Jamie McDonald dipped his hand in the Pacific Ocean two weeks ago to mark the start of his latest test of human endurance — a 6,000-mile run from the westernmost point of the continental United States to the easternmost point. On Monday, he got another hand from Microsoft. To go along with the technical expertise the company and its partners are lending McDonald, a few hundred employees of the software giant gave him a rousing applause as he made a stop in Redmond, Wash., to deliver one of his motivational speeches. McDonald, a 31-year-old native of the United Kingdom, has scheduled a year for his run as Adventureman, the alter-ego superhero persona he assumes during his efforts to raise awareness and money for children’s charities and hospitals. The distance he’s running, down the West Coast, across the Southern U.S. and up the East Coast, is equal to about 230 marathons. On a map, he said, the route looks like a big smiley face. Three years ago, he completed a … [Read more...] about Microsoft lends a technical hand as ‘Adventureman’ begins epic 6,000-mile run for charity across U.S.
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Gridlock by Avi Selk by Avi Selk Email the author April 23 at 3:55 PM Email the author What began as a simple boarding dispute at Miami International Airport escalated into a tour de force of plane drama on Sunday as a belligerent passenger was repeatedly stunned by police, forcibly carried out of his seat, then driven through the terminal with his head hanging out the back of a golf cart like a man in a stockade. All that was before, police say, Jacob Garcia lunged for an officer’s gun and kicked out a squad car window. Better start at the beginning. … [Read more...] about ‘Tase me, and you’ll see what happens,’ an American Airlines passenger said. Police did — 10 times.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByNatasha Singer April 18, 2018 Maryland could become the first state to address parental concerns about computer screen time for children in the classroom. Legislation passed this month would require state education officials to develop optimum health and safety practices for the use of digital devices in schools. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has not taken a public position on the legislation. If he does not sign or veto it before May 28, the measure will become law without his signature. The bill throws Maryland into an already heated national debate over the potential for digital devices and apps to addict children — and whether it is up to the tech industry or parents to make sure children don’t get hooked. Until now, health concerns about children’s use of devices have centered largely on … [Read more...] about Maryland Schools May Tell Children When It’s Time to Log Off
Thousands of Brits could be missing out on a railcard that grants them a third off travel, even during rush hour across the UK. That's because they have a disability that qualifies for a discount on all transport - including Oyster cards - around the clock. The Disabled Persons Railcard is a discounted travel pass designed for those that struggle on public transport due to health conditions, such as a visual or hearing impairment, or epilepsy. It works on most rail services and includes the London Underground where you can get a third off Oyster pay as you go single journeys and daily cap fares. It cannot, however, be used on season tickets. A pass costs £20 for one year, or £54 for three years. This means if you spend more than £60 a year on travel, it's immediately worth investing in. If you travel with another adult, and are planning to stick with them for your entire journey, they'll also get a third off, too. Children also qualify between the ages of five and 15. … [Read more...] about Who qualifies for the only railcard that gives you discounts even at peak times
It will take Meghan Markle just a few short minutes to walk down the aisle of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on the arm of her father Thomas. She will reach the altar, lock eyes with her beaming groom and the butterflies in her stomach will settle. Then, Harry will slip a ring of Welsh gold on to her finger and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce them husband and wife. Then the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – as they’re tipped to be titled – will leave the chapel to cheers from flag-waving well-wishers. And Meghan Markle, a divorced, American, mixed-race actress and feminist activist, will have completed her remarkable royal transformation into a very modern princess. Her journey began, officially, within hours of their engagement announcement on November 27, when Meghan said she was eager “to gets boots on the ground” and learn about the royal “Firm”. But pals say Meghan, 36, had unwittingly been preparing … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s remarkable journey from sexy TV star to a very modern princess
The most important thing to know about director Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time—the beloved children’s sci-fi book about time travel, tesseracts, and a dog named Fortinbras—is that it’s meant to appeal primarily to children, with jokes and a few nods for their handlers sprinkled in as an afterthought. This isn’t the type of children’s movie that aims for maturity or cynicism in a way that attracts adults; it’s one that compels you to do the opposite and be a kid again, and your patience for such will inform how much you enjoy it. The story is more or less the same: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) lives with her mother Kate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). Absent from the movie’s narrative are the book’s dastardly, rude twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, though their bullying and general rudeness seems to be baked into a multicultural cast of mean girls who are just one facet of … [Read more...] about A Wrinkle in Time Is Uplifting, Unsteady, and Made for Kids
Critics may have had mixed feelings about the new A Wrinkle in Time adaptation, but if it rules the box office this weekend, chances are Hollywood will consider making a sequel. The good news is there are already plenty more stories about Meg Murry and her family—but are any of them actually movie-friendly? It’s not a spoiler to say that Ava DuVernay’s film leaves the door wide open for more at the end, because Madeleine L’Engle’s much-beloved book does, too. A Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle’s most famous title, is the first in a series of four books, although they’re not exactly traditional sequels. On top of that, there’s a second quartet of books, published concurrently with the first, all about the epic’s next generation of characters. However. Though the movie makes some big changes from its source material, it hews to the original plot fairly closely—which might prove more of a challenge with these other books, … [Read more...] about A Look at A Wrinkle in Time’s Weird and Probably Unfilmable Sequels
A Wrinkle in Time might be a science fiction epic that takes place across galaxies, but its story is surprisingly small. It’s about one girl learning to find herself, set against the backdrop of the entire universe. But while the film tries to balance the personal journey of Meg Murry (Storm Reid) with director Ava DuVernay’s grand vision of the cosmos, it never quite connects. The Disney film is the latest adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s novel. It stars Reid as Meg, a young woman who’s struggling with the loss of her father (Chris Pine), a brilliant scientist who went missing four years ago. Meg is bullied by other girls and gossiped about by teachers, things that infuriate her adoptive brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who’s supposedly a genius. Of course, everything changes when Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) arrive, revealing that they believe Meg’s … [Read more...] about A Wrinkle in Time Tries to Soar, but Has Trouble Staying Grounded
You’ve likely never heard of Joshua Simmons. You certainly hadn’t heard of him when he entered his name in the NBA draft. Five years ago, at 20 years old, Simmons was on the NBA’s official early entry list, despite having played just a handful of games at a junior college 30 minutes east of Greenville, S.C. By the time the list was released in May 2013, Simmons wasn’t even listed on Spartanburg Methodist’s roster—the only indication the 6-foot-5 wing had ever played for the program was the 5.2 points he averaged during his 13 games of eligibility. Simmons was about to begin of his 15 minutes of fame, an experience he would come to hate in real time. But, five years and four schools later, he is only now winding down his remarkable college hoops career, and with something quite like closure. Not that 2013 Simmons, with his eyes on the NBA, would have considered graduation a success. As a wholly anonymous prospect, Simmons shouldn’t have stuck … [Read more...] about Joshua Simmons’s Long Journey From NBA Draft Punchline To College Hoops Nomad Is Almost Over
Last fall, Dishonored 2 ripped me right out of my gaming funk. I tore through the game in two days, scouring every square inch of its wonderful setting, Karnaca. Dishonored 2’s brilliant self-assurance is compelling; I couldn’t stay away. Now, after the release of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, I found myself craving a return to Dishonored 2. This article originally appeared 10/17/17. Many people have rightfully singled out Dishonored 2’s fourth mission, The Clockwork Mansion, as one of the game’s best. It’s a great level, rich with the kind of creativity that Arkane is known for. The game’s seventh mission, A Crack in the Slab, gets less attention. Dishonored 2 released shortly after Titanfall 2, whose time-travel themed missionEffect and Cause might have stolen some of A Crack in the Slab’s thunder. A Crack in the Slab might have a similar premise to Effect and Cause, but its combination of its themes and mechanics makes it stand out. … [Read more...] about What Made Dishonored 2’s Time Travel Level So Good