Image Courtesy of Larry JordanAlthough Apple and Adobe don’t have a ‘loving’ relationship with each other, it’s great to know that you can export Photoshop formats out of FCPX. Along with PSD’s you can also export many common image file types including TIFF, PNG, JPEG, IFF, and DPX.This video was first shared by the awesome guys out at MacBreak Studio. You can check out all 200+ FCP tutorials on the Pixel Corps YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any better ways to export still frames? Share in the comments below. In this video tutorial by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX.One of the most used features in any non-linear editing platform is the ability to export a still frame. But instead of simply hitting command+shift+4 and drawing a box around your viewer, FCPX has a few built in options to help make the whole process a lot easier. In the following video by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX. The video covers:Restoring DestinationAdding Still Image DestinationsRenaming ImagesSaving different files typesLar
At least 22 people were injured when a part of the pandal collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Midnapore town in Paschim Medinipur district on MondayThe incident took place during the Prime Minister’s nearly hour-long speech. Local party workers said that some people, who climbed atop the steel frame of the pandal, were injured as it collapsed.Heavy rain had apparently weakened the structure. There are no reports of any casualties as yet.Later, Mr. Modi visited the injured in the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.
Normal life remained affected in Kashmir for the 80th consecutive day on Wednesday with main markets shut and public transport off the roads, officials said. Some shops opened for a few hours early in the morning in some areas, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in the city here, but downed their shutters around 11 am, they said. The officials said main markets and other business establishments were however shut. Private transport was plying and the number of vehicles was higher than Sunday, leading to traffic jams at various spots in the city, they said. Auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were also seen plying in some areas of the Valley, they added. However, the other modes of public transport were off the roads. There was huge rush of private vehicles in some areas of the city, including commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Jehangir Chowk, causing massive traffic jams in some areas, prompting authorities to press in more police personnel to regulate the movement of the vehicles, the officials said. Internet services — across all platforms — continued to be snapped in the Valley, they said.Schools and colleges were open, but students stayed away as parents continued to keep their wards at home due to apprehensions about their safety, the officials said.Also Read J&K lockdown: why govt has still not produced orders concerned, asks SC While landline and postpaid mobile phone services have been restored across the Valley, all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and divide the state into two union territories. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest. Another former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.
Advertisement AdvertisementPeru opened their account this world cup by beating Australia 2-0 thereby ending the slim chances Australia had of qualifying for the next round. This marked the first win for Peru at the world cup after 36 years.A superb volley from André Carrillo in the 18th minute that sent the ball to the bottom corner opened the scoring for Peru.Pablo Guerrero who was suspended due to testing positive for cocaine got his ban lifted in time to captain Peru for the World Cup. He scored the second one for Peru putting to an end the optimistic chance Australia had of qualifying.Australia then sent in their veteran player Tim Cahill and youngster Arzani to make a difference. But they could not give much of an impact as Australia had to surrender to a defeat.Peru hung on to claim their victory and the scenes after the final whistle showed how much this win meant to them.Thus Group C sees France top the table and Denmark finish second and thereby going through to the round of 16. Peru get the consolation win and finish 3rd while Australia had to settle for the last place earning just one point in three games.Here are the highlights of the match:Also Read:Football : Inter Milan Complete The Signing Of Radja Nainggolan On A 4 Year Deal
Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesdays Champions League quarter-final second leg, manager Zinedine Zidane said.The Real players have cranked up the atmosphere before the match at the Bernabeu with defender Dani Carvajal saying it would be like a war, but Zidane is wary of his players becoming over-excited during the match.There are a lot of messages about firing ourselves up but we need the opposite, its a hugely important game and we have to use our heads,?? Zidane told a news conference on Monday.Were not going to win the game in 10 or 15 minutes, and they could really complicate things if they score a goal. Anything can happen in football, but we have to be concentrated from the first minute.Above all we need to play football,?? he added.They (Wolfsburg) are going to start with intensity and we need the same intensity and its going to be decided with the ball, how much we fight and run. Everyone is going to do that but the most important thing is we play football.??Zidane confirmed striker Karim Benzema is fit to start after being forced off in the first half at the Wolfsburg Arena with a knee injury and missing Madrids 4-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.Former midfielder Zidane was part of the last Real team to overturn a first-leg defeat in a Champions League knockout round, inspiring a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in a quarter-final second leg in 2002 on their way to lifting the trophy.advertisementI remember that we won the game, this club has always had extraordinary comebacks and tomorrows game is a chance for another one,?? Zidane said.I dont need to say too much to the players because they know exactly whats at stake. Ive seen the faces of the players, theyre very focused on the game and thats the most important thing.??Asked if the difficulty of the task of beating Wolfsburg by at least three goals would make it easier to accept being knocked out of the competition, Zidane gave a defiant response.This team is never prepared to not go through, we are always ready to continue and we always want to win more, were the team with the most European Cups for a reason,?? he said.
Joe Root began his reign as England captain with an emphatic 211-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s after a roller-coaster fourth day on Sunday.Set an improbable target of 331 after England had lost their nine remaining second-innings wickets to be dismissed for 233, the touring side never came to terms with a spiteful pitch of uneven bounce and were bowled out for 119.The win was England’s first against South Africa at Lord’s since 1960.Root simply had to rotate his bowlers, although spinner Moeen Ali took the honours with figures of 6/53, giving him 10 wickets in a man-of-the-match performance that included an invaluable first-innings knock of 87.”It was definitely the best all-round performance of my career,” Moeen said. “The pitch allowed me to attack their batsmen as much as I could.”Moeen produced turn and bounce on a wicket that seldom favours fourth-innings run chases. Only three teams have won a test match by scoring more than 300 at the home of cricket, but the tourists must have felt they were in with a chance after dismissing England so cheaply by mid-afternoon.The size of their task, however, became clear when Heino Kuhn (9) and captain Dean Elgar (1) both fell with the score on 12 to fine catches from keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen off his own bowling.JP Duminy also departed cheaply and once Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Liam Dawson, it was only a matter of time.England had their share of luck when Quinton de Kock chopped the ball on to the stumps off his foot but they thoroughly deserved the win against a side who made too many mistakes in the field.advertisementThe final wicket fell when Morne Morkel heaved Dawson to Keaton Jennings on the boundary.Earlier, England’s total was boosted by combative batting by Bairstow, who was dropped off a simple chance to Vernon Philander on seven before making 51, and tailender Mark Wood.That pushed the lead past 300 as South Africa’s bowlers struggled to match their morning success when England, who resumed on 119-1, lost seven wickets.Morkel claimed three victims and Keshav Maharaj four as England failed to force the pace. Alastair Cook top-scored with 69.Root said he was delighted by his first victory in charge, which he owed much to the runs scored by England’s top three in difficult circumstances on Saturday night.”It is nice to stand here having made all the right choices,” he said with a smile. “But the whole team played a big part in this win. Moeen made it very difficult for the batsmen to take him on.”The second Test in the four-match series starts on Friday in Nottingham with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis set to return. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, however, is suspended.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it believes Cristiano Ronaldo is “innocent” after a Spanish state prosecutor accused him of defrauding the country’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).The club issued a statement saying “Real Madrid expresses its complete confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted within the law as far as complying with his fiscal obligations.”It adds it is convinced Ronaldo “will demonstrate his complete innocence.”A Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 on Tuesday. The prosecutor said Ronaldo had used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of taxes he paid.Ronaldo’s agent has denied any wrongdoing.TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Israel’s cargo shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has reached an agreement with its creditors to reschedule payments of USD 115 million, during a period of up to 12 months starting from September 30, 2016. With this deal, announced as part of ZIM’s financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the company said that it maintains its financial stability and will continue to develop its growth plan.During the second quarter of the year, ZIM reported a loss of USD 74 million and positive operating cash flow of USD 17.6 million, compared to positive operating cash flow of USD 86 million for the second quarter of 2015. The company carried 617,000 TEUs during the period, representing a 6.9% increase compared to the first quarter of the year.ZIM said that the first half of 2016 was characterized by historically low freight rates as the average freight rate per TEU carried was USD 903 in the first half of 2016, reflecting a 24.8% decrease compared to the respective period last year.As a result of significantly lower freight rates, total revenues in the quarter decreased by 19.8% to USD 611.8 million, compared with USD 762.9 million in the same period last year.“The very challenging market situation impacts the industry as a whole. Our strategic business plan, focusing on select markets where the company has a competitive advantage, is keeping ZIM in the top of the industry in terms of EBIT margins. The company keeps investing in customer service excellence and on-time delivery to our customers, as evident in a recent first place ranking awarded to ZIM in a schedule reliability performance report,” Rafi Danieli, ZIM’s President and CEO, said.
By Christopher BrodskyRabat – Wildfires have forced tens of thousands of Israelis to flee from their homes in the northern city of Haifa, Al Jazeera reported early Friday morning.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned anyone found responsible for the fires would be treated as terrorists. “We are facing arsonist terror. In front of arsonist terror we are also facing incitement and also arson. For us they are the same. And we will bring our full legal force to get those responsible,” he was reporting as saying.The region has experienced an extended drought as well as strong winds, fueling the spread of the fires.Local authorities estimate over 80,000 people have been evacuated from the city thus far, with several houses destroyed beyond repair.The main highway between Haifa and Tel Aviv was also reportedly closed on Thursday as firefighters and responders tried to put out the blaze.Al Jazeera noted homes in the West Bank, and neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem, have also been affected by the fires.Four Israeli Palestinians were arrested as suspects involved in starting the fires, though they have since been released because of a lack of evidence.“At the moment we are investigating how the fires began. We strongly believe that the fires could have been started by individuals who fled the scenes,” mentioned Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.
by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 3:31 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Ottawa’s approval of a pipeline into the United States will be hugely beneficial for his province.The federal government on Tuesday approved Enbridge’s proposed replacement of Line 3, a half-century-old pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin that runs through Saskatchewan.Wall says the decision will benefit industry and workers, including pipe manufacturer Evraz which has a site in Regina.“This is an important project for the 1,000 people that work out there,” he said Wednesday.Evraz said in a release that the vast majority, if not all, of the pipe for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project will be made at the Regina facility.That could be good news for Saskatchewan where the economy is hurting because of a downturn in commodity prices.But there are concerns too.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 Saskatchewan bands, said protecting land and water, as well as consulting with aboriginal communities must be top priorities.“It is crucial that stringent protections for the environment be put in place to protect our communities, and that our First Nations concerns and recommendations are abided by based on our inherent and treaty rights to lands and resources,” federation Chief Bobby Cameron said.In April, the National Energy Board recommended approval of the Canadian part of the Line 3 project with 89 conditions. One condition is that Enbridge develop a plan for First Nations to participate in monitoring the project’s construction.The federation says vice-chief Edward Dutch Lerat will work to ensure that Enbridge is transparent and inclusive when working with First Nations on monitoring.Wall said companies should be held accountable in their duty to consult. But he added all parties should “hold each other accountable to the truth.”“Because I’ve seen in these debates where facts are not always at the forefront, sometimes on either side,” he said.“There are a lot of pipelines that are run through the province of Saskatchewan today … it’s how we pay a lot of bills. The oil and gas business helps build roads and build hospitals and schools and operate them, and those benefit everybody, including First Nations.“And so let’s be mindful of the environment, of the duty to consult, but let’s also make sure we’re not unnecessarily obstructionist with respect to a very important project.” Wall welcomes Line 3 pipeline approval, says it will have economic boost
More than 130 bottles of sparkling wine from four provinces were popped at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Thursday, Nov. 29, in the world’s largest tasting of Canadian sparkling wine.Tom Stevenson, regarded as one of the world’s leading sparkling wine experts, travelled to Brock from the United Kingdom to taste sparkling wines from Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Nova Scotia.“I am really pleased because there are a lot of really good sparkling wines here,” said Stevenson. “After the first flight I found a few potential gold and silver wines.”More than 130 bottles of sparkling wines from across Canada were part of a tasting at Brock University’s CCOVI.Stevenson has been tasting top sparkling wines blind in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), which he founded and is the head judge for. He said Canada is a strong contender and hopes some of the producers he earmarked will be encouraged to participate in the global competition.“It would increase the profile of Canadian sparkling wine. We haven’t typically had many entries from Canada in the past to really see what these producers have available from a competition perspective,” Stevenson said.Over a number of hours, he tasted the wines alongside wine writer and judge Treve Ring, who said the top wines stood out in the tasting room when it came to balance, complexity and depth.“I think the top wineries in Canada are making sparkling wines that can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the top wineries around the world,” Ring said. “It was fantastic to see such diversity of wines and styles, everything from ancient method through to traditional method sparkling wine that has been aged for years.”The tasting was organized and hosted by CCOVI Senior Scientist Belinda Kemp. Her lab, dubbed ‘The Bubble Lab,’ is recognized for its leading sparkling wine research and outreach work, helping grape growers and winemakers produce quality sparkling wines through initiatives such as Fizz Club — a networking group for Canadian sparkling winemakers.“I’m so pleased we were able to showcase wines from so many wineries, especially with our annual Fizz Club taking place next week,” said Kemp. “It is quite incredible to watch the progress of Canadian sparkling wines as we raise awareness of production techniques and tackle challenges with CCOVI research. This is just the beginning for Canadian sparkling wine.”
As International Mining‘s June issue goes to print, with a surface drilling feature included, news comes from Sandvik, which is making available a new advanced version of its SanRemo productivity service for remote monitoring. The service, accessible on the web and currently available for the company’s surface top hammer drills, provides big savings in time, money and trouble, offering easy access to accurate real-time site data. This means a significant decrease in the number of required site visits and costly unexpected production stops.Based on the production, performance and maintenance status reports supplied by the system, users can quickly detect any changes in efficiency and machine utilisation, to accurately measure and forecast projects, and to make precise maintenance schedules without leaving the office. This, of course, translates into improvements in the excavation rate. Sandvik says “calculations show that SanRemo increases production time by half an hour per shift. This translates into 66,000 t more excavated rock annually.”The SanRemo service is available in three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum (to be released this autumn). The service supplies different types of production and performance reports based on the chosen level and parameters. The parameters available are, for example, drilled metres, number of holes, average hole depth, engine hours, rock drill percussion hours, level of usage, average penetration rate and fuel consumption. SanRemo also offers reports formaintenance management based on equipment usage: it shows the estimated date for the next maintenance event and the time left to it. Thus, maintenance can be scheduled precisely and the needed parts ordered well ahead. Furthermore, the service can offer full equipment service history.The SanRemo service includes a GPS-based tracking function, which shows the exact site location, greatly helping optimise transportation routes for the machine as well as the field service personnel. Its modern and simple user interface is designed for every day use. The views and reports can be easily customised to fit the needs of different users, or user groups with varying interests. SanRemo also offers the opportunity to export all the reports as PDF or Excel.The SanRemo hardware includes a data collection module and a GPS receiver installed on the rig. It is available as an option for the new rigs and as a retrofit kit for the older models. The system applies GSM and GPRS technologies in communication between the rig and the SanRemo server.
Updated at 11.30pmTHE WRECKAGE OF the police three-tonne Eurocopter was carefully removed from the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow this morning.The rotor blades and part of the tail were removed yesterday and the fuselage was secured and winched slowly through the roof of the building this morning.Police had been criticised over the weekend for the perceived slow pace of the rescue and recovery mission. However, fire officers explained the presence of the helicopter was hampering their work.It was in an unsafe and unstable position throughout the search and fire officers have had to dig around the craft as they looked for victims and injured parties. The task was described by workers as one of the most difficult operations the UK has seen.Specialist officers stood on either side of the aircraft as it was raised inch by inch by a crane. The craft was held together with various straps and covered in sheets.
We have begun to see tiered data plans from some of the largest U.S. carriers including Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The consensus is that carriers are moving away from unlimited data plans as devices and users consume more and more data forcing carriers to make additional investments in their infrastructure to meet demand. Stoking the fire for this fear was a report by UK research firm Coda Research Consultancy back in April which predicted that mobile video would cause a 40x increase in data usage by 2015. Giving users the tool to meet this prediction are streaming video apps like the Netflix client now available for Windows Phone 7, iPhone and expected to be available for some Android devices next year.Now GigaOM has found that Brian Modoff from Deutsche Bank believes data consumption may also increase when users simply move from 3G to LTE. Modoff’s analysis is based on a presentation by Teliasonera, one of the first carriers to have an LTE network, whose presentation during the LTE Forum last week included insights as to what carriers can expect when they move to LTE.The story comes down to data usage. Teliasonera reported that the average smartphone user on its network consumes 375MB a month compared to the average broadband user, which is mostly 3G data cards, who consumes 5GB a month. When you throw LTE into the mix the number is sure to cause more than one wireless carrier to grab their chest. Teliasonera reported that their average LTE customer, which is mainly data cards, eats up a whopping 14GB-15GB of data a month.With predictions of ever increasing wireless bandwidth usage I think we can all expect that tiered data plans are here to stay, and if they haven’t come to your carrier yet they probably will soon, especially when that carrier moves to 4G technology.Read more at GigaOM
Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images By AFP Apr 30th 2017, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355956 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 14,937 Views GERMANY RECORDED A sharp rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners includingjihadists and Kurdish militants last year, a trend branded “unacceptable” by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere this week.Some 3,372 such cases were recorded last year, up 66.5% from 2015, according to the latest crime statistics unveiled by deMaiziere.They include “criminal offences carried out in the name of foreign extremists of the so-called IS, or the (outlawed Kurdish militants) PKK”, said the interior minister.Germany was hit by a string of jihadist attacks last year, with the deadliest being last December’s assault on a Christmas market in Berlin.A Tunisian suspect had rammed a truck into the crowded market in the attack claimed by the Islamic State organisation that killed 12.But beyond jihadist attacks, Germany has also seen a rise in violence pitting its sizeable minority communities of Turks and Kurds, as Turkey was increasingly split over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.Overall, the number of politically driven crimes was also up in Germany, reaching 41,549 such offences in 2016, 6.6 percent more than a year ago.- © AFP 2017.Read: Leftist protesters clash with police as German anti-immigration party meets in Cologne> 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists. Short URL
La Défense aura son Apple StoreLe quartier des affaires parisien aura bientôt son Apple Store, comme le confirme son enregistrement administratif. Selon le site Defense-92, qui traite de l’actualité de ce fameux quartier en bordure de Paris, le prochain magasin d’Apple pourrait s’installer au premier niveau du centre commercial des Quatre Temps, non loin de l’Arche de la Défense. En effet, le bailleur du centre, Unibail-Rodamco, gère déjà une grande partie des boutiques de la marque à la pomme en France. L’Apple Store remplacerait donc le magasin Scooter, situé entre SmartBox et Go Sport pour les habitués du coin.L’ouverture serait donc prévu pour le courant du mois de juin 2012! En attendant cet évènement, commencez par jeter un œil au plan du centre, sur le site Defense-92. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target A New Addition Makes It The Bad Place on Earth on The Good PlaceSDCC: Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place Going into last night’s Season Three premiere of The Good Place, I knew how much I wanted to see the rest of this story, but I didn’t realize how much I needed this show. Honestly, this hour-long double episode came at just the right time. Yesterday, in particular, was a parade of politicians and pundits loudly trying to justify why credible accusations of sexual assault aren’t a dealbreaker for them. It was a rough one. So it was so nice, necessary even, to escape for an hour into a world where people are genuinely trying to be better. To show us the empathy that so many of the people on our screens can’t manage. It also helps that it’s funny as Hell… um, I mean The Bad Place.Our four heroes are back on Earth, a place where being a good person is really hard. When Eleanor ended up alive on Earth during last year’s season finale, it was a big surprise. One of those moments where The Good Place completely changes up its premise once again. It’s one of the things that makes this show so great. It’s completely unafraid to scrap its entire world and give us a new one. This season, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason have to prove they can change their lives if given a second chance and end up in The Good Place for real. The near-death experiences work at first. They reevaluate their lives and make some positive changes. But the harsh realities of the world get to them, and they slide back into old habits.Pictured: (l-r) William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)We saw it happen to Eleanor last season, and this hour-long premiere starts us off with Chidi’s story. After his near-death experience, he decides to actually get some help. He meets a neurologist who gives him the decisive answers he’d spent all his life searching for. He gets better. He becomes more decisive, allowing him to give that speech that inspired Eleanor to seek him out in the first place. But reality catches up with him. When he tells a friend to make a decision to get fit, it leads to a leg press bending his friend’s leg backwards. Then, he learns of the conditions under which the blueberries in his favorite blueberry muffins were picked. Just like that, he’s paralyzed at the thought of making a decision again. And just like with Eleanor, it takes a visit from Michael to get him back on track. As a bonus, we get to hear Ted Danson’s attempt at an Australian accent. It may not be flawless, but it is *perfect.*The plan to get Chidi and Eleanor together starts to work pretty well. She diligently comes to Chidi’s lessons, and sets him up on a date with the neurologist in return. But we don’t watch The Good Place to see things go according to plan. Remember, this is a series that began with giant flying shrimp. As promising as things seem for Eleanor and Chidi on Earth, there are forces working against them. Shawn from The Bad Place isn’t going to let four souls escape torture. He has his underlings hack into the Judge’s system, so they can get a peek at everything that goes on Earth. Well, Shawn can. He gets a little cocoon happy with his staff, and they won’t be peeking at anything anytime soon.Ted Danson (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Then there’s the fact that Michael keeps making illicit trips down to Earth to ensure all four of his friends reunite and help each other become better. It doesn’t lead to anything in this hour, but the show is strongly hinting that it could all go wrong fast if the Judge were to find out. It’s the kind of sitcom tension that can lead to some hilarious situations in the future. For now though, it gets us where we need to be for the rest of the season to happen. Chidi, Eleanor, Jason, and Tahani are back together working toward a common goal, and Michael makes it back just in time to avoid suspicion and make a few lighthearted jabs at CBS TV shows. NCIS jokes are always funny. That’s just science.I’m so happy new seasons of The Good Place start out with these double-length episodes. It’s been so long since we spent time with any of these characters and the added runtime gets us reacquainted with them in the funniest possible ways. Plus, the complete change in setting adds a fresh energy to the show. It’s fun watching these characters we’ve only known in their afterlife navigate life on Earth. Tahani’s near-death experience inspires her to stop seeking the spotlight. She gives up most of her worldly possessions and travels (commercial and in comfort plus!) to a Buddhist monastery. Like her friends from the afterlife, she sticks to her new life for a while. Then, temptation rears its head again. After an encounter with some exploitative reporters from a website just distinct enough from Vice to avoid legal trouble, Tahani starts craving the spotlight again. Suddenly, she’s standing in a spotlight selling a book about giving up the spotlight. Nice touch, The Good Place. The only difference between her current life and her pre-near-death one is that now she name drops the Dalai Lama.Jameela Jamil (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Her come-to… well, Michael moment might be my favorite of the four. It’s the one with the most pointed commentary, and Danson really gets to lay the sleazeball persona on thick. He poses as an agent looking to get in on her scam. Tahani insists there is no scam, but she can’t ignore that what she’s doing isn’t far off. She’s selling a commercialized version of enlightenment to suckers who will buy anything. From there, it’s not a big leap to selling painted golf balls as healing crystals. It’s not hard to see the show is making fun of people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah here. In fact, there’s a line about Tahani taking over for Oprah right before she falls into the spotlight-seeking semi-charlatan life. Yeah we see you, The Good Place. You’re not wrong. And right at that moment, she gets a call from Chidi asking her to join his study of morality in people who’ve had near-death experiences. Another helpful push from Michael, or “Professor Largebrain.” God, even this show’s stupidity is genius.Jason’s story, like him, is stupid, funny and surprisingly sincere. After Michael saves him from suffocating in a safe, Jason decides he’s going to change his life. He ignores a community college ad offering to do just that in favor of a dance competition. He may not be the brightest, but he knows what he’s good at. And like the others, he tries to make a legitimate go at it. No crimes, personal dance routines and real determination to do this right. But he keeps getting disqualified because his dance team is too big. The rigid structure of dance competitions doesn’t care about what he’s trying to do. Unable to continue paying rent, he turns back to crimes. To be fair though, he’s still sincere about it. He offers his arresting officer half of what he stole if she marries him and doesn’t arrest him. That’s… kinda sweet. Doesn’t work, but it’s sweet. The simplicity of Michael’s interference here is actually kind of beautiful. He comes in planning to act like a big shot dance team manager. But Jason’s not into that anymore. He just needs someone to talk to about his really tough year. (“It started… about a year ago.”) A sympathetic ear was all it took for Jason to change his life and join Chidi’s group.Manny Jacinto (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)That’s part of the beauty of this season’s premise so far. We’ve only really seen The Bad Place and The Medium Place, as far as worldbuilding goes. We don’t know much about the actual Good Place. Only that the requirements for getting in are hilariously strict. It’s a wonder anyone gets in at all, if anyone even does. And that’s the point I think this season’s building up to. If Michael and the Judge’s experiment is a success, it’ll cause a radical shift in how the afterlife works. It would force them to acknowledge that individual humans are constantly evolving and changing. That they have the ability to become better people, even after they die, if they really commit themselves to it. What the current system doesn’t recognize is that it’s almost impossible to do it alone. You need people around you who all support and keep each other on track. Michael knows this now, which is why he feels he has to break the rules to get them all together.The Judge is going to find out that Michael has been making trips to Earth. That’s just how sitcoms work. The question is what happens next. Because even if he is tipping the scales, humans need someone in their corner to stay on the right track. I think that’s what this experiment is going to force the afterlife to reckon with. You can’t judge humans on an arbitrary system of points without considering their circumstances. Even a torturously indecisive moral philosophy professor, a name-dropping socialite, a dancer/DJ/burglar from Jacksonville and an Arizona trashbag can lead good lives if they can find the right support system. All they need is a push in the right direction. However this all shakes out, the show will change entirely yet again. That ability is part of what makes The Good Place so special. Sure it’s laugh-until-it-hurts funny, but it’s also brave, smart and eternally empathetic. Not all the characters will be on board with that change, of course. There’s a reason Shaun is spending so many resources trying to get four humans back. If they prove humans can change, that could put The Bad Place out of business. Or at least put a damper on all the torture. He wants things to stay as they are. So, they send down a saboteur. Just when Michael thinks he’s finished his trips to Earth, he finds an unexpected addition to the core group. Shaun sent Trevor to sabotage the whole experiment. On the bright side, nothing makes me happier than evil Adam Scott, and it looks like we’ll be getting plenty of him this season.See our feelings about season one of this brilliant show. Read up on the possible ongoings for season three. Looking for more great shows? Well, we’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production. Find all the latest TV news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
A first-term state senator who was one of the region’s biggest champions of the Columbia River Crossing project is facing a challenger who was pleased the project was killed.Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, is seeking a second term. Republican Lewis Gerhardt, a former Yacolt town councilor who now lives in Vancouver, is vying to unseat her.Gerhardt, who works as a master technician for Restaurant Technology, a company that automates restaurant kitchens, said he was prompted to run because he doesn’t believe the incumbent is leading the state in the right direction.“I want to see taxes lowered, not raised … As far as education and some of the other issues, she’s a politician that feels like throwing money at the issue rather than solving it,” Gerhardt said.If elected, Gerhardt said, he would prioritize education funding and transportation issues. He believes in building a third bridge across the Columbia River.“I think it’s common sense to have more bridges across the river before we shut one down for reconstruction,” said Gerhardt, who said he is supporting Republican Donald Trump for president.