ANALYSIS – Rupert Fryer Coach: Oscar Tabarez Oscar Washington Tabarez is one of the true greats of international football. For the dozens who to have been anointed the nickname, few are as deserving of their ‘el maestro’ tag than the 71-year-old former schoolteacher.After leading his country to the Round of 16 at Italia 90, the former Boca Juniors and Milan coach returned for his second stint in charge in 2006 and has remained ever since, battling his recent ill health to continue Uruguay’s great tradition as the greatest overachievers in the history of world sports. He took Uruguay to the semi-finals at World Cup 2010 and followed it up by lifting the Copa America a year later. A Round of 16 appearance in at World Cup 2014 was followed by a quarter-final berth in Russia this year. Rising star: Rodrigo Bentancur Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! For almost a decade of Tabarez’s current reign, the one thing his sides lacked was creativity in the central midfield zones. From Nicolas Lodeiro to Gaston Ramirez, time and again the bright young things tipped to provide the missing ingredient went on only to disappoint. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, a generational quirk.Matias Vecino, Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Lucas Torreira all appeared at once, alongside perhaps the most gifted of the lot, Rodrigo Bentancur. Instantly tipped for the top after rising through the ranks at Boca Juniors in Argentina, the tall, elegant midfield schemer repeatedly impressed in Buenos Aires while also never quite dominating matches in the way many had hoped he would. But Juventus had seen more than enough, and snapped him up for a relative pittance. Now a regular at one of Europe’s leading clubs, the 21-year-old combines Uruguayan grit with Uruguayan grace and is certainly one to keep an eye on at the Emirates. One to watch: Lucas Torreira “If Torreira were 1.8 metres tall, he would already cost €100 million and would be considered among the strongest playmakers in the world,” Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo told Corriere dello Sport last year . “He can play it short or long, wins the ball back, restarts play and always seems to know where the ball will be. He’ll go to a big club that does not care so much about his stature.”Lucas Torreira can’t wait! #Brasil vs #Uruguay Emirates Stadium November 16 pic.twitter.com/DyFOtbR5zB— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 9, 2018The 22-year-old has done exactly that since making a high-profile switch to Arsenal this past summer. After being eased into the team by new coach Unai Emery, he is fast-becoming possibly the Gunners’ most important player, providing both grit and guile in a deep-lying central midfield role. He will be vital to Uruguay’s chances of a good result on Friday and looks set to be a fixture of this Uruguay side for many years to come. The view from Uruguay Daniel Edwards – Goal.com South America expertThe Celeste’s fortunes have been mixed since the exhilaration and ultimate disappointment of their journey to the 2018 World Cup quarter-final. A commanding 4-1 win over Mexico was followed in October by back-to-back defeats to South Korea and Japan in a mini Asian tour, leaving more questions than answers for veteran coach Oscar Tabarez as he continues preparations for next year’s Copa America. Tabarez welcomes back Luis Suarez against Brazil, but the big concern for Uruguay is at the back. Shorn of formidable Atletico Madrid pair Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, the country have called up five defenders with just two caps between them, alongside the slightly more experienced Diego Laxalt and old hand Martin Caceres. London, we’re coming back! #Brasil x #Uruguay November 16, 2018@Arsenal’s Emirates Stadiumhttps://t.co/mGPg6P2PUq pic.twitter.com/t5rY0rs8br— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) October 25, 2018The onus, then, will be on centre-midfield duo Lucas Torreira and Rodrigo Bentancur, both of whom are in scintillating form, to protect the backline and keep Brazil’s stars quiet. Nahitan Nandez, excused from international duty due to his Copa Libertadores duties with Boca Juniors, is another sensitive absence, but the Celeste will nevertheless be hoping their young guns can channel Uruguay’s traditional warrior spirit and hold their own against more experienced opposition. Track Brazil every step of the way on this month’s Brasil Global Tour by following us on Instagram , Twitter and Facebook for live updates, analysis, videos and more.
Log in to Reply August 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm August 18, 2016 at 4:04 am I’ve never exhibited much musical talent. Like many of my generation, I took (was forced to take?) a few music lessons as a small child. Neither the private lessons to which my parents sent me, nor the recorder lessons in the sixth grade at public school, were successful at finding any hidden talent. That’s not to say I didn’t have any interest. I thought that playing the bagpipes would be fun, and I tried, to no avail, to teach myself the piano and the banjo.The one instrument that I think I might have a chance of enjoying using is one that almost every engineer will have taken notice of at one time or another — the Theremin. This was featured heavily in early science fiction greats like The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Thing . More recently, Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory TV show used one to wreak havoc with his friends.The Theremin was invented in 1920 by Russian physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen, known as Léon Theremin outside the iron curtain. It’s a no-touch instrument. The controls are two antennas and the operator’s hands. The distance between each hand and its corresponding antenna acts as a variable capacitor. In the traditional implementation, one hand controls pitch while the other controls volume.Theremin were manufactured in the US for a time by RCA, and later by Moog (of Moog Synthesizer fame). In fact, you can still purchase a Moog Theremin, either pre-built or in kit form.I recently ran across Open.Theremin by Urs Gaudenz in Switzerland. This comes to life as an Arduino shield. Unlike many inexpensive Theremins, which often control pitch only, this device controls both pitch and volume like the original.The first thing we see on Urs’ website is this video showing Swiss Theremin player Coralie Ehinger playing the Open.Theremin. August 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm Log in to Reply August 17, 2016 at 2:54 am SPLatMan says: Log in to Reply August 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm “”…I thought that playing the bagpipes would be fun…”nnThere’s an old saying that the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the bagpipes… but doesn’t.nnAnother good one is:nnQ. How is playing the bagpipes like throwing a javelin b Log in to Reply antedeluvian says: “I have to say that your expression of concentration in your videos is pretty … well, concentrated (or is your underwear riding up? LOL)” August 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm August 20, 2016 at 12:46 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Continue Reading Previous SonificationNext Monolithic embedded RRAM presents challenges, opportunities “He sounds like a great guy!” August 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm “You’re very welcome – and thank Urs Gaudenz, the designer, for accidentally sending two, and then saying I didn’t have to send the second one back.” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: August 16, 2016 at 9:31 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “No one has mentioned the first (I think) use of the Theremin in popular music – the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”. I think the weird sound was a great help in the success of the song.nnAnd Max, if you can’t get your kit going, as always you’re welcom August 17, 2016 at 2:46 am Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply antedeluvian says: “DuanennI be;ieve that one could argue that the Theremin “sonified” the position of the hands. I know you saw my blog, but perhaps others didn’t.nhttp://www.embedded.com/electronics-blogs/without-a-paddle/4442561/Sonificationn” “DuanennA while ago I read a book on Lev. It’s a fascinating story. He was sent to the US to ostensibly market the device, which he sort of did. But he was also using the technology to develop metal detectors and that got him into high tech establishment Log in to Reply Duane Benson says: GSKrasle says: “Did You Know…nnLeaving a Tuba on your picnic table will guarantee that the campsites on either side remain unoccupied.nnLeaving an Accordion will guarantee the rest of the campground remains empty.nnBagpipes will keep even the rangers (and bears) Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Hi Duane — THANK YOU so much for sending me the Theremin Kit and Expansion Kit — I love Theremins (I always hoped to one day build one that actually worked / didn’t sound like a dying duck)” Log in to Reply August 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm 14 thoughts on “An Arduino-based Theremin” August 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm Duane Benson says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “An interesting product, but, but, but, how does it work?” “Ah — that does make sense LOL” Log in to Reply August 16, 2016 at 9:23 pm August 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm “Your hands, the two antennae, and ground form capacitors. In the original, the capacitance was used to alter the volume and frequency of the analog tuned circuit. In this version, the values are interpreted and then used to adjust volume and pull wave tab Log in to Reply “Well, that looks easy enough,” I thought to myself, so I immediately sent in my order for the kit, along with an extension kit. You can only imagine my surprise when, after a few days of anticipation, not one, but two Theremin kits and two extension kits arrived in the mail.Two Theremin kits (Source: Duane Benson) I shot an email to Urs, the developer and seller of Open.Theremin. He said that I didn’t need to return the extra and could, instead, send it to a good friend. That would be Max Maxfield, who you doubtless know well if you’re a regular on Embedded.com or EETimes.com.Assembling the base shield is quite easy. All that’s required is soldering the Arduino headers onto the board, connecting up the antennae and ground wire, and calibrating.Assembled base Theremin (Source: Duane Benson) I hit a small stumbling block at the calibration step, which requires tuning to 600 Hz. Being non-musical, I really can’t even guess at what 600 Hz sounds like. However, I was able to solve that problem with modern technology in the form of my smart phone. I found an oscilloscope app (AR-Oscilloscope for Android) that supports the mic as a signal source.Two very important steps here are to wait the recommended ten minute “warm up” time and to carefully ground the board. It may seem strange to need to let a solid state device warm up, but many component values change slightly with temperature and this is a very sensitive device.The kit includes a small screwdriver for the calibration step. This is a nice touch, but be aware that — being metal — the screwdriver will affect the tone. I had to adjust, remove the screw driver, and then measure, as opposed to measuring as I was adjusting. Using a plastic screwdriver might make things a bit easier.The extension kit adds two potentiometers, banana plugs for the antennas, a blue LED, a face plate, and a stick-on tripod mount for your Arduino. It’s almost as easy to build as the first part. Just don’t do what I did to the LED and bend the leads the wrong way.Side view of completed unit (Source: Duane Benson) Speaking of the LED, after bending the leads it sits on top of the push button switch. Another recommendation I have is to put a small piece of insulating tape between the LED leads and the button. Part of the button case is metal and it’s possible — as I’ve empirically determined — to short the leads when pressing on the LED/button.LED and button (Source: Duane Benson) Installing the software is no more difficult than installing any Arduino code. Download the sketch from the Open.Theremin website; move it in your Arduino folder, open it, compile and upload. The software is designed for use with the Arduino Uno and says it’s not compatible with the Arduino Leonardo or Mega. This is because the sketch directly accesses the microcontroller hardware in some cases. That reduces the code size, but makes porting to a different MCU, as used in the Leonardo or Mega, a little more involved.Ready to go (Source: Duane Benson) My Theremin is now built, programmed, and mounted on a tripod. I can make Theremin sounds, which is awesome, but — given my limited skill — it will take some practice before I can actually call what I’m generating “music.” As you’ll see, this video proves two things: (a) that my Theremin makes music and (b) that I don’t.As you might have noticed in the above video, each antenna controls a different pitch, as opposed to the more traditional implementation in which one controls the pitch and the other controls the volume. This Theremin, being Arduino based, is easy to modify in software. Urs has a few different sketches on his website, including a pitch-volume sketch and the pitch-pitch sketch I uses in the video.For your auditory delight, here’s another video with my antennas presented in a more traditional configuration.Because this design is open source, and because I can’t leave well-enough alone, I decided to re-layout the board and add in a complete Arduino Uno. I’ve kept the key mechanical locations the same, so the original expansion kit will still fit.The shield already uses surface mount parts, but I’m using smaller packages to get that extra room. As I usually do, I downloaded some of the chip footprints from SnapEDA.com. Doing so saves time and increases confidence that my footprints will have their pins in the right spots.Unfinished layout for the Theremin+Uno (Source: Duane Benson) The new layout will be finished up in a few days or so. Since I get my boards assembled for free at Screaming Circuits (my day job), I usually have to wait for any paying customer’s boards to be completed, which means I’m not sure exactly when my Theremin+Uno will be finished. I’ll post some follow-up pictures when it becomes available. Meanwhile, as always, I appreciate any comments and questions. Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply David_Ashton_EC says: “I’ll do that. It’s a fascinating story. If I recall correctly, he disappeared for quite a number of years leading to speculation that he had been killed. But, then he reemerged later in life. “ “The expression comes from the fear that Mt Theremin might come back out of the grave to avenge the butchering of his awesome instrument.” Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. read more
New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has once again backed Rohit Sharma for the Test opener’s role and feels that the batsman deserved an opportunity in the longest format of the game. Ahead of the India and West Indies series, Ganguly had opined Rohit should be tried for the opening slot. However, he was left out for both the games. Ganguly also said K.L. Rahul’s poor form can push the team management to try out Rohit as the opener with Mayank Agarwal. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Rohit had a great run in the recently conclued World Cup 2019, where he slammed five hundreds. “I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India. “After a fantastic World Cup, I believe he will be itching to grab the opportunity to open in Tests. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari settling in nicely, there is not much left to play around in the middle-order,” the former captain added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Ganguly also felt fixing the problem with the opening slot is the need of the hour for India in longest format of the game. “The opening still remains an area to work on. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. His partner KL Rahul, though, has flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” Ganguly opined. Speaking on the poor show by Jason Holder-led West Indes side in the series, where they were whitewashed 0-2, Ganguly said the hosts lacked application. “As has been clearly evident in every form of the contest, West Indies have the talent but in terms of application, the they are a long way off. How they manage to resurrect themselves from here on will define the future of West Indies cricket,” the former left-handed batsman wrote. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fun on the Fourth continues on Saturday, June 30 at the Town Common!Saturday’s ScheduleThe schedule, courtesy of the Fourth of July Committee’s website, is below:Breakfast7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Knights of Columbus (At K of C Hall, 126 Middlesex Ave), $5 (Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes, Waffles, Hash Browns, Juice, Coffee)Family Day8:30 – 12:30 Travel’n DJ Sounds8:30 Assemble for Doll Carriage and Bike Parade (on Town Common)9:15 Opening CeremoniesRaffle Ticket Drawing-Bikes (need to be present to win) Bikes donated by Friends of Jeff Stone Trucking 9:30 Limbo Contest9:40 Wiffle Ball (Family Bracket)9:45 Hula Hoop Contest10:00 Baby Crawl (12 months and under)10:15 Family Fun Magic Show w/Fran Flynn (Family Entertainer)10:45 Tug of War11:15 3-legged Race11:45 Water Balloon Toss12:15 Bucket Brigade12:00 – 10:00 Carnival (Family Day $12.00 Unlimited Rides with wristband from 12:00 – 5:00 PM) (5PM – 10PM Regular Prices)4:00 2nd Annual Fire Dept. vs. Police Dept. Softball Game (High School Baseball Field)6:00 – 9:00 Cornhole Tournament, 2 per Team (Participants must sign a Consent Form. Under 18 signed by a parent.)DinnerFood Court – Support the groups on the common!Entertainment12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival (Note: 12PM – 5PM, Unlimited Rides with $12 Wristband) (5PM – 10PM, Regular Prices)6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Performance by Haywire (Country Rock) (sponsored by The Savings Bank)6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Cornhole Tournament – Doubles Teams consisting of 2 players against 2 players. (participants must sign a consent/release form. Under 18 signed by parent.)What’s Next?The rest of this year’s Fun on the Fourth schedule can be found HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Thursday, July 4In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Schedule For Saturday, July 1 (FAMILY FUN DAY)In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Friday, July 5In “Community” read more
Post a comment Mobile Tech Industry 0 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Snap saw a 10% increase in the retention rate of people who opened the ephemeral-messaging app for the first time after it revamped its Android version, the company said. Most of its growth in daily active users came from outside of North America and Europe, data from Snap shows. Snap reported $388 million in revenue in the second quarter, which was well above the $359.7 million that analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected.The company posted a loss of 6 cents per share, beating expectations of a loss of 10 cents per share. Snap’s net loss narrowed to $255 million from $353.1 million during the same period last year.The company’s stock is up more than 11 percent to $16.54 per share in after-hours trading. Originally published July 23, 1:36 p.m. PTUpdate, 1:46 p.m. PT: Adds more details about Snap’s user growthUpdate, 2:33 p.m. PT: Adds remarks from earnings call and from an analystUpdate, 2:57 p.m. PT: Adds information about popular Snapchat filter Share your voice Snap reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Angela Lang/CNET Snap, the parent company of ephemeral-messaging app Snapchat, said Tuesday that its daily active user base grew 7% to 203 million in the second quarter, suggesting the company was seeing success with its revamped Android app. That’s an increase of 13 million from the 190 daily active users the company reported in the first quarter.Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a call with analysts said that new Snapchat Lenses, an augmented reality feature that allows people to distort their faces, helped to fuel user growth. One popular filter that Snapchat released this year allowed users to change their gender in photos. “The popularity of these Lenses drew millions of people into our rebuilt Android application, where they experienced the new and improved Snapchat that led to increased engagement,” Spiegel said. The growth in users is the biggest gain the company has had since the second quarter of 2016, he said.Snap has been grappling with challenges, including executive turnover, and was experiencing consecutive drops in daily active users. Growth has returned this year, though Snap’s user base is still smaller than those of competitors such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. In April, the company updated Snapchat’s Android app with a revamped camera and fewer bugs. The company also released new games and original shows on Snapchat in an effort to keep users on the platform longer. “Now the challenge is to convince those newly added users to stick around and continue to use Snapchat on an ongoing basis,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in a statement. “As long as it continues to roll out compelling new features, they will do that.” Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:14 Snapchat read more