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Animal Crossing: New Horizons review — A much-needed bit of happy in a time of big scary



Score: 8.0/10 
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: March 20, 2020

So you’re sitting at home all socially isolated because you’re a good citizen who listens to scientific and medical directives. You’ve already binged plenty of TV, caught up on all the Oscar winners, and read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for the last couple years. What next?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That’s what.

In these uncertain times, when Twitter is filled with unsettlingly dark trending topics like #BoomerRemover and even the finest among us (Tom Hanks) has been proven not to be immune to disease, Nintendo’s adorable life simulator is, if not a cure, at least a means to relieve some of the symptoms we’re all feeling. It’s a little slice of life-as-usual, where we can go about a virtual daily routine in which we work, play, explore, and chat with friends and neighbours, never worrying about anything more stressful than a bug bite or a bit of rain.

It begins with your cute little cartoon character — customized however you see fit — being plopped onto an uninhabited island with a couple of other settlers. If you’re lucky enough to have other gamers in the house they can set up their own characters and join your island community, creating a welcome social vibe.

Of course, there’s also franchise regular Tom Nook, a sentient racoon businessman eager to capitalize on your venture to set up a home and community on the island. You’ll start with naught but a simple tent, but with Tom’s help you’ll soon learn how to begin making improvements and constructing an actual house. You’ll obtain crafting recipes for axes, fishing rods, shovels, and nets that will allow you to begin harvesting resources including wood, iron, fruit, and various creatures.

This will let you improve and expand your dwelling and complete an enormous variety of do-it-yourself projects at the workbench, from tables and chairs to ocarinas and umbrellas. Eventually you’ll begin helping others with their projects as well, which will lead to such things as an improved island shop and a surprisingly large and authentic museum to show off all of the fossils, bugs, and fish you find.

The game is set in real time, so it follows the same day/night cycle wherever you happen to live in the real world. This means you’ll want to play at different times of the day so that you can do things like observe shooting stars in the evening and catch diurnal creatures while the sun is up. However, it also introduces some artificial limitations that can sometimes prove a little frustrating. The store, for example, shutters at 10 p.m., limiting your business-related ventures.

More stuff to do comes available naturally each day as you complete tasks. I visited other islands, where I met more AI characters whom I invited to come settle on my little atoll. I began playing the turnip “stalk” market to make a little more money. I met a laid back professional photographer who provided his studio to me free of charge so that I could set up photo shoots with a variety of models and props.

Admittedly, some parts of the experience won’t be for everyone. My daughter is obsessed with creating the perfect home, decorating walls, displaying various items she’s crafted and collected, and rearranging furniture just so. I don’t really see the point in this. My home is much more utilitarian — kind of a box in which to store stuff until I need it. I’d be a little more interested in collecting and arranging items if more of them were interactive, but I don’t understand why I should want to buy and display a vacuum cleaner or plastic gas can. It feels like a symptom of consumer culture.

That said, the game does open the doors to some timely topics of discussion.

For example, I often find myself heading out to other islands simply to rob them of resources. I’ll strip mine the rocks, clear cut the forests, and pick every single flower, leaving the islet completely barren, just so that I can use these resources to further develop my own island. It’s just a game, of course, but I can’t ignore the real-world parallels and do feel some Lorax-esque guilt as I greedily chop down an island’s last standing tree just so I can build that simple wooden bed I’ve been meaning to make.

And while Tom is undeniably helpful, he’s also a bit of a cold-blooded capitalist. He’s not helping us set up our communities out of the goodness of his heart. Indeed, he has repeatedly sold me on upgrades that have left me hundreds of thousands of Bells (the island’s currency) in debt, failing to let me know beforehand just how big my loan will be.

Viewed in the right light, however, I see these as discussion starters. My kid and I have had unexpectedly meaty conversations about the lessons that might be learned from some of the stuff we’ve gotten up to in the game.

But the main takeaway here isn’t that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a jumping off point for serious discussions about our culture. It’s actually kind of the opposite. It’s a blissfully lighthearted and colourful game filled with charm, humour — I giggled aloud the first time I caught a black bass, described in-game as “the most metal of all fish” — and a much needed sense of normalcy that comes at a time when we could all use a little pick-me-up.

And if our current social isolation should stretch from days into weeks and months, I’m pretty sure there’ll still be plenty to do each day on my little friend-filled island.


Robots in the Workplace: How Employees Can Work Safely With Them



As businesses look for ways to remain in operation safely and minimize human contact in the workplace,  robots have emerged as a viable solution, taking over some of the roles previously carried out by human workers and, in some cases, working together with them. Walmart, America’s largest retailer, is already using robots to scrub floors, while the Royal Palace restaurant in the Netherlands has replaced human waiters with robots that greet customers, serve food, and clear the tables. There’s no doubt that  robots are the future of the workplace, but just like any other technology, they present a safety risk especially when working alongside human workers. While employers bear most of the responsibility of keeping the workplace safe when introducing robots, employees have a role to play as well. 
Knowing the risks 
There are various risks that employees must always be aware of  when working with robots. For example, impact or collision accidents may result from component malfunctions, unpredicted movements, or unpredicted changes to the robot’s arms or peripheral equipment. Crushing and trapping accidents may also happen when an employee’s body part is caught between the robot’s arm and other peripheral equipment. Mechanical part accidents can also lead to the release of robot parts, failure of end-effector tools, or failure of gripper mechanisms, all of which may lead to employee injuries. Accidents from arc flash, metal spatter, leaking high-pressure lines, and dust are also a possibility depending on the type of robot. 
How employees can stay safe 
Working with robots can be intimidating for employees, but by following safety guidelines to the letter, employees can ensure that there are no incidents. For starters, employees who operate, program, maintain, or repair robots and robot systems must get adequate safety training to ensure that they’re competent enough to perform their jobs safely. During the training, they can pinpoint any foreseeable hazards that may arise during operation and determine the appropriate functional safety controls to eliminate such hazards. When necessary, employees must also wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, face shields, respirators, hard hats, hearing protection, and safety glasses to provide a final layer of defense against injuries. 
What to do when injured 
Even after learning the risks and taking strong measures to mitigate them, employees may still get injured when working with robots. In fact, a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that the  rate of employee injuries in Amazon’s robotic warehouses is higher than those warehouses in which robots are not yet in use. As such, employees must have a plan in the event of robot-related injury. Following an injury, the first thing an employee can do is make a worker’s compensation claim. However, in some cases, the employee may also need to hire a  personal injury lawyer after an accident, for instance, if the employer does not provide worker’s compensation insurance. A personal injury lawyer may also be necessary if the employee has a reason to believe that the employer did not take adequate measures to ensure that the robot is safe during installation. 
While robots are expected to deliver great efficiencies to the workplace in the near future, their complexities introduce serious workplace hazards; crushing, collisions, electrical shocks, and unexpected restarts, to name a few. It is up to employers and employees to work together to ensure robots operate safely whether they’re working alone or alongside their human colleagues.

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Top Technologies That Are Making Driving Safer



he most  common causes of accidents in the U.S. are distracted driving, DUI, breaking speed limits, driving in poor weather, not stopping when the red light is on, and driving at night – as found in research conducted by insurance company, Cheap Quotes Auto Insurance. What many of these risk factors have in common is that  they can be avoided with the help of cutting-edge safety technology. If your job or personal life involves spending numerous hours on the road, what safety features should you be looking at when buying your next vehicle?

Safety Shield Systems
Over the past few years,  car safety features to attract buyers and lower road accident statistics have abounded in different models of cars. For instance,  automatic emergency stop assistance envisions a situation in which the driver suddenly feels so ill they cannot steer and brake the car. This system is far more complex than simple emergency braking. It works in various steps. First, it tries to warn the driver through visual and audible signs. It then sharply applies the brakes, then decelerates, turning on the hazard flashers and coming to a safe stop. This, combined with other technologies, such as driving assistance, forward-collision warnings with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and even rear cross traffic warnings, are now part of safety shield systems or safety ‘packs’ that feature various systems working synergistically to reduce accident risks.

Low Light Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision and pedestrian detection are excellent aids in avoiding crashes, but it is vital that  vehicles are able to detect pedestrians, cyclists, and animals on the road,  even in low light conditions. One system developed by researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, enables vehicles to detect pedestrians up to 40 meters away, thanks to images captured via far infrared technology. Two thermal cameras identify the presence of individuals, even if it is too dark for the drivers to do so. Other light-related features include intelligent high beam systems, which ensure clear night vision but dim lights to lower beams if the head or tail lights of another vehicle are detected.

New Speed Limit Technology
Cruise control (and adaptive cruise control, which allows the driver to set both a specific speed and the following distance from the vehicle in front) has been in existence for various years, but car manufacturers such as Volvo are taking things a bit further in two ways. The first is  through a special ‘care key’ that allows extra limits to be placed on speed before an inexperienced driver (e.g. a teen driver) is allowed behind the wheel. The second is the introduction of a 112mph speed cap for all its cars as part of a thorough safety plan to bring road deaths down to zero.

Car manufacturers are making driving safer every year, offering safety packages that include a medley of features – including cruise control, automatic braking, and declaration in emergency situations. They are also avoiding collisions through innovative lighting technology, which enables vehicles to avoid pedestrians and cyclists in poor lighting conditions. Finally, limiting speed enables manufacturers to eliminate one of the biggest risks for accidents: driving above the speed limit. The quest for safety is never-ending, however, and it will hopefully continue at this frenetic pace until deaths on the road are completely eliminated.

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The Benefits Of Being A Cam Girl



When it comes to becoming a webcam model, many look at the potential to earn money and that alone. Would you be surprised however to learn that there are actually a plethora of benefits when it comes to being a webcam model?

Being a webcam model has never been more popular however with the right marketing and a strict business attitude toward your work, we guarantee you’ll start to see numerous benefits over time. Don’t believe us? Keep on reading…

The Potential To Earn Good Money

While competition is stiff, there’s huge potential to start earning some serious cash as a cam girl. All it takes is a little research. There are numerous niches and markets to aim for. Once you’ve established your demographic, it’s simply down to researching what they want to see and giving them exactly that. Throw in a little marketing on your own website, some social media posts and hey presto, you’ve got the perfect recipe to start earning more than you ever dreamed possible.

Expand Your Social Circle & Work With A Great Bunch

It’s always advisable to join social media communities within your industry. Not only will you gain a lot of support but you’ll actually get to meet some pretty great people. While webcam models do often work on their own, guest appearances are a common occurrence and help create incredible buzz. You’ll get to work with a great bunch and increase your social circle at the same time which is so important for people who spend their time working alone.

Gain A Lucrative Following

Work on your social media following. It won’t just lead to more traffic on your videos. It will lead to some pretty lucrative opportunities if you can increase your following into the thousands. This invites cash payments for posts or in the very least, some great freebies.

Gain Confidence

Ask any webcam model who’s made a successful career for themselves and we guarantee they’ll say one thing, ‘it’s increased my confidence massively’’. How can you not feel more confident as people tell you day in and day out how attractive you are?

Enjoy A Flexible Lifestyle

While your viewers will come to expect you at certain times, you will enjoy a certain level of flexibility especially as you become more familiar with the role. You’ll learn what you can and can’t do on the go and when you need to be in the studio, as well as which days you can give yourself more flexibility.


Contact Camiplay Today

Think life as a webcam model sounds like the perfect career choice for you? Then we suggest you take a look at, one of the freshest new webcam sites out there right now. Just head to their website and click ‘become a model’ to find out more.

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