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How The Sims Made New-Age Jazz Piano the Soundtrack of Our Lives

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The Sims soundtrack is an iconic piece of video game music, and the build mode's minimalist new age jazz piano songs are undoubtedly among it's most famous tracks. We spoke to Jerry Martin, the composer of the soundtrack, to find out how and why new age jazz piano became the sound of The Sims.

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Friday Night Soother

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Friday Night Soother

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We need a red panda baby this week:



The Milwaukee County Zoo recently announced the birth of their first Red Panda cub! The yet unnamed female was born June 6, and she now shares a birthday with her father, Dash.

The cub was born to first time mother, “Dr. Erin Curry” (also known as Dr. E.). Mom is 3-years-old and is originally from the Cincinnati Zoo. First time father, Dash, is 6-years-old and originally from the Granby Zoo in Quebec, Canada.



Because the youngster is still getting acclimated to her new surroundings, animal care staff is allowing her plenty of time to become comfortable and bond with mom before her introduction to visitors. It’s the Zoo’s hope she will make her public debut in the next few weeks.

In the wild, Red Pandas live in the mountains of Nepal, northern Myanmar and central China. Red Pandas are considered endangered due to deforestation, poaching and trapping. With an estimated adult population of less than 2,500 and an approximate mortality rate of 86 percent, every Red Panda birth is very important.

Red Pandas are solitary animals, only interacting during mating season. Youngsters develop at a slow rate, spending the first year or more with mom. Blind for the first

21 to 31 days after birth, mothers keep cubs hidden in nests for the first two to three months. Mothers then teach the cubs how to climb and hunt.



Red Pandas rely on bamboo for most of their diet, specifically the most tender, young shoots and leaves. But, they are only able to extract one-fourth of the nutrients from the bamboo. They can spend up to 13 hours a day searching for and eating bamboo. During the summer months, they supplement their diet with fruit and insects. Cubs stop nursing around 13 to 22 weeks old.

Adult Red Pandas weigh up to 14 pounds and are around 2 feet-long, but their tails add extra length of up to 18-inches! This new addition weighed 166 grams at 3 days old and could fit in the palms of her keeper’s hands! She is now about 2,538 grams (5 pounds) and keepers say it takes both hands to pick her up.



Red Pandas are easily identifiable by their reddish-brown color, white face markings and speckling of black around their ears and legs. They begin to get this adult coloration around 50 days old, which acts as a camouflage. The fur covering their bodies also covers the pads on their feet. This helps Red Pandas keep the heat in their bodies during the cold winter months.

Zookeepers report that the new cub is doing very well, and first-time mother, Dr. E, is doing a great job raising her first cub. Details of her debut will be coming soon!
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The Foreclaws children get a tour of the St Hubris campus at their new school | First Dog on the Moon

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The funding here is crazy - they’re crying poor but this school already has tens of millions. And yet the government is giving us millions more!

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'Mashup' guy: how a Joe Hockey animation changed video editor Huw Parkinson's life

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Walkley award-winning video editor has made a name for himself inserting politicians into popular films and TV shows

Over the last four years, his distinctive video “mashups” have become a staple of Australian political life to the point where the latest catastrophe coming out of Canberra doesn’t feel fully over until it’s had the Parkinson treatment.

In a rapidly changing media landscape, video editor Huw Parkinson’s innovative work bridges the divide between traditional TV and online. The regular segment has been broadcast nationally on Insiders as well as going viral on the web, with millions of views on YouTube and other social media.

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He won a Walkley! I had no idea!
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Victoria calls inquiry into gig economy, including Uber Eats and Deliveroo

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Review will focus on claims of underpayment and poor working conditions for those contracted to jobs online

Victorian food delivery riders and those contracted to jobs online will be the focus of an inquiry following widespread claims of underpayment and poor treatment.

The Victorian government has announced an investigation into the conditions of workers employed via digital platforms such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority director quits over potential conflict of interest

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Margie McKenzie’s diving company was subcontracted to perform crown-of-thorns starfish removal work

A board director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has resigned following reports of a potential conflict of interest over the allocation of publicly-funded contracts to control crown-of-thorns starfish.

Margie McKenzie told the environment minister, Melissa Price, of her plan to resign late last week over “perceived concerns of a conflict of interest”.

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