English, August II

Yes it’s correct. The name will never be -English, August II- but more likely *Mammaries of the Welfare State.*

Non Linear Editing 2006

Neil Sadwelkar has sent me a comment which I’m posting for those of you who may be following the debate on film editing.

bq. Most of what I’d written about system spec needed for feature editing on small machines still holds – yesterday’s announcement on new Intel Macs notwithstanding.

bq. Meaning, sometime now we’re going to see Intel Macminis as well. So the question would be. Now that Macs are Intel and hence many times faster, can we do feature editing on Intel Minis or MacBooks?

bq. The answer in the short term seems to still be a “No”. That’s because FCP is not yet Intel native, so its going to run via some emulation that probably makes it slower than on existing PowerPC mased Macs. Rosetta or something they call it. But come March, we’ll be able to trade in our existing FCP DVDs and get a Intel native FCP for just $ 50. That should do the trick.

bq. So I guess when all this software porting thing settles down, by about March ’06 I think I’ll be able to ‘qualify’ an FCP system to run on a MacBook and do an entire feature on it.

bq. I’ll have begun editing a feature by then, so, if some kind soul from Apple or something loans me a MacBook or an iMac, I’ll sure put it through the grinds of a real feature edit, so by July I should be able to say “It works … I’ve done it!”

*Any takers?*

Sneh Sanyal

The feisty English teacher who was head of the English department at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and the spirit behind the famous painter B.C. Sanyal, passed away this morning at 11am at her Nizamuddin residence in New Delhi.
Amma as she was fondly called loved a good read and a good discussion. Passionate about Punjabi theatre, literature, politics and ofcourse the world of art she was the beacon of her family.
My memory of her will always be one of her teaching me grammar; the small green edition of Wren and Martin in one hand while at the same time trying to bake some new exotic bread.
Food and Grammar; what a mix!
The last six months were painful. She had weak hearing and then was struck by a partial paralysis on her left side. Her memory was failing her and the last time I met her I’m not sure she knew who I was.
Her daughter Amba Sanyal, my cousin was one of the few with whom she spoke to till the very end.
For the family, it’s really the slow closing in of an era.
I took this photograph a few weeks ago, when she was still able to speak.
The portrait of hers is by her daughter Amba on the left of this photograph.
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