A Cubs Fan Ponders If He Even Wants The Cubs To Win

Do I want — really, actually, genuinely want — the Cubs to win the World Series? It’s a question I grappled with at length after a couple whiskeys with my best friend from back home as they marched toward the pennant. I love the Cubs. I’ve always loved the Cubs. There is little else (some humans excluded) I love more than the Cubs. So what’s my problem, anyway?The Awl addressed the paradox with a cautionary tale from a Red Sox fan: “Without all the losing, the Red Sox are now just another pretty good team. The aura of mythology that swirled constantly around them was gone.” And that’s a big part of it. Losing is what the Cubs are known for. But we bleed-blue fans don’t root for lovable losers for the sake of it. We don’t do it because we’re proud of the title drought or miserable seasons. We don’t happily bask in the black-magic glow of curses or take masochistic joy in the outstretched arms of Bartmans.We root for them because eventually they will win, they just have to! It’s math! Curses aren’t real! And when they do win … my God, it will be ecstatic bliss. Angels will sing. Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters will sob tears of joy. Bill Murray will be there. Etc.The question is when do we want to cue the messianic chorus. Maybe Cubbie fandom is something like holding an American option — a piece of paper we Cubs fans carry around in our pocket and turn in at the bliss counter one day when they Win the World Series. In exchange we receive some number of singing angels. The longer this takes — the more heartache we bank — the more angels. That’s just math, people. If the Cubs had won it when I was, say, 3 years old, the rest of my fandom wouldn’t have been imbued with a greater, Sisyphean meaning. So, on my deathbed, yes, I should want nothing else than to cash in. If I’m watching from my high chair, I’d probably like to wait a while. To bide my time until 8:08 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night, I hastily sketched a chart of how my 31-year-old self should weigh these priorities, complete with an “exercise boundary” that tells me when I should want the Cubs to win so I can cash in my pain for those angels. So what does my analysis reveal? Will I be rooting for the Cubbies? Of course. I just can’t not. In late October, math no longer applies. Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. read more

Report United join Willian race

first_imgManchester United has joined the race to secure Willian transfer after Brazil’s exit from the World Cup, according to The Sun.The winger is also a subject of interest from Barcelona and the Spanish club saw a transfer bid for the player rejected by Chelsea.The Brazilian is believed to be the number one target of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and the former English champions are hoping to pip Barcelona to his signature.The duo worked together at Chelsea after Jose signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer of 2013.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Willian is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge and the understanding is the winger will decide to leave should Antonio Conte remain as Chelsea manager.Willian, 29, was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise lacklustre showing by Brazil at the World Cup in Russia. Tite’s men were sent home following a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Belgium.Should he join United, he’ll become the second Brazilian signing of the summer for the Carrington based team.last_img read more

Saul tips Griezmann for Ballon dOr

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has backed fellow teammate and France superstar Antoine Griezmann to land the prestigious Ballon d’Or.Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the coveted individual prize, having finished third for the award in 2016.The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful campaign with the Rojiblancos netting 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League and helped Les Bleus to win the World Cup title.Saul believes Griezmann deserved to win the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Madrid’s Luka Modric who is still seen as the favourite.“I wish. He would be a fair winner for me,” the Atletico midfielder told RNE on Tuesday.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona, Real MadridLionel Messi would accept Cristiano Ronaldo’s dinner invite Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Lionel Messi revealed he would have no problems accepting long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise invitation to dinner sometime.“Atletico Madrid are growing and are doing so partly thanks to Griezmann. He doesn’t have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals – for his club and the national team.”Saul also defended Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who was booed by fans earlier this season.Atletico sit third in the La Liga table, just a point behind leaders Sevilla after an even start to the season in Spain’s top flight.“With everything he has done and everything he is doing, the doubts are unthinkable,” Saul said.last_img read more

Helado Negro Announces New Album Tour With Beirut

first_img Twitter News Email Facebook Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour With Beirut center_img Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour helado-negro-announces-new-album-tour-beirut The musician and producer will bring his Latin-inspired electro/experimental music on a world tour with indie group Beirut, in support of his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘This Is How You Smile’Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 2:49 pm “Young, Latin And Proud” producer and singer, Helado Negro will soon be bringing his dose of electro-infused, Latin-inspired music to a city near you. He recently dropped a lead single, “Please Won’t Please,” shared a release date for his upcoming album and announced a 2019 tour with Beirut.  The Miami-born, New York-based musician, born Roberto Carlos Lange, will tour as direct support of indie rock/folk group Beirut in North America and Europe in the winter and spring as well as play additional select headline shows. The tour will bring music from his sixth studio album This Is How You Smile, out on March 8, to fans all over the world.Known as the creator of Latin pride anthems like “It’s My Brown Skin,” his latest album continues to explore his identity more introspectively, looking at both the past and the present. While his last album, 2016’s Private Energy, was Lange’s self-love response to the social and political experiences faced by people of color in the last years, his forthcoming album This Is How You Smile gets more personal with music inspired by his upbringing. One song, “Seen My Aura,” tells the story of his hot pavement walk alongside his brother to the community pool. Other subjects he explores include his relationship with his father, childhood relationships and love. In his words, the album is “a person approaching you, slowly, for 40 minutes.” “Please Won’t Please” is the world’s first taste of Lange’s newest material and the album’s opening song; the only one on the album that tackles a collective experience. Like many of his songs, “Please Won’t Please” poetically tackles heavy, socio-political realities faced by immigrants and people of color. The song is reminiscent of Private Energy and highlights the sacrifices people of color make just to exist in a world that oppresses them, but also their unwavering ability to keep going. “History shows that brown won’t go, brown just glows/And we’ll light ourselves on fire, just to see if anyone believes,” he sings.A portion of the proceeds of his album will go to United We Dream, an immigrant rights organization. More info on his tour dates here.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

Specks new CaseE is a painfully cute but tough iPad case

first_img Speck’s new kid-friendly iPad case has flexible arms Share your voice 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 0 Enlarge ImageSpeck’s Case-E is scheduled to ship by March. Speck Remember Speck’s iGuy case for the iPad? Well, he’s evolved into the Case-E, a new iPad case that’s as kid-friendly as a case gets.Due to ship by the end of March, the Case-E costs $40 and has flexible hooked arms you can hold onto or wrap around car seats “for safe viewing on the go,” Speck says. Additionally, the exterior “squishy” layer is BPA free to “put parents’ minds at ease.”The Case-E will be available for the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPad devices and in multiple color options. There’s no word yet on international pricing. 1:07 Mobile Accessories CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 Post a comment Tags Here are its key specs:6-foot drop protection External EVA foam layer offers a soft, comfortable grip that’s easy to holdBoth sides of the case offer flexible, detachable EVO foam “arms” that provide a secure grip for even the smallest hands Arms prop up your iPad in landscape or portrait mode and can be used to secure the device to a vehicle’s headrest Price: $40 Multiple color options Shipping by the end of March CES Products All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

CPA set to begin Sunday

first_imgThe 63rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) officially begins here on Sunday, with the Rohingya issue being expected to come up for discussion, reports news agency UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the vice patron of the 63rd CPC, is scheduled to inaugurate the CPA annual mega event at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 10:30am.The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly arranging the conference with the theme: ‘Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians’.The eight-day conference 2017 began on 1 November with the meetings of different committees and sub-committees of the CPA as well as conferences of small branches before the official inauguration.It held some closed-door meetings of Small Branches of the CPA listed countries, which have below 5 lakh population, from 2 November. There are 43 small branches in the CPA.At the meetings, the CPA Small Branches stressed the need for encouraging the youth in active politics, the role of parliament in fighting corruption and addressing the adverse impact of climate change.The meeting also made some recommendations to address the problems of those countries.The CPA Small Branches at their meetings also made some proposals, including taking steps to remove corruption, empowering women, ensuring transparency in the activities of top office bearers of the courtiers and taking effective steps to combat bad affects of climate change and pollution. ,CPA media committee members Fazilatunnesa Bappy and Tanveer Imam MPs briefed reporters about the proposals at a press conference at Hotel Radisson Blu on Saturday.The main executive committee meeting of the CPA was also held on the day at the same venue.After the official inauguration, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali will apprise the parliamentarians of the country’s Rohingya crisis and the ways for resolving the issue at a meeting at 3:00pm.Bangladesh will try to mobilise international community’s opinions, through the event, to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas taken shelter in the country in the face of persecution in their own country.Besides, some eight workshops on a wide range of topics, including the role of parliamentarians in building stronger ties within Commonwealth, how to give voice to the youth, mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of the youth in the governance process and how CPA members can work with their own governments in ensuring that the SDG goals have a proper gender lens to ensure success in the areas of alleviating poverty and women’s empowerment, will also be held during the conference that will conclude on November 8.Election of Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee will also be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) after the official inauguration of the event.Bangladesh Speaker and CPA chairperson Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Friday said any member state on behalf of Bangladesh can also place the Rohingya issue in the conference.Some 550 representatives, including parliament speakers, deputy speakers and parliament members, from nearly 144 national and provincial assemblies of 44 commonwealth countries are expected to participate in the annual conference.The Speaker said efforts are being made so that the lawmakers across the globe could drum up public opinions against the Myanmar atrocities in their respective parliaments.“We want to send back the fleeing Rohingyas to Myanmar. The government has also been making the diplomatic efforts to have support of the global community to resolve the crisis,” she said.The 63rd CPC will also highlight various problems, including gender disparity and violation of the rights of the young generation. Some 50 Bangladeshi youths will raise their problems in the conference.Dhaka is hosting the second such mega event this year after it successfully hosted the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in April last.In October 2014, the Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was elected Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee for a three-year term.The CPA was founded in 1911 as the Empire Parliamentary Association and its affairs were administered by the UK branch.last_img read more

NASAs Juno Spacecraft Prepares For Cosmic Date With Jupiter

first_img Share A solar-powered spacecraft is spinning toward Jupiter for a close encounter with the biggest planet in our solar system.NASA’s Juno spacecraft fires its rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000 mph (250,000 kph) and slip into orbit around Jupiter.Juno was put on autopilot days ago, so the critical move comes without any help from ground controllers. The spacecraft’s camera and other instruments were also turned off for the arrival so there won’t be any pictures at the moment Juno reaches its destination.Here’s the last pic @NASAJuno took prior to shutting off its instruments 5 days ago https://t.co/eW0o09yEgh #Jupiter pic.twitter.com/xD9R9CxRn0— NASA (@NASA) July 4, 2016Scientists have promised close-up views of Jupiter’s poles, clouds and auroras during the 20-month, $1.1 billion mission.Juno is only the second mission designed to spend time at Jupiter. Galileo, which launched in 1989, circled Jupiter for 14 years.NASA TV coverage begins on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. CT.last_img read more

WBSEDCL reaches new milestone with SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has achieved another milestone, as the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), has been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for ‘Intellectual Billingwith Automated SupervisoryCheck System’, at the 52nd SKOCH Summit in New Delhi on June 23.According to a senior official of the WBSEDCL, the prize can be considered as a recognition for them, as it has come up with an innovation in the spot-billing procedure for domestic and commercial consumers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The initiative was taken by WBSEDCL. The award is an acknowledgement of WBSEDCL’s endeavour to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power to over 1.8 crore valued consumers,” an official said.According to a Press statement issued by Biswarup Mukherjee, Adviser & CPRO, WBSEDCL, the pioneering mechanism involves multiple software facilities in addition to the SAP IS-U system, right from an android based mobile app (Vidyut Sahayogi) for meter reading and bill Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedgeneration, to layered supervision and storage of consumer data.It has increased the billing efficacy, data security and authenticity. With the help of this facility, 100 percent billing has been achieved. The energy bill is delivered at the consumer’s doorstep on the same day of meter reading.The meter-reading image, along with capturing of latitude-longitude of the consumer’s premise and date and time, are done with the help of new technology, besides generation of bill. The image verification software and profiling facility also helps in central data supervision, apart from being a quick and transparent way of dispute resolution.Vidyut Sahayogi is a multilingual mobile application of the state electricity distribution company, to help its customers get better service.The app has been developed with state-of-the-art technology based on Android mobile platform, for the customers of WBSEDCL. Apart from paying bills, the mobile application will also help customers apply for new connections.last_img read more

Firefox gets improved autoplay blocking soon

first_imgFirefox gets improved autoplay blocking soon by Martin Brinkmann on September 21, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: November 01, 2018 – 31 commentsThe Firefox web browser will soon block autoplaying media on webpages visited in the web browser more reliable.Mozilla added options to control HMTL5 video autoplay in 2015 in Firefox and while the functionality worked fine on many sites, it did not work on others.Work began to improve the functionality, fix bugs and issues. Firefox may soon block autoplaying media with sound by default in the browser similarly to how Google Chrome handles this.Mozilla Firefox will block autoplaying media in background tabs if the tabs have never been activated by the user. Autoplaying media may be blocked even if the tab is the active one, e.g. when autoplay is disabled in the preferences or if the media is audible and the user has not interacted with the tab.Firefox will display a prompt to the user in the user interface by default when autoplay is blocked to allow playback. Keeping “Remember this decision” checked will store the user preference for the site to whitelist (allow) or blacklist (don’t allow) it.A new setting was added to the Firefox preferences in Firefox Nightly currently that gives users options to set default autoplay behavior and manage the list of exceptions.Load about:preferences#privacy in the browser’s address bar and scroll down to the Permissions section.Locate “For websites that autoplay sound” under Permissions.Set the default autoplay behavior to “allow autoplay”, “always ask”, or “don’t autoplay”.Select Exceptions and add sites the whitelist or blocklist to allow them to autoplay media with sound or deny them the right.New Autoplay Preferences in FirefoxMozilla added several new preferences to Firefox that determine autoplay blocking rules in the browser. Note that these are included as of Firefox 63.media.autoplay.default — Defines Autoplay behavior of the browser. Default value is 0.Value of 0: Autoplay allowed.Value of 1: Autoplay blocked.Value of 2: Prompt the user.media.autoplay.ask-permission — Defines whether prompts to ask the user for permission to play media set to autoplay (with sound). Default is false.Value of True: Prompt is displayed in the user interface.Value of False: The Prompt is not displayed.media.autoplay.enabled.user-gestures-needed — Defines whether user interaction with a page with autoplaying media with sound is required. Default is False.Value of True: The user needs to have interacted with the page.Value of False: Interaction is not a requirement.media.autoplay.allow-muted — Defines whether autoplay of media without sound or sound muted is allowed. Default is true.Value of True: Autoplay of muted media and media without sound is allowed.Value of False: Autoplay of muted media or media without sound is not allowed.media.autoplay.block-webaudio — Defines whether autoplay should block webaudio as well. Default is set to false.Value of True: Webaudio is blocked as well.Value of False: Webaudio is not blocked.Note: The preference media.autoplay.enabled is not listed anymore and it seems to have been removed as of Firefox 63. If you set it and right-click on it to reset it, you will notice that it is removed automatically on restart; that’s a clear indicator that the preference is no longer supported.The current implementation blocks audible audio and video in Firefox on the desktop and on mobile but won’t block WebAudio at this time. Plans are underway to add WebAudio blocking in future releases.When the change goes live, Firefox will block autoplaying media in tabs that did not have user interaction by default. Firefox users can change the behavior using the preference listed above to better address specific needs.Interested users and developers can follow the development here.Now You: How do you handle autoplaying media?SummaryArticle NameFirefox gets improved autoplay blocking soon DescriptionThe Firefox web browser will soon block autoplaying media on webpages visited in the web browser more reliable.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Ericsson has launched a data analysis toolkit for

first_imgEricsson has launched a data analysis toolkit for TV and media companies, designed to let clients aggregate, analyse and act on large amounts of data.Integrated Video Insights is designed to help media players – like content owners, broadcasters, and TV service providers – understand what users want, value most or don’t need, according to Ericsson.The toolkit can be delivered as a standalone solution or as an expansion module for the Ericsson Expert Analytics suite. The service builds on Ericsson’s TV and media, big data and analytics, and consulting and systems integration portfolios.“What Integrated Video Insights does is it analyses that and it generates meaningful reports and actions intended to drive business outcomes,” Fransisco Huerta, Ericsson’s head of TV and media systems integration offerings told DTVE.“The driver for why this is a good thing comes from the changing behaviours of consumers and the fact that you’re no longer pushing content towards them – you’re pulling that content based on their preferences.”Integrated Video Insights is designed to help media players aggregate and analyse large amounts of data from users, video platforms, and networks.Media companies can use it to improve their content commercialisation strategy, identify the investments required to increase average revenue per user, and ensure their content is consumed under optimal conditions, according to Ericsson.last_img read more