DeRozan scores 38 as Raptors beat Heat 112-104 in OT

first_imgTORONTO (AP):DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 38 points and added 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 112-104 in overtime on Saturday night.Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 16 points for the Raptors, who secured the season series against the Heat for the second straight season, as well as a potential play-off tiebreaker should they finish with the same record.Joe Johnson had 28 points while Luol Deng added 20 for the Heat, which had Dwyane Wade on the sidelines with an injured thigh.Deng tied it at 97 on a three-pointer from the corner with 3.1 seconds remaining in regulation and DeRozan’s jumper before the buzzer went in and out.In overtime, the teams traded scores until five straight trips to the free throw line, four for DeRozan and one for Bismack Biyombo, allowed the Raptors to score seven unanswered points to take a 109-101 lead with 42 seconds to play.Johnson’s three-pointer closed the gap to six points, but a pair of free throws from Cory Joseph allowed Toronto to close out the game.Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-116.Curry, who spent most of the third quarter on the bench in foul trouble, made three of his seven three-pointers in the fourth, including two as part of an 18-8 run to close out the game.The NBA’s reigning MVP capped his night with a behind-the-back pass to Shaun Livingston for a layup that helped extend the Warriors’ record home winning streak to 48 games.Golden State (59-6) also stayed one game ahead of the pace of the 1995-96 Bulls, who set an NBA record with 72 wins.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-85 for their 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history.Only Golden State with their current 48 and the Chicago teams that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer streaks.LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for San Antonio. Kevin Durant had 28 points for the Thunder.Jusuf Nurkic scored all of his season-high 17 points in the second half and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 116-100.Gary Harris, D.J. Augustin and Darrell Arthur also scored 17 points and Will Barton finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets outscored Washington 41-17 in the final 12 minutes to win their fourth straight.John Wall had 19 points and 11 assists and Otto Porter scored 21 points for the Wizards.Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Bucks topped the New Orleans Pelicans 103-92, the Atlanta Hawks downed the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83, the Detroit Pistons used a big second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 125-111, and the Charlotte Hornets had a 125-109 win over the Houston Rockets.last_img read more

Zatta Fact?  “Scientific Facts” Evolve

first_imgEvery once in awhile it is good to be reminded that “scientific facts” are in a constant state of revision.  Here are some recent examples of scientists with surprised looks on their faces:Cholesterol for health:  Surprise, says EurekAlert: cholesterol may actually pose health benefits.  “… don’t push aside bacon and eggs just yet,” it begins: researchers at Texas A&M did not expect to find improvements in muscle gain among elderly patients: “At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that there was a significant association of dietary cholesterol and change in strength,” they found, with the highest gain among those with the highest cholesterol intake.  “Needless to say, these findings caught us totally off guard.”The Hobbit:  The diminutive skeletons on the island of Flores in Indonesia were first declared to be a new species of primitive hominid, but now, according to the UK Telegraph, Mike Morwood (U of New England, Australia) is making a case that they were modern humans with a growth disorder (10/25/2005, 10/11/2006).Count me out:  Anthropologists thought they could determine primitive counting words in native languages from more advanced, abstract ones, but an article on Science Now says the reverse could be true.  The more primitive counting words could be derived from more complex systems.Backwards galaxy:  Spiral arms are supposed to lead, not follow.  How can the trailing tips of a spiral arm be leading the rest?  That’s what is apparently happening in NGC 4622, reported PhysOrg.  This is an “inconvenient” truth for astronomers who could not rule out the backward motion (08/01/2002).  They even found evidence of backward and forward motion in different parts of the spiral arms.Dino desert:  This dinosaur lived in a desert.  No, actually, it lived in the tropics.  The BBC News described a rethinking about the Bristol dinosaur Thecodontosaurus, discovered in 1834.  “The big surprise was discovering that these reptiles did not live on arid uplands but rather on small well-vegetated tropical islands around Bristol,” a researcher said.Rethinking dust:  “The discovery of a large disc of dust around a binary star system could force astronomers to rethink their computer models of the Universe,” began an article on the BBC News.  WZ Sagittae was not supposed to have any dust.  Now that the Spitzer Space Telescope has inferred the presence of a dust disk, “The discovery may have implications for the study of everything from supermassive black holes to the formation of planets.” The eyes fool you:  Identical-looking animals may come from different species, according to a phylogenetic study discussed by Science Daily.  Does this mean there are many more cryptic species hiding in the genes that we thought?  Could be; studies of frog DNA in the Amazon and giraffe DNA in Africa indicate that multiple separate lineages can exist side by side with little interbreeding between them.  Taxonomists may have “hugely underestimated the number of species with which we share our planet.”Soiled assumptions:  A paper in Geology this month said there is a big discrepancy between mineral residency time and soil age.1  Scientists at University of Delaware said, “we demonstrate that traditional estimates of mineral-specific chemical weathering rates from soil chronosequences may diverge by several orders of magnitude from the actual weathering rates.”Y worry:  Men, take heart: your Y chromosomes are not functionally degenerate leftovers of once-prominent genetic structures.  That’s the evolving picture of the Y, reported Science magazine January 4.2  Scientists used to say, “Genetic and theoretical studies of Y chromosomes have led to the conclusion that they evolve to become functionally degenerate.”  The new picture is: “The Y chromosome has evolved to become a major regulator of gene expression in males.”  It may not have as many genes, but if it’s in the driver’s seat, it’s got balls of chromatin in its genes that are not losers.These upsets and reconsiderations are spread across a wide variety of disciplines and may be considered typical of science news in an average month.  There is one subject, however, about which some scientists are so absolutely convinced, they call it a “scientific fact” that deserves to be taught with missionary fervor: evolution.  The lead editorial in Nature last week began,3 “Spread the word.  Evolution is a scientific fact, and every organization whose research depends on it should explain why.”  The conclusion said,As the National Academy of Sciences and Padian have shown, it is possible to summarize the reasons why evolution is in effect as much a scientific fact as the existence of atoms or the orbiting of Earth round the Sun, even though there are plenty of refinements to be explored.  Yet some actual and potential heads of state refuse to recognize this fact as such.  And creationists have a tendency to play on the uncertainties displayed by some citizens.  Evolution is of profound importance to modern biology and medicine.  Accordingly, anyone who has the ability to explain the evidence behind this fact to their students, their friends and relatives should be given the ammunition to do so.  Between now and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth on 12 February 2009, every science academy and society with a stake in the credibility of evolution should summarize evidence for it on their website and take every opportunity to promote it.1.  Kyungsoo Yoo and Simon Marius Mudd, “Discrepancy between mineral residence time and soil age: Implications for the interpretation of chemical weathering rates,” Geology, Volume 36, Issue 1 (January 2008), pp. 35-38.2.  William R. Rice and Urban Friberg, “Functionally Degenerate–Y Not So?”, Science, 4 January 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5859, pp. 42-43, DOI: 10.1126/science.1153482.3.  Editorial: Spread the word, Nature 451, 108 (10 January 2008) | doi:10.1038/451108b.The evidence for Darwinian evolution (universal common ancestry of all life by an unguided process of chance mutation and natural selection) is flimsier than any and all of the categories listed above, but it is a FACT that must be forced on students and the public.  Otherwise, who is going to show up at the big Darwin Day party that is being planned for 09?  If you don’t want all that money to go to waste, do your duty: help preach the propaganda everywhere, at every opportunity.  Just don’t ask what a “fact” is.  (For help, see Dunlap’s Laws of Physics).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ten Essential Steps to a Pretty Good House

first_imgMy friends up in Maine came up with the concept of the Pretty Good House a few years ago, and I love the idea! Not everyone can or wants to build a LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, Passive House. But a lot of architects, builders, and home buyers would like to design, build, and live in houses that are better than the barely legal, code-minimum houses that populate the market.The Pretty Good House, then, is the way to go.The 10 essential stepsIf you’re interested in designing, building, or living in a Pretty Good House, here are what I consider 10 essential steps you need to take to make it happen. Martin Holladay also came up with a list of 10 items in his article, Martin’s Pretty Good House Manifesto, but you’ll find the list here has a different flavor than his.It starts with applying the principles of building science, as I’ve been writing since I got into this field. Just put it all together, and you’ve got yourself a Pretty Good House.1. Spend more time on planning. This was my biggest mistake in the house I built. I got rushed and ended up spending more time building the house and it cost more money as a result. Take all the time you need to get the details right before you move any dirt or lift a hammer. It’ll pay off in the end. Think about everything: orientation on the site; window area, placement, and overhangs; doing things in the proper order… This is especially true for getting the HVAC done right. Most designs don’t leave enough room for proper distribution of heating, cooling, and ventilation. Integrated design is where it’s at! 2. Hire a third-party building science consultant. And get them involved from the very beginning. Choose one with knowledge and experience, someone who knows how to work with contractors and can stand up to them when necessary. A lot of good intentions and good designs get undermined by the crusty contractor who says, “We’ve been doing it this way for 30 years and we’re not going to change now.”3. Don’t cut corners on controlling water. Design and detail every aspect of the water control layers in your building enclosure. What materials are you going to use? Do you need a vented rainscreen? Do all assemblies have the ability to dry properly and not trap water? Most building failures are due to water.4. Make sure the building enclosure is airtight. That means you’ll need a blower door test. If testing for airtightness is new to you, do preliminary testing at the predrywall stage if possible. How tight is tight enough? Certainly no more than 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ach50), but Passive House builders are blowing past the 0.6 ach50 level required by that program.5. Get the most out of your insulation. One of my earliest articles (Is There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?) was about how badly your insulation can perform just by how it’s distributed. An extension of the same principle is that even a small weakness in your building enclosure’s insulation can have a mind-blowing effect on performance. In short, a uniform layer with a lower R-value beats really thick insulation interspersed with little to no insulation. It’s the thermal bridging, stupid! If you can get continuous insulation on all parts of the building enclosure, that’s a big step toward getting a Pretty Good House. (If you want to go deeper, learn about the layers and pathways of heat flow.)6. Pay extra attention to rough openings. Certainly this is true for controlling the flow of heat because windows have a lower R-value than the surrounding walls. Even more important, though, is that water leaks usually happen at the openings, so get those flashing details right! And of course, it’s easy to make a significant reduction in your air leakage by sealing the rough openings… or missing your target because you didn’t.7. Hire the right company to design your HVAC system. That company might be the same company that installs your HVAC system. There are a few out there that are competent at this. What happens way more often than it should, though, is that when the installer also designs, you end up with duct disasters like this. What you really want is something like the one shown in this link.8. Get the HVAC distribution systems inside the building enclosure. Forced air heating and cooling dominates the type of distribution in most homes in North America. Even with a perfectly designed and installed duct system, putting those ducts in an unconditioned attic can add 15% to your air conditioning bill. From a performance perspective, HVAC distribution needs to be inside the building enclosure. You can do it with ductless minisplits, plenum trusses, and other techniques. Just do it.9. Install a good whole-house ventilation system. Airtight homes need mechanical ventilation. Balanced ventilation, which both exhausts stale air from the house and brings in an equal amount of outdoor air, is the best. I wrote a pretty thorough article called Choosing a Ventilation Strategy in the Journal of Light Construction last year.10. Commission the building. Getting a good design is a start. Implementing that design is not the finish. Making sure that the the various assemblies and systems work as designed is where you end, and that process is called commissioning. Just because you can see caulk and spray foam in an enclosure doesn’t mean it’s airtight. (See above photo.) Just because a duct system is beautiful doesn’t mean it moves the right amount of air. These things and more need to be tested at the end of the construction process.I haven’t mentioned every single thing you need to do to build a Pretty Good House here. As always, the devil is in the details. Click on the links above and below to learn more about those details. If you follow these 10 steps, though, your chances of a good outcome are greatly improved. Disregard the advice here, and you end up with a house that makes it into one of my Halloween articles. Bwaahaaahaaahaaaahaaaaaaa! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good HouseIs the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Green Building for BeginnersBlower Door BasicsResidential Commissioninglast_img read more

3 Funny Twitter Feeds for Video Editors

first_imgIf you need a little entertainment in your Twitter feed add these video and filmmaking related accounts.Overloaded with technical tweets? Check out the Twitter feeds that any video editor will find funny.IMDb Parents’ GuideMaking sure you’ve got a few funny accounts in your Twitter feed is a great way to add a chuckle or two to your day, especially when it’s related to your day-in-day-out experience in the post production industry. Here are a few of my favorites with three of their best tweets.The IMDB Parents Guide, is actually very useful if you’re ever concerned about what the content of a film might be before you view it. But it also leads to some entertaining comments from unsuspecting parent contributors, the best of which are gathered together by @imdbparents. These short quips summarize the ‘best’ parts of popular films in 140 characters or less… Worst Editor EverMy favorite funny post production Twitter feed is still @theworsteditorever, who I have mentioned on this blog before. For post-related laughs, their feed is tough to beat. Render PleaseRender Please is actually more of a Tumblr GIF blog than a Twitter feed, but it’s well worth following on Twitter so you never miss a post from an Assistant Editor’s perspective. Plus you’ll have a slew of funny GIFs ready for any situation. Follow @renderpleasecenter_img Know of any other funny filmmaking or video editing Twitter feeds? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Filmmaker Wendy McColm on the Meisner Technique and her Feature Birds Without Feathers

first_imgWe chatted with filmmaker Wendy McColm about writing, directing, and performing in her award-winning feature Birds Without Feathers.All images from Birds Without Feathers.It’s the awards brunch at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in a small gastropub in Dallas, Texas. Everyone is moving a little slowly after the late closing party the night before, but coffee and scones abound during the presentation of the festival awards. For the narrative feature category, usually the last announcement with the most acclaim, Wendy McColm gets called up to accept an award for her feature Birds Without Feathers, which she wrote, directed, and performed in.Birds Without Feathers premiered at Slamdance 2018, where it also won the Spirit Award. The film, which features McColm as part of an ensemble cast of characters shuffling through the malaise and oddities of millennial life, has been an audience favorite as it makes the rounds at film festivals across the globe.McColm, who is an accomplished actor-turned-up-and-coming-director in her own right, has been performing and creating shorts and other productions for years. Her Vimeo and YouTube pages are treasure troves of creative vignettes and comedic character studies, in which McColm shows off her performance range and directing chops. We chatted with McColm about her most recent project — Birds Without Feathers — for some insight into how she created such powerful performances — as well as her advice for those looking to take on writing, directing, and acting.The Meisner Technique and TruthFor Birds Without Feathers, we used the Meisner technique for developing the characters and all the dialogue. With Meisner, it requires an intense level of training. I’ve spent a lot of time in classes finding these actors and taking their words and speech and incorporating them into the script. Each part comes from part of our collective conscious and different journeys which we took into these classes.If you haven’t heard of it, the Meisner technique is an acting and improvisational training method developed by Sanford Meisner in which performers improvise and search for shared and individuals truths, authenticity, and emotions. For McColm, who (among other practices) studied Meisner for years, the process translated into her own performances and filmmaking. With Birds, McColm used themes of repetition and emotional truth to develop characters who seem authentic and raw in their emotions and interactions.From Actor to Actor-DirectorI originally started as an actor, but once I started directing I realized I had been doing it for years already. Whether it was school plays or making little home movies as a kid or even creating videos for YouTube, I was directing all along. It’s a testament that we don’t always get to see our true selves, a theme in Birds. We sometimes need a true mirror to see all of yourself.McColm’s career trajectory from actor to actor-director is an excellent case-study into how to emphasize and understand the nuances of each role. Birds Without Feathers is full of raw and emotional performances that require the utmost level of care, trust, and communication between the actors and the director. In McColm’s example, it took finding one’s self as a director to really bring out her best self as an actor as well.Opening Yourself to Trusting OthersWhen I was first starting out, I did everything myself. It took awhile to trust other people to get the work done or rely on others. This movie was a huge lesson for me to learn how to ask for help. How to trust other people. Whether it’s on set with the cinematographer or in post working on the edit, you have to open yourself to trust other people and artists.And after you do find trust in yourself, you also have to find your trust in others. This is something, McColm admits, she struggled with starting out. Coming from a shorts background, digital cameras and smartphones have made solo-filmmaking an increasingly more available option. But when working on projects with bigger scopes and more ambitious themes, it’s important to surround yourself with a team that you can count on.Post-Production and ContractsPost production was probably the most challenging part of this project. Editing was really difficult because we just had tons of footage. I was given the advice to shoot what you can if you have time, so we shot way more than we ended up needing. I also didn’t have anyone sign contracts, which is another lesson you learn quickly when trying to get things wrapped up.When making the jump into features with more substantial resources, expectations can suddenly change. For Birds, McColm details a very time-consuming post-production process reviewing all the footage, performances, and takes. Partly from working with the Meisner, which challenges actors to push for deeper acting, McColm and her team shot as much as they possibly could to get the best footage possible, which left them with a much larger post-production workload than they anticipated.Don’t Wait for Everything to be PerfectThe biggest thing I see stopping people is excuses. I’ll do it when I get the money, or when I get this actor or this or that. You can easily stop yourself by saying I’ll start when it’s perfect. I don’t think I’ve ever had that mentality and I’ve made over 80 short films with no money. Even if you’re using iPhones or point-and-shoot cameras, make videos for YouTube. Follow your instincts and don’t cloud them with your mind.Whether you’re just starting out as a filmmaker or already immersed in the field, McColm’s advice is relevant. Don’t let excuses or doubt stop you from simply going out and making films. Birds Without Feathers, if anything, is a study on repetition and the hurdles we put in front of ourselves. For filmmakers like McColm, it just takes a steadfast resolve to stay true and to stay at it.For more information on Wendy McColm and Birds Without Feathers, check out the film’s website or Facebook page — or McColm’s website here. For more filmmaker interviews and articles, check out some of the links below.Tips from the Team Behind the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Sundance DocumentaryInterview: Behind the Scenes with Producer Bonnie CurtisRound Table: Scream Queens on What Every Horror Director Needs to KnowInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoNavigating the Challenges of the One-Take Short Filmlast_img read more

Panathinaikos down to 10 men, wins 3-0 at Giannena

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS (AP). Panathinaikos beat Giannena 3-0 in the Greek league on Sunday despite playing more than half the game a man down.Panayiotis Vlahodimos scored in the 26th minute and Marcus Berg added two more from the 82nd onward as Panathinaikos took advantage of poor defending by the home side.Giannena failed to exploit Zeca’s 39th minute dismissal after a second yellow card in three minutes – despite the hosts creating a few chances, with Dimitris Farfalis missing from point-blank range in the 75th.Panathinaikos is in third place, a point behind AEK Athens, which beat league leader Olympiakos 1-0 on Saturday. Giannena is 12th.Also, fourth-place Panionios drew 1-1 at Kalloni, Panetolikos beat Levadiakos 2-0 and Iraklis won 1-0 at PAOK.last_img

Kacey Musgraves Miley Cyrus Maren Morris And More Pay Tribute to Dolly

first_imgNews Email Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris And More Pay Tribute to Dolly Parton Twitter Stars Honor Dolly Parton At The 2019 GRAMMYs kacey-musgraves-miley-cyrus-maren-morris-and-more-pay-tribute-dolly-parton Facebook The Backwoods Barbie teamed up with a number of singers for a medley of career-spanning songs at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsBonnie StiernbergGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 6:39 pm The GRAMMY tribute to MusiCares Person Of The Year and all-around legend Dolly Parton was a star-studded affair, featuring performances from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Big Town and more, but the real star of the segment was the Backwoods Barbie herself. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 7:28 pm Dolly Parton Medley: GRAMMY Performance Parton stunned with some excellent vocals, kicking things off with Kacey Musgraves and Perry on “Here You Come Again” before duetting with her goddaughter Cyrus on “Jolene.”Cyrus and Parton were joined by Maren Morris for some gorgeous three-part harmony on “After the Gold Rush,” which she recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on their classic Trio II album.Little Big Town appeared for new track “Red Shoes” from the Dumplin’ soundtrack before Parton brought it home with a “9 to 5” finale.10 Must-Hear Songs By Dolly PartonFull Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awardslast_img read more

Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances

first_imgCaptive Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata at Bodelwyddan Castle Aviary, Denbighshire, Wales. Image: Arpingstone/Wikipedia. Citation: Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-finches-homosexual-alliances.html To find out how strong the bonds are between zebra finches, who normally form male/female life-long relationship bonds, the team raised a group of all male birds to adulthood, at which point nearly half of them paired up and bonded, which the team describe as perching next to each other, singing, preening and nuzzling beaks.Once the bonds were formed, the team then introduced females to the group. They found that of the eight male-male pairs that had bonded, five of them disregarded the females entirely, choosing instead to continue with their male partners. Elie, in an interview with the BBC noted that selecting a social partner, regardless of gender, could be a bigger priority. In other words, for zebra finches, it appears that it’s more important that a bird find a mate for cohabitation and socialization, then for reproduction. One interesting side note, though the authors mention the types of activities the bird engage in once they form bonds, no mention is made of whether the male birds attempt to mate with one another, a rather critical factor it would seem, in labeling the birds as homosexual, rather than as just life-long pals. Also not mentioned is if female-female bonds ever occur.Elie adds that her findings demonstrate that pair-bonding, even in animals can, be more complex than just a male and a female who meet to reproduce. She also suggests that for zebra finches at least, finding a suitable partner is more than just fun and games, it is also likely a key to survival as the birds team up to defend food they have obtained or to fight off predators.Elie also noted that there are many examples of same-sex parings in nature, such as with gulls and albatrosses where males pair up but still mate with a female. Also, she mentions the apparently gay chin-strap penguins that lived in New York’s Central Park Zoo last year, who went so far as to hatch an artificially fertilized egg together. © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img A new study by a team of researchers shows that for zebra finches, bonding trumps sex. Post-Doc fellow Julie Elie of the University of California and her team describe in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, how male finches, in the absence of females, chose to bond with other males and then to maintain such a relationship even when females are introduced afterwards. Explore further Fathers are no role modelslast_img read more