How NASA scientists paid homage to 49ers’ receivers after successful landing of Mars craft

first_imgThe touchdown celebration dates back to 1965, when New York Giants receiver Homer Jones caught an 89-yard touchdown pass on the first play of a game and punctuated the deed by spiking the football in the end zone.That’s according to a 2009 Bleacher Report story, and I think we should stick with it.Since then the TD two-step has become one of the foremost examples of cultural and artistic expression in the world. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile …last_img read more

Bafana defeat Kenya in Nairobi

first_img17 October 2012Bafana Bafana, showing three changes from the team that went down to Poland on Friday, ran out 2-1 winners over Kenya in an international friendly played in Nairobi on Tuesday to maintain coach Gordon Igesund’s 100 percent record against African opposition.Four matches into his reign as coach, Igesund has seen his charges beat Mozambique 2-0 and Kenya 2-1 and go down 1-0 to the Poles and Brazil.Speaking after the game in Nairobi, Igesund said: “It was a very difficult win for us, and the pitch was not that playable, but it’s in such conditions that will help us mentally. We played the percentage game and the not the beautiful game and we pushed them to make mistakes.‘The boys showed a lot of character’He added: “The boys showed a lot of character. I’m not overly excited with the win, but the effort, performance and attitude was great. We are not there yet. We still need to play as a unit.”Igesund also made it clear that Bafana Bafana are a work in progress, saying: “I am just disappointed with the goal we conceded. We should not allow teams to score goals like that. But overall it was a good exercise in terms of what we set out to do. I would say at the moment we are about 75 percent of where we should be.“We are taking good strides forward and I was happy with the passion of the players.Still assessing“There are still about five or six players that I want to have a look at and then maybe my squad for Afcon will be complete,” he concluded.Despite the sub-standard pitch, Bafana shaded the game and were worthy winners, although the continued failure to convert scoring opportunities will concern Igesund; his striking selections in his first four matches in charge have included 34-year-olds Siyabonga Nomvethe and Benni McCarthy and one wonders when the next consistent goal scorer will be found.As Igesund suggested, the South African defence was creaky at times, and it broke on one occasion.ChangesThe three changes to the starting eleven were goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands taking over from Itumeleng Khune, Thabo Nthete starting ahead of Luvhengo Mungomeni, and Tokelo Rantie replacing Sifiso Myeni.Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala had an excellent chance to give South Africa an early lead at the Nyayo National Stadium, but he miscued his shot from close range and failed to challenge the goalkeeper.Rantie then had an opportunity for a shot, but his effort was well wide. In the 20th minute, however, he found the mark.GoalLerato Chabangu picked out Rantie with a superb ball and the Malmo striker ran onto it with only the goalie to beat. He gave Arnold Origi no chance with a strong shot to score his second goal in three outings for South Africa and put Bafana Bafana ahead.Rantie was full of running and created another good chance on the half-hour mark. Unfortunately, his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.Kenya thought they had won a penalty just before the break, but the referee instead showed Welsey Kemboi a yellow card for diving.Dino Ndlovu, on for Rantie in the second half, almost scored after a goal mouth scramble from a corner kick delivered by Ricard Nunes, but it was Kenya who next found the back of the net.EqualiserBafana skipper Bongani Khumalo was penalised for a handball in the 72nd minute and Dennis Oliech converted the opportunity from the spot to level the scores at 1-1. That lead didn’t last long, however.Three minutes later, Kenyan defender Christopher Wekesa found the back of his own net from a cross by Bernard Parker and Bafana Bafana were back in front.The Kenyans, ranked 52 places below South Africa, pushed hard for an equaliser, but couldn’t find a way past Sandilands, who had a quiet day apart from the penalty that beat him.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Forget Skeuomorphism: The (Digital) World Is Getting Flatter

first_imgRelated Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#user interface design Computer interface design is all about metaphors: That’s not really a window or a desktop or a menu you’re using… it’s just a clever approximation of the real-world items sketched out on the screen. One designer’s examination of those kinds of conventions in user interfaces on desktops, smartphones and tablets may give us a glimpse into the future look of the devices we use.The concept of approximating real-world tools and interfaces on the screen is known as skeuomorphism, according to Sacha Greif, a French computer designer who currently resides in Osaka, Japan (which sounds much cooler than, say, a Hoosier living in Indiana).Greif recently wrote a compelling essay called “Flat Pixels,” which explains skeuomorphic design versus the up-and-coming trend of flat design. Greif lays out a great primer explaining what skeuomorphic design actually is, using the example of how many on-screen calculators are designed to look. Usually, just like their physical counterparts, even down the to “C” key in some cases.Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?This is a type of design that I have commented on before to my students, only I didn’t know until I read Greif’s article what this design concept was called. In my case, when I explain the interface of Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc, I describe for them the old spreadsheet books that accountants used to use, and how the modern-day spreadsheet applications mimic that with rows, columns, cells and worksheets.Skeuomorphic design, by Greif’s definition, attempts to mirror the physical functionality of a tool, even replicating physical items or characteristics that are no longer used all that much. Greif mentioned “radio buttons,” which is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a hot-button for me, because of the blank stares I get from my undergrads when I mention the term in class.When was the last time anyone even saw an actual radio button? I can’t remember my last time using one, though I miss the satisfying “ker-chunk” I’d hear when tuning into WLS-AM as a kid in the car. Yet, even in “modern” interfaces like Office 2010, radio buttons are still all over the place.Greif highlights elements of skeuomorphic design as opposed to the rising trend of flat design. In flat design, typography and minimalism take center stage over the functionality of real-world objects. Greif cites Windows 8’s Metro interface as a strong example of flat design and indeed, he might hopefully find our own design here at ReadWrite somewhere on the flat end of the design spectrum.Apple’s iOS has leaned heavily on skeuomorphism in the past, with added elements of what Greif describes as realism: The stitched-leather effect seen in many Apple-designed iOS apps is a good example of that, though in recent months Apple appears to be backing away from that kind of design approach. A very skeuomorphic and realist design.(See also Tim Cook Cleans House At Apple – Scott Forstall Is OutandWill Apple’s New Design Approach Kill The Luster Steve Jobs Loved?)The Interfaces AheadGreif takes care not to hold up one type of design over the other, pointing out the pros and cons of each flavor of interface. But he believes that flat design may have an edge in the near future, as it is particularly suited for mobile interfaces, and easier to code – something he believes all designers will have to do more of.“This is why I’ve been embracing flat design lately: not just as an aesthetic choice, but as a design exercise that forces me to shore up my weaknesses,” Greif concludes.If other designers feel the same way, then simpler, cleaner designs could be more prevalent in device interfaces moving forward.Of course, there are other design schools that don’t fall neatly into the skeuomorphic or flat schools of thought, so it won’t be all about flat. But given the current rebellion against skeuomorphism, I think it’s safe to say that interfaces will be moving away from digital-as-physical constructs for the time being.I, for one, will still miss the ker-chunk.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img brian proffitt Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

JD(U) joining Union govt. media speculation, says Nitish Kumar

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the issue of his party JD(U) joining the Union government was a “media speculation”.“We neither considered the issue nor we had any desire or expectation (about joining the Union government). The issue was speculated in the media. It was baseless and unfounded,” the JD(U) president told reporters here.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Sunday carried out a reshuffle of his Council of Ministers. He had inducted nine BJP leaders into the government.Speculation was rife that two MPs of the JD(U), which recently joined the NDA after severing ties with the RJD and the Congress in Bihar, might be given ministerial berths at the Centre.“Your (media) speculation has been proved wrong and you should close the chapter,” Mr. Kumar said..He said he works in a transparent manner and the media can straightaway ask him about the party’s affairs as he is ready to answer such questions.The Chief Minister had on Saturday also said no talks between his party and the BJP took place on the issue of the JD(U) becoming part of the Union government.To a question on when the party would take action against rebel leader Sharad Yadav, Kumar said, “We will let you know at an appropriate time. But till then, don’t speculate.”last_img read more

They are leaving a ‘sinking ship’: Aparna Sen on Bengali actors joining BJP

first_imgA day after several Bengali actors joined the BJP, noted film-maker Aparna Sen on Friday said they were leaving a “sinking ship” and drifting towards power. The actors were with the CPI(M) when it was in power, rallied behind Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee when she took over the reins of the State and are switching over to the BJP when it is gaining ground, she told PTI in an interview. On Thursday, several Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, Rishi Kaushik, Kanchana Moitra and Rupanjana Mitra, joined the BJP at its headquarters in the presence of the Party’s West Bengal unit head Dilip Ghosh and senior functionary Mukul Roy.“Now that Mamata is slowly losing ground and the BJP is gaining, they are going to the BJP. Where there is power, they will go. There are people like that. I don’t care about them, I don’t think about them,” Ms. Sen, who is in Delhi for the premiere of her film “Ghawre Baire Aaj”, said. “People leave the sinking ship and go where the power is. It’s a common human instinct,” she added. Over the years, the TMC has been fielding several Bengali superstars as candidates for elections. Superstar Dev won the Lok Sabha polls for the second term this year, while actors Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty debuted in Parliament this time. Ms. Sen, who is known for being vocal on socio-political issues, said Hindi film stars have to think about the wider range of audience they cater to and that’s why they don’t publicise their political stands. “If they are seen to have any political colour, then they will have a problem,” the 73-year-old said. She said the BJP is “gaining ground” in West Bengal due to the failure of the Trinamool government and the lack of a viable alternative. “I don’t think they (people of Bengal) see any alternative actually at the moment because TMC government also has failed them and the Left, for all practical purposes, doesn’t exist anymore and Congress is also hardly there.” “But I think the Left and the Congress need to rise again. Because apart from anything else we need a strong Opposition,” she added. Ms. Sen was one of the many celebrities who campaigned against the Left government during the Nandigram and Singur movement, which helped the TMC come to power in 2011. In 2006-07, there were mass protests against the then Left State government over land acquisition for a Tata Nano factory in Singur and a chemical hub in Nandigram. The multi-lingual actor-director, who has made films such as “36 Chowringhee Lane” and “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, said in response to a question that she has always been a strong critic of Ms. Banerjee and had never supported her politically.“I didn’t support her cause. I was only against the massacre in Nandigram. I was not supporting Mamata’s cause. I was against uprooting of people in Singur when there was a land just opposite, where that could have been done [the Tata Nano factory]. “That was along with many other people, not just me. Nobody supported Mamata. Mamata happened to be the vote catcher and she took advantage of that situation. In fact, I have criticised Mamata many times publicly,” the National Award-winning director said. Asked if she has ever raised her concerns with Ms. Banerjee personally, Ms. Sen said she doesn’t have direct access to the Chief Minister. Ms. Sen recently met agitating junior doctors in Kolkata along with other civil society members and also visited the violence-hit Bhatpara area.Are her political activities were helping the BJP gain ground?“No, not at all. I talk to the people Bhatpara and we heard complaints both about BJP and about TMC. We heard a lot of complaints about Arjun Singh (the local BJP MP from Barrackpore). I have all those videos.” Ms. Sen was speaking on the sidelines of the Jagran Film Festival, where her political thriller “Ghawre Baire Aaj” premiered. The film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel ‘Ghare Baire’ portrays a love triangle in the backdrop of the current political situation in the country.last_img read more

Fingers that change color

first_imgDefinitionFingers or toes may change color when they are exposed to cold temperatures or stress, or when there is a problem with their blood supply.Alternative NamesBlanching of the fingers; Fingers – pale; Toes that change color; Toes – paleCausesBuergers diseaseChilblains – painful inflammation of small blood vesselsCryoglobulinemiaFrostbiteNecrotizing vasculitisPeripheral artery diseaseRaynauds phenomenon – sudden change in the finger color ranges from pale to red to blueSclerodermaSystemic lupus erythematosusHome CareAvoid smoking.Avoid exposure to cold in any form. Wear mittens or gloves outdoors and when handling ice or frozen food. Avoid chilling, which may happen following any active recreational sport. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes and wool socks. When outside, always wear shoes.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your doctor for an appointment if:Your fingers change color and the cause is not knownFingers or toes turn black or the skin breaksWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitThe doctor will perform a physical examination, which will include close examination of the hands, arms, and fingers.The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:Time patternDid the fingers or toes suddenly change color?Has the color change occurred before?Aggravating factorsDoes cold or emotion cause the fingers or toes to turn white or blue?Did this occur after you had anesthesia?Do you smoke?Other symptomsWhat other symptoms do you have? For example:Finger pain?Arm or leg pain?A change in the texture of the skin?Loss of hair on the arm or hands?Tests that may be done include:advertisementAntinuclear antibody blood testBlood differentialComplete blood count (CBC)Comprehensive metabolic panelDuplex Doppler ultrasound of the arteries to the extremitiesSerum cryoglobulinsSerum protein electrophoresisUrinalysisX-ray of the hands and feetTreatment depends on the underlying cause.ReferencesOlin JW. Other peripheral arterial diseases. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 80.Review Date:4/24/2013Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more