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first_imgBelgique : une ville mise sur les poules pour réduire les déchetsMouscron, Belgique – Une ville belge a décidé de distribuer gratuitement des poules à ses habitants afin de réduire les déchets domestiques. Cette initiative n’est pas une première pour Mouscron, qui a déjà tenté l’expérience à deux reprises.Forte du succès de ses deux précédentes expériences, la ville de Mouscron a décidé de distribuer pour la troisième fois des poules pondeuses à ses habitants. Chaque foyer candidat recevra deux poules, une initiative qui a pour but d’inciter les habitants à réduire le volume de leurs déchets ménagers. Et comme le précise le responsable de la cellule environnement de la municipalité, Christophe Denève, ce cadeau a deux avantages : celui de réduire le contenu des sacs poubelles en nourrissant les poules avec les déchets de cuisine tels que les épluchures et restes de repas, mais aussi celui de bénéficier d’une production d’œufs frais très peu coûteuse.La mairie de Mouscron, une ville de 52.000 habitants, précise que son stock est limité à cent poules. Les futurs heureux propriétaires bénéficieront d’une formation sur la meilleure façon d’élever leurs gallinacés. Les maîtres des poules devront en échange s’engager, et ce par écrit, “à ne pas manger les poules avant deux ans, à ne pas les céder à des tiers, et à autoriser la ville à effectuer des contrôles inopinés à leur domicile” souligne Christophe Denève.Pour ceux qui n’ont pas de jardin et ne peuvent donc pas accueillir de poules, la cellule environnement de Mouscron planche actuellement sur un autre projet : le lombricompostage, réalisé grâce à des bacs à compost remplis de vers de terre. Le 1 mars 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgOstéopathes : une possible révision de leur statut sème la discordeFrance – “Les ostéopathes ne se laisseront pas manipuler !”. Tel est le mot d’ordre lancé par l’Ufof, Union fédérale des ostéopathes de France, aux 6000 ostéopathes en exercice et aux étudiants. L’organisation dénonce “une nouvelle proposition de loi portant gravement préjudice à l’organisation de la profession d’ostéopathe et à la sécurité du patient”. “Nous ne pouvons que nous étonner devant l’incohérence d’un tel projet, précise le président de l’Ufof Dominique Blanc dans un communiqué. “Il fait totalement abstraction des mesures actuellement préparées par le ministère de la Santé […] pour appliquer les dispositions de la loi HPST et notamment, une durée minimum de formation de 3520 heures garantissant, pour le patient, une meilleure qualité des soins”.Selon l’Ufof, ce texte se propose d’abroger l’article 75 de la loi de 2002, laquelle avait permis la reconnaissance de l’ostéopathie. Une proposition “dangereuse et incohérente”, rejetée avec véhémence par l’organisation qui souligne le risque de voir disparaître le titre d’ostéopathe et la formation en 3520 heures légalisée en juillet 2009, sans justification et sans garantir une meilleure qualité des soins au patient. Ne cachant pas sa déception, l’Ufof a déjà averti qu’elle allait porter le problème devant les “plus hautes instances de l’État”.  Le 9 mars 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgL’équitation, un sport bon pour l’esprit et le corpsPour se tonifier avec plaisir, Maxisciences vous propose de (re)découvrir les bienfaits de l’équitation.L’équitation pour garder la forme…Monter à cheval est un exercice très complet : cela fait travailler les muscles des jambes, du dos et du ventre, permettant d’évacuer les tensions et d’obtenir un meilleur maintien. Cette musculature viendra soutenir la colonne vertébrale, évitant le mal du siècle : le mal de dos. L’oxygénation d’une balade au grand air est également un très bon atout santé pour les citadins. Enfin, la communication avec l’animal est très intéressante comme aide dans les troubles psychiques et relationnels.…et les formes !C’est le grand atout de l’équitation : on travaille sans s’en rendre compte. Mieux qu’un cours d’abdo-fessiers, monter à cheval joue sur les adducteurs et à long terme, fusèle les cuisses puisque l’activité est pratiquée en endurance. Pas de prise de volume comme avec le vélo, l’équitation a au contraire tendance à étirer en longueur. Le 17 octobre 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgSida : la greffe de cellules-souches apporte un nouvel espoirPour la première fois au monde un homme aurait guéri du Sida et cela trois ans après avoir bénéficié d’une greffe de cellules-souches, expliquent plusieurs scientifiques allemands. Voila une nouvelle qui devrait apporter un immense espoir aux malades du Sida : plusieurs chercheurs allemands ont annoncé qu’un malade américain touché par le Sida aurait guéri de la maladie et cela quelques années après avoir bénéficié d’un traitement par greffe de cellules-souches. Les résultats de cette recherche ont été publiés cette semaine de la revue Blood. Pour autant, les chercheurs expliquent que si ce bon résultat ouvre la porte à de nouvelles perspectives de traitement, ils ne peuvent pour autant pas être généralisés à l’ensemble des malades. L’homme qui a été déclaré comme guéri était porteur du virus du Sida depuis 10 ans et avait déclaré en 2007 une leucémie. Traité par greffe de cellules-souches à partir d’un donneur “aux caractéristiques génétiques rares”, l’homme est aujourd’hui guéri de son cancer, mais également du Sida.Pour autant, les spécialistes du Sida sont dubitatifs, expliquant que si ce traitement a fonctionné sur ce patient particulier, il n’empêche que 30% des bénéficiaires d’une greffe de moelle épinière n’y survivent pas, un chiffre trop élevé pour prendre le risque. Ainsi, la directrice du programme d’essais cliniques VIH dans le Rhode Island explique à l’AFP : “Il faut beaucoup plus de recherches pour essayer de reproduire ce résultat sans mettre des vies en danger. Les anti-rétro viraux sont efficaces pour contrôler le virus, il ne serait pas déontologique de soumettre des malades à un traitement aussi extrême”. Ce nouveau traitement serait donc trop risqué pour pouvoir être réitéré, mais montre bien qu’un traitement contre le Sida est possible.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 11:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgUne revue scientifique publie l’étude d’écoliers sur les bourdonsLa prestigieuse revue britannique de la Royal Society, Biology Letters, a publié une étude menée et écrite par des élèves de huit ans. Les écoliers d’un établissement britannique ont mené leur propre étude sur les bourdons : ils ont voulu savoir comment ces insectes voient les couleurs et les formes. Pour ce faire, ils sont allés mener une véritable enquête de terrain dans un cimetière. L’organisation scientifique Royal Society explique au Huffington Post : “Le projet scolaire des enfants constitue une avancée remarquable concernant nos connaissances de la vision de ces insectes”.Les scientifiques qui ont donné leur avis, dans la revue, sur le travail des écoliers ont déclaré que malgré les expériences modestes menées et le manque d’analyses statistiques, les enfants s’étaient très bien débrouillés et étaient arrivés à des résultats authentiques.C’est aujourd’hui que leur étude a été publiée dans Biology Letters. Le 22 décembre 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgEco-Emballages et Adelphe continuent de recycler Les sociétés Eco-Emballages et Adelphe viennent d’obtenir un nouvel agrément les autorisant à continuer à prendre en charge les déchets ménagers, et ce jusqu’en décembre 2016.   Eco-Emballages et Adelphe ont obtenu officiellement l’autorisation de poursuivre leur mission de recyclage des déchets d’emballage ménagers, révèle l’AFP. Le ministère de l’Ecologie et de l’Environnement a donné cet agrément dans le but de continuer sur la voie fixée par le Grenelle 2 de l’environnement qui demande à ce que 75% des déchets soient recyclés contre 63% à l’heure actuelle. D’autres aménagements doivent intervenir : des aides financières versées aux entreprises seront calculées suivant le respect ou non de critères de fabrication écologique de leurs produits. De plus, le coût de gestion des déchets d’emballages ménagers ainsi que la contribution des matériaux permettant d’atteindre le taux 75% recherchés par le ministère seront pris en compte.Le 3 janvier 2011 à 19:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgUn nouveau procédé pour dépister les tumeurs du seinUne équipe de recherche suisse travaille actuellement sur une nouvelle technique de radiographie qui permet de déceler des structures non repérables par les techniques de mammographie classique.C’est un pas de plus dans la lutte contre le cancer du sein. Des chercheurs de l’hôpital cantonal de Baden en Suisse, sont actuellement en train de tester un nouveau procédé de dépistage des tumeurs qui permettrait de repérer des structures invisibles par les techniques de mammographie traditionnelle. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosEn effet, cette nouvelle méthode analyserait les variations des ondes lumineuses lorsque celles-ci traversent les tissus, permettant ainsi de reconstruire une image très précise de l’objet examiné, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.fr. Comme pour une mammographie classique, le sein est donc examiné au moyen de rayons X dont l’orientation va changer suivant les différentes structures tissulaires.L’objet d’investigation des chercheurs reste donc bien la mammographie, qui a déjà fait ses preuves pour détecter les tumeurs des glandes mammaires. Pour l’heure, l’équipe de chercheurs sont ainsi parvenus à générer des images à partir de tissus prélevés lors d’opérations du sein, un procédé qui se rapproche de la situation d’un véritable examen. Le Dr. Nik Hauser, qui encadre le projet sur le plan médical, explique : ” Ce nouveau procédé a permis de faire la différence entre des cicatrices et du tissu tumoral et d’identifier de minuscules nodules cancéreux que les techniques d’examen actuelles ne permettent pas encore de repérer “. Une étude sur une population élargie de patients est actuellement menée.Le 3 août 2011 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgNouveau design pour l’application NetflixLe géant américain de la location et diffusion de DVD, que nous évoquions le mois dernier, vient d’annoncer sur son blog que le look de son application sous Android avait été entièrement redessiné.Fini le vieux schéma beige et rouge. À sa place, une interface plus immersive, plus chic. En plus d’être agréable à l’œil donc, le relooking de l’appli Netflix apporte une amélioration significative de la navigation et la recherche de séries TV et des films que vous regarderez par la suite.Dans ce communiqué, Netflix nous apprends que sa nouvelle application est lancée aujourd’hui, notamment pour coïncider avec le Kindle Fire et Nook, deux nouvelles tablettes tactiles.L’application est bien sûr gratuite à télécharger, mais pour y accéder ensuite, il faut débourser 7,99 dollars par mois. La nouvelle version est disponible pour Android, et pour que les possesseurs d’iPad ne soient pas jaloux, la version iOs devrait arriver dans les semaines à venir.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgHP crée CDS une filiale 100% HPL’entreprise américaine Hewlett Packard a fait le choix de “ré-internaliser”une part de ses prestations de support en France, en créant la filiale CDS.L’entreprise Hewlett Packard a décidé de “ré-internaliser une part significative de ses prestations de support en France.” Pour ce faire, la multinationale américaine a décidé de créer CDS, une filiale 100% HP. Cette division est présentée par le fabricant comme la “déclinaison locale d’un plan européen visant à améliorer la qualité du support des clients entreprise.” À lire aussiHP va licencier 270 salariés travaillant sur WebOSSelon HP, la création de CDS s’inscrit dans le prolongement des recrutements et formations des équipes, entrepris depuis 2010. La filiale sera opérationnelle au début 2012. Les équipes de CDS effectuent 5.000 interventions par mois.HP explique par ailleurs que selon lui, “la simple maintenance est maintenant dépassée.” L’entreprise explique que “le débat ne porte donc plus sur le remplacement d’une pièce défectueuse, mais sur l’expertise du suivi et les actions proactives afin que le nombre d’appels au ‘help-desk’ soit réduit à son minimum.”  CDS prend en compte le fait que les clients ne recherchent plus une maintenance ” de base”, mais un support intégré, prenant en charge aussi bien les matériels que les logiciels, et délivré par des experts formés et certifiés sur les dernières technologies selon Channel Insider.fr.  HP conclut : “la mise en place de CDS vient par ailleurs accompagner notre politique de protection de la propriété intellectuelle, notamment au niveau des mises à jour de microcodes ou de patches qui sont désormais faites par HP uniquement. La chaîne intégrée de support procure aux clients encore plus de qualité et d’assurance que les intervenants sont compétents, formés et informés.”Le 21 novembre 2011 à 09:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgAtlantis : la navette spatiale s’apprête à s’éteindre définitivementDans quelques jours, la navette spatiale Atlantis serait déconnectée, définitivement. Après 26 ans de bons et et loyaux services, et 33 vols dans l’espace, le vaisseau de la Nasa va finir sa vie exposée dans un musée. Avant que tous ses systèmes ne soient éteints, des images de la navette ont été dévoilés.Le 21 juillet dernier, à 9h56 GMT, la navette spatiale de la Nasa Atlantis a achevé sa 33e et dernière mission en atterrissant avec succès à Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Après les derniers vols de ses soeurs Endeavour et Discovery, elle a ainsi signé la fin de trois décennies de navettes américaines, qui ont assuré le transport d’astronautes, de vivres et de nombreuses expériences et modules destinés à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Alors que les vaisseaux russes Soyouz ont pris le relais en attendant la construction de nouvelles navettes américaines, Atlantis va être exposée au centre spatial Kennedy, dès la fin de l’année 2012. Et dans quelques jours, tous ses systèmes seront définitivement éteints. Avant cette déconnexion, des clichés de l’intérieur de l’immense navette, qui à vide pèse plus de 60 tonnes, ont été dévoilées. Atlantis se laisse admirer sous toutes ses coutures, et ses centaines de boutons, écrans et commandes, qui nous permettent de réaliser à quel point voyager dans l’espace est complexe.Au centre spatial de Floride, la navette prendra la place du vaisseau Explorer, qui y est exposé depuis 1993. Celui-ci sera alors transporté vers  le centre spatial de Houston, au Texas. Découvrez les dernières images de la navette Atlantis sur Maxisciences.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Maybe we shouldn’t have expected a show about time travel to follow standard TV conventions of when certain types of episodes air. That said, it was still surprising to see a fully Christmas-themed episode of Legends of Tomorrow nearly two months after that particular holiday. It was also a particularly patriotic episode, reminding us exactly what makes America so special. It was like celebrating two holidays at once. Just not anywhere near when they actually take place.After an admittedly hilarious summary by Mick Rory (“Who writes this crap?”), we see the now-evil Rip Hunter in full redcoat uniform announcing to the British army that George Washington has been killed. He gives the soldiers modern automatic rifles to squash what remains of the rebellion. (Someone on the writing staff has been reading Harry Turtledove, I’d bet.) In a conversation with Eobard Thawne, we learn that this is a plan to lure the Legends to revolutionary America, kill them and take their fragment of the Spear of Destiny.It works. Though they realize it’s a trap, the size of the aberration is too large for the Legends to ignore. They have to go back in time to save George Washington. They infiltrate a Christmas party Washington attends the night before his crossing of the Delaware. Sarah finds Washington, but the party is interrupted by Redcoats with assault rifles. Washington, ever honorable, refuses to retreat, but Sarah and Mick force him out of the house to safety. This leads to a pretty awesome fight scene with Steel blocking bullets and Atom flying around, punching British soldiers.Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Things go bad as Rip activates a device that drains power from the Waverider as well as Ray’s suit. He also makes his new nature clear to the Legends when they find him. When Sara calls out to him, he shoots her, and the Redcoats capture Washington and Mick. Jax and Martin rush Sara to the ship, but with all the power gone, it looks like there’s no saving her. Sara puts Jax in charge just before passing out. Atom, stuck in his small form, has to go into the ship’s internals and restart it. Martin has to take the bullet out of Sara before it kills her. Oh, and Rip is currently trying to break down the ship’s door, so Jax has to deal with that.Meanwhile, Nate and Amaya have a nice talk while tracking down Mick and Washington. They’ve been flirting all episode long and take the opportunity to ask each other what dating was like in their respective time periods. Amaya is shocked to learn about Tinder and the idea that men and women have sex for fun. Not that she’s completely opposed to the idea. After a surprise attack from two British soldiers, Nate takes a fall into the freezing River. Amaya uses her Seal power to save him and helps cure his hypothermia. Doing that requires skin-to-skin contact, and of course, one thing leads to another, and Amaya learns what Nate was talking about first hand.This relationship works, which is surprising. Romance has not been one of Legends‘s strongest elements. It works partially because they’ve taken enough time getting here that the buildup and flirting feel natural. The other reason is that Nick Zano and Maisie Richardson-Sellers have great chemistry together. Their interactions feel real and fun. Finally, Legends of Tomorrow has a couple worth rooting for.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Back on the Waverider, Rip gains entrance and storms the ship. As Jax fights off a random Redcoat, Rip tears the place apart looking for the Spear fragment. Jax defeats the soldier and runs from Rip, who offers to bring his father back if Jax gives it up. Fortunately, Jax is stronger than that, refusing to give up the spear. He leads Rip into a trap, but Atom triggers it early while running from a rat. Rip finds Martin and Sara, and threatens to choke Sara to death if Jax doesn’t give him the Spear. Jax does, but Rip crushes her throat anyway.Jax grabs a gun and goes to kill Rip, just as Atom gets the power working again. Gideon comes back online just in time to save Sarah’s life. Jax finds Rip, who implies that the darkness he’s showing was always inside him. Given the death of his infant son, Rip feels there’s no point in protecting history, so he might as well destroy it. That feeling wasn’t just put there by Thawne. Jax is about to shoot Rip, but Sara arrives in time to stop him. She convinces Jax to drop the gun. On Christmas, we remember to be our best selves, she says.Held prisoner in the British camp, Mick is frustrated by Washington’s commitment to honor. He’s ready to die with honor, refusing to break out and “return to Mount Vernon, a scoundrel.”  Mick isn’t having it. He gives Washington a speech about how being American means being a misfit and a proud outcast. He possibly inspires Washington to start using sneak attacks and shooting from behind trees. You know, the way America actually won the revolution.The next morning as Washington is about to be hanged, Mick shoots an explosive barrel and a pretty awesome 18th-century fight ensues. Nate and Amaya show up just in time to shield Washington from the Brits’ bullets and Washington, with his newfound sense of what it means to be an American, suggests a retreat.Franz Drameh as Jax. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)As the episode draws to a close, Nate and Amaya collect the remaining assault rifles from the British and leave Washington to prepare for his midnight river crossing. History is restored, but now Mick is a revolutionary hero with a statue in Washington D.C. The episode ends on a feel-good note with the Legends celebrating Christmas together as a family. Amaya tells Nate that while she had fun the previous night, she still thinks teammates shouldn’t date. Nate says he’s OK with it, but he clearly has feelings for her. Sarah assure’s the Legends will recover the spear and rescue Rip. It’s a heartwarming ending for Christmas in February.Legends of Tomorrow has been knocking it out of the park ever since they got back from the midseason break. This episode had decent action, lots time-travelling fun and some truly great character work. The unseasonal Christmas theme allowed the show to go to some dark places while keeping the levity and humor that makes it great. Jax also got some sorely-needed fleshing out. It was smart of the writers to put him in charge and let us see him in his darkest hour.This is the kind of episode Legends should do more of. It focused on developing the characters while still keeping the time-travel superhero hijinks we love about the show. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but the show nailed it last night. As an added bonus, it instilled a sense of patriotism that’s been hard to come by recently. The whole “outcasts and proud of it” speech was corny, but given real world events, it felt necessary. Sometimes, you need corny. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img Thursday morning brought a bombardment of trailers for hotly anticipated movies and TV shows. One of those is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. Those are all fine actors who know their way around a joke. They can all take even the most predictable, overtold joke and make you laugh with their delivery and comedic timing. Which is good, because this trailer has a few of them. Even the obligatory Kevin Hart short joke elicits a giggle thanks to its unique premise and the fact that Hart is still a talented comic. But the trailer raises the question, did they even bother watching the original?It starts out promising enough. Four kids from different walks of life are forced into detention together. Hey, there’s a reason The Breakfast Club is a classic. It’s a great way to get a group of characters together who would normally have nothing to do with each other. I don’t even mind updating Jumanji from a board game into a video game. Video games can be magic and mystical too. How else do you explain the prevalence of Sonic The Hedgehog-based creepypasta on the internet?Then they all get sucked into the game. That’s where it stops feeling like Jumanji, and starts feeling like a dozen other action comedies starring The Artist Formerly-Or-Maybe-Still-Currently-Sometimes Known As The Rock. The rest of the trailer is all jokes about how these teenagers have ended up in bodies they aren’t comfortable with. (It’s a puberty metaphor, get it?) Some of the jokes that follow are pretty funny. It’s still amusing to watch Johnson act like an insecure nervous kid. The same goes for when Gillan’s Lara Croft analog complains about her outfit being completely unsuitable for jungle exploration.The movie’s real problem comes from the fact that they go into the jungle. What made the first Jumanji fun was the wild elements spilling out into the modern city. The stakes are higher when the lion is actually inside the kids’ aunts house, and the monkeys are wreaking havoc on the streets. Here, from what we’ve seen, it’s contained to the inside of the game. The kids themselves might face danger, but they’ll almost certainly make it out and by the end of the movie, the outside world will remain untouched. As a result, this movie already feels much smaller than its predecessor.Also, because they’re in a video game, they get useful abilities? That’s not Jumanji. The appeal of the first movie was watching ordinary kids try to contain an increasingly out-of-control mess. They didn’t have special powers, they weren’t magically in bodies perfectly suited to the task at hand. The drama came from them being forced to face their fears, and try to keep a lid on things just long enough to finish the game. Robin Williams’s character was the only one who had any sort of special knowledge or strength, and that’s because he spent his entire adolescence and a good chunk of his adulthood trapped inside the game. And you know why the movie didn’t show us any of his time in the jungle? It wasn’t nearly as interesting as the time outside of it.Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has some great comedic actors in it, and the body-switching premise could provide us with a few laughs. And hey, with this level of star power, it’s bound to be a success at the box office. If you’re looking for a modern update of Jumanji though, you might be better off rewatching Zathura. But hey, this is just the first trailer. Hopefully, the movie will prove me wrong. It’s happened before. We’ll know for sure when the movie comes out December 25, 2017.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Jumanji’ Video Game Seems Pretty MetaIn ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer ‘The Rock’ … last_img read more


first_imgStay on target Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Snapchat, it’s not just for teen sex anymore. The road’s been hard but Snap Inc. has invested heavily in turning their super popular but super ephemeral messaging service into a modern tech institution. So put on your Snapchat Spectacles and take a look at the company’s newest initiative: augmented reality collaborations with artist Jeff Koons.The announcement is still technically unofficial, but the clues are all pretty obvious. If you go to art.snapchat.com there’s a mysterious clock ticking down to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s talk at Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. What could Spiegel be talking about? Well if you set your computer clock one day into the future (or 8,640 10-second snaps) the page will then display famous Koons artwork like the $58 million metal statue “Balloon Dog” as well as the phrase “Artwork All Around You.”We’re going to guess “Artwork All Around You” means you’ll be able to use Snapchat to view virtual Koons art in the real-world à la Pokemon Go. Apple and Google are flocking to AR but Snapchat is already a big player in the space with its iconic selfie filters and reality-distorting “world lenses.” So it makes sense they’d want to sure up their dominance.Meanwhile, Koons himself is a self-avowed Snapchat fan, using the app to brag about his huge paydays. Plus Koons’ love of pop culture and making art of the mundane seems like a perfect with Snapchat’s overall role in society right now. This AR app would also most likely have geo-location features, meaning certain art would only appear in certain location allowing them to still maintain the rarity and allure of physical art.Again, none of this is officially official yet. It’s a leak. We’ll be able to confirm what Snapchat’s clock is really ticking down to until later today. But it’s ticking down to this Jeff Koons Snapchat AR art project.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is The Shape of Water good?Yes.What’s it about?Basically an R-rated, gory, proudly nasty unofficial hypothetical sequel to Creature From The Black Lagoon in which a mute human woman working at a top-secret government research facility who falls in (unambiguously, explicitly sexual and DEFINITELY consummated) love with a captive human-fish hybrid creature against the backdrop of socially-oppressive 1950s America. It’s all with the omnipresent specter of racism, sexism, homophobia and Cold War anti-communist paranoia constantly hovering over the proceedings in case you weren’t getting the “misfits and unconventional couples = the good guys” metaphor at play.Who directed?Guillermo del Toro, and if you ever wanted the definition of a truly indispensable filmmaker, look no further than Guillermo del Toro. An auteur (in the true sense of the word) who’s carved out and so profoundly commands a unique space all his own in the world of cinema that his voice and touch can be the ENTIRE difference between a must-see and something entirely basic. It feels like he’s never more in his true element than when he’s taking otherwise basic-sounding genre movie setups and slathering them in his one-of-a-kind aesthetic and pure talent until they’ve transformed into something like works of art.So it’s a classed-up B-movie, basically?Absolutely, the kind of thing Troma or Canon or whoever would’ve pushed out right after The Fly was a hit if they could get their hands on a good fish-person costume… right down to the heavy-handed “Because The 50s, amirite!?” moralism. The sort of thing I can imagine having been fascinated by as a kid, overpraised as a teenager and ultimately discovered didn’t really hold up outside the gore and makeup business as an adult.  But in this form, under Del Toro’s guiding hand, it presents as something haunting, beautiful, heartbreaking and rapturously entertaining; while also still being thoroughly familiar, lurid and heavy-handed – just in ways that he somehow transforms into assets rather than liabilities.Is that Doug Jones in the monster suit again?It is. Sally Hawkins has the lead role, which she performs wholly in sign language and is utterly mesmerizing to watch even in scenes where she’s not attempting to seduce a man-phibian. Michael Shannon is the main bad guy, a psychotic abusive wannabe alpha-male government flunkie in charge or torturing whatever it is they think they’re going to get out of the fish-man… out of the fish-man – ultimately leading her to launch a conspiracy among her fellow marginalized-misfit compatriots to help him escape.So there are more people involved than just her and the fish-guy?Yeah. Most of the first and second acts are consumed with the ability of Hawkins, her best friend (Octavia Spencer) and the other cleaners, janitors and menial laborers being able to slip around undetected because the Old White Men in charge don’t acknowledge their presence. Jenkins’ is an elderly gay artist who lives in Hawkins’ building and helps her out of solidarity with a fellow socially-marginalized romantic. The always-great Michael Stuhlbarg is also on hand, though the extent of his role is sort of a spoiler.How is the creature?Pretty great. The design is astoundingly complex, and he’s full of surprises, especially with the way it balances making the creature compelling as a romantic lead without minimizing (at all) that’s he’s also still a scary, dangerous “monster” for lack of a better word.That’s a hell of a cast!Yes. Amazingly, this movie cast wall-to-wall the best of the character-actor community has some pretty strong performances going for it.How does it compare to the rest of del Toro’s filmography?It certainly speaks to the caliber of his canon that even though The Shape of Water feels like it falls more toward the middle of his overall output; it’s easily one of the most interesting and unique films of THIS entire year and a desperate antidote to the early-December crunch of Oscar-hopefuls and family cash-sinks. Highly recommended. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_imgHomestuck Bro Glasses Trucker HatHere’s a How-Online-Are-You Rorschach test. Show someone this hat. They will answer one of three ways:1: Pokemon Squirtle Squad2: Gurren Lagann3: HomestuckAnd if you don’t know what Homestuck is, I can’t help you. I tried to read Homestuck and I still don’t know what Homestuck is, or if it’s something you read. Tripp Black Metal Hardware Trench CoatKingdom Hearts 3 is going to suck, isn’t it? Bob’s Burgers Tina Lace-Up SneakersSay what you will about sneakers that say “I like butts,” at least it’s a more gender-neutral and less aggressive statement than being that guy at the anime con wearing the ahegao shirt. Over the weekend, between drinking and playing No Man’s Sky, I started browsing Hot Topic’s web site looking for some Fashion. Their clearance section is sometimes amazing, and occasionally buried under the endless Jack Skellington merch and logos for bands that suck or I haven’t heard of is some gold for 90s retro nerds like me. It’s stupid, but it’s fun stupid.I wasn’t prepared for just how fun stupid their stuff is now. I won’t go all kids-these-days, because honestly their crappy taste is frighteningly similar to my crappy taste in certain points, but wow there is a diverse spread of brands and licenses at Hot Topic. There’s Yuri!!! On Ice. There’s pro wrestling. There’s 90s Nickelodeon cartoons. There’s Sailor Moon. There’s Pusheen. It’s nuts.AdChoices广告There’s also this promotion I saw on the top of their site, which I need to call out before anything else, because wow. That is the most amazingly tonally dissonant thing I’ve ever seen on an online store. It’s also the first time anything has gotten me to laugh really hard at Graveyard of the Fireflies, so thanks, Hot Topic. I’ll send you a bill for my soul.And if you don’t know why it’s tonally dissonant, watch Graveyard of the Fireflies. Bring tissues and someone to hug.Anyway, here are some of the best worst products you can get at Hot Topic. Don’t worry, no sadness here.Yuri!!! On Ice Victor Nikiforov Plush SlippersBreak-out sports yaoi anime Yuri!!! On Ice has become huge in some circles, and apparently big enough to get space next to the Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan stuff at Hot Topic. Victor Nikiforov is one half of the pair of loving boys on ice skates, and you can get a cute chibi version of him as slippers! Fun fact, and one I’m not proud of but am still amused by, last year at FlameCon (FlameCon 2018 coming to NYC this weekend!), I mistook a Victor cosplayer as Kai from Lexx. I had no idea. Yuri!!! On Ice I’m a Tasty Pork Cutlet Bowl Watchmen BeanieI have to be honest, I still haven’t seen Yuri!! On Ice, and I have no context for this quote. But I am willing to say that I, too, am a tasty pork cutlet bowl. A curry one, with hard boiled eggs and fukuzinzuke on the side. By the way, if you’re in NYC or Tokyo, Go Go Curry is fantastic. Boy Meets World I’m Her Corey/I’m His Topanga T-ShirtsIf you want to be the most insufferable couple ever. That said, I do have some strong Fred Savage hair game when I grow it out, ladies. Stay on targetcenter_img Pokemon James WigOne of my favorite things about Hot Topic’s web sites is when they get the most conventionally handsome and photogenic models to wear things like this. It’s like fashion whiplash. And I want that wig. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Ready Player One Gunter Life FragranceReady Player One has a lot of aspects that aren’t great, but I think the premise of smelling like an obsessive MMO player is one of the worst. At least it’s cruelty-free, and smells like sea salt, sage, and… ambrette seeds? Is that a thing? That smells good? DC Comics Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice Batmobile StandeeHey, want a cardboard standee of that vehicle Batman used to straight-up and indisputable murder like 20 guys in Batman V. Superman? Though I gotta say, Hot Topic, 72 inches long for the Batmobile isn’t really life-sized. Star Wars NCAA Wisconsin T-ShirtIt took getting to the end of this list to find an item that’s just two things. It’s just two things!To read more about weird things to purchase online click here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target Last week’s episode of Black Lightning was a mess that at least left us with some pretty exciting promises. Right away, this episode starts making good on at least one them. Jennifer is trying to learn to control her powers inside the safe mental space where her powerful feelings can be kept in a small cube. While it’s a great visual way to explore exactly what Jennifer’s struggling with, it’s also a great excuse for the writers to show us a Jenn vs. Khalil fight scene. We get to see her use her powers in a fight for the first time here, and it definitely clears the high bar for action scenes Black Lightning has. She still can’t quite control her powers, though. The practice fight gets out of hand and she soon finds herself engulfed in energy again. And Khalil appears to be the source of most of her anxieties.It doesn’t help that he’s been texting her. She doesn’t respond, but those texts can’t be helping her deal with her fears. She’s even starting to defend him. When Anissa finds out and says “he killed dad,” Jenn’s response is “he killed Black Lightning.” She may not be texting Khalil back, but he’s clearly in her head. Meanwhile, Anissa’s having some issues of her own. Jefferson finds out about her late night cash grabs for charity and quickly finds the “my house my rules” argument doesn’t work so well on a grown woman. She can move out anytime. And does. As always, it’s Lynn who reminds him that he wasn’t always as strict about his moral code. He may not have robbed anyone, even criminals, but he certainly came close. This is what’s so great about Black Lightning being about a long-established superhero. As his kids start to come into their own powers, the old man has to remember what he used to be like. It’s a unique and interesting take on the origin story.Nafessa Williams as Anissa and China Anne McClain as Jennifer (Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW)Jefferson has other problems on his hands this week too. Despite Tobias Whale getting arrested at the end of last week’s episode, the police aren’t going to be able to hold him for long. That mountain of evidence they had against him mysteriously disappeared right after the arrest. It seemed like all the corrupt cops got arrested last season, but it’s looking like Tobias may still have a few officers on his payroll. He’s doing business from inside too. One of the dealers Anissa robbed uses a lawyer visit to request help from Tobias. They strike a deal: Tobias will help organize an attack on the free clinic that got the dealer’s money. In return, there’ll be sensors placed at the scene to help Tobias identify, and then kill, Black Lightning.There’s a lot going on in this episode, almost as much as last week’s jumbled mess. This one is able to bring its  biggest plots together though, giving the episode a much-needed structure. Anissa moves into Gambi’s place for a few days where they learn of Tobias’ plot to attack the free clinic. And hey, a crisis is exactly what’s needed to bring an arguing superhero family together. After a very sweet, funny make-up scene, Jefferson and Anissa are teaming up again to defend some of Freeland’s most vulnerable citizens. Even if Jefferson finds a way to give his daughter another rules lecture during their patrol. We even get another great superhero scene, another thing last week’s episode was sorely lacking. When Black Lightning notices a woman enter the clinic looking pregnant, and exit much thinner, they spring into action. They evacuate the clinic and find the bombs she left behind, each using their powers to detonate them safely.  Meanwhile, Gambi fights the would-be bomber hand-to-hand. He almost captures her too, before she knocks a dude off a passing motorbike and escapes. It’s always cool to have a reminder that the old guy can fight too.James Remar as Gambi (Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW)Jefferson’s going to have to face a test of his own rules, too. When he hears that Tobias might get out, he asks to testify. He did, after all, witness his own father’s murder. Unfortunately, things aren’t that simple. Since he lied to the police originally, the prosecuting attorney points out that the defense will tear him apart on the stand. He can tell the truth all he wants. Tobias is going free. That makes Jefferson mad enough to take matters into his own hands. This time, it’s Gambi who has to remind him that heroes have rules. The look on Jefferson’s face as Tobias goes free, and the electrified liquid in his glass, makes me think the message didn’t sink all the way in. He’s going to have to confront what it means to be a hero all over again. Meanwhile. Tobias is back in power and on the streets. To make matters worse, Jennifer finally broke down and texted Khalil back after her parents wouldn’t let her return to school. That’s one hell of a cliffhanger to leave us on.There’s a thematic consistency to all the stories that makes this episode work. It has just as much going on as last week’s episode, but it all feels coherent and tied together. The argument Jefferson has with Anissa about the rules of being a hero plays out in smaller scale at school. Jefferson breaks up a fight between two boys in the hall, getting them to look each other in the eye and shake hands. That’s as desirable an outcome as you could hope for, but the new principal walks in shouting “zero tolerance.” The situation is diffused, but he feels the need to expel one kid and suspend the other. Even though, as Jefferson points out, that could lead to worse outcomes than forgiveness ever could, the principal hides behind his zero tolerance policy. God, they cast the perfect sniveling weasel of a white guy for this role. Jefferson may have developed some hard and fast rules as Black Lightning, but at school, he realizes hard and fast rules aren’t always the way to go. It definitely paints his conflict with Anissa in an interesting new light.Christine Adams as Lynn and Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce (Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW)Then, there’s Lynn, who’s dealing with her own struggle with different viewpoints. She started working with the ASA to help the kids they experimented on. She hopes to find a cure for them. It’s becoming increasingly clear that she’s the only one with that goal in mind. Dr. Jace is a good researcher, but she doesn’t see these kids as people. When one of them dies, she doesn’t try to save him the way Lynn does. She’s just happy that now they have more data. It’s a ghoulish sentence, and it makes me wonder how long Lynn will be able to keep doing this. She wants desperately to help these kids, but will she be able to with these heartless people around her? On the other hand, what would happen to them if she left? The chasm between Lynn’s goals and those of her employer will only grow. I’d definitely want to see the show explore it more one of these episodes.Black Lightning has a lot going on. It’s dedication to making Freeland feel like a character of its own, like a real place whose history weighs on the people who live there mean its stories can sometimes get out of control. This episode avoided that by keeping each of its stories tight and focused, bringing a couple of them together into a single point. It also helps that the family drama feels real even with all the superhero stuff. The action scenes are cool, but that’s really what keeps us coming back each week.Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Black Lightning:Black Lightning Season 2, Episode 3 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2, Episode 2 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Premiere Recap Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War last_img read more


first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Aside from free one-day shipping on Black Friday deals, Amazon is giving consumers another reason to sign up for Prime: Aquaman.Members are invited to an exclusive early showing of the latest Justice League origin story, set to hit U.S. theaters on Dec. 21 (a week after its UK premiere).Tickets are on sale now for an early-bird viewing on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. local time in more than 1,000 theaters across the nation. Visit Atom Tickets to find the nearest participating picture house, including AMC, Regal, National Amusement Theaters, and ArcLight Cinemas.Subscribers—including those still in the 30-day trial period—are limited to 10 tickets each.“Bringing this epic origin story and the wondrous underwater world to the screen has been an amazing experience for the whole cast and crew, and I’m so excited for Prime members to be our first [U.S.] audience for Aquaman,” director James Wan said in a statement.Jason Momoa as Aquaman (via Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics)These early showings, according to Cem Sibay, vice president of Amazon Prime, are “yet another pleasant surprise for members, and one that I’m personally also looking forward to.”“We love delivering smiles,” Sibay continued. “Whether it’s through an incredible deal during the holidays or inviting members on a journey to Atlantis with us in this action-packed adventure.”Jason Momoa and Amber Heard reprise their respective Justice League characters, Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Mera—joined by Nicole Kidman (Queen Atlanna), Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Djimon Hounsou (The Fisherman King), Randall Park (Dr. Stephen Shin), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (David Kane/Black Manta), and an army of underwater warriors riding great white sharks.“Aquaman is the superhero for everyone,” Wan added. “He has unique, aquatic superpowers, but he’s also a surface dweller just like us—if we were all as cool as Jason Momoa, that is.”If only.More coverage on Geek.com:‘Aquaman’ Movie Posters Are So Extra for a Superhero Flick‘Aquaman’ SDCC Trailer Has Shameful Lack of Black MantaDC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman Is a Superhero Textbook10 Obscure DC Heroes You Should Knowlast_img read more


first_img Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and more Roald Dahl stories are coming to Netflix next year.On Tuesday, Netflix announced in a press statement that it’s collaborating with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create new original animated event series based on the author’s memorable books.With this new project, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, Matilda, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and other Dahl novels will come to life on Netflix in 2019. Production for the Netflix Dahl animated series is set to begin in January.“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, in the press statement. “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”More on Geek.com:‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Completes Netflix’s Anime Ambitions in 2019 Netflix Orders New Animated World War II Series ‘The Liberator’ Netflix, WB Settle Satanic Lawsuit Over ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target Pooping Baby Video Scams Twitter UsersEmail Scam Targeting Millions of Netflix Customers ‘Tis the season to avoid family conflict by holing up with Netflix and binging trashy Christmas flicks, all three seasons of The Good Place (do it!), and Ellen’s new stand-up special.But between episodes of Schitt’s Creek (I swear it’s worth it), keep an eye on your email inbox.The Federal Trade Commission this week issued an alert about a phishing scam designed to steal personal information.In a Wednesday warning, the FTC described fake Netflix messages claiming the customer’s account is on hold because the service is “having some trouble with your current billing information.”A screenshot of the email, captured by Ohio police, initially appears credible.Look closely for clues (via Federal Trade Commission)But look closely, and you’ll notice the impersonal “Hi Dear” greeting (all of my Netflix emails are addressed directly to me, by name), British-English spelling of “Help Centre,” and foreign phone number (easy tip-offs for US consumers).The message invites unsuspecting users to follow a link to update their payment method.“Scammers often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know,” according to the FTC. “They … use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link, they can install ransomware or other programs that can lock you out of your data.”Netflix will “never ask for any personal information to be sent to us over email,” the Help page said. The company may, however, ask users to update their data with a link to its website.“But be cautious of fake emails that may link to phishing websites,” Netflix suggested. “If you’re unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over [it] to see the linked URL at the bottom of most browsers.”A similar phishing expedition cropped up around this time last year: Netflix subscribers received emails threatening to suspend their account because the firm was “unable to validate your billing information.”If you believe you’ve received a phishing email from any organization, forward it to spam@uce.gov (the FTC) and reportphishing@apwg.org (the Anti-Phishing Working Group). You can also report it at ftc.gov/complaint.And, in this case, be sure to pass the message along to Netflix directly at phishing@netflix.com.More on Geek.com:Test Your Scam Smarts With Online Fraud QuizNetflix Sued by Detective Over ‘Making a Murderer’ DocuseriesNetflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ Serieslast_img read more


first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters is coming to theaters on May 31 and the eerie flick’s final trailer confirms fans’ greatest fears: The titans, also known as monstrous mega-creatures, are back to make Earth their hunting ground.On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures released the final trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and it provides more detail on what humanity is up against and if Godzilla, a grotesque creature, could save them all from this strange invasion. The movie stars Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown, who witnesses Godzilla’s awe-like fighting abilities in the movie.Crypto-zoological agency Monarch has no idea what they’re in for though: In the film, they have to strategically come up with a plan of attack against this ginormous monsters. Thankfully though, Godzilla is here to fight off Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate enemy, the three-headed King Ghidorah, who makes Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-breathing dragons look like a snack.Will they be able to survive this ancient super-species apocalypse? Maybe Godzilla will be a mysterious ally for all of mankind.More on Geek.com:New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Unveils Deadly Creature Squad11 Most Monstrous Godzilla ToysGodzilla Atomic Blasts Its Way Into SDCC Stay on targetlast_img read more