High Expectations for a 40th Birthday

first_imgSomeone once advised me to set my expectations low so I would never be disappointed.  Not being one to subscribe to that theory, I often imagine that holidays, vacations and birthdays will be family events full of laughter, appreciation, thankfulness and peace.  So when I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, I expected it to be a day filled with kind words, no tears, no fighting and no complaining.   Of course, being a parent now for eight years I should have known better.The morning started off perfectly, the kids quickly got ready for school and we had an enjoyable pancake breakfast prepared by my husband.  Then the kids decided that they wanted to give me my presents before they left for school because they couldn’t wait to see what I got … and this is where the day took a turn for the worse.Present number one was a bottle of sunscreen … wait I promise the gifts do get better.  Present number two was skimpy bikini (picked out by my husband) that I immediately thought I would never have the courage to wear outside of my bathroom.  Still, the fact that he thought I could pull off the look got me wondering if I could and so I contemplated for a moment keeping the bathing suit.  But, quickly my daughter brought me back to reality.  After looking at the swimsuit and the catalog that came with it she says, “Mommy you don’t look like the models in the catalog.”  My judgment clouded by my high expectations for a feel-good day, I asked why.  “Because those models are sexy,” she replied. From that moment I knew the bathing suit was going back to the store.Nevertheless, with the sunscreen and bikini as clues, I had an idea where this birthday gift theme was going.  Next, I unwrapped a brochure that revealed a sandy beach, palm trees and crystal clear ocean.  It was a five-day trip to Aruba.  In order to keep this gift a surprise to me, my husband hadn’t told my kids about it.  So, when my 5-year-old son realized what it was, his face quickly lit up and he let out a big “YEESSS, we are ALL going to Aruba!”  Unfortunately, the real surprise for him (and my daughter) was  that Mom would be taking this trip with three of her friends – no children (and no husband) were included. Tears and cries of agony quickly followed this revelation, making it very hard for me to jump up and down and celebrate my soon-to be-had five days of freedom … that would have to wait till they went to school.Once off to school, I did enjoy a nice quiet day.  I can’t even remember exactly what I did, but I know it did not involve laundry, food shopping, cleaning or work.  I do remember that the time went too quickly.  That evening we celebrated with a family dinner out that included the usual bickering, a spilled drink and two unfinished kids meals.Once in bed, my daughter looked up at me and sweetly said, “Mommy at least you don’t have to worry about being old anymore because the day is almost over.”  Sadly, I told her that tomorrow I would be even older.  Comfortingly she replied, “But you only think about how old you are on your birthday and I don’t think you look old at all.”   I’m not sure if she said it to make me feel good or if she really meant it, but it was the perfect ending to a day that ultimately met my high expectations.last_img read more

Local Primary Candidates Announced

first_imgBOROUGH OF ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSBorough CouncilRoy Dellosso (D) Charles Lero (D)Vote For TwoRichard Colangelo (R)Penelope Morris (R)James Murphy (R)Brian Boms (R) Highlands’ municipal government is nonpartisan. Petitions for elected office are not due until Sept. 4. Two borough council seats are up for election. BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVERBorough CouncilLaura Clark (D)Stephanie Keenan (D)Arthur “A.J.” McNally (R)Christian Smith (R)MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeFull TermTricia Maguire (D)Anthony Perry (R)One Year Unexpired TermDanielle Walsh (D)Rick Hibell (R) BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACHMonmouth Beach’s form of government, a Board of Commissioners, elects to four-year terms. The borough’s last election was held in May 2017. BOROUGH OF OCEANPORTBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)William Deerin (R)Michael O’Brien (R) HOLMDEL TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeBarbaraSinger(D)Thomas Critelli (R) RED BANK BOROUGHMayorPasquale “Pat” Menna (D)No nomination made (R)Borough CouncilHazim Yassin (D)Kate Triggiano (D)Michael Clancy (R)Allison Gregor y (R) BOROUGH OF FAIR HAVENMayorNo nomination made (D)Benjamin J. Lucarelli (R)Borough CouncilFull Term Carolyn J. Williams (D)Cameron Spector (D)Elizabeth M. Koch (R)James P. Banahan (R)One Year Unexpired Term Evan Hughes (D)Jacqueline Rice (R) By Jay Cook |Registered Republican voters in Atlantic Highlands will have a choice to make for the best candidates in the June 5 primary race for municipal office.But in other Two River towns, Democratic and Republican party candidates are running mostly unopposed. In some cases, no Democrats at all have stepped forward to run in the primaries.The winners of the local primary elections will run under their party’s banner in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, a midterm election which is generating national interest because all 435 seats in the Unites States House of Representatives and 34 seats of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be up for a vote.In the April 2 filings, it was revealed there will be a changing of the guard in Shrewsbury Borough. Longtime Republican councilman and mayor Donald Burden, whose mayoral term concludes at the end of this year, will not be seeking re-election. Burden, a Shrewsbury resident for 42 years, has been on the borough council since his first oath of office in 2003.It is one of the many ways Burden has contributed to his small town of approximately 4,100 people. Burden has been a steward of Shrewsbury’s rich Colonial American history and has led the Shrewsbury Historical Society since 2004. He has also served as a member of the Shrewsbury Schools Board of Education, the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and has been a library commissioner with the Monmouth County Library Commission since 2013.The primary election filings show that borough councilman Erik Anderson will be seeking the mayor’s seat as a GOP candidate, while the Shrewsbury Democrats will put David Dragonetti up for the position.Of the 11 Two River-area towns with primary elections in June, Atlantic Highlands will host the only contested race. While the two options for Democratic candidates have been chosen, the borough Republicans are fielding four candidates for the mid-summer race. The small, bayside community tucked up against the Sandy Hook Bay recently had its borough council turn into a Democratic majority after Thomas Hayden and John Crowley won elections in November.For the third consecutive mayoral election, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna will not only not face a primary challenge, but he’ll also have a clear path to another term unless an independent candidate arises in the coming months. Menna was last challenged in 2006 when he ran for mayor against John P. Curley, currently a Monmouth County Freeholder. The local Republicans haven’t put a challenger to Menna since then.Historically, Monmouth County has primarily been a Republican-leaning county, and that shows in the Two River area. Three of the 11 municipalities will not feature any Democratic candidates filing to compete in their municipal primaries – those include Colts Neck, Oceanport and Rumson. There are no Democrats on the governing bodies in Colts Neck or Rumson. The only Democrat on Oceanport’s governing body is Mayor Jay Coffey.Middletown Township boasts the only race where none of the primary candidates selected have actually been elected to office. Anthony Perry filled a vacancy left by Stephen Massell in November and Rick Hibell was sworn in earlier this year after Gerry Scharfenberger resigned from the township committee after being elected to fill a vacancy on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Middletown GOP candidates aren’t typical incumbents and will face challenges in November from Tricia Maguire, who unsuccessfully ran for township committee last year, and Danielle Walsh, currently on Middletown’s Board of Education.Candidates listed in boldface are incumbents. Every petition filed for the June primary was verified by the respective municipal clerk’s office in each municipality. BOROUGH OF HIGHLANDS COLTS NECK TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)J.P. Bartolomeo (R) Frank Rizzutto (R) BOROUGH OF RUMSONBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)Mark Rubin (R) John Conklin (R)SEA BRIGHT BOROUGHBorough CouncilMarc Leckstein (D)No nomination made (D)William J. Keeler (R) No nomination made (R) SHREWSBURY BOROUGHMayorDavid Dragonetti (D)Erik Anderson (R)Borough CouncilAmanda Ngo (D)Carol Loeffler (D)Donald Eddy (R) Jeffrey DeSalvo (R)last_img read more

PNC revelation

first_imgDear Editor,In the world of sport coaching there are two schools of thought, one holds that adversity builds character and the other which believes that it reveals it; I sit firmly in the school of the latter and find it also applicable to all aspects of life. PNC Chairperson Volda Lawrence’s statements as reported by Demerara Waves on 27th and 28th Nov bear testament to the extent to which adversity reveals the true character of a person and/or organization.Ms. Lawrence said “PPP had 28 candidates looking like you running in Georgetown and two looking like (Bharrat) Jagdeo.” While I applaud her candor in admitting her party’s need to move away from its traditional base, her language exposed Volda Lawrence and the PNC’s Aversive racism, according to which negative evaluations of racial/ethnic minorities are realized by a persistent avoidance of interaction with other racial and ethnic groups.Language such as ‘look like’ can only attract those with low self-esteem and blatant opportunists, had Ms. Lawrence stated that the PPP had fielded 28 Black candidates and 2 Indians, and she wanted to attract more Indians to the PNC, I would have applauded her common sense approach and lauded her for the realization that the AFC is dead as a vote getting ally; had Ms. Lawrence any real affinity for Guyanese of any ethnicity, she would know that we are all well able to recognize the coded language of the latent racist.Editor, even as the unpalatable described above was being digested, we were informed that Lawrence told delegates at the PNC District 4 Conference “The only friends I got is PNC so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC and right now I looking for a doctor who can talk Spanish or Portuguese and ah want one that is PNC,” I am now sure that Minister of Health Hon. Volda Lawrence did not know her statements were going to be broadcast in any way shape or form outside of PNC Headquarters Congress Place! How else can we account for this blatant statement of intent to implement nepotism?The old PNC party card used to have immense power at the KSI for permission to purchase scarce essential food items during the last period of PNC mismanagement; it is now being touted as essential in securing a job paid for by the public purse in this new dispensation.Editor, when we add the sentiments expressed by Volda Lawrence to those of Minister of the Presidency Joe Harmon where he asserts that there will be no more ‘nice time’ for Opposition People’ Progressive Party supporters who ‘sabotage’ his Administration’s programmes; a clear pattern of aggressive racism emerges.I would call on civil society organisations to avert their gaze from the oil barrel long enough to recognise we are now in a critical phase in our nation’s history; should the statements emanating from People’s National Congress headquarters not be condemned, the actions they advocate will soon become our new reality. The Guyana Human Rights Association recently awoke from its slumber to advocate for a consumer issue in dealing with banking regulations; GHRA needs to return to its primary responsibility of protecting individuals from excesses by the state, its actors and organs.I will not end by asking for apologies from Lawrence or Harmon, for people should not be asked to apologise for who they are, they should also not be re-elected to public office now that their true character has been revealed.Name withheldlast_img read more

Bartica resident robbed, shot dead

first_imgAn investigation is ongoing regarding the death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead at 16 Miles, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) at approximately 17:30h on Monday.Reports indicate that Abrahama Mohammed Khan was in the process of transporting a large quantity of raw gold for his employer, when he was robbed of the gold and the motorcycle he was travelling on.According to a foreman attached to the mining operation that was travelling with Khan, the gunmen then shot him to his neck. However, as they began to fire gunshots in his direction, he fled the scene.A source close to the investigation told Guyana Times that the foreman was apprehended by the Police for three days following the incident.Khan leaves to mourn his wife, two-year-old son, unborn child and other family and friends.last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: LETTERKENNY AC NOTES

first_imgCongratulations to Maria McCambridge who won the national marathon title in Dublin on Monday in a personal best time of 2:35:28. The Letterkenny AC runner bettered her previous best time by just a second and her sterling performance earned her seventh place overall.Speaking after Monday’s marathon, the 37 year old said: “As soon as the Olympics weren’t on for me, I just put it behind me, and put my head down in preparation for this.“The race actually started off really slow, and I was with the leading girls up to 10K, which wasn’t the plan.“Suddenly they took off into a 5:30-pace, and I wasn’t going to do that, just stayed with my own pace, and had a great second half. “So it is very satisfying, and that’s the great thing about being a runner – there’s always another race. It’s not the Olympics but I’m delighted,” she added.Her husband, Gary Crossan, made it a real family day out as he pushed their 18-month old son, Dylan, around the course in a buggy in 3:05.It was an extremely rewarding day for the club members who travelled to the capital at the weekend for the event. The group included Barry Meehan (2:50), Padraig Friel (3:03), Ciaran Coyle (3:21), Garvan McCloskey (3:21), Seamus Morrison (3:29), Noel Lynch (3:56), Jacqueline Ireland (4:44) and Linda Sweeney (5:27). Monday’s marathon had 12,186 finishers.Well done to Gerard McGranaghan who won the Bluebird Car 5K held in aid of The Oran Nibbs Foundation held on Saturday morning in Churchill. His time was 16:55 – 25 seconds quicker than runner-up, Marcus McClintock, with Padraig Breslin taking third in 18:22. Irene McFadden took the honours in the women’s race in a time of 19:38, with her Letterkenny AC clubmates Monica McGranaghan (19:40) and Frances Judge (20:00) taking second and third respectively. The club will host the Donegal cross country championships this Sunday at Ballymaleel off the main Letterkenny to Ramelton Road. Club captains, Aidan McKenna and Niamh McDaid are hopeful of fielding strong teams in the men’s and women’s races. The action gets under way at 12 noon.There was no winner of the club’s lotto jackpot on Saturday night. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 16 and 17. The only match three winner was Martin Gibbons and won himself 80 euro. This weekend’s jackpot will be 550 euro.The club extends its sympathy to the family of Stanley White, Beechwood Avenue, Letterkenny, who passed away on Friday morning at the Donegal Hospice. A highly respected individual, Stanley did so much for the youth through his involvement with Iona schoolboys, Letterkenny Rovers and Donegal Youth teams. Stanley was one of life’s true gentleman and epitomised all that was good in both life and sport. May he rest in peace. ATHLETICS NEWS: LETTERKENNY AC NOTES was last modified: October 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more

An 11-Home Community Built for Energy Efficiency

first_imgCompleted in July, the residential project Lopez Common Ground, on an island off the Washington coast, has been attracting attention as a low-impact development that could serve as a model for other projects aiming to combine energy efficiency, sustainability, and affordability.The relatively steep rise in real estate costs in San Juan County, which includes Lopez Island, home to the Common Ground development, was one of the driving forces in the project’s evolution. To diminish the effects of land-cost speculation on the project, ownership of the seven acres of land for the 11-home development – which features straw bale and earthen plaster construction, rainwater catchment, solar hot water, and a 33.8-kW solar power system – is retained by the developer, Lopez Community Land Trust. LCLT also has three other affordable-housing developments on the island.(One LCLT affordable-housing project was featured in a Taunton Press book, published in 2000, titled The New Cottage Home, by Jim Tolpin.)Seattle-based design and architecture firm Mithun, which has collaborated with other organizations on affordable-housing projects, provided planning and architecture services for Common Ground.As noted in a recent Jetson Green post, the total project cost including the land was $3.5 million (the LCLT headquarters building also is on the site) – less than $320,000 in acquisition and construction costs per home.Mithun tried to maximize solar exposure on the south side of each house. The straw bale walls, meanwhile, were installed on the north, west, and east sides to insulate interiors from the winds that batter the island during the cold season. Lopez Island, whose resident population is about 2,200, also gets about 25 inches of rain annually, which makes the rain catchment system an key source of water for the community’s toilets, washing machines, and garden irrigation.Each of the homes’ electric and water meters are easily visible, allowing the homeowners to gauge their progress toward maximum energy and water efficiency. We’ll have a better sense of the overall performance of the community by this time next year.last_img read more

Everyblock’s Obituary: NBC’s Failure Is An Opportunity For The Next Hyperlocal Startup

first_imgEveryblock, a hyperlocal news startup born in Chicago, IL, died unexpectedly this morning. The official cause of death was its lack of a sustainable business model. It is survived by its founder Adrian Holovaty, a dedicated team, a community of users and what remains of the hopes and dreams for the future of hyperlocal journalism. Everyblock was six years old. The Next Step For JournalismIt was supposed to be the future. At a time when local newspapers were cutting staff, shrinking page counts and even shutting their doors, Everyblock was launched. Funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation, the site had a simple premise: Pull in news articles, photos and all kinds of public data sets, geotag them all, and divvy up the content by Zip code, neighborhood or even an individual street block. Let people subscribe to that information based on where they live. What could be more useful? In 2009, the poster child for news’s allegedly hyperlocal future was acquired by MSNBC, who would presumably grow the site’s feature set, expand to new locales and figure out a way to make money off of it. Frustrated by its inability to do so, NBC News shut the doors on Everyblock today.I used Everyblock for years, mostly through my RSS reader, but occasionally through its website and iPhone app. In a city like Philadelphia, where the real estate values and crime statistics can vary wildly by the block, Everyblock was priceless. Any smart apartment hunt would necessarily include tapping open the Everyblock app to see precisely how many people get shot within a one-block radius, or three blocks, or five. Within the last 30 days or within the last year. What kind of restaurants are nearby? What are their Yelp scores? What do their inspection reports look like? Mouse turds at the pizzeria around the corner? Good to know.  Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Whatever you needed to know about the place in which you resided (or were thinking of residing), Everyblock could tell you. It was brilliant. And it arrived at a time when the legacy news outlets in each of these neighborhoods was growing less and less capable of delivering this kind of information. Struggling To Live Up To Its (Huge) PotentialWhile I always kept the RSS feeds for my block and my neighborhood in Google Reader, I never grew quite as addicted to Everyblock as it felt like I should have been. The raw statistics were always interesting to watch, but the sources of more in-depth content seemed limited. I knew for a fact that my neighborhood was being covered by any number of local blogs and news sites, but those stories weren’t popping up in my feed. Every few days I’d get an update on the latest geotagged Flickr photos from my neighborhood, but I never saw anything from Instagram, where the flood of nearby photos was much heavier. But then, there’d be a glimmer of potential. While Everyblock didn’t publish content of its own, the site did have community forums. The one for my neighborhood wasn’t ever crowded with people, but valuable threads would occasionally come up. Somebody would report a suspicious person going door to door on their street. Another post would announce an e-cycling event that weekend. Others would propose ideas to improve their community. With each of these posts, you could see the potential Everyblock had for becoming a legitimate hub of community news, data and discussion. But it never took off. Adrian Holovaty declined to answer my questions about the shutdown of Everyblock, citing a need to maintain his sanity and instead referred me to his own blog post about the matter. The news appears to have caught him off guard, just as it took Everyblock’s staff and users by surprise. Could NBC News Have Saved Everyblock? What could NBC News have done differently? I’m sure we all have our ideas. They could have tacked on more data sets, integrated more content sources or overhauled the mobile app to make it more addictive. With multiple local editors in every city, Everyblock could have grown into a powerhouse of local journalism and information that might have filled many of the gaps left by declining legacy outlets. It’s easy to suggest functionality and content improvements, but – as is always the case in this business – viable solutions for monetizing it all come less easily to one’s lips or fingertips. NBC thought they could figure it out, but evidently weren’t willing to try hard enough. Hell, they weren’t even willing to let Everyblock’s sites stay online and allow users play with them one last time. Not even a heads up. All that searchable, location-specific public data about our cities is just gone. Everyblock never managed to fill the all gaps that have been left in our community’s information ecosystems. But it had real potential. Today, those gaps are just a little bit bigger in the locales where Everyblock was operating. We can only hope that the surviving legacy news outlets and the scrappy young media startups in these cities are collectively prepared to fill them.  john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#everyblock#journalism 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

New Update Finally Makes Trapcode Particular Easy to Use

first_imgTrapcode Particular’s latest update adds a handy interface for fast particle creation.With the latest release of Trapcode Particular 2.5, creating stunning particle effects has never been easier or more accessible. For the better part of a decade, Trapcode Particular has been a one-stop shop for particles in Adobe After Effects. No motion graphics reel is complete without a healthy dose of swirly incandescent sparkles of color, courtesy of Particular.The latest release of the app (mysteriously, a .5 update) added one of the coolest tools yet to the package: the Effects Builder. I’ll be honest, for the longest time I couldn’t quite bring myself to create particle effects from inside the effects tab in After Effects. A tall, scrolling panel with a bajillion different twirl down presets and sliders was too much to decipher.Once you did start moving sliders and values around, you’d often just get that little off-axis fountain of pixels in the center of the screen — there was no where to just jump in. Particular was awesome, but it was awesome for dedicated mograph particle effects jockeys who knew what they wanted.Trapcode Particular 2.5Image from Trapcode ParticularEnter the 2.5 update and the Effects Builder UI, which makes Particular suddenly make sense to me. I talked with Red Giant Software’s Aharon Rabinowitz about the release and he filled me in on some details. I was curious about the similarities in UI between the new Effects Builder in Particular and the Looks Builder in Magic Bullet. Rabinowitz’s response:Magic Bullet Looks is a veritable artist’s playground. It has an intuitive user interface and instant feedback that makes color correction and finishing an enjoyable process. Even it’s most powerful features are easily accessible, and it is always fun to explore them and see how they effect your image. On the other hand, until version 2.5, Trapcode Particular was a very technical, numbers driven experience that I powered through to get to a worthwhile end result. And we knew a lot of users felt this way. We also knew that some of the most powerful features in particular were being left untouched by most users because they’re fairly complicated, and even if you understood them, they were buried in a very deep UI.So, we realized that if we really wanted to make Particular better, the solution wasn’t adding more features (which would only make it more complex), it was completely redesigning the experience of using it – with the end goal of making it an intuitive, enjoyable, and creative experience that allows users to harness all that Particular can do.Particle effects have been in After Effects for a long time, first introduced with the Particle Playground tool way back sometime in pre-history. The way particles worked was similar to how everything worked in After Effects, non-real time. You’d keyframe some parameters and hit RAM preview to see the effects.Image from Trapcode ParticularEffects Builder lets users rapidly create complex particle effects with emitters, sprites, and effectors (like gravity and wind) and see the changes in real time (or near real time, depending on complexity and system resources) in the UI. This allows for an iterative approach to building a particle system. Which, really, is something you need when creating things like rain, sparks, fire, etc.The whole point of a particle system is to see it in motion. Having to create RAM previews or render it out each time really slowed the back-and-forth discovery process of creativity.In addition to throwing an animated tool chain visual metaphor on top of all those sliders and click buttons, there are a ton of pre-built effects. Like the pre-built looks in the Look Suite, these effects work great as a jumping off point for users to customize and modify. I’d imagine anyone in the business of selling Particular template packages will want to update their collections to live within this new metaphor.Image from Trapcode ParticularThe Effects Builder is the Visual UI that drives the already awesome engine of Particular. You use a block and tool chain metaphor to construct and preview your new effect. Quite simply, you shove particles blocks in at the front, bombard them with other kinds of blocks, and out pops your own unique particle effect on the other end: an assembly line for effects.The particles and forces live as little block/control tools you can pluck off the shelf and put into the chain. I like to think of the block and tool chain UI as a halfway house for those of us used to panels, sliders, and drill down menus in AE as we make our way towards the nodes and connections in Nuke and Fusion.Block EditingThere are seven block categories and a total of sixteen kinds of blocks you can use to build an effect. Everything from “Emitter” blocks which determine how particles are, you guessed it, emitted (i.e. a point or a cloud, etc.) to blocks that determine how the final effects are rendered. Some of these blocks can be stacked multiple times in a chain, others can only be in a chain once. The blocks are intuitive. For example, you’ll use Gravity and Wind to shape how the particles fall or are blown around.Effects PresetsImage from Trapcode ParticularOne of the outstanding features of this release, along with Effects Builder, are the 175 preset effects that live right inside of it. Rather than starting from scratch, you can just grab a prebuilt effect from the Effects Pane and see how a Particular pro put one together. Think of this as your invitation to learn by breaking things. Load up an Effects Preset, see what it looks like, and start pulling pieces out. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way to design and develop my own Particular Effects.I asked Rabinowitz why such a major UI revamp to a popular product only warrants a .5 update. He said:The Effects Builder is a new UI running the already existing set of tools, the ones that have remained out of reach for a lot of less-than-techie users. I think that if a brand new visual UI only wins a .5 update.I can’t wait to see what Particular 3.0 has in store for us.Have you checked out Trapcode Particular 2.5? What do you think of the new update? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

ARRI Unveils New Pre-Owned ALEXA Camera Program

first_imgARRI is making film and video dreams come true by making ALEXA cameras more accessible to filmmakers working on a budget.Top image via ARRI.Today ARRI announced a new program making pre-owned cameras available. The prices range from $12,000 to $17,000, but compared to their usual price point, this is pretty great.ARRI has put their “stamp of approval” on these cameras:During the certification process the ARRI service center performs a thorough check of parameters, including image sensor quality, recording functions, connectors, flange focal distance, audio system, and ARRI Lens Control System. The overhaul also includes an update to the latest Software Update Packet (SUP) of the respective model. Repairs are performed as required if any malfunctions are detected. Before the ARRI Certificate of Approval is issued, the equipment goes through the same Final Function Test as new cameras, ensuring it meets the high standards expected of it. Once all functions have been checked and approved, ARRI engineers issue an official printed certificate, which will come with every camera you buy from us.Some of the cameras on offer right now include the following:ALEXA Plus 4:3 (6) these are around $16k-17kALEXA Classic EV ~ $13.3kALEXA Plus 16:9 ~ $12.9kThere are only a few cameras available right now, but I’m sure the stock will increase over time. This program is a big step forward for indie and low-budget filmmaking. Be on the lookout for additional pre-owned cameras here.Interested in more filmmaking info and industry news? Check out these articles.Review: The Illuminati — A Hands-Free Light MeterThe New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit PageHow to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5Best Lenses for Gimbal CinematographyFrame.io Announces Massive Updates to Its Platformlast_img read more