Herr, offense shine again as Crabs top Legends to extend winning streak to 10 games

first_imgARCATA >> The Crabs went 10 for 10 in more than one way Saturday night.The Humboldt offense hit the 10-run mark — again. The Humboldt offense peppered U.S. Highway 101 — again. And with it, Humboldt’s season-high winning streak lived to see another day, as the Crabs’ offense delivered another big night in support of starting pitcher Aaron Herr in their 10-2 victory over the Menlo Park Legends — and 10th consecutive win overall — in front of 819 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“I think our …last_img read more

Monkey Raspberries Created Speech

first_imgWhat was this evolutionist thinking when he proposed that human language evolved out of the lip smacking and buzzing sounds made by monkeys?W. Tecumseh Fitch didn’t get any ridicule at all on Science Daily for proposing that “Monkey Lip Smacks Provide New Insights Into the Evolution of Human Speech.”  Nor did he from PhysOrg, which dutifully reprinted the press release from University of Vienna that stated, “Intriguingly, chimpanzees also make communicative sounds with their lips, including both loud lip smacks and lip buzzes (‘raspberries‘).”  The monkey on Fitch’s shoulder in the accompanying photo appears to be knocking on his master’s head, wondering, “Anybody home?”Fitch’s theory is not a hoot, the press release assures us.  “Scientists have traditionally sought the evolutionary origins of human speech in primate vocalizations, such as monkey coos or chimpanzee hoots,” the article stated without describing whose tradition deserved respect.  “But unlike these primate calls, human speech is produced using rapid, controlled movements of the tongue, lips and jaw.”  Fitch did his grunt work using cineradiography to analyze the lip-smacking behavior of macaques.  He found that the lips move faster than they do when monkeys howl.  He did not explain, though, how non-vocal lip movements could be a precursor of language, since monkeys are still smacking and buzzing raspberries without having evolved more advanced oratory, despite having millions of years more time to evolve than their upright primate brethren presumably had.  Didn’t they at least evolve envy?In his paper published by Current Biology (31 May 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.04.055) with three colleagues, Fitch recognized his hunch has some missing links:Yet, there are striking differences between the two modes of expression, the most obvious of which is that lip-smacking lacks a vocal component (though a quiet consonant-like bilabial plosive or /p/ sound is produced when the lips smack together). Thus, the capacity to produce vocalizations during rhythmic vocal tract movements seen in speech seems to be a human adaptation. How can lip-smacking be related to speech if there is no vocal component? … Our data only address the evolution of vocal tract movements (the filter component) involved in speech production.It also cannot be tested:Because most traits involved in speech—the vocal production apparatus and the brain—do not fossilize, we are left with only the comparative method for investigating the evolution of speech. By comparing the behavior and biology of extant primates with humans, we can deduce the behavioral capacities of extinct common ancestors.The press release agreed, ending, “the origin of the ‘singing’ component of speech, which requires voluntary control over the larynx, remains mysterious.”  Much more mysterious, yet unstated, would be how to evolve Shakespeare from lip-smacking.Update 6/7/2012: Nature reported on Fitch’s hypothesis, giving it no raspberries but a serving of whipped cream.Fitch did not do his job as a scientist.  He should have considered all the alternative hypotheses.  As usual, he ruled out intelligent design or creation from the get-go, but there are other evolutionary theories he could have tested without abandoning the Cult of the Bearded Buddha that requires all observations to be fit into the Grand Myth.He could have, for instance, tested the Raspberry Theory of Language that proposes language evolved from the other end of the digestive tract, another body part that produces buzzing sounds.  Over millions of years, it is just as imaginable that an unguided process would give monkeys voluntary control over the pitch, duration and modulation of emitted signals, independent of the larynx.  Another theory is the Hand-Under-the-Armpit Theory of Language.  This proposes that meaningful signals (also independently of the larynx) made by pumping the arm over the hand inserted into the armpit evolved into middle-school boys communicating with one another.Perhaps it’s good Fitch didn’t consider these alternatives.  We wouldn’t want to find his cineradiography going viral on YouTube.Fitch’s shallow reasoning is evident in that he completely ignored meaning (semantics).  Meaning is orthogonal to signal.  It’s conceivable that certain ordered lip-smacks or raspberries could be controlled to communicate S.O.S.  The meaning of S.O.S., however, has nothing to do with the signalling method.  The message could be communicated with flashlights, telegraph, knots on a rope, skywriting, eye blinks or any number of methods.  Suggesting that lip smacking led to language is like saying that flashlights created Morse Code.Fitch’s hypothesis is also self-refuting.  The language he employed in his paper, if considered seriously, has its roots in unguided processes of lip-smacking and the production of buzzing sounds by his ancestors’ lips.  His readers are justified, therefore, by responding in kind.Save this latest evolutionary tale for the day of Darwinism’s spectacular collapse, when intelligent people will hoot and holler at the credulity of Darwinists.  They may well communicate their disdain independent of the larynx, by rolling their eyes and circling their index fingers around their ear, unquestionably employing intelligent design to convey the purpose of their bodily signals. 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Record SA audience for opening match

first_imgThis combined audience is 39% higher than last year’s highest sports TV audience which was also broadcast across both channels – the semi-final of the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009 (7.35-million), when Brazil knocked out hosts South Africa. The highest confirmed in-home audience of the opening two days was achieved in China, where an average of nearly 24-million viewers watched the CCTV5 coverage of Greece vs Korea Republic. The average combined in-home audience in South Africa for the day’s second encounter, Uruguay and France, was almost half the opening game at 5 661 539. 15 June 2010 Univision in the USA gained an average of 5.4-million viewers for their coverage of the opening game. This ranks among the top 10 audiences for a football match in the USA in recent years, and is twice the size of the Univision audience for the opening game of the 2006 Fifa World Cup. Viewing figures were similarly robust for other countries whose data has been made available to Fifa over the weekend by the respective official broadcasters. An average of almost 1 in 5 people in Germany watched the England and USA match, the highest rating of all confirmed in-home audiences. In addition, two games aired on ARD attracted an average of over half of all television viewers during the games. Huge Chinese audience SABC 1 recorded an average audience of 8 895 965 viewers during the match, which equates to a 76% audience share, while SuperSport 3 registered an average audience of 1 250 828 viewers for an 11% share. The opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico drew a record South African TV audience. The tournament is also getting good viewership ratings in North and South America, Europe and China. According to Fifa, the average combined in-home audience for the 11 June match was 10 146 793 viewers on the two local channels SABC 1 and SuperSport 3, according to data from the SABC. Top five in Mexico This is 15% higher than the average audiences achieved for the three group stage matches at the 2006 World Cup and ranks inside the top five in-home television audiences for a football match achieved in recent years in Mexico. In Mexico, a combined average of nearly 19% of the population with access to television watched coverage of the opening game at home. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Olympian has high hopes for PH volleyball

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t think you have to be the tallest, the highest jumpers, the most powerful to be a great volleyball team,” he said at a press conference at Brotzeit Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.“I believe that lots of different areas in the world can produce great players and great coaches,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThree-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly sees a brighter future for volleyball in the Philippines, which is enjoying a renaissance with improved performances in the international stage.Kiraly, the current United States women’s national team coach, who will grace the opening Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre, believes the country has the potential to be among the world’s top volleyball countries, noting the support that the sport enjoys from fans.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec universities launch world first UNESCO antiradicalization chair

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project Friday in Sherbrooke, Que.The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.“(The goal) is to be able to develop programs, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalization,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke.He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.“What is unique in the world is a UNESCO chair that’s tripartite — that brings together three universities that signed the agreement with UNESCO — but beyond that, it’s the gathering of national and international partners that are coming together to share their expertise,” Morin said.The project was conceived during the UNESCO conference on radicalization that Quebec hosted in 2016 and will become one of the international body’s 700 institutions in 116 countries that encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.The centre has an international focus and will collaborate with a network of over 40 partners across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Quebec has pledged $100,000 a year for the next four years to support the initiative.The current staff includes a chairholder from each school as well as a scientific director based at Universite de Sherbrooke.Co-chair Vivek Venkatesh said the centre’s activities will include providing training to people who work in marginalized communities and creating public engagement tools to counter hate speech and violent propaganda.As an example, he cited an ongoing project in Montreal’s East End that teaches marginalized youth to use music and literature to describe their experiences with hateful speech or actions.The chair will bring together multiple disciplines including political science, international development, social services, and psychology.It’s tripartite structure means each school can contribute their own resources and sources of funding, Venkatesh said.“This is a coming together of institutional allies but also people from disciplines from three different institutions,” the Concordia professor said.“Our training and our respective cultures are coming together in a very unique way.”The secretary general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO praised the chair and its governance model as “a first in Canada and the world.”“We look forward to working with the chair to counter the rise of radicalization and violent extremism in Canada and the world,” Sebastien Goupil said in a statement.last_img read more

TALENT SPOTLIGHT TONY NAPPO

first_img Facebook Every week, eBOSS Canada will shine the spotlight on an aspiring industry mover & shaker (Actor, Model, Producer, Director, Writer, etc.).    TODAY WE TURN THE TALENT SPOTLIGHT ONTONY NAPPOActorTony has been nominated for Outstanding Performance – Male in the 2018 ACTRA Awardsas Quinn Diaz in Split Seconds (Toronto 48 Hour Film Project)Tony Nappo was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. He went on to study acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a theatrical staple in Toronto and has worked in many high profile Hollywood films including Disney’s Zombies, Born to be Blue, Four Brothers, Saw2, Land of the Dead, and Murder at 1600. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement He has appeared in endless independent films including The Go-Getters, This Beautiful City, Beat Down, Stag, You Might As Well Live and The Rainbow Kid. He voices the lead character, Jimmy Falcone, in the hit animated series Fugget About It and has appeared in over a hundred episodes of television including Bad Blood, Baroness Von Sketch, Kim’s Convenience, Murdoch Mysteries, Shoot The Messenger, Remedy, Flashpoint, Killjoys, Rookie Blue, Conviction, Breakout Kings, Saving Hope and Davinci’s Inquest. He has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, two Actra Awards, a Broadway World Award and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards1. What was your journey to becoming an actor? Where did it begin?I think it began as a boy. We were fairly poor and my dad was not in good health so I spent a lot of time escaping through movies and television and, most especially, my imagination. I remember lying in bed and acting out all of these epic stories and just building forts from sofa cushions and cardboard boxes and living out all these fantasies that had nothingo to do with my actual life.2. What project are you most proud of and why?I’m pretty proud of most of what I am doing recently. I just feel like I have come to that point in my life and career where I am challenged more often in terms of content and variety on stage and on film and am able to rise to the challenge. I am always paying attention and learning from my peers and learning new things about myself constantly to bring to my work. I am especially proud of Split Seconds right now because it just became public and because it is a perfect short film,In my mind. It is just crazy to me that this insanely talented group of people could conceive of and execute it within 48 hours.3. What advice do you have for aspiring actors?Do something every single day that will make you a better actor. Read scripts, plays, biographies of actors you admire. See plays and films and get familiar with any shows or projects you’re likely to audition for. Take classes. Write. Anything. Go to the gym if that’s a part of your thing. Just do something. Nobody is waiting around for you to arrive. So when your chances do come, be ready for them.4. What advice can you give aspiring actors for preparing for an audition? (e.g. Do you study with a private coach?)I don’t prepare a lot for auditions, personally. I like to barely even know the lines. That just works for me. It wouldn’t work for everyone. As long as I know what I want to DO with the words, I’m golden. The biggest thing I’d say to newer actors is don’t prepare HOW you want to do it. Because you’ll get stuck in that. Prepare what you are going to do and be ready to do it a hundred different ways. There is no right way or wrong way to do any audition. There is just true and false, as Mamet says. They either believe you or they don’t. And don’t get hung up on the words. They want to see you execute the scene, not memorize the text- it’s not a history test.5. Which acting teacher/coach/school played the biggest role in your career?)A professor named Kathy Smith at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus, when I was a student there in the late 80s. In my second year, she pulled me into her office one day and asked what I was going to do with my life and I said I wanted to be an English teacher. She told me if I truly committed to studying acting that I would likely be able to make a living at it for the rest of my life. She suggested a school in New York and I auditioned for it, got in, dropped out of University and never looked back. I am always amazed, when I look back, that Kathy changed my entire life’s trajectory with that one single conversation.6. Do you feel it is necessary for performers to promote themselves in order to advance their careers? (e.g. using social media)Unfortunately it is necessary, especially when you’re starting out, as dumb as it is because it has ZERO to do with the work. Though, I admit that I play the game now, too, even though I resisted for years. I joined twitter and Instagram last year and I don’t think it has made any difference at all. I mean, I’ve already been around for almost thirty years now. If industry people don’t know me by now, I’m in big trouble.7. What is the hardest role/character you’ve ever played?Gio in Bad Blood was hard in a way because he mostly observed and didn’t say much. I mean, the director told Gio’s story by covering me a lot and using that coverage which was necessary for those big plot points I was a part of to pay off, in the end. But I couldn’t rely on my usual tricks of add libbing or sneaking in stuff that I knew would make the audience like the guy. There was no room for cheating.8. If you could turn back time and appear in any film made in the past 20 years, which film and character would you choose … and why?I never think that way. There were auditions I blew that I’d like to have over.Or maybe a performance I thought that someone els gave and sucked that i could have done a better job. Buy any film that I have loved in the last 20 years, I wouldn’t touch them. They just inspire me to do better work and hopefully be able to be a part of some film that someone else may be inspired by twenty years from now.9. What would you like to see the Canadian Film/TV industry can do differently in order to grow?I think it needs to promote their actors more and build stars. I think the producer’s fear has always been if you make stars here you have to pay them as stars but if you build them up, I think producers would find that they could generate more revenue than they would cost.10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration, and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have been your mentors and why?My mentors have always been the journeymen. The guys like David Fox, who are still doing fringe shows and indie films at 75 years old. The guys who aren’t a quick flash but who are true craftsmen and who you always believe when you see them on stage or screen. The one guy outside of that category -because he is and has been a star since the day I met him – is Nicholas Campbell who took me under his wing when I was about 24 years old and spent a lot of time with me and taught me a lot about the importance of the work and being able to execute it on my own terms. I don’t think I would be the actor I am today or that I would have been able to attack it all with the confidence I did if I hadn’t had the opportunity to drink in all of his experiences and know that an actor of his calibre believed in me. Bad Blood as Marko Brunswick on Rookie Blue Shoot The Messenger Tony Nappo Bad Blood Murdoch Mysteries Kim’s Convenience With Chiwetel Ejiofor in Four Brothers. From the set of Bad Blood with Paul Sorvino and Enrico Colantoni. the set of Bad Blood with Kim Coates and Anthony LaPaglia Killjoys Born to be Blue- with Ethan Hawke and Kate Brown With Lyriq Bent in Shoot The Messenger with Enrico Colantoni in The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship as Cory Lucesse with Wesley Snipes in Murder at 1600 with George Romero on Land of the Dead set. Tony Nappo TONY’S LINKSIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621176/Instagram: @nappo.tonyTwitter: @realtonynappoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tony.nappo.39Tony also writes a column called NAPPOHOLICS ANONYMOUSWhich has run weekly in Intermission Magazine for almost two full years.https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/category/nappoholics-anonymous/REPRESENTED BYRich Caplan – Noble Caplan Abrams – TorontoCoolwaters Productions – CaliforniaIf you would like to be showcased – log-in to eBOSS Canada, post your links, pics, demo and a bio in the News/Talent Showcase section.  The next shout-out could be yours. center_img Advertisement Tony Nappo Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Javier Hernandez ready for West Hams crucial winter schedule

first_imgWest Ham United forward Javier Hernandez plans to give his all ahead of the club’s busy winter period of Premier League gamesTonight’s game with Cardiff City will be the first of seven league games in the space of a month for West Ham.Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton will all be awaiting them over the Christmas period.But Chicharito, who scored twice in his first start since October in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, views the fixture list as an opportunity to gain some much-needed points.Currently, West Ham are only six points above the relegation zone in the Premier League after winning just four of their opening 14 matches.“December is always crucial for us to get as many points as we can and to achieve the goals we want to,” Chicharito told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are all going to be ready now for the [Christmas] period and we know that recovery will now be crucial as well as training.“People don’t give enough credit to that and to how important recovery is and you have to be ready, always.“I’m used to playing for Mexico and since I came to Europe, I haven’t had any summer off – only when it was the Olympics and I didn’t go with the national team, when I was with Manchester United.“So it’s normal for me [not to have a break]. The worse thing for me was the virus that I got, and it was just a case of waiting for that to go away and that virus got me almost five weeks away.“That was crucial but thankfully I’ve got into my best shape physically and thankfully the manager can recall me and I can return with goals.”Chicharito has scored four goals in 11 appearances for West Ham this season.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE Texas House Hearing On Housing After Hurricane Harvey

first_img Share Click on “Live” below to watch the hearing The Texas House of Representatives’ Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on short-term and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding.last_img

Dance Central VR Coming to Oculus Quest as Launch Title

first_img“Dance Central” doesn’t sound like something that should work in virtual reality, let alone work well. And while some concessions were necessary to make it work, “Dance Central VR” is an excellent adaptation of the seven-year-old franchise.A big piece of the success is the Oculus Quest hardware. The standalone headset is due in Spring 2019, and Harmonix will be there at launch with “Dance Central VR.” It’s also due for Oculus Rift with cross-buy, for those that aren’t quite ready to upgrade to the self-contained Quest.The original “Dance Central” titles used the Xbox 360 and Xbox One Kinect to track the full body. That’s just not possible in VR, so Harmonix commissioned choreography that is mindful of the limitations.“We can’t score you the same way we used to, because we can only track your hands and your head,” says “Dance Central” creative lead Arthur Inasi. “That seems to make the experience a little more accessible and less scary for new players. And the fact that you have the helmet on and you aren’t seeing the outside world makes it easier for you to lose yourself.” On the standard difficulty, there is a lot of move repetition, so players can get comfortable. Hand gestures are a big part of “Dance Central VR,” using the Touch controllers’ capacitive buttons to signify open hands, fists, and pointing. These are not scored as strictly until you get to Pro difficulty.The 32 songs “Dance Central VR” ships with will all be available at launch with no in-game gating. Players will be able to take on Pro mode with little barrier, also. Popular on Variety The Quest has an expansive tracking field (about 210 degrees), but Harmonix has figured out how to expand that using the new Touch controllers shipping with the Quest.“We can track acceleration and velocity once we’ve lost [visual] tracking,” Inasi explains. “We can track on the controllers themselves, even if they are outside the Quest’s view. It calculates how long it takes to move back into tracking.”Harmonix is also careful to ensure that aren’t dance moves that might threaten to fling an HMD from a player’s head. The choreography is designed to limit head and body gestures so your expensive Rift or Quest doesn’t go flying across the room.“We had to consider that when we hired choreographers that we used moves that were not too extravagant, didn’t have you spinning around, didn’t have you facing backward, or walking off in a certain direction,” Inasi says. “We tend to do a lot of movements that are in front of your body or out to the side. Simple left and right stuff. No jumping.”The in-game experience delivers on the immersion. It’s easier to feel comfortable dancing when the world around you is blocked out. The dancer players are asked to mirror are close enough that it feels like they are dancing with you instead of for you. The move “flash cards” also return to show you what moves are coming up. One of the challenges of any multiplayer space is the possibility of harassment. Harmonix has a solution ready. There are posters that adorn the lounge walls that let players know about a quick way to get rid of bad actors. “We wanted a quick way for people to mute someone,” says product manager Alicia Caillier. “If you double thumbs-down, that mutes their audio and freezes their avatar. It gives you some time to report or change rooms.”“Dance Central VR” hooks into Oculus’ system-level reporting and moderation tools. Harmonix has taken the next step to give players an immediate way to protect themselves.center_img In addition to live multiplayer, players can send challenges (complete with custom-recorded dance taunts) to their friends. Challenge, dance, and wait to see if your friend can top your performance.“Dance Central VR” feels great to play, even if it doesn’t directly challenge players to move their legs in specific ways. The necessary changes for virtual reality certainly change the experience, but they don’t detract from feeling like a dance floor superstar.The game’s songs will include chart-toppers from the ’70s through today. Harmonix said these will be the game’s first six songs:Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B “Finesse (Remix)”The Chainsmokers ft. Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”DJ Snake & Lil Jon “Turn Down for What”Haddaway “What is Love”Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything”Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock “It Takes Two” Harmonix incorporated learnings from previous VR projects over the two-year design period. The biggest is giving players a sense of comfort and belonging in the virtual environment.“The idea of presence in a space is important, and we learned a lot from ‘Rock Band VR’ about how to make you feel like you’re in a real space, particularly from an audio perspective… where speakers are in space, how the crowd reacts to you” Inasi explains. “I don’t think we could have done this without that.”“Dance Central VR” includes a campaign that allows players to unlock new dance partners and phone cases. Your cell phone is always by your side as a sleek menu, including for taking selfies in the extensive customization screen.Harmonix is offering a large number of face and hairstyle types, and none are segmented by gender. This ensures players can feel free to express themselves in an authentic way.“Dance Central VR” also innovates on the franchise with fully synchronized multiplayer across both HMDs. Players are dropped into a social lounge space. Moving across the space can be customized in three ways: traditional thumbstick movement, teleporting from point to point, or dancing. Shimmying your way across the dance floor is handled with simple arm gestures, and the game animates your avatar to look like you’re dancing, using motion capture data. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more