A house on 3rd Street displays Old Glory and Penn State, Ireland and Poland flags. By Tim KellyOcean City…you’re flagged!Look around town. You will see college and high school flags, seasonal flags, party flags, ethnic flags, armed services flags, and of course, Old Glory. Flags are in full effect to make a silent tribute or a bold statement. They are flown to display school pride and feelings of patriotism. For whatever the reason, flags have become a very popular form of expression in OC.“We have always sold a lot of American flags of all sizes,” said Dawn Wallace-Wentz of Wallace Hardware, at 8th and Atlantic. “As far as (the other types of flags) that is a more recent trend.”When you talk about Ocean City flags, you have to talk about Pam Moran. The 3rd Street resident not only has 30 flags in her rotation at any one time, she designs and makes them herself. When the retired teacher invited a visitor into the tidy home she shares with husband Mike recently, she was in the process of sewing an intricate floral design flag for a friend.Mike Moran with wife Pam, working on one of her flag creations.The process works like this: Pam finds a design she likes, uses a projection device to make it flag-sized, traces out a pattern for each piece of material and then sews it all together. If that’s not impressive enough: “I don’t like it when a flag’s image is backwards on the reverse side,” she said of conventional flags. To avoid that issue she actually makes two flags and sews them together. “That way the design looks the way it should no matter how (the flag flaps) in the wind.”Unlike the proud parents who display separate flags of their kids’ colleges, Pam made a single banner featuring the colors of LaSalle, Kutztown, Moravian, York and West Chester, institutions associated with children Kristin, Shane, Amanda and Ryan.Pam Moran shows of the custom college flag she made to commemorate the schools attended by her children.For July 4 and Memorial Day she flies the stars and stripes as well as her own “Land that I Love” flag featuring an Old Glory-themed heart design. An Irish-themed banner flies around St. Patrick’s Day, and Pam created flags for autumn, Christmas, Easter and just about any other design one could imagine commemorate seasons and holidays.She has a Phillies flag and “the hardest one I ever made,” an Eagles banner created for her daughter who is a huge fan of the Birds.Her children told Pam “we really need a party flag for when we are all visiting” and she responded with a striking blue pennant depicting a cocktail glass and a clock showing 5 o’clock. Most of Moran’s flag magic originates from a neatly organized sewing room. She doesn’t have a problem with the flags wearing out because she uses a protective coating on the fabric, doesn’t leave them out in foul weather, and rotates the collection frequently.“They will fade from the sun,” she said, but none of her creations have yet worn out.Pam Moran shows of the custom college flag she made to commemorate the schools attended by her children.While Pam might be the most flag-centric person in Ocean City, she’s hardly alone. Another house on her street was flying two American flags, a Penn State banner and the national flags of Ireland and Poland.Another 3rd Street resident, Nancy McKeaney, known as “Stawberry Nancy” was flying a flag reflective of her love of all things strawberry. “I’ve been collecting strawberry-themed items for years. I found this flag on the Internet.”A Villanova fan on nearby Corinthian Ave. was flying two Villanova banners including one with “national champions” designations for the Wildcats’ NCAA titles in 1985 and 2016.On Surf Road, Deb DuPont flew Old Glory and an Army National Guard flag to honor her son John who recently completed his basic training.Wallace Hardware’s flag department offering hardware, poles and banners.At Wallace Hardware, a large portion of a wall featured a wide variety of flag poles, brackets, clips, pulleys and other associated equipment. Pirate and service branch flags were among the many flags on display.Marine Corps flags out-sell the other branches of the service, five to one,” Wallace-Wentz said. “Second most popular are the Coasties (Coast Guard) because they are local.”“We don’t sell school or NFL or major league baseball flags because they want to sell their own products in-house,” Wallace-Wentz continued. “The national flags, besides (the stars and stripes) we sell an equal number of Irish and Italian flags. Sometimes (in a blended family) somebody flies a national flag and then they have to buy a different one to keep peace in the family,” she said with a laugh.Pam Moran with her patriotic flag design.
A cat had a miraculous escape after getting its head stuck in a glass jar – for FIVE days.The cat was spotted in Ardara with the glass jar on its head.It is thought the cat stuck its head into the jar to get the remains of some food but ended up getting stuck. A local woman tried to get the jar off the cat but it jumped onto a fence before falling and smashing the jar.However, the remains of the glass jar stayed stuck on the cat’s neck.The cat was caught and brought to local charity Animals in Need who managed to get the remainder of the jar from the moggy.The brave woman who found the cat even got a scratch for her troubles but was delighted to save the cat. A spokesperson said the cat had to be sedated and the operation to remove the remains of the glass jar was very delicate.“She was so lucky. One wrong move could have been fatal. She had the tiniest wee nick from the edge of the jar and that was it.“The big worry was getting the jar off without causing her any damage. If it splintered and cut her or it was too hard it could have caused her even more damage.“She’s back to herself now and is really enjoying her food,” said the spokesperson.The Animals in Need volunteer also appealed to people not to throw away jars, bottles or cans. “For a starving cat, the temptation of a lick of leftovers clearly proved too much.“Please make sure that jars and cans are disposed of safely and that cans crushed and jars washed and placed in closed recycling bins,” she added.Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar! was last modified: December 15th, 2019 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:animals in needArdaracatjar
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Eureka >> As much as the Crusaders tried to fight their way back into the lead, the Matadors found a way to make sure a late-game comeback bid didn’t take place.Because of it, the lone out-of-the-area team left in the Logger Classic winner’s bracket prevented an all-local championship game from going down.The Granada boys basketball team got the lead late in the first quarter and then held on for the remaining 25 minutes, as the Matadors were able to fend off St. Bernard’s 60-55 at Jay …
The popular personal finance site Mint has just rolled out an update to its iPhone app, adding a new feature to help users better manage their money.Now, the app will offer personalized financial advice, with tips on how to better save and spend. The iPhone app already helps users track their expenses and manage their various checking, savings, and credit card accounts. Linked to users’ Mint accounts, the app will give you push notifications with reminders on bills and balances, and give an on-the-go visualization of your budget and expenditures. The new advice feature appears on the app’s main screen (I predict mine will be a litany of “Avoid finance charges!”) Mint describes the new advice feature thusly: “If you use the Mint iPhone app, you are now able to view savings tips and advice from us that have been personalized based on your own saving and spending behavior. If we see a credit card with a lower interest rate than the one you currently use (and carry a balance), we’ll let you know. If we find a savings account with a higher APY than yours, we’ll point it out. Just like we can alert you whenever your bank charges you a fee, we’re now on the lookout for ways to help you save your hard-earned cash.”Mint says the feature will come to the Android version of the app before the summer. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … audrey watters Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Why You Love Online Quizzes Apple has high hopes for Swift, a brand-new coding language it unveiled for its developers on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference. To Apple, Swift is a simpler, safer, faster-to-run alternative to the somewhat clunky and error prone language Objective-C now used to write apps for iPhones, iPads and Macs.Essentially, Apple is wagering that Swift will save enough time and effort that it might encourage more developers try their hand at building iOS apps. So Apple would clearly like to see developers learn and adopt Swift—well, swiftly.If only it were that easy.With Swift, Apple is performing a complicated straddle between its current technology—the language and tools that developers are familiar with—and its shiny new language of the future. Swift certainly offers a number of attractive new features, including automatic memory management intended to kill off a class of insidious bugs that plague Objective-C, a “playground” feature that visualizes a program’s actions for easy debugging, and a simplified syntax designed to be both easier to learn and less prone to error.But to maintain continuity with existing apps, tool suites and code libraries, Swift also snuggles up close to Objective-C. It works directly with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, the Objective-C frameworks that drive OS X and iOS applications. Since the Cocoa libraries are implemented in Objective-C, developers can run Swift code and Objective C code side by side.The trick here is that this kind of interoperability basically has to work perfectly for Swift to succeed. If it doesn’t, then developers will still need to tinker with Objective-C to make their apps work—and that means keeping up to speed in two languages, not one. Which is not the kind of chore developers tend to take on gladly.They certainly didn’t the last time something like Swift came along.The RubyMotion ExperimentAccording to Gregg Pollack, the founder and CEO of Code School, today’s programmers aren’t usually prepared for the complexity that is Objective-C. “Lots of developers started out learning Java, Ruby, and Python,” he said. “Moving from that to Objective-C is foreign, difficult, and full of ways for you to shoot yourself in the foot.”Unfortunately, Objective-C was long the only language for building iOS and OS X apps. That’s largely because the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch APIs (see our API explainer) for Mac OS X and iOS are written in Objective-C, which means that developers usually write apps for Apple devices in the same language to maximize their performance.But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. You can use another programming language, so long as it can interface with the Objective-C code libraries in Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. So after seven years working for Apple, programmer and Ruby enthusiast Laurent Sansonetti started a new venture in 2012. Its mission? RubyMotion, an interface to make it possible to program iOS apps in Ruby.As programming languages go, Ruby is well loved. It reads almost like English, with little unnecessary syntax. But RubyMotion never caught on. “When things didn’t work, you’d still have to go a layer lower and tweak the Objective-C underneath,” Pollack said. “Now you had to know both Ruby and Objective-C—and the Cocoa framework—in order to build an iOS app effectively. So people said, ‘Why not just use Objective-C?’”In some ways Swift is like an official Apple version of the RubyMotion experiment. It’s an easier language that interfaces directly with the Objective-C libraries and Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks. But that means many—possibly all—Swift users are still going to need to know Objective-C. If that’s the case, why not just stick to what you know? That’s why Pollack doesn’t expect a sudden shift.“There’s always a learning curve with new languages,” said Pollack. “It could take years for bigger companies to pick it up. They’ve got bigger apps they’ve worked on for years in Objective-C. They already have Objective-C developers. Why take the time to train them all in Swift, a language that hasn’t been proven yet?”The Promise Of SwiftOf course, Swift has a few advantages RubyMotion could only dream of. RubyMotion was invented by a former developer; Swift is the favored child of Apple. Swift, says Apple, provides “seamless compatibility” with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.It’s easy to sabotage yourself in Objective-C, which doesn’t always alert you to errors before testing a running app. If you create a variable and forget to assign it a value—easy enough to do—and then try to use that variable in a calculation, the resulting error can crash your app. Meanwhile, Swift will alert you ahead of time if you’re trying to use any variables that haven’t been assigned, saving you the time and headaches of trying to figure out why your program is crashing.Swift also provides an advantage over Objective-C in its speed. Some Objective-C operations, like sorting and loops, have an inherent delay because of the number of functions that are called repeatedly under the hood. The compiler doesn’t know which of a dozen ways a function or object was used, so it tries many. Thanks to compiler optimization built exclusively for Swift, however, Apple says running Swift code is significantly faster than Objective-C.That means that apps built with Swift could be faster and smoother for the end user, too. Jon Friskics, Code School’s iOS expert, predicted that users will notice increased speed in games and animations coded in Swift.“The optimization won’t just make compiling faster and less prone to errors, but also the apps themselves,” he said. “Computationally intensive tasks like animations will likely run a little bit smoother.”Of course, Swift is still a baby coding language. It almost certainly has its share of bugs (yes, computer languages have bugs, too). It’s likely going to go through a number of iterations and improvements while Apple and its beta testers fix them.And Swift has one giant card up its sleeve that RubyMotion never had: It’s an Apple product, and that means Apple can change its APIs to suit the new language. If Swift does live up to its potential, it’s almost inevitable that Apple will eventually rewrite its Cocoa APIs in Swift, eliminating its primary dependence on Objective-C. If and when that happens, Swift will rapidly become the only Apple development language most programmers will ever need to learn.Swift has the potential to make iOS development easier and, here’s hoping, enjoyable. At least that’s Pollack’s prediction:Years from now, people will be able to just learn Swift and won’t have to learn Objective C. It’s going to take a lot of pain out of becoming an app developer. It could make it a lot more pleasurable to become an iOS developer—easier to learn, and more fun for people to program. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? lauren orsini Tags:#Apple#development#iOS#Objective-C#programming#Swift Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
Kat Candler took the time to chat with us about her film festival experiences, including a few that beginning filmmakers should check out.Kat Candler (Hellion) got the biggest break of her career over a burger in Austin, during SXSW 2015, when Ava DuVernay offered her a spot directing a new episodic family drama called Queen Sugar. The show is distinct for its fresh directorial perspectives. DuVernay recruited a team of women who were mostly new to television. This dynamic was fertile for making art against Louisiana vistas at a lingering pace.Sundance was where Candler and Duvernay first connected. Their pivotal convergence is one of many Candler has had on the festival circuit since the late ’90s, which is when she met then-internet-pen-pal David Lowery (The Old Man & the Gun, Pete’s Dragon) and director Yen Tan (1985) at Dallas VideoFest.For filmmakers like Candler, who thrive on collaboration and see every opportunity as a chance to share the wealth, festivals aren’t the end of the filmmaking process. They’re much more often a beginning — a generative moment of communion with others who share their goals. Candler recently returned to Los Angeles from a research trip in Upstate New York for Splitfoot — a FOX Searchlight film she’s been called up to rewrite and direct, based on a 1936 New Yorker article documenting a spiritualist/occultist hub in the area. She took a moment to look back on her myriad festival experiences and share some favorites with beginners in mind.Maryland Film FestivalThe Maryland Film Festival screening committee poses together in 2017. Image courtesy MFF.It’s not just about where to submit. Attending events that help filmmakers find their people is essential, Candler says. Maryland Film Festival, at Baltimore’s century-old Parkway Theatre, ensures that every screening of a North American film is hosted by the artists who made it. Also, hometown weirdo John Waters picks and hosts a favorite film each year.Candler finds the real draw in the character of the mixers and receptions at the Maryland Film Festival, which feel more like memorable, hospitable hangs than networking sessions. “I’m not a party person, at all,” Candler says. “But the key is really kind of pushing yourself to go to as many of the social events as possible. Take the time to reach out to the person next to you, to go up to the filmmaker whose work you loved at a screening, and introduce yourself. Try to appreciate other filmmakers’ work — get to know them,” she says. Dallas VideoFestProgrammer/founder Bart Weiss has an eye for bold up-and-comers like Candler when she started out. He’s committed to keeping a place for experimental shorts and video-art-leaning works, too. Dallas VideoFest hosts many premieres of docs and features that go on to excel internationally. This festival’s edges are still rough, after clearing the 30-year mark, and that’s a relief to a community for whom taking risks is more valuable than achieving commercial success.Historically, the festival itself takes chances in presentation. Festival organizers have used the LED facade of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas to articulate the images of short films for audiences watching in fields from their beach towels, while the local radio station KXT 91.7 broadcasts a live soundtrack. In recent years, features and documentaries have been split into two programs — AltFiction and DocuFest.Kansas City Film Festival InternationalImage courtesy Kansas City Film Festival International.Candler fondly remembers meeting close friend and collaborator, Pamela Ribon, on a panel at KCFFI. In its 20 years, this festival has created specific programs to celebrate the relationship between cinema and jazz, a symposium to deeply explore the experiences of women in film, and a youth film contest called “Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase.” The abundance of community partnerships, and devotion to a growing audience, is everywhere in the ace color-coded schedule.What makes KCFFI so special is the carefully themed shorts blocks with categories like “choices,” “goals,” and “relationships,” the staged live readings for screenplay contests, and the inclusion of student films. A bonus — this festival prioritizes free food at their parties and events.Looking for more on the film and video production industry? Check out these articles.Industry Roundup: Top Destination Jobs for VideographersAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe Cameras Behind Netflix Originals: Films and SeriesCheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakThe Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original Series
Battery GripAt NAB 2019, Blackmagic announced the Pocket 4K Battery Grip. This new accessory steps further away from the whole “pocket” notion, but for those who feel somewhat self-conscious for using a compact device on a paid job (guilty), this attachment does make the camera look significantly more substantial. But, of course, the essential factor is the enhanced power performance.The battery grip eliminates the use of the LP-E6 batteries; instead, it requires Sony L series batteries. This is a slight pain if you’ve already acquired several LP-E6 batteries, but it’s a worthy investment when looking at the power capacity of one L series battery vs. one LP-E6. The battery grip will house two L series batteries and will allow the user to shoot nonstop for two hours from a single charge. I imagine for short takes and candid capture the charge may take the life of up to 4-5 hours of operation time. As with the standard LP-E6, you can also charge these batteries through the camera via the 12V DC connection.The grip will retail for $250 and is expected to ship around August. While the grip and extended battery life is a much-needed addition, it does create the problem of how current cages and equipment will work — because, well, they won’t. A SmallRig full-body cage will become obsolete with the grip. Likewise, a drawer filled with spare LP-E6 will become a junk drawer — if you intend on using the grip attachment at all times.Therefore, before fully investing in camera rigging and batteries, decide if you’re going to invest in the battery grip, as it’s going to alter your setup and increase your costs.V-Mount BatteryThe majority of larger camera systems and filmmaking accessories use the V-mount battery. If you bought a Pocket 4K camera to complement an URSA Mini, it’s likely you may already have a good number of V-mount batteries ready to use. While tests with the V-Mount battery aren’t as common as the LP-E6, it’s been suggested that the average on-and-off runtime is around 5 hours. The problem, however, is how do you attach the V-Mount battery to the Pocket 4K, as there’s no Molex connector?Well, there are two methods. First, if budget is minimal, you can create one yourself. The following video, from Tom Antos, goes over the process of how to make your own DIY V-Mount connection. (Side note: Tom also runs through a number of alternative DIY battery options for the camera.)Antos produced their video in late 2018. Since then, we’ve seen several Pocket 4K V-Mount plates released onto the market. Therefore, if you weren’t that proficient in technology class, it’s okay; the third-party market has you covered. You don’t have to get out the soldering iron just yet.You can pick up a Wooden Camera Pocket 4K V-Mount plate for just under $200. And, if you already have V-Mount batteries, it may initially appear like a better investment than the battery grip. However, you’re then going to have to add additional camera rigging to support the V-Mount battery and plate. This can easily add up to a $300-$500 investment. Therefore, perhaps it’s not a cheaper investment than the battery grip — whether you have V-mount batteries or not. And again, of course, it will increase the overall size of a camera that you may have originally purchased for its compact design.The Pocket 4K is a fantastic camera that produces beautiful imagery. There’s no debate there, especially for the price point. Yet, it reminds me somewhat of the time I purchased a 5D Mark II as an eager 19-year-old filmmaker. The 5D Mk II required a lot of accessories to get it adequately operational as a filmmaking camera. I have similar feelings with the Pocket 4K. After buying the body and lens (if you don’t already have one), it still feels like you need to keep financing the camera in order to film for just a few hours. Perhaps we shouldn’t cast such a shadow over a camera that didn’t seem possible in 2009.Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out.Stabilizing GoPro Footage with the Unique ReelSteady GO AppIs The New Mac Pro a Content Creator’s Dream Machine?Will Gear Companion Apps Change The Game For Lone Wolf Filmmakers?4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s StandardsWhy You Should Wait to Download Your NLE’s Beta Release So what do you need to know about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and its power needs? We’ll walk you through the details.The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which from here on out and to the end of time I will only refer to as the Pocket 4K, has slowly been arriving in the hands of eager customers. This is when we’ll start to see third-party applications arriving on the market with features or accessories missing from the Pocket 4K. One thing that new Pocket 4K users are currently trying to overcome is how quickly the camera goes through power. It was a criticism in our review, and it’s been a criticism of many across the internet.Branded LP-E6 vs. Third PartyOn a fully charged LP-E6 battery, you’re going to get around 45-60 minutes of power. Although, two variables will decrease that length: one is how long you’re recording, and the second is if the LP-E6 batteries are from legitimate producers. The $60 Canon-branded battery is going to get you further than the “two for $30” deal you saw on Amazon. In the video below, Dave Dugdale describes the differences between a Canon LP-E6 and a third-party LP-E6. Essentially, you’re getting 75 percent of the overall power — when compared to the Canon branded battery — and the life expectancy of a third party battery is shorter.Therefore, consider the following when buying LP-E6 batteries. I respect that not everyone has $120 to spare for two batteries, when the same amount of money can get you four-to-five third-party batteries and, in total, net you longer recording time. But, if the Pocket 4K is a long-term investment, perhaps the official LP-E6 is the way forward.Firmware UpdateThis will be a redundant suggestion if you’ve only recently received your Pocket 4K, as recent batches shipped with the 6.2 firmware. However, if you’re working with firmware older than 6.1, it’s a good idea to update. In the 6.1 patch, one of the many improvements was improved power efficiency for improved battery life.I imagine the Blackmagic wizards were able to reduce the power dependability on some features — and for them to only be active when activated. This is similar to how a laptop operates on a power setting for battery life. But, without specific notes from Blackmagic, this is just a shot in the dark. However, as Arber Baqaj states in his video below, he was able to get 60+ minutes of recording time on the standard battery that comes with the camera.