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  2. No date for the premiere, but yes Viz Media will be streaming the dub on FUNimationNOW pretty soon.
  3. Does anyone know if this was delayed last minute or something? Because it's past 3 p.m. EST and the Gamestop I pre-ordered it at is claiming they've still yet to get their shipment in for this.
  4. So they are simuldubbing this? I'm kind of confused honestly...
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  6. Fact of the Day - WOMEN IN AVIATION Women pilots who escorted the landing of Amy Johnson in Sydney on 4 June 1930, at the end of the first England to Australia flight by a woman. Photo presented to the National Library of Australia by Miss Meg Skelton (on left). DId you know... that women have been involved in aviation from the beginnings of both lighter-than air travel and as airplanes, helicopters and space travel were developed. Women pilots were also called "aviatrices or aviatrixes". Women have been flying powered aircraft since 1908; prior to 1970, however, most were restricted to working privately or in support roles in the aviation industry. Aviation also allowed women to "travel alone on unprecedented journeys." Women who have been successful in various aviation fields have served as mentors to younger women, helping them along in their careers. Within the first two decades of powered flight, women on every continent except Antarctica had begun to fly, perform in aerial shows, parachute, and even transport passengers. During World War II, women from every continent helped with war efforts and though mostly restricted from military flight many of the female pilots flew in auxiliary services. In the 1950s and 1960s, women were primarily restricted to serving in support fields such as flight simulation training, air traffic control, and as flight attendants. Since the 1970s, women have been allowed to participate in military service in most countries. Women's participation in the field of aviation has increased over the years. In the United States, in 1930, there were around 200 women pilots but in five years there were more than 700. Women of Aviation Worldwide Week has reported that after 1980, the increase in gender parity for women pilots in the United States has been stagnant. Women flying commercial airlines in India make up 11.6% of all pilots. The global number of women airline pilots is 3%. (Wikipedia) FEMALE PILOTS WHO BROKE THROUGH MORE THAN GLASS CEILINGS BY_ NEUS (@ VUELING) | 25 February, 2019 Thérèse Peltier, Raymonde de Laroche, Ruth Law, Amelia Earhart, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, Hélène Dutrieu… Quite a few female pilots have not only broken through those metaphorical "glass ceilings" but have reached the sky! Thérèse Peltier, the first woman to pilot a plane. Thérèse Peltier (1873-1926) | French | Sculpture and Pilot In other words, it's to her that we owe the term "aviatrix", because she was the first woman to pilot a heavier-than-air craft (ruling out hot air balloons, in which case it is Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse who is credited with being the first woman to "pilot" one in 1799). Thérèse Peltier made her first flight in Turin in 1908, and although she only flew 200 metres at a height of 2.5 metres, it was considered quite a feat for a Parisian otherwise known as a prominent sculptor. Raymonde de Laroche, first woman in the world to receive a pilot's licence. Raymonde de Laroche (1882-1919) | French | Actor and Pilot (Yes, Thérèse Peltier flew without a licence, but let's keep that quiet!) In fact, it was precisely one 8 March in Mourmelon (France) that Raymonde de Laroche received her pilot's licence from the Aéro-Club of France. It would have been a fitting way of commemorating International Women's Day were it not for the fact that she achieved this feat in 1910, and it was not until 1911 that the date for claiming women's rights was established. Ruth Law, the woman who campaigned for more female pilots. Ruth Lawe (1887-1970) | American | Aviation Pioneer, Mechanic and Pilot Passionate about aviation from a very early age, Ruth Law was just 21 when she bought her first plane. Legend has it that during the First World War she donned a man's military uniform and presented herself to President Wilson to ask for permission to join the nation's air force. Although that permission was denied, she continued to campaign for women to be allowed to pilot military planes, and she even wrote an article entitled “Let Women Fly!” for Air Travel Magazine. Amelia Earhart, the most high-profile aviatrix. Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) | American | Secretary and Pilot Most people are probably familiar with this name, not least because of the 2009 film “Amelia” that tells the story of her incredible mission to make a round-the-world flight in 1937, which unfortunately culminated in her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean. Before that though, in 1928 Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic—after three women had died trying to achieve the same feat—and in 1935 she became the first person to make a solo flight from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Oakland (California, USA), not to mention numerous other adventures that bear witness to her passion for defying limits and embracing danger. Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock (1925-2024) | American | Writer and Aviator She achieved what Amelia Earhart couldn't: in 1964 she completed a round-the-world flight alone on board the "Spirit of Columbus". It took her 29 days and 21 stopovers to travel 36,800 kilometres. Interestingly, the thing that most motivated Jerrie Mock to embark on this adventure was boredom! Having been a housewife for 20 years, and having given up her aeronautical engineering studies at the University of Ohio, she decided to break with the conventional life that was not for her. And what a way to do it! Hélène Dutrieu, the most multifaceted aviatrix. Hélène Dutrieu (1877-1961) | French | Cycle Racer, Stunt Driver and Aviator You may know this Belgian woman better as “The Human Arrow”, a nickname she earned because of all her hobbies related to "driving" in one form or another. As well as learning to fly, she was a stunt cyclist, motorcyclist and automobile racer, and during the First World War she was an ambulance driver. She was also the first woman to pilot a seaplane and the first female pilot to fly with a passenger. And since she wanted other women to follow her example, she created the Hélène Dutrieu-Mortier cup for French and Belgian female pilots, with a prize of 200,000 francs. Amy Johnson Amy Johnson (1903-1941) | British | Engineer and Aviator The first woman to obtain a C license as an engineer for the control of aircraft on the ground, she is known to have made the longest solo flight from England to Australia on a second hand 600 pound stirling aircraft. She unfortunately lost her life during World War II. Who knows, maybe one day an airport will be named after one these pioneers. No harm in dreaming... In the meantime, the number of airports around the globe that are named after a woman are very few and far between: Istanbul (Sabiha Gökçen), Delhi (Indira Gandhi) - interestingly, India is the country with the highest number of female pilots - Pakistan (Benazir Bhutto) and Rio de Janeiro (Maria da Penha). Other women in aviation are: Emma Lilian Todd (1865-1937) Katherine Wright (Haskell) (1874-1929) Grace Marguerite (1895-1946) Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie (1902-1975) Sabiha Gökçen (1913-2001) Valentina Tereshkova (1937- ) Source: Wikipedia - Women in Aviation | Female Revolutionary Pilots
  7. What's the Word? - QUAESITUM pronunciation: [KWAI-sai-təm] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, mid 17th century Meaning: 1. That which is sought; the answer to a problem. Example: "The quaesitum to your problem might come to you after some quiet reflection." "No matter how confounding the case, Sherlock Holmes always finds the quaesitum." About Quaesitum This noun originates from the Latin word "quaesītum," or "to seek." When searching for a quaesitum to a particular conundrum, you may have to seek out clues to help you come to the right conclusion. Did you Know? People love reading about characters discovering a quaesitum; the world's best-selling author of all time, Agatha Christie, is well-known for her "whodunit" mystery novels.
  8. Netflix revealed a teaser trailer for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Rage of Bahamut Genesis assistant director, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the anime. Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, Jujutsu Kaisen) is supervising and writing the series scripts, and Shūhei Handa (Little Witch Academia) is designing the characters. Netflix will debut the anime worldwide in 2021. The manga's story centers on Yū Ominae, a high school student who is also a Spriggan, an agent charged by the ARCAM Corporation to protect the ancient relics of an advanced older civilization from falling into the hands of states and entities who wish to misuse them. Takashige wrote the Spriggan manga with artist Minagawa beginning in 1989. Viz Media published edited versions of three of the manga's eleven volumes as Striker in North America from 1998 to 1999. The manga inspired an anime film in 1998. ADV Films released the film in 2002 with an English dub.
  9. Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced that Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga is inspiring an anime series debuting worldwide on Netflix in 2021. The anime stars Kenjiro Tsuda, who both directed and starred as Tatsu in a live-action promotional video for the manga last December. Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III, Devils and Realist, Junjō Romantica) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff, and Susumu Yamakawa (Back Street Girls: Gokudols) is supervising the series scripts. The Way of the Househusband follows a retired yakuza member known as "Immortal Tatsu" who is living out his post-crime career as a househusband. He still manages to find his way into trouble from time to time, except it's in the grocery aisle instead of some back alley. Oono launched the manga on Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website in February 2018, and Shinchosha published the fifth volume on June 9. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it released the fourth volume on September 15. The manga won the Best Humor Publication category at this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The series was acknowledged as a runner-up in last year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category and came in at #9 in this year's Web Manga General Election. The Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook for 2019 ranked the manga at #8 for its top manga series for men. The series also ranked on Honya Club's "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics" lists for 2018 and 2019. The manga inspired an ongoing live-action television series.
  10. Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced the Pacific Rim: The Black anime series for 2021 and released its first teaser screenshots, shown below: Polygon Pictures (BLAME!, Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei film trilogy) will produce the 3D-animated series based on the live-action Pacific Rim films. Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson are the co-showrunners on the series by Legendary Entertainment, and the story will "follow two siblings - an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister - who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents."
  11. Netflix posted a new visual and updated teaser trailer for the four-episode original anime Eden on Tuesday, and also revealed its May 2021 premiere date. (The anime was previously scheduled for Fall 2020.) Netflix describes the anime: The upcoming sci-fi fantasy series Eden is set thousands of years in the future, where a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe -- that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
  12. Funimation announced on Monday that it is partnering with Viz Media to release an English dub of the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Han'yō no Yasha Hime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series. Erica Mendez is voicing Towa Higurashi, Kira Buckland is voicing Setsuna, and Morgan Berry is voicing Moroha. The anime premiered in Japan on October 3. Viz Media began streaming the anime with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu on the same day in North and Latin American territories. Viz has the rights "to the digital streaming, EST, and home video" of the anime in North and Latin American territories. The company describes "the brand new anime from the Inuyasha universe": The daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time! In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi's brother, Sota, and his family. Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa's shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister. Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past. Teruo Sato (Inuyasha episode director) is directing the anime at Sunrise, and Katsuyuki Sumisawa is in charge of the series scripts after doing the same for Inuyasha and Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Takahashi herself is credited as the main character designer, with Yoshihito Hishinuma (Yakitate!! Japan, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes) returning from Inuyasha to adapt her designs for animation. Kaoru Wada (3x3 Eyes, Battle Angel, The File of Young Kindaichi) is also back from Inuyasha to compose the music. SixTONES are performing the opening theme song "NEW ERA." Uru is performing the ending theme song "Break" for the anime.
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  14. So my little 'stall tactic' only lasted about 3 days. Is that long enough? Who knows. It really doesn't matter I suppose. To be quite honest... I don't think I'll 'wear myself out' on this series. Or I don't see how that can happen anyway. Regardless... Tales of Zestiria is my next PS4 game. Apparently Berseria is a prequel to this game. I'm already seeing why. The weirdest part... is that this game actually came out first. I think? Anyway Zestiria takes place in the same location as Berseria except... 1,000 years in the future or something like that. So basically like FFX when Tidus went from Zanarkand to Spira (though obvious differences and not really Zanarkand but still) I've heard this game is... bad. To put it nicely. But I've always been the type of person who seems to love all the games that most people hate. Not that I'm saying I'm not worried. Because I am. But we'll just have to wait and see I guess. Either way... as before... I'll be playing a large chunk of this game on my own to get a 'feel' for it and how different it is from Berseria (pretty damn different so far) before attempting any streams of this. So far though... the MC's english dub voice actor is the same as Joe from Digimon Tri's. This is weird and cool all at the same time. (yes I know he also did Akechi from Persona 5 but he was a jerkass... so...)
  15. After I finished Tales of Berseria I stalled with Crown Tundra DLC from Pokemon Sword because I was worried by being worn out on the 'Tales of' series with another one being next. It only took me about 3 days to do everything in it that I wanted to do. Admittedly though... Max Lair is as addicting as Among Us so I might still do that every once in awhile. If you want to do that with me badly enough... contact me either on the forums or Discord so we can set something up. I'm not against it even though I'm not the biggest fan of it either. Either way I literally had nothing else better to do so I have officially started playing Tales of Zestiria. I was only able to play it for an hour though. I've heard this game is... bad. To put it nicely. But I tend to love the games that most others hate so I'm not all that worried. We'll see either way.
  16. Fact of the Day - EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY Did you know.... that technology runs our lives these days. Smartphones, tablets and computers – we really can’t seem to function without them. In a very short amount of time, technology has exploded in the market and now, many people cannot imagine a life without it. To understand how we left the dark ages (which really wasn’t all that long ago) to where we are today, it is important to understand how technology evolves and why it matters. THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE by Donny Lamey | January 05, 2018 PURPOSE DRIVES TECHNOLOGY FORWARD All technologies are born out of purpose. For example, search engines were created to sort through the massive amounts of data online. With each new upgrade technology compounds existing technologies to create something better than what was previously used before. And on and on it goes. With the lightning speed of technological evolution, it is no wonder many people have struggled to keep up. To be fair, the scope of technology’s expanse is so great, wrapping everything up into a single blog post is practically impossible. Here is just a brief glimpse into how rapidly the Internet and technology as a whole have evolved in recent years. THE PAST: WORLD, MEET THE INTERNET Looking back to the 1990’s, the Internet was a new commodity many, but not all, households and businesses began to gain access. For people living during that time, the sound of the painfully slow dial up signal connecting to the Internet is a not-so-fond memory (EEEE-AAAAAHH!!!!). Active Modem Thankfully, as more people found value in the Internet, technology took off to eliminate having to use a phone line to go online and instead delivered faster connections to the World Wide Web. WEBSITES AND BLOGGING ARE BORN Websites advanced along with the internet. Suddenly, everyone had a Geocities or Tripod website dedicated to themselves. Just in infancy, websites were basic in both function and design. This is also the time when the blogging craze started to set in on the consumer level with the introduction of “weblogs” (later condensed to “blogs”). Remember Xanga? If only we knew then what we know now. FLOPPY DISCS AKA THE REAL-LIFE SAVE-BUTTON ICON A few years later, sharing information gradually started to become easier. Instead of handing over a floppy disk or CD-ROM, people began emailing documents or storing large files on USB sticks or flash drives. As new technologies started to pop-up, each technology would compound and build to form a better, faster and stronger piece of technology. With this speedy development, the Internet changed the way people live, work and operate today. THE PRESENT: SNAPS, CHATS AND DOUBLE TAPS Fast-forward a short decade later (side note: remember VHS tapes!? The OG fast-forward? OK, moving on…). Since the days of dial-up, access to the Internet is available almost everywhere. It is rare these days for consumers to go into a coffee shop, library or any place of business and not be able to access a Wifi signal. If there isn’t a WiFi signal in close range, most people still have access to the Internet via their cellular data connection on their smartphones and personal hotspots, no problem. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT With this anywhere/anytime access to the Internet, businesses created web applications to answer common needs of consumers. These applications can do everything from tracking food portions to sending massive amounts of information in a click of a button. THE EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION How we communicate continued to evolve as well. Remember face-to-face conversations? Hand-written letters? Waiting by the phone – the kind with the cord? Technology perpetually reshapes our communication. Perhaps the most noticeable difference in the Internet today is the ability to be personable in such an impersonal setting. Constant connection seems to be the name of the game. And along with connection, we see instant availability. Bluetooth connections, talk-to-text, every form of messaging apps – while you’re driving, in meetings, at home. Connection. Everywhere. MYSPACE, YOURSPACE, BOOKFACE: THE SOCIAL MEDIA AWAKENING We’ve watched texting evolve from sending text-only messages (literally texting) to the addition of imagery, thanks to the viral spread of gifs, memes, emojis and bitmojis. In fact, with the spike in video-sharing, actual text is shrinking (meet SnapChat, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Periscope, Vine, etc. and shorthand abbreviations). SMH. Periscope Social networks continue to change the way people engage with one another. Ironically, the constant connection and way people interact with one another seems to morph to a more superficial setting online. Although superficial at times, this form of communication helps people stay closer to each other when they would have otherwise lost contact. FACE TO FACE (VIRTUALLY, SPEAKING) Face-to-face conversations via technology are resurfacing, though, and even strengthening, thanks to higher-quality video and streaming capabilities (enter: Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime, live streaming, etc.). With more people engaging in web/video conferencing online, geographic barriers that once hindered communication were torn down. Instead, companies can engage with consumers in a more human manner, people can talk to people face-to-face without the need for costly travel and reaching out to people all over the world is faster and easier. CUTTING THE CORD: THE ERA OF VIDEO STREAMING Remember when Netflix was a primarily a DVD delivery company, bringing your favorite movie via mail? Back when binge-watching wasn’t a thing? Today, people are cutting the cord when it comes to cable, opting for digital streaming and video services like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu. Big brands are trying to keep up and compete, doing their best to one-up each other with original content, availability and delivery channels (e.g. Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV, etc.). User-generated content is a force to acknowledge as well. Thanks to streaming options like Facebook Live, Instagram Live and Periscope, individuals and business are able to broadcast their own videos and content. In a nutshell, videos are popping up everywhere and trending big time. And they thought talking pictures would never last… TODAY’S TECH FORECAST: ICLOUDY DAYS AHEAD More people and companies are using cloud-based services for their business and store everything online instead of on a single device. This change will continue to have an enormous impact on the way business is done, transforming our once-traditional office environments and how people interact with companies on a regular basis. Flash drives are almost extinct with the prevalence of cloud storage, like iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox and FTP sites. With so many new technologies permeating the way people access information and access each other, the forward momentum looks promising for future technological developments. THE FUTURE: EMERGING TRENDS ON THE HORIZON As more existing technologies are stacked onto each other and developed into something greater, consumers and businesses alike can expect to see more opportunity with future technology. Technology will be faster, have the ability to accomplish more and everything will become more streamlined to make getting work done, easier. While we don’t have the ability to predict the future, we can offer speculations on technology’s evolution. We are constantly seeing emerging media and new trends in technology to follow. Here are a few trends to watch for in the coming years. SMART IS THE NEW SEXY And by “smart” we mean the continued evolution of smart devices and rise of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Smart devices will continue to evolve to work better together. These machines will share data automatically limiting the need for human involvement. Of course, it’s not just smartphones, watches, TVs or tablets anymore. THE INTERNET OF THINGS You’ll hear more and more about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) now and in the future. The deeper we dive into technology, the more it seems we try to blend the physical and virtual worlds together. Smart speakers, smart homes and even smart cars are the tech wave to ride in the future, but it’s just the beginning. Amazon Alexa Think of the Internet of Things as a network of physical devices – like handheld gadgets, vehicles, home appliances or any kind of electronic item with embedded software or technology – connected together and able to exchange data. Gartner, an analyst firm, speculates there will be more than 26 billion connected devices by 2020. Imagine a future where your car warns you of heavy traffic or your alarm clock notifies you about your coffee brewing itself in the kitchen. Imagine living in a smart home in a smart city. In other words, the future happening is now. Or at least, it’ll be here sooner than you may think. WHY BOTHER KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY? It’s a fair question. Technology is constantly changing and it sometimes feels like way too much effort to keep up with a moving target. Just remember - keeping up with technology adds value to your business. Staying up-to-date helps ensure you don’t miss opportunities, become irrelevant or fall behind your competitors. Remember Kodak? They taught us all an invaluable lesson: don’t be afraid to embrace change. Here are a few ways to keep up and stay informed: Follow industry blogs (like ours!) Link is below Listen to industry leaders Follow topics on social media Join groups (online and in-person) Listen to podcasts Engage in tech forums Subscribe to relevant eNewsletters Set up Google alerts Source: DiscoverTec - Evolution of Technology
  17. What's the Word? - SORORAL pronunciation: [sə-ROHR-əl] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, mid 17th century Meaning: 1. Of or like a sister or sisters. Example: "She shared a sororal relationship with her roommate, and they were seldom apart." "The new club is sororal to a famous non-profit organization." About Sororal Sororal originates from the Latin word "soror," which means sister. If a woman is particularly close to a platonic female friend, you might say that they have a sororal relationship. Did you Know? If the word sororal sounds familiar to you, it might be because it reminds you of "sorority." Sororities, first established in the U.S. in 1851, are communities for college-aged women. Members often refer to each other as "sisters."
  18. Fact of the Day - ICE RESURFACER An ice resurfacer lays down a layer of clean water, which will freeze to form a smooth ice surface. Did you know... that an ice resurfacer is a vehicle or hand-pushed device used to clean and smooth the surface of a sheet of ice, usually in an ice rink. The first ice resurfacer was developed by American inventor and engineer Frank Zamboni in 1949 in the city of Paramount, California. As such, an ice resurfacer is often referred to as a "Zamboni" regardless of brand or manufacturer. (Wikipedia) 5 things about the Zamboni -- history, facts, more (photos) By Marc Bona, cleveland.com | Jan 11, 2019 It's American! The logical assumption is that the Zamboni is a Canadian invention. But its roots are in Southern California. Utah native Frank Zamboni, born in 1901, moved to Southern California at age 21. Like many inventions, his machine came about as necessity for his job. What started as an auto-repair business morphed into electrical service and refrigeration. The family eventually expanded into recreational ice rinks. Zamboni needed to find a way to refurbish the surface, which meant scraping, collecting and spraying the ice with a new layer. And it had to be done quickly. Early uses Zamboni's trial and error involved an early model of a tractor. He patented his machine in 1949. The Boston Bruins were the first NHL team to use a Zamboni, in 1954. The first time the machine was used in the Olympics was in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California. Prior to the invention of ice resurfacers, this device was used to evenly coat an ice surface with water. This one was used by Kingston, Ontario. It is now in the collection of the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. Incredibly efficient According to nhl.com, Zamboni's invention "turned a three-man, 90-minute endeavor into a one-man, 10-minute job." Zambonis can be powered through different fuel sources; the ones at the Q in Cleveland are propane-driven and are the most popular models used. Production Zamboni's vision clearly was meant for recreational rink surfaces. In 1949, the year he earned his patent for an ice resurfacer, only the Original Six NHL teams were competing. Today there are 30 teams, including seven in Canada and three in California, where Zamboni worked on his early prototypes. The company produces 200-250 machines annually. Model A (1949) The first Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine had 4-wheel drive and four-wheel steering on a hand-built chassis using war surplus axles and engine parts. Can you get a DUI driving a Zamboni? Yes. Click here to read an incident of a Zamboni driver driving drunk. Zamboni ice resurfacers are used in arenas across Canada and around the world. Although Zamboni is a registered trademark, many Canadians use the term to refer to all ice resurfacers, including those produced by other companies. American Frank J. Zamboni invented the original Zamboni ice resurfacer in 1949. His namesake company is based in Paramount, California, but also has a large manufacturing facility in Brantford, Ontario. The Zamboni Company’s major competitor, Resurfice Corporation (based in Elmira, Ontario), produces the Olympia line of ice resurfacers that are used in arenas across Canada and around the world. In 2016, ICETECH Machines began producing the Okay Elektra, an electronic ice resurfacer, in Terrebonne, Québec. In 1949, American Frank J. Zamboni invented the first successful ice resurfacer, the Model A, which he constructed from war surplus parts. His invention revolutionized ice resurfacing, until then a time-consuming and labour-intensive process that involved a scraper shaving the surface of the ice, followed by several workers who picked up the shavings and then sprayed the ice to clean it, removing the dirty water with squeegees. After that, more water was sprayed onto the ice and allowed to freeze. With the invention of Zamboni’s machine, the process became much faster, allowing skaters to return to the ice within a relatively short period of time. Model B (1950) A total of four Model B machines were built. \u00a9Zamboni Company. The Model A (1949) soon earned an important fan. In 1950, Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie asked Zamboni to build her a machine in time for a performance in Chicago. She eventually bought two Model Bs, while the Ice Capades and the Winter Garden in Pasadena, California, also bought one apiece. Zamboni received a patent for his design in 1953, and continued to make improvements. In 1954, the Boston Bruins ordered the Model E, the first NHL team to use one of Zamboni’s machines. Zamboni ice resurfacers are now used at most NHL arenas. Model E (1954) The Model E was the first standardized design of the Zamboni ice resurfacer. © Zamboni Company. Although the Zamboni Company is based in Paramount, California, it also has a large manufacturing facility in Brantford, Ontario — birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. Canadian Manufacturers of Ice Resurfacers While Canadians generally refer to all ice resurfacers as “Zambonis,” a significant number of the machines used on Canadian ice have been manufactured by its competitor, Resurfice Corporation, which is based in Elmira, Ontario. Founded in 1967 by welder Andrew Schlupp, the company supplies its Olympia brand of ice resurfacers across Canada, the United States and around the world, with dealers in 12 countries. Although the Zamboni Company supplies machines for most of the NHL, several teams (including the Vancouver Canucks) have used Olympia ice resurfacers instead. Resurfice was also the official supplier for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Olympia Ice-resurfacing Machine Olympia Ice-resurfacer at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fun Facts About Zamboni Ice Resurfacers in Canada Canada can proudly claim the 1999 “Zamboni Driver of the Year,” an online contest organized by the Zamboni Company in honour of its 50th anniversary. Over a million votes were cast online, with the majority going to Jimmy “Iceman” MacNeil of Brantford, Ontario. MacNeil was later chosen as the lead driver of a cross-Canada tour in support of Canadian Hockey Association development programs. In 2001, he and his brother drove a Zamboni ice resurfacer through 69 cities in 10 provinces, starting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and finishing in Calgary, Alberta (in between cities, the crew and Zamboni machine were transported via trailers — Zamboni machines have a maximum speed of about 5 km/h). The 2001 tour wasn’t the only time Zamboni ice resurfacers have been used on Canadian roads. In February 2017, farmer Marko Kardum tried to use a Zamboni machine to clear snow in Central Saanich, near Victoria, British Columbia. He was let off with a warning from police, who informed him that insurance didn’t cover the use of Zamboni ice resurfacers on the road (Kardum bought the machine for $300, originally to move manure). In what is arguably the most Canadian use of a Zamboni machine, Alberta man Jesse Myshak drove his ice resurfacer through a Tim Hortons drive-thru in Stony Plain. Myshak had purchased the machine to flood his backyard rink, but it needed repairs, so he brought it in to a nearby shop. When it was ready for use, he decided to simply drive it home, stopping for a hot chocolate on his way. Source: Wikipedia - Ice Resurfacer | About the Zamboni | Ice Resurfacers
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They’re available in all casinos (in person and online), beckoning the passersby with the siren’s song of coins hitting a bucket. Plus, there’s usually fairly loud music and some flashing lights. Slot machines form the backbone of the casino, accounting for 80% of its revenue in some cases. Because of this, casinos are always trying to make new and innovative way for casino slots games to bring in gamers and gamblers looking for fun. Given their importance to the casino, whether you would play them or not, let’s look at nine facts about the slot machine that even the most ardent slot-hater might find interesting. Slot Machines Have an Interesting History According to Wikipedia, the precursor to the slot machine was developed in 1891 in Brooklyn. This machine used 50 of the 52 cards of a poker deck and allowed players to try to make a poker hand for a nickel a game. While they quickly grew in popularity, engineering in the early 1890s had no good way to standardize the payouts for all of the possible combinations of wins. Therefore, your prize for winning at this machine varied from bar to bar. All of this changed by 1895 when Charles Fey of San Francisco, California devised a much simpler automatic mechanism with three spinning reels containing a total of five symbols: horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a Liberty Bell; the bell gave the machine its name. By replacing ten cards with five symbols and using three reels instead of five drums, the complexity of reading a win was considerably reduced, allowing Fey to design an effective automatic payout mechanism. Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, ten nickels (50¢). Liberty Bell was a huge success and spawned a thriving mechanical gaming device industry. After a few years, the devices were banned in California, but Fey still could not keep up with demand for them from elsewhere. The Liberty Bell machine was so popular that it was copied by many slot-machine manufacturers. The first of these, also called the "Liberty Bell", was produced by the manufacturer Herbert Mills in 1907. By 1908, many "bell" machines had been installed in most cigar stores, saloons, bowling alleys, brothels and barber shops. Early machines, including an 1899 Liberty Bell, are now part of the Nevada State Museum's Fey Collection. The First Video Slot Machine Was Developed in 1976 The first electronic slot machine was invented in 1963, but it wasn’t until the grand year of 1976 that the first video slot machine was created on a 19-inch color screen and Sony logic boards. According to Wikipedia, the first video slot machines were installed in the Las Vegas Hilton before gaining immense popularity that has continued to this day. Most, if not all, slot machines operating in the US are video slot machines. The computers inside the machine are less open to fraud, more reliable than mechanical parts, and generally cheaper to produce. There Are $100 Slot Machines Typically, a slot machine will “spin” for a single credit, though betting more credits leads to a higher payout. The cheapest credit possible is a single penny and is actually fairly common, especially in more established casinos. On the other hand, the sky’s the limit on how much a credit might cost to purchase. There are even reports that some machines may cost as much as $100 per play just to spin the wheels once. That’s a fairly high-risk scenario that should be backed up by a serious bankroll. If that’s your thing, go for it, but for most people, a slot machine that costs around a quarter to a dollar per credit is much closer to the norm. Penny Slots Are a Great Way to Stretch a Bankroll If you’re at the casino and don’t have a lot of money (either because you started off with a small casino bankroll or because you hit a bad run of luck), play the penny slots or the closest thing you can find to them. Modern day video slots have a lot more in common with game apps on your phone than hardcore gambling. This allows slot machine designers to have their slot machines run for a while on each play. Because it takes a while to watch the animation, make a few choices, or perform some other action, playing slot machines can be a much more drawn-out experience. If this sounds dreary, it’s not. Modern slot machines are just as addictive as the apps they resemble, meaning you can get a lot of play for not much money and still have a good time. Slot Machines Don’t Run Hot and Cold If said to the right person, this “interesting fact” might start a riot. Some slot machine aficionados swear they can detect when a slot machine is about to payout big and when a machine has gone cold. Sadly, there’s no such thing as a streaky slot machine, especially not in the age of electronic slot machines. Everything inside that machine is controlled by a computerized random number generator. Each time you play, it generates a complex series of numbers according to its own perfected algorithm. Those numbers get turned into whether you win or lose. Any win or loss streaks that the slot machine features is only the luck of the draw. Anything else would be too difficult to program into the algorithm and still keep things fair. Slot Machines May Return Over 90% of the Money Even though slot machines account for a significant amount of casino revenue, they still payout over 90% of the money they take in (sometimes as high as 94% percent). This is good news for the slot player. Even though it’s fun to play video games at a casino, it’s even better when those video games pay off. Of course, just because the slot machine pays out at 90%, that doesn’t mean it pays that money out to you or at one time. A lot of that money is doled out in small amounts or put into a jackpot. Slot Machines Owe Their Popularity to the Unlikeliest of Sources Slot machines, which are now legal in all but a handful of states, owe their popularity to two men—Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Both men increased taxes and forced businesses to find ways to generate additional revenue. While flat-out gambling like poker was definitely illegal, video slot machines could be reclassified as game rather than gambling. As it became acceptable to install video slot machines outside of casinos, their popularity continued to grow. Slot Machines Are More Addictive Than Meth Actually, we made that up. However, video slot machines are becoming increasingly more addictive (as are video game apps). In fact, since the 1990s, more people attend Gamblers Anonymous for slot machines than for playing poker. Not to be too much of a downer, but slot machine players who suffer gambling addiction are more likely to commit suicide than others with a gambling addiction. Therefore, be careful when you start to play, as the effects of playing can be incredibly severe if you can’t control your habits. There’s Such a Thing as Slot Machine Pros In case you are wondering, there are slot machine professionals. We find this to be an interesting career choice as much of playing slots still boils down to the little random number generator inside the machine. The generator is what decides if you’re going to win or not. With that said, it is nice to know there are slot machine professionals out there to rate existing slot machines, discuss strategies for machines that offer a strategic component, and talk us through the odds of winning. On the other hand, the general consensus on this is fairly strong: There really is no system to how you play your slots. They just don’t work like that. Instead, be happy that you have a game to play, earn a little money on its payout, and have fun doing it. But if you’re spending $100 a pull, then you better hope you have luck on your side! Conclusion Slot machines are a lot more interesting than most people give them credit for. Next time you pass by the slots, even if they’re absolutely not your thing, keep in mind that those machines are paying for the casino. In fact, they’re probably paying out just enough to give someone a good winning story. Source: Wikipedia - Slot Machine | Interesting Slot Machine Facts
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  26. What's the Word? - CONURBATION pronunciation: [kah-nər-BEY-shən] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, early 20th century Meaning: 1. An extended urban area, typically consisting of several towns merging with the suburbs of one or more cities. Example: "Therese lived in the conurbation of New York City, but she called herself a Long Islander." "I love visiting hubs of fast-paced urban conurbation." About Conurbation The Latin words "con," meaning "together," and "urb," meaning "city," eventually developed into the word "conurbation," which describes multiple neighboring cities or towns grouped together in a region. Did you Know? According to the United Nations, more than half of the world's population lives in an urban area – and that percentage is expected to jump to 70% by 2050. This means more likely than not, you are also a member of a conurbation of some sort.
  27. Fact of the Day - INFLUENCER MARKETING Did you know... that influencer marketing is a form of social media marketing involving endorsements and product placement from influencers, people and organizations who have a purported expert level of knowledge or social influence in their field. Influencer content may be framed as testimonial advertising; influencers play the role of a potential buyer, or may be involved as third parties. (Wikipedia) Five unbelievable, yet true, facts about influencer marketing Written by Emma Sharp | Jul 10th 2019. Not all businesses have a huge marketing budget. Yet for digital marketers these days, it’s not just about the size of the purse but what you do with it. Finding methods that have the potential to create outstanding results without breaking the bank is key to marketing success. Influencer marketing not only fits this criteria but outshines many other forms of marketing in terms of ROI. Influencer marketing is linked to the growth of social media, which has opened up new advertising channels to all types of businesses. With millions of people using the many social media platforms on offer, the potential audience is becoming one of the largest pools of lead generation. Influencers have built up strong followings on social media, and are considered more instrumental and easy to relate to than the celebrities who endorse products across traditional media sources, such as TV, radio and magazines. Comparably, influencers are normal people who have built their businesses or social media presence by providing interesting and engaging content. As social media has developed, companies have been utilizing the influencer marketing model more to promote their own brands. The proof of just how powerful influencer marketing has become is demonstrated by some compelling statistics and facts that are becoming more commonplace. 70% of teens trust social influencers more than celebrities Young people have always listened to their peers and consider influencers to be a part of their peer group. Although they may idolize sporting and TV celebrities from afar, they understand that famous personalities are not a part of their own lives. They may aspire to be like them, but they appreciate them more as fantasy figures. The way they perceive influencers, however, is different. They connect and engage with influencers on social media as if they were friends, particularly those who come from similar backgrounds. Influencers talk about subjects that are close to teenagers’ hearts and teens can identify with them directly in a way they cannot with celebrities. Teenagers feel they know the influencers and because of this, they trust them and their opinions. When an influencer gives them advice they follow it. Consider that 70% of YouTube subscribers are more in tune with influencers than celebrities, and 40% go as far as to say that their favorite YouTube creators ‘understand them better than their friends’ and you will start to appreciate the bond that teenagers have with social media influencers. This comes down to the strong ties the influencers forge with their fan base compared to the relationship these same viewers have with YouTube videos of celebrities. Influencer videos are watched more and get twice as much direct action (be it interaction, or product purchases etc) as a result of the video than those of traditional celebrities. Sixty percent of subscribers would happily act on the advice of these trendsetters rather than the advice of TV or film celebrities. These are powerful statistics that demonstrate the strength of influencer marketing, particularly when considering the impact on the upcoming generation of online shoppers. Influencer marketing is more profitable than print marketing Newspapers and magazines are now widely available online and are read more frequently on tablets and phones than ever before. This, in turn, has led to the slow decline of print marketing over the last few years. Marketers have naturally looked to other forms of promotion, in particular focusing on different methods of advertising online. However, the internet is a crowded marketplace and to be seen across the world wide web, brands have, by necessity, narrowed their target audience down in order to reach out and connect with better, more qualified potential leads. This has led them to approach influencers who are already in front of their target audience, which resulted in influencer marketing overtaking print marketing for the first time in 2016. Consumers have gradually changed their own methods of purchasing and now seek out recommendations and reviews, trusting those from family, friends and social media influencers over traditional print ads. Purchasers are no longer simply convinced by companies extolling the virtues of their products; instead, they want social proof from people they have relationships with, including the authorities they follow online. With research showing that product reviews are 12x more trusted than sales pitches written directly by the brand, it’s clear to see why influencer marketing has become more profitable than print marketing. Businesses make a 650% return for every $1 spent on influencer marketing The return on investment for influencer marketing is estimated at $6.50 for every $1 spent, and in some cases, it has been reported to be as high as $20 or more. Not only is the return high but over 50% of marketers feel that customers gained through influencer marketing are better for their long term business. They spend more money leading to higher average order values and are happy to share their experiences about the product or service as well, leading to second-tier customers gained indirectly as a result of the initial marketing campaign. With influencer marketing perceived as the fastest-growing method of obtaining new customers, 59% of businesses intend to increase the budget on influencer marketing. It now beats paid search, email marketing and organic search, and is considered the most cost-effective method of marketing by 22% of marketers for acquiring new customers, tying with email marketing for the top spot. When looking at the most successful platform to use for influencer marketing, blogs take the lead, with 37% leveraging this method for promotional means. Consumers like to read content about a subject before committing to the purchase, so turn to blogs and articles to help them get a better understanding first. Regarding social media, 25% of marketers said they preferred Facebook, outstripping the collective preference for YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other networks. The influencer marketing industry will be worth $7.5billion in 2020 Although influencer marketing has been around for several years now, it is only in the last couple of years that it has experienced a major growth spurt. Thanks to the popularity of social media, influencers have a greater reach and their voice is heard more. Established companies and newcomers are looking to leverage the power of the social media reach through various platforms and devices; compare the search term volumes for influencer marketing today to three years ago and you will discover a three-fold increase, while the end of 2017 and into 2018 saw a five-fold growth rate. With such a strong growth rate, it’s no wonder that the industry is predicted to be worth $7.5billion in 2020. Ad-blocking is becoming an increasing issue for pop-up ads and traditional display advertising and a large percentage of the population is spending more time scrolling social media on mobile devices rather than watching TV or reading magazines, meaning companies are continually looking for new advertising channels to explore. 86% of women use social media for purchasing advice According to research, women like to find out more about potential purchases by speaking to others regarding their experiences first. Many turn to friends and family for their advice and a massive 86% use social media to help them with their decisions. As social media has become easier than ever to access, many women are now more active on social media, aided by the rise of smartphone users with 83% stating the mobile helps them get more done. However, the women surveyed commented that they also have confidence in their own ability to make decisions and the majority said that they felt able to determine which information they read was trustworthy or not. So although they use social networks widely for social proof, they need to feel trust in the authority they are responding to. Instead of being susceptible to opinions from unknown people, they are more likely to listen to influencers they have built relationships with. Although not restricted to the female audience, the fashion and beauty industry is a niche that relies deeply on influencer marketing, with 57% of companies using it as part of their marketing strategy. Traditionally, its an area frequented by women looking for tips and advice. Instead of asking for a friend’s recommendation, women are now seeking help from their favorite influencers online to discover the perfect product for them. A final word The growth of the internet has led to brands seeking new ways to promote their products or services, leading to adaptations across their advertising campaigns. Consumers have become more aware of the sales process, as well as having more choice. As a result, businesses have had to work hard to build relationships with potential consumers through content marketing, email marketing and, lastly, by developing an influencer marketing strategy. If you are still considering your options regarding working with influencers, get in touch with our publisher management team. As a form of digital marketing, influencer marketing builds consumers trust better than any other method. Incorporating it as part of your marketing strategy can aid your lead generating techniques, exposing you to a brand new group of potential customers. Source: Wikipedia - Influencer Marketing | Facts about Influencer Marketing
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