Poem from Wendell Berry's "A Timbered Choir"

This is my favorite Wendell Berry poem… so far.  It’s one of the many Sabbath poems included in the recent compendium A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997.

Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling,

for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake
of the objective, the soil bludgeoned, the rock blasted.
Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now.

I visited the offices where for the sake of the objective the planners planned
at blank desks set in rows. I visited the loud factories
where the machines were made that would drive ever forward
toward the objective. I saw the forest reduced to stumps and gullies; I saw
the poisoned river, the mountain cast into the valley;
I came to the city that nobody recognized because it looked like every other city.
I saw the passages worn by the unnumbered
footfalls of those whose eyes were fixed upon the objective.

Their passing had obliterated the graves and the monuments
of those who had died in pursuit of the objective
and who had long ago forever been forgotten, according
to the inevitable rule that those who have forgotten forget
that they have forgotten. Men, women, and children now pursued the objective
as if nobody ever had pursued it before.

The races and the sexes now intermingled perfectly in pursuit of the objective.
the once-enslaved, the once-oppressed were now free
to sell themselves to the highest bidder
and to enter the best paying prisons
in pursuit of the objective, which was the destruction of all enemies,
which was the destruction of all obstacles, which was the destruction of all objects,
which was to clear the way to victory, which was to clear the way to promotion, to salvation, to progress,
to the completed sale, to the signature
on the contract, which was to clear the way
to self-realization, to self-creation, from which nobody who ever wanted to go home
would ever get there now, for every remembered place
had been displaced; the signposts had been bent to the ground and covered over.

Every place had been displaced, every love
unloved, every vow unsworn, every word unmeant
to make way for the passage of the crowd
of the individuated, the autonomous, the self-actuated, the homeless
with their many eyes opened toward the objective
which they did not yet perceive in the far distance,
having never known where they were going,
having never known where they came from.

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New ARRI Amira Pricing Announced in US Dollars

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According to the Twittersphere, these are the new ARRI Amira packages and pricing, converted to USD.  $39K for Entry, $45Kish for Mid, $49Kish to Premium (only one with ProRes 4444.) 

ENTRY LEVEL  |  $ 39,999 (USD) / € 25,980 (EUR)

  • Amira Camera Set - Most economical
  • Features: HD 1080i & 1080p; Framerates .75-100fps
  • Recording Formats ProRes 422 (Proxy), 422 (LT), 422 in Rec709;3
  • Looks, in camera adjustable image parameters for Knee, Gamma, Saturation & other, Focus and exposure control tools.
  • KL71700.0 AMIRA Camera body, camera handle, viewfinder mount, viewfinder cable K2.75004.0 - AMIRA Viewfinder MVF-1
ADVANCED LICENSE - $45Kish (USD) - €28,980 (EUR)

  • AMIRA Camera Set with Advanced License
  • Advanced License Key: HD 1080i & 1080p; Framerates .75-200fps;
  • Recording Formats ProRes 422 (Proxy), 422 (LT), 422, 422(HQ) in Rec709 & Log C; Unlimited Looks functions; Import Looks; in camera adjustable image parameters for Knee, Gamma, Saturation & other, ASC CDL in camera grading; Focus and exposure control tools; Dynamic Auto Tracking Whitebalance*; WiFi Remote Control*, Bluetooth Audio Monitoring*, Pre-Record function*
  • Features additional to AMIRA [Entry Level]: Framerates 100 - 200 FPS, Recording format ProRes 422(HQ) Import Looks; ASC CDL in camera grading;Dynamic Auto Tracking Whitebalance*; WiFi Remote Control*, Bluetooth Audio Monitoring*, Pre-Record function*
  • KL71700.0 AMIRA Camera body, camera handle, viewfinder mount, viewfinder cable K2.75004.0 - AMIRA Viewfinder MVF-1

PREMIUM LICENSE  | $49Kish (USD) / € 32,980 (EUR)

  • AMIRA Camera Set with Premium License
  • Advanced License Key: HD 1080i & 1080p; 2K (2048 x 1152)  Framerates .75-200fps;
  • Recording Formats ProRes 422 (Proxy), 422 (LT), 422, 422(HQ), 4444 in Rec709 & Log C; Unlimited Looks functions; Import Looks; Import custom 3D LUTS;  in camera adjustable image parameters for Knee, Gamma, Saturation & other, ASC CDL in camera grading; Focus and exposure control tools; Dynamic Auto Tracking Whitebalance*; WiFi Remote Control*, Bluetooth Audio Monitoring*, Pre-Record function*
  • Features additional to ADVANCED LICENSE: 2K (2048 x 1152) recording, ProRes 4444,Import custom 3D LUTS; 
  • KL71700.0 AMIRA Camera body, camera handle, viewfinder mount, viewfinder cable K2.75004.0 - AMIRA Viewfinder MVF-1

The Entry Level is the iPhone C of AMIRA… destined to be completely outsold by its bigger brothers by multiples.  How many people making this kind of commitment would balk at spending the extra $5K to get 200 fps,  Pre-Record and the other goodies?

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For our current documentary, we’ve been shooting ProRes 4444 on the base ALEXA.  So AMIRA truly will be a more compelling, less expensive option for us. 

SOURCE:

https://twitter.com/cvpgroup/status/428560395658207232

https://twitter.com/cvpgroup/status/428560226397061120

https://twitter.com/cvpgroup/status/428560006250647552