Women Lumberjacks Leave Behind Sawdust and Inspiration

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CHERRY VALLEY, N.Y. — Some of the country’s best lumberjacks were in Cherry Valley this weekend for the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series.

While the sport is usually associated with men, “lumberjills” like Erin LaVoie hope more women will give it a chance.

“It’s years really of training, getting your get together, you know, all of the help from everybody,” said LaVoie, 3rd place in the women’s division championship. “It’s really a lot that goes into just that 20 or 30 seconds of an event of just smashing into the wood.”

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Meet the man behind Comic Sans

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We’ve all seen Comic Sans; the typeface that’s both loathed and (secretly) admired—some people have even dedicated a website to educating people about the very limited use cases of comic sans! It’s made a huge global impact in the decades since its original use-case, Microsoft’s Bob program.

By 1996, it was popular enough to be preinstalled on every Macintosh computer that rolled off the assembly line, but how exactly did this font come to be? What mind was behind this ultra-kiddy font?

Check out this video and meet Vincent Connare, for all intents and purposes, the father of Comic Sans. When he came up with the idea for the font, he looked through stacks and stacks of comic books, which is probably unsurprising. In particular, he leafed through DC Comics’ Batman and Watchmen stories…and he was inspired!

Commissioned by Microsoft to create a font, Connare came up with a font that resembled the comic lettering he’d noticed in the stories’ speech and thought bubbles.

Unfortunately for Connare, his boss at the time, one Robert Norton, disliked his comic-inspired typeface. Norton thought the face ought to be more “typographic” and had something against its overall quirkiness and weirdness. Connare persisted and defended Comic Sans’ ability to stand out, as it looked markedly different than anything people would look at in their school textbooks. Even so, Comic Sans didn’t make it into Bob’s final release, but ultimately, Connare had the last laugh.

Today, comic sans is freely viewable all over the world! While the font is definitely overexposed, Connare does nonetheless get a huge amount of gratification from all the places he’s seen the font when he travels. Whether it’s in neon signs for small businesses or on war memorials and packages of bread, Connare is vindicated.

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To hear Connare put it, he has no regrets surrounding the font. On the contrary, while he freely admits that comic sans definitely isn’t one of the better forms of art, it is still, conceptually, the very best thing that he’s ever accomplished in his career, in all likelihood.

All told, not a bad outcome for a guy who worked as a typographic engineer at Microsoft and, arguably, whose most famous font never saw the light of day in the original Microsoft program for which it was intended. Interestingly, Connare was also a contributor for other famous faces such as Trebuchet.

To understand why he came up with comic sans in the first place, we have to understand his philosophy on art. Good art was art that was noticed while bad art was art that no one noticed and, therefore, was a failure.

 

 

 

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Microsoft and HPE throw their weight behind Mesosphere

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Cloud computing startup Mesosphere made its mark early with large companies like Twitter and Netflix, and on Thursday the company got a fresh boost from two more tech giants: Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Built on the open-source Apache Mesos project credited with helping Twitterkill its “Fail Whale,” the company has closed $73.5 million in a Series C funding round led by HPE, with participation from Microsoft as a new strategic investor.

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Designed to help enterprises build microservices-based applications, run big-data systems and operate massive production container environments, Mesosphere’s Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) is “the most exciting new enterprise operating system since Linux,” said Lak Ananth, managing director at Hewlett Packard Ventures, in a statement.

HPE and Microsoft provided “the lion’s share” of the funds in this latest round, said Matt Trifiro, Mesosphere’s senior vice president, in an interview on Wednesday. The new infusion brings Mesosphere’s total funding to date to nearly $126 million.

DCOS is used at a massive scale by customers including Verizon. It’s also a key component of Microsoft’s Azure Container Service. The open-source core of DCOS, Apache Mesos, was the platform on which Apache Spark was built as well.

“Mesosphere is at the center of three of the biggest tech trends today: cloud, containerization and microservices,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division, in a statement. DCOS is preferred by Microsoft’s enterprise customers because of the maturity of its container orchestration technology, he added.

The strategic investment from HPE and Microsoft is “a validation of Mesosphere’s container orchestration and DCOS software,” said Jay Lyman, a research manager with 451 Research.

Container scheduling, management and orchestration technologies are increasingly critical in enterprises, Lyman added.

In addition to forming the basis for Microsoft’s Azure Container Service, DCOS will also soon run on Windows Server as well as Linux thanks to the collaboration between the two firms, Trifiro said. That technology is expected to enter beta later this quarter.

Also on Thursday Mesosphere announced Velocity, a new product for continuous integration and deployment, as well as version 1.0 of its Marathoncontainer orchestration platform.

 

[Source:- CW]

Snapchat to go behind scenes at NCAA tournament

Snapchat will deliver "live stories" including behind-the-scenes footage from the "March Madness" NCAA baske

Snapchat will deliver “live stories” including behind-the-scenes footage from the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament under a partnership announced on March 10, 2016

Snapchat will deliver “live stories” including behind-the-scenes footage from the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament under a partnership announced Thursday.

Turner Sports, the Time Warner unit which is one of the broadcasters for the annual collegiate tournament, announced a multiyear deal with the social network known for its disappearing messages which will allow Snapchat-contributed video from a variety of live sporting events.

The deal allows Snapchatters “to contribute their unique perspectives through video and photo Snaps” which will be compiled into a brief video that can be broadcast globally to millions of fans, according to a statement.

The videos will include various advertising products, including “vertical video ads” which will be interspersed throughout the content.

“There is nothing more powerful on social than a passionate sports fan expressing their emotions during that pivotal moment of a game,” said Seth Ladetsky of Turner Sports.

“While providing fans the tools to enhance their shared experiences, we are also creating an opportunity for advertisers to showcase their brand in an organic environment rich with engagement and interaction.”

[Source:- Phys.org]

Snapchat to go behind scenes at NCAA tournament

Snapchat will deliver "live stories" including behind-the-scenes footage from the "March Madness" NCAA baske

Snapchat will deliver “live stories” including behind-the-scenes footage from the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament under a partnership announced on March 10, 2016

Snapchat will deliver “live stories” including behind-the-scenes footage from the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament under a partnership announced Thursday.

Turner Sports, the Time Warner unit which is one of the broadcasters for the annual collegiate tournament, announced a multiyear deal with the social network known for its disappearing messages which will allow Snapchat-contributed video from a variety of live sporting events.

The deal allows Snapchatters “to contribute their unique perspectives through video and photo Snaps” which will be compiled into a brief video that can be broadcast globally to millions of fans, according to a statement.

The videos will include various advertising products, including “vertical video ads” which will be interspersed throughout the content.

“There is nothing more powerful on social than a passionate sports fan expressing their emotions during that pivotal moment of a game,” said Seth Ladetsky of Turner Sports.

“While providing fans the tools to enhance their shared experiences, we are also creating an opportunity for advertisers to showcase their brand in an organic environment rich with engagement and interaction.”

[Source:- Phys.org]