Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Two Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras From Nikon

Sony has always been the leader when it come to mirrorless camera tech, leaving Nikon and Canon scrambling to catch up.

more recently, Nikon Rumors reports that Nikon has two mirrorless cameras on the way. According to the website, they'll be announced sometime around July 23rd and ship about a month later.

The assumption is that both models will be full frame, though Nikon Rumors doesn't have confirmation on that front. One will reportedly be 24–25 MP while the other will be 45-48 MP. The body will be similar to Sony's a7 camera, but Nikon is focusing on better ergonomics and a better grip for these devices. They will boast 5-axis in-body stabilization, 9 fps and a new 55-mm mirrorless mount, that will allow for f/0.95 lenses.

The cameras will accept both XQD and SF Express memory cards. There will be three lenses right off the line: 24–70mm, 35mm and 50mm. The premium 45 MP model will be around US$ 4,000 / €4,000 and will come with the 24–70mm kit lens. The 25 MP camera will be in the US$ 3,000 / €3,000 range, and will also come with a lens.

None of this has been confirmed directly by Nikon, and Nikon Rumors makes clear that some of these specs may not be precisely correct. Still, it gives interested buyers who have been waiting for a Nikon mirrorless camera hope that these devices are indeed coming soon.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Merry Christmas Whoopi!

Merry Christmas Whoopi
It's the first day of August, but the women of "The View" are already debating whether the so-called "War on Christmas" exists, thanks to President Donald Trump.

Things got heated last 1 August after the co-hosts watched a clip of Trump claiming his election made it safe for people to say "merry Christmas" again.

Whoopi Goldberg said she preferred to say "happy holidays" in December because not everyone she meets is Christian. Meghan McCain pointed out that Goldberg’s response fueled the argument that the "war on Christmas" was real.

"The idea that somehow I'm being insensitive or intolerant by saying 'merry Christmas' to someone is where this comes from and why [Trump's] brilliant to do it," McCain said. "Because even right now ... Don’t look at me like that, Joy [Behar], I’m trying to explain what’s happening."

McCain then defended using a Christmas-specific holiday greeting.

"I don’t think I'm not inclusive. I think I am a Christian. I celebrate Christmas and I would like to wish merry Christmas to everyone,” she said. “And no one has ever been offended, at least to my face."

Goldberg then pointed out that most people are not offended, but that it’s nice to have options.

"I don’t understand why you can’t do it — why you can’t say all of it?" she said. "I don’t understand why I have to do one thing and not the other?"

She went on to explain why she sees her choice of holiday greeting as the furthest thing from a "war on Christmas."

"If I'm comfortable saying 'happy holidays' because I’m not sure, or I say 'merry Christmas' to people I know are Christians. It's not a war... It's me trying to figure out what I want to do," she said. "But you can't tell me what I should be doing. You can't tell me I'm at war with you because I’m not saying 'merry Christmas.'"

McCain said their debate proved the "war on Christmas" was real and that Trump was strategically stoking those fires.

Goldberg’s response was classic: "He’s brilliant. But it’s a B.S debate."

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Friday, July 27, 2018

"Insatiable" Trailer Promises a Funny and Interesting Series

The new Netflix trailer for its new series "Insatiable" was released last 19 July. The dark comedy gives viewers a short peek at Alyssa Milano as the mom of an overweight-turned-attractive student in the process.

Disney alum Debby Ryan stars as "fatty Patty," an overweight high-school student who gets her jaw wired shut and loses weight. "Now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself," a synopsis reads.

But after having her jaw wired shut, Patty slims down and becomes the proverbial hot girl out for "revenge," as she puts it.

There’s a lot going on here in the trailer. Punches being thrown, erratic driving, make out sessions, a church baptism that resembles a wet t-shirt contest and Alyssa Milano growling that she wants "to punch her in her b—h face." The target of Milano’s wrath is uncertain, but it will surely be revealed after the series debuts on 10 August on Netflix.

The response on Twitter looks overwhelmingly positive too. "Yaaas, I can’t wait!" replied @obrienties to the official "Insatiable" handle, while @celestondeck said the show looks "SO GOOD I CAN’T BREATHE" in all caps.

It is expected that the fat and overweight critics will try to put this show down and justify their lazy and unhealthy lifestyle.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Why Marvel Villain "Ghost's" Sex is Irrelevant

The Ghost
In the movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp", the mysterious Ghost was played by Hannah John-Kamen. The character is a masked, sci-fi-suited fighter who can become intangible — meaning she can pass through walls, go invisible, and so on — and who makes life hell for our heroes.

However, in the comic book, Ghost is a man. Though the character is new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ghost has been around in the comics for more than 30 years, albeit in a very different form.

The change of sex was not met with protest and threats of boycott from avid Marvel comic followers because the character is a minor villain. Ghost has not played in any major cataclysmic episode in the Marvel universe.

Changing Ghost from man to woman created no major shift in the character background since there was really no worthy life story to begin with. This is totally different from making Johnny Storm a black dude or having a thin and wiry actor play Ben Grimm.

Speaking to TheWrap, "Ant-Man and The Wasp" director Peyton Reed echoed the same sentiments and explained how and why he changed the character to fit into his corner of the MCU.

"We found Ghost and we were free to reinvent that character however we wanted, and obviously we made him into a her, but also made a character that really sat within the tone of our movie and the theme of fathers and daughters. It fit with our movie," Reed told TheWrap.

"Ghost is a far lesser known antagonist in the comics world," he continued. "I really dug the look of that character and the power set, but in terms of backstory or character in the comics, I didn't find it very compelling, I thought it was kind of boring, so it really was sort of a chance to create a character from scratch for this movie that really had a personal connection to our heroes and particularly to Hank Pym and I liked that."

Besides, if Ghost was made into a male villain and he beat the crap out of the Wasp, PC culture would probably erupt in consternation.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Pageant Skit Nailed The #MeToo Movement Perfectly

Swimsuit Skit
Starting on 2019, the Miss America contestants will no longer walk around in bikinis and high heels, but the beauty contest's latest attempt to cater to the PC culture expectedly had a rough start.

"We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance," Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host, catalyst of the #MeToo movement and Miss America’s chairwoman, announced on ABC's Good Morning America in early June.

Almost immediately, people from all walks of life felt the insult to their sensibilities. Former Miss Americas joined forces online to express their disapproval, and a popular organizational shake-up has been linked to the pageant's new out-of-touch direction.

However, the real dispute may be happening on the state level—where all but five of the qualifying pageants are still holding swimwear contests and organizers, contestants and fans are publicly disparaging the move online.

According to Philadelphia magazine, eulogy posts in the Miss America Fan Group on Facebook are calling the decision "a death nail into the program and predicted 'a mass exodus' from participation at the state level."

In the recent Miss Massachusetts competition last Saturday, the organization featured a skit (below) lamenting the removal of the swimsuit competition, with the loss being correctly blamed on the #MeToo movement.

"We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting,” a woman kneeling on a chair on stage bemoaned as part of the comedy sketch. "And I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.”

"Me too, Amy," responded a person dressed as God, holding up a #MeToo sign.

Everyone and literally everyone in the crowd cheered following the comment, and the emcee had to wait until the applause died down to proceed. In the aftermath, at least one title holder is planning to turn in her sash.

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