Arcata >> From the opening pitch of the 2017 season, the target on the Humboldt State softball team’s back was as big as ever. The Jacks were the defending West Region champions and finished just one victory shy of winning the program’s third national title, with a good chunk of that team back for another go at reaching the mountain top.The road was not always as smooth as it was 12 months earlier. But once postseason rolled around, the Jacks simply became the unbeatable force that helped them …
16 July 2012Ashleigh Moolman Pasio recently finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. Another huge challenge awaits her at the 2012 London Olympic Games.She is one of three South African women selected to compete in road cycling at the Games. Her Olympic team-mates, Robyn de Groot and Joanna van de Winkel, are also members of the Momentum Toyota cycling team, and they competed together in the Giro for the Belgium-based Lotto Belisol team, so they know one another well.That’s an important point to make because cyclists seldom win without good support from their team-mates, and it will be no different in London. “Together, anything is possible and I look forward to the challenge come 29 July,” she wrote on her blog after learning of her selection for London 2012.‘Something special’The entry was entitled “A Dream come True: London 2012” and she expressed her thoughts on the magic of the four-yearly spectacle, saying: “As a young girl, I always marvelled at the thought of the Olympic Games. It has always been something special to me, an event that has captured my imagination.“I would watch the different athletes taking part in their respective sporting disciplines with admiration and respect. I have always dreamed of going the Olympics, but now it has become a reality!”She added: “When I think of the Olympic Games, I think of hard work, commitment, passion; people of all ages, genders and races coming together to share in their victories and defeats.”Love of cyclingMoolman Pasio discovered her love of cycling at Stellenbosch University where she met her husband Carl Pasio. He was a serious triathlete and through him Moolman Pasio discovered endurance sports.She gave triathlons and duathlons a go, but struggled with knee injuries. It was then that she decided to concentrate on cycling, a decision she says “I will never regret”.Despite her focus on cycling, Moolman Pasio did not allow it to get in the way of her studies. She achieved seven distinctions in matric and has become a qualified chemical engineer, but her current profession is that of a professional cyclist.Continuing improvementHer recent 10th place finish in the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile underlined a continuing improvement in her performances. Her previous participation in the race resulted in a 17th place finish in 2010 and 13th place in 2011.Last year, her results included winning the African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Eritrea and finishing second in the time trial.She placed sixth in the Emakumeen Bira Tour in Spain, an event that has attracted the world’s top talent over the years, and claimed the Queen of the Mountains’ polka dot jersey.DominanceMoolman Pasio dominated the domestic scene, picking up victories in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, the MTN OFM Classic and the Amashovashova Cycle Challenge. She also finished second in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. This year she won the race.Her ambitions in 2012 are greater that last year’s, but as she wrote on her blog, the Olympic Spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed:“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
elyssa pallai 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the spirit of all things being not equal, ReadWriteWeb is offering a deep discount to independents, freelancers and individual consultants for the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit, June 11 in New York City. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of the discount. Richard MacManus is packing his bags in New Zealand as we speak in anticipation of meeting you in New York! As we plan our week in New York for the conference and Internet Week, we’re looking at the attributes of the real-time Web that independents – including entrepreneurs, consultants and freelancers – should know about. Here are five use cases for the real-time Web that demonstrate its relevance for independents like yourself. 1. Real-time technologies change the user experience As the Web goes real-time, the World Wide Wait just isn’t going to cut it. Users will come to expect everything right now, and served up via instant notification. It will be interesting to see how this impacts users’ desires to actually visit websites. Or will we become so used to instant transfer of knowledge and notifications that it will change the very nature of how we use the Web? 2. Real-time technology enhances collaboration and crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing will become possible on a mass scale. Instead of you and four other collaborators to get the job done, try thousands. Imagine Mechanical Turk on steroids and think of all the work you can get done, right now, with other people. 3. Customers provide feedback in real time This phenomenon is happening now. Launch a product online and immediately you will you have five DMs in your inbox with suggestions or reports of bugs. The world becomes your test market, and iteration of your product happens in real time. 4. Conventions for real-time design are being defined now Real-time experience conventions are being created as new real-time services pop up all over the Web. It’s important to make note of what is working and what isn’t and imagine ways we can improve the experience. 5. Real-Time technologies need to be in your development plans As users come to expect information in real-time, real-time technologies need to be on your development and enhancement register. Discussion needs to happen now so we can understand how real-time might change your service delivery experience. The Summit is an UnconferenceBecause it’s an unconference, you’re going to get tons of networking and business value from the summit. Along with the help of a professional moderator, you and your peers will make the agenda and sit alongside industry luminaries such as John Borthwick, Chris Dixon and Marshall Kirkpatrick to discuss, debate and shape what comes next for the real-time Web. It’s like your own private think-tank. That’s the nature of ReadWriteWeb summits – straight-talking, collegial settings where you get to create the future. Everyone learns. Everyone advances. You leave feeling energized and full of “next”! Tags:#conferences#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Roosevelt Island is technically part of the borough of Manhattan, but it has a distinct identity. Some of that has to do with its 19th-century history, when it was home to a lockup for convicts and institutions such as the Smallpox Hospital and New York City Lunatic Asylum.But in contemporary life, that identity is more about the island’s spectacular location on the East River, between Manhattan and Queens, its status as a residential community of about 13,000 people, and, more recently, as the potential home of Cornell University’s New York City Tech Campus, a 10-acre project that would include a 150,000-sq.-ft. core academic building designed and built to perform at net zero energy. Cornell is bidding against proposals being presented to the city by Columbia University, New York University, and Stanford University for the contract to build a tech campus in town, with, in Columbia’s case, an extension in nearby Westchester County. (Mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated there might be more than one winner among the bidders.)In Cornell’s proposal, the main academic building would be one of the four largest NZE buildings in the U.S., the school says.“Forget the cliché ‘game-changer,’” Kent Kleinman, Cornell’s Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art and Planning, said in a news item about the proposal. “This New York City campus is more than that. It is the ideal plan for creating an educational environment to train future engineers and designers in the science of sustainability for decades to come. And it will make New York City home to one of the nation’s premier green buildings.”A living labAs currently envisioned, the campus residences, corporate facilities, and main building will sit just south of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which passes over the island at Manhattan’s East 59th Street. (The island is a narrow stretch of turf that runs from East 46th Street to East 85th Street. Direct access to the island is provided via subway and tramway, rather than the bridge.) The main building will serve as a home for an academic partnership between Cornell and Technion / Israel Institute of Technology.Construction of campus structures other than the main building is expected to be to the LEED Silver or Gold standard and yield about 30% greater energy efficiency than comparably sized buildings built to code. The design-and-planning team, which includes architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and solar energy development specialist Distributed Sun, is aiming for LEED Platinum certification for the main building and the above-mentioned net-zero-energy performance goal, which would be achieved through a combination of photovoltaic, geothermal, and fuel-cell systems. The geothermal system, for example, is designed to include 400 wells spread out over four acres. Each well will be about 500 ft. deep. Peak generation by the Tech Campus photovoltaic system is expected to be 1.8 megawatts.The campus landscaping plan features rain gardens and bioswales, green walls and roofs, reforestation to create a small, new urban forest, and about 500,000 sq. ft. of open space overall.Other collaborators on the proposal include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It was a packed house Tuesday night at Busby’s East in Los Angeles as online video heavyweights gathered to discuss the future of the medium. Tubefilter founder Drew Baldwin moderated a panel that featured Chill co-founder and chief-executive Brian Norgard, mainstream actor turned online director Michael Urie, and Dan Dobi, the filmmaker behind the YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe” (ironically, not available on YouTube).The forum was hosted by pay-to-play social video services Tubefilter and Chill. Last week, Chill debuted Chill Direct, a marketing tool inspired by comedian Louis C.K.‘s direct-to-consumer model, allowing creators to sell content direct to fans with a 70/30 profit share. (See Chill Direct: A Farm System For Video Distribution). The audience of 100 plus was treated to the panel’s insights on the current state and future of online video, and why creative control, community building and the changing economics of video will make the platform sustainable. Why It WorksWhile the studio system market for buying films is small, the market for people to pay for films is huge, said Norgard. But if supply is determined by demand, then something is wrong with the current mainstream distribution system, and by extension, this is one major reason there’s such a big market for online content. “You can’t just make an indie movie and get into a festival,” said Urie, who parlayed his success (and cash) from ABC’s Ugly Betty series to direct his own film, “Thank You For Judging.” But Urie added that it’s no longer a failure to not sell your film to the studios. He knew his film wasn’t Sundance material and if he took it to a small festival, he wouldn’t get sales. So Urie chose to take his finished project straight to Chill Direct. As did Dobi, who says he doesn’t expect his YouTube doc to be on that platform for several years.Dobi, who described himself as a filmmaker who doesn’t go to the movies, says he watches more content on his computer than in theaters (and via BitTorrent and pirated software to boot). He thinks the affordable model of streaming video alongside of keeping people in the comfort of their homes, makes this platform attractive. “If something’s affordable, people are going to pay for it,” Dobi said.Both Urie and Dobi think smaller films have a better chance online than they would in mainstream channels. As consumers keep voting with views (and increasingly with dollars) moving away from mainstream media and demanding premium online video, Norgard said he expects this will help reorganize the current economics of the system. Unlike iTunes or other services difficult for regular people to get into, open platforms let creators bring along their own communities of followers and brand advocates, and let them quickly build new followings – depending on the quality of the content they release.Norgard added that this kind of content has a longer shelf-life than traditional media, which often quickly fade to obscurity if not seen in the right amount of theaters, or when they are sold to a television network after the theatrical release. Conversely, online content can be viewed and shared for as long as the material is available online. And it can then be sold and distributed to major networks and content providers at any time. “The digital/social window could make the theatrical window look like a side car,” Norgard quipped. Straight From The Horse’s Mouth…Actresses turned YouTubers Kimmy Kim and Frutron have been making episodic short videos for the past year. They have a following, but said they’ve made enough money to buy a burger, blender and a cheese grater. The 20-something L.A. transplants attended the meetup not knowing what to expect, and left excited to get involved with new platforms.“We weren’t quite sure what it was all about and how sustainable it is and if its working for people,” said Kimmy Kim. But “people sounded really excited about the possibliies of it. There are even more options for us. It’s encouraging for us, because we can do that too.”The creators took to YouTube to create more personal material, but like many others their goal is to use their content as a springboard to television and feature films, Frutron said. They hope to use the pay-to-play format as a forum to try to do just that, and make some money along the way. “We’re all experimenting,” Kimmy Kim said. “We’re still at the let’s see what sticks phase.”Photo courtesy of Brian Norgard. Related Posts Tags:#online video 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
You stumble across a scene that would work perfectly in your film or video project — but all you have is your camera. How do you capture an impromptu moment without a tripod or other support gear and still make it look pro?Top image via ShutterstockIt’s crazy to think that the compact camera you keep in your backpack to take pictures of your dog at the park might also be the camera responsible for capturing stunt footage in the latest billion-dollar grossing blockbuster. It’s crazy, yes. But, it’s also true, thanks to the ever-increasing speed of industry innovation.So, what steps should you take when something worth including in your next project suddenly appears during your day-to-day adventures? Obviously, you quickly grab the camera from your backpack, but you have zero of support gear — no lights, no mics, etc. — so what next?The following steps can help you obtain good clips in an impromptu setting. Of course, this will not be a one-stop shop for all improvised settings — these steps will work best for establishing shots.Step 1: Dial in Your Camera SettingsVideo Playerhttps://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Original.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Original.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I took the video above during a recent hike. The scenery was perfect for a project I was working, but, unfortunately, I only had my camera. No tripod in sight. Not only that, I was on an uneven surface with a slight wind blowing me off balance. Not the best situation to start with. As you can see, there’s a bit of camera shake, and it looks quite unprofessional.Before hitting record, I increased the resolution from 1080p to 4k. Even though the rest of my project was being delivered in 1080p, it was crucial to capture this spontaneous shot in the highest resolution possible.This approach will help greatly in post when it comes time to stabilize the footage. Additionally, this approach adds some wiggle room should you decide to include a pan or tilt. Lastly, take note — if you know there might be a chance of cropping your image, it’s always best to move back a little before you hit record.Step 2: Stabilize as Much as PossibleImage via ShutterstockYou could say that two of the core principles of a professional shot are stability and movement. A stable shot is going to look better than a clip that’s shaking too much. A moving shot, for the most part, will look better (or at least add more character) than a stable shot.It’s important to note that there’s a difference between camera shake and handheld cinematography. When you hold a camera with just your hands, every step, vibration, and movement is transferred directly to the camera itself. The lighter the camera, the more kinetic energy will be visible within the footage. There’s no absorption to counterbalance the movement.With larger cameras (or with cameras on a shoulder rig) you have several more points of connection with your body, and the energy of the movement is dispersed more evenly.Because you’ll be running your footage through a stabilizer in post-production, your shot needs to be as stable as possible. Leave pans and tilts for post, too, as those kinds of shots are almost impossible to pull off handheld.I would suggest resting your camera on your camera bag or the flattest surface possible. If you haven’t already, it’s always worth acquiring a camera beanbag. They fit in the average rucksack and are perfect for situations like this.Step 3: Make Post-Production TweaksAs discussed above, this kind of impromptu footage benefits greatly from stabilization. If you’re working with After Effects, here is an excellent guide offering several ways to do just that.When your shot is fixed, you need to change the composition size from 4k to 1080p, and scale down your footage (as you can see in the image above). Leave some over-trim on the side or top if you want to include a pan or tilt.To increase or decrease the scale of a shot/media file within After Effects, select a layer within your timeline and hit S on the keyboard. With the shot scaled down and selected, hit P on your keyboard to bring up the position control, and click the stopwatch to activate a key frame. Move your timeline cursor near the end of the clip, and then move the position of the shot according to if you are creating a pan or tilt.To make the movement look more legit, change the end keyframe to an Easy Ease by selecting the keyframe and pressing F9. This will slow the movement down toward the end, instead of abruptly coming to a stop.Finally, apply your color correction to match the sequence within your project, and you are good to go. Here’s the before and after:Video Playerhttps://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/720-Tilt.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/720-Tilt.mp4?_=200:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As you can see, the shot has been transformed from something filmed spontaneously with no support gear into something that looks like it was shot on a tripod.If your DSLR doesn’t support 4k or a higher resolution than 1080p, you can still achieve the same effect by using a 1080p letterbox rather than scaling the footage down.So, to recap, take these steps to make impromptu footage look like it was planned all along:Film in the highest resolution possible.Find your framing, then step back a few paces.Stabilize the camera as much as possible before recording.Stabilize the footage in post-production.Convert the composition to a smaller resolution.Downscale the footage.Add a position keyframe, and then move the shot up, down, left or right.Apply your color grade.Celebrate a job well done. Got any additional tricks for making impromptu shots work in your film or video project? Share them in the comments below!
LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trades involving Gilas players OK Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Chicago Bulls star was asked on Twitter by a fan as to when is he coming over to the Philippines and 12-time All-Star didn’t disappoint.“I will I will I promise,” Wade replied.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWade won all of his titles with Miami before transferring to his hometown Chicago in 2016.The 35-year-old Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals in his first season with the Bulls. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR In his first game with the team, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) greets fans after an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls won 105-99. APFilipino basketball fans sure hope Dwyane Wade keeps his promises.Wade, the three-time NBA champion, on Monday vowed to visit the Philippines, a country known for its deep love for hoops.ADVERTISEMENT View comments