With no chance for revenge, Dillinger tells TNT: Beat Ginebra

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJared Dillinger won’t deny that he wanted Meralco to gain retribution against Ginebra after their classic encounter in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“I want that so bad since we played them in the Finals before. I was ready to whoop their ass if I had the chance,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Dillinger believes had the Bolts progressed to the Final Four, they can pose a bigger threat to the Gin Kings compared to the KaTropa.“That’s what we felt too. Nothing to take against Ginebra, but we felt we really had a good match-up scheme with them,” he said. “But against (TNT), it was tougher for us because they have (Joshua) Smith and it kind of cancelled out Alex (Stepheson).”With no chance for revenge, at least for this conference, Dillinger made it clear what team he will be rooting for.“Hats off to TNT for sticking it out. I want them to beat Ginebra,” he said as Ranidel de Ocampo was saying goodbye to him.“Kick their butts,” he told the veteran TNT forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a tweet, Dillinger added, “I can’t stand those guys,” which got  some good-natured trash-talk reponse from Gin Kings like Sol Mercado and Greg Slaughter.Dillinger sat out the championship series due to a hamstring injury and was helpless as Justin Brownlee sank the booming game-winning three in Game 6 to end the Gin Kings’ eight-year title drought.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThat memory still stings for the 33-year-old forward, who craved to battle the crowd darlings anew.Unfortunately, TNT booted Meralco in Game 3 on Friday, 104-96 in overtime to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

Ongoing electricity woes

first_imgThe ongoing and seemingly unending spate of power outages is far more troubling than probably thought. With the now customary schedule of blackouts published in the media, one may have been led to believe that the outage for a particular day was that which is reflected in the advisory.However, this was revealed not to be the case as the electricity company, Guyana Power & Light (GPL), shocked the nation by announcing last week that Guyanese have been experiencing eight outages per day, especially over the last two months. This appears to be a macro perspective as no one is spared from the company’s inability to deliver an acceptable service.Over the past few years, the situation got worse, as the outages are far more frequent and extended. Helpless, and with no alternative to access electricity during a blackout, ordinary Guyanese have been forced to endure daily and lengthy periods of inconvenience. This latest revelation by GPL may bring into question the accuracy of the blackout schedule it publishes.Aside from that being viewed as possibly misleading information given to the public, eight outages on average per day seem unfathomable. It is, however, the harsh reality which consumers face in this modern time. To say it is utterly unacceptable would be a gross understatement, as the inconvenience has become a major source of distress to those affected.To small business enterprises, the lengthy outages negatively impact production and productivity and unavoidably, revenue generation as planning and timelines are thrown off track. Those with financial obligations to lending institutions would be very hard-pressed to meet commitments. The possibility for other devastating consequences, like forced termination of jobs and the business unable to be sustained, are easily created.From the perspective of an ordinary Guyanese, their lives are constantly disrupted by any duration of power outage. Routine preparation for work and children for school are made unnecessarily difficult as basic appliances to aid that process are rendered useless. Access to much needed potable water is hampered as free movement in the dark. In addition, appliances are often damaged when the electricity switches on and off, or through the seemingly regular power surges.Spoilage of food and food items has also increased as refrigerators are not allowed to function to keep the items wholesome for consumption. Naturally, this incurs additional and unnecessary financial burdens on the backs of hardworking Guyanese who are already challenged in that regard. There are many people who are struggling to provide the basic of meals and depend on the use of a refrigerator, no matter how small, to help preserve precious items for a budgeted period.When those ordinary citizens are faced with additional challenges, it becomes virtually impossible for them to cope over time. They would have worked hard to be able to afford basic appliances to bring some level of ease to their lives’ daily routine. The constant power outages , therefore, strip them of that ability to be able benefit from the use of those appliances, especially when travel time is already onerous.Students are not spared as completion of homework and preparation for examinations are severely hindered. In a time when access to the internet in crucial to learning and school projects, the setback from power outages is unimaginable. In some of these cases, alternatives, through increased data phone plans to access the internet so that project deadlines are met, are forced to be found— which comes at an additional cost. Very often, just to manoeuvre around the house or for basic revision of school work, parents and children are forced to use candles or lamps.This is not just a backward step for both Guyana and Guyanese, but could be seen as an indictment on the electricity company to provide a reliable service. Consumers have lamented their high monthly cost for this utility service and concerns that reduction is not reflected, even after prolonged outages.They have also voiced concern over what they describe as a burdensome process to make a successful claim for appliances damage as a result of a power surge or outage. There is also the lingering risk of a fire from that, more especially, when the electricity switches on and off frequently. Blackouts, during the nights, also provide an enabling environment for criminals to operate.This is the reality of the impact of these outages on Guyanese. Many have questioned whether the power company fully understands this impact, especially given the lengthy time it took to inform on the true picture. Many have and continue to question the company’s implementation of mitigating measures in keeping with the growing demand.The APNU/AFC coalition government cannot avoid blame over the poor service consumers are forced to endure. From all appearances, it has done little to improve the situation. Had it not, while in the Opposition, derail the Amaila Hydroelectricity Project— which was designed to provide cheaper, cleaner and reliable supply of power— the current woes would have been a thing of the past. The Government seemingly has found a way of keeping the past in the present.last_img read more

Freddie misunderstands Trotman and grovels for job

first_imgDear Editor,This is in reference to your news item (Guyana Times April 3) quoting the controversial Freddie Kissoon (April 2) wherein Freddie claimed he viewed a videotape showing Minister Raphael Trotman uttering “racist comments against Indians at a LGE campaign meeting in Bartica”. Freddie offered no evidence (what is new?) to substantiate his charge of racism against Trotman. People take Freddie’s claims with a pound a salt since they are unbelievable.When I read Freddie’s claim against Trotman, I did not place much credibility in it because the discredited columnist has had a reputation of misunderstanding, misstating, and misreporting what he reads or views, and of misinforming and falsifying data. (As an aside, this is one of several reasons why Freddie was denied PhD at University of Toronto and sent back to Guyana).Lo and behold, on April 8, Freddie admitted that he misunderstood and misreported Trotman’s “racist” statement.Sources say Freddie’s job (as a columnist and as letter editor) was threatened unless he disavowed everything he wrote about Trotman that he saw on the tape. Freddie did not want to lose his meagre income. Freddie grovelled profusely apologising to Trotman and promising never again to write anything negative against the minister or the government.That is the nature of Freddie when it comes to his livelihood – self-gain trumps principles, honesty and intellectual integrity, a continuation of his behaviour from the 1970s.As an aside, when a number of us were publicly opposing National Service and organised student strikes on the Corentyne against the victimization of teachers, Freddie did not support the movement fearing it would hurt his chance of getting a Burnham scholarship. So he did not oppose National Service or joined the protest against rapes committed on several national service participants, and Freddie did not provide solidarity, unlike Walter Rodney, Eusi Kwayana and Rupert Roopnaraine, among others, to striking students and teachers on the Corentyne.On the videotape issue, Freddie claimed that Trotman appealed to Africans and Mixed “to vote race” and not to “split their vote” away from APNU/AFC to competing African groups. Freddie claimed that Trotman stated that there were no competing Indian groups against PPP and as such the Indians would not split their vote.The truth of the matter is some Indians in Bartica did vote for APNU-AFC in the LGE and a large number also voted for the APNU-AFC in the 2015 general elections helping to trigger the defeat of the PPP/C.Indians also split their vote in 2011 when Moses Nagamootoo defected from the PPP and linked up with AFC. But in general, Indians vote ethnic analogous to how Africans and most Mixed vote ethnic.Africans largely did not vote for PPP or any other Indian group or split their vote. In spite of the abuses heaped on the nation by the PNC between 1965 and 1992, Africans did not split their vote in 1992, rejecting Clive Thomas WPA and sticking with PNC.Appealing to members of a group to vote ethnic is not in and of itself racist. All ethnic leaders in Guyana and around the globe appeal to ethnicity.Donald Trump has been appealing on ethnicity and attacking other ethnic groups to win the republican nomination.Barack Obama appealed to ethnicity to win the Democratic nomination in 2008.Daniel Arap Moi appealed to ethnicity in Kenya. Ethnic appeal is the nature of politics in all multi-ethnic societies including America.Freddie interpreted Trotman’s election race appeal campaign rhetoric as “racist”. Merely appealing to vote race is not racist. But attacking or demeaning an ethnic group is racist and Trump, like Burnham, were branded as racist for their prejudice.Freddie offered no evidence that Trotman denigrated Indians. Denying people their ethnic food or religious freedom is racist or confiscating their land and giving same to their supporters. Burnham and several PNC leaders were guilty of such policies, and as such were/are racist.Trotman is on record, when he was a member of the PNC, of calling on the PNC executive to apologise to Indians for its racist policy. Trotman was excommunicated from the PNC and linked up with Khemraj Ramjattan who himself was expelled from the PPP, and Sheila Holder who was excommunicated from the WPA to form the AFC.It is difficult, therefore, to accept that Trotman would attack Indians. And although Freddie offered no evidence that Trotman did attack Indians, it is disappointing that Trotman appealed to “Africans and Mixed not to split their vote because Indians would not split their vote”. The AFC was supposed to be the party that does not campaign on race and that holds the key to open the lock on race voting.Freddie claimed that Trotman stated that he and Granger met in Nassau, Bahamas, around 2005 and concocted a plan on how to split the Indian vote to defeat the PPP.It is not clear if teaming up with Ramjattan was part of that plan to split the Indian vote or that the strategy itself is racist. The Indian vote did split in 2011 when Nagamootoo defected from the PPP, causing it to lose its majority. The PPP/C lost power in May 2015 when the AFC linked up with the PNC.The PPP’s unwillingness to compromise with Nagamootoo led to its loss of majority in 2011.And PPP’s refusal to reconcile with Nagamootoo and Ralph Ramkarran (who was excommunicated in 2012) led to its loss of power in 2015.Freddie concluded that Trotman does not belong to the politics of the future because of his race appeal. Freddie did not make a convincing case with supporting evidence. If Trotman uttered denigrating remarks against Indians or other groups, then he must be punished. And Freddie should not grovel coming across as a coward.Yours trulyVishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Home fire buffer rules to be updated

first_img“Identifying hazard is an important part of planning for wildfire and reducing the loss of lives and property,” said state Fire Marshal Kate Dargan. The proposed updated maps were released at a public hearing Thursday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building in downtown Los Angeles. “It gives a little bit better explanation of the state-responsible areas for people who want to build on their property, for construction companies and home builders,” said county Fire Department Capt. Mike Brown. “It gives them a better understanding of who is responsible for a specific area within the county.” The proposed updates consider areas’ fire history, existing and potential fuel, terrain and weather and address the probability of certain areas burning. Hearings on the maps will be held in each of the state’s 56 counties. Comments will be reviewed and responded to before the maps are adopted by the CAL FIRE director. The maps are on the Web at www.fire.ca.gov/wildland-zones.php. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California and Los Angeles County fire officials on Thursday released proposed updates for fire hazard zones that increase the defensible-space needed around homes to protect them in the event of a fire. Under the proposed updates, the requirements are attached to new building standards for homes that fall within fire hazard zones, officials said. A series of public hearings on the changes is being held around the state. “The (space is) increased to not only consider the flames hitting any part of the house, but also considering the fire embers,” said County Fire Department Deputy Forester J. Lopez. “A lot of homes lost during fires are not to flames in front of the fire, but those little embers that penetrate into homes via the attic, windows, vents and decks that are not fire resistant. “So these new standards that start Jan. 1, 2008, will address not only the flames in front, but the fire embers hitting the home also.” California regulations require CAL FIRE, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to produce maps identifying areas that face moderate, high or very high fire hazards for properties the state has a financial responsibility to protect from blazes. The maps are used to determine legal requirements for property owners, including building construction standards. The maps were last updated in the mid-1980s. last_img read more

Fishing trip what doctor prescribed

first_imgDr. Dave Patel from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center deals with life and death situations every single day. The daily stresses of being a doctor can take a toll. It’s not just a good idea to take a break once in a while, it’s a necessity. When Patel needs to get away, he looks to the Pacific Ocean. A week ago, Patel boarded the Liquid Coast Highway out of Huntington Harbor and headed to the albacore grounds some 80 miles offshore and near the Cortez Bank. “For me, catching a fish is secondary,” Patel said. “It’s all about being on the water and feeling like you’re a million miles from everything.” As the Liquid Coast Highway arrived to the albacore grounds, it was like another world. Whales were tearing through meatballs of anchovies. The massive bait balls swirled as though they were one single, giant creature; an evolutionary ploy to ward off predators. The ploy was not working all that well as 25- to 40-pound albacore joined the whales in the anchovy feast. Captain Jeremy Aoun pulled back on the throttles of the Liquid Coast Highway and told Patel to get bait in the water. In an instant, a big albacore’s shoulders came out of the water and swallowed up Patel’s sardine. Twenty minutes later, a gaff went in to a 33-pound albacore. Not only was this a nice catch, but Patel took over the jackpot lead on Liquid Coast Highway with the biggest fish of the season. Special trip: For 13-year-old Treveon Jones of Signal Hill, his first albacore trip on board the Liberty out of Long Beach Sportfishing last week was a special one. Jones not only caught his first albacore, but he caught the first albacore on the boat and the largest. “He did a great job on that fish,” Liberty captain Anthony Fisher said. “He is one heck of a fisherman and we can’t wait to have him on board again.” Fast start: Pam Sharp from Torrance took advantage of the Lobster opener Saturday by participating in the annual Lobster Mobster Tournament put on by Dive N’ Surf in Redondo Beach. “I met up with some friends about 9:30 p.m. at King Harbor,” Sharp said. “Lobster season was set to open at 12:01 Saturday morning, and we wanted to be out and anchored on their spot by the break wall at midnight.” Sharp was actually along for the ride, but her friends dove in and returned with bags full of the tasty critters after just 45 minutes. The largest lobster of the night weighed 41/2 pounds. “My friends were nice enough to send me home with four nice bugs (lobster).” Albacore galore: The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro returned with 40 yellowfin tuna and four albacore on Wednesday. Skipper Mike Frank reported seeing big areas of both yellowfin tuna and albacore. “Any day now,” Frank said. “The weather is really nice and if all this fish decides to bite, it’s going to get crazy.” The San Diego albacore had been slow for most of the week, but the New Lo-An had 30 big albacore early in the day and was seeing massive schools of the longfin tuna. In addition, New Lo-An skipper Markus Medak said he was seeing a lot of yellowfin tuna too. The Condor has a special two-day albacore/yellowfin tuna trip departing Sunday at 7 p.m. from San Diego for $300. More info or reservations, 310-328-8426. You can contact Friedman via e-mail at p976tuna@aol.com. Submit “Catch of the Week” photos via e-mail to sports@dailybreeze.com or mail them to Daily Breeze Sports Department, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90504.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

AWC now accepting applications for 2015-16

first_imgAwareness Washington County is currently accepting applications for the class of 2015-16 according to co-directors Debbie Mildenburger and Marji Morris.Awareness Washington County is a community leadership organization that began in 1983. Over 500 graduates have participated in the class and continue to take an active role in the community. Name______________________________________________Address________________________________________________________________________________________Home phone _____________work # ____________Occupation  _____________________________________Past and Current Community Involvement _________­_____________________________________________________________________________________________________Describe why you would like to be a participant in this program. What do you feel is your responsibility to the community? How do you hope to use the leadership skills acquired from the program?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ AWARENESS WASHINGTON COUNTY2016 PARTICIPATION APPLICATION Return to:              Debbie Mildenburger//Marji MorrisCo-Directors, Awareness Washington CountyP.O. Box 212Salem, IN 47167 The class meets monthly, September through May. Participants learn about the community. develop their personal leadership skills. Class members will actively explore the county’s history, local  economic and social issues, arts, and government. While guest speakers are a part of the class, the emphasis is on hands-on learning, discovery, and reflection.The class will select and implement a project, based on the members’ interest and perception of community need.Past projects include such areas as county beautification, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, leadership expansion, Lake Salinda development, and programs of benefit to youth, such as purchasing seats for the Pied Piper Theatre. The class of 2002 endowed a scholarship to honor community service and encourage young people to return to Salem after furthering their education. The 2003 class organized “Unify to Beautify Washington County,” a campaign to involve all parts of the community in cleaning up roadside dumps, streets and highways, and even creating a play area at the community park in Livonia.Another class formed Friends of Beck’s Mill, which provided the framework to  restore Beck’s Mill, a site rich in early history, beauty, and memories. More recently, the class of 2014 created the Fitness Station on Homer Street, and the class of 2015 is Lighting the Way by installing lights along the walking trail.Mildenburger and Morris encourage adults of all ages and backgrounds to apply for the class. “We would like to see the class reflect the diversity of the community,” Morris stated. “The greater the mix of people involved, the more successful the program will be.”Morris and Mildenburger will contact those who apply in order to set up an interview during the summer.  Between 20-25 people will be selected for the class.Applications should be submitted by July 30. An application form is included below. For further information, call 812-752-2278, 812-216-6505 or 812-896-1930 and leave a message.last_img read more

Avoiding Jobs (and Companies) that Suck

first_img The foundation under all of this is to treat the decision of where you will work as the critical, life-changing decision it is.  A great job at a great company can positively impact every aspect of your life for the better.  And, a terrible, soul-crushing job can negatively impact every aspect of your life.  This is a really important decision and we need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Great question: How do we avoid jobs and companies that suck?   It is heart breaking to me when I see talented people trudging away in jobs that either they don’t love or at companies where they don’t fit.  And, as you hint at, in almost every situation when you talk to someone who is in this kind of predicament, they almost always say something like “This isn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.”  They were toast before they even showed up to new hire orientation. What did I miss? Jason It doesn’t have to be this way. You asked what we can do to avoid ending up in the vortex of work suckage.  I’m no expert, but I’ve seen it enough to offer up some thoughts and suggestions that might help. Seek out a job before it’s a crisis.  If you really need a job or are desperate to leave where you are, you will almost always make a knee jerk decision because anything looks good when you are in that situation.  To make great decisions, you need time and perspective.  And, you need to be not only able to but willing to walk away from any job or company if it doesn’t feel right. Know what is most important to you.  Sadly, most people don’t spend the time to understand what really matters to them.  What kind of culture is a fit for you?  How do you know?  What kind of work do you want to do?  What kind of manager do you want to work for?  What kind of people do you want to work with?  If you can’t answer these questions with clarity, there is no way for you to evaluate a new opportunity for fit.  By not answering these questions, you are leaving the “fit” entirely up to luck.  That’s bad strategy. Interview the company.  Ask to meet with a number of people individually at the company you are considering and have a set of questions ready that are based on your answers to the “fit” questions above.  For example, you might ask the question “Tell me about the culture here” or “How would you decribe the atmosphere here at the organization?  Listen for consistency.  In a strong culture, all of the answers will sound similar.  If they aren’t, that’s a huge red flag.  When you interview the company, it’s not about showing them that you are interested, it’s about legitimately deciding if this is the right company for you. Look for reasons not to take the job. My experience has been that most of us go into a job interview looking for reasons to join a company so we tend to see only the things that appeal to us.  Instead, I think most people would be wise to go into a job interview looking for reasons not to join the company.  That doesn’t mean tanking the interview or being a jackass, but just being constantly on the lookout for danger signs. Seek out people who had what you want and left.  With social media, particularly LinkedIn, it’s easy to find people who have worked in the company you are considering, maybe even having done the exact job you are considering.  Ask them the same questions you asked in the interview process.  Ask this person why they left and if they’d ever go back.  Listen intently to what they say and how they say it.  Then, ask them if they know of others who have left who you could also reach out to and talk to.  The more info you collect, the more likely you are to have a really accurate picture of the company with which to make a decision. Don’t suck.  All of these suggestions assume that you are a desirable and sought-after talent.  So, you have to always be working to expand your value and your options.  Build your network.  Read a lot of books.  Take on stretch assignments in your current job.  Always be in the process of building your own value.  The more valuable you are, the more options you have.  When you don’t have a lot of options available to you, it’s likely you will have to adapt the strategy of simply taking the job available to you that sucks the least rather than going after a job you’d truly love. Joe, The great news is that we have control.  We get to make the decision about where we work and how we work.  The real issue is whether we’ll put in the time and energy to ensure we make the right choice. I’ve been in that spot a few times myself.  I’ve felt the pain of waking up to the very crushing reality that you made the wrong choice when you decided to take the job.  I felt discouraged.  I felt deceived.  I felt lost.  It sucks.  It’s a terrible thing to be in a job or a company where you don’t belong and where you can’t utilize the best of who you are.  And there are way too many people stuck in this situation.last_img read more

Feel Good: Top 10 Mood Apps and Visualizers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 2. WeFeelFine This year’s worthy Webby Award Winner WeFeelFine is an exercise in utter simplicity yet remarkable complexity. It’s as rich an experience as you want it to be. WFF trawls the web for bloggers’ comments and picks out posts that include “I feel” or “I am feeling.” Then the information that’s contained in those posts are referenced for location, author, time and weather, and used to create a startlingly organic and visually inviting world. The authors have documented their methodology painstakingly and offer an API for others to mash up their data. The same team also gives us Lovelines, which uses the mood-parsing kit from We Feel Fine, but looks for different key phrases.3. Moodviews Brilliant geekery here from the University of Amsterdam. It’s been going a bit longer than We Feel Fine, but essentially uses the same blogospheric data to fill its graphs and lists. This is a statistics lovers’ delight, and you can easily get lost in pages devoted to reactions to global events, such as Valentines Day or the Virginia Tech shootings. Badges are available to stick on your blog too, but the data the site receives is from LiveJournal users only. 4. MoodMill A newbie in this crowd, MoodMill is more of a Twitter hybrid than a truly new experience. Still, it’s a bit of fun for the emoticon addicts out there and does well what it is made to do. It’s well-designed and already has a Firefox Extension and WordPress Plugin to augment the core service. One to watch. 5. StateOfBrain The aptly named StateOfBrain is a Digg-alike social news service that hooks emotional ratings to the submitted link. The rating system is a bit confounding at first, bit it’s a novel approach and worth checking out. But those with refined visual palettes beware… it’s an aesthete’s nightmare.6. Moodjam If Piet Mondrian was alive today, and he was fired up about programming, we’re fairly certain he would have created Moodjam. It’s another mood logging device, but unusually in this space, it’s got its own Google Gadget. Visually, Moodjam sports some hot neoplastic style (okay, maybe it’s more like a TV test pattern, but regardless, it is rather pretty to look at). 7. Moodstats Moodstatsis a desktop application that acts as a hi-fi equalizer for your soul. Well, it’s not quite that amazing, but it tracks more than just your mood. It diarizes your stress levels, exercise regimen, and even how many emails you send a day. It then compares your stats with other users of the application. Pretty nifty stuff. We wonder if psychologists are going to jump on the bandwagon and start integrating it in their therapy sessions… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Emotions are everywhere you look on the Web. They’re bursting from blogs, coursing through comments, and flooding forums the world over. An with the rise of microblogging apps like Twitter and Tumblr, more people are wearing their hearts on their homepages, so to speak, than ever before. But on the whole is the Internet happy or sad, thoughtful or apathetic, aggravated or relaxed?There are, of course, ways to tell. So with that in mind, we thought it was high time we brought you a list of the best places you can go to see how the world is feeling (the headline text for each app is a link to it). We’re just touchy-feely like that…1. Benrikland Few of the entries here will be practical necessities in your digital life. No one knows this better than the tongue-in-cheek creators of Benrikland. But that’s just why this site is so addictive. It’s worth browsing for its many amusing features, but Benrikland’s mood chart and Love Hit Parade are particularly amusing. In the site’s own words, “Benrik’s World Mood Chart collates thousands of individual moods a day, providing an accurate reflection of the World Mood. You can enter your mood below daily to participate in this valuable global exercise.” The Love Hit Parade allows bloggers to either declare themselves in love, or meet in the ‘singles bar’, and assign each other love hearts and log their relationship ups and downs. 8. WordPress Mood Visualizer Plugin A keen student invented this dashing blog badge that allows users to blend visual panels into an approximation of how they’re feeling at any given time. The Visualizer plugin lets your users create a 100×100 visual comment on your blog to approximate their mood while reading your post. If there are more than two visual comments, they’re assembled into a mosaic blog badge that you can use to display the mood of your post as perceived by your readers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… andrew pipes 1 Tags:#Analysis#web 10. Facebook Mood Because it’s Facebook Week here on Read/WriteWeb, we’d be remiss not to point out Facebook’s Mood application by James Yu, which allows users to post their moods to their profile in a similar way as some of the sites listed above. It’s very similar to the built-in Status app, but is focused specifically on moods and uses icons to represent each mood.Have we missed out on your favourite mood-tracking app? Let us know in the comments. [Bonus points for whoever can identify the picture to right of this post’s intro. — Ed.] 9. Burst Labs Mood music for the wired generation. Burst Labs, which is a music production and licensing firm, lets users browse their catalog by the mood of the music instead of the traditional directory-trawling tedium. This is probably very helpful to music supervisors who need to match music to movie scenes or commercials. An equally useful and similar service that you might want to check out is Musicovery, which matches you with music based on mood, genre, and year (for example, inputting energetic/positive funk from the 2000s pointed me to the ever-upbeat Maceo Parker). Related Posts last_img read more

Video: Shoplifting Suspects Arrested During Theft

first_imgShoplifters in the East Bay targeted another Dick’s Sporting Goods Store in Pleasant Hill, California, Wednesday night, but the timely arrival of a police officer spoiled their getaway. Surveillance video shows the shameless heist as a group of teens is seen heading for the shops exit with armfuls of clothing.The shoplifters used the same tactics employed by thieves that hit another Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Fairfield that KPIX 5 reported on Wednesday. Those suspects were capture on cell phone video. This time around, the heist did not end as planned for the shoplifters… KPIX5 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Google Docs Adds Statistics, a New Font and More

first_imgYou can now view document statistics. Clicking the “Discussions” button and then the “Document stats” link will reveal graphs of views and discussions in the past seven days.Discussions Tags:#cloud#saas Discussions got a few tweaks:Each comment thread now shows the the selected text for that particular thread.E-mail notifications no longer use reverse chronological ordering. Instead the selected. and most recent comments are included at the top of the e-mail, and the other comments are included below that in chronological order.Long discussions are automatically collapsed to reduce clutter.Ubuntu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts The Ubuntu font was commissioned by Canonical for inclusion in its Linux distribution Ubuntu. It was designed by Dalton Maag. According to Google’s announcement, the font is designed to be used in many sizes, ranging from small captions to document body text to larger poster headlines.Ignore All in Spell-CheckThis is a minor but useful update: when using the Google Docs spell checker, you now have the option to ignore all instances of a word. Previously you could add a word to your own dictionary, but that would mean it would be ignored in every document you opened in Google Docs. Ignore all works on a per-document basis, so you don’t have to commit to adding a word to the dictionary in order to temporarily ignore it.Restore Deleted SitesGoogle already offered the ability to restore a deleted Google Site, but you needed to know the URL of the site you wanted to restore. As of last week, you can now view a list of your deleted sites from the My Sites dashboard. Sites will appear here for 30 days before being deleted permanently. From this list you can choose to restore a site, or to delete it permanently. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There were a few updates to Google Docs last week. Discussions, a new feature we covered previously, received some improvements – most notably, the ability to see how many times a document has been viewed. Google Docs also added a new font, made it easier to restore deleted sites and the spell checker gained an additional feature.Document Statistics Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finleylast_img read more