Nananananananana BATMAN! — Batman’s Batcave (GC8413) — Geocache of the Week

first_img[vsw id=”sBe3QzVW5_8″ source=”youtube” width=”640″ height=”480″ autoplay=”no”](Not actual footage of the geocache.)Geocache Name:Batman’s Batcave (GC8413)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/3Why this is the Geocache of the Week:There are many reasons to hide a geocache: to bring geocachers to a beautiful location, show off an amazing geocache container, challenge geocachers to an extraordinary puzzle—or in this case, encourage geocachers to visit the lair of one of our favorite crime-fighting super heroes, Batman. Even if you didn’t grow up while the original Batman series was on air, you probably know of the amazing story lines, impeccable acting, and of course, the incredible dialog (Holy FTF Batman!). For fans of comics or the recent Batman movies, a visit to one of the most iconic caves in Hollywood history is a must.What the Geocache owner, mshock, has to say:“Batman’s Batcave was one of the first geocaches I ever found back in 2005 (I think it was my 10th or 12th).  I was a fan of the original TV series, for sure, and the cache represented my two favorite things about caching; #1 An interesting location (Hollywood history to boot!) #2 Hiking in Griffith Park.”“I am a huge Hollywood history buff and happy to maintain the location so that tourists from all over the world can experience the thrill of seeing actual movie locations and such famous landmarks. I’m beyond flattered and thrilled at the number of favorite points and it definitely creates a sense of responsibility in me to keep it well maintained and active.”And her message to fellow geocachers: “Be considerate of others.  When you are placing a cache,  make sure it is interesting/fun/safe, and make sure it is maintained.  When you are finding a cache, respect property and neighbors.  When you are logging a cache, be helpful and constructive with your criticism.  One harsh word can really put off a cache owner who was only trying to do something nice for you.”# of Finds:550# of Favorite Points:69What geocachers are saying:“We love visiting the Bat Cave, so we were very excited to learn there is a cache here…He found the cache after a bit of looking and said it was really cool, and remarked that it was one of the cleanest caches he’s seen in a while…Many thanks for this super fun one!” – Rosa Mundi“My dad bought the old Batman series when I was young. Finding this place is awesome for me!” – tim_neal“Always interesting to see places where movies and television shows were filmed. When my friend talked about doing this cache while he was out here, I placed it on my list of caches to do if I ever got out here. Well, this was the trip for me and I made a bee line here for this neat-o place.” – Hawaiian NinjaRead More LogsPhotos/Video:Batman isn’t home. I hope Gotham is safe. Photo by geocacher goblin girlTwo geocachers reenacting one of their favorite scenes from the original series. Photo by geocahers Team AfrofishThe mouth of the Batcave. Photo by geocacher QuicVicIf you could find a geocache near the filming location of any movie, which movie would it be and why? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedIs this still Earth? — Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring (GC1JY47) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 6, 2014In “Community”Epic Find, Epic Selfie — Kjerag (GCXKXJ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 23, 2014In “Community”Makers’ Secrets Revealed: Blueprints for 3 Amazing Geocache HidesApril 4, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more

All About “Mango:” New Version of Windows Phone Arriving this Fall

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement After talking about the Nokia partnership with Marco Argenti, head of Nokia’s Developer Experience, and later apologizing for the issues with the first updates Microsoft rolled out this year, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President and Director of Windows Phone Program Management, turned his attention to what’s in store for Windows Phone this fall: Mango.MultitaskingFor end users and developers alike, one of the most anticipated new features is the addition of multitasking, which, in Windows Phone 7, will allow both native apps and Web applications the ability to run in the background. It will also allow you to continue listening to streaming music within one application while working in another. File transfers and the ability to quickly swap between apps will be added, too.One notable new app that will be able to take advantage of multitasking is the popular music streaming app called Spotify, now confirmed to arrive on Windows Phone 7. Access to Hardware, Phone’s FeaturesWith Mango, developers will be able to build apps that take advantage of the phone’s hardware features, like the camera and the accelerometer, and will be able to more deeply integrate their apps with the phone, says Microsoft. That means that developers can take better advantage of features specific to the OS, like its “Metro” user interface controls and Live Tiles. The Tiles are one of Windows Phone 7’s standout features – the square boxes pinned to the homescreen are aggregators of real-time information from various sources, like messages, social networking updates, alerts and more. Developers will be able do more with tiles than before, even changing their color, if desired. New Tools, APIsDevelopers will have access to new tools, rolling out in May, that will offer new emulator capabilities, including accelerometer support via a 3D emulator, a location simulation for testing GPS-aware apps and more. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#Nokia sarah perez This morning at Microsoft’s MIX ’11 conference in Las Vegas, the company confirmed the next version of its new Windows Phone mobile operating system – code-named “Mango” – will arrive this fall. The update will bring Microsoft’s OS more on par with its competitors by finally introducing multitasking capabilities, which allows applications to run in the background, while others run in the foreground.But multitasking is only one of many planned features coming in the Mango release. Also new is an updated version of Internet Explorer 9, programatic access to the phone’s camera and accelerometer so developers can build apps that utilize the device’s hardware, improved Marketplace search and filtering, additional language support and much more. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Yes, Angry Birds, TooMicrosoft again provided new numbers related to its ecosystem, making note of the 38,000 registered developers, 13,000 apps and 1.5 million downloads of its free developer tools. And it spoke of high-profile applications that are now planned to arrive on the platform, including Angry Birds, Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger. Developers will also be able to access the phone’s contacts and calendar, in order to incorporate that data into their apps. In addition, there will be access to a local SQL database, which makes it easier to do many tasks- for example, search can now be added to an app with just one line of code. Network sockets support will arrive too, as was demoed in an IRC app, interestingly a homebrew (off-Market) creation.Front-End Updates: New Version of IE9, Better Marketplace SearchOn the front-end, the Web browser on the device, IE9, will be updated to a new version that’s based on the same code base as IE9 on the desktop. During a demonstration, Belfiore showed the new IE9 playing music from an HTML5-compatible website while he switched to another app.Also for end users is an improved Marketplace search experience. Whereas currently, apps, music and podcasts are returned in a combined fashion for any given search query, the update will allow for filtering. An app search would return just apps, for example. A podcast search, just podcasts. And so on. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Image credits: Long Zheng, Flickr; @adamnathan, Twitter The Mango update provides access to over 1,500 APIs, said Belfiore, and brings several performance improvements, like smoother scrolling. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Udta Punjab: Not just humans, animals being given drugs as well

first_imgIn the land of ‘Udta Punjab,’ not just humans, but animals are also being given drugs, it seems! Pigeons and doves used in kabutarbazi – a popular sport in the State’s rural parts – are being fed opium in water and injected medicines to keep them flying for hours, say animal rights activists.While the game involving birds was traditionally developed in the Mughal era as a benign pastime, now illegal gambling is done over it with big money at stake.Causing pain or death to birds is punishable under the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (PCA) Act and IPC Section 429, besides betting comes under the Public Gambling Act, 1867. It specifically prohibits usage of “birds or animals” in Section 13. “But who is able to monitor it?” asks Abhinav Srihan of NGO, Fauna Police. “Several thousand rupees are put on bet, and obviously, the kabutarbaz (pigeon herder) will do anything to win. The harm caused to the pigeon through afeem (opium), or by the stress of staying air-borne for hours, is of least concern,” he adds.PIGEON-SPORTING CLUBS IN PLACES LIKE LUDHIANAA quick scan of social media sites such as Facebook shows various pigeon-sporting clubs existing in places like Moga, Ludhiana, etc. Seasonal and annual championships are held with huge prize money and gifts like motorbikes and refrigerator. Duly, posters are put up for such competitions.An activist, who works in Punjab against these games, explained, “There are three types of kabutarbazi held. One is where two or more parties make their trained pigeons fly. The bird that stays longest in the sky and does not touch the ground, win the game.” This is where use of drugs comes to play, he added.advertisement”The second is where pigeons have to reach a destination; the one which reaches first is declared the victor. And the third is where the herd of pigeons belonging to one owner has to gherao the herd of another and bring it to his master,” he informed.Abhinav said, “We are clearly not against all kinds of pigeon sports. It has also helped communities, over decades, preserve native pigeon species such as Kalsera, Lalsera, Lal Chhapka, Kala Chhapka, Jeera, Hara, Neelam and Kathwa. In fact, sometimes the owners take better care of the pigeons than the government-owned shelter homes. It is gambling and the use of drugs that we strictly abhor and object to. These must be controlled by the enforcement agencies. Nikunj Sharma, Spokesperson, PETA, told Mail Today, “Earlier, the owners used to slap a rubber whip on the walls, which made a cracker-like noise, and scared the pigeons away from coming and resting on the terrace during the competition.”The pigeons are trained not to sit anywhere lest they become the property of other herders, he pointed out. “It’s likely that kabutarbaz are now using drugs. Pouches of afeem (opium) and other drugs anyway come so cheap in parts of Punjab these days,” he said.Also Read:Udta Bihar: Huge spike in substance abuse, alcohol bootlegging year after banBJP breaks silence over drug menace in Punjab, organises ‘run against drugs’Also Watch:Udta Bihar: India Today sting operation shows staggering rise in banned drug seizureslast_img read more

Game 1: Giants Take Royals, 7-1

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series.Bumgarner carried a shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, putting a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll by romping 7-1 in the Series opener Oct. 21.“They’ve obviously been on a great run. You don’t get here without that,” Bumgarner said. “I think our team is concentrating on what they need to do, not what the Royals are doing.”From the get-go, the Giants simply did everything right to win their seventh straight World Series game. There’s a reason they’re trying for their third title in five years.“I can’t say I’m surprised by these guys,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.The Royals, meanwhile, looked nothing like the fresh team that had become baseball’s darlings by starting the playoffs with eight wins in a row — back on the field after a five-day layoff, their pitching, hitting and fielding all deserted them.The fates seemed to change from the very first batter, in fact. Gregor Blanco led off with a soft line drive to center field and AL Championship Series MVP Lorenzo Cain charged, then backed off as the ball fell for a single. It would’ve taken a near miracle to catch it, but that’s the kind of play the Royals had been making on a routine basis.Moments later, Pence’s homer highlighted a three-run burst in the first inning against James Shields. Nicknamed “Big Game James,” he once again failed to live up to that billing and left in the fourth when the Giants made it 5-0. “It just wasn’t my night tonight,” Shields said.By then, Royals fans who had waited since 1985 for the Series to return to town had gone silent. Or, worse, they were booing while small “Let’s go, Giants!” chants echoed through Kauffman Stadium.Just like that, what many figured would be a tight matchup had turned into a mismatch. And it was a good omen for the Giants — the Game 1 winner has won 15 of the last 17 World Series.The Royals will try to get even in Game 2 on Oct. 22 when rookie Yordano Ventura starts against veteran Jake Peavy.“We didn’t expect to come in here and sweep the San Francisco Giants,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.Bumgarner added to his sparkling World Series resume, improving to 3-0 and extending his scoreless streak to 21 innings before Salvador Perez homered with two outs in the seventh.“I would tell you I wasn’t thinking about it, but you know,” Bumgarner said. “There’s no way around it. You know. There’s so much talk about it. Obviously, a World Series game is not something you tend to forget.”The 25-year-old left-hander was in trouble only once. Down 3-0 in the third, the Royals loaded the bases with a two-out walk and cleanup man Eric Hosmer stepped to the plate, but grounded out on the first pitch.Bumgarner went on to stretch his road postseason scoreless streak to a record 32 2-3 innings as the Giants cruised. He pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, struck out five and walked one.Michael Morse hit an RBI single that finished Shields, and reliever Danny Duffy walked Blanco with the bases loaded.Rookie Joe Panik hit an RBI triple that bounced past usually reliable right fielder Nori Aoki in the seventh and scored on a single by October force Pablo Sandoval. The MVP of the 2012 World Series triumph, Sandoval also had an RBI double in the first that extended his postseason streak of reaching base to 24 straight games.Pence also doubled and walked twice.“We’re ready to move on tomorrow,” Shields said. “We have a lot of positive attitude right now, we’re tracking at an all-time high. We just faced a good pitcher tonight.”Before the game, the mood at the ballpark was positively giddy. Ushers greeted fans with “Welcome to the World Series!” and some hot-dog vendors high-fived each other behind the counter.Yet the Giants wrecked that fun, and won for the 16th time in their last 18 postseason games. A slight misstep: Tim Lincecum, who hasn’t pitched this postseason, was delayed in the clubhouse and was late getting onto the field when the teams lined up before the game.The Royals had won 11 straight in the postseason dating to their 1985 championship run, one short of the record held by a pair of New York Yankees clubs.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

August 25 2014photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe recent s

first_imgAugust 25, 2014photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe recent summer storms have blanketed the desert landscape with sprouting green all around Arcosanti. This timely gift from heaven gives our dedicated groundskeepers much needed relief from their daily watering routines.[photo & text by Tee]last_img

Rep Wakeman Republicans Leading the Way on sound public policy

first_img Categories: News,Wakeman News State Rep. Rodney Wakeman stood alongside his House Republican colleagues Tuesday and announced their action plan for the next two years.The plan, called “Leading the Way for an Even Better Michigan,” lays out the key priorities for Republican lawmakers in the 2019-20 legislative term, including training skilled workers, strengthening the state’s agricultural economy and helping Michigan families keep more of what they earn.“Increasing opportunity and growing Michigan’s economy starts with making critical investments in our infrastructure and in our workforce to build an even stronger Michigan,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “It’s about making sure our state’s economy continues to grow and that we are meeting the growing demand for skilled workers by providing adequate job training in our schools.”Wakeman noted the need for good public policy that ensures no part of our state is overlooked.“We need to support our farmers and strengthen our agricultural opportunities. We need to reduce taxes on Michigan families and encourage the hard work and ingenuity that made Michigan that state that put the world on wheels.” 21Feb Rep. Wakeman, Republicans ‘Leading the Way’ on sound public policylast_img read more

Rep Hall takes action to block devastating Green New Deal

first_img13Mar Rep. Hall takes action to block ‘devastating’ Green New Deal The House Energy Committee today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Matt Hall to oppose the Green New Deal introduced at the federal level.Hall’s House Resolution 41 calls for Michigan to oppose the so-called Green New Deal outlined in U.S.  House Resolution 109 and U.S.  Senate Resolution 59. It was approved by the House Energy Committee, 9-7 votes.“Attempts to label this mandate an ‘economic stimulus package’ only demonstrate how out of touch congressional leadership is with the industries that keep our nation’s economy strong,” Hall said. “This plan would be devastating to the automotive and manufacturing economies Michigan depends on. Not only will this Green New Deal cost taxpayers as much as $93 trillion, it would also cost many of them their jobs.”The plan outlined in the Green New Deal calls for taxpayer dollars to be spent on public works projects to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years. In addition to climate goals, the plan includes far-reaching social promises, such as providing a basic income for able-bodied adults unwilling to work.“We need smarter, evidence-based regulatory practices that protect and promote our way of life here in Michigan,” Hall said. “Not only is this proposal based solely on lofty and unachievable goals, it’s patently hostile to traditional American principles.”Hall’s resolution next advances to the House floor for consideration. Categories: Hall Newslast_img read more