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Jacques Villenueve speaks to journalists after having a tire puncture during the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix. Above all, he does not seem to be singing.

Jacques Villenueve speaks to journalists after having a tire puncture during the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix. Above all, he does not seem to be singing.
Photo: Pascal Roneau / Allsport (Getty Images)

When a Formula 1 The world champion is retiring, what to do? Create your own F1 team? No, it’s too boring. Raising your child to be a next generation driver? No, no, too predictable. Instead, you could follow Jacques Villeneuveand become a singer-songwriter by releasing your own album titled Private paradise.

Second-generation Canadian legend Villeneuve freed Private paradise in 2007, a bilingual acoustic rock album composed of 13 songs, nine of which were performed in French and four performed in English. It debuted at number 49 on the Quebec pop charts, selling just over 800 combined albums in North America, a quarter of which were sold in Quebec.

Was it successful? No. But was it good? Well… not too. In an article entitled “Jacques Villeneuve sings, don’t call him an artist”, journalist Alexandra Gill reported which other critics called Private paradise “old fashioned” while others said he lacked vocal range. Jalopnik icon Stef Schrader was also not a fan.

I only heard a bit of Private paradiseoften as part of memes poking fun at Jacques Villeneuve, but in honor of the relaunch the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, I decided it was finally time. I’d put on my headphones and listen to the entire album from start to finish, categorizing each song as you go so you don’t have to.

But I definitely learned something hilarious in the aftermath: This album simply no longer exists on the Internet. Let’s go. The full album was available on YouTube, but you can’t find it there anymore. It was available on Spotify, but when I tried to access it, I received a warning “this album is not available in your country”. I got the same warning several other times, regardless of how many different countries I tried to access through my VPN. I couldn’t find it on any other streaming platform. I couldn’t even find a digital copy to buy.

I spent my weekend trying to find a physical copy within a reasonable radius of my mother-in-law’s house in Canada. I could not do it. This album was so truly ridiculous that its very existence is almost erased from the Earth. And honestly, it’s a bit sad. A similar thing happened to the music of Chloe Stroll, who you might know as the sister of current F1 driver Lance Stroll. It’s Canadian erasure.

So this is a warning to you: if you have a physical copy of Private paradise in your collection, hold on tight. You may be in possession of a rare pearl.

Marcos Jr.’s rise to power is reminiscent of Britain’s Tony Blair and Japan’s Junichiro Koizumi https://q-ax.com/marcos-jr-s-rise-to-power-is-reminiscent-of-britains-tony-blair-and-japans-junichiro-koizumi/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:22:50 +0000 https://q-ax.com/marcos-jr-s-rise-to-power-is-reminiscent-of-britains-tony-blair-and-japans-junichiro-koizumi/ President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. speaks to the media at his headquarters in the city of Mandaluyong on Monday, June 20, 2022. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA first word ONE …]]>
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ONE DAY, historians and political scientists will place the rise of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the pinnacle of Philippine politics alongside the rise of Tony Blair in Britain and the rise to power of Junichiro Koizumi in Japan.

Any successful national leader probably believes that his or her path to power is sui generis (one of a kind).

For seasoned political observers, however, there is nothing new in politics; there are only ingenious reinventions of the wheel.

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It does not matter whether one is running for the presidency of the United States or the post of prime minister in countries as different as the United Kingdom and Japan.

The struggle for power ultimately boils down to a struggle between strategies, tactics and visions. The winner is the one who best masters the strategic calculation.

What Blair, Koizumi and Marcos share in common is their skillful use of reform politics as a key to gaining political power.

Blair broke the stranglehold of Margaret Thatcher and the Tories on British politics by renewing the Labor Party with a program called New Labour. British voters overwhelmingly turned to him in the 1997 election.

Koizumi rose from obscurity to lead his political faction to the top of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in 2001, pushing for the transformation of Japanese politics.

Marcos came to power this year after decades of exile and toiling in the political wilderness, transcending the quagmire of weak political parties in the Philippines with a political coalition that transcends political divides, geography, socio-economic class, generations, professions and gender to prevail in the battle of hearts and minds in the general election.

Each was a compelling political lesson in its own way.

Tony Blair and New Labor

In four consecutive elections from 1978 to 1997, the Labor Party was defeated by the Conservative Party, which had found a dynamic new leader in Thatcher.

Labor has repeatedly lost while under the control of a coalition of unions and left-wing unilateralists.

In 1994 Blair took over the leadership of the Labor Party. He moved the party decisively forward by dethroning union bosses and adopting a policy of giving unions “equities, not favours”.

Key to Blair’s success was his recognition that he could only win by genuinely convincing most party members of the need for the party to change.

Blair’s galvanic reform was the revision of Term 4 of the Labor Party constitution, which committed him to the wholesale nationalization of production. This led to a new commitment to social justice, equality, responsibility and prosperity.

Through this party reform, Blair fought Thatcher’s measures to limit union power and restrict the absolute right to strike.

Under Blair, Labor won two successive elections and stood to win one more, but for Blair’s unexpected exit from power in 2007.

Without apologizing, Blair called his political approach “permanent revisionism,” a continual search for better ways to achieve party goals based on a clear view of the changes taking place in advanced industrial societies. (Let’s see how Marcos’ critics for “historical revisionism” will struggle with Blair’s idea of ​​permanent revisionism).

Koizumi reforms Japan

The lesson of Blair’s triumph in the UK has not been lost on the world.

Halfway around the world, in Japan, another politician was also keen to employ reform politics to secure political victory and kick-start national transformation.

In 2001, Koizumi reformed his own party, the LDP, which had ruled Japan since the 1950s. He led it to victory in Japanese parliamentary elections.

The LDP is essentially an ongoing political agreement, constantly renegotiated to preserve a balance of power between its factions.

The LDP not only controls the Diet (parliament), but also dominates the civil service bureaucracy whose regulations shape every aspect of Japanese life.

There is no real distinction between career bureaucrats in appointed positions and elected LDP officials.

Politicians coexist happily with bureaucrats, unconcerned about the supremacy of the other.

But then came Koizumi, an LDP politician who had spent his career in relative obscurity. He rose to the top of one of the party’s many factions. As no politician had ever done before, Koizumi understood the need for fundamental reform. Like a Japanese Mikhail Gorbachev, to borrow an expression from Dick Morris, Koizumi defied the former LDP from within.

Koizumi burst onto the Japanese political landscape in the early 21st century as a rock star. Unlike the staid, aged political leaders the nation had endured for decades, Koizumi delighted the people. They saw in Koizumi a new style of leadership and a genuine commitment to reform, so different from the slow prime ministers who came in and out of power in dizzying succession.

In a series of bitter political battles, he challenged his own party, pulled it from the brink of extinction and led it to victory in the 2001 Upper House elections.

Koizumi served as Prime Minister of Japan and Chairman of the LDP from 2001 to 2006. He retired from politics in 2009 and remains the sixth longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

The unity coalition of Marcos Jr.

It was generally assumed or hoped by many Filipinos that Marcos would run for president in the elections scheduled for May 9, 2022.

When he finally announced his candidacy in October 2021, public reaction was initially lukewarm, even among those who wanted him to run. Many feared that he was too laid back as a political leader. Many couldn’t understand how ignorant Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo could have beaten him in the 2016 vice-presidential poll, and how the late former president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd openly cheated him out of victory. , as he cowered against the victor. outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte.

In the 2022 election, there were fears that BBM did not have the fire in its stomach to mount a successful campaign for the presidency. They wondered if he could put together a campaign team and campaign organization that could prevail in a hotly contested election fight.

BBM found the answer in the reform policy strategy it chose as its main campaign message.

He rejected the negative campaign policy against political rivals, in favor of a policy of civility and finding common ground.

He studied the political landscape and concluded that there was no political party that could effectively carry him as its standard bearer, and effectively resist the insults and hysteria from the enemies of the Yellows and Marcos.

He chose to forge a new type of political coalition built around core Philippine values ​​and traditions. He put his faith in an alliance that would transcend political parties, geographical divisions, attract support from all socio-economic classes and various ethnic and religious groups, appeal to all generations and all genders of voters.

Marcos summed up his campaign message in one word, “Unity.” He knew his potential as he tested it during his previous vice-presidential campaign in 2016.

As the Liberals and rival candidates clung to a negative campaign strategy, Marcos rejected any tactics of smearing his opponents and questioning their integrity or merit. He held firmly to the consistency and power of his message, and hoped that his character and personality would do the rest when meeting face-to-face with voters.

When BBM stood before the nation as a candidate, he was able to plausibly present a vision and program of government that the people could believe in. You could believe him when he promised to lead an administration that would seek well-being and well-being. of all, and the certain stability and security of the nation.

The authenticity of this message is what drew huge crowds to his campaign rallies and motorcades.

Public opinion pollsters correctly read the public pulse when they reported that the response from the voting public to Bongbong was electric and unprecedented. Pulse Asia, the country’s leading pollster, said it had never seen in all its years of polling such a declarative and unwavering majority in favor of a single candidate.

Marcos built it all from the recognition he couldn’t win by rooting his candidacy on Filipino politics as usual.

He refused to take the decadent and weak party system for granted.

He dismissed the idea of ​​working patiently with mainstream mainstream media. Instead, he treated social media and the internet as a formidable new force in national politics, which he could nurture as his own media network for his campaign,

In short, Marcos became more than just a candidate for change, but a transformative or transformational leader, to use the term of political scientist James Macgregor Burns.

Echo of Churchill

This will incense Marcos’ enemies. In a way, too, BBM’s rise to the limelight echoes the topsy-turvy history of Winston Churchill.

It took over 30 years for Winston to find his way back to the top of British politics.

It took Marcos 36 years of life in exile and many years of toil in the desert to find his way to the Philippine presidency.

When appendicitis kept Churchill from appearing in public during the 1922 campaign, he lamented that he was “without office, without seat, without party and without appendage”.

Amid peacetime frustration, Churchill became a transformational leader in the demanding challenge of World War II, arguably one of the greatest.

Marcos discovered hidden reserves of character and rays of insight in the 2022 election and in the heartbreaking crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic on nations and economies. Here he found his moment.

Marcos steps out of his father’s shadow to claim his turn to lead our people and our country.

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Japanese student’s game invites players to hunt trash https://q-ax.com/japanese-students-game-invites-players-to-hunt-trash/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:56:18 +0000 https://q-ax.com/japanese-students-game-invites-players-to-hunt-trash/

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A Japanese university student has created a game that turns picking up trash on the streets into a fun team competition, aiming to take him overseas to clean up the global environment.

Yuto Kitamura came up with the idea for Seisochu, in which points are awarded based on the type and weight of trash collected within a set time frame, after realizing that picking up trash was like “treasure hunting.”

Shocked by online images of beaches overflowing with trash, Kitamura started picking up trash on his own three years ago when he was a high school student and got excited when he found items washed up from foreign countries.

He also took on the challenge of using a wooden stick to pick up floating trash out of reach.

Although he enjoyed cleaning up trash from riverbanks and other places he visited, Kitamura began to feel uncomfortable with the praise he received, such as “You are very conscientious.” and “You are awesome”.

That’s when Kitamura, now 19, came up with the idea for a trash picking game that could involve lots of people and turn an entire town into a play zone. He named the game Seisochu after being inspired by “Run for Money: Tosochu”, a popular TV variety show in which celebrities run away from hunters with a prize at stake.

In the game, participants collect trash and also try to complete “missions” sent to their smartphones. A “Hunter” will appear and confiscate the trash they have collected. Participants compete for points.

The game proved popular, with around 1,000 people, children and adults, having taken part in games held in the city of Nagano in central Japan, the Shibuya district of Tokyo and other locations. It is also expected to be played in the Itabashi district of Tokyo and Kofu in central Japan.

“I hope this will be an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues while having fun,” said Kitamura, who now also works for Gab Inc., a Tokyo venture capital firm that deals with various social problems.

His interest in environmental issues grew after seeing television reports about marine plastic pollution when he was a second-grade high school student in Nagano Prefecture.

Shortly after, he came across images of trash strewn on the Internet at Enoshima Beach in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, which he had become familiar with as a child.

“I heard that Southeast Asian countries and India are some of the major sources of marine litter. I want to turn off the tap at the source and hopefully go global one day,” Kitamura said.

]]> FASTBRIDGE FIBER BRINGING ITS NEWLY BUILT SUPER-SPEED FIBER INTERNET TO PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES https://q-ax.com/fastbridge-fiber-bringing-its-newly-built-super-speed-fiber-internet-to-pennsylvania-residents-and-businesses/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:45:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/fastbridge-fiber-bringing-its-newly-built-super-speed-fiber-internet-to-pennsylvania-residents-and-businesses/

“FastBridge Fiber serves a powerful purpose; to enrich the communities in which we serve by connecting people. choice for broadband,” says CEO of FastBridge Fiber Eric Warren.

“We welcome the opportunity for residents and businesses to Berks County to have a new option for broadband services. FastBridge Fiber building infrastructure in our county to bring fiber optic internet to our community is very exciting,” says Christian Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner.

In addition to super-fast reliable service, FastBridge Fiber offers no data caps, free professional installation, and simple monthly pricing plans. FastBridge Fiber internet and transport data services will be available in identified areas from the end of 2022. Prospective customers can visit the FastBridge Fiber Availability Check Web Page to find additional information, check service availability, and register their address to be alerted to construction and service updates.

About FastBridge Fiber:

FastBridge Fiber is a modern fiber optic Internet service company that provides ultra-fast, highly reliable service to homes and businesses over its new all-fiber network. The FastBridge Fiber network is designed with today’s customers in mind; customers with multiple connected devices demanding the fastest speed and reliability. Customers enjoy hassle-free rate plans and attentive customer service with FastBridge Fiber. FastBridge Fiber is committed to hiring and investing in the local communities it serves.

FastBridge Fiber is backed by equity funding from certain Guggenheim Investments client accounts.

About Guggenheim Investments

Guggenheim Investments is the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners with over $252 billion* in total assets across fixed income, equity and alternative strategies. We focus on the return and risk needs of insurance companies, private and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, wealth managers and high net worth investors.

*Guggenheim Investments AUM (assets under management) as of 03/31/2022. Assets include leverage of $20.0 billion. Guggenheim Investments represents the following investment management affiliates of Guggenheim Partners, LLC: Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC, Security Investors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Partners Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Corporate Funding, LLC, Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited, Guggenheim Partners Fund Management (Europe) Limited, Guggenheim Partners Japan Limited, GS GAMMA Advisors, LLC and Guggenheim Partners India Management. Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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Who is Valve? The company behind CSGO, Dota 2 and Steam https://q-ax.com/who-is-valve-the-company-behind-csgo-dota-2-and-steam/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:46:32 +0000 https://q-ax.com/who-is-valve-the-company-behind-csgo-dota-2-and-steam/

Valve is one of the biggest companies in all of gaming, but they often prefer to stay out of the spotlight.

Although most know it as the development studio behind Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, Valve is much more than just a games studio. The Washington state-based company has a long history of modifying existing games and developing new series based on them. Besides that, Valve has the most popular PC gaming platform in Steam. Here’s a look at the mysterious nature of Valve Software, one of the most important companies in video game history.

The story of game developer Valve Corporation

In 1996, two Microsoft employees by the name of Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington decided to quit their jobs at Microsoft and start a video game development studio. Two years later, Valve released their first game titled Half-Life. It was an immediate success and formed the backbone of what Valve would become.

After Half-Life, the studio will officially release popular Half-Life mods such as Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, etc., all based on Half-Life engine. After using a modified Quake 2 engine for his work on Half-Life Valve, he would release his own in-house engine called Source sometime later. Source remains one of the most iconic game engines even in 2022. Recent single-player titles from Valve and Dota 2 all run on the Source 2 engine, and CSGO is also expected to switch to Source 2 soon.

Valve also owns Steam, the world’s largest online digital game store. Launched in 2002 to allow Valve to update its games over the Internet, it now brings in around $3 billion or more every year.

What sets Valve apart from other developers

The first thing that separates Valve from other developers is its business model. Although known as a game developer, Valve actually makes most of its money from the Steam digital storefront. The Digital Games Retail Marketplace is the default platform where studios can publish their games. Valve’s own software tends to be free and monetized through cosmetics. Dota 2 effectively invented the seasonal battle pass and CSGO greatly innovated on the loot crate concept.

Valve is also famous for its silence. With few exceptions, Valve developers rarely talk about the company’s plans. The “show, don’t tell” system works well for most projects, but it can be frustrating to be a fan of the company’s service games like CSGO and Dota 2, or a mystery project like the infamously famous Half-Life 3.

The last big difference between Valve and most other developers is that it almost exclusively uses its own engine for development. Source and its successor Source 2 run each of Valve’s most popular games. Other developers also sometimes use Source as an engine for their own games.

Valve gets into gaming hardware with Index VR and Steam Deck

In addition to software, Valve also manufactures gaming hardware related to PC games. Valve launched the Vive virtual reality system in 2015 alongside Japanese developer HTC. It was the first room-scale virtual reality system made available to the general public at a triple-digit price. Valve would independently release an updated system called the Valve Index in 2019.

For gamers without a computer, Valve also offers the Steam Deck. The handheld is designed for playing PC games on the go, although some games are better suited to the Steam Deck than others. Valve previously worked with computer manufacturers to sell PCs called Steam Machines 2015, but that program soon died out.

Does Valve still make new video games?

Valve has transitioned from a game developer to a retailer, but the company still makes new video games from time to time.

Valve’s most recent game release is Half-Life: Alyx, a virtual reality game released in early 2020. Valve more recently created Aperture Desk Job as a tech demo for Steam Deck, but it’s not exactly a full version of the game. The studio also released several Dota 2 spinoffs in 2018 and 2020, but Artifact and Dota Underlords failed to catch on and seem to have been quickly abandoned.

Valve is often said to be working hard to produce new games, but information is scarce and dubious. The company is also famous for canceling many games and projects. Everything the studio does today could be thrown away tomorrow, so don’t expect too many new Valve games anytime soon.

Lendlease Begins Construction of 100MW Data Center Campus in Japan for Princeton Digital Group https://q-ax.com/lendlease-begins-construction-of-100mw-data-center-campus-in-japan-for-princeton-digital-group/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 05:20:02 +0000 https://q-ax.com/lendlease-begins-construction-of-100mw-data-center-campus-in-japan-for-princeton-digital-group/

TOKYO, June 13, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Lend-Lease and Princeton Digital Group (PDG) marked the start of construction of a 100MW data center campus today with a groundbreaking ceremony at Saitama Cityin the north of Tokyo. This is the first project under Lendlease Data Center Partners. Lend-Lease develops and builds the core and shell on a bespoke CEO basis, under a long-term lease. PDG will invest in and operate the data center with its mechanical and electrical equipment. This data center will be one of the largest in Japan and is well positioned to meet the hyperscale requirements of some of the world’s largest cloud, commerce and content companies. The gross development value of the project after the completion of all phases will be greater than 800 million Australian dollars for Lend-Leasewhile CEO invests 1 billion US dollars of capital in this new data center.

Situated in Saitama City30 km north of the center Tokyothe facility is located on approximately 33,000 m² of land in one of the main shopping centers in the Greater Tokyo Region. The incremental development is planned to provide over 60,000m² of gross floor area and almost 100MW of IT capacity.

Japan is the second largest data center market in Asia. Japan and Greater Tokyo are still in the early stages of growth, especially in terms of entry and expansion of global hyperscalers.

The new facility will be built to the latest hyperscale designs and standards, offering improved scalability, connectivity and reliability. Kajima Corporation was appointed contractor and Nikken Sekkei Ltd designate. This phase will be completed in 2024.

Andre Gaucigeneral manager of Japan & Head of Telecoms and Data Infrastructure Asia:
“We are excited to begin construction of our first data center project under Lendlease Data Center Partners, for a pan-Asian market leader as CEO. This contributes to the Japanese government’s plans to increase data capacity in the country and improve digital resilience. Data centers are also a key sector for Lend-Lease and we look forward to accelerating our growth in the data infrastructure sector in our strategic markets.”

Rangu SalgameCEO of Princeton Digital Group:
“Today marks an important milestone in CEO’s plans for Japan, which is an important and strategic market for our customers. The start of construction on time is a validation of our approach of adopting the right model for each market, such as working with leading developers like Lend-Lease for this project. Our continued track record of delivering on our commitments is a key factor in why PDG is a partner of choice for hyperscalers in the region. »

For more information please contact:

Shizuka Aone
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About Lend-Lease
Lend-Lease is an international real estate group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong, connected communities. Our goal is that together we create value through places where communities thrive. Based at Sydney, Australiaand listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lend-Lease has operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. Our core capabilities are reflected in our development, investment and construction operating segments. We are known in Chinese. For more information visit: www.lendlease.com

About Princeton Digital Group
Princeton Digital Group (PDG) is a leading developer and operator of Internet infrastructure. Based at Singapore with a presence and operations in China, Singapore, India, Indonesiaand Japanits data center portfolio is fueling the expansion of hyperscalers and enterprises in the fastest growing digital economies across Asia. For more information, visit www.princetondg.com or follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/princetondg/) .

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Kill Bill Vol. 3: Zendaya as Quentin Tarantino’s Kill-Bride Has the Internet Raking a Super Storm https://q-ax.com/kill-bill-vol-3-zendaya-as-quentin-tarantinos-kill-bride-has-the-internet-raking-a-super-storm/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:54:57 +0000 https://q-ax.com/kill-bill-vol-3-zendaya-as-quentin-tarantinos-kill-bride-has-the-internet-raking-a-super-storm/

Actress Zendaya is one of cinema’s top rising stars, having starred as MJ in Spider-Man: No Coming Home and recently Chani in Dunes. Many people have expressed interest and subsequent excitement that she might appear in an upcoming Tarantino film known as Kill Bill Volume 3based on the introduced lore that Zendaya could be introduced as the vengeful daughter of Vernita Green (played by Vivica A. Fox), who witnessed Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo murder her mother.

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Actress Zendaya

Last year, Fox expressed how she felt ignored for not taking on the role once it became clear to her that another actress was in demand. In an interview last yearZendaya revealed how flattered she was by the gesture but confirmed to reporters that nothing more than a “thought” had sparked any discussion surrounding her involvement in the production of Kill Bill Volume 3.

I saw that! I was very honored that she said that. Obviously, she’s amazing and I’m very flattered that she thinks of me. But, you know, it’s just an idea. The internet takes things a bit and runs with them.

Tarantino is preparing a third Kill Bill movie since 2019

In 2019, Tarantino revealed he had discussed a third Kill Bill movie with some of his cast, and he hinted that a movie sequel might be on the horizon even further than that. In this hypothetical movie, Zendaya could play Nikia, the daughter of Vivica A. Fox’s character, who will kill the bride for killing her mother this time.

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Zendaya will appear in Kill Bill Volume 3?
Zendaya will appear in Kill Bill Volume 3?

That’s what Tarantino echoed during an interview in 2020:

Well, I happened to have dinner with Uma Thurman last night, we were at a really cool Japanese restaurant. She was bragging about me, and I was bragging about her, it was a beautiful night… Well, I have an idea of ​​what I would do. That was it, conquering this concept…exactly what happened to the bride since, and what do I want to do. Because I wouldn’t just suggest a naughty affair – she doesn’t deserve that. The Bride fought long and hard. Now I have an idea that might be interesting – but I won’t do it for a little while… That would be in at least three years or something. But look, it’s definitely in the cards.

Related: Zendaya Celebrates Tom Holland’s Birthday, Fans Scream “Couple Goals”

This is how the internet creates a super storm around Kill Bill Vol. 3 And Zendaya

Zendaya could star in Kill Bill 3
Zendaya could star in Kill Bill 3

What do you think of this particular hype? Let us know in the comments section.

Takashi Murakami on human loss, hiding behind masks, the power of NFTs https://q-ax.com/takashi-murakami-on-human-loss-hiding-behind-masks-the-power-of-nfts/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/takashi-murakami-on-human-loss-hiding-behind-masks-the-power-of-nfts/

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is well known for his candy-colored, cartoon-like paintings and sculptures that blend traditional Japanese paintings, cartoons, and Western pop art. He has been called the Japanese Andy Warhol because his art blurs the line between great and small art.

Walk on the tail of a rainbowis Murakami’s first solo exhibition at The Broad in downtown Los Angeles. It features 18 works from the artist’s expansive universe, including his traditional anime-style characters and colossal paintings that deal with disasters, like the fallout from World War II and the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Ed Schad is curator at The Broad. He says that while some of Murakami’s artwork is bright and anime-inspired, other pieces reflect the wake of war and natural disasters.

“The first and second galleries are devoted to anime, manga, and the creative energies that flowed from a booming Japanese economy that was embroiled in numerous imports and exports with the United States in the aftermath of the war. But through this cultural production, Takashi begins to look at how the horrors of war and the consequences in Japan are expressed through this culture. It does the same thing in 2011 with natural disasters,” Schad says.

“End of Line” by Takashi Murakami features acrylic on canvas and mounted on cardboard. Courtesy of The Broad.

Murakami’s latest paintings are an observation of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our view of the world.

“I think he’s doing the same now with COVID-19. And his interest in the metaverse and augmented realities and NFTs,” says Schad.

The exhibition is interactive and with your smartphone you can see some of Murakami’s most famous characters with this new technology.

“When you come to The Broad…scan your QR code on the side of a board, and an avatar will pop out of the ground and hover in front of a board. So watch the ground,” Schad says.

“Unknown people” emerged from the pandemic

“Unfamiliar People” is a painting on three pink panels that depicts a traditional nuclear family – a husband, wife and two children. Their faces are contorted into various states of disgust horror and bewildered amusement. They are surrounded by smaller figures, many of whom wear masks.

Takahashi Murakami’s “Unfamiliar People” was inspired during the COVID shutdowns when the artist watched his two children play Nintendo’s popular video game “Animal Crossing.” Photo by Joshua White.

Schad says the inspiration for this painting and its interactive component came during the COVID lockdowns while Murakami watched his two children play Nintendo’s popular video game “Animal Crossing.” The children watched a fireworks display in the game, and Murakami realized that due to the pandemic, his children had never seen real fireworks.

“He realized that cognitively, [the game] has been fireworks to his children. Even though it was in the metaverse, even though it was 100% digital. They had an endorphin rush physical experience seeing fireworks. He said, “That was one of the times when I started to recognize the change that what was happening in the pandemic, and the interest in the metaverse, and the interest in blockchain, and the interest for NFTs was coming to a head in society and I broke through, and it was there, and here to stay,” Schad says.

Standing in front of his “Unknown People” painting, Murakami says the piece reflects his own family and how it has changed during the pandemic.

“Now I want to wear a mask all the time because it’s a very easy way [way to hide]. You hide a change in the face – smiling, upset or calm. It really is [easy to] to hide.”

Murakami says that while Japan’s otaku have always worn versions of masks, he now understands why they might find joy in hiding.

“It’s really comfortable [to hide] right now,” Murakami says. “I understand why these people [hide their] Face.”

The link between disease and disaster

Next to the small confined painting of his family, Murakami looks at a huge painting he made just after the Fukushima disaster. It’s much larger in scope – it takes up an entire wall. And the piece features characters from Japanese mythology, huge waves and many colors. Still, Murakami says this one is related to “unknown people”.

The tsunami disaster made seeing and feeling the devastation tangible, Murakami says, but the trauma of the pandemic has been so quiet and personal.

“COVID-19 does not destroy on the surface… [the target] is a human being. So it’s quite different, but it’s the same thing. Natural disaster,” says Murakami.

“Tan Tan Bo aka Gerotan: Burned by the Inferno in Purgatory of Knowledge” by Takashi Murakami features acrylic on canvas, mounted on cardboard. Courtesy of The Broad.

NFTs are the future of art

Murakami has a deep fascination with NFTs. While many critics don’t know how NFTs fit into fine art, Murakami says they will be a turning point in how we think about art. He says that while people may not understand the value of NFTs now, they will later.

Inspired and perplexed by the minimalist art movement he experienced on his first visit to New York, Murakami remembers Robert Ryman’s famous all-white painting, “Bridge.”

“I couldn’t understand why this artist is famous and why this is an important piece,” says Murakami.

But after a few years of reflection, Murakami says he understood that Ryman’s work was a “turning point” that “pushed the art to the next level”.

“This is an evolution towards [change] the history of the art world,” Murakami says of NFTs.

Murakami says NFTs became popular during the pandemic because people couldn’t gather in museums and share the joy of physical art. He thinks that due to the pandemic isolation, it was important for people to access art on the internet to escape. More importantly, says Murakami, this new art form is a way for people to connect.

“So maybe in the near future, young artists will make way for mixed culture with NFT, blockchain, real performances and social media,” says Murakami. “People can connect to that.”

“DOB in the Strange Blue Forest (Blue DOB)” by Takashi Murakami features fiber-reinforced plastic, resin, fiberglass, acrylic, and iron. Courtesy of The Broad.

And while Murakami’s work delves into metaverse and augmented reality, his work is currently featured in a traditional art exhibit. He hopes art will continue to push the boundaries of form and technology, and he says people still yearn to connect with art in person.

“People want to come [see something real]. People want to be in touch with reality.

Former Sony CEO Idei, who led the brand’s global growth, dies at 84 https://q-ax.com/former-sony-ceo-idei-who-led-the-brands-global-growth-dies-at-84/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 05:20:41 +0000 https://q-ax.com/former-sony-ceo-idei-who-led-the-brands-global-growth-dies-at-84/

TOKYO — Nobuyuki Idei, who led Sony from 1998 to 2005, driving its growth in the digital and entertainment sectors, has died, the company announced Tuesday. He was 84 years old.

Idei died of liver failure on June 2 in Tokyo, Sony Group Corp said. in a press release.

Sony Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida said he and the company are indebted to Idei’s vision to prepare Sony for the internet age.

“During his seven years as CEO from 1998, Mr. Idei made an immense contribution to Sony’s evolution as a global company. In particular, the foresight and foresight with which he predicted the impact of the internet and proactively engaging in digitalization at Sony amazes me to this day,” he said.

Tokyo-based Sony is among Japan’s leading brands, having brought the Walkman portable music player to the world. But it had humble beginnings in the 1940s, when the nation was rebuilding from the ashes of World War II.

Sony was founded by Akio Morita, who co-wrote “The Japan Who Can Say No”, which advocates a more assertive and proud Japan, and Masaru Ibuka. In the 1970s, when Sony was developing the Walkman, some engineers were skeptical. But Morita insisted people would listen to music on the go.

Idei joined Sony in 1960, after graduating from the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, and worked in its audio and video divisions.

He was named chairman in 1995 and is credited with being behind successful products such as the Vaio laptop computer.

He became chief executive three years later, handpicked by Norio Ohga, who ran Sony in the 1980s and 1990s and was a flamboyant music lover who played a key role in the company’s development of the compact disc.

Idei pushed Sony’s digital operations under the slogan “Digital Dream Kids”. He also accelerated Sony’s global expansion, including the PlayStation video game business and Sony’s sprawling entertainment empire that includes music and movies.

Idei has also consolidated a global group management framework and corporate governance structure within the company. He was appointed head of the Japanese government’s IT Strategy Council in 2000, helping the country build broadband networks.

He was replaced by Howard Stringer, the first non-Japanese to lead Sony, an appointment intended to better integrate Sony’s electronics and entertainment businesses.

This upheaval in 2005 came at a time of growing concerns over whether Sony could revive its electronics business in the face of cheaper competition from Asian rivals. Sales of products that were once the mainstay of Sony power, such as televisions and portable players, had plunged.

In 2003, under Idei’s leadership, Sony stock plunged into what has been dubbed the “Sony shock” after reporting worse than expected red ink.

Sony had repeatedly promised to generate profits from futuristic gadgets that download network-connected home entertainment, allowing the company to tap into both its electronics and entertainment divisions.

“Sony’s shock was a shock to us too,” Idei said at the time. “We want to turn the shock into something positive.”

After retiring from Sony, Idei established consulting firm Quantum Leaps Corp. which focused on reshaping businesses and nurturing a next generation of leaders.

Idei is survived by his wife and their daughter, according to Sony. A private funeral service has been held with immediate family and a company memorial event in his honor is planned for a later date, he said.


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No more reopening in Shanghai, Japan opens up to tourists, Singapore security summit https://q-ax.com/no-more-reopening-in-shanghai-japan-opens-up-to-tourists-singapore-security-summit/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/no-more-reopening-in-shanghai-japan-opens-up-to-tourists-singapore-security-summit/

Welcome to your week in Asia.

Shanghai recently lifted a two-month COVID-19 lockdown, and some students are expected to return to class this week. The impact of the harsh pandemic measures on China’s economy will be highlighted later in the week when it releases trade and inflation figures for May.

On Friday, Japan is expected to welcome international tourists for the first time in two years, but with strict conditions. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will join defense ministers from the United States and China for the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore.

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Shanghai schools begin to reopen

Shanghai high school students are to resume their studies in the classroom ahead of July’s college entrance exam, as the city rolls back its strict COVID-19 prevention measures. The rest of the students will resume online lessons until June 30 before summer vacation next month.

KMT chairman opens office in Washington

Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Kuomintang, will host the opening of the KMT office in Washington, DC. The event marks a return of the party’s presence in the United States. It is also Chu’s first visit to the United States since he was elected KMT chairman in September last year. His trip comes as Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party strengthens ties with Washington amid rising tensions with Beijing. Taiwan is due to hold local elections in November.

Sedition trial of Olympic protester Koo Sze-yiu begins

Hong Kong activist Koo Sze-yiu is due to stand trial after pleading not guilty to committing a seditious act during a planned protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year. The 75-year-old faces up to two years in prison for sedition, but the indictment made available to the press did not reveal any details of Koo’s alleged crime. A coffin with the words “human rights are above the Winter Olympics” was seized from Koo’s apartment during an investigation.

Annual Apple Developer Conference

Apple will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote broadcast live by CEO Tim Cook. This is the company’s third year holding the event in a fully virtual format despite the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions in California. The tech giant is expected to unveil new updates to its various operating systems and details about upcoming products. Although no new iPhones were announced at the mid-year event, Apple has unveiled updates to other products, such as the Mac and Apple Watch, at previous conferences.


Kishida’s “new capitalism” action plan

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will spell out his “new capitalism” economic policy for the first time since taking office in October. It is expected to outline a growth strategy centered on investing in people, science and technology, startups, decarbonization and digital, Nikkei reported. Its priorities also include strengthening defense capabilities.

Tencent closes Penguin eSports streaming platform

Tencent’s Penguin Esports video game streaming platform will cease operations late Tuesday, following the tech giant’s announcement earlier this year that it will cut non-essential operations this year. Launched six years ago, Penguin Esports’ market share was far below competitors such as Douyu and Huya. Tencent saw zero growth in the March quarter, after the company came under tight control from Beijing, along with other internet and technology companies since last year. The company previously said the closure was due to “changes in the company’s growth strategy.”

Monetary Policy Announcement: Australia


Hong Kong legislature passes copyright bill

A controversial copyright bill, which aims to update existing legislation and expand intellectual property protections, will be read in the Hong Kong Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. The bill, which has already been blocked by opposition lawmakers twice, is expected to bolster the city’s status as an intellectual property trading hub. Critics say the bill has implications for free speech and could punish works of parody or satire, leading to further self-censorship. The bill has been subject to a three-month public consultation and is expected to be read and voted on without any opposition, after Beijing overhauled Hong Kong’s electoral system to ensure that only those considered ‘patriots’ can be elected.

Revised GDP of Japan in Q1


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chipmaker, will host its annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday. TSMC is expected to face shareholder inquiries about its progress in cutting-edge chip production technologies, as well as the latest status of its factories in the United States and Japan.

Monetary Policy Announcement: Thailand, India


China trade data

China is due to report trade data for the month of May, in which factory production was halted due to COVID-19 restrictions. The latest monthly consumer price index will also be revealed after an annual jump of 1.5% in April, the fastest pace in three months.

Thailand legalizes home cultivation of cannabis

Cannabis and hemp will be removed from Thailand’s banned narcotics list from Thursday, allowing anyone in the kingdom to grow the plants at home. The easing of rules on recreational marijuana holds promise for Thailand’s tourism-dependent economy as COVID entry restrictions are eased. While licensing regulations remain applicable to the commercial cultivation of cannabis, corporate groups ranging from Charoen Pokphand to Mandarin Oriental hotels have invested huge sums in the development of cannabis products and services. The economic windfall could benefit the country’s ruling parties, if this year ends with snap elections.

Business income: Bilibili Jewelry, Nio, Chow Tai Fook


Japan begins to accept tourists

Japan will start accepting international tourists again for the first time in about two years, starting with package tour groups. Those traveling from 98 countries and regions classified as “blue” – or low-risk locations – will be permitted. These include most of the country’s major inbound tourism industry markets, such as South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. Ahead of the reopening, Japan doubled the daily cap on visitor arrivals to 20,000 on June 1.

Shangri La Dialogue

Leaders and defense ministers from the United States, Europe and Asian countries will meet in Singapore for a three-day security summit, hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a group think tank based in the UK. Among the participants are Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chinese Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe. The summit returns after being canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.