Author: positiveimpact

Mars 2030

August 30, 2018

Conduct missions inside a habitat and rovers on the red planet’s surface in Mars 2030.

Source: You Too Can Explore Mars (In VR) Just Like Mark Watney

Space is, as they say, the final frontier. That is until a human lands on another planet and starts looking for another frontier to explore. We’re still a ways off from making “The Martian” happen in real life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore Mars! The best part is you can go home at the end of the day instead of being trapped all alone on the Red Planet. Mars 2030 uses virtual reality powered by real NASA data and will allow users to perform realistic missions. While that should only take about 15 minutes from start to finish, you can choose to explore to your heart’s content rather than tackle the work from the get-go. Those of you heading to SXSW 2016 will be able to experience it firsthand and will hopefully be available on major virtual reality platforms shortly after.

 

Swiss Army Man

August 30, 2016

One of the new indie films that made a lasting impression on moviegoers this summer was the American comedy/drama/fantasy film Swiss Army Man. It was written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known collectively as the Daniels, and it stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Its world premiere was at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016 and it was released to the public on July 1. The film, for the most part, has been positively received by critics.

Swiss Army Man is a disarmingly strange movie about a suicidal man and a flatulent corpse. Hank (Dano) is stranded on a deserted island and is ready to put an end to his suffering when he spies a body washed up on the shore. His own problems momentarily forgotten, Hank rushes to help only to discover it is a corpse who possesses the ability to talk, amongst other supernatural talents. Hank decides to name the talking corpse Manny (Radcliffe) and they quickly become good friends. Together they escape the island and try to make their way back to civilization with the help of Manny’s odd abilities.

The directors, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, set out to make a film that pushes boundaries and confronts the concept of what is and isn’t socially acceptable. In general, passing gas is not considered an appropriate thing to do even though it is a natural bodily function that everyone does. Yet it is because of Manny’s excessive amount of gas that Hank is finally able to escape the deserted island by riding the corpse toward civilization like a motorboat. The thing that usually causes the feelings of shame and disgust in a person, instead brings inspiration and a hope for freedom.
Death is also an uncomfortable topic that is not generally talked about even though it is a very real and an inevitable part of life. Out of all the things that could have washed up on Hank’s island, it was a corpse. It is not only ironic but also a very impactful image to have Hank’s only salvation for his life and freedom be a dead body. A corpse, a lifeless thing that no longer has a potential or use, is the exact thing that saves Hank’s life again and again.

Swiss Army Man is about more than just a farting corpse. It is a movie with a lot of heart, exemplifying the intricacies of the the human experience and what it means to be alive. Through Manny’s outlook on life and his unique abilities, Hank is able to find a way to live and keep going despite his loneliness and despair. If a corpse can find enough meaning in life to try to keep living, then surely a person who is still very much alive can as well. Despite the hardships and embarrassments that are bound to happen, it is the innate, unmentionable things each person experiences that makes life worth living. Once the things that are thought to be taboo are accepted as nothing to be ashamed of, only then can a person feel truly comfortable with who they are in their own skin. Swiss Army Man is a prime example of how life can change for the better when a person accepts the things that make a human truly human, allowing them to approach their life with a newfound sense of confidence and happiness.

Planting Thousands of Trees to Help Re-green the Province

May 7, 2016

TORONTO, May 7, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, volunteers and planting partners in four communities across Ontario participated in Forests Ontario’s annual Community Planting Weekend. In the spirit of helping to re-green our province, more than 460 attendees planted a total of 2,800 new, native trees in Niagara, Windsor, Kitchener/Waterloo and York Region.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Community Planting Weekend was hosted by Forests Ontario and supported by CAA South Central Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Thompson Emergency Freight Services, Ecobee, and Ontario Wood.

 

“The tree planting events were not only a fun way to spend the day with family and friends, but were also a great way to create a local legacy and a greener tomorrow which will benefit current and future generations. CAA South Central Ontario is proud to have sponsored the events and is committed to giving back to the communities in which our members live and work,” said Cindy Hillaby, VP Membership & Automotive Services, CAA SCO.

“Tree planting activities like today increase forest cover across Ontario that benefit our ecosystem and human health,” said Rob Keen, RPF, CEO of Forests Ontario. “Trees enhance the vitality of our communities by cleaning our air, improving local water supplies, establishing wildlife habitat and providing a buffer against the effects of climate change. It’s wonderful to see families and youth getting their hands dirty to grow a greener future for everyone.”

A special thank you also goes out to our planting event partners: CAA South Central Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ontario Wood, Thompson Emergency Freight Services, Ecobee, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Grand River Conservation Authority, City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Niagara Parks Commission and Regional Municipality of York.

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests Ontario.

About CAA South Central Ontario
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of more than 2 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.

Park Grove sponsors kids from local non-profit Coconut Grove Cares to a night out at the Heat Game.

March 16, 2016

MIAMI (March 16, 2016)—Terra Group and The Related Group, the development team bringing the Park Grove community to the Coconut Grove neighborhood come 2018,gave back to its future community by sponsoring the kids at Coconut Grove Cares to an evening of fun and sports—over 100 of them.

The pre-construction development, which also happens to be the future home of a key figure from the Miami Heat, rented two buses and purchased over 100 tickets to bring the kids of Coconut Cares to watch the city’s most beloved team.

David Martin, President and Co-founder of Terra Group and Cathy Strafaci, Director of Sales at Park Grove, gave the kids their tickets to the game at the Barnyard at Coconut Grove Cares, who, in turn, presented them with a big thank you card for taking them to the game.

The buses then shuttled the kids off to American Airlines Arena for the Heat game and returned them back to the Barnyard at Coconut Grove Cares following for their parents to then bring them home.

This is the first in a series of efforts for the future residency, Park Grove, to give back to its community.

More about Coconut Grove Cares: Coconut Grove Caresis a not for profit organization dedicated to building a better community for the children and families in the Village West Coconut Grove. Its Barnyard community center is a safe, supervised place for neighborhood children. Through The Barnyard, Coconut Grove Cares offers free after-school and summer programs to children ages 5-13. The Barnyard is an alternative to the streets and the crippling realities of unemployment, poverty, violence, teenage pregnancy, and drugs–which are now exacerbated by the relentless pressure of gentrification.