LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘clearly misinformed’ about China

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/10/15/IN-92TU_CNNA-ST1-10000000056ff4e2″]Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — Speaking with the media for the first time since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong, Lakers forward LeBron James made it clear he thought Morey’s actions were reckless.“I believe he was either misinformed or not educated on the situation,” James said in a rare press …last_img

Can Humans Use Evolution?

first_imgEvolution is being used.  A press release from University of Wisconsin-Madison was titled, “Using evolution, UW team creates a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  How does one use evolution?  It continued, “By guiding an enzyme down a new evolutionary pathway, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a new form of an enzyme capable of producing a range of potential new therapeutic agents with anticancer and antibiotic properties.”We must keep up the heat on evolutionists till they become too embarrassed to say such things.  You cannot “use” evolution.  The moment you use it, you are doing intelligent design.  Evolution has no purpose, no aim, no guidance, no goal, and no reward – not even survival.  In Darwin’s universe, extinction happens and is just as dispassionate an outcome as survival.  If you think survival is somehow good, that’s your soul speaking.    The moment a human does the selecting, guiding or rewarding, evolution stops and intelligent design begins.  Evolution, as used by Darwin, is not just change.  It is a particular kind of change: undirected, dispassionate, purposeless, blind.  Darwin and his disciples believe that an evolutionary process could have produced all the beauty and variety of today’s highly-adapted lifeforms.  Whether it could or not, Darwin certainly would deny that anyone “used” evolution.  Darwin fought against any suggestion by compromising theologians of his day (even his close friend Asa Gray) that God used the evolutionary process to create life.    Such stories do nothing but obfuscate.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  These scientists had a goal, and purposely selected enzymes with the properties they desired.  Darwin team, the referee just blew the whistle.  The penalty for your foul is to yield those two points to the ID team.  The title now reads, “Using selection criteria by intelligent design, UW team discovers a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  Much better; play ball.  Whoops; we just remembered the Darwin team has no goal.  Game over by forfeit.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Twitpic to Add Video Sharing Today

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Media hosting service Twitpic will add support for video upload, storage and sharing today, the company says. “Users will be able to upload video from the site itself, email and clients that support our new Video option,” says Twitpic founder Noah Everett. “We’re making it easier for users to have their media all in one place to share on Twitter.”Everett says that Twitpic has 17 million registered users and adds 30,000 more each day.Leena Rao puts the startups move in context well in coverage at TechCrunch:Adding video is a logical next step for TwitPic, which has focused solely on allowing users to upload photos to Twitter until now. The Twitter photo sharing horse race is undoubtedly competitive. Rivals Yfrog already supports video uploads and Plixi was just acquired by social network Lockerz. Twitter also recently partnered with TwitPic and others to include inline photos in-stream in the new version of Twitter’s interface.Twitpic was subject of a recent high-profile lawsuit in which the Agence France-Presse claimed in court that by uploading photos to Twitter and Twitpic, a photographer has in effect granted a license to anyone who would like to use those photos. A US District Court ruled in December that no such claim could be made. U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley wrote in his decision says that “the provision that Twitter ‘encourage[s] and permit[s] broad re-use of Content’ does not clearly confer a right on other users to re-use copyrighted postings.”TwitPic has been the service of choice for a number of prominent photos that spread rapidly across the social web, from the plane that landed on the Hudson River to a hastily removed but very humanizing candid shot of pop-star Katy Perry waking up without any makeup on. It will be interesting to see if videos of comparable impact are shared on the service as well.There are many different ways to post pictures to Twitter, but the name Twitpic has almost become a Kleenex-level verb. I can’t think of any other 3rd party services built on a technology platform they don’t own that can be said about. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Build a Filmmaking Kit for Less than $5K

first_imgImage via Blackmagic Design.Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) — $995.00IndiPro Tools Dual LP-E6 Power System for BMPCC — $95.00The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a powerful little camera. I’ve shot feature-length documentaries with the BMPCC, and its thirteen stops of dynamic range are incredibly forgiving in post. Skin tones are lovely, and colors tend to pop with the slightest grade without becoming oversaturated. The BMPCC shoots ProRes and RAW, though I usually shoot ProRes 422. (Disclaimer: It does not shoot 4K.) However, 1080p is still a standard in online video — your clients will be more pleased with strong lighting and composition choices than they will with simple 4K resolution.The only drawback of the BMPCC for me is that it doesn’t record high frame rates. Even 60fps would make me a very happy shooter.Image via Tokina.Another drawback is power — native power runs on EN-EL20 batteries, and they just don’t cut it. Plus, if you’re shooting with a few active lenses on the Metabones Speedbooster (like the Tokina 11-16mm), the voltage of the EL20s isn’t high enough, and the BMPCC will shut off, even at full charge.Therefore, I recommend a battery solution.The IndiPro Tools battery solution for the BMPCC is the most reliable that I’ve used with this kit, and it will give you a solid 2.5 hours of recording time with two Canon LP-E6 batteries. If you’re turning the camera on and off, it lasts much longer: somewhere between 3.5-4.0 hours of battery life. It does however require rods or a camera cage to mount (see Tilta ES-T13 BMPCC Rig below). Lenses and GlassImage via Bud Simpson.Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM — $999.00Metabones Canon EF to BMPCC — $659.00Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader Filter — $115.00The Canon EF 24-105mm is a workhorse lens that has powerful image stabilization. It’s an all-around versatile lens that I always recommend, especially as a first purchase. The Metabones Speedbooster is also a must-have for the BMPCC and will give you the flexibility of upgrading your lens kit when you’re ready. I use the EF mount adaptor, and I’m able to use tack-sharp Canon CN-E primes on higher-end projects for clients.Furthermore, you can take full advantage of the BMPCC’s thirteen stops of dynamic range with a variable ND filter like the Genustech Eclipse, which will greatly help when setting exposure for shots in full sunlight.AudioImage via Zachary Staines.Zoom H4n Pro 4 Channel Recorder — $199.99Rode NTG2 Complete Shotgun Microphone HDSLR Kit — $599.95Includes:Shotgun micShock mountBoompoleDead catXLR cables, andCarrying case Purchase #2 ($895): Acquire a basic audio kit first, you can still rent lenses on the cheap.Zoom H4n Pro 4 Channel Recorder — $199.99Rode NTG2 Complete Shotgun Microphone HDSLR Kit — $599.95IndiPro Tools Dual LP-E6 Power System for BMPCC — $95.00 The Zoom H4n is also an industry standard workhorse for the price. Paired with the Rode NTG2 Shotgun Kit, you’ll have everything you need to record decent audio.GripImage via Bud Simpson.Tilta ES-T13 BMPCC Rig — $359.00Tripod (any fluid-head model will work; I use these Benro sticks) — $274.00 Tilta has yet again designed a wildly intuitive rig and camera cage, this time for the BMPCC. This versatile and aesthetically pleasing cage will let you mount just about anything to your BMPCC, while still giving you access to all the buttons, LCD screen, inputs, and SD/battery slot. Furthermore, it will also provide plenty of legroom when you’re ready to update and rig out your filmmaking kit.Get ahold of a reliable (and lightweight) fluid head tripod. Any model will work; I use some Benro sticks that my colleague sold to me dirt cheap.MediaImage via Bud Simpson.2 x SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC — $34.95/ea.LaCie 2TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive — $129.99Finally, you’ll need SD cards and external hard drives for offloading your footage. Therefore, I recommend a minimum of two Sandisk 64 GB Extreme Pro SDXC and one LaCie 2TB Rugged Hard Drive.Total Estimated Cost $4,495 + tax and shipping.That can be a bit hefty if you’re just starting out; however, this is still considered a micro-budget filmmaking kit, and the cost can change significantly if you’re augmenting your kit rather than starting from scratch. For less than $5,000 you can start shooting immediately.How to Build Your Filmmaking Kit from ScratchImage via Expertphotography.com.The hard truth is that filmmaking demands capital. You need money for cameras, lenses, lights, crew, etc. This especially true for freelancers or small production companies who may not have access to equipment otherwise.However, acquiring high-quality, reliable equipment is a big part of the job.Let’s assume that you’re modestly successful; you’re reining in a few paying clients here and there, and your investment capital is growing. Try this strategy for building your filmmaking kit from scratch.Step 1: Set aside a portion of your profits for purchasing your filmmaking kitAs you line up more work, and your checking account slowly grows, stockpile the cash and don’t touch it!You’ll need to use this money to reinvest in your production company in the form of equipment purchases.Step 2: Rent equipment until you’ve saved enough for an initial equipment purchaseIt may take time for you to save up enough for your first few equipment purchases. Therefore add equipment rental costs to your project budgets and list them as hard costs. If the amount for equipment rentals is too high for your client, try to split the rental between two projects. In other words, schedule shoots for two different clients back-to-back and split the rental cost between the projects.There are several great online rental companies out there. I personally enjoy using LensProToGo, and LensRentals.com. Image via Shutterstock.Step 3: Build your basic filmmaking kit by purchasing equipment in order of importance (or preference)Once you begin stockpiling your cash, begin purchasing your own equipment. Start with the most important pieces of equipment first. I would recommend the following order:Purchase #1 ($1,700): Continue to rent lenses and audio equipment for projects as needed.Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) — $995.002 x SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC — $34.95/ea.Tilta ES-T13 BMPCC Rig — $359.00Tripod (any fluid head model will work; I use these Benro sticks) — $274.00 Purchase #4 ($1,115): This last purchase includes your first lens and a neutral density filter.Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM — $999.00Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader Filter — $115.00 Purchase #3 ($790): Keep renting your lenses, but get ahold of a Speedbooster. At this point, you’ll also need some extra hard drive space. You don’t need a $40K camera to get that coveted cinematic look. This $5K filmmaking kit is perfect for boutique productions.Cover image via Blackmagic Design.Image via NAB Show.It’s so easy to get addicted to gear — the unending stream of video equipment that hits the market weekly tempts every filmmaker and video producer. This is especially true this time of year, after we’re all still decompressing from NAB highlights. That makes it a great time to get back to the basics.What do you really need in your filmmaking kit that’s going to produce consistent results for you and for your clients? It can be challenging to decide which tools you actually need to keep in your kit.My filmmaking kit is modest at best. No single piece of equipment exceeds $1,000. And using this kit, I’ve shot award-winning, feature-length documentaries as well as shorter docs, brand films, and several short narrative vignettes. This kit has delivered quality and reliability for almost two years now, and my ROI exceeded my investment (roughly $5,000 USD) almost overnight.I call it my “barebones kit,” and you can purchase each item as it’s listed below or use it as inspiration to build your own filmmaking kit.Camera and Power Metabones Canon EF to BMPCC — $659.00LaCie 2TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive — $129.99 Upgrading Your Filmmaking KitThis is a “barebones kit” for a reason: it includes the fundamentals and gives you the flexibility to upgrade when you’re ready.A few items I’ve added to my kit:Field mixer, set of two lavalier mics, and onboard micLighting kitShoulder rigCamera sliderI recommend a kit like this because it forces you to concentrate on fundamentals. There are no bells and whistles or expensive tools to hide behind. As a result, you’ll learn how to avoid overexposing your image or not setting a correct white balance — or if you’re not adhering to lighting and composition fundamentals.Which tools are essential in your kit? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Xiaomis newest phone costs just over 100

first_img Post a comment 0 Samsung showed off its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid last February, but it was outshone even earlier than that by Xiaomi’s own foldable effort. The Chinese electronics maker is hoping to show it’s a company that can do even more: Not only compete with super-premium devices from bigger companies, but make phones for those on a budget.Xiaomi on Monday revealed its latest phone, the Redmi 7. Starting at 699 Chinese yuan, or just $105, AU$145 or £80, the slick-looking device manages to be notably inexpensive even in an increasingly crowded field of inexpensive phones.For that price you’ll get a 6.26-inch device powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s a 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-camera combo at the back, with an 8-megapixel camera up front. For some extra cash, you can get a Redmi 7 with more memory; 3GB RAM and 32GB storage fetches 799 yuan ($120, AU$170 £89), while 4GB and 64GB will cost 999 yuan ($150, AU$190, £100). 2:51 The phone is a little brother of sorts to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has a 48-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and 6GB RAM.Those looking for a bargain will, as with all Xiaomi phones, have to import one from China, India or Europe, where Xiaomi officially sells its phones. If you’re in the US and looking for a great phone that doesn’t break the bank, check out the Moto G6 or Moto G6 Play. Xiaomi Redmi Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Phones Review • Xiaomi’s ultra-budget Redmi shines for Asia Tags Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on Xiaomi Samsunglast_img read more