Dear Egyptians: Happy January 25th. For What It’s Worth.


Egypt’s government has cancelled its planned official commemoration of the January 25th Revolution in 2011. The reason: the seven-day mourning period announced after the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Friday. The timing of the Saudi monarch’s demise can be seen as an ironic favor for the pro-revolutionary camp, since it thwarts President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s efforts to appropriate the legacy of the revolution to his own ends. In life, of course, King Abdullah was actually a great proponent of the pre-revolutionary status quo, and systematically sought to undermine the Arab Spring movements. He gave a home to Tunisia’s deposed dictator, actively supported Bahrain’s crackdown on its own protest movement, and bankrolled General Sisi’s brutal and reactionary administration from its first day.

The Sisi Administration has always had a conflicted relationship to January 25th. Sisi wouldn’t be where is today without the Tahrir Square uprising that overthrew Mubarak four years ago, and he claims much of his legitimacy from the revolution — despite the fact that new Egyptian president has restored quasi-military rule and many aspects of Mubarak-era autocracy. His alleged loyalty to the revolution is a crucial plank in his argument against those who see his accession to power as a coup. While January 25th 2011 is hailed by many around the world as the end of a despot, Sisi’s supporters see June 30, 2013 — the day the general overthrew the government of Mohamed Morsi — as its logical extension.

This week the Egyptian state chose to celebrate the occasion in the way it knows best: a few hours before Jan. 25, the police shot and killed Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, a socialist political activist who also happens to be the mother of a five-year old son. Sabbagh was part of a small march to place flowers on a memorial to the 2011 revolution in Tahrir Square. Security forces brutally dispersed the march even though it had been authorized by the proper authorities. Some have already dubbed Sabbagh “the Rose Martyr.” Her violent death was documented on video, and the images are as heartbreakingas you’d expect them to be. (The photo above shows a plainclothes security officer detaining a demonstrator yesterday at gunpoint.)

The police killed another young woman the day before — 17-year-old Sondos Reda Abu Bakrshot in the head and neck with birdshot as the police dispersed a pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest in Alexandria. The frail teenager was demanding justice for her aunt, who had been killed two months earlier. Activists quickly took to the web to post photos of Sabbagh and Abu Bakr under the title “Sisi, the Killer of Women.”

Today, limited protests around Cairo and other main cities have also been met with lethal violence. By the early afternoon, the ministry of health hadannounced 18 dead today, most clashes between protesters and uniformed or plain-clothed security forces. The actual toll is likely to be higher. 150 protesters were arrested.

The entire cycle seems absurd — and all too reminiscent of the period before 2011, when small protests, met with extreme violence, were the order of the day. The key difference today, however, is the attitude of the general public. Though once silently supportive, perhaps uttering a silent prayer for the protection of the brave protesters, large segments of the Egyptian population are now either indifferent to the protesters and their fate — or, more frighteningly, loudly approving of their killing. A cursory look at public statements by pro-regime media (some of whom were recently revealed to be receiving direct orders from the government on what to say and write) in the immediate aftermath of Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh’s killing reveals a now-habitual pattern of denying state responsibility, usually by blaming some other culprit (either the Muslim Brotherhood or a fictional “third party”), then giving way to vitriolic celebration of the victims’ deaths, based on crude insinuations of criminal or subversive activity. The fact that this sort of state-sponsored defamation raises no eyebrows, and that no one dares to demand any sort of investigation (which would never happen anyway), is the new reality that we have to confront.

The dilemma facing pro-democracy Egyptians is that they feel a moral imperative to take a stand against state repression, officially sanctioned killing sprees, and a tragicomically unjust legal system. Emboldened by the recent memory of 2011, when mass protests led to change, the first impulse of the activists is to take to the streets, to chant, to make demands. At the same time, however, these killings and the corresponding culture of official impunity make it all too clear that the act of objecting is a potentially suicidal one, punishable by death or egregious prison sentences and police torture. The current limited protests are a manifestation of this cognitive dissonance, in which, for some, adherence to principles overrides the instinct for self-preservation. However one chooses to resolve this conflict, the courage of the protesters cannot be overstated.

The most heart-wrenching part of Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh’s killing may be her last moments, which were recorded on video. As her husband carries her bleeding body through the narrow streets of downtown Cairo, frantically asking for help, for a ride to the hospital, for someone to hail a taxi for him, he is met with shrugs. People sitting at the café he walks past don’t get up to help. No car offers a ride. Finally he sets her down on a chair, helpless and tired, and caresses her hair.

The tragic metaphor is impossible to miss. The apathetic majority stares blankly at the dying embodiment of the ideals held by so many just a few years ago. Bystanders fail to lift a finger in assistance, preferring to watch life seep from her body rather than risk the chance that their tea might get cold.

For the past four years, the Egyptian masses have been so limited by short-term, myopic thinking that they’re willing to do anything — perhaps even to sacrifice their own future — for the sake of that warm cup of tea. Entrusting their destiny to a despot may serve to maintain this illusive “stability” that is constantly being promised, but in the long term, few of them, aside from members of the regime’s inner circle, will emerge victorious. Eventually almost everyone will suffer from systemic injustice, or at the very least from the mismanagement of state affairs by an unaccountable regime.

For all these reasons, this January 25th, despite its heartening associations, is hardly a day to celebrate. As political scientist Timothy Kaldas wrote: “Egypt should be in a state of mourning, but not for a foreign king who beheads his people. It should be in a state of mourning for Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, and the thousands like her who were murdered during their struggle for freedom.”

Happy January 25th. For what it’s worth.


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Media Asset Management | Streamline


Streamline Overview

Streamline is Ross Video’s own Media Asset Management system developed on a web server platform which provides a complete asset management workflow from the order process to final approval. Media content producers and content creators can utilize their favorite web browser on any platform to browse, manage, order, upload or download assets with Streamline.

Uniquely integrated into Ross Video workflow tools, Streamline has been designed from the ground up for seamless integration with Ross’ ground breaking XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics System as well as the Ross Inception News Room system. Inception Newsroom users can browse and order assets from within Inception, using the integrated Streamline user interface. XPression newsroom users are able to fulfill templates by drag-and-drop of existing assets in Streamline or using the Streamline New Asset Order form to request new assets.

Streamline promotes a self-service workflow, where storytellers in the dark corners of the newsrooms, edit bays and even out in the field can finally be empowered to best tell their own story by utilizing assets that are now cataloged, searchable and available for everyone to share.

Streamline helps to increase the value of every asset owned by your organization simply by raising the utilization of it. Assets uploaded to Streamline are immediately accessible, searchable and may be downloaded by users in any department. Simple and advanced search tools provide the ability to find the right asset using any of the associated metadata.

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The power of personalised viewing

,  Editor, 26 January 2015

Consumption of online video is significantly enhanced by a personalised user experience, IRIS.TV has reported. The in-player video recommendation engine has found that its Adaptive StreamTM video delivery technology, has increased video consumption by 50 per cent across all its clients.

IRIS.TV clients can integrate Adaptive StreamTM in video players and mobile apps to deliver relevant streams of video to their viewers. Viewers’ feedback is captured in real time through interactive buttons, allowing the stream to adapt to the changing preferences.

Viewers tend to watch a video and bounce to another site or app, though when they are presented with a stream of recommended videos, they tend to watch four to five times as much content, the company claimed. These findings indicate that value may not only lie in reducing the bounce of unique views, but in extending the viewing experience of retained audiences.

“At IRIS.TV, we have carefully constructed the most dynamic viewing experience to date, allowing users to enhance content consumption and maximise video view inventory for its content publishers. Much like programmatic ad tech has revolutionised the advertising space, IRIS.TV is bringing the future of TV to the present by optimising the delivery of single video assets to users. These results prove that users will increase their consumption when personally relevant content is delivered to them,” commented IRIS.TV COO, Richie Hyden.

Based on IRIS.TV’s current and past data analysis, personalisation and average revenue per user (ARPU) are positively correlated. This supports the notion that customising online video content will improve a company’s overall revenue by keeping users watching more, watching longer, and watching often. The company also reported the positive impact personalisation and recommendation engines have on long-tail content discovery: by recommending the most relevant videos regardless of how old they are, IRIS.TV said it has increased the value of the entire video library. This means videos added to the library months ago can still have a high view rate, essentially extending the lifespan of long-tail content.

Increasing consumption by 50 per cent is significant for the entire online video industry, from advertisers, to publishers and content owners, as real time personalisation is important for achieving longer engagement times and higher revenues.

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Obama on Russia: ‘Large countries don’t bully smaller countries’

Updated 1752 GMT (0152 HKT) January 25, 2015


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The military option is out, President Barack Obama said Sunday, but the U.S. will be looking at all other options to “ratchet up the pressure on Russia” on the issue of Ukraine.

“We have no interest in seeing Russia weakened or its economy in shambles. We have a profound interest, as I believe every country does, in promoting a core principle, which is: Large countries don’t bully smaller countries,” Obama told reporters.

Speaking in New Delhi after a lengthy flight on Air Force One, Obama said Sunday he will “look at all the additional options that are available to us short of military confrontation.”

On Monday, Obama will be the first U.S. leader to headline India’s annual Republic Day parade, a colorful military spectacle featuring marching bands, dancing and lots of heavy machinery rolling down the stately Rajpath Boulevard.

The parade will be a reminder of the decades of sometimes-tense relations between India and the U.S. A military demonstration at heart, the vehicles and equipment parading before Obama will be mostly Russian-made, a vestige of India’s stance during the Cold War.

Russia remains India’s largest supplier of weapons, and while their share is steadily decreasing, Russian military imports still amount to three-quarters of India’s stockpile.

With U.S.-Russia relations worsening to Cold War levels, Obama hopes to balance Moscow’s influence in India during his visit this week.

His visit comes a day after city officials in Mariupol, Ukraine, said shelling in southeastern Ukraine killed at least 30 people, including two children.

Another 102 people were injured, at least 75 of whom needed hospital treatment, and many suffered shrapnel injuries, Mariupol City Council said.

Pro-Russian separatists are blamed for the attack on residential areas in the port city, Donetsk regional police chief Vyacheslav Abroskin said on his Facebook page.

Monitors with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said they conducted a crater analysis which showed the use of Grad and Uragan rockets that likely originated from areas controlled by the pro-Russian rebel group Donetsk People’s Republic.

The shelling comes amid a surge in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed Ukraine and Syria during a phone call, the State Department said.

“On Ukraine, the Secretary reiterated our condemnation of the separatists’ grad missile attack on civilians in Mariupol … and other separatist attacks,” a statement said. “The Secretary reiterated the need for an immediate resumption of the ceasefire, a withdrawal of heavy weapons, and closing the border.

“He also underscored U.S. readiness to participate in serious settlement efforts, making clear that deescalation is in everyone’s interests, that Russia will be judged by its actions, and that the costs to Russia will only increase if attacks continue.”

Kerry has previously warned of increased international pressure on Russia.

“We call on Russia to end its support for separatists immediately, close the international border with Ukraine, and withdraw all weapons, fighters and financial backing,” Kerry said in a statement Saturday.

The White House says Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday.

They “expressed grave concern over Russia’s blatant disregard for its commitments under the September Minsk agreement and unilateral escalation of the conflict,” the White House said.

Thousands have been killed since the conflict broke out in the spring of last year. A ceasefire agreed to in September in Minsk, Belarus, crumbled long ago.

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Greece ‘leaves behind the austerity that ruined it,’ party leader vows after vote

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(CNN)The firebrand leader of Greece’s left-wing Syriza party appeared to be bracing for a bigger battle as he declared victory in Sunday’s election.

Now that his party has apparently won the support of his country’s voters, Alexis Tsipras has another fight in front of him: making good on his campaign promise to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s bailout.

“We are regaining our lost dignity … Now that we are heard by all of Europe, we will fight with the same passion, the same confidence,” Tsipras told cheering supporters. “So let’s go and let’s all continue this beautiful and tough fight.”

With more than 70% of votes counted, Syriza was officially projected to win at least 149 seats in the 300-seat Parliament.

Exit polls also placed the party in the lead. But analysts cautioned that it was still too close to call whether Syriza would win a majority of seats — a key step that would allow the party to govern without forming a coalition government.

Tsipras, 40, who could become Greece’s next prime minister, also vowed to end austerity measures.

“Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,” he told the crowd.

Syriza’s pledges to try to get some of Greece’s colossal debt written off and roll back unpopular austerity measures appealed to exasperated members of the electorate — even if they potentially jeopardize Greece’s place in the eurozone. The election could lead to a dramatic showdown with the debt-laden nation’s lenders.

“That is a gamble that people in Greece seem to be prepared to take at this point, simply because the terms of its bailout have been so severe,” Greek journalist Elinda Labropoulou told CNN on Sunday.

One of those people willing to take the risk is Eleni Antoniou, a former public sector employee.

“People went bankrupt since we entered the bailout, poverty is visible across society, and I believe that hope is coming with Syriza’s program, not only for Greece, but for all of Europe,” she said ahead of the election.

Outgoing prime minister: My conscience is clear

The austerity imposed by Greece’s international creditors has cut deep. Unemployment has soared to 28%, and many people who still have jobs have seen drastic decreases in wages, pensions frozen and the retirement age pushed back.

The governing New Democracy party had pointed to recent improvements in economic indicators as signs things were getting better.

After conceding defeat Sunday, outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said his conscience was clear.

“I got a country on the verge of ruin. I was asked to try and save it, and I did it,” he said. “Most people did not believe we could stand strong, but we did.”

Now, he said, Greece is secure and “slowly walking away from the crisis.”

“And more than anything,” he said, “I give back a country that is a member of the European parliament and the euro.”

‘Not the future of austerity’

In his victory speech Sunday, Tsipras noted that Greece’s election could have an impact far beyond his country’s borders.

“Our victory is, at the same time, it’s a victory for all the people of Europe that are fighting against austerity that’s ruining the common European future,” he said.

His message is one that has resonated in other southern European countries under the restrictions of international bailouts.

Syriza’s victory could boost other populist parties, like Beppe Grillo’s anti-euro Five Star Movement in Italy and the Podemos Movement in Spain.

But it’s unclear how its plans to renegotiate the bailout would play out.

Is Alexis Tsipras man of the moment?

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If You Want A Rabbit To Deliver Beer, Just Build Him A Cart


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Wallace has only now realized his full potential as a one-bunny beer delivery system.

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NAMM 2015: 30th annual TEC Awards winners revealed


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26 January 2015: By Matthew Fellows

Recording, audio and music industry professionals from all over the world geathered to honour excellence in sound technology and creativity on Saturday (24 January) at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards.

Featuring 30 creative and technical achievement categories, the awards are held each year during the NAMM Show.

“The people and products that were nominated at this year’s TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”

Everything from wireless technology to software was recognised in the evening’s technical achievement categories. Native Instruments’ Razor 1.5 instrument software nabbed the top spot for Musical Instrument Software, while Shure’s GLXD6 guitar pedal receiver with Tuner edged out competitors in Wireless Technology. Other winners in technical achievement include DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace, honoured for Sound Reinforcement.

Bassist Nathan East and engineer Ed Cherney were inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame, while iconic guitarist Slash received the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Award. The award recognises individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.

Technical Achievement

Ancillary Equipment – API 505 DI 500-Series DI Module

Audio Apps for Smartphones and Tablets – PreSonus Capture for iPad

Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones and Tablets – Apogee MiC 96k

Microphone Preamplifiers – Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052

Studio Monitors – Genelec 8010

Recording Devices – Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects – Line 6 POD HD Pro X

Amplification Hardware – Studio and Sound Reinforcement – Grace Design m920 Monitoring System

Computer Audio Hardware – Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Musical Instrument Hardware – Nord Lead A1

Musical Instrument Software – Native Instruments Razor 1.5

Signal Processing Hardware – Dangerous Music ‘The Dangerous Compressor’

Signal Processing Hardware (500-Series modules) – Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ

Signal Processing Software – iZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers – Meyer Sound LYON

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement – DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace

Microphones – Recording – Neumann TLM 107

Headphone/Earpiece Technology – AKG K812 Headphones

Wireless Technology – Shure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner

Workstation Technology – Steinberg Cubase 7.5

Small Format Console Technology – Solid State Logic Matrix 2

Large Format Console Technology – API ‘The Box’

Creative Achievement

Record Production – Single or Track – Happy, Pharrell Williams

Record Production – Album – Lazaretto, Jack White

Tour – Event Sound Production – Sting and Paul Simon: On Stage Tour

Remote Production – Recording or Broadcast – 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Film Sound Production – Gravity

Television Sound Production – Game of Thrones

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production – Call of Duty: Ghosts

Studio Design Project – Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Picture: Meyer Sound’s LYON system

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The Modern Archer Who Can Fire Three Arrows In 0.6 Seconds

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Lars Andersen is a master of the bow. Besides incredible speed, he can jump, catch an arrow in the air and fire it back before landing. Watch your back, Legolas. (He fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds at 5:15 into the video, but trust us, the rest is worth a watch).

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New Orad Social Media Hub Release Simplifies Engagement with Viewers

Press Release
January 08, 2015
Orad has released a new version of its Social Media Hub (SMH) platform, an easy-to-use solution that lets broadcasters engage with viewers. Based on an open architecture, SMH serves as a gateway for interfacing with third-party Social Media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. SMH lets users query, retrieve, review, filter and aggregate data into carrousels of messages that can be distributed alongside the broadcast thanks to seamless integration with Orad graphic controllers Maestro, 3DPlay and Morpho.
The new SMH release features a moderation component that automates sifting through the large quantities of social media data. Employing an automatic assessment engine, SMH organizes data based on keywords and rating for each keyword. Combined with automatic filtering, moderators can use SMH to quickly exclude social media content based on user-defined rules, dramatically cutting down on the amount of content they need to review. Multiple moderators can work on the same or different message search, and add content to the same or different messages. Similarly, it is possible to restrict searches to messages generated within a given geographical location, so that only messages from those living near where the news item took place are visible, saving considerable time.
Once selected, SMH connects with Orad graphic controllers and pushes messages to social networks using the same graphics that were played on air. For example, a fully animated graphic element of a weather forecast can be published directly to the social media automatically when the graphic element is played on air during the TV broadcast.
On January 28th 2015, at 9:00 GMT and again at 15:00 GMT, Anna Tourkevich, SMH’s product specialist, will be presenting Orad’s SMH in a free webinar. To register to the webinar, click here


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Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place


Top: Park Chan-kyong, Sindoan (still), 2007. Film. Bottom: Lina Selander, Silphium (still), 2014. Film.

Park Chan-kyong: Pa-Gyong 

(Last Sutra Recitation)

Lina Selander: Open System – Silphium and Other Works

14 January–21 March 2015

Preview: 13 January 2015, 6:30pm
Panel discussion on Practice International: 13 January, 4pm
Walking tour with the artists:
13 January, 6pm

Rivington Place
London, EC2A 3BA
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Thursday 11am–9pm,
Saturday noon–6pm
Open to all

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Iniva is delighted to present two solo exhibitions of selected work by Swedish artist Lina Selander and Korean artist and filmmaker Park Chan-kyong, juxtaposed for the first time, from 14 January to 21 March 2015, at Rivington Place.

The exhibitions are curated by Binna Choi and Lisa Rosendahl, initiators along with Grant Watson of Practice International, an EU-Culture-funded research project exploring what internationalism might be, based on practices of trans-national ethics and politics and the legacy of various colonial periods in the context of contemporary art.

Park Chan-kyong: Pa-Gyong–Last Sutra Recitation curated by Binna Choi
Mixed media. Exhibition Space 1

This first solo presentation of works by South Korean artist Park Chan-kyong presents a series of his latest film and documentary works. These offer a new perspective on folk religious practices such as shamanism and utopian religious communities, from the period of colonisation and the Cold War to the present time. By deepening his focus on the division of Korea into South and North—and the ensuing Cold War politics as a dominant societal structure—Park’s latest enquiry into the practice of shamanism in Korea’s so-called “post-secular” time, reconfigures a way in which art and cultural practice engages with political trauma and the repressed. The exhibition is contextualised by the presentation of various materials that punctuate Park’s research trajectories, and as a consequence highlight his practice not only as an artist but also as an activist, writer and curator.

Lina Selander: Open System – Silphium and Other Works curated by Lisa Rosendahl
Films. Exhibition Space 2

This exhibition comprises three recent films by Selander: SilphiumModel of Continuation, & Anteroom of the Real together with a selection of materials from the artist’s working archive. Characteristic of Selander’s work is the use of film to build dense layers of images and meaning, through which contemporary society is connected with history and the pre-historic. At the core of her enquiry lies a continuous questioning of the concept and materiality of the image. Selander’s work repeatedly asks us to reconsider the status of the image—as representation, memory, object, imprint or surface—and our relationship to it.

Iniva’s solo exhibitions of Park Chan-kyong and Lina Selander bring together synergies within the artists’ practices. Both artists move between documentary forms and the structure of the visual essay as a way to investigate the construction of collective imaginations. In recent works they have explored different manifestations of the utopian aspirations of modernity, political trauma and the role that image-making and the media of film and photography have played in the development of modern society.

Practice International is an initiative of Casco-Office for Art, Design & Theory (Utrecht),Iaspis (Stockholm), and Iniva (London). Park Chan-kyong’s exhibition is made possible with curatorial support by Seoul-based curator, writer, and translator/interpreter Jaeyong Park.

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