Raise Money by Accomplishing Nothing

first_imgFrank Drake is being honored on Space.com by the SETI Institute as the “Father of SETI,”  His reputation is providing an opportunity for a fund raiser.  For a lot of money, you can spend time with a celebrity whose accomplishments are questionable. It’s not often you get the opportunity to hang out with a legend!  Spend some quality time with Frank Drake, the founder of modern SETI, and author of the Drake Equation.    At a donor level of $50,000 – 100,000, you can spend one to two days with Frank, as he takes you behind the scenes to the optical SETI experiment at Lick Observatory, and explains both the science and the technology.  A personalized tour of this observatory would be special in itself.  Doing so in the company of Frank Drake is not just a rare opportunity: it’s unique.What some may consider unique, however, is the lack of measurable accomplishment for a celebrity scientist.  His achievements have been more motivational than empirical.  He founded a search for “signals of intelligent origin” in space that has found nothing since his first attempt in 1960.  In addition, his well-known “Drake equation” that purports to calculate the number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy is simply a list of requirements for naturalistic evolution put into quasi-authoritative algebraic terms.  The factors are so little known, however, that famous origin-of-life researcher Stanley Miller once remarked that one could put any values one chooses into the equation and the result would be just as valid as any other one’s estimate. The Drake Equation is a joke.  It’s nothing more than a propaganda tool for atheistic cosmology, using visualization to give an air of scientific authority to ignorance.  He left out the only term that can bring the possibility of life above absolute zero: intelligent causation.  Only a fool would throw good money at ignorance (10/12/2007).    The most egregious thing in Drake’s know-nothing resume (08/22/2008, 05/01/2008, 08/17/2007, 02/11/2007, 01/24/2007) has been the founding of a society that is dead-set against intelligent design (02/20/2007), while employing intelligent design principles in its core strategy (12/03/2005).  SETI should be renamed the Search for Evolutionary Tricks of Imagination (04/17/2008, 04/01/2008, 03/17/2008).  Thanks to Brett Miller for illustrating this in another clever cartoon.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

4 Good Rules For Using A Real “Lightsaber”

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Here are some Arctic rules that should convince and sober you:Don’t stare at the blue blob of light created by pointing the laser at a wall. (You could blind yourself.)Don’t point it at cars. (You could quickly, though temporarily, blind a driver, who might still run you over.)Don’t point it at even high-flying jets (You could harm the eyesight of someone onboard. Someone like the pilot.)Don’t point it at spacecraft. (While its beam is visible from space, you couldn’t blind an astronaut. However, as a general rule, never piss off someone who can drop a tank of oxygen on your house.)Legit uses for a powerful handheld laser like the Arctic, according to Wicked, include search-and-rescue, military/law enforcement, astronomy and, outside the U.S., medicine.If you have $400 and extraordinary commonsense, buy one (there’s also a $300 1-watt version). The LaserSaber blade attachment adds another $100. But they’re all totally worth it.  You can almost hear fusty old Yoda’s warning: “For consumerization, the lightsaber is not.”He’s right, but don’t tell Wicked Lasers, maker of the 1.25-watt blue S3 Arctic series handheld laser.As a point of reference, standard laser pointers are less than 5/1000 of a watt.Even before you attach the 32-inch polycarbonate blade attachment, which Wicked also sells to create one very real looking lightsaber, the Arctic is megawatts cooler than other patently dangerous tools on the market. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App jim nash Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#lasers#lightsaber#play#toys 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

A Quick Guide to Nesting in Premiere Pro

first_imgHow do you use the nest feature? Have any other tricks to share? Let us know in the comments. Nesting in Premiere Pro is a great tool for streamlining a long project. It’s also great for combining more effects to a clip than is usually possible. Here’s how to use it.Image via ShutterstockWhen working with Premiere Pro, especially on longer or more complicated projects, there can be times where there is simply too much going on in your sequence. Things may get cluttered and difficult to navigate and you’d like to clean things up. Or you may have clips you’ve already used effects like speed/duration on that you’d still like to doctor with effects like Warp Stabilizer. Whatever the reason, the Nest option can be your best friend.Nesting in itself isn’t very difficult to use. In fact, it’s amazingly simple. It can also clean up your sequences and allow you more options. Here are a few tricks you can try. Just follow these steps!Nest Several Clips and Layers TogetherHighlight the clip or clips that you’d like to nest. Make sure they are all next to each other. You can also highlight layers and elements above and below (audio too) to include in your nest.Once you have them highlighted, right-click on one part of it to bring up the Options menu. Scroll up or down (it should be in the middle) to the Nest option. It will bring up a dialogue box to name your nest (it defaults to Nest Sequence 01, etc…).You should see your new nested sequence in your project folder and as a new sequence. It will show up on your original sequence as a single green-tinted clip. Nice and clean.Add Additional Effects on Your ClipsNow that your clips are together in a nested sequence, you can add additional clips to them that you wouldn’t normally be able to. It also adds them to all of them at once, which can be a huge time saver. You can now add both Warp Stabilizer and Speed to a clip by using the nest feature. Just add one to the original clip then the other to the nested sequence. Voilà!Add Effects and Transitions to Nested SequenceWhen working with multiple clips and layers, it becomes very difficult (and at times impossible) to add blanket transitions or effects to all clips and layers. If you have your sequence put together the way you like it, using the nest feature can be a great way to simplify your edit by adding a transition to the beginning or end that will cover all parts. (Otherwise they can animate in or out awkward and unevenly.)Here’s a how it can look all together. None of these would be possible together without the nest feature.Split clipsMultiple LayersWarp StabilizerSpeed ReverseTransition InTransition Outlast_img read more

3×3 hoop wars reaches finale at Taguig

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was, however, a different story in North Luzon, as Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University dominated University of Luzon, 51-33.Metro Manila was the last stop for the Regional Qualifiers, with Our Lady of Fatima University defeating Colegio de San Lorenzo, 50-48.The five regional winners, along with the NCAA Champions Arellano University, are expected to give their all for one more day as they duke it out and earn the right to be called as the one, true National Champion!Witness the thrilling conclusion of the tournament on January 27, Saturday, 11:00AM at Vista Mall Taguig. Admission is FREE! You may also stream the games LIVE via social media at Facebook.com/PCCLeague.Catch all the exciting plays and highlights on television courtesy of our media partner, the FOX Sports Networks (airing schedule TBD).ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Six teams have made it past tough battles to make it this far and have punched their ticket in the National Finals.Due to the quirky nature of the 3×3 rules, the competition has seen its share of thrilling finishes beginning with the University of the Visayas holding off University of San Jose Recoletos 47-43 to take the Visayas Leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis was followed by another close contest in South Luzon, when the visiting Trace College managed to topple the host squad University of Nueva Caceres, 51-45.The close winning margin trend went on in the Mindanao Leg when Southern Philippines College were able to eke out a 46-44 victory over Southern City College. There may be less players at once on the hardwood, but the action promises to be just as intense as we enter the final stage of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League 3×3 basketball tournament!ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Napa elated as Wangs Basketball-Letran off to a good start NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Be in the know and get all the latest news, schedules, and updates by visiting the league’s official website at collegiatechampionsleague.net!ADVT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Teng leads Flying V despite playing with flu

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s like the flu game?,” he asked jokingly.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng wasn’t supposed to play, yet on Monday, it was still him who had to carry the biggest weight of the game for Flying V.The La Salle standout took it upon himself to play through his sickness and showed his fortitude as he kept the thunder unbeaten in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a huge 83-78 victory over Marinerong Pilipino.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “He wasn’t feeling well. He didn’t have any time to rest since arriving. And when he came to the venue, he said he really can’t play,” said the mentor.But after seeing his team down by as much as 18 points early, the 6-foot-2 swingman urged his coach to put him in.“Come second quarter, he said, ‘Coach, give me some time to warm up. I’ll play. Let me play and help the team out.’ That fired up the team and gave us a boost,” recounted Altamirano, which he obliged, as Teng spurred an awe-inspiring run to get Flying V back in the game and eventually nab the win.He finished the game with 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds off the bench, including eight of the Thunder’s last nine points, none bigger than his pull-up 15-foot jumper with 41.7 seconds to spare to ice the triumph.Altamirano lauded the leadership qualities Teng has been showing for Flying V this conference, but laughed when asked if this performance was reminiscent to that of Michael Jordan’s in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Tanduay catches fire in the 3rd quarter, racks 3rd straight win WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And for coach Eric Altamirano, he can’t say anything less on the fighting spirit of his star.“I’m just really proud of Jeron on how he took it upon himself that even though he wasn’t feeling well, he forced himself to play because he knew how important this game is,” the soft-spoken Altamirano said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeng arrived on Saturday after his stint with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France and immediately joined the team’s practices for the next two days. He then, fulfilled other obligations through the course of the weekend before joining the Thunder anew for the game.Battling flu on Monday, Teng was already ruled out by Altamirano for the game against the Skippers. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Creamline survives shaky second set, trips Adamson-Akari

first_imgView comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFor a while, it looked like Creamline was expecting to school Adamson-Akari. It was the Cool Smashers, however, who learned a lesson from the Lady Falcons: Don’t take them for granted.Creamline encountered rough patches before disposing of inexperienced Adamson-Akari, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 24-22, Saturday night at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In the second game, Air Force downed Perlas-BangKo, 25-23, 9-25, 25-20, 25-20, to jumpstart its bid in the conference.The Lady Falcons, coached by American Airess Padda, stole a set from the Cool Smashers, whose powerful lineup includes Valdez and new acquisition Jia Morado.Jema Galanza, who played for Creamline last conference, peppered her former team’s side of the court with smashing attacks to lead Adamson.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ross sets focus on how to stop ‘Blur’ Rose Vargas, who had 18 points for Creamline, admitted service reception played a big part in their second-set hiccup.“We still need to improve on that and on our defense as well,” said Vargas in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe slight wobble did not concern resident star Alyssa Valdez much, as the former Lady Eagle chose to look at the positives.“It’s gonna be a good start,” said Valdez. “The important thing is we get used to playing as a team and having the right attitude and creating chemistry.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

VT LEAGUE FINALS ACTION

first_imgThe inaugural VT league finals took place last weekend, with some exciting action in both the semi finals and grand finals in both the men’s and women’s division, with two matches heading to drop offs and another totaling an amazing 19 touchdowns. For all the action from the days play view the attached summary. Related Filesvt_league_finals_report-docvt_league1-jpglast_img

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to revisit Air Canada retirement age issue

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will be revisiting the issue of whether Air Canada was wrong to force some pilots to retire at age 60.A decision publicly released on Friday says the tribunal will hold another hearing to determine whether the airline had the right to force 45 pilots to retire at an age it deemed to be the industry standard.The decision says the case originally had 97 complainants, but 52 of them will not have their retirement age scrutinized by the tribunal.The issue of retirement age for Air Canada pilots has come up both at the tribunal and in federal court numerous times in the past decade.Two cases with different complainants, but similar arguments, were ruled upon by the tribunal, reviewed in federal court, then ultimately dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal.The tribunal says the 52 pilots whose retirement dates were covered by the previous cases will not be included in the new hearing, but says it will hear arguments from the remaining 45 whose retirement dates fall outside of the timeline covered by the other cases.A lawyer representing the majority of the pilots expects the new tribunal hearing will get underway in early 2018.Raymond Hall said he welcomed the latest development in the highly complex case.“We’ve been at it for 12 years,” he said Friday in an interview. “It’s no small thing.”The new tribunal hearing will unfold against the complicated backdrop of both the two past cases as well as changes in federal law.In 2011, as part of an omnibus bill, the then Conservative government passed a law forbidding federally regulated companies such as Air Canada to enforce a mandatory retirement age on its employees. The law went into effect in December 2012.Prior to that legislation, the issue of retirement age at Air Canada had been hotly contested on at least two occasions at the tribunal.The first case, named the Vilven/Kelly matter after its two plaintiffs, challenged Air Canada’s imposition of a mandatory retirement age of 60 for pilots forced to stop working between 2003 and 2005.Despite an initially favourable ruling from the tribunal, the case was challenged in federal court and ultimately quashed by the Court of Appeal.The second case, dubbed Thwaites/Adamson, involved 70 plaintiffs who retired between 2005 and 2009.That, too, received contradictory rulings from the tribunal and federal courts before ultimately being dismissed by the Court of Appeal.In both cases, Hall sought leave to bring the cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, but that leave was denied.The third and most recent group of complainants, referred to as Bailie et al, had retirement dates ranging from June 2004 to February 2012.Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents the thousands of people who man aircraft for the country’s largest airline, had filed a motion to dismiss the Bailey complaint.Their primary rationale, according to the decision, was the fact that the issues at hand had been rehashed before in the two previous cases.Adjudicator David Thomas wrote in the decision that this held true for the 52 pilots who had retired before 2010, but that the 45 who retired after that date had not yet had a chance to air their grievances.While describing the possibility as improbable, he conceded that there may have been changes in the industry during those years that would make the forced retirement discriminatory on the basis of age.“While I am sympathetic to the respondents’ arguments that it is ‘highly improbable’ that a meaningful change to the material facts affecting the normal age of retirement occurred during the short period after Dec. 31, 2009 until the last Bailie complainant reached the age of 60 in February of 2012, I have not been provided with satisfactory information that there were no changes in the industry,” he wrote. “…it is not the role of the tribunal to speculate whether certain evidence may or may not exist. The tribunal has no investigatory powers and has no material evidence before it for the younger complainants. It is the right and the obligation of the parties to present that evidence to the tribunal in a quasi-judicial forum.”-Follow @mich_mcq on Twitterlast_img read more