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Friday, May 6, 2016

Daily Predictions with Top expert

Okay this for those who care about my predictions, am gonna give you few games which i believe you will be back after the ending of the day.

                                           

                                        Small Odd

            Teams                                    Odd                Prediction  Result

  1. Ingolstadt vs Bayern Munich             1.16                          2              
  2. Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund      1.40                         2  
  3. CSKA Moscow vs                                1.35                          1               1-0
  4. Inter  vs Empoli                                   1.25                          1
  5. Ahl Cairo vs Wadi Degla                    1.50                          1
  6. Elfsborg vs Gefle                                 1.25                           1
  7. Bristol Rovers vs Dagenham              1.25                          1
  8.  West ham vs Swansea                        1.54                          1
  9. Rambler  vs Limerick                         1.40                         2
  10. inter20 vs Perugia                               1.18                         1

                                            Big Odd

   Teams                           Odd      Predictions   Results

  1. Alianza vs Sonsonate fc                     2.03               OV 2.5             
  2. Aguila vs Juventud Indepen             2.03                BTS
  3.  Metro Star vs Adelaide fc                2.70                   1                  2-0
  4. Santos Laguna vs Chivas de Gua     2.03            NO BTS            0-1  
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Superstar Architect Zaha Hadid Is Dead at 65

Zahad Hadid in her London office in 1985.


Zaha Hadid, one of architecture’s biggest stars, has passed away at age 65. According to the website of the Iraqi-born, London-based designer, she suffered a heart attack in a Miami hospital while being treated for bronchitis.
Hadid, who is largely regarded as the most influential female architect in history, made her mark on the world with extravagant buildings that embraced organic curves, fluid lines, and often hefty price tags. Though her career wasn’t without controversy, Hadid’s legacy will be her finished buildings, which were often imbued with an expressive sense of motion. Her most well-known work includes Azerbaijani’s flowing white Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, London’s Olympic Aquatics Center, and her early work on the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Reactions to Hadid’s death ranged from pure shock to celebration of her formative role in modern architecture:

According to media ''In 2004, Hadid was the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. Last month, she was awarded the Riba gold medal for architecture, becoming the first woman without a male partner to win the prestigious award in its 167-year history. Throughout her career, Hadid shattered the expectation of a woman’s role in architecture, ultimately becoming one of the most well-known designers, regardless of gender.''

Construction underway for Titletown District project

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Construction has officially started on the Green Bay Packers' Titletown District.

The ceremonial turn of a shovel broke ground Tuesday for Lodge Kohler, just west of Lambeau Field. The Kohler Co. is building the hotel, which executive chairman Herb Kohler says is a new experiment in hospitality. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1TBOHen ) reports Kohler says the Titletown District will support the hotel and the hotel will support the Packers' banquet and hospitality business.
The 144-room Lodge Kohler is part of the 34-acre, $130 million Titletown District development, which also includes Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery and Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic.

Familiar ring to it: Beyonce sues over knockoff 'Feyonce' merchandise

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Beyonce performs at "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute," at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2015.
 
What’s in a name? A lot of legal trouble — at least, if you try to jack Beyonce’s moniker to flog your merchandise.
The singer/cultural phenomenon has sued a company selling products branded with the word “Feyonce,” claiming that the products infringe on her trademark.
The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in New York, takes issue with a line of clothing bearing the phrase “Feyonce.” 
The company selling the products, Feyonce Inc., also offers a mug with the phrase “He put a ring on it,” a play on the lyrics to Beyonce’s hit “Single Ladies.”
The suit claims that the Feyonce brand “is nearly identical to Plaintiffs’ famous Beyonce trademark.
“Despite letters from Plaintiffs to Defendants demanding that they cease and desist from selling their infringing activities, Defendants continue to sell unauthorized products and to trade upon the goodwill associated with Plaintiffs, all for Defendants’ profit,” the lawsuit reads.
Feyonce has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
As the complaint points out, Beyonce owns numerous trademark registrations for her mark, including for “entertainment services, clothing, mobile digital electronic devices, fragrances and makeup.”
The suit claims that the alleged infringing products are “causing irreparable harm” to the singer.
Alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and other claims, the suit is seeking to shut down the Feyonce line. Beyonce also wants unspecified damages.
 

artist Kirk Washington Jr. killed in I-94 crash

Kirk Washington Jr., killed in a car crash at I-94 and Hwy. 280, used art and words to take on tough issues, his friends said.
itempropArtist Kirk Washington, 41, of Minneapolis, died at the scene of the crash on Interstate 94 near Hwy 280.

As a teenager, Kirk Washington Jr. expressed himself through graffiti.
Later, he turned to the written word, seeking and often finding a way to bring north Minneapolis and the rest of his community together to talk about issues sometimes swept under the rug — racism, housing inequities, police brutality, politics.
He was among the first to say, “Enough with talking. We have to do something,” said friend and fellow artist E.G. Bailey.
“He was a brilliant artist,” Bailey said of his friend, whom he called Bro Sun. “He was like a bright light. He filled up a room and was always engaged.”
On Monday evening, Washington’s voice was silenced when he was killed in a rush-hour car crash on Interstate 94 near Hwy. 280. He was 41.
Washington was headed toward St. Paul when a westbound car crossed the median and crashed into his Volvo station wagon, pushing it into a Metro Transit bus.
The driver of the other car, Nancy Scott, 52, of Michigan City, Ind., was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she was in critical condition Tuesday.
In 2011, a concrete barrier near the crash site was shortened to improve sightlines for eastbound traffic, according the Minnesota Department of Transportation. After an earlier fatal crash there, in March 2015, plans were made to restore a barrier there by later this year.
When Bailey first saw Facebook posts about Washington’s death, he was in disbelief.
“It was a shock,” he said. “It’s devastating. We’re losing an advocate for the community. A fighter.”
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the city suffered the loss of a great talent. “My heart is heavy,” she wrote.
Washington was among several poets who wrote a stanza for the poem “One Minneapolis: A City in Verse” for Hodges’ 2014 inauguration:

language describes the ideas of the ones who speak it
… the single stories about the 5th ward …& the words we see that narrate gentrification, in real time, say a lot
I speak the gospel of the Northside, with the rage of lovers …
… and perceive in my dreams …
a unified breath that electrocutes fear and misunderstanding
… to remain apathetic is assured enslavement so … precisely, what is a dream?
‘Many tears shed’
In a post about his work, Washington said one of his goals as an artist was to foster social change.
“I hope to achieve a counternarrative to the preexisting single story about African-Americans with my work,” he said. “I absolutely love stories,” he wrote. “The story … gives cues to understanding human nature.”
As a teen, Washington took to the streets to express himself by “spray painting and using markers” around town, he said. “Of course this wasn’t legal,” he said. “But it gave me the sense that I could be intentional and express myself simultaneously.”
He turned to writing at age 17 while recuperating from torn knee ligaments. “It also gave me time to go inside myself,” he wrote.
At 19, he began reading poetry around town and took his first art class at a city park. He later joined a performance-art residency. “It changed my life,” he wrote.
He then spent 5½ years living in the United Kingdom, where he worked as an interdisciplinary artist.
Back in Minneapolis, Washington joined about a dozen other black male artists in forming a performance collective called Sirius B. “We were training to be artist activists,” Bailey said.
The focus was on issues that affected black men, such as gun violence, body issues, rites of passage. A year after Minneapolis hit a record 97 homicides and was dubbed Murderapolis, the group created a performance piece addressing gun violence.
Washington was never afraid to address the tough issues, often through art that could be found in the neighborhoods. “Kirk would push us not to take the easy route,” Bailey said.
Over the last year, Bailey said, Washington had been working with another artist to build a gathering space on the North Side that would be part coffee shop, recording studio, computer lab and meeting rooms.
As news of his death spread, those who knew him posted comments of grief and loss.
“He captured our struggle with such grace … many tears shed this morning,” wrote artist Camille Gage.

JACKSON-Legal pressure may be ahead for law denying service to gays

JACKSON, Miss. — The decision by Mississippi's governor to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off gathering opposition in the state's business community, but it could launch the state into litigation.
Saying he was protecting religious freedom, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill Tuesday without hesitation or fanfare just hours after it cleared its final legislative obstacle Monday.
According to several supporters, Bryant said increasing pressure from businesses against the law illustrated Mississippi's need for it.
"It shows why we need this bill, so people can not only believe what they believe, but act in accordance with their beliefs and not violate their conscience," said Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, who helped shepherd the measure through the chamber.

Mississippi, with a slow-growing economy, no Fortune 500 company headquarters and little technology employment, could be less vulnerable than other states to major corporations exerting economic pressure against new laws that began emerging after a U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar religious objections bill last week after big companies including Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines expressed vehement opposition, and national sports organizations hinted that they might hold their important events elsewhere. In North Carolina, where the Republican governor signed a law limiting bathroom options for transgender people and prohibiting local communities from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances, PayPal announced Tuesday that it has canceled a major expansion in the state.
It was unclear whether opponents would seriously push for repeal of the Mississippi law, which is slated to take effect July 1.
Reaction from two large business associations that had released statements opposing the bill was muted late Tuesday.

"The Mississippi Manufacturers Association's position continues to reflect the concerns manufacturers have with this bill and its potential to conflict with their policies of diversity and inclusion. However, the MMA respects the wishes of the legislature and governor," one trade group said.
Some individual companies were more pointed, though. San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co., 
which has a 350-employee distribution center in Canton, called for the bill's repeal.

"We believe equality and nondiscrimination fosters talent and innovation," the company announced on Twitter.
Opponents also said they're considering lawsuits, a more traditional form of opposition in Mississippi for minority groups challenging state laws.
"There's an urgency here because people feel under attack," said Rob Hill, Mississippi director of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. "You can rest assured that we're doing everything we can to make sure LGBTQ Mississippians don't have to fear living in the state that is home to them and the state they love."

Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood said he'll make "case-by-case" decisions on whether to defend the lawsuits, warning that the bill doesn't override federal law or constitutional rights.
"If a person or government official violates a federal statute or constitutional provision, House Bill 1523 will not protect that official from a federal lawsuit or from potential personal liability under federal law," Hood said in a statement.

The governor stood by the law in an interview on a conservative talk radio station. "What this bill does is stop the government from interfering with people of faith who are exercising their religious beliefs in a matter involving marriage or in a matter involving activities that are offensive to them as a businessperson," Bryant said.
The law's stated intention is to protect those who believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, that sexual relations should only take place inside such marriages, and that male and female genders are unchangeable.

"I think if you read it, you understand it's a religious freedoms bill," said House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, the bill's primary author.
The law would, for example, allow a church group to decline housing or adoption services to gay couples. Privately held businesses could refuse marriage-related services — a hotel could refuse to rent a ballroom for a same-sex marriage and a jeweler could refuse to sell rings to a gay couple. Any employer or school could refuse to allow a transgender person to use the bathroom of their choice.
Among government employees, individual clerks could refuse to issue marriage licenses and judges could refuse to marry gay couples. In both cases, governments are supposed to take steps to make sure that the license and marriage are "not impeded or delayed." Supporters say if all clerks or judges in a county file paperwork to opt out, they can find special deputies to marry gay people.

"This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state under federal or state laws," Bryant said in a statement. "It does not attempt to challenge federal laws, even those which are in conflict with the Mississippi Constitution, as the Legislature recognizes the prominence of federal law in such limited circumstances."

Cruz, Sanders emerge victorious in Wisconsin primaries

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Republican Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race stormed to commanding victories in Wisconsin's primaries on Tuesday.
Trump's defeat capped one of the worst periods of his campaign, a brutal stretch that highlighted his weaknesses with women and raised questions about his policy depth. While the billionaire businessman still leads the Republican field, Cruz and an array of anti-Trump forces hope Wisconsin signals the start of his decline.
"Tonight is a turning point," Cruz told cheering supporters at a victory rally. "It is a call from the hardworking people of Wisconsin to America. We have a choice. A real choice."
Cruz, a Texas senator with a complicated relationship with Republican leaders, also cast his victory as a moment for unity in a party that has been roiled by a contentious primary campaign.
But Trump was unbowed. His campaign put out a biting statement: "Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."
Sanders's sweeping win in virtually every county in Wisconsin, except Milwaukee, gives him greater incentive to keep competing against Clinton. But he still trails her in the pledged delegate count and has so far been unable to persuade superdelegates— the party officials who can back any candidate — to drop their allegiance to the former secretary of state and back his campaign.
At a raucous rally in Wyoming, Sanders cast his victory as a sign of mounting momentum for his campaign.
"With our victory tonight is Wisconsin, we have now won 7 out of 8 of the last caucuses and primaries," he declared.
The results in Wisconsin make it likely both parties' primaries will continue deep into the spring, draping front-runners Trump and Clinton in uncertainty and preventing both from fully setting their sights on the general election.
With an overwhelming white electorate and liberal pockets of voters, Wisconsin was favorable territory for Sanders. In a sign of Clinton's low expectations in the Midwestern state, she spent Tuesday night at a fundraiser with top donors in New York City.
Clinton congratulated Sanders on Twitter and thanked her supporters in Wisconsin. "To all the voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward!" she wrote.
Sanders' win will net him a handful of additional delegates, but he'll still lag Clinton significantly. With 86 delegates at stake in Wisconsin, Sanders will pick up at least 45 and Clinton will gain at least 31.
That means Sanders must still win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates in order to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

While Trump has been the dominant force in the Republican race, he battled a series of campaign controversies in the lead-up to Wisconsin, including his campaign manager's legal problems following an altercation with a female reporter and his own awkward stumbles in clarifying his views on abortion. Wisconsin's Republican establishment, including Gov. Scott Walker, has also campaigned aggressively against the businessman.
Exit polls in the state underscored the concerns about Trump that are surging through some corners of the Republican Party. A majority of Republican voters said they're either concerned or scared of a potential Trump presidency. More than a third said they were scared about what Trump would do as president, and about 2 in 10 said they were concerned, according to surveys conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

With his victory Tuesday, Cruz won at least 33 Wisconsin delegates, while Trump carried at least three. Six delegates are still up for grabs, pending the outcome in two congressional districts.
Trump still has a narrow path to claim the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. But by losing Wisconsin, the real estate mogul has little room for error in upcoming contests.
Complicating the primary landscape for both Cruz and Trump is the continuing candidacy of John Kasich. The Ohio governor's only victory has come in his home state, but he's still picking up delegates that could otherwise help Trump inch closer to the nomination or help Cruz catch up.
To win a prolonged convention fight, a candidate would need support from the individuals selected as delegates. The process of selecting those delegates is tedious, and will test the mettle of Trump's slim campaign operation.

Cruz prevailed in an early organizational test in North Dakota, scooping up endorsements from delegates who were selected at the party's state convention over the weekend. While all 28 go to the national convention as free agents, 10 said in interviews they were committed to Cruz. None has so far endorsed Trump.
Despite the concern among some Wisconsin Republicans about Trump becoming president, nearly 6 in 10 GOP voters there said the party should nominate the candidate with the most support in the primaries, which so far would be Trump. Even among voters who favored Cruz, 4 in 10 said the candidate with the most support going into the convention should be the party's nominee.

Land O'Lakes finding rhythm in highly competitive world food industry

Company positions for a growth spurt with food, feed and crop supplies. 
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RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER, Star Tribune
 
 
Land O’Lakes CEO and President Chris Policinski, with research-and-development manager Lily Fee and senior technologist Mark Dennison.
“Food is one of the great growth industries of our generation,” he said in an interview. “We’re going to need to produce 70 percent more food between now and 2050.”
As the world’s population swells from 6 billion to 9 billion people in the next 35 years, Policinski said, the food industry will be even more competitive and challenging. Land O’Lakes needs to continue to concentrate on a few sectors and go after them in a big way, he said, always with the goal of benefiting the agricultural cooperative’s members.
The Arden Hills-based company has grown steadily since it was founded in 1921, but never so much as during the past decade, when net sales have doubled and the company has exited some businesses and acquired others to strengthen its core. Of the company’s nearly 10,000 workers, 45 percent have been hired since 2011.
Policinski, who has led Land O’Lakes since 2005, has concentrated on three businesses, each contributing about the same amount toward 2015’s $13 billion in sales: the original dairy products, Purina Animal Nutrition livestock feed and WinField Solutions crop consulting and supplies.
The sales were down from $14.7 billion in 2014 as on-farm income, increasing consolidation and challenging commodity markets affected the businesses. Despite that, Policinski said the company’s balance sheet is the strongest in its 94-year history with income of $308 million.
Michael Boland, University of Minnesota agricultural economics professor, said the company switched gears about 10 years ago and began an unrelenting drive to improve its three core businesses.
“They’ve been very strategic and very focused in what they’ve done,” he said. “Their ownership structure happens to have dairy farmers in it, and it happens to have agricultural cooperatives that are owned by farmers, but their corporate finance decisions and the way they approach strategy is no different than any other corporation.”
The cooperative is owned by 2,259 dairy producers, 1,273 ag producers, and 799 co-op members. Cash returned to members in 2015 totaled $161 million, the seventh consecutive year returns have exceeded $100 million.

Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said one of the strengths of co-ops is their ability to provide member-owners with so many essential services. “Whether it’s a corn farmer or a dairy producer, Land O’Lakes has tremendous skin in the game in terms of that producer’s bottom-line success,” he said.
Policinski said his formula for success means fewer, bigger businesses and workers that collaborate to develop and market value-added, branded products and services.
Crop consulting
Allan Gray, director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University, said the fastest growth at Land O’Lakes has come during the past several years from its WinField division. Started mainly as a seed and crop chemical business that sold its own brand, it has evolved into a crop consultant and wholesaler that purchases seeds and pesticides at volume discounts from various manufacturers, and sells them and its own brands to local co-ops and farmers.
As part of the move to high-tech, precision agriculture, Land O’Lakes purchased GEOSYS International in 2013. The French satellite company uses real-time satellite and weather-based data analytics to advise businesses across the agriculture supply chain and crop insurance industry.
Gray, who also holds a chair at Purdue that was endowed by Land O’Lakes, said the company is competing with Monsanto, Syngenta, John Deere and other large ag companies to develop the best systems to improve yields and profits while reducing the environmental impact of farming.

“It’s uncertain for all of them, who’s going to end up with the tech systems that are the most widely adopted and widely effective,” Gray said. “It’s a bit of a race at the moment.”
WinField reported $4.8 billion in revenue last year, and is in the process of growing much larger. Last year, Land O’Lakes approved the largest merger in its history with Iowa-based United Suppliers Inc., a similar seed and crop input business with $2.6 billion in sales in 2014.
Fitch Ratings views the merger as “neutral to modestly positive,” said Bill Densmore, a senior director and analyst with the ratings firm. It will increase the company’s scale and its ability to provide customers with expanded product offerings, he said, including enhanced agricultural services and technologies.
Also part of the company strategy has been establishing its Answer Plot program: essentially outdoor labs on 200 plots across the U.S. and Canada where it tests how seeds from various manufacturers perform in different soils and climates, including fertilizer and pesticide products. The goal is to advise farmers about the best genetics, planting densities, cropping systems and farming techniques for their particular areas — both at the time of planting and during the growing season.
Policinski said that its businesses enable Land O’Lakes to have food customers, feed customers and crop input customers, but they also provide the company with a broader perspective, “an end-to-end view of food and agriculture” that’s unlike other companies.

Knowing all major aspects of food has given Land O’Lakes a mother lode of expertise that can be leveraged into high-end consulting with other companies or even countries, he said. For example, Land O’Lakes has partnered with Nestlé at the Dairy Farming Institute in China to train producers how to be more efficient.
Last year, the company also purchased an ownership stake in Villa Crop Protection, a leading farm chemicals company based in South Africa. It’s a natural extension of the Land O’Lakes international division that has been working in Africa and elsewhere since 1981 to improve food systems, health and nutrition, mainly in conjunction with U.S. government-funded initiatives and training programs.
Expanding in other areas

The company is also moving into new territory with its animal feed division purchased from Ralston Purina in 2001. Policinski said Purina, with its famous red-checkered brand, is developing specialized products with higher margins in U.S. farm animal feed and will add more muscle and creativity in marketing the brand.

The oldest division of Land O’Lakes, of course, is its dairy foods, which procures about 13 billion pounds of milk annually from members to make and sell butter, cheese, spreads and refrigerated desserts, including the Kozy Shack brand that it acquired in 2012.
The three divisions will continue to develop, because they must, Policinski said.
“As much as we’ve done in recent years,” he said, “we’ve really just put ourselves in position to fully participate in this great growth industry — and that’s the next chapter 
 

The AP Finally Realizes It’s 2016, Will Let Us Stop Capitalizing ‘Internet’

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Is it “Internet,” with a capital “I,” or just “internet”? “Web” or “web”? Few debates in the history of the English language have raged more passionately. Now, The Associated Press—purveyor of the AP Stylebook, used by journalists for the last century to standardize mass communications—has made a pronouncement. No more will the AP insist on capitalizing either word: today, it’s officially declaring its allegiance to the lowercase camp. (This is personally very satisfying to me.)
Every day I read stories on the web, and on weekdays, I write words for the internet.
So, hey, everyone, here’s the proper way to write it—officially. It’s “internet.” And “web.” Period. The styling is being announced today at the American Copy Editors Society national conference in Portland, Oregon. The Stylebook, whose changes will go into effect when the new print edition is published on June 1, will include more than 240 new and modified entries, but clearly the other 238 are not as important as imparting the knowledge to humans—definitively—that there is a proper way to write these two ubiquitous, everyday words. Here’s me using both of them in a sentence: Every day I read stories on the web, and on weekdays, I write words for the internet. (I just can’t get enough of it.)

At WIRED itself, this debate has raged for many years. In 2004, Wired News copy chief Tony Long (correctly) said, “There is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually there never was.” But two years after his decree, when Wired News was bought by Condé Nast, we reverted (incorrectly) to a capital “I.”
Staffers are mixed on their opinions. Gadget Lab editor Michael Calore says he feels very vindicated by this move, given that his first journalism job was in 1995—a year when both words were “still foreign to most normals.”
“The editor made me write ‘the Internet’s World Wide Web’ on first mention, every time,” he Slacked a room full of dumbfounded WIRED writers. (“It’s confusing because usually in my stories I’m referring to Todd Internet—a good friend of mine who has a lot of opinions on technology,” responded contributing editor Brian Barrett.)
My own editor, Marcus Wohlsen, a former APer, ruthlessly changes all of my copy from “internet” to “Internet”—a power he will hopefully no longer have over my stories. He appended a scream emoji to my Slack message when he heard this news, and wrote, “My whole world has turned upside down! There is only one Internet! There is only one Web!” (Which makes them proper nouns, hence the capital letter!—Ed.)
He’s wrong. WIRED actually already uses the lowercase “web,” per our in-house style guide. Our style on “internet” has varied, however. Homepage editor Sam Oltman says she tries to “go rogue” on the word as much as she can, though some writers always change any edits she makes back to a capital “I.” And it’s unclear how WIRED will finally come down on this contentious issue, copy chief Brian Dustrud says.

“WIRED uses many sources when making style decisions, most notably the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster dictionary,” Dustrud Slacked an official statement to me. “But when the Associated Press makes what some might consider a major change, that gets our attention. So Internet vs. internet will certainly be something we’ll be discussing again soon. For the short term, we’ll continue to capitalize it.”
No! Regardless of how this is resolved at WIRED, this is heartening news. The AP Stylebook exerts a strong influence over journalistic outlets all over the internet, which means there should be a deluge of young journalists finally learning how to style their articles and screeds and philosophical musings the right way on the web. The jury is still out at WIRED. But for most everyone else, it is web. And it is internet.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Would Magneto Get Whiplash if Quicksilver Pushed Him Out of Danger? No, He’d Just Die

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In X-Men: Days of Future Past we get to see Quicksilver, a mutant who can move super fast. I’ve already looked at his speed, so let’s look at a particular scene from the movie.
SPOILER ALERT. Actually, this isn’t much of a spoiler because this scene appears in the movie trailer, and the movie is a couple years old. Here’s the deal. Quicksilver is with Magneto and they need to get past a bunch of guards in a hallway. To do this, Quicksilver runs down the hall super fast while pushing Magneto. Oh, he also holds the back of Magneto’s head so that he won’t get whiplash.
Now for the analysis. What kind of acceleration would this require? Would Magneto have to worry about whiplash?

Estimations and Assumptions

For any analysis of a movie clip, you must start with some assumptions and estimations. Since the clip isn’t in “real time,” I really do have to make some guesses.
  • The hallway is 50 feet (15.2 meters) long. You can’t see it all, so this is an estimation but I think it’s on the low end.
  • The guards are thrown into the air, or perhaps lifted. I’m not sure. Either way, it’s clear that Quicksilver makes it through the hallway before they hit the ground.
  • The guards reach a height of about 1.5 meters. I will use this to get an estimate of the time for Quicksilver.

Finding the Time

Suppose these guards were launched into the air to a height of 1.5 meters. How long would this take? Assuming there is only the gravitational force acting on the guards, it is a simple projectile motion problem (actually, it’s just like hang time in basketball). I could of course just look up the “hang time formula,” but then I’d have to change the name of this blog from Dot Physics to Dot Just-Look-It-Up.
Let’s start with half of the motion—the part where the guard moves up (assuming that’s what he does) to his highest point. The velocity at the highest point is zero and the time this motion takes is the same time it takes him to fall back down (so finding the total time would just be twice this value). I know the acceleration is –g (-9.8 m/s2) so that I can use the definition of acceleration (in just one dimension):
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Now that I have an expression for the “launch” velocity, I can use the two definitions of average velocity.
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With two expressions for the initial velocity, I can set them equal to each other and eliminate v1.
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Remember, this is the time for half of the “jump”. The total time the guard is in the air would be twice this value. This value is important because during this time Quicksilver has to start from rest, run down the hall, then stop. Actually, it would probably be less than this time since the guards probably didn’t actually jump and Quicksilver probably got to the end of the hallway before they fell.
Using a height of 1.5 meters means that the maximum run time would be 1.1 seconds (MAX).

Accelerating Down the Hallway

Quicksilver has to start from rest, run and increase in speed and then slow down and stop. There are many ways he could do this, but I am going to assume he increases speed with a constant acceleration and then slow down with the same acceleration (except negative). In this case, he would increase speed half the distance and then decrease speed the other half. The motion can be broken into two equal times.
Now instead of a problem with two different accelerations, I have a simpler problem with just constant acceleration. In this problem, Quicksilver starts from rest and runs half the length of the hall in half the time. I will again start with the definition of acceleration (in one dimension).
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I am still using Δt from above. Remember that in both cases this is half the total time, so it’s OK. Let me also call the total length of the hallway as s so that half the hallway will be s/2. As before, I can now use the definition for average velocity (this only works if the acceleration is constant).
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Now with two expressions for the final velocity, I can set them equal to each other and solve for the acceleration.
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OK, now for a comment. You are probably thinking, “Wouldn’t this be easier to just plug values into that one kinematic equation?” Well, that might take less time but it skips all the fun steps. The thing I like to point out is that you can do a bunch of cool stuff just using a few fundamental definitions for acceleration and average velocity.
If I use my values for s and Δt, I get an acceleration of 12.56 m/s2 (just 1.28 G’s). That’s not so bad, but that uses the maximum estimated time. What if Quicksilver wants to do it in half that time (which is more likely since the clip shows all the guards still in the air). With a time of 0.55 seconds, the acceleration is 50.2 m/s2 (5.1 G’s). OK, one more time. If he does it in just a fourth of the total time, the acceleration jumps up to 201 m/s2 (20.5 G’s). That’s still not too bad (it’s just a little bit bad).
But I really think the time is much shorter than that. You actually get a few frames in which you can see the blur of Quicksilver (with Magneto). It’s only 3 frames, but it’s difficult to determine how long of a time interval this corresponds to since it’s clearly in “slow motion mode.” If it wasn’t in slow motion, these three frames would be just 0.066 seconds for an acceleration of 3489 m/s2 (356 G’s). Now that’s a serious acceleration. Magneto wouldn’t get whiplash, he would be dead (assuming that beyond his magnetic super powers he’s mostly human).
Yes, I know there are still many problems with my estimations, in particular the length of the hallway and the time of run. But even in my “best case scenario” I think Magneto would die from the acceleration.

Modeling the Two Acceleration Problem

I said that we could break this running problem into two parts—a part where Quicksilver increases speed and a part where he slows down. I also said that the time for these two parts would be the same. Let’s make sure that’s true.
I can easily model the motion of an accelerating Quicksilver (both positive and negative acceleration) with a numerical calculation. Breaking the motion into small time intervals, I can calculate the position and velocity changes for each step. Putting all the steps together I will get a graph of position vs. time.
I’m not going into all the details, but you can see something very similar in this numerical solution to the xkcd velociraptor problem.
Now for the Quicksilver run—feel free to look at the code by clicking the “pencil” to switch to edit mode.
Notice that I cheated just a little bit. I ran the simulation until the position is 0.98 times the length of the hallway. If you use the entire length, Quicksilver stops before the end of the hallway and then the program runs for ever. You could fix this in a number of ways, but I wanted to do something simple.
The cool thing about the position plot is that it shows two parabolas. The first parabola is for constant and positive acceleration and the second is for constant negative acceleration. Here are some things you can try.
  • What happens if you increase the value of the acceleration (increase the magnitude).
  • Sketch a graph of velocity vs. time. Now check your answer with a plot of velocity vs. time.
  • Come up with a different motion in which Quicksilver accelerates, moves at a constant speed and then slows down and stops. Plot both position vs. time and velocity vs. time.
Those aren’t homework questions, just some suggestions for things you can play with.

Fox Story' David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.

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David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian

To the generation that grew up watching the O.J. Simpson trial, and living in its aftermath, David Schwimmer will perhaps always be known as the gawky and awkward Ross Geller from Friends, which debuted three months after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. That association is essential to understanding the genius of casting Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, the low-key attorney with a lapsed license and a steadfast (if naïve) sense of loyalty to his long-time friend. As Kardashian gets drawn deeper into the media circus—and closer to Simpson—he becomes a first-hand witness to the football star’s increasingly suspect behavior, from his suicidal actions before the Bronco chase to his botched testimony prep to way-too-breezy poker nights in LA County Jail. As Kardashian grimly tolerates O.J.’s outbursts and indulgences, Schwimmer conveys the nagging weight of his conscience with that droopy, on-the-verge-of-tears look familiar to Ross fans—only here, it conveys his own paralysis and sheer exhaustion, which makes Kardashian’s reversal-of-opinion a minor tragedy in its own right. Kardashian doesn’t have the flashiest moments, but his two key scenes—confessing his wavering faith in Juice’s innocence to A.C. Cowlings (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and telling his now-infamous wife Kris (Selma Blair) that he’ll stand next to O.J., but never associate with him after the trial—make this one of the finest roles of Schwimmer’s career. —K.M. McFarland


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John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

Watching John Travolta play Robert Shapiro is a sublime experience, because it forces us to believe a magic trick, even as we understand exactly how the trick works: After the shock of his big-browed, sucked-cheek appearance wears off in the first episode, Travolta disappears into the character, playing the hubris-prone attorney with wry exuberance. This kind of deep-dig is a departure for Travolta, whose on-screen appeal is tied to his undeniable, impossible-to-hide off-screen essence. Even when he’s doing a New York accent in Look Who’s Talking or sporting a truly unfortunate goatee-happy-trail in Swordfish, the audience can see Travolta the actor (and celebrity) underneath. But in The People v. O.J. Simpson, Travolta has mostly achieved the impossible: he’s unTravolta’d himself.
The secret is in his voice. With his jaw locked tight, Travolta lets a high-pitched mewl animate Shapiro—a sound that’s nothing like the actor’s own purring timbre. And he over-annunciates every word, subtly emphasizing how Shapiro seems to think he is the classiest man in the room. Watch his mouth at the press conference in Episode 2, “The Run of His Life”: How he pushes his bottom lip out when he feels affronted. How he purses tight as he watches Robert Kardashian read Simpson’s letter. How he micro-smiles while mentioning that Simpson complimented him before driving away in the Bronco. Sure, he also has masterful makeup and false eyebrows, but Travolta’s transformation goes beyond prosthetics: He’s embodied the narcissistic Shapiro down to his teeth. —Emily

 

Who Gives the Best Performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson?

Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
We all know how tonight’s finale of FX’s pop-culture-conquering, fake-eyebrow-raising American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is going to end. After all, the 10-part mini-series has kept (mostly) faithful to the 1995 double-murder trial of its titular character—who went from football hero to prime-time prime suspect overnight—and the jury’s verdict was so instantly infamous that it’s nearly impossible to spoil, let alone alter in any drastic way.
Still, the other central cliffhanger of The People v. O.J. Simpson remains unresolved: Namely, in a show featuring some of the best small-screen ensemble acting since (no joke) 2003’s Angels in America, which of its performances will remain in our memories long after People rests it case? We assembled WIRED’s own jury of TV lovers—who’ve been watching (and deliberating) this series since it premiered earlier this year—and tasked them each with picking their own favorite actor from Ryan Murphy’s recreation of O.J. trial. As we get ready to make a “Brentwood goodbye” to one of the most compelling TV series of the year, here are our arguments for the performances that made Simpson so scintillating:


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Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

The People v. O.J. Simpson is all about hindsight—looking at a 22-year-old case with 2016 eyes. While most of that Monday morning quarterbacking is rightly reserved for re-examining the racial politics of the era, no single character puts the gender politics of the time into sharper focus than prosecutor Marcia Clark, who was scrutinized during the trial for everything from her childcare methods to her hairstyle. Played deftly by Sarah Paulson—gunning to win an Emmy like it’s the Trial of the Century—Clark is a professional battling to be respected in a courtroom run by men, but she’s also a truth-teller struggling with how much actual humanity she could display during the fight. (Still relevant!) This was evident from the start, but by the time People got to the sixth episode, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”—which follows Clark as she deals with a new hairdo and a set of leaked nudes—Paulson was switching from I-Dare-You toughness to How-Dare-You vulnerability from one scene to the next, with ease. If you followed the case in 1995 you remember just how much the public and media felt entitled to pass judgment on Clark—and how often that judgment came down to some variation of “appalling harpy.” If you’re watching Paulson portray her now, with all of her strength and flaws, it’s easier to see just how unfair her own trial was. No wonder Paulson thinks she’s a “hero.” —Angela Watercutter


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Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson

Let’s get an uncomfortable truth out of the way: He looks nothing like the guy. He’s a bit too short, for starters. His walk, meanwhile, lacks the barrel-chested certitude with which O.J. Simpson carried himself in his pre-murder peak. Even the voice, scratchy and high, can’t quite match up with Simpson’s deep rumble. But in The People v. O.J. Simpson, none of that matters, thanks to Cuba Gooding Jr.’s face. Just look at it—soft but firmly set, adorned with a few well-deserved crevices and crinkles, Gooding’s mug is revealing a secret every time you look at it.
For proof, just watch any of the series’ courtroom scenes, in which Simpson, knowing the court’s cameras are capturing his every move, tries to act like a normal person. It’s a trick the 48-year-old Gooding knows well, having been in the public eye for nearly a quarter-century now—more than enough time for him to have observed (and enacted) all the subtle, supple, autopilot expressions that a celebrity uses when dealing with the press and the public: The appreciative head-nods; the polite, wrinkling grimaces; the arched, watch-me-as-I-take-this-all-in eyebrows. You never know what Simpson’s really thinking, or even what he thinks he’s thinking; you just realize that whatever’s on the surface is an act. It’s only when Simpson is off-camera—such as when he’s confronting Chris Darden on his property, or browbeating his counsel behind bars—that Gooding’s scowl deepens, or his eyes become shark-like narrow, and we see how much emotion the character (and the actor) has been burying deep down, a place he can barely touch anymore. Thanks to Gooding, it’s in moments like these that the series becomes less about the People v. O.J. Simpson, and more about O.J. Simpson v. himself. —Brian Raftery


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Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

Writing for WIRED in 1995, Jon Katz argued that the O.J. spectacle demonstrated that America was “no longer one nation indivisible, if it ever was, but a land peopled by many bitterly divided tribes.” The trial, and its controversial, country-splitting verdict, represented a crisis of empathy—the first of many—and if The People vs. O.J. Simpson does nothing else, it attempts to heal that rift by making both sides seem, if not sympathetic, then at least comprehensible. Nobody deserves more credit for that achievement than Courtney B. Vance, whose masterful depiction of Johnnie Cochran argued away the impression of the crusading attorney as a ridiculous grandstander, instead turning him into a flawed hero of Shakespearian dimensions, a man whose justified fury and sense of mission slides too easily into cynicism and self-dealing. Take a look at the scene in which Cochran is pulled over by a white cop and thrown to the hood of his car in front of his own daughters. In that moment Vance cycles through caution, humiliation, anger, pride, sooth-saying, and tarnished triumph in seconds. You won’t necessarily like Cochran at the end of this series. But you’ll understand why he jumped at the chance to make the O.J. trial a broader discussion about policing and race in America. And while Vance’s portrayal may not make you feel differently about the verdict, it might help you understand why some people did.—Jason Tanz


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Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden

The People vs. OJ Simpson has been a lot of things, but “subtle” isn’t one of them. That’s a compliment—its very soapiness is what kept us caroming through melodramatic moments like pinballs on a Stern Presents: OH NO THEY DIDN’T! table. But in a 10-week cabaret of Big Performances, of preening Travoltas and hangdog Schwimmers and sacrificial Paulsons, the show’s most affecting performance is also its least affected. As prosecutor Christopher Darden, Sterling K. Brown communicates his torment—and, thanks to Johnny Cochran’s masterful manipulation, his professional impotence—not through words, but through pulsing jaw muscles and mute helpless stares. His castmates may traffic in unrestrained sturm und drang, but Brown waits, cannily, to ensure maximum impact: bellowing his frustration at Marcia Clark in a tiny elevator, or daring Judge Ito to hold him in contempt. It helps that back in ’95 Darden was in many ways the stooge of the actual proceedings, pilloried for forcing the Isotoner Offense and generally coming off like Cochran & co.’s chew toy. It was easy to dismiss the over-performer in the trial’s undertow, but two decades later, Brown knows exactly where to find Darden’s humanity: inside him. That’s where it always was—it’s just where a nation of armchair attorneys forgot to look. —Peter Rubin

Watch how Chary Boy kiss Denrele' this is boom

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Former PMAN president Chary Boy has shed more light on his alleged romance with Nigerian TV presenter, Denrele Edun which went viral years ago.


Charly Boy was a guest at Rubbin Minds with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu where he talked about the picture of him kissing Denrele.
He said the picture was leaked with Denrele’s consent until the backlash became too hot for him. The major motive was to publicise the video before gay allegations trailed both parties.
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Better Call Saul Alignment Check: Episode 7, “Inflatable” BCS_207-20150923-UC_0353.JPG

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Finally, some of the Saul swagger we’ve been waiting for. Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, and the rest of the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul writing #squad have always had a way with the montage, and “Inflatable” contains one of the best examples from either show. Inspired by the title object, a flailing inflatable tube man, Jimmy McGill starts dancing—wearing brightly colored suits, flashy ties, playing the bagpipes in the office, purchasing an expensive (and loud) juicer. It’s a hint at the walking spectacle that is, inevitably, the final form of Saul Goodman. But Jimmy actually undertakes this behavior with another purpose: getting fired from HHM without cause, in order to keep his bonus and return to solo practice with some spending money.
It’s one of Better Call Saul’s defter negotiations around its status as a prequel: rooting the outre persona Jimmy will become in his struggle to be a good, if independent, person. There’s the satisfaction of seeing Jimmy wear a pink suit, but also recognizing him as a complex character when, after the job is done, he puts it back in the closet. Jimmy’s actions are a manifestation of the same problem he faces in the episode’s cold-open flashback, presenting an encounter with a grifter that could have come straight out of one of Mad Men’s clunkier Don flashbacks. Is Jimmy going to be a wolf or a sheep, the grifter asks. Jimmy’s answer is always “both,” but the balance is unsustainable.
Or it would be, at least, without Kim Wexler. With his bonus (and desk) in hand, Jimmy pitches Kim on going into business together, becoming partners in law in addition to life. It’s a development that would read as unbelievably corny if it also wasn’t exactly the kind of thing Jimmy would do. And where Jimmy is, in some sense, predictable, Kim finally admits to herself that her boyfriend is going to continue to be himself. She asks him “What kind of lawyer are you going to be?” but the answer has always been obvious. So when she comes to him with a new proposal—practice law solo, but in the same facilities, and with the other around as emotional support—it seems too good to be true. With just a couple of episodes left in the season, it almost certainly is.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Better Call Saul Alignment Check: Episode 8, “Fifi'

Better Call Saul Alignment Check: Episode 8, “Fifi”

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Given that the show is ostensibly about him, Jimmy doesn’t have a ton of agency on Better Call Saul. The whole season, he’s either been wholly reactive or (at best) trying to trick people into doing what he wants—working at Davis and Main as a way of being with Kim, getting himself fired by the firm, even waiting to see if Kim would stay with him in the aftermath. Finally, he takes decisive, independent, action. Duping several soldiers into giving him the opportunity to shoot footage of a bomber jet for a commercial qualifies as just everyday shenanigans for Jimmy McGill. But it’s what he does afterward that represents a plausible ethical turning point for the character, more than perhaps anything else he’s done over the course of the series.
After Kim loses Mesa Verde to Chuck and HHM, Jimmy doctors the records, giving the firm the wrong address. It’s by far the least-defensible thing he’s done over the course of the series—even though he’s doing it for Kim, his action is still an out-and-out deception, something that will hurt several other people at HHM in addition to Chuck and Howard. Besides that, Jimmy’s explicitly taking advantage of Chuck’s condition. When Chuck expresses genuine affection and gratitude that Jimmy stayed with him during a horrific flare up for his condition, it’s genuinely devastating. We might not like Chuck—the show’s villain outside the cartel, if it has one—but Jimmy has, unequivocally, betrayed him. Newly solo practitioner Jimmy McGill is taking his, and Kim’s, destiny into his own hands. It won’t end well.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral