first_imgPaul gets behind his team St Michaels in Glenswilly last night. Pictures courtesy and copyright of Geraldine Diver.It’s not easy to go to the home of the county champions and get a result as golfer Paul McGinley found out last night.The Ryder Cup captain was a surprise visitor to the Glen for his side St Michael’s league game against Glenswilly.rish Golfing legend Paul Mc Ginley, Glenswilly Chairman Mick Murphy, and Club Pro Paul Gallagher at the Senior League clash between St Michael’s and Glenswilly Photo: Geraldine DiverThe affable sportsman chatted and mixed with a large contingent of fans who attended the game. And he posed happily for pictures with fans including Glenswilly stalwarts Mick Murphy and Paul Gallagher despite his side going down by a single point.McGinley is a huge GAA fan who was a fine underage player in Dublin in his day.Who he will be shouting for if Donegal meet Dublin in the semi-final of the All-Ireland championship is anybody’s guess!GOLFER McGINLEY LEFT IN THE ‘ROUGH’ AFTER HIS VISIT TO GLENSWILLY! was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalglenswillyGolfer Paul McGinleySt Michaelslast_img read more

Raiders vs. 49ers: Interesting concept, but too often a rivalry in repose

first_imgBay Area football fans salivated from one end of the 1970 NFL season to the other in anticipation of the first Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game that would rise to the level of bloodlust.The teams — the 49ers of the established NFL, and the Raiders of the upstart AFL — had met in exhibition games. But those glorified practices in no way reflected the searing animosity between the two leagues.The showdown on Dec. 20, at the end of the first season following the NFL-AFL merger, figured …last_img read more

NBA playoffs: How will Warriors adjust to playoff officiating?

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!OAKLAND – As the Warriors strive to win another NBA championship, their success will not just hinge on the Splash Brothers’ making 3’s, Kevin Durant scoring in the post and Draymond Green shutting down his opponent.Can Warriors coach Steve Kerr resist spiking his clipboard? Can Curry abstain from hurling his mouthpiece? Can Durant, Green and DeMarcus Cousins …last_img read more

Butterflies Invented LEDs First

first_imgLight-emitting diodes (LEDs) were a prized invention of physicists, improved greatly in 2001, but now we find butterflies invented them first.  We already knew that butterfly wings achieve their shimmering iridescence by means of photonic crystals (01/29/2003), as do some birds (10/13/2003), but now it appears that the butterflies have even more exotic tricks up their sleeves: they have true LEDs.    Pete Vukusic of Exeter and Ian Hooper of MIT were startled to see the wings of African swallowtails shine super-bright under ultraviolet light.  They reported in Science this week that the photonic crystals absorb UV and re-radiate it in a blue-green portion of the visible spectrum where the butterfly’s eye is particularly sensitive.  Not only that, the photonic crystals are shaped in a cylindrical way to prevent side-scattering, are spaced for maximum effect, and contain reflective surfaces to focus the light straight out of the tubular shafts.  This makes them “all but identical in design to the LED,” said Vukusic.  Being able to emit powerful light without a semiconductor or power source makes the feat “doubly efficient in a way,” he said.  It’s not just an analogy calling this structure an LED, he explained – that is really how it works.  The researchers feel that their results will help engineers improve manmade devices.  “When you study these things and get a feel for the photonic architecture available, you really start to appreciate the elegance with which nature put some of these things together,” he said.  Sources: BBC News, MSNBC, LiveScience and News@Nature.There was little mention of evolution in any of the papers, except that the BBC article stated that the butterflies “had been using this method for 30 million years,” and News@Nature mentioned in passing that the system had “evolved to direct the emitted light outwards” without venturing to say how.  All the evolutionists seemed so amazed that a butterfly figured this out.  Even Ker Than, Mr. Dogmatic Darwinist and ID-Basher, didn’t dare speculate about how this precision optical system evolved.  To top that, Nature, that Darwinese foghorn, actually subtitled their piece, “Butterflies shine brighter by design.”  Cowabunga!  Are they beginning to see the light?    Think about the fact that a butterfly goes through an egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis stage.  In that last stage, all its guts are transformed into precision LEDs, flight software and hardware, vision, incredibly-sensitive olfactory systems and much, much more.    Kids should get out with their butterfly nets and learn some creation science like they always have.  Only now, they should learn some physics and optical electronics, too.  Sounds like some good Science Fair material here.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

That’s a Geocache?!? The Unending Evolution of Geocaches

first_imgTraditional geocacheFor most, the evolution of the geocache container begins with a sturdy great-great-great-grandfather geocache.  It’s the iconic metal ammo can. But in one decade of geocaching, the geocache family tree branched off into dozens of directions.Each branch embodies the spirit of evolution.  Geocaches now blend more and more into their natural environment.  Say you place a cache on the outskirts of an estuary?  There’s a bird geocache for that.  You’re considering an urban cache on a park bench?  We’ve heard of magnetic microcaches that resemble gum for that.Take a quick look at the picture below on the left.  Guess how many geocaches are in that picture?  Ok, I know there are a few caveats. There can only be one geocache every tenth of a mile and none of these are activated, but how many possible geocaches do you see? The answer is… six. The bird, those pinecones, that rock, even two of the sticks are actually geocaches.How many geocaches are hidden in this pictureJust enough room for a logGeocaches are not the only part of the geocaching equation to evolve.  Geocachers developed a keener “geo-sense” over the past decade.  Say that you placed a corn cob shaped cache in field of corn… the cache will be found.A cache like this one pictured at the bottom of the page is all in a days work for an average cacher.I’d love to hear your most difficult find.  How many DNF’s did you log before uncovering the cache?  Let us know, just post a comment to this blog.Thermometer reveals a geocacheShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe evolution of geocachesNovember 19, 2019In “Learn”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Geocaching in Space FAQ

first_imgGeocaching is heading towards the International Space Station (ISS). All of geocaching? No, not all of it, but a very special little Travel Bug® named TB5JJN1 is tagging along with Nasa astronaut Rick Mastracchio on his mission to the ISS. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students around the world about geography and geocaching. Mastraccio will Rocket into Space on November 7, 2013 (GMT). Every geocacher who attends a Geocaching Event on November 6 or 7, 2013 will be awarded a “Geocaching in Space” souvenir. In additional, Geocaching in Space Mission Patches will be sold, and proceeds will to the educational charity probably have a few questions about Geocaching in Space. For answers to your questions go to the Geocaching in Space Event Center , or check out the FAQs below. If you still have questions, let us know in the comments or visit What is Geocaching in Space?Check out our blog post here: Geocaching Rockets into Space (Again)2. When is the spacecraft currently scheduled to launch?November 7 at 04:08 a.m. GMT – Convert to your time zone here3. How do I find an Event Cache near me? The local times for the launch depend on where in the world you’re watching. Find Event Caches on November 6 or November 7. Don’t see an event near you? Submit a Geocaching in Space Event Cache up to two weeks before the schedule launch.4. How can I keep getting updates on the mission?You can follow the Travel Bug® here by adding it to your watchlist, follow Geocaching on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for updates as they happen.5. Is there a way to watch the space craft launch live?NASA TV will broadcast the launch live. You can download a free NASA TV app for Android or iPhone, watch NASA TV live on their website, or watch the launch on the NASA channel on your cable TV. More questions? Check out NASA TV FAQs here.6. Who is the Astronaut that is bringing the Travel Bug® to the ISS?Astronaut Richard Mastracchio (Source: Nasa)Rick Mastraccio is an experienced NASA astronaut. He is currently training for his third travel to the ISS. He will be the Flight Engineer for the team. His geocaching name is AstroRM and we think he’s pretty cool.7. Do I have to attend an official space event, to receive the “Geocaching in Space” souvenir ?No. If you log your “Attended” for any geocaching event, that is held on November 6th or November 7th 2013 and listed on, you will receive the souvenir. Events on both days will help commemorate Geocaching in Space.8. I am the host, will I get the souvenir too?Yes. Even though we discourage geocache owners to log their own geocaches, it is completely fine to log an “Attended” on your own geocaching event. You deserve it!9. What if the launch date changes?As this is a  real rocket launch, the launch date could change. In this case we’ll issue the souvenir for attending an event on November 6 or 7. The same souvenir will also be awarded for events on the the actual launch date.10. Is there a geocache close to the rocket launch?Geocache location near rocket launch siteYep. There is a geocache located at the Russian Rocket Base in Central Asia close by. It is called Poyekhali. It currently has 4 finds.11. Is there a geocache at the International Space Station?Yes, indeed there is. Video game developer Richard Garriott had a dream come true, when he was travelling to the ISS and hid a geocache there in 2010. Astronaut Rick Mastraccio (AstroRM) will be claiming the FTF over three years after this geocache was hidden.12. What are the coordinates of the International Space Station Cache?As the geocache on the ISS orbits the earth 15 times every day, it was a challenge to find coordinates for this one-of-a-kind geocache. The geocache owner decided to use coordinates in Kazakhstan close to the Russian Rocket Base from which the spacecraft will be launching. SharePrint RelatedBehind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community”Geocaching in Space Event CenterOctober 7, 2013In “Community”Track a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

International EarthCache Day: Instagram Photo Recap

first_img SharePrint RelatedYour Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community”The Aare Gorge | Aareschlucht | Gorges de l’Aar – GC1YH51 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2012October 11, 2012In “Community”Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!May 21, 2018In “Community” This past weekend, more than 36,300 people earned their International EarthCache Day souvenir by finding an EarthCache. Many of them decided to photograph their adventures and share them on Instagram. Here are some of the amazing pictures from the International EarthCache Day celebration.@l0verlada “Another dinosaur footprint.”@_iso61 “Measuring boulder ?.”@kelisabethlb “#EarthCache #Gotland”@arace1985 “#Earthcache today.”@galleytrotter “Happy International Earthcache day! Here’s me and Kiwi checking out some ice age remains.”@geominionmom “The sunshine made this cave/tunnel a truly magnificent sight.”@kaja2105 “#naturelovers #earthcache #familytime.”@le_mur_ko “earthcacheday2015.”@strawberryberry16 “#internationalearthcacheday.”@kacnampr “Fall colors and cloud reflections at Potter’s Marsh Boardwalk on International Earthcache Day! A bit of cache maintenance done while there too!”@thomasanderz “earthcacheday2015”@yeseniapais “#earthcache”@christinamdlt “Love the view on my little adventures. #geocaching #earthcache”Just because International EarthCache Day is over, doesn’t mean the educational fun stops. You can find EC’s all year-round!Which EarthCache did you find yesterday? Share your pics!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Website and App Downtime Tuesday, September 11

first_img SharePrint Site Upgrade Tuesday – Site and Mobile Apps DownDecember 1, 2010In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8April 6, 2014In “Maker Madness” On Tuesday, September 11, 2018,, and all related mobile applications, including 3rd party applications will be going down for several hours as we perform site maintenance. Geocaching HQ products will go offline around 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (convert to your local time). Downtime is expected to last four hours.During this scheduled maintenance window, we are upgrading the infrastructure of our products to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. Follow us on Twitter during this downtime for the latest updates.Start followingShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Crowdflower and Gambit: Is this Child Labor for Virtual Goods?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just this week a MediaPost article discussed how the Iconix Brand Group agreed to pay $250,000 after advertising to children without parental consent. While you wouldn’t normally associate brands like Candies shoes or Bongo denim with kids, Iconix collected birth date and user information from under 13-year-olds associated with these companies. Targeting newsletters and advertising to these users was enough to raise questions with the Federal Trade Commission. It will be interesting to see how Gambit and Crowdflower will balance the issue of parental consent amongst this younger labor force. Can we classify this as child labor if only virtual goods are involved?Some of the tasks listed for casual gamers include tagging images and video clips, classifying text and finding business contact information. While others might argue that the web-task barter system is akin to earning one’s allowance, the fact that children could be scraping the web to help businesses advertise to us seems somewhat exploitative. While it’s too early to say how this program will pan out, there’s no doubt that Crowdflower and Gambit will have to walk a fine line to keep this program ethical. Photo Credit: Jim Sneedon Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While Crowdflower has forged some amazing partnerships in the past, including a deal with Samasource to launch a training program for Kenyan refugees, the company’s latest partnership has a somewhat questionable benefit statement. Crowdflower and Gambit are offering sponsored promotions for gamers to earn virtual currency via cloud-based labor. While the program sounds like a great idea, the pitch we received specified that promotions would help “monetize younger users”. It will be interesting to see how parents react to these promotions. In order to protect their kids, many parents seek out age-appropriate web content like ReadWriteWeb’s list of kid-friendly resources. Others opt for tools like CYBERsitter that offer parental controls over web filtering software. While most of these tools protect against worst-case-scenarios, few protect against invasive advertising or remote labor offers. last_img read more

6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford

first_imgBring your slow motion game up to speed with this roundup of high frame rate cameras that won’t deplete your life savings.It seems that almost every filmmaker, videographer, and video professional is looking for clean, crisp, and beautiful slow motion footage to use in their projects or throw into their demo reels.And while it always pays to be authentic with your shots and prioritize storytelling over simply going slow-mo for the sake of going slow-mo, it can be a very powerful tool and an excellent shot to include in video projects big and small.Let’s look at some of the latest and greatest high frame rate video cameras for creating the best cinematic slow motion sequences possible.1. GoPro Hero 7While they might not be as popular as they were during the “action cam” craze several years ago, GoPro continues to make quality digital cameras that are both highly functional and durable — plus they’re still one of the most affordable bang-for-your-buck options on the market.For slow motion videography, the GoPro HERO7 Black can push super-slow-mo rates up to 1080p240/200. With regular UHD 4K up to 60fps and 2.7K up to 120 fps, you’d be hard pressed to find better specs on any prosumer camera. And while it might always look the same, the rough-and-tumble design and remote operation capabilities can yield plenty of great slow motion sequences.4K60/50, 2.7K120/100 & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDRHyperSmooth video stabilizationDirect livestreaming to Facebook LiveTimeWarp Stabilized Time-Lapse VideoWaterproof to 33′ without a housingVertical portrait mode for social mediaIntuitive, smartphone-like touchscreenFace, smile, and scene detection16-command voice controlPrice: $3492. Sony RX0 IIAnother slow-mo friendly action cam that won’t break the bank is the Sony Cyber-shot RXO II. It offers 120 fps video recording in full HD (and internal UHD 4K at 30 fps to boot). Designed for all manner of action shots, from drones to motorbikes to stationary tripods, with its image stabilization technology you can get fantastic slow motion footage in any situation.15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS Stacked CMOS sensorZEISS Tessar T* 24mm equivalent f/4 lensInternal UHD 4K30 video & S-Log2 gammaHFR mode for slow motion up to 1000 fps1.5″ 230k-dot 180° tilting LCDWater-, dust-, shock-, and crushproofElectronic SteadyShot; clean HDMI outputInterval recording; microphone inputISO 12800 and 16-fps continuous shootingWi-Fi and Bluetooth; multi-camera controlPrice: $6983. Sony RX100 VA step up from the action cam class will be your point-and-shoot options like the Sony RX100 V. A little larger yes, but the RX100 V is still a lightweight pocket-sized option that packs some serious slow motion punch — capable of 960 fps high frame rate recording (4K UHD up to 30fps).The RX100 V comes equipped with 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) lens that would represent a major cinematic upgrade over the action cams above — but perhaps not as much as the higher-end interchangeable lens options to follow.20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensorBIONZ X Image Processor and Front-End LSIInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log2 gammaZeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 lens24-70mm (35mm equivalent)Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 pointsHFR mode for full HD Video up to 960 fps0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED pop-up EVF3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° tilting LCDISO 12800 and 24 fps continuous shootingPrice: $9984. Sony a6500Another solid Sony offering, the a6500 is a smart and fast APS-C format mirrorless option that captures some very solid 120fps slow-motion footage in 1080p full HD (4K at 30 fps).What’s more, the a6500 also includes Sony’s Slow and Quick (S&Q) motion setting technology, which allows you to capture full HD video at a variety of frame rates, ranging from 1 to 120 fps.24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processorXGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 921.6k-dot tilting touchscreen LCDInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log3 gammaS&Q Motion in full HD from 1-120 fps5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilizationBuilt-on Wi-Fi with NFC4D FOCUS with 425 phase-detect pointsUp to 11 fps shooting and ISO 51200Price: $1,1985. Panasonic GH5sPanasonic’s followup to the original LUMIX GH5, the GH5s, is a bit more powerful — and more expensive, too. The GH5s stands out for slow-motion-seeking filmmakers and videographers with its 7.5x slow-mo recording at 240fps in full HD.The GH5s also offers 4K up to 60fps, which creates possibilities for phenomenal high resolution/high frame rate recording that blows several of the other options on this list out of the water. The micro four-thirds camera is an excellent prosumer camera in its own right for all manner of film and video projects and is widely popular for its high-quality 4K footage, which is strong in low light.10.28MP multi aspect ratio MOS sensorDCI 4K60p and full HD 1080/240p videoInternal 4:2:2 10-bit long GOPV-Log L gamma and HDR hybrid Log gamma0.76x 3.68m-dot OLED viewfinder3.2″ 1.62m-dot free-angle touchscreenDual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi and BluetoothAdvanced DFD AF system12 fps cont. shooting and 4K PHOTO modesPrice: $2,1986. Sony FS7We’re going to cheat a bit for this last one. But if you’re serious about capturing absolutely stunning slow-motion footage, you may need to look into some of the bigger, more professional, and pricier options. But don’t worry: you can rent many high-end cameras at a reasonable rate.The Sony PXW-FS7 Super 35 Camera System might be the best bang for your buck. After the action cams and point-and-shoot and DSLR/mirrorless cameras, you’ll find your superior cinema cameras, like the FS7, which offer some breathtaking slow-motion specs.The FS7 records up to 180fps (XAVC-I) or 120fps (XAVC-L) and internally up to 60fps in UHD (3480×2160). And we’re talking about some seriously fantastic slow motion with the FS7’s Super 35 sized CMOS sensor, which represents some of the highest-quality footage in its price range.Super 35 sized CMOS sensorSony E-MountDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60pUHD up to 60 FPS, HD up to 180 FPS4096 x 2160 via external recorderXAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-2XAVC-I up to 600 Mb/sDual XQD memory card slotsDual HD/3G-SDI and HDMI outputErgonomic handgrip with camera controlsPrice: $6,998.00Rental Price: ~$375/day(This post was originally published on May 17, 2017. We have updated it to reflect changes in the industry.)Cover image by Panasonic.For more slow-motion filmmaking resources, check out some of these articles.Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting Slow MotionWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a CameraThe Essential Guide to Finding Deals on Video Production GearDo You Need to Own a Professional Cinema Camera?last_img read more