Related Posts alex williams What do you think?Poll Results: Yes, A Private Cloud Is Just A Glorified Data CenterOur poll last week showed that most of you believe that a private cloud is just a glorified data center. Final results: Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s not too far fetched to believe that one company could dominate the market. Does that mean IBM could not stand up to a larger force or that Oracle and the rest would fall to some dominant “lord of the clouds?” Fellow ReadWriteCloud blogger Mike Kirkwood tackled the topic today in a post about market dominance in the cloud.A number of factors play into , including first mover advantage:“We’re already seeing amazing things happen at first-movers like Amazon that are defining product and pricing. This gives them an advantage in fueling further growth and by learning and iterating the solutions in the market. Being first in an infrastructure-driven business will help them reach scale that others just can not reach easily – and potentially price it where others can’t match.”But is cloud computing so interdependent that such domination is unlikely? Kirkwood makes the point that cloud computing may be more than a movement than anything else:“Another argument against the cloud having a dominant player is its fuzzy definition. There are many parts and pieces to it, and it’s not clear today what it would mean to “win” the cloud computing market.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market More than 200 people responded to last week’s poll: “Is a private cloud just a glorified data center?” This week, our attention turns to the potential that the cloud computing market may become a far less diverse place as the laws of capitalism crunch out the lesser players. Our question: Commenters on our post last week said that its the architecture that is the distinguishing difference. Guillaume Belrose:“At best, a virtualized data center only deals with the automated provisioning of components (virtual machines, storage, networks, etc..) needed to implement an infrastructure level Cloud. To complete the infrastructure as a service picture, a company would still need to provide self-service resource creation functionality (it is not going to cut if I need to fill a form and wait few days for my servers to be ready) and roll-out metering and billing services to “charge” its employees accordingly (using what real/funny money?)”Any questions you’d like to see in our weekly poll? Leave a comment about the question you’d like to see and we’ll take a look. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
From Orson Welles to Ridley Scott, great filmmakers have developed signature styles that we know and recognize. Let’s look at the favorite focal lengths of famous directors and how they made them their own.Cover image via ShotonWhatDisclaimer: We acknowledge that all film directors use a wide variety of lenses and focal lengths in their films and throughout their careers. We are merely looking more in-depth at the focal lengths which may pop up time and time again in famous shots and films which we relate to famous directors’ legacies. Enjoy!When creating a film, the director is usually considered the one person with the vision to tell the story. All parts of production feed off the director in concert to bring that vision to life. One of the many, many decisions that a director must make going into each and every shot is on the focal length. If you look back through the cinematic histories of some of the most famous directors, you can uncover patterns and rules to how these directors have made systematic use of different focal lengths to elicit different feelings, themes and motifs to tell their story.Sareesh Sudhakaran at Wolfcrow.com put together a comprehensive breakdown of how nineteen famous directors have used specific focal lengths in their films and which ones are most representative of their work. You can watch his entire video here or at the bottom of this post, but here are his findings.Orson Welles: 18mm and 25mmOrson Welles in Touch of Evil via UniversalOrson Welles, like many directors of his era, mostly shot scenes with wide focal lengths and little movement. Instead, the characters moved within the frames between the composed fore and backgrounds. Sudhakaran points out that the two prominent focal lengths Welles used in his most famous films were 18mm (Touch of Evil) and 25mm (Citizen Kane). The wideness, while not too wide, allowed Welles to “get that deep focus and majestic blocking over long takes.”Image from Citizen Kane via RKOOther directors who often favored wide angles like 18mm and 25mm were Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Delicatessen and Roman Polanski in Rosemary’s Baby.Image from Delicatessen via UGCImage from Rosemary’s Baby via ParamountSteven Spielberg: 21mmImage via ParamountAccording to Sudhakaran, “Spielberg reportedly sees the world through 21mm,” which can be traced throughout his vast filmography. The Oscar-award-winning director makes heavy use of his preferred wide angle lens, letting the characters of his films move throughout their frames. His style is similar to Orson Welles, Sudhakaran argues, as he uses blocking within his shots better than anyone.Image from Munich via UniversalOther directors who make predominant use of the 21mm wide angle are Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese.Image from Edward Scissorhands via 20th Century FoxImage from Taxi Driver via ColumbiaThe Coen Brothers: 27mmImage via Working Title FilmsThe Coen Brothers join the long line of filmmakers who prefer the wide-angle approach. Although they vary film to film, Sudhakaran makes the case that 27mm is their true favorite focal length. Sudhakaran points out that David Fincher, like the Coen Brothers, is another director who varies his lenses but makes the most use of the 27mm.Image from Fargo via Working TitleDirectors like Wes Anderson have made heavy use of wide lenses like the 27mm but in a different format. Wes Anderson likes to use anamorphic lenses, which, while wider, creates the same compression as a non-anamorphic lens.Image via The Royal Tenenbaums via TouchstoneAlfred Hitchcock: 50mmImage via WaldinaEver the perfectionist, Alfred Hitchcock preferred the 50mm for the majority of his films, as it was the closest to the “natural field of view” according to Sudhakaran. He even went as far as to have his film sets built to best accommodate the framing he would need for the 50mm field of view.Image via Psycho via ParamountFamous international filmmakers like Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu also preferred the 50mm and would make adjustments to their sets to accommodate the lens.Image via A Man Escaped via GaumontImage via Tokyo Story via ShochikuRidley Scott: 75mm+Image via Indie RevolverRidley Scott is one of the rare directors who prefers to use long lenses. For 1979’s Alien, he used anamorphic 75mm and above. Sudhakaran also notes Scott’s affection for using zoom lenses and shooting spherical and cropped for widescreen. His shots are well-composed but lose some of the depth that accompanies wide focal length shots.Image from Alien via 20th Century FoxSudhakaran points out that one of the most famous directors in film history, Akira Kurosawa, is often believed to have used long zoom lenses as well, but actually worked mostly in the 35mm to 50mm range. Only occasionally would Kurosawa use telephoto for its extreme compression.Image from Yojimbo via TohoIf you’re interested, Sudhakaran has charted the preferred focal lengths of nineteen of his favorite directors which you can view below. You can also watch his video on the subject to get the full experience. What’s your favorite focal length to use? Was your choice inspired by one of the directors above? Let us know in the comments.
Marathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday. The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages. Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pride
Violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town on Wednesday as angry mourners clashed with police during the funeral procession of the senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary killed in Tuesday’s terror attack along with his PSO, prompting the Army to stage flag march in the area. No one was injured in the clashes, officials said. Curfew remained imposed for the second day in the communally-sensitive district following the killing of Chanderkant Sharma and constable Rajinder Kumar, even as police intensified search to nab the assailant. According to eyewitnesses, a large number of people came out of their houses to take part in the funeral procession of Sharma. In Dak Banglow area, an irate crowd held protests and raised slogans against Pakistan and militants. The group soon turned violent and pelted stones on police personnel deployed there. Police resorted to cane-charge and tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters and brought the situation under control. The slain RSS leader was cremated at Chowgan ground in a ceremony attended by Sangh leaders including its J&K chief Suchet Singh, BJP State president Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. SP office attackedAfter the cremation, the crowd turned violent again and stormed the office of the Superintendent of Police. The protesters ransacked some furniture and pelted stones. The Army conducted flag march in the city after the incidents. “There were incidents of violent protests (at two places). Some protesters entered the SP office and ransacked some furniture item. But the situation has been brought under control and curfew imposed,” SSP Kishtwar Shakti Pathak said.
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals the ball from Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPKentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.In the only NBA game of the day as the United States prepares for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Lakers fought back to win 103-94 at the Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Kuzma led the scoring with 22 points while Caldwell-Pope was just behind with 21.Brandon Ingram added 17 points while both Julius Randle (10 points) and Jordan Clarkson (12) also had double figures.Rookie star Lonzo Ball had another wayward scoring night, finishing with just eight points. But he managed to pull down 13 rebounds and provided four assists.Caldwell-Pope’s points total included 11 in the final minutes as Los Angeles completed a comeback in a game which had seen them trail by as many as 19 points at one stage.Denzel Valentine led Chicago’s points with 17 while Antonio Blakeney was the next highest with 15. Four other Chicago players posted double-digit scores.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exit Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the playoff places in the Western Conference.The defeat was another setback for Chicago, however, who are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers, who are in a rebuilding phase after missing the playoffs for the past four seasons, trailed 89-83 with just over six minutes left.But a late scoring burst helped them haul in Chicago to seal the win. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
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Ter Stegen: I’m happier in Barcelona than city I was bornby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits he feels more settled in Spain than in Germany.Ter Stegen is now firmly established as Barca’s No1 keeper.He told Libero: “The kindness of the people has made it much easier for me. “It is not normal for me to be treated so well. This gives me a lot of life. In our profession, everyone is looking at you and wants to make an opinion about you. And I would not like to change because I’m a natural person.””It was very important for me to get to a city that you can identify with. I think that if you come to a place that does not convince you, you can not be comfortable for many years in that place and feel good. There are players who do not care much, but I do, and now I almost feel better here than in the city where I was born.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.”