When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate.
“We’ve never worked in Russia,” said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters.
“We’ve never worked with a Russian organization in Russia or any other country, and we don’t have any relationship with Russia or Russian individuals.” But Mr. Nix’s business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews.
Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign.
Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey.
SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London.
On two promotional documents obtained by The New York Times, SCL said it did business in Russia.
While Mr. Nix’s firm turned over some records to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during its investigation of Russian interference, Democrats on the committee want a fuller review.
Arash Repac, chief executive of Lukoil Eurasia Petrol, offered a different explanation for the talks.
He said that a meeting he attended with SCL in Turkey involved a promotional campaign with local soccer teams.
In February 2016, Anton Hand emailed Valve’s Chet Faliszek with details about some of his previous work with Unity and experiments in VR.
Faliszek sent Hand a Vive Pre for free, as he had done many other times for developers looking to explore VR.
Using that previous knowledge and experience, after two days with the headset, Hand posted a video to YouTube showing the fundamentals of loading a gun and shooting targets in VR.
At the current rate they’ll clear 100,000 copies not long after the game turns two years old.
That’s roughly $1 million in gross sales per year, with Valve taking an estimated 30 percent cut.
“We’ve had people just show up the past two years and just straight up donate to us AAA-quality firearm models,” Hand wrote.
Instead, the developers focused on constant experimentation in VR and they put that in front of a community drawn in through the Steam page and forum, or Hand’s constant videos on YouTube.
This constant show of progress and experimentation combined with obsessive 24/7 responsiveness to feedback — sometimes seeing a request and posting an update answering it hours later — has drawn in a supportive community.
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“So the genre breadth of [H3VR’s] scenes can be seen as a set of experiments…we start with a fairly realistic simulation of a firearm, designed to be accurate instead of make you feel like super hero, and then smash that up with a bunch of game genres and see what works, what doesn’t, what’s fun, what isn’t, and do ‘live’ research on a huge audience.
It looks like Kanye West is back in the lab.
This time, he brought Drake with him.
The two rap powerhouses have been cooking up in Kanye’s hideaway in Jackson Hole, Wyo, reports TMZ.
According to their sources, both rappers recently checked into the posh Amangani resort under aliases, and brought big entourages with them.
They reportedly hauled in lots of studio equipment, presumably to set up a lab so the two can work.
Travis Scott, The-Dream, King Louie, Gunna, Tony Williams, A$AP Bari, Kid Cudi, Nas and producer Pi’erre Bourne have also been photographed in the area.
All indications are Kanye is busy on his new LP.
This sounds similar to the circumstances that surrounded his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, where Kanye commissioned a slew of artists and flew them out to Hawaii to create.
That album, of course, turned out to be one of ‘Ye’s most well-received projects.
It’s been two years since we got his latest album Life of Pablo, and fans are fiending for more.
Image: Getty Images Months into the reckoning of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group behind the Oscars) is looking into its own leadership.
John Bailey, who was elected president of the organization last year, is being investigated for sexual harassment, reports Variety.
The Academy started looking into Bailey after receiving three claims against him.
The exact nature of the allegations remains unclear, and the victims’ names are being kept under wraps.
Bailey was elected into the position last August, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
He’s happened to preside over a challenging time in the industry: In October, the New Yorker and the New York Times published their exposés of Harvey Weinstein, igniting a firestorm that would eventually evolve into the #MeToo movement.
Just days after those stories hit the press, the Academy voted to kick out Weinstein – which raised awkward questions about what the organization planned to do about all the other accused predators in its midst.
In the months since then, the Academy has also unveiled a new code of conduct and a new claims process.
There’s no doubt that Weinstein’s downfall, and everything that followed, has marked a major change for Hollywood.
(How strong the impact is, and how long it lasts, is another question that remains to be answered.)
In fact, for founders of startups in especially dicey emerging sectors like VR/AR, Europe’s risk-averse investment culture makes it exceedingly difficult to survive, let alone thrive, without seeking investment from the U.S.
U.S. investors have good reason to push Silicon Valley insists on this model of converting foreign startups into U.S.-based ones for good reason.
Legal and taxes: U.S. investors know a lot about U.S. corporate law and little about local legal frameworks in other countries.
Ease and competition: The sheer volume of U.S. startups and the robustness of the market means that a startup based in another country has to be truly unique and outstanding to get VC attention.
In theory a good VC provides more than just money and pressure.
Market size: With technology, the U.S. is a very large homogenous market.
There is less money around and it gets harder to raise A and B rounds in the EU.
The right allocation of resources could position Europe as one of the global hotbeds for the mixed reality industry.
Finland-based Vizor raised $2.3 million in seed funding last May led by DeMiroz’s VR Fund and Finland-based Inventure and wasn’t required to uproot from Europe as a condition of the deal.
“We are open to investing in outstanding companies outside the U.S. as long as we have local VCs to collaborate with and we are comfortable with the basic investment and legal framework of that country.” These kinds of cases set positive precedents for an altogether new trend where Silicon Valley meets Europe half-way.
50,000,000 Facebook users private information compromised by Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s digital wing
But Cambridge Analytica, the SCL-owned political data analysis firm, had digital psychographic profiles of 50 million Americans and were using those digital profiles to allowing SCL to effectively — and accurately — predict the political weather.
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In 2014, 270,000 users installed an app built by a man called Aleksandr Kogan called ‘thisisyourdigitallife’ which ostensibly was a personality quiz based on your Facebook data.
It’s one of hundreds of thousands of Facebook apps that uses your Facebook data — which includes your location, every ‘like’, and also including every click you’ve ever made on the site and often others.
Facebook alleges that only 270,000 people downloaded the thisisyourdigitallife app, a loophole allowed for 50,000,000 psychographic profiles to be built.
Until 2014, apps could also collect information on every users’ entire friend network.
Of the 50 million accounts Kogan had data on, the New York Times and Guardian reports say, 30 million had complete enough profiles that Cambridge could create psychographic profiles of them.
As per Facebook’s terms and conditions concerning data collection, Aleksandr Kogan was supposed to delete the data he had accumulated.
Cambridge Analytica once featured Steve Bannon on its board and is also owned in part by Robert Mercer, a reclusive libertarian billionaire who spent millions on Trump’s campaign.
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Model Karlie Kloss says “don’t believe everything you read” when it comes to the recent rumors regarding her and Taylor Swift’s friendship.
Kloss’ is not seen, and this, as well as the fact that she and Swift have not been photographed in public together since 2016, sparked speculation that she was no longer in the pop star’s squad.
A source later told E!
In December, Kloss wished Swift a happy birthday with a selfie of the two.
On Friday, the New York Times ran an interview with Kloss and said that she and Swift continue to be good friends and talk frequently.
This past January, rumors about the alleged demise of Swift and Kloss’ friendship were fueled further after the latter posted on her Instagram a promotional video showing her dribbling a basketball, with the words “Swish swish” in her caption.
In February, Jennifer Lawrence brought up the rumors about Swift and Kloss’ friendship in an interview with The New York Times. “Is nobody else curious?
It’s keeping me up at night.
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The new Avengers: Infinity War trailer has arrived with a much deeper look at what’s about to unfold when Thanos arrives on Earth… The end is near.
That’s the message Thanos delivers as he arrives on Earth in search of the final infinity stones that will give him the ultimate power in the universe — the Infinity Gauntlet.
If he gets all the infinity stones, he can do it with the snap of his fingers” Now it’s clear from the trailer that Thanos is tearing his way across the universe to gather the infinity stones with his end goal landing on Earth where several of the gems are currently located.
Remember, Doctor Strange and the Vision both possess infinity stones so it’s safe to say both are in harm’s way when Thanos arrives.
Considering the battle scenes from this trailer, it seems like Wakanda will be a central focus in a couple of the major turning points in this movie.
By all accounts, it appears that perhaps the Avengers will try to hide the Vision in Wakanda to keep him off of Thanos’ radar — or perhaps Wakanda is the location of the final infinity stone.
“The end is near.
When I’m done, half of humanity will still exist.
These final sequences also reveal Thanos fighting Captain America before he possesses all of the infinity stones, which could be a harbinger for what’s unfolding in Wakanda.
The other is purple and that’s the power stone that Thanos was after in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s not uncommon for people with mental disorders like paranoia, schizophrenia and mania to feel like they’re being watched at all times, but believing cameras are constantly recording your life so it can be televised is a rare disorder indeed.
In fact, Kevin was the first case the doctors had ever encountered of a quasi-public figure with “Truman Show” delusion.
Dr. Gold was not Kevin’s official psychiatrist, but he and Kevin developed a friendship, mutually fascinated and informed by each other’s experiences from opposing sides of the proverbial couch.
When emailing back and forth, Kevin and Dr. Joel Gold got on the topic of their educational backgrounds.
It turned out that not only was Dr. Gold a fellow Brown University alum, but he had graduated in Kevin’s year, and in revisiting the cartography of their dorm room assignments, the two realized that they had lived close to each other for years.
Kevin had to tell himself this couldn’t be the work of the Director, but rather just an uncanny coincidence.
Kevin Hall was a champion sailor until the fateful day when his ship the Artemis crashed during a race, resulting in the death of his teammate Andrew “Bart” Simpson.
And even though he’d been living with the disorder for years this traumatic event brought his Truman Show delusion to the surface, making him wonder whether that career-ending crash had actually happened at all: As Kevin Hall stood onboard the Artemis, a 72-foot catamaran, trying to help his teammates dredge Andrew Simpson’s body out of the water, he wasn’t entirely sure if the scene unfolding before him was really happening or not.
Months of preparation and millions of dollars had gone into the design of the Artemis, a vessel that had stunned other sailors with its foils and gadgets and that had seemed almost to fly over the water.
In the days that followed, part of him wanted to talk to his teammates about what had happened, but part of him dared not.
(LONDON) — Mark Hamill has tweeted that “today the whole galaxy is Irish” as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The “Star Wars” actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish diaspora at the celebration.
Hamill spent time on Ireland’s rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent “Star Wars” movie, “The Last Jedi.”https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/974931324082573317 US actor Mark Hamill (R) shakes hands with Irish President Michael D Higgins (C) and his wife Sabrina (L) as he attends as international guest of honour during the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin on March 16, 2018.
/ AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images) PAUL FAITH—AFP/Getty Images Hamill sported a tweed cap, a green scarf and a shamrock sprig as he attended the parade, which sees floats, colorfully clad performers and marching bands wind their way through the Irish capital.
“Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham was the grand marshal of Saturday’s parade, attended by Irish President Michael D. Higgins.
Mark Hamill during the St Patrick’s day parade on the streets of Dublin.
(Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images) Brian Lawless – PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is at New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Mark Hamill during the St Patrick’s day parade on the streets of Dublin.
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He recounted the weekend of Trump’s inauguration, which he spent at a retreat in northern California where he was “like the guy from Ohio who knew too little”, which he described as “the beginning of just getting over it.”
The host, who got in hot water last year for using the ‘n’ word on his show, retorted, “Oh, it’s flashed before my eyes many times.”
Maher asked Bush whether, based on his experience with Trump, if the president was really the skirt chaser that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury made him out to be.
We know who the guy is.”
Maher also praised Bush for the time he called out Trump for lying about the ratings for The Apprentice.
1 forever and finally, I’d had enough,” he explained.
Last Thursday, 18-49, the last five minutes.’
It’s what he does all the time: he just says it and they believe it.”
Maher also wondered whether Trump had ever apologized to Bush in the past year and a half since the Access Hollywood tape went public.
As you assemble the basic ingredients of a Dutch baby, with its batter of eggs, flour, sugar, and milk, and its toppings of powdered sugar and fresh fruit, it’s easy to think that you’re making a pancake.
But unlike its pan-cooked cousin, this breakfast treat gets baked in an iron skillet.
The result is a soufflé-popover hybrid that quickly collapses into a fluffy pastry with a soft, moist interior and crispy raised edges.
This is no ordinary flapjack: A Dutch baby is large enough to be shared and decadent enough to serve as dessert.
Its ancestor is the crepe-like German pancake known as pfannkuchen.
Many credit Seattle’s Maca Cafe for adapting the recipe in the early 20th century.
Legend has it that when Victor Maca’s daughter first saw the German-derived dish, she mispronounced Deutsch (“German”) as “Dutch,” and the Dutch baby was born.
The simple recipe leaves plenty of room for creativity.
Toppings and variations abound: Sweet Dutch babies feature everything from fig jam to toasted coconut to maple syrup, while savory versions mix in sausage, onions, and cheese.
And with the help of a muffin tin, you can make the adorably tiny take known as “baby” Dutch babies.
Though not exactly on the tourist trail, Bundi is a fascinating town in Rajasthan.
Medieval palaces, a bazaar full of wonders, a charming lake, a garden of ancient cenotaphs, and more than 50 stepwells in and around the city make it well worth visiting.
It is in this environment of fantastical architecture that Rani Ki Ji Baori is crowned the “queen of stepwells.” (“Rani” means “queen” in Hindi, and a baori is a stepwell.)
It is truly a marvel.
Rani Ki Ji Baori was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati Ji, the younger queen of Rao Raja Anirudh Singh, ruler of Bundi.
Rani Nathavati Ji was married to the king, as his second wife, because his first wife was not able to give him an heir.
It’s a multi-storied structure, 150-feet deep, covered in intricate and superbly executed carvings.
The stepwell has a narrow entrance, with four pillars joined at the top by slender arches decorated by intricately carved stone brackets.
Stone elephants stand in each corner.
There are also places of worship on every floor, which is unique in a stepwell.
Instead, he thought, why not make the rumors true?
Brilej built the cottage—its first structure—in 1967, and in 1990, he opened it to the public.
In the years since he created his first friendly witch, the park has remained a small but determined part of the tourism infrastructure that now sustains Slovenia’s Podčetrtek region.
Beyond the museum is the park itself, a forest footpath lined with more than 60 scenes from fairy tales, folk tales, and Slovenian children’s films.
No sign, structure, or creature appears prefabricated; nothing looks new.
When he created Primary School Podčetrtek, Brilej imagined a place where children ages 7 to 15 would acquire knowledge and skills by operating miniaturized versions of real-world institutions.
“The point of our fairy tale land is to make things with used materials and do it on our own, not to call some firm [to do it for you],” Kneževič says.
“It’s another way of educating children.” Many of the park’s repeat visitors were first introduced to it shortly after Slovenia got its independence from Communist Yugoslavia.
Kneževič, himself just a boy at that time, thinks children’s imaginations have since changed.
It’s such a stress release, working in the forest, making your imagination come true.
For the alumni of Topaz High School in Delta, Utah, those feelings are more than complicated.
Topaz held so many prisoners that it became Utah’s fifth-largest city during World War II, nearly four times larger than the better-known Manazar camp in California.
Two elementary schools, a junior high, and a high school all served as major parts of the community.
Utah State University has archived the 1943 and 1944 editions of the Topaz High School Ramblings yearbook.
Topaz High was a prison camp school for unjustly incarcerated Americans, but the yearbooks provide the perception of normalcy.
In the 1943 Ramblings, the beginning dedication reads, “This year finds us vastly different from our naive selves of previous years.” Alongside photos of students, the old high schools they attended, mostly in California and Washington, are listed directly above their Topaz High School activities.
Some spreads in the Ramblings allude to intense patriotism.
The Topaz Museum, a few miles down the road from the old site, is the result of a multi-year school project carried out in the late 1980s and early 1990s, courtesy of former Delta High School journalism teacher Jane Beckwith.
It contains various artifacts from the camp and showcases artwork by detainees.
Beckwith says the museum was “mostly the students’ idea.” It’s fitting that high-school students brought awareness and eventually a museum to commemorate the Topaz site.
The photographer James Monnington went to considerable lengths—and depths—to capture the free diver Julien Borde descending into a cenote in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
“This was a challenging shot that required a long breath-hold so I could swim away from the light into the inky black cavern,” said Monnington in a recent artist statement.
Only then would he be in position to “wait for Julien to make his descent through the shards of light spilling in from above.” The resulting image is equally dramatic: in stark black and white, Borde appears as a small, diagonal figure suspended in water, under streams of light, and engulfed by the cavernous depths around him.
The photograph is among those shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.
To arrive at the shortlist, the judges had a formidable task: nearly 320,000 images were submitted from over 200 countries and territories around the world.
The competition, produced by the World Photography Organization, has several different divisions.
For the title of Photographer of the Year (plus $25,000 in prize money) professionals are judged on a body of work across a range of subjects, from landscape to news reporting to fine art.
Within the first category are otherworldly icescapes from Antarctica, shot by Dan Welldon; brightly colored, linear shapes of playing fields in Guangzhou, shot from above by Varun Thota; and Tomasz Padło’s Greetings from Kazakhstan, which features landscapes with a twist: they have been printed on construction banners in the country’s capital, Almaty.
The Open category is judged on a single image, and that shortlist has some startling entries, such as Justyna Zduńczyk’s painterly image of deer in Sequoia National Park, or Paranyu Pithayarungsarit’s photograph of a monolithic sand dune in the Namib Desert.
From the commended list, Rita Wong’s rose-pink desert dunes appear like ripples of ice cream, toying with the viewer’s perspective.
Top Places in England See more things to do in England » Most cottages in this delightfully cute village have large sledges (basically the British version of a sled) leaning against their whitewashed walls.
People pull these huge wood and crate contraptions along the main road, which is called both Up-Along or Down-Along, depending on the direction you’re heading.
Outside goods and supplies are trucked into the parking lot at the top of the village, then delivered to the residents and businesses that line the cobblestone street via the sledges.
Garbage, too, is hauled down the hill to the harbor, where a ship awaits to ferry it away.
Before the villagers made the switch to wooden sledges, they relied on donkey power to get their items from one place to another.
The braying beasts of burden schlepped heavy baskets of herring from the fishing ships docked in the harbor into the village, and also brought in supplies from outside towns.
When tourists began trickling into Clovelly the donkeys also carried luggage and weary-legged visitors to the hotels.
Now, thanks to the sledges, the donkeys’ days of trucking around heavy loads are over.
With the people now taking on the hard labor, they’re free to enjoy a life of leisure—though they’re still enlisted to give the occasional ride to visiting children.
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University of Bath researchers have unearthed a 66-million-year-old pterodactyl with a 30-foot wingspan in Northern Morocco.
Including this winged reptile, the research team uncovered six new species of pterodactyls, also known as pterosaurs, from three different taxonomic families.
Their wingspans ranged from 6 feet to 30 feet.
Pterodactyls were once the largest animals to soar the skies, but an asteroid collision in present-day Mexico propelled a massive extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period, which wiped them out.
Their population was thought to be already on the decline up to that point.
However, the new finding suggests the pterodactyls’ population had not been decreasing prior to the asteroid collision, but rather thriving.
“The Moroccan fossils tell the last chapter of the pterosaurs’ story—and they tell us pterosaurs dominated the skies over the land and sea, as they had for the previous 150 million years,” said research team member Brian Andres from the University of Texas in an interview.
In order for these large reptiles to take flight, they needed light skeletons and hollow tube-like bones to provide the right aerodynamics.
Turns out pterodactyls lived across ecological zones, from Mexico to Morocco, and were extremely diverse in beak shape, neck length, and size.
“I believe there are many more species to find,” Longrich said.
After the photos went viral on social media, Microsoft Africa got word of Akoto’s efforts and promised to send him a computer for his classroom. “Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do.
We will equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of our partners,” the tech giant wrote on Twitter. “The staff and students of Betenase M/A JHS wishes to say a very big thank you to AMIRAH ALHARTHI, university of Leeds for donating a laptop to the school to enhance the teaching and learning of ICT,” Akoto wrote on Facebook.
Four days later a second donation arrived.
Inspired by the teacher’s story, NIIT Ghana, a computer training school based in Accra, donated five desktop computers to the school, along with books and a laptop for Akoto.
And, as part of Microsoft’s promise to offer him free training, Akoto was flown to Singapore to attend the annual Microsoft Educators Exchange.
Akoto offered his gratitude this week on Facebook. “Where there is a will , there is a way and where there is a way, there is a power to do,” he said. “God bless you all.”
The Dutch call Indonesian lapis legit “bacon cake.” In English, the sweet goes by “thousand-layer cake.” Though both names are hyperbolic, they are a testament to this treat’s decadence.
The Indonesian-Dutch fusion dessert features 18 to 30 individually baked layers of spiced butter, sugar, and egg yolk.
Indonesians and spice traders added local flavors—cinnamon, clove, mace, and nutmeg—to the buttery, eggy batter.
The result was a rich, intricate cake that was popular among both cultures.
Due to its time-consuming preparation and imported ingredients (butter for Indonesia, spices for the Netherlands), even a small piece of the cake can be pricey.
But if you find the thought of 30 layers of butter and egg yolk excessive, Singaporeans and Malaysians also make a plant-based, nine-layer cake called kueh lapis.
Making things slightly confusing, the name kueh lapis is now used to describe either cake, and you can even find versions of lapis legit that incorporate the rainbow colors of its relative.
If you’re in Europe, you’ll likely see the 18-to-30-layer version labeled as spekkoek (“bacon cake”) or thousand-layer cake.
If you’re in Asia, the same variety of cake could go by lapis legit or kueh lapis.
The nine-layer variety is much simpler: That almost always goes by kueh lapis.
This stately mausoleum is the final resting place of Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China for three decades until his death in 1976.
His embalmed remains lie inside a crystal coffin, despite his wishes to be cremated.
Creating the crystal coffin was no easy task.
At the time, the country’s sour relationship with the Soviet Union meant Chinese officials couldn’t tap into any of the Soviet’s well-guarded manufacturing secrets.
Instead, the government held a clandestine country-wide competition to create a casket for the Mao, using various code names for the endeavor.
They viewed dozens of submissions before finally settling on the one that holds the mummified communist leader.
Each one was put through the ringer as it was tested against variables like temperature, vibration, and its ability to withstand an earthquake.
The building the crystal coffin and its embalmed inhabitant reside in is also impressive, especially considering it was built in only six months.
Materials from all across China were used to make it, and 700,000 workers from different provinces, autonomous regions, and nationalities did “symbolic voluntary labor” to get it all finished.
Art in and around the hall pays tribute to various revolutionary leaders.
Some managed to jump off before reaching the bottom, while others were flung off. “The ski lift stopped and started going in reverse,” he told CNN. “We had to jump from it, because at the bottom (of the hill) it was total trash and no chance to stay safe.” “The movement of the lift stopped and a minute later we drove back,” she told CNN. “The speed increased, it was out of control.
People began to jump from different altitudes, panic began.
Many did not manage to jump off and were thrown out from the impact.”
Ten people were injured, and were taken to safety by the ski patrol and three ambulances.
There are more videos of the incident at CNN.
-via Boing Boing
But what are podcasts, and how do you get started listening to them?
Don’t be embarrassed to ask: podcasts are one of the least accessible forms of online media.
So what’s going on here, and how can a non-geek start listening to these shows?
What Is a Podcast?
A podcast is a radio show on the Internet.
Most podcasts release new episodes once a week, but some offer episodes daily—it varies wildly.
What Do I Need To Listen To Podcasts?
You’ve got options, but don’t let that overwhelm you.
Generally, these shows recommend other shows, which will help point you toward things you might enjoy.
There are only so many hours in a week, after all, and with so many shows to choose from there’s no reason to spend time listening to something you don’t enjoy.
Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey accused of sexual harassment, prompting an investigation
Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey has become the latest big-name Hollywood honcho to face sexual harassment accusations.
The nature of the accusations are currently unclear.
The Academy addressed the report in a statement, without specifically naming Bailey. “The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors.
The 75-year-old Bailey is in his first year as president of the Academy and is the 34th person to hold that title.
He was voted into the position in August, which kicked off a four-year term.
The investigation comes five months after the Academy kicked out Harvey Weinstein amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. “It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout industry,” read Bailey’s email, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up initiatives were at the center of this year’s Academy Awards, as host Jimmy Kimmel dedicated much of his opening monologue to addressing the sexual harassment and assault that’s plagued Hollywood for years.
Best Actress winner France McDormand, meanwhile, invited all of the female nominees in the audience to stand up during her acceptance speech and urged filmmakers to help them tell their stories.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s wedding officiant is speaking out for the first time about his big role on their special day — and sharing details about the royal bride-to-be‘s “moving” baptism ceremony.
“It was very special.
It was beautiful and sincere and very moving,” the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told ITV News on Friday about Meghan’s baptism on March 6.
“It was a great privilege.” Meghan was baptized into the Church of England in a private ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London last week with fiancé Prince Harry by her side.
It was a key moment before she weds Harry at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on May 19 — and a significant nod to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s role as head of the Church of England.
For more on Meghan’s royal preparations, a guide to the palaces, wedding tiaras and her style evolution, pick up a copy of this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
RELATED VIDEO: Meghan Markle Just Sang ‘God Save the Queen’ at Church Service with the Queen The archbishop, who will officiate the wedding at St. George’s Chapel, also talked about his pre-ceremony jitters.
“Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring,” he joked, “and I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings!” As he has helped the couple prepare for their big day, he has seen their love and commitment first-hand.
“At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God, through Jesus Christ,” Welby said.
“You pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment.”
The head of the organisation behind the Oscars is facing several allegations of sexual harassment, Hollywood trade publications report.
The body approved a new code of conduct in December after a wave of harassment allegations shook the industry.
Mr Bailey, 75, has not yet commented on the reports.
They first emerged in Variety magazine, which said the academy had received three harassment complaints against Mr Bailey on Wednesday and had immediately opened a review. “The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors,” it said in a brief statement.
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He was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
Two weeks ago he told the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees that what he called the “fossilised bedrock” of Hollywood’s worst abuses was being “jack-hammered into oblivion”.
He was elected as the academy’s president for a four-year term in August 2017, shortly before the first high-profile allegations about Hollywood abuse emerged in US media.
Producer Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the organisation in October following sexual abuse allegations made against him.
When Iron Maiden first started out they used a papier-mâché prop that would spew fake blood from its mouth on stage to give their performances some theatrical flair, a prop that would become the mighty metal icon Eddie.
Well, that’s not exactly true since the original prop was just a ghostly mask that looked nothing like Eddie.
But the prop was a solid concept that would become an integral part of Iron Maiden’s stage show after a chance meeting with the man who would give life to Eddie, artist Derek Riggs.
Riggs created the character Eddie and served as the band’s sole cover artist from their first self-titled album in 1980 until the 1992 release Fear Of The Dark, and as the character grew so did his presence on stage.
Now fans can’t imagine an Iron Maiden stage show without Eddie sharing the stage with the band, and in the last 38 years Eddie has gone from a novel idea to the grim face of heavy metal.
Black panthers are one of the most radical animals on the planet, which is why the nation of Wakanda chose the magnificent animal as their official mascot and symbol of power, well, that and the fact that the Wakandan Panther God Bast grants the chieftain of the tribe superhuman powers.
In fact, these powers make the chieftain even more powerful than a black panther, so maybe the panthers should start idolizing the Wakandans instead!
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When Elsa stopped being a cold-hearted villain and changed her wicked ways she promised her sister Anna that she would become a chilly force for good, dropping the brooding bad girl act to become a hero.
And it appears Elsa has kept her promise to Anna and is continuing to help us mere mortals whenever she can, making an appearance in Boston during a blizzard.
Okay, that’s obviously not the real Elsa from Frozen, it’s actually 37-year-old attorney Jason Triplett out enjoying the snowfall in his Elsa costume.
Jason thought it would be entertaining to head out into the snow dressed as Elsa and film the fun, but Jason soon found himself proving he’s a cosplay hero when a police wagon became stuck in a snowdrift.
Elsa, I mean Jason, helped push the police vehicle free of the snow, and thankfully the whole thing was caught on video by bystander Christopher Haynes: A drag queen dressed as Elsa just single-handedly freed a stuck police wagon from a blizzard in the middle of March.
If that sentence doesn’t perfectly encapsulate the spirit of Boston, I don’t know what does.
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NEW YORK — When Jennifer Emejulu went to see “Black Panther,” the New Jersey resident didn’t feel like wearing any of the traditional Nigerian clothing she routinely wears for family parties.
She enjoyed seeing photos of those who did come out to see the global blockbuster about the superhero leader of a fictional African nation dressed in their African-inspired outfits, but Emejulu found it a little ironic, too.
“Growing up, we used to get made fun of for being African” by black Americans, says the 36-year-old physical therapist who was born and raised in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents.
“Now … we’re in, we’re cool.” In the weeks since its release, “Black Panther” has been a juggernaut — holding the top box-office spot, bringing in more than $560 million domestically and $1 billion globally.
Featuring a predominantly black cast hailing from the all over the world, it’s an American-made film from an African-American director, Ryan Coogler, that’s an ode to Africa — set in the fictional, never-colonized and immeasurably powerful nation of Wakanda, with costuming and sets heavily inspired by existing African cultures.
Its central story pits T’Challa, the Black Panther and king of Wakanda, against Erik Killmonger, the son of T’Challa’s uncle and an American woman, who was abandoned in America, and touches on how and whether the country’s power should be used in aid of black people globally.
Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, feels his father’s African homeland should arm black people in global uprisings, while T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, questions his country’s history of isolationism but doesn’t want to see global bloodshed or Wakandan imperialism.
In touching on the questions of what’s the connection or displacement among peoples of African descent all over the world, it’s put a spotlight on a very real-world issue, one that’s been talked about by academics and activists for a century and more and one that’s had an impact on how Africans and African-Americans have interacted with each other.
African-American figures including W.E.B.
Du Bois and Malcolm X have long invoked a connection between American blacks, descended from those who were forced to come here as slaves and stripped of everything including their cultural heritages, with Africans on the continent and Africa itself, said Jonathan Gray, associate professor at John Jay College in Manhattan.
Months after removing controversial microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II, publisher EA today announced its plans to bring them back, this time tied only to cosmetics rather than gameplay.
In a blog post today, EA outlined the new progression system for Star Wars Battlefront II, which will “begin rolling out” on March 21.
The biggest change is straightforward: Players will no longer be able to spend real money on items that impact how the game is played.
You won’t be able to buy loot crates or ability-boosting Star Cards anymore—instead, you’ll earn experience points and skill points for your heroes, classes, and ships.
“Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase.” This news comes five months after the launch of Star Wars Battlefront II, which triggered waves of outrage in the video game community thanks to its unbalanced, pay-to-win microtransaction system.
Players who had early access to Battlefront II were beyond critical of this system, which gave big advantages to those who spent more money than others.
The anger grew so deafening that EA and developer DICE took the unprecedented step of removing all microtransactions from the game a night before it launched.
Players who have already purchased Star Cards or progressed in the original system will keep everything they’ve unlocked, EA said.
“These changes are a major step as we continue to improve the core of the game and add new content,” the company said.
“And there’s a lot more to come.
Selena Gomez is stepping into spring with a fresh new haircut.
Though on Friday, Gomez was spotted in Malibu, California, sporting a chin-length bob with no fringe.
Gomez was snapped after grabbing lunch at Nobu Malibu with a friend.
The brunette beauty looked trendy in a pair of baggy jeans, a nude-colored tube top, an oversized beige cardigan, white sneakers and dark sunglasses.
In her hand she was carrying her Bible.
Gomez has been switching up her hairstyle over the past couple of months.
In November, she took a risk and went blonde.
Meanwhile this week, a source told ET that the singer was taking time to focus on herself amid all the attention her rekindled relationship with Justin Bieber is getting.
According to the source, Gomez was overwhelmed with the media attention, family troubles and rumors surrounding her life that she decided to take a break from work and any obligations to spend time with her family and out of Los Angeles.
This is not the first time she has done this.”
The actress admitted she was still embarrassed by the viral meme, adding “I try really hard not to see myself online, but she was a little unavoidable.”
It turns out that Jennifer Garner is just as puzzled as most people online about her Oscars reaction that went viral.
In the now infamous shot, Garner appears confused and disturbed while applauding during the award show.
After DeGeneres shared the meme with the audience, Garner covered her eyes and said, “I can’t even look at it.
Garner once again made it clear that she does not remember what was happening in the moment the meme took place.
DeGeneres was disappointed to learn that Garner doesn’t have a story behind the moment.
She also addressed a video from September following a visit to the dentist.
The video shows Garner on a phone call with her friend while the laughing gas was still in effect.
The actress shared that she does stand by her reaction to the Tony-winning musical.
“Hamilton really is that beautiful,” she said.
The female-led action-adventure may win the Friday race with roughly $8 million from 3,980 theaters for a projected $22 million-$24 million weekend, but Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther is expected to pull ahead on Saturday for a weekend haul of $28 million from 3,834 theaters as it races past the $600 million mark domestically.
This time out, Lara Croft (Vikander) embarks on a dangerous journey to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance.
Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the $90 million film, which co-stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The movie’s Friday gross will include $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.
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Among other new offerings after Tomb Raider, Fox’s YA adaptation Love, Simon — the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist — earned $850,000 million in Thursday previews for a projected $5 million Friday and $12.5 million weekend.
Love, Simon cost $17 million to produce.
The film is vastly overperforming, and finds itself in a close race with Love, Simon for the No.
I Can Only Imagine impressed Thursday night with $1.1 million in previews.
Heading into the weekend, I Can Only Imagine was expected to open in the $5 million-$7 million range.
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