Postmodern Film Approach: CBC’s Othello

If I understand Othello correctly the viewer is supposed to be enveloped in a sense of suffocation, a feeling of being smothered, as Iago’s box closes around the others, capturing them. That doesn’t happen in this production at all, and one of the reasons it doesn’t is that the production is so beautiful. The sets, the costumes, the cinematography, all of it – it’s excellent, even breathtaking, to the point of distraction. (Compare the sense of asphyxiation in Trevor Nunn’s film with Ian McKellen and Willard White and the BBC film with Bob Hoskins and Anthony Hopkins – in those we feel really choked.)

I’m a firm believer that the “style over substance” type of aesthetic can go a long way, and justify a lot, but it usually can’t go all the way and justify everything. The true stars of this production are the costume designer Debra Hanson; the cinematographer Glen Keenan; the production designer Callum Maclachlan; and even the composer of the haunting theme, Philip J. Bennett. So – what of everything else?

I understand the necessity of time limitations in a television adaptation of Shakespeare, and I understand Orson Welles edited this work enormously also, but that isn’t justification. Chopping this play to two hours from its true three and a half is too much. It turns the play into Shakespeare for adolescents. Too many key speeches and scenes have to go. In particular the bawdy jesting between Iago and Desdemona as they leave the ship cannot be hacked off, as it gives too much insight into both of those critical characters. The cuts hurt.

Too: showing the corpses at the very start, and then flashing back, is a mistake. (It was a mistake when Welles did it as well; it will always be a mistake.) I can’t get behind this kind of re-writing of Shakespeare in any way, shape, or form. And this isn’t the only way Zaib Shaikh re-writes. He gives Roderigo the line “… this Muslim” (meaning Othello) at one point, which Shakespeare certainly didn’t write. The point is reinforced by having Othello exchange his necklace (a star and crescent) with Desdemona for hers (a cross) at the beginning, when they’re married. I don’t see anything wrong with the visual message of the necklaces, but again, re-writing the Bard, putting in words he didn’t write? A no no! Show, don’t tell.

The camera here is relatively bland. What about the acting? Christine Horne as Desdemona and Peter Donaldson as her father are sensational; I’ve not seen earnest, wholesome goodness just ooze out of Desdemona like this before. In the thankless role of Bianca Nazneen Contractor isn’t bad, and Ryan Hollyman looks like a great Roderigo. No one else is a Shakespearean heavyweight, to say the least. Compare Frank Finlay’s “Are you mad?” in the final scene to Matthew DeSlippe’s here and you’ll know most of what you need to know.

Online Political Election Voting System Based On Blockchain Technology

We hear about Blockchain and Bitcoin every day; however, it should be noted that Blockchain is way beyond Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. It is a platform which is being used for carrying out economic transactions in the most incorruptible way. As a matter of fact, this technology can be used not only for economic transactions but for anything of value in a virtual way. Blockchain is being used in the pharmaceutical industry, fashion and accessory industry, food safety industry, airlines industry and many more.

In a world where technology has reached a point where scientists are coming up with flying cars, why is one of the essential systems that form the government of a country still unsecured and rigged? With the advancement of technology, everything has become a lot more transparent and convenient, then why is this technology not being used to carry out easy and fair elections? In most countries, voting is a right for every adult. Then why doesn’t the entire adult population of a country go ahead to vote on the Election Day? Maybe because the voting center is too far. People have to go and stand in huge lines just to cast a single vote. Some even believe that their vote doesn’t count because of unfair election results.

The solution to this huge problem has finally arrived. A platform that allows blending the perfect combination of technology and politics into one. This results in the invention of Blockchain Voting. If this technology can be used for so many other purposes, why can it not be used for the most important function that is voting? Blockchain voting is an online voting platform that allows a secure, hassle-free, reliable and quick method for the sole purpose of voting for an election. Blockchain voting can completely change the way we vote for the best. It will leave no scope of doubt or question in the voter’s mind.

In the modern day and age of technology, there are certain things that work best through the old ways only. However, voting is not one of those things. Voting is the process by which the citizens of a country choose their leaders. This process should be highly secure, fair and absolutely accurate; all which are the characteristics of blockchain. Blockchain Voting is immutable, transparent and cannot be hacked into in order to change the results. Blockchain Voting is an effective means to conduct elections. This will ensure that there is no voter fraud and no repetition of votes leading to a fair election. Blockchain Voting is the need of today’s democratic and adult population who believes that they can bring a change in this world.

The stakeholders involved in Blockchain Voting would be same as the stakeholders in the conventional method of voting. This revolutionary change can encourage a lot of people of the vote. Anyone who has an internet connection and is an adult which means they have the right to vote is eligible to be a part of this process of Blockchain Voting.The use of this technology from a voter’s point of view is very simple.

Anyone with a phone and internet access will easily be able to understand the specifications of the platform. The citizens who are voting don’t have to wait in long lines and don’t have to travel a lot to go and vote. This quick and hassle-free method of voting will engage more and more people to participate in the voting process and be a part of a more democratic world. This is definitely a cheaper and simpler method of conducting elections. As soon as various governments realize the importance of introducing this technology into their political environment, the better it will for nations to have easy and fair elections.

Skydiving and Conquering Your Fears

What comes to mind when you think about relationships? Is it just something you think of when you are lonely, or when Holidays come around? Is being with another person about connection or is it about feeling good about yourself? What does to connect mean? For me, love relationships have been confusing, hurtful and often fleeting. I have felt a version of love but never a deep feeling of connection and oneness with another. In the past, I had one foot out the door, and one foot in, depending on where I wanted to go in life. If you are jumping in Tandem out of plane, you cannot go anywhere if you have one foot in and one foot out! You’re basically stuck in the same spot. But now that I am changing and starting to believe and trust in relationships being joyful, uplifting and rewarding, I see how it takes a leap of faith to start on the journey together.

In a nutshell, relationships should not be about gratifying yourself. Instead relationships are about your ability to be there for the other person, listening, focusing on someone other than yourself, as well as sharing in life experiences. My sister helped me see, through means of metaphor and correspondences that Tandem Skydiving is a great analogy for what relationships entail. So when I went skydiving for her birthday in May 2017, she brought up some pretty cool metaphors for how to be in relationships, trusting your partner, faith in your partner and your relationship and listening to your partner being three of the most important lessons.

1. Relationships involve Trust: When you are about to jump out of a plane, from 10,000 feet in the sky, your skydiving instructor gives you instructions on how to free fall when you jump together… notice I said together and not on your own. Your connected by a harness and a way that they strap you to the instructor, you are no longer two people, in a sense you have now become ONE, and it is important that you work together to make the experience fun, enjoyable and not to mention safe. Safety in relationships is more about being able to trust your partner, but you can’t have trust unless you listen to your heart, and speak your mind, talking, sharing, communicating is SUPER important in building a strong foundation for your relationships and it’s important even when you are tandem skydiving! So first and foremost, your skydive partner will always make you feel you can trust him, because he is open and honest about what needs to be done when jumping. He wants you to have a good time and a great experience. He has put your needs first, this is a great sign you are on the right track!

2. Relationships, as in tandem skydiving, involves Faith: All of life and trying new things involves an act of faith. I wouldn’t say it any other way because I am a spiritual person and I know that for me, I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have my faith in God, in a higher power, and in something greater than myself. I have been through enough scrapes, and near misses in life, to living out of my car and not knowing where the next day would take me, to know that my faith is a HUGE part of how I move through life. It takes faith when it comes to dating. Now faith is not about being blind or deaf to the warning signs of a partner that is abusive or hurtful. That’s just stupidity and irrationality. But you can put your faith in your partner once he/she starts to show they are worthy of your trust. When dating and in a relationship, this involves getting to know the person through being around them in public, more than once a week, traveling together, and lots of communication!

3. Listening to your partner involves being able to allow him to take the reins! This is huge for me, but notice how it comes after trust, and faith. It is not the first step in getting to know someone because you need to develop a relationship first.

Now, when you are tandem skydiving you are actually trusting and listening to your partner right away! You don’t get the luxury of taking your time in getting to know them, their job is to right away make you feel safe because you are about to jump out of the sky. But the key here is you’ve got to listen to his instructions, or else you won’t do well on this adventure. This is the same thing as listening to your partners needs, desires, wants in regards to being a good friend. It’s not about selfish needs, selfish desires, selfish wants. To have a relationships built on love, trust and faith in one another, you need to listen to your partner not judge, criticize or condemn. When you are flying through the air and the parachute is pulled again, you have to adjust to your new surroundings, you’re no longer free-falling, so now you are floating and if he wants he can let you be in charge of the reigns as you float down.

In jumping out of an airplane, I learned that skydiving is a great example of how important it is to create trust and faith in your relationship so you can work together in life, when flying through the sky!

4 Simple Steps for Effective SoundCloud Music Promotion

Music is an integral part of our life and most of us are passionate about it. If you have planned to start out as a musician, you must have spent all your time writing lyrics and composing the songs. But, if you want to spread your songs to a wide range of audiences in the world, you must know more than to create great tracks. The knowledge to efficiently market your tracks in the web world is imperative. It is also the shortest way to promote your sounds without shelling any money.

SoundCloud is the number one platform for worldwide artists to gain recognition for their tunes. There are around millions of users in this audio-streaming site that offers the chance for more exposure. A decade ago, music promotion was a hassle, but now it’s an easy task. In this audio-sharing site, you can easily gain as many followers and likes as you want to widespread your popularity.

Many major musicians are also on SoundCloud due to its wide reach and influence. It is a great platform for them to construct great tracks and spread them. For effective music marketing, you must be able to identify your target audiences and develop your goal as a tunesmith. As we all know, the shortest way to promote your songs is to hire an agency or company, but if you’re doing it on your own, then you must follow these points.

Mandatory Marketing Plan:

It is rather important to develop a marketing plan as it is a guide that can help you attain your goals. With a plan you can easily understand your next step, but without it, there is a high chance of losing focus and getting diverted from your goal. Therefore, it is compulsory to have a solid direction with an unwavering determination to promote your music on a competitive platform.

Sharing is More than Caring:

When it comes to music, all of us have shared our favorite songs with others. Likewise, sharing on SoundCloud is essential to gain popularity and recognition in the massive music community. SoundCloud Music Promotion is the ultimate way to promote tracks and get more followers, reposts and downloads. Along with SoundCloud, you can further share it on other popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Follow to become a Leader:

Following is one of the best ways to get noticed. When you follow someone on SoundCloud, they are notified and most likely to return the favor by following you back. Even if they don’t follow, they checkout your profile and like your tracks. However, it is important to ensure that you’re following people in the same music genre or style as you, so that they appreciate your work. Moreover, it is recommended to be genuine when you follow, don’t just follow to spread your tracks.

Grasp the Power of Consistency:

The best of profiles can become unnoticed due to lack of consistency. If you are not dedicated to your music sharing, then your profile can go silent. Thus, it is smart to become consistent and upload fresh sounds that creates a niche for you, establishes your reputation and makes you discoverable on SoundCloud. Besides, this is a great way to form a consistent relationship with your listeners and audiences worldwide.

Personifying Doors

Hey there! I am using a door closer! That’s what the door nowadays are ATTACHED to. Doors are extensively using door closer, which is making them silent day by day as they are not participating in the noises of every house. Now, they silently watch things happen.

Although door closers have made them externally strong as they are hard to push and pull. They used to get smashed easily, then screaming in pain after it. Now no matter how much force you apply to push them or pull them, they will always have a silent reply to it, as if the door closer was the enlightenment they got which turned them into lord buddha. They even impersonate Mahatma Gandhi, as they only have one answer to the violence, which is non-violence. Peace is their motto now. Silence is their new religion.

But you just can’t leave out the doors who are so beautifully readied during the marriages. They are prepared in such a manner as if they are also going to get married with a bride door. In fact, in marriages, the doors who are noiseless must be called bridegrooms too. The door in the man’s room must be waiting to say, ‘make groom for the bride'(used pun intended). But here’s a catch. Not all doors are treated equally. You still leave the bathroom doors as ugly as possible. In many marriages, only the entrance door’s'(in the case of 2 entrances or maybe 3 or I don’t know, depends on how rich you are) are taken care of. Bathroom doors are still waiting for their decorative days. Racism even prevails between doors. No one realizes this fact that bathroom doors are the most important people in the case of emergency. But as one said, ‘the importance of someone is only realized when it’s gone’. If there were no bathroom doors, you would feel as helpless as an engineering student sitting at the first bench in an exam.

Like, in general, there are more males than females in this country, similarly, there are more doors than windows in the home. But, most doors and windows are very different from each other. Their personalities are poles apart. They can never be compatible with each other. One doesn’t let you involve in his life unless you open up with him, and the other is an outgoing person and everyone knows what’s inside her. There’s a famous phrase, ‘you make a better door than you do a window’, which tells us how this society is judgmental about doors and windows like above. Everyone just immediately jumps on conclusion listening only to one side of the story. But nobody understands this fact that if you try to know more about doors, you can peep through them and see what’s inside them. Although, you won’t be able to know everything about them. But as we say, something is better than nothing.

Also, personally, I hate windows in the way that they let people in too easily. One should be strong like doors, they don’t let everyone be included in their lives just like that. As we know, doors being somehow introvert, the key to their hearts is only provided to few people only. Generally, they lock themselves up, and they only allow the entry to those who know them well. But they should just be aware of the fake people who try to enter into your lives through their fake keys.

“Nothing is permanent in this universe. Even the galaxies rotate around their centers. If some things get stuck in your mind, just rather try to focus on things which make you forget negative thoughts and instill all the positivity in you. When you lose one opportunity, you often find a new one”, one window said to the other depressed one. “So don’t worry, when one door has SHUT down on you, some another will have OPEN arms for you: )” final words by the window, as both, let in air through them.