2 I want you too baby https://t.co/Lxi0LQz5rc— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2019 Yes, this exchange has descended into the sort of thing 13-year-olds giggle about. Musk dropped one more flirty message, with what seems to be a reference to a questionable internet challenge that takes place in November. You’ll have to research that one yourself if you really want to know. 😅 thank goodness it’s not November https://t.co/ius8kAptiC— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 9, 2019 So Mars did, tweeting a kissy face emoji with a perspective view of Gale Crater and Mount Sharp culled from the Science Photo Library. NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently exploring the crater. Online Comments Tags Mars seems to be a humorous novelty account, dropping jokes about looking cute in a selfie and getting turned down for a date by Earth. CNET dropped Mars a message to ask about the account’s background. The person behind Mars says, “I’m only a simple university student.” Thought I looked cute in this pic. Might delete later. pic.twitter.com/updeat3OCl— Mars (@4thFromOurStar) February 5, 2019 We already know Elon Musk has a thing for Mars. He’s pushing the under-construction SpaceX Starship as the way to get humans to the Red Planet. It seems like Mars might be crushing right back after a strange and suggestive Twitter exchange Friday.An anonymous Twitter account named Mars (with the handle @4thFromOurStar) tweeted a message saying it wants only Elon to move to Mars, implying no other humans will do. Musk replied to the planet with, “I want you too baby.” 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained 43 Photos 😘 pic.twitter.com/PvM6Odf19y— Mars (@4thFromOurStar) February 9, 2019 Mars might be waiting a long time for Musk to show up. SpaceX is working on an initial test prototype of Starship and has been firing the Raptor rocket engine designed to take the spaceship into orbit and beyond. It might break Mars’ heart to learn SpaceX plans to go visit the moon first, and even that’s not scheduled until 2023. Here’s hoping the Red Planet isn’t the jealous type. Share your voice Send me hot pics & I’ll be right over 😉 https://t.co/ld2VDbF0Wh— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 9, 2019 Mars asked when Musk was coming over. He dropped a classic, but not classy, internet flirtation line: “Send me hot pics and I’ll be right over.” Elon Musk Space SpaceX Twitter NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.
Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Save $20 3:53 The best tabletop board games for video gamersBest gifts for gamers going back to school Amazon has quietly put a big selection of high-end tabletop and board games on sale. This lineup is largely different from the (also excellent) Prime Day tabletop lineup, so if you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for then, you might see it be below. Post a comment 0 See at Amazon Save $22 I was waiting for this Lovecraft-themed game to get a deeper discount during Prime Day, but it never got more than a $10 cut. Now it’s a real bargain and takes the haunted-town vibe of the Arkham Horror game series to a global scale. The full list is available here, and below are my suggestions for some top picks. Note that these are potentially short-lived deals, so prices may change with little notice, and are probably good for today only, July 29. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Computers Computers Gaming Toys and Tabletop Games A great NYC update to the classic King of Tokyo game, this is a family-friendly kaiju romp, with enough depth to keep more serious gamers interested. Also, the comic-style art is awesome. Tags Iello See at Amazon See at Amazon Space Cadets: Away Missions, $39 Pandasaurus Games Amazon What’s that? Even with Arkham Horror (both board and card games), Eldritch Horror, Mansions of Madness and others, you still need more Lovecraft games? This one is based on one of Lovecraft’s best-known tales, sending you up an Antarctic mountain, where madness awaits. See at Amazon Fantasy Flight Games Eldritch Horror, $36 Iello Does the Nintendo Switch Lite make the 3DS irrelevant?… King of New York, $28 Ignore the $99 list price (it’s usually around $60), but know that $39 for this retro space adventure is still a great price . There’s a solid Star Trek: TOS vibe, with a shot of Mars Attacks, as you send crew members into the unknown. Literally unknown, as the maps of alien spaceships and planets are revealed one hex tile at a time. Stronghold Games Save $15 Share your voice Save $21 Wasteland Express Delivery Service, $37 I haven’t played this one personally, but I’ve heard good things about it. A mix of Fallout and Mad Max, the stars here are cool-looking minis of various wasteland vehicles, all delivering food, weapons and other survival gear, while watching out for raiders. Note that Amazon claims this is discounted from an MSRP of $90. It’s usually available for around $60, which still makes this a good deal. Save $23 Mountains of Madness, $25
Snap is expanding its original programming into a new genre: soft-scripted docu-series, with the first Snapchat Show in this area from Bunim-Murray Productions starring teen YouTube creator Summer Mckeen.“Endless Summer” is currently in production and slated to debut in September. The coming-of-age series follows the life of 19-year-old Summer Mckeen, a beauty and fashion vlogger who has her own jewelry line, living on her own for the first time in Laguna Beach — next door to her boyfriend, Dylan Jordan.With “Endless Summer” and other docu-series, Snap wants to build a slate of character-driven serialized narratives focused on the stories of “compelling people around the world as they go through dramatic life moments, incredible journeys, and challenging relationships,” said Sean Mills, Snap’s senior director of content programming. The largest group of daily active Snapchatters are 18-24, and the docu-series format has huge appeal for this cohort. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Pictured above: Dylan Jordan and Summer McKeen To drive awareness and engagement, “Endless Summer” and other forthcoming Snapchat docu-series will launch with several new interactive features. Those will include being able to Snap into Watch Parties and after-shows, where users will be able to interact with other fans as well as cast members. Snapchat also plans to roll out lenses that Snapchatters can use when they open the app into the camera, allowing viewers to put themselves into the shows’ settings and share that content. The new docu-series also are expected to incorporate augmented-reality “portals,” to let viewers use the Snapchat camera to insert themselves into key scenes.“Endless Summer” follows Summer Mckeen and Dylan Jordan in their new life together in Laguna Beach, showing the ups and downs of moving away from home and navigating the online digital space as a couple. Friends featured in the show include Summer’s BFFs Olivia Rouyre and McKenzie Luskey, who both have careers as digital influencers, and Dylan’s friends Sam Shryoc, Sidney Bowen, Zach Knell, and Matthew McFate.Executive producers of “Endless Summer” from Bunim-Murray Productions are Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam-Chazan and Andrea Metz. Summer Mckeen, Clayton Santillo and Kyle Santillo will also serve as executive producers, and Andrea Metz is set as showrunner and will also executive produce. Mckeen and Jordan are repped by Scale Management and Ashley Silver of Bloom Hergott.Snap’s foray into docu-series programming comes as part of its ongoing effort to expand lineup of original entertainment for its 191 million global daily active users. Since first launching original Snapchat Shows in 2016, Snap has partnered with several TV networks, production companies and studios. To date, those partners have developed and produced more than 50 series for Snapchat’s Discover platform.In the next few months, Snap is gearing up to debut new scripted Snapchat Shows, including productions from partners and the joint-venture studio with NBCUniversal that’s developing short-form comedies and dramas. The Snap-NBCU studio’s creative partners include indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. Popular on Variety The push is a half-step for Snapchat Shows toward fully scripted, serialized entertainment programming, which Snap expects to launch later in 2018. The company introduced the Snapchat Shows approach two years ago, inspired by the communication Snapchatters use to talk to their closest friends. The episodes are typically 3-5 minutes long, cut for vertical video and are designed to be “hyper-visual,” featuring motion graphics, split screens, quick cuts and other effects.“Endless Summer” will be “soft-scripted,” which refers to shows featuring real-life people who are put into scripted storylines — with one of the earliest examples being MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.”To date, Snapchat Shows mostly have been unscripted formats; “Endless Summer” marks the first Snapchat Show that will have a serialized story arc. The series will comprise 12 episodes, each 4-5 minutes long, and Snap is planning to release new episodes daily when the show runs in the fall “so it feels like an event series,” Mills said.Bunim-Murray Productions, the reality-TV pioneer behind such shows as “The Real World,” “Project Runway” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” brought the concept for “Endless Summer” to Snap.“Bunim-Murray is always exploring new methods of storytelling, so Snapchat was a natural fit to help tell Summer’s story with us,” said Julie Pizzi, Bunim-Murray’s president of entertainment and development. “They’ve been an incredibly creative and collaborative partner throughout our production and filming process and have been very open to experimenting in this genre and format.”Snapchat’s reality shows won’t be quite like reality TV, though. Snap is applying practices it’s learned from producing unscripted shows to the “soft-scripted” slate. “It’s a lot more intimate — you will see characters speaking directly to camera more frequently,” Mills said. “A lot of action happens in five minutes, and you get dramatic build-up to drive you into the next episode.”Snap has other docu-dramas in development, but Mills declined to provide details on partners or formats. “There’s going to be a breadth of content as part of this,” Mills said. “We’ll have a variety of different shows, and the styles will be widely different — some shot with smartphones, others more cinematic.”
Kolkata: Students from the districts continued to dominate the merit list of the Higher Secondary Examinations, the results of which were declared on Friday. 71 out of the 80 students whose names figured in this list are from the districts. Another striking feature of this year’s results has been the success of the minority students.As per statistics of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, 80 percent of the minority students have passed the examination this year. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have taken it up as a challenge to rope in more and more first generation learners in higher secondary level which is the gateway to higher education. We are happy that we are reaching out to more and more of these learners. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kanyashree project and merit-based scholarships by the state government has helped us to penetrate deep into the districts,” said Mohua Das, the Council president, and added that as many as 300 Higher Secondary schools in the districts have been upgraded. According to Das, the dropout rate has also come down from 2.4 percent to 1 percent this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGranthan Sengupta of Jalpaiguri Zilla School has come first with 99.2 percent marks. The second position has been bagged by Ritwik Kumar Sahoo (493) of Tamluk Hamilton High School with 98.6 percent. Ritwik had earlier topped from Bengal in NEET with an all-India rank of 13. The third position went to two students while the fourth place has been bagged by six students including Joydeep Bhowmick of Manindra Nath High School in Cooch Behar. Among the OBC-A category, Sariful Islam of Pandua Sasi Bhusan Saha High School in Hooghly came fifth with 97.2 percent marks. East Midnapore which has clinched the top spot in the Madhyamik examination in terms of successful candidates came up with the highest success rate of 91.98 percent. Despite ranking sixth in terms of success rate, Hooghly secured the highest share of 13 merit list holders. The newly created district of Kalimpong followed next with 91.69 percent of students passing the examination. Kolkata ranked fifth registering a pass percentage of 87.68 which is slightly higher than last year’s 87.37. Nine students from the city made it to the merit list. The overall success rate in Higher Secondary examination dipped slightly from 84.20 to 83.75 percent this year. In terms of success rate, boys performed better than girls with the pass percentage slightly increasing from 85.15 to 85.22 percent this year. A total of 21 girls have featured in the top-10 merit list. The success rate for girls slightly decreased from 83.26 to 82.46 percent this year. However, girls have remained almost at par with boys in securing ‘O’ Grade (90-100) with 2,655 boys and 2,593 girls scoring it. A total of 8,04,895 candidates appeared for the exams that were held between March 27 and April 11. The total number of successful candidates have been 6,63,516. The exams registered participation of 53 percent girls which is six percent higher than last year.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has convened a high-level meeting on June 19 with senior officials of the Centre and the state government as part of the anti-larvae drive.The meeting will be attended by senior officials of Metro Railway, Eastern Railway, BSNL, Kolkata Port Trust, Satyajit Roy Film and Television Institute, state Public Works department. Senior KMC officials of the health department will also be present at the meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe civic authorities will discuss in detail the steps taken by these agencies to keep their establishments clean. Senior KMC officials said drives have been conducted in Central and state government establishments, hospitals and educational institutions along with private housing complexes and individual residential buildings to see whether the garbage had been cleared or not or whether the accumulated water has been cleaned. But these drives are not enough and to make anti-larvae campaigns successful, cooperation between the state and Central government establishments are an absolute necessity. The civic officials said used plastic tea cups and bottles, broken furniture kept on rooftops and empty cans serve as potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The larvae take seven days to grow into adults and so if drives are conducted twice a week, the mosquito population can easily be checked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the KMC has been conducting anti-larvae drives from January as the breeding pattern of the mosquitoes has changed due to global warming. The state Urban Development department has given Rs 4 crore to the KMC to conduct intense campaigns against malaria and dengue.Debashis Biswas, Chief Vector Control Officer of the KMC, said: “Cooperation of people from all walks of life is needed. If the masses and KMC will work hand-in-hand, the number of malaria and dengue cases will fall drastically.”