Tournament of Roses® Announces Leaders

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Non-Profits News Tournament of Roses® Announces Leaders Robert B. Miller Elected to Executive Committee; Will Serve as President in 2021 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 8:42 pm Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Make a comment Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday As his first official duty, R. Scott Jenkins, president of the Tournament of Roses Association, announced this evening the leadership and organizational structure for the 2013-2014 Tournament year. Robert B. Miller, a Tournament volunteer since 1984, was elected to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Tournament’s president in 2021. He will provide leadership for the 132nd Rose Parade and 107th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2021.Miller most recently served as the chair of the Tournament’s Post Parade Committee. He has also chaired the Coronation/VIP Tailgate, Float Construction, Float Entries, Sports Media and University Entertainment committees. He was first appointed a Tournament Chairperson in 2002 and named a Tournament Director in 2007.Professionally, Miller is Assistant Superintendent/Senior Vice President, Business and College Services for the Pasadena Area Community College District and Pasadena City College, a position he was appointed to in November 2012. In this capacity, he oversees the college’s fiscal services, business services, human resources, information technology, facilities and construction management, police and safety services, institutional research, and Teaching and Learning Center. Miller’s association with PCC began in 1975, when he produced an Emmy®-nominated telecourse for the school. In 1977 he returned to the college, serving as Production Manager of Instructional Television Services for two years, Manager of Media Services for three years, and Assistant Dean, Learning Resources for four years.From 1990 to 2005, Miller held director and vice president level positions in development and marketing with INTELECOM, a leader in the production of educational television and distance learning courses owned by 38 California Community Colleges. He then returned to PCC as Associate Dean of Academic Support, and proceeded to hold a number of other positions before his current role.Miller holds an associate degree in telecommunications from PCC, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the public administration program at the University of La Verne completing his dissertation.Miller and his wife, Barbara, have lived in the Pasadena area since 1969. They have two adult children – one who is married and the other who is engaged to be married this year.In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Miller on the 14-member Executive Committee: Rich Chinen, executive vice president; Ira C. (Mike) Matthiessen, treasurer, and Brad Ratliff, secretary. Sally M. Bixby, president of the Association in 2012-2013, is past president.Re-elected to the Executive Committee are vice presidents Lance M. Tibbet, Gerald K. Freeny and Laura Farber. The five appointed at-large members are Esther Campos-Ball, Darryl S. Hallie, Lily H. Harada, Barbara F. Kuntz and Laurie A. Stiver. Jenkins also announced the election of three new members to the Association’s board of directors: Mark Leavens, Terrance Madigan and Jason C. Melillo.The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, followed by the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. OnJan. 6, 2014 the Tournament also will host the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Five Reasons You Need a Data Streaming Platform

first_img5G networks and devices are just starting to trickle into the market, but make no mistake: in a few years, there will be a flood of 5G devices and ubiquitous coverage that will bring with them a never-ending stream of data. That’s not meant to scare you, but to prepare you for a very different world where telcos will need to manage and analyze massive volumes of streaming data in real time. The data analytics and storage path that you take in the next 12 months could very well determine whether you sink or swim when the 5G wave finally arrives.Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform provides a smart path to analyzing and storing large volumes of real-time and historical data. It represents a new paradigm for managing data, from the traditional store-and-process model to a more efficient process-and-store model that supports real-time analytics. The ability to process and analyze streaming data dramatically improves time to insight—a critical component given that the value of most data quickly diminishes with time—and allows telcos to leverage those insights even before the data is stored.So, what does this new paradigm look like? Compare these five characteristics of Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform to your current data processing infrastructure: While telcos have been using data analytics for years, they’ll need to become truly data-driven in order to support 5G services. The Streaming Data Platform enables telcos to analyze data, as they are generated, in real time to troubleshoot network performance, dynamically allocate network resources to ensure SLAs, and track user behavior to improve services. The 5G network architecture calls for many new network functions (e.g., User plane, Access management, charging trigger, etc.) that will generate a wealth of data beyond traditional call detail records (CDRs). This data will drive everything from how network resources are allocated to what kind of services are offered to customers. Analysis of this data is time sensitive and, because of the volume of data expected, it cannot be analyzed manually using traditional network management platforms. At the same time, telcos will need to draw this data from across their network; not just in the core but at the edge of the network too. In-stream analysis like that offered by the Streaming Data Platform is the only way to react to this data in real time and approach the automation required by 5G networks, in realizing use cases like network slicing. No data silos Low-latency analytics End-to-end visibility of new network functions Real-time insights Seamless operation at scale Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform is designed to handle extremely large volumes of data—exabytes and beyond—with guaranteed levels of performance and availability. This is achieved in large part by the platform’s use of Pravega, a stream-native storage solution that has built-in auto-scaling for ingestion and analysis. With Pravega, telcos can easily access real-time and historical data for the same analysis; as the data load increases, Pravega’s power also increases, offering seamless operation at scale. Traditionally, telcos have stored data in different silos. In order to aggregate and analyze this data, telcos have turned to technologies such as data warehouses and data marts. These solutions, however, often result in data duplication and conflicting versions of data that compromise reliability. Because the Streaming Data Platform analyzes data in-stream, there is no data duplication and no need to access data silos. The platform can create and store a single copy of data for real-time, interactive, and batch processes. Storing data takes time. In the traditional store-and-process paradigm, data must be stored before it can be analyzed. In-stream processing allows telcos to “ask questions first and store later” for faster insights. This, in turn, drives new capabilities such as the dynamic allocation of network resources based on the incoming data rate.While most telcos are focused on how their networks will handle the rising tide of 5G data, they should also be thinking about what they can get from that data. Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform provides a smarter foundation for real-time data analysis that supports massive amounts of streaming data through real-time processing and simplified, unified storage. There is a giant wave of data coming soon. Preparing for it today can lift you to new heights tomorrow.To learn more about Dell’s vision for the streaming data future, download the whitepaper here.last_img read more

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Wigan v QPR: Hoilett and Traore start

first_imgClint Hill has been deployed on the left of QPR’s defence for the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Wigan, with Richard Dunne returning to the starting line-up and Yun Suk-Young among the substitutes. Junior Hoilett and Armand Traore both start the game at the DW Stadium. Wigan: Carson, Caldwell, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Perch, Kiernan, Fortune.Subs: Al Habsi, McClean, Espinoza, Barnett, Maynard, Waghorn, Collison. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Curiosity abounds after antibiotic resistant gene found on farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research published in early December last year by Ohio State University animal scientists detailed the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant gene in a farrowing barn. Since its announcement, the industry has responded in various ways, ranging from curiosity to disappointment to calls for further testing.Thomas Wittum, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State, in charge of the team behind the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant gene on the production pig farm, the location and ownership of which has not been released.“We have national surveillance in place looking for important antibiotic resistant organisms in farms. As part of that surveillance, we detected what’s known as a Carbapenem-resistant isolate on a pig farm here in the U.S. That’s a really important type of resistant bacteria because we usually only expect to find those organisms in human hospitals. So they’ve never been observed on farms before in the U.S. The fact that this was present on a farm was really surprising,” Wittum said.According to a press release from the American Society for Microbiology, “This combination of attributes, and the fact that carbapenem resistance was recently designated an urgent threat to public health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led the researchers to investigate whether bacteria with carbapenem resistance genes such as bla-imp-27 might be present in agricultural animals or in agricultural settings.”The discovery came after investigators collected environmental and fecal samples from the 1,500-sow farrow-to-finish farm over a window of four visits in five months. The resistant bacteria were found growing in agar plates as a result.A particularly surprising piece of the study came from the fact that no new livestock were introduced on the farm in the past 50 years, as they have been breeding their own stock in that time.Many producers are curious about how such a unique organism found its way to a hog operation.“We’re not really sure,” Wittum said. “We believe it got introduced. Probably by the movements of people or animals in some way, but we’re just not sure where it came from. It originally evolved in a human hospital or some other place and then introduced onto this farm.”The good news from the study — published in a journal of the American Society for Microbiology — was that no meat was contaminated nor humans infected with the bacteria. Wittum said there was no evidence that pigs carried the gene into the human food supply.The farm’s protocol was examined to get more information. Wittum said the operation in question was concerned about animal health, but professionals are working with them now to establish more secure practices.“Some of the things that we do on farms to treat sick piglets also can favor the spread of these resistant organisms. So sometimes we have to change our standard practices, maybe things like rotating antibiotics or other approaches veterinarians can help with, just to be sure that even though we may be treating appropriately, we may still be providing selection pressure that allows these organisms to spread,” he said. “They’ve been working with their veterinarian and we’ve been discussing with them some of their antibiotic use practices. That might’ve been helping to slow the spread of these resistant organisms.”The discovery comes as no mere accident, as Ohio State has been part of a nationwide effort to monitor resistance in agriculture. Wittum said the focus on that research has grown exponentially in recent years.“It’s a really important issue for a lot of reasons,” he said. “There’s definitely been more work looking at the relationship between resistance in animals and humans because we know that organisms that affect animals affect humans and vice versa. We can exchange those organisms whether they’re resistant or not. And so we need to understand how those organisms move between animal and human populations.”As with any research, certain questions remain unanswered, including a big one.“What we don’t know is how to control resistant organisms like this once they’re introduced into a farm,” Wittum said. “Because obviously the farmer doesn’t want it to be there and we don’t want to have a risk of it being introduced into the food supply. At this point we don’t know how to get rid of it so that’s one of the things we’d like to figure out.”What sort of management should producers be doing now to make sure this isn’t a problem down the road on their own farms?“Well obviously biosecurity is really important in farms in general, but swine producers in particular really have high levels of biosecurity,” Wittum said. “But that’s really important — to maintain that strong biosecurity to help prevent the introduction of pathogens or resistant organisms like this. They also need to work closely with their veterinarian to be sure they’re applying antibiotics in the right way and using the right approaches to be sure that we’re not providing selection pressure that favors the spread of these highly resistant organisms. Those are some of the things that farmers should pay attention to.”Resulting from the discovery has been notable feedback from industry and consumer groups.“Producers and farm organizations are concerned because of food safety concerns, but also because these resistant organisms are animal health concerns as well. If you have animals that are sick with these resistant organisms, then they may not be able to be treated with some important antibiotics,” Wittum said. “So definitely producers and veterinarians are very concerned about this.”One high ranking veterinarian in particular pointed out that the development is the most recent in a time of vast antibiotic discussion in recent years, from both the producer and consumer perspectives.“I’m chairman of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture for the next two years and we’ve had for the last six years the antibiotic symposium, involving the human medical field as well as the veterinary field and industry,” said Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian. He knows firsthand the importance of antibiotic effectiveness.“We’ve been talking about how these bugs become antibiotic resistant and how they exchange DNA and genetics, and some of these bugs have never seen antibiotics before yet they carry that resistant gene,” Forshey said. “It’s survival of the fittest and they’re doing pretty well at that. We’ve got to come up with alternative ways other than antibiotics to manage disease. Those are some of the things we’re discussing.”Forshey also said improvements are needed when talking about antibiotics with the public.“Well I think we can. We don’t need to use fear tactics. Food safety is number one in this country in what we’re doing, and all of our meats and milks and other things are going into the marketplace and the food chain don’t have antibiotics in them. We talk about antibiotic-free and some of these things when really, that stuff has always been that way,” Forshey said. “We need to just approach it and get everybody involved and interact. We need to collaboratively talk about how these bacteria develop antibiotic resistance and how to get those genes through DNA exchange between the bacteria themselves. There’s a lot of reasons for this and there’s nobody really to blame. We just have to come up with alternatives.”As the leader of animal health in Ohio, Forshey had some words of wisdom going forward.“It’s a great time to be in the business of agriculture,” he said. “I’ve always been involved with ag, growing up on the farm. We take food safety very seriously. We take disease issues very seriously. So I think we’re doing a better job with the technology we have today in producing a better product everyday.”last_img read more

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Blog Review: The Art of Construction

first_imgYou’ll have to do a bit of sleuthing if you want any background information on the author of “The Art of Construction.” There’s no handy “contact” link on the home page, no “history” page, no photo. Not even a name, just “posted by RR” at the bottom of the entries.So I started at the beginning, with the first two posts written by Richard Reilly in August 2008.Now I know that Reilly was an accounting major at the University of Kansas in 1980 when he took a summer construction job and was fired not long afterward because he didn’t know what he was doing. Two years later, he joined Boa Construction Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, and there he stayed for at least 26 years, rising from carpenter to chief operations officer in a company with annual revenues of about $20 million.He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007, and joined the St. Louis HBA Green Building Council. He’s also done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity, particularly in getting new Habitat homes certified at the LEED gold and platinum levels.Reilly has since moved to Trumpet LLC, another St. Louis firm, where he is director of operations. He specializes in low-cost, sustainable housing.If you were thinking this kind of background would produce a bland, business-oriented account of how to build high-performance housing, or offer tips on running Manual J calculations, well, think again.Follow the link to his blog and one of the first things you’ll see is a series of photographs Reilly took on a recent trip through South Dakota and Wyoming. There’s a post about a Susan Sontag essay on understanding the “saturnine personality,” a lengthy essay entitled “A Brief Meditation on Existentialism and Modern Art,” and photographs on a variety of subjects not directly related to building houses.In short, it would be helpful to throw away any manufactured notions you might have on what a construction blog is all about and ease into a looser frame of mind before you tackle The Art of Construction. On connecting life and work“There are a lot of reason we live where we live. These days we have to ask ourselves questions about affordability. How long does it take to get to work? How much does that cost every month? Our lifestyles are a combination of factors and associated costs. House payment, car payment, gas, utilities, etc. Do you have the right combination for your family?“From the sustainability perspective, strategies are available that yield the effects of more time at at home, lower utility costs, cheaper transportation costs, lower insurance premiums and more. If it makes sense, live closer to work and save money.” On trends in building“We are on a path which will eventually unite consumer demand, enlightened building codes and economic necessity. Until then, let’s make the most of the energy-efficient measures we can incorporate into our projects.” On childhood summers in the South“I have often thought of [William] Faulkner as an explanation of the complexity behind the scenes of the summers I spent in the south. Whether or not this is true is hard to say – but it is not hard to say that the south has stayed with me in deep and profound ways and it remains a touchstone. When I go there I see how it has changed and how I have changed. Growth and aging, maturation, sweetening, mellowing and the remnants of what was. And hard life. This is not to say that I ‘know’ the south, only that is has been and remains an important part of my heritage was.” On dealing with the modern world“We need hard work. We need to struggle with opposing ideas, conflicting ideas and take this work seriously in order to come close to this thing called our ‘potential.’ To think through difficult, nuanced arguments and concepts takes time and effort. If we are kept from conflict, from difficulty by a technology that wants us to be ‘happy’ with the results of our interactions with it, then the cart is before the horse and the servant has become the master.” On his professional experience“… I learned, quite convincingly, that money does not buy happiness; I’ve had some happy, well-adjusted and well-to-do clients, but almost as many who were immature, unhappy and unkind. I have seen architects and clients alike agonize over minute details (because it seemed they lost sight of the ‘whole’) in ways I found incomprehensible – at least relative to my experiences watching people live in these highly controlled, rigorously designed spaces. Once folks moved in, life took over and the best one could hope for is that building and occupants were up to the challenges that were asked of each.” On America“What a big, wide, beautiful, and awe-inspiring country we live in. The juxtaposition of natural wonder, infrastructure and americana tells a great story.”last_img read more

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State of the Industry: Film Production

first_imgThe film and television production landscape is changing. Is Hollywood fading?The traditional Hollywood model is being disrupted by emerging technologies and the ‘second screen’. Film productions are leaving the nest of Hollywood and new distribution platforms are emerging…and succeeding. In this post we’ll address the latest trends that we (filmmakers, content creators, video producers) need to be aware of and take a look look at where the industry is heading.Jurassic World set photo courtesy of HitFix.Film Productions are Leaving HollywoodOver the last decade film and television production has steadily made a shift in terms of locale as more and more productions are leaving Hollywood for southern U.S. States, as well as other countries. As The Wrap wrote in a March article, 1997 saw 68% of the top 25 box office films produced in Hollywood but by 2013 that number was down to 8%. In 2014 there were 26 live action films with a budget of over $100 million. Of those 26 production only two were filmed in California: Captain America: Winter Soldier and Interstellar. The New York Times wrote an article back in August that signals another alarming trend – the steep decline of ticket sales at the domestic box office. While North America is still the largest film industry it’s overall numbers are down to their lowest since 1997.Another reason for the mass exodus of film productions from California is the rise in tax incentives by states such as Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina, as well as tax incentives in Canada and the United Kingdom. Chelsea Brasted with NOLA.com wrote an article stating that as of 2014 the top locations for film production were Louisiana, Canada, United Kingdom and finally California.For producers, the bottom line is seen in dollars and cents. By moving productions outside of California to those other locations to take advantage of tax incentives allows producers to take their production dollars a lot further. Now states such as Texas are getting in on the exodus by increasing the states available tax incentive cap from $32 million to $95 million.Spurred by this steady trend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to increase available tax incentives cap from $100 to $330 million, which is good for California but a number that falls short of  New York’s $420 million cap or Louisiana (who does not have a cap at all). Another issue with the California tax incentive program is that it is divided out through a lottery system, which brings a high level of uncertainty to producers.While losing production to other states and countries is hurting the Hollywood system, it’s not the only reason for the decline.Decline of Box Office Ticket SalesThere are 18 films that have crossed the one billion dollar mark and of those only three of them were made before the year 2000. Those three are Titanic (1997), Jurassic Park (1993) and Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999). While Titanic became the first film to ever cross the one billion dollar mark, it was followed soon by 90’s films such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars who both benefited from re-releases.In the current climate with IMAX and 3D showings increasing, more and more films are getting closer to and even passing the billion dollar mark. However these present day box office grosses can be deceiving as they are calculated on much higher inflated ticket sale prices that include IMAX and 3D showings (which no less than double the average ticket price). An argument that has been made in recent years is that in order to truly understand where the state of the film industry is you need to look at the number of ticket sales.Box Office Mojo has compiled a list that charts the number of tickets sold for the top 200 films of all time…and it’s incredibly interesting. There is only one film post-2000 in the top 25 films in terms of ticket sales, and that is Avatar (2009) which sits at #14. In fact, the film with the highest number of ticket sales is still 1939’s Gone With the Wind with over 202 million tickets sold. Why is this such a big deal?Well, as of 2014 there are over 39,000 physical movie screens in the United States alone. In 1939 during the release of Gone With the Wind there were well less than half that number. So why the decline in ticket sales? The New York Times article we cited above pointed to moviegoers feeling there was a lack of original content at theaters, which meant most movie goers felt the slate was filled with just more of the same. This may be why Guardians of the Galaxy did so well in 2014, it was a film that moved against the norm. However, there are other contributing factors…Gotham Set Design Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.Television Production on the RiseWith film production in Hollywood is on the decline (along with the number of ticket sales at the box office) one could point to the rise in quality television production as one culprit. In fact, the Los Angeles Daily News wrote an article in October 2014 about the rise of television production, specifically in Hollywood.The article states that TV productions in Hollywood rose 31% in the third quarter alone and the number of overall productions went from 4,310 to 5,363. However, Bob Strauss with the Los Angeles daily news pointed out in his article that along with big budget films, the California tax incentive program is not available to network produced television series. This is why new network television productions such as Gotham are being produced in New York and elsewhere.While the tax incentive doesn’t help network television productions, overall television, and specifically cable television productions, are doing well in Hollywood. But now television has a new paradigm shift that they have to deal with, and this shift does not only affect television, but film as well…The Digital Age is CallingWith more and more households adding tablets and smartphones to their technology arsenal, the consumption of film and video content is moving to those devices. Children growing up today are watching their favorite shows on these devices and if they do watch content on a physical television it’s often through digital media players such as the AppleTV, Roku and Chromecast. Netflix and Youtube now account for 50% of Internet bandwidth.…really.What the Future Holds for Television and Feature FilmsFrom the television perspective, big news came out recently that is signaling the change in attitude toward digital content. The first shoe to drop was the announcement that in 2015 HBOGo would be available to consumers who do not have HBO in their cable package. Then almost immediately following this CBS announced their new streaming service CBS All Access, which has already launched. While HBOGo already has a presence on Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast, CBS All Access does not. This won’t last long – CBS CEO Jim Lanzone stated that CBS All Access will be coming to all major platforms.With a rise in content being offered digitally through Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other digital media players, consumers are praising the ability to pick and choose what they watch instead of paying for cable and channels they do not watch or need. Companies like Netflix and Amazon have taken notice and are developing new original content such as House of Cards and Alpha House for consumers and people flocking to these services.On the film side of things Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, while on a panel at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, both agreed that in the not so distant future blockbuster features would become a niche market. Film productions would move from the big screen to the small screen through VOD services. Lucas warned that studios are getting, “…narrower and narrower in their focus. People are going to get tired of it. They’re not going to know how to do anything else.” Spielberg also noted that studios are putting too many chips into just a handful of projects versus being diverse and ready for the market change by saying, There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground and that’s going to change the paradigm again.With a number of summer 2014 blockbusters not coming close to their projected box office gross domestically, there seems to be some validity in what he is saying, but the tent pole films are still making their money. Films are however competing with home viewing and now with mobile devices, so the paradigm is shifting to an extent.You can read David S. Cohen’s article about the discussion in Variety. Left to right, CNBC Media and Entertainment Reporter Julia Boorstin, Don Mattrick, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas sit for a panel discussion. Photo courtesy of USC Cinematic Arts.What Does all of This Mean?We are shifting the way we consume content, which is not a bad thing. We’re quickly adapting their habits to account for more ‘second screen’ device usage. More and more people are staying home with their HD televisions and digital media Players instead of going to the theater, mainly for the reason that they feel most of the productions releasing are rehashes of the same old stuff and they would rather wait until they can buy it digitally. Consumers are also cutting the cable cord and all the superfluous channels in favor of having their favorite shows instantly. Again this is just the natural shift that comes with the advancement of entertainment technology.Does that mean that theaters are going to go the way of the dodo? As a filmmaker and movie enthusiast I sincerely hope not and I don’t think it will. There is just something about going and seeing a film in the theater, its an experience you can’t get at home. Can you imagine not having a midnight showing of the new Star Wars? I can’t and don’t want to. While the home and mobile experience is something that is here and happening, I don’t believe it will kill off the theater experience.So, in the end we filmmakers shouldn’t be alarmed about these shifts, we should rather stay completely up to date on them and quickly adapt our productions with them in mind. Our industry has gone through various shifts over the years and through each advancement filmmakers have had to roll with these changes.With these changes also comes a flood of content to the digital market, so this places an emphasis on filmmakers to develop content that stands out above the crowd, which in a sense as always been an obstacle in our industry. As a filmmaker, I’ve always seen this as a positive. It’s motivation to work hard and develop film or television content that people with flock to. It’s also interesting that this current shift opens the entire playing field for filmmakers, it tells you that, “Hey, you don’t need to go to Hollywood to direct the next big thing, you can film and distribute that straight from your own backyard.” And for filmmakers this is an amazing realization. Now we just need to get out there and start making great content.Have any thoughts or ideas on the current film industry and where it is going in the future? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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10 ways to sex up your summer

first_imgDon’t let the heat play havoc with your love life. These tipsensure you and your man sizzle through these sultry summer months.Dress DownSince the winter chill had you all covered up, this isn’t something you’ve managed to do for a while. Make the most of thewarm weather and turn on the heat. Invite your man home for a quicklunch on a weekday and greet him at the door with a pair of teensy hotpants and a bikini top. Cosmo guarantee: he’ll play hooky from work theentire afternoon.Go naturalPlan a naked date. Callhim over to yours for a day of in-the-buff bliss. Do every single thingyou usually do, but sans clothing-catch the latest action flick on DVD,cook an interesting meal together, make each other yummy cocktails. Allthe routine stuff will suddenly seem super-new. Bonus: you get to checkout his awesome abs all day!Challenge himEver feltlike your relationship’s hit a plateau? That the two of you have spentso much time together, there are just no surprises left? We’ve got theperfect recipe for a pick-me-up- cook him his fave dinner and let thedessert be on you, literally. Ask him to eat an exotic flavour off yourbody before it can melt. Trust us, this is one challenge he won’t beable to resist. Lie back and enjoy the attention that follows. It’sgoing to be a reaallly long night for the two of you.TurnTeacherThis one’s perfect for the single ladies on the lookoutfor a lad and for the coupled-up chicas-go for a swim together. It’d the most obvious together thing to do this season, but very few actuallyindulge in it. This is your chance to show your moves and teach eitherthe hottie next door or your loving BF some swinging moves underwater.Beach it outPlanning a beach holiday could be a great way to up thesexiness quotient this summer. Just hanging around on the sand, guzzling beer, digging into lobsters, and catching up on old memories-the firstdate, the first fight-can help pep up the EQ of the relationship. Onceyou’re mentally refreshed, some XXX-rated sex is sure to follow, right?Sneak it on!The next time you’re both out at a friend’s place fordinner, grab him, sneak out onto the terrace and have a hot ‘n heavymakeout sesh in the heat. Remember to run a comb through your hair whenyou get back in. You’ll have a make-up-free glow all evening while he’ll be planning how to ravish you completely at night.Move yourbody babyUse the heat, dust, and sweat as an excuse to tease his senses. Do a striptease for him when he’s least expecting it-in themiddle of the most exciting overs of a cricket match. It’s a great wayto find out what he likes more, the sport or sporting with you.Just chillChoose a relaxed Sunday afternoon to dip yourselves in atub together and take a long leisurely bath. Play some soft music, pour a glass of chilled white wine, and whisper sweet nothings into his ears.Cuddle up and watch an erotic classic like Lolita.MassagemagicBook yourselves into a spa session-with a twist. Opt for asingle massage room and an exotic massage that involves the two of you.The combination of professional hands working on you, the sight of eachother with next to nothing on, and the luxe surroundings will instantlyfuel your desire. And once the actual massage is over, the mildlyvoyeuristic undertones of the session will spark off awesome chemistry.Wild funIf you and your man are the adventurous type, summer’s thetime to set off to a lesser known place in the hills. Trek through adeserted stretch and, in the middle of it, take a break and make somewild (pun intended) love in the great outdoors. Though you could stilltrek in the winter months, it might just be impossible to shed thosewoollens with temperatures hitting single digits. Try the tricks you’vepicked up from Cosmo and bring on your wild side, ‘coz there’s no better place to be completely uninhibited, than amidst the birds and the bees! This one is definitely a summer must-do!advertisementlast_img read more

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Braves Fans Trash Field After Key Call Loss Under

Atlanta Braves fans trashed the field Friday night over a disputed infield fly call, leading to a 19-minute delay in action. They eventually lost, 6-3, but the controversy over this one will not end for some time.Trailing 6-3 in the eighth, the Braves notified the officials they were completing the game under protest.The Braves appeared to catch a break when a fly ball to short left field dropped between St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday after a mix-up over who had it.But just before the ball dropped, left field umpire Sam Holbrook signaled an automatic out because of the infield fly rule, designed to prevent a team from intentionally dropping a popup in order to get extra outs with more than one runner on base.Instead of Atlanta having the bases loaded with one out, Andrelton Simmons was called out. The fans immediately started hurling cups, bottles and trash, covering the field and causing the lengthy delay.When play resumed, the Braves did not score again and left the field disappointed and disgusted that their season was over.And while the call might have been costly, more costly were the three errors the Braves committed.The Cardinals advanced to a Division Series against Washington that starts Sunday in large part because of careless defense.The Braves had three errors, none more costly than a wild throw by Chipper Jones, who was playing in what would turn out to be his last game. The run helped facilitate a the three-run fourth inning that was huge in the NL’s first wild-card playoff game. read more

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