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          New Digital STEM-Career Curriculum Takes High-School Students Behind the Scenes      Cache   Translate Page      
Lockheed Martin has partnered with Discovery Education on Generation Beyond: Aviation, a digital STEM curriculum that takes students behind-the-scenes with Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists to solve real-world technology challenges, from fighting wildfires to making flight suits for military pilots safer.
          Открытие ведьм [1 сезон] (2018) / A Discovery of Witches      Cache   Translate Page      
Открытие ведьм [1 сезон] (2018)  / A Discovery of Witches
Диана Бишоп - историк, специалист по старинным рукописям в Оксфорде. Однажды она обнаруживает в архивах загадочный древний манускрипт. Тайны этой рукописи, связанные с магией, превращают её жизнь в кошмар. Единственный, кто может ей помочь - обаятельный генетик Мэттью Клермонт. Все усложняется тем, что Диана - потомственная ведьма, а Мэттью - вампир.
          Update: Events High - Meet Your City! (Entertainment)      Cache   Translate Page      

Events High - Meet Your City! 5.08


Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Entertainment
Price: Free, Version: 5.07 -> 5.08 (iTunes)

Description:

Available only in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Goa.

EventsHigh is a free app that brings all the events and things to do in a city at one place. We make it easier for users to discover events happening near them, choose one and plan to go to it with their friends and family. Never spend your free time getting bored sitting at home - be it a weekend or holiday. Find, plan and book awesome things to do on weekends.

Never miss out: Use EventsHigh app to know what all is happening in a city like

Parties and Nightlife: DJ's, Parties, Pool Parties, Live Music Shows, Concerts, Bollywood Nights, Pubs, Stage Performances, Fashion Shows.
Shows: Theatre, Plays, Standups, Comedy Shows, Music Festivals, Film Festivals, Street Shows, Dance Shows.
Food: Food Festivals, Food Walks, Restaurant Events, Sunday Brunch, Special Breakfasts, Cooking Workshops
Kids: Painting, Drawing, Storytelling, Magic Shows, Magicians.
Outdoor: Sports, Treks, Cycling, Night treks, Rock Climbing, Jogging, Health & Wellness, City Walks, City Exploration, Heritage Walks, Cultural Walks, Getaways.
Tech: Hackathons, Tech events, Startup Events, Fundraisers, Conferences.
Other: Art Exhibitions, Art Galleries, Literature, Book Inaugurations,


App Features

Find, Plan & Book: Find events at your favorite venues, for your favourite artist or by your interests. You can also add your loved events to phone calendar to be reminded before the event that you should go and attend. Invite your friends to your favorite events, share events with your groups, find directions to event venues.

Notifications: Get notification for your favourite events and also on what's trending in the city. Never miss out on most happening things in a city.

Localities: Discover all things happening in your neighborhood. You can follow localities such as Koramangala, IndiraNagar, MG Road, Jayanagar, Hauz Khas village, Gurgaon, Noida, Connaught Place, Lodhi colony, Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, NarimanPoint, Bessant Nagar, Thirvanmyur, T.Nagar, IIT Madras to name a few.

Not only that, you can find events and activities at your favorite places such as Ranga Shankara, Jagriti theatre, Hard Rock Cafe, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Humming Tree, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, blueFrog ,Church Street Social, NCPA, Prithvi Theatre, World Trade Centre, Pragati Maidan, Dilli Haat, Museum Theatre and more

Life's too short to be bored! Discover amazing events, activities and places around you! Download Now!

We would like to hear how we can become better! Drop us a mail!

Email: support@eventshigh.com
Discover us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/eventshighapp
Discover us on Facebook http://facebook.com/eventshighapp


other - Events High

What's New

Events High New Branding.
New Category Nomenclature for better event discovery.
Bug Fixes.

Events High - Meet Your City!


          Update: Questo Cities & Museums (Travel)      Cache   Translate Page      

Questo Cities & Museums 1.6.0


Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Travel
Price: Free, Version: 1.5 -> 1.6.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Questo is a real-life travel game, offering mission-like tours which you can play. By following clues and solving riddles, you discover new places around the world, while finding out their hidden stories. These are all part of what we call a ‘quest’, which are tours in form of missions of discovery that teleport you inside a fictional story where you’re the main character. These missions will take you to the must-see attractions in the places you visit around Europe.

The app received the Best Travel App award at eTravel Awards 2017, and it was also rewarded by Booking.com, in 2018, for its significant positive social impact.

Questers like to describe us as ‘a mix of treasure hunting, city guide, escape rooms, race around the world, and free walking tour. We like to describe us as ‘the bridge between travel and a casual game.’

Whether you travel or you’re a local looking for things to do or things to see in the city, you can find a tour (quest) that suits your interests. One day you can save a princess trapped in an ancient castle, the next one you go to the year 3200 and protect the present.
You can choose between outdoors quests or indoor quests in castles, museums, villas and hundreds of other places.

The quests are perfect for couples looking for new things to do together, families with children who are eager to explore, teenagers who want to have fun in new places or solo travelers in search of adventure and sightseeing.

Our quests are built either by a local insider or an experienced tour guide and include both must-see popular attractions and hidden places (restaurants local cuisine, authentic craft workshops, neighbourhood bars, leisure areas and many more), which only locals usually access. So, you can be sure your trip is completed with authentic experiences.

These tours (quests) are available in 30 cities from 4 countries in Europe, with many more ready to launch. If you visit the following cities, it’s good to know that you have Questo waiting for you there: Paris, Dinan, Budapest, Rotterdam, Breda, Linschoten, Tilburg, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Timisoara, Brasov, Iasi, Sighisoara, Alba Iulia, Bacau , Constanta, Baia Mare, Cisnadioara, Craiova, Bistrita, Slobozia, Bran, Deva, Comana, Sinaia, Calarasi.

Quests examples:

- In Budapest you are to defend the city against an imminent invasion. Go on a mission of protecting the citizens and securing citadel’s treasures while visiting must-see locations in Budapest and hearing their secret stories.

- In Rotterdam you can go sightseeing while looking for clues in search of a group of spies who found shelter here. Go and collect intelligence and complete your secret assignment.

- In Bucharest you can go on several game-type free walking tours, some with a mission behind, some just as casual walks. Choose from finding the Old Town treasure, exploring the most beautiful outdoor museum inside a cemetery, looking for ghosts in the haunted neighbourhood of Bucharest or from many other indoor and outdoor tours.

Go and Play Your City a Visit!

What's New

We fixed some bugs for iPhone X, improved the loading time in the app and added a new feature for language support on the quest page.

Questo Cities & Museums


          Farmer accidentally unearths ancient Greek statues and historical graves      Cache   Translate Page      
A Greek farmer's discovery of an antique fragment while tilling his field has led to the discovery of four ancient statues from the Archaic era and several historical graves. The country's Culture Ministry says they were alerted to the stunning discovery by a farmer who stumbled upon the torso of an ancient kouros - the Greek name given to free-standing sculptures of nude young men. Archeologists have been excavating the site near the central Greek town of Atalanti, about 150 kilometers (94 miles) northwest of Athens, since mid-October. The Archaic era spanned from about the eighth century BC to the fifth.
          #CelebrateWithDE Veterans Day & Remembrance Day      Cache   Translate Page      
Honor and remember our heroes on Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, both on November 11, by connecting to the history of bravery and sacrifice. We’ve gathered curated resources from Discovery Education that will help you and your students focus on the courageous people that have fought to counter attacks
          A Catastrophic CIA Failure      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael Walsh wants us to understand that the Obama administration was in charge of the CIA and national security when intelligence operatives around the world were exposed, compromised and even murdered.

No one cares about the story because the story exposes the rank dereliction of the Obama administration and because it is too complicated for most people to understand.

Walsh points the finger of blame:

A rollup of networks across the world -- an event that began in Iran, where the Obama administration would soon enough be negotiating its much sought-after "nuclear deal framework" -- and ended with numerous deaths is the kind of thing of which intelligence nightmares and national-security disasters are made. One's first instinct is to look back and see who was CIA director during that period: Leon Panetta (Feb. 2009-June 2011); Michael Morell (acting director, July-Sept. 2011); David Petraeus (Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012); Morell again (acting, Nov. 2012-March 2013; and finally John Brennan, who served out the remainder of the Obama administration.

The story was reported by Yahoo! News. Note that everyone familiar with the events describe them as a catastrophic failure:

In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.

It was about the websites that CIA used to communicate with operatives around the world.

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.

CIA knew it and did nothing to repair the problem:

More than just a question of a single failure, the fiasco illustrates a breakdown that was never properly addressed. The government’s inability to address the communication system’s insecurities until after sources were rolled up in China was disastrous. “We’re still dealing with the fallout,” said one former national security official. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

It all began in 2009:

One of the largest intelligence failures of the past decade started in Iran in 2009, when the Obama administration announced the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility — part of Iran’s headlong drive for nuclear weapons. Angered about the breach, the Iranians went on a mole hunt, looking for foreign spies, said one former senior intelligence official.

The mole hunt wasn’t hard, in large part, because the communications system the CIA was using to communicate with agents was flawed. Former U.S. officials said the internet-based platform, which was first used in war zones in the Middle East, was not built to withstand the sophisticated counterintelligence efforts of a state actor like China or Iran. “It was never meant to be used long term for people to talk to sources,” said one former official. “The issue was that it was working well for too long, with too many people. But it was an elementary system.”

But a sense of confidence in the system kept it in operation far longer than was safe or advisable, said former officials. The CIA’s directorate of science and technology, which is responsible for the secure communications system, “says, ‘our s***’s impregnable,’ but it’s obviously not,” said one former official.

CIA officials knew about the problem and chose not to believe it, until Iran started arresting and executing CIA spies:

By 2010, however, it appears that Iran had begun to identify CIA agents. And by 2011,  Iranian authorities dismantled a CIA spy network in that country, said seven former U.S. intelligence officials. (Indeed, in May 2011, Iranian intelligence officials announced publicly that they had broken up a ring of 30 CIA spies; U.S. officials later confirmed the breach to ABC News, which also reported on a potential compromise to the communications system.)

Iran executed some of the CIA informants and imprisoned others in an intelligence setback that one of the former officials described as “incredibly damaging.” The CIA successfully exfiltrated some of its Iranian sources, said former officials.

At a time when the Obama administration was in full appeasement mode toward Iran, it had no good intelligence from inside the country:

The Iranian compromise led to significantly fewer CIA agents being killed than in China, according to former officials. Still, the events there hampered the CIA’s capacity to collect intelligence in Iran at a critical time, just as Tehran was forging ahead with its nuclear program.

It was an unmitigated catastrophe.

But the events in Iran were not self-contained; they coincided roughly with a similar debacle in China in 2011 and 2012, where authorities rounded up and executed around 30 agents working for the U.S. (the New York Times first reported the extirpation of the CIA’s China sources in May 2017).

U.S. officials believe that Chinese intelligence obtained physical access to the transitional, or temporary, secret communications system used by the CIA to correspond with new, unvetted sources — and broke through the firewall separating it from the main covert communications system, compromising the CIA’s entire asset network in that country, Foreign Policy reported earlier this year.

If you want to know why John Brennan is angry, look at his record.




          “Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” – Tom Krause      Cache   Translate Page      
“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” – Tom Krause source
          CFPB, Locked in Discovery Dustup, Denies Withholding Documents From Navient      Cache   Translate Page      
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is disputing student loan lender Navient's claim that it has provided just a small fraction of documents that could be critical to the company's defense.
      

          Comment on This week’s poll: AI in healthcare by Ken      Cache   Translate Page      
<blockquote cite="Mohammed Amin Abdullah"> <cite>Mohammed Amin Abdullah</cite> Depends how you quantify the impact. AI will impact health-care in two main ways 1) Doing something humans can already do, but cheaper, faster or better. 2) Doing things humans can’t do. Diagnosis falls into the first category, drug discovery in the second. It will also impact health in other ways: e.g., controlling large, complex and inefficient health-care systems like the NHS, and providing companionship for people who are lonely. </blockquote> The last thing a lonely person would want to do is "talk" to a computer!
          Comment on This week’s poll: AI in healthcare by Mohammed Amin Abdullah      Cache   Translate Page      
Depends how you quantify the impact. AI will impact health-care in two main ways 1) Doing something humans can already do, but cheaper, faster or better. 2) Doing things humans can't do. Diagnosis falls into the first category, drug discovery in the second. It will also impact health in other ways: e.g., controlling large, complex and inefficient health-care systems like the NHS, and providing companionship for people who are lonely.
          Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Drug Discovery Market (2018-2025) – GMI Research      Cache   Translate Page      
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          New Snapology Play Space To Offer STEM Fun for Central NJ Kids      Cache   Translate Page      

Getting kids interested in math and science used to be a chore, but play-based programs are reinventing the building blocks of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education.

Snapology of Monmouth County is one business that has been offering mobile STEAM classes to kids in central New Jersey for the past couple years. Now, it is expanding its offerings to include a new Discovery Center, making it the first Snapology location in New Jersey to offer open indoor play. The Center, in Tinton Falls, will also offer classes, camps, birthday parties, and parents' night out events.

The new 2,950-square-foot Discovery Center is scheduled to open Thanksgiving weekend. The fun will kick off on Friday, November 23, with Black Friday drop-and-shop workshops, and a grand opening celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25, from noon to 5pm, with free open play, giveaways, face painting, entertainment, and more.

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          Comment on Benjamin Fortitude precharged rifle: Part 4 by RidgeRunner      Cache   Translate Page      
GF1, I am certain a Marauder trigger would be outstanding on something like this, but should I get one I would want to just work with the trigger mod. I have shot a Discovery with a trigger mod and was quite pleased.
          Comment on Benjamin Fortitude precharged rifle: Part 4 by Gunfun1      Cache   Translate Page      
RR And yes a gen1 Marauder trigger assembly will work on a Maximus or Discovery or Fortitude.
          Comment on Benjamin Fortitude precharged rifle: Part 4 by Gunfun1      Cache   Translate Page      
RR Oh and I once put a first generation trigger assembly from a Marauder rifle on a Discovery I had. Definitely a sweet shooting gun after that mod.
          Technical Specialist, DevOps and Automation - HighVail Systems - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Infrastructure and Service Automation, Orchestration. Perform Consultative Services such as, Discovery/Assessments, Health Checks, Infrastructure Audits and IT...
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           Discovery teaching of fingerprints using forensic science       Cache   Translate Page      
Lim, L.F. (2008) Discovery teaching of fingerprints using forensic science. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
          Comment on Tin can chronograph by Chris USA      Cache   Translate Page      
RBF, I can vouch for the UTG's with (etched glass) reticles. Skip the non- etched glass. Can't speak for the Discovery. Never heard of it. I went Athlon for my first FFP and love it. Chris
          Comment on Tin can chronograph by Red Beard Forge      Cache   Translate Page      
Hi all, Im looking for advice on scope choice for a spring piston air gun. Right now I have a diana model 24 which needs a scope and I am looking at buying something more powerful in the future so something that can stand up to a magnum springer but will be at home on the mod 24 as well would be nice. I have been looking around online and I have noticed a couple options in my price range (under $250 CAD) that have the features I would like to have namely mildot reticle and side focus parallax adjustment for close range shooting. the to names that have been coming up are leapers/utg and discovery. The discovery scopes are appealing because they come in side focus with mildot reticles and first focal plane within my price range but on the other hand it seems that leapers have been making springer suitable scopes for a long time so the track record is there. are there other options I should be looking at? the selection available in Canada is not as large as in the states and ordering a scope from the states is problematic due to US export regulations under ITAR so my options are limited. If anyone has any advise or product recomendations I would love to hear them.
          Remote Trial Staff Attorney      Cache   Translate Page      
An insurance company is in need of a Remote Trial Staff Attorney. Core Responsibilities of this position include: Handling moderately complex litigation Providing legal advice to assist the timely disposition of claims Assisting Supervisory attorneys on advising and counseling other departments Position Requirements Include: This position requires travel up to 50% of the time Admission to the State Bar in WA Juris Doctor Valid driver's license required plus an acceptable driving record Demonstrated litigation experience Demonstrated experience preparing civil pleadings, motions and discovery and deposing witnesses
          The Journey of Rediscovery      Cache   Translate Page      
Hello all! It has been quite a while since I’ve last written. I am getting back into the swing
          Duncan Hines cake mixes recalled over potential salmonella exposure      Cache   Translate Page      

You may be tempted to stress eat tonight, but maybe skip the cake mix. Four types of Duncan Hines cake mixes have been voluntarily recalled by parent company Conagra Brands over the potential risk of salmonella contamination.

During their investigation into the root of five cases of salmonella poisoning, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found some of the bacteria lurking in a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix. In the wake of the discovery, says the FDA, Conagra decided to voluntarily recall that product as well as three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti, and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period–just to be sure that no one else gets an unhappy surprise.

If you wanted to pair Election Night coverage with a nice cake, you better check the UPC codes and Best If Used By Dates on your cake mixes. All of the cake mixes were sold in 15.25-ounce packages, had Best If Used by Dates on the top box of March 7-13, 2019, and different UPC codes:

  • Duncan Hines Classic White Cake (644209307500)
  • Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake (644209307494
  • Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake (644209307593
  • Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake (644209414550)

Consumers who have bought the mixes are advised not to consume the contents and to return them to the place of purchase. For details on how to get your cake mix replaced, head to www.duncanhines.com.

If you didn’t buy a Duncan Hines brand mix, go ahead and bake a cake—but maybe don’t lick the spoon.


          A Memorable Kasol Experience to Cherish – Discovery of a Cottage from Once Upon a Time      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Was Anti-Semitic New York Graffiti Attacker A Liberal-Media-Darling Obama Volunteer?      Cache   Translate Page      
{{file|t=9Tt9p_1541284614}} Just days after the awful events of Pittsburgh, disgusting neo-Nazi graffiti was found Thursday inside a Brooklyn synagogue. NYPD officials told Breaking911 that the suspect entered Brooklyn's Union Temple around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night and used a black marker to deface three different locations with the messages, " rats we are here," " better be ready," and "Hitler." As one would expect, New York's officials were extremely quick to decry the disgusting actions, with NY Governor Cuomo releasing the following statement - with a clear intent to pin the blame on one side: "I am disgusted by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a house of worship in Brooklyn. At a time when the nation is still reeling from the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers stand united with the community and against hate in all its forms. "In New York, we have zero tolerance for discrimination in our laws or in our spirit. I have directed the State's Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this hideous act and hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law. "As Governor, I am also doing everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance. This week, we announced the launch of an additional $10 million grant program to help protect New York's non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious-based institutions. "The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and is ripping at the fabric of America, and it must stop. In New York, we have forged community through chords of commonality and we will always stand together against hate and discrimination." Mayor Bill de Blasio called the hateful messages "tremendously upsetting." "Coming at a time when New Yorkers are feeling a profound sense of loss and sadness because of what happened at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and all those who were killed there because of their faith." But, in an interesting twist, according to Breaking911, surveillance footage released by authorities captured a photo of the suspect, "described as a male Black, approximately 20-years-old, 5'8'', 140 lbs, with black hair and last seen wearing a red suit jacket." And yesterday morning, the local CBS station confirms a man is in custody for the 'hate crime'. 26-year-old James Polite, of Brooklyn, allegedly wrote the graffiti, according to police. The suspect also drew a picture of the Puerto Rican flag and wrote "Free P.R." Additionally, sources tell CBS2, Polite could be behind a series of fires at other shuls and yeshivas in the area. He was charged with criminal mischief, hate crime, and making graffiti in connection to the messages scrawled at Union Temple. So not quite the white-supremacist, Trump-supporting, , bigot everyone was expecting? But, in an even more potentially shocking twist, it is possible that the alleged serial anti-semitic graffiti artist is a former Barack Obama volunteer and liberal media darling... Hey @BarackObama, Is this the same guy that volunteered for you during your campaign? https://t.co/hOG05xhc pic.twitter.com/XSMXwrl1X4 - Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 3, 2018 In 2017, The New York Times wrote a lavish lovefest of a story: James Polite spent much of his childhood in foster care. In high school alone, Mr. Polite estimates, he was placed in 10 different homes. And he received little encouragement from social workers to go to college. But Mr. Polite, now 25, still believed that college was the best next step. He found encouragement as a volunteer in his teens, registering voters and canvassing neighborhoods in New York City during Barack Obama's first presidential bid. ... Manhattan Democrat Christine Quinn still remembers their introduction on the steps of City Hall. "James was telling me his story," she recalled recently in an interview. "And I said, ' you have an internship?' And he said 'No.' And I said, 'Well, you now.'" "James was the adopted child of the Quinn administration," she said. "And it wasn't just me. It was the entire City Council staff." Of course, there could be another 26-year-old (25 in 2017) black male, living in Manhattan with the same name as James Polite, but we suspect that is a little unlikely. As The New York Times reports, towards the bottom of their puff-piece: Despite the assistance, Mr. Polite struggled at Brandeis. Smoking marijuana, he said, became a coping mechanism to manage his stress. He had first tried the drug at a foster home in his early teens, but in college his habit grew to three times a day. He was placed on a health leave of absence in late 2015 and required to enter a rehabilitation program. During treatment, he learned he had bipolar disorder, for which he is now medicated. More likely is the young man with a bright future, heralded by the liberal media and politicians as a success story waiting to happen, has seen his life take a much darker route. At the end of the day, democrats are still retarded.
          FIRE AND HEIST Pre-Order Giveaway      Cache   Translate Page      
Only a month until my next YA novel, FIRE AND HEIST, comes out!  Eeeeeeeeee!!! In honor of this, I'm doing a pre-order giveaway. If you pre-order a copy of FIRE AND HEIST (hardcover or ebook) by 11:59pm EST on 12/3/2018, I'll send you an awesome dragon pin and a bookmark! 


About the Book:

FIRE AND HEIST is a contemporary fantasy about a teen were-dragon who must steal her first treasure. But a dark discovery during her heist could put her family in incredible danger. Think Ocean's Eleven with were-dragons!

You can read the first chapter here: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/FireandHeistexcerpt.htm

How to Enter:

1. Preorder FIRE AND HEIST (hardcover or ebook) by 11:59pm on 12/3/2018 from anywhere books are sold, such as:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Any independent bookstore

2. Email proof of pre-order to sarah@sarahbethdurst.com with the subject line "Fire and Heist Pre-order Campaign" and include your preferred mailing address (US addresses only, please).

Proof of pre-order can be a screenshot or a photo of your receipt or email order confirmation -- or, you know, anything that says you pre-ordered a copy of FIRE AND HEIST.

Pins are available only while supplies last.

Happy reading!  And happy dragon-ing!



          Seeking Nashville Document Review Attorneys      Cache   Translate Page      
TN-Nashville, Beacon Hill Legal is recruiting document review attorneys in Nashville, Tennessee. The successful document review candidate will have prior eDiscovery experience and in-depth knowledge of litigation and Relaitivty software. Qualifications include a J.D. and active Bar License (must be active and in good standing). Must have great communication skills, a good work ethic, be available to work on-sit
          Mad About Metadata      Cache   Translate Page      
It’s the month for giving thanks, and I’m ever-grateful for the daily e-discovery blog penned by my friend, Doug Austin, …

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          ID readies Lucky 8′s cold case series “Killer Unknown”      Cache   Translate Page      

Investigation Discovery ID

True crime net Investigation Discovery is prepping a six-part series that will follow an active investigation by a cold case task force in real time. Produced by New York-headquartered Lucky 8 ...

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          A Discovery of Witches ganha mais duas temporadas      Cache   Translate Page      


O canal britânico Sky anunciou a renovação da série A Discovery Of Witches para mais duas temporadas.

A notícia chega após o enorme sucesso da produção, que se tornou o programa de maior audiência do canal Sky este ano no Reino Unido.

A Discovery Of Witches é uma adaptação da primeira parte da Trilogia das Almas, de Deborah Harkness, que já vendeu mais de 3,5 milhões de cópias em todo o mundo.

A história acompanha Diana Bishop, uma jovem estudiosa de Oxford que é descendente das bruxas de Salem. Quando ela acidentalmente encontra um manuscrito encantado, ela é obrigada a aceitar a magia em seu sangue e assume um romance proibido com o vampiro Matthew.

A série é estrelada por Teresa Palmer e Matthew Goode.

Na segunda temporada, a dupla viajará no tempo na esperança de encontrar uma poderosa professora de bruxas para ajudar Diana a controlar sua magia e procurar o Livro da Vida.

A saga literária de Deborah Harkness é composta pelos livros: "A Descoberta das Bruxas" (2011); "Sombra da Noite" (2013) e "O Livro da Vida" (2015).

          Ngai Tāmanuhiri launch Horouta waka resource      Cache   Translate Page      

Ngāi Tāmanuhiri has worked alongside the Ministry of Education to create an educational resource, targeted at 9-11-year-old te reo Māori learners, called ‘He Putanga nō Uki’, which is a story about the discovery of the Horouta waka.

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          The Truth is Funny .....shift happens! with Host Colette Marie Stefan: Guest Host Phil Free: Delving Into Ourselves      Cache   Translate Page      
EpisodeJoin Guest Host Phil Free as we explore self discovery through energetic awareness. Let's look at how our thinking process, our beliefs, and our attitudes affect our ability to function. Can we improve them? Listen in and find out.
          **Clearance** Discovery Scafell Light Oak 12mm V-Groove AC4 1.496m2 (7 boxes left)      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The Truth is Funny .....shift happens! with Host Colette Marie Stefan: No More Excuses—Open Your Doors of Discovery! With Guest Susie Briscoe      Cache   Translate Page      
Episode"Suddenly everyone else had stepped back, and it was just me ... that wasn't supposed to happen - or was it!?"   Discover how to flourish  and prosper with Susie Briscoe. An enthusiastic Corporate and Executive motivator, Susie is fervent about facilitating the developmental growth of clients and colleagues. Join us for another amazing show of The Truth Is Funny!    
          Creativity Nest      Cache   Translate Page      
Visiting fellow bloggers websites today led to a neat little discovery. Apparently there is a websit
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          Daily Wine News: Discovery & Courage      Cache   Translate Page      
Esther Mobley meditates on the vast universe of Italian wine in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Italian wine’s heterogeneity is what makes it exciting, though it may also explain why its neighbor to the west is more often represented on top U.S. wine lists…Yet it’s from these fringe regions where Italian wine’s greatest pleasure can most […]
          Here's A Fun Secret For Overwatch's Robotic Butler B.O.B.      Cache   Translate Page      

Overwatch players are just now getting to know Ashe, the latest hero who was just added to PTR on PC and will likely be added to full game in the weeks ahead. Early reports are that Ashe is a blast to play, but is a high-skill hero, especially for players who hope to shoot the dynamite out of the air. Basically, Pharah beware! Players are also learning that Ashe's robotic butler B.O.B. may have a soft side when his gun arm isn't blowing away the competition.

If Ashe waves at B.O.B., he will wave back. Blizzard even created two waving animations – one for if B.O.B. has his weapon drawn, and another if he's standing idle. This a fun little discovery that I'm sure players will use in the pre-game lobby, and, you guessed it, to grief players after B.O.B. mows them down. Just a heads up that you'll likely start seeing this animation as more players discover it.


          TV Review: Room 104 - Season 2      Cache   Translate Page      
SYNOPSIS: &nbsp;From creators and executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, the show tells a different story of the assorted characters who stay in the&nbsp;room&nbsp;in each episode, ranging from dark comedy and horror to poignant drama and musical romance. Filled with twists and surprises,&nbsp;ROOM&nbsp;104&nbsp;offers a new discovery from one episode to… Read More...
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Migration Consultant (OpenVMS) > Location: Slough > Division: Transoft > Function: Professional Services > Reporting to: Martin Farndale We’re Advanced Join a business that embraces innovation, gives you the scope to seize every opportunity and will help get you where you want to go. Life at Advanced begins in an unprecedented environment with a role that matters, taking you on a fast paced journey of discovery, however big that might be. We’re one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing software companies. True partnership is the defining thing that makes us different from the competition. We pride ourselves on delivering focused software solutions for public sector, enterprise commercial and health & care organisations that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value. Team & Role We are seeking an experienced Migration Consultant with a successful track record of delivering application and data migration solutions from the OpenVMS legacy system. The Migration Consultant will specialise in refactoring legacy systems from 3rd generation languages such as C/C++. This role requires in depth C/C++ skills and extensive real-world experience preferably in a broad range of business software systems. This role involves the application of Transoft technologies to help deliver a sustainable future for crucial business applications. The Requirements You will: Learn and operate the Transoft modernisation toolset Function as an effective project team member Maintain a cooperative nature at all times Maintain the ability to both take instruction and work under own initiative as required. Be able to maintain a sharp focus on and finish intensive projects. Have a good awareness of technological developments and best practice Be able to adapt and apply new ideas as appropriate Successfully hand over solutions to relevant internal or external staff, including knowledge transfer Deliver and promote quality, excellence and continuous service improvement for Professional Services engagements Keep abreast of new features and functions made available within the Advanced 365 suite of products We would like you to have: The successful candidate requires strong consultancy skills and, and is an excellent motivator of individuals in order to meet deadlines and manage change. You will have real-world experience of delivering concurrent small & medium scale projects on time and within budget. Experience needed: 5+ years of C/C++ design, implementation and support In depth experience within Windows and Linux development including operating systems APIs OpenVMS Experience is an advantage Database design and implementation – SQL is a must Modern build and deployment experience (i.e. Gradle, Cmake) Scripting in Perl or Python an advantage Transoft toolset training will be provided Essential Skills: Strong communication skills, written and spoken Well presented and good interpersonal skills Comfortable in both structured and unstructured working environments Energy and enthusiasm to deliver a successful project Comfortable in customer facing role Education / Qualifications A university degree in a relevant subject Join the A Team Insert Key benefits from working within the department / function (your sell) Excellent benefits from day one: contributory pension, life insurance, income protection insurance, childcare voucher salary sacrifice, cycle to work scheme, and employee assistance programme 25 days holidays Special focus on training and development with the opportunity to excel your career from our internal Talent Development Team The ability to work with engaged colleagues who share a passion for solving business problems Working in an organisation that encourages 360 feedback at all levels Be part of an organisation that has recently been ranked by Deloitte in the Top 50 fastest growing tech Companies
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Two US soldiers make a surprising discovery behind enemy lines in this World War Two horror from Julius Avery.

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          The Bifurcated GOP      Cache   Translate Page      

     Ace of Spades has an important column today:

     I mentioned in a post below that the NeverTrumpers -- who are actually the most liberal of all Republicans, but pose as the most conservative for branding purposes, and because this party has this utterly retarded I'm-more-conservative-than-you dick-measuring syndrome where no liberal Republicans can ever just admit they're liberal Republicans -- are trying to hand this election to the Democrats, because they want their precious control over the party back and they will sabotage it and empower the left until we embrace liberal Republicanism again.

     Please read it all; it’s more than worth you time – and not because I agree with it in its entirety, because I don’t.

     Go ahead; read it. I’ll wait here.


     Even among persons who think seriously about such things, there’s a tendency to regard the realm of conviction as:

  1. Flat;
  2. Static.

     In other words, if Smith possesses two convictions about some subject – and this applies far more broadly than to politics alone – they will have equal weight. Moreover, they won’t be prioritized, whether against one another or against Smith’s other desires, fears, and beliefs. This could not be more untrue.

     Personal considerations will, more often than not, take precedence over abstract convictions in individuals’ decision-making. Indeed, that’s at the core of the rationality-versus-allegiance phenomenon I wrote about yesterday. This might seem like an “of course” sort of observation. It’s not, especially in the realm of politics.

     The several pseudo-conservative figures Ace calls out in his essay might really hold, at some abstract level, to conservative premises and postures. It’s not guaranteed, but it is possible. What’s almost guaranteed is that they regard personal considerations as of much higher priority. When gauging whom to support politically and what to say about him against those considerations, their conservatism, if any, fails to register. It’s of far higher priority that they protect their rice bowls. To expect otherwise is to take the short end of the bet.

     But what’s in those rice bowls? And what sort of vessels are they?


     As I wrote yesterday, most of us don’t arrive at our political positions through a rational process, but rather as a consequence of upbringing or as tools in a quest for personal advantage. Moreover, even among persons who have a sufficient conversance with history, economics, moral-ethical theory, conflict resolution studies, and so forth to make rational choices, personal considerations are likely to have a higher priority. This is colloquially known as “voting your pocketbook.”

     What I have in mind is the prestige factor that animates persons whose public persona is critical to their self-regard, their social standing, and their livelihood. The prestige of a political commentator can be damaged in certain ways:

  • The discovery of hypocrisy;
  • The discovery of venality;
  • The admission of error.

     The Kristols, Frenches, Goldbergs, et alii who are frequently classed as “NeverTrumpers” have excessive self-regard, owing to...drum roll, please...their status as widely read conservative commentators. That’s natural; when tens of thousands of people read you daily or weekly, it tends to fatten your opinion of yourself. Beyond that, their political adversaries regard them as “big boys” of equal stature. They travel in a common social circle. Under social circumstances, they treat one another cordially.

     That mutual acceptance as “one of us” is a component in their livelihoods. Even though his emphasis is on “business interests,” George Carlin’s observations about the “big club” (that we ain’t in) are highly relevant here.

     But seats in that club, that little league of “us” in which the Kristols, the Frenches, the Goldbergs, et alii have sat for many years can be lost. And repeatedly being wrong, especially about who and what will serve one’s supposed, repeatedly expressed political convictions, is one way to lose them.


     So I differ to that extent with Ace’s analysis. These “NeverTrumper” pseudo-conservative commentators aren’t necessarily liberals in conservative costumes. They could be, but they might honestly hold to conservative convictions. They might even support politicians who would implement the conservative, pro-American policies Donald Trump has implemented, as long as it isn’t Donald Trump who’s implementing them. But they don’t like being wrong – and their reaction to having been visibly, audibly, and repeatedly wrong about Trump and his agenda, often from the very start of Trump’s campaign for the presidency, has made them fear for their standing in their occupation and their acceptability in the social circles they frequent.

     Personal priorities are like that. It’s not just the indignity of having been proved wrong and outperformed by a businessman from Queens. The upper echelon of today’s Republican Party is bifurcated for that reason, and essentially no other.

          Comment on Greek vase looted from Warsaw museum during WWII returned by Lucia      Cache   Translate Page      
A funny coincidence: In Witaszkowo/ Vettersfelde, in what now is the border region between Germany and Poland, the so-called 'Vettersfelde Treasure' (unearthed in 1882), in return seems to originate from the Panticapaeum area. The objects are connected to the animal-themed Scythian art. On a sidenote, it is 'Nuremberg' (not to be confused with 'Nurburg', btw, 'Wit Stwosz' was clearly not from Poland). The presence of Scythians in this area is otherwise only suggested by the discovery of three-fluted arrowheads, but these were regularly used by other Eurasian nomads. Among the most significant items in the said trove are: - <i>"An electrum plaque (41 x 15 cm, 608 g) in the shape of a fish, which probably dates to the end of the 6th century BC. According to Furtwängler, it was originally an ornament on a shield. The body of the fish is covered by little animals in relief, including a panther catching a boar, and a lion catching a deer, and the tail is made up of two rams' heads. It is believed to have been made by the artisans of an Ionian colony on the northern coast of the Black Sea, such as Olbia or Panticapaeum, to cater to the tastes of a Scythian prince."</i> - <i>"A golden plaque intended to cover the upper part of a sheath for an Acinaces (a type of dagger used by Scythians) and decorated with animals (fish, vultures, deer, boar). Length: 19 cm. 6th century BC."</i> - <i>"A golden object made up of four disks, each decorated with animals around a central boss, and a smaller central disk. It might have been part of a breast plate or a harness. Height: 17 cm. 6th century BC."</i> --------- PS: Olive oil ('Lekythoi' were used to store oil) is particularly light-sensitive, while what is usually sold in supermarkets as 'olive oils' is usually not sensitive at all. Thus, i would rather recommend the stuff from the supermarkets for making perfumes.
          Boys - Selftitled (1981) + Bonus B-Side Singles      Cache   Translate Page      
(Australian 1977–1983, 1987–1988)
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The Boys were a hard rock band originally from Perth, Western Australia. Boys originally formed by guitar playing siblings, Lino and Camillo Del Roio, whilst still at high school as the Rockhouse Corporation in 1977 and started out as a cover band playing mostly top 40 rock but then progressed into playing original songs. "When You’re Lonely" was the first single released in August 1980, with the single going to No. 1 on the local charts and reaching No. 52 on the national singles charts. In September 1980 the band appeared on Countdown. The Boys released two further singles, "Hurt Me Babe" in March 1981 and "Weoh Weoh Weoh" in September 1981, which reached No. 57 and No. 76 on the national charts.

The band released their self-titled debut in November 1981. In September 1982 they released, "Don't Say No", which was followed by their second album, Inside the Cage, in December 1982. The band's original singer for the first album, Brent Lucanus, was replaced by Wayne Green (Wayne Green and the Phantoms) on their second album. They were also the support act for the 1982 Kinks tour.


A further single, "Lonely Dreamers", was released in March 1983. The original band went through several line-up changes but brothers Camillo Del Roio and Lino Del Roio were constant members throughout. The band split in 1983 but reformed in 1987 with Camillo and Lino on guitar, Eddie Parise on bass, drummer Frank Celenza, Tony Celiberti as keyboardist, and singer, Troy Newman (Extremists). A year later the band changed their name to Boyschool but split soon after.


Following the band's break up guitar playing brothers Camillo and Lino formed D.D and the Rockmen with Celenza and the DeMarchi sisters Suze and Denise. The band's drummer and bassist, Celenza and Parise, went on to form Bamboo Curtain, before joining Baby Animals. Troy Newman moved to Sydney following the band's break up and found moderate success as a solo performer, scoring a Billboard hit with the single "Love Gets Rough" and the album Gypsy Moon in 1991, released through Atlantic imprint East West Records and by Warner Music in Australia. He released a second album, It's Like This, in 1996. Newman died in March 1997.


Lino Del Roio was appointed sales manager for Kosmic Sound (a music equipment supply company), in the late 1980s, which the two brothers subsequently bought, acquiring a number of other dealerships of leading brands of the time including exclusive dealerships for Steinberger and Ken Smith basses. They both played guitar for Western Australian hard rock outfit The Jets in the early 1990s. Tony Celeberti is an arranger for sheet music transcriptions who has worked on material by Guy Sebastian and Powderfinger, amongst others, for Australian publisher Music Sales. Brent Lucanus went on to play in a few bands around Perth, notably Change Alley with Gary Dunn. [extract from Wikipedia]
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Perth Local Boys Make Good !
(Newspaper Article)
The "Marfioso" heavily guard the stage at the back and the sides so eager hearted young women can't close in on their hard hitting idols.
"Older" women swing to the music, enjoying themselves while filling in time till the end of the gig when they can proposition the band members, some almost ten years their junior.
On stage, with two hands on the microphone, the vocalist leans forward and growls into the tuned-in audience, then breaks into the deep throated lyrics of well known rock songs.
His friends' dark hair, t-shirts and jeans give nothing away about the personalities and life-style of the band members. Only the youthful faces tell the packed gig they're not your usual hard nosed, weathered rock stars.The Boys, Perth's newest breath of fresh air-on, the music scene, are aptly named — they are still only boys.

Less than 20 months ago friends Lino Del Roio (now 17), his brother Camillo (14) and Robbie Salpietro (17), got together in the Del Roio garage with a couple of guitars and a bass, playing for 
friends, neighbours and anybody else who would listen.
They were searching for the elusive dream to which every young hopeful aspires — to be in a rock band. With another friend, Tony Cimino, they formed a reasonable group, but something was missing. Brent Lucanus (20) was the answer. In true "Boys" style another friend brought him to jam at a garage gig.

Brent laid on Jon English's "Hollywood Seven" broke the ice and dissolved the need for a vocalist.
After a little persuasion ("Because I thought they were all too young for me," he said), Brent joined the embryonic commercial music band. After about nine months of gigging in the garden learning rock 'n roll, Elvis and Status Quo numbers and taking the name Rockhouse Corp, they began playing at occasional club gigs.

The change in venues from clubs to pubs came after persuading a resident band of a suburban hotel to let them do a bracket with them - The manager of the band was so impressed with the young talent, he put them on to play Thursday nights.
"We ended up pulling bigger crowds than their band," said Brent. "The manager used to take the door money and give us only $90 for each gig which we used to pay off our $2000 loan on a PA."
After six months of being managed themselves, The Boys realised they weren't getting anything in return for the cut in their wages, and split with their manager. It was a hard time for The Boys.
At the tender age of 16 they were on the verge of breaking  up. They were getting stale and found gigs weren't coming easily.

The Boys supporting Cold Chisel
The band's real break came when they realised that Elvis was dead, so long live the Angels. The discovery paved Perth's yellow brick road to success. They got into the Angels, Sports, Stones, Bowie and Dylan, producing about 35 per cent heavy R 'n' R.
At that time the line-up changed when the drummer left to travel overseas. The new drummer a friend of a friend again was Carmelo Sailazzo (17). He offered a new sound and The Boys became a much tighter band. Only two months ago their fancy professional clothes reverted to basic black home style jeans and T-shirts.  A chance meeting with local band man-user David Zampitti, and they were on their way."At first he wasn't interested when he found out how old we were, and didn't think we would have anything going for us," said lead singer Brent.

Hassling him eventually paid off and The Boys were put on for a tryout at Hernandos, one of Perth's few rock night clubs. Some more coercing got them a second gig supporting the respected Elks, and people were impressed with their talent. The Elks support was probably the most eventful thing to happen to them, The Boys were spotted and booked immediately to support the four-week Perth tour with Loaded Dice. The end of the Dice tour led almost immediately to the Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons support , and in turn extensive public exposure. (Other notable bands that The Boys supported were Cold Chisel and ACDC)


They have had a lot of work offers around the pub scene since then and are becoming well known, well loved musicians.
Times have changed for The Boys. When they began Brent drove a dry-cleaning van and the rest were at school. Now Robbie has an extra job as an apprentice motor trimmer, Lino works as a clerk and Carmillo is the only one still at school.

Even though they're making good money from the band work, they don't live up to the image of rock "stars". The Boys maintain a youthful lifestyle. They all Jive at home with their parents, don't spend excessively, nor do they drink alcohol. Free time is usually spent with friends or going to movies.
The clean living has helped The Boys tread the path of success and they haven't looked back. The Boys are one of the bands most likely to succeed on a national level.
They have youth on their side and their potential is being noticed by quite a few recording companies' local branches.
But there is no rush to run into the recording studio, after all, even after having time to write and learn original material. The Boys will still be boys.
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This post consists of FLACs and MP3 (320kps) ripped from vinyl (thanks to Deutros) and includes full album artwork and label scans. As a bonus, I have also chosen to include three B-Side singles that did not appear on their album and as such represent some rare treats, because they are all 'kick arse' songs (thanks to Sunshine).
I would also like to acknowledge the source of the above live photos of the band as coming from the Boys official Facebook Page.

.Track Listing
01 Weoh, Weoh, Weoh
02 Same Game
03 Spend My Time
04 When You're Lonely
05 First Time
06 WAiting (All night long)
07 Leave It All Behind
08 Memory Lingers On
09 Hurt Me Babe
10 Why'd You Do That
11 On My Own
12 It Doesn't Matter (Bonus B-Side Single)
13 Coming Home (Bonus B-Side Single)
14 One Way (Bonus B-Side Single)

The Boys:
Lead Vocals - Brent Lucanus
Guitar and vocals - Lino Del Roio
Guitar and Vocals - Camillo Del Roio
Bass and vocals - Robbie Salpietro
Drums - Frank Celenza
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The Boys FLAC Link (326Mb)

The Boys MP3 Link (113Mb)


          Research Assistant, Medical Genetics, Cumming School of Medicine - The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
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Become a Partner ally by adopting a cadence of discovery and positioning with our prospects and customers to enable an aligned value offering....
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As a learning business, we make meaningful contributions to research discovery and lifelong learning by helping organizations achieve their goals and people...
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7-10 years of relevant work experience with keen appetite for discovery, problem solving and innovation. At the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT),...
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We're a small team based in Coquitlam that has worked across diverse industries locally and internationally since 2006, with a focus on brand discovery and...
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Excellence in discovery research is required with a demonstrated track record of publications in high impact journals in MR physics research, development of new... $125,000 - $210,000 a year
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          Once Clipped, Twice Shy      Cache   Translate Page      
Savage Love Letter of the Day by Dan Savage
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I really need your help. I met a man in Feb last year. We were swimming and he asked me to his place to play backgammon. So I went and one thing lead to another and he got me really drunk and all of a sudden we were having sex a lot.

I hadn't been with a man since 2011, when my last partner died a horrific accident. In the beginning this guy reassured me that I was safe and in good hands. He also hadn't been romantically involved with anyone since his wife who he'd been broken up with 4 years earlier. He's only had a couple of girlfriends since.

So time went by and he revealed that he had a hair cutting fetish.

He asked me if I would help him with it. I said I would. So we did. But soon we started to use cocaine while acting out this fetish. In the beginning this was sort of fun. He was constantly stretching my boundaries with his fetish, which was exciting in the beginning . But then it started to rapidly affect my life. He was cutting my hair with clippers—it was all staged in front of the mirror—and I realized I wasn't enjoying it because we weren't communicating very well. And being high for me didn't allow me to get aroused.

He is almost 50 and has children and told me he didn't want more, which was a huge thing for me because I'm 40 and this would mean making a huge sacrifice on my part. So he said he would get a vasectomy. But he didn't. Then he did that thing men do where they don't want to wear a condom. It happened so often that I thought that he might actually want a child. I fell pregnant two times in ten months and had two terminations.

The fetish and the cocaine continued until I saw that his compulsion was almost pathological when he was so high one night seemed completely lost in it. Another night he cut my scalp because he was way too high and pushed too hard with the clippers.

I had to end the relationship. I wasn't happy and I'd completely lost myself in his world and life. I felt him to be really controlling. He was also gaslighting me about many things. He would continually tell me to fuck off if I didn't suck him off, which was usually after I was spent from orgasming. Then denied he'd ever said it. It was so abusive.

Then I lost my job and had to move away and live with my family. That's when my mother confronted me about wanting to bring charges against the person who sexually abused me as a child. The time with my family faced a whole lot of issues.

I've spent months feeling angry about how this all went down for me. Angry with this man, the hair cutting fetishist, a man who continually took from me until I fell apart. Then he didn't support me when I fell apart. I feel stupid for being so naive. But when I was able to return I decided to tell him I had moved back to town so that I didn't have to cross the street or feel uncomfortable when I saw him and mutual friends.

But now I'm feeling like I've made a mistake. I'm so angry.

Can you please give me some insight as to how to deal with this? And how to move on. I just want to enjoy my life in my community. I worked so hard to heal after my last partner dying and this has been really traumatic. And I'd really like to try and meet someone again but I feel too nervous to do so now that I've got a taste for certain kinks. How do I establish this again if I ever meet another man again? I feel like this relationship unlocked something deep in me. I would like to experience this again. But under way safer circumstances.

I really love your show and I would love to hear what you would say about this man.

Fan From Australia

There's an awful lot going on in your letter, FFA, and I'm hoping you're back in therapy—because a history of sexual trauma, the traumatic death of your partner, a toxic relationship with someone whose drug use contributed to him injuring you during sex is an awful lot to process. I'm not sure I could even help you unpack much less resolve all of that in this space.

Actually, I am sure: I can't. But I can say this...

This man—that man, the man with the clippers and the cocaine problem—sounds like an asshole. I would say you're well rid of him and that you should continue to steer clear of him.

As for the taste for kink you developed—or surfaced—during your relationship with that cocaine-abusing asshole...

Often when someone has a bad experience with kinky sex—or a bad experience with a kinky sex partner—that person will swear off kinky sex forever. (If people did the same thing after a bad experience with vanilla sex in the missionary position, FFA, human beings would've gone extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago.) But the problem usually isn't the kinky sex, FFA, but the person with whom that kinky sex was had, i.e. an asshole.

It's not impossible to swear off kinky sex, of course, particularly if you're an otherwise/mostly vanilla person who was merely indulging someone else's kinks. But it's harder to run away from your own kinks. Much like being gay, being kinky is "hardwired" and can't be willed away or sworn off; suppressing kinks works about as well in the long run as suppressing same-sex desire. (This was your first experience with kinky sex, FFA, but it would seem that it resonated for you and awakened something that was in you all along—and that's not an uncommon route to sexual self-discovery. The kinky wiring was already there, this relationship activated it, now you gotta have it.)

The sex we wanna/gotta have has a way of winning in the end, FFA, so we're better off working with instead of fighting our desires. That means finding a way to act on them responsibly—and it sure doesn't sound like you and your most recent ex were acting responsibly.

Now for the good news: it is possible to have good-to-great kinky sex, FFA, and safe, sane, and responsible partners make it possible—finding one and being one. And when it comes to kinks that involve blades and cutting implements (even relatively safe ones like clippers), responsible = sober and sober = responsible. That goes for the bottom as well as the top.

So here's what you'll wanna establish prior to engaging in kinky sex with your next sex partner: a real connection and open lines of communication. You'll wanna find and be the kind of partner who can calmly negotiate for the kind of sex you wanna have. You're gonnawanna have more than one convo about safety, limits, boundaries, sobriety, and safe words—and when you're ready to get kinky, FFA, you're gonnawanna take it slow. Baby steps. Taking it slow will allow your new partner to prove that he's capable of respecting your limits—and once he's demonstrated that, FFA, once he's really earned your trust, you can expand or push those limits.

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Unusual, offbeat, quirky events you might not otherwise know about. by Stranger Things To Do Staff To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary events from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Goodwill's 35th Annual Glitter Sale to an Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration, and from Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief to Pray for Snow.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

1. Civic Cocktail: Protecting Orcas + Election Review
For this installment of Civic Cocktail, Q13 News analyst C.R. Douglas and Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes will serve as guest panelists in a discussion on two important topics: Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery and a review of the midterm elections (during which time Pramila Jayapal, KTTH radio host Jason Rantz, and Seattle University political science professor Marco Lowe will join in).

FILM

2. Far Out
Saturate your eyeballs with sweeping views of a remote and largely unexplored mountain range, the Albanian Alps, as well as the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, the Crazy Mountains in Montana, the Slovenian Alps, Jackson Hole, and more, as explored by athletic adventurers. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

3. The Reluctant Radical
Environmental activist Ken Ward commits crimes against the fossil fuel industry in order to fight against climate change. Join Ward himself, along with filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, for a post-film Q&A.

4. Somm 3: Seattle Premiere
Three wine connoisseurs meet in Paris to drink the rarest bottles of vin, while blind tasters in New York settle an age-old argument about the drink. This screening of Somm 3 will also feature a Q&A with three newly minted Seattle sommeliers, as well as a Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon toast.

FOOD & DRINK

5. New Belgium and Theo's Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Sate your chocolate cravings with a side of suds, with four New Belgium Brewing beers paired with four chocolates from Theo Chocolate.

6. A Night of Coffee Beers feat. Caffe Vita
Seattle loves its coffee and its beer, so Redhook has combined the two for their two coffee beers: Kaffenator, a small-batch coffee dopplebock made in collaboration with Caffe Vita, and Continuous Revelation Coffee IPA, a new limited release. They'll have both available for happy hour, along with food pairings and Caffe Vita swag and coffee samples.

7. Plenty Pop-Up: Indoor Farmed Produce for a Sustainable Future
Try sustainably grown, "hyper-local" produce from Plenty's vertical indoor farm 20 miles away from the city.

8. Science of Coffee: Sustainability
At this workshop hosted by Onda Coffee and Ada's, listen to environment and agriculture experts discuss how climate change is affecting the future of coffee and how sustainable farming practices can help.

9. Scotch and Oysters
Indulge in the somewhat peculiar pairing of briny oysters and peaty Scotch.

GEEK

10. Harry Potter Trivia
Take advantage of an opportunity to briefly escape the muggle world at this Harry Potter trivia night.

PERFORMANCE

11. ElectroThrust
Watch sexy persons pay tribute to electronica with signature slinky moves. Admire Jonny Porkpie (your MC), Queen Inga, Dee Flowered (all the way from Georgia)!, Di Lovely (from San Diego!), Indy Fire (Denver), and many other beauties from across the US and even that most torrid of countries, Canada.

12. SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque promises a "geeky twist" on burlesque performance, with pop culture references including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Stranger Things, and Rick & Morty.

READINGS & TALKS

13. ALT Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Head to a night of poetry readings with A Gallo-Brown, L Swartz, and T Clear, and read your own in an open mic if you're brave.

14. L.A. Kauffman: How to Read a Protest
At this Town Hall talk, author and activist L.A. Kauffman will outline the history of America's most important protest movements from the 1963 March on Washington on. If you're curious about whether protests achieve anything, how they've changed, and what messages they carry, this is for you.

15. Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Now and Then
Historian Paul Dorpat has been collecting photo columns in Seattle for years. Join him as he presents a retrospective of his work—you'll learn some interesting things about the historical trajectory of Seattle.

16. Suzanne M. Wolfe: A Murder by Any Name
If you love historical fiction set in Elizabethan England, join Suzanne M. Wolfe as she reads from her latest novel about the murder of Queen Elizabeth I's most beloved lady-in-waiting, A Murder by Any Name.

17. Suzanne Matson: Ultraviolet
In Suzanne Matson’s new novel, Ultraviolet, we meet three generations of women in 1930s India. Hear the author read.

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

18. Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief
This series invites artists from Seattle and beyond to show work across mediums that addresses grief. Pieces include a panel from the NAMES Project's AIDS memorial quilt; a video game called "Loss Levels" by digital artist Dan Hett; a community art piece called "Arts & Casket," where visitors can decorate a cardboard cremation casket; zines by Christina Tran; a soft sculpture by Elise Bernal; jewelry about "parental fears" by Sara Eileen; and more.
Opening Wednesday

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

19. Eli Wolff
Eli Wolff takes off on cartoons, horror movies, video games, and other childhood influences to craft fun monster-y art.
Closing reception Saturday

20. Visions of Pasifika: Light from Another World
This exhibit focuses on Pacific Islander artists, incorporating tradition while looking to the future.
Closing Sunday

COMMUNITY

21. On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War
Discover how Rentonites took part in World War I, whether by enlisting or by working on the home front as farmers, draft board workers, or nurses.

FILM

22. The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival will work with the theme “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery,” with 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists.

PERFORMANCE

23. Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'
A psychokinetic genius girl faces down an evil, bullying school principal in the musical based on Roald Dahl's messed-up kids' novel.

THURSDAY

ART

24. Art for All Ball
Enjoy an evening of "Painting! Music! Poetry! Performance! Community! Bubbles! Dinner! Dancing!" with Path With Art students (all of whom are working to overcome homelessness, addiction, and other trauma) as they celebrate 10 years of creativity.

25. Intro to Calligraphy
Impress your holiday card recipients by learning to write out the alphabet in beautiful, swirly strokes.

COMMUNITY

26. From the CEO's Perspective
A panel of CEOs (Scott McFarlane of Avalara, Sharelle Klaus of Dry Soda Co., and Aaron Easterly of Rover.com) will talk about how their Northwest businesses are addressing the tough times brought on by our current administration.

27. Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders
Local Native elders will share their stories and experiences.

FILM

28. Free Screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will screen the award-winning documentary Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, about one very courageous and pioneering mountain climber, as a "thank you" to the Fred Hutch-affiliated organization Climb to Fight.

29. Hecklevision: Dune
a If you haven't playfully jeered—if not aggressively ridiculed—the screen while watching David Lynch's film adaption of Dune, we respect your tolerance for cheesiness. If you have, here's your chance to send your heckling texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to enjoy.

FOOD & DRINK

30. American Purple Limited Edition Release
Be the first to try Elysian's new extremely limited American Purple beer, an American-Style Flanders Red aged in Chardonnay barrels with blackberry puree and a blend of yeasts, and tap into your painterly side with art supplies to customize your own growler.

PERFORMANCE

31. The Detention Lottery
In this educational and interactive theater project, you or your randomly selected fictional family member from the audience will be detained and have to stand before an immigration judge, who will determine your fate.

32. Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Night of Storytelling
As part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, Stephanie Dethlefs, Heather Paul, Sam IAm, Ella Jarman-Pinto, and Elena Martinez will perform stories about miscarriage and infant loss.

READINGS & TALKS

33. David Skover: Robotica
Local authors David Skover and Ronald Collins will explore the relationship bettween "machine speech" and artificial intelligence in relation to free speech. The authors ask: "Is robotic expression 'speech' within the meaning of the First Amendment?"

34. Dr. Tilman Ruff: Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility will host Dr. Tilman Ruff for a talk titled "Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe."

35. An Evening with Grace Bonney
Join Design*Sponge founder and In the Company of Women author Grace Bonney for a reception and live taping for the first season of her new podcast, discussing various challenges faced by entrepreneurs and creatives. The event will also celebrate the release of the second issue of her new magazine, Good Company (the "Fearless Issue").

36. Jill Lightner: Scraps, Peels, and Stems
According to the organizers, every person in the United States throws out nearly 20 pounds of food each month. Join Jill Lightner, author of Scraps, Peels, and Stems, for some tips on how to make use of all that good stuff.

37. NW Literary Survival Kit
Expand your knowledge of Northwest authors with the best teachers in town: Local librarians.

38. Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars
Welcome Renee Simms, who teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound, for a reading of her first book of stories, which covers a variety of genres (realist, satirical, and "fabulist" according to novelist Dr. Asali Solomon) with African American characters.

39. Sarah Cannon: The Shame of Losing
At the age of 32, Sarah Cannon's husband Matt was badly injured by a falling tree branch. In this memoir, which she'll read from tonight, the prominent Edmonds-based essayist uses diary entries, introspective letters, and other non-linear devices to flesh out themes of pain, loss, and difficult choices.

SPORTS & RECREATION

40. Pray for Snow
Summon a snowy winter on the mountain by busting out your '80s neon ski garb, dancing to live music by Nite Wave, seeing an "epic ski film" and a retro ski fashion show, and filling up on fried confections in a Twinkie Roast. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

PERFORMANCE

41. American Horror Story: Drag Show
Admit it, American Horror Story has been screaming for a drag tribute ever since the ghost in the gimp suit showed up in Season One. Irene Dubois and SHE will host this post-Halloween fright fest, featuring special guest Bosco.

42. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A cast of touring ballet dancers from Moscow will take their 26th tour across the United States to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, which promises puppets and amazing costumes.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

ART

43. Michael Doyle: Pantry
Explore domestic spaces and more with Michael Doyle's paintings and works on paper.
Closing Saturday

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

44. Burlycon
Meet and learn from experienced burlesque performers at this four-day educational convention. Special guests include Brandy Wilde (the first burlesque dancer of Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse Paris), Angie Pontani, and Lisa Petrucci.

45. LIFT
The action of LIFT takes place over a mere minute among riders of a London tube passing through Covent Garden, but this time stretches through the mental existence of the characters. Gregory Award-winning actor/director Richard Gray will direct.

46. Much Ado About Nothing
Continuing their "Pursuit" series, indie company Fern Shakespeare will stage Much Ado About Nothing with an all-womxn cast. Everything ends well in this comedy of hearsay, but not before gossip and malice nearly ruin some innocent lives.

FRIDAY

ART

47. Washington Wild Photography Exhibition with Stretch and Staple
Washington Wild and Snapshot Collective will collaborate on an exhibition of wildlife photography, with proceeds benefitting the preservation of local lands and waters.

48. Homelessness: the Disgrace of a Wealthy Nation
Keith Artz's installation inside the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, which has hosted a tent city and hosts a shelter, addresses one of the most urgent problems in our city.
Closing Friday

COMEDY

49. Adultarama
Two Seattle comics will make jokes about growing up.

COMMUNITY

50. Adult Swim
If you have kids, leave 'em at home and experience the Seattle Aquarium after hours. KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will spin party jams, and you can enjoy you fill of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you visit with a giant Pacific octopus, among other things.

51. Coastal Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Join the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for an evening dedicated to permanently protecting the coastal carnivores of the Great Bear Rainforest.

FESTIVALS

52. Wine Women & Shoes
For wine enthusiasts and shoe fetishists of Sex and the City proportions, this fundraiser raising money for foster kids in Washington will include wine and culinary tastings, auctions, shopping, a raffle, a "Best in Shoe" competition, a fashion show, and hunky "Shoe Guys."

FILM

53. Meaningful Movies: To Err Is Human
At this Meaningful Movies screening, see a documentary about "the silent epidemic" of patient harm and other flaws in the US healthcare system.

GEEK & GAMING

54. Essen Import Party
Open your game-loving mind to titles from all over the world, as showcased in Essen, Germany's SPIEL trade show.

MUSIC

55. Beyonce vs. Rihanna
Dance to the hits of two R&B/hiphop icons, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

56. Nearly Dan
Steely Dan were one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. They got away with singing blisteringly acerbic lyrics and executing complex key changes and tricky time signatures while accruing crazy air time on commercial radio, back when that meant something. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan’s 12 members (who’ve played with Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task, interpreting the hits and deep cuts with a professionalism that would impress Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker’s accountants. DAVE SEGAL

PERFORMANCE

57. Abby London is "Miss-Chievous"
Idahoan musician Abby London will bring her one-woman variety show filled with "costumes, baton, piano, guitar, vocals, and then some" to Greenwood.

58. Epicuriositease: A Sampling of Earthly Delights
Kevin Incroyable will host a night of live music, burlesque, and circus arts, paired with an optional wine tasting. Your slinky purveyors of visual pleasure will be La Petite Mort, Nina Nightshade, Sage Viniconis, Holly Dai, and Anna Clara Buoyant.

59. The Lalas
The Lalas of LA, seen in Justin Timberlake videos and at the Emmys, promise a sexy, interactive, comedic show.

60. Watch What Crappens
A podcast for Bravo junkies and skeptics will visit Seattle fans. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are guaranteed to go into exhaustive detail.

READINGS & TALKS

61. Blair Imani: Modern HerStory
Blair Imani will be ready to educate you with her book Modern HerStory, all about the women, people of color, queers, disabled people, and others who've been sidelined by traditional narratives of progress.

62. Coffee & Concepts
UW School of Drama hosts this series of talks by scholars and practitioners, aimed at students and the general public. The series will wrap up with drama scholar Stefka Mihaylova.

63. A Kink in the Cure
Tim Murray's multimedia show is a sex-positive story of healing through kink.

64. Reading with Ravenna Press
Join contributors of Ravenna Press, which "prides itself on bringing together the discerning reader and the stimulating book," for a reading.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

65. Mark Normand
Mark Normand can boast appearances on Comedy Central, Conan, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Inside Amy Schumer, and many other hit shows. He's also won first place at the Great American Comedy Festival. He'll share some of that Brooklynite humor.

MUSIC

66. Women in Song Series
Celebrate womxn musicians at this six-part live music series, this time with Annie Phalen Group, Five Letter Word, Del Rey, and Salt Luck.

PERFORMANCE

67. Bindlestiff Seattle
Amoy Barya, Godsilya and Chunky Chonkeez will help document the lives of 1930s Filipino farm workers with a performance of Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart.

SHOPPING

68. The Great Junk Hunt
Scavenge for vintage and repurposed goods of all kinds at this traveling market.

69. Newport Ski and Snowboard Swap 2018
Winter sports season is fast approaching, so now's a good time to swap gear you don't want for gear you do want. Here you can find over 10,000 new and used snow sport items.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

70. Fortune House: Tarot & Palm Readings by Cindy Mochizuki
As part of the Group Therapy exhibition, Vancouver psychic Cindy Mochizuki will set up a trade: If you tell her about a personal monster of yours, she'll bestow upon you a tarot reading and translate your words into a work of art.

FESTIVALS

71. Seattle International Auto Show
This isn't your typical neighborhood car display—the Seattle International Auto Show provides rodders and gearheads with four days of luxury test drives, demos, family activities, and more from tons of exhibitors. Don't miss Women's Day on Friday.

GEEK

72. Discover Science Weekend
Engage in interactive experiments with aquatic researchers.

PERFORMANCE

73. Framed
Art criticism's stakes grow unnaturally high in Y York's play about love and rivalry amongst two artists and their husbands, one of whom is a mob boss, the other a wannabe made man. A production by Snowflake Avalanche.

74. Something Unspoken and Other One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
Best-known for longer contributions to the American canon like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams also wrote some incisive one-acts. Civic Rep will pay tribute to the Southern maven.

75. Too Much Information
These nine short plays by local writers Patty Carlson, Lyn Coffin, Josephine DeLellis, Karen DeMasters, Oneda Harris, Chris Mathews, Jorj Savage, and Donna Van Norman cover everything from "grammar nazis" to "lost drivers."

SHOPPING

76. 30th Annual Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
See and shop work by over 100 local artists and artisans at this annual market.

SATURDAY

ART

77. George Jennings: Diverse Beauty
Jennings's solo exhibition celebrates racially diverse beauty in works inspired by Mucha, Parrish, and others.

78. The Universal Works Repaired Event
Universal Works debut a collaboration of repurposed garments with design company Atelier & Repairs for guests to peruse and purchase. The pieces in this trunk show widely feature the Japanese-style Sashiko repair stitch, hand painting, and second-hand trims and fabrics.

79. Yarn Revolution Indie Fiber Market
Fifteen local and regional indie dyers and makers will hawk their fiber wares. Stock up on scarves for winter and win door prizes.

COMEDY

80. Intentional Joy Noise Student Showcase
Budding comics who have spent eight weeks studying the craft of stand-up with delightful local comic Emmett Montgomery will showcase their newly refined talents.

COMMUNITY

81. Filipino Christmas Lantern Workshop
Make a star-shaped Parol (a Filipino Christmas lantern) at this holiday workshop.

82. Seattle Black Panther Party Youth Empowerment Summit
Young people continue to show up at the helm of social justice movements, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo to March for our Lives. The Youth Empowerment Summit continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's Seattle branch, where youth community organizers from around the city gather to share political education, organize around important causes, and build relationships.

83. Seattle Celebration for the Animals!
Snack on tasty vegan snacks, drinks, and desserts, bid on items in a silent auction, and join a dance party in support of the Humane League efforts "to reduce animal suffering."

84. Wreath Making Workshop
Make a festive holiday wreath using real pine cones and acorns, cool ribbon, and a fresh assortment of Evergreen trimmings.

FOOD & DRINK

85. 2 Year AnniFREEsary
To celebrate two years of business, Ounces will buy Delfino's Chicago-Style Pizza for 200 customers and release their anniversary beer brewed in collaboration with Matchless Brewing and Chainline Brewing Company, in addition to giving away more freebies and swag.

86. BBIS Release Party - Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Try Reuben's much-anticipated 2018 release of their award-winning Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

87. The Big Lebrewski Winter Beer Taste
Warm up with 10 tastes of winter ales and ciders from over 35 local breweries, plus pub snacks and homemade treats.

88. Eat Like Your ORIJEN Dog
This brunch hosted by the "biologically appropriate" ORIJEN dog food brand invites you to "eat like your dog" with a menu inspired by the fresh, local ingredients in their dog food, accompanied by beer, wine, and coffee. The first 50 guests will receive a "doggie bag" of party favors to take home.

89. Eleventh Anniversary Party
Turn it up to 11 with Two Beers's anniversary party, which will include a celebratory Birthday Cake IPA brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla bean, plus special beers on tap, actual cake, and gastropub grub from the Bread and Circuses food truck.

90. Populuxe Beer Can Derby
To celebrate the can release of Populuxe Brewing's IPA and CDA, test your engineering skills by crafting your own beer can car and racing it down a pinewood derby track.

91. Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink, with an exclusive coffee and doughnut pairing from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.

GEEK

92. Harry Potter Films Trivia Night
Harry Potter fans who appreciate the movies just as much as the books can answer trivia questions based on the eight films.

MUSIC

93. From The Silver Screen
In a program directed by maestro Alan Futterman, the Bremerton Symphony will perform a triad of pieces from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Blue Danube by J. Strauss, Zarathustra Opening by R. Strauss, Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Bach's Passacaglia, Leopold Stokowski's Fugue in C Minor from The Godfather, and John Williams's E.T. theme.

94. Girls! Girls! Girls! with Fishlure & Mother Church
Join Fishlure & Mother Church in celebrating the great femmes of our time, from Debbie Harry to Stevie Nicks.

95. The High Council, The Jauntee
Ultimate Phish-head reggae-rock weed-centric jam band the High Council will take over Ballard for a THC-infused set with the Jauntee.

96. I Want It That Way: '90s/'00s Night with #All4Doras, DJ Pryma, DJ Lo Knows
Relive your millennial childhood with Seattle's only boy band #All4Doras as they perform hits from the '90s and '00s alongside DJ Pryme and DJ Lo Knows.

97. WAVES Presents: Biolumina
Immerse yourself in a bioluminescent space by pretending you're a glowing sea creature at this dreamy electronic dance party and installation.

READINGS & TALKS

98. CoCA and La Sala present: Literary Readings and Discussion
Artists J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith and Maiah A Merino will talk about their creative processes in a Q&A moderated by Catalina Cantu of La Sala. In addition, representatives of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will talk about their organization.

99. Not Just for Kids: Inspiring Bold Conversations about Children's Books
Dr. Anu Taranath, a professor of children's lit at the University of Washington, will discuss the genre's value for both young and old.

100. Saturday University: South Indian Court Dance
Learn about South Indian courtly dance traditions in a lecture and demonstration with Hari Krishnan.

SHOPPING

101. HYEI Studio Launch Party
Shop apparel, sneakers, and accessories at this HYEI studio pop-up by Guillermo Bravo x SILVAE. Stay on for a dance party into the wee hours.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

102. Political Therapy Workshop with Liz Magic Laser and Valerie Bell
"Certified professional life coach" Valerie Bell will lead a "curative drama workshop" to help participants find connections between their political affiliations and feelings.

FILM

103. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival
This festival used to only show films made by Bainbridge Island filmmakers, but it's since expanded to include work from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. This year brings a 20th anniversary retrospective (on Sunday), which will revisit highlights from year's past, including Boomtown, Outsourced, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles, and Birth of a Salesman.

PERFORMANCE

104. 14/48:HS
Support talented local teens by watching 14 world-premiere plays written, directed, produced, and performed by high schoolers.

SHOPPING

105. 35th Annual Glitter Sale
Seattle's Goodwill flagship store will be filled with the absolute sparkliest clothes, shoes, and accessories for its glorious annual two-day Glitter Sale. Whether you're looking to find something flashy for a big event or you want the contents of your closet to better resemble a sea of gems, this is the place to go.

106. Latvian Christmas Bazaar
While you shop for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists, try cakes, piragi (rolled bread), and Christmas cookies, and take in a traditional dance performance.

107. Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
Shop for goods from over 85 indie artisans to sate all your kitschy needs and desires.

SUNDAY

ART

108. Opening Reception: Kiliii Yuyan - On the Sea Ice, We Wear White
Discover the indigenous lands of the Arctic at the opening reception of this photography exhibit by Kiliii Yuyan.

COMMUNITY

109. Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration
Armistice Day turns 100 years old this year, and this celebration will mark the centennial with an opening ceremony, featuring the ringing of the historic Great Seattle Fire bell and a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterwards, there will be special events at the museum including historical presentations and viewing opportunities for their WW1 America archival exhibition, and a round-trip cruise on Lake Union to UW’s WWI Navy seaplane hangar. 

110. NW Marxism Conference 2018
This conference offers educational sessions that combat the far-right sensibilities of the current administration. Stop by "From #MeToo to Women's Liberation," "Revolutionary Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy," "Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It," and more.

FESTIVALS

111. Seattle Slack Key Festival
This all-day music festival is dedicated to Kanikapila-style Hawaiian music, which makes use of the open-tuned slack key guitar (as well as the steel guitar and the ukulele). A few of this year's musicians include Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jeff Peterson, Kunia Galdeira, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Au Hoy.

FILM

112. Hecklevision: Starship Troopers
Rather than make fun of the '90s mystery/thriller Starship Troopers out loud, send your snarky texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to see.

113. Moving History: Sticky Shed Syndrome - An Archival Screening
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound presents the latest installment of Moving History: an archival screening called Sticky Shed Syndrome, featuring footage collected from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the King County Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, Scarecrow Video, and elsewhere.

FOOD & DRINK

114. Bizzarro Bizarre Bazaar and Wine Tasting
While you taste wine for free (!), peruse paintings by Chris Crites, jewelry by LM-Inspired, knitwear by Ravel and Unravel, holiday gifts by Wabi and Sabi Co., and magnets by Denise Reed.

MUSIC

115. 1111: Raygun Orchestra, Pink Void, Glacial, NV
Local noise artists like Professor Raygun will perform their experimental sounds.

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Originally posted on: http://blog.freestylecoding.com/akraus1/archive/2016/01/30/172079.aspx

When you are tracking down handle or other leaks you usually need to resort to Windbg which is a great tool for unmanaged code but not so much for managed code because the usual stuff like !htrace only get the unmanaged call stack.  For managed code this approach breaks because you will not see which managed callers did allocate or free a handle. Other Windbg approaches like putting a breakpoint and then print out the handle and the call stack at the allocate/free methods work, but for heavily called methods they slow down the application too much. A much easier and faster approach is to hook the methods in question and write out an ETW event for each acquire/release call where the ETW infrastructure takes care of walking the stack. To hook specific exported methods I usually use EasyHook which is a great library to hook into pretty much any C style exported method.

Below I present a generic way to use hooking of resource acquire and release methods and tracing them with ETW which enables a generic way to track down any resource leakage as long as the necessary functions are within the reach of an API interception framework. To my knowledge that was not done before in any public library and I take therefore credit to make this approach public. Perhaps I have invented this approach but one never knows for sure.

EasyHook Introduction

EasyHook lets you define managed callbacks to intercept publicly exported methods of any processes. In the managed callback you can extend the functionality of an existing API or trace method arguments which is more often the case. If you have e.g. an executable which exports a method named Func which takes 5 arguments and returns an int like

extern "C" int WINAPI Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e)
{
    *a = 1;
    *b = 2;
    *c = 3;
    *d = 4;
    *e = 5;
    return 1234;
}

you can write in managed code an interceptor for it which additionally needs a matching delegate and a PInvoke signature of the original method

        [UnmanagedFunctionPointer(CallingConvention.StdCall, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true)]
        unsafe delegate int FuncDelegate(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);

        [DllImport("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        unsafe static extern int Func(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);
 
        unsafe static int Func_Hooked(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e)
        {
            int lret = Func(a, b, c, d, e);
            return lret;
        }

To override in the target process you need to execute

        FuncHook = LocalHook.Create(LocalHook.GetProcAddress("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", "Func"), new FuncDelegate(Func_Hooked), this);
        FuncHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(null);

The Hook creation is self explanatory but the hook is  disabled for all threads by default. You can either specify a list of threads for which the hook should be enabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetInclusiveACL(...) ) or you can configure a list of threads for which it should be disabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(…) ). By calling SetExclusiveACL with a null list or new int [] { 0 } which is not a valid thread number you are effectively enabling the hook for all threads.

That was the whirlwind tour into EasyHook which makes it really easy to tap into otherwise unreachable parts of code execution. Most Windows APIs are prepared to be hooked so you can intercept pretty much anything. In practice all C style exported methods are usually within your reach. With that new capability you can do previously impossible things like

  • Write a generic resource leak detection tool which tracks every resource acquire and release call.
  • Export a dummy method in your C++ dll which is called from code where previously sporadic bugs did happen. E.g. trace each invocation of the dummy method which passes internal state variables from the sporadically failing method. 
    • Now you can hook the empty method and intercept the method calls with full call stacks during your automated builds only on the machines where it did occur with minimal overhead.
  • Record the passed parameters to any exported method without the need to change the source code (which you probably don't have anyway) of this method.
  • Alter method arguments at runtime (e.g. redirect file open calls to other files).
  • ….

If you try it out you will find that the interception part works pretty well but for some reason the call stack for x64 processes looks broken when you inspect it in the debugger. We only see the managed intercepted call but no stack frames from our callers:

0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b 0x0
0c 0x0
0d 0x0
0e 0x0
0f 0x0
10 0x0
11 0x0
12 0x0
13 0x0
14 0x0
15 0x0
16 0x0

but it should show our callers as well which should look like
0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b UnmanagedWithExports!main
0c UnmanagedWithExports!__tmainCRTStartup
0d KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk
0e ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart

The problem comes from the fact that under 64 bit stack walking works differently than under 32 bit. When the Windows x64 calling convention was defined the engineers wanted to get rid of the exception handling overhead in the happy code path unlike in the Windows x86 execution model. With x86 every method which contains an exception handler needs to set their exception handler  callback even if no exception ever happens.

In contrast to that x64 code has zero overhead in terms of code execution speed no matter how many exception handlers are present in any method! To make that possible in x64 all code must additionally register exception unwind information structures which describe the stack layout and their exception handlers for every part of the function until function exit to enable proper stack unwinding by parsing the additional metadata if an exception is about to be thrown.

x64 Stack Walking and Unwind Information

The exception unwind information is also used by the stackwalker which is part of the reason why our stack is broken. To intercept method calls EasyHook copies assembly code to a memory location which acts as trampoline code for our managed hook callback. This assembler trampoline code has no associated exception unwind information which is a problem if you try to step with a debugger through a hooked method. I tried to add the missing exception unwind information to the dynamically emitted assembler code by patching EasyHook. This led down into the dark corners of assembler ABI in function Prologue and Epilogue.

Here are some links with further information if you are interested:

It took a while to wrap my head around it since it was not clear how to verify that the unwind info registration was correct. Luckily Windbg has a nice command to show you for any address the associated Unwind Information. The command is call .fnent xxx. xxxx is the method address. Below is the output of Windbg for the trampoline assembler code with the now dynamically added Unwind Information:

0:000> .fnent 7ff6`79fa0318
Debugger function entry 0000003a`d75be570 for:

BeginAddress      = 00000000`00000318
EndAddress        = 00000000`000003c9
UnwindInfoAddress = 00000000`00000274

Unwind info at 00007ff6`79fa0274, 22 bytes
  version 1, flags 0, prolog 2d, codes f
  frame reg 5 (rbp), frame offs 00h
  00: offs 26, unwind op 8, op info 3    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 50 reg: xmm3.
  02: offs 21, unwind op 8, op info 2    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 40 reg: xmm2.
  04: offs 1c, unwind op 8, op info 1    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 30 reg: xmm1.
  06: offs 17, unwind op 8, op info 0    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 20 reg: xmm0.
  08: offs 12, unwind op 3, op info 0    UWOP_SET_FPREG.
  09: offs e, unwind op 2, op info c    UWOP_ALLOC_SMALL.
  0a: offs a, unwind op 0, op info 5    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rbp.
  0b: offs 9, unwind op 0, op info 9    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r9.
  0c: offs 7, unwind op 0, op info 8    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r8.
  0d: offs 5, unwind op 0, op info 2    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rdx.
  0e: offs 4, unwind op 0, op info 1    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rcx.

If you need to do it by yourself you can look at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/blob/develop/DriverShared/LocalHook/install.c in method AddUnwindInfos

By using the Windbg stack commands (k and related) I could immediately see if I was on the right track. If you want to see correct x64 method examples you can check out any C/C++ x64 compiler output to see what is possible. The dumpbin tool can also display the exception unwind infos with

dumpbin /unwindinfo dddd.exe/.dll

for any executable or dll.

The version 1 unwind codes are only necessary to describe the function Prologue which is sufficient to reconstruct the stack layout of all saved registers at any time in a method. If you have more exotic Epilogues you need to describe them with specific Unwind codes as well which were introduced with Windows 10 (I guess)? The Unwind Info version 2 is not documented at MSDN anywhere yet but you can have a look at a small snippet of the Windows Kernel stack unwinder which is copied into CoreCLR at: https://github.com/dotnet/coreclr/blob/master/src/unwinder/amd64/unwinder_amd64.cpp. See the methods OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::UnwindEpilogue, OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::VirtualUnwind and related.

After adding correct unwind codes stack walking did work only up to certain point where it still got corrupted because EasyHook repeatedly replaces the return address of the current method with the CLR stub and the backpatch routine to reset the old return address after our managed hook returns. During this time the stack is by definition not walkable because the return address of our caller is not even present on the stack while we are executing our managed callback. To get out of this EasyHook already provides a solution by replacing as direct return address the original hook entry point temporarily to make the stack walkable again. But that works only while we are in a hook handler in  terms of EasyHook speak. That means that we can restore the stack only before we call the hooked method. After that we cannot restore the return location anymore. That is a problem if we want to log the returned arguments of a hooked method (e.g. the actual handle value of CreateWindow, CreateFile, …). Since I know that our current return address must be the hook specific assembler code to restore the original caller address I did extend  NativeAPI.LhBarrierBeginStackTrace and NativeAPI.LhBarrierEndStackTrace of EasyHook to locate the hook stub code and to replace it with the original entry point of the first hooked function of the current thread. After that change EasyHook is able to get you into a state where the stack is fully walkable before and after you call the hooked method for x64 and x86.

Unfortunately the x64 ETW Stackwalker of Windows 7 stops on any method which has no matching loaded module (e.g. trampoline hook code and JITed code) so this is still not working with ETW events in Windows 7. But custom ETW events with proper Unwind Infos will work on Windows 8 or later. I still wish that MS would fix the Windows 7 ETW stackwalker because this also breaks profiling JITed x64 code on Windows 7 machines. 32 bit code works though since Windows 7.

Generic ETW Resource Tracing

At the time of writing you can see the changes on my EasyHook fork at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/commits/develop. I hope that the changes will get into the main line of EasyHook soon. I still have left out an important aspect of a generic ETW leak tracer. How should we trace it so it is easy to diagnose with WPA? WPA for Windows 10 can graph custom event data if they are numeric and non hexadecimal Sum columns. We need to trace every resource acquire and release. Usually you get back some handle so this should be included as well. The resource could be something big like a bitmap which has  a specific memory size so it makes sense to trace the allocation size as well. The basic ETW trace calls should therefore have the form

    AcquireResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)
    ReleaseResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)

With such an API we can trace for CreateFile, CreateWindow, … and such with a simple ETW trace call all relevant information. For simple handle based resources where no metadata is available how big they are it makes sense to use 1 in the Aquire call as allocation size and -1 for the Release call. If all Aquire and Release calls for the Allocator e.g. CreateWindow are balanced out the WPA Sum column for the total allocation size (Field 2) will balance out to zero. If there is a leak we will see a positive excess in WPA for which we can filter.

 

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Here we see e.g. that our free method which seems to do the wrong thing seems to release sometimes with an allocation size of zero 68 times which is exactly the number of outstanding allocation size which is graphed in Field 2.

As an example for CreateWindow we would issue

   AcquireResource(windowHandle, 1, "CreateWindow")

and for each hooked DestroyWindow call we would trace

   ReleaseResource(handle, -1, "DestroyWindow")

You can use the tool ETWstackwalk as a simple window handle leak detector which is now part of my EasyHook fork. You need to compile ETWStackwalk.exe as Administrator under x64 to register the ETW manifest. You get then something like this as output.

Window Handle Leak Tracing

ETWStackwalk is part of EasyHook which serves as demonstration what can be done with it. Here is its help output

ETWStackWalk.exe v1.0.0.0 by Alois Kraus 2016
Injects an ETW tracer to external processes to find resource leaks. Works for x64 since Win 8 or later. Works for 32 bit processes since Windows 7.
ETWStackWalk [-hook [createfile] [-outfile xxx.etl] [createwindow]] [-debug] [-help] [-pid ddd] [-start executable with optionalargs]
   -help                 This message
   -hook                 Hook specified methods to trace handle leaks.
                         createwindow Intercept Create/DestroyWindow calls.
                         createfile   Intercept CreateFile calls.
   -outfile xxxx.etl     Output file name to which the hook tracing data will be written to. Default is %temp%\ResourceLeaks.etl
   -pid ddd              Hook into specified process
   -start executable     Start executable and then hook after 5s to give it time to initialize.
   -noetw                Disable ETW recording (used for unit testing).
   -debug                Used to debug EasyHook trampoline code. Hook notepad.exe and start Windbg of Windows 10 SDK.
Examples:
Monitor all CreateWindow/DestroyWindow calls to detect window handle leaks in an already running application with process id ddd
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -pid dddd
Monitor all CreateFile calls. There you can log e.g. return code, passed file name, flags and other flags of interest.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createfile -pid dddd
Test hooking a method which writes if hooked an ETW event for every allocation and deallcation event to simulate a handle leak.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000
If something goes wrong you can directly debug it with Windbg if you have the Win10 SDK installed by adding the -debug switch
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -debug -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000

To start window handle leak tracing you need to get the pid of an already running process because EasyHook is not able to inject its code while the process is still starting the CLR which can lead to all sorts of weird errors. Instead you can attach to an already running process and tell ETWStackWalk to enable createwindow/destroywindow tracing. You can also configure and output etl file if you wish our you stick to the default.

D:\Source\git\easyhook\Build\netfx4-Release\x64>ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -outfile c:\temp\resourceLeak.etl  -pid 14960
Start ETW Recording ...
Hooking into proces 14960 for createwindow 
Press Enter to stop recording
ETWStackwalk has been installed in target 14960.


Stopping ETW Recording. This can take some minutes ...
        Stop WPR Output: To analyze this trace run: wpa "c:\temp\resourceleak.etl"
Start Analysis with wpa c:\temp\resourceleak.etl -profile easyhook.wpaprofile

I have crated a suitable easyhook.wpaprofile which is dedicated to easily analyze resource leaks.  There you get a nice overview per handle and all associated aquire and release operations. The graph shows the duration how long a handle was open until it was closed again. The Start/Stop ETW Opcode Name corresponds to acquire/release calls for this handle. If handles are reused you can still see any excess (too many aquire or release calls) in the AllocSize column which is a sum of all calls  where each CreateWindow counts with +1 and all calls to DestroyWindow count as -1. If all calls cancel out you see for that handle an summed AllocSize (Field 2) of zero. The allocation size shows you that in my test while opening a solution in VS2015 where 6 additional windows were created and not yet closed. This makes it easy to filter for the outstanding window handles which have an AllocSize > 0. Then you can open drill into the call stacks and you have found the root cause of pretty much any window handle leak with practically zero speed impact of your application while this approach is generic and can be applied to any resource leak. This tester serves only as demonstration that is based on the combination of ETW and EasyHook but with this concept we can tackle a wide range of sporadic resource leaks which are now solvable with a systematic approach.

 

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If we hook other generic methods like CloseHandle we are in a bad position since it is a generic close method which closes many different handle types. But we can (literally) sort things out if we group in WPA by handle (Field 1) and filter away all handles which have a negative allocation size (Field 2). This removes all handles for which CloseHandle was called but no corresponding e.g. CreateFile call was traced. From that on we can continue to search for outstanding file handles by looking at the totals as usual.

Now you know why the handle is always the first argument to our ETW trace calls. If we position the handle at the same method parameter location in our ETW manifest we can group the acquire and release calls by handle which is exactly what we want in WPA got generate the graph and table above.

Hooking and ETW Performance

I was telling you that this approach is fast. So how fast can it get? The y-axis are not ms but us where the average function execution time of a hooked basically empty int Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e) was measured. It is interesting that the raw function execution speed from a few nanoseconds jumps to ca. 1us with ETW tracing and goes up to 4us (measured on my Haswell i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz under Windows 8.1) if ETW stackwalking is enabled.  That means we can get full ETW events and stack walking at a rate of 250.000 calls/s by using that approach. That is more than most tracing frameworks offer and these do not capture the full call stack. If that is still too slow you can use EasyHook as a pure unmanaged Interceptor which could give you perhaps a factor 2-4 but then you need to take care of a lot more things.

image

What is odd is that x86 ETW tracing seems to be slower for x86 and under x64 but I did not look into that more deeply. In general x86 code should still be faster if we do the same thing because the CPU caches do not grow but the pointer and instruction size of code and data increases under x64 which simply needs more cycles as Rico Mariani explains in A little 64 bit follow-up. As long as you do not need the big address space you should not simply buy the argument that x64 is the future because it is more modern. If you want to do your users a favor you should favor the small is beautiful approach. With small I mean small code, small and efficient data structures and small code complexity. 

WPA Performance Issue (Windows 10 SDK 10.0.10586.15)

When parsing custom ETW events WPA parses the strings in a very inefficient way which can lock up your machine easily for minutes. On my 8 core machine the custom view takes minutes to build up and uses 4 cores to parse the strings from my custom ETW events. The problem is that WPA also uses code from a static helper class which is grossly inefficient. Have a look at this profiling data:

image

WPA uses 4/8 cores where 3 cores are spending CPU cycles spinning to get a lock while only one core is doing actual work (12,5% CPU is one core on a 8 core machine). This effectively single threaded operation is also very inefficient implemented. The problem comes from TDHHelper.GetStringForPropertyAtIndex which parses a string from an ETW event. This is done in a static class under a global lock:

image

When I drill down into one thread I see that EnsureCapacity and EnsureRoomForTokensAndClear are responsible for 43% of the execution time which would go away if the List<IntPtr> instances would be reused. It could also help that the parsed strings are cached which would reduce the time quite a bit if I play around with groupings in WPA. That is a major bottleneck and should be solved as my top performance issue in the current WPA implementation. I have not noticed such long delays with WPA 8.1. A quick check reveals that the code is nearly the same in previous versions. So it was always slow but with more and more custom ETW events this display is becoming much more important than before. If you look at custom CLR events (e.g. Exceptions grouped by type) you will notice the very slow reaction of WPA due to this issue.

Outlook

If you have read this far congrats. You had to digest quite many technical details from many different areas. If you are searching for a way to get rid of Windbg for resource leak analysis and use a simpler tool ETWStackwalk could be it. It is easy to extend for any other API you are interested in and it works for x86 and x64 (Win 8 and later). If you want to intercept another API you only need to extend the method injector which is declared in

easyhook\Test\ETWStackWalk\Injector.cs

In the Injector you see some examples for CreateFile and CreateWindow which contains mostly boilerplate code. The hook generation code could certainly be simplified. A nice addition would it be to compile the interception code on the fly and pass the actual Interceptor class as configuration file which would make hooking new methods truly dynamic without the need to recompile ETWStackwalk every time a new API needs to be hooked. I had used a variation of this approach for my GDI bug in Windows which actually lead to a Windows Hotfix. But this was always bound to x86 code only. Since I have found some free time to greatly extend the usefulness of the hooking approach by making EasyHook playing nice with x64 stack walking. So far every resource leak (GDI handles, File, Semaphores, Desktop Heap, … ) needed a different approach or tool. It is time to come up with an approach which is powerful and generic enough to tackle all of such resource leaks with one tool and approach. I expect that at least the idea should become state of the art how resource problems are tackled in the next years. If you have used this approach already or you had success with the idea please share it here so we all can benefit by learning from each other. It was fun to get my hands dirty with x64 assembly and to find out how the basics of exception handling really work together. Going deep is my first nature. That was the main reason why I have studied particle physics to really understand how the universe works. The discovery of the Higgs boson was really a great thing and I can at least say that I have tested some small parts of the huge ATLAS detector (which was part of the discovery of the Higgs boson) during my time at the university 15 years ago. It is kind of cool to understand how my computer works from software to hardware down to subatomic level.

If you are wondering what on earth is that guy doing when he is not in front of a computer? Apparently this:

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With my two kids, not my boat and my wife we were enjoying two fantastic weeks at the Caribbean sea on St Thomas this January. The kids had great fun in the warm water and this was my first vacation where I did never freeze. Even the nights during winter time were above 25 Celsius. The water is so full of live I have not seen anywhere else. The Mediterranean sea looks like a desert compared to this. If you go to Coral World at St. Thomas you see many different fishes and corrals in aquariums. But if you go snorkeling you will see all animals from the zoo again which is really amazing. During that time home in Germany the people had quite a lot of snow but we were sweating the whole time which really felt odd. That's all for today. Happy bug hunting!


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Оригинальное название: Ultimate Ninja Challenge
Год выпуска: 2018
Жанр: Документальный, выживание, соревнования
Выпущено: США, Discovery Channel

О фильме: Холод. Глушь. Двадцать четыре дня. Девять смельчаков. Все они хотят стать ниндзя. Но в ходе изматывающих испытаний будет выбран лишь один достойный преемник наследия Ниндзюцу. Именно он отправится в замок Ига ниндзя ясики – место, служившее тайной штаб-квартирой для клана профессиональных убийц. Здесь он получит мастер-класс и наставления от последнего настоящего ниндзя на земле ‒ Дзиньити Каваками. Каждому участнику испытания предстоит сломать себя и собрать заново, заниматься поисками пропитания, строить убежище, а также обучаться восемнадцати дисциплинам настоящего синоби. Разделившись на три группы, воины отправятся на ледник, в холодные болота и в горы. Одолеваемые холодом и мучимые жаждой, кто из них выживет и станет последним ниндзя?

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Оригинальное название: Ultimate Ninja Challenge
Год выпуска: 2018
Жанр: Документальный, выживание, соревнования
Выпущено: США, Discovery Channel

О фильме: Холод. Глушь. Двадцать четыре дня. Девять смельчаков. Все они хотят стать ниндзя. Но в ходе изматывающих испытаний будет выбран лишь один достойный преемник наследия Ниндзюцу. Именно он отправится в замок Ига ниндзя ясики – место, служившее тайной штаб-квартирой для клана профессиональных убийц. Здесь он получит мастер-класс и наставления от последнего настоящего ниндзя на земле ‒ Дзиньити Каваками. Каждому участнику испытания предстоит сломать себя и собрать заново, заниматься поисками пропитания, строить убежище, а также обучаться восемнадцати дисциплинам настоящего синоби. Разделившись на три группы, воины отправятся на ледник, в холодные болота и в горы. Одолеваемые холодом и мучимые жаждой, кто из них выживет и станет последним ниндзя?

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Оригинальное название: Wheeler Dealers
Год выпуска: 2018
Жанр: Документальный, история, автомобилестроение
Выпущено: Великобритания, Attaboy TV LTD for Discovery Channel
Режиссер: Ричард Хили, Уоррен Грин, Дэниэл Аллум, Майкл Вуд, Эд Чайна
В ролях: Майк Брюэр, Энт Энстед

О фильме: Блистательный автодилер Майк Брюер и талантливый механик Энт Энстед опять берутся за работу! Это значит, что всех зрителей Discovery Channel ждут новые автовариации истории о Золушке, где невзрачные старые машины получат второе рождение и превратятся в завидные авто! Каждый из мастеров действует в своем амплуа. Майк подыскивает подходящие машины, а Энт делает все возможное, чтобы вновь поставить их на колеса. В новых сериях Майк и Энт будут осваивать европейский рынок спортивных автомобилей. Они поработают над «Opel GT 1900» 1969 года, у которого целый ряд проблем, включая вмятины на кузове и неисправные тормоза. Парни также покупают знаменитый американский джип «Grand Wagoneer» 1988 года – машина изрядно потрепана, но может принести большие деньги. Какой бы трудной ни была задача, Майк и Энт готовы выкладываться по полной ради хорошей прибыли.

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Оригинальное название: Wheeler Dealers
Год выпуска: 2018
Жанр: Документальный, история, автомобилестроение
Выпущено: Великобритания, Attaboy TV LTD for Discovery Channel
Режиссер: Ричард Хили, Уоррен Грин, Дэниэл Аллум, Майкл Вуд, Эд Чайна
В ролях: Майк Брюэр, Энт Энстед

О фильме: Блистательный автодилер Майк Брюер и талантливый механик Энт Энстед опять берутся за работу! Это значит, что всех зрителей Discovery Channel ждут новые автовариации истории о Золушке, где невзрачные старые машины получат второе рождение и превратятся в завидные авто! Каждый из мастеров действует в своем амплуа. Майк подыскивает подходящие машины, а Энт делает все возможное, чтобы вновь поставить их на колеса. В новых сериях Майк и Энт будут осваивать европейский рынок спортивных автомобилей. Они поработают над «Opel GT 1900» 1969 года, у которого целый ряд проблем, включая вмятины на кузове и неисправные тормоза. Парни также покупают знаменитый американский джип «Grand Wagoneer» 1988 года – машина изрядно потрепана, но может принести большие деньги. Какой бы трудной ни была задача, Майк и Энт готовы выкладываться по полной ради хорошей прибыли.

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          Day 169: A true origin of my sadness exposed      Cache   Translate Page      
It has been around 20 years since I started the journey of self-discovery and over 8 years since I have been walking the process of self-perfection by writing blogs and recording vlogs. However, during this process, I have not felt the increase in my awareness in relation to what I have accepted and allowed to become. Meaning during the process I did look at the past events where I have abdicated my self-responsibility and committed to correct myself. However, I have until recently not felt such shame as I am feeling now. Also in past decades, I felt some sort of undefined sadness that has been noticeable from my facial expression in form of dark baggy eyes. Until recently I assumed that the sadness was about all the traumatic events that I have experienced in my past. However, I see now that what I am actually sad about is what I have allowed and accepted in my life. As far I can remember, I have defined myself as a good person that does not want to harm anybody and that all that happened to me had nothing to do with who I am. I claimed that I am an innocent victim and punished by life for no reason. Boy oh boy was I wrong!




I see my childhood as quite pleasant, with memories of just a couple of unpleasant events. Now the problem with the memories is how we tend to remember mostly bad things and disregard all the good stuff. And it was exactly the same with me. All the abundance, safety, and love that my parent provided I just took for granted. That is what made me turn into a spoiled brat. I understand that my over-protective environment played a role in that but boy it took a long time for me to understand how much spoiled I have become. I and my brother lived for many years in a safe family bubble where were provided by our father with the latest gadgetry. Computers and television then contributed for me to sink into an even more deceptive bubble of virtual reality where I have played god and attacked other from. All the images, especially porn, created layers of energetic addictions. Thus whenever I faced challenges, instead of facing and understanding them, I took refuge in the alternative worlds of emotional and orgasmic experiences. That took me in such separation of life that I am just slowly becoming aware of the real depth of my demise.

Now that I am experiencing some kind of quantum leap in my awareness, I am having a great challenge in deciding what to do. I do not want to be the self-centered spoiled kid anymore, however, I see that such tendencies are still a part of me and it will still take time for me to transform my behavior patterns and energetic addictions. I feel like a heavy train that has been driving towards the cliff with full speed. I have become aware of the cliff and have hit the brakes, however, it will take the train some time to stop completely due to inertia.

I see for example how a photography at first glance is an innocent art that started to become my passion already at my young age. However, one perspective using photography is to manifest points of separation. When looking through the viewfinder, a photographer positions himself on 'the other side of the lens' where all that matters is a framed composition of visual elements in a moment. A photographer does not need to care about what events lead to the current state of reality and what will be the outflow of events in the future. The trapped moment of time is then observed over and over again in form of a photo and in many cases, a deep emotional bond is created to that picture. A photo is an attempt to stop the time and create an experience of eternity. Generally when taking a photo one does not ask or needs to ask for a permission to take a snapshot. So it is also much like stealing something from someone. And also within such stealing, one is being very careful to compose all the shapes and colors with the starting point to entice as strong emotional reaction from the observers of the photo as possible. Sure photography can also function as evidence of past events however generally it functions as an attempt to control something or to gain something.

A camera has played a role of the protective shield also in my life for many years. I have been hiding behind the lens and also behind a TV and computer screen for too long. For so long that I have lost the interest in doing much of the physical work. Because using computer things move much faster and the physical reality takes much more time to manifest. This is why I have also become impatient and restless, constantly needing some pictures, sounds, and information to fill my mind and keep me entertained. For physical labor, I defined myself as someone who is overqualified and would waste my potentials if I engage in some kind of job that does not require a lot of intellectual skills. Consequently, I am keeping myself trapped in computer-related jobs that create a strain on my physical body due to long periods of keeping myself in a sitting position. Sadly it is also the money that influences my business decisions since most of the highest paid jobs are now also related to using computers. On the other hand, the information age is also connecting us again, thought externally, but is enabling us a reflection of what is going on in our minds and serves as a beneficial projection of our internal reality. So the key is to make the best of all this mess and to figure out how to create a future where we would not be enslaved and separate anymore by our own creation.

What I am also dealing with here is a chicken and egg situation. I am quite satisfied with being single and do not have a need to be in a relationship with someone to be happy. So I am asking myself if this is something that is the true nature of my being or a consequence of my upbringing. I see how much I am like my father and have wondered how much of what I am are personalities that I have copied from him as a child. Or it could be just that my father and I have similar nature of our beingnesses that both like to work alone and would not change much regardless of the environment. Well, all that I can do is to continue my process of identifying the points of separation within me and to move towards creating the future based on the principle of what is best for all. It is up to me to challenge and expand myself but to be at the same time careful not to overwhelm myself.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed my life to be directed mostly by the energies of good emotions and bad feelings instead of directing myself as life as one and equal. I commit myself to stop all the energy addictions and to direct myself based on the principle of what is best for all. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to see other being only as their picture manifestation. And then also comparing them to ideals of perfection and judging any visual imperfection instead of treating them as one and equal as who I am as life. I realize that everything that I am able to observe with my human physical eyes is much more than I am able to see and understand that we are all an equal part of this existence. Thus I commit myself to when and as I am looking at someone and my mind is producing thoughts like: Look at this and that imperfection on their face and their body and how they dress! to stop and breathe. I then place myself into the body of the person that I observe and understand how my life would be if I would be in their body and to have their life experience. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to observe women mostly from the perspective of how a sexual experience with them would be. I realize that I have been conditioned by years of watching porn where I have started to associate the appearance of a woman with experience of orgasm. Thus I commit myself to when and as I want to experience a physical orgasm and my mind is producing thoughts like: Look at some woman or a picture of a woman or imagine a woman during masturbation since you will experience the energy of orgasm quicker! to stop and breathe. I commit myself to practice masturbation only as an act of my physical body self-expression within the realization that I do not need to imagine anything let alone having to include any other body to experience an orgasm. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to when and as I interact with others for my actions to have the starting point of wanting to impress others in order for them to admire me and then to feel good about myself. I realize how self-centered my interactions with others have been since I mostly wanted to impress others using advance knowledge and information and also other skills that I have gathered. Thus I commit myself to when and as I interact with other and my mind is producing thought like: Just think what great information will you tell them in order to impress them and prove that you know more than they do! to stop and breathe. I then communicate with others from the starting point of equality, share the information that is relevant to them or ask them questions in order to find out how they feel and if there is anything that I can assist them with. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to define myself as a perfectionist and to become angry about myself every single time when I notice some imperfection about myself. I realize that tendency towards the perfection is a projection of not accepting myself as who I am as my physical body, mind and the being that all have its limitations and do change over time. Thus I commit myself to when and as I see something about myself and my mind is producing thoughts like: You should have done or looked like this instead of that! to stop and breathe. I then within the realization that everything is changing and that nothing will ever fit the complete criteria of someone's imagination do my best to strive towards my goals but also fully accept how I am and how I perform at this very moment. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to compare myself and compete with others where I wanted to prove that I know much more than others and can do things better than others for the sake of feeling good. I realize that self-perfection is supportive however we all have different preconditions, different environments, different bodies, different minds, different beings and can not perfect self by comparing ourselves to others. Thus I commit myself to when and as I observe others and my mind is producing thoughts like: Look at this guy or girl and what they have achieved! to stop and breathe. I then consider only my original and current state of everything that I currently am an have achieved and continue to perfect self in relation only to my own life path. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to when and as I observe others how they struggle and experience discomfort and pain to feel good about myself. I realize that any energetic movement within myself when observing others how they suffer is a manifestation of pure evil and separation. Thus I commit myself to when and as I see others in a problematic situation and my mind is producing thoughts like: Look how funny they are when they suffer! to stop and breathe. I then immediately place myself in the position of the individual that I observe and understand that I could equally be in the same position as they are. I then also see what I can do to diminish the suffering that others endure since we are all in this together.
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The Hermes bag has earned its place among the most renowned brands of bags globally. The iconic bag is popular for its remarkable strength and impeccable design. The popularity of the brand has led to the release of numerous fake pieces into the market. Statistics indicate that a great majority of the Hermes bags being sold today aren’t genuine. For someone planning to purchase the bag, this might be a disturbing discovery. When investing in a luxury bag, you need to take every measure to ensure that it is the real deal. Spotting a fake Hermes bag can be achieved by looking at certain features // READ MORE...
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Netflix reportedly paid more than 100 percent of the cost of <strong><em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/star-trek-discovery/">Star Trek: Discovery</a> </em></strong>in order to obtain the rights to distribute the series internationally. If this report is accurate, the show made a profit for CBS before it even aired on CBS All Access in the United States.
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<em>Deadliest Catch</em>, which follows the dangerous profession of Alaskan Crab fishing and has been running for 14 seasons and counting, was one of the earliest examples of a reality show that was built around following a specific profession and the people that are part of it. It is responsible for playing a large part in creating an entirely separate offshoot of reality show that remains popular to this day, and encompasses much of the programming on cable networks like Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, the Outdoor Channel, and the History Channel.
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‘We’ cannot stop the progression of totally screw up the environment, I fear, for ‘we’ cannot even stop wars.

For as long as we have amongst us enough people who can utter ‘history does not matter’ and ‘say ‘no’ to hospitals’, we are more likely lost, in direct proportion to number of such enough people.

I am guessing that the world needs more education, starting at the highest levels, all embracing, in varied subjects, all encompassing, and somehow be inclusive of all, even those that live in remote African villages and concrete HK jungles, and and and, in order to save the day

In any case, am of two minds re below

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Interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper argues, but experts are skeptical

(CNN) — A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.

The object, nicknamed 'Oumuamua, meaning "a messenger that reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian, was discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.

Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of "interstellar objects."

A new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an "artificial origin."
"'Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization," they wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The theory is based on the object's "excess acceleration," or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January.

"Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment," wrote the paper's authors, suggesting that the object could be propelled by solar radiation.

The paper was written by Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Loeb has published four books and more than 700 papers on topics like black holes, the future of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life and the first stars.

The paper points out that comparable light-sails exist on Earth.

"Light-sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative. The light-sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars."

In the paper, the pair theorize that the object's high speed and its unusual trajectory could be the result of it no longer being operational.

"This would account for the various anomalies of 'Oumuamua, such as the unusual geometry inferred from its light-curve, its low thermal emission, suggesting high reflectivity, and its deviation from a Keplerian orbit without any sign of a cometary tail or spin-up torques."

'Oumuamua is the first object ever seen in our solar system that is known to have originated elsewhere.

At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a regular comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system.

Comets, in particular, are known to speed up due to "outgassing," a process in which the sun heats the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. But 'Oumuamua didn't have a "coma," the atmosphere and dust that surrounds comets as they melt.

Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.

Going forward, the researchers believe we should search for other interstellar objects in our sky.

"It is exciting to live at a time when we have the scientific technology to search for evidence of alien civilizations," Loeb wrote in an email. "The evidence about `Oumuamua is not conclusive but interesting. I will be truly excited once we have conclusive evidence."

Is this just fantasy?

Other mysteries in space have previously been thought of as signs of extraterrestrial life: a mysterious radio signal, repeating fast radio bursts and even a strangely flickering star, known as Tabby's Star.

The mysterious radio signal was later determined to be coming from Earth, the repeating fast radio bursts are still being investigated, and new research suggests that Tabby's Star is flickering because of dust -- rather than being an alien megastructure.
So what does that mean for 'Oumuamua?

"I am distinctly unconvinced and honestly think the study is rather flawed," Alan Jackson, fellow at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, wrote in an email. "Carl Sagan once said, 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' and this paper is distinctly lacking in evidence nevermind extraordinary evidence."

Jackson published a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in March that suggests that 'Oumuamua came from a binary star system, or a system with two stars.
Jackson said the spectral data from 'Oumuamua looks like an asteroid or a comet, while that of a solar sail would look very different. The new paper proposes that the sail has been coated in interstellar dust, which obscures its true spectral signature.

"Any functional spacecraft would almost certainly retract its solar sail once in interstellar space to prevent damage," Jackson said. "The sail is useless once away from a star so there would be no reason to leave it deployed. If it was then deployed again on entering the solar system it would be pristine. Even if it was left deployed the dust accumulation would be primarily on the leading side like bugs on a windshield."

'Oumuamua also travels in a complex tumbling spin, but a functioning solar sail would have a much smoother path and obvious radiation-driven acceleration, Jackson said. Even the spinning motion of a damaged solar sail would be far more strongly influenced by the radiation forces than seen, he explained.

The solar sail would also be thinner than the authors of the new paper describe, he said.

"The sail on IKAROS is 7.5 micrometres thick with a mass of only 0.001g/cm^2, 100 times lower than their estimate," Jackson said. "While a combined spacecraft and sail could have a higher net mass the sail itself needs to be extremely light. That would also significantly change their estimate for how far it could travel before falling apart -- though as I said, I doubt any functional craft would leave its sail deployed in interstellar space."

Solar sails also can't change course after being launched, so if 'Oumuamua was truly a solar sail, it would be traceable back to its origin. So far, there is no obvious origin for 'Oumuamua.

"Beyond that, it becomes difficult to trace because of the motion of the stars and any hypothetical alien civilisation would face the same issue in charting a course that long in the first place (aside from arguments about whether they would want to launch a craft they knew would not reach its destination for many millions of years)," Jackson said.

Concerning 'Oumuamua, there is little evidence because astronomers weren't able to observe it for long, which opens it up to speculation in the name of science.

"The thing you have to understand is: scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea if it has even the tiniest 'sliver' of a chance of not being wrong," astrophysicist and cosmologist Katherine Mack tweeted. "But until every other possibility has been exhausted dozen times over, even the authors probably don't believe it."

But it's important to distinguish that the researchers who wrote the new paper have expertise in solar sails, so they're suggesting that 'Oumuamua could be like a solar sail, said Coryn Bailer-Jones of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. Bailer-Jones' paper on possible origin sites for 'Oumuamua was accepted by the Astrophysical Journal in September.
"Aliens would only come into all of this if you accept their assumption (and that's what it is; it doesn't come from the data) that 'Oumuamua is sail-like, and also assume nothing like that can be natural," Bailer-Jones wrote in an email. "In fact, they only mention the word 'alien' once, when they mention in passing that 'Oumuamua might have been targeted to intercept the solar system.

"I have no problem with this kind of speculative study," Bailer-Jones added. "It's fun and thought-provoking, and the issue of whether there is alien life out there is really important. But the paper doesn't give any evidence for aliens (and the authors don't claim that, I should note.)"

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Amazing products without engaged clients are bound to fail, and companies claiming to have found the single best solution to client engagement are only fooling themselves.

What seems to work today to keep your clients engaged won't necessarily work tomorrow. The "optimal" client engagement tactic for your product will change over time and companies must be fluid and adaptable to accommodate ever-changing client needs and business strategies. Becoming complacent by settling for a strategy that works "for now" or "well enough" leads to risk aversion and unrealized potential. Constant recalibration is crucial, yet exploration can be costly and may lead nowhere. A principled approach to finding the right client engagement tactics at any point in time is essential.

Enter, Bandits!

Here at Stitch Fix, we prioritize personalization in every communication, interaction, and outreach opportunity we have with clients. Contextual bandits are one of the ways we enable this personalization.

In a nutshell, a contextual bandit is a framework that allows you to use algorithms to learn the most effective strategy for each individual client, while simultaneously using randomization to continuously track how successful each of your different action choices are.

Implementing a contextual-bandit-based client engagement program will allow you to:

  1. Understand how the performance of your tactics change over time;
  2. Select a personalized tactic for each client based on his or her unique characteristics;
  3. Introduce new tactics relevant to subpopulations of clients in a systematic manner; and
  4. Continuously refine and improve your algorithms.

Part 1: There are Significant Limitations to Typical Client Engagement Approaches.

Let's set up a simple, clear example.

Current state: There are a group of individuals who have used your product in the past, but are no longer actively engaged. You want to remind them about your great product.

Proposed idea: We'll do an email campaign. Clients who haven't interacted with you for a while will be eligible to receive this email, and the purpose is to get them to visit your website. (Note that instead of email, we could just as easily use a widget on a website, a letter in the mail, or any other method of communicating with clients.)

The One Size Fits All Method

Your team brainstorms several tactics and decides to run a test to see which one works best. Let's use a simple three-tactic example here:

  1. Tactic A: no email. This is our control, which we can use to establish a baseline for client behavior;
  2. Tactic B: an emailed invitation to work 1-on-1 with (in our case) an expert stylist via email to make sure we get you exactly what you want; and
  3. Tactic C: an emailed promotional offer.

You run this test and find that Tactic B works the best. As such, you decide to scale Tactic B out to all clients, since it is expected to maximize return.

This is an endpoint in many marketing and product pipelines. The team celebrates the discovery of the "best" strategy and now it's time to move on to the next project; Case closed.

Main Limitations with this Approach

  1. You have no idea how long Tactic B will continue to be the best. Let's say over the next year your product improves and expands, leading to a change in the demographics of your client base. How confident are you that Tactic B is still the best?
  2. There is no personalization. All clients are receiving Tactic B. Some subsegment of clients likely would have performed better with Tactic C, but by scaling out Tactic B to all clients, these clients did not receive their optimal tactic.
  3. You are not taking advantage of key pieces of information. Since everyone in this audience was a previous client, you have information on how they interacted with you in the past! To address this, teams frequently build out a decision tree that groups their clients into broad categories (such as by age or tenure with the company). However…
  4. Using decision trees to group clients into categories leads to unoptimized outreach programs. Each category of clients might get a different tactic, and as new tactics or categories are created, these trees can grow larger and larger. Many of you have seen it: 10+ branch decision trees that try to segment a client base into different categories. When these trees grow too large, not only do they become difficult to manage, but it becomes more and more questionable whether or not you are actually doing what you think you are doing.
Does this look like your program?

Part 2: Multi-Armed Bandits Allows Continuous Monitoring

The above situation is common, suboptimal, and headache-inducing. Developing a testing and implementation strategy with bandits can remove or reduce many of these limitations.

A standard multi-armed bandit is the most basic bandit implementation. It allows us to allocate a small amount of clients to continuously explore how different tactics are performing, while giving the majority of clients the current one-size-fits-all best-performing tactic. The standard implementation updates which tactic is best after every client interaction, allowing you to quickly settle on the most effective large-scale tactic.

To get into more technical detail, a multi-armed bandit is a system where you must select one action from a set of possible actions for a given 'resource' (in our example, the 'resource' is a client). The 'reward' (if a client responds to the offer or not) for the selected action is exposed, but the reward for all other actions remains unknown (we don't know what a specific client would have done if we had sent them a different offer!).

The reward for a given action can be thought of as a random reward drawn from a probability distribution specific to that action. Because these probability distributions may not be known or may change over time, we want this system to allocate some resources to improving our understanding of the different choices ('exploration') while simultaneously maximizing our expected gains based on our historical knowledge ('exploitation'). Our goal is to minimize "regret," defined as the difference between the sum of rewards if we used an optimal strategy and the actual sum of rewards realized.

Mathematically, if we have a bandit with K choices (K arms), we can define a reward for 1 ≤ i ≤ K and n ≥ 1, where i is an arm of the bandit and n is the round we are currently considering.

Each round yields a reward The reward of each round is a function of which arm was selected for the client, and is assumed to be independent of both the rewards from previous rounds and the distributions of the other arms, and only dependent upon the probability distribution associated with the selected arm.

We thus want to minimized our regret, defined as:

, where total number of rounds, maximum reward, and is the reward in round n from selecting arm i.

There are numerous strategies that can be utilized to select how clients are allocated to either exploitation or exploration in order to minimize the regret of your bandit. For this article, we will consider the simplest, called the epsilon-greedy algorithm. In the epsilon-greedy algorithm, the best action is selected for 1−ϵ of your audience entering your program, and a random action is selected for the remaining ϵ of your audience. ϵ can be set to any value, depending on how many resources you want to allocate to exploration. For example, if ϵ is set to 0.1, then 10% of your audience is being directed to exploration, and 90% of your audience is being directed to your best tactic. If desired, ϵ can be decreased over time to reduce the total regret of your system. Other popular allocation strategies that can reduce the overall regret of your system include Thompson sampling and UCB1[1][2].

Back to our Example

Let’s get back to our 3-tactic email test, and set up a standard multi-armed bandit. We need to decide to reach out to a client with either Tactic A, B, or C. We are going to use an epsilon-greedy approach and set ϵ=0.1. 10% of our clients will randomly be presented with one of the three tactics. The other 90% will receive whichever tactic is the current top-performer. Each time we give a client a tactic, we update the score for that tactic. We then examine the performance of the different tactics, and re-assign the best-performing tactic to the one with the highest score.

In the early stages of a standard multi-armed bandit, switching may occur frequently in the first few passes, but the pipeline will quickly stabalize.

The above animation demonstrates a simple, standard multi-armed bandit to help get you started thinking about how a bandit implementation might look. This example already allows us to continuously monitor how tactics are performing and actively redirects most of our audience to the current "best" tactic, but there is plenty more we can do to improve performance! For example, if we want to further minimize regret, we would want to use a more powerful regret-minimization technique (UCB1, Thompson Sampling, etc.) If we are nervous about our client population changing over time, we can implement a forgetting factor to down-weight older data points. New tactics can be added to this framework in a similar manner.

Part 3: Personalize Outreach with Contextual Bandits

While we have already improved upon our original example, let's take this a step further to get to true personalization.

Contextual bandits provide an extension to the bandit framework where a context (feature-vector) is associated with each client.[3] This allows us to personalize the action taken on each individual client, rather than simply applying the overall best tactic. For example, while Tactic B might perform the best if applied to all clients, there are certainly some clients who would respond better to Tactic C.

What this means in terms of our example is that instead of 90% of our clients being sent the one-size-fits-all best email, these clients instead enter our "selection algorithm." We then read in relevant features of these clients to decide which outreach tactic best suits each client’s needs and results in the best outcomes. We continue to assign 10% clients to a random tactic, because this lets us know the unbiased performance of each tactic and provides us with data to periodically retrain our selection algorithm.

To get started, we need to take some unbiased data and train a machine learning model. Let’s assume we have been running the multi-arm bandit above: because we randomly assigned clients to our different tactics, we can use this data to train our algorithm! The point here is to understand which clients we should be assigning to each tactic, or, for a given client, which tactic gives this client the highest probability of having a positive outcome.

In a Contextual Bandit, we use client features to select the best tactic for the majority of our clients and continue to pull in data from our randomly allocated clients to retrain our algorithm.

While a multi-armed bandit can be relatively quick to implement, a contextual bandit adds a decent amount of complexity to our problem. In addition to training and applying a machine learning model to the majority of clients, there are a number of additional behind-the-scenes steps that must be taken: for example, we need to establish a cadence for retraining this model as we continue to acquire more data, as well as build out significantly more logging in order to track from which pathway clients are being assigned to different tactics.

Why do we care about which pathway clients received an offer from? If we use an algorithm to assign a tactic to a client, clients with certain characteristics are more likely to be assigned to certain tactics. This is why it is important to have some clients assigned randomly: we can be confident that, in the random assignments, the underlying client distributions are the same for all tactics.

Contextual Considerations

Depending on the regret-minimization strategy, there may be restrictions on the type of model you can build. For example, using an epsilon-greedy strategy allows you to use any model you like. However, with Thompson sampling, using a non-linear model introduces significant additional challenges.[5] When deciding how to approach regret minimization, make sure to take your desired modeling approach into account.

No implementation is perfect, and bandits are no exception. Both multi-armed bandits and contextual bandits are best utilized when we have a clear, well-defined 'reward' – maybe this is clicking on a webpage banner, or clicking through an email, or purchasing something. If you can't concretely define a reward, you can't say whether or not a tactic was successful, let alone train a model. In addition, if you have significantly delayed feedback you will have to do some additional work to get everything running smoothly[4]. Contextual bandits also lead to more complex code, which gives more room for things to break when compared to implementing simpler strategies.

Finally, think carefully about real-world restrictions: for example, while a contextual bandit can support a large number of tactics, if you have very few clients entering the program you are not going to be gaining much information from your random test group ϵ . In this case, it may be wise to restrict the number of tactics to something manageable. Remember though, you can always remove tactics to make room for new ones!

Part 4: Summary and Final Thoughts

Expanding your program from using business-logic-driven decision making to model-based decision making can significantly improve the performance of your client engagement strategies, and bandits can be a great tool to facilitate this transition.

While the example we used involved email, this same pipeline can be applied in a variety of different domains. Other examples include prioritizing widgets on a webpage, modifying the flow clients experience as they click through forms on your website, or many other situations where you are performing client outreach.

If you currently have a single tactic scaled out to all clients and are not gathering any unbiased data, one viable approach to improve this situation would be to first transition to a multi-armed bandit, and then at a later timepoint transition to a contextual bandit. A basic multi-armed bandit can be quick to implement and allow you to begin gathering unbiased data. Eventually, utilizing a contextual bandit in your client engagement strategy will allow you to active adjust to changing client climates and needs, continuously test strategies, and personalize, personalize, personalize!

References

[1]↩ Minimizing Regret: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1023%2FA%3A1013689704352.pdf
[2]↩ Thompson sampling: http://proceedings.mlr.press/v23/agrawal12/agrawal12.pdf
[3]↩ Contextual bandits seminal paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1003.0146.pdf
[4]↩ Delayed Feedback: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.10937.pdf
[5]↩ Another Thompson Sampling Paper: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1c21/2b33a91d7b1c9878af0395d4992a6d4e0d54.pdf

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El pasado martes 30 de octubre tuvimos el honor de asistir a la inauguración de la exposición en la Fundación Telefónica llamada: “Más allá de 2001: odiseas de la inteligencia”. En ella se hace un recorrido completo sobre la evolución de la inteligencia humana hasta el presente y futuro de la Inteligencia Artificial, usando como hilo conductor la magnífica película de Stanley Kubrick2001: Una Odisea en el Espacio”.

Figura 1: Más allá de 2001: Odiseas de la inteligencia

Y es que no podemos pensar en otra película que exponga mejor los avances y también los temores de la Inteligencia Artificial que esta película del mítico Kubrick. Una maravilla de la Ciencia Ficción que esta exposición utiliza como base para recorrer todos los rincones de la inteligencia humana y artificial.

Figura 2: Cartel de la exposición den la Fundación Telefónica

En ella se muestran todo tipo de técnicas y avances de la Inteligencia Artificial como reconocimiento facial (por ejemplo cuando HAL lee los labios a los astronautas), NLP o procesamiento de lenguajes naturales (la forma de comunicación de HAL es igual que los seres humanos, con la palabra), IoT (HAL controla todos los dispositivos de la nave espacial) e incluso los miedos a cómo reaccionaría una Inteligencia Artificial a órdenes confusas (a HAL se le ordena terminar la misión sobre cualquier otra cosa, incluso las vidas de la tripulación).

Figura 3: Durante la exposición se muestran diferentes secuencias emblemáticas de la película.

La exposición se plantea desde una doble perspectiva: no sólo desde la Inteligencia Artificial, sino también desde una introspección a la inteligencia humana ya que no podemos hablar de IA sin preguntarnos sobre nuestra propia inteligencia, pues no deja de ser la fuente de todos los algoritmos de los que hacemos uso hoy en día.


Figura 4: Euro Press sobre de la exposición

Dentro de esta doble perspectiva y, de una manera análoga a lo que hizo Stanley Kubrick en 2001, la exposición está dividida en tres ejes temáticos: “El despertar de la inteligencia”, “En el universo de la IA” y “El futuro de las inteligencias y más allá del infinito” que intentan responder a tres preguntas:
• ¿De dónde venimos? o ¿cuál es el origen o despertar de nuestra inteligencia? 
• ¿Dónde estamos?, ¿cuál es el estado actual de la Inteligencia Artificial, cómo interactuamos con ella y cómo esto está afectando a nuestras vidas? 
• ¿Hacia dónde vamos? Esto es: ¿cuál es el futuro de nuestra inteligencia y cómo podría ser esa posible simbiosis entre nuestra inteligencia y la Inteligencia Artificial?
El primero de ellos, el despertar de la inteligencia humana, nos habla del origen de todo, la inteligencia del ser humano. Podemos ver varios dibujos originales de neuronas realizados por Santiago Ramón y Cajal, el guion original de la película 2001 y algo que no puedes perderte, un número de la revista “Ten Story Fantasy” donde aparece el relato “The Sentinel” (El Centinela), la novela corta de Arthur C. Clarke en la cual se basa 2001.

Figura 5: Original de la revista “Ten Story Fantasy” donde aparece la historia corta “Sentinel of Eternity”

Una recreación del interior de la nave espacial “Discovery” nos introduce en la segunda parte de la exposición, “En el universo de la IA”. Aquí podemos ver la máquina “Ajedrecista” (1912) de Leonardo Torres de Quevedo, la primera máquina analítica del mundo de carácter autónomo y funcional con tecnología electromecánica.

Figura 6: “El Ajedrecista” la máquina para jugar al ajedrez fabricada por Leonardo Torres de Quevedo.

Para los más mitómanos (como nosotros), podemos ver la carta original en la que Kubrick le pide a Arthur C. Clarke colaborar en la película. También podemos ver la instalación DATA ergo sum, de 3dinteractivo, la cual permite explorar un cuerpo humano y sacar todo tipo de información (como humor, altura, peso, etc…) y que podréis probar allí mismo.


Figura 7: Data Ergo Sum


Finalmente, la tercera parte “El futuro de las inteligencias y más allá del infinito” se acerca las investigaciones futuras y sobre todo, el impacto sobre la humanidad, como por ejemplo una posible simbiosis de cerebro-ordenador para incrementar las capacidades del ser humano para convertirlo en todo un ciborg. Destacar en esta parte la instalación “The Mutual Wave Machine” que utiliza algoritmos neurocientíficos para explorar las interconexiones de la actividad cerebral entre dos personas y que se puede probar también en la exposición.

Figura 8: Futurista diseño de la máquina “The Mutual Wave Machine” para leer ondas cerebrales.

En esta parte de la exposición también os encontrareis con una sección donde aparecen algunos de los asistentes digitales más conocidos hoy día. Con ellos nos podemos comunicar y dar órdenes usando simplemente el lenguaje natural tal y como lo hacían los astronautas de la Discovery en la película. Aquí no podía faltar Movistar Home con Aura, el dispositivo de Telefónica que acaba de salir al mercado dirigido a ayudar y a gestionar nuestra vida digital basado en inteligencia cognitiva.

Figura 9: Aura y Movistar Home no podían faltar en esta exposición sobre la Inteligencia Artificial.

También mencionar que nuestro equipo de Ideas Locas aparece en los créditos de la exposición ya que hemos el honor de colaborar con ellos en varias ocasiones como asesores, mostrándoles a su vez algunos de nuestros trabajos realizados en el campo de la Inteligencia Artificial. Por ejemplo, nuestra serie “Deep Learning vs Atari: entrena tu IA para dominar videojuegos clásicos” o también “Ciencia Ficción vs Inteligencia Artificial”, ambos publicados en el blog de LUCA. Si queréis ir con los deberes hechos a la exposición, os animamos a leer estos artículos para entender algunos de los conceptos básicos que se plantean en la exposición.

Figura 10: Vídeo donde se muestra cómo un agente entrenado
con DeepMind domina el videojuego de Atari Breakout.

Ha sido un placer colaborar con el fantástico y profesional equipo de la Fundación Telefónica en este proyecto y toda una satisfacción ver el fantástico resultado final de la exposición. No tienes que ser solamente un fan de la Ciencia Ficción o de Kubrick/Clarke para visitarla ya que esta es en general, una visión de la evolución de la inteligencia humana donde nos muestran el irremediable futuro donde esta tendrá que convivir con otro tipo de inteligencia: la Inteligencia Artificial ¡No os la perdáis!
Figura 11: Créditos de la exposición donde aparece el equipo Ideas Locas CDO.

Esperamos que saques tiempo para poder ir a verla y disfrutes tanto como hemos disfrutado nosotros. Un fuerte saludo del equipo de Ideas Locas. Los datos de la exposición son:
Web: Más allá de 2001
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
C/Fuencarral, 3 Madrid.
Cuarta Planta.
Todos los días de 10:00 a 20:00 horas.
Equipo Ideas Locas CDO Telefónica.

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Great Pyramids discovery sheds light on construction in ancient Egypt
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Archaeologists and Egyptologists have found an ancient ramp system which may have been used to drag the giant blocks into place. 12:28, UK, Tuesday 06 November 2018. A man waits for tourists to rent his camel in front of the Great Giza pyramids.
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Apple has announced that two of its retail stores in the United States will reopen over the next week following months of renovations, while two brand new locations are also expected to open in Paris and Bangkok.

Apple Third Street Promenade prior to renovations this year

Apple The Westchester in White Plains, New York is set to reopen Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. local time, while Apple Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California is slated to reopen Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m. local time. Each store has received a facelift based on Apple's latest retail design.

Apple is celebrating the reopening of its Third Street Promenade store with colorful artwork and Today at Apple sessions.


"We're celebrating the vibrant creative minds that fill Santa Monica with color through a new wave of inspiring Today at Apple sessions," the store listing on Apple.com says. "From snapping creative selfies to developing a unique sound — and an hour of discovery just for kids — it's all happening at Apple."

Apple Third Street Promenade first opened in 2003, before relocating in 2012 to a larger space with a glass rooftop. The Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian-only, outdoor shopping district in the downtown area of Santa Monica.

Apple The Westchester is located in an indoor shopping mall of the same name in downtown White Plains, New York, an affluent community in Westchester County, roughly 30 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. The store originally opened in September 2002 as one of Apple's first 50 retail locations worldwide.

Elsewhere, Apple previously announced that its first retail store in Thailand will open at the Iconsiam shopping mall in Bangkok on Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Like the Third Street Promenade store, Apple is celebrating its first Thai store with special artwork and Today at Apple sessions.


And in Paris, France, a brand new Apple Store will "soon" open along The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, one of the city's most iconic streets. The store will replace the nearby Apple Carrousel du Louvre, which permanently closed last month.

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Egyptologists may have just come across a clue that can help unveil the mystery of how the Giza pyramids were actually built.

A team of archaeologists researching ancient inscriptions discovered by chance a ramp with stairways, as well as a series of what they think are postholes, suggesting that the way ancient Egyptian civilizations hauled into place the giant blocks of stone that were used to build the pyramids may have been an easier endeavor than previously thought, according to the Guardian.

The new structures found by the Anglo-French team of scientists dated from around the same period the magnificent monuments were built. And while the theory that ramps were used to move the blocks of stone isn’t new, the latest discovery is “significantly steeper than was previously supposed possible.”

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Was Mesosaurus fully aquatic?

A new paper by Demarco, Meneghel, Laurin and Piñeiro 2018

asks, Was Mesosaurus (Fig. 1) a fully aquatic reptile? The authors report, “Mesosaurs are widely thought to represent the earliest fully aquatic amniotes,” but conclude, “more mature individuals might hypothetically have spent time on land. In this study, we have found that the variation of the vertebral centrum length along the axial skeleton of Mesosaurus tenuidens fits better with a semi-aquatic morphometric pattern, as shown by comparisons with other extinct and extant taxa.”
Figure 1. Mesosaurus origins recovered by the LRT. The fossil record appears to be topsy turvy here with the basal taxa appearing 30 million years later. Fossils are rare and discovery is rarer. Things like this sometimes happen.
Figure 1. Mesosaurus origins recovered by the LRT. The fossil record appears to be topsy turvy here with the basal taxa appearing 30 million years later. Fossils are rare and discovery is rarer. Things like this sometimes happen. None of these taxa appear to be fully aquatic, but related thalatttosaurs and ichthyosaurs definitely were.

The authors report methods
 
“We measured the centrum length for each available vertebra in the mesosaur skeletons. All measurements were taken on digital images.” They also looked at Claudiosaurus and Thadeosaurus (Fig. 1), but did not conduct a phylogenetic analysis that included these and other closest sisters to Mesosaurus in the large reptile tree (LRT, 1263 taxa). For comparison, the authors looked at the unrelated vertebral profiles of Cotylorhynchus, Casea, Varanus and Varanops

All of the ancestors to Mesosaurus in the LRT

kept four functioning legs, so terrestrial locomotion remained within their abilities. That seems pretty clear. At Anarosaurus (Fig. 1) the Sauropterygia split off with Pachypleurosaurus and Diandongosaurus at the base. At Brazilosaurus the Thalattosauria + Ichthyosaurus split off with Wumengosaurus (Middle Triassic)  and Serpianosaurus (Middle Triassic) at the base. That means taxa from Galephyrus to Wumengosaurus had their genesis prior to the Early Permian, in the Late Carboniferous. That gives time enough for basal ichthyosaurs, like Grippia, to appear in the Early Triassic. This is a prediction that can be tested and confirmed with new discoveries in the Late Carboniferous.

Note that basal marine younginiform diapsids

are basal to the clade Enaliosauria, which includes mesosaurs, sauropterygians, thalattosaurs and ichthyosaurs in the LRT. Mesosaurs were not basal anapsids (contra Demarco et al. 2018 and all prior authors dealing with mesosaurs).

The authors report,
“The evidence suggests thatMesosaurus may have been slightly amphibious rather than strictly aquatic, at least when it attained a large size and an advanced ontogenetic age, though it is impossible to determine how much time was spent on land and what kind of activity was performed there. Thus, it is impossible to know if mesosaurids came onto land only to bask, like seals or crocodiles, or if they were a bit more agile.”


Since mesosaurs still had limbs, hands and feet,
we can imagine/surmise that they were able to crawl about on land. Based on their proximity to thalattosaurs and ichthyosaurs and the derivation from basal sauropterygians, they were aquatic as well.

It is noteworthy
 
that sauropterygians and ichthyosaurs experienced live birth. So, it is not surprising that mesosaurs, nesting between them, were also viviparous (Piñeiro et al. 2012).

Interesting
 
that mesosaurs despite their derived nesting, predate their late-surviving phylogenetic ancestors. This demonstrates the incompleteness of the fossil record and the likelihood of finding phylogenetic ancestors in earlier strata, which happens all the time

References

Demarco PN, Meneghel M,  Laurin M and Piñeiro G 2018. Was Mesosaurus a fully aquatic reptile? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolutiion 6:109. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00109
 
Piñeiro G, Ferigolo J, Meneghel, M and  Laurin M 2012. The oldest known amniotic embryos suggest viviparity in mesosaurs. Historical Biology. 24 (6): 620–630. doi:10.1080/08912963.2012.662230


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Important Current Affairs 21st October 2018
Important Miscellaneous News (15-20 Oct 2018)
The 6th edition of India International Silk Fair was inaugurated in New Delhi on October 16, 2018.Man-animal conflict will now be considered as ‘State Declared Disaster’ in Uttar Pradesh.Virtual currency exchange ‘Unocoin’ has installed India’s first cryptocurrency ATM in Bengaluru.The Government of India will organise the ‘First National Summit on Invest in AYUSH’ on 4 November 2018.
Important Science & Tech News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR) have developed ‘Oneer’ for disinfecting water
·       The European Space Agency launched a scientific mission named ‘BepiColombo’ to Mercury.
·       China successfully launched twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on 15 October 2018 to strengthen its satellite navigation network.
Imp Govt Policies & Schemes (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The government of India has announced 100 crore rupee award scheme under Saubhagya scheme.
·       The government of India has launched the ‘Youth Road Safety Learners Licence’ programme on 15 October 2018.
·       Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harshvardhan unveiled an Air Quality early warning system for Delhi.
·       The government of India launched ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ campaign on 16 October 2018.
Important India & World News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats.
·       The sixth meeting of the UAE – India High-Level Joint Task Force on Investments (‘the Joint Task Force’) was held in Mumbai on 15 October 2018.
·       Defence Minister NirmalaSitharaman attended 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the 5th ADMM-Plus in Singapore on 19 and 20 October 2018.
Important Books & Authors (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” written by Stephen Hawking was launched on 15 October 2018.
·       A new book was released on Maharana Pratap titled “Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior” written by Rima Hooja.
·       “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections” written by Vijayan Bala was released on 18 October 2018.
Important National Affairs (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       IRCTC launched a chatbot named ‘Ask Disha’ which will answer users’ queries.
·       The Shahi litchi of North Bihar has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
·       The North Central Railways (NCR) launched two apps – ‘NCR RASTA’ (Railway assets Summarised Tracking Application) and ‘Yatri RASTA’ (Railway Approach to Station Tracking Application) for its staff and passengers respectively.
Imp Business & Economy News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The RBI purchased government securities (g-secs) worth ₹120 billion under Open Market Operations.
·       Kreditech has got the license from RBI to operate as Non-Banking Financial Company for digital lending business and app-based financing.
·       RBI has released the guidelines for interoperability between Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs).RBI eased liquidity coverage ratio norms for banks.
Important Indexes & Reports (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       India has been ranked as the 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index for 2018.
·       According to the Rural Development Ministry survey, Kuligod in Karnataka is the India’s best-developed village.
·       According to Credit Suisse’s 2018 Global Wealth Report, wealth in India grew a modest 2.6% and wealth per adult stayed flat at US$ 7,020.
Important Days & Events (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October every year.
·       RashtriyaMahilaKisanDiwas is observed on 15 October in India.
·       World Food Day is held annually on the 16th of October.
·       International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on 17 October.
·       World Osteoporosis Day 2018 is observed on October 20.
Important Defence News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced India’s first competition in the defence sector, the Mehar Baba Prize.
·       India and China will resume the annual joint Army exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ in December 2018 in China’s Chengdu region.
·       India and Japan will hold the joint military exercise ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018’ at Vairengte, Mizoram from 1 November to 14 November 2018.
Imp International News-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson has become the first woman Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).
·       The world’s longest sea bridge ‘Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge’ will be opened on 24 October 2018.
·       China’s indigenously designed and built amphibious aircraft ‘AG600’ successfully carried out its first take-off and landing tests on 20 October 2018.
Imp International News-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) was held in Singapore.
·       Canada has become the second country to legalise possession and use of recreational marijuana.
·       Palestine will lead the ‘Group of 77 plus China’ at the United Nations.
·       China has successfully tested the world’s largest unmanned transport drone which can carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes.
Important Sport News-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Akash Malik became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery at the 2018 Youth Olympics.
·       The 2019 Military World Games will be held in China.
·       The organisers of Wimbledon have introduced a final set tie-breaker in all the events from 2019. A tiebreaker match will be played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set.
Important Sport News-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Tennis player Leander Paes won the Santo Domingo Open trophy.
·       Tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Shanghai Masters title.
·       In Hockey, Great Britain won the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup.
·       SurajPanwar won the silver medal in men’s 5000m race walk event in Youth Olympic Games 2018.
·       Praveen Chitravel won the bronze medal in triple jump at the Youth Olympics Games 2018.
Important Awards & Honours-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Suheil Tandon has won the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission’s Grant Award.
·       Minal Patel Davis has been honoured with a Presidential award for her contribution towards combatting human trafficking in Houston, USA.
·       Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awarded ‘Carnot Prize’ to Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
Important Awards & Honours-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Sikkim has won 2018 UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Future Policy for Gold Award.
·       Author MaryseConde won an alternative award formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize which got cancelled in 2018.
·       Author Anna Burns won the Man Booker Prize for her novel “Milkman”.
·       Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi has been named for 2018 Hridaynath Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Important Appointments (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       ShekharMande has been appointed as Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
·       Nimesh Shah has been elected as Chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).
·       RBI has approved Sandeep Bakshi’s appointment as MD and CEO of the ICICI bank for three years.
·       World Steel Association has elected JSW Steel CMD Sajjan Jindal as its treasurer.

Important Current Affairs 22nd October 2018
Indian Carpet Expo in Varanasi inaugurated
Prime Minister NarendraModi Inaugurated 36th Indian Carpet Expo in Varanasi on 21 Octber 2018.The expo is being organised under the aegis of the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul – a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts – at Varanasi..The expo has become a world-famous international fair amongst the buyers of Handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings.
200 ‘Nirmal’ Ganga projects to be completed
Union Minister NitinGadkari said that the government intends to complete 200 projects for ghats and crematoria.The government is taking various measures to ensure ecological flow or the minimum quantity of water at different stretches of the Ganga.The government had in May 2015 approved Rs 20,000 crore under its ambitious ‘Namami Gange’.
#MeToo: SC declined urgent hearing of PIL
The Supreme Court declined urgent hearing on a PIL seeking the registration of FIRs based on allegations of sexual misconduct and assault levelled by women across various sectors,It is a part of what is being referred to as India’s #MeToo movement.#MeToo spread virally in October 2017 on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.
Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura passed away
Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died.Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that later contributed to cancer studies.In 1962, Shimomura isolated green fluorescent protein from jellyfish.
NASA names gamma-ray constellations
NASA scientists have devised a new set of 21 modern gamma-ray constellations and named them after fictional characters such as the Hulk and Godzilla.The constellations were devised to celebrate the completion of 10 years of operations of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.Fermi’s Large Area Telescope has been scanning the entire sky each day, mapping and measuring sources of gamma rays.
Paytm launched PayPay in Japan
Paytm has launched a payment service called ‘PayPay’ in Japan.PayPay is based on QR (quick-response) code technology.The payment service has been launched in association with SoftBank Corporation and Yahoo Japan Corporation.SoftBank Group is one of the largest investors in Paytm.PayPay Corporation was established in June 2018.
27th Fusion Energy Conference inaugurated
The 27th Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) was inaugurated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 22 October 2018.The six-day event is organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research.FEC aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues.
NITI Lecture Series on artificial intelligence
Prime Minister NarendraModi attended the fourth edition of the NITI Lecture Series focussed on ‘leveraging artificial intelligence for inclusive growth’ on 22 October 2018.The 2018 theme for the lecture series was ‘AI for All: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth’.The lecture series is part of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence.
Hurricane Willa approaching towards Mexico
Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an ‘extremely dangerous’ near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific and is moving towards Mexico’s western coast.The hurricane was recognised as ‘life-threatening’ by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).It has maximum sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour (209 km).
Sujatha Gidla won Shakti Bhatt Prize
SujathaGidla has won the 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.She won the award for her book, ‘Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India’.The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is funded by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation.It was set up in 2008 in memory of writer Shakti.It carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.
Global meet on maternal, child health


Important Current Affairs 01st October 2018
RBI to pump Rs 360 bn into bond markets
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would pump Rs 360 billion into money markets in October to stem fears of a cascading credit crunch.The auctions would be conducted during the second, third and fourth week of October.The government will effectively cut its market borrowing by Rs 700 billion due to higher-than-expected earnings of Rs 750 billion through its small savings scheme.
Harmonium exponent Tulsidas Borkar passed away
Renowned harmonium player Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away in Mumbai.Borkar was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 2016 and also the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.He had accompanied legendary singers such as Ustad Amir Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and Kishori Amonkar.Borkar was known for both solo performances as well as his unique style of accompanying Indian classical singers.
5th World Internet Conference in China
China will hold the fifth World Internet Conference (WIC) in its river town of Wuzhen on November 7-9 2019.Theme:  “creating a digital world for mutual trust and collective governance – towards a community with a shared future in cyberspace”.The conference will advocate exchanges, mutual learning, cooperation and sharing in the digital fields.
7-member panel set up on ‘calamity tax’
The GST Council has set up a seven-member Group of Minister (GoM) panel.The panel will examine the legality of imposing a new tax on certain goods and services to raise resources for natural calamity-hit states.The seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM), would include representatives from North-Eastern, hilly and coastal states.
‘NABARAD Grameena Habba’ in Bengaluru
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is organizing “Grameena Habba” at Bengaluru.Habba is an exhibition cum sale of rural artisan products September 28- Oct 7, 2018.It would expand the market for weavers, rural artisans and craftsmen etc.NABARD supports rural artisans via its special fund ‘Gramya Vikas Nidhi’ that promotes rural innovation, rural livelihood options etc.
Goa, Portugal signed MoU on water management
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and the Public Works Department of Goa.The MoU proposes technical partnership in the areas of water supply operation and energy efficiency,As part of the MoU, the assessment of two of the biggest water treatment and supply plants at Selaulim and Opa in Goa would be undertaken.
New LNG terminal at Anjar inaugurated
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mundra LNG terminal, the Anjar-Mundra Pipeline Project and the Palanpur-Pali-Barmer pipeline project, at Anjar, Gujarat on 30 September 2018.The LNG terminal is promoted by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd.India has two more LNG terminals, Dabhol in Maharashtra and Kochi in Kerala.
1st corn festival of country in Chhindwara
The first corn festival of the country held in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh from 29-30 Sept.The event will see scientists working on maize from across the country who will share their knowledge of the new developments and opportunities for corn based products.Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.
SATAT initiative launched by Petroleum Min
The government of India launched ‘SATAT’ initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) as an alternative fuel.The initiative is aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.Use of CBG will also help bring down dependency on crude oil imports.
Wage Compensation Scheme for pregnant women
Assam government launched a wage compensation scheme for Pregnant Women in tea gardens of the state.The scheme will provide better health and nutrition supplements to the pregnant women.An amount of Rs.12,000 will be given to the pregnant woman to take care of herself and unborn baby.The wage compensation scheme will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the tea areas of Assam.
VP to give “Vayoshreshtha Samman-2018”
The Vice President of India M. Venkiah Naidu gave “Vayoshreshtha Samman-2018” to senior citizens on October 1, 2018.The award is given to eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of the elderly persons.Vayoshreshtha Samman is a Scheme of National Awards instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
Sale of micro insurance via PoS allowed
Insurance regulator IRDAI has allowed the distribution of all micro-insurance products through point-of-sales (PoS).It aims to increase insurance penetration in the country.Micro-insurance policies are designed to promote insurance coverage among economically vulnerable sections.A micro-insurance policy is a general or life insurance policy with a sum assured of Rs. 50,000 or less.
Madhya Pradesh to have cow ministry
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the setting up of a ministry for cows.The cow ministry will replace the existing Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board (MPGEPSB).If Madhya Pradesh implements the decision, it will become the second Indian state after Rajasthan to get a cow ministry.
livestock census commenced from Oct. 1
The 20th Livestock Census will be conducted in all States and Union Territories from October 1, 2018.The 20th Livestock Census would, for the first time, capture breed-wise headcount of livestock and poultryThe Census would help in identifying the threatened indigenous breeds.The exercise would also cover fisheries.
Peace Padyatra in in the Red heartland
Around 150 people, from various states affected by the Maoist insurgency, will begin a 186-km long ‘Peace Padyatra’ on 1 Oct.The Peace Padyatra will start from the Shabri Gandhi Ashram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh to the Jagdalpur town of Bastar.The padyatris will walk along the National Highway 30, that passes through the  Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
Good samaritan bill of Karnataka approved
Karnataka has become the first state in the country to give legal protection to good Samaritans.President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016.The bill aims to provide legal protection to the good samaritans in Karnataka, who help accident victims with emergency medical care.
NITI Aayog and Oracle sign SoI
NITI Aayog and Oracle signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) softwareThe SoI was signed in order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India.Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences will partner in this effort.
Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash title
India’s Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash Championship title on 30 September, 2018.Yuvraj has become the second Indian to win the Under-13 title after Veer Chotrani, who had won the title in 2014 in Iran.Overall, Indian squash players won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
Int Day of Older Persons observed on 1st Oct
International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st October every year.The theme for 2018 is ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights champions’.The objective of the International Day for Older Persons is to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
Govt sets up Competition Law Review Committee
The Government has constituted a Competition Law Review Committee to review the Competition Act.The committee will be headed by corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas.The committee will review the competition regulations in India.The Competition Act was passed in 2002 and the Competition Commission of India was set up in 2009.

Important Current Affairs 02nd October 2018
AM Raghunath Nambiar takes over as AOC-in-C
Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar on October 1, 2018, took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command.He is also a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was the Project Test Pilot for the Light Combat Aircraft, ‘Tejas’.He had served as a Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at the IAF’s Eastern Air Command in the past.
Birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
The nation celebrates the 114th birth anniversary of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on October 2.He was the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party.Prime Minister visited the Vijay Ghat to pay tributes to the former prime minister.Shastri coined the slogan ‘jai jawan jai kisan’.
PPC launched on 2nd October 2018
The Central government launched its People’s Plan Campaign (PPC) for panchayats from October 2, 2018, with the slogan “Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas”.During the campaign, structured Gram Sabha meetings will be held for preparing Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) for the next financial year 2019-2020.GPDP aims to strengthen the role of elected Panchayat leaders and Women.
Govt releases agri census data for 2015-16
The government of India released agriculture census for 2015-16 on 1 October 2018.The average size of operational holding declined to 1.08 hectares (ha) in 2015-16 compared to 1.15 ha in 2010-11.The percentage share of female operational holders has increased from 12.79% in 2010-11 to 13.87% in 2015-16.Agriculture census is conducted by Ministry of Agriculture for every five years.
HRD min gave ‘Swachhata Ranking Awards 2018’
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the “Swachh Campus rankings” under 8 different categories on 1 October 2018.Haryana’s Maharashi Dayanand University has been ranked the cleanest government university by the HRD Ministry.Among the technical institutions, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore bagged the top rank.
Government took control of IL&FS
The government of India took control of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) on 1 October 2018.The government replaced its board and appointed new board members.Uday Kotak was named as non-executive chairman of the new board.The government moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for replacing the IL&FS Board.
BSE launches commodity derivative contracts
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) became the first stock exchange in India to launch the commodity derivative contracts in gold and silver.Till now, commodity contracts were available only on MCX and NCDEX, the two specialised commodity derivatives exchanges.BSE also waived off transaction charges for the first year in the commodities derivatives segment.
U.S., Canada agree on free trade pact
Canada and the U.S. have agreed on a new free trade pact that will include Mexico.The new trade deal will be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).USMCA replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).The trade pact will come up for review every six years.
ADB and India sign $150 Million Loan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 Million Loan.The loan amount will be used to improve road connectivity and efficiency of the International Trade Corridor in West Bengal and North-Eastern Region of India.The project will give a boost to India’s efforts to promote regional connectivity in South Asia.
NALCO CMD conferred with NIPM Ratna award
NALCO CMD Dr Tapan Kumar Chand was conferred with the ‘NIPM Ratna Award’ at the 37th NIPM Annual National Conference (NATCON-2018).He was given the award for his contribution to People Management & Strategic Leadership.National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) is the highest body of HR professionals in India.NIPM organized the NATCON-2018 at Pune.
Int Day of Non-Violence observed on Oct 2
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October in honor of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.The International Day of Non-Violence is a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Niwari is 52nd district of MP
The Madhya Pradesh government announced the creation of a new district ‘Niwari’.The new district would include three tehsils of the present Tikamgarh district – Niwari, Orchha, and Prithvipur.The government’s decision came into effect from October 1.The district has been carved out of the Tikamgarh district.
BCCI comes under RTI Act
Central Information Commission brings The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.CIC directed the BCCI to form, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act within 15 days.The BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India formed in December 1928.
India, Uzbekistan signed 17 agreements
India and Uzbekistan inked 17 agreements on 1 October 2018, including in the areas of defence, space, health and agriculture.They also signed an agreement on cooperation in combating illicit drug trafficking.Two agreements in the sectors of innovation, and health and medical science were also signed.The two countries also entered into a pact on cooperation in the pharma sector.
Nobel prize for medicine
Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan won the 2018 Nobel prize in medicine.They won the prize for the discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.They will receive their prize at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on 10th December.Allison and Honjo also have won the Tang Prize in 2014 for their research.
12 Indian firms in Forbes best companies
12 Indian companies features in a list of the world’s best regarded firms compiled by Forbes.Entertainment giant Walt Disney, with a market cap of USD 165 billion topped the list.US companies dominate the list with 61 of the total 250 firms.The Indian companies are-  Infosys, TCS, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, L&T, Grasim Industries, GIC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Asian Paints, SAIL, ITC and HDFC.
1st Swachhata Mela at AIIMS Delhi
Health Minister J P Nadda inaugurated the First Swachhata Mela organised by All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi.AIIMS Delhi has bagged first position in Kayakalp awards with prize money of Rs. 5 crore in the last two editions of the awards.Kayakalp awards were initiated to recognise the efforts of the hospitals for maintaining cleanliness in their premises.
India’s flag-bearer at Youth Olympic Games
16-year-old shooting star Manu Bhaker is named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games at Buenos Aires.A contingent of 68 members, including 46 athletes, departed for Argentina to take part in games from October 6-18.Bhaker had won gold in 10m air pistol at Guadalajara World Cup as well as Commonwealth Games.
Mushtaque Ahmad- new Hockey India President
Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad was is named as the new President of Hockey India (HI).Ahmad is currently serving as the post of Secretary General.He takes over President Rajinder Singh after being elected unopposed.Hockey India is the governing body having an exclusive mandate to conduct all activities for both men and women hockey in India.
Gita Gopinath appointed IMF Chief Economist
India-born economist, Gita Gopinath has been appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).She will succeed Maurice Obstfeld, who announced his retirement in July.Gita Gopinath is the second Indian economist to be appointed as IMF chief economist after Raghuram Rajan.She currently serves as professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

Important Current Affairs 03rd October 2018
National Khadi Festival 2018 inaugurated
A month-long National Khadi Festival 2018 has been inaugurated on 2 Oct 2018, by Union MSME minister, Shri Giriraj Singh.The fest is being organized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission at Mumbai.Various types of Khadi products of different states would be available at the festival.Around 100 institutions from all over of the country are participating in the exhibition.
Mount Soputan erupts in Indonesia
Indonesia’s Mount Soputan volcano erupts on the tsunami-hit island of Sulawes.The authorities raised the volcano’s status to Level III of the four-level national alert system.It is about 1,000 km from the town of Palu where a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami.Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where frequent quakes and volcanic activity strikes.
Lilima to receive Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018
Hockey player Lilima Minz from Odisha has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018.The annual award is instituted by the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys (IMFA) comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted to promote literature, sports, the arts, culture, and other socially meaningful activities.
N. Ravi elected as PTI chairman
N. Ravi, Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI).Mr. Ravi succeeds Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director of the Express Group.Also, Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, was elected as Vice-Chairman.
PM Modi received UNEP Champions of the Earth
PM Narendra Modi received the United Nations highest environmental honour, the UNEP Champions of the Earth award at New Delhi.The award is presented by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.The award was announced on 26th Sept, on the sidelines of 73rd UN GA in New York.The annual prize is awarded to leaders from government whose actions had a positive impact on the environment.
SIDBI launched ‘Udyam Abhilasha’ campaign
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), had launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha on 2 October 2018.The campaign was launched in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog.The campaign would create and strengthen cadre of more than 800 trainers to provide entrepreneurship training to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Japan space probe launched new robot
A Japanese probe launched a new observation robot towards an asteroid.The Hayabusa2 probe launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT), towards the Ryugu asteroid’s surface.MASCOT’s launch comes after the Hayabusa2 dropped a pair of MINERVA-II micro-rovers on the Ryugu asteroid.MASCOT can take images at multiple wavelengths and measure magnetic fields.
World Peace monument inaugurated
Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the World Peace Monument at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s World Peace University campus at Loni, Pune.The monument has one of the world’s largest dome of 160 ft. in diameter and 263 ft tall.It is larger in area than the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.The dome is built atop the MIT World Peace Library and the World Peace Prayer Hall
PM inaugurated first assembly of the ISA
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 1st Assembly of the International Solar Alliance on 2 October 2018 in New Delhi.The same event also marked the inauguration of the 2nd IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting, and the 2nd Global RE-Invest (Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo).The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, was present on the occasion.
Stamps on International Day of Non-Violence
The UN postal agency issued a new collection of stamps in commemoration of the International Day of Non-violence, marked on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.Stamps feature artistic interpretation of ‘The Knotted Gun’, an iconic global sculpture.The sculpture was created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswrd as a tribute to  Beatles member John Lennon after his murder.
Barham Salih as new president of Iraq
Iraq’s Parliament has elected a veteran Kurdish Politician Barham Salih as the country’s new President.Salih is a former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.He has named Shiite Adel Abdul Mahdi as Prime Minister of the country.The move will pave the way to form a new government, nearly five months after national elections.
New dwarf planet spotted
An extremely distant dwarf planet, named The Goblin, has been discovered by the astronomers.The dwarf planet was officially designated as ‘2015 TG387’.Astronomers first observed the dwarf planet on October 13, 2015, from the Subaru telescope.This is the third dwarf planet found to be orbiting on the frigid fringes of our solar system.
Thangvellu- flag-bearer for Asian Para Games
Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangvellu Mariyappan is named as flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Paralympic Asian games.India will field its biggest ever contingent of 302 members for the games.3rd Asian Para Games will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 6-13.The official mascot of the Games is a Bondol eagle named Momo.
Manipur clinch National Football Championship
Manipur claimed victory in the final of the 24th Senior Women’s National Football Championships, defeating hosts Odisha by 2-1.It was the 19th occasion when a state from the northeast of India won the trophy.Manipur captain Bala Devi scored the first goal in the 45th minute.The final match was held at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th CJI
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on 3 October 2018.He was administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind.CJI Ranjan Gogoi is the first Chief Justice of India from the north-east and his tenure will end in November 2019.Justice Gogoi started his career as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court in February 2001.
Odisha launched own food security scheme
The Odisha government has launched its own food security scheme on 2 October 2018.The scheme will be benefiting 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act.The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of Rs. 1 per kg.Each poor man will get 5 kg of rice per month as per the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
WHO launched global guidelines on sanitation
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first global guidelines on sanitation and health.The WHO said that by adopting its new guidelines, countries can significantly reduce diarrhoeal deaths due to unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.The new guidelines were developed because current sanitation programmes are not achieving anticipated health gains.
Assam government launched pension scheme
Assam government launched pension scheme covering all senior citizens of the state.The name of the pension scheme is ‘Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension Achoni’.All senior citizens above 60 years of age are entitled to get the benefit of the scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to their bank accounts.
IBSAMAR-VI kicks off in South Africa
The sixth edition of IBSAMAR is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 October 2018.IBSAMAR is a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies.The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies and building interoperability.The last edition of IBSAMAR was conducted in Goa.
Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland won Nobel prize
Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics.They were awarded for their work in the field of lasers used for surgery as well as scientific study.Ashkin invented optical “tweezers” that could grab particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells.Mourou and Strickland separately created the shortest and most powerful laser pulses ever.

Important Current Affairs 04th October 2018
Trials of Astra BVR-AAM Completed Successfully
A series of flight trials of ‘Astra’ Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) was conducted by the Indian Air Force from September 26 to October 3 2018.The test was conducted at Integrated Test Range, Balasore.Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed the missile.The missile is expected to be inducted into Indian Air Force in 2019.
Youngest Indian to score century on Test debut
Prithvi Shaw scored a century in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot to become the youngest Indian to score a century on debut.Shaw surpassed the record set by Abbas Ali Baig who had sco
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God Knows What You Don’t Have

“God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.”

When Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2015) says it, I perk up. I nod in agreement. I remember her life, her murdered missionary husband, her devotion to the gospel, her absolute earnestness about Jesus, and the congruity of her words and practice, and I say, “Amen.”

The circumstances of her life were the stuff of legend for me as a growing girl. It was undeniably evident that God was orchestrating all the hardships and massive disappointments she experienced, at the very least, to help all the rest of us. I wanted to be like her, because I wanted to know her God as deeply as she did — the kind of God who made every trial worth it.

But I hadn’t fully reckoned with the means of her unflappable faith in God. I thought, or at least hoped, that the intimacy and trust she had in Jesus could come through a life of ease. I found out that in order to be like her, and to know God in such a way, I would need to learn the glad surrender of discipline. I would have to walk a path through suffering, and I would need to discover the beauty in my own strange ashes.

What Are Our Needs?

I stood in the doorway of the biggest ER room at our state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital. There was barely room for me as thirteen medical staff moved with urgency, bumping into each other, with forceful words coming from the doctor in charge. And in the middle of it all, our 13-month-old son, looking still, pale, and lifeless. I wanted to cry loudly, or yell my son’s name, or make someone tell me how this was going to turn out.

I did none of that. I stood quietly, not moving, clenching my hands, while my heart did not pound, but seemed to dissolve. I thought that if I was quiet and composed, they would allow me to stay near my son. I watched them put an IV directly into his bone to get the meds into his marrow as quickly as possible. And I followed behind the gurney with a dry face as the nurse rhythmically pumped the manual ventilator, breathing for our son, until we arrived in our room in the PICU and he could be hooked up to the machine.

I had learned years before (perhaps not as well as I should have) that God doesn’t owe us children. And that sometimes he takes them away after he’s given them. My naïve twenty-something self was shocked by this reality. Subconsciously believing myself to be immune to miscarriage, I was surprised when it happened. The simple words of Job comforted and frightened me: “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away” (see Job 1:21).

And now, with five living children — the youngest with serious medical problems — I was faced with another plan that didn’t match mine. Which, to be fair, is a daily occurrence. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a day go according to my plan. But the differences between my plan and God’s have, with some notable exceptions, generally been of a small scale. Watching my son’s life hang in the balance was not a small-scale difference between God’s plan and mine.

What It Means to Thrive

That night in the hospital, alone with my unconscious son and the sound of the ventilator making a terrifying sort of silence, God was reworking my understanding of neediness and flourishing. Over the coming years, I would be faced with lots of questions about what I needed and what our family needed in order to thrive as his people.

Did I need my son to be healthy? How healthy was healthy enough? Did our older kids need a childhood untarnished by suffering? Did they need a family with fewer “needs”? Did they need me to homeschool them full-time to develop into decent Christian people? Did I need sleep? How much? Did I need less vomit in my life? How coherent did I need to be in order to be a kind human?

You likely have your own questions. Do you need a healthy marriage? Do you need your child to be saved? Do you need to move to a different city, a different house, a different neighborhood? Do you need to be rid of your chronic pain? Do you need God to give you a “yes” to the request that you’ve been bringing him for the last twenty years? Do you need to be rid of your aloneness? Do you need stability or change?

What exactly does Paul mean when he promises, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)?

The Calm After the Storm

My son made it through that traumatic hospital stay. So did I. Although it wouldn’t be the last time we were there.

I felt like declaring victory. We survived. My faith was intact — even strengthened. But one discovery of the last decade of my life has been that the big trials aren’t always the test we think they are. Somehow, we get through those Big Scary Trials. By grace and prayers and the help of God’s people, we hold on to hope in God’s promises and endure. But often, it’s the little trials that follow the big ones that threaten to unravel us.

A couple years after that ominous hospital stay, when I should have been thrilled at my son’s progress and how well things were going, I found myself telling God at two o’clock in the morning, “I can’t. I can’t live like this anymore. I can’t do the things I’m supposed to be doing each day with so little sleep each night. I need you to give me relief. I need you to relent of this nightly disaster.” You see, our son has disrupted sleep because of his neurological problems. It’s improved in fits and starts, but by and large, the five years of his life have been challenging in the sleep department. And it was this small trial that was threatening to undo me.

Beware of Small Trials

I had the idea that in order for me to disciple my children, I needed to be coherent and less desperate. I had the idea that in order for God to use me to point them to him, I needed to shed this raw, at-the-end-of-my-rope status. I was okay with being brought low — I’d been there many times — but just how low did I have to go? I mean, I’d read Christian articles that declared, Sleep is an act of humility. So, why would God deny me that humility? I wanted to trust him with my eyes closed.

But God wouldn’t let me set my heart on lesser needs. We have bigger needs than sleep. We have bigger needs than our health or the health of our kids. We have bigger needs than a spouse or relief from chronic pain. We have bigger needs than coherency. We have bigger needs than that job, or career, or home. We have bigger needs than serving God the way we hoped.

What I really needed was to read more closely in Philippians 4 in order to discover that Paul himself had gone without his basic needs met. He says it like this: “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 4:12). Paul faced unmet needs, and he had learned how to abound in them.

In Every Circumstance

God’s ideas about our flourishing are different than ours. We think flourishing means eight hours of shut-eye, a good job, being surrounded by people who treat us with respect, being given the opportunity to succeed at something, good medical care, a loving marriage, and happy children. Those are good things, but they are not the things God is most concerned about supplying us in this life for our flourishing.

In God’s economy, we flourish when our need for him is met in him. Dear brothers and sisters, there is no circumstance under heaven that God isn’t using to grow us into oaks of righteousness. There is no need that he won’t fill with himself. The promise is really true: God really will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). There is nothing we truly need that is not found in Christ.

Even more, the circumstances of being denied an earthly need or desire are often his tailored means of accelerating our holiness and happiness in him. When we want, we are given more of Christ. When we suffer, our solidarity with him grows.

As usual, Elisabeth was right, “God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” And what we do need now, we do have now: God the Father’s loving, sovereign hand working all things for our good (Romans 8:28); Christ the Son as our advocate, Savior, and righteousness (1 John 2:1; Philippians 3:20; 1 Corinthians 1:30); and the Holy Spirit’s intercession, help, and comfort surrounding us day by day (Romans 8:26–27).

So, at the end of our lives, we truly will be able to say, “I never wanted for anything. I never had a ‘no’ from my Father that wasn’t a ‘yes’ to better and deeper things.”


          Are You Willing to Bet on Winning Counsel Fees?      Cache   Translate Page      
I recently represented a client at mediation during which the parties were able to resolve virtually all of their issues, save for the Wife’s claim that the Husband should make a significant contribution to her counsel fees. It was the Wife’s position that the Husband had run up her legal fees with multiple order violations, refusal to turn over discovery, and by taking totally unreasonable positions; moreover, since he made more money than her, he had a greater ability to pay her legal fees. It was the Husband’s position that the Wife had run up his legal fees with her own unreasonable positions.  He also criticized her for choosing lawyers who are more expensive than those he chose to engage, arguing that he shouldn’t be held responsible for her choice to do so. With this being a major impasse for the parties, it seems inevitable that a judge will decide the issue either in isolation or together with a trial on other unresolved aspects of their…
          Groundbreaking exhibition examines the role of science in mid-century art      Cache   Translate Page      
This fall, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents the premiere of a nationally touring exhibition that explores the influence of scientific discovery on some of the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists. Organized by the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein is the first exhibition to highlight the untold story of the “Dimensionist Manifesto”—a proclamation authored by Hungarian poet Charles Sirató in 1936 and endorsed by such artistic luminaries as Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, László Moholy-Nagy, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and others—which called for an artistic response to the era’s groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Featuring nearly seventy artworks by the Manifesto’s signatories and their contemporaries, the exhibition illuminates remarkable connections between the scientific and artistic re
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          Ariana Grande’s new song teaches us the joy of ex      Cache   Translate Page      

In Thank U, Next, Grande eschews slagging off past loves in favour of thanking them. It’s a philosophy to aspire to

To see how far the genre of “ex diss tracks” has come, you only need to listen to Ariana Grande’s new single, Thank U, Next, released just after she broke up with her fiance, Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. In it, Grande thanks all her past loves for the part they played in the creation of the “so amazing” Ariana 2.0: “One taught me love / One taught me patience / And one taught me pain … I’ve loved and I’ve lost / But that’s not what I see / Look what I got / Look what you taught me.”

The music press applauded the single as a welcome new spin on the scorned lovers’ songs of old (Eamon and Frankee, we’re looking at you), with Pitchfork calling it an “eloquent display of inner strength”. On Twitter, its message of self-discovery and forgiveness was quickly embraced as a meme, linking noteworthy exes in popular culture with lessons learned.

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          Regeneration science takes a leap forward      Cache   Translate Page      
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Researchers led by Tufts University biologists and engineers have found that delivering progesterone to an amputation injury site can induce the regeneration of limbs in otherwise non-regenerative adult frogs - a discovery that furthers understanding of regeneration and could help advance treatment of amputation injuries. The researchers created a wearable bioreactor attached to the wound
          2018 Bay Area Science Festival Culminates in Discovery Day at AT&T Park – UCSF News Services      Cache   Translate Page      
UCSF News ServicesThe event capped off the eighth annual Bay Area Science Festival, organized by UC San Francisco, which brought two weeks of jam-packed science activities to the Bay Area. From watching mitosis under a microscope to exploring the human brain through … …read more Source:: SF Bay Area Events News By Google News
          Sara House’s New Book “Inclined to Love” is an Impassioned Tale of a...      Cache   Translate Page      

Recent release “Inclined to Love” from Page Publishing author Sara House is a remarkable story that shows a young woman’s resilience in her journey toward self-discovery, family, and spirituality.

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          Comment on Crossrail in a jam with Astoria nightclub discovery by Paul c rey      Cache   Translate Page      
I worked at the astoria theatre at the end of 1977 to 1978, supplying the lighting and equipment for the forthcoming new musical'Elvis! I didnt realise that it had been demolished as i live abroad and therefore out of touch with developments in london and the uk, my cousin ian albery was at the time technical adviser to the astoria when it was converted for that show.
          THE HAWAIIAN DISCOVERY by Jean Brunstetter Reviewed at FreshFiction.com      Cache   Translate Page      
THE HAWAIIAN DISCOVERY A charming tale of friendship and challenges in love and faith! After two years of enjoying working in her good friend's bed and breakfast, Ellen Lambright finds herself a bit at odds and not really settling into working in her father's shoe store in Middlebury, Indiana. Then, Ellen learned that her best friend Mandy and her husband Ken Williams won't not be coming back to Indiana so they can help his family in Hawaii. Ellen is sad knowing Mandy is not coming back .... FreshFiction.com reviewed by: Audrey Lawrence
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Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Also: the BBC has learnt that the British government is preparing a campaign to sell a Brexit deal to the country, and the discovery of a ramp could explain how the pyramids in Egypt were made.
          Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Deadly Puppy-Dumping Case      Cache   Translate Page      

On the afternoon of October 26, a couple camping off County Road 244 near Rifle made a horrifying discovery: an open trash bag with nine newborn puppies inside, two ...

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          Discovery. Последний ниндзя / Ultimate Ninja Challenge [01x01 из 08] (2018) HDTVRip GeneralFilm | P2      Cache   Translate Page      





Название: Последний ниндзя

Оригинальное название: Ultimate Ninja Challenge

Год выпуска: 2018

Жанр: Документальный, выживание, соревнования

Выпущено: США, Discovery Channel



О фильме: Холод. Глушь. Двадцать четыре дня. Девять смельчаков. Все они хотят стать ниндзя. Но в ходе изматывающих испытаний будет выбран лишь один достойный преемник наследия Ниндзюцу. Именно он отправится в замок Ига ниндзя ясики – место, служившее тайной штаб-квартирой для клана профессиональных убийц. Здесь он получит мастер-класс и наставления от последнего настоящего ниндзя на земле ‒ Дзиньити Каваками. Каждому участнику испытания предстоит сломать себя и собрать заново, заниматься поисками пропитания, строить убежище, а также обучаться восемнадцати дисциплинам настоящего синоби. Разделившись на три группы, воины отправятся на ледник, в холодные болота и в горы. Одолеваемые холодом и мучимые жаждой, кто из них выживет и станет последним ниндзя?







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          Forum Post: RE: CCS/TM4C1294NCPDT: CCS 6.1.2 upgrade to CCS 8.2 recommendations      Cache   Translate Page      
Doug, >>I assume I could just install the latest CCS 8.2 and do all the updates then import my project that was created with CCS 6.2.1. Should this method work with no problems or would this cause problems with the RTOS.cfg files etc? If things in the RTOS .cfg file changed, this may cause problems with the latest software This can be done without a problem. If you had installed everything under C:\ti, you can also install CCSv8.2 under this directory (they will not overlap) and the first time that CCS runs (just make sure you are using a different workspace!) it should prompt you with the Product Discovery and ask you to install the new product (or products) found. You also have to add the compiler already installed with CCSv6.1.2 to your new CCS version according to the instructions below. software-dl.ti.com/.../ccs_compiler-installation-selection.html If the TI-RTOS (and any other component) is not automatically recognized, please follow the instructions in the reference below: software-dl.ti.com/.../ccs_product-installation-selection.html Hope this helps, Rafael
          Academic counselor Quamé on standing out, dreaming big — and letting go      Cache   Translate Page      
Quamé talks about his journey of self-discovery, from surviving gang culture in L.A. to following his dreams to make it as a DJ to his role as an academic counselor on campus and the power of mentorship
          Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan      Cache   Translate Page      
Today, I am proud to have the opportunity to highlight how the drive for discovery at Ancestry extends to our important research collaborations. Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal Read More
          Magic To Continue With A Discovery Of Witches Greenlit For Seasons 2 And 3      Cache   Translate Page      
Will Diana and Matthew be able to continue to escape their pursuers?
          Senior Technician (Discovery Team), Cell Biology - Firmenich Inc. - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Grain diversity helps build a bigger toolbox for bakers      Cache   Translate Page      
It has never been a better time to be in artisan baking. We are living in a time of heirloom wheat rediscovery and renewed appreciation for ancient grains.
          Mystery particle spotted? Discovery would require physics so weird that nobody has even thought of it      Cache   Translate Page      
Scientists at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider have seen something that may force us to abandon everything we thought we knew about the world on the level of particles. Read more
          Surprising Discovery Gives "Plasma Lenses" a Clearer Future      Cache   Translate Page      
It might surprise you that scientists at CERN—the home of the world’s largest particle accelerator—don’t always think bigger is better. At 17-miles in diameter, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the biggest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. It’s the hub of high energy physics research, drawing scientists from around the globe and managing to make the Higgs boson a household name. But as CERN researchers look to the future, some of them are thinking small. Well, small in size, not small in impact.

An active plasma lens during discharge in both helium (left) and argon (right).
Image Credit: Lindstrøm et al, Physical Review Letters
“There are a number of new and powerful ways of accelerating particle beams these days that promise to build significantly smaller physics machines (like linear particle colliders or free-electron lasers) as well as spin-offs like cancer radiotherapy centers,” explains Carl Lindstrøm, a graduate student working with Erik Adli at the University of Oslo.

Smaller, less expensive accelerators mean greater access to these tools. And not just greater access for physicists, but also for researchers in other fields, the medical community, and cancer patients. That’s why CERN is also home to CLEAR, the CERN Linear Electron Accelerator Research Center. At CLEAR, researchers prototype and study techniques for shrinking down accelerators alongside components for LHC upgrades.

In a surprising new discovery, an international team of scientists and CLEAR collaborators that includes Lindstrøm have made a critical advance in a key area of small accelerator design—beam focusing. Their work will soon be published in the American Physical Society’s journal Physical Review Letters.

To be useful, a particle accelerator needs to do more than accelerate particles—it must also focus those particles into a beam and focus that beam on a target. Whether your goal is smashing atoms or irradiating cancerous tissue, if you can’t focus the beam there's no point in accelerating anything!

In conventional accelerators, particles are focused by powerful magnets. Carefully arranged groups of magnets placed throughout an accelerator create a strong magnetic field that guides the charged particles to the target. In general, the higher the magnetic field, the shorter the distance over which a beam can be focused.

“As the accelerator devices get smaller, so must the focusing devices,” says Lindstrøm. Therefore, miniaturizing the focusing section of an accelerator requires a completely different approach than the magnets used by large accelerators. One of the most promising approaches is active plasma lensing, in which the magnetic field is generated by sending a pulse of electric current through a thin tube of ionized gas, a.k.a. a plasma.

Active plasma lensing is an attractive option for rapidly focusing a particle beam, but there are drawbacks. One of the largest is that zapping the plasma with electricity makes the gas in the tube heat up unevenly. Experiments show that this uneven heating causes an aberration, a problem with the system that interferes with its ability to focus the beam clearly.

Two years ago, Lindstrøm was part of a team led by Erik Adli (University of Oslo in Norway), Simon Hooker (University of Oxford in the UK) and Jens Osterhoff (DESY in Germany) whose goal was to measure the effect of this aberration. First, they designed and set up a plasma lens using helium. Here’s the rest of the story, as told by Lindstrøm.

We were using practically the same setup that other labs had used before us, but due to small changes in our design, it was not working. So eventually, we gave up and decided to go for Plan B—using argon [instead of helium], as it is easier to break down into plasma, which would solve our problems. This worked just fine!

As we proceeded to do the intended experiment, which was to measure the effect of the aberration, we immediately observed that it was not there. We were all a bit baffled, and confused. We measured it again and again—always the same answer: no aberration.

First, we thought that maybe the other labs had made a mistake—our measurement was a more direct and precise one, whereas the other labs were using different methods. We had no reason to believe that the change of gas would suddenly fix things—but we had to check. After some thinking and some modifications, we finally managed to also use a light gas—helium—and immediately, we saw evidence of the aberration.

All the evidence now made sense, and we knew we had stumbled upon something very interesting!
Team members (from left) Kyrre N. Sjøbæk, Carl A. Lindstrøm, Erik Adli (principal investigator), Martin Meisel, and Lucas Schaper in the CLEAR control room.
Image Credit: Wilfrid Farabolini / CLEAR User Facility.
What they stumbled upon—and then demonstrated theoretically and experimentally—is that the troublesome aberration caused by active plasma lensing completely disappears if you fill the tube with argon instead of helium, the traditional choice. After doing some experimental and theoretical analysis, here’s the simple reason they think this is the case: Heat transfer happens slower in heavier gases than in light gases. Argon is much heavier than helium. In argon, they think, the heat transfer happens slow enough that the aberration just doesn’t have enough time to form.

This discovery means that researchers can now design higher-quality plasma lenses and, as a result, better focusing systems for small accelerators. This is great news for researchers—and really, for all of us, since we’d all benefit from greater access to particle accelerators. It also highlights how important it is to get your hands dirty.

“I find it incredible—and very inspiring—how much you can learn and discover from simply doing the experiment,” says Lindstrøm. “We set out to do a relatively straightforward measurement of a ‘known’ effect, and ended up finding a solution to the problem by chance. You can’t always expect a discovery, but if you don’t do the experiment, you definitely won’t learn anything new,” he says.

Kendra Redmond

          Instagram Reportedly Testing Collaborative School Stories      Cache   Translate Page      
It seems that Instagram might be trying to help schools foster community spirit because according to a discovery by Jane Manchun Wong (via TechCrunch), it seems that Instagram is looking to test some kind of collaborative Stories feature for schools, where only students from a certain school can see or contribute to it. We imagine that this feature could be used by teachers, school admins, and select students to make […]
          Quarry Discovery May Explain How Pyramids Were Built      Cache   Translate Page      
Scientists have long theorized that Egyptians used a ramp of some kind in building the pyramids, and a new discovery in an ancient quarry might provide a tangible look at just such a system. Researchers say they found the remains of a system that dates back 4,500 years, to...
          November Surprise: Info on 62 Million US Voters Up for Sale on Darknet - Report      Cache   Translate Page      
An Israeli cybersecurity firm made the discovery just days before Tuesday's vote, when millions of Americans go to the polls to elect House and Senate lawmakers, as well as a host of state and local representatives and officials.
          SEO Executives - Piegonmedia - Airoli, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra      Cache   Translate Page      
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          K-5th Grade German Immersion Teacher      Cache   Translate Page      
GA-ROSWELL, Teacher Job Description K-5th Grade Immersion Teachers (Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) Job Summary The International Charter School of Atlanta (ICSAtlanta) seeks qualified and passionate educators to teach students in grades K-5. As a school that embraces international discovery and cultural competency, the ideal teacher will actively develop a multicultural learning environment and have a p
          Development roundup: Wolverine podcast regenerates; A Discovery of Witches finds two more seasons; Green Knight rides again      Cache   Translate Page      

In our latest development roundup, that mega-popular scripted Wolverine podcast regenerates for a second season, A Discovery of Witches finds a second and third season, and David Lowery joins forces with A24 to take on Green Knight.


          Imaging Specialist - eDiscovery - KrolLDiscovery - McLean, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Business casual dress. Business Unit / Legal Entity LDiscovery, LLC. In addition, through its global Ontrack Data Recovery business, KLDiscovery delivers world...
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          2018 Bay Area Science Festival Culminates in Discovery Day at AT&T Park – UCSF News Services      Cache   Translate Page      
UCSF News ServicesThe event capped off the eighth annual Bay Area Science Festival, organized by UC San Francisco, which brought two weeks of jam-packed science activities to the Bay Area. From watching mitosis under a microscope to exploring the human brain through … …read more Source:: SF Bay Area Events News By Google News
          K-5th Grade German Immersion Teacher      Cache   Translate Page      
GA-ROSWELL, Teacher Job Description K-5th Grade Immersion Teachers (Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) Job Summary The International Charter School of Atlanta (ICSAtlanta) seeks qualified and passionate educators to teach students in grades K-5. As a school that embraces international discovery and cultural competency, the ideal teacher will actively develop a multicultural learning environment and have a p
          Identification of N- and O-linked glycans recognized by AAL in saliva of patients with atrophic gastritis and gastric cancer.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Identification of N- and O-linked glycans recognized by AAL in saliva of patients with atrophic gastritis and gastric cancer.

Cancer Biomark. 2018;22(4):669-681

Authors: Shu J, Yu H, Du H, Zhang J, Zhang K, Li X, Xie H, Li Z

Abstract
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Gastric cancer (GC) is a common and fatal malignancy with a worldwide occurrence. There still lacks effective biomarkers for precisely evaluating GC. Saliva is a biological fluid with enormous diagnostic potentials which emerged many advantages. We aimed to discover the novel biomarkers for accurately distinguishing early GC based on saliva glycopatterns.
METHODS: We used Aleuria Aurantia Lectin (AAL)-magnetic particle conjugates to isolate fucosylated glycoproteins in the pooled saliva of healthy volunteers (HV, n= 51) and patients with atrophic gastritis (AG, n= 51) or GC (n= 51), following to release the N- and O-linked glycans from the isolated proteins with PNGase F and NaClO, and further identified the released glycans by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS, respectively.
RESULTS: A total of 9/9, 8/11, and 9/9 fucosylated N-/O-linked glycans were annotated in the isolated salivary proteins from HV, AG, and GC, respectively. Among these, six fucosylated N-linked glycansand four O-linked glycans exhibited significantly increased expression levels in GC, while five fucosylated N-linked glycans and ten fucosylated O-linked glycans exhibited significantly decreased expression levels in GC. The proportion of fucosylated N-linked glycans was decreased in GC (41.66%) compared with AG (43.63%) and HV (52.57%), as well as the fucosylated O-linked glycans was apparently decreased in GC (19.58%) compared with AG (25.43%) and HV (55.54%).
CONCLUSIONS: This study could provide pivotal information to distinguish among HV, AG, and GC, and facilitate the discovery of biomarkers for GC diagnosis based on precise alterations of N- and O-linked glycans in saliva.

PMID: 29865036 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


          Global Cloud Discovery Market by Types, Applications, Countries, Companies and Forecasts to 2023 covered in a Latest Research      Cache   Translate Page      
This report focuses on the Cloud Discovery in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report also categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.
          Behold the Rocket Z, a mid-engined nine-seater diesel 4x4 - Top Gear      Cache   Translate Page      

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Behold the Rocket Z, a mid-engined nine-seater diesel 4x4
Top Gear
It might not surprise you to learn it comes from Russia, the home of unstoppable, go-anywhere boxes like the Avtoros Shaman. At a whisker under five metres, it's basically the length of a Land Rover Discovery, but it'll house an additional two ...


          Director, Communications - Marriott International HQ (180032SO)      Cache   Translate Page      
Here’s To Your Journey with Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel company, with more brands, more hotels and more opportunities for associates to grow and succeed. We believe a great career is a journey of discovery and exploration. So, we ask, where will your journey take you? The Marriott International HQ located at 10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 is currently hiring a Director, Communications. Responsibilities include: ABOUT OUR TEAM The Director, Global HR... DOE
          Who's Your Daddy      Cache   Translate Page      
Today I made quite the discovery. I am a descendant of Genghis Khan. Interestingly my dad and my two aunts are not. So who is my fatherWe began today with yet another battle with the breakfast bouncers not wanting to give us breakfast for three. Betw
          The Gauls really did embalm the severed heads of enemies, research shows      Cache   Translate Page      

New chemical analysis of iron age skulls confirms the grisly practice, referred to in ancient texts

They were fearsome warriors who cut off the heads of their enemies and displayed them for all to see, bringing them back from battle hanging around their horses’ necks. But now research has confirmed that the Gauls did not merely sever the heads of their foes, they appear to have embalmed them to boot.

Experts say they have found traces of conifer resins on the remains of skulls discovered at the iron age settlement of Le Cailar in the south of France – a discovery they say backs up ancient reports that the Celtic Gauls preserved their grisly trophies.

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          Engineer II, Field Applications - Richardson, TX 75081      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With...
          InSilico Medicine Presents Latest AI Drug Discovery Methods at Inaugural Taiwan PDA Conference      Cache   Translate Page      
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – November 7, 2018 – Insilico Medicine, a Rockville-based company specializing in the application of next-generation artificial intelligence for drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research, was invited to speak at the first PDA (Parenteral Drug Association) conference to be held in Taiwan, the 2018 PDA Drug Delivery of Injectables Conference. […]
          Scientists Have Confirmed a New DNA Structure Inside Human Cells      Cache   Translate Page      

Pinned onto Nature and Humans

Earlier this year, scientists identified the existence of a brand new DNA structure never before seen in living cells. That’s right, it’s not just the double helix. The discovery of what’s described as a ‘twisted knot’ of DNA in living cells confirms our complex genetic code is crafted with more intricate symmetry than just the […]
          Discovery Channel: Supermaschinen      Cache   Translate Page      
07.11.2018 20:15 - 21:00
Monster-Schwimmkran
2. Staffel, Folge 6: Bohrinsel zu verkaufen! Im Hafen von Singapur werden die riesigen Offshore-Plattformen aus vorgefertigten Komponenten wie am Fließband produziert. Doch ganz so simpel ist die Sache auch wieder nicht, immerhin wiegen manche Einzelteile 3000 Tonnen. Es ist also nicht gerade ein Kinderspiel, die gigantischen Rig-Elemente zu bewegen. Der 180 Meter hohe Monster-Schwimmkran "Hercules" macht¿s trotzdem möglich. Weitere Highlights dieser Episode: die Tunnelbaumaschine "MT720 ...
          Родовые проклятья / Cursed Bloodlines [01-02] [2017, документальный, HDTVRip]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Родовые проклятья / Cursed Bloodlines [01-02] [2017, документальный, HDTVRip 1080p]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Открытие потерянной могилы Ирода / Uncovering Herod's Lost Tomb [2018, документальный, DVB]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          У мыса Гангут [2015, документальный, HDTVRip]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          У мыса Гангут [2015, документальный, HDTV 1080p]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Discovery of the Odderon by TOTEM experiments and the FMO approach      Cache   Translate Page      
This paper is an extended version of the talk by B. Nicolescu at the XLVIII International Symposium on Multiparticle Dynamics (ISMD2018) at Singapore, 3-7 September, 2018. Theoretical basis and history of the Froissaron and Maximal Odderon (FMO) approach for elastic $pp$ and $\bar pp$ scattering is presented. Precise formulation of the FMO model at any momentum transfer squared $t$ is given. The model is applied to description and analysis of the experimental data in a wide interval of energy $\sqrt{s}$ and $t$. The special attention is given for the latest TOTEM data at 13 TeV, both at $t=0$ and at $t\neq 0$ and to their interpretation in the FMO model. It is emphasized that the last TOTEM results can be considered as clear evidence for the first experimental observation of the Odderon, predicted theoretically about 50 years ago.
          Land rover td5      Cache   Translate Page      
Vendo land rover discovery td5. Lo vendo por la necesidad de comprarme una furgoneta para mi trabajo. Dispone de parrot, abs, dirección asistida, radio con cd y porta cd para 6 discos más con la opción de seleccionar el disco que te apetezca escuchar. También tiene bola de remolque homologada, los 4 neumáticos nuevos, estriberas homologadas, suspensión por muelles 5 cm más altas. También tiene 5 cm más de ancho homologado y faros de largo alca...
          Practicing Attorney I - State of Wyoming - Gillette, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Review discovery / police reports/witness report in the case. Human Resource Contact:. Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.... $4,429 - $5,536 a month
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          39 Died In Cannon In 2017      Cache   Translate Page      
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Tennessee Department of Health statistics indicate that 1,268 individuals died from an opioid overdose in 2017. Of that number, 39 occurred in Cannon County. Thirty-nine parents, children, partners, siblings, and friends missing from our community. As these numbers continue to increase annually, the ripple effect being felt by the youngest members of our state and county is undeniable. A child’s exposure to the toxic level of stress associated with a family member’s addiction and subsequent death can be classified as an adverse childhood experience (ACE).

Tennessee is committed to learning more about such adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which also include other traumatic, violent or stressful events. ACEs can impact brain development and impose lasting health effects throughout the lifespan. Based on her research, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris’s reports, “the profound discovery was that our patients with four or more ACEs were twice as likely to be overweight or obese and 32.6 times as likely to have been diagnosed with learning and behavioral problems.”

Middle Tennessee State University has the opportunity to integrate evidence based curriculum introducing ACEs into MTSU academic programs. The Center for Health and Human Services on campus has recently received funding from Tennessee Department of Children's Services, through the Building Strong Brains Tennessee initiative, to give students in diverse program areas basic knowledge and understanding of the prevalence of ACEs in our community. The Child Development and Family Studies program will be among those implementing the “All Children Excelling through a Comprehensive Network of Trained Providers” curriculum, thus further expanding our students’ knowledge of the negative effects of ACEs and strategies to build resiliency in individuals.

 


          NSF SBIR/STTR Webinar Series      Cache   Translate Page      

Nov 28 2018 2:00PM to
Nov 28 2018 4:00PM
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America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk ...
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ED Confirms Oil, Gas Discovery
02 NOV, 2018 - 00:11
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday officially announced the discovery of oil and gas in the greater Muzarabani area by Australian Stock Exchange-listed company Invictus Energy stretching over 200km.

The size of the land makes the discovery the largest undrilled gas deposits in Africa so far.

The announcement comes as exciting news for Zimbabweans who are experiencing fuel shortages.

Addressing journalists at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare yesterday, the President said if all goes according to plan, Zimbabwe would have its first oil exploration well by 2020.

“The Government of Zimbabwe has over the last few months worked with and facilitated Invictus Energy Limited which is quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange to undertake oil and gas exploration studies in Muzarabani,” said President Mnangagwa.

“Invictus is utilising data which was generated by Mobil Oil in the 1990s when extensive oil and gas geo-physical work was undertaken in the greater Muzarabani area. As part of its exploration studies, Invictus has engaged a number of worldwide professional companies with extensive experience in oil and gas.

“We have since been advised by Invictus that the findings are positive and point to oil and gas deposits in the area. Government of Zimbabwe will work very closely with Invictus to ensure that Invictus realises its plans to sink an exploration well by mid-2020. After the exploration well, the next stage will be commercial exploitation of the resource. In the interim, additional geo-physical work is ongoing to identity further exploration targets.

“Updates will be given as and when the planned exploration work results come in.

“The result, as communicated by Invictus, is an exciting development for our country. Invictus has committed itself to enter a production sharing agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe which will be applicable when the project proceeds to commercial production stage.”

Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando gave a detailed technical report relating to the project.

“Most of us recall that Mobil did extensive work in the 1990s and the work they did is stored in magnetic tapes which are in the custody of the Ministry of Mines. As outlined by His Excellency, the Government of Zimbabwe has over the last few months been working with Invictus for the re-interpretation of the work which was done by Mobil. Mobil did a lot of geo-physical work which includes aero-magnetic surveys in the greater Muzarabani area,” said Minister Chitando.

“It is important to highlight that Invictus has managed to progress much more than Mobil did for two reasons. Firstly, recent discoveries of oil and gas in Kenya and Uganda notably, which are of similar geological set-up, have increased the knowledge base of extraction of oil and gas. Secondly, more modern techniques have evolved over the last few years on analysing gas and oil prospects. The resource in Muzarabani consists of both gas and oil.”

Minister Chitando continued: “On exploitation the oil would be refined into fuel and generally to produce both diesel and gas. The gas can be used for one or more of the following, it can be piped to end users, or it can be used for power generation and for conversion into fuel. The Muzarabani target is about 200km which makes it the largest undrilled onshore resource in Africa. Apart from the geo-physical work carried out to date, the Muzarabani basin has never been drilled before. All work has been limited to geo-physical work.

“The next stage is to drill an exploration well at a cost of about US$20 million. The hole will be about 300 milli-metres in diameter and probably about four and half kilometres deep. The rig will have to be imported or maybe relocated from some countries in Africa who are doing similar projects. The actual drilling will not take long. It is estimated that within 60 days drilling will be achieved. However, most of the work is in pre-planning of the drilling and additional geo-physical.

“The exact location of the well will depend on the work done to date and work to be done over the next few months. The details of the resource will be made available in the public domain by early tomorrow morning. The resource estimates as outlined by the President have been confirmed by an international consultancy in the oil industry.”

          Boeing is said to be warning its 737 Max customers about erroneous cockpit readings that could make the passenger jet 'aggressively dive'      Cache   Translate Page      

Boeing 737 Max

  • Boeing is preparing to send a warning to all the operators that have taken delivery of its new 737 Max aircraft, according to an anonymous source cited by Bloomberg.
  • Exhibiting similar problems, a recently delivered Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia almost two weeks ago with 189 people onboard.
  • The warning comes as Indonesia’s transport ministry has scheduled a briefing to share the latest information on the Lion Air tragedy.

Boeing is reportedly preparing a bulletin to all operators of the new 737 model warning that erroneous readings from a flight-monitoring system can cause the planes to aggressively dive, Bloomberg quoted a person familiar with the matter.

Boeing will caution its customers of "erroneous readings" from a flight-monitoring system can cause the planes to abruptly dive, Bloomberg quoted an anonymous source as saying.

Boeing will also warn pilots to follow an existing procedure to handle the problem.

The bulletin is being prepared based on preliminary findings from the crash of one of the planes off the coast of Indonesia, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing the inquiry.

According to a company statement as of September 30, Boeing had 4,783 firm orders from 98 identified customers for the 737 Max.

According to Bloomberg there are over 200 737 Max jets already in use in commercial aviation.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas told Business Insider that Boeing has around 9,000 737s in the sky at any given time.

Representatives of 737 Max operators, Singapore Airlines offshoot SilkAir, Garuda Indonesia and Canada's WestJet, said they had not yet received a bulletin from Boeing, Reuters reports.

Data from the black box of the Lion Air 737 Max that fell into the sea with 189 people onboard has confirmed there was an issue with the plane’s airspeed indicator.

Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, said on Monday that the flight data recorder from the crashed plane shows that the problem occurred in its last four flights, including the fatal flight on October 29.

Without an accurate airspeed reading, planes are at serious risk of crashing. Jets flying too slowly can stall, and ones accelerating too much can tear themselves apart from the force.

A faulty airspeed instrument was a factor in the loss of Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Brazil to Paris in 2009.

The Lion Air 737 Max 8 speared into the coastal waters off Java on Oct. 29, just 13 minutes after takeoff.

Bloomberg says the plane's velocity was uncharacteristically high, possibly touching speeds of 600 miles an hour as it hit the water.

Certainly, Indonesian search and rescue officials had trouble locating the wreck, despite encountering a large amount of wreckage in the four days leading up to the discovery of the fuselage.

Flight JT610 radioed a request to return to Jakarta to land, but never turned back toward the airport, according to Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee.

The committee has said they were dealing with an "erroneous airspeed indication."

Indonesia’s transport ministry has scheduled a briefing at 12:30 p.m. in Jakarta on Wednesday to share updated information on the Lion Air accident, Bloomberg reports.

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          Segunda temporada de "Cozinheiros Vs. Amadores" estreia no Discovery Home & Health      Cache   Translate Page      
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A partir de quarta-feira, 7 de novembro, às 23h, o Discovery Home & Health exibe a segunda temporada da competição culinária Cozinheiros Vs. Amadores (Cooks vs Cons), um embate entre chefs e amadores que não terão suas identidades profissionais reveladas até que o vencedor esteja definido.

Geoffrey Zakarian apresenta a série com episódios de uma hora de duração. Em cada um deles, quatro participantes diferentes passam por duas provas eliminatórias, com desafios culinários propostos pela produção e que devem ser cumpridos em prazos apertados.

Dois deles são cozinheiros profissionais, chefs ou confeiteiros de formação e em exercício; os outros dois são exímios cozinheiros amadores, com habilidades que os fazem passar facilmente como profissionais.  Ninguém sabe quem é quem – nem Geoffrey, nem o público, nem o júri composto por especialistas convidados. Apenas os nomes dos participantes são conhecidos. Assim, não haverá alívio para os amadores, nem cobrança extra aos profissionais. É o sabor que conta, junto a apresentação e criatividade.



Na primeira prova, um dos competidores é eliminado e, na saída, revela se é profissional ou amador. Os três competidores restantes se enfrentam na prova final, que decidirá qual deles é o grande vencedor. Por fim, a grande revelação: o vencedor é profissional ou amador? Em jogo está o prêmio que varia de dez a quinze mil dólares.

No episódio de estreia de Cozinheiros Vs. Amadores, Geoffrey escolhe o desafio inicial: lasanha. Na bancada dos jurados estão a autora especializada em culinária Daphne Oz e o chef Scott Conant. Com apenas trinta minutos, os quatro participantes da vez – Jay, Phillipe, Vita e Sam – precisam preparar essa receita tradicional italiana utilizando ao menos um molho ou condimento comum, como ketchup e pimentas que estão completamente fora da lista de ingredientes gourmet.

Na prova final, a receita é livre, mas deve incorporar donuts, as tradicionais rosquinhas fritas, como ingrediente obrigatório. Um deles será o vencedor e contará aquilo que todos tentaram adivinhar ao longo do episódio: amador ou profissional?

          Troye Sivan Celebrates Pride and Self-Discovery with “Bloom” Tour in San Diego      Cache   Translate Page      
Carmiya Baskin Staff Writer As part of his “Bloom” tour, gay pop star and college-kids’ favorite Troye Sivan performed at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater at San Diego State University on Thursday night. Sivan sang the entirety of his new album, Bloom, a collection of bops that encompass themes of sexuality, queerness, […]
          Comment on Blizzard wasn’t expecting such a negative fan backlash over the announcement of Diablo: Immortal by Scritty      Cache   Translate Page      
Dumb time to announce it. Dumb audience to announce it to. A room full of PC gamers who had paid $100+ each to be advertised to for a weekend and told to expect something for Diablo. As for D3 being still relevant. I've got a couple of characters max level and now at paragon level 300 ish (dunno can't be bothered to log on to find out) Never found it very good. Class play is too restricted. From rolling a new toon you know exactly what pieces of end game equipment you want in each slot, the exact rotation of your skills and exactly at what point you are going to increase your Torment levels at end game. D3 is "balanced into boredom" If you deviate you from the well known BiS or rotation - then you are knowingly and willingly becoming sub optimal. There are no surprises in loot or new gameplay ideas. D3 is "Balanced to death" Path of Exile I pick up a gem of a piece of equipment 100 hours after a toon has got to end level and the way I play changes completely. Even Grim Dawn has this to an extent. We are told Torchlight Frontiers will try and do this as well. I believe the Frontiers devs because many of them were Diablo 2 devs (including the music. Oh yes!!) and they also made Torchlight 2, which, despite giving the player too many cookies "up front" also allowed so much player freedom. D3 is neither the strict theory crafting of Titan Quest or Grim Dawn nor the; "What the hell is this and what can I do with it" journey of discovery that is Path of Exile. D3 is a ride that Blizzard has carefully laid out every step of the way. No surprises, because surprises mean players might make choices, and some of those choices might be mistakes and then they'll go and cry on the Battle Net forums about their class of choice being unbalanced. PoE says "Yeah you messed up - start again" and sometimes, just a magical sometimes "Wow - you have a build no one else has ever done, and for your playstyle it is AWESOME" D3 never offers that. It's a paint by numbers, hand holding guided tour in a carefully sanitised environment,
          Election 2018: State Issue 1 fails https://t.co/YBxHXIrhDO      Cache   Translate Page      
Election 2018: State Issue 1 fails https://t.co/YBxHXIrhDO — Discovery Institute (@discoverynj
          Oregon’s Sword & Shield      Cache   Translate Page      
In a personal-injury case, the plaintiff generally waives any privilege protecting communications with her health-care providers regarding the injuries for which she seeks damages. Privilege Waiver 101, right? Not in Oregon. The state’s supreme court ruled that the physician–patient privilege precludes discovery of the plaintiff’s communications with her physician even where her medical treatment is at issue.  The court’s opinion is so draconian that it prohibits a defense lawyer from asking deposition questions as routine as “what injury did you receive?” The court’s decision offered a potential—but unanswered—waiver argument (discussed below), but otherwise allows Oregon More…
          Market Research Interviewer - Discovery Research - Fort McMurray, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
Discovery Research is looking for individuals to conduct customer satisfaction surveys on location at various Ft McMurray Retail locations. Interviewers will... $22 an hour
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          Practicing Attorney I - State of Wyoming - Gillette, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Review discovery / police reports/witness report in the case. Human Resource Contact:. Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.... $4,429 - $5,536 a month
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          LCQ10: North Lantau traffic      Cache   Translate Page      
     Following is a question by the Hon Holden Chow and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan, in the Legislative Council today (November 7):

Question:

     The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) opened to traffic on the 24th of last month.  However, the Government estimated last month that due to construction delays, the section of the Southern Connection of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link (a road connecting North Lantau and the HZMB Hong Kong Port) which will connect North Lantau Highway (Tung Chung-bound direction) would not be completed until the first half of next year at the earliest.  As such, during the initial stage of commissioning of HZMB, the traffic between Tung Chung and HZMB Hong Kong Port are required to route through North Lantau Highway and the roads on the Airport Island.  Some residents on Lantau Island are worried that the commissioning of HZMB may aggravate the traffic congestion on those roads, seriously affecting their daily lives.  In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(1) whether the Government will implement traffic mitigation measures (such as requesting the MTR Corporation Limited to increase the train frequencies of the Tung Chung Line and the Airport Express) and encourage travellers who come to Hong Kong through HZMB to take the Airport Express to ply the urban areas, so as to ease the traffic load on the section of North Lantau Highway near Tung Chung and the roads on the Airport Island;

(2) as the Government has indicated that if both roads and railway lines are obstructed, it will, where necessary and practicable, consider using the SkyPier for providing emergency ferry services plying between Central Pier and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier, how the Government determines if it is "necessary and practicable" to do so; whether it will study the feasibility of opening up the SkyPier on a regular basis; and

(3) in order to enhance the public transport system connecting the artificial islands of HZMB and Tung Chung Town Centre, whether the Government will study afresh my suggestions below: constructing a regional elevated monorail system with stops to be built at places such as Tung Chung, the Airport Island and the artificial islands, exploring the extension of the terminus of the Tung Chung Line to the Airport Island, and building an additional HZMB Hong Kong Port Station for the Tung Chung Line?

Reply:

President,

     The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) was commissioned smoothly on October 24, 2018.  With the simultaneous opening of the mainline of the Southern Connection of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link (i.e. the section between the Hong Kong Port and the North Lantau Highway (urban bound)), the pressure on the roads in Tung Chung and the Airport Island has been eased.  Since the commissioning of the HZMB, the traffic at and in the vicinity of the HZMB Hong Kong Port, the airport and Tung Chung has generally been smooth.

     My reply to the various parts of the Hon Holden Chow's question is as follows:

(1) To ensure smooth traffic at the HZMB Hong Kong Port, the airport and Tung Chung during the initial period upon the commissioning of the HZMB, the Transport Department (TD) has implemented special traffic arrangements on a temporary basis.  For example, Hong Kong/Guangdong cross-boundary private cars with regular quota for using other boundary crossings (including Shenzhen Bay, Lok Ma Chau (Huanggang), Sha Tau Kok and Man Kam To) are not allowed to travel to and from the Zhuhai Port via the HZMB at this stage.  Also, some of the local construction vehicles going to the Hong Kong Port and the airport for major works projects are restricted to use the connecting roads in the vicinity of the airport and Lantau Island during non-peak hours only.  The TD will continue to closely monitor the traffic at the HZMB and its neighbouring areas, and adjust the temporary traffic arrangements in a timely manner having regard to the capacity of the Hong Kong Port and the connecting roads, thereby optimising the benefits of the HZMB.  In addition, the TD will make continuous publicity efforts to encourage visitors to use public transport to go to the Hong Kong Port.

     As regards public transport, the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) has been paying close attention to the services and passenger demand of Tung Chung Line, and will make appropriate adjustments where necessary with particular attention to the morning peak hours on weekdays.  At present, the Tung Chung Line train services are operating at a headway of about four minutes (Hong Kong to Tsing Yi) and six to eight minutes (Hong Kong to Tung Chung) on average during the morning peak hours.  As advised by the MTRCL, the train services are operating smoothly and can meet passenger needs.  At Tung Chung Station, the terminus of Tung Chung Line, passengers are usually able to board the first arriving train.  As there is usually a large number of passengers at both Tsing Yi Station and Nam Cheong Station heading to Hong Kong Station, the MTRCL deployed two additional special departures from Tsing Yi Station directly to Hong Kong Station early this year to alleviate the crowdedness of Tung Chung Line trains.  To enhance the convenience of passengers in using train services when boarding at Tung Chung Station, the MTRCL installed a new passenger information display system at the concourse of the station in January 2018 to show passengers the arrival times of the next four trains.  Passengers may also obtain the same information through the MTRCL's mobile phone application "Next Train".

     The Airport Express is mainly targeted for business and travelers.  Since 2012, the headway of the line has been shortened from 12 minutes to 10 minutes.  In 2017, the loading for busy sections during the busiest one hour of morning peaks was 46 per cent, able to meet the needs of passengers.

(2) When North Lantau Highway or Lantau Link and railway lines are obstructed, the TD will mobilise ferries to provide transport services.  The Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre (ETCC) under the TD will liaise with public transport service operators and the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) for co-ordination.  Subject to actual circumstances, the ETCC will request ferry operators to endeavour to enhance ferry services (including the "Tuen Mun-Tung Chung", "Central-Discovery Bay" and "Central-Mui Wo" routes).  The frequencies of feeder bus services serving the piers of the above routes will also be increased to facilitate travel to and from the airport, Lantau Island and urban areas for those switching to existing ferry services and feeder bus services.

     Additionally, the TD has signed an emergency ferry services agreement with the Hong Kong & Kowloon Motor Boats & Tug Boats Association Ltd (MBTA).  In case of a serious incident on North Lantau Highway or Tsing Ma Bridge, or full closure of either of the two causing prolonged obstruction to road traffic, the MBTA will provide emergency ferry services between Tung Chung Development Pier and Tsuen Wan West Pier / Disneyland Resort Pier.  The Government, together with the MTRCL and the AAHK, will take into account the gravity, timing and duration of the incident; as well as the feasibility and mobilisation of resources by operators, in considering to use the SkyPier for providing emergency ferry services plying to and from Central Pier and Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal to ease the flow of passengers travelling to/from the airport.  However, since the external transport link of Lantau Island and the airport has mainly been provided by two land-based mass transit carriers, namely the railway and franchised buses, the role of waterborne transport as an alternative in case of full closure of land links is rather limited given the constraints of capacity and speed of ferries.   Notwithstanding that, the Government will continue to co-operate closely with all relevant emergency units with a view to minimising the inconvenience caused to passengers and other members of the public.

     Located at the Restricted Area of the airport, the SkyPier provides convenient and speedy ferry services for air-to-sea/sea-to-air transit passengers travelling between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD).  The AAHK shall operate the SkyPier in accordance with the Deed of Security signed with the Government and meet the security requirements for transit passengers and baggage.  Currently, the SkyPier is not open for use by non-transit passengers.  As the SkyPier's capacity is limited, and there are already a number of existing public transport services plying between the airport and various districts across the territory, the AAHK will not provide local ferry service to and from the airport.  Moreover, the financial viability of such ferry service is also in doubt.  Any operators interested in providing local ferry services at other location in Lantau can make such an application to the TD.

(3) According to the information from the Development Bureau (DEVB), the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) is conducting the "Study on Traffic, Transport and Capacity to Receive Visitors for Lantau" to examine the need and feasible options of transport connections amongst North Lantau, the Airport Island and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island from the overall planning perspective for Lantau.  Moreover, CEDD and the Planning Department are jointly carrying out the "Planning, Engineering and Architectural Study for Topside Development at Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island of Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge", which includes the feasibility study on transport options (including Environmentally Friendly Linkage System) amongst Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island, North Lantau and the Airport Island.

     In view that the Government has invited the AAHK to submit a proposal for the topside development at the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island, the Government will comprehensively review the needs of transport connection and facilities amongst North Lantau, the Airport Island and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island after the AAHK submits the development proposal.
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Inkcouragement: Writing In A Hellscape, NaNoWriMo Edition

Please welcome to Inkcouragement stage, author E. Katherine Kottaras (How to Be Brave; The Best Possible Answer), who's here to discuss an unfortunately very timely topic: writing while feeling discouraged by the world around you. Take it away, Katherine!

(Have a candle nearby.)

NaNoWriMo is a fully physical endeavor, requiring not only the bodily space to type 50,000 words in 30 days but also the emotional and psychological energy and strength to pour our stories – our characters’ pains, desires, and loves – our own pain, desire, and love – into a manuscript, and to do it in a self-imposed pressure chamber that binds us into a space that is constricted by time.

This year’s NaNoWriMo pressure chamber has the added variable of the upcoming 2018 U.S. national midterm election, one of the most important elections in history, as well as substantial repercussions that will lead us either further down the path of love, or deeper towards fear and hate. To be fair, the influence of the political hellscape is always there either impacting us directly or existing just outside our writing space, but there are times when, as much as we want to give ourselves the space to create – to dedicate ourselves to our own creative lives (often so we can reflect on how that hellscape is affecting us and figure out how to fight against it) – there are headlines, so many godawful headlines, and it’s impossible – and even more so, unconscionable – to look away.

So then. Here you are. November 5th, and it’s the day before the election. Mandy W.’s told me that many of her friends’ NaNos took a nosedive in 2016 (my writing project did, too – I couldn’t write for six months). She asked me to write about how to stay motivated when everything around you is terrible and your heart's just not in it. It’s an important question, and it leads to more: What do you do on the days when everything is terrible and the words just won’t come? How can you tap into the rage and fury while also making it a space for discovery and healing? What are you doing to keep your creative fires burning strong and bright?

Light the candle.

Offer your gaze at the light. Take a deep breath.

Sit with these words for a moment:

Your rage and fury. Your discovery and healing. Your creative fire.

 

First, ask yourself: What is fueling your creative fire today?

More often than not, for me, it’s joy. Elizabeth Gilbert writes brilliantly about the myth of the Tormented Artist. She writes that we need not fetishize our suffering, that “my desire to work – my desire to engage with my creativity as intimately and freely as possible – is my strongest personal incentive to fight back against pain.” Like Gilbert, I am at my writing best when I have been going for hikes, eating my daily apple, and sleeping through the night.

But sometimes the fuel is the rage. Especially these days. I spent two weeks straight obsessively watching and listening and reading everything I could on the Kavanaugh hearings. I listened to Dr. Christine Blasley Ford. I observed his temper tantrum. I shed tears at the injustice – which is one of just many injustices of the world.

And then, I turned off the TV, I went off social media, and for two weeks, I wrote. In fact, within a span of 17 days, I wrote the last 15,000 words. (Not quite NaNoWriMo pacing, but that’s a lot for a slow writer like me).

The manuscript I was working on is a feminist alternative historical YA novel about Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president in 1872. Woodhull argued against marriage as a form of sexual slavery and for the principles of free love and self- determination for women. She attempted to be the leader of a #MeToo type movement, and so of course, government cronies used her testimony as a way to degrade her, bring ruin to the suffrage movement, and deflect from the reality that was rape culture.

Let’s just say that I RAGE-WROTE the end of this book. I wrote with the awareness that after 146 years, not much has changed. As I did, I kept the following words from Bessel van der Kolk close: “Trauma, by definition, is unbearable and intolerable … Nobody wants to remember trauma. In that regard society is no different from the victims themselves. We all want to live in a world that is safe, manageable, and predictable, and victims remind us that this is not always the case. In order to understand trauma, we have to overcome our natural reluctance to confront that reality and cultivate the courage to listen to the testimonies of survivors.”

Some days, we watch the news and we listen to the survivors, bear witness to the pain; some days, we are the survivors at our own keyboards, facing the unbearable, grappling with the intolerable, pouring our souls onto the page.

Some days, these testimonies are the kerosene.

 

But also: What is stifling your creative fire?

Some days, the rage is too much. Sometimes the anxiety – the incredible prospect of so many unknowns – is too much. After all, creative fires need air and space.

I teach a combined class of yoga and writing where we work with both the physical and emotional spaces of the writer. In yoga, we play against the edge of our physicality: muscle, bone, organs, blood, pulse. In writing, we play against the edge of consciousness, memory, imagination. The unconscious mind can be terrifying, and yet we make the choice to deal with the darkness rather than block it out completely. When I am writing, I try remind myself that as I play against edges of my writing, I need to take care of myself, that just as in a yoga class, it’s my choice to enter a pose, or not – it’s my choice to explore a memory, write a scene, let myself go there – to spend the next four hours on Twitter, waiting for the most recent poll updates – or not. Our bodies hold stories, and it’s our choice to lean into those spaces, or not.

As you are reading this, maybe, right now, you’re thinking about your WIP and you’ve realized that you need to blow out that candle and walk away. Down the hallway. Out the door. Around the block. For five minutes, or maybe for an hour. Maybe you need to lie down, feet propped up on a pillow, in a dark room with quiet music playing. Maybe you need to watch some Salt Fat Acid Heat (because it’s the best new show on TV) or the newest episodes of The Good Place (Have you seen Chidi’s complete nervous breakdown yet? Peeps Chili FTW!).

Remember, Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Or maybe you’ve realized that you need to DO something, maybe even something political, like calling your representative, writing postcards, or texting voters. Maybe you need to attend a meeting and help organize to take a stand on an important local city issue that has national and even global reverberations. I find that when I do these things, I feel less isolated, less cynical, and more connected and hopeful – I remember why I write.

And when I do return to the page, I bring to mind the questions: Why have I started writing this story? Who did I light my creative fire for in the first place? What connections did I make, with my own spirit or with others, that I can bring back and infuse into these pages? I was talking to my friend, Akilah Brown, an amazing writer and teacher who is doing NaNoWriMo with her students this semester, and she reminded me that we write because “even if it feels pointless, the world needs your voice and your story.”

Fire requires space to burn.

Give yourself some space.

Some days, your creative fire needs it.

And please, keep writing. The world needs your light.

 

About the author:

E. Katherine Kottaras is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, How to Be Brave (2015) and The Best Possible Answer (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. Katherine holds a B.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine. She has worked as a middle, high school, and community college teacher for two decades, and she currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature full-time at Pasadena City College. She's served as a mentor and on faculty for her local SCBWI chapter and as a board member for the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and she is a proud team member of We Need Diverse Books. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Music Center’s Bravo Award in Los Angeles for creativity and innovation in teaching.

Katherine is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. She believes in working towards a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and full of love.

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The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, featuring historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont, delves into mythology, alchemy, literature and architecture.

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          Researchers Find Microplastics in Stool Samples      Cache   Translate Page      

Tests reveal both tap water and bottled water1 contain microplastics, as does your household dust2 and many foods, especially seafood3,4 and sea salt,5 but also any food that has been stored in plastic packaging.

The suspicion that we're consuming our own plastic pollution was recently reconfirmed when researchers reported the discovery of microplastic particles in human stool samples. The consequences of ingesting microscopic plastic bits and pieces is still relatively unknown.

But considering the fact that plastic will not degrade within a human lifetime, and that many of the chemicals used in the production of plastic are known endocrine disruptors, chances are the impact on human health may be greater than suspected.

Animal research has also shown microplastics affect the gut barrier and the composition of gut microbiota in mice, and that they have toxic effects on the liver in fish.

Microplastic Debris Found in Human Stool Samples

The study6,7,8,9 in question was done by researchers from the Medical University of Vienna in collaboration with the Austrian Environment Agency. The findings of this pilot study were presented October 23, 2018, at the annual United European Gastroenterology conference in Vienna. As reported by Salon magazine:10

"Eight people from Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria participated in the study. Each person kept a food diary the week before the stool sampling occurred which showed researchers that all participants were exposed to foods that were either wrapped in plastic, or they drank from plastic bottles. Six of the eight ate sea fish, too; none of them were vegetarians."

The stool samples were tested for the presence of 10 different types of plastics, of which nine were found in the samples. On average, participants had 20 microplastic particles per 10 grams of stool.

The most common types of plastic were polypropylene (found in bottle caps), polyethylene terephthalate or PET (found in water bottles, plastic bags and textile fibers) and polystyrene (found in takeout food containers, cups and plastic utensils). The particles ranged in size from 50 micrometers (about the width of a human hair) to 500 micrometers. According to lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl, who called the results "astonishing":

"This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut. Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases11

There are initial indications that microplastics can damage the gastrointestinal tract12 by promoting inflammatory reactions or absorbing harmful substances13

While the highest plastic concentrations in animal studies have been found in the gut, the smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the blood stream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver. Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health14

I believe that trying to reduce plastic usage and plastic-packed food might be beneficial for nature and for us. Certainly, plastic is a very useful material and has a lot of clever applications. But maybe we should try to rethink about the necessity of abundant plastic use, and search for and support ecological and sustainable alternatives.15"

World's Oceans Will Soon Contain More Plastic Than Fish

Indeed, the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, the world's oceans will contain more plastic than fish,16 thanks to the addition of 8 million metric tons of plastic each and every year — a figure expected to increase 10-fold17 over the next decade alone unless decisive action is taken. Already, in some ocean waters plastic exceeds plankton by a factor of 6-to-1.18

To avert such a travesty, the World Economic Forum recommends focusing on three key strategies, all of which hinge on rethinking how plastics are made in the first place, i.e., switching to renewable sources rather than using crude oil to produce plastic:19

  1. Improving the design of plastic packaging and other plastic products
  2. Devising "new and creative delivery models based on reusable packaging"
  3. Making recycling pay off — Plastic can, and should, be recycled, but a 2017 analysis20 reveals a staggering 91 percent aren't
transform plastic packaging strategies

Disturbingly, plastic pollution is also accumulating on farmland. According to research21 published in Science of the Total Environment, the annual release of plastics to land may actually be four to 23 times greater than that released to oceans! The use of sewage sludge (biosolids) as fertilizer is one major source of all this plastic pollution.

When factoring in the range of sludge application rates, and assuming data from certain other countries with similar plastics usage are comparable, the total annual input of microplastics to European and North American farmlands is thought to be 63,000 to 430,000, and 44,000 to 300,000 tons respectively.

Are Microplastics Contributing to Bowel Diseases and Cancer?

Dr. Herbert Tilg, president of the Austrian Society of Gastroenterology and chair of the United European gastroenterology scientific committee (who did not take part in the study), worries that microplastics may be a factor contributing to rising rates of inflammatory bowel syndrome and colon cancer. He told New Hampshire Public Radio:22

"Colon cancer is increasing in young people, and we think that either dietary or environmental components are a factor. Now that we know we can detect microplastics in humans, we can develop larger studies, in both healthy and diseased patients, to find out if they are a contributing factor."

Microplastics Linked to Altered Microbiota, Impaired Metabolism and Liver Toxicity

As noted by Schwabl, recent research suggests microplastic may indeed have an adverse effect on gut microbiota. The study,23 published in The Science of the Total Environment, found that polystyrene microplastics affected the gut barrier, microbiota and metabolism of mice. As reported by the authors:

"In this study, we exposed male mice to 5 micrometers pristine and fluorescent polystyrene microplastics (MP) for six weeks. The results showed that the polystyrene MP was observed in the guts of mice and could reduce the intestinal mucus secretion and cause damage the intestinal barrier function …

At the phylum level, the content of Actinobacteria decreased significantly in the polystyrene MP-treated group ... [T]he diversity of gut microbiota was altered after polystyrene MP exposure. At the genus level, a total of 15 types of bacteria changed significantly after exposure to polystyrene MP.

Furthermore, the predicted KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) metabolic pathway differences indicated that the main metabolic pathways of the functional genes in the microbial community were significantly influenced by the polystyrene MP.

In addition, indexes of amino acid metabolism and bile acid metabolism in the serum were analyzed after polystyrene MP exposure. These results indicated that polystyrene MP caused metabolic disorders. In conclusion, the polystyrene MP induced gut microbiota dysbiosis, intestinal barrier dysfunction and metabolic disorders in mice …"

Another study24 published in 2016 found polystyrene microplastics accumulated in zebrafish and stressed the liver. After just seven days of exposure, particles measuring 5 micrometers had accumulated in the gills, liver and gut. Particles measuring 20 micrometers in diameter accumulated the gills and gut only.

Histopathological analysis revealed the particles caused inflammation and the accumulation of lipids in the liver, and "significantly increased activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase, indicating that oxidative stress was induced." Metabolomic analysis also found the microplastics "induced alterations of metabolic profiles in fish liver and disturbed the lipid and energy metabolism."

Earlier research25 has also proven that microplastics are taken into cells and cause significant effects on the tissue of the blue mussel under laboratory conditions.

Bottled Water Nearly Universally Contaminated With Microplastics

As mentioned earlier, recent tests26 reveal drinking water is now nearly universally contaminated with microplastics, whether you're getting it from your tap or from bottled water. Just 17 of 259 bottles of water tested were found to be free of microplastic particles, and none of the 11 brands tested consistently free of plastic contaminants.

On average, the bottled water tested contained 325 pieces of microplastic per liter. The worst offender was Nestlé Pure Life, the most contaminated sample of which contained 10,390 particles per liter, while the least contaminated brand, San Pellegrino, contained a high-end density of 74 particles per liter. Here's a summary breakdown of the most and least contaminated brands:27

Most contaminated brands Least contaminated brands

Nestlé Pure Life

San Pellegrino

Bisleri

Evian

Gerolsteiner

Dasani

Aqua

Wahaha

Epura

Minalba

As noted by Orb Media, which commissioned the testing:28

"[F]indings suggest that a person who drinks a liter of bottled water a day might be consuming tens of thousands of microplastic particles each year … For microplastic debris around 100 microns in size … bottled water samples contained nearly twice as many pieces of microplastics per liter (10.4) than the tap water samples (4.45) ...

According to existing scientific research, the plastic particles you consume in food or drinks might interact with your body in a number of different ways … Some particles might lodge in the intestinal wall. Others might be taken up by intestinal tissue to travel through the body's lymphatic system …

Smaller debris, in the range of 20 microns (0.02 mm) has been shown to enter the bloodstream before it lodges in the kidneys and liver … Ninety percent of the plastic particles we found … were … small enough … for some to cross the gut into your body."

In response to these findings, the World Health Organization has promised to launch a safety review to assess the potential short- and long-term health risks of consuming microplastic in water.29

How You Can Be Part of the Solution

Our cultural affection for all things disposable has left a trail of destruction. Now, how can you be part of the solution? In short, by becoming a more conscious consumer. Really give some thought to the manufacturing of the products you buy, how they may affect you during use, and what will happen to them once you dispose of them.

Few of us are capable of living a zero-waste lifestyle at this point in time, but every single one of us can take small but definitive steps toward the goal of reducing plastic trash in all of its forms. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

Avoid bottled water — Instead, invest in a good water filtration system for your home and fill your own reusable bottles with filtered tap water. Previous testing has revealed most bottled water is nothing but tap water anyway, which may or may not have undergone additional filtration. With over 267 toxins found in public tap water, it's worth the investment to install a high-quality filter and bring your own water wherever you go.

Reduce your use of all things plastic — Purchase products that are not made from or packaged in plastic. While the items involved are near-endless, here are a few ideas:

  • Use reusable shopping bags for groceries
  • Bring your own mug when indulging in a coffee drink, and skip the lid and the straw
  • Store foods in glass containers or mason jars as opposed to plastic containers or bags
  • Take your own leftover container to restaurants
  • Request no plastic wrap on dry cleaning

Avoid microfiber clothing such as fleece, and/or wash them as infrequently as possible — Stretchy fabrics and fleece items shed copious amounts of microscopic plastic fibers each time they're washed. Due to their tiny size, these microfibers30 flow straight through the wastewater treatment plant without being caught.

Up to 1.7 million tons of microfibers enter the ocean each and every year,31 and testing shows synthetic microfibers make up 85 percent of shoreline debris worldwide.32 Once in the water column, this plastic microdebris blocks sunlight required for plankton and algae to thrive, and the ramifications of this reverberates throughout the entire food chain.

Not only do the actual fibers pose a health hazard to the sea life that consume them, since they bioaccumulate, these fibers also act like sponges, soaking up and concentrating toxins like PCBs, pesticides and oil, making the animal — which could end up on your plate — even more toxic than it normally would be.

A far "cleaner" option all-around is 100 percent organic clothing — cotton, hemp, silk, wool or bamboo fabrics dyed with natural, nontoxic dyes. The Bluesign System Certification33 tells you the item has been manufactured with a minimal amount of hazardous chemicals, or none.

Wash synthetic clothing as irregularly as possible using a mild detergent. Line dry instead of putting them in the dryer, as the heat and agitation will break down fibers. Handwashing or using the gentle cycle with cold water will also minimize the shedding of fibers, as will using a front loading washing machine.

You can also install a microfiber filter on your washing machine, but the fibers will still end up in the environment since they'll end up in trash destined for a landfill.

Recycle what you can — Take care to recycle and repurpose products whenever possible, and/or participate in "plastic drives" for local schools, where cash is paid by the pound.

Remember recyclables must never be placed in a plastic bag, as recycling facilities will simply send bagged items to a landfill.34 So, to ensure your recyclables actually get recycled, make sure you place the items loose in your recycle bin.

For more do's and don'ts of recycling, see "Surprising Recycling Mistakes Most People Make." You can also check out this Lifehacker article for more information about what you can and cannot recycle in general, over and beyond plastic.35


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According to the National Cancer Institute,1 an estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. The most common cancers are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer and colon and rectum cancer. Cancer mortality is higher in women than in men and over 35 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life.

Based solely on statistics, it is likely most people either have a personal experience with or know someone who has had cancer. Emerging scientific data show the development of cancer as not a genetic problem but rather a metabolic disease, primarily rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction.

Unfortunately, significant damage may also be done after exposure to environmental toxins found in personal care products, weed killer and house cleaning supplies. Dr. Lee Cowden comments most individuals do not die from cancer but rather from the side effects of the treatment.

One of the major concerns with chemotherapy is the indiscriminate toxicity used to poison your body systematically in an attempt to knock out cancer cells. There have been signs these treatment options may cause more harm than good. In a case of breast cancer, the chemotherapy drug tamoxifen reduces the risk of breast cancer but more than doubles a woman's risk of uterine cancer.2

Increasingly, more are seeking a natural approach to the treatment of cancer, including supplements, exercise, quality sleep and a cyclical ketogenic diet designed to boost fat metabolism, support mitochondrial health and starve cancer cells that derive most of their nutrition from sugar.

Mistletoe extract is now the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapy treatment for cancer3 and one which Suzanne Somers used in her breast cancer treatment.4

Suzanne Somers Opted for Iscador Injections

Somers is an American actress best known for the role she played in the sitcom "Three's Company." She's also an author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson. In 2001 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Following a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and radiation, she opted for alternative medicine, refusing chemotherapy despite her physician's recommendations. Somers said:5

"My cancer has become a veiled gift because when confronted with standard of care — the standard treatment protocol for cancer [being] radiation, chemotherapy and after-care drugs — I looked at the doctor and I said, ‘I can’t do this.’ And he said, ‘But you’ll die.’ And I said, ‘I honestly believe I will die if I do what you tell me. The idea of flooding my body with chemical poison just doesn’t reckon with who I am."

Somers reports her lumpectomy removed nearly as much of her breast as a mastectomy. She refused an implant and wore an insert to ensure she didn't add any other foreign substances to her body. Following personal research, Somers treated herself with injections of Iscador, mistletoe extract, and placed a higher priority on sleep and other lifestyle choices.

Years after her lumpectomy Somers discovered a plastic surgeon in Japan doing experimental procedures to "regrow" a woman's breast tissue using her stem cells. Stem cells were removed from her body fat. These cells were then inserted into congealed fat and inserted in her breast.6 Over the next two years, blood vessels formed and she regained complete feeling over the area.

Somers also practiced gratitude in her effort to heal her body and spent time each night writing down what she did each day to move toward health. She suggests women dealing with breast cancer try to “look for the good.” She goes on to explain:7

"As someone who has survived breast cancer, you can be a victim, and 'poor me' and 'why did this happen to me?' And I don't mean that in a cold or judgmental way at all. But what good does that do you?

How is that going to inspire others, move you forward as a person? Everything that happens to us as individuals is an opportunity for growth, spiritually and emotionally."

Mistletoe Extract in the Treatment of Cancer

Mistletoe extract is usually given by injection under the skin.8 Less frequently it's injected directly into a vein, into the pleural cavity or into a tumor. Very few serious side effects have been reported and minor side effects have included soreness and inflammation at the injection site, headache, fever and chills. Very few cases of allergic reaction, including anaphylactic shock, have been reported.

The products derived from mistletoe vary depending upon the type of host tree on which the mistletoe grew, the species of the plant and the time of year the plant is harvested. Most extracts are made in a water-based solution or a solution of water and alcohol.9

At present, most clinical trials have been done in Europe. Many of these have reported positive results, although the National Cancer Institute finds some weaknesses, including small trial size, lack of dosage information and poor study design. However, they also report10 many of the in vitro studies demonstrated growth inhibition, cell death and antitumor activity using mistletoe extract.

In simplest terms, cancer cells are unable to die like normal cells. Your body usually uses a checks and balances system to remove old cells, called apoptosis. Phytonutrients, such as those found in the extracts of mistletoe, have demonstrated the capacity to restore apoptosis to cancer cells so they don't grow unchecked, and to support your immune system.11

Cancer cells also proliferate through a process of developing new blood vessels. Mistletoe extract demonstrates the ability to block the formation of new vessels. Mistletoe is used widely in Germany as their health care system pays for the treatments. In one meta-analysis, researchers reported a review of Iscador treatments showed a lower risk of mortality.12 Other studies demonstrate:13

A retrospective study gathering data between 1993 and 2000 evaluated the use of mistletoe extract as a long-term adjuvant therapy in 804 patients being treated with chemotherapy and or radiation for colorectal cancer. Those treated with mistletoe extract had fewer adverse events, better symptom relief and improved disease-free survival.

One study evaluated the use of mistletoe extract in advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, a cancer often associated with poor outcome. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either mistletoe extract or no anticancer therapy. The results demonstrated those treated with mistletoe extract had improve survival and less disease-related symptoms.

A study using data from 312 patients evaluated the use of mistletoe extract in non-small cell lung cancer, which could not otherwise be treated. No difference was reported between treatment with mistletoe, an injection made from sheep spleen, or a placebo. Those who received mistletoe extract reported an improved sense of well-being compared to others, though.

In a randomized clinical trial of 830 high-risk melanoma patients, half received treatment of interferon and half received mistletoe extract for one year. At eight years follow-up, there was no increase in survival time between the interferon and the mistletoe group.

However, it's important to note interferon comes with a long list of side effects. Ten percent of users experience dizziness, loss or thinning of hair, breathlessness and an increased risk of infection..14

History of the Mistletoe Plant

Mistletoe has a long and interesting history. Although kissing under the sprigs of a mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, many ancient cultures prized its healing properties.15 The Greeks used it as a cure for menstrual cramps and spleen disorders, while the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted use against epilepsy, ulcers and poisons.

Romantic overtones likely started with the Celtic Druids.16 Since the plant blossoms even during the frozen winter months, the Druids saw it as a sacred symbol and administered it to humans and animals in the hope of restoring fertility.

In ancient Scandinavia, the custom was that if out in the woods you found yourself standing under the plant and encountered an enemy, you both had to lay down your arms until the following day.17 The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started an ancient Greece during the Festival of Saturnalia and was later incorporated into marriage ceremonies as the plant was associated with fertility.18

During the Roman era, enemies would reconcile their differences under a mistletoe plant, which they believed help them come to peace. Mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant that evolved the ability to grow on trees without establishing its own root system. In doing this they absorb the same nutrients and water from the host plant.

Chemotherapy May Make Breast Cancer Aggressive and More Likely to Spread

Preoperative chemotherapy, known as neoadjuvant chemotherapy, is offered to women as it helps shrink tumors prior to surgical removal. This increases the likelihood women will receive a lumpectomy instead of a full mastectomy.

However, after performing tests on mice and human tissue, researchers found this practice may actually increase the likelihood of metastasis by increasing tumor microenvironment of metastasis. When mice with breast cancer are given chemotherapy it altered the tumor microenvironment, making it more conducive for the cancer to spread.

Chemotherapy treatment doubled the number of cancer cells in the bloodstream and lungs compared to the mice who did not receive treatment. Further, in 20 human patients who received common chemotherapy drugs, the tumor microenvironments also became more favorable to cancer spread. Researchers wrote an editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, saying:19

"Unfortunately, neoadjuvant chemotherapy does not seem to improve overall survival, as demonstrated in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) B18 trial, among others."

This essentially means women may be trading an increased risk of cancer metastasis for a treatment without proof it improves their chances of survival. Although this may sound surprising, it is not a new discovery.

In 2012, researchers found chemotherapy for prostate cancer caused DNA damage in healthy cells and caused them to secrete more of a protein called WNT16B, which boosts tumor growth and encourages cancer cells to develop resistance to treatment.20

Certain chemotherapy drugs can also increase your risk for acute myeloid leukemia occurring within 10 years after treatment for your original cancer. Research has demonstrated the risk for a second cancer is slightly higher for childhood cancer survivors than is the risk for cancer and those of the same age and the general population.21

As research continues to reveal the wide-reaching and devastating effects of chemotherapy to healthy cells, it has also shown it makes only a minor contribution to cancer survival. A clinical oncology study22 found that in terms of five-year survival rates of adult cancer cases, chemotherapy has an average survival rate of just 2.3 percent in Australia and 2.1 percent in the U.S.

Natural Cancer Preventive and Treatment Strategies

There are a number of preventive strategies you may consider, most of which support optimal health. Two primary initiatives in the treatment and prevention of cancer are moving to a fat-burning dietary plan to starve cancer cells, and detoxification to remove as many toxins and heavy metals as possible.

For a discussion of alternative treatments you may consider, see several of my previous articles, including:


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SALT LAKE CITY — The city of Salt Lake today took a major step toward leveling the playing field for all residents with a commitment to the development of a comprehensive digital inclusion policy. 

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and key city staff announced the ongoing initiative during an event at the Salt Lake City Google Fiber office Tuesday morning.

During her comments, the mayor highlighted the importance of connectivity for all residents, regardless of their socioeconomic standing, and called on partners and stakeholders to collaborate as the policymaking process advances.  

“We understand that a policy of this nature will require collaboration amongst many stakeholders in our community, including the school district, library and of course the people that are in this room today,” she said.

Though the policy is still several months from a formal council vote, it is expected to happen after a broad community outreach effort and specific funding and resource needs are assessed.

“All of this work will ensure that our policy establishes the city’s vision, purpose and goals for digital inclusion in Salt Lake City and is something which can be used both externally and internally to improve our own city operations,” she said. “I am here today to let you know that Salt Lake City is committed to investing in resources that increase digital equity.

“Technology is rapidly developing worldwide and it is important that we set our community up for success in this environment,” she continued.

Nole Walkingshaw, the deputy director of Administrative Services, is spearheading the larger push and said the policy will ultimately serve as a guide for Internet service providers and other partners in the space. 

While some companies, like Comcast, have long had their own initiatives to address underserved communities across the country, Walkingshaw said the city’s policy efforts will offer a focused vision as to where the city needs the most investment and how successes will be measured.

As far as the council is concerned, a formal briefing has not happened yet, but Walkingshaw is confident the issue of digital equity is one with support across the board. As efforts progress, he said the collaboration will focus on developing metrics, specific areas of need and funding asks.

“You need a policy like this to guide community investment,” he said. “Policy is very important.”

When it comes to identifying areas of the most need or how to measure the results of city and stakeholder action, Walkingshaw and the mayor said these are areas where they will need public input and an evolving discussion to occur. 

This conversation about digital equity though, is nothing new. In fact, it’s a conversation that has shifted since popping up during the Clinton administration in 1996, said Dr. Joy Pierce, one of the event’s guest speakers and inclusion scholar with the University of Utah. When the issue first came onto the scene, it was known as the “digital divide” before changing to “digital inclusion” under the Bush administration and changing yet again to “broadband” under the Obama administration.

“All the while, the divide did not change," Pierce said. "Even as people gained more computers, the 20-40 percent gap between those who had and those who didn’t remained the same." 

On the spectrum of connectivity, access to technology and digital education, Pierce said racial and ethnic minorities with limited education and financial resources continue to be left out.

While people can be given refurbished computers and an Internet connection, Pierce argues that often isn’t enough to acclimate them to the digital world. Outreach efforts must go further and include education as a core component.  

In her own research, Pierce has identified four main requirements for bridging digital gaps. They are: access to current hardware and software; freedom of discovery without expectation; motivation; and the ability to make creative contributions.

Among those with a stake in the game, Comcast representatives at the event said the city’s efforts dovetail well with their own push to extend low-cost Internet access to underserved communities across the country. 

Dee Knight, public relations and community investment manager for Comcast, said the Internet Essentials program has run in a similar vein in Salt Lake City since 2011 and has provided access to some 64,000 Utah residents. She said there is more room to grow that figure by as much as 27,300 within the veteran community.

As she explained, connectivity goes beyond providing access to education materials, but also extends to finding jobs and growing economic opportunities.

“I think this policy will allow us to one, be a thought partner … and also help solve problems for Utah, and that’s why we are coming to the table,” Knight said. 

Editor's Note: This article was corrected to reflect that Comcast's Internet Essentials program launched in Salt Lake City in 2011.


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Faster multil-language bidirectional RPC framework in Go, like alibaba Dubbo and weibo Motan in Java, but with more features, Scale easily. 

License GoDoc travis Go Report Card coveralls QQ群 QQ企业群sourcegraph

Cross-Languages

you can use other programming languages besides Go to access rpcx services.
  • rpcx-gateway: You can write clients in any programming languages to call rpcx services via rpcx-gateway
  • http invoke: you can use the same http requests to access rpcx gateway
  • Java Client: You can use rpcx-java to access rpcx servies via raw protocol.
If you can write Go methods, you can also write rpc services. It is so easy to write rpc applications with rpcx.

Installation

install the basic features:
go get -u -v github.com/smallnest/rpcx/...
If you want to use reuseportquickcpzookeeperetcdconsul registry, use those tags to go get 、 go build or go run. For example, if you want to use all features, you can:
go get -u -v -tags "reuseport quic kcp zookeeper etcd consul ping rudp utp" github.com/smallnest/rpcx/...
tags:
  • quic: support quic transport
  • kcp: support kcp transport
  • zookeeper: support zookeeper register
  • etcd: support etcd register
  • consul: support consul register
  • ping: support network quality load balancing
  • reuseport: support reuseport

Features

rpcx is a RPC framework like Alibaba Dubbo and Weibo Motan.
rpcx 3.0 has been refactored for targets:
  1. Simple: easy to learn, easy to develop, easy to intergate and easy to deploy
  2. Performance: high perforamnce (>= grpc-go)
  3. Cross-platform: support raw slice of bytesJSONProtobuf and MessagePack. Theoretically it can be used with java, php, python, c/c++, node.js, c# and other platforms
  4. Service discovery and service governance: support zookeeper, etcd and consul.
It contains below features
  • Support raw Go functions. There's no need to define proto files.
  • Pluggable. Features can be extended such as service discovery, tracing.
  • Support TCP, HTTP, QUIC and KCP
  • Support multiple codecs such as JSON, ProtobufMessagePack and raw bytes.
  • Service discovery. Support peer2peer, configured peers, zookeeperetcdconsul and mDNS.
  • Fault tolerance:Failover, Failfast, Failtry.
  • Load banlancing:support Random, RoundRobin, Consistent hashing, Weighted, network quality and Geography.
  • Support Compression.
  • Support passing metadata.
  • Support Authorization.
  • Support heartbeat and one-way request.
  • Other features: metrics, log, timeout, alias, circuit breaker.
  • Support bidirectional communication.
  • Support access via HTTP so you can write clients in any programming languages.
  • Support API gateway.
  • Support backup request, forking and broadcast.
rpcx uses a binary protocol and platform-independent, which means you can develop services in other languages such as Java, python, nodejs, and you can use other prorgramming languages to invoke services developed in Go.
There is a UI manager: rpcx-ui.

Performance

Test results show rpcx has better performance than other rpc framework except standard rpc lib.
Test Environment
  • CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz, 32 cores
  • Memory: 32G
  • Go: 1.9.0
  • OS: CentOS 7 / 3.10.0-229.el7.x86_64
from https://github.com/smallnest/rpcx

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When Ariana Grande went on a subtweet bender last week, fans instantly responded to one particular phrase: “thank u, next.” It was “a mood.” It needed to be made into merch. It was everything.

Grande had been moved to tweet because of her annoyance that ex-fiancé Pete Davidson had alluded to their breakup in promos for Saturday Night Live. “Thank u, next” was Grande’s polite-but-firm way of saying she was done talking about Davidson, that that she was moving on now. Grande is well-practiced at deleting things on Twitter (remember the tweet that started the BDE craze? It’s gone now of course) and has since removed the tweets, but it wasn’t long, seemingly, before she had an idea. “Thank u, next” was too good to be some quip she tweeted once; instead, Grande set about transforming it into higher art. By Saturday night—just a half-hour before a certain TV show airs—Grande released a new single, called, naturally, “Thank U, Next.”

Though its no-warning timing suggests a diss track, that’s not really what “Thank U, Next” is. Contrary to the phrase’s original brusqueness, the song’s primary theme is gratitude: As the foundation of the chorus goes, “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex.” At the same time, the song is still dishy in that it doesn’t shy away from naming names. In fact, it starts out by naming four:

Thought I’d end up with Sean

But he wasn’t a match

Wrote some songs about Ricky

Now I listen and laugh

Even almost got married

And for Pete, I’m so thankful

Wish I could say ‘Thank you’ to Malcolm

’Cause he was an angel

Sean, Ricky, Pete, and Malcolm refer to Grande’s well-known exes: Big Sean; Ricky Alvarez, a dancer; Davidson; and rapper Mac Miller, whose death earlier this year came in the midst of Grande’s already high-profile engagement to Davidson.

Grande goes on to drop a blind item, or three of them, in the next verse: “One taught me love/ One taught me patience/ And one taught me pain.” These aren’t lurid details, and their purpose isn’t to roast anyone, as a real diss track might—though of course they also allow for a little harmless speculation: “Pain” sounds like an obvious nod to Miller, but couldn’t he have taught her love, too? How come only one taught her love? Which of those guys was “patient”? And which wasn’t worth mentioning?

If Grande has earned a reputation as a serial dater who’s always embroiled in relationship drama, these lyrics contribute to the song’s larger project of subtly reframing her current situation: It’s not “drama”; it’s a young woman’s personal journey of discovery. Grande knows her engagement and the death of her ex made her more famous than ever, which, for a woman, means she risks being swallowed by her tabloid reputation. This is the best way to regain control of that narrative. The single’s album art underscores how this is a response not just to her relationships themselves but to the media frenzies surrounding them: It features the text “thank u, next” in the style of headlines from various publications, standing in for the scores of news outlets that follow Grande’s every move—and if that reminds you of the artwork for Taylor Swift’s Reputation, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Taylor Swift is an important touchstone for this conversation, because so much of her most recent two albums concerned her public image. “Blank Space” most directly confronts her reputation as, shall we say, someone who has had a lot of boyfriends, not incidentally the same perception Grande is fighting. In that song, her lyrics are less literal, painting a picture of a woman who’s a man-eater without naming any of the real men or discussing what she learned from their relationships; it’s more about embodying a femme fatale character. But as with “Thank U, Next,” the sly self-awareness itself deconstructs her tabloid image, pointing out that she’s not the “nightmare dressed like a daydream” that’s become her caricature.

A cynical person might question how Grande, in the span of a few days, transformed from petty, subtweeting ex to wise, reflective, highly evolved being. But her actual emotional state is impossible to assess, and it almost doesn’t matter, nor does the song’s admittedly corny climax that Grande has met someone else: herself. (“I know they say I move on too fast/ But this one gon’ last/ ‘Cause her name is Ari/ And I’m so good with that.”) For one thing, “Thank U, Next” is a fun listen, which perhaps is all it needs to be. But where fans are concerned, it also gives them a sympathetic narrative to buy into, one that stays true to their vision of Grande as a “nice” pop star who rules over her kingdom with kindness. And to the rest of the world, the meta-message of the song is that Grande won. She spun her messy life into a hit, despite everything. As one line in “Thank U, Next” goes, “God forbid something happens/ Least this song is a smash.”


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One Stanford University School of Medicine's researcher's curiosity may lead to breakthrough treatments for bone injury and diseases. It all started with a trip to the Denali National Park in Alaska.

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