The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organising an exhibition entitled ‘Gurudev: The journey of the maestro’. The event is being organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore – which falls on May 7. Rabindranath Tagore was fascinated by the worlds of literature, art, music, and dance at an early age. His expression in visual vocabulary is an enormous contribution towards the shaping of the modern art in India and setting a flow for the powerful expressive visual language in context to Indian art. His early paintings included doodles, rhythmical and lyrical lines as well as curves on his manuscripts to scribe out the unnecessary lines or words. These beautiful patterns went on to become his trademark in the art world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEach of his visual expression is very individualistic in nature. But for an outline, to enter in his visual world mainly consisting of paintings, one can see them broadly in two major categories. One of which is that of his observations and dialogues with nature and the other being the human – the portrait heads and the figures – which drift in nature or are emerging out of a space.Speaking about the exhibition Adwaita Garanyak, Director General, NGMA said, “I am elated that NGMA is presenting this exhibition at Jaipur House. These artworks of versatile genius give a glimpse of Tagore’s precious contributions to the visual language. I wish to thank Ministry of Culture, Government of India for supporting our endeavors and acknowledge the sincere efforts of the entire NGMA team towards the successful execution of this project.”The exhibition is on view for the public May 8 onwards from 11 am – 6.30 pm, except Mondays and national holidays.
The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child’s early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, says a study. Published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement, the research shows pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at age 12. “Our results underline the great importance of exposing children to books for development not just in literacy but numeracy too: early language skills not only improve a child’s reading but also boost mathematical ability,” said the study lead author Simone Lehrl from University of Bamberg. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the findings, researchers studied 229 German children from age three until secondary school and participants’ literacy and numeracy skills were tested annually in their three years of preschool (ages 3-5) and again when they were 12 or 13 years old. They found that children gained from home stimulation in their preschool years in literacy, language and arithmetic skills which, in turn, led to higher outcomes in reading and mathematical skills in secondary school, regardless of the home learning environment then. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Encouraging caregivers to engage with their children in direct literacy activities, shared book reading and advanced verbal interactions during reading and to include language and mathematical content during these activities, should promote children’s reading and mathematical abilities in secondary school. Such experiences lay a strong foundation for later school success,” Lehrl said. According to the researchers, the effect also worked the other way with the quality of parent-child interaction regarding mathematics also improving children’s language skills.
In the Hubei Provincial Museum, located in Hubei Province in eastern central China, a perfectly preserved bronze sword from the Fifth century BC is displayed among the permanent collections. The sword was discovered in 1965 during an archaeological excavation at the Zhang River Reservoir in Jingzhou. Nearly fifty tombs were found, yielding over 2,000 artifacts, among them the Sword of Goujian.The weapon is 22 inches long with a repeating dark-colored pattern of rhombi engraved into the blade and is inlaid with turquoise.Sword of Goujian, Hubei Provincial Museum. Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Embellished over the pattern are Chinese characters that, according to My Modern Met, translate to “King of Yue” and “made this sword for [his] personal use.” Most historians believe the sword belonged to Goujian, the King of the Chu State during the Zhou dynasty.The sheath is made of lacquered wood and was found to be virtually airtight, which was probably a major factor in keeping the blade untarnished in the 2,000 years it lay in the damp environment of the king’s tomb.Part of the ancient text, lit. ‘The King of Yue personally made’. Photo by Gwwfps CC BY-SA 3.0The grip is bound with silk, and the pommel is designed with eleven circles. The blade is made mostly of copper and tin and is as razor sharp as it was when the king held it in his hands.The Epoch Times tells the story of Goujian, the owner of the sword. During the early reign of Goujian in the fifth century BC, the State of Yue was in a precarious position. A neighboring state, Wu, had conquered the Chu Kingdom and focused its sights on Yue. Goujian had just inherited the throne, and the State was in disarray.Deciphering the scripts on the Sword of Goujian. Photo by Yutwong CC BY-SA 3.0Helü, the King of Chu and Wu, wasted no time in attacking Goujian’s army which was led by Goujian himself. Although he was outnumbered and outgunned, Goujian succeeded in cornering Helü, and a duel was set. Goujian’s youth gave him an advantage and Helü was killed as his troops retreated.Helü’s son, Fuchai, then became King of Wu, and he could never forgive Goujian for the death of his father. After rebuilding his army, he attacked the Yue State. Unable to work his way out of this fight, Goujian surrendered.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0He, his wife, and his right-hand man, Fan Li, were enslaved by Fuchai, and one of Fuchai’s advisors, Wen Zhong, took over the ruling position of Yue. During the three years of Goujian’s captivity, Fuchai’s attitude of self-importance grew exponentially.Related Video: Samurai Sword TestingHe was convinced he had the former King of Yue completely under his thumb and ignored his advisors when they cautioned him against overconfidence. Fuchai was so convinced of Goujian’s loyalty, he freed the former king, his wife, and Fan Li and allowed them to return home.The Sword of Goujian, Hubei Provincial MuseumWhile once again ruling, Goujian and his wife joined the commoners working in the fields — not only to stay below Fuchai’s radar but also to better understand the plight of the peasants while Fan Li prepared the ultimate revenge.GoujianTaxes would not be raised, and rules were set to maximize the birth rate which drew favor from the peasants. Goujian allowed Fuchai to get the upper hand on trade negotiations and freely sent his most beautiful women to be concubines of the Wu ministry.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Fan Li trained women in the art of entertainment and pleasing men. One such concubine, Xi Shi, was trained especially for Fuchai. He was so besotted with her, he forgot his royal duties and spent all of his time and money on construction projects to benefit her.The rest of Fuchai’s cabinet were equally distracted by concubines sent by Fan Li, and Wu spiraled into ruin. A drought only made things worse. When Fuchai was forced to request grain from Goujian, he was given grain soaked in boiling water which was suitable for eating but unable to germinate if planted.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Goujian had maneuvered Fuchai into exactly the position he needed him to be, and his army soon attacked. As the losing king, Fuchai was humiliated and committed suicide.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Unfortunately, Goujian’s years of captivity had affected him negatively and he soon turned against his own advisors. As top officials were being executed, Fan Li escaped, reportedly taking Xi Shi with him.Read another story from us: These Peculiar Aztec ‘Swords’ Struck Fear Into the Hearts of the ConquistadorsGoujian died in about 465 BC and was succeeded by his son Luying. The Kingdom of Yue was never the same and was later conquered by the Kingdom of Chu along with the Kingdom of Wu — putting everything back in its place.
Authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to this scumbag’s arrest. The unicycle is estimated to be worth $25,000. Seriously. Advertisement Here’s Panda in action with her unicycle during happier times. The NBA was rocked when news broke that the league’s most famous halftime act, Red Panda, had her 7-foot unicycle stolen from baggage claim in San Francisco International Airport, but now police have a suspect.The surveillance photos released by the SFPD Airport division show a bearded man with a ponytail allegedly leaving the baggage claim with the unicycle. Based on the photos of the suspect, he may have been taking it to his mom’s basement, where he probably lives. Needless to say, finding a bearded hipster in San Francisco could prove to be difficult.
Register Now » May 20, 2014 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Anthony Wood forever changed the way we watch TV. Not just once, but twice, and we have no doubt he’ll do it again before he’s through. Either way, TV tech is ripe for even more innovation, he says.You might recognize Wood as the soft-spoken, suspenders-sporting Silicon Valley electrical engineer who invented the Roku in 2008. Roku, which means six in Japanese (as in Wood’s sixth company), was originally designed to stream movies from Netflix, where Wood was vice president of Internet TV at the time.Roku, of course, has helped fuel the cord-cutting and binge Internet TV-watching trends, empowering viewers to watch what they want, whenever they want to. Movies, TV shows, video clips, music, games. You name it. On-demand. All day. Every day. All streamed from the Internet to your Roku to your TV. No killer monthly cable subscriptions necessary, and often with fewer commercials than old-school TV. Or, better yet, sometimes no commercials at all.Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV BusinessAnd today, as it turns out, is the sixth anniversary of the first Roku device being shipped.Now, turn back the clock to something you might not know about the founder of Roku: He also invented the digital video recorder (DVR) in 1999, allowing us to digitally capture live TV shows and play them back whenever we want. He came up with the idea for it when brainstorming a more efficient way to record Star Trek: The Next Generation. His first DVR device was aptly branded as ReplayTV, which DirecTV eventually acquired.Before Wood pioneered the DVR and the Roku, he developed multi-track audio post-production software for several big-name musical acts, including the Doobie Brothers. He went on to co-found iband, an Internet software startup that he sold in 1996 for a cool $35 million to Macromedia, which is now Adobe Systems. The core code Wood authored at iband is now the basis of Adobe Dreamweaver, “the leading HTML authoring tool in the world,” he says.Not only did Wood revolutionize how the viewing masses consume TV, his open source Roku platform broke down the rigid traditional distribution barriers for content owners and distributors. Wood cut out the middle man and made it faster and easier to market content directly to consumers.Related: Changing Channels: With Fire TV, Amazon Enters the Blazing Set-Top Box ArenaWe caught up with the father of the cord-cutting movement to talk about the current tumultuous state of TV tech and what he thinks is its future. What follows are portions of that interview, edited for clarity and brevity.Entrepreneur: People used to say that no one wants another set-top box. You proved them wrong with Roku. What’s your take on the state of streaming TV now, and what can we expect in five years? Wood: I think that people who say people don’t want another box are just being naive. What people don’t want is another box that doesn’t do anything. Consumers have shown an interest in boxes that bring value, like Blu-ray players, game consoles, satellite receivers — they’ve all been successful despite being a box.I think, yeah, Roku is a box, it’s just a way to receive content, a huge library of great content, so it’s got a lot of value. People don’t mind adding a box when it has value. And most TVs don’t. You can’t buy a TV today, whether it’s a smart TV or not, that has access to as much content as you get through Roku. So that’s why people buy boxes and that’s why it’s growing.Related: Netflix Co-Founder Not a Fan of ‘Binge-Watching’We do think that it will start to integrate into TVs and that’s why we built the Roku TV, which will be shipping this fall. But, even with the Roku TV, you will have people who will keep their TV for six to eight years … so, we think boxes as an upgrade vehicle will be something that will be popular for a long, long time.Entrepreneur: What’s the next tech innovation that will disrupt TV tech?Wood: A big one is what we’re focused on, which is bringing the Roku operating system to TV. So I think what’s going to happen is that all TVs are going to end up with an operating system in them the way that smartphones have operating systems.Things like cable boxes are going to go away and they will become apps on your TV. There will be a lot of other features that TVs will start to have, like search and content that’s recommended for me. The whole experience of watching TV is going to change from a cable box of channels to more like an Internet experience where you get recommendations and see what your friends watch and that everything ever made will be available on demand.We’re starting to see that now with companies like Netflix and TV Everywhere, like HBO GO, but we’re just in the early stages of all of the content moving towards Internet streaming.Related: We’re a Country of Binge-Watchers, and We Feel Pretty Good About ItEntrepreneur: Will Roku ever create its own content? Wood: Our goal is to be a great distribution channel for our content partners, so we don’t today do any content ourselves and don’t have any plans for that. Our goal was to bring content to customers and bring customers to content partners and that’s what we do.Entrepreneur: Do small, independent content companies stand a chance in streaming TV or have the big players, like Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, locked them out?Wood: No. I think it’s created opportunities for smaller companies. For example, I mean it’s not that small, but when we launched Vevo on our platform, which is not a cable channel, it instantly became one of the top 10 channels on Roku.We call it the long tail, the content that’s not in the top 10, and it’s growing every day on Roku. One of our challenges actually is to expose that content more in our user interface.Related: This New Technology Will Let You Make Purchases Directly From Your TVGetting your content on Roku is like publishing on an Android or an iPhone. You just go to our website and download the SDK. You write your channel and then you hit “publish.” It’s all click through and automatic.I think we’re a great opportunity for companies to get content distribution without having to deal with a cable operator. Now, it’s up to them for that content to stand out and be good enough quality for it to break out, but the long tail does get a lot of viewing on our platform.Entrepreneur: How will the Aereo Supreme Court case shape the future of streaming TV?Wood: I don’t have an opinion on how the case will go, but I think that lawsuits like these, especially at the U.S. Supreme Court, that TV is really changing and it’s creating questions in people’s minds that need to be resolved. It shows that the desire that people have to be able to watch local stations on-demand over the Internet and that that’s a real need, whether it’s sold by Aereo or by the TV stations themselves. I think that is the future and I don’t know whether it will be Aereo or whether the industry will get together and provide some kind of solution.Related: Aereo Founder: If We Lose, ‘We Have No Plan B’
Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. August 7, 2015 While Reddit users continue to complain about their speech being restricted, following moves by the site to finally clean up its most hateful communities, internet users in Thailand continue to face actual limits to their speech.Take, for example, 48-year-old Pongsak Sriboonpeng, who was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for insulting Thai monarchy on Facebook. That’s actually a reduction from his original 60 years sentence (the Thai government took half off after he pleaded guilty — how kind!). Pongsak’s lawyer notes that his sentence has broken the record for Thailand’s convictions against the country’s harsh lèse-majesté rules, which makes it illegal to defame Thai royalty. His situation was even worse since he couldn’t appeal the conviction — Thailand remains under martial law following 2014’s military coup.Earlier this year, another Thai man received a 25-year prison sentence for insulting the monarchy. 1 min read Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Engadget
This story originally appeared on PCMag LeEco, the Chinese tech conglomerate that began peddling its smartphones and TVs in the U.S. less than a year ago, on Tuesday announced plans to curtail its expansion, laying off hundreds of employees and all but eliminating its English-language marketing.The job cuts will hit the research and development staff in the company’s San Diego office the hardest, Bloomberg reported. Out of a staff of hundreds, only about 50 people will remain, mostly to provide support for current LeEco customers. Although the company did not announce an end to sales of its products in the U.S., it said that future marketing efforts would mostly be limited to the Chinese-speaking community. “In the past few months, we have gained a large foothold in Chinese-speaking households in the U.S. by offering tailor-made products and content for this community,” LeEco told Bloomberg. “We believe this provides us an opportunity to build on our strengths and grow from there.”Scaling back its English-language presence will relegate the company to a niche player in the U.S. market for consumer electronics, especially in the crowded TV and smartphone markets. LeEco once planned to buy TV maker Vizio, but that $2 billion deal fell through last month, with the company blaming “regulatory headwinds.”At a glitzy press conference last year in San Francisco, LeEco’s CEO took to the stage to announce the beginning of his company’s U.S. expansion, which he said would one day include electric bikes, self-driving cars and virtual reality headsets. But the future of those products could be in doubt even in LeEco’s home market of China, with Bloomberg reporting that the entire company will be restructured and that CEO, Jia Yueting, will give up day-to-day control.Many of LeEco’s products, including HDTVs, were still showing as in stock on the company’s website as of Tuesday afternoon, so if you’re eyeing one, you might want to click fast. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 2 min read
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » “We want to beat Gary,” Elon Musk declared last year. “Victory will be beating the snail.”The eccentric entrepreneur was making similarly playful statements last week at a kind of town hall meeting in Los Angeles, where he was accompanied by a real-life version of Spongebob SquarePants’ house pet.Related: Someone Trademarked Elon Musk’s Name, and 25 Other Weird Things We’ve Learned About HimThe May 24 event was a chance for Musk to win community support for his Boring Company plan to build an underground tunnel beneath L.A. to relieve that city’s infamous traffic congestion. Here’s how it would work: Cars or multi-passenger vehicles would be lowered deep into the ground via an elevator accessed at multiple entry and exit points across the city. The vehicles would then be fed into a network of tunnels, 12 feet across and who-knows-how-many feet deep (Musk described the depth factor as limitless), and then whisked across town at 150 m.p.h. Cost: $1. A trip from downtown L.A. to LAX, the city’s airport, would take eight minutes, Musk said last week.The reason for Musk’s snail sidekick at the town hall event was to illustrate the famous entrepreneur’s desire to bore these tunnels faster. “Currently, he’s capable of going 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine,” Musk said of his mollusk in May 2017 at a TED talk. “We want to beat Gary. He’s not a patient little fellow. That will be victory. Victory is beating the snail.”Last week’s hourlong appearance, part of which was live-streamed, took place in the spacious sanctuary of the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, prompting a turnout of 750 Musk fans (some in wacky headgear, like that at a ComicCon event). The religious venue led a CNET reporter to write, “Holy crap, we’re literally sitting at the altar of Musk.” Less spiritually, the event took place there because the synagogue sits next to the Interstate 405 freeway beneath which The Boring Company is starting to dig.Musk was late and blamed the 405 — presumably to make his point. But his point also included a bid for community support, since two neighborhood groups are fighting the L.A. city council’s approval for Musk to move forward with his tunnel plan without a lengthy environmental review.”This is the only way that we can think of to address chronic traffic issues in major cities,” said Musk, who was accompanied by Steve Davis, director of The Boring Company. Musk’s remarks were warmly received by the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation at the end and yelled things like, “You’re hired!”Related: I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What HappenedGary, who the tech site Gizmodo suspected might be the fourth incarnation of himself, slimed his way across his tank but had no other obvious reaction. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 22, 2018 3 min read
February 27, 2019 Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 4 min read Cannabis had just been legalized for recreational use in Oregon, so I and everyone else in my town lined up, sometimes for an hour, outside the busy dispensaries. When I finally got to the counter, I had mere minutes to read the menu and even less time to discuss it with the budtender and make an informed decision. It was a terrible customer experience.That’s when it hit me: What if I could just go online, educate myself about the products available at each dispensary, determine which was right for me, click a button, and have them delivered straight to my home?Related: Her Dad Founded the Emerald Cup and Now She Is Co-Producer of the Industry’s Largest FestivalThe concept wasn’t completely random. In my previous life, I ran and sold two online food-ordering companies. The first I helped start in college, after I noticed how much time students wasted looking through stacks of paper menus and calling restaurants for delivery. After graduating, I discovered there were no online food-delivery businesses in Canada, so my partner and I created GrubCanada, scaled it from coast to coast, and sold it to Just Eat in 2012.Now I live in Bend, Oreg., where I ran my idea by my brother. He hates 99.9 percent of the stuff I pitch him, but he said, “You have to do this.” So he joined as my CPO. We named the company Dutchie (slang for “joint”) and got to work applying the same ideas that we would in online food ordering.We soon learned that the cannabis business was a different beast. It would require some creative rethinking.At first, we stuck with what we knew: We built a system that looks a lot like a restaurant delivery service. Customers can shop on our platform, and then a dispensary receives the customer’s order and is responsible for delivering the product. But as soon as we launched, we ran into a big problem. Dispensaries may sell up to 1,000 products, always get new products in, and run out of stock all the time — which means their inventory is constantly changing. This is the opposite of the restaurant business, where menus stay the same. When was the last time you ordered from Domino’s and were told they ran out of pepperoni pizza?Related: How MedMen Is Making Marijuana MainstreamWe quickly got calls from frustrated dispensaries that were getting orders for sold-out products, and from angry customers who’d ordered something that wasn’t available. It was devastating — I thought we might have to shut down. Then we came up with a solution. We integrated our software with major POS systems, so when a dispensary added or sold out of a product, Dutchie updated automatically.One crisis solved, but soon there were others. In my former businesses, we used Google AdWords, Instagram, and Facebook to market, which you can’t do with cannabis. We had to get the word out, but how? One thing I learned from the food-ordering business is that when a customer uses your service, it’s easier to get them to order again than it is to get somebody new to order. We needed to encourage repeat business. Related: How to Finesse FDA Regulations and Successfully Market Your CBD BusinessThat’s why we got creative with customer service. When somebody orders from Dutchie for the first time, we surprise them a week later with an appreciation package in the mail. Inside is a handwritten thank-you note, some Dutchie swag, and a pair of custom Dutchie slippers. Our message is: Relax and let the dispensary come to you, or order for pickup. That personal touch builds brand loyalty and creates word of mouth. Dutchie is now in more than 250 stores across nine states. If I could share one takeaway for those considering jumping into the cannabis business, it would be to stay in your lane. If you become a master at something, no matter what business it is, then stick to that expertise. For me, it was online ordering. I’m still in online ordering today. I’ve switched my focus to cannabis because I saw an opportunity, but at the core of what we’re doing — our operation, our logistics, our software, our team — it’s the same as helping you order a pepperoni pizza. This story appears in the March 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.
Download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IE by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 11 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Microsoft made several changes to updates and how updates are delivered when it released windows 10.The company started to publish cumulative updates for Windows 10 for instance, and announced recently that it would do so for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well.This did not sit well with many of our readers, and so did not the change from releasing all important patches via Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center, to making some available exclusively on the Microsoft Update Catalog.Apart from making it more confusing and time consuming for users of Windows to get all updates, it meant that users have to use Internet Explorer to access the site as it uses ActiveX technology that only IE supports.Microsoft promised to update the Update Catalog website technology to remove the limitation and make it accessible to all browsers. As it stands however, it is IE or access denied.Woody over at Infoworld reports that there is a way to grab the downloads using any browser right now. This method works, and means that you won’t have to wait until Microsoft updates the site itself to use if it you don’t want to, can’t or prefer not to use Internet Explorer.It all comes down to using the site’s RSS feed to grab the download links of the updates. The basic RSS feed URL is http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB, and all you need to do is add the KB number at the end.If you wanted to grab KB3187022, a patch that is coincidentally only available on Microsoft’s Update Catalog and not Windows Update, you’d use the following URL:http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB3187022This loads an RSS feed for that KB article. All that is left to do is pick the right result from the list of options.Look at the title tag first, as it lists the supported operating system. You may search the feed with a tap on F3; enter the operating system, e.g. Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to jump to the first result.Locate the link tag afterwards and copy & paste it to open the download page. There you may click on the “download now” button to start the download right away, or access information about the update before you do so.Download now displays one or multiple download links. This depends whether the patch is an “all languages” patch, or available individually for supported languages.Another interesting option in regards to the RSS feed is that you may use it to search for specific releases.Use the pattern http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q= and append any search term afterwards, e.g. http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=windows+10Separate new strings with +, e.g windows+7.This displays all matches , again with titles that you may go through and download links.SummaryArticle NameDownload updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IEDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement