Music Midtown Taps Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone

first_imgKendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, and Fall Out Boy will headline Music Midtown when the festival returns to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on September 15th and 16th. Other acts on the bill include Khalid, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monae, Portugal. The Man, Foster The People, The Revivalists, Kacey Musgraves, and Sylvan Esso.Launched in 1994, Music Midtown eventually grew to become the largest musical event in Georgia during its original run from 1994 to 2005 (attendance hit 300,000 per year during that time). Following a six year hiatus, the festival was revived in 2011 and continues to draw tens of thousands of people to Atlanta every September.Tickets for Music Midtown are now on sale. You can check out the festival’s full lineup below.last_img read more

‘FIRE YOUR GUN AND YOU’RE FIRED’ Goal is zero stray bullet cases – PRO-6

first_imgLast week, Pamuspusan did not hide hisdispleasure over a shooting incident in Guimaras on Christmas Day. For years, the Philippine National Police (PNP)required the nationwide sealing of its men’s guns with packaging tape toprevent indiscriminate firing during holiday revelries. This practice was notobserved in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Dela Rosa also said the muzzle tapingappeared to show that cops could not be trusted, and this did not sit well withhim. ILOILO City – Policemen areresponsible gun handlers so there is no need to tape the muzzles of theirservice firearms for this New Year’s celebrations, according to the PoliceRegional Office 6 (PRO-6). Aninebriated policeman shot a colleague during a heated argument at the GuimarasPolice Provincial Office (GPPO) in Barangay Alaguisoc, Jordan town. Ferrer,a resident of Barangay Tastasan, Buenavista, Guimaras, and Minerva, a residentof Arevalo district, Iloilo City, had just returned to the GPPO from the field. For the past three years that nomuzzle taping was done, no policeman was complained for illegally discharginghis firearm, said Malong, proving that cops are disciplined gun holders. PRO-6’s goal is to achieve zero straybullet incidents, zero indiscriminate firing cases and zero major crimes. But Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,Western Visayas police director, has a warning to cops: “Fire your gun and youwill be dismissed from the service.” “Huwag nila akong subukan. Ipapasibakko sila,”said Pamuspusan. “My instruction to all policemen across the region was clear.They should not drink liquor while on duty peromatitigas pa rin ang kanilang ulo.” But just the same, she remindedpolicemen not to illegally discharge their guns to welcome the New Year. During last year’s New Yearcelebrations, no stray bullet cases were reported. Theshooting happened at around 4:05 a.m. at the GPPO mess hall. It was then PNP director generalRonald Dela Rosa (now senator) who ordered a stop to the muzzle taping in 2016.He said he wanted to show that members of the PNP have “a high level ofdiscipline” when it comes to the proper use of their service firearms. “Napakalinawng directives. Ayaw  ko nang ulitin,” Pamuspusan said.center_img “In previous years, too, nopolice officer fired his gun indiscriminately during the holiday season. Ithink ang nagpaputok lang ang may mgaloose firearms,” said Pamuspusan. “Alamna nila ito. Kung sino mag-violate, sisibakin ko kasi ang directive ay galing talaga kay President RodrigoDuterte,” said Pamuspusan. Ferrer is currently under restrictionin the GPPO after he posted a bail bond of P72,000. Minerva charged him withfrustrated homicide./PN Thesuspect was 33-year-old Police Corporal Erwin Ferrer of the Guimaras ProvincialMobile Force. Thewounded cop, 35-year-old Police Staff Sergeant Jeremy Minerva, was taken to theWestern Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district here. He sustained agunshot wound in the abdomen. Thegun, unfortunately, went off, hitting Minerva. Theduty guard, Police Corporal Francis Joe Sartaguda, tried to disarm Ferrer andMinerva tried to help Sartaguda. Pamuspusan also said policemen shouldnot drink liquor when on duty and on full alert status. Therewas a heated argument between the two policemen, with Ferrer eventually drawinghis gun, a Glock 17 pistol. Thisbreak from tradition would continue this year, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson. He added: “We have to show to thepublic that we are a responsible, professional, dynamic police organization. Wehave to maintain our reputation in terms of discipline and this is a test toall our personnel in the region.” An investigation is currently beingconducted by the PRO-6’s Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS). “I know civilian gun owners in WesternVisayas are responsible enough so we look forward to achieving zero victims ofstray bullets and no big crimes,” said Pamuspusan.last_img read more

‘It was ugly, but who cares?’: Klopp joy as Liverpool go top

first_imgLiverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) and Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrate after a late own goal from Tottenham Hotspur’s. PHOTO AFPCollated English Premier League results Cardiff 1 Chelsea 2Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1Played SaturdayBrighton 0 Southampton 1Burnley 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0Crystal Palace 2 Huddersfield 0Fulham 0 Man City 2Leicester 2 Bournemouth 0Manchester United 2 Watford 1West Ham 0 Everton 2Playing Monday (1900GMT)Arsenal v NewcastleLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool’s willpower is keeping their Premier League title hopes alive, admitted manager Jurgen Klopp after his side moved back top of the table in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.Toby Alderweireld’s own goal a minute from time moved Liverpool two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City.Klopp’s men still need City to slip up in their remaining seven games as the champions have a game in hand.However, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s error to parry the ball in off the unfortunate Alderweireld was reminiscent of Jordan Pickford’s mistake to also gift Divock Origi a late winner against Everton earlier in the season, suggesting Liverpool’s luck may be in this year.“I told the boys after the game there are 500,000 ways probably to win a football game. Today it was rather ugly, but without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are,” said Klopp.“If we are top of the table after the last matchday it would be a championship of will.”Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title looked set to be dealt a massive blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener.And the visitors will be left to regret Moussa Sissoko missing a huge chance to inflict Liverpool’s first home league defeat in nearly two years five minutes from time.Spurs are now in serious danger of crashing out of the top four as they remain level on points with Manchester United and could be usurped by north London rivals Arsenal into third should the Gunners beat Newcastle on Monday.“Overall I think we were better than Liverpool,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “It is difficult to explain, but at the same time I am proud of the performance.”Pochettino’s men remain without a Premier League win since February 10. However, the Argentine wants to set that record right at the opening night of the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.“The new stadium must be a big boost for everyone,” said Pochettino. “I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete. It’s a mini-league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.”– Kop delirium –Spurs started brightly, but conceded with Liverpool’s first significant attack when Firmino headed home the opener on 16 minutes from a delightful Andy Robertson cross.That was Robertson’s 12th assist of the season from left-back and the Scotland captain was involved again in a flowing move moments later as he forged down the left and neat touches from Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Sadio Mane to curl just wide.Liverpool were thankful to Robertson at the other end after the break as he made a vital block to prevent Christian Eriksen firing home on the rebound after Alisson Becker was forced into his first save of the afternoon by Harry Kane.Salah has now scored just once in his last 11 games and his wasted chance to give Liverpool some breathing space when Alderweireld blocked the Egyptian’s shot with Mane better placed and begging for a pass looked costly when Tottenham levelled.Kane’s quick thinking and excellent long-range pass picked out Kieran Trippier, who fed Eriksen and his scuffed shot fell perfectly for Moura to turn home. As Liverpool surged forward in search of a winner, Spurs could have picked them off as Sissoko blazed over with just Alisson to beat before Alli clipped a shot inches wide.Instead, there was delirium in front of the Kop end when Lloris parried Salah’s header into Alderweireld and the ball ricocheted over the line to breathe fresh life into Liverpool’s title challenge.In Sunday’s other game,  Maurizio Sarri insists he will fight to remain Chelsea manager despite fans chanting for him to be sacked during their controversial 2-1 win at Cardiff City.Sarri’s position looked precarious when Chelsea trailed 1-0 against Premier League strugglers Cardiff with just six minutes remaining.Victor Camarasa’s goal looked likely to dent Chelsea’s pursuit of a top four finish and their supporters’ anger towards Sarri was audible.But a dubious equaliser from Cesar Azpilicueta, who was clearly offside, and a stoppage-time Ruben Loftus-Cheek winner rescued Sarri’s team, who stay within touching distance of a place in next season’s Champions League.Asked how he had felt when the chants of “We want Sarri out” rang out from the visiting fans, Sarri said: “I don’t want to answer, but I can understand the reaction of the fans.“But it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match.”Sarri insisted he wouldn’t let the supporters’ abuse drive him out of Stamford Bridge, although he may yet have that decision taken out of his hands if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.“I am getting used to this and for me it’s not a big problem. I just have to work to change their opinion,” he said.“I want to stay here. When I arrived the team were 30 points behind Manchester City. I want to stay and improve results, but it is not easy work.“At the moment, there is a difference between Manchester City, Liverpool and us.”The victory keeps Chelsea in sixth place, but only a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, and may also have emboldened Sarri to launch a staunch defence of his selection decisions.He began with both Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the substitutes’ bench and failed to hand an appearance to in-form England teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Hazard cannot play 70 matches a season,” added Sarri. “Kante has played a lot of games and in every season there is a moment when you have to give players a rest.”– ‘We were lucky’ –Azpilicueta’s goal drew anger from Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and Sarri admitted his team had been fortunate that the linesman did not spot that the Chelsea skipper was in an offside position when a corner was flicked on by Marcos Alonso.“We were lucky with the first goal. But I think we deserved to win,” Sarri said.“I haven’t see the replay, but Neil told me he was sure he was offside by two yards.“He told me about the referee’s decision, but I can understand the situation.”Chelsea looked jaded for the opening 45 minutes and although it was goalless at half-time, they fell behind less than a minute after the re-start.A half-cleared throw-in allowed Harry Arter to set up Camarasa for a sweetly-struck half volley.Chelsea’s efforts to find an equaliser were thwarted by a resolute Cardiff until the 84th minute when Azpilicueta struck.Cardiff’s anger had hardly cooled by the time Loftus-Cheek stooped to head in a cross from Willian.The result leaves Cardiff five points from safety, although they do have a game in hand on Burnley above them and the two clubs face each other in a crucial fixture in a fortnight.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said Azpilicueta’s goal only reinforced the need for the introduction of VAR into the Premier League.“If anybody was in doubt before today, I think VAR has got to be the answer to help them out. VAR would have sorted the goal out within seconds,” Warnock said.“We’ve worked on things for the last three weeks and one of them is coming out at corner kicks and leaving a man i Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Set Concert Date in Olympia

first_imgFacebook679Tweet0Pin0Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are embarking on a ‘Camping Trip’ – the name of their mini-tour of smaller market venues across the State of Washington this summer.On August 28, 2016, the musicians be at the historic Capitol Theater. Tickets went on sale on May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and were sold out by noon.The theater is located at 206 5th Avenue SE in Downtown Olympia.The Olympia Film Society (OFS) was formed in 1980 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Its mission is “to enliven and enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and underrepresented film, music and allied arts.”last_img read more

FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN MORE FREE TICKETS TO CENTURY CINEMAS!

first_imgDonegal’s biggest news website has teamed up with Donegal’s biggest and best cinema.Every week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question. This week’s question is ‘What is the name of Richard Gere’s latest movie?’ The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below!Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to [email protected] before 11pm this evening.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks.  FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN MORE FREE TICKETS TO CENTURY CINEMAS! was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Century CinemasFilm It Fridayfree ticketslast_img read more

South Africa reports on energy investments

first_img9 March 2016The expansion of the nuclear programme remained part of South Africa’s future energy mix, according to the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster.“The procurement plan for (the) 9 600MW nuclear build programme will be implemented in the next decade at a pace informed by what the country can afford,” it said.An update was presented by the cluster on 8 March on the ongoing implementation of President Zuma’s Nine Point Plan to put the country on a sustainable growth path, with the chief focus on how energy challenges could be resolved.The cluster is chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. It outlines progress made to stabilise electricity supply, which is a crucial resource to keep industry and business powered.Progress such as an Eskom maintenance programme, the restoration of the Duvha unit, the connection of Medupi unit 6 and a programme to encourage customers to use electricity sparingly, was reported. Nkwinti emphasised that there had been no load shedding since September 2015.The updated noted that the South African government had invested R83-billion in Eskom, including a R60-billion converted guarantee that was now a grant. Additionally, R23-billion was secured from the sale of the government’s Vodacom shares that would now be used to continue investing in the Medupi and Kusile power stations.Renewable energyThrough the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), 6 376MW of electricity had been procured, of which 2 045MW procured from 41 independent power producers was currently operational.Other advancements included the multiple bid windows for the REIPPPP attracting investments of R194-billion, and the procurement of 2 400MW of new coal-fired power generation capacity.The National Skills Fund had disbursed R96-million towards developing renewable energy training facilities at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.This initiative, the cluster said, sought to respond to the country’s adopted strategy to promote renewable energy production in order to supplement current fossil fuel energy production.The fund had also set aside R204-million towards establishing work integrated learning facilities for engineering students. The project aims to provide on-the-job training for mechanical and electrical engineering students in order to obtain registration as engineers.Hydroelectricity and solar energySouth Africa was also sourcing 2 600MW of hydroelectric capacity from the Southern African Development Community, according to the progress report.The Solar Water Heater programme, which focuses on load reduction, would continue. The load reduction programme aims to retrofit approximately 200 000 domestic electric geysers with solar water heaters annually. This will reduce electricity demand in high consumption residential areas.Skills developmentIn the cluster’s statement, an emphasis on job creation was also outlined, stating that “(the government) will provide skills to emerging companies and local communities to participate in various aspects of the solar water heater roll-out programme. targeting to install 38 000 units in the 2016-17 financial year”.A new skills development pilot programme, training 300 students to install and maintain solar geysers, had been initiated in Ekurhuleni. A further R36-million had been set aside to provide training to beneficiaries in other municipalities.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Fired-up Proteas head for World Cup

first_img4 February 2015The Proteas got a full South African send off at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg before making their way to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.Hundreds of passionate fans turned up at Melrose Arch to wish the team luck as part of Cricket South Africa’s #ProteaFire supporters campaign.“In you flows the blood of African warriors,” Sports Minister Mbalula Fikile told the team at a media briefing on Wednesday morning. “It’s now or never. South Africa, your time has arrived to conquer.”Australia enters the Cup at the top of the latest ICC ODI Team Rankings, which were released on Monday after their 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday. South Africa is ranked third – but the Proteas go into the tournament as one of the favourites.Click here to see the full ICC rankings“There’s no hiding from the fact that we haven’t won a World Cup,” captain AB de Villiers said. “There’s a lot of pressure but we’re gonna stick together.”South Africa will play Sri Lanka in their first warm-up match on Monday. On Wednesday, they will play New Zealand in a warm-up match.Their first World Cup match will be played in Hamilton on 13 February, where the South African side will face Zimbabwe in the first of six group games.“There is no complacency when facing a side in a World Cup. You have to respect all of them,” Protea coach Russell Domingo said.The selection committee announced the World Cup squad in January. It includes includes eight players with previous World Cup experience: De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.“We feel we have a nice blend of experience of major knock-out tournaments plus the freshness that will come from the relative newcomers,” Andrew Hudson, the convenor of the selection committee, said at the announcement.“We have also stayed true to our policy of consistency and reward for good performances that has enabled us to build a good record over the past 12 months. The fact that most of these series have been played away from home has provided excellent preparation as well,” Hudson said.#ProteaFireCricket South Africa has been running a supporters’ campaign, which they have tagged #ProteaFire.As part of the campaign, Protea players were asked what it meant to them to represent South Africa. Captain AB de Villiers said: ‘Representing your country at a World Cup is the highest honour that any player can achieve, it is what we all aspire for a young cricketers.“When we step on to the field, we want nothing more than to make our country proud. We know that we will be representing 60-million passionate South Africans when we head to New Zealand and Australia and having that support means the world to us.”SQUADCastle Lager Proteas World Cup squad: AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, vice capt), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans),Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights), Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras).All the player profiles, stats: Cricket SA’s Player ProfilesFIXTURESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa v Zimbabwe. Seddon Park, Hamilton22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Maps Gets Bird’s Eye View

first_imgfrederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A few months ago, Google launched 45° imagery for select cities through its Google Maps API. In February, Google launched this new way to browse maps as an experimental feature in Google Maps Labs and starting today, this bird’s eye view imagery will be available for all users by default. These high-resulution images – which are currently only available in a select number of cities in the U.S. and South Africa – will automatically appear once users zoom in to an area while in satellite mode.For Bing, a similar bird’s eye view feature has long been one of the differentiating features of Microsoft’s mapping product. For the time being, Bing’s bird’s eye view is available in more places, but otherwise, the feature sets of Google’s and Microsoft’s products are very similar. Just like Bing Map, Google also allows users to rotate images and see a location from different angles, for example.Overall, this is nice update to Google maps, as it allows users to zoom in closer and see buildings and other locations with more detail. As Google’s Randy Wilson – a member of Google’s Imagery Team – notes, “even when looking at familiar areas, seeing driving directions overlaid on 45° imagery will give you a whole new understanding of the neighborhood.” last_img read more

Tie My Netflix Account to Facebook? No Thanks

first_imgNetflix’s long-delayed integration with Facebook is here. This week, the company will roll out the option to customers in the U.S., where the archaic Video Privacy Act was recently amended to permit this type of feature. The integration is not as annoying as it could be, but I’m going to sit this one out.First, the upside: It’s great that Netflix was able to get an outdated law changed to remove an illogical stumbling block to innovation. If only it was always so easy. And in theory, I see why showing me my friends’ recently-viewed movies could have some value. On a basic level, this feature makes sense.(See also: Thanks Congress, But We Need Privacy Laws, Not More Social Sharing)Netflix also deserves some credit for limiting the integration so that it doesn’t barf my entire viewing history onto Facebook by default. I have to explicitly tell Netflix that I’d like to be that obnoxious. Instead, it uses Facebook’s social graph to help recommend shows and movies within Netflix itself.But do we need more frictionless sharing? Here’s something nobody ever says: “I really love the way I can see everything my friends are listening to on Spotify via Facebook.” They might say, “My friend posted a YouTube video of this awesome new song” or “I noticed everybody was posting about this new album, so I checked it out.”  There are a few problems with this model.I Don’t Want To Share EverythingNot every detail is worthy of sharing, because not every detail is important. If I watch five minutes of a movie to see if I like it, it shouldn’t get the same social vote as my all-time favorites. Netflix has much more valuable data than simply “John Paul watched Arrested Development.” It knows about my historical viewing habits, informed in part by ratings and preferences I’ve explicitly declared. That’s much more insightful than whether or not I clicked the play button. Hopefully these signals will find their way into Netflix’s social integration in time (if they’re not lurking under the hood already). Sometimes we like to indulge in things that we wouldn’t necessarily tell the world about, just like I might occasionally blast “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan on Spotify in the middle of my workday when nobody’s around. (Now you know). On Netflix, you’ll be able to opt out of sharing on a video-by-video basis, which is smart. But I still think sharing should be an opt-in experience, not an opt-out one. Something should be important enough for me to *want* to share it and then willingly expend the effort required to do so. I shouldn’t have to stop before playing each video and think, “Wait, do I want to *not* share this?”  If we have to think a thought like that, we’re probably sharing way too much. I’m Not The Only One Who Uses My Netflix AccountChances are, you’re not the only person watching TV shows and movies on your Netflix account. I know I’m not. If my roommate is binging on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, do you really want me to auto-recommend shows to you? A roommate is one thing, but what about an entire family? As Techcrunch’s Sarah Perez writes, anybody who connected to her via Facebook and Netflix is going to see a lot of Dora the Explorer, Tinker Bell and Sesame Street, because that’s what her young daughter likes to watch. The more crowded your household is, the less useful this data becomes. Thankfully, Netflix is working on personalized profiles to help solve this problem, but they’re not ready yet. Until that feature launches, this one is going to be decidedly imperfect. I Already Know What My Friends Like, Because We Talk To Each OtherWith or without Facebook, television and movies are already an inherently social type of content: We watch them with friends and family and we talk about them in social gatherings. I already know what my friends like, because we’re human beings who, despite heroin-grade addictions to technology, still talk to each other face-to-face.  Seriously, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of the shows and movies that people I know like, with or without an algorithm. It’s entirely possible Netflix could dig up some gem via Facebook’s social graph, but if it’s worth watching, I’m sure I’ll come across it eventually. Besides, I don’t know about your queue, but mine is perpetually overloaded. Doesn’t Facebook Already Know Enough About Us? Companies like Facebook already know so much about us. Do we really need to funnel more data about our lives onto their servers? I realize this is just an inevitable feature of our digital world and that I should suck it up. And usually, I do. Google knows even more about me than Facebook. I willingly hand over all that data, but it’s getting to the point where if divulging a new set of data about myself to some company isn’t going to add a significant and obvious value to my life, I’m going to skip it.Of course, I’m already surrendering this information to Netflix by using their service in the first place. But my relationship with them is clear: I pay $8 per month and I get to stream whatever content they’re offering. They use data about me to improve the experience, and I happily keep shelling out that money.  With Facebook, it’s less clear. I joined without much thought eight years ago, am vaguely addicted to it and constantly wonder how much value I’m really getting out of the service. It weirds me out sometimes. I think about quitting.It’s also still forging its business model. It won’t rely on subscription fees, but instead will find a way to turn that data about me into dollars.  That’s fine, in theory, but I don’t know exactly how they’ll do it or if I trust them in general.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Facebook#frictionless sharing#Netflix#Streaming video john paul titlow 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img read more

Useful Movie Magic With Forced Perspective

first_imgForced perspective is an age-old practical effect with some clever applications for your own low-budget movie needs.Top image via Focus FeaturesWhat is Forced Perspective? Forced perspective alters our perception of scale and can change the perceived size of objects within a shot. The effect comes alive by way of strategically staging individuals and objects in the foreground and background of your shot along the z-axis, which runs from the perspective of the camera outward.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind via Focus FeaturesAn optical illusion called the Ames room is a great way to understand how forced perspective works. By using a distorted, trapezoidal room, the people within the room seem to be of varying sizes. Ames Room via WikipediaThough it can get quite elaborate, forced perspective in film and video work does not require the construction of an Ames room, though sometimes it does require the construction of oversized props.How Is Forced Perspective Used?Forced perspective is perhaps best known as a standard photography trick that involves tourists interacting with famous monuments.While it may not be a convincing use of the effect (and it’s not supposed to be), a humorous use of forced perspective can be found on The Kids in the Hall with the “Crushing Your Head” skit:The Kids in the Hall “Crushing Your Head” via CBCFor the budget conscious moviemaker, forced perspective allows the integration of miniatures into a shot in a way that visually transforms them into life-sized objects. Vashi Nedomansky offers a good example of how to make a toy Hummer seem real.Low-Budget Visual Effects via Vashi NedomanskyIf you prefer helicopters, then check out this blog post by James DeRuvo.Photographer Michael Paul Smith has been photographically recreating the town in which he grew up, Elgin Park, by way of models and forced perspective. With miniature cars and other foreground models, Smith crafts very convincing images that look straight out of the mid-20th century.The Giant Hand via Michael Paul Smith People Large and SmallForced perspective has been very useful in the movies when characters need to be of varying sizes. The trick is in positioning the characters within the frame at staggered points along the z-axis. The person intended to be larger will be closer to the camera while the person meant to be small should be farther from the camera. Darby O’Gill and the Little People via DisneyElf  via New Line CinemaOne of the main tricks is maintaining the apparent eyelines between the characters. In other words, the characters cannot actually look at one another because it would ruin the forced perspective effect. Instead, the eyeline must be simulated to accommodate the apparent positions of each character. This means that your characters won’t actually be able to look at one another, but it will still seem natural on screen.Movie Magic Episode 5 – Forced Perspective via Tyler Haslett, Discovery Channel, and GRBHow to Do ItIn addition to being aware of convincing eyelines, you’ll need to pick the right lens. Wide-angle lenses are preferred. Wide-angle lenses will help you maintain a large depth of field while also allowing you to exaggerate the size of people and objects closer and farther from the lens. In terms of lighting, you should shoot under well-lit conditions so that you can use a smaller aperture and increase your depth of field. This way, everyone in the shot will remain in focus as much as possible. However, a little soft focus on one of the subjects can still work:The Lord of the Rings via New Line Cinema Creating forced perspective is a lot of fun and if you are working with a static camera, it can be achieved pretty simply. But sometimes, filmmakers get ambitious and want to move the camera during their forced perspective effect. The Lord of the Rings famously used forced perspective with a moving camera, which meant that the characters had to be moved along with the camera in order for the effect for the effect to work.A Cautionary NoteWhether you intend to use forced perspective as an in-camera effect or not, it’s very important to understand that the perception of scale is a constant concern in the composition of any shot. An object placed close to the camera will increase in size and, dependent on your lens choice, may look huge and unintentionally distracting, particularly if you are using a wide angle lens.The Untouchables via ParamountIn the above shot, Kevin Costner’s hands are as big as his head. Director Brian De Palma, and his cinematographer, Stephen H. Burum, knew what they were doing, but it’s important to be aware of the ways forced perspective may disrupt your own cinematic vision. Purposeful composition is always important.  Tromp l’oeilSingin’ in the Rain via MGMTromp l’oeil, which translates to “deceives the eye,” works by the same principle as forced perspective, except in this case, a painting, often a matte painting, is placed close to the camera (In the olden days, matte paintings were also combined optically during post-production). Tromp l’oeil has been used by the likes of Chaplin and many others over the course of cinematic history. Modern Times via United ArtistsFor more about the above sequence, check out this Reddit post. Though tromp l’oeil has gone out of style in modern moviemaking due to computer generated technology, Roy Andersson still uses these practical cinematic techniques in his films. Songs from the Second Floor via New Yorker FilmsConclusionWhether you are integrating models or characters of varying sizes into your movie, understanding forced perspective can help you achieve some fantastic in-camera effects. Forced perspective can also save you from creating unintentionally distracting visuals by placing objects too close to the lens. What are your experiences with forced perspective? Please share below.last_img read more