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Film Review: Nerve

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016

The game of “Nerve” is absurd and preposterous, so it’s only fitting it exists in a film that’s just as absurd and preposterous. It’s an online version of truth or dare without the truth, so sayeth the game’s robotic host. You can sign up as a watcher or player, with the former instigating the dares and the latter partaking in them. Those who sign up as players have all of their sensitive information collected in order to give the watchers an idea of what they’re afraid of. This also serves as the moral of the story, that sharing sensitive information such as credit card info is dangerous in the world of hacking, phishing, and pharming. Said moral is told in silly fashion as it always is in these technological thrillers. What makes “Nerve” absurd isn’t its premise, but the implications surrounding it. We are to believe that the game resides in the dark web, where it has evaded the attention of both the government and the police. It is meant to be kept a secret, yet also lives and breathes on...

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Sports

Lammas Park scoops Junes Outstanding London Sports Venue Award

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016

MyLocalPitch’s ‘Outstanding London Sports Venue Award’ has been won by Will to Win Lammas Park in Ealing. Lammas Park scoops June’s ‘Outstanding London Sports Venue Award’ Outstanding London Sports Venue Award Will to Win was set up 20 years ago to improve sport facilities in public parks and they have been operating Lammas Park since 2000. ‘Sport For All’ is the company motto and this vision is achieved through getting more people into sports and keeping fit all year around by providing attractive, accessible and affordable facilities in public areas.This mantra has produced terrific results and only this month Lammas Park has officially opened three new floodlit astroturf football pitches which can also be used for tennis. Will to Win is having a positive impact as Sport England’s report into participation reports that 39.3% of Ealing locals engage in at least one session a week.The award, which is determined by MyLocalPitch users, was based on pitch quality, venue amenities and customer experience. MyLocalPitch is a platform for sports players who want to find and book sports venues in London. Users have...

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Politics

Mysterious Korean Word:

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017

Korean culture is more community focused, and this strong sense of collectivism is deeply permeated in the Korean language. If you study Korean, you will hear “ 우리_____” on a daily basis. Direct translation of “우리” is “we” or “our” in English. However, this is one of those Korean words you often do not want to translate literally. For example, what does “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” mean? Its direct translation would be “our wife” and “our husband” in English. Your response may be something like this: “Uh~, isn’t monogamy the legal practice in Korea?” You might find that these Korean expressions seem quiet strange to your ears. In many cases, you cannot directly translate the meaning of “우리” as “our” in English. “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” actually mean “my wife” and “my husband” in English. Why is this Korean word “우리” deeply permeated in the Korean language? Korean culture emphasizes the value of the group that a person belongs to, whether it is a person’s country, family, school, society, neighbor, hometown, etc. Koreans see these groups as a single...

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Technology

OKI website upgrade what we have done and the road ahead

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016

An organisation website is its main public image or at least this is what we believe in at Open Knowledge International. For a while now, our website has needed design attention and update of content. We have therefore decided to revamp our website and give it some new look and features. Our primary thinking behind our site is how to make the work and the people of Open Knowledge International more relatable. How can we take complex terms like open data and civic tech and make them something that anyone can relate to? Also, we wanted to see how the OKI team can use the website to connect and learn more about one another. Also, we wanted the site to reflect our how we are working towards our mission, to make “A world where knowledge create power to the many, not the few.” We highlighted our projects and how they strive towards that goal. Our work on the site is not done, and probably will always be a work in progress. We believe in “release fast, release often” approach, and hope that you...

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Volvo Cars and Geely to establish JV to boost synergies, accelerate next-gen electrified vehicle technology

Volvo Cars and Geely to establish JV to boost synergies, accelerate next-gen electrified vehicle technology

Jul 23, 2017

Volvo Cars plans to set up a new joint venture technology company with Geely Holding, the Chinese car group, to share existing and future technology, to deepen industrial synergies and to provide the economies of scale that will allow them to develop next generation electrified vehicle technology more rapidly. According to a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO will share vehicle architecture and engine technologies via cross licensing arrangements of technologies managed by the new joint venture. They will also cooperate more deeply by commonly sourcing components and cutting procurement costs. Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO are controlled by Geely Holding, the Chinese car group. The new joint venture will be 50/50 owned by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding and be headquartered in China with a subsidiary in Gothenburg, Sweden. Partnerships to share know-how and technologies are common practice in the automotive industry. This is the model we are adopting. This planned collaboration will strengthen Volvo’s ability to develop next generation electrified cars. —Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive Volvo Cars and Geely already share technology, most notably the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which is being used by Volvo Cars for its soon-to-be-announced smaller range of 40 series cars and by LYNK & CO. The intellectual property rights for the technology to be shared will remain with the company that developed it, but the technology itself will be available for use by Volvo, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO, via license agreements. Future modular vehicle architectures and other technology will be shared and developed based on cost sharing agreements. The company leading the development will own the technology and the other group companies will have full access to it through a license, reducing overall development costs. The partners expect that the collaboration will extend in future to also cover electrified vehicle components such as battery cells, e-motors and charging systems in order to maximize synergies across the group. Separately, Volvo is taking a significant minority shareholding in LYNK & CO. This stake reflects the fact that LYNK & CO will benefit from the use of Volvo technology both now and in the future. LYNK...

Mysterious Korean Word:

Mysterious Korean Word:

Apr 2, 2017

Korean culture is more community focused, and this strong sense of collectivism is deeply permeated in the Korean language. If you study Korean, you will hear “ 우리_____” on a daily basis. Direct translation of “우리” is “we” or “our” in English. However, this is one of those Korean words you often do not want to translate literally. For example, what does “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” mean? Its direct translation would be “our wife” and “our husband” in English. Your response may be something like this: “Uh~, isn’t monogamy the legal practice in Korea?” You might find that these Korean expressions seem quiet strange to your ears. In many cases, you cannot directly translate the meaning of “우리” as “our” in English. “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” actually mean “my wife” and “my husband” in English. Why is this Korean word “우리” deeply permeated in the Korean language? Korean culture emphasizes the value of the group that a person belongs to, whether it is a person’s country, family, school, society, neighbor, hometown, etc. Koreans see these groups as a single entity. This aspect of collectivism has a huge impact on the way Koreans behave and speak. This Korean word “우리” would make sense to you only if you consider these aspects of Korean culture. Because Koreans value a group mindset, they generally use “우리” instead of “my” when they refer to people and things they are related to. Here are some examples that you will frequently hear from Korean speakers: This article, Mysterious Korean Word: , first appeared on Korean Language...

Feeling Sick or Hurt???

Feeling Sick or Hurt???

Mar 19, 2017

No one wants to get sick! However, when sicknesses take you by surprise, the following common expressions will help you to describe general aches and pains in Korean. This article, Feeling Sick or Hurt???, first appeared on Korean Language...

How far is the Pushkar Fair?

How far is the Pushkar Fair?

Oct 24, 2016

The mention of Pushkar Mela (fair) usually generates an excited buzz in travelers to India. Domestic and foreign tourists alike visit the fair for a glimpse and experience of Rajasthan’s intense colors and customs. This article, How far is the Pushkar Fair?, first appeared on Hindi Language...

A Pope, a Dog, and a Venn Diagram: Sermon for Pentecost 12, RCL Proper 14C (7 August 2016)

A Pope, a Dog, and a Venn Diagram: Sermon for Pentecost 12, RCL Proper 14C (7 August 2016)

Aug 11, 2016

==================== A homily offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 7, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Proper 14C of the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16; and St. Luke 12:32-40. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== In your bulletins this week, I have added three pictures to illustrate this sermon. These pictures kept coming back to mind as I read and re-read the lessons. The pictures are as follows: A photograph of Pope John Paul II’s arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, on July 5, 1983. Fr. Ernesto Cardenal, who served in the Nicaraguan government as Minister of Culture, kneels before the Pope who is wagging his finger at him. One of my favorite cartoons, a four-panel Peanuts offering first published on August 9, 1976, in which the beagle Snoopy is writing a book of theology with the planned title “Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?” A generic Venn diagram I will refer to these pictures later in the sermon. Most exegeses of today’s Genesis text focus on the last sentence, “And [Abraham] believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness,” and treat this story as one of faith. But, in all honesty, this is a story of doubt. It is the story of Abraham questioning God’s promise of a posterity; it is a story of tribalism and concern for bloodline, ethnicity, and inheritance. We humans have a predisposition to tribalism, to congregating in social groupings of similar people. I was at a continuing education event this week in which one of the exercises explored the issue of economic segregation in our society; the facilitator asked each of us to describe the home in which we live and the neighborhood and community within which it is situated. One of the uniform characteristics was that no matter what our race or ethnic type might have been, our home neighborhoods were made up of people for the most part similar to ourselves. We in modern 21st Century...

Thursday Spotlight: The Parallel Worlds of PIXOTE

Thursday Spotlight: The Parallel Worlds of PIXOTE

Aug 8, 2016

Pixote Street Art in Greenpoint A common thread in Pixote’s work is its massive size, matched by ambitious height. His tags are hard to miss. I’ve seen his unique graffiti everywhere—from billboards to high walls all over Brooklyn and NYC—so often that it seems ubiquitous. A piece that always comes to mind is the tag on the pale yellow wall on the popular corner of Bedford and Nassau north of McCarren park. The giant writing, juxtaposed by the Aaron Swartz memorial mural (by BAMN) seems so iconic that I associate the entire intersection of Williamsburg and Greenpoint with the sight. My curiosity grew stronger as I learned more about the artist behind the famous tags, the influence of his Brazilian roots, and the mysterious Pixação. We met in a coffeeshop in Greenpoint, and our conversation went far beyond graffiti, as we talked about spirituality, music, and social consciousness. Pixote – Image Credit: Søren Solkær Greenpointers: Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what influenced you artistically? Pixote: I grew up in Brazil, in a family of artists. For me, growing up with my parents was my art education. Just absorbing everything that was around my house. My father is a writer. My mother is a video artist. She’s done a lot of conceptual art in Brazil, very Avant Garde. I grew up watching very weird movies! My mom also had tons of books, and a huge collection of records. I fell in love with Jimi Hendrix when I was 7, and locked myself with a guitar. I’d say he was my first guru. My whole life was dedicated to music for a while, playing, jamming, touring, and its funny, I used to think about music very visually, like textures and colors. Because of the music industry though, I got kind of clogged, and I began to lose what got me into music in the first place, which was freedom. Pixote – Williamsburg Waterfront GP: So what brought you to graffiti? PIX: Graffiti has always been a part of my life. I was very intrigued by the developing Pixação style in Brazil, which uses a very distinctive typography and cryptic symbols, inspired by letters...