Get Lara involved, advises Warne

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.last_img read more

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Is App Addiction a Real Thing?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Trends#web sarah perez Do you jokingly refer to yourself as an “app addict?” That is, are you someone so obsessed with your mobile phone applications that you’ve filled numerous screens full of apps, play with them anytime you have 5 minutes to spare and sleep next to your phone just so it can be the first thing you grab in the morning? While there haven’t been any studies yet on the impact of mobile phone application use and health, USA Today recently ran an article practically dubbing “app addiction” a real thing. “What is app addiction doing to people’s health?, the article asked. What indeed?, we wonder. How about nothing at all? Addiction is a Serious Word“Addiction” is a word that’s often tossed around in fun somewhat haphazardly, with people claiming they’re “addicted” to everything from chocolate to TV to shoes. But real addiction is no joking matter. An addict is someone with a psychological or physical dependence to something and are unable to put an end to their behavior despite its negative consequences – behavior which, especially in the case of drug or alcohol addiction, can even lead to death. In more recent years, compulsive behaviors like gambling and online gaming have also fallen under the banner of “addiction” in cases where the behaviors become uncontrollable by the affected person. Given the psychological component of addiction, it’s not entirely off-base to question whether becoming addicted to mobile apps is the next big thing in technology-related addictions, as USA Today is obviously doing. But with no reported cases, no research, and no scholarly articles, it seems a little bit like jumping the gun to claim that app addiction is becoming a health issue. Still, that didn’t stop some experts from weighing in on the matter. Marina Picciotto, professor of psychiatry, neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University told the paper, “there are a few parallels we can make from other addictions, like compulsive shopping. The consequences can be bad — credit debt, time lost.” And Hilarie Cash, a psychotherapist and co-founder of reStart, a Fall City, Washington-based Internet-addiction recovery center, warned that users should keep tabs on whether apps are taking over their real lives. So how do you know if it’s taking over your life? Cash says that if you spend more than 2 hours per day engaged with your digital equipment for non-work related or homework-related reasons, “then you’ve got cause for alarm.” Wow, if those are the guidelines for addiction then just about every American has television addiction given the 2 hours they sit in front of their TV sets from 8 PM to 10 PM watching primetime programming. Could this Become a Real Problem?That’s not to say that people won’t get addicted to mobile applications at some point, but let’s not start a panic before all the data is in. Most of the self-proclaimed “app addicts” these days are still maintaining a healthy balance between work, life and play and are able to put their phones away when the time is right. Even those who use their mobile phones and related apps regularly aren’t necessarily addicts in the true sense of the word. What do you think? Is “app addiction” a real thing? Or will it become a serious problem in the future? Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Apple, Google call on California to change self-driving tests

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Apple, Tesla, Google and Uber have all asked for specific changes to California’s self-driving test policy. The letters come a few weeks before the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reviews new regulation proposals.The latest company to receive a self-driving permit, Apple, has called on the DMV to redefine “disengagement” and ensure that reports are clearer. The iPhone maker specifically wants disengagement reports to include situations where the driver had to take over to prevent minor traffic violations. This could include disobeying traffic lights, failing to signal, and failure to yield right-of-way in California.See Also: California legalizes self-driving cars on public roadsApple also wants to reduce the amount of pointless disengagements, like a server error or if on a construction site. It believes that if the changes are implemented, it will lead to more accurate public reporting.Even though Apple has a permit to test self-driving vehicles, it has still yet to clock a mile.Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, which has clocked millions of autonomous miles, has called for automakers to not be held responsible for crashes that aren’t the vehicles fault. In an autonomous world, it is hard to see how the vehicle would not be at fault for a crash, but it could be a move to avoid legal trouble in the future.Both Apple and Tesla have asked for the California DMV to allow the testing of heavier vehicles, according to Reuters. Tesla has already teased a semi-truck as the next car on the roadmap, to be previewed sometime this year. Apple hasn’t teased anything, but the call does suggest it is working on multiple types of vehicle.Uber, which has been at odds with the DMV before over its permit system, called for customers to be allowed into self-driving cars with a human driver onboard. The ride-hailing giant is already testing this service in Pennsylvania and Arizona. Tags:#Apple#automotive#Autonomous#California#cars#DMV#driverless#featured#Google#regulation#Self-Driving#Tesla#top#Uber#Waymo Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

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The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-Production

first_imgOther ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Although you may take care of all the producer responsibilities in the beginning of a project, be prepared to put back on your producer hat time from time throughout production. If anything goes wrong during the shoot and additional needs pop up, you will need to manage them as a client-friendly producer.You’ll also need to be the one to make sure you’re fully taken care of during production. If you need to bring on a PA or 2nd or 3rd shooter, it’s your job to figure things out — not to mention little things like providing craft services for yourself and clients, printing out scripts, keeping copies of receipts, and even managing clients on-set.Here are several more pre-production resources to have ready at your disposal.The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-ProductionWhat All Producers Need to Understand About Working With Directors5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production10 Free Apps for Filmmakers ScriptingImage via Shutterstock.As part of your role as producer, it’s up to you to outline a project and come up with a script. While you may associate scripts with narrative films, using a script for everything from corporate films to animations to even documentaries can be very helpful for your shooting and editing counterparts. Final Draft is perhaps the industry standard, but there are several free options that work just as well.Here are some resources for writing, refining, and accessing your scripts on the go.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot ListNeed to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.Pro Insight: Highlighting Scripts Looking for more on production? Check out these articles.What Does a Film Producer Do?Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot ListFinding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table BudgetingImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest headaches for most filmmakers is dealing with budgets and proposals. If you truly embrace the shreditor lifestyle, budgeting will unfortunately be one of your biggest concerns, as it drives your project. However, budgets don’t have to be scary. With the right resources, they can be organized, manageable, and beneficial for your production.Also, in your producer role, it’s helpful to set up a professional bank account, either under your name or an LLC. This will help you keep your personal finances separate from your work expenditures. Apps like Mint are also another great way to keep your budget tight and organized.Here are some additional resources to help with your budgeting.An Overview of the Film BudgetFilm Budget Planning: How to Effectively Budget a Script BreakdownHow to Build a Video BudgetThe How and Why of Video Production Budget & Templates StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your script, your inner director of photography should be gearing up to partner with your inner producer for a chance to storyboard your shoot. Storyboards can vary from quick sketches to in-depth diagrams that include everything from camera movements to lighting set-ups to focal lengths. As a producer, you can use some handy apps (like this one) to digitize your storyboard process.Here are some more storyboard resources,  including a free storyboard template!Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsCreating a Storyboard Edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next ProjectThe Unifying Power of Storyboardscenter_img Do you tackle your video production projects entirely on your own? Here’s everything you need to know about working as a “shreditor.”Cover image via Shutterstock.For those of you who are unsure what a “Shreditor” is (and if you might be one yourself), check the definition below (or read up on the term in this article). If you find the concept of producing, shooting, and editing to be your ideal workflow, this series is for you.Shreditor {sHred-uh-ter, -tawr} noun: a film and video professional who produces, shoots, and edits as a one-man script-to-screen filmmaker.As a shreditor, you obviously have many hats to wear. While each could easily be a full-time role, it’s important to understand how they operate singly as much as they do together. Let’s dive into the first role — producer — and what you need to succeed in your quest to become an ultimate video production Shreditor.Concept DesignImage via Shutterstock.From the very beginnings of a project, a good producer needs to be able to work with a client to find the crux of the project and how video can be most helpful. Very often, clients will have something in mind, but you should still be prepared to work with them to refine the concept and design the right approach. It’s helpful to have a strong understanding of the various types of film and video production products. Here’s a breakdown of the main types of projects you may need to produce.Narrative: shorts and features.Documentary: shorts (or micro) and features.Television: broadcast news, scripted program, talk shows, web-series.Corporate: Promos, recruiting, explainers, training.Event: weddings, parties, company events.Social: vlog, video essays, promos, live streams. SchedulingA good producer needs to be highly organized and reliable. One of the best ways to do this is by mastering the art of scheduling and keeping a solid calendar. Whether it’s Outlook or iCal, there are plenty of great resources available — as well as more production-specialized resources (like this and this) to consider.Check out these additional resources and tips for production scheduling.15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule5 Scheduling Tips That’ll Help You Keep Momentum up During ProductionHow to Plan an Effective Shooting ScheduleScheduling and Budgeting Your Film Location ScoutingImage via Melty Cone Video.Before you begin your project, you’ll need to pick out your location(s). You may or may not have a studio available to you with a cyc wall, so it’s important to have resources at the ready should you need to rent a place. Things like background noise, lighting availability, and room for setups need consideration. Again, your producer self will appreciate keeping things like this organized with some handy apps and resources.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeFree Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productionslast_img read more

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Saying Yes to Small Things is Saying No to Bigger Things

first_imgWhen you say “yes” to small things, “you are saying “no” to your biggest priorities.When you say “yes” to distractions, you are saying “no” to focus. The time you spend on distractions is time that is better invested in your greatest priorities. Maybe you say “yes” to distractions because you haven’t done enough work to know what deserves your time and attention. Or maybe you haven’t gone “all in” on going “all in.”When you say “yes” to the tasks that aren’t really your work, you are saying “no” to more purposeful, more meaningful work. Saying “yes” to the inbox almost always means saying “no” to the work that produces the outcomes you need. Saying “yes” to cleaning your desk means saying “no” to spending that time with your clients or dream clients.Saying “yes” to television means saying “no” to spending time developing yourself both personally and professionally. Saying “yes” to distraction and escapism is a “no” to improving the single asset you own free and clear, and the source of all your results.Without a solid set of priorities, a set of tasks that need to be completed each day to move you closer to your goals, and time blocked to complete them, it is easy to drift. Idle hands aren’t the devil’s workshop; an empty calendar is.Saying “yes” to all kinds of distractions and more trivial work can very easily crowd out your real priorities.If you value your exceedingly limited time, you will protect it. If you want to accomplish your goals, reach your full potential, and make a difference, then you will say “no” to the countless small things to protect your time for the things to which you need to say “yes.”Every “yes” requires one hundred “no’s.” If you say “yes,” make sure you aren’t saying “no” to something more important.last_img read more

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