What Warriors appreciate about Al Attles

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Whenever the Warriors’ luminaries return to watch the game they played and love, they often do one thing that becomes as memorable as marveling at the highlight reels.Either before the game or a during a timeout, they walk toward the concourse atop the lower bowl. There, Al Attles often sits on a chair. When he is not watching the game, Attles is catching up with …last_img

Bet on the Winning Dodo: Darwinism or Intelligent Design

first_imgA new film about the creation-evolution controversy is coming out, titled Flock of Dodos.  Randy Olson, a marine biologist with a PhD in evolutionary ecology and another degree in filmmaking, decided to put this documentary together to help scientists realize that they are behind the curve on marketing their ideas.  According to the Kansas paper Lawrence Journal-World, Olson claims his purpose is not to take sides, but to highlight the importance of public relations.  The film is “slated for upcoming preview screenings at Harvard University and other prestigious venues.”Flock of dodos.  Wonderful.  Such a scholarly, uplifting title.  With an evolutionary ecologist running the show, any doubt who will be labeled as the real dodos?  Do you think the word dodo will stand for “Darwin Only! Darwin Only” to an evolutionary ecologist who will be showing off his work at Harvard?    There is a slight chance he will warn his fellow Darwinists they might go extinct without better marketing, but more likely, the blurb sets the odds: “Filmmaker and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Randy Olson tries to figure out who exactly is the flock of dodos.”  Compare this attitude with the respectful, evidence-focused comportment of films like Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet.  The Darwinist strategy is, when you can’t block, mock.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Green stem syndrome

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.One issue that impacts soybean harvest in the eastern Corn Belt at some level each year is green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome could be larger issue for the 2017 harvest because of latter planting dates in many areas. When green stem syndrome occurs, stems and leaves can remain green after pods have matured. As a result, while pods and seeds are mature and dry enough to be harvested, harvest operations can be slowed as combines have more difficulty dealing with stems and leaves that are still green. In addition to creating harvest delays, green stem syndrome can increase fuel consumption and result in shattering losses if growers delay harvest until stems have fully matured.The occurrence of green stems varies from year-to-year and can be affected by several factors, such as:• Viral infections • Insect feeding • Late planting • Drought stress • Application of fungicidesSuccessful management of green stem syndrome requires management practices that include timely planting, establishing adequate plant stands, irrigation, and controlling insects/pests. By making these management practices a priority, growers can minimize the likelihood that green stem syndrome will develop in their soybean fields. Although green stem syndrome slows down harvest, soybeans should be harvested as soon as pods are fully mature in order to minimize harvest losses due to shattering.last_img read more

World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country focus: CzechiaDecember 11, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community” Geocache of the Week is the world’s most logged geocache. Any guesses?The Original Stash Tribute Plaque? No.The Geocaching Headquarters cache? No.Uh… Mingo? Nope.That cool giraffe cache in Berlin? Nein.Brazil’s APE cache? Not even close. Drumroll please… The most logged geocache in the entire world is, Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague, Czech Republic! The cache has just under 30,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues, and absolutely stunning. Have you logged this cache? Difficulty:1Terrain:1 Location:Prague, Czech RepublicN 50° 05.211 E 014° 24.544center_img TraditionalGC189E5by Benjo5 Swan LakeCharles Bridge from the northwestOne of many statuesThat’s a well-worn logbook!Night caching in the winterCharles Bridge at dawnCharles Bridge on an overcast dayView from aboveShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Getting Started in Effective Low-Budget Film and Video Production

first_imgLike any film or video project, low-budget projects require effective planning and smooth production. Here are some tips to get you started.You’re an up-and-coming filmmaker. You’ve got big dreams, but currently you’ve got small means. So you’re going to have to wear a few hats to pull off your first few productions. A lot is going to ride on your shoulders to make your production succeed. Here are some low-budget production tips and guidelines to keep you on the path to success.OrganizeYour crew will most likely consist of friends, fellow film students, or maybe even seasoned veterans who are just doing you a favor. They want to help you, but they can’t afford to devote days on end to your project. So, try to keep the production to no more than 2 or 3 full days, if possible — and definitely don’t work your cast and crew more than 10-12 hours a day.You need to be organized. Once you have your shoot days locked in, make a sensible call sheet, shot list, etc., and get them to your crew. Be clear about everything — you want to make it as easy as possible for your crew to understand your shoot and find the location.Pre-production can make your shoot go smoothly, so it’s always worth it — as much as you can do. Sure, not everything will go according to plan, but if the more you plan, the less vulnerable you are to the unexpected. Call every cast and crew member and confer with each of them that they understand the call time and how to get to the location and that they’re ready for their role. Get everyone on the same page.And this may sound trivial, but do not underestimate the power of making a list. Too often a certain crew member or even the director or producer forgets to bring key props, costumes, pieces of equipment, or releases, and it ruins the production. Having to drive back for things wastes precious time. Make a physical list of all your equipment and prop needs and check them off before packing up your car and heading to the location. Rental houses do it, so should you. If you’re relying on crew members to bring equipment or props, add those to the list under their name and call them to make sure they have it packed and ready to go.StudyImage via hiroshi teshigawara.Study your script, shot lists, and schedules. Know them by heart. For a feature, this may be difficult, but you should at least have a strong understanding of everything. Once you finish a shot, you need to be able to organize your crew to move on to the next one. You need to remember which lines of dialogue and what blocking are coming up — and how you want the shot to look. Be confident in your vision so that you can communicate it.This will not only keep the production moving smoothly, it will also instill confidence in your cast and crew. It’s always a relief, especially when working for free or for food, to know that you’re working with a competent director or producer.Be FlexibleImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Be as organized as possible, have a plan for everything, but be ready for things to change at the last minute. Flexibility is a must.Be ready to cut — or maybe even combine — certain shots during production. The previous shot may have taken longer than expected, and now you have to cut some shots to save time. Or maybe now that you’ve seen certain shots play out, other shots may now seem redundant or excessive. Either way, be ready to cut. A good tactic is to have a few shots earmarked to cut if necessary. Knowing your script and shot list by heart will make sure that any shots you cut won’t detract from your overall vision.Be KindImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Above all, do not rule with an iron fist. Being rude just upsets people and creates a crummy production. On top of that, the stricter and meaner you are, the less people are going to want to work with you.Being kind can sound like you might get walked on. However, instead of ruling with an iron fist, establish crew hierarchy and a chain of command. You can’t have PAs just giving their two cents randomly to the director and slowing down the production. Establish order from the start, but be kind, flexible, and understanding — but stick to your plans, your vision, and your schedule.Not only does being kind and personable make for a better and more fun production, but it also helps you network and make connections. People don’t want to do favors and work long hours for a jackass, but they’re happy to help good friends and acquaintances.Nothing is going to beat experience when it comes to learning how to run a smooth production, but these guidelines can help you stay on course and create a positive experience for your cast and crew. Be organized and flexible, maintain order, be kind, and make good connections with your cast and crew so you can all keep making better and better productions.Cover image via bepsy.Looking for more pre-production advice? Check out these articles.The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-ProductionUsing Minecraft for Pre-VisualizationThe 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-Productionlast_img read more