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Could we see a new record in boys’ 4x100m at Penns?

first_img JAMAICAN DOMINATION IN 2014, Jamaica College broke the high-school Boys’ 4×100 metres Championship of America relay record after posting a time of 39.72 seconds at the prestigious Penn Relays. However, that record only stood for a year as another Jamaican school, Calabar High, won in a new mark of 39.63 last year. At this year’s 122nd staging of the event, which starts on Thursday, the record could be broken for the third year in a row as defending champions Calabar and Kingston College have gone under the record this season, while Jamaica College are not far off as all three teams went under the 40 seconds barrier at the recent MVP Track and Field meet. Kingston College, who were second behind Racers Track Club, clocked a school record 39.52, with Calabar crossing the finish line in 39.60, while Jamaica College had a season-best 39.77. While T.C. Williams out of Alexandria, Virginia, are expected to be the strongest American challengers, indications are that Jamaican teams are expected to dominate this event once again and, if weather conditions are right – warm instead of the usual cool temperatures – a fast time is expected. With three sub-40 seconds so far this season, the Akeem Bloomfield-led Kingston College will be seeking their eighth win in the event and join Camperdown as the most successful school sprint team from Jamaica. On the other hand, Calabar will be hoping to join Kingston College on seven, while Jamaica College will be seeking their second title. With Shivnarine Smalling and Jhevaughn Matherson, who, incidentally, will be making his first appearance at the carnival, set to join Bloomfield, Kingston College will be hoping to make up for last year’s disappointment. In 2015, Bloomfield pulled up with a hamstring injury on the second leg, and Smalling, who looked on in anguish on the anchor leg, will be hoping that things will be different this time around. Calabar, who finished behind KC at the MVP meet without the talented Christopher Taylor, will be hoping that his presence will be enough to ensure a successful defence of their title. His leg could be crucial to Calabar’s victory as the likes of Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Xavior Angus are quality athletes. Despite going in as the third-ranked team, Jamaica College cannot be counted out as two members of their record-breaking team from 2014, Waseem Williams and Devaughn Baker, are back. At the MVP meet, Williams was not a part of the team and his inclusion this time around could lift Jamaica College. Baker, who was seen closing fast on the Kingston College and Calabar runners on the anchor leg at the MVP meet, will definitely add more depth to their team in a race which is expected to be lightning-fast.last_img read more

Do Teenage Entrepreneurs Even Need To Go To College?

first_imgRelated Posts This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping the approaches of universities and students as they adapt to a transforming economy.The democratization of technology wrought by the mobile Web and a proliferation of app stores has made it easier than ever to succeed as an entrepreneur—and at an earlier age than ever before. Which poses a tough question for some high-school students who’ve managed to strike it rich with a hit app: Do they really need to go to college at all?That’s the conundrum facing Ryan Orbuch—a self-described “techie kid” who built a task management app called Finish with a friend when they wanted a way to organize their studies for high school final exams. Finish sells for 99 cents in Apple’s App Store. To date, users have downloaded it nearly 40,000 times. That’s not a bad haul for a couple of kids who just wanted a way to fight procrastination when it came to their coursework. (Yes, so they then went on to build an app instead of hitting the books.) Orbuch has also started an umbrella company called Basil for other projects he is working on.The cherry on top? Finish won an Apple iOS Design Award this year at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. Orbuch his partner have updated the app for iOS 7 and are planning on expanding it in the coming months. So now Orbuch has a company, some early success and entrepreneurial street cred. If they wanted to, it’s conceivable that they could go find some venture capital funding and take their business to the next level. At the same time, well, Orbuch is a now senior in high school. Their parents expect them to go to college.“It’s something that I’ve thought a ton about, especially considering that I’m applying to college this fall,” Orbuch told me in an interview. “It’s scary. If the future was that black and white, if it were option one—go to school or option two—build stuff, with nothing in between, I’d unquestionably go try to build stuff. I don’t think that’s how it is, though. I think that it’s becoming less and less mutually exclusive, a trend I hope continues.”The Myth—And Reality—Of The WunderkindRyan OrbuchThe history of tech is replete with successful entrepreneurs who didn’t go to college—or who went to college, but dropped out to follow their visions. Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous in the modern era, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is the current poster child for the Billion Dollar Babies Club, since he dropped out of Harvard to build the world’s biggest social network. Zuckerberg’s example has inspired legions of teenagers and young adults to follow in his footsteps. And venture capitalists want to find the next money train built on the backs of naïve visionaries.Billionaire Peter Thiel is the most prominent example. He made his money as part of the “PayPal Mafia” and was one of the first investors in Facebook after Zuckerberg decamped for Silicon Valley. In 2010, Thiel set up a program to turn out mini-Zuckerbergs. His Thiel Fellowship promised young entrepreneurs $100,000 if they skipped college to build the companies of the future.Three years later, the Thiel Fellows don’t have a lot to show for that effort. So far, the only product from a Thiel Fellow that’s gained any real traction is a Binaca-like caffeine spray. GigLocator, a company that aggregated information about music artist and venues, made a small exit when it was acquired. Dale Stephens is fairly well-known as a Thiel Fellow, though that’s mostly because he’s spent a lot of time talking about how he dropped out of school to become a Thiel Fellow—along the way, picking up a book deal for a tome that will elaborate on how he dropped out of school to become a Thiel Fellow and get a book deal.The problem the Thiel Fellows faced has nothing to do with the entrepreneurs’ smarts or drive, which are assuredly considerable. It has to do with the myth of the wunderkind and what it takes to create a successful, visionary product. The pantheon of modern innovators—Jobs, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, and so on—have had great timing and a certain amount of luck. They all also had highly skilled companions to help them along the way. Jobs had Steve Wozniak, effectively the father of the modern personal computer. Zuckerberg had Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moskovitz to help him build Facebook. Gates had Paul Allen along to write code and cut deals that turned Microsoft into a giant company.Vision, drive and natural talent only can bring a would-be entrepreneur so far. Meeting the right people, having the right pedigree and creating your own luck are also extremely important. Such relationships often start in college. (Though not always; Jobs and Wozniak met in high school; Gates and Allen were childhood friends.)Reuters recently published a survey on “Series A” funding for startup companies in the Silicon Valley sphere over the last three years. Of 88 companies, 70 were founded by people that were once an executive at a large tech company or a well-connected small company or graduated from Harvard, MIT or Stanford. Pedigree matters.The lesson? The wunderkinds do best when they partner with other wunderkinds that have experience and connections.Education Of A Would-Be EntrepreneurSmit PatelSmit Patel is a hustler. He came to the United States in 8th grade from Ahmedabad, India. That’s when he got his first computer and fell in love with the idea of being an entrepreneur.As a teenager, he wanted to start his own company, so he dove into the Boston startup ecosystem head first. If you’ve spent any time around Boston startups in the last couple of years, there’s a chance that you’ve met Patel and learned of his burning desire to found a company or be part of a hot startup.Patel isn’t a developer or an engineer. His primary focus has been on communications and marketing. His quest to build a startup company was thwarted time and again by the inability to find a technical cofounder that could help build the product. He wanted to start a Twitter stock market game called Cashtag. It never materialized. Patel needed a Wozniak … and couldn’t find one.Patel has gone back and forth several times over the idea of going to university, getting an internship or starting his own company. He even finally founded a startup to help other would-be entrepreneurs find cofounders called FounderMatchup.“Instead of working on FounderMatchup, which was making money, I was focused on finding the next big idea,” Patel said. “I sucked at knowing the people I should be listening to, how to build relationships and realizing the importance of finding mentors. Essentially these were all lessons that students learn after college graduation and their first job, but [that] I learned that first semester of college.”Patel eventually realized that even though he was smart, driven and crafty, he’d never be the next Zuckerberg. Instead, he’s realized that the best option for future success is a more standard American route: go to college, find an internship and build a network. He’s criss-crossed the country a couple of times between Boston and San Francisco, looking to catch on as an intern at a startup. At 20 years old, he’s actually ahead of the curve. Many young people don’t figure these things out until their mid-20s, if ever. Patel is now a junior at Suffolk University in Boston and has worked recently with inbound marketing firm HubSpot.Pay Or PlayOrbuch and his partner at Finish are a bit of a different story. They already have a product in Finish that is well regarded and making a bit of money. But they face the same question as Patel did in his late teens: Work on building a company or go to college?“That is something I am going to be thinking about over the next few months as I think of college and stuff. So, there are a lot of roads there,” Orbuch said in an interview with ReadWrite earlier this year. “I’d love to go to Stanford, that would be cool. Just to get in … college applications are really terrifying. But, I think it is just such an interesting environment. Even if just for a short amount of time, just getting to meet the people and the social component, it is really hard to replicate outside.”To Orbuch, his choices are fairly clear. He can attempt the college route or continue to build Basil with Finish as the keystone concept. Being a Thiel Fellow could be interesting, he said. It would add credibility and give him access to mentors if he were chosen for the program. “Whether colleges in general want to accept it or not, they are no longer the end-all be-all of ‘future success,’ particularly in the arena of entrepreneurship. There’s more flexibility now than there was when my parents went to school, and I think that’s easy for them to ignore,” Orbuch said.Lead image via Shutterstock.com Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#Higher Ed#Hire Education#University Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s New Object Removal Tool — Is It Any Good?

first_imgDoes the new Object Removal Tool in DaVinci Resolve 16 stand up to Adobe’s Content Aware Fill? Here’s what you need to know.At NAB 2019, we saw several new features added to Resolve. And while we weren’t overloaded with new features for the color page, we did get Resolve’s counter to Adobe’s Content Aware Fill tool — object removal. And it pretty much does the same thing. It removes an object from your image by adaptively blending the data from surrounding pixel information.Admittedly, as a traitor to Premiere Pro, I was slightly jealous of After Effects gaining a feature I use weekly in Photoshop. Sending video clips back and forth from Premiere Pro to After Effects is a far easier task than making a round trip from Resolve to After Effects. And Resolve’s clone patch tool isn’t a perfect substitute. Thankfully, as of Resolve 16, we Resolve users can now rejoice about having a similar tool. Or can we?How to Apply the Object Removal ToolTo apply this effect, we need to be on the color page. This is our shot, and that grizzly structure ruining our view needs to be removed.Depending on where you place the object, the removal tool can cause headaches for later adjustments. For example, let’s say you build a clean plate. The object removal tool will base the information on the current color data on the screen. Meaning, if you grab a plate, remove the object, then later revert the color temp on a previous node, the area that has been removed will stay the color that was grabbed. You could quickly grab a new plate, but personally, I would prefer to remove the object either at the start of the grade or at the end. This will help you avoid issues at a later time.Before we add the object removal effect to a node, we need to create a mask around the object that needs removing. Do this by opening the power window and selecting a mask appropriate to the shape of the object. Often, it’s easier to create a mask using the pen tool to minimize excess removal.If your object moves, you would also need to track the movement, which can be done by opening the tracking panel and simply hitting track forward. Following these steps, we create a new node for the object removal. But, we need to add an outside node-link, which we can do by connecting the blue square to the blue triangle. We’re doing this so the node with the object removal only has to analyze the masked portion (an outside node is typically used to correct the inverted area of the previous node’s matte).With the outside node linked, we’re going to add Object Removal found in the Effects Library and hit Scene Analysis. Resolve will now start analyzing the image for pixel information. This is where you can get up, make a coffee, and take the dog for a walk. This tool is very processor heavy, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to obtain real-time playback with the effect active. When complete, your image will likely have a gray matte where you placed the mask.You now need to select Build Clean Plate. This will patch the mask area with a data plate mimicking the surrounding pixels. If you feel like the job render isn’t that great, you can increase the search range. Increasing the range will give Resolve more area to pull pixel information. Conversely, if the adjacent areas have a lot of colors that aren’t similar to what you’re trying to remove, you can decrease this amount.Now, we don’t have official information on the difference between the two blend modes. But, by taking information from other tools in the Resolve Library (that also has an adaptive blend mode), it’s likely that adaptive blend uses pixel data from the source, but will blend the edges of the target area with color and lighting data from the surrounding area. Therefore, you can switch to that if your removal plate isn’t clean. Let’s take a look at the removal.Looks pretty clean, right? Well, this is a 600×300 GIF and clarity isn’t the strong point. But, if you pay attention to final moments before it loops, you can see a dip in the horizon.This was a super simple removal, and still, we had an error formulate toward the end of the clip. Since the release of the 16 beta, the general online consensus had been: “I can’t seem to get a good removal.”It works, but it also kind of doesn’t. However, the trouble starts to rise when you try to remove an object from an ever-changing background. Take this shot, for example, of a couple accidentally walking into the frame. The woman in the yellow coat also stands in front of the waves in the background and then walks back out of the shot.The theoretical director says, “I want those people gone.” And, following the same steps as before we get this result, which is entirely unusable.The object removal tool, in premise, felt like the ultimate weapon to fix shots as in the above photo. However, I feel like you need a straightforward object with little color difference between the pixels. For example, a white plane against a blue sky, or a black bird against an orange sky. And then, if that’s all you need to replace, you could maybe use the patch replacement tool. We’re still in the Resolve 16 Beta, so I can’t be too punishing. But at the moment, it does seem like a proof of concept tool rather than a fully-fledged working asset.However, in the beta press release, it doesn’t state that it’s a work-in-progress. I think the demo from the Blackmagic video is very generous with its result, as the Blackmagic forums and social media are filled with people who can’t seem to get a proper removal. Or, as we saw here today, the results are mixed.The official manual has yet to be updated for the beta. Users are speculating that more information on using this tool correctly will surface, as, at the moment, nobody knows how to use an external plate (which is an option within the dropdown menu). However, the beta release notes suggest the following:The ResolveFX Object Removal plugin can be used in the Color page to quickly remove unwanted objects from the clip. In order to use this plugin, an alpha mask of the object needs to be fed in and “Use OFX Alpha” needs to be enabled on the node with the plugin.Want more on DaVinci Resolve? Or more on film production in general? Check out these articles:A Rundown Of The Edit Page Changes in DaVinci Resolve 16The History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouHow to Upload to YouTube Directly from DaVinci Resolve 16last_img read more