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Developers mourn a canceled project in this short 'cave painting' about grief

The Mammoth is an atmospheric little work, like a cave painting come to life: The great, tusked prehistoric beast is chalked against a tan background, searching for its herd and its children. Against a sparse soundtrack of drums, a soothing voice narrates the movements of your mammoth. Your job is to protect your children from hunters, an impossibly steep task that I was not able to do. It seemed possible at first, but the spear-wielding figures, dark lines slashed against the world, just overwhelmed me in the end. Without her children, the game says, the mammoth is no longer a mother. Do you want revenge? Would it help? And what will the hunters become when there's nothing left to hunt for? Jan David Hassel is one of four developers who made this game for the recent Ludum Dare 33 jam. He and his team are veterans of Yager Interactive, a studio celebrated for Spec Ops: The Line. Yager had been at work on Dead Island 2 when the team received word about two months ago that the game would be canceled (reports in the press suggest the indefinitely-delayed game has supposedly been moved to another developer). "It didn't take us long to realize that most of us wouldn't stay with the company and would be fired," Hassel writes to me. "So we decided to jam for Ludum Dare 33 to cope with the situation somehow." The Mammoth is a lovely little game, but it takes on a poignant weight when you think of it as the expression of developers who have lost a project. The work of lar...  

Huntsville Community Theatre to premiere 'Harvey'

The Huntsville Community Theatre will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season tonight with the premiere of Mary Chase’s classic 1950s comedy “Harvey” at the J. Philip Gibbs, Jr., Centre for the Performing Arts (Old Town Theatre) located at 1023 12th Street. “Harvey” is the first of four productions HCT has scheduled for the 2015-2016 season. It tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a 6-foot-tall bunny rabbit. "Harvey is interesting because as much as it is a comedy, almost slapstick in certain places, it is a warm, poignant story that will bring you to tears,” Velvia Keithley, director of the production, said. “Just when you think you know what is happening, circumstances change. You wonder, 'Is Harvey a figment of Elwood's imagination or is he something more? And if he is something more, is he benevolent, or mischievous, or worse?'" Keithley says she has always loved the story of Harvey, first reading the comedy several years ago. She loves the “themes of faith and family that are found in the play,” and “the generosity of spirit that is found in the Elwood character is inspiring and uplifting.” Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and Sept. 11-12, with matinee shows at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and military personnel, and $6 for children under the age of 17 and students with a valid school ID....  

BP plc Figures To Restore Gulf Oil Spill Business Payouts

BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) seeks to restore some proportion of damages paid in response to the oil spill of Gulf of Mexico, 2010. The company has argues that the claim administrator, Patrick Juneau had not fulfilled his role accordingly. Mr. Juneau has been blamed for mismatching the business revenues and expenses. This resulted in overpayments. The court in response ordered to recalculate. However, the ruling also said that restitution of the payments would not be done. According to settlement administrator, $5.6 billion have been paid up till now. $14 billion have been estimated as the cleanup cost post spill. Also, the federal government has imposed $4.5 billion penalties in pursuit of settlement of criminal case. The business entitles to accommodate more than half of the total claims. $3.1 billion has been paid to cover the business losses. For Seafood Compensation, $1.5 billion has been paid. According to BP, millions of dollars can be at stake, with involvement of more than 790 businesses. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 is considered to be one of the worst oil spills in the history of US. The accident resulted in 11 deaths. A total of 368,230 claims have been submitted till date, where a total of 94,600 claims have been paid. The oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010, which was due to explosion and sinking of the rig in deep waters. The underwater cameras revealed that the damage caused a leakage of 3.19 million barrels of oil in the Gulf. Since then, several measu...  

More Angst For Doctors, Hospitals If UAW Pools Health Purchasing Power

News that the United Auto Workers union may form a giant purchasing group that would bring workers and retirees under the same umbrella when buying health care means more leverage on prices with doctors and hospitals. Already, medical care providers ...  

Marta Churchwell: Event captures plein air painting at the plate

I’ve never been much of a sports fan, and I’m certainly not an athlete. But sometimes I like to pretend that I am. It was that delusion of grandeur that led me to enthusiastically sign on when the Globe formed a softball team many years ago. We were playing teams comprising only folks from area television stations or police and fire departments, so I figured I could handle it. This was for fun, not league play. The coach placed me at shortstop, only because the second baseman could back me up or holler directions at me when I actually caught the ball. If I was ordered to throw the ball to first base, sometimes I could get it there. I was much better at leading cheers at the dugout or making runs to the beer supply. Regardless of my ineptitude as an athlete, I continue to be a sport. So when the Joplin Blasters kicked off their inaugural season, I attended a game to cheer them on. In truth, I went partly to support the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, which had rounded up artists to do plein air painting during the opening weekend of the season. That weekend, artists set up their equipment in the ballpark and painted and photographed the action. While keeping an eye on foul balls, they created some pretty cool stop-action depictions of the games, the atmosphere in the dugout and players signing autographs. The work was then hung in sky suites and various parts of the stadium in hopes of drawing sales of the work. “We took two very diverse groups —...  

Real Madrid's transfer policy holding them back - Sacchi

Sep 4, 2015 11:54:19 The former Madrid boss believes Barcelona's devotion to their youth system is what gives them the edge over the capital club Arrigo Sacchi says Real Madrid's transfer policy is holding them back from achieving success and believes Barcelona have thrived thanks to their productive youth system. The club lifted the Champions League in 2014, but have won just one league title in over seven years, while Barcelona have won it five times and Atletico Madrid once in the same period. And Sacchi believes Madrid's need to spend big on players is damaging their chances of dominating the way their rivals do. "Madrid have a lot of good players, but getting them to play well together is difficult," he told AS. "That’s the problem. "The other day I read that since 2009, Madrid have won fewer trophies than Barcelona, Atletico and Sevilla. "I don’t know the reason for that. Madrid have good players, but I think president Florentino Perez always signs the best and most famous players. But then they don’t win. "Barcelona went on a different path. With Pep Guardiola, eight of the XI were from the youth system. They knew the system. They had taken on the concepts since they were children. "They had an entire youth system working with the system they’d find in the first team. The style of play is leading the project. Now, I wouldn’t say Florentino is wrong, because, in rea...  

Flower Power: Giant 'Starshades' Prepped for Exoplanet Hunting

An artist's depiction of a sunflower-shaped starshade that could help space telescopes find and characterize alien planets. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech In an attempt to better characterize planets beyond the solar system, some scientists are turning to big, flower-shaped disks known as starshades. Intended to be used in space in combination with a separately flying telescope, a starshade would block the light from a parent star, allowing dim exoplanets to be observed and studied. But before the first starshade can be sent to space, the technology must be tested on Earth — and that's not a trivial task. "The unique architecture of the starshade — namely, the size and separation needed — make it difficult to test cheaply," Anthony Harness, a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, told Space.com. [The Strangest Alien Planets] Harness works with Tiffany Glassman and Steve Warwick, of the aerospace company Northrop Grumman, to test starshades on Earth in dry lake beds and on mountaintops. Harness presented some of the test results at the Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science (ERES) Symposium at Pennsylvania State University in April. A zeppelin was originally proposed to hoist the starshade into the air, but it proved unreliable.Credit: Anthony Harness Starshades in the air Earth-like alien planets are up to 10 billion times fainter than the stars they orbit, making it a challenge to study them. "When you point your telescope at a sta...  

Medicare's 'Wellness Visit' Money Goes Unclaimed by PCPs

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , September 4, 2015 Medicare's wellness codes were launched with great fanfare, but despite the potential largess for primary care, physicians have been slow to submit claims, data shows. From MedPage Today. A huge victory in primary care doctors' quest for better Medicare payment came Jan. 1, 2011, or so they hoped. That's when six pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kicked in, authorizing three novel billing codes so that as many as 33 million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part B could receive "annual wellness" visits to help them thwart disease. Nationally, the amounts are significant, paying from $118 to $174 for each code, and possibly more in some locations. That's billions of dollars worth of care physicians couldn't bill before. It pays not for dealing with patients' symptoms but for reviewing their screening tests and immunizations, family history, cognitive and physical abilities, risk for falls, and for designing a "personalized prevention plan" for every beneficiary. It is, said, Reid Blackwelder, MD, board chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a time "for patients and doctors to take a breath, and focus on looking ahead at risks they need to be aware of. It's a different mindset about care." Better still, there's no 20% co-payment required as in normal Part B services. Doctors already provided some of this care, but often in a ...  

Global stock markets sink ahead of crucial jobs data

The prospect of rising interest rates later this month is unnerving investors.Global stock markets fell sharply today ahead of the release of monthly U.S. jobs figures that could well determine whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month — a prospect that's unnerving investors at a time when markets have been so volatile.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.6% at 6,093 while Germany's DAX fell 2.1% to 10,101. The CAC-40 in France was also 2.1 percent lower at 4,554. Wall Street was poised for a lower opening, with both Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 1 percent.US JOBS KEY: However, how U.S. markets actually open will likely be impacted by the release of the August nonfarm payrolls report an hour before the bell. The payrolls figures are often the key market-moving release of the month. This time, they could be more important than usual as investors position themselves for the Sept. 17 Fed rate decision. A very strong number may well cement market expectations of a hike then.CONSENSUS: Analysts are forecasting that employers produced a healthy increase of 220,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate fell to 5.2%. Record low interest rates since the 2008 financial crisis have been a boon for stock markets so investors await the jobs data and the Fed meeting with trepidation. In recent weeks, market expectations of a September rate hike have dimmed because of signs of weakness in t...  

Fantasy Football 2015: Yahoo!, CBS and ESPN Adopt Different Business ...

Heading into this football season, Yahoo's business strategy was traditionally to operate full-season fantasy football contests with high payouts and low margins. Yahoo!'s 2015 full-season fantasy football strategy is no different. Once again, Yahoo ...  


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