5 Films Inspired By Board and Card Games

Movies and games enjoy a curious relationship. Video games have inspired movies and vice versa, and real-life sports matches have helped produce some of Hollywood’s most inspirational big-screen stories. But not to be dismissed are board and card games. After all, there are so many different variations; we’ve seen everything from a murder-mystery in Clue, fantasy-adventure in Dungeons and Dragons, all-out action in Battleship, and horror in Ouija. Let’s have a look at how movies have been inspired by our love of more traditional gameplay.

Gathering to play board game” (CC BY 2.0) by daveynin

Rounders

Rounders arrived on the cusp of poker’s dramatic rise in popularity thanks to the internet’s numerous platforms and the prevalence of tournaments on TV. Still favored as one of the best movies about Texas Hold’em thanks to its dramatic in-game action and the performances of Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich, director John Dahl’s effort still resonates as poker remains a predominant feature of the online casino. Rounders’ focus on Texas Hold’em, the internet’s biggest poker format, is another reason why it’s recognized as one of the game’s best big-screen outings.

Increased accessibility since Rounders came out in 1998 has driven competition with sites aiming to take advantage of poker’s spike in popularity, so there are plenty of online casinos to choose from each offering different kinds of welcome bonuses. Having a tool such as a Bonus Finder to find the best deals saves all the legwork and ensures customers get the best value for their money.

Jumanji

For younger viewers, Jumanji is a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and an old video game console. But cast your mind back a few years to the Robin Williams version and this movie was about a magical board game. One of the most entertaining films to be inspired in this way (in this case, a fictional game), Jumanji is a wonderfully warm-hearted and funny fish out of water adventure.

21

Blackjack, the card game which pits the player against the house, is a popular casino game and one that famously appears in James Bond from time to time. But in the film 21, we see the true story of a group of MIT card counting blackjack players who use memory, strategy and analytical skill to anticipate cards and influence the outcome of the game. It’s an eye-opening drama.

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Clue

One of the most delightful comedies of the 1980s, Clue takes its inspiration from the murder-mystery board game Cluedo to tell us “whodunit” after Mr Boddy turns up dead. The cast – each taking the names of the characters from the game – have a comic energy that dazzles. The combination of the game’s investigative thrills and assortment of colorful characters is perfectly captured by British director Jonathan Lynn who has shown throughout his career a penchant for ensemble comedy. Tim Curry, as the Butler, is the stand out though; a distinctive sharp-toothed deviousness cutting through a lovable, manic exuberance.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter films thrilled multiple generations with millennials growing up alongside their heroes on screen. Throughout the films we see an assortment of games played amongst the major characters but it’s the oversized chess battle in Sorcerer’s Stone that’s worth a mention here as Harry, Hermione and Ron must win the game in order to prevent sinister teacher Quirinus Quirrell from stealing the Philosopher’s Stone and being able to provide Lord Voldemort with a potion that grants immortality.

It isn’t all console game adaptations and sports matches, board games like Clue do and chess, and card games like poker and blackjack, have also had an impact on the movies.

Best Comedies About Student Life

First of all, there is no “American Pie” on the list. Second of all, there are no just funny movies, all of them has something to show and tell you. And lastly, there are films for all tastes. Order pizza, wake up your friend lying on the floor after the Friday party, and let’s make this day hilarious!

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by John Hughes

Starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson

A brain, an athlete, a basket-case, a princess, a criminal, authority figures and parents, stereotypes and clichés. It has been 30 years since its debut, and you still knew immediately what film we are referring to – Breakfast Club. Five students got stuck in a Saturday detention with a simple assignment: “You are going to write an essay “Who Am I”. No less than a thousand words”. Unfortunately, these students did not have “write my essay” option as you do.

From the very first moment the characters are on screen, their students’ personality is on full display, whether it be through behavior, clothing, or the interactions they have with the other characters. Each of them identifies with a particular high school clique and are extremely adamant in making sure everyone else knows about it. Because these characters stick so close to their archetypes, it does not take much time for them to start clashing with one another. This natural hostility only seems to stop when the principal is in the room. In fact, the principal is unwittingly the driving force behind the student’s newfound camaraderie.

While the students originally ignore his assignment, the authoritarian attitude is actually the major cause for the students eventually coming to terms with who they are. It leads to the group realizing their similarities and becoming more comfortable with each other. Thanks to this, the students can slowly let down their guard and begin bonding in the usual teenage way – talking about sex and doing drugs.

What you will love about cheesy 80s style is that it gets to act as a mark of that specific generation. The struggles the characters go through are timeless, but the style is something personal to their generation. They get to hand this movie down as a way of providing their own wisdom, and in turn, the next generation gets to inherit and improve on it in a new way. So, who knows, if you think you have nothing in common with some people at college, but the chances are you will end up with a friend for life.

17 Again (2009)

Directed by Burr Steers

Starring Matthew Perry (yeah, it is Chandler Bing), Zac Efron (yeah, it is Troy Bolton), and Leslie Mann.

The thing is that if you google “college comedies”, you will not find this film in any of the lists. We think it is a crime. “17 Again” is a perfect mix of comedy, drama, and fairy tale. The movie begins with the 17-year old start athlete Mike O’Donnell portrayed by a gratuitously shirtless Zac Efron, who is about to play a potentially career-launching scholarship earning basketball game. But at the very last moment, he decided to choose the pregnant girlfriend over future success.

Was it the right decision? It is not for us to judge. But in 20 years, Mike understands one thing – he has been living with regrets, and now he has a second chance of reliving his younger self. The protagonist met with a spiritual guide and went back to high school. Yes, he finds himself trapped inside his own 17-year-old body with the same wife, same kids, and same problems.

There are a lot of things to do: help his daughter to choose the right path in life and the right boyfriend; support his son, who is insecure enough to be beaten by classmates; get along with the wife. It is perfectly cast, it has so many strong comedic roles. It is such an accessible fantasy. Watch it now, so you will not find yourself wondering what would happen if you could zip back into the body of a younger self.

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Directed and written by Richard Linklater

Starring Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman

They call this movie “the spiritual sequel to “Dazed and Confused.” And that is quite a good description of the movie.

Actually, all the events take place in August of 1980, and it is the three days that elapsed between a young freshman’s arrival at college and the first day of class. This movie makes the 80s look fun. The trailer sells this movie as a frat house, party, college lifestyle type of film whereas in reality, it is about a person falling in love with the new life, opportunities, responsibilities, and new world around him. Of course, we are talking about the protagonist, a freshman baseball player who just showed up on campus. He gets to know his roommates (and teammates). Moreover, he gets to know what campus life is like.

So, it is a competitive team of baseball players we are talking about. You would expect it to be an adrenalized type of movie but not with Richard Linklater directing. Even though we do witness the highly competitive nature of a lot of these guys, the adrenaline of it all never overpowers the narrative of the film. It does not splash across the screen, washing away the audience with it. We are always kept on a bit of a distance to watch how the events really unfold. These guys party a loooot, but none of them is portrayed as inherently hedonistic.

The movie does rely on a few cool archetypes: there is a dream girl, the stoner, and wise guys, and the best way to describe that movie is that it burns clean. As the final point, we should note: “You bring who you are, never who they want. And that is when it gets fun”.

A Little Bonus: Damsels in Distress (2012)

It is not a comedy at all, but this film is worth your time (and we know that students do not have much of that).

The group of young women who the rest of the campus fears, features one girl of color, one girl less intelligent than the others, and a ring leader who dominated the small society she has created. A new girl joins the group having no other friends. Our sympathy lies with her until we learn more about the other girls. This is not “Mean Girls”, this is “Damsels in Distress.”

Damsels concerns a group of girls at an East Coast university whose mission is to make everyone else better. In this film, we see the suicide prevention center that the girls run, we see the way in which the girls attempt to turn fraternity meatheads into their projects. The girls in this miniature society have spent the better part of their college career working on others and trying to make various schoolmates into better human beings. But maybe they are the ones in need of the most assistance?

The Batbot Xtreme is the Ultimate Toy for Your Kid

Evil is upon Gotham. The usual suspects — Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, Two-face, and Poison Ivy — have gathered this time around to get rid of Batman once and for all so they can destroy Gotham without interference. How will Batman beat all these baddies at once?

Batbot Xtreme is the answer. Fisher Price’s DC Super Freinds Batbot Xtreme was launched in 2017 for kids between ages 3 and 8. Kids are going to love this awesome toy. They’ll get to actually become their favourite superhero and defeat the bad guys in many new ways. With so many amazing features, both boys and girls are bound to love this toy and spend the entire day having fun.

Even adults won’t be able to resist playing with the Batbot and you might even find yourself distracted from mastering your Live Roulette strategy. So what makes it so outstanding? The Batbot Xtreme is 2-feet tall; bigger and better than any toy your kid might have ever seen. The box includes:

  • 1 Batbot Xtreme Figure
  • 1 Batman Figure
  • 1 Batcycle
  • 10 Projectiles

What can it do?

This mega-mechanized suit is full of movable parts and can perform impressive functions. It’s operated by red knobs which are designed to be pedestals on which you can place the Batman figure and turn him to activate parts of the suit. You can also just use your thumb and switch it using the small levers provided.

The robot has five plastic missiles on either shoulder; in rows of three and two. The top three missiles are linked to the three buttons above and can be fired using them. The bottom two missiles are simply for storage so kids don’t run out of them instantly and can quickly reload them. Depending on how hard you hit the buttons, the projectiles can land anywhere between four to seven feet. The plastic is not too hard but could present a choking hazard for children.

The chest of the suit also pops open using another one of the red dials. Once open, it reveals a hidden elevator that kids can use to transport Batman to his seat in the suit’s head. Once he has thinned down the group of baddies, Batman can take crimefighting back to the streets on his motorcycle. The Batcycle is housed inside the left foot of the suit and can be launched using another red dial. Once pressed, a tiny door opens in the foot and the bike shoots across the floor. Kids can have Batman attached to the launching bike as well.

The suit has a host of electric options that can be activated by loading in three AAA batteries in the back. This will turn on the sound effects and the lighting that go along with the individual functions. Kids can also use the red button on the right shoulder to speak into four tiny holes and get a distorted Batman-like voice for extra fun.

Verdict

You might have seen this giant, mechanized version of Batman in DC comics and cartoons, but this is the first time it has been brought to life. Suffice to say, there’s nothing to dislike about this toy and that all kids are going to have a blast with it.

Easy Email Migration Tool for Everyday Users

Everyone who has been working with the Outlook emailing client for a long time is well acquainted with the PST file format. This is a local copy of mail account that is connected to the MS Outlook client. It stores all messages from the post-box, contacts, appointments, reminders, notes, calendars, as well as other information necessary to restore an account. For example, it may be vital on another PC or after reinstalling the operating system.

It is important that in case of problems with the Internet connection or due to technical problems on the server itself, you will be able to connect to the mail server. Since the OST file becomes inaccessible directly from MS Outlook, it does not have built-in functionality of reading these types of files. For this reason, some users may need to convert data files to .PST format, which can be read without problems by Microsoft email client.

The Outlook Transfer

An easy-to-use convenient Email Conversion Software for Migration to Outlook can be found by visiting outlooktransfer.com where you can browse all the proper information about the developer and functionality. Using this application you can solve the following tasks:

  1. Perform fast migration from IncrediMail, Gmail, The Bat! and other mailing clients to MS Outlook;
  2.  Convert file formats;
  3.  Store files without using additional space.

Additionally, the following features of the service make the usage as convenient as possible:

  • An active Internet connection is not required;
  • To export data to a .PST file, you must have installed Microsoft Outlook;
  • No restrictions on the number and size of files.

How Does It Work?

First, you need to download the installation file of the program from the official website of the developer and follow the instructions of the wizard.

Actually, there is not always a computer or laptop with installed MS Outlook nearby. However, if you purchase an annual license for corporate usage – you will take even more from this tool, as you can use the service and convert files in just a few simple steps, having almost any device with a browser and Internet connection in your office.

About our clients

The company highly appreciates its regular clients providing them with top-level service for MS Outlook. The leading companies and universities including Harvard, Florida National University, National Archives, and many others give their preference to Outlook Transfer. However, every new client is very much welcome to join the group of happy customers.

About the company

GlexSoft is a Canadian company, developing high-quality conversion tools for a wide range of clients. It has an own line of products for popular mailing clients and is open for cooperation.

Do you have any questions regarding email migration? Do not hesitate to reach our experts in comments.

This Holiday Season, Tampa Bay, Florida Will Become More Enchanting Than Ever Before!

Enchant® Christmas is coming to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, bringing the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, a locally curated Christmas Market, and more 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (August 19, 2019) – Florida, prepare for your most captivating holiday season event to date. Enchant Christmas is an immersive holiday light experience that will transport guests to a world of Christmas wonder, with trees up to 80 feet tall, larger-than-life ornaments, twinkling snowflakes and, of course, Santa in a glittering sleigh. Brighter and more heartwarming than your wildest holiday dreams, Enchant will make its Florida debut at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, November 22 – December 29. The outfield will be transformed into a twinkling maze of stunning light displays and a Christmas Market stocked with over 60 local food and artisan merchant vendors. The infield will house an ice-skating trail adorned with spectacularly lit archways. Additionally, the RaysClub along with other premium areas will become available for VIP and private holiday party experiences. 

Enchant Christmas boasts five completely different and custom-designed Light Maze experiences, each individually based on Enchant-produced original stories that chronicle the beloved, yet mischievous elf, Eddie, whose Christmas adventures drive the physical maze experiences. The story coming to St. Petersburg this holiday season, entitled “The Great Search,” follows the tale of the disappearance of Santa’s reindeer just before Christmas Eve. As guests of Enchant, your charge is to search the 90,000 square foot light maze for all nine of Santa’s reindeer. In 2018, guests of “The Great Search” experience exclaimed “It was such a beautiful and magical experience! The lights and the sculptures were amazing” (J. Hansen/Google) and “MUST experience live to fully comprehend this magical experience! Fun for 3 generations of my family!“ (K. Lubahn/Google) Throughout the entire experience, guests will be captivated by truly larger-than-life light displays, children will revel in the magic, all the while surrounded by falling snow, hot cocoa in hand, with holiday music spreading the holiday spirit from start to finish.

“After overwhelmingly popular events in Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, Canada and Dallas, Texas, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Rays and to bring Enchant Christmas to the greater Tampa Bay community and beyond” said Kevin Johnston, founder of Enchant Christmas. “Enchant is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience… the lights, the sounds, the entertainment, the entire experience aims to wrap people in the holiday spirit. Every year I look forward to the awestruck faces as guests walk towards the maze for the first time. It is hard not to crack a smile when you see young and old in wonder – and that is what Enchant is all about.”

“The Rays are thrilled to host Enchant at Tropicana Field during the holiday season,” said Rays President Brian Auld. “Tampa Bay has not seen anything like this before, and it will leave a lasting impression on those who come to experience the holiday magic.”

Within Enchant Christmas, a world of Christmas wonder awaits holiday revelers in the form of these festive activities:

  • The Christmas Light Maze – “The Great Search” is the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze taking guests through a twinkling wonderland in search of Santa’s missing reindeer
  • Christmas Market – Taste seasonal delights and shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local vendors showcasing home decor, jewelry, gourmet foods, and more. Vendor applications are still being accepted at EnchantChristmas.com
  • VIP Event Experiences – Tropicana Field’s Private Suites and Club Spaces will be transformed into exclusive rooms for holiday parties and special events. Enjoy all that the Enchant experience has to offer plus full service catering, and more. Enchant Christmas is now accepting reservations for Holiday Parties. To inquire, visit EnchantChristmas.com
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Santa will take photos in his workshop with the children and he’s bringing Mrs. Claus who will be leading story time.  
  • Food and Beverage – Enjoy holiday-themed food and drinks that are sure to please everyone throughout the Concourse with a special bar experience on the field in the maze.
  • Ice-Skating Trail – Enchant features a magical Ice-Skating Trail adorned with spectacular light displays. Rent a pair of skates at the event and take a glide with your loved ones.
  • Live Entertainment – Guests will get into the spirit with nightly caroling throughout the venue and local busking-style musicians

CONNECT WITH ENCHANT CHRISTMAS
EnchantChristmas.com
Facebook – /EnchantStPetersburg
Twitter – @EnchantStPete
Instagram – @EnchantStPetersburg
#EnchantChristmas

ABOUT ENCHANT CHRISTMAS
Enchant Christmas is produced by Enchant Christmas LLC, a subsidiary of Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market Ltd., a Vancouver-based, professional Christmas light company serving Canada and the U.S. since 2010.

Becoming MCSD App Builder Certified –How to Prepare for Microsoft 70-487 Exam

Microsoft Corporation is undoubtedly one of the leading tech companies in the world. With the advent of cloud computing technologies, Microsoft Azure solutions are poised for growth given the popularity of the firm’s operating systems. Therefore, the demand for IT experts who can develop software that can integrate well with this technology continues to grow. If you are up to the challenge, you need to pass Microsoft 70-487 exam. 

Here is what you should expect in your certification path.

Exam prerequisites

In order to sit for this exam, you must possess the Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services Web Applications certification. It means that you’ve passed 70-480 or 70-483 and 70-486 exams. You will also need to have at least three years’ experience developing ASP.NET MVC-based solutions. In addition, you need to be skillful in developing Web applications, working with HTTP services. This means that this intermediate certification is ideal for IT professionals who are well versed with building and deploying server solutions in multi-layered environments such as cloud-based Windows Azure.

What the exam covers?

70-487 exam is known as Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services. This test covers six broad topics. Each topic has its own percentage in the exam. For instance, accessing data, using the Entity Framework to query and manipulate, together with building and using Web-based APIs services each account for 20-25 % of the exam questions. On the other hand, designing and implementing web services and deploying such services, each account for 15-20% of the test questions.

These percentages help you manage the time efficiently and see which topics need more time for learning.

Exam information

The Microsoft 70-487 exam costs $165 and you can easily register for this test by visiting the Microsoft registration portal. It is also important to note that this exam is available in multiple languages such as English, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, and Japanese. This gives the options to choose a language that they understand best for optimal performance.

One unique feature of this test is that it does not show numerical scores but rather a simple pass or fail status. It, however, provides score bars for each topic showing areas where the candidate is weak or strong.

Available exam preparation resources

When preparing for this exam, it is important to use quality resources which are likely to improve your chances of passing. Since most of these resources come at a price, it is wise to go for learning materials that give you the right information at an affordable fee. This way, you will manage your budget well and get value for money.

Here are some of the useful resources from Microsoft you can use:

1. Online Courses

a) Building Your Azure Skills Toolkit

This is a free course designed by Microsoft to help you learn how to integrate Microsoft Azure services into your applications. It lasts for 2-3 hours per week for 5 weeks at no cost. However, before taking this course, you will need basic programming skills in C, Java, C#, or JavaScript. 

b) Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services – Course 20487D

Microsoft has partnered with various companies around the world to provide this course online on-demand to candidates preparing for this exam. The content of this course is approved by Microsoft and is designed to offer in-depth training. It represents instructor-led video courses and hands-on labs to build your coding skills. Getting this option, you receive three months access and you are at liberty to study at your own pace.

For those who prefer classroom training, you can arrange to be trained by a Microsoft approved partner near you at a fee. In this arrangement, the course content is delivered within five days. Here you get to interact with the tutor and ask any questions you may have. It also gives you the option to attend classes in person or remotely.

c) Microsoft Learn Free Courses

The Microsoft Learn online platform comes with a list of courses that can help you prepare for your exams. These include Deploy a website to Azure with Azure App Service and Publish a web app to Azure with Visual Studio, just to mention a few. Here, you can browse several free courses that will equip you with basic knowledge on developing Microsoft Azure services.

The beauty of these courses is that they are free. The courses are creatively designed to offer a hands-on learning approach that allows learners to master key concepts with ease. It is, however, important to mention that Microsoft Learn offers to gain and improve your basic skills. You will need to check out for additional learning resources that cover advanced topics.

2. Book: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Seasoned Microsoft software developers, William Ryan, Wouter de Kort, and Shane Milton have authored this book. It is based on the Microsoft 70-487 exam and is generally meant for experienced programmers who want to master top skills in Windows Azure and Web service development. This book is focused on the core objectives of 70-487 test. It features what-if scenarios that challenge you to critically think and build superior solutions. This e-book goes for about $32 and is sure to provide you with insights that enable you to pass your exam.

3. Practice Test

Microsoft offers certified practice exams to help you test your understanding of various topics. This package comes with 174 questions and is designed to mimic the exam conditions. It is a good way to get you prepared for the real test. The practice test package goes for about $99-$109 depending on how long you want to access the material.

4. Other Resources

You can use other free and paid resources from online sites such as Examsnap. This is an online platform which you can fully trust, as the materials available there have been created by IT experts and real exam takers. These range from free exam dumps to paid premium bundles and video lectures. The good thing with such materials is that they are affordable and structured to give you a high chance of passing your exam at the first attempt.

If you are working on a tight budget, you can subscribe to free YouTube channels from reputable IT professionals who will help you grasp key exam concepts at no extra penny.

Conclusion

Passing the Microsoft 70-487 exam earns you the coveted MCSD Web Builder certification. Before sitting for this exam, you must be an experienced developer with the MCSA certification in Web Applications. Holders of the MCSD App Builder credential get the opportunity to work for leading tech companies such as Google, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and Avanade Corporation. You also stand a chance to be paid more for your skills as the average pay for such professionals is about $100K.

Top Resources to Pass Microsoft 70-743 Exam

Technology is constantly changing. To adapt to these changes, vendors of technology products and services must also ensure that they are not left behind. Microsoft is aimed at ensuringthat their products meet the standards and requirements of the IT industry.

One of the most important areas for Microsoft is Windows Servers. The company ensures that the servers remain productive at all times and meet the demands of the modern market. Once the technology is upgraded, there is a consequent need for the experts involved in managing Windows Servers to upgrade the skills. That is where Microsoft 70-743 exam comes in handy.

ExamSnap.com  test is designed to help those professionals whose knowledgeis limited to the older server versions and who want to keep their skills up to date. The exam is targeted at those who already have the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 credential and leads to the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the details of this Microsoft test and tell you about the top resources that you can use to pass your exam.

Skills Measured in Exam 70-743

70-743tests your understanding of the key features and functionalities of the Windows Server 2016. It validates your knowledge and skills necessary for the implementation of the core infrastructure services of the Windows Server 2016. Here are the objectives of 70-743 exam:

  • Installation of Windows Servers in compute and host environments
  • Implementation of storage solutions
  • Implementation of high availability
  • Implementation of Hyper-V
  • Implementation of DNS
  • Implementation of Windows containers
  • Implementation of network connectivity as well as remote access solutions
  • Implementation of a modernnetwork architecture
  • Installation and configuration of AD DS
  • Implementation ofaccess solutions and identity federation

Exam 70-743 Details

This associate-leveltest has 40-60 questions and lasts about120 minutes. The questions may appear in various formats such as hot area, multiple-choice, review screen, build list, best answer, case study, and drag-and-drop among others. To get certified,you must get a passing score of 700 points. You’ll be required to register for your exam with Pearson VUE. The cost of taking the exam is $165.

Top Resources to Pass Microsoft 70-743 Exam

Preparing for 70-743 test is not an easy process. You’ll have to make sure that you have relevant study resources and create a reliable study plan. When it comes to choosing the exam study materials, you have to be careful because it is very easy to fall victim to numerous fraudulent websites. Here are helpful resources for your Microsoft exam preparation:

1.Microsoft Learning

Before you register or even begin your exam preparation, you need to know the necessary details of your Microsoft exam. TheMicrosoft official website is the right place to know the exam objectives and detailsas well as rules andregulations of the registration process. The site also recommends some resources that you can use to study for 70-743 exam.

2.Instructor-led Training

Enroll in training that will equip you with the skills needed to successfully work in a 2016 Windows Server environment. Microsoft offers a five-day instructor-led classroom training and 3-month self-paced on-demand training which will give you all the knowledge you need to pass your 70-743 exam.

3. Microsoft 70-743 Practice Tests

Practice tests are good for checking whether your level of knowledge and skills meets the required standard. These past questions and answers allow you to conduct training exams as many times as you want.

With the help of practice questions and answers, you’ll know your weak areas and will be able to improve your knowledge. This is possible thanks to the explanations which are provided at the end of each practice session. If you want to pass your70-743 test, then you have to make sure you use up-to-date practice tests like the ones available on the Examsnap website.

4. Microsoft 70-743 Study Guide

Study guides are focused on providing you with the vital information on the topics of the exam as well as valuable hands-on skills you will require to perform your everyday duties. The step-by-step coverage ensures that you acquire critical-thinking skills as well as learn how to make decisions whenever it is required. Exam Ref 70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 written by Charles Plutais a reliable study guide suitable for your exam 70-743 preparation.

Conclusion

Upgrading your Windows Server skills is a must if you have to be an expert in working with the Windows Server 2016 infrastructure services and environment. Make use of the top resources that we’ve mentioned and you can be sure that you will clear your exam successfully. The Microsoft 70-743 provides you with a great collection of resources vital for you to become MCSA certified. With the help of these materials, you will surely acquire a prestigious certification and will be able toshowcase your ability to prospective employers.

Skills related to Windows Server will open up huge opportunities for you that include job placements, promotions, and attractive salaries. Some job roles you can take up after earning this credential include Windows Server Administrator, Junior Server Administrator, and Systems Administrator.

Top Benefits of Online Betting

Sports’ betting is one of the popular leisure for an increasing number of people around the globe. Betting nowadays is more straightforward and more accessible because of the presence of fast internet connections. Also, the vast amount of online bookmakers has played an essential role in increasing the popularity of online betting. Additionally, there are several numbers of betting firms that are readily available and ready to attend to your betting needs.

Therefore, why should you consider online betting over going to a betting shop? Firstly, online money transactions are secure and have been on the increase to support your operations. Unfortunately, most of the clients are still reluctant in placing real money bets over the internet. Although online betting seems risky, you can entrust your money to bookies. But when you overcome all these hesitations, you will reap the following advantages for choosing online betting.

Betting online has a higher level of safety

A question about the safety of online betting has been a great concern to most of the beginner gamblers. Most online bookmakers are managed by well-respected companies, who have a vast experience in the industry. For instance, agen judi bola online terpercaya is all about reputable operators and a significant focus on safe sports betting. Worry less about the safety of your money or even receiving your cash after winning because there is a guarantee for safety.

However, this is not the case at all times as some of the online betting sites might be undependable. Therefore, you are supposed to research by visiting rating pages of the websites to avoid poorly regulated betting sites. By doing this, you will land on a safe site where the safety of your funds is guaranteed.

Play in an instant

Now everyone can access the internet, therefore, making part of everyone’s life except for the specific age groups like the old and the computer illiterate. Those who lack computer knowledge might have some difficulties in opening an account, navigating and placing their bets. Although this happens, most of these online football betting websites are designed and easy to use. Additionally, the opening of an account is a straightforward process and takes the shortest time possible. Further, most of the bookie’s websites take the shortest time for a quick bet login and needs only basic information like your name, age, username, or password. You are also presented with a range of deposit options, therefore depositing money in your online account is made simpler.

More money through bonuses

All of the betting sites offer a rewarding sign-up bonus to their new customers. These bonuses enhance your exiting bankroll when betting. Additionally, the existing players also get rewards with different offers such as promotions, free bets, and contests and bonuses for players’ loyalty.

Bottom line

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Review of the book “100 Interiors Around the World”

To begin with, it is important to highlight the fact that “100 Interiors Around the World” is one of the series of books published by Taschen. In this edition, you will be able to see the most impressive, unique and inspiring interiors from all over the world. The book contains 720 pages and is printed on high-quality paper. In general, “100 Interiors Around the World” will be a superb addition to your home book collection or a great gift idea for a person who is interested in interior design.

In order to write this book, the interiors in such countries as Argentina, France, Indonesia, the USA, Brazil, Cuba, China, Morocco, Italy, Denmark, Kenya and many others have been deeply researched. In case you are currently a student at a school of art or are attending an art course at college, school or university, this book will really be of great interest to you. Perhaps, it is even listed as one of the learning materials in teaching instructions provided by your professor.

Photos illustrated in the book have been taken by such renowned interior photographers as Nikolas Koenig, Mark Seelen, Marina Faust, Reto Guntli, Ditte Isager, Ricardo Labougle, Thomas Loof, Paul Warchol and a lot of others. If you find yourself in times of a mild school crisis, take a break and look through this book. You will get inspired right away. Viewing inspiring interiors and seeing how people organize their lives around certain objects is one of the best ways to take your mind off things and simply relax.

Taking everything into account, “100 Interiors Around the World” is an extremely interesting book to read not only for those who are interested in interior design, but also to readers who want to learn more about other cultures. The way in which an interior of a certain house is designed tells a lot about traditions, customs and popular styles within a country under consideration. Therefore, this book offers a glimpse of interior design preferences around the world. This edition highlights how personal taste can be both different and universal at the same time. When reading the book, you will come across classic, exotic, rustic, unusual, experimental and even playful interiors. You will definitely be impressed as you will most likely realize how the personality of a human being is usually reflected in the style of interior design they have chosen for decorating their house.

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4 Things We Can’t Wait to See in the Next Phase of the MCU


Mahershala Ali, Tessa Thompson & Taika W” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

Superheroes may have been big business at the box office for a number of years now, but 2019 has the comic book movie genre undoubtedly reach all-new heights.

Avengers: Endgame eventually managed to unseat Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time at the end of July, with the moment undoubtedly highlighting how Marvel Studios has become an absolute blockbuster powerhouse. Of course, one obvious question has been raised by that level of success – just how do you go about topping it?

Plans for the future

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has certainly been left in an intriguing position.

After all, Endgame is likely to prove to be the swansong for a host of characters who have anchored Marvel Studios movies in recent years. Without getting into spoilers that includes Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, although Spider-Man: Far From Home certainly offered up a tantalising glimpse as to how the latter’s position as a genius inventor and one of the richest characters from fiction could mean he still has an influence on proceedings to come.

However, it is fair to say the departure of a few key players does open the MCU up to some fresh blood and the recent announcements made at Comic-Con in San Diego certainly highlight that there are plenty of plans for the future. Here, we look at just a few of the things we are most excited about.

1. Finally, a Black Widow movie

While Natasha Romanoff has featured in a raft of the MCU’s best-loved blockbusters, she has had to wait a long time for her own moment in the spotlight. Scarlett Johansson has been a lynchpin of the franchise and she thoroughly deserves to be put front and center in a standalone adventure.


Avengers Black Widow poster” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by marvelousRoland

2. A new Blade

Wesley Snipes has become synonymous with Blade through the years and it was always clear that a big name would be needed if the character was ever to be rebooted. Well, Marvel has really pulled it out of the bag in style with the casting of Mahershala Ali and even his predecessor can’t wait to see him in action.

3. Portman becomes Thor

Natalie Portman did not have a great deal to do in the first two Thor films and then she was overlooked entirely when the God of Thunder went cosmic in the brilliant Ragnarok. However, she looks set to play a pivotal role in the series’ fourth outing, as she is intriguingly set to become Mighty Thor in the movie.

4. Will The Eternals be a success?

Marvel has a strong history of introducing its lesser-known characters to the big screen with major success, but can they pull the trick off once again with The Eternals? The big-name cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry and Richard Madden could certainly help the movie’s cause.

Plenty to look forward to

There is so much to look forward to in the next phase of the MCU and we haven’t even touched upon the slate of TV shows that are being made or the big-screen debut of Shang-Chi and the eagerly anticipated Doctor Strange sequel.

Marvel Studios is arguably at the top of its game right now and it will be fascinating to see whether these adventures will help them keep it going for years to come.

Jackpot Casino Games: What’s Hot in 2019

Online casinos operate on something of a shifting landscape, with new games constantly being added and new trends often appearing. Indeed, for the latter, there has been a huge surge in the number of jackpot games appearing at online casinos recently. Moreover, many of these games are connected to each other, thereby increasing the prize potential and the exposure.

Below, we have picked out some of the most talked about jackpot games at online casinos right now, picking out – for a variety of reasons – why they are worth your time to check out.

Gladiator Jackpot

Gladiator Jackpot has been around for a handful of years now, but its popularity has been maintained thanks to the big progressive jackpot prize. At the time of writing, that prize has reached almost $3 million and could be awarded at any time. You can find Gladiator Jackpot slots at top Canadian casinos, where you will also find the new sequel to the game – Gladiator: Road to Rome – which shares the jackpot game. The timing for the sequel couldn’t be better, as there is set to be new Gladiator move directed by Ridley Scott at cinemas too.

Hall of Gods

Hall of Gods, a creation by software developers NetEnt, has been perhaps overshadowed in the past by NetEnt’s other signature progressive slot, Mega Fortune. But, at the moment, Hall of Gods is powering its way towards one of the biggest jackpot prizes around and is currently topping $8 million and counting. Hall of the Gods has been around for a while and the graphics and gameplay are quite simple when compared with modern offerings, but you can’t take your eyes off that top prize. It could be a record breaker.

Leprechaun’s Luck

Irish-themed slots have long been a staple of casinos. Indeed, there is an argument that the whole theme of leprechauns, shamrocks and rainbows has been done to death. Yet, Leprechaun’s Luck, one of the best loved games from Playtech, still sticks out as one of the best examples of the genre. Loads of cool bonus features and that all-important big jackpot. It is awarded through the Wishing-Well Bonus – find gold at the bottom of the well and win a jackpot which currently sits at a multi-million-dollar figure.

Age of the Gods: Mighty Midas

There are now around a dozen games in the Age of the Gods series, all of which have an interconnected jackpot game. Of the latest additions to the series, Mighty Midas feels like the pick of the bunch. It’s packed full of special features, including a series of bonus games won through the Gem Feature. Mighty Midas is one of those games that feels like you are discovering something new each time. Of course, there is also the fact that any spin can trigger that Age of the Gods Jackpot Game.

Superman II

Like Age of the Gods above, the DC Comics range of slots have connected jackpots and there are lots to choose from. Like the films in the DCEU, Superman II slot is regarded as one of the best of the bunch. It features real footage from the movie, and lots of interactive bonus games. That DC Superheroes “Grand” progressive jackpot usually pays out at over $1 million CAD when it is triggered too, so this one is definitely worth checking out.

Is “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” written by Daniel Goleman a masterpiece?

We are all aware of the fact that having high IQ is important. It helps us understand a lot of things faster, makes us better learners at school, college or university and comes in handy when we are trying to land that new job. However, we do not know much about EQ or emotional intelligence. This is the subject which the book ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ’ is dedicated to.

Why will reading this book be so useful to everyone? Well, you will find out more about emotional intelligence, as well as figure out a way to develop your EQ. In other words, you will definitely be learning a lot while reading this book. What is more, having acquired all this new knowledge, you might start teaching your friends about emotional intelligence as well.

Daniel Goleman has managed to acquire a lot of valuable knowledge in such fields as psychology and neuroscience to be able to come up with an impressive and a very detailed book on the issue of emotional intelligence. Our mind is both rational and emotional. So far, we have managed to find out as much as possible about the rational side. However, the potential of the emotional side is not as widely discussed as it should be.

In his book, Daniel Goleman presents five key skills of emotional intelligence and provides vivid examples to support his theoretical findings. Viewing the issue of emotional intelligence in detail helps us understand how is determines our relationship with other people, the steps we take to achieve success, as well as how it influences our physical well-being. It may sound rather unconventional but there is a direct link between our thoughts or emotions and our physical health. The happier you are, the healthier you will be. Therefore, being smart does only only represent the ability to get excellent grades and demonstrate quick wit. It means the ability of a human being to understand their emotions and feelings, to talk about them to others, as well as to explain why a certain emotional situation influences what the person is feeling at that particular moment.

The good news is that the so-called emotional literacy is not fixed. It may be something you have not been born with but you are luckily able to work on it during your whole life to develop your emotional literacy. Any human being on the planet has the possibility to develop their EQ to any level they want. It will take time and a lot of effort but it is possible.

All in all, the book ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ’ by Daniel Goleman covers the topic of emotional intelligence and highlights the fact that it is a much more reliable indicator of intelligence than IQ. A detailed description of every emotion we feel and its influence on our actions helps a reader better understand why they act a certain way. What is more, the experiences a person has had during their childhood and infancy years are of great importance when it comes to defining one’s EQ. Being able to analyze our emotions and feelings, as well as learn from those findings will definitely give a person more advantages not only in the business world, but also in personal life as well. One cannot say that this book is a masterpiece but it is definitely very useful to every single person on the planet.

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A Look at Roulette in Popular Culture

Roulette is not only one of the more traditional casino games, but it’s also one of the most popular – whether that be playing it in a brick-and-mortar casino or online. Even if you aren’t familiar with the game, or ever played it yourself, it’s easy to conjure up images of placing your chips on the table, the croupier spinning the wheel and imagining the general excitement and thrill surrounding the game. Roulette is something that has appeared more often than not in film, music and by legend. Read on to find out more about Roulette in Popular Culture.

Bond… James Bond

While in the film franchise, we see our favourite secret agent play every casino game under the sun: Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Poker – you name it, Bond has played it. What most don’t realise is that in the original series of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, 007 often hits the Roulette table and he even has his favourite number: 17.

The original James Bond, Sean Connery even hit the casino and placed a bet on number 17 – and while he wasn’t successful the first time, he persevered and went on to land number 17 three times in a row!

Considered lucky by many, we don’t know if it’s Bond’s influence or the number’s central location that makes it so popular, but if it’s good enough (and successful enough) for Bond, then why not give it a try when you next play live roulette online.

The infamous Café Americain

The classic film Casablanca was one of the first to feature the game of Roulette and the scene is memorable for a number of reasons. Of course, it doesn’t portray Roulette very accurately, with a bias on the wheel allowing Jan to land his number. It certainly wouldn’t be as easy in reality as it was for Jan in the 1944 Oscar-winning blockbuster.

Owner Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) famously enters the room at the back of his café, where he sees Jan looking despondent as he’s down to his final chips. “Have you tried 22 tonight?” he asks and then, a little louder, this time for the benefit of the croupier: “I said 22.” Jan places his last three chips on 22, the croupier spins the wheel and bingo – 22 wins. Rick then tells Jan: “Leave it there”, the croupier spins the wheel and lo and behold, 22 lands again. Rick then growls: “Don’t come back”.

The Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

We need to be transported back to the 19th century to when this legendary figure of the Roulette world was around. In 1891, Charles Wells won an incredible 1 million Francs at the Roulette table – which in today’s money would be an extortionate $13 million!

He made his winnings at a monster 11-hour session at the tables of casinos on the French Riviera. He even possessed a deadly winning streak – landing 23 out of 30 consecutive spins to boost his winnings. But not content with 1 million Francs worth of winnings, he returned and made another million.

Legend says that sometimes he won all of the money in the casino, so the croupier had to cover the Roulette wheel with a black cloth to indicate it was out of service until more money could be obtained. In which case, we aren’t surprised that the popular British music hall song by Fred Gilbert was inspired by Wells… he really was ‘The man that broke the bank at Monte Carlo’.

SopranosCon Announced; First-Ever ‘Sopranos’ Themed Convention ‘For The Fans, By The Fans’

Time Immemorial, Famous Signs and Michael Mota present SopranosCon, the first-ever “Sopranos” themed convention, to be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey on November 23rd and 24th, 2019. 

Visually inspired by the Feast of St. Elezar, SopranosCon presented by East Commerce Solutions, is a fan convention unlike any other. Billing itself as “for the fans, by the fans,” SopranosCon will feature a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of key cast members, including Tony Sirico, Federico Castelluccio, Vincent Pastore, Vincent Curatola, David Proval, and over 30 supporting cast members, with many more special guests to be announced in the coming days.  

“In a nutshell, this is The Sopranos meets New York Comic Con. However, our event is going to be much more than pictures, autographs, and vendors,” said Daniel Trader who runs @TimeImmemorial_, a creative Instagram page that boasts the largest Sopranos fan network on social media with over 225,000 combined dedicated followers.  

Guests of the two-day convention will be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series by showcasing Italian culture in New Jersey with food, drink, music, comedy, and show-related businesses (such as Holsten’s Ice Cream, a sponsor of the event). There will be fan art galleries, exhibits, Q&A’s, trivia, contests, games, and more.   

“This event will be an experience no true fan will want to miss,” said Joe Fama, owner of Famous Signs and a co-presenter of the event. “We have spent years designing sets, exhibits, and more for this event.  There will certainly be something for everyone.”   

In addition, an accompanying documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of the hit HBO show will be released after the event.  The as-yet-untitled documentary will focus on three superfans — Michael Mota from Lincoln Rhode Island, Daniel Trader from Baltimore, Maryland and Joe Fama from Long Island, New York — who came together to give every Sopranos fan the opportunity to celebrate history. The documentary will also feature many key cast members telling “their story” and other exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Con.   

Federico Castelluccio, better known as Furio Guinta on The Sopranos, has been chosen to narrate the documentary.   

“When the first season came out, I was a huge fan myself.  I told my agent that I had to be on the show.  Having the opportunity to be a part of SopranosCon and celebrate with the fans is an amazing opportunity.  I am honored to be a part of this documentary, and I am excited to showcase what a few fans can do when they have a passion for something,” he said, exclusively.   

“I can’t put into words the amount of support we have received for SopranosCon.  People all over the world have reached out to us and are coming to the United States for the first time for our event.  This show touched so many people and has left a mark on their lives forever,” said Michael Mota, founder and CEO of Skyline at Waterplace, and one of the key organizers of the event.  “I have thrown several Soprano themed events but this is something much larger. This is truly for the fans, by the fans.”  

Tickets are on sale now at www.sopranoscon.com. For a limited time, fans can enter the promotional code HipHopGamer to receive 10% off all ticket packages.

5 Unique Experience Gifts

Tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again? While material items make special gifts, a unique experience gift can help create memories that last a lifetime. Baseball games, travel vouchers, plane tickets, and much more can help take your gifts to the next level and leave an impression that will always be fondly remembered. Here are five unique experience gifts for the next time you want something a little different.

1. Award Show Tickets

Have you ever attended the VMAs or Emmy’s? These exciting events can create memories you’ll never forget, as every event is different. When it comes to actors and artists, you can always expect the unexpected!

Gifting award show tickets can be a step-up from your usual gifts. Maybe dad doesn’t need another tie for his birthday, or mom has so many coffee mugs she’s running out of cupboard space. Your best friend probably doesn’t need another handbag either, but a pair of tickets to the VMAs can be just the thing to shake it up a bit and show your giftee just how much you care.

2. Major Sporting Event Tickets

For the sports fan in your circle, memorabilia and merchandise can only go so far. If you’ve maxed out their jersey collection and there’s no more room in the display case for bobbleheads, purchasing them an actual ticket to the event they’re so fond of can really light up their day.

Many sporting venues and associations offer discounts on season passes or family packages, so you can even include the whole family if you so choose. These make the perfect birthday, father’s day, or simply “I love you” gifts for your dad, brother, sister, uncle, or best friend who love sports.

You can also sign up your giftee for the loyalty program that many stadiums/associations offer, so they can earn points or other rewards for purchasing merchandise and tickets for their favorite teams. The gift that keeps on giving!

3. Glamping

Glamping is just camping without all of the barebones survival aspects thrown into it. With glamping, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable tent or cabin, complete with all of the amenities you would have in your home (except with significantly better scenery).

Glamping near Yellowstone is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as Yellowstone has some of the most breathtaking experiences and landscapes of any of the nation’s national parks. Experience the beauty and majesty of the national parks from a luxury tent complete with a bed and comfortable pillows!

4. Cruise Tickets

What’s better than a cruise? A cruise that was gifted, of course! Cruises make for amazing experiences; you get to travel the high seas on a luxury ship while enjoying fun in the sun in tropical places.  

There are literally thousands of cruise packages available online, each with their own specific itineraries and inclusions. Some packages will include airfare and alcohol, while others will only include the cost of the cruise itself. It’s important to always price check with other cruise lines to ensure you’re getting a great deal, as prices and packages can change daily.

Many cruise packages are quite affordable, ranging from just above $1,000 to well above $5,000. It all depends on how long the cruise is, which room you choose on the ship, and departure dates.

5. Racing a Luxury Sports Car

If you’ve got a friend or a loved one who loves cars, this is the ultimate gift experience for them. Flying down the racetrack in a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a truly unique experience, and sure to satisfy the car lover in your circle.

There are many tracks that provide such experiences, from The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. The packages will vary in cost, but we found some that fell in at around $400 for three laps. You can always choose more laps as well, but the price goes up from there.

Racing some of the fastest cars in the world is sure to be an experience your friend or loved one will thank you for over and over again. After all, who hasn’t wanted to suit up and hit 200mph on an open road in a Ferrari?

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