Thursday, 18 May 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18-4-2017: Hooray for Bollywood

Oh, handy … 

I’ve — in the wake of having a quiet week, this week? — been hitting the boxed sets: catching up with the second season of Mr Robot.

Which is looking as good as the first one, I should add.

What I didn’t know until yesterday?

Was that VideoLan, the makers of open source media player, vlc, had release a version of the player for the AppleTV.

Well, if you going to watch a TV show about a hacker, watching it on the open source video player only seems polite.

It’s … 

Actually, it’s not too bad.   The picture quality, player the same files, seems better with the AppleTV’s native software.   And you have to jump through a couple more hoops — you connect the software on the AppleTV to a remote control page, in a web browser, and drag and top the files in to the browser page — than you do, using iTunes.

But it’s not a bad process to use: and offers the chance of playing all sorts of formats on my favourite streaming box.

So I’m happy.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 18th May saw what many regard as the first Indian feature film, released.   In which year: 1910, 1911 or 1912?
Q2) Called Shree Pundalik, the film was how long: 20, 21 or 22 minutes?
Q3) Was the film silent, or a talkie?
Q4) If the film was a talkie, it would have been in which language: Hindi, Bengali or Marathi?
Q5) The film’s director, Dadasaheb Torne, spoke that language.   He’s also known as the what of Indian Cinema: father, mother or uncle?
Q6) Torne made a few silent films.   One of the last, Sindabad Khalasi, was a version of which character’s story?
Q7) Shree Pundalik was shown in the Coronation Cinematograph, in Girgaum.   Girgaum is an area of which city: Kolkata, Mumbai or Chennai?
Q8) The word ‘Bollywood,’ is used to describe the Indian film industry.   Strictly speaking, though?   ‘Bollywood’ actually refers to Indian films from which City?
Q9) As of 2013, India’s film industry is the biggest on Earth, by output.   Which country’s film industry is the second most prolific?
Q10) Finally … In 2015, the Indian film industry had gross box office takings of how much: $1.6 billion, $1.7 billion or $1.8 billion.
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) The New York Stock Exchange was founded: on 17th May of which year?
A1) 1792.
Q2) The Exchange’s main trading floor is in which New York Street?
Q3) The Exchange is sometimes known as the Big … what?
A3) Board.
Q4) When trading on the Exchange’s floor, trades take place in what’s called an open … what?
A4) Outcry.
Q5) The opening and closing of trade is usually signal by the ringing of what?
A5) A Bell.
Q6) The New York Stock Exchange is generally considered the world’s largest: by market capitalization.   What’s the next largest?
Q7) Thirty companies on the Exchange — including Apple, Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart — are listed on the Dow … what?
A7) The Dow Jones Industrial Average: this is the one that’s usually seen on the news channels.
Q8) A bull market is one where the Stock Exchange’s prices are what: rising or falling?
A8) Rising.
Q9) A bear market is one where the Stock Exchange’s prices are what: rising or falling?
A9) Falling.
Q10) Finally, and famously?   The New York Stock Exchange’s best known collapse was named after the street the Exchange is on.   And took place, when: 1927, 1928 or 1929?
A10) 1929.
Here’s a thought from a Canadian …
“I grew up in Toronto and as long as I can remember, as long as there was cable, even those old cable boxes that were wired to the TV, there have been Bollywood movies on Toronto TV.”
Mike Myers.
And a tune or four‡ … 

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser … 

Have a good day.

*        You mean the technology, Olga, or the ability to hack it?   Personally, I can’t help but think it’s going to have positive upsides: I think there was speculation about such things helping with various forms of dementia.   But, obviously, there’s downsides.   I seem to recall one of my favourite cyberpunk role-playing-games had bionic computer hackers who could control with their brains.   And computer malware that could induce fits … 

†        I’m just hoping we can persuade Elizabeth to have another look-in, Debbi: here’s hoping!   (If we can bag Mr S, Trevor and Angel, as well … )

‡        Almost forgot about Asha Bhosle!


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1912
Q2) 22 minutes
Q3) Silent
Q4) Marathi
Q5) father
Q6) Sinbad the sailor
Q7) Mumbai
Q8) Bombay (Mumbai nowadays)
Q9) Nollywood (Nigeria)
Q10) 1.6 billion
I was checking the offerings at a local cinema here in Barcelona, and when I watched this trailer I had to share it...
Ah, and you've probably already read this, but just in case:

Debbi said...

Yeah. The more, the merrier! :)

1. 1912
2. 22 minutes
3. silent
4. Hindi
5. father
6. Sindabad the Sailor
7. Mumbai
8. Mumbai
9. Nigeria
10. $1.6 billion