Hogwarts Legacy leaker who claimed the design director was their dad struck by Warner Bros copyright notice

The Hogwarts Legacy community mourns the temporary disappearance of a bizarre leaker who claims to be the son of a senior developer.

In a now-nuked Reddit post (opens in new tab)user HogwartsInsider claimed that they were able to help with QA on the game through their ties to their father, design director Chad Liddell, and while a non-disclosure agreement partially bound them, they were allowed a limited Q+A session, which reveals details about the game.

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Victoria Beckham Dresses Daughter Harper Beckham in Design

Victoria Beckham has called her 11-year-old daughter Harper Beckham her “number one muse”.

The Spice Girls singer-turned-fashion designer, 48, dressed her mini-my pre-teen in one of her designs from her Spring/Summer 2023 collection, with the final look in a sweet mother-daughter- selfie shared on her Instagram page on Monday.

In the photo, Harper wore a strapless blue dress with an ombre design. She teamed her outfit with a pair of comfy sneakers and a small blue handbag. Victoria stood by Harper’s side for the photo, holding hands while wearing a baby pink ruffle dress from her collection.

“My number one #VBMuse #HarperSeven! Mommy loved creating this dress for you 💙” Victoria wrote in the caption.

The Spice Girl also posted a photo of herself posing with model and jewelery designer Isabela Grutman, who also wore a baby blue dress from Victoria’s new collection.

“I love seeing my new collection on you @IsabelaGrutman!! You look amazing! Kisses xx VB,” Victoria added of Isabela, who is married to their good friend David Grutman.

Victoria, Harper and father David Beckham (47) were recently in Miami where they celebrated the wedding of singer Marc Antony (54) and model Nadia Ferreira (23).

The marriage came after David took their 17-year-old son Cruz Beckham to the Autumn/Winter Dior menswear show at Paris Fashion Week 2023 earlier this month.

Both Beckham sons attended the show in bold coordinating father-and-son suits. The former footballer donned a classic charcoal gray set, white shirt and boots. Cruz opted for gray pants and a jacket. He completed his outfit with a silver tie worn backwards, sneakers and red-rimmed sunglasses.

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In October, Victoria presented her Spring/Summer 2023 line at Paris Fashion Week 2022 with David and all four children rooting for her.

“I love you all so much x,” she captioned a family photo shared on her Instagram feed, which included sons Romeo, 20, and Brooklyn, 23, as well as Brooklyn’s wife Nicola Peltz.

The fashion show was a real family affair, with Victoria’s extended family also in attendance. Parents Jacqueline and Anthony Adams were there to show their support, as was Victoria’s sister, Louise Adams.

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Brizo Kitchen & Bath Company Introduces New Product Categories and Design Innovations at the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

The luxury faucet and fixture brand showcases innovative technology and adaptive design in new shower systems and expanded kitchen and bath products

LAS VEGAS, 31 January 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Brizo Kitchen & Bath Company continues to deliver innovative technology, craftsmanship and design as it evolves and grows its offerings for the kitchen and bath. The brand is debuting a series of new releases designed to promote beauty, self-expression and serenity, which will be showcased at its newly designed booth at the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas (Stand N2039).

“The Brizo® brand is known for creating distinctive designs that not only complete rooms, but inspire spaces,” says Mandy Ellington, Brizo brand director. “With this in mind, we are excited to introduce our new fully immersive shower system that creates a journey for the senses by bringing out a rich shower experience and taking into account one’s well-being. The latest collections are a testament to the brand’s commitment to providing unmatched luxury while elevating a space.”

New Brizo product offerings at KBIS include:

  • The SensoriPlus™ Digital thermostatic custom shower: This system represents a new pinnacle of comfort and indulgence. Customization takes on a whole new look with the shower system, including four user profiles with multiple presets to control temperature, flow, duration and optional audio therapy and chroma therapy spa options. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect to virtual home assistants to control your shower with voice activation and connect to Spotify®Pandora®Apple Music™, iHeart Radio® and Calm™ applications for an immersive audio experience. Available summer 2023. 1
  • The Mystix™ Steam System: This fully immersive steam shower system is offered in two finely crafted experiences for a spa-like experience that soothes both body and mind.
    • Elementary experience: The epitome of sumptuous simplicity. Customize the steam shower with two user presets and enjoy the enlightened innovation of the Mystix™ steam generator, equipped with advanced technologies to regulate temperature, distribute steam evenly and transform your space into a restorative spa.
    • Transcendent Experience: Create a holistic atmosphere with the Transcendent Experience – combining all the benefits of the Elemental Experience and the fully connected SensoriPlus™ digital interface as well as a full range of spa options: Aromatherapy, Chromatherapy and Audiotherapy. Available summer 2023.
  • Jason Wu for Brizo™ Kitchen Collection Expansion: The new semi-professional kitchen faucet exemplifies the unparalleled customization of the Jason Wu for Brizo™ kitchen collection and design with personal comfort in mind, further expanding the options for an inspired kitchen. Available in Matte White and Matte White/Brilliance® Polished nickel finishes, this faucet combines high fashion with elevated culinary performance. Purposeful design and craftsmanship is evident in every meticulously fine-tuned line and curve; the faucet further expands the options for a professional-grade kitchen without sacrificing style. The faucet has MagneDock® Technology and Touch-Clean® nozzles and connect seamlessly with optional SmartTouch® and VoiceIQ™ technologies. Also new to the collection are the Wall Mount Pot Filler, Instant Warm and Beverage Faucets. Available winter 2023.
  • Brilliance® Polished nickel and Brilliance® Black Onyx Finish Extensions: Familiar silhouettes, new complexity. With each new finish, a new shade of refinement. Three of our prestigious collections gain a sense of depth and nuance with this year’s finish extensions.
    • Invari® Bath Collection: A collection that defies categories. A finish that does the same. The Brilliance® Polished nickel finish embodies the juxtaposition at the heart of the Invari® Bath collection. Available February 2023.
    • Lever® Bath Collection: An exciting plot. A bold shade. The dramatic shades of the Brilliance® Black Onyx finish enhances the appeal of the Levoir® Bath collection. Available March 2023.
    • Roek® Kitchen collection: Cool, yet warm. Polished, yet indefinable. The ever-changing tone of the Brilliance® Polished nickel finish accentuates the craftsman aesthetic of the Rook® Kitchen collection. Available winter 2023.
  • Decorative sink fixtures and shower drains: Customize every last detail. Our new releases bring thoughtful design to even more facets of the bathing experience.
    • Decorative sink accessories: Match the entire space perfectly with decorative p-traps, bottle traps and supply lines in matching finishes. The offer stops echo the contemporary nuances of the Odin® Bath collection and the careful knurling of the Litze® Bath collection, which creates harmony throughout the space. Two handle options introduce an element of personalization – choose either the lever handle or the cross handle. Available January 2023.
    • Shower drains: Square and Round 4″ Shower Drains (Pre-Fab, Tile-In Round and Tile-In Square) coordinate with our Essential™ Shower Series and Brizo® bath collections, unleashing even more design possibilities. Available March 2023.

For more information on Brizo kitchen and bath products or to locate a dealer, visit brizo.com.

High-resolution images available on request.

About the Brizo® Brand
Brizo is a luxury accessories brand for those who understand that fashion is not just about the clothes they wear – it’s a lifestyle. The Brizo team designs and makes distinctive kitchen and bath suites that artfully blend form and function and transform thoughts, moods and spaces. This approach elevated the Brizo brand and its fashion-forward collections. Many are recognized by various outlets and organizations, including Design Journal with its Adex Gold Award™ and the Red Dot Award™. Rooted in fashion and design, the Brizo brand has been a primary sponsor of fashion designer Jason Wu since 2006 and a national sponsor of the St. Jude Dream Home®Giving away since 2010. Brizo is the luxury brand of fittings and accessories within the portfolio of Delta Faucet Company, a WaterSense® -a registered trademark of the US Environmental Protection Agency – manufacturer partner of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Brizo products are available exclusively through fine kitchen and bath showrooms. For more information or to locate a showroom, visit https://www.brizo.com/, call 877-345-BRIZO (2749). To see more Brizo collections, you can also visit the brand’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz andYoutube channels.

1Spotify® is a registered trademark of Spotify AB Corporation. Pandora® is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc. Apple Music™ is a trademark of Apple Inc. iHeartRadio® is a registered trademark of IHM Identity, Inc. Calm™ is a trademark of Calm, inc.


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Technology Has Become an Interior Design Statement All Its Own

If you attended CEDIA Expo 2022 last fall, there’s a 99.99% chance you heard the word “design” used in booth after booth. Whether it’s product aesthetics, the ability to hide home technology, lighting fixtures to add function and flair, or promoting healthier smart living (along with much more), the influence of design and the prospects for interior design relationships promoted, was echoed by the Kay Bailey Hutchison. Convention Center during the Dallas event.

That’s a good thing. Manufacturers in the channel are trying to get integrators into projects earlier, and connecting dealers with designers is one way to do that. Once designers understand how integrators can help by creating proposals that use invisible speakers or color-changing lighting or TV mounts that fold into the ceiling (to name a few), they may be the ones who potentially work on their trusted bring technology partners.

The smart home and home design go hand in hand

Last year at CEDIA Expo, designers were welcomed to the revived personal trade show. CEDIA hosted the return of Design + Connection tours that brought interior designers to various booths including Crestron, Google, Harman Luxury Audio, HTSN Nationwide/Azione Unlimited, Lutron, Origin Acoustics, Samsung, Sony and AiSPiRE/WAC.

I visited several of those booths and many more whose exhibitors recounted various ways interior design influenced their product development and engineering, whether it was new products, revisions, or new category entries. I have found that design influences products ranging from LED lights, motorized shades, speakers, screens and even security and automation devices.

Take smart home manufacturer Crestron, for example, with its new LED lighting fixtures or Origin Acoustics working with Bang & Olufsen on a reimagined soundbar that fits in with the Danish company’s renowned design heritage.

Alongside Bang & Olufsen, Leon Speakers as usual showcased its custom soundbars plus its latest artist edition Ente SoundTiles and celebrated a quarter of a century in the industry. In fact, for its 25th anniversary, the company showcased its original Horizon custom-width soundbar, which will be available in a limited edition trim.

Sonance/James Loudspeaker does invisible, custom and low-profile well with their design mantra and one example is the Small Aperture range, in which the small speaker grill hides a much larger footprint chassis installed inside the stud box to help achieve higher performance to deliver despite the ultra-low profile. “Small Diaphragm was kind of the hero product for James for a long time,” says Sonance’s director of marketing, Mike Cleary. Invisible speaker specialist Stealth Acoustics noted at the Expo that the company is expanding its facilities for its impending eighth-generation release of the technology in the coming years.

Interior design pillars are growing more advanced

The display makers have been catering to the home design crowd for years, as the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG have continued to shrink, expand and help their products double as wall art, now capable of filling entire walls with the emergence of microLEDs.

Stylish keyboards from Basalt and the ability of Wall-Smart to built-in keyboards (and touch panels, Josh.ai devices, Sonos soundbar concealment and more) in various construction materials offer unique aesthetic perspectives for integrators and their customers.

The category of LED lighting fixtures has opened up all kinds of avenues for integrators to wow interior designers and customers with beautiful solutions that address many areas and applications. Personally, my favorite eye-catching design improvement at the Expo was the countertop back lighting, shown by some of the fixture suppliers such as Proluxe by American Lighting and Environmental Lights. Something that caught my eye, apart from the usual types of lighting, are 2×1 canvas sheets with individual LEDs that can be used for backlighting applications – especially for beautifying places like kitchen backsplashes and onyx counters and islands.

“You can take the slabs and cut them to size, there are multiple places you can cut,” says Proluxe national sales manager Jennifer Kirkpatrick. “Accent walls are becoming more and more popular. I have a dealer that has a customer who is putting up a Himalayan sea salt stone wall, it’s over 60 feet long and they light it with this canvas. It’s a $90,000 job – but the main place they use it is to underline tabletops.

Throw in some invisible speakers, voice control, motorized shades and lighting control and it doesn’t take much these days to put together a compelling technology package that can fulfill the needs of homeowners and interior designers, especially in often secondary spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.

This is only the beginning for integrators

There is much work to be done to connect integrators and designers, as I noted while attending my first KBIS show last year, moderating a session with integrator and Home Technology Association panelists before an audience of curious designers (HTA’s Josh Christian provides numerous resources for designers to learn tech basics, budgeting, and more). And if CEDIA Expo 2022 is any indication, the tech manufacturers are leading the charge to bring the trades together – there are exciting products across all categories of the custom industry waiting to be installed, so it’s time to get the word out.

It is part of CE Pro’s ‘Technologies to Watch’ series. Click here to read more about the technologies experts expect to shape the custom integration industry.

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Rocket Report: NASA validates new engine design; Chinese firm tests mini Starship
Enlarge / United Launch Alliance hoists its Vulcan Cert-1 booster into the vertical integration facility at Cape Canaveral.

United Launch Alliance

Welcome to issue 5.23 of the Rocket Report! It was a very fun week for American rockets: Electron made a smashing debut in a launch from Virginia, Vulcan went vertical in Florida, and Starship passed a key test on its way to its first orbital launch. I look forward to more big leaps in launch later this year.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small, medium and heavy-lift rockets, as well as a quick look at the next three launches on the calendar.

Rocket Lab makes successful US debut. For years, the Electron rocket and the company behind it were stuck in limbo at the Virginia launch site, awaiting various approvals—for regulatory agencies to share enough paperwork with each other to convince everyone that the launch was safe. Then weather and the end-of-year holiday kept pushing back the launch. But on Tuesday, everything went as smoothly as it’s possible to imagine, and the Elektron shot into orbit almost as soon as the launch window opened, reports Ars.

Important to the local community … The launch was celebrated by the surrounding community in Virginia, which has seen relatively few launches from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. But Electron is designed to be built and deployed quickly, so it has the potential to dramatically increase the number of launches from Virginia. In fact, Rocket Lab already had a second vehicle in the assembly building the day the first was sent into orbit. The increased use has the potential to bring many benefits: More experience with introductions can streamline procedures, a greater use of facilities can build up additional services, and so on. (submitted by EllPeaTea and Ken the Bin)

NASA validates rotary explosion engine. The space agency said this week it has completed testing at Marshall Space Flight Center of an advanced rocket engine design that could significantly change how future propulsion systems are built. This full-scale rotating rocket motor was fired more than a dozen times, lasting nearly 10 minutes, the agency said. Operating at full throttle, the engine produced more than 4,000 pounds of thrust for nearly a minute at an average chamber pressure of 622 pounds per square inch. NASA worked with IN Space LLC, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, on the project.

Move to a larger version … As a result of NASA’s recent success with this engine, follow-up work is being done by NASA engineers to develop a fully reusable 10,000-pound class rotary detonation engine to identify performance advantages over traditional liquid rocket engines. This design differs from a traditional chemical rocket engine by generating thrust using a supersonic combustion phenomenon known as a detonation. This design produces more power while using less fuel than today’s propulsion systems and has the potential to propel both human landers and interplanetary vehicles to deep space destinations, such as the Moon and Mars. The technology is being researched around the world. (contributed by YetAnotherBoris)

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Canada moves to regulate launches. Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced Friday that the federal government will develop the regulatory requirements, safety standards and licensing conditions needed to authorize commercial satellite space launches from Canada within the next three years, CBC reports. Alghabra said the country was also ready to approve launches in the interim period on a case-by-case basis, and he invited private companies to come forward with projects.

Bring that launch business back home … “For many years, Canadian satellites have been launched from sites in other countries,” he said at the Canadian Space Agency’s headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec, south of Montreal. “It’s time we start introducing them right here at home.” Alghabra said he is confident the first Canadian runway launch will happen within the next three years. (contributed by Ken the Bin and brianrhurley)

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Geneva’s RJA Design Interiors mixes modern, traditional for a ‘quirky and deliberate’ aesthetic

As a collector of unique furniture and art, Richard Abrahamson is grateful to have a 5,000-square-foot warehouse near Northwestern Delnor Hospital in Geneva to store his wares.

It’s an important storage space now that he’s been operating the RJA Design Interiors store at 415 W. State St., in the front part of the Riley’s Medical Supplies building, for the past three months.

In the 2,200-square-foot retail store, a variety of furniture, decorative pieces, paintings and plants greet shoppers looking for a specific piece or perhaps a complete renovation of their homes.

The store is in a constant state of change, as Abrahamson brings something from his full warehouse almost every day. Sometimes it can be as many as 10 new pieces.

“The warehouse is filled to the rafters with beautiful things — lamps, chairs, paintings,” Abrahamson said of the various items he acquired from trips to markets in Europe and throughout the US. “I love texture and layers and color all working together to make a beautiful room.”

Abrahamson has been part of a process of creating beautiful rooms since he started RJA Designs in 1992, years after studying at the Art Institute and working as a painter.


“I decided I didn’t want to be a starving artist,” he said. “So, I took on different things and started the business of staging special events for large organizations and companies in Chicago.”

Abrahamson did work for the Museum of Science and Industry, the Lyric Opera and Arthur Andersen during his time in Chicago. “We would build all the sets for the events,” he noted. “They were extravagant because when people had a lot of money, they went extravagant and it was fun to do it.”

Eventually, RJA Design engaged in product design and interior design. “I’ve been lucky enough to go around the country doing houses and shops for companies like the Four Seasons Hotels.”

Before opening his newest storefront, Abrahamson had a small space in the Past Basket at 200 S. Third St. in Geneva. And he is not a newcomer, because he is in St. Charles grew up and spent most of his life in the Tri-Cities area.

While he admits the new store won’t be considered an “entry-level store” and that his clientele tends to be upscale, Abrahamson wants everyone to feel comfortable visiting the store to see what it has to offer.

“None of us were born Rockefellers,” he said. “You have to learn it, because style is learned.”

When asked to describe his design philosophy, Abrahamson paused and offered a few different terms.

“I like to call it quirky and intentional, even though that might be too broad of a term, and the word ‘quirky’ might put some people off,” he explained. “I also like the terms casual and layered because I love modern and I love traditional, and you really have to know what you’re doing to mix them.”

That’s essentially what Abrahamson looks for after completing in-depth interviews with potential clients to get to know them—and for them to understand what he’s about.

“Anyone can make a beautiful room, but to make it yours, it has to reflect you,” he said. “Let’s say for example you collect stones, we need to find a place for those stones.

“In general, we are the guides for you, to put you in a direction that is correct and ultimately create a comfortable and lovely place.”

Grateful for theaters

COVID and other diseases have wreaked havoc on theatergoers in recent years, but many more people are feeling confident with their vaccinations and are going out to enjoy what the area has to offer in great musicals, concerts, plays and other performances.

We took in “The Sound of Music” at the Paramount Theater in Aurora over the holidays, and it reminded us of what a wonderful experience it is to see an excellent musical in a packed theater.

As such, many are back to keep an eye on what’s on offer across the area.

Elgin Community Arts Center promotes its spring season with events such as “Close to You: Music of the Carpenters” Saturday, February 11, and the Batavia Fine Arts Center hosts several performances, including the April appearance of “Naturally 7, “‘na capella -group that has received rave reviews across the country.

We know the Arcada Theater in St. Charles has a steady stream of concerts and the nearby Steel Beam Theater offers interesting plays in a quaint setting. Other entertainment and smaller venues throughout the area offer these types of community and children’s theater events.

As for the Paramount Theater, its next offering in February is “Into the Woods,” an interesting Steven Sondheim musical that takes a different look at the Grimm’s Fairy Tales of our childhood. We have already marked February 10th on our calendar for that show.

The Copley Theater across Galena Boulevard from the Paramount also schedules interesting plays and musical performances.

The McAninch Arts Center on the campus of College of DuPage is consistent in presenting top quality performances. The center is showing an Andy Warhol show through much of February and it has “South Pacific” on its Broadway in Concert series schedule for April 16.

If smaller shows or exhibitions are your cup of tea, keep an eye out for what the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St Charles, Water Street Studios in Batavia and the Geneva Center for the Arts have to offer. Baker Community Center in St. Charles has an interesting free show called [email protected] as well as Saturday Night Lights shows.

We are lucky to have it all, and lucky to start getting to some of these things. Sure, we might be asked to wear masks again if a certain kind of COVID decides to go wild, but it’s better than being told our favorite places are closed.

Restaurants get their week

All our towns these days embrace a Restaurant Week, usually in January and maybe late February after the Valentine’s Day business has cooled off.

Geneva completes its Restaurant Week until Sunday 29 January. Participating restaurants have special price offers for diners. Full menus of participating restaurants are on the genevachamber.com website.

At last glance, there were 24 participating restaurants. Almost all are located in the heart of downtown, except Altiro Latin Fusion on Anderson Boulevard and Rookies Geneva on Kirk Road.

More information about the week’s specials is available by calling individual restaurants or the Geneva Chamber at (630) 232-6060.

St. Charles has scheduled its Restaurant Week for February 20-24, promoting a 15% discount that week at participating restaurants.

Batavia’s are usually held in March, but I haven’t seen a schedule posted yet.

Preparations make the grade

One thing really resonated as he listened to former college football and NFL official Jim Lapetina of South Elgin talk about his career at a recent Tri-Cities Exchange Club meeting.

Granted, Lapetina has worked some excellent professional and collegiate games in his career, including five Ohio State vs. Michigan collisions when he worked as a Big Ten official on the field and in the replay booth.

But his career began by working his way up from intramurals in college and then youth sports leagues in his community.

Along the way, he began observing high school sports events, with the goal of eventually working a state final in football.

“The high school sports level was my favorite,” he said. “There was nothing like the Friday night games – and the media scrutiny wasn’t as intense – and the umpires would get together after games for pizza and a beer. It was just a lot of fun.”

That was nice to hear, as I have devoted much of my career to the high school sports scene as a sportswriter and sports editor and later as a sports freelancer for the Daily Herald.

I didn’t have anyone, or the time to go out for pizza and beer after a game. I was busy compiling box scores and writing stories for the next day’s paper.

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Los Angeles Selects Finalists to Design a Memorial to the Victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre

Los Angeles selects finalists to design a memorial to the victims of the 1871 Chinese massacre