“I want a whole lot more than the boy next door I want hell on wheels” From “ Cool Rider ” by Michelle Pfeiffer Nerds and badasses. Up until at least the early 1980’s you could witness these different humans in the anthropological petri dish known as the American high school cafeteria. Bad asses would be at one table and nerds at another - with little cross-pollination. And it felt as though people were pre-destined from birth to be either one or the other forever. Source: Michael Dobrinski on Unsplash, used with permission In retrospect, these seemingly polar opposite groups actually had something in common. They were both a little off center from the more traditional “normal” kids. Badasses seemed a bit dangerous like the “Greasers” from The Outsiders . They often wore leather jackets, were into cars and motorcycles, smoked, got into fights and often didn’t feel particularly compelled to play by the rules. They seemed both exciting and forbidding. On the … [Read more...] about Why Grease 2 Was The Most Important Movie Ever
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The Nvidia RTX 3060 12GB brings a new level of performance to the mainstream market--sort of. Officially, the RTX 3060 launches today with prices starting at just $329. Realistically? You're as likely to find one at that price as you are to find an RTX 3060 Ti at $399, RTX 3070 at $499, or RTX 3080 at $699 — not entirely impossible, perhaps, but highly unlikely. Nvidia's Ampere architecture now powers many of the best graphics cards , and they're all seeing massive levels of demand from both gamers and cryptocurrency miners . Nvidia has added firmware and driver code to detect Ethereum mining, which should help a bit, but when people are willing to pay extreme scalper pricing on eBay , even for cards like the GTX 1660 Super and RTX 2060, everything in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy is pretty much sold out right now. Nvidia is even working with partners to bring back previous generation Turing and Pascal cards . None of that makes this a bad GPU, … [Read more...] about GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Review: Hope Springs Eternal
Video Player Close BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- When Mao Zedong stood on Tian'anmen Rostrum in Beijing to declare the birth of New China in 1949, a Herculean task stood before him and the Communist Party of China (CPC) that he led: feeding and clothing 540 million Chinese people, nearly 90 percent of whom lived in rural areas. "Poverty is not socialism," "socialism means eliminating poverty," and "we must keep abreast of the times; that is the purpose of our reform," said Deng Xiaoping, the visionary chief architect of China's reform and opening-up which began in 1978 when the country's incidence of rural poverty was 97.5 percent. Eradicating poverty is a war China must win, with the hardest and most arduous tasks lie in the country's rural areas and poverty-stricken regions. In 2020, all of China's nearly 100 million rural residents living below the current poverty line shook off poverty after eight years of arduous efforts. The historical feat of eradicating absolute … [Read more...] about China Focus: Is China’s poverty cure replicable?
Next Archana Masih 'The British conquered India by Indian money'... 'Indian masses have always resisted, always fought'... Mahmood Farooqui, historian and co-director of Peepli [Live]! , in a fascinating interview. 'A cousin gifted me a Mont Blanc pen on the day of the launch of my book, so I try and use it," grins Mahmood Farooqui , going inside his New Delhi home to fetch the pen before signing my copy of Besieged (Penguin), a fascinating account of what the residents of Delhi went through when the city lay under siege by the British for five harrowing months in the summer of 1857. Fresh from the success of Peepli [Live]! , which he co-directed along with wife Anusha Rizvi, Farooqui is an interesting blend -- a Rhodes Scholar with degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and Delhi's St Stephen's and an alumnus of Doon School (the Gorakhpur boy won a scholarship to the famed public school); a researcher-historian who helped writer William Dalrymple in … [Read more...] about An interview with Mahmood Farooqui
Barack Obama entered the White House in early 2009 on the back of a promise of hope and change. But how successful has his presidency been? Sky's editors and correspondents give their views. Foreign Affairs By Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor Barack Obama's tenure began with great hope. Of an intelligent reset of international relations largely deformed by neoconservatives behind the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the long war in Afghanistan. He was a disappointment. His allergy to foreign intervention resulted in a non-strategy on Syria and a general reluctance to throw the weight of his office behind burning issues of the day. Advertisement He failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Like David Cameron, he failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Legacy By Dominic Waghorn, Diplomatic Editor More from UK … [Read more...] about Pass or fail? Sky News experts give their verdicts on Obama’s era