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29 Jun 20:19

Red Giant Universe v2.0-P2P

by TheInsertus

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Here is a new version of “Red Giant Universe”. Enjoy! ;)

Description: Red Giant updated its Universe collection of GPU-accelerated editing and motion-graphics plug-ins to v2.0 today. The new releases emphasizes motion-graphics elements, including sets of heads-up display elements, a new way to animate straight or bezier-curved lines between elements on a screen, a set of Logo Motion effects for animating logos into and out of the frame, and a new Color Stripe transition.

  • Stylize Your Footage

Give your footage authentic retro and modern day looks using tools like VHS, Retrograde Carousel, Glitch, Holomatrix II, and more.

  • Motion Graphics

Create beautiful looping backgrounds and motion graphics elements with tools like HUD components, Line, Knoll Light Factory EZ, Fractal Background, and more.

  • Transitions and Effects

Build fast, unique transitions with little or no work. Add glows and other effects that give you better results and more shortcuts, options and control than anything in your host app.

Universe 2.0 includes over 60 tools that run in:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Sony Vegas
  • Hitfilm
  • Davinci Resolve

The Universe 2.0 update includes 4 new tools and 29 updated effects and transitions. More than 20 of the tools include a brand new user experience that makes it easy to preview and apply effects, while many effects have received new features.

With a focus on Motion Graphics, some of the new tools and updates include:

  • HUD Components: Instantly create Heads-Up Display elements for use in motion graphics; this tool is packed with tons of presets, element shapes and behaviors for creating a variety of HUD effects.
  • Line: Easily generate a line between two points to simulate flight paths, travel indicators on a map, and a variety of additional motion graphics; draw it as a curving bezier path or a straight line, change the color and style of the line, as well as the start and end points and how they animate over time.
  • Logo Motion: Instantly make logos and text more interesting and dynamic by animating imagery on and off the screen with a hinge style swing, slide on, or a slightly eased in and out “pop.”
  • Color Stripe: Create a transition that uses layered blocks of color wiping across the screen to reveal a second layer.


  • We have also updated the user experience on 22 of our tools, with a new visual preset browser. Now, in Universe 2.0, you can see an animated preview of the effect and apply it by clicking on the image of the preset you want to use.

OTHER UPDATES – Along with the new user experience, 18 Red Giant Universe tools have been updated with additional new features, including:

  • Holomatrix II, which now includes new distortion effects based on holographic imagery from films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
  • Camera Shake, which has been redesigned and enhanced to make it simple to quickly achieve a variety of realistic camera shakes with little to no effort – great for enhancing action sequences, and for simulating various camera setups and scenarios – such as filming with a car mount, on a boat, and even in an earthquake.
  • Unmult, which now offers additional controls to help users precisely remove black backgrounds from footage and create an alpha channel, a useful tool for compositing footage of fire, smoke, water and more.

Release Name: Red Giant Universe v2.0-P2P
Size: 806 MB
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17 Jan 17:45

Jeffrey Tayler dissects Marco Rubio

by whyevolutionistrue

Jeff Tayler’s been publishing his Sunday Secular Sermons every week in Salon, but I’ve missed a couple. Catching up, I found a good one today, “Marco Rubio’s real disqualification: New video outlines bizarre religious faith—and he wants to govern by it.” It turns out that Rubio has just issued a bizarre campaign video. . .  but I’ll let Tayler handle it:

He has just put out a television campaign ad entitled “Marco Rubio on His Christian Faith.”

As a pianist taps out a somniferously bland tune that would befit an ad for a last-rites parlor, Rubio, seated against a dark backdrop, explains the delicate balance he strives to achieve in melding his faith and career as a lawmaker, as well as offering detailed, faith-inspired plans for governing the United States in a time of international turmoil and domestic discontent.

No, wait! He leaves out the plans and turmoil abroad and the discontent at home. He uses his campaign ad to talk only about religion. Aren’t campaign ads supposed to at least have something to do with politics?

Anyway, let’s dissect Rubio’s message line by line.

And then Tayler does, but I’ll refer you to the Salon article for the bloody dissection. But first watch the video below, which, even among faith-osculating Republicans, is a travesty for a political ad. It’s only thirty seconds long, but it’s not only packed with Jesus-osculation, but adds Rubio’s assertion that he’ll govern according to Christian principles (“I try to allow that to influence me in everything I do”). And remember, this isn’t an ad for a church: it’s a political ad to run on television.

Jefferson is spinning in his grave!

I once thought Rubio was a likely candidate for the GOP nomination, but he’s fallen far behind, with Cruz and Trump, equally odious, now leading the pack. I still predict that Trump will be gone by the fall. At any rate, after his parsing of Rubio’s speech, Tayler reaches his conclusion:

The crushing banality, the overwhelming unoriginality of everything Rubio says in his commercial evokes something akin to astonishment. Absolutely any convinced Christ-worshipper could have uttered the exact same words, which are nothing but boilerplate pulpiteer’s patter. That Rubio chose to speak thus before the camera shows just how abysmally low the expectations of the faith-addled are: proffer mind-deadening insipidities and sit back and await the hosannas and hallelujahs that are sure to issue from the segment of the public that will not think for itself, but has to be told fairy tales to feel comfortable about voting for a candidate.

. . . You have, Senator, a constitutional right to profess belief in whatever you want. But you have no right to do so unchallenged by those tasked with ferreting out the truth and conveying it to the public. Unfortunately, though, you can broadcast such views throughout the land with little fear of being called out by journalists, who will shy away from religion as too sensitive and personal a topic.

Given that Republicans are making Christianity and faith a major issue in their campaigns, and saying they’ll govern in a Christian way, which violates the First Amendment, it’s no longer useful nor judicious to avoid questioning their faith. The questions rhetorically posed to Rubio by Tayler should be physically posed to Rubio by reporters. It’s time for the press to stop showing undeserved respect for unevidenced faith.

13 Jul 18:41

Consumers should seek a variety of fiber sources to get the maximum health benefits

Consumers who get fiber from many sources -- both naturally occurring and added in manufacturing -- may benefit more than people who limit their intake to a single type, according to an expert.
10 May 10:23

cynique: popculturebrain: Leading Men Age, Leading Women...

by cute-gurls-club
Courtney shared this story from The Babe Brigade:
Good concept, lousy data viz.



Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture

There are more charts if you click through.

I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.

24 Nov 18:37

Our god vs. theirs

by whyevolutionistrue

A New Yorker cartoon tw**ted by Massimo Pigliucci. Remind you of a certain Monty Python skit?

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10 Sep 04:34

(More than!) Five Cool Things We Could See if the Okeanos Went Back to Indonesia

by ChrisM

So, over the weekend, the livestream of Okeanos Explorer briefly mentioned and entertained the idea that they might head back to Indonesia for a revisitation of their inaugural expedition from 2010! (The INDEX-SATAL Mission). (I think someone mentioned the ambassador was on ship?)

That expedition was, of course, 4 years ago and the program had just begun. Updates were not as forthcoming. But an opportunity to RETURN to Indonesia? With the benefit of hindsight, experience and further preparation?? That would be awesome!

That area is known as home to probably one of the MOST diverse marine faunas of anywhere in the world.  And although there's a lot known from shallow and deep habitats, the deep sea areas (below 200 m) in the Indonesian area will likely make all the stuff R/V Okeanos Explorer and E/V Nautilus have been observing in the Atlantic look like a goldfish bowl by comparison! 

A LOT of the species in this area are likely undescribed. A veritable gold mine of biodiversity to be studied! Some of these taxa have no Atlantic members. (It would be even better if these were enhanced by collections of course!)

Here's some highlights that I would love to see again!  

1. The Sea Cucumbers
I don't think I've seen ALL the pics but the ones I have were brilliant. This red elasiopod would be something I think everyone should see again... 
Okeanos from expl2168

The oddball swimming sea cucumber with the big lobe: the appropriately named Psychropotes
From Okeanos expl5494
and this gorgeous swimming Enypniastes? Or something similar to it.. But wow! Transparent body! You can literally SEE the sediment filled intestine THROUGH the body wall!
from Okeanos expl5475
2. The Hydrothermal Vents
When people talk about hydrothermal vents, there's 2 or 3 places that register as the most iconic spots.. the Mid-Atlantic and the East Pacific Rise.  There's others but one vent site that no one really talks about much?  The ones surveyed by Okeanos in Indonesia! 

These are the hydrothermal vents found on the undersea volcano Kawio Barat (West Kawio) 
from Okeanos expl2184
Amazingly gorgeous spires created by hydrothermal activity. 0.5 to 1 meter tall active and inactive spires on the summit of the Kawio Barat submarine volcano. Spires observed at 1849 meters depth. 
From Okeanos expl2188
Further venting through some of these chimneys gives us these amazing structures covered by barnacles! 
from Okeanos expl 2195
What's that? you want to see those barnacles more close up? here ya' go...
fr. Okeanos expl 2196

3. The Insane Stalked Crinoid Diversity
One of the very interesting animals noted in the expedition pictures notes was the incredible diversity of stalked crinoids which were observed.. I've only shown two of them below..but the gallery shows many different types of stalked crinoids.. to say nothing of the feather stars (aka unstalked crinoids)

This red one, as identified by Dr. Marc Eleaume in Paris is likely Proisocrinus ruberrimus 
From Okeanos expl5403
 And an likely unidentified member of the Hyocrinidae...                                     

4. Bizarre and wonderous Deep Sea Sponges (Hexactinellid or Glass Sponges? I think)
A wonderous cladorhizid carnivorous sponge from about 1000 m! 
from Okeanos expl5560
A bizarre sponge with unusual body morphology
from Okeanos expl 5599
5. And the underappreciated Slit Shell Snails (Pleurotamariidae)! 
I'm honestly not sure how many people recognized a majority of the animals observed on the 2010 dive but some of the shots from the NOAA Photo Library showed some awesome images of that most treasured of marine snails: The Slit Shelled Snail (family Pleurotamariidae).       

These snails have always held a certain appeal to shell collectors. The shells are known from the fossil record and have a distinct slotted opening near the shell's opening. They are one of the largest marine snails observed in deep-sea settings..
from Okeanos expl5650
 The images place the slit-shell moving into this gorgeous field of corals..                                  
From Okeanos expl 5648
Some of these snails are predators on echinoderms, such as sea stars and possibly serpent stars (ophiuroids). So, conceivably this one is about to feed...
From Okeanos expl5646
PLUS! those Hermit Crabs with shells replaced by sea 
fr. Okeanos 5671
fr. Okeanos 5672
ONE More GREAT thing?? In situ observations of WOOD FALL COMMUNITIES!  These are some of the weirdest, rarest of deep-sea habitats as written by Craig McClain at Deep-sea news as he's documented here and here.  What are they? Deep-sea communities based entirely on wood from the surface that have fallen to the deeps!!

Some of these species are known ONLY from wood substrates!

But how often do you get to see an established wood fall community??  Here's what looks like those wood-eating urchins I wrote about a few years ago...
Okeanos expl 5968
and here's a close up of some more urchins and polychaetes
from Okeanos expl 5972

and yeah, there was a LOT more...

So, Okeanos Decision Committee?? LET'S GO BACK TO INDONESIA!!! 
03 Feb 15:20


31 Jan 09:00

scienceyoucanlove: Silent but Deadly by Richard Wheeler,...

by ushishir


Silent but Deadly

by Richard Wheeler, University of Oxford

A stylized representation of Trypanosoma brucei, which causes African sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle, is shown in the bloodstream.

Image: 3D rendered image created in Blender based on scanning and transmission electron micrographs.

through Cell

04 Feb 16:00

Dream Girls of Ikenaga Yasunari   [池永康晟], (1965,Japan) Using...

Dream Girls of Ikenaga Yasunari   [池永康晟], (1965,Japan)

Using the simplicity of indian ink and linen canvas Ikenaga Yasunari has captured a simple serenity in the the faces of his female portraits.This calm sensuality is highlighted by the richness of their surroundings. Yasunari’s Japanese heritage has inspired a style of painting which is characteristic in his work. This ancient technique of Nihonga is a traditional Japanese artform using a Menso brush and ink. With this Yasunari has successfully captured an essence of the past with a pallet of muted tones , but  has injecting a modern twist to each piece with his use of pattern and cloth.

05 Feb 16:57

Alexandra Khitrova

15 Feb 22:12

The many shades of twilight by photographer Alex Noriega

The many shades of twilight by photographer Alex Noriega

03 Oct 17:26

azertip: Peleng art