Cults – Sekt Info Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:29:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cults – Sekt Info 32 32 Finding Yeezus is a new series about a Kanye West game suspected of being a cult recruiting tool Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:22:02 +0000

Finding Yeezus is a new documentary series centered on solving the mystery of Kanye’s Quest 3030, an unlicensed fan RPG that had a secret ending – and led some to believe it was part of a recruitment drive for a cult .

Starting September 26 and airing weekly on Grouse House (a web series channel created by Australian comedy group Aunty Donna), the show is hosted by comedians Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James. On their Finding Drago and Finding Desperado podcasts, the pair have previously delved into the mysteries of unauthorized Rocky sequels and lost world-record-holding movies, but this will be the first time they’ve tackled a gambling topic.

“There’s something so exciting about a video game mystery,” Toliopoulos tells me over email, “it feels so present to us. In the realm of video games, it’s less like trying to look back and more to uncover an urban legend that is forming right now.”

It’s a legend that began to be told almost a decade ago. Toliopoulos explains how he and James discovered the mystery and what drove them to solve it:

Uploaded to the Internet virtually anonymously in 2013, Kanye Quest 3030 was a simple Pokemon-style RPG where you play as Kanye West rapping other famous rappers. Due to its humor and premise, it became kind of a slightly viral sensation.Then it disappeared like those things…until 2 years later a hidden level in the game was discovered.

“If you prove yourself worthy (by solving enigmatic puzzles), the game admits that all you’ve experienced up to this point was just a front. With the promise of ‘Ascension,’ the game will reaches out in real life. This led many to believe that the game was a recruiting tool for a new-age cult called Ascensionism. It’s such a fascinating mystery! I remember playing the game there years ago, but I only discovered the mystery at the end of 2020, when we had just finished doing Finding Desperado and I started to feel the urge to challenge ourselves with something new. ‘even bigger to unravel.’

It quickly became a much bigger mystery than the pair’s previous work – hence their evolution from investigative podcasters to on-screen hosts. The effort has apparently been worth it – there have been many investigations into Kanye Quest over the years, but Toliopoulos and James open the first episode by saying the mystery has never really been solved – until now .

“The true story of Kanye Quest and the cult of ascension will be revealed in the latest episode of Finding Yeezus,” Toliopoulos tells me. “We’ve become very good investigators since our early days as journalism degree dropouts.”

“The true story of Kanye Quest and the cult of ascension will be revealed in the final episode.”

But the key to Finding Yeezus and the hosts’ previous podcasts is that it’s as much a comedy as it is an investigation. Toliopoulos and James tend to pick mysteries from the sillier, weirder side of things, but they make it clear that the show’s comedy is built around the real investigation – you don’t see them building something for a laugh rather than some answers :

“We’re obsessed seekers and uncovering history is a real organic process,” says Toliopoulos. “For us, it’s about the joy of discovery and finding the emotional connection that fuels curiosity. With documentaries, you have to plan so many things before you start shooting, but the excitement comes from the surprise that the end product is almost completely different from what we anticipated. It’s hard to anticipate real life! It’s about finding the narrative in reality and for us, it’s also about building in the comedy.

Having seen the first two episodes myself, Finding Yeezus is already proving as funny as it is intriguing, with a higher twist-per-minute ratio than I could reasonably expect. There’s a real joy behind it, too – amid a culture of documentary filmmaking that so often reveals the darker parts of modern life, it’s nice to find something that just wants to revel in how people can be strange and interesting. At least… until now.

Finding Yeezus begins exclusively on the Grouse House YouTube channel next Monday, September 26. There will be six episodes in total, dropping weekly on Mondays until a finale on Tuesday, October 25.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s news editor. He thinks Finding Drago is quite possibly the best podcast ever and you should give it a listen. Follow him on Twitter.

]]> There Are No Light Impressions – Cults and Goosebumps Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:00:59 +0000

A month ago I noticed for the first time There is no light while browsing upcoming Steam games. From the screenshots and gameplay videos, I figured this would be right up my alley. Now, with its recent release, I’m not even sure anymore.

This hack-and-slash offering from Zelart and HypeTrain Digital provides periodic thrills. Unfortunately, it’s weighed down by a poor narrative, unnecessarily confusing navigation, and tedious overall progression.

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There is no light begins with your character (later dubbed Blondie) spending a relaxing evening with his wife and newborn baby. Suddenly, soldiers attack, taking the child with them. This sets your hero on a journey to kill The Hand, an entity that the cult populace began to worship after the collapse of civilization.

You end up doing just that within the first 10 minutes, after which The Hand seals the entrance to his room. Now you need to find four keys to remove the seal. Sounds like a recipe for a typical adventure. Then everything falls apart as you progress.

First, there’s the use of cryptic and obtuse storytelling techniques to present the world around you. This has become commonplace with games attempting to emulate souls-like titles. In some ways, this can be a crutch, as the player has no choice but to piece together lore and fluff, all compounded by a confusing exposition of various NPCs. Unfortunately, that, too, is hampered by jarring cutscenes that feel rushed, leaving you no pause to figure out what’s going on.

Second, I really have no idea what’s going on with the bosses. Normally you are only given a small hint as to their true nature and how they relate to the overall arc. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. Is Random Boss No. 15 supposed to be a lieutenant of The Hand? Is Beefed-up Baddie No. 10 a mutated revenge build? I don’t know, because it’s like areas and bosses are thrown in there for good measure.

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Spamming sword strikes

At the start of the campaign There is no light, you are given a sword. The “X” button is your normal attack, which also cancels your enemies’ normal moves (i.e. red flash). The “Y” button, on the other hand, is your special attack, which can be triggered once you fill up your meter via regular hits. This too is used to counter your opponents abilities (i.e. yellow flash). You also have reliable dodging and a healing mechanic (i.e. filling up a gauge via special attacks).

The above looks simple and effective. Indeed, the battles of There is no light is fast, fluid and, in some situations, downright thrilling. However, it can also be extremely tedious and boring in the long run.

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Most of the time, you’ll just do two swipes, one dodge, then a few strikes again. It turns out that bosses tend to use special attacks, which means your normal hits are there to boost your counter for your own counter. You’ll repeat this often over many encounters, leading to a rather boring and forgettable affair.

Admittedly, this is a skill-based hack-and-slash game, so plenty of combat is expected. Still, there should have been mechanics to make the battles more enjoyable. As it stands, you’re stuck with a sword for several hours (until you clear a multi-stage area to get another weapon). Weapon passives aren’t particularly appealing either, and there’s no way for you to improve your stats or health.

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There is no light? More like there’s no map

On a positive note, There is no light manages to capture a dark and tense atmosphere, presented in beautiful old-school pixel graphics (think Children of Morta). The areas range from those offering a gothic feel and serene backgrounds to the most eerie depths. Likewise, there are landscapes that have eerie, creepy vibes that you can’t wait until you get out of there.

Unfortunately, these get screwed over once you realize there’s no map at all. While some games are successful even without the use of a map, the way these levels are constructed shows a clue or landmark, allowing you to remember these sections. That’s not the case here, as you’re mostly traversing identical corridors or waterways. There may be a secret or an inaccessible object in a certain room, but the overall level design makes it difficult to remember where they were, especially if you plan to see them again later.

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As for how the “world” is structured, there is a central hub with four branches. Each branch has about three zones with up to 10 zones. It looks huge when you look at it as a whole, although linear progression still applies, so good luck if you missed something early on.

By the time I finished the second branch, I was already exhausted. It was just repetitive and strenuous the whole way through, with hardly any variation to keep me on my toes.

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Suzuki GSX1100 Katana | A flawed cult classic Fri, 16 Sep 2022 02:09:07 +0000

Suzuki GSX1100 Katana

With Ian Falloon

Until the mid-1970s, styling was not considered a priority in motorcycle design. Street motorcycles gradually evolved as form followed function, and with the exception of a few factory cafe racers, all motorcycles followed a fairly generic path.

The radical style of the Katana was by Hans A. Muth

This involved an upright riding position and a double saddle, much like many naked bikes today. BMW changed that with its 1973 R 90 S, but although BMW was the first to officially hire a stylist, the R 90 S was actually created in-house.

Exterior designers weren’t really considered until Suzuki launched their Katana in 1979 and it’s no coincidence that Suzuki chose German company Target Design to design their Katana. Heading Target Design was none other than Hans A. Muth, also responsible for the BMW R 90 S and the future R 100 RS.

Muth and fellow Target Design directors Hans Georg Kasten and Jan Olof Fellström presented Suzuki with a radical design created through wind tunnel testing. The rider and motorcycle were incorporated as a complete aerodynamic package, with the fairing and fuel tank flowing air over and around the rider.

Suzuki GSX1100 Katana
The Katana combined some basic features like the dashboard, with more impressive inclusions…

The first prototype appeared in April 1980, with an official unveiling a few months later at the Cologne Motor Show. To everyone’s surprise, Suzuki announced that the Katana (named after a samurai sword) would go into production in 1981, and it did for the 1982 model year.

Compared to any other motorcycle available in 1982, the Katana’s styling was radical and opinion was polarized. There was no halfway house with the Katana; either you loved it or you hated it. And while it looked space-age, the swoopy underbody tech was far from revolutionary.

At a time when other manufacturers were incorporating liquid-cooled, rising-speed, single-shock rear suspension and experimenting with 16-inch front wheels, the 1100 Katana was a thing of the past.

Suzuki GSX1100 Katana
The 1074cc four-cylinder engine was old school but still produced 111 bhp.

The 1074cc four-cylinder engine may have had dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and Suzuki’s TSCC (Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber), but that air-cooled donk was largely an evolution of a earlier design.

That didn’t stop it from producing a peak horsepower of 111 at 8,500 rpm, making the Katana the most powerful production motorcycle available.

Unfortunately the chassis lagged behind the engine as under the styling was a stock Suzuki GSX 1100, with a twin shock rear end, skinny front forks (albeit with hydraulic anti-dive a la mode) and a 19-inch front wheel.

The wheelbase stretched 1,520 mm and the weight was a considerable 232 kg. As the alternator and ignition were suspended outside the crank, the engine was extremely wide and had to be placed high within the frame of the tubular steel cradle. Long, wide, heavy and with a high center of gravity, the 1100 Katana was not a flexible road scraper.

A heavy weight of 232 kg, held high in the frame, did not help the handling of the Katana
A heavy weight of 232 kg, held high in the frame, did not help the handling of the Katana

The 1100 Katana was one of the last Japanese motorcycles built on the old formula of one engine massively overpowering the chassis. It may have been quick, but my thrilling experience of testing the top speed of a new 1982 metal-wheeled Katana 1100 on a deserted Victorian country road was horrifying.

Here is a motorcycle certainly capable of more than 230 km/h but at 200 km/h it seemed out of control, weaving terrifyingly on two lanes. Although the Katana has now gained cult status, even when it was released it was an imperfect dinosaur.

The skinny forks were part of a chassis package that struggled to match the performance on offer
The skinny forks were part of a chassis package that struggled to match the performance on offer

Style may have trumped function, but that hasn’t diminished its appeal. Thirty years on the Katana remains a tribute to a time when motorcycle manufacturers were willing to push the envelope, unleashing outlandish machines on unsuspecting audiences with no guarantee of commercial success. The Katana did not sell in large quantities, but it is now considered one of the most memorable Suzukis of the 1980s.

Five facts about the Suzuki Katana

  • The GSX 1100S Katana was offered with a wireframe model option in Australia, primarily for production racing as the wheels were somewhat lighter and the rear was an 18in with a greater range of tires available.
  • In 1983 the upper limit for racing in all Australian classes was set at 1000cc, so Suzuki Australia imported Canadian spec bikes that would comply. The only Katanas with smoothbore carburettors as standard, they were fitted in the Arai 500 by Neil Chivas, Rod Cox and Rob Toomey but all retired.
  • Due to its long association with the Suzuki Rod Coleman factory, the New Zealand importer was able to obtain a higher spec Katana than Australia (with E-27 cams and black exhausts)
  • Although the GSX1100S Katana was not sold in Australia after 1984, it was popular in Japan for many years. A 1982 spec 1100 Katana was available there until 1987, with a special anniversary version released in 1990 to celebrate Suzuki’s 70th anniversary.
  • The last Katanas were the GSX250S, available only in 1991 and 1992, and the GSX400S from 1992 and 1993. These were faithful copies of the original but with modern liquid-cooled four-cylinder engines.
First teaser for Tubi’s Cult Classic Horror ‘Terror Train’ remake Wed, 14 Sep 2022 13:45:19 +0000

First teaser for Tubi’s Cult Classic Horror ‘Terror Train’ remake

by Alex Billington
September 14, 2022
Source: Youtube

“Once the ride begins, the terror never ends.” Completely free streaming service Tubi has revealed a very short trailer for its new horror remake of train of terror, originally a 1980 cult classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis. This remake is marketed as “Tubi’s version of a cult classic”, which is funny because I didn’t realize the Tubi brand was so strong that they could come up with their own “version” of remakes? Weird. The film follows a college student as she boards a “party train” for Halloween, but ends up fighting for her life when a mysterious mugger begins killing people one by one. The original film involves a similar premise – three years after a prank goes wrong, the six students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year’s Eve party aboard a train. The stars of the 2022 remake Robyn Alomar, Corteon Moore, Romy Welman, Tori Barban, Matias Garrido& Kenny Wang. Check it out – stay tuned for the full trailer.

Here is the first Philippe Gagnon trailer train of terrordirectly from Tubi’s YouTube:

Terror Train Remake

Haunted by a nasty initiation prank gone horribly wrong, Alana and a group of seniors fight for their survival as an unknown killer seeks revenge at a Halloween-themed pre-grad party in aboard a party train. Disguised by costumes and plagued by chaos, everyone is suspicious as participants are killed one by one. A remake of the original 1980 cult classic. train of terror (2022) is directed by Quebec filmmaker Philippe Gagnonfilm director First of July, Werewolf 2014, In a galaxy near you 2and tons of other TV movies (Psycho Prom Queen, kidnapped on air, The Secret Sauce) previously. The screenplay is written by Ian Carpenter and Aaron Martin, based on the 1980 film written by TY Drake and directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Produced by Kaleigh Kavanagh. Tubi will launch Gagnon’s short story train of terror movie streaming on Tubi from 21st of October just in time for Halloween. How scary so far?

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]]> [PHOTO] “Ghosts” Season 2: Drew Tarver will be Jay’s cult friend Mon, 12 Sep 2022 22:36:00 +0000

East The two others star Drew Tarver trying to recruit a Ghosts husband in his worship in TVLine’s exclusive first look at Season 2 of the hit CBS comedy?

Tarver guest stars on the October 13 episode, in which “Sam becomes alarmed when ghosts suggest Jay’s new friends might be part of a cult, led by a charismatic leader named Micah (played by Tarver)”, according to the official description. Micah befriends Jay at a basketball game, after which he takes advantage of Jay’s desire to make new friends and “traps Jay and Sam in his ‘vitality’ patch plan, threatening their financial future.

Tarver plays Cary Dubek on HBO Max’s cult favorite The two otherswhich also includes Ghosts star Brandon Scott Jones (aka Isaac) in the recurring role of Cary’s friend Curtis Paltrow. (Jones also served as a co-producer and writer on the comedy’s Season 2.)

“We were so excited to have Drew Tarver play our cult leader Micah. We’ve been huge fans of him for a long time,” co-showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman told TVLine. “He was very compelling and charismatic in the role, and we believe that if he ever decided to do so, he would be very successful in creating a cult.”

Ghosts Season 2 airs Thursday, September 29 at 8:30/7:30 a.m. on CBS. Check out the first photo above, then hit the comments with your thoughts!


]]> Steelers fandom loves ‘a cult’? Weigh-in of current and former players Sat, 10 Sep 2022 14:08:51 +0000

Have you ever walked down the aisles of a Giant Eagle on Steelers Sunday?

Have you ever walked the Strip…literally any day?

If so, you have seen it. Jerseys. Hats. Horrible towels.

Even shoes.

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers are not a football team. It’s a lifestyle. As cliché and/or comical as it may sound to an outsider, those born here (or those simply raised on black and gold principles) know the score.

The Steelers infiltrate every aspect of life.

But you don’t even have to walk to a Pittsburgh-area grocery store to witness it for yourself. Just take it from players, past and present.

“Go to Wal-Mart or Target –– you know! You are from [Ohio] — you know what it is,” former Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon said. Rachel DeMita during a recent episode of his podcast, Courtyard Club. “You’re going to see a baby to an 85-year-old lady to a guy who looks like a substitute teacher all wearing Steeler jerseys. And all over Pittsburgh on a Friday –– maybe a Thursday –– the city is dripping in black and gold. And that’s just what it is.

So what is it then, Mr. Colon? To chase. Say it.

“I say it all the time,” Colon continued. “Being a Steeler is like being part of a religion. It’s definitely like a cult.

Does that sound too extreme? I think Steelers fans aren’t quite this intense?

A) If you or anyone you know lives the Steelers life, you know Colon is right.

B) Let’s ask a current player to weigh in.

“I think when guys like Willie talk about that, they’re just talking about the pride you feel playing for the Steelers,” Chris Wormley said Friday at the UMPC Rooney Sports Complex. “History, tradition: all this kind of pieces [a] it doesn’t matter how long you play here, if you’re here for a season or if you’re here for your whole career like Ben [Roethlisberger] and cam [Heyward] have [been].”

Now, you would think that every NFL team has this type of passionate fanbase and following. Of course, the Steelers permeate the city like “a cult,” as Colon put it. But that may be the case everywhere.


Colon ended his career with the New York Jets after six seasons with the Steelers and spoke at length on the podcast about the differences between the Steelers and Jets organizations.

Wormley took it a step further by comparing a rival team, the Ravens.

“I think Baltimore – let me talk about Baltimore very quickly,” Wormley began with a laugh. “Baltimore, you know, has only been around for about 25 years and the Steelers are…”

Wormley paused a bit, perhaps feeling the hot water pinch his toes.

“Listen, I grew up as a Toledo, Ohio Steelers fan and I grew up watching these guys every Sunday and I could kind of get a sense of what this organization was like from afar,” he continued. “[Then] you enter the league, you play them once a year, twice a year. When I was in Baltimore, you got that feeling even more.

“And now being here is like, ‘OK. That’s what the NFL is all about. The organization, the lore, all that stuff plays into the mystique — I guess , if you’re not one of them — the Steelers.

As if that wasn’t enough, Colon left with another story. And this one is almost too good to be true (and yet I totally believe it).

“I remember one time when I was on IR and I think we had like an afternoon game,” Colon said. “It was like a 4:25 [p.m.] Thu. I had been to the 1 p.m. service, and the service is literally underway, and the padre said, ‘Hey, it’s almost game time. Let’s get it over with. to the congregation. And everyone was like, ‘Amen.’ Outside.

“And it was like that.”

Listen to an extended version of Courtyard Club podcast with Colon here:

]]> iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Should you upgrade? Thu, 08 Sep 2022 21:22:18 +0000

Apple’s latest iPhone has arrived. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max represent the best the company has to offer customers this year.

But if you already own the iPhone 13 Pro, should you upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro? Or is it better to save your money for next year’s model? Find out in this comparison.

Comparison of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro

As successive generations of the ‌iPhone‌, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ share many design similarities and key features.

However, the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ offers several key upgrades over the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, including better cameras, an always-on display, and an improved A16 Bionic chip. But the clincher is the all-new Dynamic Island, a fun and quirky new UI element that makes the iPhone 14 Pro one of the most exciting iPhones we’ve seen.

Design: Little difference

The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors, including two new ones (Space Black and Dark Purple).
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  • iPhone 13 Pro: 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.65mm; 204 grams; IP68 water and dust resistant up to 6 meters
  • iPhone 14 Pro: 147.5mm x 71.5mm x 7.85mm; 206 grams; IP68 water and dust resistant up to 6 meters

The iPhone 14 Pro series follows the same design language as the iPhone 13 Pro line. They use Ceramic Shield glass on the front, surgical grade stainless steel and are IP68 water resistant.

There’s a slight difference in the dimensions and weight of the new iPhones, but it’s not drastic enough for you to notice immediately.

The biggest change is the Dynamic Island pill notch + hole on the iPhone 14 series. Apple has cleverly used this new configuration to display important information and notifications.

The color is the only other noticeable change. The iPhone 14 Pro lineup comes in four hues: silver, space black, dark purple, and gold. The old iPhone was available in five colors, with Apple dropping last year’s sierra blue and alpine green shades.

Display: Dynamic Island is the highlight

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The dynamic island turns into different kinds of notifications.
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  • iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR display, 2532 x 1170 pixel resolution, 1000 nits brightness, 1200 nits peak brightness, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 120Hz ProMotion
  • iPhone 14 Pro: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR display, Dynamic Island, 2556 x 1179 pixel resolution, 1000 nits brightness, 2000 nits peak brightness, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 120Hz ProMotion

On paper, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max retain the same display size as their predecessors. This year you get the usual generational improvements and Always-On Display support.

Apple claims that the iPhone 14 Pro display can peak at 1600 nits while displaying HDR content. And outdoors, the maximum brightness reaches 2000 nits. That’s double the peak brightness of last year’s model.

Apple uses two ambient light sensors on the iPhone 14 Pro: one on the front and another on the back. This small quality-of-life improvement will allow the new iPhone to more accurately manage screen brightness based on ambient light.

Performance: improved efficiency

  • iPhone 13 Pro – A15 Bionic, 5nm fab, 16-core neural engine
  • iPhone 14 Pro – A16 Bionic, 4nm fab, 50% more memory bandwidth, 16-core Neural Engine

Apple claims the A16 Bionic is its “fastest chip ever in a smartphone”. And while that may be true, this year’s A-series chip doesn’t bring as big of a performance jump as recent generations. Instead, based on the 4nm fab, Apple seems to have focused on efficiency improvements for better battery life. There is a claimed 20% reduction in power consumption of high-performance cores. This should help maintain peak performance while playing games and running heavy applications.

The chip also features a new display engine to handle the Always-On display and enable refresh rates as low as 1Hz.

There is no difference between the two phones in terms of storage and RAM. They both come with 6GB of RAM, and you can buy them with up to 1TB of storage.

Battery life: Better, but not really

There is no major difference in the rated battery life of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro. Apple still claims that the two devices can provide up to 75 hours of audio playback or up to 20 hours of streaming video playback. Normal video playback time increased by one hour for the iPhone 14 Pro, compared to 22 hours on the iPhone 13 Pro. But that’s probably not a big enough difference to impact day-to-day use.

Charging speeds also remain the same. Phones can fast charge to 50% in 30 minutes using a 20W power adapter or higher.

Camera: Massive upgrades

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Some of the biggest upgrades to the Pro models involve the cameras.
Picture: Apple
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 12 MP f/1.5 main camera, sensor-shift stabilization; 12MP f/2.8 telephoto, 3x optical zoom, OIS; 12MP f/1.8 Ultra Wide, Macro; Flash True Tone, Deep Fusion, Cinematic mode (1080p@30fps); Front: 12MP camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • iPhone 14 Pro – 48MP f/1.78 main camera, 2nd generation sensor shift stabilization, 12MP f/2.8 telephoto lens, 3x optical zoom; 12MP f/2.2 Ultra Wide with larger 1.4um pixels, macro photography; Adaptive True Tone Flash, Photonic Engine, Deep Fusion, Cinematic Mode (4K HDR at 30fps), Action Mode; Front: 12MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus

Apple says the camera system in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max “pushes the limits of what’s possible in a smartphone.” The triple-camera setup has been upgraded to include a new 48MP main camera and an upgraded 12MP Ultra Wide with larger pixels.

Add the software enhancements like the Photonics Engine, and Apple says you get massive improvements in low-light scenarios: up to 2x on the main camera, 3x on the Ultra Wide, and 2x on the Telephoto cameras and TrueDepth.

In addition to offering better image quality, Apple uses the 48MP sensor to offer a new 2x telephoto option. So now you get a zoom range from 0.6x to 1x, 2x and 3x without any noticeable impact on quality.

Apple has also updated the True Tone flash. It’s been redesigned with nine LEDs that now change intensity depending on the camera you’re using.

The 12-megapixel front camera now uses a wider f/1.9 aperture, allowing it to take in more light. Plus, it now has autofocus, so you’ll look better than ever in selfies.

Video recording: new handy features

In the video department, the iPhone 14 Pro series introduces an Action mode that provides GoPro-like stabilization when recording action footage. It uses data from the main and Ultra Wide camera to achieve this. Thanks to the A16 Bionic, you can now record cinematic video in 4K resolution at 30fps.

All of these improvements add up, but they’re not big enough to ditch your iPhone 13 Pro and upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro just for camera performance.

Connectivity and sensors: Satellite!

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Yes, the iPhone 14 Pro can connect to satellites.
Screenshots: Apple/Cult of Mac
  • iPhone 13 Pro: Emergency SOS, three-axis gyroscope, physical nanoSIM slots, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
  • iPhone 14 Pro: Emergency SOS with satellite, high dynamic range gyroscope, car crash detection, two eSIM slots, Bluetooth 5.3, precision dual-frequency GPS

Apple’s latest iPhone brings some notable changes over the iPhone 13 Pro in the connectivity and sensor department.

For starters, iPhone 14 Pro models sold in the US will not come with a physical nanoSIM card slot. Instead, they will only have dual eSIM support. Depending on how often you switch phones and your carrier, this can be a problem.

The main highlight of the iPhone 14 Pro series is the emergency SOS with satellite. In an emergency, the phone can connect to a satellite and allow you to contact friends/family or emergency services. The feature is free for the next two years, but is only available in the US and Canada.

Another new safety feature on the iPhone 14 Pro is car crash detection. This is made possible by the new high dynamic range gyroscope and other software improvements. Your iPhone will automatically detect when you are in an accident and contact emergency services.

iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro: Is an upgrade worth it?

Yes, with reservations. The better cameras, always-on display, video stabilization, and improved chip are reason enough to upgrade, but the Dynamic Island seals the deal. The Dynamic Island is some of the best UI work Apple has done in years. Even though Apple designed it to cover a flaw, the Dynamic Island seems to provide real utility in everyday use – and will be a lot of fun to use! Is it necessary? Probably not. But I can’t remember a time when the iPhone pro was so different from the normal iPhone.

Of course, if you have an iPhone 13 Pro in perfect condition and you’re happy with it, it makes sense to keep it for another year. That way, you’ll better appreciate the improvements that next year’s iPhone will bring to the table.

]]> Does it live up to its cult status? Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:00:00 +0000

The 1997 Quick and Easy Review Event horizon is “what the hell was that?”, a sentiment that seems to have been shared by critics and moviegoers upon its initial release. The film has since become a verifiable cult classic and enjoyed a reappraisal that leans more favorably towards it. Is it however deserved?

The plot itself is relatively simple. In 2040, the Event Horizon, a spacecraft, disappeared and was presumed destroyed, until seven years later, when a distress signal from the ship prompted the rescue ship Lewis and Clark to be dispatched. Along for the ride with the crew of Lewis and Clark is Dr. William Weir (Sam Neil), the designer of the Event Horizon. Along the way, Weir reveals that the Event Horizon was not destroyed, but disappeared into a black hole created by his experimental gravity drive, and has only just reappeared. When they reach the ship, they inadvertently damage their own, so the entire crew must board the Event Horizon. Slowly but surely, the ship reveals its dark secret: it has passed beyond the known universe into a world of chaos and evil. He’s literally been to hell and back, and now the ship itself is possessed and needs a new crew.


In all honesty, that makes it really dumb, because there’s much, much more to the movie to chew on visually and intellectually. The foreground reveals the Event Horizon, which from the outside looks like a cross, which is just the start of the religious imagery the director Paul W.S. Anderson uses throughout the film. The ship’s interior resembles a dark cathedral, with interiors that blend the look of stained glass and gothic structure with sci-fi elements. We then cut to Weir, who wakes up harshly after seeing his deceased wife alive and with her eyes gouged out in a nightmare. The station he is in has a barren, white aesthetic, the first indication of Anderson’s use of shades to convey the journey into darkness the rescue ship is embarking on. While in stasis, Weir experiences another nightmare, again involving his wife. Shortly after, the whole crew wakes up. The aesthetic of the rescue ship is decidedly gray at this point, as Weir gives the crew the details of the mission, a shift to the darker element ahead. It’s also the first time they’ve heard the distress call, which sounds like painful cries and a dark voice speaking in Latin, another interesting connection to Catholicism, and which is mistakenly translated as “Save -me”.

When they arrive at Event Horizon and are forced to board while repairs are being made to the Lewis and Clark, it becomes very apparent that something very, very bad has happened, but no clue as to what. The crew members investigate the ship, and the first sign that things are about to fall apart is when the gravity drive turns on (which Weir says is impossible) and drags Justin (Jack Noseworthy) in, forcing Cooper(Richard T. Jones) to rescue him. Justin is withdrawn but completely catatonic. Soon, the crew members begin to have visions: Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) sees a young man he was forced to leave when he died, Peters (Kathleen Quinlan) sees the son she left behind and Weir sees his wife again, who urges him to join her. It’s at this point that it’s not just the background that’s black, but now Weir is seen in shadow, or sitting in a chair that makes him look like something else. world, predicting its turn into total darkness. The crew find the captain’s diary and look at it, only to be bombarded with gruesome images of mutilation and sexual deviation, and the entire Latin message is fully translated by the doctor, DJ (Jason Isaac). It’s not “Save Me”, it’s much more disturbing: “Save Yourself From Hell”.

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Lieutenant Stark (Joely Richardson) correctly infers that the ship itself is alive, and that the visions and other disturbances are the actions of the ship itself, and Miller realizes that the ship has been at what can only be described as the epitome of church-held hell, a realm of indescribable evil. Weir gives in to evil through his wife, who gouges out his eyes as he comes into possession. Miller, Cooper and Starck, the only remaining crew, plan to blow up the tunnel that connects the control room to engineering, freeing the control room like a “life raft”, only Weir prevents Miller from escaping, forcing him to set off the explosions and release the life raft, saving Cooper, Starck and Justin, barely alive but in stasis. The film ends on an ambiguous note, suggesting that they may not have escaped at all.

Anderson proves to be a master at increasing the tension with simple camera effects and sets, a skill he has proven in other of his films. There are a number of disconcerting shots taken from offbeat angles, and a memorable shot where Peters sees his “son” standing in a coffin-shaped doorway before he dies. A very, very subtle technique he uses that adds to the tension of the situation is static shots that aren’t actually static shots, as if the camera isn’t on a stand but held in the hand . This gives the shot a slight jolt, disorienting but not necessarily. It’s really clever, and it’s the only flippant movie that even uses it.

One of the film’s early criticisms was its excessive gore, and make no mistake – there’s definitely some gore there. It’s just that gore is, well, interesting. For the most part, the gore is seen in montages or brief glimpses, such as when the crew watches the captain’s log, Weir pushes images into Miller’s mind, and the end result of Weir’s vivisection of DJ. But these images are disturbing, haunting and, yes, excessive, especially the Captain’s Diary where the original crew are seen in a bloody, hedonistic and deadly orgy. It certainly gets worse (one director’s cut was rumored to be significantly gorier), but it deserves its reputation that way.

The acting in the film is, overall, average at best. To be honest, the story doesn’t give the actors much to grasp for their characters, but the supporting actors seem more “star trek redshirts” as opposed to people the audience cares about. Fishburne definitely sends him off, playing Fishburne. There are two exceptions: Isaacs rises above the script and nails the character’s gradual change from vocal cynical to haunted believer Neill clearly has fun inhabiting Weir’s descent into the mad, and attacks his villainous and creepy turn with enthusiasm.

The verdict? Event horizon is a grand and ambitious vision that attempts to marry elements of Extraterrestrial movies (the first half hour or so is very close to aliens) with spiritual depth. It doesn’t quite pull it all together, but where the pieces fit together better than expected, a film aiming for A+ that settles for its B rating. So yeah, Event horizon is indeed worthy of its reassessment.

Evaluation: B

Chelsea cult hero set for shock Premier League return » Chelsea News Mon, 05 Sep 2022 05:57:00 +0000

Chelsea have produced many fan favorites over the years, or what many might call ‘cult heroes’ at the club.

They are players who will always hold a special place in the hearts of many fans and have always given their all on the pitch for the club.

Sources: The latest contract situations for Jorginho, Kante, Mount, James, Webster, and more!

Diego Costa may have ended up leaving on bad terms with Chelsea and falling out with Antonio Conte, but for many Blues fans he will always be remembered as a cult hero.

Well, those fans might have mixed emotions this morning with news leaked that the former Blue might be set for a return to the Premier League, but not with Chelsea.

According to David Ornstein of The Athletic (below), Costa will undergo his Wolves medical this Tuesday before moving to the club. Costa is a free agent and they can be signed after the transfer deadline. Wolves need a striker to cover injuries, and Costa could be that guy!

CULT Food Science Completes Acquisition of Food Revolution Media Fri, 02 Sep 2022 21:20:00 +0000

FRM Acquisition Set to Accelerate Company’s Mission of Complete Cellular Agriculture Ecosystem

TORONTO, September 2, 2022 /CNW/ – CULT Food Science Corp. (“CULT” or the “Company”) (CSE: CULT) (OTC: CULTF) (FRA: LN0), an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on cellular agriculture that advances the development of new technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental and ethical solution to global industrial agriculture and aquaculture crises, announces the closing of its acquisition of Food Revolution Media Inc. (“FRM“) which was previously announced on July 22, 2022.

The two parties signed a definitive agreement and entered into a share-based transaction (the “Transaction“) pursuant to which CULT acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of FRM in exchange for the minimum amount of 15,000,000 ordinary shares of the Company. An additional 15,000,000 ordinary shares of the Company may be acquired by FRM vendors through the achievement of certain quantitative milestones.

FRM is a leading content company focused on alternative proteins and cellular agriculture. With a global community of founders, scientists, thought leaders, venture capitalists and angel investors, Food Revolution Media is a powerful platform that encompasses the future of food. With this reach, Food Revolution Media is at the forefront of emerging trends, themes and innovation in food technology and cellular agriculture.

CULT management believes this will lead to a cumulative benefit for the company of exclusive deal streams, potential partnerships and co-investors. As CULT begins to shift toward rapid commercialization and partnerships with portfolio companies to advance consumer adoption, as well as its center of excellence with global cellular agriculture leader New Harvest, the company believes that leveraging the media is critically important to continuing to be a top mover and maximizing value as a public company.

The transaction is being made pursuant to prospectus exemptions available under applicable securities legislation. It remains subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals. The Transaction is an arm’s length transaction and does not constitute a fundamental change or result in a change of control of the Company, within the meaning of the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Management commentary

“We have always believed deeply that the media is an essential part of the cell agriculture movement. In order to change consumer behavior, we need to build cultural awareness around the power of cell-based foods and the scientific breakthroughs that are happening. produce in our field.Having our ability to leverage a global audience through FRM will give us many advantages to continue to be at the forefront of cellular agriculture and bring value to our portfolio companies, partnerships and scientific innovation,” said Lejjy Gafour, CEO of CULT.

About CULT Food Science

CULT Food Science Corp. is an innovative investment platform focused exclusively on cellular agriculture that advances the development of new technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental and ethical solution to the global factory farming crisis. The first of its kind in North AmericaCULT Food Science aims to provide individual investors with unparalleled exposure to the most innovative start-up, private or early stage cultured meat, cell-based dairy and other cultured food companies across the world.

Additional information may be found by viewing the Company’s website at or its regulatory filings at

On behalf of the Company’s Board of Directors,


“Lejjy Gafour”
Lejjy Gafour, General Manager

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