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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Augmented Reality Clothing to Enhance Experience

In the 1950s, movie theaters were all abuzz with ‘Smell-o-Vision’, a new invention that promised to immerse viewers in their entertainment experience by surrounding them with smells related to what they were seeing on screen. Moviegoers were at first intrigued and excited by the idea, but pretty soon after its introduction, the technique took a nosedive. It proved difficult for theater owners to flush the smells out of the theater between showings, and there were often problems synching the scents accurately with the films. Plus, some moviegoers found certain smells irritating or even sickening, to the point that they had to leave before the movie ended. So Smell-o-Vision was a passing fad that faded into movie history pretty quickly.

Fast-forward to today’s moviemakers, who are constantly looking for ways to keep the American public entertained. The moviemaking business is highly competitive, so over the past decade, filmmakers have raised the bar in special effects, high-def cinematography, and computer-generated animation. Moviegoers are always looking for more realism that gives them a visceral response to what they’re seeing on screen, and computer-generated special effects have been just the ticket for the past decade or so.

Now, virtual reality is going to be even more fashionable. Philips, the corporate giant known for creating cutting-edge electronics technology, has created a prototype for an ‘enhanced reality’ type of clothing, designed to enhance movie watching to the ultimate degree. The jacket is loaded with devices that monitor ‘haptic’ (sensory) feedback. The jacket can actually increase a person’s emotional immersion in a film, rather than simply copying the physical sensations of being right in the middle of the action.

According to scientists at Philips, people don’t realize how sensitive the human body is to touch, even though touch is the first of the five senses that emerge as a fetus develops in the womb. The sense of touch is wired directly into subconscious responses of emotion, and that fact is the basis on which the jacket has been developed.

There are 64 actuators sewn into the jacket, with each one controlled over a serial bus in addition to having dedicated individual electronics. The actuators draw a current so low that the whole jacket can function for longer than an hour simply on the power from two AA batteries. Because every actuator cycles as quickly as .01 seconds, the feedback reaches the wearer almost immediately, and the design of the jacket distributes the units in a carefully laid-out pattern so they can fool the brain into sensing some activity going on between each of the actuators, for a total body experience.

The actuators are very tiny, so they aren’t able to make the jacket wearer feel the embrace of someone in a love story, the impact of an explosion in an action movie, or the slam of being kicked by a foot in a martial arts movie. But the signals from the smart box that is connected to the hardware playing the movie results in sensations that can literally send a shiver down your spine, cause you to feel that back-of-the-neck tickle, or cause your limbs to tighten up or your hands to clench during frightening or dramatic scenes. In really emotional scenes, the jacket could even simulate the feeling of your heart pounding your chest, which could possibly result in your pulse becoming elevated.

Although the enhanced reality jacket is just a prototype, and is still being researched and developed, scientists think that in the not-too-distant future, people will be able to go to a movie theater, buy a ticket to the film, and then rent a wireless sensory jacket to wear that will increase their experience in the theater. Be prepared―horror movies are on the verge of becoming even more terrifying.

Types of Highly Annoying People in Movie Theaters

You may have definitely come across many types of people in movie halls, from the extremely quiet to the extremely noisy ones. One of these types are informally and infamously called the spoilsports or the show-offs or the irritants, and they can be pathetically annoying. When you go to a movie theater, you expect some quiet while you concentrate on watching the movie, a bit of fun when you are with friends, and a bit of suspense perhaps. No one would like to hear someone talk continuously, giggle unnecessarily, and pass derogatory comments.

But then, there are certain kinds of movie-goers who have incredibly irritating habits that can infuriate the hell out of you. The paragraphs below will list down 22 annoying types of people you see in the movie theater.

The Snacking Breed
Oh yeah, popcorn and fries are great additions to enjoying a movie. But the snackers conveniently ignore the movie, and are found to gorge on something every 10 minutes. They will want sandwiches and burgers and fritters, and the most annoying thing being that many of them are incredibly noisy while eating. It gets highly irritating to concentrate on the movie with the sight, smell, and sound of food, doesn’t it?

The Intellectuals
You’d be surprised to know there still exists such individuals who reach the theater before anyone else, and spends the time reading either the newspaper, or a novel, or even books on his/her smartphone! If that is not enough, he will try to exhibit his unrivaled knowledge to the first person that sits beside him. Not just before the movie, but during it too, he cannot survive without showing off his incredible intelligence. Talk about annoying!

The Habitual Texters
Why would you pay for a movie ticket, come to the movie hall, and spend your time texting people? Beyond me. Without fail, you will find, not one but several such people, who keep sending texts continuously. A strong ray of light in between the audience (apart from the movie screen) and the irritating clicking sounds amidst the incredible darkness of the theater is infuriating beyond limits.

Individuals with Irritating Habits
Irrespective of the genre of movie you plan to watch, you are sure to come across this individual who is oblivious of his/her surroundings and is either snoring away in the air-conditioned theater, or digging his nose, or coughing or sneezing or yawning without covering his mouth. These individuals definitely need an old-world reminder of manners and etiquette with a tap on their heads.

The Tappers
The tappers cannot sit still during the movie, they are the forever restless kind of individuals. They either keep tapping their feet on the ground, or moving their toes up and down, drumming their fingers on the armrest, or fidgeting about. Even if the entire audience is rapt with attention due to the big screen on-goings, these tappers will merrily continue with their annoying quirks, God help the people sitting beside them.

The Over-reactors
‘Aaah!!’, ‘Wooow!!, ‘Oh my God, oh my God!’, ‘No no!’. These are some of the occasional exclamations you will hear from the over-reactors. Rather, loud reactors. Every single scene, every dialog needs and evokes in them a loud, unnecessary over-the-top reaction. If the scene is humorous, they laugh like the devil, if the scene is violent, they scream like the devil. Enough to disturb the whole theater.

The Washroom Crazies
These individuals are pretty unique ’cause they seem to have control over their bladders akin to a four-year-old toddler. For an average duration film you will find them frequenting the washroom almost every half an hour. No respite for the poor devils and subsequently for other movie-watching souls too.

The Phone Addicts
God help these tech-addicted souls. I mean, if they are that busy and that important, why do they even bother coming for the movie? These addicts talk on the phone during the movie, that too in a loud voice, causing enough chaos and ruckus in the theater and distract other movie-goers during some important scene. Disgustingly irksome.

The Chatterboxes
‘Blah blah blah blah … ‘. This is what the chatterbox does. Talk, talk, and talk―there is no end to it. They talk endlessly about the movie, or the weather, or even their personal lives, or anything under the sun. They talk to their friends, family, and even strangers. And they scream and cheer and whistle for the most idiotic to the best of movie scenes. It is difficult to find even one moment of peace when a chatterbox is around. Obnoxiously irritating, no doubt.

The Whisperers
Grrrrr….. is the reaction when you have the misfortune of being seated next to these whispers. If the chatterboxes weren’t irritating enough, the whisperers are exasperating. Everything they ask or speak or sing is done in a high-pitched, squeaky whisper, enough to give the whisper birds a complex. When it continues for more than 5 minutes, all you want to do is whack his/her head and scream, ‘Talk! Please talk! Don’t whisper!’.

The Parents
No offense to any parent please, but is it really necessary to bring babies below a year old and toddlers to the movies? I am sure you can find a babysitter for a few hours. Well, kids are cute yeah, but it’s bloody well irritating to hear them sob like a maniac when the movie has a rather interesting scene. It’s worse when the parent does not bother to pacify the kid. In fact, you’ll probably find many parents who get their two- and three-year-old toddlers to adult movies, and then complain about the language the people in the theater use.

I mean, parents, please understand. You are watching an adult movie. If the youth around you is swearing, technically, it’s not their fault. Why do you need to get your kid to such movies? Point three, taking your kids to horror movies that are meant for children beyond their age, and acting like a kid in their presence. Screaming. Dropping the popcorn. And what not. No, no, it’s not wrong at all. Just plain gross and annoying.

The First-timers
Yeah, this one’s a virgin. Relax, not literally. He/She is a first-timer. This is probably their first experience of watching a horror movie, or a romantic comedy, or an action thriller. And they’ll ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ for practically every scene in the movie, give or take a few.

The Commentators
These individuals have an incessant urge to comment on just about everything. Right from the film director to the female lead to the bit players, the cinematography, choreography, costumes, everything. Non-stop comments, like ‘Oh, the actress is wearing Gucci’, ‘Oh wow! The effects are brilliant!’, ‘Disgusting. I do not like his costume’, or ‘The dialog delivery of the protagonist is rather weak, don’t you think?’ can grate any sincere movie-goer.

The Gigglers
There is no reason to laugh, in the movie or otherwise, yet there is always someone who does. Yes. Even for a serious scene. Unbelievably, these people can laugh their way throughout the movie, for the lamest of scenes and the dumbest of reasons.

The Creeps
You may or may not have come across them very often. This individual comes to the theater, but spends his time staring at others instead of watching the movie. Some creeps may even sneak up on you, sit behind you and disturb you in the strangest possible ways. Some nerve they have.

The Latecomers
Latecomers can be infuriating, because they arrive well after the first few scenes and then distract others firstly just excusing themselves while they reach their seats, their silhouette creating a mass disturbance for everyone, and secondly, by their whispered talk about how much did they miss or not miss the action on screen. Sometimes, you want to empty your popcorn bucket over them. No no, wait. Popcorn is too precious to be wasted on these inconsiderate folks.

The Delicate Cowards
These people are usually spotted during scary movies. Everyone gets scared while watching this genre, so no complaints there. But is it necessary to get frightened and scream even when the scene is not that horrifying? You’ll find plenty of these weirdos who shriek and clutch their partner’s hand and even start fake crying, some, for probably attracting attention, and some, for God knows what reasons.

The Shifters
These individuals just do not sit in one seat. Give him the sign of an empty seat, and he’ll trudge over there, ignoring the ranting of the people around. If he is unable to catch a good view of the movie from there, he’ll shift to some other empty seat. And so on, until the movie gets over. Unbelievably troublesome.

The Questioners
These aggravating people certainly need to either read the movie reviews before entering or at least keep their eyes and ears and other sensory organs in working condition. They have to ask a question about every scene, every dialog. Either they are way too dumb, or they do not pay attention. Whatever the reason, they can bombard their adjacent movie-goer with questions and questions, until that poor soul is ready to explode.

The Weeping Machines
You may have come across these individuals fairly regularly. He/She is the emotional, sobbing, sentimental fool who cries for every scene. Even if the scene is not very emotional, you’ll find this person weeping quietly, sniffing into their tissues, or with a soft, emotional expression. Okay, I am not condemning those who are sentimental, and yes, we all experience various emotions while watching such movies, but not for every goddamn scene, for pity’s sake!

The Plot Spoilers
He/She knows everything about the movie, and wastes no time in giving away the suspense. Either he has already watched the movie and is flaunting stuff he already knows and others don’t, or he has probably heard it all from someone else. Whatever the reason, it’s irritating beyond means to have someone reveal the plot or the killer. Where is the excitement then?

The Couples
How can this category of people not make it to the list? They are the lovey-dovey couples who come to the theater and have enough PDA to piss the person sitting next to them. I mean, love is young and beautiful, yes, but do you really need to showcase it to the public? Despite sitting in the dark corners of the theater and trying to keep their action as low-profile as possible; invariably, people sitting around are distracted and bothered, and on occasions, even disgusted.

Well there are many more, and no matter how irritating they may be, we still go to the movies and put up with them. We love the movies, don’t we? And what’s more, we also possess some of the above annoying habits. C’mon, don’t you deny it! (Wink wink!)

Influential Cultures of Humour

Throughout the world, humour has been presented through several forms. Various cultures have emphasized different aspects of humour and have made it their own. In this article, we will take a brief look at four different cultures and the main characteristics of their brand of humour and how they have sometimes influenced another culture’s humour.

American humour: American stand-up comedians use a wide variety of comedic forms in their routines. Their humour can be categorized as more slapstick, improvisational, and oftentimes observational, especially due to the influx of Jewish comedians like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and Jerry Seinfeld during the latter part of the 20th Century. African-American comedians also play a very big part in American humour and some of the country’s most-celebrated comedians like Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Murphy hail from that community. Compared to British humour, American comedy tends to be more direct and less subtle. It can also be more risqué and profane than British humour with topics ranging from drug consumption to sex with lots of profanity in order to shock and offend the audience.

British humour: British comedians often use satire, irony, innuendo, and absurd elements to make their audiences laugh. There isn’t any subject that is taboo to British humour, though comedians tend to be more subtle about controversial topics like sex than their American counterparts. They also make a lot of jokes about stereotypes of different cultures present in the United Kingdom. The television series Monty Python and Ali G are good examples of this. In fact, British television comedy shows have been so influential that a lot of them have been remade for American audiences, such as is the case for The Office, All in the Family, and Three’s Company.

Jewish humour: Due to its vast influence on American comedy, Jewish humour plays a very large role in comedy on this side of the pond. As mentioned above, their humour is very much observational, anecdotal, and self-deprecating, with lots of references to Jewish culture, their religion, and even sometimes anti- Semitism. When Jews began to immigrate to the United States following World War II, they were having a hard time finding mainstream success, but they eventually came to acceptance with the emergence of American radio and television sitcoms. In the 1950s, Milton Berle, a Jewish comedian, became the first major television star during TV’s golden age. Today, Jewish humour is still very much a part of North American comedy, thanks in part to the success of television sitcoms like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Canadian humour: Partly because of its many regional cultural differences, Canadian humour is influenced by various themes and trends. English-speaking Canadians often make jokes at the expense of French-speaking Canadians, and vice versa. “Newfie” jokes are also very popular throughout Canada and have become part of Canadian culture. Canadian comedians also enjoy poking fun at the numerous differences between Americans and Canadians. One example of this is Rick Mercer’s comedy routines, Talking to Americans. Like British comedy, satire is one of the most evident characteristic of Canadian humour, specifically in political comedy shows such as Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Rick Mercer Report.

Ways to Find a Reputable Chinese Massage Parlor

The growing popularity of massages and related services is creating more interest in Chinese massage parlor facilities. Asian women are beautiful and many men appreciate them, which is why they prefer an Asian massage parlor to your traditional day spa or salon. When you are looking for a place like this in your city, you have a lot of different options to choose from. As long as you take the time to see what’s out there, however, it should be easy for you to get everything that you need.

Here are some tips for choosing a reputable Chinese massage parlor, no matter what you are looking for:

-Check out the reputation and history of the parlor. How long have they been in business? You need to make sure you’re working with professionals and not some fly-by-night company that doesn’t know what they’re doing.

-Look at the masseuses that you have to choose from. Make sure that they are professionally trained and capable of giving you the massage services that you need, no matter what you have in mind.

-Your budget counts on this extra expense, because it’s not a necessity. Unless you’re a millionaire, the cost of an Asian massage parlor is going to affect your decision. Luckily for you, it should be easy for you to find affordable services.

-A local Asian massage parlor is best. After all, no matter how relaxing the experience is you don’t want to be driving across the city to get there. That will just make things more stressful. Choose a local service for a more enjoyable investment.

-Look at the services available. Every Chinese massage parlor is a little different. You have to make sure they can provide the services you want when you are in the market for a massage. A little research online can go a long way in helping with this.

You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a trip to an Asian massage parlor, provided that you take the time to choose one that gives you the experience that you deserve. With the help of the internet, you should be able to explore all of the options that you have locally for a Chinese massage parlor and get the best service, no matter what you have in mind. It’s supposed to be an enjoyable, relaxing experience and that only happens when you choose the right parlor in the first place.