As Ireland’s first stop motion feature film heads into post-production, a different animated short from that country has already captured our employees’ hearts.And according to Ron Diamond, curator of the Animation Show of Shows, it’s pure human emotion that makes for a great short film.In the case of Witold Kozlowski’s creation, that emotion shown above is the frustration of waiting hours for a slow download only to have your system crash. Luckily for our lead character in this tale, aliens heard his anguish.You see, Kozlowski, who has worked at Dell EMC for over five years as an upgrade engineer in Cork, Ireland, made his stop motion short as part of a recent “I am Alienware” contest among our employees.“I really enjoyed making it and it’s really nice when you get so much positive feedback,” said Kozlowski. “I’ve been an enthusiast of stop motion animation for about 10 years.”His first contact with stop-motion was as a kid watching cartoons.“If I remember that was ‘Koala Brothers,’ Kozlowski said. “I did some research and found behind-the-scenes photos and articles about stop motion technique, then I bought some ‘making animations’ books and that’s how it starts.”Entries to the contest could be any video at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than one minute, that communicated their creator’s love for Alienware. Kozlowski’s minute-long entry took him “around 40, maybe 50 hours” to create.“Most of that time was for building the puppet of the main character and other models,” he explained. “All you can see in the movie are miniature physical items, there are no 3D computer-generated objects at all.”But what did Kozlowski used to stitch everything together? His Dell Inspiron desktop with Intel Core i5 processor and 6Gb of RAM.“It’s a couple years old but still working like a charm,” he said.As the first-place winner, Kozlowski will bring home some new hardware — an Alienware Aurora desktop, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor, Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard and Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse.“I know the Alienware hardware and I love its outstanding design and performance. It was always my dream to get one of them,” he said. However, someone else in his household will get to enjoy this one.“I took a part in the ‘I am Alienware’ contest as I promised my son to buy for him his own desktop, and I thought that it will be a nice surprise if I win and can give him the Alienware.”From laptops to desktops to consoles, Alienware’s innovative design, high-performance processors and lightning-fast graphics have earned Dell’s iconic gaming brand 35 awards and counting in 2017 and the loyalty of fans around the world – including many of our own teammates.Other top entries in the contest included one from Emily Turner of Dell EMC in North Carolina, James Joyner of Dell in Texas, as well as Hugo Ferreira and Marek Fudala both of Dell in Slovakia Bratislava.And now, without further ado, here is Kozlowski’s winning entry for your enjoyment.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man during an armed robbery in Freeport two years ago.Jerod Plowden had been convicted at Nassau County court in May of second-degree murder and robbery.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old St. Albans man lured Moez Hassan, also of Queens, to an abandoned home on Steven Street under the pretense of buying Xanax pills from him at 1:35 p.m. on April 12, 2011.Plowden and another man, Nolan Gaugler of Mineola, instead robbed the victim of 75 Xanax pills and about $30 at gunpoint before Hassan was shot five times. He was struck in the head, chest, left arm and twice in the abdomen.Gaugler was apprehended within minutes and Plowden was caught 16 days later in Suffolk County after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over in a routine traffic stop.Gaugler pleaded guilty to robbery. He is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison. read more
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Free speech, however, is not a license to do anything at anytime. What makes the school protest different is that we have laws requiring student attendance and we try to provide a positive learning environment for the schools to perform their mission.By not discouraging walkouts, the schools are encouraging violation of the law. The taxpayers are assessed billions of dollar to provide the facilities and trained teachers to give the students foundations in the sciences and humanities. A walk stops this mission. While a walkout may be for 17 minutes, the process changes the dynamics and learning environment for the entire day and certainly doesn’t protect the rights of the students who are striving to master the mandated curriculum. Walkouts during the school day, like any other form of truancy, shouldn’t be permitted.As it’s reported in the paper, future protests may be planned. Let’s encourage free speech, but not in violation of the law and at the expense of those who wish to learn the prescribed studies.Gene AltmanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Christopher Ognibene wrote a March 25 letter shaming the school districts that discouraged student walkouts. While I know Mr. Ognibene is a talented and dedicated educator, I must disagree with this view.Students, and all of us, have the right of free speech and can express our opinions on gun laws, environmental concerns, pro-choice, pro-life, animal rights and an infinite number of controversial issues. We also have the right to go to Washington to protest or protest at the offices of our elected officials. read more
Topics : Among other recommendations, the report urges the Education Ministry and Culture Ministry and local education agencies to make interventions to support teachers and to prevent inequalities in education from widening.A similar survey by the education ministry found that most schools in Indonesia, or 97.6 percent of schools surveyed, have moved to remote learning during the pandemic. The survey, however, also found that distance learning has reduced teacher-student interactions significantly.“During the pandemic, interaction between teachers and students has decreased. Students are only engaged in learning activities around two to four days a week, and for less than two hours a day,” Iwan Syahri, the ministry’s director general for teachers and educational staff, said.Iwan said the COVID-19 outbreak had challenged every teacher in Indonesia to adapt and find new ways to teach their students. The ministry, he said, had launched a website called Guru Berbagi to provide a space for teachers to share teaching methods and learning materials they have used during pandemic – either for online classes or in combination with online and offline classes. “There are many ways to improve the learning process […] because we cannot wait until we reach the ideal internet connectivity rate [nationwide],” he said.A 2018 Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII) survey showed that although 64.8 percent of the Indonesian population was connected to the internet, these numbers were centralized in Java.Read also: Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closedIwan said the ministry would soon launch an “adaptive curriculum”, which will be tailored to the needs of teaching and learning activities during pandemic.“We have to adjust our expectations [toward education]. This [health] emergency is not only about how we shift to using new tools for learning,” he said.Several community groups across the country, meanwhile, have taken the initiative to help students from economically disadvantaged families access online classes.One such group is Wartawan Lintas Media (Journalists Across Media), which was established by journalists from various media outlets in Jakarta. The group’s latest project encourages people to donate old but still functioning smartphones to help students with no access to technology during the pandemic. The group is also collecting donations for mobile data plans.Group member Agnes Theodora Wolkh Wagunu said the idea came when the group members were distributing aid, mostly food supplies, to low-income families in Jakarta in the early days of the pandemic. They often found that children from these families could not access online classes because their parents did not have devices for their children to use.The group is also raising funds on crowdfunding platform Kitabisa.Agnes said some people from other provinces had also reached out to the group for input on how to start similar campaigns in their regions.“It will take a long time if we rely on the government – because of its bureaucracy. Not to mention that [intervention] also requires political will; and the government probably already has too much on its plate as well. So, now we are doing what we can to help others,” Agnes said.Read also: Teacher recruitment needs better quality, equality: IGIIn Yogyakarta, an initiative called BisaBelajar has been collecting donations for mobile data plans for students from low-income families.The group found that the parents of many students who struggled to participate in online classes were low-skilled subcontract workers or tourism workers, a sector that has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.Hasnaa Naila, the initiator of the movement, said it started collecting its first batch of donations in April to help elementary and secondary school students in Yogyakarta who required internet access to prepare for the semester’s final exams.In the first round of fundraising from May to June, BisaBelajar collected around Rp 5.2 million ($354), which it used to pay for mobile data plans for 160 students in Yogyakarta. The group will continue raising funds until students return to school.“We understand that internet connectivity is not the only problem […]. We continue looking for what else we can do to help,” said Naila, who graduated from a university in Yogyakarta in February. “At the end of the day, we are doing the best we can to help.”Editor’s note: Updated to correct details of fundraising efforts For the past four months, more than 60 million students across the nation have been forced to study from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But online learning presents new obstacles, particularly with uneven access to technology and inadequate online teaching methods, and concern is now growing that remote learning could worsen inequalities in education.A survey launched on Thursday by the SMERU Research Institute showed that while teachers in major cities in Java had proper facilities to teach their students online, teachers in villages, especially outside Java, have needed to visit their students’ homes to give and collect homework because of a lack of access to the internet and digital devices.“Students [without access to technology] are mostly state school students in villages, especially outside Java. They are prone to experiencing losses in education,” Florischa Ayu Tresnatri, a researcher at SMERU, said in a public discussion Thursday. read more