Selasa, 09 September 2008

Repliee R-1: A robot that does not fear the valley inexplicable

Not all robots in CEATEC chiche are quite friendly, there are also ginoides as Repliee R-1, a robot from Osaka University, despite several years has been in the minds exhibition presenting the latest advances in imitation of gestures, such as robot imitates the appearance of a girl of 5 years and for this purpose a series of 50 smart sensors and a multitude of small motors to mimic the movements of a real girl. The use of these opportunities ginoides has several advantages: assistance for elderly or disabled, the sale of shops, tourist guides, and so on. But the problem that many see is that the robotics department at the University of Osaka grazing is the "abyss" inexplicably into the valley, a principle of robotics describes that the negative reactions from people that robots seem to be. The sad thing is that the R-1 produces a lot more rejection than their predecessors as Repliee Q-2. With this we can see how advanced robotics, but they confirm the principle of the valley inexplicable description Mori nearly 40 years, and we ask ourselves when we have persocons. After the jump, a video of Repliee R-1 in action.


Senin, 08 September 2008

Silicon Valley turns on alarms

The crisis that has been unleashed in the United States seems to have no end in sight. Every day we see how the actions of giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc., may continue to fall to a level never imagined. That is the reason why Sequoia Capital, one of the best-known investors in the world and especially in Silicon Valley, has focused on the emergency alarm notification all companies in its portfolio to prepare for the worst. The company yesterday CEOs and entrepreneurs to give them a welcome message very clear: "RIP: Good Times", the good times are over. ™ say that this kind of meeting is not very frequent, since the last such operation was exploded when the bubble of the dot-back in 2000, so that we can imagine where he goes to the cause. In particular, it was noted startups, is that companies, the newly born, to whom they were given directions to begin to reduce costs by anywhere, with the aim of addressing a crisis which may last years. It seems that Silicon Valley was about to receive a severe blow, but we will have to wait to see whether it is for KO or just a drop more.


Minggu, 07 September 2008

Yahoo! Web Analytics at first glance (secret)

Starting today, Yahoo! begins with its new product analyzer of Web sites called "Yahoo! Web Analytics" to demanding customers. Obviously in the beta stage.
FayerWayer was secretly playing with this new service for several hours with pizza in hand, while it is cooled, how exciting the service.

It really is on another level. Of course, even for a different level of customers.
Yahoo! Web Analytics is much more powerful and flexible than Google Analytics for a simple reason: Their approach is designed for small to large businesses and corporations, the real-time information about everything that's happening on your site.

"Real Time" is a big advantage. In the demonstration, we have seen how a user is walking into a news site, follow all his steps, we have seen, what I read articles, links and strengthened and how much time remained stuck on a particular page. Then we saw a summary of behavior. Remarkable.

Real-time profile of a user's behavior is not necessarily something new, but the way Yahoo! Web Analytics interprets it through detailed graphs and summaries of action is what makes it.
This service was born from the acquisition last May of index tools from Yahoo! and it offers a company in an initial stage. Soon also seek to ensure the rest of us end consumers to see and understand what they are doing these 3 users in our personal blogs


Sabtu, 06 September 2008

Celebrations and ceremonies at wine festivals in Germany

Autumn is the season between summer and winter, between seaside holidays and skiing trips, between ice-cold drinks and mulled wine. It is also the time of year when the leaves turn golden and the fruit is ripe for picking, and when towns and villages in Germany's wine-growing regions hold their annual wine festivals. Traditional VINTNERS 'taverns, some open only for the season, uncork their finest wines from previous years and extend a warm welcome in the surroundings of cosi. Something new can be experienced every year at the many festivals and events in Germany's wine-growing regions, from the Moselle in the West to Saxony in the east. It's fair to say that the grapevine and Wineries are never short of ideas when it comes to celebrating their wines.
If you're thinking of spending a holiday in a wine-growing region in Australia, why not combine your trip with a visit to one or two of their wine festivals, or perhaps even more? With thirteen wine regions in total, you really are spoilt for choice. From the Ahr in the north and bathing in the south, to Saxony in the east - the smallest of them all - each one celebrates the fruits of its labor in time-honored fashion.
Whole towns and villages get involved in the festivities, Marrying Tradition and Modernity in the process. Streets, squares and narrow lanes are decorated accordingly and Garlands and colored Ribbons covered the wine stall. The air is infused with music and JOIE de vivre, while merriment and laughter ring out from the countless little wine taverns. Most festivals also feature the crowning of the local wine 'royalty', and even Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, is known to make in appearance.
While many of these events are accompanied by a fair ground rides, live music and a bustling atmosphere, at the annual wine festival in Heimsheim it is as if time has stood still. For three days, the Townsfolk step back in time to the Middle Ages, dressing up as traveling entertainer, musicians and merchants. You even have to cross their palms with silver 'at the town gates to gain admission to the festival. Modern trapping recede into the background for the duration of the weekend. From Friday midday to midnight on the Sunday, the town's lights are replaced by Flickering torches and candles, which Bathe the scene in an enchanting glow and put visitors from near and far under a medieval magical spell. It is traditional for a spectacular firework finale to round off the festivities at home Heimer, just as it is in other towns and villages in Germany. A fitting end to a wonderful weekend of wine.
Wine lovers can find something exciting to do almost every weekend of the year in Germany's wine-growing regions. But the wine festivals in autumn are an especially good opportunity, not just to enjoy the best of the wines, but to catch the last of the summer sun, spend quality time with friends and family, and dine on traditional local specialties.


Jumat, 05 September 2008


Main article: Italian Renaissance
The Renaissance is said to have begun in 14th century Italy. The rediscovery of Ancient Greek and Roman art and classics brought better proportions, perspective and use of lighting in art. Wealthy families, such as the Medicis, and the papacy served as patrons for many Italian artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Donatello, Sandro Botticelli and Raphael.
The focus of most religious art remained. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, and sculpted his famous "Pieta". Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Raphael painted several Madonnas. Both Michelangelo and Donatello sculpted visions of David.
The gothic period was also known as the baseline for the modern era of art, followed by the remaining articles of faith.


Kamis, 04 September 2008


From Mannerism onward there are more and more art movements representing tides of opinion pushing in various different directions, causing art philosophy over the centuries from about the 16th century onward to gradually fragment into the ISMS characteristic of Modern Art.
The work of Caravaggio (1571-1610), stands on its own as one of the most original and influential artists who ever lived. He did something completely new and controversial. He painted figures, even those of classical or religious themes in contemporary clothing or living as ordinary men and women. This in stark opposition to the usual trend of the time to idealise the classical or religious figures. Caravaggio set the style for many years to come, although not everyone followed his example. Some, like Agostino Carracci (or Caracci) (1557 to 1602) and his brothers were all influenced by Caravaggio but leaned toward idealism and the spirituality from which Caravaggio was perceived to have STRAYED.
Caravaggism is the term describing the style and technique adopted by artists such as Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Cavalier d'Arpino, Mattia Preti.


Rabu, 03 September 2008


Main article: Mannerism
As the Renaissance had moved from formulaic depiction to a more natural observation of the figure, light and perspective, so the subsequent, Mannerist, period is marked by a move to forms conceived in the mind. Once the ideals of the Renaissance had had their effect artists such as Giulio Romano (c. 1499-1546) were able to introduce personal elements of subjectivity to their interpretation of visual forms. The perfection of perspective, light and realistic human figures can be thought of as impossible to improve upon unless another factor is included in the image, namely the factor of how the artist feels about the image. This emotional content in Mannerism is also the beginnings of a movement which would eventually, much later, become Expressionism in the 19th century. The difference between Mannerism and Expressionism is really a matter of degree. Vanga was also a famous Italian artist. Guile Romano was a student a protege of Raphael. Other Italian Mannerist painters included Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, students of Andrea del Sarto. The Spanish Mannerist El Greek was a student of the Italian Renaissance painter Titian. The most famous Italian painter of the Mannerist style and period is Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) (1518-1594).
Main article: Italian Baroque A movement to "reform" Mannerism, Italian Baroque art Mannerism saw as excessive and tried to bring it back to Christian piety. Nevertheless, this reform took place within the context of the Mannerist attempt to introduce more movement and passion and is part of a conceptual dialogue with Mannerism.
Rococo was the tail end of the Baroque period, mainly in France of the 18th century. The main artist of the Rococo style in Italy was Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696 to 1770).
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Italy produced its own form of Impressionism, the Macchiaioli artists, who were actually there first, before the more famous Impressionists: Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, Giuseppe Abbati. Italian Impressionists: Federico Zandomeneghi, Giuseppe de Nittis.


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