If you look at the pattern of Indian immigration to the U.S. since 1965, it is always highly educated immigrants, with accommodations for other skill levels. Since 1990, however, overwhelming emphasis has been put on those who are highly trained in STEM fields. So you have this concentration of STEM professionals who value education even more intensely than the earlier waves of immigrants had. And they’ve built up this infrastructure for their kids, including this whole minor-league spelling circuit just for South Asian kids.
The levels of spelling performance improved so much over the years that they had to introduce other metrics to eliminate kids. So in 2013 Scripps introduced a vocabulary round, and that increased the difficulty tremendously. Now you can spell right onstage all the way to the finals and you still might not make it because you don’t have a high enough vocab test score to advance to the next round.
They seem like they’re less brittle than their millennial equivalents, partly because of the techniques they have for emotional control.
There’s that, but they’ve also been taught to expect less. For example, almost none of the Bee parents had any expectations that things would go well for their child. They hoped. They were doing everything they could to make it happen. But there’s this overwhelming sense of precarity. Even with the brightest kids,
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
"they’ve also been taught to expect less. For example, almost none of the Bee parents had any expectations that things would go well for their child"
From an interview with the author of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z’s New Path to Success:
… Another blog mentioned the creator's Imgur account, which is no longer active, so additional searching somehow led me to my pal @ksheely’s Flickr, where I came across… college kids interacting with a SMB Question Block he placed in public spaces (via https://t.co/0HrQ4LP9f7) pic.twitter.com/07cA5bv4Dj— Attract Mode (@AttractMode) April 25, 2019
Snakeybus = Crazy Taxi + Snake— PixelProspector ⛏ (@PixelProspector) April 26, 2019
>Control a lengthy bus and increase its size by picking up passengers
>Coming soon (May 2019) to Steam by @indiefrankdevhttps://t.co/6ny98V8emv pic.twitter.com/RnUbqrQ177
Always loved this secret in Deus Ex's training mission. pic.twitter.com/SDrAb92dl1— Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) April 26, 2019
ﾅﾅｰﾅﾅﾅﾅﾅｰﾅｰﾅｰﾅ-ﾅｰﾅｰﾅﾅｰﾅｰ pic.twitter.com/QTb3ycorVH— アムロ・メイ (@Chris_novas) April 16, 2019
Every hacking minigame needs to be you just type away randomly and increasingly frantically while cool dumb hacker shite happens onscreen. Wider range of keypresses = faster hack.— Joe Wintergreen (@joewintergreen) April 30, 2019
Left is original screenshot. Right is my rework to make #Sonic more stylized. pic.twitter.com/IhXeAZYlQI— Edward Pun (@EdwardPun1) April 30, 2019
Blue Room – Minipod, Speakers (1995)— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) March 20, 2019
Design by Laurence Dickie, Martin de Saulles, Robert Trunz and B&W loudspeakers Ltd. pic.twitter.com/bAL9m25UG9
ZOOM RhythmTrak RT-323 – Transparent Blue (2000) pic.twitter.com/qxPz92ntE1— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) April 21, 2019
Swatch – "Yellow Spring" (2001)— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) March 30, 2019
Part of their snap-on bracelet style wristwatch line, "Snap It On". pic.twitter.com/wuv6sgl0Vl
Soft Cell – Chair (1999)— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) March 13, 2019
Design: Studio Aisslinger
Materials: TechnoGel, fiberglass, steel
Soft Cell has a flexible slab of TechnoGel, webbed with nylon straps. It is inspired by Nike's hi-tech sneakers of the period, and was the first use of TechnoGel in the furniture market. pic.twitter.com/MUxjmPrEqe
Air Jordan Apex-Utility (2019)— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) March 6, 2019
Translucent exterior + Nike's "React" cushioning pic.twitter.com/GoWm6teUxP
Shoe concept by James Morrison (1996-1997)— Y2K Aesthetic Institute 💽 (@y2k_aesthetic) March 2, 2019
Parsons School of Design
Scanned from Graphis Student Design '97 pic.twitter.com/8pDwijMhZj
THE RESTROOM REQUIRES A SACRIFICE pic.twitter.com/99zJb1dGvn— cinnamon roll storage unit (@ahptik) April 28, 2019
My son’s baseball team uniforms.— David Wade (@davidwade) April 28, 2019
So. Many. Jokes. pic.twitter.com/yVvlcL1eXQ
Yeah sex is great but has anyone ever told you they love you 3000? And not in the 600-900 range.— Andrew (@azn_sensazn_) April 27, 2019
“aye my friend wants to talk to you”— IG: necation (@Necation) April 28, 2019
her: is he cute?
me: yes he’s cute look that’s him right over there.
Best parkour ever. pic.twitter.com/WeD3gxsruu— Mr. Drinks On Me #MI (@Mr_DrinksOnMe) April 28, 2019
This is the worst thing Jamal Murray has ever done pic.twitter.com/ioNRPiXyZO— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 28, 2019
Literally all I can see is Jeremy Corbyn’s antlers https://t.co/zMGD7tklmS— Ryan Sampson (@MrRyanSampson) April 27, 2019
I just wanna know why my clothes only get caught on the door handle when I’m in a bad mood— Jalen Skutt (@JaIenSkutt) April 26, 2019
my fave part of "the godfather" is when his mustache turns into a tree pic.twitter.com/1cCG2mNSM9— brandon soderberg (@notrivia) August 22, 2016
Captain America always looks like a bird just flew away with his hot dog pic.twitter.com/8RPHefIoRv— Jon Blair (@okjonblair) April 29, 2019
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Monday, April 29, 2019
Jakarta, home to over 10 million people, is sinking at one of the fastest rates in the world.*Previously: "Jakarta's violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians"
The idea of moving the capital has been floated several times since the country gained independence from the Dutch in 1945.
In 2016, a survey found that the mega-city had the world's worst traffic congestion. Government ministers have to be escorted by police convoys to get to meetings on time.
The planning minister says snarl-ups in Jakarta costs the economy 100 trillion rupiah ($6.8bn, £5.4bn) a year.
Finished all of the electronics now. Just need to print and paint the gate to go over the front. Using a magnet to open and close it means Cat can hold the magnet in her hand and do the spell hand movements close to the eye to open it ;) Oooohhh yeeeeeaaaahhhhh. Please share! Half the universe is at stake!!!! #drstrange #doctorstrange #eyeofagamotto #mcu #marvel #stephenstrange #marvelcinematicuniverse #endgame #avengersendgame #infinitywar #avengersinfinitywar #avengers #avengers3 #avengers4 #infinitystone #infinitystones #timestone #infinitygauntlet #cosplay #replicaprops #replica #cosplaygirls #3dprintedprops #3dprinter #3dprintinglifeA post shared by Props and Cosplay Girls (@candeecosplay) on
I added the fantastic 4 logo to the end of my Infinity War cosmic pager as requested by @thatkevinsmith in his podcast. Don't worry, I've changed it back to the Cap Marvel pager now but lets see if he notices it. #captainmarvel #goose #nickfury #endgame #infinitywar #goosethecat #avengersendgame #avengersinfinitywar #brielarson #caroldanvers #flerken #cosmicpager #marvel #mcu #marvelmcu #agentcoulson #pager #captainmarvelpager #replica #replicaprop #captainmarvelcosplay #captainmarvelmovie #fantastic4 #3dprintedprops #3dprint #3dprinter #arduinoA post shared by Props and Cosplay Girls (@candeecosplay) on
I remember being blown away in this moment on the @avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a groupthat likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed.A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on
*Previously: Skyfall stunt doubles.
"That's a bad shot. I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot. But hey, she made it.” pic.twitter.com/SYZWeHOMVr— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) April 29, 2019
lmao so wait for the rest of the show they're going to fight a pregnant lady and a pirate— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) April 29, 2019
i’m gonna spend the entire rest of my life laughing at the image of the backup Walker’s hair fluttering as Arya soars past him for the game-winning dunk— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) April 29, 2019
She lit this episode right the fuck up so we could see shit. The true hero. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/5XPHGc7A2d— Jake Metz (@jake_metz) April 29, 2019
Also, the deluxe Joffrey Baratheon figures by Threezero are available for preorder.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Im about to go see Thanos and Friends Part 2. I drew these from memory pic.twitter.com/lOlQIUuN8J— conner fawcett (@thebadbucket) April 28, 2019
My man got left hanging awkwardly *twice* pic.twitter.com/IRTySGnmd2— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 28, 2019
I just found out this is how they X-ray small children and I can’t stop laughing pic.twitter.com/crNsjYhtpK— Professor Finesser (@mowziii) April 27, 2019
Yeah avengers endgame was good but I found out my boyfriend is a movie clapper so at what cost— Tinderella (@ballerguy) April 26, 2019
There's a robot inside the Changwon NC Park that plays chants and shows today's lineup. #KBO pic.twitter.com/tJAgPkxruo— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 28, 2019
A for effort pic.twitter.com/agrX8MB3mR— Human Person (@radiationmouth) April 27, 2019
[invention of fish net stockings]— tommy bayer (@TommmyBear) October 24, 2018
fisherman 1: Help! I got caught in the fish net!
fisherman 2: is it just me or is dave looking a little ... hot?
fisherman 3: no dave is definitely being hot rn
A little thing in Australia I love: how noisy the birds are! For example: This common Adelaide Magpie sounds like a dial up modem connecting (and they're everywhere!) pic.twitter.com/SwMGRLNrh9— Terry (@terrycavanagh) April 27, 2019
This is not what you need after 26.2 miles. pic.twitter.com/ZkmJftX0Hv— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 28, 2019
Big Ben guy was running the London Marathon for Alzheimer’s research. Here’s his donation link if you want to make his viral celebrity worthwhile https://t.co/q32FzMseMH pic.twitter.com/5q017Vr95s— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) April 28, 2019
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I try to post articles only after researching them and determining they seem reliable and important. But...
Peculiar news from Norway: Fishermen have found a whale wearing a harness. The harness says "equipment of St Petersburg" and has a camera attachment. Russian marine biologists say they don't put harnesses on whales. The Norwegians think it may be a "military whale". @ErikSolheim https://t.co/uM4GzoVQGz— Elisabeth Braw (@elisabethbraw) April 28, 2019
The article has video.
"Did you know that the gauntlet of Thanos is so powerful because it is a replica of the relic of the hand of St. Teresa de Jesus?"
Did you know that the gauntlet of Thanos is so powerful because it is a replica of the relic of the hand of St. Teresa de Jesus?— 𝓕𝓻. 𝓓𝓲𝓼𝓶𝓪𝓼, 𝓞𝓟 (@dismasop) April 27, 2019
Good luck unseeing that now.
(Source: Déjale ir, Católico) pic.twitter.com/6BCFUCroqv
From a visit to the relic:
The nuns of the Nuestra Señora de la Merced in Ronda are keepers of a treasure; one of the most important holy relics in Spain, the hand of Saint Teresa of Avila. Stolen from the convent in 1937, Franco seized possession of the hand and slept with it beside his bedside until his death in 1975. It is now back in its rightful home, housed in a darkened, locked room, set inside a silver glove that’s covered in precious stones.And another:
My friend had assured that if we were to arrive at 5pm, a sister would be waiting for us. I rang the bell and approached the rotating hatch as the sister welcomed us with a customary “Ave Maria”. I panicked and then remembered the response, “sin pecado reconcibido” (without preconceived sin). The hatch swivelled, revealing a key. “Please go through to the door on your right and wait.”
Antonio first ushered us into the foyer next to where the relic is contained. This convent is for a cloistered order of nuns. Antonio said that he was going to “talk to the wall ” but that what would be more surprising was that “the wall would speak back”.
This is exactly what happened.
When AI is asked to get to the finish line, it tends to build a very tall robot that gets there by falling over.— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 26, 2019
I copied that strategy and almost broke @SimoneGiertz's robot workshop. (Sorry!)https://t.co/5jf8HaFfhH pic.twitter.com/8Gua5PNGSd
This is the robot-building stage at which it became obvious what our strategy was going to be, and @SimoneGiertz came by to say "Okay, so, um, although the rules didn't *technically* specify..."— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 28, 2019
She decided to let us compete.
Shown: @dfromm, me, Simone, and the "Lean Machine"
Here are the robots at the starting line.— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 28, 2019
When they said go, the robots all started twitching, flailing, and slowly rotating.
Except for ours.
In the first half-second of the race it slammed its face toward the finish line
... and missed it by an inch.
In this strange and sudden conversion, a post from Song of Ice and Fire blogger Steven Attewell served as my own road-to-Damascus moment. On Tuesday, a reader posed Attewell (who is also a professor at CUNY; I feel like I need to gas him up in thanks) a question: What did he think of the theory that the Winterfell crypts are actually a terrible place to put the North’s noncombatants, given that they’re full of corpses, which happen to be the raw material for the Night King’s army? His response was to suggest something I had never considered before:Related:
I don’t think the Starks of ages past, so focused on the coming of winter, buried their dead with iron swords because they were stupid men.
In other words: The dead Starks in the crypts won’t rise up and turn against the living; they’ll rise up and protect them.
I interviewed Bella Ramsey a.k.a. little Lady Lyanna Mormont, who told me that the thing she'll miss most about her role is "the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them." https://t.co/ZNhksH9fzt— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 18, 2019
here are some closeups of Warhound Titan's interior's and metallics, painted with TMM.#warhammer #warhammer40k #miniature #PaintingWarhammer #painting #color #hobby #art #Warmongers pic.twitter.com/3lB3rNDZhF— Paweł Makuch (@Monstroys) February 4, 2019
Here's the Slaanesh Lord i have converted and painted around 3 years ago.#warhammer #fantasy #miniature #PaintingWarhammer #brush #color #Warmongers #figure pic.twitter.com/8WnNPQInVb— Paweł Makuch (@Monstroys) February 6, 2019
Most of my New Gork City Gargants for #bloodbowl #paintingwarhammer #warmongers #warhammer pic.twitter.com/xKhjHPO0Zz— ned (@neverdeadned) April 25, 2019
Just like in Predator 2 we’re hitting up the urban jungle with a city themed basing guide this week; perfect for Kill Team and 40k. Is Danny Glover involved and ready to purge some ‘Nids!?* Who knows!— Xenus Minis (@XenusMinis) April 27, 2019
*No.https://t.co/oQjxNBWLOo#warhammer #Warhammer40k pic.twitter.com/57Abs52l6T
Adore these work-in-progress miniatures from Blade Runner 2049. The foggy atmosphere hid many of the details but it didn't stop Weta Workshop pouring plenty of love into them. pic.twitter.com/3keTLWBaI4— John Kearney (@HuntingFluff) April 23, 2019
The test paints ended up as smooth as silk after yesterday’s experiment. So I decided to give a few more pots the same treatment #LifeHacks #warmongers pic.twitter.com/Z0pr2ATVZt— veteranewb (@veteranewb) April 23, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
"When [the new head of Sun-Maid] came west, though, he was taken aback by the level of animosity he encountered in the U.S. raisin industry"
Three months into his tenure, which began on Halloween of 2017, Mr. Overly attended a meeting of some raisin industry players in the back room of a restaurant in Fresno, Calif. This introduction left him shaken. “I’m not saying this lightly, because — you can read about this in different spots — people kind of think there’s this raisin mafia out there and that kind of stuff,” Mr. Overly said.Related:
He said that he asked the group how they thought they could work together. “And the answer I got back was nothing short of collusion,” he said. While no one was proposing they take action, the anti-competitive tactics discussed in that back room, he said, were “completely illegal.”
As he tried to make changes in the raisin industry and at his own company, Mr. Overly said he faced intimidation, harassing phone calls and multiple death threats. With his spouse in the last trimester of a pregnancy, Mr. Overly found a note shoved into a crack of his front door that warned: “you can’t run.”
Mr. Overly installed a security system at his house in Fresno. At Sun-Maid headquarters, he and other executives discussed the necessity of active shooter trainings. As rumors about Mr. Overly’s motives swirled among raisin farmers, raisin packers and raisin bureaucrats, he became increasingly concerned about the safety of the raisins themselves. He feared that the current crop, drying from grapes to a wrinkly, shrunken state in bins on the Sun-Maid campus, would be set ablaze. It was their destruction by “fire, specifically,” that worried him, he said.
PepsiCo has offered to settle its lawsuit against four Indian farmers who grew the patented potato variety used in its Lays chips without the company’s permission.
The company offered to drop the lawsuit if the farmers become part of its collaborative potato farming program. The farmers would have to buy seeds and sell the produce back to the company at predetermined prices.
“In case they do not wish to join this program, they can simply sign an agreement and grow other available varieties of potatoes.” PepsiCo said.
Used to do saturation diving. I did work on oil rigs. It's pretty spooky down there. No particularly "spooky scary seamonster" stories, but it's not a nice place.
For one, it's dark as a MOTHERFUCKER. Pitch black and your lamp barely goes more than a few yards effectively. The water is filled with particles so it's kind of like shining a light into smoke. It's seriously like being in a void and the only things in this void are you and the rig. I never disconnected from it longer than I had to. It just feels like you can fall forever.
As for spooky scary seamonsters, I never really saw any. Don't get me wrong, you see shit a lot. The mixture you're breathing combined with the pressure can and will fuck with your senses. More than a few times I saw something big and fast moving just beyond my light. Sound doesn't travel well in water but you can hear the rig popping and other shit, always really deep tones.
The rig popping is really ominous because it's like a bass drum that's all around you and the only sound in almost absolute silence. You can see things moving in the dark and when you look at them, your lamp only goes ten yards or so and all it's hitting are the particles in the water. This happens a few times and you're certain you're not alone down there. You feel like you're being hunted. A lot of guys die because they try and rush and that's something you can't do underwater, no matter how much you want to. You kind of got to get it in your head that "well shit I hope it doesn't eat me" and keep working. It can be hard not to panic. They teach you tactical breathing both to conserve and to keep you from losing it.
You start focusing really god damn hard on that tactical breathing when you swear you saw something on the edge of your vision, felt the water move against your back, and heard the shift.
Every diver has heard "the stories" though.
I think my favorite is the oldie of the diver goes down in the bell. He exits with his partner into the complete and utter darkness, slipping silently through the deep. They reach the pipe and begin to work. Eventually, they get down to the last bolt and they realized they forgot one! The partner goes back and the other stays, waiting. He watches his friend's lamp fade into the all-encompassing darkness until it's nothing more than a bulb that soon slips out of view. Minutes pass and then the light comes back, quickly making its way towards the diver... perhaps a little too quick. It seems to sway left and right. The diver, unnerved by the display, flashes his light twice before turning it off, hoping to get a response. Nothing. He sits in the complete and utter darkness, watching the light grow closer and closer. There's a deep moan in the water and all he can do is sit still, watching this light glide through the void.
"Chernobyl comes back to life in Ukrainian computer game" that uses a detailed scale model and remote control tanks
Newcomers to the game think they have entered a virtual world when in fact they are controlling a real robot, equipped with a camera and computer, which makes its way around a model of the town rendered down to the tiniest detail.
“When playing our game, for the first 5-10 minutes many players don’t understand that it is not fictional,” said the game’s co-founder Sergey Beskrestnov. “They message us saying: ‘You have cool texture, you have good graphics, your designer is good, well done. You have a cool operating system.’
The game’s real-scale model occupies a 180 square metre (1,938 sq. ft) basement of a residential building in the Ukraine city of Brovary, just 150 km (93 miles) from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and 30 km east of Kiev.
Miniature radioactivity warning signs, graffiti on the walls of abandoned buildings and tables and chairs left scattered inside a small cafe all add to the creepy atmosphere of a once lively town.
Labels: video games
Sigourney Weaver visiting the cast of the high school production of Alien (and a mini documentary on the making of)
Sigourney Weaver visiting the NBHS cast and crew at their encore performance of Alien after national media recognition was unbelievable!! #alien #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/2UXL0v1H3X— Nicholas J. Sacco (@NicholasJSacco) April 27, 2019
That N.J. high school's smash hit 'Alien' play is back for encore! 👽Take a look inside before the show. https://t.co/uez0X622YG #Alien #AlienDay #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/jNYFwaT4oK— NJ.com (@njdotcom) April 26, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
The day @MarkRuffalo realised that for years he'd actually been working with @mcgregor_ewan pic.twitter.com/STNnAQrlj2— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) April 26, 2019
Gather ye flamingos while ye may. pic.twitter.com/rWMBGkoDGz— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) April 25, 2019
I’ll tell you who’s not happy about the NFL Draft in Nashville... People who planned their bachelorette parties with no idea this was happening! @FOXNashville pic.twitter.com/dd3VnbRkIl— Kathleen Jacob FOX17 (@Kathleenjjacob) April 25, 2019
Asparagus grows like it’s trying to prank some idiot into thinking this is how asparagus grows pic.twitter.com/h0aSR3Cb6d— ghost mom (@radtoria) April 26, 2019
Sincerely still not over the fact that “fake banana flavor” is actually based on a type of banana everyone used to eat but it got wiped out in the 1960s. And for FIFTY YEARS we as a society are like nah it’s cool we don’t need to update the fake flavor to match the new bananas???— Helen Rosner (@hels) April 26, 2019
My kids:— Dan Berry (@thingsbydan) April 26, 2019
“we’re watching The Princess Uncle”
The Tv: pic.twitter.com/SrZMb0x6BH
I forgot I screengrabbed this moment from last night's Clippers-Warriors game. pic.twitter.com/309NU5xv7r— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) April 26, 2019
My original Mandarin name is "博文," which used to mean "scholar." In 2019 it means "blog content." This is 100% true and it feels amazing to be humiliated by a 6,000-year-old language.— Bowen Yang 杨伯文 (@bowenyang) April 25, 2019
Haven't posted the greatest sign of all time in 2019 yet. Here ya go. pic.twitter.com/akK2hJGol5— 17 follower guy whose pinned tweet is a reply (@boring_as_heck) April 27, 2019
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