Sunday, November 10, 2019

 

XR NEWS


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EXTENDED REALITY: TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE
Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things in XR News



TODAY: 2019-11-11 (MON, NOV 12, 2019)


VIDEO
DISNEY+ STREAMING
  • started today, with a huge library.
  • There were some outages.
  • Disney's streaming service comes in as a big new wave of new movies, old movies, new and old TV series, and other specials, comes to your TV and computer.
  • Some of the existing services are Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu (majority owned by Disney), and Amazon Prime (plus other a la carte videos on Amazon); some in the works are ATT/Warner HBO Max, and NBC's Peacock; plus ESPN+ for sports (also owned by Disney).
  • There is also Roku, which seems like a streaming services aggregator.
  • https://www.disneyplus.com/

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2019-11-11 (MON, NOV 11, 2019)


VETERANS DAY!


TECHNOLOGY


THE IGDA - THE INTERNATIONAL GAME DEVELOPER'S ASSOCIATION

  • is a terrific resource for anyone interested in game development. 
  • The New York Chapter is active and has a very valuable newsletter - a new edition is out today!
  • To join or subscribe:
  • https://igdanyc.jimdo.com/


TECHNOLOGY - COMMERCE


SINGLES DAY - THE ALIBABA SHOPPING 24 HOUR "HOLIDAY"
  • seems to be the biggest shopping day of the year, anywhere in the world.
  • This year, today, the Chinese company's event brought in a record breaking tally of more than $38B, and more than a 25% increase over last year. 

THEATER

CTI -  THE COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE


THE NATION

HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY HEARINGS


2019-11-10 (SUN, NOV 10, 2019)




TECHNOLOGY


MICROSOFT 
  • announced "Power Virtual Agents" (PVA) at MICROSOFT IGNITE.
  • PVA is currently in a limited Beta. It seems to be a point-drag-click, "no-programming" (pdc-np) interface to create simple bots that access the MS AI engines. Programming is possible to create more powerful agents, but at the expense of never returning to the PVA.


THE WORLD
EVO MORALES
  • resigned as President of Bolivia, as protests racked the country. 
  • He had served as President since 2006. 
  • In 2009 he visited the US along with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, for the screening of Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER at the New York Film Festival. Chavez and Morales visited with a delegation of the press at the Festival and took questions, (tho' Chavez did almost all the talking). Chavez then spoke at length to the whole audience at the screening for the Press and the Industry. 

Evo Morales, Oliver Stone, and  Hugo Chavez
NYFF 2009 
Photo by Eric Roffman - QPORIT

THEATER

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (IN YIDDISH)

DAVID HENRY HWANG'S SOFT POWER
TV

WEEDS 
  • is in production to return on STARZ, according to Variety. Mary-Louise Parker will star and executive produce.  
  • Parker is a brilliant actress, current starring on Broadway in THE SOUND INSIDE.
  • The world, & weed, have changed drastically since the series ended. There is a wonderful new universe of possibilities to explore if they embrace the present.
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2019-11-09 (SAT, NOV 09, 2019)



FILM

THE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER ISSUE OF FILM COMMENT
with stories on...

GRETA GERWIG IN THE NYT

FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER (FLC) FREE TALK: 

BOOKS

NOTHING TO SEE HERE a novel by KEVIN WILSON

THEATER

STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS' HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN
November 14 to December 22, 2019


ODON VON HORVATH'S JUDGEMENT DAY
December 5, 2019 to January 11, 2020


ARTIST TALK: Richard Jones and the creative team on JUDGEMENT DAY
Thursday, Dec 12 at 6:00

TECHNOLOGY

VOICE SUMMIT -- ANNOUNCED FOR 2020
October 5-8 2020 -- Washington DC


MICROSOFT HAS BEGUN SHIPPING THE HOLOLENS 2 (~$3,500)

MICROSOFT: FREE TOUR

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SELECTED RECENT STORIES IN QPORIT

NYXR - THE NEW YORK EXTENDED REALITY MEETUP
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/02/extended-reality-xr.html

Review: SILICON VALLEY
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/11/review-silicon-valley-hbo.html

2019 NOBEL PRIZE AWARDS
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/10/nobel-prizes-2019.html

SURFACE EVENT AT MICROSOFT
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/10/surface-event-at-microsoft.html

COLBERT INTERVIEWS JULIA-LOUIS DREYFUS
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/09/colbert-julia-louis-dreyfus.html

APPLE ANNOUNCEMENTS
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/09/apple-announcements.html

TEST MARKET PREDICTIONS
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/08/market-plunge-lets-test-predictions.html

MRS MAISEL RETURNS
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/08/mrs-maisel-returns-2019-12-06-season-3.html

NEWS ROUNDUP OF THE 2019 NYFF
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/08/news-roundup-57th-new-york-film.html

ELON MUSK & THE NEURALINK BRAIN MACHINE
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/07/elon-musk-neuralink-and-brain-machine.html

LIBRA: DAVID MARCUS' CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/07/david-marcus-congressional-testimony-on.html

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

 

Review: SILICON VALLEY (HBO)



SILICON VALLEY
HBO
SUNDAYS – 10:00 to 10:30


The short review: It’s funny! Smart! Skewers high tech pretentions!

This is the sixth and alas! final season for the series.

Finding the humor in the world of start-up high technology development, Silicon Valley (SV) becomes a worthy successor to Doonesbury. While Doonesbury illuminated the foolishness of managers, SV describes a full set of coders in the trenches, innocent entrepreneurs, and the wild world of predatory companies and venture capital investors.

The characters are sharply drawn, enacted with skill by actors whose comedy is heightened by not being “funny”. The problems that the characters face are real, and the characters themselves… well I’ve met many of them in real life, and IRL they are just like that, but not funny.

The spine of the show is the contrast between the expectation, beliefs and actions that are current in the tech world, and a rather more accurate portrayal of the reality: One segment from a past season, portrayed a character delighted to be picked up for a meeting in a self-driving car that comes by itself to get him. Unfortunately, on the way to the meeting, the car remotely gets a change of destination instructions, and the character remains trapped in the car as it gets carried overseas on a container ship.

The startup, Pied Piper, the center of the show, keeps pivoting – in both its product focus and its strategy -- to find a path through the maze of startup friction.

The current, sixth, and final season seems likely to put the spotlight on Pied Piper’s efforts to create a new internet, free of the problems of our current internet. It vows not to capture personal data for exploitation. This goal seems to have encountered its first challenge in episode one, when a game that was not supposed to collect personal data, did. And when the game designer, blackmailed with recordings of his misdeeds to force him to go to his Board and resign, went to his Board, it seemed they took his “misdeeds” as great work.

It’s always fun and challenging to try to imagine how a series will end, as it gets into its final season:

Here we have a small company, run by a brilliant programmer, (but a less savvy, though always resourceful and dedicated entrepreneur); one that we root for, while suffering one setback, after another advance, after another setback, after another; a company that seems in no position -- with just a few episodes left -- to either succeed or fail big enough to provide any satisfying conclusion… at least any that I can easily predict (but which I do believe the terrific writing & directing team will invent)!

It’s a great series! Start now, (or, even better, find a way to go back and see the whole series from the beginning)!

Strongly recommended!

One of the series regulars, Kumail Nanjiani, was at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2017. He and his wife had just made The Big Sick, and he was one of the year’s 10 Actors to Watch. He was very impressive, sharp, witty and intelligent in several events at the Festival.



Kumail Nanjiani
from SILICON VALLEY
at HIFF 2017
photo by Eric Roffman - QPORIT

LINKS

SILICON VALLEY – IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2575988/

SILICON VALLEY WIKIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Valley_(TV_series)

KUMAIL NANJIANI
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumail_Nanjiani



CAST

Thomas Middleditch -- Richard Hendricks -- star coder & entrepreneur
Josh Brener -- Nelson 'Big Head' Bighetti -- upward failing coder
Martin Starr -- Bertram Gilfoyle -- expert coder
Kumail Nanjiani -- Dinesh Chugtai -- coder
Amanda Crew -- Monica Hall -- sympathetic venture investor
Zach Woods -- Donald 'Jared' Dunn -- very supportive assistant
Matt Ross -- Gavin Belson -- owner of a big competitor
Jimmy O. Yang -- Jian Yang -- competitor
Suzanne Cryer -- Laurie Bream -- humorless venture capitalist
T.J. Miller -- Erlich Bachman -- schemer (in first few seasons)
Chris Diamantopoulos -- Russ Hanneman -- mercurial investor








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