Pelites of the Glen Urquhart serpentinite–metamorphic complex, west of Loch Ness (Anomalous local limestone–pelite successions within the Moine outcrop: III)

first_imgThe c. 6 km2 complex comprises graphitic/pyritic, mainly kyanite-rich pelites, interbanded with metalimestones and invaded by foliated serpentinites. It is enveloped by typically Moinian psammites, semipelites and pelites. Previously regarded as a Lewisian inlier, or as integral to the Moine succession, or as a transitional Moinian–Dalradian or Dalradian–Durness Limestone facies, its allochthonous status is in fact suggested by (1) its singular lithology; (2) its unique association with a large serpentinite; (3) associated sharp and local gravity and magnetic anomalies; (4) a blastomylonitic slide zone separating the complex from its Moine envelope; (5) local and regional petrological differences between pelites of the complex and Moine succession. A previous model, in which muscovite-rich Moine pelites developed by K-metasomatism (‘granitisation’) of kyanite-schists within the complex, via (a) shimmerisation (conversion of kyanite to shimmer aggregate); and (b) coarsening of shimmer aggregate to muscovite, is ruled out by new whole-rock and microprobe data. These suggest shimmerisation was a near-isochemical, small-scale redistribution of alkalis and water [approximately kyanite + biotite + quartz + water = muscovite (shimmer aggregate) + chlorite], and show large compositional differences between shimmer aggregates and coarse muscovites. Rb–Sr isotopic data imply Late Caledonian (c. 459 Ma) metamorphism in the complex, but also imply a significant earlier history for the kyanite-schists. Overall, data not merely invalidate a Glen Urquhart ‘Lewisian inlier’, but also as yet preclude correlation of the complex with the Moine or Dalradian. It is attributed in the interim to a separate lithotectonic unit, the ‘Albynian’, which may lie between (or be diachronous with) some part of the Moinian or Dalradian successions.last_img read more

Lakers center JaVale McGee says he’s been unfairly judged for having asthma

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMcGee is in the midst of a possible career renaissance with the Lakers: He’s averaged 16.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots through four starts. A career 7.5-point and 4.8-rebound player, McGee has been mostly relegated to a backup role for the past seven seasons, during which he’s averaged less than 20 minutes per game every season – and less than 12 each of the last four seasons.As one of few traditional big men on the Lakers’ roster, he’s positioned to change his image this year. And part of that, he believes, has been his asthma diagnosis, which he thinks started to adversely affect his reputation when he was with the Denver Nuggets. Denver, of course, is famous for its one-mile altitude – which McGee said any player would have difficulty adjusting to (McGee previously played in Washington, D.C. which is close to sea level).So far this season, he’s averaged nearly 24 minutes for the Lakers.“People say, ‘Oh, he only can play 20 minutes because he has asthma,’” he said. “No. there’s a lot of people with asthma in the league. I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, ‘Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma.’”McGee was fired up about a line of questioning regarding how Coach Luke Walton appeared to be deploying him in short stints. Though McGee played 25 minutes, Walton subbed him in and out several times, even twice in a quarter, during the course of the 131-113 rout of the Suns. PHOENIX — Fresh off his highest-scoring performance in more than five years, JaVale McGee felt it was time to clear the air about something.His asthma.It’s well-known that the Lakers’ 7-foot center has asthma, and he takes a puff from an inhaler before every game. But the 30-year-old would like people to stop referencing the condition in relation to his minutes.“Stop bringing that up like I’m out here wheezing and having asthma attacks,” he said in a controlled but impassioned postgame declaration. “I’ve never had an asthma attack in my life. I feel like that’s definitely lowered my value as a basketball player.”center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles Whether the length of the stints was the key to unlocking a big performance from McGee, the result was a good one: McGee’s 20 points were the fifth-highest point total of his career. He kept up with the breakneck pace of the Lakers’ transition game, including the opening basket when he dashed up the court quickly after winning the tip-off, beating DeAndre Ayton to the hoop to finish off a lob from Lonzo Ball.“He’s just so active, man,” LeBron James said. “I think it starts with his defense. His ability to get blocked shots and get out and run and then, his ability to run and beat the other bigs down the floor, we’re always looking for him.”McGee had a fun night, also making his first 3-pointer of the season – something he works on in practice, even if the coaching staff is skeptical of deploying it in actual games. His career and reputation revitalized by a two-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, McGee thinks he could be in line for not just being on a winning team, but also being an integral piece of it.“I definitely feel like it should be a career year,” he said. “I’ve been working hard, especially the past three years. I feel like this is something I deserve.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Yorkshire and BB&O will battle for boys’ crown

first_img If Yorkshire win tomorrow it will be their eighth victory, with the most recent in 2012. For BB&O it would be their first win since their sole success in 1999.  Tannum Donaldson eased the BB&O nerves when he holed out from about 5ft on 17 to go 1up and he confirmed the team’s win on 18, after his opponent tangled with a bunker and then deep rough.  Staffordshire’s point was scored by Ollie Read who was 2down after 13 but played the remaining holes in two-under par to win 2up. Yorkshire dominated their match from the word go, winning all three foursomes despite spirited play from Staffordshire. It gave them the platform to forge ahead and they quickly secured the match with wins from Michael Hay (3/2) and Charlie Daughtrey (5/4), both of whom barely put a foot wrong.  30 Aug 2017 Yorkshire and BB&O will battle for boys’ crown But BB&O wasted no time in redressing the balance when the singles got underway. England boy international Conor Gough won 7/6, Harrison Arnold (pictured) soon followed him with a 6/5 win, and before long Melan Dhaubhadel provided the fourth point of the day with his 3/2 win.  “Yorkshire are very strong,” said BB&O manager Marc Grimsey. “But we have a lot of quality in our team and I have no doubt that if they play to their best it will be a really great match.”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography “BB&O are the team to beat,” said Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson. “We will just have to prepare and do our best.”  BB&O needed one point from the remaining three games – and Somerset made them work for it in an exciting finish. First, Louis Archer won his point for the South West side, then BB&O’s Seb Tannum Donaldson was pulled back to all square after 16 while his team mate Taylor Paul went 2down after 16.  It promises to be a great battle. On paper BB&O are the favourites, with the lowest handicap aggregate in the field; on the evidence of the play so far, Yorkshire are very dangerous having swept aside their two opponents, conceding just 2.5 points in two days.  The day’s other match began with Somerset in the lead after the foursomes. They won two of the three games with grandstand finishes, courtesy of the pairings of Huxley Howell and Louis Archer; and Adam Jolly and Ollie Brimfield.  George Heath (pictured) added his point when he got the better of a low-scoring game against Staffordshire’s James Wickes. Between them, the pair had eight birdies in 13 holes, but it was Heath who always had the edge and won 2/1. Callum Macfie won by the same margin, but James Swash had to settle for a half after James Bailey came back from 2down after 12. The Staffordshire player began his fightback with a shot to the par three 12th which finished on the edge of the hole.  Yorkshire and BB&O – Berks, Bucks and Oxon – will go head to head tomorrow in the battle for glory in the English Boys’ County Championship. They set up the grand finale at Northamptonshire County Golf Club when they both won their matches today, Yorkshire beating Staffordshire 7.5-1.5 and BB&O finishing bravely for their 5-4 win over Somerset.  Tags: BB&O, Boy’s County Finals, Yorkshire Click here for full scores  Behind them, Brimfield won the final game for Somerset. last_img read more

Lawyer: Hope Solo did not assault sister, nephew

first_imgIn this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women’s soccer match against Australia in San Antonio.(AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, but her attorney insisted that Solo herself was a victim in the altercation.“Hope is not guilty of any crime,” attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press Saturday. “In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon.”Officers responded to her sister’s home just before 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news release.They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and she was expected to remain in custody until an appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.A telephone number listed for her was not accepting incoming calls Saturday, and the voice mail for a listing at the sister’s home was full.The sister was not identified by police, but in her memoir, Solo writes that she has a half sister named Terry.Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women’s national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.“We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information,” the Reign posted on the team’s Twitter feed.In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving her, but he was not charged. Maybrown represented Stevens in that case.Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.“It’s unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It’s hard to see, but it’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life,” she said then. “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”In her last appearance for the U.S., Solo recorded her 71st career shutout, a 1-0 victory over France on June 14 in Tampa, Florida. She sat out the team’s game against France on Thursday night in Connecticut.___Follow Johnson at read more

2017 Anacker Scholarship for the Arts Awarded to Henry Nordhorn

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsCongratulations are in order for Olympia High School senior Henry Nordhorn, recipient of the 2017 Anacker Scholarship for the Arts awarded by the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Playing both the horn and saxophone, Henry’s dream is to be a professional musician and perform with a world class orchestra like the L.A. Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, or the London Symphony. He plans to pursue music education this fall at Central Washington University and we wish him all the best!Henry Nordhorn says: “One of my favorite things to do is listen to as much music as I can; sometimes I even seem to be surrounded by my own personal soundtrack. I always appreciate how much the art can impact my mood, emotions” and thoughts.”If you want to wish Henry well on his next adventure, join us on Tuesday, May 23 for Wonderful Wurlitzer. At this free community sing-a-long, we will recognize Henry, as well as enjoy a night of pop tunes, classics, and many standards played on our Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ performed by Pacific Northwest favorite Sharon Stearnes.For more information on how to support or apply for our annual Anacker Scholarship for the Arts please visit the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.last_img read more

Olympia Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Names Three Local restaurants…

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Chapter of the Surfrider FoundationPlastic has become so ubiquitous in our everyday lives, that we have lost touch with what plastic really is. Plastic that is used in much of our food packaging contains chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA), a substance that has shown to alter human hormone production. Plastic that is not successfully recycled often ends up drifting into our waterways, with the ocean as its final destination. As these plastics break down into smaller pieces, they are often consumed by fish and seabirds, allowing the toxic contaminants from the plastic to work their way up the food chain to marine mammals and humans. Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean withOwners of Three Magnets, Nate and Sara Reilly holding the OFR Participant Card​. Photo credit: Christine Rayburnthe number continuing to grow every day. So what’s the best way to combat this global epidemic facing our ocean? It’s simple: we need to stop the problem at its source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program does just that. The Olympia Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has recently registered three locally-owned restaurants as Ocean Friendly! i.Talia Pizzeria, Three Magnets Pubhouse and Cascadia Grill have all shown their dedication as ocean stewards by participating in this program. To be registered as an OFR, restaurants must meet all of the following criteria: No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam);2. Proper recycling practices are followed;3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request; and4. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.Juju Guarino, (owner with husband, Jef Dukes) of Cascadia Grill, completing OFR registration. Photo credit: Christine RayburnIn addition to these four requirements, restaurants must then choose three practices from the following list to be eligible for OFR registration:-Plastic straws are provided only upon request;-No beverages sold in plastic bottles;-Discount is offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc;-Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis; and / or all seafood must be a ‘Best   Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable;-Water conservation efforts, such as low-flow faucets and toilets, are implemented; and-Energy efficiency efforts such as LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, are in place.Surfrider Olympia is honored to work with these local businesses to showcase their commitments to the ocean. The chapter will regularly meet at these restaurants for board and public chapter meetings, and continue to advertise for these businesses through social media outlets. Their March public chapter meeting was held at i.Talia, and their April public chapter meeting will be held at Three Magnets. Surfrider Olympia’s public chapter meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month – check their website for details! Contact the chapter at [email protected] if you are a restaurant owner or manager who is interested in getting registered as Ocean Friendly!last_img read more

Secular Science Analyzes Jesus

first_imgIn a classic religion-vs-science confrontation, Live Science took on the question, “Jesus Christ the Man: Does the Physical Evidence Hold Up?”  The answer may say more about science than about Jesus.    To begin with, reporter Natalie Wolchover drew distinctions between scientific evidence and belief – as if evidence requires no belief or assumption or interpretation.  The belief of Christians in Jesus’ life comes from “textual evidence in the Bible” – betraying a bias that textual evidence is less credible than scientific evidence.  Her headline also implies that evidence must be physical.  This rules out logical and textual evidence and eyewitness testimony.  It also begs questions about whether other beliefs accepted by scientists are based on physical evidence alone.    Wolchover spent a moment on a red herring about Simcha Jacobovici (“The Naked Archaeologist” from the History Channel) and his latest documentary about two crooked nails he claims are tied to the crucifixion.  Many scholars consider this little more than a publicity stunt (see Bible Places blog #1 and #2).  From there, Wolchover debunked various other relic stories, including the lead plates recently announced from Jordan (see Bible Places).  But dubious archaeological claims, frauds and forgeries have little to do with the question of whether Jesus really lived.    After dispensing with relics, Wolchover turned her science scanner on texts.  The Dead Sea scrolls are not much help, she claimed, because the “Teacher of Righteousness” mentioned in some scrolls could be anybody.    Regarding the Biblical text, she seemed to indicate that non-canonical gospels have equal bearing with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John on the history of Jesus: “There are still other Gospels,” she said, without naming them, “never canonized but written by near-contemporaries of Jesus all the same.”  She did not mention that the Gospel of Judas (04/09/2006, 12/26/2007) was written much later by Gnostics, and that the Gospel of Thomas and others have long been considered spurious by early church fathers who lived closest in time to the writing of those documents.  Nor did she explore the church fathers’ criteria for authenticity, the social dynamics of heretics and cults who might have reasons to write spurious accounts, nor the science of textual analysis, concerned with the authenticity of texts.    All the same, she drew a middle ground on the historicity of Jesus, quoting Marcus Borg, a secular scholar at Oregon State: “We do know some things about the historical Jesus – less than some Christians think, but more than some skeptics think.”  That judgment, though, rests on what documents one takes as credible.  Borg did not question the fact that Jesus lived, but from the textual evidence, presented a synopsis of Jesus’ life sanitized of the miraculous.  Acknowledging that “More healing stories are told about Jesus than about any other figure in the Jewish tradition,” he proceeded to the crux of the story: the cross and resurrection:He was executed by Roman imperial authority, and his followers experienced him after his death.  It is clear, Borg said, that they had visions of Jesus as they had known him during his historical life.  Only after his death did they declare Jesus to be “lord” or “the son of God.”To make such claims, Borg (and Wolchover, the reporter) had to rule out of court the eyewitness testimony of Thomas, the doubter, who reached into the wounds of the risen Jesus (John 20:24-27), of John, who said their hands touched Him (I John 1:1-4), and of all the disciples who saw him eat and drink in their presence (Luke 24, John 21), and the 500 who saw him at one time (I Cor 15:1-11), most of whom were still alive when the testimony was written.    Moreover, to deny the resurrection, they would have to completely discount the life testimony of the Apostle Paul (I Corinthians 15, written at most 25 years after the crucifixion), the fact that Paul had been a hostile witness (I Timothy 1:12-16), yet spread his testimony of the risen Christ throughout the middle east and Europe, finally being martyred without flinching from his testimony.    They would have to deny that Matthew, Mark, Peter, John (1 John 1:1-10), James and possibly the writer of Hebrews were also eyewitnesses of Jesus and the resurrection, and that the New Testament authors, including Luke (Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-3), Peter (2 Peter 3:16-21), John (I John 4:1-6), Paul (2 Timothy 3) all advocated telling the truth, each of them staunchly opposing myths and fact-free speculations (I Timothy 4:1-4).    Furthermore, they would have to ignore the fact that all the apostles (except possibly John), who claimed they had seen the resurrected Christ, died martyr’s deaths without recanting.  Plus, they would have to explain the explosive growth of the early church in a time of persecution, when all the enemies of the new faith would have to do to squelch it was produce the body of Jesus and parade it down the streets of Jerusalem.  Furthermore, Wolchover and Borg had to dismiss a priori the possibility of predictive prophecy (Isaiah 53, Luke 24, esp. vv. 25-26).    No philosopher of science would affirm that the opinions of Borg and Wolchover were dictated to them by the scientific evidence itself.  Clearly a different set of authorities would produce different conclusions.  The question of what constitutes evidence is a philosophical question about science, not a statement by science.  Invariably, one must consider the biases that fallible human beings bring to a question. Easter is approaching; that must mean it’s time for Jesus-debunking articles by secular bigots.  Secularists pick and choose the kinds of evidence they like, draw their conclusions based on that selected evidence, filter it through their materialistic biases, and proclaim to the world that science has shown the resurrection to be a myth, congratulating themselves that they have been neutral “scientists” and not selfish, biased, sinful dogmatists like the rest of the rabble.    Understand what is behind these writings.  It is vital for Evil Science (that’s “Live” backwards) to debunk Jesus, because He gets in the way of their favorite god, Charlie the Bearded Buddha, who lets them do whatever they want.  Don’t be distracted by the red herrings about relics; that is not what conservative Bible scholars who accept the historicity of Jesus rely on; if anything, they dismiss it as holy junk.    If you want a more credible testimony, read the writings of the Apostle Paul, who had been dedicated to crushing the early Christians until he saw the risen Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).    See also the DVD The Case for Christ (available from La Mirada Films), which presents numerous lines of evidence by knowledgeable scholars, narrated by Lee Strobel, formerly a hard-hearted atheist, who had no reason to believe the Bible and every reason to oppose it, till he checked out the evidence for himself.  It all converged on a uniform conclusion that was so powerful, Strobel said it would take more faith to deny it than to accept it.    Nobody should be gullible.  It’s OK to be a doubting Thomas – for awhile, till presented with undeniable evidence (John 20).  Let this be the year you get the best evidence from the most reliable sources and come to grips with the reality of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Helping our young queens

first_imgNtsako Shipalana, at just 24, has been chosen to become one of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors. This is in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women through her initiative, the Royalty Campaign. Ntsako Shipalana, along with her partners Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, has listed the Royalty Campaign under the Assaggi Girls Foundation, to maximise their reach and help more girls around the country. (Image: Ntsako Shipalana)Play Your Part ReporterBorn in the northern town of Tzaneen in Limpopo, 24-year-old Ntsako Shipalana has been selected to join Brand South Africa’s group of Play Your Part ambassadors.This is in recognition of the significant strides she has made in improving the lives of South African girls through her women’s health initiative, the Royalty Campaign.Play Your Part ambassadors are selected for their selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond to improve the lives of their fellow citizens. They are examples of how active citizenship can help transform South Africa for the better.A helping handShipalana says that while she was growing up, when she had to buy sanitary products, she began to notice that some girls couldn’t get these products whenever they needed them.“What about girls who can’t just get up and buy whenever they feel like it, like I do,” Shipalana asked herself. “What happens to them monthly especially being unfortunate?”Knowing how important access to sanitary products was for women, Shipalana decided to do something about this and help give underprivileged women these necessities.She created the Royalty Campaign, which she says was inspired by her birthdays and how she often got gifts to celebrate growing up.The Royalty Campaign provides women of all ages with the sanitary products they need to live their lives with dignity and pursue their dreams without having to worry about hygiene.“I’ve always desired to give back on a big scale, but never knew how. So I jumped on this one without looking back,” explains Shipalana.“I am strong and persistent about girls being queens. This campaign aims to help girls feel like they really are.”Going further and doing moreShe hopes the Royalty Campaign spreads to other provinces and invites supporters to jump on board.And in her efforts to help women beyond the reach of the Royalty Campaign, Shipalana partnered with Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, two women who share her passion for empowering themselves and other women.The trio listed the Royalty Campaign with the Assaggi Girls Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides monthly supplies of sanitary pads to schools so that girls don’t have to miss a day of school as a result of their menstrual cycle.“We have listed the Royalty Campaign project under the Assaggi Girls Foundation as we have a common passion for women empowerment and giving girls encouragement in the best way we possibly can,” Shipalana says.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Top 10 Most Exciting Web Apps or Services

first_img9. Wolfram|Alpha: Ever since Wolfram|Alpha’s admittedly much hyped launch in May, we’ve been tracking this innovative product closely. It’s a self-described “computational knowledge engine” and while it’s not quite the Google killer some predicted, it has many potential uses – which makes it an exciting app to follow for us.10. Pubsubhubbub: With a name harder to say that ‘ReadWriteWeb,’ this new Google Code project has excited the web development community. It’s not a product, but a protocol. The project page describes it as a “simple, open, server-to-server web-hook-based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol as an extension to Atom (and RSS).” In laymans terms, it delivers your RSS feeds to you much quicker – in near real time. To understand the context of Pubsubhubbub and similar exciting initiatives more, read Marshall Kirkpatrick’s fine analysis of Distributed Social Networking.There you have it, the top 10 most exciting web apps and services according to the ReadWriteWeb community! Let us know your further thoughts in the comments.Here is the full list, a snapshot taken when the original post had 66 comments (sans links, but Google – or Bing – any app that catches your eye).Twitter 25Gmail 17Google Reader 11Google Wave 11Facebook 4Dropbox 4Hootsuite 4Wolfram Alpha 4Pubsubhubbub 3Scribd 3Seesmic 3Spotify 3WordPress 3Apture 2Boxee 2Delicious 2Flickr 2foursquare 2getsatisfaction 2Google 2PixelPipe 2Posterous 2Skype 2TweetDeck 2Xmarks 2Appboy Bespin Bloom Brightkite Caspio Cliqset Deezer Digg Dizzler Dopplr Edmodo Evernote Feedly FriendFeed Gmail chat GMX Mail Google Analytics Google Analytics API Google APIs Google Docs Google insight Google Maps Google Notebook Google Voice Hype Machine Instant XRay Instapaper iWantMyName JaJah JobTitled Jolicloud Jott Know Thy Congressman kreeo Lala Layar LinkedIn metafilter mint MobileMe My Name is E Nanovor Pachube Parade Peoplebrowsr PocketSmith Ponoko PopUrls Prezi Primal Fusion Salesforce Shapeways SocialText SoundCloud Sweetcron Tarpipe Tracer Tumblr tweetworks Twitterfall urtak W3C QA Toolbox XCODE Youtube Cat pic: Mr.Thomas Tags:#Features#Lists#Product Reviews#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Yesterday we asked what 3 web apps or services you find the most exciting right now. Not your 3 most used or favorite, but the apps that currently make you tingly with excitement. We got some great responses in the comments, so in this post we pick out our top 10 from your choices.We’ve chosen the 10 in two batches. Firstly, the services that got the most number of mentions. As expected, these are well known apps that millions of people are using (or will use when it’s launched, in the case of Google Wave). We didn’t want this to be purely a popularity contest though, so we’ve also selected 5 lesser known web apps or services. Those apps all got multiple mentions and in our estimation they’re each worthy of being labeled ‘exciting.’ Note: we offer the full list of apps voted for at the bottom of this post. Top 5 Apps1. Twitter 25 votes2. Gmail 17 votes3. Google Reader 11 votes4. Google Wave 11 votes5. Facebook 6 votesThis was fairly predictable, with Twitter well out in front. There’s been such excitement and activity around Twitter this year, that nobody could really argue against Twitter being the most exciting web or service around in 2009.Twitter was followed by no less than 3 Google products, one of them as yet unreleased! (Google Wave). This shows that Google still has that aura of being ‘exciting,’ at least with ReadWriteWeb’s early adopter readers. Facebook slipped in at number 5, so it too seems to have kept up its reputation for being innovative.Top 5 Lesser Known Apps6. Spotify (RWW coverage): this Swedish online music app is about to launch in the U.S. and is highly anticipated by that market. It’s so exciting that we’ve predicted it may even threaten Apple’s near monopoly iTunes product. We’ll have to wait and see what happens on that front, but Spotify certainly has a lot of people salivating! Other online music services mentioned multiple times in our poll were and Dropbox: this was listed as one of ReadWriteWeb’s 5 Favorite Online Storage Services in September last year. At the time it had only just opened to the public, but it has since gained many fans. Its integration with the desktop is perhaps the most exciting feature of this product. Other features we like are the sharing of folders and preservation of every revision of every file.8. Seesmic: A number of Twitter clients were mentioned, like Hootsuite and TweetDeck. But one which has impressed us a lot in recent months has been Seesmic. In July we reported that Seesmic, previously only a desktop client, had released a web-based version and a new version of the Seesmic desktop. The web-based version of Seesmic recreates most of the features that are currently available in the desktop application. Our own Frederic Lardinois listed Seesmic Web as one of his 3 most exciting apps.last_img read more

Will Certified Green Homes Ever Serve Middle America?

first_imgCustom high-performance certified green homes? Been there, done that.If you already build a decent custom home that is anywhere near Energy Star certified, getting it green should be reasonably easy to do and cost you less than $1 per square foot. It’s not really breaking new ground in most communities anymore to build a nationally certified custom green home, unless it’s a freakishly designed emerald- or platinum-level zero-energy home. In short, the custom market in housing, like the custom segment in many industries, is leading the way when it comes to integrating green design details, products, materials, and construction methodologies that will ultimately become mainstream.Now, logically, these practices should be trickling down to semicustom and high-end production homes for the middle class, right? And as they become more widespread and costs drop, the final frontier will be starter homes, workforce housing and government-subsidized housing, correct? Well, my experience shows that the middle market is being left behind as low-income housing jumps to the front of the race to build nationally certified green homes.In the last year alone, we have priced out 200 LEED-certified Section 8 townhouses that came in at less than $70 per square foot, including a gross profit of approximately 12%. We are currently working on the pricing of 95 single-family homes considered LEED/NGBS-certified workforce housing, and they are coming in very close to the same cost and gross profit return. How is this possible?The home-size adjuster in each program is what makes it possible. In essence, there is a sliding scale that compensates for the effect of home size on resource consumption. All else being equal, a larger home consumes more materials and energy than a smaller home over its life cycle, so both programs adjust their awards threshold points in each category based on the size of the home. Thus, smaller-than-average homes require fewer points to reach a given award threshold than larger-than-average homes.The average home sizes for the LEED program are 1900 square feet with three bedrooms, 2600 square feet with four bedrooms, and 2850 square feet with five bedrooms. The NGBS also applies bonus points to the scoring for smaller-than-average homes. The bottom line is that the ratio of a small home to a large number of bedrooms has a much easier time reaching any given point threshold in either program than does the ratio of a large home to a small number of bedrooms.And that’s the key to how we are making green affordable in the workforce housing and/or low-income market. These houses are smaller and they have lots of bedrooms. That makes them a lot easier to certify. A 1700-sq.-ft. townhouse with four bedrooms gets a 10-point credit and only needs 35 points to be certified. At that point, it becomes a footrace to the least expensive way to get those points. But does that make it greener? That’s the topic of my next blog!last_img read more