Provenance: Baron Corneille Osy de Zegwart (1757–1831); and by descent to Jean Osy de Zegwart (1792– 1866). And by descent to Baron Edouard Osy de Zegwart (1832–1900), governor of Antwerp. And by descent to Baroness Osy de Zegwart and by descent in her family until 2014.
Note: Theodoor Rombouts was the primary exponent of Flemish Caravaggism, a brief but important artistic phenomenon that peaked in the 1620s. Born in Antwerp in 1597, the history and genre painter is best known for his large-scale secular works depicting merry companies, music scenes and card-playing characters in compact compositions. His half-length figures, firmly modelled and always lively, wear theatrical costumes and are set in chiaroscuro lighting typical of the Flemish Caravaggisti, also known as the Antwerp Tenebrosi. The artist began as a pupil of François van Lanckvelt in 1608 and then studied under Abraham Janssens (c.1575–1632), whose influence is evident throughout his career. Sometime after drafting his last will and testament in 1616 Rombouts left for Rome where he quickly embraced the style of Caravaggio (1571–1610) and Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582–1622). There is little known about his time in Italy but the documentation that does exist places the artist in the Roman parish of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte in 1620, which means that Dirck van Baburen (c.1592/93–1624), David de Haen (1585–1622) and Manfredi were living nearby. Enticed by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Rombouts also probably worked in Florence. Rombouts returned to his native city in 1625; he became a master in the painters' guild and a dean of the guild from 1629 to 1630. In 1627 he married Anna van Thielen, the sister of one of his pupils, flower painter Jan Philip van Thielen (1618–1667). The couple welcomed the birth of their daughter, Anna Maria, the following year. The successful artist painted mostly for private clients and for the open market but he also executed some altarpieces, with most commissions coming from Ghent. Though best known for his work in the Caravaggesque idiom, Rombouts's artistic development after returning to Antwerp followed popular taste. As the fashionable interest in Caravaggism began to wane after 1630, the savvy artist moved in the direction of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), towards greater refinement in his palette and surfaces. According to Leonard J. Slatkes, Rombouts's works were always only superficially Caravaggesque and were more profoundly shaped by the influences of his many Flemish baroque contemporaries.1 Little is known of his Antwerp workshop but his pupils included Nicolaas van Eyck (1617–1679), Jan Philip van Thielen and Paulus Robyns. Near the end of his life he attempted to replicate a house and studio in imitation of Rubens. The costly endeavour apparently incurred heavy debts, which he never had the opportunity to resolve due to his untimely death in 1637. The present work, Card Players in an Interior, belongs among the finest and most representative works of Rombouts's Caravaggesque genre scenes. Recalling Manfredi's merry company pictures, there is a marked sense of monumentality to the five figures that are arranged around a carpeted table, engaged in a game of cards. The individuals are realistic and expressive; the scene appears convincingly spontaneous and natural. Rombouts introduces repoussoir figures that confront the viewer and direct attention to the central bearded figure who stares down at his hand of cards, presumably a self-portrait. Rombouts also included a portrait of his wife, Anna, in the hatted figure seated beside him. The inclusion of self-portraits and portraits of family members was not unusual in Dutch and Flemish genre painting, despite the potentially negative associations of moralising subjects. Card playing was perceived as a time-waster at best and, at worst, was associated with any number of disreputable behaviours. Though no alcohol is depicted, coins are strewn about the table: a reference to the ‘unwholesome' activity of gambling. Portraits of Rombouts, his wife and even his young daughter can be seen in another of his works, The Backgammon Players, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (fig. 1), in which the lavishly dressed soldier bears the artist's likeness. This comparison not only confirms the identities of the Theodoor and Anna in our picture but also helps to date it. The Backgammon Players, painted in 1634, demonstrates Rombouts's move away from Caravaggism towards the prevailing baroque style as it evolved in Antwerp. Unlike our picture, the Raleigh composition is set in a deeper space with vaguely classicising figures. The palette is brighter, the lighting more diffuse and the costumes more sophisticated. The luxurious shimmering fabrics speak of the direct influence of Rubens and Van Dyck. Our Card Players was certainly produced earlier when Rombouts was still painting under the influence of Roman Caravaggism, adeptly applying chiaroscuro and local colour to his rustically expressive scenes.
Note: Matthias Stomer ranks among the most important and prolific Netherlandish masters of the seventeenth century who were active in Italy. This talented painter was among the last of the famed Dutch Caravaggisti. Although Stomer's birthplace cannot be documented with any certainty, the name Stom is of Southern Netherlandish (Flemish) derivation and it is possible that he emigrated from this region, like so many of his countrymen, to the Dutch Republic. Here he might have received his artistic training in Utrecht or possibly Amersfoort. The influence of Dutch painters from both those towns in terms of style and subject matter is readily detectable in his earliest work, in particular the influence of the prominent Utrecht painter, Gerrit van Honthorst, as well as that of Hendrick ter Brugghen, Joachim Wtewael or the venerable Abraham Bloemaert. In 1630 Stomer travelled to Rome and stayed there until around 1635. Our picture, The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, was painted during this Roman period and is an important picture within his overall oeuvre. Saint Bartholomew is traditionally identified as one of Christ's original twelve apostles. After the Resurrection, Bartholomew is believed to have preached the gospel in India and Armenia. In the latter region, he was flayed alive and then hung upside down for refusing to worship idols. In Stomer's dramatic canvas, the doomed saint is posed frontally in half-length. He is stripped to his loincloth and one of the executioners has already begun his grisly task. Stomer has added the remarkable motif of a figure in a striking terracotta-coloured robe at the far left, perhaps a pagan priest, who holds a golden statuette of Minerva before the elderly saint, thereby contextualising the immediate cause of his martyrdom. Stomer was probably familiar with a picture of the saint's martyrdom painted in Rome by the French Caravaggist Valentin de Boulogne, datable to c.1616.
Thos. Agnew & Sons was established in 1817 and has since held a preeminent position in the world of Old Master paintings. One of London's leading art dealerships, the new Agnews, celebrating its 200th year under a new and dynamic ownership, are active participants in all areas of the market, from the 15th to the 20th century. Our selection appeals to a cross-section of buyers, with a broad range of genres, subjects, price ranges, and periods. We work with established collectors and curators to refine existing collections, while simultaneously introducing a new audience to the pleasures and satisfaction of collecting.
Od początku roku 2016 na rynku ekskluzywnych akcesoriów dla graczy komputerowych coraz mocniej swoją obecność zaznacza sklep Gamera.pl. W jego ofercie znajdziecie wiele pierwszorzędnych produktów gamingowych, które nie są dostępne u innych sprzedawców o podobnym profilu handlowym. Sklep zapewnił sobie wiele korzystnych umów na bezpośredni import towarów wprost od producentów, co sprawia, że może on […]
Argentina (Rasainforma.com)- La Policía Federal de Argentina (PFA) incautó este jueves un segundo cargamento de piezas con simbología nazi que incluye objetos que supuestamente pertenecieron a Adolf Hitler. Las autoridades informaron que encontraron cascos, gorras, dagas, cuchillos, hebillas, lienzos y medallas identificados con la esvástica nazi en un local de San Telmo, uno de los barrios más tradicionales de Buenos Aires. El operativo estuvo a cargo de la División Unidad de Investigación de Conductas Discriminatorias de la PFA y se realizó en un local de antigüedades. Los objetos también tenían otras simbologías del Tercer Reich como la Cruz de Hierro y el águila imperial. La fiscal Aníbal Brunet solicitó el decomiso de las piezas, el inicio de una investigación por su procedencia, la imputación judicial del propietario del lugar y la clausura del mismo. Hace tres semanas, la división de Protección de Patrimonio Cultural de la Policía Federal encontró otros 75 objetos con los mismos símbolos nazis ocultos en una casa de la localidad de Beccar, ubicada en las afueras de esta capital. El lote, que fue bautizado como “tesoro nazi”, incluye bustos de Hitler, estatuillas de soldados de la SS (la guardia élite del Estado nazi), medallas y condecoraciones de […]
Depois de oito meses à frente da Secretaria de Defesa Social de Pernambuco (SDS), Angelo Fernandes Gioia pediu desligamento do cargo nesta quarta-feira (28). De acordo com o governo do estado, ele deixou o posto alegando questões pessoais. O novo secretário escolhido pelo governador Paulo Câmara é Antônio de Pádua Vieira Cavalcanti, que ocupava a Corregedoria Geral da SDS desde janeiro deste ano. Angelo Gioia alegou ter pedido para ser desligado do cargo para estar com a família e sai do posto com a "absoluta tranquilidade e satisfação do dever cumprido", segundo nota enviada pela Secretaria de Imprensa de Pernambuco.
No fim de 2016 e no começo deste ano, ele enfrentou um movimento por reajuste salarial dos policiais militares que resultou em uma operação padrão. Em fevereiro de 2017, Gioia trocou o comandante da Polícia Militar, coronel Carlos D'Albuquerque, pelo coronel Vanildo Maranhão, além de substituir o chefe da Polícia Civil, o delegado Antônio Barros, pelo delegado Joselito Amaral. Assim como Gioia, o novo titular da SDS-PE também foi delegado da Polícia Federal (PF), atuando de 2003 até o último mês de janeiro.
PERFIL DO NOVO SECRETÁRIO
Natural do Recife, Antônio de Pádua nasceu em 27 de junho de 1977 e é bacharel em Direito pela Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE). Já integrou o Ministério Público de Pernambuco (MPPE) como oficial de promotoria entre os anos de 2000 e 2003 e, em seguida, assumiu o cargo de delegado da PF.No posto, ele exerceu cargos de chefia em locais como a Delegacia de Entorpecentes, na Coordenadoria de Operações de Erradicação de Maconha no Interior de Pernambuco, na Delegacia de Imigração em Pernambuco, na Delegacia de Polícia Marítima. Entre os anos de 2015 e 2016, Pádua foi chefe da regional da Interpol em Pernambuco e, entre 2016 e 2017, exerceu o mesmo cargo na Delegacia de Armas e Produtos Químicos.
Coffee is generally served at a crotch-scalding and definitely too hot to drink temperature of around 160°F, while the average preferred drinking temperature is somewhere around 135°F. Letting it cool without it getting so cold you can’t enjoy the entire cup is normally an issue, but it doesn’t have to be with the Ember Temperature Control Mug. […]
Bob and Tom talk about everything going on around the NFL including things like the NFL wanting to play a game in China in 2019 and former Vikings HOF quarterback Brett Favre becoming a coach. On 'Have an Opinion, Already' Bob and Tom talk about needing to give Mariners pitcher Edwin Diaz another chance. Then on the Halftime Show they talk about Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto making trades and how only two teams since 2012 have made the playoffs when their record was under .500 at the All-Star break. And on the 'Injury Report' the Mariners 17th pick in the MLB draft Evan White is out with a hamstring injury.
Bob and Tom talk about the Mariners being in a must-win situation this weekend. Will Nelson Cruz be elected to the All-Star game? Former NFL coach/commentator Brain Billick comments saying that Russell Wilson needs to throw more to be elite. Then the Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto talks about pitcher Edwin Diaz still being the closer and the rumors about juiced baseballs. And on 'Wait a Minute, What?' professional cyclist Lance Armstrong says he was NOT helped by the banned substances he used.
Bell Gardens 3:30-5:30 pm–Celebration at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Celebrate Independence Day with traditional games, music, crafts and snacks. Ages: 5-14. Free. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For info, call (562) 806-7650. Boyle Heights July 1—5pm-10th Annual Boyle Heights Concert & Firework Show at Hollenbeck Park. Free musical entertainment, moon bounce, rock climbing, […]
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It all happens in John's car: Tom Petty's keyboardist, Benmont Tench and his Casio get in the back seat to play a very Off-Rampy song ... Queena Kim conducts a creativity masterclass ... Food writer Russ Parsons brings pie ... Charles Phoenix & Chris Nichols on the joys of getting lost in SoCal ... And Mayor Garcetti challenges John to a backgammon game. (PHOTO: On old off-ramp from the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Credit: John Rabe)
Samsung arbeitet mit dem Unternehmen Hyperkin an einem speziellen Case für seine Galaxy-Smartphones. Die Hülle soll Galaxy S8 und Co in einen GameBoy verwandeln. Das SmartBoy genannte Case schluckt dabei auch die Original-Module des legendären Handhelds. Erscheinen soll das Handheld-Case im September, Vorbestellung sind bereits möglich.
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Sechs Staffeln der Fantasy-Sendung "Game of Thrones" haben die Fans bereits gesehen. Was manche nicht wissen, die Macher des Fantasy-Epos haben viel Humor. So verstecken sich berühmte Köpfe, Musiker oder auch Monty Python-Sprüche in den Folgen. Wir zeigen euch die besten Easter Eggs.
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ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Workforce magazine awarded Dr. Philipp Schramm, CFO, VP of Human Resources and IT for Webasto Roof Systems Americas, the 2017 Workforce Game Changers award for workplace leadership. Webasto is the market leader for sunroofs, panorama...
Sean, Brian and Robin discuss the MLB All-Star Game rosters, the latest off-season news in the NBA, Carson Palmer, and are joined by Arizona Republic sportswriter Bob McManaman to discuss the Arizona Cardinal’s upcoming season. Also included is today’s Wrath of Sean.
We do our very best to preview the pre-GoldCup USMNT friendly. How might the US line up?
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We also preview the Confederations Cup final game between Chile and Germany, in which Daryl has already determined that Joshua Kimmich will be man of the match.
We close with TSS Scouting Network reports on Carleton, Arrellano, Yueill, The Jeff, Christensen, Embolo and Haji Wright.
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"There's no accounting for taste," said someone it seems rather a long time ago. Well, okay, some accounting. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't have rationalizations for our pick of gaming's most influential super-spies, brawlers, arch-villains and redoubtable heroines.
But before you wade in, a note about "influential," which we endeavored not to confuse with related terms like "beloved" or "innovative.
The world’s tiniest Game Boy Color, introduced at the 2016 Hackaday SuperConference, is a work of art. This microscopic game console inspired [c.invent] to create how own gaming handheld. His Keymu project on hackaday.io describes an open source, keychain-sized gaming handheld that its builder claims is really the world’s tiniest. How did he make it smaller? It’s a miniature Game Boy Advance SP, and it folds up in a handy clamshell case.
While he’s a Pi fan, [c.invent] felt the Pi Zero was too big and clunky for what he had in mind–a keychain-sized handheld. Only the Intel Edison was …read more
No thanks, Noctis. A few weeks ago at E3 I got to see a Final Fantasy 15 spin-off game for mobile, and honestly it really impressed me. It was a heartfelt little presentation that’s the antithesis of much of E3. Rather than a massive 4K screen, I was given a presentation by the director of […]
All the big, bad Pokemon you can raid against, detailed. Pokemon Go’s latest update is here, adding a major new feature to the hugely successful mobile game: difficult raid boss Pokemon, which spawn in at Pokemon Gyms and give players of all Pokemon Go teams a good reason to team up to take down mega-powerful […]
Hội nghị thượng đỉnh Liên minh châu Phi (AU) lần thứ 29 sẽ diễn ra trong hai ngày 3-4/7 ở thủ đô Addis-Ababa của Ethiopia, với chủ đề chính là “Vai trò của thanh niên trong tăng trưởng toàn diện và bền vững của châu lục."
Tại hội nghị lần này, ngoài chủ đề trọng tâm trên, các nguyên thủ và người đứng đầu chính phủ các nước thành viên AU cũng sẽ thảo luận về vấn đề “tự chủ tài chính”của AU trong thời gian tới.
Trước đó, các cuộc họp lần thứ 34 của Ủy ban đại diện thường trực AU (COREP) đã được tổ chức vào ngày 27-28/6 và cuộc họp Hội đồng chấp hành cấp Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao lần thứ 31 của AU cũng đã khai mạc ngày 30/6.
Ngoài mục đích phát huy những lợi thế to lớn trong việc đầu tư vào giới trẻ, Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 cũng sẽ tập trung thảo luận và giải quyết những vấn đề liên quan hòa bình và an ninh ở châu lục. Đặc biệt là giải quyết khủng hoảng ở 2 quốc gia thành viên là Somalia và Libya, cũng như xem xét việc cải cách tổ chức lớn nhất châu lục này để phát huy hiệu quả hơn trong tương lai.
Hiện Tổng thống Rwanda Paul Kagame là Chủ tịch đương nhiệm của AU. Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 diễn ra trong bối cảnh tỷ lệ thất nghiệp trong đội ngũ lao động trẻ ở châu Phi hiện rất cao, chiếm khoảng 30% tổng lực lượng lao động tại đây.
Đặc biệt, tình hình an ninh, trật tự tại châu lục này đang có chiều hướng phức tạp khi các tổ chức Hồi giáo cực đoan đang gia tăng các hoạt động khủng bố, nhất là Somalia, Niger, Mali, Nigeria …và nền hòa bình mong manh tại Libya, Nam Sudan.
Đặc biệt là cuộc khủng hoảng nhân đạo ở Nam Sudan được coi là tồi tệ nhất châu Phi và thế giới hiện nay với hàng trăm nghìn người có nguy cơ bị chết đói, trong đó có nhiều phụ nữ và trẻ em./.
Star-spangled weapons skins and free t-shirts, new racer Vagner available. GTA Online’s Independence Day content has been activated – login to the game and you’ll be able to access it right away. The Independence Day DLC includes skins and liveries for the Mobile Operations Centers and weapons. You can see prices for those right here. […]
It finally stopped raining in Eastbourne long enough for us to see some tennis matches. This is Kuznetsova, a long time Russian player. This was on one of the outer courts at the tennis tournament and you can see how close we are able to get to the game. It’s a lot of fun for […]
Be prepared for Breath of the Wild’s first major DLC pack. Update: The DLC is out right now so go grab it. It’s 05.GB on Nintendo Switch and 3.7GB on the Wii U. Go get that new gear! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still the best game released so far for […]
Fortnite is a complex game, and if you want to be good by the time it launches you’ll want to start studying now. This video from Arekkz gets into the key details about the Fortnite experience, and digs into the numerous skill trees and abilities at your disposal. Here are some of the highlights: Gathering […]
A balance update will change how often you encounter certain pieces of loot while you’re desperately scrambling to stay alive in Battlegrounds. In a post on the game’s Steam community page, the eponymous Playerunknown has announced some of the changes coming in the next update, ahead of tomorrow’s full set of patch notes. “Due to […]
The latest free update for Watch Dogs 2 is a whopper, introducing four player co-op that will greatly expand the game’s multiplayer options. The free July update, available July 4, celebrates Independence Day by letting you team up with three friends and free-roam San Francisco together, getting up to mischief, blowing stuff up, and taking […]
The traditional mid-year Xbox Ultimate Games Sale is a doozy this year. The list of games on Major Nelson’s Blog is massive, as is to be expected. To make things a bit easier, here are some top picks from the list, and how heavily they are discounted (prices will vary by region; first discount is […]
Pac-Man VS., a GameCube game played by almost no-one, is making its way to the Switch. Pac-Man VS., originally released for the GameCube in 2003, was available as a bonus disc available when you purchased I-Ninja, R: Racing Evolution, or the Player’s Choice edition of Pac-Man World 2. The recommended way to play involved three […]
A new gun introduced into Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare this week was, for the day it was left live, able to clear a screen of enemies every time it was fired. This news comes courtesy of PCGamesN. The gun is identified as the Proteus, which is capable of switching between sniper and shotgun modes. […]
Sometimes, a game’s fans can come together and do great things. GuardianCon 2017 is a Destiny fan festival being held in Tampa, Florida, from June 30 until July 1. It will feature special guests, live podcasts and streamers, keynote speeches, meet-and-greet sessions, and competitive play. The event has also been heavily focused on charity, and […]
Rocket League is getting schwifty for its second birthday with some new free content. Rick and Morty will be coming to Rocket League through various toppers and antennas that will be made available in a free update on July 5. As outlined on the game’s official site, Rick and Morty will be coming as antennas, […]
Tender Loving Care ruffled some feathers upon its original release in 1998 for two major reasons. First, the game was irritatingly difficult to classify–it looked like other FMV-heavy point-and-click adventure titles like the Gabriel Knight and Phantasmagoria series, but there weren’t any puzzles to solve; it featured multiple endings, but a randomizing element thrown into the […]
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America.n - White House & Famous USA Land.marks Kategorie: Reisen Preis: 2,29 € -> 1,09 € Version: 1.1 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: *ANIMATED AMERICA STICKER PACK*
Be the first to sticker your iMessages!
iMessage is a whole new game with the release of iOS 10! We’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival to release a series of travel-inspired stickers - Travel-Mojis - specially designed to send to your friends and stick all over your text messages.
This collection is all red white and blue. Let the twinkling stars transport you to some epic landmarks and sights you’ve probably seen or want to visit located in the United States of America:
• Las Vegas Strip
• Alcatraz Island
• Yellowstone National Park
• White House
• Mount Rushmore
• The Statue of Liberty
• Golden Gate Bridge
• Niagara Falls
• Grand Canyon
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Falling Balls in Watch Kategorie: Spiele Preis: 1,09 € -> kostenlos Version: 1.0 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: Falling Balls in Watch is a game that needs quick fingers and bit of brainwork.
Switch the falling coloured columns so that they fall into a row of three or more similar colors, either horizontally, diagonally or vertically. Rack up the points as quick as you can!
- Nice user interface
- Easy to play
Beschreibung: Othello Crush is a variant of the old Othello game, but with a little twist.
Start by choosing a nickname and login with Facebook or a Nickname/Email. Invite your friends to play for fame and glory on the highscorelist. You can search for friends by email, nickname or just invite them with facebook.
When your friends starts to accept your invites, they will start to appear in the game table. The one who sent the invitation will be Black and will also make the first move. You can swipe left on a friend to show available choices.
Watch your opponent play by staying in the play-scene while waiting for the next move. You can also Resign or Pass on the left bottom meny, or use a gadget on the right menu.
For every game you win you will earn 1 Othello Crush Gold, so keep on gaming!
There is a in-app-purchase where you can buy Othello Gold which you can exchange for gadgets that will maybe give you the upper hand in the game. There is extra moves, bombs and flip a piece. You can also buy other stuff to make the game more customized just for you.
Who will gain fame and fortune and become no.1 on the highscorelist!!!
Beschreibung: Anime-style RPG Sale! Save up to 89%OFF on 4 KEMCO titles! (USD 9.99 -> USD 0.99)
A brand new entry in the Alphadia series!
Full-fledged fantasy RPG experience with stunning 3D battles!
Due to high memory usage, it is not recommended that multiple applications are used simultaneously while playing Alphadia Genesis.
Doing so could cause the game to fail to load or force quit. Therefore, we ask you free up any available memory before playing.
Alphadia Genesis boasts a rich multifaceted story that revolves around Fray, an Archleign's guild member and Corone, a knight in the Ghalzabine Army. As their journey progresses and conflicting national interests come to the forefront, it becomes apparent that it will take more than a little work on both their parts if their relationship is to weather the boding storm on the horizon.
Having been at peace for only 15 years since the end of the Energi War, the kingdoms of Archleign and Ghalzabine are once again thrust onto center stage after a murder perpetrated by a clone, whose rights and freedoms they both lobbied for, comes to light.
Hoping the treaty signed to end the use of clones for conventional warfare has not been violated, a joint-investigative team is put together to find out the cause and bring those responsible to justice. However, things then appear to be far more volatile than anyone could have first imagined...
▼Dramatic Event Scenes
With a voice cast of many notable Japanese actors and actresses lend...
Bugs Third Grade Educational Games for Kids School Edition Kategorie: Bildung Preis: 3,49 € -> 1,09 € Version: 2.01 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: We believe that children learn best in a warm, fun and relaxed environment. So, come play with us and enjoy tons of endless fun with Bugs Third Grade Educational Games for Kids School Edition!
Ideal as an educational tool to build up your third-graders understanding of the Math and English key concepts, this app is filled with interactive activities that will not only keep your third grader highly entertained but widely educated as well.
Covering a variety of activities designed to create a real learning experience, this app is a surefire means to give your child’s Math and English skills a boost. Exercises such as identifying sentence parts, verb tenses, punctuations, synonym and antonym and spelling are designed to develop their thinking and language skills in both written and oral form. The math exercises will help your third grader build their fluency in basic math operations in addition, subtraction and multiplication and develop their understanding of place value and the operations of the number sentences.
It boasts an interesting mix of activities that touches the following content areas:
1. Decimals and Fractions – understand the ways of representing fractional and decimal numbers and how they both relate to each other.
2. Multiplication and Division – apply multiplication and division of whole numbers of up to 4-digits, including word problems in real-life situations
3. Geometry – help grasp the concepts of area and perimeter as well as angles to make kids c...
Prison Run and Gun Kategorie: Spiele Preis: 2,29 € -> 1,09 € Version: 1.0.2 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: Prison Run and Gun is a retro puzzle platformer with modern gameplay and mechanics.
The recent events in a state prison, involving Jake from Hot Guns Team was a perfect moment for some prisoners to escape - you are one of them.
Use your skills and the guns to break through 30 sections standing between you and the freedom !
The game supports MFI controllers
Return of the Zombie King Kategorie: Spiele Preis: 3,49 € -> 1,09 € Version: 1.UNLESS in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: Mach dich auf eine Reise auf, deine Körperteile wiederzufinden und dir den Thron als König des Landes zurückzuerobern.
See what the critics are saying about Zombie King:
* Selected as one of Eli Hodapp's Top 10 games of 2016 *
* "Return of the Zombie King is a fun and creative twist on the endless runner genre we all know and love." - Touch Tap Play
*"Return of the Zombie King is certainly worth some of your time." - PocketGamer
- Mehr als 100 Leveln in 4 Umgebungen
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- Tolle Pixel-Art und Effekte
- Mehr als ein Dutzend Feinde und Hindernisse
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Fourth Grade Learning Games School Edition Kategorie: Bildung Preis: 3,49 € -> 1,09 € Version: 2.00 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: Fourth Grade Learning Games has 13-games, including English, Math and Science games.
It is perfect for all fourth graders to help them develop important skills to top their grade 4 class.
Learning the basics has never been made this fun and easy. With a variety of carefully designed activities to choose from, your kids will surely enjoy studying as much as playing. With the cute character, Bunny, this learning tool teaches fractions, factors, spelling games, adjectives and nouns, parts of the body, abbreviations, matter, trivia, decimals, and many more! Parents can participate by being involved in coaching and monitoring how well their kids are doing in each of the activity.
Be amazed at how easy this rabbit adventure of fourth grade learning will make.
Help your child become the top of their class by mastering all the activities in this app. What a fantastic time of learning! Let the bunny motivate your child with positive encouragement and playful music.
Activities include are:
1. Abbreviations – Covers the basic abbreviations in the English Language
2. Adjectives and Nouns – Helps the student identify the adjective that best describes the noun
3. Capital Letters – Proper use of capitalization is vital for Grade 4 students as they learn formal writing.
4. Sentences – Rearrange the words to make meaningful sentences
5. Spelling – Spell the word or identify the right spelling of the word
6. Synonyms and Antonyms – Identify words that mean the same or opposite
7. Matter ...
Learn Farm Animals - Point Listen Learn Kategorie: Bildung Preis: 3,49 € -> 1,09 € Version: 1.0 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: I made this app for my daughter.
THIS APP IS COMPLETELY FREE FROM ADVERTISEMENTS AND IN-APP PURCHASES.
We tried to find a good app that had animal pictures with animal sounds (farm animals). The apps I've been testing for my daughter are all either too complicated, filled with advertisements and in-app purchases or simply just not visually appealing.. so I made this custom app for her that I'm hoping you and your little ones will enjoy as well.
This is the classical memory game with animal cards. Tap on a card to see the hidden picture behind it. The animal sound and name will be played every time a animal picture is shown.
Match two animal cards and they will visually move to the center overlapping to highlight that they are the same and then get removed from the game board.
Match all the animals to get a thumbs up! A new game will begin again with new animals, new cards and a new background.
It contains 9 different animals with a total of 54 unique, high resolution, beautiful photos along with the sound each animal make. On top of this, I recorded myself voicing the animal names (since I figured my daughter might as well learn what the animals are called while she's at it).
The sounds and background music are all configurable through the iPad's settings section (not inside the app). This way, there's no risk of tapping on the "wrong" thing inside the app.
You can choose to disable/enable the voice and animal sound independently, decide the order they should be played...
One Should Go - Farm Animals - Point Listen Learn Kategorie: Bildung Preis: 3,49 € -> 1,09 € Version: 1.1 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: I made this app for my daughter.
THIS APP IS COMPLETELY FREE FROM ADVERTISEMENTS AND IN-APP PURCHASES.
We tried to find a good app that had animal pictures with animal sounds (farm animals). The apps I've been testing for my daughter are all either too complicated, filled with advertisements and in-app purchases or simply just not visually appealing.. so I made this custom app for her that I'm hoping you and your little ones will enjoy as well.
This is a very educational game where 4 different animals are displayed, 3 of them have something in common and "one should go".
The common things can be anything such as "All are birds" where three birds are displayed and a cow. The cow should naturally be the one to go :)
The possible similarities inside the app right now are:
- "All have four legs"
- "All have two legs"
- "All are birds"
- "All are herbivores"
- "All are carnivores"
- "All are omnivores":
- "All have feathers"
- "All have hooves"
I will add more similarities in future updates of the app. If you have an idea for a similarity between the animals please let me know! :)
It contains 11 different animals with a total of 64 unique, high resolution, beautiful photos along with the sound each animal make. On top of this, I recorded myself voicing the animal names (since I figured my daughter might as well learn what the animals are called while she's at it).
The sounds and background music are all configurable through the iPad's settings section (not inside the app)...
Super Happy Fun Block Kategorie: Spiele Preis: 1,09 € -> kostenlos Version: 1.2 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: "[A] pretty amazing puzzle-platformer with a nice sense of style" - Touch Arcade, 4.5 Stars
Ball's world was black and white until vibrant alien Blocks fell from the sky and destroyed civilization.
UPDATE: game does not run on iOS 7.
Super Happy Fun Block is a puzzle game in which changing the color of the world alters reality. Maneuver through treacherous obstacles, uncover hidden secrets, and outsmart the Blocks to help Ball save what remains of humanity.
- Challenge: It'll take a clever mind to solve these increasingly complex puzzles.
- Animation: Hand drawn animation bring characters and the world to life.
- Humor: The end of the world doesn't have to be dark thanks to expressive characters and entertaining dialogue.
- Secrets: Hidden secrets reward astute players with additional content.
- Control: Precise controls built for touch screens, plus gamepad support.
Beschreibung: Move all passengers to the correct destination overpass all handicaps of the environment.
Remember, passengers patience is limited, everything should be done fast and clean, also price for space fuel is high.
In the game you will face as a single trap and barrier as a combination of them that organize logic puzzle. Only after player will find correct solution for it he will be able to complete all tasks in time.
The levels are organized not only on different locations but on different planets which change Bobs point of view of his major task. During Bobs journey, between levels, the player will be able to track the history of Bobs space love.
Beschreibung: Grand Prix | White Nights 2016
Best Game Design | White Nights 2016
Schleiche um einen futuristischen Wolkenkratzer und befreie deinen Clan!
Eine Ninja schleicht heimlich um einen futuristischen Wolkenkratzer – das Hauptquartier einer bösartigen Korporation. Diese Korporation hat deinen Clan entführt und will nun Experimente an den Mitgliedern durchführen.
In der Korporation plant man, eigene Ninjas zu klonen und diese Klone über einen Dienst, der sich „Mr Future Ninja“ nennt, als geistlose Diener zu verkaufen!
Weil du die letzte Hoffnung bist, musst du die Korporation besiegen und deinen Clan befreien!
Synchronisiere deine Fortschritte auf all deinen Geräten über iCloud.
Viel Spaß! :)
Root Word Quizlet Kategorie: Bildung Preis: 1,09 € -> kostenlos Version: 5.0 in iTunes öffnen
Beschreibung: An App designed to give kids (and adults) a game platform to test their knowledge of Greek and Latin roots. There are over 400 roots in the app. The quiz prompt is formulated into a sentence. Each root give an example of an English word, cites whether the word is Latin or Greek and provides the the root. The Quiz then asks the meaning of the root word based on the information given.
In this Episode, Cris is still away, so Andrew and Johnny are joined by Dr. Steven Campbell, former Nat Champ, current MTG Pest. Steven shares his various (strong) opinions on various topics. Also, we play some of your favourite games. A great episode with a guest who is a scholar of magic for 20+ years,...
Pewter Games has brought their charming point and click adventure The Little Acre to iOS. It’s an amazingly beautiful animated adventure set in a sort of hybrid magical / alien world. A great all ages adventure and very fun.
HDR and VR principles and technology preferred. The Vancouver Film School (VFS) Sound Design for Visual Media program is hiring for the position of part-time... From Vancouver Film School - Tue, 30 May 2017 03:44:23 GMT - View all Vancouver, BC jobs
ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.
The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.
His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.
He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.
At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.
Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.
But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.
There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."
He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.
But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.
His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.
And the Braves organization loves him.
"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."
It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.
"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.
"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.
"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."
Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.
He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.
The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.
Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.
"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."
He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.
"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."
Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.
"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."
He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.
He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.
"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."
Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.
"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."
The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.
Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.
Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.
"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."
The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:
Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.
Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.
Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.
Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.
"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."
In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.
His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.
2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.
"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"
Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."
"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...
"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."
Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.
"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."
The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.
"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."
With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.
But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.
"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.
Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."
When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.
"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."
Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."
"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."
Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.
"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."
When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.
"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."
Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.
Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.
"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."
The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.
How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.
But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.
"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."
Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.
"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.
"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"
Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.
"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory. If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.
"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."
There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.
"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."
Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.
Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Turner broke his right wrist, and an official timetable for his return has not been determined.
The 23-year-old left the game in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch by Cubs reliever Pedro Strop in the bottom of the seventh.
Turner had a breakout rookie season for the Nationals in 2016. He finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .342/.370/.567 with 13 homers and 33 stolen bases in 73 games.
His offensive numbers have dipped this season, as he had a .277/.318/.421 slash line in 67 games entering Thursday, though he does lead Major League Baseball with 35 stolen bases.
Injuries have decimated the top of Washington's batting order this season. Adam Eaton tore his ACL in April and is out for the rest of the year.
With Turner sidelined for the foreseeable future, Stephen Drew will likely be given the first shot at the everyday shortstop job in Washington.
Colon spent the past three years with the Mets, producing a 44-34 record with a 3.90 ERA. He showed impressive consistency while throwing over 190 innings per year, winning at least 14 games each season.
He even earned his fourth All-Star nod last year while producing a 3.43 ERA. He's also a former Cy Young award winner, having taken home the prize in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels.
Limited room in the Mets rotation caused him to sign with the Braves in the offseason on a one-year, $12.5 million deal. However, he struggled mightily with his new team, allowing six or more runs in each of his last four starts.
Meanwhile, New York suddenly has a need for starting pitching with 80 percent of its opening day rotation on the disabled list, including stars Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.
Although the club entered Thursday with a 35-42 record and is unlikely to give up much for a new starting pitcher, Colon could be the perfect fit.
The Braves announced Colon was designated for assignment and Rex Brothers was called up from Triple-A to take his spot on the 25-man roster.
The move comes one day after Colon returned from the disabled list and started against the San Diego Padres. He lasted just four innings in his first game since June 5, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks.
The 44-year-old Colon has struggled all season for the Braves with an 8.14 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 63 innings.
The Braves signed Colon to a one-year deal in the offseason. He spent the previous three seasons with the New York Mets and has played 20 MLB seasons with nine different teams.
Buies Creek Astros players tossed around Wiffle Balls with Fayetteville kids on Friday.After their warmup, the kids filled out the field, ready to play with the professionals.“We’re excited to get out here and play a game,” said Brett
Bullets and blades blast and slice across Battlerealm as Jake Gallows, the Punisher of 2099, brute forces his way into “Marvel Contest of Champions” as the game’s 100th character.
We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about what makes this particular Punisher tick like a time bomb.
Marvel.com: I gotta ask, how much effort does it take for The Collector to reach through the past and future to snatch up a specimen?
Gabriel Frizzera: The Punisher 2099 was captured in the original batch of Champions for The Contest. But it wasn’t necessary for Collector to reach through time, since Jake Gallows had travelled back to the 21st century to execute Carnage, as part of an initiative by the future Hydra regime to punish criminals in different timelines. They’re very proactive at the Secret Empire— they won’t let small things like the space-time continuum get in the way of their punishment!
Marvel.com: And what makes Jake Gallows so special that he gets to fight it out in The Contest?
Gabriel Frizzera: Gallows was one of the characters Marvel allowed us to redesign for the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS comic book, and appeared briefly in the last issue—before being quickly dispatched by Frank Castle. We had plans to put him in the game for a while, and when the opportunity to do a Secret Empire tie-in came about, we decided to have him as the villain. Turns out he’s also our 100th playable character, so it worked out great that he’s one of our original designs!
Marvel.com: 100 characters is a super cool milestone, and outside of Angela, this may be my favorite looking combatant in “Contest of Champions.” Seriously, this Punisher looks absolutely awesome! What can you tell us about his design?
Gabriel Frizzera: We are fond of his ‘90s garish outfit and gadgets, but we wanted to push him to look more like a “futuristic shock-police on steroids.” The central piece of the design is the chest skull made of knives and guns—which teleport into his hands; not a second to spare in the future. His whole arsenal is white to contrast with the black and red suit, but also to speak to the nature of 2099’s technology: all weapons would be freshly formed and reconfigured on the spot by nanotechnology. His original concept had way more weapons—like mag-blades on his arms and an electro-baton—and a tactical helmet, which ended up having to be cut for memory reasons. But we kept his bad-ass disintegrating gun and “Grenazers”!
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Punisher 2099 in Marvel Contest of Champions
Marvel.com: Aside from his bad ass new look, what sets him apart from Frank Castle?
Gabriel Frizzera: We joke in the office that Jake Gallows makes Frank Castle look like a soft-hearted hippie! We had a lot of fun writing the contrast between the two, the same way other writers love to contrast Frank Castle among more “straight” heroes like Captain America. In the story, when placed between Jake Gallows’ and Steve Rogers’ radically different views of justice, Frank Castle is forced to admit he might be a bit closer to Cap than the fanatic Punisher 2099. It was fun for me to write dialogue where Gallows calls Castle a “half-measure,” the same way Castle called Matt Murdock [“Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix]. That shows how far Punisher 2099 has strayed into villainous territory.
Marvel.com: Tell me a little about Punisher 2099’s abilities…
Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 gets much of his strength from his Nano-Tech, which is powered by the Nano-Tech Battery. This charge builds over time, and his Special 1 gives him an Overcharge Passive effect, giving him additional Nano-Tech charge for a few seconds. This charge is spent by a number of automatically triggered effects—things like: Triggering a Heal Block on an Opponent when they trigger a Regeneration Buff, Draining the Charge to Regenerate Punisher 2099 if his Health drops below a threshold, or adding a Stun effect to his Heavy Attack. He also enters an Overdrive mode if his Charge reaches 100%. This drains his Charge over time, but grants him additional Attack, and reduces the amount of Power his Opponent gains when they’re struck by Punisher’s attacks.
Marvel.com: And what’s Retribution 2099 all about?
Simon Cameron: Retribution 2099 is Punisher’s Signature Ability. It lets him start the fight with his Nano-Tech Battery partially charged; it also adds a new automatically triggered effect to spend his Nano-Tech Charge on. This ability triggers when his opponent hits full power, draining a small amount of it, and power locking them for a couple seconds. It’s a little like a Special 3 get out of jail free card.
Marvel.com: And when can we hope to bring the Punisher’s weapon mastery to bear on the bad guys?
Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 opens fire on The Contest June 29!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!
Spider-Man and some of his spectacular friends swing back to “Marvel Avengers Academy” as Peter’s other school—the Midtown School of Science and Technology—prepares for their homecoming celebration. But the villainous Vulture has other ideas! He launches an attack on both learning institutions and it’ll take everyone at the Academy—plus some new pals Peter’s made over the last year—to thwart his plan and save the dance.
We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to learn everything Spidey brings with him in this latest event.
Marvel.com: What’s bringing the web-head and his spider-powered crew back to “Avengers Academy”?
Allen Warner: At the end of our previous Multiverse event, we learned that someone had been scavenging Maestro’s collection of “trophies” for tech and weapons, along with various labs and superhuman battle sites across New York. Nick Fury tasked Spider-Man with finding the perpetrator, and he’s coming back to report what he’s found. It also coincides with the homecoming dance at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, so Spidey will be bringing the party to Avengers Academy, and bugging everyone for dating advice.
Marvel.com: Why is Vulture so set on laying waste to Midtown Sci-Tech and the Academy?
Allen Warner: Vulture is a brilliant scientist and inventor, but was turned down by both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech after being accused of stealing other students’ tech and ideas to further his own goals. He feels like his fellow super-scientists don’t respect him, and the entire world is conspiring against him, so he starts using tech and weapons found in various superhuman battle sites to rebuild and repurpose mechanical monstrosities into things like an army of Vulture-ized Octobots. He wants power and respect, and he’ll destroy everyone and everything at both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech to get it.
Marvel.com: The event district gives us a peek at Peter’s life outside the Academy; what new things will players discover?
Allen Warner: The event district is Midtown Sci-Tech itself, decked out for homecoming. It’s completely different than anything we’ve done before, and really cool because it brings a lot of fun, school flavor the campus. Unfortunately, Vulture shows up to ruin the party, so he’s perched atop the school with his prisoners and minions, plotting his attack on Avengers Academy.
Marvel.com: And the event building carves out a space for one particular Spider-heroine…
Allen Warner: Yes, we’re big Spider-Gwen fans over here too, so we wanted her to share the spotlight. The event building is a multi-tiered punk rock venue where Gwen and some surprise guests are going to perform, and throw their own brand of homecoming bash. The building represents Gwen really well with its gleaming white exteriors, colorful neon blue and pink graffiti, a unique stage and dance floor, and some other really cool surprises.
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Armored Spider-Man in Marvel Avengers Academy
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Spider-Man in Marvel Avengers Academy
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Marvel.com: How will players battle Vulture and his refurbished Octobot army?
Allen Warner: Players will battle Vulture’s tech on the campus as a team, while battling Vulture himself, and a couple of foes he’s tricked into fighting by his side. Part of his plan is to create chaos and keep the heroes busy by setting Symbiotes loose in New York, so your heroes will also battle in the streets of New York to protect the city.
Marvel.com: What new faces will join the Academy—and the fight against Vulture—as Peter calls on more of his friends from across the multiverse?
Allen Warner: A really cool collection of various Spider-Heroes, amazing friends, and one grumpy newspaper publisher. Players will be able to recruit Silver Sable, Spider-Girl, Agent Venom, J. Jonah Jameson, and Silk. J. Jonah Jameson was really popular as a cameo character during our first Spider-Man event, and I’d forgotten how fun he is to write until this event came around. His personality is great to bounce off of the students, and I can’t wait for everyone to see his visual upgrades. Silver Sable is one of my favorite Spidey characters. She looks amazing, and is a cool fit alongside some of the spies and mercenaries running around the school. Agent Venom is one of the most awesome Symbiotes, and he brings something completely unique to the table, and of course [his alter ego] Flash [Thompson] and Peter Parker have a classic rivalry. Spider-Girl and Silk are two of the coolest spider-powered characters in my opinion. They both were very close to making the cut in our first Spider-Man event, so I’m really excited to see them finally make it into “Avengers Academy.” As always, our art and animation teams have knocked it out of the park with everyone’s designs and actions, and I think players are going to love having all of these characters at their school.
Marvel.com: And there must be some cool new outfits on the way as well…
Allen Warner: Definitely. There are new outfits for Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Mary Jane, Venom, and Doctor Octopus. It’s a cool mix of some iconic looks, some seldom-seen but awesome outfits from the comics, and a couple of classics given fun Avengers Academy-style re-imaginings. It’s a really cool group that I think people will love.
Marvel.com: With the second Guardians of the Galaxy event, players were able to recruit the heroes from the previous event; will we see something similar here?
Allen Warner: Yes, we got a really positive response from players during the Guardians 2 event who enjoyed that opening week featuring characters from the original event because it gave them a first or second chance at characters they’d missed out on before, so we decided to do a similar thing here. The opening week will give new and longtime players the chance to get one of the outfits and a few of the characters from the original event, as well as a new character and outfit. Over the course of the event, players will have a chance to get every single character and outfit from the original Spider-Man event, including Miles Morales, Mysterio, Black Cat, Electro, Green Goblin, and many more.
Marvel.com: Once the Vulture is thwarted, what new adventures will players be able to look forward to?
Allen Warner: We’re going to find that Vulture isn’t the only person who’s secretly holding a grudge against Avengers Academy. He’s been sharing his scavenged tech and weapons with some faraway enemies, and they’re ready to go to war.
Over the years, Blackagar Boltagon has filled many roles: leader of the Inhumans, husband, father, intergalactic ruler—and now, prisoner! Writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward set up quite a challenge for the one-time king when they launched BLACK BOLT a few months back: escape from an epic space prison!
Teamed up with the likes of Absorbing Man, Black Bolt continues to figure out how to flee the seemingly inescapable jail in the stars so he can find his way back to his family. We talked with Ward about designing Black Bolt’s cage, working on the silent hero, and making his mark on a childhood favorite.
Marvel.com: This book has definitely taken Black Bolt in some unexpected directions. How has it been crafting these stories with Saladin so far?
Christian Ward: I’m drawn to stories I can’t predict. I think that’s one reason why shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are so enjoyable. Reading Saladin’s scripts for BLACK BOLT [has] had those same unexpected elements and I’ve loved reading them. Bringing a story to life that you’re already enjoying in its script form is easy. I have a background in creator-owned comics; I’m used to working on books I’m personally invested in and working on BLACK BOLT with Saladin has felt no different.
I think he would agree that we’ve really clicked working on BLACK BOLT. It’s been an absolute joy and I feel very lucky to be working with Saladin. I felt like we’re telling one story together infused with all these personal elements. I definitely feel like we’re trying to say something with BLACK BOLT, whilst remembering it’s a super hero comic and it should also be a lot of fun. Even with his first comic, Saladin’s going to be [among] many peoples’ very favorite writers. He’s certainly one of mine now and hopefully this will be the first of many projects we do together.
Marvel.com: The story mixes elements from classic prison break tales with sci-fi and super heroes. Do you enjoy playing with those pieces and building new structures with them?
Christian Ward: I do! Lots of my previous projects—like ODY-C for instance—have been about clashing genres together. I love the tension you get from mixing disparate ingredients. With BLACK BOLT, as well as the genres you mentioned, I’ve been having fun approaching parts like a Gothic horror, not just with the scenery and the lighting but also trying to use page layouts to make it feel foreboding or claustrophobic.
There have been pages where I’ve tried to make the panel [borders] feel as much of the prison bars as the ones I’ve actually drawn. Becoming narrower and narrower as our characters are contained or crushed within them. It’s been fun to allow the different genres, like horror, influence how certain elements of the book look and even let each issue feel a little different. For instance, in issue #4 I’ve been playing with formal nine-panel grids and half tone textures as a way to exaggerate the old school comic book-ness of the issue. It keeps me on my toes and hopefully it keeps the [book] exciting from issue to issue for the reader.
Black Bolt #4 preview art by Christian Ward
Black Bolt #4 preview art by Christian Ward
Black Bolt #4 preview art by Christian Ward
Marvel.com: You’re setting much of the action inside of this jail. How much of it did you have designed ahead of time?
Christian Ward: Lots of great design is about tension and what Saladin had in mind for our prison was perfect to play to that idea. He had this idea that it would be equal parts Victorian gaol and [Jack] Kirby techno, so for every stone pillar there has to be this contrasting piece of insane, impossible machinery.
I read about Panopticon so I knew I wanted there to be eyes everywhere because big floating over-watching eyes are always creepy and it had to feel huge, I wanted Black Bolt to feel insignificant there. I certainly didn’t design a physical place like an architect would, rather I spent a lot of time thinking about how it would feel, or maybe how the inmates would feel being held there. I wanted the prison to feel intangible, like a monster glimpsed in the darkness, a place that was ever changing. Somewhere it would be impossible to get your footing or stay sane. An M.C. Escher drawing come to life.
Marvel.com: BLACK BOLT has incorporated some interesting characters from Absorbing Man to Death’s Head. How has it been putting your own spin on them and making them work in this story?
Christian Ward: The first thing I have to say is what a huge and continuing honor it is to be drawing these characters that so many greats have drawn before me. It’s very exciting to, as you say, put a spin on them. It’s a tricky balancing act to honor what’s come before and try to shine a different light on them. Hopefully success comes from loving the characters in the first place. For instance, when I was a teenager Death’s Head was my favorite character growing up in the UK. He was my Hulk, my Spider-Man, my X-Men. He was my number one. So when I came to design my take on him I let that love guide the design. What I love about the character—that’s what I bring to the forefront.
And oh boy, Absorbing Man! I love drawing Carl. This might be Black Bolt’s book, but I think Crusher’s the heart of it. It’s been so much fun to draw him not as a bad guy, but as a man, and try and make him feel real. Whereas I’m trying to keep Bolt at arm’s length I really want readers to feel very empathetic towards Crusher. I’ve really grown to love the guy so I hope that’s coming through.
Marvel.com: Does Black Bolt’s silence offer any particular challenges when you’re working from panel to panel?
Christian Ward: It’s a huge challenge. I remember reading about the difference between TV, movie, and stage acting and the “volume” in which actors have to project or emote in each. Unlike in theater, for instance, on a giant movie screen the smallest of facial movements can be read. I’m aiming for giant movie screen acting here. I’ve always enjoyed comic book acting and it’s huge fun to try and convey all the subtleties of Bolt’s face. I really wanted to have him feel reserved and withdrawn from us but that as the story progressed the wall that he’d built up around himself—his own personal inner prison wall—would break down and we’d see more of those emotions showing on his face and in his body language. You know, as much as I love the big cosmic moments of the book, it was the challenge of drawing Bolt that made me take the project on and I’m having the time of my life with it.
BLACK BOLT #3 breaks into stores on July 5, with issue #4 following on August 2, thanks to Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward.
On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.
This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.
If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.
In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.
In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.
Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”
On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.
In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.
Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.
ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)
ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.
Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.
To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.
It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.
Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.
If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”
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Gamers have been pouring over data from the latest Ghost Recon: Wildlands patch, and found a few secrets ahead of schedule. Ghost Recon: Wildlands rolled out its Title 5 patch yesterday, and many of us discussed the new game mode, that didn’t cover the entire 8GB. So naturally, dataminers have been having a field day […]
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Kobach knows this game with databases. You program them to make soft matches - similar names, party affiliation - and then accuse everyone of having a match of having voted twice. Of course this almost never ever ever ever happens and certainly doesn't happen enough to swing elections, but gotta lock up potential Dem voters any way you can.
A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from some state election officials. The letter, sent Wednesday to all 50 states, requests that all publicly available voter roll data be sent to the White House by July 14, five days before the panel's first meeting.
Voter suppression has been his career for years. What a calling. He should be in jail.
Bonjour @notpatrick. Comme @yohannt l'avait fait habilement remarquer tu as parler des nouveaux format AZERTY et PEBO dans le dernier RDVTech. Donc je me suis empressé d'aller l'écouter et je n'ai pas été déçu ;)
Mon sentiment là dessus est mitigé. D'abord la joie et la fierté d'avoir été cité au RDVTech, ça n'a pas de prix. Dans n'importe quelle circonstance (même si là j'ai l'impression de passer pour un emmerdeur :D ).
Le second sentiment, je ne saurai pas le définir pour l'instant. Donc je vais écrire ce qui m'a fait tiquer et peut-être la définition du sentiment ira de soi.
Tu as utilisé pendant ces toutes petites 10 minutes sur le sujet un mot, à 4 reprises il me semble. Programmeur. Et du coup je l'ai pris en plein coeur. Et j'ai repensé à notre discussion sur Twitter, à propos de @ et de |. J'ai l'impression que nous défendions chacun notre point de vue, et c'est bien normal, mais du coup je comprends maintenant que tu partais du postulat que je défendais la profession des programmeurs. J'ai même l'impression que de ton point de vue tous les informaticiens sont des programmeurs. Et ça, ça fait mal. Voilà le sentiment, la douleur, de ne pas être considéré.
Tout d'abord, je pense que ce terme sort des entrailles des années 90, puisque j'ai l'impression que de nos jours on parle plus de développeurs (mais après je connais mal ce milieu j'avoue). Et ensuite, non nous ne sommes pas tous des programmeurs. J'irai même plus loin. A titre personnel, j'ai appris quelque langage de programmation à l'école et la conclusion que j'en tire c'est que je déteste programmer/développer. Mais il en faut et j'admire leur travail (qui est bien plus dur que le mien je pense).
Ne t'inquiète pas, tu n'es pas le seul à faire l'amalgame informaticien et programmeur, j'aimerai donc te sensibiliser à cet aspect.
La branche de l'informatique à laquelle j'appartiens (enfin dont j'en ai fait le métier), c'est l'administration (non pas la maison qui rend fou de Astérix, l'admin informatique). Je dis bien admin informatique car il y a énormement de sous-branches de ce merveilleux métier. Pour être plus précis, je suis administrateur système.
Quel est mon rôle ? Administrer un système d'exploitation et voici une liste non exhaustive des tâches que j'effectue :
- installer/désinstaller des programmes
- tenir à jour les programmes
- tenir à jour le système d'exploitation
- maintenir la sécurité du système d'exploitation
Et plein d'autres tâches qui sont inhérentes au fait que je ne gère pas une seule machine mais quelques milliers. Par contre, quand on regarde d'un peu plus près ces quelques tâches que j'effectue au quotidien, on peut se rendre compte d'un chose...
Nous sommes TOUS des administrateurs système. Quelque soit le système, on installe tous des applications, ainsi que les autres tâches plus accessoires (oui la sécurité, par les temps qui courrent, osef ;) ).
Par conséquent, quand je défends le |, je ne le défends pas en tant que programmeur (ce que je ne suis pas) mais en tant qu'admin, le | est un outil de tous les systèmes d'exploitation (oui tous).
Sous Windows, allez dans le menu démarrer, taper cmd dans la recherche (ou dans Cortana), lancer l'invite de commande et taper ça :
net statistics server | find "since"
ou (si vous avez Windows en français)
net statistics server | find "depuis"
Et vous aurez l'uptime de votre système.
Donc je ne dis pas que tout le monde utilise le |, mais tout le monde pourrait l'utiliser car c'est une commande de n'importe quel outil informatique sur lequel vous pourriez travailler. Et je ne parle pas des milliers de techniciens qui pourraient venir dépanner votre PC qui l'utilise au quotidien. C'est pour cela qu'il doit reste sur les claviers (pas forcément accessible, mais il est utile parce qu'il est lié au fonctionnement de votre outil informatique).
J'espère qu'à l'avenir vous saurez faire la différence entre les développeurs (ces artistes créateurs) et les administrateurs (ces artisan de l'ombre, que nous sommes tous au final).
Merci de votre attention et bonne journée. Peace.
To me the biggest problem with RISC OS as a modern platform is its fragility. The lack of pre-emptive multi-tasking and decent memory protection are big problems. These problems IMHO limit its usefulness as an embedded or PDA OS.
Indeed IMHO RISC OS is probably a worse starting point for a PDA OS than Linux. The GUI is not at all suited to pen-based working, so it would need to be replaced. (PDA pens don't have buttons, so what do you do for menus?) What that leaves you with that is of use is the kernel, Filer, Font Manager, and Draw Module. Whilst the Font Manager used to kick arse, it's now looking quite dated, and the Draw Module was always lacking.
What's sad is that Acorn were developing another OS for the Archimedes. It was called ARX, and was being developed at the Acorn Palo Alto Research Centre. It was to be a modern OS, with memory protection and pre-emptive multi-tasking like Unix, with a GUI similar to Mac OS - the guys working on it were experts in OS design. Unfortunately the project was poorly managed (as most Acorn projects were). Management decided to kill the project because the predicted finish date was long after the launch date for the Archimedes - Arthur was thrown together in a hurry, and the rest is history.
For those that don't know, Arthur was essentially developed by a bunch of BBC Micro games developers who had little experience in OS design. I believe that none of the folks that had been working on ARX worked on Arthur. It was designed to be compatible (to an extent) with the earlier BBC Micro OS - much of the early software on Archimedes machines was ports of BBC Micro apps. It was never really designed to be a serious OS.
IMHO what Acorn should have done was get in some decent management for the ARX project. Had they done that they'd have ended up with a serious computer system and things may have turned out differently. They could potentially have competed in the spaces that Unix and Mac OS were dominating. Unfortunately Arthur meant they were only suited to the education and hobbyist market.
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Así es Rainway, que se sincronizará con nuestro PC.
Durante nuestra cobertura del E3, os hablamos de Rainway. Rainway es una app que nos permitirá disfrutar de nuestros juegos de PC en varios dispositivos como consolas. Ahora, su creador, nos ofrece un vistazo a cómo funciona en Nintendo Switch.
Streaming de juegos con hasta 60fps y 1080p de resolución
Andrew Sampson, desarrollador a la aplicación, ha mostrado dos juegos concretos en funcionamiento: NieR: Automata y Batman: Arkham Knight. En dos vídeos cortos que ha distribuido en su cuenta de Twitter, Sampson nos ayuda a comprender el sistema de la aplicación, que ejecuta los videojuegos en PC y los retransmite a otro dispositivo, en este caso, Nintendo Switch. Más allá de las configuraciones gráficas que tengamos en nuestro PC, lo cierto es que Rainway -que usa el navegador de la consola en estos momentos-, presentará el juego a 1080p o 720p y es capaz de mostrar hasta 60fps en su streaming.
Su desarrollador confía en que Nintendo apruebe la aplicación en la eShop, pero se mantiene bastante escéptico dado los antecedentes de la firma japonesa, muy recelosa con este tipo de contenido. No obstante, hoy se había mostrado reticente a llevar sus sagas al PC.
Se puede visitar hasta el domingo en el centro de Madrid.
Desde esta mañana y hasta el viernes hay en Madrid un espacio para relajarse y disfrutar. Se trata del PlayStation VR Resort, la carpa del Gran Teatro Bankia Principe Pío dentro de las instalaciones de la antigua estación Norte de tren de Madrid, junto a la actual estación de Príncipe Pío. Allí, en un entorno que recuerda a parajes exóticos y destinos tropicales se puede disfrutar de cerca de 15 experiencias de realidad virtual con PlayStation VR.
Tres de estas experiencias se están desarrollando en España. Mindtaker es el nuevo trabajo del estudio vasco Relevo (Baboon!); se trata de una historia de terror. En la demo hay un gato, una mujer muerta y la necesidad de salir de la casa en la que está el jugador.
Mindtaker tiene una buena ambientación y el estudio ha tomado nota de aquellos puntos donde han tropezado los juegos anteriores de PSVR, de forma que el jugador se mueve con el stick izquierdo pero para cambiar la dirección tiene que ir dando toques al stick derecho y cada golpe gira la cámara 90ª. Esto hace que sea un control inicialmente algo difícil, pero luego demuestra que es muy eficaz para evitar mareos.
Una aventura gráfica con la ciencia como generadora de ideas y de jugabilidad
Flipi´s Tesla! Inventemos el futuro es una aventura gráfica desarrollada por Animatoon, Mediapro, 100 Balas y Sony Interactive. Surgió a iniciativa de Enrique Pérez, conocido por su personaje Flipy, quien gestó la idea del juego hace medio año. Aunque el desarrollo comenzó hace sólo mes y medio, el juego ya apunta maneras interesantes, funciona a 120 imágenes por segundo y propone averiguar lo que ha sucedido en un laboratorio llevando a cabo distintos experimentos científicos.
El juego tiene poco que ver con proyectos anteriores de Flipy relacionados con la ciencia, y aúna la divulgación con el rigor científico. De hecho, cuenta con el asesoramiento científico de Javier Santaolalla, físico del CERN, y se está desarrollando apoyado por Creations, un proyecto de innovación educativa financiado por la Comisión Europea. Está orientado a jugadores de entre 8 y 14 años, pero, dice Pérez, "le gustará a quien le guste jugar aventuras gráficas". La idea de su creador es utilizar la VR para educarse y divertirse a la vez, y tiene la intención de llevarlo a colegios o fundaciones que acerquen la ciencia a los más pequeños.
La protagonista es una científica, Bio, y el personaje de Flipy que puede servir de reclamo en el mercado español, ocupa un lugar secundario mientras el jugador va recorriendo el cuerpo humano o construye distintos aparatos en primera persona.
La tecnología de Drawfighters se adapta a la realidad virtual
El tercer juego español disponible en PSVR Resort es CoolPaintr VR, obra de Wildbits, que permite dibujar en entornos tridimensionales virtuales utilizando la misma tecnología RTSE utilizada en el juego anterior del estudio, Drawfighters, se pueden generar objetos sólidos asignando huesos a partir de simples contornos hasta conformar un esqueleto, lo que da múltiples posibilidades creativas.
También están disponibles PlayStation Worlds con una demo que lleva al jugador al fondo del mar, Dick Wild con oleadas de cocodrilos a las que hay que disparar, Waddle Home, la conocida franquicia Gran Turismo Sport (jugable en realidad virtual por primera vez en España), las naves espaciales de Mortal Blitz, el tower defenseAncient Amulator en el que juegas con un cetro o un arco, la experiencia en la sabana de Virry en la que puedes encontrarte con una hiena cariñosa, los juegos de feria de Carnival Games y dos juegos que ya hemos analizado en Vandal: Farpoint y Arizona Sunshine
Para poder probar los juegos que hay en PlayStation VR Resort hay que apuntarse en www.trypsvr.com/es-es aunque también te puedes acercar a Principe Pío directamente, aunque te tocará esperar. El acceso al teatro se realiza en grupos de 20 personas y la visita dura 30 minutos en los que cada visitante podrá vivir tres experiencias, ampliables a cuatro tras subir una foto a Twitter con el hashtag #resortPSVR. El horario de apertura es de 11 a 14 horas y de 17 a 21 horas.
Llegan Diablo: Eternal Collection, Valkyria Revolution y Machines World Series.
La Xbox Store, tienda digital de contenidos de Microsoft disponible en Xbox One, se ha actualizado con nuevos contenidos y como viene siendo habitual de los viernes os vamos a contar las principales novedades que podéis comprar aquí.
Painted Black Games, un estudio independiente afincado en Ucrania, ha anunciado su thriller psicológico con elementos de acción y supervivencia, The Long Reach, el cual supone el videojuego debut del equipo. Llegará a finales de 2017 a consolas como Xbox One, PS4 y Switch, además de a PC, Mac y Linux.
Una aventura con puzles, supervivencia y muchas influencias
The Long Reach, que comenzó su desarrollo como un videojuego para móviles que después se convirtió en algo más grande, nos contará la aventura de Control Steward, un científico e investigador, que se verá rodeado de un evento catastrófico: la gente se ha vuelto loca. Nos trasladará a Baervox, un pueblo ficticio del interior de Estados Unidos. Allí, un instituto científico ha conseguido desarrollar una forma de trasladar y aprender todo el conocimiento posible en apenas segundos de un cerebro a otro. Desgraciadamente, todo sale mal. La tecnología se expande demasiado rápido y la gente pierde la cabeza, sumiendo en el caos a toda la población.
Sus responsables comentan que el videojuego tendrá partes de aventura, sigilo, acción y múltiples puzles, dotándole al conjunto del título una experiencia cercana a lo que sería un juego de supervivencia con estilo pixel-art. Además, el contenido narrativo tendrá especial peso, con más de 12.000 líneas de diálogo en un guión que será trascendental, con más de 20 personajes principales, objetos y enemigos que gozarán de vida propia, pasado y personalidad.
Los enemigos, enajenados por una enfermedad tecnológica, no serán simples 'zombis': tendrán historias, familias y trasfondos creíbles
The Long Reach bebe de sagas y juegos como Resident Evil, así como de películas y series de la talla de Matrix, El único superviviente, True Detective o Fargo. Llegará a finales de 2017 a consolas y PC.
Phil Spencer, responsable de la división Xbox, ha ofrecido una entrevista con interesantes titulares a la revista japonesa Weekly Famitsu. En ella, nos habló por encima de los futuros títulos de The Coalition y 343i, padres de Gears of War y Halo actualmente. Pero al mismo tiempo, ha intentado afianzar su estrategia contra un mercado tan complicado para la marca como el japonés. Y ha sido contundente: "Jamás tiraremos la toalla con Japón".
'Jamás tiraremos la toalla en Japón'
Xbox One es una consola poco querida en Japón, si bien es cierto que tiene un nicho y un parqué de consolas superior a las 80.000 unidades -según Media Create-. En cualquier caso, y en relación a su competencia, es una porción de mercado muy pequeña. Microsoft lo ha intentado con diferentes estrategias a lo largo de sus distintas consolas desde 2001 hasta la actualidad, y según Spencer, volverán a tentar una vez más al consumidor japonés con Xbox One X.
"Reconozco lo pasional que es la comunidad de jugadores allí, por lo que jamás me rendiré en Japón"
Phil Spencer aclara que, aunque la consola no tenga fecha de lanzamiento en Japón, llegará, y dentro de un espacio de tiempo muy cercano al llamado lanzamiento mundial. Si bien el ejecutivo reconoce que Japón no es el mayor mercado para Microsoft y Xbox One, sí sabe que es un lugar muy importante y quiere lanzar su consola allí. "Reconozco lo pasional que es la comunidad de jugadores allí, por lo que jamás me rendiré en Japón", comenta.
Y para ello, seguirá buscando desarrolladores japoneses, los cuales, "están viviendo un renacimiento importante", algo que será vital para que "Xbox reciba más apoyo de estudios japoneses" y por lo tanto, así ganarse a los jugadores del país.
Marvel tiene grandes y ambiciosos proyectos en desarrollo relacionados con los videojuegos. Si bien hace unos días conocíamos más de sus tomas de decisiones, ahora es el vice presidente y productor ejecutivo de Marvel, Mike Jones, el que confirma que la Casa de las Ideas tienen grandes videojuegos para consolas sin anunciar, proyectos de realidad virtual y juegos para móviles de gran presupuesto.
Una ambiciosa hoja de ruta
"Tenemos una hoja de ruta. Tenemos algunos juegos increíbles para consolas, móviles y realidad virtual, y no puedo decir nada de momento. Estamos confeccionando un catálogo completo, y estamos intentando encontrar el mejor trato posible para cada personaje, editora, plataforma o género, y buscamos calidad, no una simple forma rápida de licenciar para hacer un juego", explica Jones.
"Estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas"
"Actualmente estamos siendo bastante activos en planificar cuáles serían las mejores y más correctas experiencias para según qué licencias o plataformas, así como en buscar los mejores desarrolladores para ellas", añade. "A veces hemos recibido a editoras y socios que nos cuentan de forma muy apasionadas cómo y de qué manera quieren desarrollar una idea genial para su proyecto basándose en alguno de nuestros personajes", comenta Mike.
"Otras veces, nos asociamos con los estudios a los que amamos y respetamos y les ofrecemos trabajar junto a nosotros. Básicamente hablamos de congeniar música y letras, y siempre andamos ansiosos por encontrar los mejores matrimonios posibles", añade.
"Marvel Studios decide quién tiene que dirigir una película basada en un personaje y el tipo de historia que debe presentar, y nosotros andamos en una línea muy similar en la forma en la que queremos trasladar a Spider-Man o Los Vengadores en un videojuego. Sí, existe un apartado clínico de gestión, con un excel en el que manejamos muchos elementos en este proceso, pero sobre todo, lo más importante, es la pasión", concluye.
Ofreciendo la máxima calidad en sus licencias
Mike Jones explica qué tipo de decisiones han llevado a ofrecer juegos de tanto calado de sus personajes y grupos más importantes, como lo son Spider-Man y Los Vengadores, y qué futuras licencias acabarán llegando a los videojuegos. ¿Qué proceso siguen? ¿Qué control de calidad existe?
"Estos personajes y licencias son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello"
"¿Qué hace más importante una historia de Los Vengadores o qué la convierte en diferente de una de Spidey o de Los Defensores? En ese sentido, hemos aprendido los mecanismos que hacen grandes los argumentos y las narrativas en los videojuegos. Estos personajes, estas licencias, son propiedades que ofreceremos de la mejor forma posible a los aficionados. Nos estamos asegurando de ello", concluía.
The Commodores sport one of the toughest football schedules headed into the 2017 season. Several games for Vanderbilt will be more important than others but which games will the fans be talking about the most and which teams bring the most star power to the field during the upcoming fall football season.
"Me gustaría terminar mi nuevo juego tan pronto como sea posible", comentaba entre risas. "Múltiples problemas fueron los que acabaron retrasando The Last Guardian durante tanto tiempo", explica. Ueda, que habló de este proyecto hace unas semanas, quiere tomar una dirección distinta.
"Cuando comienzo a crear un videojuego, pienso que será distinto. Pero al final, siempre surgen algunas similitudes"
"Los últimos tres títulos que he creado han sido muy similares entre ellos, y sin intención alguna. Cuando creo un videojuego, siempre pienso que crearé algo distinto y diferente. Pero el resultado es que al final, los tres juegos tienen algunas similitudes. Hay un momento en el que un juego se junta con otro, pero no está planeado desde un principio, es algo aparece durante el proceso", comenta Ueda. "Así pues, una vez más, creo que estoy haciendo algo muy diferente. Pero, ¿qué pasará al final? La verdad es que no puedo decirlo con seguridad", concluía.
"Casi nos han tenido que arrebatar el mando de las manos, es imposible dejar de jugar a Super Mario Odyssey, pierdes la noción del tiempo en su divertidísima propuesta, y es un juego que derrocha encanto por los cuatro costados, al que no vas a poder resistirse si eres fan del personaje, sobre todo de su vertiente más aventurera. "
"El juego que te hará comprar una Switch, con la gorra"
"Para poder disfrutarlo ya solo hay que esperar al 27 de octubre, y no se nos ocurre un juego mejor para justificar la adquisición de la nueva consola de Nintendo, que está vez sí, parece que ha empezado con el pie derecho."
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"Creo que es lo mejor que hemos hecho jamás. Llevo 18 años en esta industria, y creo que es la mejor oportunidad que hemos tenido nunca. Creo en este videojuego firmemente. Este título, y todo lo que hemos conseguido, el horizonte que nos hemos marcado con él, las cosas diferentes que presenta, los estilos de juego y las historias que vivirán los jugadores, son únicas", explica Neate.
"Las cosas tan diferentes que presenta, los estilos de juego y las historias que vivirán los jugadores, son únicas"
Al mismo tiempo, el productor no duda en marcar de forma clara el género al que pertenece el título, desmarcándose de las habituales etiquetas MMO. "Es un mundo de aventuras en el que se pueden compartir historias. No es un MMO. Cada vez que me preguntan, digo que es un "juego online multijugador memorable", eso es todo", comenta entre risas. "Mirad, no importa cuánta gente comparta el mismo mundo virtual, simplemente están ahí y te encontrarás con ellos. Y es la frecuencia de estos encuentros, lo que marcará el juego y lo que verdaderamente importa", añade.
Ron y piratas en Vandal
En Vandal tenéis un completo avance en el que recopilamos toda la información de este videojuego para Xbox One y PC, que nos llevará a vivir aventuras con otros jugadores en un mundo lleno de piratas, tesoros, mares e islas.
505 Games y Ovosonico Games -creadores de Murasaki Baby y Shadows of the Damned, en colaboración con el director de cine Jess Cope -Frankenweenie- y el compositor Steven Wilson, han anunciado la fecha de lanzamiento de Last Day of June, que llegará a PS4 y PC a través de la distribución digital el próximo 31 de agosto. Su precio será de 19,99 euros. Junto al nuevo tráiler, tenéis las nuevas imágenes.
Una aventura narrativa única
El videojuego, inspirado en el tema Drive Home del propio Steven Wilson, nos llevará a vivir la historia de Carl y June, una pareja que emprenderá un romántico viaje a su lugar de vacaciones preferido. A través de distintos hechos y momentos, intentaremos disfrutar al máximo de ese último día, mientras buscamos la forma de salvar la vida a nuestra esposa.
Gracias al especial estilo artístico del videojuego, que ahondará en mecánicas propias de la aventura interactiva, se nos narrará una historia agridulce que navegará por temas como como el amor, la pérdida y la superación. Last Day of June incluirá puzles y rompecabezas diseñados para que nos impliquemos en la vida de ambos personajes, así como en sus dilemas y consecuencias emocionales.
Hace unos días os comentábamos la posibilidad de que GTA Online recibiera nuevos contenidos con motivo de la celebración de un nuevo evento por el Día de la Independencia de EE. UU. dentro del juego.
4 de Julio en GTA Online
Ahora se ha confirmado que el evento tendrá lugar, pues los contenidos ya están disponibles dentro de la faceta multijugador del videojuego desarrollado por Rockstar Games para consolas y PC.
Los contenidos para celebrar la fiesta de los norteamericanos están vinculados a Tráfico de Armas, el último gran descargable lanzado para GTA Online, e incluyen armas con skins especiales y otros extras.
Previo pago de dinero virtual, los jugadores pueden conseguir tanto armas personalizadas con barras y estrellas como elementos de personalización para nuestra base de operaciones central en el nuevo descargable.
Los precios varían en función de los accesorios y los diseños, pero te adelantamos que vas a necesitar desembolsar entre 100.000 y 200.000 dólares de moneda del juego para ser un verdadero patriota.
Los nuevos contenidos también incorporan el supercoche Dewbauchee Vagner y la variante Asalto al Alba para el Modo Adversario.
Cowcat Gamesha anunciado que la cómica aventura gráfica Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure llegará a PlayStation 4 el próximo mes de agosto.
El título se publicó originalmente en 2016 para PlayStation Vita y para PC a través de PlayStation Store y Steam. Aquellos jugadores que ya cuentan con el juego en PS Vita, recibirán una copia gratuita en PS4 cuando el título se publique en agosto.
La historia de un cínico
Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventurepresenta la historia de Bjorn Thonen, un parisino que es atracado cuando volvía borracho a su casa. Se le ocurre la brillante idea de encargarse él mismo de la investigación del robo con la ayuda de su vecina Sandra.
De esta forma, ambos personajes deberán recopilar pistas que ayuden a resolver el misterio que gira en torno del robo.
Se presentará el 6 de julio en la librería Gigamesh de Barcelona.
Dragon Ball: Los videojuegos de una generación (Vol. 1) ya está a la venta en las librerías. Es un repaso de los primeros títulos basados en la obra creada por Akira Toriyama. Escrito por David Jaumandreu - fundador del estudio barcelonés de videojuegos Undercoders, abarca desde 1986 a 1997 dedicando un capítulo a cada uno de los lanzamientos, analizándolo dentro de su contexto histórico, estudiando su diseño y ofreciendo una visión de las tendencias de mercado que marcaron sus características.
A su vez, el libro también hace hincapié en el impacto que causaron los títulos analizados, tanto a nivel de crítica como comercial.
De esta forma, Dragon Ball: Los videojuegos de una generación (Vol. 1) se convierte en "una reivindicación escrita al valor que ha aportado Dragon Ball a la cultura del videojuego".
"Es una reivindicación escrita al valor que ha aportado Dragon Ball a la cultura del videojuego"
Por otro lado, el libro se presentará en la librería Gigamesh de Barcelona el jueves 6 de julio a las 19:00 horas.
Winning a four-game series on the road is a daunting task, even against the lowly Chicago White Sox. Yet, I’m sure the New York Yankees would tell you they should have at least taken three of four on the South Side. The series split had its share of bright spots and frustrations. There were debuts […]
In case you weren’t watching — because Thursday’s game started at 11:00pm — Dustin Fowler ruptured his right patella tendon in the bottom of the first inning running into the wall going for a ball down the right field line. He was one spot away from his first major league at-bat. Watching him sit on the […]
Es un MMO de vehículos y lucha en un mundo post-apocalíptico.
Crossout es un MMO free-to-play que combina las mecánicas de la conducción y la construcción. Desarrollado por Targem Games, llegó a PC, PS4 y Xbox One a través de sus tiendas digitales - Steam, PlayStation Store y Microsoft Store - el pasado 30 de mayo y, desde entonces, ha reunido tres millons de jugadores en su primer mes entre las tres plataformas.
"Estamos muy satisfechos con el lanzamiento de Crossout, dado el increíble feedback que hemos recibido de aquellos que pudieron probar el juego en eventos como E3 y Gamescom", señalaba Stanislav Skorb, CEO de Targem Games. "Hemos invertido mucho esfuerzo, entusiasmo y dedicación en hacer que Crossout sea único e interesante".
A su vez, Skorb señalaba que la semana que viene llegarán nuevas aventuras PvE, así como nuevas facciones, accesorios para los vehículos y modos de juego.
Lucha en el post-apocalipsis
En Crossout los jugadores tendrán que sobrevivir en un mundo post-apocalíptico. Un virus ha arrasado la mayor parte de la población y, para sobrevivir, los usuarios deberán componer su propio vehículo de combate. Le podrán modificar desde cuestiones técnicas hasta estéticas.
Here’s the Dustin Fowler play if you care to be sick to your stomach. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/CGiieUTpAL — Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) June 30, 2017 Updated Post: June 30, 12:10 a.m. — According to New York Daily News’ Mike Mazzeo, Dustin Fowler left Thursday’s game with an open rupture in his right patella tendon in his right […]
La desarrolladora sigue los pasos de la primera parte.
Darksiders III ha sido uno de los grandes ausentes del E3 2017. El videojuego que será editado por Nordic Games y está siendo desarrollado por Gunfire Games, estudio fundado por ex trabajadores de Vigil Games.
El título está previsto para el próximo año en PS4, Xbox One y PC, y contará la historia de Furia, nuevo personaje creado para la ocasión que portará un látigo para repartir justicia entre los enemigos.
Desde Nordic Games han apuntado nuevos detalles sobre el desarrollo del juego, en especial sobre el tamaño de los escenarios que podremos visitar. Así los define Reinhard Pollice, miembro de la editora:
"Hemos construido un mundo donde resulta natural volver atrás a lugares que ya has visitado, pero donde también los jugadores tiene opciones para decidir a dónde ir. Obviamente, contamos con gran cantidad de secretos y caminos alternativos que descubrir", apuntan.
Según Pollice, Darksiders III va a presentar un mundo más compacto que la segunda parte de la serie, que se caracterizó por ofrecer un escenario más abierto que el juego original.
"Nuestro juego no será un mundo abierto tan grande como Darksiders II. Es un mundo más compacto como Darksiders", explica. Darksiders III llegará a las tiendas el próximo 2018 para PS4, Xbox One y PC.
Cuphead ha sido uno de los títulos destacados de este E3 2017. Con sus gráficos que recuerdan a la animación de los años 20 y 30, no parece que su equipo de desarrollo, StudioMDHR, las tuviera todas consigo para poner en marcha la creación de este título.
"Dejamos nuestros trabajos, rehipotecamos nuestras casas y empezamos a ampliar el equipo"
Durante una entrevista con GamesRadar, los creadores de Cuphead, Chad y Jared Moldenhauer, revelaron que tuvieron que rehipotecar sus casas después del E3 2015 - año en el que el título fue jugable por primera vez - para obtener los fondos que necesitaban para ampliar el juego.
"Mi hermano y yo dejamos nuestros trabajos, rehipotecamos nuestras casas y empezamos a ampliar el equipo", explicaban. "Esta fue nuestra oportunidad para orientar el juego hacia donde queríamos".
En busca del juego que querían desarrollar
Cupheadno tuvo un buen recibimiento en el E3 2015. En ese momento, el título se componía por batallas contra diversos jefes. Durante la EB Expo de ese mismo año, donde Cuphead también volvió a ser jugable, la recepción volvió a ser negativa. Esto fue lo que empujó a los hermanos Moldenhauer a tomar las duras decisiones descritas.
Ahora, StudioMDHR ha pasado de tener 3 personas a 20. Esto incluye un artista y pintores digitales, dos puestos de trabajo indispensables para dar vida al estilo de Cuphead.
Para leer la entrevista íntegra, os invitamos a visitar el siguiente enlace.
Como un clásico
Cuphead se espera que esté disponible el 29 de septiembre tanto en PC como en Xbox One. Los jugadores se moverán por un mapa lleno de secretos y misiones secundarias. En total, el juego ofrecerá 30 jefes finales a los que tendrán que enfrentarse.
Para saber más de este título, os invitamos a leer nuestras impresiones en el siguiente enlace.
Rising Star Games ha anunciado que Conga Master, el juego desarrollado por el equipo español Undercoders, llegará a Xbox One y PlayStation 4 el próximo 21 de julio. De esta versión se encarga PM Studios. En PlayStation 4 incluye el tema Conga Master Black Samba y cuenta con un 10% de descuento con la reserva en PlayStation Store.
Este adictivo título consiste en formar la cola de conga más larga posible. Bailar cerca de la gente en las pistas de baile atraerá su atención y ampliaremos el número de integrantes hasta el mínimo necesario para pasar a la siguiente fase.
Además del modo para un jugador incluye multijugador con seis modos diferentes, más de 30 personajes y siete discotecas, y un modo Conga infinita. Podéis conocer más en nuestro análisis de la versión de PC.
También está prevista una versión para Nintendo Switch, todavía sin fecha anunciada.
CHICAGO – The New York Yankees travelled to the South Side of Chicago to take on the White Sox Monday night, and came away with a 6-5 victory. Southpaw Jordan Montgomery dazzled in seven strong innings for the Bronx Bombers, as he allowed only one run and struck out nine batters. Seemingly every start the […]
CHICAGO – Miguel Andujar was called up to the big league club on Wednesday night following the news that Matt Holliday was going to be placed on the disabled list with an infection. The rookie dominated in the minor leagues and his play carried over into his first game for the New York Yankees, as […]
While a handful of Yankees prospects are receiving the opportunity to showcase their abilities on baseball’s biggest stage, one pair of youngsters will also appear on a major league field — just during the All-Star break. 23-year-old pitcher Domingo Acevedo and 19-year-old outfielder Esteven Florial will play for the World Team during the All-Star Futures Game […]
David Rook talks about the Riot Games Application Security program and how they define Application Security at Riot, how they’ve grown to meet the demands of their fast paced engineering organization, why they’ve hired software engineers into their team and the tools they’ve developed to help Rioters globally build fun and safe experiences for their players.
The Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday evening, 8-2.
Kansas City was first to score off lefty Daniel Norris in the top of the 3rd inning. The Royals added more runs in the 4th, building a 5-0 lead...
¡¡ FELICIDADES LAGO KIKO !! LA COPA ALTADOR DE ESTE AÑO SE SUYA La Copa Altador de este año ha finalizado y ha dado ya los resultados de los equipos. Y es indiscutible que este año los tres primeros equipos han dado todos sus esfuerzos para llegar hasta donde lo hicieron.
Ahora, volviendo a lo que nos compete, la Tienda dePremiosde la Copa esta abierta para ir a gastar nuestros puntos obtenidos en el torneo. Como destacado tenemos a la típica Poción de Tintura de NC gratis, los nuevos banderines de equipos de este año:
Algunas camisetas oficiales de los equipos, un nuevo sello exclusivo: Altador Cup XII Commemorative Stamp, el Yooyuball color Isla y el Pincel de la Isla del Misterio para Neopets.
Y por último, los trofeos que conseguimos este año tienen un aspecto clásico y cada nivel es mejor asi que no importa cuantos puntos hallas conseguido tendrás un lindo trofeo (salvo que hallas sido solo participante).
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Sunday is Fun Day at HI Sacramento! Come kick it in the courtyard on Sunday evenings with a good old fashioned barbecue, some backyard games, and of course, the chance to meet and mingle with fellow travelers from all corners of the globe.
We have giant Jenga, giant chess and giant Connect Four to help you work up your appetite for the yummy grilled burgers and sides. And once you’re nice and satisfied, soak in the perpetual Sacramento sunshine from our pretty sweet and spacious patio while making plans with your new hostel friends.
Het wordt aanschuiven dit weekend op het Summerfestival in Antwerpen voor The Mountain, de IJslandse kleerkast die nu al enkele seizoenen de spierballen laat rollen in de hitserie ‘Game of Thrones’. Hij geeft er twee keer een uur fitnessles. “Reken...
There are countless leg workouts in magazines and books that promise big results. Many are good workouts, but the secret to continued progress is to keep your muscles from adapting, while building on what you have already done. What I mean by this is that mixing and matching great workouts just doesn't work very well. You do need to change your workouts frequently to keep your muscles growing, but if you don't plan properly, you could be wasting time.
When you plan your workouts properly, each workout builds on what you accomplished the workout before, so that you keep moving forward, instead of taking steps back each time you change workouts. A good example of this is how many Powerlifters have trained for decades. They begin a training cycle by using lighter weights for higher reps. The first week or two they might do 3 sets of 8 repetitions. The next couple of weeks might be 5 sets of 5 reps. Then they add weight and drop their reps each week until they are ready to test themselves for a single maximum repetition. This is usually done in a contest, with judges and strict rules. This works well if your goal is to lift as much as possible in one lift for one repetition.
In bodybuilding, the weight you use does not need to be as heavy. It is more important to use muscle tension and volume of training to stimulate the muscle to grow. A Bodybuilder might choose 4 different exercises for a muscle group and do 4 to 6 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions for each exercise. You won't build as much strength training like this, as you will training like a Powerlifter, but you should increase your muscle mass and improve your muscle shape and definition more.
A Triathlete has fantastic endurance, especially in their legs. They can swim, run and ride their bikes for hours on end, with great intensity! They do not have much muscle size, and most cannot lift much weight. They train so that they can move their bodies as fast and as far as possible, so great strength is not necessary, and size is counterproductive.
All of these sports have something in common. They train with a very specific goal in mind. To achieve the best possible results in these sports, they have to. This is even more obvious in the case of the Triathlete, than it is for Bodybuilding and Powerlifting. I believe that Bodybuilders and Powerlifters should cross train once in a while to break through their plateaus.
I have competed in Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Strongman, and Highland Games, not to mention several mainstream sports. I trained differently for each of them, except for the Highland Games, which I just did for fun while I was training for Powerlifting. Out of all of those sports, I have been most successful at Strongman. One of the things I like the most about it, is that you have to be well rounded. Without enough strength, you don't stand a chance. If you are too small, you won't be able to move some of the implements. If you can lift a weight, but get tired too soon, you will be left in the dust. You also have to have unbelievable mental toughness and desire to be successful. I mean, let's face it, Strongman events hurt.
The point I am making is that, as a Strongman competitor, I need Size, Strength and Endurance. That is truer for the legs than for any other part of the body. This is also true for other sports that involve both quickness and power. Football, Baseball, Rugby, Soccer, and Sprinting all come to mind. To do that, I can't afford to focus on Strength only, like a Powerlifter. I can't spend my time building size for the sake of size either. I certainly can't spend hours running, swimming and biking if I want to have the power and size that I need. I believe that I have come across a good leg workout that helps me build Size, Strength and relative Endurance for my sport. I still do specific event training, but that is mostly for technique.
This workout involves doing just Squats for your legs, and doing it once a week only. The first two weeks you perform 10 sets of 10 repetitions with only one to two minutes rest between each set. The 10 sets of 10 routine is more commonly known as German Volume Training and it is BRUTAL. I only do this for two weeks, because I want strength as well. This training is excellent for improving your endurance and it will stimulate muscle growth as well. Be aware, that you will be very SORE for a few days after the first week. The second week, you should be able to add some weight to the bar and you won't be as sore. I won't go into details about nutrition here, but if you want to take advantage of the muscle growth potential of this workout, you had better eat enough protein and good quality food.
The following two weeks you squat for 8 sets of 8 repetitions. This is great for muscle growth because it is lower in both sets and reps than the first two weeks, so you can use more weight, but it is still a high volume of work to stimulate muscle mass increases. Just like the first two weeks, you should be able to add some weight to the second week of 8 sets of 8 reps.
Weeks 5 and 6 will be about going heavier and making the transition from training for size, to training for strength. The workout will be 5 sets of 5 reps of Squats. Now that we are going heavier, it is especially important to pay attention to proper form. Make sure to maintain an arch in your back and sit back and down into the squat rather than allow your knees to go out in front of your toes. I explain proper form for the Squat in more detail on my Powerlifting Squat page. You will want to do a couple of warm-up sets before you get to the first of your 5 heavy sets. If you haven't been wearing a lifting belt, it is time to start when you get to this part of the program. Just as in the other sections, you should be able to add at least a little weight on the second week (week 6) of this part.
The 7th and 8th week are true power training. The workout will be 3 heavy sets of 3 reps. Warm up and then get to it. Think pure power and get psyched up for each set. After these two weeks, you will have completed your 8-week cycle to increase the Size, Strength, and Endurance of your Legs. If you have done this in preparing for a Powerlifting contest, take another week to do 3 sets of 1 repetition, and then rest for at least 10 days before contest day. If you are not trying to peak for a strength contest, start over with the 10 sets of 10 and do it all over again. You should be stronger the second time through, and well on your way toward dramatic improvements in Size, Strength, and Endurance.
Good luck with your training, and make sure to save some money for some new pants with bigger legs!
Over the last couple of years I have taken a number of layoffs, for a variety of different reasons. Many times I wonder why I lift at all. The prevailing belief is that lifting must be one's top priority if one is to be the best at it. That may be true and that is one of the biggest problems I have had. Lifting is not my top priority, it is more like fourth after God, family, and work. Actually work is only ahead of lifting because I need it to support my family, otherwise it would be further down the list. So given the fact that lifting is not everything to me, why do I do it?
I guess what makes this a complicating situation is that I love lifting. I love competing against myself and others in everything. That's why I have done so many different kinds of competitions. I have done 3 strongman contests, 2 highland games, and numerous powerlifting contests.
A perfect illustration of this competitive nature of mine was the exhibition that Bill Kazmaier put on in Spokane, Washington in July 2001. I hadn't been lifting for a couple of months and didn't plan on doing it anytime soon. But I heard about Kazmaier doing a show in the park and I thought it would be cool to watch him. When I got there, I met him and he invited me to do some dumbbell presses with him. When my turn came, I pressed the 100's 14 times overhead. I had done more than that in the past, and so instead of being thrilled about lifting with Kazmaier, I was mad at myself for not preparing better (even though I had not planned on being there). I also felt that I could do much better and I was just chomping at the bit to try something else and redeem myself.
A little bit later Bill brought out an 11/16" steel bar and asked if anyone wanted to try to bend it. I jumped at it and did it without a problem. When Kazmaier brought out a ¾" bar and said that nobody had bent that size of bar before, I wanted to try it. Not because nobody had bent it before, or because so many people were watching, but because my adrenalin was pumping and I felt like I could do anything at that moment. I didn't care if I failed. I would have tried it alone in my garage. That is what I am talking about. It wasn't about winning an award or having a place in history. It was about being the best on that day and conquering the challenge before me. By the way, I did bend the bar.
I am 6'3" and my weight varies between 295 and 335, so it's not surprising that I might do well at the activities listed above. Now get this. I like to play basketball and I like to play it well. I don't post up or play underneath the basket like everyone expects me to. I won't accept the idea that someone my size is slow and can't jump. I like to drive to the hoop, taking people off the dribble. I like to shoot 3-pointers and pass the ball. Just like everything else, I want to excel all the time. When I play basketball I get frustrated with myself for allowing myself to get so heavy and out of shape. You see, playing basketball and lifting in the Super heavyweight class do not go hand in hand. Why don't I give up one and work on the other? Because I love them both!
So to clarify myself to anyone who hasn't yet figured out what I am talking about, I want to know why I can't have it all. I don't want to be limited by other people. Maybe I can't be the strongest man in the world without becoming obsessed with that goal. But since when is obsession a good thing? Last year I took 10 weeks and worked out with a well-known lifter. I wanted to see how the best train, and what sets them apart from the rest of us. We lifted 3 days a week for 2+ hours per workout. This lifter was in constant pain and talked of the day when he could retire from competitive lifting. Needless to say, I was surprised. I did get stronger in those 10 weeks than I had ever been, but I quit after that. It wasn't that the workouts were too hard for me. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed them and the opportunity they provided me to compete against a top lifter. What I didn't like was missing time with my family. At first I was excited and thought about lifting all the time and what great heights I would reach. After a while I was tired of focusing on only one thing at the expense of everything else. I am not writing this to point fingers at those whose priorities are different than mine, but rather to encourage those lifters who feel like I do. I know now that I do not want success in powerlifting at the expense of everything else, but I am not going to quit. I am going to lift the way that I want to lift. The way that will make me happy. I want to use the act of lifting weights to benefit me rather than becoming a slave to that act.
How many times have lifters been told that if you don't do something, you won't succeed? If you don't use steroids, or buy this equipment, you won't be the best. If you don't do a certain exercise you will not be a truly strong person. If you don't train like a madman you'll never make it. Well, I know one thing for sure. I am going to do it my way from now on. I will weigh whatever I feel like weighing no matter how it affects my strength. I will not give up family activities or other important things in my life so I can win a contest or make it on the top 100 list.
Don't get me wrong. I want to be strong and I love to win. But true happiness comes from a well-rounded life. Family, friends, success in all areas instead of one. This may not sound appealing to everyone, but to those who feel like I do, don't let others limit the way you do things. You don't have to sacrifice everything to lift. It doesn't have to be all or nothing.
I hope that this benefits somebody, but either way, I know I will be happier lifting this way than I was before.
LOMA LINDA ACADEMY VOLLEYBALL Junior outside hitter Demari Webb led the Roadrunners on a great second-chance postseason run, as they got all the way to the CIF-Southern California regional final before falling 27-25, 25-23, 25-19 to Point Loma. Coach Jane Chafeh, who also led her team to its second consecutive section semifinal, was selected as […]
Is the 'I Feel Fat Day' (IFFD) syndrome affecting your output? That extra flab can overpower you and your work. Thee feeling of being fat can morph into an emotion like 'happy' or 'angry'. Days overpowered with that feeling have been designated as 'I Feel Fat Day' (IFFD). So don't let your weight determine your mood.
How many times have you heard your colleague quipping, "I feel fat" or "It's a fat day feeling?" Can't fit into your favorite pair of jeans? How about a snide comment from a relative or colleague? That's all it takes to turn an ordinary Monday or Tuesday into IFFD(I Feel Fat Day).
Perhaps just like the national celebrations, 'fat' is important enough to get a day named in its honour and it doesn't just come one a year! Carrying extra pounds is necessary but not exclusive prerequisite to an IFFD. To have an IFFD, one must also carry an element of shame. A good IFFD is not complete without tears, self loathing and a frantic scramble for concealing clothes.
So, how to keep away 'fat' from becoming an emotion? Simple semantics: fat is fat. Don't confuse it with the emotions so often attached to it, and recognize that shame and self-loathing are useless distractions. Neither of them will help you get closer to your goal. The way out is simple: instead of wasting time and psychic energy on IFFDs, we could use those special resources for the job at hand.
Here's the ultimate plan for coping with an IFFD:
. Make your very next meal a healthy one. By choosing a lightly dressed salad instead of the usual, you are putting yourself on anew path and abruptly ending the IFFD.
. Get Moving. A body in motion is beauty in progress. Even if it's the middle of the day and you cant hit the gym because of your tight schedule, you can still go up and down the stairs.
. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful and enjoy your unique look.
. Hang out with positive people. Try to be in company of winners, people who feed you energy and inspire the best in you.
. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE AND TRANSFORM YOUR OWN AS WELL. LEARN TO APPRECIATE AND VALUE YOURSELF.
Tip: Many of us feel too flabby while making love, feel too many bulges in the wrong place, feel awkward when lights are on and ask, what's the way out? Obviously there is hope and certain exercises, habits and lifestyle changes one can adopt to get rid of those unsightly fat deposits. You can strengthen your lower back. It is specially improtant when you are working on your abs. Besides that. cut on sodium and try to create a "V" shape in your upper body. Crunches are vital in your quest to eliminate love handles. Also reduce the consumption of alcohol as they contain "empty calories". The magic key lies with the cardiovascular exercises
The euro rose yesterday alongside sterling and bond yields as a slew of hawkish comments from central banks signalled the era of ultra-loose monetary policy is ready to sunset across the Atlantic.
The dollar index touched its lowest since October as investors shifted to the view that the US Federal Reserve might not be the only game in town when it comes to higher interest rates.
With the Fed green-lighting dividends and buybacks in major banks as part of another round of stress tests, financial stocks rose but not enough to offset declines in technology and interest-rate sensitive sectors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 141.81 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 21,312.8, the S&P 500 lost 19.3 points, or 0.79 per cent, to 2,421.39 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 92.96 points, or 1.49 per cent, to 6,141.46.
European shares failed to hold onto early gains. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 1.36 per cent and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.52 per cent.
Emerging market stocks lost 0.08 per cent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 0.59 per cent higher, while the Nikkei rose 0.45 per cent.
As euro zone bond yields rallied, the...
Robert Fisk put it best: “Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East”. Following his fantastically stupid decision to attack the Syrian military with cruise missiles, Trump or, should I say, the people who make decisions for him, probably realized that it was “game over” for any US policy in the Middle-East...
Multiple media outlets are now reporting that South Florida’s Mark Kingston will be the next head baseball coach at South Carolina. My official statement on this hiring: MEH. Mark Kingston will be announced at a press conference shortly, and Ray … Continue reading →
Oficjalne twitterowskie konto anime Grandblue Fantasy The Animation poinformowało o nowym odcinku anime. Odcinek nosi (tymczasowy ??) tytuł EXTRA 2 a pojawi się on razem 25 października razem z siódmym i ostatnim zestawem BD/DVD z serialem anime. Serial powstał w studio A-1 Pictures w reżyserii Hirokiego Itō jako adaptacja gry rpg Cygames. Akcja opowieści rozgrywa …
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Crunch time has come for Australia's elite cricketers after a breakdown in talks to secure a new pay deal left 230 male and female players unemployed as of this morning. So now the governing body has some serious questions to answer, writes Tracey Holmes.
This Week on Windows we show off the Surface Laptop with Windows 10S, get in on the Fate of the Furious, and showcase the biggest game titles in the Ultimate Game Sale. Topics covered on this week's episode include:
SLING TV Cloud DVR
Windows 10S - things to know
Ultimate Game Sale (plus Ultimate Game Face promotion)
Winter is coming! Well, it’s basically here. More accurately, Season 7 of Game of Thrones is almost here. Finally, the long wait is almost over and we’re getting hyped for our return to Westeros. Stark. Lannister. Targaryen. These are the Houses that will decide the fate of the Seven Kingdoms. But which House do you belong […]
As someone who ended up on dates with too many middle aged men who did nothing but smoke pot and play video games all day, I understand where the person is coming from, if not the manner in which they expressed it. Goals can be anything and they need not be anything related to success. I once had goals to go to Italy and Thailand. I became disabled and unable to work and will never achieve those goals due to the reality of my illness and the size of my limited income. Almost everyone has goals (even if they're as simple as make damn fine cup of coffee in the morning) and it's not that much to ask that people want to do more than just get out of bed every day. It seems like you have absolutely zero sense of humor or self-awareness and that's certainly going to prevent you from successfully dating. Instead of spending so much time telling someone who wants someone with goals to F*** off, why not focus on someone that might be available to you and wanting to date you and is wholly unconcerned with your goals?
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Apart from the play-through limit and the fact that the game took a purely digital form, the differences between the Satellaview version and the original Super Famicom version of Kamigami no Triforce were exceptionally minor.
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Free and open communication has long been an essential component of a successful democracy. Unfortunately, money, power and influence over time have stifled today’s media environment adversely impacting both content producers and consumers alike.
In an effort to democratize creative content, DECENT has officially launched its blockchain-based, global media distribution platform. The name is an acronym for Decentralized Network; Encrypted & Secure; Content Distribution System; Elimination of 3rd Parties; New Way of Online Publishing; Timestamped Data Records.
Designed to bring more transparency and fairness to the media industry, DECENT allows artists to seamlessly distribute digital content for immediate payment and without hefty fees. Peer-to-peer in its orientation, consumers decide the merits of a certain piece of content posted through a Yelp-like community rating system. The content, however, cannot be censored or removed.
This blockchain initiative endeavors to disrupt the legacy world of media distribution by allowing artists more freedom and control over the ownership and distribution of their content, all without compromising on security. It represents a potential gamechanger for the massive global media and content distribution industry — one that’s estimated to grow from $1.7 trillion in 2016 to over $2 trillion in 2019.
DECENT was founded in 2016 by two friends, Matej Michalko and Matej Boda, from Slovakia. It sprouted from a shared vision that blockchain technology could fuel a coordinated system of digital content publishing and sharing throughout the world.
Funding for DECENT was fueled by an ICO campaign last summer, which raised more than 5,881 BTC, at that time valued at $4.2 million USD. There were 4,300 ICO participants in total and no other key funding partners.
Michalko recounted the journey leading up to his own personal discovery of blockchain technology and its potential uses for the content distribution space. “I’ve been extensively involved in Bitcoin since 2011, even mining it from my own laptop at the beginning. I quickly realized that the innovative technology behind Bitcoin had the potential to change the modern world.”
When Michalko started to delve further into blockchain technology, he found a seemingly endless list of use cases the new technology could support. “I became determined to use blockchain technology to create something revolutionary that would be beneficial for people on a global scale. A short time later ongoing discussions between myself and our future co-founder Matej Boda quickly led to DECENT being born.”
He says that DECENT Network is a reaction to the issues that the majority of content producers face nowadays in the entertainment and media industry. “There is too much artificial complexity and too many barriers in the industry affecting both the access to market and income of the content owners.”
DECENT’S digital model allows artists to distribute any form of content, including written, music, videos, ebooks and pictures. These distribution channels are free of third-party influence, meaning that artists can also manage their intellectual property rights and set their own pricing.
One of the innovative adaptations that distinguishes DECENT from other blockchain platforms is the network’s reputation management system. This allows content creators who share their digital work on the platform to build a lifetime reputation, based on ratings from those who purchase content on the platform. DECENT Network also allows content creators to instantly receive payment when someone downloads their content, without any middleman interference.
Michalko believes that DECENT can break the trajectory in which a majority of power is concentrated in the hands of a few players controlling the industry. “Artists, filmmakers and writers lose control over their work and depend on the mercy of the ‘big guys.’ We designed DECENT Network to do away with all that and bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry.”
DECENT estimates that writers, for example, lose a healthy 30–75 percent chunk of their earnings when publishing with Amazon. Similarly, musicians, through licensing agreements, lose around 30 percent when selling a track on iTunes. Blockchain technology therefore serves as a mechanism that helps writers and musicians keep more money, while connecting with their audiences directly.
Michalko says that artists will be paid for their downloaded content through DECENT’s own cryptocurrency called “DCT,” which will be launched together with DECENT Network. Other payment options, he says, will be available in the future. “Artists will no longer have to wait months before seeing a penny from their work. And at the time of launch, DECENT Network will be a completely free-of-charge service for artists.”
Michalko hopes that by 2020, DECENT Network will have become the number one worldwide media sharing platform. “We hope to bring more transparency and fairness to the digital content industry for both creators and consumers. I hope that with our launch people will realize the advantage of DECENT Network over other content distribution platforms.”
New Zealand can end the British and Irish Lions' hopes of a series victory on Saturday with a win in the second Test at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.
The Lions made a bright start at Auckland's Eden Park last Saturday as they looked to surprise the All Blacks in Game 1 of this summer's series, but the visitors ultimately ran out of steam en route to a convincing 30-15 loss.
Preventing New Zealand from gaining their usual second wind in the last 30 minutes of Saturday's Test will be a chief priority for the travelling outfit this time around, although many have tried and failed in that regard.
Lions coach Warren Gatland has changed up the team ahead of Game 2, however, and his side need a win if they're to keep alive any hopes of stopping New Zealand from finishing the series in early fashion.
We take a look at some of the players likely to play key roles in Saturday's crunch encounter, complete with all the fixture details and live-stream information you'll need to tune into the action.
Date: Saturday, July 1
Time: 8:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ET/7:35 p.m. local time
One of the key areas of debate this week has oddly enough been the midfield, where England centre Ben Te'o has dropped to the bench, with compatriot Owen Farrell taking his place while Johnny Sexton slots in at fly-half.
It's a bold move for Gatland to make considering one of Te'o's primary roles last Saturday was caging New Zealand behemoth Sonny Bill Williams, and the Telegraph's Paul Hayward thought he did a fine job in that regard:
Indeed Farrell doesn't pose the same hulking figure as compatriot Te'o in the centre, and there is the added risk of Williams running riot should the sometimes No. 10 lose out by a wide margin in the physicality department.
But the prospect of seeing Farrell trampled into the Westpac Stadium soil hasn't crossed the mind of Gatland, who has insisted the Englishman and Ireland's Sexton can stop the Kiwi crusher, per Nick Purewal of the Evening Standard:
"Johnny and Owen haven't started but have had quite a bit of time together. It's just given us two ball players and two kicking options at first and second receiver, so we're happy with the mix.
"One concern we might have is that looking at the long-range weather forecast it doesn't look too great for Saturday night. So we may have to change how we play tactically."
"And of course defensively we'll have to do a job on Sonny Bill Williams, too. He came pretty direct at us and got away a couple of offloads, so it's going to be important we shut him down."
Gatland touched on the added dynamism his backs will likely have as a result of swapping Farrell in for Te'o, but ex-England centre and former Lion Mike Tindall has also warned of the imbalance that could follow:
It's not as though Farrell hasn't played and taken down big centres in the past, but Williams isn't only big and as athletic as they come, he also boasts some of the silkiest hands in the game.
Therefore, Gatland could either outwit New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen as a result of his changes, or he could have just handed Williams the keys to the kingdom as he looks to run riot from the All Blacks' core.
Though some of Gatland's decisions during this summer's tour have been contentious, not many can argue the point that England star and first-time Lion MaroItoje isn't deserving of his place in the XV.
He's only recently begun to make strides on the international stage, but he's already established himself as one of the northern hemisphere's greatest talents, one that should have started Game 1, according to ex-England lock Ben Kay:
Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones will be an unfamiliar partner for the 22-year-old, but Itoje's maturity beyond his years was recently illustrated by Murray Kinsella of The42.ie:
The fact Itoje could have his chance to make an impact across 80 minutes this time around, as opposed to his 30-minute stint off the bench in Auckland, could make a difference to the Lions' hopes in itself.
That's the unique talent Gatland has opted to trust from the beginning this time around, although a big task awaits the Saracens star in ensuring the occasion doesn't become too overwhelming.
The Lions haven't faced New Zealand since 2005, when the All Blacks easily swept their opponents aside. After some great showings in 2016, the hosts are again the clear favourites entering this series.
With 14 wins in their last 15 Tests―only Ireland have knocked them off their perch―the All Blacks are in sensational form.
As reported by Patrick McKendry of the New Zealand Herald, Lions head coach Warren Gatland knows his team will have to play at a high level to have any chance of winning:
"To play the All Blacks you have to be bold, you have to take risks. We've been saying that to the players and encouraging them. ... We know we've got to be courageous coming here. We know we have to be bold and play some positive rugby."
With Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs no longer in the squad, the Lions have taken some hits during the tour. The visitors still boast tremendous talent―replacing scrum-half Youngs with a star such as GreigLaidlaw is a unique luxury―but the same holds true for the All Blacks.
ArdieSavea will move to the bench to make way for the returning Kieran Read, who will captain the side. RiekoIoane, the 20-year-old who faced the Lions for the Blues, will also start, per the team's official website.
Gatland, a native Kiwi, has hinted at a more adventurous tactical plan as opposed to the team's reliance on the breakdown and kicking game, but given the All Blacks' incredible ability on the counter and strength out wide, that may not be such a great idea.
New Zealand haven't lost a Test at Eden Park since 1994. The All Blacks have no real weaknesses and shouldn't be troubled too much by a good Lions squad that has been too inconsistent so far during their tour.
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It's that time of the year again. The only night of the year when desi people dominate ESPN primetime in the United States. The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yet again, the winner...or rather co-winners..came from the families of Indian immigrants.
This has been happening for over a decade now, and every year, the aftermath of the Bee in Indian media and Indian and Indian-origin social media follows a similar pattern. There are a few think pieces about why Indian-Americans are so good at spelling bees. Some folks go all uber-patriotic extolling the superior virtues of our intellectual tradition and what not (cue...Bhaaaaarrrraat maaata kiiii.......). And some folks sneer, indulging in a mild form of communal self-loathing. I don't have kids but my close Indian-American friends who do are very emphatic about how they will not make...or even let their kids participate in something as nerdy and inherently uncool as a spelling bee.
Through Twitter I came across this post that quotes Varun Grover's interview in the excellent excellent documentary I Am Offended (do watch if you haven't) which references spelling bees. That blog, and Varun in that documentary, are making a larger point about how the Indian education system is centered around rote learning, stifling creativity and basically preparing "middle managers". And that the success in spelling bees is a symptom of that.
While I agree with Varun and Auctorly on the larger problem, I don't think it is correct to link spelling bees to that problem. I see where they are coming from, and the reason for that is a couple of myths about spelling bees in general which merit some attention.
Myth #1 Spelling Bees are all about memorizing thousands and thousands and thousands of words, and regurgitating them on stage.
I used to think the same way, but it's not really that way. A few years ago, I had a long chat with a student of mine (I am a college professor) who in her school days had participated in the spelling bee. She didn't win, but talked to me about how much fun it was, and ended up giving me a different perspective on this activity that I too once sneered at. Then I read some more about it, watched the documentary Spellbound, talked to some more students over the years, and I think it is necessary to add some nuance to how we view the "sport".
Spelling bee as a contest is more about pattern recognition than just rote memorization. Don't get me wrong. Of course it is important to know and remember many many words to participate in a spelling bee. But the same is true of scrabble. Or crosswords. Or trivia quizzing. Heck, memorization is key even in chess. A serious chess player will have thousands of moves and games memorized.
Just like all those activities/sports, spelling bee is about, yes, having a memory bank of relevant information, but at the top level, it is often about recognizing patterns, working out clues, and then formulating an answer by accessing the relevant information from your brain.
You know how the kids ask for meaning, language of origin, use it in a sentence etc etc? It is not for theater. It has important information, and many times, can even help you make an educated guess at the spelling of a word you've never heard of by using what is basically pattern recognition.
Let me give you an example about how I, without memorizing any words, was able to correctly guess one of the words in the final this year. The word was chremslach. When it was first uttered, I thought it would start with "Kr" and maybe end with "che" or "kh". Then I heard that the word was Yiddish. And the meaning was a kind of passover pastry. Instantly I thought of a pastry that a Jewish deli near my house excels at - rugelach. The end sounded the same. So it had to end in -lach. And the different pronunciations of the starting syllable suggested chr not Kr. The repeated usage by the moderator further confirmed what I had in my mind. A pattern emerged and voila. There the spelling was.
I felt thrilled at having worked it out before the contestant answered. It was a thrill similar to the one I get as a trivia quizzer when I crack a cleverly framed Final Jeopardy style "workout-able" question. Or the thrill I get when I crack a particularly cryptic clue in crosswords.
The aforementioned student kept stressing about how much fun the whole thing was for her. She said it was a form of solving puzzles. And I saw what she meant. I asked her, isn't it boring to memorize thousands and thousands of words. She said no, she LOVES words (sidenote - she always wrote the most well-crafted and thoughtful term papers in my class). And again, I see her point.
When you enjoy any activity built on pattern recognition so much that you want to seriously compete in it, you don't think of the underlying memorization as a drab chore. I like to play scrabble semi-competitively, and it is fun for me to have those cruel 2 letter words memorized so I can gain advantage on the board despite not having great tiles. And I'm sure poker players don't think of probability calculations as mundane.
Myth #2 These desi spelling be winners will most likely end up as middle managers, code coolies, cogs in the corporate machine....just total drones.
Although it seems like Indian-Americans have been winning the bee for ages, in reality, it's been less than two decades that it has been happening consistently. So the sample of winners is not statistically significant, but from whatever I read in "where are they now" type stories, I saw very few, if any, ending up in those drone type jobs.
A lot of them were in some form of research, which to me, as an academic researcher, makes sense. Research is like the rigorous grown-up impactful form of pattern recognition that is built upon a deep memory bank of knowledge about a subject. A bunch of them were doctors and lawyers. One was a professional poker player (again, pattern recognition and memory). And so on. I even googled a few names of winners and always found that the person was doing something really cool.
Maybe a systematic study will throw up more details.
Myth #3 We Indians are just awesome at English and we are such brainiacs and we have the bestest education-centric culture so we are awesome at Spelling Bees
While the first two myths were in the self-loathing category, this one is in the uber-patriotic category. I have no problem with Indians or Indian-origin feeling proud or elated or whatever at this dominance, although I am personally from the Bill Hicks school of thought when it comes to patriotism.
But let us dispel with this notion that there is something really inherently culturally genetically special about Indians that our kids just go to America, show up at spelling bees, and start winning them left and right. There is actually a pretty strong and well-organized training infrastructure that is making all this possible. Remember that these contestants train with the rigor and discipline of athletes. It is not done in isolation, but requires broader support like with any sport or activity.
What you see on ESPN is the culmination of a year of smaller contests, local spelling bees, practice bees, and other such events on the local circuits. And there's a kind of feedback loop that forms. Successive generations build on the success of previous generations. Legacies and even "dynasties" are created and inspire some to adhere to it. I could keep going, but I came across this article that explains the quasi-institutional reasons behind the dominance in more detail.
If some other community starts taking such a deep interest in the sport and organizes in such a serious grassroots way, other communities could start dominating too.
One thing to note is that the winners have all been kids of Indians who migrated to the United States. Recent Indian immigrants, much like recent immigrants of other communities, tend to socialize more with their compatriots and do so in a very community-based way, with associations and groups and mandals and so on. But second generation Indian-Americans are more assimilated in the American mainstream. So when they grow up and have kids of their own, they are not as plugged into the Indian-American groups and associations as their parents were.
So you don't see many (or even any?) third generation Indian-American children winning the spelling bee or even making it to the national finals, because they don't have automatic access to that community-based infrastructure.
The best way to end this post is to quote a now-grown-up Nupur Lala, the star of the Oscar winning documentary who arguably started this Indian-American phenomenon.
“Having watched Spellbound, I realized that several of my competitors weren’t any worse than me ability-wise, but they didn’t have the same advantages—economic privilege, educational background, family dynamics,” she says. “I know that played a big, big role in my success. As a 14-year-old, I really thought I was one of the best spellers out there. In hindsight, I think, yeah, I was a very good speller, but I also had some of the best preparation and resources out there. I had a mom who had a graduate degree in linguistics. Parents who have literally hundreds of books in the house, and who were very motivated to help me succeed.”
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Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns. But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch. For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience. Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.
Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.
It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".
Going Annu Gogtya = falling.
This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"
When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face. They call him Antu sheth!
True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.
After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.
I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,
"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"
"Yes" I replied.
"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"
I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,
"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."
"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"
"Two days ago."
"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"
"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"
"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"
"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."
"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"
"You're right." I nodded.
"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."
Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.
"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.
"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."
"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"
Before I could say anything, Antu continued,
"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden is...how do you say...."aircondition"!"
Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,
"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"
Then he addressed Hegishte again.
"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."
The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,
"What do you do?"
"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"
"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.
"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"
I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.
"Sure, go ahead."
"How much money do you make from one movie?"
This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.
"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.
"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."
"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."
"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"
"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.
"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."
Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.
"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."
"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."
"Well..you know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and all....is that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"
"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.
"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."
I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.
"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.
Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.
By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.
I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.
"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"
"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"
I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,
"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."
And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.
"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.
Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.
"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.
"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"
"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.
"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."
"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."
Antu continued in his characteristic manner.
"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy croaked.....now waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."
Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.
And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.
Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.
It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.
That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.
One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.
"So....how's the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.
"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.
"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"
"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.
"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."
[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]
"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"
The manager got pissed off.
"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.
"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"
"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"
"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"
The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.
"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"
"It's okay." I said.
"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."
"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."
"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"
"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.
"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"
"So you watched the play after all?"
"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."
Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.
But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.
"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.
"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.
"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.
"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."
"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."
A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.
"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."
"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."
"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"
"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"
Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".
Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,
"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"
"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"
"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."
"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."
And so ended the rant.
I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.
Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,
"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."
Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,
"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."
Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.
Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.
"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."
"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."
"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.
"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."
"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.
"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."
"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"
"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."
When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.
"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"
"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear. Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."
At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.
"You're right." I said.
"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"
Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.
The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,
"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"
"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."
And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.
This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.
"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."
The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.
"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."
"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"
For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.
"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."
I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar
"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"
"Both of us are going."
"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."
Antu sheth paused and continued.
"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she left.....you know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"
"Tomorrow morning by bus."
"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"
"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones. Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"
And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.
The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,
Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.
"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."
I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.
Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.
So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.
BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.
But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.
So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.
BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.
So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.
ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"
The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.
So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.
HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.
But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.
ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.
"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."
For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.
When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.
ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.
One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.
But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?
USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".
But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?
USA! USA! USA!
We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.
* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.
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I have been in America for 6 years now, and will most likely spend my life here. Like almost all Americans, I refer to what is played in the NFL as football, and what is played in the EPL as soccer.
I don't like soccer. Have never liked soccer. Even as a kid growing up in India, decades before I even heard of the Superbowl or NFL, I found soccer an extremely boring sport. But this post is not about why soccer is so boring. This post isn't about the banality of a "sport" that features 90 minutes of ambling around, kicking around a ball, and scoring on an average just 1-2 times during the whole excruciating period. This post isn't about a sport where it is not considered shameful to feign injuries, where convincing playacting wins games, and where referees seem even more willfully clueless than the fake referees in WWE pro wrestling. This post isn't about the utterly fallacious argument "Soccer is the #1 sport in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome", that could also be extended to say "denying women rights and dignity is a practice prevalent in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome".
No, this post is about the name nonsense. You know, what the "real" football is. That what's played in EPL is the only sport that can and should be called football. That churlish notion is what this post is about.
In my academic, professional, and personal life, I have gotten to know about a dozen or so Europeans and a couple of South Americans well enough to call them friends. I have had countless conversations with them, over the course of which, I have referred to Europe and South America's favorite sport as "soccer" and not "football". No eyelids were batted. No corrections were demanded. No moronic "Call it football!!!" suggestions were made. I am sure all of them think of the sport as football. But they were normal people who had better things to do in life than split hairs over the name of a game.
But I have lost count of the number of Indians who have, rather rudely and ignorantly, interrupted me or corrected me with the occasional use of profanity, and demanded that I not call the sport soccer. As they say, the newest converts are the most extremist. And most Indians who follow soccer are the archetypal new convert extremists. India is currently ranked 165 in FIFA rankings. Snowmen have a better chance of surviving months long cruises in hell than India does of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in this century. India's club soccer landscape is so dismal, that a documentary about it would look like Dystopian science fiction set in sub-Saharan Africa. I'm sure the bottled water budget of the newest IPL cricket team, the Pune Warriors, is more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India. Forget cricket, which is the king of sports in India. I'm sure that the revenue from the sales of Manchester United jerseys in Bombay is way more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India.
Despite the abysmal ranking and the tragic club scene, India has millions and millions of soccer fans! Or, as their hubris would force me to say, "football" fans. Now a non-Indian might wonder, how is it that a billion-strong country with millions of soccer fans is ranked lower than countries that don't even have populations close to a million? Why don't these Indian fans of the game go and watch local club soccer, support their teams, affect change and improve the fate of soccer?
The answer is simple. An overwhelming majority of self-proclaimed soccer fans in India are not really "fans" of the "sport" the way most people elsewhere are fans of sports. Scratch the surface and you'll realize that Indian soccer fans couldn't care less about the actual sport. They're just taken in by the aura surrounding the brands that European soccer has managed to cultivate and export. It's more about basking in the borrowed glory of Manchester United, Barcelona, etc. by paying ridiculous amounts of money to buy their jerseys and hats. Most Indian soccer fans couldn't tell you the difference between a banana kick and a banana split, or explain the offside rule. But they could identify the colors, logos, and brand endorsements of the top European club teams, and could tell you the keyboard shortcut to type Barca (the way any English-speaking person would type it) as Barça with that weird tail under the C to convince themselves they really know their stuff.
Well, they don't. Some do. A very few do. But most moneyed upper middle class Indians are just latching on to clubs from random European cities they couldn't even pinpoint on the map because they don't realize how completely they have been taken in by well-crafted marketing campaigns. These Indians spend more than a slum dweller's annual food budget on overpriced (but usually made in Bangladesh) jerseys, display logos on their facebook and twitter accounts, and go by nicknames like "gooner" as an expression of their utterly shallow new-convert extremism. Little wonder then, that despite dozens of European soccer clubs playing the game, 99% of Indian fans swear by one of 3 mega brands - Manchester United, Barcelona (sorry, Barça), and Arsenal.
And these Indian soccer fans are at the forefront of ignoring civility and rudely telling someone "y u call it soccer da? Call it football no macha!" and "LULWUT? y u watch rugby/NFL/AFL da? Dem no be football ra. Dey be hand-egg ra!" And of course, lazily forwarding this oh-so-cliched hand-egg picture; perfectly representative of Indian soccer fans' sporting ignorance and tendency to bask in borrowed glory - they can't even come up with their own clever rebuttals! But their ego grows a few precious microns as they do all this.
So then, which sport can stake claim to the name football? There's a short answer and a long answer. The short answer - Meh, who cares? A rose by any other name and suchlike. To give you an analogy, at any given moment, I can't tell you if I'll call India's biggest metropolis Bombay or Mumbai. I am Marathi, and in that language, we call it Mumbai. But I also grew up when the city's "official" name was Bombay and that's what we called it when speaking in English. In my mind, the names are synonymous. But there are a bunch of folks as self-important, deluded, and rude as Indian soccer fans who can't abide by that. If they live in Shivaji Park or Goregaon, making someone say Mumbai instead of Bombay is the greatest Maratha achievement since the Battle of Wadgaon. If they live in South Bombay, making someone say Bombay instead of Mumbai is the greatest act of civil disobedience since the Salt Satyagraha. But the real answer, the short answer is - Meh, who cares?
The long answer is this. About soccer/football I mean, not that Bombay/Mumbai boondoggle. Rude soccer fans for some reason think of "soccer" as a word the Americans coined, and "football" as the pure true holy name that the noble Brits gave the sport. The long answer is vastly different. The answer steeped in history and etymology, not fallacious vapid logical shortcuts. Indian soccer fans simplistically say, as that hand-egg cliche denotes, that soccer is a game involving kicking a ball with the foot. NFL/Rugby/AFL involve carrying the ball by hands. Hence, FIFA/EPL is the "real" football. Done. Proved. Settled. QED. Elementary, my dear Watson!
Ah, Watson! Sherlock Holmes! Perfect segue!
Have you read the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter? Not one of my favorites, but useful here. Published in 1904. The captain of the Cambridge rugby team asks Holmes to locate a missing player on the eve of a crucial match against Oxford. In that story, the sport is referred to as just "football", sans any qualifiers on three separate occasions. It is also referred to once....only once as "rugger" (as opposed to.....soccer? But more on that in a while). And as rugby, zero times.
So in the la-di-dah home of the sport, England, as a story written by one of the most famous English writers ever suggests, "football" was a term used to referred to rugby. The fact is, "football" was a generic name for a bunch of different sports, including rugby, gridiron football, soccer etc. Football was not exclusively identified even in England as the sport that is now played in the EPL. And although there isn't complete consensus on this, most scholars agree that the term "football" comes, not from kicking the ball with the foot, but the fact that the sport was played on foot. So rugby was football and soccer was football.
In fact the name soccer also originated in England (not in America!) - soccer originates from Association, because that variant of football was called association football. So soccer is the name the English came up with to explicitly distinguish the EPL/FIFA type from other types of football in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Across the pond in United States, once English colonies, they played mainly English sports in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, cricket was very popular before the civil war, and a team of top cricketers from England toured North America in 1859 and played in front of packed stands in Philadelphia, Hoboken, Rochester, Hamilton, and Montreal. But my cricket-loving mind digresses.
The point is, they played a lot of English sports in America those days. Including football - different types of football. If you look at the history of football, the basic point seems to be tolerance for variations. Why go into history? Even today, rugby union is markedly different from rugby league. So that kind of football, where you are on foot but carry the ball in your hands, got tinkered with in America as well. That tinkering led to what I think makes American Football so awesome - the forward pass. The pioneers were colleges who played each other in the 19th century. Finally in the early 1900s, an innovation on the scale of what IPL seemed in 2007, was made. The first ever Rose Bowl (known then as the East-West Football Game) was played between Stanford University and University of Michigan in Pasadena in 1902. That is, two years before Doyle wrote his story about the missing three-quarter.
So we can see that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the term "football" was used in America to describe what is now played in the NFL, and by AC Doyle to describe what we know as rugby. I am sure there are also instances of people using "football" back then to refer to what is now played in the EPL. I didn't look it up. Even reading about soccer makes me sleepy. But I am sure people used football to refer to soccer as well. That's the point. It was a generic term.
The 20th century progressed and progressed fast. For socio-cultural reasons I'd rather not go into, the football that became most popular in Europe and elsewhere was the variation that involved kicking the ball around. The football that became the most popular in America and somewhat popular in Europe (under the name Rugby) was the variation where you hold the ball in your hands and run. They're all football.
Well, the thing is, it's the Europeans who invented a different name for their kicking game - soccer. FIFA governs a sport that has two names, like the Bengali bhalo naam and daak naam if you will. Both names coined by the Brits. In America or in Canada, "gridiron" football was just called football. If you're in America, football is what's played in the NFL and Canadian football is what's played in the CFL. If you're in Canada, football is what's played in the CFL and American football is what's played in the NFL. By rights, Aussies should call AFL football too, but they call it "footy", maybe for the same bizarre reason they call barbecue "Barbie". Americans didn't need a second name for their favorite game the way Europeans needed it for their favorite game. Europeans who were into soccer were probably the ancestors of Indian soccer fans, insecure and unsure, and so came up with two names.
Why do I refer to the game in the EPL by the name soccer? In the immortal words of George Mallory, "because it's there!" The name soccer is out there, put out there by Europeans, and is understood worldwide as referring to the game that involves pretending to be hurt while taking leisurely strolls, once in a while prodding the ball into a disgruntled-looking net.
So why is the sport played in EPL/FIFA soccer and not football? Because if someone says football, it could mean one of several things. But if someone says soccer, it means only one game. The game where the highest trophy shouldn't be called Golden Boot, but Golden Actor Holding His Shin Pretending To Be Hurt.
A few hours back, @riffraaf whom I follow on twitter and have great regard for, and I had a disagreement over the aftermath of the Rosen-Romney episode. We exchanged a couple of emails. She wrote this post.
This is my response
Very well put. I agree mostly.
Here's where I am coming from: Rosen made a stupid comment. Faux outrage about how Ann Romney is such a victim ensued. (never mind our FLOTUS is bashed in ugly ways every day but that's probably the partisan in me talking, you might say).
Oh, Michelle is definitely bashed in the ugliest ways. It is bizarre to me that someone can make combating obesity into some evil plot!
Some of the people I follow on the right started labeling it as #waronmoms. This was a completely cynical response to left's #waronwomen. Now they wanted to beat the left at their own game. I get it.
Yup, they're just being cynical. But being helped by the left propagating articles like the rude pundit's.
But there was more to #waronwomen (though I personally loathe to use this slogan): Most women I know who are not into partisanship in general (because they're too busy raising kids and handling jobs unlike me :) ) got really riled up with a series of events that hurt women's rights: starting from planned parenthood defunding by Komen to birth control access issues to Sandra fluke (and Rush Limbaugh harassing Fluke for 3 entire days calling her a slut, prostitute, how she should put her porn videos online so he can watch it and so on) to ultra sound bills to new arizona laws infringing rights further.
Agree. That's how my wife (Indian-born American-raised) wife is. She is not as much into politics. She does follow it more than others. She is, like me, a fiscal conservative. But for her, this #waronwomen trumps anything else. Anything related to planned parenthood (which she loves) and birth control gets her riled up. So even if Obama raises taxes by gazillion percent (she hates tax raises even on rich folks), the social aspect of it against women's rights will always make her vote democrat.
So it irritates me to no end that suddenly Risen is somehow equivalent of Limbaugh and all the incivilities shown against women in the last year are equivalent to one insensitive remark made by a Rosen who was a nobody until now (even w/ her hillary support in 2008 and apparently having contributed to Obama campaign in 2008).
I don't think Rosen is equivalent of the much much viler and nastier and just plain-worse-human-being Limbaugh. I am not drawing the equivalence, so I am not going to defend the equivalence.
However, on its own, what Rosen said is definitely insensitive and stupid. And undoubtedly ad hominem. That's all that matters to me, as someone who doesn't count himself on the left or the right when it comes to identifying with movements. By saying what she did, Rosen attacked who Ann Romney, not what Ann or Mitt Romney were saying, making it a classic ad hominem attack.
It's politically damaging I agree. But it's a huge fake outrage and no where near what's really happening to women all over the country (whether w/ healthcare, minimum wages, equal pay, infringing on woman's body, unemployment and so on that affect women in REAL ways).
So I know Obama was doing what any Dem politician would do, but I'm still turned off by this whole latest, what I call Faux outrage.
Granted that some of those outraging are just fake-outraging. Just taking the chance to score points against their political opponents. Granted that many of those outraging on the right have possibly said much worse and more misogynist stuff against women.
But what Rosen said was still stupid and insensitive. And IMO, the Obama campaign by denouncing what Rosen said, is doing not just the politically expedient thing, but the right thing. And elements of the left by digging in and writing posts/articles undermining the worth of Ann Romney's life, are doing the WRONG thing, be it politically or morally.
Every once in a while, test cricket says to other sports "Who's your daddy? I am!" Today is one such time.
Five days ago, if you had said to me, "Australia will win the Barbados test", I'd have responded, yeah, probably...for sure... so?
The beauty of test cricket is its ability to engineer the most bizarre dramas, replete with unexpected reversals, and above all, often making the the audience switch their loyalties.
Five days ago, I was sure that Australia, the side that whitewashed the kinda-mighty Indians, would make mincemeat of West Indies. It didn't even seem like a test series worth following on Cricinfo. But follow it I did. Once you love test cricket, you can't help but follow test cricket, no matter how foregone the conclusion might seem.
Then came the first major twist in the tail. The Windies, marshaled by that old fox Chanderpaul, posted a 400+ score. It's not often that a team loses after scoring 400+ in the first innings. Even better, the Windies bowlers got rid of the Aussie top and middle order fairly soon.
Holy crap! The Windies were set to get a substantial first innings lead. And even win the test! Go West Indies, I thought. Yessss! Schadenfreude is a cool-sounding word, but it truly finds its meaning when the Australian cricket team is losing. Go Windies!
And then test cricket showed why it's everyone's daddy. The Aussies, reverting to a sickening old habit, fought back. Their tail wagged, chipping away at the deficit. Their 10th wicket partnership was going strong, reducing the deficit to a mathematical factoid. Heck, they might even wipe off the deficit.
And then.... huh! Clarke decalred! What!??! He declared, with his 10 wicket pair going strong and the deficit still 43! He declared to, ostensibly and obviously, have enough time to actually win the test.
I have generally disliked the Aussie team. And I don't like Michael Clarke. But this decision won me over. What a declaration! True, his 10th wicket was at the crease, so to posterity, it might not seem like much. But in the context of the match, it was quite a doozy.
Turns out Clarke shocked not just us fans, but the Windies batsmen too. They promptly collapsed in a heap. And suddenly, it seemed like Australia might win this. It wasn't easy. Sure, it seemed easy - 192 in 60-odd overs. But the fading April light meant there was no chance to get more than 50 overs. On a 5th day pitch.
Then came the inevitable sad flashback. India at Dominica last year. The #1 test team in the world. Set 180 in 47 overs. And India decided to play it safe and accepted a draw after a half-hearted attempt. As an Indian, the whitewashes in England and Australia hurt, but didn;t come close to the shame and outrage I felt for the Dominica cop-out.
Surely Clarke with his brave declaration wouldn't pull a Dhoni and play it sickeningly safe? He better not. Aussies better win this.
And that's the weird journey I made in a handful of days. From "Oh, Aussies will definitely win" to "Wow, WI are batting well." to "WI may get the lead! Wow! WI can win this!" to "Oh no! Oh damn! Aussies might save the test" to the final leap "Please please please Australia, win this!"
For that is the beauty of test cricket. It can shake your convictions and loyalties. The action in the middle can make you forget your prejudices and switch sides to support the side playing truly in line with the game's true character. If you've seen Rocky 4, you might remember how the Russian spectators stop cheering for Ivan Drago and start cheering for Rocky, going against all their loyalties and convictions. Well, that was a (rather badly) scripted movie. This is the reality of test cricket.
By the 3rd session on day 5, I found myself, for the first time in well over a decade, cheering for an Australian win. It may seem like an odd, even fickle reversal to cheer the side that I was so dead set against just 5 days ago.
But that's what test cricket does. And did. To me. My heart raced as I groaned at every Australian wicket and cheered every big hit from the Aussies. I kept trying to calculate how long sunshine would last before the umpires closed the proceedings for bad light. And I kept hoping the Aussies would make it.
Aussies - the pre-match favorites, and Windies the underdogs. But test cricket when it is in its element, can make you cheer for the favorites as if they're the underdogs.
Finally, Australia won. They walked on sunshine. And have most likely ushered in another era of self-belief and dominance that will be the bane of other teams in the next decade.
Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.
Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him. He did not have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of Laxman, the unfathomable, enduring genius of Tendulkar or the sublime cover drive of Ganguly.
I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.
I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.
And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,
The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.
But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."
To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
Do you only like outer space when Sandra Bullocks is in it? Do you want Leah Remini to ruin your wedding? Are you worried that Compari will give you diarrhea? If the answer is yes then this episode is for you! This week Bryan tries to order pickles from the homophobic monster Joe Jurden, who after calling his employee a ‘cocksucker’ decided to fire him. And Erin calls out South by Southwest for cancelling a panel which was set to discuss sexual harassment in videos games, because of outside threats. Looks like Texas ain’t as tough as it seems. Still hungry for more? Call Joe Jurden at 913-956-5060 and place an order for pickles!
HUNT OR BE HUNTED! The epic climax of "ALWAYS BET ON RED"! Trapped in MURDERWORLD, ELEKTRA is close to ending ARCADE's sick games. But surrounded by trigger-happy high rollers who have paid top dollar to participate in the hunt, will Elektra survive long enough to reveal Arcade's treacherous scheme?
Erin and Bryan watched the big game but can only talk about that creepy Nationwide commercial, the inspiring McDonald's ad, and the terrifying sharks in the Katy Perry performance. Plus, the author of The Thorn Birds died, but her obituaries just talked about how basic and fat she was. And Kristen Stewart is maybe in a relationship with a woman, and we should all care. But the biggest news? Erin got a dog!
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Those articles do a good job of summarising the positive side of what has been achieved (improved classification and prediction) and presenting the point that there is a lot more to intelligence than has been demonstrated so far.
Though, as I mention above, a great thing about Hinton's deep learning systems is that they can generate images (and probably sounds) from incomplete or noisy input images, or by exciting high-level neurons that represent that class. Although being able to recognise images or sounds alone makes for pretty shallow "understanding".
I think further advances might start to occur when they start trying to mix multiple sensory streams: particularly vision and sound, but eventually tactile senses as well. This could easily be achieved with the minimal changes to the current designs of deep learning architectures.
If we can have the machine be shown an image, and it spontaneously generate speech that says what object it recognises, some people would find that a bit eerie. This would approximate playing the naming game with a child. If we could tell the robot a story, and in its "mind" it spontaneously starts generating images that represent the story, we could say that the machine is actually on the way to having a genuine "understanding" of the story.
As I describe in this post, advances might also be achieved by expanding the perceptual applications to include things like motion perception: often visible as objects changing position, scale or rotation. One thing that is less obvious, is how to apply deep learning to motion control of robots. That's something I'm still thinking about.
Even though I can see great potential in deep learning, I can still see some significant obstacles. Deep learning still uses iterative training techniques, which despite being quicker than they were, are still a far cry from being able to briefly see a person or object once, and then recognising that person or object from obscure angles and distances moments later. Something that people can (sometimes) do very well. Though this might be easily taken care of with some complementary memory processes (much as it seems to be in the brain).
And even if current systems for deep learning turns out to have some fatal flaw in being applicable to simulating intelligence, I think the cat is very nearly out of the bag. The neocortex has largely the same structure all over the brain, and we have reasonably good approximations for many of the less regular areas of the brain. So, in my opinion it is only a matter of time before we have intelligent machines. Or machines "intelligent" enough to do most of what we've ever wanted them to, though with certain physical constraints withstanding.
Nashville audiences have long been noted for their generosity in rewarding performances with a standing ovation - to the point that they have become rather commonplace - but never before have we witnessed a "standing O" at the end of a particularly raucous, thoroughly inspiring and resolutely entertaining musical number. That is, we had never seen it happen until opening night at the conclusion of the rousing and rollicking "A Musical" that comes midway through Act One of Something Rotten!, the uproarious Broadway hit that made its Music City debut at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall on Tuesday evening.
The astounding phenomenon was not a knee-jerk reaction to someone standing up first or any sense of the obligatory. Rather, you could feel the energy moving throughout the house as the number was performed so brilliantly onstage and, if you were paying attention, you could feel it building to the point that audience members simply had to leap to their feet to show their appreciation of a peculiarly American art form, in general, and Something Rotten!, in particular. If you were there, the sense of joie de vivre was palpable from the very first notes of the song and as it was delivered by the remarkable ensemble onstage, the sustained "standing O" only seemed apropos to the moment.
Thoroughly delightful and eminently entertaining, "A Musical" features affectionate nods to some 20 or more legendary musicals, gleefully recalling signature musical motifs from particular songs or lyrics interpolated for maximum impact. If it doesn't make you love musicals at least a little bit more than you did when you walked into the theater, nothing will.
How many times have you experienced something like that? The exhilaration that comes from seeing top-flight actors performing at the very top of their game, the quintessential moment that is the essence of that to which every musical theater creative team aspires. Co-composer - and Nashville's own - Wayne Kirkpatrick, eager to see how his hometown audiences would respond to his first foray into the rarefied world of the Broadway musical, must have been floating on air as the general hubbub of opening night reached its zenith (and remained there) throughout the remainder of the two and a half hours of mirthful merriment and musical effervescence that continued to reverberate throughout the building, sending audiences home on a cloud of pure joy. You really should have been there - it was a night for the history books of musical theater in a city known far and wide for its music.
To put it succinctly: Something Rotten! is a great big hit, the kind of theatrical achievement of showbiz legend and a joyous cavalcade of musical theatre tropes that are rendered herein as if they were something new and unique. Somehow, the highly original show - with Tony Award-nominated music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and his brother Karey Kirkpatrick, and book by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and conceived by the Kirkpatrick brothers - manages to bridge the gap between audience members who thrive on such creativity and artistic achievement and those who tend to disdainfully look down their collective nose at such lighter than air, buoyant entertainment.
A witty and whimsical takeoff on Shakespeare - he's portrayed as a rock star of the Renaissance era and as the bane of the existence of the two Bottom brothers, Nigel and Nick, who are the show's primary protagonists - and the struggle of his contemporaries to compete with his prolific and popular works for the theater, Something Rotten! is rather unique in these days of movies turned into musicals and revivals of classic works by the legendary composers and lyricists of Broadway's golden era. And while it calls upon its forebears to provide musical context and literary references, it's a wholly new story that engages its audiences from the very beginning ("Welcome to the Renaissance") all the way through to the show's finale, set appropriately enough in the New World where the idea of a show in which an actor stops speaking long enough to break into song (which, of course, advances the plot and aids in character development - and there's something called a dance break) is sure to take hold.
Along the way, there's enough spectacle and theatrical wizardry - thanks in large part to the production's exquisite aesthetic design which includes vibrant and colorful scenery by Scott Pask, gorgeous, eye-popping costumes by Gregg Barnes, evocative lighting by Jeff Croiter and all the ancillary accoutrement supplied by more of Broadway's very best - to keep the most ardent of musical theater lovers on the edge of their seats. Plus, the ample irreverence and tongue-in-cheek approach to the material ensures that even the freshest of neophytes will discover much to love about Something Rotten!
Directed with his expected aplomb and obvious love for what he's doing by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (his resume includes The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot), who also supplies the tremendous choreography that makes Something Rotten! more exhilarating than one could possibly hope for, the production that was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2015 is a love letter to the escapism and sense of wonder that is so much a part of musical theater. If you go to see it, and you certainly should (make no mistake about that), you'll find yourself caught up in the pageantry and pomp of the show to the point that your love of musicals will deepen, your appreciation for the art form heightened by the antics of Nicholaw's superb cast.
With the memorable score, crafted by the brothers Kirkpatrick, and the sharply written book by O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick - which is replete with enough doubles entendre and witty rejoinders to keep your brain whirling throughout - Something Rotten! is sure to one day be considered a musical theater classic on its own astonishing merits, its obvious appreciation of all the remarkable shows that have come before it only underscoring the creative team's love for the very genre it playfully and artfully sends up with its structure.
Led by Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, the siblings who find themselves out of the spotlight since the meteoric rise of Shakespeare's (played with sex appeal and bombast by Adam Pascal) star, Nicholaw's talented ensemble bring the show to life with enough energy to power a major metropolitan city! As the two Bottoms struggle to create their own masterpiece (Richard II, plans for which are scrapped when "The Bard" writes his own script about that British monarch after he's already produced Richard III - "Who goes backwards?" Nick implores), we watch their company of actors chew the scenery and act up a veritable storm to bring a new show to life during Elizabethan times. All manner of zany hilarity ensues in the process and McClure and Grisetti keep the action moving along at a fair pace with their commitment to their characters.
Pascal powers his way through the show to leave an indelible mark as The Bard, exuding a sexy sensuality that explains why he's so idolized by his adoring fans. The guy sure knows how to wear a codpiece! His performance of "Will Power," in which he's backed up by four hot boy dancers, serves as the perfect introduction to Shakespeare and his astounding way with words.
While McClure, Grisetti and Pascal definitely have the larger, showier roles in Something Rotten!, they are surrounded by estimable talent in every scene, including the scene-stealing Blake Hammond as Thomas Nostradamus, the soothsaying nephew of the Nostradamus, who foretells of the creation of musical theater; the fey and funny Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah, as a light-in-the-loafers Puritan zealot; the stereotype-defying (or should that be "-defining"?) Jeff Brooks as Shylock; the outlandish Joel Newsome as Lord Clapham, the brother's initial patron; and the showstopping Nick Rashad Burroughs as the minstrel who welcomes us to the Renaissance in the show's opening number.
Maggie Lakis is wonderful as Nick Bottom's loyal and devoted wife, Bea, a proto-feminist centuries ahead of her time, and Autumn Hurlburt is ideal as the object of Nigel's ardor, Portia, the daughter of the closeted Puritan who's trying to shut down every theater in town.
Giving ample support throughout are the remaining members of Nicholaw's all-dancing, all-singing ensemble who portray the various and sundry Renaissance regulars who populate the imaginative world in which the Bottoms and Shakespeare vie for prominence. They sing! They dance! They act! - all while being tremendously, heart-stoppingly watchable. Thanks, Something Rotten! for giving us a chorus of gorgeous girls and handsome boys to keep our attention focused where it needs to be.
Brian P. Kennedy conducts the 15-member orchestra with confidence and a sense of theatrical bravado required - nay, demanded - by such onstage antics, which includes some of Nashville's most talented players in the pit.
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It's Throwing Shade's 100th Birthday! And we owe it all to you! But don't worry - she may be old, but she is no less shady. This week, Erin and Bryan talk about The Children's Place and their ridiculously offensive new line of T-shirts for girls, and then Bryan gets into the ABC newsman who went from being a man to a woman and then back to a man because of amnesia! Throwing Shade may be 100, but honey, her head is still in the game and her legs are still in the pool!
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Hollywood, right people? Bryan and Erin understand Hollywood like Hollywood was their delusional cousin who took out a college loan for breast implants. This week, Erin and Bryan talk all about their Hollywood game night experience, the Social Security tries to find a solution for LGBT spousal benefits, Bikram Choudhury's downward facing sexual harassment suit, and writer/producer/activist/Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black stops by for our new segment HiBrow/LoBrow.
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Witness the birth of Throwing Shade the podcast cum web series pilot - full of Orson Scott Card's bonkers ideas about gay people, Oakland University's women's basketball coach and pure female walking-evil Coach Beckie. They also discuss how "Orange is the New Black" is the new binge watching and discuss sad festival/must-see movie "Blackfish."
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No final da tarde de ontem, 29/06/2017, o equipe do Núcleo de Operações da Delegacia de Polícia Federal em Foz do Iguaçu/PR promoveu diligências com o objetivo de averiguar informações apócrifas acerca de uma casa situada nesta cidade, a qual estaria prestes a receber um carregamento de droga. Por volta das 22h, os Policiais identificaram […]
Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.
Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.
At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.
India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.
In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.
The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.
And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.
But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.
When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.
They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.
Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.
Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.
Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.
The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.
With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.
Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.
In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over. When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.
The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.
West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday. (CMC)
They enter the first game of the doubleheader at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy.
That defeat at Queen’s Park Oval – after the first game was rained out – highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310 and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply.
With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement especially from his bowlers.
“We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said.
“Obviously chasing 300-odd in 43 overs is a tough ask. You need to be getting off to a much better start than we did in the last game. We were never able to get off to the good start we were looking for and hence we kept losing wickets in the middle and never got the momentum going into trying to chase 300-odd.”
In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad doubleheader, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter.
Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence and Holder he would be an asset to the side.
“He brings youthful exuberance, he’s an energetic fielder and obviously a very good player,” Holder pointed out.
“He’s done well for us in domestic cricket for a number of years, he’s playing a lot of cricket in Trinidad being a part of that franchise. I played a lot of youth cricket with him …. and he’s always been a phenomenonal scorer.”
Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him.
Nevertheless, they join batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which need a significant boost in order to start producing in the series.
Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns of recent with just nine runs in his three outings and Evin Lewis has gotten starts but still not passed 33.
With every defeat, West Indies’ chances of an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup diminish even further, as they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30.
They are currently ranked number nine after winning just three of their last 16 ODIs, and a series loss will just about write off their chances of an automatic berth. (CMC)
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In Episode 25, Bryan takes an hour from doing Oxy Clean to hang out with Erin and discuss Ann Romney, the Atlanta Falcons homophic wide receiver, gay discrimination in the workplace, Ashley Judd's puffy face and the lack of foreplay in Game of Thrones. It's shake 'n bake, and I helped!
Bryan and Erin take an hour of your life and fill it with banter about Urban Outfitters transexual greeting cards, gender based price gouging, the gay kiss that interrupted Rick Santorum, the gender issues in Hunger Games and a serious discussion about Amazon Prime. Too funky!
The Japanese luxury automaker is enlisting the talented sportsman – nicknamed “baby-faced assassin” because he’s considered the best shooter in the game – to help promote the recently updated Q50 sport sedan. As we all know it, with hard work and sometimes a dose of talent, good things do come. […]
Comme nombre d'entre vous, je passe ma journée au travail et j'emporte sous le bras ma "gamelle" du déjeuner, préparée amoureusement, ou bien souvent dans l'énervement et la hâte, la veille, voire le matin-même... Certaines fois, c'est un plaisir d'imaginer une boîte-repas équilibrée, originale et colorée. Mais souvent, cela tient tout simplement de la corvée, et je n'ai aucune imagination à lui accorder... D'autant que j'ai pas mal de paramètres à respecter : d'abord il en faut deux, une pour le chéri et une pour moi, et ensuite la mienne doit pouvoir être mangée froide (aucun moyen de réchauffer sur place), alors que la sienne peut être mangée chaude.
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The latest example of this involves a crashed flying saucer and a firefight with the aliens that haunt this derelict craft. Presented as a seemingly ordinary supply run in GTA Online, this extra-terrestrial showdown was discovered by a group of dataminers after they tweaked the game's code.
GTA paranormal investigators Chiliad Mystery Guru, a crowdsourced group of fans who have become obsessed with uncovering content that's either been cut or willingly kept at arm's length by crafty developers at Rockstar communicating through clues in its code, has just unearthed this close encounter of the nerd kind.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's new Master Mode is serious business. How serious, you ask? Well it takes what was the game's most challenging enemy in the open world (and quite possibly in general), the White Lynel, and places it in the goddamn starting area.
That's right. You might not even have a shield when you encounter this beast on the Great Plateau. At best you may have a Traveler's Sword, which isn't going to do much damage before it breaks. Yet here it is, a White Lynel in all its glory, equipped with bomb arrows.
Making matters even worse, enemies on Master Mode regenerate health if you go too long without attacking them. Yikes!
I think everyone who has ever seen a Star Wars film has taken the time to wonder whether they'd make a good Jedi. Do they have the discipline required to complete their training? Would they be able to resist the lure of the dark side? What's with the whole celibacy thing?
In an attempt to answer the first two questions and leave the third completely alone, Chris made me play Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy for the first time for this week's Late to the Party - it being a game of which he has particularly fond memories.
But, is Jedi Academy still a good game? Has it withstood the ravages of time? Again, what's with the whole celibacy thing? You can find answers to the first two questions - and decidedly not the third - in the video below.
Colantonio, who left Arkane after a whopping 18 years at the studio, told an audience at the Spanish conference Gamelab today he needed a proper holiday after over a decade of shipping high-profile video games.
"Well it's a mixed bag of emotions because of course I love Arkane, I love Bethesda and it's been 18 years of very fascinating adventures and some super-hard times, because as you know we were independent and we almost went out of business several times," he said on-stage.
The next free update for Watch Dogs 2 introduces a four-player party mode, allowing players to free roam San Francisco with three friends.
Available from 4th July, the new feature lets players take part in all online activities as a four-player party including Man vs Machine and Online Racing. This mode was one of the most requested by the community, Ubisoft said in the video below. However, you won't be able to take part in the game's two-player co-op missions while roaming in four-player party mode.
Alongside the new co-op mode, the update includes a patch to fix bugs and general improvements.
So, for this week's episode of Here's A Thing, I've spoken to a couple of voice actors about the strike and also, some of the frustrating moments they've experienced while working in the games industry. Like, for example, the voice actor who wasn't told he was playing one of Fallout 4's leading villains until just before the game was released.
Now, we've read your feedback in the comments of previous episodes and I understand some of you prefer written features over video work. I'm somewhat limited when it comes to the amount of time I can dedicate to an individual piece, which makes an entire rewrite unfeasible. Instead, I've included a modified version of my video script below, with a few extra quotes pulled in from the people I've spoken to.
This one comes at you in waves. On first loading the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, my initial thought was: Oh, this is definitely how they should reissue old games. N Sane Trilogy, which bundles the first three Crash Bandicoot games into one package, adding quality of life stuff like a decent save and checkpoint system alongside time trials, online leaderboards and the chance to play most levels as Coco, has had a lot of work put into it. The soundtrack's been remastered, the cinematics have been entirely redone, the whole thing cruises by at 30fps. The elbowy channels of this trench platformer are still rather poky, but they're fringed with glorious wildlife and delightful texturing as a complete art overhaul has taken place. Ice is gemlike and wonderfully glossy, tar pits are filled with thick black goop, and the jungles! You never saw such jungles! Big fat rubbery leaves, the fraying trunks of palms, the ruffle of a breeze as you race past, smashing crates and collecting fruit.
That's the first wave. The second is quite different. After initially firing the collection up, I poked around in the original game for an hour or so. It's cludgy and fiddly and rather unforgiving. Years after making this, Naughty Dog would perfect the unmissable ledge: the ledge that you leap towards and absolutely cannot avoid connecting with, as Nathan Drake is drawn towards cinematic just-made-it safety as irresistibly as dust bunnies disappearing down the spout of a Dyson DC32 (The Animal - never bettered IMHO). Here, though, if you misjudge a jump by a millimeter, Crash falls into the abyss. No mantling. No hedging. It's actually kind of reassuring: games used to demand this kind of perfection. Through its overuse, the unmissable ledge is one of the more annoying artefacts of modern gaming, but away from the odd pitfall the supremely missable platform of the first Crash game is also kind of annoying. N Sane Trilogy swaps out the graphics but seems to retain the original geometry and the original character of the controls - even though it now supports analogue sticks. This means you get a lavish looking game that often plays in a very rickety manner. Race a tiger over the Great Wall in Warped, for example, and the whole scene is so bright and crisp and lively-looking that it's just weird the way the camera bucks and stumbles behind you, the way you move in humpty, weighty lurches, the way that dragons, who will swoop across the map as you pass, are visibly waiting in the wings as you approach, like soap actors having one last cigarette before nailing their walk-on. Reworking the surface of these games so laboriously but leaving the sometimes-jumbled guts intact feels a little like cruelty on occasion.
But there is a third wave, thankfully, and the third wave crested slowly as something kind of amazing happened to me. As I played through the Crash games on the big 4K telly in the office, the PS4 Pro whirring nobly underneath, people started to gather behind me. This almost never happens. "Oh man, I love Crash," said someone who shall remain nameless. And then another person said: "Go back a few steps, there's a secret crate you missed." This is the kind of game where people remember where the secret crates are kept.
In 1991, Electronic Arts released a basketball game for the Mega Drive called Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs. Unremarkable, you might think. But, 26 years later, it's now on eBay and attracting bids above £8000.
Why? On the face of it, there's nothing particularly special about Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs. But when you dig into the detail, you discover there was something special about its release - or lack of, it turns out.
David Amor, co-founder of now defunct Brighton developer Relentless Software, put up the PAL version of Lakers versus Celtics on eBay, unaware it would soon set the retro video game collection community aflutter. With four days left of the auction, the listing has seen 40 bids, the latest of which is a whopping £8300.
The company behind Steam phenomenon PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has announced cross-platform play is under consideration, but this has sparked a debate over whether it's possible to achieve the balance between PC and console play competitive players demand.
Speaking to VG247 earlier this week, executive producer Chang Han Kim revealed cross-platform play between PC and console is "definitely" something Battlegrounds wants to do. Though the team doesn't anticipate it will have any issues on the technical side, there is the glaring issue of balance considering the competitive nature of the game.
"That's what's making it difficult for us to do right away," he said. "If we're going to allow players to use controllers we need to have the aim assist added in and things like that. We're not going to be supporting it right away, but it's something we'd like to look into later."
If you've any love for Valkyria Chronicles, an affair likely started with Sega's 2008 original which saw Skies of Arcadia director Shuntaro Tanaka injecting some of that same breeziness into an exquisite tactical RPG, you'll likely already know how the story goes. How Sega's own 2010 sequel was confined to the PlayStation Portable, and another follow-up in 2011 from developer Media.Vision was confined further still to Japan only, with an official localisation never forthcoming. How Media.Vision was given another crack at the series with an action-based spin-off, and how it released to fairly dismal reviews in Japan earlier this year.
Six months later, following a noble localisation effort from Sega and Deep Silver, I can only confirm what you likely already know. Valkyria Revolution is not a good video game. And how.
A couple of years ago, Codemasters attempted to revive the top down racing genre with Toybox Turbos. It was essentially Micro Machines, but without the license to call it Micro Machines and although the gameplay was basic, it managed to capture the essence of what made the original games so special.
The success of that release must have paid off because Micro Machines: World Series sees Codemasters reclaiming that famous name, although with it comes a lot of extra baggage, including some rather odd in-game design choices that fundamentally change the spirit of the series.
While Turbos was a charming nostalgia trip, World Series often feels calculated and almost soulless. Whatever deals were made with Hasbro for the Micro Machines name seem to have come at a price and Nerf branding is slapped liberally over the scenery and the UI. Familiar weapons from Toybox, the Tommy Gun, the Hammer and the Mines are rebranded as Nerf products, while countless Nerf guns litter the tracks and arenas. It all feels a bit like you're playing an advert rather than a game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack, Trial of the Sword, is upon us and here's how the new content is added.
Master Mode, the new extra hard difficulty setting, is available right from the main menu. It has its own save file so you needn't overwrite your current progress to start this second campaign. It only has one autosave file though, as Master Mode is serious business.
Upon booting up your regular save file you'll be greeted with a message dictating that new side-quests have been added to your Adventure Log. In your journal each DLC sidequest is marked by an "EX" next to the quest name, indicating that it's an add-on.
Last October I praised the Swedish side-scrolling shooter roguelike GoNNER and now it's available on Switch.
This seems like the perfect platform for this swift adventure about jumping and shooting. Like the procedurally-generated platformer Downwell before it, GoNNER's brief campaign can be blazed through in a scant 15 minutes or so if you're good. Chances are, however, that you won't be and will find yourself starting over every few minutes.
GoNNER tasks players with bounding through the netherworld to help Death in exchange for the life of your friend, a giant beached "spacewhale" named Sally. Players simply pick a gun, accessory, and head (yes, head) and go off reaping souls in this spooky Necropolis.
Namco Museum, the recently announced anthology of retro classics, will arrive on Switch 28th July in Europe and North America for €29.99 / $29.99.
Better yet, it will contain one bonus game not previously announced: Pac-Man Vs.
Originally developed by Shigeru Miyamoto and original Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani for the GameCube as a free bonus packaged with R: Racing in 2003, Pac-Man Vs. utilised the platform's GBA connectivity feature making it so one player could assume the role of Pac-Man on their handheld while the other three players hunted them as ghosts on the TV.
Harvest Moon successor Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will launch on 13th October in Europe for 3DS.
While Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns doesn't actually have the words "Harvest" or "Moon" in the title, it's still part of Marvelous Inc.'s long-running farming series. In fact, Trio of Towns celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The reason for the name change is that in 2014 Marvelous decided to use its own American branch, XSEED Games, to distribute the series in North America, yet the previous publisher, Natsume, still owned the name Harvest Moon. So XSEED needed to give the series a new name in the west and it went with Story of Seasons. In Europe Marvelous likewise switched publishing partners to Nintendo of Europe, who decided to stick with the Story of Seasons name to keep things consistent across the west.
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Two of the most successful active tennis players at the All England Club head into this year's Wimbledon tournament as the favorites to win it again. But both of them will try to capture the championship despite not being the top seed.
On the gentlemen's side, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is seeded third for the second year in a row, yet he is listed as +200 chalk (bet $100 to win $200) to take home the title for the eighth time at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
For the ladies, two-time champ Petra Kvitova (2011 and 2014) is a +500 favorite to win her third title as the No. 11 seed over +550 second choice and No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova.
However, Venus Williams has won Wimbledon five times (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008), which helps explain why she is the +1200 fourth choice to win her sixth title even though she is currently ranked 11th in the world. Venus' sister, Serena, would have been the favorite and top seed as a seven-time winner, but she is skipping the tournament as she is pregnant with her first child.
Serena and Andy Murray are the defending singles champions, with the latter listed as the +350 second choice among the men behind Federer. Meanwhile, Venus was just found at fault as the driver in a car accident on June 9 that killed a 78-year-old man, who was a passenger in the other vehicle. Her publicist confirmed Friday she will play in the Grand Slam, according to the Associated Press (h/t Tennis).
Other former men's winners who could be worth betting in addition to Murray (who also won in 2013) include fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal (+400) and second-seeded Novak Djokovic (+600).
Nadal is a two-time winner (2008 and 2010), while Djokovic has taken home three titles (2011, 2014 and 2015). Either Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray has won Wimbledon for each of the past 14 years. That justifies them being the top four choices.
Besides the Williams sisters and Kvitova, Marion Bartoli is the only other woman to win Wimbledon over the past decade. Bartoli won it in 2013 and retired later that year.
Besides Kvitova, Pliskova and Williams, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Great Britain (+1200) and 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza (+900) are also among the favorites for the ladies. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is further down the betting board at +1400.
It's the Sandman and his cool slouch hat against the hell-demon who stole his hell-met. But they're not gonna arm wrestle or play chess or even Gnip-Gnop (funnest game on Earth!)...they have agreed to a battle of words. First off: "Yo' mama so fat..." Oh wait, it's a little more civilized than that.
Panels from The Sandman (1989 series) #4 (April 1989), script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth, inks by Mike Dringenberg, colors by Robbie Busch, letters by Todd Klein
The purpose of the game is to name something that can destroy whatever the opponent says. Personally, I'm all for using Megaweapon, but Dream and Dreamon Choronzon are playing on a much more intellectual plane.
C'mon, somebody say "your mom" already!
OOH HE CAN'T TAKE IT THERE!
"Oh dear," says Choronzon, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
So remember: when you need the most powerful weapon of them all against the forces of hell, use HOPE!
Atualmente a lombalgia, popularmente conhecida como dor lombar, afeta mais da metade das pessoas de forma constante. E até 85% da população terá essa dor em algum momento da vida.
Embora existam fatores psicológicos e sociais por trás de tal problema, o estresse mecânico sempre tem um papel importante no desenvolvimento do mesmo, e a fisioterapia é de extrema importância na atuação desse fator.
Mais da metade das lombalgias são idiopáticas, ou seja, sem causa definida. Mas dentro dos fatores que podem causá-la, podemos citar as hérnias de disco entre as principais causas, sendo a maior incidência na coluna cervical e lombar.
A hérnia ocorre quando as fibras do disco intervertebral, que contém o núcleo pulposo (substância que os forma), se rompem. A função dos discos éabsorver impactos do dia-a-dia, e podemos compará-los a uma bolsa de gelatina entre cada vértebra.
Disco Intervertebral Hérnia de disco
Independente de fatores externos, os discos começam a degenerar-se a partir dos 20 anos de idade. Mas fatores como o peso corporal, tensão nos ligamentos e músculos, pressão intra abdominal (conseguida também através de fortalecimento) e cargas externas contribuem para a preservação discal.
As sobrecargas na coluna fazem os discos perderem água (90% da sua composição) como um mecanismo de auto proteção. Ao aliviar a carga, a água é reabsorvida. Porém a sobrecarga contínua e o envelhecimento tornam esse mecanismo cada vez mais ineficaz, e os discos passam a diminuir sua capacidade de reabsorção de água (ficando desidratados e suscetíveis a lesões) e consequentemente de absorção de impactos.
Ao contrário do que se imagina, ficar sentado gera mais carga de compressão sobre a coluna do que manter-se em pé, sendo que manter a postura desleixada, mesmo que agradável, é um agravante para tal.
A nutrição dos discos é feita através de mudanças posturais. Por isso, manter-se fixo, independente do conforto, por longos períodos, é prejudicial.
Além da postura inadequada, movimentos súbitos ou excessivos, e o uso de apenas uma mão constantemente para carregar pesos predispõe a lesões na coluna. Um único e simples movimento com uma carga elevada pode ser o suficiente para que a lesão ocorra; ou ainda diversos movimentos com cargas pequenas.
Dentre os movimentos mais agressivos para os discos encontram-se os de rotação da coluna. Não que não devam ser feitos, mas durante exercícios é preciso a orientação de um bom profissional e no dia-a-dia devem ser realizados da forma menos brusca possível e nunca carregando-se cargas elevadas.
Aliás, a velocidade é praticamente decisiva na incidência da lesão discal. Quanto mais lento um movimento, menor a carga compressiva sobre a coluna.
E vibrações também são prejudiciais aos discos. Comuns em cadeiras de massagem, provocam uma piora considerável em quem se arrisca a resolver o problema sem orientação profissional.
Sendo assim, após explicações básicas sobre o mal que acomete uma boa parte da população, torna-se necessário explicar qual é o papel da fisioterapia dentro da lombalgia.
Pode-se dizer que a base para uma coluna sem dor é a estabilidade e a flexibilidade. Mas infelizmente o que parece simples não pode ser realizado de qualquer forma, porque o que é benéfico para uma pessoa sem dor pode piorar e muito um quadro onde já existe um problema.
O princípio do tratamento é o ganho de estabilidade para a coluna, que ocorre através da ativação de músculos específicos que irão aumentar a pressão intra abdominal (lembrando que essa pressão em excesso também provoca dor).
Vale explicar que esses músculos devem ser ativados o tempo todo, e para que isso ocorra faz-se necessário um foco em resistência (que fará com que mantenham-se contraídos por muito tempo sem fadigar) e não força, o que explica o índice de dor e lesões em atletas e praticantes de exercícios como musculação.
O famoso abdominal é importantíssimo para o ganho desse aumento de pressão. Entretanto, os convencionais, onde se realiza uma flexão total de tronco, independente das pernas estarem dobradas ou esticadas, geram uma carga de 3.000 Newton na coluna, o equivalente a 305,91 Kg (imagem 1). Em contrapartida, esses mesmos exercícios com o tronco fletido parcialmente diminuem a carga compressiva gerada (imagem 2).
Já a flexibilidade, ao contrário do que se pensa, não é sinônimo de alongamento. Ser flexível é conseguir mover todas as partes do seu corpo no limite máximo (o que não se consegue de um dia para o outro). O alongamento é um exercício para ganho de flexibilidade, porém implica em sustentar a posição por no mínimo trinta segundos. Mas quando o tecido neural (o tecido que recobre o nervo) ou o próprio nervo estão acometidos, fato comum nas hérnias discais, o alongamento agrava o quadro uma vez que estira o tecido e diminui o suprimento de sangue para uma região muito sensível e já danificada. Portanto, é preciso outro recurso, como a mobilização neural, para o retorno da flexibilidade sem danos adicionais.
Além das técnicas e recursos convencionais que a fisioterapia tem a disposição para o tratamento da dor lombar, seja ela idiopática ou secundária as hérnias por exemplo, pode-se citar o método Pilates, tão divulgado atualmente, como um excelente coadjuvante, desde que adaptado para cada necessidade e aplicado por um fisioterapeuta nos casos em que o objetivo é a reabilitação. Esse método trabalha com foco na ativação da musculatura profunda que estabiliza a lombar, movimentos suaves, e uma gama de abdominais com flexão parcial de tronco. Todavia, possui alguns exercícios agressivos e prejudiciais quando a instabilidade da coluna ainda é grande; além do foco em alongamentos que podem ser contra indicados.
Sendo assim, é de fundamental importância uma avaliação fisioterapêutica minuciosa para traçar-se o plano de reabilitação, além da adaptação de métodos parcialmente benéficos como o Pilates e a adição de outros recursos que se fazem necessários. Portanto, cuide da sua saúde buscando um tratamento individual e personalizado que fará toda a diferença no futuro.
Hall J, Susan. Biomecânica da coluna vertebral; 277 - 317. In: Hall J, Susan. Biomecânica Básica. Editora Manole. 2009: 5ª edição.
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Após um tempo sem postar, estou de volta! E quero escrever sobre a visão fracionada que muitos profissionais tem tido em relação aos seres humanos.
Tenho encontrado muitos artigos (científicos ou não) descrevendo um método ou técnica como sendo capaz de resolver todos os problemas de saúde das pessoas. E sinceramente, acho essa generalização extremamente prejudicial. Porque o que faz bem para um pode não ser bom, ou até mesmo ruim, para o outro.
Um ótimo exemplo são os alongamentos. Como já foi dito antes, pessoas com o nervo inflamado (normalmente associado a compressão neural, como nas hérnias de disco) não devem realizá-los até que o mesmo esteja desinflamado. Atendi e ainda atendo muitas pessoas com dor lombar que irradia para a perna e que relatam estarem cada vez piores mesmo realizando os alongamentos ensinados em programas de televisão ou revista. Pergunto o por que da realização do alongamento e a resposta é unânime: ouvi falar na tevê, ou pela vizinha, ou li na revista, que é importante alongar, principalmente para a dor lombar. E são nesses casos que mora o perigo. O alongamento pode ser ótimo (embora já existam estudos que dizem não serem de extrema importância), mas assim como tudo, tem contra-indicações.
Infelizmente o pilates, e em alguns casos até mesmo a acupuntura, tem sido vendidos como o melhor e único recurso para tudo: dor de cabeça, lesão ligamentar, hipertensão, dor articular, lombalgia....E deixo a seguinte pergunta: será que aliar métodos não será mais eficaz?
Diante destes fatos, acredito ser mais importante a visão global do ser humano do que utilizar um único recurso para tratar indivíduos diferentes de forma igual. E para auxiliar essa visão, a avaliação é de suma importância. Uma dor pode ser por tensão da musculatura, fraqueza, instabilidade ligamentar, encurtamento muscular, ou pode ainda ter origem emocional...e o tratamento será diferente em todos os casos. Um método como o Pilates, ou a Acupuntura, podem ser benéficos em todos esses casos? Sim, com certeza, mas outros recursos precisarão ser adicionados.
Resolvi escrever sobre isso como um alerta para a população, que sai fazendo tudo aquilo que ouve ser bom sem ao menos procurar um profissional; e claro que também para os profissionais da saúde refletirem e buscarem sempre uma análise crítica de cada caso em particular assim como de cada técnica ou método, sem aceitar algo como verdade absoluta.
E você, concorda que é preciso uma visão mais global e única?
Essa semana estava aguardando minha consulta na recepção de uma clínica médica e não pude deixar de ouvir duas pessoas conversando. E o assunto era a fisioterapia e os exercícios domiciliares.
A pessoa em questão dizia que essa solicitação domiciliar era incabível porque o seu tempo era precioso e não podia desperdiçá-lo fazendo aquilo que o fisioterapeuta pedia.
E infelizmente na minha prática clínica me deparei com muitos que pensavam dessa maneira. Então eu pergunto: a sua saúde não vale o desperdício do seu tempo?
Sinceramente, acho que falta conscientização da população mas também explicação por parte do profissional do porque fazer os exercícios solicitados.
Particularmente, evito uma sobrecarga de exercícios para casa porque sei que quando demanda muito tempo, poucos fazem; além da possibilidade de fazerem errado, compensando músculos, ligamentos, tendões e articulações, e prejudicando ainda mais o problema.
Mas sempre indico orientações, que devem ser seguidas. E a explicação é muito simples: não importa a frequência e o tempo da sessão, as horas restantes serão sempre maiores.
Todo o trabalho feito em 5 horas semanais pode ser perdido quando o indivíduo passa 20 horas nessa mesma semana, por exemplo, em uma posição ou atividade prejudicial. E sem essa conscientização a população estará cada vez mais fadada as doenças e dores crônicas.
O maior exemplo é o tempo que passamos em frente ao computador e a postura que adotamos.
A sobrecarga nesse caso não é só na coluna, como muitos pensam, mas também em ombros, cotovelo e punhos. Além de comprometer a musculatura das pernas, que ficam muito tempo em uma mesma posição.
Não dar continuidade a um tratamento solicitado pelo fisioterapeuta em casa funciona mais ou menos como ir a academia 2 horas por dia, todos os dias, mas alimentar-se de forma totalmente inapropriada no restante do tempo. Ou ir ao médico e não usar a medicação prescrita.
Já faz um tempo que queria modificar o visual do meu blog e depois de muitas tentativas consegui deixá-lo da maneira que queria. Mas desde o último post, no mês passado, não escrevi novas matérias. Estou escrevendo hoje justamente para esclarecer o motivo do meu "sumiço".
Sempre gostei de lutas mas desde a faculdade deixei as tarefas do meu dia-a-dia profissional dominarem meu tempo. Porém, para cuidar de outras pessoas precisamos cuidar de nós mesmos, e foi assim que decidi arrumar um tempo para mim.
Quando comecei a trabalhar com o Pilates passei a praticar o método, e os benefícios começaram a aparecer. Diante de mais resistência muscular e consciência corporal voltei a lutar, intercalando o treino de luta com o Pilates e um trabalho de força muscular.
Mas tenho uma predisposição genética, que não é modificável com exercícios, a lesão ligamentar. A algum tempo atrás, ao subir num banco para alcançar um objeto escorreguei e minha primeira reação foi me segurar onde pude, mas meu ombro (esquerdo) não estava preparado para segurar todo o peso do meu corpo de forma tão abrupta. Isso foi suficiente para lesionar minha articulação. Passados alguns meses já não sentia mais dor e conseguia praticar exercícios na mesma intensidade que antes. O resultado foi uma luxação de Hill Sachs no ombro esquerdo durante a luta.
RX de ombro sem luxação
RX de ombro com luxação
Para quem não sabe, luxação significa a perda de intimidade entre o osso e a articulação. A fratura de Hill Sachs é um afundamento da cabeça do úmero e lesão da cápsula articular (que mantém os ossos unidos), lesando junto alguns ligamentos. Sendo assim, perdi a estabilidade da minha articulação glenoumeral (ombro) e infelizmente meu caso é cirúrgico. Minha idade, profissão e a extensão da lesão corroboraram para que eu decidisse pela operação.
(1) Fratura de Hill Sachs (2) Cápsula articular
É engraçado como tantas pessoas entendem como surreal uma fisioterapeuta se machucar como aconteceu comigo mas o fato é que meu corpo tem a mesma constituição de qualquer outro ser humano. Sou tão disposta a me acidentar e adoecer quanto um marceneiro, uma dona de casa, um gerente de banco, um jogador de futebol (de final de semana) ou um colega de luta. Ainda mais quando fatores genéticos ou externos (acidentes) determinam o problema.
Diante desses fatos, minha vida está uma loucura porque tenho ido a diversos médicos, próxima semana tenho cardiologista, alergista e exames ... tudo isso para fazer a cirurgia em janeiro. Sem contar as sessões de fisioterapia diárias.
Pretendo postar em breve no blog já que todo o tempo livre que tenho tido venho dedicando aos estudos.
Esse post foi mais um desabafo, uma forma de justificar minha ausência.
A estabilidade segmentar consiste em deixar um segmento do corpo, como a coluna, estável. Mas o que é isso?
Estabilidade é um processo dinâmico que envolve três sistemas do nosso corpo: o ativo, o passivo e o neural.
O sistema ativo é constituído de músculos e tendões, responsáveis pelo suporte e rigidez gerado nas articulações para sustentar as forças que impomos ao nosso corpo. É dividido em local e global.
O sistema ativo local é composto de pequenos músculos ligados às vértebras, que promovem estabilidade da coluna e controle do movimento. Já o global é constituído de músculos de grande torque (força X braço de alavanca) não ligados a coluna.
O sistema passivo é formado pelas vértebras, discos, articulações, ligamentos. Esse sistema é responsável pela maior parte da estabilidade de uma articulação, já que limita a amplitude do movimento evitando exacerbações, como uma hiperextensão do joelho ou cotovelo.
O sistema neural é formado pelo sistema nervoso central (SNC) e sistema nervoso periférico (SNP), ou seja, encéfalo, medula espinhal e nervos.Esse sistema coordena as contrações musculares, sendo responsável pelo controle motor.
Se uma pessoa possui alinhamento postural na posição estática, conseguido através de estabilidade, as contrações musculares se tornam mais eficazes e os movimentos são realizados de forma suave, controlada e sem tensões ou compensações.
Normalmente os músculos responsáveis por estabilizar a coluna devem manter-se levemente contraídos (ativados) para promover a estabilização. Mas diversos processos fazem com que o indivíduo perca essa capacidade, já que os músculos ficam fracos e atrofiam com o sedentarismo ou processos de lesões e dor. E o segmento lombar é o mais acometido, já que absorve grande parte do impacto gerado na coluna no nosso dia-a-dia.
Estudos já comprovam por exemplo que os multífidos, músculos da coluna responsáveis pela ESV, atrofiam em processos de dor como lombalgia e hérnia discal, e essa má funcionalidade gerada pela fraqueza é responsável pela recorrência da dor. E ganho de força muscular não é suficiente para cessar esse processo, já que apenas resistência é profilaxia para dor.
Mas como o fisioterapeuta promove a estabilização segmentar lombar (ESL)?
Atuando no sistema ativo, e indiretamente, no sistema passivo e neural.
A ES é subdividida em 3 fases:
1ª - Cognitiva - o paciente aprende de forma consciente a contrair os músculos responsáveis pela ES
2ª - Associativa - junto com essa contração consciente movimentos são realizados de forma controlada
3ª - Automatismo - o paciente é capaz de realizar todas as atividades diárias mantendo os músculos que estabilizam a lombar ativados.
Uma vez mantido o automatismo com a prática diária do aprendizado e exercícios que beneficiem a postura, a recorrência de dor e lesões será mínima.
Tranverso do abdome, multífidos (eretor da espinha) e quadrado lombar - principais músculos envolvidos na ESL. Oblíquo externo, reto do abdome, reto femoral, glúteo médio e glúteo máximo - músculos secundários envolvidos na ESL. (Clique na imagem para ampliar)
Fonte: Estabilização Segmentar da coluna lombar nas lombalgias: uma revisão bibliográfica e um programa de exercícios. Fisioterapia e Pesquisa, v15, n2, p 200-206, Abr/Jun 2008.
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Atualmente a modalidade Pilates tem sido amplamente divulgada, mas poucos sabem as diferenças entre a prática na academia e a prática clínica, assim como as indicações de cada uma.
As aulas de mat Pilates oferecidas na academia são realizadas com o auxílio de acessórios como bola e faixas elásticas e abrangem um público amplo, não diferenciando as necessidades individuais, uma vez que as mesmas são realizadas em grupos. Todos realizam os mesmos exercícios, havendo apenas algumas adaptações caso algum praticante tenha dificuldade na realização do exercício proposto.
Já o Pilates Clínico, quase sempre oferecido em estúdio, possui o diferencial de atender um grupo pequeno de pessoas, normalmente no máximo três por aula, proporcionando maior individualidade, essencial para quem busca objetivos mais específicos, como o tratamento de dores e lesões reabilitados por um fisioterapeuta.
Tendemos a achar que todo e qualquer tipo de exercício é benéfico, mas infelizmente isso não é verdade. Cada um possui necessidades específicas, que variam de acordo com a concomitância de problemas físicos, atividade profissional, hábitos diários, entre outros.
Alongamentos, por exemplo, são contra indicados em caso de irritabilidade neural (inflamação dos nervos, como na síndrome do túnel do carpo e hérnia discal com compressão do nervo isquiático). Já as dores na coluna, seja por fraqueza muscular ou alterações estruturais como hérnias discal, exigem um trabalho mais focado em resistência do que força muscular. E todos esses fatores são levados em consideração no tratamento através do Pilates Clínico após uma avaliação específica.
Sendo assim, torna-se claro a importância de considerar seu principal objetivo e necessidade a fim de escolher uma das modalidades desse método tão divulgado.
Atualmente, em que exercitar-se através do método Pilates está na moda, muitos já ouviram falar dos benefícios e indicações dessa modalidade. E uma das principais indicações tem sido como tratamento das dores, principalmente lombar.
Mas será que não há contra-indicações? Ou melhor, será que não é preciso modificações, adaptações e até mesmo a exclusão de alguns exercícios do "método original" - desenvolvido durante a Primeira Guerra Mundial - para quem possui alguma disfunção na coluna?
Alguns exercícios que envolvem extensão da coluna com suspensão dos membros inferiores e superiores, como o mergulho do cisne (ou swan dive - foto ao lado) são extremamente prejudiciais para quem tem protusão discal, hérnia discal. Algumas explicações para o "benefício" desse exercício é a ativação dos multífidos, músculos responsáveis pela extensão da coluna e estabilização das articulações (estabilizando principalmente o segmento lombar). Porém a carga imposta na lombar nesse exercício é maior que 4.000 Newton, ou seja, 407,89 Kg. Não me parece uma carga leve, principalmente para quem já tem uma degeneração no disco intervertebral, responsável por amortecer impactos.
Músculos múltifidos no segmento lombar, responsáveis pela estabilização articular. Eles partem de regiões da pelve (quadril) e vértebras para inserirem-se 3 a 5 vértebras acima.
Degeneração do disco devido a sua herniação. Sempre haverá uma diminuição do amortecimento dos impactos entre essas vértebras.
Outro fator extremamente importante e contra indicado no tratamento das lombalgias (dor lombar) são os alongamentos, muitas vezes realizados ao término das aulas de Pilates. Quando há compressão de um nervo, comum nas hérnias discais, o alongamento da musculatura da região agrava a situação.
Isso acontece porque os nervos passam dentro dos músculos, e não superficialmente a eles. Quando há uma dor de origem neural é porque esse nervo não está recebendo suprimento sanguíneo adequado, tendo sua nutrição alterada. E isso pode ocorrer devido a uma compressão, lesão, ou até mesmo uma lesão muscular que secundariamente acomete o nervo. Ao alongar o músculo, esse nervo também é alongado e diminui seu calibre, dificultando mais ainda sua nutrição. E a má oxigenação dos tecidos libera substâncias que causam dor.
Portanto, alongamentos musculares na região do trajeto do nervo acometido devem ser substituídos por mobilização neural (imagem abaixo), técnica que mobiliza o nervo através de combinações de movimentos específicos, sem sustentação como no alongamento; efetiva no tratamento da disfunção da microcirculação intraneural - já quem um nervo comprimido ou lesionado também apresenta alterações, seja compressão ou lesão, nos seus vasos sanguíneos.
Sendo assim, o método Pilates é extremamente indicado no tratamento das lombalgias e possui inúmeros benefícios contra a recidiva da dor, desde que adaptado de acordo com as individualidades de cada praticante.
Muitos reclamam de dores no frio, e aqueles que já as tinham relatam piora. É até comum ouvir dizer que algumas pessoas sabem quando o tempo irá esfriar porque as dores começam ou intensificam-se. Mas poucos entendem como e por que o clima influencia nesse fator.
Antes de explicar essa relação, é preciso entender porque usamos gelo em lesões que ocorreram há pouco tempo (denominadas lesões agudas), como a ruptura de um ligamento ou uma simples contusão (batida, pancada).
O gelo é utilizado nesses casos porque possui ação vasoconstritora, ou seja, contrai os vasos sanguíneos da região em que é colocado. Isso é benéfico porque logo após uma lesão há rompimento de vasos que levam a um edema pelo extravasamento de sangue, e o próprio processo inflamatório (há uma inflamação sempre que algo nos agride, como uma pancada – diferente de infecção, que é quando há contaminação por vírus, bactérias ou fungos) aumenta o fluxo de sangue local para mandar células do corpo que irão reparar o dano. Através da vasoconstrição diminui-se o fluxo de sangue e consequentemente o processo inflamatório, além de diminuir uma vez que inflamação dói e também porque torna os impulsos que correm pelos nervos mais lentos.
Mas se o gelo diminui a dor e a inflamação, porque no frio sinto mais dor?
O frio diminui a temperatura corporal porque provoca uma vasoconstrição global. Para aquecer o corpo, nossos músculos se contraem (por isso trememos quando estamos com muito frio - o tremor nada mais é do que contração seguida de relaxamento muscular repetido) e nós adotamos uma postura mais encolhida. Esses fatores nos predispõem há contraturas musculares (músculos rígidos) e dores. O frio por si só aumenta a rigidez mecânica do colágeno (tecido presente nas articulações), aumentando a rigidez articular. E o encolhimento do corpo, com diminuição da movimentação, aumenta mais ainda a rigidez e a dor, já que o movimento auxilia na produção de um líquido que lubrifica as articulações (líquido sinovial). Em longo prazo, isso gera perda de flexibilidade, e a falta de alongamento também leva a dor devido à postura inadequada da articulação.
Mas se o gelo diminui a dor nas lesões agudas, ainda não entendi por que no frio sinto mais dor.
Quando usamos gelo, aplicamos localmente, no lugar da lesão e por um tempo determinado. No frio o seu corpo todo sofre a ação da vasoconstrição, e embora a condução nervosa esteja diminuída a dor ocorre devido à rigidez.
Se você aplica gelo no joelho após uma pancada, por exemplo, depois de um tempo você não sente mais a dor da pancada, mas sente a articulação rígida, fica difícil movimentar e você sente uma dor diferente relacionada à rigidez.
Se sentir dores na coluna quando o tempo estiver frio devo aplicar gelo?
O gelo é interessante nas lesões agudas quando há inflamação. Mas se o tempo já está frio e você já sente dor, é melhor não aplicar nada.
Não posso aplicar calor então?
Não, porque caso haja um processo inflamatório o calor irá aumentá-lo e após a aplicação doerá mais.
Então o que fazer para aliviar ou suprimir minhas dores?
Exercício físico. O exercício aquece o corpo, melhorando a circulação sanguínea e assim eliminando a rigidez e a dor sem aumentar uma possível inflamação tanto quanto a aplicação de calor.
Mas é muito importante que uma postura adequada seja aliada aos exercícios, uma vez que a má postura também é prejudicial.
O Pilates é um ótimo método de tratamento, já que trabalha o aquecimento do corpo através de exercícios de força e flexibilidade através de alongamento, e ambos associados a uma postura adequada que não sobrecarregue nenhuma outra parte do corpo.
Muitos já ouviram falar quanto o Pilates contribui para uma melhora na postura. Mas poucos entendem como realmente ocorre esse mecanismo.
Antes de mais nada é importante frisar que uma postura incorreta não trás conseqüências apenas à estética, mas também prejudica a respiração e provoca um excesso de tensão em músculos e ligamentos predispondo o indivíduo a lesões.
Infelizmente esse risco acaba sendo maior na região lombar uma vez que a sobrecarga nessa região é muito grande e ainda maior quando adota-se uma postura inadequada. Lesões nessa região diminuem drasticamente a funcionalidade do indivíduo, podendo levar ao sedentarismo que se mantido apenas piora o quadro da doença.
Os exercícios do Pilates são realizados visando flexibilidade e resistência muscular mas sempre associados a uma postura adequada, com ombros e pelve (região do quadril) alinhados e estrategicamente posicionados assim como ativação constante de músculos essenciais para o bom alinhamento corporal.
Sabe-se hoje que a ativação em conjunto desses músculos, que chamamos de CORE, Power House ou Centro de Força são fundamentais para a prevenção de lesões na coluna, como protrusão discal ou hérnias de disco.
Sendo assim, os exercícios de Pilates são extremamente benéficos na correção postural, o que não apenas previne o risco de lesões como também melhora nossa respiração e diminui o gasto de energia durante as atividades, minimizando ou eliminando as dores e o cansaço.
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Video Game Card (aka Cartridge) for the game Ms. Pac-Man for the Atari Lynx. cart reads: Ms. Pac-Man is a TM of Namco, Lts. Lic to Atari Corp. c 1982, Namco, Ltd. c 1990, Atari Corp. All rights reserved. PA2057 Made in China.
Introducing the One, the Only... Ms. Pac-Man! - 10.26.2008
Back of the original Box for the game Ms. Pac-Man for the Atary Lynx Portable Entertainment System. Description reads: Introducing the One, the Only... Ms. Pac-Man! With classic style and tradition, Ms. Pac-Man munches her way through maze after maze. She must consume all the dots in a level before she can progress to the next level. That can be pretty tough, because at the same time she must dodge those devious gobbling ghosts!
Warbirds for the Atari Lynx Handheld system. English description reads: BATTLE FOR THE SKIES! It's the First World War and the conquest of the sky is your mission. Battle your way to the target with WarBirds, the totally three-dimensional, fly by the seat of your pants, dog fight game. Pick from any of six missions from Milk Run to The Swarm to dog fight one-on-one or fill the sky with war planes. Fight against a computer-controlled squadron or link with up to four Lynx friends to determine who is the greatest World War I Flying Ace. French Description reads: LUTTE A MORT DANS LE CIEL Premiere guerre mondiale. Votre mission: Conquerir l'espace aerien. WarBirds, jeu en trois dimensions, va vous fairee decoller de votre siege dans une lutte a la vie a la mort. De Milk Run (duel aerien sans merci) a Swarm (bataille aerienne grandiose), suivant le genre de sensations que vous desirez revivre, choisissez l'une des six missions qui vous sont offertes. Mesurez vous a l'ordinateur ou bien connectez 2, 3 ou 4 Lynx pour jouer a plusieurs ... et tentez de devenir l'As des As de cetter grande bataille. Bottom right corner has FBI seal and message "WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS, William L. Sessions, Director, FBI"
Back of box from the Atari Lynx Klax game. Description text reads: Stack 'em Whack 'em & Match 'em! Get set for Arcade Action in living color. In Klax, capture the colored tiles and flip them into stacks. Create a Klax by matching 3 or more colored tiles. The pace quickens ... you've got to move fast but beware, once you start, you'll never want to stop
Instructions poster for the game Checkered Flag for the Atari Lynx Handheld. Several Atari games had this unusual poster format for their game instructions, swaying away from the traditiona booklet users manual format
Checkered Flag Atari Lynx Game Options Screen - 10.25.2008
Game options screen from the game Checkered Flag for the Atari Lynx video game system. This menu lets you configure several options: Race options, Star Position, Drones, Laps, Course, Transmission, Color and Driver. Also displayed is a diagram of the race course
Reads: Atari shall have no liability or responsibility to a purchaser or any other person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by any game sold by Atari or Others. This includes, but is not limited to, any interruption of service, loss of business, loss of information or that which is rendered inaccurate, or loss of anticipated profits OR ANY OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR OPERATION OF SUCH GAMES OR PROGRAMS even if Atari has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Atari shall have no obligation to enhance or update ANY UNIT once manufactured. WARRANTY LIMITATIONS ANY APPLICABLE IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, ARE HEREBY LIMITED TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM A BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Since some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or do not allow the exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages, the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal righrs and you may also have other legal rights which vary from state to state. OUT-OF-WARRANTY REPAIR SERVICE If you purchased your unit from an Atari retailer who provides full repair service, you may return it to that retailer for repair. Contact your full service retailer for repair cost and service information. If your retailer is unable to provide the Out-of Warranty Repair Service you require, you may contact Atari Corporation as follows: Atari Corporation Post Office Box 61657 Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1657 Atari, the Atari logo, Lynx, 2600, 7800, and XE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Corporation. Game Boy is a trademark and Nintendo is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America, Inc. NEC is a trademark of NEC. Sega is a registered trademark of Sega Enterprises, Inc, a CSK Company.
Screenshot from the game QIX for the Atari Lynx. The goal is to draw rectangular areas and capture the majority of the screen without being touched by the QIX, SPARX, or FUSE. When you close a rectangular shape, the area becomes claimed. In this level you see that 00% is claimed and the goal is to claim 65%
Back of box reads: QIX is back and better than ever! If you are one of the millions who have grown to know QIX, rest assured that this is a faithful adaptation that includes all the exciting features you have enjoyed in the past and more! Neutralize QIX and its mutant offspring SPARX by claiming the territory before they frag you. Beware of the FUSE and the SPIRAL DEATH TRAP. Over one billion moves and shapes as you are challenged by 256 levels of increasing intensity. You never play the same game twice! Even a practice mode. For one or Two Players. Telegames. FBI seal with message \"Winners don\'t do drugs\" William S. Sessions, Director. FBI
Back of box for Atari Lynx Pouch. Reads:Pouch For All Lynx Systems. The Lynx pouch let you take all the fun and excitement of your Lynx system with you. It comfortably holds the portable Lynx, several game cards and your comlynx cable too. The holster-styled case is constructed of rugged 420 denier nylon with the added protection of a durable acryluc coating. The large system pocket has a velour-like tricot lining. All flap pockets have vectro covers. Heavy luggage stitching assures long wear. There is a thick webbed nylon wrist strap that tucks neatly away when not in use. The handsome case, which is dark gray with blacktrim, also features a convenient belt loop. Heavy datk acrylic coated420 denier nylon. Tough luggage stitching throughout. Comlynx Cable Pocket. 2 Multi-use pockets for game cards and batteries. Webber nylon wrist strap and belt loop on back. Size: 10 3/4 inches tall 2 3/4 inches thick 5 inches wide
Ultimate Chess Challenge (Telegames) Back of Box - 10.23.2008
Back of box reads: The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge. On your own against the "Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge" - the world's most powerful hand-held chess game - or against a friend, the stunning 3D graphics and advanced technology of this latest game from Telegames has to be played to be believed. The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge uses the most powerful chess playing technology from the laboratories of Fidelity - The premier manufacturers of dedicated chess computers and developers of the world's only USCF certified Master rated (2325) chess program. Switch from 3D to overhead view for the final attact-. or use one of the many options available to review the game to date. Full on-screen statistics giving score, times, movies etc. and many ohter features on this world's fastest color hand-held chess game.
Message from the FBI on the back of this box (as with many other games) reads "Winners don't use drugs" signed by William S. Sessions, Director. FBI
This is the back of the box for the game Checkered Flag for the Atai Lynx handheld console. Video games were always popular among teen and the FBI here uses this to convey an anti- drug message "Winners don't use drugs" signed by William S. Sessions, Director. FBI
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Atari Lynx Portable Entertainment System Box Side - 10.23.2008
Side of the Atari Lynx Portable Entertainment System (In French: Console De Jeux Couleur Portable). Enjoy Super Full Color Video Game Action Wherever You Go. (A Tout Moment et Partout, Vous Pouvez Passer un Bon Moment Avec un Jeu D'action Video en Couleur!)
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On the Eastern shore of Maryland, a buck will buy you maybe one oyster on the half shell, but back in the day, it was a good day’s pay, so when watermen played a betting game with a silver dollar, it meant something. As the story goes, a silver dollar was thrown overboard, and one […]
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Everyone who knows anything about frozen shoulder knows that it goes through three phases, even without treatment — a painful phase, a stiff phase, and recovery/thawing phase. And then you’re good. It’s “self-limiting.” Right? This is in all the textbooks! Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong found convincing evidence that it’s all wrong:
It turns out… not so much. In fact, while no evidence supported the natural history theory, evidence from multiple randomized control trials with longitudinal data directly contradict the theory of a recovery phase that leads to complete resolution for frozen shoulder. That the findings so starkly contradict the accepted view of frozen shoulder, as reflected by clinical reviews, research article introductions, textbooks, and reputable health websites has prompted reflection on how such an assumption made it into the medical knowledge base.
In other words, how the #%!*& did this happen? Basically it was a mistake that just got repeated until it was entrenched. Once it’s in a few textbooks, it’s game over for the truth.
Ubisoft announced that the next Assassin’s Creed title on iOS and Android will be the turn based RPG Assassin’s Creed Rebellion. The game is being developed by Behaviour Interactive (Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade). No release date has been announced as of yet, but it will require either iOS 8 or Android 4.1. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion will be free to play and brings a cute, but faithful new artistic take on the series that looks a bit like Pop! vinyl figures. The new game is set during the Spanish Inquisition and marks the return of series mainstay Ezio and the 15th century members of the Assassin Brotherhood. Players will be able to rebuild their very own Assassin Brotherhood HQ, where players will be able train their Assassins and craft items. Assassins can be sent out to complete three types of missions to improve the stats, collect loot, and earn one of the 40 Assassins in the game; such as the iconic characters Shao Jun and Machiavelli.
NAMCO MUSEUM™ on NINTENDO SWITCH™ with PAC-MAN™ VS. Available on July 28TH With NAMCO MUSEUM, players will be transported back to the days when coin-operated arcades reigned supreme, for a truly nostalgic experience Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe announces that PAC-MAN™ VS. will be included as part of the classic games collection in the upcoming title, NAMCO MUSEUM™, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ on July 28th, 2017. PAC-MAN VS. is a four-player game based on the PAC-MAN series, originally created by Toru Iwatani. It was developed by Nintendo in 2003 under supervision by legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. In PAC-MAN VS., three players work together as the iconic ghosts and hunt down the fourth player, who has taken on the role of PAC-MAN, as they evade the ghosts and clear the maze of Pac Dots. Two Switch units are required to play as up to three ghosts play on one console and the PAC-MAN character plays on the other. With NAMCO MUSEUM, players will be transported back to the days when coin-operated arcades reigned supreme, for a truly nostalgic experience. Through the Nintendo Switch, retro arcade classics can be played anytime, anywhere, and against anyone through the game’s online ranking system (PAC-MAN VS. will not be supporting online ranking system). Players nostalgic for the classic coin-op era can transform their Nintendo Switch into a miniature arcade cabinet by turning the handheld console vertically for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience. The NAMCO MUSEUM classic catalog includes favorites from Namco’s classic arcade collection, including PAC-MAN VS., PAC-MAN, Dig Dug™, Galaga™, Galaga™ ‘88, The Tower of Druaga™, Rolling Thunder™, Rolling Thunder™ 2, Sky Kid™, Splatterhouse™, and Tank Force™. NAMCO MUSEUM will be digitally available on Nintendo Switch on July 28th, 2017.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on July 7 New DLC Pack Features Four Diverse, New Multiplayer Maps Actress Cassandra Peterson Reprises Her Iconic Role of Elvira in New Zombies Experience “Attack of the Radioactive Thing!” set in a 1950s Creature Feature June 30, 2017 – Activision and Infinity Ward have unveiled the first official details of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution, the third DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the United States (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The map pack features four new, diverse multiplayer maps, and a new zombies co-op experience called Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, set in a ‘50s era beach town where a government science experiment has gone horribly wrong. Absolution is scheduled to release July 7, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, with other platforms to follow. “Our team couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce another wild, twisted zombies experience in Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, which continues the story and adds some awesome new gameplay,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “For our multiplayer fans, we’re delivering four diverse maps that reward the different gameplay styles our community has embraced since the game launched last year. We can’t wait.” Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, the next action-packed chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, once again features the return of Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). Wyler has trapped the four protagonists inside an all-new horror film, set in the 1950s and in the style of the Creature Feature films of the era. Players will fight a new array of zombie enemies across a ravaged beach town where a government science experiment has transformed the residents into flesh-devouring zombies and introduced a new biological menace into the city. Additionally, horror movie icon Elvira, played with voice and likeness by Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Elvira’s Movie Macabre), will help players survive and give them gameplay tips and side quests with her unique Elvira style. New weapons, traps and more will augment the hallmark Call of Duty action, with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “the Scientist;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) as “the Rebel;” Jay Pharoah (White Famous, Saturday Night Live) as “the Soldier;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “the School Girl,” all making a return from the ongoing story in this all-new experience. In addition to Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, Absolution will also include four new multiplayer maps: Bermuda – A shantytown created around the remnants of a crashed ship, Bermuda allows players to duck, dive, and wall ride from the fish market to the lighthouse in this small to medium sized map that’s been water-wasted and sandblasted. Permafrost – Set within the chill of a frozen city skyline, Permafrost lets players stick to the ground and pick their plan of attack in one of three main lanes. They will traverse the map, moving from street side to train station, and hobo village to wrecked theatre house in this small, tight-quarters map. Fore – In Fore, the only thing miniature about this large map is the golf courses players will be fighting in. Fore features great visual variety as players swing around the sights and sounds of areas that brandish magical forests, giant creamsicles, and elevated castle walls. Ember – Located near an old town castle, Ember is a remake of the Modern Warfare 3 classic map Resistance, featuring old world aesthetics retrofitted with modern technology. The surroundings include lava, gallows and a torture room, where players will want to stick close to their teammates. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution releases on July 7, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated MA15+ for Mature (Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language). For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. Fans can also follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
SUPER BOMBERMAN R Reveals Team Battles, New Maps, Characters and More! Sydney, 30th June 2017 – Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. today announced new content for Super Bomberman R, including new team battles, maps, characters and more. These items can be unlocked in the game shop using earned free gems. Super Bomberman R reveals the following content: Team Battles – Players can create their own teams to battle against other players from around the world. Once all other team colours have been wiped out, the last team standing declares victory. Set 3-team or 4-team battles, as well as 1v4 to create the ultimate challenge! 4 New Maps for Battle Mode: Plain Floor – A large open space in the middle of the stage creates an intense battle Desert Fort – Strategically manoeuvre between moving red tiles to win Classic Conveyor Belt – The well-known conveyor belt from past series is back! Panic Factory – Covered mostly with conveyor belts, this stage creates a chaotic battle 3 New Characters – Pyramid Head, Simon Belmont and Vic Viper join the battle, each with a special ability: Pyramid Head Bomber from Silent Hill: Defeat your enemies instantaneously when in contact Simon Belmont Bomber from Castlevania: Draw in bombs and characters from far away Vic Viper Bomber from Gradius: Super-fast movement New Accessories Snowflake Series Item Series Super Bomberman R launched globally in March 2017, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch™, marking a fitting return for the beloved multiplayer series. All key Bomberman elements return for the new title as players guide their Bomberman around maze-like areas using timed bombs to open walkways and take out opponents within timed sessions. In Super Bomberman R, up to eight players can compete locally or online in the competitive ‘Battle’ mode, or up to two players can work cooperatively in ‘Story’ mode to clear stages in order to save the galaxy. For more information, please visit us at: www.konami.com/games/bomberman. About Konami Group KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company of the Konami Group on March 31, 2006. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION covers the fields of “Digital Entertainment Business”, “Health & Fitness Business”, “Gaming & Systems Business” and “Amusement Business”. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988 and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. Konami Group is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment and its products, please visit https://www.konami.com.
‘CONSTRUCTOR’ EXPANDS TO PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE IN AMERICAS Demo Now Available on All Platforms Larkspur, Calif. – June 29th, 2017 – Deep Silver and System 3, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving video game publisher, today announced Constructor, a reimagining of the legendary title first released in 1997, will be releasing digitally and physically in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, on July 25th, 2017. The embodiment of “construction meets corruption,” Constructor empowers the player as a budding property tycoon on a mission to build a successful city. This doesn’t just involve the speedy building of homes and businesses, however; players must negotiate the tangled web of Undesirables, a motley collection of reprobates that can be used against them – and by them, against others. Murder, arson, extortion, and sabotage are all tools at your disposal in this ultimate fight for power. Gamers on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can sample the delights of Constructor in a free demo available now on the PlayStation® Network and Xbox Live, allowing a full playthrough of the 40-minute tutorial, followed by 12 minutes of uninterrupted fun in the single-player mode of this cult British classic, with unlimited replays available. PlayStation 4 Demo: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/constructor-demo/cid=UP2047-CUSA08578_00-CONSTRUPS4USDEMO Retail edition exclusively at GameStop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps4/games/constructor-only-at-gamestop/149579 About System 3 Formed in 1982 by Mark Cale, System 3 is recognised as one of the founding pioneers of the gaming industry and as a name synonymous with producing original genre defining gaming concepts year on year. From early 8-bit Commodore 64 and the Sinclair Spectrum machines, through the days of 16-bit Commodore Amiga and Atari ST formats right up to and beyond the phenomenal Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox console boom, the company has brought a unique gaming style to new formats as and when they enter the market. System 3 stands proud as the last surviving British Independent Publisher from those grass roots years. System 3 produces games for the key hardware platforms including; Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows®-based personal computers and smart phones. 2017 marks System 3′s 35th anniversary. About Deep Silver Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com.
COMPLETE SEASON OF THE LION’S SONG TO LAUNCH JULY 13, 2017 ON STEAM (PC & MAC) AND MOBILE The Award-Winning Adventure Series Makes its Highly Anticipated Debut on iOS, Android & Mac Vienna, Austria – June 29, 2017 – Austrian indie developer Mipumi Games has given fans of sepia colors and narrative adventure games a reason to rejoice today, announcing that the full release of their episodic series The Lion’s Song will launch on July 13, 2017. The launch will include the fourth and final Episode 4 – Closure coming to PC via Steam, along with all episodes debuting on iOS & Android as well as Mac. The Lion’s Song is a narrative adventure game series about creativity and its demons while being steeped in early 20th century history. With each of the first three episodes taking a closer look at fictional Austrian artists or scientists each blessed with an exceptional creative mind, the season’s finale Episode 4 – Closure will take players on a mysterious train journey that connects the storylines of all previous episodes. What stories will the four strangers on that train share along the way, and where will their journey end? Emotions will run high as players make connections with each character, and work to navigate and experience their lives in different ways with different outcomes. The Season Pass for The Lion’s Song containing all four episodes is now available on Steam for $9.99 / £8.99 / €9.99. Alternatively on Steam, Episode 1 – Silence is available for free and the other episodes can be purchased separately for $3.99 / £3.49 / €3.99 each. On iOS and Android The Lion’s Song will be released as a premium title containing all four episodes for $4.99 / £4.99 / €5.49. For more information, visit The Lion’s Song on Steam or the official website and follow the game on Facebook and Twitter. About The Lion’s Song The Lion’s Song is an episodic adventure game created by Vienna-based independent developer Mipumi Games. The Lion’s Song is steeped in early 20th century history and focusses on a cast of Austrian artists and scientists with each episode taking a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration. In 2016 the game was awarded with the German Developer Award for Indie Game of the Year and in 2017 it received an Honourable Mention from IGF in the category Excellence in Narrative. Originally created as a Ludum Dare project in 2014, The Lion’s Song features a striking art direction and a unique setting. The fourth and final Episode 4 – Closure is coming to PC via Steam, along with all episodes debuting on iOS & Android as well as Mac on July 13, 2017. To find out more about The Lion’s Song please visit lionssonggame.com. About Mi’pu’mi Games Mipumi Games is a Vienna-based independent game development company run by veteran developers with 10+ years industry experience at Rockstar and Ubisoft. The small specialist team collaborates with established AAA productions including the Hitman franchise and Anno. Now Mipumi is working on its first independent title: The Lion’s Song, an episodic adventure game set in early 20th century Austria. To find out more about Mipumi go to www.mipumi.com.
It’s tempting to think about the city’s remarkable run of athletic achievement over the past year and conclude that we’re living through a Golden Age in Ottawa sports history. It might even be true: a surprise Can-Am League baseball title last summer for the fledgling Ottawa Champions; Stittsville’s own Erica Wiebe grabbing Olympic wrestling gold […]
[/center] [center] Artist: VA Title: Jazzy Romance: Lounge Smooth Instrumental Year Of Release: 2017 Label: Rehegoo Music Edition Genre: Chillout, Instrumental Quality: MP3 CBR 320 kbps Stereo Total Time: 01:19:44 Total Size: 184,72 MB [/center] Tracklist: 01. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Jazzy Romance 02. Background Music Masters - Evening Jazz Grooves 03. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Charming Lounge Music 04. Jazz Guitar Club - Unforgettable Moments 05. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Lazy Blue Bossa 06. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Sexy Soothing: Love Me 07. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Soothing Buddha Lounge Music 08. Jazz Guitar Club - Crying Over You 09. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Summer Nights 10. Background Music Masters - Beach House Party 11. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Tantric Practise: Red Big Pumps 12. Jazz Guitar Club - Relaxing Jazz in Paris 13. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Royal Garden Jazz 14. Background Music Masters - Tantric Sex Background Music 15. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Pleasure: Erotic Games 16. Jazz Guitar Club - Passion & Sensuality 17. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Life Enjoyment 18. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Burning Desire 19. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Good Morning Jazz Academy 20. Jazz Guitar Club - Happy Valentines Gift 21. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Love in Paris 22. Background Music Masters - Balearic Dinner Party 23. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Music to Make Love 24. Jazz Guitar Club - Erotic Massage Background 25. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Just Friends --
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Volgende week vinden de HCT Spring Championships van Heartstone plaats. Voor het toernooi zal echter eerst de uitbreiding voor Blizzard's nieuwe Hearstone game aangekondigd worden. Het gerucht gaat dat we een bezoek brengen aan Icecrown en Arthas. Via Twitter laat Blizzard weten dat we volgende week in ieder geval meer te weten zullen krijgen rondom de expansion.
Sony heeft besloten om een game te verwijderen van het PlayStation netwerk waarin je in slechts 20 minuten een platinum trophy kan behalen. Het gaat om de game ***** 1000 Top Rated. Het betreft een game waarin je 4K wallpapers in een puzzelvorm moet zien te maken. Voor slechts 1 Dollar kan de game aangekocht worden maar dat is vanaf heden niet meer het geval. De ontwikkelaar is gevraagd om de makkelijke mogelijkheid om een platinum trophy te behalen weg te halen en om de naam van de game te veranderen.
Microsoft heeft bekend gemaakt dat de game Call of Duty: Ghosts nu beschikbaar is via backwards compatibility. Het spel kwam in het verleden uit voor de Xbox 360 en was redelijk populair. Kopers van de oudere versie kunnen de game nu gratis downloaden op de nieuwe Xbox console.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games en The LEGO Group hebben vandaag The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game aangekondigd. In deze videogame duiken spelers in de wereld van het nieuwe animatie-avontuur The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game, ontwikkeld door TT Games en uitgegeven door Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is vanaf 27 september 2017 verkrijgbaar voor het PlayStation 4-spelsysteem, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch en pc."De LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game brengt de non-stop actie en spannende gevechten uit de film naar de woonkamer. Kinderen kunnen nu hun eigen Ninjago-avonturen beleven," aldus Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. "Dankzij de verbeterde bewegingen kunnen spelers Ninjago doorkruisen met de souplesse en sierlijkheid van een geheime ninja-krijger en hun vechttechnieken verbeteren." "De LEGO Group breidt de Ninjago-spelervaring uit met The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game" aldus Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, de LEGO Group. "Fans zullen genieten wanneer ze in de huid kruipen van hun favoriete Ninjago-helden en deelnemen aan een episch avontuur van goed tegen kwaad." In de videogame banen de spelers zich al vechtend met eer en vaardigheid een weg door massa's vijanden als hun favoriete ninja's Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane en Master Wu om hun thuiseiland Ninjago te beschermen tegen de kwaadaardige Lord Garmadon en zijn Shark Army. Hiervoor moeten ze de ninja-behendigheid meester worden. Deze stelt hen in staat Ninjago te doorkruisen door over muren heen te rennen, hoog in de lucht te springen en de vijanden van Ninjago te bestrijden om een hoger niveau te behalen en de vechttechnieken van de ninja's te verbeteren. Spelers kunnen gebruik maken van de kracht van het Spinjitzu-gevecht om gezamenlijk Ninjago te verdedigen. Het spel bevat acht uitgebreide locaties boordevol actie gebaseerd op het verhaal van de LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Elke locatie bevat een unieke uitdagings-dojo, waar spelers hun vechttechnieken op de proef kunnen stellen en het opnemen tegen steeds sterkere vijanden. Met de Strijdkaarten kunnen spelers het bovendien opnemen tegen vrienden en familie in vier verschillende spelmodi met competitieve lokale gameplay voor maximaal vier spelers.
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BioWare lijkt te werken aan een nieuwe Dragon Age game. Dat blijkt uit uitspraken van Creative Director Mike Ladlaw. In The 1099 Podcast laat de man weten dat het team dat verantwoordelijk is voor de Dragon Age-serie op dit moment op zoek is naar tal van nieuwe mensen. Het lijkt er sterk op dat deze mensen nodig zijn voor een nieuw project dat te maken heeft met de Dragon Age-reeks. EA heeft de game nog niet bevestigd.
As Brian Shea outlined in a recent opinion piece, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Amiibo implementation serves as showcase for how to to do something both interesting and worthwhile with Nintendo's little figures. None of the unlocks break the game or feel like required loot, but they are very cool, especially the possible bonuses connected to the non-Breath of the Wild Amiibos.
While worth using to grab more arrows, strong weapons, cooking items,etc., the Breath of the Wild Amiibos (seen above) offer items that you can find in the game without their aid. The previously-released Legend of Zelda Amiibos, however, offer the best loot as it can't be found otherwise in Breath of the Wild, and it's full of callbacks to past Zelda games. We decided to rank those items in order to create a functional resource to learn what stuff you
can get from Amiibos, and also create a platform for all of use to argue about which unlocks are the best.
Note that while the clothing items are each awarded separately (cap, tunic, or trousers) we decided to rank each one as a set.
17. Sea-breeze Boomerang
All the weapon unlocks appear low on this list because they will break over time. The Sea-Breeze Boomerang is a fun callback to The Wind Waker, but is unremarkable otherwise.
16. Hero’s Shield
Much like the Sea-Breeze Boomerang, the Hero's Shield is mostly unremarkable, but fun for The Wind Waker fans. It edges out the boomerang by completing the Wind Waker look when held while wearing the Cap, Tunic and Trousers of the Wind.
15. Goddess Sword
Its low ranking may be surprising, considering it is essentially the Master Sword, but that's part of the problem – the Master Sword is in the game, and it's much stronger. In Breath of the Wild it doesn't stand out visually in any dramatic way, which makes its unlock underwhelming.
14. Sword of the Six Sages
The Sword of the Six Sages is one you might not immediately recognize. Link never held it himself (before now), but it was prominent in one of Twilight Princess' most memorable cutscenes. The Six Sages used the sword to banish Ganondorf to the Twilight Realm by poking him in the gut with it.
13. Biggoron's Sword
Ocarina of Time is known for many things, but sidequests is not one of them. It's biggest sidequest, however, involved getting this sword. The fact that it looks slightly low-poly in Breath of the Wild's engine makes it even cooler.
12. Fierce Deity Sword
The Fierce Deity ensemble (which appears later in this list) isn't complete without this sword. It's also powerful, and has a very distinct look, which puts in higher than most of the other swords on this list.
11. Wolf Link
Wolf Link is cool, but he's not really an item. Also, once you started building out Breath of the Wild's fast-travel points, he gets left behind often.
10. Cap of the Wind, Tunic of the Wind, and the Trousers of the Wind
The clothes are among our favorite unlocks in the game, but the Wind Waker outfit is the least remarkable of the available ensembles.
It's not a great sword in terms of combat, but the idea that this has the potential to be the very weapon offered to Link so that it would be less dangerous to go alone in 1987 is very, very appealing.
For the rest of the best of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Amiibo unlocks, head to page two.
Dozens of tabletop games over the years have alluded to the mobster world of The Godfather, and a few have even offered an actual licensed take on the classic film of New York mafia, with its devastating betrayals and family intrigue. But until Corleone’s Empire, I’ve never played a game that so perfectly captures the mood and themes of that memorable movie. Designer Eric M. Lang has been behind some of the most thematically rich and rewarding tabletop games of recent years, and publisher CMON has an eye for stellar production values. Add in some truly evocative art from Karl Kopinski, and The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire nails the setting and tone of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, while simultaneously offering a rousing and fast-paced game of strategy and sudden, devastating treachery.
Corleone’s Empire is a game of worker placement and area control. Two to five players each take on the role of a New York crime family, working to shake down businesses across the boroughs, complete jobs like extortions and backroom deals, and bribe allies into cooperation with your nefarious activities. Don Corleone looms over your criminal projects as the Godfather of organized crime in the city, and you must be careful to launder and hide away your money, as the excess will go in tribute to him at the end of each act. Along the way, it’s your acquisition of illegal goods like guns, booze, blood money, and eventually, narcotics, which fuel your illicit affairs. Turf changes hands all the time, new businesses open for exploitation, and minions are murdered in violent car bomb explosions and drive-by shootings; figures regularly move from the board spaces into the Hudson River after they meet an untimely end. The theming is richly imagined and appropriately tied up in crime and sudden dramatic turns of fate that reshape the contours of the session.
CMON has established a reputation for its great miniatures and top-notch art, and both are in full evidence throughout Corleone’s Empire. The rulebook and cards are filled with brooding character art of the city’s mid-20th century criminals and civic officials. Individual uncolored miniatures are detailed and varied, offering up different visuals for each family Don, Consigliere, and Heir. A horse-head token indicates first-turn status. Every player even has a literal metal suitcase that holds laundered money away from prying eyes. And the New York board map is thoughtfully designed and attractive, appropriately appointed without ever feeling crowded, even in the game’s later busy turns. Everything reinforces and recalls the film. I’m also a big fan of the board’s use of shapes tied to the bases of individual minis and components; even newcomers to the game can quickly grasp where each piece should be played, from hexagonal control markers to square spots that match your family’s thug minis.
Corleone's Empire supports two to five players, but plays best with four or five
The clever nods to the movie would be for naught without a solid game framework. Behind the mafioso concept, smartly structured and briskly paced gameplay unfolds. Split into four roughly similar acts, the game layers on complexity through the gradual introduction of new figures, businesses, allies, and resources. Reach Act II, and your Consigliere mini joins the team. Bid more than your opponents, and perhaps you can lure the Mayor to aid your family in Act III. Risk entry into the dangerous world of narcotics in the late game, and you’ve got a new flexible resource that can help fuel any job.
In the most important phase of each act, players take turns deploying their miniatures onto designated spots across New York City, shaking down businesses like the Barbershop, Korean Laundry, and Gun Dealership, and acquiring the designated resource. Have the most figures in an area, and you gain control of that borough in the subsequent turn, meaning you get a piece of the action every time a player hits up that business in the future. Gathered resources let you complete jobs, which usually offer both concrete rewards and a way to screw over your opponents; you gain money (or launder it) while potentially killing off opponent pieces in key locations across the board. Your own carefully laid plans can be shattered by an opposing player’s machinations. If that sort of messing with each other angers you, Corleone’s Empire is likely to frustrate almost constantly. For me, the sudden changes in fortune communicated a delightful nod to the precipitous and dramatic turns of the movie. In the end, it’s a combination of acquired money, control exerted around the city, and jobs completed that determine the crime family that will rule New York and win the game.
For a game with so many interlocking systems of resources, control points, and different paths to money and victory, I’m impressed by the ease of play. Down time between turns is very low, as each figure’s placement on the board has a clearly marked consequence and acquisition. In my experience, the game is at its best with four or five players, as interlocking webs of alliances accrue, and players in the lead are suddenly ganged up upon by other players who feel threatened. The abrupt and disastrous falls from a hard-won lead are painful, but bearable since the game completes in a moderate playtime; a two-hour session is enough to finish one game, and for most player groups, that might even be enough to try a second run on the same evening of play, allowing new alliances and grudges to form.
Each player called a small tin "metal suitcase" to store their money and completed job cards
Strangers to The Godfather may be stymied by the constant references to the movie. But it’s clear that’s a sacrifice that the designer is willing to make, foregoing overt explanations about things like the taking or leaving of canolis, for instance, and instead letting players recognize narrative flavors and moments wherever they can find them. The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire does justice to its inspiration, and the dip into gangster fantasies is a welcome change of pace from more fantastical settings.
If Corleone’s Empire sounds like a good fit for your friends, you won’t have long to wait to track down a copy; pre-orders are available now, and official launch is July 28th of this year. If you’re looking for something of a different flavor than tommy guns and restaurant assassinations, make sure and click on the Top of the Table banner below and check out some other recent recommendations. If you’d like some additional personal recommendations or advice on tabletop games, feel free to drop me a line via email or Twitter – I’m always happy to share some suggestions to find the perfect gaming fit for your group.
We are quite literally just digging into Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack, but if you rushed into the game after updating, you may have missed the clues putting you on the trail of the new content. Here are the hints that point you in the right direction to track down all the Master Trials' new stuff.
Where to find some of the new additions are obvious. Master Mode is a new difficulty setting that can be selected from the title screen. Hero's Path Mode is a setting that can be accessed through the map. The other items and Trial of the Sword, however, require a little exploration.
If you head to the Great Deku Tree in Korok forest, a cutscene will play setting you up for the trial.
To find the Travel Medallion, you must find a book at South Akkala Stable.
A book at the Woodland Stable will get you started on your search for the Korok Mask.
And finally, to find Majora's Mask, Midna's Helment, Tingle's outfit, and the Phantom Armor, you should check out the journal at Outpost Ruins.
This week's Blog Herding is a little smaller than usual, but that's because you are all out celebrating the announcement of the latest Monster Hunter, right? Even with the lower amount of blogs, there's still a great selection of topics to read about.
Community Blogs For June 22 – June 28:
So... I finally played Wolfenstein: The New Order ... and it was the best thing ever, is how TroubleWithStairs essentially phrases it. Okay, I might be inserting my own opinion in there, but the blogger does love it after what he thought was a lackluster opening. I'm excited to see so many people playing The New Order for the first time, or the fourth time. I actually beat it twice on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 4. Loved it every time.
It's Time For Sega To Step Their Game Up. (No Pun Intended) It feels like Sega has been made fun of for such a long time now, that when I see Marco Polo's headline, I can't help but get all nostalgic. Marco says it best: "Every now and then, they get something right...other times they do things that are just baffling." Like not getting to work on a second Skies of Arcadia...
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A Few Ways Activision Can 'Modernize' Call of Duty Call of Duty. Call of Duty never changes. Well, that's not true, but it is kind of what Trenchmace is getting at here with a list of some much-needed changes. While some things would be nice (free maps), I'm not sure how well all of these would work. But I also loved the last game, sans multiplayer, so what do I know?
One Man's Thoughts: Mass Effect: Andromeda Attackcobra is here to attack the latest Mass Effect. Okay, not really. But this blog is honest about the failings this space opera offered. However, "in-between all these problems, there still is enjoyment to be had in Andromeda." I'll wait until it is $20. Sorry, BioWare.
My Thoughts on Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy StarterPack isn't entirely stoked about the Crash trilogy. He makes some good points about the sometimes terrible camera, but I actually enjoyed the series. I am old enough to have been the prime age for those to release and master. I just wish Crash Team Racing had been included.
Ronald Acuna and Mike Soroka have excelled as two of the youngest players in the Southern League this season. They will now be rewarded as the Braves' representatives at this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is worth $56 million.
Linebacker Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr were the obvious prizes in the Raiders' impressive 2014 NFL draft class, but Jackson has fared well since Oakland grabbed him with a third-round pick that year. He quickly became a starter in his first season, and he has started all 32 games over the past two years.
Although he moved from left guard to right guard to accommodate the addition of Kelechi Osemele, he remained an effective part of one of the NFL's top offensive lines.
In March, Scott Bair of NBC Sports indicated Oakland's interest in signing Jackson before he became a free agent, noting "teams love him."
General manager Reggie McKenzie later explained the need to lock Jackson down.
"We're always trying to make sure we keep our good players," McKenzie said, per Alex Marvez of Sporting News. "We targeted Derek from the outset. We're going to try and get talking to him and also Gabe."
"I am doing everything. I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts," he said. "I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again. I have been knowing this the whole offseason [that the knee was fine]. Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do."
Charles, 30, was one of the most dynamic playmakers in football before knee injuries slowed him down in recent years. He rushed for 1,000 yards five times and totaled 5,049 yards and 39 touchdowns between the 2012-14 seasons.
He was also a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro.
In Denver, Charles' role remains up in the air. If he can remain healthy, he'll give the team at the very least a dynamic third-down back. At best, he could give the Broncos an excellent thunder-and-lightning pair with C.J. Anderson. If he returns to his pre-injury form, the Broncos will have another thrilling weapon to pair with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Charles certainly has something to prove to those who don't believe he can make an impact.
"I like proving people wrong," he told Renck. "It keeps the fire going, it keeps the spark going. I am excited about just getting back to where I was before."
He's also excited to play for the Broncos this upcoming season.
"I have that chip on my shoulder, man. But why am I still playing? It is to get that ring," he said. "I am on a nice team. I really think we can make a run. We have a nice schedule. Our defense is nice. Our offense is going to be nice. We've got the coaches. I know a lot of people are probably not counting us in. But we know behind the scenes. We are definitely counting ourselves in."
The Broncos have the offensive weapons and elite defense to make a deep playoff run, but their quarterback play will likely dictate whether they can return to the postseason. A healthy and effective Charles would go a long way toward that goal as well.
Um pop up bar inspirado em ‘Game of Thrones’ está chegando a Washington, D.C., Estados Unidos – o que é uma ótima notícia para todos aqueles que sempre quiseram beber vinho tão ameaçadoramente quanto Cersei. O local, que servirá drinks com nomes como “Dracarys” e “Dothraquiri”, funcionará até o dia 27 de agosto.
“Começamos pensando sobre o que esses personagens fictícios de ‘Game of Thrones’ beberiam, quais coquetéis os representariam e quais momentos deveriam ser representados”, diz o gerente Paul Taylor ao Distractify.
É o caso de ‘The North Remembers’ (US $ 15) – uma bebida saborosa com base de uísque – que é servida em uma jarra de chifres. Um drink feito com uma dose de tequila, água tônica e toranja se chama ‘Shame’ (US $ 13) e vem com um pequeno sino para tocar, para que todos possam ver sua desgraça.
O pub foi aberto oficialmente no dia 21 de junho, é decorado com alguns elementos que remetem à série como dragões e, claro, o trono de ferro.
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Разрабатывая префлоп-стратегию, можно легко ошибиться и пойти по ложному пути. Чтобы этого не произошло, придерживайтесь нескольких простых рекомендаций, которые игрокам дает Эд Миллер, профессиональный покерист. Играйте тайтово В случае нужды вы можете добавлять в свои диапазоны разные руки, отдавая предпочтение то разномастным бродвейным картам, то одномастным коннекторам. При этом базовые диапазоны не стоит расширять слишком сильно. Без позиции можно играть примерно 15% рук, на баттоне – 35%. Играя много рук, на флопе вы постоянно будете оставаться с мусором.
Избегайте геймеров, демонстрирующих силу Многие игроки совершают одинаковую ошибку: не воспринимают всерьез префлоп-рейзы своих соперников. Полностью избежать кулеров нелегко, однако, отдавая должное стекам противников, сигнализирующим о силе, вы сможете аккуратнее играть в ситуациях, когда другие геймеры совершают идентичные серьезные промахи.
Атакуйте оппонентов, проявляющих слабость Ваши соперники играют на префлопе много рук? Это – прекрасная возможность положить их на лопатки и увеличить банкролл. Подозревая, что ваши противники заходят в банк с довольно слабыми руками, атакуйте их рейзами.Задача геймера, стремящегося победить, – построить большой банк с префлопа. Чем больше средств вы вложите на префлопе, тем более крупный куш сорвете в случае победы.
Не стоит играть в комбинации Если вы считаете, что сейчас зайдете в банк с одномастной рукой, получите флеш и победите, то в точности повторите действия других игроков. Играя тут , как они, вы будете перетирать деньги в рейк или проигрывать. Если ваши соперники лимпятся, они показывают слабость, а значит, нужно рейзить, даже располагая не очень сильной рукой.
Выводы Залогом успеха в картах можно назвать уверенную префлоп-стратегию. Грамотно поставленная префлоп-игра позволит вам чаще побеждать и даст преимущества в десятках ситуаций на постфлопе. Чтобы идеально построить префлоп-игру, чаще практикуйтесь и набирайтесь опыта. Это поможет вам победить даже сильных соперников.
After the Orioles claimed a three-game series against the Rays last weekend as visitors to Tropicana Field, Baltimore will host Tampa Bay in a three-game set that begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Blizzard is remaking one of the most popular games ever to grace the PC, and one that is largely responsible for Battle.net online service. We are of course talking about StarCraft, the best selling game of 1998. It is especially popular in South Korea, though it has a rabid fan base in all corners of the globe. Those fans are being treated
Are you itching to explore more of Hyrule? The Master Trials DLC pack, the first expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is now available for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
The Master Trials DLC pack includes a harder difficulty mode, in which games can be saved in their own separate slots. There are new, harder enemies in
Silly human, did you really think you would spend this summer lounging at the beach and frolicking at the park? Pshaw! Maybe that is what regular people do, but geeks like us, we take advantage of numerous sales and then bask in the warm glow of our PC monitors! It is not our fault—blame Steam for its Summer Sale, Amazon for its Prime Day
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One of the most highly-requested features for the Nintendo Switch is something that arguably should have been included from the beginning (and is already possible with previous Nintendo handhelds) — the ability to transfer game save data to another device. In its current state, if your Switch has a major hardware malfunction or your device
Clayton Kershaw became MLB's first 12-game winner with 12 strikeouts in seven innings Thursday night, while Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley and Joc Pederson homered in the Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Angels that split the four-game Interleague Freeway Series.
I have a character animation of a cartoon man punching. I want to add a shockwave after his fist so that I can make the "hit area" of the punch larger for my video game. Here's an example of a shockwave that I would like to add... (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: Animation, Illustrator, Photoshop)
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is still in line to pitch next Tuesday and the following Sunday, July 9, which would make him ineligible to pitch in the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11 in Miami. But the Dodgers could potentially adjust Kershaw's schedule if he is elected by Cubs manager Joe Maddon to be the starter for the National League.
Pitcher Yadier Alvarez and outfielder Alex Verdugo, the top-ranked prospects in the Dodgers organization, on Thursday were named to the World Team for the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 1 p.m. PT July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami.
Drew Brees’s time playing the game of football is almost done, but, if his new venture takes off, his time impacting the game may just be beginning. Brees and his agent Chris Stuart have partnered to found a co-ed youth flag football league in New Orleans and southern Louisiana beginning this fall, with hopes of […]
Yeah exactly. When i saw this, i just assumed that Umass was some 1 win team in the summit league or something. They were 7-9 in the atlantic 10 and beat a very solid 20 win Rhode Island team twice, and took temple to OT.
They have a 18 ppg scorer. Who originaly played in the ACC (Wake)
9 players 6'7 or taller
8 Players 200 pounds or more.
13.3 Offensive Rebounds per game against D1 Men. Tied for 27 In D1 Men's bball.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a vote of confidence Friday to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he also said he hoped the investigation could “move forward and come to an end sooner rather than later.” The attorney general’s comments during a “Fox & Friends” interview were his most expansive to date on the Justice Department’s appointment last month of Mueller to run the investigation. “Mr. Mueller is someone I’ve known a long time, and I’ve had confidence in him over the years,” said Sessions, an Alabama Republican who served for years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that oversees the FBI. Those remarks stand in contrast to a drumbeat of Republican criticism of the special counsel’s investigation, including from President Donald Trump, who on the same show last week contended that Mueller was “very, very good friends” with fired FBI director James Comey and characterized that relationship as “very bothersome.” Republicans have also raised conflict-of-interest concerns by noting that some lawyers on Mueller’s investigative team have previously contributed to Democratic candidates, though federal law and department policy does not permit the special counsel to take into consideration the political affiliations of a potential hire. Sessions said he was hopeful the investigation would conclude sooner than later, a point White House staff has repeatedly made, and he did suggest that questions about the composition of Mueller’s staff could be fair game. “We expect integrity from every person involved in this investigation. Mr. Mueller is entitled, lawfully, I guess, at this point, to hire who he desires,” Sessions said, “but I think he should look for people who have strength and credibility by all people.” Mueller was appointed FBI director by Republican President George W. Bush and held the position for 12 years. (AP)
When you watch the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, you'll be able to hear the action as if standing on the field. FOX Sports is putting mic underneath the surface to bring the sounds of the game directly to you. Here's the details.
Stayed out until dark playing boules with the neighbors tonight. That’s a game where you drink wine and throw heavy balls at light balls. I’m good at at least one of those activities. Both, come to think of it. I was cap’n of the winning team both games. Yay me!
14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 29 June 2017 — "Today we
are going to practice writing a letter," announced the fourth grade
teacher at a school in the Plaza of the Revolution district in
mid-June. Immediately, Lucia, age 9, thought about writing a letter to
her grandmother telling her about her latest acrobatics on skates, but
the recipient had already been decided. "You are going to write a letter
addressed to Fidel Castro thanking him for a free education," declared
The girl froze. It never would have occurred to her to address a letter
to a dead person, nor to anyone who wasn't a friend or a member of her
family. She scribbled the date on the top of the page and then stopped,
with the pencil suspended in the air, not knowing what to do. "Lucia,
you have to thank him for building schools and teaching Cuban children
to read," ordered the teacher.
The student remained paralyzed. "Come on, it is very likely that on the
test they will ask you to write a letter to the Comandante and you have
to practice." The pencil didn't move a fraction of an inch. "Look, I'm
going to dictate some sentences to you and then you can continue on your
own," the teacher said, her tone increasingly irritable. "Fidel, without
you I would have no shoes and no books and I would be illiterate," she
dictated. But the girl didn't make a single mark.
When she got home the sheet of paper still had only the day and the
month in one corner. So it was her mother's turn to insist, "Think that
you are writing another person and then later put 'His' name on it," she
proposed as a trick to get around the problem. Lucia imagined she was
telling her grandmother about the games in the park, and thanking her
for her affections and then signed it, squeezing in her name next to a
drawing of a flower.
Last week the final exam included the request to write a letter. But
this time it was addressed to the teacher and had to respond to the
question, "What do you do to help your mom with the housework?" The girl
stopped for several minutes with the pencil suspended over the paper
without knowing what to do. No one came to dictate the sentences.
* This story is not literature, but absolute reality. The student's name
has been changed to avoid retaliation.
Dit vakantiehuis staat op een groot en onderhouden grondstuk. Er zijn 8 slaapkamers en biedt plaats voor 18 personen. In de grote tuin is genoeg ruimte en is een zwembad, een tafeltennistafel, een pooltafel en een aantal video games. Op het grote terras kunt u met het gezelschap lekker dineren. Het vakantiehuis bevindt zich bij een voetgangerszone bij het geliefde strand Mavro Lithari (600 meter). Hier zijn veel stranden en ook Anavyssos, een kindvriendelijk strand met ondiep water, is op korte afstand. Het vliegveld ligt op 25 km afstand, de Tempel van Poseidon in Sounion op 20 km en het historische centrum van Athene op ongeveer 45 km.
Today there are many solution providers for the rental software business. As a result the organizations have many options to convert their rental businesses from offline to online mode. But the organizations must have the ability to choose the best available rental software for their businesses which is not costly and easy to use by the employees of the organization. Commodity Rentals provides the rental software best suited for businesses that want to convert their businesses from offline to online mode.
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Video rental software came into picture once the offline movie rental stores lost their customers due to the late fees that were put on the video. In this softwares the option of no late fees were kept which ultimately forced the offline rental business to move out of the market.
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DETROIT (AP) Friday night's game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain.
Hello le world ! Ça y’est après un moment d’absence qui semblait être quasi une année sabbatique me revoilà sur mon blog… Ouf encore une fois après des lustres je réapparais, aller la j’ai une bonne excuse, car j’ai le bonheur d’être un Papa comblé d’un petit « Basil » avec ma Femme Charlotte. Et le temps qui passait déjà bien vite avec la joie d’être parents passe encore plus vite…Alors sur le net me voila quasi disparut, Même sur Facebook je ne viens plus que poster des articles de la RTBF infos ou des passages de livres qui m’interpelles…Oui c’est vrai que ce qui me connaisse doivent se demander ce qui m’arrives, héhé un ami m’as même demander si mon compte avait été pirater…C’est juste que je me rend compte que je n’ai plus le temps de poser des news de ce que je fait en ce moment, et au lieu de ne rien mettre, j’ai choisit de laisser des news en vrac…Pas toutes les news, plutôt celles qui parles de « Luttes de classes » et sur l’emploie, A force d’écouter « La bas si j’y suis » les reportages des amis de Daniel Mermet depuis des années, tout ça a fait un bout de chemin sur ce que je pense… et ce sacré Dalaï-Lama et le bouddhisme que Toxic m’as exposer et le temps qui passe, le fait de n’être sur Terre que pour une vie a preuve du contraire…tout ça me rappelle a quel point j’aime les êtres humains comme le Docteur Who et a quel point Alain Souchon a tout dit avec son titre « foule sentimental soif d’idéal » et a se demander si la société veux nous faire devenir une « star » de demain pour juste être reconnut ou ne devrions pas juste se reconnaitre soi même grâce a des instants dénués de superflus…car maintenant que j’ai un travail qui me passionne, et que je suis heureux avec ma femme et mon fils, que j’ai de quoi payer les factures et avoir un peu d’argent pour m’acheter des bêtises en plus collectionneur de Brol…Je me suis dis qu’il est temps de penser au monde (enfin encore plus car j’y pensait déjà ^^) sinon je ne ferait que penser a m'acheter du confort en plus et encore et toujours plus…
Enfin c’est que depuis un petit bout je ressens…je n’ai pas le temps de tout noter mais c’est plus ou moins l’idée…héhé…Yehh a très vite les amis ! je refile sur mes dessins…A très vite au détour d’un salon, d’une limonade sans alcool, d’un tardis ou d’une chaise en plastique de jardin…aller quoi le beau temps arrives !
A la votre !
HIGH SCORE : Paloma - 32 planches sur 78 et Dofus tome 21 - 18 planches sur 180
Le top 10 de ce que j'ai adorer en dernier...
Natacha N°5 (BD) Wargame (film) (J'ai adorer)- Chuck Saison V (la vache c'est finis "snif" bravo au créateur, je suis fan pour la vie) - Chuck Saison IV Bien tripante aussi ! - Chuck Saison III (Excellent aussi :) - Chuck Saison II (Excellent ^^) - Woody et les robots (film) - Bananas (Film)- 2010 Odyssée deux - 2001 L'Odyssée de l'espace (Le Roman) - Chuck saison I - Tron Uprising (La B.O) - Tron Uprising (Série animée)
Pour les News des semaines précédentes c'est par ici ^^
Allo la terre, a très vite en Belgique une fois !
Le génerique de Fourchette est sac a dos :) j'ai esseyer de le refaire en dessins... Juste pour le délire, Julie Andrieu est bien excellente ;) ça me ferais trop plaisir d'avoir une dédicace d'elle un jour ^^
YEEhh !!! elle a refait son site ! si vous voulez aller jeter un oeil :)
I recently took up a challenge to build a media center PC for a friend. Having scoured Ebay I found what I thought looked like a really nice case for not too much money. It was also a Barebones system coming with DVD, Floppy and Motherboard. The motherboard only supported a Pentium III up to 800mhz but I decided that I could always upgrade this.
When I received it the case lived up to expectations and was pretty small. So small that on opening it up I found my upgrade options were limited. The case comes with a BookPC BKI810 3.3 motherboard (really tiny and would make a great basis for a Car PC) This is a custom BabyATX design based on the Intel 810 chipset and supports Pentium III processors up to 800mhz with a 100mhz front side bus. There are no PCI expansion ports but it does have on-board video (with TV-out), Audio (with SP-Dif out), Ethernet, Modem, COm, Game Port, Printer and USB (1.0) ports.
Whilst this would have run MCE 2005 it wasn't going to cut the mustard for my friends Hi-def vista media center so I went to plan B for that (more on that in a later post). I guess I could have gone with upgrading the BookPC a Pico-ITX Motherboard buy they are a bit too pricey.
All was not lost with this case however, I had been meaning to look into the prospect of building a Media Extender to work with the uPNP capabilities of Windows Media Player 11 in vista.
Note I say Media Extender - not Media center Extender - I wasn't intending to stream Live TV or even watch Recorded TV in native DVRMS format but I already transcode my Recorded TV to WMV files and Media Player 11 can share them via its built in uPNP media server.
uPNP stands for Universal Plug and Play a set of standards for Network devices to talk to each other. Windows Media Player 11 implements what used to be called Windows Media Connect and is a uPNP AV server. Basically this can be contacted by any uPNP AV client to access any Music, Pictures or Video in your Media Player Library.
I added a 800Mhz processor, hetsink, fan, 512mb Ram and a 20Gb hards drive to the motherboard. Checked it all out and it booted to BIOS fine. Got as bit of a shock when my 800mhz procssor was shown as 600mhz but then realised that the processor was 133mhz FSB so on a 100Mhz FSB board it scaled down to 600mhz. Not a problem it should be plenty fast enough for what I wanted.
So all I needed was a uPNP client. I also wanted something that could use the inbuilt DVD player to play audio/dvds.
I decided to keep costs down and experiment with using Linux. I heard of Myth so tried that first. To cut things short I'm not a Linux guru and I struggled with Myth. I first tried KnopMyth which I just couldn't get to play CD's or DVD's. I then found MythDora which was a much more straightforward install and did play CD and DVD but I couldn't work out how to configure it for uPNP - if even that was possible.
I was about to give up on the Linux route when I made a great discovery GeeXBox. This is a Live CD(basically Linux which boots from a CD and doen't need a hard disk) designed for playing Media and it has a uPNP client.
I downloaded the CD image (it comes in .iso format) and burnt it to CD. Put it in the HTPC Dvd Drive booted and, after a few seconds of Linux boot messages) up popped the menu including an open option. Selecting this gave me a uPNP option and selecting this gave me my media center as a uPNP server. I was stuck here for a few seconds as it wouldn't display a list of contents form my Media Center, until I realised, stupidly, that I hadn't gome to my media center pc and allowed the new device to access. (In Vista this is really easy as a toolbox popup appears on the PC as soon as a new device is detected)
Hey presto I had access to all the Music, Photos and Videos on my media center. I choose a Video (which happened to be a divx avi) and it played instantly and smoothly. This was great but alas my next choice a WMV file failed to play.
Codecs! I thought as one does (quick aside in the Media Center world I wonder if the word Codecs should now be added to swear word filters)
Scouring the excellent GeeXBox web site I found I was right the WMV codecs were not included by default and I would have to build my own custom ISO distribution. That sounded horrible - I really didn't want to get into Linux toolchains. Fortunately GeeXBox had that covered and supply a very user friendly ISO builder. It even went as far as downloading the codecs for me. Excellent. One more button press and it built me a new Iso and a quick burn later I had a functioning GeexBox streaming video from my Media Center. It even managed a WMV HD file albeit a bit broken up.
Streaming Audio was just as easy and my new custom build also gave me shoutcast radio. To top things off DVD's play well as do CD audio (although I do have a problem with a couple stuttering on the first track)
So in summary for around 100 pounds you can pick up all the components for a decent media streaming extender and if you do not fancy building it yourself the kit I used here, with the configure GeeXbox disk, will be up on eBay shortly. I'll post the link here.
And then relax in our sparkling pool or bubbling spa after a long day at the office. El Norte Villas is ready to "welcome you home" by offering washers and dryers and wood burning fireplaces in each apartment unit, a fitness center, covered park...
And then relax in our sparkling pool or bubbling spa after a long day at the office. El Norte Villas is ready to "welcome you home" by offering washers and dryers and wood burning fireplaces in each apartment unit, a fitness center, covered park...
Shadowverse is a free to play old card video game that was produced and published by Cygames. The game was designed for Android and iOS devices in 2016. Shadowverse got very popular within a brief period, which triggered Mac and Windows versions of the video card game to be released later in the year. The game operates almost in the same way with Hearthstone though its producers limited the essence of the randomness on match outcomes. Besides, the game uses an anime art style, though it reuses some features and illustrations from the producer’s previous game title Rage of Bahamut.
This is course is for absolute beginners who are both new to Unity game development and C# programming language. C# is widely used for Udemy game development. It is a programming language developed by Microsoft. A lot of famous games have been created using the Unity game engine. They include: Deus Ex: The Fall. Assassin’s […]
An addictively simple, fun-to-play, arcade brick breaker done in a modern style using Unity 5. Enjoy multiple game themes and tons of awesome power-ups that make the game more strategic and enjoyable. But don’t let appearances fool you! This is a deceptively tricky game to build and it ships with a number of features that […]
What Will I Learn? – Use Java To Solve Complicated Programming Problems – Understand OOP Concepts – Undersand How LibGDX Works – Understand How Box2D Works – Create Menus In LibGDX – Play Music In Your Game – Animate Sprites – Use LibGDX Actions To Program Advanced Game Behavior – Create A Character Select System […]
In this course you are going to reskin an educational game for kids, the name of this game is “Alphabet Board” A fun way to learn writing for your kids! This course is the first in its kind; It’s a complete process to design and reskin an Alphabet Board 2D game using Unity3D. It’s a […]
O comentário estava diretamente ligado a uma notícia da Folha, com o testemunho de um pai revoltado porque a filha poderia perder a viagem programada para o exterior, pela falta de papel para imprimir passaportes, culpa do governo federal.
Essa notícia sofreu imediato ataque de uma parte dos leitores que acredita que existem coisas mais importantes para se preocupar nesse momento no Brasil.
Em meio a tantos xingamentos vi um desabafo que vou compartilhar com vocês, ajuda a pensar no que estamos fazendo nas redes sociais e em nossas vidas, segue:
O motivo da revolta é uma arbitrariedade estatal impedindo um ato legítimo. Dizer "viagem à Disney" minimiza o sofrimento. https://t.co/8k3nCSxz5b
From a social justice activist, to a hockey Hall of Famer, to the voice of a big green ogre. The second annual Order of Canada has been issued today, celebrating 99 Canadians for outstanding achievement in a range of sectors. Included on the list are...
The baby face of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was still in evidence recently when he stood for the national anthem before a game in Ice Cube’s Big3 league game. However, just as he had done 21 years ago when he was an NBA player, Adul-Rauf didn’t place his hand on his heart, instead he prayed to his
What's even worse... I couldn't watch the game live, so I went out of my way to avoid learning the final score before I watched the MLB.tv "archive".
Now I wish somebody had spilled the beans so I didn't waste those 3 hours and 30 minutes.
What an absolute WASTE... Why is Diaz closing tonight after that crap fest he threw last night? Blows the save on the first batter... nice job. Ok trying not to get to emotionally involved, I just want to see them make the playoffs again before I'm too old to care anymore.
Haniger looks like he's pressing a little too much, needs to get back to his pre injury form. The 3-4-5 hitters are gonna be extremely crucial for them to make any kind of run, with the surrounding guys playing important roles as well, but all that money needs to produce.
Justin Timberlake is back on his Suit & Tie ish. He's not letting Robin Thicke be the only blue eyed soul dude in the game right now. JT has returned to the music game after catering to his movie career for so long. And we've got his first comeback single, "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, inside...
“Suit & Tie" featuring JAY Z was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Shawn Carter, Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon and James Flauntleroy and produced by Timbaland, Justin himself and Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon.
The song is the first release off Timberlake’s forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, due out later this year on RCA Records.
Sounds like the newlywed's still got that sound we loved when he first hooked up with Timbaland years ago. Decide if we love it. Then read his open letter his fans below.
An Open Letter to you (the fans):
I hope this gets to you the right way. It's the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I'd rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?
Well... No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I'm having fun with this?? Ha!)
*Makes a serious face*
So, here goes:
This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the "grapevine," I'm gearing up for a big 2013.
Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.
The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career... Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.
What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I've discovered along the way.
I'm calling it "The 20/20 Experience," and it's coming out this year.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
That's all I'm giving you for now... I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!
Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).
If Cineplex’s new Rec Room is the video-game version of Canada’s Wonderland, then The Void is its Leviathan. This virtual-reality experience is a Ghostbusters- themed thrill ride that makes its Canadian debut at the new Toronto bar. Costing $24 for...
I think it’s now clear ‘The Hunger Games’ is a HUGE franchise. The People’s Choice Awards were held last night. These are actually my favorite awards, because it shows who the public truly likes, not just who the studios are … Continue reading »
Portugal take on Mexico in the match for third place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017. Sunday’s game at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, which kicks off at 15:00 (local time), is a repeat of the two sides’ Group A opener.
In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Lawyers for Universal Music Group have renewed their request that a Minnesota judge cancel the company's music rights deal with Prince's estate, saying UMG will otherwise have to sue according to a court filing made public Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Penktadienis, birželio 30 d. (Vilnius). Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė rytoj, liepos 1 d., Europos Parlamente Strasbūre dalyvaus iškilmingoje ceremonijoje, skirtoje buvusiam Vokietijos Federaliniam Kancleriui ir Europos garbės piliečiui Helmutui Kohliui pagerbti. Ilgametis Vokietijos vyriausybės vadovas ir vienas įtakingiausių Europos bei Pasaulio politikų mirė birželio 16 dieną. Jo atminimui pagerbti rengiama pirmoji valstybinė Europos Sąjungos […]
Surrendering just five runs in a threegame series against a division rival should have launched the last-place Blue Jays into July feeling better about their position in the American League East. But they scored just four runs over that span, tamed...
CALGARY— Veteran forward Kris Versteeg and the Calgary Flames agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday worth US$1.75 million. Versteeg had 15 goals and 22 assists over 69 games for Calgary last season. The 31-yearold forward has played 619 regular...
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND— England striker Jermain Defoe joined Bournemouth on a three-year deal on Thursday, securing a return to a club where he scored in 10 straight league games during a loan spell in 2001. The 34-year-old Defoe triggered a clause in...
The rookie RB has the speed to attack the edges A quick look at the Panthers play direction report for the 2016 regular season shows the Panthers have a preference for running inside the tackles, with varying degrees of success. Please note the first set of numbers below is plays per direction and NFL rank. The second set is the average gain per play and NFL rank. The Panthers preference in 2016 was to run to the right side of the line behind RG Trai Turner. While the Panthers were top 5 in running in that direction they were in the bottom half of the league in average gain per run. There was a lot of three yards and a cloud of dust type of runs for the Panthers in 2016.
The Panthers also ran pretty good behind the White Buffalo Andrew Norwell at LG to the tune of 4.5 yards per carry. That was good for 12th in the NFL.
The only anomaly in the data is the Panthers average of 7 yards per carry running wide left. That makes me wonder why they didn’t run that way more often. The 50 carries in that directi
We have had such wonderful weather here in the UK over the past couple of days that it would've been a real shame not to have gone outside at some point, between work and school, to enjoy it as a family. There was also no better time than National Picnic Week for the sun to make an appearance so we packed up a little wicker basket one evening with some tasty nibbles and drinks then headed out to the beautiful fields nearby. Somewhere we often go over the summer with the poochie.
It wasn't long until the lovely heat got the better of us so we sat down amongst the grass for a food and drink stop. The views are very beautiful in this area, we are incredibly lucky that it's on our doorstep, and it's always very peaceful with only the sounds of wildlife nearby.
The Mini Mes were soon tucking into some cookies, crisp juicy apples and pork pie whereas I stuck to salad and chilled water as I'm on a never-ending mission to shift a few pounds ready for my vacation to Mauritus! What we love about the Fruit Shoot Hydro range, which is sugar free still spring waster, is that they are naturally flavoured and really encourage the Mini Mes and I to drink more throughout the day. None of us are particularly keen on water straight from the tap and as they aren't allowed squash or fizzy drinks at school these are a great alternative to keep us all refreshed and hydrated - especially with the recent sunshine and a need to consume more.
After finishing off our picnic and packing away we decided to try a few crafts and play some ball games as we watched the sun begin to fade over the hills. Fruit Shoot are currently encouraging children to do whatever they enjoy and makes them happy with their 'It's My Thing' campaign and as Jambo loves sports and Minxy loves to be creative this was the perfect opportunity to do both.
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Both children love to be active
Minxy made her Fruit Shoot bottle into a little vase
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said the additions of TE Martellus Bennett and TE Lance Kendricks give the offense more flexibility to run two-tight end sets. 'Both guys can put their hand on the ground and go and block guys really well but also add that dimension in the passing game,' Rodgers said.
Footballguys View: The Packers have needed to find a good 'move' tight end for quite some time. Bennett could easily be that for the team, and he's an upgrade over Jared Cook or Richard Rodgers. Bennett should be able to produce like a low-end TE1 for fantasy owners in 2017. He's going off the board at TE8 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Shaun persuades Bitzer to take part in his game of cricket, but Bitzer is more worried about the condition of the pitch than the game. The resident moles, unhappy at the game taking place above their head, get involved in a tit-for-tat with Bitzer, which soon escalates to full-scale war.
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Curling up with a book next to an open fire after an evening watching the stars from the hot tub is a wonderful way to spend a winters evening. We travelled to Wymondham towards the end of last year for a family break and it was one of the most relaxing getaways I've experienced. To the extent that I've already been looking to book a return trip with Cottages.com for the Easter break.
The rural location was perfect for us as we could enjoy the wildlife and peaceful walks with Spartan each day, pets are welcome to stay at Pillar Box House for no additional fee, yet it was also reasonably close to the beach and attractions there.
The property itself is detached and was like a home from home with all of the essential tools and equipment required, including an incredible stove, for cooking a family feast. There was also a washing machine in case you fancy sorting your laundry before travelling home and if you do wish to share a photo or two online with loved ones (who doesn't like to brag that they are having a wonderful time?) there is wifi available.
Upon pulling up in the driveway and entering the pastel pink building into the reception hall, we were rather shocked by the size of it. At first glance outside it doesn't appear huge but looks are certainly deceiving as there are 4 large bedrooms spread across the first and second floor, a good sized bathroom, plenty of storage space, plus an additional en-suite, shower room and dressing area.
On the ground floor there is a large kitchen diner which opens out onto a pretty patio and garden with furniture and a luxurious lounge area where we spent a lot of time relaxing. It would be ideal for several couples to enjoy together or even a very large family/two families to share - there really is just so much room to explore and it sleeps 8 without getting under anyone's feet.