53rd Logger Classic tips off today

first_imgIf the Loggers needed an early season opportunity to get right after a pair of winless tournament appearances to start their season then they need look no further than their yearly home tournament, the 53rd annual Logger Classic, which tips off today.Eureka (0-6) is coming off a disappointing run at the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend which saw the Loggers — then still without their full compliment of players as several starters were in the midst of football season — …last_img

Darwinians Still Justify Genetic Determinism

first_imgOne of the most dangerous philosophies in the history of mankind is still embedded in modern Darwinism.In a recent post, we laughed at two evolutionary just-so stories that extrapolated animal behavior into human behavior. Remember, though, that animal behavior is encoded by their genes, and that’s no laughing matter when genetic determinism is extrapolated to humans. It sucks all the air out of morality, making humans pawns of an amoral, aimless natural process with no accountability.Some personal beliefs and morals may stem from genetics (Science Daily). The authors at Penn State try to qualify their genetic determinism with the word “some” — “some personal beliefs and morals” may stem from genetics. What other source is there? To evolutionists, genetic change by mutation and selection is ultimately all there is.“Most people assume that parenting shapes the development of virtuous character in children via entirely environmental pathways,” Neiderhiser said. “But our results suggest there are also heritable influences. This doesn’t mean that if parents are conscientious that their children also will be regardless of how the children are parented. It does mean, however, that children inherit a tendency to behave in a particular way and that this shouldn’t be ignored.”Who decides what is virtuous in Darwinland? The only standard is survival, isn’t it? That is completely amoral. Genocide qualifies for the fittest group that survives. Later, the determinists again qualify their stance, saying,“Your genes are not totally deterministic of who you are,” Ramos said. “Genes simply give you a potential. People still make their own choices and have agency in shaping who they become.”But once again, Darwinists have no choice or agency in their toolkit. It’s all mutation and selection, resulting in genetic changes. To have choice, you have to have free will and a soul.How did reading and writing evolve? Neuroscience gives a clue (The Conversation). Your clue that Derek Hodgson is a genetic determinist is in the thought that reading and writing “evolved.” No free will in that idea; you just carry out behaviors when you scratch on a stone or type at a keyboard. The self-refuting nature of this assertion is self-evident, because Hodgson’s genes made him say this. It could be argued that language and writing “evolve” by convention, which implies human minds that can freely choose how to represent their thoughts on material substances and in vocal sounds, but that is not what he is talking about.But how was this possible? Neuroscientific research has shown that writing text involves the premotor cortex of the brain, which drives manual skills. My theory therefore suggests that reading and writing evolved when our passive perception for discerning things started to interact with manual dexterity.In other words, you are a passive marionette governed by invisible strings reacting to natural selection. Words in a book are mere marks on a page like scratches on a stone.That said, some researchers believe that early marks were symbolic rather than aesthetic and that writing evolved from encoding information in them. However I argue this now seems increasingly unlikely. Early marks look similar to each other over an immense period of time. If the marks were symbolic, we would expect to see far more variation across space and time, just as we do in modern writing systems. But this is not the case.All this points to the probability that the earliest marks were aesthetic in that they derive from the early visual cortex’s preference for basic configurations. And it could have begun as early as Homo erectus, which lived from about 1.8m to 500,000 years ago.How evolutionary theory guides policy (Nature). This is the scariest of the three articles we are taking a look at. David Sloan Wilson, the New Teacher who wants Evolution for Everyone, is back. He sees all the detailed negotiations in national governments and foreign policy as mere manifestations of Darwinism. And Nature likes his new book about it. Even the title is scary for lovers of liberty and justice for all: This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution. Head for the hills! The Brave New World is upon us.Wilson’s passion for multilevel selectionist thinking, and his relentless optimism, give the book something of a messianic flavour: in places, I detect leaps of faith, for example in the belief that well-functioning groups can solve our problems of collective action. There is no false advertising, however. The very title (albeit cribbed from the end of Charles Darwin’s 1859 On the Origin of Species) portends a personal perspective. The result is utterly fascinating and beautifully written.He addresses deep questions about humanity: how we can avoid physical or mental illnesses, raise children, make groups more effective, create sustainable economies and nurture better planetary stewards.This is a recipe for global socialism, which always brings with it totalitarianism, elitism, and slavery. The elites will try to keep the peasant hens producing eggs for them.Things get more interesting for policy when Wilson turns to what he calls the “problem of goodness”. Literature on the evolution of cooperation — such as the 2011 A Cooperative Species by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis — gives us plausible scientific reasons for goodness triumphing over evil, or selflessness over selfishness. Multilevel selection is important here. Wilson’s favourite example is an experiment showing how to increase caged hens’ egg production. You select not for the most fertile hens in each generation (co-housed, they will peck each other to death), but for the multi-hen cages with the highest productivity (where more positive social interactions predominate).Humans don’t live in cages, but group living is a fundamental adaptation of our species. In a wink of geological time, humanity moved from small pre-Neolithic tribal groups to large nation-states, with transnational religious identities and (albeit weak) global governance institutions. All this reasonably suggests a role for multilevel selection. We know that social groups work effectively when they have clearly delineated membership, are relatively egalitarian and police themselves. Wilson recounts the huge success of a “school within a school” programme with these features for students in Binghamton, New York, who were at risk of dropping out of high school. He also discusses the effectiveness of local “block clubs” in run-down parts of Buffalo, New York, and other often well-controlled studies demonstrating the success of groups that follow these design principles in producing socially preferable outcomes.Isn’t that nice to speak of “design principles” for multilevel selection? Beware fake words. Who defines what is “good”? Who designs “socially preferable outcomes”? The powerful elites who run everything, of course, and teach the peasants that they are products of selection. The elites, meantime, excuse themselves from the same rules of “multilevel selection” that everyone else is enslaved to. They make the selections now. They have reached godhood.Reviewer Monique Borgerhoff Mulder welcomes this study on Darwinian solutions to social issues. She says Wilson’s book should be on everyone’s bedside table. Everyone’s cell table, that is, next to the hole in the floor.People have no idea the horrors they are in for if this kind of thinking goes mainstream. The 20th century was a huge, awful demonstration of “selectionist” thinking imposing itself on national policy. Now that we have instant access across the globe and orbital surveillance, there will be no place to hide. We will be praying for a Rapture. (Visited 416 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hot, Hot, Hot! A Twitter Augmented Reality App for iPhone

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Apple Doesn’t Permit AU AppsUnfortunately, TwittARound and all other augmented reality apps in development, won’t ever make it to the iTunes App Store because they’re built using non-public APIs. Officially, Apple’s iPhone SDK does not offer access to any APIs for manipulating live video, forcing developers to use the available but unsupported ones instead. That’s a shame because as you can see, there are a lot of unique concepts out there for implementing Augmented Reality on the iPhone. In fact, this is one important area of development where Google’s Android OS has the edge. Already, we’ve seen new AU Android apps like Layar come about – an app which could very well represent the future of augmented reality. Even on the Nokia platform, AU is surging ahead. Earlier this year, for example, the creator of the “Heroes” TV show announced his upcoming AU app called “TEVA” which will use Nokia’s video recording features in a new ARG mobile game. Sadly, unless something changes at Apple, the AU developer community will simply move on to other platforms, leaving iPhone users behind. However, there’s still hope. According to some hearsay out there, Apple is interested in enabling these types of apps. In other words, it could be a question of “when” and not “if.” We only hope that they do so sooner than later. Tags:#Apple#Product Reviews#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos There’s a fascinating new Twitter app in development called TwittARound, an augmented reality Twitter viewer for the iPhone 3GS. With the app, you can see live tweets around your location and you can even see how far away they are. To accomplish this, TwittARound uses a combination of the iPhone’s compass and its accelerator-enabled GPS to determine the location of tweets and then layers those on top of a live video feed. The end result is a Twitter AU experience that looks incredible…at least in the YouTube video. Unfortunately, there’s a big problem with this amazing new creation: Apple won’t allow it in the App Store. Even though jailbreakers can enable video on the iPhone 3G, TwittARound will only work on the 3GS. That’s because the app uses the 3GS’s new built-in digital compass to help determine location – a feature not available on older models. However, there’s no reason why a downward-compatible version of this app couldn’t be built in the future which relied only on the GPS unit. According to a post on i.document, the technical details about TwittARound are as follows:“The whole application was developed in Webkit (UIWebView/Safari Mobile). A native Cocoa wrapper delegates location, compass and accelerometer to Javascript in the UIWebView. The 3D scene is based on Safari Mobiles brilliant 3D CSS transforms. The AJAX part is done with jQuery.”When using TwittARound, the avatars of nearby Twitter users float through the top of the screen where the live video feed is displayed. Tap on any of the avatars to see their Twitter feed which will show up at the bottom. It’s a simple but elegant way of interacting with an augmented reality. Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more

The Digital Imaging Technician’s Tool Kit — Gear for the Job

first_imgLearn what gear professional digital imaging technicians keep in their kits, and check out some affordable ideas for your own.Cover image via Blackmagic.The role of the Digital Imaging Technician is equal measures creative and technical. In this article, we will dig through some of the gear professional DITs bring to their jobs, and look at some options to make an effective professional DIT kit as affordably as possible.For organization’s sake, I will break down the key components of the DIT kit into three categories: gear (or hardware) essential for the execution of job-related tasks, software for the same purpose, and some equipment to make you more comfortable on the job.Image via Ekkaphan Chimpalee.GearA computer is the most essential piece of DIT hardware. In film production, DITs often use heavy-duty computers mounted in racks. While this is especially useful for handling and processing massive raw footage, modern laptops can fairly competently handle much of the necessary work, albeit much slower. Not all laptops are created equal, however. Careful selection is important if you are serious about working professionally as a DIT.There are four primary specs to consider when selecting:Intel i7 or higher CPU (or similar AMD Ryzen configuration)Dedicated graphics cardAs much RAM as you can affordThe best possible screen with excellent color accuracyDell, Acer, and ASUS all make great options for around $1,000. Do your research on their screens, however, as most have poor color accuracy. If you are on the tightest budget, consider an external camera monitor. You can find a small, portable monitor for cheap and simply connect it to your laptop for a great color-accurate monitoring solution.At the time of this writing, I don’t recommend a Macbook Pro. A sufficiently powered machine will start at $2,000, and even at that price tag, you are foregoing a dedicated GPU.ConnectivityImage via B&H Photo Video.The first part of the DIT’s job is transferring and archiving footage from camera media to redundant storage. This means that you need as many high-speed USB ports available on your computer as possible to accommodate all of the storage devices — as well as all the various types of media being recorded on set.Always have at least one powered USB 3.1 hub on set, and try to have a backup. This is especially important if you go for a cheaper option. These fail all the time, so be prepared. As with any purchase, do your research, and see what other people are saying about the hubs you’re considering. (Anker makes really solid and reliable hubs, so go with them if you can’t decide.)Color PanelImage via Blackmagic.Color panels are fairly pricey and can seem (at first) rather non-essential. But ask any colorist or DIT why they use them, and you’ll start to get a sense for why they are vital for quickly dialing in looks on set.A good color panel will allow you to use both hands to simultaneously make adjustments, and they have hardware buttons, wheels, and dials for every tool you need to perform a primary grade. Additionally, professional grading programs are designed for use with these panels, with only secondary consideration given to mouse-and-keyboard users.Color panels give you a massive advantage, especially in a situation when the director and DP are halting the shoot to watch over your shoulder to make sure a scene cuts together visually.Speed and precision are the most important skills in the DIT’s kit, so select tools that enhance your ability to quickly accomplish your objective.RadiosImage via JHK2303.You will never go wrong with a set of decent two-way radios in your kit, regardless of your job on set. This is especially important on smaller, independent sets when the crew is small. Radio communication between you and the camera department will rapidly streamline the back-and-forth of card transfers and imaging advice from the camera department.SoftwareImage via Blackmagic.With the hardware basics covered, let’s take a look under the hood and see what software we will need for essential DIT duty.NLEImage via recklessstudios.This first one is pretty straightforward. An editing program is essential for cutting together dailies — as well as a myriad of other tasks. Use whichever you are most comfortable with.IngestImage via Blackmagic.Dragging and dropping files is not good enough for a DIT; they must ensure a full replication of every bit from the camera and sound media to each and every drive.There are many programs with which accomplish this, the most common being Shotput, Parashoot, and Adobe Prelude. I won’t go too far into the weeds with the technical details, but if you’re going to use a program other than one of these, look for “MD5 (bit-for-bit) confirmation.”Essentially, MD5 compares each bit from the source and makes sure it gets perfectly replicated to each storage device. The process is quick, usually running in the background while footage is transferring, and once complete, all that is left to do is review the text log and ensure that no errors were found. If any errors exist, immediately let the camera department know, and pull the card from shooting rotation.ResolveIf you’re looking for an NLE-and-ingest-program rolled into one, you’re in luck. In the past three or four generations of Resolve, Blackmagic has really invested in a fully-functional NLE within their color suite. Even better, you can copy and verify your footage in the same program.Best yet, it’s free.Quality of LifeNow that we’ve covered our basic job responsibilities, let’s make our job as the DIT just a little bit easier.CartImage via Blackmagic.As a DIT, you cannot afford to lose any time relocating. Investing in a basic cart will not only allow you to move around as the production demands, it will also cut down on your pack-in and pack-out time — and provide a solid workspace.USB lights and fansImage via Mau Horng.Sets are dark, quiet places. As a DIT, you need to handle camera and sound cards, review the script, work with cables, unplug and re-plug drives, and operate complex color panels. Do yourself a favor and invest in a few cheap USB-powered lights and a headlamp with multiple brightness settings.On location, the air conditioning usually goes off while shooting. Quiet USB or battery-powered fans and low-power space heaters can make your life just that little bit more comfortable when things beyond your control affect your productivity.While this is far from an exhaustive list of what’s in the kit professional DITs bring to their sets, going into your first gig as a DIT with only these items will still more than prepare you for most of the challenges you’ll face.Looking for more industry tips and tricks? Check these out.Breaking News: Blackmagic Announces Blackmagic eGPUEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless CamerasBuyer’s Guide: The Best Macro Lenses on the MarketThe Best Headphones for Film and Video (Under $100)How ProRes RAW is Going to Change the Way You Worklast_img read more

Bucks beat Pistons to take 3-0 series lead

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, makes a layup as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Khris Middleton had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 119-103 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.The Bucks can finish off the Eastern Conference series Monday night in Detroit after winning the first three games by an average of 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pistons: The game was the first postseason game in Little Caesars Arena history. The Pistons and Red Wings both missed the playoffs in 2017-18 and the Red Wings missed again this season. The most recent NBA playoff game in the city of Detroit was April 27, 1985, when the Pistons lost 127-123 to the New York Knicks at Joe Louis Arena after damage to the Pontiac Silverdome’s roof.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night at Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, Nets’ Jared Dudley ejected in Game 4 Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Bucks overcame 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Blake Griffin in his return from a right knee injury. He missed the first two games of the series after sitting out four of the final six in the regular season.Griffin had an immediate defensive impact, forcing two turnovers on Milwaukee’s first three possessions, but struggled to keep up in transition.FEATURED 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, logisticsBrook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe each scored 19 points for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds, struggling with foul trouble. Andre Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.Griffin scored 15 points in the first half to keep the Pistons down only 67-54 at halftime, but Lopez dominated his matchup with Drummond. Lopez had 15 points and three blocks, and Drummond missed eight of 10 shots and had three turnovers and three fouls. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but Antetokounmpo left a minute later with his fourth.Middleton, playing against the team that drafted him in 2012, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Milwaukee an 85-66 lead with 4:47 left in the third quarter. Drummond returned late in the quarter, but picked up his fifth foul after just 41 seconds.The margin was 100-78 at quarter’s end and the Pistons never put together a serious run in the fourth.TIP INSBucks: The Bucks hadn’t won the first three games of a playoff series since a three-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the 1986 first round. … Milwaukee was a plus-23 in the 10:48 that George Hill played in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more