Victoria Who? Virtual Fireworks?

Most people know this long weekend as the May 2-4 long weekend and/or the unofficial kick-off to summer time fun! On the calendar however you might notice it is called Victoria Day, named in honour of Queen Victoria. Victoria was born May 24, 1819. She succeeded to the throne in June 1837 (at the age of 18), following the deaths of her father, King Edward, and her three uncles.

Many people are surprised to know that her first name was not actually Victoria, or that she survived several assassination attempts, or that she began the wedding trend of brides wearing white, or that she and Prince Albert began the custom of the Christmas tree in 1848. Want to know more? Follow the links below for some fascinating facts that you probably didn’t know about the Queen.

https://barrie360.com/victoria-day-why/

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a14510744/queen-victoria-facts/

 

On to the Show!!

Since many fireworks displays are cancelled this weekend and even banned altogether in some areas… there are still ways of viewing them!

Canada’s Wonderland has a virtual fireworks display that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. The show features a six-minute video taken at the 2019 display. You can watch as the massive rollercoasters are illuminated by colourful explosions in the sky. You can view the video through YouTube or the virtual fireworks homepage on the park’s website.

Canada’s Wonderland Virtual Fireworks

Park Site: Canada’s Wonderland Fireworks

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJPCdn1tSM

Before watching the show, why not hop on a few rides as well? Canada’s Wonderland also has virtual rollercoaster rides that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.

 

Watch and/or create your own fireworks display!

These virtual fireworks displays were created with FWsim, the fireworks simulation software. You can use our software to design your own fireworks shows, with your favourite music.

https://www.fwsim.com/shows.html

Victory Day Virtual Fireworks Display Port Hope

Monday, 18 May 2020 | 7:45 pm

Snapd Hub App

 

Help make history by setting a world record for the largest simultaneous augmented reality experience ever!

Join Snapd virtually on Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m. for a fireworks display through their augmented reality app.

Check out this video showing the app in action.

Here’s how you can participate in the free experience:

Step 1: Download the Snapd HUB App

Step 2: Click on Menu and sign in to share pictures with us for a chance to win a pizza party

Step 3: At 7:45 on Victoria Day, click on the AR icon in the App and open the AR Library to access the fireworks.

Step 4: Follow the prompts and enjoy the show.

 

For more information about the Snapd app, contact: info@snapd.com

Virtual Victoria Day Fireworks presented by Snapd.

https://visitporthope.ca/events/victoria-day-virtual-fireworks-display

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice to send that special person your message without having to go to your local card shop or pharmacy to find that special piece of cardboard? Wait!! You don’t have to. There are many online options available to get that special message out there. From basic cards, to personalized messages, you can search and create from the comfort of your own home. So no waiting in lines or crowds to try to push your way through to pick out that folded message. And best part is, if you happen to leave this to the last minute, you can still find that perfect card and when you’re ready, just ‘Click’ send!! Show your Mom how much she means to you, especially during these trying times, by sending her some e-love.

Hallmark E-Cards

Blue Mountain E-Cards

Jacquie Lawson E-Cards

Jib Jab E-Cards

“This time of isolation could be a period of great growth or great struggle in your relationship.”

John TierneyRoy F. Baumeister

March 29, 2020

Humans have evolved with a drive to share life with a partner—just not all day long. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors on the savanna formed pair-bonds, but they parted in the morning to go about their separate tasks. So did our ancestors on the farm. For hundreds of thousands of years, even the most devoted couples have been uttering some version of that basic romantic principle: “I married you for better or for worse, but not for lunch.”

So what happens now that spouses are staying home all day, and many unmarried couples suddenly find themselves quarantined together? The peril facing relationships quickly became obvious to the pioneers of this new intimacy on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where couples were cooped up for two weeks in their cabin during the ship’s quarantine. Ellis Vincent, a retired airline executive from Australia, told a reporter that he and his wife, Kimberly, were passing the time by having long conversations during which she displayed a remarkable memory.

“She is able to bring up every transgression I’ve ever had,” he said. “I believe she is not finished.”

Read: I prepared for everything, but not coronavirus on a cruise ship

That is not the way for a relationship to survive the COVID-19 quarantine. The Vincents were succumbing to the negativity effect, which even in ordinary circumstances is the chief threat to couples—and can be an absolute relationship killer in these troubled times. The negativity effect is the brain’s tendency to respond more strongly to negative events and emotions than to positive ones. In short: Bad is stronger than good.

Research has shown that a negative event (such as your partner rehashing an old fight) typically has at least three times the impact of a comparable positive event (such as your partner recalling one of your past kindnesses). To keep love alive, bear a rough guideline in mind that we call the Rule of Four: Four good things are necessary to overcome one bad thing. Given the nonstop negativity in the news, people will need lots of positivity in their personal lives to compensate.

Finding good things to focus on takes some creativity in quarantine, but there’s an obvious opportunity at home: that trove of photos and videos of vacations, outings, and celebrations that you’d never had time to go through. Now you do. These can be a source of positivity at any time, and couples stuck at home together can use them to happily “nostalgize”—a verb coined by social psychologists who have discovered remarkable benefits in reliving the past.

Read: How negativity can kill a relationship

Nostalgia was long considered a sign of unhappiness with the present (and was once even seen as a disorder). But in recent years, Constantine Sedikides and his colleagues at the University of Southampton in England have shown that nostalgia isn’t just an exercise in relishing the past. If indulged in the right way, it makes us more satisfied with the present and more optimistic about the future.

Nostalgia has the potential to lift people’s spirits, make them feel more connected to others, and heighten the sense that life has continuity and meaning. It can counteract boredom and anxiety, can motivate people to work toward goals, and is linked to increased generosity and tolerance. Experiments have shown that people who nostalgize in a cool room actually feel physically warmer.

Other studies have shown that couples look happier and feel closer when they share memories—at least when they’re not recalling each other’s transgressions or lamenting what has been lost. The healthiest way to nostalgize is not to pine for the past—“Those were better days”—but rather to savor those memories as a treasure that can’t be taken away. So when you look at a photo of yourself with friends at a favorite restaurant, focus on your enduring friendship instead of the fact that the restaurant has shut down during the pandemic.

In most relationships, fortunately, the multitude of small good moments make up for the more powerful bad ones. And you can always create more good moments. You can try to regularly make a list of your partner’s traits for which you’re grateful, and also make a point of telling your partner what you admire about them.

Read: What you lose when you gain a spouse

However, accentuating the positive will only do so much. Because of the greater power of bad—that 4-to-1 ratio we mentioned—you can have a bigger impact by eliminating the negative, both negative actions and negative thoughts about your partner.

Instead of striving to be a perfect partner, concentrate on avoiding elementary mistakes. Studies have shown that people get relatively little credit for delivering more than they had promised, but they pay a stiff price for doing less. Before you make a commitment, beware what psychologists call the “planning fallacy,” our tendency to underestimate how long a project will take. Better to promise less and make sure you deliver on it than promise too much and fall short.

Another way to keep the peace is by fighting your own negative reactions to conflict. If your partner gets upset at what seems, to you, to be a trivial offense, remember that bad is in the eye of the beholder. You have to deal with their reaction no matter how irrational it seems—and the power of bad can bring out the irrationality in all of us. One critical word or careless affront looms much larger than any goodwill, and it will linger for longer, especially if you’re together 24/7.

When your partner does something that bothers you, don’t go with your gut reaction. Think before you blame, and be especially wary of what psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error.” When we do something wrong ourselves, we often blame it on temporary external circumstances: Yes, I lost my temper a couple of times today, but that’s just because of all the stress from the quarantine. But when our partner does something wrong, we’re inclined to wrongly attribute it to permanent internal flaws: He lost his temper because he has lousy self-control and doesn’t care about how I feel.

In 2000, researchers tracked couples’ “attributional styles” and found that attributing partners’ wrongdoings to internal flaws led to greater marital dissatisfaction and a higher likelihood of divorce. Before blaming your partner’s behavior on an inherent character trait, force yourself to consider a charitable excuse for what they did. And then give your partner the benefit of the doubt.

A friend of ours keeps his wife’s faults in perspective by taping a message to his bathroom mirror: You’re no bargain either. Being able to overlook your partner’s sins—to maintain what psychologists call “positive illusions”—is one of the surest ways to sustain a relationship. Some people seem to do it automatically, as demonstrated in couples’ brain scans. When shown a picture of their beloved, some people displayed less activity in the brain region associated with making negative judgments—and their relationships proved more likely to endure. But even if you can’t help spotting your partner’s offenses, you can at least pretend not to notice. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mother-in-law once advised her, “In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”

If the affront is one you can’t endure, then say something, but do it calmly without retaliating, because the negativity effect can quickly turn a small disagreement into a raging battle. This dynamic was observed in experiments at the University of Chicago in which people took turns playing a game that gave them the option of either cooperating with their partner or acting selfishly. When a player acted benevolently, the partner typically reciprocated in kind. But when a player acted selfishly, the partner didn’t merely reciprocate—they tended to escalate the conflict by acting even more selfishly themselves. The Chicago psychologists summarized the participants’ reactions: “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, but if you take my eye, I’ll take both of yours.”

That’s not the spirit that will get your relationship through the pandemic. There’s enough angst in the world right now without adding to it at home. You can suppress your visceral negativity bias by consciously looking for the upsides of your relationship—and even the upsides to being quarantined. After all, it’s giving you an unprecedented opportunity to get to know your partner.

“This is going to be a period of great growth for relationships,” says the anthropologist Helen Fisher, who has studied romance around the world. “Couples are either going to grow together or grow apart.” Therapists love to advise couples to create quality time for themselves, and now we have more of it than ever. Use it wisely—and positively.

X-Plane is a flight simulator produced by Laminar Research. X-Plane can be used professionally with the correct license,[3] or used personally. A personal use desktop version is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux, while a mobile version is available for Android, iOS, and webOS.

X-Plane is packaged with several commercial, military, and other aircraft, as well as basic global scenery which covers most of the Earth. X-Plane also ships with other software to build and customize aircraft and scenery. X-Plane also has a plugin architecture that allows users to create their own modules, extending the functionality of the software by letting users create their own worlds or replicas of places on Earth. This is further enhanced by the Scenery Gateway which allows users to share airports with other users and eventually the airports are included by default in the base product.

Assetto Corsa features an advanced DirectX 11 graphics engine that recreates an immersive environment, dynamic lighthing and realistic materials and surfaces. The advanced physics engine is being designed to provide a very realistic driving experience, including features and aspects of real cars, never seen on any other racing simulator such as tyre flat spots, heat cycles including graining and blistering, very advanced aerodynamic simulation with active movable aerodynamics parts controlled in real time by telemetry input channels, hybrid systems with kers and energy recovery simulation. Extremely detailed with single player and multiplayer options, exclusive licensed cars reproduced with the best accuracy possible, thanks to the official cooperation of Car Manufacturers.

ASSETTO CORSA has been developed at the KUNOS Simulazioni R&D office, located just inside the international racing circuit of Vallelunga, allowing the team to develop the game with the cooperation of real world racing drivers and racing teams.

LEGENDARY TRACKS

The circuits have been developed using Laser scan technology, in order to guarantee the highest level of accuracy possible in reproducing real world motor racing environments.

Monza, Silverstone, Imola, Mugello, Spa, Brands Hatch and many more tracks, including the historical reproduction of Monza, that brings again to life the legendary Sopraelevata, the high-speed oval where races were staged until 1961.

EXCLUSIVE CARS

The Assetto Corsa physics engine is all new, using practical knowledge acquired from working closely with the elite of motorsport in order to engineer the best possible accuracy of physics and tactility of feeling.

A physics engine like this begs to be used with officially licensed contents: Abarth, Audi, BMW, Classic Team Lotus, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, Lotus cars, McLaren, Mercedes, Scuderia Glickenhaus, Pagani, Porsche, Tatuus and many more!

HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY

Enjoy ASSETTO CORSA using any kind of game device: keyboard, joypad, joystick, steering wheels including any kind of professional device and the most common motion systems.

ASSETTO CORSA is also compatible and ready for Oculus and OpenVR/VIVE, triple monitor view, Track IR and 3D VISION.

Chances are, if you’ve raced on a track or on the street, or just driven a car in your life, there’s been a time that a good ol’-fashioned Nintendo reset button would have come in handy: maybe that time you overshot the braking zone and hit the tire wall, missed a shift and sent your engine revving to 10,000 rpm, or had that simple freeway on-ramp mishap. Or all of the above. How nice would a magic button be—a quick press that put you back in the pits or your driveway with a new car, a fresh start, and an intact budget?

But you likely don’t have a reset button in your vehicle. However, with a computer, some software, a bit of spare time, and a desire to race, you can get much of the thrill of racing without risking wrinkled metal and great bodily harm.

What we’re talking about here is a subscription-based Internet racing simulator called iRacing.com. Designed for people who have racing experience as well as those who want some, iRacing is an excellent training tool for all. Placing realism and accuracy at the core of the experience, it is about as close to the real thing as you can get without a professional-racing budget.

Accuracy requires attention to detail, and this is definitely something the folks at iRacing.com kept in mind when designing their product. The heart of this philosophy is displayed in the representations of the tracks and in the cars themselves, as well as the physics engine that dictates how they interact with one another.

Designers start by laser-scanning the racetrack surfaces for extreme precision. The 3-D scanning technology allows for accuracy down to the millimeter, so every bump, crack, and imperfection at the available racing venues is captured and represented.

Attention to detail also defines iRacing.com’s re-creation of the vehicles. Although many modern video games have arguably perfected the appearance of their vehicle models, it’s what’s inside that counts. Accurately representing the exterior dimensions and appearance of a vehicle is important, but modeling the mechanical components is even more so. To that end, iRacing designers scan, weigh, and measure each part of the actual race cars and assemble them digitally, giving users a mathematically correct vehicle to drive on the mathematically correct racing surface.

The last part of the equation involves joining the first two elements together, a feat achieved by an all-new tire-modeling system. By re-creating the forces a tire endures during varying speeds and loads, this tire model enhances the precision of the software.

https://www.iracing.com/

Because of the pandemic, schools everywhere are closing, sending students home for an uncertain future — and in most cases, it’s unclear if studies will resume at all this academic year. Of course, most institutions are falling back to some form of online instruction, but if you’re a parent looking for a way to keep your kids engaged academically during this very challenging time, there are many tools you can try.

 

Audiobooks aren’t just for long commutes. Listen to your favourite audiobooks wherever you are by downloading the FREE Audible app – whether you’re in the car, on a run or even doing the ironing!

Audible has made a selection of Audible Originals free for the listening:

 

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

An Act of God

Evil Eye

Feeding the Dragon

The Half Life of Marie Curie

Proof of Love

Sakinas Restaurant

…And there’s FREE content specifically for your kids, too.

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Perhaps the worst part of the pandemic for many of us is the isolation that comes from social distancing. We’re working from home, not seeing friends in the evening, and generally trying to “air gap” ourselves to stay healthy. One way to stay connected despite the quarantines is using these free videoconferencing and video chat tools that have been around for years, but you might have had little reason to try. (Some have paid versions when being used for business/corporate accounts.)

Face Time: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/facetime/id1110145091?mt=8

WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/

Skype: https://www.skype.com/en/

Marco Polo: https://www.marcopolo.me/

Messenger: https://www.messenger.com/

Zoom: https://zoom.us/

Google Hangouts Meet: https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/

Have you ever felt the urge to take a trip back in time and relive the games of the eighties and nineties?  Well, now you can!! Head to the Internet Archive to play thousands of MS-DOS games that have been saved from oblivion. Games include action, strategy, adventure titles and more.

Software Library of FREE MS-DOS Games

Getting started is pretty simple but here is a more in-depth guide to play these games on your laptop or PC provided by CNET.

Best Games For Your Work From Home Laptop

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