Giant Pterosaurs Flew Over Paluxy Dinosaur Tracks

first_imgRecent dinosaur findings provide glimpses into the ecology of dinosaurs, with lessons for scientific inference.Paluxy River tracksOlder creationists may remember the flap in the 1980s over alleged human tracks with dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas.  The human-like tracks were later seriously questioned to the point that most creationists have dropped them as credible evidence.*  The dinosaur tracks, however, were uncontroversial.  Seventy years ago, Roland T. Bird photographed and then dug up a series of 17 tracks in a sequence to prevent them from erosion due to flooding.  The tracks were sent to various museums.  Now, three scientists from England and America have used the available data to reconstruct the original trackway.  Publishing in PLoS ONE, they used a process called photogrammetry to create a 3-D digital model that allows future researchers to study the tracks in detail.There is still some question whether the tracks, made by a sauropod and a theropod, represent a chase sequence or a chance relationship.  The authors had to interpolate some evidence because only 12 of the 17 tracks could be clearly identified from Bird’s original photographs.  Some parts of the reconstruction, therefore, are less clear than other parts.  The authors created a 3-D flyover of the entire trackway that is posted in the paper and by the BBC News.  Science Magazine, Science Daily and Live Science reported summaries of the paper without mentioning the old human-track controversy.Pterosaur WondersWhile describing a new pterosaur exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Wynne Parry, reporting for Live Science, describes some of the amazing facts of these flapping flyers.  In “How Pterosaurs Ruled the Skies Above the Dinosaurs,” he notes that some were heavy giants outperforming any living flyer today:Fossils suggest the biggest pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, had a wingspan stretching about 33 feet (10 meters), longer than that of a small airplane. Of course, not all were giants. Of the more than 150 known species, some attained birdlike sizes, along the lines of sparrows or seagulls.With size comes weight. Michael Habib, who studies biomechanics at the University of Southern California, has calculated that one particular group of pterosaurs may have weighed more than 661 pounds (300 kilograms), a weight they managed to consistently foist into the air and keep aloft.Habib remarked that “Flapping flight is one of the more challenging things you can do.”  Of the three vertebrate groups that employed powered flight (birds, pterosaurs and bats), pterosaurs were well designed for it.  Each group had its own mechanisms, which Habib attributes to chance:Three anatomical requirements set the stage for large size in flying animals: wing anatomy that generates a large amount of lift per unit speed, hollow bones with a high ratio of stiffness to weight, and the muscle power to launch into the air, Habib said.“Bats have the right launch system, but they don’t have pneumatic [air-filled] bones. Birds have pneumatized bones, but they don’t have the right launch system, and they don’t have as high a lift coefficient [for their] wings,” Habib said. “Pterosaurs are the only ones by happenstance that ended up with those three things.“This means that giraffe-sized pterosaurs like Quetzalcoatlus could leap into the air and start their engines, flying off high over the dinosaurs.  Most of the pterosaurs could waddle on all fours, using their elbows as front legs.Parry relates another remarkable fact: soft tissues have been preserved in some pterosaur fossils –One of the exhibit’s star items provides a rare glimpse of ancient skin. A fossil found in a 150-million-year-old German rock formation contained the preserved tissue of a pterosaur wing, which allowed scientists to detect layers of skin, blood vessels, muscles and the long fibers forming a series of supports within the wing. The color of the wing membrane led researchers to dub the fossil Dark Wing, which has never before been exhibited outside of Germany….The exhibit explains that traces of fibers found on fossils from the pterosaur Sordes pilosus, or hairy devil, suggest these animals had fuzzy coats and were likely warm blooded. Climate Change Long AgoAnother dinosaur story in Live Science bears on a major political controversy: global warming.  Katia Moskvitch reports that in the dinosaur era, carbon dioxide levels were five times higher than they are today.  The new estimate is much higher than previous estimates.  “The higher CO2 levels [must] have [had] significant effects on the planet’s climate, and its flora and fauna,” one researcher said.  One thing is clear: if humans were contemporaries with dinosaurs, it wasn’t their fault.__________________*Some think the rest of the Paluxy story remains to be told, because creationists may have been too hasty to drop the subject when some of the tracks had been misinterpreted (the fact that some locals had carved giant human tracks was only part of the controversy).  Dr. Walter T. Brown makes this statement in the footnotes of his book In the Beginning:  “Before 1986, many thought that dinosaur tracks and human tracks were together along the banks of the Paluxy River, near Glen Rose, Texas. Some, but not necessarily all, of the humanlike tracks were made by part of a dinosaur’s foot. The film, Footprints in Stone, and John Morris’ book, Tracking Those Incredible Dinosaurs, which popularized the man-track idea, have been withdrawn. A few creationists still claim that some of these manlike tracks were made by humans. I believe that the Paluxy tracks should be studied more and many questions satisfactorily answered before claiming human tracks are along the Paluxy River.”  John Morris, in an article on ICR, stated: “Even though it would now be improper for creationists to continue to use the Paluxy data as evidence against evolution, in the light of these questions, there is still much that is not known about the tracks and continued research is in order. We stand committed to truth, and will gladly modify or abandon our previous interpretation of the Paluxy data as the facts dictate.”  He provided 6 questions that should be investigated further.The dinosaur-human track controversy from the 1980s embarrassed many creationists, because the film Footprints in Stone made such a plausible case, using primary evidence.  Not only did the tracks fit a human foot perfectly with left-right stride, they continued under an undisturbed bank!  It is to the credit of the creationist community that they quickly withdrew their claims when critics presented evidence that the human-like parts resided within the inner portions of theropod tracks.  The claws of the three-toed theropod tracks had not been visible until a critic went looking and found them (some find that suspicious).  Once creationists considered that evidence with open minds, they not only withdrew their material but discouraged fellow creationists from using it (see CMI, AIG, and ICR article by John Morris, who retracted his own book).  A few creationists, notably Carl Baugh and Kent Hovind, continued asserting that the human tracks were real, but most creationists have long since distanced themselves from such claims.This is a lesson for all scientists: the need to avoid wishful thinking, jumping to conclusions because you want them to be true.  Would that evolutionists would follow that example.  Critics have pointed out for decades – sometimes over a century – the flaws with Haeckel’s embryos, the horse series, the ape-to-man series, and other icons of evolution, yet prominent evolutionists continue to display them as evidence for Darwinism.  We recall dinosaur hunter Phil Currie remarking in CMI’s film The Voyage that Shook the World that scientists see what they expect to see.The Paluxy story is not dead, though.  One uncontroversial aspect shouts against the evolutionary long-age view: the rapid erosion of the Paluxy tracks.  Seventy years ago, when Roland Bird excavated the tracks, he had to hurry because he was “fighting against constant flooding from the river,” the PLoS ONE paper mentions.  Other tracks studied by creationists in the 1980s have also disappeared since they were exposed.  How credible is it that scientists would happen along these spectacular trackways right when they are being destroyed by natural causes, supposedly 110 million years after the dinosaurs made the tracks?  (See also the rapid destruction ofThen there is the soft tissue preservation.  Evolutionists expect us to believe that hair, skin, and delicate impressions of blood vessels, muscle tissues and skin fibers of pterosaurs were preserved for up to 220 million years.  This is but one of a number of soft tissue cases reported in the secular literature in recent decades.  The burden of proof should be on long-agers to show this is possible; the default explanation should be that the fossils are much, much younger than claimed.We should point out that Paluxy was not the only site suggesting man and dinosaurs were contemporaries.  Currently at AIG’s Creation Museum there is a lobby exhibit showcasing multiple lines of evidence – including artwork in temples and other human sites from different parts of the world, made centuries ago – showing dinosaurian figures.  The word “dinosaur” was only coined in the 19th century.  These artists most likely drew images of what they saw.  In many cases, the dinosaur figures are in context with other known animals.  There are also dragon legends from many parts of the world: China, Europe, and North America.So when you add up these independent lines of evidence – soft tissue preservation, ancient accounts and artwork, and intelligent design of dinosaurs, it is reasonable to postulate that humans saw dinosaurs not that long ago.  It’s the evolutionary view that should be considered dubious.  They are the ones who should be embarrassed, especially those who believe with Habib that pterosaurs evolved pneumatic bones, flight muscles and launch systems “by happenstance.”  If you believe happenstance produced powered flight, not just once but multiple times, we would like to offer you a free flight and resort vacation package to the beautiful Isle of Debris.(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Don’t Wait. Create Opportunities.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Million Dollar Bill tweeted me to share something someone said on television this morning. This person said, “You can’t sell to people. You can only be there when they want to buy.” He knew I would have a strong opinion about this bad idea.Yes, in fact, you can sell to people. More still, if you are going to be relevant at all, you are going to sell to them before they decide to buy. In business-to-business sales, you actually help create the compelling case for change that starts the buying process.Right now, people are still suffering from post traumatic recessionary stress disorder. They believe that we are still in a recession, even though this hasn’t been true for over 6 years. This, when the economy will come in around 19.2 trillion dollars, making it the largest economy in our Universe. Even though the economy continues to grow, and people have money, they are still afraid to spend money it.If you want to be a trusted advisor, what sense does it make to allow your dream client to struggle and perhaps hurt themselves when you have the ability to help them do better? What sense does it make to know the right answer to their challenge, posses the ability to execute for and with them, and help move them forward if you have to sit on your hands and wait for your dream client to decide it’s time to buy.In the old days of sales, you might have waited for your prospect to become dissatisfied enough to change. Now you create the compelling case for change. It used to be enough to lead with your product, but now you lead with your ideas, especially your strategic, future-oriented ideas.I loved the 1980’s, but that was a lifetime ago, and sales was a very different game (even if many still play the game as it was 40 years ago). What served you then will hurt you now, and the idea that you should wait, that you aren’t supposed to create opportunities, is bad advice.last_img read more

Nation heading towards presidential form of government, warns Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned that the country was heading towards a presidential form of government.“I want to tell you, especially the educated class, intellectuals and students, we are heading towards a presidential form of government with one election, one leader, one political party and one emergency,” she said at the foundation day event of her party’s student wing, Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad.Ms. Banerjee, who has been exercising restraint in her remarks against the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls, touched upon a host of current issues in her address. .On the issue of Kashmir she said that people there have been silenced using the “barrel of the gun”. Raising the issue of change of power in Karnataka, the Trinamool Congress chairperson alleged “horse-trading” and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s next target was West Bengal.“They want Bengal, because we are the ones who fight… who raise voice against them,” she said, alleging that Central agencies are being used to target political parties.‘Won’t bow down’ “Today they [agencies] are calling my brother, tomorrow they will call me. I am ready to go to jail but will not bow down to BJP’s communal politics,” she said. Speaking on the “cut money” protest, Ms. Banerjee said that publications were writing about it but not about the “black money that changed hands during the Rafale deal”. Ms. Banerjee urged the youth not to fall prey to the “opium of communal politics” and called upon them to support her. “They will not give you food, not give you jobs, they will give you only religion,” she said.last_img read more

Olympics hockey: We lost belief in ourselves, says India coach Nobbs

first_imgIndian hockey team went down 1-4 to South Korea in what was their fourth loss in a row. Reason enough for chief coach Michael Nobbs to feel dejected and disappointed.In an online interview with Mail Today Sports Editor S. Kannan, Nobbs minces no words on India’s poor show at the London Olympics.Q. How would you sum up the team’s performance till now?Nobbs: Very disappointing maybe the first three games have taken their toll on our ability to believe in ourselves.Q. You had talked of the first three matches being tough, but does a huge loss to South Korea also hurt?Nobbs: Yes we played well for the first 50 minutes of the game and let ourselves down by not taking our chances either in front of goals or from the penalty corner area.Q. Then role played by Sandeep Singh seems dubious. Is it pressure or something unusual that he is unable to convert the penalty corners?Nobbs: Well it looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this he had a 82% success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line as what happened again today.Q. How do you think you can lift the morale of the team in such a bleak scenario?Nobbs: We can only keep working on what we do, these are supposed to be international players, our young players are playing well and don’t have that fear. I think we really need to remember that even though it hasn’t been any performance that I would find acceptable we haven’t been at this level for 8 years and we have had a good season so far up until this tournament. We will still need to make changes and bring more of your youth into the program if we are to get better.advertisementlast_img read more

Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics FILE – Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers overcame low expectations and a roster without any current or former All-Stars to win 48 games, make the playoffs and push the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to six games.Now they’re ready to go shopping. A blockbuster list of free agents comes on the market this summer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s a beautiful basketball team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a bright future.”Some things to watch:IMPACT ROOKIES: Two of the team’s three rookie guards made a big impact. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started 73 of 82 games at the point, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular season. He scored a Clippers rookie playoff record 25 points against the Warriors. Landry Shamet joined the team in February in a trade from Philadelphia, where he played his first 54 games. He finished fourth all-time in 3-pointers made (167) by a rookie during the season, when he shot 42 percent. Jerome Robinson showed promise while struggling to find minutes in a crowded backcourt, dealing with a nagging foot injury and going back and forth to the G League. The trio’s presence could help make the Clippers an attractive free-agent destination, knowing their youngsters can make plays in big games and have huge upside. “They were complete pros,” Lou Williams said. “They took every challenge that we had for them, on the road, in practice.”GETTING A STEAL: C Ivica Zubac came over from the Lakers in a steal of a deal at the trade deadline in February. The 7-foot-1 center started 12 of 33 games for his new team, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He had a playoff career-high of 18 points and 15 rebounds against Golden State. Zubac and Montrezl Harrell formed one of the best center combinations in the league. Zubac, a third-year pro, can become a restricted free agent after the season.OFF THE BENCH: Harrell and Williams, a candidate for his third Sixth Man of the Year award, proved a lethal combo off the bench. They notched the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history at 36.9 points. Williams led the league in bench scoring at 20.1 points (also tops on the team) while becoming the No. 1 bench scorer in league history. Harrell was fourth at 16.8.ADVERTISEMENT The Clippers have depth and a cohesive bunch of players who fight to the finish — comeback wins of 31 points in Game 2 against Golden State, 28 points at Boston, 25 points at Detroit and 20 points at Charlotte — and that should help catch the eye of big-name talent.They went 48-34, extending a franchise record with their eighth consecutive winning season. Their 13-2 mark was the NBA’s best in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did more than most thought we could,” coach Doc Rivers said. “This is the start of something great here.”After missing out last year, they returned to the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. As an eighth seed, they lost in 4-2 in the first round to Golden State, but not before their Game 2 comeback — the biggest in NBA playoff history. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments FRONT OFFICE: The Clippers have a solid front-office to pursue free agents. President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank presides over general manager Michael Winger, assistant GMs Mark Hughes and Trent Redden, and consultant Jerry West. Winger is so committed to seeing the franchise build a long-term contender that he took himself out of contention for Minnesota’s basketball ops job. Under Frank, the team traded its highest-scoring players each of the last two seasons (Blake Griffin and Tobias Harris) for multiple draft picks and other players while freeing up room under the salary cap to offer maximum deals to free agents this summer. Coach Doc Rivers is locked in for what’s to come, having said in March he’s working out a long-term contract extension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Maersk Line Confirms Scrubber Investment

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company’s previous statements that did not favor the technology.Namely, to become compliant with the 0.5 percent sulphur content rule as of January 2020, shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology.Maersk Line’s representatives said earlier that the company was not  “on the scrubber team” due to operational concerns, as the technology has not yet proven itself on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.This in particular relates to open-loop scrubbers, which have been deemed by many industry players as a short-term solution due to the wash water-related issues and the looming ban on its release in certain geographical zones. Closed loop scrubbers, on the other hand, pose another type of challenge related to space constraints on board needed for the installation of the systems.It its latest announcement, Maersk said it will invest in “a limited number of scrubbers”, but information on the type of scrubber systems or ships to be fitted with the systems was rather sketchy.Scrubbers are gaining in popularity as numerous owners from various shipping sectors reveal investments in the technology, including most recently Hapag-Lloyd, DHT Holdings, Maran Tankers, Safe Bulkers, and Star Bulk.The cost of installing a scrubber system on a vessel currently stands at around USD 2 million, and many owners are looking to entice the charterers to pay for the installation costs. Ships eligible for installation are those larger in size, such as Capesizes, VLCCs or ULCVs, due space availability, economy and cost efficiency.When approached by World Maritime News for a comment, Maersk Line provided us with a statement from Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, saying that scrubbers would be “a small part of – and just one of several elements in – our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time.”As part of the plans, Maersk is also looking into LNG and compliant fuels, the latter being the more prominent option for the company’s fleet come January 2020.“As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels. While we will continue to explore how to best comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, we still believe the best solution remains with compliant fuels from refineries on land. It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame,” Lindergaard’s statement reads.The new compliant fuels are expected to push the container shipping industry’s fuel bill by USD 15 million, with Maersk Line alone having to pay USD 2 billion more for fuel on annual basis. Hence, diversification and pursuing of cost-efficient investments, including scrubbers, is a sound strategy given the fast-approaching deadline for the enforcement of the new rules.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

AL expels Noakhali leader Ruhul for gang rape

first_imgRuhul AminLocal Awami League leader Ruhul Amin has been expelled from the ruling party for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a woman at Char Bagya village in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali, reports UNB.Ruhul was the party’s upazila unit publicity affairs secretary and a former union council member. The decision to expel him was taken at an emergency meeting on Friday night, said AL’s Subarnachar Upazila unit president Omar Faruk.It was alleged that Amin’s followers gang-raped a woman at his behest on the night of the general election on 30 December. Police have arrested seven people, including Ruhul.The victim’s husband said a group of men had stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife. They took her outside at gunpoint and raped her in turns for voting for BNP’s electoral symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’.The men also threatened to kill them if they disclosed the incident to anyone, he said.The victim was hospitalised the next day with the help of neighbours. A case was later filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

James Patterson Launching The Chef Interactive Fiction on Facebook Messenger

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Best-selling author James Patterson is bringing a multimedia, interactive-fiction experience based on his forthcoming thriller “The Chef” exclusively to Facebook Messenger.Starting Oct. 30, Messengers users will be able to delve into the book’s New Orleans-set storyline and engage with characters, locations and clues via interactive video and sound clips. The book, published by Little Brown and Co., has a release date Feb. 18, 2019.“Ten years ago, if you told me I’d see one of my novels come to life through scrolling chat bubbles, video and audio content, I would have laughed,” Patterson, who has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, said in a statement. “But exploring new ways to connect with fans is important to me and Messenger’s experience for ‘The Chef’ not only makes the story more accessible to readers across new generations, but offers an enticing and thrilling read like never before.”center_img In “The Chef,” New Orleans police detective Caleb Rooney — who moonlights as the proprietor of the Killer Chef food truck — comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty. While fighting the charges, Rooney discovers his city is under threat of attack and he has to follow a trail of clues to stop the would-be terrorists.More than 1.3 billion people worldwide use Facebook Messenger on a monthly basis. In addition to “The Chef” experience on Messenger, other Facebook content and activations for the book are slated to include: Facebook Live Q&As with Patterson; Instagram profiles for the main characters; and a Facebook group dedicated to “The Chef.”“It’s very exciting to see an author as renowned as Patterson pushing the limits of his craft to bring new forms of entertainment to his fans,” said Erin Murray Manning, head of influencer partnerships at Facebook, said in a prepared statement.To access “The Chef” on Facebook Messenger, users must open the mobile app and search for “The Chef by James Patterson” in the search bar. After tapping the icon for “The Chef,” users then tap on “Start Reading” to begin.last_img read more

Terminator Salvation Fight for the Future VR Experience Opens in San Jose

first_img ×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 Cinemark and Spaces, the VR startup that spun out of Dreamworks 3 years ago, opened one of the Bay Area’s first location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences in San Jose, Calif. this weekend. “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” allows up to 4 players to enter the world of the “Terminator” franchise, and fight as rebels against the robot overlords.The experience is being housed in the foyer of the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theater. Visitors are first asked to scan their faces with the help of customized iPads. Spaces then uses those face scans to customize their avatars in VR, making it easier for friends to recognize each other. After strapping on a VR backpack, and putting special sensors onto their hands and feet, they put on an Oculus headset, and enter a VR world, where they are tasked with a special mission in service of the resistance. Unlike in other location-based VR experiences, Spaces gives each group of players a dedicated guide who helps them with their objective, and talks them through the more challenging parts of the mission. But even with that guidance, there’s still enough time for senseless robot shooting, as players get to explore a stage with physical props freely, without and wires tying them down. Each participant gets a video highlight reel emailed to them once a group is done with the 12-15 minute experience.“Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” is a little less complex than some of the other location-based VR experiences from companies like The Void and Nomadic, but it’s still unlike anything you’d get from trying VR at home. “You will remember the first time you’ve ever done anything like this for the rest of your life,” said Spaces co-founder and CEO Shiraz Akhmal.It’s also an experience that sits squarely between casual fun and video game play. Players can work on their high score by shooting as many terminators as possible — but it’s also fine to just ignore the points. “You don’t really have to be a gamer to come in and enjoy this,” said Cinemark marketing and communications senior vice president James Meredith.Cinemark isn’t the first theater chain looking to location-based VR to bring audiences used to spend time with video games and streaming back to the movies. Those efforts haven’t always worked. Imax, for instance, tried to build out its own VR initiative, with trial locations housed in a handful of theaters around the globe. But the chain quickly found that the numbers didn’t add up, and decided to shut down its VR efforts last December.“Where people may fall short is rushing to market with something simple that’s more home-based,” said Akhmal, referencing the fact that most of the VR experiences available at Imax’s now-shuttered VR centers were also available for the home VR market. “This is something that you just can’t do at home,” he said.Still, Meredith seemed cautious not to overplay his company’s commitment to the new medium. “The idea is just to take a look and see how well that this is working,” he said. “How big it’s it’s going to grow, I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting to see.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Kevin Reilly Signs New Deal With WarnerMedia Takes Over TruTV

first_imgReilly “will continue to head up our important cable networks as well as oversee the robust content strategy for our new direct-to-consumer streaming service.” Greenblatt added his thanks to Linn for “his leadership and dedication to re-branding and building truTV over the last several years.”WarnerMedia is preparing for the launch of a streaming platform that will blend sponsorship and ad-free options, AT&T chief Randall Stephenson told Wall Streeters earlier this week. AT&T has said the venture will launch in beta mode by year’s end and for consumers by early 2020.Reilly joined Turner as head of TNT and TBS in 2014. He was promoted to head of content for WarnerMedia. His long run as a top TV programming executive includes stints as president of entertainment at both Fox and NBC. He also headed programming for FX from 2000-2003, the era when Fox’s entertainment basic cabler transformed into a premium TV player with “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck” and other shows. ×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 Kevin Reilly has signed a new four-year deal with WarnerMedia that will keep him at the company through 2022 and expand his oversight of its basic cable networks.Reilly will now oversee the TruTV cabler in addition to running TNT and TBS, and serving as chief content officer of direct-to-consumer for WarnerMedia. Chris Linn, who had been president of TruTV since 2013, has left the company amid the management shift. Time Warner’s former Turner basic cable division has been dismantled as part of the broader management shakeup at Turner and the two other TW units AT&T acquired nearly a year ago, HBO and Warner Bros.“Kevin has a long-standing reputation as an industry leader and his accomplishments throughout his career — and particularly at this company — are remarkable,” said WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who joined the company in March.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more