Glenn Harsh, April 23

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.last_img read more

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Check out a Down Under IoT solution to environmental quality

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air quality#Australia#environment#environmental health#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#smart city According to the head of an Australian environmental consulting services company, the first part of improving environmental quality is tracking it, overcoming regular methods that only capture a few locations and focus on basic displays of real-time data.Robin Ormerod, the Managing Director of EnviroSuite, says, “Often, the information displayed lacks context, and it is difficult for decision makers to use when managing environmental quality.”See Also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall“While much of the smart city focus tends to be on features such as high-speed networks, intelligent control systems and efficient transportation options, there are opportunities to go even further. Increasingly, smart city projects are also including objectives to improve the health of its citizens, based on systems that monitor and manage environmental factors, such as air and water quality,” explains Ormerod.EnviroSuite also provides environmental tracking software with the same name. Ormerod is focused on using the large amounts of sensor data being generated to make big improvements.“Collected data can range from the air quality on city streets to the water quality and levels in streams and rivers. Other sensors can measure wind conditions, temperatures, and ambient noise levels. Most importantly, when combined in a clever way, these different sources can be used to predict problem areas, or provide early warnings of potential environmental problems, so that these issues can be avoided with efficient action, “Ormerod says.Oremerod continues, “For example, if air quality is poor (or predicted to be poor), traffic levels could be dynamically managed to improve air quality. This is much more efficient than the strict bans on vehicles that have been imposed in some cities. Citizens could also be sent automated notifications advising them of the best course of action to improve air quality, with targeted messages to different types of vehicles that contribute most to the issue. Meanwhile, data collected by water quality sensors (or predicted by high-accuracy rainfall forecast) can alert the city to changing conditions. For example, runoff after heavy rain might cause localized flooding, issues for swimmers or water treatment plants. Alerts could be issued to citizens or treatment plant operators, with follow-up notices as soon as the sensors determine that conditions have improved.”Easy to implement?Ormerod doesn’t believe that implementing a city-wide environmental tracking system has to be a complex process, stating that he thinks the systems needed could be stored in cloud-based data centers and run with inexpensive hardware“The sensors themselves can be located on existing infrastructure such as light poles, bus shelters, building exteriors and water pipes. Once in place, they require little or no maintenance and most can be powered by solar cells. The data they produce can be fed back for analysis via an existing network or 3G/4G networks,” he continues.This system will be most useful once the monitoring and forecasting of environmental data is interpreted and communicated in a real-time format that allows decision makers to implement smart city solutions that can improve the quality of life in the cities they manage. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Amanda Razani How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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The Art of Split Screen

first_imgSplit Screen of the 1960sIn 1957, filmmaker Francis Thompson began experimenting with custom lenses to create his short film N.Y., N.Y. He used the technique again in his Academy-Award winning film, To Be Alive, which played at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Thompson never revealed his technique, but after the success of To Be Alive, split screen started appearing more often in countless films.1958’s Indiscreet used the technique to get past censors. There were issues with scenes showing Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in bed together, so director Stanley Donen used a split screen. The actors where filmed in separate beds, but their conversations were carried out as if they were in bed together.In 1961, the Walt Disney studio blew audiences away with The Parent Trap, which starred Hayley Mills and, well, Hayley Mills. Now, this wasn’t the first film to use split screen to star two characters played by the same actor, but it was the first major blockbuster success to do so. Walt Disney demanded that the VFX not be visible, and the work paid off as The Parent Trap won the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Here is a wonderful behind the scenes look at the making of The Parent Trap. Two different exposures using a black matte were primarily used, often hiding the split screen behind background elements like door frames and bed posts.1966’s Grand Prix used split screen and is well known for its intro credits — which were done by legendary designer Saul Bass. Bass later went on to criticize split screen and its overuse in the 1960s.The point is, it’s a device, and as far as I’m concerned I’ll never use it again — if it actually cries out for it, I’ll use it but as a device it’s lost its currency, because, later on, it was, unfortunately, used meaninglessly. It’s the kind of thing that grows up without ever having a youth and there’s no opportunity to explore it. On Grand Prix, I took the multiple image …. and carried it down the line quite a way. I think it is terrific at expressing muchness, but I suspect it’s not capable of expressing deep feeling or contemplative… — Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design A Brief History of Split ScreenThe use of split-screen filmmaking dates back to the 1890s. Early uses, like Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 film Life of an American Fireman, showed thoughts of the main character. In fact, the opening scene of the film is the fireman thinking of a woman and child.Image via WikipediaMagician-turned-filmmaker Georges Méliès used split screen along with matte paintings to composite his head several times in the 1898 film The Four Troublesome Heads. One of the most famous uses (or perhaps overuses) of split screen came from the 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair.  The film features a “multi-screen” montage during a polo match. Designed and edited by Pablo Ferro, this sequence was created to cut down on the film’s run time. A fifteen-minute sequence was edited down to two minutes.I had 66 images on a 35mm film. And that’s when Steve McQueen swings and hits the ball, and you see the whole thing. It was just so interesting seeing the whole swing. — Art of the TitleAs the 1960s came to an end, the use of split screen seemed to have been run into the ground. It didn’t appear nearly as often — but when used correctly, split screen still earned critical praise for editors like Thelma Schoonmaker, who used the technique in the 1970 documentary Woodstock.During the 80s and 90s, split screen was primarily used by VFX artists in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future Part II. (Check out the use of split screen with the flying DeLorean.)Split Screen of the 2000sAs so often seen in this industry, a technique will quickly find itself run into the ground — only to later have a resurgence. For the split-screen technique, the success of independent filmmakers and creation of new tools in programs like After Effects gave rise to its return.In 2000, the film Requiem for a Dream crushed the hearts of every audience member as they watched a realistic fall into drug addiction. In one of the film’s more sentimental moments, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly intimately share a bed and the split screen is used to draw attention to the couple’s caressing hands. It’s the rare love scene that focuses attention on the lover’s embrace, rather than pure erotica.The Rules of Attraction uses the split-screen technique in an unconventional manner. After a montage of split-screen clips, this sequence ends with two characters having a conversation. The audience sees the face of each character during the conversation, and then, with the use of a motion control camera rig, the split screen folds into a single shot.In Kill Bill: Vol. 1, director Quentin Tarantino and editor Sally Menke use a wide variety of filmmaking techniques for each chapter. Throughout the film, several split-screen edits are used, the most well known being the hospital scene. The combination of the whistling sound and split-screen edit became a defining moment for the film. The image of the bride and nurse are juxtaposed, creating an overall eerie feeling during the assassination attempt.By the mid-to-late 2000s, split-screen editing and split-screen VFX merged in countless television ads and films. Kinetic typography was often included as well, such as this intricate sequence from Stranger Than Fiction.In Edgar Wright‘s tribute to video game and comic book culture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World features an incredible amount of split-screen sequences. Wright uses split screen for everything from transitions between scenes to “combo” fight sequences. In this final battle, an array of split screens are used.While these are all uses that showcase the split screen, the technique is still used unnoticeably by directors like David Fincher. Fincher combines several actors’ best takes into one single shot. In this tutorial from Ben Gill, you’ll see how Fincher uses split-comping to combine three different frames in The Social Network or two frames in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Gill then shows you how to use this type of split screen comping yourself.Got any favorite split-screen moments? Share them in the comments below!center_img The split-screen technique has been used by film editors and VFX artists for over 100 years. Take a look at its evolution during two prominent decades.Top image via Universal PicturesSplit-screen filmmaking is one of the oldest techniques used by film editors and VFX artists alike. Whether it’s editing clips together or building a single shot from multiple takes, here are some of the many different uses of split screen.If you’re still unfamiliar with the technique, take a look at this video essay from Marco Heiter, which highlights many of the most famous uses of split screen editing.last_img read more

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Tangible Outcomes Expected from Diaspora Conference

first_img This assurance against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes that are implementable.This assurance is against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”.“It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added.Senator Johnson Smith further indicated that “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way”.She was speaking with JIS News following the 2019 conference’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, last week.The event is slated for June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme – ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith advised that the Ministry and its legacy partners are working to ensure that this year’s conference is “one of the best ever”.“The Ministry’s team is ready and the legacy partners are ready. We have more sponsors coming on board and everybody is very energised,” she further indicated.Senator Johnson Smith also informed that there will be a Conference launch in New York on Tuesday, April 9, at the office of the Consulate General of Jamaica, beginning at 6:00 p.m.Additionally, she said a focus group meeting on the draft National Diaspora Policy, will be held with a broad cross-section of Jamaicans living in New York.“We do intend that one of the significant outcomes of the conference is to finalise the consultations, so that we have a Policy that’s ready for presentation to Cabinet and tabling in Parliament,” she said.The Minister further advised that similar launches are slated for Miami and Toronto. “It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the Diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added. Story Highlights Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes which are implementable.last_img read more

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