Without a coach to call, direct, and execute plays, a football team is just a bunch of beefy dudes running chaotically after a leather spheroid.
In a similar vein, corporate teams can struggle to achieve desired outcomes if they lack the planning, organization, and oversight of a skilled project manager. Such professionals are the oil that keeps a company’s engine running smoothly; they’re the reason why shit gets done, and done efficiently.
Lean and Six Sigma are a pair of methodologies that contributes to a project manager’s valuable ability to effectively lead a team — and they can both be learned via online courses. Read more…
Reality TV shows that open a window onto the world of real estate have been entertaining us for years. But if you look beyond the spectacle, you can actually learn a thing or two about the home buying process as well. Here are 10 practical house-hunting lessons that come straight from reality TV. Bob Vila : Trusted Home Renovation & Repair Expert
What do your 15-year-old cousin, Kourtney Kardashian, and any given corgi have in common?
Answer: They have massive followings on Instagram despite living generally unexciting lives. Meanwhile, you’ve been stuck below 300 followers for years. How’s that so?
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President Donald Trump, the oldest President elected in US history at the age of 70, underwent his first presidential physical last January. He used it as an opportunity to quiet critics who questioned both his physical health and mental acumen.
The teacher is just as important in a virtual learning environment as in a normal classroom, but a new study shows that boys and girls differ greatly in terms of how they learn best: Boys learn best when their virtual teacher comes in the form of a drone, while girls get more knowledge from VR-teaching when they are taught by a young, female researcher-type named Marie. K-12 Education News — ScienceDaily
Fun fact: It took 24 frames to create a single second of filmed animation for the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.Great bouncing icebergs, indeed.
A far cry from the stop-motion projects of yesteryear, modern animated works are created using (much more efficient) tools such as Adobe After-Effects, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. The development of those tools and other technologies — such as augmented and virtual reality — have made animation one of the fastest-growing divisions of the global media and entertainment markets, according to one research firm.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of “The Finale,” the final episode of the seminal TV series Seinfeld. The show finds razor-sharp humor in life’s most boring aspects. Up until “The Finale,” its four protagonists get away with the most anti-social behavior while continuing to live life on their own terms.
Seinfeld was one of the first shows to usher in the age of scoundrelly on TV. This tactic of having shows, especially comedies, feature characters whose reckless behavior goes unpunished is still popular today. As a result, this trope has become stagnant over time — The Simpsonsis a prime example. Such shows should take inspiration from Seinfeld’s finale, which forces its characters to pay the price for their unique brand of reckless behavior.
Scoundrelly Is Good?
The beginnings of the TV scoundrel trope can be pinpointed to the 1980s and 1990s. Sitcoms transformed dramatically during these two decades. Protagonists no longer had to be “goody-two-shoes.”
Take the sitcom Cheers, for example. Sam Malone’s womanizing ways go unchecked even as Diane Chambers concocts outrageous schemes to get Sam to commit to her. This tactic’s acceptance as a reliable TV trope would only grow. Occasional jerks, like The Big Bang Theory’s Barry Kripke, are harmless compared to the scoundrels we’ve got nowadays.
But over time this trope gets tiring — and predictable. After all, we can only watch the same scenarios play out for so long. Perhaps this could be why The Simpsons‘ fanbase is waning.
When the Original Is Better
In Seinfeld’s finale episode, Jerry and company mock a carjacking victim — during the actual carjacking. Their despicable actions land them in handcuffs for violating Massachusetts’ newly minted Good Samaritan Law. The prosecution brings in a plethora of character witnesses, who double as the quartet’s victims from throughout the series. You can guess how this is going to go.
The victims are eager to testify against them, even as they’re still in shock over their anti-social behavior. Watching this trial play out reminds us of how terribly the New York Four have behaved over the course of nine seasons. They’ve gotten away with some truly awful acts.
Like the time Kramer tried to woo a woman by replacing her wheelchair but opts for a cheap one that proves defective. Or when Elaine mercilessly mocked a coworkers’ germaphobia. Jerry actually mugged an elderly woman for her marble rye. And George basically killed his fiancée, Susan, by unwittingly picking out a cheap set of wedding invitations. Susan licked the toxic envelope glue and found herself six feet under. The rest of the gang’s indifference about her death is bad enough, but George’s reaction is downright callous. Susan’s barely cold before he’s on the phone trying to court another woman.
Ultimately, the gang is found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison. In the judge’s words, it is the opinion of the court that quartet “contemplate the manner in which they have conducted themselves.” This is not the ending fans expected.
There exists an alternate ending in which the jury finds the gang not guilty, much to the shock of everyone else in the courtroom. While we don’t get to see what happens next, we can assume a happy ending. For fans, this ending made the most sense, as the quartet hadn’t faced any lasting punishments up to this point.
While the original ending of “The Finale” may have disappointed fans, it did strengthen the series overall by providing a unique twist that shook things up by forcing the protagonists to atone for their misdeeds. Given that Seinfeld is one of the first shows to usher in the TV scoundrel trope, this is important. It demonstrates that for any trope, or era, of TV to remain relevant, it must evolve, which sometimes means breaking the foundation that built it.
The age of the TV scoundrel is flourishing now more than ever, but it continuously fails to exceed or defy our expectations. For this trope to remain fresh, the shows that have mastered it will need to shake things up, Seinfeld style.
Teaching an Old Trope New Tricks
Seinfeld took a risk by ultimately holding the cast responsible for their reckless behavior, effectively breaking free of the TV scoundrel trope it helped usher in. It’s time for other shows to make this same gamble.
It’s a move that could help The Simpsons win fans back. Even through his negligence, Homer does experience some moments of character growth in earlier seasons. But in recent years, he’s become too static. It’s time Homer’s getting fired from the nuclear plant or separation from Marge last longer than one episode.
Seinfeld should be remembered for more than its self-created tagline: “The show about nothing.” It should also be remembered for ushering in the age of the TV Scoundrel and successfully breaking a trope of its own creation, redefining an era of television in a creative and unexpected way. This should’ve been the start of something greater, but, instead, we’ve seen shows copy Seinfeld‘s basic formula without ever challenging it. We need shows to carry the creative spark that Seinfeld‘s “The Finale” created and to use it to set fire to the tried and true methods of TV sitcoms. Here’s to hoping that 2019 will see shows like The Simpsons take the risks they built their names on.
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Family members and survivors of the deadliest wildfire in California history sought news on Friday on the missing 630 people – 10 times the number of confirmed dead – from the fast-moving blaze that reduced much of the town of Paradise to ash and charred rubble.
Researchers describe a parser that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child’s language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend the parser’s capabilities. Child Development News — ScienceDaily
The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer show is looming large on the horizon. We don’t know much so far, but as a massive fan, my nerdy heart has been doing cartwheels since confirmed showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen announced that the new show will likely showcase a new Slayer (and a new group of Scoobies).
Honestly, a Buffy reboot makes sense: The story of the Slayer has always been about passing the mantle on to a new generation. But Buffy isn’t the only series getting a fresh start. The first Doctor Who episode featuring Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor premiered on October 7, and it was everything a huge Who fan like me could want. While watching the new Doctor in all her glory, something recently dawned on me: Buffy and the Doctor deal with similar problems, but in very different ways.
Both heroes regularly deal with non-human enemies who threaten their friends and home. But while Buffy stab-stabs her foes, the Doctor tries to understand them. If this most recent season of Doctor Who proves anything, it’s that there’s room in the supernatural landscape to explore problem-solving in a more measured manner than Buffy did back in the ’90s.
Slayer vs. Doctor
Buffy and the Doctor are more alike than you might think. Both characters play a specific role that’s been filled by a long line of people before them – the Slayer’s powers are passed from young girl to young girl after death, and the Doctor is the same being who’s reborn with a new body and personality after regeneration (a kind of overall reset button). They both encounter fantastical monsters (demons or aliens) that work in either weekly stand-alone episodes or whole season arcs. But they differ greatly in how they approach those monsters.
For starters, Buffy has found a family in her friends, the Scoobies (a group that grows and shrinks over the seasons, but always consists of Willow, Xander, and Giles), who ground her combative nature with good old-fashioned research — more often than not, even after Buffy’s friends provide her with historical context and intellectual preparation to face her foe, Buffy still stabs. She’s the arm muscle; she’ll shoot a bazooka at her ex-boyfriend without hesitating. She has a concrete support system to welcome her back once the fight is over. Conversely, the Doctor has had multiple beloved companions over the most recent 11 seasons, none are permanent fixtures in her life. Like the Doctor’s physical form, her companions also change with time; part of her tragedy is that she has no permanent family.
Perhaps because of her solitary nature, the Doctor takes a different approach to conflict: She asks questions, explores her enemies’ motivations, and tries to understand them both physically and emotionally before resorting to bazookas. The Doctor considers most aliens and robots she comes across as capable of change until proven otherwise. The slaying is exciting, no doubt, but as I get older, I wonder if that’s the best approach to take regarding all creatures unknown.
We Need More Adults in the Room
Buffy was chosen, against her will, to be a warrior. The Doctor made the decision to defy expectation and fix what ails the universe one corridor at a time. It makes sense that the Doctor’s a more naturally diplomatic hero than Buffy. The Slayer is, by nature, a teenager; her young age is built into the show’s DNA. The Doctor is older than most sentient beings can comprehend, has taken multiple forms, and traveled across galaxies.
I was a teenager when Buffy premiered back in 1997, and I liked the exciting stabby-stabby of it all. I was younger and the world was different then. I’m not a teenager anymore — but many of the new Buffy fans will be. When approaching a new young audience, is “slay first, ask questions later” the core message we want to send? As I get older and my worldview begins to align more closely with the Doctor’s, I wonder if we should tread more lightly, more carefully, like the Doctor. Adults use their words, not their Mr. Pointy stakes. And what the world desperately needs right now is more adults in the room.
Buffy Can Learn From Thirteen
One of Buffy’s key character components is her rebellious streak. From the very beginning of the show, she absolutely refused to conform to the Watchers Council’s archaic traditions. The Doctor has always been similarly rebellious. But with Thirteen, the Doctor isn’t just rebelling against what it means to be a Time Lord; she’s rebelling against ingrained audience expectations. Thirteen differs greatly than past Doctors in her physical form (she’s the first woman Doctor), her creators (this is the first season to feature scripts by writers of color), and her new adventures.
A typical episode of Doctor Who, like most sci-fi stories, is an allegory for societal ills — the most obvious being the Doctor’s genocidal foes, the Daleks. But Thirteen’s series is more literal. In Episode 3, the Doctor and her new team meet Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fred Gray, then become an integral part of American Civil Rights history. It’s less a metaphor and more a clear political statement. And these days, we’re all hungry for heroes who aren’t afraid to make a statement.
The creative staff of Doctor Who trusted that the audience was mature enough for a new kind of Doctor, and it’s paying off (both narratively and in numbers). Buffy is being given a similar opportunity. The Slayer’s fan base has grown up, but can the show mature with us? Maybe the stabby-stabby is just who Buffy is, and that’s fine. But maybe she can change and evolve with us. After all, one of the Slayer powers is natural leadership — and good leaders know that violence is always a last resort.
Imagine being able to plow through a Game of Thrones novel in the amount of time it takes normal people to get through a Goosebumps book. Or being able to read the entire internet. Well, you might not be able to read the whole internet, but this online course on speed-reading will reportedly have you reading books, documents, web pages, and even boring college textbooks up to three times faster.
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