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January 30, 2015

Women of Sundance: Amy Berg’s “Prophet’s Prey”

In a male-dominated industry, it’s time for its female filmmakers to take the spotlight. This year, Limité is proud to honor some of the talented women directors of Sundance—with a voice all their own.

by Opal H. Bennett

Prophet’s Prey (photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. ©2015. All rights reserved.)

In April of 2008, Texas troopers raided the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) FLDS ranch near Eldorado, Texas. Responding to reports of extensive child sex abuse by Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs, agents initially removed hundreds of children from the compound. In Prophet’s Prey, director Amy Berg recounts the history of the Church, detailing how Jeffs, leader of its splinter fundamental branch, not only continued the practice of polygamy (no longer practiced by the main LDS sect),  but did so with girls as young as 12.

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Women of Sundance: Liz Garbus’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

In a male-dominated industry, it’s time for its female filmmakers to take the spotlight. This year, Limité is proud to honor some of the talented women directors of Sundance—with a voice all their own.

by Opal H. Bennett

What Happened, Miss Simone? (photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. ©2015. All rights reserved.)

The mercurial and legendary songstress and civil rights activist, Nina Simone, is newly illuminated in Liz Garbus’s latest documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?. The title asks the question devotees of Simone have posed about a career that never matched the grandeur of her voice. Working with the blessing of Simone’s estate, Garbus enjoyed unprecedented access to archival performances, recordings, and writings, and employing great attention to detail, she uncovers facets of Simone that were previously known only to a privileged few. On the night of the film’s premiere, Garbus told the audience she felt this was the film she’d been preparing to make from the beginning of her career. Her last film, Love, Marilyn (2012), a documentary featuring Marilyn Monroe’s lost letters, similarly provides new perspective on a figure about whom we thought we already knew all there was to know. But where Love, Marilyn presents actors’ performances of Monroe’s words, Miss Simone tells much of the songstress’s story through her own voice and words.

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January 29, 2015

The Brown TLV Hotel Partners with Kolbo for Pop-Up Shop

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The Brown TLV hotel, a stylish boutique property in the heart of Tel Aviv’s cultural epicenter and the city’s only member of the Design Hotels, have partnered with KOLBO for an exclusive “KOLBOKOOL” pop-up shop, an in-house gift shop featuring a diverse array of meticulously curated design, household, tech and clothing items from around the world, open now through April 20, 2015.

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The first-ever collaboration of its kind in Tel Aviv, the “KOLBOKOOL” gift shop brings forth a new selection of artisanal design products and accessories from Italy, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. to Israel’s micro-metropolis on the Mediterranean. Brands and items featured in the KOLBOKOOL pop-up shop include: FRENDSheadphones; Smart Turnout; Ozaki iPhone chargers;Fatboy animal sculptures; Safe-T matches; Izola bamboo toothbrushes and candles; XL Corks wine cork stools, and design-brain-games from Neo-Utility, among others.

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January 28, 2015

Travel the World on $50 a Day

A guide by travel expert Matt Kepnes shows you how to “travel cheaper, longer, smarter.”

by Leslie Long

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Matt Kepnes is originally from Boston. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, he quite his job and set off around the world. He is still traveling and enjoys helping others do the same through his guides and his blog, nomadicmatt.com.

Ever entertain the idea of quitting your job and traveling the world for an extended period of time? Matt Kepnes of nomadicmatt.com has written a guide that’s not only informative, but inspiring, too. This wise and experienced traveler generously shares his secrets to living well on the road for less. But what most impressed me was his psychological advice about subjects I really haven’t seen addressed in other travel guides.

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INSA Creates the World’s Largest Animated Painting in Brazil

London based artist INSA has created the world’s largest animated painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the help of some satellite photos and a load of people who contributed to painting a mural large enough to be clearly visible from space. Over four days a surface of 14,379m2 was painted four times under his instruction, to be ready for the satellite to pass overhead and capture an image each day.

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January 22, 2015

Bill Gates Speaks On Why He Turned To Philanthropy

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Bill Gates just reclaimed his top spot as the richest man in the world and put a large amount his  and his wife earnings to good use. By mid-2013, they had donated over $28 billion via their charitable foundation, more than $8 billion of which has been used to help improve global health.

Gates didn’t always feel so charitable though, so what turned him into the philanthropist he is today? “Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t,” he said after attempting to take modern technology to the developing world back in 1997. This is a subject he’s now expanded on in an interview with Charlie Rose:

“The idea that a computer was relevant to the problems they were dealing with, where getting enough food, having decent health, getting any electricity, a reasonable place to live, it was pretty clear to me that, hey, I love this computer, and I thought it was neat and kids should have access, but they had to rig up a special generator so I could do this one demo. And they borrowed this generator. It wasn’t going to be there when I left. So the idea that there was a hierarchy of needs. While still believing in digital empowerment, that was not at the top of the list. That was pretty eye-opening for me.”

So there you have it. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has now been helping people across the world for 15 years.

 

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Franck Bohbot “House Of Books”

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Franck Bohbot, a Brooklyn-based photographer, documents beautiful libraries for his ongoing series “House Of Books”. He began photographing the wonderful spaces in Paris and Rome, and plans to travel further afield to North America, South America, and Asia to capture more breathtaking architecture.

“Paying tribute to the Architects – the light, the composition and the colors have to be coherent in all the series… I wanted to give a new approach, in terms of atmosphere, colors and composition. I will also include contemporary libraries, small rooms and entrances. This is a long project, and this is the beginning.”

Take a look at a selection of images from “House Of Books” below and head over to Franck’s website to explore more of his work.

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Microsoft Hololens Headset Integrates Digital Holograms with Real Life

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Enhancing the recently announced Windows 10 software, the Microsoft ‘Hololens’ headset pushes beyond the boundaries of augmented and virtual reality by enabling the user to interact with 3D holograms blended into the real world. The personal technology adapts the way people communicate, imagine and play through its ability to design and shape digital content as if they were actual objects in the room. It improves everyday tasks and enables activities that humans may never have experience before such as how NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory scientists will soon be using the tool to explore the surface of mars via the planet’s rover images. This integration of high-definition holograms with physical places provides a new medium to express creativity, a more efficient method to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize work and share ideas.

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January 21, 2015

The End of Sitting: A Futuristic Dutch Office Concept with No Chairs

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The days of back pains in the office chair, crouching over and standing for hours may soon be behind us all. Dutch firm RAAAF has designed a conceptual work space to help prevent many of the diseases associated with sitting in the same position all day, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The design was put together in collaboration with the University of Groningen, who experimented with shapes, form, and layout to encourage workers to change positions several times through the day, each time making you put more pressure on your legs.

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8 Ways to Create More Intimacy in Your Relationship

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Being intimate with a partner is often associated with the sexual component of a relationship. While sex certainly plays a part in building that intimacy (keeping things exciting in the bedroom never hurts!), there are various other factors that contribute to that bond you and your significant other share. It’s no secret that successful relationships require a good bit of effort and work, but with these simple steps, creating more intimacy in your relationship can be closer than ever.

Take a Break from Technology

In order to reconnect, it’s best to disconnect… from technology. Just as using your cell phone or tablet while driving can be dangerous, it may put your relationships at risk, too. PsychCentral points out that too much multi-tasking during conversations can be damaging to a relationship as it may leave one partner feeling less important. Though you may think you can successfully watch TV or check Facebook while talking to your partner, chances are you’re not truly tuned in to the conversation. Your attention is divided, and that can leave your relationship divided as a result. To build and maintain intimacy, be present in your interactions with your significant other, even if that means disconnecting from technology for a while. After all, that’s what voicemail and DVR are there for.

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