Home Designing
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The Huffington Post
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What, then, makes one deserving of Best Picture over another? The weight of Hollywoods future. For a final example, lets turn to the most glaring anecdote: In 1995, the edgy oddity Pulp Fiction lost to Forrest Gump, a box-office medalist drenched in conventional bathos. Its an indisputable travesty, as Pulp Fiction is superior by every rubric except revenue. Critics knew it then, and just about everyone knows it now. Moreover, there would be ample Forrest Gumps, aka fables about heterosexual white men overcoming adversity in fantastical ways. Less reliable was the assumption that mainstream moviegoers in the mid-90s would turn the next Pulp Fiction into a notable hit, thereby encouraging studios to invest in more like it ― and thats a big part of why the Academy made a mistake.
Phys.Org
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Timothy Blake, a postdoctoral fellow in the Waymouth lab, was hard at work on a fantastical interdisciplinary experiment. He and his fellow researchers were refining compounds that would carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and deliver them into the cells of an anesthetized mouse. If their technique worked, the mouse would glow in the dark.
TIME - Top Stories
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Legion doesnt wear a uniform or a cape. Hawleys would be a superhero show of the mind. True surrealism is still rare on television, though Hawley cites Twin Peaks and, more recently, Hannibal as exceptions. I looked to the Italian film The Great Beauty a lot when I was making this. Its a film where [the director] goes back and forth between reality and memory and dream, he says. (That director, Paolo Sorrentino , is behind HBO's fantastical The Young Pope .) None of it is treated differently cinematically, so theres no help for the audience to know when something is real and when something is surreal. If there is anyone who can adapt the un-adaptable, its Hawley. He transformed the classic, some would say perfect, Coen Brothers film Fargo into a television series that embraced the idiosyncrasies of the moviethe Minnesotan accents, the bumbling carnagebut with a completely different set of characters.
Open Culture
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Techradar
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Download it here: Team Fortress 2 2. Neverwinter A classic fantasy MMO that's delightfully ecelectic and doesn't skimp on the action When it comes to the world of PC-based fantastical MMOs, chances are the words World of Warcraft just popped immediately into your head. Youre not alone in that association most of us think of WoW when it comes to popular yet ultimately waning genre. However, the online realm of Azeroth isnt technically free-to-play, and its also not the only series proving its worth after many a year in operation. Take the wonderfully eclectic Neverwinter. Drawing from the deep pool of lore that is Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter ticks all the boxes youd expect from an action-heavy RPG: boundless quests, skill-focused combat and a shed load of microtransaction offers. You can easily ignore these as everything is unlockable via in-game progression and that includes any major world updates and expansions, such as the brilliant Storm Kings Thunder that went live last year.
Daily Mail - Home
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West Briton
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Sometimes we hear about the most fantastical pie-in-the-sky plans for Cornwall.And you'd be forgiven for thinking that they haven't a hope of ever seeing the light of day. And yet all around us are examples of major projects that we take for granted. Cornwall is littered with vast undertakings that have transformed the face of our county.Take the hundreds of iconic engine houses or the Victorian viaducts which march straight through the middle of our towns, to the sprawling airfields, concrete...
Wired
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The Huffington Post
18 days
Hatred is now out in the open, and seemingly acceptable to at least half the nation. Trump's victory should scare the bajesus out of our young folks. It should teach them the very valuable lesson that they cannot take our progress to-date for granted. That America isn't just lollypops, ponies and Obama. That it can be, and currently is, an ugly place. A place where ignorance, anger and fear can quickly consume and bury for a long time whatever progress we've made and set us back decades. Trump's victory is a wake-up call. Our children hopefully will grow to know the importance of being engaged. Of knowing that eight years of hope and change can so quickly devolve into darkness and despair. Maybe as they grow they'll be more realistic and respectful of the power they have in their votes than their slightly older 2016 counterparts; the naive, misguided #NeverHillary Bernie Bro's who were so wrapped up in their fantastical Brexit-like 'revolution' that they de facto supported an ignorant sexist, racist tyrant instead of the most qualified candidate in history who voted with Sanders 92% of the time and shared almost all of his, and their, progressive views.
Techradar
18 days
Zero Theorem is a frustrating watch. It's nearly Terry Gilliam back to its best. It's a film set in a similar Brazil-like world, where a computer worker employed by an Orwellian organisation s asked by the higher up to go on a special mission. But where Brazil felt like a whole universe of interesting and repulsive characters, Zero Theorem is a movie almost set in one room. It's a curio piece that deserves to be watched. Another found footage movie, but this one is about the hunting of trolls so we will let it off. Troll Hunter is a mockumentary played straight. A bunch of filmmakers follow an elusive troll hunter around Norway, even though they don't truly believe in trolls - something that changes pretty fast. Despite some rather low-budget effects the film is a fantastic fantastical watch. The Look of Silence is a hard watch. A sequel of sorts to The Act of Killing - which is sadly not on Netflix - it was created by Joshua Oppenheimer and focuses on a man who confronts the men who killed during the 1965 'purge of communists' in Indonesia in the 60s.
Variety
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In recent years, Fox has unveiled cop dramas starring robots, Houdini and a magically preserved Ichabod Crane. But “APB” may be the network’s most fantastical foray yet. “APBchronicles a billionaire’s takeover of an urban police district, and posits that what will fix the problems with American policing is not more accountability but less. Suffice... Read more »
MacRumors
20 days
Popular calendar apps Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and Fantastical 2 for the iPad are both being updated to version 2.8, adding support for many new features introduced in iOS 10 . Fantastical 2 now includes a set of stickers that can be used within the Messages app. The stickers feature an animated, smily calendar icon with useful sayings like "I'm on my way!" or "I'm running late!" so users can send quick messages to friends. There are also a set of emoji-based stickers for general usage. Rich notifications are now included, so users can see additional details about upcoming events and reminders directly from the lock screen, and on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, haptic feedback is supported. "We're really happy about iMessage stickers," said Michael Simmons, Co-Founder of Flexibits. "They are a fun and friendly way to let someone know you're running late or even propose a dinner date.
TIME - News
21 days
(This is also not their first reunion , proving that some fake father-son bonds are meant to last.) Me and the wizarding blond bombshell reunited and wandering around Universal's #wizardingworldofharrypotter extremely cognito. A welcome escape from the horrors of the world until we answered questions on stage and were reminded what the stories were all about: fighting fascism, embracing diversity and never giving up hope. Suddenly seemed a lot less fantastical. Still, huge love and thanks to all the Potterites who made it a glorious weekend. You're all brilliant even the tragically unSlytherin. X A photo posted by Jason Isaacs (@therealjasonisaacs) on Jan 30, 2017 at 3:17pm PST Me, @TomFelton & @Mattdavelewis marvel at them getting older as I get younger. to all the Potter fans who remind us to fight for the light pic.twitter.
ITV
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.. You know that car insurance website we dreamed of? Fantastic were that, Boris! How fantastical would it be if they did it for motor bikes, as well? Almost too fantastic for words, Boris. Or vans even, imagine that. (both) Fantastic! JAUNTY PIANO MUSIC STARTS UP # Go Compare! # You're quite right There's nothing quite # Like Go Compare # When you want to save it # Should be your favourite # Gocompare.
Design Milk - Home
22 days
At this year's Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto, designer Jaime Hayon unveiled his installation of whimsical furniture pieces made from Caesarstone . The seven new pieces are the result of a year of collaboration between the designer and Quartz manufacturer and it's only the first installment. Stone Age Folk consists of face cabinets, bird tables, and wall masks made using traditional stone marquetry. Photo by Vicky Lam There were no kitchen or bathroom countertops found in this exhibition. Instead, Hayon used the material in completely new ways through his handcrafted works and displayed a playful menagerie of fantastical pieces that only he can. His inspiration? Fauna, folklore, and the natural world. Photo by Vicky Lam Photo by Vicky Lam From Jaime Hayon: In working with Caesarstone, I became curious about what’s doable through material and technology.
Collective Evolution
24 days
Advanced ancient civilizations are a big topic of interest among researchers, historians, archaeologists, and scientists. Every single year we are gifted with a mysterious find that has us questioning the origins of the human race and imagining the cultures which roamed the earth before us. We have found much evidence to suggest that there may have been civilizations in existence before us which were intellectually, and even technologically superior. That being said, this theory is still thought to be quite fantastical; despite all of the evidence which has been brought to light in recent years to support this notion, it is still largely ignored by the mainstream. If you are interested in looking at some of this evidence, a great place to start is with author Graham Hancock, in his book titled The Magicians of The Gods. Atlantis If you start talking about the lost, ancient city of Atlantis, most people will probably think that you're living in la la' land.
Know Your Mobile
25 days
Players work together to build lasting communities and tell their own unique story within an interconnected world that remembers the choices you’ve made throughout. Sea of Thieves The freedom of the pirate life awaits with Sea of Thieves, an epic multiplayer adventure game in an immersive shared world. Be the pirate you want to be - with musket loaded and grog in hand, you’ll crew up with friends and set sail for epic adventures. Navigate the perils of a fantastical world and the danger of rival crews, where every sail on the horizon is another player. For Honor Carve a path of destruction through the battlefield fighting for guts, glory, and survival in For Honor, a new melee action game developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios. Enter the chaos of a raging war as a Knight, Viking, or Samurai, three of the greatest warrior legacies.
The Guardian - Books
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An exquisite closeup of a toxic marriage interrogates the ephemeral nature of everyday existence As Lawrence Durrell wrote, each novel is sui generis and to speak of “the novel” is fundamentally absurd. Instead, there is an infinite quantity of novels, an infinite quantity of novelists. A novelist can portray reality as a rough facsimile of our world, or as a fantastical realm governed by a super-being called Wherim. Yet each novelrealistic or fantastical or both or neitheroffers an invented world, crafted by a lone mortal in the hope, perhaps, of entertaining or consoling or distracting other lone mortals. It’s a bizarre enterprise indeed! Why bother? Why care about the novel? This brings us to the work of Gwendoline Riley – a fascinating novelist who has spent the last 15 years relaying the inner lives of disaffected women. In Riley’s first novel, Cold Water (which won a 2002 Betty Trask award), her young narrator worked in a bar, where “delusionals” came to douse their agonies; nothing happened, but this was entirely the point.
New York Times - DealBook
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A $3.7 billion deal for AppDynamics offers some respite from hardware woes. But Cisco is paying a price on which it will take years to earn a decent return.
Techradar
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While it sadly doesnt take advantage of HDR brightness effects, its running at the max resolution the Pro can manage, without 'cheating' with upscaling techniques. Keeping a consistent 60fps throughout, its an impressive achievement - even if the beautiful game naturally wouldnt have environments as complex as some of the more fantastical games listed here. Other small enhancements include higher-quality grass (youll be looking at enough of it, so thats no bad thing) and better depth of field effects. Sure, its an older title getting a PS4 makeover, but Rez was always made for a silky visual set-up. Running at a native 4K / 60fps on Sonys latest console, its an astonishing, trance-inducing, Tron-like shooter thats never looked better than on the PS4 Pro. That its one of the best music-focused games of all time is a bonus, too, we suppose.
PC Pro
a month
We harken back to a lot of the early to mid-70s pulp fiction. Really fantastical milieus. If you ever saw any of the art of Moebius, for instance. That had a huge influence on the structure of this game.” (Above: A panel from Moebius' Voyage d’Hermes) French comic artist Jean Giraud, known as Moebius, has had an influence on everyone from Italian auteur Federico Fellini to Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. McComb notes the particular influence of the artist’s work with American science-fiction comic, Heavy Metal , on the aesthetic of Tides of Numenera . Like the strange, intricate scenes of Moebius’ work, the game hints at mysteries that are never explained. Co-writer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie told me that you might poke a fleshy tentacle and never really know what its back story is – whether it’s an enormous creature or the heart of an ancient starship.
Max Keizer
a month
The cold reality is America's 25 years of neocon-neoliberalism has been great for the top 5% and an unmitigated disaster for everyone else in the U.S. and the nations it has targeted for intervention. Those defending the Democratic Party's 16 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Clinton and Obama) and the Republican Party's 8 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Bush) are defending a system that benefited the few at the expense of the many. Rather than admit the past 25 years have been catastrophic for the bottom 95%, the apologists speak darkly of fantastical visions of a Nazi America as a diversion to the grim truth that they have blindly supported an evil Empire that has stripmined the bottom 95% in America and laid waste to entire nations abroad. Neoconservatism's malignant spores hatched in the Reagan years, and spread quickly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Washingtons Blog
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The cold reality is America's 25 years of neocon-neoliberalism has been great for the top 5% and an unmitigated disaster for everyone else in the U.S. and the nations it has targeted for intervention. Those defending the Democratic Party's 16 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Clinton and Obama) and the Republican Party's 8 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Bush) are defending a system that benefited the few at the expense of the many. Rather than admit the past 25 years have been catastrophic for the bottom 95%, the apologists speak darkly of fantastical visions of a Nazi America as a diversion to the grim truth that they have blindly supported an evil Empire that has stripmined the bottom 95% in America and laid waste to entire nations abroad. Neoconservatism's malignant spores hatched in the Reagan years, and spread quickly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.