Watching movies as a family is one of the greatest ways to spend a weekend night together. It is a convenient and inexpensive means of a family to come together and bond. However, not all movies can be viewed by younger audiences due to the age restrictions pertaining to violence, language or sexual content to mention a few. Not to worry though, here is a curated list of 8 high rated movies that will make huddling in front of the screen as a family an experience to live for.
A Boy Called Po (2016)
In this film, an overworked engineer struggles to care for his autistic son, Po, after his wife dies of cancer. Besides having to make ends meet, Mr Wilson must find a way to connect with a son who regresses to the fantasy world in response to bullying. The drama surrounding the father-son relationship will certainly create a challenge to the household in the wake of hardships, making it an excellent family movie.
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
It is said that cats have nine lives but, in this film, we get to witness the several lifetimes of a dog as it journeys in a bid to discover its life’s purpose. This film delivers an air of comedy-drama and adventure that will certainly transport its audience to a world of fantasy.
Goodbye, Christopher Robin (2017)
A slight spin-off from the much-loved Winnie the Pooh, this biographical drama takes the audience back in time to showcase the lives of the show’s creator, A. A. Milne and his family.
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Nothing beats a family weekend than a romantic comedy musical film. This Broadway production caters to the audience’s demand by interweaving romance and comedy into a musical that will have a family singing along.
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Yet another classic comedy, this film features a diverse and colourful group of strangers hell-bent on a treasure chase. It begins at a massive traffic jam caused by a reckless driver who informs an assembly of bystanders about buried money. Drama and comedy escalate as all the motorists set out to find the money.
The Call of the Wild (2020)
Another movie featuring a dog as the main character, this blissful drama takes makes the audience view the world through a buck’s eye as it tries to find a place it belongs. The perilous journey that buck goes through makes for an emotional experience that will make a family huddle together.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Filled with vibrant comedy and drama, this film also showcases a struggling showman and father who struggles to keep his circus business afloat. The family experienced that the children work together with their father to keep the family business running.
The Iron Giant (1999)
This animation takes the audience through a young boy’s friendship and an alien robot as they struggle to escape the government. The film is a concerto of emotional themes as the creators take the audience through a heartbreaking yet heartwarming journey of the boy and his robot friend.
Simon Birch (1998)
Among the most long-lasting and impactful relationship is childhood friendship as is showcased in this film adaptation of A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. The film takes the audience through the nostalgic memories of Joe Wentworth.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)
This film showcases the drama-filled quest of a ten-year-old budding scientist and cartographer T.S. Spivet. Spivet is on a mission to escape his mundane existence in the family’s farm after receiving a letter from the Smithsonian Institution informing him about a prize and a speech he is to deliver.
No doubt the year 2020 saw the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic bring many unexpected challenges to the entire world.
This virus has impacted everything we do from our health, the economy, and security. The stay-at-home restrictions with the consequent reality of making meals in our kitchens have presented a need to stay healthy more than ever before in our lives.
If you are keen on maintaining a healthy body in these challenging times, we have selected some recommended weight loss plans by nutritionists, which may work for you in 2021. Please keep reading for more information on how to actualize it.
Important factors to consider
A weight loss program should be designed to work for you.
It must conveniently fit your lifestyle and food preferences, thus enabling long-term success.
Research-based programs are effective for weight loss.
The weight-loss plan should incorporate other healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular physical activity and mindful eating.
Embrace a plant-based diet
Plant-based diets are distinguished especially for their richness in fiber. Examples of plant-based foods are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which are resistant to digestion. Fiber helps to keep you full between meals, thereby promoting weight loss.
Studies indicate that plant-based diets are more effective for weight loss compared to conventional diets. Uptake of a plant-based diet leads to greater blood sugar control, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.
Various plant-based diets do not reject meat or animal products entirely. Such foods, therefore, are only enjoyed in moderation.
Consider a Mediterranean diet.
A comprehensive Mediterranean diet includes:
Plenty of fruits
Proteins and healthy fats
The Mediterranean diet came from the eating habits of such countries as Italy, Spain, and Greece. Various studies have proven that following the Mediterranean Diet could lead to weight loss.
Did you know that embracing a vegetarian diet can also be an easy way to enhance weight loss?
Some studies have established that people who followed a vegetarian diet lost considerably more weight than those who followed non-vegetarian diets over an average of 18 weeks.
It has been established that plant-based protein sources, e.g., canned beans, lentils, tofu, and tempeh, are also a cost-effective alternative to meat, poultry, and seafood.
Be aware of emotional eating.
COVID-19 related stress, which characterized 2020, caused some people to turn to food for comfort!
Indulging in your favorite comfort food may be soothing in the short-term. In the long run, however, this can lead to weight gain.
Identifying any mindless snacking or grazing that could be preventing weight loss should become a priority for anyone desirous of keeping and maintaining good health in the year 2021.
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Although there are many styles and variations of Intermittent Fasting, IF mostly entails restricting food intake for between 14–24 hours at a time.
Studies have shown that IF increases weight loss akin to cutting calories, even as it may also boost fat-burning.
Adjust your working environment
With the COVID-19 pandemic “new normal” spilling well into 2021, remote working and the kitchen’s constant temptation could make it difficult to curb impulsive eating, leading to weight gain.
Expert advice is to focus on the changes to your home environment, supporting your weight loss goals.
Some questions to this effect can help:
What is the first thing you see when you open the fridge?
Is it tempting to take-out food or a container of washed and cut veggies?
It would be prudent to store baked goods in the freezer, or at least out of sight.
Do small workouts throughout the day.
Keep-fit instructors affirm that short bursts of exercise during the day keep your energy up and help burn a few added calories.
Every couple of hours should stand up, do some stretches, run in place, do some jumping jacks or push-ups.
Get enough hours of sleep every night.
Research has established that when you don’t get enough sleep, Leptin’s production, which is a hunger-suppressing hormone, decreases. Conversely, the production of Ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger levels, rises!
This means that you are biologically setting yourself up to want to eat more by sleeping less. It is advisable to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Getting adequate sleep, therefore, is not an option if you desire to gain weight loss!
If you have some underlying health conditions or are under medication, it is critical to talk to a healthcare professional before embarking on a weight-loss program or making changes to your diet.
Icon Pierre Cardin, the renown Italian born French designer passed away on December 29th 2020, leaving a huge, seemingly unfillable gap in the fashion industry. The 98-year-old legend leaves behind a massive avant-garde legacy that permeates the fashion and vehicle industry
Cardin was born in Treviso, Italy to Maria Montagner and Alessandro Cardin, wealthy landowners who had to escape to France due to the political unrest that gripped the country. Cardin‘s passion for clothes begun when he was still young.
At fourteen, he worked as a clothes apprentice to learn the basics of fashion design and construction to satisfy his father’s wishes of being an architect. In 1945, Cardin moved to Paris to study architecture while also working with the fashion house of Paquin, thus launching his career in the fashion industry.
While at the fashion house of Paquin, Cardin mingled with the renowned designers of that time such as Elsa Schiaparelli. In 1947, he became the head of tailleure atelier at Christian Dior even though he was denied a position at Balenciaga.
With his confidence gained while mingling with the world-famous designers, Cardin would launch his own fashion house in 1950. However, his reputation as an acclaimed designer came when he designed costumes for a masquerade ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice, hosted by Carlos de Beistegui.
Cardin’s fashion empire Transcends the runway to include perfumes, foods, industrial design, real estate, entertainment and even fresh flowers. Among his famous designs is the bubble dress that he launched in 1953. It is a short-skirted dress shaped like a bubble made by bias-cutting over a stiffened base.
In the 1960s, Cardin shifted from women’s fashion to men’s, starting with neckties and then shirts followed by a menswear fashion line comprising suits, jackets, pants, and accessories. Besides being a renowned figure in the western Fashion sphere, Pierre Cardin penetrated the Asian fashion scene in Japan and China.
Cardin also maintains a reputation in the space and automotive industries. After visiting NASA in the 1970s where he tried on Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, Cardin fell in love with the suit that he was inspired to create his own design for the company.
He also developed thirteen basic industrial design themes applied in the automotive industry. Through this, he was able to launch partnerships with the American Motors Corporation (AMC).
His designs were incorporated into the AMC Javelin then launched in the early 1970s. These would be described as the wildest fabrics and patterns ever to brandish an American car
Even though Cardin carved a reputation for himself in the fashion industry, his greatest achievement is his branding. Through trademark licensing that involves rights tradeoffs, Cardin was able to receive hefty royalties that supported his company.
Through this, the company generated between $35 million and $45 million worldwide as of 1991. As of 2019, the company’s retail sales at approximately $114 billion in the US and Canada alone. With these huge achievements, Pierre Cardin’s mark in the fashion industry shall live on forever.
Santa Claus is a legendary character originating in Western Christian culture. He is believed to make lists of children and gifting them according to their behavior. Preferably, he brings the gifts toys and candy on Christmas Eve to well-behaved children.
Where is Santa believed to reside?
Santa’s workshop is believed to be at the North Pole. He is said to accomplish the delivery of gifts with the aid of his elves, who make the toys in his and flying reindeer who pull his sleigh through the air.
What’s the origin of Santa & Christmas?
Santa Claus is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick or Father Christmas.
The modern character of Santa is based on traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas was a Greek Christian Bishop in Myra at around 4th-century. Nicholas was famous for gifting the poor. Nicholas was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity.
How does he look like?
Santa Claus is presented as a white-bearded man with a large port belly. He also wears spectacles – and a very jolly face. He also wears
a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs
white-fur-cuffed red trousers
red hat with white fur
black leather belt and boots bag full of gifts
How did his image come about?
Santa’s image became popular in the United States and Canada due to the influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in the 19th century. A political cartoonist Thomas Nast also played a role in the creation of Santa’s image. This image has been maintained and reinforced through main stream media.
Finally, Christmas for the year 2020 is here with us after one of the most anxious years. All over the world, Christmas is marked by jovial family re-unions, erection of Christmas trees and the willing exchange of gifts. In the past few years, though, the season has turned into big business for those in the Christmas TV movie business. You must have realized that in the recent years, movie makers have been competing to release movies around the Christmas theme
Robots come in numerous shapes and sizes. The most intriguing and fascinating of them come in humanoid forms. The humanoid robots also happen to be the most developed form and design of robots we have. They also take the cake for being the most intelligent robots. Read on for a ride of the most intelligent robots we have in 2020.
The robots that take on a humanoid form happen to be the most endearing and acceptable, for they resemble us. Such robots are used for research and rescue, caregiving, education and entertainment, and even space exploration. These robots have eased the carrying out of projects and, in the future, will be placed in several other fields, further easing out day to day life. Here are the five most intelligent robots we have today.
Initially introduced by Toyota in 2017, the T-HR3 is a humanoid robot that mimics its human operator’s movements, like a real-world avatar. Updated for Tokyo Olympics, the T-HR3 has improved controls and can walk more naturally. Envisioned as a mobility service, in the future, these humanoids will be able to perform surgeries while their operators, human doctors, will be controlling them from another part of the world. It can also help caregivers to do their work remotely, or those in need of assistance to live a more independent life.
Perhaps the most recognizable face of the humanoids is that of Sophia, a social humanoid developed by Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics. In 2020, the AI-Powered four-year-old robot will continue her role as a robotic ambassador to advance the research into robotics and human-robot interactions.
Taught by humans, Sophia can move, talk, show some emotions, and even sing.
In January, it was announced that Ford became the first customer to incorporate Agility Robotics’ Digit into a factory setting. The headless humanoid has nimble limbs and is packed with sensors. It can navigate the stairs, various obstacles, and all kinds of terrains. It can balance on one foot, but it usually walks upright and is strong enough to pick up and stack boxes weighing up to 40 pounds. It can also fold itself for compact storage.
Mechanical engineers at the Iranian University of Tehran have been working on Surena robots since 2010. Their latest model, Surena IV, is an adult-size humanoid that is reportedly capable of face and object detection, speech recognition, and generation, and can walk with a speed of 0.7 kilometers per hour. It has 43 degrees-of-freedom, and its nimble hands can grip many different shapes. Engineers use Surena to research bipedal locomotion, AI and to attract students to careers in engineering.
Digital human beings look and act like humans but are entirely virtual. One example is Samsung Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Labs’ Neons, AI-powered beings with unique personalities and looks. These artificial humans are not designed to answer any questions like Alexa or Siri but are supposed to show emotions, learn from experiences, and have real conversations. Each Neon is computer-generated and not necessarily based on real people, and each can be customized for a different role, like a virtual doctor or a yoga instructor.
As the virus has slowed down many sectors globally, robots are being deployed in many countries. Some robots can help relieve tired nurses in hospitals, do necessary cleaning and deliveries. Others can help in the warehouses. In contrast, industrial robots can help maintain some production for manufacturing companies. At the same time, their human co-workers are quarantined. This is only set to grow for the better with technology advancement, where such intelligent robots can be placed in several other sectors.
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