Now You Can Find a Geocache on a Scrabble Board

first_img SharePrint Related Geocache will be added to the official Scrabble dictionary.9 Years, 16 competitors, 1000s of Votes, 16 pointsEarlier this month, Hasbro, the company behind the game of Scrabble, held a contest for fans to vote for the first word to be added to the official Scrabble dictionary in nine years. It. Was. A. Big. Deal.  The contest began with 16 competitors, but the worldwide Geocaching community made its voice heard and carryied ‘Geocache’ (worth 16 points without any special squares) to the final spot.First off, from all of us at Geocaching HQ, we want to give you a resounding thank you. You showed your pride for the game we all love and you all came through in a big way. Here’s a quick recap and a somewhat biased play-by-play of the competitors Geocache went up against, and ultimately defeated:The contest bracket, via the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page.Geocache vs. BitcoinBitcoin may have had the upper hand if voting were only accessible via Tor, but ultimately, it never stood a chance. This obscure, highly volatile internet currency may have been in the headlines recently, but it’s longevity is still unproven. Geocache took an early lead and never looked back.Geocache vs. CosplayDon’t get me wrong—some of the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into cosplay is incredible. The attention to detail is impeccable. However, we have geocache makers who apply that same level of creativity and ingenuity into geocache containers. Plus, after the geocache is created, you actually get to go find it and touch it—which in my opinion, gives geocache the upper hand.Geocache vs. EwThis one was a tough battle. At some point, we’ve all probably said ‘ew’ while geocaching. It all came down to this: ‘ew’ isn’t actually a word. While it’s something we’ve all said, you won’t find it in a dictionary. Match goes to geocache.Geocache vs. ZenIt all came down to this. Zen may be useful in Scrabble, and many people campaigned for its acceptance—however, the Geocaching community was too strong. Zen was a formidable opponent and would have had a significant impact on the game. If it were a person, we’d give it a gentlemanly handshake and congratulate it on a well-fought contest.On April 10, 2014, Geocache was announced as the winner on the United States TV show, Good Morning America. The story was then picked up by news outlets like ABC, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and even TIME. Since then, we’ve seen plenty of people who were following the Scrabble vote who didn’t know about geocaching pick up the hobby we all know and love.Thanks again for everyone who voted and helped make Geocache the first word added to the official Scrabble dictionary by public vote.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Wolfram Alpha Gears Up for the Fall Semester

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The launch of Wolfram Alpha in May is still one of the most exciting product launches we have witnessed so far this year, even if the enormous hype around it also meant that it disappointed a lot of people who expected a “Google killer.” In the last couple of months, however, the Wolfram Alpha team has been working quietly on improving Wolfram’s ‘computational knowledge engine.’ According to Stephen Wolfram’s latest post on the Wolfram Alpha blog, things are moving ahead as planned. The company has used the summer months to tweak and extend Wolfram Alpha quietly as it got ready for more people to use it more heavily once the fall semester begins in the US.As Stephen Wolfram points out, the team wanted to launch Alpha before the summer, so that it could learn more about how users would use the system and enhance the code and data sources accordingly before the fall.54,233 Bug Reports and SuggestionsAmong other things, the team held true to its promise to make at least one code update per week and there have been over 50,000 manual changes to Alpha’s data sets over the last three months. Since its launch, Alpha’s codebase has also grown over 50%. The team added over 2 million lines of Mathematica code to the project in the last three months. In addition, Wolfram has also steadily hired more developers to work on Alpha. As Stephen Wolfram points out (with the precision only an engineer could really appreciate) the team received over 54,233 bug reports and suggestions. 31,006 of these “are now in [the] implementation queue, boiled down to about 5800 to-do items.” 3907 people so far heard that the bugs they reported have been fixed.All of this, of course, means nothing if the “computational knowledge engine” doesn’t return the right results. What is more important here than all the engineering data, is that Alpha’s “fall-through rate” – that is, the number of queries that users entered that it simply couldn’t understand – has now been reduced to about 10%.This is still a pretty high number and there are still a lot of areas where Alpha just doesn’t know enough yet, though according to Wolfram, a lot of the things that people want to know that Alpha doesn’t know yet are on the company’s to-do list.Wolfram also mentions that the team plans to give users more options to get actively involved in the project. He did not go into any specifics, however.Ready for SchoolAs the fall semester is just around the corner and as Alpha’s current users are most likely to be students and academics, it is good to see that development on Alpha moved ahead during the summer. Wolfram stresses that this is a long-term project and that the team is constantly adding new data sources and new ways to query these databases. If you haven’t used it yet, have a look at this “Chemistry 101” post on the Alpha blog for some inspiration.center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

What Architects Need to Know About Attic Kneewalls

first_imgHow to design an attic kneewall correctlyThe diagram below comes from the Georgia state energy code supplements and amendments (pdf), which has a lot of nice building enclosure details created by Southface. Notice that the diagram below calls for blocking at the bottom of the vaulted ceiling insulation, attic-side sheathing for the kneewall, and blocking between the floor joists under the kneewall. This should be standard fare for any architect working on homes with these details.The advice in this article doesn’t apply to all architects, of course. I know many who know how to do this correctly. Some even specify the building enclosure at the roofline to avoid having the problems cited here. Martin Holladay wrote a nice little piece for Fine Homebuilding a while back showing the two ways to insulate an attic kneewall.For you architects and building designers still drawing sections as shown at the top of this article, however, it’s time to change. If you’re going to specify a building with attic kneewalls and vaulted ceilings, these details matter. If you don’t get them right, the builders probably won’t build them right, and evidence of the problems will be plain for all to see. Not to mention that the rooms surrounded by these defects will be the most uncomfortable rooms in the house. One man I know even abandoned his man-cave because of these flaws. We were working on a project, so we got a set of plans to get started. It includes the attic kneewall and vaulted ceiling section you see at right. This is typical of plans that architects draw, and builders build houses this way all the time. Unfortunately, it contains several errors. Can you spot them?I’ve written about attic kneewalls and vaulted ceilings a few times before because they often create problems. This may be a regional thing because my friends in the Northeast are often surprised that builders don’t just move the building enclosure to the roofline with spray foam insulation, structural insulated panels, or foamboard on top of the roof deck. RELATED ARTICLES Solving Comfort Problems Caused by Attic KneewallsCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to HeatKeeping Cool in a Two-Story HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Vented or Unvented Attic?Q&A: I need help insulating a kneewall Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls What’s wrong with this section?Nevertheless, I’ve been in a lot of homes that have been built to the architectural specifications above, so let me point out the problems with the section you see in that diagram.Vaulted ceiling. Although there is a line, the designer has not called out that there should be blocking at the base of the insulation in the vaulted ceiling. Fiberglass, the insulation usually installed here, is air permeable, so ventilation air is as likely to flow through the insulation as above the baffle.Attic kneewall sheathing. Without sheathing on the attic-side of the kneewall, hot (or cold) attic air can get into the air-permeable fiberglass insulation most often used here. Even worse, the fiberglass batts often fall out, as shown in the photo below.Attic kneewall insulation. The section above calls for R-19 insulation. Fiberglass batts that meet that specification are typically 6 inches thick. Home builders usually build 2×4 kneewalls that are 3.5″ thick. The diagram shows the insulation sticking out beyond the kneewall framing. That extra bit of insulation hanging out in space will have little to no effect because attic air can easily move right through it.Floor joist blocking. The floor joists that go under the kneewall are often a source of comfort and energy performance problems. If the attic air can move through unimpeded — and fiberglass insulation offers little resistance — that floor can be a heat source in summer and can rob heat from the room in winter. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Bengal Governor ‘ignored’ again by State officials

first_imgFor the second time in a row, no official of the West Bengal government was present at a meeting called by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Tuesday during his visit to a district outside Kolkata, triggering strong reactions from him. During the day, Mr. Dhankar visited North 24 Parganas but senior officials of the district administration as well as public representatives remained absent from the meeting. Earlier, on September 24, when the Governor visited Siliguri in Darjeeling district, neither any senior officer of the State government nor any public representative from the ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, was present. “Certain things have to believed in, that’s part of the protocol, part of propriety, part of dignity. If I read the absence of the District Magistrate along with the high voltage statements of ministers that we will boycott the visit. I am worried,” the Governor said. He told journalists that he had no idea why the district administration was behaving in such a manner and maintained that such a behaviour “has no parallel”. A letter dated October 21 by District Magistrate North 24 Parganas said that permission from the government was required to request public representatives, State and Central government officials to attend an interactive session called by the Governor. The letter also cited that senior government functionaries were in north Bengal from October 21 to 23 on account of the administrative review meeting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.A prestige issue?, he saysAn upset Governor asked, whether it has become a prestige issue that the Governor of West Bengal will not be received by District Magistrate. “The cultured people of the State of West Bengal will find it very difficult to digest it or swallow it,” he said, adding that he was the “last person to ever cross his limits”. Referring to the example at Siliguri and in North 24 Parganas, he also wondered whether his visit was impacting “the health of district magistrates”. “This should not have happened. I am surprised,” he reiterated expressing his displeasure. The relations between the Governor and the State government have been far from being cordial. Since his appointment as the Governor in July, Mr Dhankar has raised questions on various aspects of the State’s functioning, including law and order. On September 19, he ‘rescued’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from agitating students at the Jadavpur University.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Employment rate is a better indicator The Fraser Institute

first_imgAn economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.last_img

Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

To make police stations spacious and clean cops shift over 6000 vehicles

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to maintain cleanliness inside and outside police stations in the city, the Delhi Police had shifted more than 6,000 vehicles, which comes under case properties, lying in the police stations to different auto ponds/centralised malkhanas. Sources said that under the process, possibilities are there that more than 40,000 vehicles likely to be removed soon.Police sources told Millennium Post that in his crime review meetings, the Delhi Police Commissioner has taken stocks from districts and units DCPs regarding the shifting of vehicles. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In a recent meeting which held in police headquarters, the police chief reviewed the update on the progress of shifting vehicles in different districts and units,” sources said. They further added that as many as 6,233 vehicles were shifted to auto pounds where the confiscated, recovered vehicles are kept with proper details of the case in which they were involved. The facility of a auto ponds is only to decongest police station. Sources further added that one of the districts shifted 1,117 vehicles whereas two districts separately moved more than 600 vehicles. Rest of the districts shifted over 3,000 vehicles. Two units of Railways and Special Cell shifted as many as 71 vehicles. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further revealed that there are possibilities of having 41,543 vehicles that might be shifted to auto ponds. A senior police officer said that bigger case properties such as vehicles, equipment and furniture are sometimes damaged by weather. “Also during the rainy season, the water gets collected in the vehicles and became breeding ground for mosquitoes. Through shifting, cleanliness will be there in the police stations,” added the officer. Another officer said that it will also make the police stations beautiful and spacious. Apart from all the city, police also inaugurated e-Malkhana in which the case property has been given a proper identity packed in a cover with a barcode in it. “Details of the case property are first entered into the software, followed by uploading of its photograph. The case property is packed in a cardboard box to prevent damage, and a unique barcode is generated which is pasted on the box,” said police.last_img read more

Mens soccer OSU loses season finale at Wisconsin earns sixth seed in

Ohio State forward Yaw Amankwa (23) sends a ball past Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem (28) during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team faced off against No. 24 Wisconsin in its last game of the regular season on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. There was a lot at stake for both teams, as the game would determine the final Big Ten standings and seeding in the Big Ten tournament.In the end, the Badgers proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, defeating the Scarlet and Gray 2-1 in Madison.Wisconsin applied a ton of pressure early on in the match, earning the majority of chances and forcing the Buckeyes to spend most of the time in their own defensive zone.In the 16th minute, Wisconsin redshirt freshman defender Elan Koenig corralled a rebound off a save from OSU keeper Parker Siegfried and finished it off to put the Badgers up 1-0.Wisconsin would add to its lead in the 44th minute, again on a rebound opportunity. This time, it was redshirt sophomore forward Isaac Schlenker who buried the ball after a save from Siegfried, extending the Badger lead to 2-0.Wisconsin held a 15-3 shot advantage through the opening period, but the Buckeyes did not go quietly into the night.Late in the second period, OSU senior forward Yaw Amankwa launched a shot from 30 yards out that was able to beat the Badger keeper and find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1.The Buckeyes desperately battled back throughout the second stanza, outshooting the Badgers 12-4 in the period. However, they would be unable to find the equalizer, and the score remained at 2-1 as time expired.Sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed did not play in the match. Senior forward Danny Jensen played 58 minutes in his return from injury after a five-game absence.The Buckeyes finish the season with a 5-12-1 record (3-4-1 B1G).The loss gives OSU a sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, where they will rematch Wisconsin in Madison this Sunday, Nov. 6. read more

Former Ohio State football players one step closer to NFL after draft

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorLives have changed  forever for 256 players as they were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.Six of those players are former Ohio State Buckeyes.The first former Buckeye taken off the board was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round Thursday night. He became the ninth former OSU linebacker and 68th Buckeye ever taken in the first round.Shazier, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American in his final season at OSU, totaled a Big Ten conference-high with 143 tackles to go along with six sacks.Cornerback Bradley Roby, who joined Shazier as one of 30 prospects invited to New York for the draft, was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick in the first round.Roby became the first OSU defensive back taken in the first round of the draft since Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in 2009.The Broncos, who dropped Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, have since bolstered their secondary by not only drafting Roby, but also signing former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract in March.Just as they did in the first round, the Buckeyes produced two picks in the second round, as running back Carlos Hyde and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort came off the board.Hyde was selected 57th overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by former University of Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.The former Buckeye running back became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer and was named the Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013. Hyde finished his senior campaign with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.Mewhort was selected just two picks later with the 59th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.The selection of Mewhort marked the third straight year that an OSU tackle has been selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of Reid Fragel – drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 – and Mike Adams, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in 2012.Mewhort was a three-year starter in his time as a Buckeye and was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com during his senior season in 2013.Another Buckeye was not taken until the fifth round when center Corey Linsley was selected 161st overall by the Green Bay Packers.Linsley anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally in 2013 in rushing, averaging 308.6 yards per game and breaking school records for points in a single season with 637, as well as touchdowns scored with 87.Linsley graduated from OSU with a degree in economics in December.Rounding out the former Buckeyes selected in the 2014 draft was safety Christian Bryant, who was selected 241st overall in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.Bryant, who was named a team captain prior to the 2013 season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the fifth game of the year against Wisconsin Sept. 28., a game won by OSU 31-24. At the time of the injury, Bryant ranked third on the team in tackles with 22.Bryant, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, finished his OSU career with 171 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.The Buckeye safety petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt in January, but was turned down and entered the draft.Although six Buckeyes were drafted to NFL rosters, several draft-eligible players were not selected during the draft.According to multiple reports, many of the former Buckeyes not drafted have found homes in free agency.Some of the players signing in free agency took to Twitter to announce their new teams, one of them being wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who announced his signing with the Carolina Panthers saying, “Here I come Carolina,” via his personal account @phillybrown10. Reportedly joining him in Carolina will be offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall confirmed with  The Lantern Sunday in an email that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, which reunites him with Mewhort.  Safety C.J. Barnett’s signing with the New York Giants was confirmed via Twitter by his signing agency IFA.Kicker Drew Basil also took to Twitter late Saturday night announcing he has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Chris Fields also used social media to announce an agreement with the Washington Redskins.Running back Jordan Hall has earned a tryout with the Steelers according to multiple reports and quarterback Kenny Guiton remains unsigned as of Sunday morning. read more