You’ll never see a turntable with more of a bad-boy personality than the Dude. Designed to rest against a wall like a real dude would, the turntable comes with a mesh door that holds the vinyl in place, and the needle is built right into the door itself. As the record plays, the needle moves along its slot, looking just simply beautiful. The only control you need is the knob on the side that lets you choose your RPM. If you want to pause your music, just lift the door open and the needle disengages. You’ve got a soft fabric covered speaker right below the turntable, enchanting you with audio while the design of the Dude Turntable captivates your eyes.
This week it’s time to dig out all your old stuff, or get out and look for some antiques. Things that are aged and beautiful – look for old buildings, your old shoes, rotting wood of an old window, antique cars, clocks, books, etc., yes even people. Remember these old things have great value, especially our senior citizens – so photograph them with the respect they deserve.
Textured wall of an old building in Havana, Cuba.
If you want to add a few tricks to your images of antiques try these techniques:
Split toning to make it look like an antique photo.
Antique cars of Havana.
Even try your hand at some light painting as was done here to “turn on” the car’s headlights.
An old typewriter makes a great subject. Simplify your composition for maximum impact.
Weekly Photography Challenge – Antiques
Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.
"Black Panther" has swiftly become a phenomenon, and it’s proof that the superhero genre isn’t slowing down.
With movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already scheduled for the next few years, and the DC Extended Universe still pushing forward despite a rocky start ("Aquaman" hits theaters later this year), the genre is here to stay. That’s not even mentioning the non-DC or Marvel films still to come (a "Hellboy" reboot is scheduled for next year).
The genre has produced some very bad movies, and some truly great ones. For every "Catwoman" there is a "Wonder Woman." As we prepare for another "Avengers" movie (now on April 27), Business Insider reflected on the decades of superhero movies to determine the best.
This is a personal ranking, so we didn’t determine it from critic or audience scores. But we did consider the critical acclaim, cultural relevance, and commercial success when ranking the movies, especially the top ones. Of course, personal preference also plays a part.
Superhero movies can come in many shapes and sizes, and that’s reflected in this list. Some may not be what people would consider typical superhero movies, but they don’t always need to be based on a comic book or feature colorful costumes to be part of the genre.
The top 50 superhero movies of all time are below:
I’m not saying this movie made the cut because of its gorgeous poster (seen above), but it certainly helped. But beyond the poster, the movie is pure entertainment. It prepared Joe Johnston to direct "Captain America: The First Avenger," another corny but fun movie where the hero fights Nazis, who, in "The Rocketeer," are after a stolen jet-pack that our stunt pilot-hero uses to fly.
49. "Ant-Man" (2015)
Directed by Peyton Reed
"Ant-Man" is one of the more forgettable entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (there’s plenty more of those movies to come), but it packs a comedic punch that other superhero movies often fail to get right. The film went through some behind-the-scenes turmoil, as director Edgar Wright ("Baby Driver") left the project for creative differences. But Peyton Reed stepped up to the plate and delivered an enjoyable film where Paul Rudd is surprisingly heroic in the title role.
48. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)
Directed by Joe Johnston
Another Joe Johnston movie, this time with a hero a little more well-known — Captain America, in his first film since the 1990 disaster. Luckily, Marvel Studios has a reputation for reviving classic characters these days. The movie is pure camp, but it works for the alternate-World War II setting. Chris Evans was molded to play the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Steve Rogers, who, after a genetic experiment becomes a superpowered propaganda machine … I mean, Captain America.
As a student, I used to joke that my Xbox 360 doubled as the flat’s central heating system. A few hours of Red Dead Redemption and boom, I could slip under the covers and fall asleep without an icy-cold mist forming around my breath. Qarnot, however, isn’t joking about its new QC-1 "crypto heater." That’s right, the startup is promoting its first crypto-mining rig on the inevitable warmth produced by its innards. Generating Bitcoin and other "digital gold" requires expensive electricity, so why not save some money by heating your home at the same time? That’s the pitch, anyway.
It resembles a radiator, which (I can’t believe I’m saying this) is actually sort of cool? The black grille and wooden top make it feel like a piece of furniture that could easily blend into your living room. Inside are two Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 graphics cards capable of mining at up to 60MH/s. Qarnot says it’s "perfectly noiseless" because there are no fans or hard drives inside. It mines Ethereum by default but can be set up to generate Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. Users will be able to monitor their account and activate a "heating booster mode" through a mobile app.
The QC-1 is available for 2900 euros (roughly $3,570) online. Qarnot will make them in batches — if you reserve one before March 20th, the company says it will arrive in the first wave "before June 20th." That’s expensive, though as TechCrunch reports you can expect to make around 100 euros, or $120 per month mining Ethereum (based on its current price) with this machine. There’s also the heat benefits to consider, which will vary depending on your home and how much you currently spend on heating. Still, it seems rather silly to sell a mining rig based on how hot it gets — it’s not hard, after all, to build a PC that can rival a three-bar fire.
When I was a child in small-town West Virginia, there weren’t many options for entertainment after school or on weekends: I could walk to a friend’s house. I could watch TV on our 13 fuzzy channels. Or I could read. And so I read, and read, and read—hours and even whole days would pass with no interruptions. I didn’t have any choice but to concentrate.
Nowadays children are trying to learn in a world full of distractions. There are the distractions they want (TV shows, video games, text messages from friends), and the distractions that find them no matter what (notifications from apps, mom talking on the phone in the next room, text messages from family). A kid getting a few hours to read or work on homework with no interruptions sounds like something from another era.
To get an idea of how to help kids improve their executive function and build their ability to concentrate, I spoke to Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Claire Cameron, two of the authors of the Brookings research.
Use Screen Time Judiciously
For kids aged two to five, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than an hour per day of “high-quality” programming. “The only good research [on kids’ TV shows] is on PBS programming,” says Dr. Cameron, an expert in early childhood education at University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education. “Not all screen time is the same—there was a study that showed that preschoolers who watched Sponge Bob Square Pants had deficits in attention” compared to kids who watched a slower-paced show or spent time drawing. The frenetic pace of many cartoons disrupts kids’ ability to concentrate. So that hour of screen time should be something like Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers.
For older kids, limiting mindless texting, browsing, chatting, and game playing can be difficult, especially when they have their own smartphones. But parents can still set limits—Dr. Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University, recommends designating screen-free time, like dinner, for both kids and adults, and taking the phone away during homework hours. The AAP suggests keeping some “media-free zones” in the house, like bedrooms.
For teenagers, Dr. Cameron recommends that they help set the limits: “Work with teens on a mutually agreeable set of rules that the teen helps enforce. So it’s not an a rule imposed by parents, but a conversation. There should be some screen-free time in the household, and the teen should probably be allowed to say when that time makes sense for them.”
At the very least, encourage older kids to mute their notifications and alerts when they’re trying to concentrate. “Turn off the noise,” says Dr. Hirsh-Pasek.
Have a Conversation About Multitasking
Digital natives might think they’re natural multitaskers, but 98% of them are totally not. It might help to show your kids the research on how lousy most of us are at doing two (or more) things at once. “The bottom line is that only about 2% of us are ‘supertaskers’,” says Hirsh-Pasek. “The rest of us have diminished capacity—we lose about 30% of our productivity—when we try to multitask.” (Here’s a good breakdown of the costs of multitasking from Psychology Today.) So you might remind your kid that he’ll get through Macbeth faster, and understand it better, if he puts the phone, TV, video-game console, and barking dog away for the duration of the time he’s reading.
Plan (and Re-plan)
Ill-considered impulsivity is the enemy of executive function. “Adults are impulsive too,” says Hirsh-Pasek. “We rip through answering the emails just to get them off our desk.” But children (and adults) are best served when they pause and consider exactly what they want to do, both in the moment, for the day, and for the long-term. Says Hirsh-Pasek, “I have a two-year-old granddaughter, and I encourage her to think first, then count to three, and then act.”
This is the “self-regulation” part of executive function, and it has both social and academic implications. For older kids, “You want the ball on the playground? Think for a moment about how you can join in. And when things don’t go your way, calm yourself down, take a breath, and make a decision,” says Hirsh-Pasek. This helps kids approach their activities intentionally, rather than careening from stimulus to stimulus, and also helps them be flexible when plans go awry.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard has published some helpful activities parents can do with children to help them build executive function. They’re divided by age, from babies to teens, and include games like Simon Says or Go Fish to help small kids remember information and plan out next steps. Simple clapping or rhyming games build on memory and execution.
For older kids, both the researchers and Harvard recommend old-fashioned analog pursuits that require sustained concentration, like martial arts, dance, musical instruments, or drama. “If you’re involved in a play after school,” says Cameron, “you’re not on your phone during that the time. You’re building up the ability to ignore all the texts that are piling up.”
Teens should ask themselves: Am I in charge of this device or is it in charge of me? “Just because someone texts you doesn’t mean you need to look at it immediately,” Cameron says. “If you’re not looking at your phone for a while, presumably you’re doing this other thing that you enjoy more or is better for you.” If you teach your kids to reply to their messages in batches, rather breaking focus every time the screen bloops, their self-control will improve.
Be a Good Role Model
“Put your own phone away during dinner,” says Hirsh-Pasek. Pay full attention in conversations and meetings. Let your kids see you reading or working on projects that interest you by turning off your devices for a decent stretch of time. And for god’s sake, don’t text and drive.
The world of digital distraction is new to parents too, and we might be having trouble navigating our own short attention spans or social media addictions. But it might be helpful to think of managing digital distraction as a kind of hygiene issue, says Hirsh-Pasek. “Our job as parents is to take some of the noise out. If you walked into your kid’s room, and it was so cluttered you could no longer find the notebooks, [you would help them to declutter.] The room doesn’t have to be pristine, but we have to help them clean up. We need to give kids the tools they need to succeed in a world that’s cluttered.”
A big challenge for the EV and renewable energy revolution is that the much-needed batteries are made from lithium, a relatively rare and pricey metal. Rather than focusing on other metals like magnesium, a team of scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne have figured it out to build rechargeable "proton" batteries from abundant carbon and water. If commercialized, the technology could allow for cheaper Powerwall-type home or grid storage to back up solar panels or windmills.
The batteries are a hybrid between a chemical battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. During charging, water is split to produce protons, which then pass through a cell membrane and bond to the carbon electrodes, without producing hydrogen gas. To tap the stored energy, the hydrogen ions are released and lose an electron to re-form the protons. The electrons supply power, while the hydrogen protons combine with oxygen and other electrons to re-form into water.
The big advantage with proton batteries compared to fuel cells is efficiency. The latter must produce hydrogen gas then split it back into protons, which creates losses. But a proton battery never produces hydrogen gas, so the energy efficiency is comparable to lithium-ion batteries. And even though the system is far from optimized, energy density is also comparable to lithium ion, the team said.
The researchers built a small, 1.2 volt battery, so the next step is to scale it up and improve efficiency. "Future work will now focus on further improving performance and energy density through use of atomically-thin layered carbon-based materials such as graphene, with the target of a proton battery that is truly competitive with lithium ion batteries firmly in sight," said lead researcher Professor John Andrews.
Yes, we know you’ve heard that before, but with enough of these promising battery research projects, we’re bound to find one that actually works, right?
Many airlines’ boarding processes are complicated because of the number of customer categories and ticket classes.
When airlines experiment with new boarding strategies, they address only part of the problem by focusing on boarding lanes and reorganized boarding groups.
Outside of active US military personnel and passengers who need assistance, Delta Air Lines alone has 27 categories it uses to separate passengers into seven boarding groups.
As airlines create new ticket classes and rewards programs, it can be hard to decipher the distinctions among boarding classes. Looking at an airline’s website reveals how complicated the boarding process has become.
These are the categories Delta uses to separate passengers into boarding groups and what they mean, starting with passengers who get to board first.
Premium boarding zone
Delta One passengers: Delta’s business class, which is available on some long-haul international flights, gives passengers private booths and seats that become beds when reclined.
First-class passengers: Delta’s traditional first-class seating on domestic and some international flights.
Diamond Medallion members: Customers can achieve this status by receiving at least 125,000 "medallion qualification miles" (which are based on how many miles you fly and how much you spend on each ticket), taking at least 140 flights, and spending at least $15,000 on Delta flights.
Sky Priority boarding zone
Platinum Medallion members: Customers can achieve this status by receiving at least 75,000 medallion qualification miles, taking at least 100 flights, and spending at least $9,000 on Delta flights.
Gold Medallion members: Customers can achieve this status by receiving at least 50,000 medallion qualification miles, taking at least 60 flights, and spending at least $6,000 on Delta flights.
Delta Comfort Plus passengers: A seating option available on domestic and international flights that offers more legroom and perks than a seat in the main cabin but less than in first class.
Flying Blue Platinum members: Flying Blue is a travel-rewards program that allows members to earn points by flying on partner airlines like Delta, Alaska Airlines, and Air France. These members need to earn at least 70,000 "level miles" (which are determined by how many miles you fly, how much you spend on each ticket, and your membership level) or taking at least 60 qualifying flights.
Flying Blue Gold members: Members can achieve gold status by earning at least 40,000 level miles or taking at least 30 qualifying flights.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members: Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a rewards program for Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Gold members need to earn at least 1,000 "tier points" (which are determined by how many miles you fly, how much you spend on each ticket, and your membership level) every 12 or 13 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum members: Velocity is Virgin Australia Airlines’ rewards program. Platinum members need to earn at least 1,000 points (which are based on how much money you spend and your membership level on domestic flights, as well as how many miles you fly on international flights) and take eight qualifying flights, then earn at least 800 points and take eight qualifying flights every 12 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity Gold members: Gold members need to earn at least 500 points and take four qualifying flights, then earn at least 400 points and take four qualifying flights every 12 months.
GOL Smiles Diamond members: Smiles is the rewards program for the Brazilian airline GOL Airlines. Diamond members have to earn and maintain 35,000 "club miles," which are based on the number of miles you fly, every 12 months.
SkyTeam Elite Plus members: SkyTeam is a travel-rewards program that partners with several airlines, including Delta, and whose membership levels are tied to each airline’s rewards program. Delta Diamond, Platinum, or Gold Medallion members qualify for SkyTeam Elite Plus status.
Silver Medallion members: Customers can achieve this status by receiving at least 25,000 medallion qualification miles, taking at least 30 flights, and spending at least $3,000 on Delta flights.
Delta Corporate passengers: These are customers who work for companies that have corporate partnerships with Delta.
Priority Boarding Trip Extra passengers: Customers who pay an extra $15 on top of their ticket can board in Zone 1.
Reserve Delta SkyMiles credit-card members: The Delta Reserve credit card has an annual fee of $450 and the most generous benefits of any Delta credit card.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit-card members: The Delta Platinum credit card has an annual fee of $195.
Gold Delta SkyMiles credit-card members: The Delta Gold credit card has an annual fee of $95.
Flying Blue Silver members: Members can achieve this status by earning at least 25,000 level miles or taking at least 15 qualifying flights.
Virgin Australia Velocity Silver members: Silver members need to earn at least 250 points and take two qualifying flights, then earn at least 200 points and take two qualifying flights every 12 months.
GOL Smiles Gold members: Gold members have to earn and maintain 20,000 club miles every 12 months.
SkyTeam Elite members: Delta Silver Medallion members qualify for SkyTeam Elite status.
Crossover Rewards SPG Platinum members: SPG, or Starwood Preferred Guest, is Starwood Hotels’ rewards program. To achieve platinum status, Starwood customers need to accumulate 25 eligible stays at one of the brand’s hotels or stay for 50 eligible nights each year.
Main-cabin passengers: Main-cabin seats are available on domestic and international flights and offer less legroom and fewer perks than Comfort Plus. But unlike those with an economy ticket, these passengers can choose their seat before they check in for their flight.
Main-cabin passengers booked in T, X, and V fares: These fare classes are discounted main-cabin tickets.
Basic-economy passengers: Basic-economy fares are Delta’s least expensive tickets. They’re available on domestic and international flights and are almost identical to main-cabin tickets, but they don’t allow customers to select a seat before checking in for their flight.
In the competitive world of Instagram photography, there is perhaps nothing more coveted than a celebrity regramming your photo.
For British fashion photographer Cameron-James Wilson, that dream became a reality when Fenty Beauty re-posted his photo of “model” Shudu alongside the caption “in living color.” Problem was, the word “living” wasn’t entirely accurate.
Shudu is the world’s first “digital supermodel,” an image created using 3D image rendering software programme DAZ3D, and not, as the image suggests, a “living” human. Furthermore, the claim that this “model” was wearing Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle lipstick in SAWC was untrue.
A scroll through the comments will shed some light on the criticism faced by Wilson over the past few weeks, since he revealed that Shudu was a digitally rendered image. Wilson claims it has been wrongly reported that he was “forced” to reveal she wasn’t real, arguing that it was “never a big secret”. But when Harper’s Bazaar reached out for an interview, he “knew it was time to just clarify everything.”
Wilson has been criticized for not being “upfront” from the outset about the fact that Shudu wasn’t real. “I completely accept that criticism. I’ve changed it now, I’ve taken down certain hashtags,” he told Mashable. This lack of honesty did not, he says, stem from a desire to fool people or gain Instagram followers. “It was to prove something to myself,” he adds. “Can I create this illusion that she is real? The answer to that question was overwhelmingly answered as yes I can create that illusion.”
Wilson says it was “shocking” to him that people believed she was real. Asked if he regrets tagging Fenty Beauty in an Instagram post of Shudu with the aim of getting a re-post, he says he has “no regrets.”
“I did that for my sister so there’s absolutely no regrets,” he says.
His sister “absolutely loves Fenty” and kept telling him that “Fenty always re-posts stuff” and that he should “do a lipstick post.” Wilson says seeing the look on his sister’s face when Fenty regrammed the photo made it all worthwhile. Not to mention the fact that the post garnered over 215K likes.
But, a quick scan through the Instagram comments suggests that not everyone shares this delight. For example, comments say things like: “this girl ain’t real,” and “she is not even real person lol.” But, the overwhelming majority of comments are not focused on deception, rather the fact that a white photographer could be “capitalising off black bodies” through the creation of the image.
This is problematic. Instead of hiring a black model, the photographer created one. Is it that hard to pay black women? Also shows how much dark skin is still being exoticised by the media. https://t.co/tfmcUzAdzZ
On Twitter, critics slammed Wilson for creating an image of a black woman rather than hiring a black model. Moza Moyo, a rapper based in South Africa, told Mashable he found it “problematic” that “a white photographer would profit off blackness” with the creation of Shudu. “I wouldn’t have a problem if he’d hired an actual black model and paid her. Black models need work,” he says.
So Shudu was created by a white man to profit off of black women without actually having to pay them??? HELLA NERVE. Technology came a long way however It’s plenty of dark skinned models who look like her but they get overlooked. Book them instead of cloning them. https://t.co/oiB7vA8l7U
As much as I appreciate art I detest the fact that the minute dark skin is finally glamourized by the mainstream media a white man finds a way to commericalize & capitalize off it. Black skin is not a trend. Black skin is not a toy. Black women even more not so. #Shudu#FreeShudupic.twitter.com/pu79IGcU1s
Not everyone is in agreement with this school of thought, however. Nigerian-Finnish journalist Minna Salami, founder of the Ms Afropolitan blog, doesn’t think that Shudu is problematic given the lack of representation of black women in the fashion industry. “The lack of representation of black women in the fashion industry is a big problem that is rooted in white supremacist beauty ideals,” says Salami. “I would argue that Shudu, insofar as she has been designed as the artist’s idea of the perfect woman, challenges the myth of there being only one type of beauty ideal.”
Wilson says he understands the criticisms he’s received, but refutes the claim that he’s profiting from Shudu in any way, and he says he doesn’t feel he’s taking jobs away from anyone. “There has been a lot of misinformation put out there saying that I’m being hired, or that she’s taking jobs away from people, that’s just misinformation. I haven’t been hired, I haven’t been paid,” he says.
He says he hopes that the creation of Shudu will encourage greater representation of black models in the fashion world, and in the 3D animation world.
“Her skin colour is something we don’t see enough of in the media, there’s a lot of underrepresentation,” he adds. “I love to work with dark-skinned models, I won’t apologise for thinking that’s beautiful. I’m not doing it with the intent to capitalise on or take away from models.”
Moyo says that Wilson’s response highlights that “for a long time, white people have had the privilege to take anything from blackness that benefits them.” “For centuries, dark skin has been shunned as undesirable but now that it’s getting the recognition it deserves, it’s suddenly become “cool” and “trendy,”” he says. “Dark skin and black women in general are not a trend.”
Mashable reached out to Fenty Beauty for comment but did not immediately hear back. At the time of publication, the Fenty Beauty Instagram post was still live.
Shudu isn’t a real person, but her Instagram following, which currently stands at nearly 70K followers, now far surpasses that of many human models and influencers.
The internet might have been deceived by Shudu’s lifelike image at the beginning, but Wilson’s efforts appear to have paid off, gaining him a great deal of media attention.
from Mashable! http://on.mash.to/2HmkuNI