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Bill Gates – Likewise

By Cassandra Yany

Bill Gates has backed the recommendation app Likewise, which allows users to create, share and discover recommendations for content across different media. The app has created watchlists to enjoy Emmy-nominated shows leading up to television’s big night. 

The Emmys will look very different this year, so Likewise has made it easy for users to find and binge their favorite nominated shows. The company also polled users to ask who they think will take home the statues for the Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series categories, as well as TV Movie and Limited Series. The titles with the highest votes were:

Likewise has many other curated watchlists, including some specific to events, topics and streaming platforms. The “Popular on Likewise” section gives users the opportunity to discover highly-rated titles that may not have been recommended to them.

Likewise makes it easy to decide what to listen to, watch or read by providing personalized recommendations for shows, movies, books, podcasts and more. It tailors to the user’s interests, as well as their network and current trends.

Users create a profile where they post their favorite items and recommendations. When a user makes a recommendation, the app will then suggest a title that it thinks they will like. You can also ask questions to the community in order to receive endless responses containing suggestions.

In addition to entertainment media, users can recommend places, restaurants and other webpages. You can set your location on the app in order to view the recommendations from your area.  

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Recommendations are updated daily, and it also provides community and content feed based on interest along with advanced search filters to easily and quickly find what you are looking for.

Likewise can be found on platforms such as Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV to allow users to access their content from any device and view their growing watchlists. Especially since the start of the pandemic, the app has been a great resource for consumers to easily find entertainment options.

The company is based in downtown Bellevue, WA. It is an innovative startup that was founded, imagined and funded by Bill Gates’ private office, along with other tech visionaries. The creators of the app and its employees believe that finding recommendations for TV shows, movies, books, podcasts and restaurants should be “quick, easy, and fun.”

Here are Likewise’s Ultimate Emmy Awards Watchlists:

ZAZ10TS Artistic Billboards

ZAZ10TS has curated and presented a new concept of art called “In Between.”

This new exhibition can be seen on ZAZ Corner, right in the heart of Time Square. LED billboards are being used to display the artwork for 15 seconds at a time with commercial messages every two minutes. The display will showcase a new artist each month beginning September.

Tzili Charney, the founder of ZAZ Corner, is undertaking this project to display art different from the urban environment. Different artists, organizations, universities and cultural institutions will work together to achieve that goal by providing different art styles.

The initial featured artist will be Ben Hagari, whose “About Face” video series was shot entirely at home during the pandemic. Quarantine protocols forced Hagari to get creative with colors, space, subjects and composition. The result uses a faceless protagonist whose expressions are completely concealed by household items. The subject lacks features and stands and wears clothes backwards.

“The scenarios portray a mundane existence in a world whose marks have been erased. Books have no titles or words, photographs are blanked out, labels are removed; we are left with data. It generates a binary structure: backward and forward, front and rear, serious and funny,” Hagari said.

Artists who would like to participate in “In Between” can submit their art right here, and anyone looking for more information on the project can click right here.

Marvel's Indigenous Voices

Marvel’s Indigenous Voices

Marvel announced a new, special series of variant covers written and drawn by the comic book industry’s biggest indigenous artists for MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1.

One of the artists included in the project is Jeffrey Veregge, who recently finished an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Veregge will provide the art for covers featuring characters like Black Panther, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.

Veregge said his own people, the S’Klallam Tribe, have used an art style known as Formline to tell their stories for generations. He added that his style is an extension of the art he has seen used by Native artists from his region.

“As a lifelong comic fan, artist and Native American, I am truly honored to work with Marvel Comics today. Not only to create pieces that represent a voice for Indigenous People in honor of Native American Heritage month, but also for the opportunity to share the same storytelling spirit of my ancestors by sharing the tales of some of today’s heroes,” Veregge said.

These variant covers will be available in comic book shops in November, and you can see each and every one of them right here.

Marvel The Pull List

Marvel – The Pull List

MARVEL’S THE PULL LIST UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS FOR UPCOMING MARVEL COMICS IN OCTOBER

Today, Marvel released its special edition of THE PULL LIST, unveiling exclusive information for the hottest books coming to comic shops this October!

Tucker Markus took the reins of this special previews announcement solo, presenting the first look at a few bleeding-edge Marvel comics, with info all about new series, art, and creative teams heading to your local comic shop in three months! This special previews announcement gave viewers a first look at the highly anticipated X-Men crossover, X OF SWORDS and the celebration of 50 years of Conan the Barbarian’s Marvel Comics legacy in CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION. This latest episode also teased new eras for both the Fantastic Four in FANTASTIC FOUR #25 and Captain Marvel in CAPTAIN MARVEL #25 and exciting starts for the brand new WEREWOLF BY NIGHT and the new CHAMPIONS. The Pull List also shed light on KING IN BLACK, the next chapter in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s landmark run on VENOM coming in December!

For more information, check out this special episode of Marvel’s PULL LIST. Tune in to Marvel’s Pull List each week for more exclusive news and reveals.

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X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1
Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Written by ALAN ZELENETZ
Cover by MICHAEL KALUTA

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15
Written by JIM ZUB
Art by ROGÊ ANTÔNIO
Cover by E.M. GIST

FANTASTIC FOUR #25
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

CAPTAIN MARVEL #22
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by JORGE MOLIN

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1
Written by TABOO & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF
Art by SCOT EATON
COVER by MIKE MCKONE

CHAMPIONS #1
Written by EVE L. EWING
Art by SIMONE DI MEO

KING IN BLACK #1
Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

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About Marvel Entertainment:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

Israel – A Nation

An Army Like No Other How the Israel Defense Force Made a Nation

By Haim Bresheeth-Zabner

“It is said that Israel is an army with a state. This book validates fully this assumption. With a clear and accessible style and with illuminating of many hidden chapters in Israel’s history, Bresheeth exposes fully the militarization of the Jewish State. The book unpacks successfully the military grip of the IDF on every aspect of life in Israel and Palestine, from crucial decisions of going to war to the formulation of the policies towards the Palestinians. Even if you are a knowledgeable reader on the topic, this book will be an essential contribution to your library.”

Ilan Pappe, author of 10 Myths About Israel

“An original and a remarkable interpretation of the wide-ranging impact of the military on Israeli society and one of the most insightful and challenging works on Israeli society from 1948 to our days. His book traces the ways in which military power acquired legitimacy in civilian society and how the use of organized violence became an acceptable solution to all conflicts in Arab-Israeli history. Anyone interested in understanding the Middle East should read this book.”

Shlomo Sand, author of The Invention of the Jewish People

“Bresheeth—one of the most important anti-colonial intellectuals of our era—takes the Israeli army as an entry point to undertake a deep analysis of Jewish-Israeli society. The original contribution of the book lies in its ambitions and scope: Bresheeth brilliantly describes the way an army whose ethos is rooted in Jewish historical trauma, has grown to become the occupation arm of Zionism, the motor of its settler-colonial domination and the basis of its politics of separation.”

Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land

Hardback / $29.95 / August 25, 2020 / 9781788737845

A history of the IDF that argues that Israel is a nation formed by its army.

The Israeli army, officially named the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, who believed that “the whole nation is the army.” In his mind, the IDF was to be an army like no other. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people. Since the foundation of Israel, therefore, the IDF has been the largest, richest and most influential institution in Israel’s Jewish society and is the nursery of its social, economic and political ruling class.

In this fascinating history, Bresheeth-Zabner charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and the continued assaults upon Gaza, and shows that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war.

He argues that the army is embedded in all aspects of daily life and identity and that we should not merely see it as a fighting force enjoying an international reputation, but as the central ideological, political and financial institution of Israeli society. As a consequence, we have to reconsider our assumptions on what any kind of peace might look like

Professor Haim Bresheeth-Zabner is a Filmmaker, Photographer and a Film Studies Scholar, and 2nd Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is the editor of The Gulf War and the New World Order (with Nira Yuval-Davis), and the author of The Holocaust for Beginners (with Stuart Hood). His films include the widely shown State of Danger (1989, BBC2)—a documentary on the first Palestinian Intifada—and London is Burning, after the 2011 riots. He has also written in the Israeli Ha’aretz and the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly.

“PANDEMIC!” – New Slavoj Žižek Book

The Book:

As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences?

We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.

Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

Purchase “PANDEMIC!” HERE

The Author:

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the left and the right.

The Praise:

“An impressive feat… [Žižek] at his most powerful.” —  The Guardian

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” — The New Yorker

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” — Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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Send These Gifts To The People You’re Missing In Isolation

We’ve spent the past few weeks getting closer than ever with some of our friends. Physical isolation has caused all of us to reach out to the people we cannot be around right now. Voice and video calls take up much of our days, as do online games and Netflix watching parties. We’re really getting to know our friends and family a lot better.

Nonetheless, sometimes there’s just no substitute for physical proximity, and some older family and friends may not be all that good on a video call. Numerous times we have wanted to reach out with a more material expression of love, and gift giving has become one of our favorite pastimes.

But what gifts can you send during this time? Ideally, you want to send something that shows love and is also useful. The good news is that there are a number of gift ideas that you can easily get delivered to whoever you’re missing.

Try reaching out with some of the following gifts.

Wine (from a wine club)

We know we’re not the only ones who are using this opportunity to get better acquainted with the subtleties of wine. Relaxing with a glass of wine is the ideal way to end a day in quarantine. What’s better is if you can share the experience with others.

You definitely know a few wine lovers. Make their day by sending them a wine gift online. It will be even better if you can do some wine tasting with them. This is where an online wine club membership can come in handy. You can get bottles and tasters sent to you and your loved ones, then join them online as you enjoy the different flavors and learn more about the nuances.

Books

A lot of people want to read more but never get the time. Now, however, many people would love the chance to read. They might not have a ton of books at home, however. This is a great opportunity to share some books that you love or are currently reading. Think about what interests your loved ones and find a book on Goodreads or by browsing Amazon or other online booksellers.

You can send hard or softcover books to those who are not good with technology or simply prefer the physical experience. Alternatively, you can share ebooks with ease. And Audiobooks can provide the perfect reading experience for anyone who loves to read with their eyes closed or while they are doing other stuff (such as cooking or working out).

Exercise equipment

It is very frustrating not to be able to go to the gym at this time. We need to blow off steam more than ever, but the only space we have to do so is our homes. In light of this, tons of experts (and faux-experts) are sharing great home workouts. Unfortunately, many of these workouts assume you have certain basics. For example, they will provide exercises that require resistance bands or small weights. They might work under the assumption that you have a pullup bar.

If a loved one is struggling to find a good substitute to their regular workout, some exercise equipment can be a great gift. Something as simple as a resistance band opens up so many workouts. Pullup bars are perfect for anyone who wants to build some serious muscle (and has suitable doorways).

Alternatively, buy them a subscription to a service like Sworkit, which guides you through workouts step-by-step. Make sure you have a context for these gifts. If they have mentioned their frustrations with home workouts, these deliveries will make them smile. If they haven’t, they might feel implicitly attacked!

Healthy snacks

Being stuck at home presents a number of potential hazards. One is the snack cupboard. We all stacked up on snacks as soon as we knew we would have to spend this much time indoors. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to resist the urge to eat those snacks when you’re bored. You end up feeling guilty and bloated, while constantly running out of these snacks.

That’s why it is so important you keep some healthy snacks. They don’t need to be too low on calories or lack any sugar whatsoever. They just need to be better than milk chocolate and sugar-coated candy. Dried fruits and nuts are perfect, as are fresh fruits.

Get some for yourself. Then have some delivered to your loved ones. They will get to enjoy your loving gift without feeling guilty. You’ll feel like you have helped them, rather than provided something that will only encourage unhealthy habits.

Getting gifts delivered is the perfect way to reach out to the people you are missing in isolation. Share what you can and use this time to improve all your relationships.

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Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary

Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary

A sharp, insightful, wide-ranging survey of the queerness coursing through pop music history, Sasha Geffen’s first book shows how music allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener.

Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today’s conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.

Glitter Up the Dark Playlist

Praise for GLITTER UP THE DARK

“[Glitter Up the Dark] is a unique examination of gender fluidity and queerness across genres of popular music; a must-read for music lovers.”—Ms. Magazine

“Fortunately, there are progressive art objects. There are transgressive art objects. But every now and then, we get revolutionary art objects that change how we talk, read, and think. Sasha Geffen’s Glitter Up the Dark changed the way I hear music and the convenient way I understand gender and performance in and outside of music. One will not hear or reproduce traditional understandings of gender ever again after experiencing this boldly brilliant book.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

“With simply brilliant writing and joyfully queer insights, Sasha Geffen dives deep into rock’s gendersmashing history, reminding us of the ecstatic potential when art and transgression collide.”—Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir and creator of the Drag Queen Story Hour

“How does music make gender audible in all of its rich, expressive, shifting forms, far beyond binary definitions? How have artists as ubiquitous as the Beatles and as cult-yet-crucial as Poly Styrene or Wendy Carlos helped us hear and understand the truths of bodies who, as the author writes, demand to choose their own shapes? This scintillating and deeply considered history of pop’s queer and trans history answers those questions with inspiring stories of rebellion and community, bratty punks and androgynous poets, studio inventors and prophets of the dance floor. An absolutely necessary account of what has always been the heart of popular music: transformation.”—Ann Powers, author of Good Booty

“Sasha Geffen follows the glamour and the glitter across a musical universe of queer and trans performances. Not looking simply at particular stars nor following a musical movement like punk from its roots to its demise, Glitter Up the Dark travels the multiple lanes of a trans-musical express. With riffs on the trans voice, careful attention to histories of performance, reception, and fashion, and theories of queer time and space, this book sparkles and glows. Read it, listen to it, love it.”—Jack Halberstam, author of Gaga Feminism

$18.95 paperback
978-1-4773-1878-2

PUBLICATION DATE:
APRIL 7, 2020

10 Books Every Nursing Student Should Read

When preparing for a new career, having up to date information is essential.

Whether you’re a seasoned nurse with mastery over a lot of skills or you’re a newbie just embarking on a new career path, these ten books are a must-read for every nurse.

They can play an instrumental role in helping you plan your career.

1. What I Wish I Knew About Nursing: Real Advice From Real Nurses on How Deeply Care for Patients While Still Caring for Yourself

This book details some first-time experiences of past nurses.

These real-life stories are both encouraging and inspirational and will reveal some of the lesser-known facts about the profession you won’t get in any of your classes.

2. The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

In today’s modern age of digital devices, healthcare has changed in many surprising ways.

Before you start working towards getting your family nurse practitioner degree, it would be worth taking the time to take a look at the faster processes and streamline methods the digital world has to offer. 

3. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

In this non-fiction book, the writer gives some details about the life of a nurse working in a clinical facility on the west side of Chicago.

She outlines her experience as a new nurse and how she dealt with the stresses of the industry to give you a rare insider’s view of this industry.

4. Care Coordination: The Game Changer – How Nursing Is Revolutionizing Quality Care

Dr. Gerrie Lamb discusses the importance of coordinating under the Affordable Care Act.

Written from a view of more than 20 of the nation’s foremost healthcare programs and professional institutions giving their perspectives, the reader gets valuable insight into what’s in store for new nurses entering the field.

5. Nursing Leadership From The Outside In

This book offers valuable tidbits of information from those who have to interact with nurses regularly.

Those in other disciplines give you their perspective on nursing leadership. While, as a nurse, you will have to master many skills, the interactions and relationships you develop with those you have to work with will be equally important.

6. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

In this book on human physiology, you not only learn about the anatomy of the human body, but you also get an inside look at what happens to physiology when the patient suffers through various ailments.

7. I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

Here, you get an inside view from a wide range of first time nursing experiences with frank and honest opinions on why they kept going despite everything.

These stories tell of the ups and downs that all nurses face and help you to find ways to deal with burnout, bureaucratic red tape, and how to balance professionalism with empathy.

8. Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

Dr. Sanders of the New York Times and the genius behind the show Diagnosis, has compiled a collection of mysterious cases and what it took to diagnose them.

She explains how getting to the root of a problem doesn’t always involve technical equipment but sometimes only needs to listen to a patient’s details and match them with similar cases around the world.

9. Compilations: A Surgeon’s Notes On An Imperfect Science

Here, you get a close-up view of a surgeon’s experiences and interactions while working.

He points out the advantages and disadvantages he has to deal with, giving you a balanced view of what it’s like for anyone engaged in that particular field.

10. Operation Flight Nurse: Real-Life Medical Emergencies

In emergencies, acute care nursing is usually the first one in the case.

In the examples listed in this book, readers get a close-up view of what happens in real-life medical emergencies.

Dr. Kaniecki details examples from his own experience dealing with critical care conditions and experiences.

No matter where you are in your pursuit of a nursing career, head to the nearest bookstore to get these books to motivate yourself.

They will help you to see exactly what’s happening in your chosen profession, so you can get a real picture of what to expect when starting out.

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5 Ways to Keep Yourself Entertained as a Passenger on a Road Trip

Road trips are amazing. They are a cheaper way to travel in most cases, they offer you a different form of freedom, where you can stop wherever you please, and you get to see a lot more of the country you are driving through that on a flight.

There is only one inconvenience for passengers, what do to? Great conversation with your road trip colleagues is a part of the journey, without a doubt, but talking can only go so far. Or you are on a family road trip and would rather not talk to your sibling. You need to find new ways to keep yourself entertained during long drives. And here we have 5 of the best ways to stay entertained as a passenger.

  • A Playlist

Music can make or break a road trip. Having the right playlist is essential to a road trip. This can be in your headphones or playing DJ for the car on the stereo. There are now a variety of music streaming apps (make sure to have a phone car charger) giving you infinite music at your fingertips. You can choose an already made road trip playlist or start making yours the moment you know you are going on the trip.

  • Travel Games

This isn’t the old school travel box of chess and draughts with a magnetic board (although these also have a place in road trips). Here we mean interactive games with who is in your car. There are loads of different games you can play. “I Spy”, the “ABC Game” where you name things you see following the alphabet or “next to pee” where the next person who needs a toilet break buys the drinks or the snacks. There are plenty more, find one that suits you all.

  • Map Reading

Learn how to read a map or an atlas. This is a great way to look out for interesting places to stop while on the move. It makes the trip more improvised and interesting.

  • Mobile Apps

There are many and many apps designed to entertain you while on the go. From online casinos such as ComeOn, different games, karaoke apps. There is an app for everything today, so finding one to keep yourself entertained will not prove too difficult.

  • Read a book

Books might seem old school to the next generation of road trip travellers, but the reason they are still a thing must be enough to prove they have their place. If you are travelling far, an e-book is the best way to keep all your favourite reads on you while taking the minimal amount of space. This might not be for everyone, as many get car sickness. That will not improve your journey!

Conclusion

There are tons of ways to entertain you while on a long journey, and most thanks to advancements in technology. Find an app, online magazines, games, and so much more all at your fingertips with your smartphone.