When the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing renovated the Fisher House apartments last year, the developer took care to see that the property's lush old linden trees survived the construction. Peter Biskind and Henry Jaglom discuss â€œMy Lunches With Orson.â€ Tepco smells a rat
after finding dead six-inch rodent near Fukushima Daiichi switchboard amid three-day power outageA power cut at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant this week may have been caused by a rat, according to officials.Masayuki Ono, spokesman for Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the utility that runs the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said a 6-inch rodent was found dead near a switchboard. He said the rat might be linked to the power failure, but further investigations were needed.Cooling
systems at the plant for four storage pools for nuclear fuel were knocked out on Monday.
Power was restored two days later at all nine affected facilities.Concerns over the site of the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl remain unresolved, and decommissioning the tsunami-damaged backup generators that triggered the March 2011 disaster is expected to take decades.FukushimaJapanAnimalsNuclear
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Analysis of 10,000
movies reveals the films with the highest disparity between critic and audience reviewsThere are some movies you'll just go and see no matter what the critics say. Maybe it's a big dumb comedy and you feel like a laugh, or there's that one actor who you'll watch no matter what. Conversely, there are some critics who can have a big influence on what you'll see, no matter what your friends say â€“ you know their work, and
trust their recommendations. So, what are the movies that people loved, but critics hated? And what about those movies that got rave reviews but just didn't click with audiences? To try and answer these questions I've analysed 10,000 movies from 1970 to 2013 in the Rotten Tomatoes database, and determined the difference in audience score and critic score by subtracting the former from the latter. This gives us an index of audience-critic agreement, which I've named the Tisdale-Carano index*.From this, we can see which movies the
audience loved, but the critics hated â€“ which will be more positive, and movies the critics loved but the audience hated â€“ more negative.
We can also find out what types of movies fall into these categories â€“ like which actors, directors and genres are most common
read more about how I did this below, but first, here are the results.The top movie that audiences loved but critics hated was 1986 BMX film Rad. Rad tells the story of Cru Jones, who enters and (SPOILER) wins a BMX race called Helltrack. Take a look at
the Wikipedia entry for the film, and I'm sure you'll agree it sounds pretty awesome (though obviously not as good as seminal 80s flick BMX Bandits). Scary Movie 5 topped the list for recent films, with a Tisdale-Carano index of 75.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, really: audiences like big dumb comedies, and critics mostly don't. The list of movies that the critics loved but audiences hated was topped by 1974 film Daisy Miller, a costume drama starring Cybill Shepherd.
I was surprised to see Antz (-48) and Spy Kids (-54) in the top 10 most negative â€“ micro niche finder they were both quite popular. Apart from critic and user ratings, I also analysed the first two actors, director, genre, and recommended audience age rating for the top 200 films from either end of the scale.
Ice Cube and Martin Lawrence were tied for the most appearances in strongly positive films, at four each, closely followed by actors such as Vin Diesel and Angelina Jolie. At the other end of the scale we have the incomparable Jeff Bridges, who had five films in the strongly negative list â€“ obviously something of a critical darling.
His films included Winter Kills (1977), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Stay Hungry (1976), Hearts of the West
(1975), and The Morning After (2006). As for directors, the top of the list for most positive were Joel Schumacher, Tyler Perry, and Keenen Ivory Wayans, who each had three films.
Tyler Perry also starred in one
of his films, Madea's Family Reunion (2006), as well as writing and directing all three. Jonathan Demme, of Silence of the Lambs fame, had the most movies in the negative list with five. The US age ratings reflected a younger audience for the positive films, with the largest proportion of films classified as PG-13, compared to the negative list, which was dominated by the next category up: R. This holds with Hollywood's approach to maximise the return on investment by making popular films that appeal to both younger and older viewers.Here's the full list of movies (leave search field blank to see whole list, and click here to load the database on mobile):MethodsI used this IMDb list of 10,000 US-released movies from 1970-2013 (though I did notice a film from 1967) to get ID numbers for a large number of movies.
I then wrote a program that accesses the Rotten Tomatoes database via their API and grabbed the title, first two actors listed, genres,
first director listed, studio, year of release, and
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating of each movie based on the IMDb number. From this, I removed 2,828 films without a user or critic rating.
This produced the dataset for analysis. I created the Tisdale-Carano index by simply subtracting the critic score from the user score, then ranking the entire dataset
by this number. Rotten Tomatoes has previously released a press release listing their own analysis of the top eight films audiences loved but critics hated with documentary Hating Breitbart at the top.
This wasn't in the list I used, probably because the list only considered movies with a wide release of 500 cinemas or over. Apart from that, differences between their top 10 and my top 10 are the inclusion of older films in mine â€“ I'm not sure what dates they considered â€“ and Broken Bridges not being in my list â€“ I can't account for this one, I suppose it was just left off the list I used. Also they've got an extra decimal point available, which wasn't available via their API for my data.
Ideally I'd have used a comprehensive list of films from a large time period, but I couldn't get the data from the Rotten Tomatoes API, or find such a list elsewhere.
*I initially ran a pilot of this analysis for 2012-2013 films only, and named the index after the actors on the most positive and negative films â€“ in this case Ashley Tisdale in Scary Movie 5, and Gina Carano in Haywire.Nick Evershedguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | forex growth bot this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds develop advanced mathematical methods for multiphysics and multiscale problems driven by frontier DOE applications, including those in subsurface energy and environmental flows, materials for energy storage and conversion, and climate systems Treasury Department officials on Tuesday ratcheted up the financial pressure on Libya, freezing the assets of the foreign minister and 16 state-owned entities in a widening of the three-week-old U.S.
Torrential rains across the central United States forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close about a dozen locks on the Illinois River and the Mississippi Rivers north of St. Louis late last week IFTTT is a terrific tool for automating different notifications and social media actions online, and now it's an iPhone app too. John Riccitiello, who became chief executive in 2007, fell victim to internal errors and falling sales of traditional video games as consumer tastes changed.
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â€¢ O'Sullivan still favourite to claim fifth world championship â€¢ Hawkins levels at 7-7 but misses big chance in final frameThe drubbing many predicted has thus far failed to materialise but Ronnie O'Sullivan remains on course to retain his title going into the second day of this best-of-35 frames world championship final. The occasionally out-of-sorts Rocket shot four centuries and leads Barry Hawkins 10-7 after an enthralling opening day of this Crucible denouement.The final frame was a belter and could prove crucial, with Hawkins throwing away the chance to go to bed only
a frame down with a dreadful safety shot on the final black. It was a shame, as moments previously he had exhibited Houdini-esque levels of escapology to extricate himself from a ridiculous snooker behind pink and black to not just hit but fluke a long green on the double.
Lesser men would have claimed they had meant to do it.After
a year in self-imposed exile, it has been an eventful fortnight in the life of O'Sullivan. The defending champion has been tut-tutted for making a lewd gesture with his cue and has waxed lyrical about legal costs, school fees, a former girlfriend and the parlous state of his finances.
He has also threatened â€“ one hopes idly â€“ to pack in snooker altogether for a more idyllic life on a barge. For two weeks the Rocket has been box office, centre stage and hogging a spotlight he claims to abhor.But for all his grumbling, he has been the stand-out player at this tournament in a state of affairs that ought to prompt feelings of envy and no little embarrassment among peers who have failed to test a player unbeaten in four previous finals, but who has barely swung his cueing arm in the past 11 months.For his unheralded opponent, this was virgin territory. Ranked 14 in the world, Hawkins took a couple of notable scalps en route to this showdown, but reserved his steeliest snooker until now for a remarkable semi-final comeback that did for Ricky Walden in an often scrappy war of attrition.Rather mean-spiritedly, the presence of
such an apparent no-hoper in the final had pundits thumbing the record books in search of heavy defeats.
John Parrott's 18-3 humbling at the google sniper Steve Davis in 1989
is the nadir and will remain so.
The 34-year-old from Kent equalled
the Liverpudlian's derisory haul in a blistering afternoon session that lasted less than two hours. Featuring seven breaks over 70 and rounded off by two centuries, it ended with O'Sullivan 5-3 up and voicing concerns about the speed of the baize.A fabled frontrunner, O'Sullivan took first blood with a
break of 74, following up with a brisk 92 to double his lead.
For the underdog, the early signs were ominous, but nerve-steadying breaks of 88 and 81 in the third and fourth frames restored parity and after winning the fifth, Hawkins became the first player to lead the reigning champion at any point during this championship.Game on or a huge mistake? O'Sullivan responded to
his opponent's impertinence with a three-frame slap-down, including back-to-back centuries â€“ the first and second of this final â€“ putting him level with Stephen Hendry's Crucible record of 127 tons. O'Sullivan repeated the feat in the evening session, snapping back to make the record his own with consecutive hauls of 103 and 106 after Hawkins had posted a mighty 133
to level the score at 7-7. These thrilling efforts came in the wake of five comparatively dreary frames in which both players traded consecutive blows.Blowing
the final frame will gnaw away at Hawkins but he has all but made fools of those predicting an O'Sullivan victory with a session to spare. Barring an unlikely afternoon whitewash it will not happen but the prospect of a massive upset remains very real.World
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the first question they invariably asked was, â€œDo you watch â€˜House of Cards?â€™â€ Beatie, born a woman, has three children with his wife, Nancy, the Daily News reports. He says he does not plan to have a full sex change, according to E!, as he says he is legally considered a man already. At least seven people died and several dozen were injured when a regional train derailed en route from Paris to the central city
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When Chris Zegras started studying the way cities work, in the early 1990s, it wasnâ€™t in a classroom, and he wasnâ€™t pursuing a formal academic project. Instead, Zegras was a recent college graduate who had majored in economics and Spanish, and was trying to combine both of those interests in his first real job. As such, he had found a position in Santiago, the capital of Chile, working in finance.â€œChile had been going through its re-emergence as a democracy, and I wanted to see what that was like,â€ Zegras says. But before long, Zegras realized that what was going on outside his office was more interesting than anything he was doing on the job. In particular, he became fascinated by fat burning furnace pdf of people in bustling Santiago â€” on buses,
in the cityâ€™s subway system, and in the hundreds of thousands of cars that contributed to Santiagoâ€™s chronic pollution problems.â€œIn my free time, I just observed the city,â€ he says. â€œI became very interested in the links between environment and development, and the city was a perfect microcosm of that.â€
Soon Zegras had dropped the finance job and thrown himself into urban planning. Today, as a newly tenured professor in MITâ€™s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and Engineering Systems Division, he is an expert on urban transportation systems and energy use, with a lengthy series of published papers to his name. And while Zegras has continued to study Latin America closely, in recent years he has started working in Asia, too. Zegras has been part of MITâ€™s efforts to apply technology to urban mobility in Singapore, and is part of an MIT group developing whatâ€™s dubbed the â€œEnergy Pro Formaâ€ for use in China â€” a planning tool estimating how much energy people will use when placed into varying types of urban settings. â€œItâ€™s the rapidly industrializing world upon which the future hinges,â€ Zegras says.
â€œThe challenge is how we can â€¦ take our knowledge, and build a better place.â€
the threat of climate change, cleaner development in Latin America and Asia is vital, Zegras believes, so that people in those
regions can obtain â€œthe standard of living we all aspire to,
but in a way that we all benefit from globally.â€Movement
into academiaZegras can recall one early precursor to his career: Growing up in suburban Connecticut, he and his brother would construct toy metropolises at home. â€œWe were extremely into building cities with Legos, the whole
bedroom was a city,â€ Zegras says. Perhaps, he says, â€œI was always on this path and didnâ€™t know it.â€He attended Tufts University as an undergraduate, and after returning from Santiago, found a job with the International Institute for Energy Conservation, a policy organization in Washington, where he started out editing reports on urban transportation and energy use in Asia, then, over the course of several years, conducted his own research and ran
the instituteâ€™s Latin American Transport Program.â€œI just started knowing this stuff really well,â€ Zegras says. â€œI was fortunate enough to have fallen into a job [where] I could grow.â€
Eventually, though, Zegras felt he would need another degree to improve his long-term career prospects. So he applied to the masterâ€™s program at DUSP. â€œMy intention was to come here for two years, get a grad degree, and
go back to Washington or Latin
America and work.â€Instead,
Zegras has not left MIT.
Not long after starting in DUSP, he decided to pursue his PhD, which he received in 2005. In a stroke of good timing for him, a faculty position opened up at MIT when he was on the job market â€” and he got it.
The Obama administration pressed Thursday for greater United Nations authority to confront Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's forces by land, air and sea, while insisting that Arab governments play a central role in any possible military action.
Measure would make up for this year's 5% trim and give agency $307 million in new money Hereâ€™s what the Loop is reading today: Strong arms of the law â€” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be little, but she sure is tough. the Supreme Court Justice can do 20 pushups, according to this fascinating story about her trainer (who also works with Justice Elena Kagan). Read full article