20 Dec

Is Patrick Marleau on his way back to San Jose?

first_imgPatrick Marleau may have just moved another giant step closer to returning to the San Jose Sharks.The Carolina Hurricanes bought out Marleau’s contract on Thursday, five days after acquiring the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a salary dump move, the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. reported.Hurricanes will buy out Marleau, Don Waddell said. Owe him his $3 million signing bonus now and $833,333 split … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

16 Dec

Does a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House?

first_imgPractical advice on composting toiletsDon’t get a small one. You know, the kind that’s an all-in-one unit that just sits on the floor in any bathroom. It has a small tray at the bottom that you slide out to remove the waste. I had some friends in Florida who had one, and they hated it. You have to empty it far too frequently, and it doesn’t really get enough mass to get the composting going. And unlike the one I had, they’re smelly. [Edited 23 May 2013: I may have rushed to judgement without enough data here. See the comments from Lloyd Alter and Bruce Lepper below.]Use compost starter. When you read the instructions for composting toilets, they tell you that you have to put some starter microbes in the tank to make the composting happen. They give you two choices: Buy their special starter or throw a shovelful of soil in the tank. We chose the latter and had a plague of little fungus gnats living in the tank. (I could write a whole article just about my battle with those annoying little critters.) I suspect that using the soil from outside was the source of our gnat problem.Consider a foam-flush or micro-flush toilet. Some people are squeamish about doing what comes natural into a tank where they can see that other people have also been doing what comes natural. Crazy, I know, but it’s true. These types of toilets also give you the flexibility to install the toilet in locations other than directly above the tank.In case you’re wondering, we went with the Phoenix composting toilet by Advanced Composting Systems in Whitefish, Montana. The owner had previously worked for Clivus Multrum, the big name in composting toilets. I was pleased with the design, sturdiness, and functionality of the toilet. It was also fairly easy to assemble and install (for someone who’s handy with tools and used to doing this kind of stuff, that is). I recommend checking out both of those brands.If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can check out the Clivus Multrum with a foam flush toilet at Southface Energy Institute’s Eco Office near downtown.Because the tank was so large and there were only two of us living in the house (for the first three years anyway), we didn’t have to empty the tank until it had been in use for four years. At that point, I wasn’t living in the house anymore but went back to help with the first removal of the compost in 2007.It was nice stuff! The Phoenix has two access doors, an upper one and a lower one, as well as two large axles that run the length of the tank, each with several tines. When you open the lower door, you can pull out all the old stuff from the bottom and the axles and tines keep the newer stuff from falling. Cool!Finally, for those of you who think these modern composting toilets are too fancy or expensive, I recommend The Humanure Handbook. I don’t think you’ll ever get their design approved by a building department, but it’s definitely low-tech and cheap. All you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet seat, and some sawdust. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Collection and Use of UrineGBA Product Guide: Composting Toilet SystemsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Plumbing SystemsDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work?Strategies: Consider composting toiletsNatural Building In NicaraguaQ&A: Experiences with grey-water and composting toilets? Ten years ago I was building a green home. It had passive solar features, was built out of structural insulated panels, sent all the greywater out to the back yard to water fruit trees, and was going to be super energy efficient. One feature above all others, though, captured people’s attention when I described the house to them — the composting toilet. The first reaction of many of them was:“Ooh. Won’t that stink?” OK, composting toilets are about a lot more than bathrooms that don’t stink. The main reason that people who consider themselves environmentalists install them is to prevent problems associated with waste treatment plants and septic tanks. In this age of “going local,” they keep the organic matter at home (unlike a sewer system) without polluting the ground water (unlike many septic tanks).But let’s skip over all the big picture, environmental stuff. If you’re considering a composting toilet, you want practical information, so here’s my advice to you, based on the three years I spent living in one … uh, I mean living in a house with one. Why bathrooms with composting toilets smell betterWe installed the kind of composting toilet with a large tank in the basement. The tank had a small fan that constantly exhausted air from the tank through the vent on the roof. So, whenever anyone went to the bathroom and … uh … did their business, the bathroom smelled better than before they went in there. The reason is that as soon as they opened the lid on the toilet, air from the bathroom was being pulled down through the toilet, into the basement tank, and then sent out through through the roof.A lot of people are down on negativity (Say NO to negativity!), but actually it’s a good thing when channeled properly. Negative pressure inside a composting toilet means you never have to worry about walking into a bathroom that’s had all the oxygen sucked out of the air (as I heard it described once). RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

12 Dec

Support Your Documentary Vision with a Thoughtfully Considered Soundtrack

first_imgWhat are you trying to say? What do you want them to feel? Bolster your documentary’s message and flesh out its mood with the right royalty-free soundtrack.No matter what kind of documentary project you’re undertaking, one thing is vital: Ensuring the topic you’ve worked to capture and present hits home. Your film has to connect with viewers in a way that fictional presentations do not; you’re dealing with reality and a higher purpose — “If I don’t tell this story, then who will?”When looking to engage audiences on a deeper emotional level, few tools are as powerful as thoughtfully chosen music. The right soundtrack essentially underlines the information you’ve shared in your footage. It can help your points hit harder or act as a soft light that gracefully illuminates important moments. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a diverse selection of curated music for documentary projects. Give the playlist a listen and find some songs to support your vision and sell your film’s purpose.Setting the appropriate mood with musicDocumentary Superstar Ken Burns. Image via Peter Carney.In “A Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmaking,” PremiumBeat’s Jourdan Aldredge offers an authoritative collection of nuts-and-bolts tips and techniques for film and video creators chasing their documentary dreams. He explores the six most common “modes” of documentary films, listing them as follows:Poetic Documentaries – focuses on experiences and images to create a feeling rather than a truth.Expository Documentaries – aims to persuade and inform, often through “Voice of God” narration.Observational Documentaries – simply observes the world — your classic cinéma vérité style.Participatory Documentaries – includes the filmmaker and influences the major actions of the narrative.Reflexive Documentaries – includes the filmmaker but focuses solely on the act of making the film.Performative Documentaries – the “Michael Moore” style that uses subject experience to share an emotional response with the world.No matter which style of documentary you’re tackling, Aldredge says, “Your sound and music are merely tools to help you define the mood or tone that you’ve already worked to develop.”Of course, sometimes your sound can be no sound at all. “Before you go too crazy with soundtracking your documentary,” Aldredge says, “consider the possibility of no soundtrack at all (or at least, very little). Emotional cues can be built many different ways.” Tony Zhou explores the topic of meaningful silence in the following video.As you dive into the playlist below, remember to treat your soundtrack as an emotional extension of your documentary’s purpose and style. Let the music complement the pacing of your dialogue and the tone of your topic. The songs in the mix run the gamut of moods and genres, and everything you’ll hear is available in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License. We’re confident you’ll find something that supports your carefully shot story.Cover image via The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO).Header image via Free Solo (National Geographic).Playlist header image via FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix).Your search for the best royalty-free music ends here. Check out these additional playlists.Raise the Stakes in Your Action Scenes with a Pulse-Pumping SoundtrackPower Up Your Gaming Videos and Twitch Streams with Royalty-Free MusicFuel Your Audience’s Fears with Eerie Royalty-Free MusicKeep Your Customers Engaged with the Right Royalty-Free Hold MusicSaddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for Westernslast_img read more

3 Dec

Bhima-Koregaon violence: prime accused Milind Ekbote arrested

first_imgThe District Rural Police on Wednesday arrested Milind Ekbote, the prime accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence of January 1 this year. The Supreme Court had on Wednesday cancelled his interim bail relief. Ekbote was picked up from his home in Pune’s Shivajinagar area Thursday morning.Two FIRs were lodged against Ekbote, who is the executive president of Samasta Hindu Aghadi outfit, for allegedly orchestrating the riots which left one person dead. The apex court quashed any further extensions of Ekbote’s bail relief after the State prosecutor submitted that he had not cooperated with the probe agencies, and had refused to hand over the mobile phone, claiming that he had apparently “lost” the phone.He is to be produced before the Pune Sessions Court later in the day.Police sources further said that Ekbote had been summoned at least five times for interrogation, but had not cooperated after one session with the investigating authorities on February 23.Earlier on January 22, his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Pune Sessions court and again by the Bombay High Court on February 2.On February 6, the Pune sessions court issued an arrest warrant for Ekbote, who then moved the Supreme Court for interim bail the next day which was granted to him.The Pune Rural police had booked him under Sections 307, 143, 148, 149, and 295 of the IPC, and the Prevention of Atrocities Act, based on complaints filed at various police stations on January 1.Last month, while extending his bail relief, the Supreme Court had rapped the State government and probe agencies for their tardy progress in their probe against Ekbote, questioning the agencies’ claims that he was allegedly ‘untraceable’.last_img read more

28 Nov

LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: A screen battle is on the cards

first_imgAlmost all flagship smartphones for the year 2014 from giants like Samsung, HTC, Apple, Sony and LG are out. However, Apple is rumoured to launch its next iPhone on September 19 this year. Most of these phones were launched with new features and better specifications leading to a specs war.Models pose with LG G3 smartphones.The latest launch is from the South Korean tech giant LG Electronics, which has launched its 2014 flagship, the LG G3 this week with some new features. A few months ago, perhaps the most talked about smartphone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S5, from another South Korean tech leader was launched. Samsung has been claiming that its S5 has been as successful as its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4.Must read – LG G3 smartphone: Five features to notice Check out – Samsung Galaxy S5: Ten things to notice LG G3 versus Samsung Galaxy S5 is a battle between two titans from the same land–South Korea.Samsung Galaxy S5The first thing we look for in a phone is its price. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched for Rs 51,500 in India,  the price of LG G3 is yet to be announced officially. Its India launch is not confirmed.  LG G3 smartphones during launch.Screen battle: With the 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen (1920 by 1080 pixel resolution) with a slim bezel and Adaptive Display, Samsung claims to provide a superior viewing experience in Galaxy S5. The LG G3 comes with a quad HD 5.5-inch screen having a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. The G3 may trigger a screen resolution war. This is the first time a phone screen has got a pixel density of 534 per inch.advertisementCamera: The LG G3’s main camera stands at 13-meagpixels same as the LG 2. But this time LG has come up with some interesting additions to its 2014 flagship phone. As per its claims, the G3 can grab focus in 276-millisecond. The Galaxy S5 sports a 16-megapixel main camera. What makes its camera different is its auto-focus speed which, as Samsung claims, is 0.3 seconds.  Water Resistant: The Samsung Galaxy S5 claims to be a certified water and dust resistant handset, whereas the LG chose not to include water resistance feature to avoid sacrifice of “other key features and functions”. So, it defied the trend.Internal Storage, RAM: Both the G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 come in 16GB and 32GB variants with expandable memory via microSD cards. RAM storage can be expanded using microSD cards. The LG smartphone comes with 2GB and 3GB RAM options wherein the Galaxy all variants of the Galaxy S5 have 2GB of RAM.Battery: This is the biggest area of concern for any smartphone users. They all want a long lasting battery. The LG G3 has a 3,000mAh battery where as the Galaxy S5 comes with a 2800mAh battery.Others: The Galaxy S5 comes with features like health monitor and fingerprint scanner. These are not available on the G3. However, LG’s smart keyboard which it claims to reduce input errors by up to 75 per cent by tracking and analysing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type and feature to adjust the height of the keyboard to better fit the user’s hands is unique.On the other specifications front, both the smartphones are almost the same as both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.last_img read more