Mario Tells Kids That They’ll Suffer Hell On Earth
Expectation: A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
(Spoiler:The future DOES NOTEXIST.)
My online therapist saysmost of my suffering comes from expectation.
She says that when you expect something from anyone (yourself, a friend, a partner) sooner or laterusually sooneryoull be disappointed.Sadness, anger, resentment? All products of unmetexpectations.
Apparently, ditching future-oriented expectations for focusing on the present moment can lead to:
My online therapist is usually right about these things, so I’ve decided to give it a shot. Its hard though.
A few weeks ago, I was with a friend talking about work, dating, and how we should stop staying out so late. I want to meet a guy who has none of the same friends as me, I told him. Where do you find the nice guys with the good jobs that want to take you out to dinner?
Aweek later, that EXACT guy fell into my life.
He was nice, cute, funny, and basic in the most charming kind of way. When I gave him my number he responded with, Are you sure? Because Im just a normal guy.
He took me to a baseballgame. We drank beer that should have been cheaper than it was and talked about our families, our work, and our goals. He was a self-proclaimed sports guy and definitely fell somewhere on the bro spectrum. But he also name-dropped Alicia Garza, worked in finance, and was writing a novel. And we had exactly zero mutual friends.
Basically, he was my dream bro.
The next day I focused on one thing: No expectations. Yeah, this guy was exactlywhat Isaid Iwanted (in a bizarre Twilight Zone kind of way) but that didnt mean things were going to get serious. Just take it one step at a time. No expectations.
Then we slept together.
When I texted him the next day,he didnt respond.
As I write thisweeks laterI still havent heard from him.
Im not angry or sad or annoyed. Im just confused.But that confusion comes from a sneaky set of expectations I was ignoring.
I thought this guy was different. But different how?
Im not totally sure. Iknow it has to do with future thinkingwith wantingmorethan what I have in the present moment.
Did I show up to our dates with the mindset of having fun, regardless of the outcome? No. Somewhere inside me, I was expecting more: A string of dates, some goodnight texts, a couple heart eye emojis. Nice guys pay for dinner sometimes, right? And buy you sweet gifts every once in a while? Maybe his grownup job would inspire me to go out less. Id save some money. And with all that extra energy and cash, maybe I’d join a gym…
Of course, none of that came close to happening.
The nonexistent future is a dangerous thing to dwell oneven just for a moment. You have no way of knowing whats going to happen in two days, two months, or two years. So why try to guess? Nine times out of ten, youll be wrong anyway.
Instead, why not give 100 percent of yourself to the present? Enter every situation with zero expectationsbe curious, be kind, be there for the person in front of you. Live for whats happening right now, not for what you think could happen down the road.
And for the record, Im not suggesting all women should be cool with dudes sleeping with them and never calling them again.
But some women can choose to be OK with it. And Id like to be one of them.
Theres too much real suffering in the world to let one ghostingget to me. I couldbe sad andsulk. I could go out, order a few too many drinks, and ask my friends where they think it all went wrong. I could layaround and wonder what hes up to right now
Or I can be grateful that I met him. Welcome thereminder that the future doesn’t exist and accept the fact that the present is all I’ll ever have. Be thankful to the universe for showing me that when I articulatemy dreams, I can manifest them into reality. And smile at the fact that its time for me to dream bigger.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/what-to-expect-when-youre-trying-not-to-expect-anything/
A celebrity public service announcement seems like a fine idea in theory. People love having a popular, attractive person tell them what to do — that’s how God-Emperors are made. So how can you screw that up? Well, let us count the ways …
Mario Tells Kids That They’ll Suffer Hell On Earth
“Captain” Lou Albano had the honor of being both a professional wrestler and Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, which to children is about as impressive as being a crimefighting dog who can magically summon ice cream. So it’s not surprising that Albano was seen as a great choice for an anti-drug PSA aimed at kids. It is surprising that they filmed the whole shebang in a closet while Albano looked like he was wasted on a whatever he was telling kids to stay away from.
Albano crams a lot of words into 19 seconds, and while it’s mostly standard PSA stuff (“Don’t be afraid to say no,” “People who want you to take drugs aren’t really your friends,” “You’ll probably stop giving a crap about what Mario says when you go to college and some cutie invites you to smoke weed with them,” etc.), there’s a last-second twist. Albano warns that if you do drugs, “you’ll go to hell before you die,” while fading into a corner of a screen and whispering the word “please” in a way that would really mess with your head if you were tripping.
Always remember, kids: According to a professional athlete who played a hero whose power comes from magical mushrooms, drugs have no benefit whatsoever and will send you to a nightmarish plane of brimstone and fire.
The Cast Of The Wire Wants You To Wear A Condom
Teenagers, generally speaking, are the demographic that most need education on sexual safety, both because they’re lacking in life experience and because they’re getting laid way more often than we are. So if you had to make a hip safe sex PSA in the mid-2000s, what celebrities would you work with? The stars of a teen drama? Maybe the cast of a reality show? How about the heroes of their dad’s favorite gritty police drama, The Wire?
Luckily, a whole chunk of The Wire‘s cast is here to prestige people into practicing safe sex. Unfortunately, this PSA is less of a coherent call to action than a laudanum-induced fever dream. There are no statistics or stern lectures — merely the dying hallucinations of a ’80s music video director made surreality.
The whole thing comes across like aliens have kidnapped humans and are trying to make a soothing simulated reality for them based only on the trivia that we like sex, award-winning television, and outdated music. Clarke Peters looks like he’s about to teach us either Tae Bo or how to use your orgasm to ascend to a higher plane of existence.
Here’s Jackie Chan Hanging Out With A Giant Condom
“You all know me as an action hero,” is how Jackie Chan walks into this PSA. But he wants to introduce us to another action hero: Mr. Condom, who sounds like the stuffed bear of a Victorian British child — something to keep in mind the next time you use one.
Mr. Condom and Jackie clearly have a strong and respectful master-student relationship, and Chan explains how this strong warrior prevents STDs. Meanwhile, an energetic Mr. Condom shows off his fighting moves. Because if there’s one thing you want a good condom to be, it’s flexible enough to move around wildly on its own.
Mr. Condom then launches himself into the air, spins around, and stretches himself out, in case you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when a condom has its own orgasm, before reminding us to use him when you have sex. Chan then wraps up the PSA by telling us that while he can fight visible enemies, even he needs Mr. Condom’s help in keeping HIV at bay, which can definitely be a risk when you cheat on your wife. Then Jackie and Mr. Condom embrace, and Jackie definitely doesn’t die a little inside before they punch the camera.
Don’t Drive Angry, Or Evander Holyfield Will Beat You To Death
If you make the wrong decision while driving, you can end a person’s life. Someone’s loved one could be snuffed out in an instant due to your carelessness. But apparently some people require a more “What’s in it for me?” incentive than that, so Evander Holyfield made a PSA about how he’ll beat the shit out of aggressive drivers.
Scene: A car pulls into traffic and cuts off another driver, who then angrily honks and forces the car over. The man gets out of his truck and reveals himself to be a redneck stereotype whose string of profanity makes it clear that he intends to beat the fuck stuffing out of his new nemesis. But then, surprise twist! The man he wants to murder is Evander Holyfield! Now who’s about to die?
The moral clearly ought to be “Avoid road rage. You never know who you might run into. But counterpoint: If you can clearly see it’s some soccer mom or a grandpa, feel free to go full King Immortan Joe on their asses.” If the only way you can think of to appeal to violent maniacs is to remind them they’ll sometimes cross paths with a professional fighter, you haven’t made a PSA against road rage, but one in favor of keeping a gun in the glove compartment.
Mel Gibson Doesn’t Want The Feds To Take Away Our Vitamins
Holy shit, check out this thrilling Mel Gibson movie set in the grim future of 1993!
Whose fancy house is being raided? A corrupt politician? An unscrupulous CEO?
No, they’re arresting Mel Gibson. And while it was prescient for Gibson to portray himself as being in trouble with the law, here he’s being hauled in for the simple dystopian crime of owning vitamins. “Guys, guys! It’s only vitamins!” he protests. But what he doesn’t know is that the government wants to make vitamins illegal. This video is here to warn good American citizens that their supplements are under attack. Now, you probably don’t know anyone who has been dogpiled by a SWAT team for cracking open a bottle of Flintstone’s, but in the chilling, stupid reality of Mel Gibson’s world, the answer is “It’s already happening.”
As shown in this obviously based-on-real-events footage, the fascist pig cops are unimpressed when Gibson explains to them he was only taking Vitamin C, “like in oranges.” He’ll have plenty of time to adjust his mindset during his four-month stay at a Dietary Supplement Reeducation Camp. But that future doesn’t have to be ours, the cards say, if we just call our senators.
If you’re wondering what the hell is going on, this “PSA” was funded by the Nutritional Health Alliance, a lobby group formed by the supplement industry to prevent the government from looking into what a huge scam supplements are.
Specifically, in early ’90s, the FDA wanted to crack down on supplements that made completely unsubstantiated health claims on their packaging and in ads, because if there’s one thing the Man loves to do, it’s pushing around honest, hard-working Americans by forcing them to stop buying dangerous products that hospitalize tens of thousands and might accidentally kill people. It’s unclear if Gibson actually believed in the supplement industry or was letting them supplement his income, but luckily, Gibbers was unable to terrify Americans with his vision of a vitamin-hating police state. The FDA’s new regulations went through, and Gibson found himself on the wrong side of history — a position he’s since become intimately familiar with.
Kid Rock And Sean Penn For Generic Unity Between Americans
It’s no secret that America is a politically divided country. And who better to bridge that bitter gap than Kid Rock and Sean Penn, two of the most beloved and kind artists in the world. Between Kid’s political savvy and Penn’s famous calmness, only these two could ever unite Americans across the political spectrum — mostly by making all of them ask “Wait … what the fuck?”
This nearly 11-minute (no, seriously) public service Sundance entry is called “Americans,” and it features one of America’s favorite (alleged) spousal abusers sitting down with one of America’s least-favorite aural abusers for a conversation that absolutely no one asked for.
We open with Penn sitting at a bar and ordering vodka, even though he already looks and sounds completely shitfaced.
Mitt Romney (this was made in 2012) is giving a speech on TV. Penn asks for the channel to be changed, but the justifiably scared female bartender ignores him, just in time for Romney to introduce his special musical guest. It’s Kid Rock, and for a moment, we are all Sean Penn:
Then, gasp! Old Man Rock appears in the bar! How Penn failed to notice a six-foot-tall overall-wearing Americana scarecrow right next to him is left unexplained.
But Mr. Rock, who also seems drunk, plops himself down next to Penn and starts complaining about “Obummer’s” tax policies, like a totally relatable middle American. The two start sniping at each other like YouTube commenters — Penn quotes Goebbels, while Kid Rock says “Fuckin’ suck it, commie.” They both take turns delivering incoherent tirades, although Penn seems to be winning the debate. After all, it’s hard to take Kid Rock seriously when he’s dressed like he’s on his way to play the Country Bear Jamboree.
They nearly come to blows, in a fight we could only hope they somehow both lose, until a random sassy bar patron tells them to shut up and appreciate everything America has to offer. Her passionate speech about what American citizenship means to her is somewhat undercut by the fact that she finishes by calling them “fucking pussies,” but never mind that –there’s some breaking news on the bar TV that inexplicably isn’t just on ESPN. 26 marines have been killed in Afghanistan! Cue sad music and Kid Rock failing to act!
Thankfully, those soldiers didn’t die in vain. Rock and Penn are inspired by their sacrifice to toast “to freedom” and apologize to each other — while babbling over everyone else’s respectful moment of silence. Naturally, the next step is a wacky montage! The first thing Kid Rock does is sell his car and buy a Prius, as any relatable conservative American who wants to learn more about his liberal friends could totally afford to do at the drop of a hideous hat.
Next, we get a shot of an environmental protest, Kid Rock urinating in the background, and Penn catching his urine in a bucket because … Kid Rock’s dehydrated lizard juice still counts as potable water? No time to reflect, because it’s time for Penn to trade places! Kid Rock teaches him to drink a beer instead of a girly cocktail! As the day is winding down, Penn takes Rock to a gay wedding, which, according to this movie, involves one of the men wearing a wedding dress! Are we seeing this wedding through Rock’s Republican eyes?
They then buy each other T-shirts and exchange them on the beach! Kid Rock and Sean Penn are totally about to fuck! After the pair leaves the beach to go bone down, the message of this inspirational tale appears onscreen for the benefit of the slower viewers: We’re all Americans, whether we love PETA, own guns, or are a sassy black woman. Those are the only three kinds of Americans. You too can put aside your cavalcade of liberal and conservative stereotypes and stop yelling crude insults at each other long enough to bond over some dead marines and go car shopping. Because in the end, aren’t we all just South Park jokes without the irony? Fuck yeah, Sean Penn and Kid Rock. Fuck yeah.
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Exclusive: New studies find microplastics in salt from the US, Europe and China, adding to evidence that plastic pollution is pervasive in the environment
Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets.
Following this week’s revelations in the Guardian about levels of plastic contamination in tap water, new studies have shown that tiny particles have been found in sea salt in the UK, France and Spain, as well as China and now the US.
Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibres and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of plastic waste. Up to 12.7m tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, equivalent to dumping one garbage truck of plastic per minute into the world’s oceans, according to the United Nations.
“Not only are plastics pervasive in our society in terms of daily use, but they are pervasive in the environment,” said Sherri Mason, a professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, who led the latest research into plastic contamination in salt. Plastics are “ubiquitous, in the air, water, the seafood we eat, the beer we drink, the salt we use – plastics are just everywhere”.
Mason collaborated with researchers at the University of Minnesota to examine microplastics in salt, beer and drinking water. Her research looked at 12 different kinds of salt (including 10 sea salts) bought from US grocery stores around the world. The Guardian received an exclusive look at the forthcoming study.
Mason found Americans could be ingesting upwards of 660 particles of plastic each year, if they follow health officials’ advice to eat 2.3 grammes of salt per day. However, most Americans could be ingesting far more, as health officials believe 90% of Americans eat too much salt.
The health impact of ingesting plastic is not known. Scientists have struggled to research the impact of plastic on the human body, because they cannot find a control group of humans who have not been exposed.
“Everybody is being exposed to some degree at any given time, from gestation through death,” researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University wrote in 2013. “Detectable levels of [the plastic] bisphenol A have been found in the urine of 95% of the adult population of the United States.”
“There is no clear effect on human health because there are no studies on that subject,” said Juan Conesa, a professor who conducted research on sea salt at the University of Alicante in Spain. “But the increase of plastics in general in the environment will also [increase exposure],” Conesa said.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/sea-salt-around-the-world-is-contaminated-by-plastic-studies-show/
Man caves. They’re basically small rooms or sheds where men drink copious amounts of beer and get to not pretend that they don’t like video games and comic book films. Until now, there’s not been a female equivalent where woman drink copious amounts of wine and… knit? I really don’t know what women get up to…
Except obviously their’s aren’t called mancaves, they’re called she-sheds… alliteration is cool! It really isn’t my place to break up marriages but if you find yourself escaping to shed all the time to get away from your partner, something’s not right… is it?!
Have a look at the she-sheds, start to envy them and then realise that, in fact, hardly any of them are sheds and, instead, are more like annex’s and detached conservatories. And you’d need a f*cking huge garden to pull any of them off…
Shabby chic is remarkably popular.
One day someone will take to the internet with their fancy shed saying how it’s genderless and everyone will think they’re really progressive and amazing and they’ll forget that, before all this man cave and she-shed stuff, they were just called sheds.
Anyway, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/women-are-creating-she-sheds-as-a-female-alternative-to-man-caves/
The “You can come if you want to” vs. “I want you to come” debate was recently brought to my attention and is apparently prompting IRL outrage in women all across our great nation. According to the internet, if a girl asks “Do you want me to come over tonight?” and a guy responds “If you want to,” it’s the most disrespectful text next to “New phone, who dis?” Based on my research (aka scrolling through memes on Insta between baseball innings), it seems like the general consensus among women is that “if you want to” essentially translates to “I guess we can hang out… I don’t really want to and will put in zero effort but if that’s what you want, I guess I’ll suck it up and smash.” So why do guys continue to say it? Let’s find out.
1. He Doesn’t Know It Bothers You
For the most part, guys comparatively take a lot less time thinking about semantics. Dudes apply the same strategy to choosing words as you do when parallel parking: close enough. When a man says “if you want to,” he probably genuinely means it. We’re not saying it to make you feel unimportant, we’re saying it to give you options and not make you feel obligated to do something you don’t want to do. It’s guy speak for “if you want to come through, awesome, but no pressure. I understand if you don’t want to watch me scream at the Cavs game.”
2. He Doesn’t Want To Look Clingy
Dating is like playing emotional hot potato where no one wants to be the one who gets stuck holding the scorching ball of feelings. When he says “if you want to”, he might be afraid that he likes you more than you like him and is trying to play it cool. Yes, it’s a game, and it’s about as fun as Go Fish or Russian roulette. When we feel threatened or insecure, we will go to Secret Service level extremes to protect our egos. It’s a flaw, like removing the audio jack from the iPhone, but I swear we’re working on it (after we turn 30).
3. He Feels Like It’s A Trap
If the conversation went anything like the one above, it’s possible he feels like you’re playing games. If it’s early on in the relationship, he might think you’re trying to mind f*ck him into saying that he likes you first. One of our least favorite things in the world, besides accidentally drinking a warm beer, is feeling like we’re being forced to say something we don’t want to say. No one wants to be held at emotional gunpoint, and men are no exception. Deep down, you know whether or not you’re trying to start some sh*t. If you are, go to your local Sh*t Starters Anonymous meeting and cut the man a break.
4. He’s Trying *Not* To Move The Relationship Forward
And now it’s time for the worst case scenario. If a guy is doing the “if you want to” dance, it’s possible he either doesn’t care or is deliberately trying to be a jackass to keep you from getting too close. If this is the case, the guy likes exactly whatever y’all are doing now and is making sure you never complete your journey from the Booty Call Kingdom to the Relationship Realm. If you don’t want anything more serious either, keep on truckin’. If you do, grab your gear and bail out faster than WWII paratrooper.
So how do you know which one it is?
You gotta talk to him. Sorry. I know, words are gross, but it’s that or die alone knitting a scarf for your Shih Tzu. Up to you.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/why-guys-say-if-you-want-to-and-what-it-means-%c2%b7-betches/
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At the age of just 11, Emran has lived through more horrors than most will endure in a lifetime. A new documentary, War Child, follows him and other children stranded in this dystopia
The sun beats down and the cicadas sing all around us.
Why did you leave home? I ask as we tread through the long grass.
The Taliban were killing children as they walked to school, so I had to leave.
I follow the boys lead as we creep past razor wire bunched at the foot of a gleaming silver fence.
Two years ago my parents sent my older brother to Germany, to safety. They didnt have enough money for everyone to go. Now Im 11, its my turn.
Im exploring the Greek-Macedonian border with Emran, a charismatic young Afghan boy, filming him for a Channel 4 documentary War Child. Three months ago, he left his parents in Kabul and made his way towards Western Europe. He almost drowned when the outboard motor on his dinghy failed as he crossed from Turkey to Greece. By some miracle, a fishing boat saw his dinghy and alerted the coastguard. It was so scary, Emran tells me. I cant swim.
Now Im stuck here on the Greek border, he says. But he stubbornly maintains that he must keep going forward.
Emran is streetwise beyond his years, super-smart and speaks near-perfect English. He is travelling with his extended family and must be on his best behaviour as the last thing he wants is to isolate himself. So far, this 11-year-old has travelled 5,500km without his parents.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/shot-at-beaten-starved-the-child-refugees-who-will-stop-at-nothing-to-reach-europe/
Deep in the second quarter of the New York Giants’ win over the Chicago Bears on November 20, Giants quarterback Eli Manning slunga short pass to running back Rashard Jennings, who was forced out of bounds at the 28 after a five-yard gain. Nothing about the play, which lasted all of six seconds, stood out as particularly noteworthy. Except for one thing: Safety Deon Bush and linebacker Danny Trevathan shoved Jennings out of bounds right in front of NextVRs bug-eyed sideline camera. Watching the play on a VR headset made you instinctively want to get out of the way. The “you-are-there” sensation was strong.
NextVR is all but ready to flip the switch on live football.
OK, time out. You’re rolling your eyes, with good reason. Video on aVR headset is usually pretty disappointing. The novelty ofwatching something from a cool virtual vantage pointerodes quickly. There’s a screen door effect when seeing pixels on a magnified screen, shatteringthe illusion of being there. The content typically lacks narrative, offering nothing to direct your attention or provide urgency or drama.
But NextVR’s remarkable work with the NFL and the NBA provides a virtual experience that is far more engaging and dramatic. The slick highlights packages they produce for the NFL are released after the games, but NextVR is uniquely equipped to do live VR video. The company uses the same crew, gear, and processes to broadcast one live NBA game each week. They useeight camera rigs, hopbetween camera angles, and include onscreen graphics and play-by-play announcers.
We aren’t talking 360 video, either. There’s no confusion about where to look, as NextVRs rigs use a 180-degree field of view to record only the action in front of them. The hardware is more 3-D camera than VR camera, with processing tricks that add depth and boost the sense ofrealism. Each double-barrel RED rig captures 6K video for each eye. That’s tens of millions more pixels than any headset can display now, but NextVR wants to future-proof its content.
The result represents the dawn of a new kind of VR video, an experience that truly combines the best parts of watching a game on TV and being in the stadium.
The on-field cameras each use a pair of super wide-angle 8mm lenses to send two fisheye views of the action to the production truck, where the producers watch it on the monitors. You’ll find several Gear VR headsets in the truck, but no one is wearing them during a game. They’re there just so the crew and on-air talent can give the NFL VR experience a spin before blasting it out to the masses later on.With the NBA, it just goes out live,” Earl says.
The barrier to live NFL coverage goes beyond inking deals. The execution is already as polished as anything you’ll see on TV, but NextVR is still feeling its way through some details of shooting sports. Something as simple as panning is a no-no, because it may make peoplesick. Zooming is also off-limits, as it chops off the field of view. Both limitations make it tough to capture fast breaks in the NBA and long bombs in the NFL. When switching between cameras, NextVR producers favor a slow fade between angles, often when the action slows down.
The company has optimized its NFL field coverage by mountingcameras under each crossbar, placing manned cameras on the sideline of each end zone, and having four camera operatorsroam the sidelines. The setup favors action in the red zone overplays between the 30s, where each team has its bench. “The hard part about doing football is that with the 8mm cameras, you need the action to come to you,” Earl says. It’s a bit easier with basketball, where most of the action happens in front of the NextVR camera under each hoop. Anything that happens, we have a great angle of it,” he says.
That said, NextVR is all but ready to flip the switch on live football. The crew essentially produces complete games already, they just don’t broadcast them.The reason we do the NFL highlights the way we do it is because we want it to be exactly the same, says VP of content Danny Keens. We dont want there to be any loss of quality, any loss of resolution, any of that stuff. Itd be easier to just piece that show together and record it bit by bit. But we go start to finish and do live graphics and replays in real-time.
3D + VR = OMFG
VR is only now moving into the mainstream, but NextVR has been at it for two years. What started as a simple one-camera setup at midcourt during an exhibition game evolved into the current multi-camera setup with all the fixins. Earlier thisyear, NextVR announced it would carrylive NBA gameseach Tuesday as part of NBA League Pass. It marked a huge step forward for virtual reality.
For the first time ever, we announced a production schedule, says company CEO Dave Cole. We had more than 500 hours of live VR production under our belt before the NBA deal, but they were all one-off productions. Thats not the type of thing you can get viewers to schedule. I liken it to going to Best Buy and buying a television and the salesperson saying, ‘Well, theres probably going to be a broadcaster for this device someday.
NextVR’s secret sauce is its3-D effects, which date toits origin in 2009 developing 3-D television transmission tech. The company’s video-compression technology shrinks files by removing redundancies between each rig’sleft camera and right camera. Because that process involves detecting the edges of objects in a scene, the same technology can create wireframe replicas of everything the camerasshoot. When the video is rendered in a VR headset, it overlays stereoscopic video on top of those wireframes, creating the illusion of volume. It’s a mix of video and video-game tech.
It sends a hugely impactful message to your brain that youre actually in this environment, Cole says. Right now, the mesh, the number of vertices in the wireframe is quite low. In the next generation camera, which is rolling out in the middle of the season for the NBA, we are quadrupling the resolution of that mesh. That sense of presence is what were amping up.
Hacking Your Memory
NextVR outpaces the VR competition with the quality of its tech and scale of its deals, but it’s already eager to refine the experience. We will have done our job right when people cant remember whether they actually went to the game or watched it on NextVR, Cole says. I think thats an achievable goal.
Crazy as it sounds, that actually could be an achievable goal. At least in part. My answer to whether or not that could be possible is … sort of, says Julia Shaw, a memory expert, criminal psychologist, and author ofThe Memory Illusion. Shaw hasn’t studiedVR’s effect on memory, but she has successfully implanted false memories into the brains of test subjects.Because our memories are unreliable, convincing VR experiences could fool our brains. But only to an extent.
“Reality is multi-sensory,” she says. “When youre looking at something, no matter how high-def it is, if you dont have things like proprioception, your sense of space, you dont have smells, you dont have taste, you dont have temperature. These are things that we generally rely upon as markers to let us know weve experienced something instead of just imagined it.
So if Cole is serious about taking NextVR to that level, he’ll have to figure out how to infuse the experience with a lot more sensory input. Things like smart thermostats synced to the action and stadium-smell simulators.
VRs Biggest Challenges
NextVR has some more important technical hurdles to clear first, but they likely won’t be barriers for long. You can only watch its programming on the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, but Cole hints you’ll see NextVR on PlayStation VR soon.1 And NextVR is talking with other sports leagues and entertainment companies about getting more content in the pipeline. Cole says 4k-capable phones will make the viewing experience that much better within the next year, and 5G connectivity will make accessing content easier on mobile devices.
All of this begs the obvious question: Willviewers embraceVR as a first screen option for sports? Already, watching a game on NextVR is a better eyeball experience than watching it on TV. But here’s the thing: VR is a solitary pursuit, one that requires clamping a headset on. Watching sports is a social endeavor, one that revolves as much around the camaraderie of the experience as it does the game itself.
So there are compelling reasons to strap on a VR headset to watch a game, but it’ll likely only happen if you’re home alone. Duncan Stewart, director of technology research for Deloitte Canada, says the solitary viewing experience is just one mainstream adoption barrier. According to his research, a few trends are shaking out in these pioneer days of VR: The medium still appeals primarily to males, hard-core gamers, and those with deep pockets. Deloitte’s global surveys show that more than 95 percent of people dont own a VR device and arent interested in buying one.
“There are indeed some people who are interested enough in the VR perspective to watch sports and wear a device on their head that blocks out their wife or husband, kids, parents, friends, pets and smartphone for hours at a time,” Stewart says. “But not many.”
There are other impediments, not the least of which is VR’sillusion of immersion is shattered every time you need to use the bathroom or grab a snack. And then there’s the simple fact that watching a game isn’t as simple as flipping on the TV, popping open a beer, and flopping down on the couch. You’ve gotta hook up the gear, launch the app, and find the content. NextVR’s incredible videos may represent the future of VR, but sports fans may determine the future of NextVR.
1UPDATE 12/12/2016 at 5 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include information about NextVR’s recent launch on Google Daydream VR.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/the-nfls-new-vr-highlights-take-football-to-a-whole-new-level/
Humans are kind of dumb. Like, okay, we’ve invented the wheel and the Internet and sliced bread, but there are some really basic things we don’t understand.
Did you ever wonder why your bike stays upright? Why anesthesia knocks you out? Or how cats purr? So have plenty of other people, and no one has an answer.
Yes, it turns out that when it comes to some basic everyday things, we’re about as knowledgeable as the current US president.
So let’s take a look at some of the weird stuff science just can’t explain. Some of it might surprise you.
Why does anesthesia knock you out?
If you’ve had an operation, you’ve probably experienced some form of anesthetic. That might have been local, numbing a part of your body, or general, putting your whole body to sleep.
The bizarre thing, though, is that scientists aren’t sure why this is the case. Local anesthetics can involve injecting a drug or using a spray to numb an area, whereas general anesthetics often involve injecting a drug like propofol or isoflurane to make you lose consciousness.
How do cats purr?
Cats can purr for a whole number of reasons. They purr when they’re pleased, or content, or even when they’re under duress. But WHY do they purr? Well, that’s another matter.
“Frustratingly, nobody is really quite sure what causes the purring noise in cats,” noted io9. “There is no ‘purring organ’, or specialized part of the cat throat that’s responsible for this irresistible noise.”
Yes, that’s right. We don’t know how these adorable creatures are able to maintain a purring noise for minutes on end. Some suggest cats may have some sort of “neural oscillator” involved with the larynx, but no one knows for sure.
There may even be some health benefits to them doing so, although that’s a bit contentious. Out of all the things on this list, scientists, we’d really like you to figure this one out ASAP.
What causes a hangover?
After a night on the town, you’ve probably at some point or other experienced the splitting headache, sickness, and dizziness that heralds a hangover.
You might expect science would have an answer for why you feel so terrible. But we’re afraid to say you’re on your own – it doesn’t.
Technically known as veisalgia, the commonly held belief about a hangover is that dehydration is the cause. But studies have found few links between dehydration and hangovers.
At the moment, the best theory is that alcohol produces a toxic compound called acetaldehyde as a byproduct, which can cause some of the symptoms associated with hangovers. But we aren’t sure.
So the next time you reach for that beer, remember that come the following morning, science won’t be able to help you feel any better.
Why is ice slippery?
Arrggghhhhhhh, splat. That’s roughly the sound of someone stepping on ice and falling over. But why? All together now – we don’t know.
Scientists think it might be something to do with ice forming a liquid layer of water on its surface. The blade of an ice skater, for example, may generate enough heat to melt the ice and form this layer.
But ice can be slippery even when you’re standing still, so that’s clearly not the whole answer. Instead, it might be due to a “supersolid skin” producing an electrostatic force that pushes things away.
For the moment, this is a mystery that has left scientists in the cold (haha).
How do bicycles stay upright?
“Everybody knows how to ride a bike, but nobody knows how we ride bikes,” Mont Hubbard, an engineer at the University of California, Davis, said in Nature in 2016.
That might sound incredible, but it’s true. We have a few ideas, but we don’t have a full picture yet. We just don’t know how a bike is able to stay upright with or without a person on it.
One possibility is the gyroscope theory, which suggests a spinning wheel produces a force that keeps the bike running straight. Another, the caster theory, involves the steering axis of the wheel contacting the ground.
While both help a bike remain stable, they do not fully explain how a bike self-balances. We know this because researchers have built bikes that don’t adhere to these rules, but still stay upright.
For now, the jury’s out. Although we haven’t heard anyone discount “magic” being the answer yet.
What causes static electricity?
In 2012 a Scottish man rubbed a balloon on Donald Trump’s head, causing his hair to stick up. It was very amusing. But like the man himself, the cause of this is baffling.
Now, we hear you. “Static electricity!” you scream, while also preparing an angry comment because we’ve mentioned Trump twice in an article that has nothing to do with politics. Make that three times now.
But we do not know how static electricity works. We’d thought it was an imbalance of charges, but then another theory came along and suggested it may involve a transfer of actual material.
“Tiny bits of balloon actually adhere to the hair, disrupting the electrical patchwork on the balloon and causing that strange attraction between it and other objects that we all know as static electricity,” noted Popular Science.
However, if that’s the case, we still don’t know why this occurs. In fact, there’s a lot we don’t know about static electricity. And it’d be a good idea to find out, as it can be rather troublesome at times – not just for future presidents, but for machinery too.
Is the universe a simulation?
Elon Musk once said it was possible we were living in a simulation. He’s not the first to put forward that theory. The argument goes that if the simulation is good enough, we’d never know for sure.
Quite a few people think this might be the case, based mostly on the fact that, well, why not? Our computers are getting more and more powerful, so who’s to say we won’t be able to produce our own mini-universe in the future?
“If one progresses at the current rate of technology a few decades into the future, very quickly we will be a society where there are artificial entities living in simulations that are much more abundant than human beings,” NASA scientist Rich Terrile told The Guardian.
More recently, however, a group of scientists said they had ruled out the theory, basically because of quantum mechanics. So we might not be in a simulation just yet – unless that’s what they want us to think.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/here-are-some-everyday-things-that-science-has-no-explanation-for/