Friday, January 30, 2015

MC2 Post 1975 Greece and Russia Are Dancing as Fast as they Can





With No Place to Run and No Place to Hide...









From:   http://www.theguardian.com


 









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From:   http://finance.yahoo.com


MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russia's central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

The bank reduced its one-week minimum auction repo rate by two points to 15 percent, a little over a month after pushing it up by 6.5 points to 17 percent after a run on the rouble.

The bank had been widely expected not to change the rate.



 


Link:   http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russian-central-bank-makes-surprise-105306019.html

 
TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/oap363f




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MC2 Post 1974 Apple Posts Blowout Quarter, will ship Watch in April




 Apple reported a blockbuster quarter on Tuesday, blowing past Wall Street's most optimistic expectations.



The company sold almost 9 million more iPhones than expected, while its cash pile ballooned to the point that it could buy about 480 of the S&P 500 companies outright.







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MC2 Post 1973 Google Thinks we need More Fiber in our Lives


Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Nashville


and North Carolina (update)




From:   http://www.engadget.com









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Microsoft sold 6.6M Xbox consoles 
during the holiday quarter


That's a Lot, But Not Enough.


Because that was  Down 11% from a year ago.








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U.S. News


U.S. Spies on Millions of Drivers


DEA Uses License-Plate Readers to Build Database 

for Federal, Local Authorities







 


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Monday, January 26, 2015

MC2 Post 1972 Smallish PC's are coming at us in all kinds of Sizes







First Look: HP Stream Mini




From:   https://www.thurrott.com





 Apple TV,  HP Mini Streamer and the Mac Mini.




Has Lots of Ports Front and Back.




estimated price:  Around  $180.00









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Blizzard To Hit NY City


While a Cable News Show was showing an interview at  Sundance,

a Blizzard starts moving into the New Yprk area.








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MC2 Post 1971 Other TWIT Shows I am Keen On Watching LIVE





TWIT   This Week in Computer Tech with Leo Laporte.   Sundays 3:00pm  -   5:00+

TNT   Tech News Today  with Mike Elgan.     Weekdays Mon-Fri 10:00am - 10:45+                 
 
And   TWICH   with Patrick Norton and Ryan Shrout.         Thurs        6:00pm - 7:00+

Which stands for This Week In Computer HARDWARE !!!


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The Place Where All The Reviews Mentioned on  TWICH can be found is at

PC Perspectives  Link:   http://www.pcper.com/

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I Keep Up on Blender 3D  notifications on Google+.


( I like working with  the latest version if possible 

-- right now that's 2.73)








Link:   http://www.blender.org/download/


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I keep Up on Android News and Stuff  with Android Authority also on Google+.  


This was today's link about HTC's M9 Hima
Rumor Roundup...




From:   https://plus.google.com




 



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

MC2 Post 1970 Windows Weekly Thurrott and Hands-On with Microsoft HoloLens





From:   https://www.thurrott.com



Paul's impressions:



I just concluded about an hours-worth of hands-on time with Microsoft’s intriguing HoloLens, an augmented reality (AR) headset that will ship publicly at roughly the same time as Windows 10. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures, record any video, or other document the experience digitally. But I did come away impressed.











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Netflix Adds 4.3 Million Subscribers in 
a Strong Fourth Quarter


From:   http://newusnews.com


SAN FRANCISCO — Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is hoping to hook millions more Internet video subscribers with the lure of original programming as it accelerates its international expansion in an try to build the leading network for the digital-streaming age.

 

Netflix Inc. added 13 million worldwide subscribers last year, including 4.3 million during the final three months, according to figures released Tuesday in the companionship’s fourth-quarter earnings report. The performance marked Netflix’s largest quarter of subscriber gains ever, eclipsing the 4.07 million added in the final three months of 2013.



 




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MC2 Post 1969 Yeah You CAN Build Just about anything with a 3D Printer




World's first 3D-printed apartment building 

constructed in China

 

A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.


 

The 3D printer array, developed by Ma Yihe, who has been inventing 3D printers for over a decade, stands 6.6 metres high, 10 metres wide and 40 metres long (20 by 33 by 132 feet). This fabricates the parts in large pieces at WinSun's facility. The structures are then assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.





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Gigapixels of Andromeda, the largest picture ever taken.




From:   Guy Kawasaki on Google+

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

MC2 Post 1968 Just a Side POST About Ruby and Linux







Been having a quite a bit of good luck working at learning Ruby (the

programming language) in Knoppix Linux running in a virtual machine 

in VMWare on my Windows Desktop.









Having a Good Knoppix Book by my side is also a big plus.






What Is KNOPPIX?








From:   http://en.wikipedia.org











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Also From:  http://en.wikipedia.org




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Friday, January 16, 2015

MC2 Post 1967 2015 Golden Globes: Complete Winners List



It was a big night for "Birdman," "Boyhood," and "Transparent" at the 2015 Golden Globes.


From:   http://abcnews.go.com


 The four biggest acting nods for motion pictures went to Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"). Meanwhile, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home top honors for best comedy and "Boyhood" won best drama.

 

On the TV side, "The Affair" won best drama and "Transparent" was honored as best comedy. Acting honors in the drama categories went Ruth Wilson for "The Affair" and Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards," while Gina Rodriguez was recognized for her role in the comedy "Jane the Virgin" and Jeffrey Tambor won for his role in "Transparent."


 MOTION PICTURES

Best Drama

    WINNER: "Boyhood"
    "Foxcatcher"
    "The Imitation Game"
    "Selma"
    "The Theory of Everything"

Best Comedy

    "Birdman"
    WINNER: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    "Into the Woods"
    "Pride"
    "St. Vincent"


Best Director

    Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    Ava Duvernay, "Selma"
    David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
    WINNER: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"


Best Actress in a Drama

    Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"
    Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
    WINNER: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
    Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
    Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"


Best Actor in a Drama

    Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
    Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
    Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
    David Oyelowo, "Selma"
    WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"


Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

    Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    WINNER: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
    Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
    Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"
    Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"


Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

    WINNER: Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
    Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
    Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
    Julianne Moore, "Map to the Stars"
    Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"


Best Supporting Actress

    WINNER: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
    Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
    Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
    Emma Stone, "Birdman"
    Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"


Best Supporting Actor

    Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
    Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
    Edward Norton, "Birdman"
    Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
    WINNER: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"


Best Screenplay

    Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
    WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo,     "Birdman"
    Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
    Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"


Best Foreign Language Film

    "Force Majeure Turist," Sweden
    "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem Gett," Israel
    "Ida," Poland/Denmark
    WINNER: "Leviathan," Russia
    "Tangerines Mandariinid," Estonia

Best Animated Feature

    "Big Hero 6"
    "The Book of Life"
    "The Boxtrolls"
    WINNER: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
    "The Lego Movie"

Best Original Song

    "Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes" music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
    WINNER: "Glory" from "Selma," Music and lyrics by John Legend and Common
    "Mercy Is" from "Noah," Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
    "Opportunity" from "Annie," Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
    "Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1," Music and lyrics by Lorde


Best Score

    "The Imitation Game"
    WINNER: "The Theory of Everything"
    "Gone Girl"
    "Birdman"
    "Interstellar"

TELEVISION


Best TV Comedy or Musical

    "Girls"
    "Jane the Virgin"
    "Orange Is the New Black"
    "Silicon Valley"
    WINNER: "Transparent"


Best TV Drama

    WINNER: "The Affair"
    "Downton Abbey"
    "Game of Thrones"
    "The Good Wife"
    "House of Cards"


Best Actress in a TV Drama

    Claire Danes, "Homeland"
    Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"
    Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
    WINNER: Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"
    Robin Wright, "House of Cards"


Best Actor in a TV Drama

        Clive Owen, "The Knick"
        Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
        WINNER: Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
        James Spader, "The Blacklist"
        Dominic West, "The Affair"


Best Actress in a TV Comedy

        Lena Dunham, "Girls"
        Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
        Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
        WINNER: Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
        Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"


Best Actor in a TV Comedy

        Louis CK, "Louie"
        Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
        Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
        William H. Macy, "Shameless"
        WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"


Best Miniseries or TV Movie

        WINNER: "Fargo"
        "The Missing"
        "The Normal Heart"
        "Olive Kitteridge"
        "True Detective"


Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

        WINNER: Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"
        Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show"
        Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
        Frances O'Connor, "The Missing"
        Allison Tolman, "Fargo"


Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

        Martin Freeman, "Fargo"
        Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
        Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
        Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
        WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"

    Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie

        Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
        Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
        WINNER: Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
        Allison Janney, "Mom"
        Michelle Monaghan, "True Detective"

    Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie

        WINNER: Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"
        Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
        Colin Hanks, "Fargo"
        Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge"
        Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"



Link:   http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/2015-golden-globes-complete-winners-list/story?id=28155075


TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/o7uz5ku



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The NBA on JAN 16 2015

The CAVS just beat the Lakers and go after the Clippers Tonight for a possible One-Two punch in the Western Conference.



Eastern Conference Standings




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Nominees for 2015 Oscars



Nominations (by movie):

“Birdman” – 9
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 9
“The Imitation Game” – 8
“Boyhood” – 6
“American Sniper” – 6
“Whiplash” – 5
“Interstellar” – 5
“Foxcatcher” – 5



"Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the Oscar pack this year with the most nominations, and "Selma" is noticeably left out of some major categories.


The list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

 

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”


Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”



Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”



Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”



Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” 
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”



Link:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/01/15/2015-oscar-nominations-complete-coverage/

 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

MC2 Post 1966 Disney's Beachbot is an artistic robot turtle






The robotic turtle above can't wield katanas, eat pizza or shout cowabunga, but it can still do something awesome: draw big sand sketches on the beach.

 

It's named "Beachbot" and was developed by a team from ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, a network of labs responsible for some really fun projects in the past year. Beachbot draws on the sand by controlling the pressure it puts on a rake attached to its body: that's the easy part anyway.


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Chevy Talks About the BOLT ???

Chevy Announces New ‘Bolt,’ An Electric Car For The Mass Market


Watch out Tesla, General Motors has you in its crosshairs. On Monday, Chevrolet, a division of GM, revealed plans to launch the $30,000 Bolt, a car that the company intends to directly compete with Tesla’s forthcoming third vehicle, the Model III, which will have a similar price tag and a similar range of slightly over 200 miles-per-charge.












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January 6, 2015
#232: CES 2015 Digital Experience


Pepcom's Digital Experience at CES 2015

Link:  http://twit.tv/show/twit-live-specials/232


January 7, 2015
#233: CES 2015 ShowStoppers


Home automation, drones, e ink wall, and more.

Link:  http://twit.tv/show/twit-live-specials/233


January 8, 2015
#234: CES 2015 Day 3


Self-driving cars, Open Source Virtual Reality, DJI Inspire 1

Link:  http://twit.tv/show/twit-live-specials/234


January 9, 2015
#235: CES 2015 Day 4


3D Printers for edibles, augmented reality, and RocketSkates.
Link:  http://twit.tv/show/twit-live-specials/235


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Saturday, January 10, 2015

MC2 Post 1965 The Beautiful Math of Coral





Margaret Wertheim:

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

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the other day searching for videos on mathematics.

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By masterminding a project to model a coral reef 
armed only with crochet hooks,

Margaret Wertheim hopes to bring some of the most complicated mathematical models embodied in our universe into the minds (and hands) of the masses.


Why you should listen


Snowflakes, fractals, the patterns on a leaf -- there's beauty to be found at the intersection of nature and physics, beauty and math. Science writer Margaret Wertheim (along with her twin sister, Christine) founded the Institute for Figuring to advance the aesthetic appreciation of scientific concepts, from the natural physics of snowflakes and fractals to human constructs such as Islamic mosaics, string figures and weaving.






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Blender  for Beginners:

How to Create a Rowboat on a Lake in Blender.



Link: 
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TWIT Shows REVISITED Again

THE WEEKLY TWIT PODCAST  LINEUP ============================================================ Plus A Few More that Did Not Fit...