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A Resounding Finale: Eurovision 2023

KEY TAKEAWAYS Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, becoming a two-time winner and joining Ireland as the most triumphant nations in Eurovision history. Finland's Kaarija secured second place, while Israel came in third. The contest, held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, showcased unity and competition despite ongoing geopolitical tensions. It was held in the UK as a substitute for Ukraine due to the conflict in the region. The performances at Eurovision 2023 reached new heights of creativity and...

ACM Awards 2023: A Showcase of Star-Power, New Talents, and Memorable Performances

KEY TAKEAWAYS ACM Awards 2023 showcased a mix of established country music stars and rising talents, presenting a glimpse of the genre's potential future direction. Chris Stapleton won the coveted entertainer of the year award, marking a significant milestone in his career. Lainey Wilson emerged as a standout artist, winning multiple awards and delivering an inspiring acceptance speech that emphasized hard work and dedication. Collaborations between artists like Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark, Pillbox Patti, John Osborne, Ed Sheeran,...

Disney Announces Streaming Service Overhaul: Disney+ and Hulu Content to Merge in a Single App

KEY TAKEAWAYS Unified Streaming App: Disney plans to combine content from Disney+ and Hulu into a single app for the US market by the end of 2023. This move aims to streamline the streaming experience for consumers and create new advertising opportunities. Future of Hulu: Disney's majority ownership of Hulu raises questions about the future of Comcast's stake in the company. The potential full acquisition of Hulu by Disney will shape the direction of the unified streaming platform. Financial Implications...

Lunar Flashlight Mission Faces Challenges, Aims for Revised Orbit

KEY TAKEAWAYS The Lunar Flashlight mission, a NASA project to detect hidden ice water reservoirs near the lunar South Pole, is facing challenges in activating and optimizing its thrusters to reach the correct orbital path around the Moon. The mission's operations team has developed a new strategy to enhance the performance of the propulsion system, including pushing the fuel pump pressure past its operational limits to clear blockages in the fuel lines. Collaborative efforts involving NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Georgia...

NASA’s ShadowCam Unveils Hidden Lunar Landscape for Upcoming Artemis Expeditions

KEY TAKEAWAYS NASA's ShadowCam has been capturing images of the Moon's permanently shadowed regions to identify potential landing sites for the Artemis missions. The camera's extraordinary light sensitivity allows it to capture images of the Moon's elusive dark craters. The images captured by the ShadowCam provide invaluable data for the Artemis mission strategists. The Shackleton crater is believed to harbor water ice deposits and is emerging as a prime location for lunar exploration. The Artemis missions aim to usher in...

The Painful Legacy of Native American Boarding Schools

KEY TAKEAWAYS Native American children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to more than 400 boarding schools as part of the federal program of forced assimilation that lasted from 1819 to 1969. They were subjected to severe physical abuse and cultural erasure. The Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative was launched in June 2021 to investigate the lasting impacts of these boarding schools. The investigation's first report identified 408 federal Indian boarding schools across 37 states and territories, as...

Transgender Documentary Star Koko Da Doll Shot Dead in Atlanta

KEY TAKEAWAYS Rasheeda Williams, also known as Koko Da Doll, a transgender woman and subject of the award-winning documentary "Kokomo City," was shot dead in Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Atlanta police are currently investigating the incident, and no further information has been released. "Kokomo City" is an independent documentary that follows the lives of Black transgender women in Atlanta and New York, depicting their struggles to move beyond sex work, which is often their only means of supporting themselves....

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pioneering Japanese Composer, Dies at 71

KEY TAKEAWAYS Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away at 71 after battling cancer. Sakamoto scored over 40 films and received numerous accolades, including two Golden Globes, a Grammy, and a BAFTA. He was a founding member of the influential Yellow Magic Orchestra trio and released more than 20 solo albums. Sakamoto was a longtime political activist, particularly against nuclear power and weapons.   Oscar-winning composer, musician, actor, and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away at the age of 71 after battling...

An Interview with Doseone Copy

Adam Drucker, better known by the alias Doseone, has said his initial attraction to rap was as much about the “persona/ego projection” as a love of words. Drucker cut his teeth on the rap-battle circuit, exchanging rhymes with Eminem and other MCs, until his friendships with like-minded musicians led to the creation of the Anticon collective/record label, which fuses hip-hop to indie rock, ambient music, poetry, and experimental noise.Although Drucker has recorded several solo albums, his primary efforts have been...

24-Nov-63

An image of Susan Straight was uploaded to the website Culture.org in 2013. My mother was so grief-stricken when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 when she went into labour. As a result, my brother was born the next day on the 24th. When I was three weeks old, my first memory is of my mother crying in a wooden chair beside the Swiss clock she had brought with her since she was seventeen and arrived...

Hold On

Holding on isn’t always easy. Life can be full of challenging situations that require us to remain steadfast and strong. Whether it’s a difficult relationship, a difficult job, or a difficult time in life, we have to find a way to hold on. It takes courage, strength and resilience to remain in the midst of struggle and uncertainty. But by holding on, we can gain insight and learn important lessons that will help us in the future. It’s not always...

Yellow Faces

Yellow faces have been a source of intrigue for many cultures for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians to modern day cinema, yellow faces have been used to convey a range of emotions from joy to sorrow.  This color has been used to represent both the sun and the moon, while also being a symbol of wealth and power.  Whether they are used to represent a character in a movie or a deity in a religion, yellow faces have been used...

A Microinterview with Gina Apostol

Since the late 1990s, Gina Apostol has consistently crafted metafiction about the impacts of colonialism and dictatorship in the Philippines. Her fourth novel, Insurrecto (2018), exhibited a unique approach that placed translation at the forefront. This book is full of wordplay and puns, just like her debut, Bibliolepsy. The latter earned her a Philippine National Book Award upon its release and is now being released in the US. The two novels, although written decades apart, have a shared love of...

Microreviews: March/April 2022

Microreviews March April 2022 is your ultimate guide to the best restaurants, attractions, and activities around the world.  Our team of experienced writers have visited and experienced the best of what the world has to offer in the coming months, and have created detailed reviews and recommendations for you to make the most of your travel adventures.  From the best street food in India to the most breathtaking views in Japan, we’ve got it all covered! Get ready for a...

Tool: CDLP swim shorts, $159

FEATURES: Side-seam pockets Available in “Deeper Lagoon” Ecologically considerate “Consciously constructed” in Portugal Call them hams. Call them my milkers. They are thighs, mine, and these names are the blows two boyfriends dealt them. I was, admittedly, ill prepared. Though spoken in the spirit of loving jest, the remarks nevertheless cut me. Let’s agree they cut me. Years on, I still secret my thick, pale burdens beneath denim and leather. Spring comes, summer’s in the offing: swimsuit season. My friends...

Object: Julia Roberts Memorabilia

Characteristics: Utilizing Julia Roberts as the subject matter Incorporating elements from the films Homecoming, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend ‘s Wedding, Notting Hill, and Pretty Woman These items are crafted into the form of pillowcases, blankets, and posters The use of technology has drastically increased in recent years, with its presence in many aspects of everyday life. Nowadays, tech has become an integral part of society, from communication and entertainment to medical and educational services. Its reach is...

An Interview with Vi Khi Nao

I encountered Vi Khi Nao’s writing for the first time with her 2016 novel, Fish in Exile, which centers on a marital breakdown following the drowning of a couple’s two children. This story raises the inquiry of “Is it better to be at home in exile or in exile at home?”, investigating how mourning can make certain fundamental forms of habitation – such as love, language, body and home – inhabitable. Just like many of Nao’s works, Fish in Exile...

Michael Shewmaker, the Beach

Michael Shewmaker is no stranger to sandy beaches. Whether lounging on the shore or diving into the waves, he has always had a special connection with the ocean. He finds a certain peace in being surrounded by the ocean’s vastness and the beach’s serenity. Michael’s love for the beach started when he was young and has only grown over the years. With each trip to the beach, he has gained a deeper appreciation for the beauty and power of nature,...

Michael Dumanis Checkpoint

A picture of a sunset over an ocean can be seen, the sky is a mix of pink, orange, and purple tones. The horizon is illuminated by a brilliant glow, and the sea’s surface is reflecting the beautiful light. The process of taking an existing text and altering its structure to produce a new version that retains the same message is known as paraphrasing. This technique is commonly employed to avoid plagiarism, as it allows for a fresh approach to...

Rae Armantrout One Thing

Rae Armantrout is one of the most acclaimed and celebrated contemporary American poets. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and is associated with a unique style of language that combines sharp wit, philosophical depth, and sophisticated imagery. Her collections of poetry, such as One Thing and Versed, have been praised for their ability to capture the complexity of the human experience. Armantrout’s poetic style is rooted in the Modernist tradition, but with an individualistic...

Bijan Stephen – Side Quest Issue 139

Here is a selection of some games that have been mentioned: Tale The Leftovers of Edith Finch Disco Elysium: The Game It is possible to avoid plagiarizing by restructuring the original text while still maintaining its core meaning and context. This can be accomplished by altering the order of the words and/or phrases, as well as by using different words and phrases to express the same idea. The utilization of renewable energy resources is becoming increasingly important to power our...

Songs in the Key of Childhood

Quarantine is what the Letter Q Stands For When the daycare of N was closed, I was forced to become a full-time, work-from-home dad, taking charge of the well-being and enrichment of a just-learning-to-walk and babble one-and-a-half-year-old. Who was still oblivious to the existence of viruses, politics, and the idea of time. For N, there was no concept of past, present, or future, no strategies in place, just the expansive and captivating Sea of Perception. We would drift together from...

I Can’t Wait to Get Started

If I wake up three hours before dawn, I have just enough time to attempt to begin this essay. It is the beginning of a book that I hope will eventually allow me to quit my job and write for pleasure. Until then, I must use the early morning to write at the same table where I also eat, send emails, and take phone calls. Right now, I’m feeling anxious and resentful. Taking into account the data gathered over the...

Technofeelia Vol4

Technofeelia vol4 is a unique and exciting new music album that promises to take listeners on an electrifying sonic journey. With a blend of modern electronica and classic rock influences, this album is sure to please a wide range of music fans. Featuring both upbeat and mellow songs, it offers something for everyone. From catchy pop hooks to ambient soundscapes, Technofeelia vol4 will keep you hooked from start to finish. With its eclectic mix of styles and its infectious beats,...

Technofeelia – vol. 4 Help (Part 2)

Technofeelia vol. 4 Help is an exciting new guide designed to help you get the most out of the fourth volume of the Technofeelia series. This guide is written by a team of experts in the field of technology and provides you with the knowledge and tools you will need to understand and use the latest advances in technology. This guide is the perfect companion to the Technofeelia series and will help you understand the world of technology and its...

Aside Affects – Lauren Michele Jackson

In January of 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its “The Employment Situation” report, and the results were not positive: the nation had shed 140,000 jobs during the preceding month. Incredibly, all of these lost positions had been held by women. This fact was not lost on the media, with reports from CNN Business, CNBC, and Fortune all noting the 100 percent of losses in female-held jobs. The news was disheartening, yet not surprising, as feminists had long anticipated...

An Interview with Ashida Kim

The Black Dragon Fighting Society’s leader, Ashida Kim, is also known as Chris Hunter, who resides in Lake Alfred, Florida. This has sparked heated debates on the internet over his true identity and combat qualifications. Frank Dux, who has allegedly taught Jean-Claude Van Damme the kuji kiri, labels Kim a “renegade and a threat”. Others completely dismiss him as a fake. Personally, I’m not even sure what kuji kiri is. The titles alone are enough to pique interest:  Secrets of...

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