Editorial photography – Maxkol http://maxkol.org/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:55:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://maxkol.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-30T235614.367-150x150.png Editorial photography – Maxkol http://maxkol.org/ 32 32 EDITORIAL: Becoming an Authentic Community, Part Five https://maxkol.org/editorial-becoming-an-authentic-community-part-five/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:55:53 +0000 https://maxkol.org/editorial-becoming-an-authentic-community-part-five/ Read the first part I had come across the 14-point list evoking our Town Hall’s dearest wishes for the year 2040, in the daily post December 2019 archive. A few months before the arrival of the pandemic. Here is that list again, as assembled at the City Council’s Summer 2019 Planning Retreat. Convenient bypass to […]]]>

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I had come across the 14-point list evoking our Town Hall’s dearest wishes for the year 2040, in the daily post December 2019 archive.

A few months before the arrival of the pandemic.

Here is that list again, as assembled at the City Council’s Summer 2019 Planning Retreat.

  • Convenient bypass to downtown within walking distance.
  • Well-connected trail network and sidewalk system leading to a multi-use park facility at Yamaguchi South.
  • Pagosa Springs continues to be a refreshing, authentic, and wholesome little mountain town.
  • Residents walking through the neighborhoods on the sidewalks – Smile!
  • Businesses and homes that attract and support a wide range of people.
  • A thriving economy (not just based on tourism).
  • Fewer cars on Main Street (due to a new parking garage).
  • Well-maintained and connected neighborhoods where people of diverse backgrounds and incomes live together.
  • Open spaces and preserved parks – Natural river crossing the city (not enclosed in concrete).
  • The streets, sidewalks, trails and parks are modern, clean and welcoming.
  • A diverse age stratum of locals.
  • Active and well-functioning local citizen government: Diverse board and long-serving staff.
  • Infill development has reduced the number of vacant lots (infill versus greenfield).
  • A large community recreation center.

You can download the Goals and objectives 2019-2020 here. The 20-year vision is on the last two pages of this document.

This list resulted from a question posed by host Yvonne Wilcox – basically, “What would you like to see Pagosa become 20 years in the future?” — and it probably took the Board and staff somewhat by surprise; the answers, presented above, are not the result of vigorous discussion or hours of careful research and scrutiny. But this represents some spontaneous ideas of the people in charge of our municipal government, before the pandemic.

Does it represent a vision of an “authentic community”?

We have juxtaposed some comparison in the previous daily post editorials, considering what kind of community we are creating here among the San Juan Mountains… looking for similarities and differences.

Pagosa Springs versus Disneyland.

Pagosa Springs, being a place where we want an authentic community one day.

Disneyland, which was never intended as a genuine community, and can never be anything other than a genuine theme park.

In the photo above we see Main Street USA, essentially a completely fake version of a quintessential small American town, circa 1910. In the distance we see the iconic castle – the spectacular residence of the King and Queen, which also serves as the entrance to Fantasyland.

If we were to compare what is happening in this photograph of Main Street USA, with the vision of the future assembled by the Pagosa Springs City Council in 2019, we can find some interesting comparisons.

Here are some items from the City Council’s “Our vision of what we want Pagosa to look like in 2040” list, which can also be used to describe Main Street USA at Disneyland:

  • Convenient bypass to downtown within walking distance.
  • Well-connected trail network and sidewalk system…
  • [People] Walk the neighborhoods on the sidewalks – smile!
  • Fewer cars on the main street…
  • Green spaces and preserved parks…
  • The streets, sidewalks, trails and parks are modern, clean and welcoming.
  • A diverse age stratum…
  • A large community recreation center.

I included “A large community recreation center” because, in a sense, Disneyland is essentially that. A very large community recreation center (outside).

We don’t currently have a “large community recreation center” in Pagosa Springs (although there is a smaller, private one serving PLPOA properties.) But like Disneyland, Pagosa Springs itself could be described as a large community recreation center (outside).

Here are the parts of the city council’s 20-year vision that might one day work for Pagosa, but will never work for Disneyland.

  • Pagosa Springs continues to be a refreshing, authentic, and wholesome little mountain town.
  • Businesses and homes that attract and support a wide range of people.
  • A thriving economy (not just based on tourism).
  • Well-maintained and connected neighborhoods where people of diverse backgrounds and incomes live together.
  • Active and well-functioning local citizen government: Diverse board and long-serving staff.
  • Infill development has reduced the number of vacant lots (infill versus greenfield).

I didn’t include “Natural river running through town (not encased in concrete)” in the items that might apply to Pagosa Springs, because our river running through downtown hasn’t been “natural” for many years. years now. The city government has spent millions of dollars turning the downtown river into a “natural theme park” featuring walking paths, pedestrian bridges, man-made improvements for fishing and boating, points viewpoints, plastic domed greenhouses and, of course, our own modest version of Fantasyland. Chateau.

Main Street USA will no doubt remain a “modern, clean and welcoming” faux city, with pedestrianized and car-free streets and sidewalks, where tourists stroll through the neighborhoods smiling. But the “economy” will always be based solely on tourism. No one will ever live in Disneyland. Employees will still live elsewhere and commute to work.

Other than the people sweeping the sidewalks and manning the fake window displays, the people walking through Main Street USA will always be tourists.

Main Street USA is a fine example of an authentic theme park town. It was designed to be just that, and that’s how it works. There will never be real neighborhoods or real homes where people of diverse backgrounds and incomes live together.

Pagosa Springs, meanwhile, has invested millions of dollars to make itself more and more like Disneyland, and less and less like a refreshingly authentic town.

How did it happen? And why?

I have my own theory on this. And, of course, the reasons why an authentic community would turn into a tourism-based theme park are complicated. They have a lot to do with the very human quest for “wealth” and “status” as primary goals in life, and seeing “community” as relatively unimportant.

But… is this the direction we want to continue to follow?

Read part six, tomorrow…

Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson began to share his opinions in the Pagosa Daily Post in 2004 and cannot break this habit. He says that in Pagosa Springs, notices are like vans: everyone has one.

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UCR ARTS receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts https://maxkol.org/ucr-arts-receives-a-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:50:57 +0000 https://maxkol.org/ucr-arts-receives-a-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/ UCR ARTS has received an approved $ 50,000 Art Project Grant to support “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” an upcoming exhibition showcasing the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez. This is one of 1,248 projects across the United States totaling over $ 28.8 million selected to receive this first round of FY2022 funding under the […]]]>

UCR ARTS has received an approved $ 50,000 Art Project Grant to support “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” an upcoming exhibition showcasing the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez.

This is one of 1,248 projects across the United States totaling over $ 28.8 million selected to receive this first round of FY2022 funding under the Artistic Project Grants category. The recipients were announced by the National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, on January 11.

In his work, Fernandez often captures scenes from Mexican-American life, work, gender, migration, and identity. His photography also carries social and political connotations. The exhibition will cover more than three decades of the artist’s practice. “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures” is curated by UCR ARTS and curated by Joanna Szupinska, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS. It will be on display at the California Museum of Photography from September 10, 2022 to February 20. 5, 2023.

Christina Fernandez, “Lavanderia # 1”, 2002, from the Lavanderia series. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.

“Christina’s work is deeply influenced by postmodernism in art and her political training in the Chicano movement,” said Szupinska, who works with curator and editorial advisor Chon Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television and digital media at UCLA. “The exhibition examines how these forces come together in his practice. This NEA award is a wonderful print for the exhibition. Christina’s work so deserves this recognition, and the award will go a long way towards the success of our exhibition and publication.

Christine Fernandez, "Self-portrait," 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Christina Fernandez, “Self-portrait”, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the first monograph devoted to the work of Fernandez. Featuring six essays by art historians and scholars in Latin Studies, as well as an in-depth interview with the artist, the book will trace the evolution of Fernandez’s work over the past three decades. This profusely illustrated volume will be co-published by the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS and the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA in fall 2022.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support art projects like this one from UCR ARTS that help support the creative economy of the community,” said NEA Interim President Ann Eilers. “UCR ARTS is one of the nationwide arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and provide access and an opportunity for people to connect and find joy in through the arts. “

“We are honored that another of our original curatorial projects is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Sheila Bergman, Director of UCR ARTS.

Joanna Szupinska (UCR)
Joanna Szupinska (UCR)

“Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures” will present several major corpora of the artist’s work, including “María’s Great Expedition” (1995-96) and “Lavanderia” (2002), as well as projects which will become more known as “Untitled Multiple Exposures ”(1999) and“ Sereno ”(2006-10). Following its presentation at the California Museum of Photography, the exhibition will travel to the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey; the San José Museum of Art in California; and the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

“Christina’s photography has been well known throughout her career, especially through her inclusion in major group shows such as ‘Phantom Sightings’ by LACMA and ‘Our America’ by the Smithsonian,” Szupinska said. “However, his work has not yet been the subject of a topic. of a great personal exhibition. I am honored that she has agreed to embark on the organization of this investigation together for the California Museum of Photography. ”

Find more information about UCR ARTS at ucrarts.ucr.edu.

Christine Fernandez, "American trailer," 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.
Christina Fernandez, “American Trailer”, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist and Luisotti Gallery, Los Angeles.
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Editorial: Dawe’s sentence raises questions; let’s look for specific answers https://maxkol.org/editorial-dawes-sentence-raises-questions-lets-look-for-specific-answers/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 06:50:00 +0000 https://maxkol.org/editorial-dawes-sentence-raises-questions-lets-look-for-specific-answers/ John Dawe’s conviction last week for child pornography and engaging in sex with a teenager has left many in the community wondering if justice has really been served. This left some people in this newsroom – people with a better than average understanding of the courts and the criminal justice system – wondering if justice […]]]>

John Dawe’s conviction last week for child pornography and engaging in sex with a teenager has left many in the community wondering if justice has really been served. This left some people in this newsroom – people with a better than average understanding of the courts and the criminal justice system – wondering if justice had really been served.

Our commentators, as they so often do, have gone to extremes. They have torn apart the judge and the justice. They made unsubstantiated claims that Dawe received preferential treatment. They suggested that real justice would be served by horrific methods of execution. Such lopsided comments make us grateful that we remain a country ruled by the rule of law and not by the rule of the bloodthirsty mob.

Yet a troubling question remained: When other defendants are arrested and sent to state prison for soliciting sex with undercover cops posing as teenagers, but never touching anyone, how come That Dawe could engage in sex acts with a living, breathing teenage boy and facing the prospect of being released from county jail in a few weeks, thanks to time spent in jail? It seemed light, especially since Dawe had a criminal background.

We asked longtime court reporter Ed Lewis, who covered the conviction, to follow up. His story appears on the front page of today’s edition. Lewis’s report revealed that while Dawe’s sentence was within the standard range, some members of the criminal justice system also expressed surprise. Her story also points out that the punishment was the result of several factors, some of which helped lessen the punishment Dawe suffered.

Judges can’t comment on cases, so obviously we couldn’t go back to Lucerne County President Judge Michael T. Vough and ask him why he sentenced Dawe the way he did. His remarks during the hearing are quoted in the article. We would be quick to note that Lewis and others in our newsroom are very familiar with Justice Vough and his work. We have observed him tough but fair, cautious in his deliberations and clear in his explanations, and mindful of the need to balance the rights of victims, protection of the community and the imposition of appropriate penalties in his application of the law. .

Lewis has reviewed the court records of 11 men convicted of soliciting minors for sexual purposes. He found no pattern of disparity: six were sentenced to state prison while the sentences for five men were designed to allow them to stay in the county correctional facility. Everyone was required to register as a sex offender, as required by state law. Each sentence reflected the distinct factors in each case.

Lewis also spoke with three defense attorneys who practice in the county, who admitted to being taken aback by what they thought was a light sentence for Dawe. We’ve extended anonymity to them for the story as they frequently appear in front of Vough. However, they were balanced in their remarks, explaining that the length of a sentence depends on the classification of the charge to which an accused has pleaded guilty, acceptance of responsibility, openness to rehabilitation and counseling, and the accused’s criminal history.

As Vough noted, Dawe had a history of community service and had attended six weeks of treatment at a sex offender treatment center.

“This individual has shown extraordinary acceptance of his responsibilities,” said Dawe’s attorney, Jonathan Blum, asking for a sentence that would allow him to remain in the county correctional facility.

“But you still have to be punished,” Vough said of the sentence to keep Dawe in the county jail.

There was another potentially important mitigating factor in Dawe’s case, and it was one over which the judge had no control. District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told Lewis he was surprised Dawe had not been considered a violent sexual predator by the state’s Sex Offender Assessment Board, given that he had solicited genital photos of what he believed to be a 15-year-old boy and had in fact engaged in sexual activity with a 16-year-old boy. If Dawe had been viewed as a predator, Sanguedolce believes Vough would have imposed a harsher sentence.

The question of who and how is considered a violent sexual predator is a question that we plan to examine in more detail soon, and we have not been able to fully explore this question for today’s story. ‘hui.

To the community: From what we learned and observed, Vough’s decision was within reach, no matter how we as individuals felt about it.

If we are to see tougher sentences imposed in such cases, we must discuss them with lawmakers in Harrisburg.

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EDITORIAL: Time to call Schumer’s systematic filibuster bluff https://maxkol.org/editorial-time-to-call-schumers-systematic-filibuster-bluff/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:22:32 +0000 https://maxkol.org/editorial-time-to-call-schumers-systematic-filibuster-bluff/ OPINION: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left the choice to his fellow Republicans on Monday. Either drop their opposition to so-called voting rights legislation that needs 60 votes to pass by January 17, or he will take the necessary steps to kill the filibuster forever. The GOP should follow its bluff. The legislation Mr. Schumer […]]]>

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left the choice to his fellow Republicans on Monday. Either drop their opposition to so-called voting rights legislation that needs 60 votes to pass by January 17, or he will take the necessary steps to kill the filibuster forever.

The GOP should follow its bluff. The legislation Mr. Schumer is trying to push through the Senate would make the American election less secure. This would federalize national and local elections and make it more difficult to put in place safeguards against electoral fraud. In the view of many who oppose it, it would give Democrats a distinct systemic advantage in future elections.

It’s certainly a pass, but one the New York Democrat and his colleagues need to get if they are to stay competitive in states that aren’t definitely blue. No one has come up with a good reason why voters shouldn’t have to prove themselves to be who they say they are when they vote. It doesn’t make sense that someone would be required to show photo ID before entering the United States Capitol to meet with Mr. Schumer, but not before voting for him.

If Mr Schumer gets what he wants, it will open the floodgates to a multitude of bad laws and destroy one of the few remaining protections preventing the interests of small states from being overrun by the concerns and desires of the big ones.

All the talk now about filibustering focuses on how it creates the need for 60 senators to vote in the affirmative to pass a bill. But it is also a tool that allows a single senator to stop the progress of a bill. See it as a procedural manifestation of the founders’ essential compromise that led states to be seen as equal, regardless of size or population, in the upper house of Congress.

Sadly, 20th century Southern Democrats used it effectively to prevent black Americans from claiming their share of the American dream. But its misuse by racist Democratic demagogues to prevent people of their skin color from exercising their economic and political rights doesn’t make it inherently bad.

Mr. Schumer should be allowed to try and kill the filibuster if he wants to. But he will have to convince small state senators like Jon Tester of Montana, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and others, to go with him. Make no mistake: it will be a vote that traps Democrats in small states between the interests of their constituents at home and the progressives who lead the National Democratic Party. Who knows what they will do when the time comes?

Even if Mr. Schumer gets what he wants, there is always a silver lining. At the next Congress, Mitch McConnell and the new Republican majority will be able to pass everything in the Senate through the Democrats blocked by systematic obstruction, starting with the repeal of Obamacare. Then they can repeal the bills that Mr. Schumer intends to pass by the next election. And then when they’re done, they can put the filibuster back in place to make sure nothing like this happens again.


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Expectations 2022: For a more inclusive, sustainable and creative technology https://maxkol.org/expectations-2022-for-a-more-inclusive-sustainable-and-creative-technology/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:00:01 +0000 https://maxkol.org/expectations-2022-for-a-more-inclusive-sustainable-and-creative-technology/ However, the schedule has changed and now we have a chance to make a fresh start. Today marks the start of a new cycle, full of expectations and hopes. And as tech experts and enthusiasts, our team has created a list of what we want to see in tech in 2022. The idea is not […]]]>

However, the schedule has changed and now we have a chance to make a fresh start. Today marks the start of a new cycle, full of expectations and hopes. And as tech experts and enthusiasts, our team has created a list of what we want to see in tech in 2022. The idea is not to predict the future, but to lay out our prospects for the future. ‘a more inclusive, sustainable and creative technological market.

After talking to each of the people who are part of NextPitthe multicultural editorial team of, I share below what we hope to see happen in our industry in 2022.

# 1. The end of the flea shortage

Let’s talk about consumption! The law of supply and demand is what determines the final price of technology products, and we are living that in 2021. With the shortage of hardware parts, companies like Apple have been given priority over less relevant companies. , but even so, they were forced to decrease production of the new iPhone 13.

Consoles like Play Station 5 and Xbox Series X / S are no longer on the market and those who were able to buy are reselling the products at a much higher price. Nvidia also saw its GPUs reach the highest market value due to this hardware limitation in 2021. As a good gamer, the end of the chip shortage was high on the expectation list for 2022 for my colleague Zois Bekios. Zannikos.

However, it is not only access to products that is a relevant factor here, but the growing technological gap between developed and developing countries, as well as between the dominant social classes in these societies. And this shortage of chips is still a consequence of the first waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

So, if my colleague Carsten Drees is to see Apple release and sell Apple Glass augmented reality glasses in 2022, it is important that the shortage of hardware parts in the market ends this year.

# 2. New technologies are democratizing

Front cameras under the screen of all phones; good quality lenses on the main camera of mid-range smartphones; foldable smartphones at more affordable prices; big Android updates and security updates bubble-piercing flagship products. In short, the democratization of these new technologies is the bet of my colleagues Florian Philon, Antoine Engels and Carsten Drees for 2022.

The last year has been marked as the year when foldable smartphones have become real purchasing options. However, they are still sold at high prices and do not offer updated hardware specifications very often. With the launch of the new Oppo Find N and teasers for the Honor Magic V in late 2021, the industry seems to have finally embraced flex-screen phones.

Will foldable smartphones be more affordable in 2022? We hope! / © NextPit

Now, expectations are on Google and the rumored Foldable Pixel, as well as the next-gen Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold line. And in the opinion of our junior editor Florian, Xiaomi could be the one who will popularize this category of mobile phones. Do you agree?

# 3. A drastic shift towards sustainability

While we don’t always tackle sustainability issues or criticize the green rhetoric of tech companies, our staff meetings are often heated when the topic is sustainability. Because we deal with consumer products on a daily basis, our team is constantly faced with issues such as the best available technology, the best value for money, scheduled obsolescence and long-term maintenance of a device.

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Can Fairphone devices become the hot new phones? / © NextPit

However, as my colleague Benjamin Lucks rightly pointed out, “phones can no longer be super cheap and unrepairable”. Access to technology needs to be democratized and is one of the things we want to see spread in 2022, but we also need to be aware of the impact of so-called fast technology on the environment.

We hope that more companies will offer the right to repair their products and, of course, that there are options beyond high-end cellphones. In the future, we will have to change our focus when it comes to tech, because faster, better, sexier can no longer be the only definition of big tech. What if we started this process now, in 2022?

# 4. Less buggy and segmented products

It is through experience that technology evolves. One of our big expectations, therefore, is to deliver consistent products with less compromised software experiences and, of course, long-term support. In 2021, we saw too many OS update errors, which not only compromised the mobile experience, but also opened up critical data breaches.

Another expectation of our team is to see a more conventional standardization of product naming and perhaps less rebranding of mobile phones. My colleague Rubens Eishima understands the need and importance of offering segmented and regionalised products, but believes that the industry is losing control and that a naming policy review should take place in 2022.

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Software updates need to be more consistent in 2022 / © TY Lim / Shutterstock.com

# 5. Industry must meet deadlines

Between 2020 and 2021, we have seen major events come and go. The events industry has yet to figure out how to handle the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and this is ultimately affecting new product launches.

One of my colleague Dustin Porth’s big wishes is to see Gamescom happen again and tech companies can meet their deadlines again. Big tech shows like CES, MWC, and IFA have struggled for three years to find a hybrid way to keep events going, but nothing has solidified during that time.

In this sense, unfortunately, the year begins with another frustrated edition of CES in Las Vegas. The organization of the show bet on an event in person but saw the number of companies canceling their participation increase as the start of the show neared. In this sense, we want the industry to obtain all the launches planned for the beginning of 2022.

# 6. Better solutions to overtake Covid thanks to technology

It’s 2022 and SpaceX has already scheduled private space flights for January, but we still haven’t come to a consensus on how to use existing technology in our gadgets to turn this pandemic into endemic. In this regard, my colleague Stefan Moellenhoff hopes that we can use the technological resources available as a means of overcoming pandemics.

In 2020, tracking services that use solutions like GPS and Bluetooth have been used to identify risky interactions, but have yet to be adopted by most people. In addition, most wearable devices can already measure resting heart rate, skin temperature, sleep patterns and could therefore help in the early detection of epidemics.

These and other solutions for using anonymized data have been around since 2017, as we show in the interview below with Withings founder and – at the time – Nokia Health CEO Cedric Hutchings. However, perhaps the lack of information and / or transparency in the handling of this data ends up limiting the use of such technologies. So our expectation is that by 2022 we can find more creative solutions to contain COVID-19 using the technology available in our gadgets.

#seven. The evolution of digital photography

Last year we saw Apple launch Cinematic Mode for the iPhone 13 series, Google bet on computer photography for images and videos in the new Pixel 6, Xiaomi bring Cinemagic, and Samsung open up even more possibilities for the Galaxy S21 Ultra camera after launch. Samsung Laboratories.

And while computer photography still sounds like a buzzword, we expect this technology to evolve in 2022. Our photography and video expert Stefan Moellenhoff believes the driving force will be the computing power of cellphones. , allowing us not only to merge multiple shots from a single camera, but from multiple cameras.

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Apple and Google to boost computer photography with the development of chips with superior computing power / © NextPit

Although the camera sensors found in today’s smartphones have increased in size, physics is and always will be a limiting factor in these devices. Thus, the ever smaller depth of field will be a problem for the computer photography algorithms that process the images.

Leaving aside alternatives such as focus stacking or light-field cameras, the Nokia 9 Pureview has already shown us a solution to this dilemma in early 2019 which ultimately suffered greatly from unfinished algorithms and a lack of computing power. : the matrixes of sensors.

However, after three years and continuous developments in the field – notably observed in the second half of 2021 – we believe that 2022 will be marked by the leap forward in digital photography.

# 8. More privacy awareness

In 2021, we had a big debate over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy which, if accepted, would give the messenger permission to share user data with Facebook and partner companies.

We’ve also seen Apple make a bold choice when it comes to privacy and introduce the transparency feature of app tracking with iOS 14.5. Since then, iOS app developers have been required to request permission to track our activities on other companies’ apps and websites.

With Android 12, Google has also increased the level of transparency of the operating system by offering features such as Privacy Dashboard and Android Private Compute Core.

What these three cases have in common is that they help raise awareness of the importance and sensitivity of data generated on the Internet. As the last year was also marked by the rise of NSO Group’s spyware Pegasus, my big expectation for 2022 is in actions to generate even more debate around the topic of privacy and data security.

Conclusion

As I said at the beginning of the article, this list is not the result of a futuristic analysis and does not intend to predict what 2022 has in store for us. Our intention is to generate a debate on more democratic, sustainable and creative technology.

It’s still too early to say if our ideas are tangible, but hopefully by the end of this year, we can come back to this article and realize that we have evolved in one way or another. And you:

What are your expectations for 2022? Share your thoughts with our community in the comments below.



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Thank you Dana Cardin and Donna Smith for decades of service https://maxkol.org/thank-you-dana-cardin-and-donna-smith-for-decades-of-service/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 23:58:00 +0000 https://maxkol.org/thank-you-dana-cardin-and-donna-smith-for-decades-of-service/ That’s the editorial, the end of 2021 marks the end of an era where two of our esteemed journalists are retiring. Deputy Director of Information Dana Carton and Chief Photographer. Donna smith Dana has dedicated four decades to the service of the Central Islands. After having first served his country in the navy. He started […]]]>

That’s the editorial, the end of 2021 marks the end of an era where two of our esteemed journalists are retiring. Deputy Director of Information Dana Carton and Chief Photographer. Donna smith Dana has dedicated four decades to the service of the Central Islands. After having first served his country in the navy. He started here as a reporter where he literally traveled the world sharing stories that had an impact on Iowa. Some of his most memorable come from his feature film segment titled Eye on Iowa. Dana’s writing and reporting skills shaped compelling stories. Over the past 25 years. He used his skills to shape the next generation of journalists as Deputy Chief Information Officer. During her career here, Dana has won numerous journalism awards, including a recent Edward R. Murrow Award. Now we also pay tribute to Chief Photographer Donna Smith who puts down her camera after 38 years. Like Dana, Donna was also central to many of the station’s awards and titles. Most notably, she led our team of photojournalists at the National Press Photographers Association’s eight Station of the Year awards. Donna’s career has also been revealed to young women around the world. Which is possible in a position largely occupied by men. Donna has proven that not only can women do the job as well, if not better than men, but they can also climb to the top of one of the best teams in the country. No one loves the KCC I thi more than Donna and it showed Dana Donna, thank you for your decades of service at this station and you will be missed the Iowan but know your legacy lives on in the journalists who carry the torch here at kcci and stations across the country welcome responsible responses to this editorial.

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Editorial: Thank you Dana Cardin and Donna Smith for decades of service

The end of 2021 marks the end of an era here at KCCI. Two of our esteemed journalists are retiring. Assistant Director of Information Dana Cardin and Chief Photographer Donna Smith. Dana has dedicated four decades to serving the people of central Iowa after first serving her country in the Navy. He started here as a reporter where he literally traveled the world sharing stories that had an impact on Iowa. Some of his most memorable come from his feature film segment titled “Eye on Iowa”. Dana’s distinctive writing and reporting skills have shaped compelling stories. Over the past 25 years, he has used his skills to shape the next generation of journalists as Deputy Chief Information Officer. During her career here, Dana has won numerous journalism awards, including a recent Edward R. Murrow Award. We also pay tribute to Chief Photographer Donna Smith, who puts down her camera after 38 years. Like Dana, Donna has also been central to many of the resort’s awards. Most notably, she led our team of photojournalists for the National Press Photographers Association’s 8 Station of the Year award. Donna’s career has also shown young women around the world what is possible. In a position largely held by men, Donna has proven that not only can women do the job as well or better than men, but they can also climb to the top of one of the best teams in the country. No one loves the KCCI team more than Donna. And it showed. Dana, Donna, thank you for your decades of service to this station and to Iowa. You will be missed. But know that your legacy lives on in the journalists who carry the torch here at KCCI and at stations across the country.

The end of 2021 marks the end of an era here at KCCI. Two of our esteemed journalists are retiring. Assistant Director of Information Dana Cardin and Chief Photographer Donna Smith. Dana has dedicated four decades to serving the people of central Iowa after first serving her country in the Navy. He started here as a reporter where he literally traveled the world sharing stories that had an impact on Iowa. Some of his most memorable come from his feature film segment titled “Eye on Iowa”. Dana’s writing and reporting skills shaped compelling stories. Over the past 25 years, he has used his skills to shape the next generation of journalists as Deputy Chief Information Officer. During her career here, Dana has won numerous journalism awards, including a recent Edward R. Murrow Award.

We also pay tribute to Chief Photographer Donna Smith, who puts down her camera after 38 years. Like Dana, Donna has also been central to many of the resort’s awards. Most notably, she led our team of photojournalists to 8 National Press Photographers Association’s Station of the Year awards. Donna’s career has also shown young women around the world what is possible. In a position largely held by men, Donna has proven that not only can women do the job as well or better than men, but they can also climb to the top of one of the best teams in the country. No one loves the KCCI team more than Donna. And it showed.

Dana, Donna, thank you for your decades of service to this station and to Iowa. You will be missed. But know that your legacy lives on in the journalists who carry the torch here at KCCI and at stations across the country.


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Kader Attia challenges us to deal with trauma and loss https://maxkol.org/kader-attia-challenges-us-to-deal-with-trauma-and-loss/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:00:00 +0000 https://maxkol.org/kader-attia-challenges-us-to-deal-with-trauma-and-loss/ In 2009 he built Untitled (Ghardaïa), a replica of the old Algerian city of the same name made entirely of couscous. The work draws the viewer into the complex exchange between the Maghreb aesthetic heritage and its colonizers. At MoMA, in 2012, Attia exhibited Open your eyes (2010), a double-sided projection of archival images mainly […]]]>

In 2009 he built Untitled (Ghardaïa), a replica of the old Algerian city of the same name made entirely of couscous. The work draws the viewer into the complex exchange between the Maghreb aesthetic heritage and its colonizers. At MoMA, in 2012, Attia exhibited Open your eyes (2010), a double-sided projection of archival images mainly from Western museums. The juxtaposition of repaired artifacts and brutally wounded soldiers has created unexplored couples of anguish in the context of institutional criticism.

Often times, Attia rewards the viewer with knowledge, albeit obscured by graphic images, whether it is deformed body parts, amputated limbs, or just broken glasses. Through imagery that represents the irreversible reality of a rupture, he unveils potential avenues of redemption and salvation. And although it is often a difficult pill to swallow, the experience of a work by Attia immediately transforms the viewer, leaving them with a lingering curiosity for more.

Silence in Phantom is a tribute to the whispering of Muslim prayers and the social policy of performing the prayer ritual en masse in a Western space. The encounter with the viewer, however, is vividly poetic, complemented by a comprehensive walk through the installation from another world. “When the individual body is connected to collective action, it produces a form of vibration – the physical and performative aspects of silence,” noted Attia.


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RedInk Awards: Danish Siddiqui named “Journalist of the Year”, Prem Shankar Jha honored for “Lifetime Achievement” https://maxkol.org/redink-awards-danish-siddiqui-named-journalist-of-the-year-prem-shankar-jha-honored-for-lifetime-achievement/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 15:26:31 +0000 https://maxkol.org/redink-awards-danish-siddiqui-named-journalist-of-the-year-prem-shankar-jha-honored-for-lifetime-achievement/ Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha and Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, died while reporting in Afghanistan in July, will be awarded the top two RedInk Awards by the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday. While Jha will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Siddiqui will be awarded Journalist of the Year, posthumously. The RedInk Awards for Excellence in […]]]>

Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha and Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, died while reporting in Afghanistan in July, will be awarded the top two RedInk Awards by the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday. While Jha will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Siddiqui will be awarded Journalist of the Year, posthumously.

The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism will be presented by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana practically on Wednesday evening, who will also deliver the opening speech.

Established by the Mumbai Press Club ten years ago, this is the tenth edition of “peer recognition for writing excellence and good journalism,” the Mumbai Press Club said in a statement. .

“The Mumbai Press Club presented the coveted RedInk Lifetime Achievement Awards to senior journalist and author Prem Shankar Jha, 83, for his long and distinguished career as an incisive and analytical writer. In addition to holding senior positions in the writing of several dailies and periodicals, Mr. Jha is the author of more than a dozen books on Kashmir, China and other subjects, ”the statement added.

Jha has held senior positions in several national newsrooms across the country, including Financial Express, Hindustan Times, and Times of India, in the past.

Regarding Siddiqui, according to the statement, he was the chief photographer for Reuters in India who was killed on July 15 while on duty in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded Journalist of the Year – 2020 “for his array of hard-hitting investigative and news photography, ranging from the Rohingya and anti-CAA protests to Covid-19 and the civil war in Afghanistan” .

Siddiqui received the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reportage photography for his work documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis. He was killed while caught in crossfire between the Taliban and Afghan special forces in Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan. The incident happened before the Taliban took control of the country in August.

The Mumbai Press Club mentioned that the virtual awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday evening, during which the final winners of the top reporting nominations in 12 award categories will also be announced.


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No Way Home crosses the billion dollars in the world https://maxkol.org/no-way-home-crosses-the-billion-dollars-in-the-world/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 21:18:39 +0000 https://maxkol.org/no-way-home-crosses-the-billion-dollars-in-the-world/ Hollywood rarely gets excited when the Christmas holidays fall on a weekend. Many theaters don’t have shows later the night before, and the 25th is a big movie day, so they’d rather see it happen on a weekday to increase the totals as opposed to a Saturday which is their primary day. attendance. One studio […]]]>

Hollywood rarely gets excited when the Christmas holidays fall on a weekend. Many theaters don’t have shows later the night before, and the 25th is a big movie day, so they’d rather see it happen on a weekday to increase the totals as opposed to a Saturday which is their primary day. attendance. One studio is certainly not complaining this year, and another could see the school holidays set a new pandemic ceiling. But with Omicron seemingly everywhere and big movie events beefing up their security protocols, postponing or canceling altogether, the rest of the industry can finally see itself at an inflection point … while a movie maintains its dominance.


King of the harvest: Spider-Man: No Path Home On track to become Sony’s biggest hit

(Photo by © Sony Pictures Releasing / © Marvel Entertainment)

The numbers that Spider-Man: No Path Home draws are just amazing. Even though his second three-day weekend is (only) the seventh-best ever at $ 92.3 million, his five-day total going back to Wednesday, when additional schools were finally released for the holidays, was $ 149.3 million, which brought it 10-day Total to $ 478.1 million. It’s the third one Avengers: Endgame ($ 621.2 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($ 540 million). This puts No way home $ 75 million ahead of the pace of Black Panther (with the fourth best second weekend at $ 111.6 million) and with at least an entire week of holiday cinema left, Jon Watts’ Marvel film is set to become the fifth film to cross 700 million. dollars in the country. Internationally, it became the second-fastest film to hit $ 1 billion on Christmas Day, its ninth day of release. Only End of Game did it faster, in five days. This is only the third film in Sony’s history to cross the billion mark, with Spider-Man: Far From Home ($ 1.131 billion) and Fall from the sky ($ 1.108 billion). This week, it will become the studio’s biggest title.


Rotten returns: The king’s man Continue the struggles of 20th century studios

Poster for The King's Man

(Photo by 20th Century Studios)

20th Century Studios hasn’t had a good run since joining Disney, at least when it comes to adult pricing. The 2020 version of Call of the wild was fine until the start of the pandemic and free guy is one of the real hits of 2021, but beyond that, the studio’s lack of success has left many wondering if they are being put out to dry by their new hosts (and that includes Searchlight Pictures, too). It’s hard to say definitively, given that adult and even family movies have been a tough sell. But things didn’t go well for a few existing IPs on this holiday either.

The king’s man, a prequel to the ‘R’ ranked comic book series that previously produced a gross $ 100 million off-season pair, only grossed $ 9.9 million in its first five days. To date, only free guy, Call of the wild, and West Side Story (along with its disappointing revenue) made over $ 10 million in five days for the new iteration of Fox. The king’s man only made $ 3.5 million more than Western coast made it on its third weekend and looks like another ‘R’ rated film that’s not expected to hit $ 30 million during the pandemic. West Side Story took its total to $ 23.7 million and could stretch further for the more minor of wins as the third-biggest studio release of the 20th century to date, ahead of The new mutants ($ 23.8 million) and Ron was wrong ($ 23 million). The king’s man can better hope to become the fourth highest in this range.


The Top 10 and beyond: Sing 2 Flies away, Matrix resurrections Stumble

Sing 2

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Universal, the first studio to test streaming waters day and date with Troll world tour at the start of the pandemic, now ends its second year with a film that could become the highest-grossing animated film to date. Sing 2 has raised $ 41 million since it opened on Wednesday, which is slightly higher than what Disney Encanto did when it opened on the Thanksgiving stretch. The difference could be that this week, the latter finds its way onto the Disney + streaming service at no additional cost on Friday, reducing its chance of hitting $ 100 million. The film only grossed $ 2 million over the weekend, a drop of 69%, with a total of over $ 88 million. Sing 2 will have the benefit of weekday vacations in the future and in all likelihood will exceed Encantoover 12 days of $ 58.3 million by next Sunday with the family market almost all to itself. It will still be a far cry from the $ 270 million the first film made, but it still has a chance of becoming the first animated film to hit $ 100 million since. Frozen II did it two years ago to the day Encantoreleased on November 24, 2019.

One movie that won’t make $ 100 million this holiday season is Matrix resurrections; This should not surprise anyone. Nonetheless, some analysts and projectors have estimated that the film will open between $ 60 million and $ 75 million in its first five days. Some treated his $ 6.4million opening on Wednesday as a victory while completely ignoring how Keanu Reeves’ mega-bomb, 47 Ronin, debuted at $ 7 million in 2013. Granted, this movie opened on Christmas Day when there was no pandemic, and it wasn’t on a streaming service, so in the context, its total is particularly overwhelming, but it must always be a blow to Resurrections after expectations have been exaggerated for it. The film will exceed at least 47 Ronin, but not by a significant amount.

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in Matrix Resurrections

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Resurrections Already seen a decline in its numbers since Wednesday and only grossed $ 12 million over the weekend for a total of $ 22.5 million. As more and more people choose to follow him on HBO Max, the Warner Bros. of 2021 ends with a film that might not even make it past one of their biggest disappointments of the year, The suicide squad. While this film was definitely a welcome respite for a population exhausted by the pandemic, to say that it had no impact on the studio’s results is, to paraphrase a line from the original film, hardly blissfully ignorant.

Lionsgate American Underdog, the story of quarterback Kurt Warner, debuted at $ 6.2 million after two days out. It’s better than the studio one Travelers, the protégé, and Chaos march done after five days and almost as much as chaos had after 10 ($ 6.9 million.) Denzel Washington A newspaper for Jordan with Michael B. Jordan is expected to earn $ 2.2 million on Saturday and Sunday. Finally, UA Releasing has extended the program of Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza in 786 cinemas on Christmas Day. After a month of stellar reviews, awards and a few online speeches, the film grossed $ 2.3 million on Saturday and Sunday, bringing its total to $ 3.7 million. Currently, this is the second-highest total of the year for a film opening in less than 1,000 theaters; Anthony Bourdain’s documentary Roadrunner grossed $ 5.2 million and its biggest reach was 954 theaters.


Full list of box office results: December 24-26, 2021




94%

Spider-Man: No Path Home
(2021)

  • $ 81.5 million ($ 467.3 million in total)



67%

Sing 2
(2021)

  • $ 23.76 million ($ 41 million in total)



66%

Matrix resurrections
(2021)

  • $ 12 million ($ 22.5 million in total)



44%

The king’s man
(2021)

  • $ 6.35 million ($ 10 million in total)



77%

American Underdog
(2021)

  • $ 6.2 million ($ 6.2 million in total)



93%

West Side Story
(2021)

  • $ 2.8 million ($ 23.9 million in total)



92%

Licorice Pizza
(2021)

  • $ 2.33 million ($ 3.67 million in total)



45%

A newspaper for Jordan
(2021)

  • $ 2.2 million ($ 2.2 million in total)



91%

Encanto
(2021)

  • $ 2 million ($ 88.3 million in total)



100%

83
(2021)

  • $ 1.76 million ($ 1.76 million in total)

Erik Childress can be heard weekly reviewing the box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and her Movie Madness podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


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Biden Bows to Political Reality, Reverses Policy on Payments to Illegal Immigrants | EDITORIAL https://maxkol.org/biden-bows-to-political-reality-reverses-policy-on-payments-to-illegal-immigrants-editorial/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://maxkol.org/biden-bows-to-political-reality-reverses-policy-on-payments-to-illegal-immigrants-editorial/ It is much easier to illegally give hundreds of millions of dollars to those in the country when no one knows it. This is exactly what the Biden administration intended to do, as the Wall Street Journal reported in October. The money would have gone to illegal immigrants who found themselves separated during the Trump […]]]>

It is much easier to illegally give hundreds of millions of dollars to those in the country when no one knows it.

This is exactly what the Biden administration intended to do, as the Wall Street Journal reported in October. The money would have gone to illegal immigrants who found themselves separated during the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.

Initial talks – intended to settle ACLU lawsuits on behalf of these immigrants – were for payments of about $ 450,000 per person. For a parent and two children, the windfall could have exceeded $ 1.3 million. Total payments could have approached $ 1 billion.

Giving millions of dollars to illegal immigrants sounded like a conservative parody of liberal immigration policy. Even President Joe Biden initially spoke out against it.

Mr Biden initially called the Journal report “garbage” and insisted the payments of $ 450,000 per person “were not going to happen.” His tone changed a few days later. Apparently, he discovered that his administration was considering just that.

“Whether (crossing the border) is legal or illegal, and you have lost your child,” the president said. “You lost your child, he’s gone – you deserve some sort of compensation, no matter what.”

This position was, however, not politically tenable. Mr. Biden already has low immigration approval rates. This week’s average Real Clear Politics polls on his handling of immigration puts the president nearly 26 points under water. Encouraging illegal immigration with the possibility of spending millions of dollars would have worsened illegal border crossings, which have already reached record levels.

A nod to political reality, the Biden administration has backed down. After the public learned of the payments, the Justice Department withdrew a written offer it had made. Last week, the Journal reported that the government had completely halted settlement talks. Cases will now be handled individually. More than 900 families have filed claims, asking for more than $ 3 million per family.

It appears that one of the reasons the Biden administration sought the settlement was to avoid the lens of fighting these families in court. But taxpayers shouldn’t shell out $ 1 billion to help a presidential administration avoid upsetting party activists.

“It’s good to see the Biden administration come to their senses and abandon their plan to potentially distribute billions of dollars to illegal immigrants,” R-Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement. “This kind of senseless scheme would have diverted federal dollars to people who would knowingly break our immigration laws.”

As Mr. Biden discovered, public pressure and common sense can be a powerful combination.


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