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Stranger Things Season 4 Review – Forget Whatever You Remember About This Show
Gaming

Stranger Things Season 4 Review – Forget Whatever You Remember About This Show

It's been a long wait, but Netflix's premiere original series, Stranger Things, will be back soon enough.Season 4 lands on the streaming service on May 27, but this season will be split into two volumes, and there is a lot going on. Regardless of the different roads the first volume of the new season, which was provided for early viewing by Netflix, takes, Stranger Things is still a dynamite show, and the latest offerings get very weird.The latest season of Stranger Things splits up the group, with the Byers family and a powerless Eleven living in California and everyone else still in Hawkins. Lucas has joined the basketball team, leaving Dustin and Mike to play Dungeons & Dragons with a new group of friends. Meanwhile, Hopper is a prisoner in Russia....
Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News
Business

Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News

By JOSH BOAK and AAMER MADHANI, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it was “going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.Biden, speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, acknowledged the U.S. economy has “problems” but said they were "less consequential than the rest of the world has.”He added: “This is going to be a haul. This is going to take some time," even as he rejected the idea a recession in the U.S. was inevitable.The comments came just before Biden's launch of the Indo-Pacif...
Designing plant walls for home and office
Entertainment

Designing plant walls for home and office

Seven years ago, Stephanie Joshi decided the family room of her New York City townhouse wasn't quite wild enough; she decided to put a jungle on her wall. Why? "To bring outside in," she said. As for her kids, Joshi said, "A lot of their life has been spent in front of this wall, whether it's putting on little plays, or just laying underneath it and reading a book or playing a game. So, they've kind of grown with the wall." Stephanie Joshi's "living wall," created by Plant Wall Design. Plant Wall Design Stacy Coleman owns Plant Wall Design, the company that built and maintains Joshi's wall: "She brought nature in, and now it's here to stay," Coleman said. "Plant walls are livi...
Biden says U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan
Politics

Biden says U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan

Tokyo — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements of American government support for Taiwan in decades. Mr. Biden said the burden to protect the self-ruled island was "even stronger" after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Speaking at a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Mr. Biden was asked by CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes, "Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?"He replied, simply, "Yes." Cordes followed up by asking, "You are?""That's the commitment we made," Mr. Biden said. "We agree with a 'One China' policy. We signed onto it and all the attendant agreements ma...
Technology Has Become TV’s Favorite Metaphor, But What Does It Mean?
Science

Technology Has Become TV’s Favorite Metaphor, But What Does It Mean?

Photos: Amazon, Apple TV+, HBO Max. In the second episode of Gossip Girl, Serena van der Woodsen responds to online attacks by throwing her cell phone into a trash can on the streets of Manhattan. A normal person might have blocked some numbers and deleted some texts, but Serena was more thorough. The moment got laughs when it aired in 2007 and again when it went viral last year. But maybe Serena was more prescient than we give her credit for: Nothing ages a show faster than its technology, so it’s probably best to get rid of the stuff before it's obsolete. TV creators and prop departments know by now that today’s latest version is tomorrow’s clunky embarrassment, so the use of on-screen tech almost always says something more than just “these products are trendy.” Often it serves as a ...
Michael Vick says he won’t be unretiring to play in Fan Controlled Football league
Sports

Michael Vick says he won’t be unretiring to play in Fan Controlled Football league

Getty Images Michael Vick isn't coming out of retirement after all. The former star NFL quarterback -- best known for his tenures with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles -- was expected to join the startup league Fan Controlled Football, according to a report by Reuters, but the 41 year old tweeted Sunday that he'll be staying retired. "I hung 'em up in 2015 never to return again," Vick said on Twitter. "Had an amazing time and accomplished so much. I say that to say, they're go...
Buy! Buy! Buy! In NYC, Balenciaga’s Stock Is Rising Even Higher
Fashion

Buy! Buy! Buy! In NYC, Balenciaga’s Stock Is Rising Even Higher

Under iconoclastic and mononymous creative director Demna, Balenciaga has unveiled collections in Paris, via a video game, and inside the Simpsons universe. But until Sunday, Demna hadn’t yet mounted a runway show in America, where some of his earliest, most enthusiastic, and most famous clients reside.Which is why on Sunday morning, Ye—who’s been known to clear out entire stores of Balenciaga garments in one go—was pacing the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, taking in the brand’s Spring 23 show.Demna, who wanted his first stateside Balenciaga show to take place in an iconic New York venue, has had a somewhat eerie sense of timing lately: his presentations, which have lately leaned into a hardcore sense of dystopia, have had an uncanny way of matching the vibe of current event...
Gaming

Scott Morrison Video Game Makes Former PM Go To Centrelink

The people of Australia had a very good time over the weekend, as we resoundingly voted out a conservative government that had spent a decade doing...well, nothing really except put their boots to the throats of the poor, the young and anyone who thinks that a rapidly-warming planet might be a bad thing.I won’t bore you with the details of this—you can read more here if you’re interested—but the end result is that Scott Morrison, a man who once allegedly shit his pants in a McDonalds, is no longer the Prime Minister of Australia. While I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of fossil fuel companies, predatory investment funds and fascist-aligned media companies offering him a job in the years to come, in the meantime he’s off to Centrelink.Centelink is the government agency that is in theory su...
Home sweet home, made from shipping containers
Business

Home sweet home, made from shipping containers

For Zack and Brie Smithey, the smell of old tires will be forever associated with home. "It reminds me of the beginning stages of the construction here," he said, in the couple's dream home in St. Charles, Missouri. (Note: The house does not smell like tires.)In 2016, the couple built their three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 3,000-square-foot, two-story structure made out of eight shipping containers, those big metal boxes you see transporting all manner of goods (including, sometimes, tires).  Zack and Brie Smithey built their 3BR, 2.5 bath dream home in St. Charles, Mo., out of eight shipping containers.  CBS News Those containers, manufactured in Shanghai, traveled around ...
Tokyo Olympic Film Debuts in Japan; Headed Next to Cannes | Entertainment News
Entertainment

Tokyo Olympic Film Debuts in Japan; Headed Next to Cannes | Entertainment News

By STEPHEN WADE and YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — The documentary film about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital.Produced by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, the 120-minute film looks at the Olympics primarily from the point of view of the athletes — but not just the winning athletes.After Tokyo, the film will be shown on Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival in the Bunuel Theatre, named for Spanish-born iconoclastic filmmaker Luis Bunuel.“The Olympics are not just about getting prizes, being first and going after a victory that is right before you in the moment,” Kawase said in a recent interview. “I tried also to depict the pursuit of becoming winners in life.”Political CartoonsKawase ha...