In the round-up: Di Resta "disappointed" to miss out on promotion ? Barrichello won't return to IndyCar in 2013
Monday, 31 December 2012
The head coach, whose team have not beaten Pirates in Cornwall since they returned to Penzance from Camborne more than two years ago, knows victory today would be worth much more than four league points.
Bristol can banish any lingering memories of last season's Championship semi-final drubbing by winning this afternoon, while also putting daylight between themselves and sixth-placed Pirates.
And Middleton, who has made no attempts to play down Bristol's record at the Mennaye Field, is demanding an emotional performance.
"Our history at the Mennaye Field isn't great – and that's a fact," he said.
"That is not a deterrent for us, we see it as an opportunity – it's time for us to come of age at the Mennaye and say, 'we will conquer this ground and this will set off a positive chain of events going into 2013'.
"To win at the Mennaye would be more than just four points – it will have a bigger impact on our season. If we win there, I've got every confidence that this team can push on to big things, both in the (British & Irish) cup and in the league.
"That could really set the stall out for what the next five months could hold for us.
"If they get a win against us, they have a chance to kick us out of the top four, so going to Pirates holds a number of things for us.
"It holds the opportunity to establish ourselves in the top four and it provides us with an opportunity for a launchpad for the next five months."
Bristol's last victory over Pirates away from the Memorial Stadium came at Camborne in May 2010, when they thrashed their hosts 60-15.
But recent years have not been so kind to Bristol on their travels to Cornwall, and Middleton knows his players must improve on how they performed in their 26-18 win over Doncaster nine days ago if they are to triumph this afternoon.
"We haven't had a lot of joy down there and we have to show more emotion than we showed against Doncaster," he said.
"We are going to have to add significant amounts to our performance – and we've got the ability, it's probably more around decision-making and the mindset of how we approach the game."
Pirates, who have finished third in the Championship in each of the past two seasons are currently in sixth place, three points adrift of Bristol.
But they have only lost once in their last six league games, while their only home defeat so far this season was inflicted by Newcastle.
"I still think they are a good side and they are hard to beat down there," said Middleton. "Add the fact it's a New Year's Day game and they will have a sold-out, or a nearly sold-out, Mennaye Field.
"When that happens, they become a much more potent side than they may be travelling on the road. Whatever we see with Pirates, add 25-30 per cent for what we're going to face, and the way we performed against Doncaster won't be good enough."
Middleton has made one personnel change and one positional change to the side that beat Doncaster, with Jon Goodridge coming in at full-back and Jack Tovey switching to the wing, in place of George Watkins.
Cornish Pirates: W Davies; T Bedford, T Riley, J Fatialofa, B Mercer; K Hallett, G Cattle (capt); A Paver, R Elloway, B Prescott, D Lyons, D Barry, K Marriott, P Burgess, L McGlone. Reps: R Storer, D Semmens, P Joyce, G Johnson, B Maidment, T Kessell, S Hill.
Bristol: J Goodridge; J Tovey, L Eves, J Gadd, D McIlwaine; A Jarvis, R Tipuna (capt); K Traynor, R Johnston, J Hobson, M Sambucetti, G Townson, A Faosiliva, R Pennycook, M Eadie. Reps: R Lawrence, B Douglas, B Glynn, M Mama, J Grindal, T Roberts, F Otto.
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Pablo Moreno, a 27-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, Dec. 2, in the 800 block of Beacon Avenue in Westlake, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Police responding to a 911 call about 1 a.m. discovered Moreno outside a house, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's records show he suffered several gunshot wounds to his body.
No other information was available about the victim, police said.
The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the LAPD at (877) 275-5273. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
— Carlos Lozano
Thursday, 27 December 2012
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Hope Santa's got some coal left, because someone else has earned it for yet another holiday season leak. Alongside leaked shots for the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible and Mercedes-Benz CLA, a Corvette Forum member recently uploaded a number of drawings of the C7 Corvette that he says someone has been sending him. The post has since been removed from the forum, the original poster, "Blue Ox," writing "the information I posted is less 'public' than was originally thought and... someone's job could be in danger."
There are no take-backs on the Internet, though. The drawings look to be from an owner's manual or a service guide and show the coupe's exterior, rear end and inside the rear hatch, then cover details of the cockpit, seats and engine bay. There's a new steering wheel inside, and a large central screen with a new array of HVAC buttons underneath. Pilots will get to sit in new sports seats that finally appear to have the proper amount of bolstering for a Corvette.
The dash cluster that was teased in a video not long ago looks like it could be a central LCD screen flanked by analogue gauges for the speedo, water temp and fuel tank, not an all-LCD display. There will be a Track Overlay feature that tracks the car on a track and monitors speed, brake and throttle application, gear selection, G force and direction, lap time and steering angle, and it displays a graph for the Performance Traction Management. This will likely work with the (or is a display for) the Performance Data Recorder that is said to be able to save vehicle data, as well as video and audio, to an SD card.
Not shown in the photos but thrown into the discussion is Active Rev Match for cars equipped with manual transmissions, said to match engine speed to the next gear for both upshifts and downshifts. Last but not least, an Engine Sound Management system will alter the 'robustness' of the engine note via seven settings: Auto, Stealth, City, Tour, Sport, Track and Off.
There are just three weeks left until the C7 is revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. We wouldn't mind leaving something left to surprise us on the official day, but we won't be surprised if that doesn't happen.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Yes friends, that’s me. I’m asleep and getting paid for it. I’m outside on our deck doing a Rolf.
|That’s me, doing a Rolf|
My client knows Final Cut Pro and I’ve left him to it. He works, I sleep. Clients love it when they are allowed to operate the camera or do some simple in-out editing.
From time to time he phones. “Hi Rolf, sorry to wake you but I need ...”
Groan, what a pest he is. I pull myself together and go down into the editing room.
Rolf Harris is a TV presenter, painter, singer and dancer. On camera a highly charged live wire, but turn the camera off and Rolf finds a chair, sofa, park bench, covers his face with a hat or newspaper and dozes off. Instantly. Zzzzzzz.
“Rolf, ready for the next shot.”
“And look at this little beauty, add a little bit of light, a little bit of shade.”
“Terrific, Rolf. Give us a minute to reposition the camera.”
Zzzzzz Zzzzz Zzzzzz.
“Rolf, next shot...”
“A little blue here, a dash of red—can you tell what it is yet?”
Zzzzz Zzzzz Zzzzzz.
Rolf on Location
I’m filming Rolf in Hill End, a now deserted gold mining town a few hundred miles northwest of Sydney. I never have to worry about where the star is. He’s in the back of the car, asleep. Zzzzzzz.
Shoot over, I drive him to a small country railway station. He needs to be in Sydney tonight for his show at the Sheraton.
I buy his train ticket. Where’s Rolf? Could he be that tramp flat out on the bench covered in newspapers? Yep, that’s him. Zzzzzzz.
On the deck, dozing off, I remember Neil Sedaka—the very opposite of Rolf.
Way back in ’73, I have an office in Stratford Place, just off Oxford Street, London. Polygram is directly opposite and one day they wander into my office and say that Sedaka is in town. They’d like me to film him playing a new song.
We cross the road and there he is. For the younger readers, Neil Sedaka was huge in the ’70s with eight U.S. Top Ten hits. Heck, even my spellcheck knows Sedaka.
I set up my lights and camera and off we go—or don’t go. The piano is out of tune. Neil is apologetic, says it’s just not good enough. Mr. Polygram thinks he can find a piano tuner. It’s Sunday, it’s raining... He disappears and Tricia and I are left with the great man who proceeds to do a Sedaka.
Doing A Sedaka
“Give me a song—but not ‘Oh Carol.’”
“I really like ‘Laughter in the Rain.’”
“Good choice—you’ll just have to live with an out-of-tune piano.”
He plays and sings.
We are getting a one-on-one concert.
“’Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.’”
He plays and sings.
“You know you don’t have to entertain us.”
“It’s what I do best. Here’s a piano piece I wrote—no name, not sure what to do with it.”
He plays—no singing.
“Name a song—not one of mine.”
Tricia comes up with “La Mer.”
“Charles Trenet—in French. I know the melody but not the lyrics.”
“La mer—Qu’on voit danser le long des golfes clairs,” says Tricia.
“French—gee, that’s tough. We’re having fun...”
Just then, Mr. Polygram arrives with the piano tuner. The fun stops—back to work.
Still, it’s nice work if you can get it.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
I'm very excited about my friend Marisa Pawelko's new book Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects! She's the "Queen of Duct Tape," and has a great funky style that she has brought to the projects in this book. I have reviewed three duct tape craft books in the past few months, and this one is BY FAR the best book -- the projects look professional and stylish, ...
It was a tragic weekend for Usher and his estranged wife, Tameka Foster. The 33-year-old entertainer?s stepson, Kyle Glover, was taken to a hospital in Atlanta after being hit in the head by a personal watercraft on July 6. The 11-year-old was declared brain dead two days later.
Usher and Tameka have reportedly not left the hospital since Kyle was admitted. According to TMZ, there has been no decision yet whether or not to take him off life support.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Usher and his family at this difficult time.
Monday, 24 December 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO — Acxiom, a leader in technology and marketing services, is making strides in the field of targeted and addressable advertising. Acxiom’s collaborative targeting safe haven environment gives advertisers the opportunity to match up their own customer prospect files with publisher files, in order to maximize return on media buys. In this video interview from the Smart TV and Multi-screen Advertising Summit, Curtis Barone, Director Advanced Television Advertising at Acxiom, discusses addressable advertising, Acxiom’s services, and the opportunities that third-party data opens up for television advertising. Barone explains that, using Acxiom, brands can discover and target the households that are most likely to be interested in their products or services. Audiences can be targeted based upon a wide variety of criteria—rather than the traditional demographics of age, sex and location, brands can find households based upon income, the type of car they drive, interests and more. "The value of the buy becomes greater," Barone says, "because the advertiser is able to reach the households that they are most interested in, whether it’s their customers or prospects." Megan O’Neill
MONACO - Social video platform Unruly Media is launching new tools in the new few weeks to better track and measure the emotional responses to viral videos. The goal is to help agencies and marketers attach a framework and metrics to social video so it's not just a once-a-year proposition, says Scott Button, founder and CEO of the company, in an interview with Beet.TV at the Monaco Media Forum. "We're looking at emotional responses to video around 18 different emotional states, and we can do panel testing at enough scale in the pre-testing phase before a campaign goes live so we can give good feedback to clients as to how effective the content might be," Button tells us. This analytical insight into what makes content shareable has been one of the missing links in the field, and brands have been asking for more science and rigor in understanding the performance of social video, he adds. Over the last 12 to 18 months, Unruly has been studying the specific emotional triggers in social video ads and how they correlate to views and other metrics of success. However, the next step in social video data and insight will come in understanding how the creative and content leads not just to views but to sales, he explains. "We will see a move away from view count as the hallmark of success to how the word of mouth sparked by a campaign is impacting sales," Button says in this video interview. "One of the big challenges for brands right now is to try to understand how to make viral video more predictable and repeatable. There is little value to brands if they can only get it right once a year," he says.Unruly was founded in 2006 and delivers and tracks social videos across the Web. Since launch it has delivered 1.65 billion video views for more than 2,000 social video campaigns for more than 400 brands, including Evian, T-Mobile, and Old Spice. The company has also been conducting regular research into social video. For instance, the just-launched creative optimization tool tests which version of a video performs best against target audiences, allowing clients to optimize against shareability, word of mouth, duration, dwell time and other metrics. Unruly also relies on its "Social Video Lab," to test physical and emotional reactions to social videos using biometrics and other metrics.Earlier this year, the company worked with a researcher to study the rise in brand recall and purchase intent when a branded video had been recommended to a viewer or shared, and Unruly has also delved into specific industries such as automotive to analyze what makes certain automotive branded videos a hit. -Daisy Whitney
Sunday, 23 December 2012
We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Robin, who wants to help the older generation get online. If you're looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
"Hi Engadget, I'm looking for a desktop for my parents, and since they rarely play any 3D games, I think a nettop might be ideal. Anything that has an HDMI output would work, so what do you recommend? Thanks very much"
Lenovo's latest Q190 arrives in January, will set you back $350 and comes with Windows 8, while the eco-friendly (but less-powerful) ASUS EeeBox EB1030 is $370, but should do a similarly decent job with your parents early adventures in tweeting. But how about you out there? Can you suggest a nettop that's even more desirable? Now that the world hasn't ended (at least when the Mayans said it would) you can share your knowledge in the comments below.
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