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Rivals.com recently published that USC(South Carolina) had out recruited Clemson in the last 10 years. I decided to take a closer look and what I found was that USC ranks higher only because the over sign each year. Their class sizes are are almost always bigger and based on Rivals point system this sometimes means they rank higher than a team with fewer high quality signees (See 2009 as an example. Clemson had a much smaller but much higher quality class). However the quality of their players on average is not better than Clemson. Since college teams have a fixed roster size, quality is what really matters. USC is having to force players to leave it’s program or is signing kids that will not qualify. In both cases it falsely inflates their recruiting numbers. This is particularly evident in the last 5 years.
Last ten years: Clemson avg stars 3.15 vs USC 3.13
Last five years: Clemson avg stars 3.35 vs USC 3.26
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Well as many aquarists know, when you buy live rock you are bound to get unwanted guests stowed away inside the rock. One such pest is the Mantis Shrimp. Unlike other shrimp species, the Mantis is a very aggressive hunter of anything it can catch including all the expensive cohabitants. The main issue covered in this article is how to get it out of the tank. The problem is that they live and hide in the small holes in live rock. When they are scared they retreat into the rock which makes it very difficult to extract them.
If you can isolate the shrimp to one piece of rock then you have several options. Most people suggest one of the following:
1) Leave the rock in an empty bucket (no water) and eventually the Shrimp will come out. [Did not work for me]
2) Dip the rock in fresh water and he will come out, but it may kill everything else in the rock.
3)Dip the rock in cold salt water, see number 2.
Since all of these failed or were to risk, I cam up with my own solution. (After hours of pondering mind you)
I use a can of compressed air and sprayed it into several holes. The air is very cold and did chase out several worms, but it also forced out and killed the shrimp. My compressed air was a can of keyboard cleaner air.
Hope that help someone.
If you cannot remove the rock or if you cannot confine the shrimp to one piece of rock then you need to use a trap and have lots of patience. I used a trap built from an empty soda bottle attached to fishing line and eventually it worked.
I was watching the Spring 2011 release video for Salesforce.com and was struck by how compelling the Chatter example was. Any size company could use it for these reasons. Watch the video below. I have tagged it to start at the right spot, so you can just watch until you want to stop.
I recently returned from a dive vacation aboard the Kona Aggressor II in Kona, Hawaii. It was a fantastic trip in which I saw many amazing things. One of the most amazing was a night dive to see the Manta Rays feeding. Please enjoy this video. I shot it with my digital still camera so the quality is not perfect.
Issue: Is it normal for CRM 4.0 to confirm saved changes of a record with possible dupes, even if those dupes are inactive? Once we de-dupe records, the inferior record is inactivated, so it doesn’t show up in a search. But if you try to edit the record you kept, it still asks you to look at possible dupe records before saving the changes, even if the dupes are inactive. Is it possible to have the system ignore inactive records when asking for confirmation? Or is this just a sign that we need to be periodically purging our inactive records?
Resolution: Great Question. Dupes are found using the duplicate detection rules. These rules can have criteria to decide on a match. If you add a criteria that the State (Active/Inactive) needs to match,it will cause it to only find Active records. The images below show where I found these settings. Note there are 2 different rules for finding contact matches.
Now this is a creative and provocative idea. Think of the possibilities. With enough of these blocks you could have one giant wall sized TV, several small TVs showing different content, even a display that follows you through the house. How do I join the Beta test.
Julia Yu Tsao
Graduate Thesis Project, Fall 2009
Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design
Animation in Maya, http://www.shadedbox.com.
Sound Design by Jason Chung, http://www.nosajthing.com.
Curious Displays functions simultaneously as a form of design research and as a proposal for a new product, a future display technology.
The project explores our relationship with devices and technology by examining the multi-dimensionality of communication and the complexity of social behavior and interaction. In its essence, the project functions as a piece of design fiction, considering the fluctuating nature of our present engagement with media technology and providing futurist imaginings of other ways of being.
Curious Displays is a product proposal for a new platform for display technology. Instead of a fixed form factor screen, the display surface is instead broken up into hundreds of ½ inch display blocks. Each block operates independently as a self-contained unit, and has full mobility, allowing movement across any physical surface. The blocks operate independently of one another, but are aware of the position and role relative to the rest of the system. With this awareness, the blocks are able to coordinate with the other blocks to reconfigure their positioning to form larger display surfaces and forms depending on purpose and function. In this way, the blocks become a physical embodiment of digital media, and act as a vehicle for the physical manifestation of what typically exists only in the virtual space of the screen.
Traditionally, displays are fixed-size/ratio surfaces that provide an entry point to a defined experience with digital media content. This content is varied–informational, filmic, auditory, at times even spatial. However, the relationship between the user and the digital entities within the defined surface of the screen creates a sense of fragmentation between two distinct spaces. The virtual space of the screen provides a surface for media content to come alive, but is a distinct and marked separation from the physical space that the user occupies.
Projection begins to create a kind of a hybrid space for the physical and virtual to blend. Projection can appear anywhere. It can appear on any surface at any given time, and can disappear again just as quickly, providing many space-saving benefits and new opportunities for mixed reality interaction and augmentation. However, the nature of such a transitory medium defies basic rules that are core to our understanding of the physical world. This begs the question of how virtual objects and entities can manifest themselves in the physical world without the “here one minute, gone the next” nature of the projection medium.
Curious Display “blocks” are tangible and tactile. They occupy and move through physical space, and are thus subject to the same spatial rules and limitations faced by any other physical objects. These constraints lend themselves to potentially interesting outcomes in terms of interactivity and negotiation. An abundance of questions quickly begin to surface–how do they move? How do they behave? Does this movement and behavior begin to allude to the development of a type of personality? How does one communicate with them? Where do they go when you’re not using them? What role do they take on in our daily lives?
I am not sure if I want to be an iPhone. While this looks cool, I am not sure we will need it since we will likely always have a device like the Droid in our pocket. Also, the future of ‘digital’ fabric is promising and that would be a much better delivery method. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
Video courtesy of Chris Harrison