Audiences first got the chance to witness Tony's and Maria's tragic love story in Broadway 60 years ago. To pay tribute to the Romeo-and-Juliet-like romance, Google Arts and Culture has launched a virtual museum packed with the history behind West Side Side Story. It offers behind-the-scenes photos of the movie and original production, along with images of various productions over the years and of one of the latest renditions. You might also want to drop by the website on a VR headset if you want to visit iconic locations that inspired the musical's sets through panoramic images or to watch Riff's Get Cool, Boy number as a 360-degree video. The museum also has something for those who want to go deeper than images and videos that make you want to sing Tonight. Since it tells the story of a local New Yorker falling in love with a Puerto Rican immigrant, it has essays and editorials you can read on how the … [Read more...] about Google pays tribute to ‘West Side Story’ with VR pics and video
When Erika Ender, the Panama-born singer and songwriter behind the smash hit "Despacito," first began pitching songs to male recording artists 25 years ago, she was told a few times that they were too feminine. So she tested a theory. She shortened her credit to "E. Ender" and had men sing the vocals. Suddenly, Ender says, male musicians wanted her songs. SEE ALSO: This 'Despacito' parody from 'Sesame Street' is just as catchy as the real thing But she quickly abandoned the practice of hiding her name and identity. "I'm a woman with pantalones. I would put my face out there." "I opted to be invisible for a second when I started sending my songs," she tells Mashable, "...but I'm a woman with pantalones. I would put my face out there." Now, most musicians can only dream of the success Ender has experienced in 2017. First came "Despacito," which Ender co-wrote with Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi. Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee also lent his vocals to the ballad/hip-hop … [Read more...] about The woman who co-wrote ‘Despacito’ is on a mission to make a difference
Jodrell Bank is an observatory in Cheshire, England. The large radio telescope you see before you is the third largest of its kind in the world, and is named the Lovell Telescope after the late Sir Bernard Lovell, a physicist and radio astronomer who was director of the observatory from 1945 to 1980. The Lovell Telescope is part of a large array spanning Britain that combines the power of many telescopes to more accurately survey the night sky. Jodrell Bank has contributed research towards the study of Cosmic Background Radiation, and twice appeared in the Douglas Adams classics, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Further Reading: hereGoogle Earth link: hereGoogle Maps link: here Note: You need to have Google Earth installed for the Google Earth links to work. Click on the link below to download it for free. Brentwood School … [Read more...] about Top ten geek holiday destinations
When I woke up this morning, I wasn't sure if I would talk about the latest product for the home or the latest trend in the industry. But when I came across this article on Techdirt, I couldn't help but talk about it. Over the past year, the American Humane Society has been targeting Amazon.com as an accomplice in the sale and distribution of cockfighting magazines and videos. According to Amazon, it wasn't the legal distributor of this material (which is true, a third-party merchant was) and the lawsuit should be brought up against those people actually distributing the material. Back in 1999, President Clinton enacted a law making the depiction of animal cruelty illegal in any form and especially as a video on the Internet. Unfortunately, this law was extremely broad in scope and a number of loopholes arose that allowed people to continue distributing the offensive material, regardless of the law. In an effort to curb this string of videos, the Humane Society is going to … [Read more...] about Is watching cockfights in the comfort of your home OK?
How many times have you been in a foreign country--or even your local Chinatown--and wished you had an expert translator on hand? Travel dictionaries take too long to flip through; by the time you've figured out how to order those sweet-and-crispy fried plantains (what Cubans call platanos maduros and Puerto Ricans call amarillos), the waiter has drifted off to the next table. Enter the next best thing to a brilliantly multilingual best friend: Franklin Electronic Publishers' Speaking Global Translator, a handheld gadget that packs in more than 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases in 12 languages: Mandarin, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Sure, it doesn't look as sexy as an iPod Nano. But it speaks 115,000 words in recorded human--not bot!--voices. Chinese, Japanese and Korean results are displayed both with Asian characters and phonetically using the Roman alphabet. Armed with the pocket-size Translator, … [Read more...] about Get me translation, stat!
Fraud threatens Internet program for U.S. schools By Marguerite Reardon Staff Writer, CNET News.com June 17, 2004, 4:00AM PT Most Americans probably don't realize that the 8.7 percent tax on their monthly phone bills for something called the Universal Service Fund has been used to line the pockets of some unscrupulous school officials and company executives. The money was intended to fund the government's E-rate program, which was designed to help schools and libraries in poor and rural areas get affordable telecommunications and Internet services through subsidized discounts. The program, which began in 1998 as part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, a private, nonprofit organization better known as USAC. The program has achieved its main objective of wiring schools for access to the Internet but in the process has … [Read more...] about Eroding E-rate
Editor's note: Omar takes on some pretty weighty topics in this one. I think we can all agree that games could use more diversity and less stereotypes, although I'd say that the increasingly common create-a-character option is a big step in the right direction. - Demian It doesn't require too much research to conclude that most video game characters are white men. Beyond that, they are usually white men between the ages of 18 and 40. While there are a few outliers to this rule, the mainstay of video game development has been to create a world and story which surrounds a white person, or is told through the eyes of a white person. I've been playing video games since I was a toddler, and yet, I've only had one or two opportunities to play as a character who exists in the same ethnic demographic as myself. With a few exceptions such as Akuji the Heartless and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' Carl Johnson, all the black protagonists of video games are either real-life celebrities (Shaq Fu, … [Read more...] about Stereotype vs. Humantype: Race and Culture in Video Games
Jorge Yacila, a 10-year veteran in Xerox Corp.'s information technology department, says being a Latino and an IT professional in the U.S. can be an advantage. In fact, his ethnicity is what brought him to Xerox in the first place. "In the business world, [Hispanics] have enough common ties with language and heritage that it keeps us all together. We have enough common goals, so we can grow together and go forward," Yacila says. Although Yacila and many other individual Latinos working in IT have grown in their careers together, Hispanics in the U.S. aren't well-represented among IT workers. A few companies seeking technical talent have developed specific programs aimed at Latinos. But if IT is going to take advantage of the fastest-growing segment of the country's population, more training and recruitment efforts need to be directed toward Hispanics. Xerox established its Hispanic College Liaison Program specifically to bring Hispanic men and women into the company. Yacila, … [Read more...] about The Latino Workforce
Whether it's through grassroots organizing or artistic self-celebration, Hispanic activists have been working for decades to create better lives for those who share their heritage and culture. Activists who originate from Spanish-speaking countries have a vast history of fierce activism for their communities, pushing social progress and creating tangible change. But we rarely hear of their contributions, leaving their impact largely uncelebrated â even if it's widely felt.Â During Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, it's essential to take time to recognize the pioneers of progress for Hispanic communities.Â Though certainly not an exhaustive list, here are 11 influential Hispanic activists â past and present â who have been powerful trailblazers for their community and have left an indelible mark on the world. 1. Gloria AnzaldÃºa A noted feminist theorist and author, Gloria AnzaldÃºa paved the way for a more intersectional feminism, especially … [Read more...] about 11 influential Hispanic activists you need to know
10 family films that should keep everyone happy PC Advisor 10 best kids movies: Family films that should keep everyone happy Watching a kids movie as an adult doesn't have to be torture - there are plenty of family films that actually live up to the name, and are just as enjoyable for grown-ups. Here are some of the best. By Dominic Preston | 47 mins ago Hi. I saw this on PC Advisor and thought you should see it too. Kids movies can be a bit of an ordeal for adults, from squealing, high-pitched actors to frustratingly simple plots. It doesn't have to be that way though, and there are plenty of films out there that are equally entertaining little kids and big kids alike. Read next:Best new films These films cover both animation and live-action, and run from the '50s right up to the last few years. The only thing they all have in common is that they're some of the best family movies we can think of. No doubt we've missed plenty - and probably a few of your favourites - … [Read more...] about 10 best kids movies: Family films that should keep everyone happy – Feature