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The Hollywood writers and producers cannot understand why no one is interested in watching their sit-coms anymore on TV? Well, did it ever occur to them that some of the stuff is not all that funny anymore? The film industry’s comedy films are also getting killed at the box office. What happened? No, what really happened? Is Hollywood in denial?

Remember the audience is always correct, if they don’t enjoy it, it just ai not that great. And,’if and when’ they don’t like it, they sure as hell do not need to cover it, or invest their precious time listening or viewing it on TV.

Then, there was an interesting in article from the Wall Street Journal recently titled;”Comedy Slump Not a Laughing Matter,” by Ben Fritz published on June 26, 2018 which stated:”Last year’s most successful comedy,”Girl’s Trip,” took in $117 million in the US and Canada. The last time the year’s highest grossing comedy grossed so little was 1995, when ticket prices were 52 percent less on average.”

The article also stated:”Traditional comedies are fighting for oxygen in the box office, caught between superhero sequels that integrate laughs and a vast buffet of stand-up specials, sitcoms, amateur pranks and first films on electronic services such as Netflix and YouTube.”

What I, as a movie critic writer, have noticed, is that each and every sit-com seems to brush up against the PC culture and quickly back-away, and assault the politically expedient right-side of the equation. Maybe this is because the comedy writers all live and work in places where most everybody has left-leaning political views, and they assume it is funny to everyone, and that if anyone does not like the jokes, then they’re dumb, or out of touch with reality.

Perhaps, it is this feedback loop that has now been tagged; the’Echo Chamber’ where conformational bias occurs. Indeed, it hardly matters what it’s called or why it keeps happening if no one in Hollywood, late-night comedy notices, because now that crowds have been split in half and each show is catering to the same half of the remaining market, no one is making any money, and audiences, yes, even on the left are getting bored with it all; it’s just not funny anymore. And despite popular belief in NYC, LA and DC, our president does not bathe in Cheetos dust.

Some Weird Wagers

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It’s commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers love to put their money on bizarre wagers, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports betting, we just might see more uncanny bets being offered in states that bid for sports books. Weird wagers aren’t unique to Vegas. The U.K also gets in on the action.

Here’s a collection of some of the most bizarre, weirdest, wackiest wagers ever produced:

1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Vegas, posted odds when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was going to crash into earth. The odds were put up on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 into the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000/1 to get a hit in miniature Rhode Island, as well as 10,000/1 that it would crash in the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia at 30/1.
1980: From the popular TV series Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were shot at the Castaways Hotel with chances on every cast member prior to the season ending cliff hanger event, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a halt to all gambling because someone had to have a script which knew the answer.
1981: Amidst the continuing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the tomb of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book at the Union Plaza was quick to leap on the proposition bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Because of concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gaming commission put a lid on it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.
In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.
UK bookmakers also provided 1,000/1 that Tiger Woods would become President of the US and 5,000/1 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would wed.
A London resident named Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000/1 wager that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he lived? No pun intended on the man’s name.
During Super Bowl week in Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to wager on one’s favorite group, and some bizarre bets also.
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or wreck one or more words in the National Anthem? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare stomach be revealing when she sings ?

· If Quarterback Tom Brady’s son is shown on TV during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady Jersey?

· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the match?

· What will be the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dancing, lay on the floor, a goalpost dip, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?

· What colour Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach? Yellow, orange, clear, red, green, blue? (Yellow was favorite.)

· Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his post-game interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, No one? (Teammates were the favored.)

So, there you have it. I wonder what weird wagers await us for next Super Bowl? I guess we’ll only have to wait to find out.

Redefining The App Interface

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The chief reason for program developers to continuously nurture techniques for integrating brilliant animated effects in the programs is holding back the interest of customers. Anything that’s not static and is moving in an interesting way will surely draw more attention than a simple graphic image. A bit tedious part in development, developers don’t ever shrink away from the concept of animation because of the captivating experience they could provide to the users.

While there are several ways to indulge animations in an app’s user interface and that is the concern of the programmers, here we’ve clarified how including animations will redefine your program’s interface and make it way more interesting to use.

It makes your application interface a lively thing

With animations, users receive a fun-filled lively experience while strolling across the program. Even if stage arrives where some data must load from the server and users have nothing to do, there’s stuff moving in the background. This gives an assurance that they are not in a deadlock situation, but the procedure is ongoing.

For users, waiting for a function is no more annoying

Whatever your program offers or how exhilarating it is, most hate the notion of waiting too long for a page to appear. Moreover, that gives a frozen look to the app while the page loads and leaves the users impatient. The use of some catchy cartoon, like a spinner, 3D bar or sand-clock. Despite the fact that the wait time at the juncture of the program, such animation keep the eye hooked at least for some more time.

Navigation takes an interesting turn

Users mostly find perplexed while moving to various locations in the app on their own. At the very first use, they are not sure whether they are moving in the perfect way. Now, animated objects can guide them and prevent any incorrect clicks while scrolling abruptly.

Motion images, animated icons and graphics can well intercept the user’s next move and provide them directions in an interactive manner. Advantages of interactive animations for navigation are seamless transition from 1 location to location and establishing a hierarchy visually that one stage has a connection to other.

Responses with visuals leave a long-lasting impression

Once an app responds to a user’s input with some visual element, it seems to give a human touch. The users receive a feel-good experience with such feedback as they interpret to have some control over the program. There are different ways to place animations and a vital way is to earn the buttons respond in some way or another whenever one taps.

Users notice even the smallest of details. So, a slight effort by developers to provide a bit of animation in a program will do good and enhance the in-app experience of users.