How Warriors’ post-season loss to Clippers in 2014 shaped them

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors’ coach does not need to feel worried about their job security. This time, the Clippers do not need to worry about their owner making racist comments recorded on an audio tape.That served as the backdrop when the Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers last met in the playoffs five years ago. While the Warriors sought to make a …last_img

After Effects Video Tutorial: Transition from One Comp to Another

first_img10Create a new composition called middle. 1Create a new composition, new black solid, and new text titled “Start,Start,Start”. 16Move forward 10 frames and close the eyeball. Move 10 frames forward and open the eye again. 24You can stylize using keyframes on the pupil position, strokes, fills, among other things. 5Set opacity to 0 at the beginning and end of the animation then set the opacity to 100 percent. 8Duplicate the dark magenta layer, place it above the text and give it an alpha track mask. 13Create a diamond shape over the “Start” pre-comp using the pen tool. Make sure you turn off the fill. 7Easy Ease all the keyframes. Use the graph editor to make a curved line. 4Move to the beginning of the composition and move the mask to begin on the far left. In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial we show you a technique for seamlessly transitioning from one comp to another in After Effects.Using a vector-based ‘eyeball’ transition I’ll demonstrate a technique for transitioning from one comp to another in AE. The tutorial covers a few simple After Effects fundamentals including:Creating an eyeball simulationShape editorsUsing exclude effectsWorking with alpha mattesWhile this tutorial is rather specific the techniques involved in making an animated eye transition can be used in a wide variety of motion graphic situations.More of a reader than a watcher? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  22Set keyframes to scale the pupil down over time. 21Parent the shape layers to the null. 20Duplicate the ellipses and create an eyeball like the picture. 11Make a new null object that scales down from 100 to 50 over the course of a few frames.center_img 14Use the convert vertex tool to round off the top and bottom vertices. 9Create an exact duplicate of the composition and change the text to “End End End”. 2Create a new dark magenta shape layer. Make a mask over the first “start”. Duplicate the mask twice and drag down to cover all the words. 12Parent the start composition to the null object. 18Parent the shape layer to the null object. 6Offset the keyframes. 17Add a rectangle to the shape layer, add an exclude intersection effect. 23Duplicate the eyeball and include only the inner pupil. Set the “start” layer to alpha matte so it only appears in the pupil. 3Set a keyframe on all the mask paths. Move the playhead forward 10 frames and position the mask path off of the letters. 19Create a new black solid and add it to the back. Create a new white ellipses shape layer and make the shape equal on the x and y scaling. 15Set a keyframe for the shapes path. Know of any other uses for this technique? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Climate change suddenly a crisis on Parliament Hill as support for Green

first_imgNation to NationThe federal Conservatives may keep hammering the Liberals over its carbon tax but haven’t offered a solution of their own.“It’s been about 400 days since Andrew Scheer said he was going to come up with a climate plan and we’re a few months away from the election and we still have not heard anything,” said Liberal MP Dan Vandal on Nation to Nation.The Trudeau government’s carbon tax makes things such as filling up at the pumps several cents more expensive.The Conservatives jumped all over it as the country heads into an October election.And according to MP Cathy McLeod their plan is coming soon.“Certainly our leader has indicated very clearly that in the next few weeks he will be releasing our plan. Climate change is real. It’s a problem and it needs a global solution,” said McLeod.Meanwhile, NDP MP Rachel Blaney told Canadians that the Trudeau government hasn’t been a leader on climate change and that Canadians are getting impatient.“The reality on the ground is that this is a huge concern for people. Canadians want to see action. They want to see it now,” said Blaney.Both the NDP and Liberals supported an emergency debate on climate change this week.It’s something that Green party leader Elizabeth May asked for last fall but none of the other leaders showed up and it didn’t end up doing anything.May said it should be a coincidence other parties appear to be supporting the crisis now since the Green’s recent by-election victory in the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.“I welcome this entirely,” she said. “But I think that it’s not an accident that this is a response to the growing strength of the Green party across the country.”Last October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned drastic cuts to emissions are needed in the next decade to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic. That report suggested the Liberals’ target under the Paris climate-change agreement, which would mean cutting annual greenhouse-gas emissions by about 28 per cent compared to what they are now, is nowhere near enough.The Liberal motion, which was to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to the Paris climate-change accord by meeting the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and toughening them as is required to meet the accord’s stated objective of keeping global warming as close to 1.5 C as possible.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh intends to cut Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions almost in half over the next decade as he stakes out a claim to being a climate-change champion in the looming federal election.Singh presented a motion in the House of Commons Monday, laying out eight broad strokes of the party’s climate-change platform. The motion asks for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare “an environment and climate emergency” as well as pledge to cut emissions more deeply, eliminate government aid to the fossil-fuel industry and cancel the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.“We want to reflect the urgency people are feeling,” Singh said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.That urgency for him means a slow end to the Canadian oil sector, which Singh says is on its way out whether Canadians like the idea or not.“This is the direction the world is headed,” he said.– with files from The Canadian PressN2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Pi Day 2019 The best pizza and pie deals

first_img This is no mere one-topping deal; Pie Five is offering any of its specialty pizzas (BBQ chicken, Greek, etc.) for $3.14. However, if you want extras like cauliflower crust or vegan cheese, those will cost you extra. Your Pie: $3.14 pizzas 18 Photos Stop in at your local Whole Foods to get $3.14 off select pies. The varieties will vary by region. The Cheapskate Boston Market: Buy one pot-pie and a drink, get a second pot-pie free Kroger: Select pies for $3.14 Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry See at Plated Other Pi Day deals Slice app: Save $7 on your first order See at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Blaze Pizza: Any regular pizza for $3.14 Available now through Thursday, you can get a one-topping medium pizza for $3.14 when you purchase a Howie Bread and apply promo code 19PI. If there’s a Kroger grocery store near you, stop in on March 14, when various bakery pies will be priced at $3.14 each. Pie Five Pizza: Any personal signature pizza for $3.14 Pie Five Pizza See at Your Pie This upscale restaurant does deep-dish and flatbread-style pizzas. To get the $3.14 deal, you’ll need to dine in on March 14. Pi Day pizza deals Share your voice Nope, this has nothing to do with pie. But it’s a combo that normally costs over $6, so we’ll take it. On Pi Day, use this coupon to get two breakfast sliders, a hash brown and a small coffee for $3.14. Ending today, meal-delivery service Plated is offering new customers free dessert — pie or otherwise — for a year with promo code PiDay. Obviously that means you’ll also need a Plated subscription. This promotion is letting you add a dessert to each delivery. Your Pie See at Whole Foods On Pi Day, the chain will offer $3.14 pizzas, along with various in-store games and giveaways.center_img BJ’s Restaurant Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Also known as a “BOGO,” this deal requires a coupon, which you can find here. It’s good only on Pi Day. White Castle: Breakfast Slider Combo for $3.14 Whole Foods: Save $3.14 on large bakery pies Have you found any other Pi Day deals worth mentioning? Mention them in the comments!Originally published on March 13, 2019.Update, March 14: Added new promotions.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tired of pizza chains? Slice connects you with all your local, independent pie joints. If you’re a newcomer to the app, you can get $7 off your first order (minimum $15.50) with promo code LOCALPI7. Plated: Free dessert for a year See at Hungry Howie’s See at Pie Five Pizza Comments 6 See at White Castle Welcome to Fun with Calendaring. May 4 is now widely known as May the Fourth, a lispy play on “May the Force be with you.” March 10 recently evolved into the Nintendo-centric Mario Day, because “Mar10.”And let’s not forget the best day in the whole wide world: March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day (because of the eponymous mathematical formula that begins with 3.14). What’s so great about that? All you have to do is say it out loud and it becomes “Pie Day.”Hence an abundance of deals and promotions centered around pizzas and baked goods. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, though this list is by no means complete. There may be local stores and restaurants offering discounts and giveaways as well, so check in with your local pizza joints, bakeries and the like.Don’t want to venture out? Delivery service Postmates is offering free delivery on your next order between now and March 17. Visit the Pi Week collection in the app and use code piweek at checkout. See at Slice See at Kroger Hungry Howie’s: $3.14 medium pizza with the purchase of Howie Bread Blaze Pizza BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: $3.14 mini one-topping pizza See at Boston Market Tags See at Blaze Pizza On Pi Day, the chain is offering any regular-size pizza for $3.14. You’ll need to download the Blaze Pizza app, create an account and access the deal in the Rewards section. Culturelast_img read more

China sends notice to WTO and EU cheap exports soon to be

first_imgChina has served notice to World Trade Organization member,s including the European Union and the United States that complaints about its cheap exports will need to meet a higher standard from December 2016, a Beijing envoy said at a WTO meeting.Ever since it joined the WTO in 2001, China has frequently attracted complaints that its exports are being “dumped”, or sold at unfairly cheap prices on foreign markets. Under world trade rules, importing countries can slap punitive tariffs on goods that are suspected of being dumped.Normally such claims are based on a comparison with domestic prices in the exporting country.But the terms of China’s membership stated that — because it was not a “market economy” — other countries did not need to use China’s domestic prices to justify their accusations of Chinese dumping, but could use other arguments.China’s representative at a WTO meeting on Tuesday said the practice was “outdated, unfair and discriminatory” and under its membership terms, it would automatically be treated as a “market economy” after 15 years, which meant 11 December, 2016.All WTO members would have to stop using their own calculations from that date, said the Chinese envoy, whose name was not given by a WTO official who spoke to reporters about the meeting.Dumping complaints are a frequent cause of trade disputes at the WTO, and dumping duties are even more frequently levied on Chinese products.In September alone, the WTO said it had been notified of EU anti-dumping actions on 22 categories of Chinese exports, from solar power components to various types of steel products and metals, as well as food ingredients such as aspartame, citric acid and monosodium glutamate. The EU was also slapping duties on Chinese bicycles, ring binder mechanisms and rainbow trout.From the end of next year, such lists would need to be based on China’s domestic prices “to avoid any unnecessary WTO disputes”, the Chinese representative said.More than 20% of the 500 disputes brought to the WTO in its 20 year history have involved dumping, including several between China, the EU and the United States in the last few years.last_img read more

WATCH PBS NewsHour On GPS Data How GPS Exercise Data Can Reveal

first_imgA 20-year-old Australian student discovered the locations of bases where military forces and intelligence services exercise by studying heat maps. John Yang talks to Zack Whittaker of ZDNet. Sharelast_img