23 Oddly Satisfying Soviet-Era Control Rooms

In the 69 years of its existence the Soviet Union, or USSR, became an industrial and technological behemoth. The communist union of republics (many of which were unwilling members that were kept behind the iron curtain by force), sent the first man into space, was the catalyst behind the defeat of the Nazis and had a list of rather impressive achievements in its short history, despite obvious flaws in the makeup of its society. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: republic.ru crimea.ria.ru One thing we can all appreciate, however, is the strange beauty of these Soviet-era control rooms. Before digitization, things like power plants, railway systems, space programs and nuclear weapons had to be monitored by huge banks …

Inside the Hybrid Digital-Analog Lives of Children

Kids today are voracious technology consumers for sure, but they are also active participants—creators, collaborators, and even influencers. So parents have much more to wrestle with than some broad-brush notion of “screen time.” Whatever you think of Fortnite, when children play it they are working together as a team (that’s good!), in a tech-mediated environment (is that bad?); and they’re not just playing a videogame, they’re socializing—factor that into your screen-time calculus. The youngs are also creating their own content, from unboxing toy reviews and “watch me play Minecraft” videos to DIY slime posts on Instagram, some of them attracting massive audiences and making serious money. They have agency and aspirations online, which makes them vulnerable to the same forces …

The best Netflix original documentaries of 2019

Documentaries are enjoying a boom in 2019, particularly on streaming services. Netflix has led the charge with high-profile documentaries on Billy McFarland’s spectacular Fyre Festival failure and the congressional campaigns of four female Democrats, including Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-N.Y.). But the streaming giant has also released several humbler, equally addictive docuseries, delving into Southeast Asian street cuisine and using sports to explore the obtuse concept of losing. From single-serving feature films to binge-worthy series, these are the best Netflix original documentaries of 2019. The best Netflix original documentaries of 2019 1) (nine-episode docuseries) Street Food,the newest offering fromChefs TablemastermindsDavid Gelb and Brian McGinn,has the lovely filmmaking and meticulous food porn shots that you have come to expect from them, and much of …

Me Too Backlash Is Getting Worse

A stunning 60% of male managers said they’re uncomfortable mentoring, working one-on-one, and socializing with women at work, according to a survey released Friday morning by , the women’s advocacy group founded by Facebook executive said overwhelmingly Some men also like to claim that women are fabricating claims. Those fears are largely unfounded, Thomas said. She points out that the same myth surrounds sexual assault. False accusations make up a very low percentage of reported rapes, according to more. for his work with men who’ve been fired for sexual misconduct. His firm also represents women in sexual harassment cases. “MeToo has had a chilling effect on the relationship between men and women in the workplace. Men are either scared to …

From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn: 50 great thrillers by women

In response to a list of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female authors, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominate some alternatives When the Sunday Times picked its The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey A teenage war orphan accuses two women of kidnap and abuse, but something about her story doesnt add up. The Field of Blood by Denise Mina The first in the Paddy Meehan series sees the reporter looking into the disappearance of a child from his Glasgow home, with evidence pointing the police towards two young boys. A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine Writing under her pen name, Ruth Rendell tells of the discovery of a woman …

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Photoshop played an outsize role in the odious college admissions scandal that broke earlier this year. Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes. With the Photoshopped water polo image in particular, the one that helped an undistinguished high schooler get recruited by USC, Singer seems to have created a mythological creature—a Ceto for the digital age. Call them the Collegiae: They’ve got the heads of princesses and the bodies of serpents. To mark the moment, a Twitter friend, Peter Mohan, ginned up an image …

Dad Makes Goth Daughter Feel At Home In This German Hardware Store Ad

The Goth subculture, which began in the ’80s on the back of the punk subculture of the ’70s, has survived and thrived over the years along with its associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. Goths have contributed much to wider culture over the years, with icons like Robert Smith, David Bowie, Nico and Tim Burton heavily influenced by the dark, artistic and androgynous characteristics of the Goth scene. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online Everyone needs their support network, don’t they? In the absence of other Goths in the town, this queen of darkness is fortunate to have a father that supports her unconditionally. HORIZONT Online HORIZONT …

Cannes 2019 week one roundup: zombies, babies and a sleeping Bill Murray

Jim Jarmusch embraces the undead and Ken Loach continues his career resurrection Its the opening day of the 72nd Cannes film festival and all is calm on the promenade. The sky is a warm blue, the sea is smooth as glass and the old men play boules on the patch of sand by the bandstand. The place is quiet, too quiet; it puts the senses on edge. This event, after all, thrives on incident and uproar. It needs to rip back the curtain and snap our eyes open. It needs a film to knock the world off its axis and shake the dead from their graves. After a fashion, thats what its about to receive. This whole things going to …

The ‘Jurassic Park’ computer company just got sold for $1.3 billion

New York (CNN Business)Cray has been synonymous with supercomputing for nearly half a century. Now the legendary tech company is joining the business that pioneered Silicon Valley: HP Enterprise. The first Cray computer, the Cray-1, was less than a thousandth the speed of an iPhone XS and had 8 MB of memory (0.2% of the iPhone’s memory). It cost just under $9 million ($33 million in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation). But Cray computers were a game-changer. They revolutionized weather forecasting simulations decades ago, and they continue to predict weather today. NOAA’s weather-prediction system is built by Cray, Dell (DELL) and IBM (IBM). Supercomputers are also used for national defense and scientific research, among other projects. The human genome was …

40 Perfectly Captured Animal Images Get Turned Into Hilarious Sculptures By Japanese Artist

Japanese artist Scroll down below to check them all out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments! #1 Do you know where the concept of memes originally came from? This popular form of communication actually has its roots in academia, and the term was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his famous 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. His original idea of a meme was “a unit of cultural transmission or imitation,” with examples including the concept of God, nursery rhymes and jokes, catchphrases and fashion trends. According to The Conversation, the word “comes from the Greek “mimema”, meaning imitated, which Dawkins supposedly shortened to rhyme with gene; a nod to the similarities between the survival of …

Maluma’s Rep Defends The Singer’s Controversial Kiss Photo With Mom – ‘It’s Normal In Latin Culture’ – Perez Hilton

Maluma made waves on Mother’s Day, and he’s standing by his action! After the Colombian singer shared a photo on Instagram planting a kiss on his mother’s lips, many were confused by his display of affection, and his rep is here to school you. Related: Madonna Drops Spicy New Track ‘Medellín’ With Maluma The 25-year-old’s caption on his post (pictured above) translates to: “Happy day love of my life, Happy Mother’s Day. ❤️” But did he take it too far? Many commenters thought so: “I kiss my baby on the mouth but at a certain age that shit gotta stop cause it don’t look cute” “WTF?! Is your mother or your girlfriend?!😂” “What in the name of lannisters is going on here??🙆‍♀️” …

Calls for Jeremy Kyle show to be axed

The broadcaster said everyone at the show was “shocked and saddened” and “thoughts are with the family and friends”. An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is likely to be opened within the next few days, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner’s office said, and they are awaiting the result of the post-mortem investigation. Commenting on the case, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes. “We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.” ‘I worked on The Jeremy Kyle Show’ The pre-recorded episode Mr Dymond took part in was based on the subject of infidelity and it …

Everything We Know About The College Admissions Scandal Part TWO! – Perez Hilton

Way back on March 12 (seems like forever ago, doesn’t it?), news broke that more than four dozen rich and high-profile people had been indicted by the federal government on charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, bribery, conspiracy, and a whole host of other allegations. It rocked the internet, and quickly after the entertainment industry, as it was soon revealed that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Macy were among those indicted on bribery and fraud charges. For days it seemed like the scandal — in which parents of soon-to-be college students allegedly bribed athletic department officials across the country to accept their kids as phony athletic recruits — was all anyone could talk about! And while it certainly hasn’t fallen out of …

So Long to Grumpy Cat, Amazons Special Warehouses, and More News

We're pouring one out for Grumpy Cat, Amazon is doing damage control after some bear-spray incidents, and ocean plastics are choking us out. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Grumpy Cat is headed to cat heaven The viral sensation Grumpy Cat passed away at 7 years old today, and with her a time where the internet was a joyful and united place. Let us all honor her memory by remembering the time when our memes were all as pure and fluffy as she was. Plastics aren't just strangling animals, but us too Scientists have revealed that the toxins from plastics in the ocean can leach into seawater and inhibit the growth and …

How The Big Bang Theory came to rely on over familiar chemistry

Once the geeks got the girls the shows family-friendly comedy was smothered in cosiness Whats the greatest sweeping gender generalisation you can think of? For men, that intelligence equates to social ineptitude? For women, that blond equals dumb? Its amazing that Sheldon Cooper PhD, borderline obsessive-compulsive and utterly lacking in people skills, obviously thanks to his gargantuan IQ. There is physicist Leonard Hofstadter PhD, a self-aware nerd, therefore better with people and less awkward with the ladies. He was only allowed to move in with Sheldon after signing the Roommate Agreement (Roommates must notify each other 12 hours in advance if they wish to have a house guest. If Sheldon turns into a zombie, Leonard cannot kill him.). Round their …

Temperatures In Northern Russia Hit 84F Over The Weekend

Northwest Russia saw temperatures jump to 29°C (84°F) in Arkhangelsk, which is just below the Arctic Circle, over the weekend just as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels topped 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history. “Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Since before modern humans existed millions of years ago,” tweeted meteorologist Eric Holthaus at the time. “We don’t know a planet like this.” According to the Washington Post, the temperature in this part of Russia is generally around 12°C (54°F) this time of year. The publication notes that warm conditions in the area come from a high-pressure system over western Russia, in particular, a “manifestation of the arrangement …