Depth of Field: The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals’ Game 5

The Toronto Raptors were not supposed to be here. I don't mean here as in the NBA Finals. Here, as in up 3-1 in the series and back in Jurassic Park for game 5, with history at their feet. They'd been among the top teams in the Eastern Conference for the better part of the season, so it wasn't all that surprising they had the championship within their grasp, but they were up against the Golden State Warriors, a megazord entity that seemingly doesn't know how to lose. When I think of the Warriors and all that they’ve amassed—three championships in the past five years; top-dog status in the league; a litany of records I won’t attempt to list here …

Bridging the Internet’s Digital Language Divide

Around half the world’s population still lacks access to the internet. Companies like Facebook, SpaceX, and Amazon want to change that by launching constellations of satellites into the sky, which will beam internet back down to Earth. But even if these projects succeed, tech giants may face a more fundamental problem in bridging the digital divide: language. There are thousands of different tongues spoken around the world, but most of the content on the web is only available in a select few, primarily English. More than 10 percent of Wikipedia is written in English, for example, and almost half the site’s articles are in European dialects. Getting one billion more people online is often held up as the next major …

Here are 5 ways to show your patriotism on Flag Day 2019

(CNN)There are three weeks until the Fourth of July, but if you can’t wait til then to celebrate the Stars and Stripes, we have another patriotic holiday for you. 1. Learn the proper way to display and handle the flag Today is actually part of a larger patriotic celebration — Flag Week — during which police stations, fire departments and schools are urged to display the flag and government buildings are required to. Join in by flying the red, white and blue outside your home. Just be aware that flag etiquette requires that no other flag can be flown higher than the national flag and that the flag cannot touch the ground or any surfaces beneath it. For more guidelines …

Mira Sorvino says she was date raped and calls for ‘justice’ for survivors

Oscar winner at forefront of #MeToo movement says she felt ashamed and that incident was somehow her fault The Oscar-winning actor Mira Sorvino has said she is a survivor of date rape, saying she was talking about it publicly to lend her voice to a push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York. Sorvino, who was one of the first women to accuse the film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, spoke during a news conference with New Yorks governor, Andrew Cuomo, in support of the push to drop the statute of limitations on rape allegations. Sorvino acknowledged that talking publicly about Weinsteins alleged misconduct had been traumatic, saying: I had not really sought out the help I needed, …

58 Cognitive Biases That Are Screwing Up Everything You Do

We like to think we’re rational human beings. In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally. In fact, even thinking we’re rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind-spot bias. The study of how often human beings do irrational things was enough for psychologist Daniel Kahneman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, and it opened the rapidly expanding field of behavioral economics. Similar insights are also reshaping everything from marketing to criminology. Hoping to clue you — and ourselves — into the biases that frame our decisions, we’ve collected a long list of the most notable ones. This is an update of an article that was …

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment

For more than two years, the notion of social media disinformation campaigns has conjured up images of Russia's Internet Research Agency, an entire company housed on multiple floors of a corporate building in St. Petersburg, concocting propaganda at the Kremlin's bidding. But a targeted troll campaign today can come much cheaper—as little as $250, says Andrew Gully, a research manager at Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw. He knows because that's the price Jigsaw paid for one last year. As part of research into state-sponsored disinformation that it undertook in the spring of 2018, Jigsaw set out to test just how easily and cheaply social media disinformation campaigns, or "influence operations," could be bought in the shadier corners of the Russian-speaking web. In …

Ancient Rock Carvings Discovered In The World’s Largest Impact Crater

Two billion years ago an enormous asteroid slammed into what is now South Africa. It left behind the largest and second oldest confirmed impact crater, the 300 kilometer-wide (190-mile) Vredefort Crater. The distinctive crater shape has eroded away over the course of almost half the Earth’s lifetime, but its legacy remains important. Geologists studying the crater have found stone carvings showing it was a place of considerable spiritual significance to ancient peoples, as well as making possible the world’s richest gold mines. The Vredefort Crater is almost twice the size of the one at Chicxulub that ended the Cretaceous Era. The asteroid that made it is thought to have been much larger as well – some 10 to 15 kilometers …

‘The Boondocks’ is being rebooted with original creator Aaron McGruder on board

(CNN)The foul-mouthed Freemans are making a return to TV. McGruder revived the comic strip earlier this year on Instagram. #BoondocksBack The following message is from Aaron Mcgruder. “Did these for fun (and to see if I still could). More to come… exactly how much more is tough to say. These strips were only possible due to the enormous talent of my good friend Seung Kim, who did the animation for the old show – and he’s a busy guy. Thanks to him and thanks to Charlamagne for putting these out for me while I get my instagram act together.” AM A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:15am PST Variety reports that the reboot “chronicles the …

‘Most dangerous’ gang leader thanks police

But having served his sentence at HMP Grendon – a therapeutic community prison – he said he has “another chance at life.” “I could have ended up dead,” he said. “I could have ended up killing somebody. Who knows what would have happened. “Without prison, I don’t think I would have found a way out.” Image caption Carlus said he feels the damage his gang caused is “irreversible now” Mr Grant admitted he “terrorised” Allenton but said he was “100% sorry” for what he did. “I feel in some respects the damage we caused the community is kind of irreversible now.” he said. “It’s far from a glamorous lifestyle. “I feel like I owe a debt of trying to help, …

The National Geographics Travel Photo Contest Is Over And Here Are The Winners (26 Pics)

The 2019 grand prize of $7,500 went to Weimin Chu for his whimsical ‘Winter in Greenland’ photograph. Depicted in the image is a small fishing village in Upernavik, whose brightly colored homes shine brightly amidst the fog and snow. Top winners from the other categories include Huaifeng Li’s Showtime image, which won 1st Place in the People category and captures actors preparing for an evening opera performance in Licheng County, China. Winning 1st Place in the Nature category, Tamara Blazquez Haik’s photograph of a griffon vulture—titled Tender Eyes— perfectly timed to capture the bird soaring through the skies in Monfragüe National Park in Spain. Scroll down below to see all the winners and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 …

Americana at Brand Memes is a niche account for fans of the outdoor shopping mall

While the internet at large is being gobbled up by massive corporations and becoming reduced to only a handful of websites that we all live on, memes accounts are getting more specific. There are groups for, , and even . Think of the most obscure television show or film youve ever heard of, and it wont take you long to find memes to go along with it. A few weeks ago, the account started posting exactly what it advertises: niche memes about a suburban outdoor shopping mall in Glendale, Californiaa city in the Los Angeles area. pic.twitter.com/93r5B9a2CW — The Americana At Brand Memes (@americanamemes) May 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/XxaE2qiIMI — The Americana At Brand Memes (@americanamemes) May 16, 2019 pic.twitter.com/izM8xZXy34 — …

Meryl Streep Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep. Father: Harry Streep Jr., pharmaceutical company executive Mother: Mary (Wilkinson) Streep, commercial artist Marriage: Don Gummer (1978-present) Children: Louisa, 1991; Grace, 1986; Mary Willa “Mamie,” 1983; Henry, 1979 Education: Vassar College, B.A., 1971; Yale University, M.F.A., 1975 Other Facts: Nominated for 21 Academy Awards with three wins. Nominated for one Tony Award, but did not win. Nominated for four Emmy Awards and won three Nominated for five Grammy Awards, but has not won. Took opera singing lessons as a child. Meryl is a combination of her first and middle names. Frequently plays roles of historical female figures. Has played Ethel Rosenberg, Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher. Timeline: 1971 – …

Men in Black: International review a galactically gormless fall to earth

This latest outing for the government agents tasked with policing pesky space invaders is a charmless and pointless affair Its time once again for what must now be called the Meh in Black, making another intensely tiresome and pointless reappearance, now with Chris Hemsworth on exceptionally charmless animatronic form in their dark suits, like Tussaud dummies with a contractual obligation to appear in a bad film. They are equally dead-eyed with or without the dark glasses. The MiB franchise based on Lowell Cunninghams 1990 comic book series about secret government agents battling aliens was looking pretty moribund at the time of the third film in 2012, when Josh Brolin gamely joined the familiar duo of Tommy Lee Jones and Will …

Elton John live review Rocket Man reaches the stars on last ever trip

With an incredible band, a Taron Egerton duet and Aretha-style gospel fervour plus an about-turn on Brexit Eltons farewell tour is wonderfully over the top As his Elton Johns life has been defined by excess too much drink, too much coke, too much love so its appropriate that his final tour is, in a bit of millennial slang that he would surely approve of, extra: Farewell Yellow Brick Road is three years long, with about 300 dates. Before retiring to spend more time with his young sons, his last ever show will be at Londons O2 Arena on 16 December 2020, finishing a 19-date final leg in the UK and Ireland. This then is a little taster, as he pops …

Deeply transphobic ad in Cyberpunk 2077 represents everything wrong with cyberpunk

The cyberpunk dystopia is here. No, not the one we’re living in. CD Projekt’sCyberpunk 2077is coming to PC and consoles early next year. But just like our own,Cyberpunk’s dystopiahas a transphobia problem. Nvidiaon Tuesday published an E3 2019 news post about its partnership with Cyberpunk 2077’s developer, CD Projekt Red. The two companies are working together to implementthe game’s real-time ray tracing graphical enhancements. Nvidia shared two exclusive 4K screenshots demonstrating the feature, and one of the two images features an in-game ad for a product named “ChroManticore.” The “ChroMantic0re” ad shows a feminine presenting person drinking a fictional product called ChroManticore, with the phrases “MIX IT UP” and “16 flavours you’d love to mix” surrounding their bottom half. The …

My 23 Illustrations Show What Famous Characters Would Buy At The Supermarket

In our consumeristic society, I wondered what they could buy if they could do their shopping just like us in a supermarket… With all those mass market products within easy reach. Tell me what you buy and I will tell you who you are… #1 Deadpool And Unicorn Soft Toy 6 reply #3 Minions And Bananas 3 reply #5 Sadness And Tissues 8 reply #7 Popeye And Spinach 12 reply View More Replies… #9 Shaggy And Tape Rolls 14 reply View More Replies… #11 Chewbacca And Shampoo 1 reply View More Replies… #13 Ryuk And Apples #14 Rick And Pickles 7 reply View More Replies… #16 Baymax And Scotch Tape 13 reply #18 Bob Parr And Cookies 3 reply #20 …