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Rick and Morty VR is being rated one of the funnest games of all time.
Greetings in April – where is my spring weather? You know how the sun feels warm on your neck, but your hands still cold because of the breeze? Yep – bring more of that!
It feels like this year will be a milder summer – not reaching so many records – not until August anyway.
Personally things have been getting rough – some areas are improving, others are still lacking. Really though my overall well-being and health are increasing. That’s mostly what I have been putting time into. I have been giving serious thought into continuing my education.
Just like that new song, don’t worry about the past, just have the time of your life. Also I am humbled by all the good happening around me – not sure if it helps me, but I am waiting on Karma with a wad of it somewhere.
Anyway – back to Rick and Morty.
My favorite animated show currently – the first episode about the Mulan Fry Sauce made me laugh so hard man – I swear that show is just insanely cool. I can relate to it on so many levels. Can’t wait to see the entire season.
So the VR game is possibly the most funnest game ever made for the Oculus Rift or the HTC vibe. 500 bucks – I am looking into investing in one of these – soon – fry sauce.
Happy Lunar New Year 2017 !
HOW’S IT GOING IN 2017 ??
Find the strength to build a better life for your family!
Chinese Horoscope 2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster
According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. The Chinese people say that this year people will be more polite and less stubborn, but they will have the tendency to complicate things.
As Asian people see it, the year 2017 is a year dominated by the orientation towards progress, honor and maximum integrity, people learning to temper their ardor.
This year, the natives of the year of the Rat are going to enjoy many happy events, including financial success, and the natives of the year of the Ox will enjoy unexpected success and unforeseen events.
Those born in the year of the Tiger will not lack anything, enjoying a special astral protection and devoted friends that will come to their help in the last minute. The year 2017 of the Fire Rooster will be full of positive events and very good news, career progress and profitable businesses for those born in the year of the Dragon. During this year, the Snake natives are going to stand out professionally and be promoted. SOURCE
Basic Astrology Elements of 2017
|Earthly Branch of Birth Year:||You|
|The Five Elements:||Metal|
|Lucky Numbers:||5, 7, 8; Avoid: 1, 3, 9|
|Lucky Flowers:||gladiola, impatiens, cockscomb|
|Colors:||golden, brown, brownish yellow, yellow; Avoid: white, green|
|Date||Chinese lunar new year|
|2016 date||Monday, 8 February, Monkey|
|2017 date||Saturday, 28 January, Rooster|
|2018 date||Friday, 16 February, Dog|
|2019 date||Tuesday, 5 February, Pig|
Spiritual branch =
|28 January 2017||15 February 2018||Fire Rooster|
The Rooster (simplified Chinese: 鸡; traditional Chinese: 雞/鷄) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac (and similar zodiacal systems) related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character 酉. T
Fire is yang in character. Its motion is upward and its energy is expansive.
Fire is associated with Summer, the South, the planet Mars, the colour red (associated with extreme luck), hot weather, daylight, and the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que) in the Four Symbols (which is associated with a red phoenix in Western culture).
Let’s make this year count !!
WE ARE AGAINST RIOTING AND THREATS AGAINST OUR HOME THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
We are in a moment of history where I dare not predict the results.
Tough choices ahead – right now – ether way seems like an utterly disastrous tipping point!
Picking one group over the other almost seems like social suicide to me. Does anyone else feel like that??
In the end, who will win the Election Royal Rumble?
First off – I voted for Obama in both terms – because one reason was I felt John Mccain and Sarah Palin were not what the country needed at the time, so I decided not to vote for them.
In the 2004 election with John Kerry, I sided with Bush.
My personal take is that we may have come to a crossroads.
This might be stretching it but right now I feel we must choose between the lesser of the two evils.
I love this country, and I love all minorities. I like both parties and respect all religions.
But we are really in trouble. With all the drug companies out there – pushing pills for profits – America is asleep at the wheel. And right before we go off the cliff, America has opened up one eye – all bloodshot and startled – because we are waking up out of our coma.
God only knows I bet on the underdog too much. Most of those bets are loss causes – but I value ambition and determination.
So anyway – what I find interesting is how hateful one side is over to the other.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
For some strange reason, this reminds me of the civil war. 156 years ago.
Republican Abraham Lincoln was our anti-slavery president. The election of Lincoln in 1860 caused seven southern states to form the Confederate States of America. Then four more states joined after the war started.
Fast forward on April 14, 1865 after the Confederate General surrendered thus ending the war, only then was Lincoln assassinated. History shows we are not too kind to people who make a difference. Who remembers John F. Kennedy? What was his problem?
I wonder – what would our country be like if Lincoln lost the election?
Why did so many people believe in slavery back then? Why did they not see the cruelness – the injustice – or the theft of humanity of it at all?
Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience. They should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Whatever the political environment – you would think that this slavery issue would be a no-brainer. But – it seems the social stigma of the idea persisted – and it was resisted at every, single, turn.
They wanted things to stay the same, period.
I personally despise change – but – it is a fact of life that everything will eventually change.
2.4 million soldiers were killed in that war. Was that war even necessary?
When I think about different ideas, I think about that John F. Kennedy dude. Why was he killed again? What was his crime?
Oh, thinking outside the box is bad. Baaad. Did someone want to change things again? Hmm.
Personally – we have two bad choices. Libertarian sounds good about now.
Now whatever happens, I will support the chosen candidate. Voting with pure conscience I placed a vote to the best choice I felt to be good for me and my country.
This website is built mostly to inspire others and to guide myself. I put my money, time, and energy in this – because I believe in it. It is also my awareness to others – and a portal where I can channel my passions and express myself.
I also wanted to make sure you were all aware – that the Fed has not raised interest rates. I will spare you the ironic facts of this issue – but why they have waited so long, god only knows.
But we face many problems on the horizon that need to be seriously tackled. We have kicked the can so far down the road – it is mind-boggling to think we can’t really find solutions to some of these problems. Is nobody smart enough to do some adding?
After the election – I will discuss the aftermath. With the new President Elect – what really needs to happen in the next decade.
I try not to make this site too religious or too political – but it happens. Oh – so here is some troubling info.
In 12 years – we will have exhausted our reserves in 2028 – bankrupting medicade. SOURCE
So that means – unless we really do something – you and your children won’t have it.
In 30 years it will be all gone – even social security. Social Security and disability trust fund reserves are estimated to run out in 2034 – 18 years from now. When the kids get in highschool…
Ya I know – nobody really cares about the numbers, the fine print… – we got other problems…
So there are other pressing matters. Maybe like – supreme court judges – immigration – culture – racism – suppression of facts – and the kitchen sink while were at it.
I honestly can’t tell you really what the hell is really going on. I have a bright idea – but no cigar.
All I know is – we need both sides – all people – to come together and TRY HARDER.
We need to stop ripping people’s heads off when they think differently (thanks Jobs) – and need to find civilized solutions and solve these problems.
Realize that the only way America will lose – is when the nation is truly divided and tears itself apart from the inside.
It happened 156 years ago during the civil war. The nation was divided, and it costs our country dearly. From what I was reading in history around that time it was hell on earth. I really hope in this case, that I am totally wrong.
Don’t let your kids look you in the eye years from now and say – why did you let it all go?
We desperately need to make the tough choices today to have a worthy future and a destiny that we can all be proud of. Even during times of great uncertainty – may our prodigious courage shine through.
Thanks for reading everyone, we love you, and please vote on Election Day 2016 !
The Rio Gold Medals for USA 8/17/2016
I just want to say – that despite all the flaws in this nation, the United States of America, my home, hosts some of the most fantastic human beings ever created.
Against the entire world, somehow, someway, the USA is singing right now and is leading by over THIRTY medals. For the moment, even if short lived, I am proud of my country and it’s citizens!
Let’s not get too personal, but I went and looked up the Biography of a 100 people who changed the world. Christ was Number One on their list.
I discovered things I never knew that I will share with you. My personal option is I believe there is a god, and it is far more deeper and complex then what we see.
I believe god can create a conscience for all men who seek him, with love, can find him. Through meditation or prayer may be given his favor.
Only unselfishly if we ask for knowledge and wisdom, and not for material things or money (not an easy task I assure you) will you be enriched. If we can’t – but try – that is why we need his mercy. Read the book of Daniel for more about that.
Now our morals and values have degraded in America. Marriage and Religion are both declining. Down to the ground. So of course this is just the current situation, hopefully, it will improve in the near future.
I did find it interesting to see Number 4 on the list is Prince Siddhartha Buddha aka The Enlightened One.
My own option is anyone who seeks god will reach him, with true love, no matter what religion you are. In time – you will find him.
In a dream I had there was every church in the world all in a circle – with a beautiful lake in the middle with white sand all around. The Almighty was on a throne in clouds above it where you couldn’t see it sorta like starring directly at the sun, you just couldn’t quite make out what was there, except it hurts your eyes.
Then, all the churches and temples had specks of light floating up to the sky, maybe energy or holy spirit?
Just my opinion, my dreams, that I share with you all. I didn’t know much about the Buddha – but reading about him showed me how fascinating his teachings were.
The Christ and Buddha really did change the world. Here are some of the fundamentals of the teachings that I discovered about Prince Buddha to inspire you.
* The Four Noble Truths: That suffering is an inherent part of existence; that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that ignorance are attachment and craving; that attachment and craving can be ceased; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path will lead to the cessation of attachment and craving and therefore suffering.
* The Noble Eightfold Path: Right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
* Love. The Buddha stressed the importance of calming the mind and seeking the peace that each individual has within. With this inner peace, we can react to awkward situations with love, compassion and generosity.
Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.
– The Dhammapada
* Power of the Mind. The Buddha taught it is our own mind which creates our own suffering, but also we can use this power to create happiness.
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much
as your own unguarded thoughts.”
– The Buddha
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”
– Lord Buddha
The Eightfold plan is something I was unaware of. We are looking into this… I believe all cultures have something to offer to a reasonable mind.
While we are still talking about great people – the Dalai Lama comes to mind. Here is someone who is Number 65 on their list. Dalai Lama (1938 – ) Spiritual and political leader of Tibetans. SOURCE = 100 People Who Changed The World
Also fair to mention – Number 28 on their list is Konrad Adenauer (1876 – 1967) –German Chancellor post WWII.
Not our list but I understand.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”
― Albert Einstein
This year his theory of gravitational waves were detected therefore proving Einstein’s theory.
He figured it out in 1916, and 100 years later – we verified he was right.
Why should we care about gravitation waves? What about energy? There are many other discoveries just around the corner. We have just touched the surface on the transformation of energy.
We know the world has two geographic poles, the polar N and S. That is earth’s magnetic field at play. Imagine a massive magnet bar inside of the Earth, and you will get an idea what Earth’s magnetic field is shaped like.
Now earth does NOT have a giant bar magnet inside it – but it does have a field made by rotating swirling motion of molten iron around Earth’s outer core.
So we have the North Pole and the South Pole. The world also has two magnetic poles: the North Magnetic Pole and the South Magnetic Pole. The magnetic poles are near, but not exactly in the same places as the geographic poles. So two different things, a geographic pole and a magnetic pole.
The needle in a compass points towards a magnetic pole. The compass needle points pretty much due North unless your in the Southern Hemisphere – it points South.
However, if you are near either pole, the compass really becomes useless. It just points to the magnetic pole, NOT the TRUE geographic pole.
Our magnetic field is also tilted a little bit. So on an angle of about 11°, it is no guess that the magnetic poles and the geographic poles are not in the same place. I will note the magnetic poles actually move around. The spinning motions of the our planet’s magnetic field, the swirling motions, are changing all the time.
The magnetic field is actually changing, therefore the magnetic poles move. In the 1800s the poles moved an estimated 5.6 miles per year. For some reason, after 1970, they started moving faster. Recently they are moving around 25 miles per year.
The Northern and Southern Lights happen near the magnetic poles because of the charged particles (protons and electrons).
While our magnetic fields and energy are fluctuating – our Universe continues to expand. Our world is constantly moving, vibrating, and traveling in circular patterns.
A proven fact is all forms of matter contains an underlying energy of vibration. In fact, everything in the universe is vibrating – from the atom, the molecule, even the seed or a rock. Vibration exists in every living thing. Energy. It never dies. The constant rate of vibration determines the energy form. Slow vibration manifests as a rock, fast vibration is the wind, and very vast high vibrations register as sound or music. Here is the kicker – thoughts and feelings make our atoms vibrate – so they are also energy vibrations.
Even our nervous system consists of tiny ion pumps that maintain an imbalance flux of the inside and outside of the nerve cells. Changing patterns inside our body when a nerve cell fires, energy is allowed to suddenly flow through the cell membrane. With every breath – your heart is beating to love, and a myriad of oxygen and nutrients flow to the nerve cells in the body to pump ions.
We also contain forms of chemical energy like fats and sugars. When our central nervous system creates electrical energy – we lose an equal amount of chemical energy. So, rather than being energy, life is all about this moving energy – transforming it – from one form to another.
Just like magnets – positive attracts positive – and our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce vibrating energy, our atoms, which in turn desire other like energies.
Negative energy is also magnetized to other also negative vibrations. We must then, instead of reacting to all the energy around us – we must create it from the energy within, and focus on your attention to what you want to attract.
Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones. Therefore, we have the power to change the conditions in our lives by learning how to utilize our thoughts and emotions (our energy).
When you give to a charity, or give up your time – using your energy positively, it will be converted and returned to you. Maybe not right away – but the energy will be sent out and transformed – and come back you.
As we all know – for every action is an equal and opposite reaction.
If we give, we will receive. Our energy will be transformed and converted. In my experience, nothing is closer to the truth.
Learn, Live, and Love!
Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the Republican presidential race.
There will still be many challenges to overcome, but we are with Trump. Strength has been gaining from the much needed right in the GOP.
We might have a leader with balls to put respect all around the world. China and Putin are powerful, and yet – they respect Trump.
Ted Cruz is done and out of the Republican presidential race, making headway for Donald to be the GOP Presidential nominee.
This was a shock as it seemed destined just a few weeks ago that we would end up a contested convention this summer. Cruz had insisted that he would stay in the race until June 7.
Following a painstaking loss to Donald Trump in Indiana, John also suspended his campaign.
Kasich was there all the way till the end – it has been reported that he called his closest friends saying “My heart is not in this.”
Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night -when Ted Cruz dropped out.
Trump needs 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination before a contested convention. He has currently has over 1,000.
They put everything on the line in Indiana – and still got beaten.
We wholeheartedly respect these two men, and wish them the best of luck. They are still gears in the American engine.
I believe it takes heart and guts to run for President. Cruz and Kasich had both.
March 28 is the 88th day of 2016, in leap years on our Gregorian calendar.
Many great things have happened in our history on the 28th day, and today we highlight one of them.
Honoring the men who made our history the greatest – among them is Mr. Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers – who discovered the asteroid Pallas.
When Pallas was first discovered by the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on March 1802, it was counted as a planet.
As was most of the other asteroids discovered early in the 19th century with our primitive telescopes were thought to be planets, it was an amazing find. However the discovery of many more asteroids after 1845 eventually led to their reclassification of just an asteroid (just like how Pluto was demoted after further telescope advancements).
Pallas, among minor-planet designation 2 Pallas, is the second asteroid to have been discovered, and it is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System.
With an estimated 7% of the mass of the asteroid belt, it is the third-most-massive asteroid, being 10–30% less massive than Vesta.
We learn lots about humanity in our history. This is very fascinating for us, as we ponder what other great discoveries will come in the next ten years with technology and computing power nearly doubling every year or so.
Make sure you cherish every single moment of this year, and look up to the stars when you find yourself soul searching.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another. — Plato, The Republic, 342 BCE
The Number 28 Inc. proudly supports Mr. Donald J. Trump to be our next president of the United States of America and lead the free world.
Currently he holds the #1 lead at twenty eight percent.
We endorse him and wish him luck tomorrow at the Iowa Caucus 2016 event on February 1st, 2016.
Our country has done great things, putting a man on the moon just touches the surface on the freedoms and social conquests for humanity that the USA has established.
I fear what the world would become without the USA. However corruption, politics, greed, and gluttony has destroyed a once mighty nation. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves.
We NEED to Make America Great Again.
I believe in his pledge, his vision, and trust him to get the job done correctly and honorably.
We here at thenumber28 salute you, Mr. Trump. Godspeed.
Currently Donald J. Trump has surged past Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is holding a three-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll before the Iowa caucuses.
Trump leads Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 5 points.
Trump captures the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, compared to 23 percent for Cruz, 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
On the Democratic, the data shows Clinton up over Sanders 45 to 42 percent, with just three percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
I believe in America, I believe in Mr. Trump.
In God We Trust. Go Trump !!
First television transmission was February 9, 1928.
We see this number come up, as the energy once again comes together to make the impossible, possible.
Creater of the television, thenumber28 honors Mr. John Logie Baird today by reminding the world of his invention. The thing we all have in our homes, was designed by a great thinker, a visionary, with a spark of luck and painstaking work. His insight and genius inspires us. Google has also commemorated this day with a doodle today.
Here is some info about this man and his vision.
Ninety years ago today a moving head on a screen made history. It was the first public demonstration of live television.
The mechanical television, also known as “the televisor” worked a bit like a radio, but had a rotating mechanism attached that could generate a video to accompany the sound. It preceded the modern television, which creates images using electronic scanning.
In 1924 Baird managed to transmit a flickering image across a distance of 10 feet and the following year, he had a breakthrough when he achieved TV pictures with light and shade.
Within two years this flicker was the face of a woman who was in a different room.
The historic 1926 public display took place on January 26, in a lab in Soho in front of members from the Royal Institution and a journalist from the Times.
Although the pictures were small, measuring just 3.5 by 2 inches, the process was revolutionary.
“The image as transmitted was faint and often blurred, but substantiated a claim that through the ‘televisor,’ as Mr Baird has named his apparatus, it is possible to transmit and reproduce instantly the details of movement, and such things as the play of expression on the face,” wrote the reporter from the Times after the demonstration.
As innovative as the demonstration had been, the journalist wasn’t convinced that it would take off.
“It has yet to be seen to what extent further developments will carry Mr Baird’s system towards practical use,” they wrote.
Still, that was better than the reaction of the Daily Express newspaper who, when Baird approached them with the invention in 1925, kicked him out.
The news editor at the time said: “For God’s sake, go down to reception and get rid of a lunatic who’s down there. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless!”
Following his demonstration in 1926, he developed colour TV and brought out the world’s first mass produced television set in 1929.
In September last year, an anonymous donor stepped in to prevent a recording of Baird’s first transmission of transatlantic television pictures being sold to private collectors overseas.
The materials, which include a disc featuring what has been described as one of the world’s earliest surviving video recordings, are now stored at the University of Glasgow along with much of the Scottish inventor’s other work.
An asking price of £78,750 was put on the “treasure trove” archive and an export bar was placed on the lot to see if any British buyers would step in.
The purchase of the collection was made possible with the financial support of a businessman from Baird’s hometown of Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, who wished to remain anonymous.
The recording and radio log books, used by assistant Benjamin Clapp, contain the world’s first-known use of the acronym TV.
The donor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “[The collection] charts such an important period of modern engineering history, so I felt it could not, and should not, leave these shores to move abroad. It needs to be shared for future generations.
“John Logie Baird was a Helensburgh man and a Scottish pioneer who helped change the world, and with his ties to the University of Glasgow I think it is only right and proper that this important collection should be coming to the university, and hopefully it will help inspire future pioneering engineers.”
The phonovision shellac disc, dating back to September 20 1927, is the world’s oldest-surviving 78rpm video recording and features pictures of Stookie Bill, the ventriloquist’s dummy Baird used when developing his revolutionary mechanical scanning broadcasts.
It was recorded during his transatlantic television trials but was not actually transmitted until February 9 1928, marking one of Baird’s earliest television broadcasts.
The University of Glasgow already owns a vast collection of Baird’s work. He was a student at the university from 1914, studying engineering.
He cut short his studies when he tried to voluntarily sign up for national service in 1915 but was turned down on health grounds.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “We’re proud of the fact that John Logie Baird is an alumnus of the University of Glasgow, and so it is fitting and immensely exciting that these important items, which catalogue the world-changing work he was conducting at the time of his engineering breakthrough, are preserved here in Scotland and at the university where he studied.”
Who was John Logie Baird?
Baird was a Scottish engineer and inventor born in 1888 in Helensburgh, Scotland. He was the youngest of four sons of a clergyman.
From 1914 to 1915, Baird was a student at the University of Glasgow, reading engineering.
He cut short his studies when he tried to voluntarily sign up for war duties in 1915, but was turned down on health grounds.
Baird went on to dominate TV innovation for three decades.
After the 1926 display, Baird continued to develop the mechanical TV and in 1927 he transmitted content across a 438 mile long telephone line between London and Glasgow. He went on to set up the Baird Television Development Company, which produced the first transatlantic broadcast and the first live transmission of the Epsom Derby.
Amazon said on Monday it would pay $970 million in cash for Twitch, a live video-game-streaming site with more than 55 million users that’s like YouTube for video games.
As of July, Twitch had over 15 billion minutes of content, and users were spending more than 100 minutes a day on the site, on average. Twitch users can host live streams of their gaming sessions and broadcast them to the world. They can also chop up their sessions into segments for streaming later.
It’s also a resource for gamers who like to show off their unique skills. For example, there’s an entire community on Twitch dedicated to doing weird stuff like beating Zelda games in under 20 minutes or playing massively collaborative games of Pokemon.
Twitch is a huge part of the internet, and it accounts for nearly 2% of all traffic in the U.S. during peak hours, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Only Netflix, Google, and Apple account for more traffic. In that respect, Twitch even streams more video than Hulu.
Twitch also accounts for 40% of all live-streamed internet content, according to Business Insider Intelligence:
What’s really impressive is that Twitch was able to become so big after just three years.
You can see Amazon’s purchase of Twitch as a play to take over the future of TV. More and more content is being streamed online, and more and more hours of video watching are being done on sites like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. Amazon has its own streaming video service called Amazon Instant that comes with Amazon Prime memberships. Amazon Instant includes thousands of streaming movies and TV shows, including original shows like “Alpha House.”
Earlier Monday, multiple reports indicated Amazon was in late-stage talks to acquire Twitch. The news came as a big surprise because just last month it was reported that Google had agreed to acquire Twitch for about $1 billion. That deal, however, was never officially confirmed.
The Google-Twitch deal felt like a natural fit, since it would’ve been a good way for YouTube to expand its video offerings. Yahoo also tried to buy Twitch for $970 million, but Amazon swooped in and got it instead.
It’s unclear what had caused the Google-Twitch deal to fall through, but one possible reason is over antitrust issues. Since Google already owns YouTube, the world’s largest video streaming site, acquiring another massive video streaming site like Twitch could raise antitrust issues.According to Forbes, the two sides couldn’t agree on the potential break up fee.
Here’s the official announcement from Amazon:
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”
“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
Twitch launched in June 2011 to focus exclusively on live video for gamers. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Twitch’s shareholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.
Here’s a letter from Twitch’s CEO:
Dear Twitch Community,
It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound. Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us. Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start. Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch. I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much. It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us. Emmett Shear, CEO
Wow check out this new Supra at the Detroit motor show!
Toyota has stunned crowds at the Detroit motor show today with this astonishing concept, the FT-1. In case you were wondering, yes, this is the new Toyota Supra, (we’re almost certain!).The FT-1 references Toyota’s sports car history through its design language, with the front engine, rear-wheel drive layout allowing the cockpit to sit further back, also aiding weight distribution. It aims to give the driver excellent vision, thanks to the 2000GT-inspired wraparound windscreen.That attitude follows into the cockpit design, which “capitalises on the car’s low centre of gravity”.
The FT-1 references Toyota’s sports car history through its design language, with the front engine, rear-wheel drive layout allowing the cockpit to sit further back, also aiding weight distribution. It aims to give the driver excellent vision, thanks to the 2000GT-inspired wraparound windscreen.
That attitude follows into the cockpit design, which “capitalises on the car’s low centre of gravity“. There’s a Formula-1 style steering wheel, while a colour head-up display allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road at all times. The exterior looks like a steroidal version of the FT-86 concept that spawned the GT86. This car gets flared front wings, large air intakes and exhausts, and a huge retractable rear wing.
Toyota claims that this new car was designed as part of its “aim of creating cars that connect more deeply with customers on an emotional level and generate a more satisfying ownership experience.“
Check out this video!