Giants roster battles to come down to the wire

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Manager Bruce Bochy insists the Giants aren’t focused on the batting averages of those competing for jobs this spring and instead evaluating the quality of a player’s plate appearances.That’s great news for many of the Giants’ roster hopefuls because the stat lines from Cactus League play aren’t exactly encouraging.“You just look at the quality of the at-bats, the swings they’re getting off,” Bochy said. “With some of them, I think you see them picking up.”After the first …last_img

At a Pretty Good House in Maine, Siding and Septic

first_imgGetting ready for the slabMeanwhile, Brian and Ryan from Tom’s crew installed the reclaimed insulation inside the foundation. They needed to cut holes for the various pipes and conduits poking up through the ground. Spray foam was used to seal around the pipes. Then a heavy polyethylene vapor barrier was placed on top by the foundation crew. On top of that, they placed wire mesh to reinforce the concrete.Last week, the concrete was placed for the slab. Concrete consists of cement, sand, aggregate, and water. The cement for the mix comes from the Dragon plant in Thomaston, Maine, about 30 miles from here and the only cement-making plant in New England. At the suggestion of Jon Meade, who will be polishing the floor later, we specified a stronger-than-usual mix, 4,000 pounds per square inch, using pea stone as the aggregate instead of the usual larger stone. The mix makes for a hard, dense floor, which should result in a better finish.We had four transit-mix trucks and about a dozen people placing about 40 cubic yards of concrete. It was an impressive ballet. Everyone had a role to play as they worked around big trucks, heavy concrete, and lots of tools. It only took about an hour to place all that concrete.Since our slab will be the finish floor, appearance is critical. We need control joints cut into the floor to avoid having cracks in the wrong place. We decided on a layout for the joints and Jamie put them onto a foundation drawing that we gave to Tom, who passed it on to Randy McClintick, our concrete sub. Randy’s crew did the footings and foundation. He subbed out the slab to Pride Concrete. Both companies did a great job. We were especially pleased with how the control joints turned out. We had worried that the joints might chip or break at the edges.Now we need to wait for the roof trusses to be manufactured. Once they are on the way, Tom will frame the walls. Building a septic systemAs we’ve noted previously, here in rural Maine, we don’t have municipal sewers or municipal water service. This week, a 1,000-gallon concrete septic tank was installed next to the foundation. Bacteria in the tank break down the effluent and what is left is a watery liquid. From the tank, the liquid effluent runs into a leaching or distribution field that dissipates the liquid into the ground.We also will have a radon remediation system. Radon is a potential health hazard. It is much easier and cheaper to install radon remediation during construction that it would be later. The system is simple. A perforated pipe runs under the slab and around the inside of the foundation. The pipes are connected to a non-perforated pipe that will run inside a wall and into the space under the roof. A fan is wired into the pipe.After the house is up, we’ll have a radon test. We expect that radon will not be present in any quantity worthy of concern, given the low level in our existing house just a few hundred yards away. If that is the case, we don’t connect the fan. If radon proves to be at a level that requires action, we’ll run the pipe through the roof and run the fan.Since the drain lines are under the slab, it is crucial that they be accurately located, so that the vertical pipes will end up being hidden in the walls. We made a major decision this week. We’ll be using white cedar shingles on the exterior.Lots of factors went into the selection. We like the nice gray color they eventually turn. There will be no finish, so no regular maintenance is needed. We’ve selected a window detail that works nicely with shingles. Instead of casing, the shingles will be woven around the edge of the window opening and go into the recessed opening for a simple and, we hope, attractive look. The outside corners of the house will be woven as well, with no corner boards.Another plus is that the shingles are made in Windsor, Maine, about 15 miles from us by a company called Longfellow’s Cedar Shingles & Shakes.The Longfellow family operates the shingle mill, using logs from Maine. One of the things that makes a “Pretty Good House” is the use of locally sourced materials. Cedar shingles are also a renewable resource. Stephen Sheehy is the author of a construction blog documenting the process of building a Pretty Good House in rural Maine. Over the next several weeks, GBA will publish a serialized and slightly condensed version of Sheehy’s reports. The first installment was published June 15, and the second on June 23. A well draws lots of waterDrilling a well is a pretty simple process. A big drill goes into the earth until it hits bedrock. A steel pipe casing is inserted into the hole to keep the soil from collapsing into the shaft. Once the drill gets to bedrock, the casing isn’t needed, as the rock forms a stable shaft. At our site, the rig hit rock after about 30 feet, so we didn’t need much casing, saving us a bit of expense.After 360 feet, they hit sufficient water, about a gallon per minute. That may not sound like much water, but the shaft is mostly filled with water, about 500 gallons, so we would have plenty. Still, the driller decided to go a bit deeper and hit lots more water at 380 feet, about 4 gallons per minute. Here in Maine, we’re fortunate that we have abundant water. Close to 400 feet is pretty typical well depth around here.The well is located near the road, close to where the power comes from the pole. Daryl came back and dug a trench from the well to the house and for the underground power supply to the house. The water pipe needs to be deeper, since frost is a concern. The two trenches merged, with the water pipe at about 5 feet deep and the power line, in plastic conduit, at about 2 feet deep. On top of the wire, our electrician, Jeremy, placed a red plastic tape that will serve to warn anyone digging in the future that they should watch for the conduit. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?Regional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? Part 2Green Building for Beginnerscenter_img This is Part 3 of a blog series describing the construction of Stephen Sheehy’s house in Maine. The first installment was titled Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine House. Here is a link to Part 4 of this blog series: Framed Walls and Air Barrier Membranes for a Pretty Good House. Getting ready for the slabThis week, Daryl and his crew have been hard at work backfilling the outside of the foundation and filling and compacting the inside. Once the soil is compacted, 6 inches of stone is placed on top and compacted. On top of that, we’ll place the 4-inch thick recycled insulation, then a polyethylene vapor barrier and finally the 4-inch thick concrete slab that will be our finished floor.We’ve been obsessing about the polished concrete floor. Concrete cracks. The usual solution is to cut control joints in the slab. The idea is that when (not if) the slab cracks, it will crack along the cut joint and not be visible.In a garage or basement where appearance isn’t crucial, the typical joint is cut with a saw when the concrete is new, often the day after the slab is placed. But using a saw sometimes creates breaks and chips along the cut and we’re trying to avoid that for our floor, since appearance is important. Tom, our contractor, has been exploring various methods of cutting the control joints that will keep the clean lines we’re looking for. Stay tuned. BY STEPHEN SHEEHY Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseSite Work Begins for a Pretty Good House in Maine Framed Walls and Air Barrier Membranes for a Pretty Good Houselast_img read more

A History of Production Company Logo Animations

first_imgUniversal PicturesHere’s another well-known logo animation: Universal Pictures. The classic 1930s logo was seen at the beginning of all of the classic monster movies of the day and became iconic. Then in the late 1990s, legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote and scored anupdated version of the fanfare, which was accompanied with a CGI logo. It is interesting to note that all other Universal Pictures logos before 1997 were all models.The logo was updated again in 2012 by Weta Digital, the VFX studio made famous for Lord of the Rings. Composer Brian Tyler took Jerry Goldsmith’s score and extended it into quite possibly the best production company logo animation in existence today.Here’s the Universal Pictures 1930s logo animation, courtesy of IdentsandLogos.Universal Pictures 2015 logo animation, courtesy of DavidTheAnimater EDCP TGPP. Columbia PicturesColumbia Pictures was founded in 1924 and became apart of the “Big Six,” but the company was one of the “Little Three” in Hollywood’s Golden Era. In 1986, Sony Corp. purchased the studio from The Coca-Cola Company. The logo was one of the first animated logos along with Universal’s classic logo. The first rendition showed a woman holding a torch and draped in an American Flag.This logo has essentially stayed the same ever since, with slight variations over the years. The current logo was designed digitally in 1992 by New Orleans artist Michael Deas. Graphic artist Jenny Joseph was the model for the logo, which was finally animated by Synthespian Studios‘ Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak, who took the 2D elements and converted them to 3D for animation. Tri-StarIn the purchase agreement between Sony Corp. and The Coca-Cola Company, Sony would also retain the controlling interest in Tri-Star Pictures. Intralink Creative developed the now iconic Pegasus logo animation. Live action footage was shot of a white stallion in an airport hangar, then the footage was morphed with CGI wings. From here the background was developed based on clouds shot around the Haleakala Crater in Maui. Marvel StudiosFounded in 1993 as Marvel Films by Avi Arad of Toybiz, Marvel Studios is now owned by Walt Disney and oversees all film production based on Marvel Comics properties. The “flipbook” logo as we know it was developed by Imaginary Forces, who crafted the original 2D “filpbook” logo animation. The fanfare score for Marvel Studios was created by Brian Tyler, who scored the current score for the Universal Pictures logo.Marvel has done a fantastic job of integrating the logo animation into their films, such as its use in Guardians of the Galaxy.Here’s the current Marvel Studios logo animation from Guardians of the Galaxy courtesy of UltimateHDVideostify. Warner BrothersAs with many of these logo animations, it’s hard to find who exactly created what. But from what we do know, the original Warner Bros. shield logo was designed by one of the artists on the animation staff in the 1920s. Since then, the WB shield has stayed relatively the same with the exception of the Saul Bass “worms” logo in the 1970’s.In 1998, Warner Bros. commissioned Intralink Film to animate the logo, which showed a gold overlaid shot of the studio backlot that transitioned into the WB shield logo. Since this time, the WB shield animation takes on a variant look based on what film is playing… such as the iconic green shield for The Matrix. In 2011 Weta Digital created a new version of the WB shield logo animation that transitioned into the New Line Cinema logo.Here’s the Warner Brothers / New Line Cinema logo animation variant, courtesy of BLUHECX.Here’s the Warner Brothers logo animation The Matrix variation, courtesy of WarnerBrosLogo.And here’s the Warner Brothers logo animation Harry Potter variations, courtesy of BowTiesRCool. DreamWorksIn 1994, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (along with major media moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen) created the Hollywood studio DreamWorks. The logo for the company has become one of the most-liked production company logos in the industry.The crescent moon logo with the boy fishing was developed by Steven Spielberg. He then took the idea to Industrial Light and Magic, who worked with Kaleidoscope Films, Dave Carson and Clint Goldman to draft the initial logo. The newer variations of the logo have been done by ILM as well. The score for the logo was developed by long time Spielberg collaborator John Williams.Here’s the classic DreamWorks logo animation courtesy of KiNoLoGoIntroRelease.And here’s the DreamWorks logo variations courtesy of Movie Munchies. Grand Collection of Production Company Logo AnimationNow, with our favorites out of the way, let’s enjoy a fifteen minute (!) look at the very best production company logos since the dawn of film. Many of these logos and logo animations will immediately jump out at you as you watch them. Walt DisneyWalt Disney never used a logo animation in front of their film until the Black Cauldron in 1985. All production company logos before this point were static 2D logos. From 1985 to to 1994, the Walt Disney animation was a 2D animation which would vary some with each film. Then in 1994, Pixar changed things up when they crafted the first CGI Walt Disney logo animation to play in front of Toy Story.Today the new Walt Disney logo animation has become an iconic one, known as “logo modern.” This animation made it’s first appearance at the beginning of 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest. There is some confusion on who created the logo… some say it was Pixar, while others have said it was Industrial Light and Magic. Either way, the new logo is fantastic.Here is the current Walt Disney Pictures logo animation, followed by the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo courtesy of BLUHECX.Here is a history of Walt Disney logo animations courtesy of Movie Munchies. Production company logo animations have changed a lot over the years. Let’s take a look at exactly how they changed and how some have become iconic.For many of us, the logo fanfares that play at the front of our favorite films are nearly as special as the films themselves. For instance, the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare that has played in front of Star Wars for nearly 40 years will come to an end very soon… but that fanfare is firmly engrained in the subconscious of millions of fans.Since these logos are pretty epic, let’s take a look at the history of some of our favorite production company intros. We’ll look at the originals and the present day logo stingers, and give you a little history on “who, when, and how” they were created. Let’s get started!20th Century FoxThis iconic production company logo was created in the mid-1930s by special effects animator Emil Kosa, Jr. with accompanying fanfare by Alfred Newman. This original matte-painting style logo stood as the standard logo until 1994, when a CGI logo was created. Since 1994, the logo has gone through a few cosmetic changes, but has relatively stayed as it is today. In 1977 the logo and fanfare shot into iconic status as director George Lucas insisted that it play before the beginning of Star Wars.In fact, Lucas used the CinemaScope version of the fanfare, which was a few seconds longer and allowed for the LucasFilm logo to be included. Then composer John Williams crafted the classic main theme of Star Wars in the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare. With Star Wars moving to Disney, the classic fanfare is now gone. It will be interesting what Star Wars will be like without its longtime intro. The current logo animation was developed by Blue Sky Studios and uses the extended score by Lionel Newman.Here’s the 1935 logo Animation, courtesy of Karen Cates.And the 20th Century Fox 2015, courtesy of licerin91. Paramount PicturesLegend has it that Paramount founder W.W. Hodkinson doodled the mountain logo on a piece of paper in 1914. This mountain logo has been used ever since and is the oldest and longest lasting production company logo in all of film. In 1951 the logo was revised when matte painter Jan Domela created the more modern look.In 1986 artist Dario Campanile created the current look of the Paramount mountain. This painting was then animated with the Paramount stars circling and rising above it. Finally, in 2011 Devastudios, Inc. designed and created the current logo animation with composer Michael Giacchino creating the score.Here’s the current Paramount Pictures logo animation with Michael Giacchino score courtesy of Paramount Pictures.Here is a complete Paramount Pictures logo history courtesy of Tristan Andrew. Want to read more about the business side of the industry? Then check out these articles:How to Pick the Right Structure for a Video Production CompanyThe Best Camera Options for Production Company Startups5 Trends That Filmmakers and Video Pros Should Be FollowingDo any of these company logos hold any special meaning for you? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race

first_imgHalana Hiatt of Denver was among the scores of fans who packed downtown to watch the action before she is set to return back home on Sunday. She is visiting the state with her Colorado-based mother, brother and grandmother after inviting them to experience the Iditarod, an item on her bucket list.“It seemed like a big deal,” Hiatt said. “I wanted to come check it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Rookie Victoria Hardwick’s team leads the way through cheering fans during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Big crowds converged on Alaska’s largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a ceremonial sprint along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brought spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the famed 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) race. Mushers are generally more relaxed here than they will be for the real thing. But the dogs barked furiously before setting off, jumping and straining against their sled lines in apparent excitement to get going on the 11-mile (18-km) dash.ADVERTISEMENT He said he was ecstatic to be back in the race.“I have no expectations,” he said. “My goal this year is to start with a smile, finish with the same smile and 14 happy, healthy dogs.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime race critic, protested at Saturday’s event with harnesses dangling from a representation of the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. The harnesses symbolized dogs that have died over the Iditarod’s history. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.“Dogs will continue to drop dead as long as they’re forced to run 1,000 miles at breakneck speed just so their owners can win prize money,” PETA spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said.Race officials dispute the total number of deaths, saying no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. They have not provided their count of dog deaths to The Associated Press despite numerous requests over the past few years, the latest on Friday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe serious, competitive portion of the wilderness trek starts Sunday in the small community of Willow, north of Anchorage. From there, the 14-dog teams will cross two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast. Village checkpoints are staged across the trail before the teams reach the finish line in the old Gold Rush town of Nome on the state’s western coast.The winner is expected in Nome in about nine days. The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The race comes after two difficult years for organizers marked by a dog-doping scandal, the loss of big-name sponsors and escalating pressure from animal activists over multiple dog deaths.But on Saturday, participants were focusing on the race ahead.“I’ve been working for this, building for this, for a long, long time,” Iditarod rookie Richie Beattie, from Two Rivers in Alaska’s interior, said as he waited with his dogs for Saturday’s event to get started. He might be a rookie in the Iditarod, but he’s a veteran musher, having competed twice in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. So he was looking forward to getting on the trail “for real.”Other participants include defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway, three four-time winners and a three-time champion.Four-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey was greeted by multiple fans in his first Iditarod since he scratched in the 2016 race. Mackey, who also won the Yukon Quest four times, is a throat cancer survivor who has an outsize personality popular with fans. He continues to have multiple health problems, including hands that are unusually susceptible to cold and having to drink water constantly because radiation from treatments killed his salivary glands.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76erslast_img read more