Saturday, October 1, 2016

Motion Graphic Design

Motion Graphic Design

Motion graphic design is a subset of graphic design which uses graphic design principles in  filmmaking, video production, etc. through the use of animation or filmic techniques; for example, graphics used in film and television opening sequences, or  the spinning, three-dimensional station identification logos of some television channels. Motion graphic design is for creating "motion graphic"; where "motion graphic" is pieces of digital footage or animation which create the illusion of motion or rotation, and are usually combined with audio for use in multimedia projects.

There are many software for motion graphic design in the market such as:

» Adobe After Effects
» Eyeon Fusion
» Nuke
» Autodesk Combustion
» Apple Motion/Shake
» Max/MSP
» Apple Quartz Composer
» Various VJ Programs
» Smith Micro Software Anime Studio
» Adobe Flash
» Natron

Also, there are many software for 3D motion graphic design in the market such as:

» Maxon Cinema 4D
» Softimage XSI
» Autodesk 3d studio max
» Autodesk Maya
» NewTek Lightwave
» e-on Vue Infinite
» The Blender Foundation Blender software
» EI Technology Group Electric Image Animation System

In the following you can watch Cinema 4D UK Motion Graphics Reels in 2015 and 2016.




 



Saturday, September 10, 2016

What is the Hardest Substances on Earth?

What is the Hardest Substance on Earth?

Lonsdaleite. It is 58 percent harder than diamond.

Lonsdaleite, also called Hexagonal Diamond, is an allotrope of carbon with a hexagonal lattice. In nature, it forms when meteorites containing graphite strike the Earth.


References:
1. New Scientist Live https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16610-diamond-no-longer-natures-hardest-material/
2. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonsdaleite

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BSOD

BSOD

BSOD, or Blue Screen of Death, is a terminology for any critical system errors in the Windows operating system that causes a crash leading the system (computer) not to be able to recover and the user has to shut down and restart the system [source: here]. A sample BSOD is displayed below:

BSOD, or Blue Screen of Death, is a terminology for any critical system errors in the Windows operating system that causes a crash leading the system (computer) not to be able to recover and the user has to shut down and restart the system.
BSOD (a sample screen)


 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What is Lumosity Performance Index?

What is Lumosity Performance Index?

There are 3 types of Lumosity Performance Indices: 

1. Game Lumosity Performance Index
2. Area Lumosity Performance Index
3. Overall Lumosity Performance Index
Game Lumosity Performance Index (LPI) is determined by gathering and analyzing score distributions for each game across a wide range of users. A Game LPI is set to each game score. The Game LPI of a player is set each time she/he plays a game based on how her/his current score compares to her/his previous scores for that game.

Area LPI (Speed, Memory, Attention, Flexibility, and Problem Solving) is calculated using players Game LPIs for the games in that cognitive area.

Overall LPI is based on players Game LPIs from all cognitive areas. Since players might not play an equal number of games from each area, Overall LPI might not be the same as the average of the 5 Area LPIs.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Google DeepMind

Google DeepMind

Google DeepMind is a British artificial intelligence company founded in September 2010 as DeepMind Technologies. It was renamed when it was acquired by Google in 2014. The company has created a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of humans, as well as a Neural Turing Machine, or a neural network that may be able to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. The company made headlines in 2016 after its AlphaGo program beat a human professional Go player for the first time [more info].

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin and Serotonin { What is happiness? }

From "Habits Of A Happy Brain" by: Loretta Graziano Breuning:

The feeling we call “happiness” comes from four special brain chemicals: dopamine, endorphin, oxytocin, and serotonin. These “happy chemicals” turn on when your brain sees something good for your survival (‬see #X below). Then they turn off, so they’re ready to activate again when something good crosses your path.

Each happy chemical triggers a different good feeling:


Dopamine produces the joy of finding things that meet your needs—the “Eureka! I got it!” feeling.

Endorphin produces oblivion that masks pain—often called euphoria.

Oxytocin produces the feeling of being safe with others—now called bonding.

Serotonin produces the feeling of being respected by others—pride.

(#X) Your brain is inherited from people who survived. This may seem obvious, but when you look closer at the huge survival challenges of the past, it seems like a miracle that all of your direct ancestors kept their genes alive. You have inherited a brain that is focused on survival. You may not think you are focused on survival, but when you worry about being late for a meeting or eating the wrong food, your survival brain is at work. When you worry about being invited to a party or having a bad hair day, your survival brain sees the risk of social exclusion, which was a very real threat to your ancestors. Once you’re safe from immediate threats like hunger, cold, and predators, your brain scans for other potential threats. It’s not easy being a survivor!

Monday, May 2, 2016

iFunBox - This is iFunBox

iFunBox 

Launched in August 2008, iFunBox is one of the best file manager for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. With iFunBox you can manage files on your device just like Windows File Explorer on your PC, take advantage of the device's storage and use it as a portable USB disk, and import/export music, video, photo files with no effort. The best part about using iFunBox is it requires no jailbreak at all.

Core Feature 1: Total Control of iPhone/iPad File System
Manage files on your iPhone or iPad in a way just like Windows File Explorer but more robust and friendly. Easily transmit files and folders to your computer with the optimized file transfer and browsing. iOS 6 is now fully supported.
iPhone/iPad File Manager
Navigation, Upload and Download
Quick Preview, Drag&Drop
Delete, Rename and Move
Asian / Long Filename Support

Core Feature 2: One-stop App Install and Backup
Safe App Install on iPhone/iPad with .ipa packages. No Jailbreak required for installing purchased apps. Support install unofficial/unsigned .ipa based on AppSync without installous. Backup install apps back to .ipa packages for sharing and reinstallation. Uninstall/Install apps in batch easily.
iOS App Manager
One-step Batch uninstall/install App
Back up installed App to .ipa package
Install unsigned .ipa package
Quick App list preview

Core Feature 3: Hi-Speed General Purpose Storage
Use your iPhone as an USB Portable Disk for general files. Exploit the large flash memory on iPhone or iPad with transmission speed beyond 5MB/s on iPhone and 15MB/s on iPad.
iPhone/iPad Portable Disk
Realtime Progress Indicator
High Speed Data Transmission
Scheduled Data Transferring
Recursive Copy Subfolders

Core Feature 4: Access App sandbox without Jailbreak
Accessing App sandbox is very useful for backup/sharing saved games, app settings. You can also upload video to a 3rd-party player like “OPlayer HD” instead of using iPod, and download documents you created in an App like "Numbers".
Play with all user applications
No jailbreak needed
Backup/sharing data generated by Apps
Upload PDF, Word Doc, videos and other files for viewing/playback

Core Feature 5: Wallpaper Function
Thumbnail previewing helps a lot for wallpaper management. It is also integrated in all other folders including camera folder. Now it is more easy to seletively delete photos in the camera and replace resource images.
Upload Wallpaper in Batch
Image Thumbnail Preview
Batch Uploading and Conversion
Change Image Resolution
High Quality Image Resizing

Core Feature 6: Export Music and Movie on iPhone/iPod
Export Apple iTunes© managed audio and video in iPhone, iPad or iPods to PC as a backup copy or burn to CD. Scan and populate music and movie files in iPhone and iPod even when iTunes is refused to connect.
Backup iPod Music & Movie
iTunes© Managed Media Files
Recover Songs and Movie
Copy from iPad/iPhone
Copy to PC with Friendly Title 


 This is iFunBox
 This is iFunBox

Source: http://www.i-funbox.com/about_us.html



Sunday, March 20, 2016

What is 4K gaming? And what is 4K TV?

What is 4K gaming? And what is 4K TV?

Either for a computer or a TV, "4K" or "Ultra HD" means to increase four times as many pixels in as Full HD; e.g., a Full HD TV has 2,000,000+ pixels, where a 4K Ultra HD TV has 8,000,000+ pixels.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Iridium-192

Iridium-192

Iridium-192 (symbol 192Ir) is a radioactive isotope of iridium, with a half-life of 73.83 days.[1] It decays by emitting beta (β) particles and gamma (γ) radiation. About 96% of 192Ir decays occur via emission of β and γ radiation, leading to 192Pt. Some of the β particles are captured by other 192Ir nuclei, which are then converted to 192Os. Electron capture is responsible for the remaining 4% of 192Ir decays.

Iridium-192 is also a strong gamma ray emitter. There are seven principal energy packets produced during its disintegration process ranging from just over 0.2 to about 0.6 MeV. Iridium-192 is commonly used as a gamma ray source in industrial radiography to locate flaws in metal components. It is also used in radiotherapy as a radiation source, in particular in brachytherapy.

Iridium-192 has accounted for the majority of cases tracked by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in which radioactive materials have gone missing in quantities large enough to make a dirty bomb. [more info ...]

Dirty Bomb

Dirty Bomb

A dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device (RDD) is a speculative radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. The purpose of the weapon is to contaminate the area around the dispersal agent/conventional explosion with radioactive material, serving primarily as an area denial device against civilians. It is however not to be confused with a nuclear explosion, such as a fission bomb, which by releasing nuclear energy produces blast effects far in excess of what is achievable by the use of conventional explosives.

Though a RDD would be designed to disperse radioactive material over a large area, a bomb that uses conventional explosives and produces a blast wave would be far more lethal to people than the hazard posed by radioactive material that may be mixed with the explosive. At levels created from probable sources, not enough radiation would be present to cause severe illness or death. A test explosion and subsequent calculations done by the United States Department of Energy found that assuming nothing is done to clean up the affected area and everyone stays in the affected area for one year, the radiation exposure would be "fairly high", but not fatal. Recent analysis of the nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl disaster confirms this, showing that the effect on many people in the surrounding area, although not those in close proximity, was almost negligible.

Since a dirty bomb is unlikely to cause many deaths by radiation exposure, many do not consider this to be a weapon of mass destruction. Its purpose would presumably be to create psychological, not physical, harm through ignorance, mass panic, and terror. For this reason dirty bombs are sometimes called "weapons of mass disruption". Additionally, containment and decontamination of thousands of victims, as well as decontamination of the affected area might require considerable time and expense, rendering areas partly unusable and causing economic damage. [more info ...]



Predicting Malicious Behavior: Tools and Techniques for Ensuring Global Security (Book by: Gary M. Jackson, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Pub. Date: June 19, 2012):
"A radiological terrorist weapon is basically synonymous with the term dirty bomb. First, a radiological weapon is NOT a nuclear bomb. Instead, it is the spread of radioactive material in the environment by means of conventional explosion. The victim, if fortunate enough to escape the blast effects, would likely exhibit radiation sickness and perhaps long-term cancer. Given explosion and dispersal in a densely populated area, the long-term effects for many could result from one dirty bomb."



Spiritist Codification

Spiritist Codification

Spiritist Codification (or The Spiritist Pentateuch) is the customary name given by spiritists to the set of books codified by Allan Kardec. The books are a compilation of questions made by Allan Kardec and answers allegedly dictated by Spirits, between the years 1857 and 1868. The series contains the fundamental details of the Spiritism movement. The collection of the first five books, written and published by French teacher, educator and Spiritism codificator Allan Kardec, are called "The Five Fundamental Works of Spiritism". These books contain several explanations of the Spiritism Doctrine, as well as religious teachings and essays on the spirit world, mediumship, miracles, paranormal and supernatural phenomena. Two other books were published to complement the teachings of Allan Kardec: Qu'est-Ce Le Spiritisme? ("What is Spiritism?") in 1859 and Oeuvres Posthumes ("Posthumous Works") in 1890. [more info]


Spiritism is a progressive body of knowledge which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of Spirits, as well as their relationship to the corporeal world. As such, it sheds light into what we are, where we come from, where we go after we die, and why we often face different challenges in our lives. In short, it addresses the reason for our existence – and how we can better ourselves to attain true happiness. [more info]

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America

5th Avenue – New York City, NY


Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare going through the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. It is considered among the most expensive and best shopping streets in the world.

As a large city, New York has many stunning examples of beautiful buildings.

5th Avenue – New York City, NY
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


One of the flashiest that I was drawn to was barely a building at all. This is the 24 hour Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, the only location worldwide that never closes. It’s just a glass cube! Inside, I bought an iPad.

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


The New York Stock Exchange covers up its fascade with a huge banner for Mother’s Day.

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


I’m on Wall Street! Even though it was probably late in the day, the area was surprisingly not very busy.

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


More high rises of different architecture styles are shown here. One building is seemingly growing out of the tree on the left!

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


I don’t remember what this building is, but many similar ones exist around the city.

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


Many high rises are grouped here as well.

The Most Expensive Commercial Streets in North America
5th Avenue – New York City, NY


This is a huge, tall photo to highlight one building. After my trip, I saw the Sex in the City 2 movie. In one scene, this building can be seen in the background!

De duurste winkelstraten in Noord-Amerika
Fifth Avenue is een belangrijke doorgaande weg gaan door de stad van Manhattan in New York City, Verenigde Staten. Het strekt zich uit West 143 Street in het Harlem Washington Square North in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Het wordt beschouwd als een van de duurste en beste winkelstraten in de wereld. Als een grote stad, New York heeft vele prachtige voorbeelden van mooie gebouwen. Een van de flitsende dat ik werd aangetrokken was nauwelijks een gebouw helemaal. Dit is het 24 uur per dag Apple Store op Fifth Avenue, de enige plaats in de wereld die nooit sluit. Het is gewoon een glazen kubus! Inside, kocht ik een iPad. De New York Stock Exchange dekt de gevel met een grote banner voor Moederdag. Ik ben op Wall Street! Hoewel het waarschijnlijk te laat op de dag was, het gebied was verrassend genoeg niet erg druk. Meer hoogbouw van verschillende architectuurstijlen worden hier getoond. Een gebouw is schijnbaar groeit uit de boom aan de linkerkant! Ik weet niet meer wat dit gebouw is, maar veel soortgelijke projecten bestaan ​​rond de stad. Veel hoogbouw hier gegroepeerd ook. Dit is een enorme, grote foto voor één gebouw te markeren. Na mijn reis, zag ik de Sex in the City 2 film. In een scène, kan dit gebouw worden gezien in de achtergrond!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Number of Neurons in the Human Brain

Number of Neurons in the Human Brain

The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons (or nerve cells) and many more neuroglia (or glial cells) which serve to support and protect the neurons (although see the end of this page for more information on glial cells). Each neuron may be connected to up to 10,000 other neurons, passing signals to each other via as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, equivalent by some estimates to a computer with a 1 trillion bit per second processor. Estimates of the human brain’s memory capacity vary wildly from 1 to 1,000 terabytes (for comparison, the 19 million volumes in the US Library of Congress represents about 10 terabytes of data). [more info]

Neurons are the cells that transmit information in an animal's nervous system so that it can sense stimuli from its environment and behave accordingly. Not all animals have neurons; Trichoplax and sponges lack nerve cells altogether. Neurons may be packed to form structures such as the brain of vertebrates or the neural ganglions of insects. The number of neurons and their relative abundance in different parts of the brain is a determinant of neural function and, consequently, of behavior. [more info: List of animals by number of neurons]

Friday, February 5, 2016

Polyglot

Polyglot

A polyglot is a person able to:
  speak or write several languages
OR
  develop computer code in multiple programming languages.

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)

ITIL, formerly an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of practices for IT Service Management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business. In its current form (known as ITIL 2011 edition), ITIL is published as a series of five core volumes, each of which covers a different ITSM lifecycle stage. Although ITIL underpins ISO/IEC 20000 (previously BS15000), the International Service Management Standard for IT service management, there are some differences between the ISO 20000 standard and the ITIL framework.

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)
ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)






Thursday, February 4, 2016

Transhumanism

Transhumanism 

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
Transhumanism 

Julian Huxley, the biologist who popularised the term transhumanism in an influential 1957 essay.
Julian Huxley, the biologist who popularized the term transhumanism in an influential 1957 essay.



Quadcopter

Quadcopter


A quadcopter, also called a quadrotor helicopter or quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors. Quadcopters are classified as rotorcraft, as opposed to fixed-wing aircraft, because their lift is generated by a set of rotors (vertically oriented propellers).

This is a Quadcopter. [A quadcopter, also called a quadrotor helicopter or quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors.]
This is a Quadcopter.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is an industry-leading rapid responsive authoring tool for creating highly interactive eLearning content. With this tool, one can capture the on-screen action, enhance eLearning projects and publish work in various formats such as Adobe Flash and HTML5 for PC, Mac, Web and Mobile devices. 

Adobe Captivate is an industry-leading rapid responsive authoring tool for creating highly interactive eLearning content. With this tool, one can capture the on-screen action, enhance eLearning projects and publish work in various formats such as Adobe Flash and HTML5 for PC, Mac, Web and Mobile devices.
Adobe Captivate



Adobe Captivate
Adobe Captivate CC 2015

Adobe Captivate


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Roaming (Mobile Roaming)

Roaming (Mobile Roaming)

Roaming ensure that a traveling wireless device (typically a cell phone) is kept connected to a network without breaking the connection. In wireless telecommunications, Traditional Roaming is a general term referring to the ability for a cellular customer to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or access other services, including home data services, when travelling outside the geographical coverage area of the home network, by means of using a visited network. For example; should a subscriber travel beyond their cell phone company's transmitter range, their cell phone would automatically hop onto another phone company's service, if available.

Using another phone company's service can be done by using the subscriber identity in the visited network. Roaming is technically supported by mobility management, authentication, authorization and accounting billing procedures (known as AAA or 'triple A'). [more info]


Roaming (Mobile Roaming)
Roaming (Mobile Roaming)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone


Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress. The idea of the comfort zone goes back to a classic experiment in psychology. Back in 1908, psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson explained that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance In order to maximize performance, however, we need a state of relative anxiety—a space where our stress levels are slightly higher than normal. This space is called "Optimal Anxiety," and it's just outside our comfort zone. Too much anxiety and we're too stressed to be productive, and our performance drops off sharply.[more info]

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Data Fusion

Data Fusion

Data fusion is the process of integration of multiple data and knowledge representing the same real-world object into a consistent, accurate, and useful representation.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fifth-Generation Jet Fighter

Fifth-Generation Jet Fighter

A fifth-generation jet fighter is a jet fighter classification used around the world that encompasses the most advanced jet fighter generation as of 2015. Fifth-generation aircraft are designed to incorporate numerous technological advances over the fourth-generation jet fighter. The exact characteristics of fifth-generation jet fighters are controversial and vague, with Lockheed Martin defining them as having all-aspect stealth even when armed, low probability of intercept radar (LPIR), high-performance airframes, advanced avionics features, and highly integrated computer systems capable of networking with other elements within the battlespace for situation awareness.

The only fifth-generation jet fighters are:

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Sukhoi PAK FA
Chengdu J-20
Shenyang J-31

Planned to be developed:

HAL AMCA
TAI TFX

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle)

Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle)

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combats.

Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle|)
Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle|)

Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle|)
Boeing F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle|)