Vroegbloeier Kobe Bryant ontsteeg het basketbalveld

De 41-jarige basketballegende Kobe Bryant kwam zondag samen met zijn dochter en zeven anderen om bij een helikoptercrash. In de VS is vol ongeloof gereageerd op zijn dood.

The White Beach Series

The White Beach, known as Spiagge Bianche is one of the most popular beaches in Italy. It appears to resemble that of a pristine Caribbean resort perfectly. However, this deceiving white sand beach gets its brilliant hue from the chemical discharge of a nearby factory that manufactures sodium carbonate, which is used in glass, detergent and soap. The company discharges thousands of tons of toxic wastewater every year into the Mediterranean Sea. This discharge contains a mixture of limestone and calcium chloride, which tints the water light blue and gives the sand its bright white colour. Although the water and sand may look clean, Spiagge Bianche has been listed by the United Nations as one of the 15 most polluted areas on the Mediterranean coast. In addition to limestone and calcium chloride, the Solvay plant's wastewater also contains heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and lead. Unfortunately, there are no signs warning beachgoers about the dangers of the deceiving white sand.

MKVToolNix 43.0.0

Moritz Bunkus heeft versie 43 van MKVToolNix uitgebracht. Met dit opensourceprogramma kunnen matroska-bestanden bekeken, bewerkt en worden geconverteerd. Zo kunnen geluidssporen en ondertiteling worden toegevoegd, verwijderd of juist als standaard worden ingesteld. MKVToolNix is een verzameling afzonderlijke commandline-tools, maar er wordt ook een grafische gebruikersinterface meegeleverd. Downloads zijn beschikbaar voor Windows, diverse Linux-distributies en macOS. De changelog voor deze uitgave ziet er als volgt uit: New features and enhancements

SUMo 5.10.8

KC Softwares heeft versie 5.10.8 van SUMo uitgebracht. SUMo, wat voor Software Update Monitor staat, is een programma dat de computer scant op aanwezige software en vervolgens controleert of er nieuwere versies beschikbaar zijn. Door het installeren van een driver agent kan het ook controleren op nieuwe drivers. De gratis uitvoering laat alleen weten van welke programma's er een nieuwere versie beschikbaar is, het downloaden van de update en het bijwerken is iets wat je verder zelf handmatig uit moet voeren. Hierdoor is het vooral handig voor mensen die zelf controle willen houden over welke updates ze wel of niet willen installeren. Het standaardinstallatieprogramma bevat een optionele advertentiemodule, maar er zijn ook een lite- en een portable-versie beschikbaar, waar deze niet in zit. Sinds versie 5.10.6 zijn de volgende veranderingen aangebracht: Changes in SUMo version 5.10.8:

31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer – Closing Soon!

The post 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer – Closing Soon! appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Darren Rowse.

Do you want to level up your photography with a powerful burst of learning?

If your answer is yes – you’ll absolutely LOVE our course – ‘31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer‘ which is open for enrollment this week only (with a 50% discount).

“31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer” is our most popular course of all time, and for good reason. Jim Hamel is one of the most attentive course instructors and mentors we’ve seen and his teaching is so actionable!

31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer

We’ve opened the doors to the next lucky group of beginners – but only until the 31st of January. If you want to be one of our students who become a better photographer in 31 days, act now.

Claim your spot in the course here.

Professional photographer Jim Hamel created this course especially for enthusiasts who dream of taking amazing photos, but are not sure where to start… this 31 day video course will finally set you on the path to photography success.

Great Teaching, Practical Exercises and Mentoring

The great thing about this course is that it’s incredibly practical. You’ll learn a lot but you’ll also be actively applying what you learn. Here’s how it works.

  1. 31 Easy to Understand Lessons – The course is broken down into 31 easy to understand lessons – designed to give you more knowledge of how your camera works and how to get more control over it.
  2. 31 Practical Exercises – Each lesson comes with a practical exercise – designed to help you apply that knowledge.
  3. Mentoring from a Pro Photographer – All early bird participants also get access to a secret Facebook group where course creator – Jim Hamel – will give group mentoring, offer extra support, answer questions and where you can share some of the results you’re getting.

In this course you will learn all about:

  • Exposure
  • Lighting
  • Subjects
  • Composition
  • Camera Techniques

Plus you’ll get direct access to mentoring from Jim via our exclusive private Facebook Group.

Here’s a taste for the course – straight from the mouth of course creator Jim Hamel:

Access to a professional like Jim would normally cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but when you purchase this course, you not only get over 7 hours of video tutorials, you get to ask Jim questions, follow along with assignments, and become part of a group of other like minded photographers.

Do I have to complete the course in 31 Days?

No, you don’t. You will get lifetime access to the course modules so you can take all the time you need. Just be sure to take advantage of the access you have to the group and Jim in the first three months.

Enrolments End Soon

Hurry – because of the mentoring component of this course spaces are limited and will only be open for enrolments for a short time and 50% off is only for a short time too!

Check out all of the course modules and enrol here.

P.S. As always, we offer a 60 Day Guarantee, so if you find the course isn’t for you, we’ll be more than happy to refund you – no questions asked.

The post 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer – Closing Soon! appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Darren Rowse.

The remains of the most famous non-emperor Roman may have been found

Remains Found by Pompeii Really Are Probably are Pliny the Elder, New Tests Indicate Pliny the elder, author/admiral/polymath died attempting to rescue the citizens of Pompeii from the erupting volcano. A skull that was found in the early years of the 20th century on the shores of Stabiae along with a jawbone, jewels and a sword befitting a man of Pliny's stature have recently been re-evaluated and the cranium most likely does belong to one of Rome's most famous citizens.

Pliny the Elder's death by smoke inhalation was dutifully recorded by his nephew, Pliny the younger. The elder Pliny was the author of the Naturalis Historia, arguably the world's first encyclopedia.

Previously and Previously.

Sydney Opera House

AshSinghPhotos has added a photo to the pool:

Sydney Opera House

Break on thru

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Break on thru

High and dry - for now!

John from Brisbane has added a photo to the pool:

High and dry - for now!

The beach is one of the most idyllic places, especially a lonely beach at a beautiful time of day. I proposed to my wife on a beach not all that far from us. It reminds me, in all its mood of our bond as ...


With a calm soothing look from your blue eyes
You invite me in to refresh my worth
And heal my wounds with your appealing mirth
A kiss from your lips leaves me satisfied
To desire no more, just be by your side
Tease my cheek with your feathery soft flirt
And I'll tie off my vessel at your berth
While your waves of kindness restore my pride
We'll take a walk on the beach holding hearts
Take a swim in the waters of desire
Drying our bare souls in the bright sun light
Never again will we let our paths part
Climbing love's mountain higher and higher
Then down the back, to walk out of sight

an original poem by the "poemdog" Daniel Turner

This one is for her. We have walked the sands many times over 40 years and she is my life saver! Sunshine Coast, Queensland

20 US States Want to Stop the Posting of Blueprints For 3D-Printed Guns

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:
Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.

New York Attorney General Tish James, who helped lead the coalition of state attorneys general, argued that posting the blueprints would allow anyone to go online and use the downloadable files to create unregistered and untraceable assault-style weapons that could be difficult to detect... Proponents have argued there is a constitutional right to publish the material, but critics counter that making the blueprints readily accessible online could lead to an increase in gun violence and put weapons in the hands of criminals who are legally prohibited from owning them... For years, law enforcement officials have been trying to draw attention to the dangers posed by the so-called ghost guns, which contain no registration numbers that could be used to trace them.

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