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Desks Of The Future

It goes without saying that the world is quickly changing. What was trending yesterday could be obsolete by tomorrow. But we cannot dispute that most of the changes that we’ve experienced have made our lives easier and better. One thing that has stood out is how simple life, in all aspects, has become today compared to a few decades ago. Be it transport, operations or even communication; we can say that things have changed for the better. One area that has experienced a significant transformation is the office desk.

The Best Office Desks For You

Over the last few decades, the office desk has been transformed to by the changing nature of the office environment. In the past when everything in the office including telephones, typewriter and even computers were huge and bulky, the office desk was large enough to accommodate all this. Today, office operations have been extremely simplified to a point where with only a small laptop; you can perform all the office duties. This is what has led to the office desk becoming smaller and smaller over the years. Apart from the simplified operation, the modern desk is also designed with features meant to address the comfort of the users.

The Electric Sit-stand Desks

Sit and Stand DesksA good example of the improved desk that’s also likely to make way for the desks of the future is the electric sit-stand desks. This is a special kind of desk that allows the user adjust the heights as they wish. The desk is designed to address the problem of working from the same position for an extended period of time. In most cases, the user may be forced to take a physical break to help them relax. But with these electric standing desks, the user can adjust the height as they wish. This helps in cutting on the time wasted on breaks and goes a long way to increase their productivity.

But experts believe that such modern desks still do not provide the user with absolute comfort. In fact, they believe that there is a huge room for improvement to address both productivity and the user comfort. They believe the future will be ergonomic. The user will have a variety of positions to choose from while working. Probably the desk will allow the user to work while exercising. 

Sustainability and being environmentally conscious will also be a driving factor in future- most of the desks will be using green energy. With everything getting quickly automated, we can only imagine simple and efficient the desks of the future will be.

Reference:
http://www.helpdesk.com/the-future-of-service-desks-in-a-world-of-tech-saavy-end-users/
https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/the-work-desk-of-the-future.html

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Review

After collectively combining to produce the critically-acclaimed blockbuster Macbeth, the union of director Kurzel Justin with Oscar-calibre cast Marion Cotillard and Micheal Fassbender and cinematographer Arkapaw Adam was surely good news for any Assassin’s Creed game enthusiast – Finally, a first amazing movie adaptation of a video game!

Sadly, however, Assassin’s Creed didn’t turn out the be more than the sum of it’s parts.

Story Line

If you have played the game before like most of the DS team, then you are familiar with the plot. By means of a revolutionary piece of technology, Callum Lynch (Fassbenede Micheal) is able to unlock and access unique genetic memories and relive all the adventures of Aguilar, his ancestor in 14th Century Spain.

 

Callum discovers that he hails from the Assassins, a mystifying secret society, and accrues immense skills and insight to engage a powerful yet oppressive Templar Society in modern time. The father to Sophia (Marion Cotillard) – the scientist that discovers Callum and plugs him to the unique machinery – Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons) has a secret wish to use the Apple; a secret tool with the capacity to control the free will of humans, to put an end to the global rule and violence.

Can Callum quickly apprehend his fate and actually re-possess and safeguard the Apple sooner rather than later?

The Good

Character Development

Although it may not be one of the strongholds of Assassins Creed, Kurzel has performed a wonderful job in developing characters to lift the volatile, vertical action as found in games and credibly applying it on screen. He was cleverly done away with the games’ Animus Chair replacing it with a characteristically more vibrant mechanical arm enabling Fassbender perform captivating in-air gymnastics with his typical virtual-reality world blending perfectly with action as witnessed in 15th –Century Spain.

The strong suits of the Assassins Creed are the sequences of Spanish Inquisitions. Aguilar surprisingly says less than the Assassins Creed descendant –Callum although this has little significance considering the sight of him leaping over Spanish dusty rooftops, running across a myriad of ropes and subsequently diving off conventional Church spires. This is dizzying, breathless shot stuff which feels as if it directly tapped into the game series vein.

Characters appear to have more fun. Javier Gutierrez performs amusingly sinister while leading the Inquisition-Tomas de Torquemada.

Assassin's creed movie posterThe Bad

Quality

Despite boasting an Oscar-caliber cast, this video-game based movie is not only disorienting but also does very little to inspire delight. What’s worse, much of it is just a humorless bore. Even having produced a master-class blockbuster in the form of Macbeth, the re-union of stars Cotillard and Fassbender with director Kurzel Justin is, unfortunately, a lowbrow.

The fans of the actual video game might better understand this, but, both the Apple of Eden concept together with its subsequent hiding location makes little sense. Supporting characters such as Khalid Abdalla, Brendan Gleeson and Irons seem to contribute very little in accentuating the thrill since they project great seriousness and gravity and dwindle in the choppy editing and sludgy cinematography doing them no good.

Verdict

Compared to numerous other video game movie adaptations, Assassins Creed is somewhat arguably better made and without a doubt having a better cast. Nonetheless, the CGI-fueled outcome still remains one joylessly over-plotted drag. Worth watching if there’s nothing else worth seeing around or if you’re a diehard Assassin’s Creed fan, but otherwise you won’t miss out by skipping this one.

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