Zynga Co-founder’s Junyo Is Using Big Data To Help EdTech Companies Better Understand What Schools Really Need


Pacers Lose

What a devastating start to a week. First, Robb Stark is murdered in the “Red Wedding” scene in Game of Thrones, now the Pacers are out of the Playoffs.

Everyone I know was cheering for Pacers, not only because the Pacers were the Underdog in the series, but because the hatred for the Miami Heat is still high. That feeling hasn’t left since they Big Three united in South Beach.

The hatred for the Heat exists because it was a cheap move. Three super-stars (this argument can’t be made now that we’ve seen the decline of Bosh’s role and Wade’s knee has lessened his presence as well) teamed up together to form one incredible team, and they are surrounded by other All-stars and top-performing bench players. Of course, this is business and that’s definitely a great business plan if you wish to win.

Everyone loves a great team, but this is different. For example, everyone loves the Avengers because it’s fun to watch a team of incredible heroes fight alongside one another to defeat the enemy. However, in this scenario, everyone’s favorite team (assuming they’re not a Heat fan), is the enemy.

And to push it over the edge, the Heat fan claim other teams, such as the Lakers and Celtics as also adding stars to their teams. But that argument just pisses fans of those other teams off because it isn’t comparable. The Lakers add Pau Gasol, sure he’s an all-star, but he wasn’t like Lebron James, Wade, or Bosh, who could single-handedly control the game, and take their team far into the post-season. Sure, the Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but the previous statements apply to them as well. After Lakers added Dwight Howard, the argument can finally be made that they added another Super Star, but just look at how their season ended.


Anyways, I’m just upset. Now we’ll have to watch the boring old Spurs play against Maimi, a team no one likes. We’ve all lost interest now.

Last Supper: The Real-Life Massacre that Inspired the ‘Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding


The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones’ third season ended in a brutal scene of bloodletting that shocked countless unsuspecting viewers. In what’s dubbed the Red Wedding, both Robb Stark and his mother Catelyn, two leading protagonists from a noble house already wrecked by tragedy, are viciously murdered along with their entourage while feasting in the hall of Westerosi power broker Walder Frey. The betrayal, as Jim Poniewozik wrote, is “heartbreaking” and “horrifying.” It signals the end of the Stark war effort and, with the suddenness of its execution, leaves an emotional desolation at the heart of the Game of Thrones narrative.

It’s easy to understand the anger of so many viewers, some of whom who took to Twitter to rail against the TV show, HBO and George R.R. Martin for killing their favorite characters. The massacre of the Starks is not only a surprise, but also…

View original post 518 more words

Why ‘After Earth’ Bombed: Six Theories

It’s time the Son learns to be independent from his father. And It’s time for the father to continue his great acting career without his son slowing him down.


As Richard Corliss recounts in this weekend’s box-office report, it has not been a great couple of days for the Smith family. Although Will Smith has a long history of bringing audiences to the theaters, his future-dystopic After Earth—in which he co-stars with his son Jaden—made a mere $27 million in its first weekend in theaters, landing it in third place, behind Fast & Furious 6 (now in its second week atop the rankings) and surprise contender Now You See Me.

(MORE: Richard Corliss’s review of After Earth)

So what went wrong? Here are six theories from a variety of Monday-morning pundits:

Blame director M. Night Shyamalan  (Richard Corliss at TIME)  Long past coasting on the success of Sixth Sense (way back in 1999), movies like Lady in the Water and The Happening were critical and commercial misfires. But if Shyamalan…

View original post 296 more words