Hello again! Sorry for last week’s absence, but you sure gave me a bunch of excellent letters, so it technically worked out for all of us. This week: Is Rey in danger from Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow? When is a time travel movie not a time travel movie? And most importantly, is Batfleck a Batcoholic? Source Code Chris P.: Is a film more successful, critically or financially, if it is faithful or respectful to the source material? As a nerd, I want the answer to be yes. The difference between Marvel Studios’ films and BvS or Fant4stic 4 seems to be good evidence, but are there other factors involved? Advertisement The answer is a qualified yes. If studios made movies solely, specifically according to the source material, it would be a nightmare for everyone, including the fans. Think how much stuff has been retconned or swept under the rug or even just been deemed terrible for every single comic book character, and imagine trying to somehow make any of it … [Read more...] about Does Appeasing Nerds Actually Make a Movie More Successful?
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A civil war is raging in Libya. Since April, the capital, Tripoli, has been under siege by militias led by General Khalifa Haftar. To date, this offensive marks the high point of tensions between the two groups vying for leadership: Haftar and his militias in the east of the country, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in northwestern Libya. In early July, the Tajoura refugee camp, located east of Tripoli, got caught up between the front lines. According to the UN, 53 people were killed in two air raids targeting the camp; some 130 were injured. The UN indicated the attacks could amount to war crimes — an accident could be ruled out since both warring parties had received the camp's geographic coordinates in order to avoid exactly that kind of attack. The GNA, internationally recognized as Libya's leadership, blamed Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA). Haftar, however, has rejected … [Read more...] about Libya’s civil war: US ‘undermines any hope for a successful political process’
Legal marijuana in America is now estimated to be a $1.43 billion industry. And it’s expected to grow to $2.34 billion in 2014. If those numbers hold, the 64 percent increase – a steeper trend line than global smartphone sales – would make pot one of the world’s fastest-growing business sectors. Matt Taibbi on the yuppie prohibition league denouncing pot legalization Signs of the new age abound. In Colorado, retail marijuana stores welcomed their first legal-age customers (21 and older) on January 1st. Washington state is expecting to license the first of its projected 334 pot shops by late spring. A Gallup poll taken last fall found that 58 percent of Americans supported legalization, a 10-point uptick from the year before. Alaska and Oregon will likely vote to go legal in 2014; California and five other states are expected to do the same in 2016. The legalizing states aren’t going in half-assed, either. Officials tasked with ramping up a marijuana … [Read more...] about The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars
A mutual fund is an investment option in the market. In a mutual fund, the investment amount is pooled in from various investors. Then the money is invested in a variety of underlying securities. In ratio to their investment amount, a mutual fund house issues unit of mutual funds to the unitholders.If you’re investing in a mutual fund, remember to read the fund’s investment objective in the offer document. Profits or losses are proportionately distributed to the unitholders. Before it can collect funds from the public, mutual funds in India must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).There are a plethora of mutual fund schemes available in the market. The question is - how do you know which is the right one for you? That’s why it is important to compare mutual funds. By applying financial ratios and other tools, you can analyze which mutual fund scheme is best suited to your investment goals.Close Why should you compare mutual funds?In … [Read more...] about Compare Mutual Funds: How to compare Mutual Funds in India
"So this," says Warren Winiarski, "is the moral center of the universe." Winiarski is standing by the floor-to-ceiling Foucault pendulum he installed at the heart of the vaulted caves at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. It swings methodically, dominating the room. The irregular stones under his feet depict the Earth; feldspar flecks in the ceiling represent stars. Each hallway branching off denotes a Napa Valley appellation - Oak Knoll, Yountville and so on. Certainly it was the center of Winiarski's universe until July, when the celebrated vintner sold his winery to Italian winemaker Piero Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state's largest winery, for $185 million. For the next three years, Winiarski will remain as adviser, passing along nearly 40 years of collected wisdom about the vineyards that helped establish Napa Valley as a place for some of the world's best wine. What comes next remains a puzzle, though Winiarski, 79, hints that there's more to come, possibly even a … [Read more...] about After the leap: His celebrated winery sold, Warren Winiarski ponders his legacy – and his next move
10.31am GMT Late reaction I asked Martin Taylor, managing director of plastic packaging manufacturer Sharpak, whether he felt the supermarket industry was driving innovation in packaging. Not surprisingly he told me his clients were: "Committed to reducing food waste and they realise that packaging plays a large role in ensuring food is maintained at the highest quality. Without the support of the retail industry we would not be able to manufacture meat packaging which has the potential to counteract the large scale waste of food across Britain." For those interested in how packaging is evolving, Sharpak says they are focussing on developing anti-microbial packaging, which "eradicates the harmful surface bacteria present on raw meat products". He said: “The packaging industry must demonstrate exactly how it can drive home the importance of reducing food waste. For example, offering packaging which enables consumers to reseal their fresh meat products will drastically … [Read more...] about Why do we still waste so much food at home?