21 Dec

Cisse out to deny Man City Nasri star title glory

first_imgQPR striker Djibril Cisse will aim to deny his friend Samir Nasri a title winners’ medal when Rangers take on Manchester City on Sunday.The France team-mates have been close pals for a number of years but Cisse says their friendship will be firmly put to one side at the Etihad Stadium.“I will be sad for Samir if he isn’t a champion, but it is very important to me that QPR stay up,” said Cisse.“Hopefully we will stay up and they will still win the title. That would be perfect. But my focus is on QPR.”Click here for the Man City v QPR quizWill QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

21 Dec

Austin ‘very happy’ at QPR amid speculation over striker’s future

first_imgAmid speculation over Charlie Austin’s new contract, the striker has tweeted that he is “very happy” at QPR.Rangers have long hoped that Austin will sign a new deal early this year and are confident he will put pen to paper in the coming weeks.There are reports that the 25-year-old, who has been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award, is reluctant to commit his future to the club before the end of the season.Austin tweeted: “Pleased to be nominated for @premierleague POTM. I’m very happy here and fully focused on the battle ahead #QPR.”Pleased to be nominated for @premierleague POTM. I’m very happy here and fully focused on the battle ahead #QPR— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) January 15, 2015Meanwhile, Chelsea have tweeted a Vine clip of a cracking goal by youngster Kasey Palmer for the Blues’ Under-21 side in their 2-1 win against Porto.Here’s Kasey Palmer’s fantastic goal from yesterday, his second superb strike in as many nights… #CFC https://t.co/Z2U7TY01w7— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2015And popular Brentford playmaker Sam Saunders took to Twitter after the club announced he had signed a one-year extension to his contract at Griffin Park.“Delighted to of signed a extension! Looks like you are stuck with me for at least another year! thanks 4 the message,” he wrote.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

17 Dec

Amazon Simple Storage Service – Not So Simple Anymore

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts tim hastingscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today Amazon Web Services announced the availability of a new feature of their Simple Storage Service (S3).Object Versioning now joins the ever growing list of features supported by S3. This proves once again that Amazon Web Services are listening to their customers and putting plenty of distance between them and their competition.They Grow Up So FastIn March 2006 Amazon publicly launched S3, the first of their web services. In doing so, they also unveiled their new Web Services division of their business.The service will soon celebrate its 4th birthday; to date, Amazon S3 holds over 102 billion objects and at peak times, handles over 100,000 requests/second. That is approximately 17 objects for each person on the planet! By anyone’s standard, the service is successful.Amazon S3 provides storage buckets that allow users to PUT files in and then GET them back later. Simple right?Taking things beyond the simple GET and PUT might have a lot to do with S3’s success. Amazon has added many features making S3 suitable for many different use cases.Pick and Mix FeaturesThe different S3 features can be switched on and off for individual buckets allowing users to pick different features depending on what they want to do.For example:Backups – buckets can be private and because they are securely hosted by Amazon far away in the cloud, they are an ideal “other place” to store a copy of important files.File Sharing – access controls can be used to white-list other users to have access to your buckets. Content Distribution – buckets can be made publically available via HTTP. This makes it perfect for websites to offload the serving of static content such as images. The CloudFront feature takes this one step further and makes your content available to users via their nearest Amazon Internet presence; so a user in Japan or Europe would not have to download your content from servers in the USA.Versioning (today’s announced feature) provides primitive version control of objects. When an existing file is uploaded to S3 it will create a new revision instead of overwriting the original. If you have ever accidentally deleted your backups you will appreciate the benefits of this feature! This simplifies the use of S3 for backups where you want to avoid overwriting a good backup with a corrupt one.Many cloud storage companies support versioning (like DropBox and GitHub) and S3’s support should not be seen as a threat. It’s a required part of a mature storage offering, so it makes a lot of sense that S3 should support this too. Not in a “me too” kind of way, it genuinely plugs a gap in the Amazon Web Services storage offering and will undoubtedly be very useful for its users.Is Time to Drop the “Simple”?Unlike the beta label that some web services wear with pride, the “Simple” in S3 is telling of its humble beginnings. The simple days of just GET/PUT are definitely gone. Given the fun packed feature list, it must be time to drop the ‘simple.’ Or should S3 be re-branded altogether?Let’s crowdsource some suggestions:Amazon Fully-Featured Storage Service (F2S2)Amazon Storage Service Now All Grown Up (S2NAGU)Can you think of any better ones? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

12 Dec

Personal Finance Year in Review – An Annual Wrap Up

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonOn Tuesday, Dec. 5 Dr. Barbara O’Neill will once again take the stage to discuss the financial stories and changes that have made an impact on our finances this year.This 90-minute review is the third annual review of the year’s financial stories presented by Dr. O’Neil:2015 Personal Finance Year in Review2016 Personal Finance Year in Review2017 Personal Finance Year in ReviewThese webinars are an interactive look back at the past year as well as a look ahead as Dr. O’Neill discussed projections and economic forecasts for the coming year.So join us for our last Personal Finance webinar of 2017. Registration is required. 1.5 CEUs will be available to AFC-credentialed and CPFC-credentialed participants through AFCPE and FinCert. Register and find more information here.last_img read more

12 Dec

New to Filmmaking? Here’s Why You Should Keep Your Discarded Footage

first_imgColor GradingRemember presets? Finding an excellent After Effects or Premiere Pro preset was almost as essential as having a good story. It could make or break your content.Of course, these were my words as a 19-year-old filmmaker who knew no better. Spending hours sifting through presets to find the one that worked was a tedious task. Nothing was worse than scouring through hundreds of them and finding that none of them would work. They would crush the blacks too heavily, bring out artifacts, and inadvertently let you know your 5D Mk II actually has several hot pixels.Unfortunately, it was a few years too many by the time I had learned and grasped the concept of color grading. Then I knew the footage was not bad, I just hadn’t worked with it correctly. Thankfully, because I held on to that footage I can now go back and grade it accurately, and either sell it as stock or work it into future projects.Here’s a preset drop from 2011.And here it is in 2018. Are you new to the world of filmmaking? Here’s why you should keep your initial footage, even when you feel it isn’t up to par with the pros.I’m sure you’re familiar with the scene of a writer penning his next novel, only to feel his words aren’t telling the story he wants so he scrunches the page into a ball and throws it across the room. A similar scene exists for digital filmmakers, but instead, it involves dragging poorly shot footage to recycle bin.I was a photographer for a few years before finally venturing into my real passion; storytelling with moving images. I purchased my first DSLR with a significant video mode a decade ago. Since I understood the basics of photography, I thought that skillset would easily translate to cinematography. But, that wasn’t so much the case, and as a result I deleted a lot of early footage.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2018/10/19123738/First-Dslr-Test.mp4.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The above is a video I deleted video from YouTube. It was my first online video to be precise, titled “First DSLR test.” The highlights on his chest are blown, the contrast is too heavy, and instead of converting 60fps to 24fps for smooth slow-motion, I used Sony Vegas’ (this is how long ago it was) rate stretch tool which is why there’s ghosting to his movement.But if I were able to show you the original video without the cheesy music playing, you’d hear me destroying the onboard mic by shouting “Hollywood baby.” I was ready to break the internet with my new toy. Naturally, that didn’t happen. And throughout the next two years, I was often at dismay with my footage. Especially when comparing it with footage online shot with the exact equipment I own. Why didn’t my 5d Mk II footage look like that of big 5D users Shane Hurlbut and Vincent Laforet? It took a while to realize it wasn’t about the equipment.In these early stages while you’re developing your technical know-how and artistic eye, you can be quick to think that it’s best to dispose of this footage. You might think that it serves no real merit to any creative venture. If, however, you were to keep said footage even if you think it’s unusable, I will guarantee that over time, you may find a use for old material. Your skills will keep improving and post production technology will keep advancing. Especially with today’s camera technology, a tidbit which I touch on at the end.The examples used below are shots I discarded in 2011 & 2012 that I shot with the 5D Mk II. But, this footage has since found life in other projects.Stabilization I had always had a love/hate relationship with the After Effects stabilization tool. In theory, and after watching Andrew Kramer’s tutorials, it should have performed magic whenever I used it. In reality, after pinpointing the stabilization markers and pressing analyze, the results were never too great. Warp Stabilization was introduced a few years after acquiring my first camera. It certainly changed how much shaky footage I could salvage, but it wasn’t the savior I needed. DaVinci Resolve’s stabilization tool, however, is something different. And, with every iteration of the software, it keeps becoming more powerful.Seven years ago, my neighbor was burning old unwanted post and I thought to grab some footage. I knew I might have a use for it in the future. I also wanted to build an archive of random footage like such, so I would never have to rely too heavily on stock footage. Who knows when you need that cutaway of an old man burning letters?But, after I reviewed the footage in post I realized my handheld technique to make the shot less shaky was extremely flawed. I locked away the shots on a hard drive and they’ve been there ever since. Several years later, after using better tools to stabilize the shot, the footage will likely find use in an upcoming project. Today’s Camera TechnologyThe reasons listed above are way more prevalent today because of the camera technology that new filmmakers are starting with. 4k, 10bit, and 120fps are just a few elements in today’s cameras that are comparable in price to a 5d Mk II in 2011. With the addition of these features, footage shot today will hold up even better in the future. Hold on to it for when you develop new skills. I have GBs of footage shot with the Canon T2I, but even with the skills learned over a decade, the footage from the T2I doesn’t hold up half as well as shots from the 5D Mk II. However, with the GH5, Sony A7iii, and Blackmagic Pocket Camera, I would be amazed if they can’t be intercut with footage from consumer technology in 10 years time. So don’t delete footage you find underwhelming just yet.Although, if you left the lens cap on by accident, then sure, you might as well get rid of that one.Image via Grigor Ivanov.Top image via Kevin Pederson.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing ShortcutsTake a Video Tour of Adobe’s New Premiere Rush CCDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageEverything You Ever Wanted to Know About Compression Ratioslast_img read more

27 Nov

PBA Finals: Hotshots overcome June Mar Fajardo, Beermen for 1-0 lead

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Magnolia held off San Miguel Beer, 99-94, for a 1-0 lead in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee came up big down the stretch for the Hotshots, who also won the finals opener last year but ended up dropping the next four games to lose in the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sangalang posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Lee had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.The Hotshots overcame June Mar Fajardo’s herculean effort of 35 points and 21 rebounds.Game 2 is on Friday, 7 p.m., still at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ONE: After string of defeats, Richard Corminal more than determined to get on track SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Crowd starting to fill up the Big Dome for Game 1 of the #PBAFinals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia. | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/SknmF3TPEj— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 1, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics “I talked to my players at halftime and I told them we can’t beat San Miguel on the offensive end and I’m very happy because they responded to the challenge by playing defense in the second half to limit San Miguel to under 100 points and that’s the key,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

16 Nov



27 Oct

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 4 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgStaff pciks for week 4 of the college football season. Church Ole MissTwitter/Ole MissWeek three of the college football season delivered, yet again, further adding to the confusion regarding the playoff picture. In our current College Football Playoff rankings, we only have teams from two conferences – the SEC and the Big Ten – in the field. But that’ll change by the end of the year, given the fact that some of those teams have to play each other.Last week, it was Ole Miss’ victory over Alabama that served as the most interesting contest of the weekend. Which will it be this Saturday? Utah vs Oregon? USC vs. Arizona State? UCLA vs. Arizona?We’ve made our picks for the week. Check them out below:staff picks week four 1staff picks week four 2staff picks week four 3Who do you have?last_img read more

27 Oct

Ric Flair Congratulates Jim Harbaugh On His 7th Child Via Twitter

first_imgRic Flair seen at a WWE event.Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed at one of his program’s camps that his wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Harbaugh, who is 52, also has three children from a previous marriage, which means that he’s soon going to be the proud father of seven kids.Former WWE star Ric Flair, who is a big fan of Harbaugh (and vice versa) has now publicly congratulated the Wolverines head coach on Twitter. He also made a wife joke in the process. Flair, for the record, has been married four times.Congrats to my man @CoachJim4UM on number 7! (Kids, not wives!)— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 20, 2016We’ll see if any other celebrities chime in to congratulate Harbaugh – Flair likely won’t be the last.last_img read more

28 Sep

Ohio State mens lacrosse loses in exhibition to Navy 1511 after late

Junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens (1) protects the net during a game against Navy Jan. 25 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU lost, 15-11.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has been living on the edge early in 2014.In both of its exhibition matches, OSU fell behind early, and even though the comeback was completed against Hill Academy Jan. 18, it was a different story Saturday against Navy.The Midshipmen, who finished 3-10 last season, took down the Buckeyes 15-11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Navy got off to a flying start when senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan scooped up a ground ball on the opening face-off and scored 10 seconds into the game.Junior midfielder Jesse King tallied the first goal for OSU to tie the game, but the Midshipmen scored the next four to find themselves leading, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter.After extending their lead to 8-2 in the second quarter, King and the Buckeyes took advantage of Navy penalties to get back in the game.“We all move the ball really well,” King said. “We have a lot of the same guys from last year … I think it is just everyone being a threat and working together that makes our man-up really good.”OSU was able to cut the Midshipmen’s lead to 11-10 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter after senior defenseman Darius Bowling registered an unassisted goal.But that was as close as the Buckeyes got as Navy went on to score four of the last five goals in the game to preserve the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers gave Navy credit for coming out of the gates quickly and putting pressure on the Buckeyes.“They got off to a great start on the very first face off,” Myers said. “We had five turnovers in the first quarter which really dug us into a hole.”The Buckeyes were led offensively by King, who totaled seven points on two goals and five assists, as well as senior attackman Adam Trombley and sophomore midfielder Charlie Schnider who both netted hat tricks in the contest.Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who was third on the team last year in points with 43, has yet to dress for the Buckeyes in their exhibition games as he is recovering from an injury.Myers did not give specifics about Brown’s injury, but said the team will wait and see if Brown can play next week and has no doubt that he will make an impact offensively when he returns.“He is a little nicked up, so it is up to our medical staff,” Myers said. “Certainly, he will give us a little bit of a boost when he does get back in the lineup.”Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the team has to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid a second consecutive loss when OSU takes on Robert Morris Saturday.“It’s just about continuing to work hard,” Meurer said. “We need to get in the film room and see what we are doing wrong in order to not make the same mistakes week after week.”The game against Robert Morris is set to start at noon Saturday and is the final time the Buckeyes take the field prior to starting regular season play at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9. read more