There is quite a bit of hobbyist activity - it is legal if treated the same as model airplanes - namely you have to be within line of sight of an operator and they can fly no higher than 400 feet. If you want to start playing around, DIY Drones is an excellent hobbyist resource. Nice ready to fly autonomous UAVs that can carry a small video camera can be had for about $1000, but it probably makes sense to build your own.
There is clearly no debate that Komen is fulfilling it’s priority to “educate” the public about breast cancer. But I have to question whether the $135.5 million Komen spent on its Education program in 2009 represents value for money for it’s many, many donors.
After all, we can educate about apparent risk factors; so-called prevention measures like exercise, healthy diet, lifestyle factors and so on, but for so many women who have been diagnosed, these factors do not sufficiently explain their breast cancers. We can educate on the advantages of early detection, but there is no medical certainty that a woman won’t experience recurrence or metastasis in the near or far future. We can educate about the importance of self-examinations and mammograms, yet these screening methods are no guarantee that a breast cancer tumor will be detected. We can educate women about available treatments, but this is no substitute for game-changing research and the scientific facts that women need in making decisions about their treatment options. Research is still lacking in all of these areas. We are educating the public about a disease that has no cure and for which our knowledge is still extremely limited.
Why does Komen continue to pour money into breast cancer education and awareness programs, at ever-increasing rates and at the expense of research which could potentially alter the course of our breast cancer epidemic? Why we do have hundreds of breast cancer organizations producing the same educational information, all incurring their own costs in doing so, and decreasing the overall funding pool available for potentially life-saving research? When are our nation’s largest breast cancer fundraisers going to realize this duplication of efforts with respect to education is, quite simply, a colossal waste of money? When are our breast cancer fundraisers going to realize the economic synergies of sharing and integrating their Education programs?
I’m not saying that breast cancer education isn’t an important facet in dealing with this disease epidemic. But all the education in the world is never going to provide us with a cure or the kinds of treatments that will allow us to live long and productive lives. I’m simply questioning whether there is a better and more economically efficient way for our breast cancer charities to fulfill their breast cancer education missions.
For that to happen there needs to be a spirit of cooperation and a common goal that is neutral to the spoils of corporate partnerships, sponsorships and other business incentives. The $542.5 million spent by Komen on its Education program from 2004-2009 sure is a lot of money for us to be getting our priorities wrong with respect to this disease.
Their concentration is more on education with a fairly heavy admininstrative cost. So if you want to support high executive salaries and a lot of PR, Komen may be a good charity, but if you want to make your donations more efficient, give directly to research centers when the work is being done... most of them have mechanisms for accepting donations.
Hasselblad Launches State-of-the-art Online Video Platform
02/02/2012 Hasselblad is set to launch Hasselblad tv – an exclusive new multi-language online video platform that will ‘target and engage’ the company’s global audience of professional and aspirational photographers.
After two years of planning HTV will launch on February 2 offering viewers a range of channel options, including education and training videos, product information, global news and events plus peer videos submitted by Hasselblad photographers worldwide.
Chris Russell-Fish, Hasselblad’s Global Sales and Marketing Director said: “This is a very exciting project for us, our customers and trade partners like broncolor, Epson and SanDisk”.
“We are working with award-winning digital specialists Skylab to produce a comprehensive standalone platform - primarily an education and research tool of ‘all things Hasselblad’. It will be easy to use but with all the appropriate functionality, including options to download PDF information photographers may find useful after browsing a particular video.”
He added: “We all know there are countless thousands of videos available on YouTube but we wanted to create one single place where Hasselblad enthusiasts can go to access fundamental training on our camera systems; how to attach a back, for example, or tips and tricks on software techniques. We have emulated the excellent BBC iPlayer model but we also wanted to provide our service across a number of languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. So an Italian architectural photographer will be able to simply access our Italian channel and watch a playlist of videos in that genre, in his or her native language.”
Hasselblad is now looking for photographers to submit videos of interesting shoots, stories and events. Of course Hasselblad will retain the right to edit material but there will be no overarching censorship criteria - other than the obvious and universal constraints of common decency. These videos are frequently between three and seven minutes long but if photographers submit material that is of particular interest but longer, then Hasselblad would still provide the space.
Added Russell-Fish: “This initiative is very much a work in progress and it’s a ‘call to action’ to photographers worldwide. We want everyone, from students to leading professionals - from those who rent Hasselblad cameras and those who own them - to submit their videos.”
Launch channels will include Hasselblad: products, company history, news and events; education and training - cameras, software, and innovation. Hasselblad Masters’ videos encompassing various photo-genres including architectural, editorial, fashion/beauty; fine art, landscape/nature; portrait/social and wildlife. Hasselblad is setting up initial bespoke channels for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, USA & Canada, Asia Pacific and Europe - with more global channels to follow.
There will also be a Hasselblad Studio and a VICTOR Magazine/Bulletin channel.
Hasselblad tv is easily accessible on PC or Mac computers and on iPhones and iPads. Please check out htv.hasselblad.com
a lower carbon forecast .. lots of information to wait for, but potenially good news. moving in the right direction for once! (via Dan Lashof at the NRDC)
How about a little good news for a change?
Something strange happened after the failure of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in 2010. Projections of future carbon emissions went down.
Part of that is due to the Great Recession of course, but that is far from the whole story. In fact, a number of market, technology, and policy factors have combined to fundamentally change the official forecast of what will happen to carbon pollution rates in the absence of new policies.