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Sep 19, 2014
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AFROFUTURISTIC SHORTS 27.09. | 18:30 – 20:00

An Afrofuturistic Short Film Showcase with
OYA, ROBOTS OF BRIXTON, JONAH, DREXCIYA and 

DREXCIYA

Dir.  Simon Rittmeier (2012, Germany/ Burkina Faso, 28 min)

Synopsis:
Thomas is a smuggler, shipping European refugees who hope to find a better life in Africa. One day his boat sinks and he is washed up on the African coast as the only survivor. He then makes his way to the nearest city – Drexciya.

Simon Rittmeier, born in Nuremberg in 1981, he grew up in Erlangen, Germany. After highschool he worked in Rwanda as a social worker. He then studied Visual Communication and Film at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg and the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. 2009 artist scholarschip at Havanna, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. He has directed documentary films and has worked on different projects as director of photography. „Drexciya“ is his diploma.

PUMZI

Dir. Wanuri Kahiu (2009, Kenya, 21min) 

Synopsis:
Pumzi, Kenya’s first science fiction film, imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

WANURI KAHIU was born in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduating from the University of Warwick in 2001 with a BSc degree in Management Science, she enrolled for a Master’s Degree at the ‘Masters of Fine Arts’ programme in directing at the School of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Her movie From a Whisper received a total of twelve nominations and earned five awards at the 5th African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.

JONAH

Dir. Kibwe Tavares (UK, 17min)

Synopsis:
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.

KIBWE TAVARES, Sundance prize-winning director, created his award-winning film Robots of Brixton while pursuing a degree in architecture.
He then went on to direct the Sundance film JONAH, a stunning combination of live-action shot on location in Zanzibar with beautiful visual effects created at Factory Fifteen. Recently Kibwe was named one of the top 20 young global directors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase, Cannes 2014. He won the Best Short Film award for Jonah at the CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors Award.

ROBOTS OF BRIXTON

Dir. Kibwe Tavares (2011, UK, 5:30min)

Synopsis:
Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline. The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

KIBWE TAVARES, Sundance prize-winning director, created his award-winning film Robots of Brixton while pursuing a degree in architecture.
He then went on to direct the Sundance film JONAH, a stunning combination of live-action shot on location in Zanzibar with beautiful visual effects created at Factory Fifteen. Recently Kibwe was named one of the top 20 young global directors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase, Cannes 2014. He won the Best Short Film award for Jonah at the CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors Award.

OYA

Dir. Nosa Igbinedion (2014, UK, 12min)

Synopsis:
The Orisha, african gods of the Santeria religion have been all but forgotten by humanity, who are headed for self destruction. Only Orisha Oya goddes of change is still connected to Adesuwa, her dedicated devotee. Now, a twisted zealot with a warped idea of the Orisha wants to bring about the downfall of human race.

NOSA IGBINEDION is a UK based, African movie director, screenwriter and creative entreprenuer. He is focusedd on using digital technology and transmedia storytelling to reimagine african cinema for the internet age. He is the director of the first african superhero movie, Oya – Rise of the Superorisha


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"African Dances" by Ugandan artist: Gloria Ssali

  • Igbo dance, Nigeria
  • Reed dance, Swaziland
  • Warba dance, Burkina Faso
  • Bakiga dance, Uganda
  • Kuduro dance, Angola
  • Maasai dance, Kenya
  • Quda dance, Eritrea
  • Saharwi dance, Western Sahara
  • San dance, Botswana
  • Traditional dance, Central African Republic

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The Miss Indian World pageant is the answer to Miss America we’ve been looking for

When Kira Kazantsev was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night, a feeling of déjá vu set in.

Not only was she white — like all but nine of the 94 winners before her — she also fit snugly into a narrowly defined standard of Western female attractiveness: early 20s, long flowing hair and a thin, painstakingly tanned physique that would not seem out of place in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

In many ways, the Miss Indian World pageant’s definition of what American beauty truly entails is the ideological antithesis to Miss America. Indeed, since 1984, this five-day competition based in Albuquerque, N.M., has honored Native American woman for their contributions to their communities, not their bikini bodies. The top award is given to the contestant who “best represents her culture,” according to Al Jazeera.

Why this pageant is world’s better 

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How Memorizing "$19.05" Can Help You Outsmart the MTA »

iquantny:

We’ve all been there.  The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile.  

"Please Swipe Again".  "Please Swipe Again".  "Insufficient Fare".

The last two words are killer.  You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”.   You go and check the card out and you see you have “$2.45”.  Yes, you need $2.50 to ride the subway, and you have $2.45 on your MetroCard.  Sure enough you miss that train all because of that nickel. 

How did you end up in that situation any way?   It turns out the MTA has designed it that way.  Imagine how many tourists come to NYC and leave with balances that never get used.  Imagine how many people lose metro cards with those balances that never get used.  And even if it gets used on a later refill, the MTA gets to collect the cash earlier this way!  Win win for them, right?  

But now, with some simple math, you can fight back!  

First, let’s see how the MTA tricks you out of your money earlier than you might want to release it to them.

When you are buying a MetroCard, you can get a 5% bonus if your purchase is big enough.  So you get the following screen early on in the purchase process: 

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If you click the button on the left, they just got you.  Your card will have $9.45 on it, meaning you will get 3 rides and end up with $1.95.  That is a great deal for the MTA.  They get all the money from every rider who does that, and they get the interest on that until you refill again and repeat the cycle.  

Let’s say you don’t take the bait.  You click MetroCard.  Then you get this screen with three new short cuts:

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Three quick options.  But wait a minute.  One button leaves you with the same $9.45 card, and gives a remainder of $1.95 after just three uses. The next one is even more frustrating: you end up with a $19.95 card, leaving a remainder after 7 uses of $2.45!   That’s right, the nickel we were talking about earlier.  The last option does not leave you much better off.   You’ll get a $40.95 card, which leads to $0.95 on your card after you use 16 rides.  So all three buttons presented leave quite a bit of “insufficient fare” on the card. 

So how do you fight back  Well, click “Other Amounts” and type your own values: 

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and remember these three magic numbers:   $9.55, $19.05 and $38.10. That’s right. Never use the short cuts.  Just type in one of those numbers.  

Once you do, you’ll see your excess balances nearly vanish once you apply the 5% bonuses: 

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Buy a $19.00 card?  $2.45 left on card after use.  Buy a $19.05 card?  No balance left after use!  Magic.  But what if you want a $10.00 MetroCard? There is literally no way to buy one because of the 5% bonus and the fact that all payments need to be divisible by a nickel.  Your options are to pay $9.50 to get a $9.98 card after bonus, or pay $9.55 to get a $10.03 card after bonus.   Once again, you literally can’t buy a $10 metro card from a machine. 

If you absolutely don’t want any left over money, you really only have three choices of payments below $40, as seen in the table below: 

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If the pennies bother you, then maybe memorize these three numbers: $11.90, $19.05, $30.95.

So if the MTA really cares, what can they do to fix this?

Well here at I Quant NY, I’ve been hard at work coming up with a proposed software change.  After much thought, check out this before and after: 

Before:

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After:

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Not a big change you say?  Echm.  That’s right.  If they really wanted to fix the issue, they could ask “How much do you want on your MetroCard” instead of “How much do you want to pay”.  But don’t count on those changes coming to a MetroCard Vending Machine near you anytime soon, given how lucrative the current set up is.   

Which means it’s up to you.  Write down the three numbers, $9.55, $19.05 and $38.10 or pick just the one that matches your buying habits best.  You could even write it on the back of your Metrocard if you can figure out how to get ink to stay on it.  (There’s a reason they are so shiny.)

A side note: one reason that the MTA may do this is to make paying with cash easier. It would be a nightmare to dispense change if cash buyers used this technique.  But that does not explain why they can’t update the credit card only machines or all other machines if they first ask if you are using cash or credit.  And of course unlimited card buyers avoid this all together.  Also, this does not include the $1 fee associated with new metro cards. 

So in closing, Math is useful.  And luckily, you don’t have to be Einstein to outsmart the MTA.  Plus, guess what year Einstein handed in his dissertation…  You guessed it.  1905.  

For the latest I Quant NY data analysis of this great city, sign up for my Mailing List (about one post a week), Follow me on Facebook or Follow me on Twitter.  I tell stories with data.

Past posts include finding and fixing the most profitable fire hydrant in NYC, showing that the Health Department isinflating grades or looking at gender and Citibike.

Ben Wellington is a Visiting Assistant Professor in The City & Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he focuses  on NYC Open Data.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from NYU.

Update (9/8/2014):

Some have pointed out that this may not be intentional.  Yes, it could be the case that even though the MTA takes in about$50 million dollars a year in unredeemed excess balances that no one ever noticed this.   I don’t have any idea where these decisions come from, so I am not in a place to point fingers with any proof.  But, intentional or not, the buttons are tricking people out of their money.  If it really is unintentional, I’d be thrilled because it won’t be long until the problem is fixed given all the attention this post has gotten.  So let’s hope all the people who say the MTA did not do this intentionally are correct.  I can think of no better way to be proven wrong. 

Update2 (9/8/2014):

MTA Responds!  Read more here


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**PLEASE NOTE that this giveaway is for transgender/non-binary individuals only, and that it is not open for cisgender participants! (However, feel free to signal boost for your trans/nb followers!)**

Hello friends!! I am going to be doing a giveaway!! Huzzah!! 

What am I going to give you? WELL, that’s up to you! You will be able to win your choice of:

1) ONE TRI-TOP CHEST BINDER FROM UNDERWORKS, ANY SIZE

2) $25.00 IN MAKE-UP FROM BH COSMETICS

3) $25.00 IN UNDERWEAR FROM AERIE/HIPS & CURVES/ANYWHERE ELSE

I will be choosing FOUR winners overall, and all four can choose which of the following they would like! I know that there are a million factors involved when transitioning, so hopefully this is a tiny step in making you feel more comfortable!

Here are some rules:

  • You must be comfortable giving out an address for shipping purposes.
  • Ask box must be open, or fan mail enabled.
  • Reblogs and likes both count.
  • You do NOT have to be following me, but if you do I’ll add another $10.00 to spend on anything else listed above.
  • I will cover shipping WORLDWIDE, so no worries about where you live!

This giveaway will end on October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00pm EST!!

Good luck! I love you all!

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sandandglass:

Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.

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From Media Arts Center San Diego:

We’re talking about food systems here…

What does food justice really look like? During the last six months we spent time with a handful of residents who work the land of the diverse urban neighborhoods of San Diego. We’ve been chatting about access or the lack thereof to fresh food in their communities and how they are going about subverting the system to reform urban agriculture policies, grow healthy food, create new jobs, and make positive change in their neighborhoods. Land & Freedom explores these models of empowerment that need to be shared with other communities. Because food is a universal issue, and one that is of interest across social-economic intersections, food justice issues are essential to the conversation of social justice in the U.S.

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Black men’s excuses for Ray Rice sound a lot like the ones Darren Wilson’s supporters used »

The are no excuses for violence against womyn


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pixiepienix:

davvecup:

grampascout:

I just discovered this really awesome site. Emotionalbaggagecheck.com
It’s a site that lets you leave the things that are bothering you anonymously.When someone chooses to “carry your baggage" they’ll get your submission, and send a song and a personal note to your email address through the site (it’s never shown publicly) that may help you with what you’re going through.I think this is an amazing idea!Don’t keep scrolling past this cause it’s actually worth checking out! :) 

This is actually really helpful; your email is kept private and there’s no log in or sign up required. Even typing my problems out seemed to help, and you can always change your mind at any point in time. The site itself has a very calming atmosphere and I’d recommend it to all of my followers who either like helping people or have a few things to get off their chest (or both!) This idea really is pretty amazing.

My mum used to tell me that if I ever feel sad or angry or need to cry just out of nowhere and I don’t know why, that might just be my spirit taking on something that today someone else was not able to carry all on their own, and that when this happens every now and again we should feel privileged to help and to also know that one day someone we’ve never met might be crying for us. 

pixiepienix:

davvecup:

grampascout:

I just discovered this really awesome site. Emotionalbaggagecheck.com

It’s a site that lets you leave the things that are bothering you anonymously.
When someone chooses to “carry your baggage" they’ll get your submission, and send a song and a personal note to your email address through the site (it’s never shown publicly) that may help you with what you’re going through.
I think this is an amazing idea!
Don’t keep scrolling past this cause it’s actually worth checking out! :) 

This is actually really helpful; your email is kept private and there’s no log in or sign up required. Even typing my problems out seemed to help, and you can always change your mind at any point in time.
The site itself has a very calming atmosphere and I’d recommend it to all of my followers who either like helping people or have a few things to get off their chest (or both!)

This idea really is pretty amazing.

My mum used to tell me that if I ever feel sad or angry or need to cry just out of nowhere and I don’t know why, that might just be my spirit taking on something that today someone else was not able to carry all on their own, and that when this happens every now and again we should feel privileged to help and to also know that one day someone we’ve never met might be crying for us. 

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neatshinyfolk:

The mother and the daughter. Just… wow. Ladies and gentlemen, the timeless and sophisticated duo behind ‘The Garment Vault.’ Yes. I said it. I said all of it.

I swear to you at first glance I thought they were twins

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