Archive | June, 2013

The Cubs takes 2 out of 3 from the Mariners

30 Jun

 

After yesterdays heartbreaking loss in the 11th inning the Seattle Mariners look to win two out of three against the Chicago Cubs. They send Jeremy Bonderman to the mound. Bonderman has been doing a good job as of late despite his 1-1 3.30 era record.

The 1st inning starts as ex-Mariner Luis Valbuena steps into the batter’s box where he pops up to Endy Chavez. Next up is Starlin Castro who hits a ground ball to Nick Franklin. Nate Schierholtz comes up and hits a fly balls to Endy Chavez to end the top of the inning. The Mariners half of the inning starts with Endy Chavez stepping up to the plate where he hits a double. Nick Franklin is next and he strikes out. That brings up Raul Ibanez where he hits a sacrifice fly moving Chavez to third. Kendrys Morales hits a ground ball to second to end the inning.

The 2nd inning sees Alfonso Soriano up and he hits a double. Anthony Rizzo is next and hits a double to score Soriano to make it 1-0 Cubs. Dioner Navarro is next and he hits a ground ball to Nick Franklin. Brian Bogusevic is up next and gets an RBI double to make it 2-0 Cubs. That brings up Darwin Barney who hits and RBI double. Welington Castillo steps into the batter’s box where he strikes out. Luis Valbuena steps in for his second at bat and hits a fly ball to Jason Bay to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager starts the Mariners half of the inning where he hits a ground ball for the first out. Justin Smoak is next and he hits a ground ball to the first baseman. Jason Bay steps up and he hits a fly ball to center to end the 2nd.

The 3rd starts as Starlin Castro steps up to the plate and he hits a fly ball for out one. Nate Schierholtz steps up where he is hit by a pitch. That brings up Alfonso Soriano who strikes out. Anthony Rizzo steps in for his second at bat and he walks to give the Cubs two runners without a base hit. Dioner Navarro walks up to the plate where he walks to load the bases. That brings up Brian Bogusevic who hits a fly ball to Raul Ibanez to end the top of the inning. Brad Miller leads off for the Mariners and he hits a ground ball for out number one. Henry Blanco steps up to the plate where he gets a single. That brings up Endy Chavez and he hits a double to give the Mariners two on base. That brings up Nick Franklin who hits a ground ball for an out but Blanco scores to make it 3-1 Cubs. Raul Ibanez is up and he strikes out to end the 3rd.

Darwin Barney leads of for the Cubs in the 4th and he gets a double. That brings up Welington Castillo and Kyle Seager commits an error letting the ball go into left field and Castillo goes to second while Barney scores. Back to the top of the order for Luis Valbuena who hits a ground ball for the first out. Starlin Castro steps into the batter’s box where he hits an RBI single. Blake Beavin takes over the pitching duties with the Cubs leading 5-1 in the 4th. Nate Schierholtz steps in and he hits a fly ball to Jason Bay. Alfonso Soriano steps up to the plate where he hits an RBI double to make it 6-1 Cubs. Anthony Rizzo is next and he hits an RBI single scoring Soriano. Dioner Navarro steps up to the plate and he hits a ground ball to finally end the top of the inning. Kendrys Morales steps in as the Mariners try to come back from a 7-1 deficit and he strikes out. Kyle Seager is up next where he strikes out. Justin Smoak steps in to the batter’s box and he walks to first. Smoak takes second on a wild pitch. That brings up Jason Bay who lines out to end the 4th.

Brian Bogusevic start off the 5th for the Cubs and he hits a ground ball for the first out. Darwin Barney is next and he hits a fly ball to Endy Chavez. That brings up Welington Castillo who strikes out to end the top of the inning. Brad Miller starts off the 5th for the Mariners and he hits a double for his first major league hit. That brings up Henry Blanco who hits a ground ball for out number one. Endy Chavez is up next and strikes out. Nick Franklin is up next and he gets an RBI single. Raul Ibanez steps up to the plate where he hits a ground ball to end the 5th.

Luis Valbuena starts the 6th and he strikes out. Starlin Castro steps in and strikes out. Nate Schieroltz is next as he gets a single. That brings up Alfonso Soriano who hits a fly ball to Jason Bay to end the top of the 6th. Kendrys Morales starts the Mariners half of the inning and he strikes out. Kyle Seager is up next where he hits a fly ball for out two. Justin Smoak steps up and he hit a ground ball to end the 6th.

Anthony Rizzo will lead off the 7th and he grounds out. Dioner Navarro is next and grounds out. That brings up Brian Bogusevic who grounds out to end the top of the inning. Jason Bay starts the Mariners half of the inning who hits a home run to make it 7-3 Cubs. That brings up Brad Miller who hits a double. Henry Blanco is the next batter who strikes out for the first out in the inning. Back to the top of order for Endy Chavez flies out. Nick Franklin steps in and he hits a ground ball to end the 7th.

Darwin Barney leads off the 8th for the Cubs and strikes out. Welington Castillo is up next where he pops up to Nick Franklin. Back to the top of the order for Luis Valbuena who hits a fly ball to Jason Bay to end the top of the inning. Raul Ibanez is up first in the Mariners half of the inning and he hits his 19th home run of the season. Kendrys Morales is up and he hits a single. Kyle Seager steps up to the plate where he hits a 2-run homer to make it a one run game. Justin Smoak steps up to the plate who flies out. That brings up Jason Bay who walks down to first. Jason Bay goes to second on a wild pitch to Brad Miller. Brad Miller steps up next and he walks. Mike Zunino pinch hits for Henry Blanco and he pops out. That brings up Endy Chavez who grounds out to end the 8th.

Tom Wilhelmsen takes over the pitching duties for the Mariners in the 9th. Starlin Castro starts off and he flies out to Jason Bay. Nate Schierholtz steps up to the plate and grounds out. That brings up Alfonso Soriano who strikes out to end the top of the inning. Nick Franklin starts off the bottom of the inning for the Mariners where he strikes out. Raul Ibanez walks up to the plate and he grounds out. Kendrys Morales is the Mariners last hope and he strikes out to end the game. Final score 7-6 Cubs.

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Texas police don’t see humour in teen’s Facebook comment

30 Jun

 

There use to be a commercial that had a mother and daughter arguing that just because you put a winky face at the end of a text it doesn’t make it better. A Texas teen learned the hard way that the same goes for writing post on Facebook even if you put lol or jk at the end.

As with many teenagers, Justin Carter, enjoys playing online multi-player games. His game is “League of Legends”, a game where two teams of players battle against one another. After one round of the game Justin was posting on Facebook with a fellow gamer. The conversation was mostly like geared toward that days play when the other person made a comment to Justin about crazy and messed up in the head. Begin sarcastic Justin made the following comment: “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He followed up his comment with lol (laughing out loud) and jk (just kidding).

Justin might have meant his comment as a joke but one woman in Canada didn’t see it that way. When she was scrolling through her Facebook feed and came across his comment she was horrified. She quickly did a search on Justin Carter and found that he lived in Texas and sure enough there was a elementary school near where he lived. She called the police where she informed them about the comment. Apparently the police didn’t think it was a joke either since they picked him up and hauled him off to jail.

“Justin was the kind of kid who didn’t read the newspaper. He didn’t watch television. He wasn’t aware of current events. These kids, they don’t realize what they’re doing. They don’t understand the implications. They don’t understand public space,” said Jack Carter, Justin’s dad, in an interview with local station KHOU.com. He later added “These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made”.

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The Mariners squeak by the Cubs

29 Jun

 

The last couple of months have seen just about everything go wrong that can go wrong, for the Seattle Mariners. There have been injury’s to key players, bad calls, bad fielding, players being sent down or released, new players being called up and even bad pitching from the normally stellar King Felix. Many of us were starting to think that our team was destined to never win another game. Tonight was a game to make us think that their fortune might finally be changing for the better.

The game started shortly after 7:00 p.m. PT as Hasashi Iwakuma took to the mound to face the Chicago Cubs. The 1st inning went just as we have come to expect from Iwakuma as he gets the first player to ground out to short. The next player flies out to right field. The third player up in the inning strikes out to end the top of the 1st. The Mariners half of the inning starts with Endy Chavez stepping up and flies out. Nick Franklin is next up and he strikes out. Kyle Seager steps up next and he strikes out to end the The 2nd inning sees Iwakuma running into some trouble as Sariano starts the inning off with a single. The next batter lines out. Then Sweeney steps up to the plate where he hits a ball into the right field corner for an RBI triple. Then an errant throw from Endy Chavez coupled with a fluke bounce allows Sweeney to score. The game gets back on track as the next two batters ground out and strike out to end the top of the 2nd. In the Mariners half of the inning Kendrys Morales starts out by striking out. Raul Ibanez is next up and he grounds out. Jason Bay walks to give the Mariners a man on base. Dustin Ackley steps up to the plate and fouls out to end the 2nd.

The 3rd inning goes much better for Iwakuma as the first batter grounds out. The next batter flies out. The third batter pops up to end the top of the inning. The Mariners half of the 3rd sees Mike Zunino step up and fly out. The newest Mariner Brad Miller steps up for his first at bat and lines out to end the 3rd.

The 4th starts off good for the Mariners as the first batter grounds out. The next batter strikes out for out number two. Rizzo is the next batter and he doubles making some trouble for Iwakuma. The next batter strikes out to end the top of the inning. The bottom of the inning starts out good for the Mariners as Nick Franklin steps in and hits a double. Kyle Seager strikes out for the first out. Next it is Kendrys Morales and he strikes out. Raul Ibanez is up next and flies out to end the 4th.

The 5th inning goes smooth for Iwakuma as he gets the Cubs out in order again. In the bottom of the inning Jason Bay starts it off with a home run to cut the Cubs lead in half. Dustin Ackley is up next and he flies out. Mike Zunino steps up next and grounds out. Brad miller steps in for his second at bat and walks. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez and he pops out to end the 5th.

The 6th sees Iwakuma once again get the Cubs in order. Nick Franklin starts off for the Mariners and pops out. Kyle Seager is next where he flies out. Kendrys Morales steps in and hits a single to give the Mariners some hope in the inning. Raul Ibanez steps in next and lines out to end the 6th.

The 7th proves trouble once again for Iwakuma as the first batter hits a home run. The next two batters go out with a strike out and a fly out. Then the next batter hits another home run to make it 4-1 Cubs. The next batter hits a single making it look like more trouble for the Mariners. The next batter hits into a fielder’s choice and then gets thrown out trying to steal second. It is the Mariners turn and Jason Bay starts off with a walk. Dustin Ackley is up next and he strikes out. Mike Zunino is the next batter and he hits a single. Brad Miller steps in the batter’s box and hits into a fielder’s choice for an RBI. With two outs Endy Chavez flies out to end the inning.

The 8th inning sees Iwakuma get the Cubs in order again. In the Mariners half of the inning it starts off with Nick Franklin hitting a double. Kyle Seager is up next and grounds out. Kendrys Morales is next and he hits an RBI double. Raul Ibanez is up next and he hits an RBI triple to tie the game. Jason Bay keeps the inning going with a walk. Dustin Ackley is up next and hits into a fielder’s choice move Bay to second. Mike Zunino is next and strikes out to end the 8th.

Oliver Perez takes over the pitching duties and strikes out the side. In their half of the inning the Mariners only need one run to win. Brad Miller steps in first and strikes out. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who flies out. Nick Franklin is next and hits a single making it look promising for a win. Kyle Seager is up next and flies out to end the 9th.

Medina takes over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Extra innings begin with the Cubs getting a single. The next batter hits into a double play. The next batter steps up to the plate and lines out to end the top of the 10th. Once again the Mariners only need one run. Micheal Saunders steps up first for the Mariners and he walks. Raul Ibanez is next and he walks to give the Mariners two on base. Jason Bay then hits a sacrifice ground ball to third. Justin Smoak is up next and he is intentionally walked to load the bases. Mike Zunino is up next and hits a game winning single.

The excitement isn’t over though since the Mariners are having their first ever fireworks show at Safeco Field. The show is a spectacular 12 minute display showing some of the highlights from the 1995 season. At one point the fireworks erupt into a golden waterfall cascading over the edge of Safeco. The show came to a crescendo as the 1812 overture played and came to a great end as it looked like the stadium was exploding in one final display.

 

NASA is out to decode the mysterious Sun

29 Jun

 

Thursday night NASA turned their attention to one of the biggest and mysterious bodies in our solar system. At 6:30 p.m. PT (9:30 p.m. ET) a plane took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a Pegasus XL rocket. That rocket was released from the plane, at 39,000 feet, to carry out its mission of placing NASA’s IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) Satellite into orbit to observe and figure out the mysterious yellow orb we call the Sun.

“We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington. “IRIS will help scientists understand the mysterious and energetic interface between the surface and corona of the sun.”

Throughout human history the Sun has been looked upon in awe. Religions have been built around it, astrologers have studied it and it even played a big part in a novel when Mark Twain wrote about an eclipse in his novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court”. That awe continues in modern day as we all look up at the Sun wonder about just why it makes so much of of an impact on our everyday lives. Hopefully IRIS will finally give us some of the answers and make that big star a little less mystical to us.

“What causes this rise? How does the energy transfer from the surface, the cool surface, to this hot outer atmosphere?” Jeffrey Newmark, IRIS program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said Tuesday during a pre-launch briefing. “These are the questions that IRIS, the science of IRIS, is going to address.”

It is inevitable that no matter how much NASA learns from there will always be more questions then answers.

 

Seattle start up Familiar gives us an easier way to share our slide shows

28 Jun

 

There are plenty of apps, for your smartphones and tablets, that will use the pictures stored on your device to make slide shows. These apps are fine if all of the pictures you want to include are on your device and if you are he only you are going to view the slide show. The problem is what if you have picture on Facebook, Instagram and Picasa that you want to include in your slide show or want to share your slide show with someone else?

Familiar, a 2 year-old start up company from Seattle, has just the app you need to solve your problem. There apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, Android and Kindle Fire allows you to bring photos from your device together with Instagram, Picasa and Facebook to make slide shows that you came share with friends and family. Using this app you can send a slide show of your latest travels or recent baby activity to your relatives.

“Family photos are meant to be seen and should be brought out of recesses of our digital lockers. My goal with Familiar is to bring back the family photo onto our screens, into our living rooms, and back into our lives,” said Marcus Womack, CEO of Familiar on the company website.

Familiar was started in November of 2011 by Marcus Womack, Josh Hepfer, Mike Bohlander, Ray Fortna and Aakash Kambuj. Before co-founding Familiar, Marcus Womack worked at Microsoft as lead program manager for MSN music and Xbox live. He was also a Vice President for the online music service ilike. Roy Fortna worked as the senior software engineer at Urbanspoon for just over a year. Mr. Fortna also spent time working at iLike where he was senior engineer for over 3 years. As with Mr. Womack, Josh Hepfer is a veteran of both Microsoft and iLike as both a product designer and a creative designer. Mike Bohlander is also a veteran of both Microsoft and iLike where he was a software engineer. Aakash Kambuj is a 10 year veteran of Microsoft where he was involved with Sky Drive, Xbox Live, Mesh and SQL Server.

Amazon inks a new deal with PBS

26 Jun

 

With today’s announcement of an extend deal with PBS, Amazon has dealt the latest blow in their continuing battle with Netflix to gain the upper hand in the competitive video streaming business. The deal will give Amazon the exclusive right to the third season of the popular drama “Downtown Abbey” that will be available on the Prime Network later on this year. The deal also includes “Masterpiece Theater”, the science & discovery series “Nova”, the highly acclaimed documentaries by Ken Burns along with some of PBS’s most popular kid’s shows.

“This deal is exciting for Prime members and particularly for those with families—this new deal combined with the recently announced Viacom deal brings some of the most popular kids programming to Prime Instant Video, making it the perfect place for the whole family to catch up on all their favorites,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Not to mention, Downton Abbey is continually one of the most watched shows of all time on Prime Instant Video. Prime Instant Video will soon become the only video subscription service to exclusively offer all seasons, current and future, of Downton Abbey—something we know our customers will love.”

All of the kid’s programming that includes such favorites as “Caillou”, “Arthur”, “Daniels Tiger’s Neighborhood”, “Dinosaur Train” and “Wild Kratts” will be available on Kindle Fire’s FreeTime Unlimited that lets parents restrict their children’s account to age appropriate content. To get FreeTime Unlimited you don’t have to be a subscriber to the Prime Network but you will need the Kindle Fire HD. If you don’t have Prime the price for FreeTime Unlimited is $4.99 a month but if you do subscribe to the Prime Network the price drops to $2.99 a month.

The Prime Network cost $79 a year and gives you access to tens of thousands of movies and television shows, free 2-day shipping on thousand of items purchased at Amaazon.com and hundreds of books that they can borrow for free from the Kindle library. For new customers of the Prime Network as well as customers that purchase a Kindle Fire for the first time you will get a free trial month of the Prime Network.

Barnes & Nobel will no longer manufacture the Nook tablet

26 Jun

Monday, Jeff brought you the story of Barnes & Nobel extending their huge Father’s day discounts on the Nook HD and the Nook HD +. The reason at the time that Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media wrote in the press release was to kick off the summer reading season. In a subsequent press release outlining their 2013 year end finances that reason has changed to turning the Nook tablet over to a third-party.
“Our Retail and College businesses delivered strong financial performances in fiscal year 2013,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “We are taking big steps to reduce the losses in the NOOK segment, as we move to a partner-centric model in tablets and reduce overhead costs. We plan to continue to innovate in the single purpose black-and-white eReader category, and the underpinning of our strategy remains the same today as it has since we first entered the digital market, which is to offer customers any digital book, magazine or newspaper, on any device.”
The hope of passing the manufacturing is that it will defer some of the expense to stop the bleeding from the Nook division of Barnes & Nobel. Compared to last year the Nook division had a 34% drop in this latest quarter and 16.8% drop for the entire year. Part of this downward spiral can be attributed to the success of Amazon’s Kindle HD and the trend of manufacturers turning to mini-tablets increasing the competition with the Nook tablet.
Barnes& Nobel has not said who this third-party will be but since Microsoft has a small interest in the Nook they could have a hand in who makes the Nook tablets. It could also mean that the Nook will change from an android-based tablet to a Windows-based tablet. One thing is certain though after the holiday season the Nook as we know it now dead.

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24 Jun

 

Last month Jeff brought you the story about the possible demise of the Nook e-readers and tablets. With the announcement today it makes that prediction, made by 24/7 wall st., seem even more likely to come true. That announcement is that the highly discounted price that Barnes & Nobel was for Father’s Day has been extended with no ending date.

 

“With the fantastic success of our Father’s Day promotion, we decided to extend the great prices on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ to help our customers gear up for a great summer reading season,” said Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media, in a press release. “In our stores and online, customers have embraced these beautifully designed, lightweight devices with stunning displays that offer great reading and entertainment content.  We’re thrilled to keep in place our best prices ever and deliver great value to make reading more affordable.”

 

Now, while it could just be for the summer as hinted at in Mr. Iannone’s statement it seems odd that they would be will to take a 35%-45% percent hit their flagship product just to encourage people to read over the summer. When you see a company offer a discount of that size for an extended period of time, especially in the technology field, it brings to mind one of two things. You think either they are coming out with a new version of the product or they are discontinuing the product altogether.

 

Ever since since Microsoft invested in the Nook line of products there have been rumors that Barnes & Nobel would drop Android and come out with a Windows-based tablet. If this extended discount is just a prelude to a new version of the Nook could it be that those rumors are true and this alliance between these two powerhouses be developing a Windows 8.1 Nook.

 

Farwell young Snapjoy you were taken too young

24 Jun

 

We gather here today to bid farewell a web-based company that died much too young. For just over 2 years (25 months) Snapjoy‘s star burn bright among the clouds as a service that brought all of our pictures together in one organized album. Even though we are bidding farewell today their parents will keep Snapjoy on lifesupport for a month so customers can download their photos before its final demis on July 24th.

“After two years of building Snapjoy, the time has come for us to shut down the service. It’s been a journey unlike anything we’d imagined, and we can’t thank you enough for your support and input along the way,” a spokesperson wrote on the Snapjoy blog.

In 2011 two young men, Micheal Dwan and JP Ren, had an idea an idea for a cloud-based service that would be able to collect together photos that customers place on other photo sites all over the web. Their service would then organize all of those photos into one web album. By May of that year they brought their idea to life and Snapjoy was born.

In October of 2012 the young Snapjoy hit the road with a mobile app for the Iphone. Then in December of 2012 when Snapjoy was 19 months old the web-based file sharing service Dropbox acquired the young photo server. Little Snapjoy was on on the fast track to be a major player now that it could travel and had the added power of Dropbox. The future was looking bright but just like many stars that burn bright they quickly dim.

Even though Snapjoy is leaving us there is the likely possibility that part or all of it breakthrough technology will be resurrected as part of Dropbox.

 

 

At Seattle’s Museum of Flight you can experience flying a B-17

23 Jun

 

This weekend at Seattle’s Museum of Flight we are being granted the opportunity to experience the most innovative aircraft of World War II. The B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that saw action throughout the war where it went on everything from bombing runs to search & rescue missions. The version of the famous bomber that the museum offers is the 8th and most technically advanced incarnation of the flying fortress with its remote controlled “chin turret” that highly improved the forward weapons system.

“I’ve never gone through the horrific experiences he’s gone through,” Kevin Jones said to the pilots when him and his 94-year-old father, who flew 88 missions on a B-17, when they went on a flight Friday.

Late in World War II some of the bombers that had taken out of service face the fate of becoming drones. In what was deemed as operation Aphrodite the bombers were fitted with cameras and 2,000 pounds of explosives where they would be used as remote controlled bombs into strategic targets in Germany. Since refitting the flying fortress was a huge expense and the operation wasn’t a much of a success as was hoped and was scraped.

After World War II ended the B-17 were soon put to pasture where a good number of them were sold for scrap and melted down. Some of them did see a better fate when they where put into service for the newly developed Strategic Air Command for reconnaissance, VIP transports and search & rescue aircraft. A few B-17s even went on to joined the CIA after the war where some of them became know as Air America and other where used in mission over Asia.

If you do go to the museum it is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 & under, free for WWII vets. 30 minute flights of the B-17 and B-24 are conducted between 9 a.m. And 5 p.m. Daily through the weekend at a cost of $425.