How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Bei Yang Disney

In a session at GDC this morning, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Technologies Lead Bei Yang gave a talk about the work the entertainment giant has done with virtual reality.

By Yang’s account, Disney has been working with virtual reality headsets since the 1980s, with a lab at Epcot and a variety of hardware and software prototypes built, including in-depth experiences packaged as Disney Quest. But as a few consumer devices, like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, failed in the mid-90s, interest in head-mounted displayed waned until the recent resurgence inspired by the Oculus Rift.

The Imagineering team continued to think about virtual reality, but approached it from a different angle. Instead of putting a display on your face, the team started investigating “caves,” which surround your field of view with high-resolution displays.

A lo-fi version of this experience was demonstrated with the “Soarin’ Over California” experience, which put you on a row of…

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PBC on NBC Show Open Features Current Boxers & Legends

Transcript of Conference Call with Al Michaels, Marv Albert & “Sugar” Ray Leonard

PBC on NBC Debuts Saturday, March 7, Live at 8:30 PM ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 5, 2015 – In two days, on Saturday, March, 7, boxing returns to primetime broadcast television with the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. The debut of PBC on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr.  from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host. Laila Ali and B.J. Flores serve as corner analysts, joined by reporter Kenny Rice.


The show open…

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City on the Horizon

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Image Credit & Copyright: Faisal Alhathal.

In this great image, we see the Milky Way galaxy in a different format then we’re used to.  Instead of the towering pillar of billions we see it here as a city glowing on the distant horizon like a mirage, begging you to drive towards it though you will never reach it, I just love it! The image was captured about an hour outside of Perth

One of my favorite aspects to promoting (in my tiny way) night sky photographers images is hearing the stories behind them.  It’s not until you attempt night sky photography yourself and or listen to the stories of the night sky hunt do you get a real appreciation for the planning, preparation, time, cost, etc. that goes in to producing these images we all love.  That’s why getting permission and giving credit is not just the legal thing to do…

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March 5 is National Cheez Doodle Day

Originally posted on Foodimentary - National Food Holidays:

Here are today’s five thing to know about Cheez Doodle:

  1. Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950’s soon, Cheez Doodles appeared.
  2. “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official word used to when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating ANY cheese flavored snack food.
  3. Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.
  4. They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, and are the favourite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.
  5. Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.


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Today’s Food History

1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s with various shelves and compartments for…

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‘black-ish’ fan recap: The Johnsons’ big, fat, legally binding wedding

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Season 1 | Episode 16 | “Parental Guidance” | Aired Mar 4, 2015

The latest episode of black-ish introduces Rainbow’s bougie mom Alicia. Alicia is the classic stereotype a lot of black people talk about and many dread: a black woman who thinks she’s above other black people because she married a white man. A white man with a black fetish.

Yes, I called out Rainbow’s dad, Paul, too—he’s the stereotype of the white dude who thinks he’s gotten cool points for marrying a black woman. Sorry, Rainbow’s parents. I love interracial relationships, but Alicia and Paul are too stereotypical to be liked. Thankfully, though, they’re just annoying when you don’t count the racial politics.

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Study: Smartphones are addictive, and can increase narcissistic tendencies (Also, water is wet)

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Smartphones should come with health warnings, according to a study from the University of Derby, which examined the relationships consumers form with their pocket computers.

The study was informed by 256 self-selected smartphone users who responded to an online survey. That is an admittedly small sample from which conclusions can be drawn. But it seems to do little besides confirm what some have already suspected: people can be addicted to their smartphones, and the devices can encourage narcissistic behaviors.

According to the study, 13 percent of respondents were addicted to their smartphones, which was linked to higher narcissism scores and neuroticism levels. It later adds:

Three themes of social relations, smartphone dependence and self-serving personalities emerged from the qualitative data. Interpretation of qualitative data supports addiction specificity of the smartphone. It is suggested smartphones encourage narcissism, even in non-narcissistic users.

So what does this mean for consumers? According to Dr. Zaheer…

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 2nd, 2015

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week ofMarch 2nd, 2015

#1OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist)-Consider the fact that the Crist Brothers now hold two of the top tag team titles on the indies in the United States and you’ll understand why they’re #1 this week. It looked like their year had peaked with a victory over The Young Bucks last week, but instead of resting on theirlaurels,they went out on won the AAW Tag Team Titles. They are now the CZW World Tag Team Champions, AAW Tag Team Champions, and PDW Tag Team Champions. No tag team in the Midwest has been more successful in 2015 and quite frankly, they are the kings of Ohio as well. In 2015, they are (so far) the top team on theindiesin the United States of America.

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Russell Westbrook goes coast-to-coast, dunks in first game back since injury

Originally posted on For The Win:

Russell Westbrook is back in the building, everyone.

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard made quite the statement against the Philadelphia 76ers: going coast-to-coast and throwing down a dunk with some serious fire.

The game is his first back after having surgery Saturday to repair a fracture to his right cheek. (Westbrook was hurt at the very end of the Thunder’s loss in Portland on Friday.)

(Thanks to Snot La Rock for sharing this Vine.)

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2015 MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

  • Made playoffs last season, eliminated in conference semifinals
  •  Recently signed naming rights to stadium with Mapfre Insurance
  • One of 10 founding MLS members

[ MORE: All of PST’s MLS previews for 2015 ]

Key Player: Federico Higuain

Last year, everything moving forward flowed through Higuain, and often finished with him as well. Even with new coaching, that figures to be the same this year. With Columbus trending upwards, he now has plenty of help, and his production should only improve, even if his focus shifts less on goalscoring and more on chance creating. Now the club’s highest paid player in history on a new designated player contract, Higuain has even more expectations to live up to.

Other players to watch: Kei Kamara, Wil Trapp, Cedrick Mabwati

Kei Kamara is a big signing for the Crew up front, and will be a fantastic target for Higuain to feed. He arrived…

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