Beaks and berries

first_imgGotcha nuthatch. (Paige Plourde)Cascade Trail sun flare. (Paige Plourde)Blue Jay. (Paige Plourde)Someone’s feathers were in a twist. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)One tiny white-throated sparrow stopped by to refuel. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)The orange bowl. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Mr. Red-bellied Woodpecker skids into the backyard bistro. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)All fluffed up to trap warm air against last week’s brutal cold and snow. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Floating feather, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Diving Sequence of a Drake Red-breasted Merganser, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Hen Common Eider, Five Islands (Steve Muise, Farmington)Surf Scoter stare-down, Five Islands. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Five Islands Lobster boat with Winter plummaged Black Guillemot. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Shell on sand, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Drake Red-breasted Merganser preening, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Drake Red-breasted Merganser, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Hen Red-breasted Merganser, Reid State Park. (Steve Muise, Farmington)Little kitty (or should I say baby bobcat ) scampers to safer grounds! Rangeley. (Jim Knox)Finally picking the Berry it wanted, Wilton. (Jim Knox)A male eastern blue bird shows up this week, Wilton. (Jim Knox)Only for the brave! An ice shack sits alone during a wind storm on Wilson Lake, Wilton. (Jim Knox)A Northern Shrike sits in the shadows. A song bird with a sinister look who waits for some small bird to come by! Wilton. (Jim Knox)Turkeys in a tree. (Bernadette Harvell)Mystery track I found in the Farmington woods behind my house. Never seen that formation before. Perhaps the readers can help identify what animal made it? (Bernadette Harvell)last_img read more

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1 Geocaching App Trick to Rule Them All

first_imgIt’s a button that makes geocaching out of the country or in the deep prehistoric world of “no cell phone service” as easy as a Terrain 1, Difficulty 1. Whether you’re using the Geocaching Pro App for iPhone or theGeocaching Android App, this miracle of engineering simplicity is called “Save to Offline List.”Use a Wi-Fi hot spot to load up your Offline List with geocaches. Then, turn off your data roaming and look under “Saved” on iPhones or “Offline Lists” on Android and SHAZZAM! Your geocaches are available, your phone isn’t using costly roaming data, and you’re saving battery life. You can sort the list by distance, Favorite Points, title, GC code or geocache type.Another option for Premium Members is using a Pocket Query. For example, if you’re headed to the last remaining APE Cache in the jungles of Brazil, here’s what to do: create a Pocket Query (Saved List) of all the geocaches in that area on Geocaching.com and then save it on your phone as an Offline List when you have cell service. Another tip, make sure your phone is fully charged for your adventure.Now you’re off into the wild with plenty of geocaches loaded up and ready to go.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSix geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”No service in outer space? No problem!March 21, 2018In “News”Quiz Results: The Nature LoverOctober 31, 2013In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After Effects

first_imgStep 1 — Add the TextFirst, I’ll add a text layer using the Text tool. This project is going to be quite simple, and it will only consist of the song I’m using and the text layers. To view the waveforms of my song, I’ll select the layer and use the keyboard shortcut LL. When I can see the waveform, I’ll listen to the track and add markers to the comp. I want the markers to roughly surround each verse where I want to add a single line of text. This will serve as a visual reference when keyframing. Step 2 — Add the Color PropertyThe secret to making this effect work is using Animators. To add one, I’ll click on the Animate drop-down menu just to the right of the Text menu of my layer. As you’ll notice in the menu, there are a number of attributes for which I can add animators, but I want to focus on the color of the text. For a color animator, I’ll select Fill Color > RGB and then change the color to whatever I like. Now my text is ready for animation.Step 3 — AnimateText animators come with a Range Selector, allowing me to select a specific range to apply to my color effect. Range Selectors have Start, End, and Offset attributes, giving you precise control over the text animation. To create a simple right-to-left color wipe effect, I’ll animate the End attribute of the Range Selector from 0 to 100, lining up the keyframes to the markers surrounding the verse. Once I have my beginning and end keyframes in place, I’ll go through and fine-tune the Range Selector’s location. To better match the wipe effect to each word, I can put my playhead over a specific area of the timeline and then manually drag the Range Selector in the Comp panel. This will add a new keyframe to my End property. Once I’m happy with the timing of the End property, I’ll grab all of the keyframes and apply Easy Ease via the F9 key. Step 4 — CustomizeI can further customize the look of the color wipe via the Range Selector’s Advanced submenu. The animation defaults to animating each text character on screen one at a time, which might not be the look I want. I can switch this to exclude the spaces between characters, or I can have each word animate on (instead of individual characters). I like the way the words look, so I’ll change this and then retime any keyframes to make sure that the animation still looks good.And there you have it. Time to party!Cover image via Fer Gregory.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Lovely Travel” by Make Music“Fly Free” by HartleyLooking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After EffectsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects Need some Karaoke graphics? No problem. Learn how to customize your text and animation (and save yourself some time) in this video tutorial.Whether you just want to boogie down and sing with your friends or you’re working on a creative motion graphics project, this technique can speed things up for you. The problem is that creating text graphics like this can be extremely tedious and labor-intensive. The beauty of this technique is that not only is it fast, it’s also versatile and customizable. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to create these karaoke-style text elements.last_img read more

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Changes to come to TCI National Scholarship policy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 13th 2017: Changes made to the National Scholarship Policy will look at capping the number of grants received per student and the maximum awarding amounts.The revised policy announced by the Education Ministry comes after it received approval from House of Assembly to make amendments to its National Scholarship Policy 2011. It’s expected that the changes will immediately be implemented for applicants who have applied for tertiary education scholarships during this year’s scholarship review process.The ministry says the reason behind the changes, to improve the procedures and practices and make it more relevant in today’s scholarship system, while also establishing a transparency mechanism, removing any perception of biasness in the Scholarship Awarding Process. The new policy looks at increasing the list of approved institutions accredited. One of the areas the changes looks at, includes establishing clear academic standards that will determine eligibility for awarding of local and international scholarships in the various scholarship categories. The policy also determines academic standards for awardees to maintain their scholarship awards. The changes also seek to regulate standards for eligibility for scholarships, transfers and deferral of scholarship awards.Meanwhile, the changes also call for an establishment of a Full and Partial Scholarship Approved Institution list, while scholarship categories will be further defined and distinguished by the criteria of awarding amounts for Full, Partial Scholarship, Grants and Distance learning. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNews#ChangesToComeToNationalScholarshipPolicylast_img read more

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The Indian government proposes to censor social media content and monitor WhatsApp

first_imgThe Indian Government seeks to censor big internet services in the country, according to a New York Times report. They also want to monitor WhatsApp messages to trace back to an original message. Earlier this month India had passed a rule on foreign direct investment that restricts how large e-commerce companies operate in the country. Remove content the Indian govt deems inappropriate If this censorship proposal is passed, the Indian government authorities can make companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok remove content, which they think is inappropriate or hateful. It was speculated that such changes violate freedom of free speech and would make India autocratic like China. Large tech companies are fighting back this proposal. Apar Gupta, executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation said to NYT: “The proposed changes have an authoritarian bent. This is very similar to what China does to its citizens, where it polices their every move and tracks their every post on social media.” The Indian parliamentary standing committee has also summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey or any other senior member from the global team. They want WhatsApp to break its encryption The Indian govt also seeks access to messages on Facebook’s WhatsApp. The messaging platform is widely used in the country and is also used by people to spread disinformation, pornography, and hateful content. With access to WhatsApp messages, the government could track back t the original source of the hateful/inappropriate content. As listed in Bloomberg, Carl Woog, WhatsApp head of communications said: “What is contemplated by the rules is not possible today given the end-to-end encryption that we provide and it would require us to re-architect WhatsApp, leading us to a different product, one that would not be fundamentally private”. But WhatsApp also bans 250,000 accounts every month for sharing inappropriate content involving children. If the rules come into effect, WhatsApp will have to comply with govt officials in tracing the source of criminal activity on WhatsApp. Public reactions A Hacker new user points out: “Yet another example where “think of the children” is abused to crack down on human rights. India’s government should stop going after messaging apps and rather try to find out the root causes of the problems they see: lynchings and brutal sexual violence have nothing to do with Whatsapp, they’re indicators of a widespread cultural problem.” Big tech companies like Facebook and Google flourished in India which has a fast-growing digital population. Now India joins other countries and is considering enacting rules that would restrict activity on digital platforms. Read next Google faces pressure from Chinese, Tibetan, and human rights groups to cancel its censored search engine, Project DragonFly Amnesty International takes on Google over Chinese censored search engine, Project Dragonfly Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship planlast_img read more

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July 1 2011 Welcome to the June 19th 2011 Arcosa

first_imgJuly 1, 2011Welcome to the June 19th, 2011 Arcosanti workshop participants!  From top left: Alexander Johnson, Dominic Roselli, Mark Velozo, Rebekah Merck, Ailsa Ten Eyck, Antonio Chelen [Chile] From bottom left: Stephanie Hamilton, Renee Swetz, Alfia White, Simone Peni [Italy, scholarship]last_img

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