Chris Wood

15 Feb 19

  So….Mike McGrath is one of my gardening idols.  He’s kind of like Pennsylvania’s Monty Don, right?  I have listened to his show off and on for years…long before I knew there was a Monty Don, truthfully (Sorry Monty!) Anyway, if you follow their Facebook page for You Bet Your Garden With Mike McGrath you […]

15 Feb 19
Image Bomb

Do You Remember? In 1999, some of us were worrying about the alleged impending doom of the Y2K bug that was going to destroy all our computers. The rest of us were living our normal lives and enjoying some of the finer offerings from Hollywood to pass the time. Blockbuster movies were taking the crowds […]

15 Feb 19
Sharp Cheddar

By: Tucker Crews Some may call it laziness, but most of the world’s greatest inventions were built on just that; laziness. That being said, here’s my gift to you, and to the world: The Single Sentence Summary. Everything you need to know about the current status of every NBA team, boiled down into one, really […]

15 Feb 19
Rude Mechanicals Press Blog

If you’ve ever asked me about my LVL bench, you’ve heard me praise the top – still dead flat, after 10 years! – and curse the base, because the LVL in the legs compressed from the pressure of the leg vise, which moved the top about 1/8″ off the leg. This happened within a year […]

15 Feb 19
The Fan Voted Chart

DISCLAIMER: These are only the results.  I only share these with everyone so they can see how the voting went and how many points each song is earning.  The chart will be revealed Sunday.  You can see the Hit 100 here or the entire chart here. PLEASE READ TO UNDERSTAND: The results each week determine […]

15 Feb 19
Stephen Gregson-Wood

Remakes have the potential to be a wonderful thing. You take a game that time has rendered almost unplayable, make it look and play better whilst keeping the story and atmosphere and enjoy the results. It can become a modern feeling experience for folks who’d never dabbled in the original version and a nice nostalgic […]

15 Feb 19
CBS Detroit

The 40 drivers competing in the 2019 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:

15 Feb 19

The snowdrops are out in force.  It feels like one of the best years for snowdrops I can remember.  There is one place in particular that beckons us when the little white flowers are blooming.  Glorious Given Dale!  Also known, appropriately, as Great Givendale.  In the heart of the beautiful and often overlooked Yorkshire Wolds, […]

15 Feb 19
The Abominable Dr. Welsh

Indie horror-thriller, All Light Will End, was among Netflix’s new slate of horror movies added in February. Like many independent horror movies, Chris Blake’s directorial debut screened at a few smaller horror film festivals before landing a distribution deal. Last year at this time, horror fans were surprised with a few good, smaller movies like […]

15 Feb 19
Race Review Online

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The Daytona 500 always brings more attention to sleepers than any of the other 35 races on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. See, this is NASCAR’s grandest stage. It’s their Super Bowl. But, due to the racing package, it’s also one of four races each year where any one of […]

15 Feb 19
Scotland's Greatest Story

Throughout my personal family history research I have found many cases of ancestors who have fought for their country, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find three close relatives fighting the good fight for the Almighty himself. My first cousins twice removed, William and Mary Paton, as well as William’s son […]

15 Feb 19
Sunny day flooding caused by sea level rise is costing local businesses in one coastal town tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue, reveals a new study released Friday. According to the study published in the journal Science Advances, eight businesses in downtown Annapolis, Maryland — where nuisance flooding is a regular occurrence — lost between $86,000 and $172,000 in revenue in 2017 due to these flooding events. This type of flooding happens frequently during high-tide — no storms or rain clouds required — where ocean water levels rise above levels that coastal infrastructure is built for. Streets and parking lots will briefly fill with water before the tide goes out again, disrupting pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the process. But the economic impact of nuisance flooding has not been studied much. The study published Friday by researchers at Stanford University is one of the first to examine the financial cost to businesses that have to deal with these increasingly frequent, yet brief, flooding events. This study “unfolds a new chapter in our understanding of climate change impacts,” Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and study co-author, said during a news conference. Often, Field said, climate change impacts are viewed only as extreme events like hurricanes or wildfires, but “we’re also seeing increasing evidence that climate change impacts can be packaged in what you might call micro extremes.” Such as sunny day flooding. Historically, humans built “as close to sea level as possible to facilitate interactions” such as the transport of goods, Field explained. But living by the coast is “transitioning from being an asset to potentially a liability. [And we were] curious about whether this type of micro extreme has real economic impacts.” According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the number of high-tide flooding days in the United States has increased 60 percent compared to 20 years ago — from an average two days per year to 11.8 days. With climate change, NOAA expects by 2035 the average will increase to 26 days across 170 different coastal communities. Using social media posts, photos, government data, tide gauge data, and parking transactions at the City Dock lot in historic Annapolis, the researchers were able to compare flooding events over the past three years. They found that minor high-tide floods reduced tourist visits by 37 percent, moderate floods saw a 63 percent decline in tourist visits, while major flooding resulted in an 88 percent drop. For every percent loss in visits, the researchers estimated that translated to a 0.61 percent decline in revenue. In 2017, revenue across the eight businesses examined declined 22.5 percent compared to the same time in years prior. This is equal to at least $86,000 in lost revenue. Using this methodology, and assuming no adaptation measures are taken, the researchers expect that if sea levels rise three more inches, this will represent a 4 percent drop in the number of annual visitors to the area (compared to 2 percent drop observed in 2017). If the sea rises a foot higher than its current level, this will lead to an estimated loss of over 37,500 tourist visits in the area — representing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Business owners and operators who were interviewed gave a variety responses to the flooding. One said they usually alert their main supplier. Another said there wasn’t much disruption since typically UPS trucks were able to drive through the water. Others said they noticed how they had to replace their tables and chairs more frequently. Overall though, they are “widely adaptive and resilient people,” said Samanthe Belanger, study co-author and Stanford MBA student at the time of the study. “[They are] thinking day-to-day about how we keep this a profitable and successful business.” And the city is exploring ways to adapt to the frequent flooding. One option could be to install a new drainage pump to pump the water out of the parking lot and back to the bay. But there are lots of options that individuals can take, described Stanford graduate student and study co-author Miyuki Hino. This could include shifting more sales to online, developing communication campaigns to notify customers of flooding, or creating alternative entrances to their businesses. “It really depends on the local context, what the right answer is,” she said. And while the study only looks at the experience of one city, Field said it’s a useful case study to examine the impacts of an event that is common in many coastal towns. However, “we can’t directly extrapolate the economic costs” to say this is how every other coastal city will be impacted. Instead, “the way to understand this study is it opens the doorway to understand how pervasive and consequential this kind of event can be.”
15 Feb 19
TA Composition Writing

This horror/thriller movie provides a fast-paced and highly controversial subject line dealing with the race relations in America.  We have our African American character “Chris” played by Daniel  Kaluuya going to his white girlfriend’s house in the country.   “Do you know Tiger Woods? I know Tiger! What’s your form look like, could you spin […]

15 Feb 19
T. A. Birch Writes

“A man’s heart,
is an elusive creature –
proficient in the art,
of hiding –
You women,
wives, and sisters,
I’m sure you understand this –
trying desperately to find
his innermost side –
when was the last time
you saw him cry ? “

15 Feb 19
National Post

The 40 drivers competing in the 2019 Daytona 500, in order of starting position: —— No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports DRIVER: William Byron BORN: Nov. 29, 1996 HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus SPONSOR: AXALTA TWITTER: @williambyron NOTEWORTHY: Daytona 500 pole-sitter and 2018 rookie of the year. Winless with four top-10 finishes in […]