2013 accord

we literally only have THREE WORDS from that song and you don’t even know if they are correct and some of you have already decided the song is #confirmed about a break up in 2013 according to angsty fan fic created back then that you love so much like please chill you don’t know what the song is about until you HEAR IT and read the lyrics so stop the houie wank for a second 

Well I just noticed something.

The marked comment is by a woman named Brittany Eustis.For those who don’t know,she was one of Amber’s best friends but they hadn’t been seen together for about 2 years or so.

So,not only we have another person from Amber’s enviroment who took Johnny’s side but this girl was with them during the Lone Ranger promo tour in july 2013 when according to AH she hid in the bathromm of the jet cause she was afraid for her life and Johnny was drunk.This woman was with them when this supposedly happened.This is her with them in Japan airport.

So this woman knew Amber Heard very personally and was with her and Johnny when this alleged incident happened in the plane but she still took his side and praised the tag #YouCantKeepAGoodManDown.

Well isn’t that very interesting?Of course she could just hate Amber since I believe they weren’t friends anymore but I’m inclined to believe that no woman would support violence against an ex best friend,whatever went down.Whatever her feelings were for Amber even from before the divorce,we know 100% that Amber had a photo with her in the DTLA apartment.We know this cause there’s this is a frame Johnny allegedly broke in in May,when their final fight occured.

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The 2013 Accord in review, as well as the evolution of the Accord over the years

I work at a sporting goods store chain, and we used to carry women’s jeans, key words being used to. Corporate ditched them company wide in 2013 because according to sales, women don’t buy jeans at our store. We expanded our store brand and just do it brand merchandise instead. 

Last week, they had me as a backup cashier, and as I did my usual, “Hi, how are you? Did you find everything okay?” to the lady in line, she asked about women’s jeans.

“Oh, I’m sorry, we stopped carrying women’s jeans. They didn’t really sell.”

And this woman, with the nastiest attitude, goes, “I bought women’s jeans here.”

First of all, no you don’t. Because if you did, you would’ve known before today that we got rid of them 4 years ago.

Second of all, customers seriously have no idea how a business works. Even if you individually bought all your jeans at our store, that wouldn’t make up the cost of providing jeans in multiple sizes at every store in our chain.

Thirdly, she wasn’t even wearing jeans at the time. She was wearing the just do it brand running shorts, which we literally got rid of jeans to sell more of.

businessinsider.com
The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America
More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months.
By Hayley Peterson

“According to many analysts, the retail apocalypse has been a long time coming in the US, where stores per capita far outnumber that of any other country.

The US has 23.5 square feet of retail space per person, compared with 16.4 square feet in Canada and 11.1 square feet in Australia, the next two countries with the most retail space per capita, according to a Morningstar Credit Ratings report from October.

Visits to shopping malls have been declining for years with the rise of e-commerce and titanic shifts in how shoppers spend their money. Visits declined by 50% between 2010 and 2013, according to the real-estate research firm Cushman & Wakefield.”

forbes.com
Artificial Intelligence And Big Data: Good For Innovation?
AI can provide many benefits to our economy and society. Difficulty accessing data needed to train AI systems can create a barrier to entry for startups and other firms, potentially reducing competition and innovation. Data portability is one likely solution.
By Robert Seamans

Artificial intelligence is firmly embedded throughout the economy. Financial services firms use it to provide investment advice to customers, automakers are using it in vehicle autopilot systems, technology companies are using it to create virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, and retailers are using artificial intelligence (AI) together with customers’ prior sales histories, to predict potential purchases in the future, to name but a few examples. The potential of AI to boost economic growth has been discussed in numerous forums, including by Accenture, the Council on Foreign Relations, the McKinsey Global Institute, the World Economic Forum, and President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, among others.

The most dramatic advances in AI are coming from a data-intensive technique known as machine learning. Machine learning requires lots of data to create, test and “train” the AI. Thus, as AI is becoming more important to the economy, so too is data. The Economist highlighted the important role of data in a recent cover story in which it stated “the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” In this sense, both the ability to obtain data about customers, together with the ability to program AI to analyze the data, have become important tools businesses use to compete against each other, and against potential entrants.

A potential entrant that lacks access to good data faces substantial hurdles, and this has led some regulators to question the extent to which control over data creates barriers to entry. For example, in December 2015 FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeney asked: “Can one company controlling vast amounts of data possess a kind of market power that creates a barrier to entry?” This is a worry, because if barriers to entry are too high, entrants will not enter, established firms will not feel competitive pressures, and innovation may suffer. Thus, in March 2017 CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted: “We recognize that data access makes it possible to realize the many benefits of competition and innovation.”

The hurdles faced by entrants may have implications beyond competition and innovation. A common technique that entrants currently use to overcome the lack of customer data is to train their AI on publicly available datasets. But, if these datasets are biased in some way, then the resulting AI will reflect the bias. The worry is that if many entrants use similarly biased datasets, then bias quickly propagates, as argued by Amanda Levendowski.

Access To Data Helps Firms Move Down A Learning Curve

An established firm’s access to data may allow it to take advantage of a learning curve, which may exacerbate barriers to entry for other firms (Michael Spence’s 1981 article in Journal of Political Economy is a classic on this topic). An established firm’s access to data allows it to refine its AI over time, allowing it to get better at offering its AI-enabled product over time. Due to this learning-curve effect, there are increasing returns to scale in data control. As Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson put it, “the real power—for good and ill—is in software and increasing returns to data. If one self-driving car company does well initially, it will be able to collect more data—and then further improve its algorithm. Other companies will not be able to catch up.”

The learning-curve effect is not just about learning how to use your data better, it is about how to better organize your business around the new technology. Take the case of Netflix and Blockbuster in the early 2000s. At the time, Blockbuster was the dominant firm in the video rental business and Netflix was the technology-oriented niche player. The two firms had very different business models: Blockbuster targeted impulse renters; Netflix targeted technologically sophisticated movie buffs via DVDs by mail. Netflix relied on sophisticated logistics software to track its rentals and manage its DVD inventory. Blockbuster eventually realized the threat posed by Netflix and attempted to replicate Netflix’s DVD by mail business, but was unable to do so successfully. By that time, Netflix had benefited from shipping and tracking millions of DVDs and had moved so far down the learning curve, and refined its logistics so well, that Blockbuster was unable to replicate it effectively.

Difficulty accessing data can create a barrier to entry, which has two implications. First, consumers don’t benefit from the innovative new products that a potential entrant might offer. Second, established firms, knowing that there is little chance of entry from a potential rival, may not see the need to innovate and improve on their existing products. Without the threat of entry, then, there may be fewer incentives to innovate.

Is Innovation Suffering? The Evidence Is Mixed

Despite the potential creation of entry barriers, there seems to have been lots of entry by innovative firms, at least in the recent past. Venture capital investment in AI startups grew by 40% between 2013-2016, according to McKinsey Global Institute. Anecdotally, companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have bought up hundreds of innovative startups over the past decade. A recent article in the New York Times suggested these acquisitions were evidence of anticompetitive conduct. But it is not that simple; we do not have the counterfactual of how many of these startups would have been created but for the opportunity of being bought out by a larger incumbent. Put differently, the very fact that firms like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple buy up startups may itself cause more firms to startup in the first place.

Likewise, there seems to be lots of investment by established firms. A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute estimates that established firms spent $2 to $3 billion on AI-related acquisitions in 2016, and between $18 and $27 billion on internal corporate investment in AI-related projects in 2016. Thus, it does not seem like entry and innovation have suffered in the recent past, but there are still a couple reasons to worry about the future.

We have been enjoying a long economic expansion (the third longest in U.S. history). Perhaps there has been entry by so many startups because, thanks to the expansion, there is lots of access to venture capital. When and if venture capital starts to dry up—for example if there is a recession—barriers to entry could become more important. And there are some signs that venture capital is tailing off; seed-stage financing is apparently down 40% from a peak in mid-2015, and some of the decline may be due to fear of established firms, particularly large, platform-oriented technology firms.

Academic research has highlighted, theoretically and empirically, that economic incentives push large platform firms to extract more and more value from the firms that rely on them. Theoretical work in this area includes papers by Joseph Farrell and Michael Katz, and more recently by Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne. Recent empirical work by Wen Wen and Feng Zhu document that when a platform starts to appropriate features of its developers’ applications, the application developers cut back on innovations to those applications. If at some point there is evidence that AI and big data has created an unfair advantage, and innovation is suffering, then what are the remedies?

Data Portability As A Potential Policy Solution

If customer data is deemed to be a critical resource, some form of customer data portability may be a solution. Under such a model, a customer would maintain possession of some core data that he or she could then take from one company to a rival, much in the way that a phone customer can take his or her phone number from one provider to another (which was not always the case). In principle, this should help reduce barriers to entry, because any potential customer of a new entrant could easily shift her data from the established firm to the entrant. Moreover, the ability of the customer to do this creates an incentive for the established firm to innovate and improve upon its existing services for the customer.

In practice, the effectiveness of customer data portability will likely vary across sectors of the economy. The value a consumer gets from a social media platform derives from a network effect—the connection to all the others on the platform. Even if a customer could “port” her own data to a rival social media platform, she would not be able to port her friends’ data, and so customer data portability would have little effect on competition and innovation in this sector. In contrast, customer data portability would have a larger effect on competition and innovation in other sectors such as online shopping or financial services, where a customer could port her prior purchase or transaction history.

But how would this remedy affect the established firm, which initially attracted the customer? One argument is that the originator would have less incentive to invest in the relationship between it and the customer, because ultimately rivals may benefit from that investment, not the originator. But a different argument is that the company may have more incentive to invest in the relationship between it and the customer, so as to create as much value from the relationship so as to not lose the customer to a rival.

Critics of the idea also highlight the important issues of privacy and security. For example, if data can be easily moved from one company to another, might some of the data “leak” to bad actors? Yet, these are issues that companies increasingly need to address anyway. Starting in May 2018, U.S. companies doing business in the EU will need to comply with a comprehensive suite of privacy rules spelled out under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Moreover, consumers do not seem to value privacy very highly. A recent NBER study by Susan Athey, Christian Catalini and Catherine Tucker found that most MIT undergraduate students would be willing to trade personal information in exchange for a free pizza. Ultimately, there may be technological solutions that help maintain customer privacy while allowing for easy customer data portability, as outlined by Ryan Calo in a recent AI policy paper.

In the meantime, policy makers will need to weigh potential risks to consumers from privacy breaches against the potential benefits to consumers from increased competition, and ultimately increased innovation, that may result from customer data portability. Indeed, a year ago the Obama Administration conducted a Request for Information on data portability, and earlier this year the European Commission conducted hearings on customer data portability.

In summary, AI has the potential to provide many benefits to our economy and society. However, startups and established firms that are just beginning to use AI need access to data in order to train their AI systems. Difficulty in accessing the necessary data can create a barrier to entry, potentially reducing competition and innovation. Data portability is not a panacea, but provides many benefits and will likely be part of a suite of solutions ultimately embraced by regulators.

The two pound-for-pound stars collide under the lights of Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights of the past decade.

Just saying: GGG knockout Canelo tonight in the 10th! Damn LSU is going down! College Football 👌

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez is approaching fast. Two of the world’s best boxers are set to throw down over 12, three-minute rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 16 with four of the five middleweight titles on the line.

This is the fight the world should have cared about! Sorry, Mayweather and McGregor. Canelo’s only loss was to Floyd Mayweather in 2013. 

According to Compubox, it was utter domination (Mayweather destroyed him): Mayweather landed 46 percent of his total punches, as opposed to Alvarez, who landed just 22 percent. Mayweather jabs landed 42 percent of the time while Alvarez scored just 15 percent of jabs thrown.The numbers resulted in a (nonsensical) majority decision in favor of “Money” Mayweather for the first and only loss on Canelo’s record.

Figures from the world of boxing are divided in who they think will win the battle for middleweight supremacy.

Addressing Evolution.

To “celebrate” the coming of famed Christian apologist Frank Turek, author of “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist”, to UNCG on Monday, I thought I’d talk about his favorite subject… evolution. And addressing common misconceptions.

Evolution is not a science. Evolution itself is the gradual change in inherited characteristics of biological populations over generations. The theory of evolution is the study of this occurrence, but it is science. This is something that Christian right-wingers need to accept. Evolution is currently the leading theory of how life diversified. This needs to be repeated. It is the leading theory of how life diversified. Diversification and the beginning of life are not the same thing.

Creationists and proponents of intelligent design will tell you, over and over again that these two things are the same, evolution and abiogenesis. They are not. Abiogenesis is one of the theories relating to the origin of life, particularly that life arose from simple nonliving matter, simple organic compounds. Evolution does not need to understand the origin of life. It would help, certainly, but it is not necessary. Evolution quite simply refers to the diversification of life, as in how it began to change throughout the world, and the processes which occur, will occur, in order for life to continue.

Let’s talk about common misconceptions. “If we evolved from monkey’s why are monkey’s still around?” This right here sounds ridiculous. I’m not going to apologize for saying that it does, it just does. A common ancestor is what we have in common with apes, monkey’s, and great apes. A common ancestor is exactly what it sounds like. A common ancestor is a type of life-form from which various species arouse. Various distinct types of simians and humans share a common ancestor. We did not evolve from monkey’s. At some point two populations of the common ancestor species split off and one slowly became proto-humans, while the other population became proto-simians.

“Watches are complex, humans are unimaginably more complex! Therefore there must be a creator!” No. Watches are made of metal, and do not create even more watches independently. Humans are living beings, capable of change in genetic information throughout life and of reproduction. We’ve had millions of years to transform, to adapt, modern humans have been around for roughly 250,000 years. That’s a very long time. And our ancestors have been around for an even longer period of time.

“I can’t imagine a time period that long!” “I don’t get it, it doesn’t make sense” These are arguments from ignorance, or “unfathomable complexity” and do not weaken evolution or abiogenesis in anyway shape or form. You not willing to learn about something doesn’t make it any less real, likely, or known.

“Evolution is not a science because it has never been observed!” Do you ever wonder why you need to renew your flu vaccination? That’s because of evolution. That is observation of evolution. Your body is evolution’s playground. Because flu viruses evolve, adapt overtime, and thus the flu vaccination needs to be administered yearly, because of bacteria and viruses must be perpetually evolving, changing, adapting to the same drugs that just year were capable of halting the sicknesses advance into your body and immune system. Another example is the evolution of the Atlantic tomcod, which evolved a resistance to PCB, a toxic chemical dumped into a river, a process which occurred over 30 years in the Hudson river, thanks to actions caused by General Electric.

Look scientific literacy is extremely important. It is important to have a mind capable of understanding at least basic scientific rhetoric. It is important to understand the basics of the science behind vaccinations. It is cool to know at the very least the minimum behind what caused our species to become what it is. It is important to know how to analyze scientific literature that is intended to educate the general public about science and how science impacts us in our daily lives. In the current world, there is no excuse, especially in America for not understanding the basic points of evolution, yet millions of Americans don’t understand evolution, and they fear what they don’t get. According to a study documented by the Huffington Post 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats have a belief in evolution. And this study was posted in December of 2013. Also according to this 1 in 3 Americans do not acknowledge a belief in Evolution. That’s a serious problem. And that’s a lot of Americans. In 2012 that would have been over 100,000,000 Americans. That is scary. This is rudimentary biology.

Remaining educated is important. Understanding science, in an increasingly scientific world is going to remain a crucial skill. Do not let people who benefit from ignorance and from misconceptions, benefit from your lack of education or scientific literacy. Education does not stop or start at school, education is lifelong and it is a mission that needs to be actively pursued.

CAMERON DALLAS & MADISON BEER AFFAIR

Or we can call it ‘one side obssesion’. Obviously, Cameron is obsessed with 15 year old Madison. But how it all started? Let’s go back in time…

Jan 7 2013

According at Madison’s tweets, she was really depressed. People called her ugly and worthless (or something like this). This is her tweet:

And Cameron responded:

Let’s face it. She is really beautiful and talented. But she is not an angel. She’s lying about her career and she’s lying to her fans. Here’s the video how she was really 'discovered’. (click here) Well, Scooter Braun (hers and Justin Bieber’s manager) knew her mom from before. They were just waiting for the right time to 'discover’ her.Oh and I don’t know if you saw a video of her fingering herself. I saw it, and trust me, it was pretty nasty for a 15 year old girl. 

But I’m not here to talk only about her. I just wanted you to know which girls is Cameron falling for. Nothing happened in the romance, until…

May 25 2014

It was Carter Reynolds’s birthday party and Cameron and Madison went there together. They were holding hands and acting like a real couple. Here are few photos:

And photos on the party:

As you can see, Madison is spending a lot of time with Magcon boys. It’s not really shocking, because she’s also hanging with King Bach and she also acts in their vines. She’s a really great friend with Bieber and Selena Gomez. Some people are saying that she’s just using them for fame. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. I don’t know about that. Well, than that tweet appeared:

This girl tweeted this on the same day as Carter’s party. But I found out it was just a bunch of lies. A day after the party, Madison tweeted this:

And than this happened:

Than Cameron tweeted: »shady people will say anything« right after those DM’s came out:

You can see here, Madison confirmed that they’re only friends. 

The problem is solved. Madison and Cameron ARE NOT dating. But the truth is, he’s in love with her. And I guess it’ll take time for him to forget her. 

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Thanks for reading and if you want me to make an ask.fm account, let me know. And also, ASK ME if you have any questions about MAGCON BOYS. :)

…alrght this “go through my archive” task became instantly overwhelming, which it always does. I mean, I’ve got 22,636 posts in my blog so I guess it stands to reason that it’d be overwhelming? But I KNOW I’ve been double reblogging stuff and at this point it’s impossible to find anything I want from the past without sorting through a billion posts. I’ve been reblogging non-fandom art, Disney, MCU and SPN Fanart since January, 2013, according to my archive. There’s more picspam back then, before I got saturated, but still…

I think this calls for side blogs - some place that’d JUST be an archive of, say, fanart. Or maybe JUST SPN fanart in one, just MCU fanart in another, etc. Not even for other people’s usage, so much as for my own, because if I had one place with all the SPN fanart, etc., that’d just make things easier. And I could then delete those posts from the archive of this blog, maybe keeping, I dunno, a year back log? six months? And then before that would just be whatever personal posts seem worth saving.

Does anyone do something like this? How has it worked for you?

For now…I just grabbed the Tumblrs for @unforth-spn-fanart and @unforth-mcu-fanart and @unforth-art-archive for everything else, cause I don’t post enough of any other fandom for it to warrant it’s own blog (except maybe Yuri on Ice, but since I don’t start posting that at all til about a year ago I don’t have to worry about it yet).

Friendly reminder that when I feel stressed and overwhelmed I start compulsively organizing shit.

anonymous asked:

What do you think might make the NHK victory 'personal'? Might it be to do with winning 13GPs? Or maybe something about Japan? Could it be something in their family/home life? Did one of them have a lapse of confidence going into last week? My mind has been reeling - I want to know what makes one GP different to another... though maybe it was just press puff from T...

Ummmmmmmmmmm they’re all fantastic questions.

Tessa may be very politically correct when she speaks but based on how Scott also looked very emotional I don’t think it was a press puff.

Besides this being their last GP…I really have no clue.

But one of the rings she wears is her Toujours “Always” ring which she got in Japan in 2013, according to a tweet response she gave a fan back in 2014 post Sochi.

So I don’t know what makes Japan special for them but they must have special memories. 😊

CinemaVariety's Top Favorite Films of 2014

Well my fellow friends and film lovers - another year has passed. And that means it was another year filled with cinematic possibilities. Foreign films seemed to dominate the market this year (Goodbye to Language, Norte, Force Majeure, Mommy, Winter Sleep). It was refreshing to see so many films from other countries gaining widespread appeal in the U.S. I feel as if last year was a much stronger year for films, but after taking a poll it seems as if most of you disagree and found 2014 to be the better year. Either way, it was a great year. The following list is comprised of the my favorite 17 films that were released this year. I understand that a few titles on this list are classified as 2013 releases according to IMDb. However, they only went through some festivals last year. They didn’t get wide distribution until 2014.

Honorable Mentions:
Guardians of the Galaxy
Selma
The One I Love
Maps to the Stars
Force Majeure
Snowpiercer
The Sacrament
The Immigrant


** This list is in order. **

#17 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
Directed by Bryan Singer

Action is probably one of my least favorite genres. I don’t find entertainment in exploding buildings or all the other cliches that are found in most action films. However, Days of Future Past is an exception. I really enjoyed First Class and found it to be the best X-Men movie made (at that time). I was disappointed when I found out that Matthew Vaughn wouldn’t be directing this one. The man obviously knows how to direct a good action film (Kick-Ass). However Bryan Singer improved on the last film, making Days of Future Past the best X-Men movie ever made.

#16 - The Two Faces of January
Directed by Hossein Amini

I went into this one knowing that it was based on a book by author Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley which was a great film. This film was pretty divisive among viewers and critics but I found it to be a rewarding experience. Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac are two of my favorite actors and their performances in this film brought it to life. Tensions rise as Dunst and Isaac’s characters grow close in the midst of tragedy while Mortensen’s character attemps to fix the mess they all have gotten themselves into. Filmed on location in Greece, the landscapes are beautiful and you cannot help but lose hope for these characters as their circumstances become more dire.

#15 - Whiplash
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Wow, was this film an electrifying experience! Who knew that a movie about jazz drumming could be so intense? Miles Teller kills it in his role that literally brings about blood, sweat, and tears. But the real talent here is J.K. Simmons as the conductor. I began to fear his character more than some of the most evil villains in film. His bursts of rage caused me to wince - however, he also has a real humanity to him that shines throughout. The last ten minutes of the film is the real reason why Whiplash made its way onto this list. I literally wanted to just get up and start dancing as the credits rolled.

#14 - A Most Violent Year
Directed by J.C. Chandor

This was the very last addition to this list. All I can say is is that I’m glad that I watched it before posting my final decisions. I had read many things about A Most Violent Year, ranging from countless praise to disappointed viewers who found the story to be a bore. The heart of this film is simply about people searching for the American dream. This is an essential theme explored in countless films. The setting is New York in 1981 - the year with the highest recorded amount of murders and rapes. The city is living in a paranoid fear and Oscar Isaac’s character must navigate through this panic in order to help his business flourish. Jessica Chastain, who is probably my favorite actress at the moment, brings a heated ferociousness to the screen like I’ve never seen in her before. She literally steals every scene, it’s just too bad she was underutilized. 

#13 - It Felt Like Love
Directed by Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman has made one of the most powerful coming-of-age stories of the year. I have a soft-spot for films about troubled/destructive youth and It Felt Like Love was all that and more. It was like watching a much more quiet and introspective Larry Clark film. The film focuses on the awkward stage of adolescence and the pains of puberty. What I loved most about it is how quiet it was. Not much dialogue is used. In place of talking we hear the crashing of waves, the rustling of foliage, and the whispers of breeze. This is some real poetic cinema. The director was able to make an important statement without endless dialogue. When the last shot appears on screen and the credits began, I felt like I just got punched in the gut - but it felt so good.

#12 - Starry Eyes
Directed by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

I’ve written about this film before, it earned the number one spot on my top horror films of the year list. It is so much more than a horror film. To be truthful, it probably wouldn’t even be classified under the horror genre if it wasn’t for the brutal last 25 minutes. I greatly enjoy films about the nightmares of Hollywood (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire). There are some obvious style similarities to David Lynch, but it didn’t bother me a bit! Lynch doesn’t direct anymore so it was nice to see a film that resembled his work in some way. The score was brooding and the cinematography was impressive as well. Alex Essoe brought it all to the table as the main character. I even read that she actually put real bugs in her mouth for one of the stomach-churning sequences. That’s commitment right there.


#11
- Birdman
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance was one of my top awaited films of 2014. I mean, the fact alone that Iñárritu was stepping away from making devastating films to tackle a comedy was enough to get my excited. With Lubezki on board to shoot it, and knowing that it was going to simulate one long take, I was brewing with excitement. I ended up loving it, maybe not quite as much as I anticipated, but all in all it was quite an experience. The camerawork alone caused me to actually see it twice in theatres. The constant tracking shots and not cutting away from the characters gave the audience the mad panic that was constantly running through Michael Keaton’s character. The incessant drumming gave the project this manic energy that shone through the entire film. One of my favorite parts was this surreal sequence near the end, we see: an empty theatre set with dust particles floating through the air and a neon glow coming in through the window, a lone lamp glowing bright in the dark room, and a beach at sunset with tons of dead jellyfish lying about. This is evoking a feeling, this is cinematic poetry at its finest.

#10 - Under the Skin
Directed by Jonathan Glazer

The trailer for Under the Skin is what really peaked my interest. I love psychedelic cinema (Beyond the Black Rainbow, Enter the Void, The Holy Mountain), so I knew that this was going to be a real treat. After seeing it my first time, I left the theatre puzzled and disappointed. Yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for months afterward and that’s when I realized the effect that the film had on me. I was under its spell and it required a rewatch - and I must say I fell in love with it after a second viewing. It’s a totally meditative and aesthetic film all about the human experience - viewed through an extraterrestrial’s eyes. I really appreciate Glazer for making this because you just don’t find films like this anymore. The fact that it even was made and got a widespread distribution is surprising enough. Glazer tells the story through striking images: waves crashing down on a family, a cyclone of mist rising from the ocean, motorcyles weaving their way through the fog, and human flesh gently undulating in a black abyss.

#9 - Beneath The Harvest Sky
Directed by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly

I can say with certainty that Beneath The Harvest Sky was one of the most underrated films of this year. How is no one talking about this? The movie was made by two documentarians and this is apparent by the realism in the film. It touches on deep and personal subject matter such as broken homes, drug addictions, insecure youth, and friendships that hold strong even when tested. Emory Cohen (who I recognize from Place Beyond The Pines) plays a character who can easily be detestable - but his earnest loyalty to his best friend makes him come across as just another human being suffering from an array of emotional trauma. The film really did warm my heart, even through all the darkness that is displayed. Check this movie out, it’s not one to be missed.


#8
- Enemy
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve put out two great films in the course of a year - Prisoners and Enemy. I enjoyed them both, but my love lies with the latter. To tell you the truth, I would never guess that the same director made those two films. They are on opposite sides of the film spectrum but that goes to prove Villeneuve’s originality and diversity as a director. Don’t ask me what this movie was about, it cannot be explained. I love films that raise more questions then they answer. Artistic interpretation is needed for Enemy, and I have read various different explanations by viewers and they all are interesting. I can say that this is the far superior doppelganger story compared to The Double, which I found to be slightly mediocre. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, the eerie washed-out yellow look, and the spider symbolism made Enemy one of the best films released this year.

#7 - Kill Your Darlings
Directed by John Krokidas

I added Kill Your Darlings to my watch list after discovering that one of my favorite actors, Dane Dehaan, was cast in it. After watching it, not only was I impressed with his performance but I was almost equally impressed with Radcliffe’s. He proved that he has range as an actor in this project. I have a huge interest 1960s counter-culture such as the beat generation. Kill Your Darlings documents the rise of the beat poets. We have portrayals of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Carr, and Burroughs all on board here. The relentless drug use and loud jazz music brings the time period to life.

#6 - A Field in England
Directed by Ben Wheatley

I’ve already mentioned my love for psychedelic cinema - and A Field in England meets all the requirements. Nonsensical storyline? Check. Characters coming back from the dead? Check. Flashing mirrored images resulting in an epileptics worst nightmare? Check. Ultimately, insanity ensues throughout the run time of A Field in England. This marks British director Ben Wheatley’s most experimental and unconventional film yet. I absolutely adored his spine-tingling sophomore effort, Kill List, which struck a nerve in me. I consider it to be one of the scariest films ever made - what can I say, cults freak me out. A Field in England is shot gorgeously in black and white and the beautiful landscape offers some sinister surprises for the characters. This film is the epitome of psychedelic - let’s just hope you don’t have a bad trip.

#5 - The Signal
Directed by William Eubank

William Eubank released his second film this year, The Signal, and I found it to be the best science fiction film of 2014. The first time I laid eyes on the trailer I just knew that I needed to see this film. I read reviews comparing it to District 9 - all the more reason I needed to see it. I drove an hour away to watch the film and it was sure worth the gas money. I even ended up seeing it again a second time on the big screen when it eventually screened in my home town. The Signal is a complex and head-scratching journey. Every time you think you know what is happening - something disproves that and you are left stumbling to find other answers. The film doesn’t heavily rely on action - and most of the action sequences are shot using incredible slow motion FX. Some people said that this style was overused in the film. But after reading how little the budget was, it made sense that Eubank utilized slow motion to achieve these special effects. In fact - the visuals in this film are spectacular - and the ending left my jaw hanging open.

#4 - Noah
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Let me start by stating that Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors of all time. In fact, Requiem for a Dream is one of my top 5 favorite films. I was a little discouraged when I discovered that Aronofsky was going to cover a biblical epic. After reading that the budget with this film was more than all of his previous works combined - I questioned whether Darren would fall victim to the Hollywood system. Thankfully he didn’t, and his hypnotic style and vision carried through in Noah. The film was panned by both critics and audiences alike. It found more support by non-religious fans compared to the Christian community. The second half of the film is where all the power lies. The characters find themselves in ethical and moral dilemmas resulting in a much more dark and depressing environment than I ever imagined. Noahis depicted as a pretty miserable human being and by the time the flood arrives - all hell breaks loose. No pun intended.

#3 - I Origins
Directed by Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill took my breath away in his feature debut, Another Earth. The work was so profound and raised all these existential ponderings about humanity and identity. So I obviously had high hopes for his second film - I Origins. This time, Cahill focuses his efforts on bringing about ideas such as past lives, reincarnation, and the human eye. I find it fascinating that his films blend science with religious thought and spirituality. Why can’t the two co-exist? Cahill managed to touch my soul and bring tears to my eyes (just like Another Earth). The ending for this film is abrupt, and leaves viewers with so many questions that aren’t clearly explained. But hey, that’s life right? We don’t have all the answers. Instead, we only have parts of the puzzle and all we can do is try to piece them together to see the bigger picture. Let me just say, Brit Marling knows how to pick great roles!

#2 - Frank
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Frank was everything I love about a movie. This marks my second Michael Fassbender film on this list. The man can do no wrong in my eyes. Fassbender is like some kind of shapeshifter. He has played a supervillain, an intelligent robot, a sex-addicted New Yorker, a slave owner, and now he graces us with his character Frank - a socially awkward and mentally ill musician who wears a giant plastic head. Frank is everything I love about a movie: eccentricity, madness, mentally disturbed characters, and avant-garde musicianship. I have a strange sense of humor, and this film made me laugh a lot. This is mostly due to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s absolutely bat-shit crazy performance. But above all, Frank is much more than just a comedy, it is just as dramatic as it is comical. Many people were letdown with the tonal shift that occurs halfway in the film. But I loved it. It’s not presenting mental illness as some sort of thing to laugh at. It shows the devastation that it causes these characters, while they also get to confront their inner demons. 

#1 - Interstellar
Directed by Christopher Nolan

I feel as if Interstellar was the film I have been waiting for my whole life. I am a big sucker for space dramas (Gravity made the number one spot on my top films of 2013 list). My anticipation grew after finally discovering the plot - mankind using a wormhole to access different galaxies to find a planet habitable for human life. Nolan is an ambition filmmaker, but even this seemed too good to be true! I have a fascination with the cosmos and I’m always looking up and questioning our place in the universe, what our significance is, and whether or not some entity is out there looking up and asking the same questions. I saw this film in an IMAX dome theatre, and the experience was a physical one. The seats were literally shaking when the rocket takes off. This was the perfect film to see in this setting because the curvature of the screen made it look like I was actually staring into space. The screen was so large that I had to move my head when objects traveled across screen. Nolan mounted IMAX cameras to the end of military fighter jets in order to capture some of these visuals - another awesome technique from a master who tries to use as little CGI as possible. The visual grandeur of Interstellar caused my jaw to drop and the hairs on my arms to rise. This is an intelligently made science fiction film which is always changing direction - never becoming predictable in any sense. The idea of relativity, and space-time being much different, definitely messed with my head. Above all, Interstellar touched me on a deeper level. Tears rolled down my face both times I saw this, and it proved to be a spiritual experience as well. After exiting the theatre, I was left with a renewed appreciation for my life and the Earth I inhabit.

Grimmie Family files lawsuit against AEG Live and Orlando Philharmonic

**this is a summary of what Billboard has published, I took out the graphic words so this is not exact wording. TL;DR at bottom**

The Grimmie family’s suit was filed Tuesday (Dec. 20) in Florida and also names The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation, which owns the Plaza Live venue where Grimmie performing, as well as the security company working the event. In it, Grimmie’s father, mother and brother allege wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress caused from the circumstances, saying the defendants “failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue.”

The lawsuit claims that only “superficial bag checks” were performed on attendees, rather than any body pat downs or the use of metal detectors that would have provided some safeguard against concertgoers bringing weapons into the theater. 

Grimmie’s family had committed itself to supporting her ambitions and as the suit explains Grimmie’s own career milestones, it also illustrates her parents’ (Albert and Tina Grimmie) and brother’s commitment to supporting her – and their own financial investments. They all moved to Los Angeles from 2012–2013 and, according to the suit, Grimmie “provided financial support to her parents.” Her brother, Marcus, also worked as her road and co-tour manager. 

While the Plaza Theater has previously implemented more serious security measures for some past events, it did not for Grimmie’s concert, the suit states. That decision came despite that more than 40 percent of Florida households contain at least one fire arm – giving reason to believe that concert attendees might bring firearms with them if prohibitive security measures are not put in place. The suit also states the theater’s general manager of six years had been fired nine days before the casualty and replaced with a new general manager who had only a week’s experience working there.

All three defendants, Grimmie’s family asserts, owed a duty to protect the concert’s performers and its attendants and failed: “The loss of Christina was caused by the negligent and culpable conduct of the defendants who failed to provide adequate security measures to protect Christina at the Plaza Live Theater on June 10, 2016.”

As individuals and on behalf of Grimmie’s estate, Grimmie’s family requests a recovery the future support the singer would have provided to her family members, the singer’s projected income after taxes had she lived to normal life expectancy and any and all medical and funeral expenses paid. Grimmie’s parents, Albert and Tina, are also requesting damages for their mental pain and suffering from their loss. Her brother, Marcus, is requesting compensation for the physical and emotional trauma Grimmie’s loss caused, as well.

The Grimmies are requesting a jury trial. There has been no response and no date has yet been set for any hearings.


TL:DR – The Grimmie family has filed a lawsuit against the team’s behind The Plaza Live theater. The Grimmie’s request compensation for mental pain, the money Christina would have made and shine a light onto the security concerns from that night. Jury trial has been request by The Grimmie’s. 

Full Video This footage was captured on a security camera in Sarasota, FL in June of 2013. According to the homeowner, the little girl was not harmed but the camera was broken. They have no idea how he got in or out of the house without setting off the alarm and there was no sign of forced entry. Since the break-in the family has moved out of state and asks to remain anonymous. Not sure if this truly is Wrinkles The Clown or someone posing as him. I have no idea if this is real or fake, but it looks pretty scary non-the-less.

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Lolong the Crocodile helped prove that giant crocs could and do exist in the wild. This amazing animal measure 6.17 meters - 20.2 feet - from snout to tail, and he weighed an astounding 2,370 pounds. In 2012, Lolong was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. He was kept captive as rumors that he had killed and eaten a farmer before his capture began to spread. Out of worry that the local farmers and villagers would kill him, he was kept safe in an exhibit. LoLong passed away on  the 10th of February, 2013. According to his autopsy, he died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest. 

Giant Crocodiles have been reported very often in history but until Lolong was discovered, it was not known that one could grow to such an extreme size.