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Fatal clashes as Ukraine dissolves Crimean parliament - live updates
Two people killed and five injured in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists before Sunday’s secession referendum. Follow the live blog here
Pictured: People speak in front of a placard depicting the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as a dancing ballerina wearing a bulletproof vest with Kalashnikov machine gun. Photograph: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images

guardian:

Fatal clashes as Ukraine dissolves Crimean parliament - live updates

Two people killed and five injured in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists before Sunday’s secession referendum. Follow the live blog here

Pictured: People speak in front of a placard depicting the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as a dancing ballerina wearing a bulletproof vest with Kalashnikov machine gun. Photograph: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images

This is my second published review through itsfluffy.com. Check it out if you’ve got a moment and check out the website/their Facebook page if you’re interested!

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Dan Peleschuk talked to Crimean Tatars in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine, about their feelings on the upcoming referendum that will decide whether Crimea stays with Ukraine or secedes and joins Russia:

“We know what Russian imperialism is, and we won’t give into these kinds of bribes,” says Enver Umerov, a municipal deputy in Bakhchysarai and a member of the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ national council.

Useyn, a 57-year-old construction worker, considers what he says would be a dismal future under Russian rule.

“We are Muslims, and I know how they treat us there,” he says. “They’ll find the smallest pretext and all of sudden, I’m a terrorist.”

“I don’t want to live with that kind of fear.” 

Crimean Tatars fear a future under Russia

Photo by AFP/Getty Images

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All things are interrelated and interdependent; nothing exists in isolation. The entire universe is one ecosystem, similar to a spider web — if one part is touched, the entire net shimmers. As a result of interrelatedness and interdependency, every expression of energy, including our thoughts and intentions, ultimately touches and affects everything else.

Carl Sagan

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thecreatorsproject:

Meet The Real World Designers Behind The Fictional Video Games Of ‘Her’

While Spike Jonze’s recent film Her imagined many possibilities about the near-future, one of the subtler prophetic aspects of his love story hypothesized the next-frontier of video games, including interactive characters and controller-free consoles. 

The movie’s protagonist, Theodore, could possibly even represent the gamer of tomorrow, and his video games of choice are equally futuristic, even if they are technically design fiction and only exist within the movie itself. 

The first faux-game in the film was actually created by designer David OReilly. It features a foul-mouthed alien child that guides players through holographic tunnels while hilariously insulting the player. The other video game in Her, designed by Kevin Dart, challenges players to be ruthlessly perfect Moms. 

OReilly’s game is physically immersive as well as seamlessly integrated with other tech, including the Samantha OS. As we watch Theodore play, the game feels like a natural extension into an imagined environment. “Perfect Mom” (made at the fake company “Be Perfect”), suggests the gamer profile has expanded to include a much wider and maybe unexpected demographic.

OReilly and Dart are both known to work as directors in the animation world, so it’s no surprise the games have a highly stylized point of view. More than anything, “Alien Child” and “Perfect Mom” together suggest that specialized video games will continue to play an integral role in the future of entertainment.

We emailed OReilly and Dart to find out what it was like to make the faux video games of the future. 

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An interesting insight into the future of technology, gaming and the inclusion of other demographics.