Adventure games taught me to interact with the world through words and cleverness rather than bullets, to look at new worlds through the eyes of an explorer—or even a writer—rather than the barrel of a gun. They made language and creativity feel like a secret code with the power to unlock the world, transform it, or even save it. They made me believe that words were magic, and I still do.
The first event was when Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac in 1984—certainly a seminal event for Apple and the computing world in general. Apple held its annual shareholders meeting at the Flint Center, which is where the Mac was first shown—if those shareholders could have foreseen where Apple would be today.
The last event Apple held at the Flint Center was the launch of the Bondi Blue iMac in 1998, shortly after Jobs came back to Apple. The iMac was the first device that Jobs introduced, turning the company’s fortunes around.
In October 1999, Jobs introduced the iMac SE at the Flint Center, which is the last time Apple used the venue for an event.
So, in other words, big, important, new products in the history of Apple.
But one Uber contractor The Verge spoke with said Lyft’s complaint had merit. “What’s simply untrue is that not only does Uber know about this, they’re actively encouraging these actions day-to-day and, in doing so, are flat-out lying both to their customers, the media, and their investors,” the contractor said. Until now, the canceled Lyft rides have been understood as a kind of prank call designed to keep competitors’ drivers off the road. But interviews and internal documents suggest another reason: Uber’s recruitment program has vastly increased in size and sophistication, and recruiters cancel rides in part to avoid detection by Lyft.
Gruber said “Great service, dirtbag tactics”. That may be true, but there’s a better alternative: Hailo. I’ve yet to read any articles about Hailo acting like scumbags, and they’re actually a licensed taxi operator in Toronto, thereby following all the laws and regulations in the city. It’s stories like this that affirm my decision to never use Uber.
I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, “Why are we talking about this?” I answered, “I’m just curious.” And then, for whatever reason, he told me. And I will tell you. So keep reading.
My best friend Bill and I literally spent a week and a half trying to sort this out. We watched that <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnT7nYbCSvM”>damn final scene</a> over and over again and came away with no real answers. Finally, some closure.
There are too many highlights in this article to quote them all, so I won’t even bother.
Simply put; if you are an editor this article is a must read. For those using FCP X already it will re-affirm you’ve made the right decision. For those skeptical it will perhaps make you realize that you’re being a “stupid-head” and to actually sit down and try it. It’s a lot more powerful than just iMovie Pro.
I will leave you with this:
The key to editing a sports programme that is aired on the same day is knowing what you can do in the time available. With a fixed TX time of 1900 every night, your part (or parts!) have to be there, you cannot transmit black. You haven’t got the luxury of coming back the next day and having another crack at solving a problem. Not many editors can work under such stress. Very often we would be editing the end of part four whilst part three was on air. On one day we were actually editing the end of part four whilst the beginning of part 4 was on air! You have one chance to get it right and for that you need speed and confidence in your edit system.
So why the $41.50-a-month difference in price? Several factors are involved, but an important one is regulatory policy. Britain has forced companies to lease their networks to competitors at cost. The United States has not, allowing a formidable barrier against competitors.
Hey America, quit your bitching. Try living in Canada for a few months and see how much you like your cell phone bill then.
It’s almost here; the long awaited Beatles in Mono Vinyl Boxset will be released September 9th, and “Superdeluxedition” has an unboxing video that is sure to make any Beatles fan squeal with delight.
For those unaware the stereo versions of these albums weren’t overseen by the band and we’re mostly created to cash in on the stereo craze. Therefore it is argued that the mono versions of the albums (which is everything up until The White Album) are the way they were meant to be heard.
The engineers at Abbey Road weren’t messing around when they created this set, and they have been working since <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuB2Ejywm68”>2009</a>. And while I’m no die-hard fan (therefor the boxset being a bit much for me) I’m sure to pick up some of my favourite individual albums up when I get the chance.
Not sure if this is a limited edition like the CD issue but needless to say if it is these will fetch a pretty penny down the road so if you’re at all interested get ‘em when they’re fresh.
Okay, I’ll admit this is a bit nerdy, but I find it interesting the way in which iTunes (or perhaps the film’s marketing team) are branding the iTunes page.
See, for those who don’t know, Woody Allen uses the same typeface in all his films; Windsor. And no, I don’t mean he uses it a lot, I mean he uses it in everything (or at least everything since around 1977).
So here’s why this is weird; Woody Allen is merely an actor in the film Fading Gigolo. John Turturro is the writer/director, and while the film may have a very Allen-esque tone, he is nothing more than a player.
So to brand it as if it is a Woody Allen film is a bit of an odd choice.
"After a rigorous course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others," Ribner said in a statement.
Amazing that these people got better. Amazing that the experimental drug might have worked.
Depressing that they’re only alive because they’re American.
Also, let’s HOPE they really are “cured”.
"Excellent drama, natural history programs, sports coverage, news, current affairs, documentaries, the consumer programs, series, films, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, childrens television, science, comedy, alternative comedy, and music, what have the BBC ever given us?”
Here’s the thing; I buy this 100%. The Hi-Res music scheme seems like nothing more than a marketing gimmick, especially when you look closely at the files and see they tend to be nothing more than up-sampled CD masters (unless of course it’s an album from the mid 80s or earlier).
But! There are very few sites out there selling music, popular music, at full CD resolution. So I must admit I’m slightly more inclined to drop the money for the Hi-Res digital copy than an MP3/AAC copy and know I’m getting, at the very least, as good as CD quality.
The reunion of the Monty Python team for a series of live performances at the O2 in London is the most eagerly anticipated comedy event of the year.
The first date to be announced sold out all 20,000 tickets in an astonishing 43 seconds. More dates were steadily added eventually culminating in 10 sold out shows. Monty Python is the most influential comedy act of all time and the shows are an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular of classic sketches and songs, some of them given a new, contemporary twist.
This will be the must-have comedy Christmas present on everybody’s list!
Not entirely surprising, and certainly worth picking up if you’re a Python fan.
The clues as to who it might be is that the actor who played them won an Emmy for their performance. The title of the show also happens to be “Clown In the Dumps”.
This of course led people to think Krusty will get the axe. Certainly that’s plausible; he’s not exactly the bastion of good health. But Silverman’s tweet lead me to think maybe Gumble (voiced by Dan Castellaneta, who also voices Krusty) would be the one to go.
Of course, it’s important to note that when you look at all The Simpsons actors who’ve won Emmys for their roles on the show you soon realize that almost the entire cast has. So it doesn’t exactly narrow the playing field…
But, unless Silverman is lying (and he might be) it’s not Barney.
There is one other aspect of my politeness that I am reluctant to mention. But I will. I am often consumed with a sense of overwhelming love and empathy. I look at the other person and am overwhelmed with joy. For all of my irony I really do want to know about the process of hanging jewelry from celebrities. What does the jewelry feel like in your hand? What do the celebrities feel like in your hand? Which one is more smooth? This is not a world where you can simply express love for other people, where you can praise them. Perhaps it should be. But it’s not. I’ve found that people will fear your enthusiasm and warmth, and wait to hear the price. Which is fair. We’ve all been drawn into someone’s love only to find out that we couldn’t afford it. A little distance buys everyone time.
I’ve always prided myself on the “don’t be a dick-head” mentality. Sure, sometimes I forget, but you’d be amazed how much easier life is if you’re just kind to people. What’s the expression? “Do onto others…”
In the particular case of Christy Mack, the victim blaming is taking on an even more defamatory dimension because Mack, as headlines around the web are sure to remind you, is an adult film actress. In virtually every publication from TIMEtoTMZshe is introduced by the same four words: “porn star Christy Mack.” You might think “porn star” is her first name and not her profession.
Of course Christy Mack’s occupation should not simply be left out of news reports but the way in which her occupation is always in the foreground is troubling. Women in Mack’s occupation are routinely devalued and disrespected because of the nature of their work. Earlier this year, for instance,PayPal,Chase, and other financial institutions shut down the accounts of clients who work in the adult entertainment industry, citing clauses in their terms of service. And, as the documentaryAfter Porn Endsrecently demonstrated, the social stigma of having worked in pornography tends to follow women like Mack long after they have retired from the industry.
Part of what disturbs me most about all this (and believe me, there’s plenty about this that disturbs me) is that had Mack been a performer in any other industry there would be an incredible amount of outrage. Imagine if a pop singer (even an unsuccessful one), or hollywood actress (even a minor one) had been savagely beaten within an inch of their life; the news media would be all over it, and certainly no one would be blaming the abused.
However, because she choses to “sell sex” this tragedy is being overlooked for what it truly is; the attempted murder of a former lover by an abusive ex.
"Sierra is a nostalgic brand and we want to work towards making what Sierra used to be into a modern day high quality digital brand," Loya said. "We’re really looking to do unique stuff. High quality games, edgy games, cool mechanics, things that we might not normally be able to do on bigger titles. But at the end of the day, it’s just really trying to make games for gamers."
Sierra Online is the reason I play video games today. Kings Quest 6 remains one of my favourite childhood memories, and as dated as it might be today, still to this day remains one of the best games ever made.
I, for one, am excited for this re-birth (so long as they don’t mess it up).
A new King’s Quest is also on the way from developer The Odd Gentlemen, a “reimagined” take on the franchise that will include the same classic puzzle challenges and narrative focus as the original games. The story will follow the adventures of King Graham and his granddaughter Gwendolyn on their travels, as the young Gwendolyn “discovers the true greatness” of her relative. This new King’s Quest will launch in 2015.
I went back to Bulgaria for a follow up visit. The next challenge was to teach the 22-year-old editor I had taught to cut the EPK how to transition to a Feature Film FCPX-Resolve-Shot Notes X workflow. The idea was to see how this workflow would stack up vs. the studio’s traditional Avid Unity workflow on an actual movie they were shooting.
On one side, a 22 year old editor with no feature film credits tasked with delivering an assembly cut of a feature within two days of the movie finishing shooting. She would have to do all of her own transcoding, media management, and prep work.
On the other side, the Avid Unity team… who would just work as they normally would, with a lead editor, assistant and standard DIT/transcoding workflow.
These videos are all beautifully shot, and some of these methods are genuinely interesting. But as someone who drinks tea instead of coffee I cannot help but think it’s all far too much pomp and circumstance.
Want to make tea? Here’s my step by step guide:
1) Boil Water
2) Pour boiling water over tea
Actor Robin Williams died this morning in California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office-Coroner Division and his press representative. He was 63.
We can become desensitized to all the “celebrity deaths” and R.I.P.s on social media, but, honestly, this one’s rough (and one that I hoped was nothing more than a hoax). While I would never cite Williams as one of my favourite actors, he certainly played a huge part in my childhood during the numerous screenings of Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire over the years.
Not only was Williams a true comedic genius, his skills as a dramatic actor were remarkable. The fact that his death has been ruled an apparent suicide only adds to the tragedy.
Rest in Peace.
Ever wanted to peruse through 1.2 pounds, or 352 pages of one reality star’s selfies? Kim Kardashian is due to release a selfie book next April, featuring “many never-before-seen personal images from one of the most recognizable and iconic celebrities in the world,” according to publisher Rizzoli’s Universe imprint. The idea for book, aptly titled Selfish, apparently came about during Kardashian’s recent trip to Thailand when Kim couldn’t think of what to get her rapper husband, Kanye West, and so settled on taking 1,200 selfies for him.
If you purchase this I will judge you. And almost certainly end our friendship.
The end is nigh.
Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson, announced today that “A Place With No Name,” the next single from this year’s critically acclaimed, chart-topping Michael Jackson album XSCAPE [MJJ Music/Epic Records], will make history when it premieres on Twitter (twitter.com). At 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 13, 2014 the short film will be tweeted through @MichaelJackson allowing the Twitter universe to be able to view the video within a tweet. And for those fans in New York City, “A Place With No Name” will be shown on the massive Sony screen in Times Square at the very same moment.
Far more infectious than AIDS, filoviruses (thread viruses) are relentless killer machines that consume a human body in days, causing a gruesome death. Symptoms include liquefying flesh, spurts of blood, black vomit and brain sludge. Outbreaks of the Ebola filovirus devasted Sudan and Zaire in 1976. And in 1989 Philippine monkeys in a Reston, Va., research lab, found to be infected with Ebola, were the target of a U.S. Army-led biohazard task force that decontaminated the lab, exterminating hundreds of monkeys to prevent the possible airborne spread of the disease to humans. In a horrifying and riveting report, portions of which appeared in the New Yorker , Preston ( American Steel ) exposes a real-life nightmare potentially as lethal as the fictive runaway germs in Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain. Preston plausibly argues that the emergence of AIDS, Ebola and other highly adaptable rain-forest viruses is a consequence of ecological ruin of the tropics.
The Hot Zone chronicles one of the first, as well as the research into the virus in the early 90s. It is a fascinating novel, and one of the most intense thrillers I’ve ever read. It’s like that movie Contagion only 1000x better.
Dick Smith, the renowned “Godfather of Makeup”, has died aged 92. Smith was a legend in the field, pioneering an astonishing number of different techniques and trickery in-camera. He’s best known for his work on an impressive list of classics, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Amadeus. Indeed, it’s a tribute to his talents that – The Exorcist aside – audiences often forget that these films had such extraordinary special effects and makeup, all hiding in plain sight.
When prominent figures of film/television/theatre pass away the term legend is often thrown around, regardless of it’s validity.
It’s safe to say that Dick Smith was a legend. His pioneering makeup effects remain some of the finest in the history of cinema, plus he designed the makeup for The Exorcist. That in and of itself makes him a legend.
Rest in peace.
We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael’s lifetime, Colony has the right to sell. The Estate will maintain Michael’s family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there. We continue to build upon Michael’s legacy as an artistic genius and humanitarian through his music and new projects such as the Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas. We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property. Michael’s memory lives on in the hearts of his fans worldwide.
If I’m honest, I do feel like this is a real shame and a missed opportunity (for something like “Graceland”).
Having said that, considering Jackson left Neverland following the mid-00s raid and stated it was no longer “his home” perhaps it’s for the best.