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Running Into Technical Issues

The best exercise, it is often said, is the one that you will continue to do. Once you’ve completed the charity 10k, after your trial membership to CrossFit ends, when your mountain bike’s not so shiny and new — if you still want to run, ride or do Insanity, then you’ll know you’ve found the right one. For me, it was running. I could fit it into my schedule and all I needed was a dryish day and a pair of shoes. Also some shorts. Cutoffs and cargo shorts won’t do, so yes, I’d have to buy running shorts. And though I have countless T-shirts, those tech togs sure do wick away the sweat, the tag says. And did you know they make special socks for running? Some have toes! And so forth. As it turns out, it’s easy to accessorize what should be the simplest of fitness plans. Not counting choice of shoes — no need to further boggle the mind here — there are huge markets for shirts, shorts and all-weather gear. New Adidas shorts may help motivate a run on a gray day, but we live in the future and we need technology to be part of the process of putting down and picking up of two feet in rapid succession. Two of the biggest recent trends in fitness tech are compression wear and wearable trackers. Races are full of runners sporting colorful, over-the-calf knee socks or slick, black sleeves covering their calves. It’s not a fashion statement like the runner’s tutu; it’s a perceived edge in the race ...  

Gail Smith to offer painting classes

Mesquite artist Gail Smith wants each artist to acquire skills and become confident as self-directed painters.Smith is scheduled to teach an art class featuring the how-tos of acrylic and oil painting every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., starting Sept. 30 at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery classroom.The cost is $10, each class, paid to Smith before class.Each class will be conducted on a format that provides instruction as well as practice.Smith will teach a new art principle for the first 45 minutes of each class, then allow students to experiment with the concept. Students will then paint on their own canvas with guidance from Smith.Smith enjoys watching each student create and develop an individual style and wants each artist to grow confident painting without aid from an instructor. Her goal is to take students from their current level to where they envision themselves as an artist.“Art is as individual and personal as each artist,” she said.A sign-up sheet for Smith’s class is available at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery front desk, along with a supply list for the course. Smith asks that students bring a sketchbook and pencil to classGail Smith is a lifelong painter and experienced instructor. She had formal training at the California Art Institute and worked under the mentorship of noted artists David Gallup of California and Utah’s John Hughes.Her artwork was exhibited in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, she has won many awards and has done a one-wo...  

Committee's decision preserves levee authority's lawsuit against oil and gas ...

Back to you, Gov. Jindal. He has the next move to determine the fate of the local levee authority’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies for wetlands damage after Thursday’s meeting of the board’s nominating committee. The panel narrowly voted to renominate Paul Kemp, a coastal geologist and proponent of the suit, retaining the 5-4 majority on the board that supports the suit. The relief may be short-lived for suit supporters. A strident opponent of the suit, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law this spring intended to retroactively remove the board’s standing to file the suit. A hearing in federal court on whether that law applies to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is expected to take place in November. And, ironically, the governor could actually torpedo Kemp’s role by accepting his nomination and forwarding it to the Senate. Jindal has spent a year chipping away at the nine-member board that unanimously voted to file the suit in July 2013. Since then, the governor has gained four seats by threatening to veto any nominee who supports the suit. Thursday, Jindal came within one vote of gaining the fifth seat. An independent nominating committee, composed primarily of engineering professionals and academics, met to fill two seats — one reserved for an engineer or scientist, the other for a professional who could also be an engineer or scientist. The committee had only three applicants to consider: Kemp, a noted co...  

Commodities Drop to 5-Year Low as Fed Boosts Rate Outlook

Commodities dropped to the lowest level in more than five years after the Federal Reserve raised its outlook for interest rates, bolstering the dollar and reducing the appeal of raw materials as a store of value. The Bloomberg Commodity Index of 22 futures dropped as much as 1.3 percent to 120.4562, the lowest level since July 2009, and was last at 120.4843. The gauge has lost 4.2 percent in 2014 and is set for a fourth year of declines. Diesel decreased to a two-year low, while gold slipped to the lowest level since January. Wheat fell to the least since 2010 on the outlook for growing global output. Commodity markets dropped and the dollar gained after Fed officials signaled yesterday they won’t be raising interest rates anytime soon while suggesting they would tighten credit at a faster pace once the liftoff has begun. The Bloomberg Dollar Index surged to a 14-month high yesterday. “Commodities are in headwinds over the dollar’s climb,” Rob Haworth, a senior investment strategist in Seattle at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, which oversees about $120 billion of assets, said by phone. “The dollar has been on a tear. The Fed seems to be hinting that they will tighten.” The central bank yesterday reduced monthly bond purchases to $15 billion, keeping it on track to announce an end to the program in October. Policy makers also raised their median forecast for the federal funds rate at the end of 2015 to 1.375 percent from 1.125 percent i...  

Steel industry on subsidy life-support as China's economy slows

Subsidies accounted for four-fifths of the profits reported by Chinese steel companies in the first half of this year, a dramatic increase in reliance on state support that illustrates starkly the industrial weakness that is an increasing drag on the economy.The headwinds faced by China’s massive steel sector - falling profit margins and growing dependence on handouts - are shared by other key industrial and infrastructure-related sectors, including aluminum, cement and coal. A Reuters analysis of first-half financial statements from 77 listed Chinese steel, aluminum and cement companies revealed a sharp deterioration in profitability.For the first half of 2013, subsidies accounted for 22 per cent of total profits posted by China’s listed steel mills, and reached 47 per cent in the full year. In the first six months of 2014, the figure jumped to 80 per cent, and, even then, the sector’s profit margin halved to just 0.3 per cent.The performance of the steel sector, which has been a major driver of China’s growth, underlines the massive challenge facing President Xi Jinping as Beijing tries to wean the economy off its dependence on external demand and investment spending.Data out at the start of the week showed China factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, raising fears that the economy may be at risk of a sharp slowdown unless Beijing implements fresh stimulus measures.The company statements also show rising accounts ...  

Celeb Sightings: Stars Toast Cinema In Toronto!

Credit: Lu Chau -- Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Andrew Garfield and Eddie Redmayne all toasting their films during a Fiji water-hosted party for 99 Homes, bought by Broad Green Pictures, during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. -- Sophia Bush checking out the Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café in Chicago. -- Real Housewives of New York's Carole Radziwill singing along to "Take It To The Limit" at the History of the Eagles tour stop at Madison Square Garden in NYC. -- Danica Patrick having drinks with friends at rooftop cocktail lounge Drumbar in Chicago. -- Paris and Nicky Hilton getting their hair and makeup done by GLAMSQUAD before Dennis Basso's show in NYC. -- Paul McDonald celebrating his birthday party with a small group of friends at Bootsy Bellows in LA. -- Danielle Brooks walking into a surprise party thrown by her Orange Is The New Black costars Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco and Yael Stone at The Lodge Club in NYC. -- Tara Reid joining pal Paul Oakenfold in the deejay booth at Glamorama presented by Macy's Passport during Create Nightclub in Hollywood. -- One Direction Niall Horan sampling dishes like Chilean Seabass at the Hakkasan restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.-- Adriana Lima dancing with friends at Galore's fashion week party at Queen of the Night in NYC.-- Lady Gaga performing with bandleader Brian Newman at The Plaza Hotel in NYC.-- Orange is the New Black's Jackie Cruz and Pretty...  

Microsoft Boosts Cloud-Based OLTP With New SQL Images

By Pedro Hernandez  |  Posted 2014-09-18 Email Print The company floats new SQL Server images that enable businesses to run transaction processing and data warehousing workloads on the cloud. As part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to attract enterprises to its cloud computing platform, the company has announced four new virtual machine (VM) images optimized to run SQL Server-based online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing workloads on Azure. Meant to cut down on IT administrative overhead and improve performance, the new images can help organizations move more of their business databases to the cloud in less time, according to Microsoft. The new Data Warehousing Optimized Image for SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2012, for instance, simplifies "the setup process for customers by adding more automation," said the company in a Sept. 17 post on the SQL Server Blog. "For example, the automation of attaching a disk to the SQL Server VM running a data warehouse workload." In terms of the new OLTP Optimized Image, also for SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2012, snappy application performance is the company's aim. "One of the key improvements in this tuned image is the ability to attach many disks to the SQL Server VM. This is critical in terms of improving IO in an OLTP workload as the number of disks has a direct impact on OLTP performance," stated Microsoft. The images also leverage Storage Spaces, a Windows technology for multidisk setups, to reduce latenc...  

Old, Inexpensive, and Tack-Sharp: Canon's Best Lenses You Don't Know About

These days, it seems that if you want to get a nice sharp lens, you have to spend $1000 on a piece of L glass. Aside from the nifty fifty’s of the world, there are very few lenses that deliver quality results at a low price. But if you look harder, there are actually a few old lenses that still offer amazing quality for extremely low price. How is that possible? Well, it is. Keep reading to learn how. When Canon released the EOS system in 1987, they completely replaced the old manual-focus FD lenses. FD lenses were incompatible with EOS – only the new EF lenses would work. So Canon released a lot of quality EF lenses to use with the new cameras. From ’87 till the late 90s, Canon produced these older-style EF lenses. In the 2000s, most of them were discontinued. Today, they’re virtually unknown to most Canon shooters. First, a disclaimer: most of these lenses, while very good quality, are still below L glass. Modern advancements have made amazing improvements in lens technology, which is to be expected. However, if you can’t afford a $1,000 lens, you can’t beat the value these lenses provide. 28–80 f/3.5–5.6 USM This lens is probably the highlight of this post. It’s simply a stellar lens which is usually sold for under $100. Now, Canon produced many different models of 28–80 kit lenses. This one was the first, and the best. Each time they released a new one, the quality slowly went down. This is the...  

Qualcomm shows off robot technology, but mum on China dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation. With an explosion in smartphones in recent years tapering off, Qualcomm and handset manufacturers are eager to show consumers and investors that they have more innovation in store to drive demand for new devices.The company discussed progress in 4G LTE and technology and 3D cameras, but demonstrations of robots made with Qualcomm smartphone technology stole much of the show.Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf demonstrated a three-wheeled robot that picked up and sorted a number of small toys such as stuffed animals and building blocks, based on their shapes.In another demonstration, engineers quickly trained a one-foot tall robot decked out with wheels, glowing ears and camera sensors to come and go based on simple hand gestures."The concept that a processor can enable a product to learn a behavior and change behavior based on learning is powerful," said Qualcomm Senior Vice President Raj Talluri. "Now imagine your phone ... You buy a phone and it learns your behavior and in time the phone starts getting better and better and more and more personal."SLOWER GROWTHGlobal smartphone shipments will increase 19 percent this year, less than last year's 39 percent growth and driven by the adoption in developing c...  

NESN Hires Nikki Reyes As 'NESN Sports Today' Feature Reporter/Anchor

September 18, 2014 — NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Nikki Reyes (@Nikki_Reyes) has been hired as a feature reporter/anchor. Reyes will initially appear on NESN Sports Today and NESN Live with feature stories and reports covering Boston’s professional franchises along with college teams throughout New England. In addition, she will be part of the weekend anchor team on NESN Sports Today, the network’s popular sports news program that airs live from 10 p.m. to midnight or immediately following NESN’s post-game coverage. Reyes comes to NESN with over 15 years of experience reporting, producing and writing for sports and entertainment media. The Toronto native has been based out of Las Vegas since 2010 working as a reporter and senior producer for Top Rank Boxing, the country’s premiere boxing promotional company. She also worked as a correspondent for The Fight Network covering MMA events and served as a field producer for EXTRA and NBC Universal. Before moving to Las Vegas, Reyes worked as on-air host and associate producer for NBA XL on NBA-TV Canada and as an anchor/reporter for Score In The Morning, a five-hour live show airing nationally in Canada. “Nikki has an engaging personality and unique broadcasting background that includes sports and entertainment reporting on national programs, plus experience field producing stories,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’...  


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