Lucky Number Slevin – Review

Once upon a time, there lived a simple guy named Slevin (Josh Hartnett). At some point, the white streak of his life changed to black, and Slevin began such troubles that he even took a shovel and started digging in. It all started with the fact that he lost his job. Then they decided to demolish his house because of some new variety of termites. Well, it all ended up that Slevin found his girlfriend in a pose in which the phrase: “This is not what you think” – it seems extremely stupid. And then Slevin decided to fly to New York to his friend Nick Fisher, who said that he had found a job for him.

However, the Big Apple also did not meet Slevin with a white stripe. At first, when he left the airport, he was attacked by some drug addict, broke his nose and took his wallet. Then, when Slevin came to Nick’s apartment, in which Nick himself wasn’t there, he was seized by some rude guys, not even having to put on his pants after a shower, and brought to a cool authority named Boss (Morgan Freeman). The Boss took Slevin for Nick, who, as it turned out, owed the Boss 96 thousand dollars. And even though the Boss is kindly ready to round up the amount to 90 thousand, to Slevin, this figure seems unbearable. However, the Boss, still kindly, offers Slevin to forgive the debt. But on one condition: Slevin must kill the son of the old foe Boss – also a criminal authority named Rabbi (Ben Kingsley). Recently, the Boss’s son was killed, and he longs for revenge.

But the situation didn’t end there either since further rude Jews appeared behind Slevin, who brought him to the Rabbi. It turned out that Nick and the Rabbi owed money and a lot. And now Slevin, who can find himself at the wrong time in the wrong place, needs to get out somehow. The situation is complicated by the fact that a professional killer named Goodkat (Bruce Willis) revolves around Boss and the Rabbi, who also has some complaints about Slevin.

Actually, the movie features fixed horse racing, and throughout the movie, you will understand why that matters. It plays a pivotal role. It was very interesting for the director to choose horse racing because it is one of the first sports where people placed bets. One of the Canadian actors in the movie, Peter Outerbridge, portraying Detective Dumbrowski who alongside Detective Brikowski is involved in the investigation, became so interested in betting after the plot of the movie that he supposedly started searching casino bonuses in Canada to improve his earnings. Both detectives in the movie are very important, yet Detective Brikowski more, but that does not change the pace of the movie.

If I were told that Guy Ritchie made this film, I would quite believe it. Many of the moments in the film are very similar to Ritchie’s style, and the well-chosen music that accompanies the appearance of either black or Jewish fighters is a direct borrowing from Snatch. However, Ritchie was carried away by the sea together with a completely slurred revolver, so the Lucky Number of Slevin did not belong to him at all, but Paul McGuigan made this film, whose previous works were in a slightly different style.

Ritchie’s imitations in this film are not at all annoying. Because it is all done competently and efficiently. After all, what difference does it make who shot it? If only the movie looked good. But it looks, in general, quite good.

Lucky Number Slevin is a crime detective with a slight bias in a black-comedy comedy, the plot of which is twisted pretty dashingly. All the events in the film have their clear background, and the audience will be able to compose the full picture of what is happening only at the end of the film (except for, of course, those who managed to guess everything even before the explanation).

One could expect that Bruce Willis would bring the ironic component in this film – a master of criminal irony. However, this did not happen. Here, Willis plays a murderously serious killer (a pun came out quite by accident), and his role is quite episodic. However, it played well, although gloomy for a similar genre. But purely scenic much in this character has remained unsaid. For example, it is completely unknown why he was suddenly called Goodkat, but we did not receive an answer.

Of all the acting, the most pleasant impression was made by two authorities – Boss and the Rabbi performed by Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingsley. This is power, and these are characters! The Rabbi there generally gives out magnificent phrases with an incredibly impressive appearance. It is a pity that their roles are not at all the main ones.

Lucy Liu in the film played the role of the neighbour Nick, who starts up tricks with Slevin. She played well. The scene was especially tender and romantic when Slevin lost a towel in the eyes of a neighbour, and such a gamut of feelings was reflected in these eyes.

In general, in my opinion, it is quite a decent movie. I watched it with pleasure, considering the presence in the film of Josh Hartnett, and even in the title role. Since Guy Ritchie does not want to please the audience with such films, let it be Paul McGuigan. In the end, it doesn’t matter to us who directs this. The result is important.

Why is social commerce changing the world of investors?

“With us, you benefit from the knowledge of others.”

Quite simply because it gives everyone access to global financial markets. It allows everyone to trade in a simple and transparent way. Social trade gives every investor the opportunity, so to speak, to manage his or her own fund and to control exactly what happens with the money. The idea of a “closed operation” in the investment world is therefore a thing of the past.

Social Trading platforms offer investors a high level of regulation, security, easy access to professional capital markets, risk control and often excellent performance. Find the platforms recognized by millions of investors on the market here

These sites simply offer free access to the capital market, all this sounds exciting, but what are the concrete advantages of social trading compared to a traditional fund?

On these platforms, every investor can see what another investor is trading. In addition: the network is characterized by the social aspect, like Facebook, investors can communicate with each other. They can thus benefit from the knowledge of other users. In this way, investors are part of a swarm of information and use it for the success of their investments. The idea of social commerce defines a new asset class: the user himself. Investors therefore invest in investors.

Thousands of investors follow other investors? How can we follow them and pursue a sensible strategy?For example, rankings help investors to find high-yielding people.

Yoni Assia, founder of the eToro social trading platform

Why should investors ignore the trend and prefer to rely on experienced professionals?

Because fund managers are true capital investment professionals who have considerable specialist knowledge and use it to the benefit of the fund investors. This also includes risk control.

Risk? 

How to ensure risk control in social business? Isn’t it better to gamble than to follow the strategies of many traders and hope for great success?

We have many tools to control risk. For example, investors can only copy another investor’s transactions with 20% of their assets. Investors can also set stop loss limits. And in our opinion, transparency is the safest. We give investors the means to manage their money responsibly.

But doesn’t the trading prospectus encourage investors to engage in risky, short-term speculation?

No, it has been shown that eToro investors prefer to copy traders who have a low maximum circulation (maximum loss from the highest to the lowest on a stock). However, there will always be investors who are looking for risk, even with traditional funds.

Does risk control really work better with funds?

The decisive advantage lies in the organisation of fund companies. For example, we use technical systems and employ several employees who are solely responsible for risk management and control. We have institutionalized this, so to speak.

Why should amateurs perform better in social business than professionals?

Because it works. Several studies prove it: for example, the University of Bochum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that social trading increases returns for investors. By copying successful investors, investors can beat the market and do better than professionals.

But why should an investor trust an anonymous mass rather than an investment professional?

When investors copy popular traders, they are not investing in an anonymous pool. They know their business, they know what they think. Investors can discuss among themselves, everything is transparent. Only one person is anonymous: the manager of a classic fund.

Pandemic Film Review: “Contagion”, and How Do I Rip Contagion and Other DVDs

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 106 minutes

The COVID-19 is raging around the world, which has stimulated people’s interest in pandemic movies. As a result, some pandemic-themed movies, such as “Contagion”, make them back into the top movie charts of iTunes and other streaming services. “Contagion” is a 2011 release directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and it gets a strong cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damonm, Kate Winslet, and more.

Years ago I’ve already watched this film on DVD. Since it offers a parallel to current coronavirus outbreak, our family decides to watch it again. My DVD player cannot function properly, so I digitized my “Contagion” DVD to MP4 with a DVD ripper. I’ve attached the guide on how to rip a movie DVD to digital file after my movie review part, in case someone also needs to rip or backup his/her own DVD collection for fair use. I saved the digital copy to my USB flash drive and then watched it on my TV with my family. 

My review of “Contagion”

In the current context of the noval coronavirus epidemic, “Contagion” is like a documentary. The film depicts a virus called MEV-1, transmitted from bat to pig to human. It spreads around the world and destroys tens of millions of humans in a very short time.

This movie shows multiple story lines, but the main line is clear. The director uses very precise details and deliberate control, and a very restrained lens language to describe a very real end-time scene. Humanity is vulnerable and very real. There are no lone heroes or government conspiracy theories which we always see in American movies. Everyone is an ordinary person. This constitutes a world that is not dramatic, but is also most dramatic and close to the real world.

The film doesn’t make people feel too long. Instead, there are too many parts that are just mentioned briefly yet appropriately, such as the betrayal of the dead wife, the bureaucracy of Chinese officials trying to hide the truth, the game between the U.S. government and the media, the sacrifice of political struggle, the real address of Hong Kong street, and the most popular mobile phone in Japan, etc. The CDC official played by Kate Winslet has no special ups and downs, and dies. The human body is extremely fragile in front of the mysterious nature.

As the story unfolds, the director takes us peeling off both the truths of the virus and human nature. Some people seem to be an apathetic government mouthpiece, but they will become ordinary people with blood and flesh in the face of their families. Some people show up in masks of heroes and are eventually found despicable like villains. All characters in the film are vivid and real.

There are no earth-shattering stories in this movie, no heroes born out of nowhere, no sensational screams, no heartbreaking separation. There is no miracle. There is no compassion. Everything is carried out in order, as indifferent as this plague that it comes with no reason and will eventually leave.

How to Rip a DVD?

First of all, we need to download a piece of DVD ripping software, because it is almost impossible to rip a commercial DVD simply by copying and pasting. There are many choices. After reading so many reviews and comparisons, I choose cost-effective WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and it doesn’t disappoint me.

Why I choose WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

1. It supports different kinds of video DVDs, including old and new movies, TV shows, fitness videos, and more DVDs. It even helps me handle a scratched DVD successfully.

2. It allows me to make 1:1 DVD backup (DVD to ISO file/DVD folder) as well as movie-only ripping (DVD to MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, iPhone, iPad, Android device, game console…).

3. It can maintain the original image and audio quality while compressing a few gigabytes data to around 1GB only.

4. It works fast, probably taking a few minutes only to rip a DVD, by taking the advantage of multi-core processors, hardware acceleration, and other technologies.

So my guide is based on WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.  

Step 1. Insert your DVD into DVD drive. After that, open the DVD ripper and click DVD Disc button to import the DVD. I really love the feature that it can detect the correct main movie title automatically, even if there are some fake titles in a 99-title DVD.

Step 2. Choose an output format according to your own needs from the Output Profile panel where over 350 profiles are provided.

Step 3. Hit RUN to begin ripping DVD.

4 Home Cinema Solutions for Lockdown

Are you battling to keep the boredom at bay during the lockdown? It is a challenge with which almost every household from around the globe is currently faced – and it is the perfect excuse to set up an epic home cinema for your family to enjoy! Not sure where or how to start? Here is a list of the most essential home cinema solutions to consider purchasing.

How to finance your home cinema

As incredible as a home cinema is, there is no escaping the fact that setting it up is far from cheap! So, if you do not have the necessary cash on hand to pay for everything immediately, what are the options available to you concerning financing? Here is a breakdown:

  • A payday loan: A payday loan is a short-term loan that is an ideal choice if you are simply short on cash at the moment. If, after payday, you will be able to settle the full amount of furnishing your home cinema, then this is the way to go.
  • A personal loan: If you don’t have the necessary funds for a while yet, you should consider going the personal loan route. The good news is that you can take out a loan for the specific amount that you need so that you don’t land up in a tremendous amount of debt. Be sure to check out Cash Lady for safe personal and payday loans.
  • Borrowing money from relatives: Be very careful about borrowing money from your loved ones. Your relationship can be negatively affected if you are unable to pay them back on time!

Custom stands

Custom stands can be crafted to fit in with the already-existing décor of your chosen home cinema room. They look stunning and are practical too. Most people use them to support their cinema speakers for an optimized audio experience. Read More

Speakers

Speaking of speakers, you should consider going that extra mile in relation to this aspect of your home theater system. Along with placing speakers on the right and left of your AV unit, it is worthwhile placing a center channel speaker, too. This additional speaker is placed centrally and helps to contribute to that 360-degree cinema experience that you only can’t fake!

Custom AV units

The AV unit is the heart of your home cinema, hence the reason why it is not the area on which you want to skimp! Spend a little bit more on a trusted brand, such as Denon, and you are sure to enjoy every moment of your time spent catching up on your favorite TV shows and movies.

Custom screens

When it comes to screens, it goes without saying that bigger is better! However, don’t get too excited before you measure how much space you have available. From there, you can instruct the supplier regarding sizing and other aesthetic details.

Feeling inspired? It is time to make your home cinema dreams come true! Here’s to banishing lockdown boredom for good.

Summer 2020’s Best PC, Console, and Mobile games

2020 has already been quite the year for gaming and we’re not even halfway through it yet. This spring, Call of Duty: Mobile has blown away expectations with its mobile eSports tournament, Animal Crossing has kept us enthralled with its adorableness, and die hard gamers have even begun showing blockchain RPGs a whole lotta love in their quest for new entertainment. 

Summer is typically the time of year when things get a bit quieter on the big new releases front, but developers are making 2020 the exception. There are some really exciting games coming out across PC, mobile and console this summer, so here’s a quick roundup to whet your appetite! 

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Due to be unleashed at the end of May, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a bit of a suprise release for this summer. The new expansion for 2019’s unbeatable Mortal Kombat 11, the story picks up right where it left off, along with new content that brings DLC’s Nightwolf and Shang Tsung into the fold. Aftermath also unlocks some great new playable characters, including none other than Robocop!

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor

The latest annual expansion to the ever popular Elder Scrolls Online throws it right back to the world of Skyrim. Skyrim is arguably one of the most popular games of all time, so it’s no surprise that Bethesda have decided to revisit it in this latest entry to the library, due to hit the shelves between May 26th and June 9th worldwide.  

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

The Last of Us 2

The Last of Us was one of the most impactful games when it was released back in 2013, and has remained a favourite with Playstations ever since. The follow-up – due to be released in June – is set five years after the events of the original game, but don’t worry because both Joe and Ellie will be back and they’ll have plenty to deal with in their post-outbreak world. 

Platform(s): PS4

Zoom Poker 

Having recently launched in the U.S, PokerStars Zoom Poker will have iGaming fans covered this summer, and if you’re new to the phenomenon this is a great game to start with. Following a fast-paced ring tournament format, the action keeps going with every new hand as players compete against a pool of opponents, rather than a fixed table of opponents. Players are moved to a new table after every fold, and there’s even the option to ‘Fast Fold’ to speed the action up even more.

Platform(s): PC, exclusively on the PokerStars platform 

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor

The Isle of Armor is set to act as a major upgrade for both Pokemon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch, which weren’t without their issues in 2019. This expansion will fix some of those issues, adding a brand new area to the original games and those missing Pokemon, as well as quite a few other extras and new content. The official release date is still TBA, but all indications point towards a date in June. 

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch 

Apex Legends

Already a major hit on console and PC, ApexLegends is finally officially coming to Android in 2020. This classic strategy game will feature brand new challenges not available on the PC and console versions – which gamers have ingeniously managed to stream to their Android devices using Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming – and is likely to topple Fortnite and PUBG Mobile from their Android best-selling thrones. 

Platform(s): Android 

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall 

Since season eight of Game of Thrones crashed and burned (quite literally) last spring, we haven’t quite been the same. But the latest GoT release for iOS (due out in August) will take us back to those good old days beyond the Wall. Unleash your inner Jon Snow and take control of the Night’s Watch; in this universe at least the White Walkers and the Night King are still pretty formidable threats to Westeros. 

Platform(s): iOS

Star Trek: Discovery Season Three Lurches Closer

There wasn’t really supposed to be a break in new ‘Star Trek’ content this year. If everything had gone the way that CBS imagined that it would, we’d have started the year with ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ moved swiftly on into the third season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ and then concluded 2020 with the first season of the ‘Discovery’ spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh’s character Philippa Georgiou and her shady team of Federation black-ops specialists. Unfortunately, as we all know, nature and world events had other ideas. The less said about that, the better.

The current reality is that ‘Star Trek: Picard’ has concluded its first season (pleasing most viewers with some fairly self-indulgent fan-service, even if it wasn’t to everybody’s tastes), but we’re still waiting to see what happens next with the other two series. With all things considered, we can probably write off the idea of seeing the as-yet-untitled Michelle Yeoh spin-off until 2021. It hasn’t started filming yet, and if it hasn’t started filming yet, there’s no chance it’s going to become available before the end of this year. It just isn’t possible to make a big-budget television series that quickly anymore. CBS won’t want to cut corners with one of their most valuable properties, and so they’ll take as much time over that as they deem necessary.

‘Discovery,’ though, is another story. As every ‘Star Trek’ fan already knows, ‘Discovery’ finished filming months ago. It might even have finished filming before the end of 2019. The show is ‘complete’ enough that short trailers have been aired, including a brief trailer that was shown at the end of ‘Picard’ in some global territories (albeit not the United States of America, where the show was actually made), but there’s yet to be an announcement about when the third season will actually become available to watch. The fan base of ‘Discovery’ isn’t as large as the fan base of ‘Picard’ (mostly because the show is less nostalgic and is also, by ‘Star Trek’ standards at least, a bit sexy and foul-mouthed), but it does have its fans, and those fans have anxiously begun to worry about where their show might be up to.

Fortunately, for those concerned fans, we have some good news. The third season of ‘Discovery’ will definitely air this year – it will just take a little longer to get there than most of us were hoping for. The delay is down to production issues that couldn’t be avoided given the current global circumstances. Even though all of the episodes have been recorded, the post-production process involves the addition of several complicated auditory and visual effects, and that process is still ongoing. Nevertheless, it’s close enough to completion for several figures close to the production to confirm that most of the wait is already over, and we’ll be watching new weekly episodes of ‘Discovery’ before we know it.

The last season of ‘Discovery’ ended on a cliffhanger with (look away now if you don’t want to read spoilers) Captain Pike returning to the Enterprise along with Spock to head off on new missions of his own, and Burnham and the crew of the ‘Discovery’ trapped in the far future. From an ‘official’ point of view, the very existence of the starship Discovery and its crew have been wiped from official records, and all who know of her are sworn to secrecy, Pike and Spock included. That was a neat way of explaining why Leonard Nimoy’s Spock never mentioned having an adoptive sister during the original series, but also frees the show up to go wherever it likes free from the constraints of established continuity.

As the ship and her crew are now hundreds of years beyond the date of any ‘Star Trek’ series seen before, almost literally anything could happen in the new season. We find ourselves wondering whether the Borg still exist and whether they’re still a threat. We also find ourselves wondering how on Earth Georgiou is going to get back to the present, given that she’ll presumably have to do so in order for the spin-off show to work. Does Starfleet even exist in this future? If so, would they welcome their long-lost ship returning home, or would they shun any attempt at contact out of fear that their dark secrets will be revealed when Discovery returns? We imagine that we’ll get answers to some – if not all – of these questions during the season, but it bodes well that there are so many potential avenues for the show to explore before we’ve even seen the first episode.

Without wanting to jinx the prospects of the show, it seems almost inevitable that the third season will be followed by a fourth. We already know that there will be a second season of ‘Picard,’ and as well as the Michelle Yeoh project, we’ve also heard rumors that Anson Mount has signed up for a ‘Captain Pike’ spin-off. ‘Star Trek’ is a major moneymaker for CBS, and that will be all the more important as the company looks to expand its streaming platform. As is the case with all of the other streaming platforms that have appeared recently, the idea of the CBS All Access service is to replicate the experience a user has when logging in to a 2020 slot site, where one portal leads to a plethora of entertainment options. The comparison is an apt one – such is the allure of ‘Star Trek’ that there have been several online slots made about the game in the past, although none based on source material more recent than ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ We don’t know if ‘Discovery’ is popular enough yet to be re-imagined as an online slots game. We don’t know if it ever will be. It has been shown to drive interest and subscriptions for the company that makes it, though, and for that reason alone, we suspect that it will be around for quite some time to come yet.

More than any other series of ‘Star Trek,’ the third season of ‘Discovery’ promises to boldly go where no-one has gone before – and it will be doing so in the very near future. Watch this space for dates!

Reasons Why You Should Outsource Your Medical Coding

Accurate and efficient medical coding plays an essential role in healthcare compensation. However, medical coding is quite complex, expensive, and time consuming when you let your in-house team handle it. That’s why you should consider medical coding outsourcing.

The decision on whether to let an in-house team or a third-party to handle your medical coding requirements is an important decision that every healthcare organization must take seriously. In most cases, hiring third-party coding specialists is the best option because of the benefits this approach provides. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider outsourcing your medical coding.

  1. Up-to-date Certifications

Medical coders are up-to-date with coding systems, regulations, certifications, and best practices. If you outsource your medical coding to a third-party, you can rest assured knowing that they will work on your charts correctly because they have the necessary skills, knowledge, and certifications.

  • Quality and Accuracy

When you hire a top-notch coding specialist, you are guaranteed quality and accurate services. A company whose employees have many years of working experience will deliver you excellent results. Because of the flexibility that a medical coding company comes with, you can be sure that you’ll get the best quality even if the volume of records increases.

  • It is Cost-effective

Usually, outsourcing your medical coding is cheaper compared to hiring and maintaining an internal team of coders. Employing a medical coder, especially one who is more experienced in the field, is quite expensive. But when you outsource your medical coding, you get access to top-quality coders at a lower rate.

Again, outsourcing is not associated with additional expenses, such as office space and supplies that come with hiring an in-house team. The company you outsource to will be responsible for all these expenses. This makes outsourcing even more cost-effective.

  • You Get Core Time to Focus on Core Activities

Doing your medical coding with an in-house team can take resources and time away from other important tasks. This is especially true if the doctors do their own coding. In addition to that, training and managing your in-house team will also consume much time and resources. If you outsource your medical coding to experts, you will gain more time to focus on important activities. The staff will now focus more on the patients. Working with a professional coding company will still give you accurate coding and compensation on time.

  • Transparency

The coding company you hire will provide you with detailed records related to your medical billing. They can automatically provide you with these reports or upon request. This offers excellent visibility into your coding and billing, hence giving a clear picture of how your practice operates.

  • It is Completely Safe

One of the most common concerns healthcare companies have is how the outsourcing companies will ensure that the medical information, especially the patients’ information, is safe and secured. An outsourcing medical coding company must ensure that they comply with HIPAA and other regulations. The company should also understand the security and compliance concerns related to your coding requirements.

Fun Ideas to Entertain Yourself Online


The internet completely changed how people derive entertainment. An internet-enabled device and a stable connection can open millions of things for you to do when bored at home. The good thing is that there’s something for everyone. Whether your idea of fun is taking a quiz to find out the kind of garlic bread you are or a deep dive into world history, the web delivers. Scrolling down social media pages is a favorite for many people, but don’t restrict your choices. Consider the following suggestion for endless entertainment.

Find New Music

Is your playlist sounding too monotonous? Then, it might be time to update it with fresh sounds. The online sphere offers so many music platforms. You can stream songs, download albums and watch music videos. YouTube is an excellent place to encounter new voices. If you are looking to expand your horizons, the internet doesn’t disappoint.

Learn a Foreign Language

Expanding your language knowledge doesn’t hurt. Learning a new one can be fun, and the internet provides several ways to do that. You don’t even have to pay to acquire this new skill. Download a free app and teach yourself your preferred language. Online courses also help a great deal. Then you can find subtitled shows and see how much you have learned.

Discover New Internet Casinos

The beauty of playing casino games on the web is that there is always something new. If you are tired of gaming at the same platform over and over, use your free time to find fresh sites. New operators are always eager to please and, therefore, have generous bonuses. You can play your favorites with a bit more in your casino account. Look up options for new casino sites 2021 and see what offers are available. Fresh gambling platforms can also have new titles that you can try to while away the time.

Binge Watch TV Shows and Movies

If watching television serials and films is relaxing and enjoyable to you, then the web offers limitless alternatives. You can opt to pay for streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and many more. Catch the latest releases or watch old shows. You can also download series and movies to watch later.

Tour the World Virtually

A fantastic way to deal with boredom is by visiting foreign countries via Google Street View. You can enter just about any location in the service, and it will take you on tour. Want to see the beautiful French countryside of Provence or the Ruins of Pompeii in Italy? You can bask in awe of these magical destinations without even leaving your bed. Some famous attractions have virtual tours that would be perfect for entertainment.

Try Online Gambling

If you have never been in a casino, online gambling is a good place to start. You don’t have to stress about going to a physical casino. Have you always wanted to learn poker or play virtual slots? You can do all that. Online casinos provide a wide range of games. They cater to players of different skills, budgets and tastes. No matter if you are currently in Asia, Africa, Europe or America, you can try your luck at various alternatives. Africa in particular has an increasing gambling market and if you are interested in trying out some African casinos, you can learn more about them at africacasinos.com.


Learn a New Skill

With all the tutorials and free courses online, you can teach yourself almost anything. It doesn’t even have to be a marketable skill. Watch cooking videos to sharpen your existing abilities, learn to code, watch interior decor videos or start learning a music instrument. Your preferences will determine the appropriate skill on which to spend time.

Create Art and Crafts

Art is a perfect entertainment alternative, especially for creatives, not to mention it’s excellent for self-expression. Whatever your artistic ability, you can find something fun to occupy yourself. Look up art websites for tutorials on how to create various pieces. Find recyclable materials around the house to use. You can even have other people join you.

Sell Items Online

If your crafts are good enough to sell, then you can do that online as well. Amazon, eBay and Etsy are some of the platforms where you can offload your art. Your social media pages could work as well. Besides art, you can have fun selling items that you don’t need. Look around the house for stuff that is still in good condition but of no use to you. While passing the time, you can bring in some extra cash.

Explore Life Hacks

Do you wonder if there’s a better way to fold your serial box? Well, there is, and life hack videos can show you how. It’s surprising how much you can learn while having fun with life hacks. Be open to anything!

Horse Betting Tips – A Newbies Guide to Online Betting

If you are a newbie at online betting, then you will be after some direction and guidance? The best Horse Betting tip is only a few minutes away. It’s simple with a little research.

  • Do your research
  • Find a good system and
  • Stay focused.

Who you take guidance from depends on your circle of friends and acquaintances, to the level of guidance they can offer you. Tips from your local cabbie or your aging window cleaner might seem generous at the time, but would you act upon them? Your friends on a boozy night in the local pub may have suggested excellent Horse betting systems, but would you actually trust them? And more importantly would you act on their suggestions? The answer to some of these questions at some point will probably be yes! And you will have backed horses and won and on other occasions lost based on the advice given to you.

As a newbie to online sports betting you may find calculating the odds quite tricky whether its fractions or decimal, what do the numbers actually mean? To what type of bets do you place, doubles, singles, Tri-cast or trebles, placed or to win. So many different permutations it can be daunting. However help is available. Most online bookmakers have pages within their websites explaining the rules of betting and how the odds are calculated. This for newbies is a good starting point. It will also guide you through your first bet.

There are hundreds of online bookmakers, many you will already be familiar with such as Ladbrokes, William hill, Bet Fred, Bet 365, Coral and betfair. It’s not my position to discuss which of these bookmakers if any, offer the best value to you but to offer you these as examples. A quick Google search with the key phrase “online bookmakers” or more specifically “horse racing today” for example will return hundreds of different bookmakers web sites. This would be a good starting point to help you see what is on offer.

Another good point of reference is Wikipedia. Just type the search term online gambling in the search box within Wikipedia to reveal a whole host of valuable information regarding gambling and online sports betting, although slightly Americanized with its content and references the principles can still be applied anywhere. The Wikipedia information is quite hard going but does offer links to bite sized chunks of information that can be easily digested stage by stage, you may want to bookmark this in your web browser so you can easily recall the information at a later date.

Now that you are more familiar with the different bookmakers you will have noticed that most of them offer free bets and incentives to open accounts, some even offer free horse betting tips. All the free money offers from registered bookmakers are genuine and can range in value to new account holders, from £25 worth of free bets (no deposit required) to £200 matched deposit. Let me explain. A matched deposit of 100% up to the value of £200 means if you only deposited £10, then the bookmaker would only deposit £10 into your account for free. On the other hand if you were to deposit the full £200, then the bookmaker would match it and place £200 in your account. Sometimes conditions are attached to the “free money” so please read the terms and conditions for each site carefully, so you’re not disappointed. 

All these types of offers make opening an online account more attractive and there is nothing stopping you from opening many different accounts with various different bookmakers thus taking advantage of the “free money” and “cash bonuses” available. You may even find that some of the bookmakers offer other types of gambling accounts which interest you, like Bingo, or slots or even online casinos, within the same bookmakers’ website, all offering cash incentives. If you are a newbie to online gambling this is one horse betting tip I can’t recommend enough.

Take advantage of what is available online. If possible try to organise all your betting transactions online to help maximise your profits from the bets you place. Once you are up to speed with the betting terminology and the online betting process after some careful background research on Wikipedia and Google and you’ve found maybe a few desperate bookmakers offering you very generous bonuses to open an account you are now in a position to start placing bets.

Find a good Horse betting system and staying focused are two other Horse Betting Tips I mentioned earlier and in further articles I will go into more detail but in brief its simple. Find a betting system that works for you and one you can understand, backed by the research you have conducted into horse racing gambling and online sports betting there are many available, some free.

What I would recommend is you take your time selecting the right one. Look for systems that offer testimonials and have a proven track record, or even a money back guarantee. If it sounds too good to be true it generally is. As an example Bob Rothman has published a book on his system called ‘The Racing Success System”‘ in which he completely explains the concept of value betting and money management, and there are pages of formidable looking tables to help you decide what the right odds are. However, Rothman believes the true professional must be “as disciplined as a soldier with himself, he must be made of steel. “Gambling is the hardest game in the world to make a living at. The usual state of affairs is that you lose more often than you win, but when you win you get much more, so that overall you show a profit.” “The professional gambler has to learn to live with disappointment without allowing it to cloud his decision making ability”. Source: Horse racing pro, “how to beat the bookies and buy a gold Rolls Royce”- London Irish news May 10th 1990. 먹튀 검증사이트

This is just one example of Horse betting systems, in this instance of “value betting”, a term you will have come across in your Wikipedia research highlights a profitable system for the long term professional gambler but not without its pitfalls, that’s why my third Horse betting tip falls here. Stay focused, as Bob confirms the professional gambler has to learn to live with disappointment but by staying focused to the task and the system you will overall profit. Remember, do your research, find a system and stay focused.

The Top 5 Online Media Resources for Writers, Bloggers, and Entrepreneurs

Whoever said the best things in life are free was onto something. That’s because the amazing power of the internet has brought out all sorts of great research tools. Whether you’re writing a book, researching a college paper, working on a business presentation, creating relevant posts for your blog, or doing market analysis for a product you’ve invented, the internet is the place to be. Here’s a roundup of the top five resources you can use to learn, study, earn, compete, and publish, without leaving the comfort of your home.

Local Libraries

If encyclopedias are your cup of tea, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars for a subscription to the latest versions of these data-rich text collections. Instead, simply sign up for a local library card and you’ll be able to gain access to the top encyclopedias via the library’s very own research portal.

Big Search Engines

Don’t neglect the major search engines when you find a need for specialized information. There used to be just one or two players in this market niche, but today there are plenty of excellent search engines that allow for advanced search capabilities so you can really dig in on a particular topic. Authors and entrepreneurs no longer have to spend long days and evenings at the local library when they can find most of their raw data via a standard search engine query.

Academic Hubs

Dozens of major U.S. universities and colleges open up their academic libraries to anyone who is willing to take the time to register. If you have a need for specialized academic papers on subjects ranging from science to music theory, these vast libraries and data banks can deliver exactly what you need to round out a business presentation, book, school report, or marketing analysis report.

Private Websites for Essential Tasks

Want to apply for a student loan, get your medical marijuana card online, renew your driver’s license, learn about research grants, or find bartering opportunities for your company? You can do all that and more on private companies’ websites. These facilitators tend to act as experts at helping you cut through red tape and take the drudgery out of otherwise complex tasks. They earn their keep by saving consumers and taxpayers time and money. If you’ve ever stood in line at the local DMV, you know the value of doing things online, through a third party, rather than in person with a state agency. Nowadays, you can even apply for a medical marijuana card and can usually buy cannabis the same day in most jurisdictions. If you’re in business for yourself, these are private information resources you can’t afford to neglect.

Free E-Book Libraries

One of the newer educational treasure troves of information out there includes the world of e-books. Don’t waste your time with anything but the free download sites, and be careful not to pay any membership fees. All the good e-book stores offer their wares for free. You can search by subject area and proceed to download dozens of books, of varying quality, on whatever it is that interests you.

The Top ‘80s Movies Revealed

If you love movies, you’ve got to love the ‘80s. It was the decade that produced timeless blockbusters from every genre. One minute we were learning lessons from John Hughes’ teen coming-of-age drama, The Breakfast Club. The next we were being shocked by the plot twist in George Lucas’ epic sci-fi sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

It was the decade that fixed Hollywood stars like Eddie Murphy, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in pop culture forever. It got gals dreaming about leaping into the arms of Patrick Swayze, and guys picturing themselves with the biceps of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

With so many star-studded ‘80s flicks to choose from, picking the top 5 movies of the decade is no easy task. That’s why, to celebrate the release of their new Gremlins slots game, we’ve called in the guys from bgo to do the hard work for us. Check out their picks in our infographic. Did your favourite films make the cut? Let us know in the comments below. 

The advantages of online casinos over brick-and-mortar casinos

For many casino lovers, it can be difficult to pick a favourite between the authentic, old-school brick-and-mortar casinos, and the modern phenomenon of online gaming. There are various pros and cons for each, and those who traditionally enjoy going to the casino in person can be left torn between their love for their favourite brick-and-mortar establishments and the exciting world of online casino games.

The reason for this is the many advantages online casino games hold over their land-based counterparts. The advent of lovely casino online gaming has meant that a lot of people who once frequented brick-and-mortar casinos are now enjoying all the same games from the comfort of their own homes. Let’s take a look at a few ways in which online casino games are holding an advantage over land-based casinos.

Convenience

The most obvious appeal of online gaming in relation to visiting a brick-and-mortar casino is the ease and convenience with which games can be played and enjoyed. All you have to do is get out your laptop, tablet or smartphone and in seconds you can be playing your favourite casino games, all from the comfort of your own sofa or kitchen table.

This is in contrast to the effort required to visit a brick-and-mortar casino. There’s no need to get dressed up and venture out into the elements, as all the games you need are ready and waiting at your fingertips. This means that you can play games even if you only have a small window of opportunity between other activities or commitments.

Variety

Another aspect which gives online casino gaming the edge is the variety of games available to play online compared to in brick-and-mortar establishments. The number of different games there are on most online casino providers’ sites is the stuff of dreams for any casino enthusiast. These can include casino classics like Blackjack, Roulette, or Poker, and indeed a wide selection of online Slots games, and a good variety of lesser-known games too – all available to play with a few simple clicks.

While brick-and-mortar casinos now offer more selection and variety than ever before, they’ll never be able to truly compete in this regard.

Bonuses

Another interesting aspect of online casinos is the range of bonus offers and promotions available to players old and new. These can range from free spins to matched bets and deposits, and are a huge part of attracting people to play games who perhaps have never considered casino gaming before.

While brick-and-mortar casinos also boast various offers for new customers, these are not as wide ranging and they are less likely to attract customers who might be tentative about playing casino games in the first place.

Personalization

Closely linked to the earlier mentioned advantage of variety, online casino sites are better suited to providing a more personalised experience, where you can match games to your real-life hobbies and interests. This is especially prevalent in Slots, where there is a mountain of games to choose from, with loads of different themes and settings represented.

Whether it’s sports, movies, or TV game shows you’re into, online casinos have a slot game to match, making your gaming experience a far more personal and immersive one.

5 Best Study Resources to Pass Microsoft DP-200 Exam. How Important Are Exam Dumps While Preparing?

Introduction

Are you the one who wants to build an amazing career as an Azure Data Engineer or wants to know more about this job role? Well, then you’re in the right place because this article is dedicated to one of the steps to achieving this goal. Here we’ll observe the features of the Microsoft certification exam which will help you to gain an associate-level credential in this field.

Passing the tests is the crucial requirement for earning the badge and to be efficient with your exam studies, it’s important to understand the conditions under which you work best. This means you need to determine what time you understand the content better and whatkind of environment you prefer studying in. However, to optimize on your learning, you also have to get the right study materials. This post will uncover 5 best web study resources for you to pass the Microsoft DP-200 exam.

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Now, we’d like to help you know some critical details about this test.

DP-200 Exam Details

Exam DP-200 is designed for data engineers who use the Azure technologies in implementing data solutions. They do this while collaborating with interested parties to identify as well as meet data requirements. By passing this one and DP-201 exam, candidates will be awarded the Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate credential.

If you’re to take DP-200 exam, remember you’ll be working on 40-60 questions in 150 minutes. The questions to complete will be of various and include mark review, active screen, multiple-choice, short answer, case study, best answer, build list, and drag-and-drop. To succeed in this assessment, you need to get the passing grade, which is 700/1000 points. And what’s more, you should pay $165 before taking the exam.

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To ensure you attain the passing score, it’s essential for you to utilize study resources that will make you master the concepts needed at the optimum levels.

Top 5 Study Resources to Prepare and Pass Exam DP-200

  • Microsoft official website

The Microsoft’s official website provides you with the actual information about the specific exam you’re preparing for. There, DP-200 test has its own page, so if you’d like to know about the target audience, exam objectives, structure, official preparation materials, and more, this site gives you access to all of them. So, before you go to any other source, ensure to go through this page in order to get the correct information regarding the assessment.

  • Microsoft’s training options

Apart from information, Microsoft provides the applicants with several preparation resources. The most helpful and practice-oriented are free self-paced labs and a paid instructor-led training. And those are not just about passing your exam. They’re availed to help you acquire essential hands-on Azure skills to help you greatly perform in your job position.

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There are five free courses available with 3 to 8 modules in each. They will help you to understand the concepts of data storage, working with relational and NoSQL data and many more. Regarding the instructor-led course, this one covers the domains such as implementing different data platforms, managing hybrid data scenarios, using technologies for data processing among others.

  • Prepaway.com

The Prepaway.com website is another greatweb resource providing candidates with materials to use in studying for their IT exams. This site allows you access to the following materials for exam DP-200: free vce files and a Premium Bundle ($44.99) with the verified exam dump and a video course.

The premium exam dump from Prepaway.comhas 182 questions and answersthat have been uploadedby former candidates. And the best thing about these dumps is the fact that you can rely on them since IT experts have alreadyvalidated them. As for the 69 video lectures, you’ll be able to learn with them anytime you wish.

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Ensure to take your exam preparation a notch higher by using the VCE Exam Simulator to take full advantage of exam dumps. This software enables you to create your own questions and answers, time yourself while taking the questions, and more. Using it, you’ll increase your confidence by being familiar with the exam’s infrastructure.

  • Amazon.com

This is a renown online marketplace for various items that include exam prep materials. If you wish to attain a pass score in your test, you need toexplore this website. These are some of best resources for effective preparation for DP-200 exam that you can find on Amazon.com

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  • YouTube

When it comes to eLearning, YouTube videos should be among your chosen options. This is because such format makes it possible to transfer and acquire knowledge with ease due to demonstrations. There are points and concepts you’re going to understand better when you watch how they are utilized or how they work as opposed to when you’re reading or listening to an audio. The videos are also best as you can re-watch them as many times as needed to learn everything in detail. There are various YouTube video tutorials recorded by trainers with years of experience in the IT field. One of them is the Exam Prep DP-200 Video Tutorial.

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Conclusion

It’s not possible to attain the required pass mark if you’re not keen on the study resources you opt for. However, with this list of best web resources to prepare for DP-200 exam, there’s no way you can make such a mistake. Go through the list and study with the guides, training courses, and exam dumps. Getting hold of your Microsoft associate-level certification for Azure Data Engineer should be your priority. Utilize these the materials covered in this article today and begin your journey toward your incredible career!

Why Your Pinterest Strategy Won’t Work on Instagram

Pinterest and Instagram are two of the most scalable traffic sources. Advertisers spent $21 billion between the two sites over the past year. https://goread.io/buy-instagram-followers

They are both great for marketers that want to grow their brand by sharing visual content. Unfortunately, the similarities pretty much end there. The same strategy that works well on Pinterest is likely to fail on Instagram, as many successful Pinterest marketers have discovered the hard way.

 A number of marketers have discovered that Pinterest marketing is one of the fastest ways to build traffic. It is possible to generate a steady stream of quality traffic within a couple of months if you use the platform consistently. Many Pinterest marketers are encouraged by these results and assume that they can scale their success by leveraging the same content on Instagram. Even some veteran marketers wrongly believed that they would easily double their traffic by sharing the same content on the new platform.

Sadly, things are never that easy. Although Instagram is an Image and video sharing platform like Pinterest, it is very different in a number of other respects. You need to understand why your Pinterest strategy won’t work as well there and what steps you need to take to modify it. The biggest reasons are listed below.

Followers are far more important on Instagram

In the early days of Pinterest, you had to make building you’re following a top priority. Content would only be visible to your own followers, so it wouldn’t go viral unless you had a large number of followers.

A few years ago, Pinterest made a couple of major changes:

  • They introduced an internal search engine. This enabled Pinners to discover content from accounts they had never engaged with before.
  • Pinterest changed its algorithm to rank content based on overall engagement. This meant that your ability to create excellent content was far more important than the number of followers you generated.

 You can be very successful on Pinterest without spending much time at all building followers. The founder of Anastasia blogger, a top Pinterest marketing coach, created a new website and Pinterest account last year. Her new Pinterest account only has 6,400 followers, but she is making several thousand dollars a month from her Pinterest traffic alone. She points out that she didn’t spend any time at all learning followers. She wouldn’t have had anywhere near the same results with Instagram, because she wouldn’t have even been allowed to embed links in her posts.

Your following is critical to your success with Instagram marketing. Unlike Pinterest, your follower count influences the ranking of your content. Also, you can’t include direct links in your Instagram stories until you have earned over 10,000 followers or gotten a verified account. Getting a verified account isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially if you are an agency have different websites in different niches. This is why it often makes to buy real Instagram followers.

 The bottom line is that you need to make earning followers a priority on Instagram from day one.

Instagram is better suited for brand marketing instead of performance marketing and traffic

Pinterest is arguably the best source for quick traffic. You can start seeing a trickle of traffic in a week and a steady income source within two or three months. The conversion rates are also stellar. One study found that ecommerce sales from Pinterest were 3.8 times higher than the average of other marketing channels.

Unfortunately, you can’t get quick traffic with Instagram. As stated above, you need to have at least 10,000 followers before you can start adding links in your stories. Since it takes so long to get enough followers to earn the privilege of including links, you will have a hard time getting enough data to optimize your clickthrough-rate by the time you finally can start linking to your own site.

Does this mean that you won’t get any value from Instagram until you have earned 10,000 followers? No. However, your focus needs to be different. Since you can’t link directly to your content, then you will have to use Instagram for band marketing instead of performance marketing. You can focus on using Instagram to build a strong brand, so you can increase the conversion rates from other traffic sources. 

Audience demographics are different

The demographics of Pinterest and Instagram are starkly different. Instagram is pretty representative of the general population, while Pinterest tends to skew younger and more female. An estimated 71% of Pinterest users are female and 56% are adults under the age of 34.

You need to be mindful of your audience when creating content for either platform. Your Pinterest content might have taken off if it was geared towards younger women. However, you may need to tweak your Instagram content to be more gender neutral and make it appeal to different generations.

Instagram is more geared for mobile marketing

Neither Pinterest nor Instagram caters strongly to desktop users. However, Instagram is virtually entirely focused on mobile traffic.

If desktop traffic converts better with your marketing funnel, then you’ll probably see better results with Pinterest. The difference probably won’t be massive, but you will notice a difference in conversions.

Upcoming Releases For Nintendo Switch: From Online Exclusives To Major Titles

If you have had a switch for a while now, you know that the release of games has been slow, but in recent months, several games have captured the attention of audiences. With plenty of Super Mario titles as well as Animal Crossing, the Switch is becoming the favourite game console for many at this time. But with many more releases in 2020, which should you be excited about.

Minecraft Dungeons

If you are a fan of the traditional Minecraft title then you are in luck. The new multiplayer title Minecraft Dungeons is set to release in 2020 and allows you to explore dungeons either on your own or with friends to level up and gain new weapons. With several new worlds as well as the chance to level up and earn new armour you can become the best of the best in no time.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Though this game does not have an official release date as of yet, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is definitely a game for you to be excited about. With all your favourite films all rolled into one perfect game, you can play through the original series as well as the new trilogy in a new and exciting way. In fact, the way that fans can play Lego-themed games is expanding as their popularity continues to grow: many more titles are popping up, crossing the lines of traditional games and extending into unusual formats, online slot game “Bricks” being just one of many examples. Based on such interest in Lego theme by both players and game makers, Lego Star Wars: The Sky Walker Saga is set to gain a lot of popularity in 2020.

Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Sequel

With an impressive catalogue of games, the Breath Of The Wild Sequel is set to be a huge success when it releases. Whether it will follow on from Breath Of The Wild directly or not, the sneak peeks that we do have in the trailer shows outstanding graphics and a brand new way of exploring the world. However, as more information comes to light about this upcoming title, could it be enough to see it do better than the original title?

The Outer Worlds

The final game that is set to be a huge success when it releases in 2020 is The Outer Worlds. At this time, this is set to release on July 5th of this year. Though many were wondering whether or not this would even occur, the release date is now back on track. This is set to see amazing graphics and gameplay that is perfectly designed for both TV play and handheld gaming. The game will be available on both the E-shop and in a game cartridge to cater to a wide range of audiences.

Whether you have been playing the Switch for a while now or you are new to the title, we are sure that 2020 will be the year that you find a game that you will enjoy playing.

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