The universal set of emoji are “regulated,”for lack of a better term, by the very unsexy- and unfunny- sounding Unicode Consortium, which gives each approved emoji its own universally recognized, unique code. The nonprofit consortium is an alliance of big tech companies, including Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook and others, that pay an annual fee of s18,000 to vote on characters and other text decisions. Having one central coding depot ensures that devices created by competing companies recognize each other’s text and symbols. Emoji make up just a small percentage of the many text codes issued by the organization. The process of creating new emoji takes about 18 months from start to finish, and anyone can submit applications to the consortium for a new icon, along with the reasoning behind it.
In 2014, the population of Singapore was estimated to be 5.47 million, inhabiting a land area of 718 square kilometres. As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Singapore faces complex urban challenges, and careful urban planning is crucial to maintain efficiency and sustainability. For the coming decades, Virtual Singapore will provide a collaborative platform and rich data environment to help make long-term decisions on areas such as infrastructure and resource management, environmental and disaster management, public services, urban planning, community services and homeland security.
“This is Magi, a system that captures images in 3-D and “4K” ultrahigh resolution and displays the resulting frames at five times the usual rate. Trumbull developed the technology as a way to create movie experiences more immersive than regular 3-D or giant-screen IMAX—and restore the joy of going out to the movies.
Trumbull inside a green-screen studio he is building on his Berkshires property.
Trumbull, 74, has spent his entire life thinking about how people experience the illusions of cinema. He grew up in Los Angeles fascinated by the Cinerama widescreen movie format; got his first Hollywood job, doing visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, in his 20s; and went on to direct two cult-classic films (Brainstorm and Silent Running) and design visual effects for Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Now, in an age when the movie theater is losing its allure, he’s hoping to wow people yet again—this time using Magi’s “hyper-reality,” which enables audiences to connect intensely with stories and vividly experience a character’s perspective.”
Jamboard works like a digital whiteboard, letting users sketch out ideas, attach digital sticky notes, plus bring in content from the web into a single, constantly updating workspace. People can use Jamboard to collaborate both on the 55-inch mega-display of the same name, or using accompanying tablet and smartphone apps for iOS and Android.
If you use Dark Sky as your weather app of choice—or just happen to enjoy gloriously rendered maps of weather movement—you should be both gladdened and a little surprised to learn that it’s now available in a new incarnation. Meet Dark Sky, the web site. It should look pretty familiar.
To find the ideal vacation-photography arsenal, I toured New York City for a week with three devices: the LG 360 CAM, a 360-degree camera; the Narrative Clip 2, a wearable cam that automatically snaps photos every 30 seconds; and the Moment smartphone lensesand case, which equip your phone to shoot like a full-fledged camera. All three items combined were lighter, smaller and less expensive than the kind of DSLR “serious” photographers lug around. Plus, I didn’t have to wear a fanny pack.
2/3 of of my books have sold in print format so this Guardian article did not really surprise me
“Shrewd observers noted the early signs. Kindle sales initially outstripped hardbacks but have slid fast since 2011. Sony killed off its e-readers. Waterstones last year stopped selling Kindles and e-books outside the UK, switched shelf space to books and saw a 5% rise in sales.
Amazon has opened its first bookshop.
Now the official Publishers’ Association confirms the trend. Last year digital content sales fell last year from £563m to £554m. After years on a plateau, physical book sales turned up, from £2.74bn to £2.76bn.”
Profile of First Second publishing which has made illustrated books an art form over the last decade
“We have a whole process to pair authors and illustrators together! It's something that we do a lot -- and it generally involves a lot of research. As an editor, I visit schools with comics programs throughout the year, meeting young cartoonists and generally keeping an eye on the talent pool. In addition, our staff and I attend a lot of shows, and at the end of every show we bring home mini-comics from people we'd like to work with one day. We also spend a lot of time on the internet, looking at cartoonists' work. And we read extensively to make sure we're aware of amazing authors and artists who are out there.”
I said enthralled at the end of Disney’s Zootopia – hundreds of credits rolled by (some of which are listed at IMDB) of sound effect technicians, animators and stereoscopic artists.
The creative genius John Lasseter has, pardon the pun, pulled a rabbit out of the hat again. Thanks to the many in the credits, here’s the quantum leap Zootopia makes in technical wizardry:
“Disney Pixar's Brave (2012) set a significant milestone for computer-generated tresses with the use of a simulator named Taz. To give Merida's curly bonce that bounciness, it started off with cylinders around which the curls are wrapped, allowing them to stretch and snap back into place. In total, 1,500 handmade strands were placed on Merida's head. Back then, Taz was a CGI revolution.
Jump forward one year and you get Frozen (2013), in which heroine Elsa boasts 400,000 strands of hair on her head. Now if you look at Zootopia, you need to know that the movie features 64 different animal species, from which the creators drew about 800,000 different character models. For example: baby mouse, bigger baby mouse, grandpa mouse, funny uncle mouse, etc. And one mouse has 480,000 hairs alone.”
Forget the technology – it is a magical movie, especially in 3D. And funny too – the sloths at the DMV in the vid hit close to reality
This evening “Gwen Stefani’s "Make Me Like You" video will be acted out, filmed and broadcast live during a four-minute Grammys commercial break on CBS. It will be the first music video ever created on live TV. The challenging production will be directed by Sophie Muller of Jesse Dylan's Wondros Collective.”
Also, the trophies will bring another set of cameras to the event “As it turned out, the most practical way to build a Grammycam was to start with GoPro action cameras as an ingredient. The Recording Academy collaborated with GoPro's custom solutions team to put a custom version of the Hero4 Black camera and an antenna into each award's base, positioned for optimum signal strength. Using a GoPro technology called HeroCast, the camera can wirelessly stream video via RF to the broadcast truck where all the video feeds for Grammy Live and the TV broadcast get managed.”
And then there is what Intel is planning with Lady Gaga