As some of the globe’s biggest names in music festivals gear up towards the summer of 2019, it is a good time to look at which ones are likely to be winners this year. Not all of the leading festivals remain at the top of their game and it is often the up-and-coming ones which secure the best acts as well a generating that true summer festival vibe. If you are saving up for a music festival or two this summer, then which ones might you opt for? Read on to discover the top five picks for this summer and remember that you can always boost your budget by hitting the online casino for a potential jackpot. [Read more…]
It took FIFA a long time to take on board video technology to assist referees on the field. After all, cricket has been using its decision review system for a long time. In rugby, referees can send certain decisions to a television match official, or TMO, to help them decide whether a tackle was too high, if a player’s feet were put into touch before scoring, and whether a ball has been properly grounded for a try. Indeed, tennis has been using technology to help with line decisions for even longer. And yet, it is understandable why football resisted the many calls for VAR – or something like it – for so long. Far from clearing up contentious on-field calls, the technology only seems to transfer the decision making from real time to a frame-by-frame process with all of its nuances and possible interpretations. [Read more…]
The FIRE movement is one that has gained traction in recent years. In fact, FIRE – which stands for financial independence, retire early – dates back to the early 1990s when Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez published Your Money or Your Life which went on to become a best-seller. The movement has gained traction from podcasts such as Firedrill which is made by Gwen Merz from her home in the United States. In addition, another book, Early Retirement Extreme, written by Jacob Lund Fisker has helped to make the principles behind the FIRE movement better known since it was published in 2010. [Read more…]
There are all sorts of physical activities which are known to have a positive impact on people who are suffering from common mental disorders, such as anxiety or stress. When it comes to the more serious conditions, like post traumatic stress disorder – or PTSD – more tailored approaches often need to be worked out to assist people with their recoveries. One such approach that is gathering more and more interest is surfing. So-called surf therapy has been the subject of scientific research programmes on both sides of the Atlantic and medical professionals are now hoping that it can be turned into a programme that will assist all sorts of patients with a wide range of conditions. [Read more…]
Lots of shows on TV are bet on. Many online gambling markets are set up to allow people to bet on the outcome of live events, much like sports gambling. Therefore, you tend to see betting markets for reality TV shows and talent contests where the outcomes are unknown but can be predicted. Increasingly, however, people are betting on dramas. Whether it is plot lines or which characters might get killed off, betting on scripted TV shows with actors is becoming more and more popular. Game of Thrones is probably the most famous example of this modern phenomenon in gambling. What are people betting on with regards to this critically acclaimed fantasy drama? [Read more…]
The internet was developed from the mid-1950s whereby packet switching was utilised to pass data back and forth over a network. So-called internet protocol communications were first put into action in the 1970s. The interconnectivity that the burgeoning internet was suggesting would only become possible with further steps. It still needed a system to give it a practical application. Until the world wide web was invented by a scientist working at CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – no such system existed. Before Tim Berners-Lee, the Englishman who came up with the notion of the world wide web, the internet was only used for small networks, to connect some of the world’s supercomputers and for certain military applications. What Berners-Lee developed was a system whereby all of the world’s computers could connect to one another in a meaningful way. His invention has just turned 30 years of age. Do we really understand it?
What Is the World Wide Web?
In 1980, Berners-Lee used his computer at CERN to share information in a novel way. Other scientists could look up information and search for data on a system he called ‘Enquire’. This made use of the internet protocols invented elsewhere which – crucially – meant that his colleagues could look up information held on his computer from another terminal. Over the course of the next ten years, he developed his system to make it work in a variety of situations so that scientists all over the world could access each other’s records. By December 1990, what we would now understand to be the world wide web was up and running and academics started to use it like a virtual library which could be constantly referred to and updated. [Read more…]
2019 looks set to be one of the best years in recent times with respect to literature. With only a few months of the year having passed, there have been plenty of top quality books that have been published. By the time International Women’s Day came about in March, many literary commentators and critics were highlighting the fact that a good number of the best received books were written by females. [Read more…]
Google has produced what has turned out to be by far the most popular web browser to date. Since it was first released in 2008, the browser has taken over around two-thirds of the total global usage. Nevertheless, it has a couple of issues that has caused some people to look at the alternatives. Firstly, Chrome tends to depend on a lot of RAM to be available which can slow other programs that are running at the same time as the browser. This is especially the case when you have several tabs open at the same time. PCs tend to become progressively unresponsive using it. [Read more…]
You might use emojis to finish off a text message or an email. Then again, you can often see emojis being used in marketing these days, often to convey a degree of positivity about a product. Since they first started being used, emojis have grown and grown in popularity. They have even been turned into characters in their own movie! That said, nowhere in the world has allowed car owners to include emojis on their official license plate numbering system. That is, until now. [Read more…]
The celestial calendar was pretty rich in the early part of 2019 but it does not matter if you missed some of the more exciting events in the night’s sky. There are plenty more heavenly sights to keep a look out for over the course of the rest of the year. Whether you are an amateur astronomer or someone who takes stargazing very seriously, 2019 looks set to be something of a vintage year. All you need is a cloud-free night that allows you to view some of the following upcoming celestial events. So what does 2019 hold in store? [Read more…]