Did 49ers make right move as Josh Gordon goes elsewhere?

first_img“They did more than we did,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday of the … SANTA CLARA — Josh Gordon isn’t coming to catch Jimmy Garoppolo’s passes on the 49ers, who made a play for the Cleveland Browns castoff Monday.Instead, the New England Patriots swooped in and acquired Gordon for a 2019 conditional fifth-round draft pick, NFL Network reported.We’ve traded WR Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/2eYO4A69jq— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 17, 2018last_img

Calorie Alley—Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:1Terrain:1 Calorie Alley—Geocache of the WeekIf you drive along Route 30 in northwest Indiana between the cities of Hobart and Merrillville, you will pass between two famous confectionery suppliers. One of America’s largest candy companies (makers of gummy animals and various chocolates) sits on the eastbound side, while a small local popcorn company (featuring over 200 flavors) sits on the westbound side. This small stretch of road was dubbed “Calorie Alley” for obvious reasons.But here’s a kernel of truth: “Calorie Alley” is also the name of a sweet geocache for you and your special sugar to discover.  The delightful geocache was constructed by cache owners and the popcorn shop owner.The delightful geocache was constructed by cache owners TeamPhoenix421 (aka Tim and Monica) in collaboration with the popcorn shop’s owner to cover a PVC pipe protruding from the ground. The themed exterior was built over the course of a couple of weeks out of plywood, expanding foam sealant, and artfully applied paint.The exterior was built over the course of a couple of weeks out of eyeball-measured plywood, expanding foam sealant, and artfully applied paint.SPOILER ALERT (straight from the cache owners, so it’s okay!)The “Popcorn” sign to the west is actually a trick door — simply pull it open to find a smaller popcorn container. It may be a little corn-y, but this is actually the geocache container! The inner container is crafted from a plastic popcorn box purchased from a dollar store with custom foam “popcorn” added. Just pull back the hinged top and POP! there’s the logbook! SPOILER ALERT“Calorie Alley” has earned over 100 Favorite points and a 50 percent approval rating since it was published in 2015. When reading through the logs, words like, “awesome,” “creative,” and “fun” keep popping up. This giant popcorn has turned into an attraction for muggles too, given the number of selfies taken on this spot.“Calorie Alley” has earned over 100 Favorite points and a 50 percent approval rating.This may be the perfect geocache to get your creativity flowing to submit a film for this year’s Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF).Geocachers are not required to enter any businesses to find or log this cache and it can be found outside at any time day or night (and placed in cooperation with the business owner). The cache owners hope you have a fraction of the fun finding this cache as they did when building it.Calorie Alley—Geocache of the WeekAnd now for a little popcorn trivia according to WikipediaDuring the Great Depression, popcorn was fairly inexpensive at 5–10 cents a bag and became popular. Thus, while other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived and became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family, namesake of the famous popcorn brand. During World War II, sugar rations diminished candy production, and Americans compensated by eating three times as much popcorn as they had before. The snack was popular at theaters, much to the initial displeasure of many of the theater owners, who thought it distracted from the films. Their minds eventually changed, however, and in 1938 a Midwestern theater owner named Glen W. Dickson installed popcorn machines in the lobbies of his theaters. The venture was a financial success, and the trend soon spread.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Indiana, United StatesN 41° 28.290 W 087° 16.252 SharePrint RelatedANTARES – Geocache of the WeekAugust 29, 2018In “Community””Ile aux Nattes – Lighthouse” GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 1, 2010November 1, 2010In “Trackable Items”We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2014In “Community” TraditionalGC5DAMPby TeamPhoenix421last_img read more

It’s the Little Things

first_imgI was hired a few years ago to consult on a new luxury residence to make the house as green as possible. At about 7,500 square feet, many people would argue that it could never be a green home, but as I was brought in after the design was complete, my job was to do the best I could with what I was given to work with. While the builder, Mike LaBelle, had no prior experience in high-performance homes, luckily for everyone, he was very interested and enthusiastic about learning how to build better.We had some very good, open discussions on how this new, high-performance home would work differently than the owner’s existing older home, and the builder, the owner, and I worked together to make the best decisions for the project. ICFs were selected for the wall structure early in the process, primarily for aesthetic reasons. My recommendations included a spray-foam insulated roofline to bring the attic furnace and ducts into conditioned space, solar water heating, high-performance HVAC systems, and an ERV.So far, so goodConstruction went smoothly, and the builder ultimately decided to have the house certified as an EarthCraft House, achieving a HERS index of 56 and meeting the then-available federal tax credit threshold. The owners moved in, and all was well in the world of luxury housing.After a few months, I heard from both the owner and the contractor that the power bills seemed very high. We discussed possible problems, and I offered to come out to the site to help figure out their problem. Ultimately, the owner hired Southface Energy Institute to investigate the problem.The culpritsA mechanical engineer from Southface did a thorough review of the energy usage and equipment in the house, and generously provided me with a copy of his report on the house. The heating and cooling loads were appropriately low for a house of this type, but the electrical baseload was through the roof at about 7,000 kWh per month.Inspections of the existing house systems identified three items that together accounted for over 6,000 kWh of the baseload: a hot water pump, pool pumps, and HVAC supply fans. After the house was occupied, a continuous pump was installed to create a hot water circulation loop to eliminate the wait for hot water in the bathrooms. This pump was installed on the electric backup tank rather than the solar storage tank, causing the electric elements to run continuously as the water was being circulated around the house in an uninsulated line. This accounted for about 4,000 kWh per month.Two pool pumps — one for filtering, one for vacuuming — were running full time, adding another 1,400 kWh per month. Finally, the owners kept the furnace blowers on full time (not realizing that the ERV provided necessary fresh air throughout the house), adding another 900 kWh to the baseload.Simple solutionsRecently, the continuous hot water pump was changed out with a timed pump, the pool pumps were set on timers to run only when needed, and the furnace fans were set to auto. Results are not yet in, but it is expected that these changes will help bring the baseload down to a reasonable level and allow the owners to benefit from the high-performance home they live in. I will report on the progress as I learn more.As the consultant, I was not involved in the pool equipment selection, nor do I have the expertise to make appropriate recommendations in this area. I will, however, research pool equipment for any future projects and share my knowledge with new clients.I always recommend against hot water circulation loops, opting for demand-operated systems. The pump was probably added at the suggestion of the plumber — a typical solution for long hot water runs, with no consideration of the energy penalty involved.Keeping the furnace fans on full time may have been a habit left over from the owner’s previous house or possibly a suggestion of the HVAC contractor; in either case, it was a poor decision that added to excess electrical use.Lessons learnedWhat I took away from this project is the need for everyone involved to always keep the big picture in mind throughout the process, to maintain open communication, and to avoid making changes and additions in a vacuum. The entire construction team must stay in communication throughout the project and stick to the plan; no one should make any changes unless they are considered in the context of the whole house and its systems. Finally, commissioning of mechanical systems is important but rarely done in residential construction; this situation should change.Fortunately, the problems with this project proved to be relatively minor and simple to correct. A less-conscientious builder could have made significant changes and created problems with the building envelope or moisture management that would have been complicated and costly to correct. In this case, all that was needed were some minor adjustments, and the only penalty was some wasted energy.last_img read more

Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao

first_imgIt’s no surprise that more followers are rallying behind Manny Pacquiao to beat hometown bet Jeff Horn in their world title fight billed as “Battle of Brisbane” Sunday in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Battle of Brisbane: Mosley Jr. disappoints, Toussaint stays unbeaten Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pacquiao, who is defending his WBO welterweight belt, is the heavy favorite against the unbeaten and unheralded challenger in Horn.The 38-year-old Pacquiao got 46 percent in INQUIRER.net Twitter poll that garnered a total of 1,467 votes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHowever, 30 percent don’t seem to care about the fight, picking neither fighters, while the remaining 24 percent are rooting for Horn.Pacquiao holds a record of 59 wins against four losses and two draws with 38 knockouts while Horn’s card stands at 16-0-1, 11 KOs. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The INQUIRER.net Twitter poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

Leela Naidu signed on by award-winning director Muzzafar Ali for his next film Daaman

first_imgEn famille at the Asiad: Mrs Gandhi with Rahul and Rajiv with PriyankaThe universal language of sport was never demonstrated more forcibly than at last fortnight’s spectacular Asian Games. And the one family that proved the point the most was India’s first family. In fact, it appeared that matters of,En famille at the Asiad: Mrs Gandhi with Rahul and Rajiv with PriyankaThe universal language of sport was never demonstrated more forcibly than at last fortnight’s spectacular Asian Games. And the one family that proved the point the most was India’s first family. In fact, it appeared that matters of state were temporarily put on the back burner as the Gandhi clan, ranging from the prime minister down to her grandchildren Rahul, and Priyanka, popped up regularly in the various stadia, watching the proceedings with as much enthusiasm as any sports buff. They were frequently accompanied by filmdom’s first family the Bachchans. Priyanka, clutching a sheaf of Indian flags which she waved vigorously each time India did well; Rahul instructing an amused Mrs Gandhi on the finer points of a particular event and Sonia applauding with obvious delight at the more memorable moments. Rajiv, of course, was all over the place, twin walkie talkies ever at hand, or rather, hands. The only clan member conspicuous by her absence was Maneka. But that, as they say is a different ball game.Naidu: Back on screenShe was once the rage of the silver screen and gave it all up for a marriage to writer Dom Moraes. After years of relative obscurity she emerged again, this time in cold print. Beginning with editing Society and later Keynote, which was a colossal failure, Leela Naidu, the fair and fragile yesteryear star, tried her hand at documentary film making. Last fortnight, she was again in the news after she was signed on by award-winning director Muzzafar Ali for his next film Daaman. This time round though Naidu was cast not as the leading lady but in a character role. In the lead are Zeenat Aman, Saeed Jaffrey and Suresh Oberoi. And Naidu plays Zeenat’s mother in the film, which begins shooting next January. Says Naidu about her doing a character role: “I am delighted because ideally every role, whether you play an 18-year-old or an 80-year-old, is a character role. And the kind of roles they make our heroines do are non-roles.”advertisementPrabhakar: Singing hoarseIt took London by storm and continues performing to vigorous applause. And for those who missed it in London there is yet a desi version. For Alyque Padamsee, Bombay’s whizz-kid adman and theatrewalla, the directing of Evita, an opera based on one-time first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron could well be his crowning glory in the world of theatre. Padamsee has roped in singer-actress Sharon Prabhakar to play the lead, in the one-woman rock opera, which is scheduled to open for public performance in January. Svelte glamour girl, Prabhakar has in the past meddled with the stage, films, edited a magazine, cut a disc on nursery rhymes for oriental melodies and has been voice training under operatta Hyacinth Brown since May for Evita. And starring opposite Prabhakar is model-adman Dilip Tahil, who plays the narrator Che Guevara. Cooed Prabhakar: “It’s the biggest role I’ve ever taken on. It’s such a challenge for me that I am living and breathing Evita.”last_img read more

Total to Supply LNG for CMA CGMs New Boxship Giants

first_imgzoom French carrier CMA CGM has signed an agreement with oil and gas major Total for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the company’s recently ordered 22,000 TEU container ships.Under the deal, Total is to supply around 300,000 tons of LNG per year for a period of 10 years starting in 2020, when the new boxship giants will start joining the fleet.CMA CGM, the first shipping company in the world to equip its nine giant container ships with LNG propulsion, has selected Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, the Total affiliate responsible for marketing marine fuels worldwide, for these future supply operations.In February 2017, CMA CGM and Total already signed a cooperation agreement to examine the most environmentally responsible propulsion solutions to meet the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 implementation date for new sulfur regulations.“LNG is the fuel of the future for shipping,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM, said, adding that the entire maritime industry will benefit from the new supply chains that will be created following this “groundbreaking decision by the CMA CGM Group.”Under this agreement, Total will provide a tailor-made solution for LNG supply. The group is currently considering chartering on long-term basis a LNG bunkering vessel that would not only deliver fuel to CMA CGM in Europe, but also to other customers in the same region.The new supply chains created would lead to a wider use of LNG, especially in other shipping sectors, to achieve even greater and ambitious environmental responsibility.In addition, both companies reached an agreement in principle on the potential supply of lubricants for the nine newbuilds, giving CMA CGM access to Total Lubmarine’s products, technical expertise and global distribution network.last_img read more

Nextgeneration cameras inspired by fruit flies and moths

center_img “While human eyes use a spherical volume, compound eyes use only a spherical shell, so that much of the space and weight is saved for the brain,” Jacques Duparre, coauthor with F. C. Wippermann of a recent paper in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, told PhysOrg.com. “The arrangement allows for a large field of view, but does not require large signal processing.”Although single aperture eyes have advantages in resolution and sensitivity in large lenses, compound eyes have the potential to make more compact, robust and cheap vision systems. At the micro level, compound eyes’ individual viewing channels on curved lenses have minimal aberrations, or focusing errors that cause blurring. Cameras with compound eye lenses could have applications in many tight spaces, such as those encountered in automotive engineering, security and surveillance, and medical technology.“Thin lenses might have applications in flat panel displays, and we’re also working on another arrangement for minimal invasive surgery,” said Duparre, who is currently working on a patent for this arrangement.Scientists have studied optical lenses based on natural compound eyes for more than a hundred years, but classical macroscopic technology has not provided the necessary fabrication and assembly accuracy. For the first time, Duparre and Wippermann have fabricated and tested two different compound eye lenses using state-of-the-art micro-optics technology. Scientists fabricated an artificial apposition compound eye (center) that is significantly cheaper and smaller than a traditional 20-mm single lens objective (left) with the same magnification; and much smaller – though not quite as cheap – as a Euro cent (right). Photo credit: IOP. Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

9 Essential Tools for Agile Product Development Teams

first_img The primary weapon for entrepreneurs building game-changing tech to take on large competitors is an efficient, productive development team. The big advantage of startups taking on a Goliath is the ability to go from concept to market faster and more efficiently. On the flip side, startups are often working with smaller budgets, fewer resources and shorter runways, which means the difference between failure and success can balance on the performance of a dev team. Either way you look at it, the pressure is always on to deliver.For your development team to be as productive as possible you need to invest in the right tools. These are the digital platforms our product development team uses to innovate, create and ship.Related: The Best Software Tools to Run a StartupProduct development.Communication and managing projects are big deals but sooner or later work has to get done. Here are the tools our dev team uses to get the day-to-day work done.Tmux: This tool allows developers to switch between multiple tasks in one terminal., which helps productivity and general sanity. Tmux one of the best session tools out there. Think of this as multiple Chrome tabs on a single screen.Sublime Text Editor: Since developers spend a majority of their time writing code, a high performance and customizable text editor is an essential piece of tech. Sublime Text allows your team to build beautiful, functional code, with plugins to hack increased performance and speed at writing code, down to inline Guard tools.New Relic: Your software won’t change the world unless your users have a good experience. New Relic gives your team a way to track how your software is performing in real time. That allows you to troubleshoot issues and look for ways to improve your software every day.Wercker: To avoid bottlenecks in the development process you need to test early and often. Werker allows your dev team to setup automated testing and deployment of new features.GitHub: This gives your development team an easy way to store code in the cloud. It’s also used for in-depth code reviews and discussions.Related: 16 Entrepreneurs Share 16 Tools They Cannot Live WithoutWorkflow management.Is your team being productive and getting things done? An efficient development squad has a process for managing projects and ensuring that features ship on time and on spec.Trello: Based on the Kanban method adopted from Toyota, Trello allows you to visually track projects as they move from idea to shipped. Trello provides a lot of functionality for dev teams that are trying to ship features faster. One of those features is a communication thread specific to a project. A dev team not using some kind of software to manage and communicate about each specific project isn’t as efficient as they could be.Google Docs: Google Drive is an easy way for your startup to build an internal wiki. Our dev team has a standard operating procedure for testing features before they go live to users. This ensures that they don’t have to answer the same question over and over again about testing procedures and allows them to ship updates faster.Communication.Communication is always a challenge, especially when you have some dev team members working remote. As long as you have the right communication tools in place your dev team won’t skip a beat.Slack: There’s a reason Slack has experienced amazing growth; it’s easy to use and allows teams to communicate easily no matter where team members are working. They can quickly and easily bounce ideas off one another and ask for help if they’re running into issues with a particular feature or bug.Screen Hero: This screen sharing software works well with Slack (who recently bought by them). Screen Hero allows members of the team to share their screen in real time, and to allow multiple cursors so you can actually pair program on someone else’s machine.Talk to your dev team to see what tools they need to work efficiently and communicate with each other better. One of the best investments you can make in your business is ensuring your engineers have the tools they need to do their best work.Related: 6 Powerful Productivity Tools That Can Supercharge Every Solopreneur’s Workflow Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2015 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more