The tall man has done so much in athletics that no one could blame him if he chose to skip out of the 2017 season. He is the best sprinter in history and stands shoulder to shoulder with Ali, Pele and Jordan in an elite group of the best sportsmen of all time. His farewell season won’t be easy. Many of his 100m rivals are young and ambitious. Don’t let the smiles fool you. Andre De Grasse, the 22 year-old Canadian World and Olympic bronze medallist, has a lot to gain from a victory over Bolt in London next year at the World Championships. So does Trayvon Brommell, who tied with De Grasse for bronze at the 2015 Worlds. Yohan Blake, Jamaica’s other 100m World Champion, might be in the mix too. His personal best of 9.69 seconds is faster than Bolt has run since his super run of 9.63 to win the Olympic gold in 2012. Yet, despite the youth of De Grasse and Bromell, the potential Blake still has, and the energy that 35-year-old Justin Gatlin might marshall in what could be his last hurrah, Bolt will be the favourite in London. That makes perfect sense. Should he close his career there with a win as expected, no one should grudge him his wish to retire. Like Rosberg and Marciano, it is far better for the tall man to walk away on top. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt at Boys and Girls Championships, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. HISTORY’S BEST Imagine you’re Usain Bolt jetting home from the London premiere of I Am Bolt when news of the Nico Rosberg’s retirement hits. Five days after clinching the Formula 1 drivers championship, Rosberg stepped out of the cockpit permanently. If you were Bolt, the news of a freshly minted champion heading for the hills at 31 years old probably strengthened the resolve to go off track forever. The German, world champion just once, said he’d reached a lifelong goal. The tall Jamaican has been World Champion seven times and Olympic champion six times and is just a year younger than Rosberg. His growing lack of motivation is, therefore, understandable. Another sign became evident last week in Monaco at the IAAF Gala when he revealed that he’d given up his favourite event, the 200m. That announcement made me sit up and take notice. Bolt is even better at 200m than he is at 100m, with three Olympic gold medals, four World Championship golds and a silver tucked away in his trophy case. For him to give that up, he really must be sensing the end. Rosberg’s sudden retirement may have convinced Bolt that he is picking the right time to go. The German made a bit of Formula 1 family history. He and his Finnish father Keke are only the second father and son duo to be champions of that sport’s premier circuit racing competition. The British pair Graham and Damon Hill were the first. The king of retiring on top is Rocky Marciano. Marciano knocked out 43 opponents in a 49-fight heavyweight career and left the ring in 1955 as a world champion with an unblemished record. Between them, Rosberg and Marciano form a great example to Bolt to retire on top.
QPR boss Mark Hughes plans to pip Cardiff City to the signing of Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, the South Wales Echo believe.Cardiff are keen to take the Wales international back to the club where he had a loan spell, but it is suggested that Hughes is also interested in signing him.Linked with move for Bellamy.Hughes’ imminent signing of Park Ji-sung from Manchester United is among the headlines, with the Daily Mail suggesting Rangers have offered £5m for the Korean.Related West London Sport story: Korean star Park set to join QPR from UnitedQPR hope to beat off competition from Everton and Sunderland to capture winger Junior Hoilett from Blackburn, the Daily Mirror say.Former Rovers boss Hughes has been interested in signing Hoilett for some time.And it is claimed that he has offered more money than Everton, who are also keen on the Canadian.Hoilett is out-of-contract and plans to leave Ewood Park this summer. At 22, he is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer, so Blackburn will be due compensation unless they accept an offer.Sunderland and German club Borussia Monchengladbach are also said to be interested.Meanwhile, Wigan supremo Dave Whelan has warned Chelsea he will not cut his £10m asking price for Victor Moses, the Mail report.Chelsea are expected to bid about £7m with add-ons over the weekend.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more
Join us for live news and analysis Monday at 4 p.m. as the Warriors begin a four-game East Coast road trip in Charlotte against the Hornets.The Warriors (42-17) hope to avoid their first two-game losing streak since late December as they’re coming off a disappointing effort in a 118-112 loss to Houston on Saturday night. Golden State was outscored 15-0 to begin the game by the Rockets, who won despite not having defending MVP James Harden on the floor.Golden State is confident it …
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why hop a plane to SXSW this year when you can get on a bus? Okay, let’s rephrase that – why hop a plane when you can get on a bus with 20-something other folks, drive across country, and try to formulate a viable startup idea along the way?At least that’s the idea behind the Startup Bus, the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, which is now in its second, vastly expanded incarnation.The idea, which started out as “a half serious but fully beer-infused joke about driving an RV to SXSW 2010 with a bunch of friends and hacking on the way” has turned into a full-on country-wide competition this year. Bizannes says that the idea is not only to potentially create potential businesses, but to create collaboration and community among entrepreneurs.“Successful startups come from good people. And good people build rapport by collaborating together,” said Bizannes. “While I don’t doubt some real businesses will come out of this, the real value is the fact these strangers work together and get to know each other”This year’s competition is ramping up to include up to six buses, with six teams per bus and more than 150 people total. Right now, Bizannes says buses are definitely leaving from San Francisco, New York and Cleveland, with Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles all penciled in as possible departure points. The basic idea then is that all of these people hop on a bus, self-organize into teams, and build a functional website or prototype to present to a panel of judges when they arrive in Austin two days later. Waiting at the finish line will be Josh Baer, from Austin’s startup incubator Capital Factory, looking for potential opportunities.“Last year, people actually launched with products that would be considered real web services had you not known,” said Bizannes. “I think everyone was shocked how much coding you can do on a bus in 48 hours.”Bizannes says that Xero has signed on as a sponsor, so the plan is full steam ahead, but some details, such as the exact departure cities, still need to be ironed out. So how do you get in on the road-tripping, brainstorming, startup-forming fun? Sign in on the Startup Bus website using your Facebook login and hope someone in your community has an invite. If you’re not connected to the right community, says Bizannes, then helping to spread the word about it through Twitter could help get an invite. Getting on the bus, as it were, isn’t only about the competition – it’s about the community that can form afterward.“I want to turn this into a community, where the initiation rite is being on the bus and you tap into this rich alumni community of founders, startup enthusiasts, and talent,” said Bizannes. “So, we have plans of creating a private community website after that would have things like a job board.” Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts read more
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook isn’t building a phone – it absolutely doesn’t need to. But it does need to continue its aggressive march onto mobile devices, and that means not-so-smartphones in not-so-western markets too. In order to pursue that end, Facebook is deepening its ties with Spreadtrum, a Chinese mobile chipset maker.The Frontier Of Low-Cost Smartphones And Feature PhonesSpreadtrum, which launched a low-cost Android chipset platform last year, will work closely with Facebook on upcoming low-cost smartphones, to potentially be distributed in emerging markets like Latin America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. (Since Facebook remains banned in China, distributing on Spreadtrum’s home turf won’t be in the cards.)Facebook’s app is already baked-in to Spreadtrum’s system as part of the company’s turnkey platform. The new partnership will be more of a direct collaboration when it comes to the testing and user experience optimization development phases – and of course, getting that little Facebook icon on new devices rolling out to the masses.Expanding Into Emerging Markets“Working with Spreadtrum will extend Facebook’s reach in emerging markets, leveraging the rapid shift from feature phones to smartphones that is now taking place globally,” said Vaughan Smith, VP of Facebook Mobile Partnerships and Corporate Development.Facebook is maxing out its reach in western markets like the U.S., where it’s arrived at an impressive level of mobile hypersaturation. While Facebook still has no compelling reason to get its hands dirty in the hardware businesses, deepening partnerships with manufacturers in emerging markets is yet another avenue to establish every phone as a Facebook phone. Tags:#Facebook#feature phone#mobile taylor hatmaker Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos read more
There is a lot to learn about Smoke 2015, even if you are updating from Smoke 2013. A lot of improvements and changes have gone into the software and Autodesk has made it easy to learn for beginners & experienced users.Autodesk released Smoke 2015 with new timeline effects, a more fluid timeline experience, FCPXML support and 3D camera tracking. The entire timeline experience when you are editing and working with effects is vastly improved over 2013. You will never see an unrendered frame again, as Smoke can playback effects instantly.If you haven’t checked out Smoke and want to, download the free 30 day trial. Even if you checked out the 2013 version, you can still try out Smoke 2015 for free.Learning… Just Press Play.Whether you are an existing user and have upgraded to 2015 or are a new user with 2015, Autodesk has made learning Smoke easier and free. In this post, I’ll provide a ton of tools to start learning Smoke…Getting Started VideosGrant Kay from Autodesk is in charge of the Smoke Learning Channel on YouTube. Here you will find 50, yes, 50 NEW VIDEOS, updated for Smoke 2015.Grant walks you through getting started with Smoke in easy to view bite sized videos ranging from 2 to 8 minutes each. Each video progresses you further and the information builds upon the lessons from one video to the next.These video will help a first-timer get started in Smoke and users from 2013 can learn how functionality has changed from 2103. Every aspect of Smoke 2015 is covered from project creation to importing, to editing, adding effects, exporting, and Archiving. For many of the videos, there is downloadable media so that you can follow along with the lesson. Grants style is very clean, and methodical, his English accent and pacing clearly guides you through each process. Here is an example:Intermediate to Advanced VideosKen LaRue is the Smoke Technical Marketing Manager and he has put together 15 videos that go more in-depth with Smoke 2015. Ken will show you in some longer videos ranging from 4 min. to 18 mins, some deeper concepts regarding Smoke 2015’s Timeline Effects and Timeline workflows. Ken also gives you a deeper understanding of Action, Smoke’s 3D Composting environment and ConnectFX,the Node-based Effects workflows.You may know Ken LaRue from many Smoke Demos at NAB or IBC. He is amazing to see demoing Smoke as his enthusiasm is contagious. Ken brings that same enthusiasm in these videos. Although quicker paced than Grant’s videos, as well as being longer, Ken’s videos make you feel like he is teaching you one-on-one. He is as casual and comfortable as he is professional:You can see Ken LaRue’s enthusiasm in one his live demos at NAB 2014.Even More Smoke TutorialsAutodesk has another route for video based learning: The Smoke Experience Tutorials. These tutorials, much like Grant & Kens, walk you though the Smoke interface and functions. The videos are a bit overly structured in that you “unlock” videos as you go along. So the “Experience” doesn’t let you jump ahead, which is both a good and a bad thing. It is a very structured learning experience and is targeted mainly at those first time users or people who have downloaded the 30 Day trial.The main advantage in checking out these Experience tutorials, is that you can download 4 gigs of footage. This footage is a collection of video and graphic elements and is the same footage that Ken was using in the NAB Live Demo video above. So it’s worth just checking out to have some nice 1080 ProRes elements including green screen to learn with.This footage was provided by Alexis Van Hurkman, from his short film, The Place Where You Live. Check out the trailer and some of the effects… all done in Autodesk Smoke.How About a Good Book?Video learning is great and the Internet makes it so easy, but sometimes, some people, just learn better by reading. Alexis Van Hurkman has written Smoke Essentials which is a guided walk through of how to use Smoke with more of a project based approach.Alexis will guide you though 400 pages of how Smoke works and how to create the effects and color he achieved for his short film. I am happy to say that I was the technical editor for this book and really happy with the way it turned out. Along with the book you can download even more clips and elements from The Place Where You Live, so you can create the effects shown in the trailer. I am also happy to have been a part of the VFX for this film.Smoke Master ClassesAutodesk also releases Master Classes for many of there software tools. I was invited to produce one for Smoke 2015. It is a walkthrough and breakdown of how this promo was done.It is a massive 85 min Master Class showing how Smoke 2015 is used in the real world, on real jobs. I try and give some good tips and workflows for Smoke 2015 as I breakdown the spot. This a good video if you are experienced in Smoke as I jump into the deep end and assume you have at least used Smoke a bit. After all, it is a Master Class.Downloadable Setups and TemplatesThe Smoke Graphics templates I blogged about here have also been updated and archives are available for the 2015 version. Download them here.This is everything you need to get started with Autodesk Smoke 2015, either as a new user or upgrading from 2013. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment here at Premiumbeat. read more