Three takeaways from the A’s very loud victory in Detroit

first_imgWell, that’s how to break out of a slump in a very loud fashion.The A’s exploded for six runs in the third inning of their series opener with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park and never looked back. The 17-3 victory gave the club just its second road win in its last 13 tries.Here are some takeaways from what the A’s hope is the beginning of something meaningful:Bottom feedingThe last batter in Oakland’s lineup Thursday certainly was not the least. In fact, Josh …last_img read more

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Should Balanced Ventilation Be Required?

first_img“You know where this is going, right? Codes will eventually require balanced ventilation.” I’ve heard people say this more than once in the past year or so. As someone who has been attending the semiannual meeting of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee, I’ve been skeptical. Then I read the new Aspen energy code and saw the first evidence that this really could happen.Yes, I held out on you in my last article. I published that article about Aspen’s Simplified Equivalent Compliance Alternative, but I didn’t tell you about any of the other provisions in their new code. Here’s another one that, as far as I know, isn’t required anywhere else yet.Section R403.6.2 Balanced ventilation [added section]. Dwelling units shall be provided with a mechanical balanced ventilation system. Heat or energy recovery ventilation systems shall have a minimum sensible heat recovery efficiency of 65% determined in accordance with CSA 439 at 0° C and at an airflow greater than or equal to the system’s design whole-house mechanical ventilation airflow. RELATED ARTICLESDesigning a Good Ventilation System GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation ChoicesAre HRVs Cost-Effective?HRV or ERV?Misconceptions About HRVs and ERVsDoes a Home with an HRV Also Need Bath Fans?Using a Glycol Ground Loop to Condition Ventilation AirA Balanced Ventilation System With a Built-In Heat PumpVentilation Rates and Human HealthHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Simple Methods for Measuring Air FlowIs Your Ventilation System Working? Of course, they also added “balanced ventilation” to the list of definitions:BALANCED VENTILATION SYSTEM. A mechanical ventilation system providing simultaneous outdoor airflow and exhaust airflow within 20% of each other.Aspen is a cold climate. That means the skiing isn’t as good during the summer as in winter. It also means nobody with any experience in the area would use a supply-only ventilation system. That’s for hot and mixed humid climates. But there’s plenty of exhaust-only ventilation systems. The problem is they suck.Balanced ventilation is definitely the way to go. The problem is it’s more expensive, especially if you’re going to require that it be done with some kind of heat recovery, which is what Aspen requires in their new code.I imagine no one will be able to afford the houses there anymore and the place is just going to become another piece of American carnage, victim of a bunch of city bureaucrats that overreached with economy-strangling regulations. At least I hope that happens so I can afford to move within 100 miles of the place some day.Seriously, though, Aspen’s new code will require all new homes to have a balanced whole-house ventilation system with heat recovery that’s at least 65% efficient. This is a big deal. Will it be coming to a jurisdiction near you soon? We’re in the process of adopting the 2015 IECC now in Georgia, and I’m pretty sure we won’t go that far. Who knows what might happen in our next code cycle, though.Here’s another little confession for you. This isn’t the only thing I’ve kept secret from you. I’ve got one more big revelation for you about the Aspen energy code, so stay tuned. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Recommends: Nav App for iOS

first_imgdave copeland 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Motion X is one of the most frequently downloaded GPS apps for iOS, and with good reason: It’s cheap at 99 cents, simple to use, and, in our tests over the past six months in half a dozen U.S. metro areas, accurate. There are some hidden fees (audible, turn-by-turn directions, for example, are free for 300 days, after which you have to subscribe either monthly or annually). Be sure to check out the predictive traffic info to avoid traffic jams. We also liked the Wikipedia button, which was a fun distraction to help us learn about attractions in the immediate area. Like most GPS apps, Motion X had all the basics, including residence and business searches, the ability to bookmark frequently visited places and to easily switch from maps to text directions. Tags:#Reviews#web center_img Get behind the wheel for one last road trip before summer ends. But first check out our pick of GPS apps!If your ride still sports a clunker of a window-mount GPS unit, it’s high time to switch to your smartphone. GPS apps have come a long way in the past few years, and for as little as 99 cents you can tap into the same features that come in a stand-alone navigator costing $150 or more. TomTom is still the Cadillac of GPS apps for iOS, and at $49.99, it is cheaper than that of most fixed units. But there are less-costly apps we looked at that modeled their features on TomTom. You do get perks for that extra money (even before a $19.99 annual fee for HD traffic info), but if you can live without advanced lane guidance and a faster-than-most location system, a cheaper app may be for you.Of which there are several. Google Maps is already preinstalled on many iOS and Android smartphones, and for the Sunday driver who can live without voice guidance, it may be the only GPS direction tool you ever need. Waze — available for not only iOS and Android, but also Windows Mobile and Symbian — is also free and boasts community-sourced traffic tracking (that works better in some cities than others). We also liked the slightly more expensive TeleNav, which sells for 99 cents and comes in versions for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. But if you’re on iOS, you can do even better.Our Recommendation: Motion X GPS Drive 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Free Cinema 4D Textures and Materials

first_imgGive your projects realistic surfaces with the following FREE Cinema 4D textures and materials!In this post we’ve rounded up the best sites online to grab some free Cinema 4D textures and materials!  Using a lifelike texture will add greater realism to your Cinema 4D renders!  Now that Cinema 4D  (Lite) has integration with Adobe After Effects you can expect to see quite a bit more C4D love here on the blog!Start building your free Cinema 4D texture library !1.  Industrykidz Free Cinema 4D TexturesThe first two free C4D material packs by “Industrykidz” are free to download over at Deviant Art. A nice range of unique textures with shine:Download C4D texture pack 1 here.Download C4D texture pack 2 here.2. Free Cinema Objects, Textures & MaterialsThe folks over at C4D Exchange have quite a FREE Cinema 4D elements for download. While you’re there check out their Cinema 4D tutorials and more complex 3D models for sale (many for as low as $1). 3. MotionSquared Free Cinema 4D TexturesThis one is a whopper – over 450 free C4D textures!  Our friends at Motion Squared recently emailed in to let us know that their popular Cinema 4D texture pack is now free – a DEEP discount off the previous $100 price. To get the pack  you’ll need to sign up for the Motion Squared newsletter, but it seems like a small price to pay for a high quality C4D textures.4. Design Devil’s C4D TexturesA texture pack by motion designer Ivan Savkov of Design Devils. While you’re on the site be sure to check out the free tree bark texture pack.5. Cinema 4D MaterialsCinema 4D Materials is probably the most popular repository of all FREE Cinema 4D Textures and Materials online. All the downloads are free and include fabric, wood, plastic, cloth, paint and metals.6. 8 Bit Factory’s Cinema 4D Medical Shaders8 Bit Factory is a UK based design firm that specializes in 3D and motion design. This pack was created by 8 Bit Factory specifically for use in medical animations, but you could use these free CInema 4D shaders in a variety of creative ways:7. C4DTextures.com Free Cinema 4D TexturesC4DTextures.com is the largest online library of FREE C4D textures that we’ve seen and a great place to find unique materials. You will need to create a membership on the site (FREE) if you’d like to download the C4D textures:Do you know a great online resource for FREE Cinema 4D textures and materials? Share links in the comments below!last_img read more

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Rajnath joins BJP campaign in Agartala

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Agartala on February 3, the day that witnessed some dramatic twists in political camps in the run up to the February 18 Assembly elections. Former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Barman who filed his nomination papers for the Bishalgarh constituency, and pledged to contest as an independent, withdrew his candidature in support of the BJP.In another development, Sukumar Chandra Das, Congress candidate from Salgarah-Kakraban constituency, withdrew his papers and joined the BJP. After his departure, the Congress is now left with 59 candidates.Soon after arrival, Mr. Singh addressed an election rally at Barjala in support of party candidate Dilip Das. Mr Singh during his two-day stay would address a number of rallies and flag off the party’s Bijay Rath that would travel across the State to propagate for the party aspirants till closure of campaign.While the BJP is hosting central leaders and star campaigners, the ruling CPI(M) engaged its top leaders. After hectic schedules of party general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau members Brinda Karat and Subhashini Ali, and several other leaders from West Bengal. Former party general secretary Prakash Karat is now leading the campaign besides Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.The Congress earlier released a list of some 40 star campaigners including Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. However, the party is yet to confirm their engagements. Regional parties like the INPT and the NCT are jointly contesting and together put 14 candidates in tribal reserved segments. INPT president Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawl alleged pressure and threats on candidates of the alliance to give up fight.last_img read more

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2 teams kick off Maharlika hoops

first_imgKenneth Duremdes. File PhotoThe Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starts Thursday with its Anta Rajah Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the league is patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Gritty Lady Red Spikers climb out of two-set hole, frustrate Lady Pirates Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I’m very humbled and excited at the same time to be working with Sen. Pacquiao for this noble project of him to discover untapped talents across the country and give former pros another chance to prove their worth,” said MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.Opening rites start at 7 p.m. before the Parañaque Patriots battle the Caloocan Supremos at 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA brand new car and 10 motorbikes will also be up for grabs for lucky fans who will watch the opener live.“This league will be a great help to young players, including those in the provinces, aiming to make it to the pro ranks,” said Pacquiao. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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23 days agoSemedo hails Barcelona fight-back to defeat Inter Milan

first_imgSemedo hails Barcelona fight-back to defeat Inter Milanby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNelson Semedo hailed Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Luis Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”We were strong enough to turn the result around,” said the Portuguese full-back. On Luis Suarez and Leo Messi, who scored or created the goals, he added: “They are two players who make the difference.”He also praised Arturo Vidal, who crossed for Suarez’s opener.”Arturo Vidal was really good, we’re used to the fight he gives and he was key in the team’s comeback.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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STX Heavy Industries Eyes Capital Increase

first_imgzoom South Korean STX Heavy Industries has decided to launch a new capital increase scheme that will involve share offering and debt to equity conversion.The offering will see a total of 171, 495 of common stock issued at KRW 25,000 per share.The new shares are expected to be listed on February 1, 2018, the company said in a regulatory filing.STX Heavy Industries, which specializes in the design, manufacturing, and selling of diesel engines and other equipment for ships, went into court receivership in August 2016.The company suffered a major financial blow due to the shipbuilding industry slump.The engine manufacturer’s prospects worsened even further when its parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding went into court receivership in 2016. The parent company accounted for the bulk of the company’s sales.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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photo sue text Logan Bier

first_img[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] Here we have a close-up of the second floor railing.  More to come. The modern wood and metal stair rail has been constructed and thoroughly sanded. May 25, 2011A hinged baby protection wall was constructed on the top of the staircase.  Volunteer welding apprentice Peter Lindgren sands the second floor railing.  [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier]last_img

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France TélécomOrange and SFR have unveiled their

first_imgFrance Télécom/Orange and SFR have unveiled their joint plan to build a fibre optic network in Nantes and the surrounding region.Having begun laying fibre in the city of Nantes, the pair are extending the rollout to less densely populated areas, covering 23 communes in the Nantes Métropole area. The two operators have build out networks to cover each commune between now and 2015.last_img

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