Blue Ridge Mountains

I’ve been slowly migrating my old raw photos from Aperture to Lightroom. I’m using Lightroom for the processing and storage of the raw files and then the “finished” photo gets imported back into Aperture. I love Lightroom’s editing capabilities but I’m just not thrilled with its photo management. So I’ll continue to use Aperture for the management of my finished photos as well as adding keywords, ratings, etc.

These photos were shot back in 2006 on my way back home from a Virginia Tech football game. I stopped at one of the scenic areas on Interstate 64 between Waynesboro and Charlottesville.

Virginia Mountains

Barn

Virginia Mountains

Farm

Fall Foliage

Sun breaking through the clouds

Sun through the clouds

Farm

Farm in Virginia mountains

Who do we blame for Virginia Tech's loss against Boise State?

I’m still trying to recover from the game from Monday night.  It was a very exciting game and for a Hokie fan, it had lows, then highs, and then, finally, lows again.  Tech fans are debating on the forums about who is responsible for the loss. Was it the offensive coordinator, the offensive line, the special teams, the defense, or the head coach?  I’ve thought about this for the last several days and I think I have decided who to lay the blame on.

I don’t care what happened in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, or 3rd quarter.  Spot them 17 points? Who cares. Give up 10 points on special teams?  Who cares. Why do I say this? Simple, with 5 minutes to go in the game we have the ball and the lead. That’s all that matters. The other 55 minutes are history. In the past.

Let me repeat. With 5 minutes to play in the game, we have the lead, the ball and a 1st down.

I think that Coach Beamer forgets this will all the reasons he gave to the media yesterday.

First, the O fails to run the clock out. They came close, but in my opinion, it was a horrible play call on 3rd and 8.  Why do we send only one receiver out?  Shouldn’t the quarterback have options?  Why not send out 4 receivers or even throw a quick screen to a WR? It had worked all night. Play it safe here. Keeping the clock going is just as important if not more than picking up the 1st down. Failure #1.

Second, when we did punt, it was not a great punt, no hang time at all.  And the coverage stunk.  I know there was a flag picked up for a block in the back.  But still, 10 other players weren’t in good position.  Boise got it out to the 40 yard line. Failure #2.

Third, the defense had its turn.  It had just held Boise State to a 3 and out the series before.  But not this time.  Here are the stats:  4 plays. 60 yards. 37 seconds. That’s just inexcusable.  Yes, I know there was a questionable personal foul call against a defensive player for a late hit.  Failure #3.

Finally, the offense got another opportunity after Boise State took the lead.  Still had about a minute left with two timeouts left and needing to go about 40 yards to have a realistic shot at a field goal.  So what do they do? Throw deep on 1st down.  Get sacked on 2nd down.  Throw deep on 3rd down.  And finally throw deep on 4th down.  Seriously?  This is what our 2 minute offense consists of?  I see better two minute offenses in Pee-Wee football.  Failure #4.

So in the last 2 minutes of the game, the offense, special teams and defense all had a chance to step up and win the game. And all three phases failed, as well as the coaching.

If you are willing to relive the pain, here is VTPhreak4evr’s highlights of the game

My college rankings are out. (A week early)

I’m publishing my college rankings a week early this season. No surprises. LSU and Oklahoma are at the top. My Hokies are #17 but I predict they will fall over the next three weeks. Why? They face UNC, Clemson, and Duke in their next three games. UNC and Duke will kill their strenght of schedule and Clemson will probably just kill them.

If Tech doesn’t find an offense soon, its going to be a long season.

The Elgato Turbo.264 rocks!

One of my hobbies is converting Virginia Tech football games from video to digital. I’m using Final Cut Studio to do the job. I export my video’s to MPEG-4 H.264 640×480 resolution at 2500 kbits/s and 128kbps AAC audio. Normally, I export only one half of a football game at a time and let it do the encoding while I’m sleeping. A 30 – 40 minute video will take about 3 to 4 hours on my Power Mac Dual G5 2.0ghz machine.

I had been reading about the Elgato Turbo.264 device which offloads the encoding from the computers CPU to the Turbo.264 Video Encoder Hardware. It looks like a thumb drive and plugs into a USB 2.0 port. Well, I ordered it and received it today.

I did a test to see how it performed. I took a video clip of a Virginia Tech game that was 2 minutes 6 seconds and exported it to Apple TV format. This translates to a 720×480 video at 2500 kbits/s data rate. It took about 9 minutes. Then I plugged in the Elgato Turbo.264 thingamajiggy and had the clip export to the Apple TV (Elgato Turbo) setting. It was done in less than 3 minutes! Amazing! So how’s the quality? Looking at the two video’s side by side, the Turbo.264 encoded video looks far better.

For my final test, I copied the video to my Mac mini which is running Ubuntu 7.04. I brought up VLC and the video looks great on Ubuntu as well.

I highly recommend it. And you too can save $2500 like I did. The Mac Pro is $2499. The Elgato Turbo.264 is far less at Amazon.

Don't blame the computers for putting Rutgers #2

The new BCS rankings are out and all the sports writers are complaining that Rutgers is #2 in the computer rankings. Well, its what you asked for. You took out the margin of victory. This is what is left. All you have to do is look at Jeff Sagarin’s rankings and Kenneth Massey’s rankings. Compare their BCS rankings with their unmodified rankings which DO take into account the margin of victory. Rutgers is #2 in both Massey’s and Sagarin’s BCS rankings. Ohio State is #6 in Massey’s BCS rankings and #3 in Sagarin’s BCS rankings. But with margin of victory factored in, Rutgers falls to #6 in Massey’s rankings and #8 in Sagarin’s rankings. Ohio State moves to #1 in both.

You can view all the computer rankings on Kenneth Massey’s College Football Ranking Comparison.

The fact is, writers don’t want facts to get in the way of their opinions. And they think they can more accurately rank schools than the computers can.