April 4, 2013
Tale of the tape bests eye witness In clearing Tahmir Craig of the Chester shooting death of Devon Williams, the prosecutor played fair and square and kept investigating, and technology showed what the naked eye missed: Craig was not the man visible in a murder-scene video ("No longer jailed in Delco," March 21). But the news isn't all good. After all, Craig was jailed for more than nine months, based primarily on video identification by a neighborhood store owner of a different race.
March 15, 2013 |
PART POLITICAL procedural, part seamlessly re-created time capsule, Pablo Larrain's "No" re-visits Chile in 1988, when brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet - under pressure from the international community - held a plebiscite on his leadership, which he had seized in a coup in 1973. "No" follows the quixotic advertising campaign mounted to remove Pinochet from power. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Rene Saavedra, a brash young advertising executive who masterminds a media strategy that infused an inherently negative word ("no")
February 28, 2013 |
Can a video lie? Should it get the last word? Is it always or ever subject to interpretation? Can a million people on YouTube see what they believe to be a Philadelphia police officer striking a woman to the ground and a judge see something else? "This is not a social media contest," Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan said after finding former Lt. Jonathan Josey not guilty of doing what the viral video seemed to show he had done: strike a woman during last year's Puerto Rican Day festivities.
November 20, 2012 |
You never really expected the gangly kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun to become a handsome icon of cool: a romantic indie-flick lead in (500) Days of Summer , a sharp supporting actor in Lincoln and The Dark Knight Rises , a quirky action hero in Looper . That's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. At 31, he's got the got the acting chops, good looks, and hipster-geek demeanor to lead a mini-revolution. That's exactly what he tried to do on Monday when he sold out the Merriam Theater as the front man of hitRECord.
August 28, 2012 |
One defendant asked if he could have an ice cream cake at his next court appearance, since it fell on his 20th birthday. Another, locked up for attempting to steal an $8.53 backpack, had been in jail for retail theft five times in the last year. A third man had been stabbed in a Chinese restaurant, then staggered up the street bleeding profusely. For collapsing in someone's home, he was charged with attempted trespass and attempted burglary and, because he had three open cases pending trial, held on $10,000 bail.
April 5, 2012 |
NEW FIELD reporter Gregg Murphy won't be the only addition to the Phillies' broadcast experience this season on Comcast SportsNet. CSN, which will air 109 games, is ramping up its coverage by utilizing state-of-the-art video technology, which it calls "Ultra-Mo," to provide clearer slow-motion replays. "It is crystal clear," says Shawn Oleksiak, CSN's senior executive producer of live events. Oleksiak says that normal video is captured at 30 frames per second. Ultra-Mo uses a varied, or adjusted, frame rate, enabling more frames per second, which allows clarity on replays that previously was unavailable.
November 15, 2010 |
A 21st-century micro-symphony? An extremely eventful fanfare? A soundtrack to a yet-to-be-made film? All such descriptions apply to Tan Dun's Internet Symphony No. 1 ("Eroica") , which, typical of this composer, is as interesting to explain as it is to hear. Tan conducted the local premiere Friday as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra's multimedia Sound Waves series, along with The Map, his 2002 concerto for cello, video, and orchestra, which has aged in curious ways since last heard here five years ago. The Internet Symphony warrants a reprieve from the unwritten rule that composers should never talk about a piece for longer than it takes to perform.
August 2, 2009 |
Out on a walking tour of the city last week, Michelle Davis, Rhiana Pettenati, and Michelle Gailey strolled around City Hall (very nice) and LOVE Park (ditto), then pushed through the revolving doors into the refrigerated lobby of the glass skyscraper at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard. The women were confused. Some guy they'd met at a party the night before had told them, "Your life is not complete until you see the Comcast Center's video wall. " So here they were, and all they were looking at was a corporate-sleek, wood-paneled surface - 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, to be exact - above the three hallways leading to the building's innards.
June 27, 2005 |
More than 15,000 educators and technology vendors are in town this week to talk about the latest developments in educational technology. Blogging by teachers, new ways to test students online, and examples of classrooms of the future will be featured during the National Educational Computing Conference, which runs through Thursday. "If you want to get the best overview of what is happening with cutting-edge educational technology in the United States and the world, NECC is the place to do that," said Don Knezek, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education.
June 10, 2004 |
Residents of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District can tune to cable Channel 14 (TETV) to see recorded meetings of their school board. The access provided is excellent, with many reruns to ensure that any interested resident may be informed. The board has also gone out of its way to promote information dissemination on the Internet by publishing agendas, reports and minutes on its Web site (www.tesd.k12.pa.us) and in a free e-mail list. All this puts Tredyffrin-Easttown at the forefront of openness, as noted in recent news articles about telecasts of government meetings.