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A study conducted by a well-regarded brain depository found a heavy prevalence of brain disease in deceased former professional players.
A study focused on the effects of traumatic brain injury examined 79 deceased former NFL players, and determined that 76 had been suffering from a degenerative brain disease before their death. The study was conducted by the Department of Veterans' Affairs brain depository in Bedford, Mass., which examined the brain tissue of 128 former professional, semi-professional, college or high school football players.
Of those 128 players, 101 were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE. The study comes just before an Oct. 14 deadline for former players to decide whether to opt out of a class-action lawsuit settlement by the NFL that opened up an uncapped monetary fund to benefit players suffering from brain disorders, and their beneficiaries.
The lawsuit was brought about by 4,500 former players who alleged that the NFL had concealed the long-term effects on the brain sustained from playing football. Though the NFL reached a settlement, there has still been some disagreement over the prevalence of brain disorders in former players. A study filed to a federal court by the NFL revealed that nearly a third of all former players suffer from some form of cognitive disorder.
The DVA's study was also released on the heels of the news that Jovan Belcher, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before committing suicide in 2012, likely suffered from CTE before his death, according to a post-mortem examination of his brain. Former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau and Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson were also found to have been suffering from CTE before killing themselves.
PBS notes that the DVA study may not reflect the actual prevalence of brain disease in former players, because players who have agreed to donate their brains before their deaths may have been more likely to have suspected or already been diagnosed with a cognitive disorder. Nonetheless, the study is yet another sobering reminder of the dangers that football presents to its participants.
Jeopardy! gets things right for the most part—it’s sort of its thing—but a category from Monday’s episode was just downright wrong. Rather than asking about equal pay or Mel Gibson’s 2000 rom-com of the same name, a category called “What Women Want” was packed with questions about vacuum cleaners and the men that won’t use them, Pilates, and Sleepytime Tea—you know, stuff totally non-existent stereotypical women like.
Unsurprisingly, the sexist queries have led to a bit of an outcry online, where women like One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush are using hashtag #WhatWomenWant to take the show to task for its “srsly stupid” questioning. (or answering, in Jeopardy! terms.)
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Virginia is an upcoming first-person ‘interactive drama’ infused with unabashed Twin Peaks and X-Files influences, which had already very much piqued the interest of Alice and Adam. I played a short demo build at the EGX games show over the weekend.
It’s not fair on any game that’s primarily about tone and mood to experience it whilst sat a stone’s throw from a man bellowing into a PA system about Street Fighter. That was murder-mystery Virginia’s lot at EGX, sadly, but testament to how well its demo pulls off a languid Lynch-does-police-procedural style is that I nonetheless had a moment when I closed my eyes and let its sounds – and all they meant – wash over me.
Those sounds were a careful, wordless homage to Julee Cruise’s (who I only realised later, and with great embarrassment, I’d for some reason referred to as ‘Judy Bloom’ when talking to the devs) Twin Peaks theme and appearances – a band in a bar, a singer with the voice of a ghost, music all bass with the edges filed off, the sound of smoke and yearning and regret. Mid-investigation, with no clear suspects and only opaque leads, I’d gone to a bar, ordered a drink, and sat down. All I could do was sit down, in fact.
So I did. I watched. I listened. I closed my eyes, just for a moment, and I thought of Laura Palmer, I thought of where I was and what I was the first time I ever heard of Laura Palmer, and I thought about the timeless and universal horror of a missing child. The missing child it was, in Virginia, my job to find. The missing child who wasn’t my child, but one day, if the world went wrong beyond all imagining, might be.
And while I knew this was a direct homage, not a moment in which Virginia established its own identity, I also knew that this was a vastly more powerful way of evoking a part of Twin Peaks than most other games which try to evoke Twin Peaks ever managed. Just sitting, listening, transported, into sadness and strangeness, fear and duty, guilt and loss.
When I opened my eyes, I saw my character lift her hand from the table, and reach it hesitantly into a pocket. There, a clue. An odd item, a sort of UFO toy, found earlier in a locked drawer in the missing girl’s house. Some sort of box, perhaps? I turned it around and around in my hands. The music played on, spurring intuition. This gaudy nick-nack meant something. But what? And how to open it? TO BE CONTINUED. A perfect ending. Half a heart-shaped necklace, writ as little green man-themed keepsake.
The music stopped. The spell lifted. Shouty Streetfighter Man barged back into my consciousness. Mingled dim pleasure and slight frustration. Frustration both because my time in Virginia was over, for now, and because I wasn’t entirely sure it was my time in Virginia. While I hadn’t ever expected full-on detective work, I also hadn’t expected a languid, small town take on 30 Flights of Loving. Mood and style (both in the low-fi but high-expression art style as well as the heavy use of ambient sound) in spades, but very little agency bar forward movement.
Cross an unseen threshold and Virginia jump-cuts to a new sequence. Comic panels in motion, and exactly what happened between panels was for me to decode. There’s always a brief moment of confusion, then complete understanding – this follows movie and TV tropes, and the mind fills in the gaps from experience. The FBI office. The small town. The local police station. The victim’s house. The bar. Places engraved in the bones of detective serials, be they traditionally procedural or be they Lynchian.
While on the one hand I worried a little that all I could really do was walk on and have events unfold around me, that all this could ever be was a one-shot, on-rails story with nothing more to do than open an occasional drawer, on the other hand I marvelled at how much Virginia managed to say without using a single word. No names, either. Just images and sounds that draw from the mind’s own lexicon of detective dramas. Rich scenes, each a picture to speak thousands of words.
Meeting my partner on this case for the first time, her crossed arms and slight scowl openly declaring that she didn’t want to work with me.
Half-finished breakfasts at the diner revealing our mutual anxiety about the grim task ahead of us.
Grieving parents sat on the sofa as my partner tried to interview them.
And the bar, of course: half-empty bar a few hunched figures, no-one looking at each other, no-one talking, everyone nursing regrets and secrets along with their drinks, everyone hoping I won’t talk to them. So much to do. So many to question. Where to start? By listening to a band that’s far too good for this dingy, desolate place and seeing where my thoughts take me, of course.
Virginia looks good. Virginia sounds good. Virginia is ur-detective show, with hints that it will go somewhere stranger. Perhaps it will go where True Detective ultimately feared to tread. But it does seem as though Virginia will all but play itself, and while I respect that (and know, from the works of Blendo Games, that this approach can work extremely well), there is some disappointment that I’ll be more observer than participant in this aesthetically sumptuous investigation. Of course, that’s probably the point. After all, you don’t really visit the Red Room – the Red Room visits you.
In a world where Neil Young is trying to sell an MP3 player for $399, and Taylor Swift sees selfies as a form of currency, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA wants to sell the group's latest album inside a portable speaker. The legendary rap group has partnered with speaker company Boombotix to come up with a wearable speaker that has eight of the songs from Wu-Tang's upcoming album, A Better Tomorrow included, along with an exclusive bonus track. The entire package will actually be available in November before the album is released. If there's one catch to all this, it's that only 1,000 of the $79.99 speakers are being sold through Boombotix's site, with another 2,000 that will be sold in Zumiez stores (yes, that Zumiez). After that, you'll have to wait until the album is out for real.
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According to Boombotix CEO Lief Storer, the project required reengineering one of its Boombot speakers, which normally just receive music over Bluetooth, to work as a standalone portable music player. That involved adding flash memory and a file management system to store the tracks.
In an interview with Billboard, Wu-Tang Clan member Robert "RZA" Diggs says the entire project is a response to the end of music being a physical item these days (except for vinyl, obviously).
"I had the idea pop up into my head, for a while, about music being kind of disconnected to us. Of being so digitized and accessible, but yet not tangible," Diggs told Billboard. "But this thing here, a tangible item, like your old Walkman or your old cassette, or your old record, that's what this is bringing back."
The new album, which Diggs says took 18 months to finish, is not to be confused with The Wu — Once Upon a Time In Shaolin, the one the group only made one copy of, and plans to tour as a museum piece. Bidders reportedly offered up $5 million to purchase that album, something a failed Kickstarter effort attempted to do on its own, but with an end goal of distributing the music to investors.
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Generally speaking, cocktails and mathematics are not a winning combination—except for barkeeps, who have to make sure they’re not pouring out their profits. Serious Eats reports that a cocktail’s “pour cost”—the cost of all its ingredients—is typically about one fifth of the price a patron pays for the drink.
So working at a 20% pour cost, a $13 Sucker Punch (real name) of Appleton Special Gold Rum, Malibu coconut rum, fresh orange juice, guava, and pineapple juice at Manhattan’s Kingston Hall would have cost the proprietors about $2.60 in ingredients. Similarly calculated, the components of a £16.50 (US$28) “Last Word” cocktail of Sipsmith gin, maraschino, green chartreuse, and lime would cost London’s Artesian bar about $5.60. But of course, that doesn’t factor in the atmosphere, the luxury of leaving one’s dirty glass behind, or this bartender’s shaking technique, which is altogether priceless.
If you like mixing your own cocktails—or, like we here at Quartz, are fans of a Friday in-office happy hour—use this handy calculator to see how much money you’re saving by making your own. Cheers to Oregon bar manager and author Jeffrey Morgenthaler for first providing us with the inspiration to make this. If you don’t find your favorite tipple in our calculator, simply enter your own ingredients in Morgenthaler’s original spreadsheet version.
And as for our Quartz Thai-quila cocktail, senior editor Gideon Lichfield tells us the key is to make a special simple syrup by steeping the peppers in the sugar and water while it’s still hot. Do try this at home.
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"Avoid Ebola-infected pigs and you’re fine."
Well, it finally happened: The US just got its first case of Ebola. Health officials have confirmed that a man recently admitted to a Dallas hospital has come down with the deadly virus, which has already killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa. The patient was admitted based on both symptoms and “travel history“—presumably he had been in West Africa—and is now being held in “strict isolation,” say officials.
Below are excerpts from an earlier Quartz piece on a New York patient suspected of carrying the Ebola virus that explore why Americans would do well not to panic:
If your Twitter feed is anything like mine, news that Ebola might have turned up in Manhattan is freaking out a lot of Americans. “Helpful” bits of commentary include as that it’s “deadly uncurable,” has a 90% fatality rate, and causes “a hemorrhagic fever that eventually leads to a complete bleed-out.” Today’s news merely amplifies the anxiety that’s been building since word got out that two Americans infected with Ebola have been moved to US hospitals for treatment.
There are plenty of people who should be protecting themselves against Ebola’s spread—and they live in West Africa. Those of us who are in the US should feel comforted by the following:
Compare the Mount Sinai response with that Liberian hospitals, which are so packed that they’re having to turn away Ebola patients. The country is running out of rubber gloves, and the health ministry just dumped 37 Ebola-infected corpses in a swampy, open hole near a (so far, relatively healthy) village. Those aren’t first-world problems.
Scott Z. Burns, who wrote the screenplay for Contagion, notes that Americans tend to freak out about “the monster we can see”—in this case, that would mean the gruesome images of Ebola victims bleeding from their faces—while ignoring more familiar but no less deadly risks. He has a point; thanks to the anti-vaccine movement, measles cases in the US have surged nearly fourfold since last year.
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It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…
That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.
"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!"
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
Phablets are big and can be hard to use in one hand, but Alcatel thinks it has the solution for this dilemma. Its latest Android phablet, the Pop Mega, a six-inch honker available from Tracfone's prepaid Straight Talk brand next month, actually comes with a secondary, little phone for making calls, sending texts, and getting notifications. The secondary phone is affectionately known as the Buddy and pairs to the Pop Mega via Bluetooth. Alcatel notes that it's easier to use the Buddy when making phone calls, while the Pop Mega is better suited for browsing the web, watching video, and doing all the other things you do with a smartphone.
Alcatel isn't the first company to try this idea — HTC launched the Mini accessory for its big phones in China back in January, 2013. But instead of being a costly accessory, Alcatel is including the Buddy in the box with the Pop Mega, which is expected to cost less than $250 when it goes on sale. Alcatel is also releasing a line of Pop phones with Tracfone, including the $150, 4-inch Pop Star with LTE, and the 5-inch Pop Icon designed for first-time smartphone buyers. All of the Alcatel Pop line will be available starting next month.
I’ve had a bunch of people request this, so my Magical Arsenal print is now available as a shirt! You can purchase the shirt here here here here!
I’ve mocked up my favorite color options! You can fight so much evil in all those colors. There’s also a hoodie! (Which I’ll probably grab one for myself. Perfect fall hoodie!)
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As previously announced, David Fincher is once again teaming up with Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn to adapt the British series Utopia—the conspiracy thriller, not the terrible reality show—for HBO. Flynn was already set to write the project, and now, according to Entertainment Weekly, Fincher will direct the entire first season. It’s a bit of a shift for Fincher, who helmed only two episodes of House Of Cards before stepping into a producing role.
Utopia follows a group of people who discover an obscure graphic novel that predicts major disasters, only to find themselves tracked by a shadowy agency. Speaking to The Guardian, Fincher explained what he finds so interesting about the project. “I like the world of it,” he says. “I like the characters—I love Dennis’ [Kelly, creator of the UK show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been ...
MTV has decided take the reins of Kickstarter support and further Zach Braff’s career by picking up his new pilot, Self Promotion. Written by Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Steve Yockey, the dark comedy focuses on Katie Preston, an overworked assistant that discovers her horrible boss has gone missing. In a completely logical move, Katie covers up the possible crime scene to avoid being the prime suspect, then takes her boss’ place while trying to solve the case and save her own ass. Seeing as Braff is involved, it’s likely she’ll discover her boss wasn’t lost—she was just trying to find herself.
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A rescued cat named Alley, who currently performs with The Acro-Cats (see previous), has set the World Record for the longest jump made by a cat. Samantha Martin, Alley’s human and trainer, says that she knew that Alley was a talented cat from the start.
Alley started out as such a frail little kitty and to have her grow up and become strong and then eventually end up being a Guinness World Record holding cat is so exciting for us and for her because she had such, you know difficult beginnings and now she’s a star. In a year’s period we got her from jumping two, three feet, four feet, five feet and then finally right before she turned a year old she was able to leap the full six feet.
'reportedly asked to be released from her contract to take care of her ailing father. “My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown says. “The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.” '
A “Help Wanted” sign just went up at Shirley’s Sandwiches as TV Guide reports that everyone’s favorite sweetly judgmental Baptist baked-goods enthusiast, Shirley Bennett, will not be returning to Community. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the show, reportedly asked to be released from her contract to take care of her ailing father. “My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown says. “The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”
Brown will still appear on CBS’ midseason reboot of The Odd Couple, a multi-camera sitcom whose flexible production schedule will give Brown more time to spend with her family. As for guest appearances, Brown says she’s “totally open to whatever Dan decides.”
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