NYT tech expert ridiculed after ‘fact-checking’ obviously fake Trump pic — RT US News
NYT tech expert ridiculed after ‘fact-checking’ obviously fake Trump pic Published time: 25 Sep, 2018 01:34 Edited time: 25 Sep, 2018 08:33 Get short URL Viral image doctored to show US President Donald Trump handing out a MAGA hat to a hurricane victim A New York Times columnist has posted a ‘fact-check’ of a widely-shared, clearly doctored picture of US President Donald Trump in a hurricane rescue. Conservatives gleefully suggested other obvious Trump memes for NYT to verify.
Kevin Roose, NYT’s business columnist, who has taken on writing about social media and US politics, triggered an avalanche of memes and mostly sarcastic comments on Twitter when he reposted a picture showing US President Donald Trump handing a MAGA cap to a hurricane victim standing waist-deep in muddy waters.
The original photo was taken during the Texas flooding in 2015 and its doctored version resurfaced during Hurricane Harvey.
Roose tweeted that the altered image has been shared 275,000 times on Facebook, suggesting the social media giant could apply the same tools it uses to combat ‘revenge porn’ “to prevent obviously fake photos from going viral.” A photoshopped picture depicting Trump rescuing people during Hurricane Florence has been shared 275,000 times on Facebook. The original is from Texas flooding in 2015. pic.twitter.com/woWuPuqSSy — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) September 24, 2018 Facebook already uses image hashing/fingerprinting to prevent repeat uploads of e.g. revenge porn. Seems like it would be easy to prevent obviously fake photos from going viral. — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) September 24, 2018
It’s unclear what set Roose off about the year-old image widely seen as a joke, of which there are plenty on social media.
Rising to the occasion, Trump supporters, including Jack Posobiec and Cassandra Fairbanks, had a good laugh by posting memes that NYT specialists might want to fact-check next. Hi @NYtimes pls fact-check this for me pic.twitter.com/emQAEmgnY4 — Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 24, 2018 Wait, Trump isnt 20 ft tall with gold plated armour and a fire sword!!!! pic.twitter.com/afsvUx0aJR — Connor Johnston (@ConnorWJohnston) September 24, 2018 I saw this pic of Trump at the scene of a scary fire and can’t confirm if it’s real or not… pls advise pic.twitter.com/ysIt7ERJSC — Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 24, 2018
Many were telling Roose that he had overreacted to what had obviously been intended as humor and satire. Lol I think everyone gets that it’s a joke! — Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) September 24, 2018 Woah. I thought this was only be shared as a joke, not to be interpreted as legit news! 😂😂😂 Man, 2018. You never know what sort of dumbfuckery you’ll encounter. — Dan Kan (@dkan1030) September 24, 2018
Some raised the more serious issue of possible censorship that could result if Facebook starts policing memes. Bro, there’s no need to censor memes just because you’re so dense you don’t get the joke and think they’re being passed off as real. — Mark Dice (@MarkDice) September 24, 2018
When confronted by a user if he believes that thousands of people who reposted the meme were genuinely believing it was real, Roose refused to back down, asking the user to define “believe” and “real.” define “believe” and “real” — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) September 24, 2018
After facing a massive backlash for his initial tweet, Roose complained that he was overwhelmed with “ur a dumb*ss” comments for doing a “viral normie tweet.” It’s cool that the prize for doing a viral normie tweet is 8,000 QAnon dads replying “ur a dumbass” all day — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) September 24, 2018
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How Slime is Used to Great, Gross Effect in Nickelodeon Kart Racers – PlayStation.Blog
3.67 11 3 Tweet Nickelodeon Kart Racers is a kart racer featuring characters and slime-filled tracks from iconic Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and more) that’s meant to be accessible for younger kids while also remaining a challenge for nostalgic, older players. It’s a classic kart racer, but has quite a few innovative features that have been fun to work on and are even more fun to play.
Though our team had not worked with these characters before in a game, our whole team knows and loves them. Our group ranges from 22 to 45 years old, so we all have fond memories of the same iconic characters.
Did You Know? Double Dare introduced the first messy Slime-y physical challenges to kids and families in 1986!
This game is a mixed-universe game and that kind of game needs something to glue the different IPs together (pun intended)! A great symbol of Nickelodeon’s irreverent humor and crazy antics is the iconic green slime. I remember seeing someone slimed for the first time, during the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Watching celebrities get unexpectedly slimed is one of the most exciting parts of the show and how can that not be a great game mechanic?
Nickelodeon shows have featured slime for over 30 years and it has never lost its popularity and appeal. My eight-year-old daughter was watching slime-making videos on the internet before we started on this game. It jumped out at us as a way that the game could scream Nickelodeon, have a super fun device for game mechanics and attract a younger audience that loves slime.
Did You Know? In 1990, Nickelodeon Studios opened in Orlando, Florida. Visitors are greeted by a Slime Geyser that erupts with Slime every 15 minutes.
Bright green slime is a great visual and it shows up throughout the tracks, making them interesting and varied, while still being intuitive. Slime fills your kart’s turbo meter, which can activate a speed boost so getting slimed can really determine who wins the race. The karts can even sail like a jet ski on top of slime pools! That creates a change in mechanics and visually looks awesome. Slime pickups and triggers give players secondary objectives and, of course, in true Nickelodeon fashion, you can’t stand on the winners’ podium without your racer getting covered in slime! The Vector Unit game engine supports water racing, so we saw that as a great opportunity to introduce a different racing experience. Your kart will transform into a jet ski and it’s easy to get turbo charged when sailing on slime. Plus, the areas are wide open, so you can go really fast.
Did You Know? In 2010 Katy Perry received one of the most epic Slime-ings in history while presenting at the Kids Choice Awards. The pressure of the blast was so high; it knocked her off her feet.
The important thing that kids have quickly figured out in play-testing is that slime helps the player; in their feedback, they’ve given the slime more importance than any other feature. They enjoy how it looks, behaves and is used in the game which makes us feel great because that’s what we have strived for.
We were super worried that slime would be a big challenge to technically embody so we used Nickelodeon’s special slime recipe to make a few gallons of slime for real , which was a lot of fun. Kids are no fools and they know the difference between slime and green water, so we had to study every element of the goo to truly capture the slime in-game.
Our FX and graphics programmers spent a crazy amount of time perfecting the virtual slime. There are over ten different kinds of slime art, including wavy slime pools, puddles, pipes, spray, splashes and more. Most are done with a mix of procedural particles, shaders and textures, sprites and UV maps. The extra effort was worth it; we’re really proud of the result.
Pret a Manger: Inquest opens for UK schoolgirl who died after eating sandwich on BA flight – CNN
(CNN) A coroner’s inquest into the death of a 15-year-old with severe food allergies who died shortly after consuming a baguette from popular British sandwich chain Pret a Manger will get underway in London on Monday.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse is believed to have suffered a fatal allergic reaction to sesame seeds baked into the sandwich while she was traveling with her father Nadim to France on a British Airways flight in July 2016. The inquest will seek to establish the circumstances surrounding the death and whether any lessons can be drawn from it. Before the inquest began, the family released a statement describing the struggle with adjusting to life since Natasha’s death, which they called “a daily battle.” “As a family now of three, my wife, son and I are still trying to adjust to life without our beloved girl,” said the statement by Nadim and Tanya Laperouse. “It’s a daily battle and the pain is indescribable.” Read More They continued: “Everything we say and do is a reminder that she isn’t with us — her empty bedroom, school uniform hanging in her wardrobe, her holiday bag packed for her holiday in Nice has never been unpacked. We can’t bear to.” They described her as a popular girl and an animal lover who also had a passion for figure skating. “She had a great sense of humor and was known for her contagious laughter — she could reduce a whole room to tears of laughter in minutes! She was also gentle, brave and loyal and showed great kindness and courage on many occasions. You could not ask for a more wonderful daughter,” they said. What causes allergies? According to the family, Natasha collapsed after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette purchased from a Pret a Manger store at London’s Heathrow Airport, Britain’s Press Association (PA) reported. Her father dispensed two EpiPens — auto-injectors that deliver epinephrine to help treat life-threatening allergic reactions — before she was taken to University Hospital of Nice, where she was declared dead. The inquest into Natasha’s death opened Monday morning at West London Coroner’s Court and will probe the labeling of food products. Food at Pret a Manger is prepared fresh each day on-site in store kitchens and while products do not feature individual allergen or ingredient information labels, an “allergen guide” is available for consultation in all stores and online. In line with UK regulatory requirements for food labeling, there is allergen signage on refrigerators and at checkouts that direct patrons to inquire with store managers. Some EpiPen expiration dates get extended on heels of shortage In a statement to CNN, Pret a Manger said it was “saddened” to learn of Natasha’s death. “We were deeply saddened to hear about Natasha’s tragic death, and our heartfelt thoughts are with her family and friends,” the statement read. “We take food allergies and how allergen information is provided to our customers extremely seriously. We will continue to do all that we can to assist the Coroner’s inquest.” According to PA, citing the family’s lawyer, Pret a Manger and British Airways representatives are expected to provide evidence at the inquest. At the time of her death, Natasha’s family said she was looking forward to the summer months after working hard at school and wanted to study law in the future. “We were traveling to Nice for a four-day break with her best friend as a special treat. After this, she had a week planned at a youth Christian Festival in Norfolk and then we had a two-week family holiday planned in Greece. It was going to be her best summer ever,” her parents’ statement said. They added that over 300 people attended a memorial service for her in December 2016 on what would have been her 16th birthday. “There were heartbreaking stories from her friends, all of them recognizing what a great friend she had been to them,” the statement added. “Other friends sang songs of love and friendship and there were many tears. Her closest friends still miss her every day and have found life very difficult to adjust to without her.”