Sabean details progress of Bart, Ramos and Shaw

first_imgMILWAUKEE–After the Giants traded Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees last week, outfield prospect Chris Shaw received a call to join the roster and made his major league debut.A 2015 first round draft choice, Shaw led the organization with 24 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento this year and he already boasts the longest home run hit by a Giants player this season. But outside of a 468-foot solo shot at Coors Field, Shaw has struggled to adjust to major league pitching and has struck out in 10 of …last_img

Dekoda Watson’s vegetarian diet helps 49ers pass rushers feast

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Dekoda Watson showed up for his season debut Thursday night as a 246-pound, menacing defensive end.How he got there is a veggie tale.“I ate vegetarian the whole time,” Watson said. “I’m starting to enjoy it, and that’s scary.”Watson ballooned to 272 pounds shortly after injuring his hamstring two days before the season opener. This was no way to start his ninth NFL season, so the 30-year-old initially scarfed down SusieCakes and barbecue, on top of the “baby weight” he gained …last_img

Were Dinosaurs Cold-Blooded?

first_imgA paper in Science1 shows that at least one dinosaur species came in large and small forms.  Martin Sander and Nicole Klein studied fibrolammelar bone on plateosaurs (a heavy two-legged dinosaur with an elephant-like body and long neck), and found that the growth rates were poorly correlated with body size.  Some plateosaurs were full-grown at five meters, others at twice as big.  It suggests that the creatures were dependent on environmental factors for warmth.  This calls into question the conventional wisdom, held for 20 years, that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, because most warm-blooded creatures grow steadily to their adult size (see the BBC News and National Geographic News).    This find also suggests that the earliest dinosaurs were not the two-legged fast-running kind, but the four-legged, lumbering kind.  Sander calls this a paradigm shift: “The idea that it [the earliest dinosaur] walked on two legs has been pretty much dogma for the last 20 years.”    The paper also calls into question some assumptions about dinosaur evolution.  “Since the common reptilian ancestor of the dinosaurs, and their closest relatives, the pterosaurs, or flying reptiles, was believed to have been warm-blooded,” the BBC News article states, “the [University of] Bonn discovery could throw ideas about their evolution into disarray.”  To salvage the idea of warm-blooded dinosaurs, some are seriously suggesting warm-bloodedness evolved multiple times: “My hunch right now is that maybe there was repeated evolution of warm-bloodedness,” Martin Sander told BBC News.  If so, warm-bloodedness was not inherited from a common ancestor.    Carolyn Gramling, commenting on this paper in the same issue of Science,2 quoted Thomas Holtz (U of Maryland) remarking about how little we still know about early dinosaur evolution.  “There has been the tendency to infer that features found in all advanced dinosaurs were found in all of their ancestors,” he said.  “This emphasizes the importance of tree-based thinking.  We have to look at as many branches of the evolutionary tree to get as big a picture as possible.”1P. Martin Sander and Nicole Klein, “Developmental Plasticity in the Life History of a Prosauropod Dinosaur,” Science 16 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5755, pp. 1800 – 1802, DOI: 10.1126/science.1120125.For more on tree-thinking, see the 11/14/2005 story.  Tree thinking is an escape into the briar patch (11/26/2005) where Darwinists can hide from scrutiny within the tangled web of varying interpretations.    Warm-bloodedness is not just a trait; it is a complex suite of traits involving fine-tuning of the circulatory system, the developmental system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the skin – basically, of the whole animal.  When evolutionists want to take such an improbable event (in evolutionary terms) and multiply it several times just to keep their common-ancestry belief intact, it becomes evidence once again that evolution is a theory in crisis.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The 4th-Generation iPad Makes Me Feel Like A Sucker

first_imgjohn paul titlow Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPad mini#new ipad Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts At first, I didn’t think much about about the new iPads Apple launched yesterday. Sure, the iPad Mini represents an interesting push into the market for smaller, cheaper tablets, but I certainly don’t need one. And the fourth-generation iPad? It’s the company’s least substantial tablet hardware upgrade yet, hardly an improvement over the new iPad I bought six months ago. Apple’s new tablets are nice, but their arrival didn’t have an impact on me.Then I got a text from my brother. “Want to split a third generation iPad for Mom for Christmas? Only $379 refurbed.” Hey, that’s a pretty good deal! Only $379 for a new, 10-inch iPad with a Retina display, nice camera and everything. Just like the one I bought a few months… Hey, wait a minute. Dammit it, Apple!See Also: Why The “New” iPad Should Never Have Been ReleasedI’m not one to impulsively spring for every new gadget that comes along. As a rule, I always skip at least one generation when upgrading my phone. When the iPad 2 came out, I held onto my first generation Apple tablet, waiting for the next version to launch. As a freelance writer, I tend to be very judicious and budget-concious when it comes to shelling out for new devices.But when the “new iPad” started shipping in the spring of this year, I knew it was time to upgrade. Not only was it thinner and faster than my first generation iPad, but it had that super high-resolution Retina display and two cameras. I sold my now-outdated tablet and put the cash toward a brand new, shiny third-generation iPad. Now, a mere six months later, that very same device is available from Apple at a 25% discount. Gee thanks, guys. If I had known the “new” iPad would become the “old” iPad before the end of the year, I would have held out. I’m not the only customer feeling burned by Apple’s uncharacteristically rapid relaunch cycle. After I tweeted a complaint, SoundCloud‘s Head of Audio Manolo Espinosa responded, saying that he had picked up an iPad 3 just a month ago and was now “feeling the pain.” Fortunately for him, the Apple Store let him return the device and get his money back. Not all customers will be so lucky.  Alas, this is one of the perils of being a consumer of mobile technology these days. With every Apple product launch, customers joke about how the company just made their existing phone, tablet or laptop obsolete.Of course, that’s an exaggeration, as my still-perfectly-functional iPhone 4 demonstrates. But electronics manufacturers – especially Apple – have a way of making their customers feel like suckers by pushing out new iterations of their prized gadgets sooner than ever.Normally, buyers of new iOS devices have a year to feel like super-cool, cutting-edge early adopters. This time around, Apple shortened the window to six months in order to get new devices out in time for the holiday shopping season and ensure more universal adoption of  the Lightning connector that debuted with the iPhone 5 last month. That’s great for Apple. I’m sure it will sell a make nn ungodly amount of money selling iPads and iPad Minis this year.Me? I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll be holding out for the iPad 9.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

How to Create Cinemagraphs in Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X

first_imgGIFs have been given new life with the popularity of the cinemagraph. Here are two quick ways to create cinemagraphs, either in Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X.Don’t get left behind. Cinemagraphs are a hot new visual tool and they’re perfect for catching the attention of your target audience. Here’s everything you need to know to create a cinemagraph in Final Cut Pro X and Photoshop.What Is a Cinemagraph?Wikipedia defines a cinemagraph as a “still photograph in which a minor and repeated movement occurs.”Cinemagraphs are essentially GIFs that are frozen, but with one area of the image showcasing movement. These “moving photographs” make images dynamic and add visual interest and a creative touch.Take a look at this example from Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, the NYC-based visual artists who helped popularize this photographic technique.Image from Cinemagraphs.com.How to Make a CinemagraphSo at this point you’re surely wondering — how do I create my own cinemagraph?Cinemagraphs are created from a short snippet of video or a series of consecutive still images. By masking the part of the image you want frozen, you can reveal the area in the image where you’d like the motion to occur.You can create a cinemagraph using the Animation tools in Photoshop. This blog post by Spoon Graphics walks you through the steps of creating a cinemagraph effect in PS.If you’re more comfortable in a video editing application, the following video tutorial by Peter Wiggins from FCP.co will show you how to create a cinemagraph in Final Cut Pro and Motion.If you’d like to learn more about working in FCPX, spend a few minutes exploring the Final Cut Pro X section of the PremiumBeat blog. We’ve compiled plenty of tips, tricks, and techniques with your workflow in mind.Have any of your own cinemagraphs that you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below!last_img read more

‘Siklab Atleta’ looks to help make Olympic gold dream a reality

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation will fuel the Philippine’s best athletes to make the country’s dream of bagging an Olympic gold a reality,’’ said Phoenix Petroleum president and CEO Dennis Uy, the brains behind the foundation.During its launching at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Uy led the unveiling of the 29 elite athletes who will receive all-out financial support from the foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need to provide our athletes the support befitting their stature as our country’s representatives to the world,’’ said Uy, also President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Adviser for Sports.Heading the list of the athletes expected to qualify to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, windsurfing champion Geylord Coveta, triathlete Kim Mangrobang, tracksters Eric Cray and Trenton Beram, taekwondo jins Elaine Alora and Pauline Lopez. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Siklab Atleta Launch. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAfter the recent Philippine Olympic Committee elections, private support for Filipino athletes hoping to make it big in the Olympics has started to come in.Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation, Inc. became the first organization outside of the government to formalize its backing on Saturday for the country’s ultimate objective of capturing a first Olympic gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Tenorio ‘blessed’ to have played 57 minutes in Ginebra 3OT win Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cycling’s Marella Salamat, Sienna Fines and Ariana Dormitrio were also included in the cast along with archer Nicole Tagle, judokas Kiyomi Watanabe, Mariya Takahashi, Shugen Nakano and Kesei Nakano, boxers Eumir Marcial and John Tupas, gymnasts Carlos Yulo and Kaitlin De Guzman.Completing the lineup are canoe-kayak’s Hermie Macaranas and OJ Fuentes, swimmers James Dieparine and Nicole Oliva, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, karateka OJ Delos Santos, surfers Philmar Alipayo and Edito Alcala, weightlifter Kristel Macrohon and windsurfer Yancy Kaibigan.Uy has called on fellow businessmen to help support these athletes in their quest for the gold. Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation executive director Raymond Zorilla said the resources would be pooled through the foundation to provide athletes with training equipment and facilities, coaches services, exposure to international competitions, education, housing and livelihood programs.Also present during the affair were Foreign secretary and Philippine Southeast Asian Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano, POC president Ricky Vargas, Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more