Time for Mars Life Again

first_imgMethane detection around Mars is giving new life to claims there is life on Mars.  Space.com #1 and Space.com #2 explain why NASA scientists are looking to see if the methane can be explained geologically or biologically.  Some news sites, like The Sun, go over the top with claims life has been discovered.  Only the readers who look at the ending lines will realize there is skepticism about the claims.  The BBC News presented both biology and geology as possibilities.  See earlier reports on Mars methane from 03/30/2004, 11/14/2004 and 12/14/2004.This can only mean one thing: it’s funding season again.  NASA helped distract attention from Clinton’s sins in 1996 with the whiz-bang press conference about life in the Martian meteorite.  That provided enough funds to launch the science of Astrobiology (04/17/2006, 08/06/2006).  They probably need a boost from Obama.  The safe money is on the geology (see sample rebuttal on Reasons.org).  Earth’s methane is biogenic, but Titan’s is geological.  The question no one is asking is whether a geological origin suggests Mars is not as old as claimed (09/28/2004).  You can ask it, though.  Meanwhile, enjoy Wayne Stayskal’s cartoon.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bret Davis elected to American Soybean Governing Committee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Soybean Association board member, Bret Davis of Delaware County, was elected to serve on the Governing Committee of the American Soybean Association. Bret joins farmers from around the country who will work to represent the legislative and policy interests of U.S. soybean farmers.“We congratulate Bret on being elected to the Governing Committee,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and Logan County farmer. “He has been a great leader here in Ohio and I know he will work hard to represent U.S. soybean farmers well.”Bret Davis farms on Davis Farms near Delaware where he grows over 3,000 acres of soybeans and corn. He serves on both the OSA and Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees and is in his second term with ASA. Bret has served as OSA President, Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer. He holds a designation as a Certified Crop Advisor and is a past president of both the FSA Board and the Delaware County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the FFA and earned his American FFA Degree.last_img read more

9. Honey I shrunk the combine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like every farm show across the U.S. was unveiling the biggest and best technology and machinery agriculture has to offer, but at some of these shows farmers and farm enthusiasts alike were getting a glimpse at something a little bit tinier. Kansas farmer Alan VanNahmen has built one-quarter and one-third scale replicas of a John Deere combine. The idea came to VanNahmen as he was working at Machinery Link, a company that started as a combine leasing business to help reduce farmers’ operating expenses.“The company I was working for was trying to shrink the cost of combines and harvesting, so I decided to create a quarter-scale John Deere combine to help get that message out,” VanNahmen said.The FarmBuddy combine was born.last_img read more

Glenn Harsh, Oct. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest is progressing well. We are within a day of being done with soybeans. Unfortunately that is in about five or six little fields.We started on corn, but we have a ways to go. So far yields are very good. I had a couple of poorer fields that got planted later and they were right around 50 bushels. The rest of my fields have been in the 60s with some fields going 68 or 69 bushels so the yields were very good for the vast majority of the soybeans. We have only done a couple of corn fields. One was the north side of 200 and the other one we really pushed this year and it was over 250. I am interested to see what our more average fields are doing, but we haven’t made it that far yet.We got .9-inch of rain at the home farm over the weekend. I’m not sure other farms got quite that much. With being on tracks, we are going to a farm with a gravel entrance we can park the trucks on that we are going to try later this afternoon.The first field of beans I took off had some stink bug damage. We got out of that until some of the later fields where we found some more stink bug damage. These fields were scouted and they must have come in really late in the season. It was a little disheartening when you try to scout through the season and then you see something still come in and do damage to your crop. For us it was not a major issue, though. We may have had a couple of loads that could have had some issues if we were hauling them in, but we are not in too bad of shape. I have heard about some loads getting rejected and we haven’t had anything to that magnitude.We had to haul some landlord crop in last week and we were limited on which elevators we went to. They got us through fairly quickly. We did have to wait maybe an hour or an hour and a half on some loads. We have enough bins that we can hold almost everything and we don’t have to mess with it a whole lot.We are getting the cover crops seeded with a hi-boy in the corn. I can see each of the species growing out there in the six-way mix and that is looking good. Behind the soybeans we use a Turbo-Seeder behind soybeans and the first cover crop that we put in is coming up there also.last_img read more

How to Pick the Perfect Music for Your Video Projects

first_imgUtilize the music in your editing pace. Cutting to the music to drive energy and pace while cutting against can create tension. Make thoughtful choices about how you use music to work with your video edit. Stay within budget. Nobody likes production surprises… especially when it comes to money. Licensing music early could curtail the chances of a budget issue later.Some editors prefer to create a VERY rough cut of an edit and try different music tracks underneath to see which might work best. Once a track is decided upon, they can clean up the edit to match the music. It’s a useful approach, but must be done early on in the post-production process.Set the ToneThis is an easy one: The tone of your video will typically dictate the style/mood of the music track(s) that make the cut. Unless you’re intentionally trying to use music to play against the action (like a classical track under a fight scene), it’s best to find a track that enhances the feeling of your scene or film/video. Consider your target viewer… what’s their age and background? Whereas a corporate executive may not identify with hard rock or hip-hop, this may be a perfect style choice for a younger audience.Royalty free music libraries (like PremiumBeat) give you the option to search by mood or genre, making it easy to find tracks that evoke a certain emotional response.Music Throughout or Bookends?Depending on the type of video project, you may find that music simply isn’t needed throughout. Montages and demo reels typically dicate end to end music, but a corporate video or film may actually benefit from only sporatic music or a bookended approach. In many cases, music can actually be more powerful when it is used intermittently… it can better accentuate a point or climax in the video. If music is forced throughout, the viewer may get fatigued. Allow for some breathing room and don’t forget to let the environmental and background sound help shape the audio of your project.If you’re going with a bookended approach, it may be a good idea to pick one music track (or theme) to open and close the video – especially on shorter video projects.Vocals or No Vocals?Films and montages use tracks with vocals… and in most cases it may be best left at that. Vocals under dialogue or an interview can be distracting and off-putting. If you choose a vocal track for your project, you have another matter to consider: Do the words support what’s happening in the scene/video? Good non-vocal tracks can convey the same emotions without words and in most cases are a safer bet.Avoid the Duration TrapsDon’t be tied to the duration of your music! Instead, cut it up to work best with your video. The typical cadence of a commercial song (verse, chorus, bridge) may not flow with your edit. Instead, loop parts of the track in your editing app, bringing in a chorus or emotional climax at just the right time. PremiumBeat offers loop sets for each royalty free track in the library. Cut them together will the full track version to tailor the audio to your visuals.Need assistance in customizing track lengths for your project? See our previous blog posts on timing music for your video edits or editing music for film (without it becoming a music video).Real Instruments? YES!Beware of music that uses MIDI or digitzed instruments and effects. These tracks may sound corny and cheap. Instead, ensure that the tracks you’re using feature real, organic instrumentation. To the trained ear (and even the untrained!) a highly processed digital keyboard often doesn’t hold a candle to the organic sound of a baby grand piano.Addtionally, the right instrumentation can contribute to the message of your video. As an example, regional music can be effective in creating the feeling of a certain locale. For instance, traditional Asian or African music may be well-suited if you’re profiling such a location in your project.Music Library vs Original ComposerDepending on the scope your project, you may be considering either using tracks from a royalty free music library or hiring an original composer to score your film/video. Budget is the biggest consideration here – original composition doesn’t come cheap. Additionally, having a composer score your project is a time and labor intensive process.Royalty free music provides a low-cost, high-quality alternative. PremiumBeat provides access to thousands of curated tracks, created by a team of international composers. Because these royalty free music tracks are exclusive to PremiumBeat, you won’t be flagged on YouTube or Vimeo for copyright violation.Whatever you do, avoid using copyright or commercial tracks in your video projects. Despite your client’s insistence, using a Coldplay track in your video is cost-prohibitive to license and can put you in legal hot water!As a last point, pick your music with intention and make it an important part of the process. The perfect track has the ability to drive your editing decisions, engage your viewer and enhance all the feelings of your video project. Here are a few curated playlists of PremiumBeat royalty free music. Maybe one of these lists contains the perfect track for your next project!Royalty Free Music Playlist: Spring AwakeningRoyalty Free Music Roundup: Action Packed!Royalty Free Music Roundup: Love StoryWhat’s your process when finding music for your video projects? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Sound shouldn’t be overlooked! Discover how to choose the best stock music for your video projects.Once you’ve got your video in the can and you’re digging into the edit, one of the first questions to arise is “What music am I going to use in this project?” From my years of experience as a video editor, I know that finding the right music for your video project can often be a challenging process – especially when a client’s involved! Follow these tips to find the perfect music for your video projects.Define The Music EarlyIf you’re reading this, it’s my hope that you’re seeking out music for your project before you finalize an edit! You’ll be one step ahead if you determine your music choices early on in the production process. Planning ahead will allow you to:Get your client’s approval on music early on. The last thing you want is to finalize an edit and have a client come back and ask for a music change.last_img read more

Will Your Actions Today Get You Where You Want to Be in the Future

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now How will your future self judge your actions when it comes to how you spent your time today? Flash forward five years from today. Looking back from that vantage point, how will what you did today serve you in that future place?The Calendar and the TruthIf you look at today’s calendar, will you see appointments and events that helped you to achieve your goals? Or will there be nothing but white space, and indication that you sat passively, waiting for the day to act on you?If you were to look at your phone records for the day, would it show time invested with the people and projects that were your true priorities? Or would there be no record of calls to people who were conspiring to help you achieve your goals? Did you communicate with the people whose help you need to get you where you are going?What will your digital footprint show? Will it show that you developed content that is part of your legacy? Does your digital footprint prove you created content aligned with your mission and your purpose? Or will it show time wasted on novelties and partisan political posts that amused only you?What about the people you love and care about? Where will they show up? Will you have done something worth noting today? If they are the reason you are hustling, will they even know that?Choosing Your Future RegretsWill what you did today serve your future self, or will it cause your future self to express regret over having wasted time?If you don’t know where you want to be five years from now, then it’s difficult to judge how well you did today. If you can’t answer the questions in this post, then the best way to spend your time might be to determine where you want to be five years from and what you want to be doing.Without a vision, without direction, you are simply drifting.last_img read more

First Test- Day 5: Bhajji, VVS help India save the match against NZ

first_imgAs the match was heading nowhere, it was decided to call off the game and handshakes follwed. Yet another Test match that has been won/saved by India despite staring at near defeat. Not for nothing are they ranked No. 1 in Tests. Kiwis lost one wicket before the match was declared drawn.Ealier, feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slammed his maiden Test century but V V S Laxman fell short of his ton after the duo took India to safe shores at tea on the final day of the opening cricket Test against New Zealand in Ahmebad on Monday. SCORECARDHarbhajan, who made his highest score of 69 in the first innings, bettered that display to remain unconquered on 110 off 179 balls with the help of three sixes and 10 fours.But his seventh-wicket partner Laxman missed his century by nine runs as India, reeling at 15 for five at one stage on Sunday, piled on 255 for 8 at tea for an overall lead of 283 with Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha (7) at the crease.With just one session left, the match is headed for a draw, which will be the sixth out of 11 Tests at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.Harbhajan, who put on 163 runs for the seventh wicket with Laxman to guide India to safety, reached his maiden hundred in style with a six off Vettori.Laxman was wrongly given out leg before wicket to rival team captain Daniel Vettori by umpire Steve Davis as TV replays showed the ball had deflected on to the pad off the inside edge of the bat.advertisementLaxman and Harbhajan took India from a difficult 65 for six on Sunday evening at the fall of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicket and were not separated till close to the tea interval when Vettori won the verdict against the former. The duo was together for 10 minutes under four hours and faced 328 balls.Vettori also sent back Zaheer Khan off the next ball, to another questionable decision by the same umpire as the bat and pad were close together when the ball hit its target, to be on a hat-trick which was staved off by Ojha.Earlier, Laxman and Harbhajan made sure that India did not lose a wicket in the pre-lunch period of play by cautious aggression. Harbhajan was the aggressor complementing Laxman’s vigilant stay as the hosts made 164 for 6 to be ahead by 192 runs.The duo, especially Harbhajan, were in a more aggressive mood in the post-lunch period as they raised 200 of the innings in the 11th over after resumption with the off spinner on 85 compared to Laxman’s 74.Harbhajan was fortunate to be dropped by wrecker-in-chief Chris Martin off his own bowling when seven short of the coveted three-figure mark when the batsman tried to flick and offered a difficult return catch.Zaheer Khan fell off the first ball but Ojha prevented Vettori from achieving a hat-trick.Harbhajan flat-batted, swept, drove on the up and swung his way second half century of the match with a couple off wrecker-in-chief Chris Martin after Laxman had completed his a few minutes earlier.While Laxman’s 27th half century came in a little over 240 minutes and off 154 balls when he pull-swept Jeetan Patel for his first boundary and fourth of the knock, Harbhajan’s contained 5 fours and a six and took him only 106 minutes and 78 balls to compile.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Shraddha is a very dear friend, I am yet to find love: Aditya Roy Kapur

first_imgAditya Roy Kapur, who is ready with his next release in romantic comedy Dawat-E-Ishq, says he is yet to discover love in real life. The film has been directed by National-award-winner Habib Faisal and also stars Parineeti Chopra.Aditya Roy Kapur plays a cook named Tariq, who is from Lucknow while Parineeti is a sales representative from Hyderabad in the movie, releasing on September 19.”I have been in a relationship and which I thought was love but it was not. I am still discovering love. Hopefully, I will be meeting the right person one day. But I am not looking for it actively. If it has to happen, it will,” Aditya said.The buzz in B-Town is that he is dating his Aashiqui 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor.When asked about Shraddha, Aditya said, “She is a very dear friend and that’s it. The media has written a lot about us and I believe that is part and parcel of being an actor.”Aditya Roy Kapur is said to be dating Shraddha KapoorAditya believes that media focuses more on his personal life than his career. “I don’t get affected by all these stories. My mood doesn’t depend on what I read. What matters to me is how my family and close friends feel.”Aditya Roy Kapur says he had to read up a lot to prepare for his role in the movie.”The zone which I have entered in the film is completely alien to me. I have never been to Lucknow and I can’t cook. The best I can do is make coffee, scrambled eggs and Maggi! I completely went with his direction. My father is an excellent cook so I took a few chopping lessons from him which really came handy during the shoots.”advertisementAditya will be seen in a new avatar in the film as he will be sporting a crew cut with ‘surma’ in his eyes.”As an actor I feel one should use his look to trick people. My director wanted me to adapt this look as he felt the audience needed to see a new character on screen.”Aditya, who will be starting his new film Fitoor next month with veteran actress Rekha and Katrina Kaif, feels a film takes time to happen.”Post Aashiqui 2 I wanted to see how the industry reacted to my performance. That took about two months and then I waited for a few good projects. Before signing Dawat- E-Ishq I came across few more offers but none of them interested me. This film has a soul and I went for it. And to sign and shoot for the film it took another few months.”Aditya’s siblings include producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and actor Kunal Roy Kapur, who has done films like Delhi Belly and Nautanki Saala. The trio has not discussed about doing a film together.”Actually, the thought never occurred to us. I can’t just call up Siddharth and ask him to make a film where all of us will be part of. We are all a close knit family. Vidya Balan is an excellent actress we all look upto her. Every Sunday we meet for lunch whenever we are in Mumbai and we all talk about several things.”Aditya, whose earlier films London Dreams and Action Replayy did not work at the box office, is happy with the way his career is shaping up post Aashiqui 2.”I am happy that post Aashiqui 2, I am getting opportunities to work with big names. Life has given me a chance. I never looked at my failures? I wish to continue my journey doing better films in coming years.”last_img read more