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Day: September 29, 2021 (Page 1 of 2)

Viktor on the Moon » Director Christian Arhoff

Short Film is just over 28 minutes.

Winner of the “Best Comedy Short” prize at the renowned Palm Springs ShortFest in 2020.

It’s an old school, black and white love story set in modern day Copenhagen, but the man of the hour (er, 20 minutes) has never been on a date in his life. Actually, he still lives at home with his mom. The beautiful young woman he finds sitting at a table alone, waiting for her companion, isn’t his date. Actually, she’s married. The story that unfolds from there is a charming, goofy take on romantic comedies of the 20th century, set to the tune of sparkling Bill Evans-esque jazz tunes.

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Google Maps is getting new features to help people better understand our burning planet

Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica »

The first is a new “fire” layer in the main map view, which will let you view the exact boundaries of a wildfire just as easily as you can look up the current traffic patterns. Google has done fire information before as part of the “crisis response” website, but with climate change making “Fire Season” a yearly occurrence in dry areas like Australia and the Western US, wildfires will now be a top-level Maps feature.

Google also announced it’s going to expand the Tree Canopy tool it launched in 2020. This Google Maps tool combines Google’s plethora of aerial imagery with computer vision AI to generate a map that shows tree cover in cities. Today’s announced expansion will increase the Tree Canopy imagery from 15 cities to 100 cities worldwide.

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President Joe Biden’s foreign policy is similar to Donald Trump’s

Richard Haass, Foreign Affairs »

Donald Trump was supposed to be an aberration—a U.S. president whose foreign policy marked a sharp but temporary break from an internationalism that had defined seven decades of U.S. interactions with the world. He saw little value in alliances and spurned multilateral institutions. He eagerly withdrew from existing international agreements, such as the Paris climate accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and backed away from new ones, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He coddled autocrats and trained his ire on the United States’ democratic partners.

At first glance, the foreign policy of U.S. President Joe Biden could hardly be more different. He professes to value the United States’ traditional allies in Europe and Asia, celebrates multilateralism, and hails his administration’s commitment to a “rules-based international order.” He treats climate change as a serious threat and arms control as an essential tool. He sees the fight of our time as one between democracy and autocracy, pledging to convene what he is calling the Summit for Democracy to reestablish U.S. leadership in the democratic cause. “America is back,” he proclaimed shortly after taking office.

…notwithstanding Biden’s pledge “to help lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future for all people,” the reality is that Americans want the benefits of international order without doing the hard work of building and maintaining it.

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