first_imgALAMEDA — The next man up at quarterback for the Raiders is DeShone Kizer.The third-year player out of Notre Dame has jumped Mike Glennon on the depth chart and will suit up for his first regular-season game as a Raider on Sunday as the backup to Derek Carr against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum.“I was informed the other day I’d be given an opportunity to jump in and help the team,” Kizer said Thursday following practice.That doesn’t mean Kizer will play, given that Glennon has made …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Heritage Cooperative location in Marysville is officially open for business. The $35 million Ag Campus will provide agricultural products and services to Heritage’s members and customers. The campus features dry and liquid fertilizer storage facilities along with a grain elevator.“The design of this plant was all about moving forward, just like the agriculture industry is doing,” said Eric Parthemore, Heritage Cooperative CEO and President. “Our co-op can trace its roots back to 100 years ago and our mission back then was to provide agricultural products and services to our member farmers in a manner that added value to their own enterprises and with all of the changes with farmers and our industry over the last century, our mission remains the same.”The new Marysville Heritage Co-op site encompasses 277 acres and was designed using the environmental concept of maximum practical avoidance as the facility was constructed around environmentally sensitive areas, including nine wetlands. The facilities boast computer automation in each building. These technological advancements will be used to maximize operator and facility efficiency.Heritage Cooperative has seen substantial growth throughout Ohio, even as the farm economy has faltered.“Our co-op is not owned by a hedge firm or by Wall Street stock holders, it’s really owned by the farmers and members of our company,” Parthemore said. “What we choose to do is to put money back into our communities, maintaining our relevance with farmers, upgrading our assets and maintaining our social responsibilities. By making these investments today, we will be more competitive tomorrow.”The new Marysville Heritage Cooperative campus has one of only two loop tracks in Ohio, with 11,700 feet of railroad tracks on siteIn addition to the modern efficiencies in the buildings, the outside of the Ag Campus includes one of only two CSX loop tracks in Ohio, allowing trains to make an entire circuit to load and unload grain, while maintaining rail traffic flow on the main tracks.“With this loop, we can actually receive trains from Columbus or from the north, so regardless of where the train originates we can get it on the loop and it can leave either way too,” said Heritage Cooperative’s Marysville Campus Manager Dave McIntosh. “It’s been a process learning how to run these locomotives. You see them on the track all the time, but until you’re actually moving one yourself it’s a whole other ballgame.”The more than two miles of railroad track will allow for higher train velocity through the facility with greater employee safety.A research farm is also being developed on Heritage Co-op’s Marysville Ag Campus and will include agronomic and seed test plots, as well as a conservation demonstration and educational site.View the photo gallery of the new Marysville Heritage Cooperative Ag Campuslast_img read more

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Which isn’t really a problem in open source.  The code is there for anyone to download, learn from and improve upon.  This aspect of open source – the lowering of hurdles to access great code – perhaps more than any other, will do more to increase the pace of innovation in the tech industry over the next decade.  In 2013, our problem is not access to training on the tech that will give us better, higher-paying jobs.  Our problem is choosing where to launch our first GitHub fork.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asay It’s a good time to be in technology.  According to the December 2012 Dice hiring survey, 64% of hiring managers and recruiters surveyed expect to hire more tech employees in the first six months of the year, versus 47% for non-tech roles.  Life looks even better for tech professionals with open source experience.  That’s because the industry’s hottest trends are being driven by open-source software.  Big Data, cloud computing and mobile are all intimately connected to open source.  Hence, it’s not surprising that of the top-10 tech skills in demand on Indeed.com, listed in order of how fast these keywords are growing in online job postings, six of them are explicitly open source:Used with permission from Indeed.com.PaaS, which isn’t uniformly open source, has prominent open-source offerings like VMware’s Cloud Foundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift helping drive the market.  Hence, as much as 70% of the hottest job trends can be argued as involving open source.It’s Not Just Open SourceYes, I know.  There are plenty of proprietary technology companies faring quite well.  Apple, for example.  But let’s face it: you’re not Apple, and even Apple is facing increased pressure from open-source Android, which now dominates smartphones and looks set to dominate tablets and anything else Apple cares to reinvent.  In mobile, then, you need to know Android as well as HTML5 application frameworks like Ember.js, Sencha, Backbone, jQuery Mobile or others.In Big Data, demand is high for know-how in a range of open-source projects, as Dice and Wikibon note.  In fact, while we’ve long had Big Data solutions from brand-name vendors like Informatica and IBM, it’s the open-source projects like Hadoop that have really made Big Data a big deal by bringing serious data processing and data storage (predominately NoSQL) to low-cost commodity hardware.Cloud computing, too, is largely an open-source phenomenon, though the 8,000-pound gorilla known as Amazon is hardly a big open-source contributor.  But that doesn’t mean Amazon hasn’t benefited from open source: it runs a half million Linux servers (mostly customized Red Hat Enterprise Linux), Xen and other open-source technology.  Much of the other cloud providers, however, rely expressly on open source, including Eucalyptus, Citrix’s CloudStack, OpenNebula and OpenStack, among others.  Training Made EasierWhich leaves us with just one problem: how to get trained on all this great open-source software?  According to the Dice survey, one of the big problems hiring managers have is in finding qualified personnel for all these tech jobs they need to fill: Tags:#Android#Big Data#HTML5#IT skills#Jobs#Open Source Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

first_imgDo you need high-quality voice-over on a limited budget? No problem. Here’s how you can turn your closet into a DIY sound booth.There will likely come a time when audio needs to be performed beyond what was captured on set or location. This additional audio comes in many forms: a soundtrack, sound effects, voice-over, narration, and even ADR. Usually the soundtrack and sound effects are purchased for your project or created by sound specialists. But when it comes to voice-over and ADR, most filmmakers or video producers are on their own.While you can rent time in a studio space to record audio in a sound booth, the cost to use such spaces can be detrimental to a budget. In order to soften the financial blow, many filmmakers and video producers capture the voice-over and ADR on their own. The problem, however, is still the need for a space to record this audio. Luckily, most of us have closet space available.Let’s see what’s needed to turn a closet into your very own DIY sound booth.1. The SpaceImage from ShutterstockThe very first thing you need is space. You can use a hall closet, linen closet, or pantry for this space. A closet beneath stairs is a great place to start as well. No need for anything huge, just enough space to fit one person comfortably.2. Make Spatial AdjustmentsImage from ShutterstockOnce the space has been decided upon and cleared of all clutter, you’ll likely need to make some adjustments. You may have to remove shelving or racks in order to maximize the space. You definitely want your surfaces to be flat for the next step: sound proofing.Image from AudimuteAlso, don’t forget to add a light if there isn’t one already in the closet. Lighting is essential. Power could be a necessity for you as well, depending on what you’ll use the space for beyond just capturing vocal tracks. So, be aware of where your outlets are. If there are no outlets in your closet, which is probably the case, then you’ll want to contact a licensed electrician to aid you with this part of the adjustment.3. Soundproof the SpaceImage from ShutterstockNow that you’ve picked your space, made some spatial adjustments, and smoothed out the wall surface, it’s time to move onto the soundproofing part of the project.Video from compellingtvOne soundproofing solution is a blanket. These can be either a sound blanket or a packing blanket that you can purchase at many hardware stores. Another solution would be to purchase egg crate foam. You can easily find this at most department stores for a very minimal price. Finally, there are acoustic panels and professional sound foam. Both of these options will be a bit more pricey, unless you build your own panels. Here’s a video from Acoustic Geometry that tells us exactly what acoustic panels are and how to best utilize them.Video from Acoustic GeometryOnce you purchase any of these solutions, you’ll want to either use tacks, nails, or adhesive to apply them to the walls, ceiling, and the door of the closet. If your closet space has hardwood flooring, purchase a small rug or section of carpet to place on the floor. For vocals, you’ll want to cover as much surface area as possible. For more “acoustic” needs, leave some surface area visible.4. Gather Your EquipmentImage from ShutterstockNow that your space has been soundproofed, make sure you have the right equipment. For the inside of your closet, you’ll need a mic, mic stand, pop shield, XLR cable, music stand, stool, and headphones. Once you have these pieces of equipment in place, you need to make sure that they can reach the mixer or interface, so cable extensions may be a necessity.Image from ShutterstockRemember to listen to your equipment in the space before you finalize anything. Sometimes you may find that only covering 70% of the closet in foam will work perfectly for you. So run tests and record some vocals and listen to the playback. If you’re happy with the sound, then you’re good to begin recording professionally.5. No Closet, No ProblemWhat if you desperately need a sound booth but just don’t have any available closet space at all? Well, fear not… a sound booth doesn’t have to be a closet specifically. All you need is four walls (one with a door) and a ceiling.Image from Melrose CenterThere are pre-built sound booths available out there that work perfectly. However, if you’re the type of person that likes to build and customize, then you’ll want to check at the timelapse video below from Conrad Jay. Just make note that Jay build the walls, ceiling, and floor independently before bringing them together for the final build.Video from CONRAD JAYIf you just don’t have the time or resources to build a large scale sound booth, then a possible solution is purchasing or making a small portable sound booth. These can usually get the job done if you’re just needing some quick vocal work. They can be built or bought pre-built for a fairly inexpensive price. Here is a video from Joe at Media6D where he runs through the steps of building a quality DIY portable sound booth.Video from Media6DWhat are your thoughts on the homemade sound booth? Do you have a space in mind for your own booth? Are there any other assets you would add? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgChief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday assuring him of what the Delhi government officially termed was its “full cooperation for the further development of Delhi”. Mr. Kejriwal, the State government said in a statement, also “appealed that it is important for Delhi and Central governments to work together”.The 20-minute-odd meeting, which commenced around 11.30 a.m., was the third meeting between the two since the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in the Capital in early 2015 and the first after the commencement of the NDA government’s second term in office.In addition to congratulating Mr. Modi for his victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister also invited him to visit the AAP government’s flagship Mohalla Clinics and schools administered by it.Conciliatory note Mr. Kejriwal, who has on innumerable occasions accused Mr. Modi of attempting to obstruct the functioning of his government indirectly through the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, seemed to strike a conciliatory note in Friday’s meeting. He offered to “examine” if the Centrally-sponsored Ayushman Bharat health scheme “could also be integrated into the Delhi government’s”, after having criticised it on several counts recently.“Ayushman Bharat was briefly discussed. Informed Hon’ble PM that Delhi Govt’s Delhi Health scheme is much bigger and wider in scope. However, assured him to examine if Ayushman Bharat scheme cud also be integrated into our scheme (sic),” the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted.Water storage projectThe Delhi government statement said Mr. Kejriwal also sought the Central government’s cooperation for an “ambitious” project aimed at the natural storage of water in the Yamuna floodplains.“Mr. Kejriwal said that since Delhi faces an acute water shortage, particularly in summer months, this project once implemented will ensure that storage of water during a single monsoon will be sufficient to meet Delhi’s water requirements for two years,” it said.The first official meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Kejriwal, which took place on February 12, 2015, saw the latter inviting the Prime Minister to his oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Maidan two days later – which the Prime Minister, however, had declined. Their second, on August 25, 2015, was to seek the Prime Minister’s intervention in bridging the “trust deficit” between the Centre and the Delhi government. “Assured full cooperation of Del govt. To develop Delhi, capital city of India, it is imp that Del govt n Centre work together (sic),” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted after their third official meeting on Friday.last_img read more