Needless to say, the scientific institutions are thrilled that their favorite candidate won. Editorials in both Nature and Science showed little objectivity about politics in the last few weeks. Part of this is due to Obama’s promises to fund science heavily, including $150 billion to fight global warming with alternative energy (see Nature News). Another reason for their support is that Joe Biden referred to intelligent design as “this malarkey” (09/01/2008) while both John McCain and Sarah Palin have made statements, albeit weak and non-specific, in favor of giving students opportunities to hear alternatives to evolution. The Nature News article also took note of the narrow passage of California’s Proposition 8, which put into the state constitution the statement “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” What this has to do with science, or how this will “affect the nation’s research” (the stated purpose of the article) was not explained. The stem-cell initiative in Michigan also passed 52-48% (see 10/15/2008). According to New Scientist, Obama has promised to lift the ban on embryonic stem cell research anyway, whether or not it is necessary. A recent article on Live Science indicated that current techniques can “reliably reprogram adult cells into iPS [induced pluripotent stem cells] rapidly and can forego the need to rely on mammalian embryos to generate pluripotent stem cells.” Most initiatives to restrict abortion failed, such as California’s Proposition 4 which would have required parental notification for abortions on minors (defeated narrowly) and Colorado’s Amendment 48 which would have defined someone a ”person” at the moment of conception (defeated overwhelmingly). Obama is a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and has never voted for any abortion restrictions, including partial-birth abortion. Late Republican ads criticized him for supporting infanticide by voting three times against bills that would provide health care to babies surviving botched abortions. Backed by a Democratic Congress, it is likely Obama will sign a Freedom of Choice Act that will remove all restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortion. This will sweep away decades of pro-life efforts to protect the unborn. If Obama is able to put liberal judges on the Supreme Court and other federal courts, Roe vs Wade is likely to stand, and maybe even expand, for decades to come. Many decisions hostile to intelligent design, or supportive of unlimited abortion and gay marriage, have come from the courts. Republicans in the past have tended to rubber-stamp liberal judges appointed by Democrats (such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg), while Democrats have tended to “Bork” conservative nominees (as Joe Biden did to Robert Bork) or delay their hearings, sometimes for years. If this happens under a Democrat-controlled Congress and Presidency, the courts could turn even more liberal than they are now. Most education reforms are debated at the state level in school boards and legislatures. Opponents of intelligent design will have strong presidential and congressional advocates in Washington, though, along with the backing of empowered scientific institutions. It may become increasingly difficult for Darwin-doubters to get a hearing. Emboldened scientific institutions and academies may also “expel” Darwin-doubters with increased fervor and less opposition (see the movie Expelled, now on DVD, and Slaughter of the Dissidents). The popular vote for Obama was not overwhelming, though, and many may have voted for the novelty of seeing a person of color elected President for the first time. Some may have been so disgusted with Washington-as-usual, or with the war in Iraq, or were fearful of the economic collapse, to grasp at anyone who could promise “change we can believe in.” Their votes for Obama may not translate into support for unlimited abortion, gay marriage, socialized health care, embryonic stem cell research or expensive global warming programs that could cripple the economy. Often the realities of the world temper a candidate’s promises once in office. Disillusionment among the electorate often quickly sets in after the euphoria of victory has passed. Obama promised to be the president also of the large minority who voted for McCain/Palin. He promised to listen to them. Good intentions or not, he may have no choice but to move toward the center on some issues. As a newcomer he cannot afford to ignore the advice of military chiefs and seasoned Republican advisers. The economic crisis may force him to back off on some of the expensive programs he promised. An international crisis, as his running mate Joe Biden predicted, could change everything. How this all plays out remains to be seen.This is a nation where citizens are king. Those of you who want a culture of life and a nation of free speech in science will have to speak out and work harder than ever before. Many times in history have been far worse than this. It is never a time for despair in God’s kingdom. Take a breather now that this emotional roller-coaster ride is over. Take a walk in the woods. Calm your soul with the beauty of creation. The birds, animals and plants still know their Maker and do His bidding. The Earth still orbits in its privileged life-giving zone in space. Your molecular machines, genetic code, organs and senses still are fearfully and wonderfully made. Take confidence in the fact that the facts of nature are impervious to lies and distortions. The evidence will still be there. We still have free speech. CEH is not going away. 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4. Re-Using SegmentsDepending on the type of work that you do, there’s a good chance that you may need to re-use large chunks of your work in new projects. For example if you are editing a trailer for a feature film that you have cut, you are likely going to need to take big chunks of that film and bring them over into a new project easily. Or another example – if you are editing a television series and need to reference a past episode, opening sequence, or any other segment of the show, you may very well need to come up with an easy solution to transport your edits across projects.Compound clips are fantastic in that they can work across multiple projects, so if you encounter any of the situations listed above, you can very easily and efficiently move your edits from one project to another. This will not only save you a lot of time, but will also make the editing process so much more enjoyable. One of the most annoying and tedious things to do when editing is attempting to extract a specific part of your edit to be repurposed somewhere else. By using compound clips in FCPX you can do this task in far less steps. 2. Simplifying your Audio Clips A lot of people complain that FCPX doesn’t handle audio clips well. Since it is not a track based system, you will often wind up with a sequence (or a ‘project’ in FCPX terms) that has stacks upon stacks of audio clips, making it very difficult to find specific clips that you may want to adjust or delete. Using compound clips will completely alleviate this issue.I recommend creating a different compound clip for each main audio category (dialogue, music, effects, etc.), which will keep the audio portion of the project far more simplified. If you need to adjust an overall parameter for any of those clips, you can simply apply an adjustment to the compound clip. Or alternatively, if you need to make a specific adjustment to one of the individual piece of audio, you can step into the compound clip, make the adjustment manually, and then step back into the timeline. 1. Apply an Effect to a Group of ClipsWhen you’re in the finishing stage of your edit (meaning the picture is locked), you will often want to apply an effect, color adjustment, or filter to more than one clip at once. While it is possible to simply copy and paste the attributes of one clip to a bunch of others, it is often times far more preferable to use compound clips.Let’s say that you want to add a slight color adjustment to a sequence of 25 clips in your Final Cut Pro X timeline. If you were to make the adjustment on one clips and then copy and paste it to the others, you would need to re-adjust every one of those clips if you decided to change the look at all. On the other hand, if you decided to use compound clips you could simply adjust the look one time and it would automatically update all of the clips. In this post I’ll show you five ways to use compound clips to dramatically improve your editing experience.For those unfamiliar with FCPX, compound clips behave a lot like nested sequences in other editing platforms. They give you the ability to group together any number of clips (audio or video) as well as titles, adjustment layers, generators, and more – ultimately creating a single clip that encapsulates everything.Before compounding:After compounding:To really take advantage of the power of compound clips in Final Cut Pro X you should be using them in a variety of ways: 3. Nest Complex Sequences Much like the previous point, you can just as easily use compound clips in FCPX to organize the video clips in your timeline so that things don’t get out of hand. I find that audio typically becomes an issue far faster than video will, but there have certainly been times when I’ve had so many video layers stacked on top of each other that it became difficult to navigate the timeline.In situations where you have a number of stacked layers that aren’t going to change – which would be the case with composited shots, title sequences, etc. – your best bet is always going to involve using compound clips. More often than not, whatever it is that you need stacked on top of each other are going to need to stay married to each other in the timeline, so by creating a compound clip you are not only helping to clean up the project itself, but also preventing those clips from accidentally getting moved in the timeline, and falling out of line. 5. Assembling a Master CutFor those of you that have edited feature films or any other long form content, you are probably used to working in ‘reels’. If you’re not familiar with this type of workflow, the idea is to break up long form content into smaller sequences (let’s say 4 or 5 twenty minute sequences) as opposed to having an entire hour and a half edit all built up in one very long sequence. The logic behind doing this is that smaller sequences will always run much faster on your system, so you generally want to use this technique on long form projects so you maintain a fast editing speed.When you’re officially picture locked though, at some point you are of course going to need to combine all of those reels into a master sequence. Once again, FCPX compound clips can save you a whole lot of time here. All you need to do is create a compound clip for each one of your reels, and then copy and paste those into a new sequence. For any of you that have worked with nested sequences in the past, this is essentially the exact same idea, and it’s probably the most common use of compound clips for that reason. Want to learn more about using compound clips in FCPX? Check out a few of the following links:Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Compound Clips for MusicCreating Compound Clips in FCPXFinal Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Using Compound ClipsHave any tips for working with compound clips in FCPX? Share in the comments below.
A total of seven Maoists, including two women, have been killed in two separate encounters in Odisha’s Kandhamal and Balangir districts since Saturday night.Security forces found another body on Monday morning, after they had recovered four bodies following an exchange of fire with Communist Party of India-Maoist cadres in the Sudurukumpa forest of the Kandhamal district on Sunday afternoon.The gun battle comes a day after two left-wing extremists — divisional committee member Sanjeeb who was carrying a reward on ₹5 lakh on his head, and Rakesh, an area committee member carrying a reward of ₹4 lakh — were killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces on Saturday.Special Operations Group, an anti-Maoist force, and District Voluntary Force launched an operation following a tip-off about a possible meeting of Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres at Godanki village in Sudurukumpa forest.Two women among deadKandhamal Superintendent of Police Prateek Singh said two woman Maoists were among the five killed in the exchange of fire. Five guns, including an AK-47 and two INSAS rifles, were recovered from the spot. The names of the deceased had not been revealed till Monday evening.In the wake of the two encounters, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday and reviewed the security situation in the State, an official said. During the telephonic conversation, the Chief Minister briefed the Home Minister on the steps taken by the State government to deal with the Maoists, the official said. Mr. Singh also spoke to Odisha Director General of Police Rajendra Prasad Sharma and appreciated the successful operations against the Maoists.(With PTI inputs)
In his 26 years, there’s been hardly a few times that Javaid Ahmad Dar has picked up the willow. Despite his interest in the game, he was not such a good cricketer and his appearances in neighbourhood matches were also limited.Thus it came as a great surprise when a cheque worth Rs. 1.68 lakh was sent to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and delivered right at his doorstep in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on May 7.The cheque(serial number 128902) was sent from the office of Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the BCCI. Dar, a police officer, was on duty when the cheque arrived. His family called him up to tell him the unexpected news.By the time Dar reached home, his family had already deposited the cheque in his account.”I have an interest in cricket but I am not so great a player that the BCCI would send me a cheque. I was not even a great gully cricketer. So I was surprised when I got a call from home saying I had received a cheque from the BCCI,” Dar said.Back home, when Dar heard that the cheque had already been deposited in his account, he went to his bank and inquired about it, having realised someone had made a mistake.The bank told him that the amount had already been credited to his account and in case he wanted to return it, he would have to get in touch with the BCCI officials.advertisementWhile Rs. 1.68 lakh is not much for the richest sports body in the country, the amount was huge for Dar. Any other person would have perhaps been tempted to keep the money, but Dar doesn’t belong to that group.The honest police officer got in touch with the BCCI officials and informed them about the goofup they had committed.The BCCI officials admitted to the error and said the cheque was meant for one Javaid Mir, a resident of Soura, Srinagar, but had mistakenly gone to Dar. They asked Dar whether he could transfer the amount to Mir, if he was given the bank account details.”They told me the cheque was meant for someone who is a resident of Soura in Srinagar and asked me to transfer the amount to his bank account,” Dar said.However, he said he would rather send the money back to the BCCI, to which the officials agreed and told him that whatever charges he incurred in the process would be returned to him.Dar then got a demand draft of Rs. 1.68 lakh made and couriered it to the BCCI office in Mumbai, having spent Rs. 3,600 from his own pocket, which he hopes the BCCI would return to him.