Reverse deja vu? The time the upstart Warriors stole a playoff game from the Showtime Lakers, and what happened next

first_imgBelieve it or not, Monday night was not the first time Oracle Arena bore witness to a dynasty-level team that took its foot off the gas only to blow a substantial lead and lose a playoff game. The winners skipped giddily off the floor. The losers retreated to their locker room in a daze.Thirty-two years ago, the losers were the Lakers who had just fallen victim to Sleepy Floyd’s finest hour.That game and Monday night’s stunner, in which the Warriors gagged away a 31-point advantage in losing …last_img

Five questions with opposing beat writer, Raiders vs. Vikings

first_imgFive questions with Courtney Cronin, a former Bay Area News Group colleague who covers the Vikings for ESPN.com:Q: The Vikings sank $84 million in guaranteed money for quarterback Kirk Cousins. His stats weren’t good in a 21-16 loss to Green Bay. Is he or is he not the quarterback that can get them deep into the playoffs?Kirk Cousins is who they thought he was, and he’s admitted as much along the way. During minicamp, Cousins talked about his own reality of being a .500 quarterback but …last_img

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 13th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th. Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing. Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned. Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported. Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.current_oh 713last_img read more

The Art Of Technology And Vice Versa: Polyvore’s Jess Lee

first_imgRW: Since it deals exclusively with fashion and beauty, outsiders might not take Polyvore seriously. But what’s going on under the surface?JL: Polyvore is a platform built on pretty powerful technology. We do a lot of work under the hood. Our goal is to make it simple, beautiful, and effortless—and hide all the complexity from the user.So we’re ingesting millions of products every month, classifying the images as, say, a shoe, or a lipstick, or a chair. We want to make sure we provide good product recommendations, so we need to understand what the product is and what makes one product similar to another. Which isn’t just its color or shape, it could be its style. We have a lot of data about taste in order to make those recommendations.On top of that, we have things like the Polyvore editor [the tool people use to fashion their stylish compositions]…. It’s a drag and drop interface, both on the app and the desktop, so [a priority is] making that feel stacked and clean using JavaScript or Objective C. A lot of interaction design details go into that.RW: Do you ever find yourself taken less seriously as a CEO since your startup deals mostly with women’s interests? Are people ever surprised by your technical know-how?JL: Yes, I think sometimes people are surprised. The thing that personally bothers me is that people should be encouraged to work on things that they’re personally interested in. It makes work so much more fun.I love art. I like fashion. It’s not often that I have a job where I get to do that, plus combine my computer science background. I think that means this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.RW: So what are some of the technical challenges you’ve dealt with at Polyvore?JL: Recently, expansion. We’ve always been a platform, but we’ve been growing and expanding across new devices, making the move from being a desktop-only site to having an iPhone app, and then trying to shift toward being a mobile first company. That’s one of the changes we’ve had to make over the last year.Building up that iOS knowledge in house, for example. And figuring out how to design for the iPhone. It’s a very different design paradigm and also a different release process.  RW: We’re both anime and manga fans. How do your creative pursuits influence the way you run Polyvore?I came out of the Polyvore community, which has a very strong love of self expression and art. Some of the early sets I made were art in addition to fashion. I think I’ve got a couple of cosplay ones in there, too.So I think [in terms of] “always putting the users first,” since I came from that community. Also, that’s something they taught us at Google: “At the end of the day, you need to make the users happy, that’s the only way to be a sustainable company.” So I think that’s definitely influenced me.I think Polyvore is unique in that it has a little more creativity and artistry, even though it is also a shopping platform, and that’s something I’m personally passionate about.One of my favorite things about Polyvore is that we build technology and a platform that is almost like a blank canvas. And then all our users fill it with their creativity. It’s like a blank canvas that they paint on, and that to me is really interesting.You know at some point when I was younger, like in high school, I wanted to draw graphic novels or write manga and be an artist myself, and my parents, who are Asian were like, “No, go be a doctor or a lawyer.” [Laughs.] So I went into computer science. So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative. Even the design of the site is inspired by art galleries. The sets, the content our community makes are incredible. We really think of them as works of art, so we want to make sure that our design fades into the background a little, the way that the walls of an art gallery are plain and white and simple, and it’s the art that draws your eye.RW: Polyvore began in 2007, so it’s ancient in startup years. How do you think the technology you’ve created has helped it to sustain itself?JL: What we’ve always been very good at is trying to keep things very simple on the surface. Designing our technology and our code in a way that’s pretty scalable and allows us to be nimble. A good example I can think of is that all of our UI [user interface] consists of components. So all the pieces you see on the site, the interface, every piece is designed as a small component that is assembled together, like puzzle pieces. What that allows us to do is make a lot of pretty rapid changes. And it also frees up engineering. Rather than having a process where you put together a pixel-perfect Photoshop mock, and then hand that off to an engineer, and they have to, for each page, hand tweak anything.Instead, our UI consists of systems and objects. You can make a change in one place and it changes everywhere and it also forms into a design that is pretty simple. So that’s allowed us to iterate rapidly on the interface and make new pages and new types of changes pretty easily while also enforcing consistency and simplicity. RW: What’s on the horizon for Polyvore?JL: There are three things we’re focused on:New vertical. Expand beyond fashion. We’ve always planned to do that, to go beyond fashion.New devices. Growing beyond the iPhone. Internationalization. Right now we are only available in English and we want to grow the audience outside the U.S. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Six years ago, while working for Marissa Mayer as a product manager for Google Maps, Jess Lee developed the hobby that would eventually become her job.Growing up, Lee aspired to one day draw Japanese manga comics, but her parents convinced her to get a computer science degree instead. As an adult, Lee channeled her creative impulses into Polyvore, a social network she joined in 2007 that allows users to curate “sets” of images, usually clothing and home goods, into artistic compositions. Manga and cosplay outfits feature prominently in her earliest sets.But Lee didn’t stop at her own compositions. She dug up the email address of Polyvore founder Pasha Sadri and barraged him with detailed ideas for new site features and tools. Sadri wasn’t irritated; in fact, he was impressed with Lee’s thoroughness, comprehension, and empathy for Polyvore and its users. He hired her soon thereafter. Four years later, she was the company’s CEO.What makes Lee, 30, a true builder is her willingness to learn and do anything—from coding to sales to management—to help Polyvore grow. While she still loves to create art on Polyvore, her greater passion these days is to extend a platform that allows her users to do their best creative work as easily as possible. ReadWrite: Could you offer some background about Polyvore’s mission regarding its technology?Jess Lee: We believe e-commerce was pioneered by a lot of categories. Digitals and electronics. The way we shop for those is very different than the way we shop for lifestyle products. Stuff you want to wear to express your sense of style.So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative.We wanted to do something different. We wanted to give people a way to express their own style. Our goal is to empower everyday people to have a voice and show off what they want to wear and put in their homes. So we built the platform Polyvore. It’s inherently social and we want it to be the best place to discover and shop for the things that you love.We have 20 million people who visit the site every month. They make up our passionate, engaged user community. We drive a lot of traffic to retailers, and people shop a lot through the site. The average they spend is about $200.ReadWrite: How does your computer science background inform your leadership at Polyvore?JL: My background is that I’m a product manager. Great product managers are the people who, in addition to driving the product vision and coordinating across the company, they’re the people who catch the things that fall through the cracks.A lot of times you have to make decisions, prioritization decisions, based on bang for the buck. How useful is this feature going to be divided by how much time it’s going to take to build it? If you don’t know what the buck is, if you don’t know how long it’s going to take to build, you might make the wrong prioritization decision.So I think good PMs, if they have the technical background, they can do that calculation in their heads because they’re familiar with the code or have a CS background. That’s something that has always been useful for me. Because if we need to prioritize one product strategy, one product feature over another—because I have a CS background, as does most of our product and design team, we’re able to think about that, and it helps us make our decisions. lauren orsinicenter_img Tags:#Builders#Polyvore#social media Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Challenging Tanker Market Impacts Sovcomflots Earnings

first_imgzoom The Russian shipping major Sovcomflot has seen its net profit for the third quarter of 2016 drop by 36.2 percent to USD 52.1 million from USD 81.6 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.The company’s gross revenue for the period was down to USD 359.1 million from USD 386.2 million seen in the third quarter of 2015, representing a decrease of 7 percent.“Despite the tanker market conditions being challenging in the third quarter, with spot rates under notable pressure – for the key tanker classes, the rates have dropped by more than a half year-on-year – Sovcomflot achieved good results for the period,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.“We have consolidated further our leading positions in several segments of the global energy shipping market, and have also expanded our long-term time-charter portfolio,” Frank added.During the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, the shipping firm finalized the acquisition of nine ice-class tankers of MR, LRII, and Aframax classes following a successful bid at auction of assets of Primorsk International Shipping Ltd (PRISCO).“During the third quarter, we also remained alert to opportunities to add vessels to our fleet that represent a good strategic fit. Over the period we acquired eleven modern and well maintained vessels, that help enhance the overall performance of our fleet and contribute to achieving SCF’s strategic goals,” Frank said.Additionally, the company concluded long-term credit facilities with several international banks in the third quarter for a total amount of USD 252 million, to complete a series of debt fundraisings totalling USD 1.26 billion, enabling Sovcomflot’s capex requirements to be fully covered.SCF’s net profit for the first nine months of 2016 was at USD 218.1 million, compared to a net profit of USD 297.9 million reported in the same period in 2015, representing a drop of 26.8 percent, while its gross revenue decreased by 8.5 percent to USD 1.03 billion from USD 1.13 billion recorded a year earlier.Over the first nine months of 2016, SCF said that five new vessels were launched, including pioneering 172,600 m3 capacity ice breaking LNG carrier (Arc7 ice class) for Yamal LNG project in January, three new Arctic shuttle tankers for Novy Port project in February, April, June, and a new ice-breaking supply vessel to serve Sakhalin-2 project in June.Sovcomflot, a company involved in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment, has a fleet of 153 vessels with a total deadweight of 13 million tonnes.last_img read more

HAPPENING NOW No Domestic Fire Unit in Grand Turk Familys home in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, Grand Turk, July 13th 2017: A fire at a residence right now in Grand Turk, and the family is reportedly losing everything.The fire in North Backsalina has been burning about 45 minutes now and the owners are just watching as all goes up in flames.The Capital Island still has no domestic fire unit.  The airport fire team, we are told is unable to come to the rescue as there are flights on the ground.The fire is devouring the Missick family house; which is just across the street from the home of the area’s MP and the country’s Health Minister,  Edwin Astwood. Everyone is safe.#MagneticMediaNews#NoFireUnitInGrandTurkToBlameForFamilyHomeGone Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more