21 Dec

Watch out City, Lampard’s Blues are coming to get you

first_imgChelsea have won just one game against Manchester City in their last six attempts and haven’t won at the Etihad since 2016, but the Blues have perhaps never had a better chance of inflicting further misery on the Lancashire side.At a time when Manchester City have dropped six points from the last 18 available, Chelsea are the form team in the competition, having won their last five games.The last time these sides met, City triumphed over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final, but since then everything has changed.Frank Lampard has replaced Mauricio Sarri and has overseen an enormous amount of progress in so little time. His emphasis on youth has seen the likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori nail down starting berths and it has proved dividends with the Blues currently sitting in third – ahead of City in fourth. Abraham and new signing Christian Pulisic have been firing on all cylinders for Lampard’s side, with the duo involved in 19 of the 27 goals that Chelsea have scored so far in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.Meanwhile, City are in a perilous place. Their defeat to Liverpool at the weekend left them languishing nine points behind the Merseyside club with City incurring a number of problems during the game, not least their frailty in defence on show for all to see. The departure of club stalwart Vincent Kompany as well as the injury to Aymeric Laporte has left Pep Guardiola’s side vulnerable at the back. Indeed, City’s centre-back partnership was John Stones and Fernandinho at the weekend – hardly comparable to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.In fact, City as a whole have looked scared in recent weeks; Kevin de Bruyne has been a far cry away from his usual enigmatic self whilst the absence of Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Laporte, Ederson, David Silva, Rodri and Benjamin Mendy has hurt them in their title defence.In other words, Chelsea have what it takes to exploit City’s weakness – a sentence which has hardly been spoken in the past few years. And, with City having scored 35 goals and Chelsea 27 in the season already, this is likely to be an exciting and entertaining fixture, with both teams to score predictions likely to pay out.But, if Lampard goes to the Etihad with no fear – as the Blues have played for the majority of the season so far – then Chelsea can inflate Guardiola’s problems, further establish themselves as a top four side and ensure that Liverpool do not race out of sight. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoSuper Boost WiFiEveryone In Tuen Mun Is Talking About This High Speed WiFi-BoosterSuper Boost WiFiUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

17 Dec

We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe Tin Pan Alley. Stroll in and join the band! Photo by geocacher SUEpriseGeocache Name:The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Musicians and geocachers share quite a few traits. Namely, when they get together, amazing things can happen. One geocache maker has set out to prove this idea by creating one giant geocacher-powered band. And where better to recruit musicians than London’s Denmark street? This famous place is also known as the British Tin Pan Alley. Artists like Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and the Sex Pistols all have ties to this area. Whether or not the band will be headlining any tours or festivals this year has yet to be decided, but one thing is for sure: between the electric triangle players, backup singers, guitarists, cellists and percussionists, this band is going to top the charts for sure.# of Finds:2025# of Favorite Points:776What the geocache owner, goldpot, has to say:“I read every single log (which is almost daily!) and it gives me a great uplifting feeling to read them knowing that I have made so many geocachers happy and given them a geocache of a difference in such an urban location. As for the Favorite Points – totally amazed with the shear numbers  – go to show, the most simplest geocache, can create the greatest awards!The best geocaches are those which surprises us geocachers, either by it’s location, history, scenery, challenges or the geocache originality – get them all and they’ll clock up the geocache Favorite Points!”What geocachers are saying:“What an amazing cache. A must if passing this location. gets a favourite.” – Pebbles&Co“This is a wonderful cache and a definite favourite. Never seen one like this before and it’s excellent TFTC” – Tangled two“Brilliant idea for a cache, first time I’ve seen one like this but worked out straight away what I needed to spot… and after a couple of minutes there it was! Thanks for the cache, this one gets the favourite point for the evening. Add another bass player to the band!” – BandMandAandARead More LogsPhotos:The band so far! Photo by geocacher OllivierA few of the band members. Photo by geocacher SelmiceIf you’re ready to start rocking, you can pick up a guitar next door. Photo by geocacher PiRad-lerSee More PhotosIf you had to pick a theme song for your geocaching career, what would it be? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnother one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Don’t forget to bring proper headwear. – Head Case (GC2TD8M) – Geocache of the WeekMay 15, 2013In “Community”Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”last_img read more

17 Dec

Timetric Makes Web Data Useful with Time Series Analysis

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Tags:#start#startups A winner at this year’s mini-Seedcamp in London, Timetric is an app from Inkling Software, a three-principal shop composed of chemistry and physics PhDs.The premise is fairly simple: Timetric was created to store, share, and analyze data over time. For predicting trends, proving assertions, and recommending actions, time series analysis is a highly valuable tool. It’s Facebook’s Lexicon all grown up and actually useful, pulling data from all over the web and querying this huge database to serve significant results.Calling to mind truly hot topics such as Facebook’s rumored sentiment analysis engine, the parsing of real-time data, and the need for data over facts in modern journalism, Timetric addresses one facet of a growing gap between what information is now available online and how much we actually know about what that information means.Here, one of the principals of Inkling, Andrew Walkingshaw, talks about how time series analysis works. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In our recent post on data in journalism, we wrote: “The voracious appetite for data… has been apparent for months. It is less about turning good ideas into stories and more about seeing how data informs our understanding of events happening right now. Each new initiative is another piece of low-hanging fruit picked.”Timetric is one of those low-hanging fruits, gathered with a minimal amount of patience over a period of time and put to great use by any number of entities. With regard to journalism, the Guardian’s Data Blog uses Timetric to report on anything from long-term inflation trends to the relative purity of cocaine seized by police.We ourselves were able to pull in data from a time series library to create charts on the incidence of men with full beards over a number of years:Once uploaded, data is downloadable and embeddable by users in a number of formats. Users can also designate tags and licenses, and the team has developed a REST-based API for other Timetric-based apps.Quick visualization and analysis of time-dependent data has never been simpler. We hope that the functions and forms become even richer as Timetric grows.last_img read more

16 Dec

Does R-Value Trump Thermal Mass?

first_imgWhat about ICFs for the whole house?Lizer is planning to use ICFs only for the foundation, not above grade. The double-stud exterior walls above grade will be insulated with blown-in fiberglass.“Fiberglass? Ugh,” Collignon says. “In my opinion, you’re headed down the wrong road.”Collignon e-mailed the thread to an old colleague, a professional engineer licensed in 20 states and one Canadian province, for a second opinion. According to Collignon, the engineer thinks Lizer would be better off building the whole house with ICFs. “Even with the double-stud configuration, unless he is using polystyrene foam in the wall, the old saying comes to mind, ‘fiberglass is a filter,’” Collignon quotes him as saying. “Air doesn’t blow through ICF walls.”There are two additional points raised by Collignon’s engineer: first, if the concern is higher R-values, Lizer can use ICFs with 4 in. of foam on the outside face and 2 in. inside; and second, the windows and doors are the real energy-wasters. “Windows are R-1,” the engineer pronounces. “They are the ‘hole in the bottom of the pail of water’ … all of the heat leaks out through the windows.”Hogwash, writes Dick Russell. No one building a superinsulated house is going to use single-pane (R-1) windows, he says, adding, “Statements like that detract from whatever other useful thoughts he may have offered.” Thermal mass vs. higher R-valueWith a core of concrete, the ICF wall has more mass than a wood-framed wall, and Mike Collignon thinks this benefit is worth considering. “This often doesn’t show up in R-value discussions,” he writes, “but it [is] quantifiable and does make a difference in reducing air infiltration.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA Green Home Tour: ICF House With Energy Star Rating RELATED ARTICLES All About Thermal MassGreen Basics: Insulated Concrete FormsDouble-Stud Walls Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this:There are a couple of key points to this issue:R-value and thermal mass in Zone 6. Yep, unless you have deep diurnal temperature swings, put your money and efforts towards insulation and air sealing in cold climates. And when I have been in well-designed passive solar homes with plenty of thermal mass in Santa Fe, New Mexico (a climate with nearly ideal diurnal swings) during the winter, I’ve concluded that it is best to expand your thermal comfort zone quite a bit in the early mornings until the sun catches up on that mass.Thermal mass and ICFs. Good catch on this one: All insulation, whether it be on one side of the concrete mass or the other, retards heat flow. ICF walls have interior rigid insulation that decouples the concrete mass of the ICF from the building’s interior, reducing whatever thermal mass effect it has.ICF and airtightness. While the airtightness of the field of an ICF wall is impressive, it’s not in the field of building assemblies (walls or roofs) where we get the bulk of our air leakage; that occurs at assembly transitions (for example, the transition between an ICF foundation and an above-grade wall, or the transition between an above-grade wall and the eave) and penetrations (windows, doors, plumbing stacks, chimneys). Really tight homes can be built of just about anything, but not without attention to these challenging spots, which are nearly as common in ICF assemblies as any other.Blown fiberglass and cellulose insulation and airtightness. Granted, the air permeability of cellulose is generally higher than spray fiberglass, but neither is airtight enough to qualify as an air barrier; BOTH require six-sided containment and a dedicated, continuous, air barrier system.Finally, I have never seen the open side of a walk-out basement with few enough openings and their configuration to really make any real structural advantage of an ICF over a framed wall. And boy, do they seem to get reconfigured over time as the use of the walk-out space changes. So, I really don’t see any real advantage, thermal or otherwise, to making the walk-out side out of ICF over any other assembly. ICF Block SystemAdded thermal mass, however, may not have much benefit in Lizer’s climate zone, Dick Russell says.“Bear in mind that the ‘thermal mass’ effect of concrete is most useful in climates where there is a lot of outside temperature swing above and below the inside temperature,” Russell writes. “In prolonged cold weather, the mass really doesn’t help with temperature profile. True, it can provide a very airtight wall, but that can be achieved easily with a framed wall also.”Philip Gross agrees, writing that the higher R-value of the framed wall has more advantages than the thermal mass of the concrete. One factor is that in an ICF wall, the mass of the concrete is wrapped in rigid foam insulation.“With thermal mass you can store the extra heat and release it during the night,” Gross says. “Also, it prevents the structure from overheating during the summer as long as you have cooler nights. However, I am not so sure about the benefits of the thermal mass in ICF walls because of the interior insulation. I don`t think you can effectively store solar energy in an ICF wall and release it when needed.”center_img Jesse Lizer’s plans for a new house in Climate Zone 6 call for a 60-foot long walkout basement wall on the north side. The three below-grade foundation walls will be built with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) with an R-value of roughly R-25.Lizer’s question, posted in GBA’s Q&A forum, concerns the exposed north wall of the foundation. Should it be built from ICFs like the rest of the foundation, or would he be better off framing it as a double-stud wall with an R-value of 40, like the rest of the house?With the wood-framed wall, he not only gets better thermal performance, but wood framing would also make it easier to put in windows and doors. “Plus,” he adds, “if a rough opening gets framed wrong or something changes, we are fixing wood and not concrete.”“Would it still make a better/stronger basement system if all the walls were ICF?” he asks. “I realize the length is quite long, which is why I am curious if it would even help make any difference or not.”The discussion is the topic for this week’s Q&A Spotlight. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE In defense of fiberglass insulationFiberglass insulation is frequently criticized, at least in batt form. But John Zito thinks some of the blasts are undeserved. “Air doesn’t blow through fiberglass when all sides are air sealed,” he writes. “While I’m not a big fan of fiberglass for a few reasons (I would have chosen cellulose), it is effective when air sealed.”On this count, Lizer seems to have done his homework. “Fiberglass, while not as ‘green’ (depending on your definition) as cellulose, it also has some advantages that make it the correct choice for me,” Lizer says. “When blown at pressures of 1.8-2+ psf, it has similar air convection current reductions as dense-packed cellulose, and at a slightly higher R per inch.”As to the recommendation that the whole house be built with ICFs, Lizer isn’t buying in. For one thing, any wood-framed wall can be just as tight as, if not tighter than, an ICF wall. Further, benefits of thermal mass are marginal in a heating-dominated climate, and ICFs with thicker foam on the exterior “greatly increases the price over an already expensive product.“I have priced out ICF all the way up to the trusses, and my materials cost nearly tripled for a wall with half the R-value,” he says. “Hitting similar R-values will make the price close to 5 times the cost of a double-stud shell.”last_img
16 Nov


first_imgBoth drivers were killed when a Nebraska woman driving the wrong way on Interstate 29 collided with an oncoming vehicle late Wednesday night in Monona County.The Iowa State Patrol says 40-year-old Angela Bender of Omaha was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-29 near Blencoe when her minivan collided with another northbound minivan driven by 51-year-old Carolyn Klimper of Fort Morgan, Colorado.Three other people in Klimper’s vehicle were injured.One of them was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center.Two others were taken to Burgess Memorial Hospital in Onawa.The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more