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  • Photography question

    09/19/2017 11:49:05 AM PDT · by TermLimitsforAll · 7 replies
    myself | 09/13/2017 | Michael Thiede
    So I'm looking at getting another lens for my Nikon D60. I don't have anything other than a working knowledge of the camera with zero formal photography classes. I have the original lens that came with the camera and a 70-300 zoom. What I shoot a lot of is elementary and middle school football games and sideline cheerleading. I was thinking a wide angle lens would be a great addition but don't know where to begin. I was looking at this lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED but didn't want to spend the 900.00 for a lens that might...
  • Russian Helicopters May Have Fired on Bystanders at Zapad Military Drills [video of event at link]

    09/19/2017 11:12:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep 19, 2017 — 11:47 — Update: 15:18
    Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a helicopter accidentally fired on bystanders at the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the online news portal cited a source as saying on Tuesday. The week-long drills in Western Russia and neighboring Belarus kicked off last week, with around 13,000 troops, hundreds of tanks, aircraft, warships and other military hardware participating. The incident reportedly took place at the Luzhsky range near St. Petersburg either on Monday or Sunday. President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. The unnamed source told that there appeared to have been a technical glitch on board...
  • Catering to coyotes? Arlington Heights residents concerned about mysterious meals left at park

    09/19/2017 10:31:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | Sept 18,, 2017 | Karen Ann Cullotta
    Dino Bolos, 43, who lives in the Northgate neighborhood with his wife and their four children, said he first noticed the carefully prepared meals earlier this summer under a tree in Centennial Park after his dog, Lucy, lunged on her leash to try and retrieve a tempting pork chop. Even though he assumed the chop was left behind by someone picnicking in the park, Bolos said he discovered that someone had carefully arranged an entire slab of ribs beneath the same tree a week later. Bolos said that while he and his neighbors have not yet witnessed a person drop...
  • Study of Martian Sedimentary Layers Reveals More About the Planet’s Past

    09/19/2017 10:20:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universe today ^ | 19 Sep , 2017 | Matt Williams
    For years, Aeolis Dorsa has been of interest to scientists since it contains some of the most densely-packed sedimentary layers on Mars, which were deposited by flowing water (aka. fluvial deposits). These deposits are visible from orbit because of the way they have undergone a process known as “topographic inversion” – which consists of deposits filling low river channels, then being exhumed to create incised valleys. By definition, incised valleys are topographic lows produced by “riverine” erosion – i.e. relating to a river or riverbank. On Earth, these valleys are commonly created by rising sea levels, and then filled with...
  • Sports Business Journal: ESPN Insiders Worried That the Network Isn’t ‘Serving Sports Fans’

    09/19/2017 10:10:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 19, 2017 | Warren Todd Huston
    After a series of high-profile missteps, ESPN insiders are worried that the network’s mission of “serving sports fans,” is becoming hard to believe. Over the last few weeks, three incidents befell ESPN that sent network executives scrambling to recover from the public relations embarrassments which caused so much “angst” inside the cable sports network, according to Sports Business Journal.
  • SPIRE changes to include more gender and sexual orientation options

    09/19/2017 10:00:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 3 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 9/19/17 | Buyinza
    Not only are students able to indicate their gender and sexual orientation, they are able to update this information over the course of their time at UMass. Students can log in to their SPIRE account and under “Gender and Sexual Identity” in the “My Personal Information” tab, they are given options such as androgyne, trans, bisexual and more. High school students applying to UMass through The Common Application are given the option to indicate their gender and sexuality as well.
  • CONSUMER WISE: How to spot a flood damaged vehicle

    09/19/2017 9:50:29 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 32 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Angie Moreschi
    "After major hurricanes like Irma and Harvey, consumers looking to buy a used car need to beware of flood-damaged vehicles.It's estimated more than a half-million will hit the market in coming months.( emphasis mine) "There is a racket out there where people will buy these cars cheap from the auction, re-do them, and then try to pass them off as a reliable clean car," Toyota of Tampa Bay Service Director Gregg Willard said. "As a dealer, I'm very worried, so as a consumer, you should definitely be worried." Signs of Trouble Inside "Trust your nose," Willard said. "If you smell...
  • ‘It’s nasty, it’s disgusting to me’: Angry woman abuses military veteran after he brought his...

    09/19/2017 9:23:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 122 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 19, 2017 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: ‘It’s nasty, it’s disgusting to me’: Angry woman abuses military veteran after he brought his PTSD dog inside restaurant Shocking footage captures the moment a woman rages at a military veteran after he brought his PTSD dog inside restaurant. Workers and diners queued up to defend the serviceman who remained silent during the unpleasant verbal onslaught. Holding the lead, the veteran stands near his dog, which appears to be a Great Dane mix with an official military coat wrapped around its body. The animals help victims of serious injury or accident feel safe during potentially difficult social situations....
  • ames Corden Denies Kissing Sean Spicer — Then Apologizes, Sort of

    09/19/2017 9:21:53 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2017 | GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO
    The internet was ablaze on Monday with debate over whether the Emmys broadcast — and the after-parties that followed — had helped rehabilitate the image of the former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. James Corden was in one of the most incriminating photographs, caught trying to give Mr. Spicer a kiss on the cheek. On “The Late Late Show” on Monday, Mr. Corden first tried denying it, taking a page from the Spicer-Trump playbook. “Now, I know you think that’s a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer, but in the spirit of Sean Spicer, no, it isn’t.” — JAMES...
  • Naval nurses booted over disturbing pics, posts of ‘mini Satan’ newborns

    09/19/2017 9:14:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    ny post ^ | September 19, 2017 | By Lia Eustachewich
    Nurses at a naval hospital in Florida have been booted from their posts after sick photos went viral of them rudely posing with newborn babies and referring to the tots as “mini Satans.” One of the pics posted to Snapchat shows Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, flipping the bird to a baby who’s wrapped in a blanket, along with the caption, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” according to Action News Jacksonville. In another photo, Thompson grins as she holds a baby up by its arms. The pic was shared by a woman who identified...
  • German WW-1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

    09/19/2017 8:23:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 09-19-2017 | Staff
    The wreck of a German submarine that sank during World War One has been found in the North Sea and officials believe 23 bodies may be inside it. The type UB-II submarine is said to be in good condition, lying at a depth of 30m (100ft) off the Belgian coast. "The submarine is in such good condition that we reckon all the bodies are still on board," said West Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwé. The vessel is thought to have been sunk by a mine. Mr Decaluwé told reporters on Tuesday that the location of the wreck was being kept under...
  • Could It Be ALDS Or Bust For Yankees’ Skipper Joe Girardi?

    09/19/2017 8:15:17 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    The Runner Sports ^ | August 9, 2017 | Griffin Fuller
    The 2017 season was going to be an interesting one for the New York Yankees no matter how good the team was going to be on paper. With a new roster setup that aimed to be younger, the mindset for many for the Bronx Bombers was a repeat of last season. Perhaps compete for one of the two Wild Card spots but fall short once again. While that would normally mean riots in the streets of New York, Yankees fans seemed to accept that idea. With more organizational depth than many fans could remember, a reboot/rebuild atmosphere around the club...
  • FINALLY ..... a President with balls.

    09/19/2017 7:50:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 100 replies
    President Trump at the UN ^ | September 19, 2017 | knarf
    One syllable words, well composed and targeted.THANK YOU, MR.PRESIDENT.
  • A 1996 video describing how voice, text and multimedia sources could be gathered by the government

    09/19/2017 7:26:54 AM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    It's 21 years old, but interesting to see what was being proposed to the government as a way of collecting massive amounts of data and automatically processing it. This was before nav units in cars were common, and portable interaction was normal. Another earlier video, our first home production, describes more nitty-gritty data collection by topic in various languages, with people able to correct and adjust confidence in the collected data. PLUM is referenced in the video above.PLUM - Probabilistic Language Understanding ModelAnd the government has now had two decades to refine their massive data collection techniques.
  • Jann Wenner really blew it with Rolling Stone [No Buyers]

    09/19/2017 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | September 18, 2017 | By Keith J. Kelly
    Jann Wenner has landed between a rock and a hard place as he struggles to sell Rolling Stone. The 71-year-old publishing magnate will pay dearly for clinging to the rock-and-roll magazine he founded 50 years ago, sources told The Post, as prospective buyers have evaporated along with music fans’ habit of buying glossy print titles at newsstands. “Jann knows he made his mark on American culture already and he is a realist,” said author Joe Hagan, whose biography on Wenner, titled “Sticky Fingers,” is set to hit next month from Random House. “The landscape has changed and he was not...
  • TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY September 19

    09/19/2017 7:08:42 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 27 replies
    All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day...
  • On this day in 1863

    09/19/2017 6:57:03 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 19 replies
    General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee launched an all-out attack on Major General William Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland near Chickamauga Creek in North Western Georgia. When the fighting ended, Bragg had won the biggest battle in the Western theater of the Civil War. In all, 34,600 men, out of a total of 125,000 men in both armies, were casualties.
  • Vanity - Hillary Clinton & Stephen Colbert, etc.

    09/19/2017 6:23:24 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 6 replies
    Thanks to the Great God Almighty in Heaven, who has seen fit to bestow the grand American Republic with the likes of insane, misfit, buffoons, Hillary Clinton and Stephen the official destroyers of the Democrat Party, politically. They have nary a clue of the results of their insane actions, laughable at best, idiotic at worst....but keep it coming Clinton/Colbert...we, the American people love it as the the Democrat Party is destroyed politically right before our very eyes. Simply just love the self-induced suicide of what once was a decent political filled with morons, idiots and clowns. Oh...and please...
  • TV ratings hit new low for Chargers in San Diego

    09/19/2017 4:54:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    San Diego Tribune ^ | September 18, 2017 | Jay Posner
    The Chargers made some history Sunday, and they did it, in all places, San Diego. The Nielsen TV rating for the Chargers-Dolphins game on KFMB Channel 8 was measured at 12.3. That’s the lowest rating for a Chargers game in this market since at least 1998, according to Union-Tribune records, which date back to the start of the 1999 season.
  • Saturday’s Texas-USC had more in attendance than Sunday’s Rams and Chargers games. Combined.

    09/19/2017 4:52:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    SB Nation ^ | September 18, 2017 | Christian D'Andrea
    The Los Angeles Rams are trending upward. A rocky first season in L.A. gave way to a 1-0 start in 2017. Last year’s worst offensive team exploded for 46 points against the Colts, giving former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff his first win as a starting quarterback and setting the tone for a promising year. The local fans, however, haven’t seemed to notice.