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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, September 26, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 43 Computer drawing A National Research Council computer won a prize at the famous Cannes Film Festival. Even art in clutches of mechanical monsters OTTAWA (CP) Even ar- tistic expression is in the clutches of computers. Indicative of the increasing sophistication of computer technology, a National Research Council computer can draw animated motion pictures so well that one of its creations won the jury prize in the short-film category at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. The National Film Board film La Faim was put together by artists Peter Lawyer says he was assaulted EDMONTON (CP) A city lawyer charged with assaulting a police officer told provincial court it was he who was assaulted, not the police officer Samuel Doz said he was struck in the face twice, the first blow breaking his glasses and the second cutting his mouth The lawyer faces three charges of assaulting a police officer with intent to resist or prevent lawful arrest, one charge of impaired driving, a charge of refusing to take a breath analysis test, and charges of speeding, illegal conveyance of liquor and fail- ing to stop for a police officer. The charges stemmed from an incident Feb. 24 after Doz and another man had been stopped by a police officer. Police officers testified the accused drove away after the car was stopped and that he was chased to his home where he locked himself in the car in the garage. The trial continues Nov. 27. Foldes and computer technicians Nestor Burtynk and Marceli Wein, who de- vised the system that frees the artist from laborious time at the drawing-board. Before computers, animators had to make thousands of small drawings which, by means of slight progressive changes, would simulate motion in an an- imated film, Mr. Burtnyk said in an interview. But using computers, an animator has only to draw so- called key frames or pictures which represent the beginning and the end of a sequence of motions, he said. The computer does the rest. It computes the in-between frames or pictures by inter- polation, a process which de- vises the likely series of mo- tions as the action moves from the first key frame to the next. Uusually the computer will draw 20 to 25 frames to fill in the action between two key frames. Mr. Burtnyk said the com- puter can handle complex vis- ual structures that would in- volve painstaking handwork or else be impossible to draw by conventional means. It gives a remarkable dra- matic effect, seen in a se- quence of a new film, Daphnis and Chloe, in which an old man playing a flute makes a smooth, gradual change in 10 seconds to a young boy. Mr. Burtnyk said the ani- mator had only to draw pic- tures of the old man and the boy and several pictures of finger movement on the flute. The computer filled in the rest. The animator draws his pic- tures on a paper-covered wire- mesh grid in front of a cathode ray tube display. As he draws, the lines and points are fed into the computer and the drawing is displayed on the tube. West provinces urged to take over railways EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH Great Canadian Oil Sands Limited Open Pit Mine Career opportumes enst >ot jndtviduais wrtti 3 steady employ- ment background Jo worV jr> our open PJ] mine Commencjritj on large horsepower speed conveyors vou vn'J 10 giam wnee1 and retaw-d laroe heavy wagj" 1 pat hour wrtti progress onsl and oromolKXial oppoiluftlies "o S5 S3 and S5 95 per incur Free camp w n be -al The plarilsilr pending tornplel'Oi rrt a housing O'oqrsm 1pr The usual fioeMent and A Ccmtwny f br Mefl'Cine Hct chone Greai nadian Ol Sands in Fort VcWurray Alberta al QUawa MARTYR FOR PUPS A Birmingham, England, housewife volunteered as guinea pig in poison gas tests on condition that the U S Air Force stop plans to subject 200 beagle puppies to the fumes. Interpreting the News Israel faces grave economic perils By KEVIN DOYLE The Canadian Press Nearly a year after the end of the last Middle East war and with international opinion fearing a further outbreak of hostilities, Israel is facing one of the gravest economic perils in its troubled history. At the heart of the problem is the Israelis' own deeply- held conviction that another war, at least on the Syrian front if not with Egypt, is inevitable. This means that out of an al- ready-strained government budget for 1974, a staggering 41 per cent of the total has to be spent on defence alone. And this comes at a time when the annual inflation rate is running at an almost-uni- maginable level of 40 per cent annually, the balance-of-pay- ments deficit for the year is expected to reach billion and reserves are running dan- gerously low In the past, Israel's solution to the inflation problem has been indexing or linking wages, pensions, loans and savings to increases in the costs of living. In earlier years, when the inflationary pressures were less, the system worked well and. in a sense, Israelis simply learn- ed to live with rising prices. But the difficulties now have become excruciating. Indexing, because of the skyrocketing nature of price increases recently, now is only applied to part of wages and then only six months in arrears. Many people now find they have to hold down two jobs or three to make ends meet while statistics show most wives also work. Trade union leaders, un- doubtedly sharing the concern to shore up the economy somehow before any new fighting breaks out, have en- joyed remarkable success in holding down wage claims but observers now say rank-and- file dissatisfaction is growing so rapidly that the executive is in danger of losing control. This year, official reserves are expected to fall by roughly million, leaving about million in the kitty or enough to pay for, say, eight weeks' imports New measures are being in- troduced to cut public ex- penditure and raise taxes and there is some evidence that the economy is cooling slight- ly but not nearly enough to satisfy economists. The Israeli economy is vitally dependent on capital imports and although funds from official sources are running at about billion, roughly the same level as last year, other contributions are falling off. The striking fall of Wall Street share prices, for ex- ample, means that American Jewry is less able than usual to provide an inflow of funds, traditionally the life-blood of Israel. The Wall Street decline has meant a shortfall on Israeli Dond sales and transfers from Jewish organizations of nearly billion so far this year. The support of Israel now becomes essentially depen- dent on the generosity of world Jewry, economists believe, and the size of their response to the present troubles will be the main de- terminant of how well the country weathers the present crisis Standing ovation British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, centre, follows his wife, Mary, through crowd of cheering supporters who gave him a standing ovation at an election rally in Coalviile, England. Tulip sate Save 16% The finest Sears Dutch bulbs a-Direct from Holland. All large bulbs to produce big, brilliant flowers, even the first year. Now's the time to get them in the ground! All Red Emperor. Giant blooms Mixed Darwin hybrids. 71R 021 265 100 top quality bulbs Fifty tulips in a rainbow mixture and fifty crocus bulbs. AH guaranteed to bloom. Plant now and enjoy beautiful flowers next spring. Reg.S699....... b-Tulipbufea Darwin tulips. Assorted colors. 10 1.29 c-15 fragrant mfawd Early flowering. 71R 021 230. Reg. 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