|Building the Casper homepage Cache Translate Page|
In September, I decided that it was time to take a break from client work. I would focus 100% of my time on my freelancing app, Cushion, and hopefully reach a point where I could live off its income.
One week later, however, I received an email from Gabe Flateman, CTO and co-founder of Casper. If you live in New York, you’re probably well aware of Casper because their subway ads are everywhere. In short, Casper is a mattress startup with emphasis on quality, affordability, and customer support.
Typically, I would’ve stuck to the plan of going clientless, but Casper is an enticing client—I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to at least chat. If anything, this would allow me to work full-time on Cushion for even longer.
I met with Gabe and he filled me in on their plan to start offering pillows and sheets along with their signature mattress (not my typical client). To announce their new products, they needed a fancy new homepage.
I’ve worked on a few animated websites in the past, and that’s exactly how Gabe found me. These websites are fun because they give me the chance to experiment. I also do my best work under the pressure of their challenges and countless unknowns, like whether the website is even possible.
Gabe told me about their “Dream Sandwich” concept, designed by the creative studio, JaegerSloan. The bed would separate in mid-air and each product would float up the page as the user scrolls. Then, the products would float back down and land as a complete bed.
We discussed possible approaches, like scrubbing through a video or swapping out still images. Video is easy, but sacrifices quality and control. Stills are more flexible and higher quality, but at the cost of file size. Regardless of the direction we took, it was clear that this would be a real challenge.
I had experience animating with still images from my work on the FiftyThree Pencil page, where a hand holding a Pencil rotates as the user scrolls. That, however, was only a small section of the page using only a dozen images. The Casper website, on the other hand, would potentially be hundreds of hi-res images spanning the entire window.
The countless challenges raced through my mind as Gabe and I chatted—file size, performance, file size, image quality, file size, deadline. I could’ve walked away, but after brainstorming and talking through all the obstacles, I felt invested in the website—I wanted to be the one to make this special.
I accepted the gig.
I need to constantly remind myself of how fortunate I am to attract this caliber of client, and more importantly, that building websites even counts as a profession—let alone a valuable one. At any time, tides could shift and the industry could take a nosedive. It sounds far-fetched, but I was once a skilled Flash developer.
Gabe sent me a CodePen prototype they made for scrubbing a video with the scrollbar. CodePen and other web-based IDEs were completely foreign to me, so this was a first. I forked Casper’s prototype and added friction to make the scrubbing smoother. I was blown away by how easy it was to set up and share iterations. So much, in fact, that I decided to use it for the rest of the project.
These websites tend to go through dozens of iterations, so CodePen was the perfect tool for me to quickly make changes and get instant feedback from Casper. Whenever we decided to go in a different direction, I would simply fork the latest prototype and move on. This left me with shareable save points that I could easily link to.
After considering all of the potential issues with video, like aspect ratio and browser compatibility, we decided to ditch that approach. This was definitely for the best because if we were to discover a deal-breaker after shooting the video, we would be in a really sticky situation. By using still images, we would at least have some outs if anything went south.
JaegerSloan was smart and shot each product individually—this gave us more control over scaling and positioning. They used a Gazelle camera crane on a green screen, which provided us with a smooth series of angles that we could select from. If I learned anything throughout this project, it’s that Casper does not mess around when it comes to big ideas.
With a tight deadline and no readily available assets, I had to make the most of my time. While JaegerSloan worked on touching up the images, I started coding a prototype using colored blocks as placeholders. This allowed me to focus on the timing, positioning, and feel of the animation before even thinking about actual images.
A few days later, JaegerSloan provided us with draft images for picking which frames we would need for the final animation. Because of the tight deadline, we didn’t have the luxury of touching up every single image from the photoshoot. And because of the concern with file size, we needed to know the frame rate that would require the fewest number of images while still feeling smooth.
With the FiftyThree page, I was able to keep it simple by loading a dozen images individually. With Casper, however, I’m dealing with hundreds of images, so the number of requests became a big concern as well.
Instead of loading images one-by-one, we needed to use sprite sheets—combining every frame of a product as one image. If we have 5 products on the page, the browser would only need to load 5 images with 100 frames versus 500 single-frame images. The file size would also be much lower because the images within the sprite sheet could share colors.
I wrote a script that takes a folder of images, compiles them into a sprite sheet, and optimizes the sheet to save even more on file size. The result is a single image and a CSS file of the background positions of the frames within the sprite sheet. In the Javscript, I simply change the class name of an element to display the correct frame.
The code I used to control the positioning and timing of the animation is step-based, similar to the system I wrote for Dropbox’s Carousel website. Each step has a duration and an array of items to animate. And each item has start/end values for each property (x, y, etc). The current step is detected based on the scroll position. The items then animate based on the scroll position within the current step. Everything is based on relative percentages, so if a specific step needs to be shortened or lengthened, I can increase the duration of that step and the animation will adjust itself.
Now that we were using draft images instead of colored blocks, I was able to get a much better sense of the animation’s feel. It was exciting to see everything coming together—even as a draft. I tweaked the timing and positioning to smooth out the rough spots and shared the new prototype with Casper.
When we received the final images from JaegerSloan, it felt like Christmas. I had been working with the draft images for so long that I forgot that they were drafts—my brain learned to ignore their rough edges and color. Once I swapped out the drafts for the retouched images, everything instantly felt like a real webpage—no longer a prototype.
While I worked on the website, the Casper QA team performed user tests with each major iteration I sent them, rather than launching and hoping for the best. With the final images in place, they were able to discover a few difficult truths.
With two weeks remaining before launch, these results were hard to swallow. We had to make some big changes, but fortunately, not all was lost. To make the room feel more relatable, Casper brought back the hero image with one of their lifestyle photos. This provided a more realistic image of a bedroom with more emphasis on the announcement copy. Instead of distracting the user with an animation right off-the-bat, the still image would give them time to digest the copy and realize that Casper now has sheets and pillows.
The rest of the page, including the animation, was more up-in-the-air at this point. Casper’s Director of Design, Huy Vu, and Senior Designer, Jarrod Barretto, focused on a new design. It would reuse the elements of the animation, but ditch the idea of the step-based animation.
After the hero, the user would see the separated “Dream Sandwich” with buttons linking to each product. They would then scroll through the individual products before hitting the rest of the page. As the products move up the page, they would “rotate” with the scroll to create the illusion of 3D perspective.
I started on the new prototype and was blown away by how much code I was able to remove. I treated each section of the page as a self-contained block with its own scroll percentage. The items would move up the page like normal HTML elements, but the “rotation” would be determined by their independent position on the page. This approach cut the code to roughly 30 lines, down from over 600.
The final design immediately felt more like a webpage than any of the previous iterations, and I find the design much more effective than a complex animation—it doesn’t hijack the scroll or move elements against the grain of the page. If the user scrolls quickly from top to bottom, they might not even notice the rotating products, but once they do, it will wow them even more.
I spent the last week before launch moving the code from Codepen into Casper’s repo. Joseph Cortwabi, one of Casper’s front-end engineers, worked closely with Jarrod to fine-tune the hero across screen resolutions and orientations while Kei Sato, another front-end engineer, helped with the shop modules at the bottom of the page.
In the final hours, Betty Liao, Casper’s Digital Project Manager, tested a gnarly iOS7 bug for me while I attempted to blindly fix it (without the device). A few stressful minutes later, I merged my final pull request and called it a night. Casper launched the next day.
In the end, I’m thrilled with how everything turned out. The homepage fits that perfect balance between subtle and special without going overboard with animations. I had a blast working with the team and witnessing them build the rest of the website around my small contribution. I look forward to watching Casper grow, and I hope to hear from them again when they inevitably launch pajamas.
You can see the Casper homepage here.
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Waiting until the last possible moment to write these recap posts seems to have become a tradition for me. This year, I decided to follow up on last year’s goals and list a few new ones for 2016.
On July 14 of 2015, I finally shipped Cushion, the freelancing app that has absolutely consumed my life for the past two years. The day went off without a hitch and I watched as a wave of new users signed up to try it out. Ever since, I’ve been trying my hardest to grow it into a sustainable app that I could turn into a full-time career. So far, I’m about halfway there, and I’m ecstatic about Cushion’s future—especially this upcoming year. I plan to hire a few freelancers to help get Cushion to the next level, which is both exciting and terrifying.
I didn’t take advantage of spreadsheets as much as I had hoped this past year, but I did use spreadsheets to manage Cushion’s expenses page as well as track my business expenses. After suffering through accounting software since I started freelancing, I pulled the plug and replaced it with spreadsheets. With a small amount of extra work, I have everything in a flexible format that doesn’t cost a dime. (I would gladly pay for a human-friendly service that focuses on ease and exportability.)
Continue existing routines
Instead of continuing my gym routine, I actually cancelled my membership and I haven’t been back since. I would’ve continued going if it weren’t for the gym’s outrageous (though not surprising) fees for pausing a membership. I did sign up for an indoor basketball league that starts in January, so hopefully that will get me back into a healthy routine.
One week between client gigs
I’m happy to share that I’ve gone a step further than one week between client gigs. Because of my focus on Cushion, I’ve been fortunate enough to take between 1-3 months off between clients this past year. Early in the year, I worked with Project Florida on the Sum website (RIP). Over the summer, I reuinted with Oak Studios to help with Siteleaf 2.0. And in November, I collaborated with Casper on their fancy new homepage. I don’t think I’ll be as lucky in 2016, but maybe I can get Cushion to a point where I don’t need clients—who knows with freelancing.
Book a few speaking gigs
I didn’t speak at a conference in 2015, but I did book a speaking gig at Create Upstate in May. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned from bootstrapping Cushion and balancing freelance work while running an app. I hope to book a few more talks throughout the year, so if you know a conference that would be a good fit, let me know!
Take more photos
I beat myself up over not taking as many photos as I once did—especially after digging through old hard drives and finding that even the “bad” photos are incredibly valuable to me years later. Going forward, I need to capture my life on a daily basis. Even if I never post the photos anywhere, I will make it a necessity to record at least one “experience” each day. I know I’ll regret it if I don’t.
Read more books
Again, I didn’t read as many books as I anticipated I would, but I did finish The Martian in 9 hours—a personal record! (6 of those hours were on a flight and I simply couldn’t put the book down after that.) For 2016, I think I’ll have more success by establishing a reading schedule. Instead of picking a book and reading it whenever I remember to, I need to designate time throughout the week to slow down and bury my head in a good book. I’m starting Ready Player One right now, so if anyone has a suggestion for the next few, I’d love to hear.
Play more video games
In 2015, I played plenty of video games. It’s easy when your wife plays more than you. After breezing through the remastered Grand Theft Auto V, Arkham Knight, and quitting The Last of Us out of pure fear, I’m now deep into Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Star Wars Battlefront. I don’t know what to tackle once I’m done with those two, but I love free roaming games.
Ride my bike
It pains me to say that I only rode my bike a few times in 2015. I still have it, so there’s always hope for 2016, but now that my studio is a short, relaxing walk away from our apartment, I can’t imagine I’ll start anytime soon. I should really plan day trips to areas of Brooklyn I’ve never been and ride there. I know of dozens of coffee shops I still need to visit, so maybe that should be my driving force.
Take a trip outside of Brooklyn every 3 months
I‘m proud to say that we traveled a fair amount this past year. We weren’t one of those couples who is constantly instagramming exotic locations around the world, but we at least got out of the city every three months—traveling to Upstate New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Portland, and West Virginia. After reaching that goal, I realized that traveling every three months isn’t enough. For 2016, the new goal is to take four big trips with a few shorter trips in between. So far, we already have Joshua Tree and Palm Springs booked for February along with a week in Austin for July. And, I can guarantee that we’ll return to Portland again in the fall.
Looking ahead, I plan to focus on quality of life. This doesn’t only mean experiencing more, but also taking care of myself. I need to slow down, work less, and reduce unnecessary stresses in my life.
Embrace the freelance schedule
Jen and I practically live at the studio with how much we work, so I want to battle that with a more flexible schedule. Instead of racing to the studio in the morning and zombie-walking home at night, I’d like to start a couple days a week without an agenda. Since we also tend to work the weekend, I want to start treating Wednesday like a mid-week weekend. Hopefully, that will break the week up better and help prevent those stretches when we forget to take time off. We really need to take advantage of the most appealing aspect of freelance—not having a schedule.
Contribute to open source
I know this entails more work, which is against my theme for 2016, but I feel the need to give back to the coding community. I try to write about my process and experiences as much as I can, but I haven’t really shared much code over the years. After years of coding in private, I miss having code out in the public for the world to reference and utilize. I’d be happy with even contributing the occasional one-line pull request.
Spend time in the kitchen
For those who don’t live in a tiny apartment or rely on Seamless for dinner, you might have a difficult time grasping the fact that we don’t use our kitchen. Now that we have a new floor and more space, I really want to spend more time in our “closet with a stove”. I’m not much of a cook, but I know I can follow a recipe. Even if this only results in cooking dinner once a week, I’d feel accomplished.
Establish a better backup system
For how cautious I am in real life, most people would be shocked to know that I don’t backup much of my data. All of my code is on Github and all of my other work is on Dropbox, but everything else is on a few hard drives that aren’t backed up anywhere. The plan for 2016 is to have a local RAID 0 hard drive system for working files in combination with Backblaze backing up everything to the cloud. I know Murphy’s Law can come into full effect at any moment with drive failures, so I need to make this priority one.
Write 2016’s recap before New Year’s Eve
Lastly, I want to write next year’s post with plenty of time to spare before the New Year. Here’s to 2016!
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The end of this year really crept up on me. I spent most of it heads-down working, so I didn’t even think of writing a year-in-review post until the last possible day. I wrote one for 2012 and it felt good to look back at past accomplishments, but I feel like 2014 was just a work-in-progress year for me. Because of this, I’m going to focus on the upcoming year instead and list a few things I want to accomplish.
If you don’t know about Cushion, I’m surprised. Not because you should know about it, but more because I feel like it’s all I talk about anymore. Cushion is the freelancer app I’ve been working on day and night for most of the year. 3 months ago, I rolled out a paid beta and I hope to publicly launch in the next month or so.
When I started working on Cushion, I made a point to be transparent, so I started tracking its expenses in a spreadsheet. I can’t remember the last time I seriously used a spreadsheet, but I instantly rediscovered how powerful they can be. Coincidentally, my frustration with accounting software has reached defcon 1—I’m essentially paying $30/month for stress. I realized I could save that money and build a custom-tailored system using a simple spreadsheet. It’ll require a bit more manual work, but I’m certain I’ll sleep better at night.
Continue existing routines
Coming off my sabbatical in June, I decided to establish a few routines. The first was to limit client work to 3 days a week. With Cushion bringing in an income of its own now, this routine has been a possibility for the past few months. The second routine was an uphill battle—getting a gym membership and actually going. I discovered that pairing routines increases the likelyhood that they will succeed, so after a long day of client work, I head straight to the gym. I’m proud to say this routine is on its 4th month and staying strong. rimshot
One week between client gigs
This past year, I had a serious problem with overlapping client jobs, resulting in the need to take 3 months off to fully recover. I’d like to avoid another burnout, so I’m establishing a new rule for myself—one week off between client gigs. This is much easier said than done, considering the delay and drag of projects are outside of my control, but I’m going to give it a shot and hope for the best.
Book a few speaking gigs
I had a few small talks in 2014 and it was a lot of fun. I’d really like to speak more, but I’m not sure where to start—I have a lot on my mind when it comes to freelancing, bootstrapping, and working solo. Speaking in front of a crowd once scared me to death, but now I enjoy it and feel I can contribute a lot—specifically jokes that bomb.
Take more photos
Every year, I tell myself I’m going to take photos more consistently, but I always fail. It’s the first thing to go when work picks up. I’m keeping this one on the list, though, because I still think it’s important—I’m always thankful when I have photos to match memories. After a year-long break from Instagram, I plan to return tomorrow. Maybe sharing photos will encourage me to shoot more often.
Read more books
Before we moved our studio space to within walking distance of our apartment, I was a subway reader. Now, I need to set aside time if I want to read. I hate that I’ve become accustom to reading headlines and collecting browser tabs of articles I’ll never read. To fight this, I’m going to first try getting in bed earlier and reading before sleep. Then, I might turn coffee time into coffee/reading time. I think it’d go a long way in improving how I feel about my consumption habits.
Play more video games
At some point in my adulthood, I stopped playing and just decided that I would work day and night. All the video games I once played just sat on the shelf and gathered dust—I forgot what it was like to really get into a game. Jen recently convinced me to buy a PS4 (which didn’t take much convincing at all), so we’ve been getting back into it. Every other night, we’ll set aside our work and take turns playing our game. I’m currently on Grand Theft Auto 5, with The Last of Us next in the queue, while Jen continues the Assassin’s Creed series. I can’t wait to see which games come out in 2015.
Ride my bike
I bought a Linus bike a few summers ago with the best intentions, but didn’t ride it much beyond a few commutes to the studio. With so much to see in New York, I feel I’m doing a disservice to myself for not riding on a regular basis. After living here for close to 3 years, I honestly haven’t ventured far beyond my own neighborhood. When spring arrives, however, I can’t wait to explore.
Take a trip outside of Brooklyn every 3 months
Along with seeing more of the city, I need to see more outside the city. Today especially, I realized I rarely take time off. My friend Frank suggested blocking out time in my calendar every 3 months to just get out of the city. Well, I marked my calendar and I’m determined to stick to it—even if it just means a drive upstate. We’ve gone on a few trips last year with our fellow studiomates and now I’m itching to plan a few of my own.
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This is an extended transcription of my CreativeMornings talk. The theme was “Make,” and instead of speaking about my own work, I decided to talk about my dad, his work, and how he turned me into the maker I am today.
My dad is a freelance book cover illustrator. He started right out of college and has been pushing out covers ever since—about 37 years now. If you’ve ever been in a book store, you’ve seen one of his covers. If you’ve walked past a cardboard box on the street with a stack of books in it, you’ve seen one of his covers.
For the first 20 years, he painted each and every cover. He would take a few reference photos with his polaroid land camera and spend the following month painting with acrylics on a gessoed masonite board. Upon finishing, he would slip the cover in a Fedex box and ship it to his publisher in New York, hoping it would arrive in one piece. Now, my dad uses Photoshop. He can start a cover on a Friday and email it to his publisher on Monday.
Since my dad works from home, my siblings and I grew up watching him illustrate these covers. He greeted us in the morning from his studio and wished us goodnight from his studio. My dad burns the midnight oil better than anyone I know, which explains why working a 14-hour day sometimes feels normal to me. Some nights, we would work alongside each other in his studio, watching any given Philly game, with the audio from the local radio broadcast.
Because my parents live in the small town of Macungie, PA, my dad would ask us to pose for him rather than hiring models. At the time, there was nothing special about this—it was just part of our childhood. I would spend a few minutes looking like a boy without a family and he would pay me $20, which I could use towards my next video game. To a kid, this was a steal.
Posing for my dad was rarely planned—he would just call us over from his studio and ask us to spare a few minutes. The shoot often involved my mom holding a piece of foamcore as a makeshift reflector or picking out the correct attire for us. We would goof around, treating this like our own version of dress-up.
After holding still for a few shots, trying to make each other laugh while not laughing ourselves, we would go back to whatever we were doing. Then, several months later, we would find ourselves on another cover. This felt like magic. My dad doesn’t need green screens or professional lighting—he can make a cover out of anything.
To start a cover, one of my dad’s publishers would send him a sketch. The sketch was often more of a scribble than anything descriptive, so they would follow up the sketch with a call. The art director would chime in and provide a sketch of their own. This would typically be more elaborate, but still difficult for most to interpret. My dad had no problem, though. He would take these sketches and produce a cover with the exact image his publishers had in mind.
Because of this, his publishers would consistently return to him when they needed the job done right. This had a major impact on my own work ethic and the kind of relationships I try to build with others. If you establish yourself as someone who can always finish the job with a level of quality beyond expectations, you will never have trouble finding work.
Though my dad is at the top of his game with book covers, his true passion lies with model airplanes. When he wished us goodnight from his studio, he usually had an airplane in front of him rather than a cover.
He started building airplanes at the age of eight, having learned from his dad. Back then, video games and computers didn’t exist (*gasp*), so models were a common hobby for the average kid. Hobby shops are rare these days, but if you can find one, there’s a good chance it will have a section for model airplanes. But, my dad doesn’t just build his airplanes from kits. He actually constructs them from scratch, and each one is an exact replica of an existing airplane from a previous era, mainly WWI and WWII.
A single airplane will take anywhere from two months to a year to complete. Each one is constructed from several sheets of balsa wood that are cut down to size and glued in place. The airplane is then wrapped in tissue paper and decorated with all the details of its original design. As a kid, I witnessed the daily progress of every plane—each one built as separate parts, then pieced together at the end. Now, I see progress in months, when I’m able to visit home. I’ll catch him either starting a new plane or putting the finishing touches on one I’ve seen only once or twice before. Nevertheless, he’s always excited to show me his latest creation.
Building model airplanes requires enough work on its own to be considered a full-time job, let alone a hobby, but my dad isn’t the type to just shelf a piece of work and call it a day. Every airplane he builds can also fly as well as it looks. In his eyes, what’s a plane that can’t fly? He takes this very seriously, too, to the extent of mowing only a portion of his backyard, so the rest could remain a soft “landing strip” for testing and minor tweaking. He calls it “Hallman’s Meadow”.
As you might expect by now, these airplanes aren’t RC-powered. Believe it or not, they fly on rubber band power. Inside each airplane is a greased rubber band running from a hook in the back to the propeller in the front. The length of the rubber band depends on the size of the airplane, with some reaching as long as several feet.
Winding one of these airplanes by hand would be very tiring, not to mention time-consuming, considering a single flight requires several hundred winds. Instead, my dad uses a makeshift winder. This MacGyver-esque device can wind ten times faster than using your hand. It also comes equipped with a calculator that keeps track of the number of winds, using a magnet that is literally taped to the crank. Surprising no one, you can’t buy these—he knows a guy who makes them.
My dad also competes as a member of the Flying Aces Club. He drives to either Geneseo or Wawayanda in upstate New York and flies against dozens of other “pilots”—each of whom has been building and flying airplanes for decades. They spend a few days competing, but also discussing their craft, process, and experiences from the past year’s build. Having been to several competitions as a kid, I can tell you that each one of these fliers wants nothing more than to share what they know and celebrate each other’s flights.
At the age of 59, my dad is considered the young gun among the other fliers, with most of them old enough to be his dad, but as a 5-time grand champion, he carries a strong reputation.
Along with constructing the actual airplanes, my dad also builds tools to help him make specific parts of each plane. One of these tools, he calls a “canopy vacuformer”, is a contraption that forms the canopy of an airplane from a single sheet of plastic.
My dad places the top-half of the tool in his oven with the plastic securely held in place. The plastic is heated at a temperature between 300-350 degrees, until malleable. Then, he removes the plastic from the oven and places it on top of the balsa mold of the canopy. With the family vacuum, he suctions the plastic down to perfectly fit over the mold, forming the canopy of the airplane.
As a kid, growing up watching this process, I didn’t think twice about it—this was just how you build the canopy for a rubber band-powered model airplane. How else would you do it? Now, I truly appreciate the creativity and resourcefulness on my dad’s part to even think of a process like this, utlizing household appliances.
The attention to detail my dad puts into every airplane is incredible. His obsession with even the most minute details is one that I often see in myself. Every time he reveals his latest workboard of airplane parts to me, I soak in every consideration he shares and admire the precision of each piece. Everything is always perfect. In my own work, I want people to feel the way I do when I see his work.
While constructing an airplane, my dad takes the time to document the entire process, which is why I do the same with my own projects. I love seeing how each part comes together and how it contributes to the final product. Seeing this documentation as a kid, I learned its importance in telling the story of each airplane. I could witness the struggles, decisions and sacrifices that lead to the end result, making every airplane so much better.
My dad’s airplanes are more than just airplanes. Each one is a piece of art and an extension of my dad. Though these planes don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, they mean the world to him. He taught me everything I know about craftsmanship and what it’s like to be truly passionate about our work. And, I’m passionate about my work because of my dad.
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Early last year, I started renting a desk at Studiomates while working remotely for Adobe. With the majority of mates either running their own companies or freelancing, I felt the itch to follow suit. This feeling has been with me ever since I first started working for someone else. I knew that one day it would be too much to bear.
I sat down with Tina Roth Eisenberg and discussed my dream of being on my own, as well as my nightmares of making the initial jump. (I start to make sense of the memories of everyone in the pool already, yelling for me to join, while I cautiously dip my toe in the water.) She asked me, “What is holding you back the most?” Hands-down, it was my fear of not having that initial project to get me off to a running start. Without this, I would never find a project. I would burn through all my savings and end up homeless. Now, I know this sounds dramatic, but when you’re going through this decision, those thoughts are a daily occurrence—even after making the decision. At that moment, she gave me TeuxDeux.
One year later—I’m not homeless. I have a number of websites and apps under my belt, an immeasurable sense of freedom, and the experience of working alongside some of the very people whose online exchanges once gave me Bieber Fever-like reactions. So, what did I learn?
Save as much money as you can
Running out of money is the stress of all stresses. And this is the last stress you want when trying to do good work. It hinders your creativity and forces you to make quick decisions. I left Adobe with a considerable amount of savings, which calmed my nerves to a certain extent, but even still, I had frequent panic attacks.
How much is enough? Think of a number you could see yourself burning through, then double it. Once you’ve doubled that amount, triple it. There were countless expenses that came out of nowhere when starting Destroy Today LLC—the most memorable being the interim health insurance. I had a 3-month window to sign up for COBRA insurance while shopping for more affordable coverage. The idiot in me, who doesn’t read the fine print, decided to wait until the last minute to sign up, so I wouldn’t have to pay for those months. Little did I know COBRA is retroactive, so shortly after, I received $4000 bill from the past three months of coverage. That hurt.
Hire a lawyer and an accountant
Setting up a business can be tricky. In New York, there are a few hurdles to intentionally prevent just anyone from starting a business. Like, you must announce your business in two NYC publications, which ends up costing about $1500. Instead of handling this myself, I hired Jerald to take care of it. Jerald is my lawyer. He takes care of all my client contracts. He also helped me choose the type of incorporation that was right for me. Since Jerald uses half of his office space as an incubator for startups, I know he understands my line of work.
Then there’s accounting. The best money you could ever spend is on an accountant you can trust. Warren handles my taxes and he’s been handling my dad’s for the past 30 years. I use Xero to keep track of invoices and expenses, and every Sunday I balance the books for the previous week. Once a quarter, Warren looks at the numbers and we’re good to go. This confidence in my accounting brings incredible peace of mind come April.
Join a co-working space
After a year of renting my desk at Studiomates, I could easily say I will never go back to working at home. The benefits of a co-working space far outweigh the cost of rent or time to commute, and I’m almost certain I wouldn’t have made it on my own if it weren’t for Studiomates.
When at Studiomates, I’m in work mode. I put on my headphones and go full speed ahead. My desk does not sit directly next to my comfortable bed, nor do my video games feed my procrastination. At the end of the day, I ride the subway home and my mental gears shift. I feel a sense of relaxation that only home can provide. This separation keeps me sane.
Inspiration is everywhere in a co-working space. Seeing others work hard inspires me to work harder. Watching others ship amazing products makes me want to do nothing but the same. In my first month at Studiomates, we held a show & tell for everyone to introduce themselves and share what they were working on. My jaw dropped an inch with each presentation. By the end, you could taste the inspiration flowing through the room. People started approaching each other, asking questions and discussing ideas of their own.
In this past year, every single job I’ve taken has come from someone in the studio or visiting the studio. Since (almost) everyone in the space is in the same field, it’s the perfect environment to find work as well as find people to work with. Some of the most common scenarios I see come from a designer needing a developer to build their design, a developer passing a job along because they have too much work, or a casual conversation about an idea turning into a collaboration. And this happens all the time.
Make your availability known
This sounds dumb, but it’s important—make it known that you are looking to take on more work. Early on, I missed out on several opportunities because people just assumed I was too busy for their project. It’s easy to imagine. In the weeks leading up to the TeuxDeux launch, I was heads-down, constantly stressing, and only talking about TeuxDeux. In their eyes, no way am I available for more work, but in reality, I’m planning the next few months post-launch. You can have a great network, but if they only see you working, everyone will just assume you’re booked.
On the reverse end, don’t wait for someone to approach you. Reach out to those you want to work with. Send them a note saying you’re available and interested in working together. I sit next to the Oak guys at Studiomates and for months, I watched them ship amazing products. One day, on a whim, I wrote a short email to Skylar simply saying I’d love to work together. From there, I was able to lend a hand with Dropmark.
Know your limits
Leading up to the TeuxDeux launch, I worked 40 hours over the course of a weekend. I felt a constant pressure on my forehead and shots of pain in my chest. I definitely exceeded my limits and my body let me know it. Never work this hard. Ever. Whatever you’re working on is not worth the mental and physical pain. I learned how to tell myself that deadlines will come and go, and everything will be fine, regardless of whether we finish in time. My mom always says, “Tomorrow is another day.” Some nights, I need to say this to myself, but it helps when I do.
Go for it
I’ve learned a lot about myself since being on my own. I feel stronger and more independent than I’ve ever felt in my entire life—even if my internal voice is much louder and longer-winded than ever before. Every project is a challenge and provides a real sense of ownership. Each day ends with great excitement for the next. Is it for everyone? No, but if you have the itch, go for it.
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Οπως έγραψαν και οι New York Times, το «Ιρλανδικό backstop» είναι μία «βολική συντομογραφία ενός διαβολικά περίπλοκου θέματος». Κι όσο πλησιάζει η 29η Μαρτίου, τόσο περισσότερο φαντάζει σαν την ξέρα η οποία κινδυνεύει να βυθίσει το Brexit.
Γιατί είναι απαραίτητο;
Με λίγα λόγια, είναι ένας τρόπος για να αποφευχθεί η δημιουργία ενός πραγματικού συνόρου μεταξύ Ιρλανδίας, που παραμένει μέλος της ΕΕ και της Β. Ιρλανδίας, που παραμένει μέρος του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου.
Στην θεωρία ακούγεται απλό, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα είναι μάλλον πιο εύκολο να λύσει κανείς ένα παζλ με τα μάτια δεμένα, παρά να λύσει το πρόβλημα του backstop με τρόπο που να ικανοποιεί και το Βρετανικό Κοινοβούλιο και την Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση.
Εκτός όλων των άλλων, η Συμφωνία της Μεγάλης Παρασκευής, που υπεγράφη το 1998 και βοήθησε στον τερματισμό των συγκρούσεων στη Β. Ιρλανδία, έρχεται σε πλήρη αντίθεση με την δημιουργία ενός κανονικού, «σκληρού» συνόρου μεταξύ αυτού του τμήματος του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου και της Ιρλανδίας. Και δεν υπάρχει κανείς, ούτε στην Ιρλανδία, ούτε στη Β. Ιρλανδία, ούτε στο βρετανικό Κοινοβούλιο που να είναι υπέρ της αλλαγής αυτού του καθεστώτος.
Τι θα αλλάξει μετά το Brexit?
Η προθεσμία για την έξοδο της Βρετανίας από την ΕΕ λήγει στις 29 Μαρτίου, αλλά το σχέδιο συμφωνίας για το Brexit, το οποίο καλούνται να ψηφίσουν το βράδυ της Τρίτης οι βρετανοί βουλευτές, προβλέπει ότι δεν θα υπάρξουν αλλαγές. Η Βρετανία θα παραμείνει εντός τελωνειακής ένωσης και κοινής αγοράς μέχρι - τουλάχιστον - το τέλος του 2020. Στο διάστημα αυτό το Λονδίνο και οι Βρυξέλλες θα επιχειρήσουν να διαπραγματευτούν μία μόνιμη, εμπορική σχέση.
Αν το Brexit προχωρήσει χωρίς συμφωνία, υπάρχουν δύο λύσεις: Η παράταση της μεταβατικής περιόδου μέχρι το 2022 και η ενεργοποίηση του backstop. Αν δεν βρεθεί καμμία λύση, το backstop θα ενεργοποιηθεί το 2022.
Μα τι είναι επιτέλους αυτό το backstop;
Οσο δεν υπάρχει μακροχρόνια εμπορική συμφωνία, η Βρετανία παραμένει εντός της Ευρωπαϊκής Τελωνειακής Ενωσης και η Β. Ιρλανδία θα συνεχίσει να δεσμεύεται από τους κανόνες της κοινής αγοράς. Οι Ευρωπαίοι ηγέτες όχι μόνον απαίτησαν την δημιουργία του backstop, αλλά επέμειναν να μην έχει ημερομηνία λήξης.
Ετσι, η Βρετανία θα μπορούσε να βρεθεί εκτός ΕΕ, χωρίς καμμία δυνατότητα παρέμβασης, αλλά στενά εξαρτημένη από τους κανόνες της. Για τους σκληροπυρηνικούς υπέρ του Brexit Συντηρητικούς βουλευτές της κυρίας Μέι, αυτό είναι το εφιαλτικό σενάριο.
Η βρετανίδα πρωθυπουργός θα μπορούσε να αγνοήσει αυτούς τους βουλευτές και να συμφωνήσει με τους Εργατικούς για ένα «μαλακό» Brexit, το οποίο θα άφηνε την Βρετανία εντός της τελωνειακής ένωσης. Μία τέτοια απόφαση, όμως, θα αποξένωνε όλους όσοι ψήφισαν υπερ του Brexit στο δημοψήφισμα του 2016 και θα έθετε σε κίνδυνο την ενότητα των Συντηρητικών - για πολλούς, αυτός είναι ο μεγαλύτερος φόβος της Μέι.
Οι Βρυξέλλες έχουν προτείνει μία λύση, σύμφωνα με την οποία μόνον η Β. Ιρλανδία θα κληθεί να υπακούσει στους κανόνες του backstop, ενώ η υπόλοιπη Βρετανία θα μπορούσε να υιοθετήσει διαφορετικούς κανόνες. Η πρόταση απορρίφθηκε από το Λονδίνο, διότι δημιουργεί ένα σύνορο στην Ιρλανδική Θάλασσα, κόβοντας τη Β. Ιρλανδία από το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και οδηγώντας την πιο κοντά στην Ιρλανδία.
Εγινε συμφωνία τελευταίας στιγμής;
Την Δευτέρα, στο Στρασβούργο, η Τερέζα Μέι συναντήθηκε με τον Πρόεδρο της Κομισιόν, Ζαν Κλοντ Γιουνκέρ και γύρισε στο Λονδίνο με την διαβεβαίωση ότι η Βρετανία θα έχει τη δυνατότητα να τερματίσει το backstop στην περίπτωση που η ΕΕ «δεν διαπραγματεύεται με καλές προθέσεις».
Οπως, όμως, ανακοίνωσε την Τρίτη ο νομικός σύμβουλος της βρετανικής κυβέρνησης, αν τόσο η Βρετανία όσο και η ΕΕ, παρά τις «καλές προθέσεις» τους, δεν καταφέρουν να φτάσουν σε συμφωνία για το backstop λόγω «αγεφύρωτων διαφορών», τότε δεν θα υπάρξει νομικώς αποδεκτός τρόπος για τον τερματισμό του backstop και η Βρετανία «θα παραμείνει παγιδευμένη στην ΕΕ».
Και τώρα, τι;
Οι δηλώσεις αυτές θεωρείται ότι κατάφεραν ένα σοβαρότατο πλήγμα εναντίον της Τερέζα Μέι, η οποία ελπίζει ότι το σχέδιό της για το Brexit θα καταφέρει να πάρει την έγκριση του Βρετανικού Κοινοβουλίου κατά την ψηφοφορία της Τρίτης.
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«Βουτιά» μεγαλύτερη του 3% κατέγραψε την Τρίτη η μετοχή της Boeing, ως απόρροια της απόφασης πολλών χωρών ανά την υφήλιο να αναστείλουν τις πτήσεις των αεροσκαφών Boeing 737 MAX 8 μετά την αεροπορική τραγωδία με 157 νεκρούς στην Αιθιοπία την περασμένη Κυριακή.
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Αυτή τη φορά στο επίκεντρο βρίσκεται η φημισμένη σπαγγέτι μπολονέζ- όπως γράφεται στα μενού πολλών εστιατορίων ανά τον κόσμο- ή όπως συνηθίζουμε να την αποκαλούμε στην Ελλάδα, τα μακαρόνια με κιμά. Και αυτός που φαίνεται ότι ανέλαβε να δώσει ένα τέλος στις παρεξηγήσεις γύρω από το συγκεκριμένο πιάτο είναι ο (πολύ οργισμένος όπως φαίνεται) δήμαρχος της Μπολόνια.
Όσοι έχετε ήδη επισκεφθεί την Μπολόνια και έχετε παραγγείλει σπαγγέτι μπολονέζ ίσως να έχετε προσέξει ότι ο σερβιτόρος δεν φαίνεται και πολύ ευχαριστημένος. Ένας λόγος είναι, όπως εξηγεί ο δήμαρχος της πόλης Βιρτίνιο Μερόλα είναι πως οι τουρίστες έχουν την εντύπωση πως πρόκειται για ένα τοπικό πιάτο. Μπολόνια-μπολονέζ, ποιος μπορεί να μας αδικήσει.
Όπως όμως δήλωσε σε μια εκπομπή στην ιταλική τηλεόραση RAI αλλά και έγραψε στο twitter ήρθε επιτέλους η στιγμή να σταματήσει αυτός ο αστικός μύθος: η Μπολονέζ δεν έχει καμία σχέση με τη Μπολόνια.
Τα πράγματα όμως δεν είναι τόσο απλά αφού ο δήμαρχος έχει να δώσει και άλλες γαστρονομικές διευκρινίσεις αφού όπως εξηγεί η μπολονέζ δεν υπάρχει! «Η σπαγγέτι μπολονέζ στην πραγματικότητα δεν υπάρχει αν και ναι είναι διάσημη σε όλο τον κόσμο. Αυτό για το οποίο εμείς προτιμούμε να είμαστε διάσημοι είναι για το ότι στην Μπολόνια εφευρέθηκαν οι ταλιατέλες, τα τορτελίνι και τα λαζάνια».
To αυθεντικό ιταλικό πιάτο που μπορεί να θεωρηθεί πως πλησιάζει κάπως τη μπολονέζ είναι το tagliatelle al ragù δηλαδή ταλιατέλες ραγού. Δηλαδή ταλιατέλες, παραδοσιακές παρασκευασμένες με αυγό, που σερβίρονται με κοκκινιστό μοσχαρίσιο κιμά που μαγειρεύεται με λαχανικά, ντομάτες και κρασί.
Η συνταγή προέρχεται από την περιοχή Εμίλια-Ρομάνια της οποίας η Μπολόνια είναι η πρωτεύουσα. Τα σπαγγέτι όμως δεν «κατάγονται» από εκεί.
Σε κάθε περίπτωση ο δήμαρχος Μαρόλα κάνει λόγο για fake news που αφορούν τη «μπολονέζ» και ξεκίνησε μια καμπάνια μέσω των social media προς αποκατάσταση της αλήθειας.
«Αγαπητέ κάτοικε, συλλέγω φωτογραφίες από σπαγγέτι μπολονέζ από όλο τον κόσμο (μιας και μιλάμε για fake news). Αυτή εδώ είναι από το Λονδίνο, παρακαλώ στείλτε μου και τις δικές σας», γράφει στο Twitter.
Και φυσικά από τότε έχει λάβει πάρα πολλές γι′ αυτό αν και ο αγώνας του έχει ξεκινήσει εδώ και μέρες, τώρα φαίνεται πως γίνεται όλο και πιο γνωστός.
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Ερωτήματα για την ασφάλεια των Boeing 737 Max εγείρει το δεύτερο αεροπορικό δυστύχημα που συμβαίνει με το εν λόγω αεροσκάφος μέσα σε διάστημα λίγων μηνών. To «μαύρο κουτί» βρέθηκε το πρωί της Δευτέρας και ο έλεγχος των δεδομένων που έχει καταγράψει αναμένεται να ρίξει φως στις έρευνες για τα αίτια του δυστυχήματος.
Το αεροσκάφος των αιθιοπικών αερογραμμών που έπεσε το Σάββατο 62 χλμ. βορειοανατολικά της Αντις Αμπέμπα, αφήνοντας πίσω του 157 νεκρούς, ήταν το ίδιο μοντέλο με το αεροσκάφος που συνετρίβη στην Ινδονησία τον Οκτώβριο, σκοτώνοντας 189 άτομα. Αυτό το αεροπλάνο είχε αγοραστεί πριν από τρεις μήνες.
Και στις δύο περιπτώσεις, τα ολοκαίνουργια αεροπλάνα παρουσίασαν προβλήματα λεπτά μετά την απογείωση και τελικά έπεσαν, ενώ κανείς δεν επέζησε.
Η έρευνα και στις δύο περιπτώσεις συνεχίζεται, αλλά η τελευταία συντριβή εγείρει ακόμη περισσότερα ερωτήματα σχετικά με την ασφάλεια του 737 Max, το οποίο η Boeing παρουσίασε το 2017 ως το πιο εξελιγμένο μοντέλο του δημοφιλούς 737.
Μάλιστα το 737 Max έκανε ρεκόρ για την Boeing, επιτυγχάνοντας τις πιο γρήγορες πωλήσεις από οποιοδήποτε άλλο αεροσκάφος και πλέον χρησιμοποιείται από πολλές αεροπορικές ανά το κόσμο.
Τι γνωρίζουμε μέχρι τώρα για το εν λόγω μοντέλο.
Ποιο είναι το Boeing 737 Max
Είναι το τελευταίο μοντέλο του Boeing 737, ένα αεροσκάφος που πετάει από τη δεκαετία του 1960. Υπάρχουν τέσσερα είδη Max στον στόλο, το 7, το 8, το 9 και το 10. Τα δύο αεροσκάφη των παραπάνω δυστυχημάτων ήταν της σειράς 8.
Το 737 Max χρησιμοποιείται κυρίως για πτήσεις μικρής και μεσαίας διάρκειας, αλλά μερικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες κάνουν πτήσεις μεταξύ της Βόρειας Ευρώπης και της Ανατολικής Ακτής των ΗΠΑ. Είναι πιο αποδοτικό από πλευράς καυσίμων σε σχέση με τις προηγούμενες εκδόσεις του 737.
Η πτήση των αιθιοπικών αερογραμμών απογειώθηκε από την πρωτεύουσα της Αιθιοπίας, την Αντίς Αμπέμπα, και πήγαινε στο Ναϊρόμπι της Κένυας.
Τι έχει γίνει γνωστό μετά τη συντριβή στην Ινδονησία
Είναι ακόμη πολύ νωρίς για να γνωρίζουν οι ειδικοί εάν τα αίτια της συντριβής του αεροσκάφους χθες ήταν τα ίδια με τη συντριβή στην Ινδονησία.
Αλλά υπάρχουν κάποιες ομοιότητες: Την Κυριακή, η πτήση έχασε επαφή με τον πύργο ελέγχου περίπου έξι λεπτά μετά την απογείωση. Ο πιλότος είχε ζητήσει και του είχε δοθεί άδεια να επιστρέψει στο αεροδρόμιο της Αντίς Αμπέμπα, σύμφωνα με τις αιθιοπικές αερογραμμές. Αλλά το αεροπλάνο τελικά έπεσε περίπου 62 χλμ. βορειοανατολικά της Αντις Αμπέμπα.
Και στην περίπτωση της Lion Air στην Ινδονησία, η πτώση έλαβε χώρα λίγα λεπτά μετά την απογείωση και ενώ το πλήρωμα είχε ζήτησε την άδεια να επιστρέψει στο αεροδρόμιο.
Οι έρευνες από τις ινδονησιακές και αμερικανικές αεροπορικές αρχές κατέληξαν στο συμπέρασμα ότι η απότομη -κατακόρυφη- πτώση του αεροσκάφους θα μπορούσε να προκληθεί από μια ανανέωση του λογισμικού της Boeing, η οποία έγινε για να σταματήσει ένα πρόβλημα που παρουσίαζε το αεροσκάφος, αλλά μπορεί να στείλει το αεροπλάνο σε απότομη κάθοδο εάν οι υψομετρικές και γωνιακές πληροφορίες στο σύστημα του υπολογιστή είναι λανθασμένη.
Η αλλαγή στο σύστημα ελέγχου πτήσης, που μπορεί να αντικαταστήσει τις χειροκίνητες κινήσεις στο μοντέλο Max, δεν είχαν αναλυθεί στους πιλότους, σύμφωνα με ορισμένα συνδικάτα.
Μετά από αυτή τη συντριβή, η Boeing δήλωσε ότι συνέχισε «να αξιολογήσει την ανάγκη για αλλαγές στο λογισμικό ή αλλού, όσο μαθαίνουμε περισσότερα από τη διεξαγόμενη έρευνα».
Όσο για το δυστύχημα της Κυριακής, η Boeing ανακοίνωσε πως είναι έτοιμη να βοηθήσει την Ethiopian Airlines στην διερεύνηση της τραγωδίας.
Ποιες αεροπορικές εταιρείες έχουν το Max;
Εκτός από την Ethiopian Airlines (η οποία έχει τη φήμη ότι διαθέτει τον νεότερο στόλο από τις άλλες αεροπορικές εταιρείες της Αφρικής) και την Lion Air (μια ινδονησιακή εταιρεία χαμηλού κόστους με μακρά ιστορία προβλημάτων συντήρησης), πολλές άλλες αεροπορικές σε όλο τον κόσμο χρησιμοποιούν αυτό το μοντέλο.
Από τις αμερικανικές εταιρείες οι American Airlines, Southwest Airlines και United Airlines, ενώ μεταξύ των άλλων μεγάλων εταιρειών ανά τον κόσμο, Max χρησιμοποιούν οι Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air China, Icelandair και LOT Polish Airlines.
Εάν ανησυχείτε, οι περισσότερες εταιρείες σας επιτρέπουν να δείτε με τι τύπο αεροσκάφους θα πετάξετε, όταν κλείνετε τα εισιτήρια. Επίσης, μπορείτε να δείτε με τι τύπο αεροσκάφους πετάτε στο seatguru.com.
Πηγή: The New York Times
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|Art Shamsky (#119) Cache Translate Page||Here is young Art Shamsky, with all of 96 major-league at-bats under his belt.|
Shamsky was signed by the Reds in 1959, and played in the minors from 1960-64 until making his major-league debut in April 1965.
As a rookie, he was the Reds' 4th outfielder, but when the first 3 are named Vada Pinson (159 starts), Tommy Harper (156), and Frank Robinson (154), there's not much for you to do. 46 of his 64 games were as a pinch-hitter only.
With the trade of Robinson to the Orioles, Art saw his playing time increase somewhat in 1966. Not too much, as Deron Johnson took most of the outfield time left behind by Robby, with Shamsky making 63 starts.
By 1967, Pete Rose and even Lee May were in the outfield mix, so Art found less playing time than in '66. That November, the Reds traded him to the Mets for utility infielder Bob Johnson.
Shamsky jumped onboard the Mets' train 1 year before the Miracle 1969 season. He played in over 100 games in each of the next 3 seasons. Sure, the Mets had Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, and Ron Swoboda, but in 1968 Shamsky started 64 games in left field, and another dozen each in right field and first base.
In 1969 he split right field with Swoboda, starting 61 times to Swoboda's 70. Art also filled in at 1B and LF occasionally. He hit .538 (7 for 13) in the NLCS, but was 0-for-6 in the World Series.
In 1970 he started 55 games at first base in relief of Donn Clendenon (Ed Kranepool having been sent to the minors), along with another 49 starts in right field.
Art's career began to fade in 1971, as he was demoted to 6th outfielder, playing only half the games he did in '70. He was traded to the Cardinals in October 1971, but released just before the '72 season.
He soon hooked on with the Cubs, but after 15 games in 2 months he was sold to the Athletics at the end of June 1972. He was released 3 weeks later, having only made 8 pinch-hitting appearances
After his playing career, Shamsky was (among other things) a Mets broadcaster and a New York sports radio host.
In the TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond", Ray Barone's brother Robert has a dog named Shamsky. Art even even made an appearance on the show.
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Arrigo was signed by the White Sox 1960, but the selected by the Twins in the first-year draft after that season. He pitched in the Twins’ farm system from 1961-63, also making a few appearances each year for the Twins.
In 1964 he spent a full season with Minnesota, appearing in 41 games. His 12 starts ranked him 6th among the Twins’ starting pitchers that season.
After the season he was traded to the Reds for prospect Cesar Tovar. It appears he played most of the 1965 season with the Reds, except for the month of August when he pitched 9 games for their triple-A team.
As mentioned earlier, Gerry played the bulk of the 1966 season (essentially) on loan to the Mets. He pitched 42 innings over 17 games for New York, and only 3 games for the Reds.
In 1967 Arrigo appeared in 32 games, as the #4 man in the Reds’ bullpen (well behind closer Ted Abernathy).
Gerry found himself in the Reds' starting rotation for all of 1968, the only season where he was primarily a starter. He fashioned a 12-10 record in 205 innings while starting 31 games (all career highs).
1969 would be his last season with Cincinnati. He started 16 of his 20 games, but only played 1 game prior to June 1st that season.
After the ’69 season he was traded to the White Sox (also learned THAT today) for outfielder Angel Bravo. He played for the Sox during the first 2 months of 1970, but spent the rest of the season with their AAA team.
Arrigo retired after pitching the 1971 season for the Braves’ AAA team.
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Ed played 18 seasons (1962-79), all with the Mets. His career home run total of 118 (in 1853 games) was atypical for a corner infielder.
Kranepool was signed by the Mets in late-June 1962, and fast-tracked his way through the organization (20 games in Class D, 7 in Class A, and 14 in triple-A), making his major-league debut with 3 games against the Cubs in the final week of the season (at age 17).
Ed began the 1963 season with the Mets (playing mostly as a right fielder) but by early-July was sent down to triple-A Buffalo, returning to New York in September.
In 1964 Ed took over as the regular 1st baseman on May 31st and started 101 of the final 119 games (replacing the trio of Tim Harkness, Dick Smith, and Frank Thomas).
On the last day before his call-up, he played both ends of a doubleheader for triple-A Buffalo (18 innings). The following day he played both games of a doubleheader for the Mets. Game #2 went 23 innings, and Ed was in the lineup for the entire 2 games. In 2 days he played a total of 50 innings!
Ed continued as the regular 1st baseman from 1964-69, although he was platooned quite a bit in 1968, and gave way to Donn Clendenon for most of the final 2 months in 1969. He made his only All-star team in 1965.
1970 was an off-year for Kranepool. He was sent down to AAA in late-June due to his .118 batting average. He returned 2 months later, but only played 43 games for the Mets that season. He was back in 1971, starting 2/3 of the games to Clendenon’s 1/3.
Ed only started half of the games at 1st base in 1972. The remaining games saw a mix of 6 other players starting there, including Willie Mays for 9 games.
The final 7 years saw Kranepool in a backup role, starting a few dozen games at 1B and a few dozen in the outfield each year. However, he was the team’s primary 1st baseman from 1975-76, starting less than half the games, but just a bit more than Dave Kingman (’75) and Joe Torre (’76).
Kranepool retired after the 1979 season, and was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1990.
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Einkommen und Vermögen haben eine viel bedeutendere Auswirkung auf Beziehungen als bisher bekannt. Eine neue Untersuchung kam zu dem Ergebnis, dass eine Einkommens- und Vermögensschwelle existiert, ab der es wahrscheinlicher ist, dass ein Paar heiratet.
Beziehungen mit gleichem Einkommen sind stabiler
In der Sozialforschung gehen die Interpretationen von Ergebnissen oft in alle Richtungen. So lautet eine Theorie, dass Beziehungen, in der der Mann keinen Vollzeitjob oder ein geringeres Einkommen als die Frau hat, eher zum Scheitern verurteilt sind.
Eine andere Theorie besagt, dass die wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeit eines Ehepartners vom anderen die Hingabe an die Beziehung stärkt und ein besonderes Bewusstsein für die gegenseitigen Verpflichtungen schafft.
Patrick Ishizuka, Soziologe an der Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, hat eine neue Idee. Beim Untersuchen der Bevölkerungsstatistiken der US-Statistikbehörde seit 1993 war eine Eigenschaft stabiler Beziehungen besonders auffällig.
Anhaltendes Liebesglück ist wahrscheinlicher, wenn die Partner ungefähr gleiche Einkommen besitzen. „Gleiches Einkommen kann vielleicht Engagement und Kooperation zwischen Partnern fördern, weil sie ähnliche wirtschaftliche Ressourcen in die Beziehung einbringen“, meint der Soziologe.
Beide Partner sind dann nicht nur bereit, sondern auch in der Lage das Gleiche in eine Beziehung zu investieren.
Wirtschaftliche Situation entscheidend für Heirat
Die wirtschaftliche Situation eines Paares kann aber nicht nur entscheidend zur Stabilität beitragen, sondern scheint auch einen Zeitpunkt vorzugeben, an dem am ehesten geheiratet wird.
Je näher ein Paar einem gewissen wirtschaftlichen Standard kommt, der mit Ehe in Verbindung gebracht wird, desto wahrscheinlicher ist eine Heirat. „Viele Paare wollen ein Haus, ein Auto und genug Rücklagen für eine große Hochzeit“, meint Ishizuka.
Das bedeutet auch, dass unsere Vorstellungen vom Zeitpunkt der Heirat vom Einkommen der Ehepaare in unserem sozialen Umfeld abhängen. Wir vergleichen uns mit ihnen, um festzustellen, ob wir für eine Heirat bereit sind.
Ehe entwickelt sich zu einem Privileg der Wohlhabenderen
Ein sicherer Job und stetiges Einkommen gehören zu den wichtigsten Voraussetzungen für eine Ehe, so der Soziologe. „Wirtschaftlich schlechter gestellte Paare trennen sich eher“, betont er.
Nicht-repräsentative Studien kamen in dem Zusammenhang zu dem Ergebnis, dass ökonomisch schlechter gestellte, unverheiratete Paare die Ehe zwar genauso wertschätzen, aber Schwierigkeiten haben, die wirtschaftlichen Anforderungen, die sie selbst an die Ehe knüpfen, zu erfüllen.
Die steigenden Scheidungsraten seit den 1960er Jahren schnellen vor allem in bildungsfernen Schichten in die Höhe. Damit wird die Ehe immer mehr zu einem Privileg der Wohlhabenderen, so Ishizuka.
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Eine US-Sprecherin der Deutschen Bank betonte dazu auf Nachfrage lediglich, dass das Geldhaus sich weiter zur Kooperation bei berechtigten Ermittlungen verpflichtet sehe. Die Staatsanwaltschaft war zunächst nicht für ein Statement zu erreichen.
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Nach dem Absturz einer Boeing 737 Max 8 in Äthiopien gerät der US-Luftfahrtriese Boeing immer stärker unter Druck: In Europa, Australien und weiten Teilen Asiens erteilten Luftfahrtbehörden Flugverbote für alle baugleichen Maschinen. Zahlreiche Airlines legten die Flugzeuge am Dienstag wegen Zweifeln an der Sicherheit der Baureihe ebenfalls zunächst still. Damit ist gut die Hälfte der seit 2017 ausgelieferten rund 350 Flugzeuge aus dem Verkehr gezogen. Es drohen zahlreiche Flugausfälle.
Das stürzt Boeing nicht nur in eine tiefe Imagekrise: Die 737-Max-Serie ist der gefragteste Flugzeugtyp des Airbus-Rivalen. Bei andauernden Problemen bei dem Kassenschlager könnten auch massive Umrüstungskosten und Geschäftseinbußen drohen. Der Aktienkurs des Unternehmens sackte den zweiten Tag in Folge ab. Boeing beharrt indes auf der Sicherheit der nach zwei Abstürzen innerhalb eines halben Jahres stark in die Kritik geratenen Baureihe. „Wir haben volles Vertrauen in die Sicherheit“, teilte der Konzern am Dienstag mit.
Boeing verwies erneut darauf, dass die US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA derzeit keine weiteren Maßnahmen fordere. In den kommenden Wochen will der Konzern jedoch ein wichtiges Software-Update für die Baureihe anbieten. Die Devise laute, „ein bereits sicheres Flugzeug noch sicherer machen“, versprach Boeing.
Beim Absturz einer Maschine der Fluggesellschaft Ethiopian Airlines in der Nähe der äthiopischen Hauptstadt Addis Abeba waren am Sonntag 157 Menschen ums Leben gekommen, darunter auch fünf Deutsche.
Der internationale Flugverkehr wird aus Furcht vor weiteren Zwischenfällen zunehmend in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Nachdem am Dienstagnachmittag Deutschland, Großbritannien, Frankreich, Italien und weitere Staaten eine Sperrung ihres Luftraums für die Boeings angekündigt hatten, zog auch die europäische Luftfahrtbehörde EASA am Abend nach. Das Verbot gelte als „Vorsichtsmaßnahme“ für den ganzen europäischen Luftraum für die Typen Boeing 737 Max 8 und Boeing 737 Max 9, erklärte die EASA.
Die Sperre des deutschen Luftraums für das Boeing-Modell 737 Max gilt für drei Monate. Bis einschließlich 12. Juni dürfe kein Flugzeug des Typs Boeing 737 Max 8 und Max 9 über der Bundesrepublik fliegen, erklärte die Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) in Langen bei Frankfurt. Die Anordnung gelte ab 18.30 Uhr. Flugzeuge, die sich zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung noch im deutschen Luftraum befänden, dürfen den Flug bis zum Ausflug beziehungsweise zur Landung fortsetzen.
Bundesverkehrsminister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) sagte dem Sender n-tv: „Sicherheit geht absolut vor. Bis alle Zweifel ausgeräumt sind, habe ich veranlasst, dass der deutsche Luftraum für die Boeing 737 Max ab sofort gesperrt wird.“ Deutsche Fluggesellschaften nutzen dem Verkehrsministerium zufolge keine Boeing 737 Max 8. Das weitgehende Flugverbot hat nach Einschätzung des Verbandes ADV keine allzu großen Auswirkungen auf den Betrieb an den deutschen Flughäfen. „Bei uns herrscht keine Krisenstimmung wegen dieses Fliegers“, sagte ADV-Hauptgeschäftsführer Ralf Beisel.
Der weltgrößte Reisekonzern Tui legt infolge des Flugverbots in Großbritannien seine 15 Flugzeuge vom Typ Boeing 737 Max 8 vorübergehend still, Turkish Airlines zwölf Flieger. Auch Norwegian wird ihre 18 Maschinen des Typs vorerst außer Betrieb nehmen.
Viele Länder folgen diesmal nicht — wie üblich — der Linie der US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA. „Diese Untersuchung hat gerade erst begonnen, und uns liegen bislang keine Daten vor, um Schlussfolgerungen zu ziehen oder Maßnahmen zu ergreifen“, teilte die FAA am Montag (Ortszeit) mit. Die US-Behörde kündigte jedoch an, sie werde „geeignete Maßnahmen ergreifen, wenn die Daten darauf hindeuten, dass dies erforderlich ist“.
Nach dem Absturz einer Boeing 737 Max 8 im Oktober in Indonesien mit 189 Todesopfern Jahr gab es der FAA zufolge bereits zahlreiche technische Prüfungen und Maßnahmen. Im Zentrum der Untersuchungen stand bislang ein umstrittenes System zur Flugkontrolle, das laut Unfallermittlern eine entscheidende Rolle beim Crash in Indonesien gespielt haben könnte. Boeing versprach nun eine Verbesserung der Steuerungssoftware, die in den kommenden Wochen bei sämtlichen 737-Max-Maschinen aufgespielt werde.
Die Piloten der in Äthiopien verunglückten Boeing hatten der Flugsicherung kurz vor dem Absturz von Problemen berichtet, die Maschine unter Kontrolle zu halten, sagte der Chef von Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, dem Nachrichtensender CNN.
US-Politiker forderten unterdessen Konsequenzen der Luftfahrtbehörde FAA. Spitzenvertreter beider großer Parteien sprachen sich am Dienstag für ein Startverbot des betroffenen Flugzeugtyps aus. Alle Flieger sollten am Boden bleiben, bis die Ursachen der jüngsten Abstürze und die Flugtauglichkeit geklärt seien, forderte etwa der frühere republikanische Präsidentschaftskandidat Mitt Romney.
US-Präsident Donald Trump sprach sich derweil gegen den Einsatz von zu viel Computertechnologie in der Luftfahrtbranche aus. „Flugzeuge werden viel zu kompliziert zum Fliegen“, schrieb Trump am Dienstag auf Twitter, ohne Boeing zu erwähnen. Statt Piloten brauche es heutzutage Computerspezialisten. Doch diese Komplexität berge Gefahren, so Trump. „Ich weiß nicht, wie es Euch geht, aber ich will keinen Albert Einstein als meinen Piloten. Ich will großartige Flugprofis, die einfach und schnell die Kontrolle über ein Flugzeug übernehmen dürfen“, schrieb er.
Die Boeing 737 ist das meistverkaufte Verkehrsflugzeug der Welt. Die 737-Max-Reihe ist die neueste Variante des Verkaufsschlagers. Der US-Hersteller hat bereits mehr als 350 Maschinen ausgeliefert und sitzt auf prall gefüllten Auftragsbüchern mit Tausenden Bestellungen.
An der Börse in New York sackte die Boeing-Aktie wieder ab. Am frühen Nachmittag stand sie mit sieben Prozent in Minus. Die Papiere des europäischen Erzrivalen Airbus profitierten hingegen leicht, hier näherte sich der Kurs mit einem Plus von gut einem Prozent dem Rekordhoch vom 1. März.
Es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass Boeing-Maschinen wegen Sicherheitsrisiken in großem Stil nicht starten. Im Januar 2013 hatte die US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA nach einer Reihe von Pannen ein Flugverbot für Boeings damaligen Vorzeigeflieger „Dreamliner“ verhängt. Vorausgegangen war eine Notlandung des Langstreckenjets in Japan, nachdem eine Batterie durchgeschmort war. Diesmal dürften die Folgen jedoch deutlich schwerwiegender sein, Boeing hatte damals lediglich 50 „Dreamliner“ ausgeliefert, die 737-Max-Jets sind wesentlich stärker verbreitet.
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Venezuela (MNN) -- The straw that broke the camel’s back is an idiom used to describe something trivial that results in an extreme reaction or failure. Although the item or event itself is small, it becomes a catalyst when added to an increasingly-problematic situation.
A nationwide power outage appears to be the straw that broke Venezuela’s back.
The Guri hydropower plant shut down on Thursday evening, plunging 80-percent of the country into darkness. While Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro immediately blamed U.S. interference, experts tell the New York Times this massive outage is likely the result of mechanical neglect.
Whatever the cause, society – at least in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas – is at its breaking point. At least 17 people have died as a result of the blackout. BBC News describes further medical failures due to the power outage and sporadic looting.
TWR’s Steve Shantz says the blackout is a devastating blow to an already-crippled nation. “It’s heart wrenching, really, when you think about an entire country and all the people involved in this crisis,” he states.
Nonetheless, the Venezuela crisis cannot stop their team from proclaiming the hope of Christ.
Broadcasting hope from darknessDaily life is a struggle but TWR’s staff keeps on working, thanks to a generator installed during the last round of power outages. “They’re one of the lucky ones,” Shantz says. “They have a generator and can [create] enough power so production can continue.” Unfortunately, Venezuelan listeners can’t access the programs because no electricity means no radio. Batteries are either too expensive or unavailable. However, the Venezuelan team’s perseverance is blessing Spanish speakers throughout Latin America.
The team also shares Christ’s hope with Venezuelan kids through rallies that feature food, puppets, and Bible stories. Learn more here. “These rallies are continuing but I imagine right now, with all the chaos that’s in the country, they’ve probably scaled that back for the time being,” Shantz explains. In November, the UN reported an exodus of three million Venezuelan migrants and refugees into neighboring nations and beyond. Many of them left their children behind. As stated here, at least 600,000 children and teenagers were left in Venezuela when one or both parents moved to other countries for economic betterment. TWR’s Pedrito el Pulpo (Little Peter the Octopus) program gives these “forgotten kids” a reason to hope.
What now?The Venezuela crisis will continue as long as the battle between political leaders drags on. Juan Guaidó is recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 nations, but Maduro refuses to relinquish power. A blockade stops any outside aid from entering the country, but it’s no barrier to prayer.
Ask the Lord to influence leaders and decision-makers so that problems may cease and help can reach the people who need it. Praise God for TWR staff’s perseverance, and pray that He will continue meeting their needs. Learn more about TWR-Venezuela here. Header image is a stock photo obtained via Pexels.
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In the mid-1980s, the Iran–Contra affair was a United States political scandal that happened during the Reagan administration. Senior Reagan administration officials, aided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the proceeds of which were intended to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, in defiance of the Boland Amendment which prohibited the funding of Nicaraguan government rebels. At the time, Iran was under an arms embargo by the U.S., but officials hoped that the illegal arms sales would secure the release of American hostages being held in Iran, while at the same time, allow the CIA to fund the Nicaraguan Contras surreptitiously.
To pull off this clandestine feat, the CIA conspired with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, to sell cocaine in the United States, especially southern California. The money raised was used to covertly buy the illegal arms for the Iranian sale. One man, an investigative reporter named Gary Webb, discovered evidence of the plot and began to report on the existence of the operation in the mid-1990s. In 2004, he was found dead with two bullet holes in his skull which the coroner declared a suicide. Gary Webb apparently offed himself by shooting himself in the head… twice. Or so the coroner’s report ruled.
In 2003, the United States invaded Afghanistan, purportedly in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 911 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. At the time of the American invasion, most of the poppy fields in Afghanistan had been destroyed by the Afghan government and the Taliban. But over a decade and a half later, Afghanistan, today, exports nearly 80 percent of the world’s heroin and opium, and poppy fields again litter the country’s landscape, guarded by U.S. troops overseen by the Central Intelligence Agency. These are facts, not fiction, and their truth is undisputed.
With this backdrop, our fictional story begins in 2016, in Tampa, Florida, where the younger brother of a U.S. Senator has overdosed on heroin. The tragic and untimely death of his brother motivates Senator Gavin Manson to write legislation to reform the antiquated drug laws in the U.S. and put an end to what he sees as the dangerous and destructive War on Drugs begun during the Nixon Administration. To that end, he hires a brilliant and beautiful researcher named Alexandra Katsaros.
Together, Gavin and Alex begin to collect data on every facet of the drug world from big pharma to drug cartels to the heroin crisis in America. But when Alex uncovers a secret government plot to smuggle heroin into the United States from Afghanistan, a modern-day Iran-Contra operation, everything changes. Like Gary Webb, they now know too much, and the directors of the CIA’s black operation deem it imperative to silence them, forever.
If you are a fan of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown, this novel is right up your alley. The journey is a fast-paced ride halfway around the world as Gavin and Alex do their best to stay one step ahead of their determined pursuers. The novel’s seamless blend of fact and fiction will have you guessing what is real and what is made up. And all the while you’ll wonder, could this really happen? Could it actually be happening? The answer you will eventually be forced to admit is… yes. It is absolutely possible. Sometimes conspiracy theory isn’t theory at all.
|Flushing Neighborhood Society Launches Community Website Cache Translate Page|| The Flushing Neighborhood Society today launched its new website dedicated to serving the neighborhood of Flushing, New York. The website resides on the appropriately named domain, Flushing.com and the new site will provide the neighborhood of Flushing, NY with information and news unique to Flushing, New York residents. The non-profit enterprise will serve the diverse, multi-cultural, multi-language, and ever changing needs of the cosmopolitan community of Flushing, Queens, New York. Flushing's diversity is reflected by the numerous ethnic groups that reside there, including people of Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, European, and African American ancestry.|
|Ton And A Half Of Cocaine Seized At Port Of New York/Newark Cache Translate Page||Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized approximately 3,200 pounds of cocaine from a shipping container on Feb. 28. Officials carried out an inspection of the shipment after they noticed tampering of several containers on a large vessel traveling from Buenaventura, Colombia, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge Ray Donovan told NPR. That is when they discovered the nearly ton and a half of cocaine with an estimated street value of $77 million. The bust was part of a joint operation of the DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Police Department and New York State Police. "This is the type of case that will last years. We're investigating where it came from, where it's going, everybody and everyone involved," Donovan said. "Any time an organization is moving that amount of cocaine, they've been involved for a long period of time." "This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting|
|What Keeps Humans Immune Cache Translate Page||How often have you heard that a green juice, or a vitamin or even a yoga pose can “boost” your immune system? Even if those claims are dubious, journalist Matt Richtel says we’re thinking about the immune system all wrong. The key is balancing it, not boosting it. He says the best way to keep the immune system in balance is through a good diet and sleep, as well as living a healthy lifestyle. Watch more here: An Elegant Defense. The Video, Part I pic.twitter.com/UUFbSMff9E — matt richtel (@mrichtel) March 6, 2019 What do we know about the systems that keep us healthy? And what is still left to discover? Richtel’s new book, “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives,” tackles those questions and more. We speak to him and answer your questions about the mysteries of the immune system. Produced by Paige Osburn. GUESTS Matt Richtel , Journalist, The New York Times; author, An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune|
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New York (AFP) - "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin were among 50 people indicted Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities. The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated in admissions tests or arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said. Huffman, 56, and Loughlin, the 54-year-old star of "Full House," were among 33 parents accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in joining the scheme.
|CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Surges in Latest U.S. News & World Report Ranking Cache Translate Page||CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the academic quality of its programs. CUNY SPH was the only public school of public health in New York City, New York State and the entire tristate area to be listed among the top 25 schools.|
|Oheka Castle Wedding : Adriana & Mitchell : New York, NY Cache Translate Page|
A wedding at Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island is one I’m always looking forward to as it is a a magnificent place to photograph in. Adriana & Mitchell must have gathered a lot of good luck for their wedding because it rained all day but that didn’t stifle anyone’s spirits. Photographer: Brian HattonFlorist: Ariston […]
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|Oil prices rise as API data reportedly show an unexpected decline in U.S. crude supplies Cache Translate Page|
The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 2.6 million barrels for the week ended March 8, according to sources. The API also reportedly showed that gasoline stockpiles dropped by 5.8 million barrels, while distillate inventories rose by 195,000 barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude supplies climbed by 3.3 million barrels last week, according to a survey of analysts conducted by S&P Global Platts. It also shows expectations for inventory declines of 3.5 million barrels for gasoline and 2.5 million barrels for distillates. April West Texas Intermediate crude was at $57.09 a barrel in electronic trading, up from the $56.87 settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Gold and U.S. oil settled higher Tuesday following a delay on Comex and the New York Mercantile Exchange that resulted in both commodities seeing prices come in much later than usual. "Due to a technical issue, some metals and energy settlements were published later today," said Matt Stroud, a CME Group spokesman. April gold climbed by $7, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,298.10 an ounce on Comex, then moved up to $1,301.80 in electronic trading. April West Texas Intermediate crude rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $56.87 a barrel on Nymex.
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|New York attorney general subpoenas Deutsche Bank for information related to loans to Trump, signaling new inquiry Cache Translate Page||The subpoenas also cover a loan that Trump sought to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York S:9 Reunion – Part 1 E:15 Review Cache Translate Page|
The second installment in VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” docu-soap franchise takes to Atlanta the tale of striving for stardom in the rap game while trying to survive relationship and family struggles. The cast includes Mimi Faust, the longtime girlfriend of Grammy-winning producer Stevie J; up-and-coming Latina rapper Joseline; Trinidadian R&B singer Karlie Redd; singer-songwriter […]
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|Trump administration preparing to close international immigration offices – The Washington Post Cache Translate Page||Trump administration preparing to close international immigration offices The Washington PostTrump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad The New York TimesView full coverage on Google News|
|Ethiopian Airlines CEO says doomed flight had ‘control problems’ – New York Post Cache Translate Page||Ethiopian Airlines CEO says doomed flight had 'control problems' New York Post The Victims of the Ethiopia Plane Crash The New York TimesWhat we still don't know about the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash CNNDoomed E...|
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|Micro-investing startup Stash raises $65 mln, launches stock rewards program Cache Translate Page||NEW YORK, March 12- Stash, a New York- based startup that allows consumers to save small sums of money and make micro-investments through its mobile app, has raised $65 million in funding, it said on Tuesday. The funding round was provided by existing investors, including Union Square Ventures and Breyer Capital, and led by a private institutional investor, the...|
|Comment on Lyme disease: Senator Sue Serino calls for more funding in New York, Launches ‘Let’s Talk Ticks!’ by paul proctor Cache Translate Page||Study Sheds New Light on Meat Allergy Transmitted by Ticks
New data suggests that ticks can induce this immune response without requiring the mammal blood meal.
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|Massachusetts: Highest ACA exchange enrollment AND effectuation in history; cites Individual mandate + navigator/outreach program! Cache Translate Page||Tue, 03/12/2019 - 4:17pm|
This press release is mostly of interest because it came from the Governor's office, not the MA Health Connector itself:
Heh. "13-year history" took a moment to register...but of course Massachusetts has had a health insurance exchange website since 2006, when "RomneyCare" went into effect.
It's important to distinguish the 282,114 effectuated enrollee figure as of March 1st from the 300,085 people who selected QHPs by the end of the 2019 Open Enrollment Period. That's a net attrition rate of just 6% as of March, which means well over 94% of those who selected policies ended up paying for the first 1, 2 or 3 months (most started in January, some in February or March), which is extremely impressive.
This underscores the importance of the ACA navigator program, which offers personalized outreach, education and hand-holding throughout the process of enrolling in both exchange policies as well as Medicaid/CHIP, answering questions about how to use the insurance policy, how deductibles and co-pays work and so forth. The Trump Administration slashed both the marketing and outreach/navigator funding for the federal exchange by 90% and around 85% respectively, but exchanges like Massachusetts went the opposite way, with positive results.
This proves my point from back in December, when I stressed that reinstating the individual coverage mandate penalty will only be effective if everyone KNOWS that there's a mandate penalty.
This last part about the "Health Connector for Business" is interesting. This refers to MA's "SHOP" program which, as I've noted before, has mostly languished nationally. Both California and New York have overhauled their SHOP program over the past few years, with impressive results, so perhaps there's hope for it after all. The PR doesn't break out MA's SHOP enrollment...282,000 indy medical enrollees + 18,000 dental plan enrollees adds up to 300K even. Assuming those 18K with dental coverage are already included with the 282K medical plan population, that means perhaps 18,000 SHOP enrollees as well, or roughly 14 employees/family members per business enrolled.
|New York: NYSoH releases carrier-level 2019 enrollment breakout Cache Translate Page||Tue, 03/12/2019 - 3:56pm|
|Book: The Poisoner's Handbook Cache Translate Page||A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice.|
|February 2019 Consumer Expectations: Inflation Expectations Edge Down after Holding Steady for Ten Months Cache Translate Page|
from the New York Fed
The February 2019 Survey of Consumer Expectations, which shows a decline in the short- and medium-term inflation expectations. Medical care price growth expectations declined to a series low. Expectations about the U.S. unemployment rate improved, while job finding and job loss expectations remained stable.
|Simonjan leitet Pompeos Beschwerde bezüglich Sputnik und RT an US–Zeitung weiter Cache Translate Page||"(Und das sagte Pompeo – Anm. d. Red.), nachdem die New York Times geschrieben hatte, dass nicht Maduro, sondern eben diese Opposition, die von den US–Behörden unterstützt wird, die Lastwagen mit humanitärer Hilfe verbrennt. Genau darüber berichten RT und Sputnik... |
|March 12, 2019: Hour 2 Cache Translate Page||Jonathan Van Ness — one of the five guys on the hit Netflix series "Queer Eye," which begins it's new season on Friday — speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young about being confident and tapping into one's curiosity. Also, a new study predicts what your city may look like in 2080. At it's current rate, New York City will feel as warm as northern Arkansas in 2080. |
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|Artichokes. Cache Translate Page||Like most aging culture-vultures, I find I have less and less time for new additions to the culture-hoard and less appreciation when I try to sample them. In particular, I tend to skim over the poems in the New Yorker with a mental note of either “This isn’t what I call poetry” or “This seems […]|
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The following post was originally published on Miss Grass.
A woman shops at a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon. Photo courtesy Getty/AFP/Josh Edelson.
Scrutinizing cannabis products doesn't have to be a complicated process. Once you know your way around a label, shopping for anything from flower to food will be easy as pie.
Really understanding any given cannabis product is a whole lot more nuanced than just knowing how much THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol) is in it. But that doesn't mean that gathering intel on your chosen products has to be overwhelming. There are a few simple things to know that will make the whole familiarizing-yourself-with-weed thing a lot easier.
To create repeatable and comfortable experiences, it's important to educate yourself about what you like and what works for your composition in which situations. Without properly understanding that, you're bound to have a few less-than-desired experiences. The idea is to get you equipped with a basic understanding because, in the end, getting to the point where you can scan a label and be ready to make a decision is more than a timesaver: it's the key to having a consistently good experience.
Until we're sure of every part of cannabis's function, too many variables can define a strain or cultivar. One such variable is the terpene profile. Terpenes are the natural, aromatic oils from plants which affect taste and fragrance. You'd recognize the presence of terpenes in things like citrus, mangoes, flowers, peppercorns, and clove, for instance. When paired with cannabis, terpenes can impact your overall experience - which is known as the entourage effect. Of the 200 or so terpenes that have been found in cannabis, the most common ones provide the scents we love to huff straight out of the jar, like limonene, myrcene, pinene, piperine, eugenol, and linalool. However, they also drive the high.
If you familiarize yourself with the most popular terpenes, it gives you the baseline you need to infer the taste as well as the head and body effects you'll be working with.
Ratio is the thing to focus on when self-testing cannabis products. Precise cannabinoid ratios are easy to achieve in tinctures, vapes, and edibles where concentrates and isolates form the active dose. But in flower - the unprocessed part of the plant we smoke - it's much more dependent on the cultivation and curing process.
Ratios can look like this:
This is the most important part for those looking for a balanced high. Many people respond differently to THC, and finding the percentage that gives you the perfect dose is important. Cannabinoid percentages range from low fractions to 37 percent in some of the highest potency cultivars. Depending on your needs, THC potency can be a dealbreaker when it's not spot on. If you're a novice, staying under 20 percent THC is advisable. While strains are now hitting the upper 30th percentile, most of the 'strong' stuff you see on the market is in the 21-26 percent range. CBD will get into the 20s in an engineered CBD-rich strain, but typically it reaches around 4 percent in a common cultivar.
Regulations are beginning to catch up with the demand for clean cannabis that's not harmful to those who consume it. States are using lab testing to ensure compliance with all pesticide rules, and oftentimes, the label is the place to find this information - unless you buy from a shop like Miss Grass that is committed to doing that vetting for you. Beyond pesticides, you'll want to look out for all manner of contaminants such as mold, solvents, pollution, animal waste, and even bugs. This information may not be presented on the label, but it doesn't hurt to inspect your cannabis flower for contamination and keep a keen eye out for product recall, especially for vape cartridges. Don't let the excitement to try a new product stop you from doing your homework.
The harvest date of your cannabis is certainly not a sell-by date, but it can raise questions if it's not lining up with the shelf life of a product. When consuming products made with isolates and concentrates, the harvest date is relatively irrelevant, as concentrates don't degrade. But for smokeable flower, seeing anything with a harvest date that's older than six months can be a little alarming. In prerolled joints or loose flower, it would be best to avoid anything over half a year, as the cannabinoids and flavor can degrade after this much time. But sealed products like those canned in nitrogen or in vacbags are better for much longer - sometimes up to a year.
So, off you go. Take this information and buy the best cannabis you can find. It doesn't always have to be the most potent, the freshest, or the most expensive. Just make sure it's the right product for you.
Danielle is an New York City-based writer. Off-duty, she enjoys a good cup of coffee, a clean motherf*cking house, cooking gourmet meals, and studying botany, cosmetic chemistry, and natural healing.
|Drug-price-comparison site GoodRx has quietly started listing startups that prescribe and ship pills alongside CVS and Walmart Cache Translate Page||
GoodRx, one of the oldest websites that lets people compare prices for prescription drugs, is adding in online upstarts to its list of prices.
Alongside options to pick up prescriptions at pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, people shopping around for lower cash prices for their medications via GoodRx may have started to see an option to get their prescription delivered by mail.
GoodRx CEO Doug Hirsch told Business Insider that the reason it added online options is to help consumer get a better picture of all the ways they can get their medicine.
"We spend a lot of time trying to decrease the cost of healthcare," Hirsch said. "But if someone can make available more convenient and affordable ways to get prescriptions, that’s music to our ears."
GoodRx is best known for its work pulling together cash prices for medications at different pharmacies so those who don't have insurance or have to pay high prices out of pocket can have a cheaper alternative. Three years ago, it started reaching out to some of the startups that are prescribing medications online to see if they could work together. As more startups have entered the market, the number of partnerships has grown.
GoodRx's move to include online, mail-order pharmacies happening at a time when consumers are getting more and more used to shopping online for everyday items like groceries and clothes. In 2018, Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack, cementing itself in the market. At the same time, seemingly overnight a crop of companies have sprung up that can prescribe and mail you medications like birth control and Viagra, creating a market for people looking to get a particular medication without going to an in-person doctor's visit.
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Displayed alongside retail pharmacy prices, GoodRx users might see "mail order" options. For instance, a search for the generic form of Viagra in New York turns up three options at different price points, denoting which services can connect users to a doctor for a prescription. The idea is to present options side by side in a marketplace so consumers can make their own choices.
In some cases, the outside companies are able to prescribe medications by connecting patients to doctors, while in the cases of Truepill and mailmyprescriptions.com, a prescription from an outside doctor is required. Truepill is the pharmacy that also powers many of the on-demand healthcare startups like Hims and Nurx.
While the program is still in the experimental phase, Hirsch said it's been catching on.
"It's been very popular," Hirsch said. "We're driving traffic to each of these players now."
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Seemingly overnight, a crop of companies have sprung up that can prescribe and mail you medications like birth control and Viagra.
Each company has its own brand, its own website, and contracted doctors. But for many — including Lemonaid, the dermatology company YoDerm, Kick Health, Hims, and Nurx — there's a common thread: Their online pharmacies are powered by a little-known company called Truepill.
Founded by the pharmacist Umar Afridi and Sid Viswanathan, Truepill has quietly been gathering up pharmacy licenses across the US and amassing clients who have racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. Since getting its start in 2016, Truepill has filled 1 million prescriptions.
Last year, Truepill raised $14 million from investors led by Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital. On Tuesday the company is formally announcing the funding, saying it'll use the money to expand internationally with plans to add facilities in New York, the UK, Australia, and Canada in addition to its center in San Mateo, California.
Afridi, Truepill's CEO, spent a decade working in retail pharmacies. Along the way, he started keeping track of some of the inefficiencies he saw as he filled prescriptions. In some instances, he'd have to use a fax machine to get a prescription from a particular doctor, with it difficult to get that doctor on the phone to check and see whether patients could use a lower-cost alternative.
The experience got Afridi interested in figuring out whether he could build an on-demand pharmacy. Eventually, the idea led him to start working on Truepill with Viswanathan, who serves as the company's president. While still doing shifts at CVS, Afridi was studying to become licensed in states across the US and started filling his first prescriptions in October 2016, shipping to homes in California for startups like Nurx and YoDerm.
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Then in 2017, Afridi and Viswanathan joined the summer class of Y Combinator. Eventually, Afridi became licensed in more states and Truepill added more customers. The pharmacy is now licensed in 50 states.
A new kind of pharmacy
Viswanathan and Afridi don't consider Truepill an online pharmacy like PillPack, which Amazon acquired last year. Instead, they've coined the term "pharmacy API and fulfillment service." Truepill isn't trying to directly compete against retail pharmacies or other online pharmacies. Instead, it's the layer behind the scenes powering startups that are going the direct-to-consumer route by treating particular health conditions.
A company that uses Truepill can connect its website or app directly to Truepill's service. That way, when a patient is prescribed a medication like generic Viagra through the company's platform, the prescription gets sent over to Truepill. When a prescription comes in, Truepill fulfills it and ships it out that same day, Viswanathan said. The company can choose the speed of delivery based on how much it's willing to spend on shipping.
Read more: Trendy startup Hims wants to shake up men's health by prescribing generic Viagra online and is nearing a $1 billion valuation. But a move to relax guidelines has raised concerns among some of its doctor partners.
That company — which is charging the patient directly through its own site — pays Truepill for the cost of the prescription, the shipping, and then a service fee that's negotiated on top of that.
For startups looking to go directly to consumers by offering online doctor's visits and prescriptions that get sent to your door, Truepill isn't the only pharmacy option. Some startups have opted to build their own pharmacies, while others work with pharmacies similar to Truepill that have licenses to ship medication over the US.
The plan for Truepill's API and fulfillment service is to be as indispensable as Amazon Web Services is to companies. Because Truepill is focused on the pharmacy piece, the idea is that it might be able to get better rates for drugs based on volume and better shipping costs.
Eric Woersching, a general partner at Initialized, said that in addition to the size of the pharmacy industry (billions of prescriptions are written in the US every year), the firm was drawn to Truepill's API approach to pharmacy.
"As engineers and hackers ourselves, we understand how powerful the APIs can be," Woersching said. He pointed to financial technology companies like Stripe and Plaid that have cemented themselves in the payments field, with successful companies built on top of their APIs.
The changing way Americans get prescriptions
The healthcare industry as a whole has been jockeying to stay competitive as companies realize that patients, used to the consumer experience they're getting from Amazon and Netflix, have higher expectations for their doctor's visit.
That's been a driving force behind megadeals like Amazon's acquisition of PillPack and CVS Health's merger with Aetna. On-demand, convenient healthcare options like urgent care and free-standing emergency rooms have gained in popularity too, as have same-day pharmacy delivery services like Capsule and Alto.
Mailing out prescriptions isn't a particularly new phenomenon. Pharmacy benefit managers such as CVS Caremark and the Cigna-owned Express Scripts have been shipping medication to patients for years as an alternative to monthly visits to a pharmacy.
For now, Truepill is focused on pharmacy fulfillment for startups like Hims or Nurx that are going directly to consumers. Eventually, Afridi said, the plan is to enter other lines of business as well, potentially working with PBMs to serve as their online, mail-order service or by tapping into the $140 billion specialty pharmacy market.
Viswanathan said the conversations with PBMs had surprised both the incumbents and the Truepill team.
"It's shocking to think about this, but something as trivial as being able to provide a shipping-tracking URL is something breakthrough in the space," Viswanathan told Business Insider.
They're not the only piece of the pharma supply chain to be surprised by Truepill's model. Afridi said he provided a wholesaler an estimate of what volume of medication Truepill expected to dispense. But when Truepill hit that estimate, the wholesaler stopped supplying the pharmacy, convinced that Truepill couldn't possibly have filled that many prescriptions.
"We tend to very quickly outpace the volume of what our stage of pharmacy can do," Viswanathan said.
Truepill now works directly with drugmakers as well as the wholesaler to get its medications. Because Truepill is working with clients that are focused in specific disease areas, the pharmacy's volumes for drugs like generic Viagra or birth control can be much higher than a typical pharmacy would dispense.
As more and more prescriptions go online via a direct-to-consumer delivery model, Viswanathan said he's excited to be powering that with Truepill.
"There are so many things that can and will happen in telemedicine," Viswanathan said.
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for Advent 2014:
The Mérode Altarpiece
by the Workshop of Robert Campin
One day, God sent an angel to carry a message to a young woman in Nazareth. In the painting above, we see a depiction of the scene. The artists offer a 15th century Netherlandish interpretation of the story of the Annunciation as related by the evangelist Luke in the first chapter of his gospel. For us today, as well as for people who lived in the Netherlands nearly 600 years ago, the Biblical story is far removed from present experience. To enter the scene requires an act of sympathetic imagination.
The early Netherlandish artists were poets of the imagination. In their extraordinarily beautiful works, time and space are collapsed. Past, present, and future merge together into one; a house in
Standing prayerfully before the Mérode Altarpiece, a masterpiece of early Netherlandish art by Robert Campin and his workshop, you might consider the perspective of the donors on the left, Joseph on the right, or Mary front and center. Each perspective would offer different avenues for exploration of the painting and its themes. In the left panel, the contemporary donors approach the story reverently but are forever kept at a distance—they are outsiders gifted with a view of the miraculous, once removed. In the right panel, Joseph models a conscientious, methodical approach to the task at hand (the task being the work of salvation). These characters are models meant to encourage us. It is good to be like a reverent, wealthy donor. It is good to be a diligent worker like Joseph.
But on a much grander scale, Campin calls for everyone, regardless of gender, to identify with Mary in the magnificent center panel of the triptych. Her unexpected meeting with the angel Gabriel has cosmic implications; everything on earth and in heaven will hinge on her response. She has the freedom to say, “I am the handmaid of the Lord” or, conversely, she has the freedom to say, “remove this cup from me,” as Jesus would later consider requesting in the
When Campin and his workshop artists painted this triptych in the early 15th century, there was a religious movement in the land called Devotio Moderna, a turn toward a set of monastic-based practices of humility, obedience, and simplicity. It was a pre-Protestant critique of the wealth and empire of the dominant Catholic culture, offering a deep spirituality accessible to the growing middle class. As part of the rather mystic approach of Devotio Moderna, Christians were called to meditate on Biblical scenes as if they were inside them—to imaginatively converse and interact with the characters within the scenes.
Some art historians believe that the early Netherlandish artists like Robert Campin intentionally created some of their artworks to serve as instruments for meditation in the new Devotio Moderna style. Deep in reverent prayer, you enter the scene. The time that separates you by 2,000 years from an ancient—and seemingly irrecoverable—reality becomes meaningless. The deep past is no further away than the second that just passed. Similarly, the vast distance that separates you from
The moment is now, in
There’s an angel in the room.
Campin, assisted by his workshop of talented artists, invites the viewer to look up and greet the miraculous. And he implicitly challenges the viewer to respond as Mary would:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.”
Luke 1: 46-48
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online
The Flemish Primitives: The Masterpieces by Dirk de Vos
The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Revised Standard Version
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, translated by William C. Creasy
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They were supposed to be together forever. That was the plan, but through a cruel twist of fate the night before their three-year anniversary, Tex Davis lost the one man he would ever love, Memphis King. A year has passed and he still hasn’t been able to move on. Everyone tells him it’s time, but what do they know? Memphis was his partner in love and life. Losing him, broke Tex.
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They would go on to win the NL Eastern Division in 1988. Tonight they hosted a good Cincinnati Reds team, that would finish second & in just two years win another World Championship.
The Reds Manager Pete Rose had just recently been suspended for an ugly incident in Cincinnati, in a game against the New York Mets.
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