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Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended for PED, ruins Padres’ dream season


The padres were the whale at the poker table. They continued to push chips in the middle. Blow up the luxury tax for a second consecutive year. Trade their best young players for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Negotiate for Josh Hader with around $15 million due next year for the one-inning run. Trading eight of 10 first-round picks under AJ Preller. Pushing the payroll to a franchise record of $230 million, more than double what it was five years ago.

The Padres saw a window open right now to win the franchise’s first World Championship. This view relied heavily on Fernando Tatis Jr. returning to the lineup this season for the stretch race and playoffs. The Padres had all the stars aligned – until a little Clostebol blew their plans upside down.

In one of baseball’s most stunning and high-profile drug busts since penalties with suspensions began in 2005, Tatis tested positive for a banned substance, Clostebol, a synthetic anabolic androgenic steroid – while he was on the injured list and playing under a $340 million, 14-year contract. He had been on a minor league rehab mission to recover from a broken wrist he suffered in an off-season motorcycle accident. He claimed that the Clostebol in his system came from medication he took to treat ringworm. Clostebol is favored by some drug cheaters because it provides the benefits of high testosterone (muscle growth) with lower levels of estrogen as a byproduct. On Friday, he accepted his 80-game suspension without appeal – the 48 games remaining this year and the first 32 next season. He is not eligible for the playoffs this year.

The dream top of the range of Silver Sluggers Tatis, Soto and Manny Machado— $56.8 million in star power this year alone — won’t happen this season. And now even a playoff appearance for San Diego has become less likely.

At the time of the suspension, the Padres clung to the last playoff spot, the third wild card spot in the NL. They were trying to play Cardinals in a best-of-three series all at St. Louis.

San Diego crumbled late last season as Tatis, playing with a shoulder injury that hadn’t fully healed, hit .245 in his last 41 games. This year, the Padres added the bats of Soto, Bell and Brandon Dry, another trade delay acquisition, to hedge against another slump. They entered this weekend with the fewest home runs and the worst slugging percentage of any National League contender.

Tatis was another big piece to add the punch San Diego would need to take on the Dodgers Where Dishes if he could get past a first-round series. He probably would have integrated the lineup better in the outfield — the Padres outfielders are hitting .227 with just 29 homers — than moving defensive prodigy Ha-Seong Kim to shortstop. Either way, they would add the 2021 NL home run champion and one of baseball’s most exciting players.

The Padres are still holding a dynamite rotation with swing and miss stuff. Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Sean Manee, Joe Musgrove and Mike Clevinger all are hitting at least 8.6 batters per nine innings. And they reached a playoff position with 48 games left without Tatis playing a single game. But make no mistake: Tatis is one of the top five players in the game who could have made the difference.

San Diego has learned that the guy they identified as their franchise player is unreliable. Due to injuries, motorcycle accidents, a PED bust and the COVID-shortened season, Tatis will not have played more than 130 games in his first five years in the big leagues, missing at least 43 % of his team’s matches.

The Padres have committed $1.046 billion in recent years to sign or acquire Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Tatis, Machado, Soto, Hader and Musgrove. It’s a spending spasm unlike anything since the Diamondbacks tripled their payroll from 1998 to 2002. The Padres grew their payroll from 20% below the MLB average to 50% above, which is generally considered unsustainable in their market without a significant increase in income.

“Franchises almost never transform to the degree that the Padres have,” a senior baseball source said. “Spending before revenue and team success to that degree.”

Soto is under contract through 2024, which means San Diego can still field the Tatis-Soto-Machado trio for two seasons (but not until May of next season), but Bell is a free agent after this season. In the meantime, the Padres will have to settle for a playoff spot this year without Tatis providing the boost they’ve been counting on all year.

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Iconica Magazine features New Mexico lifestyle and artists

Cameron Ward, standing, and Natassja Santistevan are the creators of Iconica Magazine, a new publication focused on New Mexico lifestyle and art. (Courtesy of ICONICA Magazine)

light pointThe culture of New Mexico is an iconic brand in itself, well exemplified by the struggles, perseverance and eclectic minds of the creatives.

Cameron Ward and Natassja Santistevan aim to promote the state’s cultural innovation through their new magazine, Iconica.

Ward said, “Our goal for the magazine is for it not just to be a platform for people to showcase their work, but also a platform to expand their relationships.”

The publication focuses on modern lifestyles, showcasing the imperceptible world of fashion, the perspective of artists and photographers, and the underground cadence of local musicians.

Even blacksmiths can share their poetry, and Ward and Santistevan are open to expanding the art forms that can be submitted.

Santistevan said, “We talk to spray painters, we talk to tattoo artists, we talk to DJs who’ve been here a long time, because that’s kind of what Albuquerque’s architecture is.”

They also explored cities beyond Albuquerque to discover more representations of the state’s niche lifestyle, including Native American influence.

Ward added, “We’ve traveled a lot in Santa Fe, and that’s where we get…a whole lot of culture.”

Create Iconica

Ward grew up in Isleta and she shared that her grandmother was a fashion designer in a more traditional sense. She discovered a deep admiration for arts and crafts, from her own creations to writing about other artists, which eventually brought her into the Albuquerque scene.

Thanks to her network, she met Santistevan, and the desire to launch a magazine was mutual and almost immediate. The two decided to start their journey in a competitive and unapologetic industry.

Cameron Ward, left, and Natassja Santistevan are open to most art submissions for their new publication, Iconica Magazine. (Courtesy of ICONICA Magazine)

Ward said, “We were like, no expectations, let’s go blind, and it was really good.”

They were both hardened and motivated by their past experiences. Santistevan received similar grandmother influence and was placed in sewing classes as a child. Still, Santistevan was pushed off the craft by his peers.

“I stopped sewing after being bullied,” Santistevan explained. “I wore what I did in school…so after that I kind of quit, but I continued to use fashion to express myself.”

Santistevan began organizing events while in college and networking, eventually colliding with Ward’s path.

Iconica formed, going from a brainstorm to a hot copy out of the printer, clutched by the hands of the creators. Each has their own unique strengths, helping to balance their partnership, and their correlative passion for culture and craftsmanship helps drive the publication.

Ward said: “We have to motivate each other… pushing each other is a huge part that you have to play.”

Santistevan added: “We are like our own bosses, but also each other’s bosses.”

The artistic community

The two bragged about the inspiration they receive from the artistic community, expressing their gratitude to the various sponsors they have partnered with and the mentors already established in the medium. From graphic designers and social media gurus to photographers, makeup artists and models.

Santistevan said, “Having these people that we can ask questions of and support us with is definitely something that for any artist is super important.”

Their willingness to learn showed in their coverage. Iconica features the local fashion scene highlighted with seasonal style, expressive photo and art galleries, profiles of musicians gracing venues across the state, and poetry meant to linger in the minds of readers.

Iconica offers a behind-the-scenes look at modern lifestyle and culture, influencing audiences while inspiring other creators at the same time.

The development of the magazine, however, remains a constant learning process. Ward and Santistevan admitted they struggled to grasp production variables, from navigating the software to formatting the layout to managing sponsors.

Still, Ward and Santistevan are growing more comfortable with all aspects of the operation.

Ward said of the process, “It’s like building the brand as you go. Like the people of Albuquerque, we are constantly changing and growing.

They have already seen development early in the life of the magazine. The release of each issue is complemented by an event, where they can not only build their brand, but connect artists with each other.

From the first launch party to the second, attendance nearly tripled, according to Ward and Santistevan. They are already preparing to reserve an even bigger room for the third version.

Highlight the brand

Iconica is a quarterly publication and its next issue will appear in November. Events and issues will deliberately deviate from the norm, providing a new experience, as there is a vast world of up-and-coming artists ready to be exhibited.

“We want to showcase these people because it takes a lot of commitment,” Santistevan said.

Cameron Ward, left on the ground, photographs a model wearing Avengers Vintage. (Courtesy of ICONICA Magazine)

Iconica not only displays the talents of local creators, but also encourages camaraderie in the artistic community.

“Really, we can’t just use ourselves as ladders and then move on,” Ward said. “We grow together.”

Developing Iconica is a goal for Ward and Santistevan. They plan to continue building the magazine, eventually bringing New Mexico’s attention to larger markets.

“What’s really important is that we want it to always be about New Mexico,” Santistevan said. “We’re just trying to get our eyes on this place.”

New Mexico is as unique as the artists who express the style and creativity of the culture, whether through fashion, photography, music or art. It’s a mark earned through hard work. It’s iconic.

Mamoru Hosoda’s “really, really fun” anime


Anime is a visually delightful, if sometimes disconcerting genre of animation, an example of Japanese pop culture. And it’s more than just Pokemon. Animated feature films have won audiences on the international festival and art house circuits. One of anime’s most admired young directors gets a lavish treatment in new Coffee Table Book, The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosodaby animation historian Charles Solomon.

In the late 90s, Hosoda was an early adopter of computer graphics at Toei Animation Studio. He briefly moved to famed Studio Ghibli to direct Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle but was fired and replaced by Hayao Miyazaki. Back at Toei, he worked on commercial shorts and TV shows before landing the project that brought him to the eyes of filmmakers around the world, The girl who crossed time (2006). The film was based on a 1967 novel that had already been adapted several times in Japan for television and film.

Working with screenwriter Satoko Okudera, Hosoda kept the story’s focus on three high school friends, but, as Solomon writes, added a series of low-key baseball games “to provide visual interest, instead of just show the seated figures talking”. As Hosoda recalls, her version “wasn’t so much about nostalgia as it was about enjoying the experience to the fullest (of slipping back in time). I wanted to turn the idea of ​​time travel into a comedic element…to make it a really, really fun movie. Hosoda went on to direct several more anime feature films, including Wolf children (2012), The boy and the beast (2015) and Oscar nominee Mirai (2018).

The man who leaps through the cinema is beautifully illustrated with color stills and preliminary black-and-white drawings and storyboards of various Hosoda projects. It is published by Abrams.

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David Luhrssen has taught at UWM and MIAD. He is the author of The Vietnam War on Film, Encyclopedia of Classic Rock and Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism.

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August 12, 2022


Take out payday loans during inflation

Inflation in the United States hit its highest level in 40 years in June. Although the inflation rate eased slightly in July, consumers are feeling the pressure of higher prices, and there is no guarantee that the current inflation problem has peaked. Given the current economic conditions, many Americans are looking for loans and predatory lending is on the rise.

Payday loans are short-term, high-interest loans that must be repaid on your next payday. They are easy to obtain but difficult to repay, often with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates. Payday lenders are notorious for setting up storefronts in low-income areas and can throw people into a cycle of debt.

Although not all payday lenders are predatory, you should consider other options before getting a payday loan. Here’s everything you need to know about taking out a personal loan in times of inflation.

The impact of rising inflation

Consumer prices rose 8.5% in July, down 0.6% from June. Despite this slight slowdown, it is unlikely that the inflation rate has peaked. As the price of basic necessities like gasoline, food and housing continues to rise, consumers are feeling the pinch.

Two-thirds of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck in June. Meanwhile, US consumer personal debt is higher than ever. Given that the unemployment rate is currently the lowest since 1969, it is clear that rising inflation is putting severe financial pressure on consumers.

As gasoline prices have started to fall, food and housing prices are skyrocketing. “Consumers take a break at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store. Food prices, and in particular food-at-home costs, continue to soar, rising at the fastest rate in more than 43 years,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst, “ Lower gas prices have been very well received, but this does not solve the inflation problem.

Inflation leading to interest rate hikes

To combat this runaway inflation, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates four times this year and is expected to raise them again before the end of 2022. These rate hikes have already pushed up average personal loan rates, and With more rate hikes on the way, new personal loan borrowers will likely see higher interest rates.

This does not bode well for those looking for payday loans, as these loans already have much higher rates than other personal loans.

Should I take out a personal loan?

Payday loans can be very tempting if you’re struggling financially due to inflation and need cash fast. If you can find a payday lender that offers decent rates and you’re pretty sure you can pay it back on your next paycheck, that might be a viable option. However, taking out a personal loan involves many risks and you should only do so as a last resort.

Payday loans have fixed interest rates, which means the rate you pay doesn’t change for the life of the loan. They are designed to be short-term loans that help people cover necessary expenses between paychecks or emergency expenses. Payday loans are generally for smaller amounts, $500 or less on average. However, they come with exorbitant interest rates. The average two-week payday loan comes with an APR of nearly 400%. By comparison, the average APR for a regular personal loan is just over 10%.

The dangers of payday loans

Payday loans can attract borrowers with bad credit because most payday lenders don’t do credit checks. However, taking out a payday loan can further damage your credit and throw you into a cycle of debt that can be difficult to escape. It is extremely common for payday loan borrowers to have difficulty repaying the loan at the end of the loan term of two to four weeks, forcing them to take out an additional loan to meet the payment deadline.

Nearly 1 in 4 payday loan borrowers take out additional loans nine or more times after the first loan. Low-income communities are particularly vulnerable to payday lenders, and black and Latino communities are disproportionately targeted.

Alternatives to payday loans

There are several alternatives to payday loans, even if you don’t have strong credit.

Credit card

There is no minimum credit score to qualify for a credit card, although individual cards have requirements. Although you shouldn’t make a habit of racking up credit card debt, using a credit card to cover your expenses is a better option than taking out a payday loan.

Credit cards have much lower interest rates than payday loans, and you have 30 days to pay off your credit card balance before it incurs interest.

Borrow from a credit union

If you have time to join a credit union and go through the application process, borrowing from a credit union could be a valid option. Credit unions tend to have lower interest rates than traditional lenders, and many offer payday loan alternatives (PALs) that let you borrow $200 to $1,000 for one to six months. These loans have an APR ceiling of 28%.

Personal loans for borrowers with bad credit

Online personal lenders tend to have fast approval and fund delivery times, and many online lenders are open to working with borrowers with bad credit. While borrowers with bad credit are likely to receive the highest interest rates from a lender, most personal loan borrowers cap their APRs at around 35%, which is still well below that of mortgage loans. salary.

If you want to take out a personal loan, you should compare the best lenders and prequalify with a few before making a decision. It’s also worth looking into small personal loans, especially if you don’t need to borrow a large amount of money.

Emergency rescue services

If you need help right away, federal and local programs are available to help. For example, the Emergency Rent Assistance Program is set up to help families cover rent and utility costs when needed. If food costs are a concern, it might be worth visiting your local food bank to ease the burden. It’s also worth checking to see if your local community has community service agencies that offer help with expenses like rent and back-to-school expenses for children.

Alternative ways to earn income

If you have items you are willing to part with and need money for necessities, it may be worth selling things like clothes and jewelry online or at a pawn shop to earn income. additional at a glance. If you have an extra bedroom in your home, you might consider renting it out through Airbnb or finding a roommate to reduce rent or mortgage costs.

At the end of the line

As inflation continues to soar, people are struggling to pay their bills and looking for ways to supplement their income. While payday loans are a quick and easy way to get food on the table or fill up on gas, they are incredibly dangerous.

A payday loan could put you in debt and ruin your credit. If you are having financial difficulty and are considering a payday loan, consider the alternatives listed above and see if they will work for you before making this decision.

Citrix vs. VMware: VDI/DaaS Comparison 2022


Citrix and VMware were among the main pioneers of VDI and are now in direct competition in a related market, DaaS. Both vendors are highly respected in this growing region.

First, a little background. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technology was developed many years ago to virtualize the desktop. It enables access to enterprise systems from almost any PC, smartphone or tablet. Servers, applications, files and services are made available to authorized users. How? By offloading desktop workloads from the device to centralized servers, the device then becomes a way to connect a work platform. It does not contain applications; the device is only a way to access and view the data.

VDI technology has come a long way in recent years. While some still deploy it using in-house hardware, the market has shifted to the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) model. DaaS provides virtual office services as well as applications that aim to enable a seamless remote workforce, allowing organizations to increase productivity and efficiency and strengthen security, and remove many of the complexities involved in VDI. Instead of managing the underlying hardware in the data center, these functions can be moved to the cloud and offloaded to an external vendor.

Both Citrix and VMware have strong VDI and DaaS offerings. But what is best for your business?

Citrix vs VMware VDI/DaaS: Key Features Comparison

Citrix offers well-established VDI and DaaS platforms. The focus these days is on Citrix DaaS (formerly known as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops). It provides cloud-based or on-premises desktop virtualization for Windows, Linux, and web applications and delivers desktops from multiple devices over any network.

The Citrix solution comes with many security features. Integrated HDX technology makes it easy to deliver multimedia and graphics applications without the delays sometimes experienced with VDI. A central cloud console helps manage on-premises workloads alongside cloud-based DaaS environments. The solution is available via a monthly subscription.

VMware also offers VDI and DaaS options. Ever since the market shifted to DaaS, the company has placed utmost importance on its VMware Horizon DaaS platform. Features include multi-tenancy for greater security, a unified platform to provision and manage multiple workspaces, as well as geographic scalability between data centers and cloud flexibility – it’s deployable across private, public or hybrid clouds. VMware offers an advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) as a desktop feature that supports graphic designers, architectural and mechanical design professionals, and similar power users who rely on high-quality graphics. There are many flavors available. He understands:

  • Customer-managed desktop virtualization infrastructure that can be deployed on vSphere in public clouds or on-premises.
  • VMware Horizon Cloud that runs on Azure and can be deployed in minutes.
  • Anywhere Workspace that allows employees to work from anywhere securely.
  • VMware Workspace ONE, which adds more intelligence to a digital workspace platform

Both Citrix and VMware have good track records in the market, but VMware gets the green light because its DaaS features are a bit more comprehensive than Citrix’s.

See also: Why Cloud means Cloud Native

Citrix versus VMware VDI/DaaS: Deployment Comparison

Citrix is ​​relatively easy to deploy and allows users to create more desktops as needed. It can run on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid setup. User reviews tend to put Citrix a bit ahead of VMware in terms of ease of deployment and technical support. Ease of use is an area that the company regularly addresses through updates and upgrades.

VMware has enough flexibility for users to deploy VDI and manage infrastructure in-house or in the cloud, whether in public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It includes a cloud-based console and SaaS management services. This facilitates the automation of provisioning and management of virtual desktops and applications and offers customization. Horizon 7 includes a Workplace Management (WEM) platform that enables users to manage, monitor, and accelerate the delivery of applications, desktops, and infrastructure to their environments, and ensures that data is secure in the data center.

According to user feedback, Citrix is ​​the winner in this category.

Citrix vs. VMware VDI/DaaS: Comparison The integration

Citrix DaaS is optimized for Microsoft Azure integration. As such, it supports Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, and other tools. Moreover, it supports peripherals such as monitors, USB devices and webcams. But it can work in the cloud or on-premises and with Windows, Linux, and most web apps. In addition to Azure, the company lists integration with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft App-V, VMware vSphere, and more.

VMware Horizon has deep integration into the VMware technology ecosystem, including vSphere and vCenter. It also integrates with Azure and other cloud services. Users rate its integration capabilities higher than Citrix.

Both solutions offer plenty of integration options, and although VMware is more focused on its own ecosystem, user ratings give it a narrow win in this category.

Citrix versus VMware VDI/DaaS: Security Comparison

Citrix DaaS comes with multi-factor authentication, real-time monitoring, session watermarking, password management, and protection of access permissions and policies based on employee location or device.

VMware Horizon DaaS provides operating system-level anti-virus and anti-malware protection, as well as many other security features for secure remote access from any device. A close partnership with security company Carbon Black is built around a zero-trust model between users, apps, and devices. Device state, location, and user behavior are used to determine what, if any, corporate resources users can access. Carbon Black brings to the table endpoint security, AV, behavioral endpoint detection and response, and more.

VMware wins on security.

See also: Guide to digital transformation: definition, types and strategy

Citrix versus VMware VDI/DaaS: Price comparison

Citrix keeps pricing fairly simple. Citrix Daas Standard costs $10 per user per month. The Advanced Plus version costs $13; this adds hybrid cloud and on-premises provisioning and the ability to run applications on both. Citrix DaaS Premium costs $20, which includes additional monitoring, imaging, and security tools. Premium Plus costs $23 and includes performance scan and security scan features.

VMware Horizon pricing is harder to decipher. Pricing is $3,116 as a one-time cost for the base version of VMware Horizon. But the versioning gets a bit complex. The next version is the same price but includes 10 users. The enterprise-class version costs $4,362 for 10 users. It’s hard to find out how it all works, how much it costs for more users, or how many users the basic version includes. The company’s documentation is long but obscure on the subject. The best strategy is probably to contact a sales representative.

However, it is likely that there are scenarios where VMware runs cheaper. But for price simplicity, Citrix wins. This is supported by user feedback. Users tend to rate price flexibility in Citrix more than VMware.

Citrix versus VMware VDI/DaaS: Conclusion

Which solution is the best? As usual, the answer is: it all depends. For on-premises workloads, Citrix is ​​probably the right fit. The company has built its VDI business primarily in the on-premises space. He continues to excel at it. Security teams dealing with compliance standards and internal regulatory challenges will find Citrix a good choice. That said, its DaaS and cloud desktop capabilities are also strong. It offers a wide range of features to increase productivity in a secure way.

But VMware’s focus on the cloud puts it a bit ahead of cloud deployments. Some users note occasional issues on Citrix DaaS when accessing certain enterprise applications remotely, while others report connection issues. VMware seems to suffer less from these issues.

Organizations that have already invested in the VMware ecosystem will tend to look to Horizon DaaS. VMware also tends to score well in terms of robustness, security, and scalability for 50+ seats, and cost for larger deployments. Its security features are hard to beat, although Citrix does a good job of security. Similarly, the management feature for large deployments favors VMware.

Conclusion: For large deployments, VMware is probably the best choice. For small to medium-sized deployments, the choice of Daas is highly dependent on the specific environments. And for on-premises VDI, Citrix is ​​the way to go.

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Notre Dame Recruitment Mailbag – Part 2


In the second edition of this week’s recruiting mail, we’re going off the rails a bit. Of course, we talk a lot about recruitment, in particular about changing the structure of signing days, Al Golden impact and how numbers can work.

We also explore some of the best coaches in all of college football, as well as NFL Draft discussions. Things don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon around Notre Dame’s recruiting. Let’s go!

Like every week, questions have been submitted by the loyal premium subscribers of the Irish Breakdown forum!

@thrillhouse: What do you think about adding another signing day in August?

I’m a big fan of a signing day in August. This would not be so much an “add” as simply reformatting the signature day structure. Having a signing day in December and another in February just isn’t spaced out enough for my liking. I would prefer that the December one be moved to the start of the season.

This could be very beneficial for rookies who have stopped everything and want to focus only on their later years. It also spaces the signing days enough to present the options. If a committed player is not yet ready to make a decision, he is not obliged to do so. It would be a good option to relieve the pressure of what can be an exhausting process.

@irishcub5: Do you think Notre Dame is too passive with engaged prospects? Everyone says welcome to the recruiting of big boys, but Notre Dame seems to be passing quickly on the prospects they miss, which seems both good and bad.

No, I really don’t. There is a good balance between being relentless and being realistic. Not all recruits are ready to quit. There are many who completely stand by their decision when they make it. Spending too much time on unwilling players is not a good limited time allocation.

You also don’t want to put yourself in a position where you miss a talented player because you spent too much time trying to knock someone down. Notre Dame will continue to recruit certain committed prospects if it makes sense. It’s just not a unique situation.

@golfermike2022: If some other schools are having a terrible season and Notre Dame is doing well, do you see Notre Dame trying to knock down some players?

Yes, it is very possible. Performance on the pitch is a big part of the recruiting process without a doubt. The most important thing to consider is how much space the class will have available at that time.

Right now, sitting in early August, Notre Dame already has 23 commitments and may only have room for three or four more. If we look further into the season, there may not be many places left. It’s going to be tricky but I expect the Irish coaching staff to continue to monitor the numbers.

@tconn40: How do you think Coach (Al) Golden is doing on the track?

I’ve only heard positive things about Coach Golden’s impact on recruiting. It seems the staff is letting position coaches lead many recruits and Golden has come closer to legitimizing the role of rookies in defense. jadeen Eggplant, for example, praised Coach Golden’s knowledge of football and their conversations about the appearance of defense. I expect him to be even more involved as he continues to cement his philosophy on the defensive system.

@bksburner: With your experience in NFL ratings, which Notre Dame prospects in the Class of 2023 do you consider to have elite RAS scores to test for the next level?

Oh, that’s a really fun question. So for people who don’t have a lot of experience with RAS, it means relative sports score. Players are scored on a scale of 0-10 based on their historical ranking against players at their position in various combined tests. These figures are adjusted according to the height of the player. So basically, players who test better at a larger size will be more impressive than smaller players who test exceptionally well. It’s a big man’s game and that’s what RAS stands for.

As for the Class of 2023, I think there are several players who could eventually become elite-level testers if developed properly. For the purposes of this exercise, I will only include players who are currently engaged in the program. I believe it starts with a defensive side Keon Keelethere. At 6-6 and around 240 pounds, he has the kind of frame to support a substantial amount of more weight. Size and weight wise he will be able to score at a high enough level and I think he will also test extremely well at all levels. It’s the easiest bet to be an elite level tester.

Offensive tackle Charles Jagusah is not far behind. He is a massive offensive lineman who should easily be able to hold over 325 pounds long term. He’s also an explosive mover who should test well across the board. Jagusah is a potentially elite level athlete for the position.

Security Peyton Bowen is another elite backend athlete for the Notre Dame recruiting class. He’s going to test exceptionally well from a testing standpoint, especially running really fast in the forty-yard dash. It also has a frame that should hold enough weight that size attributes aren’t much of a barrier to the RAS score. It’s not very often that you get a security that can be a legit dash tester under 4.4 meters.

wide receiver Braylon James is the type of size-weight-speed dynamo that could potentially blow up the combine. Notre Dame has had a pretty good streak of wide receivers doing it and I’d be surprised if James didn’t do the same with his outstanding frame to keep adding weight.

defensive lineman Brenan Vernon is the schemer to watch. I don’t believe he would be a special tester as a defensive end, but if he ends up fitting in at the top level, he has a chance to be an exceptional athlete working inside. Add to that the fact that it has a very nice length for the stance and body type to support over 300 pounds on the road. This one is a bit of a projection to another position but is also reasonable to consider.

Cornerback Micah Bell is perhaps the most interesting case to consider. From a speed and explosiveness standpoint, the Texas native is special. It has a legitimate chance of running the sub 4.3 when all is said and done. What might hold him back is his size. Its length and height are more than adequate, but I don’t think Bell will ever hold much weight. This could hurt his score, although he will still score just fine with the raw test numbers.

@bluechip: During the Ausberry Pledge Podcast, I feel like you and Bryan generally described Ben Minich as a good player, but I didn’t feel like either of you would describe as an elite. If Minich isn’t tied, cap-wise, like the other 2023 security commitments, why is he a catch for Notre Dame?

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Not to mention Bryan, I believe we both love Well miniche. He’s a good safety with versatility to play a few different roles at the back. Personally, I’m just missing a bit of high-end athleticism. I think it’s worth mentioning that not all players are cast in the same role.

Notre Dame wouldn’t take Minich if they didn’t think a lot about his game and he also has very good ground as a role player and a key member of the special team. The staff just sees it slightly different than what I do right now. It is very possible that I am wrong and that I am completely too weak for him. It’s also important to remember that he has a senior season to play, so my opinion of his overall athleticism can change very quickly.

@floating-irish: If you could put together your dream coaching staff of all the coaches at the university, who would it be?

For the purposes of this conversation, I would like to exclude current Notre Dame coaches. There are several that I would have liked to include in this scenario. I’m less concerned with filling out a full class. Instead, here are some coaches I really like in college football.

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard

He might be my favorite defensive mind in college football after Gary patterson resigned as head coach at TCU. Leonhard did a terrific job with the Badgers and always put up huge defenses. I love his ability to modernize the 3-4 alignment to counter spatial play.

Morgan Scalley, Utah defensive coordinator

A former Utes All American safety, Scalley has become one of the best defensive coordinators in all of college football under the head coach. Kyle Whittingham. Scalley has had a great tendency to develop impressive defensive backs and his units consistently play very hard. It is structurally one of my favorite watches every off-season.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz

This one might sound a little boring, but I’m a big fan of what Coach Ferentz accomplished in Iowa and his continued optimism for the program. Ferentz is also a terrific offensive line coach who is a stickler for the fundamentals. That’s why they had so many great offensive linemen for the Hawkeyes during his tenure. He remains one of the most underrated coaches in all of college football year after year.

Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm

From an offensive structure perspective, I love what Jeff Brohm did at Purdue. He has a pro-style approach but has shown the ability to adapt to different styles of point guards. I would say Brohm shoots as much from as little as anyone in college football. He is a great X and Os coach.

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Content of the Irish breakdown

Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022

Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense

Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense


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What to watch now: FX series ‘Pistol’ points out that the ‘Sex Pistols’ were more than just a music group | Berkshire landscapes


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It’s surprising that the FX series “Pistol,” which tells the story of the infamous band the Sex Pistols, ends with a joyful scene, a recreation of the band’s Christmas Day 1977 benefit performance for firefighters’ children. on strike in Huddersfield. It’s a dizzying show that shows the group in good humor and good unity.

The scene sheds light on what could have been had the group not self-destructed. Despite the hype, there was a lot of good in the Sex Pistols. Things could have gone better. In this way, the group and the series mirror each other.

Directed by Danny Boyle, “Pistol” is “inspired” by the memoirs of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (Toby Wallace), now a successful podcaster, and traces the band from its formation to its implosion. It all begins in the London boutique of provocateur Malcolm McLaren (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and his partner, the politically radical fashion designer Vivienne Westwood (Talulah Riley). The Sex Shop defined and dressed the punk movement in England in 1977 and was a gathering place for a community of characters who would populate the scene, such as Billy Idol, Adam Ant and Chrissie Hynde.

“Pistol” emphasizes that the group was not just a music group, but the result of the efforts of an entire community of people with various roles to play in conceptualizing and realizing what the Sex Pistols would become. In the center were McLaren and Westwood, but they were joined by the woman called “the first Sex Pistol”, Jordan (Maisie Williams) who shaped and personified the band’s visual image, as well as Helen Wellington-Lloyd aka Helen of Troy (Francesca Mills), a South African graphic designer with dwarfism who created the iconic record covers, t-shirts, and more that defined public and historical perception.

While the band members themselves are the focus of the series, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten is particularly good at portraying the fiercely intelligent, angry, and sour-tongued young man struggling with his ego and trying to to use the band as a platform to speak for the voiceless – it’s based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones and so its story tends to dominate, unfortunately, as it discounts the stories of Rotten and bassist Sid Vicious ( Louis Partridge).

This is a particular prejudice when it comes to Vicious. Partridge plays it with an appropriate mix of sweetness, stubbornness and confused brutality, but Boyle chooses to stick with only the well-known tale of the heroin train wreckage that was so well portrayed in the movie “Sid And Nancy”. By lazily choosing to ignore his past life, Boyle ignores the real person and misses an opportunity to add context and sympathy to his eventual fate. This is a major misstep.

This kind of obstructive blunder is most apparent in singer Hynde’s (Sydney Chandler) serial portrayal. In real life, Hynde worked in the Sex Shop for a few months, had a very brief fling with guitarist Jones, an unsuccessful musical association with McLaren, and was only involved with the Sex Pistols on the sidelines. Unfortunately, the series chooses to expand her role in the story to a largely fictional one, misrepresenting her relationship with Jones as long-term, inserting musical guardianship and partnership with him, and suggesting that she was seeking a place within Sex Pistols. The most absurd moment comes when Hynde is described as concocting her lyrics for her debut hit “Kid” while singing a lullaby to Sid Vicious’ heroin addict girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Emma Appleton) in another incident which, though described, never happened.

Part of Boyle’s stated intention was to give more credence to women in the punk movement who were sidelined, but the preoccupation with creating fiction around Hynde causes the series to marginalize them again. Only Westwood comes out with proper credit given to him, but without much context. Wellington-Lloyd gets screen time, but very little information or clarity about his contributions. Despite the hype of Williams’ participation and the lip service to Jordan’s prominence, in great disservice Jordan is downplayed to a painful degree.

Goth punk legend Siouxsie Sioux (Beth Dillon) is depicted as part of the sex shop crowd, but only as a bottom member, though she, along with her bands the Banshees and the Creatures, would gain some traction. significance and would continue the dark and experimental aspects of late ’70s punk much more faithfully than Hynde would. Pushing Hynde to center stage seems more like a ploy to hook American audiences, but every moment spent fabricating things about her is a moment taken away from the women who actually deserve the credit.

Whether you love them or hate them, or simply indifferent to them, the Sex Pistols marked a turning point in the style, culture and business of modern music, and their existence has thrust us into a world of new sounds and new ideas. There are moments in Boyle’s series that capture the danger and chaos of the story, especially in the final episode, but he mostly seems to want to lock it into something more orderly and less organic.

It’s a shame, because the real story of the band is one of communities, mobs and social associations that came together and created something that demanded attention in the form of a band. It was a howl born of a shapeless, reckless horde, merging with brilliance before turning into a dark dust that settled everywhere, on all of us. Boyle effectively portrayed the mess in “Trainspotting,” but 25 years later he seems to have forgotten his own wisdom.

IITM PTF and Sony India Software Center partner to impart technical skills to EWS students


Indian Institute of Technology Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation (IITM PTF) has partnered with Sony India Software Center Private limited to equip students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with industry-ready technical skills. The course named “Sony India Finishing School Skill Development Training Program” aims to provide training in certain areas such as Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), Cyber ​​Security and Computer Graphics in addition to Communication Skills. company.

“This program aims to bridge the knowledge and skills gap that exists between graduate students and industry requirements. We hope that many students, especially from non-urban parts of India, will benefit from this initiative,” said V. Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras.

According to the official statement, the course is offered free of charge and interested candidates can apply online through the official website of the institute. Through this collaboration, Sony India Software Center will extend employment to the top 15 students in the course while Pravartak Technologies Foundation will help the remaining students to get placed in other companies by arranging their interviews through IITM PTF Placement Cell.

Also, the statement mentions that the student selection process is based on the academic performance of engineering graduates who passed in 2020-2021, 2021-2022 with a cumulative minimum of 60% in all exams and whose parents have an annual income below RS. . 8,000,000.

In addition, a written entrance exam would also be held followed by an interview. Students who pass the assessment with the highest score are eligible for a stipend under the training program, the statement said.

The duration of the course is approximately six months. According to the statement, it will be a full-time course, delivered in physical mode in classrooms provided by IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation. Certificates will be provided to students who successfully complete the training program, the statement added.

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The context

Seefar is a social enterprise whose mission is to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialize in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise lies in the areas of strategic communication, consulting, consulting, monitoring and evaluation and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us.

Seefar is currently implementing a project to help migrant workers returning to the Philippines reintegrate into the labor market, improve their skills and build psychological resilience. To do this, we will develop a mobile and web application that will support a learning management system (LMS) to provide beneficiaries with courses and learning modules. The planned launch date of the 1st version is next January.

The content creator will help us develop the learning materials that we will use on the app. As the course content will emphasize both psychological counseling and vocational training material, you will ideally have basic knowledge in both areas. Previous experience developing written content in English in a professional context is essential.

We will provide you with written materials from previous psychosocial and vocational training programs Seefar has conducted which you will need to adapt to the context of the Philippines and our beneficiary group. On some occasions, you may also be asked to create course content from scratch. You will also apply basic education and psychology knowledge to improve content for our beneficiary audiences and ensure content will be compatible with the LMS on the app once it launches.

These materials will include text, quizzes, images, videos and survey content, but you will not be required to produce graphics of any kind, only written content.

The role will be deliverable-based and material development will take place throughout the following months. You can be based anywhere in the world to complete the deliverables. They will be finalized by November 2022.

Work’s extent

We will ask the content creator to adapt previous materials for a new beneficiary audience and turn them into text-based exercises, quizzes, and polls that users can access on the app’s LMS once it launches. You will also need to work with a graphic designer who will help you produce images and videos to complement the written content of the course.

We are looking for someone with:

  • At least three years of experience in content creation and writing
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge or experience of issues related to education and psychology
  • Ability to create text exercises, quizzes and surveys for app users in written format which will then be transferred to our LMS

The following aspects are desirable but not essential:

  • Knowledge of current social content in the Philippines
  • Experience working with migrants and/or returnees
  • A flair for technology, social media and creating content for technology and educational purposes

Deliver: Creating Project and Application Content

About 90% of your time and attention:

  • Understand the beneficiaries of our projects, their needs and how these can be met through online courses
  • Adapt learning and written content from previous Seefar projects into course content for our user base
  • Develop new content as needed to complement existing content for courses

Develop: capacities and program portfolio

About 10% of your time and attention:

  • Reporting to the project coordinator and coordination with the project team
  • Cooperation and coordination with the graphic designer who will support you to produce audio-visual content such as videos, infographics and images to complement your written course content OR to turn your content ideas into visual products.

How to register

On or before August 16, complete our online application form. Before starting, you must prepare the following 2 points:

  • Your most up-to-date CV
  • Your most up-to-date portfolio and daily rate.

Penn Yan Mural Project Celebrates Anniversary With Plaque Installation


Local artists hope to inspire many other artists to help improve their community with their donations and make a positive impact.

PENN YAN – It was in late July 2021 that local graphic designer Paulina Garcés Reid and sculptors Sam Castner and Lindsey Dean teamed up with Carla Torres, a New York-based muralist and illustrator, to launch a long-awaited public art project. on the east side wall of the Once Again Shoppe in Penn Yan.

The mural took the team about 10 days from start to finish, but hours of work were done in advance.

“It was a labor of love. We spent months preparing. From concept to research, through community forums, village hearings and permits, to sketches and collaboration with Carla who was the expert muralist we collaborated with to bring this project to light,” said the mural team. “It was a dream team effort for sure,” they added.

Leaders from Once Again Shoppe, Penn Yan Village, Yates County and the Chamber of Commerce participated in the ribbon cutting to officially introduce the new mural to the public.

The installation of the plaque accompanying the mural was the final component of this public art project. The plaque is meant to be an educational piece for residents and visitors; showing the purpose of the project and the significance of the mural, which pays homage to various historical figures and roots that created the founding of Penn Yan.

This display plaque was installed to celebrate the anniversary of Penn Yan's mural on The Once Again Shoppe.

You can also learn about the unfinished mural created by local artist and teacher Bob Gillespie and the students on this same wall over many years – something the artists wanted to make sure were honored during this process.

“I love this community that embraced me and made me feel at home. Art can have a huge impact on communities and their economic development. We hope this is the start of a long streak commented Garcés Reid, noting that they could not have done this without the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) grant. “I strongly encourage anyone interested to inquire! We were so grateful to have had a wonderful board that supported our vision,” she said.

The team of budding artists hope to be able to work on another project in the near future.

The mural is located in Penn Yan Village on East Elm Street, on the east side of The Once Again Shoppe wall.

Interview with Derek Jeter on Greatness Wins, Baseball and Fatherhood


Over the past few weeks, the country has been listening collectively to ESPN’s documentary series titled The captain. As fans give relief to Derek Jeter’s historic career, the New York Yankees legend continues to look forward.

Jeter is further away from baseball than ever. Instead of spending his days at the stadium, the 48-year-old’s schedule revolves around his family and his business. However, the attention to detail that propelled Jeter to Cooperstown is now helping his new venture disrupt the performance apparel industry.

This year, Jeter and UNTUCKit founder Chris Riccobono teamed up with American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to launch Greatness Wins. The upstart brand specializes in activewear for the modern athlete.

For 20 seasons Jeter has performed with an undeniable level of confidence. The Captain’s cool attitude never wavered because he got down to business. Now, the five-time World Series champion leads a new team of stars in a competitive market. Greatness Wins is the latest example of Jeter’s commitment to excellence.

Derek Jeter warming up before a game in September 2014.

What inspired you, Chris Riccobono, founder of UNTUCKit (along with Misty Copeland and Wayne Gretzky) to team up on Greatness Wins?

“I’ve always had a lot of different ideas about what could be improved with the product in the sports space. When I met Chris and we started conceptualizing Greatness Wins, we wanted to focus on bringing of quality fabrics and technical performance to the brand and in all of our products.Chris is armed with a decade of e-commerce experience as the founder of UNTUCKit and the passion to launch and build a business. unique clothing.

Teaming up together, with Misty and Wayne, was a no-brainer. When we talked about someone to lead our next women’s line, Misty was the first female athlete that came to mind. She has an incredible history and work ethic and truly defines what greatness means, and as “The Great One” Wayne is focused on our golf line and taking that category to the next level. We are all delighted with what we have built together.”

The performance sportswear market is competitive. What sets Greatness Win apart?

“We fill a unique niche with the fabrics we use coupled with our price. Our garments are designed with innovative technical fabrics that work hard, wash well and actually last. Greatness Wins is all about quality, fit and performance.”

I read that the goal was to stay away from the athleisure trend and focus more on performance. Do you think sustainability is an area where other brands fall short?

“We place a very high priority on performance and manufacturing products that meet high performance requirements. We also rigorously test every aspect of the fabric, including pilling, abrasion resistance, shrinkage, and more. Quality, performance and fit is most important to us.Not just the initial fit, but consistency of fit every time it is worn and washed.

Baseball Hall of Famer and New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter started an activewear company called Greatness Wins.

Derek Jeter wears the Core Tech Tee and the All-Purpose Progression Shorts.

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Have you ever sat down and wished Greatness Wins was there during your gaming days?

“As athletes, I think we always want the best, so I think it would have been great to have access to what we’re creating here at Greatness Wins during my baseball career. But when I was playing, I didn’t never could have given the company the attention that I am capable of now, and being involved at this high level is really important to me.”

What does your day-to-day role look like in the company? You don’t seem like the kind of partner to stay away from.

“Day to day, I am extremely involved in the design process of each collection, working closely with our design team on the overall brand vision and goals as well as our marketing strategies for our upcoming lines. We have a lot of exciting ideas that we will implement over the next few seasons.”

UNTUCKit Founder Chris Riccobono and Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter have teamed up to create a new performance apparel company known as

Chris Riccobono and Derek Jeter in the design process.

The company is growing rapidly. A women’s collection will be released in spring 2023. What do you see as the future of Greatness Wins?

“We are excited about the vision Misty and the team have for the Greatness Wins women’s line and want to intentionally continue to grow across our men’s and women’s lines.

Throughout, we will remain very focused on our core mission of providing top quality performance items, but there is huge potential for growth in terms of styles, products, targeted sporting areas, etc. We seek to be very responsive to the needs of our audience.”

It’s an unfair question. You were part of five World Series champion teams. Is there one that stands out from the others?

“It’s like asking someone to name their favorite child – even if you have one, you’ll never say it out loud.”

Last question, what advice would you give to other sleep deprived dads?

“Get used to it! I think we’re all going to be sleep deprived for a while! But also, I think we can all feel pretty lucky for why we’re a bit sleep deprived. Being a father is a special kind of joy.”

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YouTube video freezes but audio continues


Does your YouTube video freezes but audio keeps coming in? Many users have encountered this problem on YouTube in their web browser where the videos freeze in the middle but the sound continues. The issue is mostly reported on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but it can also occur in other web browsers.

If you are one of the users facing the same problem with YouTube videos, then this article is for you. Here we are going to show you methods that will help you to solve the problem in question. So, let’s check.

Why does my YouTube video keep freezing?

YouTube videos may crash if there is a large or corrupted cache and cookies in your web browser. Therefore, clear your browser cache and cookies to fix the problem. It can also happen due to problematic or suspicious extensions and add-ons. So, disable any such extension in your browser and see if the issue is resolved.

Another reason for the same problem could be the fact that hardware acceleration is enabled in your browser. Therefore, if the scenario is applicable, disable the hardware acceleration feature in your browser. Also, if your GPU drivers are not updated, you may experience this problem. So, update your graphics drivers to fix the problem.

YouTube video freezes but audio continues

If your YouTube freezes halfway but the sound keeps coming, here are the fixes you can try:

  1. Try generic fixes.
  2. Clear your web browser’s cache and cookies.
  3. Disable browser extensions or add-ons.
  4. Disable hardware acceleration.
  5. Update your GPU driver.
  6. Try another web browser.

1]Try Generic Patches

Before you jump into advanced troubleshooting, try some general methods to fix the problem. There may be a temporary glitch in your browser or on YouTube that is causing the problem in question. In this case, a few simple tips and tricks work. Here are the tricks you can try:

  • You can try reloading the YouTube video several times and see if the issue is resolved.
  • Try restarting your web browser then open YouTube to check if the problem is gone.
  • Check your internet connection and make sure you are connected to a stable and active internet connection.
  • You can even try restarting your PC and see if the problem is fixed.

If the above fixes did not help you, go ahead and try the fixes below.

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2]Delete cache and cookies from your web browser

Clear Google Chrome cookies and cache

You are likely to encounter the problem due to corrupted or faulty cache and cookies stored in your web browser. Some cached files or cookies may be causing your YouTube video to crash. Therefore, the first thing to do is to clear the cache and cookie data of your web browser. In this article, we’ll show you how to clear cache and cookies in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

To clear browser cache and cookies in Google Chrome, follow the steps below:

  1. First, open Google Chrome and tap on the three-dot menu option available at the top right corner.
  2. Now press the More tools > Clear browsing data option and select All time as the Time range.
  3. After that, check the box Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files checkboxes. If you want to clear other browsing data, you can do that too.
  4. Then press the Erase data and Chrome will delete all cache and cookie data.
  5. After the process is completed, restart your web browser and check if you can play the YouTube video without any crashing issue.

Mozilla Firefox users can follow the steps below to clear cache and cookies:

  1. First, go to your Firefox browser and in the top right corner click on the three bar menu button.
  2. Now press the Story then the Clear recent history option.
  3. Then choose All as time range.
  4. After that, check the box Cookies and Hidden options and other data you want to erase.
  5. Then click OK button to delete browsing data.
  6. Finally, reopen the Firefox browser and check if the issue is resolved or not.

You can follow the steps below to clear cache and cookies in Microsoft Edge:

  1. First, go to Edge and click on the Settings and more > Settings option.
  2. Now navigate to the Privacy and Services Section and locate the Clear browsing data panel in the right pane.
  3. Then press the Choose what to erase then set the time range to All time.
  4. After that, check the Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files checkboxes.
  5. Then click on the clear now button and it will delete your cache and cookies.
  6. Finally, you can reopen Edge and open YouTube to see if the issue is resolved or not.

If you are facing the issue in Opera, you can clear Opera’s cache and cookies to fix the issue. However, if that doesn’t help, try the next potential fix to fix it.

3]Disable browser extensions or add-ons

disable extensions in firefox

Another thing you can do to fix the problem is to disable your browser extensions or add-ons. Some suspicious or problematic browser extensions may be causing the issue. Therefore, if the scenario is applicable, disabling or removing browser extensions and add-ons should help you fix the problem.

Here’s how to disable extensions in Chrome:

  1. First, open Chrome and tap on the three-dot menu option.
  2. Now go to More Tools option and click on Extensions option.
  3. Next, check for suspicious extensions and disable the toggle associated with the extension one by one.
  4. After that, open YouTube and see if the video plays without any problem.

For Firefox users, here are the steps to disable add-ons:

  1. First, go to your Firefox browser and click on the three bar menu button.
  2. Then select the Add-ons and Themes option from the appeared menu options.
  3. Now disable the toggles associated with all your add-ons, one by one.
  4. Once done, go to YouTube and see if the issue is resolved.

If you are using another web browser, you can follow similar steps to disable extensions or add-ons.

If you are still having the same issue where YouTube video freezes but audio continues, you can try the following potential fix.

See: YouTube does not connect to AdSense; AS-08, AS-10 OR 500 error.

4]Disable hardware acceleration

If you have enabled hardware acceleration in your browser, you might be facing the current issue. This is a handy feature but can also trigger issues like YouTube video freezes continuous audio. So, if the scenario is applicable, you can try disabling hardware acceleration on your browser and check if the issue is resolved or not.

Chrome users can follow the steps below:

  1. First, open Chrome, tap on the three-dot menu button and then choose the Settings option,
  2. Now keep scrolling down the page and click on Advanced.
  3. Then disable the Use hardware acceleration if available option that is present under the System section.
  4. After that, reopen Chrome and see if the issue is resolved.

On Firefox, you can try the steps below to disable hardware acceleration:

  1. First, go to Firefox and click on three bars > Options.
  2. Now in the General tab, uncheck the box Use recommended performance settings and Use hardware acceleration if available option present in the Performance section.
  3. Once done, restart Firefox and see if the issue is resolved.

If this method does not work for you, try the following potential fix.

See: How to Fix No Sound on YouTube on Windows.

5]Update your GPU driver

It is also recommended to keep your graphics drivers up to date to avoid display related issues. So, if the above methods don’t work, update your graphics drivers and see if the issue is resolved.

You can use the Optional Updates feature available in the Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options section. It allows you to download and install driver updates. You can also try the Device Manager app to keep your graphics drivers up to date. Also, you can get the latest drivers from your device manufacturer’s official website. Or use free third-party driver updater software.

6]Try another web browser

If none of the above solutions help you fix the problem, you can try changing the web browser to play your YouTube videos. If you are using Chrome, try Firefox and see if the problem remains the same or not. It’s kind of a workaround and should help you fix the problem if it’s caused by a glitch or glitch in your current browser.

See: 500 YouTube Internal Server Error Explained.

How to fix frozen video on YouTube?

If your YouTube video keeps freezing on your PC, try clearing the web browser cache and cookies to fix the problem. Other than that, you can also disable your browser extension or add-on, update your graphics driver or disable hardware acceleration. If that doesn’t help, you can try changing web browsers. We have mentioned these fixes in detail above in this article. So check!

Now read: YouTube not working or loading on Chrome.

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National Day special: Love, marriage and a new family made her stay in Singapore and call her home


SINGAPORE — Moving to Singapore for the long term was not the plan for Jessica Santos, 34, a graphic designer who uprooted her life in the Philippines and arrived in the city-state on a job permit.

After all, the Filipina considered her native country, where her family lived, as her home.

But it was a fateful encounter with her future husband at her workplace, as well as surviving the coronavirus pandemic in Lion City, that redefined where she felt she belonged, Ms Santos said.

“Home means being really comfortable in the presence of family and friends.”

Ms Santos is said to be flying regularly to Manila to be with her family – two sisters aged 37 and 38 and her parents who are in their late 60s.

She remembers her first visit to Singapore when she arrived for a vacation with her family almost ten years ago.

Growing up in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, she said she was immediately moved by how modern Singapore is compared to her home country.

“I come from a third world country, and the difference in efficiency and living comfort was really the main draw for me,” she said.

Ms. Santos has married a Singaporean husband and is applying to become a permanent resident.

Beyond that, she had also taken a liking to the food here and found the people of Singapore friendly. Compared to the crime situation in the Philippines at the time, the relative safety that Singapore offered was also a major plus.

“I said to myself that I would move here… and when the opportunity presented itself, I took it.

She found a job in Singapore in 2015 as a graphic designer.

There were, of course, some initial culture shocks that she took a while to get used to. Everything went quickly, including the way people were talking and the homework deadline. And unlike herself and her compatriots, she also found that her Singaporean colleagues weren’t very talkative.

“We (Filipinos) like to chat. In an office, before we start working, we’ll ask you about your day, your weekend, your mom, your pets… anything to get the conversation started. chat,” she said. “Here, not so much. You just get simple sentences and you get the idea that they (Singaporeans) don’t want to talk.”

But turn the conversation to food and Singaporeans will give you a list of places to go, Ms Santos noted. “To chat with locals, you just have to start talking about food. It’s the way to their hearts.”

Although she has become accustomed to the quirks of life in Singapore, Ms Santos did not originally expect to stay here long-term. After all, as a self-proclaimed art lover, she dreamed of moving to New York in the United States – a city she said was home to artists, musicians and other creatives.

Besides, she felt out of place here. Without his family, Singapore felt more like a workplace than a home.


However, things changed when she met her Singaporean husband Mr Aaron Low in 2016.

“It was love that made me want to stay in Singapore,” she said.

They were colleagues at a publishing house in 2016, where Ms Santos works. It was his second job in Singapore – they were both made redundant in April last year due to the pandemic. Ms. Santos has since found work as a graphic designer at another company, while Mr. Low works as a freelance photographer.

In any case, Ms Santos recalled how Mr Low, who is now 40, first expressed romantic interest in her in late 2018.

She was initially hesitant at the time. “I always had plans to go to other countries and see the other side of the world, so I wasn’t sure I could commit to being in a relationship (in Singapore).”

Mr Low said it was ‘a strange place we were’ when he discovered she had this in mind.

Split-based studio to release NFT animated film about 1980s Yugoslavia


August 6, 2022 – The Lokals is an NFT animated film created by Split-based Prime Render Studios, taking viewers on a train journey from Ljubljana to Split in the 1980s.

How did a small multimedia studio in Split, which celebrated more than 70 awards, manage to combine cinema and blockchain with the support of two Oscar-winning French production companies? Marin Pavelic of Netokracija tell us more.

“If someone had told me as a cinematographer and filmmaker that one day an NFT animated film would be created that lives on the Ethereum blockchain and that along the way would educate the participants of this project about producing an animated film and that the film would follow a train journey through Yugoslavia in the 80s…” begins Pavelic about the new project of brothers Milivoj and Veljko Popović of Prime Render Studios. The studio is known for producing 2D and 3D computer graphics and multimedia content, primarily focused on the development and production of animated shorts.

Over the years, they’ve made seven animated shorts that have screened at the world’s top animation festivals and won over 70 awards, including the Animated Eye Award at the Aspen Shortsfest Film Festival, which qualified the film for an Oscar and Jury Prize at the largest animation film festival and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Moreover, their clients include names like Netflix, CNBC, Financial Times, Lipton, HEP, etc.

The team has a lot to celebrate, and ready for a new challenge, it was time for something more innovative. Milivoj revealed to Netokracija what it took to merge an animated film with the blockchain.

The Lokals are the first NFT collection to come fully to life in an animated film. Milivoj explains:

“This is a unique animated collection of 5000 NFTs that lives on the Ethereum blockchain, which we created in collaboration with artist Božo Balova. It was created by combining virtual reality technology, that is- i.e. the Quill program and the 3D Blender application.”

In addition to allowing individuals to take ownership of a particular work of art, the NFT also grants co-ownership and co-producer title on this animated short, which is a model work first made in the production of animated films:

“In addition to that, the project also has an educational character because all project participants will have the opportunity to follow the production of the animated film, from the very beginning to the end, and will also be able to participate in the making of the animated film. ‘animation ! The goal is to integrate and fully exploit the power of decentralized ownership and production. »

The blockchain contract for this project was developed by Blank’s team.

Prime Render Studios has been an active participant in the blockchain world since 2017, so it was natural and logical for them to use NFT technology and its applications in the art world.

“Having Božo in our studio and becoming a truly wonderful and innovative artist was the link that connected these two worlds.”

While working on the film Dislocations, Božo developed a unique visual. However, Božo didn’t stop working on the visuals with this film, and that’s how belated and authentic portraits were created, which they later turned into NFTs. They exhibited them on the curated and exclusive Superrare platform:

“The works sold very quickly, reaching a price of over 2 Ether. It confirmed what we already knew: that we have an exciting world that we want to develop further. This is how The Lokals collection and all what goes with it was created.”

Official advisers to the project are Hollywood names such as Emmy Award winner Ante Deković and Hisko Hulsing, director of the hit Amazon Prime series Undone.

Milivoj poetically explains Les Lokals with a photo of a train journey through Yugoslavia in the 80s, driving south to the Adriatic coast:

“You would pass through Ljubljana, through Zagreb, and finally reach the end of the railway line in the small Mediterranean coastal town of Split. A vibrant melting pot of ideologies, ways of life and ideas, located at the crossroads of the failed socialist idea and the promise of the American dream.”

Local musicians and artists were the first to accept the avant-garde anti-establishment ideology and integrated into the modernist movements of the time:

“This is our stage – the small Mediterranean town of Split, and our story takes place there.”

You can participate in the project by purchasing one of the Lokals from the NFT collection on the official site. This requires a Metamask wallet and an Ether (ETH) token. However, Milivoj points out that even without buying NFT, you can join their Discord, which has around 2,600 members, follow the progress of the project and participate in conversations with all team members and other project participants:

“Discord is where we talk directly to people who want to be part of this project or who already are. Here we share all the news, listen to comments and suggestions, socialize and develop the future of the world “The Lokals “, which we plan to become The Lokals Metaverse.”

Although the collection is manufactured and available for purchase, and is slowly approaching the significant figure of 1000 NFT Lokal purchased, the film is still in the pre-production stage where the foundations for the entire film are being laid. of construction. The visuals have been resolved and the first draft of the script is ready:

“However, there is still a lot of work to do. First, of course, we have to close the financial structure of the entire project. The current global macro-political economic situation has posed the biggest problem for us, which affects all aspects of the financial sector, including cryptography, which is closely related to our project.

Fortunately, we are looking for funding largely outside of this sector, and we are also waiting for the recovery of the crypto market, which will further help bring the project to life.”

Prime Render Studios has an excellent long-term cooperation with HAVC, so they are optimistic about a partnership for this project, but also with two major French Oscar-winning production companies:

“We were also invited to present the project at this year’s Animafest – an international animation festival, which we did, with great interest from the public.”

With the film being in pre-production, it’s still a bit early to give a release date, points out Milivoj. We’re talking about a long but exciting process that can be followed through weekly vlogs on Prime Render Studios Youtube channel:

“This is a unique opportunity to participate in it by developing the scenario, the animatics, the visuals, the characters, the animation and everything that makes an animated film!”

To learn more, be sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

MLB trade deadline: The most interesting under-the-radar moves


Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season, you’ll get a fresh news story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB editors.

The timing of Tuesday’s monumental trade from Juan Soto to the Padres was, to the neutral baseball observer, both a blessing and a curse. The deal was done (at least in principle, try how Eric Hosmer might delay it) early enough that we didn’t have to wait all day for a resolution. But the fact that the biggest deal of the day (and possibly ever?) happens before most of the other deals are revealed casts a shadow over the rest of the events of what has been an extremely eventful day of turnover and transactions.

In case you forgot any of the notable non-Soto trades, fear not: we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the five most interesting under-the-radar moves from this year’s Deadline.

Bader will be looking to factor in a Yankees team trying to make a pennant charge.

Yankees trade SP Jordan Montgomery to Cardinals for CF Harrison Bader

As another entry on this list will further illustrate, I’m a sucker for a one-for-one trade, especially those of the big leaguer for big leaguer variety. Those are hard to come by, which makes this trade between the Yankees and Cardinals — two teams aiming for a World Series this fall — all the more interesting.

For the cardinals, they simply had to get another starting pitcher, and they were able to get some solid southpaws in Montgomery and José Quintana (from Pittsburgh). But the Montgomery acquisition is good for both sides of the deal. Bader hasn’t played since June 26 and hasn’t hit as well as he has in recent years while on the pitch, but he’s been defending the elite center since his debut in St. Louis in 2017 and is under contract for next season. for just $5.2 million, giving the Yankees a quality player at a reasonable price (assuming he’s able to return to full strength).

Like Bader, Montgomery also has one more year in control of the club after this one before reaching free agency, but the Yankees have more throwing depth than any other team and should be able to hold their own. his departure without feeling too much pressure on the rest of the staff. If Bader is able to come back and contribute this year, however, he’s a potential game-changer on both sides of the ball and has the makings of an X-factor in the playoffs.

Blue Jays trade IF Jordan Groshans to Marlins for RP Anthony Bass, RP Zach Pop from Marlins

Trades for relief pitchers dominate on deadline day, and the Blue Jays landed two quality arms from Miami in one move. In exchange for minor league infielder Jordan Groshans – who was a first-round pick in 2018 but put up a measly .635 OPS in 73 games mostly in Triple A this year – Toronto landed both Bass and Pop to help fortify the backend of his bullpen.

Go to Bass’s Baseball Savant page – there’s a lot of red in there. Like many pitchers in the league, Bass has leaned more heavily on his slider than he ever has before, and the results have been outstanding. Batters are feeling 40.7 percent swings against the pitch this year, with a .178 batting average and no home runs. Pop, meanwhile, throws a heavy sinker 83.2% of the time to generate an absurd 63.1% ground ball rate. These two will join Jordan Romano, David Phelps, Yimi Garcia and Adam Cimber, and could make a huge difference in a postseason series (assuming the Jays are able to pull it off).

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Groshans was the 12th pick in the 2018 draft as an 18-year-old and performed well in two pre-pandemic seasons. He hit Double A in 21 and put up a solid .297/.367/.450 slash line in 75 games, but has seen his game regress drastically this year, with just 10 extra hits and a circuit in 304. plate appearances. There’s still time to become a rookie-caliber infielder, and if he does, it’ll be a worthwhile trade for the forward-looking Marlins.

Phillies trade C Logan O’Hoppe to Angels for OF Brandon Marsh

Speaking of individual offers, what about this one? The Phillies and Angels traded a top prospect for another (former) first-glove Marsh, heading to Philadelphia to provide much-needed defensive reinforcements. In his second major league season, Marsh, 24, shone on this side of the ball, even playing mostly out of position in left field. His nine outs over average are tied for second among all outfielders, and while he alone can’t fix the Phillies’ defense (the team ranks near the bottom in almost every metric), he will certainly help, although his bat still has room for improvement given his league-worst 36.2% strikeout rate.

For the Angels, they simply needed controllable young bats, and O’Hoppe plans to be just that at a position where offense is hard to come by. The 22-year-old is a consensus top 100 prospect and represented the Phillies at the Futures Game this year, posting an OPS of .889 at Double A. Will O’Hoppe be key to the Angels making a push? in 2023? Doubtful, but he’s certainly a nice acquisition for an agricultural system in dire need of top-notch prospects.

Rays outfielder David Peralta celebrates an RBI hit.

The Rays added Peralta to bolster their offensive depth before heading to a playoff spot.

Diamondbacks trade OF David Peralta for Rays for C Christian Cerda

Sounds like a Rays move, doesn’t it? For the price of a 19-year-old receiver who has 63 pro games under his belt, Tampa Bay got an outfielder who posted 119 OPS+ at Arizona and has a .490 hitting percentage this season against right-handers, a big more for the game. Rays in mind who have suffered numerous injuries that have hampered their offensive depth this season as they try to hold on to a wildcard spot.

Peralta turns 35 next month and will be a free agent after this season, so it’s clearly short-term play for Tampa Bay as it continues while Wander Franco, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirez and Mike Zunino are all currently on the injured list. An extra bat won’t make or break a playoff run, but when you’re in the Rays’ situation, every little bit will help.

Tigers trade RP Michael Fulmer to Twins for SP Sawyer Gipson-Long

The Twins needed pitching reinforcements, and while the acquisitions of closer Jorge López and starter Tyler Mahle are steallier deals, Fulmer can be just as impactful.

Since transitioning to a full-time reliever role last season, Fulmer has a 3.03 ERA in 110 innings, with 113 strikeouts and just eight homers allowed. Among qualified pitchers this season, he has been the hardest in the league for opposing hitters to face, allowing only one barrel all year. That, plus López, will go a long way to stabilizing Minnesota’s bullpen, which ranks third among majors in total fWAR (0.6).

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These five new landscape art installations are now on display at the 23rd International Garden Festival | New



Fortresses by Maison029. Photo by Martin Bond

The five winning facilities selected for the 23rd edition of the International Garden Festival are on display at the Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Quebec. Inspired by the theme “Adaptation”, the installations reflect a response to a rapidly changing planet, exacerbated by climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Gardens will be open daily until Sunday, October 2, 2022. Watch below to learn more about the winning projects featured:

Eadeh Attarzadeh, urban planner
Lorenzo Saroli Palumbo, architect
Montreal, Quebec

Fortresses.  Photo by JC Lemay

Fortresses. Photo by JC Lemay

Project summary: “The romantic notion of believing that forests untouched by human contact and interference will thrive has sadly been belied. As long as humanity persists in its current course, it has become unrealistic to expect our forests to defend. Fortresses is a symbolic intervention within the forest, proposing an aggressive method to protect our flora from its greatest predator: ourselves. The geometry of each modular defensive system adapts to the size, type and age of each tree. Fortresses wants to be appreciated for the beauty of its geometries in addition to encouraging visitors to wonder about the impact they have on their environment and reminding them that our flora is often unable to protect itself.”

Marie-Pier Gauthier-Manes, product and space designer
Chloé Isaac, graphic designer and ceramist
Victor Roussel, 3D artist
Paris, France / Montreal, Quebec

Lichen.  Photo by JC Lemay

Lichen. Photo by JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “The lichen is a perceptive, malleable and mutable organism. It metamorphoses in contact with topography, humidity and ambient temperature. Like its namesake, Lichen is sensitive to disturbances in its environment and is therefore a valuable indicator of environmental change. Composed of small, delicate elements, it nevertheless remains a coherent and resistant structure which serves to prepare the ground for other plant species. While wandering between its agglomerations, one observes, otherwise invisible, elements reveal themselves in colorful patterns. Inspired by terracotta pots, veritable archetypes of gardens, this installation is made up of 1,200 handmade earthenware rings that are fired in an outdoor oven right here at the Jardins de Métis. The drainage and water retention capabilities of this material allow for both more consistent soil irrigation and longer moisture retention. This environment allows plants that are particularly sensitive to temperature variations and drought to grow peacefully. Its thermochromic treatment changes appearance depending on the temperature to reveal different colors throughout the summer season.

gravity field
Théodore Hoerr, landscape architect
Kelly Waters, Landscaper
Rebecca Shen, Landscaper
New York, United States

Gravity field.  Photo by JC Lemay

Gravity field. Photo by JC Lemay

Project Summary: “Plants are extraordinarily adaptive. They can thrive in some of the harshest environments on earth by responding to a myriad of stimuli – sun, water, temperature, soil and gravity – to sustain life. Plants are also essential to human existence. Although they play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change that threaten our existence as a species, they are also vulnerable and must adapt quickly to a changing climate. fast. gravity field demonstrates the robust adaptation of plants even under extremely difficult conditions. Sunflowers are grown upside down but bend as they grow towards the sun, defying gravity. Visitors can tour the facility multiple times to experience how plants adapt to their situation: phototropic, gravitropic, and heliotropic. While the future is uncertain, gravity field shines a light on the powerful resilience of nature and sees the optimism in the ability of plants and all organisms to adapt and thrive.”

The Eight Hills
Noel Picaper, architect
Levallois-Perret, France

The Eight Hills.  Photo by: JC Lemay

The Eight Hills. Photo by: JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “Conceived as evolving structures, these eight hills imagine biological spatialities. Through inanimate and organic materials, they create effects of life. A hilly landscape then appears, capable of offering various experiences to humans and non-humans alike (birds) Serving as a lounge area, micro-garden, contemplative space and ecological reservoir, this project offers visitors a multitude of sequences spaces to practice, seats, hiding places and amphitheater… The intention, behind this assembly of surfaces, is to reveal the richness of an entire environment, catalyzing other forms of interaction for various living beings. Dreamlike and carrying functions , this work influences the climate by softening the summer heat with its shadows and its flora. The eight hills thus develop a landscape full of meaning that continues to evolve both in its composition and in the cycles of life it shelters.”

Finite forest, infinite space?
Antonin Boulanger Cartier, trainee architect
Melaine Niget, urban planner and trainee architect
Pierre-Olivier Demeule, trainee architect
Quebec, Quebec

Finite forest, infinite space?.  Photo by JC Lemay

Finite forest, infinite space?. Photo by JC Lemay

Summary of the project: “Remotely, Finite forest, infinite space?, takes on the appearance of a pile of sawn wood that a carpenter might have laid there while waiting for his next project. This defined form covered with a plastic tarp waits in the heat of summer. Rooted in the middle of a path crossing the boreal forest, the installation nevertheless obstructs the passage. Without being able to go around it, is it possible to cross it, facing it seems inevitable. As you approach, a section of the tarpaulin comes off, and you are invited to slip inside. Inside, a structure of finely assembled wooden slats reveals a route modulated by a play of solids and voids. What are all these skilfully arranged slats and why do they seek to reach infinity? Aren’t they constrained by this tarpaulin visible from the outside? Looking up at the sky, a brief look at the tall trees suggests a final thought: if the space we build emanates from a finite resource world and therefore cannot be infinite, could this cleverly sculpted forest ‘be ?”

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Buying a computer for your child? Here are our top tips

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Buying computers is no fun. There, I said it. There are so many options, configurations, jargon, and a constant stream of promotions. The buying dynamic becomes even more confusing when looking for a computer for a child who may or may not have a specific task in mind.

My daughter, for example, wants a computer for her schoolwork. My two sons are gamers who also aspire to stream on Twitch of a lifetime. Two completely different use cases with two completely different needs.

Below, I’ve collected some of the most common requests kids have and why they would need a computer, for example for games, schoolwork, or to become the next big YouTuber. I have also included several different options for different budgets.

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Your child wants to play video games

My anecdotal experience, courtesy of my own children, is that one of the most sought after types of computers has to be a gaming PC. That means a computer powerful enough to play everything from Fall Guys or Minecraft to Fortnite and Call of Duty.

What makes a gaming computer, well, a gaming computer? There’s a lot to do, but the bottom line is that you’ll ideally want some form of dedicated graphics card (GPU). A standalone GPU is what gives gaming computers better graphics and performance. The downside of adding a dedicated GPU to a computer also increases the price – graphics cards don’t come cheap.

If your kid wants a gaming PC, but doesn’t play any resource-intensive games (like Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption 2), you can get by with a computer with an integrated graphics card (a CPU graphics integrated into the CPU). Heck, I’ve had success playing Fortnite on a PC I built that used the integrated GPU built into AMD’s very affordable Ryzen 3 3200G processor.

What to look for: Besides the graphics, you’ll also want to make sure a gaming PC has enough storage space – 512GB is a good starting point – and at least 8GB of memory, but preferably 16GB. some recommendations for a gaming PC.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5/AMD Ryzen 3 5300G or newer.
  • Memory: Minimum of 8 GB, but preferably 16 GB.
  • GPUs: Nvidia GTX 1650/AMD Radeon RX 5500 for low resolution gaming. Nvidia RTX 30 series/AMD Radeon RX 6800 for high resolution gaming.
  • Storage: Minimum 512 GB SSD. A 1TB or larger SSD is preferred.

Our picks for children’s games

Budget option

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop PC starts at $599 for a system that ships with an AMD Ryzen 3 5300G processor and an AMD Radeon RX 5500 GPU. Both are more than enough for 1080p gameplay on major titles. HP took a few shortcuts to bring the price down below $600, which is that the Pavilion comes with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. However, you can customize the version at checkout and double both components to 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage for a total of $739. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Mid-range option

Aegis RS 11TC-405US Gaming Desk: MSI’s Aegis line of gaming PCs are superb and offer plenty of performance for the price. This particular option gets you a full build that includes the 11th Gen Intel i5 11400F processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB of storage, and 1TB of SSD storage. Even better? It comes with all the RGB lighting that makes a gaming PC so cool.

Top of the line option

BLD Pro Streaming Kit: The best part about a gaming PC is that you’re not stuck with what’s inside the day you bought it. At any time, assuming compatibility is not an issue, you can upgrade the CPU, GPU, memory, or add more storage. To figure out which parts go where it’s a good idea to build your first gaming PC. But instead of sourcing the parts on your own, getting something like the NZXT Streaming Pro BLD Kit is a convenient and fun way to proceed.

You get a slight discount from a pre-built gaming PC, a toolkit, and step-by-step instructions that guide you through the build. The Streaming Pro version is the most expensive and capable of the three gaming PCs featured here. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080Ti GPU, 32GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. (There are more affordable BLD kits if that’s the route you want to go but don’t want a high-end system. Check them out here.)

Your child only needs to do their homework

For basic everyday computing tasks, such as schoolwork, you have a wider range of options and operating systems. A Chromebook, for example, is more than capable of empowering a student to get their work done in class, whether it’s on a dedicated school website or typing a report into Google Docs. Windows PCs and Macs, of course, also offer a wide range of configurations and models (this is more true for Windows than Mac).

What to look for: For a Mac or Windows system, try to find something within your specific budget with at least 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. You can get by with 128GB and the combination of a cloud storage service like iCloud Drive, Google Drive, or One Drive. For a Chromebook, you can still have a good experience with 4GB of memory. The amount of storage doesn’t matter as much as the storage speed on a Chromebook due to Google Drive integration. You should try to avoid anything with eMMC storage as it is slower than an SSD and you will see a performance hit.

  • Processor: Intel Core i3/AMD Ryzen 3 or newer
  • Memory: 8 GB or more
  • GPUs: N / A
  • Storage: 256 GB or more

Our school choices for children

Budget option

Lenovo Chromebook Duo: A Chromebook is a reliable and easy way to start a child’s computing adventure. They’re relatively affordable, receive routine software updates, and have a strong security track record. And they’re commonly used in an educational setting, so any apps or websites kids use for class work on a Chromebook. In addition, you will have access to the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides suite. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has long been one of my favorite Chromebooks because it’s a 2-in-1 that comes with a detachable keyboard for under $300. And since everything on a Chromebook is stored in your Google Drive account, you don’t need something with a ton of storage.

Mid-range option

Surface Pro 8 Bundle with Keyboard: Microsoft is currently running a back-to-school sale for the Surface Pro 8 that gets you the base Pro 8 model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. That’s over $300 off on the typical price of this suit. All of Microsoft’s Surface options are a valid option, and a Surface Pro 8 at this price is no exception.

Premium option

Macbook Air: Apple recently announced and released a completely redesigned MacBook Air. It’s the first major redesign in many years, combining an impressively thin body with a larger 13.6-inch screen and Apple’s newest M2 processor. The base model MacBook Air M2 features an 8-core processor and an 8-core GPU with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. MacBook Air performance with an M2 processor is overkill for basic schoolwork, but it’s something your child can build on for years to come. It’s even a good choice for someone who does light photo and video editing.

Your child wants to be a YouTuber

I have yet to meet a kid over 5 who doesn’t want to be some kind of YouTube personality. Whether it’s someone who unboxes toys and plays with them, does tricks or plays video games, YouTube is the life of most children. However, to be a YouTuber, you must have a computer powerful enough to edit hours and hours of video.

What to look for: There’s a lot of overlap between a gaming PC and a computer designed to edit video effectively. In fact, if you’re using a Windows PC, you’ll want something with a dedicated GPU to speed up the editing process. But, unlike a gaming PC, editing videos gives you the option to choose Windows or Mac. Apple’s Mac line is commonly used for editing video, with the latest Apple Silicon processors having enough processing and graphics power to get the job done.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5/AMD Ryzen 3 5300G or newer.
  • Memory: Minimum of 8 GB, but preferably 16 GB or even 32 GB for video editing.
  • GPUs: Nvidia GTX 1650/AMD Radeon RX 5500 or newer.
  • Storage: Minimum 512 GB SSD. A 1TB or larger SSD is preferred.

Our child YouTuber chooses

Budget option

The Acer Nitro 5 makes a respectable entry-level gaming laptop, meaning it’ll handle video and photo editing with equal gusto. This sub-$800 version gets you a 15.6-inch screen, an Intel Core i5 processor, an Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. It’s a basic build that’s good enough for someone to get started with video editing, while maybe playing a game or three in their spare time.

Mid-range option

The 13-inch MacBook Pro was recently updated with Apple’s M2 Apple Silicon processor. This new processor adds faster performance to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the exterior of the laptop has remained unchanged. The stock configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro includes an 8-core processor, a 10-core GPU, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. I would suggest upgrading the memory of this version to 16GB, and possibly doubling the storage to 512GB so that there is enough space to store and edit images. However, you can always use an external SSD to make up for the storage space.

Premium option

Apples 14-inch MacBook Pro was the first Mac to feature the company’s refreshed design, featuring a larger screen, with a notch at the top. The MacBook Pro also has an SD card reader, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a MagSafe 3 port for charging. In addition to a new design, the 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with Apple’s M1 Pro Apple Silicon processor that lives up to its name in terms of performance. For those who care about specs, the base model gets you an 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD.

Keep in mind that there is a lot of overlap between options

Just because a computer is listed as an option for gaming or video editing for your budding YouTube star doesn’t mean it can’t perform other tasks as well.

For example, all gaming PCs would be perfectly capable of editing videos. For parents with a child learning 3D or CAD design for video games or 3D printing, you really have several options – Windows or Mac. Any of MacBook will do the job, just like gaming computers.

Macs are getting more and more powerful and developers are starting to take notice, but these are still not real gaming options. This is really the only scenario where you are limited to a specific operating system.

Vin Scully: Celebrating the late broadcaster’s greatest calls and stories


1. Vin Scully was all about words, but there really are no words to sum up his position as a Major League Baseball broadcaster.

Everyone knows Scully is the GOAT when it comes to baseball play-by-play announcers. The voice, the rhythm, the style, the details, the sweetness. No one has done it better.

You will hear and read about all the achievements today: matches broadcast for 67 years, 18 draws, three perfect matches and a host of memorable moments.

What may be even more impressive than being the greatest baseball voice of all time is how much Scully was loved by the masses. He’s rightfully the only sports personality I’ve never seen anyone say a negative word to on Twitter.

In fact, the only review I can think of about Scully is actually positive. We wanted more from Scully, but he declined for selfless reasons.

In the ninth inning of Scully’s last game on October 2, 2016, he said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Everyone associated with baseball wanted more to happen when it came to Scully.

He officially turned down an offer from Fox Sports to be part of its MLB All-Star Game coverage in 2016, saying, “I don’t want to just wave. I don’t feel good doing this.”

In 2018, with the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, Fox and then play-by-play man Joe Buck wanted Scully to join the stand.

Again, Scully declined the offer.

“It’s not false modesty,” Scully said. “I just think I don’t belong there. These guys have been broadcasting all year. I don’t want to be in the spotlight in any way. I think they’re doing a job tremendous.”

And that’s all you need now on the legendary Vin Scully.

2. One of my Sports Illustrated Career highlight was interviewing Scully on my old “Hot Clicks Podcast” in 2012. Sadly the podcast no longer exists anywhere, but here’s a recap of Scully telling me he once considered taking a job with the New York Yankees.

3. The way this call goes from “small roll first” to “FOOD WIN!” is perfection.

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4. Scully’s biggest call is either the Mookie Wilson clip above or Kirk Gibson’s stunning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. You can’t go wrong with either one you choose as the best.

5. What some people often forget is that Scully also got the call for Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1981 NFC Championship game known simply as “The Catch.”

6. This 2013 Padres-Dodgers brawl was made even better by Vin Scully calling out every detail.

seven. Scully didn’t just call the action on the field. He noticed everything that was happening in the stadium. He even once directly made the game by game of a Hot Foot.

8. Scully tried to translate the tirade that then-Rockies manager Jim Tracy unleashed on the referees during a 2012 game when he told us that Tracy talked a lot about “beep fertilizer.”

9. If you’ve ever wanted to know the history of beards — not beards in baseball, but beards in general — Scully was here to teach you a lesson.

ten. Once, Scully had fun with Twitter during a game and was blown away that he was able to put something on trend.

11. Tom Verducci’s All-New Story About Vin Scully’s Life Is A Must-Try.

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 Where Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, instagram and ICT Tac.

Lesley Lokko wonders if Africa is the laboratory of the future


Lesley Lokko is a woman with many hats. She is an architect, having practiced both in other studios and in her own. She is an academic and has experience teaching, researching and managing the sector at various higher education institutions around the world, including the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, which she founded in 2015 ; at the City College of New York, where she was dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture until she apparently left abruptly during the pandemic (more on that later); and now at the African Futures Institute in Accra, a new institute and research school in architecture, which is currently being created from scratch. She is also an accomplished novelist, with 12 novels to her credit, all of which have little to do with architecture. “A lot of people are surprised when they read my books,” she says. “They say it’s not at all what they expected of me.”

More recently, she was named curator of the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, the industry’s biggest festival, which will launch its next (and 18th) iteration in May 2023. Lesley Lokko’s many faces converge beneath her calm infinity, hard work and refreshing attitude to risk-taking – not to mention his finely tuned stance on the important and timely issues of diversity and inclusion in architecture, as well as the role of culture and African power in the world. All of this shines through his multifaceted work in academia and beyond.

“AFI provides a space for creative and critical reflection on Africa’s built environment. It is a place where theory and practice mingle and learn from each other. It recognizes how our past affects our present and engages us to build our future. Critically, with AFI, Lesley Lokko is not only rethinking the way we build and design, but she is also reassessing the way we learn and teach” – Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye, Global Head of Research, Adjaye Associates and Board Member Directors of AFI Trustees

If there ever was a shaker-upper, a true force for change, it’s Lokko. Lokko was born in Scotland to a Ghanaian father and Scottish mother and spent her childhood in Ghana. Ghana feels most like home, although she has traveled extensively and has lived over the years in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Johannesburg and Edinburgh. After completing her studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, she practiced and taught, then had her first contact with academic administration at London Metropolitan University, where she was appointed Academic Officer in Strategic Planning and External Affairs in 2001. and research was one thing, but the business and administrative side of university life was completely different, she recalls: “I thought, I don’t want to do this! But I was very lucky, I had started writing, found an agent and a book deal, and left academia. It was a good time to leave and I got into writing fiction for the next 10-15 years. But frustrations also arose here, as Lokko found she couldn’t experiment. “I felt pigeonholed and after a while an opening presented itself and I went back to university in 2014, straight to become an associate professor in South Africa.”

Rendering of the National Cathedral of Ghana, Accra, by Adjaye Associates

She was thrilled to start her role at the University of Johannesburg. “I was able to put the question of decolonization at the center of my work; it seemed to me that the easiest and quickest way to do this was not to change something from within, but to start something new – so I started the GSA”, explains- she. Despite the administrative challenges, Lokko remembers her time at the GSA as a rewarding experience, one that defined her and allowed her to experiment. She remained there until 2019, when she was approached by the late Michael Sorkin for the position of dean at the City College of New York.

Unfortunately, Lokko’s time at City College was marred by a perfect storm of world events: the pandemic began, the murder of George Floyd sparked widespread protests, and challenges within the school quickly surfaced. . “In the United States, whenever gender, race, and work are implicated, it’s always in the context of a long history of exploitation,” she says. The pressures seemed insurmountable, leading to his decision to leave after less than a year in the role. But USA’s loss became Ghana’s gain, as tensions at City College made her realize her heart lay elsewhere. “I thought if I don’t go back to Ghana and start a school now, I never will. For me, it was very important that I come home. Could I take the experiences of working outside of Africa for so long and translate them in a way that would resonate in West Africa?

“AFI is a milestone for architecture and design education on the continent. What really excites me about AFI is the enormous potential it offers us, both in terms of how we can reimagine the built environment, but also as a space where ‘design excellence and Southern perspectives can be nurtured and championed’ – Mariam Kamara, Founder of Atelier Masomi and AFI Board Member

Lokko worked with graphic designer Fred Swart to visualize the school’s identity. Its name – African Futures Institute (AFI) – was created after a walk in Edinburgh, where Lokko came across the Edinburgh Futures Institute, part of the city’s university. “I knew I had found my name,” she recalls. ‘From there I got seed funding from the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, set up offices [right underneath her home in Accra, which is raised on stilts]found staff [there are three people employed at the moment] and I got to work.

Rendering of the Bët-bi Museum, Senegal, by Atelier Masomi

AFI is a graduate school and will start with events, short courses and workshops in the first year (2023), before rolling out its full curriculum from 2024. Ghana has only one graduate school. ‘accredited architecture, and although AFI is not immediately accredited (‘I want it to stay that way. I like spending time where I don’t have to explain and justify myself all the time’), she says. “It’s all about the imagination, not the politics”), it’s something Lokko feels the region desperately needs. The school already has a vibrant social media presence and it has assembled a exciting group of mentors, advisors and associates to help, including David Adjaye, Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye (see page 040), Christian Benimana of Mass Design Group, Thandi of RCA Loewenson and Sumayya Vally of Counterspace (W*265 When looking for collaborators, she keeps an open mind, an approach that defines the whole school. first look for the people I’m passionate about, the right people,” she says. “Then I integrated them, building the school around them.

“AFI is a space to reflect, provoke and create the future of practice and pedagogy of and for the continent – ​​manifesting and speaking powerfully from our rich, diverse and hybrid places of difference” – Sumayya Vally, Founder of Counterspace and AFI Academic Advisor

The school will offer long and short courses for students, as well as teachers who want to learn more about the issues it will specialize in – diversity, equity and inclusion in the built environment, in particular the innovation and thought leadership from Africa and its Diaspora. Although she stresses that these are not quotas, she envisions a composition of 50% students from Ghana, 25% from other African countries and the remaining 25% from beyond. She wants to keep things accessible and open, and hopes that tuition fees for wealthier students will subsidize those who cannot afford them. Some parts will be delivered in person and others will be digital, both theoretical and practical, and the intention is to accept students not only with an architectural background. “Architecture works much like a nation-state, always protecting its borders. Nine out of ten times, discipline protection is about excluding ‘others’,” Lokko says. “We see this as a school and a discipline beyond the nation-state – it’s about African futures not shaped by geographic boundaries.”

A poster for the first Biennial of Islamic Arts, curated by Sumayya Vally and taking place in Jeddah from January 23 to April 24, 2023

The AFI will not initially have a fixed location, but will be inserted into the urban fabric of Accra, hosted in various locations. Lokko hopes to eventually order a permanent home for her – but that’s far in the future. For the moment, the school is entirely financed by philanthropy. Classes are due to start in 2024, after the end of the Biennale and Lokko took advantage of a break to recharge his batteries.

Meanwhile, Venice will feature prominently in Lokko’s daily life for next year. The main theme of the exhibition, entitled “The Laboratory of the Future”, puts Africa in the spotlight. Although this curatorship and AFI have occurred independently of each other, they address similar challenges across Lokko’s key areas and passions – how to live in a world of binaries and the global issues of decolonization and decarbonization. . “Africa is the laboratory of the future,” Lokko said at a Venice Biennale press conference in May. “We are the continent with the youngest population in the world, the fastest urbanising, growing at 4% per year, often at the expense of local ecosystems – so we are also at the forefront of climate change. Yes, the show will be centered on Africa, but we don’t just talk about Africa, we use it as a place to try to understand everything everywhere. After all, the Biennale itself is a workshop for the future.

‘AFI represents a new initiative that aims to engage with the world from an African perspective – not just to try to find out how we can contribute, but rather how we belong and why great architecture is not complete Without African Voices’ – Christian Benimana, Senior Principal and Managing Director, Mass Design Group, and AFI Academic Advisor

As for what the future holds, other than Venice and AFI (“School is so much a part of who I am, it’s hard to separate those two, but I hope there’s some sort of productive fusion”), she has another novel in the works, with a publisher that allows her to try new things. “It will be a little different from my others,” she says. The common thread running through it all is an effort to drive change in an area that may be slow to do any of these things. “The challenge is to figure out what the shape of an institution is at the same time as you are trying to form it. I think it was Einstein who said you can’t do the same thing over and over and expect the same result. It leads to madness. You need to be open enough to invent new structures and have enough confidence in their ability to work. §

Rendering of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture campus, Bugesera, by Mass Design Group

AMD Q2 2022 Results


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AMD reported results for the quarter ending June that beat earnings and revenue estimates, but the chipmaker gave a forecast for the current quarter that lagged Wall Street expectations.

AMD stock fell as much as 5% at one point in extended trading.

Here’s how the company did it:

  • PES: $1.05, adjusted, vs $1.03 expected, according to Refinitiv
  • Revenue: $6.55 billion, vs. $6.53 billion expected, according to Refinitiv

The chipmaker said it expects $6.7 billion in revenue in the current quarter, plus or minus $200 million. Analysts expected $6.83 billion.

AMD currently has a significant market opportunity as its main rival for PC and server processors, Intel, stumbles with execution.

AMD’s chips have outperformed Intel’s, and investors are looking to see if the company has the supply and execution to take market share.

AMD’s four main segments grew in the quarter, in which overall revenue grew 70% year-over-year.

AMD said data center sales rose 83% year over year to $1.5 billion. The segment includes chips for cloud computing and AMD said the growth was driven by strong sales of server processors.

Customer segment revenue, which includes sales of PCs and laptop chips, increased 25% to $2.2 billion in the quarter despite signs of slowing computer sales late in the year. a two-year boom fueled by the pandemic. AMD said the growth was driven by sales of mobile processors, likely for laptops.

Sales of chips for consoles like the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X were also a highlight for AMD in the quarter. Gaming segment sales grew 32% year-over-year to $1.7 billion, driven by “semi-custom” chips for consoles, not graphics processors for PCs of game.

AMD’s embedded segment, which includes chips for networking or cars, posted $1.3 billion in revenue, was boosted by AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx, which was completed in first trimester.

AMD stock is down 31% so far in 2022 as investors sell off fast-growing semiconductor stocks amid fears of inflation and recession.

AMD said it repurchased $920 million of its stock during the second quarter.

VAIO FE 14.1 Review | PCMag


Caviar at Costco? Tiffany on target? VAIO is a laptop brand that we associate with two things, sleek engineering and premium pricing. The new VAIO FE series, however, consists of affordable laptops sold at Walmart, where the 14.1-inch FE starts at $699 and costs $799, as seen in our review model here. It’s a reasonably attractive slimline with a modern Intel processor, but utterly unremarkable. The same money will get you a nicer aluminum construction, rather than plastic, from one of the many vendors.

Same logo, different manufacturer

If you still think VAIO laptops are made by Sony, you’re eight years behind. The move to Walmart represents a market expansion for current owners of the brand, whose $699 base model pairs a Core i5-1235U processor (two performance cores, eight efficient cores, 12 threads) with 8GB of memory , a 512 GB solid state drive and a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) non-touch screen.

(Credit: Molly Flores)

Our $799 review unit doubles the RAM and storage to 16GB and 1TB respectively, while the top-end – which Walmart.com confusedly listed for $949 and $799 when we checked – replaces the Core i5 chip with a Core i7-1255U. The IPS display and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics are the same in all units; no hi-res or OLED panels are offered.

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At 3.5 pounds, the VAIO FE 14.1 is half a pound above the ultraportable line. It measures 0.78 by 12.8 by 8.7 inches, a little bulkier than the Acer Swift 3 (0.63 by 12.7 by 8.4 inches and 2.71 pounds). Available in black or rose gold as well as silver for our model, the VAIO is easy to carry but tends to flex if you grab the corners of the screen or press down on the keyboard. The chassis as a whole could use more stiffness.

VAIO FE 14.1 rear view

(Credit: Molly Flores)

When you open the lid, its rear edge folds down to support the keyboard at a slight typing angle. The screen bezels aren’t particularly thin, especially at the top (accommodating a webcam with a sliding privacy shutter) and bottom. The camera lacks Windows Hello facial recognition, but there is a fingerprint reader in one corner of the touchpad.

An old-school SD card slot and USB 2.0 port sits on the left side of the laptop, along with an audio jack and the jack for the power adapter jack. Three USB 3.1 ports, two Type-A and one Type-C, join an Ethernet socket and an HDMI video output on the right. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth are standard fare for wireless connectivity.

VAIO FE 14.1 left port

(Credit: Molly Flores)

VAIO FE 14.1 right ports

(Credit: Molly Flores)

Not much touchpad on the left

The backlit keyboard earns points for having real Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys instead of requiring you to pair the Fn key with the cursor arrow keys, and also for having the arrows in the correct inverted T instead of a clumsy, HP-style line. The top-row function keys control volume and screen brightness, but lack a few shortcuts often found there, such as airplane mode and microphone mute.

The typing feel is shallow and a bit rubbery, but not uncomfortable. The touchpad is said to be medium in size but two rather large chrome buttons and the fingerprint reader reduce the available space, so it is rather small. The pad slides and taps smoothly, but the large buttons are flimsy.

VAIO FE 14.1 Keyboard

(Credit: Molly Flores)

The webcam offers the usual marginal 1280 x 720 pixel resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio but a sharper 1600 x 1200 pixel if you don’t mind a squarer 4:3 ratio. images appear dark and washed out. At least they’re reasonably clear, without too much static.

If you press your ear to the speaker grill above the keyboard, you can hear a surprisingly smooth sound; 100% volume on the VAIO FE 14.1 sounds like around 30% on most laptops, hard to hear from a few feet away. The audio itself isn’t bad – there’s no bass, but the sound isn’t tinny or harsh, and you can make out overlapping tracks – but you’ll definitely want to use headphones. A THX Spatial Audio software utility makes tracks less hollow and offers music, movie, game and voice presets as well as an equalizer. But it certainly does not deliver symphonic sound or 3D effect.

VAIO FE 14.1 left corner

(Credit: Molly Flores)

Like the audio, the FE’s 1080p display is mostly a disappointment. Contrast is decent and white backgrounds aren’t too dull if you tilt the screen far enough to an ideal viewing spot. But viewing angles aren’t as wide as we’re used to from IPS panels, and the overall effect is dark, with bland colors.

VAIO FE 14.1 review: nothing special, in terms of speed

For our benchmark charts, we compared the VAIO FE to our current budget laptop Editors’ Choice winner, the $519 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 and the Asus VivoBook S14. Two other 14-inch laptops, the Acer Swift 3 and the Dell Inspiron 14 7415 2-in-1 convertible, represent the most expensive range at around $1,000 each. You can see their basic specifications in the table below.

Productivity tests

UL’s leading PCMark 10 benchmark simulates a variety of real-world productivity and content creation workflows to measure the overall performance of office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet, web browsing and videoconferencing. We also run PCMark 10’s Full System Drive test to gauge a laptop’s load time and storage throughput.

Three benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to gauge a PC’s suitability for CPU-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses that company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular applications ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open source HandBrake 1.4 video transcoder to convert a 12 minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our final productivity test is PugetBench for Photoshop from Puget Systems, which uses the Creative Cloud 22 version of Adobe’s popular image editor to benchmark a PC’s performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It is an automated extension that performs a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks, ranging from opening, rotating, resizing and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills and filters.

The VAIO passed the 4,000 point hurdle that indicates good daily productivity in PCMark 10, so Word, Excel, email and browsing won’t be a problem, but it was a disappointing performer in our other tests, near from the back of the CPU benchmarks. It managed a silver medal in our Photoshop test, but its shoddy screen disqualifies it from serious image editing or digital content creation.

Graphic tests

We test Windows PC graphics with two DirectX 12 game simulations from UL’s 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs).

We also ran two tests from the GFXBench 5 cross-platform GPU benchmark, which emphasizes both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering. 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase, rendered off-screen to accommodate different display resolutions, drive graphics and compute shaders using the OpenGL programming interface and hardware tessellation respectively. The more frames per second (fps), the better.

The Core i7-powered Acer was the only laptop to come out of the cellar in these tests; The integrated graphics of budget laptops are more or less guaranteed incapable of playing demanding games or offering much entertainment besides solitaire and streaming video. The VAIO ran with the pack, but it’s a very slow pack.

Battery and display tests

We test laptop battery life by playing a locally stored 720p video file (the open source Blender movie Tears of Steel(Opens in a new window)) with display brightness at 50% and audio volume at 100%. We make sure the battery is fully charged before testing, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlight turned off.

We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and its Windows software to measure the color saturation of a laptop screen (what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the screen can display) and its 50% and peak brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).

It was just good enough for fourth place in our five-man contest, but the VAIO FE’s 11.5 hours of unplugged life is enough to get you through a full day of work or school. Its display color quality was fair at best, though only the Acer did better, but its measured peak brightness of 265 nits is down in Chromebook territory – we’re not happy with a laptop that can’t muster 300 nits, and not really satisfied with less than 400.

Verdict: a simply passable laptop

We’re all for democracy and happy to see more options for Walmart shoppers, but the VAIO FE 14.1 joins the hypermarket’s in-house Gateway and EVOO brands instead of threatening Dell, Lenovo or Acer. Nothing about it is bad enough to disqualify it from consideration by budget buyers, but it does come up against better-built and more capable competitors, as well as some better value models, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 .

The essential

The VAIO FE 14.1 (not to be confused with the high-end VAIO SX14) is a perfectly serviceable budget laptop, but its screen, build quality and ho-hum speed keep it from making the top four or five. first.

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“Everyone is getting a little insecure”


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Amber Rose on body positivity, feminism and teaching her boys not to be ashamed

“Amber Rose is on a mission to empower women to embrace their bodily autonomy and sexual freedom after facing years of public scrutiny for making her own videos and entered into a relationship with the rapper Kanye West.Despite the name she made for herself as a strong advocate for women and promoting feminism through liberation, Rose found herself continually connected to the intimate relationships she had with public figures such as Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly and 21 Savage.” “I don’t feel bad about anything. So if that makes me a hoe, that’s fine with me,” she told Yahoo Life in response to the criticism she’s faced about the decisions she’s made. takes with his body. “It’s like, ‘Amber promotes promiscuity to little girls.’ All these crazy stories. It’s almost insane. That’s not what I’m promoting. I’m promoting grown women who own their bodies, dance, laugh, date, dress shamelessly. If people aren’t smart enough to do their research on me, that’s not my problem.” Pushing back the norms imposed on women is something Rose has felt called to do since she was a young girl. She remembers her sexuality being used against her as bullies shamed her at school. While it didn’t impact how she thought about her body, Rose says it fueled her life’s mission.”

Best things to do in Miami this week August 1-7, 2022


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On Monday, Kehlani brings his Blue Water Road Trip Tour to the FPL Solar Amphitheater. The concert supports the singer’s latest album, blue water road, filled with soulful vocal deliveries and sweet melodies. The disc contains the recent singles “Altar”, “Little Story” and “Up At Night” (featuring Justin Bieber). Kehlani is also known for his collaborations with artists like Jhené Aiko, Charlie Puth, Zedd and Cardi B. Rapper Rico Nasty and singer Destin Conrad are set to open Monday’s show. 8 p.m. Monday, at FPL Solar Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkamphitheatre.com. Tickets cost between $39.50 and $109.50 via livenation.com. Sophia Medina

Tuesday August 2

punk outfit Ceremony will perform under Gramps’ palm-leaf covered stage on Tuesday. The group’s latest album, that of 2019 In the spirit world now, was his sixth effort as well as his debut on Relapse Records. It received mixed reviews, with Noah Yoo of Pitchfork writing that “the band have finally found space to start carving their own path in the crowded field of indebted 80s bands”. The quintet’s latest single, “Vanity Spawned by Fear,” released in April, features a more glam-rock aesthetic while not feeling entirely alien. Also on Tuesday are shoegaze band Hotline TNT and synth-pop band Romeo Blu. 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets cost between $16 and $17 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran

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Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival: see Wednesday

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Wednesday August 3

It is impossible to separate the rich history of Afro-Cuban culture from its dance and music. Perhaps that’s why Miami has Ife-Ile, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving culture through dance. On Wednesday, the group kicks off Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival on the theme “Dance Untamed: Rituals of Resistance for the 21st Century”. For four days, take part in dance workshops in Afro-Cuban dance like oricha, rumba, palo, yuka and arara and other dance styles like Afro-modern and belly dancing . Wednesday through Sunday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; and Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St., Miami; ife-ile.org/festival. Tickets cost between $20 and $200. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Thursday August 4

For some, the pandemic seems like an eternity, but many people still remember the difficulties they faced. DJ and photographer Rahsaan “Fly Guy” Alexander reflects on the harsh realities of COVID in the exhibition “Capture: a portrait of the pandemic” at the HistoryMiami Museum. The show features more than 60 images highlighting some of Miami’s pivotal moments over the past two years, from protests against racial injustice to a dying nightlife industry and widespread homelessness. 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Jan. 8, 2023, at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1492; historymiami.org. Tickets cost between $5 and $10. Sophia Medina

hobby lifeStefan Engblom from stops at E11 itself as part of the duo’s Blood, Sweat & Smiles tour. (Olle Cornéer, the other half of the band, stopped touring in 2017 due to health issues but continues to work in the recording studio with Engblom.) The Swedish producers recently released their latest album, Blood, sweat and smile, a ten-track record that should feel right at home at the megaclub on 11th Street. Tracks like “Readymade Sweat” and “This Time (Never Be Alone Again)” are reminiscent of the big venue bangers of the early 2010s. 8 p.m. Thursday, at E11even, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; 11miami.com. Tickets cost between $20 and $30 via tixr.com. Sophia Medina

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Silvana Estrada at the Citadel: see Friday

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Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada goes to the Citadel for an intimate concert presented by Escala Sonora. The 25-year-old has released her debut album, Marchita, earlier this year; in the Guardianof the “best albums of 2022 so far” list, Laura Snapes called it a “thrilling arrival”. Despite his short career, Estrada has already collaborated with artists like Natalia Lafourcade, Guitarricadelafuente and Mon Laferte. 7 p.m. Friday, at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; escalasonora.com. Tickets are $45 via seetickets.us. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Jennifer and Michele Kaminski present their pop-up concept, 2 Korean Girls, at Oasis Garden in Shelborne South Beach for a weekly karaoke night. Karaoke for 2 Korean girls takes place every Friday, inviting diners to sample Korean ribs, melon salad and tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes). There’s also a 2 Korean Girls signature cocktail, created by mixologist Alexa Delgado: “The Last Imoogi,” a dragon fruit-infused Bacardi rum cocktail served with a swirl of shimmering rose gold, from Domaine de Canton, citrus and orange bitters, and garnished with an edible flower. Oh, and you can sing all the karaoke classics before and/or after your dinner. 8 p.m. Friday, at Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271; shelborne.com. Jose D. Duran

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The weekend

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Saturday August 6

Monster jam is back with its heavy truck jumps and car wrecking fun that will have fans and families screaming for more. Recognized as one of motorsport’s most action-packed events, Monster Jam features some of the most talented drivers in the game as they take on tough obstacles. In addition to the daredevil antics, the event will include a Pit Party where guests can see the trucks up close, watch live pre-race interviews and participate in driver Q&As. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, at FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; flivearena.com. Tickets cost between $25 and $70 via ticketmaster.com. Sophia Medina

On Saturday, Dimensions Variable presents the latest collaboration between New Delhi-based artist Ayesha Singh and Miami-based artist Misael Soto. The pair worked on a series of site-specific works from 2017. Open Saturdays, “Provisional Filibuster (Little Haiti, Miami II)” uses chaotically installed scaffolding and banner-sized architectural and historical imagery. The location of the latest installation is intended to highlight the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Little Haiti, which some attribute to its higher elevation and a phenomenon known as climate gentrification. 6-9 p.m. Saturday through September 18 at Dimensions Variable, 101 NW 79th St., Miami; dimensionsvariable.net. Free entry. Jose D. Duran

Save those tears for another day – the weekend finally brings their After Hours Til Dawn Stadium tour to Hard Rock Live. The performance is late in coming – the tour has been delayed several times due to the pandemic. The Canadian artist released his critically acclaimed fourth album, After Hours, at the start of the lockdown in 2020. Despite the obstacles, he scored hits like ‘Blinding Lights’ and ‘Save Your Tears’. He followed with 2022 Dawn FM, which picks up where the previous album left off. Saturday’s opening show is electronic producer Kaytranda and hip-hop producer Mike Dean. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, 305-943-8000; hardrockstadium.com. Tickets cost between $51 and $276.50 via ticketmaster.com. Sophia Medina

Los Angeles-based comedian Rachel Wolfson hands out the laughs at Gramps on Saturday. The Las Vegas native is known for her dry humor and ability to work with crowds. Wolfson also appeared as the first female cast member in the fourth installment of the Donkey film franchise, Fooled forever. Opening Saturday show: Long Beach comedian Mat Edgar. 8 p.m. Saturday, Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets are $20 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran

local band Pans ends its East Coast tour with a return show at The Bridge. Members Adrian Garcia, Jack Le Sante and Keysel Peleaz are multi-instrumentalists who use live loops to create unique “orchestra-leaning indie-rock”. Last year the band released their debut album, A new desert, a folky and chamber pop effort. For the show at the Bridge, Rick Moon, April Nicole and the Floridians round out the lineup. 8 p.m. Saturday, at The Bridge, 4220 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; pansofficial.com. Tickets are $10 via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Meduza at Club Space: see Sunday

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Sunday mornings at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden went to the dogs. Spend quality time with Fido at Dating walk with a dog. You and your pup can explore the 83 acres during the morning hours and enjoy refreshments at the Glasshouse Cafe, where they’ll also have treats and drinks for your dog. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets cost between $11.95 and $24.95. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

The Espace Club welcomes you Medouza on its terrace for an epic party long after sunrise. Duo Miguelle & Tons kick off the late-night festivities. An Italian combo of members Luca de Gregorio, Mattia Vitale and Simone Giani, Meduza’s breakthrough track 2019’s “Piece of Your Heart” propelled the dynamic trio to commercial fame, reaching number two in the UK and earning a Grammy nomination. 10 p.m. Sunday, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; clubspace.com. Tickets are $26.46 via off.fm. Sophia Medina

AI Midjourney Art Tool Has All the “What If” Answers


Inspired by images of the universe recently released by NASA, the first prompt I introduced to the Midjourney Research Lab’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool was “a spaceship surrounded by galaxies”. The result, as shown below, was an image of a ship suspended in space that seems to mirror the cosmos around it – pretty much true to the prompt.

A spaceship surrounded by galaxies (Credit: Midjourney)

For Midjourney founder David Holz, a powerful aspect of generative AI is its “ability to unify with language”, where we can “use language as a tool to create things”. Simply put, generative AI uses user commands to create new images based on the data set it has learned from different sources over time.

The rise of text-to-image generation has also raised philosophical questions about the definition of an “artist”.

British mathematician Marcus du Sautoy asserts in his book, The Creativity Code (Art and Innovation in the Age of AI), 2019, “Art is ultimately an expression of human free will and until computers have their own version, art created by a computer will always be traceable to the human desire to create. He states that if we were to create a ‘mind’ in a machine, it might offer insight into his thoughts.” But we are still a long way from creating conscious code,” concludes du Sautoy.

Similarly, Holz notes, “It’s important that we don’t see this as an AI ‘artist’. We think of it more as using AI to augment our imagination. It is not necessarily about art but about imagination. We ask, ‘what if’. AI somehow increases the power of our imagination.

Midjourney lets its users feed their prompts to its Discord server and then generates four images similar to the text. The user can choose to explore more variations and scale the perfect fit for a higher quality image. The bot entered open beta last month, giving users a number of free trials to bring their imaginations to life. The images generated can also be transformed into NFTs, for which until recently Midjourney charged royalties.

“It’s a giant community of almost a million people who all make pictures together, dream and have fun with each other. All invites are public and everyone can see each other’s images…it’s quite unique,” ​​Holz told indianexpress.com.

Holz co-founded Leap Motion, a hand-tracked motion-capture user interface company, in 2010, and was on the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30 list. He now runs a small, self-funded research and design lab, Midjourney, who is exploring a bunch of miscellaneous projects, including the AI ​​visualization tool, with 10 other colleagues.

Elaborating on the response the AI ​​bot received, Holz says, “Many people are very happy and find using the product to be a deeply emotional experience. People use it for everything from a project to art therapy. There are people who have always had things in mind but were unable to express them before. Some people have conditions like aphantasia, where the mind can’t visualize things, and they’re now using the bot to visualize for the first time in their lives. Lots of great things are happening. »

The bot also works to prevent misuse of the platform to generate offensive images. Community guidelines urge users to refrain from using prompts that are “inherently disrespectful, offensive, or otherwise abusive” as well as generating “adult or gore content”. Midjourney also employs moderators who watch for policy violators and either give them a warning or ban them. It also has automated content moderation where certain words are banned on the server. AI, too, learns from user data, says Holz. “If people don’t like something, it generates less.”

I stumbled across the Midjourney bot during a quick glance through my Twitter feed, where I saw the psychedelhic user’s renditions of a somewhat post-apocalyptic Delhi.

Having tried AI bots like Disco Diffusion and Craiyon before, an interesting aspect of Midjourney’s discovery was to look at how different AIs would respond to the same texts. The images below show results generated with the same prompt, “city during monsoon rains”, by Midjourney, Disco Diffusion, a free AI tool hosted by Google Colab, and Craiyon, formerly known as DALL -E min.

A city during monsoon rains. (Craiyon)
A city under the monsoon rains (Credit: Disco Diffusion)
A city during the monsoon rains. (Credit: Midjourney)

While Craiyon offers relatively realistic images, Disco Diffusion shows surreal and impressionistic results, and Midjourney falls somewhere in the middle of the two.

According to Holz, Midjourney can be understood as a “playful and imaginative sandbox”. “The goal is to give everyone access to this sandbox, so that everyone can understand what is possible and where we are as a civilization. What can we do? What does this mean for the future ?

Holz dismisses fears that AI is here to “replace” humans or their jobs. “When computer graphics were invented, there were similar questions – will it replace artists? And it is not. On the contrary, computer graphics make artists more powerful,” he says .

Holz adds, “Every time we see something new there’s a temptation to try to figure out if it’s dangerous and we treat it like a tiger. AI is not a tiger. It’s actually more like a big river of water. A tiger is dangerous in a very different way from water. Water is something you can build a boat for, you can learn to swim, or you can create dams that generate electricity. He’s not trying to eat us, he’s not mad at us. He has no emotions or feelings or thoughts. It’s like a powerful force. It’s an opportunity. »

Report: Clippers shouldn’t sign veteran center


As the NBA’s offseason continues, several veteran free agents remain unsigned. It feels like a lot of them could be waiting to see how some of the league’s impending trades go, but it’s also possible that most of the suitors just don’t need their services. That said, the LA Clippers have a vacancy on the roster that some of the available free agents seem to fit.

With no traditional backup center on their roster, the Clippers appear to be on the hunt for a fixable big man. Having lost Isaiah Hartenstein to the New York Knicks in free agency, the team has yet to replace him with another big replacement. In a recent article, The Athletic’s Law Murray said he doesn’t expect the team to sign any of the veteran centers available in free agency.

“I do not expect the Clippers to add a veteran center before the end of the preseason, which is the bracket that unrestricted veteran free agents like DeMarcus Cousins ​​and Hassan Whiteside fit into,” Murray wrote. ” For one, these players are both over 30 and have played in over 500 NBA games. They are veterans who don’t need to go through a training camp.”

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Numerous reports have indicated that the Clippers are comfortable entering training camp with their final roster spot open, maintaining a level of flexibility that would otherwise be compromised. While the team has not revealed any indication that it is exploring trade options, the possibility of acquiring a Vault through trade remains.

That’s where the team’s current flexibility comes in. With many hit trades potentially on the horizon, players who aren’t currently considered available could suddenly become realistic targets for the Clippers. Maintaining a place on the open list would allow them to have additional flexibility when facilitating certain transactions.

If the Clippers choose to go that route, processing their backup center vacancy via trade, then they could sign one of the greats available as an insurance option. This is another luxury that maintaining an open listing spot allows. As Murray also notes in his latest article, this is similar to the approach the Clippers took with DeMarcus Cousins ​​in 2021. By signing the veteran center as a big insurance mid-season, the Clippers were able to use strategically his services when needed, without being too dependent on him.

With each of the veteran centers left on the market, a role similar to the one Cousins ​​had with the Clippers in 2021 seems like a more appropriate fit than a full-time backup position. Because the team often chooses to be small anyway, the lack of a save center doesn’t currently seem to be a major concern.

Stomach cancer: the potentially life-saving benefits of reconnecting with family

She was the best, that’s what James Vernon wants you to know about Kirsten.

She was bright and beautiful too, he said, with an unreal sense of humor and the biggest, kindest heart.

She had found her dream job as a graphic designer and together the couple, who met in 2016, were saving up for a house. Children were on the horizon and a wedding too. They had tried several times for the latter, although Covid continued to cancel plans.

But on February 7, they finally got married in Tauranga Hospital. Kirsten wore a white dress and her husband said she looked stunning. She died nine days later at the age of 29.

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Vernon is still reeling from both grief at losing Kirsten and shock at how quickly it happened. It’s not easy to talk about, but he knows she would have wanted him to share her story in hopes it could save other people’s lives.

In November 2021, she started complaining of a bloated and uncomfortable stomach as well as feeling full after eating only a small amount. The symptoms prompted some prescribed treatments for irritable bowel syndrome, but after two weeks with no relief, she underwent invasive hospital tests. They eventually revealed she had diffuse stomach cancer, a type that affects a large part of the stomach rather than just one area.

James and Kirsten Vernon were saving for a house, and the kids were on the horizon.


James and Kirsten Vernon were saving for a house, and the kids were on the horizon.

It’s still unclear if she had the genetic mutation known to cause cancer in some people, and she was unaware of any family history, Vernon says.

Further tests revealed that her cancer was incurable, and while she had originally been given a year to live, Kirsten died less than two months after her diagnosis. She was beautiful, brilliant, brave and incredibly kind until the end.

“She was always concerned about her nurses and making sure they took breaks. She was so brilliant; anything i can do to help this kindness live on and help others is a tribute to her.

Stan Walker and his mother both have a rare cancer-causing gene mutation responsible for the deaths of at least 25 members of their family.

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Stan Walker and his mother both have a rare cancer-causing gene mutation responsible for the deaths of at least 25 members of their family.

In August, the Kirsten Vernon Stomach Cancer Fund is launched to tackle the high rates of stomach cancer in New Zealand; the first $14,000 contributed to the fund will be matched by donations collected in his memory.

The launch is part of a month-long campaign by the Gut Cancer Foundation calling for specific research into the stubbornly high rates of stomach cancer in Maori and Pasifika communities.

More than 500 Kiwis are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year and only 29% of patients survive beyond five years after diagnosis. While cancer is declining in the Pākehā and Asian populations of Aotearoa, the overall rate among Maori and Pacific people is three times higher than among those of European descent.

Of the two types of stomach cancer that account for 95% of cases, the diffuse type tends to be more aggressive. Maori are among the few populations in the world for whom it is more common than the intestinal type. This is partly attributable to the inherited CDH1 gene mutation found in over 400 known families worldwide and around 25 families in New Zealand.

It is estimated that 70% of people with the CDH1 mutation will be diagnosed with stomach cancer before the age of 40, while women have a 35-40% higher chance of getting lobular breast cancer.

According to Dr. Karyn Paringatai, when the gene is functioning properly, it suppresses tumor growth, but when it is not functioning normally, it allows cells to grow out of control, including cancer cells.

A lecturer at the School of Maori, Peace and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago, she tested for the gene at her aunt’s insistence and had her stomach removed a year later in 2010. Since then , at least 20 of his whānau did the same.

Dr. Karyn Paringatai is leading a research study focused on the potentially life-saving benefits of reconnecting with your whānau and whakapapa.


Dr. Karyn Paringatai is leading a research study focused on the potentially life-saving benefits of reconnecting with your whānau and whakapapa.

Paringatai is leading a research study focused on the potentially life-saving benefits of reconnecting with your whānau and whakapapa: knowledge, she says, is key to improving outcomes for those affected by inherited conditions.

It wasn’t until after her father’s death, when she returned to the East Coast, that she discovered the rare cancer had affected her family. In her research proposal, she calls the mutation a gift from her father and her tipuna: “I am honored to bear it.”

Paringatati says his father’s story is typical of many young Maori who left their ancestral lands, losing contact with whānau. In the 1960s he left the East Coast to work at Invercargill where she was born and raised, and although she was 11 when she first realized she had to engage with her whakapapa , it took another decade before it started.

“I’m incredibly lucky that I did, because without knowing my whakapapa I would probably be dead. Not knowing almost killed me.


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The importance of whakapapa is evidenced by the experience of McLeod whānau – dont musician Stan Walker is a member – where successive generations have been beset by an unusually high number of diffuse gastric cancer cases.

They believed a mākutu had been placed on them for selling land for quarrying, but in the mid-1990s, nurse Maybelle McLeod brought up the story at a genetics conference and asked more research in the area. She estimated that more than 50 people in her whānau died between the 1950s and 1990s.

In 1997, geneticists at the University of Otago discovered that an inherited mutation in the CDH1 gene was responsible for their deaths. The McLeod family continued to work with the university, benefiting at least 10 other Māori whānau across the country and affecting the lives of hundreds of people.

Bowel Cancer Foundation Chief executive Liam Willis said despite stomach cancer having some of the worst survival rates in the country, research is grossly underfunded.

He hopes the campaign will highlight the problem and raise funds for research and awareness of the warning signs.

“The symptoms can be vague: fatigue, indigestion, weight loss. If you know your body, these things can be a bit of a calling card.

Stomach cancer just doesn’t get the attention it needs, he says, and while there are many reasons for this, he points to one sobering one.

“Survival rates for these cancers are really quite low and what you get with survivability are advocates; people fighting for the cause and fundraising.

“The reality with these Cancers is that they don’t have those advocates.”

Here’s when to use data visualization tools and why they’re useful


It doesn’t matter if you subscribe to the “right-brain” or “left-brain” camp, the human mind is drawn to shapes, colors, and aesthetic patterns. And that’s exactly where data visualization tools come in. Data and information visualization tools were designed to make data points easier to digest, to help draw conclusions and discern information that might not be as easy to digitize and use in its raw form.

Data visualization tools, such as Tableau or Google Charts, allow users to import small or large amounts of data and automatically transform raw data into beautifully designed visuals or charts. This not only makes it easier to process information internally, but can also provide a streamlined way to present data-driven theories or display KPIs in meetings and presentations.

So what exactly are data visualization tools and what do they bring to the table? Read on to better understand the role data visualization tools can play in the workplace and how using these tools can help make processing large amounts of information fast and efficient.

What are data visualization tools?

Data visualization and information visualization tools have been designed to allow designers to easily and efficiently work with large data sets and talk about them at the surface level. It can look like a clear representation of smaller data sets, but can also represent up to hundreds or millions of data points in a fast and easily scannable format.

The role of modern data visualization tools is to help automate the process of creating a visualization, which not only makes a designer’s job easier, but also helps to ensure that all data visualizations will be error-free. human errors and data entry errors. Data visualization tools help designers interact with larger datasets to easily draw conclusions or discern usable insights in ways that would not be possible with solid datasets alone.

Although many data visualization and information visualization tools can come with a steep learning curve, most designers agree that investing the time needed to learn these tools powerful not only makes it easier to conclude or discern information, but also guarantees a much more efficient workflow. with less risk of human error.

What are the best data visualization tools?

There are currently dozens of data and insight visualization tools on the market, ranging from basic and easy to grasp tools to more complex ones that may take some time to learn and work into your daily workflow.

The best data visualization tools should be easy to use (or come with a comprehensive tutorial), handle large amounts of data points, and be able to convert different subsets of data into several different output options, such as maps and charts or graphs.

Depending on the type of data you tend to work with and how much you expect to commit to learning and using the tools available, there are a few different data visualization tools and scripts that will stand out depending on your field and your specific daily activities. needs of the day.

One of the most popular data visualization tools among web designers – and anyone who wants to quantify data points – is Tableau, which offers free or paid options that make it easy to import data, with hundreds of data import options available. There is also a wide range of color-coded graphs and aesthetic charts that not only allow informed conclusions to be drawn from data points internally, but can also be used to convey information in high-level presentations and presentations. level.

Of course, there are plenty of other data visualization tools that might better serve deeper needs. Popular data visualization tools across the board include Infogram, Google Charts, Datawrapper, Grafana, and FusionCharts.

Why use data visualization tools?

Data visualization tools help cover three main elements when working with large data sets or complex information. Powerful data visualization tools will help you understand your audience, put in place a clear framework for interpreting data and drawing conclusions, and tell a visual story that might not come across as clear and concise with points of view. raw data.

Data visualization tools, when used correctly, will help tell a given story better and allow for better extraction of information, seeing patterns and drawing conclusions from large data sets. Data visualization tools also take a more aesthetic approach to mapping and tracking data. It goes beyond simply pasting information onto a pie chart and instead uses design know-how, color theory and other practices to ensure that information is presented in a way interesting but easy to understand.

Although data visualization tools have always been popular in the design space, the right data visualization tools can help just about any field of work or personal interest. For example, data visualization tools can help journalists and editors track new trends to better understand reader interest. These tools can also be used by anyone looking to track data points of personal interest to better understand the larger picture, such as tracking specific weather changes in their neighborhood or community.

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North Allegheny graduates launch change guide

Two recent North Allegheny graduates have teamed up with other young adults to create a change guide that aims to provide resources and guidance to other young people looking to make change in their communities.

The end product is an 85-page book titled “From the Ground Up: A Guide to Changemaking.”

Victoria Ren, 17, who is preparing to attend Stanford University this fall, has been working on the guide for almost two years.

“I wanted to create something that was accessible to everyone, to be that first support system,” she said, explaining that the book offers a range of information to help people get started in the world of change. .

Ren co-wrote the book with Samantha Podnar, another recent North Allegheny graduate, and Louisa Edwards, a student at the University of Virginia. Abby Liang, who studies at the University of Michigan, was the project’s graphic designer.

Podnar brainstormed with Ren before launching the project.

“I thought a comprehensive guide could be extremely helpful for those who didn’t really have access to the resources to get involved in change,” Podnar said. “I believed in the idea and the team we had started to build, and I thought I could put my interest in writing to good use.”

Ren said the idea was sparked by his own change work. She was working on a project that aimed to “redefine what the traditional classroom looked like.” His work included leading events and awareness camps.

Ren said she realized there was a learning curve to getting into such work. She also acknowledged that finding the right mentors or resources to learn more can be a challenge.

“I realized how much I wish I had known when I started — how much I wish I had that mentorship that is often needed when you start change or activism work,” Ren said.

This is the void that his guide hopes to fill.

“The guide is super handy,” Ren said. “It goes from start to finish of a lot of change work.”

It begins with a section that walks people through the process of determining what interests them most and how they might begin to create positive change in that area. It suggests potential steps, from creating a website for a local nonprofit to launching a brand new organization.

“It walks everyone through the different stages you might encounter, like building a team, using social media, failing,” she said.

Each section addresses a specific topic and includes case studies of other young people who have worked on topics such as mental health and food insecurity.

“For me, it was cool to be able to distill everything I’ve learned and hopefully do better into something I can share with other people,” Ren said.

Podnar had been part of a racial justice coalition in the North Allegheny School District for more than two years — and she used her experiences to help determine what other young people should know about change.

“Helping to write and edit the guide has taught me a lot because there is so much great content out there, in the minds of my teammates and in the minds of other young changemakers,” said she declared. “We just really consolidated it and made it accessible.”

The group published the guide in June, which is available at bit.ly/fromthegroundupguide.

“There’s a lot of information in this guide,” Ren said. “It is meant to be used as a dictionary or a thesaurus. Whenever you feel like you’re at a roadblock, then you can watch it.

Ultimately, Ren said, she wants the guide to be a resource that can make activism and change more accessible to young adults. She said she hopes it inspires people to start or continue a job that often feels daunting.

“I hope the ultimate conclusion people will get is that there’s a community behind you, even if you don’t feel like there is one,” she said. “It can be very lonely or heavy, like there’s so much you don’t know yet. But with the guide, people can see that there are so many people supporting you.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Intel (INTC) Q2 2022 Results

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger pictured during the “Chips for health” event at Hotel Grischa during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, May 24, 2022.

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Intel shares fell as much as 10% in extended trading on Thursday after the chipmaker reported second-quarter results and quarterly and full-year guidance fell short of analysts’ expectations.

Here’s how the company did it:

  • Earnings: 29 cents per share, adjusted, versus 70 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $15.32 billion, versus $17.92 billion as forecast by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Intel’s revenue was down about 22% year-over-year in the quarter that ended July 2 statement. The company ended the quarter with a net loss of $454 million, compared to $5 billion in profit in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin narrowed to 36.5% from 50.4% in the previous quarter.

“Results this quarter fell short of the standards we have set for the company and our shareholders,” CEO Pat Gelsinger said in the statement. “We need to do better and we will do better. The sudden and rapid decline in economic activity has been the main driver, but the shortfall also reflects our own execution issues.”

As for guidance, Intel called for 35 cents of adjusted earnings per share on $15 billion to $16 billion in revenue. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected 86 cents in adjusted earnings per share on $18.62 billion in revenue.

Intel has lowered its expectations for the full year. He said he now expects adjusted annual earnings of $2.30 per share and revenue of $65 billion to $68 billion. The forecast three months ago was for $3.60 in adjusted earnings per share on $76.0 billion in revenue. Analysts polled by Refinitiv were looking for earnings of $3.42 per share and revenue of $74.34 billion.

Small and medium-sized businesses have slowed their purchases of computers, but the company has resisted, David Zinsner, Intel’s chief financial officer, told CNBC in an interview. Still, the updated forecast takes into account economic weakness that could cause organizations to delay PC refresh cycles.

“We think we’re at rock bottom,” Zinsner said, adding that price increases and a seasonal improvement in the fourth quarter should help Intel bring its gross margin back to around 51% to 53%.

During the second quarter, Intel’s Client Computing group, which includes PC chips, generated $7.7 billion in revenue, down 25% and significantly below the consensus estimate of $8.89 billion. dollars among analysts polled by StreetAccount. Earlier this month, technology industry researcher Gartner said PC shipments were down nearly 13% in the quarter. In a presentation To investors, Intel flagged a “slowdown” in PC demand in the consumer and education markets and said higher unit costs were reducing the segment’s operating profit.

Intel’s recently created data center and AI segment, including server chips, accelerators, memory and field-programmable gate arrays, generated $4.6 billion in revenue, in down 16%, lagging the StreetAccount consensus of $6.19 billion. Competitive pressure hurt the unit’s revenue, Intel said.

Intel’s new Network and Edge segment, home to the company’s networking products, generated $2.3 billion in revenue, up 11% and just above the StreetAccount consensus of 2. $27 billion.

During the quarter, Intel spear Habani Gaudi2 AI training chips that compete with Nvidia’s A100 graphics cards. And Intel has called on Congress to move forward with federal legislation to support semiconductor manufacturing in the United States, so it can proceed with a factory in Ohio. Earlier Tuesday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Chips and Science Act, sending the bill to President Joe Biden.

Excluding the after-hours move, Intel shares have fallen about 23% so far in 2022, while the S&P 500 index is down less than 15% over the same period.

Executives will discuss the results with analysts on a conference call beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

This story is developing. Please check for updates.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misrepresented Intel’s net loss for the quarter. It was $454 million.

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Aron Baynes resumes basketball career and signs with NBL’s Brisbane Bullets


Veteran center Aron Baynes has agreed to return to basketball with the NBL’s Brisbane Bullets, just a year after a freak fall at the Tokyo Olympics left him hospitalized and initially unable to walk, his agent Daniel Moldovan says to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Baynes will sign a two-year contract with the Australian club, but the contract contains a provision that will allow him to leave and return to the NBA if he gets the chance, according to Windhorst. Baynes reportedly had offers from teams in Europe and China, but those deals wouldn’t allow a player to return to the NBA, which remains his ultimate goal.

Baynes worked for a handful of teams in Las Vegas earlier this month during the NBA Summer League, about six months after returning to basketball. Until January, the 35-year-old was going through a grueling months-long rehabilitation process after suffering a spinal cord injury when he slipped in the bathroom during the fourth quarter of Australia’s game against Australia. Italy at the Tokyo Olympics. He spent a few months in hospitals in Tokyo and Brisbane last summer, beginning physical therapy to regain the strength of his limbs.

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Baynes, a nine-year NBA veteran, last played for the Raptors in the 2020-21 season, averaging 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. He previously played for the Spurs, winning an NBA championship in 2014, as well as the Pistons, Celtics and Suns.

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Spider-Man PC Release Date, System Requirements and Pre-Order Offer


The Spider-Man PC release date is now set in stone, marking the latest in a series of surprising moves from Sony as the tech giant gradually moves its PlayStation-exclusive games to PC.

That’s right, friends. Sony-owned developer Insomniac Games is bringing its much-loved 2018 Spider-Man game to PC, with PC gamers set to receive the remastered version of the PS4/PS5 game later this year.

In terms of features, the PC version of Spider-Man will feature PC-optimized graphics, ray-traced reflections, improved shadows, ultra-wide monitor support, and customizable control options (including full mouse and keyboard support).

So when is Spider-Man Remastered coming to PC, and what else do you need to know? Read on for release date details, plus system requirements and pre-order offers you won’t want to miss.

Spider-Man PC release date

Spider-Man PC release date is August 12, 2022Sony has confirmed.

Pre-orders have already started on the Steam launchers and the Epic Games Store, both of which will host the remastered PC version of Spider-Man when it launches web on PC.

It’s also worth checking out CD Keys, which had a hefty discount on the game last time we looked.

Spider-Man PC System Requirements

The minimum PC requirements for Spider-Man on PC look like this:

  • Basics: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4160, 3.6 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Chart: NVIDIA GTX 950 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Variant 12
  • Storage: 75 GB of available space

The recommended specs for Spider-Man on PC ask you a bit more:

  • Basics: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670, 3.4 Ghz or AMD Ryzen5 1600, 3.2 Ghz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Chart: NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • DirectX: Variant 12
  • Storage: 75 GB of available space

Spider-Man PC pre-order deals

In terms of pre-order bonuses, people who pre-order Spider-Man on PC will receive the Spidey Costume Pack, which includes three skins for your web-slinger to wear along with other goodies.

The suits included in the pre-order bonus are the Iron Spider suit (from Avengers: Infinity War), the Velocity suit and the Spider-Punk suit. You also get the Spider-Drone gadget and five skill points in this bundle.

The standard Spider-Man PC price seems to be £54.99 – that’s the cost you’ll pay if you go straight to Steam or Epic and place your order today.

However, as always, it’s worth looking for pre-order deals before ordering Spider-Man on PC. For example, at CD Keysyou can get a Spider-Man PC Code for just £37.99, which is a saving of 31%.

Spider-Man PC Trailer

While we wait for the Spider-Man PC release date on August 12, check out the PC trailer below to see what’s in store! Has touring the city ever been so enjoyable?

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Genshin Impact Heizou Actor Kieran Regan Explains His Curious Voiceover Journey

Life takes you in all directions – in Kieran Regan’s case, he started acting in the middle of his studies. Now he’s the voice of a beloved detective in Genshin Impact, Shikanoin Heizou. But he needed a little push before diving deep into the industry.

The boost that launched his career

Image via Kieran Regan

That boost that ignited Regan’s career came from her teacher, David Ruis. Originally, Regan was going to be a graphic designer and photographer, and it was his bachelor’s degree, but Ruis encouraged Regan to audition because he was good at public speaking. Regan proceeded and during the first audition he admitted that he did not remember what happened during this one.

“I’ve never auditioned for anything in my life before,” Regan said. “I didn’t know it was possible to audition because I thought you had to have a degree in acting.”

Regan began to fall in love with the medium. “From there it was kind of a whirlwind of trying to do as much acting as I could, before I left school or graduated,” he said, explaining that he he only had a year and a half of college left. In fact, he was so dedicated that he made the puppets that were used in the show, thanks to his knowledge of graphic design.

Although Regan didn’t major in drama, he made an impact as he was cast in a play called The Christians which featured only five actors. About 70 people auditioned for the roles. In addition, he had to perform several ten-minute monologues, which made his part very difficult to complete.

COVID changed Regan’s trajectory

Critical Role YouTube Channel

Screenshot via Critical Role YouTube channel

But then COVID hit. As he began his work on As you like it, the theater has closed. He needed a new way to show his love of acting.

“It was really stressful because I just found this thing,” he said. “Why do I have to give up now?” He didn’t give up, however. Instead, he found a new avenue in his career, voice acting, through the popular J&D series Critical role.

Voice actors like Matthew Mercer (Personas 5) and Laura Bailey (Fire Emblem: Awakening) participate in the popular streaming show, and Regan knew the industry from their series of interviews Between the sheets.

Ready and inspired, Regan built a recording booth out of his coat closet and placed his monitors, computer and, most importantly, his microphone there. “My joke was that I always had to stay skinny or I wouldn’t go,” the voice actor said. In fact, he was able to buy a really good microphone with his pandemic stimulus check, which turned out to be a great investment.

When he started his voice acting career, the cops were called to his apartment due to his believable performance. “Someone thought I was dying,” Regan said.

He was soon fired from his day job at a print shop after the Black Lives Matter movement faltered, then realized that voice acting could be his main job, not just a dream. He auditioned for two roles and won them both – one was for an audiobook, which paid that month’s rent, and a role in a game which required him to have a New Zealand accent. That’s when the ball started rolling.

He kept getting audiobook storytelling gigs to make ends meet, and then he got a call from his agent. “Hey, when are you moving to LA?” Bigger studio roles were available in that Californian city, so he left Kansas and moved to Los Angeles.

A perfect role in Genshin Impact

Shikanoin Heizou Genshin Impact

Screenshot via Genshin Impact YouTube channel

At this point, the Genshin Impact role came. He received an audition opportunity in his inbox, and when he first took a look at the art, he knew the game he was hopefully about to work on.

Regan found all the Genshin Impact voice lines on a YouTube channel and started analyzing it. He heard the pacing, game sound, mood, and personality delivered through every contextual line under the character profiles. Regan also received the Chinese actor’s lines for Heizou, and he was surprised at how “suspiciously close” it was to his voice.

“In my audition, I very specifically used breaths at certain points in the line to convey thought and rhythm,” Regan said. “And then I tripped every once in a while just in case something like, caught, you know, Heizou off guard.” The audition was cleverly designed by the voice actor, and Regan was eventually given the role of Heizou.

As Regan plays this role, he considers the sound people make when they think. “Your voice should almost go inward,” he explains.

“Because Heizou is a detective, he often thinks of clues, and he doesn’t talk to anyone else; he talks to himself as he figures it all out in his head,” Regan said. “And then once he gets it he’s like ‘AH, I got it’, you know what I mean?”

Heizou is not particularly a social butterfly. Instead, Regan sees him as someone dedicated to his intuition. His intuition, according to the voice actor, “could lead them down a path that no one else has thought of.” However, it can also bite him socially, as Regan says “he abandons all his detective brothers and [sends] a bad reputation with the general public.” Heizou apparently cannot be controlled by the Chief Detective, similar to how Sherlock Holmes compulsively searches for clues, despite the social repercussions.

When asked how Regan relates to Heizou, he says they are both curious about the world around them. He explains that when Heizou sees something different or weird, he has a hunch to investigate it. Meanwhile, Regan draws her curiosity from her graphic design and photography. “When I was doing that, you had to be curious,” he said. “You have to be able to see things in a different way.”

He later said, “I mean, I wouldn’t be voiceover if I wasn’t curious.”

Thousands of fans all of a sudden and being an LGBTQ+ actor

Heizou Genshin Impact Voice Actor

Screenshot via Genshin Impact YouTube channel

This curiosity has dramatically accelerated his career in recent months. For example, his Twitter page has grown from around 800 followers to nearly 17,000 since he was announced as the voice of Heizou. It has been positive and negative for Regan.

“It’s very stressful. I mean, someone, like, found my phone number,” Regan said. Not knowing how popular he would become on Twitter, he posted his photograph online with a phone number attached. A Genshin Impact fan found him and started texting him. Others are happy that there is LGBTQ+ representation in the cast of Genshin Impact, and it didn’t strike Regan’s mind.

However, being an LGBTQ+ actor has its pros and cons. On the positive side, it gives Regan roles that others don’t have access to because casting directors don’t want straight people auditioning for gay people, he says. “But it also takes me away from certain roles, you know what I mean?” said Regan. “It’s like, oh, he’s gay, he didn’t have that experience.”

“If you pitch me on a project, I’m going to bring my lived experience as a gay person into the role,” Regan explained. “If I give any advice for loving new voice actors, it’s to live as much as possible because it’s […] how you find new emotions.” He says if you feel authentic, you’ll tell a better story.

For example, Regan says he was able to use his experience climbing through the mountains of rural Idaho and imagine the world of Genshin Impact through this lens. He uses it to boost his performance.

Despite the strange text encounter with a fan, Regan says he appreciates the Genshin Impact the community a lot. “The fanbase has been so kind and generous to me,” Regan said. He even said they were “almost protective” of him, especially after a fan found his phone number.

“It’s been nothing but praise and support and love and at a time when I needed it,” Regan said. “I’m so grateful.”

If you get Heizou under the Wish system, you’ll want to level him up to make this hero stronger. To do this, you will need to find Runic Fangs and Onikabuto as resources. We’ve covered their exact locations on GGRecon.

Tesla Cybertruck design stuns in first aero simulation test

The design of Tesla’s Cybertruck proved to be polarizing, some loved the design, while others hated its infographic-like structure.

Tesla Exposes Cybertruck Dividing Design

The intriguing design of Tesla Cybertruck surprised in the first independent simulation test of aerodynamic performance. It has an unofficial drag coefficient of 0.39.

The Cybertruck was a controversial design when it was introduced by Tesla. Some people had a deep affection for the design, while others had a fierce hatred of it. Both parties can agree that the structure is very unique; in fact, the actual photos of the electric pickup almost seem like the product of computer graphics.

There are several reasons for the innovative design. The main one is probably due to the fact that Tesla intends to build the truck with a stainless steel exoskeleton, which imposes certain restrictions on the design. Tesla took inspiration from the pickup truck design of cyberpunk science fiction, such as Blade Runner.

According to a recent search on the aerodynamic capabilities of the Tesla Cybertruck, its drag coefficient is now 0.39 Cd.

Aleix Lazaro Pratt, CFD engineer at Digital Systems, conducted research that was shared on LinkedIn using the organization’s aerodynamic modeling technology.

The engineer presented the advantages of the design based on his analysis, and he also recognized a lot of room for development.

The Cybertruck is expected to finally begin production in mid-2023 after multiple delays, and Tesla is expected to announce a production version of the vehicle soon.

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Tesla apparently won’t deliver Ceybertrucks to Australia, despite several reservations

Despite the fact that hundreds of Australian drivers had made advance reservations, Tesla reportedly decided not to bring the electric pickup there. However, at least one source is already disputing this claim, with Teslarati.com emphatically stating that “Cybertruck has NOT been canceled in Australia”.

What is certain is that Tesla will provide refunds to the thousands of Australian drivers who have made advance reservations for the electric pickup, backed by a $150 Australian deposit, if desired. There have been conflicting reports as to whether Tesla contacted reservation holders and offered refunds.

The automaker also changed the Cybertruck page on its Australian website, but left it standing. However, before users could schedule multiple appointments, the website now only allows one and provides a link to “Get Updates.”

No specific rationale was given, and Tesla often refuses media queries. However, new questions are being raised over plans for the Cybertruck, which has been continually postponed since its announcement more than three years ago that Tesla will truly halt Australian sales or only restrict new orders.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said the electric pickup won’t go into production until at least next year. Potential buyers may have to wait until 2024, according to analysts like AutoForecast Solution’s Sam Fiorani.

Musk said the company may stop taking new orders for its overdue cars. It can take 2-4 years to turn the 1.2 million bookings into sales. It also suggests Cybertruck’s future in Australia may be in jeopardy.

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Denver Broncos Player Profile: Donnie Lewis Jr #39 | Cornerback


With general manager George Paton at the helm, the Denver Broncos are prioritizing cornerbacks. It is a valued position where you can never have enough.

After the 2021 season, the Broncos’ depth at cornerback was tested, leading the team to do more to build unity. One of those moves was bringing in Donnie Lewis Jr just days before the 2022 NFL Draft.

How does Lewis play in the team’s competition at cornerback? Let’s dive into his resume to figure it out.


Lewis just turned 26 on July 21. He attended Tulane for college football.

University career

During his college career, missed tackles were a significant concern for Lewis, where he missed 45 in four years. However, he was also extremely boom or bust while working in coverage. Lewis gave up more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions with 17-8, but he also stopped 21 more passes.

Lewis has also been on special teams for his last three years, but he hasn’t excelled. He made just three special teams tackles, all in his senior year, while also missing two tackles.

There were many worries about Lewis and his physique during his college career, but he did well in the cover. He did well to be in place to make a play, and he did a lot, but that style of play can be difficult to transition to the NFL.


The Cleveland Browns selected Lewis in the 2019 NFL Draft with the No. 221 overall pick.

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Professional career

Lewis has yet to play a regular season game in the NFL. He bounced back with the Browns his freshman year before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. The Broncos mark his third NFL team as he enters his fourth season.

Lewis’ only action in the NFL came in the preseason of his rookie year, where he played three games, playing 54 snaps on defense.

Outlook 2022

Lewis is part of a deep cornerback room in Denver. However, it would take a significant performance from Lewis to make the Broncos’ roster a position with five cemented players.

Lewis is more likely to push for a spot on the practice squad, and there’s plenty of competition.

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‘No’ Influences: ‘Full House’, ‘Bonanza’, Mad Magazine

Spoiler alert: Don’t read if you haven’t seen “No”, now in theaters.

Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Nope,” is set on the outskirts of Hollywood and focuses on people working on the fringes of showbiz who are desperate to sneak into the center. From the main sibling duo OJ and Emerald Hayward (Daniel Kaaluya and Keke Palmer), horse trainers trying to capture footage of a UFO to sell it for fame, or Ricky “Jupe” Park (Steven Yeun) , a former child star hanging on his past glory through a carnival fashioned from his best-known role, the characters are all diehards obsessed with the film’s spectacle, however dangerous said spectacle may be. The film is, deservedly, a spectacle in itself, thanks in large part to Ruth De Jong’s meticulous production design.

De Jong first worked with Peele on his 2019 horror film “Us,” an ambitious and meticulously directed film but much smaller than its big-budget follow-up. According to De Jong, after their process on “Us,” the two stayed in touch to work on a different film before starting to develop “No.” For a year and a half, Peele kept her updated on the development of the story, and the two pored over the film’s influences and style before beginning physical production.

“Personally, I really like working with writer-directors because the story is born in them and it’s constantly evolving,” says De Jong. “He writes until the very end and just nurtures the story and the characters and makes them grow. He’s so clear and concise about his vision and what he wants. And that just lets me dive in.

To build the showbiz world seen in “No,” De Jong created many of the film’s sets from scratch and drew inspiration from numerous westerns, TV shows, and other pop culture iconography. Here are some of the influences that went into “No” western horror.

“Gate of Heaven”, “Bonanza”

The most memorable set seen in the film is the “Jupiter’s Claim” carnival, a western-themed attraction that Jupe operates as an unofficial tie-in to her most famous film, “Kid Sheriff.” The carnival set is huge, featuring a sheriff’s office, petting zoo, real steam locomotive, gold panning station, candy store, general store, saloon, post office, hair salon, an analysis office, a blacksmith, a leather goods company, fire station, livery, church, cemetery and a horseshoe-shaped stadium that can accommodate 938 people. All buildings have functional interiors, and almost everything was built from scratch for “No”.

When designing the mini-city, De Jong drew inspiration from several classic westerns, with the 1980 film “Heaven’s Gate” and the long-running TV series “Bonanza” acting as the biggest inspirations. De Jong also drew on her experience working on “There Will Be Blood” for the build, and took a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in California for inspiration.

“We put ourselves in the shoes of Jupe, and we were like, ‘Okay, we are Jupe, and we have to build this city and it has to be original and it has to be ours,'” says De Jong.

The ranch on which Jupiter’s Claim was built was chosen by steward Justin Duncan. Fittingly for a Hollywood movie, the ranch was once owned by Los Angeles icon, civil engineer William Mulholland. The overall construction of the city took 14 weeks, according to De Jong’s estimate.

California farms

Aside from Jupiter’s Claim, the film’s other intense building process involved Emerald and OJ’s house, a classic turn-of-the-century farmhouse. The construction of the house also took 14 weeks, and to build the house and the ranch, De Jong pushed Peele on the family’s backstory, which in the film features them as descendants of the jockey featured in “The Horse in Motion”, the very early cabinet cards that acted as a predecessor to the film. De Jong dove deep into the subject of animal wrestlers and toured the California Valley to visit cattle ranches, crop ranches, and quintessential California farmhouses. De Jong aimed for the house to be “iconic”, with vintage wallpaper in the kitchens, a wraparound porch, and a sense of blending into the valley landscape. Along with the main house, the set also includes a shed that serves as OJ’s cover during various intense scenes and an arena in front of the house.

Along with the location of Jupiter’s Claim, the farmhouse was built on a ranch tied to Hollywood history – the ranch once belonged to famed director Howard Hughes, famous for directing the original “Scarface.”

“Just so random that you picked these two ranches in the middle of Agua Dulce and they had such Hollywood prestige at the time,” De Jong says. “It was very trippy for Jordan and me.”

Keke Palmer in “No”
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In a later scene, the UFO – actually a living alien organism, rather than a ship – drips a sea of ​​blood over the house, covering it in red for the remainder of the film. De Jong spent her 30th birthday weekend spraying blood on the house, using an oil mixture she used for blood in ‘There Will Be Blood’. The mixture worked for the film because it naturally penetrates the Earth and was not toxic to wildlife. To make the sequence where blood is spilled realistic, the painters rode elevators around the house and used rain bars to soak the house in oil.

“Buck and the Preacher”

Throughout the film, viewers can catch a glimpse of an altered version of the poster for 1972’s “Buck and the Preacher,” Sidney Poitier’s directorial debut and one of the first Westerns to focus on black characters. Once the team got permission to use the image, De Jong asked graphic designer Hilary Ament to model the poster and photoshop the head of Otis Hayward Sr. (Keith David), the father of OJ and Emerald and a famous movie horse trainer in film history. The poster served as a way to convey Hayward’s importance in “Nope’s” vision of Hollywood history, and a nod to the Western roots that inspired the film’s style.

“It was kind of a throwback,” De Jong said. “Him being this epic, huge, classic Hollywood cowboy working with all the best.”

“Full house”

One of the most memorable scenes from “Nope” is a throwback to Jupe’s time on “Gordy’s Home,” the sitcom that traumatized him and ended his career after the star – the chimpanzee Gordy – went on a rampage after being startled by a bursting balloon. . The brutality of the scene is contrasted by the sitcom’s setting, which De Jong constructed after researching many classic sitcoms, from “Friends” to “Seinfeld.” The classic family-friendly ABC hit “Full House” provided particular inspiration for the set, but based the thick, stuccoed ’90s decor on Florida architecture, where “Gordy’s Home” is ostensibly located. For the chimpanzee attack sitcom footage cut on set, De Jong researches sitcom production to accurately portray the filming equipment and behind-the-scenes areas being viewed.

“I’ve never done television that way, so I had to really study how they do sitcoms,” De Jong says.

mad magazine

During an early scene where Emerald and OJ visit Jupe’s office, the two stumble upon something of a shrine to the former child star’s long career, complete with memorabilia and posters of her various projects. One of the most memorable of these artifacts is a mock issue of the famous satirical magazine Mad Magazine with a cover parodying the ransacking of Gordy’s house. After De Jong and Peele got Mad’s permission to use a cover, they recruited one of the magazine’s original cover artists to design the issue, which features Gordy standing on a coffee table ruining a birthday party, in nod to the fictional episode of the sitcom. in which the attack took place. The team also researched hot topics from 1998, when the sitcom was supposed to air, to find headlines seen on the cover, such as one referencing the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton scandal.

“It was fun to go meta on this with the team, with the art department and the original cover artist. It was wonderful,” says De Jong.

The footage also contains a wink and you’ll miss it for Peele fans, in the form of scissors on Jupe’s desk that are identical to those wielded by Lupita Nyong’o as the villainous double in “Us.”

sky dancers

The film’s climax features a jaw-dropping sequence featuring some of the craziest props imaginable. In order to track the movements of the UFO, which turns off any electronics it comes in contact with, the Hayward siblings and their ally Angel (Brandon Perea) set up multicolored inflatable sky dancers – the kind we sees outside car dealerships – around the valley and turn them on, mapping the UFO’s trajectory in the process.

De Jong used more than 70 sky dancers for the sequence and had his team map the spacing of the dancers around the valley with a computer. Gaffer Adam Chambers and lighting console producer Noah Shain set them up on set and used miles of cables to electronically connect them. To turn them on and off, the team used an iPad to turn the device on and off. Despite some technical problems – including field mice chewing on the cables – De Jong enjoyed creating the dancers almost for the screen. Most of the film’s effects were practical because of the wind blowing when the UFO arrives – according to De Jong, the majority of the wind was stirred up by flying a helicopter instead of the alien.

“It was good to have full control,” says De Jong. “That, for me, grounded it.”

Deep Sea Creatures

While the majority of the film consists entirely of practical effects, the UFO that kicks off the plot was by necessity a CGI creation. Peele and Guillaume Rocheron, the production’s visual effects supervisor, lead the charge of developing the design of “Jean Jacket”, as the UFO is referred to by the main heroes. To help them start the process and find inspiration, De Jong developed a mood board of deep-sea creatures, from giant squids to dark worms, which informed the final design of the true deployed form of the UFO.

“A lot of them do these crazy, flashy things,” De Jong says. “We were like, ‘this stuff exists?’ No one would believe it was real.

Once De Jong developed the mood board, Rocheron and Peele worked with the visual design team to develop Jean Jacket’s final form – a parachute-like mass of white tentacles with a single green square eye. According to De Jong, the visual effects process was lengthy, with the character only being finalized in the weeks leading up to the film’s premiere.

“There was a lot of noodles to get to this point,” says De Jong.

The Ravens still have two players from the 2019 draft class


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the release of cornerback Iman Marshall, the Ravens have just two players remaining in their 2019 eight-man draft class.

Here is a breakdown of those players.

Round 1

Marquise Brown wide receiver

Analysis: The Ravens traded wide receiver Marquise Brown and the 100e pick — third-round, compensatory — in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 23rd overall pick, who turned into center Tyler Linderbaum. In 2021, Brown and tight end Mark Andrews each eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards. It was only the second Ravens tandem to hit the 1,000 yard mark in the same season, joining Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander who accomplished the feat in 1996.

Round 3

Outside Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson

Analysis: Ferguson died in June from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, according to a spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Ferguson looked much leaner and faster in recent voluntary workouts. He had 4.5 sacks over three seasons.

Round 3

Wide Receiver Miles Boykin

Analysis: The Ravens released Boykin after being unable to find a suitable trade partner. Boykin had 33 receptions for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in his three seasons in Baltimore. He signed with the Steelers.

Round 4

Running back Justice Hill

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Analysis: Hill is one of two players still with the draft class team. However, he is trying to come back from a season-ending Achilles and will have to fight to make the roster. Hill has established himself as a key player on special teams.

Round 4

Guard Ben Powers

Analysis: Powers is the other draft-class player still with the team. He has seen action in 13 games (12 starts) at left guard in 2021 and will challenge for a starting position this season. He has appeared in all 16 games (seven starts) in 2020.


Round 4

Cornerback Iman Marshall

Analysis: Marshall has been hampered by injuries throughout his Baltimore career. He has played three career games and had a total of four snaps on defense.

Round 5

Defensive tackle Daylon Mack

Analysis: The Ravens released Mack on August 1, 2020, after an injury-plagued rookie season. Mack appeared in one game – Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns – and was limited to nine snaps. Mack last played for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League.


Round 6

Quarterback Trace McSorley

Analysis: McSorley was removed from the Ravens practice squad by Arizona in November. In three career games with Baltimore, McSorley completed 3 of 10 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

‘Seasons:’ An Exhibit by NHAA Fellow Marianne Stillwagon at Creative Framing Solutions in August

“Show Boat”, a painting by Marianne Stillwagon

MANCHESTER, NH – Paintings by New Hampshire Art Association artist Marianne Stillwagon will be featured in an exhibition titled “Seasons” at Creative Framing Solutions during August.

“My art career started in 1982 when I got my BS in design and worked for many years as a freelance graphic designer,” Stillwagon said.

“Eventually I pursued my first love – painting.”

Stillwagon currently has two studios – one in New Hampshire and one in LowCountry from South Carolina.

“My inspiration for painting is the beauty of the ever-changing landscapes and seasons of both regions,” she said. “Some of my most recent works of the art are skyscapes and abstracts – drawing inspiration from a more spiritual source of input.

stillwagon works of art have been sold in select galleries and boutiques across the United States as well as internationally. She is an exhibiting member of the NH Art Association, Society of Bluffton Artists, Monadnock Are Art Association, Art League of Hilton Head, Washington Area Artisans, and National Association of Woman Artists (National and South Carolina Branches ).

Grace Burr, owner of Creative Framing Solutions, recently moved her boutique from Hanover Street to 410 Chestnut St. Just more a year ago, Burr, a

Indian School Students Wadi Kabir Give Outstanding Performance in CBSE Examination

The jubilant students of Wadi Kabir Indian School have performed extremely well, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements at the school. In grade 12, all 281 students (155 in science and 126 in commerce) who took the exam emerged triumphant. The following students stood out by obtaining respectively the first three positions in the Sciences and Commerce streams:

Viren Haresh Kundnani tops the list of successful candidates among science students with an astonishing score of 97.4%. He obtained the best grades in mathematics (99%) and computer science (99%). Akshaya Ayyappan got second place in the Science stream with 97.2%. It is also the best subject in physics (99%) and English (95%). The third position in the science stream is occupied by Riya Deepak Shinde with 97%. It is also the best subject in biology (99%) and psychology (99%).Mohamad Salman Ali obtained a centum in chemistry. The best in Engineering Graphics is Malcom D Souza with 97%. The first position in IT was shared by Viren Haresh Kundnani, Aadil Krishna Kalandiyil and Richa Thakur with 99%.

In the field of commerce, Rohan Tom Saji came out on top with 95.4%. He got a centum in Accounting and is also the best subject in Economics (97%) and English (95%).
Mirdula Natarajan got the second place in the Commerce section. She earned a centum in business studies and is also the proud leader in economics with 97%.
Alina Susan Mathew took third place in Commerce with 94.6%. Savio Shibu got 99% in Entrepreneurship.

Along with the class 12 CBSE result, the class 10 CBSE result was also declared. With an incredible 08 cents in Science, 03 in Mathematics, and 01 in English Language and Literature, ISWK students have once again proven their academic prowess.

Soundharya Ramkumar tops the list of successful candidates with a stunning performance of 98%. She is followed by Isra Irfankhan Pathan in second place with a total of 97.8% while Aanyaa Nagabhooshan (97.4%) is in third place. The total number of students who sat for the Class X CBSE exam was 359. The school management and principal congratulated all the staff, students and their parents for their great success, dedication and their hard work.

3 sites with HD photos to boost your brand visuals


Best Sites to Download HD Photos for Business

Statistics show that people only memorize 10% of the information they read, while adding an image to text can improve memorization by 65%. This data proves that you can use professional, high-resolution images as a marketing tool to promote your business. Well-chosen visuals effectively illustrate key product specifications and attract more customers to your services. Read this article to learn more about the business benefits of using HD images and learn about the best platforms that offer royalty-free content for your business projects.

What is a high resolution image?

Some images look sharp, while others are pixelated after adding them to the project. File resolution has a direct impact on the clarity and visual appeal of your image.

Digital images can be vectors or rasters, differing in quality. Vector graphics are visuals made up of simple geometric shapes based on mathematical formulas. Simply put, illustrators create vector art from scratch using professional graphics editors. Raster images are visuals captured on cameras and digitized. They consist of pixel grids, where each pixel conveys a specific color.

Vector images always maintain a high quality because you can change the coordinates of the object and the formula recalculates automatically. You can enlarge vector images as much as needed and still see crisp, clean edges. Moreover, the vectors will not lose their quality even after considerable scaling. As with raster images, the number of pixels on the grid has an impact on image quality. Low resolution rasters are pixelated even at minimal zoom. High quality images are at least 300 pixels per inch (PPI). They are ideal for creating online marketing campaigns and printed materials.

Can a company use images from accessible Internet sources?

Newbie brand owners and start-ups can’t always organize professional photoshoots or create high-quality visuals on their own. They frequently use Google to search and download photos and other visual media for free. However, all images on accessible Internet sources are free for commercial use. Internet users may not know under which license a file is published, which leads to copyright infringement if misused.

Most free images on the Internet are commercially licensed, so you cannot use them to promote your products and services without legally acquiring the files from the original source. If you want to exploit an image like this, you must first obtain permission from a copyright holder or attribute the download source, which is not always suitable for businesses. Files must be licensed under Creative Commons to be used for free and without attribution. Generally, you should clarify additional usage details for a particular image to ensure full license compliance.

Where can you find high quality legal images?

Businesses and designers often spend a lot of time finding relevant files to use for legal business promotion. Online stock content marketplaces help simplify the research process and save resources on acquiring visuals. These are platforms where international contributors share their high-quality artwork, while internet users download these licensed files and use them for various projects and tasks.

Most stock content marketplaces offer images under a royalty-free license. This type of license allows you to purchase a file once and use it multiple times without paying additional fees. A royalty-free license is the ideal solution for marketing and design agencies that work with different tasks and need diverse and high-quality images for their websites. Stock content libraries provide their users with explicit license terms where they can review file usage limitations.

Best Stock Photos Sites for Designers to Upload Images for Projects

Various stock websites offer high-resolution images and provide several terms of collaboration and file usage. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular platforms below.

#1 Depositphotos

Depositphotos is a vast content library with over 230 million royalty-free stock photos, vectors, illustrations, clipart, icon sets, sound effects, and videos available on Depositphotos depotphotos.com/stock-photography.html. The platform also offers over 65,000 free files that you can legally use for commercial projects with attribution. Multiple trending collections and themed categories feature visuals categorized by color, mood, topic, and current trends. Additionally, you can sort images by orientation, color, date, contributor, location, and origin using advanced search filters for quick and convenient browsing.


Pixabay offers 2.6 million freely licensed images, including photos, vector graphics, illustrations, videos, and music tracks. You can browse curated image collections on the stock content market to select trending visuals for your business projects. Pixabay provides all files under a royalty-free license. This means you can use them for any purpose, such as marketing, sales and promotions, without attributing the source or paying a subscription. Nevertheless, you can congratulate the authors by donating the desired amount with PayPal.


Alamy is a trusted content marketplace where you can download professional, high-resolution photos. Its extensive library contains over 295 million commercial visuals and is replenished daily with new material. Alamy offers amazing image collections covering various trending visual styles in web design. It allows content creators to find real inspiration to create their projects. You can also browse editorially licensed files that you can use for illustrative purposes in media. Alamy also provides images under rights-managed or royalty-free licenses. When you purchase a file under a rights-managed license, you can only use it for a specific project.


High-quality visuals can be a great marketing tool for businesses trying to convey unique values ​​to their target audience and attract more customers. Due to lack of time and money, start-ups frequently upload free images to Google to implement in their business projects. However, misuse of Free Internet Files may result in copyright infringement. Stock content marketplaces are the easiest and fastest way to find relevant business images. These online platforms offer vast libraries of licensed photos, vectors, and illustrations that you can use for your commercial projects. Also, you can get stock content files completely free of charge.

Graphic & Web Designer – Pedestrian jobs


See the job description and apply for this position at: https://spaceystudios.com.au/careers/graphic-designer-role/


Spacey Studios is looking for a junior designer specializing in graphic design and web design to join their growing design agency based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Established in early 2019, Spacey Studios is a creative design agency specializing in graphic design, web design, brand development and print solutions. Working with a wide range of clients in the retail, education and professional services sectors, this role will expose you to a variety of different projects while bringing you experience in a number of areas.

Although a small team, Spacey Studios aims to take your brand out of this worldthe quality of the projects carried out is therefore of the utmost importance in order to maintain this standard.

This is a temporary part-time position (3 months, 2-3 days a week) initially, with the possibility of extending the contract to a permanent position.

Industry experience is preferred, however, a portfolio of relevant coursework will be accepted if industry experience is limited.

You will work in a diverse coworking space with the Ringwood team, exposing yourself to a wide range of professionals on a daily basis.

Salary to be determined based on skills and experience.

Main tasks / responsibilities

  • Contribute to a range of current and future graphic design and website projects.
  • Work in multiple disciplines, from digital to print formats, including but not limited to brochures, flyers, business materials, website graphics, presentation materials, and advertising graphics.
  • Implementation of cross-platform design on multiple devices (mobile, tablet, desktop).
  • Liaise with Director to generate prototype websites in Figma and fully functional websites in Webflow.
  • Collaborate with designers, developers and vendors to complete tasks.
  • Client interface with briefing, concept design and consultation while producing concise and consistent brand style guidelines and client-tailored warranties.
  • Contribute to internal brand style guides, social media and team digital presence.
  • Do your best at all times to advance the interests of the agency and its clients, ensuring the correct use of all project management software (also used to track, monitor and communicate all work) and using version control on all files and drafts according to Spacey Studios processes.


  • Advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Familiarity with HTML/CSS and web standards.
  • Familiarity with Figma and Webflow website software.
  • Proficiency in print and digital design.
  • Excellent communication skills. Will require the ability to converse with team and clients to communicate ideas, measure own performance, convey justifications and distill feedback.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently, in the office or remotely, be proactive to meet Spacey Studios work ethic and deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to think creatively and logically.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Higher education in design, graphic design or a related field. Preferred, but not essential.
  • A diverse portfolio of work submitted with the application will be favored.

How to register

Please submit your application online and be sure to include your CV and portfolio. We would love to see various examples of your work, so if possible, please share at least one example of branding, web design, and graphic design.

Apply at: https://spaceystudios.com.au/careers/graphic-designer-role/

Applications close August 5, 2022. Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents only.

Raiders coaching staff: Head Coach Josh McDaniels


After previewing all the Las Vegas Raiders opponents for the 2022 season, we shift gears and take a look at the coaching staff for silver and black.

We end the series with a look at the man who leads everyone, head coach Josh McDaniels.

Head Coach Josh McDaniels

Obviously, we here at Sports Illustrated’s Raider Maven took a long time to talk about head coach Josh McDaniels.

Let’s take a quick look at McDaniels coaching career.

Getting into her 22n/a season in the NFL, his position as head coach with the Raiders marks his second time as a head coach. He previously served as the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2010. He had an 11-17 record, getting fired in his second season in charge of the Broncos after 12 games.

He spent most of his coaching career, 18 years to be exact, with the New England Patriots. 13 of them considered him the offensive coordinator.

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McDaniels also spent a single season as the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2011.

His Patriots resume is absolutely ridiculous. In 13 seasons, McDaniels guided the offense to the top 10 eight times, including the NFL’s peak in 2007, 2012 and 2017. The offense scored more than 400 points in 11 seasons and had 10 or more wins during 12 seasons.

McDaniels won six Super Bowl championships, 14 division titles and eight conference crowns with the Patriots.

The new Silver and Black frontman made it clear that the first thing he wanted to do in Las Vegas earlier in the offseason was when he addressed the media at the annual NFL owners meeting.

“We’re going to create our own culture and the culture will be determined by the players, the people in the building, the standard that Mr. Davis has set and the responsibility that we all have towards it,” McDaniels said. “We’re excited to be working on this. It’s a process, but we have a lot of great people in the building, starting with people who were there long before I arrived. I’m really excited to join this culture, and then try to deepen it as you go.”

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Cole Bennett on Yeat’s “Rich Minion”, “Minions: The Rise of Gru”, Diddy

Cole Bennett spent the first half of this year living out some of his biggest dreams: meeting and spending time with one of his heroes, Love fka Didipulling on a new video with Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry and JID, and drawing more than 90,000 people to Chicago’s West Side for the 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, a festival he co-founded. Now on the heels of the movie Illumination Minions: The Rise of Gru, the 26-year-old can add another achievement to his list: helping create viral success.

Two years ago, Illumination reached out to Bennett to handle the film’s trailer and exclusive merchandise, originally slated for July 4, 2021. But the pandemic caused The Rise of Gru be pushed back a full year, although it is already over. Ahead of its release earlier this month, Bennett decided to take a risk.

Initially, he had several other artists in mind to create a theme for the trailer – ones that more closely match the “PG” rating of Minions, the prequel and the fifth part of the Despicable Me franchise. But during a Zoom meeting with Illumination, Bennett came up with the idea of ​​including Portland, Oregon-born rapper Yeat, who was already on fanger with sound hypercharged viral hit “Sorry Bout That”. The gamble paid off, resulting in the viral video generating TikTok”rich minionproduced by Bennett’s longtime friend and Chicago producer, Lotto fka Mulatto Beats.

“We have had [a] person ready to go and [Illumination] were about to lock it down,” Bennett says of the process. “And [Illumination and I] are on a Zoom call, and I was like, ‘Guys, wait! I have an idea and it’s weird. There’s this artist, his name is Yeat, and his whole catalog, so far, is about things that don’t really fit your narrative, like drugs, money, things like that. I think he’s the perfect person for that. They looked at me like, ‘After what you just prefaced, I don’t think we can do anything like that.’ But I [said], ‘I’ll send you some of his stuff. I really believe in him, and I think there’s a crossover here. How unexpected it is and how it can break down barriers is very important.

“Rich Minion” embodies the greed and lust for power that Gru himself displays throughout Despicable Me while accommodating the carefree, fun, but borderline maniacal nature of the adorable Minions. For Bennett, being part of such a revolutionary franchise is a major step towards his ultimate goal of making full-fledged films. I caught up with Bennett as he took a break from filming a new music video and traveled across Europe, to address all of this and some of the challenges he was facing – including the pushback from concerned Chicagoans by Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash interfering with June 19 festivities in the area, and then facing a storm that nearly destroyed the festival.

How did you all manage to get Yeat on board for the trailer?
You know, [Yeat] grew up watching Minions, he’s a good candidate. So we got that approved, which is crazy. And we just started moving forward with that.

Can you explain how this happened?
We’re actually on set for the “Popping” video. [from Yeat’s 2022 album, 2 Alive]. While all of this is going on, I’ve talked to Yeat about it and I just hope he’s up for it. So of course he was in it. I caught my friend, who I’ve been friends with for 10 years now, Lotto [f.k.a.] Mulatto Beats, which has so much history in Chicago and is so an icon in many ways. I said to him, “I want you to produce this song. I want you to start working on a minions, Yeat-like beat. And he whipped him. And there was all the local voices in there and everything. I sent it to Yeat and he loved it.

A few weeks pass and, like, I still don’t have the song. Enlightenment people hit me like, “Hey, like, where’s that song?” And I’m like, “I don’t know, I didn’t really follow up with him. But I know he’s excited about it. We’re coming up to the deadline, so I hit Yeat. Keep in mind he’s on tour at the time. I said, “Hey, if we don’t get the song by tomorrow morning, we have to go a different direction.” He sends me the song an hour later. He recorded it in his hotel room. I just listened to it, and I was like “Oh, my God, like, that’s it, that’s perfect!” I sent it to [Illumination]they loved it, and the rest was history.

How was merchandising born?
Once the trailer was locked, I thought, “What else can we do to get creative with this moment?” So obviously, the merchandise was a no-brainer. And they were super excited about it and worked with our in-house graphic designer, Daniel, who is from Australia and was in America for the first time, the whole month of June. He designed many of his graphics; it’s really cool for him to see it in person. I love seeing my friends win.

What does it mean to you to be part of Despicable Me franchise when you consider his history of working with artists like Pharrell and Tyler, the Creator?
To even think that we’re just a tiny piece of it – it’s the craziest honor and it’s so surreal. The fact that this translated into ticket sales is truly amazing to me. The fact that the trending, the meme or whatever you want to call it is included, buying a ticket for the movie and going to watch it made me so happy because there’s a whole other conversation attached to that.

Cole Bennett in his Minions jacket at Lyrical Lemonade.

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Speaking of which, what was your reaction when you saw the social media trend of young men and teens coming to the movies to see Minions in full costume and go crazy?
It was crazy for me! I saw it happen. I think the craziest time for me was when I was at lunch. And I’m sitting outside, and there’s a movie theater next door. I see 10 kids walking through the movie theater with costumes. When you see something in real life, like an online trend or a meme or anything that seems to be going viral, it looks completely different like, “Oh, this surreal thing is really happening.”

At this year’s Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, the wind destroyed much of the stage and setup. How did you fix that?
I think it was our smoothest yet despite the craziest things going on. When I was able to put all of that aside – the fact that some things aren’t as we expected – and just be thankful that it was happening… once I used this mode, I was so happy. I didn’t even think about the lows we had been through.

Among the many unprecedented challenges the festival experienced, there were members of the neighborhood who feared that it was held on June 19, that it would possibly interfere with other celebrations in the area. how did you handle it backlash?
It’s a very valid argument. With everything I do, whenever I feel there might be any kind of tension with what I’m doing, it doesn’t affect me too much because I know my truth. And I know what I’m here to do. I am in full understanding [about the backlash].

I just want to bring people together to have a good time. And I think that thanks to the festival, we are able to do that. We bring [North Lawndale] lots of money and different things that I think really help get the community moving, and we want to do whatever we can to keep helping. And I think we’re doing a good job of showing our efforts there, and we’re always open to hearing different ways we could do more and be just as much of a force to move everything in a better direction.

How did you end up hanging out with Puffy lately? What was the experience for you?
Puff, he hit me up on Instagram and said, “What’s your number? ” I give it to him. I had just got back from Hawaii and was supposed to be going back to Chicago the next morning, and I was in Los Angeles. of everything that’s going on. It’s an honor to be on the phone with you. And he’s starting to recall things from the past few years, and he felt like he was really being put to work, he wasn’t just saying that.

He says, “I just wanted to remind you of a ton of things, and if any of them gauge your interest, I’d love to do something together.” He started going through ideas and I’m ringing ideas too, and I’m excited. Then he’s like, “When are you in LA?” I tell him I’m here now, but I’m leaving for Chicago tomorrow morning. He said, “I don’t want to put Puffy’s pressure on you, but I have to postpone this flight.” Come to my house, we’re going to have dinner. I’ll take you to the Chappelle show [and] you will meet Dave and all the guys. I’m like, “Oh, yeah, push back my flight!”

I go to his house the next day and he was just the coolest guy. I could tell when someone was genuine and there was no motive; he just wanted to do stuff together. But he was very genuine when he said, “If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. And I completely understand.

I didn’t end up going to Chappelle’s show because I had my flight that night, but we had dinner and he was playing all kinds of old music, from old Puff to old Biggie. I posted a video on Instagram. You can’t hear what he’s saying, but it’s this video of us walking home and he grabbed me by the shoulder. And he’s like, “Man, it’s crazy when I look at you, we’re the same person.” And that’s what he said. He said “You’re the White Puff!” I was like, “Wow, that’s crazy!”

What was your favorite part of working on the trailer for Minions?
The coolest part for me was my friend, Devin, who produced the beat. Giving her this moment – you don’t even understand how good that makes me feel. For him to be part of it, and for people to recognize his work, his talents and his skills, someone who has amazed me so much for so long, as a friend, someone I could look up to in different ways, seeing him have that moment was the coolest thing. This moment could be, like, the greatest version of what I’ve ever experienced in my career, you know? So I would say out of all of that, that’s the coolest thing for me. It’s such a beautiful feeling.

Advocates call for restrictions on ‘predatory’ payday loans | Local News

Local nonprofit advocates plan to ask the Mankato City Council to impose interest rate caps on what they call “predatory” payday lenders.

Payday loans, which are typically $500 or less, give borrowers quick cash to pay off in full at a high interest rate on their next paycheck. Critics say the loans target people in dire straits, luring borrowers into ‘debt spirals’ they are unable to repay, while companies offering them have claimed they are loans short-term for people with otherwise limited credit options.

After gaining little ground on a statewide cap with the Minnesota Legislature, attorneys held a briefing on Wednesday to outline what a city ordinance regulating the industry in Mankato might look like. .

Minnesotans for Fair Lending, Minnesota Council of Churches Mankato Refugee Services Office, United Way of Greater Mankato Area and Exodus Lending partnered with the event at Shared Spaces. Exodus Lending is a non-profit organization that helps pay off people’s payday loan debt.

Lead presenter Sophia Hoiseth, a community engagement specialist at Refugee Services and Fair Lending’s Mankato organizer, said the issue needed a “champion” on Mankato City Council.

“It would be really exciting for Mankato to be some kind of state leader on this,” she said. “And it’s close at hand; It’s entirely possible.”

A draft order provided no more than a 33% interest rate on payday loans. The average annual interest rate on payday loans in Blue Earth County in 2021 was 294%, according to data shared at the event.

People would also be limited to two loans of up to $1,000 per calendar year under the order, with a minimum repayment period of 60 days. Blue Earth County borrowers took out 14 loans averaging $355 in 2021, according to figures provided at the meeting.

Blue Earth County is said to have the third highest rate of payday loans issued per capita in Minnesota. Payday America in Mankato is the only current payday loan company in Blue Earth County.

Mankato would have a precedent to work on if the elect were to pursue an order. The city could model its ordinance on what Moorhead passed in 2021, Hoiseth said, and licensing requirements for lenders could resemble those for tobacco and liquor sellers.

Heidi Durand worked on and supported the ordinance as a member of Moorhead Town Council. Now a municipal policy specialist with Minnesotans for Fair Lending, she offered advice to Mankato advocates at Wednesday’s meeting.

“I think it just needs to be clarified very, very early on that no one is forcing anyone to leave or close their doors,” she said. “We just ask to follow a few simple requirements.”

Before Moorhead’s order capping interest rates at 33% came into effect, a Moorhead payday lender told MPR News it would be nearly impossible to run the business.

While Minnesota isn’t among them, 18 other states have banned or capped payday loans. The lack of progress among state lawmakers prompted Minnesotans for Fair Lending to pursue a city-to-city model.

In the Legislative Assembly, people working on the issue have come up against a “mythology that payday lending or predatory lending is an urban poor problem,” said Fair Lending for Justice organizer Meghan Olsen Biebighauser. economic.

“We sometimes had a hard time imposing ourselves with lawmakers who weren’t in Minneapolis or St. Paul proper,” she said. “And we just know from the data we have from the Department of Commerce that it affects communities in Greater Minnesota just as much and often more than urban centers.”

After an event focused on disseminating information, Hoiseth said she was confident it would spark enough interest in the issue to produce results in Mankato.

“It’s something we can and will do,” she said. “It’s just about making sure the right people hear the right information.

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Experts urge avoiding payday loans

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – As we see the highest inflation in four decades, you’re trying to stretch your budgets, but financial experts are encouraging any option to help pay the bills except a payday loan.

A payday loan might sound great because it’s basically instant cash when you need it, but with an average interest rate of 391%, that quick cash can take you down a heavy debt road.

For comparison, APRs on credit cards can range from around 12% to around 30%. If the loan is not repaid in full on the first payday, a fee is added and the cycle repeats.

So, within a few months, borrowers may end up owing more interest than the original loan amount.

“So you can really end up in a cycle of debt because there’s so much to pay back,” said Andy Mattingly of Forum Credit Union. “Then you constantly borrow every week or every two weeks. So you can just step into that cycle, and you can’t walk away from it.

Payday loans are generally short-term, high-interest loans that are usually due on your next payday. Experts say these should be your absolute last resort and even personal loans are a better decision.

Personal loans work for certain emergencies, like a car repair that costs a few thousand dollars. With personal loans, you may have 12 to 24 months to repay. Consider going through a credit union for low interest loans.

Or consider offering a side hustle or temporary second job. Every little bit counts when trying to manage your money and increase your income.

“There is a real problem that needs to be fixed and this extra income for two months, one month can actually solve that problem,” said Peter Dunn, CEO of Your MoneyLine.

To be proactive, try to keep your expenses to a minimum right now, especially if your budget is already quite tight. You might be tempted to make these impulse purchases at retail stores with decent deals on clothes and furniture. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.

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Global User Interface (UI) Design Market Key Players and Trends Analysis Report 2022-2028 – This is Ardee


The Global User Interface (UI) Design Market Report by MarketsandResearch.biz is a research study planned to focus on all major marketing factors propelling the growth of the market. The research report on User Interface (UI) Design market is prepared keeping in mind geographical and segmental sections of the market. The report includes all the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the market as well as SWOT analysis, PESTEL analysis and the five analyzes of PORTER. In addition to this, the report also covers market size, growth rates, market estimates and value forecast over the forecast period (2022-2028) and thus gives you a comprehensive view of the design market user interface (UI). The study on the User Interface (UI) Design market also includes a descriptive study of the market restraints, drivers, challenges, opportunities, competitive landscape, and technological advancements along with various micro and macro affecting market dynamics.

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The Global User Interface (UI) Design Market report contains the product type segment including

  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Interaction Design (ID)
  • Visual and graphic design

The Global User Interface (UI) Design Market report contains the application segment including

  • Software and app
  • Web page
  • Game
  • TV interfaces
  • Other

Based on the geographical analysis, the User Interface (UI) Design business is categorized at the country level:

  • North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

Global User Interface (UI) Design Market Traders and Investors Include:

  • Steelkiwi
  • Intellectsoft
  • XB software
  • Toptal
  • Rossul
  • ChopDawg Studios
  • WebiMax
  • Smart Sites
  • Dribble
  • BKKR
  • Brilliant
  • Cactus
  • Canvasunited
  • chetu
  • IMOBDEV Technologies
  • iTechArt
  • info gain
  • six and flow
  • Omnicom Group
  • Thanks to the media
  • Bethel Web Design Company
  • Creasant Digital
  • Approval
  • Tiix
  • Romexsoft
  • Mobisoft
  • blue text
  • Excelsior Technologies
  • Q-zone
  • Apex vision software

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Charles Johnson dies at 50


Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson has died at age 50, according to CBS 17 of North Carolina and confirmed by Johnson’s former teammates. The cause of death is still unknown.

Johnson was drafted 17th overall by the Steelers in 1994. He spent five years in Pittsburgh, recording 247 catches for 3,400 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Johnson also played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999 to 2000, the New England Patriots in 2001 and the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He then broke into the coaching ranks and was currently assistant athletic director at Heritage High School, according to CBS.

Our thoughts are with Johnson’s family and friends.

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KWC develops graphic design, animation programs | Community

Kentucky Wesleyan College’s Graphic Design and Animation programs are expanding to offer more courses and sprucing up some of the courses previously offered.

Heather Logsdon, president of KWC’s humanities division, said she’s thrilled the department is expanding to offer courses for animation majors.

“We had animation classes as part of the graphic design program, but now there will be several classes dedicated to animation,” she said.

With plans to further expand the department, Logsdon said a lot of “big things” will happen.

“Graphic design is where the money is at the moment, but animation is increasingly in demand as most studios have moved from traditional hand-drawn graphics to more digital designs,” said she declared.

KWC houses a Mac Lab with more than 20 new 27-inch iMacs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, Blendr and Mya programs, as well as several 3D printers.

Shea Stanley, assistant professor of graphic design and KWC’s newest addition to the department, said the attraction of visual arts from outside the department was a draw for him.

“What I found surprising when I first started teaching as an auxiliary at KWC was how many non-arts majors were taking art classes,” he said. “This willingness of students to step out of their comfort zone and take on the challenge of trying something different, in this case visual arts, can have a huge impact.”

Stanley has been a graphic designer and illustrator for over 25 years and has said his biggest influence on the career path has been animation.

“As a child, I was captivated by classic Disney animation and Warner Brothers Looney Tunes,” he said. “I was captivated by the process, and that’s what drew me into my love for drawing, and later my obsession with art and the creative process.”

Logsdon, who became president in 2019 after working as an adjunct professor from 2010, said growing this program was something she had been working on for years.

“When I started as an assistant in 2010, graphic design was only offered for about a semester,” she said. “It was mostly traditional instructors who applied for the jobs. I was a graphic designer and it was always my goal to put the courses online.

Stanley said he thinks KWC, and Logsdon in particular, have done a great job of creating and maintaining enthusiasm for the visual arts program.

“From my experience at other schools, there’s definitely a desire for more of these types of courses,” he said. “Animation continues to grow as a medium for telling stories of all types. It’s not just a ‘kids’ medium. There are a lot of artists using this medium to tell complex stories, captivating and deeply personal.

Logsdon said that while her main goal is to expand the animation program, she has smaller goals along the way. One of them is offering a 3D modeling and printing course starting this fall.

“This program is ideal for 2D artists who want to develop in 3D,” she said. “I want to marry the two together, and I think students will be excited about this course.”

Stanley said adding a new 3D printing and modeling course would only strengthen student preparation within the program.

“As an art form, animation has moved beyond the cynical view that it’s just a thing created to ‘sell toys to kids,'” Stanley said. “Now we can give our students the tools to tell their own stories at a professional level because we use industry-standard software in our courses. By adding a 3D modeling and printing course, we are introducing rapidly evolving technology that is creating a whole new career path for artists.

Logsdon said she hopes the new animation courses get approved because she thinks animation is something that speaks to everyone.

“Animation has a visual impact on an international audience,” she said. “Everyone, young or old, can benefit from it, from Pixar and Disney to commercials and website designs. It’s inclusive.

The courses would enable students to use creative thinking while learning technical skills used in industry.

“They will work on hands-on projects right away, during the first week,” Logsdon said. “We would take what’s normally in a book and do it all in a week and have fun doing it.”

Stanley said the department wants to continue to educate prospective and current students about the quality of the department and the educational experience provided by KWC.

“As we grow and expand the art program, we plan to provide educational opportunities that few schools in the state and surrounding areas offer,” he said. “Our graphic design program has received many accolades. We must also continually rethink the idea of ​​teaching the “visual arts” at the college level and continue to integrate new and evolving technologies into our program offerings.

KWC’s graphic design program was recently recognized by Animation Career Review.

“Our curriculum is rigorous and our graduates have a high employment rate,” Logsdon said. “Graduates have gained proficiency in industry operational skills, business operational skills and effective customer communication.”

Stanley said the department wants to continue to educate prospective and current students about the quality of the department and the educational experience provided by KWC.

“As we grow and expand the art program, we plan to provide educational opportunities that few schools in the state and surrounding areas offer,” he said.

Stanley said he looks forward to the opportunity to provide students with a more up-to-date view of what a career in art can be like.

“There has long been the stereotype that the only career leading to an arts degree is that of a ‘starving artist,’” Stanley said. “That’s just not the case anymore. Just by looking at the world around us, we are surrounded by art and design every day. Whether it’s animation, video game design, filmmaking, fashion, web design, and even food packaging design in the grocery aisle. »

Tampa students shine a light on anti-Semitism with new art exhibit

TAMPA, FL – A student art exhibit at the Tampa Municipal Office Building in downtown Tampa is about more than just pretty paintings.

The exhibition, “Shine a Light” organized by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation encouraged students to use art to raise awareness of anti-Semitism and to empower people to oppose hatred of Jewish people through the power of art.

The exhibit comes just a month after anti-Semitic flyers were distributed in three Tampa neighborhoods.

“We were curious to see what these remarkable students would do if we challenged them to help combat anti-Semitism through art,” said Jeffrey Berger, president of the Tampa JCCs & Federation. “As you can see from the inspirational and inspirational artwork on display here, our students rose to the challenge. They did not disappoint. We thank and applaud all of our contest entrants for their thoughtful and creative submissions, and congratulate the winners for their valuable contributions.”

Mayor Jane Castor served as an honorary judge alongside a panel of educators, artists and community volunteers.

“We have to learn the lessons of history,” Castor said. “Even in 2022, synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and Jews have been attacked. Community projects like Shine A Light help raise awareness of the human cost of anti-Semitism.”

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The winning pieces were selected based on artistic expression, style, message conveyed by the work, emotional depth represented, originality and creativity.

In March, students in grades 4-12 were invited to submit two-dimensional artwork, along with a written description of their work, for the “Shine A Light” competition. Artwork included computer graphics, charcoal, pencil, lithography, pastels, oils, acrylics, mixed media and more.

Enrollment was divided into a junior division which included students in grades four through seven and a senior division made up of students in grades eight through twelfth.

The winning pieces were selected based on artistic expression, style, message conveyed by the work, emotional depth represented, originality and creativity.

Ten prizes in each division were awarded. First place won $1,000, second place won $500, and third place won $300. Seven students from each division received honorable mentions, winning a $100 prize.

Click on here to view the artwork and winners.

Visitors can view the exhibit as a tabletop display in the lobby of the Tampa Municipal Office Building, TMOB Lobby, 306 E. Jackson St., through August 8. Then the exhibit will move to Tampa International Airport for the fall.

See related: Hundreds of anti-Semitic flyers delivered to South Tampa homes

3D Web Design Services Market Size and Analysis by 2022-2029 -3D Web Vision, Neumatic, Human, Atlasiko, NBY IT Solution, Nitesh Mittal, Provis Media Group, Mason Digital, Luci Creative, Pixerio Solutions, Vrinsoft, QA Graphics, Unilimes, Stereography Group, 3D Modeling


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Fact Check-Widely-viewed picture is a computer generated illustration of Antarctica as it appears from space


Social media users are sharing an image of what appears to be a large polar ice cap and claiming it shows Antarctica as seen from space.

A version with more than 130,000 likes is visible (here) and other versions can be viewed (here) and (here).

The image has prompted other users on social media to suggest that the image proves climate change is a hoax, both because it shows what appears to be a large amount of ice cover and because the image does not look like an authentic photograph taken from space. One user commented: ‘Don’t see a melting ice cap there, lots of ice. Global warming? Nope” (here), and another said, “Doesn’t seem like it’s melting for me like some reports say” (here).

Another commented: “Looks pretty fake to me the way the edges are. Lots of fine detail that is repetitive and areas where there is no detail” (here).

The image is a computer-generated illustration produced by NASA using data from several types of Earth observation satellites and can be viewed on NASA’s Science Visualization Studio website (here).

NASA created the image to show the extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica, and based it on data from September 2005, when ice in the Northern Hemisphere would have been at its peak. minimum and Antarctic ice cover would be at its maximum.

The image circulating on social media appears to be the second illustration (here), rotated and cropped.


Fake. The image is not a single photograph of Antarctica as seen from space, but rather a computer-generated illustration based on satellite data.

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The story of Tabas is the story of a local icon – Mainline Media News

You never know what will happen once you submit an opinion piece and it gets published. Some time ago I wrote about Ukraine and my family history, mentioning my maternal grandfather who fled Ukraine over 100 years ago.

After the MAIN LINE TIMES published this article, Lee Tabas of the Royal Bank family sent me two wonderful books. One was his grandfather’s memoir, “MULKE – A Reminiscence,” and the other was a large, high-quality book with dozens of photos included, all about Lee’s father, Daniel Tabas.

A professional journalist named Peter Davidson had been commissioned to write Dan Tabas’s life story, and one of Lee’s sisters, Susan Tabas Tepper, had served as editorial director. Graphic designer Louis La Palombara III designed Dan Tabas’ book.

The slim volume, the memoirs of Lee Tabas’ grandfather, Samuel Tabas, began near Byalistock in Russia, but took him to the Statue of Liberty and New York. By train, they arrived in Philadelphia, and much of the story of Samuel Tabas can be found there. But he also fell in love with Atlantic City, and much of the family history is rooted in Atlantic City.

In fact, from the balcony of my flat in Ventnor, I have a great view of the big white house on the promenade which is the Tabas mansion. It is built with the same white bricks that were used to build the Royal Bank headquarters in Narberth. And there are many statues of children on the property, as the Tabases were patrons of the sculptor they met in Palm Beach.

A strong work ethic runs through the grandfather’s memoir, as well as the legend of Dan Tabas. The grandfather is photographed with elected officials and even with Eleanor Roosevelt at his daughter’s house. The family scrap business survived even the Depression.

But the book “Shtarker” about Dan Tabas – and “Shtarker” means a mover and a shaker – contains dozens of photos of Tabas, his six children, his show business friends like Mickey Rooney and countless national figures. and all over the world. . I suspect that Lee and Susan spent countless hours going through boxes and boxes of photos to select which ones eventually appeared in Dan Tabas’s biography.

I remember attending Dan Tabas’s funeral at Temple Adath Israel, and it took almost two hours to walk through the line to greet family members and pay respects to the man who created the Downingtown Inn, the branches of the Royal Bank and so many other businesses.

The cover photo of Dan Tabas’s biography shows him wearing his favorite cowboy hat when he became the Loan Ranger character representing the Royal Bank.

In many ways, Dan Tabas’ life story is a business story in Philadelphia. Photos include presidents, senators, Hollywood and TV stars, artists and other business figures. It’s a treat to look at all the photos while reading the story of a remarkable man and his family.

Many charities have received funds from the Tabas Family Foundation, here and abroad. The name Tabas is also legendary in Israel. I had no idea that Tabas gave his philanthropy to so many charities, hospitals, schools, and charities.

I was unable to contact Lee Tabas or Susan Tabas Tepper before writing this column; I wanted to ask them how they managed to get books of such quality published and where they were printed. The grandfather was barely 80 years old when he released his memoirs. I don’t know if Dan Tabas was still alive when his biography was being done, but his children certainly saw to it that he became the legendary figure he really was.

Next time you visit the Hilton on City Avenue, remember it was originally the Twelve Caesars Hotel in Tabas. And Lower Merion is probably still the home base of the Tabas.

Bonnie Squires is a communications consultant who writes weekly for Main Line Media News and can be reached at www.bonniesquires.com. She hosts the TV show “Bonnie’s Beat” at MLTV- MAIN LINE

Steam Deck helped me get to low settings

Depending on what you play and the titles in your library, the Steam Deck is either the future of portable gaming or an expensive brick that can barely run many games promoted as verified. Or you might fall somewhere in the middle as someone who just wants to play Steam games away from home on a laptop that doesn’t look like it was made by edgelords. Gaming laptops are just too cool to exist, which is why companies are required by law to add glowing dragon and poop logos.

After spending a few weeks with the Steam Deck – including while traveling – I can confidently tell you that the Steam Deck…is fine. It is not bad at all ! I found myself picking it up and playing it more than I thought I would. And while it’s heavy, the system is surprisingly comfortable if you have armrests or Popeye-like muscles. The screen is good. There are video games available that I’ve spent almost two decades buying. This is a Steam Deck.


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A lot of complaints about the Steam Deck center around the fact that it’s not a particularly fast computer. Or rather, not a particularly fast gaming computer. Valve may have overstated its compatibility. Some older games play like crap. Some newer games look like crap. Even verified games can take hours of effort to figure out. For example, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is incredibly weird to play on the Deck. Looks like the Steam Deck and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion don’t know why anyone would want to play Elder Scrolls: Oblivion on a Steam Deck.

That said, there’s something oddly charming about the quirkiness of the Steam Deck. Unlike playing on a traditional console, you can fiddle with the settings and dive into the guts of a game to make it work. There’s a charm to seeing that the Street Fighter Collection isn’t compatible with the device and trying it out anyway – only to find it only works by inexplicably lowering the games resolution.

It also helped me enjoy playing a game on low settings. This is not a joke. It’s quite nice.

One of the first games I loaded onto the Steam Deck was The Quarry. I had already read that the game ran terribly on the Steam Deck, which only made me more curious. I felt that if I could just tweak a setting or fix a little thing, it would miraculously work as well as it did on a PS5.

Obviously, I was wrong. Reducing The Quarry to even the lowest settings makes it a mixed bag at best. Some scenes run at smooth frame rates of 30 frames per second. Some scenes look like a slideshow. But at the very least, messing with the settings and trying to turn off different elements (as well as toggling between two resolution options) only pulled in a few more frames.

And I like it.

Quarry works best on my personal gaming computer. It looks a thousand times better. It sounds better. It plays better. Quick Time events are not missed due to choppy camera work. Environments are easier to read for objects and clues. The characters do not forget to move their mouths from time to time when they speak. But I still played The Quarry a lot more on the Steam Deck than at home.

Nor is it because I have travelled. Damn, I hate traveling. I barely do. But part of what made the Nintendo Switch work for me was its grip quality. It’s on your coffee table. You don’t need to change your HDMI settings. You don’t need to turn on the soundbar. You can just put it in your hands and it’s already powered up. The Steam Deck has the same quality.

Of course, like the Nintendo Switch, that means nearly every triple-A title is compromised in some form. But it’s just easier to pick up and turn on a sleeping Steam Deck than to go to my office/bedroom/storage unit and turn on a computer. It’s a stupid distinction. We’re talking about a five-metre difference in step. Laziness wins.

There’s a charm to games running as simply as possible. I was pleased that The Quarry was more playable than some had complained. The fact that it sometimes worked weirdly added charm to it – like me and the Steam Deck were both doing our best to get through a 2022 next-gen game without worrying about ray tracing or hitting 60 frames per second at 4K, it becomes… a game. Within hours, I forgot I was playing on settings made for a 1997 Gateway Computer. I was just playing.

The same goes for Cyberpunk 2077. First of all, it runs much better on the Steam Deck than it’s entitled to; it also happens to look exactly like it works on a laptop. But somehow it also made me more willing to move on. When I knew my best possible options for graphics were bad, I didn’t have to worry that I was experiencing the game “badly”. Because I knew I was experiencing the game in a less than optimal situation, so – damn it – might as well enjoy the game.

Maybe that weird relief comes from an anxiety around the newest and the best. Like many dumb industries, this dumb industry is driven by money and hype. If you’re not playing the hottest new game on the hottest new console (or with the hottest new graphics card), you’re not playing as expected. Hell, we all obsessively watch chart comparison videos to make sure we get the right version of the game.

Which is logical! If you’re putting $60 or $70 or fucking $80 for a deluxe edition of a game that doesn’t really tell you what’s deluxe about it, you want it to be the best value- price. I’ve made buying decisions from chart comparison videos because I’m allergic to making up my own mind before getting permission from strangers.

But I find I get more for my money when I can just pick up my gaming PC and play anywhere and anytime. Without the pressure to enjoy the game “the right way”, I am ironically able to enjoy the game. What I know is stupid, but I can’t control how my brain does this shit.

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Fox dropped graphics on the 9/11 Memorial during the Yankees-Red Sox game


If you were alive during the events of September 11, 2001, you are well aware of the significance of the grounds where the Twin Towers once stood. And frankly, even if you were born after, you are almost certainly aware of the reverence this site deserves.

It turns out, however, that not everyone sees the 9/11 memorial and thinks of it as “sacred ground.” At least one person from Fox saw it and thought the memorial pools were the perfect empty canvas to lay down graphics during the Baseball Night in America game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

And oh boy, did people notice.

Pools where MLB team logos have been superimposed are known as Reflect on the absence, two cascading pools surrounded by bronze parapets that list the names of victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Anyone who has visited the site knows the feeling of reverence and reverence that they evoke.

Now, it stands to reason that this wasn’t a deliberate mockery of the 9/11 memorial, but rather a stupid mistake on the part of someone who didn’t put two and two together. At least we can hope. While many wondered “what’s wrong with Fox?” it’s pretty hard to imagine that they of all companies would want to disrespect this site.

Yet even as a mistake or bad decision, it’s extremely bad to do, and the reactions were quick and harsh.

We’ll have to wait and see if Fox issues a statement or apology for the nasty placement of the graphics and will update accordingly when they do.

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Former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Irina Shayk Denies Supporting Russian Invasion of Ukraine


Sometimes a salad is just a salad. It’s true. And sometimes a salad is used as a sneaky way to support the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The question is, what was former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Irina Shayk’s intention when she shared a photo of a salad?

The salad itself is not the problem. Some are wondering about the spelling of the caption for the photo she recently shared on her Instagram story. The caption read: “Russianzz Wednesday”.

Instagram Image/Story of Irina Shayk

The Russian model’s use of the letter “Z” in the caption raised some eyebrows. The letter was painted on Russian military vehicles during the war in Ukraine and was used by those who support the Russian military.

She says she had no political message included with her salad

So, is the beautiful Irina Shayk showing her support for the Russian invasion? Or the Russian army? According to the 36-year-old, the answer is no. She had no political message included with her salad.

Shayk deleted the photo of the salad, then posted a message in hopes of clearing up any misunderstandings. Her post reads, “Sometimes a salad is just a salad.”

The message continues: “I promise: no coded messages or political commentary here. Wishing everyone like it.

Instagram Image/Story of Irina Shayk

Is Shayk telling the truth here? Didn’t she know that the letter “Z” was used to show support for Russia? I couldn’t tell you. I tend to believe that was an honest mistake.

It would probably be almost impossible for her not to be aware of the use of the letter, I know that. But I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Is it because she looks good in a bikini? Not entirely. I’ll admit that might play a small role in my decision to ignore this, or at least give it a second chance.

Fortunately, such things are not for me to decide. I’ve put both sides on the table, I’ve given you a taste of this twisted mind, but ultimately it’s up to you where you land on this one.

I will leave with a reminder of some of his work. Take it or leave it.

Mural Fest: Trout leap off the wall in Caledonia as mural takes center stage | Lifestyles

CALEDONIA – Schools of trout are leaping off the walls at 3103 Main St. in the village.

Muralist Tim Parsley’s creation was unveiled on Saturday as part of the LivCo Walls Mural Festival. Parsley, of Fort Wayne, Ind., is one of 10 international artists painting large-scale murals in each of Livingston County’s nine villages during the month of July.

“For here trout was a given given the history of Caledonia with the hatchery and the streams and I do a lot of the murals that involve wildlife or natural resources that have always been here and fit well with this town,” Parsley said. .

The festivals continue on July 16 at Livonia at 1 p.m., Leicester at 3 p.m. and Geneseo at 5 p.m. Then on July 23 at Mount Morris at 1 p.m., Nunda at 3 p.m. and Dansville at 5 p.m.

Caledonia is home to the oldest fish hatchery in New York State and the Western Hemisphere. The hatchery was established in 1864 by Seth Green, who was known for creating a sustainably managed network of streams and rivers that would give people access to healthy, local food. His fish propagation techniques put Western New York on the map and remain an influential model for fish farming globally.

The project involved a lot of research, Parsley said.

“Don’t trust your brain to know what a fish looks like, you have to go after the details and the information,” Parsley said.

This research, he said, was about learning as much as possible about trout.

“You do a lot of visual research and you put together images of trout, so you can understand how they move and sometimes I can extract images that I find and put them in there and kind of paint and feel like ‘they belong to the painting,’ Parsley said.

Large and small trout are depicted on his mural. There’s a trout jumping out of the water at the top of the mural.

Parsley said creating that underwater feel was important to him.

“You want to enter their environment. I think landscaping – it’s an underwater landscape – and that’s a big part of understanding a species that’s been around for so long,” Parsley said.

As well as understanding how fish move, Parsley said it’s also important to have a good wall to work on.

“Each wall has its own personality. Some of them are old and steep and grumpy and some of them are smooth and perfect, you just have to adapt. This one has been perfectly fine and we haven’t had any issues with the app or the techniques we want to use,” Parsley said as he worked on his creation last week.

Caledonian resident Janine Susz was chosen as an apprentice to work alongside Parsley. She’s not only a grandmother, but also a graphic designer and graphic design instructor at Bryant & Stratton College. She holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

“Everyone is here because they love to paint and love working on what will end up being a huge piece for the community,” Susz said.

Being an apprentice artist, Susz said, was an opportunity to learn from a world-class artist.

“Everything – technique, process, patience, lots of patience. Take your time, be patient and it will come, we can always paint over it and don’t cry over spilled paint. We had a lot of conversations over lunch about the process of doing murals versus painting on canvas, which we are all familiar with. The canvas is obviously much smaller. It’s more detailed and not that you can’t paint on it, if you make a mistake, but it’s a lot smaller,” Susz said.

Some of the hardest parts of working on the mural was trying to imagine what the finished mural would look like.

“The hardest part about a mural is being so close to it and then stepping back and having to look at it. So you go up and down or you go up and down on an elevator, trying to reposition to make sure what you’re doing is in the right perspective and in the right process because it doesn’t look the same when you’re close to the wall It’s a completely different perspective and being high or low then the point of view,” Susz said. “No one will be in an elevator to watch this, so you have to make sure everything is in place when you go up the wall.”

Bill White, owner of The Village Gallery in Caledonia, also participated in the project. For him, the painting week was an opportunity to learn about painting and gain experience. He said he learned to take his time with artwork.

“Be patient and be specific and deliberate about what you’re doing. If you’re hesitant, ask questions. The materials and process are quite forgiving, so if one makes a mistake, one can just paint over it” , White said.

These are lessons that Parsley hopes residents will remember for many years to come. He said working on the mural was also a great experience for himself.

“The talent has been great,” Parsley said, “so it’s a really good project to work with them as well.”

In addition to connecting with Parsley, people like Susz said the project was also an opportunity to connect with local artists. They hope the relationship will last for many years to come.

“I’m thrilled to have amazing new relationships with artists here in our community and I’m so looking forward to connecting with them,” Susz said. “These are people I didn’t even know were here before and it’s amazing.”

Muralist Tim Parsley (left) works with apprentice Bill White on his mural in the village of Caledonia. It is located at 3103 Main Street.

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James Harden sets top priority for NBA offseason


James Harden hasn’t seemed like the best version of himself lately. After averaging just 24 points per game two seasons ago after leading the league in scoring 34 points per game in 2019-20, Harden followed in 2021-22 with his production slipping.

With the Brooklyn Nets, Harden had just 22 points per game in 44 outings. After being traded to the Sixers, that number dropped to 21 points in 21 games. And when the playoffs rolled around, Harden was averaging 18 points, which was the first time he had scored less than 20 points per game in the playoffs since 2012.

Fans called Harden washed away, while league executives anonymously pointed to his decline and expressed doubts about his ability to return to his superstar playing ways.

But Harden is convinced that’s not his true form these days. During the 2021 playoffs with the Nets, Harden suffered a serious hamstring injury which forced him to rehabilitate throughout the 2021 offseason. Throughout his time with the Nets and the Sixers last season, the hamstring injury hampered Harden.

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After Philadelphia’s Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs in May, Harden admitted he wasn’t one hundred percent. However, he made it clear he was looking forward to having an offseason without rehab. So far, it looks like the plan is going well.

“I’ve had the luxury of not having to deal with serious injuries – with surgeries or otherwise – my whole career. But for the last two years I’ve dealt with hamstring issues, which there’s nothing to play for.” Harden told Adrienne Faurote high hour. I’m using this summer to do something for myself, to make sure I get back to the elite level that I know I can be and will be. So that’s priority number one.”

Currently, Harden is an unrestricted free agent after the 10-time star turned down his $47 million player option a few weeks ago. While Harden could test the market and strike a new deal with a different organization, all signs point to him returning to the 76ers.

While Harden was a stellar deadline addition as he brought value to the playing department, the Sixers need him to be much better next season as their plan is to go for the NBA title. The fact that Harden is back to having a typical NBA offseason for himself is a good sign for next year.

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

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Viral TikTok Videos and Batman Art Exhibits in Shreveport Entertainment

Summer is fast approaching in Shreveport and with back to school fast approaching, there’s plenty to get excited about in the meantime.

From Christmas through early July to an exhibit that will delight comic book fans of all ages, here’s what you might have missed this week.

Christmas in Heaven needs you!

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council hosted the Christmas in the Sky Volunteer Launch Party on Wednesday, July 13. Every Wednesday from now until the big night of December 10, volunteers can come to Louisiana Downs to help make the magic happen..

PACE on Abortion

Victoria Provenza speaks at the 2014 PACE Shreveport Mayors Forum on Sunday.

Local organization People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE) issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade again making abortion illegal in Louisiana.

The Legacy of George Carlin

George Carlin in an image from the HBO documentary,

Many know comedian George Carlin for his rebellious spirit and constantly pushing the boundaries of his stand-up routines. But what is the link between the late comedian and Shreveport? Find out how Carlin got his start in radio and comedy here.

Movies, music and more

Viraj Gandhi pictured at the Film Prize offices in Shreveport on April 5, 2022.

Viraj Gandhi is a Shreveport native who uses film and experimental music composition to elevate his powerful storytelling and fill a niche in the film community. Learn all about Gandhi’s education, his journey from medical school to filmmaking in Spain and more here.

batman and beyond

Graphic designer Chip Kidd pictured June 24, 2022 at Artspace in downtown Shreveport.

Artspace has a brand new exhibit on the Batman Black and White anthology comic book series. Get to know exhibit curator and creator, graphic designer Chip Kidd and his special connection to Gotham’s vigilante.

Louisiana Woman on TikTok goes viral

Casey LaCaze-Lachney posted a TikTok video describing an incident in Winnfield, Louisiana, where she was charged with public indecency on Saturday, June 11.

Casey LaCaze-Lachney was enjoying a festival in downtown Winnfield, Louisiana when three police officers gave him a ticket for indecent exposure for wearing shorts and a crop top.

Since the June 11 incident, LaCaze-Lachney hired an attorney and set up a meeting with the Winnfield Police Chief and the Winnfield City Attorney in hopes of having the citation thrown out.

June 12, LaCaze-Lachney and his lawyer finally met with the police chief who apologized for the quote and how things were handled.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find it on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]

When animation is an accessibility issue


Imagine entering a house with an endless series of doors and hallways. Behind some of these doors are the most delicious things imaginable: feasts straight out of redwall, unicorns, an endless supply of scenic views and unionized workplaces. Behind other doors, however, are grotesque, terrifying jack-in-the-boxes that erupt as soon as you open the door, exploding to fill the entire frame, swinging lasciviously on rusty springs like a creaking song and vaguely Circus themed. rooms.

That’s what internet browsing is to me. Every time I click on a link, I have to wonder if it’s going to be Bozo the Clown or something delightful and captivating that I’ll be glad I came across.

We all find the internet stimulating, but I find it extremely stimulating, especially when it comes to animated and moving content – ​​and not in a good way. Something in the wiring of my brain makes it difficult to process repetitive animations or motions, like the turn signal you left on for the last three miles, turning it into an accessibility issue: A website with animated content is difficult and sometimes impossible to use because movement becomes all I can think of.

I’ve never come across digital animation that I liked, and their use is only increasing. GIFs, of course, but also cute little ornamental doodles that you probably won’t notice. The weirdly sickening loop of the Boomerang effect on Instagram. Back in vogue giant animated cursors chasing you. The video autoplays, of course, especially when it follows you down the page. Flashing ads, the eternal bane of our collective internet existence. Parallax scrolling for all your sexy data visualization needs and prestige immersive features. Bouncing menus that wiggle to grab your attention. The little “loading” animation at the edge of a background tab.

We are surrounded by a changing world and I would like to get out of it.

No medical professional (neurological, ophthalmological or otherwise) has been able to adequately explain or address what my brain does when it encounters animations. Yet I constantly navigate around in the desperate desire to avoid them – dodging Zooms when people start running animations on their PowerPoints, using all the ads, images and element blockers known to man and a few others, s’ militantly opposing even a whiff of animation on any project where I have a creative input. Sometimes it feels like a losing battle, once someone added an “under construction” to their GeoCities site in the 1990s.

Honestly, it’s not a fun place to be, and it’s not because I don’t like having to approach the internet like a minefield. It’s because I know the internet loves animation and uses it in incredibly creative ways that go beyond Steve Wilhite’s wildest dreams (even if he mispronounced GIF). They have become an entire communication syntax; many dunks under a proportionate tweet consist of a single GIF. Animation can also both enrich and simplify the display of data. It’s a culture I want to participate in and also one I don’t want to belittle.

I can block anything ending in .gif, but that usually makes the buttons inoperative. I can load a site without styles, but usually the result is not very pleasant to use. I can block ads, but then that robs the beautiful websites I like to read (and write for) of revenue. There is, of course, a way to bridge this gap, and oddly one of my allies is Twitter, which has landed a decisive blow by allowing users to freeze autoplay on all moving content, including GIFs. Users who like them can publish them; users who don’t just see a still image. What’s good for reducing server load is also good for case exceptions such as mine.

Access issues like these are weird, in several senses of the word. If someone explains that certain animations at certain frame rates or with flickering features can cause seizures, people have a frame of reference. This doesn’t always mean they will respect the risk, but it does mean they understand it. When I say that animations in general at all levels are “incredibly disruptive”, it frankly sounds like nonsense. If you read and think, It seems exaggerated and I don’t believe it, you are not the first. Like other unusual access needs, animation sensitivity tends to be rejected or denied because: Come on, who can’t handle a little animated GIF? Are you seriously telling me that self-refreshing content can make you scream? I bet you watch TV, what do you have to say about it? (I can do small screens at home; in movie theaters, it’s overwhelming.)

It’s a familiar feeling to other people with disabilities who have “strange” access issues. Some people with ADHD, as well as some autistic people, like to wear headphones almost everywhere they go and listen to music to focus. People with severe chemical sensitivities may not be able to enter older buildings, stores that stock heavily scented products, or structures with new carpeting and paint. Migraineurs may not be able to work in bright environments or use screens. Someone with severe anxiety might need a disability plate for their car so they can get in and out of businesses faster.

It’s not just animated content. The internet and the world in general have a huge accessibility problem and people tend to think that following documented standards (and sometimes using questionable third-party tools) will fix this problem, when, like my case the illustrates clearly, no single documentation can cover all possible scenarios. . Access requires conversation with the disability community. No place can be everything for everyone and any series of design choices will result in inaccessibility for a number of users, with people giving conflicting feedback during the discovery phase. Unfortunately, there is no checklist for solving this problem, and accessibility is something that is constantly evolving and changing. However, it also offers some interesting opportunities, a chance to design something really unique and interesting that stands out and shows that access is beautiful, not just practical. As dance company Kinetic Light exemplifies with stunning performances that actively incorporate access tools such as ramps and wheelchairs along with audio description as part of the work, access can be art.

When it comes to web access, there are two approaches, starting with functional tools that we can use to configure the internet to suit our needs while other users can “enjoy” the horrors you visit them. Another is to think about the user experience more creatively and comprehensively. I’m not the only one struggling with parallax scrolling, for example, and not just because it moves in an unsettling way. It can also be difficult for screen readers to work with, especially when used for something like graphics-intensive data display. Other people find it boring, which seems fair. Could there be a simple or clean alternative version of the same data, presented with the same care? Could you build trust with users with disabilities to encourage them to collaborate with you? Rather than viewing access as an imposition that restricts your options, view it as an invitation to think outside the box.

Developers make decisions about how inaccessibility might manifest and how it might be mitigated. You could warn me there’s an access issue coming up, but what if there’s something cool in there? You can just mitigate the problem by giving me more control over him, letting me decide if, how, and when I want to interact with him. As an adult, I can and want to make my own decisions.

In truth, that’s all I and many other internet users with disabilities want: to be inside, for once.

First look at Pittsburgh Steelers Acrisure Stadium


PITTSBURGH — Well, the design is out. The beloved Heinz Field of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets a facelift with the birth of Acrisure Stadium. And for the first time, we get a preview of what fans will see ahead of the game.

Acrisure and the Steeler have agreed to a 15-year deal for the naming rights to their North Shore stadium. According to multiple reports, the team will receive $10 million per season, making them the 11th highest paid team for trademark rights.

Inside Acrisure Stadium.

First look at the Steelers' new Acrisure stadium.

First look at the Steelers’ new Acrisure stadium.

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The Cimento collection gives life to a new poetry of living

CEMENTO debuted this year Mobile fair with new collaborations and the artistic direction of Aldo Parisotto P+F Architetti. It was an architectural staging of volumes and geometries perfectly complementary to the work presented. The collaborations with designers and architects presented in the Cement Collection were all created with the compound, which comprises over 90% mineral aggregate mixed with a cement binder. With the collection inspired by Venice, new elements have been added to create fresh colors true to the city.

Salone 2022, Canal Grande Paintings and Zattere Stools by Patricia Urquiola Photo: Sara Magni

Patricia Urquiola played an important role, creating several design pieces, as well as the stand itself. His first design collaboration with the brand resulted in the Frari tables and coffee tables, the Zattere stools and the Fondamenta side tables. Urquiola’s Erasmo vases feature a great play of color and a juxtaposition of smooth and rough surfaces. And there’s also the Canal Grande capsule collection of paintings and mirrors. Inspired by Venetian architecture, each piece features polychrome inlays. This is the first time that CIMENTO has added fragments, such as glass and quartz, to its paste. Another alternative uses their own natural debris recovered from the production area.

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Salone 2022, Canal Grande Paintings and Zattere Stools by Patricia Urquiola, Giudecca Talbe by Parisotto + Formenton Photo: Sara Magni

The Cimento collection also includes the Bovolo lamp by BAA Studio – Barbara Ballabio and Andrea Burgio – and Tables Lido by Parisotto + Formenton. works from Defne Koz and Marco Susani, Omri Dreamand Studio63 were also present at the show. Each becomes a unique piece revealing the full potential of the material.

showroom with tables, stools and pastel and geometric paintings

Salone 2022, Lido Zitelle Table and Tronchetto Stools by Parisotto + Formenton

Salone 2022, Zattere stool and Frari table by Patricia Urquiola Photo: Sara Magni

tiered fixture

Bovolo Lamp by BBA Studio

tiered fixture

Bovolo Lamp by BBA Studio

tiered fixture

Bovolo Lamp by BBA Studio

three geometric colored mirrors hanging on a wall

Canal Grande mirrors by Patricia Urquiola

three geometric colorful paintings hanging on a wall

Grand Canal Paintings by Patricia Urquiola

four geometric colorful paintings hanging on a wall

Grand Canal Paintings by Patricia Urquiola

three geometric colorful paintings hanging on a wall

Grand Canal Paintings by Patricia Urquiola

three earth-colored cylindrical vases

Erasmo vases by Patricia Urquiola

three cylindrical vases

Erasmo vases by Patricia Urquiola

four colorful tetris-like side tables

Fondamenta Side Table by Patricia Urquiola

three round tables and stools

Frari table and coffee table + Zattere stool by Patricia Urquiola

round table and geometric stool

Frari table and coffee table + Zattere stool by Patricia Urquiola

two rectangular tables with four legs

Lido tables by Parisotto + Formenton

three-legged green table with irregular shape

Lido tables by Parisotto + Formenton

four tables and stools

Lido tables by Parisotto + Formenton

To learn more about the Cimento Collection, visit cementocollection.com.

Kelly Beall is an editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember and enjoys sharing her discoveries with others. When she’s not distracted by great art and design, she can be found messing around in the kitchen, consuming as much information as she can, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social media.

Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink Mini Monitor HD and DeckLink Mini Recorder HD

Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Mini Monitor HD and DeckLink Mini Recorder HD, new models of PCIe capture and playback solutions featuring 3G‑SDI and HDMI connections. These updated models of the popular DeckLink Mini cards support video formats up to 1080p60 and 2Kp60 DCI, and are designed to work with advanced color spaces such as Rec. 2020 for deep colors and higher dynamic range. The newer DeckLink Mini HD models are also less expensive.

DeckLink Mini Recorder HD and DeckLink Mini Monitor HD feature advanced high-quality video technology that supports uncompressed and compressed capture and playback in the highest 10-bit SD and HD quality. Both models support 10-bit YUV and 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 broadcast quality for pixel-perfect capture and playback so customers get breathtaking image quality and detail. Replacing previous 1.5G SDI models, the update to 3G SDI added more features such as support for video formats up to 1080p60 and 2Kp60 DCI, wider color spaces including Rec. 2020, as well as support for RGB video formats.

The new DeckLink Mini HD models are low-profile, 1-lane Gen 2 PCI Express cards that fit easily into desktop or rack-mount server-type computers with the included full-height, low-profile PCIe shields. They can capture from decks, cameras, and live video sources, and stream them to monitors, projectors, media servers, and more. It’s perfect for editing, compositing, graphics production, and unlimited broadcast and post-production situations where the highest quality video and true versatility are demanded.

DeckLink Mini Recorder HD allows customers to capture broadcast quality video from 3G‑SDI and HDMI sources with any PCIe computer. Customers can capture from virtually any SD or HD source, including HDCAM, D5, SDCAM, Digital Betacam and more. DeckLink Mini Recorder HD also works with popular video streaming software such as OBS so customers can capture from live production cameras or switchers and embed video directly into live broadcasts.

DeckLink Mini Monitor HD enables streaming of 3G SDI and HDMI video from PCIe computers. It’s perfect for playing directly to TVs, projectors, and even live production switchers at up to 1080p60. Playback images are a pixel-perfect clone of the file so customers get breathtaking image quality and detail perfect for critical surveillance. DeckLink Mini Monitor HD even supports the latest HDR formats, so it’s perfect when customers need professional yet affordable color-accurate monitoring.

Their lower cost means customers can choose to add recording or playback when needed. A good example is when monitoring using NLE software, the DeckLink Mini Monitor HD would be the perfect choice. Customers who need simple capture can choose the DeckLink Mini Recorder HD.

“DeckLink Mini Recorder HD and DeckLink Mini Monitor HD are ideal for a wide range of workflows as they deliver broadcast quality at a very low cost,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We are excited to be able to add support for formats up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI to these new cards, as well as support for advanced color spaces and HDR. They fit almost any computer, even low-profile server-class computers, meaning every editing station can monitor or capture in stunning broadcast quality at a very low cost!

Key Drivers of the Global Nonwoven Face Mask Machinery Market 2022


Global Nonwoven Face Mask Machinery Market by MarketsandResearch.biz offers a perception of the current trending scenario and future growth of the market for a period of 2022 to 2028. The Global Nonwoven Face Masks Market Size report presents a comprehensive assessment of the industry involving definitions, structure industry chain, applications and classifications that benefit organizations regardless of revenue and size. The advanced industry growth trends are based on a concise quantitative and qualitative analysis of data gathered from various sources. Additionally, information and data regarding the Global Nonwoven Face Mask Machines Market is drawn from credible sources such as websites, annual reports, organization journals, and others and has been scrutinized and encouraged by the professionals.

In addition, a survey study on the global Nonwoven Face Mask Machine market was carried out in five stages: secondary research, primary research, subject matter expert guidance, quality check, and final review. The report uses Porter’s five forces for the power of competition, determining barriers to entry, benchmarking buyer and supplier power, and external and internal product substitution. Additionally, value chain survey is given to gain intense insights into outbound and inbound logistics of Nonwoven Face Mask Machinery industry. However, the country area of ​​the record also exhibits individual companies affecting changes and regulatory factors in the national market that are impacting current and future market trends.

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The Nonwoven Face Mask Machine Market Segment by Type, split into:

  • Nonwoven Flat Mask Machine
  • Non Woven Cup Mask Machine
  • Non Woven Duckbill Mask Machine
  • Others

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  • Medical
  • Dust-free industry
  • beauty industry
  • Others

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  • North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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  • Aman Impex
  • Sahil Graphics
  • Green technology engineering
  • Furis Group
  • Sky Engineering Society
  • Zhejiang Deheng Machinery Co.,Ltd.
  • Wenzhou Haixin Machinery Co.
  • Lihan machinery co, ltd
  • Changzhou Futan Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Zhengzhou Suny Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Zhongshan Intensity Automation Equipment Co.
  • Dongguan Jinrong Automation Equipment Co.
  • Dongguan KYD Automatic Mask Machine Factory Co., Ltd.
  • Zhengwei Machinery Co.
  • NCM Nonwoven Converting Machinery Co., Ltd.

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In-Depth Analysis of Payday Loan Services Market Including Key Players Wonga, TitleMax, DFC Global Corp – Designer Women

JCMR has recently released a new study in its database which highlights the in-depth analysis of the market with the future prospects of Payday loan services market. The study covers important data that makes the research document a handy resource for managers, industry executives and other key people who get a ready-to-access, self-analyzed study and charts and charts to help understand market trends, market drivers and challenges. Some of the key players mentioned in this research are Wonga, TitleMax, DFC Global Corp, Cash America International, Speedy Cash, Pay Day Advance, Check `n Go, MEM Consumer Finance, Instant Cash Loans, LoanMart, Allied Cash Advance, Finova Financial, Same Day Payday, MoneyMutual, TMG Loan Processing , LendUp Loans, Just Military Loans,

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Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Payday Loan Services Market

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered novel corona virus. Largely unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019, COVID-19 escalated from a regional crisis to a global pandemic in just weeks.

In addition, production and supply chain delays were also witnessed in the second quarter, which posed a challenge for the payday loan services market as end-user industries were still not operating at their full capacity.

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What are the market issues in servicing payday loans?

Changing regulatory landscapes, operational hurdles, and the emergence of alternative technologies are all impacting the payday loan services industry.

What are the different types of segments covered in the payday loan services market?


Who are the Major Key Players in the Payday Loans Service Market?

Wonga, TitleMax, DFC Global Corp, Cash America International, Speedy Cash, Pay Day Advance, Check `n Go, MEM Consumer Finance, Instant Cash Loans, LoanMart, Allied Cash Advance, Finova Financial, Same Day Payday, MoneyMutual, TMG Loan Processing , LendUp Loans, Just Military Loans,

Which region is most profitable for the Payday Loans Service market?

Emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region will be the lucrative markets for payday loan service products. .

What is the current size of the payday loan services market?

The current global payday loan services market size is estimated at USD XX in 2022.

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North America is the region’s largest market for Payday Loans Service.

North America includes countries like the United States, Canada, and Mexico. North America is the second largest consumer and producer of electricity after Asia-Pacific. The United States and Canada, which are among the largest consumers in this region and the world, account for the largest share of the Payday Loans Service market.

Secondary research:

This Payday Loans Service research study made extensive use of secondary sources, directories, and databases such as Hoover’s, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Factiva, and OneSource to identify and collect information useful for technical, market-oriented, and business study of the generator global laptop. market. Other secondary sources included company annual reports, press releases and investor presentations, white papers, certified publications, articles from recognized authors, manufacturers’ associations, trade directories and databases. of data.

Payday Loan Service Primary Search:

Various sources from the supply and demand side were interviewed during the Payday Loans Service primary research process to obtain qualitative and quantitative insights for this report. Key sources included industry experts from core and related industries, as well as preferred suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, technology developers, researchers, and organizations from all segments of this industry’s value chain. . To obtain and verify critical qualitative and quantitative information, in-depth interviews were conducted with various key informants, including key industry participants, subject matter experts, C-level executives from key market players, and industry consultants. sector.

Payday Loan Services Market Size Estimation

The total size of the Payday Loans Service market has been estimated and validated using top-down and bottom-up approaches. These methods have also been widely used to estimate the size of various market sub-segments. The following research methodologies have been used to estimate the market size:

Extensive secondary research has been used to identify key industry players.

The revenue generated by the major players in the molecular diagnostics market has been determined by primary and secondary research.

All shares, breakdowns and percentage breakdowns have been calculated using secondary sources and confirmed using primary sources.

TABLE OF CONTENTS OF Payday Loan Services Market Report


1.1 Objectives of the Payday Loans Service Study
1.2 Definition of payday loan service
1.3 Inclusions and Exclusions of the Payday Loan Service

1.4 Scope of the Payday Loan Services Market
1.5 Payday Loans Department Report Years Under Review
1.6 Payday Loan Service Currency
1.7 Payday Loan Service Limitations
1.8 Stakeholders in the payday loan services sector
1.9 Summary of Changes to the Payday Loans Service

2.1 Payday Loans Service Research Data

2.2 Payday Loan Services Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
2.3 Scope of the payday loan service
2.4 impact of covid-19 on payday loan services industry
2.5 Payday Loan Services Market Size Estimation
3 Payday Loans Department EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

4 PREMIUM INSIGHTS Payday Loan Service

4.1 Exciting Opportunities in the Payday Loan Services Market
4.2 Payday Loan Services Market, by Region
4.3 North America Payday Loan Services Market, by End User and Country
4.4 Payday Loan Services Market, by Application
4.5 Payday Loan Services Market, by End User

5 Payday Loan Services MARKET OVERVIEW
5.1 Payday Loan Service Overview
5.2 covid-19 health check Payday Loan Service
5.3 Payday loan service on the road to recovery

5.4 covid-19 Economic Evaluation of Personal Loan Service
5.5 Payday Loan Services Market Dynamics

5.6 Payday Loan Service Trends
5.7 Payday Loan Services Market Map
5.8 Average Payday Loan Service Price
5.9 Payday Loans Service Business Statistics
5.8 Payday Loan Services Value Chain Analysis
5.9 Payday Loan Services Technology Analysis
5.10 Personal Loan Service Pricing and Regulatory Landscape

5.11 Payday Loan Service: Patent Analysis
5.14 Analysis of the five forces of the bearer of the Payday Loans Service


6.1 Payday Loans Service Overview
6.2 Payday Loan Service Emergency
6.3 Prime/Continuous Payday Loan Service

7.1 Payday Loans Service Overview
7.2 Residential Payday Loan Service
7.3 Commercial payday loan service
7.4 Industrial Payday Loans Service


8.1 Payday Loans Service Overview
8.2 North America Payday Loan Service Industry
8.3 Payday Loan Service Industry by Asia Pacific
8.4 Payday Loan Service Industry by Europe
8.5 Payday Loan Service Industry by Middle East & Africa
8.6 South America Payday Loan Service Industry

9.1 Payday Loans Service Key Players Strategies
9.2 Top Five Players Payday Loan Services Market Share Analysis
9.3 Market Assessment Framework for Payday Lending Services
9.4 Top Five Payday Loan Services Market Players Revenue Analysis
9.5 Quadrant for Assessment of Payday Loan Service Companies
9.6 Competitive Leadership Mapping of Startup Payday Loan Service
9.7 Competitive Scenario of Payday Loan Service

10 COMPANY PROFILES of Payday Loan Service
10.1 Payday Loans Service Key Players
10.2 Starting Payday Loans Service / SME Players

11.1 Expert Overview of Payday Loan Services Industry
11.2 Payday Loan Service Discussion Guide
11.3 Payday Loans Service Knowledge Base
11.4 Available Customizations of Payday Loan Service
11.5 Payday Loans Servicing Reports
11.6 Payday Loans Service Author Details

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James Wiseman makes his long-awaited return to the Vegas Summer League


LAS VEGAS – Seconds in Golden State’s Summer League game against San Antonio, the Warriors saw exactly what they were hoping for: James Wiseman, the 2020 No. 2 overall pick, corralling a go-oop pass from Jonathan Kuminga and slamming it home. It was Wiseman’s first NBA bucket in over a year and a reminder that for defending NBA champions Golden State, the best may yet be yet to come.

Last line of Wiseman’s stats on Sunday: 11 points, two rebounds in the shadows in less than 20 minutes. He hit five of his seven shots. He knocked down a three. He picked up seven fouls – Summer League rules allow players to commit 10 before being disqualified – and blocked two shots. Wiseman looked rusty after missing all of last season with a knee injury, but showed the kind of explosiveness that excited the Warriors when they beat Wiseman with a high lottery pick.

“It was good,” Wiseman said. There are a lot of things I need to work on. When I was there, my timing was pretty bad. But this is my first game. I had fun there. I could have played more. My conditioning is improving.

How Wiseman playing in the Summer League is not important to Golden State. This he plays is. Wiseman’s time on the court in recent years has been limited. In 2019, Wiseman played three games in Memphis before being shut down and ultimately leaving the program due to eligibility issues. He played 39 games as a rookie before the knee injury ended his season. And he was in street clothes when the Warriors marched to the title last season.

Getting 21-year-old Wiseman back on the field, Warriors Summer League coach Jama Mahlalela said, is the first step on the way back.

“For him to go out and play in a Summer League game like today with good composure and playing on the rim, blocking a few shots, he just looked like a really good basketball player,” Mahlalela said. . “That first outing is everything we wanted, and we told him to get out there, have fun, enjoy the game and let it come to him.”

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There were nuances of the player Wiseman needed to be. He hit a fadeaway jumper in the first half. He made an 18-foot elbow in the second. Late in the game, Wiseman landed a second dunk late in the fourth quarter. Facing NBA-level physicality, Wiseman looked comfortable.

“It was physical,” Wiseman said. “I’ve been out, so I’ve done a lot of individual training. So for me, just to have that push, that physical contact, I’m proud to be there.

Overcoming the physical obstacles to be able to play was difficult. It was the same with the minds. For support, Wiseman leaned on Klay Thompson, his Warriors teammate, and Shaun Livingston, a former NBA guard and Golden State executive. Both Thompson and Livingston suffered significant injuries during their playing careers. And both overcame them.

“I got a lot of information from Klay and Shaun,” Wiseman said. Really just to hold your head up high and carry on. Because it will be hard, especially to come back after a year and a half without playing. It’s going to be quite difficult… I just told myself that my time would come. I was just at the gym, working out, trying to work on my game and improve.

Wiseman’s potential presents Golden State with a unique opportunity for internal improvement. With Wiseman, along with Kuminga and Moses Moody, the Warriors have an enviable young core. If all three are ready — Kuminga, a 21-year-old lottery pick, showed flashes last season — Golden State could have one of the deepest and most talented rotations in the league. Alternatively, the Warriors could look to wrap their young players up in a deal that brings back a player matching the timeline of Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

That, says Wiseman, is not his concern. “I just play basketball,” Wiseman said. “I nod. That’s what I do. I don’t worry too much about the media stuff. The Warriors are just happy to see him play. His teammates gave Wiseman a standing ovation when he returned to the locker room. Steve Kerr sent him a text message saying he played well.One night, Wiseman was a basketball player again.

“I went through a lot of tough times,” Wiseman said. “As a person, as a human being. Seeing everyone cheering me on just lifted me up. It was a wonderful feeling.

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Love Island fans are all saying the same thing as Andrew begs Tasha to forgive him

LOVE Island fans were furious with Andrew Le Page in tonight’s episode after he pleaded with Tasha GhourI for forgiveness tonight.

The couple – who have been in a relationship since day one – have had their fair share of ups and downs at the villa.


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Tasha refused to accept Andrew's apology


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While at Casa Amor, Andrew, 27, became extremely close to debutant Coco Lodge, also 27.

Viewers were lost to sight last night when Coco confessed that Andrew had sucked his NIPPLE during a naughty session under the sheets.

On tonight’s episode, Andrew called Tasha for a chat and admitted he was sorry he didn’t tell her the whole truth.

“I’m so sorry for not telling you the whole truth, I know I should have.

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“I know that I regret it enormously and I know that on my side, we have something incredible.

“If you don’t see a future with us I’d be massively gutted, but if there was any chance I promise you won’t regret it.

“Nothing has changed for me.”

But Tasha explained that her banter with Coco had “tarnished” what they had.

She said, “Every time I look at you, all I think about is you and Coco.”

He then asked Tasha for a hug, but she sternly refused and left.

However, fans are fed up with Andrew crawling for forgiveness and demanding that he “grow some balls”.

One wrote: ‘Andrew still faking like the idiot he is. We need to protect Andrew’

Another said: “Someone located Andrew’s balls. PLEASE. #LoveIsland”

A third said: “I still don’t understand why Tasha is actually upset.”

“Tasha is victimizing herself.. bye girl,” another commented.

Someone else tweeted: ‘Andrew has no self respect so hope he leaves tonight please.’

“Tasha never liked Andrew like that and she’s going to use this to get rid of him which is totally within her rights since he treated her like crap. #LoveIsland,” said another angry fan.

One person pleaded: “Andrew fuck move on. #LoveIsland”

At the end of Friday’s episode of the ITV2 show, Tasha was left in tears when the whole villa discovered their cheeky antics.

Andrew’s family took to Instagram to share their love and support for Andrew.

They reposted a fan page that read, “Sick with crocodile tears #neverinthewrong keep your head up little bro,” on his Instagram Story.

On Thursday night, fans were stunned when Andrew decided to re-couple with the graphic designer, while Tasha, 23, returned to the main villa with debutant Billy Brown, 23.

At the start of last night’s show, Andrew decided to calm things down with Coco – and he later revealed to Tasha in a heart-to-heart that he had only partnered with her out of ‘anger’ and had ONLY kissed and cuddled her in her bed.

However, that was definitely not the case.

Tasha then told Coco what he said, and the designer decided to tell her the truth about what happened between them.

Coco explained that she “wouldn’t be happy” with some of the things that were said and done.

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The model confronted Andrew about her actions and told him she was hurt, but things got very heated and the estate agent left.

And as if things couldn’t get any worse between the two, Coco later confessed to a number of Islanders that Andrew performed a secret sex act on her while they were at Casa Amor.

Andrew decided to tell Tasha himself what he had done and Tasha was left in tears.

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The joy of watching Sandy Alcantara go long


Matt Martell is on a well-deserved vacation this week. Emma Baccellieri covers you for her.

Of Sandy Alcantara’s many impressive stats this season, including a 1.82 ERA and 0.91 WHIP, there is perhaps none quite as remarkable as his total innings pitched.

The 26-year-old has become one of the best pitchers in the game so far this year and could potentially start the National League All-Star Game. He’s at the top of a young Marlins rotation with a lot of potential. And in an era that has come with considerable anxiety about the role of the starting pitcher and whether he can be saved, Alcantara looks basically like a classic: he leads MLB in innings pitched with 123 ⅓, which comes down to 7.3 innings per start, a real rarity these days. It is rare to have on average more than six innings per game. (There are only 13 pitchers making it this year aside from Alcantara.) Yet he works even deeper than that.

Here are all the pitchers who averaged more than seven innings per start in a season over the past decade:

To state the obvious: That’s not a lot of names! Once upon a time, such a list could have encompassed the majority of the league, but now… times have changed. Beginners who regularly work in the eighth have become extremely rare. If they looked like something of an endangered species a decade ago, they now seem to have all but disappeared, with hardly anyone having endured such a heavy workload in recent seasons. (Yes, the past two years have created unusual conditions for starters, with the rapid ramp-up of the pandemic season in 2020 and the lingering ramifications in 2021. But given that no starters have crossed the 7.0 IP threshold /GS in either 2017 or 2018, it’s clear that this phenomenon had roots that predate the pandemic.) That Alcantara is on this list in 2022 is impressive. that it is at the top, get as far in games as anyone has in the last decade? It is special.

This is all the more remarkable given the league-wide context. The average number of innings per start has been at an all-time low in recent seasons. It’s actually increased slightly this year as teams rebound from pandemic training constraints (and, more recently, as they adjust to rosters capped at 13 pitchers). Yet he still sits at just 5.2 PI, lower than he had been in any season before 2019.


And then you have a guy like Alcantara doing it – averaging more than two sets better than that league-wide number. It requires more than just skills: there is a degree of health luck involved, and it also requires a manager and a front office to be on the same page about the workload, which is not a guarantee these days. But Alcantara had it all.

He is the only pitcher with more than one complete game this season. A bit of context for that: there are only three pitchers who have pitched five complete games in the past four years. (Frankly, to show how much the starter’s role has changed, it’s hard to think of a stat that better communicates it: yes, that includes the tough pitching environments of 2020 and 2021, but we’re still talking about five finished games four seasons!) One is Adam Wainwright, an old-school icon who still makes it work at 40. The other is Lucas Giolito, thanks to three full games of his breakout season in 2019, though he hasn’t pitched more than one a year since. And, of course, the last is Alcantara.

There’s an argument to be made this This is precisely what is wrong with modern baseball: working beyond the seventh inning has become so rare that it deserves a comment in itself. (I’m sure I don’t need to summarize that argument here: if you’ve watched, oh, three national shows over the past few seasons, you’ve heard at least one variant.) Personally, I welcome some of the changes the league is making to try to incentivize longer starts and fewer relievers, but I also find that the alarm here is often a bit too much: the world is changing, baseball is changing with it, and there’s a lot of pleasure to be found in the skills of modern relievers, too. But the disappearance of the long start has certainly made it easier to appreciate a workhorse when you have the chance to watch one. The story arc of a complete game, or even the chance of a full game – means more to me now that it feels so rare. Watching a guy face the order for the third time and wondering how he’ll get through it, rather than which reliever will replace him, is a joy. This is exactly what Alcantara offers this season. Which gift.

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Kyle Farnsworth

“The worst thing about bodybuilding, says Kyle Farnsworth, is how appealing Oreos are when you’re not allowed to eat them. By the time Farnsworth took the stage in Orlando last month for the Southern Championships of the United States of the National Physics Committee, he was about to withdraw and double his face.

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A recording with former Big League reliever Kyle Farnsworth about his latest athletic pursuit – which makes him look very different than he did the last time you saw him on the mound.

Kyle Farnsworth’s Next Big Thing: Spray Tans and Squats — and Absolutely No Oreos by Stephanie Apstein

The edgy story behind a former major league pitcher’s unique foray into competitive bodybuilding.


Let’s run through some of our other big SI baseball stories from this week.

The Science Behind Cursor Rise by Tom Verducci

Tom goes into depth about what makes the modern slider so effective and why so many pitchers turn to it more often.

Shohei Ohtani is the only thing keeping the Angels afloat by Nick Selbe

It’s been an incredible few weeks for baseball’s most fascinating player. It was… a little less incredible for his team.

3. PLEASE NOTE by Emma Baccellieri

MLB announced today that Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols would be named “legacy picks” for this year’s All-Star Game. It’s the 12th cap for Cabrera and 11th for Pujols, which puts them in the kind of business one would expect, given the iconic careers they’ve had: only 49 players have made All-Star appearances. Star in more than 10 seasons. Almost all are in Cooperstown. Those who are not are exactly what you would expect: Rose, Bonds, Clemens, Rodriguez, McGwire, Ramirez. But there is one more. Bill Freehan! The Tigers wide receiver made the All-Star team every season from 1964 to 1973 and again in 1975. His 11 appearances make him the only player to earn that many All-Star nominations and not reach the Hall of Fame without some sort of major. controversial. (He received just two votes in his first and only year on the ballot.) This underscores how difficult it is to travel to Cooperstown as a catcher – and suggests that, perhaps, it deserves a longer look. For more, here’s a nice tribute to Jay Jaffe’s Freehan career at FanGraphs, written when the catcher died last year.

4. W2W4 by Nick Selbe

Friday night is packed with intriguing pitching matchups, starting with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan against Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo. McClanahan leads the American League with 133 strikeouts, while Castillo is in tears after a few up and down starts to start the season. He has a 2.49 ERA with 48 strikeouts in his last seven outings. Other matchups to watch include Pablo López vs. Chris Bassitt, Zack Wheeler vs. Adam Wainwright, and the Gray Cup (Sonny vs. Jon) taking place in Arlington.

It might not be a headliner for many people, but keep an eye out for Saturday’s Nationals-Braves game. Kyle Wright’s breakout season is worth listening to, but Patrick Corbin is the real reason to take notice. The former All-Star has been adrift for nearly three years and got off to a miserable start to 2022. But he’s been quietly putting up some solid results lately, including a 12-strout effort in eight innings on the 28th. June, followed by seven one-run innings on July 4. Perhaps a mid-career turnaround is in the works for the future 33-year-old.

5. CLOSEST to Emma Baccellieri

We’ll end with a crossword and baseball crossover. The Mets will retire Keith Hernandez’s number at a ceremony tomorrow and on a broadcast last month, Hernandez said he had reason to believe that New York Times had started work on a crossword puzzle with a Hernandez-centric theme that would take place the morning of the game. (And if you don’t remember Hernandez’s connection to crossword puzzles from the time he was playing, there’s a bit of history there.) It seemed legit: the NYT performs themed puzzles all the time, and Hernandez spoke enthusiastically about the early preparation, including a call from NYT to one of his colleagues at SNY.

As a baseball writer who loves crossword puzzles, I naturally reached out to NYT this week to see if I could chat with the builder or publisher of the puzzle. But they told me the crossword didn’t work. Alas! I will at least console myself for being what must be the only person to have sent a New York Times spokesperson a clip from the third inning of a Mets-Padres game with a request for comment on the discussion in the booth.

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Big companies are diving into the metaverse


Meta is already spending billions a year on virtual and augmented reality as it competes with other internet titans such as Microsoft and Google to create a metaverse that captures the largest network of users. Over the next five years, the company plans to hire 10,000 new employees to work on metaverse projects, such as a wristband that lets users interact with the virtual world through subtle finger movements.

Additionally, Meta is launching a virtual reality social networking app called Horizon Home that lets users socialize as avatars while wearing headsets developed by Oculus, which Facebook acquired for $2 billion in 2014.

“By creating the virtual worlds, you’re basically setting the rules for the virtual economy,” said Touve, who anticipates a land grab. “The more people on the network, the more valuable it is. The network effect can lead to winner-takes-all markets.

Why companies get started

Touve sees advertising as a way to monetize the metaverse: Meta has already patented several technologies with hyper-targeted advertising and sponsored content. Revenue will also be generated in the metaverse through virtual stores, where users can purchase digital goods corresponding to real-world items developed by consumer brands.

“There are a lot of digital business opportunities out there that have quite an attractive underlying economics,” Touve says, noting that investors are now taking VR headsets more seriously after decades of disappointment.

Major consumer brands such as Nike and Forever 21 have created virtual global stores in an effort to increase their real-world revenue.

In fact, JPMorgan estimates the Metaverse to be a trillion-dollar annual revenue opportunity, pointing out that $54 billion worth of virtual goods are already sold each year.

Darden’s professor, Roshni Raveendhran, doesn’t think such predictions are fanciful, based on current usage levels.

“On the retail side, companies are already allowing people to use virtual reality and avatars to try on different products or clothes,” she said. “The metaverse will accelerate the trend.”

Footwear brand Vans recently opened a virtual skatepark to connect with its customer base, while Chipotle launched a virtual restaurant where the first 30,000 visitors receive a voucher for a real-world burrito. Budweiser, Gucci, Autodesk, Benetton, Coca-Cola – the list of brands creating consumer experiences in the metaverse goes on.

“Some companies are building digital spaces in these terms in which they can connect with potential customers to showcase new and different products or services,” Touve said.

These big brands often rely on small, innovative “web3” focused startups with expertise in animation, creative design, game design, blockchain and programming. Among these innovators could emerge the next generation of Metas, Apples, Googles and Amazons – the masters of the “web2” online world.

Yuga Labs, creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs (essentially blockchain-verified digital images of cartoon monkeys), recently secured a $450 million investment from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, valuing Yuga at $4 billion. The company has announced plans to launch its own metaverse and has sold or donated 100,000 digital plots of land in this metaverse. The sale closed within minutes for a cryptocurrency valued at $310 million at the time. Not a bad day at work.

Proponents believe this low-cost, high-margin business could transform global retail; critics see the metaverse as a passing fad. One of the reasons for their doubts lies in the major technical challenges involved in realizing these sci-fi visions, such as creating a graphics rendering system capable of animating thousands of avatars sharing the same experience, for example during a live concert. This would mean that computing platforms would have to support billions of operations per second, compared to thousands per second today, even on the most popular live online games such as Fortnite, which can only host up to to 100 players at a time.

Regarding hardware challenges, Raveendhran said, “There have been reports of virtual reality causing health issues including eye strain and headaches. It will take time for people to understand how to use these devices for long periods of time. »

Technology-focused investors

Metaverse-focused bets are placed on producers of components such as semiconductors, cameras, displays, servers, and sensors. This reflects increased demand for the processors, computing power, portable devices, and cloud storage that all underpin the Metaverse experience.

“There are significant opportunities for investors to get involved at the start of the next evolution of the internet,” Touve said.

Apple’s recent $3 trillion market valuation has been fueled in part by speculation that it will launch a headset this year that could revolutionize consumer technology, just like the original iPhone.

Beyond that, Touve said there’s a big opportunity to create a framework for immersive virtual workspaces as working practices change. Microsoft has already announced that it is developing an “enterprise metaverse”, a version of the metaverse for businesses. “Virtual reality is primarily used for games, entertainment, or social experiences, but enterprise users will increase adoption rates very quickly,” Touve predicts, noting that the shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic will 19 appears to be persistent and driving demand for virtual collaboration. tools while potentially ushering in a new era of globalization in talent management.

Valley Forge expands its marketing team

Valley Forge Fabrics, a supplier of custom textile products to the hospitality industry, revealed Yeldina Beauchamp (pictured above) as senior creative and marketing director. This transition follows the restructuring of the management of the company’s internal marketing department and the upcoming digital transformation of the entire company, from quote to payment.

For the past six years, Beauchamp has provided leadership within Valley Forge’s marketing and communications teams and has 15 years of experience in graphic design, visual communications and marketing. Previously as Creative Director with growth to senior management, her responsibilities included overseeing all creative, advertising, social media, events, trade shows, training sessions and communications. Additionally, Valley Forge has added a junior graphic designer and communications coordinator position to the award-winning team.

Beauchamp said: “Design is really a dance. Partners are your product and your audience. Allowing this chemistry to guide you will effortlessly communicate your message visually. It’s magic.

Francois Shannon

Shannon Francis, previously brand manager, will join Valley Forge’s digital program management department as a newly created digital and technical trainer for Valley Forge Fabrics. The company’s investment over the past two years in digitizing the business has created high-level opportunities for specialist skills. Francis has played a vital role within the marketing department for the past 12 years. In his new role, Francis will lead the company-wide training required for Valley Forge’s digitization processes and work as a cross-functional resource between the business analytics and program management teams.

“Yeldina has been an incredible colleague and wonderful friend for many years, and I’m confident that with her leadership and creative vision, Valley Forge’s marketing department is in good hands,” said Francis.

This transition will take place in July and the two leaders will be consolidated in their new roles by the end of the month. The Valley Forge Fabrics marketing team will continue to work directly under the leadership of Diana Dobin, COO and Chief Sustainability Officer of Valley Forge Fabrics.

“There is nothing more rewarding as a leader than seeing the growth and success of my team. Both Yeldina and Shannon deserve these opportunities, and I am so grateful to them for choosing Valley Forge as a place to develop their careers,” said Diana Dobin.

Career in the Gaming Industry: How to Make a Career in the Gaming Industry in India

The gaming industry is growing in India, despite the fact that many people in the country did not think it would grow globally. In reality, we are not in a nostalgic time where we still use cassette tapes to play games from time to time; the industry and its audience have evolved beyond that. We now have storytelling, gameplay, audio, visual effects, and immersive action in games that often produce realistic, cinematic experiences.

Gambling is one of the key industries currently generating a variety of job opportunities and is too big for India to ignore. According to the IBEF report, the industry is expected to create 10,000 to 12,000 jobs by 2023. Those wishing to enter this booming industry have many promising opportunities as studios are actively hiring talent who possess relevant skills as well as a passion for the game. For example, Sumo India is currently recruiting for nearly 50 positions in total for its Pune and Bangalore locations.

Government support

Even the government is strongly supportive of the Indian gaming market, with this year’s Union Budget announcing the establishment of a new task force known as ‘AVGC’. This new working group was set up to meet the global demand for animation, visual effects, games and the comics industry.

This will enable Indian players in the sector to explore at least 5% of the $800 million industry and create new jobs every year. As part of this campaign, the focus will be on developing a National AVGC Policy, establishing a National Curriculum Framework for Graduation, Postgraduate and PhD in AVGC-related sectors – the development of skills initiatives in association with academic institutions, as well as the stimulation of employment opportunities.

In this way, the positioning of the Indian AVGC segment will be enhanced in the global markets. This initiative by the government is just another step in recognizing the huge growth potential of the games sector and its ability to generate jobs while promoting game titles, as part of the initiative “ Make in India”, globally.

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There are a host of career opportunities to explore in the game, and India is no exception.

Programming roles are very important as programmers contribute significantly to game development. Learning computer languages ​​like C++ can lead to promising job opportunities in the gaming industry, including our studios


Having a solid education can increase your chances of getting job opportunities.
However, it is the coding language skills and abilities that can prove critical to landing the job, as most gaming companies conduct coding tests and tech rounds as part of the recruitment process to analyze the potential of the candidate.

The artists take care of the graphic aspect of the games. Specialized in 3D, concept or UI subcategories; these are crucial roles in the gaming industry – often creating a portfolio and uploading them to websites such as Artstation and Behance.

These, in turn, serve as a platform for artists to share their projects and showcase their talent to the world, allowing hiring managers and people in the recruitment industry to see their passion and skills first-hand. .

Based on industry trends, gaming professionals with two to three years’ experience can earn up to Rs 5-7 lakh per year. This can vary greatly depending on skills and experience. There are also many opportunities for freelancers. Freelancers can also earn Rs 10-15 lakh per year depending on domestic or international projects.

game design

Game design is another key role in the gaming industry. Game designers are responsible for designing different levels of games as well as ensuring the placement of elements.

Various institutes in India are currently providing the necessary training to help candidates to become game designers. When we talk about expertise for console games in particular, the skill set for the same roles is still lacking in India and there is a shortage of skills. However, it is expected that India will soon become a talent hub, comprising both mobile and console game development.

Game management roles

In addition, there are also managerial positions available in the Indian gaming industry – for example, freshmen with an MBA in HR would be ideal for HR-related roles.
People looking to change industries can also get career opportunities in the games industry in disciplines such as recruitment, as the basic expertise required here is mainly hiring and any previous gaming experience. is a bonus..

Marketing is also a viable job option in the gaming segment. You have the option of being a Product Marketer, where you promote the product or the game through different marketing strategies on different channels. Another choice is to take on the role of a Studio Marketer, which consists of managing the recruitment department with the sole responsibility of promoting the studio to attract talent.

Quality assurance
The roles

Roles in quality assurance, also known as QA, are another viable career avenue that can be explored. This department is responsible for testing games while they are in the development process. Builds are sent to the team for testing during its various stages of development to catch bugs and ensure improvements are made, but the next stages of development are complete. Once scanned, the designers and developers then work to fix the issues and deliver the update.

The Path to Building a Career in the Indian Gaming Industry

An ideal situation to build your career in the gaming industry is to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree or further qualifications through degree courses offered by educational institutions.

Ideally, having a bachelor’s degree in areas such as computer science, game design, game development, computer graphics/art/animation/illustration, and marketing can help kick-start your career in game industry. Game designer, game developer, game tester, game animator, visual artist, sound engineer, interpreters and translators and market research analyst are some of the many career options that can be continued after gathering the required skills.

In particular, candidates who have expertise in computer languages, game design, animations and visual effects have access to great opportunities in the sector. Whether you’re just starting out or a freelancer, the gaming industry offers plenty of opportunities to thrive and grow.

While learning the ropes, it’s also worth reaching out to those already working in the industry to better understand what it’s like to work in a specific role, which can help people younger and less experienced in preparing in advance, as well as gaining good contacts for the future.

In the gaming industry and in many studios, all departments and roles work in sync to create a high-end finished product. Of course, the degrees held by the candidates and the reputation of the institute are also important, but a person’s background is not the only criteria on which talent recruitment focuses. Even if a person comes from a mid-level institute, having an exceptional skill set and relevant experience can make all the difference. Besides qualifications, skills and passion for the game in a candidate are valued by many studios.

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How the tech behind ‘Fortnite’ is used to design the IRL build


The video game Fortnite Creation brought together a global audience of millions with a simple proposition: gaming allows players to create virtual spaces and easily experience them with others. It’s the multiplayer digital version of a sandbox, or the equivalent of a pile of Lego bricks that anyone in the world can come and stack.

It’s all fun and games. But it’s also the kind of accessible building and design tool that has relevance beyond playtime. Increasingly, the technology behind Fortnite and other video games are adapted for use in the very real world of architecture, urban planning and development.

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Ken Pimentel, head of architecture industry at Epic Games, is focused on bringing the company’s video game visualization engines – the entry-level Twinmotion and advanced Unreal Engine – into the world of architecture. These tools are used to transform digital models and drawings into 3D virtual spaces that can be augmented and adjusted in real time.

Like the video games they’re typically used to power, Twinmotion and Unreal Engine can transform an architectural model into an easily navigable 3D environment that people can access, often with little more than a web browser. Adding video game elements to architectural design means people can even adjust designs and see what those changes look like in real time.

For designers, the tools make it possible to create highly visual representations of projects very quickly. The technology dramatically increases what Pimentel calls a design team’s “assumptions per hour.”

“The more what-if scenarios you can explore in the same amount of time, the more creative and efficient you’ll be,” says Pimentel, who previously worked for architecture software company Autodesk. “You can make decisions in real time, and you need the visual details to support that decision making.”

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It is a useful way for architects to develop their designs, both in collaboration with clients and the public. In the UK, a project is underway to build and upgrade dozens of railway stations across Britain. To involve the public in guiding these designs, the UK Design Council is using Twinmotion technology to power an online and in-person interactive design process that allows users to manipulate 3D models of a prototype station, adding features and modifying layouts.

Unlike more traditional audience participation processes that involve gathering feedback and ideas and then waiting for designers to try them out, this method allows audience members to configure designs and see how they change to fit. immediately under different conditions. The process is used to guide final designs.

Another project using Epic Games technology is the renovation of the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa. Led by architecture firm HOK, the decade-long rehabilitation project uses the Unreal Engine’s real-time visualization tools to create a sort of video game version of the project showing exactly what’s going on at all times.

Intended more for internal use by design and contracting teams, the digital version uses 3D models to create a detailed digital twin of the project, with high-resolution graphics showing structural details and interior finishes. Incorporating scans of the construction site and IoT sensors in the building, the digital model made in Unreal Engine provides an almost live view of the project.

“It shows a realistic representation of what’s actually going on in some of these rooms,” says David Weir McCall, head of architecture marketing at Epic Games. “It allows for an honest conversation around the space and how it’s developed.”

[Photo: Courtesy Centrus]

These projects are just the beginning, according to Pimentel, who expects this kind of real-time modeling and visualization to be used more widely in the architecture industry in the coming years. Commercial licenses for Twinmotion start at $499 and individual licenses for Unreal Engine are $1,500.

Pimentel says Epic Games recently worked with the American Institute of Architects to showcase the technology to about 60 different architecture firms, showing off the real-time design and feedback these gaming-centric tools make possible. He expected 10 firms to express interest in integrating the tools into their practice. About 40 did.

The fact that so many people are familiar with these types of visualizations in the context of video games could change expectations when it comes to presenting architectural designs. Pimentel says applying the immersive nature of video games to architectural projects is a natural pivot. “We offer experience,” he says. “This is something unique possible with real-time tools.”

Colin Kaepernick makes a key investment in the BIG3 league, compared


As Colin Kaepernick continues to push for a return to the NFL, he’s lending his aid to another league that needs his services.

Kaepernick reportedly invested in Ice Cub’s BIG3 league, a 3-on-3 basketball competition. The organization was about to shut down when Kaepernick decided to help, according to Shams Charania of Athleticism.

Kaepernick, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, practiced for the Raiders in May at the team’s facility. He last played for the 49ers and was eventually released at the end of the 2016 season. He was never signed by a team in free agency after making waves in the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.

The BIG3 was founded by rapper and actor Ice Cube along with former entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017. The league includes many former NBA players, some who continued their playing careers and others as coaches.

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Kaepernick believed he had never been signed by an NFL team because of his peaceful protests and the political attention his kneeling had drawn. He filed a grievance with the NFL in 2017, accusing the league owners of colluding for the blackballer, and he eventually reached a confidential settlement with the league.

Since then, the 34-year-old has remained politically active and has consistently stated that he still wants to play in the NFL. During an interview in October 2021, and several times since, Kaepernick said he was still training so he could one day lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl.

During an appearance on the I AM AN ATHLETE podcast in April, Kaepernick said he would be open to returning to the NFL as a backup quarterback.

“I know I have to find my way back. So if I have to come in as backup, that’s fine,” he said in April.

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NORTH ATTLEBORO — The city’s official website has a new look, but the same name, starting Friday.

The revamped site launched on schedule at 9 a.m. after months of development and is intended to help “map out the future” of the community, City Manager Michael Borg said.

In February, councilors approved Borg’s request for transfers of the city’s free money for $60,000 to redo the website, www.nattleboro.com, which residents had described as “difficult and not user-friendly.” .

The new site includes updated graphics and an easier-to-navigate layout.

Originally, Borg said he was planning renovations to the site, but after consulting with other officials, he said the site needed “a complete teardown and rebuilding of the way we respond to the public”.

The cost of the redesign by CivicPlus, a Kansas-based web development company, will include the price for the first year of hosting, which is about double the current cost of $4,000. The city plans to hire a resident services representative to act as an ombudsman who will help guide users through the city’s social media platforms. The 20-hour contract position, set for one year, will have a salary of $35,000.

The new site will allow the city to do more of its business online, Borg said, including things like permit applications.

The new site features photos of various city locations and a color palette in North Attleboro’s “Big Red” hue.

The homepage highlights various city events and includes a calendar of activities.

The site will allow users to create an account from which they can manage website notifications

The problem reporting system has been updated with a new button on the Big Red 311 home page for reporting online problems similar to the current “report action needed” system.

An emergency alert button allows users to register for the city’s Code Red emergency notification system, formerly known as Reverse 911.

Among other improvements, the city aims to centralize city job postings, expand the use of the city’s events calendar, and centralize all bidding cities in one place.

The transition is not entirely seamless. Some items that now show up in a web search — information about municipal employment contracts, for example — appear as dead links on the revamped site.

A note on the site reads “Thank you for your patience as we move forward with this exciting project.”

Juan Soto avoids calf damage after undergoing MRI


Juan Soto said an MRI on his left calf showed no damage after he left the Washington Nationals game on Sunday against the Miami Marlins due to strain, and he plans to take the situation day by day. day.

“Everything was fine,” Soto said. “We are going to be good. They said it was just a little tight, so I’ll just take a few days and see how it goes.

Soto wasn’t in Washington’s lineup on Monday, but he pinched in the eighth and tied on walks.

The 23-year-old star felt something tighten behind his left knee and in his calf after throwing a pitch into right field in the top of the third inning on Sunday. He came off after leading the goals and getting involved in a count late in the fourth.

“It didn’t feel so good, so I just made the decision to step out of the game and make sure everything was okay before I went on and made it worse,” Soto said. “You don’t want to get out of the game so easily. I want to be there, I want to give my 100%, so I wanted to try.

Soto entered Sunday on an eight-game hitting streak. It makes sense that the Nats are extra cautious with the face of the franchise, which they are trying to sign to a long-term contract.

His teammates were worried about Soto before he had the MRI, but he is already showing progress.

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“Today I feel better, and hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow too, and we’ll take it from there,” Soto said. “I’m just going to see how good it is.”

Washington opens a three-game series at NL East rival Philadelphia on Tuesday. Right-hander Jackson Tetreault won’t pitch against the Phillies after going on the 15-day injured list with a stress fracture in his right shoulder scapula.

Tétreault was dealing with some discomfort, then couldn’t get that arm really high after starting on Saturday and thought it was time to say something. His MRI showed much worse news than Soto’s.

“I would much rather fix this than continue to play with it and maybe not do well and end up hurting the team,” he said. “As much as I want to be there, it’s for the best.”

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Chapter 2 Executive
2.1 Synopsis of 3600 Online Payday Loans Market, 2018-2028
2.1.1 Industry trends
2.1.2 Material trends
2.1.3 Product trends
2.1.4 Operating trends
2.1.5 Distribution channel trends
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3.1 Industry Segmentation
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3.2.1 Component Suppliers
3.2.2 Producers
3.2.3 Profit Margin Analysis
3.2.4 Distribution Channel Analysis
3.2.5 Impact of COVID-19 on the market value chain
3.2.6 Vendor Analysis
3.3 Technology landscape
3.4 Regulatory landscape
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3.4.2 Europe
3.4.3 Asia-Pacific
3.4.4 Latin America
3.4.5 Middle East and Africa
3.5 Price Analysis (including impact of COVID-19)
3.5.1 By region North America Europe Asia-Pacific Latin America Middle East and Africa
3.5.2 Cost structure analysis
3.6 Industry impact forces
3.6.1 Drivers of growth
3.6.2 Industry Disadvantages and Challenges Focus on weight reduction
3.7 Innovation & sustainability
3.8 Growth Potential Analysis, 2020
3.9 Competitive landscape, 2020
3.9.1 Company Market Share
3.9.2 Main actors
3.9.3 Strategy Dashboard
3.10 Porter’s analysis
3.11 PILON analysis

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