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Takeaways: the Sharks need to give Jones more help

first_imgDALLAS — On a night where Joe Thornton reached a major milestone, the Dallas Stars played the role of party poopers, blowing out all 1,500 of the candles on his cake.Thornton, 39, became the 19th player to reach the 1,500 game plateau Thursday, a list led by Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756) and Jaromir Jagr (1733). Among active players, only Patrick Marleau (1,590), Thornton’s teammate for 12 years, has played more games. The Stars honored Thornton by showing a video montage of his …last_img

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Amazing Feats Highlight Human Exceptionalism

first_imgIt’s not just what humans can do, but why they do it, that makes humans stand apart from animals.MPR Raccoon free-climbs a skyscraper. Credit: BBC NewsSocial media had fun this week watching a skyscraper-climbing raccoon. Breitbart News showed tweets from people cheering on the animal’s progress as it climbed up 25 stories on a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, till the “MPR Raccoon” found a ledge to rest on, and was rewarded with cat food and a cage. National Geographic used the occasion to teach about five “surprising skills” of these animals: (1) astonishing adaptability, (2) a keen sense of touch, (3) crazy cleverness at solving problems, (4) teaching ability with their young,  and (5) face masks they use for identification. Nobody thought seriously, though, that the raccoon was trying to set a record for personal fame. The young female was probably scared when it started up, and then found itself unable to turn around. Ms. MPR Raccoon probably did not remember its predicament, or care about its achievement. And don’t expect other raccoons to give her a medal. Maya Wei-Haas explains in the NG article explains,The tiny creature seemed to have gotten stuck a few stories above the ground and decided that the only way down was to keep heading up. Images of the little raccoon-that-could flooded the internet as the creature ascended the 25-story tower, taking frequent naps and breaks for grooming.The Human Body Compared to AnimalsName most physical feats, and you can find an animal that will one-up a human being. Cheetahs and pronghorns can run faster. Eagles and peregrine falcons have better eyesight. Elephants can lift more. Whales can swim farther, halfway around the world. But aided with our tools and accessories, we are unbeatable: automobiles, space flight, supersonic jets, high-speed rail— and we can remotely control machines to do even better, like fly to the planets at tens of thousands of miles per hour. Even so, the unaided human body, when trained for a specific goal with the right motivation, can do remarkable things.El Capitan towers above Yosemite Valley. (DFC)Climbers Reach the Top of Yosemite’s El Capitan in Under Two Hours (National Geographic). This story was hard to believe when the news broke. If you’ve ever watched climbers on this world-famous monolith, you know that they look like tiny specks up there. Recently there was a guy who free-climbed the whole thing. Now, two guys broke a record, making it all the way up in under two hours.On June 6, 2018, in California’s Yosemite National Park, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell accomplished the seemingly impossible—climbing the 3,000-foot Nose route of El Capitan in 1 hour 58 minutes and 7 seconds. “It’s like breaking the two-hour marathon barrier, but vertically,” says Hans Florine, who, with his climbing partner Yuji Hirayama in 2002, was the first to take the speed record on the Nose under three hours.The Nose is widely considered the greatest big-wall climbing route on Earth. It runs straight up the prow of the massive granite formation known as El Capitan and is the monolith’s most recognizable feature. Every spring, it draws the world’s most adventurous climbers to test their mettle. Most take three to five days to scale the challenging terrain, “camping” on the wall in portaledges anchored to the stone. For elite climbers, the time to beat is NIAD, or Nose-in-a-Day, climbing it all without an overnight. For Honnold and Caldwell, the route is their morning workout. “It didn’t feel that fast,” Honnold says of their latest record attempt, “but when I popped over the top I saw 1:57 and was like go, go, go, go!”Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo (Phys.org). If elite swimmer Ben Lecomte pulls this off, it will be an incredible feat of human endurance. We’ve heard of those swimming the English Channel, or trying to swim from Cuba to Florida, but the Pacific Ocean? Who can swim that far for a period of six months at sea?Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste….He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world’s biggest ocean.Lecomte already swam the Atlantic in 1998, vowing “never again” to try such a stunt, but here he is again. The physical strain is only part of the challenge, he says.“The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to make sure you always think about something positive or you always have something to think about.“When you don’t have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that’s when trouble starts,” he said.Human ExceptionalismWhile animals can succeed at specific events, humans win the all-around. No other animal can do all the events in the Olympics, which were designed to bring out the best in widely-varying human talents, from tumbling to archery, from diving to skiing, from weightlifting to ice dancing. No individual can succeed at every event (the Decathlon comes the closest), but every contestant is a member of Homo sapiens.Humans also add moral motivations to their quests. Lecomte is trying to bring public attention to the tragedy of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. He is also wanting to monitor the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The human quest for science is part of a unique trait of humans: to understand, to seek out facts, to make a difference in the world.Finally, as Lecomte says, “thinking” is a crucial part of the success. Therein lies the key difference between humans and animals. The pronghorn runs by instinct; it’s not trying to set a speed record. The peregrine falcon speed-dives for food. A polar bear swimming a distance record may be having trouble finding a place to land. Human beings do not “need” to push the envelope and set records. Something in them wants to strive for greatness, discover new limits of endurance, and push the envelope further. Humans think. They plan. They train. And when they succeed, they do not necessarily succeed in the “struggle for existence” or “survival of the fittest” game. It’s not even necessary for them to pass on their genes to offspring to attempt what they do. Humans are un-natural.C.S. Lewis said, “The Naturalists have been engaged in thinking about Nature. They have not attended to the fact that they were thinking. The moment one attends to this it is obvious that one’s own thinking cannot be merely a natural event, and that therefore something other than Nature exists. The Supernatural is not remote and abstruse: it is a matter of daily and hourly experience, as intimate as breathing.” (Visited 391 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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5 Simple Cinematography Hacks for Under $50

first_imgNeed a makeshift camera rig on a small budget? Check out these five cinematography hacks that can be made for under $50.Top image from FilmoraBeing on set always requires you to be on your toes and use whatever materials you have to get the shot. Sometimes you may forget a piece of equipment, or something on set will break. Then you’ll need to figure out a quick fix to make sure that the shoot goes on.Like the 5 Filmmaking Hacks we’ve previously covered, all of these cinematography hacks are great DIY fixes. Also, make sure you have plenty of gaff tape on set. You’re going to need it.1. Camera Bean BagImage from Chris Hansen via DIY Photo Cheapo DepotIf you don’t have a few hundred bucks to spend on a Cinesaddle or Vbag, try making your own. With a Ziploc bag and some beans, rice, or kernels of popcorn, you can instantly make your own camera cushion for some extra stabilization.If you want something a little tougher than a Ziploc bag, try a pencil case for small cameras or a softshell laptop case. For best results, put a Ziploc bag inside of another case. Be sure to let the air out of the Ziploc bag, so it can conform around the camera.Supplies: Ziploc Bag (~$0.08 each), Pencil Case (~$3), 1 lb Beans (~$7) or 1 lb Rice (~$5) or 1 lb Popcorn Kernels (~$4)Estimated Cost: $8.082. Baby Powder ViewfinderImage from John Korda via Shitty Rigs Using an empty bottle of baby powder, this new dad built an amazing viewfinder. He cut out the bottom of the baby powder bottle, then attached a magnifying glass. With a little gaff tape and rubber bands, he had built his own custom viewfinder.Supplies: Baby Powder Bottle (~$4), 2 Rubber Bands (~$0.17 each), Magnifying Glass (~$6)Estimated Cost: $10.34For the following Dolly Hacks, let’s assume you already have a tripod. Any tripod will work with these cinematography hacks. 3. Dolly Hack: Furniture SlidersVideo from Filmora Video EditorStick moving furniture pads under your tripod legs to create a dolly. Furniture slider pads are designed to move heavy furniture throughout a house without scratching the floor. They’ll be able to handle just about any weight of camera setup.Furniture sliders are designed for indoors, so these won’t really help you if you are out on location.Supplies: Your Tripod, Furniture Slider PadsEstimated Cost: $10-$204. Dolly Hack: Wheelchair (Rolling Chair, Stroller, Shopping Cart)Image from monnomestdavid via Shitty RigsTrying to pull off some smooth dolly shots without tracks? Try using a cart with wheels. A wheelchair is the best option, as they are built to give a smooth ride. Finding a wheelchair is a bit harder, but you can get them online. You can usually find a deal on a used one.Also take advantage of your location. Shooting in a hospital? There are wheelchairs around. Grocery store? Try a shopping cart. Library? Use a rolling book cart. Office? Rolling chair.You don’t have to have a stabilizer rig like the photo above, you can just as easily sit in the chair and have the camera over your shoulder.Image from bdht via Shitty RigsYou can also build a dolly rig out of a baby stroller. Go for the jogging stroller for extra speed and a smoother ride. There are plenty of used strollers available for cheap online.Estimated Price: ~$50 for a Used Jogging Stroller, up to ~$100 for a New Wheelchair5. Dolly Hack: Skateboard (Rollerblades)In this video, see how Tyler Mannheimer builds a skateboard dolly rig.Video from TPV ProductionsIn the video, you saw them attach a fluid head to a skateboard, but you can also use a skateboard many other ways. You can sit on it, and have a second person push you. If you already have a handheld stabilizer, you can also just hop on a skateboard and go. If you can’t skateboard, throw on a pair of rollerblades.Estimated Price: $37Want more DIY Hacks? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame

first_imgAt this year’s NAB Show, full frame filmmakers found out what they should expect from Canon’s new C700 FF. Here’s what we know.All images via Canon.NAB 2018 certainly attracts the big guns from some of the best digital camera makers in the game. Not to be outdone by their competitors, Canon has unveiled their new much-hyped digital full frame offering: the Canon C700 FF. While the camera has been announced for some time, it’s finally on the floor and getting some pretty rave reviews.Here’s everything you need to know about this new offering.Full Frame CMOS SensorSo, as the FF name would imply, the C700 FF is full frame (38.1 x 20.1mm) and supports readouts at Super 35mm, Super 16mm, anamorphic modes, and full size. The CMOS sensor is 17×9 and can record at nearly 6K-5.9K (5925 x 3140). The new full frame sensor also offers a broader range of tonality and lower noise. It can also exceed 15 stops of dynamic range, which should yield more natural skin tones and greater cinematic grading.Oversampling 4K ProcessingAlong with the new full frame CMOS sensor, the Canon C700 FF also uses a new “high-quality debayering algorithm” for its oversampling 5.9K in 4K, UHD, 2K, and FHD recording. This reduces graininess and moiré for higher-quality video recording compared to native 4K image capture.Other FeaturesIn many ways, the C700 FF is the same camera as the C700 in terms of features and looks (you can’t distinguish between the two on the NAB floor). However, this just means that the original C700 capabilities are now available full frame, like the 5.9K RAW 60p recording (72fps at 2K crop and up to 168fps). Both EP and PL mount models are now available with the EF mount option, including Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus tech.Here are some more tech and specs:Built-in ND filters5.9K full frame CMOS sensorNew sensor modes: full frame, Super 35mm, and Super 16mm15-stops dynamic rangeGreater range of lens optionsDual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mountSupports Canon Cinema RAW, ProRes and XF-AVCCost: $33,000And for more NAB 2018 coverage, check out these other great articles:NAB 2018: Blackmagic is Releasing A New Pocket Cinema CameraNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateNAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018: LaCie’s Rugged Hard Drive Gets Tougherlast_img read more

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BJP MP Sharad Tripathi, MLA Rakesh Baghel exchange blows at Collectorate in U.P.

first_img The video clip of the incident surfaced on TV channels.A senior police official present in the meeting intervened to pacify the two and restore order as tempers ran high.In the meantime, Tandon, the State medical education minister, left the place.The video shows Tripathi getting furious, complaining that his name was missing from the foundation stone for a road in the district’s Mehdawal area.Asked to comment, BJP district president Set Bhan Rai said, “The minister called me and told me about the clash between the MP and the MLA during the meeting as I was somewhere else. The State BJP president also asked me about the incident.” Two elected representatives of the ruling BJP came to blows during the district planning committee meeting here on Wednesday evening in full public glare.The incident took place when the planning committee meeting was underway at the collectorate in the presence of minister in-charge of the district, Ashutosh Tandon.The party State president Mahendra Nath Pandey took “serious” cognisance of the incident and summoned both the lawmakers to the State capital.“I have taken serious cognisance of the incident and have summoned both of them to Lucknow. Disciplinary action will take as per the party discipline,” said Pandey.“The incident is ‘ashobhniya’ (indecent) and ‘amaryadit’ (indignified),” he added.BJP MP from Sant Kabir Nagar Sharad Tripathi and MLA from Mehdawal, Rakesh Baghel, got involved in a verbal duel over taking credit for a newly laid road during the district planning panel meet.After a brief exchange of words, laced with abuses, both came to blows with one of them using a shoe to thrash the other, leaving officials and party leaders stunned.UP’s Sant Kabir Nagar BJP MP Sharad Tripathi attacked local BJP MLA Rakesh Baghel with shoe during a public meeting after an altercation began over MP’s name missing from inauguration plate. pic.twitter.com/BL6RiMTLkX— Piyush Rai | ‏‎پیوش رائے (@Benarasiyaa) March 6, 2019 last_img read more

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CSA gives India biggest ever official reception

first_imgWith the South Africa celebrating 150 years of Indian settlement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted the biggest ever official reception for the visiting Indian cricket team in Johannesburg.”The official welcome reception for the Indian team is the biggest ever for any team that had visited South Africa,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said during the reception on Monday night.Apart from the players and board officials of both teams Indian Consul-General Vikram Doraiswami too was present on the occasion.During his welcome speech, CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men deserved No. 1 Test team spot.”This is a team that has over the last two years swept all before them. I think that by all accounts they deserve the number one status in Test cricket,” he said.Nyoka singled out Sachin Tendulkar for praise and saluted the champion batsman for his contribution to the game.”I want to say thank you to you (Tendulkar) for the many years of wonderful memories that you have given us. You are a true champion, a true hero. You are one of the most decorated cricketers playing today. I salute you as a sportsman, as a cricketer and as a human being,” the CSA president said.Nyoka also lauded the cricketing links between the two countries.”South Africa is what today because of its relationship with India. CSA is a vibrant, strong organisation not least because of the relationship it has with BCCI, and I hope our mission of friendship and brotherhood continues for a very long time,” he added.advertisementIn keeping with the jovial spirit at the reception, Indian Consul-General Doraiswami said, “We’ve always believed our cricket team is the best and rankings are just a matter of devious Western subversions. It’s good to have it finally recognised officially.”He also recalled how former South Africa paceman Allan Donald had given troubled times to the Indians during the first tour way back in 1992-93.”Thank God you don’t have White Lightning (Donald’s nickname) anymore!” Doraiswami said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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