Steve Kerr chides Lakers’ Anthony Davis; last best chance for Warriors-Lakers rivalry?

first_imgThese two most tenured NBA California franchises have never had an actual rivalry. There has never been anything approaching gold-plated ill will between them.That may be changing.Recently, Warriors coach Steve Kerr appeared on an NBC Sports Bay Area podcast. He criticized the actions of Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ most recent Anointed One. See, last … When was the last time the Warriors and Lakers acted like bitter rivals?You’re wrong.You’re wrong again.And you’re wrong again.last_img

MLB Winter Meetings: How the A’s will approach the second base opening

first_imgThe A’s brass head to San Diego next week with a straightforward offseason wish list in hand for these Winter Meetings. The priority might strike two needs with one find: the A’s hope to land a left-handed hitting middle infielder.“We do continue to look for a left-handed option in the infield,” general manager David Forst said in a conference call. “Expecting the 26th man to be on the roster, there is another opportunity for a position player, and ideally someone who can play other positions …last_img

Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions

first_img1) Fill your Difficulty and Terrain Grid…or at least a few. Tackle a variety of unique difficulty and terrain combinations that test not only your ability to find the geocache, but to get there. SharePrint RelatedGuide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” 3) Take a Hike. Take your geocaching to new distances by challenging yourself to hike a mile while geocaching. If that sounds like a cake walk, go for five or more! A new year begins the promise of new possibilities…2015 presents the potential for lifelong memories and a long list of resolutions that we all cross our fingers we keep. Whether it be to spend more time with our families or shed that extra five pounds, we all make resolutions for the better.But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of people keep their resolutions. However, one should never underestimate a geocacher and their iron will to reach any and everything they set their minds to. Since its early days, goals have been a big part of geocaching. From reaching your next 100 finds to going on a year-long streak, geocachers live and breath for their next challenge. This makes geocachers some of the best resolution keepers around, which is why Geocaching HQ has created the Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions as a conversation starter.Ring in 2015 by challenging your geocaching skills and making way for new year of geocaches. 6) Find the oldest geocache in your state. Take a walk down memory lane and make a historic visit to where it all began in your area. Better yet make a pilgrimage to the original geocache stash and see where the magic all began. by: Danielle Navarrecenter_img 5) Take a trip. Geocaches are everywhere…and I mean everywhere. With over 2.5 million geocaches in 184 countries the question that should be asked is “where aren’t they?” Take a geocaching vacation to somewhere new whether that be to a town you’ve never visited or to a country on your bucket list. Better yet hit the road and follow a geo power trail! 2) Find a new geocache type. Did you know that are 20 (yes 20) geocache types? If your stats are overflowing with Traditionals and Puzzle caches, try branching out by finding a Letterbox Hybrid or Wherigo cache. Now, put it out there for the world to see – share your geocaching New Year’s resolution below in comments!Share with your Friends:More 4) By Land, by sea, by air. There is more than one way to travel while geocaching. While many geocaches are only a short drive or hike away, others require a little farther trek. Try kayaking to a geocache hidden on a tiny island in the middle of a lake or rock climbing to one stowed at a cliff’s peak. Snowshoe to find a cache on a peaceful mountainside or scuba dive to one on the tropical ocean floor.last_img read more

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Builder

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESGreen Building for BeginnersEnergy Upgrades for BeginnersQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersAll About Water-Resistive BarriersKeeping Ducts IndoorsDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemWho Can Perform My Load Calculations? You can ask the builder about their previous airtightness test results. Here in Georgia, all new homes have to come in below 7 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals (ACH50).2. What is your preferred water resistant barrier (WRB)? Controlling liquid water outside the house is the most important thing you can do to prevent failure. Yet, because water control failures often show up after the warranty period, some builders don’t care that much about them. There’s some pretty basic rules about controlling water, and although it’s not universally true, I find that builders who use the cheapest WRBs often seem to do the worst job controlling the water.Perforated plastic housewrap is at the bottom of the list in my opinion. Housewrap can work well if it’s installed properly. It works better if it’s made of spun-bonded polyolefin, like Dupont’s Tyvek HomeWrap. Better yet is a non-house wrap WRB, like Huber’s Zip System sheathing, liquid-applied membranes (like Prosoco’s R Guard or Tremco’s Envirodry), or peel-and-stick membranes. [Disclosure: Huber is an advertiser in the Energy Vanguard Blog.]3. How do you handle penetrations in the building enclosure after the WRB has been installed?Controlling liquid water is critical. The WRB does that, but when it gets penetrated by wires, pipes, or dryer vents after it’s installed, it needs to be flashed properly. The best answer here would be if the builder tells you they plan ahead for every penetration and make sure each one has proper flashing ready to go before the hole is ever cut.4. How do you ensure good installation quality of insulation?If a prospective builder starts talking about insulation installation grades (I, II, or III), you’ve found one who knows something about this issue. Good answers here would include:We insist on Grade I installation quality for all insulation.We make sure all cavities are filled completely with as little compression as possible.We hire a third party inspector to make sure it’s done right.5. How are the heating and air conditioning systems designed?“We leave that up to the HVAC contractor” is not an acceptable answer. That doesn’t mean the HVAC contractor doesn’t do it, but the builder should know how they’re doing it. And the way it should be done is with room-by-room load calculations, proper equipment selection, and ducts designed for the right air flow to each room. Better would be for them to say they use a third-party HVAC designer, but you’re more likely to hear that from your architect than from a builder.6. Do you have a preference for duct location?Not so good if they answer that they always put them in the attic, and the attic is unvented. That’s a common practice outside of cold climates, but that doesn’t make it right. What you want to hear here is that they try to get the ducts into conditioned space. Sometimes that means moving the conditioned space boundary to include the attic or the crawl space.7. What measures do you take for combustion safety?Probe for any awareness of this issue. If they ask what you mean, ask what their stance is on natural draft water heaters and ventless fireplaces. You don’t want either of those things inside the conditioned space.8. Do you normally install whole-house mechanical ventilation systems?If you get this far into your list, that means you’re talking to a builder who believes in airtightness. That means they must believe in whole-house mechanical ventilation. The building code requires mechanical ventilation when the house tests at 5 air changes per hour or lower in the blower door test. If you’re getting a new house and want it built right, you definitely want it to be tighter than 5 ACH50, so you’ll need some type of mechanical ventilation. I recently wrote about some ways to do balanced ventilation, which is the best way to go.9. Have you used third-party inspections or had your homes certified in voluntary programs like Energy Star?If your prospective builder has experience with building to the standards of programs like Energy Star, LEED, or Passive House, you’ll probably have an easier time getting them to get the details right. That’s because these and similar programs have requirements that help ensure a house is built better. It’s not a guarantee, of course, but at least they’ll have some familiarity with checklists and good installation practices.10. Would you be willing to have a design review with the critical trades?Some builders don’t want you involved with the process at all. They just want to take the plans, build the house, and have you show up when it’s all done. Everyone’s busy now that the housing market has heated up again, and extra meetings take time away from other stuff.But, a good builder realizes the importance of getting everyone on the same page and that it can save time down the road. Getting the architect, the builder, the HVAC contractor, the plumber, the electrician, and the insulation contractor together to go over the plans and goals for the house can prevent a lot of problems that might crop up otherwise. If your builder is willing to have such a meeting, it can make everything go smoother.Builders can be like wild animalsIf you live in an area with a lot of green building happening, you may have an easy time finding a builder who believes in building science. Even in those places, however, there are a lot of builders who think that high-quality building simply means high-quality finishes. What you’re looking for is that builder who is at least on the path to understanding that a high-quality house is high-quality to the core. But they may be a little shy about it.Experienced home builders have developed ways of doing things that work for their businesses. Many are changing with the times, but they may still be a bit shy about jumping in with both feet. If you come at them with both barrels blasting them building science questions, you may scare them off. They’re like wild animals in that way. You have to approach them slowly because they spook easily.Even a bad builder will know a lot more than you about the whole process of building a home. As long as they’re still in the running with you, show respect for that. Even when they’re out of the running, it’s best not to antagonize them. What you’re looking for is a builder you can work with, someone who is at least open to the idea of putting extra time and attention into the building enclosure and mechanical systems. The questions above should give you a good picture of which ones might be able to do a good job in building your dream home. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. You’re having your dream house built. You’re into the design phase, working with an architect or looking through collections of house plans. You’re doing your homework, trying to find out how to ensure you get a top quality house. And that’s when you run into all this stuff about building science, high performance homes, HVAC design, blower door testing, and the like. Now you’re hooked.The problem you run into next is figuring out how to get that knowledge applied to your dream home. If you’re building the house yourself (as I did back in 2001), it’s on your shoulders. But most people aren’t owner-builders, instead hiring a professional home builder to bring their dreams to reality. If that’s you, keep reading. Hiring a builder is arguably your most important decision, so here are some questions you can ask prospective builders to find out how likely they are to do things the right way.1. What is your view of airtight homes?The builder’s answer to this question can tell you a lot. If they tell you, “A house needs to breathe,” you probably don’t need to waste any more time with them. Save your time to find a builder who appreciates the importance of an airtight building enclosure. You may not find a builder who gives you the ideal answer, but you want one who recognizes that greater airtightness is a good thing. If you can find one who’s had blower door tests even when they weren’t required, that’s a plus. And of course you want them to agree to have your house tested.last_img read more

Nokia Performing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski 50 filters, effects, enhancements: Auto-frame, advanced hue and saturation and the ability to create unique effects by chaining together several features from the SDK.Photo editor: Crop, rotate, resize and so forth to add a picture editor to any app on Windows Phone 8.Partial JPEG decoding: The ability to access image data without decoding the entire image for faster previews and functionality.Application Programming Interface: The Imaging SDK brings the “WinPRT” library for images. Can be managed in native codes (C#, VB and native C++). Mobile social network Path is taking advantage of the SDK by adding the ability to add filters to photos and edit within the app. Path thinks that photos are one of its most important features and the ability to take advantage of the camera on the Lumia 1020 was an enticing feature. Microsoft is well known to outright pay developers to build apps for its platforms. Path representatives (citing a strict non-disclosure agreement) would not comment on if Microsoft and/or Nokia paid Path to develop that app, calling it a “mutual effort” with Path developing its new Windows Phone app for the Lumia 1020 in-house with assistance from both Nokia and Microsoft.  Tags:#AT&T#Microsoft#Nokia#Windows Phone When Nokia unveiled its brand new hero device yesterday, it was very easy to look at the Lumia 1020 as kind of a freak joke of a smartphone. Sporting a 41-megapixel camera that gives the device a significant bump on the back, the Lumia 1020 is hardly being presented as a smartphone at all, but really a camera that can use apps and make phone calls. To let the insane camera (which is as good, or better, than advertised) and the pricey $299 price tag (on a two-year contract with AT&T) deter you from what Nokia is doing would be a mistake. The Lumia 1020 is no gimmick smartphone being presented as a hero device. Nokia may be doing what many thought would be impossible.It is starting to make the Windows Phone platform look cool. How is Nokia doing this? By breaking away from the Microsoft-centric development of Windows Phone and creating new, creative ways for developers to take advantage of Nokia features. Features such as Nokia’s HERE maps program and the new Imaging SDK (software developer kit) give developers real incentive to build for the Lumia line while making Microsoft and Windows Phone tangential to the conversation.Nokia Understands Its Onus To Improve Windows PhoneNokia unveils Lumia 1020 in NYC, July 26During the unveiling of the Lumia 1020 on stage in New York City yesterday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop opened the floor for a brief question-and-answer session. The first few questions asked to clarify features for the device and its sales strategy. Then, Forbes reporter Joan Lappin dropped a bomb on Elop, calling its exclusive carrier partner in the United States—AT&T—dreadful and prompting Elop to take a broader look on the smartphone ecosystem rather than just focus on the question of AT&T at hand.Elop’s comments to Lappin are enlightening in that Nokia’s CEO shows a grudging understanding of the dynamics of the smartphone industry and the dominance of Apple and Samsung. He doesn’t throw AT&T under the bus, but rather says that it is entirely Nokia’s responsibility to make Windows Phone an attractive option. “We made the bold decision to not just try and create another set of phones with a common operating system that so many others have pursued. We said, we are going to create the third ecosystem. And with that decision came tremendous responsibility to actually help–whether it is a retail sales associate, an operating partner, consumers, the press, everyone—to understand what that third alternative stands for,” Elop said. “And we stand by that decision because … That whole dynamic has changed. And yet our growth, our growth and market share, that is what we are building on day by day is coming because we made that whole choice.”The Nokia Image SDK: Creating A Library For Lumia Apps However Microsoft and Nokia enticed the likes of Path and Flipboard to build for Windows Phone 8 is not important. What is important is that Nokia has created tools and a platform for developers to build great functionality for a Nokia device, something that it had not specifically done in its Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft before. Sure, Nokia has put its location and maps and a couple other functions into its Windows Phones before, but it had never really built a platform for developers to really build for the Lumia line.The Imaging SDK shows that Nokia is serious about taking its own future into its hands to improve both Windows Phone and Nokia-specific devices.Lumia 1020 with HippstamaticChallenges Still AwaitSmartphone pundits have come out of the woodwork to criticize Nokia’s distribution decision for the Lumia 1020. Likely emboldened by Lappin’s on-stage grilling of Elop, mobile analysts have basically called the decision to sell the Lumia 1020 exclusively on AT&T for $299 baffling. We have seen time and again that partner exclusivity has presented problems for smartphone manufacturers. HTC was hit hard last year by partnering with AT&T for its One X flagship and later the Verizon Droid DNA. The Lumia 900 and 920 on AT&T have not fared particularly well in the U.S. either. Part of Nokia’s challenge has been distribution, marketing and deployment of its flagship Lumia smartphones. The other part of the challenge is that consumers either do not understand or just do not like Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Or maybe there are not enough apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Or, or, or … we could pick any number of reasons from a hat as to why Windows Phone has not done appreciably well on the market after several years of trying. Like it or not, Nokia is going to be locked into Windows Phone until the company succeeds or dies a gruesome death. And as the Lumia 1020 shows, Nokia is not going down without a fight. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … So, the Lumia 1020 has an impressive camera. Great. Other smartphones have pretty good cameras too. Lost amidst the hubbub about a smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera was the Nokia Imaging SDK, a tool for developers to create interesting features, filters and functions for the camera in their apps. The first apps to use the SDK are Hippstamatic Oggl PRO, Vine, Path and Flipboard. For developers, the Imaging SDK presents several functions to integrate into Windows Phone 8 apps:last_img read more

SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash MOST READ Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Virender Sehwag out for 2 weeks with ankle injury, may miss CLT20

first_imgVirender Sehwag is in doubt for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 after he has been advised two weeks of rest because of ligament injury he sustained during India’s last Super Eights game in the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa here.Sehwag strained a ligament in his left ankle during South Africa’s innings on Tuesday night and according to the Indian team’s media manager Dr R N Baba, the right-hander has been advised rest for 14 days.Sehwag, who had a poor World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, scoring only 54 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 112, suffered the injury while celebrating Jacques Kallis’ dismissal off Irfan Pathan in the fourth over.He limped off the field to be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, and did not return to the field again.The injury comes as a big blow for Delhi Daredevils of whom Sehwag remains a key player despite relinquishing captaincy duties for CLT20 to be held in South Africa from October 9.The Daredevils are scheduled to open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 13 in Centurion.last_img read more