Animoto: The next level in Video – Audio – Imaging Technology!

 

Animoto: Now Create YOUR OWN!

Animoto: Now Create YOUR OWN!

The next level in Video – Audio – Imaging Technology!

That’s right, Animoto which is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco has brains that have worked and produced shows for MTV, Comedy Central, & ABC and so much more.

What is it about:

This amazing web application, turns your images and soundtrack into stunning music videos in minutes. It analyzes the pictures, music etc provided and automatically generates a trailer like video.

How does it do it:

It’s engine analyzes users’ photos and music and takes into consideration music’s genre, rhythm, and tempo to generate a video that takes into the song’s nuances.

Wow! A thinking web application.

What’s more amazing is that the site claims no two videos are ever the same.

How did the idea originate:

The masterminds when were working in the film/TV industry, felt that there’s just a big gap between the quality of content you see on the web and the type of stuff that one sees on TV and in film.  So the founders of this unique innovation thought, why not narrate one’s pictures with text to tell a story. May be send a message to a loved one and create event invitations and so much of unlimited possibilities.

The Heart of Animoto today:

The heart of Animoto is its newly developed Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor. It analyzes and combines user-selected images and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television & film.

As of August 2008, 250,000 users in over 200 countries have registered with Animoto.com with 4 million videos and 50 million views

It also have exclusive services for teachers who use it to bring presentations and lesson plans to life in a whole new way for their students.

So what are you waiting for, go and gear up! Create your own!

CREATE YOUR OWN VIDEOS

Let the rhythm take the web over!

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August 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Games: Nintendo Wii

Some of the best Innovations are the simplest & most user friendly.

Here is another fun filled action packed such offering from Nintendo Wii

 

wii o mania around the globe

wii o mania around the globe

 

Wrap up your sleeve and you are ready for a pulsating action packed ride. Literally!

Very easy to use and extremely addictive.

Amazing channel and media with online capabilities with unique features such as a Weather forecast channel, news channel, photo gallery channel, the amazing Mii for Create your own avatars, messages channel , it is a complete thriller.

Some amazing features of Mii from Wii:

wii mii

wii mii

Users can create, modify their own personal 3D Miis, right from face, to accessories to handedness of the individual.  These Miis are cute characters with amazing feature and characteristic capabilities to create Miis that look like him / her your friends or anyone you know.

Downside: Sadly, Wii does not play audio CDs or video DVDs, which is something of a disappointment.

Some cool Wii Accessories

The Wii Remote

wii remote

wii remote

 One Wii Remote comes with the console for any more, You can get them for approx $40. Or better get a Wii Play that already has an extra remote.

The Wii MotionPlus

 This gadget plugs into the bottom of the Wii Remote and provides extra movement information to improve controller tracking.

WOW! The Wii Speak

wii speak

wii speak

 USB microphone designed that will let users talk to each other online.

The Wii Nunchuk

wii nunchuk

wii nunchuk

 Few games require these and again, check with the Wii Sports bundle, you should get the Nunchucks.

Whats the Wii Zapper

wii zapper

wii zapper

A plastic that is gun-shaped housing for the Nunchuk and Wii Remote. The Zapper is handy for first-person shooters or games that involve some kind of Wii Remote aiming mechanic. The Zapper is available for about $20 comes with a minigame called Link’s Crossbow Training

The Wii Classic Controller

 The Wii Classic Controller is a traditional gamepad designed for legacy Virtual Console games.

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Approx Wii Cost : $249.99.

Wii games Cost: From the cool Wii games, Virtual console games to Wiiware game: range is $5 to $50

Its a Pulsating go – getter that would make you go wiiiiiiiii (I did not wanna say that!)

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August 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm 3 comments

Walking through life too fast: In the wrong lane!

Lonely in the fast lane
Lonely in the fast lane

I dreamt of the morning sun, but the weird part was the clouds were too dark. So much that, the sun was hidden behind it. The shadow eclipsed the fireball such that the Knight of light was shut behind the emptiness of the vast sky.

I saw something today and felt a lot more than I would normally feel. It was asking me to slow down on life.

Worried and hurried by the daily routine of making the dough for our bread, butter and “jam” I had forgotten how it feels to be human again. Surrounded too many a times by those who I would recall (If I would ever want to recall them that is) as just a dark abyss or shadows, who are never there and would never be beside but only follow through.

I rushed in with my routine as I cast away the holy smokes of unknown groups; I spent the precious fifteen minutes of morning scurrying around for getting things together set and ready for the day.

And what a day it was….

As I rushed across through my door leaving behind a cracking sound that would have awaken my neighbors for sure, my amazing hunt for the treasured Auto rickshaw for my today’s Mumbai journey began. Begging around at qualms for a ride for which I am sure to shell out a hefty piece of green from my pocket, I finally managed to convince one of the amazing rick drivers for a drive to my office.

As I waited in the rick, my work had begun with morning calls from all around the amazing spaceship in which I was and all of a sudden the vehicle screeched. I felt like my house door was hitting me back, I t was really loud!

Oh God! Was I going to get late ‘coz of some pointless traffic today?

As this question infuriated my tiny brain, I looked out and screamt at the first guy standing near the rick.

I took out my frustration of blocking my time and space early morning at him and was trying to move on into the rick, I saw something.

The guy had only one leg, his packet was lying scattered on the road and there were only loud angry horns supporting him. He was not angry, was just trying to gather his scattered stuff of the rusty roads of Mumbai.

I swallowed my horrible tone, got out of the rick, bowed my head in apology, and actually told the vehicles around to shut up, picked up his stuff and dropped him to his office.

We did not speak, he asked me few questions, but I told him I felt to horrible to answer for what I had done or was going to do had I not just seen what I saw. He just smiled, and he made my morning peaceful.

As I got back to work, the start was not very good and as I saw the day proceeding ahead, I could feel only emptiness around me.

But my sweet friend (emails) dropped in some note which staggered me. It was about a similar incident that happened with me today that the mail was describing.

I paused with shock and a tiny bit of surprise.

I pondered back to what and how my day began.

It took a physically challenged and lonely guy on the street, who was also trying to make his living, slow me down with an act of solitude and humbleness on his face.

I remembered my time back at work again today; I found loads of emptiness, no courtesy and nil gratitude for life from those around. It looked so sad. I had the guys number with me, I called him during the day, thanked him for slowing me down and making me realize how important it is to what we strive for, that’s more than just a job.

I guess running scurried in the routine rat race, with all those around, I had forgotten the value of time, money and what it means to give someone space and support.

I felt good, as I jotted this down but I really asked myself, ‘Is someone who is less fortunate and more troubled in life hitting so hard against you with his life scattered but yet not complaining,  the Only person who can make us look back and think about how we live?

The reality was harsh and sad.

I think it should never be a jerk that would desperately need to slow us down.

As I jotted down the final lines, I found myself remembering that guy’s face from morning, who had so much less than I did, but still thanked me, was smiling at the end of the day and said, this is a routine for me, I hope you have a great day!

I need a great day…. I think it’s time I got a great day!

But the next time, I won’t wait till my rick hits someone…..

So, how was your day?

 

Le’mme know

 

August 4, 2009 at 11:19 am 3 comments

Le Tour de France 2009

 
The Tour Map 2009
The Tour Map 2009

The Tour de France is the most well known and prestigious of cycling’s three “Grand Tours”.

The race lasts three weeks and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages and this year’s 2009 was upstaged by the 24 year  Mark Cavendish.

  • Age: 24
  • Team: Columbia
  • Born: Isle of Man
  • GB Team: Olympic Podium Programme

 

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish

The leaders of a team and his team mates racing on the Tour de France try to excel, individually or by the support they provide to their team. This amazing sporting team spirit of courage, determination and perseverance which is the Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that covers around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries.

The Tour de France 2009

The Tour de France 2009

Individual times to finish each stage are added up to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey.

The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris and since 1975 along the Champs-Élysées.

It typically has 21 days, or stages, of racing and covers not more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi).[2] The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 kilometres (1,500 mi), the longest in 1926 at 5,745 kilometres (3,570 mi).

The number of teams usually varies between 20 to 22, with nine riders in each. Entry is by invitation to teams chosen by the race organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Team members help each other and are followed by managers and mechanics in cars first Tour de France was staged in 1903.

Riders aim to win overall but there are three further competitions: points, mountains and for the best young rider. The leader of each wears a distinctive jersey.

The maillot jaune (yellow jersey) is worn by the general classification leader. The winner of the first Tour wore not a yellow jersey but a green armband.

The maillot vert (green jersey) is awarded for sprint points. At the end of each stage, points are earned by the riders who finish first, second, etc

The Points and more:

Flat stages: 35, 30, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points are awarded to the first 25 riders across the

finish.

 Medium-mountain stages : 25, 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the first 20 riders across the finish.

 High-mountain stages : 20, 17, 15, 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the first 15 riders across the finish.

 Time-trials: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the top 10 finishers of the stage

OVERALL STANDING ON TIME

Results link after stage 21

Tour 2009 Jersey winners

Total distance covered: 3459.5 km

http://www.letour.fr/2009/TDF/LIVE/us/2100/classement/index.html

Winner: Mark Cavendish

http://www.markcavendish.com

 

 

Legends Trivia:

A legend of the same:

Lance Armstrong in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005

Lance Armstrong

 

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August 2, 2009 at 5:42 am Leave a comment

Change is in the air! Change is everywhere! – Recession proofing Career!

 

Career proofing: Flying High! on clouded skies

Career proofing: Flying High! on clouded skies

An amazing 4 hour midnight telephonic conversation and I conclude, I am not made up for phone talk!

I then realized, I did it anyway so may be change IS in the air.

Not trying to jump hoops here. Just getting and catching up with the current market scenario.

Had a wonderful conversation with two very different individuals yesterday which made me blog into ‘The blog is personal again’ section. Both were frustrated & discouraged with their jobs, one had resigned and one was dying to resign. Both had remarkably unique points of view to share on the current scenario.

The one who was free from both income and ‘immediate-earlier’ stress spoke with sheer self-belief of the current industry trend of no / poor job & career opportunities.

I asked him, “How did you take this step then, if the industry is so bad?” He said “I resigned ‘coz the industry is awful anyways, so there is no immediate scale for professional growth in our organization. Whatever be your performance, you would be tagged in with the millions as far as recession in industry goes. So when you know the industry is bad, even the sector that’s doing well refuses to grow or accept growth, so why not resign and start a venture of my dream?”

My long silence, made the optimistically high and free being to continue and add, “When I know what I do for others is not going to get me anywhere, I might as well try to do it for me. If it does not work, I anyway have the industry to blame, its recession everywhere and so if not now, then when?”

I smiled, wished him the best of success and loads of positive morale which he would need whether or not his ‘venture’ clicks.

The other individual still bound by rules, corporate policies and frustrations from one’s superior was very clear, “it’s not a good time to leave. Let’s think about changing careers when the industry does well. I can’t sleep with peace, but can at least pay my daily bills without having to plan or think. What say?”

I had nothing to say, I just nodded.

I realized I have become too patient listening to people. Well, at least one good personal skill I added this year I guessed. But, then I just put forth both queries and pointers together:

  1. The industry is anyways bad; why not venture into something new. One can change careers when the industry is good or doing great, we would have better professional career opportunities.
  2. The industry is bad. Now, it’s time to just stay putt and follow with the crowd. When nothing works, at least your bills are still getting paid!

Then I felt, I would ask all of you…. What say? What would you choose? What is your take on this?

Give me your views on the same.

 

Blessedart!

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July 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm 2 comments

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July 31, 2009 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Kargil Vijay Divas

  

Real Life Heroes

 

 

Its been a decade since May  – July 1999 and today India celebrates it’s 10th anniversary of Kargil War.

This was a war that claimed the lives of over 500 of India’s bravest soldiers. There are no words which can do justice to the valiant act of our brave soldiers, to whom we are indebted forever. They are our True and real heroes.

These real life heroes fought the enemy in a terrain and altitude, where probably the everyday Joe that’s You and me would have difficulty in just moving from one spot to the other.

Today, with so much of media buzz I recollected my meeting with one of these Kargil heroes who had visited our College after this heroic victory. The way that legend spoke to us of the environment that was at the mountain peak, surviving that itself was a war.  It was a high altitude warfare in a mountainous terrain.

He mentioned on that during these unbearable and severe freezing chilly coldness, the armymen at times actually sat “on” the fireplace to beat the cold.  I remember the heroic soldier mentioning of the different phases of this heavy war.

Starting with Pakistan, infiltrating forces into the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir and occupying strategic locations enabling it to control NH1.

The second phase was of India knowing of this infiltration and sending across our forces.
 
Then, was the massive battle that ensued with Pakistan first attacking heavily and then our Indian forces responding with manifold strength.

The final attacks from our Forces happened in the last week of July and the fighting ceased on July 26 with our Victory. True to our country’s heroic character despite having to pay a heavy price for fighting a war within its territory, the Indian forces allowed the Pakistanis return across the Line of Control.

Casualties for both sides were heavy.

By the end of the war, India had resumed control of all territory south and east of the Line of Control, as was established in July 1972 as per the Shimla Accord. The day has since been marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas  – Kargil Victory Day in India.

 

Kargil Bofors
   

 

Kargil Indian victory
 

Tri-colour Flag

 

 

 

 
  
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July 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm 3 comments

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