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Digital Storms latest custom gaming desktops are a sight to see

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The game theory

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first_imgKhoj International Artists’ Association presents two exhibitions that explore the world of games and gaming. The first exhibition is titled ‘Of Games: Frameworks In Question’ which will juxtapose art with games and gaming technologies including the old board games of India like Ganjifas, Parallel by Harun Farocki and video games Like Osmos and Otomata. The selected works will capture image making process explored in both, games and art, and highlight the audience engagement while gaming. An interrogation of cross pollination between games and arts is the underlying theme of the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The games that will showed at the exhibition include computer games like Façade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Osmos by Hemisphere Games, Otomata by Batuhan Bozkurt and traditional games like Ganjifa cards and Pallankuzhi from the collection of Crafts Museum, Delhi. There will also be a video work titled Parallel by Harun Farocki (supported by Max Mueller Bhawan/Goethe Institute, Delhi).Through the artworks, the exhibition poses questions of aesthetics of gaming images, game design and development as artistic intervention and gaming references of digital art. The exhibition is broadly exploring two ideas: imagery of art when borrowed from games, and the hybridity of game-world narratives.Can a game be art? The traditional games exhibited here, Ganjifa cards and Pallankuzhi, demonstrate artistry in their production and presentation—but at what point does the playing of the game itself become an art form? They both necessitate an intersection of skill and chance within an alternate reality—a microcosmic world of variables, reactions, and outcomes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works in the exhibition include computer based games like Façade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, 2005. With the Facade project, the promise of algorithmic storytelling was demonstrated for the first time at such a scale. Algorithmic storytelling is the art of telling a story which is not scripted yet. The author  or the developers in this case develop the individual characters and their mechanisms of response and parlance but nothing more. In run-time it actually seems like the characters have a mind of their own, but they are always responding within the parameters of their programmed nature. This idea is a very strong meme in games (procedural narratives etc) and in the futuristic visions and ideas for storytelling. Apart from the above exhibition, Khoj is also bringing for works done in a month long residency in a parallel exhibition titled ‘Of Games: Theatre in Code’, that will also be on view till September 19, 2013. 11. am to 7 p.m. Akshay Rathod, Centaur, Gayatri Kodikal, Oleomingus, Pramod Kumar and Vishal Dar are the six practitioners/groups who have been developing projects exploring the game-world and its experience from different perspectives. They will present a game prototype in the opening.last_img read more

Facebook Amazon Netflix and Google Were Among Todays Biggest Losers

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A morning rally in the stock market gave way to renewed selling in the afternoon as the Entrepreneur Index™ fell 1.66 percent on the day.The Dow Industrials index was up more than 300 points in the morning but ended the day down 245, or 0.99 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 0.66 percent, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 was down 2.02 percent.The bloodbath continued in the technology sector. The so-called FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google or Alphabet) stocks that have underpinned the bull run in technology stocks and the broader market, were among the hardest hit today, with Amazon.com (-6.31 percent), Netflix (-4.96 percent), Alphabet Inc. (-4.75 percent) and Facebook (-2.26 percent) all down sharply. Chip-maker NVIDIA Corp.set a new 52-week low today, falling 6.39 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today. Other tech stocks that traded lower included salesforce.com (-3.34 percent)., Verisign (-2.52 percent) and Adobe Systems Inc. (-2.28 percent).Analog Devices was one of the few stocks to buck the bearish trend in technology. Down almost 20 percent since late August, the chipmaker’s stock gained 1.82 percent today. Cerner Corp., the healthcare information technology firm that lost 11 percent on Friday because of disappointing earnings, rallied 5.09 percent today — the largest gain on the Entrepreneur Index™.Ford Motor Co. also posted a big gain after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the stock to a buy, largely because of its 25 percent drop so far this year. The analyst expects the company’s previously announced restructuring plan to begin yielding benefits next year, and set a $12 target for the stock. Ford shares were up 3.34 percent today.Defensive stocks fared significantly better than growth stocks today. The REIT sector was up sharply, with Essex Property Trust (3.49 percent), Extra Space Storage (3.32 percent) and Equity Residential (2.13 percent) posting good gains. The clothing makers, L Brands (2.99 percent), Ralph Lauren (2.88 percent) and Gap Inc. (2.07 percent) were also up for the day. Food manufacturers J.M. Smucker Company and Tyson Foods rose 2.23 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. Retailer Bed Bath and Beyond was also up 3.25 percent.Economy-sensitive stocks were down on the day. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. fell 2.8 percent. Oil and gas producer Hess Corp.was also down 3.36 percent as the price of oil continued to slide. Casino operator Wynn Resorts, down a crushing 44 percent this year, fell 6.3 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur index outside the technology sector. Brown-Forman Corp, the maker of Jack Daniels whiskey, was also down 0.9 percent. The Trump Administration reportedly plans to slap more tariffs on Chinese imports if trade talks with China don’t improve, and bourbon is a favorite target for retaliatory tariffs.Alexion Pharmaceuticals was down again today by 3.45 percent. The drug-makers fell as a group on Friday after it was reported that President Trump was considering tying Medicare reimbursement rates for drugs to much lower prices paid in Europe.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Entrepreneur.com. October 29, 2018 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Halifaxs historic North End blossoming as foodie destination

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, November 7, 2016 Posted by The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Food, Halifax HALIFAX — It began a few years ago: One by one, sophisticated, ambitious eateries popped up in Halifax’s historic North End.Restaurants like Edna, Field Guide and the Agricola Street Brasserie emphasized the local — both in their dishes and their relationships — and with them came microbreweries, cafes and other foodie enterprises.Suddenly, the North End was one of the region’s most vibrant food destinations.“There’s a community here,” said 36-year-old Ludovic Eveno, co-owner and chef of the award-winning Agricola Street Brasserie, which opened three years ago.“The businesses around us, like the breweries, we carry their products. So it’s a win-win for everybody and it creates this unique community that’s very dynamic.”The area, just north of downtown, is typical of gentrifying urban neighbourhoods: Musicians, young professionals and university students share the neighbourhood with low income families. Trendy Gottingen Street eateries like Ratinaud, an artisanal charcuterie, are neighbours with the Salvation Army and a methadone clinic.It’s the area’s affordability and sense of community that has attracted so many young entrepreneurs.“The food community has been gathering here,” said Patricia Cuttell, executive director of the North End Business Association.“If you look at all the restaurants in the North End, there are some commonalities — the appreciation for seasonal food, the appreciation for local sourcing of food and for providing different kinds of dining experiences.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“The North End, as a whole, holds certain values such as an appreciation for community and an appreciation for local. It aligns with the philosophy’s of the restaurants.”In a city where tourists are otherwise mostly offered seafood and nautical souvenirs, Cory Urquhart, co-owner of EnVie on Charles Street, said the district is somewhere out-of-towners can get a sense of real life in Halifax’s North End.“It doesn’t seem quite as touristy,” said the 31-year-old Urquhart, who lives a block away from his restaurant and spends virtually all his time in the area. “It’s different from the downtown scene because it has more of a homey feel. It’s one big community. Everybody knows everybody, and we all work together to make sure everyone is successful.”Bicycles can often be found parked outside of EnVie — an airy dining space that opened in 2013. Although it’s a vegan restaurant, Urquhart said 75 per cent of his customers are not vegan. Menu options include ravioli stuffed with roasted kabocha squash in a dill coconut cream sauce and panko-crushed king oyster mushroom cutlets tossed in a house-made buffalo sauce.Next door at Lion and Bright — a cafe-bar hybrid — young professionals can be seen sipping coffee or local craft beers in front of laptops on rustic countertops that are juxtaposed with industrial lighting and exposed pipe. In the evening, staff crank up the music and customers sit on stools at the bar or gather around long tables, ordering from a large chalkboard drink menu on the wall.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAdjacent to Lion and Bright is the Agricola Street Brasserie, which recently won Taste of Nova Scotia’s restaurant of the year award. Dozens of jars containing jam made in-house line shelves in the restaurant’s entryway. The high ceilings and intricate shelving at the bar serve as the centrepiece of a restaurant that would be at home on Toronto’s Ossington stretch.The district even drew one popular restaurant away from downtown. The Foggy Goggle, tired of disruptive construction of a massive new conference centre, announced last month it is moving to a stretch of Gottingen, the North End’s 250-year-old main drag, that also includes the hip brunch destination of Edna and several other destination eateries.Restaurants aren’t the only food-related businesses that have opened in the North End. There’s also Local Source Market, which offers fresh local products and catering; the just-opened LF Bakery, which has the city’s best baguettes; and breweries including North Brewing Company and Unfiltered Brewing.“It appeals to a lot of people who call the North End home and it’s attracting people from all over the city. And now visitors to Halifax are coming to the North End to experience food,” said Cuttell. Halifax’s historic North End blossoming as foodie destinationlast_img read more