Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
When she announced that she was leaving the station for personal reasons I figured that this was a terminal decision for the station. (Her boyfriend had committed suicide in the ATL and being in the city was too painful to her). She is to be credited because her on the air presence never gave hint of any personal drama. She remained as her normal perky self throughout.
Markina Brown stepped in to the job with big shoes to fill.
I later learned that Markina Brown is a trained meteorologist, unlike her predecessor. She is able to do the analysis that had required a "two man" format in the past.
For some reason though I hadn't been fully sold on Markina Brown UNTIL I saw this video below. There is something about that dress and how she fills it out in the right places that has me more interested in watching the weather report.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
I was driving home and looked over and saw W.E.B. Du Bois raking his leaves yard.
Put a pointy goatee on that brother and you would have a perfect match.
I had to turn my car around, go back up the street, turn around and take a picture - all without having him look at me taking a picture of him. Sorry but by cellphone does not have that great of a zoom.
What? You don't think that Du Bois ever raked his own leaves?
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Consumer Reports Magazine says X-Box motion controller doesn't have problem recognizing users with darker skin
NEW YORK — Looking to debunk a report that Microsoft's new motion-sensing video game controller might be racist, Consumer Reports says it found no evidence that Kinect has problems recognizing users with darker skin.
GameSpot, a popular video game website, said earlier it found through testing Kinect that its facial recognition camera system did not work properly for some players with darker skin.
Consumer Reports said Thursday the problem is related to low-level lighting, and not directly to players' skin color. Kinect's camera, it says, needs enough light and contrast so it can determine players' facial features. Then it can perform software recognition and log them in to the Xbox gaming system.
Microsoft launched Kinect on Thursday. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
GameSpot said it continued its testing of Kinect Thursday "with more users in different rooms and different clothing. At first, the two employees who originally would not be recognized by the camera were correctly identified on the first try. However, when one changed from a light blue shirt to a black shirt (but stayed in the same room with the same lighting), the camera again failed to recognize him after multiple calibration tests. It also failed to recognize another darker-skinned GameSpot employee after four calibration attempts."
The goal of Kinect "is to break down the barriers for everyone to play, and it will work with people of all shapes and ethnicities at launch," a Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot. Any Kinect owners who are having calibration or recognition problems can call 1-800-469-9269, the company said