Matt Chapman homers in back-to-back games, Athletics top Felix Hernandez and Mariners

first_imgSEATTLE — A gold-clad King’s Court crowd seeped into the half-full T-Mobile Park stands. It was Felix Hernandez’s final start for the Seattle Mariners, for 2019 and possibly forever.Hernandez tormented the A’s throughout his career; his 26 wins against Oakland is his best against any of them. The crowd stayed the same but Hernandez, on his last toe, would not be a torment. He gave up three runs, on Matt Olson’s RBI single and Matt Chapman’s two-run homer (his 36th of the year), in the A’s 3-1 …last_img read more

SA pay-TV playing field opens up

first_imgIcasa said in a statement that it hoped increased competition would boost job creation, promote the involvement of previously disadvantaged people in the sector, ensure a wider range of content and increase access to affordable subscription television services. Multichoice South Africa chief executive Nolo Letele welcomed the move, saying that competition would attract investment in the broadcasting industry and the South African economy in general. “It will also stimulate growth of the pay television market and ensure that consumers are provided with choice and more diversity of content,” Letele said on their company website. Business Day reports that Telkom Media, a subsidiary of fixed-line telecoms provider Telkom, has committed over R7-billion over the next 10 years to developing its platform, while On Digital Media – whose shareholders include the African subsidiary of European satellite services company SES – have secured over R1-billion to launch their service. e-SAT, which is part of JSE-listed Hosken Consolidate Investments, did not disclose what amount they would invest in their service. HCI also owns the country’s only free-to-air channel, e.tv. According to Screen Africa, Walking on Water aims to offer a wide range of programmes based on “Christian lifestyle principles” via satellite. Eighteen companies originally applied for licences when the process began in August 2006. Three applicants, including a joint venture between the South African Broadcasting Corporation and state-owned signals provider Sentech, later withdrew their applications. The regulator gave no reasons as to why the other 10 applications were turned down, saying only that details would be released within the next three weeks.last_img read more

Feral hogs photographed in Central Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though ODNR has yet to confirm feral swine reside in Central Ohio, a Delaware County resident has photographic evidence that hogs reside on his livestock farm.According to ODNR, “feral swine are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or neglected domestic swine. Introduced to the United States in 1539, they are now present in at least 35 states. Feral swine cause significant damage directly to agricultural crops and property, as well as natural resources each year. “Though this particular invasive species may taste good, it is clear the damage feral swine cause far outweighs their deliciousness. Because of the destructive nature of feral hogs, most Ohio residents do not wish to see this form of wildlife on their property.This map reveals ODNR confirmed populations of feral swine. Map courtesy of ODNR.According to ODNR, “currently, known breeding populations of feral swine have been confirmed in Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.”Despite the fact that ODNR has yet to verify their presence in Central Ohio, the Delaware County resident that photographed feral hogs on his property has noticed signs of feral hogs for the last several years.“The first indication that we had was some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2013 when we found some scat on the edge of the field,” he said. “We did an Internet search and the closest match that we could find was pig scat.  Now that my wife has a pet pig, I can definitely say that it was pig scat.”In addition to scat, this Delaware County farmer has seen further evidence of hogs on his property the last few years.“We have seen a bit of rooting evidence near the barn and some in the field,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that there are more than a couple of pigs on the property at this point.”According to ODNR,  “ridding Ohio of feral swine will take cooperation between wildlife managers, agricultural producers and hunters. Hunters can aid in removal of swine and are encouraged to do so as opportunities arise. There is no closed season on feral swine.”The feral hog in the photo with this blog was captured on a trail camera in February of 2015 in Delaware County, Ohio.Has anyone else seen evidence of feral hogs outside of the regions confirmed to be home to feral swine in Ohio? I hope the answer is no, but if you have be sure to report sightings by e-mail to the ODNR Division of Wildlife (wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us).Also leave your comments below or send photos to ocjstaff@ocj.com about your experiences with the feral hog population that unfortunately seems to be spreading in Ohio.last_img read more

Blog Review: Thriving on Low Carbon

first_imgMy carbon footprint“A few years ago, probably after reading Jim Merkel’s book Radical Simplicity, I worked through one of the carbon calculators. My carbon footprint was different than most Americans, because I lived in a house that I designed to run primarily off of renewable energy. It was eye-opening to see that four domestic airplane flights annually, three of them in the eastern US, and one to the west coast, were half my carbon footprint. Forty percent of the total was driving a car – 18-20,000 miles a year, even though it was a 40 mpg car. Over two-thirds of this was work-related, so I rationalized it, but I actually don’t like driving and therefore had a double motivation to reduce auto miles.” On teaching and lineage“In Buddhism, lineage is the line of teachers who have passed the Dharma from teacher to student in a recurring and unbroken cycle – the student becomes the teacher of the next student… Lineage is vertical and successional. In contrast, community is lateral and evolving. To continue with the Buddhist analogy, the word is sangha. Sangha is a mutually supportive community composed of members with a shared vision and set of values. The environmental/solar/energy efficient building community has been my sangha for over thirty years. I’ve made a number of my closest friends from this community, and I’ve learned almost all I know about the work I do from it.” Why heating with oil had to go“If you arrived at this blog, you don’t need to be convinced that it’s a worthy goal to burn less fossil fuels. That’s not the only reason to want the oil system gone, though. Have you ever been in a house where there has been a spill of fuel oil? It soaks into the ground below. You can smell it for decades. The cost of clean up can exceed the value of the house.” The problem with payback“At some point in every workshop or seminar I teach, whether it’s on Zero Net Energy Homes, or Deep Energy Retrofits, or Passive House principles, someone stands up and makes an impassioned speech about how all this is well and good but what’s the payback?…The quickest response I have is, if you predict the future price of energy over the lifespan of these improvements, I’ll tell you the payback. My habit when pushed to actually do some financial analysis is to present it in the form of scenario planning – I’ll often select three rates of energy inflation and do the calcs showing the Net Present Value of the investment in each inflation scenario. The longer you project it out, the more dramatic are the differences. The usual result of this exercise is that those who are the decision makers begin to act from a position of risk avoidance, because the highest inflation rates in fuel costs get scary.”center_img Marc Rosenbaum is a well-known energy consultant who for 25 years lived in a house he called Nerdwood in Meriden, NH. It was heated mostly by wood and the sun. Rosenbaum’s company, Energysmiths, took on a variety of consulting jobs, including some for South Mountain Company on Martha’s Vineyard, which developed a cohousing community there called Island Cohousing.Then, last June, Rosenbaum left New Hampshire and moved with his companion Jill and their dog to a rented house at Island Cohousing and went to work for South Mountain. They have since purchased the house and settled into the 16-house community, which describes itself as an “ongoing experiment in collaborative living.”This spring, Rosenbaum also started a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon that talks about his experiences in his new home.“As most new homeowners know, every direction you look, you can imagine a way to spend money,” Rosenbaum writes in an early blog entry. “Living as we now do in a maritime location, I can tell you that at least a house is not as bad as a boat, which I learned is an acronym for Bust Out Another Thousand$.”Still, Rosenbaum is finding plenty to do. The houses in his community were more carefully built than the average house (Rosenbaum, in fact, consulted on the specs), but there were a number of improvements that could be made. Rosenbaum hooked up his trusty blower door, got out his theatrical fog machine and went to work finding and fixing air leaks. And he removed the oil-fired boiler that had been providing hot water and heat and replaced it with a ductless minisplit heat pump. No doubt there’s a lot more to come.The subtitle for Rosenbaum’s blog is “How I’m thinking about our house, transportation, food and waste, to minimize environmental impact, while improving quality of life and having fun.”That seems about right. There is some geeky stuff here, but nothing off-putting or overly technical. Instead, it’s a readable mix of technical information and observations of a more personal nature. The tone is open, friendly and informative.Here are a few excerpts: About heating with biomass“What about biomass? Advocates often say that biomass is carbon neutral, because a tree absorbs carbon as it grows, and as it decays, that carbon is released. By burning biomass, we’re just hastening the release. I don’t think it’s quite that simple. Pellets, especially if they are made from wood chips (they used to be wood waste, less so today) need to have the wood chipped, then dried, then ground up and pressed into pellets. There is some fractional PE factor there. Firewood cut on your own place with a handsaw has a pretty low [primary energy] factor!”last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Syncing Cartoon Lips

first_imgMake your animations more realistic! Learn how to sync cartoon lips in this After Effects Tutorial.If you’ve ever tried to sync cartoon lips in After Effects it can be a very frustrating task, especially if you are trying to make it look natural. Syncing lips to audio requires a lot of time and patience, but there are a few techniques you can use to speed up the entire process.In the following After Effects video tutorial we’ll show you how to animate the lips of your cartoons. For this tutorial you will need to create your own character in Adobe Illustrator. The tutorial covers:Working with WaveformsAnimating Mouth LayersCorrect Mouth PositionsImporting Illustrator FilesIn order to shape your lips the right way I highly recommend checking out a few lip syncing diagrams on the Internet. While you certainly don’t need a new lip animation every frame, adding more keyframes will give your lips a more “natural” look.Need music for your next big animation project? Check out the cartoon section here at PremiumBeat.What did you think of this tutorial? Have any questions? Share in the comments below.last_img read more