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The first European NBA cafe has opened its doors

A picture says it all - March 15, 2017

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Coffees, milkshakes and burgers… Welcome to the basketball mecca © NBA Cafe Barcelona

Everyone knows that Spain is a basketball nation. With players like Paul Gascol, Jose Calderon and Serge Ibaka mounting the sport’s ladder faster than anywhere else, scoring coveted places in the NBA, the ultimate win for the game. In a declaration of their love for the sport, it was Barcelona who scored an extra point, opening the first European NBA cafe.

Step inside and you won’t be disappointed. Fan or not, the world famous memorabilia, fan zone area, branded glasses, coasters and menus or round the clock game play is bound to leave you at least a little impressed. Feeling peckish? Try chowing down the NBA way with the Three Point Shot Hummus, the Dunk Carrot or the Alley-Oop Apple Pie!

When it comes to the main event, it’s a similar story. The surround screens broadcast NBA matches the whole day through, showing you the sweetest slam dunks up close and personal. Out of season? Relive basketball’s hall of fame with the greatest wins by Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Tony Parker.

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Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress and diva

A picture says it all - March 08, 2017

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A lesson in dance and loving life; thanks, Laila Eloui! © Copyright Pyramide Distribution

Whether she’s your oriental diva or untouchable icon, it doesn’t matter; Laila Eloui is the beating heart of Egyptian cinema. Starting her career at the ripe old age of 8, Laila Eloui has wracked up an impressive 70 films over the years, without even delving into the depths of her TV and radio careers.

From her first appearance in “Tgebha Keda Tgelha Keda Heya Keda” through crowd pleaser “The Destiny”, right up to “Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces”, she has covered every manner of role imaginable. Juggling her time between films, television series and the theatre, Laila Eloui’s appeal spans the generations, creating an aura that everyone wants to be a part of.

Director Yousry Nasrallah always sings her praises; “with a single move, Laila Eloui uncovers her star power, bringing with her a certain cinematic something”. There’s no doubt about it; the wily charms of Laila Eloui are limitless!

Trailer for Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces

 

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The Super Bowl, the pop diva’s right-of-passage

A picture says it all - March 01, 2017

Every winter, America gears up for its biggest event, the Super Bowl, an XXL sporting and cultural extravaganza. But the perennial record-breaking audiences are just as drawn to the lavish halftime shows as the game itself.

The question on every American’s lips is, “Who’s going to play at halftime this year?” Past divas who’ve performed include Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera, Céline Dion, and Beyoncé. This year Lady Gaga did the honors, delivering what many hail as the best SB performance of all time. It was something of a comeback for a singer many felt was in a slump.

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Barack Obama’s streamed live interviews

A picture says it all - February 15, 2017

YouTube just posted Access to Power, interviews with Barack Obama while he was President of the United States, by YouTubers and American citizens. Some are sit-down, face-to-face interviews and some are snippets of Google Hangouts video chats.

Americans vetted by Google News Lab reps got to talk directly with the President by webcam. West Wing decorum takes a hit.

Youtubers, like GloZell, Ingrid Nilsen and sWooZie, pulled no punches with questions on police violence, terrorism, racism, firearms, and some left-field querries, too: “Why do some states apply luxury-tax rates to tampons?” And, “If you could be a Star Wars character, which one would you choose?” Answer: Han Solo.

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You, too, can become Big Brother

A picture says it all - February 01, 2017

It seems the imaginary world George Orwell described in his cult book 1984 (way back in 1949) has come true. Not only have many of his predictions come to pass (mass surveillance, artificial intelligence, big data, information overload…), but they are also enshrined in a video game that reflects the world today. In November 2016 the German studio Osmotic released Orwell, a PC game whose title says it all.

The premise is simple: in the wake of terrorist attacks on an imaginary city, the government of The Nation authorizes vigilante good guys (players) to use “Orwell software,” an on-line espionage interface that lets players spy on citizens. This software enables players to snag the attackers by hacking networks, peeking into email, tapping phones, dropping in on chat rooms, searching personal computers, and pirating the municipal video-surveillance feeds.

You gather data, analyze it, then investigate shady characters. Careful not to mistake innocent civilians for miscreants: you could ruin the life of a perfectly nice person. And what if, under the mantle of civil protection and public safety, the Orwell software were conducting nefarious plots?

Orwell is a new kind of game that’s very much in sync with the times, and what’s more, it forces players to consider the pros and cons of mass surveillance and the misuse of new technologies. The player of this game isn’t an adventurer or a victim, she’s the one who controls a system which can spy into every single life. Instead of “Big Brother is watching you,” it’s now, “You are Big Brother.”

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The way Elon sees it, artificial intelligence’s only value is in the service of Humankind

A picture says it all - January 18, 2017

Elon Musk expresses his concerns on the subject of artificial intelligence at the Code Conference 2016:

From Google to IBM, Amazon to Facebook, everyone’s investing loads of money in Artificial Intelligence. The goal is to develop a new kind of AI that can make independent decisions, equaling or even superseding human brains.

On the sidelines of this frantic race, some companies, CEOs, world-renowned scientists, and visionaries are raising some ethical concerns: what will be the consequences for humanity, should AI rival the human brain, surpass it, or make decisions for us? To answer this question and frame an ethical approach to AI R&D, Elon Musk created OpenAI, a non-profit research lab whose mission is to develop a form of AI that is beneficial to humanity.

Founded in December 2015, the organization has already garnered support from legendary philanthropist Bill Gates, physicist Stephen Hawking, scientist Stuart Russell, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, and Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator (the world’s most fertile start-up incubator). OpenAI also collaborates with other institutions and independent researchers, notably by making its patents and results available to the public via open-source software.

With a budget of $1 billion, OpenAI has already fine-tuned several tools that measure AI learning curves, like OpenAI Gym and more recently Universe, a software platform based on “learning by reinforcement.” They enable researchers to design AI that can interact with environments conceived by humans (video games, the Internet, computers…). The goal is to enable AI to reproduce human behavior through trial and error. Imagine that!

Elon Musk shares his concerns on artificial intelligence.

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An aerial extravaganza with 500 drones

A picture says it all - January 04, 2017

After successfully sending 100 drones up simultaneously in 2015, the American giant Intel broke its own record in October of 2016, sending 500 tiny aircraft up at the same time – a giant swarm controlled by a single person. The aerial choreography only lasted a minute but the feat remains unequalled. Intel developed an algorithm that automatically orients each and every drone in the right direction.

Fitted out with LED bulbs to create the effect of levitating fireworks, the 500 drones lit up the sky over Krailling, near Munich, Germany. For the occasion, Intel unveiled a new feather-weight model, the Shooting Star, weighing in at a mere 280 grams and requiring zero assembly.

All that prowess and tech caught the eye of Disney, always looking for new ways to wow its theme park visitors. The two partners have put together an aerial ballet with 300 drones and a rainbow of colors. Disney’s already contemplating lighting up the Florida evenings with a fleet of LED-equipped mini-aircraft. A feast for the eyes and a feather in the geeks’ cap!

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The flamboyant David Bowie and an emotional year in music

A picture says it all - December 28, 2016

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David Bowie was front and center on pop’s big stage until the day he died © Jimmy King

Musician, singer, song-writer, producer, actor, painter, fashion icon, sex-symbol, trend-setter… David Bowie was all that and more, such is his massive influence and legacy. The photo above is the last taken of this musical legend, published on 8 January 2016, on his 69th birthday, a few days before his death on 10 January, by his photographer friend Jimmy King.

This year wasn’t kind to artists and musicians, some of whom had been singing and playing for over 40 years. The greatest homage we can pay them is to keep enjoying to their songs:

  • Prince (7 June 1958 – 21 April 2016), the “Kid from Minneapolis”, guitar virtuoso, eccentric and gifted composer of landmark albums like Purple Rain and Kiss;
  • Leonard Cohen (21 September 1934 – 7 November 2016), author, folk singer and visionary poet who composed the unforgettable Hallelujah and So Long Marianne
  • Billy Paul (1 December 1934 – 24 April 2016), the soul legend and charismatic singer of the hit Me and Mrs Jones
  • Sharon Jones (4 May 1956 – 18 November 2016), former prison guard who became a funk diva at the age of 40, singer of This Land Is Your Land and “100 Days, 100 Nights”
  • Maurice White (19 December 1941 – 4 February 2016), founder of Earth, Wind and Fire who grooved a generation with songs like September and Boogie Wonderland
  • Paul Kantner (17 March 1941 – 28 January 2016), co-founder of the psychedelic Jefferson Airplane who gave the world Somebody to Love and White Rabbit
  • Glenn Frey (6 November 1948 – 18 January 2016), founding member and guitarist of The Eagles and the man who co-wrote the timeless Hotel California, released in 1976.
  • George Michael (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), the co-founder of the mythic music group Wham! died in 2016, the 25th. It really was his Last Christmas.
  • She was an actress but we could not miss giving a last tribute to Carrie Fisher. She was famous for her role in Star Wars as the Princess Leïa, she died on December 27 at the age of 60, leaving the whole pop culture world in sadness and tears as the latest episode of the sage has just hitten the big screens. Goodbye Princess.

Source : nicrobertson23 via Creapills

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Amazing Grace Christmas house is the season’s YouTube hit

A picture says it all - December 21, 2016

When it comes to the category ‘larger than life,’ Americans are the champs. And that holds just as true for Xmas decorations. Reigning supreme is Richard Holdman, whose home in Pleasant Grove, Utah is better known as the “Amazing Grace Christmas House.” Photos and videos of it have gone viral, thanks to an amazing light show and a choral/dance remix of “Amazing Grace.” Racking up millions of views, Richard Holdman’s creation is proof that deep tradition, techno, and a dash of kitsch works just fine.

But success breeds jealousy, and many a DIY deco enthusiasts are nipping at Holdman’s heels, notably one serious contender in El Paso, Texas where the Great Christmas Light Fight is coming down to the wire. The championships are on and the competition is fierce.

 

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A picture says it all: Christmas at the White House – Kitsch with a capital “K”

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Christmas at the White House – Kitsch with a capital “K”

A picture says it all - December 14, 2016

The United States is right up there on the list of countries that really know how to do Kitsch. And nowhere is this more obvious than at The White House in December. Carolers, marathon yuletide photo sessions, the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Elipse… Presidents and first ladies have always gone all out for the holidays, to the delight of kitsch enthusiasts through the years.

We promise yule love watching President Obama sing Jingle Bells. 🎄🎤

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Remember the Kennedy’s one and only White House Xmas? They bucked the trend with simple and elegant. Maybe a little too austere, come to think of it. The Reagans played Leave-It-to-Beaver Americana – the perfect couple. The Clintons took kitsch to stratospheric heights with Bill’s ties and Hillary’s cardigans. Obama turns on his 100-watt smile, turns up the style and switches on the tree trimmed in very, VERY patriotic ornaments. Us magazine did a glam spread photo extravaganza called “The Gift of the Holidays.”

Different times, different tastes but always kitsch!

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The Kennedys, classy kitsch, sixties style © Public Domain

 

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Oh Ronnie! Isn’t it just SO beautiful! © Guetty Images

 

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Bill & Hillary – The Champs © White House

 

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The Obamas – Smooth Operators © White House / Chuck Kennedy

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