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06 декабря, 18:04

Coupa Software (COUP) Stock Up on Lower Y/Y Loss in Q3

Coupa Software Inc.'s (COUP) share price surged more than 10% after hours, after the company reported impressive third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.

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06 декабря, 10:00

Michael Billington's top 10 theatre of 2016

Glenda Jackson ruled as Lear and Harry Potter left the West End spellbound but a three-hour drama in an empty cinema tops our critic’s pick of the year’s theatreMore on the best culture of 2016Peter Brook once argued that the acid test of any play was the image it leaves behind. No question about the abiding memory of Annie Baker’s astonishing play: a run-down movie auditorium, rows of empty seats, a projection booth. But this was simply the setting for a play about the quiet desperation of three lonely people intoxicated by film. Sam (Matthew Maher) was a burly cleaner aching with unexpressed love for Rose (Louisa Krause), the wraith-like projectionist. She, in turn, was besotted with Avery (Jaygann Ayeh), a 20-year-old African American on a break from college. Continue reading...

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02 декабря, 15:00

Antony Gormley's iron men come alive for A Winter's Tale – video

Writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce and director Carl Hunter reimagine Shakespeare’s late tragedy in an otherwordly film set among the statues of Antony Gormley’s installation Another Place on Crosby beach, Liverpool.This is the 10th film in the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives in 2016, celebrating the playwright on the 400th anniversary of his death.King Lear in a care home: Phil Davis plays the storming monarch – video Continue reading...

29 ноября, 15:30

Обзор плеера HiFiMan SuperMini — батарейки входят в комплект

Когда-то давно в HiFiMan сделали несколько плееров. Один большой и дорогой (на то время) 801 и линейку поменьше, получившую индексы от 601 до 603. Плееры получились хорошими и фактически убедили всех, что качественный звук и портатив — это понятия совместимые. Но помимо больших плееров, многим нужны и решения поменьше, карманного размера. Первая попытка у HiFiMan, […]

27 ноября, 10:30

Simon Callow: my life, lived gaily

From the Lavender Scare to equal marriage, British attitudes to homosexuality have been transformed, says actor Simon Callow“We that are young,” says the Duke of Albany at the end of King Lear, “shall never see so much, nor live so long.” But sometimes this sense that history is what happened to our predecessors disappears, and we are aware that we are in the living current of history, that vast developments are taking place, utterly changing our very sense of who we are. Such has been the transformation in attitudes to homosexuality in my lifetime.I was born in 1949, theoretically in the Dark Ages of homosexual experience. But under the threat of imminent extinction, and with many husbands absent for long periods of time during the Second World War, the strict compartmentalisation of sexual desires had broken down. People followed their impulses: who knew whether they’d be alive tomorrow? Peace brought an anxious reassertion of supposedly core values but, at subconscious levels, attitudes had fundamentally changed. Gay men and women who had popped their heads over the parapet ducked down again out of sight, but they were just biding their time. Continue reading...

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23 ноября, 15:34

Shakespeare Trilogy review – Donmar's phenomenal all-female triumph

King’s Cross theatre, LondonA new staging of The Tempest crowns Phyllida Lloyd’s captivating trio set in a women’s prisonHelp fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporterWhat a difference four years make. When Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female version of Julius Caesar, set in a women’s prison, premiered at the Donmar in 2012, cross-gender casting was still perceived by some as a novelty, and theatre’s feminists were only stirring. By the time the second production in the trilogy, Henry IV, opened in 2014, research carried out for Tonic Theatre’s Advance programme had highlighted the shocking gender inequality on Britain’s stages and Maxine Peake was playing Hamlet in Manchester. Now, as a pared-down version of The Tempest completes the trilogy – in which each filleted production is remarkable, but when seen consecutively are utterly extraordinary – there is a growing critical mass of gender-blind casting. Glenda Jackson is playing King Lear at the Old Vic and Anna Francolini is Captain Hook at the National Theatre, where Tamsin Greig will soon play Malvolio. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 16:38

How China Is A Major Boost For Lear Corporation Right Now

Lear Corporation is a leading automotive interiors supplier whose revenue was up 3.2% year-over-year through the first nine months of the year, on growth in worldwide vehicle production. The company’s business is well-balanced in terms of product segment, customer and platform mix, and by geography. The fact that Lear’s business [...]

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13 ноября, 11:00

King Lear review – Glenda Jackson is magnificent

Old Vic, LondonLess is more as Glenda Jackson exudes command in Deborah Warner’s fitfully brilliant productionSandpaper voice; gliding movement; complete, ferocious concentration. Glenda Jackson cleavers her way through the part of King Lear. I was expecting her to be good. I was not prepared for her being one the most powerful Lears I have seen.It is not simply what Jackson does that makes her so authentic. It is what she does not do. No wavering voice, no rheumy eyes. Command shines out of her. In many productions when the disguised Kent says he sees authority in the old king’s face, it is hard to see what he means through the regal shambles. Not here. This monarch treats even her own emotions as if they were unruly lackeys. Scorn is a strong note. The curses are relished, delivered in a voice that sounds like a football rattle. The steps to madness are precisely marked. Nothing is wasted; nothing is superfluous. Which is one kind of great acting: it’s the economy, stupid. Continue reading...

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11 ноября, 16:30

King Lear in a care home: Phil Davis plays the storming monarch – video

Cursing and raging, Lear is taken into care while he plots revenge on his daughters in a modern take on Act II, Scene 4 from Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Billy Lumby. This is the ninth film in the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives 2016, celebrating the playwright on the 400th anniversary of his death.My love-hate relationship with Othello – videoNeon demons: A Midsummer Night’s Dream becomes futuristic duet – video Continue reading...

10 ноября, 12:00

Обзор плеера SounDroid VALOQ — рождённый под сенью сакуры

Как-то прочно китайские компании оккупировали рынок высококлассных плееров для ценителей качественного звука. Очень редко прорываются одиночные ласточки из Кореи и совсем уж редко — японцы (за исключением, конечно, Sony). Поэтому каждое изделие компаний из страны восходящего солнца — просто на вес золота, а особенно если это именитые Venture Craft. В общем, без лишних слов встречайте […]

08 ноября, 16:44

Lear Corp. (LEA): The Perfect Mix of Value and Rising Earnings Estimates?

Lear Corp. (LEA) is seeing positive estimates revisions and has a favorable Zacks Rank which makes it a great value company.

06 ноября, 12:30

Обзор плеера Flang v5 — I Love to Hate You

Оксюморон (др.-греч. οξύμωρον, букв. — остроумно-глупое) — стилистическая фигура или стилистическая ошибка — сочетание слов с противоположным значением (то есть сочетание несочетаемого). Вот именно это слово подходит к плееру, ставшему героем сегодняшнего обзора, Flang V5 это и есть то самое сочетание несочетаемого и впихивание невпихуемого. Плеер этот, окрещённый в народе «шлангом», удивляет почти всем, начиная […]

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05 ноября, 19:49

Glenda Jackson back on stage as King Lear

Glenda Jackson makes a "ferocious" and "magnetic" return to the stage as King Lear after taking a 25-year break for her political career.

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03 ноября, 20:30

Обзор плеера Lotoo Paw Gold — безумно дорого, безупречно хорошо

Я тут решил сыграть на контрасте, и после обзора бюджетного и доступного Fiio X1-II выпустить историю про максимальный его антипод — плеер запредельно топовый как по цене, так и по звуку, завоевавший своё место на вершине аудиоолимпа. Встречайте Lotoo Paw Gold! «За спиной» бренда Lotoo стоит компания Infomedia, широко известная в узких кругах как производитель […]

01 ноября, 20:30

Обзор плеера Fiio X1-II — второе поколение

Как и было обещано, Fiio начали процесс обновления своих плееров линейки X. Так же традиционно, модели при этом не меняют свои индексы, добавляется только номер ревизии. Я думаю, в дальнейшем Fiio просто перейдут на использование номера года в модели, если выпуск плееров будет ежегодным. Но это все не так важно, как сам герой сегодняшнего обзора […]

01 ноября, 15:31

Why Shakespeare is an honorary Russian

The Bard has inspired authors from Pushkin to Nabokov“You are among us, you’re alive,” the great Soviet-era novelist and poet Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his poem, Shakespeare. Imagining a “hundred-mouthed, unthinkably great bard” strutting from Elizabethan times into the modern era, Nabokov captured Russia’s enduring fascination with Shakespeare. His words still resonate in Russia today as appetites for classical English literature remain undiminished. Earlier this year, commuters in Moscow were greeted by an unusual sight: a metro train brightly decorated with quotes and characters from Shakespeare’s plays. Ian McKellen rides Shakespeare train in Moscow metro. Source: Vasily Kuzmichonok / TASS A lookalike of a cat once pictured with Shakespeare has boarded a special train of Moscow metro. Source: Press photo / Moscow metro As part of celebrations for the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016, Moscow’s Shakespeare Train shows how Russian audiences continue to encounter the Bard in original and unexpected ways, from groundbreaking stage productions to Arzamas Academy’s Emoji Shakespeare app, which was released this year. Emoji Shakespeare is an English/Russian app produced by the educational website Arzamas. Users fill in the blanks in lines with emojis. Source: Screenshot from Apple store Shakespeare’s influence on many Russian writers is undisputed. Speaking at the launch of the UK-Russia Language and Literature initiative, Michael Bird, head of the British Council in Russia, suggested Shakespeare’s importance for Russian literature is so great he is “practically a Russian writer himself”. Authors and playwrights as diverse as Pushkin, Chekhov, Pasternak and Nabokov have all drawn on Shakespeare’s example in crafting their own classic works of Russian literature. Admirers and doubters Although Shakespeare's influence in Russia was well established by the 19th century, he was not universally liked. Indeed, Leo Tolstoy declared Shakespeare’s plays “immoral” and warned against an “epidemic” of “Shakespeare-worship” infecting authors across Europe. Peter Sekirin’s biography of Anton Chekhov relates an anecdote in which the elderly writer, who was bedridden with illness, whispers to Chekhov: “You know, I hate your plays. Shakespeare was a bad writer, and I consider your plays even worse than his.” However, Chekhov appears to have been unmoved by Tolstoy’s comments, explaining to Ivan Bunin that “Shakespeare irritates him because he is a grown-up writer, and does not write in the way that Tolstoy does”. For Tolstoy, comparisons with Shakespeare were not regarded as a compliment. But other key figures in Russian literature vigorously encouraged the study and adaptation of Shakespeare. “Read Shakespeare, that is my refrain,” Alexander Pushkin wrote while composing his play Boris Godunov. Published in 1825, the play merges Shakespearean themes and characters with Russian context and history. Nearly 10 years later, Pushkin began translating Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, but the project transformed into a poetic adaptation called Angelo – an example of how Shakespeare’s plays have encouraged new, original forms in Russian literature. Deception and uncertainty Shakespeare’s works have been a touchstone and inspiration for many of Russia’s most influential authors. In its final pages, Pasternak’s masterpiece Doctor Zhivago includes the poem Hamlet. It concludes: “I am alone; all round me drowns in falsehood, life is not a walk across a field.” The stanza brings together the deception and uncertainty of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with the fate of Pasternak’s own tragic hero. Art eventually converged with life when the poem was recited by mourners at Pasternak’s own funeral, despite being banned by the Soviet regime at the time. 10 reasons why Pushkin is so great Characters from Shakespeare’s plays have often been used to give voice to political and social commentary in Russian literature. When Anna Akhmatova imagined Ophelia’s perspective in her poem Hamlet, she joined a worldwide tradition of authors choosing to rework Shakespeare’s lines and characters for new forms and situations. In the 19th century, Ivan Turgenev’s Hamlet of Schigrov District (1849) and King Lear of the Steppes (1870) showed the momentous synergy between Shakespearean themes and rural Russian society and landscape. Turgenev admired Shakespeare for his universality, and praised the playwright’s capacity to capture “life itself... so truly rendered that everything appears to be occurring while you watch”. As with Turgenev’s writing, Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk relocates Shakespeare to the Russian steppe, reimagining Shakespeare’s anti-heroine as a provincial merchant’s wife who reaches violent extremes of frustration and vengeance. Macbeth had been banned from performance until 1861, and the enduring social charge of Leskov’s reworking is indicated by reactions to Shostakovich’s wildly successful opera based on the novel in 1936. Joseph Stalin walked out of the performance, and the opera was condemned as “petit-bourgeois ‘innovation’” in a Pravda article titled “Muddle instead of Music.” Such reactions show the continuing power of Shakespeare to upset and provoke the social order. From queen to screen Although Shakespeare has high status in Russian literary culture today, in the 17th-18th centuries his plays were often encountered via French or German translations and only found limited audiences. Shakespeare’s first translation into Russian was Alexander Sumarokov’s Hamlet in 1748, based on a version in French; and Empress Catherine II translated The Merry Wives of Windsor from German in 1786. The plays faced the challenge of politically turbulent times: Sumarokov’s Hamlet had to tiptoe around the historical parallel of a queen who had recently removed her husband, while Catherine banned Karamzin’s Julius Caesar for political reasons in 1794. Pavel Mochalov played Hamlet in the late 1830s. Source: archive photo It was not until the early 1800s that Russian “Anglomania” brought a surge in translations and performances that firmly established Shakespeare’s place in Russian culture. Stagings of Shakespeare in the 19th century brought rapturous crowds and passionate discussion. The critic Vissarion Belinski’s essay On Hamlet describes celebrity actor Pavel Mochalov, whose father had played Shakespearean roles in a serf theatre, transfixing his audience with the “power and zeal” of his performance. Shakespeare’s literary importance continued into the Soviet era and well beyond. A century after Pavel Mochalov’s emotive turn as Hamlet, Boris Pasternak spent much of 1940 translating the play. This translation became the script for a trailblazing 1964 film, directed by Grigori Kozintsev with a score by Dmitri Shostakovich. Reviews praised the film’s striking scenery and the “movements, expressions and passionate moods” of performers. Hamlet (1964) - Directed by Grigori Kozintsev. Source: MrBongoWorldwide / YouTube In his 1962 book Shakespeare, Time and Conscience, Kozintsev had described Shakespeare as “our contemporary”, and his cinematic versions of Hamlet and King Lear joined Les Kurbas’s fearsome 1924 cubist-expressionist Macbeth in drawing Shakespeare into the power struggles of the Soviet era. Shakespeare’s latest Russian manifestation is part of a tradition that looks set to continue in one of the world’s most highly literate societies. Read more: 5 great foreign writers who were influenced by Russia’s literary giants

28 октября, 01:31

Auto Stock Roundup: GM's Record Results, Tesla's Surprise Profit

The third-quarter earnings season has turned out to be unexpectedly good for the auto sector.

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27 октября, 15:40

Lear Corp. (LEA) Looks Good: Stock Adds 5.7% in Session

Lear Corp. (LEA) saw its shares rise almost 6% in the last trading session.

25 октября, 23:38

Shecky Trump

Last night's Al Smith dinner in NYC revealed the final piece of the puzzle about Donald Trump. He has no sense of humor. As a comedy writer by trade who has made his entire career out of making people laugh,  like most other comedy writers I take the job very seriously. There are all kinds of humor, both high and low and you pretty much get what you pay for.  There is no accounting for personal taste and I think what we gravitate towards, comedically reflects the things that made us laugh right out the gate. Growing up, my parent's comedy was mine too.  I grew up adoring Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, Bob and Ray, the parade of swaggering comics on Ed Sullivan like Alan King and Henny Youngman until I went my own way when youth co-opted comedy and suddenly comics were rock stars in arenas, from Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Garry Shandling to Dice Clay and man the first year of SNL---which I went to often because I was dating a cute NBC page.  The best part wasn't the air show; it was the run-through which was chock full of stuff that would not, to this day, get on the air.  And nothing was better than Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (I'm currently launching a new series for SEESO with comedy genius Paul Reiser which is a loving valentine to the behind the scenes world of the Tonight Show set in 1972 Burbank. Even our hero is from Valentine, Nebraska which is a real place. Guys like Paul and I basically went to the University of HA whose professors included Norman Lear (I was on Fernwood Tonight) to Garry Marshall. Being Jewish helps too as my people pretty much invented comedy. Comedy is the soulful, symphonic music of those who knew pain and suffering like no other.  Working next to Mel Brooks on Mad About You was like sitting near a Talmudic scholar of funny.   And best of all: he was SWEET, KIND, GENEROUS and ADORABLE.  I thought, God, if I have lunch next to him, I just know he's going to start feeding me out of his plate. Here's the thing: brilliant comedy is not a weapon (which is why I loathe sarcasm).  It is a shield of defense but it is also a kind of U.N. interpreter who sits in a basement office of your heart, translating events for you en- route to helping you understand our often terrifying or just plain insane world by whispering thoughts in our head that will simply tickle us, just like mommy and daddy did during our formative years. Which brings me back to Shecky Trump performance last night---which was roundly and justifiably booed--at a charity event!! Trump and especially Malign-ia could not possibly looked more out of place.   Hillary and Trump were separated like God and state by Cardinal Dolan.  Hillary was the life of the party, chatting up everyone, while The grumpy Trumps sat there like a muted pet owner and his stupefied greyhound, pretty much ignored by the crowd.  At one point Trump started drinking soda through a straw and he looked like the poor shnook kid in the school cafeteria who was just asking to be smacked upside the head with a tray by the next passing bully.  And seeing him dressed up like that made him look like he was playing Daddy Warbucks in the Camp Dalmaqua production of "Annie." The problem was he was simply not capable of fitting in with that atmosphere because the particles of charity make him gag an suffocate with epi-pen efficacy..  All those good feelings were that foreign to him.  And then he did his routine.  Obviously he and I grew up in very different worlds.   I'm guessing, while I was laughing at Buddy Hackett, he was laughing at the cripple girl who was just pushed down the stairs.  We both grew up in Queens and he's a lot older than me, but I have seen his kind all over the neighborhood:  the pouty angry private school kie with a blue chip on his shoulder.  Trump's routine, no doubt written by Stephen Bannon and Roger Ailes was the antipathy of what he was supposed to do.  His jokes were pointedly vicious.  Cruel.  Humiliating.   Gee, I can't wait to see his first state dinner when he does a routine for the visiting Kim Jong Il---who will no doubt be wearing an explosive vest---no---his quivering assistant will.  One joke too many and boom: welcome to Designated Survivor: the Trump years.   Let me reiterate: people BOOED at a charity event.  Hillary was, well, presidential. She just smiled and nodded like a put upon parent, while waiting patiently to dip into the arsenal or jok3 that she was carrying. Hillary's routine was Hill-arious.  Not perfect.  There were a few Yale or Harvard inspired wise-guy jokes that was more tonic than gin.  But for the most part, she brilliantly infused the comedy with a compassionate speech about human decency which, in the end, was, well, charitable.  There was not a shred of madness in the Methodist. Trump also made me realize me that his millions of shmoo-shaped, cranium deformed followers have no sense of humor either.  It's like there's no comedy in the trailer parks of America.  Just camel cigarettes, cases of Michelob light and a feeling of entitlement that they think minorities are systematically stealing from them.   And who better to be their leader than the man who whenever he has said horrible things, publicly said later, "it was a joke!  I was kidding." No he wasn't.  You would have to at the very least know on some level what comedy is and why it exists on this planet, which is why most Americans, thank God, will be laughing all the way to the polls. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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25 октября, 18:30

Обзор модуля усиления AM2A для Fiio X7 и док-станции Fiio DK1

И вновь у меня на столе лежит знакомая коробочка чёрного цвета, предвещающая ещё один усилитель для Fiio X7. Когда начнёшь делать сменные усилители для своего плеера, остановиться чертовски сложно. Новый модуль, получивший индекс AM2A, на самом деле является любительской модификацией «базового» AM1, получившей распространение среди китайского комьюнити. В компании решили пойти навстречу пользователям и выпустили […]