656 USD)

$850 for GeForce RTX 3060 12GB ($664 USD)

One obstacle he encountered was that his two RTX 3060s had a Lite Hash Rate (LHR). It is the rate that measures the speed at which calculations are solved for a block. Nvidia added the feature to make the cards less appealing to miners in an effort to combat the shortage of chips caused by mining.

In response, Laranja downloaded open-source software from GitHub called T-Rex miner. The new version of this code has an LHR unlock version. While he doesn’t think this removed the card limit completely, he recalled that it increased the hash rate per second (MH/s) by about 10 MH/s per card, from around 22 MH/s to more than 30 MH/s.

At the time he was all-in, Laranja estimates he spent around C$3,000, or roughly $2,343.

Learning curves

One of the biggest challenges in building a rig isn’t frying the hardware, he noted. This can easily happen when the rig is pushed to capacity, running lots of graphics cards 24/7.

One way to avoid material burnout is to provide good air circulation. Laranja hangs his cards on a rack and spaces them out. He also keeps the rig away from walls, while adding simple PC fans he salvaged from old computers.

This is a photo of Victor Laranja's mining rig.

He places it away from any walls and keeps the cards away from each other so they don’t overheat.

Victor Laranja

A second hurdle was learning how to overclock the cards to maximize their performance beyond what the manufacturer intended. This is done by changing some variables in the mining software, which for him was T-REX. He came back to YouTube and his friend’s advice to figure it out. The downside to doing so is that it could void the manufacturer’s warranty.

As for the mining pool, Laranja used 2minors who can pay in ethereum, bitcoin or nano. He chose bitcoin because he didn’t want to pay ethereum fees and he never bought or used nano. Based on its latest four-month moving average, from December 2021, it received 0.01487789 BTC, which equates to around $562 or $140.50 per month.

In terms of electricity costs, its monthly costs fluctuate as rates vary throughout the day based on usage. This can range from about 0.08 kW to about 0.17 kW in Canadian dollars. He recalls that it costs between $30 and $50 Canadian or $23 and $39 per month.

Ratings for every Seattle Seahawks pick in the 2022 NFL Draft


Life without Russell Wilson is in full swing for the Seahawks. Now comes their first big opportunity to lay the groundwork for the next era of their organization as the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The three-day event will be pivotal for General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll and the rest of their staff after essentially betting on themselves to course-correct following a worst-in-7 effort -10 a year ago. That put Seattle last in the NFC West for the first time since joining the division in 2002, further reinforcing the need for a big change this offseason.

With $26 million of Wilson’s contract still on the books for 2022, accounting for the majority of the team’s $44.5 million dead money, Schneider and company haven’t been able to accomplish much in agency. free this spring. Instead of rebuilding their roster from scratch, the Seahawks have focused most of their energy on retaining their own free agents and have been successful in that endeavor more often than not. But major needs, including the quarterback position, are still littered throughout this list.

Some will be completed via the draft this weekend and Seattle is already in motion making its first of eight scheduled selections at the No. 9 pick on Thursday night. At the end of each game in the event, this page will be updated with the ratings of all Seahawks picks.

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Web 3 video game ArchLoot introduces new NFT protocol to improve interactive gameplay


That’s why it’s more urgent than ever to bring new gameplay to space. Introducing ArchLoot, an adventurous titular loot-style digital world.

New game UGC-P2E

ArchLoot is the evolution of P2E games. With its innovative system, captivating world line and thrilling challenges, ArchLoot retains the charm of crypto excitement while adding improved graphics and a number of new elements for an even greater gaming experience.

The possibilities are endless to customize a battle avatar in ArchLoot, i.e. a monster. Players can customize their entire setup, including different torsos, limbs, accessories from hundreds of choices and their color combinations, with each move unlocking or resetting in-game attributes in unexpected ways.

Immerse yourself in an adventurous planet with levels that feature exotic environmental elements including volcanoes, wilderness, rivers, mountains, ice fields and more that make up a rich and fantastical landscape. Fight bizarre creatures, push yourself through unruly wilderness, reap the best rewards and advance in the game. Various game modes including PVE, PVP, Clan Wars and other wild obstacle courses provide players every opportunity to create their own adventures with gear they’ve designed themselves.

Introducing Interactive NFTs

The game introduces interactive NFT gameplay, the first of its kind, to allow chain implementation of NFT upgradable characters/props.

The monsters in the game are composable avatars that come in loot-style NFT games. Players can freely assemble their monsters from a comprehensive NFT repertoire, where each compartmentalized part can be respectively upgraded, strengthened or redesigned to create new attributes. Protected by a treasure contract, all user modification metadata will be recorded on-chain when an NFT enters the market and therefore protect the merits of players.

This new breed of NFT gameplay is made possible by EIP-4985 and BEP-129, protocols born for GameFi. Enhancing the functionality of Loot, the technology enables the creation of all digital properties as numbers, greatly reducing the barrier to collaboration across ecosystems.

For both crypto and non-crypto gamers, ArchLoot intends to provide not only a better way to play – but also an increasingly viable monetization method, form of identity and social connector, which will finally be a practice ideal of blending traditional gaming spirits with crypto boosting to spearhead GameFi 2.0.

About ArchLoot

Launched in 2022, ArchLoot is a UGC-P2E game. It provides the industry’s first interactive gameplay, which fully enables the NFT chain implementation of upgradable characters/props and unleashes its potential for playability and user-generated content robustness. The game aims to build an ecosystem, including a great game and a creative community, that truly strikes a balance between playability, accessibility, and profitability.

Bringing together the talents of the world’s leading game publisher, blockchain projects and financial elites, the team currently operates on all continents and is instrumental in driving long-term success.

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Georgian-Ukrainian Project Selling Russian Territory Virtually in Ethereum Cryptocurrency – OpEd


A Georgian company, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Information, is selling virtually all of Russia through the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a digital collectible based on blockchain technology, to troll Putin and provide funds to Ukraine.

To begin with, the company is auctioning off 2,443 regions and cities of Russia in the Ethereum cryptocurrency. So far, it has sold 23 regions for a total price of US$18,704. Those wishing to make such a purchase can do so by selecting a location from the interactive map that the company has posted at russiaforsale.org/.

Later, according to the company, it will put on sale virtually major pieces of Russian architecture such as the various palaces of the Kremlin and Putin; and after that he plans to offer Lenin’s mummy for sale (rferl.org/a/georgia-nft-sales-russia-ukaine-fundraiser/31814302.html), again with all proceeds to help Ukraine.

According to the company’s website, this represents “a response to Russian imperialist aggression…Putin is known for seizing another country’s territory. So, let’s give him a taste of his own medicine. And everything indicates that this project and others like it actually help Ukraine.

Crypto-asset tracker Elliptic says that since Putin launched his expanded invasion of Ukraine on February 24, “tens of millions of dollars in cryptocurrency donations” have poured into Ukrainian coffers (elliptic.co/blog/live-updates-millions-in-crypto-crowdfunded-for-the-ukrainian-military).

For many, these cryptocurrency sales are an exotic unknown. But as RFE/RL explains in its report on this one, “NFTs are essentially proof of ownership of virtual assets, and their sales have skyrocketed in recent years, including $69 million for a digital collage of 13 years old by American artist and graphic designer Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple.

The Georgian company says it has Russian land available for purchase in all shapes and sizes to suit any interest or wallet.

Upgrade to the Samsung 24-inch curved gaming monitor on sale for $170 today


I love a “bang for your buck” bargain when it comes to computer monitors, and today’s price drop lives up to that moniker. The Samsung CRG5 24-inch curved monitor dropped to just $169.99 via Amazon. Considering this monitor was selling for as much as $280 at the start of April, today’s sale is pretty good. The most common sale price for this monitor is closer to $200, but that’s still a nice $30 off its regular price. Plus, you can also find this deal at a few other retailers, like Best Buy. Grab it while you can, because most price drops on this monitor don’t last very long.

Samsung CRG5 24 inch Curved Monitor | $30 off

The curves help with immersion, and the screen has a ton of other cool features that keep you entertained as well. The up to 144Hz refresh rate makes it a great gaming monitor, and you have settings you can adjust for whatever game you play to make it even better.

$169.99 on Amazon

If you need more great ideas and prices for powerful monitors, check out our roundup of Dell monitor deals that include 4K displays, gaming monitors with high refresh rates, budget options, and more. . Lots of ways to save today if you’re trying to upgrade your workstation.

The Samsung CRG5 is a fantastic display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response time of 4ms. It also has an 1800R curve, which is important for immersion whether you’re watching your favorite shows or playing a modern shooter. The curve keeps your focus on the screen. And that huge refresh rate won’t hurt when it comes to playing video games either.

The monitor also has other great features for gaming. The built-in Game Mode lets you adjust gamma levels, contrast, sharpness, and other settings to make every game you play look exceptional. AMD Radeon FreeSync technology works with your AMD graphics card to eliminate screen tearing and adapt to your game. Get rid of stuttering and visual artifacts even when rushing the card.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Online Payday Loans Market Share, Size, Trends and Growth from 2022 to 2031 – themobility.club

A recent report on the Global Online Payday Loans Market published by Market Reports provides a global overview and assessment of the opportunities at the moment. The study provides an in-depth review of key market trends. To forecast the growth of Online Payday Loans with the utmost accuracy, analysts consider both historical and current growth parameters.

The kOnline Payday Loans Business Intelligence Report estimates market size in terms of value (Mn/Bn USD) and volume (Mn/Bn USD) (x units). The research analysis has been geographically divided into critical regions that are growing faster than the global market to understand the development prospects of Online Payday Loans. Every section of online payday loans has been carefully considered in terms of price, delivery, and market potential.

For the forecast period, the study includes a review of the year-on-year growth pattern along with current and potential market volume forecasts (units). The study assesses the effect of the novel COVID-19 pandemic on online payday loans, as well as relevant insights into how industry players are responding to the new situation.

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The Online Payday Loans analysis rates each market leader based on market share, manufacturing presence, new releases, partnerships, existing R&D projects, and company strategies. In addition, the keyword research examines the SWOT report (strengths, gaps, opportunities and threats).

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Prizes include $900 Arc Alchemist ‘Premium’ and $700 Arc Alchemist ‘Performance’ Graphics Card


Intel has started emailing Xe-HPG Scavenger Hunt winners notifying them that they have won an Intel Arc Alchemist A-Series desktop graphics card.

Intel Xe-HPG Scavenger winners now receive emails to win an Intel Arc Alchemist ‘Premium’ & ‘Performance’ graphics card

The Intel Xe-HPG Scavenger started last year on October 27, 2021 and ended on January 31, 2022. The whole event was based on finding clues scattered around the web and submitting the good answers. Intel said there will be 300 winners who will receive their next Arc Alchemist A-Series graphics cards before they are even available.

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Well it seems that the winners have already been notified and the price list is very interesting which includes:

  • 1x Intel Arc Alchemist ‘Premium’ or ‘Performance’ desktop graphics card
  • Intel Arc-graphics branded products
  • 6 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC

The top prize is an Intel Arc Alchemist graphics card which will be the blue team’s first mainstream gaming release. The top 100 winners will receive the Premium variant worth US$900 while the other 200 winners (300 in total) will receive the “Performance” GPU variant worth US$700.

Intel Arc Alchemist A770 graphics card spotted in Geekbench and PugetBench benchmarks

So we know that the price difference between the Premium variant and the Performance variant is US$200. Now, given that the rest of the products cost an additional 100 or 150 USD, we can conclude that the ‘Performance’ graphics card should end up with a price close to $299-$349 while the ‘Premium’ variant should end up near from $499 -Price from US$549.

These are decent prices but in the end they are neither final nor set in stone. Price averages are usually high and don’t reflect retail MSRP, but rest assured, these Xe-HPG Scavenger Hunt winners will be the first to get their hands on Intel’s Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards as they arrive. on retail shelves. Later this year. We can expect several users to post their unboxing and impressions on various social media once they receive their cards. And finally, congratulations to all!

Draymond Green rips Bill Simmons over Jalen Green comments


1. Draymond Green is a breath of fresh air because he’s the rare player who doesn’t deal in clichés and isn’t shy about saying exactly how he feels. However, his final comments about Bill Simmons are a big swing and miss.

The Warriors star, who recently joined the media as part of TNT Inside the NBA studio show, recently uncovered a story that was important a few weeks ago, with Simmons saying about his Alarm podcast, “f— Jalen Green. I don’t care if you have 40 points and your team has between 19 and 60.”

Anyone who’s heard the clip or understands the context knows that Simmons wasn’t saying “f— Jalen Green” the person. It said “f— Jalen Green” as a candidate for the All-Rookie team.

Was that the most professional comment? No. Is that something Simmons should have said? Probably not. Was it with malicious intent? No. Did people take this quote and make it much more than it was? Damn, yes.

Green took to his Instagram account to address the controversy and claim that Simmons is not qualified to vote on NBA awards.

“How come this guy has a voice in deciding if Jalen Green will qualify for a super max deal?” Green wrote on Instagram. “He clearly says F Him, which sounds very personal by the way. But does he have a say in what someone wins? What work has he done in this lifetime that qualifies him to have a say in NBA player salaries.

Green also shared a post from another account that pointed out that Simmons was 52 and “got beef with a 20-year-old.”

First of all, Simmons has no “beef” with Green. He just doesn’t think Green should make the All-Rookie team. Second, I don’t understand why Simmons’ age is relevant here. Aren’t 52-year-olds allowed to have opinions about the NBA and its players?

Green also looks stupid for questioning Simmons’ credentials. Simmons has covered the NBA since the advent of the internet. He was part of ESPN’s NBA studio shows. He follows the league as closely as anyone in the world. The guy wrote a 700 page book called The basketball bookfor God’s sake!

You may not like Simmons’ views on the NBA, but you can’t say he isn’t qualified to vote on postseason awards.

2. A brand new IS Media Podcast dropped out this morning, and it features a conversation with Ryen Russillo of The ring.

The host of the hugely popular Podcast Ryen Russillo shared his thoughts on everything from the NBA playoffs to Kevin Durant vs. TNT to the power of Inside the NBA to what sport has the worst officials to its favorite NBA announcers how Major League Baseball is having trouble with the state of podcasting to Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.

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The podcast concludes with our weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment featuring Sal Licata of WFAN Radio and SNY TV in New York City. This week, Jimmy and Sal discuss scheduling three NFL games on Christmas Day this season and one game on Black Friday from 2023, as well as HBO. winning time series and more.

You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google.

3. I just want to point out one thing about Sage Steele’s lawsuit against ESPN. Part of the lawsuit states,Ms Steele alleged she was forced to issue an apology saying: ‘I know my recent comments have created controversy for the business, and I apologize. We are going through an extremely difficult time that affects us all, and it is more critical than ever that we communicate in a constructive and thoughtful way.'”

Remember this the next time you see a public figure apologizing. It’s just optics and excuses never make sense.

4. It was just another typical post-game show on Inside the NBA Wednesday night.

5. I just feel like everyone needs to see this photo of Tom Brady.

6. Happy NFL Draft Day.

7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Mets and Cardinals had a fake fight yesterday. Here’s a real fight that involved the Mets and one of the best ever.

Make sure you catch up on previous editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, instagram and ICT Tac.

Memoirs of the Berlin Council – Worcester County News Bayside Gazette


By Greg Ellison

(April 28, 2022) Berlin’s mayor and city council weighed approval for an event, while considering overhauling flag designs and updating the Stephen Decatur Park walking path at their Monday meeting .

Taylor House Concert

Council members voted unanimously in favor of a request from the Taylor House Museum to sell beer and wine at an upcoming outdoor concert.

Taylor House Museum president Melissa Reid said a one-day permit was applied for to allow the sale of alcohol during a installment of her “Concerts on the Lawn” series scheduled for June 12.

Taylor House Museum president Melissa Reid received permission to sell beer and wine during a performance by jazz guitarist Ronny Smith on June 12 as part of his “Concerts on the Lawn” series.

Taylor said Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Ronny Smith, from the Baltimore area, will perform outside the museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Lawn concerts will be held every other Sunday this summer,” she said.

Smith’s stopover, which shared a stage with jazz luminaries such as Donald Byrd, was funded by the Maryland State Arts Council.

“Because he’s a top musician, we were trying to sell beer and wine on the lawn,” she said.

Reid said the museum has sold beer and wine at social events before, but never during the concert series.

“People can have a drink and listen to good music,” she said.

city ​​flag

Council members also approved a revamped city flag and logo created by graphic designer Brian Robertson.

Robertson said conversations about redesigning the city flag began in October.

“We wanted something symbolic that the city could rally around,” he said.

To achieve the goal, Robertson said the first steps involved standardizing colors and typography.

“We offered nine different flag designs and four seal options,” he said.

Robertson said a monochrome version was also created for use with dark or light backgrounds.

“The Council has chosen from various models and that is what is here now,” he said.

The goal was to update the city seal for use in limited spaces without the image overlapping.

“If you shrink the seal into a small space…it disappears,” he said.

In terms of cost, Robertson provided a “deep hometown discount” with $100 billed for design services.

Park walking path

Council members reviewed options for resurfacing a walking trail in Stephen Decatur Park.

Director of Public Works Jimmy Charles said in previous discussions with contractors that “crushing and sinking” gravel materials had been recommended instead of asphalt.

“The contractor said he could save $20,000,” he said.

Despite the lower price, Charles said concerns have been raised about maintenance.

“Crush and run would require more maintenance than long-term asphalt,” he said. “The long-term cost savings may not outweigh the benefits of asphalt.”

Charles estimated that the asphalt would last up to 25 years. In contrast, he said loose gravel surfaces have a shorter shelf life.

“We would have to do more annual maintenance and it wouldn’t last more than 20 years,” he said. “We may have to reconstruct the path in 10 years.”

Mayor Zack Tyndall said asphalt would provide a smoother surface.

“It impacts those learning to ride a bike or parents with strollers,” he said.

Laura Sterns, Member of the Berlin Parks Commission, and Mike Wiley, Chairman, also provided input at the meeting.

Wiley said regular users of the four-foot-wide trail surrounding Decatur Park, which includes a large percentage of seniors, have expressed reservations about using loose gravel.

Sterns said the park trail was installed a decade ago on an experimental basis using material from the Maryland Scrap Tire Program.

“They tried it and it was cool at first, but it didn’t hold up to the winter and started to warp,” she said.

After reviewing material options, members of city council agreed to proceed with resurfacing the asphalt.

Pasadena students praised for letters to famous authors


With their answers to the question “How has the work of an author changed your view of the world or of yourself?” two Pasadena students were named winners of the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas competition.

Inspired by the Heroes of Olympus book series, Emily Hoang placed second in the high school division with her letter to author Rick Riordan. “Through the relationships created in your stories, I realized the universal value of friendship, kindness and authenticity,” she wrote.

Frida Gonzalez’s letter to JK Rowling about the Harry Potter book series won third place. “I may not have been a boy who had an evil, noseless lord chasing after him every school year, but I could still relate to the feeling of wanting to belong,” she wrote.

To visit tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature to read the winning letters.

Sports program gains national recognition

The National High School Strength Coaches Association recently awarded the Friendswood Independent School District its Program of Excellence Award for 2022-2025.

To earn the honor, the district demonstrated excellence in safety, quality, efficiency and awareness, according to an NHSSC press release. Learn more about www.nhssca.us.

The UHCL Communication Diploma is growing

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is enhancing its Bachelor of Arts in Communication to include courses in strategic social media.

“Our curriculum has always been a mix of applied courses and theoretical courses to prepare students,” said Anna Klyueva, associate professor of communication. “One of the things we needed was social media. Our students have skills in media writing, infographics, video production, communication ethics, public relations and more, but the social media element has been missing until now, and we know from the demand from students and industry, that hiring managers in all disciplines want students to not only be social media savvy, but also understand social media analytics.

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Former Georgia LB Adam Anderson charged with raping a woman


Editor’s Note: This story contains accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or at https://www.rainn.org

Adam Anderson, former Georgia linebacker, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with raping a 21-year-old woman at a home in Athens, Ga.

The alleged incident took place between midnight and 7 a.m. ET on Oct. 29, the same day Georgia was preparing to leave Athens to travel to Jacksonville for the Bulldogs’ game against the Gators. According to an earlier police report, according to DawgNationthe woman said ‘she went to a residence after drinking and woke up when the suspect penetrated her while she was lying down [in] bed. She said it was not consensual and she was able to leave.

Anderson starred in the Bulldogs’ 34–7 win over Florida. Georgia was not informed of the alleged incident until November 2, when Anderson was suspended from the team indefinitely. Anderson, a Rome, Georgia native, was arrested Nov. 10 and released on $25,000 bail Nov. 17.

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ESPN reported that a second woman accused Anderson of sexually assaulting her in Oconee County, Georgia in October 2020. However, he has not been charged in that case.

Anderson will be arraigned on June 13. His attorney, Steve Sadow, issued a statement to ESPN stating that “Adam respectfully reminds the public and his supporters that he was not permitted by law to participate in grand jury proceedings.” According to the statement, Anderson does not intend to plead guilty to the charge and “continue his fight in court to clear his name and reputation.”

“Adam once again calls on the good citizens of Athens-Clarke County to keep an open mind and not prejudge his case,” the statement read.

In addition to the court case, the Georgia Equal Opportunity Office has launched a separate investigation into Anderson’s allegation.

When Anderson was suspended, he led the Georgia defense in sacks with five and was second in the unit with 5.5 tackles for loss, along with 32 tackles and 14 quarterback rushes. His suspension kept him out of the team’s final seven games.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500 Short Review


With the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, AMD tested the benefits of adding a massive amount of L3 cache to its existing Ryzen 5000 series processors. Our benchmark tests of this processor showed minor benefits across the board. areas with more significant, albeit variable, advantages in games. Now, with the Ryzen 5 5500 ($159), we can test the opposite: what happens when you take a chip from the Ryzen 5000 series and go drastically? reduce its cache. It turns out the impact, as with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, varies by app, but the Ryzen 5 5500 seems destined to be a tough sell unless sale prices show smaller differences than list prices. – AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600 is generally better in all cases. way and only costs $40 more.

The design: a reduced 5

As we mentioned in our Ryzen 5 5600 review, manufacturing PC silicon is an imperfect process. Companies like AMD, Intel, and Nvidia typically create relatively few real, discrete chip designs in each product line; perfect or near-perfect specimens are packaged and sold as premium parts, while imperfect specimens have more internals disabled and are sold as lesser chips.

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The clearest example of this can be seen in today’s GPU market. AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series contains eight graphics cards so far, but only four chip models are used to create these products. The flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT packs the “Navi 21” GPU in its pure, uncut form. The chip does, however, contain 5,120 stream processors; if only a few of them don’t work properly, it would be pointless to throw the whole chip in the recycling bin.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500 CPU Pinouts

(Photo: Michael Justin Allen Sexton)

To avoid waste and monetize more product, AMD is doing what everyone else does in the industry, disabling the parts of the silicon that don’t work properly and packaging the resulting card like a low-end model. The Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 are built this way, with 4,608 and 3,840 stream processors respectively.

AMD and Intel do the same with processors, disabling cores and tweaking features along the way to create low-end components. Understanding this is key to understanding the Ryzen 5 5500, far more so than most other processors, as the 5500 cores are not harvested from the same harvest as most other AMD processors. Instead, the Ryzen 5 5500 originates from one of AMD’s APUs, Accelerated Processing Units, or “Ryzen CPUs with AMD Radeon Graphics” as the company now likes to call them. To dodge that mouthful, we’ll stick to the term APU for the rest of this review.

Overhead AMD Ryzen 5 5500

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Specifically, the Ryzen 5 5500 appears to be a partially disabled Ryzen 5 5600G, and its design is all the more baffling for that reason. Like all APUs, the Ryzen 5 5600G has less cache than other Ryzen 5 processors because it makes room for a fairly large integrated graphics processor (IGP): while the Ryzen 5 5600X has 32MB of L3 cache, the Ryzen 5 5600G only has 16MB. There’s nothing stopping AMD from building an APU with 32MB or more of L3 cache, but the more you add to a chip, the more it costs to produce, which is why AMD Shrunk the cache in the first place.

Like the Ryzen 5 5600G, the Ryzen 5 5500 only has 16MB of L3 cache, along with the same six CPU cores with simultaneous multithreading support allowing the chip to handle 12 software threads simultaneously. The CPU is also fully unlocked, so you can try overclocking it for a bit more performance.

Clock speeds, however, are down from the 5600G, leaving the 5500 at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to raw performance. The Ryzen 5 5600G has base and boost clocks of 3.9 GHz and 4.4 GHz respectively, while the Ryzen 5 5500’s base clock is set at 3.6 GHz and its boost clock at 4.2 GHz . And like the 5600G, the 5500 has a PCI Express 3.0 interface for graphics cards instead of the PCI Express 4.0 interface found in full-fledged Ryzen 5000 series processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500 Pin Diagonal

(Photo: Michael Justin Allen Sexton)

While the CPU market runs on scaled-down chips, one thing that makes the Ryzen 5 5500 unusual is that its IGP is fully disabled. The Ryzen 5 5600G’s integrated graphics consist of seven compute units with 64 stream processors each, making a total of 448. It’s perfectly possible that part of the 5500’s IGP is malfunctioning and has been disabled. for this reason, but we don’t usually see large portions of chips that are completely inoperable. It’s also possible that the IGP was disabled purely for the purpose of differentiating the Ryzen 5 5500 from AMD’s existing APU products.

If so, the decision is understandable but, in our view, a mistake. Almost all of Intel’s processors come with Iris Xe or other integrated graphics. Intel’s IGPs don’t have much gaming prowess, but for day-to-day tasks like web browsing or video streaming, they work perfectly well. This gives them an advantage over the many AMD processors that lack IGP and thus require the purchase of a graphics card.

That doesn’t matter much if you’re building a gaming rig, but if you’re building a home computer or desktop PC, the lack of on-chip graphics makes AMD’s Ryzen processors much less appealing, d especially since graphics cards have been outrageously expensive in recent years. AMD’s APUs have also been hit by rising graphics prices, which has also made them less attractive for non-gaming systems. If AMD had left even one or two compute units enabled, the Ryzen 5 5500 would have a value-oriented appeal that many comparable AMD processors lack.

Instead, what we have with the Ryzen 5 5500 is a CPU that has all the negative design elements of an APU without the biggest positive. The only thing he Is having to go for it is a low price, but even that is fleeting.

Test setup and benchmarks

We tested the Ryzen 5 5500 with our MSI MEG X570S Ace Max motherboard with 16GB of DDR4 RAM in a dual-channel configuration. The CPU comes with an AMD Wraith Stealth cooler, but for consistency with other consumer chips we’ve tested, we’ve used our stock 240mm water cooler.

AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler

(Photo: Chris Stobing)

On the AMD side of the spectrum, the closest competitors to the Ryzen 5 5500 are the aforementioned Ryzen 5 5600 and 5600G. All three chips have the same number of cores and are clocked quite close to each other. The Ryzen 5 5600G is the most expensive because it has integrated graphics, but as mentioned the Ryzen 5 5600 costs just $40 more than the 5500 and has 31MB versus 16GB of L3 cache. As you will see in a moment, this has an impact on the results.

As for Intel, we haven’t tested any processors that come close to the Ryzen 5 5500 in terms of MSRP. The Core i5-11600K isn’t far behind, with a street price of around $215. Intel’s Core i5-12400 comes a lot closer with an MSRP of $192 and a current street price of $175, but since we haven’t tested any yet, we can’t provide benchmark comparisons.

The CPU and productivity test results of the Ryzen 5 5500 were quite predictable. Most of the processors in our range are high-end processors that clearly outperform the new AMD chip. The Ryzen 5 5600 also beat the Ryzen 5 5500 by quite a margin in many tests. This is significant as it clearly shows the impact of removing the L3 cache. The performance difference between the Ryzen 5 5500 and the Ryzen 5 5600G was mostly negligible, with the two places swapping in many tests.

As for competing Intel chips, the Core i5-11600K outperformed the Ryzen 5 5500 in five out of eight tests. 7-Zip’s results were inconsistent, so we’ll ignore them, but the Ryzen 5 5500 offered a slight advantage in Adobe Photoshop. Results in POV-Ray were mixed, with the Core i5-11600K winning the single-core test and the Ryzen 5 5500 taking the multi-core victory.

Next, our gaming tests. Since a discrete graphics card was needed, we relied on our usual Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti running at Founders Edition clocks.

This is where the Ryzen 5 5500 runs into some serious issues. At 4K resolution, the test results across the board were pretty close as the GPU becomes the main bottleneck, although the 5500 did manage to outrun the 5600G in Rainbow Six Siege. The 1080p test results are more telling, with the Ryzen 5 5500 falling behind many competing CPUs, including the Ryzen 5 5600 and Intel Core i5-11600K. Both of these chips may cost a little more, but they also perform much better.

Indeed, in terms of value for money in the F1 2020 game, the Ryzen 5 5600 performed 22% better than the 5500 while costing only 18% more. The benefit varies from game to game, but it clearly makes sense to buy the Ryzen 5 5600 over the Ryzen 5 5500 if you have the extra $40 on hand and care about clock frequencies. maximum images at common resolutions.

The verdict: you can do better for a little more money

AMD’s new Ryzen 5 5500 isn’t a bad processor choice; it may be significantly slower than AMD’s next chip (the Ryzen 5 5600), but it’s also a bit cheaper. If you’re stretching your budget to get the best PC you can build, the 5500 might be just the CPU you’ve been waiting for.

Diagonal AMD Ryzen 5 5500

(Photo: Michael Justin Allen Sexton)

At the same time, however, it faces both friendly fire from AMD and competition from Intel. If you have the cash to spend, the Ryzen 5 5600 is well worth the extra cost. Intel’s Core i5-11600K is also an attractive alternative, and we’d bet the similar but newer Core i5-12400 with integrated graphics would also be very competitive. Again, it’s not that the Ryzen 5 5500 is a bad CPU, it’s just that there are better options on both sides of the CPU aisle for a bit more money.

The essential

AMD’s Ryzen 5 5500 offers decent performance for non-gaming tasks, but it lags slightly more expensive AMD and Intel processors in our benchmarks, making it a second-tier pick.

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Farm-to-table pioneer Sally Schmitt has shared French laundry detergent recipes in new cookbook ‘Six California Kitchens’


Although she didn’t relish the spotlight, the humble California food pioneer seems to have gotten her 15 minutes of fame after all.

“She was such an amazing human being, and she pointed us in so many good directions in life,” said Hoffman, the youngest chef to win a Michelin star at 25, when he cooked at the Domaine restaurant. Chandon. “I was inspired to cook in Yountville because of my grandparents.”

Additional copies of “Six California Kitchens” are expected to be printed soon. To order, go to philoapplefarm.com. It will also be available at Copia in Napa, Chef Thomas Keller’s Finesse-The Store in Yountville, Farmhouse Mercantile in Boonville, Boonville Hotel and Farmstand at the Apple Farm in Philo.

The following recipes are reprinted with permission from “Six California Kitchens” by Sally Schmitt (2022, Chronicle Books).

“The inspiration for this salad was a recipe in the African Cooking volume of that amazing cookbook series, ‘Foods of the World,’ which Time Life began publishing in the late 1960s,” Schmitt said. “I added the sliced ​​avocados and placed the dates and onions on a bed of aggressive greens, but the sprinkle of peanuts came with the original recipe. It’s such a beautiful contrast in texture and flavor.

Salad of dates, onions and avocado with peanuts

For 6 persons

8 ounces Medjool or other good quality dates, quartered lengthwise

½ large sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, thinly sliced ​​lengthwise

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

– Pinch of salt

– Pinch of sugar

— Green vegetables, preferably arugula or garden cress

— 2 avocados, sliced ​​lengthwise

— Chopped roasted peanuts

Combine dates and onion in medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt and sugar. Add the dressing to the dates and onion and toss well until they are completely coated. The dates will likely absorb any excess dressing. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

To serve, divide the greens among 6 plates, scatter a few slices of avocado on each bed of greens, spoon the date mixture between the avocado slices and sprinkle generously with the peanuts.

“As an all-in-one meal, this was a favorite lunch offering during our Apple Farm weekends,” Schmitt said. “It was also a perfect use for candied lemons that we like to make and have on hand.”

Asparagus & Candied Lemon Pasta

For 6 to 8 people

– Salt

1 pound dried pasta, such as linguine, fettuccine, or pappardelle

¼ cup butter or olive oil

1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-2 inch pieces

¼ cup or more canned lemons (recipe follows)

— Piece of good parmesan cheese

— Fresh lemon wedges

— Best quality olive oil

Bring a large pot of water for the pasta to a boil. When it comes to a full boil, add a generous amount of salt and the pasta and cook until the pasta is tender. just tender. Remove and reserve a generous amount of cooking water. Drain the pasta in a colander.

While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt or heat the butter or olive oil. Add the asparagus and sauté until almost tender, but still crisp. Remove from heat and let stand, uncovered.

Chop the candied lemons, including the zest and the pulp. (You can rinse the lemon before chopping it to reduce the salt.)

In a large bowl, toss the asparagus and preserved lemon with the pasta, adding a little of the reserved cooking water to soften the pasta if needed.

Grate the parmesan with a micro-grater, or shave it with a vegetable peeler to make pretty curls. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the pasta and serve immediately with the lemon wedges and a drizzle of your best olive oil. You can add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end for extra spice.

“There are many variations of these lemons, but this is my way of preparing them. I prefer to keep them simple and pure, without any other ingredients,” Schmitt said.

Candied Lemons

3 or 4 lemons

1 cup kosher salt, preferably Diamond Crystal

Wash and dry the lemons. Cut each into eight wedges and transfer to a medium bowl. Mix with the salt.

Pack in a ½ pint glass jar, squeezing the lemons in their juice. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 1 week, shaking occasionally. Store in the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to 1 year.

To use, finely dice or slice the preserved rind.

“After a hearty winter meal, this refreshing dessert is light, easy on the eyes and very, very satisfying,” Scmitt said.

Compote of marinated citrus fruits

For 6 persons

6 oranges

2 cups of white wine

1 cup of sugar

½ cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

Place 3 of the oranges on a work surface and, using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest in strips (without the bitter skin). Stack the zests and cut them into very thin strips. Blanch the zest by placing the strips in a small saucepan of boiling water. Bring back to the boil and immediately drain the water and remove the zest.

In a medium saucepan, combine the wine and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the zest and continue to simmer until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Pour the Grand Marnier or the orange liqueur.

With the 3 oranges that you have zested, cut the skin and cut or slice the oranges. Repeat the operation with the other 3 oranges, peeling them with a knife to also remove the skin. (Variations: add or substitute blood oranges or add kumquat slices.)

Transfer the oranges to a bowl and pour the syrup over them. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. They will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for three days.

Serve in tall stemmed glasses or your prettiest bowls with simple crispy cookies, a scoop of any citrus sorbet and/or fresh blueberries.

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Mercedes-Benz accelerates the release of its internal software with a new technology center


Mercedes-Benz expects around 750 of the 3,000 new recruits worldwide to develop the operating system have been hired in Sindelfingen, working on features ranging from in-car entertainment to autonomous driving.

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The center is part of a wider effort by Mercedes-Benz to streamline its software strategy

Mercedes-Benz opened a new 200 million euro ($217 million) software center in Sindelfingen on Friday, its latest investment in building internal software capabilities as it strives to bring its own software system to market. operating MB.OS by 2024. About 750 of the 3,000 new recruits the luxury carmaker plans to hire globally to develop the operating system have been hired in Sindelfingen, working on features ranging from in-car entertainment to autonomous driving. The center is part of a wider effort by Mercedes-Benz to streamline its software strategy from a patchwork approach integrating technology from a wide range of vendors, to control the core of its software offering itself.

“We take responsibility for software architecture and integration – that’s our main focus,” software director Magnus Oestberg told a panel discussion.

“We don’t do everything ourselves – we value partnerships, but of course the parts that are most important to us, we do in-house.”

One of these partnerships is with the American computer graphics specialist Nvidia, with whom Mercedes-Benz entered into an agreement in 2020 to develop assistance and autonomous driving functions which will be part of the launch of the MB.OS system in two years.

The automaker is 600 vacancies away from reaching its goal of a global team of 10,000 software engineers in Berlin, China, India, Israel, Japan and the United States.

“The profile of a software engineer is in high demand – the demand is considerably higher than the supply,” said Markus Schaefer, Chief Technology Officer.

In a survey of 572 automotive executives by the Capgemini research institute, 97% said four in 10 internal workers will need to have software skills within five years, from IT architects to IT management professionals. cloud to cybersecurity experts.


(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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FLAG ‘Thinks Forward’ at the annual meeting in Minnesota

A record turnout of members and supplier partners arrived at the 10th Annual In-Person FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group) Member Meeting in Bloomington, MN, USA. From April 19-21, 2022, nearly 110 attendees from 67 different companies took part in educational sessions, networked and participated in the site visit at the nearby Lofton Label.

The theme of the event, “Think Forward”, was omnipresent throughout the three days, as presentations and member meetings touched on many topics that are at the heart of the concerns of industry leaders. Supply chain concerns, labor challenges and building a strong culture were all discussed throughout the annual meeting.

“This event allows our members and vendor partners to work on their business, not their business, with a focus on the future,” explained JC McKay, Vice President of Business Development for FLAG.

“Our theme for this historic meeting was ‘Think Ahead’ – an appropriate message for members who have struggled with supply chain challenges, HR issues and labor shortages. over the past two years,” said John McKay, President and Founder. “Each year, we raise the bar for the Annual Meeting in terms of the quality of our keynote speakers, the tour we take of a member’s facilities, and the time and attention we devote to panel discussions, networking with vendor partners and peer group interactions.”

As part of the annual awards dinner at US Bank Stadium, the close-knit FLAG community was also invited to gather at the Minnesota Vikings football field. FLAG has distributed 11 awards, with Gold Member accolades to Amherst Label, Apogee Industries, ATL Corp., Creative Labels of Vermont, Graphics Universal, International Label & Printing, Luminer Converting Group and Niagara Label.

For 2021, UPM Raflatac received the FLAG Vendor Partner of the Year Award and Judy Abelman, Director at LPC, received the Brad Brown Strategic Partner Award. Meanwhile, Lofton Label received the Member Tour Host Award.

“The tour is an incredibly unique opportunity that FLAG has provided since its inception,” noted JC McKay.

In 2011, the annual FLAG assembly had nine members and four supplier partners. During this time, the association has reinforced its staff. In 2021 alone, FLAG added 18 members. So far in 2022, the association has added four members. “There’s no downside,” said Dwane Wall, president of Creative Labels of Vermont.

FLAG offers a 90-day grace period for new members, a policy that was successfully implemented at Labelexpo Americas 2016. Since then, 75 new members have joined.

According to JC McKay, 44 members have saved over $100,000 since joining the association, seven of which have saved over $500,000.

The educational sessions featured a versatile group of speakers. Following JC McKay’s ‘State of the Association’ speech, L&NW Editor-in-Chief Greg Hrinya looked at the latest trends in label and packaging printing affecting both members than suppliers. A panel discussion followed, featuring Kern Cox and Dovie Jeffcoat of Clemson, with Augie Ullmann of Jobot and Cindy Edwards of Engage PEO. The panel explored workforce challenges and how to best position converters and suppliers for hiring in the current climate.

According to Jeffcoat, students are looking for competitive salaries and benefits that take into account a balance of family, health and life. Learning and growth opportunities are also essential, as are companies with established sustainability initiatives.

“We want to introduce this industry to students much earlier in their lives,” Cox said. “Giving them this information can change their lives in a positive way.”

Hiring practices are also critical. Ullmann cited a survey of 3,500 manufacturing managers, which found that only 29% of new hires had all the skills required for their current roles.

“Companies need a compelling job value proposition for potential employees,” Ullmann said. “Stop thinking of hiring as a matter of replacing specific employees. Don’t ask who we need now, ask what we need for the future?”

“People are looking for a career path, not just a job,” Edwards added.

Keynote speaker Curt Steinhorst also addressed the labor challenge facing our industry. In his opening remarks, Steinhorst said, “It’s never been harder to find people to work for you, and it’s never been harder to keep them.”

According to Steinhorst, 47.4 million workers left their jobs in 2021, 55% of them looking for a new job. More recently, there were 11.3 million job openings in February 2022.

“There are an infinite number of things pulling on your most limited resource,” Steinhorst commented. “Your most precious resource is your attention. $275 billion was spent in 2021 to capture your attention.

Closing the event on April 21, Brian Van de Water of SPL Consulting, discussed “The Power of Triple E”. Van de Water emphasized the importance of leadership and culture in a company, saying, “How we lead affects how our teams live.”

Van de Water cited many statistics to illustrate the importance of leadership. A study from Stanford University indicated that work is the number one cause of stress in 74% of respondents’ lives, and that three out of four employees are disengaged at work. Meanwhile, seven out of eight don’t think their companies care about them.

“Look at all the good things going on in your business and recognize that you have every opportunity to build your team,” Van de Water stressed. “Your team does miracles for you every day. Recognize them for that.

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Are you considering taking out a loan for bad credit? First, you should always try to find one with an affordable interest rate. You will find several lenders offering emergency loans at various interest rates, repayment schedules and terms. Therefore, it is important that you know the options available so that you can decide what is best for you. As mentioned above, the interest rate should be your first filter button.

One of the most important things a lender needs to ensure is the borrowers ability to repay the loan. To do this, they analyze the credit rating and credit history to get a general overview of the financial performance of the borrower. So the question arises, what to do if the credit score is bad? Do lenders refuse to give loans on bad credit scores? Are bad credit loans a reality? We understand your confusion and are here to answer all your questions. So sit tight as we discuss the ins and outs of bad loans in our detailed review.

Before we get to the best companies that offer bad credit loans, let us tell you why bad credit loans aren’t as hard to borrow as you think. With the increasing competition in this world, many people all over the world have bad credit history and rely on bad loans to make ends meet. Therefore, online lenders have designed offers for bad credit holders so that such people can meet their emergency needs without much hassle. These lenders not only offer emergency loans but also help you improve your credit score by reporting your performance to the credit bureaus. This means that if you repay your loan installments on time, you will be able to improve your credit score and therefore your financial options will increase.

Top 3 Bad Credit Lenders

In this article, we will discuss the 3 best bad credit lenders in America. This list has been compiled after extensive research and highlights the pros and cons of each company. These websites connect you to a variety of lenders to ensure you get the deal of your choice. We strongly believe that these lenders guarantee the best user experience and nothing would go wrong if you borrow from them. So without further ado, let’s discuss the best bad credit lenders in 2022.

  1. MoneyMutual: Best payday loans for bad credit

  2. FundsJoy: Easy loans with bad credit

  3. BadCreditLoans: Bad Credit Guaranteed Payday Loans

MoneyMutual: Best payday loans for bad credit

MoneyMutual is undoubtedly one of the best and most trusted lenders in America. The main reason for their growing popularity is that they do not require a full credit check from their customer. Since a firm credit check lowers the credit score, this feature is especially important for people with bad credit. Since a full credit check is not required, borrowers do not worry about their credit score.

MoneyMutual charges borrowers nothing, connecting them to a large network of lenders for free. These services offered by MoneyMutual are independent of your credit score, so you can be sure to get the best deals possible.

It has been noticed that many people who do not get a loan on MoneyMutual start complaining about their services and leave a bad rating. However, keep in mind that MoneyMutual is just a platform connecting borrowers with lenders. They cannot force lenders to offer you a deal; therefore, if no lender chooses to deal with you, there is nothing MoneyMutual can do about it.

To sum up, MoneyMutual has been helping people for over 10 years and has a large customer base of over two million people. Their consistency in providing excellent services is a guarantee that you can easily get a loan from their website.


Highlighting features of MoneyMutual are as follows:

  1. Serves as a link between borrowers and lenders

  2. A full credit check is not required

  3. The application process is entirely online

  4. Up to $5000 can be obtained in the form of short-term loans


  1. Ranked #1 Best Bad Credit Loan Providers

  2. The application process is quite short and easy

  3. Reputable organization

  4. Transfer of funds is provided within 24 hours

The inconvenients

  1. Doesn’t work in some states like New York

Client experience

Customers report that taking out a loan from MoneyMutual is not complicated at all. Communication with the lender and negotiation of agreements are also made easy with the user-friendly interface. Customers appreciate the fact that bad credit loans can be obtained without a full credit check. Overall, MoneyMutual is undoubtedly one of the pioneers in the bad credit loan industry.

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FundsJoy: Easy loans with bad credit

FundsJoy, although new to the industry, is becoming the fastest and most trusted bad credit loan lender. Many people use this platform daily because of its user-friendly user interface and simple application process that is completely online and only takes 5 minutes.


The best features of FundsJoy are:

  1. Loans up to $5000 can be borrowed

  2. Easy online application process


  1. Automated request system

  2. Efficient loan approval facilitated by electronic signature

  3. The application process can be completed on all types of gadgets

The inconvenients

  1. Not as popular as other lending platforms

Client experience

Their quick and easy application process is appreciated by their customers. After submitting the application process, you can negotiate with different lenders and finalize a deal as per your convenience. Customers report that the transfer of funds is provided within 24 hours, so it is possible for people with urgent monetary needs.

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BadCreditLoans: Bad Credit Guaranteed Payday Loans

BadCreditLoans is one of the most popular loan companies among people with bad credit scores. Just like MoneyMutual, it is a free platform where borrowers are matched with lenders and loans are offered regardless of credit rating.

Their former clients with bad credit claims claim they got loan from this website without credit check. Therefore, this means that you can get a loan from BadCreditLoans without suffering a further drop in your credit score.

BadCreditLoans only hosts multiple borrowers and lenders across America, therefore decisions regarding loan terms are entirely up to the lenders and borrowers. However, they provide detailed information on all lenders and borrowers so that both parties can decide whether or not to deal with the other.


Some of the main features of BadCreditLoans are:

  1. Provide detailed information on borrowers and lenders

  2. Company-standard encryption technology protects your personal data

  3. Free Services

  4. After completing the online application form, you can negotiate with the lenders to finalize a deal


Free to submit the application and receive a loan

Analyzing the credibility of the lender is easy thanks to the detailed information provided by the site

Lenders do not have high credit standards

Loans ranging from $500 to $5,000 can be obtained

It is possible to compare the interest rates of several lenders

The inconvenients

Small amount of loans can be obtained by people with bad credit scores

Client experience

Borrowers appreciate that BadCreditLoans has designed a simple application process and that it is not complicated even for people with bad credit scores to obtain the required loan amount. The detailed information provided about the lenders makes it easier for people to decide whether to deal with them or not. BadCreditLoans can undoubtedly be claimed as one of the best no credit check loan providers in 2022.

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Conclusion: Best Lender No Credit Check

So that marks the end of our detailed review of the 3 best bad credit lenders in America. We hope you got all the information you came here for. These lenders are the best in all aspects of bad credit loans and we are sure that your experience will be smooth with them.

Since there is a better competitor in all walks of life, we conclude that MoneyMutual is the best provider of no credit check loans in America. They provide instant and guaranteed approval and transfer of funds is also ensured within 24 hours. In addition to providing access to reliable lenders, their excellent customer service is appreciated by customers across America. They also provide various financial services such as debt relief and credit repair. So, if you are looking for a loan, head over to the MoneyMutual website and submit an application now!

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Ben and Erin Napier are back with the new “Home Town Kickstart” series


Your favorite HGTV couple, Ben and Erin Napier, are back!

“It’s so huge,” says artist and graphic designer Erin in a exclusive preview of Napier’s new show “Home Town Kickstart” published by People on Sunday. “HGTV is back to help more small towns.”

“For the first time ever, six communities across America are getting a boost with the help of HGTV’s renovation and design experts,” Ben, a carpenter and former cabinet minister, says in the music video.

Following the success of their HGTV series “Home Town”, where the couple renovates historic homes, Erin and Ben take their efforts across the country to continue “sparking a wave of small-town passion” in this new spin-off series.

Since debuting on “Home Town” in January 2016, the Napiers have amassed a loyal following ever since. “It’s quite unexpected. It wasn’t something we thought about or dreamed of,” Ben told USA TODAY’s “Home” magazine last year. “It’s kind of a happy accident,” Erin added.

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Now they’re building an even bigger following across the country with “Home Town Kickstart.” Here’s everything we know about the couple’s new HGTV series.

“People come to visit Laurel every day”: Ben and Erin Napier welcome HGTV fans to their ‘hometown’

Which cities will ‘Home Town Kickstart’ hit?

Ben, Erin and Co. will travel to Buffalo, Wyoming; Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Ariz.; LaGrange, Kentucky; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana.

According to HGTV, out of 5,000 other submissions, these six small towns were identified as places that could touch the Napiers’ magic and reinvigorate their revitalization efforts.

Which HGTV stars will be making special appearances?

HGTV has enlisted some of its best talent to help out.

Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb of “Unsellable Homes”; Joe Maza of “Home Inspector Joe”; Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent of “The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project”; Ty Pennington of “Rock the Block”; Jasmine Roth of “Help! I Wrecked My House”; Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt of “100 Day Dream Home”; Page Turner from “Fix My Flip”; Carmine Sabetella and Mike Pyle of “Inside Out”; and Alison Victoria of “Windy City Rehab” are among the network experts who, supported by the Napiers, will carry out three projects in each city.

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What will they do in each city?

They’ll freshen up a local hero’s home, give a small business a much-needed upgrade, and reinvigorate a public space to improve residents’ quality of life.

When, where, what time is the premiere of “Home Town Kickstart”?

“Home Town Kickstart” will premiere on HGTV Sunday, April 24 at 8/7 a.m. and will be available to stream on Discovery+ the same day.

A new episode will air each following Sunday.

Rogue Company keeps crashing, freezing, slowing down or stuttering on PC


Many users have complained that Rogue Company keeps crashing, slowing, freezing or stuttering on their Windows 11/10 computers. If you are having this problem, this article will help you fix the problem.

Why does my Rogue company keep crashing?

Your Rogue Company will crash for a variety of reasons, but the most common is corruption. Your game files can get corrupted due to various reasons such as virus or malware infection, incomplete downloads, etc. Whatever the case, the best part is that it can be fixed. You can check the files using your launcher, either Steam or Epic Games, and repair them. Another reason why your game would crash is outdated drivers, if your graphics drivers are not up to date then chances are the latest version of the game is not compatible to run on your system and hence will crash. Discover the solutions to solve everything.

Rogue Company keeps crashing, freezing, lagging or stuttering

If Rogue Company keeps crashing, lagging, freezing or stuttering on your Windows PC, check out the following solutions to fix the problem.

  1. Kill background processes
  2. Update graphics drivers
  3. Update game
  4. Check game files
  5. Disable overlays
  6. Fix problems in Clean Boot

Let’s talk about it in detail.

1]Kill background processes

End shifts task

First, try to kill all processes that are running in the background and are of no use. These tasks can consume resources such as CPU, GPU, and memory, and Rogue Company will face a shortage of these resources. You need to open Task Manager, right-click on the processes that are consuming resources and select Final task. Kill tasks that consume a lot of CPU, GPU or memory. Once you’ve done that, open the game and see if it works. This may work for stuttering, but may not work for crashing issues.

2]Update graphics drivers

Outdated graphics drivers can cause compatibility issues, which in turn causes your computer to crash or crawl. There are different methods to update graphics drivers, so choose one of them and perform the necessary update.

After the update, open the game and see if it works.

3]Update game

Apparently there is a bug in Rogue Company that prevents it from working on some computers. The company is aware of this and is trying to roll out an update that will fix this issue. Until then, all you can do is wait for the issue to be resolved. Your launcher, whether Steam or Epic Games, will automatically detect and install updates.

4]Verify game files

The game may also crash due to corrupted files. Luckily, both Epic Games Launcher and Steam Client have options to verify game files and then repair corruption. So, let’s see how to do the same.

Check the game files on Steam.

  • To open Steam.
  • Click on Library.
  • Right click on the game and select Properties.
  • Go to the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game files button.

Verify game files on Epic Games

  • To open epic games and go to his library.
  • Go to Rogue Company.
  • Click the gear icon to access settings.
  • Click Verify.

Let the process complete and check if the issue still occurs.

5]Disable Overlays

The overlay can give you additional controls, but for some it’s nothing more than a gimmick. No matter which side you are on, if Rogue Company is crashing on your system, you should disable overlays. There are various apps that have their own overlay option, such as NVIDIA, Steam, Epic Games, and Discord. You should immediately disable them and see if that helps.

6]Troubleshoot problems in Clean Boot

Try troubleshooting in Clean Boot and find out if there is any third-party app conflicting with your game. Then remove it and see if it works. Hope this does the trick for you.

What are the system requirements for Rogue Company?

If you want to play Rogue Company, make sure your computer meets the following system requirements.


  • SE: Windows 7 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core i5-2320
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Chart: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
  • Storage: 20 GB of available space


  • SE: Windows 10/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.20GHz 12
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Chart: GTX960
  • Storage: 20 GB of available space

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RIT alumni foreshadow how technology, arts and design will change the future


Among its many lessons, the pandemic has opened the eyes of many industries to the future, according to Aaron Gordon ’13 (film and animation), CEO of Optic Sky, an advertising and digital experience production company he founded in 2014.

“I manage 87 directors working with technology everywhere,” said Gordon, a serial entrepreneur and executive producer whose business has evolved to offer commercial television production, social video, animation, augmented reality (AR ), virtual reality (VR), virtual production and interactive experiences for clients such as Google, Wegmans and Zillow, among others.

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Gordon joined Franklyn Athias ’85 (IT), CTO and Senior Vice President of Xfinity Mobile Retail Convergence, and Erin Sarofsky ’98 (Graphic Design), ’00 MFA (Infographic Design), an award-winning creative visionary who creates storytelling projects for leading brands and entertainment, at the Futurists Symposium at this year’s Imagine RIT Festival: Creativity and Innovation.

Hosted by RIT President David Munson and moderated by WXXI “Connections” host Evan Dawson, the event was held at the Wegmans Theater inside the RIT MAGIC Center. It was also available to watch live on the Imagine RIT website.

Gordon wowed audiences with a video created for RIT’s electric vehicle team. Produced two years ago using the latest advancements in virtual production (VP) within MAGIC Spell Studios, RIT’s world-class digital media research and production facility, VP combines filmmaking, 3D graphics, computer photography and real-time game engine rendering to produce in-camera visual effects similar to those seen in groundbreaking work on Disney’s The Mandalorian and Marvel’s Avenger films.

“At any given time, we can work with between 50 and 200 freelancers,” noted Gordon, whose “digital experience” division is full of projects. A jazz drummer who finds rhythm in all things and bases both his business and creative ethos on syncopated beats and flow, he referenced a Snapchat partnership that will deliver never-before-seen immersive AR, VR and web social experiences previously.

“When you’re a creative nerd, it helps you predict what the world will look like in 20, 30, 40 years,” he said. “Prepare for this.”

Athias, who leads his division’s overall technology strategy and helps ensure alignment of the architecture and product portfolio for the next era of wireless communication, said “thanks to COVID, I no longer need jump on a plane, and I’ve never been more productive.

“It was easy for me to adapt, because in the 80s I was already experimenting with innovative technologies here at RIT,” said Athias, who during his more than 25-year career at Comcast, has Managed numerous IP architecture programs and initiatives for cable modem broadband services.

“Everything with technology has always been about going faster,” Athias added.

“Connectivity is going to be four times faster than you do today,” he predicted. “It’s all about speed and bandwidth and people are going to be amazed at what they’re going to see and experience in a few years.”

Since launching her design and production services company in Chicago, Sarofsky has become well known for creating innovative title sequences and credits for film and television, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, guardians of the galaxy, The Suicide Squadand strange doctor, among others. She was featured in a CBS Sunday morning report on creative title sequences.

“My works embody technology, art and design, so I think it’s great that RIT has adapted these pillars across the university,” Sarofsky said.

His acclaimed work also includes writing and directing an original short film that showcases the possibilities of Apple’s iMac Pro.

Sarofsky uses many different technologies, venturing into the AR and VR space, but design guides everything the company does.

“These larger projects require expertise and infrastructure beyond anything you can imagine today, from security to the VFX (visual effects) pipeline for color space, resolution and stereoscopic 3D,” said she declared.

Rob Gronkowski trains with Tennessee Titans star


The group reunites in Tampa Bay for another run at a potential super bowl. At this point, the Buccaneers are just missing two key fiddlers, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Throughout free agency, the team remained in contact with both players. There is interest on both sides to facilitate a potential return to the franchise. Suh even publicly expressed his wishes on social media.

READ MORE: Could the Buccaneers trade for Baker Mayfield?

Gronkowski remained a little coy, again flirting with the idea of ​​retiring this offseason. Had Tom Brady stayed out of the game, one wonders if Gronkowski would have joined him on the sidelines. Alas, the time for guesswork is over.

As of now, Gronkowski says he is still deciding if he wants to continue his football career. Earlier this week, he said he had yet to enter into contract negotiations with the Buccaneers. The veteran previously said that if he continues to play, it will only be in Tampa Bay.

“It’s going to start [contract negotiations] if I decide I want to play. There is no reason to do so as long as there is a decision to be made first. It all depends on whether I decide to do it.

Either way, it looks like the future Hall of Famer is still working off the pitch in the event of a return. On Friday, images of Gronkowski and Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry emerged on social media after a practice session. It looks like Gronkowski is staying fit.

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However, that might mean nothing at all when it comes to the football pitch. After all, Gronkowski is chomping at the bit to take on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a WWE match.

Without Gronkowski officially in the fold, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in desperate need of a tight end. As of now, the team only has two tight ends under contract, veteran Cam Brate and Codey McElroy. With optimism that Gronkowski will be back for at least one more run, it will be interesting to see if the Bucs target an addition for the unit in the upcoming NFL Draft.

READ MORE: Tom Brady gives Bucs more cap space in 2022

Tampa Bay has only four picks in the first four rounds, but general manager Jason Licht could consider trading the first round for multiple picks throughout the draft.

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North Kingstown Elementary School Teacher Receives 2022 Arts Education Leadership Award


Hamilton Elementary School art teacher Robin Kasparian is the recipient of Artsonia’s 2022 Arts Education Leadership Award. The award honors pioneers in the arts education community who continually inspire their peers and engage students.

Kasparian and Artsonia peers selected her from thousands of instructors as one of 15 national winners of this award.

“To be recognized by Artsonia and my peers as a leader in arts education is such an honor,” Kasparian said in a statement provided to What’sUpNewp. “I spend hours every day making sure my art room is running smoothly, organized and clean, and my students have the coolest, most compelling lessons full of interesting art history, theory colors, design elements and principles, new techniques and creative expression.When others notice all the hard work and effort I have put into making my students feel valued and loved, I feel really appreciated and valued.

Kasparian is in her third year as an elementary school art instructor. However, she shared her passion for art in a professional capacity throughout her adult life. Before becoming an elementary school art teacher, Kasparian worked as an art director and graphic designer. She also founded an after-school art program and summer camp that prioritized teaching art history to children. She led the camp for several years before starting her current position.

“I love my job and am inspired by my students every day,” Kasparian said. “My students come into my classroom with adorable notes, drawings, and cards telling me how much they love art lessons, and that makes me so happy. I’m inspired every time my students get excited about their creations and I see their self-esteem grow. The art classroom is a place where all students should feel safe, can express themselves, and be successful.”

Kasparian is one of thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their students’ art, organize lesson plans, and help raise funds for their classrooms. Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum with over 90 million works of art, allows family and friends of student artists to create and buy organic souvenirs of student art , then donates 20% of all revenue to the local art class.

“Artsonia had a huge impact on my class,” Kasparian said. “Having my students see their artistic growth from K-5 through their online portfolios is such a special gift I can give them.”

Artsonia’s 2022 Art Education Leadership Award is a way to honor passionate and dedicated instructors who teach their students to create and value art, produce innovative lessons, and continually motivate their peers on Artsonia.

“Artsonia strives to provide art educators with a platform to inspire one another,” said Jim Meyers, CEO and co-founder of the company. “We couldn’t thrive without the commitment and ingenuity of teachers like Robin who use their online gallery and lesson plans to motivate others. This Arts Education Leadership Award is a way for us to recognize the dedicated and passionate individuals who help our children cherish the arts and cultivate their creative side.

On the website announcing the winners of the 2022 Art Education Leadership Award, Kasparian shared;

My art training began when I was an art student at Syracuse University. I eventually became an editorial designer at a few graphic design firms and an art director for numerous magazines in New York. I also owned my own graphic design studio in Charlotte, NC. Then when my family moved to RI, I decided to focus on my other love – teaching kids art. The next logical step was to become a visual arts teacher. I love my job and am motivated every day by the enthusiastic smiling faces that enter my classroom and the exceptional works of art they create! Their love of art at this age makes me want to be the best teacher I can be for them. Thank you for your support!

Of the 15 national recipients of this award, Kasparian was the only selected teacher from New England. See the full list of winners here.

For more information, visit artsonia.com.

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Top 10 Deep Learning Jobs at FAANG Companies to Apply for in 2022


by Satavisa Pati

April 22, 2022

Explore your enthusiasm for deep learning with these top 10 jobs at top tech giants FAANG.

FAANG stands for Facebook (now Meta), Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet). All tech enthusiasts around the world are interested in landing a job in these top tech giants which are also popular for their wonderful working environment and best quality of their teams. Here are the top 10 deep learning jobs in FAANG companies you can apply for in 2022.

Business Intelligence Engineer II, Business Intel Engineer, Retail Business Service at Amazon

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Amazon’s team of high-calibre software developers, applied scientists, data engineers, product managers, and business intelligence engineers use rigorous ML and deep learning approaches to ensure that the company identifies and corrects the right catalog defect to ensure a good shopping experience for its customers. . Amazon is looking for a customer-obsessed Business Intel Engineer who thrives in a data-driven decision-making culture and who will be responsible for helping the company set the bar high for the team. RBS data engineering.

Apply here.

MSI Full Stack Software Engineer – IA/ML & Big Data at Apple

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in several areas. You’ll build systems that cover some of the most technically challenging areas of software today. Apple’s systems cut across big data, hardware, operations research, data analytics and warehousing, and user experience.

Apply here.

Software engineer, machine learning at Meta

Location: Distant, Netherlands

Facebook is looking for Lead/Senior Machine Learning Engineers to join its engineering team. The ideal person will have industry experience working on a range of classification and optimization issues, e.g., payment fraud, click-through rate prediction, recommender systems, click fraud detection , search classification, text/sentiment classification, or spam detection. The position will involve taking these skills and applying them to some of the most exciting and massive social data and prediction problems that exist on the web. You will bring the ability to master the entire ML lifecycle, define projects and foster excellence within teams.

Apply here.

Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer at Meta

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

The selected candidate will design and develop novel computer vision and/or machine learning algorithms in areas such as real-time scene and object tracking, reconstruction and understanding, as well as segmentation, face tracking, body tracking, keypoint estimation, depth sensing, generative approaches such as GAN, 3D stereo and volumetric reconstruction, avatars, reconstructions and virtual trial. They will also have to develop prototypes for future VR/AR/MR experiences, drive continuous development and integrate robust solutions into products.

Apply here.

Senior Research Scientist, Computer Graphics/Computer Vision/Machine Learning at Netflix

Location: Los Gatos, California

In this role, you will focus on applied research to develop computer graphics, machine learning and/or computer vision algorithms that enable storytellers around the world to create unique content that is consumed by our members around the world. entire. The algorithms will activate the tools used by artists in virtual production, visual effects (VFX), post-production and animation, and help them focus on the most creative aspects to achieve the desired result. You will also develop algorithms that help creatives in the early and late stages of content production in aspects such as story visualization and audience understanding. You will collaborate with Studio’s content production teams as well as product management and engineering teams to develop and test new models and algorithms.

Apply here.

Senior Software Engineer, Game Data at Netflix

Location: Los Gatos, California

Netflix’s Data Science and Engineering (“DSE”) aims to use data, analytics, and science to improve various aspects of our business. The company is looking for a Software Engineer to join our Games DSE team, supporting end-to-end analytics and data needs for the Games space. This role will partner closely with our game stakeholders to develop software and data solutions that enable analytics across the entire game library.

Apply here.

Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Amazon is looking for a passionate, hardworking, and talented Software Engineer with the highest quality standards, with experience building mobile apps and test engineering, especially those with high compute requirements. and taking advantage of mobile cameras. You will have a huge opportunity to have a big impact on the design, architecture and implementation of cutting-edge products used by millions of people every day. You will be responsible for creating mobile application software and test frameworks involving camera APIs and AR frameworks.

Apply here.

Cloud Technical Solutions Engineer, AI/ML, Google Cloud at Alphabet

Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

The selected candidate will be required to work with customers on machine learning deployments in production to troubleshoot issues and ensure production readiness, availability and scale. They will be required to manage Google Cloud customer issues through effective diagnosis, resolution, documentation or implementation of forensic tools and develop a deep understanding of Google Cloud’s AI/Machine Learning products/solutions and underlying architectures by troubleshooting, reproducing and determining the root cause of customer issues. Candidates must also understand customer issues, advocate their needs with internal product and engineering teams, find ways to improve the product, and drive production changes. They may additionally act as subject matter experts for internal stakeholders in engineering, sales, and customer organizations to resolve technical barriers to deployment to improve Google Cloud and be part of a team of engineers/consultants who provide global customer support 24 hours a day.

Apply here.

Head of AI, Google Cloud, Delivery Center at Alphabet

Location: Gurugram, Haryana, India

Alphabet is looking for candidates who will work with clients to identify opportunities for applying machine learning in their business. They should also design and implement machine learning solutions for customer use cases, leveraging core Google products including TensorFlow, DataFlow, and the AI ​​Platform. They can manage and grow a team of consultants and engineers and work with customer technical managers, customer executives and partners to manage and deliver successful implementations of cloud solutions, becoming trusted advisors to decision makers while throughout the engagement.

Apply here.

Technical Trainer, Google Cloud at Alphabet

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The Google Cloud Platform team helps customers transform and scale their business through the use of Google’s global network, web-scale data centers and software infrastructure. As part of an entrepreneurial team in this rapidly growing company, you’ll help shape the future of businesses of all sizes by using technology to connect with customers, employees, and partners. As part of this team, you will deliver training to a mix of customers, strategic partners and Googlers. Although the focus is on technical training courses, sometimes you can also support training activities for marketing events.

Apply here.

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Intel Creates New Graphics Research Organization


Intel has announced the creation of a new graphics research function within the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG). At the head of the new division, Anton Kaplanyan, vice president, Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group, will be relatively new. Kaplanyan adds to his long existing title the role of Chief Technology Officer and Head of Graphics Research Organization.

In a blog post about the expanded research that will continue under his leadership at Intel Graphics, Kaplanyan outlines several lines of research; in creating a new open and repeatable reference scene for graphics researchers, in new levels of photorealism using technologies such as path tracing, in machine learning graphics enhancements like XeSS, and in graphics technologies which will apply to Web 3.0 and/or the Metaverse.

Kaplanyan believes that we need richer graphics not only for games, but also for future immersive experiences, which was discussed by Raja Koduri in December. This means advanced graphics for remote work and presence, photorealistic simulation, and user-“photographed” 3D virtual environments. To do that, we don’t just need more powerful graphics cards in PCs, but powerful graphics acceleration across the full range of devices, from PCs to tablets and smartphones, to your home smart devices. Intel says it is preparing for this task with the aim of “advancing the whole field, the whole ecosystem”.

Talking about a vision is one thing, but Kaplanyan has already worked on something concrete, in line with his research organization’s commitment to an open and collaborative approach.

When Kaplanyan was working at Crytek, he released the iconic Sponza scene, which “has become a default scene in games, visualization, film, and other areas of research and development.” Having such a standard allows graphic design researchers to test their hardware and software innovations with reproducibility and comparability. In 2022 we will have an updated scene depicting the Sponza Atrium in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It features physical materials with 4K textures and high-resolution geometry, photogrammetrically matched to the stunning real-world location.

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The Sponza upgrade is an initiative focused on short-term challenges, but still needs attention due to the fact that many devices still ship with rather poor graphics acceleration.

Looking a little deeper into the future of graphics, Kaplanyan provides a broad overview of the research topics his graphics research organization will be examining in the coming months. There are three main strands on this activity fork for now. With advances in graphics hardware opening up real-time ray-tracing graphics capabilities, Kaplanyan says Intel will work on path-tracing challenges. He says the industry is not yet at a place where real-time ray tracing is a practical solution for most.

Kaplanyan also mentions machine learning, which he calls “a great approximation tool for difficult problems,” including graphics. Work on XeSS is just the beginning of Intel’s use of ML, says Graphics Research Manager.

Finally, Kaplanyan sees the next graphics boom in user-generated 3D content. He shares his thoughts on how to make such content as easy as video production – now a hobby, calling or career for thousands of YouTubers.

Besides sharing the new and improved Sponza scene, much of what Intel Graphics says is working on sounds more like an Nvidia GeForce catch-up project. As a relatively new company that’s somewhat understandable, and we have to be patient. However, updates from Intel’s graphics research organization in, say, a year from now will hopefully show a little more evidence of inspirational thinking rather than me too.

Elden Ring’s Iron Fist Alexander shown in Cuphead Rubber Hose Style


Elden Ring’s Iron Fist Alexander, also known as Alexander, Warrior Jar, unofficially transitions into Cuphead with a similar rubber hose art style.

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We talked a lot about Ring of EldenProlific bosses and enemies have spread from Liurnia of the Lakes to Crumbling Farum Azula. But visited between bosses and enemies are NPCs that aren’t hostile and likely have an elaborate quest for players to embark on, with events often dependent on further progression.

Ring of EldenThe scale of allows such quests to span continental areas. Players can have a much richer experience if these characters are found and appeased in terms of what they have to say and what they ask the player to do. With the benefit of an active community and anecdotal player experiences, for example, players can come back for NPCs they may not have spoken to. A fan celebrated the popularity of Ring of Elden‘s Iron Fist Alexander, also known as Alexander, Warrior Jar, with unique art in Cupheadsignature rubber hose styling.


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Twitter user @mustakro decided to celebrate the character of Iron Fist Alexander with another art style merging between Ring of Elden and Cupheadrubber hose style. Inspired by CupheadHand-drawn cel animation, Alexander is reflected in a much more cartoonish appearance while retaining his definitive characteristics as a huge “Pot Boy” with an arms crossed expression. Mustakro has now illustrated a number of Ring of Elden‘s bosses in this Cuphead style, such as a Crucible Knight, Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, and an Erdtree Burial Watchdog.

Alexander is one of many Living Jars and Warrior Jars hailing from Ring of Eldenit’s Jarburg. Alexander’s quest opens with a humble rescue, where players find him stuck in the ground of Northern Stormhill and must free him by punching him multiple times. Alexander’s cheerful and loyal personality has made him a fan-favorite NPC, not to mention the lovable Living Jars within the FromSoftware community, and Mustakro’s art reinforces how fans continue to cherish the character. of Alexander.

Alexander now accompanies Mustakro Ring of Elden illustration of Blaidd as the player’s ally NPC companion who has his own complex quest to follow. Like Blaidd, Alexander’s quest is one that unfortunately ends in a battle between him, who has thus far only been friend and not antagonist, and the player.

Players may not be as averse to fighting Alexander as they are to attacking Ring of Elden‘s Miriel, Pastor of Vows, also dubbed by fans as the “Turtle Pope”. However, it’s still a devastating act to undertake, even if Alexander drops the Shard of Alexander Talisman and Alexander’s Innards when fought at the end of his questline.

Ring of Elden is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Separation: Departing editorial board members say goodbye to The Cougar


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In honor of The Cougar’s final print issue of the academic year, our outgoing Editorial Board members took a moment to reflect on their time at the journal.

Sydney Rose, Editor-in-Chief

My time at The Cougar was such a big part of my college experience. This office is where I spent most of my hours, where I met many of my close friends, and where I developed a love for writing and editing.

Saying goodbye is almost unimaginable as I’ve never spent a semester away from this amazing office or staff before, and going to a whole other country to study abroad next semester feels unreal.

I’ve learned so much about myself and what I want to do with my life after college, just with the opportunity to be around like-minded people and move up the ladder. Starting my first year as a senior editor in the news section to where I am now as an editor has been quite a journey.

One that I will appreciate more than anyone knows. I’m so grateful for everything I’ve been able to accomplish here. I love you all and don’t miss me too much! XOXO, Sydney.

Aminah Tannir, Editor-in-Chief

It’s hard to put into words how much writing at The Cougar transformed my college experience. I was first a passionate writer, I was thrilled to be able to inform the campus community about important issues, especially at the start of a pandemic.

My time there quickly snowballed into something much bigger when I started writing as associate editor and finally as editor. I was able to cover the topics I’m passionate about, such as COVID-19, initiatives at the College of Medicine, and groundbreaking research happening on campus.

From faculty, students, and staff, I had a great time meeting new people and interacting with members of our campus community to tell their stories. Besides writing, I had the incredible opportunity to meet some of my closest friends. They helped me develop not only as a writer but as a person and will make me look back on this experience with no regrets.

It was an honor to write for The Cougar and the UH community. I will miss you all, good luck!

Ashley Gwananji, Associate Editor

Hi, all of you! My stay at the Cougar was amazing from start to finish. It’s amazing to know that my writing hobby has contributed to something bigger than me. This organization allowed me to fully express who I am behind the tapping of my laptop keyboard.

In return, I have spent hours working with some of the amazing and talented people who I also consider my friends. Although I loved writing and delivering stories, I especially loved interacting with people in the UH community. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with the most interesting and influential people.

Without The Cougar, I wouldn’t have been able to meet a Forbes “30 Under 30” list member, a former reality TV star and well-known Knicks basketball player. However, I will admit that some of the most interesting people I have met have gone through “Ask Ashley”. It’s been an honor to lead my little anonymous advice column and provide the most unbalanced advice.

As I finally enter the next chapter of my life as #ForeverCoog, I will truly miss you all. Thank you very much for everything. I love you all!

Anna Baker, opinion writer

The Cougar was an invaluable experience for me. It was a fantastic outlet for my writing and a wonderful learning opportunity. Although having to switch between MLA and AP style as a major and opinion English editor has been a challenge at times, I am very grateful for my time here.

The Cougar has opened up opportunities for me to write about things I’m passionate about, like the University’s need to expand HyFlex courses and the attack on LGBTQ rights in this country. Writing about these topics has only made me a better communicator and I know I will take these skills with me wherever I find myself in the future.

What I appreciate most about The Cougar are the people. I had a lot to learn when I became an opinion writer, and I can’t thank the rest of the editorial board enough for what they taught me. Whether I needed help finding a source or clarifying information, I knew I could count on the people around me.

I always look forward to coming to work every day and hope to find the same fun and community in the future.

Juana Garcia, Creative Director

The Cougar has shaped my college experience and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities this organization provides. I wouldn’t have guessed that a simple application for a graphic designer position would land me here as a creative director today.

I am truly honored to have helped create graphics and covers for The Cougar and Cooglife. This organization has been a great way to practice and improve my skills as an artist and leader, which will help me in the future.

I enjoyed working with a team of wonderful artists and minds to post content for this journal. What I liked the most about being here were the people. I met lovely people and I will not forget the talented leaders of my time here. There has never been a dull day working in the office, a place full of open and creative voices.

It was a crazy trip and I’m grateful to have stayed there for it. This work environment made for a wonderful first job and I can’t thank The Cougar enough. I’m going to miss my time here! Take care!

Gerald Sastra, Deputy Creative Director

I can proudly say that my experience working at The Cougar has been life changing, I have grown so much in the past two years and it is thanks to the supportive and friendly environment.

The Cougar was the first student organization I joined and it’s an amazing institution with even more amazing people. As a graphic design student, I can say that this has been a great outlet for me to develop my design skills, both technically and conceptually. Seeing my work on campus was an indescribable honor, and I was able to have a weekly regimen to practice my skills from the weekly prompts and requests.

I’m super honored to have worked with a super talented and driven team of writers, designers, and many other people here who I will dearly miss. The relationships I have made will be something I will cherish all my life.

I hope our work has had a positive and lasting impact on campus. I wish good luck to the future members of the editorial board! Thank you all, it was a pleasure working with you all!

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GPU: Stocks are normalizing, easier to buy, but is this only in the UK and EU regions?


GPUs or Graphics Processing Units struggled to sell as the shortage of components and its effect on production brought down the entire industry. There have been difficulties the sector has faced in recent years, but now it recently announced that it has returned to its old pace, and availability is coming to its official stores and retailers.

GPU inventories are normalizing now, store availability

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A selection of PC gaming graphics cards, including (clockwise from top) a Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X, Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming and XFX Radeon R9 390X, taken on 6 August 2015.

GPU inventories are now normalizing and computer components are returning to availability in stores and online platforms that offer the company’s products in their stores.

Nvidia launched a “Restocked and rechargedon its online store, giving gamers a public service announcement that its processors are now available.

The computing industry is also talking about its return to stocks, and many have already announced that GPU stocks are back in their respective stores. Supplies are courtesy of graphics card manufacturers including Nvidia, AMD, Intel, and other companies that offer internals for every need.

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GPU stocks: only available in UK and EU regions?

Nvidia’s campaign above focuses on the UK, but it didn’t say much about its availability in other regions. Also a report from a German retailer, 3D Centersaid inventory is normalizing, including AMD GPUs in their stores, as they have come down in price over the past few weeks for customers.

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An MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB graphics card, taken November 23, 2017.

It is currently unknown if stock will soon be available in the United States or if this will be the manufacturers next target.

GPUs and the world’s chip shortage

There are already massive effects on several industries, and it is because of the shortage of chips that the world has been experiencing for the past two years. The shortfall began during the pandemic, and all affected by these availability issues blamed the COVID-19 virus for its limited supply and resources to create the internal components.

Companies like Intel have shared their feelings on the matter before, saying it expects the shortage to last until 2023, a long time for the world to suffer from its scarcity. And it’s not just the chips that have been affected here, but also the units and processors like the graphics card, memory, and even some parts of the board that use the components.

Cars and smartphones are also suffering from it, but there are hopes for its eventual normalization, similar to what is happening now for GPUs. You could say that the Chinese crypto ban has helped reduce the demand for graphics cards. Yet, the current predicted inventory availability is due to manufacturing companies getting sufficient supply to produce its technology.

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Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom review


There aren’t many laptop makers that you could call “indie” operations, and of those a lot will be localized rebranding operations from overseas cleanskin laptop makers like Clevo. So what Venom computers do – that is, build laptops from the ground up to compete with global giants like Apple or Microsoft – is rather unique.

Building a laptop is no small task, it requires a deep understanding of current PC components and a huge budget and fund allocation to get things started, but no matter how difficult it is for small businesses to enter this market. , consumers are primarily interested in getting the best product for their money.

Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom price and availability


Here is the Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores, 8 threads, up to 4.7 GHz Turbo)
Chart: Intel Iris Xe graphics card
RAM: 16 GB
Filter: 14 inch 1080p IPS
Storage: 2 Samsung 512 GB PCIe SSDs
Ports: 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, 2 x USB 3.2 (Type-A), 1 x HDMI, DC-in, audio combo jack
Connectivity Intel Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: webcam
Mass: 2.2 pounds (1 kg)
Cut: 12.63 x 8.58 x 0.63 inches (321 x 218 x 16 mm; W x D x H)

With a starting price of $1,199 (£899, AU$1,999) for an 11th Gen Intel i5, 8GB of RAM and a 250GB SSD configuration, the 2022 BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom is, at least, worth a reasonable price…especially if you’re an existing customer with an older Venom BlackBook that you can redeem for a $400 (AU$500) credit.

This entry-level unit is still a far cry from the value offered by the more powerful $999 (£999, AU$1,499) starting configuration of the Apple MacBook Air, but seeing as no other Windows-based system does came close to rivaling the M1 Air 2020, that’s not exactly a Venom review.

The BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom is available in a handful of configurations so you can upgrade the processor to an 11th Gen i7, double the RAM allocation to 16GB, and upgrade to a 1TB SSD for $1,699 ( £1,249, AU$2,699). If you have a unique need, you can increase the SSD or RAM allocations further, but for most a 1TB SSD will be more than enough for a work laptop.

This is a reasonable RRP for an i7 with 16GB of RAM, roughly matching the cost of a 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 when you factor in the larger SSD, but there are a few caveats. warnings that deserve to be underlined.

One is that devices like Dell’s virtually identical late 2020 XPS 13 had been out for over a year before the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom launched and there are some decent discounts to be had on those devices now that Intel mobile processors 12th generation are just around the corner. .

The other difference is that almost all of the competition has a slightly higher resolution and more color accurate screen, which makes the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom a tough sell for anyone who intends to use their laptop. for creative visual work.

Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Ghost

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The BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom might turn the tide by not attacking creative professionals, but it has a clear, no-nonsense design ethos. The spec sheet suggests it weighs up to 1.4kg, but the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom we tested actually weighed just over 1kg. That means it’s still up there with the best lightweight business Ultrabooks we’ve tested, but it doesn’t quite lead the way.

Other standout features include dual power supplies so you can leave one plugged in behind the desk at home or in the office and leave the other in a travel bag or briefcase to get you out and about faster. Then, for anyone who needs to reset the device once in a while, the device comes with a handy USB recovery drive that makes rebooting a lot easier.

From there, the spec sheet starts to look a bit more predictable with a very common 14-inch FullHD IPS display with an sRGB color gamut. 16:9 is still a very common form factor in all sizes, but Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo and MSI have all switched to 4:3, 3:2 or 16:10 aspect ratios on at least their devices smaller form factor.

This is because 16:9 is a cinematic aspect ratio and although it works for media playback, your average web page or document is about A4 in size and takes up about three quarters of the width of a screen like that of the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom. While not a deal breaker, today’s best laptops convert that awkward width into vertical space that lets you see more of the webpage or document you’re working on.

The BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom sometimes offers a little more SSD storage than other similar units, which makes it a point of difference if you particularly like storage, but you’ll still be paying for it. The device we tested came with two PCIe Gen 4 SSDs that could read and write at 3500MB on the primary drive and up to 6900/5000MB/s on the second SSD according to internal tests. It’s as fast as single drives are coming to 2021 laptops and you don’t see many secondary PCIe SSDs on ultraportable laptops, so that’s a valid point of difference for anyone who needs to store and move regularly large files.

The keyboard and trackpad were quite nice this time around, ditching some of the idiosyncratic layout decisions of the last iteration. Both felt comfortable for long sessions and offered everything you would need for a work device. Although the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom doesn’t offer a fingerprint sensor, it does come with Windows Hello facial recognition, but we think some business customers will be disappointed.

Interface options were extensive compared to today’s USB-C alternatives, including an HDMI port, microSD card reader and a few USB Type-A ports, as well as USB-C and 3.5 audio ports most common mm. While the HDMI port isn’t as essential as it was a few years ago, it’s still a good safety net for being able to plug into just about any display and get plug and play compatibility. basic play.

The active cooling system is quiet even at full tilt, and heat radiating through the magnesium-alloy chassis is confined to the space above the keyboard, well away from your palms.

Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Ghost

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Here’s how the Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom fared in our benchmark test suite:
3DMark: Time Spy: 1439
Cinebench R23 multi-core: 4081 dots
Geek Bench 5: 1549 (single-core); 4817 (multicore)
PC Mark 10 (Overall): 5063 dots
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 12 hours and 6 minutes
Battery life (Techradar film test): 14 hours and 29 minutes
Sid Meier: Civilization VI (1080p, Low): 22 fps

It’s been about 5 years since we last reviewed the Venom BlackBook Zero 14, so the device we tested was over 4x faster than the previous model. The BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom that we were sent to test performed around 5% of our recorded average on a number of general work tasks for similar devices with Intel i7-1165G7 processors.

It also showed a performance increase of up to 12% in Venom Calibrated Performance Power Mode. It did, however, underperform in a number of GPU-specific benchmarks, lagging 9-25% behind what we typically expect from an Intel Iris Xe GPU, even in Performance mode.

While GPU performance was disappointing, the battery life of the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom is actually excellent. In general work benchmarks, the 14-inch Ultrabook gets 12 hours and 36 minutes on average, while movie playback was around 14.5 hours. The only PC we’ve seen survive is the LG Gram 17. While still a far cry from Apple’s MacBook Air M1, it’s one of the best Windows-based Ultrabooks for battery life.

Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Ghost

(Image credit: future)


If you have no use for photo or video editing and just want a light, handy and durable work PC, then the Venom BlackBook Zero 14 is a solid choice. You’ll have to take a hit on screen resolution compared to other devices on the market and the model we tested showed performance issues in particular tasks. It’s also very late to launch an 11th Gen Intel laptop, so you might find better value if you shop for Ultrabooks on sale.

That said, if you know you’ll probably want another Venom laptop in a few years, the $400 (AU$500) discount is a decent perk that makes the BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom reasonably cheap.

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Dynamic athlete Rodney Gallagher ready for Notre Dame visit


With the Blue-Gold Game scheduled for this Saturday, optimism around Notre Dame’s schedule is at an all-time high. The same can be said on the recruiting side, setting up a talent pool visiting campus for the event.

Uniontown, Penn. Laurel Highlands Star Athlete Rodney Gallagher is one of the main unengaged targets that must be present. This will be Gallagher’s first trip to South Bend, providing a huge opportunity for the staff to impress the talented playmaker. Gallagher shares that enthusiasm.

“I’m just excited to see it all, to be honest,” Gallagher said. “Notre Dame has a lot of tradition and I’m delighted to understand it all. Seeing the team in action is also extremely important to me.”

As Irish Breakdown have reported in the past, Notre Dame staff have been pressing all over the pitch for Gallagher’s services. Calling it a priority would be a huge understatement.

“I’m talking to the coach (Song) stuckey almost every day,” he said. “If it’s not Coach Stuckey, I speak to another member of staff daily.”

Gallagher is one of the best athletes in high school football. It offers offers from programs such as Irish, Michigan, Texas, Penn State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech, among others.

The Pennsylvania product is a consensus four-star prospect on all major recruiting platforms, and 247Sports lists him as the No. 97 overall player and No. 10 receiver in the nation. They also have him as the No. 2 player in Pennsylvania State – territory where Notre Dame wants to have more impact.

The 6-foot-0, 170-pound athlete is a dynamic, dual-threat quarterback for Laurel Highlands. His biggest impact came as a rusher, where he led the team with 1,130 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a passer, he threw for 1,365 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gallagher also had an assist for 22 yards for good measure, while averaging 22.1 yards per punt return and taking one home.

Gallagher is also a dynamic high school basketball player, averaging 18.9 points per game during his career. It also has several offers to play basketball at the college level, including offers from Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Rhode Island. Gallagher has since decided to focus solely on football at the top level.

With Gallagher and his team entrenched in a hardwood playoff run, he had put recruiting on the back burner for a while. April became a huge chance for Gallagher to participate in a wide variety of programs and start whittling down her roster.

“I haven’t made a decision yet in terms of timelines,” Gallagher explained. “This month is full of visits for me and this is where I can see what my recruiting will look like.”

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Much has been said about the importance of this cycle to the wide receiver position, both in terms of depth and injecting talent into the roster. Gallagher has been near the top of the table for quite some time now. Seeing Notre Dame first-hand is a milestone for the Pennsylvania playmaker.

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Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
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Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense


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Meg Lowe leaves SU after raising awareness of sustainability and community involvement


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When hives on the Syracuse University campus were damaged by a car in July 2021, Lisa Olson-Gugerty was amazed by her colleague Meg Lowe’s determination to help move the hives to a safe location, despite the heat at 90 degrees and an injured wrist.

“(Lowe) made sure everything went smoothly for me when I could have done it myself.” said Olson-Gugerty, an associate professor at SU’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “Every step of the way, she was there to support me beyond what one would expect from a colleague at work.”

Lowe will step down from her role as sustainability coordinator at the League this Friday, which happens to be Earth Day. She will join Montera Health, a healthcare company, as a graphic designer.

“I’m really sad to go because I think I put a lot of myself into my college work, so it’s bittersweet,” Lowe said. “I’m ready for something different, and I’m ready to see what else the world has to offer, but at the same time, it’s a bit difficult to go there.”

Lowe’s goal is to spread sustainability awareness and community engagement on campus, including making SU a Bee Campus United States affiliation and establishment Pete’s garden.

Those who worked with Lowe at SU, including Olson-Gugerty, said they would miss his constant support, energy and character.

After earning a Masters in Nutrition Science at SU in 2018, Lowe applied her skills and passions to undertake different sustainability projects on campus.

She was also the first summer student intern for SU’s sustainability management team in 2016. After her internship, Lowe was hired as a sustainability coordinator in 2017, helping the university to strive to achieve its goal. climate action goals.

“I think we all recognize the current state of the world and climate change, and we all play a part in that too,” Lowe said. “(SU) has been here for over 150 years. We should be here another 150 years, and so on, to continue our longevity and our influence on the community, to help our community, there’s no reason not to.

Melissa Cadwell, SU’s other sustainability coordinator, said she interviewed Lowe for her intern position. She said the department’s internship program aims to find a project that each student is passionate about and will help them achieve their sustainability goals.

“I think if you’re going to feed the students like we do, you either have it or you don’t, and she’s one of the people who has it,” Cadwell said.

Cadwell said the department created a position that matched Lowe’s skills at the time, because Lowe came to college unsure of what she wanted to pursue.

Lowe led the sustainability department’s social media, illustrated graphics and spent the last year revamping the department website. She reduced the number of site pages from 144 to 23 to streamline site information.

Lowe said she wanted to focus her work on social issues integrated with environmental issues. She wanted to start a community garden to help with food insecurity, and in 2019 she helped start Pete’s Giving Garden, which provides fresh produce within Hendricks Chapel Pantry.

“Making sure our people are fed and taken care of is something that’s really important to me,” Lowe said. “It might be the hospitality aspect I grew up with, but there are a lot of ways to approach sustainability. You can go corporate if you want, but I’m definitely not; I’m a hippie by all means,” she said.

Growing up in Michigan and North Carolina, Lowe spent much of her time on her grandparents’ farm in Michigan, where her passion for sustainability grew. She watched her grandfather rotate his crops, limiting his use of pesticides, and helped her grandmother grow vegetables in her garden.

Inspired by Lowe’s work, Grace Cho, an intern student in the program, worked on a garden guide for Pete’s Giving Garden to ensure proper sustainability management.

“I want to make some kind of difference. I feel like Meg was a good inspiration,” Cho said. “She’s had a lot of good impacts that are going to last here after she leaves college, so that’s something I want to do as well.”

Cho said she’s noticed how Lowe builds inclusivity and accessibility into intern projects, both in design and community engagement. She mentioned the Three Sisters Gardenswho brought the traditional seeds used by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to SU lands, and the importance of bringing this recognition to campus.

Christopher Kalaw, another intern student in the department, wasn’t sure if his internship was right for him, but he now thinks it’s a perfect internship. He said he admired Lowe and his personality.

“She’s a model leader,” Kalaw said. “Not to the face, very knowledgeable, and shows you that this can still be a form of leadership and guidance.”

Lowe has collaborated with departments across campus, including the School of Design. Seyeon Lee, an associate professor specializing in environmental and interior design, has worked on projects with Lowe, including one that used a Campus as lab fellowship to reduce the waste produced by the Nancy Cantor Warehouse workshops. Lee described Lowe as proactive and said she strives to create a better environment for everyone.

“She’s definitely a go-getter,” Lee said. “She’ll try to make everyone successful and if she says she’s going to do it, we know for a fact she’s going to do it.”

Lowe hopes the university will continue to strengthen its sustainability goals.

“I think the university is on the cusp of something big with sustainability. We don’t yet know what exactly that will look like, but we do know that we have important carbon neutrality goals to achieve,” Lowe said. “And I’m excited to step back and see what they can do.”

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR – The battered port city of Mariupol looks set to fall to Russian forces after seven weeks of siege. Capturing the city would give Moscow a crucial success in Ukraine after a failed attempt to storm the capital and the loss of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea flagship. The Russian military estimated that around 2,500 Ukrainian fighters holding in a towering steel mill constituted the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol. By Adam Schreck and Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 1,275 words, photos, videos. With RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR-THE LAST. (shipped)

REL-INTERFAITH-RELIGIOUS-VACANCES — It’s a convergence that happens only rarely. Coinciding with Judaism’s Passover, Christianity’s Easter and Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, Buddhists, Baha’is, Sikhs, Jains and Hindus also celebrate their holy days in April. The springtime collision of religious holidays inspires a series of interfaith events. By Luis Andrés Henao. SENT: 940 words, photos. Featuring: REL—VIRUS OUTBREAK-EASTER SERVICES — For many Christians, this weekend marks the first time in three years that they will come together in person to celebrate Easter Sunday, a welcome opportunity to share one of the days the holiest of the faith side by side with fellow parishioners. By Steve LeBlanc, Giovanna Dell’orto and Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 875 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Palestinian medical officials said 17 people were injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem. The unrest erupted on Sunday after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to secure the place for Jewish visitors. The site is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest for Jews, and it is often a hotbed of violence. SENT: 770 words, photos.

MALL SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA — Authorities said they arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting at a busy mall in South Carolina’s capital on Saturday that left 14 people injured. Columbia Police Chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price is in police custody and should be charged with unlawfully carrying a gun. Price was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest. By Michelle Liu. SENT: 630 words, photos.

PITTSBURGH-PARTY-SHOOTING – Authorities say two minors are dead and at least nine others injured in an early morning shooting at a party in Pittsburgh. SENT: 170 words. Development.

TAX-DAY — Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their taxes, and this year is no exception. Monday is tax day – the federal deadline for personal income tax filing and payments. The IRS will receive tens of millions of last-minute filings electronically and through paper forms. Nina Tross of the National Society of Tax Professionals says that if people haven’t filed their taxes yet, “they better file an extension.” By Fatima Hussein. SENT: 550 words, photos.




OBIT-ART-RUPE – A pioneering record executive who helped launch the careers of Little Richard and Sam Cooke has died. Art Rupe died Friday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the age of 104. Rupe was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. SENT: 880 words.

BRITAIN-ROYALS — Members of the British royal family, including Prince William and his wife Kate, attended an Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle. SENT: 250 words, photos.

CHINA-SPACE — China says it will launch three more astronauts to its new space station in June after the last crew returned this weekend from a six-month stay in orbit. SENT: 315 words, photos.




ELECTION-2022-WISCONSIN-SENATE – A crowded group of Democrats are trying to find a winning strategy to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin in November. It is one of the few competitive races in the Senate this election year and could help decide Senate control. Johnson was elected as a fiscal conservative, but for the past two years has taken anti-science positions in the pandemic. And he embraced the conspiracy theories surrounding Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.




REL-VATICAN-EASTER — Pope Francis launched an Easter plea for peace in Ukraine and other wars around the world. After celebrating Easter Sunday Mass for tens of thousands of worshipers in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the pandemic, Francis delivered his traditional geopolitical speech, in which he cited the risk of nuclear war. SENT: 760 words, photos.

ISRAEL-STIFING DISSENT – An Israeli computer science professor received Israel’s highest honor a year ago. But Oded Goldreich only received the Israel Prize last week after the Supreme Court overturned attempts by Israeli nationalists to strip him of recognition for his opposition to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

KOREA-TENSIONS — North Korea claims to have successfully tested a newly developed tactically guided weapon. Korea’s official Central News Agency said on Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un observed the launch, which it said would bolster the operations of the country’s tactical nuclear forces. The South Korean military claims to have detected two launches. SENT: 770 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN – Pakistan has issued a stark warning to radical religious leaders in Afghanistan. He said Sunday he wanted the Afghan Taliban to stop harboring local Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks on the country’s military. The warning follows Afghan reports that Pakistani planes carried out bombing raids in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost and Kunar provinces on Friday night, killing civilians. SENT: 590 words, photo.

IRAN-NUCLEAR – State media is reporting that Iran has confirmed it has moved a centrifuge facility to its underground Natanz nuclear site. The report comes days after the UN’s atomic watchdog said it installed surveillance cameras to monitor the new workshop at Tehran’s request. SENT: 450 words.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN SRI LANKA – Sri Lankans who have been protesting near the president’s office for days have criticized the lack of progress in finding those responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people in the Islamic State-inspired bombings on Easter Sunday three years ago, putting pressure on the government already plunged into a deep economic crisis. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SWEDEN – DEMONSTRATION – VIOLENCE – Unrest erupted in southern Sweden despite police moving a gathering of a far-right anti-Islam group, which among other things planned to burn a Koran, to a new preventive location. SENT: 380 words, photos.

INDIA-COMMUNAL-CLASHES – Police in the Indian capital have arrested 14 people after communal violence erupted during a Hindu religious procession, leaving several injured. Local media reported that the suspects were arrested on charges of rioting and criminal conspiracy, among other things. . SENT: 430 words, photos.

INDIA-MOBILE-THEATER-PHOTO-GALLERY — Traveling theater groups in India’s northeast state of Assam are reviving the local arts and culture scene after the COVID-19 pandemic took forced a break from their performances for a year and a half. Seven touring theater companies are back on stage performing to crowds in towns, cities and towns across the state. SENT: 300 words, photos.




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This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until April 16)



How Apple’s Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore’s Law Alive
Will Knight | Wired
“Apple’s most powerful chip to date has 114 billion transistors packed into more than 100 processing cores dedicated to logic, graphics and artificial intelligence, all connected to 128 gigabytes of memory. shared. But the M1 Ultra is actually a Frankenstein’s monster, consisting of two identical M1 Max chips bolted together using a silicon interface that acts as a bridge. This clever design makes the joined chips seem like they’re actually just a bigger whole.


Behind Mark Zuckerberg’s big plans for AR glasses
Alex Heath | The edge
“Zuckerberg calls AR glasses a ‘holy grail’ device that will ‘redefine our relationship with technology,’ similar to the introduction of smartphones. …Employees are racing to deliver the first generation [of Facebook’s AR goggles] by 2024 and are already working on a lighter, more advanced design for 2026, followed by a third version in 2028. The details, which together give a first full look at Meta’s AR hardware ambitions, have been shared with The edge by people familiar with the roadmap who were not authorized to speak publicly.


This startup wants to get inside your ears and monitor your brain
Steven Levy | Wired
“For years, people have gone from tracking their health through sporadic visits to a doctor or lab to regularly monitoring their vital signs themselves. The NextSense team is betting that with a gadget as familiar as an earphone, people will follow the same path with their brains. Then, with legions of people wearing the buds for hours, days and weeks, the company’s scientists hope to amass an incredible wealth of data, in which they will uncover the hidden patterns of mental health.


Russian Hackers Tried To Bring Down Ukraine’s Power Grid To Aid Invasion
Patrick Howell O’Neil | MIT Technology Review
“Hackers attempted to destroy the computers of a Ukrainian energy company using Wiper, a malware specifically designed to destroy targeted systems by erasing key data and rendering it useless. impact remains unclear. Ukrainian officials said they foiled the attack, which they said was intended to support Russian military operations in eastern Ukraine. If successful, the hack would have caused the greatest power failure never caused by cyber security.


Booster mRNA vaccine may help CAR-T therapy treat solid cancers
Angus Chen | Statistical
“While CAR T therapy has cured some people with blood cancers, this form of immunotherapy has so far produced poor results for solid tumors like lung or kidney cancer. But a new clinical trial from early phase presented Sunday at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference suggests that CAR T cells may be able to shrink some solid tumors, provided they are boosted by an mRNA vaccine from BioNTech . .”


‘No Easy Feat:’ Audacious Helicopter Rocket Capture Attempt Set for Next Week
Passing Rabie | Gizmodo
“Rocket Lab will launch its Electron rocket from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula, carrying 34 small satellites from commercial operators like Alba Orbital, E-Space and Unseenlabs. But on the way back, the rocket booster will hopefully , won’t stick on landing, but a helicopter will catch it mid-air with a custom Sikorsky S-92, a large twin-engine craft normally used to transport oil and gas or for search and rescue, according to RocketLab.


A driverless car appears to flee the scene after being pulled over by cops
Jonathan M. Gitlin | Ars-Technica
“San Francisco police pulled over one of Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs, likely because the car’s headlights weren’t on while it was dark. In the video, first posted to Instagram on April 2, an officer can be heard saying, “There’s no one in it.” But seconds later, after the officer returned to his squad car, the self-driving vehicle – perhaps deciding that the road check was over – tries to move away before stopping a few hundred meters away.


Can computers learn common sense?
Matthew Hutson | the new yorker
“Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, in Seattle, told me that common sense is the ‘dark matter’ of AI.” It “so shapes what we do and what we need to do, and yet it’s ineffable,” he added. …If computer scientists could make sense of their AI systems, many tricky problems would be solved. …Such systems could work in the world because they have the kind of knowledge we take for granted.


Aging clocks aim to predict how long you will live
Jessica Hamzelou | MIT Technology Review
“The big idea behind aging clocks is that they will essentially tell how much your organs have deteriorated, and thus predict how many healthy years you have left. Of the hundreds of aging clocks developed over the last decade, however, the accuracy varies widely. And researchers are still grappling with a vital question: what does it mean to be biologically young?”


North Korea Pulled Back Massive $600 Million Crypto Heist, Fed Says
Monica J. White | Digital trends
“Lazarus is a state-sponsored hacker group, and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of their attacks. According to Chainalysis, the group stole at least $400 million worth of digital assets in 2021. However, that means the Axie Infinity 2022 hack is a huge escalation, considering the group managed to steal over $600 million. once.


MIT engineers have built a robot for emergency stroke surgeries
Mr. Moon | Engadget
“The team, which published its article in Scientific robotics, has now showcased a robotic arm that doctors can control remotely using a modified joystick to treat stroke patients. This arm has a magnet attached to its wrist, and surgeons can adjust its orientation to guide a magnetic wire through the patient’s arteries and vessels to remove blood clots in their brain. As with in-person procedures, surgeons will have to rely on live imaging to access the blood clot, except the machine will allow them to treat patients who are not physically in the room with them.

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LeBron James calls Ty Lue the best coach in the NBA


As the LA Clippers were in the middle of their comeback effort on Friday night, LeBron James showed his former coach some love. Ty Lue opted to go small in the second half which generated a comeback effort and nearly earned a win. With the Clippers up front, LeBron sent out this Tweet which apparently was about Ty Lue:

While the Clippers couldn’t pull off the win, it was largely thanks to Ty Lue that they had a chance. Lue was understandably disappointed after the game, mentioning it will be the first time he’s missed the playoffs as an assistant or head coach; however, while Lue himself was disappointed, he didn’t believe his team should be.

“It’s a disappointed locker room, but these guys have nothing to be ashamed of…I know we didn’t make the playoffs, but considering everything that’s happened this year, I’m very proud of our guys,” Lue mentioned. With the hand dealt to them, until the last day of the season, the Clippers gave it their all. This is largely due to the culture instilled by Ty Lue, and the team really bought into it.

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Lue and the Clippers will now focus on next season, where they will have healthy Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Norman Powell. This loss stings, but the future is bright.

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FEA & CFD Simulation & Analysis Software Market To Reach Good Valuation, As Shown In New Market Report Numeca International, Ansys, Computational Engineering International, Flow Science, Mentor Graphics


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Vig Graphics will display a flute laminating machine at its booth in the PrintPack exhibition Photo: Vig Graphics

Based in Faridabad Graphic thumbnails is a well-established importer of machinery and paper for the printing and packaging industry. He has served clients in prepress, postpress, printing and SPM across India. It is mainly specialized in the sale, automation and mechanical or electrical refurbishment of Bobst cutters.

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Vig Graphics regularly participates in the PrintPack India Exhibitionand this time at the Greater Noida Expo Center from May 26-30, 2022. He will be showcasing his Made in India Flute Laminator machine in Hall 14 at booths 121 and 122. Commenting on the expectations for the event, Geeta SarinDirector of Graphic thumbnails, said, “It is one of the best platforms to exhibit our products, where domestic and international visitors flock in large numbers. We plan to reach all of our potential customers at this mega event and showcase our products. »

“It’s the best platform for brand building and recognition. We create a strong network with visitors, which certainly helps us achieve our sales goals. Audiences come from all over the country and the world as it is the most sought-after exhibition, being the biggest platform for the printing and packaging industry.

Note: IPPGroup will publish the PrintPack India Daily Show over the five days of the event from May 26 to 30, 2022.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned during this time? Perhaps the sense of resilience as small businesses like ours have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we struggled to produce our business platforms.

The printing and packaging industries have been lucky, although the commercial printing industry has yet to recover. We learned about the digital transformation affecting commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately, digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is an advanced technology that will only increase the demand for printing for the foreseeable future.

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Child tax credit payments helped parents avoid selling plasma and take out payday loans

Monthly cash payments from the federal government last year may have helped some parents avoid taking out payday loans or selling their blood plasma to pay their bills.

According to a new report released with the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program by researchers from the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and Appalachian State University.

Researchers found that 5.3% of CTC-eligible parents had borrowed from payday lenders before payments began in July but did not do so again, while only 3.3% of households in a control group also stopped borrowing from payday lenders.

Given that 36 million households received the monthly child tax credit benefits, this means that nearly 2 million households may have moved away from payday loans, which carry high interest rates and, in some states , can be rolled over into another loan if the borrower does not pay.

“We noticed a significant drop in the number of families taking risky and damaging steps to make ends meet, such as payday or pawn loans, selling blood plasma, etc., in addition to much better eating habits” , said Greg Nasif, spokesperson for Humanity. Forward, the progressive group that sponsored the research. “This study confirms that monthly CTC payments help families not only with their long-term financial health, but also with their personal health.”

Democrats in Congress created the Child Tax Credit to reduce child poverty and reduce material hardship for parents. During the six months the benefit has existed, American parents have received the kind of family allowances that other advanced countries have offered for decades.

The economic impact of the payments, however, has received relatively little attention in Washington amid concerns over soaring inflation, which affects a much wider swath of the population than just parents of minor children.

The researchers interviewed a sample of eligible parents and a control group in July, when payments began, and conducted a follow-up survey of recipients and non-recipients in December and January, after payments stopped.

Advance monthly payments of child tax credits, worth up to $300 per child, may have prompted parents to reconsider pawnbroking and plasma donations. Recipients of the Child Tax Credit who had sold blood plasma before payments began were twice as likely as non-recipients to say in the follow-up survey that they had no longer sold plasma (4 .8% versus 2.6%).

Parents and children in Brooklyn, New York, celebrated monthly child tax credit payments and urged Congress to make them permanent outside the home of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) July 12, 2021.

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However, parents who had not taken out payday loans or sold plasma in the six months before payments began were still as likely as the control group to use prompt payment programs despite receiving the child tax credit payments.

The research also suggested that the CTC offered parents more funds for rainy days, healthier meals and reduced risk of eviction. This adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting the monthly payments, which rolled out from July to December last year, have made life easier for tens of millions of parents.

The Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy, for example, estimated that the payments reduced child poverty by almost 30% and that the decline reversed as soon as the payments stopped in January.

Democrats had wanted the expanded child tax credit to become a permanent part of the welfare state, one that parents would rely on like senior citizens rely on Social Security retirement benefits. But their plans to entrench the policy crumbled when they couldn’t muster even 50 votes in the Senate for a bill to continue the payments as part of a larger package last year.

Republicans have generally opposed the payments, calling the money “welfare” and saying the government shouldn’t support unemployed parents. Some also said the payments would make inflation worse by giving parents too much buying power.

How the Mets’ Tylor Megill got the nickname ‘Big Drip’


The opportunity presented itself for Tylor Megill when he entered the Mets’ big league rotation after ace Jacob deGrom suffered a shoulder injury before Opening Day. And Megill, a sophomore starter, rose to the occasion.

In his first two outings of the regular season, the right-hander pitched 10.1 scoreless innings (MLB’s best mark), while striking out 11 batters, allowing just six hits and not issuing any walks.

Megill is having a blast at the start of the season – and he also has a new nickname given to him by his teammates: Big Drip.

While his 6″7, 230-pound frame explains the first half of his new moniker, the clubhouse also recognized Megill for his style and confidence.

“He’s always swaggering,” said JD Davis Inside the Mets last week of the origin of Megill’s nickname. “He always has nice things on him and walks around with confidence. When he came last year (Carlos), Carrasco gave him a backpack, so we just called him ‘Big Drip’.”

Megill showed promise as a rookie a season ago but hit a wall during his 2021 campaign. It could have been the result of smashing his career high with 130 innings between the minor leagues and the major leagues.

Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner gave Megill some offseason homework to help him take the next step in his development. And it seems to have paid off so far.

“Simplifying my mechanics and being able to get the most out of my big frame,” Megill said MLB Network of its off-season adjustments. “Being able to make my delivery consistently and just dial that in by throwing my three pitches for strikes is going to give me a huge advantage.”

Megill also confirmed that future Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Max Scherzer also gave him some advice on using breaking balls.

“He helps me and a lot of other pitchers talk to each other and butt heads with each other,” he said.

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Megill saw his speed increase in his first two starts. In 2021, the right-hander averaged 94.6 mph on his four-seam fastball. This year, Megill is averaging 96.4 mph, while topping out at 99 mph, per Baseball Savant.

After stopping the rebuilding Nationals on Opening Day, starting in place of deGrom, Megill passed his final test by stifling a high-powered Phillies lineup at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night in a 2 win -0 from the Mets. The 26-year-old pitched five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five batters.

As manager Buck Showalter told reporters afterwards that Megill’s latest outing was his biggest test yet: “I think he answered it, huh?”

Relief pitcher Drew Smith helped Megill earn its second win of 2022 with a scoreless 1.2 innings out of the bullpen Tuesday night. Like Megill, Smith saw his speed increase in this appearance, consistently hitting 97 mph on his four-seam fastball, despite averaging 95 mph a season ago, per Baseball Savant.

“I’m trying to get into the Megill program,” Smith told reporters after the game. “Red bull and two aspirins, that’s what he told me.”

With deGrom sidelined until at least June, the Mets are hoping Tylor “Big Drip” Megill can keep pushing the season forward.

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Red Threads–Intertwined, More Local Events | Culture


Until April 29, Kreuser Gallery, 125 E. Boulder St., kreusergallery.com; artist talk, April 13, 5:30 p.m.

Red Threads, a recurring local exhibition, is inspired by an old Chinese proverb: “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread can stretch or tangle, but it can never break.

That’s what artist Catherine Giglio had in mind when she created Red Threads nearly a decade ago. The collaborative art exhibit, which doubles as a fundraising event, supports local artists and a local non-profit organization. The Springs-based Never Alone Foundation helps bridge the financial gap for families looking to adopt from overseas.

This year, Red Threads – Intertwined is supporting a second nonprofit, Converge, which “uses[s] books and poetry to connect our city to wonder and pleasure. A portion of all proceeds will go to these two organizations.

This month’s Red Threads exhibition is the sixth and fourth at the Kreuser Gallery. Artwork available for purchase includes photography, textile art, mixed media and oil painting, and several artists are featured: Lelia Davis, Lori DiPasquale, Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckeberg, Wendy Reis and Jeanne Steiner.


Abby Kreuser, who manages the day-to-day operations of her gallery, was also invited to exhibit artwork – and she did. “It’s hard for me to exhibit in my own space,” Kreuser admits, “because I feel like it should be for other people.”

Last year, she started buying bouquets from Christy Metz, a local florist and creative director of Sweetwater (a flower market in Colorado’s Old Town). Every month, Kreuser took pictures of these flowers, and soon she had put together a portfolio.

Then, says Kreuser, her experience as a curator kicked in. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to have this many of this size and this many of this size…how can I hang it?’ says Kreuser. “I can sort of organize my stuff on the wall while I’m doing it.” Her photographs are printed on watercolor paper and varnished with acrylics, giving them the illusion of painting.

The gallery generally organizes at least one fundraising event per year. The most recent, with Concrete Couch, was in January.

Kreuser comes from an avant-garde family. “My mom worked for nonprofits growing up and I saw the impact they had on our community,” Kreuser says. Her mother, Pat Ellis, was the executive director of Silver Key (and also worked for Cheyenne Village and the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, now known as TESSA.)

“Joining the arts and nonprofits,” Kreuser says, “is just something I feel like I have to do — it’s a way to give back.

The Seagull

Need a little free theater in your life? The Pikes Peak Community College Theater Department is putting on a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. You can see the tragicomedy April 14-24 (various times) at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/PPCC-TheSeagull.

art out loud

Celebrate National Poetry Month with “Art Aloud,” an open-mic event featuring musicians, artists and poets. Come watch… or come share! There are two shows left in this four-part series: Friday, April 15, 4-7 p.m., at Academy Art and Frame Company, 7560 N. Academy Blvd., and Saturday, April 16, 4-6 p.m., at Sand’s Library. Creek, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. For more information, see facebook.com/Art1elevenGallery.

Read: The Children’s Act

Journalist Anna Fiorino reads Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, the story of a judge presiding over a case in which a 17-year-old boy (and his parents) refuses a blood transfusion that could save his life. ” Hurry up. Should the secular court nullify a sincerely held faith? »

Watch: Until the Wheels Drop

Graphic designer Zk Bradley suggests Until the Wheels Drop. “It’s a documentary about the life of Tony Hawk, his rise to fame and his contributions to the skateboarding community,” says Zk. Available on HBO Max.

Listen: Right in the schools

Journalist Stephen Hirst listens to Right in the Schoolies, “[a] podcast in which a current British teacher talks to people from all walks of life (journalists, professional rugby players, actors, etc.) about his school days. Expect amusing stories, heartfelt reflections and eclectic guests. Available on most streaming platforms.

Play: Mario Kart 8

The Indy team played the new tracks for Mario Kart 8. “Mario Kart is always a good time (even if it ruins friendships, hahaha),” says art director Dustin Glatz. Available for Nintendo Switch.

Acclaimed graduates explore the sequel to the Imagine RIT Futurists symposium


Accomplished alumni return to campus to discuss the future of technology, art and design as part of the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation festival on April 23.

The Imagine RIT Futurists Symposium runs from 11am-12:30pm at the Wegmans Theater, RIT MAGIC Center. It will also be available to watch live on the Imagine RIT website.

Past experts will give short presentations on different topics, followed by a Q&A session and a panel discussion. Hosted by RIT President David Munson and moderated by WXXI “Connections” host Evan Dawson, the symposium will include:

Aaron Gordon ’13 (movie and animation). Gordon is a serial entrepreneur, executive producer and CEO of optical sky—a digital experience advertising and production company he founded in 2014. Optic Sky has grown to offer TV commercial production, social video, animation, augmented reality, virtual reality, virtual production and interactive experiences for clients such as Google, Zillow, Amazon, Wegmans, Accenture, Brooks, and Bausch and Lomb, among others. Gordon was a finalist for Rochester Business Person of the Year in 2020 for his resilience and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a jazz drummer, he finds rhythm in all things and bases both his business and his creative philosophy on syncopated rhythms and flow.

Franklyn Athias ’85 (computing). Athias is CTO and Senior Vice President of Xfinity Mobile Retail Convergence, where he leads the division’s overall technology strategy and helps ensure alignment of the architecture and product portfolio for the next era of wireless communication. . Throughout his more than 25-year career at Comcast, he led several IP architecture programs and initiatives for cable modem broadband services. Athias is also a STEM/STEAM advocate as he supports various innovative initiatives across Philadelphia including danceLogic—a program he directed that aims to teach young girls to program, while integrating the art of dance.

Erin Sarofsky ’98 (graphic design), ’00 MFA (infographic design). Sarofsky is an award-winning creative visionary who creates artful storytelling projects for brands and entertainment. In 2009, she launched the design and production services company Sarofsky in Chicago. Sarofsky is well known for creating innovative title and credit sequences for film and television, including Peacemaker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, guardians of the galaxy, The Suicide Squad, strange doctor, Animal Kingdom, Shameless, Communityand Full frontal with Samantha Bee, among others. She was featured in a CBS Sunday morning creative title sequence report.

“Our alumni continue to do exceptional work at the intersection of technology, arts and design,” said Jon Rodibaugh, Executive Director of RIT Alumni Relations. “Their work is everywhere: in the high-speed internet we use, in the ads and branded content we consume, and in the shows and movies we watch every day. I look forward to hearing their personal stories about the work they do around technology, arts and design and what they see on the horizon for the next generation of RIT graduates.

This will be the first in-person Imagine RIT festival since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will feature over 250 exhibits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 23 on the RIT campus.

Chuwi CoreBook XPro review: A solid laptop with a great keyboard for $600


Image: David Gewirtz

Here are the specs of the Chuwi CoreBook XPro I tested:

  • Model: Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
  • Display: 15.6 inch IPS FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: Coffee Lake Intel i5-8259U, 2.3 GHz with turbo boost up to 3.8 Ghz
  • Chart: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4
  • SE: Windows 10 Home (well upgraded to Windows 11)
  • Storage: 512 GB NVMe
  • Webcam: 1 megapixel
  • Ports: 1 x USB 2, 1 x USB-C, 2 x USB 3, 1 x SD card reader, 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 14.15 inches x 9.5 inches x 0.31 inches
  • Mass: 3.75 pounds
  • Price: $569

Chuwi is a Shenzhen-based manufacturer that started by making MP3 and MP4 player products in 2004. Today, they make laptops, small form factor PCs, and Android tablets. Recently the company contacted me to review their CoreBook XPro laptop, so I brought it in to test. A quick note: the company has a video showing its production facilities. The marketing copy is a little sketchy, but the visual tour of their facilities is fascinating.

The machine sent to me has a Coffee Lake Intel i5-8259U, running at 2.3 GHz with turbo boost up to 3.8 Ghz. It comes with a 15.6-inch IPS display with an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage on an NVMe flash module.

To like

  • Comfortable, backlit keyboard
  • Expandable RAM and storage
  • Nice screen
  • Good price
  • small electric brick

Do not like

  • unhappy webcam
  • Poor GPU performance for triple-A games
  • No touch screen
  • Non-replaceable battery

The machine comes with Windows 10 Home. Since I standardize on Windows 11 here, I immediately upgraded it to Windows 11 Home. The upgrade took a few hours but went very well.

I found the build quality to be pretty solid. The outer shell is sheathed in aluminum alloy, but there are also quite a few plastic parts and fittings. If you’re gentle and careful (like you should be with a laptop), it should hold up just fine. If you toss it around like a gorilla in an old luggage commercial, your mileage will certainly vary.


Image: David Gewirtz

Integrated access hatches at the bottom of the machine allow you to upgrade RAM and dual-channel M.2 hard drive expansion storage. Scalability is always a win.


Image: David Gewirtz

As for the ports, I have no complaints. On the right side, it has an SD card slot, a full-size gigabit Ethernet jack, and an old-school USB 2.0 port.


Image: David Gewirtz

On the left side, there’s the power adapter port, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a switch that lets you turn it on and off the webcam. You might as well leave that aside. The webcam is… unfortunate.

Let’s talk about the webcam because that’s one of the only major negatives of this review. It is a 1 megapixel camera with mediocre image quality. Yes, it will work in a Zoom meeting, but if you do Zoom meetings for work and want to use this machine, I recommend installing an external webcam. There are a ton, like the Logitech C920x, that will get the job done with much better quality.

Screen and graphics quality

The 15.6-inch IPS screen is a standout feature of the XPro. The bezel is only 6mm thick, making it a screen that fills almost all available space. In 16:9 format, the screen is ideal for playing movies and videos. The display resolution is only 1920×1080 (1080p), but the display quality is simply stunning. Combined with the two surprisingly clear and powerful speakers, movie playback is a joy.

The screen is also nice enough for traditional office work. It’s clear and easy to read, and I didn’t experience any eye strain from using it for a few hours straight.

So let’s be clear: this is a great productivity and video playback machine. It is not, however, a gaming or video production machine. The Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU is not up to par. Games like Cyberpunk 2077, God of War, and Halo Infinite are just too intense for this GPU. That said, you can play games like Farming Simulator and Forza Horizon 5, but you should set the graphics options as low as possible. To give you an example, running the Final Fantasy XV benchmark resulted in 15 frames per second, far too slow to be comfortable for gaming.

But if you want to do casual gaming (I’m addicted to Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection), this machine is perfect. Another favorite of mine, Cities Skylines, was initially choppy, but when I reduced the effects it became quite fun to play.

When it comes to video editing in something like Adobe Premiere Pro, you can get by with 1080p single-cam editing, but multicam editing, even with proxies, is too heavy an application for this machine – at least in its basic setup. The machine comes with only one RAM slot populated. If you added a second RAM stick to bring the system up to 16GB, you’ll enable dual-channel performance as well as more RAM for editing. This can allow for 1080p multicam editing or a single 4K camera (as long as you don’t layer the effects too heavily).

Battery life and keyboard

Battery life is decent. With the screen brightness reduced a bit, I was able to watch a two-hour movie, but barely. Honestly, if you want to watch movies, it’s best to plug the device in. The charger on this machine is nice and small, so it’s not too difficult to take the power pack with you when traveling. The battery is neither removable nor replaceable.


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Doing normal productive work, like writing this article, I found I got about four hours on battery alone. My work pattern was such that I tended to mix some videos with web and writing, so the video probably ate some of the battery life it would have had if it didn’t. had only used office-type applications.

Speaking of writing, the keyboard is quite pleasant to use. It is backlit, which is very useful when working in a darker environment. The keys have a pleasant and comfortable journey. The keyboard isn’t angled or particularly ergonomic, yet I found the keyboard pleasant to use.

Benchmarks and fan noise

Here is a somewhat interesting result. Upgrading to Windows 11 can improve your single-core performance, at least in Geekbench. In Windows 10, single-core processor performance scored 956, while multi-core performance scored 3601. In Windows 11, single-core performance scored 973, while multi-core performed of 3510. Similarly, in Windows 10 the compute benchmark produced an OpenCL score of 3570, while in Windows 11 the same benchmark produced a score of 3848.

Now let me inject some reality into these statistics. First, 973 is only 1.78% faster than 956. OpenCL’s results were a bit more impressive, a difference of 7.79%. Both could be flukes. To be completely sure, the tests should be run over and over again, probably at least ten times. But we are not doing a scientific article here, just a normal review.

The bottom line is that the XPro sports an i5. It’s his level of performance. It’s the middle of the road, by design. To be fair, though, Windows 11 may have a few tweaks that will give you a bit more performance. I’m pretty happy with the performance of all my Windows 11 machines.

Oh, and the fan noise. Fan really kicked in when running Windows 10 benchmarks. Noise went from 38 to around 52db. It’s okay for a few minutes every once in a while, but if you’re using something that generates a lot of heat, it could be extremely noisy. In contrast, running the same benchmarks on Windows 11 only raised the fan to 43dB, which is not noticeable at all.

Overall usability

At 1.7 kg (about 3.75 pounds), the XPro packs some weight. It’s thin enough not to get submerged, yet thick enough to provide a full Ethernet outlet. Overall, I found the machine eminently usable, as long as you know its limitations.

All of Microsoft’s full Office applications worked without issue. If you are an Office user, you will be delighted. Photoshop and Illustrator were fine with smaller photos and designs, but the programs start to bog down once resolutions increase and layers increase.

I found a similar model with Fusion 360. Smaller models and modeling smaller objects was smooth and responsive. But when I fired up one of my bigger models, Fusion just hissed and stopped responding. Adding more memory would no doubt help, but the i5 has a high-end performance limit that the really big models were pushing.

Coding with Visual Studio Code was also smooth and responsive. I had multiple projects open, each with a bunch of files. I also had a running XAMPP install for debugging and testing, and everything went without any hesitation.

I tried running some virtual machines in VMware Workstation, and although I was able to get Ubuntu to work, I couldn’t allocate much RAM to the virtual machine and everything slowed down. It’s not a machine for using virtual machines, at least without much more RAM – and even then the i5 is the i5.

The price of the XPro varies. From the company direct, it’s listed at $569 (plus shipping). Sold by AliExpress, it’s $619 (also, plus shipping). Amazon has the unit for $679, but if you have Prime, shipping is free. For what is, essentially, a sub-$700 laptop, there’s a lot to like.

At this point, I can’t speak to long-term reliability and sturdiness, and warranty repairs must be returned to the factory in Shenzhen. Still, if you’re looking for a mid-level machine capable of doing office work with all the ports and a comfortable backlit keyboard, you should definitely check out the Chuwi CoreBook XPro. It’s a nice little machine.

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Illustration Students Design Snoopy Sculptures for Exciting New Art Journey


Five illustration students from the University of South Wales (USW) will have their creations adorn oversized Snoopy sculptures today (April 8) as part of a spectacular public art trail organized by Dogs Trust.

A Dog’s Trail is a series of intricately decorated Snoopy sculptures, which wind their way through Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl over the next eight weeks, with each sculpture designed by local, regional and national artists.

Sophomores Alison Howard, Amy Bainbridge, Hannah Morgan, Elis Mutlu and Megan Hill all had their designs chosen to be part of the trail, which also includes work by illustration grad Joe Davies. The six artists were chosen from a shortlist of 13 USW illustrators.

Alison, 22, from Sutton Coldfield, created the Self Care with Snoopy design, which was installed in the Roath Park Rose Garden. She said: “I decided to incorporate ways of relaxation, like spending time with animals or enjoying nature, and decided to inject some fun by adding a dog enjoying a bath in the bath! It’s amazing to be part of this great event and know that children and families will appreciate my work.

Amy, 22, from Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan, came up with a design called Quit Dragon Your Feet, inspired by the historic importance of castles and dragons in Welsh history. She said: “I wanted to create something that reminded me of Wales, and I remember being very impressed with the big blue dragon sitting on one of the turrets in Cardiff Castle a few years ago. So I designed a red dragon Snoopy, wearing pants that look like a castle wall. It’s set up just opposite Caerphilly Castle, and I can’t wait to see the reaction from the public.

Hannah, 22, is originally from Carmarthen and now lives in Cardiff. His design, Celestial Day and Night, takes pride of place in St John’s Gardens, near the old Cardiff Library. She said: ‘I love the celestial and star patterns so I combined these with a centerpiece in the middle, using stencils and poster paints to create the repeating pattern which is half blue and half yellow. It’s my first commission, so it’s a bit scary to think that the general public will watch it!

Matt Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at USW, said, “Our goal is to build ‘real illustrators for the real world’ by engaging our students with live briefs from real clients, and it’s been a pleasure to work with Dogs Trust and Wild in Art. , especially with an illustrated character as iconic as Snoopy as a canvas! I am so proud that we had five students and one graduate chosen for A Dog’s Trail. They were competing against professional artists who created works like this all over the country for many years, so they did very well in gaining recognition.

The event is organized in partnership with Peanuts – creator of the famous cartoon Snoopy – and Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of public art events. The trail will run until mid-June when the sculptures will be auctioned off to benefit Dogs Trust.

Rebecca Staden, Project Manager of A Dog’s Trail, said, “Seeing the student drawings come to life on a sculpture of Snoopy was a joy to behold. This means that hundreds of people from all over South Wales will be able to appreciate their incredible creative talent. USW Illustration students submitted amazing and unique designs to adorn a Snoopy sculpture in the main trail, which was an amazing opportunity for them to showcase their first commissioned artwork in public, while raising funds valuable in helping more dogs across South Wales. .”

Fast, Not Furious


Fast, Not Furious

Niche filmmaker Nawapol ‘Ter’ Thamrongrattanarit nods to Hollywood blockbusters while staying grounded in everyday life

Nat Kitcharit as a veteran sports stacker in Fast And Feel Love. GDH 559

Niche filmmaker Nawapol “Ter” Thamrongrattanarit has a knack for turning small, simple stories into big ones. Most of Nawapol’s films revolve around the daily life of the inhabitants of the big city. In 2015, Nawapol defined his first major studio film Heart Attack as “a routine life of a freelance graphic designer“. Or Happy Old Year, a 2019 drama film in which he simply answered in an interview: “A story of reorganizing the house.” But most Nawapol fans know that these movies go deeper than just the director’s definition.

And again with his last film Quick and feel the love, which premiered in Thai cinemas last week, Nawapol described as his “first-ever action film”, and is based on the daily life of people over the age of 30. It’s clearly a comedy. Even the title and its font obviously poke fun at a Hollywood blockbuster: Quick and feel the love (Fast and FuriousYou understand?).

Quick and feel the love is a mix of romance, comedy and sports film. It also introduces viewers to sport stacking, a popular cup game that involves stacking cups in predetermined sequences as quickly as possible. The premise follows Gao (Nat Kitcharit), a 30-year-old sports stacking champion who is challenged by the younger generation while preparing for an international competition. He also finds himself distracted by daily banalities and a fallout with his girlfriend Jay (Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund).

Director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. GDH 559

Film studio GDH 559 recently held a press conference and the premiere of Quick and feel the love on April 6 at CentralWorld where Nawapol appeared alongside Nat, Urassaya and the cast team including Anusara Korsamphan, Wipawee Patnasiri, Keetapat Pongruea and Kanokwan Butrachart. Life caught up with Nawapol during a panel discussion where the director told us about the ideas behind his new film and how his art mimics life.

Can you explain why you describe your new film as action?

Well, at first I really wanted to make a “superhero” movie. But I want to tell a superhero story that doesn’t need superpower abilities. I want it to be the story of a normal person living day to day, but with special skills that can intrigue people. So I started to take an interest in the life of athletes. Until I discovered this sport called sport stacking or speed stacks, and it fascinated me enough to write a story about it.

Nat Kitcharit and Urassaya ‘Yaya’ Sperbund in Fast And Feel Love. GDH 559

What do you particularly like about sport stacking?

In fact, at first we had a lot of different sports in mind, but sport stacking made me feel like a superpower. The competition is won at high speed. They win or lose in a split second. The sports stacking record is 4.753 seconds. While these people were participating in a stacking contest, the video footage was sometimes blurry. He was so fast he couldn’t catch the actual picture. So I thought that was pretty cool. And the more I studied, the more I felt it fit the script I was writing.

Is it true that some parts of the film were inspired by personal experience?

Yes, and most of my films too. When I’m writing screenplays, it’s easier for me to look for material and stories in the lives around me. And like in this story, it tells a story about the lives of people in their thirties. I’m 38 this year. This is the time when we begin to feel that as we age, the responsibilities in life also increase. People start to have no time to pursue their own dreams as there are problems in daily life and many other tasks that need to be held accountable. I brought up this story because I thought it might be interesting. And I’ve never seen anyone think of making a movie like this before.

GDH 559

There are a few scenes in Quick and feel the love which are mocking or intended to resemble scenes from some of the great Hollywood movies. Was it your intention to make a parody film?

People often ask me if I intended to make a comedy parody film in the style of horror movie [2000], but it’s not like that at all. I would rather say that it is a tribute to all the films that I love. Actually, these scenes look more like cool additions, but Quick and feel the love definitely has its own story.

Apart from the movies that have been made so far, fans know that you have also done many commercial projects. With Quick and feel the lovehow much does it cost to work in the advertising industry?

Maybe it can look like an ad that’s stretched into a feature film presentation. But above all, Quick and feel the love is a film where I tried to think outside the box. Although they usually include fun bits, the movies I’ve done so far are mostly heavy drama. And I think I’ve been doing this for a decade already. As a creative worker, I wanted to try something new and completely different from what I’ve done in the past. I also believe that artists, whether they’re filmmakers, songwriters, or musicians, have their own moods and angles, whether it’s drama, comedy, or action.

Best Razer Laptop | WFLA


What are the best Razer laptops?

If you’re an avid gamer, you may have already considered a gaming laptop. There are many models from different manufacturers to choose from, and it can be quite difficult. Each has different specifications and designs.

But have you ever considered a Razer laptop? Over the years, the company has made a name for itself as one of the best manufacturers of PC and gaming accessories. So if you’re looking for a high-end gaming laptop that will also be perfect for office work, check out the Razer Blade 14 Gaming Laptop.

What to know before buying a Razer laptop

CPU power

Arguably one of the most critical components in a computer or laptop, the processor is responsible for how quickly it can perform actions. Since you can’t upgrade most laptop processors, you need to figure out which processor speed will suit your needs. Generally, a processor speed of 4.2 GHz will be sufficient for most things.

Disk space is important for games

If you plan to do some serious gaming on your Razer Laptop, you need to make sure you have enough space for games. Most games today are digital downloads of over 100 GB. You can upgrade to the M.2 SSD, but look for storage capacity that will store all your games and files.

AMD or NVIDIA graphics card

In a desktop environment, a laptop’s graphics card won’t make a big difference. But when it comes to gaming, most gamers will prefer AMD cards or NVIDIA graphics cards. There isn’t much difference between the two brands, and it will mostly come down to your personal preference.

What to Look for in a Quality Razer Laptop

RGB lighting and key customization

When you get a laptop from a company with deep roots in gaming culture, you can expect it to have a wide variety of customization options. One of them is the RGB lighting effects that have been incorporated into almost every gaming component. A good Razer laptop will have plenty of lighting options and the ability to change it however you want.


Specifically for gaming, the resolution of the laptop screen will play a huge role in the quality of the graphics. This is important so you can clearly see what is going on. A good quality Razer laptop will have 4K resolution with a 120MHz refresh rate. The fast refresh rate ensures that fast action has no motion blur effect.

Support for multiple monitors and accessories

Having a single screen on the monitor might be perfect for playing games, but if you’re using the laptop for office work, you might need some extra viewing space. That’s why a good Razer laptop will have extra HDMI ports for you to connect additional monitors.

How much you can expect to spend on a Razer laptop

The general retail price of a Razer laptop will depend on the model, capabilities, and components inside. An entry-level Razer laptop can cost between $1,000 and $1,600. A high-end Razer laptop can cost between $2,500 and $3,000.

Razer Laptop FAQs

Can you upgrade the components of a Razer laptop?

A. Laptops are notoriously difficult to upgrade. That said, some Razer laptops use the M.2 slot to easily upgrade the SSD drive. Due to the thin design of some laptops, you cannot upgrade RAM or other components.

Can all Razer laptops be used for gaming?

A. Razer is primarily associated with PC gaming and accessories, so that would be an easy guess to make. But not all Razer laptops are good for gaming. The company makes a few that are specifically designed for office work and productivity. With these, you might struggle to run even the most basic video games.

What is the best Razer laptop to buy?

Best Razer Laptop

Razer Blade 14 Gaming Laptop

What do you want to know: This option is perfect for any type of game, wherever you are.

What you will love: For crisp graphics, this Razer laptop is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, features an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, and 16GB of RAM. In terms of storage space, it comes with a 1TB SSD drive. The screen measures 14 inches with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 with a response time of 165Hz.

What you should consider: The RAM cannot be upgraded, as only the SSD uses M.2 technology.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

Best Razer laptop for the money

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook

What do you want to know: Slim and powerful, it makes gaming a breeze.

What you will love: The ultra-slim laptop is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165g7 quad-core processor, has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal SSD storage. The 1080p display has a refresh rate of 120 MHz, measures 13.3 inches and is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card.

What you should consider: As with many laptops, the fixed 16GB of RAM will be difficult to upgrade.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

Worth checking out

Razer Book 13 Laptop

Razer Book 13 Laptop

What do you want to know: He’s an office workhorse who can handle the pressure.

What you will love: While the 13-inch Razer Book may not be suitable for gaming, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 Core and 16GB of RAM will do a little job of all office tasks. The display is Full HD and has a touchscreen, with a vapor chamber cooling system to ensure it doesn’t overheat. It comes with Razer Chroma RGB to change the lighting and uses Thunderbolt 4 to charge.

What you should consider: The laptop has somewhat limited storage and the 256GB M.2 SSD might not be enough.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

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Quentin Moore is still looking to launch a Washington Husky career


Twelve months ago, Quentin Moore returned home triumphantly and joined the University of Washington football program. He was heralded as one of the top junior college tight ends in the nation after a pit stop in Independence, Kansas.

The son of a former but obscure Seattle Seahawks defensive back, the well-proportioned 6-foot-5, 249-pound newcomer has adapted perfectly to spring training.

Moore made some tough holds in the middle. He was a big target with big hands. He was expected to ably complement the UW’s impressive collection of proven Pac-12 tight ends, which included Cade Otton, Devin Culp, Jack Westover and Mark Redman.

However, Moore, like his new football team, never got off the ground in 2021. He only played two games, against Oregon State and UCLA, presumably held due to injuries, although Jimmy Lake staff rarely confirmed why players were absent or unavailable. .

With a new coach in Kalen DeBoer, Moore is still looking for prime-time exposure, extended playing time, even his first UW reception.

The good news for the former Inglemoor High School in the northern suburbs of Seattle is that it looks made to order for DeBoer’s spreading offense being set up.

With spring practice underway, we’re offering insights and insights gathered from the UW football staff in a series of stories about every scholarship player from #0-99. We’ll be looking at each Husky’s previous starting experience. , if any, and will determine what comes next under new coach Kalen DeBoer.

As with any coaching change, it’s a new beginning in football for everyone, including Huskies number 88.

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Moore, similar to Devin Culp, looks much leaner even though his weight is only a pound less over a year.

Unlike Culp, he always tries to ingratiate himself with the new coaching staff. After recent training, he was seen crawling from sideline to sideline while clutching a soccer ball, almost looking like a Navy seal doing the tough exercise. Other players have also been subjected to this. It seemed to be some kind of program reminder. Were they late for a meeting or a practice session in this decidedly more disciplined system?

Otherwise, Moore looks set to contribute alongside the rest of his Husky post peers. His hands remain positive attributes. His feet could be even more impressive. It moves well when entering the open space.

While last spring was a homecoming, Moore would do well to use this one as a coming-out party.

UW Starter or not: If the Huskies needed him, Moore could enter the opening lineup. In his only season for Independence CC in the competitive Kansas JuCo ranks that once served Corey Dillon’s needs, Moore caught 38 passes for 547 yards and 5 touchdowns. However, he’s still running behind Culp and Westover, which likely leaves him off the bench. With three seasons of UW eligibility remaining, Moore will become a starter at some point.

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Beyond Oligarchs, Ordinary Russians Abroad Use Foreign Bank Accounts

  • Visa and Mastercard ceased Russian operations, blocking Russian bank cards abroad.
  • Russians in Singapore, the UK and Turkey told Insider they used foreign accounts to access money.
  • They are all worried about the value of the ruble, one of the worst performing currencies of the year.

Maria went to buy a green juice on campus one day in late February but her card was declined.

Then she tried to buy groceries. Again, his card was declined.

The 23-year-old Russian student, who did not wish to give her last name, is doing an exchange semester in Singapore and had learned the day before that her Russian bank card would be blocked. She wanted to test it to see if it was true.

“We are worth nothing, basically,” she told Insider, referring to the value of Russian currency.

Since invading Ukraine, Russia has been a pariah state, with many sectors of its economy sanctioned by the international community. Its network of wealthy oligarchs has seen its assets frozen, its overseas properties looted and its yachts seized.

But ordinary Russians are also feeling the impact, with the ruble falling in the early days of the invasion, one of the worst performing currencies of the year so far. Major Russian lenders have been banned from SWIFT, the international payment system used by thousands of banks around the world. And for Russians abroad like Maria, the decision by Mastercard and Visa to suspend their Russian operations has led to money problems since their cards are now negligible abroad.

Maria received a text message on March 11 from her Russian bank, Sberbank – the country’s largest – informing her of the ban, the message saying it would not affect Sberbank cards in Russia.

The message Maria received from her Russian bank, Sberbank.

The message that Maria Kaznacheeva received from her Russian bank, Sberbank.


Maria, who is pursuing a master’s degree at an Italian university, however, feels lucky to be on exchange in Singapore as she has a scholarship to cover all her expenses there. And the money is deposited in his Italian bank account, not his Russian account.

Still, she worries about what she will do when her semester ends in May.

“In Italy I would really struggle,” she said, explaining that there she has a scholarship that only partially covers her living expenses.

She makes ends meet by tutoring, her earnings deposited in her blocked Russian bank account. His mother also occasionally sends him money to this Russian account. But even if she could access funds through it, she said, the exchange rate would leave her with next to nothing.

The exchange rate is what deterred Alena, 25, who asked not to share her surname, from freelancing for Russian clients.

The Russian international student lives in Leeds, UK, and freelances in translation and graphic design when not studying.

“It doesn’t make sense for me to work as a freelancer in Russia anymore because of the exchange rates because it’s just incredibly expensive,” Alena told Insider.

She also couldn’t transfer her rubles from her Russian Alfabank account to her UK Lloyds bank account, even if she chose to work with Russian clients.

Alena had acted early, however, anticipating the financial repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On the second day of the dispute, she decided to transfer the funds from her Russian account to her UK account.

“I thought it might lead to penalties and account blocking, and just in case I decide to transfer the money,” she said.

Taras Litvinenko is another Russian abroad who uses a foreign bank card.

Litvinenko, 49, who fled to Istanbul, Turkey in March, has an Estonian bank account he got through Estonia’s e-residency program. The first of its kind, the Eastern European country’s program allows anyone in the world to apply for a digital ID, open a bank account in Estonia, and run a virtual business in the country.

A graphic designer with a computer background, Litvinenko uses his Estonian business debit card, as well as a local prepaid card called Paycell.

His Russian bank cards are just “pieces of plastic,” he told Insider.

“Stay home, be strong, use the local MIR card,” Litvinenko said, was the advice the Russian government gave at the start of its invasion of Ukraine and subsequent economic sanctions against the country, referring to Mir, the Russian domestic payment system.

Of Ukrainian origin, he feared a rise in hate speech against him if he remained in Russia. He left for Turkey, the only option he said he had, with the US and EU no longer having visas for Russians.

He hopes to bring his wife in the coming months from Moscow to Istanbul. In the meantime, he wants to continue developing his virtual business and pursue Estonian citizenship as an option for the future.

The three Russians abroad have no plans – and few options – to return to their home countries anytime soon.

Juhi Chawla Is Emotional About Sharmaji Namkeen, Says There Won’t Be Another Rishi Kapoor Movie

Sharmaji Namkeen was released on March 31. This is the latest film from the late actor Rishi Kapoor which also starred Juhi Chawla in a key role. During a recent interview with News18.com, the actress opened up about working with her “Chintu Ji” and revealed how “joyful and witty” he was always on set for her latest movie. The actress, who has also worked with Rishi Kapoor in several films in the past, told News18.com how the late actor would get impatient with his co-stars if they took a long time to wear makeup.

“He was always cheerful, he was witty, bright. Sometimes he got impatient and he couldn’t deal with all of us taking time out for hair and makeup. He used to say : “Kya karte rehte ho, even toh lagte ho, dekhna kya hai tum logo ko, acting karo”. He was just himself on sets, in real life and on screen. He was just Chintu Ji. Very adorable. Over the years I’ve seen him berate us all and now I find it very, very funny because we knew he was in his element when he did all of this,” Juhi said.

She further mentioned how Sharmaji Namkeen was the first time she observed Rishi Kapoor’s way of working and realized that he used to do all the scenes with such ease. “In this particular movie, I watched Chintu Ji as an actor. The way he used to give a shot. I just saw he was so good. never seen in any of my previous films because I was so caught up in my role. But it was the first time I looked at him in awe, he did it with ease. He used to be one little repetition,” she added.

Juhi Chawla also shared an adorable incident of Rishi Kapoor on Sharmaji Namkeen sets and revealed what happened when the entire cast got together for a script reading session.

“Right before Sharmaji Namkeen started filming, the director said that we had to get the whole unit together and everyone would read their part. Chintu Ji, as usual, a little grumpy, the cast had come, and everything everyone sat down to the table. Then Chintu Ji comes. He comes, sits down and says ‘I’m only here for 30 minutes, I have work, I have to go and I’m not doing this reading of script. I haven’t done this in my career. I came because Amit Ji says it’s a good exercise.’ The script reading started and he started enjoying it so much. The script reading ended, the actors left and they all went home. I was one of the last to leave. I was leaving, I would get up and leave but Chintu Ji is always there with the director. He was very, very funny and it was nice to work with him,” Juhi revealed.

“There are a lot of incidents like this in my career, a lot. I don’t know if I have that much even with Shah Rukh or Aamir because Chintu Ji was such a funny character,” the actress added.

She also shared another incident from her 2009 film with Rishi Kapoor, Luck By Chance, and said, “We were filming for Luck By Chance and normally Chintu Ji had time. Over the years I’ve seen him, he’d come in at 10 a.m., at 2 p.m. he’d pack up and leave for another shoot. There, he worked from 2 p.m. to about 9/10 p.m. He used to do these two shifts. It was settled. He couldn’t be expected to work beyond that because he had to go home. When we were working on Luck By Chance, filming started during the day and continued into the night. We know how it is during the night, everyone is starting to get tired, my staff was looking at me and I was like ‘Wait! Chintu Ji will be leaving in a while,” which means we can pack our bags too. We don’t have to say it, why should we be the bad guys on sets saying we want to go home. I don’t know what Chintu Ji was enjoying during filming that day. From 8 p.m., it continued until 10 p.m. then 11 p.m. and then it was 1 p.m. and he was on the sets. My team was rolling their eyes and saying, “Why aren’t you saying anything?” I was like, how can I say anything, there’s a senior actor who doesn’t give up and go home. All my life I had known that Chintu Ji would pack up and leave. What happened to him! He kept going on and on.”

Juhi also revealed how surprised she was when she learned that the makers of Sharmaji Namkeen were planning to finish the film after Rishi Kapoor passed away. “When Chintu Ji passed away a few weeks later, Ritesh (producer) called and he said it was his last work and we had to bring it to the screen. At that time, I was very surprised that he wanted to end this, but how, how was this going to happen. The other part of me said, whatever you say, it’s such a beautiful film and his latest work, whatever it is, I’ll be there,” she told News18.com.

Juhi further revealed how Paresh Rawal was enlisted for the film after Rishi Kapoor disappeared. She shared that the makers tried several alternatives including computer graphics before it was decided to have Paresh Rawal on board.

“At that time, they didn’t know what to do. He had mentioned that maybe we would do computer graphics because now things have gotten so advanced that you can actually use the actor’s face and expressions and recreate the movie. I think they tried a lot of things, a lot of options, worked on it and it was a few months later that they called back and said we were going to go ahead and Paresh Ji would play the role. There’s a movie in Hollywood where one of the main actors died and the rest were played by another actor and it was a hit. So, taking some hope and aspiration from there, we went back to the sets and finished the movie,” she revealed.

When asked what makes Sharmaji Namkeen special, an emotional Juhi said, “I wish Chintu Ji was there throughout the movie. What makes it memorable is that it is his last work. There won’t be another Rishi Kapoor movie after that and then that realization that I was there on set when he was doing his last job, I was there in the scene.”

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Week of April 8, 2022


Farm equipment editors come across a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at various aspects of our formidable agricultural machinery industry. Here’s our favorite content from the last week on the web. “The Best of the Web This Week” is brought to you by CLEANFIX.

Champlain Valley Equipment Reference Showroom

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since our entire staff converged on Vermont for our 3rd edition dedicated to Dealership Minds to build an in-depth profile of our friend and advisory board member Brian Carpenter and his dealership Champlain Valley Equipment. CVE, also Dealer of the Year, has acquired, consolidated and modernized many dealer businesses since our last visit. Watch this quick video showcasing a post-industrial design shopping experience at CVE’s Kubota store that just opened in Essex Junction, Vermont.

AXON and New Holland take top honors for dealer-led marketing at NAMA

AXON, title sponsor of this summer’s Dealership Minds Summit, won first place in the dealer marketing category this week at the National Agri Marketing Assn. (NAMA) Convention in Kansas City. The tire distributor’s direct mail flat piece won first place in the “Made to Dealers” category in the annual “Best of NAMA” competition. With the copy “Imagine having 100 years of tire and wheel knowledge in your back pocket the next time you sell a Tractor”, the coin was created to communicate the company’s rebranding from CFI Tire to AXON New Holland won first prize in the Dealer Brochures/Catalog category for its brochure (created by Maclay & Shoemaker Graphics) for conveying the impact of owning a New Holland dealership.

RDO Australia offers something for the whole family

RDO Australia has shared photos of an extra special delivery day for a family! dad Nathan Doyle received a new 6195M tractor while his son received a mini tractor! The Bundaberg store team made a special effort to please this little boy!

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9th National Strip Till Conference Returns to Iowa

The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns to Iowa where it began 9 years ago. This short video shows the energy and enthusiasm that has us looking forward to this event. Most manufacturers in the strip-till market will be on site – a great place to connect with current and potential manufacturers for your AOR. Dealer JJ Nichting (with a state-of-the-art facility that just opened) has signed on as the official machine dealer sponsor, and Kinze is the site of a pre-event soil health workshop, which includes a private factory tour, museum visit and lunch. The 8-page program is now available!

Featured Product: ‘Sales Enablement Tool for Dealers’

There are few new products offered by our editors to help sell machines, but we have one for you this week. Following a recent review of technologies appearing on precision ag dealer websites, we heard of a new “sales enablement tool” from Verge Ag. Developers are targeting machine dealers for their software that matches equipment size and functionality to each field operation and helps quantify the return on investment for additional technology. It’s called “Launch Pad” and is covered in this 4 minute video:

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Grambling State volleyball coach cuts all scholarship players from team


Grambling State’s new volleyball coach, Chelsey Lucas, has decided to cut all players from the team, according to Kori Johnson of KSLA-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Lucas, a Grambling alum in 2007, became the team’s head coach in February. She had already told the 19-player squad that she would be making changes to the roster, according to GSU director of sports communications Brian Howard.

However, department personnel were unaware of the full extent of the changes Lucas planned. Lucas’ decision to release all players has not been discussed before, according to Howard, and is generally left to the coach’s discretion.

The volleyball coach met with each player individually and informed them that their scholarships would not be renewed.

Destiny Johnson, who was a second defensive specialist on the team, tweeted a statement Monday, said she was “stomach ache” and very “upset” about being cut from the team and losing her scholarship.

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“All the time the energy (and) dedication I put into the volleyball program here at Grambling State was thrown back in my face,” Johnson said. “My whole team was stripped of our last years playing the sport we love by a woman who came in and disrespected us and put us down from day one.

“I’m so upset that the DA has made no effort to pursue this matter further. Grambling State University, especially the athletic department, should really be ashamed of themselves. We deserve so much better.”

Howard told KSLA-TV that recruiting efforts have already begun to replace players who have been removed from the roster.

“It’s her decision to make, and she has some quality players on board,” Howard said. “I think 13 or 14 will come on board at some point. So, I hate to say with the old, but kinda with the new.

GSU Athletic Director Trayvean Scott said in a statement that “just as the Transfer Portal empowers student-athletes, our coaches are also empowered to make the decisions they deem necessary to move their programs forward.”

Before returning to Grambling, Lucas spent six seasons in two other Southwestern Athletic Conference programs at Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Alcorn State. She coached for three years at UAPB where she posted a 37–44 record overall and a 37–17 conference rating. Prior to UAPB, she spent three seasons at Alcorn State from 2016 to 2018.

A Wadena meeting changed the trajectory of a bilingual teacher’s life – Wadena Pioneer Journal

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article takes a look at the life of a local naturalized citizen who positively impacts our communities. We hope to share more stories like this to show the strength of diversity in our region.

WADENA — Drinking a coffee as the sunlight streams in through the window, Gaby Moreano Wegscheid opens the doors of her heart to share her interesting story with us.

Gaby was born and raised in the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador, where the line of the center of the earth intersects. She comes from a prosperous family with a high level of education and human values. His parents, Patricio Moreano and Rubi Rodriguez, are recognized lawyers and professionals in their country and carry out very important work within Ecuadorian society.

Gaby has always been very proud of her parents as well as her brothers and sisters; Maria Jose, who currently lives in Quito and is president of the country’s Alliance Française, and her brother, Juan Esteban, who lives with his family in Dubai and works as a visual arts and design teacher at an international baccalaureate school .

At 17, and with the support of her parents, Gaby came as a foreign student to study at Wadena High School, where she met many Wadena students and made many friends through her charisma and his good humor.

Gaby Moreano Wegscheid came to Wadena as a foreign student and returned to the area shortly after a reunion brought her back to the community.

Photo courtesy of Carmen Urbina Oberton

Upon her return to Ecuador, she completed her studies as an English teacher and obtained a master’s degree in intelligence development. She continued her career with honors, standing out in her professional career in her hometown and at the same time became the mother of her eldest son Martin, who now lives and works as a graphic designer in Quito.

In 2015, Gaby is interested in applying for a work visa in the United States in order to practice her profession in this country. After a long and complicated process of paperwork and protocols, she was accepted into the state of North Carolina where she was employed as a teacher in the Kindergarten Dual Hispanic Immersion Program for two years.

While in North Carolina, she received an invitation from her high school classmates in Wadena to attend a high school reunion. She attended the reunion and also visited her host family who she lived with in high school.

At the reunion, she reconnected with her classmates, especially Brian Wegscheid. They begin a beautiful romance and a year later they marry in North Dakota, where Brian was living at the time. Since getting married they have moved back to Wadena and Brian works for Wadena County. They live a quiet and happy life with their son Sebastian, who is currently in Grade 12 at Verndale High School and plans to attend Central Lakes College to study graphic design.

“I greatly admire Brian for being a hardworking, honest man with many values, and I feel lucky to have him as my husband,” says Gaby.

Gaby is currently pursuing her career as an ESL English teacher at Long Prairie – Gray Eagle High School.
She adapted very well to the community and made new friends. Gaby is also a great example to the immigrant community of someone who can achieve goals and dreams. In addition to being very human and charismatic, she helps new immigrant students and their families to adapt and develop academically with values ​​and respect for the community and this country. Gaby also enjoys participating in events that support community inclusion.

Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her cat Nacho, her dog Red, reading and travelling.

“We never stop learning,” she says.

And we end the interview with this great message that she shares with us:

“Being bilingual is a great strength that has opened doors for me inside and outside my country.”

Dreams United/Sueños Unidos was founded by the King family of Long Prairie, with the help of Maria Cervante and Jovana Aguilar who chose our name, in 2007. We have sponsored the Cinco de mayo celebration in Long Prairie for several years and have worked on numerous community art projects to bring together the dreams of the recent immigrant community with those of the not-so-recent immigrant community.