Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?
“At about ten 'o'clock tonight he's going to hold a press conference and he's going to announce that he's going to build industrial scale storage batteries. While the announcement is “So the nuclear argument that they're the only 24-7 source is off ...
May 1, 2015
85 years ago, DM was first to turn on lights
During that offseason, Keyser installed stanchions engineered by General Electric at a reported cost of $22,000, more than it had cost to build the spartan ball yard in 1914. In 1988 The Holcomb light towers were moved to a World War II ordnance ...
April 30, 2015
6 Super Annoying Things About Kids' TV Shows
It's kind of a low tech "let-me-hit-the-light-switch-in-mom-and-dad's-bedroom-on-and-off-repeatedly-at-5 a.m.-before-I-move-on-to-the-bedside-table-lamps" special effect type light. Yes, nothing is the same anymore. It even seems like most of my ...
April 29, 2015
Buffalo's Outer Harbor Update: It's Everybody's Waterfront
Peter Harnik will be speaking in Buffalo at six o'clock on May 6, at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center. The presentation will be free world-leading parks system. Ominously, in Harnik's latest book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities ...
April 29, 2015
The rise and rise of professional video-gaming
We are in China, a deserted tourist complex; pagodas hung with paper lanterns; bamboo fronds swaying in an electric breeze. Figures While Kurtis urged the team to 'play real scrappy, balls deep', Swanny sat at the table, saying nothing, staring out ...
April 30, 2015
Taylor pots final black in final frame
Oh dear, terrible error from Davis, who tried to clip a red but instead, hits it so badly he has scattered all the reds around the table. Lucky not to leave anything . As you could imagine, the atmosphere in the arena was electric. I was delighted ...
April 30, 2015
The Disability Audit: the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people
For its users, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) – the standalone fund that helps 18,000 of some of the most severely disabled people to live in their own homes – is the difference between living independently as an adult or a toss up between clock ...
April 29, 2015
April 17, opening night 2015 at Principal Park for the Iowa Cubs, was an occasion for reflection on the fact that Des Moines is where it all began. Not the baseball part. The nighttime part, when a bad day ends or a good one gets even better about the time the ballgame starts to thicken in the middle innings. Some references called it Western League Park. It wasn't the Field of Dreams, but a plaque there now refers to it as the Field That Saved Baseball. Fewer and fewer had the time or money to while away an afternoon at a ballgame. That's when Lee Keyser stepped up to the plate. Disco Demolition Night) or Charlie Finley (white shoes and orange baseballs), there was Lee Keyser. Sec Taylor thought a lot of Lee Keyser. After Keyser's death he had this to say in a column that ran in The Des Moines Register on April 27, 1950:. "I expressed this belief while he was living and I write it again now that Lee Keyser is dead — his name should be inscribed in the... In 1930, Keyser was an owner of the Class B Des Moines Demons.
Peter Harnik literally wrote the book about urban parks. As director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, Harnik has become the nation’s leading expert on urban parks—accidentally, and on purpose. After co-founding the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and growing it to an organization of national stature, Harnik joined the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to consult on urban parks. The published results of that two-year research project made Harnik and TPL the go-to source on parks in cities. Peter Harnik will be speaking in Buffalo at six o’clock on May 6, at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center. Harnik was invited by the 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor, an organization pursuing a modern realization of Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of a large park on Buffalo’s Lake Erie shoreline (that surprisingly forward-thinking vision, including... Ominously, in Harnik’s latest book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, Buffalo is literally the last word, in the last table, in the last appendix, of the book’s last page: Our Fair City is dead last among our nation’s large...
Produced by the Californian company Activision , CoD, as it is known, is among the most lucrative entertainment franchises in the world. In different variations – a new version is released each year – it has been the best-selling game in America for six years in a row. For the vast majority of those who play CoD –most in their late teens (in Britain the game is rated 18) and early 20s – the game is a mild diversion, played when they should be doing their homework, or have just come home from the pub. But increasingly it is a spectator sport , one of several 'eSports’ that are streamed live online and watched by millions around the world. While the uninitiated might imagine that video games are essentially solitary pastimes, CoD can be a team sport, where teams made up of four players compete either online or at tournaments. In one half of the auditorium, banks of monitors had been arranged on a series of stages, where the preliminary rounds were being played. Along one wall, pairs of commentators – or 'CoDcasters’, as they are called – sat at a row of desks, dressed in suits and ties, broadcasting on internet streams. The European leg I had first met Epsilon a few weeks earlier at the European CoD championships, which were being held in the unlikely setting of the Royal Opera House in London.
2015 SCN/InfoComm Product Installation Awards Finalist Voting Opens
Using a new distributed architecture, the system’s remote antenna receiver and base-units connect via standard CAT6 cable with PoE support while contemporary microphones provide enhanced audio pickup, signal-to-noise ratio, simplicity, and digital signal ...
April 20, 2015