Crabs finish 3-game series with 20-2 blowout

first_imgOn Wednesday night in the Arcata Ballpark it was nothing short of a blowout.The Humboldt Crabs were one run short of a shutout as they completed the three-game sweep of the Solano Mudcats with a 20-2 victory thanks to solid pitching and an offense onslaught that never let up once thoughout the game.“I was really happy with the pitching on the mound,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “We only gave up three hits, that kind of set the tone for us. Then when we put up five with the pretty good …last_img

Giants send Derek Rodriguez to minors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Dereck Rodriguez will continue his search for the strike zone in the minor leagues.Rodriguez, who came out of nowhere to become one of the Giants’ best pitchers a year ago, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento Saturday.Catcher Eric Kratz, who was in the injured list with a left hamstring strain, was reinstated to the roster and is available for the second game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park.Rodriguez pitched five innings in Friday night’s 7-0 loss to …last_img

Local communities benefit from Trees to Textbooks funding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fifteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $2,054,354 from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This is an increase in the amount of funding available to local schools; last year a total of $1,765,245 was distributed.ODNR Director James Zehringer visited Central Elementary School in McArthur to attend a Trees to Textbooks ceremony and to help Smokey Bear share his fire safety message with the students.“This program provides an excellent opportunity for these communities to benefit from the natural resources found right in their backyards,” Zehringer said. “We understand how important these funds are to the local schools, counties and townships as they work to provide their students and residents with a great education and safer communities.”“These revenues are an investment in the education and maintenance of our local communities,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “Well-managed public and private forests have far-reaching benefits for us all.”Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Trees to Textbooks program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township and school district in which the activity took place. To see which local communities received Trees to Textbooks funding, go to ODNR Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process that includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.last_img read more

National Pollinator Week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than a decade ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.The official 2018 Pollinator week has been designated as June 18-24, and farmers interests in helping pollinators continue to grow. It’s estimated that pollinators provide us with one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.These sites offer tools, resources and initiatives to support pollinator health. Here are a few ideas to get started: • Increase the numbers of pollinators on your agricultural lands. • Learn how to reduce the direct exposure of pollinators to pesticides and how to protect critical nesting sites and food sources for beneficial insects & pollinators. • Restore pollinator-friendly practices at your farm. Study the habitat on your land: look for areas that can support all kinds of pollinators and other wildlife.last_img read more

Geocaching is (literally) a Piece of Cake (sometimes)

first_img 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”6 souvenirs. 5 Geocaching HQ’ers. 300 miles. 24 hours.August 3, 2015In “Community” Geocaching birthday cakeLarra-Three’s geo-cakeShare with your Friends:More Susan CurrenceHere’s a question you don’t often hear, “Did you find that geocache on the cake?” Well… look at the masterful geocaching cake by Susan Currence to your left. Can you find the geocache?Could the geocache be hidden in the pretzel stick palm trees? Might it be in the frosting river? Keep reading to find out.Susan and others uploaded pictures of geocaching themed cakes after a Facebook post. The post read, “Geocaching is about community. Community is about events. And when you have an event: You. Bring. A. Themed. Cake. Share your best geocaching cake recipes and pics here…”Almost any given week you can check out the Geocaching Event Calendar and find more than fifty events in a dozen countries around the world. Odds are you’ll find a cake at most of those events. Here’s some of the best of the best.cooper troopers’ geo-cakeUK geocacher cooper troopers spent eight hours crafting a geocaching themed cake. She writes you can feast on nearly everything you see on the cake to your left, but – “The only thing that you couldn’t eat were the film pot and the fern, everything else was edible. The cake was a chocolate sponge with chocolate butter-cream icing. Some of the items came from the local old fashioned sweet shop, sugar pebbles/stones and chocolate shavings (for dirt) and chocolate nibs (twigs).”Geocaching cakes aren’t just for events. Some geocachers use them as prizes. Emma Harding (emma.27) writes, “My friend hid 20 something caches and made it a race to find all of the caches, my cake being the prize.  The event itself was speed caking.  Based on speed dating, cachers brought cake and swapped for more cake.  Everyone had a fab time and got good feedback.” You can see the cache page from the event here.Geo-Cake Spoiler picCheck out some of the cakes below for ideas for your next geocaching event. So… back to the first question in this blog post; did you find the geocache in the cake above yet?  (Here’s the spoiler picture.)Emma.27’s geo-cakelast_img read more

Catching a ‘Cacher — How to Build a Better…(GC29F60) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgCaught another one! Photo by geocacher AnnaxxbananaThere are many types of geocachers: casual, hardcore, stealthy, adventurous—the list goes on and on. The real question becomes, with so many different types of geocachers, how do you capture their attention and draw them to your geocache? We’ve given tips and ideas for creating great geocaches in past blog posts. In fact, Geocache of the Week is written to inspire quality geocaches. The creators of How To Build a Better…(GC29F60) solved the problem head-on: if you want to capture a geocacher’s attention, why not just go for the whole geocacher?That’s a powerful geocacher trap. Photo by geocacher whateverkyIn the geocache description, the geocache creators FarmBoy&theTeacher recalled their tale of inspiration, “Awhile back we saw a picture of a unique type of cache hide and it got us thinking about the age old question: ‘How to build a better one’. Well, the ideas came and went and after much pondering we put together a plan. Then it was time to start building so we headed for the shop. Sawdust soon filled the air as the wood was cut. The steel was bent and twisted with the utmost precision. A shiny new coat of paint finished the project.”This difficuly 1, terrain 2 geocache has not only captured many geocachers, but also their favorite points. You can see from all of the positive logs that the geocachers don’t seem to mind being “caught.” Geocacher ArBec said, “Very proud to name this one as our 100th find!!!! After only a few months of doing this, we’re on a role!! LOVED this geocache. Had heard so much about it that we had to check it out for ourselves. Probably the coolest geocache we’ve come across yet!!”Another geocacher about to be caught. Photo by geocacher imgrendelSo far, this geocache has been found over 300 times and has earned over 115 favorite points. Another geocacher who has earned their smiley is yeahYOu, who said, “Very cool. I can see why this is a favorite cache. The kids loved this one. Took pictures. Its caches like these that inspire great ideas.”This geocache was inspired by other geocaches. What inspires your geocache hides? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLove is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community”Geocaching tip #37: Read the Description — Mechalumpus (GC1W1ZD) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 21, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Thieves Rob Microsoft Office, Take Only iPads

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Seriously, this must hurt. Someone raided Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., and stole five iPads, but left all the Microsoft stuff just sitting there. This happened over the Christmas break. Not a big deal, as these things go. The iPads were worth about $3,000 in total. But still, not a great publicity coup. The news showed up first in a local Palo Alto paper, The Daily Post, after Microsoft reported the theft to police. (They might be wishing they hadn’t done that.) Some people thought it might be a hoax, but apparently it’s true. Wow.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#iPad#Microsoft The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Perspectives on privacy – foundation

first_imgDisco ball – used under Creative Commons license from[email protected] about privacy breaches, companies gathering data without informing users, and companies changing privacy policies seem to be a daily occurrence. While future blog posts will look at what you, as a user of online tools, can do to protect your privacy, I wanted to step back and examine what we mean by privacy. It’s important to know what privacy means and how we perceive the privacy of certain information to understand how we want to handle such information.To help get at the ideas behind privacy, let’s use a fictitious example:JoeJoe is a mid-career civil engineer and construction manager at a large firm. He earned his degree from a Big 10 university and was active in intramural athletics and his fraternity. He is married to Cathy and has three children.Joe loves the song “Dancing Queen” by the Swedish band Abba, but worries about what others would think of him if they knew. While he’ll sing the song when he’s alone in the car, he hasn’t shared his feeling with anyone else.Joe’s love of “Dancing Queen” is private. As long as he doesn’t share that information, it will remain private.Let’s look at some ways Joe might share that information, along with some possible ramifications.Joe tells CathySuppose Joe tells his wife Cathy that he loves the song. Joe trusts and loves Cathy, and her knowing about “Dancing Queen” doesn’t change the way she feels for or behaves towards him. Therefore, there’s no direct harm from Cathy knowing his private information. Indeed, he could benefit, because now she may let him know when it’s playing on the radio, buy him an Abba album for his birthday, etc.Cathy tells a friendAt a party, Cathy hears “Dancing Queen” playing and tells her best friend, Nell, who’s married to one of Joe’s co-workers, that it’s Joe’s favorite song, but not to tell anyone. If Nell doesn’t tell anyone else, then there is still no harm to Joe. However, suppose Nell mentions to her husband that Joe loves “Dancing Queen” and the next day, as a joke, he blasts the song on the loud speaker at the construction site. Joe may feel harmed, because the information he considered private and embarrassing is now known by his co-workers and is being used to poke fun at him.Joe uses the InternetJoe wants the lyrics to “Dancing Queen” so he goes to the Google website and searches for “Abba Dancing Queen lyrics.” He finds the lyrics, and also looks at some other sites related to Abba. He does a couple more searches for Abba information, and ends up buying an Abba compilation album from and downloads an MP3 of “Dancing Queen” from iTunes. Then he uses the online service Spotify, to listen to a bunch of Abba’s music.Here we have moved away from the familiar interpersonal sharing of information, and are instead dealing with corporations and large databases. So what information has Joe shared, and what are the possible effects?Because he did a bunch of searches for Abba-related information, it’s quite likely that Joe will begin seeing advertisements for Abba-related items on Google sites. The advertising services on the sites Joe visited probably set a cookie in his browser, so that when he goes to other sites they serve, they may present him with Abba-related advertisements. Amazon and iTunes may begin promoting to him items similar to the Abba album he purchased. Spotify will recommend similar music, and if he has connected Facebook and Spotify, his listening to the Abba music may be shared with his Facebook friends. In addition, there are other indirect players that know about his interest, including his Internet Service Provider and credit-card company.The actions Joe took online have many diverse effects. Some may be viewed as positive, e.g., if Joe ends up seeing an ad for the Blu-Ray release of “Mamma Mia,” which features music by Abba. Other effects are neutral; e.g., the service or company having a record of Joe’s interest in a database somewhere has no measurable impact on Joe. But if his preference ends up being shared on a network like Facebook, Joe may view it as potentially harmful.Use of information vs. possessionThe above stories illustrate that having someone else simply possess information we think of as private is not the real problem. Instead, it is how that information is used. Does it change the possessor’s behavior or feelings? Does the possessor share that information with someone else? Are we even aware of how that information is used or shared? These are the real questions we should should take into account when we decide what we do with our private information.The love of “Dancing Queen” is a silly example of information one might consider private, but it’s easy to see how this story might apply to other concerns such as health issues, financial information, and other important data. The only truly private information we have is information that we keep only to ourselves. Once it is known by others, we have to trust that they will use our information only in ways we wish.The concerns about privacy are really concerns about what a person or company will do with our private information. Therefore, when we make a decision to share data we consider personal or private, we must consider how that information will be used. We trust (or don’t trust) other people based on our existing relationships with them and our expectations of what they will do with our information. Sometimes, but not often, we may have a written or spoken agreement about how our information will be used.With companies, particularly online, we are dealing with entities that are typically, not a single person, and that we may not have dealt with before. We therefore rely on other factors before deciding to share personal data with them: reputation, transparency, written agreements, cost versus benefit, etc.Consciously or not, each time we share information or browse sites, we weigh the risk that the information we’ve shared gets used beyond our desires compared to the perceived benefit we get from sharing the information or visiting the site.Future blog posts will examine these issues in more detail, particularly the factors we consider when sharing information in an online space.(If you’re not familiar with the song, you can view the music video of Dancing Queen on YouTube)Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Camera

first_imgHave you finally made the jump to purchasing the camera you’ve been eyeing for some time? Here’s the gear that you should get next.Top image via The Film Look.Now, obviously once you’ve purchased a camera, you already know the vital things you need like batteries, a lens, and a memory card. However, once you’ve gotten the basic body build and recording capability you need, the next step can be tricky. First things first: you should consider the type of shooting you’ll be doing with the camera. Don’t think about your skill set or budget just yet. Let’s look at a few pieces of gear to consider. Nifty FiftyA tried-and-true staple of low-budget filmmaking is the 50mm lens. There’s something comforting and practical about being able to throw a cheap, light, and visually friendly lens on in no time. The benefit of shooting with a cheap f/1.8 50mm is the shallow depth of field you can get. This is will give you that warm, cinematic look that is so popular — as well as allowing you to shoot in less exposed environments.The Best Set of Go-To LensesThe Best EF Lenses for Filmmaking Under $1000How to Choose the Best Lenses for Your DSLR CameraTripodThe next most logical step for production is a durable tripod that fits the parameters of your camera. If you own a small DSLR or mirrorless camera, it makes sense to buy a tripod that’s sized accordingly. As the Film Look states, consider splurging a little bit and purchasing some hefty tripod legs, then you can always upgrade the head on your tripod as you upgrade camera size.5 Amazing Tripod Camera MovesFilmmaking Hack: Create a Handheld Camera Rig for Less than $5SliderOnce you’ve mastered the art of panning and tilting with your tripod, the next step will be actual dynamic camera movement. Purchasing a slider is something of a contentious point for filmmakers. Either you want to take the full DIY approach and build one yourself, or you could save some time and frustration and go for the name brand that you know and love. Either way, if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your work, having a slider on deck will guarantee some solid B-roll and micro-tracking shots that will boost the overall value of your production.DSLR Slider Guide For Solo ShootersLone Operator? Make Your Next Purchase a Motorized SliderDIY Hacks: 10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMicrophoneAnybody who has ever worked with any camera knows the in-camera microphone is complete garbage. But that’s okay because finding cheap, good-quality audio recording solutions is easier than ever. RODE currently runs the show with their on-camera Video Mic Pro, which attaches directly to the camera. This spares you from relying on a boom or finding another crew member. However, to capture even better audio, if your subject is stationary, you can attach your microphone to a stand (that could be part of your microphone purchase). Like the tripod and lens, just consider the type of video work you’ll be doing.The Best Microphones for Sit-Down InterviewsRode Announces the VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun MicrophoneLightingLighting can be a difficult area to break into right away. Learning the various color temperatures and types of light and their particular settings can take some time and experience. But, for starting out, it can’t hurt to snag a few cheap LED lights and stands. The Film Look recommends also purchasing a cheap reflector if you’ll be consistently shooting interviews or in static locations.LED Lights Under $500 Every Filmmaker Needs On SetGo Remote with Compact LED Lights4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetBuy UsedIt never hurts to buy used equipment. Almost every camera I’ve ever owned I’ve purchased used, and there’s never been anything wrong with them other than a few nicks and dings (which did not affect the overall performance of the camera). Buying used is a great way to save money, and it will allow you to accrue more gear more quickly.What You Need To Know When Buying a Used DSLRlast_img read more