Hate crowds love ComicCon Heres how I cope

first_img The hottest cosplay we expect to see at Comic-Con 2019 3:00 25 Photos More Comic-Con 2019 Share your voice Tania González/CNET There’s nothing like the sensation of your heartbeat quickening, your stomach dropping to your ankles and a tingling sensation that, alas, is not your Spider-Sense. Is it fear? Is it loathing? No, it’s just me trying to go to a comics convention.For whatever reason, my love of a one-stop shop for celebrating pop culture franchises I adore is countered by the severe social anxiety and fear of crowds that have plagued me most of my life. Same thing happens at theme parks. Even concerts have proven difficult.The logical thing would be to just avoid those situations. Don’t go into crowded places and the crowds can’t make it feel like everything is caving in on you, right? But then I’d just end up never going anywhere, which, while less expensive, isn’t much fun either.Little by little, I’ve found ways to help manage that pesky impulse to bolt from people-filled enclosed spaces. And since there’s a statistical possibility someone else out there might be missing out of convention-going for the same reason, I figured I’d share what I’ve learned as Comic-Con 2019 kicks off this week.  Smaller conventions still have plenty to offer, and you can build (or rebuild) your tolerance for groups of people. As a bonus, they tend to be significantly less expensive to get in, which gives you a bigger margin to spend on all that stuff you love but don’t necessarily have room for.I live in California’s Central Valley, and in the past few years there’ve been a lot more small cons popping up even out near me, but if that’s not happening where you live, it’s still worth keeping an eye out, because that could change soon.dsc0037.jpgThat look of relief on my face is because a) look at all that empty space around me, and b) the air conditioning in the convention center was working quite well. Christine Cain/CNET Wide-open spaces, y’allYou’re not apt to find large swaths of empty floor space on the show floor of almost any convention. But you can get at least a little more breathing room in hallways near the panel discussions that are scheduled. There’s also outside, weather (and in-and-out privileges) permitting. If you’re getting a little anxious bumping elbows with folks on the floor, take a break, get some air. It’s like letting your health bar regenerate.dsc0034.jpgEnlarge ImageThis was a bonus situation at SVCC. Not just a piece of wall, but also a chair. Score! Christine Cain/CNET Your friend, the wallIn 2016, I went to SDCC for the first time since 2002, a year so distant you could actually buy tickets at the door the day you planned to attend. Your average attendance at SDCC is about a billion people, to my eyes, or well over 100,000 people, if you believe SDCC’s About page.Carving off a bit of wall gave me a little relief from plowing through all the crowds. It gave me at least one direction I knew people wouldn’t be coming from, and it’s also a good place to do some people watching.Another thing that helped, oddly: waiting in line. Sure, you’re with a bunch of people, but there’s order to it (ideally, anyway; some of those lines get crazy-long and circuitous), and in a way, the people in front of you and behind you act as buffers from other people around you. Plus, you can chat while you’re waiting if you’re so inclined. Post a comment The hottest SDCC 2019 exclusives we’ve seen so far 0 Originally published April 24, 2017.Update, July 17, 2019: Adds information on San Diego Comic-Con 2019. center_img The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Exploit the tallAnother mini tip, especially if you’re on the shorter side. If you spot a tall person or two going your way, you can draft behind them as they part the crowd. Drafting: it’s not just for cars!Rise and fallDon’t get discouraged if you have setbacks in your progress, or if you’re not making progress as quickly as you’d like. I mean, you are basically trying to fight your own brain. Just in the last few years, I’ve gotten better about not immediately bolting out the door once I see people spilling from every corridor and staircase. But I still have a hard time when it comes to meeting actors or artists in attendance. Apparently, because the anxiety and crowd fear wasn’t enough, I’m also horribly shy.It’s easier if I’ve got friends with me. If someone starts the conversation, I can join in rather than just stumbling to think of something to say. I figure this is just another thing to work on, little by little.Got any tips that have helped you manage going to conventions? Feel free to share in the comments! Tags Survival tips from Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders First-time cosplay is terrifying, complicated and exhilarating SDCC at 50: From hotel basement to massive cultural blowout From Game of Thrones to Batwoman, what we’re most excited to see Comic-Con Note that I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Just sharing what works for me in hopes that it might scale for some of you out there.Start smallAfter staying away from events for a number of years, I wanted to get back into things, but the idea of going to something as massive as San Diego Comic Con was a little too daunting. So I went to (relatively) smaller cons, like Silicon Valley Comic Con. SVCC isn’t as big as SDCC — Steve Wozniak only started it in 2016 — but there were lots of people crammed into the San Jose Convention Center last time I went. Still, there was enough space and enough organization (and sweet, sweet air conditioning) that I didn’t get very near panic mode. Comics Now playing: Watch this: 15 Photoslast_img read more

Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren

first_imgThis image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute More information: William R. Rice et al., The evolution of sex-specific grandparental harm, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print April 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0409 © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — New research suggests that grandparents naturally and subconsciously favor the grandchildren who are most closely related to them genetically. The phenomenon is called “sexually antagonistic grandparental care,” and it has been known for some time that a grandmother will naturally prefer her son’s daughters (with whom she shares 31 percent of her genes) to her son’s sons (with whom she shares only 23 percent, suggesting she will most nurture the grandchild who inherits more of her genes. Explore further Citation: Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren (2010, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-grandparents-favor-genetically-grandchildren.html Dr Urban Friberg of the University of California, Santa Barbara and colleagues used mathematical methods to test the supposition that grandparents “differentially” care for grandchildren according to their lineage and gender. A father has an XY chromosome pair, with the X derived from his mother and the Y derived from his father. He passes copies of the X to his daughters and Y to his sons. This has evolutionary consequences, according to Friberg’s team, because of the innate drive to ensure the survival of our genes in future generations. The team developed a new paradigm they called the “no-cost-to-self nepotism” rule to generate predictions about the behaviors of grandparents.The major prediction the group found was that grandmothers (and to a lesser degree, grandfathers) will evolve grandson-harming phenotypes that effectively reduce the competition between siblings, and favor their more closely related granddaughters, especially daughters of their sons (who have definitely inherited the grandmother’s X chromosome).Women always know their children are their own, while fathers always have some uncertainty because of the possibility they were cuckolded. This means maternal grandmothers know for certain their grandchildren are recipients of copies of their genes, while paternal grandfathers are doubly uncertain about the genetic inheritance of their grandchildren. The results of the current research supports the findings of previous studies that showed a baby girl’s chances of survival are increased if a paternal grandmother cares for her, while a boy’s chances are diminished. If a maternal grandmother is involved, the boys have improved chances of survival.The results of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Family ties that bind: Maternal grandparents are more involved in the lives of their grandchildren This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Raising the drama quotient through art

first_imgThe exhibition curated by Amal and Rahaab Allana has two sections, one deals with film stills and film memorabilia of cinema from the 1940s to 70s, the second section showcases the work of nine contemporary artists who have been inspired by Bollywood films and have created artworks which are stimulating and thought provoking.Filmy Jagat is a cinema archive of the 1940’s-70’s comprising of a personal scrape book, lobby cards, songbooks and other film memorabilia. M.F. Hussain’s involvement with Bollywood has had many dimensions through the decades. A contemporary artwork entitled Culture of the Street showcases a magnificent portfolio of 20 of his photographs replete with enormous hoardings that are an integral part of Chennai’s streets. Arpana Caur’s take on the Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shree 420 poster, Kanchan Chander’s Bollywood heroines; along with newcomers like Bharti Verma, Rahul Kumar, Shirley Bhatnagar, Aban Raza, Rajiv Gautam and Sharmistha Dutta assert the dynamic presence of Bollywood in our daily lives.The other section features contemporary artwork where Art Heritage has invited young artists to respond to the dynamic presence of Bollywood in our daily lives through a variety of mediums. More often than not, it is the film hoarding, the poster and the film stills, i.e. the iconic images along with the technology used to promote films that has excited the imagination of contemporary artists in this particular show.last_img read more

Vetiver grass plantation achieves stellar success

first_imgKolkata: The plantation of Vetiver grass to prevent soil erosion, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has achieved great success with Nadia district administration planting the grass along the banks of six rivers, covering an area of 210 km in 2017-18. Banerjee has named the project Sabujayan. In 2018-19, steps have been taken to plant Vetiver along the river bank, covering another 120 km. The grass will be planted along river banks, covering a total area of 743 km in Nadia. The six rivers that flow through the district are Ichamati, Churni, Mathabhanga, Jalangi, Bhagirathi and Padma. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTaking cue from the success of Sabujayan in Nadia, several other districts have started planting Vetiver to prevent soil erosion along river banks. These districts are East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.Vetiver grass is primarily available in Tamil Nadu. To curtail the cost of bringing Vetiver saplings from there, 76 nurseries have been set up in Nadia. Experts from Tamil Nadu and US had visited the nurseries and expressed their satisfaction over their functioning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe district administration in Nadia has set up six handicraft centres, two each in Nakashipara, Tehatta and Ranaghat, where several items for room decoration, curtains etc. are being manufactured from Vetiver. The room decoration items in particular, are in high demand. Vetiver grass is now being planted along the banks of waterbodies to stop soil erosion. It is also used to purify water. It also helps stop erosion of soil along roads. The farmers are given training about how they should be planted and maintained. “The plantation of the grass to prevent soil erosion, both along river banks and roads, has been highly effective. Also, home decoration items made from Vetiver have helped the artisans to earn money,” said a senior official.last_img read more

Kolkata Police yet to give permission for Amit Shah rally BJP Yuva

first_imgKolkata: The BJP Yuva Morcha today said they are yet to receive any communication from the Kolkata Police regarding permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s proposed rally here on August 11. Yuva Morcha state president Debjit Sarkar told PTI that they have submitted a formal application to police, seeking permission for Shah’s rally. He said they will move court if police deny permission. “We submitted an application to police yesterday, seeking permission for the rally. We have mentioned five venues in Kolkata for the meeting, but police are yet to give us permission. We need time to prepare for the rally,” he said. Police’s reaction was not available immediately.last_img read more